Friday, December 16, 2016

Alex Stelzner ‎– Listen Τo Τhe Changes (1968)

Δυστυχώς δεν μπορώ να σας διαφωτίσω με πληροφορίες. Εξαίρετη φολκ από την εν λόγω κυρία (Αμερικάνα) με την Century Records – 32413, να αναλαμβάνει την έκδοση του δίσκου. Η συγκεκριμένη εταιρεία εδρεύει στο Saugus το οποίο γειτνιάζει στην Santa Clarita, California. Πάντως από αυτή την εταιρεία καθότι Private Press γενικά φτύνεις αίμα για να βρεις να ακούσεις τις κυκλοφορίες της.

Alex Stelzner - Yesterday's Song (1968)

Να υποθέσω λοιπόν ότι η Alex ήταν από κει; Εγραψε όλα τα κομμάτια ενώ ως συντελεστές του δίσκου σε παραγωγές και τα συναφή, αναφέρονται οι Gary Coates, Joe Farah, Danny Dunn, Gregory Waite, and Randall Bare

Και αυτός ο δίσκος ανήκει στην κατηγορία «φαντάσματα» που δυστυχώς δεν κυκλοφορούν (παρά ένα δύο βιντεάκια) για να ακούει ο κόσμος που λατρεύει αυτού του είδους τη μουσική.

Αν εκτιμάται τις επιλογές μου που ανεβάζω στο blog κατεβάστε το αρχείο και απολαύστε την. Απλά...υπέροχη!!!

Alex Stelzner - Jannie (1968)

A1 Season's Winter                  
A2 Jannie
A3 Oh God, When Did I Grow Old?      
A4 Lonely Hours                      
A5 Yesterday's Song                
A6 HVMS                                 
B1 Perspectives                       
B2 Shades of You                    
B3 Cycle                                  
B4 Straight Song                     
B5 Listen to the Changes         
B6 Three Brief Thoughts           

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cy Timmons - World's Greatest Unknown (1976)

Με ιδιαιτερη χαρά ανεβάζω αυτο το αρχείο του CyTimmons. Δίχως πολλές φλυαρίες πρόκειται περί ενός εξαίρετου  του δίσκου απο την αρχή ως το τέλος. Απολαύστε τον. 

As a young Alabama man born to a musical family, Cy Timmons was destined to have music in his veins. Everywhere he went Cy seemed to have a song resonating in his head.

Cy was thrilled when he discovered his dad’s guitar sitting in the back of a closet. It had been sitting idle for years but a new set of strings and the enthusiastic attention of a young music enthusiast gave the guitar new life. Once Cy felt that he had mastered this steel stringed acoustic guitar, he set his sights on an electric guitar. He lobbied his parents until he got the guitar he wanted as a gift for his nineteenth birthday. From the electric guitar Cy migrated to the classical guitar. That has been his mainstay from then on.
Cy Timmons - Moonshine Wine (1976)

Over the years Cy has developed a repertoire of jazz, old standards, and contemporary pop, as well as his original compositions. Followers of Cy will attest to the fact that he has a special gift for invigorating you with his music. In addition to his music, Cy has a flair for comedic interaction.  He’ll mellow you out with a song and then liven you up with a joke.

If you have been around Highlands for several years, you are sure to have heard Cy perform in one venue or another. He doesn’t limit himself to the Plateau either.  Clubs on both the east and west coast have seen Cy perform as he has pursued his study of the guitar.

The soft melodic tones of Cy’s voice are the result of natural talent and studies with the late Judy Davis in Oakland, voice coach to many vocalists including Barbara Streisand.  He has worked many musical venues in San Francisco and in Los Angeles.  He was even the opening act for folks like Joan Rivers, Peter Nero, Al Jarreau and David Steinbereg.

Lucky for us, in 1970 Cy decided to move back to Atlanta and eventually opened Café Erewhon where he wowed audiences for eleven years before moving to Highlands, in 1993. He and his wife, Carolyn, reside in the Scaly Mountain community.

Cy Timmons grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from North Fulton High School and attended what is now the University of Montevallo in Alabama. His love of music led him to pursue a career in entertainment as a guitarist/singer. Having performed in Atlanta for several years he moved to San Francisco to study music at the same time performing in the city’s many caberets and clubs, including the famed Purple Onion.

