Wednesday, February 29, 2012

W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Born To Be Wild (Ozzy Osbourne & Miss Piggy - 1994)

Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
Yes, you did read that right. In 1994, the 'Prince of Darkness', pre-MTV contract Ozzy Osbourne “rocked the place down!” with Miss Piggy for the Muppets‘ cover album entitled 'Kermit Unpigged'.
Track 5 on this collaboration album starts with Miss Piggy arriving at the studio, and looks around for the rest of the Muppet group. She stumbles into a room where heavy metal performer Ozzy Osbourne is recording his next solo album, and she mutters, "Boy, did I pick the wrong door." But Osbourne is happy to see Miss Piggy, and invites her to come in for a raucous duet of "Born to Be Wild".
Collaboration is a somewhat inadequate term here, after all, it is Ozzy who does all the hard work on Steppenwolf‘s “Born to be Wild” (Miss Piggy just cracks cringe-worthy “jokes” and makes suggestive noises in the background). Seriously, though, “Prince of Darkness”, what happened to you? The number begins with Miss Piggy flattered that Ozzy is going to sing to her, and ends with her advising him "Ozzy, get off of the floor!". Perhaps you should have done a retake of Sabbath's "War Pigs" instead Ozzy !
The album's recording of "Born to be Wild" was also featured on disc 3 ("Duets") of Ozzy Osbourne's "Prince of Darkness" collector's box set released in 2005.
Anyhow - hope you enjoy this Crazy addition to the WOCK on Vinyl hall of fame.
Post contains an mp3 (320k) rip from CD of Ozzy & Miss Piggy's cover "Born To Be Wild" along with some select photos of the two.
Born To Be Wild link (8Mb)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Marc Bolan - The Marc Shows (1989)

(U.K 1957–1977)
Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, guitarist and poet. He is best known as the founder, frontman, lead singer & guitarist for T. Rex, but also a successful solo artist. His music, as well as his highly original sense of style and extraordinary stage presence, helped create the glam rock era which made him one of the most recognisable stars in British rock music [extract from wikipedia]
In the summer of 1977 Granada TV announced a coup... Marc Bolan the first Glam Rock hero of the seventies was to host a new look series of six shows. Each show was to go out at 4.45 on a Wednesday afternoon and would feature many new, up and coming bands as well as songs from the host with his own band T.Rex. Established artists also played on the Marc Shows, in particular David Bowie and captured in this rare YouTube Clip
This announcement was met with some skepticism as the general appeal of Marc Bolan was no longer in the view of some critics of any worth and after all the hits of 1971 & 1972 were no more. In actual fact between the years of 1970 and 1976 Marc Bolan appeared in the Top 30 every year and had he not lost his life would surely have been in the charts again in 1977.
arc Bolan did appeal to a whole new generation of fans he had very shrewdly taken a new up and coming punk bank on his 'Dandy In The Underworld' tour and he won the hearts and souls of many for doing so.
This compilation is special as it features songs that Marc never got the chance to take into the studios and record properly to feature on a new album. This compilation also gives a new dimension to some of the classics as well as featuring a great live version of 'Dandy In The Underworld'.
This album relies on the raw and sometimes thin backing associated with TV sound tracks of the seventies but this simply adds to the magical performances of the man so many of us loved then and still do now all these years ago [extract from linear notes on cassette tape]
Review (by Dave Thompson)
For fans of a certain age, there is something impossibly magic about the Marc TV series. No matter that it was the last work Marc Bolan did before his death in September 1977; Marc was also incontrovertible evidence that, after three years of increasingly diminishing returns, Bolan was on his way back up. The new material that he debuted throughout the show's run was seldom less than excellent, while his taste in guests mixed the expected old farts and hopeful unknowns with the very best of the then-emergent new wave, and there was no doubting which side Bolan identified with. Evidence of this new outlook on music has since been spread across any number of 1976-1977 era demo and outtake collections. But Marc was its first public appearance, and when the Marc Shows album first arrived in the late '80s, fans seized upon it as though it were the Holy Grail -- which, in many ways, it was. Songs like "Sing Me a Song," "Endless Sleep," and his final 45, "Celebrate Summer," fizz with energies Bolan had not approached since the height of T. Rexstacy in 1972, while his approach to older material caught him fearlessly rearranging it to tie in, too, with his new energies. Had he not died that fall, who can say what he would have achieved? The Marc Shows is not perfect; the final show in the series found Bolan joined by David Bowie, with whom he played out the show's closing credits. That contribution is absent from this collection, and while it must be admitted that it sounds a lot better in memory than it does in reality, the omission rankles. As a snapshot of Bolan reemerging as a genuinely worthwhile force, however, this album is priceless.
This post consists of a mp3 rip (320kps) taken from my cassette tape of the Marc Shows which plays faultlessly. Some artwork is included, including cassette cover scans. This live recordings features two distinctly different versions of "Dandy In The Underworld" along with some other classic T.Rex tracks such as "I Love To Boogie", "Jeepster", "Hot Love" and "Get It On".
The only disappointment is that there is no dialogue by Bolan between tracks, which would have helped capture the full atmosphere of the recordings.
Track Listing
01 - Sing Me A Song (3:17)
02 - I Love To Boogie (2:43)
03 - Jeepster (2:30)
04 - New York City (3:28)
05 - Ride A White Swan (1:54)
06 - Groove A Little (2:49)
07 - Lets Dance (2:29)
08 - Hot Love (1:33)
09 - Endless Sleep (2:15)
10 - Dandy In The Underworld (3:39)
11 - Celebrate Summer (2:24)
12 - Get It On (1:11)
13 - Deborah (1:59)
14 - Laser Love (3:15)
15 - Dandy In The Underworld
(Alternate Version) (3:29)

Marc Bolan Shows Link (86Mb)  New Link 05/10/2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Various Artists - Classic Heavy Rock (1984)

