martes, 22 de mayo de 2007

Reo Speedwagon - 1972 R.E.O. T.W.O. (@192)

An early album defining what was best about them in their opening-act days of the early '70s.Review by Cub Koda
1. Let Me Ride (6:00)
2. How The Story Goes (3:33)
3. Little Queenie (6:39)
4. Being Kind (Can Hurt Someone Sometimes) (6:02)
5. Music Man (4:38)
6. Like You Do (5:57)
7. Flash Tan Queen (4:23)
8. Golden Country (6:33)

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Queen - 1976 A Day At The Races (@320)

In every sense, A Day at the Races is an unapologetic sequel to A Night at the Opera, the 1975 breakthrough that established Queen as rock & roll royalty. The band never attempts to hide that the record is a sequel - the two albums boast the same variation on the same cover art, the titles are both taken from old Marx Brothers films and serve as counterpoints to each other. But even the two albums look the same, they don't quite sound the same, A Day at the Races is a bit tighter than its predecessor, yet tighter doesn't necessarily mean better for a band as extravagant as Queen. One of the great things about A Night at the Opera is that the lingering elements of early Queen - the pastoral folk of “39,” the metallic menace of “Death on Two Legs” - dovetailed with an indulgence of camp and a truly, well, operatic scale. Here, the eccentricities are trimmed back somewhat - they still bubble up on “The Millionaire Waltz,” an example of the music-hall pop that dominated Night, the pro-Native American saga “White Man” is undercut somewhat by the cowboy-n-indians rhythms - in favor of a driving, purposeful hard-rock that still could have some slyly hidden perversities (or in the case of the opening “Tie Your Mother Down,” some not-so-hidden perversity) but this is exquisitely detailed hard-rock, dense with detail but never lush or fussy. In a sense, it could even function as the bridge between Sheer Heart Attack and Night at the Opera - it's every bit as hard as the former and nearly as florid as the latter - but its sleek, streamlined finish is the biggest indication that Queen has entered a new phase, where they're globe-conquering titans instead of underdogs on the make.Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine(
1. Tie Your Mother Down (4:52)2. You Take My Breath Away (5:11)3. Long Away (3:36)4. The Millionaire Waltz (4:59)5. You And I (3:29)6. Somebody To Love (5:01)7. White Man (5:02)8. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (2:57)9. Drowse (3:48)10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) (5:54)

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Pat Travers - 1977 Putting It Straight (@320)

1. Life In London (4:19)2. It Ain't What It Seems (4:10)3. Speakeasy (3:17)4. Runnin' From The Future (3:42)5. Lovin' You (3:59)6. Off Beat Ride (4:34)7. Gettin' Betta (4:43)8. Dedication - Part 1, Part 2 (7:54)

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miércoles, 9 de mayo de 2007

Foghat - Live 1977

El final de una gran era para este supergrupo ya con la mitad de sus integrantes finados
Rock On!!!

Ron Mueck - Escultor

Impresionantes esculturas de este gran artista Australiano radicado en Inglaterra

Blue Oyster Cult - 1972 Selftitled (@320)

Blue Öyster Cult's debut album provided the missing link between the heavy, blues-based rock of the late '60s and the bombastic heavy metal of the '70s and beyond. You could hear major influences like Steppenwolf, with its melodic, aggressive rock, the Rolling Stones (post-1965), and even boogie bands like Canned Heat in their sound. But BÖC streamlined the approach, picked up the tempo, overlaid the guitars, brought the rhythm section up in the mix, and de-emphasized the blues, giving the music a machinelike propulsion. Manager/co-producer Sandy Pearlman (who co-wrote five songs) and lyricist Richard Meltzer (who co-wrote two) may have seen the group as a vehicle for their "clever" (in fact, pretentious) lyrics, but in fact lead vocalist Eric Bloom was the weakest element in the band, and you couldn't make out much of what he had to say over guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser's furious power chording. What you could seemed to express some sort of mythology -- or demonology; future metal bands would fill their songs with just such half-baked philosophies. Blue Öyster Cult was not quite full-fledged heavy metal: the production was too compressed, the playing too light and energetic. But it was the sound of something new and different in the world of hard rock. [The 2001 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds four previously unreleased demos from 1969, when they were known as Soft White Underbelly, including a cover of Bobby Freeman's "Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes."]Review by William Ruhlmann( Transmaniacon MC (3:20)2. I'm On The Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep (3:10)3. Then Came The Last Days Of May (3:31)4. Stairway To The Stars (3:43)5. Before The Kiss. A Redcap (4:59)6. Screams (3:10)7. She's As Beautiful As A Foot (2:58)8. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll (4:03)9. Workshop Of The Telescopes (4:01)10. Redeemed (3:52)Bonus11. Donovan's Monkey (Demo) (3:50)12. What Is Quicksand (Demo) (3:39)13. A Fact About Sneakers (Demo) (2:51)14. Betty Lou's Got A New Pair of Shoes (Demo) (2:33)

Part I


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