HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN!!!




Hello Folks, just for your information i will go to the sun this year from the 23rd of this month until around the 15th of october. I got the confirmation today. Hurray :-). hope we will meet here again after my holidays.

Frank

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Ginger Wildheart - Albion 2014 Flac & mp3








Today i will say the first words about an album. Ginger Wildheart ( a real rock star name! WOW!!!) frontman of the well known rockpunx of the last ...30?...25? years have done it for several times all alone (nearly) in the last years. And often quite good. This is Albion, his 2014 album on cd a 9 track story, the vinyl release offers 15 tracks. Here we have the vinyl album. what is it? Rock, Pop, Punk, Prog rock, Bubblegum, Electronica, Folk? No, this is Ginger. He take what he think he need for a good song and put all these things together. And in my opinion he did it very well. Most of the songs are real good pop songs with a powerful arrangement and nice ideas. Maybe two or three weaker songs like in example the title track, in my opinion way too long (around ten and a half minute), are on the album. The other songs here make fun and to me it's a quite good pop album, ...yes a pop album...or Heavy Metal? I'm just kidding. Try it or leave it
SB1



Review by drowninsound.com:
Only a musician as innovative, mercurial, uncompromising, stubborn and erratic as Ginger could suffer from Difficult Second Album Syndrome after countless records and a quarter of a century in the business.
To rate Albion as just another solo effort in his extensive curriculum vitae is only telling half of the story, if even that. The odyssey starts in 2010, following the dissolution of his band The Wildhearts – cult favourites and Nineties chart-botherers – when he found himself playing guitar for Hanoi Rocks’ blond bombshell Michael Monroe. Despite successful tours and a warmly-received co-written album Sensory Overdrive, creative differences and managerial issues cast him into the musical wilderness alone. With no band, no direction and no means to provide for a family, the towel was close to hitting the ring. It seemed that wild hearts could be broken.
Then, like a three-forked bolt of lightning, came the concept of a triple album that would alter the course of Ginger’s career forever. Funded purely by donations from a fanbase who showed a loyalty beyond question (in an honest, warm and productive way, the sort often overshadowed today by uncomfortable, commercial, hashtagged dedication to people like Bieber and Cyrus), they broke the target within hours and eventually reached just short of 600 per cent over it. The resulting record – titled 555% in honour of the amount at which physical copies became unavailable – comprised three discs brimming with newfound hope, accepted happiness and soulful rejuvenation.Hey! Hello!, was a pop-rock fiasco fronted by Victoria Liedtke with Ginger playing every instrument. The second was Mutation, a cathartic collaboration with other noisemongers that landed somewhere between Cardiacs and Napalm Death. Ginger was unreserved in his appreciation; the fans had come through in unprecedented ways, the proverbial middleman had been shot in the back of the head, and the light at the end of the tunnel was brighter than ever (and, fortunately, not an approaching subway train).
Two more projects were later borne of PledgeMusic. The first,
Albion, originally making like Mr J. Christ and arriving on a Christmas night, now sees a general release outside of the loyal hands of pledging fans fans (who, here, smashed the 400 per cent mark). Given the events of the past few years, this first release under the usual Ginger moniker since 555%, and the first featuring the house band assembled during those sessions, has a fair amount to live up to. Initial reaction was mixed – largely on the part of Ginger himself, absent for the mastering and unhappy with the finished product.
Where the triple album was challenging not for its sound (pristine and precise) but its sheer magnitude, Albion is testing for its lesser production and less subtle amalgamation of stylistic ideas. Ginger has never been one to be afraid of fucking around in terms of genre and audience perception – 1997’s Endless, Nameless springs to mind – and experimentation is inherent in most efforts that bear his insignia. Here, however, disparate components are often more pronounced, or at least more noticeable where they were once fluidly put together by the sonic seamster.
Still, the songwriting machine’s perennial ability to sculpt a moving melody from the hardest rock and most abstract shapes continues. Opening salvo ‘Drive’ is perhaps the best representative of this; tinny tones could never wholly distract from the evocative life affirmation buried in Stones-y grooves. Elsewhere there’s ‘Cambria’, an oddly effective mash of Hey! Hello! and Mutation, and ‘Grow A Pair’, an intense dance-rock affair haunted by Victoria’s dreamy vocal presence and cut with Ginger’s tongue-in-cheek lyrical banter (“I don’t want to be a dickhead all my life”).


