Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Carole King brought the fledgling singer/songwriter phenomenon to the masses withTapestry, one of the most successful albums in pop music history. A remarkably expressive and intimate record, it's a work of consummate craftsmanship. Always a superior pop composer, King reaches even greater heights as a performer; new songs like the hits "It's Too Late" and "I Feel the Earth Move" rank solidly with past glories, while songs like "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" take on added resonance when delivered in her own warm, compelling voice. With its reliance on pianos and gentle drumming, Tapestry is a light and airy work on its surface, occasionally skirting the boundaries of jazz, but it's also an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later.

Tracks :

1.I Feel The Earth Move
2.So Far Away
3.It's Too Late
4.Home Again
6.Way Over Yonder
7.You've Got A Friend
8.Where You Lead
9.Will You Love Me Tomorrow
10.Smackwater Jack
12.You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman

Artwork Included

Friday, April 8, 2011


Behind the Gardens is a studio album by New Age artist Andreas Vollenweider, released in 1981. It is almost entirely instrumental, and centers around Vollenweider on harp.
While not literally Vollenweider's first album, "Behind the Gardens" is widely regarded as such because it was his breakthrough album, gaining him wide recognition. The earlier and more obscure "Eine Art Suite in XIII Teilen" (An Art Suite in 13 Parts), 1979, remains available chiefly online, while "Behind the Gardens" can still be readily found in music stores worldwide.
The contemplative and moving second track, "Pyramid," is a favorite of fans and has become a concert staple, always garnering applause when the first harp notes are played.
While the album originally stood on its own, in 1990 it and the two following albums (Caverna Magica and White Winds) were re-released as a two-CD set entitled "Trilogy," suggesting they collectively constituted a single musical entity.
The full titles of the first two albums lend creedance to the suggestion that the three albums are thematically connected. The full title of the first album is "Behind the Gardens-Behind the Wall-Under the Tree..." The ellipsis at the end suggests a continuation. The full title of the next album is "Caverna Magica (...Under the Tree - In the Cave...)" The first ellipsis, followed by the repetition of "Under the Tree" from the first album title, clearly indicates a continuation. The second ellipsis suggests another continuation, which would turn out to be "White Winds (Seeker's Journey)." The last track on the White Winds album is entiled "Trilogy (At The White Magic Gardens) & The White Winds".
The title of the first album "is like giving someone directions: "You will find us behind The Garden, behind The Wall, under The Tree...", Vollenweider is quoted as saying on his official web site,[1]
The title of the second album apparently indicates a continuation of those directions: Under the tree you'll find a magic cavern. This magic cavern could be a metaphor for the recording site. This is borne out by the rest of the Vollenweider quote: "Recording this album we worked completely cut off from the world, in the cellars of the Sinus Studios in Bern (capital of Vollenweider's native Switzerland), which are more than 300 years old. In the shelter of this creative "womb", it was easy to lose track of time and space."
Sinus "was a small, underground studio," stated an article in the April 2003 edition of Mojo magazine, quoted at "It was entered by wooden shutters in the pavement above, which gave the impression of entering a crypt."[2]
Tracks :

1. Behind the Gardens-Behind the Wall-Under the Tree
2. Pyramid-In the Wood-In the Bright Light
3. Micro-Macro
4. Skin and Skin
5. Moonlight, Wrapped Around Us
6. Lion and Sheep
7. Sunday
8. Afternoon
9. Hands and Clouds

Artwork Included

Saturday, April 2, 2011

HEDGE & DONNA (aka LOVE ) 1968

Hedge & Donna is gentle, soulful harmony and musical beauty of the late sixties and early seventies at its best. Their trace however in our days is surprisingly very hard to find despite their outstanding contribution to music.

Their legacy of great albums remains unissued in CD.

Tracks :

A1 Can You Hear Me 3:02
A2 Lace Child 2:10
A3 Sea Gull 3:12
A4 Catch The Wind 2:15
A5 Wings 2:54
B1 I've Got A Long Way To Go 2:47
B2 Long Dark Road 2:58
B3 Midnight (All The Songs Have Been Sung) 2:24
B4 I Want You To Want Me 2:34
B5 Follow 5:00

