Lost links & Re-ups

On any post, if the link is no longer good, leave a comment if you want the music re-uploaded. As long as I still have the file, or the record, cd, or cassette to re-rip, I will gladly accommodate in a timely manner all such requests.

Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

16 April 2018

Captain's Order

Fellow Blogger, loyal supporter & guest poster of NSS, & brother in Dub Jonder always stimulates my earholes & gets me digging for goodies long lost in the mess of my grey matter. His recent posts about the legendary S.F. label Subterranean Records had me searching through my Beefheart.  Beefheart, you ask?

Well, on Subterranean SUB 15 (1981) Various Artists - Red Spot there are three songs from Jed Speare & Easy Teeth: "Rotator Cuff"; "Twinkies"; & "Gondola Serenade".

Jed Speare (1954-2016) was a crossover artist who worked in sound, video, & performance for forty years. In the early 80s he recorded with Easy Teeth as well as the San Francisco groups Research Library (the previously mentioned Red Spot comp), Ultrasheen (City Boy 7" EP; Subterranean SUB 12), & Appliances.

Easy Teeth's 7" 45rpm was a one-off collaboration between Magic Band drummer Robert Williams, Magic Band roadie Paul Young, & vocalist Tito Larriva. 'Eazy Teeth' was a nickname given to Paul Young by Don because he was always smiling. The EasyTeeth single artwork features a Van Vliet 1980 original EAZY TEETH drawing (black felt tip on white).

Easy Teeth - Car Noise 7″ 45, Dental Records DR-001, 1980.

Side A -
Car Noise

Side B -
Her Blade

Rev it Up,

15 April 2018

More Tribulation from Word, Sound, & Power

One more for the weekend. While I was binge spinning Dub Revolution, I took a hankering for Tribulation All Stars. Had to dig out some more source product. Here's the very first (even though it's called Vol. 2) from West London's finest, Word Sound & Power - Robert Tribulation.

Word Sound, & Power Music WSPCD005, 1993.
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Dub Liberation
Make One Dub
Dub Again
Get Ready Dub
Revelation Dub
Bigman Dub
Ethiopian Dub
Dub Fighting
One Life Dub
Nuclear Dub

It’s a Black Up Bashment,

Dubbin’ Me Now

Often I find myself neglecting to praise Jah enuff around here.  I've sed it before & I sez it again now.  DUB IS MY SALVATION!

Busy getting this year's crop ready so I'm just gonna offer up what is Dubbin' (& skankin') me Now.

This all began with an Earth Crisis, not all Dub but ESSENTIAL!

Steel Pulse - Earth Crisis remastered, Rhino Records 8122 74687 2, 2005.
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Steppin' Out
Throne of Gold
Roller Skates
Earth Crisis
Grab Education
Wild Goose Chase

bonus tracks
Steppin' Out Dub
Steppin' Out (extended version)
Roller Skates (remix version)
Roller Skates Dub

Always keep somethin' from Wackie's near the top o' the spin.  Never know what you'll hear, but it surely will be SWEET.

Side A -

Happy Song - Sugar Minot
Undying Love - Maxine Miller
It's You I Love - Jerry Johnson
Hiding Away - Lucy Clark
Do You Feel Alright - John C

Side B -

We Need Relief Fabian Cooke
Go Man Go - Carlton Livingston
Parafanatic - Lone Ranger & Lee Van Cliff
Rock with Me - Horace Andy
This World - Leroy Sibbles

Shilling (extended mix) - Michael Rose
Have the Strength (extended mix) - Admiral Tibet
Gideon Time (extended mix) - Ranking Joe
No More Will I Roam (extended mix) - Prince Alla
Tell it Like it Is (extended mix) - Mikey General
Shaka Zulu (extended mix) - Ranking Joe
Original Fire ( extended mix) - Ranking Joe

Dub Specialist is a name used for a series of Dub LP releases from Studio One throughout the 70s. These limited edition albums were mixed down by a number of engineers over the decade, including: Sylvan Morris; Syd Bucknor; Overton "Scientist" Brown; all under the auspices of legendary producer, sound system pioneer & music entrepeneur, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd. The following is a compilation of early material from 1966 - 1972.

Dub Specialist - Studio One Dub, Soul Jazz Records SJR CD89, 2004.

Bionic Dub
Take a Ride version
Sky Rhythm
Taurus Dub 2
Dub Rock
Rastaman version
Jah Jah version
Creator version
Running Dub
Hi Fashion Dub
Pretty version
Race Track version
In Cold Blood version
Chase Them version
Feel the Dub

Reachout International Records ROIR 8207, 1994.