The more abstract, ethereal moments like ‘Order Of The Dog’ and the sublime voyage that is the self-titled finale track have their place, but Wildheart has always been dabbest-handed when armed with a chorus and bouncy riff. Thankfully, then, there’s the warm ‘Body Parts’ and dynamic ode to wanderlust ‘The Beat Goes On (Caledonia)’.
And so ends another step on Ginger’s loveably tumultuous, often volatile, refreshingly bittersweet and often transcendental musical journey. While many of the tracks on Albion require more evaluative listens than past glories have done, all are a testament to the singer’s creative inimitability, with a minimal amount of weaker moments simply serving to emphasise the others – songs of enduring, endearing quality.(drownedinsound.com)

Here the links for 'Albion':     mp3@320    &   Flac

Viel Spass
                 SB1

Pop/Folk-Rock from 1968 Eclection - Eclection 1968 (2001 Collector's Choice) Flac & mp3


Eclection's sole album is very much a period piece of its era, albeit an attractive and at times intriguing one. At root this is slightly melancholy folk-rock with a strong Californian influence, particularly in the blends of six-string and twelve-strings, of acoustic and electric guitars, and of male and female vocal harmonies.
What sets this off slightly from the Seekers and the Mamas and the Papas is the ornate production by Ossie Byrne, and particularly the pseudo-baroque orchestral arrangements by Phil Dennys. It's also set off somewhat from the most commercial Californian pop-folk-rock by the slightly spacy, psychedelic aura of the lyrics, even if the sentiments are about as misty dew-eyed as they come in folk-rock. The harmonies can't fail to bring to mind a cross between the Seekers, early Jefferson Airplane, We Five, and Mamas and the Papas, particularly due to female singer Kerrilee Male's strong, earnest pipes. The record's chief flaw is that the all-original material, while sometimes extremely pleasant, fails to stick in the craw, causing one's attention to drift somewhat over the course of the disc. It's also true that the arrangements get a little too inappropriately fruity at times. It's still a nice listen, some songs making more of an impression than others, such as "Nevertheless," which might have had some hit potential.(allmusic.com)


This is for sure a very underrated album . The arrangements of the vocals and also the instrumentation are first class in my opinion. And the difference to other folk-rock acts with pop elements of the time then are not to overhear. For me a first class album and unfortunately a forgotten classic. I highly recommend it if you are in sixties folk-rock with pop elements.

Have fun
              SB1   Flac part1  &  Flac part2         -  mp3@320

Breezy Sunshine Pop/Soft Rock/Psych Pop: Soft Soul Transition - SST 1969 (2009 Beatball ‎– BEAT 49) Flac & mp3



Soft Soul Transition's SST, originally released in 1969 as a private pressing. Breezy sunshine-pop, soft-rock, psych-pop from California. Crystal clear recording with awesome vocal harmonies, superb musicianship, bossa and blue-eyed-soul-jazz touches with folk-rock moves. In 1969, Chet Demilo was appearing at Donkin's Inn in Marina Del Rey, where he met Arnie Marcus and Ray Hames, who together were to become part of an incredible slice of history. Donkin's became the hottest and most famous destination in Southern California for the next seven years, and Chet was the magnet that started the new singles scene in Los Angeles with Marina Del Rey as ground zero. Arnie sat in on bongos with Chet from time-to-time, and Ray, who was managing an apartment complex that housed 200 flight attendants, just happened to have a unit available. Chet moved in and he and Ray started working on songs together. Chet suggested forming a vocal group with Arnie and SST was born. For three months they practiced the intricate vocal harmonies and in early 1970 cut the album, Soft Soul Transition, or SST. A thousand records were pressed and an album release party was held at Donkin's where SST gave their one and only performance.