Cy Timmons - Mama Let Go (1976)

His career led him to Los Angeles, where he had continued success. But his love of the South brought him back to Atlanta and he opened Café Erewhon in midtown Atlanta, entertaining his fans for eleven years. He performed in Cashiers, North Carolina at the popular Market Basket restaurant for almost ten years and continues to entertain his fans at the Hummingbird Lounge in the Old Edwards Inn most weekends.

While living in Atlanta, Cy and his wife, Carolyn, purchased and renovated several homes, an endeavor they found both challenging and satisfying and confirming their belief in the value of real estate ownership. In the late 1980’s Cy purchased a small farm eight miles outside of Highlands in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, where he and Carolyn spent most weekends. In 1993 they left Atlanta to make it their permanent home.

Track listing
A1 Sunny Times 3:37
A2 Moonshine Wine 3:03
A3 How Could I Ever 2:04
A4 Never Ever 3:33
A5 Mama Let Go 3:47
A6 It's Over 3:10
A7 I Can Still Smile 3:11
B1 Wake Up 4:06
B2 Judy 3:48
B3 Nowhere 9:35
B4 The World's Greatest Unknown 5:38


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Michel C. Johnson – Echoes (1978)

Καλημέρα στους φίλους το blog μου. Μη με ρωτήσετε που και πως το βρήκα αυτό διότι δεν θυμάμαι. Τυχαία το βρήκα χτες αργά το βράδυ σκαλίζοντας τα αρχεία μου που προσπαθώ (μάλλον μάταια) να νοικοκυρέψω.

Έχουμε να κάνουμε με ένα Αμερικάνικο private press του 1978 μία κυρίας που ονομάζεται Michel C. Johnson.  O δίσκος ηχογραφήθηκε στο East Lansing του   Michigan, περιέχει μόνο δικά της κομμάτια, με το εξώφυλλό να έχει δημιουργηθεί από την ίδια. ΧΙΑΝ folk η κατηγορία που ανήκει. To Lp ηχογραφήθηκε το 1978 αλλά κυκλοφόρησε το 1981.

Θα πρότεινα ανεπιφύλακτα το Lp στους φίλους αυτού του είδους της μουσικής καθώς το βρίσκω πραγματικά πανέμορφο από την αρχή ως το τέλος. Να είστε όλοι καλά και να προσέχετε την υγεία σας.

Michel C. Johnson – You Are Jesus (1978)


Thursday, October 13, 2016

J.C. And The B's - 1st and 10 (1975)

 Κάτι μάλλον δύσκολο για να βρεθεί και να ακουστεί αλλά εκτιμώ πως πρέπει και να τα ακούστε αλλά και να το βάλετε στη συλλογή σας πριν μας κλείσουν.

Κανα δυο βιντέκια με τραγούδια τους κυκλοφορούν στο νετ αλλά το δίσκο όσοι τον έχουν, δεν τον ανεβάζουν με τίποτα. Και δυστυχώς υπάρχουν πολλοί δίσκοι που μένουν κρυφοί και δεν μπορεί να τους ακούσει ο κόσμος. Τι τους κρατάνε κρυφούς? Μαζί τους θα τους πάρουνε? Τέλος πάντων εγώ ότι αξιόλογο έχω στη κατοχή μου και δεν κυκλοφορεί θα το ανεβάζω διότι μαζί μου σίγουρα δεν θα τα πάρω. Υγεία να έχουμε και θα ανέβουν πολλά τέτοια.

Μπάντα ήταν ή από το New Jersey ή από την Pennsylvania (μικρή σημασία έχει νομίζω), η οποία κυκλοφόρησε αυτό το private press σε λιγότερες από 300 κόπιες.

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Saltcreek – 1 (1971)

Κατάφερα να βρω χρόνο να ανεβάσω ακόμα ένα δισκάκι από αυτά που δεν κυκλοφορούν στο νετ από όσο τουλάχιστον πρόλαβα να ρίξω μία ματιά. Εδώ να ξεκαθαρίσω κάτι. Προσπαθώ να ανεβάζω δισκάκια πρώτον που να μου αρέσουν και δεύτερον να μην υπάρχουν τόσο εύκολα ώστε να μπορούν να ακουστούν ξανά. Το να ανεβάζουμε πράγματα που υπάρχουν δεν έχει νόημα ίσως.