Dub Revolution - The Disciples
Cuttlefish Dub - Zion Train
Tribal Dub - Bush Chemists
Genesis Dub - Testament
Contentious Dub - Alpha & Omega
Release the Chains - Centry meets The Music Family
Crying Blood - Little Lord Creator
Mountain of Hadith - Scarab
Dub Thru Jah - Tribulation All Stars
Dub Warmth - Fish & Goat at the Controls
Dub-Hop Anthem - WordSound

Finally, some special dub mixes by Scientist (except "Land Control" mixed by Mutabaruka).
This album is an accompaniment to Word Soun' 'Ave Power (Heartbeat HB-15), which contains the vocal versions of all the original poems with different mixes for vocal tracks. This release was recorded & mixed at Tuff Gong, Kingston, JA, except "Land Control" recorded at Music Mountain, St.Andrew, JA; mixed by Mutabaruka at Skyline Studios, NYC.

Mutabaruka & Scientist - Dub Poets Dub, Heartbeat Records HB-30, 1983.

Side 1 -
Fork & Hoe
Death Row
Cussin’ de President
Blood Shout Dub

Side 2 -
Hide & Fine
Anti-Klan Dub
Land Control


31 March 2018

Uri G

A good fiend of NSS had some great luck crate diving recently. He came up with some valuable gems & sent me a few. I just had to pass this one on to everyone else visiting here. Thanks Xtm!

I am Spoonbender was started as a recording project in early '97 by Pansy Division drummer Dustin Donaldson & friend Brian Jackson . Dustin handled synths, drums, & vocals while Brian worked bass, synths, & Protools. When the band cub called it quits, their guitarist Robynn "Cup" Iwata joined IaS on the synths & vocals. The band was halfway through the making of their debut album Sender/Receiver.

For 2002s Shown Actual Size single, Dave Edwardson, bassist for Neurosis (& numerous other side gigs) joined Donaldson, Iwata, et. al for a fuller IaS sound.

Gold Standard Laboratories GSL 60, 2002.

Side a -
I Went & had My Knives Sharpened

Side b -
Re-Dial Meant "Remember"


24 March 2018

6 Degrees of Separation

"When the child came, he would be prepared in the right way, watched over by the Comsat relays, hot lines open, the armies of the world immobilized. This time there would be no mistakes"

Taking their name from  this J. G. Ballard short story "The Comsat Angels", the band's original lineup (1978 - 1992) was: Stephen Fellows - guitar & vocals; Andy Peake - keyboards; Kevin Bacon - bass; & Mik Glaisher - drums.

"Includes free extra single 5 tracks in total JIVE 54".

The Comsat Angels - Independence Day 2x7", Jive JIVE 54, 1984.
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Disc 1 -

a. Independence Day
b. Intelligence

Disc 2 -

c. Mister Memory
d1. Total War
d2. After the Rain

All tracks on Record Two recorded live at Sheffield University.


18 March 2018

Dub for Dreamers

For three decades Conscious Sounds has been instrumental in releasing consistently ground-breaking roots & culture music.

Here is a collection of the label's strictly limited vinyl releases, Dubs from the Vaults. It contains exclusive unreleased cuts from the Conscious Sounds studio archives featuring little known studio collaborations like Rockers 44 & Planet Dub alongside some Conscious Sounds heavy-weights like Centry & The Music Family. All the tracks were recorded at Conscious Sounds Studios between 1992 - 1996.

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tracklist -

Firing the Phasers
Patient Man
Dub for Dreamers
Spanish Horns
Revenging Centry
Fly like a Falcon
Big Mouth
Big Mouth Dub
Rewind it Again
Cradle Rock
Rememberance Dub
Bad Time Girl
2am Dub
Pizzicato Dub
The Waterhole

Tracks 1, 2, &10 - The Music Family; 3, 7, 8, & 15 - Rockers 44; 4, 11, & 14 - Planet Dub; & 5, 6, 9, 12, & 13 - Centry.


Hey, Herb

Phallus Dei - Nature Mortes, Paragoric PA23, 2001.
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tracklist -

Prologue : Mesmerism
After the Night
Epilogue : Eden


10 March 2018

Big New Prinz Live(s)

I hadn't heard from Brother Jonder for quite some time. I was wondering if I'd somehow fallen off the grid, so I reached out to him. To eulogize the passing of & to commemorate the greatness of M. Mark E. Smith, Jonder has created a new blog, jonderblog. It's also in the links to the right. He's been posting up some great compilations of The Fall related materials. Go check it out.

