Monday, September 30, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 6: The Hourman and The Python" (2008)

"Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 6: The Hourman and The Python"

(I stumbled upon a good-sized box filled with a variety of graphic novels at an estate sale. No official count as I've just been pulling from the box when I find time to read one.  Afterward, I post the book and go from there.)

"Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 6: The Hourman and The Python" 
Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle, Guy Davis (Illustrator)
Vertigo (2018)
200 pages

This is an atypical crime noir mystery that takes place in the early 1940s.  The colors are dour and dark and really captures the seedy times of New York.  Our hero, Wesley Dodds, alias The Sandman, is a smart, fairly refined, slightly pudgy solver of murders.  He dons a gas mask when skulking about the city for clues, both as a disguise and to serve a real purpose.  Sandman has a special weapon that sprays a sleep-inducing, truth-telling gas at his intended suspects. 

No superhero razzmatazz going on here,  Wesley Dodds is just an average guy who is only a simple slip-up away from getting the shit kicked out of him.  Or worse.  It all sounds quirky and kind of lame..but it works.   Both stories, "The Hourman" and “The Python” are well-told with feints and fakeouts that keep readers on their toes while turning pages.  Plus, there is Wesley's love-interest, Dian, a progressive thinking young lady who is equally fascinating.

"Sandman" - America / "America" (1971)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Sunday, September 29, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Stranger In Town" (1978)

"Stranger In Town" - Bob Seger (1978)

This was Bob Seger's follow-up to his mega-monster album, "Night Moves" (1976) and he pulled it off like David Blaine changing coffee to coins.  "Stranger..." also sold beaucoup copies going platinum in less than a month.  Four songs charted in the top 30.  (Two I really like and two that disagreed with me even before heavy rotation.)  But aside from those two eye-rollers, the rest of "Stranger In Town" is cream.  My only complaint is there's too much Pledge and polish.  Don't get me wrong, I like this album a lot.  But it's missing the urgency of "Fire Down Below."  Or the raw isolation of "Main Street" of the best things he's ever done.  Bob's dirty blue-collar hands may not have been manicured yet...but they certainly have been washed.

But look, this was 10 years in the making.  No over-nite success story here.  Seger paid more than his share of dues reaching the top RnR rung so any minor quibs and complaints I may cast is just on me and can be filed under "fuggedaboutit!"  Songs like "Hollywood Nights"  and "Still The Same" still sound fantastic.  “Feel Like A Number” rocks the collar blue.  And "Till It Shines" is a wonderful lost gem.  Finally, Seger's 'breaking apart and letting go' cinematic closer..."The Famous Final Scene" is achingly perfect.

My copy is an upgrade I found still in the shrink.  This is the last Bob Seger album I need on vinyl.  This one is easy to find and very inexpensive.  And I'm glad I own it.  Everything after, I'm fine simply having on CD.

"Stranger In Town" (back)

"Stranger In Town" (4-pg booklet)

"Stranger In Town" (lyric sleeve)

Capitol Records label

"Till It Shines" - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band / "Stranger In Town" (1978)

A1  "Hollywood Nights" 5:00
A2  "Still the Same" 3:21
A3  "Old Time Rock & Roll" 3:13
A4  "Till It Shines" 3:53
A5  "Feel Like a Number" 3:42
B1  "Ain't Got No Money" 4:12
B2  "We've Got Tonite "4:39
B3  "Brave Strangers" 6:21
B4  "The Famous Final Scene" 5:08

Bob Seger - vocals, guitar
Drew Abbott - guitar
Robyn Robbins - keyboards
Alto Reed - tenor and alto saxophone
Chris Campbell - bass
David Teegarden - percussion, drums
Barry Beckett - keyboards
Pete Carr - guitar
Jimmy Johnson - guitar
David Hood - bass
Roger Hawkins - drums, percussion
Glenn Frey - guitar solo /"Till It Shines"
Don Felder - guitar solo /"Ain't Got No Money"
Bill Payne - organ, piano / "Hollywood Nights"
Doug Riley - piano / "Feel Like a Number" and "Brave Strangers"