Very nice album with different musical influences.A great pop effort.

Enjoy
         SB1
(I'm sorry no artwork :-(  )        Flac part1  &  Flac part2  &  Flac part3     -   mp3@320

PsychPop Garage by The Summer Sounds - Up-Down 1969 (2004 radioactive records) Flac & mp3


The Summer Sounds were a New England group whose origin is a mystery, the one interesting fact is this album was released in 1969 and yet still has a 1965-66 garage sounds, the album is moody to its core and possibly is one of the finest moody garage albums to ever exist, It is fascinating to me that these kids were still playing a very melancholy and beautiful type of music in 69' when by this time bands were either going down the heavy psychedelic rock route or going the polar opposite and being utterly wussed out folk styled singer-songwriters with no real backbone of emotions.
The Summer Sounds kept it real and in doing so kept their music was raw and alive, their sole album aptly named 'Up Down' is a complete unknown garage classic and anyone who loves this type of music (in particular the moody and subdued side of the genre) MUST own this album (Thankfully Radioactive Records have reissued the album on CD - originals will cost an arm and a leg these days)
'Up Down' has ten amazingly wonderful Vox Continental organ led pop songs, eight of the tracks are delightful originals penned by band members themselves and also featured are two exquisite cover versions of The Spencer Davis Groups' - Gimme Some Lovin' and The Zombies' classic 'I Love You'.
Paul - Bass and Vocals
Joe - Organ, Songwriter, Backing Vocals
Dave - Guitar
Ralph - Sax (no Sax on LP - meaning Ralph was likely involved in the live line-up of the group)
Roy - Drums 

I wish to include four tracks from the album for your listening pleasure (please support the band by purchasing the album yourself - Do Not Download - You may as well own this cool album)... These Four are my favourites.
Small World - A wonderful opening track to any album, 'Small World' just tells it like it is.... the teen trauma in the chorus is something to behold "Why Did We Break-Up? I really Don't Know...I sit here thinking of things long ago"..... This kid is hurting and the listener knows it, Anyone can relate to these types of emotions.... surely??

Lonely Beach - This track is my favourite on the album, I don't know why really? However I feel it is because it kind of relates to my own strange situation, I live fairly close to the beach and I guess I wander around a certain place at times and that very beach is my own 'Lonely Beach'.... I love the haunting organ chords, the deep bass line and  the mournful lyrics full of abandon and despair.... I TOTALLY 'get' this song, as it is a mirror reflection of my current circumstance.... an amazing track!!!
The Leaves Are Turning Brown - Another moody classic, this one has been comped on a couple of 'garage comps' over the years.... The vibe of the song again is full of reflection, rejection and yearning and again the lyrics hit you in the guts with powerful lyricism such as that which is in the chorus "I was a fool to waste my time with you".... total awe inspiring realism.... the song's writing craft is something to uphold, the chord changes are simply beautiful and it is just a great magical track, The Summer Sounds were amazing song writers.
Summer Girl - Just a beautiful song, I can't write anything except a small personal message .... If you are (you know who you are) reading this, this one is for you... take it easy and I hope you're keeping well, maybe time will make us see each other again one day?"



SO folks that is the Summer Sounds, they released possibly the greatest break-up LP ever released and faded into obscurity, thankfully they released this amazing album for people like me to enjoy and listen to.... I suggest if you dig the songs above, to buy the album.... it's all very great throughout! (Paul Messis, thetransparentradiation)
This is really a very wonderful album and it's a pity the band don't got the success they deserved in my opinion. You can buy the album here
By the way Paul Messis the guy who wrote this nice review is also very fine musician. Just for your info.

Enjoy
          Frank    Flac     -    mp3@320