Jonder's often chided me (goodheartedly) about not being a fan of The Fall. I don't dislike the band or MES & in fact I have at least once posted a song by Mr. Mark. Sometimes I just can't shake "Bill is Dead" if I unwittingly hear it. It's not like that melody you just can't stop whistling, it's more like the lingering dread of last nights faint nightmare. My taste (if I dare even call it that) just favors other morsels.

In homage to the revered MES & as a nod to Brother Jonder's continuing good work, I give you these bursts of The Fall...four bootlegish live recordings that might not be as well known as their Beggars Bullshit, et. al

Probably my favorite of the four recordings here is Live Various Years (hence the nod in the title of this post) because of the excellent sound quality & the fact that although the recordings are from various years, the sound is extremely cohesive, but I’m posting Backdrop first.

Backdrop is the most "The Fall album" of any of these offerings here. That's because Backdrop came into existence as a bootleg but then was officially released. It appears to be out of print nowadays. This collection of rarities consists mainly of live tracks from the early to mid 80s, including live versions of tracks from their Beggars Bullshit years as well as many other gems. "Dresden Dolls" is extremely entertaining.

The Fall - Backdrop, Pseudo Indie Label PIL05CD, 1994.
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Marquis Cha-Cha
Bremen Nacht Run Out
Mark'll Sink Us
Lucifer over Lancashire
Hey! Luciani
U.S. 80s-90s
Guest Informant
The Man Whose Head Expanded
Dresden Dolls
Race with the Devil
Plaster on the Hands

in the city... was recorded live at The Roadhouse, Manchester over three nights from March 20 - 22, 1995. The sound quality seems excellent to these old ears. This was a stop-over during the tour immediately after the release of Cerebral Caustic. It seems to features plenty of material from CC. Cerebral Caustic might not be the band's finest effort, but only it's stronger material ends up here. There's also stuff from the 90-95 era ("Middle Class Revolt" stands out) plus some 'oldies'. This recording features a classic line-up...joining Smith are the long-standing core of Hanley/Scanlon/Wolstencroft. Karl Burns was back. Brix had made a surprising return. Finally, making her debut on this tour was Julia Nagle who, in a couple more years down the road would be the only member of this group (bar Smith) to remain.

the fall - in the city..., Artful Records ARTFULCD03, 1997.

The Joke
Deadbeat Descendant
Feeling Numb
War Glam Racket
Pearl City
Don’t Call Me Darling
Bill is Dead
Behind the Counter
Edinburgh Man
Middle Class Revolt
Gut of the Quantifier
Life Just Bounces

Live Various Years: Tracks 1-2 recorded live in New York in September 1993 (possibly at The Academy on September 17, 1993); tracks 3-6 recorded live in Munich in October 1993; tracks 7-11 recorded live at the Bierkeller, Bristol on January 18, 1997; tracks 12-14 recorded live at the Arena, Vienna on April 16, 1988.

Although this covers different tours, the songs form quite a cohesive "show". The sound quality seems like professional multi-track recording with proper mixing.  The 1993 shows are notable for Dave Bush's fantastic keyboard work. On the 1997 tracks Julia Nagle is responsible for all music outside bass & drums.

The Fall - Live Various Years 2xCD, Cog Sinister COGVP111CD, 1998.

CD1 -
Deadbeat Descendant
Big New Prinz - NYC Sept. 93
Why are People Grudgeful
Free Range
Strychnine - Munich Oct. 93
Das Vulture ans ein Nutter-wain
Spine Track
Behind the Counter
Hip Priest - Bristol Jan. 97

CD2 -
Carry Bag Man
Yes Oh Yes
US 80s-90s - Vienna April 88

Live in Cambridge was recorded live at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge on March 19, 1988.

This ties in perfectly with the second disc of Live Various. At this point in their history The Fall were arguably more of a viable, professional live act than at any other time in their career. This was recorded on the last night of a short UK tour promoting The Frenz Experiment. Most of that album appears to be featured here. "Pay Your Rates" seems thrashingly out of place amongst the more groove-oriented material.

The Fall - Live in Cambridge 1988, Cog Sinister COGVP115CD, 2000.

Shoulder Pads
2 x 4
Get a Hotel
Cab it Up
Bremen Nacht
Pay Your Rates
Hey! Luciani
Oswald Defence Lawyer
Carry Bag Man
Mr. Pharmacist (2nd half) / U.S. 80s-90s
Lucifer over Lancashire

R.I.P. Mark E. Smith...

Get a hotel,

04 March 2018

Even with Twilight as My Guide I've Crashed on Mars

I've never really shied away from the fact that I'm a big fan of The Mars Volta (I’ve actually called myself "a fan-man" & "queer for them")...TMV from here on out. I've never really explained how it all came about, but I’d like to, in the self-inflated belief that hearing my bizarre journey with TMV might spark a chord with anyone.

