Monday, October 18, 2010

Van Der Graaf Generator - Trisector (2008)

The great comeback of Van der Graaf Generator (i believe it's the 11th studio album). A simple line-up (organ-guitar-bass-drums) but nevertheless quite good. Don't miss it!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts (1971)

Peter Hammill (guitar and vocals), Nick Pearne (organ) and Chris Judge Smith (drums and wind instruments) formed Van der Graaf Generator in 1967 when they were students at Manchester University. SInce then they have released 11 albums including "Trisector" (2008).
Pawn Hearts is the fourth album by English progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator, released in October 1971. It is hailed as one of the masterpieces of progressive rock by many fans of the genre
It contains just three tracks, "Lemmings", "Man-Erg" and the 23 minute concept piece "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers". Fripp again provided a cameo appearance on guitar. The album proved highly successful in Italy, topping the chart there for 12 weeks[5]. The single "Theme One" was number one of the charts in Italy, too. "Theme One" was an instrumental piece, originally written by Beatles producer George Martin as a fanfare for the BBC radio station Radio 1, later to appear on US pressings of Pawn Hearts.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Psychedelic Diamonds (psych-krautrock compilation)

This is a compilation that I made some years ago. Here you will find some of the best krautrock bands of the 70s. Most of the songs are difficult to find.

Disk One here!
Disk Two here!

Monday, October 11, 2010

The West Coast Pop Art Exp Band - Vol.3 (1968)

The next album, "Volume III - A Child's Guide To Good And Evil" is generally regarded as the group's high point. However, again the naive peace-and-love message of some of the songs sat uneasily beside the ironic cynicism of tracks like "A Child Of A Few Hours Is Burning To Death", and the songs showed a tension between the Harris brothers’ melodies, Morgan’s strident lead guitar and effects, and Markley’s sometimes bizarre declamations. By this time, the band effectively consisted of Markley, Morgan and Shaun Harris, with Danny Harris having withdrawn through illness.

The West Coast Pop Art Exp Band - Vol.2

Recorded and released in 1967, "Volume Two – Breaking Through" was a more ambitious and coherent album, with all of the tracks credited either in whole or in part to members of the band. It featured Markley’s anti-war rant "Suppose They Give A War And No One Comes?" – partly based on a speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt and later covered by Punk band T.S.O.L. – and the song "Smell of Incense", featuring Morgan’s guitar work and later covered by Southwest F.O.B. The album also started to demonstrate Markley’s lyrical obsession with young girls.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The West Coast Pop Art Exp Band - Vol.1 (1967)

One of my favourite psychedelic rock bands. Volume one is their first album that has covers of popular songs from the 60s (by the kinks and bob dylan) and original compositions as well. Pure psychedelic folk-rock Zappa/captain beefheart strangeness served with beautiful melodies.
Don't miss it

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Love Machine - Electronic music to blow your mind by!!! (1968)

A very strange and obscure album that is full of hammond organ and weird fx. Not really electronic. It is more like psychedelic rock. Simple and amusing!

thaneco - thaneco

Thaneco is a psychedelic post rock composer from Patras-Greece. He has been active for quite a long time. This is his debut album which is heavy influenced from 70s progressive rock and experimental electronica. There are also a few more mainstream tracks that will appeal to a broader audience.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A.R. Machines - Eine Grune Reise, Erholung (1971)

A.R. Machines is Achim Reichel's progressive-krautrock solo project.

Achim Reichel (born on January 28, 1944) is a musician, producer and songwriter from Hamburg, Germany. He is known for his 1991 single "Aloha Heja He", as well as for having fronted British Invasion-influenced band The Rattles, who, among other achievements, were selected to open for The Beatles on the Fabs' last-ever tour of Europe in 1966.

In 1968, he co-founded the psychedelic rock group Wonderland which also included English ex-patriate Les Humphries who would soon start his own Les Humphries Singers. In 1971, Reichel left the group for his own progressive Krautrock solo project, A. R. & Machines, of which the first album Die grüne Reise (The green journey) was critically acclaimed and likened to bands such as Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. Since 1975, Reichel has taken a keen interest in recording traditional German songs and classic poetry as modern-style music, which includes such albums as Dat Shanty Alb'm (1975), Klabautermann (1977),Regenballade (1978), Fledermaus (1988), Melancholie & Sturmflut (1991, including the hit Aloha Heja He), Wilder Wassermann (2002), and Volxlieder (2006).

