Sunday, May 27, 2012

Spotlight On The Moog - Kaleidoscopic Vibrations by Perry & Kingsley repost


The search for musical expression utilizing electricity has gone on almost since the invention of electricity. Most of us remember hearing electronic music for the first time in the film of The Lost Weekend when the Theremin-an early electronic instrument whose pitch was affected by hand positioning in relation to a linear control apparatus-was used so vividly to express the alcoholic delusions of Charles Jacksons unfortunate hero

The present Perrey/Kingsley album-KALEIDOSCOPIC VIBRATIONS-and the first-THE SOUND FROM WAY OUT-are premier recordings utilizing electronic music in the popular field. the main electronic instrument used is the MOOG SYNTHESIZER whose facilities are capable of producing almost any combination of sounds within the range-and indeed,the credibility-of the human ear. The other instrument employed is the JENNY ONDIOLINE

KALEIDOSCOPIC VARIATIONS is a collection of some of the best known contemporary melodies as well as a generous selection of Perrey/Kingsley originals lending themselves uniquely to electronic composition and arrangement. A birds chorus celebrates the end of the rainfall in Umbrellas;such birds have never been heard before the invention of the ondioline. Those Strangers in the Night cough and wheeze asthmatically as they exchange their secret glances. Fallout, a P/K original, suggests an interplanetary proliferation in sound such as would be impossible to achieve with conventional instrumentation

And so it goes. Here are more than a bakers dozen of sonic experiences designed to amuse,surprise and delicate an adventurous musical palate

The duo's second album, as the title indicates, had them adding a Moog synthesizer to their Ondioline and electric keyboards. It was still largely devoted to kitschy electro treatments of standards on the order of "Strangers in the Night," "Lover's Concerto," "Third Man Theme," "Winchester Cathedral," and "Moon River." There was more of a sense of pop orchestration on selections like "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and the eerie "Carousel of the Planets," with their theremin-like tones; there were also rock beats on "Lover's Concerto" and "Pioneers of the Stars," the last of which didn't sound too far removed from the futuristic instrumentals of Joe Meek proteges the Tornados. The entire album was included on the Vanguard Perrey-Kingsley box set The Out Sound From Way In! The Complete Vanguard Recordings.

Review by Richie Unterberger

1 The Savers 1:43
2 Umbrellas of Cherbourg 2:42
3 Strangers in the Night 2:56
4 One Note Samba-Spanish Flea 2:03
5 Lover's Concerto 2:11
6 Third Man Theme 2:09
7 Fallout 1:54
8 Baroque Hoedown 2:24
9 Winchester Cathedral 2:14
10 Carousel of the Planets 2:39
11 Toy Balloons 2:04
12 Moon River 2:38
13 Mas Que Nada 2:19
14 Pioneers of the Stars 2:46

And the best for last I found this review on the net somewhere. It just sums this album up perfectly credit to the reviewer

This may or may not have been a highly serious and seminal work of it's day - it's hard to tell - but now it's hilarious.

Perrey and Kingsley have a ball, squeezing the most fantastical belches, farts, squiggles and squirts out of the newly invented Moog synthesiser and splatting them merrily all over Moog instrumental covers of standard songs of the day.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Uriah Heep - Isle of Man 1982 Repost

Originally posted on Dec 26th 2010

This is a more complete version of this show and is much better quality than the original post
The downside is that July morning cuts out half way through

Received this Christmas present yesterday and a 

Huge Thank You 

has to go to the Anonymous sender, whoever you are, you have made this heepster very very happy

for those of you who don't know or simply don't care, the reason I was after this particular bootleg is because this show was the first time I got to hear my boyhood hero's for the first time. It was broadcast on Mad Sunday by radio Luxembourg during the Isle of Man TT festival (ironically where I now live)on the 6th of June 1982 and was 2 days before I actually went to my first Heep gig  in Edinburgh on the 8th I still have the T shirt and baseball shirt from the tour 

The Band

Mick Box
Lee Kerslake
Bob Daisley
John Sinclair
Pete Goalby

01 Intro
02 Sell Your Soul
03 Running All Night
04 Stealin
05 Too Scared To Run
06 The Wizard (Dedicated to Randy Rhodes)
07 July Morning (Cuts out)
08 The Way That It Is
09 Son Of A bitch
10 Mick Box solo
11 Gypsy
12 Easy Livin

Part 1

Part 2

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Higher Livin' - A Tribute To The Music Of Uriah Heep

Have I got a treat for you today!!

