sábado, 1 de agosto de 2015

Electric Flower Group - EP & EP II

 Electric Flower Group - EP & EP II - 2011 & 2012

Electric Flower Group had a most unlikely of beginnings. The first time they met, Josh Garza and Imaad Wasif were strangers in an elevator in London. Garza was carrying his kick drum and Wasif had his guitar in hand. They were at the BBC Studios to film performances on “Top of the Pops,” Garza with his band Secret Machines and Wasif appearing as a guest musician with Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Eyeing one another suspiciously, the two maintained a curious silence, unLl the elevator came to a screeching halt, between floors. Wasif began frantically hitting all the buttons to get the metal box moving, but the lights just flickered and the elevator remained eerily sLll and suspended. While wailing for the emergency operator to dispatch a technician, the two eventually set about jamming, Wasif, to ease his claustrophobia and Garza, ever-­‐cool and stoic, to deal with the boredom, and, in his own words, to “just get this little freak to calm down.”

Another three years passed before the two men randomly collided again, this time on a street corner in Los Angeles. A_er picking up the spilled tacos and samosas, they decided to head to Wasif’s rehearsal space. In a blast of inspiraLon from the cosmic weirdness of it all, they wrote “Circles,” the epic track off of their debut EP. With the pounding of blood, the rumbling of thunder, and the indelicate sensations delicately rendered; its finesse lies in the grafting on such libidinous roots of the more visceral stems of Electric Flower.


quinta-feira, 30 de julho de 2015

Jay Ferguson - Thunder Island

Jay Ferguson - Thunder Island - 1978

Previously the singer for rock bands Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne, Ferguson had gone the pop route by the time of his second solo album. Recorded in Miami with Joe Walsh guesting on many tracks, he hit a home run with the title track mega-hit. A sun-drenched summer anthem, it would be the biggest song of Ferguson's career and later turn up on '70s compilations. The rest of the album was similar in mood and feel: largely up-tempo late-'70s rock/pop. Most tracks are graced with Walsh's guitar, which keep the songs from falling too largely on the pop side of things. Though not a perfect album, it was less uneven than most of Ferguson's other solo efforts, though it definitely sounds a product of its time. Which can be good or bad, depending on your taste in music. 

01. Thunder Island
02. Soulin'
03. Happy Birthday Baby
04. Losing Control
05. Cozumel
06. Night Shift
07. Babylon
08. Love Is cold
09. Happy Too!
10. Magic Moment

Jay Ferguson - Vocals, Keyboards
Joey Murcia, Tony Battaglia - Guitar
Harold Cowart - Bass
Stan Kipper - Drums


Joe Walsh - Guitar
Bob Webb - Guitar
Ed Brown - Bas
Bill Szymczyk - Percussion


domingo, 26 de julho de 2015

Vanilla Fudge - Spirit Of '67

Vanilla Fudge - Spirit Of '67 - 2015

From somethingelsereviews.com 
One of the greatest and most influential bands ever, Vanilla Fudge is back with a bang. But the truth is, they never really went away.

Born 1966 in Long Island, New York, Vanilla Fudge created an immediate stir with their moody extended covers of popular songs of the day. Not only did the band fit right in with the psychedelic climate of the times, but they added something extra and exciting to the enterprising environment. Stately and weighty, Vanilla Fudge threaded their endeavors with improvisational escapades and symphonic measures, leading them to be quite a unique animal. The band definitely invented a style all their own, and are properly regarded godfathers of both progressive rock and heavy metal.

Although 1967 through 1970 was when Vanilla Fudge gleaned their biggest success, they reunited on numerous occasions to wild applause. The band’s latest incarnation, which features original members Mark Stein (lead vocals, keyboards), Carmine Appice (drums, vocals) and Vince Martell (guitar, vocals), along with Pete Bremy (bass, vocals), is slated to hit the tour circuit soon in support of a fantastic new album, Spirit of ’67 (due March 3, 2015 via Purple Pyramid) that pays homage to well-known songs of the fabled year.

Vanilla Fudge’s funk aspirations rise to the top on brash and bewitching versions of the Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin'” and the Motown classic, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” while the Monkees are saluted on “I’m A Believer,” which snakes and shuffles with skull-crushing grooves and gospel-induced harmonies. Sparked by military drumming, Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” then takes on a quieter tone before developing into a spinning jam.

01. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
02. The Letter
03. I Can See for Miles
04. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
05. The Tracks of My Tears
06. I'm a Believer
07. Gimme Some Lovin'
08. For What It's Worth
09. Ruby Tuesday
10. Whiter Shade of Pale
11. Let's Pray for Peace


quarta-feira, 22 de julho de 2015

Lee Harvey Osmond - Beautiful Scars

Lee Harvey Osmond - Beautiful Scars - 2015

Produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) in the intimacy of his Toronto Roncesvalle studio, the humanity of the album is like the warmth of blood that rushes to the cut: a sudden alive jolt in the middle of peril and uncertainty; a suspension of possibility that anything can happen next. Redolent with swooning horns and guitars that bob and weave, Lee Harvey Osmond’s voice – forever the hallmark of his sound which spans over three decades of work – sounds, here, like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world.

At once evoking Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Scott and Roy Loney, Beautiful Scars bends and twists and stretches and squeezes Lee Harvey Osmond’s deep baritone – the producer treating it as if caged in a transistor radio, bathed in echo from above, or sunk in the muck of distortion. The strength of the songs notwithstanding, Beautiful Scars is a fascinating vocal journey to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time.


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01. Loser Without Your Love
02. Blue Moon Drive
03. Shake the Hand
04. Oh the Gods
05. Come and Go
06. Hey Hey Hey
07. How Does It Feel
08. Planet Love
09. Black Spruce
10. Bottom of Our Love


sábado, 18 de julho de 2015

Dell Richardson - OMOWALE

Dell Richardson - OMOWALE - 2014

Dell’s Omowale album serves as his 2nd solo project after having been recorded in studio’s all over the world. The word "Omowale" comes from the Nigerian language of Yoruba meaning ‘Sun Who Returns Home’.

01. Made In Africa
02. Walk This Land
03. Black Ibex
04. That’s Love, That’s Life
05. Sweet Sounds
06. Camera
07. J’ouvert Martin
08. Kelewele
09. Peace To The World
10. Omowale
11. Afrocalypso