(Various 70's/80's Rock Artists)
Released on the budget label Dino Music, this compilation of 70's and 80's heavy rock may not have been the ultimate collection of classic rock tracks, but it was one of the better offerings available in the late 80's.
Names such as Bad Company, Thin Lizzy and Ted Nugent stand out immediately, while there are many other great bands included such as: - Heart, Slade, Boston and not forgetting Australia's very own The Angels and Cold Chisel.
I owned this LP many moons ago, but managed to cook it on the back seat of my car while driving home from a friends place during an exceptional hot summer.
Luckily, I recently stumbled upon a CD release of this compilation while trawling my local flea market on a Sunday morning.
On revisiting this album and its title 'Classic Heavy Rock', I realised that it was missing some essential tracks to justify its title.
I have therefore taken the liberty of adding four additional tracks to the compilation, recorded by the true masters of rock: - Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Saxon and Blue Oyster Cult.
I am also including some background information on some of the artists that have yet to be covered here at
The Angels - Dark Room (1980)
The Angels were a hard rock band that formed in Adelaide, Australia in 1970. The band later relocated from Adelaide to Sydney and enjoyed huge local success until well into the 1990s. For the purposes of international release, their records were released under the names 'Angel City' and later 'The Angels From Angel City'.
Dark Room is the fourth album by Australian band 'The Angels', and was released in 1980.
It's the start of the acidic-ally meteoric rock anthem "No Secrets", an enormous landmark rock song by The Angels, the quintessential opening track of Dark Room, an important chapter in the rise of The Angels. But there is another other massive standout on this LP, "Face The Day".
The rest of the Dark Room album is unfortunately not as strong as these two superior songs, although other tracks of note are the slower, rolling Face The Day, the darkness of Night Comes Early and the harder rock and roll, to finish the album, of Devil's Gate, a more of a fun track.

Band Members were:
Doc Neeson - vocals
John Brewster - guitar, vocal s, harp
Rick Brewster - guitar, piano, organ
Chris Bailey - bass guitar, vocals
Graham "Buzz" Bidstrup - drums
Boston - Selftitled (1976)
At one time, Boston’s debut release was the fastest-selling debut album of all time. Nearly everything about this album is masterfully crafted, from the volume to the layering and everything in-between. The musicianship found in every song is superb. While Tom Scholz plays several instruments, his most notable is probably the guitar. Though there are many good musicians out there, that’s not where Boston makes it’s case. Take for instance the opening track “More Than a Feeling.” Aside from having one of the more recognizable riffs, the way everything come into place at just the right time is something few were able to do before Boston.
Even less are as capable after Boston. It’s difficult to explain without listening, but I can certainly try. Imagine a level of sound where the lead guitar is playing and the forefront, where it usually is. With Boston, Scholz found a way to make everything else, from the drums, to the organ, to the bass also be very easy to hear, at the same time, in just the right places for maximum satisfaction.
There’s something about Boston debut LP that makes it one of the best of all time, and although they hit it big with their single "More Than A Feeling", this album had much more to offer.

Band Members were:
Tom Scholz – electric guitars, acoustic guitars, clavinet, organ, bass guitar
Brad Delp – lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, producer, engineer
Sib Hashian – drums
Jim Masdea – drums on "Rock & Roll Band"
Barry Goudreau – lead guitars, rhythm guitars on "Foreplay/Long Time" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight"
Fran Sheehan – bass guitar on "Foreplay" and "Let Me Take You Home Tonight
Heart - Little Queen (1977)
Hot on the heels of their platinum debut album 'Dreamboat Annie', Heart released the more ambitious, less accessible 'Little Queen'. Fortunately for them, the record contained the monolithic "Barracuda," which included one of the meanest guitar chugs since Deep Purple's "Highway Star."
The song rocketed to No. 11, and the album quickly went platinum.
The album was slightly harder than Heart's debut and FM radio stations jumped on the Led Zeppelin influenced rocker "Barracuda" (it's still a favorite on many classic rock stations today) which in my opinion is the best song on the album, followed closely by "Kick It Out" and the funky "Little Queen".
The rest of the album, however, is less than lustrous. The mandolins that are sprinkled through the album are supposed to sound mysterious, but they're pretty laughable, and songs like "Cry to Me," "Say Hello," and "Treat Me Well" don't pack enough punch to awaken even the lightest sleeper.

Band Members were:
Nancy Wilson (vocals, guitar)
Ann Wilson (vocals)
Howard Leese (guitar, vocals, keyboards)
Roger Fisher (guitar, mandolin)
Michael Derosier (drums)
Steve Fossen (bass)

Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (1976)
Thin Lizzy are an Irish hard rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist/vocalist Phil Lynott met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of thirteen studio albums. Thin Lizzy are best known for their songs "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", all major international hits still played regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations.
'Jailbreak' is surely Thin Lizzy's most exciting, tough, and touching album. Simultaneously barbarous and balletic, the 1976 set boasts the totally irresistible "The Boys Are Back in Town."
But the rest of Jailbreak lives up to that highlight, especially the riotous title track ("Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak, somewhere in this town"--yeah well, the jail seems a likely place). If Phil Lynott's poetic pretensions sometimes get the better of things, most of the album shows off his effortless power and economy; if heavy rock has a tendency to wrestle each song to the ground, Lynott and company were uniquely capable of delivering the knockout punch, graceful as a boxer or bullfighter. Jailbreak is testament to such skills.

Band Members were:
Phil Lynott – bass guitar, lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Scott Gorham – lead guitar, guitars
Brian Robertson – lead guitar, guitars
Brian Downey – drums, percussion
Bad Company - Selftitled (1974)
Formed in 1973, Bad Company came to life when Rodgers was looking to start anew after the disintegration of his legendary band Free. His powerhouse vocals and songwriting were a main ingredient during Free's impressive five-year run; a period of time that saw the release of seven extremely influential albums that featured Free's minimalist blues-rock approach. Included among Free's dynamic body of work is the 1970 smash, "All Right Now," one of the most recognizable rock anthems ever recorded. Lyrics and melody by Rodgers. He was Free’s main songwriter.
Rodgers had met Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and after jamming together and listening to new songs that Ralphs had penned and songs that Rodgers had penned, Ralphs made the decision to leave Mott and form a new band with Rodgers. The duo recruited former King Crimson bassist/vocalist Boz Burrell, added drummer Simon Kirke and Rodgers Christened the band Bad Company.
Bad Company was an instant hit worldwide. Their 1974 self-titled debut went platinum five times over and featured the smash hits, "Can't Get Enough," (a Number One single) and "Movin' On" along with electrifying rock anthems like "Ready For Love," "Rock Steady" and the title track.

Band Members were:
Simon Kirke - drums, percussion, guitar, vocals
Mick Ralphs - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Boz Burrell - bass
Paul Rodgers - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
Slade - Sladest (1973)
Slade were a rock band from Wolverhampton UK, who rose to prominence during the glam rock era of the early 1970s. With 17 consecutive Top 20 hits and six number ones, the British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles. They were the first act to have three singles enter at number one, and all six of the band's chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea.
"Cum On Feel the Noize" was released by Slade in 1973 and was written by Jim Lea and Noddy Holder (Chas Chandler was producer)
"Cum On Feel the Noize" was Slade's fourth number-one single in the UK and their first to enter straight at number one.
As a single from Slade, it was a follow-up to "Gudbuy T' Jane", a #2-hit in the UK. The song is also often spelled as "Come On Feel the Noise", most likely due to common spelling or censorship reasons.
The song was never released on an official studio album, but did appear on their 1973 compilation LP 'Sladest'.
It would be easy to dismiss Slade as less than serious because of their title misspellings and their out-there dress sense. However, they were fantastically successful. In just four years, between 1971 and 1974, they had 12 singles that reached the top five on the UK singles charts.
In total, they released over 30 albums – three reached #1 in the UK album charts.
In the early 1970s, out-performed all other glam-rock artists including David Bowie, Sweet, Wizzard, Gary Glitter, T. Rex, Suzi Quatro, Mud, and Roxy Music.

