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Keeper of the Sacred Fire
Keeper of the Sacred Fire
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Medicine, 2 Sep 2013
I picked this up many years ago,released in 92 and as far as i know Canadian, this three piece band led by singer and guitarist Paul Carlos [Little Eagle] dedicated their album to all the indiginous peoples of the Americas and indeed with tracks like Holy War and a stirring version of Indian Reservation which has an amazing guitar intro [Dig Out The Hatchet] were it feels like the entire Indian nation is on the warpath and coming right at you, its clear where their sympathys lie. But on the other hand its just a straight ahead Rock record with a great triumvirate of tracks Shes So Wild, Voodoo Queen and Freeway Runner all great tunes and demonstating some nifty axe work from Mr Carlos. The album was mixed by Rush collaborator Paul Northfield and to my ears the band come across sounding like a cross between the Cult with the more reverby production values of later period Rush.
Well worth a listen.


Dada
Dada
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4.0 out of 5 stars pre vinegar joe, 30 Aug 2013
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Featuring the vocal talents of Elkie Brooks,this 1970 project helmed by Pete Gage has the feel of a long lost rock musical soundtrack helped in no small part by the prescence of original Hair cast member and song writer Paul Korda. Korda gets a fair amount of the vocal leads but its Elkie who steals the show, her seemingly natural and effortless voice and that amazing high falsetto banshee scream standing out. This album is pretty cheap at the moment and is well worth a listen. In small print on the inside of the cover is a thanks to Robert Palmer who joined after the album was recorded. Along with bass player Steve York, Gage, Brooks and Palmer then became Vinegar Joe.


Changes Near
Changes Near
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE QUARTER AFTER ? NOT HALF., 28 Aug 2013
This review is from: Changes Near (Audio CD)
Like one of those time travelling films, you look at a sepia tinted picture of the old west and on closer inspection one of the protaganists is wearing a digital watch. And so it is with The Quarter After. A casual listen and it could be 1967 and the sound and feel of Younger Than Yesterday Byrds, but delve deeper and you suddenly notice a guitar figure thats slightly out of place for that time, plus the fact that these types of songs didn't last much more than two and a half minutes.Add some mellotron into the mix and tamboura on the warming and atmospheric Winter Song and what you have is a sound that should appeal to anyone with a penchant for a post psychedelic style Byrdsian jangle.


EXPOSURE LP (VINYL) UK CHRISTY 1979
EXPOSURE LP (VINYL) UK CHRISTY 1979

4.0 out of 5 stars ones that got away, 16 Aug 2013
I used to have this on vinyl,picked it up very cheap during the great 80s vinyl giveaway but its one that i allowed to get away when i did a few car boots in the 90s. Even though i've still got a fairly extensive vinyl collection its always the ones you allowed to slip through your fingers that you beat yourself up about, things like Crazy Kat, Ross, Tarney Spencer band etc and the list goes on. Some of it now very collectable [but at the time you just don't know] either never to see the light of day on cd or very limited and expensive cd releases the quality of which you can never be sure of.
Anyway this album was released in 79 and featured future M.S.G keyboard player Andy Nye, i can't remember if anyone else of past or future note was in them. The sound was one of slightly progressive pop rock, No Money was a great track and ended up on one of my compilation tapes.
Ah well life goes on and who knows i might come across it again one day at a more reasonable price.


Fludd
Fludd
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4.0 out of 5 stars let it flow, 6 Aug 2013
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Fludd were a Canadian rock band and this is their first album from 1971. 12 tracks and just over 31 minutes. Short catchy rock songs, nice vocal harmonies. Imagine Creedance but instead of the Bayou they were influenced by the Beatles.
Out of interest Greg Godovitz of Goddo fame was a member as was briefly Mick Hopkins who formed Brum rockers Quartz. Steve Negus and Jim Crichton from the excellent Saga also passed through their ranks. Steve Shelski guitarist of Coney Hatch joined the band after a late ninties reunion.


The Rockets/No Ballads
The Rockets/No Ballads

4.0 out of 5 stars Rock et Roll, 6 Aug 2013
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Second and third albums from Detroit rockers The Rockets, not the pre Crazy Horse band but a group formed by ex Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels members, drummer Johnny [Bee] Badanjek and guitarist Jim McCarty. The eponymous second album was originally released in 1979 and the third No Ballads the following year.
Both albums are good solid gritty Hard Rock for the most part with the occasional ballad thrown in. Singer David Gilbert was briefly in the Amboy Dukes with Ted Nugent and if you want tenuous connections McCarty was a massive influence on the Nuges' guitar Style. So if you are a fan of the motor city nut job then due homage should be paid to McCarty for giving Nugent his particular sound.
Jim McCartys previous band Cactus are having their albums reissued again as good value twofers on the Hear No Evil label. He played on the first three, Cactus, One Way Or Another and Restrictions. All three are top drawer blues based heavy rock and just highlight what a great but overlooked guitarist he actually is.