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Thursday, September 26, 2019

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again)

(a short jaunt)

"Dogs" - Pink Floyd / "Animals" (1977)

I mean...who doesn't like that long stretch of echos that fade into what sounds like a hurt and frightened dog?  Like echoes calling from a long and empty hallway.  It's all very ominous.  Great lyrics.  And David Gilmour's soloing.  Wow!  “Animals" is my third favorite Pink Floyd album ahead of even “Pipers..." and “The Wall”  But let there be no doubt, I love all things Floyd.  This was Pink Floyd's 10th album.

 "All The Children Sing" - Todd Rundgren / "Hermit of Mink Hollow" (1978)

This lead-off track and everything else on the album for that matter is all Todd Rundgren.  The vocals.  All the instruments.  The man is a control freak and a perfectionist in the studio.  His long discography has always been a little hit or miss for me and my pocketbook.  But I own this one, his 8th album, and love it as much as his highly touted "Something/Anything."  This is pop perfection, but, ugh, I hate song titles like this.

 "Rougher Road" - Spirit / “Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus" (1970 - Rei bonus track - 1996)

This was a previously unreleased song that Spirit left in the hat while recording this album.  It was later added to the 1996 reissue of “Twelve Dreams..."  It has a little Randy California fuzz I like and would have been a nice fit on the original...but what song would you kick off to fit it in?


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."The Soft Machine" (1968)

"The Soft Machine" - Soft Machine (1968)

Psychedelic prog is the point of order here.  This was Soft Machine's debut album and is an example of psychedelic ideas drifting into early prog-rock.  Very avant-garde.  And it's really good for not having any guitar spankage thrown in the pot.  I wasn’t aware until later that Soft Machine was a three-man band.  The drumming of Robert Wyatt is entertaining as fawk.  And bassist Kevin Ayers' presence is strong...sometimes making his bass sound like a guitar amped.  Very cool.  They both sing...Wyatt, being the main vocalist.  But it's the trippy and experimental organ burns from Mike Ratledge that really gives the songs their psych stamp.  However, there's plenty of ideas to go around from everyone.  “The Soft Machine” is a mind-flip and demands repeat listens.  It's an essential album and I especially enjoyed side two.

Honestly, it was the gimmix pinwheel gatefold that put this on my want list.  I'm a sucker for such shenanigans.  And it's amazing that a gimmix sleeve like this survived in one piece...what with playing with the spinner and passing it all around the lava lamp room.  But somehow it did.  This is the uncensored version before the record company airbrushed a bikini on the model and removed the spinner completely.  And now I have one.  Plus, it beat the "Zeppelin III" pinwheel by two years.

"The Soft Machine" (back)

"The Soft Machine" (inside)

Command ABC / Probe label

"Lullabye Letter" - Soft Machine / "The Soft Machine" (1968)

A1  "Hope For Happiness" 4:22
A2  "Joy Of A Toy" 2:56
A3  "Hope For Happiness (Reprise)" 1:31
A4  "Why Am I So Short?" 2:33
A5  "So Boot If At All" 7:25
A6  "A Certain Kind" 4:06
B1  "Save Yourself" 2:26
B2  "Priscilla" 1:05
B3  "Lullabye Letter" 4:26
B4  "We Did It Again" 3:40
B5  "Plus Belle qu'une Poubelle" 1:05
B6  "Why Are We Sleeping?" 5:26
B7  "Box 25/4 Lid" 0:48

Robert Wyatt – vocals, drums
Mike Ratledge – Lowrey Holiday DeLuxe organ, piano
Kevin Ayers – bass, vocals (10, 12), b-vocals (7, 9), piano
Hugh Hopper – bass (13)
The Cake – b-vocals (12)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Saturday, September 21, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Go Set The Watchman" (2015)

