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 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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