Excellent addition to any Progressive-Folk music collection
After leaving The Young Tradition, Heather and Royston Wood (who weren’t related to each other), issued what might be called a follow-up, No Relation,
Essential: A masterpiece of Progressive-Folk music
The Young Tradition was formed on 18 April 1965 by Peter Bellamy (8 September 1944 – 19 September 1991), Royston Wood (born 1935 died 8 April 1990) and Heather Wood (born Arielle Heather Wood, 31 March 1945, Attercliffe, Sheffield, Yorkshire) (who was unrelated to Royston Wood). Most of their repertoire was traditional British folk music, sung without instrumental accompaniment, and was drawn especially from the music of the Copper Family from Sussex, who had a strong oral musical tradition. They augmented the pure folk music with some composed songs which were strongly rooted in the English folk tradition, such as sea shanties written by Cyril Tawney, of which “Chicken on a Raft” was the most notable.
Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Pianist Jay McShann has spent much of his career being classified as a blues pianist when in fact he is a flexible swing stylist. On this excellent release, McShann appears with two groups of all-stars. His original "Crazy Legs and Friday Strut" and "Georgia on My Mind" find him joined by Herbie Mann (on flute and tenor), baritonist Gerry Mulligan and a rhythm section that includes guitarist John Scofield. The other selections (two standards, Duke Ellington's "Blue Feeling" and McShann's own "Jumpin' the Blues") are performed by an octet also featuring Mann, altoist Earle Warren, trumpeter Doc Cheatham, trombonist Dicky Wells and Scofield. The unusual grouping of swing, bop and modern stylists is successful (the material is pretty basic) and Janis Siegel's guest appearance for a vocal duet with McShann on "Ain't Misbehavin'" works.
Excellent addition to any Prog-Rock music collection
Now, it must be said, I’m inclined to love just about anything Gentle Giant ever released or even breathed on. Thus, with the following praise in mind, unprepared fans of the band’s earlier work may get to this album, and a song like “I’m Turning Around,” and laugh their pants off. This would be an unfortunate reaction. Okay, so there is definitely a shift in direction evident on this album — there are less overtly “proggy” songs, more purely rocking songs, and a general lifting of the intense burden of creating “yet another insane experimental masterpiece!!!” that every album preceding seemed to bear.
After the Buffalo Springfield imploded, Neil Young recorded his first, eponymous solo album, an elaborately overdubbed affair that cast him in the role of brooding singer-songwriter. But soon after that record was released, in January 1969, Young began jamming in Los Angeles with a band called the Rockets, redubbed Crazy Horse, and started a relationship that would change guitar rock forever and form the foundation of his career. If Neil Young had an aura of careful subtlety bordering on tentativeness, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere felt raw, rushed, energized. Indeed, Young dashed off the album’s three central songs — “Cinnamon Girl,” “Down by the River” and “Cowgirl in the Sand” — in a single fever-addled afternoon, and Young and the band play with an almost reckless disregard for prettiness, precision, clarity.
Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music.
Yet another stupendous artwork sleeve depicting some nightmarish scene with creatures that Salvadore Dali imitating Jerome Bosch would’ve drawn slightly different, but the effect is there – I just wish that the full “picture” was presented once in its entirety. Although still strongly influenced by Flamenco music, this album draws more from symphonic rock and lacks a bit the dramatics present on El Patio, but also the inspiration. The remasters are impeccable, but be sure to get one of them because I found some rather poor earlier pressings still on the market.
Kaleidoscope Men is the third studio album of the psychedelic band Los Mac’s, released in December 1967 by RCA-Victor. It’s commonly known as the fundamental album of the latinoamerican psychedelia movement. It certainly has a very uncommon lyric and musical style, considering the release date. Thanks to lyrics dedicated to politics, drugs, poetry and a particular beat-style, Kaleidoscope Men became a very popular album at the time and it’s considered “legend” nowadays, still being an important collection piece for psychedelia and 60´s beat lovers.
A far-reaching early gem from Roy Ayers – a set that's much more jazz-based than his later work, and a record that has him touching base with the Blue Note and Strata East sides of the jazz spectrum! The lineup here is incredibly hip – a mix of players that includes a young Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Harold Land and Joe Henderson on tenor, Jack Wilson on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass – not to mention Roy himself on some mighty great vibes! There's a surprising spiritual undercurrent to the music – pointing the way towards jazz to come in the 70s.