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2017. január 10., kedd

10-01-2017 12:39 FAVTRAX:MiX ~ 40 FAVOURiTE tracks 1978-1972 3h 21m

10-01-2017 12:39 >>Talking Heads, Gong, Weather Report, Peter Hammill, Mahavishnu Orchestra, David  Bowie, Pink Floyd, Focus, Roxy Music, Foghat, Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant, Elvin Bishop, Jethro Tull<<


 
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1978-1972


At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits. While some of their music can seem too self-consciously experimental, clever, and intellectual for its own good, at their best Talking Heads represent everything good about art-school punks.
Talking Heads 
The Good Thing (David Byrne) 3:03
Thank You for Sending Me an Angel (David Byrne) 2:12
With Our Love (David Byrne) 3:31
The Good Thing (David Byrne) 3:03
from More Songs About Buildings and Food 1978
The title of Talking Heads' second album, More Songs About Buildings and Food, slyly addressed the sophomore record syndrome, in which songs not used on a first LP are mixed with hastily written new material. If the band's sound seems more conventional, the reason simply may be that one had encountered the odd song structures, staccato rhythms, strained vocals, and impressionistic lyrics once before. Another was that new co-producer Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing...


Anarchic, experimental, and whimsical ensemble originally led by guitarist Daevid Allen, a founding member of the Soft Machine.
Gong
Heavy Tune (Pierre Moerlen) 6:26
Wingful of Eyes (Mike Howlett) 6:23
Three Blind Mice (Benoit Moerlen) 4:51
from Wingful of Eyes 1978
This is a compilation from three of Gong's mid-'70s releases, Shamal, Expresso II, and Gazuese!. There's not a weak song in the bunch, but then again all three of the aforementioned recordings were all excellent. This period for Gong found them playing mostly instrumentals with a heavy percussive sound which can be attributed to the leadership of drummer Pierre Moerlen. Although they are usually listed as one of the great progressive rock bands, closer inspection reveals that this lineup actually offered more to the jazz-rock fusion movement of the mid-'70s...


Fired some of the first shots in the fusion revolution, and, for the majority of the 15 years of its existence, was its premier exponent. 
Weather Report
Birdland (Joe Zawinul) 5:59
A Remark You Made (Joe Zawinul) 6:51
Teen Town (Jaco Pastorius) 2:52
from Heavy Weather 1977
Weather Report's biggest-selling album is that ideal thing, a popular and artistic success -- and for the same reasons. For one thing, Joe Zawinul revealed an unexpectedly potent commercial streak for the first time since his Cannonball Adderley days, contributing what has become a perennial hit, "Birdland." Indeed, "Birdland" is a remarkable bit of record-making, a unified, ever-developing piece of music that evokes, without in any way imitating, a joyous evening on 52nd St. with a big band. The other factor is the full emergence of Jaco Pastorius as a co-leader; his dancing, staccato bass lifting itself out of the bass range as a third melodic voice, completely dominating his own ingenious "Teen Town" (where he also plays drums!)...



Founder of Van Der Graaf Generator, and solo artist who has covered styles ranging from progressive to lo-fi rock. 
Peter Hammill
Crying Wolf (Peter Hammill) 5:13
Time Heals (Peter Hammill) 8:43
from Over 1977
One of the best albums ever made about the end of a relationship and the trauma that results, Over is the harrowing document of the failure of a long-term relationship Peter Hammill had been in...  the songs avoid compromise and simplicity, making this a sometimes difficult listening experience; the lyrics are often bitterly clever and cutting. Beautifully produced, Over is Peter Hammill at his musical and lyrical best.


Led by guitarist John McLaughlin, a band whose sophisticated improvisations and high-powered music helped pioneer the jazz-rock fusion of the '70s. 
Mahavishnu Orchestra
All in the Family (John McLaughlin) 6:01
Inner Worlds Pts. 1 & 2 (Stu Goldberg / John McLaughlin) 6:37
from Inner Worlds 1976
The state of the second Mahavishnu Orchestra continued to be volatile in 1975, with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty out, keyboardist Gayle Moran replaced by Stu Goldberg, and all string and horn backings removed, leaving just a steaming quartet and this lone remarkable album. The addition of Goldberg, a more interesting musician than Moran, is significant, but the biggest charge is provided by the leader who, in tandem with the latest electronic equipment, turns in some of his most passionately alive playing of the whole Mahavishnu series...


