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".

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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.

Gong - Family Jewels

A nice compilation of 2 cds with selections of music from the solo projects of members of the band. There are plenty of music styles here such as: folk, ambient, psychedelic and progressive rock.

Cosmic Jokers

Kevin Ayers is one of my favorite artists. This is, in my humble opinion, his best live concert and one of his best albums.
The songs on this album were recorded at a BBC live in concert in London (with a full orchestra).
Band lineup : Kevin Ayers, David Bedford, Lol Coxhill, Archie Leggatt, Mike Oldfield.
The songs are all ripped from the original cd. Enjoy!
Flac Format in 3 parts:

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Zero Time

A really unusual lp recommended for the lovers of vintage electronics and psychedelic music.

TONTO'S EXPANDING HEAD BAND is an innovative project by electronic composers and sound-engineers Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff, having an influence on different other references or an diverse artists. The innovation is the instrument itself, "The Original New Timbral Orchestra", which is the first multitimbral polyphonic analog synthesizer. The sounds and sensations of its effective instrumentality are considered, up to date, imposible to replicate from newer midis, digitals and samplers

Stringtronics- Mindbender

Released in 1972 through Peer label.Actually a compilation of tracks by composers of "library music". Space-funky music with vintage synths and nice melodies!
A1 Barry Forgie Mindbender
A2 Barry Forgie Mediterranee
A3 Barry Forgie Ballata
A4 Barry Forgie Haunted
A5 Barry Forgie Catharsis
B1 Barry Forgie Dawn Mists
B2 Anthony Mawer Undercover Girl
B3 Anthony Mawer Freedom Road
B4 Nino Nardini Afro-Samba
B5 Nino Nardini Tropicola
B6 Roger Roger Safari Park
B7 Roger Roger Perdition
Considered as one of the Holy Grails of library music genre!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

thaneco - "psychic images" (2001)

for information about thaneco please visit this myspace site

This is the debut album of composer "thaneco" written in 2001. Thaneco uses computer samples , loops and vintage synthesizers. Also Akis Bousias (guitarist of the Greek band "the flow") plays guitar in tracks: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

Synthesizers and pianos used:

Kurzweil k2vx , Korg Z1, Roland Jupiter Promars, Roland Vocoder VP330, Hohner Pianet T.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thaneco - thaneco

Highly recommended.

Thaneco is a composer from Patras, Greece. He uses vintage synthesizers such as the moog minimoog, the korg polysix, and the roland juno 6 together with computer samples and rhythms.
Thaneco's self titled second album, is influenced by 70's progressive rock and vintage electronica. Fans of Gong, Klaus Schultze, Ashra Temple and Genesis will love it.