Formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bead Game's original line up consisted of rhythm guitarist K. Westland Haag, singer/drummer Jim Hodder, keyboardist R. Gass, bassist Lassie Sachsand, and lead guitarist Jim Sheldon. Even though they apparently weren't big on rehearsals, the group managed to attract a local following on the Boston club circuit. Luckily, the group somehow captured the attention of AVCO Embassy Records, which promptly signed them to a recording contract. 1970'a "Welcome" was produced by Gary Kannon and recorded at New York's Record Plant. Featuring all original material, tracks such as 'Punchin Judy' and the fuzz guitar propelled 'Wax Circus' showcase an engaging mix of hard rock with occasional jazz touches. That may not sound particularly original or appealing, but their performances were actually quite attractive. Elsewhere, Hodder had a voice that was well suited to the group's attack (anyone into early Steely Dan will instantly recognize him). Highlights include the rocking 'Amos & Andy' and 'Mora'. (RDTEN1) 01 - Punchin Judy 02 - Lady 03 - Wax Circus 04 - Mora 05 - Natural Song 06 - Country Girls 07 - Amos & Andy 08 - Slipping 09 - Sweet Medusa 10 - Echoes Of Sweet Medusa 11 - My Life In Review LINK
They started out as The Others in 1963, later as The Army, then as Sands. They were managed by the Marquee Organisation and enjoyed a residency at the esteemed London venue in late 1966/ early 1967 before being snapped up by Brian Epstein and Robert Stigwood at NEMS who put them on stage at his one of their infamous Saville Theatre nights as support to Cream and Edwin Starr. Following Epstein's death, interest in Sands disappeared and half the band quit, leaving just two members, Robert Freeman and Anthony James to forge ahead as Sundragon. Signed to MGM and assigned to producer Derek Lawrence, they were convinced to cover The Lemon Pipers' recent US smash "Green Tambourine" as their debut and Sundragon's excellent version became a minor UK hit in 1968. The album that followed features further US covers ("So You Wanna Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star", "Windy") alongside strong psych-orientated originals ("Five White Horses", "Look At The Sun", "Peacock Dress") with muscular musical support from the nascent Deep Purple. As was so often the case, neither the album nor the follow-up singles fared very well. A handful of pseudonym singles (High Noon, The Cruisers, McClintock) followed before the close of the decade.
01 - Green Tambourine 02 - I Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star 03 - Seventeen 04 - Peacock Dress 05 - Five White Horses 06 - Far Away Mountain 07 - Blueberry Blue 08 - Love Minus Zero 09 - I Need All The Friends I Can Get 10 - Windy 11 - Empty Highway 12 - Look At The Sun 13 - Blueberry Blue (Stereo Single Mix) 14 - Far Away Mountain (Stereo Single Mix)
Wizzard was a Birmingham-based glam rock band formed by Roy Wood, former member of The Move and co-founder of Electric Light Orchestra. The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits states, "Wizzard was Roy Wood just as much as Wings were Paul McCartney." Not long after the release of Electric Light Orchestra's first album, Wood found himself at odds with co-leader Jeff Lynne who would argue frequently about the direction of the band. Wood decided he wanted to head off in a different musical direction and left, taking band members Bill Hunt (keyboards and french horn), Hugh McDowell (cello), and ELO's sound engineer, Trevor Smith, with him, to found Wizzard. Also in the line-up were former Move bassist Rick Price, drummers Charlie Grima and Keith Smart (all taken from Birmingham group Mongrel), plus saxophone players Mike Burney and Nick Pentelow; son of actor Arthur Pentelow. Hunt was later replaced by Bob Brady. Wizzard Brew is the first album by Wizzard, released in March 1973. In the US it was released by United Artists Records as 'Wizzard's Brew' (with a different cover photo) and failed to chart. 01 - You Can Dance The Rock 'n' Roll 02 - Meet Me At The Jailhouse 03 - Jolly Cup Of Tea 04 - Buffalo Station-Get On Down To Memphis 05 - Gotta Crush (About You) 06 - Wear A Fast Gun LINK
