Azitis was a California quartet featuring "Don Lower" (vocals, bass guitar), "Michael Welch" (lead and rhythm guitars, flute), "Dennis Sullivan" (organ and piano), and "Steve Nelson" (vocals, drums). Originally known as "Help", until threatened with legal action by the British band (on "Decca Records")of the same name they changed the name in Azitis (pronounced "as-it-is" from a reference to the biblical verse, "Thy will be done on earth [azitis] in heaven"). The band was first conceived in 1966 by Sacramento-area musicians "Don Lower" and "Steve Nelson". "Don Lower" had cut his musical teeth playing in two of the area's better Garage Rock outfits, "The Cambridge Coroners" and "The Roadside Business", and after "Don Lower" met "Steve Nelson", the two formed a songwriting partnership. By 1969, the band had reached a level of quality that necessitated the production of recorded music. After signing to Sacramento's own "Elco Records" in 1969, the enormous volume of original songs made it difficult to choose which to produce. After many performances and audience reactions, two compositions were chosen and a date was reserved for the recording session: "Life Worth Living" backed with "Questions Why". From there, the four-piece changed its name to Azitis, and in 1971, the band cut its first and only full-length, "Help", a Christian Psychedelic classic.
01 - Creation, Lord I Saw You Cry 02 - There Is An Answer 03 - Who's To Blame 04 - The Prophet 05 - Time Has Passed 06 - From This Place 07 - Hope To Save 08 - Judgement Day
Coven is a rock band formed in the late 1960s, composed of vocalist Jinx Dawson, bassist Oz Osborne (not to be confused with Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath), Chris Neilsen on guitar, Rick Durrett and later John Hobbs on keyboards, and drummer Steve Ross. They are recognized as being the band that first introduced the "Sign of the Horns" to rock and pop culture (as seen on their 1969 debut album release "Witchcraft"). The debut LP from the group is noteworthy for reasons more historical than musical. That is not to say it is a bad record; it is more of an interesting record that is unique and listenable. With an elaborate package released on Mercury in 1969, a good trivia question can be made of the fact that bassist Oz Osborne performs on this album, whose opening track is "Black Sabbath," while John "Ozzy" Osbourne of Black Sabbath was allegedly busy playing bass in Magic Lanterns, hitting the Top 30 in 1968 with "Shame, Shame" (Ozzy listed as Mike Osbourne with Magic Lanterns! ). That the group Black Sabbath formed in 1969 when this album was issued seems to indicate that Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls may have had more than a little influence on the more popular heavy metal band. Also notable is the fact that the majority of the songwriting on this disc is by guitarist Jim Donlinger, who a year later in 1970 would move on to drummer Michael Tegza's reincarnation of H.P. Lovecraft, known simply as Lovecraft on its Reprise recording.
01 - Black Sabbath 02 - White Witch Of Rose Hall 03 - Coven In Charing Cross 04 - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge 05 - Pact With Lucifer 06 - Choke, Thirst, Die 07 - Wicked Woman 08 - Dignitaries Of Hell 09 - Portrait 10 - Satanic Mass
Arcadium was another list of obscure British psychedelic bands. They had their start playing at such clubs as The Middle Earth. The band consisted of brothers Allan Ellwood (organ, vocals) and Robert Ellwood (lead guitar, vocals), as well as John Albert Parker (drums), Graham Best (bass, vocals), and Miguel Sergides (12-string guitar, vocals). The music is late '60s British psychedelia with some early prog leanings, where guitar and Hammond organ dominates. "All tracks on this extremely rare album are filled with an atmosphere of anguish and despair, even in their quieter moments. Both lyrics and music are struggling for expression, to the effect of creating a very dense and at times impenetrable album, which is worth your while nonetheless. Although barely escaping perennial threats of murkiness and even sloppiness, the convincing emotional contents save the day for this album." While the original LP is very hard to come by, Repertoire Records in Germany had reissed this on CD with two bonus cuts, "Sing My Song" and "Riding Alone".