"Go Set A Watchman"...Harper Lee (2015)
277 pages

Jean Louise (Scout) is all grown up now, in her twenties anyway, and living in the big city.  But she returns to her small town for a visit with her father, Atticus Finch and a few of her friends and family.  I was hoping this was going to be all warmy and feelie, but as someone once said...”You can't go home again.”  The writing is still in that familiar Harper Lee rhythm, though.  There are a few flashbacks of Scout when she was still tomboy-ing around, enjoying the summer freedom with her brother Jem and neighbor, Dill.  Dill, you remember, was the kid with the classic line, “I'm little but I'm old.”  But sadly, those moments are few.  Mostly, the story is about Scout seeing Atticus through different eyes.  Not as the knight in shining armor who once...shot a rabid dog coming down the street toward her.  Or the man who staunchly defended a wrongly accused black man of a terrible crime.  Or even the one person who sat alone in the darkness to protect the very same man from an angry white lynch mob.  No, in this story, Harper Lee has Scout learn that Atticus is more of a racist than we would ever have believed.  And she tears into Atticus a new asshole.  Metaphorically speaking.  Not wrongly, but I thought Scout's meltdown was too much, too fast.

Someone in the story reproaches Scout telling her, ”The time your friends need you is when they’re wrong.  They don’t need you when they’re right."  That's a pretty good word-up.  But here's another one.  "First remove the speck from your own eye before trying to remove the dust in your brother's eye."  That was from a cat name of Matthew.  It went something like that anyway.  The strange phrase and title “ Go Set a Watchman” means, 'that somebody needs to be the moral compass.”  But I don't think that means just somebody...but each one of us.  I felt a lot of negative energy in Harper Lee's story with nothing much to off-set it.  By the time I was nearing the last few pages, I was wishing Boo Radley would come out from behind a tree and burn the whole town down.  He doesn't.  Boo is not even mentioned in the story.  The smartest one of all of 'em.

"Nightwatchman" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers / "Hard Promises" (1981) 

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Thursday, September 19, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Environments 9" (1979)

"Environments  9" (1979)

Of the 11 "Environments" albums recorded between 1969 and 1979, disc 9 is my favorite and the only one I really care to own.  The cover alone is worth the price of admission.  The hyperbole is hilarious!  “Better than booze, safer than pot” —Life Magazine.  ”Highly addictive” —High Times.  Well, which is it?  Safe or addictive?  Well, it is definitely safe.  The record sounds like you think it sounds.  No music.  Just nature.  Gentle sounds of the "Pacific Ocean" on one side.  A little bit of "Caribbean Lagoon" ambience on the other.  There have been many imitators, but sound recordist Irv Teibel was the first to capture the natural sounds and bring it to the masses on vinyl.

If you love reading, this album is a great way to knock out an hour.  About 10 minutes in, I grabbed a book I was working on and did some serious page-turning.  It's perfect for reading.  No distracting beats or time changes.  No jarring vocals.  Just the peaceful and calming effects of Mother Nature.  Each side is 30 minutes.  Just the right amount of time before setting your book down, stretching your legs a bit and flipping the square over.  I've used this album on several occasions for just this purpose.

On the label, there are a few unintentionally funny tips to help enhance your listening experience.
"Tree crickets can be eliminated by reducing treble."
"Balance speaker volume so insect sounds are equally balanced.”
"Wait three minutes for volume to reach maximum and adjust"
"Reduce bass if ocean sound is too powerful in the low frequencies."
All good tips I'm sure, but I still found this hilarious and pretty cool, too.  There was no information included that provides exactly where all the nature recording went down...but it actually does sound really good.