It all began with The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

I'd alway been a fan of ATDI & was saddened when they ceased (for a time). But after the Drive-In, I got Tremulant. "Cut That City" was ATDI becoming something else. "Concertina" is perhaps the first true TMV song. Then "Eunuch Provocateur" played & I heard strange backward masking. I spun it around. "Have Mommie or Daddie ever had to...have Mommie or Daddie ever had to spank you?" then a voice out of some crazy dream sez: "I’m very fond of this..." & goes on to recite The Itsy Bitsy Spider. I felt a flash of satori. I'll just have to keep an ear on this band.


The first full-blooded TMV came in the form of a strange tale of madness...De-Loused in the Comatorium. It tells the story of Cerpin Taxt, a man who goes into a week-long coma after attempting suicide by intentionally overdosing on a mixture of morphine & rat poison.  In his comatose state, Cerpin enters a dream world where he is put through a series of trials by the Tremulants (here we go again, layers on layers & a storybook to boot [included here]), creatures from his own mind that inspire his art. In the end, he comes out of the coma. He feels only fit for the dream world. He once more attempts suicide, this time by jumping off of a bridge, this time succeeding.

The story of Cerpin Taxt alludes to the death of El Paso, Texas artist & close friend of Cedric Bixler-Zavala...Julio Venegas (1972–1996).

I've included the essential "Drunkship" / "Eriatarka" / "Cicatriz Esp" arc & two more.


Next came Frances the Mute. I've only included "The Widow", "L'Via L'Viasquez", & "Miranda (excerpt)" here to introduce the other female members of the cast. The entire five sides of this opus are the most cohesive musickal work I know. Listen to it in its entirety for maximum enjoyment.

Frances the Mute is about a diary discovered by former TMV bandmate Jeremy Ward while he was employed as a repo man. Ward saw resemblances to his own life.  It's mainly about the search for his biological parents. Before Ward's 2003 death from an apparent overdose, he took it upon himself to finish the unknown writer's work. TMV frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala later used the writings as a blueprint of sorts for Frances.

Frances the Mute is Cygnus' mother, L' Via's sister, & Miranda's daughter. Although possibly a deaf-mute, this could be completely metaphorical. If it is in fact literal, she may have been in the care of the Church somehow, or working for them in some capacity. In any case, she was raped by at least one priest while others looked on. Her sister L' Via was a witness to this act. She ran away. Frances bore a baby, Cygnus, who it appears was taken away from her & most likely raised in a Church-run orphanage. It seems that Frances fought the Church on this, trying to protect her baby from them, vowing they would not take him. They did. She may have threatened to go to the secular authorities with her story as a means of blackmailing them into giving her Cygnus. It appears she was killed to silence her.

Vismund Cygnus is a twenty-five year old, HIV positive, IV drug-addicted prostitute. He seems to have some deep guilt for being born male. His hatred of himself combined with his male aggression lead him to rape & murder. Cygnus takes his revenge through raping & infecting (thus effectively murdering) 25 people, becoming the very thing he most fears & despises in other men.

One of Cygnus' sexual liasons is The Widow.


Amputechture...Cedric sez. "I love the way that Rod Serling's 1970s series Night Gallery had that common thread, that it was a gallery & every painting told a different story. I guess I'd like that to be true of this album, too. The subject matter is all different, but the song do all come together in a strange way. Every song would be a different episode that kind of relates in the way that Paul Thomas Anderson's 1999 film 'Magnolia' has all these different characters who all come back together in the end."

This one blasts off with a bang, let's listen to the Vs..."Vicarious Atonement" / "Vermicide" / "Viscera Eyes". "Vermicide" is such a perfect capsule that the only minor minor complaint I've ever had was that it is much too short for a TMV song...only 4'15".


The Bedlam in Goliath...As origin stories go, this one's a doozy. While on tour, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez bought The Soothsayer, an antique talking Ouija-style board at a Jerusalem curio shop. The band used the board as a game, part of its after-show wind-down ritual. Then, according to Omar, things got strange.

Through the board, certain spirits started visiting night after night. Their communications partially inspired the lyrics & sounds TMV developed for Bedlam.

When the band went into the studio to record, chaos ensued. Rodriguez-Lopez says the messages coming through the Soothsayer board got scary. The studio flooded. There were a series of equipment malfunctions. Fearing the spirits were behind the problems, Rodriguez-Lopez says he broke & buried the board so the group could finish the album. It sounds preposterous, but spend some time with The Bedlam in Goliath. The paranormal visitations begin to seem almost plausible.

For the the Mars Landing compilation I've chosen "Agadez" & "Conjugal Burns".