01 - I'm On My Way 02 - Poor Lady 03 - Walk On The Bad Side 04 - Woman Of A Thousand Years 05 - Change Me 06 - It Takes A Woman 07 - Birth, Life And Death 08 - Sing My Song 09 - Riding Alone
Shotgun Express were a short-lived band, they only stayed together for a few months from late '66 - early '67. Their main importance lies in what the individual members went on to achieve with other groups. Rod Stewart joined ex-Yardbird Jeff Beck in The Jeff Beck Group, Green and Fleetwood were briefly with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before going on to form Fleetwood Mac, and Bardens was with The Love Affair before forming Village. Beryl Marsden (vocals), Rod Stewart (harmonica, vocals), Peter Bardens (organ), Peter Green (guitar), Phil Sawyer (guitar), Dave Ambrose (bass), Mick Fleetwood (drums) 01 - I Could Feel The Whole World Turn Round 02 - Curtains 03 - Funny 'cos Neither Could I 04 - Indian Thing LINK
Garage-psych band from Chicago. This is one of the top local garage lps of the 60’s along with the Rising Storm, the Savages, Bent Wind, the Fantastic Dee-Jays, the Contents Are and the Mystery Meat. Only 150 copies of this record were pressed and originals occasionally sell on ebay for thousands of dollars. The band members came from the Chicago suburbs of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. The Bachs existed for 3 years performing at school dances, teen clubs and private parties up and down the Chicago north shore and surrounding suburbs (usually making $150-200 a night). All of the songs were written by Blake Allison and John Peterman and the LP was released privately in 1968. After the release of the LP the band members decided to retire from a career in music and thought it was best to move on with their lives. 01 - You're Mine 02 - Pleasure Of Your Company 03 - Free Fall 04 - I See Her 05 - My Independence Day 06 - Minister To A Mind Diseased 07 - Tables Of Grass Fields 08 - Show Me That You Want To Go Home 09 - Sitting 10 - Nevermore 11 - Answer To Yesterday 12 - I'm A Little Boy 13 - That's The Way It Goes (Live Bonus) LINK
Prog Rock outfit born from the ashes of '60s Psych Rockers Skip Bifferty. The sole album by this band is a much sought after collectors item originally released on the Decca label in 1970. When former Skip Bifferty vocalist Graham Bell joined former Nice drummer Brian Davison's Every Which Way, the remaining members, Tom Duffy, Mick Gallagher, John Turnball and David Montgomery, formed this progressive rock outfit. "They have the ability to write memorable tunes and arrange them well. The vocals are a strong point, often oddly harmonized and never overstated. Heavier tracks alternate with more poetic ones, although this at times acts to the detriment of the album's coherence. All in all a very pleasant album to listen to."(M. Koopman)
01 - Let Your Love Run Through 02 - It's Gonna Rain 03 - Four Times Eight 04 - An Ear Ago 05 - Great Lager Street 06 - Hello, Hello Monday 07 - Perfectly Happy Man 08 - Sophie's Cat 09 - You're In The Garden Arc - 1971 - ...At This.jpg
Yellow Submarine is the tenth album by The Beatles in the United Kingdom, released on Apple Records. It was issued as the soundtrack to the film of the same name, which premiered in Great Britain seven months prior to the album's release. Only one side of the album contains songs performed by the Beatles; of the six, four were previously unissued. "Yellow Submarine" had been simultaneously issued in 1966 as a single and on the album Revolver, and "All You Need Is Love" had been issued as a single in the summer of 1967. The second side features the symphonic film score composed by George Martin, in versions recorded specifically for the album. "All You Need Is Love" appeared in either mono or rechanneled stereo, ('fake stereo') on the US LP Magical Mystery Tour. It debuted in a true stereo mix on LP for this album. American cassette and 8-track tape versions featured "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" as an extra song on side two.
01 - Yellow Submarine 02 - Only A Northern Song 03 - All Together Now 04 - Hey Bulldog 05 - It's All Too Much 06 - All You Need Is Love 07 - Pepperland 08 - Sea of Time 09 - Sea of Holes 10 - Sea of Monsters 11 - March of the Meanies 12 - Pepperland Laid Waste 13 - Yellow Submarine In Pepperland
The Beatles - 1969 - The Alternate Yellow Submarine
Alternate mono & stereo mixes not released.
