Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 19: Kraut Rockin'

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This special volume features music from Germany, connected to the 'Krautrock' movement of the 70s. There's a mix of trippy instrumentals, English and German vocals, and some more conventional rockers. I have tried to stick to the more accessible end of the genre and shortish track lengths, except for the epic closer from 'My solid Ground', which is a great trip through all the moods they display on their eponymous album. The K.W. track here is quite a special thing indeed, it's taken from a 1971 Radio Bremen broadcast, before their wholly electronic incarnation. To me it sounds astoundingly like a Kyuss riff dictionary, as does the whole Bootleg it's taken from.

Thanks for listening! Rich

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Monday, April 12, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 18

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This volume begins with the heavy psych of South Africans 'Freedom's Children'. Angel come next with some brilliant heavy showman prog and Coven hit with their style that by '74 had changed substantially from the occult '69 debut. There is an interview with Coven's organist Rick Durrett here at Psychedelic Baby webzine. Goliath show a unique mix of southern rock and prog. Ocean from France attack with some great off-kilter hard prog and the Japanese Bow Wow impress with their rock solid proto-NWOBHM. Death precursor hardcore punk by years and the comp ends with Unida's cover of Leaf Hound, taken from the leaked version of their infamously unreleased album 'The Great Divide'.

01. Freedom's Children - That Did It - 1971
02. Angel - Broken Dreams - 1975
03. Coven - Blood On The Snow - 1974
04. Goliath - Dead Drunk Screamin' - 1972
05. Tadeusz Nalepa - Oni Zaraz Tu Przyjda - 1971
06. Ramatam - Ask Brother Ask - 1972
07. Ocean - The Juggler - 1976
08. Bow Wow - James In My Casket - 1976
09. Reaction - What's Going On Around - 1972
10. Death - Rock-N-Roll Victim - 1975
11. Groundshaker - Got Those Blues - 1971
12. Juan De La Cruz - Shake Your Brains - 1973
13. Unida - Stray (Leaf Hound cover) - 2001

Cheers, Rich

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Monday, April 5, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 17: Evil Woman

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This special volume features music with female vocals, making for a varied collection that was a lot of fun to compile. Track 1 'Pieces of Me' features Linda Hoyle, the singer from the Vertigo-signed Affinity. Track 2 is from The Runaways, where Joan Jett's career started and track 3 is a nice slab of stonery groove from Australia's Mcphee. Room's 'War' reminds me favourably in form and theme of 'War Pigs'. Arktis are  regarded as part of the Kraut Rock movement while Aguaturbia, Brainticket and Fifty Foot Hose all offer up some excellent heavy psych, track 11 is a Dutch pop/rock band who are noted for their single hit, the much-covered 'Venus'. The Savage Rose finish up with the atmospheric doomy 'A Trial In Our Native Town'.

TRACKS:
01. Linda Hoyle - Pieces Of Me - 1971
02. The Runaways - Is It Day Or Night - 1976
03. McPhee - The Wrong Time - 1970
04. Room - War - 1970
05. Aguaturbia - E.V.O.L. - 1970
06. Brainticket - Like A Place In The Sun - 1972
07. Arktis - Student's Idyll - 1975
08. Fifty Foot Hose - Red The Sign Post - 1967
09. Carmen Maki & Blues Creation - Motherless Child - 1970
10. Fantasy - Understand - 1970
11. Shocking Blue - Send Me A Postcard - 1970
12. Galaxy - Galaxy - 1976
13. The Savage Rose - A Trial In Our Native Town - 1969

Cheers, Rich

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Friday, April 2, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 15 & 16


This is a repost of two older comps. I have renamed them and changed the artwork a little to bring them in line with the TDATS series. Great chance to grab these ones if you haven't already, and don't worry, there's plenty of brand new volumes in the pipeline so stay tuned.....

TDATS 16: The MORNING after the Sabbath

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The theme of this one is great hang over music! The best mellow tracks from some of my favourite obscure 70s bands that usually play with it turned up to 11.