Black Widow were a rock band that formed in Leicester, England in September 1969. The band were mostly known for its early use of satanic and occult imagery in their music and stage act. The band were often confused with the better-known heavy metal band Black Sabbath, but the bands were only superficially similar. The band originally formed in 1966 as Pesky Gee! with Kay Garrett (lead vocals), Kip Trevor (lead vocals, guitar and harmonica), Chris Dredge (guitar), Bob Bond (bass guitar), Clive Box (drums and piano), Jess "Zoot" Taylor (organ), Clive Jones (saxophone and flute). Disbanded in 1972 01 - Jesus And Wine 02 - The Gypsy 03 - Bridge Passage 04 - When My Mind Was Young 05 - The Journey 06 - Poser 07 - Mary Clark 08 - Wait Until Tomorrow 09 - An Afterthought 10 - Legend Of Creation
Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) are a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, also known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young. They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on music and culture. All four members of CSNY have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, though Young's multiple inductions were for work not involving the group. 01 Suite Judy Blue Eyes 02 Blackbird 03 On The Way Home 04 Teach Your Children 05 Tell Me Why 06 Triad 07 Guinnevere 08 Simple Man 09 King Midas in Reverse 10 The Loner - Cinnamon Girl - Down 11 Black Queen 12 4 + 20 13 49 Bye-Byes - America's Children 14 Love The One You're With (incomp) 15 Pre-Road Downs 16 Long Time Gone 17 Helplessly Hoping 18 Ohio 19 As I Come Of Age 20 Southern Man 21 Carry On 22 Woodstock 23 Find The Cost Of Freedom LINK Part 1LINK Part 2
Blue Mountain Eagle was a short-lived American rock group that evolved out of New Buffalo Springfield in August 1969 and recorded a lone album for Atlantic/Atco Records, which they were personally signed to by label founder Ahmet Ertegun. In August, the group adopted the name Blue Mountain Eagle, which the musicians had taken from a newspaper in Grant County, Oregon. After Ahmet Ertegun personally signed them to Atlantic Records, the band recorded its lone album live in one session at Wally Heider's studios in Los Angeles in December 1969. The group toured extensively, opening for Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Love, Pink Floyd and many others. The group disbanded around September 1970. 01 - Love Is Here 02 - Yellows' Dream 03 - Feel Like A Bandit 04 - Troubles 05 - Loveless Lives 06 - No Regrets 07 - Winding Your String 08 - Sweet Mama 09 - Promise Of Love 10 - Trivial Sum LINK
The Remains were a mid-1960s rock group from Boston, Massachusetts, led by Barry Tashian, who later was harmony vocalist and guitarist for Emmylou Harris and part of the duo, Barry and Holly Tashian. The Remains performed in Boston in 1964 and 1965, playing The Rathskeller where fans lined up from Kenmore Square to Fenway Park to see them. They are best known for being one of the opening acts of The Beatles' final US tour in 1966. Although associated with the garage rock scene, the Remains were highly accomplished professional musicians and their recordings, while hard-edged, are notably well-produced and arranged. The band enjoyed a local hit with their version of the Bo Diddley/Willie Dixon classic "Diddy Wah Diddy". Despite considerable local success and strong critical acclaim (including an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show), the band failed to break through on a national level and folded in late 1966. 01 - Why Do I Cry 02 - When I Want To Know 03 - Ain't That Her 04 - All Good Things 05 - I'm Talking 'bout You 06 - My Babe 07 - Say You're Sorry 08 - Baby I Believe In You 09 - You Got A Hard Time Comin' 10 - I Can't Get Away From You 11 - Me Right Now 12 - Time Of Day 13 - Once Before 14 - But I Ain't Got You 15 - Diddy Wah Diddy 16 - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 18 - Heart 19 - Thank You 20 - Say You're Sorry 21 - Don't Look Back LINK
Late '60s UK Pop Psych group. Rare and good album.
01 - Dabey Kitten 02 - You Say Love Dear 03 - Worry Isn't It You 04 - Eleanor Rigby 05 - You Should Feel 06 - High Grade Feeling 07 - In Time You'll Know 08 - I'll Never Let You Go 09 - Fool In Love Full Measure 10 - Stormy Day
Formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1967, Aorta initially consisted of Jim Donlinger (guitar, vocals), Jim Nyholt (piano, organ), Dan Hoagland (tenor saxophone), Bobby Jones (bass, vocals) and William Herman (drums). In February 1968, Hoagland left to join the Chicago Transit Authority, later known as Chicago. Aorta 2 is the second and last album, the group broke up soon after its release.