"Environments  9" (back)

Syntonic Research INC label

"Caribbean Lagoon" - "Environments 9" (1979)

A1  "Pacific Ocean" 30:00
B1  "Caribbean Lagoon" 30:00

Irv Teibel - sound recordist
Mother Nature

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Monday, September 16, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" (1977)

"Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" - Sex Pistols

Until recently, I've always thought of "bollocks" as a British way of saying "bullshit."  And that's pretty spot on.  The first definition Google brings up, however, is...” testicles.”  Which is quite funny in its own right.  Whatever your poison may be, in 1977, the punk rock band Sex Pistols offended the hell out of everybody.  I'm not going to regurgitate the importance of this album.  The internet is full of essays galore about the band's legacy.  I'm not about to say the Sex Pistols are the best punk band ever.  Or even the first punk band ever.  But there should not be much argument, "Never Mind The Bollocks..." was a jumpstart in the way we think about our music and the various directions that rock music went from there.  It is an essential album and one I wanted to possess if nothing more than to check off another album from my “must own” list.

I found my used copy at a record swap in Hutchinson, KS.  I don't remember the fella's name but he was using chairs for his table.  The vinyl was vg++, but the cover had a little water damage in the corner.  The seller was quick to point that out.  It was late in the day and I wanted to leave with something...important.  It was marked $10, but he sold it to me for an Abe and 2 Georgies which was very cool.

“Never Mind...” sounds great on vinyl.  I mean surprisingly great.  The music absolutely jumps from the speakers.  For some reason, this surprised the heck outta me.  And I was also struck by how catchy and melodic the music is.  Don't get me wrong.  Johnny (Rotten) Lydon's wonderful and pissy spit attitude shines bright enough, as one might expect, but the musicianship backing all that talk up is really good, too.  Forty-plus years later, “Never Mind The Bollocks...” might not sound as dangerous, but you'll still need to wipe the phlegm off your face after giving the record a spin.

"Never Mind The Bollocks..." (back)

Warner Bros. Records / Virgin label

"Never Mind The Bollocks..." (sleeve-front)

"Never Mind The Bollocks..." (sleeve-back)

"E.M.I." - Sex Pistols /  "Never Mind The Bollocks..." (1977)

A1  "Holidays In The Sun"  3:22
A2  "Bodies"  3:03
A3  "No Feelings"  2:50
A4  "Liar"  2:41
A5  "Problems"  4:11  
A6  "God Save the Queen"  3:20
B1  "Seventeen"  2:02
B2  "Anarchy In The UK"  3:32
B3  "Submission"  4:12
B4  "Pretty Vacant"  3:17
B5  "New York"  3:05
B6  "E.M.I"  3:09

Johnny Rotten – vocals
Steve Jones – guitar, bass, b-vocals
Paul Cook – drums
Sid Vicious – bass ("Bodies")
Glen Matlock – bass ("Anarchy in the UK")

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Sunday, September 15, 2019

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again)

(a short jaunt)

"Back Where I Started" - Box Of Frogs / "Box Of Frogs" (1984)

I never knew who did this song until now.  It's like a lost classic rock song.  "Box Of Frogs" is an album I find in bins all the time.  I thought the album was just another new wave album released by another new wave band that seemed to pop up on new wave shelves like Flash.  But no!  This group is made up of former Yardbird members.  Plus several guest guitarists like Rory GallagherEarl Slick.  Alumnus Jeff Beck even kicks off his boots.  Nothing fancy, but no prisoners either.  If the rest of the album sounds anything like this, I'm down.

"Simple Sister" - Procol Harum / “Broken Barricades” (1971)

"Simple sister got whooping cough.
Have to burn her toys."
Unlike "Whiter Shade Of Pale" that quite rightly rips your heart, "Simple Sister" takes it out more precise like Cristina Yang in the O.R.  A great way to lead off an album.  And it's an especially nice balance of guitar crankage to go along with vocalist/keyboardist Gary Brooker's more proggier leanings.  Guitarist Robin Trower left after this album to pursue his own dreams with an excellent body of work in his own right.  Still, one can't help but wonder what kind of album they might have recorded had Trower's drippy guitar play been allowed a longer leash. “Broken Barricades” was Procol Harum's fifth studio album.

