Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Italian Prog Masterworks 5 - Banco del mutuo soccorso 1972 Same

This, dears readers, is really the best Italian Prog rock album of ever, believe me!!! And, in my personal opinion, is also one of the better in the world, one album that i have heared hundred and hundred of times (last time this morning going to work) in twenty years from when a friend gave it to me on one tape. If you haven't and if you don't know this masterpiece, download it and enjoy!!!

1. In Volo (2:13)
2. R.I.P. (Requiescant In Pace) (6:40)
3. Passaggio (1:19)
4. Metamorfosi (10:52)
5. Il Giardino Del Mago (18:26)
- a. ... Passo Dopo Passo ...
- b. ... Chi Ride E Chi Geme ...
- c. ... Coi Capelli Sciolti Al Vento ...
- d. Compenetrazione
6. Traccia (2:10)

From Prog Archives, a description of this album song by song:

First we have a solemn introduction of the LP named "in volo". What we have here it's a recited part interpreted by Vittorio Nocenzi and then by di Giacomo. The word are just immense, this words will be repeted and repeted by many of their fans around the world! As you play this album on your player you'll be sure to have bought a masterpice, and the album it's not started yet!...

Track two it's R.I.P. (Requiescant In Pace), a classic Banco song, every fan around the world knows it! It's a song that talk about how the war it's pointless and the only thing it do it's to bring sadness, pain and taking lives of men who will not see their future. This song it's divided by two principal blocks: The first one it made by a catchy rhythm with some great musical arrangements and a great singing. The solos in this first part are very weird, the guitar solo it's a bit unispired and the keyboard one have a strange sound but is kinda enjoyable. Next part it's more quiet and it have a more melodic piano playing and singing, in more typical italian "canzone" style. This part it's fantastic, the lyrics are some of the best which i've ever heard! An unforgettable song with also a fast and beautifull ending! This song usually it's played in A minor but here it's played in B minor. That's very strange, even in the oldest videos or live recording it's played in A... it's a minor fact anyway, this song it's a masterpiece anyway!!!

Than whe have "Passaggio" (passage) which is a short song, just the time to recatch some breath! What we have here it's a smoth song only played by clavinet surely by Gianni Nocenzi. The harmonies are just beautifull, you can clearly see the classical on Gianni's style, a principal quality that has distinguished Banco by many italian groups, specially Gianni by other keyboardist, or pianist in his case for the fact he only play piano and clavinet and sometimes synths inside the group. It a song which flows away without boring you, just close your eyes and relax. That's why it's called passage!

Than we have metamorfosi (metamorfosis... italian it's easy isn't it?), another trademark of banco's music. The song start heavily but not for long, infact then we have another great piano played by Gianni, fluent and classically inspired! The songs continue and Vittorio and the hammond comes in and slowly al the rest of the band. We will have some great moments in this part, all of the member give the best of their abilities. Than there is some slow parts and then di Giacomo comes in and the lyrics as always are immense. The song then close with a very very beutifull and heavy part! The hammond and the guitar will catch you and won't let you go til the song it's end!!! A great ending!!!

Now it's the time of Il giardino del Mago (the wizard s'garden), the longest song here and one of the most epic songs of Banco! It's a song which talk about a guy that searched this place for long time and than he remains trapped in this garden where everything it's different from reality. First we have a good instrumental parts with good hammond and guitar riffs. Arrangements are always great! Than a slowly part with some sad singing by di Giacomo and the lyrics are poetics and delicate completed with an atmospere cold and dark. Than the song change completly and the music will catch you and take you inside the wizard s'garden! The rhythm are brilliant and the instruments are amazing! Just wow!!! Than the song stops again and we have a slow reprise with guitar passages and a beautifull piano solo. The song as the second part of R.I.P. become more melodic and lighter, every listener will love this part. Di Giacomo it's always great, as always it's singed perfectly and the lyrics are immense. The song continue this some parts including a magnificent Hammond solo and other singed parts which talk about how there it's a place where the reality it's different, far away from cruelty of men, a dream place were everyone want to go. Than the song will close recalling the first parts, and this adventure it's end too!

The last track it's Traccia (track). It's an instrumental song, a bit short, which reminds me a lot the traditional popular italian song. There is no much to say couse it's a bit repetitive, there is some good riffs and It's a very happy song that's close this album for the best!!

- Gianni Nocenzi / clarinet, piano, keyboards, piccolo, vocals
- Pier Luigi Calderoni / drums
- Renato D'Angelo / bass, guitar, electric bass
- Francesco DiGiacomo / vocals
- Vittorio Nocenzi / organ, clarinet, keyboards, vocals
- Marcello Todaro / guitar, vocals, chitarrone

Friday, June 25, 2010

Toe Fat - 1970-12-05- Capitol Theatre - Port Chester- NY

Another thank you, this time to "Silverado Rare Music Blog (Original link) for this bootleg, that includes the only known (i think) audio registration of a live concert of Toe Fat. I think that this is really a good and rare Heep related bootleg, even if those are Toe Fat "mark II", with Alan Kendall instead of Ken Hensley and Brian Glascock in place of Lee Kerslake.

