Green Fuz

Rare and obscure music from all sorts of neet-o genres that i like. Garage rock, psychedelic, hard rock, metal, punk. What ever dude.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Count Five - Psychotic Reaction (1966 - rave-up garage-punk: The Yardbirds, The Who)

Count Five - Psychotic Reaction From the review I did on, slightly fixing my grammer:

I suspect the main reason any one even has this album is thanks to Lester Bang's utra-hype. (Note, that the man also loved Lou Reeds Metal Machine Music.)

But, the truth is that this album is a bit of a mixed bag. The track "Psychotic Reaction" is the obvious hit here, it's a bit of a Yardbirds rave-up rip-off, but a good one regardless.

As for the rest of the album? Very few garage bands of this era were able to put out even more than just a few singles, so for The Cont Five to have produced an entire album says something. Most bands who actually were able to put out a full length album, usually filled them with week covers that just padded the hits.

Here's where The Count Five were different, most every song is an original, with the exception of the two Who covers, and there all killer. The two Who covers, "My Generation" and "Out in the Street," are better in their original incarnation, but had only been out for less than a year and the Who weren't sealing many albums in the states. So good for them.

Over all, there's not a whole lot of talent here, but there is passion, excitement, and best of all, variety. On par with bands like The Electric Prunes.

By the way, I think this isn't the original's track list, but that just means there's more songs. Yippie!!

- overview by denez

See also: Screaming Lord Sutch, The Smoke, John's Children, The Pretty Things, & Green Fuz

  1. Double-Decker Bus
  2. Pretty Big Mouth
  3. The World
  4. My Generation
  5. She's Fine
  6. Psychotic Reaction
  7. Peace of Mind
  8. They're Gonna Get You
  9. The Morning After
  10. Can't Get Your Lovin'
  11. Out in the Street
  12. You Must Believe Me
  13. Declaration of Independence
  14. Revelation in Slow Motion
  15. Teeny Bopper, Teeny Bopper
  16. Mailman
  17. Contrast
  18. Merry-Go-Round
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Friday, June 23, 2006

The Firebirds - Light My Fire (1969 - exploito-heavy psych, Blue Cheer)

The Firebirds - Light My Fire From all accounts this isn't even a real band. Just a group of studio muscians cramed in a studio to make a quick buck on the wild and untamed youth and their endless hord of disposable income.

But unlike other fly-by-night mob-money exploito-shlock toss-offs, The Firebirds and their alter ego (read: label cash in) 31 Flavors manage to tear a new hole in the delicate fabric of stoned-dead Blue Cheer style acid-guitar nightmare rock. Burried under an avalanch of toxic-fuzz, the all-fills-all-the-time drums despratly try to dig, nay, beat their way out of this flash-back induced hell. The punchy bass acts as the massive counter-weight, giving force from the back, and the amature-Robert Plant gives this warship its direction.

Ok, so thay sound like Blue Cheer. A bit of Hendrix and maybe some Iron Buterfly. Check out my Bang post if its still up. They also steal the Doors melody from "Light My Fire."

This Firebirds album first got attention on the killer An Overdose of Heavy Psych album out on Arf! Arf! reocrds. They didn't have the whole album like I do hear, instead they pulled just the 4 most monstrous tracks from and added a few missing tracks from the 31 Flavors Hair album, which is the same band under a different name. This gets very confusing so stick with me: The Firebirds' Light My Fire album has less tracks than is listed on its sleeve. It appears that it lists the tracks "Free Bass", "Free Drum", and "Free Fuzz", which don't appear to be on this album. The CD version I have here on Radioactive Records (I can guarentee it's a boot, this label has gotten into some trouble before) only has 8 tracks, while the sleeve lists 10. The liner notes to An Overdose of Heavy Psych explain that "Free Drum" and "Free Fuzz" instead appear under a different band name 31 Flavors on the album Hair. Both albums were originaly released on the Crown lable in 1969 around the same time as Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath's firsts.

Yet another album might exist, released as The Electric Firebirds Dance Party Time, but who knows. What I've done here, is taken the Light My Fire album as it appears on Radioactive Records I trid fixing the track list because it was clearly wrong (someone let me know if I messed up), and then I added three tracks from the Arf! Arf! comp so that "Free Bass", "Free Fuzz" and "Free Drum" play back to back, as they are infact one song. Yes this means you get the track "Free Bass" twice, each from a different source. So shoot me....

