Roger Glover & Guests – The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast – `75 – Polydor

•April 1, 2010 • 3 Comments


ok , here is another really cool conceptual piece ala planet earth or intergalactic band stuff ! this one features deep purples roger glover at the helm , with guest stars ; ronnie james dio , david coverdale, glenn hughes & more ! this one is pretty amazing AND very diverse — the songs kinda all run together so u get a full side A & side B , hard to cut each song & i thought it might detract : OH & hehe , thats really DIO ! – enjoy ~ !


Of all the multitudinous highways and byways down which the enterprising Deep Purple collector can travel, none, perhaps, is so surprising as The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast, Purple bassist Roger Glover’s first “solo” album, and — almost incidentally — one of the most delightful children’s records ever made. Yes, a children’s record. In 1973, Glover was approached about creating a musical adaptation of artist Alan Aldridge and poet William Plomer’s book of the same name — a commission that surprised him, but which he nevertheless accepted. The book itself is delightful and, while Glover’s work is unquestionably more heavily flavored by the near-psychedelia of the illustrations, the spirit of the text is retained as well, to create an album that stands among the few truly successful musical adaptations of an existing story yet committed to vinyl. Although Glover, as the album’s premier composer, takes the bulk of the credit for this success, his co-conspirators, too, merit praise. Convening what resembles one of the greatest all-star lineups in heavy metal history — and then banning them from even glancing toward their usual territory — Glover is joined by Purple stalwarts David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, future Rainbow frontman Ronnie James Dio, session stars Eddie Hardin and Tony Ashton, soul singer Jimmy Helms, Roxy Music’s Eddie Jobson and John Gustafson, and three quarters of funk-rock aspirants Fancy. Each was given his own role to play and the resultant album is a tremendous mishmash of musical styles, from folky balladeering to psychedelic whimsy, but leaning most heavily toward an early-’70s pop/rock vibe — for some reason, one could imagine the early Queen spending an awful lot of time listening to The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast. Given the heavily narrative nature of the project, it is best listened to in one session — a handful of tracks certainly exist more to carry the tale than make a musical impact. Highlights, however, leap out from across the platter, with the macabre “Old Blind Mole” and the positively buoyant “Love Is All” the twin extremes around which the action revolves. Gustafson’s hard rock “Watch out for the Bat,” meanwhile, must surely have induced nightmares within the album’s younger fans, while Dio’s closing “Homeward” all but predicts the course of arena rock during the ’80s. [The original vinyl packs 19 tracks; the 25th-Anniversary CD adds one, the European B-side “Little Chalk Blue,” together with a fabulous enhanced multimedia clip (“Love Is All” again) taken from a projected animated TV series. It’s a great package, as well as a chance to reacquaint yourself with one of childhood’s most treasured tales.] ~ [ Dave Thompson, All Music Guide ]


If there is one word to describe this album, it is MAGICAL! The music and lyrics are woven together to create a musical journey into a magical fairytale land. The listener drifts away to another time and place, a place of animals and insects in the forests and meadows all preparing for the grand ball. Conceived, written, and directed by Roger Glover of Deep Purple fame, this is brilliant stuff. There are 20 short songs which flow together perfectly to tell the hopes, dreams, desires, and feelings of the various characters as they approach the grand event. One might think that on such a massive project with so many artists involved, that too many cooks might spoil the soup. This is definitely NOT the case. For example, each vocalist is perfectly suited to the type of song he/she is singing and to the character he/she represents. And althiugh numerous various instruments are employed, they are never employed so indulgently that they get in the way of each other or clutter up the total sound. The production quality is very good and for the most part the mix of instruments is just about right. This is a far cry from the hard rock of Deep Purple, but it is a refreshing change and definite “classic” that should find a comfortable home in anyone’s CD collection, whether you are a fan of Barry Manilow or Led Zeppelin.
[ amazon ]


Roger Glover & Guests – The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast – `75 – Polydor
all trax from wax – akashaman – 2010
MP3 @ 320kbps – includes high rez cover scans


Side A
1 Dawn 1:18
2 Get Ready 2:07
3 Saffron Dormouse and Lizzy Bee 1:24
4 Harlequin Hare 1:26
5 Old Blind Mole 1:13
6 Magician Moth 1:34
7 No Solution 3:16
8 Behind the Smile 1:59
9 Fly Away 2:22
10 Aranea 1:37
11 Sitting in a Dream 3:40
Side B
12 Waiting 3:06
13 Sir Maximus Mouse 2:40
14 Dreams of Sir Bedivere 4:41
15 Together Again 1:36
16 Watch Out for the Bat 1:41
17 The Feast 1:46
18 Love Is All 3:17
19 Homeward 4:17
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Hello world!

