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Xhol Caravan - Electrip

1969

Hansa 80 099

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Xhol Caravan - Motherfuckers GmbH & CO KG

1972

Ohr OMM 556 024

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Yardbirds - Shapes of Things 7”

1966

Epic (10006) - 7"

Track List:

Shapes of things, New York City blues

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Yatha Sidhra - A Meditation Mass

1974

Brain 1045

Track List:

Part1, Part2, Part3, Part 4

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Yes - Yes

1969

Atlantic (588 190)

Track List:

Beyond and before, I see you, Yesterday and today, Looking around, Harold land, Every little thing, Sweetness, Survival.

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Frank Zappa (The mothers of invention) - Freak Out

1967

Verve (S+/VLP 9174)

Track List:

Hungry freaks-daddy, I ain't got no heart, Who are the brain Police?, Go cry on somebody else's shoulder, Motherly love, How could I be such a fool, Wowie Zowie, You didn't try to call me, Any way the wind blows, I'm not satisfied, You're probably wondering why I'm here, Trouble comin' every day, Help I'm a rock, The return of the son of monster magnet.

Review:

First of all the release date is incorrect... I need to look it up to give you a correct date.

This album captures Frank Zappa at a very vulnerable time. He had gone through a divorce, a bust for allegedly making lewd movies and many rejections by record companies of his then rather harmless music. Little did he know how far bitterness will take his own creativity.

To understand Frank Zappa you must listen to Freak Out. This is a truly honest record. Listen to the self loathing in "I'm Not Satisfied", the bitterness of "Anyway the Wind Blows" and the cynical attitude shaping songs like "You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here" and "How could I be Such A Fool". Add in the early protest songs like "Who are the Brain Police" and
"Trouble Comming Every Day" and you have the most brilliantly insightful albums of the 60's.

Frank Zappa and the original Mothers went and made two more brilliant records in "Absolutely Free" and "We are Only in It For the Money" but neither of these great records sound as angry and real as "Freak Out" does almost 40 years later.

People often argue about where it all started, some say the Grateful Dead, others say it started with the Yardbirds "Heartful of Soul" in late 64. The people who lived through it credit Ken Kesey and Bill Graham's Fillmore.

Psychedelic music cried for songs to push beyond the limits of 3:00 pop. Frank Zappa's Double album debut set the stage for the Doors and all of the other bands who made long form psychedelic and later Art Rock a popular musical genre.

Reviewed by Lindy Dell - February 2002

 

Frank Zappa (The mothers of invention) - Absolutely Free

1967

Verve (S+/VLP 9174)

Track List:

Plastic people, The duke of prunes, Amnesia vivace, The Duke regains his chops, Call any vegetable, Invocation and ritual dance of the young pumpkin, Soft-cell conclusion and ending of side 1, America drinks, Status back baby, Uncle Bernie's farm, Son of suzy Creamcheese, Brown shoes don't make it, America drinks and goes home.

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Frank Zappa - 200 Motels (Live studio soundtrack)

1971

U.A. (UDF 50003)

Track List:

Semi-fraudulent - direct-from-Hollywood overture, Mystery roach, Dance of the rock & roll interviewers, This town is a sealed tuna sandwich (prologue), Tuna fish promenade, Dance of the just plain folks, This town is a sealed tuna fish sandwich (reprise), The sealed tuna bolero, Lonesome cowboy Burt, Touring can make you crazy, Would you like a snack?, Redneck eats, Centerville, She painted up her face, Janet's big dance number, Half a dozen provocative squats, Mysterioso, Shove it right in, Lucy's seduction of a bored violinist & postlude, I,m stealing the towels, Dental hygeine dilemma, Does this kind of life look interesting to you?, Daddy-daddy-daddy, Penis dimension, What will this evening bring me this morning, A nun suit painted on some old boxes, Magic fingers, Motorhead's midnight ranch, Dew on the newts we got, The lad searches the night for his newts, The girl wants to fix him some broth, The girl's dream, Little green scratchy sweaters & corduroy ponce, Strictly genteel (the finale)

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Zerfas - S/T
1973
Private Pressing

Track List:
You Never Win, The Sweetest Part, I Don't Understand, I Need It Higher, Stoney Wellitz, Hope, Fool's Parade/The Piper.
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The Zombies - Odyessy & Oracle

1968

CBS  BPG 63280

Track List:

Care Of Cell 44, A Rose For Emily, Maybe After He's Gone, Beechwood Park, Brief Candles, Hungup An A Dream, Charges, I Want Her She Wants Me, This Will Be Our Year, Western Front 1914, Friends Of Mine, Time Of The Season.

