Monday, December 26, 2011

The Day After The Sabbath 58: All Thy Sons Command [Canada pt.2]

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TDATS 58 is my second collection of Canadian tracks. I was sure I had exhausted the possibilities on my first Canadian collection, [EDIT: there is now also a third: Vol92] but with some help from various online cohorts and some more extensive searches I have come up with another winner!

We kick off with what I consider one of the best tracks I have ever found, at any time. Toronto's "The Churls" made a couple of albums in 68 and 69 and this track is just about as good as heavy psych can be, but it's also a progressive rock pre-cursor with it's excellent production and considered structure that builds up layers of intensity. Vancouver's Trooper are up next, they created a fair few albums of melodic pop-rock to varying success in the late 70s and to be honest, were not that great but I do dig "In Trouble Again" a lot, just fun, heavy driving rock, the kind that you wanna play on the highway. Montreal's Offenbach are impossible to describe, they were all over the rock spectrum, singing in French and English. What ever they turned their hand to was done well, be it hard rock riffing of "High But... Low" or the Hammond organ atmospherics of "Mourir d'Amour", both tracks are on here.

The next track from Montreal's Sex was a contentious inclusion, I'd obviously rather have not used a song with these plainly ludicrous lyrics, but musically it's the most rockin, Sabbathist track on their debut s/t album, so make of it what you will. Next is Winnipeg's 'Next...', an obscure one-shot band which was a pleasure to find, not particularly heavy but with a unique prog sound and great vocals. Toronto's It's All Meat made one great heavy psych album in 1970, the hammond and proto hard-rock riffs mix to perfection with the attitude-filled vocals, great stuff! Mashmakhan were a reasonably well known and successful pop/rock band, not normally ripe for TDATS inclusion but I do like this Deep Purplish track that's tucked away on the b-side of their 1972 single 'Dance a Little step'. This song has been responsible for holding up the release of this comp for a while, as I waited for a better quality rip, but alas I don't think there is, so here is the best one I can find, please let me know otherwise though!

I used Hamilton's Simply Saucer once before on my proto-punk comp. It's hard to believe this material is from 1975, they certainly created a swirling mix of punky aggression, along with a fair amount of Krautrock abstraction. Montreal's Emerald City offer us some extremely fine Hendrixian guitar from their sole 1976 album "Waiting for the Dawn" and after that is my first inclusion of a rather better-known Canadian band, April Wine. This is a fairly commercial track from one of their mid-70s albums; "Stand Back", excellent track though. Toronto's Luke & The Apostles recorded a few great heavy psych singles and band members went on to form other notable Canadian bands such as McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Kensington Market and The Modern Rock Quartet (The MRQ). We finish up with Toronto's Max Webster, who almost made it in to the first Canadian comp, I have since found some more from them and I dig the quirky sounds on the debut self-titled from 1976.

Track List:

01. The Churls - Time Piece (1968)
02. Trooper - In Trouble Again (1975)
03. Offenbach - High But... Low / Mourir d'Amour (1972)
04. Sex - I Had To Rape Her (1970)
05. Next - Strange Mood (1971)
06. It's All Meat - Roll My Own (1970)
07. Mashmakhan - One Night Stand (1972)
08. Simply Saucer - Electro Rock (1975)
09. Emerald City - Little Red (1976)
10. April Wine - Victim For Your Love (1975)
11. Luke & The Apostles - Been Burnt (1967)
12. Max Webster - Hangover (1976)

Thanks for listening! Rich

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  1. Actually Max Webster is a band and not a person. Some of their later stuff is even better.

  2. Cheers rob! duly corrected...

  3. It could also be noted that Max Webster featured Canadian rock sensation, Kim Mitchell, before he went for soda.

    Keep up the good work. This blog is outstanding.


  4. As usual, excellent comp, many thanks!! A question yet: in the Welsh comp, you didn't included Budgie because they were too well-known to be included in an underground comp (so you told it to an user), but now you include April Wine and Max Webster? These bands weren't underground under any standards, I would think... No problem, I also like 'em! Thanks again, man!

  5. Hi "Anonymous", here is some reasoning; I guess it's all subjective, I realise that Max Webster and April Wine are not obscure in Canada, but they are in the UK and Europe where I am, and also, Budgie's obscurity has been blown out of the water by being liberally covered by internationally renowned bands like Metallica and Soundgarden, that is why I suspect more people here will know them than Max Webster and April Wine. Thanks for listening!

  6. personally i would go by the band's popularity at the time the album came out

  7. Hi Rich: many thanks for your reply, but it wasn't necessary to reasoning. These are your compilations, and you decide who and who don't. For me, there's any problem to listen these bands together with the most obscure ones, I enjoy everyone of your choices!!! Thanks again for your great work, man!!!

  8. Where's GODDO?

  9. First time on your website!!! Many thanks for sharing that stuff. I really enjoy it!! I will coming back as often as I can :)

  10. ok, this one now gets a special outstanding lovespam, cause the the first 7 tracks went directly into the best of best of the day after sabbath special collection.
    wish i could come to a party, where you are the dj!!!
    dont you dare to stop spaming us with your stuff!
    sincerely lovespam:)

  11. Rich: thank you very much for your blog!! I've downloaded a lot of your compilations, and I enjoy them all. Last night I was in your blog downloading things, and today I decided to play The Churls, and I wondered, "Are the Churls in TDATS? They have to be there". And here they are, all right! right now, the opening organ chords of time piece are starting...
    I'm 42 now, I first heard The Churls when I was about 28, thanks to a friend who was in his forties back then. He knew the band from the seventies, and he had the vinyl! Time Piece was his favorite track in the album, and I agree: it's the best one.
    Thanks again for your blog! It is very useful to me, a Guatemalan historian with an interest for 60s and 70s heavy rock.
    Saludos desde Guatemala
    Arturo Terraza