I want to take the time to mention here, just as a side note, that the original Blue Cheer, or at least a Dickie Peterson (bass, vox) and Paul Whaley (drums) led incarnation, is currently on tour, and just recently came to Boston. Sure they were a bit dusty, but when they realy started to get going, it made you realize that these guys pretty much invented this sound. I don't know when people started to call guitars axes, but Blue Cheer could cut down a Sequoia. Check 'em out if you can. Anyways...

- overview by denez

  1. Warm Up
  2. Delusions
  3. Reflections
  4. By Baby
  5. Gypsy Fire
  6. Free Bass
  7. No Tomorrows
  8. Light My Fire
  9. bonus - Free Bass
  10. bonus - Free Drum
  11. bonus - Free Fuzz
variable bit rate, ripped from CD.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

New Race - The First And The Last (1981)

New Race - The First and the Last Thank you Mr. Anonymous Danny who left this comment in the Radio Birdman - Radio's Appear post:

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure I saw the New Race album on a blog somewhere, possibly on one of those Brazilian ones ...


Well after doing a site search on google - site: "new race" on all thouse site, I found what I was looking for on Espírito Público for the New Race album that features Deniz Tek (guitars), Rob Younger (vocals), and Warwick Gilbert (bass) from Radio Birdman alongside their direct influences in Ron Ashton (guitarist for the Stooges) and Dennis Thompson (drummer for the MC5). I haven't yet downloaded the whole album myself, but im sure it's great.

Go to Espírito Público's blog and check out his post on New Race - The First And The Last here!

By the way Danny mentioned one blog, Boizeblog which i just have to mention is one of my favorite blogs out there. If i could rip it off I would, it's got hard rock, horror movies, and naked girls. Every thing a person suffering from adolescent arrested development could ever want in a blog.

Monday, June 12, 2006

R.I.P. - 8 Days In April

There are a few blogs that first got me into this whole MP3 blog thing, the most notable being Chocoreve which focused heavily on 60's grage and psych and 8 Days In April which was more progressive and heavy psyche . Now sadly it looks like 8 Days In April is droping out for personal reasons and the blog will probably be comming down soon. There were a few of his posts that had realy wanted to put up myself, but I never got around to it. Since it looks like the site will be down soon im going to try to preserve some of my favorite posts here. I just quickly ran through and grabbed some of my fovorites. You should definatly check out the rest of the site while its still up and leave some comments. Thanks Mr. 8 Days In April you'll be missed.

see the original site here.

Black Sabbath - War Pigs

This great sounding bootleg was recorded in Paris, 12 December 1970, and features versions of some of their best early material.

1. Paranoid
2. Hand Of Doom
3. Iron Man
4. N.I.B.
5. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
6. War Pigs
7. Fairies Wear Boots
8. Black Sabbath

German Oak - German Oak (1972)

No, I haven't lost my mind, well not much of it anyway! I know I posted this back in November, but if you remember the rip that I uploaded had an error at the end of track one. Well after much searching and downloading, I finally found another rip of this album that has track one, "Swastika Rising" the way it is on the CD. Honestly it's not much different - the abrupt ending is intentional. But this is such a great album I thought I'd re-post it. Why did I go to all this trouble? Because I care!

German Oak - Niebelungelied (1972-1976)

So while I'm at it I thought I might as well post this one too. This appears to be a collection of demos, outtakes, maybe practice sessions, I'm not sure - information is scarce. The tracks are named after characters from German folklore, and they are kind of spotty. Some are real good, some not so much. In the end though, this is a pretty cool album - not as cool as their self-titled release, but worth having nonetheless.

Bulbous Creation - You Won't Remember Dying (1970)

Originally recorded in Kansas City USA in 1970, this is great jammy hardrock/psych with an intense atmosphere and far-out vocals. Lyrics deal with heroin, Viet Nam, satanism and more. The opening cut, "End Of The Page", has a real nice guitar intro and the other highlight is the lengthy "Let's Go To The Sea", which features some great Hendrix-style psychedelic guitar work. The remainder of the album comprises harder edged rock cuts, their own interpretation of "Stormy Monday" and "Hooked", which is the best moment on the album vocally. Worth checking out.