•April 1, 2010 • 7 Comments

HEY ALL ~ thanks for stopping in. ready to get back to bizness . hit me with any requests you might have , or have made & i have forgotten. – i will certainly try & get to em.
might throw in a few curve balls here & there to keep ya on ya feet !
maybe a classic 70`s LP or sometin` —–
rok on
If ya take the time to download , please take the time to comment.
thanks to CY & WKC for all the great feedback & comments ….!!!!

WATCH THIS SPACE — aka

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i created this blog to share some of my collection … i have over 3,500 lp`s.
i am using an old vintage marantz 1150D amp [ thanks pa ! ], Yamaha YP-D4 turntable , seasound SOLO EX soundcard , & Cubase 5 to do all transfers.
this seems to capture the warmth of vinyl as well , which is really nice !
most of my wax is real clean so i hope to get some clean transfers.
minor eq / comp if needed to add more clarity. also a bit of WAVS x-clik , x-pop , etc.
some recordings will be cd transfers , but the majority will be scare psych LP`s.
i have about a thousand cds , many of which are OOP & obscure enuff to share.
i am new to the blog thing , but have noticed alot of really obscure stuff being posted. i will try & fill in the cracks as best i can , but i am sure there be someone / somewhere who beats me to the punch , so to speak.
i just dont wanna waste time with something that is already avaliable , so i will try & keep my posts as original as feasable. all lp`s could range a bit in style , but most will be pop in nature.
all files are the result of my own effort & time , from my own personal collection. no files here are borrowed or otherwise mirrored & or cloned.
i expect the same reciprication.
LASTLY IF YOU LIKE/LOVE ANY OF THESE LP`S , PLEASE SEEK IT OUT & BUY IT `
enjoy your time in the kosmos & if ya take time to download the music , take time to let me know what ya think please!
aka`

New Mirror Site

•March 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

With all the things goin` on in the world , i thought it prudent to set up a mirror site :
set your bookmarks – if anyone knows any other “cool” host blogsites , please let me know !
Mirror Site = Akashaman`s Kosmos II

Rabbitt – A Croak And A Grunt In The Night – Capricorn Records – `77

•March 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

ok ,as promised here is the 2nd & last Rabbitt LP from 77. this one might be better , hard to say they both are so good. came out pretty clean , lp is in ex shape ! – turn it up ~ enjoy


Musicians:
Trevor Rabin: Vocals, guitars, piano, electric piano, harmonica, tubular bells, string arrangements, producer
Neil Cloud: Drums, percussion
Duncan Faure: Vocals, rhythm guitar, organ, piano
Ronnie Robot: Bass
Margaret Singana: Guest vocals on ‘Tribal Fence’
Patric van Blerk: Producer
Julian Laxton: Remix engineer
Peter Thwaites and Greg Cutler: Engineers
Release information:
South Africa: 1977, Jo’Burg Records, TJL 13014
* USA & Canada: 1977, Capricorn , CP 0190


Comments:


‘Tribal Fence’ is a cover of the Freedoms Children track from the album Astra. The Rabbitt version features the incredible vocal talents of Margaret Singana, who was the lead singer on The Warrior album by Ipi ‘N Tombia in 1973. Trevor has worked with Margaret on a number of her albums.
Margaret Singana also recorded a very powerful version of ‘Tribal Fence’ which is available on the Lady Africa compilation CD.
The Rollers re-recorded ‘Working For The People’ in 1980 (on ‘Voxx’). Similarily, Rabin re-did ‘Hold On To Love’ as ‘Hold On To Me’ for his 1989 solo album ‘Can’t Look Away’, which featured Duncan Faure on backing vocals.
— Hannes, Bay City Rollers Discography website


Review:


I was a little young when Rabbitt were at their peak and had not yet developed an interest in music. All I remember about them was my grandmother complaining about the racket these long haired boys were making when they appeared on Pop Shop. So when I came across “A Croak..” about a year back, I though I’d better check out what the fuss was all about.
My initial reaction was that they are not as hard rock as I expected. There are hints of Jazz in the intro to “Everybody’s Cheating” but the over all feel of the album is one of 70’s glam rock which I suppose it was. The use of the piano on a number of tracks is reminiscent of Billy Joel and Elton John of the same era.
There are some nice rock ballads and some quite tuneful pop numbers some almost Beatles-esque. One highlight for me is the cover of Freedoms Children’s “Tribal Fence” where they are joined by Margaret Singana. It is a up tempo version and one I find less “busy” than the Freedoms Children version, but does not have the same depth as the original.
“A Love You Song” is the vehicle for a great guitar work out for (I presume, as the album I bought didn’t have any sleeve notes) Trevor Rabin and is the other highlight of the album. You can see why supergroup Yes took him on.
Overall this is a solid album but I must say that I was a little disappointed. I guess you had to be there to have really appreciated this, or maybe my grandmother just psychologically scarred me for life. [John Samson, July 2000]  


Rabbitt – A Croak And A Grunt In The Night – Capricorn Records – `77
all trax from wax – akashaman – 2010
MP3 @ 320 kbps – includes high rez cover scans


Tracks:


T.C. Rabin In D-Minor (Rabin) [0.24]
I Sleep Alone (Rabin) [2.52]
A Croak And A Grunt In The Night (Rabin/van Blerk) [2.37]
Everybody’s Cheating (Rabin/van Blerk) [4.10]
Sugar Pie (Rabin) [3.22]
Searching (Rabin) [4.13]
Working For The People (Rabin/Robot/Faure/Cloud) [4.21]
Pollyman (Rabin) [2.23]
Schumann (Trad. arr. Rabin) 0.21]
Hold On To Love (Rabin/van Blerk) [4.06]
Dingley’s Bookshop (Faure) [2.10] theme from a TV series
Never Gonna Ruin My Life (Rabin) [0.56]
Tribal Fence (MacKay) [3.51] featuring Margaret Singana
Gift Of Love (Rabin/van Blerk/Robot) [3.44]
Lonely Loner Too (Faure) [3.35]
Take It Easy (Rabin) [3.40]
A Love You Song (Faure) [1.46]


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Rabbitt – Boys Will Be Boys – `76 – Capricorn Records

•March 27, 2010 • 3 Comments



DAMN THESE GUYS WERE GOOD ! i know , u never heard of them but i bet you have heard of YES , eh ? well , trevor rabin played in yes , singer/guitarist – well this was his first band , from south africa !
from what i understand they were quite the stir back in the day ! [google that shit ! ] screamin girls the whole bit ! – check them out & let me know what YOU think – i friggin love this LP ——– oh & i have their 2nd one up next ,[ if i start getting some feedback ?!] so there 😛  : total power pop & the like here KIDZ ~ does it get any better than this ? not any more

Comments:
Locomotive Breath
Rabbitt covered the Jethro Tull classic ‘Locomotive Breath’ in 1972 and released it as a single. It was number 96 in the LM Radio Top Hits of 1972. I guess you could say it was a runaway smash!
Patric van Blerk engaged Trevor on a session to play guitar on a version of Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ he had wanted to do. The recording session had Errol Friedman playing guitar (Ronnie Robot’s brother), Fransua Roos on keyboards (who did the arrangement), Lou “Moose” Forer (from Suck) on bass and Cedric Samson on drums. The single was put out under Rabbitt and took off into the charts (it made the LM top ten).
— The History Of Contemporary Music Of South Africa(1994, Toga)
The lyrics were “cleaned-up” for the SA censors: “his woman and his best friend” were now “travelling to the sun” and “the all-time winner” had got him by…”the hands”!
When Rabbitt re-recorded this track in 1975 for the ‘Boys Will Be Boys!’ album, the original Jethro Tull lyrics returned; a brave move at the time!

Rabbittmania
This is great rock album, but unfortunately the “rabbitt-mania” that followed the boys appearances on the then brand-new medium of TV, meant that serious rock music-lovers ignored the band because they “only attracted 14-year old groupies”. I was sixteen and liked “14-year old groupies” so it was cool!
What a pity, though for some, to miss out on such rock classics as ‘Hard Ride’, ‘Lifeline’, ‘Savage’, etc.

Charlie

‘Charlie’, was a huge radio hit, but did very little to win over the rock fans.
“As dogs go you’re groovy
not as predictable as some
but you’re not as paranoid as Lady Marmalade
and really much more fun”

I knew Rabbitt, and so far as I know, Charlie was Trevor’s dog, but I’m not certain of this.