Band Members were:
Noddy Holder - Vocals, guitars, bass guitar
Dave Hill - Guitars, vocals, bass guitar
Jim Lea - Bass guitar, vocals, keyboards, violin, guitars
Don Powell - Drums, percussion
Steppenwolf - Selftitled (1968)
Steppenwolf are a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent in the late 1960s. The group was formed in 1967 in Los Angeles by vocalist John Kay, guitarist Michael Monarch, bassist Rushton Moreve, keyboardist Goldy McJohn and drummer Jerry Edmonton after the dissolution of Toronto group The Sparrows, formed by John Kay in the early 60s, of which only Moreve was not a member.
The band has sold more than 25 million records worldwide, releasing eight gold albums and twelve Billboard Hot 100 singles of which six were Top 40 hits, including three Top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Rock Me". Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1974, but clashing personalities led to the end of the core lineup.
Today, front man John Kay is the only original member left, having served as lead singer for more than 40 years since 1967.
"Born to Be Wild" was first recorded in 1967 by Steppenwolf in a sped-up and rearranged version, that the All Music Guide's Hal Horowitz described as "a roaring anthem of turbo-charged riff rock" and "a timeless radio classic as well as a slice of '60s revolt that at once defines Steppenwolf's sound and provided them with their shot at AM immortality." "Born to be Wild" was the band's third single off their debut album and became their most successful single, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts.
"Born to be Wild" was also released on the soundtrack for the movie 'Easy Rider' (1969). Unlike the album or single version, the song on this soundtrack is accompanied by the sounds of motorcycles as an introduction.
Billy Squire - Don't Say No (1981)
This US guitarist and singer began his music career in the second half of the '70s with a band called Piper, the group broke-up in 1979, by this point Squier signed a solo contract with Capitol Records which released, one year later, his debut solo effort entitled "The Tale Of The Tape".
Squier had a string of arena rock hits in the 1980s. He is best known for the song "The Stroke" on his 1981 album release 'Don't Say No'. Other hits include "In the Dark", "Rock Me Tonite", "Lonely Is the Night", "My Kinda Lover", "Everybody Wants You", "All Night Long" and "Emotions in Motion".
'Don't Say No' was the second album by Billy Squier, released on April 13, 1981. It was one of Squier's biggest albums, including the hits "In the Dark", "Lonely Is the Night", "My Kinda Lover" and "The Stroke". The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard album chart, and it remained on those charts for 111 weeks.
The lyrics for The Stroke were misleading and the rhythm intoxicating to the young and old alike. The lyrics seemed to have very strong sexual self-gratifying connotation.
In truth, the song was about the music business, recording contracts, and the way musicians were seduced into signing them and then subsequently dropped if they didn't produce chart toppers.
Squier continued to issue albums throughout the '80s (including such titles as 1986's Enough Is Enough and 1989's Hear & Now), but it wasn't enough to prevent his audience from moving on to such younger, similarly styled acts as Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe, as the hits eventually dried up.
Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever (1977)
The incomparable guitar genius and fire-breathing intensity of Ted Nugent have carved him a permanent place among the legends of rock. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, ear-shattering volume and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of "Motor City Madman," along with international acclaim.
Recognized as the world's leading guitar showman, Nugent's no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes' "Journey to the Center of the Mind," to classics like "Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever," Damn Yankees chartbusters like "High Enough," cult classic "Fred Bear," and now “I Still Believe,” Ted's rapid-fire sonic assaults continue to sell out venues around the globe.
The sounds he wrings from his almighty Gibson Byrdland leave audiences gasping for breath and begging for more. To millions of guitar lovers everywhere, Ted Nugent is rock and roll.
'Cat Scratch Fever' (1977) was the third studio album by American guitarist Ted Nugent and his band, as well as the name of the album's title song. Vocalist Derek St. Holmes, who had left the band during the recording of the album Free-for-All, had come back for touring in 1976 and was again the lead singer on this album.
This post consists of mp3 rips (320kps) taken from my CD copy and includes full album artwork, along with select album and artist photos. As mentioned, I have included 4 additional tracks from 4 'classic bands' who deserve a place of this compilation. I hope you agree.

Track Listing
01 - No Secrets (The Angels)
02 - More Than A Feeling (Boston)
03 - Dream Police (Cheap Trick)
04 - You Got Nothing I Want (Cold Chisel)
05 - Barracuda (Heart)
06 - London Calling (The Clash)
07 - The Boys Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy)
08 - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (BTO)
09 - Can't Get Enough (Bad Company)
10 - Bad To The Bone (George Thorogood & The Destroyers)
11 - Bad Boy For Love (Rose Tatoo)
12 - Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent)
13 - The Stroke (Billy Squier)
14 - Lick It Up (Kiss)
15 - Cum On Feel The Noise (Slade)
16 - Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
[Bonus Tracks]
17 - Highway Star (Deep Purple)
18 - Don't Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)
19 - 747 (Strangers In The Night (Saxon)
20 - Paranoid (Black Sabbath)

Classic Heavy Rock Link (155Mb)  New Link 07/01/2021


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Megaupload Is Toast!

Well, it looks like Megaupload is history, going by the reports in the New York Times and Gizmodo

This means that all of the posts on this site no longer exist, so I'm afraid it's going to be some time before I can get these reloaded onto another host site.

This is a huge pain as Megaupload was great for not deleting files after 30 days, unlike other sites such as Rapidshare etc.

