martes, 11 de agosto de 2015
sábado, 8 de agosto de 2015
Dave Evans was an obscure singer/song writer from the UK in the early 70's, and both of his first two albums sailed completely under the radar.
He was an obscure singer/song writer from the UK in the early 70's, and both of his first two albums sailed completely under the radar.
Elephantasia was recorded at Village Thing Studio (July 1972) and at Rockfield (June 1972).
"The short-lived Ro Ro featured the talents of drummer Rod Coombes, bassist Warwick Rose, singer/guitarist Alan Ross (apprently still in his teens), keyboardist Neil Sheppard, and former Animals guitarist John Weider. Rose and Ross were the band's front men (which I'm guessing had something to do with the unique name).
The band made their recording debut with a 1971 single for the Parlophone label:
- 1971's 'Here I Go Again' b/w 'What You Gonna Do' (Parlophone catalog number R 5920)
From there they were signed by Regal Zonophone which released a sophomore 45:
- 1972's 'Goin' Round My Head' b/w 'Down On The Road' (Regal Zonophone catalog number RZ 3056)
While the single didn't do a great deal commercially, Regal Zonophone decided to finance an album. Produced by John Adcock, 1972's "Meet at the Water" is a grower. The first couple of times I played it I remember thinking it was largely split between forgettable sensitive singer-songwriter numbers and equally uninteresting country-tinged numbers. I should have paid more attention since given a chance the album's far better than that. As lead vocalist Ross wasn't gifted with the greatest voice you've ever heard, but he sure managed to make the most of his talents occasionally reminding me a bit of a young, slightly flatter Stevie Winwood (''), or a Paul Rodgers wannabe. It the band wanted to carve out a strong image, the album was a complete failure. Country-tinged numbers like 'Down On the Road' were definitely an acquired taste (which I didn't have). Far better were the Free-styled blues-rocker like 'Beautiful Lady', 'Wild, Wild Woman' and 'Whole Fire Burning'. No, you weren't going to forget about Paul Rodgers and company, but if you were going to pick a musical influence, you could have done far worse". Bad Cat Records
jueves, 6 de agosto de 2015
Billy's second album released in 1974, 'Love Songs', has the unique distinction of being the first recording ever to be entitled 'Love Songs'.
Mainly recorded at the legendary Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, helped by his musician friends; Caleb Quaye, Ronnie Lane, Ron Wood, Ian McLagan and Pete Townshend. Engineered by Phil Chapman.
Scruffety (World Pacific, 1968)
martes, 4 de agosto de 2015
Absolute masterpiece when talking about progressive / psychedelic folk- rock from Europe. Dutch band Avalanche was formed in the early 70s and recorded their only album in 1979. "Perseverance kills our game" was released as a private edition of 500 copies, which were only distributed among friends and relatives. Despite being a home- made project (the album was recorded in just one day!) the result was stunning.Totally early 70s sounding electric folk- rock with flute, piano, bass, drums, and killer fuzz guitar. Mostly instrumental with a few vocals in English. It alternates delicate acoustic passages with devastating fuzz leads, sounding like Fairport Convention jamming with early Ash Ra Tempel. The album closes with an extended 11 minute track on which guitar player Daan Slaman starts playing leads like a madman, creating layers and layers of liquid acid- fuzz guitar. It has to be heard to be believed!