Artwork Included


I once read that the time when there were the most active bands in the US was 1967, right after the release of Sgt. Peppers. Basically, everyone heard that record and started a band. Literally, everyone. If that's a true statistic or an urban legend I'm not sure, but each month there are more reissues of late '60s "Private Press" records. Amazing unearthed artifacts of raw obscurities and dog-eared jams by bands that never made it out of the basement, let alone their hometowns. The RFD's Lead Me Home is a standout example of a truly sick private press record in the ways it both follows the aesthetic of this phenomenon and also befuddles. Okay, under 500 copies originally released on a private label in 1971? Check. Ridiculous non-self conscious band name (RFD stood for "Russ, Fred and Dan", the founding members of the group)? Check. Tripped-out record cover, low-budget home recording, naive lyrics shouldered in astute-yet-understated mellow acid folk songs? All this checks out, but the RFD was also apparently a Christian rock band? Lead track "He Is Coming" fits the mold perfectly for a sub-categorical d.i.y./post-Byrds/stoned at home jam except for the male/female reverb-touched harmonies about Christ "coming in his golden glory." Oh, yeah, a lady named Debbie adds a lot to the record but somehow she and drummer Larry got left out of the acronym. Despite the possible conflict between the heavily hippie/drugged-out underpinnings of the album and the Christian need to walk a straight and narrow path, there also seems to be a conflict in the songs between God's glory and a deep sense of Vietnam-era alienation. Simply stated tunes like "Why Do I Feel Alone?" and "On the Outside Looking In" don't do a lot to obfuscate this theme. Much like the Tony Caro & John record, another stunning private press item that found wider re-release a few years back, the RFD finds textures and ideas that would have been impossible within the confines of record labels, professional equipment and legitimate studios, even in 1971. There's a sense of passion and excitement that's unique to the homespun world of self-edited, self-informed, self-everything songwriting. Contradictions abound and those confounding moments are some of the best parts.

-Fred Thomas (September 26, 2008)

A really groovy early 70s spiritual folk rock record from RFD – with emotionally resonant male & female vocals – and lightly rollicking backdrop of guitar, bass & drums. There's kind of a mix of east coast and west coast folk rock influences – the harmonies have a Byrdsy quality, but the acoustic guitar playing has the feel of east coast troubadours. Quiet and a little eerie in a way, and an all around enjoyable rarity worth checking out! Titles include "He Is Coming", "Loner", "Why Do I Feel Alone", "Take Time", "It Seems", "Rap It Out" and more. (Limited edition.)

Tracks :

He is Coming
Why Do I Feel Alone
Back Into My Mind
Lead Me Home
Take Time
No Man is a Mountain
Long Time in the Rain
It Seems
On the Outside Looking In
Rap It Out

Artwork Included


Progressive Rock is one of the most loved and frequently debated of all musical genres. This 52 track collection is a worthy addition to Universal's much-loved A Complete Introduction To Series. Compliled by Jerry Ewing, the editor of Classic Prog magazine, it takes us on a magical, leisurely journey through the corners of this wondrous genre.

For those who think it's all about pixies and trippy guitar solos, think again (although both of those are here). Wiondrous Stories: A Complete Introduction To Progressive Rock boasts brand new cover art by Roger Dean, designer of the legendary 'Yes' logo, bd som eof teh most influential album sleeves of all time. It is the sister voluime to the 2-CD album, 'Wondrous Stories', yet only a couple of tracks double on both. ~ Amazon

Tracklist CD1:

01 Sam Gopal / Season Of The Witch
02 Colosseum / Walking In The Park
03 Nucleus / Song For The Bearded Lady
04 Van Der Graaf Generator / Darkness II/II
05 Comus / Diana
06 Jethro Tull / Aqualung
07 Atomic Rooster / Devil's Answer
08 Dr. Z / Evil Woman's Manly Child
09 Jan Dukes De Grey / Mice And Rats In The Loft
10 Curved Air / Back Street Love
11 Yes / Roundabout
12 Caravan / Golf Girl
13 Aprhodite's Child / The Four Horsemen

Tracklist CD2:

01 ELP / From The Beginning
02 Mike Oldfield / Tubular Bells
03 Gong / Oily Way
04 Rare Bird / Epic Forest
05 Beggars Opera / MacArthur Park
06 Gentle Giant / In A Glass House
07 Magna Carta / Lord Of Ages
08 Gryphon / Opening Move
09 Fruupp / The Seventh Secret
10 Supertramp / School
11 Riск Wakeman / Merlin The Magician
12 Barclay James Harvest / Child Of The Universe

Tracklist CD3:

01 Yes / Wondrous Stories
02 Steve Hillage / Hurdy Gurdy Man
03 Camel / Air Born
04 ELP / Fanfare For The Common Man
05 Rush / A Farewell To Kings
06 Manfred Mann's Earth Band / The Mighty Quinn
07 Jon Anderson / Some Are Born
08 Barclay James Harvest / Mocking Bird
09 Camel / Sasquatch
10 Mike Oldfield / Five Miles Out
11 Jethro Tull / Pussy Willow
12 Emerson, Lake & Powell / Touch & Go
13 The Moody Blues / I Know You're Out There Somewhere
14 Marillion / Jigsaw

Tracklist CD4:

01 Pallas / Eyes In The Night
02 Rush / The Weapon
03 It Bites / The Old Man And The Angel
04 World Trade / The Moment Is Here
05 Dream Theater / Pull Me Under
06 Queensryche / I Am I
07 Opeth / The Drapery Falls
08 Spock's Beard / Stranger In A Strange Land
09 Coheed & Cambria / Ten Speed (Of Gods Blood & Burial)
10 The Reasoning / Awakening
11 The Mars Volta / Since We've Been Wrong
12 Eureka / Going Home
13 IQ / Frequency

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