Showing posts with label Ultra. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ultra. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Day After The Sabbath 67: The New Order [NWOBHM inspired pt.1]

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During my searches I occaisionally come across bands that have that metallic sound that is ahead of it's time; early 70's bands that have elements of what was later termed the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). For some time I have been thinking about collecting them together, so here it is. [Edit: Since making this I have done another, volume 121, and an American equivalent, volume 126] If you have never heard of NWOBHM then I guess I have two words that in my opinion describe it best, Judas Priest. The Birmingham, UK band that started out in the early 70's as a fairly typical hard rock band and had a clear, unique progression from the stylings of Sabbath, Zeppelin et al to the sharper, faster late 70's metal sound, influencing Iron Maiden along the way and kick starting all the 'extreme metal' scenes by being a huge favourite of early thrashers like Metallica and the more evil blackened bands like Venom. In some attempt to show a progression, this is the first comp I have arranged in chronological order.

Fable
I have combined a few of these early-mid 70's finds with a few late 70's bands (and a couple from '80), some of which are recognised as bona-fide NWOBHM originators like Tygers of Pan Tang and Quartz (produced by Tony Iommi) and some which are not but seem to me to fit in with the sound. The Flying Hat Band were a pretty obvious opening choice here, seeing as they were a direct fore-runner of Judas Priest, having Priest's Glenn Tipton on guitar.  Fable were a Canadian band who's long lost 1975 album was recently issued by the Recordplex label and Cool Feet are a band I have used before way back on vol22, recorded by four guys from Luxembourg and the UK in the Cologne studio of Scopions Producer Dieter Dierks.

Along the way we find bands from Sweden (vol28's Rhapsody, White) and The US (Ultra, interview here - Texas, Legend - Connecticut, Survivor - Philadelphia). Ohio's White Boy And The Average Rat Band made a very obscure and very cool fuzz-drenched hard rocker that is said to be the work of just one talented guy, although he borrowed some mates to pose as a fake 'band' for the album cover. Trespass, Sledgehammer and Warrior are three great UK bands that I have come across when trawling through some obscure NWOBHM comps, who only made one or two singles. Warrior being a curio that I found on a 1980 comp called New Electric Warriors, a great track that has more in common with the early 70s' fuzzed-up wah grooves.

For the more metal-minded listeneres out there, this comp will be a real treat, and for those who are not so, this is also just a wicked collection of hard rock so.....enjoy, and more importantly.......\m/ ROCK OUT \m/.


Track List:

01. The Flying Hat Band - Seventh Plain (1973)
       from bootleg 'buried together'
02. Fable - Lady Of The Night (1975)
       from album 'get the "L" outta here!'
03. Cool Feet - In the City (1976)
       from album 'burning desire'
04. Ultra - Mutants (1977)
       from album 'ultra'
05. Rockicks - Reach For The Sky (1977)
       from album 'inside'
06. Quartz - Mainline Riders (1977)
       from album 'quartz'
07. Rhapsody - I've Done All I Can (1978)
       from album 'rhapsody (strange vibrations)'
08. White - Hit The Sky (1979)
       from album 'i denna samling'
09. Tygers of Pan Tang - Don't Touch Me There (1979)
       single
10. Horsepower - Highway Robbery (1979)
       single
11. Legend - The Confrontation (1979)
       from album 'fröm the fjörds'
12. Survivor - The New Order  (1979)
       from album 'all your pretty moves'
13. Sledgehammer - Sledgehammer (1979)
       single
14. Trespass - One Of These Days (1979)
       single
15. White Boy & the Average Rat Band - Leaving Tonight On Vacation (1980)
       from album 'white boy and the average rat band'
16. Warrior - Still On The Outside (1980)
       from compilation 'new electric warriors'


Thanks for listening! Rich

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Day After The Sabbath 59: Too Much Of Nuthin'

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TDATS 59 is another various artist collection. We begin with Chicago's Winterhawk, a band I found during my southern rock searches and they kick start the comp in full-throttle metal fashion. This is one of their earliest tracks taken from the demo collection "There and Back Again". Next up we have two tracks from "Rog & Pip", a duo that evolved from Coventry, UK's 60s beat group The Sorrows. They only made this single but both sides show an aptitude for awesome hard rock so it's a shame there was no more. There is very little information to be found on Octopus, they recorded one album of melodic but somehow heavy pop/psych in 1971, I find this track Restless Night has a very addictive quality and would be perfect cover material for the stoner doom scene's new darlings, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats!

The UK's Home produced 3 albums of fairly light prog in the early 70's, the third of which includes this track 'The Old Man Dying' with a great juxtaposition between sweet emotive acoustics and heavy riffing. They were also a springboard for AC/DC's Cliff Williams and Wishbone Ash's Laurie Wisefield no less. Fitchburg, MA's "Pugsley Munion" created a single album in 1969 and they did a great job of mixing garage psych, blues and hard rock. "Take My Soul" has an addictive groove. I have used Green Bullfrog once before, way back in the midst of time, but I had to stick this one in, some how not really catching on to it a couple of years ago, the track here is a hell for leather jam that actually manages to make the most of the not inconsiderable talent that got together for one day only to record this jam session album, including Procol Harum's Matthew Fisher, Albert Lee, Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice.

We head into proto-NWOBH territory with the UK's Warlord, they had a posthumous 2002 release of material that was reputedly recorded around 1975 and if so, it does show in places a kind of more modern metal sound. Newport, Wales' Blonde On Blonde are up next, I used the previously on the Welsh Vol56, amongst their proggy psych a few fine hard riffs emerged as in the quirky "Happy Families". London, UK's Strider made a couple of hard rock albums in the mid-70s and mastered a brash confident piano-laden sound, if not particularly original. "Searching The Clouds" is the heaviest cut from their 2nd album, 1974's 'Misunderstood'. Atlanta's Law evolved into a tight funk-rock unit through the 70s but their early material, which has been posthumously collected on the "Law - First Session" album, was pure driven hard rock, exemplified here by 1972's motoring "Ain't Been Here In A Long Time".

Sacramento's Joshua reputedly only pressed 50 copies of their subtly-heavy west coast style psych album and the track 'Open Your Mind' has a satisfyingly deep bass riff. Next up is LA's Goodthunder, I used them previously on vol55 and think the album is good enough to warrant one more track, this time the short and grooving 'Sentries' which again is based upon a rock solid bass groove. This installment ends with a track taken from the Rockadrome re-issue of Ultra, reputedly a Texan band headed by Homer's guitarist Galen Niles, who dealt in some blistering late 70s twin-guitar hard rock, definitely one for Thin Lizzy fans....

Track List:

01. Winterhawk - Too Much of Nothin' (1978)
02. Rog & Pip - War Lord / From A Window (1971)
03. Octopus - Restless Night (1970)
04. Home - The Old Man Dying (1973)
05. Pugsley Munion - Take My Soul (1969)
06. Green Bullfrog - Bullfrog (1970)
07. Warlord - Face Of The Sun (1975)
08. Blonde On Blonde - Happy Families (1971)
09. Strider - Searching The Clouds (1974)
10. Law - Ain't Been Here In A Long Time (1972)
11. Joshua - Open Your Mind (1969)
12. Goodthunder - Sentries (1972)
13. Ultra - Battery (1977)

Thanks for listening! Rich

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