Monday, September 10, 2012

Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (1981)

I want bloooooood!

Greensleeves Records, UK, 1981. Cat # GREL 25

A1: The Voodoo Curse (3:48)
A2: Dance of The Vampires (3:26)
A3: Blood on His Lips (3:00)
A4: Cry of The Werewolf (4:25)
A5: The Mummy's Shroud 4:29)
B1: The Corpse Rises (3:27)
B2: Night of The Living Dead (4:14)
B3: Your Teeth in My Neck (4:39)
B4: Plague of Zombies (2:49)
B5: Ghost of Frankenstein (3:21)

Produced & Arranged by Henry Junjo Lawes
Rhythm Tracks laid at Channel One
Mixed at King Tubby's by Scientist at midnight Friday 13th June 1981*
ROOTS RADICS as themselves
Bass- Flabba, Drums - Style and Santa, Rhythm Guitar - Sowell and Bingy Bunny,
Keyboards - Gladdie, Ansel and Winston, Lead Guitar - Bo Pee and Alan,
Percussion - Scully, Sticky and Sky Juice, Horns - Deadly Headley, Dean and Nambo.
Mastered by Ray Staff
Cover - Tony McDermott.

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*actually a Saturday  - DS

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tin Machine - Tin Machine II (1991)

I'm not sure why Tin Machine gets such a bum rap. Great band on paper: you got Reeves Gabrels on guitar, plus Hunt and Tony Sales, previously seen as the rhythm section for Todd Rundgren and on Iggy Pop's Lust for Life. And the front man's not half bad. It's not like anyone's going to argue that Mr Jones didn't need a circuit-breaker after Never Let Me Down and that Glass Spider malarkey. In many ways, Tin Machine paved the way for Bowie's "comeback" albums of the 90s and beyond.
And yet, this album in particular seems to have fallen off the edge of the world.

OK, the Roxy Music cover is a bit naff, removing all the tension and drama that made the original so great (and "I would come all day?" Really? Did nobody think to check the original lyrics?). And maybe giving Hunt Sales two lead vocals is taking the illusion of band democracy a little too far, but there's some great material here, and some jaw-dropping shreddage by Mr Gabrels.
And still Mr Bowie seems to have disowned it. OK, it's not Ziggy Stardust or Low, but neither is it Tonight or Labyrinth.

Seems the LP of this one was only released in Europe, so I guess this is a bit rare.

Victory Records, UK, 1991. Cat # 828 272-1

David Bowie – lead vocals, guitar, piano, saxomophone
Reeves Gabrels – lead guitar, backing vocals, vibrators, organ
Hunt Sales – drums, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Stateside" and "Sorry"
Tony Sales – bass, backing vocals
Kevin Armstrong – rhythm guitar on "If There Is Something", piano on "Shopping for Girls"
Tim Palmer – percussion, additional piano

Produced by Tin Machine and Tim Palmer
Recorded (somewhat to my surprise) at the old EMI Studio 301 in Sydney in 1989 and in Los Angeles in 1991.

A1: Baby Universal (3:18)
A2: One Shot (5:12)
A3: You Belong in Rock n' Roll (4:08)
A4: If There Is Something (4:45)
A5: Amlapura (3:46)
A6: Betty Wrong (3:48)
B1: You Can't Talk (3:10)
B2: Stateside (5:38)
B3: Shopping for Girls (3:44)
B4: A Big Hurt (3:40)
B5: Sorry (3:39)
B6: Goodbye Mr. Ed (3:24)
B7: Hammerhead (1:00)

All songs written by Bowie/Gabrels, except A4 (Bryan Ferry), B2 (Bowie/H. Sales), B4 (Bowie), B5 (H Sales), B6 (Bowie/Sales/Sales) and B7 (Bowie/H Sales)

Update, 6/9/12
I have changed the links below to those of a new file host. If anyone would like to supply any feedback as to whether this one is better than the last one (see previous posts) I'd appreciate it. At the very least it seems they won't delete files after 30 days of inactivity.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Keith and Julie Tippett - Couple in Spirit (1988)

If you thought last month's post from Wayne Shorter was wild, wrap your ears around this'un.
I'll let the happy couple explain themselves [from the liner notes]:

Julie and I intentionally went into the studio without any preconceived notation or architecture. All the Music on this album is totally improvised. The instruments are acoustic, recorded as they sounded.
COUPLE IN SPIRIT is a suite of spontaneous composition and should be listened to as on piece in eight movements. Total improvisation is composition, both are part of the complete music. Momentum - colour - tension - relief of tension = architecture. May music never just become another way of making money.