01 - Ursa Major - Liberty And Justice - 1972
02 - Blue Mountain Eagle - Troubles - 1970
03 - Ancient Grease - Odd Song - 1970
04 - Cargo / September - Lydia Purple - 1970
05 - Head Over Heels - Right Away - 1971
06 - Iota - Precincts - 1969
07 - Jericho - Justin And Nova - 1972
08 - Night Sun - Come Down - 1972
09 - Nitzinger - One Foot in History - 1972
10 - Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes - Rot Gut - 1973
11 - Toe Fat - Bad Side Of The Moon - 1970
12 - Uriah Heep - Circle Of Hands - 1972
13 - Velvet Fogg - Lady Caroline - 1969
14 - Zakarrias - Let Us Change - 1971
15 - My Solid Ground - Dirty Yellow Dust - 1971


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TDATS 15: The Day BEFORE The Sabbath

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With this compilation I have attempted to compile some tracks that were all released before 1970. I find this brief period in the late 60s fascinating and here are a few lesser-known bands who were playing hard around that time, along with a couple of tracks from well-known bands that fit into the sound.

01) Tucky Buzzard - Heartbreaker - 1969
02) Fuse - Show Me - 1968
03) Fields - Take You Home - 1969
04) Pulse - Hypnotized - 1969
05) The 31 Flavors - Distortions Of Darkness - 1969
06) Aguaturbia - Rollin And Tumblin - 1969
07) Gun - It Won't Be Long (Heartbeat) - 1968
08) Taste - Same Old Story - 1969
09) Mount Rushmore - Toe Jam - 1969
10) Cuby + Blizzards - Appleknockers - 1969
11) -
12) The Firebirds - No Tomorrows - 1969
13) Yesterdays Children - Hunter's Moon - 1969
14) Plus - Gluttony; Something Is Threatening Your Family - 1969

Cheers, Rich.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 14 compilation


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TDATS 14, another primordial concoction from the lost land of the rock dinosaurs. This one kicks off with the purplish hard prog of I Drive, a mainly english band who played and recorded in Germany. Bubble Puppy enters the frey with with some of the hardest riffing 60s psych there was, Riders Of The Mark is even older than that and while not heavy in the same sense, it has that oninous foreboding feeling that metal would use later on. Colosseum displays infectious groove that would be sampled by Fatboy Slim years later. Track 12 is the customary cover, this time sludge-punks Killdozer's 1989 cover of a James Gang classic. Canadian Neil Merryweather (also a founder of Mama Lion, on TDATS XI) finishes up with the entertaining mix of glam, metal, space rock and prog that he would make his own on his 'Space Ranger' and 'Kryptonite' albums.

01. I Drive - Down Down Down - 1972
02. Bubble Puppy - Hot Smoke and Sassafras - 1969
03. Starz - Boys In Action - 1976
04. Riders Of The Mark - The Electronic Insides... - 1967
05. Colosseum - The Kettle - 1969
06. Neon Rose - Waiting For The Train - 1974
07. Asoka - Psykfoni For Ekogitarr Och Poporkester - 1971
08. Stud - Woman Like You - 1975
09. Hustler - Midnight Seducer - 1974
10. Solid Ground - Tell Me - 1976
11. Paris - Breathless - 1975
12. Killdozer - Funk #49 (James Gang cover) - 1989
13. Neil Merryweather - Sole Surviver - 1974

Thanks for listening!
Rich

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 13 compilation


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TDATS13 Begins with some rock heavy prog from the Norwegian Flax, goes through the frenetic madness of Hungarians Skorpió. Track 11 is from a supergroup jam session featuring the likes of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Tony Ashton and an as-yet unnamed singer. It finishes up with the excellent Aussie band Peeping Tom's (R.I.P.) cover of Gentle Giant and some unique jazzy grooves from the UK's Nucleus.

01. Flax - Leaving Home - 1975
02. Electric Food - Andy's Breakdown-Plantation - 1971
03. Crystal Haze - Flame - 1976
04. Skorpió - A Rohanás - 1974
05. Diamond REO - It's a Jungle Out There - 1976
06. Damnation of Adam Blessing - Nightmare - 1973
07. Crow - Heading North - 1970
08. Paternoster - Realization - 1972
09. Pinnacle - The Ripper - 1974
10. Painter - Slave Driver - 1973
11. Green Bullfrog - Who Do You Love - 1972
12. Room - No Warmth In My Life - 1970
13. Peeping Tom - Why Not (Gentle Giant cover) - 2001
14. Nucleus - Song for the Bearded Lady - 1971

Cheers, Rich

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Monday, March 15, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 12 compilation

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Look out for Attila, some great keyboard-led lunacy with none other than a young rocking Billy Joel on keys! Japanese doom crushers Church of Misery cover a Sir Lord Baltimore classic, Master Heartache. Shinki Chen of Speed, Glue and Shinki was once touted as japan's answer to Hendrix. There is an interview with Troyka guitarist Robert Edwards here at Psychedelic Baby webzine.   Enjoy.