01 - Yellow Submarine 02 - Hey Bulldog 03 - Eleanor Rigby 04 - Love You To 05 - All Together Now 06 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 07 - Think For Yourself 08 - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club B 09 - With A Little Help From My Friend 10 - Baby You're A Rich Man 11 - Only A Northern Song 12 - All You Need Is Love 13 - When I'm Sixty Four 14 - Nowhere Man 15 - It's All Too Much 16 - Hey Bulldog 17 - All You Need Is Love 18 - When I'm Sixty Four 19 - Nowhere Man 20 - It's All Too Much 21 - She Can Talk To Me #1 22 - She Can Talk To Me #2
Hey Jude (original title: The Beatles Again) is a 1970 collection of non-album Beatles singles and B-sides, as well as "I Should Have Known Better" and "Can't Buy Me Love", two singles released by Capitol Records whose only previous American album appearance had been on the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack album which had been released by United Artists Records. The compilation was released in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, Germany, France, Greece, Japan, Mexico and most of South America. It was also available to other countries as an "export" from Britain but was not at first issued in Britain, although it was a popular import to the UK. Because of its popularity worldwide, Parlophone released Hey Jude in Britain on 11 May 1979. 01 - Can't Buy Me Love 02 - I Should Have Known Better 03 - Paperback Writer 04 - Rain 05 - Lady Madonna 06 - Revolution 07 - Hey Jude 08 - Old Brown Shoe 09 - Don't Let Me Down 10 - The Ballad Of John And Yoko LINK
The Beatles - 1969 - Abbey Road Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by The Beatles. Though Let It Be was the last album released before The Beatles' dissolution in 1970, work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, making it the final album recorded by the band. Abbey Road was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom, and 1 October 1969 in the United States. It was produced and orchestrated by George Martin for Apple Records. Geoff Emerick was engineer, Alan Parsons was assistant engineer, and Tony Banks was tape operator. Abbey Road is regarded as one of The Beatles' most tightly constructed albums, although the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time. Rolling Stone magazine named it the 14th greatest album of all time. 01 - Come Together 02 - Something 03 - Maxwell Silver Hammer 04 - Oh! Darling 05 - Octopus's Garden 06 - I Want You (She's so Heavy) 07 - Here Comes The Sun 08 - Because 09 - You Never Give Me Your Money 10 - Sun King 11 - Mean Mr Mustard 12 - Polythene Pam 13 - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 14 - Golden Slumbers 15 - Carry That Weight 16 - The End 17 - Her Majesty LINK The Beatles - 1969 - The Abbey Road Companion
Demos, outtakes and rough mixes recorded for the 1969 Abbey Road LP. 01 - Because 02 - Come and get it 03 - I want you (she's so heavy) 04 - I need you 05 - Something 06 - Something 07 - Maxwell's silver hammer 08 - Oh! Darling 09 - Octopus's garden - the long onehuge medley 10 - You never give me your money 11 - Sun king 12 - Mean mr. Mustard 13 - Her majesty 14 - Polythene pam 15 - She came in through the bathroom window 16 - Golden Slumbers 17 - Carry that Weight 18 - The End 19 - Her Majesty 20 - You never give me your money 21 - Golden Slumbers 22 - Because LINK
A collection of unreleased "work in progress" mixes and outtakes from Abbey Road album recording sessions. 01 - Come Together 02 - Something Jam 03 - Maxwells Silver Hammer 04 - Oh Darling 05 - Octopuss Garden 06 - I Want You 07 - Come And Get It 08 - Oh I Want You 09 - Because 10 - You Never Give Me Your Money 11 - Sun King 12 - Mean Mr. Mustard 13 - Her Majesty 14 - Polythene Pam 15 - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 16 - Golden Slumbers 17 - Carry That Weight 18 - The End 19 - Aint She Sweet 20 - Something 21 - Maxwells Silver Hammer 22 - Octopuss Garden 23 - You Never Give Me Your Money At The Hop 24 - Golden Slumbers Carry That Weight 25 - The End LINK