The Pretty Things - Phillipe DeBarge (1968)

The first 11 tracks on this bootleg are from an acetete of an unreleased album, recorded with a rich Frenchman who hired the Pretty Things to write some songs and record an album with him on vocals. Despite the fact that Mr. DeBarge had absolutely no musical experience, the album is surprisingly good, on a par with anything the band was doing at the time. Some of the songs are actually great. Unfortunately, the acetate doesn't seem to have been in the best of shape, there is some faint crackling, and even a jump on one track. Despite this, it is well worth a listen. The rest of the tracks, 12 - 24, are from various television appearances from 1964 to 1969.

Thunder And Roses - King Of The Black Sunrise (1969)

Thunder and Roses, an early power trio from Philadelphia USA, recorded King of the Black Sunrise in 1969. This garage rock album is a hard rockin', ultra heavy, Hendrix-inspired, slab of bluesy psychedelia. Track one, the classic "White Lace and Strange", was covered by Nirvana in a radio broadcast that is included on their box set "With The Lights Out". Great version of "Red House".

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Radio Birdman - Radios Appear (1978 - MC5, Stooges, The Saints)

Radio Birdman - Radios Appear [Sire] A while back I was obsessed with Black Sabbath. And not just Black Sabbath, but anything even vaguly sounding like or remotely ralated to the heathen god-fathers of all things doomed and metaled. But soon one thing lead to another and i found my self listing deep into the crusty grooves of obscure psydo-satano progressive Kroutrock bands for even just one thick-as-bricks guitar riff. Wet noodle guitar solos stopped bothering me, the words "jazz/rock fusion" no longer scared me. Yes, I'll admit it, I started likeing prog rock and so it had to stop.
Thus began my new quest for the purest of dimonds in the meaty, sweaty, leather clad rough. Yes I'm talking about rock n' roll.

Sounds easy, don't it? Well it isn't. I'm talking about pure, uncut, wepons grade, no-frills, rock and fucking roll, the kind that makes girls tingle and buckle at the knees while the guys can only nod approvingly and the sheer magnatitude of the leavel of balls-deep testostarone. Not psyche, not punk (not strickly at least), not metal.

We could argue this for hours, I'd say AC/DC is the purest rock
band, you'd retort by mentioning the MC5's. I'd say that Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" embodies all that is rock, while you would say that it is The Flamin' Groovies "Teenage Head" that is the true bastion of the rock and roll holy grail.

This is all fine and good but geographicly we've hardly (with a few exceptions) moved from two central and vital locations. Detroit, Michigan and Australia. Deniz Tek, lead guitarist for Radio Birdman, was originaly from Ann Arbor, MI before heading to the land down under to form this rock and roll powerhouse as a knee-jerk reaction to Detroit's Iggy and the Stooges. Here's an ad they put out for like minded :

What is not wanted: bands who play shit like Quo, Purple, Queen, Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Bad Co, Ted Nugent (post 72), Bowie. In short any of the crap anyone can hear anywhere in this boring burg.
-- quote from Radio Birdman's ad looking for acts to play at their Funhouse gigs.

Radio Birdman pre-dated The Saints in Australia, who played a more obvious punk rock sound before "matureing". Radio Birdman on the other hand had the speed of punk, but were more deeply indebted to the proto-punk sound of band like the Stooges and the MC5.

Radio's Appear is their first album, but there are two versions of this scotcher of a debut. The Australian version out on Trafalgar Records has a different track listing than the US version on Sire. I don't have the Australian track order, but how you can tell the difference is to see which song is covered. The Australian version has a cover of the Stooges "T.V. Eye" as the first track, while the US version has a cover of the 13th Floor Elivators "You're Gonna Miss Me" some where in there. I have the US version, and now I'm going to have to get both versions. Or just the CD reissue with all the tracks plus bonus tracks.

After Radio Birdman broke up, Deniz Tek (guitars), Rob Younger (vocals), and Warwick Gilbert (bass) recuted their direct influences in Ron Ashton (guitarist for the Stooges) and Dennis Thompson (drummer for the MC5) to form a one album group New Race, who put out 1982's The First and the Last. If any one has access to this album, let me know. Check out another Stooges/MC5 mashup in the amazing band Destroy All Monsters.

- overview by denez (Denez, Deniz? Coincidence?)