All my musical life I have been searching for my 'ethnic' soul. This work with Keith has brought me the closest to finding it.

Editions EG, UK, 1988. Cat # EGED 52

A1: Daybreak [3:18]
A2: Morning Psalm [2:21]
A3: Brimstone Spring Lullaby [3:51]
A4: Evening Psalm [3:36]
A5: Marching (We Shall Remember Them) [6:05]
B1: The Choir and the Sunset Improvisers [7:27]
B2: The Key at Dusk [6:25]
B3: Grey Mist with Yellow Waterfall Entwines Evening Turquoise [4:26]

All compositions by Keith and Julie Tippett except A3: Julie Tippetts and B2: Keith Tippett.
Keith Tippett: Piano, Harpsichord, Harmonium, Bottles, Bells, Voices.
Julie Tippetts: Voices, Zither, Recorder, Bottles, Shaker

Recorded by Tony Arnold
Mixed by Robert Fripp
Produced by Keith and Julie Tippett
LP mastered at Townhouse Studios, London.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wayne Shorter - Moto Grosso Feio (1970)

In which Mr. Shorter takes several fellow Miles Davis alumni and sets the controls for the heart of the sun. Blue Note responds by keeping it in the vault for four years (releasing it after Weather Report became popular) and forgetting about it thereafter.

This came out on CD on the One Way records reissue label about 20 years ago, but is long out of print now.

A1: Moto Grosso Feio (12:30)
A2: Montezuma (7:54)
B1: Antiqua (5:26)
B2: Vera Cruz (5:15)
B3: Iska (11:26)

All compositions by Wayne Shorter, except Vera Cruz, which is by Milton Nascimento
Recorded August 26, 1970 at Air Studios, New York City.
Produced by Duke Pearson

Wayne Shorter: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
John McLaughlin: 12 string guitar
Miroslav Vitouš: bass (uncredited on album cover but mentioned as part of sessions in liner notes)
Ron Carter: bass, cello
Jack DeJohnette: drums, thumb piano
Chick Corea: marimba, drums, percussion
Micheline Pelzer (credited as Michelin Prell): drums, percussion
Dave Holland: acoustic guitar, bass

[personnel credits copied and pasted from Wikipedia]

Blue Note, 1974. Cat # BN-LA014-G

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beastie Boys - Rock Hard (1985)

Vale Adam Yauch, aka MCA.

Def Jam, USA, 1985. Cat # DJ002. 33 1/3 rpm 12" EP

A1: Rock Hard [4:59]
A2: Party's Gettin' Rough [6:06]
B1: Beastie Groove [3:38]
B2: Beastie Groove (Instrumental) [3:36]

Produced by Rick Rubin and the Beastie Boys
Vinyl mastered by Herb Powers Jr.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Pierre Boulez - Music by Varèse and Schoenberg (1960)

Here's a bit of a rarity by Pierre Boulez. Boulez made later recordings of all these chamber pieces in stereo (or quad) on the Columbia label (later on CD from Sony Classical) but this is a mono recording on the French Vega label (about which I know precisely rien).

The Schoenberg piece also features Yvonne Loriod who, the following year, would marry her and Boulez's teacher, Oliver Messiaen, and become (if you'll forgive the cliché) his muse and principal interpreter of his piano works.

Technical Note:
This is my first stab at ripping a mono record for this blog. I have used a spherical-tipped Shure M44-7 cartridge instead of the usual microline stylus AT440mla cart to reduce groove noise. I have run the 24/96 stereo wav file through Clickrepair, manually removed any big remaining clicks and then digitally folded the stereo file down to mono using Audacity. One section in Intégrales clicked loudly in the right channel for about a minute so I used only the left channel for that section.

Vega Records, France, 1960. Cat # C 30 A 271

Edgard Varèse
A1: Hyperprisme (1923) [4:43]

Octandres (1923)  
A2: 1 - Assez Lent [2:47]
A3: 2 - Très vif et nerveux [1:34]
A4: 3 - Grave [2:18]

A5: Intégrales (1925) [11:06]

[Musician credits are quoted verbatim in French from the LP sleeve, lest I make any foolish errors in translation]

Jacques Castagner: flûte
Guy Deplus : clarinette
Marcel Naulais: petite clarinette
Claude Maisonneuve: hautbois
André Rabot: basson
André fournier: cor
Roger Delmotte: trompette
René Allain: trombone
Jacques Casauran: contrebasse