"Dazed and Confused (live)" - Led Zeppelin / "The Song Remains the Same" (1976)

The last time I sat through this entire song, I remember shaking my head telling myself that I didn't want to listen to "Dazed and Confused (live)" again until.......EVER!!!   And then, months turned into years and that very same song comes on the radio.  All 27-8-9 minutes of it.  And once again, I sat through the song in its entirety...shaking my head and telling myself the very same thing.  Déjà fuckin' vu.


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Future" (1967)

"Future" - The Seeds (1967)

The Seeds third album..."Future" a bit of early garage-psych.  And if not the band's best, it is at least my favorite.  The L.A. band, The Seeds, weren't the most skilled and Sky Saxon's voice at times sounded like an angry Sonny Bono had built a nest in his throat, but what they lacked in A-level talent, they made up for in sheer commitment.  There are a number of interesting psych tracks that will make your lava lamp feel at home.  “Flower Lady and Her Assistant” is an outstanding atmospheric spin.  "Now A Man" is an excellent example of garage-psych.  "Six Dreams" has the beginnings of what Alice Cooper would take to the next level.  But it is the last track, “Fallin'”...that finds the band at their most psych-seediest.  At nearly 8-minutes, Saxon's repetitive refrains backed by harp strings, organ, and other weird noises and beats make for mind-stealing fun.  Sky Saxon supposedly was the first musician to coin the “Flower Power” phrase.  Or one of the first to claim ownership.  And while embracing the high, I imagine Saxon's head exploded when that mantra struck his brain!

The packaging for this album is primo.  A nice heavy gatefold with lyrics and the "Originations of the Flower Generation" written inside.  Most of the artwork was done by Sky Saxon himself.  Also included were three mini posters. (see below)  Two for the wall, I suppose, and the other one for your scissors to cut into pieces.  Maybe not the best idea while dropping the Lysergic stuff.  Again, "Future" is about half psych and half garage.  And pretty good on both counts.  A little messy, but fun, and a nice example of early psych.

"Future" (back)

"Future" (inside gatefold)

GNP Crescendo label

"Future" (insert 1)

"Future" (insert 2)

"Future" (insert 3)

"Flower Lady And Her Assistant" - The Seeds / "Future" (1967)

A1  "Introduction" 1:03
A2  "March Of The Flower Children" 1:45
A3  "Travel With Your Mind" 3:00
A4  "Out Of The Question" 3:02
A5  "Painted Doll" 3:20
A6  "Flower Lady & Her Assistant" 3:15
A7  "Now A Man" 3:20
B1  "A Thousand Shadows" 2:25
B2  "Two Fingers Pointing On You" 3:10
B3  "Where Is The Entrance Way To Play" 2:55
B4  "Six Dreams" 3:05
B5  "Fallin'" 7:40

Sky Saxon - vocals, bass, artwork
Jan Savage - guitar, gong, b-vocals
Harvey Sharpe - bass
Daryl Hooper - organ, sitar, piano, b-vocals
Rick Andridge - drums, b-vocals

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Saturday, September 7, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Revival" (2014)

"Revival"...Stephen King (2014)
403 pages

This wasn't 'scary' scary.  But there are plenty of disturbing shadows to go around.  A young family preacher loses his faith and finds something else to take its place. (I'm a poet and don't know it.)  The story is entertaining enough.  The main characters are fleshed and are easy to visualize.  A third-string bar band musician and a traveling salvation tent healer.  Sort of.  On a given night, both can pull off a pretty good show.  It's about obsession and a little bit of addiction.  I'm glad I spent a few evenings reading it, but I felt the payout was a little lowball.  However, there is an image Stephen King describes near the end of "Revival" that really creeps me out.  Even now.  Not in my top-ten King books, how could it be, but if you're a SK fan, here's another book to scratch that itch.  "Reverend was right about one thing: people always want a reason for the bad things in life. Sometimes there ain't one.” ― Stephen King, "Revival."

"Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" - David Spade / "Lost & Found" (1999)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Friday, September 6, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Barbarella" (1968)

"Barbarella  Soundtrack" (1968)

I guess you could call this album part space lounge and part lounge psych.  Most of the tracks are instrumentals.  There are flourishes of light fuzz guitar, along with spanks of horns, (not too brassy) and hints of futuristic space grooves.  Some of it is really pretty good.  It's all mostly groovy utopian vibes intermixed with tracks that sound a little more authoritarian.  And these tracks sometimes interrupt the overall good vibes.  Yin and Yang, I suppose.  There are 4 tracks with vocals, all but one provided by The Glitterhouse.  There is some groovy rhyming going on.  Like 'Barbarella' with 'psychedella,' for example, crooned in a 'Space-F-ing is Fun' kind of style.  Way more campy than sexy.  But if spinning in the background, there's room for both.  The soundtrack was given new life in 2018 with a hand-numbered re-issue of "Barbarella" limited to 500 copies on the Varèse Sarabande label.  But nice original copies are pretty cheap and easy to find.

I mentioned the band, The Glitterhouse earlier.  They recorded a psych-rock album of their own, “Color Blind” (1968) and a few in the VC have taken time to recommend it.  (Check the album out here).

Look, the film was a daring (for the time) future sex space flick.  It was silly, but it did present a young and attractive Jane Fonda as eye-candy, so there was that.  Unintentionally campy or not, the film gained a midnight movie following.  Having said, and this is by no means a stretch, I enjoyed the soundtrack a little better than the film.

"Barbarella" (back)

Dynovoice label

"The Black Queen's Beads" - "Barbarella Soundtrack" (1968)

A1  "Barbarella" (Vocal by The Glitterhouse) (2:40)
A2  "Goodnight Alfie" (1:29)
A3  "Spaceship Out Of Control" (1:28)
A4  "Ski Ride" (1:56)
A5  "The Hungry Dolls" (1:48)
A6  "Love Love Love Drags Me Down" (Vocal by The Glitterhouse) (3:42)
A7  "Pygar Finds Barbarella" (1:17)
A8  "I Love All The Love In You" (Vocal by The Glitterhouse) (3:52)
A9  "The Labyrinth" (1:11)
A10  "Pygar's New Wings" (1:57)
A11  "Fight In Flight" (2:35)
B1  "Entrance Into Sogo" (1:55)
B2  "Hello Pretty Pretty" (1:03)
B3  "Pygar's Persecution" (1:16)
B4  "The Black Queen's Beads" (3:31)
B5  "Dead Duck" (0:34)
B6  "The Pill" (1:02)
B7  "Smoke" (Viper Vapor) (2:16)
B8  "The Sex Machine" (3:17)
B9  "The Chamber Of Dreams" (2:23)
B10  "The Destruction Of Sogo" (2:27)
B11  "An Angel Is Love" (Vocal by Bob Crewe) (4:23)

The Bob Crewe Generation (session musicians)
The Glitterhouse - vocals
Charles Fox - score

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again)

(a short jaunt)

"Guns, Guns, Guns" -  The Guess Who / "Rockin'" (1972)

This has an Elton John kind of intro before Kurt Winter applies some tasty guitar and that recognizable voice of Burton Cummings walks up to the plate.  Seldom heard, but one that rocks pretty legit.  Cummings could be the best part or the worst part of The Guess Who depending on how much he fed his self-indulgence.  When under control, The Guess Who was one of the best things to ever happen to AM radio.  "Godspeed Mother Nature.  Never really wanted to say goodbye."   This was the band's ninth studio album.