So please be patient. I will indicate when the link has been altered with the label "REPOST" in red, and will list them below as they are completed

* Jon Stevens - Are U Satisfied (1993)
* Deep Purple - Powerhouse (1977)
* Roxy Music - The High Road (1983) Mini LP
* WOCK On Vinyl - Farewell Aunty Jack / Doin' The Aunty Jack (1973)
* Jimi Hendrix - The Blues Project Outtakes (1968-70)
* Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973)
* Various CBS Artists - 20 Years Of No.1 Hits (1973)
* Juni & Too Much - Too Much (1971)
* Various Artists - The Casablanca File (1975)
* Various Artists - 20 Great Australian Hits Vol 1. (1977)
* Various Artists - 20 Great Australian Hits Vol 2. (1979)
* Tangerine Dream - Phaedra (1974)
* W.O.C.K on Vinyl - Brady Bunch (Christmas LP 1970)
* Chantoozies - Gild The Lily (1991)
* Mondo Rock - Aliens (Mini LP) 1987
* John Cougar Mellencamp - Unauthorised (1993)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Cold Blue Hunger (E.P 1988)
* The Runaways - Rock Legends Series (1980)
* Lenny Kravitz - Live Unapproved (1990)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Tiny Tim: Vancouver (1968)
* Skyhooks - The Skyhooks Tapes (1977) + Bonus Tracks
* Jimi Hendrix with John McLaughlin / Johnny Winter - Jam Sessions at The Record Plant (1969)
* The Angels - Live at El Mocambo (1980)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Los Destellos (1971)
* Home - Long Long Way To Nowhere (1974)
* George Thorogood And The Destroyers - Selftitled (1977)
* Jimi Hendrix - Last American Concert (30-7-1970)
* Machinations - Esteem (1982) plus Bonus Tracks
* Gary Moore - We Want Moore (1985) + Bonus Tracks
* BTO - Live! Live! Live! (1986) with Bonus Tracks
* Radiators - Life's A Gamble (1984) plus Bonus Track
* Canned Heat - King Biscuit Flower Hour (1979) + Bonus E.P
* Kiss - Killers (1982)
* The Radiators - You Have The Right To Remain Silent (1980) - E.P
* U2 - Live Unapproved (The Joshua Tree Tour)
* Stevie Wright - Hard Road (1974) + Bonus Live Track
* Stevie Wright - Black Eyed Bruiser (1975) + Bonus Live Track
* The Monkees - Live (1967)
* Various Artists - Bearsville Finds A New Home - Sampler (1974-1980)
* Arlen Roth - Guitarist (1978)
* Budgie - Nightflight Into Guildford UK (1981)
* Various Artists - The Gull Files (1975)
* Shorrock, Birtles and Goble - Beginnings (1975)
* Ragnarok - Nooks / Live On 1ZM Radio - New Zealand (1976)
* Ragnarok - Selftitled (1975)
* Various Artists - A Reefer Derci (1976)
* Various Artists - Some Hard Some Hot 'N' Some Heavy (1974)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Herman Munster Rap / The Munsters (1964)
* Redhouse - One More Squeeze (1976)
* Various Artists - Woodstock Two (1971)
* Carson - Blown / On The Air (1972/73)
* Sid Rumpo - First Offence (1974)
* Pat Travers - Live! Go For What You Know (1979)
* Ayers Rock - Big Red Rock (1974) + Bonus Tracks
* Jimmy Barnes - Waitin' For The Heartache 12" Single (1988)
* Bakery - Momento (1972) + Bonus Tracks
* Ayers Rock - Beyond (1976) + Bonus Tracks
* Jimi Hendrix - Isle Of Wight (1970)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Meaningless Songs / 439 Golden Greats (Hee Bee Gee Bees - 1980)
* Eloy - Metromania (1984)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Weird Al Yankovic: Eat It (1984)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Weird Al Yankovic: Like A Surgeon (1985)
* Sherbet - Howzat (1976) + Bonus Live Track
* Sherbet - Can You Feel It Baby (1971) E.P

* Sherbet - Slipstream (1974)
* Richard Clapton - Past Hits & Previews (1978)
* Various Artists - Killer Watts (1980)
* Peter Cupples - Fear Of Thunder (1982) + Bonus Tracks
* Various HAVOC Artists - Australian Rock (1971-72)
* Fox - What The Hell Is Going On (1974) plus Bonus Tracks
* Freeway - Riding High (1975)
* Various Artists: Reading Rock - Volume One (1982) plus Bonus Tracks
* WOCK On Vinyl - Aussie Radio Jingles
* Jimi Hendrix & Eire Apparent - Stuttgart (1969)
* Jimi Hendrix - Guitar Hero (Bootleg, Ex SB)
* Andrew Pendlebury - Between the Horizon and the Dockyard (1987) / Tigerland (1988)
* Goanna Band - Selftitled E.P (1979)

* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Norman Gunston: Kiss Army (1980)
* Pantha - Doway Do Doway Do (1975)
* Bandicoot - Selftitled (1976)
* Various Artists - Reading Festival (1973)
* Noiseworks - Selftitled (1987) + Bonus B-Sides
* Various Artists - Great Aussie Rock (1975)
* Can - Tago Mago (1971)
* Budgie - Live At The Marquee, London (1974) Bootleg
* Neil Young - Live Unapproved (1989) + Bonus Tracks
* Badger One - Live (1973)
* Truth And Janey - Erupts (Live 1976)
* The La De Das - Legend (1975)
* Captain Beyond - Selftitled (1972)
* Various Artists - The First Great Rock Festivals Of The 70's (Isle Of Wight / Atlanta Pop Festival)
* Shane Howard - River (1990) + Bonus Track
* Stylus - Where In The World (1975) + Bonus Track
* Various Artists - Garrison: The Final Blow Unit 1 and 2
* Pink Floyd - Festival Hall, Melbourne (1971) Bootleg
* Pink Floyd - BBC Archives 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' (1974) Ex SB
* Pink Floyd - Tennis Center, Melbourne (1988) Ex SB
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Happy Birthday Lisa (Michael Jackson)
* Robin Trower - Guitar Bandit (1973) Bootleg
* Robin Trower - For Earth Below (1975) + Bonus Tracks
* Moody Blues - Greatest Hits (1989)
* Madder Lake - Live in Studio 620 ABC Perth
* Eire Apparent - Sunrise (1969) + Bonus Track
* Lovin' Spoonful - The Very Best Of (1970) + Bonus Tracks
* Jeff St John - Live (1974)
*J. Geils Band - Nightmares...And Other Tales From The Vinyl Jungle (1974)
* Deep Purple - Last Concert In Japan (1977) + Bonus Tracks
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Safe Sex (Painters and Dockers - 1988)
* Mississippi - EP (1974)
* Mississippi - Selftitled (1972) + Bonus Tracks
* Rolling Stones - Palais Theatre, St. Kilda, Melbourne (1966)
* Crossfire - Direct To Disc (1978)
* The Stockley See Mason Band - Endless Love (1979) Maxi Single
* Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles - Live! (1972)
* Australian Crawl - The Final Wave (1986)
* Procol Harum - Portfolio (1988) + Bonus Tracks
* Weddings, Parties, Anything - Scorn Of The Women (1987) + Bonus Tracks
* Australian Crawl - Phalanx (Live 1983) + Bonus Track
* Reckless Kelly - Soundtrack: Various Artists (1993)
* Budgie - Live At The Örebro Concert Hall, Sweden (1974)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Let It Rock (Skyhooks - 1975)