From "Siverado blog": Toe Fat opened for Derek & the Dominos - It's not the entire concert but it's the only live gig by Toe Fat I know . The sound is pretty good... So enjoy this rare concert!!!

Track list:

01 - That's My Love For You
02 - I Love Everybody (johnny winter cover)
03 - Just Like All The Rest
04 - Bad Side of the Moon (elton john cover)
05 - We'll Be Travelin' On
06 - There'll Be Some Changes Made
07 - Midnight Sun

Cliff Bennett : Lead vocals
Alan Kendall : Lead Guitar
John Glascock : Bass Guitar
Brian Glascock : Drums


Monday, June 21, 2010

Rainbow - 1978 - Hit The Rainbow (Soundboard)

With a big thank you to blog "Music Box", from where i download this bootleg (Link to original post), i can make a post with a double intention: this is an Uriah Heep related soundboard recording, for the presence of mr. Bob Daisley, but this post is, in my mind, also an hommage in memory of the Giant of rock Mr. Ronnie James Dio. I think that the world is more sad and grey from when He is dead, and in past years i love very much his voice (one of the first hard rock albums that i hear, after all Uriah Heep classics, was "Mob Rules" by Black sabbath, and i was, from the first touch, very impressed by Dio's voice).
I think that no one who loves seventies and eighties hard rock doesn't know this Man, so you know what i want to say...

Ritchie Blackmore- Guitar
Ronnie James Dio- Vocals
David Stone- Keyboards
Bob Daisley- Bass
Cozy Powell- Drums


1. Kill The King
2. Mistreated
3. Long Live Rock And Roll
4. Man On The Silver Mountain
5 Still I'm Sad/Beethoven's Ninth(IV. "Ode To Joy")/Keys/Drums(Tchaikovsky's 1812)

Lenght: 50:22min

Bonus footage:
Don Kirschner Show 1978

6. Long Live Rock And Roll
7. Gates Of Babylon

Length: 8:08min

R.I.P. Ronnie, You and your voice will be forever in my mind and in my heart

Friday, June 11, 2010

Uriah Heep - Live In Treviso 08/05/2010

Questo post è soprattutto per i miei amici italiani e le caratteristiche degli Uriah Heep in concerto, alla data ultima del Wake The Sleeper Tour Registrata l'8 maggio 2010 In Italia Treviso Purtroppo, a mio parere, è dotato di solo 4 brani fuori di tale album con le resto del set composto da vecchie canzoni classiche principalmente di epoca Byron


01 Wake The Sleeper
02 Return To Fantasy
03 Only Human
04 Book Of Lies
05 Bird Of Prey
06 Sunrise
07 Love In Silence
08 Free 'n' Easy
09 Gypsy
10 Angels Walk With You
11 July Morning
12 Easy Livin'
13 Lady In Black
14 Land Of Hope And Glory

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bruce Cameron - 1999 - Midnight Daydream

From Wikipedia: "Bruce Cameron (1955-1999) was a mysterious guitarist who managed to attract an illustrious cast of legendary rock 'n' roll legends to record his 1999 debut and only album, Midnight Daydream. The unlikely cast of great supporting musicians for this seemingly lost album released on Brain Cell Records, North Carolina, included:

* Jack Bruce (Cream, BLT, Jack Bruce Solo)
* Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience, Ramatam, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows)
* Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, Electric Flag, Buddy Miles Express)
* Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep, Blackfoot)
* Harvey Dalton Arnold (Outlaws)
* Neal Smith, Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper)
* Bunk Gardner (Mothers of Invention)
* Billy James (ANT-BEE)

The entire album was self-recorded and engineered by Derrick Acker of Quetzal Recording and Cameron at his own home studio in North Carolina. It was seemingly self-funded and promoted based on the quality of the website, advertisements and production quality.

A press conference concerning the release was held at the Hilton Hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 15, 1999. Those present included Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, Cameron, and Cameron collaborator, ANT-BEE (drummer and quasi online rock-journalist). Publicity material touted the group of musicians as a reunion of the famous Hendrix band, The Band of Gypsys, on the then Cameron-run website. Full page advertisements promoting the album had been run in a nationally distributed guitar magazine.

Within a month of the press conference, Cameron died (conflicting reports of murder by his girlfriend and suicide currently on the internet), ending a rather curious and short high-profile career of recording with world class greats known to millions. The album has been under-represented to the public by its artists, who have tended not to list them in any public forums (with a couple of exceptions). But, the fact remains that the record is a notable one due to the involvement of so many Jimi Hendrix alumni players along with great bassist Jack Bruce among others.

