Wednesday 29 June 2016

Kaleidoscope-When Scopes Collide-1976 US

Kaleidoscope (originally The Kaleidoscope) was an American psychedelic folk and ethnic band who recorded 4 albums and several singles for Epic Records between 1966 and 1970.(wiki)
In 1976, ex-members Brotman, Crill, Darrow, Feldthouse and Lagos reconvened for the reunion album," When Scopes Collide", which was released on Michael Nesmith’s Pacific Arts label (PAC7-102A). "When Scopes Collide" was a reunion project about six years after the breakup of the band. It reunited most key members that ever played with the band, with the exception of original drummer, John Vidican. Of the twelve cuts on the album, five are originals.
"When Scopes Collide" include one of my favorite versions of "Ghost Riders In The Sky".
This is the 1976 UK Release of the album by Island Records (ILPS 9462-A). I chose three songs from this album, " It's Love You're After", "My Love Comes Softly" and of course "Ghost Riders In The Sky". Enjoy!!!

-by dj fanis: here

Monday 27 June 2016

Second Hand- Death May Be Your Santa Claus- 1971 UK

This is a rare album.
This is the original also rare second press with the song "funeral" added.
Is on the obscure mushroom label and they were probably on a psychedelic mushroom trip.
This is the second time i post this lp of mine but this time i will offer the song "funeral" for everyone to enjoy !!!
Great production, tons of mellotron and trippy distorted vocals, screams and powerful drumming.
Those London based hippies were great musicians and quite ahead of their time.
All thought there are classical passages the song creates a heavy strange and unsettling vibe.


Thursday 23 June 2016

MFSB-1973 US

MFSB (according to the "clean" interpretation, Mother Father Sister Brother) was a pool of more than thirty studio musicians based at Philadelphia’s famed Sigma Sound Studios. They worked closely with the production team of Gamble and Huff and producer/arranger Thom Bell, and backed up such groups as Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the O’Jays, the Stylistics, the Spinners, Wilson Pickett, and Billy Paul. (wiki)
From their first self-titled album i chose two covers, Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead" and Sly Stone's "Family Affair". Enjoy!!!

-by dj fanis: here

Thursday 16 June 2016

Help- Second Coming- 1971 US

Help were a 1970s psychedelic, acid, hard rock power trio from California. The band comprised Jack Merrill (vocals, guitar), Ron Rochan (vocals, bass guitar, percussion), and Chet McCracken (vocals, drums, percussion, formerly of the Evergreen Blueshoes). They released two albums on Decca Records in 1970 and 1971. McCracken went on to drum with The Doobie Brothers.(wiki)
Their second album titled "Second Coming" released in 1971 by Decca ‎(DL- 75304). From this album i chose "Do You Understand The Words" and "Hold On Child". Enjoy!!!

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Friday 10 June 2016

Dr.Z - Three Parts To My Soul -1971 UK

DR. Z. is an obscure early 70's English trio whose LP version of their only album now fetches in the 3-digit price range (only 80 copies were sold at the time, the rest of the pressings were trashed by their record company). The dominant mood of the album ("Three Parts to my Soul") is set by a percussive harpsichord that is alternately majestic and militaristic - imagine the sound of a Keith EMERSON harpsichord concerto if Carl PALMER matched him note for note on a kettle drum. The lyrics, dealing with occultism and the evil of man, are far better written than the music, which sounds rather clumsy and awkward to our modern ears. At its most inventive and textured, the album is a fine example of early 70's prog at its darkest. It has simple rhythms and the music is peculiarly obsessive, with very long piano and organ solos, baroque melodies and satanic lyrics.
Strictly for serious collectors of dark, early 70's curios willing to overlook a highly mangled production. (
Two songs from this album, " Evil Woman's Manly Child" and "Spiritus, Manes et Umbra".

-by dj fanis: here

Wednesday 1 June 2016

The Incredible String Band - The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion - 1967 UK

The Incredible String Band (sometimes abbreviated as ISB) were a psychedelic folk band formed in Scotland in 1966. The band built a considerable following, especially within the British counterculture, before splitting up in 1974. The group's members are musical pioneers in psychedelic folk and, by integrating a wide variety of traditional music forms and instruments, in the development of world music. The group reformed in 1999 and continued to perform with changing lineups until 2006.‪(wiki)
Their second album "The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion", released in 1967 in Elektra Records (EUK- 257). From this album i chose "No Sleep Blues" and "Painting Box".

-by dj fanis: here