* Jesse Harper - Guitar Absolution in the Shade of a Midnight Sun (1969)
* Phil Collins - Unauthorised Vol.2 (In The Air Tonight) 1983
* Meo245 - Screen Memory (1981) + Bonus Tracks
* Young Einstein - Soundtrack: Various Artists (1988) + Bonus Tracks
* Bee Gees - Live at Festival Hall, Melbourne (1971)
* Bachman Turner Bachman - Brave Belt II (1972)
* Split Enz - Live Colors (Pinkpop Festival 1980) Ex SB
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Doctorin' The Tardis (The Timelords / KLF - 1988)
* Skyhooks - Guilty Until Proven Insane (1978) + Bonus Tracks
* Guns N' Roses - Unauthorised LIVE Vol.2
* Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 - Selftitled (1990) - Bonus Tracks
* Jimi Hendrix - Baltimore Civic Centre (1970) Ex Bootleg
* Be Bop Deluxe - Live! In The Air Age (1977)
* The Loved Ones - Magic Box (1967)
* Fraternity - Livestock (1971) featuring Bon Scott
* The Edgar Winter Group - They Only Come Out At Night (1972)
* The Flying Circus - Selftitled (1969) + Bonus Tracks
* Think - We'll Give You A Buzz (1976)
* Doug Ashdown - Winter In America (1974)
* Goldfields Rock - Central Victorian Rock 'n' Roll (1980)
* Jeff Beck - Beckfast (1976) Ex Bootleg
* Original T.V Themes - Rush, Cash & Co, Ben Hall, Seven Little Australians (1976) EP
* Scorpions - Fly To The Rainbow (1974)
* The Runners - Hitting The Wall (1983)
* Robin Trower & Jack Bruce - Live at the MusicHall, Worpswede, Germany (2009-03-01) Ex SB
* Black Sabbath - Burning the Cross (live in Sydney 1980) Ex SB
* Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations (1978)
* Flying Emus - Postcards From Paradise (1989) + Bonus Tracks
* Genesis - Awed Man Out (1975 British Tour) Ex Bootleg
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Bing Crosby (White Christmas - 1954)
* Redgum - Brown Rice & Kerosine (1981) + Bonus Track
* The Animals - The Most Of The Animals (1966) + Bonus Tracks
* Robin Trower - The Komedia Theatre, Bath UK (22-09-2010) Ex SB
* Kevin Borich Express - Celebration (1977) + Bonus Tracks
* Michael Franks with Crossfire - Live (1980)
* Lee Michaels - Space And First Takes (1972)
* Gary Brooker - No More Fear Of Flying (1979) + Bonus Tracks
* Jeff Beck - Live at the Palais Theatre, Melbourne (2009-01-26) Ex SB
* Nova - Vimana (1976)
* Chain - Live (1970 / Live Again (1972)
* Renee Geyer - Moving Along (1977) + Bonus Tracks
* Larry Carlton- Selftitled (1978) + Bonus Live Track
* Jimi Hendrix - Cornerstones (1967-1970)
* Daniel - Last Night In The City (1978) + Bonus Tracks
* Various Australian Artists - Canned Rock (1979)
* Captain Beyond - Sufficiently Breathless (1973)
* Steve Hillage - L (1976)
* The Faces - A Nod Is As Good As A Wink (1971)
* Taste - Tickle Your Fancy (1976)
* Taste - Knights Of Love (1977)
* Stomu Yamashta - Go Live in Paris (1978)
* Western Flyer - Live To Survive! (1979)
* Brainbox - Selftitled (1969) + Bonus Tracks
* Lyadrive - Another Time, Another Place (1998)
* Blackfeather - Live At Sunbury (1973)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Shower Scene from Psycho - Exploding Hits MLP (1986)
* Captain Beyond - Swedish Rock Festival (1999)
* Embryo - We Keep On (1973) + 2 Bonus Tracks
* Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come - Time Captives Live in Manchester (1973-04-24)
* Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come - Journey (1973)
* Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons - Live, Loud & Clear (1978) EP
* Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Second Wind (1972)
* ACDC - Back In Melbourne (Melbourne Myer Music Bowl 1981)
* Jimi Hendrix - War Heroes (1972)
* Budgie - Peel Sessions (1972), Walsall Townhall (1980) and Loughborough (1986)
* Baker Gurvitz Army - BGA Live at Derby (1975) Ex SB
* WOCK On Vinyl - Benny Hill - Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)
* Jimmy James and the Blue Flames - Bright Lights, Big City (7" E.P)
* Cybotron - Colossus (1978)
* Angels - Never So Live 12" E.P (1981) / Radio Promo (1977)
* Smak - Black Lady (1978)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Australiana (Austen Tayshus 1983)
* Billy T - No Definitions (1977) + Bonus Tracks/Video
* The Seekers - Live On (1989)
* The Party Boys - No Song Too Sacred (1984)
* Captain Beyond - Dawn Explosion (1977
* Nova - Wings Of Love (1977)
* Nova - Sun City (1978)
* Nova - Blink (1975)
* Grand Funk - Live Album (1970)
* Charlie - Selftitled (1983)
* Daryl Braithwaite - Rise (1991) + Bonus Tracks
* Daryl Braithwaite - Edge (1988) + Bonus Tracks
* Joe Satriani - King Biscuit Flower Hour (Silver Surfin' Satriani) 1988
* U2 - Unauthorised Live Vol. 3 (The Lovetown Tour)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Homer sings Blur's Song2
* The Saints - This Perfect Day Live (1977) Bootleg
* Crawler - Selftitled (1977) + Snake, Rattle & Roll (1978)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - White Mammoth On The M1 (Mammoth)
* WOCK On Vinyl - Lieutenant Pigeon - Mouldy Old Dough
* Badfinger - Live In Vancouver (1974) SB
* Tears For Fears - The Seeds Of Love (1989)
* Cold Chisel - Bonus Demos
* Foghat - Selftitled (1972)
* V.A - Australian Idol (Major Idols)
* Jimi Hendrix - Redhouse (Variations On A Theme)
* Crossfire - East Of Where (1980)
* Boom Crash Opera - These Are Crazy Times (1989)
* Fat Mattress - Fat Mattress I (1969) & II (1970) with Bonus Tracks
* Rose Tattoo - Live at Bondi Lifesaver (1980) - Ex SB
* Savanna Silver Band - Pure Silver (1977)
* Haze - Hazecolor-Dia (1971)
* Journey - Guitar & Amps (1978) Ex SB
* Focus - Hamburger Concerto (1974)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Rice Krispies T.V Jingle (The Rolling Stones 1963)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Bart Sells His Soul - In The Garden Of Eden (The Simpsons)
* Arktis - On The Rocks (1976)
* Uriah Heep - Classic Heep Live from the Byron Era (1973-76)
* Adrian Gurvitz - Classic (1982)
* Robin Trower - Beyond The Mist (1985)
* Matt Taylor - Straight As A Die (1973)
* W.O.C.K on Vinyl - Haven't I Heard That Riff Before?
* John Dallimore - 70's Audio Archives + Bonus Tracks
* INXS - Kick It In Excess (Live in San Diego 1988) Ex SB
* The Gun - Selftitled (1968)
* AC/DC - Can I Sit On Your Face Girl (1976) Bootleg
* Ferrets - Dreams of a Love (1977) + Bonus Tracks
* W.O.C.K on Vinyl - William Hung (She Bangs)
* WOCK On Vinyl: Banana Splits - We're the Banana Splits (1968)
* Zoot - Zoot Locker (1980)
* Robin Trower - Live In Concert, New George's San Raphael, CA - KRQR-FM Broadcast (1988)
* Skyhooks - Festival Hall (1975)
* Divinyls - Live (1983 & 1986)
* Ariel - Live At The Station Hotel, Prahran (1975)
* Madder Lake - Live at Musicland on Asylum TV (2006)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Gilligan's Island (The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle - A Parody)
* Space Farm - Space Farm (1972)
* Emerson Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery (1973)
* Finch - Beyond Expression (1976)
* Journey - Live at Diamond Head Crater, Hawaii (1973) Ex SB
* Electric Sun - Earthquake (1979)
* Cold Chisel - Live In Sydney (1978) Ex SB
* The Church - Live At The Palace Melbourne (1991) Ex SB
* Trust - L'Elite (1979)
* Deep Purple - Wild Drifters (Live In Sydney 1975) - Bootleg
* Jimi Hendrix with Love & Stephen Stills - The Blue Thumb Acetate (1969-70)
* Extreme - III Sides To Every Story (1992)
* Cream - Live Cream (1970)
* W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Rubber Duckie (Little Richard + German Techno Version)
* Toni Childs - The Woman's Boat (1994)
* James Dewar - Stumbled Down Romancer (1970)
* Band Of Light - The Archer (1974) + Bonus Tracks
* Budgie - Live In Olsztyn, Poland (2009) Ex Audience
* Band Of Light - Selftitled EP (1974)
* Chicago - Christmas Special (1998) Ex FM Broadcast
* The Sports - Fair Game (1977) E.P
* Dear Enemy - Ransom Note (1983) + Bonus Tracks
* V.A - Long Live The Evolution (The Best of DoubleJay)
* James Reyne - Electric Digger Dandy