Octahedron...Similar to the band's third studio album, Amputechture, the album does not contain a single unifying narrative. Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala notes that the album is "not really" a concept album: "I thought it was going to be but never really got around to writing about anything in particular. Just a lot of instant song composing & regular themes that I wouldn't even want to elaborate on (kidnappings; vanishings; 'what if' scenarios about how to get Republicans out of the White House if they'd got in."

I decided to drag out the "EVIL" here: "Since We’ve Been Wrong" / "With Twilight as My Guide" / "Luciform".


Noctourniquet is a concept album centering on a character based on the mythical Greek figure Hyacinthus & the English nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy. The main character lives under The Whip Hand. His mother is The Malkin Jewel (her local stripper nom de pole). She loves to leave our poor boy alone at night while she strips. She sarcastically calls him Lapochka (li'l dear) & at the same time scares him with tales of the boogeyman Moloch.

I posted my favorites...The Malkin Jewel / Lapochka before here.

I’m including "Empty Vessels", "Imago", & "Vermalady".

With Twilight as My Guide
Drunkship of Lanterns
Cicatriz Esp
Miranda (excerpt)
Vicarious Atonement
The Widow
Since We’ve Been Wrong
Conjugal Burns
Viscera Eyes
L'Via L'Viasquez
Empty Vessels


24 February 2018

Truth or Fiction??? (but listen either way)

This whole plotline reminds me of the 1983 mystery/fantasy novel by American author George R. R. Martin. The Armageddon Rag.

The plot is something like this:

Frustrated former hippie novelist Sandy Blair becomes involved in the investigation of the brutal murder of rock promoter Jamie Lynch, whose heart had been torn from his body. Lynch, a despised rock promoter, had been found dead in a small town in Maine, the victim of a ritualistic murder.

Lynch had managed several bands, including the legendary rock group The Nazgûl (named for the evil Ringwraiths in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings). He was found dead on the 10th anniversary of The Nazgûl's breakup, with his bloody body placed on top of the band's West Mesa, New Mexico concert poster; during that concert, Nazgûl lead singer Patrick Henry "Hobbit" Hobbins had been mysteriously murdered.

Lynch's high-profile death soon opens the door for a Nazgûl reunion tour, which slowly begins to eerily mirror the events of their original West Mesa tour. With Lynch out of the way & a disastrous act of arson threatening the remaining three members, The Nazgûl agree to go on a reunion tour, which is promoted by a rich man named Edan Morse.

The mysterious Morse may or may not had been a left-wing revolutionary in the 1970s, noted for his violent methods. Morse produces a young man who is a doppelganger for Hobbins, who Morse plans to make the lead singer of the reunited Nazgûl, despite the fact that the doppelganger's musical talents are subpar & he lacks any charisma. Interviewing the surviving members of the band while tracking down his old friends from the 1960s, Blair meditates on the meaning of the flower power generation as he crisscrosses the country. He eventually becomes the Nazgûl's press agent. He is soon swept up in the frenzy of their successful reunion tour & an oncoming supernatural convergence, whose nature he must uncover in order to solve the murders of Lynch & Hobbins. Blair comes to suspect that Morse wants to bring The Nazgûl together to perform an occult ritual that will unleash a dark supernatural power upon the world, an act of revenge against a world that has spurned the idealism of the late 1960s counterculture.


The Nazgûl...The Press release

This was one of several mysterious albums released in limited batches in Germany by the Pyramid label in the mid-70s. They were apparently sold mostly through art galleries & other unconventional retail sources. After 1974 the major labels were no longer interested in creative Krautrock, so Pyramid undertook keeping the spirit of the genre alive for another few years. The Pyramid artists & records were so unknown that when they started being reissued on CD, many people thought they were a hoax.

The Nazgûl were one of the high points, once one gets past their peculiar fixation with J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Not only do the group & the track titles derive from the trilogy, but even the band members go by the names of Tolkien’s characters for their aliases. Fortunately their album, recorded in Cologne, Germany, in 1975 & 1976, has strikingly original music, just four long instrumentals of atmospheric, improvised space rock that use odd instrumentation to create sounds that are unlike much else. The tracks are all quite free-form & ambient, with lots of murky, shadowy noises to create something dark, often disturbing (in the vein of Lustmord) though predating him by a decade.

The Nazgûl - The Nazgûl, Mental Experience MENT016CD, 2018.
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tracklist -

The Tower of Barad-Dûr
Shelob’s Lair
The Dead Marshes
Mount Doom

Hold it. Hit the brakes. Screech to a halt here, because exy commenter Michel writes:

     The Nazgûl are another of the "long-lost" (because never existent in the first place) Krautrock bands recorded by pseudonymous musos in the mid-90s who first leaked into the musicsphere on the 1996 CD compilations UNKNOWN DEUTSCHLAND. It's terrific music, but those wanting historical authenticity will have to suspend their disbelief & go along for the ride.