Λοιπόν αυτοί οι Saltcreek δεν πρέπει να μπερδευτούν με κάποιους άλλους Salt Creek που είναι δύο λέξεις το όνομά τους (θα ανεβάσω κάποια στιγμή από αυτούς το Just About Due ένα private press στην MT Records του 1977).

Οι πληροφορίες λιγοστές όπως σχεδόν πάντα. Σύμφωνα με όσα αλίευσα στο νετ, πρόκειται για μπάντα από την Μασαχουσέτη, των οποίων ο δίσκος στους κυκλοφόρησε το 1971 στην United Sound (USR 6061) ανήκει folk αλλά υπάρχουν και δύο κομμάτια  καθαρά XIAN. Εμφανίζεται σύμφωνα με τις λιγοστές πληροφορίες ως κουαρτέτο αλλά στο δίσκο αναγράφονται πέντε μέλη.

Saltcreek - Tomorrow's Sunshine (1971)

Επίσης αν ψάξετε και εσεις στο νετ θα παρατήσετε κάποιο προβληματάκι όσον αφορά τον τίτλο του δίσκου. Είναι «Ι» ή «1»; Η εκτίμησή μου κοιτώντας το label είναι το «1».

Rare (probably only) self-released LP from this New England folk-rock outfit from the early 70's. All original songs and self produced, recorded at Century Recording in Holyoke Massachusetts and pressed at United Sound/Century in California (USR 6061).

Saltcreek - Used To Be (1971)

Band members:
Dave Barsalou: drums and flute
John English: 6-string guitar and lead vox
Dave Hicksh: 12-string guitar and vox
Bruce Johnson: 12-string guitar and vox
Ken Lawing: bass and 6-string guitar

Saltcreek - Two Years Ago (1971)

Holidays In Greece Vol. 7

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Richard Lockwood - In The Doorway Of The Dawn: The Chronicles Of A Song, Vol 1&2, (1972-2012)

Across two discs, In the Doorway of the Dawn presents almost 40 years of previously unheard songwriting from Tully founder Richard Lockwood.
Lockwood is renowned as the driving force behind early 70s Sydney folk-psych icons Tully, and for his work with the similarly revered Extradition and Tamam Shud.
In the process of working with Richard on the reissue of Tully’s landmark recordings (second album Sea Of Joy was released in 2012 Chapter, third record Loving Is Hard in 2013 and first album Tully in 2014), Chapter discovered that the very private songwriter had never stopped recording after the end of his much-loved band – only that he had lost interest in making his beautiful, transcendental music available to others.

It took some persuading for Richard to agree to a solo compilation to accompany the Tully reissues, but In the Doorway Of the Dawn justifies the effort beyond measure. Mostly recorded to cassette four track, and played impeccably on every imaginable instrument by Richard himself, In the Doorway Of the Dawn reveals a singular songwriter with an unswerving focus.
Of the 33 songs presented here, virtually all are written in tribute to spiritual master Meher Baba, whom Richard disovered in the late 60s and whose influence wholly transfigured the remainder of his life. Suffused in equal parts with serenity and yearning, Richard’s songs have a grace that is almost unequalled.

Of special note are the settings Richard recorded of works by Australian poet Francis Brabazon, named “the poet of the age” by Meher Baba. Over the course of decades, Richard interpreted many Brabazon poems, of which five are presented here.
The span of these recordings begins with live solo performances in 1972 (just after Tully had disbanded and Richard had joined fellow adventurers Tamam Shud) and continues right up until late last decade, with home recordings made by Richard in Melbourne. For 40 years, Richard wrote songs that could have been classics. 

But he was content merely to write them, sing them, sometimes record them, offer them to his Beloved Meher and then put them away in a box of cassettes in his cupboard. Complete with extensive liner notes, lyrics and photos, In the Doorway Of the Dawn is a revelation, the life’s work of a rare talent, even rarer for his lack of concern with public recognition.
Sadly, Richard Lockwood passed away in September 2012.