"Sparks Of The Tempest" - Kansas / "Point of Know Return" (1977)

As much as I like “Leftoverture,” I think I enjoy "POKR" a little better.  “Sparks of the Tempest” is a killer track with hard rock getting the upper hand over the prog side of things, but not deserting it.  That's violinist Robby Steinhardt doing the vocals on this one.  True story.  I was trying to set up an interview with Robby via his people and was emailed back they'd hook me up...but could I also give them Joe Vitale's phone number who I had recently done an interview with.  I chose not to share, respecting Joe's privacy.  And then I never heard from the Steinhardt camp again.  Whaddygonnado?  Kansas' 5th studio album.

"For Ladies Only" - Steppenwolf / "For Ladies Only" (1971)  

This is the original album track.  The radio edit version cut out nearly 4-minutes.  The lyrics are a bit...not preachy, but something like it.  In an 'I'm a man and you're a woman' sorta way.  John Kay really sells the song like it's the end-of-the-month for buying aluminum siding.  It's good, but I'm not really sure I trust myself to say just how good the song really is.  Nevertheless, I enjoy this quite a bit.  Maybe I'll just file this one under ...”Guilty Pleasure.”  Steppenwolf's 6th studio album


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Sunday, September 1, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."666" (1972)

"666" - Aphrodite's Child (1972)

"666" is a double album filled with almost 80-minutes of floaty prog-psych trippiness. A lot of ideas are going on here.  And everything works.  It's amazing.  One engaging idea after another.  And even in the albums' strangest moments, Vangelis, vocalist/bassist Demis Roussos, and the rest of band's confidence just oozes out of the speakers and we can relax trusting that wherever the music takes us will see us safely to the end.  It's all very peculiar, and yet all very easy on the ears.

I remember finding my mid-70s copy last spring at the local record store (Spectrum) with a $15 price tag and a note saying one of the records had a slight warp but plays fine.  The fella told me to take it home and if it didn't sound great...bring it back.  The album plays like a leviathan.  And I saw barely a lift in my cartridge.  Otherwise, the records play minty.  Close to it.  By the way...this is what an 'essential' album sounds like.  If you can find a good copy of this for under $'re getting a steal.  By the way, this is one of those rare double albums that deserves to double-down.  Good stuff.
"666" was the third (and last) album from Aphrodite's Child.  The group had separated before the album was released.

"666" (back)

"666" (inside gatefold)

Vertigo (spaceships) label

Original Vertigo/Mercury sleeve

"The Four Horsemen" - Aphrodite's Child / "666" (1972)

A1  "The System" 0:23
A2  "Babylon" 2:47
A3  "Loud, Loud, Loud" 2:42
A4  "The Four Horsemen" 5:54
A5  "The Lamb" 4:33
A6  "The Seventh Seal" 1:30
B1  "Aegian Sea" 5:22
B2  "Seven Bowls" 1:29
B3  "The Wakening Beast" 1:11
B4  "Lament" 2:45
B5  "The Marching Beast" 2:00
B6  "The Battle of the Locusts" 0:56
B7  "Do It" 1:44
B8  "Tribulation" 0:32
B9  "The Beast" 2:26
B10  "Ofis" 0:14
C1  "Seven Trumpets" 0:35
C2  "Altamont" 4:33
C3  "The Wedding of the Lamb" 3:38
C4  "The Capture of the Beast" 2:17
C5  "∞" 5:15
C6  "Hic et Nunc" 2:55
D1  "All the Seats Were Occupied" 19:19
D2  "Break" 2:58

Vangelis - keyboards, organ, piano, vibraphone, bass, flute, percussion, b-vocals
Demis Roussos - vocals, bass, guitar, b-vocals
Loukas Sideras – drums, vocals, b-vocals
Silver Koulouris - guitar, percussion
Guest musicians
Harris Halkitis - bass, saxophone, congas, percussion, b-vocals
Michel Ripoche - trombone, saxophone
Irene Papas - vocals ("∞")
John Forst - English narration
Yannis Tsarouchis - Greek narration ("Ofis")
Daniel Koplowitz - narration ("Loud, Loud, Loud")
Costas Ferris - lyricist

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers