Wednesday 20 April 2016

Liquid Smoke-1969 US

Liquid Smoke were a Long Island, New York group that consisted of Sandy Pantaleo (lead vocals), Vince Fersak (guitar), Ben Ninnman (keyboards), Mike Archuleta (bass), and Chas Kimbrell (drums).
The group formed while students and signed with Avco Embassy in 1969, releasing their unique lp in early 1969 which was produced by Vinny Testa who also produced Frijid Pink and co-produced with Shadow Morton the "Strange Night Voyage".(Discogs)
From their sole self-titled album i chose two covers, "I Who Have Nothing" and "It's A Man's World".

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Clear Light - 1967 US

Clear Light was an American psychedelic rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1966. The group released one studio album that was met with moderate national success before disbanding.(wiki)
From this great psychedelic album i chose "Black Roses", "A Child's Smile" and "Mr. Blue". Enjoy!!!

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Monday 18 April 2016

Circus 2000- 1970 Italy

One of the few American sounding Italian bands, and so convincing that even Vernon Joynson, in his 1988 book The Flashback included them in the US psychedelia section!
Circus 2000, from Turin, were formed in 1970 and released late that year both their first album and single (containing Italian versions of two songs from the LP).
The album had no line-up references on the cover, and many people at the time thought they were an English or American band. It contains ten songs, with a very short running time, with strong californian psych influence and the beautiful female voice of Silvana Aliotta above all. A mediocre album, not representative of the Italian style, yet it's regarded by many as a very nice one. "I Am The Witch" (also on single in the Italian version "Io, La Strega") is one of the best cuts. (
From their 1970 first self-titled album  i chose " I Can't Believe", "I Am The Witch" and "The Lord, He Has No Hands". Enjoy!!!


Silvana Aliotta (vocals, percussion)
Marcello "Spooky" Quartarone (guitar, vocals)
Gianni Bianco (bass)
Franco "Dede" Lo Previte (drums)

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East Of Eden- Snafu- 1970 UK

East Of Eden was a British progressive rock band, who had a Top 10 hit in the UK with the single, "Jig-a-Jig", in 1971. The track was stylistically unlike any of their other work .Although some might consider this group as being a symphonic progressive band, others state that their style is mostly jazz oriented. Combining flutes, violins and tape loops to folk, gypsy and psychedelic music, the East Of Eden style was always heavily supported on a pure rock base, strong and experimental.(wiki)
From their 1970 second album "Snafu",  i chose "Gum Arabic- Confucius" and "Nymphenberger".

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Monday 4 April 2016

Olatunji-Drums Of Passion-1960 Nigeria

Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist.
"Drums of Passion" is an album released by Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji in 1960. Unquestionably, it was the first recording to popularize African music in the west,becoming immensely successful and selling over five million copies. Jin-Go-Lo-Ba" was the most popular song on the album and sold millions of copies, as a single. In fact this simple exchange between the mother drum (iya ilu) and the baby drum omele became Babatunde's signature song.
"Jin-Go-Lo-Ba" (or "Jingo") has been covered by Serge Gainsbourg, under the title "Marabout" on his Gainsbourg percussions LP (1964), by Santana on their first album, Santana, (1969), by James Last on his album Voodoo-Party (1971), by Pierre Moerlen's Gong on the album Downwind (1979) and by Fatboy Slim on his album Palookaville (2004).(wiki)
Two songs from this album,""Akiwowo (Chant of the Trainman)"  and the original version of  "Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Drums of Passion)". Enjoy!!!

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Katunga-Mira Para Arriba, Mira Para Abajo-1973 Argentina

Katunga is a group of rock and Caribbean rhythms Argentine popular in the 60s , 70 and 80 . Katunga is the only musical group of Argentina that could be maintained despite the time until now over forty years of experience and more than 40 long-playing records.
This group consists of: Efren Rodriguez, percussionist nationality Cuban Norberto Casaglis in arrangements and keyboard, Alberto Chamorro on bass and Diego Chamorro as director, vocalist and guitarist.(wiki)
Their 1973 album "Mira Para Arriba,  Mira Para Abajo" released by RCA Victor(LZ-1280).
From this album i chose two songs, "Oh Cherie" and the latin/rock "Bailando Despacito".

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Black Sugar-1971 Peru

Black Sugar is a band of Latin rock , jazz rock and soul formed in 1970 in Peru . Considered a pioneer in bands latin america to merge the funk with rock and Latin rhythms . Composed of outstanding Peruvian musicians jazz and Latin rhythms during the era of military dictatorship in Peru. They released two LP discs and 45 RPM that years later would be reedited by different record labels in the world.(wiki)
From their first self-titled album i chose "Too Late" and "Viajecito".

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