01. Bad Axe - Blues L.A. - 1976
02. Troyka - Natural - 1970
03. Bux - If You Want Love - 1976
04. Osanna - Lady Power - 1971
05. Shinki Chen - It Was Only Yesterday - 1971
06. Nazareth - Hard Living - 1974
07. White Witch - Auntie Christy Harlow - 1972
08. Andrew - Heathens - 1973
09. Brainticket - Watchin' You - 1972
10. Attila - Wonder Woman - 1970
11. Crushed Butler - Love Fighter - 1969
12. Ellison - Unchanged World - 1971
13. Church Of Misery - Master Heartache (Sir Lord Baltimore cover) - 2009
14. Christie - Martian King - 1971

Cheers
Rich

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath XI compilation


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The 11th in the TDATS series. Featuring Mama Lion's powerful female vox, Tractor's progressive doom excellence, Chook and Fanny Adams' catchy Aussie grooves and a super group featuring Mountain's Leslie West & Corky Laing, and Cream's Jack Bruce no less. We also have the wonderfully obscure B.F. Trike, and The Ghost's awesome heavy folk. The cover of the week is Trouble's version of the classic Lucifer's Friend song Ride The Sky. Another great one I think! Here's a taster of Chook:

01. Mama Lion - Mr. Invitation - 1972
02. Tractor - All Ends Up - 1972
03. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - St. Anthony - 1972
04. Moloch - Mona - 1972
05. B.F. Trike - Time & Changes Six O Clock Sleeper - 1971
06. West, Bruce & Laing - Love Is Worth The Blues - 1972
07. Fanny Adams - Mid Morning Madness - 1971
08. Chook - Cold Feet - 1971
09. I Teoremi - Passi Da Gigante - 1972
10. Pan - If - 1970
11. Heavy Cruiser - Wonder Wheel - 1972
12. Babe Ruth - Wells Fargo - 1973
13. Trouble - Ride The Sky (Lucifer’s Friend cover) - 2006
14. The Ghost - Too Late To Cry - 1970

Thanks for listening!
Rich

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath X: Lonesome Tree

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This one starts with gloriously groovy barn-stomer 'Lonesome Tree' from Rotterdam's Machine (tying in quite nicely with the cover art - which I only realised after) and then on to Youngstown, OH's Left End with their funky and aggressively-vocalled 'It's Over'.

Epitaph were a krautrock band that had a southern-rock sound. There is an interview with guitarist Cliff Jackson here at Psychedelic Baby webzine. New York's Valhalla enters the frey with some welcome hard-hammond heaviosity & there's an interview with guitarist Don Krantz here. Hannova's Jane are up next with some more excellent krautrock and Jukin' Bone, from Syracuse NY, step it up with 'See See Rider's bone-rattling boogie riffs. We move on to Norway for Titanic's sabbath-grinding sludge and then on to Massachusetts' amusingly-named Fat, who kick in with an appropriately 'fat' blues riff. (link) "Back in the '70s  Fat  was one of the most popular rock bands here in the Pioneer Valley, rivaled only in popularity by local notables Clean Living.

The band was formed in 1968 and the original lineup consisted of Guy DeVito on bass, Peter Newland on vocals, Bill "Benjie" Benjamin on drums, and Michael Benson, Jim Kaminski and Christopher Newland on guitar. Fat released its self-titled debut in 1970 on the RCA label and then went on to record an album for Atlantic Records before forming their own label.

"We were innovators in terms of indies," says bassist DeVito. "Our label, Dream Merchant Records, was probably one of the first independent labels."

The band toured for twelve straight years and went through various lineup changes before formally calling it quits in 1980.

Fat tries to hold yearly reunion concerts and last year set an attendance record of 5,000 when the group appeared in Springfield as part of the City Block series. It looked like there wasn't going to be a show in 2004, but at the last minute they pulled it together and are scheduled to give a special reunion performance at the Rt. 63 Roadhouse in Millers Falls on Sunday, June 13.