"Eine Grune Reise, Erholung" (The Green Journey, recreation) is, in my opinion, just like an LSD trip. This is highly recommended.

2007 Tangram Remastered Deluxe Edition
1. Globus (Globe) (2:56)
2. In The Same Boat (2:06)
3. Schönes Babylon (Beautiful Babylon) (5:01)
4. I'll Be Your Singer, You'll Be My Song (Ich Bin Dein Sänger, Du Bist Mein Lied) (2:25)
5. Body (1:57)
6. A Book's Blues (1:39)
7. Als Hätt Ich Das Alles Schon Mal Gesehen (As If I Had Seen All This Before) (5:31)
8. Cosmic Vibrations (4:41)
9. Come On, People (2:53)
10. Wahrheit Und Wahrscheinlichkeit (Truth And Probability) (11:40)

Total time: 40:49

Matching Mole - Little Red Record

Matching Mole's Little Red Record (1972) is the second album of the English Canterbury Scene band Matching Mole. The band was formed in 1971 by Robert Wyattafter he left Soft Machine. Compared to their first album, Little Red Record was more of a team effort, with Wyatt taking a less involved role. It was produced by Robert Fripp of King Crimson, and features Brian Eno as a guest musician.

The album title refers to Chairman Mao's Little Red Book. This reference is also carried over to the faux-Chinese style of the album cover, which is reminiscent of posters created during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

My favourite track of this record is "God song" - clever guitar chord progression and excellent lyrics - perfect example of Whyatt's genius. Also Brian Eno's synth fx create dark and mysterious atmosphere.

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Starting in the Middle of the Day, We Can Drink Our Politics Away (2:31)
2. Marchides (8:25)
3. Nan True's Hole (3:36)
4. Righteous Rhumba (2:50)
5. Brandy as in Benj (4:24)
6. Gloria Gloom (8:06)
7. God Song (2:59)
8. Flora Fidgit (3:26)
9. Smoke Signal (6:37)

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave McRae / grand piano, electric piano, Hammond organ
- Robert Wyatt / drums, mouth
- Phil Miller / guitars
- Bill MaCormick / bass

- Brian Eno / synthesizers

Download this gem (320kbps)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Matching Mole - Matching Mole (1972)

Brilliant album by Robert Wyatt's Jazz/Prog band "Matching Mole". Great progressive rock with wyatt's avant garde style!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Caravan - In the land of grey and pink (1971)

In the Land of Grey and Pink is an album by progressive rock band Caravan, released in 1971. According to Allmusic, "it is considered by many to be the pinnacle release from Caravan." It has remained in the catalogue ever since its original release in 1971.
Along with Soft Machine, Caravan were a leading exponent of what became known as "the Canterbury sound" - a concoction of styles including jazz, classical and traditional English influences
Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Golf girl (5:05)
2. Winter wine (7:46)
3. Love to love you (and tonight pigs will fly) (3:06)
4. In the land of grey and pink (4:51)
5. Nine feet underground: (22:40)
- Nigel blows a tune
- Love's a friend
- Make it 76
- Dance of the seven paper hankies
- Hold grandad by the nose
- Honest I did!
- Disassociation
- 100% proof

Total Time: 43:28

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Novalis - Sommerabend

Novalis is one of the best progressive rock bands of Germany and this is probably their best album. The title means "summer evenings". Some tracks are instrumental and some other have vocals in german language. "Sommerabend" is a true gem and reminds me of pink floyd, agitation free and other similar bands. Discover it!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Cosmic Jokers - Cosmic Jokers (1974)

This is the first cosmic jokers album. Long tracks, highly improvisational and "trippy". Recommended for krautrock and stoner rock enthusiasts. Enjoy!