Earthshaker
Earthshaker
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5.0 out of 5 stars personal faves. A blessing and a curse., 25 July 2013
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Some bands manage a long career in the music business and release lots of albums which for the most part manage a cirtain level of consistency . The problem for Y and T if it can be conceived as a problem is that they made one album that stands head and shoulders above all their others and this is it, Earthshaker, their third and with a title taken from a track off their first record is one of the great hard rock albums. I picked it up as an import sometime back in 81.
Ten killer tracks,two of which Squeeze and closer I Believe In You date from the Struckdown sessions,their second album from 1978 on London records. What also makes this album unique is the production by Bob Shulman and David Sieff that in no small part helps give this record its very individual feel.
I saw Y and t at Reading in 1982 and my strongest memory is of Dave Meniketti meticulously setting up the bands gear, so it was obviously a big deal for them, either that or they couldn't afford any roadies.
I eagerly looked forward to their next release, Black Tiger but even then my younger self was slightly disappointed as it just wasn't as good as this release and to my ears they just started to sound like a myriad of other hard rock bands all jostling for a place at rocks high table.
And their lies the problem when you make an album this good,it captures a moment in time when everything just falls together in the right place and no matter what you do in the future it somehow is never going to live up to that one moment of hard rock perfection.


Our Pleasure to Serve You
Our Pleasure to Serve You
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stanky who?, 19 July 2013
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I bought this recently on a whim and as far as i know its their first album? released in 1976, the band seemingly named after keyboard player and vacalist James Brown, maybe Stanky so as not to get confused with the other James Brown. Anyway i really like this, produced by Ron Frangipane, a name you might recognise from Grace Slicks classic Dreams album and follow up rocker Welcome To The Wrecking Ball, as well as Janis Ians Between The Lines.
Here, he also handles a couple of string arrangments.
The music is quite varied, veering from soft rock, straight ahead rock to ragtime vaudaville and dreamy west coast, Leslie West also plays lead guitar on three tracks.
Yet again another example of the seemingly bottomless pit of quality rock music that inhabited the 70s.
I also have another album by this band from two years later and that is also very good, the music being more straight ahead rock, maybe comparible to the Michael Stanley Band.
If James Brown is the person i think he is on the cover then not only is his vocal style hinting slightly at Buck Dharma, he also looks a little bit like him as well.
Well worth a listen if you are a person with an insatiable appetite for music and enjoy discovering things for yourself.


Dangerous Curves
Dangerous Curves
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHO IS D B COOPER, 19 July 2013
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I am on a mission to hear as much music as i can before i shuffle off this mortal coil. I picked this up pretty cheap on a whim and its great. 10 tracks and just over 31 minutes but not a second is wasted. Released in 1981 it has that stripped down skinny tie immediacy but at the same time also has a classic rock vibe with a hint of pomp in the music. I can hear a hint of the Cars in this but ultimately these guys have got their own sound.
D B Cooper was an Epithet for a man that was never found after hijacking a plane. This is an album that most people will never find and that is a real shame because it should appeal to anyone with an eclectical musical pallet. If like me you constantly need a musical fix and have a steady stream of cds falling through your letter box that you've discovered for yourself then check this one out you will not be disappointed.
I'm now off to order their other album.


The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990
The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP 10, 11 Jun 2013
Lets face it ,if you are seriously into music then now is a good time to be around. Its never been as cheap to aquire so many artists complete back catologues for particular labels. Theres all the Chrysalis stuff, what with Frankie Miller, Ten Years After,Robin Trower and the mighty UFO. Sonys magnificent complete albums collections featuring some good remastering on previously unremastered titles[i could keep going] and now this, Warner Brothers artists presented by Rhino, this format being started with Chicago, we have since had the Eagles and Van Halen.
In my opinion Warner Brothers cds were mostly mastered pretty well the first time round,but the mastering on some of these discs is superior to the original cd versions, namely the first two albums and Tejas which feature for the first time on cd the original vinyl mix [notice the difference on the drum sound,much warmer]. The sound on Eliminator is taken from a remastered version as is Fandango But if you are playing it on a mobile phone or an i pod, mp3 or car stereo then it does'nt really matter were its been mastered from. Bottom line is this presentation represents a real bargain. Personally i prefer the more organic 70s bluesy rock ZZ Top to the more populist 80s steamlined metronomic version but at this price i'm prepared to complete my collection.
The question you've got to ask yourself is which artists are going to be next in this venture, Little Feat? Fleetwood Mac? Alice Cooper? The Doobies? Neil Young, The Grateful Dead? who knows?.


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