Manic intense Italian jazz rock lp that almost transcends that description. Not sure exactly what this compares to Mahavishnu at their most intense? Some of Miles Davis' very early 70s stuff but probably sped up plus elements of Soft Machine/Zappa and middle eastern musical themes. & so far I've left out Demetrios Stratos weird scat-yodel vocals and the revolutionary leftist lyrics sung in Italian.
I think this is some of the most remarkable music I've ever heard and I'm glad to finally discover that there are remastered cds around since I've so far just had this lp as a needledrop FLAC set.
There are 5 studio lps & a live one that were released before Demetrios Stratos' extremely premature death. There are also other sets that were released posthumously plus other material cut by the band since his death. I'm still not sure what is exactly essential of their material but what I've heard has been quite breathtaking.
Very intense music.
My Bloody Valentine e.ps disc 2
great sounding remasters of the bands 2 main lps plus contemporary e.ps. So far I've only got around to hearing this disc. Haven't really had these e.ps before now so glad to finally get them.
Not really sure why I'm not more familiar with the material. I have copies of the earlier lp cds though I'm not sure how good my Loveless sounds. think I have one bad copy of that & possibly a decent one. But now have that in 2 different fresh masters.
I hitched to a couple of the dates on what presumably must have been the Isn't Anything tour to see the Silverfish support. I think I enjoyed MBV can remember thinking early Sonic Youth without (Kim Gordon's)ankle boots. But not sure why I didn't really get massively into them.
Also saw them in the earlier form with Dave Conway singing on the same bill as The Folk Devils at the Bull & Gate in Kentish Town and think I enjoyed it.
Well, have the stuff most people think is essential by them now. Socan consume at my leisure.
King Crimson Larks Tongues In Aspic
the 5 piece band getting pretty heavy in places. Starts off very quietly as Jamie Muir plays the intro on thumb piano and metal sheet.
Think I should know this recording better but I'm more familiar with it's material in later live form from the Nightwatch set.
Pretty great anyway.
Can EGE BAmyasi
Liquid funky stuff with Damo on vocals. Some of the greatest music ever recorded of course, no hyperbole there.
James Brown Revolution of The mind
The 1971 live at the Apollo with JB pictured in a cage on the front cover. The inside sleeve has pictures of him in what looks like a prison cell, the same image that was on the cover of In The Jungle Groove. May just be an empty backstage space.
Anyway the band is intermeshing amazingly, and this may be one of his peak recordings. Certainly in terms of him released at the time of recording.
took me a while to hear exactly how good this set was. It suddenly hit me one night in the middle of a radio show I was doing. & I think this has probably been remastered since the copy I have, bought in the early 90s.
Popol Vuh DAs Hohelied Salomos
Kosmische, ecstatic tranced rock with some heavy elements amongst the beauty. Band includes the chiming guitar of Daniel Fischelscher against the vocal chants of Djong Yun.
One of their best along with Einsjager & Sebensjager and Letzte Tage, Letzte Nächte.
live set from the end of last year. found it more mutlidimensional than I'd expected. Guitar seemed to have more folkish textures than I'd expected. Think I need to pick up the cd from last year.
DAvid Bixby Ode to quexalcoatl
Legendary downer folk lp that i think I need to investigate much further after having heard it about halfway through
Several other bits and pieces that will probably come back to me later.
Usual flow of interesting stuff turning up on my walkman at random.
bootleg version of Avengers great bit of knockabout fun directed by Joss Whedon which will probably get me to go and see it in the cinema before long. Thought I'd watch it at home cos I was dying of the flu and it might just take my mind off it, did for a while.
Man vs Food
this weekend has seen several hours of this per day on Dave. Probably very offputting for vegetarians.
Fug You Ed Sanders 60s memoir. Very interesting so far got up to '63 when he's living in the village and just got a fulltime job after working nightshift in a cigar store. He's been mimeographing FUCk you A Journal Of the Arts by hand and handing it out to anybody interested.
Sending copies to people like Samuel Beckett.
Prophets and Sages
Mark Powell's list of his favourite underground/prog lps with varying length reviews/band histories. very interesting & likely to have me buying a few more discs I've only heard titles of before.
Martina WArner NoGo The Bogeyman
book on the negative male stereotype in folklore which it's taken me too long to read but I'm just getting into