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Shot Down in the Night-Live UK 1979 (Vinyl)
Shot Down in the Night-Live UK 1979 (Vinyl)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hawkwind - 'Shot Down In The Night - Live UK 1979' (Vinyl Lovers), Sept. 27 2013
Okay, I'm a bit thrown off here. Sound quality of this tough-to-find 2-vinyl lp live Hawkwind title is - actually very good. But I'm wondering if this is same - ? gig that showed upon the Voiceprint release of the 'Collector Series, Volume 1 - Complete '79' that showed up like fourteen years ago.Regardless, this two-vinyl set should definitely appeal to all (if not, most) long time / loyal Hawkfans. Always great to hear the title track "Shot Down In The Night", one of my personal HW favorites "Urban Guerilla" (although maybe it shouldn't be performed too often without Bob Calvert), "Silver Machine" as well as several Tim Blake's works of pure musical genius - Lighthouse", "New Jerusalem" and the awesome "Satelite" as well as the well-received encore "Levitation". Worth checking out.

Moon Phase Compendium
Moon Phase Compendium

4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Energy Commision - 'Moon Phase Compendium' (Energy Discs), Sept. 27 2013
This review is from: Moon Phase Compendium (Audio CD)
What initially drew me to this CD, was - of course the fact that former Hawkwind synthesizer whiz (1971-74) Del Dettmar plays on this CD reissue of MEC's two albums - 'Stranger In Mystery' ('79) and it's worthy follow-up 'Migration Of The Snails' ('80). But, Dettmar apparently plays on only five tracks. Still 'Moon Phase Compendium' is still good to own. Best described as underground experimental / psychedelic. Best tracks include "Rider From Nempnett Thrubwell", the mind-blowing "Silver Spider", their 1st lp's title cut "Stranger In Mystery", the well-played "No Familiar Planets Tonight" and the 2nd efforts title song "Migration Of The Snails". This is musician Don Xaliman's band as he supplies most of this title's stellar vocals but Kathleen Yearwood gives us the the (rather) nice obscure crooning on the previously mentioned "Migration Of The Snails". Pink Fairies bassist Paul Rudolph guests on the song "Doorway Into Summer. Definitely, an acquired taste.

Witch Burning
Witch Burning
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salem Mass - 'Witch Burning' (Gear Fab), Sept. 14 2011
This review is from: Witch Burning (Audio CD)
Originally released in 1971, this was the obscure 'heavy progressive' band's sole record. Tunes that, I personally got the most out of were the ten-minute opening title cut "Witch Burning", the jamming "You Can't Ruin My Life", "Bare Tree" and truly rocking "Drifter". Line-up: Mike Sneed - guitar & vocals, Matt Wilson - bass & vocals, Jim Klahr - keyboards and Steve Towery - drums & vocals. In all honesty, not a bad piece of work - quite good actually I thought. I saw somewhere noted on a blog that 'Witch Burning' is more like a pedestrian progressive wanna be. I don't agree with that at all. Recommended for fans of Uriah Heep, early Atomic Rooster, Epitaph and the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown.

Live in Rome 1973 (Vinyl)
Live in Rome 1973 (Vinyl)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brainticket - 'Live In Rome 1973' (Cleopatra) 4 1/2 stars, Sept. 13 2011
Show took place on October 3, 1973. Until here recently, this is said to be Brainticket's sole tour they ever did. Heard it straight from the source himself - founder Joel Vandroogenbroek when I saw him on the recent U.S. Space Rock Invasion 2011 Tour. On this archive unreleased live lp, you basically get the entire 'Celestial Ocean' album with some improvisation here and there. Sound quality isn't perfect but (definitely) good enough. I mean - it's a real treat to experience (slightly different) live recorded versions of tunes like "Egyptian King", "Jardins", especially "Era Of Technology" (my personal favorite off this 1973 krautrock piece), "Visions" and "The Space Between". Personnel: Joel - organ, piano, flute, sitar & vocals, Jane Free - lead vocals & percussion, Rolf Hug - guitar, tabla & vocals, Martin Sacher - bass & flute and Barney Palm - drums. So MUCH better than the much-circulated piece of junk Brainticket - 'Egyptian Brain' bootleg CD. Literally a world of different in sound quality as well as mix. Still can't believe I got to see this krautrock band perform live. It was my first krautrock concert - ever. Highly recommended.

Br"selmaschine
Br"selmaschine
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4.0 out of 5 stars Broselmaschine - self-titled (Spalax), Aug. 29 2011
This review is from: Br"selmaschine (Audio CD)
German psychedelic / folk band's sole record on CD reissue, originally released in 1971. Tunes here that I dug the most were "Gedanken" (English translation: Mind), the simply beautiful "Gitarrenstuck" (trans: Guitar Stuck) and a couple of really good epics this title had to offer - the nine-minute "Schmetterling" (translation: Butterfly) and the eight-minute "Nossa Boba". Yet, another over-looked gem that many long-time fans of the krautrock (and / or) psychedelic genre should definitely enjoy. Recommended for fans of EMTIDI, Hoelderlin, Annexus and possibly (don't hold me to it) Eela Craig. Truly, an acquired taste.

Psychedelic Underground 3
Psychedelic Underground 3
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Psychedelic Underground, Volume 3' (Garden Of Delights) Various Artists, Aug. 29 2011
This import various artists compilation CD title is number three in a series of (often) hard-to-find disc that gives interested listeners the chance to hear one track off of nine (9) different Garden Of Delights label releases - of mostly sub-underground bands that I'm sure that most obscure progressive music fans [like myself] have barely ever heard of. At this point, I've heard most every one of these V/A titles put out by the Garden Of Delights label. Best tunes here include Agitation Free's stunning "In The Silence...", the virtually unknown Siloah's "Road To Laramy" (I have both of their CD's and do like them) and The Crab's "Change Bad Horizon" (reminds me of early Jefferson Airplane). Comes with an informative full-color booklet. Very nice.

Psychedelic Underground 4
Psychedelic Underground 4
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Psychedelic Underground, Volume 4' (Garden Of Delights) Various Artists, Aug. 8 2011
I give it 3 1/2 stars. Vol. 4 of the Garden Of Delights series of breathing 'new' life into long-lost sub-underground progressive, fusion and krautrock bands. Best tracks on this limited 2,000 pressing are easy to spot. Like Siloah's "A Landlady's Desert" off their 'Sukram Gurk' CD reissue, Gila's space rocking "Viva Arabica" off their fantastic archive life effort 'Night Works' (been out awhile on this label) and Eiliff's jazzy "Journey To The Ego". In fact the only cut I didn't like here was Agitation Free's "Deliverance" off their 'Other Sides Of Agitation Free' (strictly for completists) compilation. Check out this title for yourself.

Psychedelic Underground, Vol. 7
Psychedelic Underground, Vol. 7
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Psychedelic Underground, Volume 7' - Various Artists (Garden Of Delights), Aug. 8 2011
Just love these various artists compilations of long lost (and mostly forgotten) progressive and cosmic German bands that the Garden Of Delights label continue to put out. There, are - in fact a couple of tunes here that I didn't at all care for. However, the tracks that I do like more than make up for it. Songs that I found myself playing repeatedly Galaxy's stunning "Morning Of The Magicians", the seventeen-minute Roland Kovac Set's epic trip-out "The Master Said" (almost worth the price of admission itself), the jazzy Morpheus cut "May Day Bay" and this disc's true krautrock masterpiece Agitation Free's "Sahara City" that was pulled of their first lp. Recommended.

Bitkicks
Bitkicks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kickbit Information - 'Bitkicks' (Admission To Music), July 31 2011
This review is from: Bitkicks (Audio CD)
This band was (more or less) a short-lived side project for the late Guru Guru bassist Uli Trepte. 'Bitkicks' was originally released in 1975 and notably discovered many years there after - by Uli himself. "Schnellbedienung" (English translation: Quick Easy) running at almost fourteen minutes in duration is likely the best of this disc's three compositions - as it provides the listener(s) with some well-played cosmic madness with an experimental jazz element clearly intact. "Hacksack Serenade" makes for a fine jam session and "Psychedelic Review" is an impressive track that goes on for nearly thirty minutes but it appears that the entire group of musicians are intentionally cutting loose. Better than Uli Trepte's 'Real Time Music' (see my review). Recommended for fans of Faust, Ax Genrich, Neu! and possibly Can.

Real Time Music
Real Time Music
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uli Trepte - 'Real Time Music' (Admission To Music), July 31 2011
This review is from: Real Time Music (Audio CD)
A so-so effort by the late (I've exchanged a couple of emails with him awhile back) original Guru Guru bassist Uli Trepte. Personally, I got more out of Trepte's side-project Kickbit Information 'Bitkicks' CD. Couple of tunes here I thought are worth mentioning are the jazzy "Skrupptie Wupptie", "Cyclolgie" and "Riff Blues". A bit too Avant Garde for my taste. Personnel: Uli Trepte - bass & vocals, Edgar Hofmann - flute & sax and Marika Falk - percussion. Pretty much for the die-hard fans and completists. See how You like it.

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