01 - Willie Jean 02 - Little Bonnie 03 - Bly The Spirit 04 - Beg For His Forgivenes 05 - Egypt 06 - His Faith In Man 07 - Devil, Maggot & Son 08 - Sandecastles 09 - Pickin' Blues 10 - Fallin' Behiind
Ashton, Gardner and Dyke were a power rock trio, most popular in the early 1970s. They are best remembered for their song, "Resurrection Shuffle", a transatlantic Top 40 success in 1971. However, this success finally left them known as one-hit wonders. 01 - Rolling Home 02 - Why Did You Go 03 - The Falling Song 04 - Young Man 05 - Billy And His Piano Without 06 - Maiden Voyage 07 - New York Mining Disaster 08 - Picture Sliding Down The Wall 09 - Billy And His Piano With 10 - Vaggsang 11 - As It Was In The First Place 12 - Maiden Voyage, Long Version 13 - See The Sun In My Eyes 14 - Resurrection Shuffle 15 - Can You Get It LINK
The Bay City Rollers were a Scottish pop band of the 1970s. Their youthful, clean-cut image, distinctive styling featuring tartan-trimmed outfits, and cheery, sing-along pop hits helped the group become among the most popular musical acts of their time. For a relatively brief but fervent period (nicknamed "Rollermania"), they were worldwide teen idols. Rollin', released in 1974, was the first full-length album of the band. The album included three British chart hits ("Remember", "Shang-a-Lang", "Summerlove Sensation") and the debut of "Saturday Night", never a British hit yet a #1 smash in America. 01 - Shang-A-Lang 02 - Give It To Me Now 03 - Angel Angel 04 - Be My Baby 05 - Just A Little Love 06 - Remember (Sha La La La) 07 - Saturday Night 08 - Ain't It Strange 09 - Please Stay 10 - Jenny Gotta Dance 11 - There Goes My Baby 12 - Summer Love Sensation LINK
Outsideinside is Blue Cheer's second LP, released by Philips Records in August 1968. Its tracks were recorded both outdoors and indoors - hence the title of the album. The record's tracks feature contributions from all members, along with two covers: "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones and "The Hunter" by Booker T. & the M.G.s (also covered by British rock band Free).
01 Feather's From Your Tree 02 Sun Cycle 03 Just A Little Bit 04 Gypsy Ball 05 Come And Get It 06 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 07 Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger 08 The Hunter 09 Babylon
Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band. The band's original lineup - vocalist/organist Mark Stein, bassist/vocalist Tim Bogert, lead guitarist/vocalist Vince Martell, and drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice - recorded five albums during the years 1966-69, before disbanding in 1970. The band has reunited in various configurations over the years, and is currently operating with its four original members. The band has been cited as, "one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal."
01 - Ticket To Ride 02 - People Get Ready 03 - She's Not There 04 - Bang Bang 05 - Stra (Illusions Of My Childhood-Part One) - You Keep Me Hanging On - Wberr (Illusions Of My Childhood-Part Two) 06 - Take Me For A Little While - Ryfi (Illusions Of My Childhood-Part Three) 07 - Eleanor Rigby - Elds
01 - People Like Us 02 - Pacific Coast Highway 03 - Snowqueen Of Texas 04 - Shooting Star 05 - Step Out 06 - Lady Genevieve 07 - No Dough 08 - European Blueboy 09 - Pearl 10 - I Wanna Be A Star 11 - Grasshopper 12 - Blueberries For Breakfast
01 - For One Moment 02 - When A Fool Loves A Fool 03 - Not The Lovin Kind 04 - Your Sweet Love 05 - Sand 06 - My Autumns Gone 07 - These Boots Are Made For Walking 08 - I Move Around 09 - So Long Babe 10 - Bugles In The Afternoon 11 - My Baby Cried All Night
01 - 'cos My Baby's Gone 02 - Don't You Want Me No More 03 - Don't You Want Me No More 04 - She'll Get No Lovin' That Way 05 - Bless You 06 - Bless You 07 - It's A Crime 08 - I've Never Been So Much In Love 09 - Dreaming (Demo) 10 - Flowers Are Flowering (Demo) 11 - (Not) A Penny In My Pocket (Demo) 12 - I'll Be Round (Demo) 13 - Michaelangeolo (Demo) 14 - Another Vincent Van Gogh (Demo) 15 - Mother's Boy (Demo) 16 - I'll Be With You (Demo) 17 - You Sing Your Own Song (Demo) 18 - Michaelangelo (Demo Version With Strings) 19 - (Not) A Penny In My Pocket (Demo Version With Strings) 20 - Leave Me Here 21 - Michael Angelo
01 - Whittier Blvd. 02 - Jump, Jive And Harmonize 03 - Gloria 04 - Love Special Delivery 05 - I Found A Peanut 06 - Welcome Home Darling 07 - Land Of A Thousand Dances (Extended Live Version) 08 - Down Whittier Blvd. 09 - Everybody Needs Somebody To Love 10 - Never Knew I Had It So Bad 11 - Empty Heart 12 - Hey Little Girl 13 - Looking Out A Window 14 - Money 15 - Thee Midnight Feeling 16 - Devil With A Blue Dress-Good Golly Miss Molly 17 - Dragon-Fly 18 - Do You Love Me 19 - Down Whittier Blvd. (Godfrey Vocal)