Yeah I know I’ve been going on a bit about albums I’d take to an Alien planet or that have influenced me in my musical tastes and palette etc etc but here are a couple of rare albums that have been largely forgotten by pretty much the world until you’re talking to my generation or better yet my oldest sister’s generation because these albums came out when she was a teenager and I just got them handed down to me to absorb in to my musical collective.
I did mention the album by the band Sand in my last blog because it’s just mind controlling amazing including the bonus tracks but here are some records that if you know of them dig them out and blast them because it’s been too long since you have and if you haven’t then get them because they’re just killer diller records you should have!
This album is killer British New Wave Punk at its absolute best back in 1979! I was all of 5/6 when I first saw this album cover and what did I know back then about how hot stockings, garters and heels would look! But the music itself is just dynamite! The album did really well in Canada and probably reasonably well in England but the rest of the world wasn’t captured by it. The band did release a second album the following year but paled in comparison to this one and then they disappeared in to other groups and behind the scenes. Thick Brit accents, twangy and stinging guitars, dirty bass lines and straight up drumming all blended to make one amazing album. When I got this album on CD I thought I was going to wear it out because it sounded so good but every now and then you have to, HAVE TO take the vinyl out and spin it for nostalgia and for the love of times before. You NEED to have this album in your collection for its stand out musicianship and quirkiness along with just the fact that it’s a really great record.
The poignant lyricist of many a King Crimson songs in the early 70’s comes the first solo offering by Pete Sinfield in 1973. This being the rare blue cover whereas the generic version is the salmon pink coloured cover with the same picture on it. What sounds like outtakes from some long lost King Crimson session in 1971 this album takes you further into the mind of a brilliant lyricist and musician stretching the envelope but sadly did not attain the recognition it so deserved back then or for many years after. It’s of course found in the stacks of records held by many a Crimson fan as well as fans of the many facets of the Progressive Rock genre and those who appreciate the kind of fulfilling record that this one brings. Pure and smooth craftsmanship through sound this album is so underrated by both the general public and critics alike and for what? Because Robert Fripp isn’t on it? Greg Lake, John Wetton, Mel Collins, Ian Wallace and Boz Burrell are and they’re all King Crimson alumni so why didn’t this album go bigger than it should? Who knows but it’s big with me, full of rich tones and lengthy songs to soothe and pacify one’s cravings for Progressive Rock, amen.
Probably one of the rarest “Beatles” albums still to this day aside from the Butcher album cover in its original state comes this George Harrison second solo offering after his Wonderwall Music album which is also rare. Electronic Sound was described once as, “There’s a lot of people making noise out there, here’s some more!” One of the pioneers of white noise sound records this two track album is a song a side and released in 1969 on Zapple Records a much defunct facet of the Beatles Apple label. Recorded in California, USA and Esher, England it was more of an experiment of a Moog synthesizer that turned into a recording than probably something planned. With what comes across like the pops and clicks you’d hear in a 1950’s movie science laboratory whilst trying to animate the dead body on the table this album creates a sort of soundtrack to your Halloween theme or your indie film background score. I find it meditative and thought provoking and one of the albums that helped inspire recordings on my first album, Chateau d’Hiver in 2007.
1970’s Düsseldorf band, German Oak recorded their first album in that Munich Olympic year of ’72 in a Luftschutzbunker (Air Raid Bunker) about the rise and fall of the Third Reich and the invasion of Allied Forces in 1944 to really capture what German soldiers must’ve felt back then. Full of echo, effects, drone synths and guitar passages full of fuzz and organized improvisational tangents, this album is one of the very overlooked records of the German Krautrock scene of the early 70’s. Bands like Faust, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream were making headway in the music cultural melting pot but this band very much like Sand fell by the wayside and in to the torrential down pour of pop culture mayhem and down the the stream they went to be forgotten and lost to the ages but held on to by the few purists to keep safe from total annihilation. I’d love to record with this band and see what kind of mind bending sounds we could create. Their second album Niebelungenlied was recorded between 1972-1976 but never released until 1995 and echoes the ever strangely twisting dimensions of sound the band were striving for back then. A completely inspirational album of mine and something that I too strive for in an album and one day will attain.
With what looks like a Halloween sound effects album comes this obscurity from 1971 by McChurch Soundroom. A blending of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Jazz thrown into a mixing bowl, whipped at high speeds then poured on to vinyl to accompany some witch’s coffee table centre piece! Freaky, Funky and fast eclecticism that came out on Pilz records which also gave us bands like Popul Vuh, Wallenstein and Witthuser & Westrup. So huge amounts of influences tossed in to this record and one of those albums that you’d hear at some guy’s basement party in the corner where a small crowd gathered to just blow their minds on along with several joints and a case of beer no doubt. The album is full of stoner rock riffs, jazz infused jamming styles and folky jangling to create a full spectrum of a record that has again wondering why it didn’t really go anywhere but gets regular plays in my house.
So there you have it for now at least, a small compendium of rare albums that I totally dig on and you may very well get a blast out of too if you should dare to travel down memory or nostalgia or even curiosity lane and check them out. YouTube is your friend here if you don’t own originals or copies on cassette somewhere, just kidding it’s the digital age, everything is on your computer now right?! But I highly recommend you check these albums out and give them a spin because they are all so worth it depending on your musical interests of course. Enjoy
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