Joe Peace - Finding Peace Of Mind (US Psychedelick Rock 1971)
'Modern' singer/songwriter album that was recorded in Ohio in 1972, after being a long time on road. Joe Peace was inspirated by Johnny Rivers and his experiences he made on road, when writing his 10 emotional songs for this album, that contains heavy fuzz guitars and powerful voice. This album is underrated in the collectors scene -- but an all time classic.
1972 album loaded with heavy fuzz guitar and soulful vocals by this US singer songwriter who sounds a bit like Darius. A bit of an undiscovered classic. Features previously unseen photos and full story and, as always with World In Sound, music is taken from the original master tapes with the full consent of the performer.
Cincinnati, Ohio was home to this singer-songwdter, who wrote, produced and arranged all ten tracks on the above album. Essentially of the folk-rock genre it's a pleasing collection of varied guitar styles from the fuzz guitar of Reflections I See; to the jangly guitar of It's Been So Long and Goodbye; the wailing guitar and catchy percussion of Sad Surprise, the melody of High Time We Made Love and Love Me Like A Stranger and the crisp guitar style of Hello My Lady Friend- Already a very rare album it is worth checking out if you find a copy.
01 - Reflections I See - 4.08
02 - It´s Been So Long - 5.34
03 - Finding Peace Of Mind - 2.41
04 - Welcome Aboard - 4.05
05 - Sad Surprise - 3.13
06 - Hello My Lady Friend - 2.49
07 - High Time We Made Love - 4.23
08 - Stop Turn Around - 5.57
09 - Love Me Like A Stranger - 4.06
10 - Goodbye - 2.30
Joe Prichard And Gibraltar - Selftitled (US Psychedelia 1974)
Here's a record that underlines the wisdom of the adage, 'don't judge a book (or in this case, album) by its cover'! For Joe Prichard's sole musical offering boasts what is probably one of the most uninspired covers of all time (hand written political musings by Mr Prichard himself), yet lurking within is an album that's a heavy rock and prog delight. Very little is known about Joe Prichard or his sidekicks, except that the band, which hailed from Missouri, drew its inspiration from influences far and wide, resulting in each of the 5 tracks being very different in character, ranging from the power chords and staccato guitar breaks of the Jimmy Page variety, to the throaty sax of 12-bar blues specialists Climax as well as the dual guitars of Z Z Top. There's even a 9-minute jam a la Jethro Tull or Traffic with flute and sax giving a decidedly jazzy feel to proceedings This is another extremely rare record (only 500 copies were pressed on the private Kendall-Lee label in 1974). The sound is fine and the music just terrific. Another example of a band which, had it been plying its trade 30 years later, would now be giving many of the top groups of today a real run for their money.
1. Blind man
2. Rose petal lady
3. Reason to be
4. The machine is small enough
5. August apathy
JPT Scare Band - Past Is Prologue (Superb US Hard-Psych-Rock (1976-2001)
These recordings from the Kansas City threesome, JPT Scare Band, from 1973-75, have been bootlegged for eons at pricey sums. If the band had a signed record contract back in the early '70s, there is no doubt they would be up there with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Black Sabbath for guitar overload damage. Unfortunately, these recordings never really made it out of the inner circles of hard psych heads. This is a classic snapshot into the basement of a true American Rock Band doing what they do best. It is easy to imagine all their friends freaking freely to their brand of tripped-out, space-vibe rock. Interesting liner and production notes round out this great package (lots of photos, lyrics, etc.) and proves that, in the mid-'70s, not all of American rock was asleep or staring at its navel.
The JPT Scare Band's screaming electric psych/blues barely made it past the basement where they first rehearsed back in 1973, but someone was smart enough to tape these three titans of volume at work. That work became the album known as Sleeping Sickness, an album spoke about in hushed reverence among heavy psych heads that were lucky enough to hear it.