Then Mick wrote back:

     Fake!? I'm not so sure & I can't see how anyone can be. To counteract Michel's argument I found this:

"Pyramid was an obscure private label from Cologne in the mid-70s centered around recordings made chiefly at Dierks studio with Toby Robinson as engineer. Unbelievably obscure, it would be easy to doubt the authenticity of these, if it wasn't for Toby's involvement. I gather that the main-man behind the releases, however, was one Robin Page, a painter & sculptor friend of Toby's who also lived in Cologne. Apparently the releases were pressed up by a friend who had his own record press, they had home made covers, & were all in the region of 50 to 100 copies each. Mostly they were sold in art galleries & clubs or given away to friends, they never gained any proper retail or distribution. These releases proved that the spirit of the Krautrock underground was still alive & kicking in the mid-70s."

PYR 005 – Galactic Explorers – EPITAPH FOR VENUS (1974)
PYR 008 –
The Nazgûl – THE NAZGUL (1975/76)
PYR 009 – Cozmic Corridors – COZMIC CORRIDORS (1972/73)
PYR 0?? – Temple – TEMPLE (1975/76)
PYR 0?? – Pyramid – PYRAMID (1975)
PYR 015 – Golem – ORION AWAKES (1976)

to which Michel replied:

     Part of the pleasure of these fakes is the "Oh, but what if…?" factor. It would be so cool if these LPs had really existed. In the same way as it would be so cool if Kosmischer Laufer, an album purportedly made in support of the 1970s East German Olympic Team (but actually concocted very recently) were authentic. There is a terrific album called Impressionen '71 supposedly by a 1970s Krautrock outfit called Damenbart which is actually the work of the post-1980s avant-garde group H.N.A.S.  So the list goes on. Krautrock was a great genre but a finite number of records were made. Some people just can't resist adding to them. As for the Pyramid releases, they were recorded by musicians from the group Sundial, according to one industry insider. The man who had most to do with spinning the hoax, Toby Robinson, also went under the pseudonym "Genius P. Orridge", which shows he has a good sense of humor. Of course, as with any conspiracy theory, people can argue both sides forever, but in conclusion I would appeal to common sense: half a dozen groups, supposedly making records in editions of 100 copies or so each yet 40 years later, not ONE collector in the whole world owns an original copy of any of them? How likely is that?

Trepan following with:

     Agreed, anyone who knows German music from this era quickly recognizes how digital & anachronistic everything sounds on these "lost" Pyramid albums. Even the spelling "Cozmic" indicates a more recent provenance. Not saying these albums are entirely bad, but there are more clever post-Krautrock recreation albums out there. Damenbart's Impressionen '71 is one. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than a latter day tribute.

Here's what my research uncovered:

Over at What are some of the bigger musical "scams" of the recorded sound era? 

ΙΧΘΥΣ Blindness answered...

The Psi-Fi label:

     This label produced six "reissues" of albums by the supposedly long lost Pyramid label of Cologne, Germany. These releases are generally considered to be a hoax and it is widely believed that the albums were recorded in the mid 90s in the UK during the height of the Krautrock revival. The source for all of these recordings as well as the Unknown Deutschland compilations on Virgin is Toby Hrycek-Robinson, who had worked as an engineer in Dieter Dierks' studio.

Toby Hrycek-Robinson aka The Mad Twiddler aka Genius P. Orridge (really!) seemed to be the only thing in common between these albums by Golem, Temple,
The Nazgûl, Cozmic Corridors, Galactic Explorers and Pyramid. They're actually pretty cool overall, just obviously not from the 70s in most cases.

Over at Progarchives,  Progfan97402 wrote...

     ...the Psi-Fi label, with a controversial story behind it, as well as the label it was supposedly originally on: Pyramid, and this applies to all the other titles issued on CD by Psi-Fi. Were these titles really recorded from 1972 to 1976 or 1990s UK hoaxes? Well, at least three proven musicians have appeared on these release: Reinhold Karwatsky of Galactic Explorers was in Dzyan, Zeus B. Held of Temple was on several Birth Control albums, and Hans-Jurgen Putz of Cozmic Corridors was in Mythos for the album Dreamlab. A couple titles certainly don't sound convincing, particularly Golem's Orion Awakes with its all too clean sound and '90s sounding grunge guitars, but it could have been doctored with, and maybe even rerecorded in various places.

