Showing posts with label Variations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Variations. Show all posts

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Day After The Sabbath 45: La Folle Entreprise [France pt.1]

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Volume 45 is a collection of French bands. It has been quite a mission searching for music of this country that fits in to the feel of my comps, but the end results are very satisfying and here we have another inspirational and varied selection. For such a large and prominent European country, the 70's yielded very little heavy psych and hard rock/proto metal albums. Similarly to Italy and Spain, the nation's native rock tastes at the time veered very strongly towards pastoral/symphonic prog and other more 'intellectual' styles. As a result, the large majority of the tracks featured here are from very short-lived bands and obscure singles, often hidden away on B-sides.

Most countries boast at least a few successful cornerstone hard-rock bands and it would appear that 'Les Variations' was France's chief flag bearer in this respect. Their 1969 debut 'Nador' is a very accomplished and solid effort in the vein of Led Zep et al and this is shown by the fact that tracks from it have appeared on this blog before, on mine and other's comps. The avant-garde 'Zeuhl' underground (what could be considered as France's equivalent of 'Krautrock') did however nurture some great heavy psych and one such band that features here is Art Zoyd. Similarly to Amon Duul, they are a continuing art collective with a revolving-door lineup and have traversed many styles to create countless works including movie and ballet accompaniments. Schizo are another example of french artists who began recording heavy psych before changing dramatically. One member, Richard Pinhas, went on to band and solo work which concentrated on prog electronica akin to Brian Eno and Jean Michel Jarre. 

Carrying on through the comp we encounter blues rock (Alan Jack Civilization), Sabbathian doom (Chico Magnetic Band), hardened glam (Dynastie Crisis) and the heavy-riffing commercial rock of Blues Convention, Cameleon, Alice and La Folle Entreprise. One final mention must go to the half-time breather track from 'Saint-Preux', a solo artist who generally made classical compositions but on one album in particular "Le piano sous la mer" introduced some electric psych guitar to great effect on a few tracks, for interesting results.
  
01. Docdail - Aere Perennius (1969)
02. Art Zoyd - Something In Love / Sangria (1971)
03. Schizo - Schizo [and the little girl] (1972)
04. Alan Jack Civilization - Shame On You (1969)
05. Amphyrite - Symphonie pour 3 Oeufs Brouilles (1973)
06. Blues Convention - Fais ceci, Fais cela (1973)
07. François Wertheimer - L'automne (1971)
08. Saint-Preux - Le Gouffre Amer (1972)
09. Alice - Il Viendra (1970)
10. Chico Magnetic Band - Phantasm (1972)
11. Cameleon - Le Chemin de la Descente (1971)
12. After Life - Exit (1975)
13. Dynastie Crisis - Schizomania (1973)
14. La Folle Entreprise - Soleil (1973)
15. Tac Poum Systeme - Asmodai (1971)
16. Les Variations - Come Along (1970)

Cheers, Rich.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 7: Rooms Behind Your Mind

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Here is my 7th compilation in the Day After The Sabbath series. I have recently revamped it; using some better sound quality files and adding a write-up, so here we go!

Bedlam
Bedlam was a short-lived band that made one album in 1972. They included Cozy Powell and Dennis Ball, who both played together briefly in The Ace Kefford Stand and Big Bertha. Cozy was of course a well-known drummer, later to be  associated with acts like Black Sabbath, Rainbow, The Michael Schenker Group and Whitesnake. There is an interview with Bedlam's bass player here at Psychedelic Baby webzine.

Crank are an excellent obscurity that was unearthed by the wonderful Rockadelic records and if you like this (you will) then get the whole thing here (you should).




Variations were by far one of the most accomplished French bands I have discovered and also feature on the French Vol45. They pulled-off a great Led Zeppelin-inspired sound.

Geordie was a long-running Newcastle, UK band that was the springboard for AC/DC's Brian Johnson. They were more of a gritty boogie rock/blues band and 'So What' has killer slide guitar which I always have a soft spot for.


Killing Floor
Killing Floor made two albums in 69-70 and their lineup reads like a bit of a TDATS who's who; they included Mick Hawksworth (Andromeda), Michael "Mick" Clarke (Toe Fat) and Chris Sharley (Sassafras) amoungst other notable names.

Thirsty Moon were a Krautrock band formed in Bremen, northwest Germany and this comp's namesake 'Rooms Behind Your Mind' is slice of heavy prog in the best way possible; evil, jarring and in-human.



September started out as psych band from Amsterdam who made few a singles and later recorded an album called 'Cargo', with a harder rocking sound. They also have connections to Brainbox and the more successful symphonic/jazz proggers Ekseption. "After releasing some singles under the September name they decided they wanted to record an album. Their manager, John van Setten, thought it would be a good idea to not put a bandname on the cover to make the media curious who would be behind it and by this, hopefully sell more albums. Unfortunately it did not work. Nobody gave a damn apparently, and it sold very poorly, making it a very rare album nowadays." Also the band is now generally referred to as "Cargo" rather than September, because of this. Thanks to Mark for this info.

Fire are one of those blogger's faves that there seems to be little concrete info on, but they were eastern europen (maybe Croatian or Yugoslavian) and reputedly recorded and album in the Netherlands called 'Could You Understand Me'.  All you really need to know is it's a manic fuzz monster! [EDIT: recently there has been an interview with Fire guitarist Juraj Havidić here at the Psychedelic Baby webzine]
Iron Claw
Iron Claw don't need too much of an intro from me, suffice to say 'Rock Band Blues' rocks like hell and I have interviewed guitarist Jim Ronnie on this very blog here so take a gander.

Pappo's Blues was the love child of legendary Argentinian guitarist Norberto Napolitano (Pappo). If you haven't acquainted yourself with him yet you are seriously missing out, and taking a look at the south american Vol43 would be a great way to start...


Sunbury Festival 1972
San Francisco's Shiver and their sludgy fuzz-wah jams are TDATS / Blue Cheerful heaven and another great revelation from Rockadelic while Thunder And Roses were a similarly excellent obscurity re-issued by Lizzard records, these guys coming more from the Creamy heavy blues angle.

We end on another TDATS familiar, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs. 'Time To Live' is taken from their "Aztecs Live! at Sunbury" double-LP which documents their storming performance at the historic Australian outdoor festival in Victoria.


01. Bedlam - Putting On The Flesh (1973)
       from album 'bedlam'
02. Crank - Give You My Love (1970)
       from split ep 'a night in the cave'
03. Variations - Generations (1970)
       from album 'nador'
04. Geordie - So What (1974)
       from album 'don't be fooled by the name'
05. Killing Floor - Out Of Uranus (1970)
       from album 'out of uranus'
06. Thirsty Moon - Rooms Behind Your Mind (1972)
       from album 'thirsty moon'
07. September - One More Change [demo] (1970)
       from retrospective 'cargo'
08. Fire - Could You Understand Me (1973)
       from album 'could you understand me'
09. Iron Claw - Rock Band Blues (1970)
       from retrospective 'iron claw'
10. Pappo's Blues - Especies (1971)
       from album 'pappo's blues'
11. Shiver - Up My Sleeve (1972)
       from retrospective 'san francisco's shiver'
12. Thunder And Roses - Open Up Your Eyes (1969)
       from album 'king of the black sunrise'
13. Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Time To Live (1972)
       from album 'aztecs live! at sunbury'

Thanks for listening! Rich.

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