— Mandy Vose, September 1999

I co-produced this track with Patric van Blerk and Charlie is not a ‘dog’. He is actually Patric’s close friend and partner [Charles Coetzee]. ‘Lady Marmalade’, lyrics from the song, is their persian cat.
— Julian Laxton, November 1999

Awards

‘Boys Will Be Boys’ became a gold record (25 000 copies sold) faster than any other South African record.
Rabbitt won a Sarie award, the South African equivalent of a Grammy award, for Best Contemporary Pop Music.
Engineer Julian Laxton, producer Patric van Blerk, and Trevor himself all received Saries. Trevor’s was for best arranger.
Nearly all these great tracks (and others) can be found on Rabbitt – The Hits CD released by Gallo in 1996.

Review:
 Kurt Shoemaker, Texas, May 2001

If I had heard Rabbitt’s ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ before hearing Rabbitt’s ‘The Hits’ the boys would have lived up to my expectations for a rockin’ band. Before I bought ‘The Hits’ I had heard ‘Charlie’ and knew that they had covered ‘Locomotive Breath’, so after all the praise sung about Rabbit I expected some power pop of higher proof than on ‘The Hits’.
‘The Hits’ is a nice CD at a nice price, but the rocking content is somewhat diluted by slower, sentimental numbers. Ballads are all well and good, but if ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ is typical of their other albums, Rabbitt would be better served by a reissue program of LPs on CD. I expected something rockier and ‘The Hits’ is a tad on the glossy side.
However, ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ rocks. It is not raw rock, but rather has the polished production I associate with their sound (at times reminiscent of 10cc). ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ should be a listener’s introduction to Rabbitt, to be followed by ‘The Hits’. It has creative songs and wonderful musicianship.
Six of the ten songs from ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ are on ‘The Hits’, but their impact there is diluted by the number of wistful, pretty songs on ‘The Hits’. In their original line-up, the songs on ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ add up to a nice rocking album with a few slower interludes that set apart the up-tempo numbers.
The four songs on ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ that are not on ‘The Hits’ mostly git up and go. Songs like ‘Something’s Going Wrong with My Baby’ and ‘Looking for the Man’ add jump to the album. Overall, ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ is like a 33 minute rocking live set that also has a few slow numbers thrown in for close dancing.
Don’t get me wrong, Rabbitt’s ‘The Hits’ is essential to my South African music collection — just as ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ is essential music, too. This album rules, ok?    
[ rock.co.za/files/rabbitt_boys.html ]

Musicians:
Trevor Rabin: Vocals, guitars, keyboards, producer, arranger
Neil Cloud: Drums, percussion
Duncan Faure: Keyboards, lead vocals on ‘Hard Ride’
Ronnie Robot: Bass


Patric van Blerk: Producer
Julian Laxton: Producer, engineer
Strings by Pro Arte, led by Bram Verhoef
Solo violin on ‘Hard Ride’ by Godfrey Rabin (Trevor’s father)



Rabbitt – Boys Will Be Boys – `76 – Capricorn Records
all trax from wax – akashaman – 2010 
MP3 @ 320 kbps – includes high rez cover scan

Tracks:
Something’s Going Wrong With My Baby (Rabin) [4.45]
Savage (Rabin) [4.43]
Lifeline (Rabin/Van Blerk) [6.00]
Locomotive Breath (Ian Anderson) [3.35]
Hard Ride (Rabin) [4.05]
Baby’s Leaving (Rabin) [2.20]
Eventides (Rabin) [2.34]
Looking For The Man (Rabin/Van Blerk) [4.00]
Death Of Tulio (Rabin) [0.22]
Charlie (Rabin/Van Blerk) [2.35]


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Sky – Dont Hold Back – `70 – RCA Records

•March 27, 2010 • 4 Comments


well , this one is for knack fans …wait , were there any knack fans ? ha – just joshing , this is a great LP with `ol doug on bass & vox. ya , we lost him recently , so here is my tribute to the man & his mission ! – let me know what u think of tis 70`s gem ! – take off and fly will ya ?