Direction: Pierre Boulez

Arnold Schoenberg: Suite Op. 29 (1925)
B1: 1 - Oeuverture (Allegretto. Sehr flott) [7:03]
B2: 2 - Tanzschritte (Moderato) [6:12]
B3: 3 - Thema Mit Variationen [5:05]
B4: 4 - Gigue [6:14]

Marcel Naulais: petite clarinette
Guy Deplus: clarinette
Luis Montaigne: clarinette basse
Jacques Ghestem: violon
Serge Collot: alto
Jean Huchot: violoncelle
Yvonne Loriod: piano

Direction: Pierre Boulez

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[all files mono]

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Do Over

Since Fileserve chickened out of the file-sharing business, most of these rips have gone offline. I have received some requests for re-ups of a couple of rips, but I thought it better to re-do them using improved hardware and software (and methodology).

So without further ado, go to the original posts for re-rips of this post and this one.

I will re-up the other recent files if the new host stays in business till next week.

I will re-do some more of the older posts too, depending on any requests received and wherever a whim might lead me.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Larry Coryell - Scheherazade (1982)

Another quickie.
This is something of a companion piece to the last entry (at least the two were paired on a CD release many years ago). Coryell's solo arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

After the previous post, a friend of mine sent me a clip on the Youtubes of Mr Coryell from this period playing on the late, lamented Sounds Unlimited with Donnie Sutherland, and the late, unlamented Hey Hey It's Saturday. Pretty crappy quality, unfortunately, but worth a look nonetheless.


A1: The Sea and Sindbad's Ship (6:52)
A2: The Story of the Kalendar Prince (4:43)
B1: The Young Prince and the Young Princess (4:42)
B2: Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck (6:08)

Philips, Japan, 1982. Cat #  30PJ-6

Larry Coryell: Guitar.

Recorded February 12, 1982 at CBS Studios, New York City.
Engineers: Tim Geelan, Ted Brosnan, Harold Tarowsky.
Producer: Teo Macero.
Vinyl mastering by JVC Cutting Center

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[Links updated 9/4/12]

Technical Note:
I now have a proper 24-bit/96kHz sound card to record this stuff. If there's any interest I can post hi-res rips of this stuff from now on. No point doing it with this one, though, since it's an early 16-bit digital recording and seems to cut off around 24kHz (ie it's recorded at 48kHz)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Larry Coryell - Boléro (1981)

Been a bit busy this month, but here's a quickie. Those who enjoyed Coryell's Stravinsky albums (one example way back here) should like this. Here's his take on Ravel's Boléro and a couple of more explicitly Spanish tunes. Very short album this, and it has been on CD, paired with his album of Rimsky-Korsakov's  Scheherazade (which I also own).

Not to be confused with another album Larry made entitled Boléro in 1984.

Philips, Japan, 1981. Cat # 30PJ-3

A1: Boléro (10.22) (Maurice Ravel)
B1: Noches En Los Jardines De España (9.54) (Manuel de Falla)
B2:  Zapateado (3:18) (Pablo de Sarasate)

Larry Coryell: Guitar.

Recorded July 2, 1981 at CBS Studio, New York City
Engineers: Tim Geelan, Ted Brosnan and Harold Tarowsky.
Producer: Teo Macero
Vinyl Mastering: Kazuie Sugimoto

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[Links updated 9/4/12]

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Don "Sugarcane" Harris - Sugarcane (1970)

Here's the sole major-label release by the great Don "Sugarcane" Harris.

For some reason, his albums on the German MPS label seem to be more readily available than this one. This one was produced by the (now recently departed) Johnny Otis, with songwriting contributions from Johnny, his son Shuggie and Harris himself. Some may be familiar with Harris's bluesy electric violin on Frank Zappa's albums from around this time, notably Hot Rats (also featuring Shuggie Otis, although not on the same tracks as Sugarcane), Weasels Ripped My Flesh (with Harris's violin and lead vocal on the Little Richard song, 'Directly From my Heart to You') and his jawdropping violin solo on side two of Burnt Weeny Sandwich. He was earlier half of the R&B duo, Don and Dewey, which no doubt was responsible for Zappa's interest in him. Neil Young has covered one of Don and Dewey's songs, 'Farmer John.'

Harris was quite prolific in the early-mid 70s, playing with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and recording several albums as leader for MPS, featuring such notable players as Harvey Mandel and Robert Wyatt. He seems to have just kinda faded away after that, although Wiki tells me that he was in a group called Tupelo Chain Sex in the 1980s. He died in 1999, hopefully somewhat enriched by the royalties from Neil Young.