Past is Prologue gives us a snapshot of the band through time, including tracks recorded in 1975, '76, '77, '93 - and oddly the best track, Sci-Fi acid-epic "Burn in Hell", recorded in 2001. The reason I say "oddly", is because the band seems not to have skipped a beat over the years. The musical chemistry between the three members of the band is awe- inspiring..."Burn in Hell" sounds as fiery and intense as, say, "Time To Cry" did back in '75.
The beauty of the JPT Scare Band is it's ability to function as a unit in the nebulous field of the free-form heavy jam. They start with a chord progression and the rest is a musical conversation, the direction dictated by unspoken energies. Terry Swope is a gawdam genius. One of the best all around soul guitarists I've ever heard. The kind that are unencumbered by strict technique and play soley based on smoldering emotion. Definitely in the league with the best in that genre...Hendrix, Duane Allman, Robin Trower and Carlos Santana. The other two comparatively unheralded players in the band are of equal importance - bassist Paul Grigsby anchors the band with an equal amount of soul and passion and drummer Jeff Littrell knows when to dig in with a fill and push the band a bit, and then back off in the more soulful moments. The end result is nothing short of mind-blowing.
A must for those into heavy psych and/or those that are true aficionados of the mysteries of the jam.
1 Burn In Hell (2001)
2 I've Been Waiting (1993)
3 Wino (1993)
4 Time To Cry (1975)
5 Sleeping Sickness (1976)
6 Titan's Sirens (1975)
7 Jerry's Blues (1976)
8 It's Too Late (1977)
Julian Jay Savarin - Waiters On The Dance (Outstanding UK Progressive Rock 1971)
Julian Jay Savarin was the leader and main songwriter in Julian's Treatment. He wrote, directed, and played on the 1970 double concept album, ?A Time Before This?. It is based on the book, ?Lemmus, A Time Trilogy - Waiters On The Dance?, which Savarin wrote. A poet and writer, as well as a musician, he used his multi-talented focus to his advantage on many different projects.
?Waiters On The Dance?, originally released in 1971 and re-released by Akarma Records in 2001, comes attractively packaged with the original artwork in the vinyl and CD formats.
A concept album with excellent music seems to be more ear catching than any other type of recording. When you know that there is a story behind the music, better yet an entire book, the entire picture begins to formulate in your mind?s eye. When you then take that formula and add powerful guitar riffs, grinding organ and Lady Jo Meek's (later with Catapilla) voice to tell the story and set it all in motion with feeling, you have all the elements for a successful musical endeavour that spells progressive rock. This LP is a classic that deserves an abundance of attention by those that appreciate what this captivating genre has always had to offer its devout listeners. I am like many of you; I had never heard of this album before and felt entirely blown away by its impact. I am sure you will be too, and then you will wonder why you had not heard of this sooner. As the saying goes? better late then never, get it now!
The books in Savarin's trilogy are: Lemmus One: Waiters on the Dance, Lemmus Two: Beyond the Outer Mirror and Lemmus Three: Archives of Haven, all in the sci-fi genre.
1. Child nof the Night 1 & 2 8:36
2. Stranger 2:21
3. The Death of Alda 5:29
4. Dance of the golden Flamingoes 8:55
5. Cycle 4:23
6. Soldiers of Time 2:59
Kaleidoscope - Kaleidoscope (Superb Fuzzed Out Mexican Heavy Psych 1969)
Incredible Mexican mind expander from the late '60s that could have easily been on an 'Endless Journey' comp. Mind frying fuzz guitars, electronic psychedelic effects, swirling keyboards and drugged lyrics/vocals in English. A major find for fans of the genuine article.