Well - that's it ! I've finally finished re-uploading all of my posts that disappeared with Megaupload's demise.

All 292 of them - quite a task I might add and I hope I don't have to do this again. But
Let me know if I've missed any by leaving a comment here.

Now, it's back to posting some new material.....hope you enjoy what's install for you all.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Iron Butterfly - Live Sweden (1971) Ex SB

(U.S 1966–1971, 1974–1985, 1987–present)
Here's an Iron Butterfly soundboard from Goteborg, Sweden in A+ quality.
With only two songs, it's not complete but they are really long songs. I just love this version of "In A Gadda Da Vida" - the drum solo isn't over the top like other versions.
In "Butterfly Bleu", guitarist Mike Pinera uses what he called the Magic Bag. Designed in 1969 by Doug Forbes, who called it simply The Bag, it was worn on a strap over the shoulder, like a wine bag, with a clear tube going to his mouth. Sound familiar? Two years later Bob Heil would develop the Talk Box, used by Joe Walsh ("Rocky Mountain Way") and Peter Frampton ("Do You Feel Like We Do") in 1973. They made it famous, but Iron Butterfly and Mike Pinera did it first.

Archetypal American heavy metal outfit, originated out of San Diego, California, with founder member keyboards man Doug Ingle plus drummer Bushy and fellow San Diegan Jerry Penrod, Danny Weis and Darryl DeLoach. This five cut the debut album Heavy in early 1968 but group friction caused Penrod, Weis and DeLoach to quit shortly after.
In their places Ingle and Bushy recruited Boston-born guitarist Erik Braunn and multi-instrumentalist Lee Dorman.
As four-piece, the group cut the monster-selling In A-Gadda-Da-Vida set later in 1968, that album staying on the U.S. album charts for more than two years, and becoming one of the largest-grossing rock albums of all time. It was also reputedly the first ever rock group album to achieve platinum status.
Predictably, however, the disproportionate acclaim garnered by In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (title came from 17-minute composition by Doug Ingle) became something of a millstone around their necks. Braunn left in late 1969, to be replaced by the twin guitars of Mike Pinera and Larry Reinhardt (a former associate of Duane Allman).
Thus reorganised they recorded Iron Butterfly Live and Metamorphosis (both in 1970). However, the rot had long since set in. Butterfly were typical )although more explosively popular) of the run-of-the-mill West Coast heavy groups, and they were always on the decline from their 1968 peak; their pulling power dropping at an alarming rate.
After a farewell American tour they dissolved in May 1971.
However, after relatively unsuccessful alternative careers, Bushy and Braunn reunited to form a second incarnation of Iron Butterfly in 1974 with Phil Kramer (bass) and Howard Reitzes (kybds). They cut Scorching Beauty (1975), then Bill DeMartines replaced Reitzes [extract from The Illustrated New Musical Express Encyclopedia Of Rock, Salamander. 1977 p114-5].
Both Doorman and Larry Reinhardt went on to form the highly successful and legendary 'Captain Beyond' in 1972 (see previous posts).
Heavy (Atco/Atlantic)
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Atco/Atlantic)
Ball (Atco/Atlantic) Iron Butterfly Live (Atco/Atlantic)
Metamorphosis (Atco/Atlantic)
Scorching Beauty (MCA)
Sun And Steel (MCA)
Compilation: Best Of The Iron Butterfly (Atco)
This bootleg has also been released under the name of 'Butterfly Blues 71' . The post consists of mp3 (320kps) rip (sourced from Soundboard blog with thanks) along with artwork for both 'Live In Sweden' (above) and 'Butterfly Blues' (below) - you decide which artwork is best.
I really like this bootleg - it's an amazing recording for its time and features one of the best performances of " In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" I've heard.

