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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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.