Review:

This album is an amazing accomplishment no matter how it is examined by the listener. This album rivals the greats in its genre (Pet Sounds, S.F. Sorrow, Sgt. Pepper, Piper at the Gates of Dawn). This is a MUST for any fan of the psychedelic era of music. The song writing is very mature and the production makes it come alive in a way that can only be understood by listening to it.
The engineering is a triumph in and of itself. It includes the hit "Time of the Season". There's some really happy vibes in this album....it's definitely a feel good record.
Definitely recommended.

Reviewed by Mad Hatter.

 
Review 2:
Stumbling across a battered copy of the classic 60's alternative rock sampler "The Rock Machine Turns You On" in my parent's vinyl collection as a teenager in the early 80's proved to be one of those life-changing events. Other than the Beatles, that album, was my first introduction to psychedelic music, in the form of luminaries such as Notorious era-Byrds, The United States of America and Spirit. More importantly it lead me to one of the greatest psychedelic pop treasures, The Zombies "Odessey and Oracle".

The recording of "Odessey" began at Abbey Road, straight after "Sgt Pepper". Legend has it that to their dismay, the sound engineers were instructed to leave the recording equipment in the state of disarray that The Beatles had created to achieve the sonic experimentation of their psychedelic masterpiece. Indeed the spirit of creativity that defined "Sgt Pepper" positively courses through "Odessey".
The Zombies are often misleadingly labelled with the "British Beach Boys" tag. The opener "Care of Cell 44" is probably as close as they got to sounding like their Californian contempories. "A Rose for Emily" although a sad track in the "Eleanor Rigby" vein is a purely uplifting experience due to Colin's angelwhisper vocals and the band's soaring vocal harmonies. Next up is "Maybe After He's Gone", one the album's stand-out tracks, based around a spine-tingling melancholic verse from Colin and another harmony-laden chorus. Another stand-out track comes in the shape of "Beechwood Park". Impossible to listen to this and not think of "Whiter Shade of Pale". The nostalgic imagery of late summer evenings chilling in the park make this one the most evocative of the period. Another strong track is "Brief Candles" this time with a soft harmony verse and driving chorus from Colin. What is most notable here is the atmospherics created by the echoing piano of the outro. Next as if it can't get any better we come to "Hung Up On A Dream". Here the band distill the finest elements of their music, swirling mellotron, atmospheric piano signatures, choir boy harmonies and Colin's vocal perfection to take us on a journey through a Utopian dreamworld for the most beautiful track.
Their ability to create orchestral splendour with just piano and mellotron is staggering genius. "Changes" is a curious two-part track with the choir and mellotron interplay of the opening and a clever one piano note accompaniment to Colin's kaleidoscopic lyrical imagery. "I Want Her, She Wants Me" is catchy Baroque pop with Rod on lead vocals. The track has a Revolver-esque feel, like an up beat "I'm Only Sleeping". The bouncing optimism of "This Will Be Our Year" proved sadly ironic given the bands dissolution shortly after its release. In "Butcher's Tale" there is powerful portrayal of the horrors of the trenches of WW1 as a shockingly blunt anti-war message for the Vietnam-era. "Friends of Mine" is my least favourite track, whose only positive is its Kinks-like sound and lyrics.
Then finally, in all of its glory "Time of the Season". What can I say about this that hasn't already been said? Drop dead cool bass and drum intro joined by Colin's vocal at its most laid back and sexy, a stylish chopping guitar riff and one of the greatest organ breaks in the history of pop music to top it off.

Why this album did not chart in the UK is a mystery. What does compensate however is that like other great 60's albums such as "Forever Changes" that sold poorly on release, "Odessey" has now become one of the most enduring and fondly remembered albums of the 60's. This is probably testament to its artistic triumph of maturity and quality that transcends the stylistic preferences of the day, no unecessary use of sitar or phased guitar for the sake of it, just glorious psychedelic sunshine melodies.

Submitted by Simon Allen - December 2002

Odyessy & Oracle

 

Zorch - Ouroboros

2000

ZMCD001

Track List:

Mother Earth, Electro Flow, Return of the Elohim

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Ouroboros

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