Track Listing:
01. Butterfly Bleu (23:12)
02. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (24:29)

Band members:
Doug Ingle - keyboards, lead vocals
Ron Bushy - drums
Lee Dorman - bass
Larry "El Rhino" Reinhart - guitar
Mike Pinera - guitar

Iron Butterfly Link (107Mb)  New Link 06/11/2017

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Midnight Oil - Various 12" EP's and Singles

(Australian 976–2002, 2005, 2009)
Midnight Oil (also known informally as The Oils to fans), were an Australian rock band from Sydney originally performing as Farm from 1972 with drummer Rob Hirst, bass guitarist Andrew James and keyboard player/lead guitarist Jim Moginie. While vocalist Peter Garrett was studying at Australian National University in Canberra, he answered an advertisement for a spot in Farm, and by 1975 the band was touring the east coast. By late 1976, Garrett moved to Sydney to complete his law degree, and Farm changed its name to Midnight Oil by drawing the name out of a hat.
Midnight Oil’s albums which peaked in the Australian Top Ten were 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Red Sails in the Sunset, Species Deceases, Diesel and Dust, Blue Sky Mining, Scream in Blue (Live), Earth and Sun and Moon, Breathe, 20,000 Watt R.S.L., Redneck Wonderland, The Real Thing, Capricornia and Flat Chat. Australian Top Ten singles were "Power and the Passion", "The Dead Heart", "Beds Are Burning" and "Blue Sky Mine". Aside from chart success, both "Power and the Passion" and "Beds Are Burning" were listed by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) in the Top 30 best Australian songs of all time in 2001. In December 2002, Garrett announced that he would seek to further his political career and Midnight Oil disbanded [extract from wikipedia]
(Article from Rolling Stones '30 Years of Rock & Roll' May 2002, p17-18 by Jeff Apter)

PICTURE THIS: FIVE SWEATY, RAGGEDY 20-somethings are backstage at Sydney's legendary Bondi Lifesaver. It's December 10, 1977. The band — towering, chrome-domed singer Peter Garrett, guitarists Martin Rotsey and Jim Moginie, bassist Peter Gifford and drummer Rob Hirst (forever after known as Midnight Oil) — have just made a pact. They are chucking in their day jobs and studies and are going to give rock & roll their best possible shot.
"And we knew we could play louder than Rose Tattoo," jokes surprisingly softly spoken frontman Peter Garrett, almost a quarter of a century later.
Today, the band is as much an Australian institution as the novels of Peter Carey or the paintings of Albert Namatijira. Hell, they even have a postage stamp created in their honour. And a tribute album (last year's Power and the Passion). And their portrait hangs in Canberra's National Gallery.
But it ain't all gravy, folks. Garrett and the erudite, talkative Hirst are relaxing at Sydney's Studio 301, laughing (now) about an incident that happened on their 20th birthday, just prior to Christmas 1997. The band somehow found themselves playing Disney World in Florida. Hirst wasn't enjoying America's Sunshine State. He had just spent several days' wages on prescription drugs to get him through an important live-to-radio show. He had pneumonia, caught a few nights earlier in bone-chilling New York. The show was a blur. Life didn't quite have the same rose-coloured hue it did in that dingy band room in Bondi.

"I was so crook," Hirst recalls. "It was the closest I'd come to totaling myself. Meanwhile, others in the band were extremely disturbed at the fact that on our 20th anniversary there we were with Mickey Mouse roadies, the whole disaster."
But Midnight Oil are survivors. Not only did Hirst endure, but the band has just released their 14th studio LP, 'Capricornia' one of the strongest of their career. The album — resonant with Jim Moginie's chiming Rickenbacker and Peter Garrett's spot-them-from-a-mile away vocals — is a far more subtle effort than the bucket of bile that was 1998's 'Redneck Wonderland'. Still there's an unmistakably Australian texture to the record; you can almost smell the eucalypts and see miles and miles of nothing in such songs as "Luritja Way" and "Crocodile Cries", while the album's titled is copped from Australian author Xavier Herbert's 1938 novel, one of the most widely-read and best-known works of Australian fiction. (In its day, Capricornia was considered hugely controversial, due to its scathing assessment of European settlers in the top end: anyone who smells a connection to Midnight Oil's politics is right on the money.) If there's a sound of wide-open spaces, then Midnight Oil — and producer Warne Liversey, now on his fourth album with the band — have captured just that. Again.
"Redneck was an angry record for angry times," Hirst figures. "We got rid of some of that bile. This record is a more uplifting, very positive record rather than hellfire and damnation. I think it's wry and dry in some ways."

As with the band's biggest success, 1987's 'Diesel and Dust', it took a trip to the outback to spark some new life into Midnight Oil, After the globetrotting and platinum-plus times of the 19805, the band had stepped off the gas during the '903. There were studio records: I993's Earth and Sun and Moon, 1996's Breathe, 1998's Redneck Wonderland. But in between there was a live album (Scream in Blue), a best of (20,000 Watt RSL) and a whole lot of downtime. Now in their 405, the band found that families and other priorities, such as Garrett's involvement with the Australian Conservation Foundation, and Hirst's moonlighting with the Backsliders and the Ghostwriters, were taking priority.
Rob Hirst has a defence prepared for all of this and more — the postage stamp and the portrait included.
"Simple as this," he says. "We toured really heavily. We had a bunch of kids — there's now about 12 or 14 baby Oils. They grew up, went to high school, and we went back to work.
"The live album came out because there was a horrible bootleg being circulated from a show recorded from a mixing desk in Switzerland. The collection album was only put together because we decided that we could control it," he says, "and it was something that held together. As for the stamp, that was something that was forced upon us — the same with the portrait. As the artist [Ex De Medici] would testify, she had very little exposure to the band."
"These kind of tributes are only misconstrued if you're not moving," says Garrett. "We knew we were still on it, still moving."
The 2000 trip to the wilderness of Papunya ("out of mobile range,"Garrett adds), was a sort of home-coming. The band hadn't visited the spot since the legendary Black-fella/Whitefella tour with the Warumpi Band in 1986. It helped the quintet and their manager, Gary Morris, get some perspective on the past and a plan for the future. They also started figuring out some new tunes.
"We were in a Land Cruiser groaning with more raw meat than six men should ever eat," Hirst recalls. "We talked about everything the band was, the Olympics, our involvement."
While in Papunya, the band did some shows for kids and caught up with locals who the band had met 15 years earlier. Garrett laughs at the recollection.
"They said, 'What are you doing, how you going'? We said that we were playing at the closing of the Olympics; they said,'Oh, we just danced at the opening'."
The band's closing ceremony statement, draped in black outfits with the word John Howard couldn't utter ("Sorry") emblazoned upon them, was the kick-start they needed to get their groove back. Most of the Olympic Stadium yelled their support; four billion TV viewers looked on, wide-eyed.
"The closing ceremony was also a kind of closing for us," Hirst adds. '"Beds Are Burning' was a strong cry about Aboriginal people in Australia, about Australians for Australians. It was a song that demanded to be sung, From my way of thinking we're at a different stage now. We're finding ways of playing together as a band, the sensuality of it." The band has also rediscovered their love of the road. A good part of 2001 was spent touring America, playing to up-for-it audiences who hadn't seen them for seven years. The reviews were universally rapturous, the venues full to bursting. Midnight Oil plan to spend much of this year doing exactly the same.
"We started only three weeks after 9/11, and we weren't sure what the Zeitgeist would be," Hirst says. "People by then wanted to get out, they were glad we were one of the bands that didn't cancel. And in America, as long as your last show was a great one in their memories, it doesn't really matter about the passage of time. "And they didn't know about the stamp, either"
The following 12" EP's and Singles have been ripped from my collection (except for 'One Country' & 'Surfs Up' thanks to Deutros) into mp3 format (320kps) and all artwork and label scans are included.