01 - Hang Out - 2.20
02 - P.S. Come Back - 2.10
03 - A Hole In My Life - 2.33
04 - Let Me Try - 3.27
05 - I Think It's All Right - 2.59
06 - Colours - 2.36
07 - Once Upon A Time There Was A World - 8.09
08 - A New Man - 2.38
09 - I'm Crazy - 3.33
10 - I'm Here, He's Gone, She's Crying - 2.27
Khazad Doom - Encore (US Dreamy Progressive Psych 1968-70)
Encore! is the official reissue of Khazad Doom's original recordings. Khazad Doom made a name for themselves in Morton Grove, Illinois, during the early 70's with their unique style of progressive rock music, metaphorical lyrics, and stage presence. Their music was driven by pumping bass lines, dynamic Hammond swells, and multi-dimensional guitar work. On top of that, three of the four musicians contributed to beautiful 3-part vocal harmonies, and counterpoint.
After Jack Eadon found out about the release of boot-legged versions of Level 6 1/2, he decided to release a remastered version of most of the band's recording(many recordings didn't survive storage) on CD. The first section of Encore! begins with two songs from an early version of Khazad Doom called The Laymen. These two songs are simplistic compared to what would be recorded by the band just a couple of years later. But their inclusion here is only meant to show the origins of Khazad Doom.
The second section of the CD shows a maturing band, with strong material from their first album Level 6 1/2. The album's highlight is a 23-minute trilogy called "The Hunters". Most of the music has a noticeable psychedelic-influence while also displaying early characteristics of a style of music later called "progressive rock"(developing themes, multiple parts, and a concept). Organist Steve "Al" Yates shines here with some tasty organ chops. "Narcissus" is the next song after the trilogy, and it's filled with some very beautiful 3-part vocal harmonies, and counterpoint. "In This World", considered to be Steve Yate's best composition ever, features violins which adds a symphonic, and serene, quality to the music. "Nothing But Fear" is a masterpiece of early progressive rock. The song has a symphonic, carnival, atmosphere to it with dramatic build-ups of piano, multiple guitars, and marching snare drum patterns. Level 6 1/2 is considered a classic , and the music more than proves that point.
A year later, Khazad Doom recorded their self-titled album. Unfortunately, this album was never released until now. If it was, the band could have received even more recognition as a maturing progressive rock band. The highlight here is the 12-minute piece entitled "Stanley's Visit To Kerkle Morff", which is also the longest piece on the album. Beatles-influenced vocals and melodies charm the listener, as the epic weaves in and out of its various sections, and "Stanley" travels to a surreal world. The band took 6-months to record the epic by ping-ponging between two reel-to-reels more than 20 times! There is alot going on here, and will offer the listener many surprises over time. 4 shorter songs, similar in style to "Level 6 1/2" era go on to finish-off the self-titled album.
Overall, "Encore!" is a very satisfying package that will satisfy fans of early 70's progressive rock.
Throughout the sixties and early seventies, a rock ?n? roll band from suburban Morton Grove, Illinois performed in and around Chicago. Even though they remained together about the same time as the Beatles dominated American pop charts, Khazad Doom (pronounced Kah? zud doom) never made it in the traditional sense. But artistically, over nine years, they forged a kind of music now called Progressive Rock.
After their split in 1972, during the eighties, the band achieved cult status when their promo album LEVEL 6 1/2 was reissued and distributed throughout Europe. Just one copy of the original LEVEL 6 1/2 vinyl rides the top of collectors? wish-lists and has traded for as much as $1,500 a copy!
In 1995, the limited edition retrospective CD called ENCORE! was burnt from Khazad Doom?s original tapes. It includes much of the band?s decade of output. As one reviewer said:
This collection lovingly and reverently captures the spirit of their contemplative creations."
While the ENCORE! CD is now sold out, Jack Eadon's powerful sixties memoir, Got To Make It!
1. 3:09 cheery town
2. 2:09 love which we share among
3. 12:17 the prelude
4. 4:32 in the eden
5. 6:53 in the den
6. 5:05 narcissus
7. 2:40 in this world
8. 2:44 nothing to fear
9. 2:55 excerpt from uncle gilroy's carazy son
10. 3:36 music
11. 12:24 stanley's visit to kerkle morff
12. 2:49 can'r find love alone
13. 1:51 dirt
14. 4:01 paper bus
15. 3:36 frozen faces
16. 4:13 come with me