Cosmic Jokers - Sci-Fi Party (1974)

Recorded: 1974, on Ohr Kosmische Kuriere

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Im Reich der Magier (8:27)
2. Der Herrscher (2:48)
3. The Cosmic Curriers meet South Philly Willy (5:25)
4. Kinder des Alls I (3:40)
5. The electronic scene (2:23)
6. Kinder des Alls II (3:43)
7. Interplay of forces (5:13)
8. Planeten sit-in (3:15)

Line-up / Musicians

- Dieter Dierks / bass
- Jürgen Dollase / keyboards, vocals
- Manuel Göttsching / electric guitar
- Harald Großkopf / drums
- Klaus Schulze / synthesizers

HERE(320 Kbps)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cosmic Jokers - Galactic Supermarket

The Cosmic Jokers was never an ensemble, per se; its members did not play together as Cosmic Jokers, and in fact were not even asked to join the group. Their music was created from sessions put together byRolf-Ulrich Kaiser early in 1973. He arranged for several acid parties to be held at the sound studio owned by Dieter Dierks, where musicians were offered drugs in exchange for recording tracks. Participants included Manuel Göttsching and Klaus Schulze of Ash Ra Tempel, Jurgen Dollase and Harold Grosskopf of Wallenstein, and Dierks. Prior to this, all of the musicians involved had been in the Cosmic Couriers, which had played on experimental recordings by Sergius Golowin, Walter Wegmüller, and Timothy Leary.

Kaiser took the tapes from these sessions, edited and mixed them with Dierks, and released them on his label, Kosmische Musik, complete with the musicians' pictures on the LP sleeve, without asking for their permission. Göttsching didn't find out about the record release until he heard it playing in a record store in Berlin and asked the counter help what was playing. Kaiser released five records under the name Cosmic Jokers in 1974, one of which was actually a label sampler and a second, Gilles Zeitschiff, consisted of Kaiser's then-girlfriend Gille Lettmann speaking over sounds taken from prior label releases. While none of the musicians were very happy with the recordings, Schulze was so angry after the release of Gilles Zeitschiff that he sued Kaiser. In 1975, Kaiser was forced to discontinue and withdraw the recordings, and he fled the country over the affair, abandoning the record label over the threat of impending legal problems.


Agitation Free - Malesch (1972)

Album Legnth: 40.03
Genre: Ethnic
Release Info: 1992 CD Reissue SPALAX 14250

Lutz Ulbrich, guitars, zither, Hammond; Jörg Schwenke, guitar; Michael Hoenig, synthesizer, electronic devices, steel guitar; Michael Günther, bass, tapes; Burghard Rausch, drums, marimbaphone, vocals; with Uli Popp, percussion; Peter Michael Hamel, Hammond

Agitation Free's debut album. Inspired by their travels in Egypt and Greece. One of the best Krautrock albums.
320 kbps (one large file)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Agitation Free - Second (1973)

Agitation Free was a German experimental krautrock band. The band was formed in 1967 with Michael "Fame" Günther (bass), Lutz "Lüül" Ulbrich (guitar), Lutz Ludwig Kramer (guitar) and Christopher Franke (drums). They were initially called Agitation, a name they chose at random from a dictionary. The name later changed to Agitation Free as a reflection of their live performance style.

After losing guitarist Axel Genrich to Guru Guru in 1970 and drummer Christopher Franke to Tangerine Dream in 1971, the band recruited Jörg "Joshi" Schwenke (guitar), Burghard Rausch (drums), and Michael Hoenig (keyboards). They released their debut album, Malesch in 1972 on the Music Factory label. The album was inspired by their tour through Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus, sponsored by the German Goethe Institute. Later that year, they performed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

A second album was released in 1973, but the band disbanded in 1974. Agitation Free reunited in 1998 and released River Of Return in 1999

Agitation Free's music is psychedelic, experimental krautrock with elements of spaced-out ambient, experimental electronic, and drone. Their music for the most part consists of driving organ-patterned drone-like rock; seamless psychedelic cosmic musical textures with intricate musicianship and musical variety; hard, driving rock similar to Amon Duul II but more compelling, refined, and developed; and jamming that occasionally invokes the interplay and styles of Garcia, Weir and Lesh of The Grateful Dead and hints at a blues rock base not unlike The Allman Brothers Band. Their music features frequently great musical interplay and great playing, great textures, melodies and grooves. Many of their songs have a trance-inducing, psychedelic feel with sections of driving rock fueled by fiery and melodic moving guitar lines and solid, propelling and intricate drumming and a prominent bass. All of Agitation Free's Songs are instrumental apart from some recitation on "Haunted Island".