Richard Lockwood - In the Doorway Of the Dawn

Richard Lockwood - My Song


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ellis and Lynch -There’s a Time There’s a Moment (1974)

The most delicate of folk groups featuring Ron and Nancy Ellis together with Michael and Collene Lynch. Their debut There’s A Time There’s A Moment is a first-class charmer that melts your heart with fragile harmonies overtop gentle acoustic guitar, piano and flute. Beautiful graceful melodies are lovingly expressed through songs like ‘Look At My Gifts’, ‘Jesus Heal Us’, ‘Song Of Ruth’, ‘Sweet Sweet Sound’ and the title track. ‘Taste And See’ has some nice acoustic guitar leads, while ‘Our Father’ is enriched by cello accompaniment. Catholic I’m assuming since one of the songs is ‘Hymn To Mary’. A wonderful example of stirring mellow acoustic music. Is that a tear forming in my eye? Nah, couldn’t be.    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

Ellis and Lynch -Taste And See (1974)


Monday, April 18, 2016

Foley & Kavanaugh - Ways To Get Through (1973)

Known more for being the mastermind behind the group St. Louis Jesuits, John Foley and fellow member John Kavanaugh have a crafted a beautiful double album of moody folk music unequaled in the Christian market.  While Foley’s other projects have been more praise-oriented, here the approach is not so much Jesus music (though the Savior’s name appears 2 or 3 times), but rather observations about life, people, and relationships written from a Christian perspective.  Most of the album is just an acoustic guitar and the two singers as on ‘Peas, Carrots, & Cabbages’, a 13-minute parable expanding on the lilies-of-the-field principles in Matthew 6.  A couple of the songs on the second disk get some heavy electric fuzz guitar.  Both gents share in the songwriting which leans toward the poetic – call it thinking-man’s folk.     (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

Foley and Kavanaugh - The Colors You Bring (1973)


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dave Atkinson - Atkinsongs (1975)

"...I have been singing, playing and writing for over 40 years - and the music has always been a key part of my life and for me the songs capture life's moments in a way that no picture, memory or physical souvenir can do. I love the fellowship with others it brings and, I love song as an art form and delight in the many manifestations of the form I encounter along the way. There are of course enough songs out there already and no need for more from me, but, sometimes seemingly driven by a force outside me, the songs have kept coming. 
A survey of the songbook would find some favorite material originating from 1970-73 and a steady output continuing until 1990 by which time there were 320 songs. For the next 10 years there was virtually nothing and it appeared to be over, then late in 2001 my mischievous muse woke again and since then has supplied me with another 50 plus songs - but quantity was never a guarantee of quality, was it? - but there really are people who like some of them, and some of the older stuff has endured well.

Sadly (perhaps) money remains one of the main ways we register value in the world. But as for me I am richer every time someone says 'I like that song', and enriched many times over by songs and performances I hear from others.
I have recorded quite a few songs, now all collected on 10 separate CD's. I have also got sheet music (top line, chords and words) for around 50 of the songs. Just e-mail me on if you are interested. Thank you!..."
Dave Atkinson

Dave Atkinson - Mary Allen (1975)


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Peter Harris - Ruby (1975)

Peter Harris was a school teacher within the NSW school system and was posted to the area around 1974. He wrote a song about the PS Ruby and recorded a full album back in Sydney which was released on Ritz records, a subsidiary of Festival. Ruby was the title track of the album (and we have a copy at HOT FM)

When I was on the tourist Board we had two goes to get a good song on Mildura. In 1975 we got the late Tex Williams to record locally a single "The Paddleboat Song" and "The Mildura Song". It was recorded at the Norco Studios in Mildura by the late Brian Norris and issued as NCP 208. Both sides were written by Tex and Paul Williams, who were living out at Ruby Hayles place at Trentham Cliffs.

Around 1977 we did a similar experiment with Peter Harris and he wrote and recorded "The Murray Song" and "The River Bird Cries" It was recorded at Nor-Co and issued with the catalogue number of NCP 243.

Soon after that Peter left the district and from memory went to the Casino area of NSW [...] Peter did a lot of work with school kids on both sides of the Murray River during his time here.

Peter Harris – Legend (1975)

Peter Harris - Beautiful Woman (1975)