Showing posts with label Symphonic Slam. Show all posts
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 24: Pomp Rock

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TDATS 24, "Pomp Rock", is a compilation that was inspired by the Canadian band Symphonic Slam. I was very interested in their unique mix of electronic experimentation, prog pomp and moody hard rock. I have attempted to bring together some songs that fit in with this idea. They come from all over the place but all share nice tasteful keyboards, symphonic pretensions and a certain epic quality.

I must say thanks to Zischkale for bringing Sweeney Tod to my attention, a band that featured Bryan Adams at one time. Angel's first album is great, heavy and out there without getting too cheesy, the same cannot be said for their later efforts. Arthur Brown features with the band he formed after the end of "The Crazy World Of". Aphrodite's Child was a Greek band formed in 1967, by Vangelis Papathanassiou and Demis Roussos. I always loved Vangelis's work, especially on the Blade Runner movie soundtrack. Far East Family Band feature a great Floydish trip here, and have come up on this blog before, in the earlier incarnation "Far Out".

01. Angel - Angel (Theme) (1975)
02. Hillary Blaze - Opening (1977)
03. Sweeney Todd - All Of A Sudden (1977)
04. Symphonic Slam - Everytime (1976)
05. Golem - Orion Awakes (19??)
06. Angel - Tower (1975)
07. Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come - Gypsy (1973)
08. Aphrodite's Child - Aegian Sea (1971)
09. Styx - Miss America (1977)
10. Far East Family Band - Nipponjin (1975)


Monday, June 7, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 23: From Far & Wide (Canada special)

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TDATS 23 is a colletion of music from Canada. [EDIT: There has since been two more, Vol58 and Vol92] After Troyka's rousing intro Thundermug are first up with one of their heaviest songs 'Bad Guy'. There is an interview with Troyka guitarist Robert Edwards here at Psychedelic Baby webzine .BTO are not obscure, but that's only because of that song, so you may be pleasently surprised to hear them nice'n heavy with 'Not Fragile'. Steel River play some fuzzy psych on 'Losing Friends' and the prolific musician Neil Merryweather is represented twice here, with his eponymous effort and his band Ivar Avenue Reunion. Having been recently re-issued on the Relapse label, it's tempting by their name to compare Warpig with Sabbath but I consider them more in Deep Purple/Uriah Heep territory. Connexion offer some fun french language psych and Mahogany Rush display Frank Marino's enveloping guitar atmospherics. Walter Rossi was guitarist in the band 'Charlee' that I have used previously on Vol 5, his infectious riffing is back on 'Hey Serena'. I find closers on track 15 quite fasinating, Timo Laine was one of the first artists to use a polyphonic guitar synth and keyboardist David Stone went on to play for Rainbow. Their track here 'Universe' is a slab of intriguing space prog with doomy overtones.

01. Troyka - Introduction (1970)
02. Thundermug - Bad Guy (1973)
03. Steel River - Losing Friends (1970)
04. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile (1974)
05. Neil Merryweather - Star Rider (1975)
06. Pat Travers - Makes No Difference (1976)
07. Warpig - Sunflight (1970)
08. Connexion - Faut Pas l’Cher (1975)
09. A Foot in Coldwater - It's Only Love (1974)
10. Avalon - Silver Bullets (1977)
11. Blue Max - The New One (1976)
12. Ivar Avenue Reunion - Magic Fool (1970)
13. Mahogany Rush - Land Of 1000 Nights (1975)
14. Walter Rossi - Hey Serena (1976)
15. Symphonic Slam - Universe (1976)
16. Troyka - Troyka Finale (1970)

Cheers, Rich.

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