The mercurial music icon widely considered the original pop chameleon and figurehead for countless musical movements.
David  Bowie
Station to Station  (David Bowie) 10:14
Golden Years  (David Bowie) 4:00
Word on a Wing  (David Bowie) 6:03
Wild Is the Wind  (Dimitri Tiomkin / Ned Washington) 6:00
from Station to Station 1976
Taking the detached plastic soul of Young Americans to an elegant, robotic extreme, Station to Station is a transitional album that creates its own distinctive style. Abandoning any pretense of being a soulman, yet keeping rhythmic elements of soul, David Bowie positions himself as a cold, clinical crooner and explores a variety of styles. Everything from epic ballads and disco to synthesized avant pop is present on Station to Station, but what ties it together is Bowie's cocaine-induced paranoia and detached musical persona...





One of the most predominant and celebrated rock bands of all time, prog- and space-rock legends, known for superlative musicianship... Some bands turn into shorthand for a certain sound or style, and Pink Floyd belongs among that elite group. The very name connotes something specific: an elastic, echoing, mind-bending sound that evokes the chasms of space. Pink Floyd grounded that limitless sound with exacting explorations of mundane matters of ego, mind, memory, and heart, touching upon madness, alienation, narcissism, and society on their concept albums of the '70s.
Pink Floyd
Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 (David Gilmour / Roger Waters / Richard Wright) 13:31
Welcome to the Machine (Roger Waters) 7:31
Have a Cigar (Roger Waters) 5:07
from Wish You Were Here 1975
Pink Floyd followed the commercial breakthrough of Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here, a loose concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. The record unfolds gradually, as the jazzy textures of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" reveal its melodic motif, and in its leisurely pace, the album shows itself to be a warmer record than its predecessor. Musically, it's arguably even more impressive, showcasing the group's interplay and David Gilmour's solos in particular. And while it's short on actual songs, the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling.



Dutch prog rockers, led by Thijs van Leer, who surprisingly hit it big in 1972 with their instrumental single "Hocus Pocus."... Best remembered for their bizarre chart smash "Hocus Pocus," Dutch progressive rock band Focus was formed in Amsterdam in 1969 by vocalist/keyboardist/flutist Thijs van Leer, bassist Martin Dresden, and drummer Hans Cleuver. With the subsequent addition of guitarist Jan Akkerman, the group issued its debut LP...
Mother Focus (Jan Akkerman / Thijs van Leer / Bert Ruiter) 3:04
Bennie Helder (Thijs van Leer) 3:32
from Mother Focus 1975
Focus here featured virtuoso guitarist Jan Akkerman for the last time, not to work with his long-term writing partner Thijs Van Leer for another ten years. Mother Focus also sees Focus' highly skilled bass player Bert Ruiter try his hand in songwriting... The album begins with quite possibly the finest track on the album -- and maybe the most typical Focus -- the titular "Mother Focus." The funky theme underlying the number sets the mood for the rest of the LP with aplomb. Indeed, Mother Focus is far from the usual instrumental material.


Cult favorites, and perhaps the quintessential art rock band, who transitioned from hard-edged glam to sophisticated rock...Evolving from the late-'60s art-rock movement, Roxy Music had a fascination with fashion, glamour, cinema, pop art, and the avant-garde, which separated the band from their contemporaries. Dressed in bizarre, stylish costumes, the group played a defiantly experimental variation of art rock which vacillated between avant-rock and sleek pop hooks. During the early '70s, the group was driven by the creative tension between Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno, who each pulled the band in separate directions: Ferry had a fondness for American soul and Beatlesque art-pop, while Eno was intrigued by deconstructing rock with amateurish experimentalism inspired by the Velvet Underground.
The Thrill of It All (Bryan Ferry) 6:24
Three and Nine (Bryan Ferry / Andy Mackay) 4:04
All I Want Is You  (Bryan Ferry) 2:53
from Country Life 1974
Continuing with the stylistic developments of Stranded, Country Life finds Roxy Music at the peak of their powers, alternating between majestic, unsettling art rock and glamorous, elegant pop/rock. At their best, Roxy combine these two extremes, like on the exhilarating opener "The Thrill of It All," but Country Life benefits considerably from the ebb and flow of the group's two extremes, since it showcases their deft instrumental execution and their textured, enthralling songwriting. And, in many ways, Country Life offers the greatest and most consistent set of Roxy Music songs, illustrating their startling depth...


Boogie-blues band originating from England, based in America, built a strong following in the '70s... Foghat specialized in a simple, hard-rocking blues-rock, releasing a series of best-selling albums in the mid-'70s. While never deviating from their basic boogie, they retained a large audience until 1978, selling out concerts across America and earning several gold or platinum albums.
Eight Days on the Road (Michael Gayle / Jerry Ragovoy) 6:08
Rock and Roll Outlaw (Felix Cavaliere / Carman Moore / Warren "Pete" Moore) 3:53
After establishing a new level of credibility on record with 1974's Energized, Foghat cranked out another album of boogie rock before the year ended. The result, Rock and Roll Outlaws, is not as consistently inspired as its predecessor but remains a worthwhile listen for the group's fans. This time out, the group settles for a more straight-forward boogie sound that downplays the experiments that spiced up Energized....


