This record did contain the small hits "Paper Cup" and "Carpet Man," but the group, or more likely arranger/conductor Jim Webb, was probably shooting for something a bit higher than the Top 40.
Seventh studio album from the Hanover Krautrockers Jane. The most distinctive quality of Age of Madness is its crawling, slowly building crescendo of rolling rhythms that make this album more Pink Floydian than the group's other releases. Though not as bluesy as Together or as Allman-like as Fire, Water, Earth & Air, I think any Jane fan will love the rich textures of Age of Madness. This is just another or those really great albums that has been consistently high-priced and difficult to find since its release. Will apeal to guitar fans everywhere, Zeppelin, Purple and more…
The band formed in '69 and in addition to Mayos guitar playing, featured Mark Babani's drums, Lloyd Landesman's keys, the bass of Mark Polott, and voice of Bruce Scott in a dark mix of stoner hardrock and prog adventure with extended passages. Evidently two of the cuts were penned by Leslie West's brother Larry and Haystacks Balboa has been compared to Mountain and Black Sabbath but exhibit a more traditional Prog approach than either of those groups and should amuse fans of yer old-tyme Prog 'n Roll.
The second album of this great Spanish progressive band was released on local Chapa Discos in 1979 although it sounded more like it came out 5 years earlier! Bloque’s powerful and very melodic record (sung in Spanish) was mostly inspired by awesome Italian progressive bands like P.F.M., Banco, Museo Rosenbach and Biglietto Per l'lnFerno, albeit mid-70’s Genesis, early Camel and even Black Sabbath influences were also evident. Sextet offered varied, imaginative and beautifully-arranged, short, but often connected songs characterized by excellent production, solid and quite heavy guitar parts, memorable and inventive keyboards phrases, ﬁne drumming and strong, Italian-like vocals. This fantastic, but still relatively unknown record will delight most fans of creative, progressive music.
Ford Theatre were one of the most promising and best US psychedelic bands of the 60 ‘s. A few months after truly excellent Trilogy For The Masses debut LP (from December 1968) they released another concept album for ABC Records - Time Changes. Influenced by the recent works of The Beatles, The Byrds and Love, this slightly more commercial and unjustly underrated record was a kind of musical based on one man’s life. The music itself was very diverse, ranged from dark, atmospheric and ambitious tracks full of hard rock guitar-organ interplay, to much lighter sounds usually coupled with lush sound of strings. This record (an early production by Bill Szymczyk) is specially recommended for those who like classic 60’s rock sound.