Showing posts with label _Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label _Christmas. Show all posts

Friday, December 19, 2014

Five years old today - 'Heavy Christmas' and a happy new year

Unlike most previous Christmas updates, there is some music to download in this one, keep reading...

TDATS is five years old today. It's been a great ride, and it will continue to get better. I have much more music to add next year, lots of new ideas, and a lot more interviews with acts that have never been spotlighted before. If you are an obscure rock digger you will surely continue to enjoy the fruits of these searches as much as I do. As usual, drop me advice and ideas to if you feel so-inclined, or contribute at the fb group which now has almost 4000 members, wow! This year saw the creation of TDATS radio, which is still in early days and will hopefully get an upgrade in 2015 if it gets enough listeners.

Thanks to all who support, comment on, and encourage The Day After The Sabbath. Enjoy this year-end's festivities and see you again here soon!

Heavy Christmas 1971

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"Heavy Christmas" is a christmas-themed krautrock sampler put out in 1971 on the Pilz label, the home at the time of bands such as Dies IraeVirusJoy Unlimited and Rufus Zuphall. Expecting such a thing to be possibly a little more than embarrassing, It really is a surprisingly excellent collection of German prog, most of which is exclusive to this record.

A1 Libido - Evolution 3:14
A2 Marcel - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 2:35
A3 Joy Unlimited - All Heaven and All Earth are Silent 8:22
A4 Virus - Mary Meets Tarzan 1:05
A5 Dies Irae - Silent Night 5:38
B1 Libido - Come on Everybody 6:38
B2 Ardo Dombec - Heavenly Rose 3:52
B3 Dies Irae - Shepard's Song 0:22
B4 Ardo Dombec - Open Your Door, Open Your Mind 2:08
B5 Virus - X-mas Submarine 3:26
B6 Flute & Voice - Ecce Navicula 4:05

There's a couple of fun tracks from "Libido", a band seemingly created for this set that consisted of Achim Reichel (guitar, vocals) and Frank Dostal (vocals) who were the backbone of "A.R. & Machines" and earlier, The Rattles. You can hear a bit of their spacey guitars at the end of "Evolution" that is reminiscent of  A.R. & Machines.

Flute & Voice were the duo of Hans "Flute" Reffert (guitar, flute) and Hans Brandeis (sitar, guitar, vocals). Coincidentally, I have recently been speaking to Hans Brandeis, who was a guitarist in Night Sun Mournin', the earlier incarnation of Night Sun. I asked him about this record and he said:

Hans "Flute" Reffert (l)
and  Hans Brandeis (r)
Hans: How we got involved into the "Heavy Christmas" project? Well, our first album came out at the PILZ label, and at that time, PILZ obviously wanted to put out a kind of promotional recording on which all the groups of the PILZ label should be presented together. Therefore, our producer asked us if we were interested in contributing something. Of course, we were... However, I didn't want to make fun of Christmas songs, and I also did not want to follow the cliché of English song lyrics. So, I selected an old German Christmas song, which had preserved a lot of the character of Renaissance music. The only problem was that there were only German lyrics existing. But, as I said, I didn't want to have an English translation, but wanted to have them translated into Latin, instead. So, I went to see my old Latin teacher from school who translated the lyrics for me from German to Latin...

So what's the original German name of the "Ecce Navicule" song?

Hans: "Es kommt ein Schiff geladen..."  means "There comes a ship a-loaden..."
The Latin text "Ecce Navicula" means "Look there, the ship..."
For the music, we used the original arrangement for Renaissance lute, which, to make it sound a bit different, was played on a steel string guitar, but without changes. To make the piece sound a little bit weird, I added a parallel Sitar voice, and we inserted a part with voices and flutes. We tried to keep the dignity and solemnity in the song, while the other performances on the record did not do so, in my personal view. The text of the song probably comes from Johannes Tauler (1300-1361). Regarding the music, there is an interesting feature, a constant change between 6/4 and 4/4 rhythm. There are lots of different versions on YouTube, but hardly any of them really do this change. But we do...

Most of the versions on YouTube are arrangements for choir, and usually the performers try to "modernize" the song in weird ways...

"Ecce Navicula" is also used as a bonus track on Amber Soundroom's reissue of "Imaginations of Light", which was Flute & Voice's first album.

The rest is all of high quality and you can't go wrong with the likes of strong tracks from Joy Unlimited and the pipes of Joy Fleming, Marcel, Virus and Dies Irea's brutal version of "Silent Night" (yes you read that correctly).
Heavy Christmas indeed.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

TDATS fourth birthday, festive greetings to you all!

No music here....just a thanks to all the people who have been following this blog, four years down the line and I am still finding new ideas and receiving helpful pointers from readers who are often more informed than thanks to you all. Please reply here or email me with any tips and ideas for the can also join in and contribute to TDATS news in the fb group.....I have some new ideas in the works....the next post in a few days, in time to be a Christmas present to you all, will be a revealing interview and story regarding a great band that I don't think has been spotlighted anywhere as yet.....and I have more plans to do that kind of thing next year....there are plenty more themes in the works....any advice that readers would like to offer on South-East Asia, East-European and latin american bands would be gladly followed up and if you can think of any other themes that will go down well here let me know!

Happy holiday season to you all and i'll be back real soon...

Cheers, Rich.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Festivities, and Happy 3rd Birthday To TDATS

No comp here, just a quick thanks to everyone who has been listening and supporting the blog since I started it in 2009. It continues to go from strength to strength and you can expect more of the same from me. Don't be afraid to make suggestions either; join up in the Face Book group or email me at:

Have a rockin' holiday and look after yourselves. Cheers, Rich.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2nd birthday and Merry Christmas!

The blog has been going for two years now, much longer than I expected, and has become something of a 'second job' for me so I just would like to say thanks to everyone who has contributed, and also to all those who have been listening, shown interest and kept me doing it!

If any of you have comments, ideas for new themes or would just like to show me some more great bands drop me a line on Facebook, LastFM, or here on the blog. In the mean-time, have an awesome Christmas and new year, and watch out for the next volume which will be another bunch of great Canadian bands entitled "All Thy Sons Command!"

See ya soon, Rich

Saturday, December 18, 2010

One year old today & good tidings to you all

Yes that's right. A year ago today I posted Volume 1. I have a vicious dog and it's idiotic owner to thank for the original inspiration! I was holed up at home for a week, resting my leg after being bitten by a dog in my local park. Bored to tears and looking for something to amuse, I hit on the idea of the blog. It has become something of a passion since. I'd like to take this brief opportunity to thank everyone who's encouraged me! Zischkale and LibertyCaps' have helped a lot with their endeavours, as have the others I have approached for aid in research. This would be a great time to hear from anyone out there, tell me what you think. Any suggestions of music, or even themes for future comps, would be greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the festive holidays and stay tuned. I have some great selections lined up; including Dutch, Japanese, Italian & Eastern European collections, plus a proto-punk comp in the works.....

Thanks, Rich.
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