Thursday, December 28, 2006

David Blue-Me, S. David Cohen (Rare-1970)

For this album only, David Blue reverted to his name, David Cohen. By this time, impressively, the overt Bob Dylan-isms of his 1966 debut had faded far enough that most listeners would not automatically peg him as a Dylan imitator anymore. It's a little Dylan-esque, certainly, but not more so than several other singer/songwriters of the period. More specifically, his voice was coming more into his own personality as a low-key country-rocker who was able to keep in tune much more than he had as a Dylan clone. Recorded in Nashville, as was fashionable among folk-rock singer/songwriters in the late '60s and early '70s, it's a low-key but pleasant record, coming as close to Townes Van Zandt as Bob Dylan. There are sturdy, somber story songs like "Atlanta Farewell"; breezy, poetic romantic ones like "Turning Towards You," which has an almost jazzy, breezy feel at points; and an occasional Tex-Mex border mood (as there had been on 1968's These 23 Days in September), which comes particularly to the fore on "He Holds the Wings She Wore" and "Better off Free." Certainly the most ambitious track is "Sara," which mixes Leonard Cohen-style spoken poetry with Mexican-influenced barroom lament. It might be a minor 1970 singer/songwriter/folk-rock album, but as such albums go, it's one of the better ones, by Richie Unterberger, allmusic guide.


Sunday, December 17, 2006

George Romanos-Balandes (1965-Ultra Rare Greek Acoustic-Acid Folk)

George Romanos sings here various’ artists songs that contain an acid feeling. The lyrics are in Greek and great (although sometimes too much lyricism of course), and the whole feeling of this album is amazing. The instruments used are various, but the guitar plays the basic role. Great guitars and vocals by Romanos (Guitar finger picking in some songs). This is an ultra rare album, you can not find either the cover in the internet . (cover taken by I think Romanos is one of the best artists (musicians) of all times in Greece. The composers of the songs are various, not easy to define them, anyone that knows more on this should help me out!

Check it out, this is amazing!!

This is a present from me for Christmas!!


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Popi Asteriadi with Lakis Pappas-Another Sunday Gone (Psych-Acid Folk, Greece-Rare 1969)

Popi Asteriadi and Lakis Pappas recorded Another Sunday Gone during a peak moment of creativity in late 1960s Greece. Their sound was part of the Neo Kyma (New Wave), a style that blended the acoustic guitar-based psychedelic folk of France and England with the traditional bouzouki music of local Greek fishermen's bars. A lovely girl in her early 20s, Popi Asteriadi sings on about half these songs, accompanied by guitarist Lakis Pappas, who sings on some of the other tracks by himself and in duets on others. There's purity and tenderness inherent in both of their voices, with the evocative beauty of the Greek language transcending the need to comprehend the lyric's meaning. A sense of wide-eyed and wondrous discovery pervades the album-to be young, beautiful, and in love in Greece. All is perfect, yet the ache of the heart remains; no amount of earthly beauty can satisfy them. The title track finds Asteriadi singing a soft ballad over the gentle acoustic picking of Pappas, who then takes a vocal turn on the next track, "And You Dare Talk to Me," (Kai ustera mou milas) aided by an unabashedly romantic string section, tinkling piano, and drums, his voice a sweetened, husky, romantically tortured croon. "Wild Bird" (Agriopouli) features recognizably "psychedelic" orchestration, with clavichord, piano, electric bass, and flute, as well as Pappas' flickering-candlelight vocals. The album progresses rather like a magical third date, as the sweetly romantic confessions and wistful stares give way to passionate dancing and merriment, with cafι tables pushed back to make room for dancing and celebration. More traditional Greek melodies get dusted off along with the bouzouki and tin whistle for tracks like "Not Our Wine," (Den einai aspro to krasi mas) with Pappas adding vibrato to her voice as she harmonizes with Asteriadi. The sound of this Neo Kyma album is elusive-at some level it's like Mexican mariachi music, at other times sweet folk ΰ la Nick Drake. With its mix of melodies old and new, rich tradition merges with a global movement of youth, and no one leaves until the sun comes up, even though they know with that sinking Sunday feeling that their boat's leaving at 9 a.m, by Daily CD.


"Agriopouli" is the best song for me..

Get it!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

David Blue-Stories (1972-Rare)

Once known as one of the "new Dylans," David Blue signed to Asylum Records and released this collection of tunes that are harrowing, yet fulfilling. From the drugged images of "House of Changing Faces" to the longing of "Looking For a Friend," Blue spins his Stories with verve. Fans of the singer-songwriter genre should keep an eye out for this one.
From all music guide.

Get this..

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Blue Things-Blue Things (1966 Psychedelic Folk-Rock)

Along with the Remains, the Blue Things are serious contenders for the title of the Great Lost Mid-'60s American Band. The Kansas group was extremely popular in the Midwest and Texas, but remained unknown on a national level, despite a deal with RCA. Piloted by the songwriting of singer and guitarist Val Stecklein, the group often sounded like a cross between the Byrds and the Beau Brummels with their melodic, energetic, guitar-oriented folk-rock and haunting harmonies. The group's sole album (Listen & See, 1966) and several singles chart a rapid growth from British Invasion-like material with a heavy Searchers and Buddy Holly influence to full-blown psychedelic efforts with careening guitars, organ, and backward effects. Quite innovative for the time, these 1966 psychedelic singles met with no more than regional success. The group's impetus was derailed by the departure of Stecklein at the end of 1966, although they struggled on for a bit. Stecklein went to California and recorded a disappointing MOR folk album for Dot in the late '60s that reprised some of his Blue Things songs. (all music guide)

Paul Adolphus-The Dawn Wind (1973-stoned acid folk)

Heavy reissue from Shadoks of a stoned 1973 acid folk side recorded in Kyoto, Japan. Similar blasted/decadent air to that of John Cale’s great Paris 1919 and aspects of Cale’s work with Wally Tax of The Outsiders’ later group, Tax Free. Classic ‘period’ atmosphere, somnambulant acoustic guitar with stoned puffs of lung, shakuhachi, flute, piano, organ and zoned harmonies. Laminated gatefold sleeve and 180g vinyl, another absolute beauty from the most consistently mind-blowing reissue label in the world.

Amazing Stoned Acid Folk, dont miss it!