get it here

The Pentangle - Sweet Child (British Folk/Jazz)

The Pentangle are a British folk rock band with some folk jazz influences. The original band were active in the late 1960s and early 1970s and a later version have been active since the early 1980s. The original line-up, which was unchanged throughout the band's first incarnation (1967–1973), was: Jacqui McShee, vocals; John Renbourn, guitar; Bert Jansch, guitar; Danny Thompson, double bass; and Terry Cox, drums.
On 29 June 1968 they performed at London'sRoyal Festival Hall. Recordings from that concert formed part of their second album, Sweet Child (released in November 1968), a double LP comprising live and studio recordings. Showcasing the group's eclectic approach (and Jansch's growing songwriting ability), it is generally regarded as their creative high point.

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Hawkwind - Church Of Hawkwind

Church of Hawkwind
is a 1982 studio album by Hawkwind released under the name Church of Hawkwind. The name change reflects the fact that this was a musical departure for the band, being a more experimental electronic offering rather than the usual heavy rock that the band were known for at the time.

Hawkwind - Hall of the mountain grill (1974)

The group's fourth studio album, it was the first by a new line-up that included Simon House on synthesizer, Mellotron and electric violin; absent were Robert Calvert, who had previously contributed lyrics, vocals and spoken word interludes, and Dik Mik, who provided electronic effects

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hawkwind - Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti do

The title refers to the assignment of syllables to steps of the diatonic scale (Do-Re-Mi, etc.). It alludes to the music of the spheres
Prepare to fly into space with this legendary progressive rock lp from hawkwind.

Aphrodite's Child - 666

Greek Psychedelic space-rock band Aphrodite's Child began to record "666" late in 1970: a musical adaptation of the biblical Book of Revelation. Koulouris, having finished his Greek army duty rejoined the band. However, relations between all the band members were not good at the time, and continued to worsen during the album's creation.

Essentially, 666 was Vangelis' concept, created with an outside lyricist, Costas Ferris. The music that Vangelis was creating for 666 was much more psychedelic and progressive rock oriented than anything the band had done before.This did not sit well with the other band members, who wished to continue in the pop direction that had brought them success.Furthermore, Roussos was being groomed for a solo career, and recorded his first solo single "We Shall Dance" (with Sideras on drums), and his first solo album On the Greek Side of My Mind, whereas Vangelis recorded the score forL'Apocalypse des animaux and worked on a single with his girlfriend Vilma Ladopoulou, performing with Koulouris using the pseudonym 'Alpha Beta'.

By the time the double album 666 finally was released in June 1972, and having sold over 20 million albums,the band had already split.Both Vangelis and Roussos pursued successful solo careers, Roussos as a pop singer and Vangelis in electronic music. Koulouris worked with both on occasion. Sideras pursued a less successful solo career, releasing an album and the single "Rising Sun" after the break-up.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Aphrodite's Child - End of the world

An all time 60s psychedelic rock classic from the greek gods of psychedelia!

Aphrodite's Child - It's 5 o'clock

Aphrodite's Child was a Greek progressive rock band formed in 1967, by Vangelis Papathanassiou (keyboards), Demis Roussos (bass guitar and vocals), Loukas Sideras (drums and vocals), and Anargyros "Silver" Koulouris (guitar).[1] Their band's name was derived from the title of a track from another Mercury act, Dick Campbell, from his Sings Where It's At album.
This is a rare and highly recommended album (released in 1969).

Enoch Light - Spaced Out

A great lp full of pop music with a touch of psychedelic 60s moog fx.

Rick Wakeman - The 6 wives of Henry the VIII

Richard Christopher Wakeman is an English keyboard player, composer, songwriter and raconteur. He is known for being the keyboardist for progressive rock band Yes. He is known for his love for the moog synthesizers. He has a big solo discography (about 83 studio albums!). Here i present one of his best works. Progressive rock with lots of vintage synthesizers.