Saturday, August 30, 2014

ZZ Top - Live Pensacola Florida 1970





Hello folks... Good to see you all again. This time you get a damn good n Heavy Live tape by Texas hombres ZZ Top. This Live tape is really HEAVY and damn good and diffrent to their more famous later stuff. I was initially blown away by the version of Neighbour neighbour here that is as heavy as say When the levee breaks of Led Zeppelin 4...that should say something and set the tone for this live recording, The sound can be a bit murky at times but that merely enhances the heavy vibe. Enjoy!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Coloured Balls - First supper Last (1972) released 1976








Lobby Loyde

Hello folks time for some bonza Aus rock once again. This is my favorite Lobby Loyde album. It's from the Wild Cherries/early Coloured Balls era when Lobby and crew still had long hair and hadn't gone into sharpie mode with mullets and skinhead attributes.. not my scene at all. This is good solid Australian Heavy hard rock with that rock n roll flavour which makes it so special. Most of you have heard GTK (get to know) videos from ABC television on youtube with great cuts like Working mans boogie and Mama likes to rock n roll so you know what to expect. In the day in 1972 the record company didn't release this album due to quote "thinking it was too raw and heavy".. Well to my ears it's a well produced and clear with a distintive progressive rock edge, so I'm not buying into that argument. What I think was the case, was that the lyrics have sexual and drug themes that might have rocked the boat in conservative Australia of the day.. Musically this is good quality rock and kicks a serious punch. These 1972 recordings were finally released in 1976 at the height of the bands success, merely to cash in. For my money I prefer this album to their others anyday. Have a blast and Rock On !






Sunday, June 29, 2014

Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family - My Ancestors 1974 (Zambia)



Paul Ngozi and Chrissy Zebby Tembo jamin' hard n HEAVY African style! yeah ..

Ja maan it's Afrika time.. Jokes aside we have a killer blast for July.. Well most African music is often funk och ethnic based and most of us gringos have little interest in that, so I didn't have high hopes for this album.. Well , we've all by now heard Witch and Amanaz both Heavy raw and damn good. Well I saw this album with this funky cool cat ghetto hombre on the cover and I thought.. pass.. that funk stuff doesn't fly with me (not my bag) Well I actually heard a song from the album by chance (Fisherman) and I was blown away by the raw Heavy basement sound and raw wild fuzz lead guitar courtesy of Paul Ngozi.. So intriged by this song I took to explore more n by crikey this album delivered the goods in a grand way and has been my most played album for a while now. The heavy crude basement sound, raw fuzz leads and great catchy song writing make this a keeper, Drummer/singer Chrissy Zebby Tembo sounds aprox like  an Afrikan Ozzy Osbourne that actually can sing! Must be heard to to be believed. It's his natural style. Best songs here are Fisherman, Troublemaker and Coffinmaker.. But the others are good and well crafted aswell. For me this is the top Zamrock album I have heard.. Yep they are from Zambia. Have an enjoyable blast folks!





Thursday, May 29, 2014

Monster Garage Rock (Various Artists)






Yes an all new compilation in the tradition of Heavy Psych Explosion but focusing on the Rawest, wildest and Heaviest pre hartdrock / heavyrock bands of the 60's garage rock scene. When you hear the word "garage rock" you think of poor copys of the Brittish invasion bands in mop tops and suits.. But a dark underbelly of raw extreme bands existed even during these  innocent times. Here you have a collection of bands and tunes to prove this point. This compilation will make you rethink garage rock and blow you away like you are acustomed to from the releases featured on this blog. This is probably the heaviest and rawest garage compilation you have ever heard.  Have a heavy summer folks

Featured here:

Stereo Shoestring
Him And The Others
Namelosers
Swamp Rats
The Jay Jays
White Lightning
Pappys Haunted House
The Mind
The Renaissance Fair
Charlies
The Bored
The Gary Desmond Strike Force



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Josefus 1970




Howdey folks time for some great catchy Heavy psychedelic rock with a southern Texas vibe for you all. Josefus Dead Man fron 1969 is a cult classic nowdays and has it's well over due recognition but this 2nd album is still a bit overlooked. I originally too thought it was a bit lightweight ? But comparing it to Dead Man, most things are. No this is still much heavier than most period hardrock and the songwriting here is far superior. This album could have made Josefus a big household name in the heavier southern Heavy rock scene in the 1970's had it got better distribution and promotion. Put it this way there are far inferior southern rock bands having cult status that can't hold a candle to this album. Enough said Rock on folks




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Endless Boogie - Focus Level (2008)




Here is a great underground band that has gone under the  radar of many of you. Endless Boogie is the band of underground record collector Paul Major.. a mover n shaker who has brought many of your fave rare records to wider attention back in the day before internet (respect to him for that alone!). Endless Boogie has released 5 or 6 albums ranging from TGS style longjam psych with German influences to downright long jam hardrock/boogie like on this album from 2008. You can notice different underground references in the music and one song here: "The Manly Vibe" sounds like Don Geres movie soundtrack Werevolves on wheels.. Pauls slightly Beefheartsque vocals might annoy you at first but the music will make you forget that fast. Enjoy this kick ass jam and check out their latest album Long Island. It's their hardest n rawest release to date.  Now go smoke figs in the back yard with Top Dollar.....




Saturday, March 1, 2014

Mount Carmel - Real Woman (2012)




This is one of the most promising newer bands in the retro 70's Heavy hardrock genre I have heard. Here it's all about good well played Heavy rock music sans the usal posing which is the norm in this genre. The sound and vibe is pure 1970 -1972 and real warm n fuzzy. Musically this Ohio based trio is like say Dark on a Led Zep, Blue Cheer, Sabbath trip although this their 2nd album has a great James Gang quality and vibe. I've included the best two tracks of their debut here as well. A new album is out on the 25th of March and it has a few real mean HEAVY numbers too. Play loud n have a blast!!! Support them folks!