I was passed these MP3's for inclusion on the "ultimate covers collection" CD'S, for which I was most grateful.But when I sat down to listen to them something became immediately apparent. To me these were far too good to be buried in a compilation album. The band "Higher Livin'" hail from Italy and from the opening note on "Bird of Prey" all the way through to the conclusion of "July Morning" it is obvious that this extremely talented group of musicians are doing something they love. They have to my unqualified ears managed to do something that so many others have tried to do but ultimately failed, they have successfully captured

So Thank you to Corrado for introducing me to the band and thank you to
Higher Livin' For the music

I only wish I lived closer so I could catch this band live

If you are reading these notes you already deserve a couple of thanks, first and foremost from Higher Livin', secondly from one of the greatest bands that Rock History has ever known, Uriah Heep!.

The collection that you hold in your hands was born from the immense admiration of Bassist and future Leader of Higher Livin', Daniele Rossi towards this Band. A band that sadly has not gotten his due as far as praise and its place in Rock Olympus is concerned.Daniele, had the idea of involving the House Band of famed Club "Vivere Su", i.e himself, Fabio Baruzzo on Guitar, Pierga Dettori on Drums and charming Vocalist Claudia Dani in his project, but in order to recreate the original sound of Heep consisting of a solid Rhythm base sustained by a deep Hammond organ and a nimble guitar switching swiftly from lead to back to support the Vocal harmonics of the Group, he needed his Ken Hensley. After countless efforts , Daniele finally found his man in Stefano Toni that in his old Band Butterfly's Tail proposed several pieces of Uriah Heep, mainly due to the love of said band's Vocalist Thor Bertolucci for David Byron. Obviously Daniele did not miss the opportunity to bring on board Thor adding further spices to the powerful vocal mix.All of them finally together , they proceded to organize the first "Heep Night"( and that's where due to mere chance I got involved), that was held at "Vivere Su" on January 27 2011. Being among the public to celebrate my 49th birthday, I had the honour to be called on stage to aid in the presentation of this band that right from the word Go, showed to everybody that they had all it takes to be a real powerhouse. Several other concerts followed until they realized that they needed to leave to posterity something from this wonderful experience.From this primal need stems the cd that you are now holding in your hands, a cd that on top of the pieces performed by the "Core Group", can call on the superb interpretation of Vocalist Extraordinaire Jon Binder on Corridors of Madness, the only song that cannot count on the help that comes from being on the classic and better known albums from the Byron and Lawton periods.Please try to appreciate the effort from the band to record everything Live without overdubs, in order to try to recreate the magic of those concerts.


Steve The Rock , 04/25/12 (I don't know why April 11th was put on Original Italian issue)

P.S. Higher Livin' look forward to welcoming you back on their next work which will consist mainly of self penned compositions, clearly still inspired by that Classic Rock that we all love and cherish. Please follow in order to get latest updates on Higher Livin' most recent projects and their releases.

The band

Claudia Dani (Lead Vocals)
Tor Bertolucci (Lead Vocals)
Fabio Baruzzo (Guitars)
Stefano Toni (Keyboards)
Daniele Rossi (Bass & Vocals)
Pierga Dettori (Drums & Vocals)

The Tracks

1 Bird of Prey
2 Sweet Lorraine
3 Corridors of Madness
4 Sunrise
5 Wise Man
6 Free 'n Easy
7 Gypsy
8 Rain
9 July Morning

for more information on the band visit their Facebook page

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Gods - "Come On Down To My Boat Baby / Garage Man" 1967

Extremely rare single from 1967 this was the first single released by the band which according to wikipedia had both Brian Glascock and Lee Kerslake in the line-up

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 The Gods

Years active 1965–1969
Labels EMI
Associated acts Jethro Tull
Bee Gees
The Rolling Stones
King Crimson
Uriah Heep

The Gods were an English group founded in 1965. The original bandmembers included Mick Taylor (later with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones), Brian Glascock, and his brother John (later with Jethro Tull)


They were schoolmates from Hatfield and had been playing together as The Juniors (or The Strangers), a band they formed in 1962. Also part of this band were Malcolm Collins and Alan Shacklock. They eventually signed with EMI / Columbia Records. Their first 7" single (Columbia DB7339) appeared in 1964 ("There's a Pretty Girl"/"Pocket Size"). In 1965, the line-up changed. Mick Taylor continued to play guitar and teamed up with Ken Hensley (organ/vocals) (later guitarist with Uriah Heep). They also added Joe Konas (guitar/vocals) and changed their name to "The Gods".

In 1966, The Gods opened for Cream at the Starlite Ballroom in Wembley, London. A single (Come On Down To My Boat Baby/Garage Man) was recorded in early 1967 on Polydor Records. At this point the line-up included Mick Taylor, Ken Hensley, John Glascock, Brian Glascock and Lee Kerslake.