I have to admit here that I was never a huge fan of the Knack. It would be accurate to say that in 1979, ‘My Sharona’ was nothing less than a blight on my senior year of high school, the kind of song that sent me flying to change the radio dial whenever it came on. It wasn’t until a few years later, when I heard their cover of the Kinks’ ‘The Hard Way’ that I softened in my appraisal of the band (which would have happened eventually since they were right up my power pop alley).
Anyway, it was early last year, on a digging/DJing trip to Washington DC that my man DJ Birdman turned me on to the fact that the Knack wasn’t Doug Fieger’s first band. That honor goes to the group you’re hearing today, Sky.
Fieger came of age in Detroit, where in the late 60s, he apparently sent a letter off to uber-producer Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones, Traffic among many others) and suggested that if he were ever to come to the Motor City, he should drop in and hear Fieger’s band, that being Sky. Miller took him up on his offer, and at the ripe old age of 17, Fieger and his bandmates were spirited off to the UK where they recorded their debut album, ‘Don’t Hold Back’ in 1970. They would record a second LP with Miller (this time back in the States) before breaking up in 1972.
I grabbed the Sky album out of sheer curiosity, but was blown away when I actually heard it. Doug Feiger and his bandmates were making music with the same kind of proto-power pop sting as contemporaries like Big Star and the Raspberries. This is not to suggest that they sound anything like either of those bands, but rather that the benefit of hindsight suggests that they were all sailing in the same general direction.
The sound of Sky is a mix of 1970-appropriate heavy guitars, mixed with some great hooks. They were clearly ahead of their time, which is probably what doomed them to obscurity.
The three tunes featured today are fairly representative of the sound of that first album. ‘Goody Two Shoes’, ‘How’s that Treating Your Mouth Babe’ and ‘One Love’ all have the same tight, choppy guitar riffs that with a tiny bit less of the ‘stadium filling’ vibe would resurface as the decade progressed with Grin, Dwight Twilley, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers i.e. the earlier, rockier end of what would eventually morph into new wave and power pop.
I don’t know if any of the Sky material has ever been reissued on CD, but it ought to, since it’s quite good.
I hope you dig it, and you raise a glass in memory of Doug Fieger. [ larry ]


Sky – Dont Hold Back – `70 – RCA Records
all trax from wax – akashaman – 2010
MP3 @ 320 kbps
– includes high rez cover scans


Goodie Two Shoes
Take Off And Fly
Rockin’ Me Yet
I Still Do
Make It In Time
One Love
There In The Greenbriar
How’s That Treating Your Mouth Babe
Homin’ Ground
Feels Like 1000 Years


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The World of Terry Jacks and The Poppy Family – `76 – London Records

•March 26, 2010 • 2 Comments





Man i love these guys ! partridge family meets the manson family , ha – the poppies can get pretty dark for such a flowery band ….. don`t  let this one fool ya. for those who havent heard much of da poppies , u will be amazed – the production is really good with lots of cool sounds drifting in & out half the time. they always did a lot with so little. terry was a great writer , producer. and susan`s voice is just haunting ! doesnt get any better than this one kids ! let me know what ya think ! 
[ cause i got more poppies ! ] ————-  where is everyone at ? ! lol


Susan Jacks’ voice became highly recognizable when “Which Way You Goin’ Billy” climbed the charts in 1970, and her husband hit number one in 1974 after they divorced with a remake of a song once performed by the Kingston Trio, “Seasons in the Sun.” The meticulous songwriting, production, and arranging skills of guitarist/mastermind Terry Jacks (who later had a huge solo hit with the classic pop single “Seasons in the Sun”) lift these recordings above the work of many of the group’s better-known contemporaries. Singer Susan Jacks has a beautiful voice that sometimes sounds like (but predates) Karen Carpenter, but is eminently more soulful. Although characterized in the liner notes as a “soft pop” band, the Poppy Family was also capable of a somewhat tougher sound that sometimes recalled Surrealistic Pillow-era Jefferson Airplane and folkier material in the Kenny Rogers & the First Edition/Roger McGuinn vein. Throughout, Jacks frames the songs with creative, if often dated, arrangements that compare favorably to his obvious influences, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Phil Spector.

The World of Terry Jacks and The Poppy Family – `76 – London Records
all trax from wax – akashaman – 2010
MP3 @ 320 kbps – includes high rez cover scans

seasons in the sun
i`m gonna love you too
today i started loving you again
remember the rain
the love game
shadows on my wall
sail away
where evil grows
if you go away
rock n roll
of cities and escapes
someone must have jumped
i`m so lonely here today
a good thing lost
concrete sea

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