The creator of radical rock during the '60s who later pursued even more adventurous avenues, ranging from jazz-rock to classical composition...Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along
Camarillo Brillo  (Frank Zappa) 3:59
I'm the Slime  (Frank Zappa) 3:34
Dirty Love  (Frank Zappa) 2:58
Love it or hate it, Over-Nite Sensation was a watershed album for Frank Zappa, the point where his post-'60s aesthetic was truly established; it became his second gold album, and most of these songs became staples of his live shows for years to come. Whereas the Flo and Eddie years were dominated by rambling, off-color comedy routines, Over-Nite Sensation tightened up the song structures and tucked sexual and social humor into melodic, technically accomplished heavy guitar rock with jazzy chord changes and funky rhythms; meanwhile, Zappa's growling new post-accident voice takes over the storytelling...
Ponty and Zappa 73

Acclaimed British progressive rock band noted for its heavy classical influence and unique use of vocal counterpoint... Formed at the dawn of the progressive rock era in 1969, Gentle Giant seemed poised for a time in the mid-'70s to break out of its cult-band status, but somehow never made the jump. Somewhat closer in spirit to Yes and King Crimson than to Emerson, Lake & Palmer or the Nice, their unique sound melded hard rock and classical music, with an almost medieval approach to singing.
The Runaway (Kerry Minnear / Derek Shulman / Ray Shulman) 7:24
Way of Life (Kerry Minnear / Derek Shulman / Ray Shulman) 7:52
A Reunion (Kerry Minnear / Ray Shulman) 2:11
from In A Glass House 1973
Gentle Giant was reduced to a quintet on In a Glass House with the departure of elder brother Phil Shulman, but its sound is unchanged, and the group may actually be tighter without the presence of his saxophones. The time signatures are still really strange, and the tempo changes are sometimes jarring, as is the wide range of dynamics, but this is also one of the group's most pleasing records...


Original member of the Butterfield Blues Blues Band who had a mid-'70s country-soul hit... A veteran guitarist who fused the blues with gospel, R&B, and country traditions, Elvin Bishop was born in Glendale, California, on October 21, 1942. He grew up on a farm in Iowa with no electricity or running water, and eventually moved to Oklahoma with his family when he was ten. Raised in an all-white community, his only exposure to African-American traditions was the radio, which introduced him to the sounds of blues stations in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Rock My Soul (Elvin Bishop) 2:48
Rock Bottom (J. Baker / Elvin Bishop) 2:56
Stomp (Elvin Bishop) 3:11
from Rock My Soul 1972
The talented musician in the likable Elvin Bishop is always fighting for the upper hand with Pigboy Crabshaw, his spaced-out hayseed persona. Co-producer Delaney Bramlett helps steer the sound toward Memphis and Muscle Shoals R&B and keeps the focus on the music, not the headliner. Not a bad idea, considering his enthusiasm barely overcomes his singing limitations...


Courtly progressive rock tinged with folk, led by charismatic flutist Ian Anderson and author of progressive landmarks including Aqualung... Jethro Tull were a unique phenomenon in popular music history. Their mix of hard rock; folk melodies; blues licks; surreal, impossibly dense lyrics; and overall profundity defied easy analysis, but that didn't dissuade fans from giving them 11 gold and five platinum albums. At the same time, critics rarely took them seriously, and they were off the cutting edge of popular music since the end of the 1970s... Tull had its roots in the British blues boom of the late '60s.
Song for Jeffrey (Ian Anderson) 3:24
Love Story (Ian Anderson) 3:07
Christmas Song (Ian Anderson) 3:09
Living in the Past (Ian Anderson / Terry Ellis) 3:21
Listen to this collection, put together to capitalize on the explosive growth in the group's audience after Aqualung, and it's easy to understand just how fine a group Jethro Tull was in the early '70s. Most of the songs, apart from a few heavily played album tracks ("Song for Jeffrey," etc.) and a pair of live tracks from a 1970 Carnegie Hall show, came off of singles and EPs that, apart from the title song, were scarcely known in America, and it's all so solid that it needs no apology or explanation. Not only was Ian Anderson writing solid songs every time out, but the group's rhythm section was about the best in progressive rock's pop division. Along with any of the group's first five albums, this collection is seminal and essential to any Tull collection, and the only compilation by the group that is a must-own disc.







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