In May 1967, Mick Taylor got a call from John Mayall who was looking for a new guitarist to replace Peter Green. When Taylor joined the Bluesbreakers, he left behind a faltering bluesband. The band sought to revive their fortunes on the club/college circuit. They relocated to London and secured a residency at The Marquee. John Glascock (bass) was replaced by Paul Newton in June 1967 and then by Greg Lake. Greg Lake left in the Summer of 1968 to join King Crimson. The band had to re-group again and John Glascock was asked to return.

With John Glascock back in the fold they recorded a couple of progressive rock albums and a few singles. Of their singles, "Hey! Bulldog", The Beatles track, is their best known, and both sides have been included on the compilation album, The Great British Psychedelic Trip Vol. 3. The band played an amalgam of psychedelia and progressivism. Tracks like "Towards The Skies" and "Time And Eternity" from their 1968 album Genesis are full of heavy ploughing Hammond organ and distorted guitar riffs and Ken Hensley's unique and rather dramatic vocals add a further dimension.

Most of The Gods' material is fairly typical late 1960s pop/rock, epitomised by songs like "Radio Show" and "Yes I Cry". There are shades of Vanilla Fudge on their cover of West Side Story extract "Maria". On a few tracks like "Candlelight" and "Real Love Guaranteed" there is an inkling of the heavier sound Hensley and Kerslake would propagate in their next venture, Uriah Heep.

The Gods were the successors of The Rolling Stones at the Marquee Club in London.

After recording two albums, Genesis (1968) and To Samuel a Son (1969), they signed with a new record company, recruited Rebel Rousers singer Cliff Bennett and changed their name to Toe Fat, which also lasted two years and two albums.

The following have been members of The Gods-
John Glascock (bass) (later with Toe Fat, Chicken Shack, Carmen, Jethro Tull)
Brian Glascock (drums) (later with The Motels and with the Bee Gees)
Mick Taylor (guitar) (later with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones)
Ken Hensley (organ and vocals, occasional guitar) (later with Uriah Heep)
Joe Konas (guitar/vocals)
Lee Kerslake (drums) (later with Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne)
Paul Newton (bass) (later with Uriah Heep)
Greg Lake (bass) (later with King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
Cliff Bennett (vocals) (of Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers)
Alan Shacklock (guitar) (later with Babe Ruth)


"Come On Down To My Boat Baby / Garage Man" (Polydor 56168)
"Baby's Rich" / "Somewhere In The Street" (Columbia DB 8486)
"Hey Bulldog" / "Real Love Guaranteed" (Columbia DB 8544)
"Maria" (from "West Side Story") / "Long Time Sad Time Bad Time" (Columbia DB 8572)

Genesis (L.P. Columbia SCX 6286) 1968, re-issued 1994 Repertoire Records
To Samuel a Son (L.P. Columbia SCX 6372) 1969, re-issued 1995 Repertoire Records
Best of The Gods (compilation CD)

Mick Taylor Guitar
Ken Hensley Organ,Vocals & Guitar
John Glascock Bass
Brian Glascock Drums
Lee Kerslake Drums

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Ultimate Heep Covers Collection - Various artists Volume 8

Disc 1
01 Blind Guardian - The wizard
02 Sweetheart - Easy livin'
03 Dreamer - I wanna be free
04 Finland - It ain't easy
05 Firefly - Circle of hands
06 Wild Angel - I hear voices
07 Steerforth - Dreamer
08 John Lawton's Gunhill - Sympathy
09 Ken Hensley - The name of the game
10 Kimera - Sunrise
11 Firefly - Easy livin´
12 Sleepy Sleepers - Pihipoika (July morning)
13 Sons of Noise - Gipsy - version 1
14 Steerforth - Look at yourself
15 Uriah Heep Tribute - Stealin'

Disc 2
01 Iverija - July morning
02 Kosmos - Viisi varmaa (Easy livin')
03 Dreamer feat. Ken Hensley- Circle of hands
04 Virgin Steele - Stay on top
05 John Lawton & Steve Dunning - Firefly/Come back to me
06 Uriah Heep Tribute - Time to live
07 Le 4ème - Easy Livin' ('82)
08 Circle of hands - July morning
09 Narnia - Sunrise
10 Native Son - Stealin'
11 Norway - The wizard
12 The Madmen - Suicidal man
13 The Spell - Wake up set your sights
14 Music Factory - Easy Livin'
15 Echoes in the dark - Circle of Hands