Guitarist Chris Newland is back from England, so group members wanted to get together to do a concert for their many fans in this area and figured that the Rt. 63 Roadhouse would be the perfect place. This show will feature four of the original players: DeVito, the Newland brothers and Benjamin.

"When I spoke by phone with my dear friend (and Fat guitarist) Christopher Newland in England," DeVito explains, "I learned that he would be visiting family stateside for a few days. His brother Peter is our frontman/vocalist and recently moved back to the area after living for many years in Nashville. Having 3/5 of the band in one place on the planet, myself included, I then called the Roadhouse to see if they would host an impromptu Fat show."

The folks at the Roadhouse were more than happy to host such an event and have scheduled a special barbeque for the occasion to begin at 4 p.m. Concert-goers will have a chance to attend a "meet and greet the band" session at this time. They will also be able to enjoy the barbeque, horseshoes, bocce ball, and croquet out on the beautiful lawn. The Roadhouse will have a special outdoor liquor license for the day. Come enjoy the fun. Tickets are $7 (which includes the barbeque) and are available in advance at the Rt. 63 Roadhouse or at the door."

Bienne's After Shave, another band with a hint of southern-rock, treat us to some Swiss chugg-a-lugga and California's Wildfire realeased the album Smokin' as a private-press in 1970, it has been unearthed and given the re-issue treatment by Rockadrome. Wizard, from Tampa, Florida, recorded one album in 1971 with an almost english NWOBHM feel, which comes across in Killing Time's stately intro.

In what seems to be becoming a regular addition, is some quality Italian wah madness, this time from Garybaldi. The comp ends on Aunt Mary's frantically ominous norwegian hard-prog and another contemporary cover from one of my favourite stoner bands, Sons of Otis' sludge-tastic take on Mountain's 'Mississippi Queen'.

01. Machine - Lonesome Tree (1970)
       from album 'machine'
02. Left End - It's Over (1974)
       from album 'spolied rotten'
03. Epitaph - Moving To The Country (1971)
       from album 'epitaph'
04. Valhalla - Hard Times (1969)
       from album 'valhalla'
05. Jane - Here We Are (1973)
       from album 'here we are'
06. Jukin' Bone - See See Rider (1970)
       from album 'way down east'
07. Titanic - Something On My Mind (1970)
       from album 'titanic'
08. Fat - Country Girl (1970)
       from album 'fat'
09. After Shave - Near The Sun (1972)
       from album 'skin deep'
10. Wildfire - Stars in The Sky (1970)
       from album 'smokin'
11. Wizard - Killing Time (1971)
       from album 'the original wizard'
12. Garybaldi - Maya Desnuda (1972)
       from album 'nuda'
13. Aunt Mary - Path Of Your Dream (1973)
       from album 'janus'
14. Sons Of Otis - Mississippi Queen [Mountain cover] (1999)
       from album 'templeball'

Cheers, Rich.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath IX

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Time for part IX of TDATS. On a roll here.
This kicks off with one of my favourite new discoveries, Boomerang's 'Juke It', led by Vanilla Fudge keyboardist Mark Stein, unfortunatley the rest of their album didn't quite match up but this one is top notch. Track 4 by Italian progsters Procession enters in an excellent fast metallic style and ends on a big fuzzed doom riff. I have included a Blue Cheer cover by one of my favourite australian bands, Thumlock and the comp ends with a Japanese heavy psych workout from Far Out which begins in excellent abstract doom.

01. Boomerang - Juke It - 1971
02. Saint-Preux - L'abime - 1972
03. Steel Mill - Blood Runs Deep - 1971
04. Procession - Uomini E Illusioni - 1972
05. Kalevala - In The Net - 1972
06. Hillow Hammet - Come With Me - 1969
07. Help - Oh My - 1971
08. Southern Cross - Harris Street - 1976
09. Tempest - Turn Around - 1974
10. Tarkus - Tempestad - 1972
11. Weed - Weed - 1971
12. Thumlock - Out Of Focus (Blue Cheer cover) - 2001
13. Far Out - Too Many People (edit) - 1973

Cheers! Rich

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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath VIII compilation

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My 8th in the TDATS series, starting in the party spirit with Irish Coffee, making it's way through Råg i Ryggen's awesome swedish hard prog, all the way to Alabama Thunderpussy's cover of the Captain Beyond staple 'Can't Feel Nothing' and ending with the dark German krautrock of Dull Knife.