All his MPS records are worth checking out, and they seem to get reissued sporadically. This one was issued on CD about a decade ago (with artwork based on the trippy Rick Griffin cartoon on the rear cover, reproduced below [click to enlarge]) but has since fallen out of print again. My copy is on a mid-70s orange Epic label, but the stampers are 1D/1D, so I assume this is pressed from the original lacquer.

A1:I'm Unconscious
A2:You're Making Me Cry
A3:Take It All Off
A4:A Little Soul Food
A5:Don't You Think I've Paid Enough
B1:Do It Yourself
B2:Tears Are Made of Dreams
B3:Funk and Wagner
B4:You Could've Had Me Baby
B5:Yours Eternally

Don "Sugarcane" Harris: Violin and vocals.
Other personnel uncredited.

Produced by Johnny Otis. Arranged by Johnny Otis, Roger Spotts and Shuggie Otis.
Engineered by Bob "Groovus I" Breault.

Epic records, USA, 1970. Cat # 30027

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[re-up 29/4/12]

Friday, January 20, 2012


d'oh! Looks like I'll need to find another host and re-up some things. Stay tuned.

Update: (21/1/12) OK, check under each post whether the links are fixed. Have only done the most recent post so far. This could take a while.

Update #2: (22/1/12) Well, I've updated fourteen posts so far. I think I have the others somewhere in my splendid filing system, but can't find 'em right now. If I can't get hold of them I might go back and re-do some of the earlier ones, since I've upgraded my equipement since I started out, and have got a bit better at the process.

Update #3: (22/1/12) Found most of the rest of them and have fixed the links. Still missing a couple but I suspect I've got 'em somewhere. Mind you, just listening back to some of those early ones, they probably could use ripping again.

Update #4: (30/1/12) I say, does anyone still have a copy of the flac files from this post and this one? I only seem to have the lossy copies. If somebody could upload them somewhere, I would appreciate it. Merci.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sam Rivers - Streams (1973)

Happy New Year!

Let's begin the new year with someone who, alas, left us late in the old one. Sam Rivers died on Boxing Day 2011, aged 88. An absolutely legendary multi-instrumentalist and composer. I saw Sam once back in around 1993 (I think) at the Basement in Circular Quay with the Mike Nock trio. It might well have been his first (and/or only) tour of Australia. I only knew his name from his appearance on Miles in Tokyo, in which he briefly preceeded Wayne Shorter in Miles Davis's great second quintet. I went along on the recommendation of John Clare (aka Gail Brennan, who appears earlier in this blog) in the Sydney Morning Herald.

I'd never seen a player or improviser of this calibre before. Just extraordinary. On a superficial level, I thought it was cool that a guy of his advanced years (though he would probably have been in his late sixties at that time) comported himself in a rather fetching pair of leather trousers. The other thing I remember is Mike Nock's apparent disatisfaction with the young drummer in his trio (whose name I don't recall at all), to whom he was constantly waving instructions. So I guess Sam was probably slightly handicapped by a rhythm section that wasn't quite up to his level. I didn't hear anything untoward at the time, but what do I know?

Anyway, here's a much earlier appearance at the Montreux Jazz festival in 1973 with a rhythm section that was very much up to the job. I think the spoken introduction is probably by the esteemed Claude Nobs*, director of the Montreux festival. This LP is actually from a matrixed QS Quadraphonic master (as were a lot of Impulse! LPs at the time), so those of you with a Dubly Pro Logic II decoder might have a bit of fun with this.

If you enjoy this, might I suggest checking out Sam's great Blue Note albums, Fuschia Swing Song and Contours, as well as Dave Holland's Conference of the Birds on ECM, all of which are readily available.

A1: Spoken Introduction (1:19)
A2: The tenor saxophone section (18:35)
A3: The beginning of the flute section (4:41)
B1: The conclusion of the flute section (8:25)
B2: The piano section (7:33)
B3: The soprano saxophone section (9:23)

NB: there are no bands between tracks on the LP, so I've just made a guess at to where the tracks begin and end. The titles of the pieces are somewhat helpful in this regard.

Sam Rivers: tenor and soprano saxophone, flute and piano
Cecil McBee: bass
Norman Connors: drums and gongs

All compositions by Sam Rivers.

Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland, July, 6, 1973.
Produced by Ed Michel
Recorded and mixed by Baker Bigsby.

Impulse! records, USA, 1973. Cat # AS-9251

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[re-up 19/4/12]


*That's "funky Claude" for any Deep Purple fans out there.