Trugainini (Single) 1993

01 - Truganini
02 - Bushfire

Trugainini Link (22Mb) New Link 1/11/2014

Blue Sky Mining (12" Maxi Single) 1990

01 - Blue Sky Mine (Food On The Table Mix)
02 - Blue Sky Mine (Single)
03 - You May Not Be Released

Blue Sky Mining Link (37Mb) New Link 3/09/2015

King Of The Mountain (12" Maxi Single) 1990

01 - King Of The Mountain (Mountain Mix)
02 - Instant Karma (Live)
03 - King Of The Mountain (Single)

King Of The Mountain Link (30Mb) New Link 3/09/2015

Armistice Day (12" Single) 1982

01 - Armistice Day
02 - Stand In Line (Live at The Last 2JJ Concert 1981)

Armistice Day Link (25Mb)  New Link 26/10/2014

Don't Wanna Be The One (Single) 1981

01 - Don't Wanna Be The One
02 - Written In The Heart

Don't Wanna Be The One Link (15Mb)   New Link 31/12/2019


One Country (Single) 1991

01 - One Country
02 - River Runs Red
03 - Power And The Passion ( Special Extended Mix ) 

One Country Link (18Mb) New Link 11/04/2020

Surfs Up Tonight (Single) 1996

01 - Surfs Up Tonight
02 - I See You
03 - Star Of Hope (Live)

Surf's Up Link (12Mb) New Link 09/10/2020

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Venetians - Calling All Lions (1986) + Bonus Tracks

(Australian 1982–1989)
The Venetians formed in late 1982, when Rik Swinn (lead vocalist) arrived in Australia with a 24-track master demo of a song he'd recorded in England. He read a newspaper advert placed by two musicians looking for a lead singer. Within weeks, Swinn hooked up with David Skeet (guitar and vocals), Matthew Hughes (keyboards), Peter Watson (bass guitar) and Tim Powles (drums) to form Venetians.
The Venetians released their first single "Sound On Sound" in 1983, a version of Swinn's original demo. The band signed with Festival Records' Parole Records label. Though accompanied by a video which attracted a lot of airplay, "Sound On Sound" failed to chart significantly. Their second single "Chinese I's" generated some chart action while the band began to build their reputation as a live act. They also began work on their debut album, Step Off the Edge, produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven. Following the release "Ooh La La" as the first single from Step Off the Edge, they got their first major break: as opening act on the Split Enz's "Enz With A Bang" farewell tour. This led to further major tour activity with Icehouse and Nik Kershaw. By 1985, they were an Australian live attraction in their own right. The band released the second single "Shine The Light" in February 1985, and the album Step Off The Edge in May 1985.
.Near the end of 1985, Venetians went into the studio with producer Mark Opitz to cut two songs, including the chartbusting "So Much For Love." As the band worked with producer Peter Blyton on the second album Calling In The Lions, "So Much For Love" scaled the Australian singles charts, peaking at number three on the national charts in March 1986. The Venetians then embarked on a two-month Australian tour, with The Church, and released "Inspiration," their follow-up to "So Much For Love." Both singles, and a third "If Somebody Loves You" are featured on Calling In The Lions, their first album released on the Chrysalis label. Chrysalis releasing Calling in the Lions and the single "So Much for Love" in the United States.
With the departure of Matthew Hughes in 1987, the Venetians spent the next year recording their third album, Amazing World. It produced three singles, "Amazing World", "Bitter Tears" and "Must Believe", but the chart success of Calling in the Lions wasn't to be repeated and the band broke up the following year.
Since 1994, Tim Powles has played drums for Scribble (985-1986), The Divinyls (1989), Angry Anderson Band (1990) and The Church where he currently plays a key role in both the management of the band and also the band’s recording process, producing their last three albums. David Skeet moved to the US in 1990 and worked as a producer/recording artist while signed to MCA Music in Los Angeles. He returned to Sydney in 1999 and continues to produce records, including projects at Tim Powles' Spacejunk studio,
Peter Watson lives in Sydney, and works in the Finance industry. He also performs occasionally with singer Louise Anton [extract from wikipedia]
This is their second album, it contains their biggest hit "So Much For Love" and several other singles which didn't chart as well - their 2nd single "Inspiration" and 3rd single "If Somebody Loves You".
The majority of their recording work had 12" remixes done as most of their hits were club oriented dance tracks...There have been some lucky individuals, who've found some of these on compilation dance albums, but the majority of them have not made it to CD. There is no "Greatest Hits " release, so I am including some of these 12" mixes here for you as bonus tracks, ripped from my own vinyl copies.
The main album featured here has been ripped from my CD copy at 320kps and includes full album artwork for both LP and CD. I've also included a scan of a limited edition poster that came with the vinyl release which has never been opened until now - awesome!
Track Listing
01 - So Much For Love
02 - Set Loose
03 - One From The Heart
04 - If Somebody Loves You

05 - Cairo
06 - Stay
07 - Inspiration

08 - Let It All Go
09 - Believe In Me
10 - Do It Together
[Bonus Tracks]
11 - Chinese I's (Here Come The Minute Men) (12" Single)

12 - Sound On Sound (12" Single)
13 - So Much For Love (Extended version)
14 - 10 (B-Side Single)

Band Members:
Rik Swinn (Lead Vocals)
David Skeet (Guitar, Vocals)
Matthew Hughes (Keyboards)
Tim Powles (Sonor Drums)
Peter Watson (Guitars)

The Venetians Link (143Mb)  New Link 30/01/2013