01. Irish Coffee - The Show, Part 2 - 1971
02. May Blitz - For Mad Men Only - 1971
03. Blackfeather - Gimme Shelter - 1971
04. Råg i Ryggen - Sanningsserum - 1975
05. Pax - Firefly - 1970
06. Rumplestiltskin - Squadron Leader Johnson - 1970
07. Julian Jay Savarin - Soldiers Of Time - 1971
08. Thundermother - Boogie Music - 1971
09. Dschinn - I Wanna Know - 1972
10. Floating Bridge - Watch Your Step - 1969
11. Pescado Rabioso - Algo Flota En La Laguna - 1972
12. Stray Dog - Crazy - 1973
13. Alabama Thunderpussy - Can't Feel Nothing (Captain Beyond cover) - 2000
14. Dull Knife - Plastic People - 1971

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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Friday, January 1, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath VI compilation

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Happy new year! What better way to celebrate space year 2010 than by going back to 1971? This is my next compilation of obscure proto-metal goodness, part 6.

01 - Wind - Dear Little Friend - 1971
02 - A Foot in Coldwater - How Much Can You Take - 1974
03 - Cain - Born Of The Wind - 1975
04 - Skid Row - Go, I'm Never Gonna Let You - 1971
05 - Duffy - Riverside - 1975
06 - Master's Apprentices - Death Of A King - 1971
07 - Nutz - Ain't No Thanks To You - 1974
08 - Warhorse - Back In Time - 1971
09 - Robert Savage - Beaver Baby - 1971
10 - Haystacks Balboa - Sticky Finger - 1970
11 - Coldwater Army - Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday - 1971
12 - Savage Grace - Sandscript - 1971
13 - Thundermug - Page/What Would You Do/Help Father Sun Suite - 1972

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Day After The Sabbath V compilation


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Part 5 of my compilation series, selected tracks from some of my favourite 70s heavy obscure bands. Charlee starts the show with their excellent riffing, Nahuatl from Mexico offer up some latin sabbathism and Writing on the Wall throw in a mind fuck of a bad trip which is incredibly heavy for 1969. Asterix were the original incarnation of Lucifer's Friend!

01 - Charlee - Wheel Of Fortune Turning - 1972
02 - Stone Garden - Oceans Inside Of Me - 1969
03 - Ainigma - Prejudice - 1973
04 - Asterix - Gone From My Life - 1971
05 - Randy California - Downer - 1972
06 - Tiger B. Smith - Tiger Rock - 1972
07 - Náhuatl - Evolucion - 1974
08 - Parish Hall - My Eyes Are Getting Heavy - 1970
09 - Crystals - Time Out - 1974
10 - Stray - Taken All The Goog Things - 1970
11 - Mammut - Mammut Ecstasy - 1971
12 - Glory - Cantaloupe Moon - 1970
13 - Jeronimo - Silence Of The Night - 1971
14 - Orang-Utan - Chocolate Piano - 1971
15 - Orange Wedge - No One Left But Me - 1974
16 - Writing On The Wall - Aries - 1969

Thanks for listening! Rich.

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Night Sun - 1972 - Mournin'


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This is it. Along with Captain Beyond, the best obscurity I have found so far. It has everything a self-respecting proto-metal geek could possibly want; they recorded one album in 1972, they are German, with some elements of krautrock, and they reach levels of heaviosity that are simply mind-blowing for their time. To me they sound like the perfect amalgamation of Sabbath and Deep Purple with just enough prog and kraut to give them a uniquie aspect over those bands. In places this album show's a total affinity to Sabbath's DOOM, but it also has fast bits (proto-thrash?) and one genuinely beautiful and touching ballad called Come Down, only one balled, all that's needed, just as it should be.

It also has insane aggression in spades, now here is where I think it out-metal's Sabbath, it has a genuine nastiness that is almost totally lacking in other music of it's time and it builds up to intensities which rival progressive death metal. A lot of these obscure albums I find have decent heavy bits, but all too often they don't last long enough within a song, which will often give way to cheesy boogie woogie or 60s pop or blues etc for the chorus......well there's NONE of that anywhere on this album, which is a sweet relief and really makes it sound years ahead of it's time.