The Nazgûl takes on that very similar approach: forsaking any traditional song structure or melody and going for sinister soundscapes instead. Unlike Zeit, it's just a single album, so it's easier to listen to in one go. I frankly don't care if it's a hoax or not, because I was really blown away by this. If real, it's a shock that anyone was still doing this sort of stuff in 1976, as the Krautrock scene had basically moved on to electronic or prog (you won't mistake Stratosfear for Zeit, or Pyrogany X for Yeti, for example). This has much more in common with the Krautrock of 1972, and this could have been easily at home on Ohr. If it is a hoax, they really captured that spirit of 1972-era Krautrock very well, and because of that it's no wonder I enjoy it so much. This is truly a treasure worth looking for. Sure the Psi-Fi label went under quickly (those hoax rumors certainly damaged the label's reputation, and that's why it faded so quickly), but worth seeking out!

one knucklehead gushes...

    Couldn't believe Unknown Deutschland Volume 1 was even still available as it's a top choice collection of rare, I mean...sub-underground killer tracks by some of the most obscure krautrock bands ever. What exactly is krautrock? One may ask. Good question. Krautrock is like German space rock or what many call progressive or simply prog. Tangerine Dream and Can are probably the best examples that I can think of that are known or at LEAST heard of by the average music fan. The tracks here that I couldn't get enough of are Golem with "Orion Awakes", Temple, with two cuts, "Leaves Are Falling" and "Black Light" (this sounds an awful lot like some of the music in the movie Midnight Express) and the eighteen-minute Galactic Explorers epic "Lunarscape". Most of these recordings have been put out by a UK label, Psi-Fi. Well worth hunting down a copy. Plus there's also a volume 2 and 3 available.

So I’ll give you those first, then a taste of Psi-Fi...

Virgin CDOVD 468, 1996.


Orion Awakes - Golem
Leaves are Falling
Black Light - Temple
Dark Path
Niemand Versteht  - Cozmic Corridors
Interstellar Shortwave - The Astral Army
Lunarscape - Galactic Explorers
Ganz Wie Du Willst - Fuerrote

Virgin CDOVD 472, 1996.


The Message - Spirulina
Innerst - Ten to Zen
Age of Ages - Temple
The Tower of Barad-Dûr -  The Nazgûl
Godhead Dance - Golem
The Summit - Cozmic Corridors

Virgin CDOVD 473, 1996.


Feuerwerk - Neil Andersen
Ethereal Jazz - Galactic Explorers
Stellar Launch - Golem
The Dead Marshes -  The Nazgûl
No God / Astaroth - Baal
Schaudernacht - Chronos
Ship on Fire - Temple

All the bands that appear on the three volumes of The Krautrock Archives but not given their own individual releases on Psi-Fi are collected on a compilation release entitled:

Various - Cologne Curiosities: The Unknown Krautrock Underground, 1972​-​1976 2xCD
Mental Experience MENT005, 2016

Side A -
The Astral Army  - Interstellar Shortwave 4:32
Spirulina - The Message 10:24

Side B -
Chronos - Schaudernacht 6:52
Neil Andersen - Feuerwerk 7:17

Side C -
Baal - No God / Astaroth 6:40
Ten To Zen - Innerst 10:16

Side D –
Fuerrote Ganz Wie Du Willst 14:01

I have not posted this release as all the tracks can be harvested from the above three volumes, but if someone really needs it, I have it, so let me know...

Now to the remaining Psi-Fi CDs -

Cozmic Corridors - Cozmic Corridors, Psi-Fi PSCD0001, 1996.

tracklist -

The Summit
Dark Path
Niemand Versteht

tracklist -

Ethereal Jazz
Venus Rising

Golem - Orion Awakes, Psi-Fi PSCD0003, 1996.

tracklist -

Orion Awakes
Stella Launch
Godhead Dance
Jupiter & Beyond
   a. Signal
   b. Noise
   c. Rebirth
The Returning

Pyramid is (big surprise) the mystery band of the Pyramid label. Their eponymous single track album would seem to be what Toby Robinson called an attempt at a Cosmic Jokers type album. "Dawn Defender" is quite obviously mixed from many different sessions. It runs a wide range of styles, from trippy Ash Ra Tempel with echo guitars & scintillating synthesizers through to headfirst plunges into Hawkwind overdrive territory. The feel is much like what Porcupine Tree or Electric Orange have attempted, except for the authentic Mellotron textures & old analog delay techniques.