The record itself was a "buffet" of styles that mirrored the past releases of the guest talents involved. For example, the title track, "Midnight Daydream," which featured Band of Gypsys singer/drummer Buddy Miles, sounds like a Hendrix guitar-driven song. He has a son, Riley Cameron, who is determined to become the guitarist his dad wanted to become; he lives in Rocky Point North Carolina".

Track listing
  1. "Midnight Daydream" – 6:42
  2. "Doctor Please" – 4:52
  3. "Mind Gardens" – 5:24
  4. "Miles Away" – 3:29
  5. "Born to Lose" – 5:32
  6. "I Want to Be Late" – 4:19
  7. "Forever Rebel Girls" – 6:18
  8. "Just Like a Spaceman" – 3:57
  9. "So Aliens Have Been Here" – 4:25
  10. "A Thousand Moons" – 3:54
  11. "Raining the Blues" – 4:39
  12. "Day After Yesterday" – 3:27
  13. "Falling Up a Mountain" – 4:09
  14. "She's So Gone" – 2:28

Mr. Ken Hensley is featured on keyboards in tracks 3, 8 and 14.

Here you can download free the Bruce Cameron album track by track, directly from the artist label.

I upload the album also in only one rar file and here is the link

Monday, June 7, 2010

Salisbury - The Hensley/Lawton Band

Ok as promised here is the Salisbury VHS in full as performed by
Ken Hensley &; John Lawton
with the
Easy Livin' Band + Orchestra
(conducted by. Renate Publig)

Track List As Follows

The Easy Livin' Band:

TIME TO LIVE (Box/Byron/Hensley)
(1971) Salisbury
(1971) Look At Yourself
SWEET LORRAINE (Box/Byron/Thain)
(1972) The Magician's Birthday
TRAVELLER IN TIME (Box/Byron/Kerslake)
(1972) Demons And Wizards
BIRD OF PREY (Box/Byron/Newton)
(1971) Salisbury
SUNRISE (Hensley)
(1972) The Magician's Birthday
EASY LIVIN' (Hensley)
(1972) Demons And Wizards

Orchestra Set:

SALISBURY (Byron/Hensley/Box)
(1971) Salisbury
(1972) Demons And Wizards

The Hensley Lawton Band:

EASY LIVIN' (Hensley)
(1972) Demons And Wizards
THE DANCE (Williams)
(1977) Innocent Victim
THE HANGING TREE (Hensley/Williams)
(1977) Firefly
I'M ALIVE (Lawton)
(1978) Fallen Angel
THE RETURN (Hensley)
(1999) A Glimpse Of Glory
JULY MORNING (Byron/Hensley)
(1971) Look At Yourself
WISE MAN (Hensley)
(1977) Firefly
GYPSY (Box/Byron)
(1970) Very 'Eavy Very 'Umble
(1971) Salisbury

Total Playing Time Around 2 hrs 17 min

As with similar downloads this is a big file and will require all 3 before you can watch it



Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

or if you simply want to watch Salisbury
that can be found here New Link

Friday, June 4, 2010

Les Humpries Singers- Two collections of singles

For this post, i think to those two collections of rare singles from this group who consiste of many singers of diverse ethnic origin.

As you probably know, John Lawton is involved in this project and is present in all (or so) songs of those two collections.

Les Humpries Singers- 1971-1974- Mama Loo

01- All my searchin'
02- Amen
03- To my father's house
04- Oh, happy day
05- Nobody knows
06- Bridge over troubled water
07- Prepare ye, the way of the Lord
08- All good gifts
09- Mama loo
10- Carry on
11- Dixie
12- Something i saw
13- Ela Ela
14- Mama weer all crazee now
15- Do you wanna rock and roll
16- Do i kill you (Do you kill me)

LINK- Mama Loo

Les Humpries Singers- 1974-1992- Family show

01- Danny boy
02- Coconut
03- Kansas City
04- Back on tour again
05- Acapulco Bay
06 Dr Cooper
07- You don't have to hurry
08- Things are goin' to change
09 You ain't seen nothin' yet
10- Sing sang song
11- Long distance lady
12- Down by the river/Sailing/Dr Cooper
13- Sos/It's not easy/I'm on fire
14- Mama Loo (From Munich tales)

LINK- Family Show

PS: Les Humpries Singers were the subject of the 6 January 2010 post on this blog from my friend Abominog Jnr (Les Humpries Singers- Hit collection). Only three or four songs are the same in this and that post, so here there are a good number of tracks new for the Blog.

PS2: My post of David Byron's Lost songs Vol. 1 is now very near to 200 downloads. I'm very happy that so many people want to hear those rare pre Heep songs... But 200 downloads and only 3 comments? I think that the good thing in sharing music in this way is also enter in touch with people with the same passions of bloggers and to share opinions with them so, people, comment please...


One of the albums I have been after for quite some time, I now have (I hope). It should be winging it's way to me as I write this, and as soon as i get it  I will share it with you all . The album in question has a definite Heep connection, yet to my knowledge cannot be found on the net and has never been released on CD (not officially anyway)
Think Abominog!!