When you listen to the first track 'Plastic Shotgun' you may not think it sounds much like Sabbath, and this one doesn't, but it's fast, heavy and unusual. The vocals are everywhere, Bruno Schaab is tremendously versatile, he can sing, scream, and shriek perfectly at each point in a song as required. Just wait until Got A Bone Of My Own comes along, float through it's ominous slow-burning into........and Bang, along comes a gargantuan riff that will have you checking the liner notes for sneaky guest appearances from Iommi and Lord. During my first ever listen, it was at this point that I realised how special this album is and I hope you will too.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

The Day After The Sabbath IV compilation



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Part 4 of my compilation series.

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01. Zior - Entrance Of The Devil/Strange Kind Of Magic - 1972
02. Gila - Aggression - 1971
03. Demian - Face the Crowd - 1970
04. Flied Egg - Rollin' Down The Broadway - 1972
05. Høst - Fattig Men Fri - 1974
06. Zakarrias - Who Gave You Love - 1971
07. Incredible Hog - To The Sea - 1973
08. Montrose - I Got The Fire - 1974
09. Speed, Glue & Shinki - Stoned Out Of My Mind - 1971
10. Primevil - Leavin' - 1974
11. Highway Robbery - Fifteen - 1972
12. Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Momma - 1970
13. Museo Rosenbach - Aldil del bene e del male - 1973
14. Gravytrain - Think Of Life - 1970
15. Wicked Lady - I'm A Freak - 1972
16. Necromandus - Mogidisimo - 1972

Thanks for listening! Rich

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The Day After The Sabbath III compilation


Part 3 of my compilation series, lovingly selected tracks from some of my favourite heavy obscure bands.

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01. Ursa Major - Sinner - 1972
02. High Tide - Futilist's Lament - 1969
03. Hairy Chapter - You've Got To Follow This Masquerade - 1971
04. Granicus - When You're Movin' - 1973
05. Dust - Suicide - 1972
06. Cactus - Evil - 1971
07. Blackwater Park - Rock Song - 1972
08. Birth Control - Flesh And Blood - 1971
09. Yesterdays Children - Evil Woman - 1969
10. Josefus - I Need A Woman - 1970
11. Dark - Zero Time - 1972
12. The Human Instinct - Black Sally - 1971
13. Nitzinger - Earth Eater - 1972
14. Trapeze - Medusa - 1970
15. My Solid Ground - The Executioner - 1971

Cheers, Rich.

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The Day After The Sabbath II compilation


Part 2 of my compilation series. Interview with Dragonfly guitarist Randy Russ here at Psychedelic Baby webzine.

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01. Moxy - Can't You See I'm A Star - 1975
02. Power Of Zeus - It Couldn't Be Me - 1970
03. Randy Holden - Fruit And Icebergs - 1969
04. Socrates Drank The Conium - Death Is Gonna Die - 1973
05. Amboy Dukes - Pony Express - 1973
06. Dragonfly - Crazy Woman - 1970
07. Toe Fat - Since You´ve Been Gone - 1971
08. Flower Travellin Band - Satori, Pt. 1 - 1971
09. November - Men Mitt Hjärta Ska Vara Gjort Av Sten - 1971
10. T2 - No More White Horses - 1970
11. Crank - Don't Push Me Away - 1969
12. Toad - Stay - 1972
13. Hard Stuff - Sinister Minister - 1971
14. Jericho Jones - Man In The Crowd - 1971
15. Lucifer's Friend - In The Time Of Job When Mammon Was A Yippie - 1970
16. Omega - Invitation - 1976

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The Day After The Sabbath compilation Vol 1



Part I of my compilation series, this is a great collection of the bands that got me interested in all these obscurities in the first place, so it is one of the best comps on the blog. You can't go wrong with any of these tracks, all heavy and all riff-tastic. If this is your intro to the blog you will not be dissapointed!

Cheers, Rich.

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01. Captain Beyond - Mesmerization Eclipse - 1972
02. Carmen Maki & Blues Creation - Understand - 1970
03. Jerusalem - Primitive Man - 1972
04. Sir Lord Baltimore - Helium Head - 1970
05. Tear Gas - Woman For Sale - 1971
06. UFO - Prince Kajuku
07. Bloodrock - Melvin Laid An Egg - 1970
08. Ancient Grease - Women And Children First - 1970
09. Iota - Love Come Wicked - 1969
10. Night Sun - Living With The Dying - 1972
11. Bang - Humble - 1972
12. Buffalo - Sunrise - 1973
13. Leaf Hound - Freelance Fiend - 1971
14. Jericho - Kill Me With Your Love - 1972

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