Pyramid - Pyramid, Psi-Fi PSCD0004, 1997.

tracklist -

Dawn Defender

Temple - Temple, Psi-Fi PSCD0006, 1997.

tracklist -

Leaves are Falling / Black Light
Age of Ages
Ship on Fire
Crazy Hat / Kingdom of Gabriel

As a bonus, I have included one last taste. Supposedly a lost treasure of Germany's Krautrock days, but in fact an elaborately done tribute project by the brain behind H.N.A.S. (Achim P. Li Khan) & his then girlfriend Tina Schlebusch.

They thought up a fake biography, a fake story of how these unreleased mastertapes were found in a studio in Spain by a former associate of the band. Even the artwork looks like it could have been made in 1971.

Several websites list this project as a real release from 1971 (it was recorded in 1988/89 & first released the on vinyl in 1989.)  Purportedly, Tracks 1-4: Recorded & mixed at the Großer-Space-Studio, May-Dec. 1971; Track 5: Live in Sief, 1972; & Tracks 6-8: Impressionen '71 session outtakes (unreleased).  Tracks 5-8 are bonus CD tracks, not on the original 1989 vinyl album.

H.N.A.S. (Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa) was founded by Achim P. Li Khan & Christoph Heemann in 1983.  H.N.A.S.'s sound experimentation started in 1984 with a series of limited cassettes made for demonstration purpose or personal use. Their first LP release was Abwassermusik in 1985 (together with German experimental band Mieses Gegonge).     

The names used for this project were: Erwin Bauer - synthesizer, organ, & guitar; Bernd Barth - synthesizer, voice, & effects; & Tina S. - voice. Bauer & Barth are both in reality Achim P. Li Khan.      

Damenbart - Impressionen '71, Psychedelic Pig PIG CD 03, 2003.

tracklist -

Innovativ Schwingungen
Blumen in Haar
Ich Bin der Wind
Space Invocation
Bring Uns den Frieden
Baum der Erkenntnis

Viel Spaß,

11 February 2018

In a Heartbeat...Death before Dishonor

I'm working on a Krautrock extravaganza, but for now, a great JA affair.

First up is an offering Jack Ruby presents The Black Foundation from one Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo. Jack Ruby was a well respected Jamaican roots reggae producer, most prolific during the 70s. He is most respected for his work with Burning Spear. His studio & label work was extensively covered in the famous "Deep Roots Music" BBC documentary as well as in the movie "Rockers". Lindo died in 1989.

Jack Ruby began recording at a important junction in Reggae music history. Going were the days of sweet soulful Rock Steady; this was the start of the militant seventies. Black Power & Rasta themes were the order of the day. The reggae here is more Marcus Garvey than Martin Luther King Jr. It's more take-charge-of-your-life & fight-the-forces-that-keep-you-down than party 'til dawn. This is an essential journey through some of the greatest most militant Reggae music recorded.  This collection takes the best from the vaults of the Fox & Wolf labels, presenting many of them for the first time. This is truly a snapshot of Jack Ruby's early endeavors.

Various - Jack Ruby presents The Black Foundation, Heartbeat Records 11661-7622-2, 2000.
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 tracklist -

Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear
Mosiah Garvey - Big Youth (previously un-released full length version)
Come Away Jah Jah Children - The Black Survivors
Hard Time - Vinnie Taylor & the Revealers (previously un-released alternate mix)
Warn the Nation - The Eagles
Death Before Dishonor - The Black Disciples (previously un-released)
African Children - The Heptones (previously un-released)
Come Running Back - The Gaylads (previously un-relesed version)
Slavery Days - Burning Spear
Every Knee Shall Bow - The Black Survivors
Free Rhodesia - The Black Disciples (previously un-released)
Decent Citizen - Prince & the Seraphim
Fire (is the Desire) - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes
Rasta Harvest - The Eagles
Youths of Tomorrow - The Gaylads (previously un-released version)
Tell Me not of Other Lands - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (previously un-released alternate mix)
Sounds of Thunder - The Black Disciples (previous un-released)

The companion piece is the Dub slab of King Tubby / Errol Thompson - The Black Foundation in Dub,
Here King Tubby & Errol Thompson along with Sylvan Morris & Chris Wilson present their hazy, liquidus tracks using the usual disorienting echo, delay, & dropouts that the King perfected. King Tubby's dubs are always distinctive.

Special thanks to Niney the Observer, Horace "Brownie Eagle" Johnson, Chuck Foster, Leroy Jodie Pierson, & Mr. Clement Dodd

 Heartbeat Records 11661-7623-2, 2000.

tracklist -

Marcus Garvey Dub
Jah Jah Dub
Time Hard
Patient Dub
African Birthright
Running Dub
Track 20 Dub
Slavery Days Dub
Dub Upright
Dub in Time
Dub of Tomorrow
Warning Version