  1. What Gives?
  2. Non-Stop Girls
  3. Do the Pop
  4. Man With Golden Helmet
  5. Descent Into the Maelstrom
  6. New Race
  7. Aloha Steve & Danno
  8. Anglo Girl Desire
  9. Murder City Nights
  10. Your Gonna Miss Me
  11. Hand of Law
  12. Hit Them Again
160 kbps (i bumped it up a notch) ripped from vinyl

You can buy the CD with the Australian and US track plus bonus tracks here!

or settle:

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Slayer - Haunting the Chapel (1984)

Slayer - Haunting the ChapelIf you take a moment to notice, this entry is being posted on June 6, 2006, or 06/06/06, also known as The International Day of Slayer. So ever one must blast Slayer all day long till their neighbors ears bleed!!!! Fucking Slayer!!!!!!!!!!! ok, if you don't have any slayer handy but are by a computer (i know you are), go to their official web site and check out the sample track "Cult" off their latest album that should be out on July 25th.

I wasn't origionaly going to put up any Slayer albums becuase they are all still in print and rather easy to find. I do own most of them on vinyl.

Luckly I remembered that I had this EP, Haunting the Chapel, which is still somewhat hard to find. There is a CD reissue that also has the track "Aggressive Perfector" which is also included on the CD issues of Reign in Blood. I know there's a fast version of that song and an earlier slower version, but I don't own any slayer on CD so im not sure.

Either way, "Aggressive Perfector" isn't on the original 3 song EP so I don't have it. But the three songs that are on it are absolutly killer. I think every one agrees that the 6 minute mastepiece "Chemical Warfare" is the best song on here, and in my opinion, one of the best Slayer songs ever. This EP is realy where the band step out from other bands at the time and showed that they were in a total league of their own. It was issued right after their first album, Show No Mercy, which still had some very faint elements or rock and roll in it. Haunting the Chapel compleatly left any concept of rock and roll behind heading dick-first into the deep and uncharted depths of ungodly metal.

- kind words by denez

  1. Chemical Warfare
  2. Captor of Sin
  3. Haunting the Chapel
128 kbps, ripped from vinyl. The track order might be messed up, or maybe not.

Buy this album and every Slayer album here. Seriously every album rules!

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica (1969)

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica I bought this album many years ago, when I was about 14 or 15 because I read an article about it in Spin magazine where Matt Groening said that this alum was one of the worst ablums he had ever heard, and it is now one of his all time favoriates.

I wasn't exactly ready for this album at that tender young age. It was too weird, too disjointed, too free-form, too non-sensical. There were a few songs, or even just parts of songs that would stick in my head long enough for me to consider them a "melody," there were a few non-sequiter comments that I understood as jokes, but over all, listening to this ablum was just a bit too much work. I had to try to understand it, i had to struggle to put the ideas together, and thus i had to work a bit to truly like it.

All these years later, Trout Mask Replica is still just as much of a struggle to listen to. But im starting to believe that all the hard work of trying to understand this album might just pay off.

Recorded in 1969, all the meterial was reportedly written in about 3 days, but took over 8 months of nearly non-stop practicing to get all the meterial down. Led by Captain Beefheart himself, the band lived in a comunal house in what one member described as a "cult-like" atmospher. The end result?

The best description is that it is a product of the late '60 astetic of being weird for the sake of being weird. But there is defeinaly much musical influence here as well. There lots of delta bules, Beefheart sings with a Howlin' Wolf-like gravely vocals. The band plays with the disjointed off-key rythem of the Shagges (not that they would have ever heard of the New Hampshire all-girl mongaloid-rock band, but Frank Zappa loved the Shaggs and also produced this album). Frank Zappa himself is a big influence on the weird-cuz-weird-fucks-with-the-Man ideas that are here. Beat free-from poetry. Jazz. Country. Expermintal art rock.

And in the end it sound like none of these anticednets and nor much of the other weirdness that would come after it. The more you listen to it the more it makes sense, but I don't know if I myslef am "totoaly there" yet. This album is still a stuggle, but if your interested at all at where the limites of rock and roll oddities can go, give this album a spin. "Fast and Bulbous! That's right the Mascara Snake! Fast and Bulbous!"

- overview by denez

  1. Frownland
  2. The Dust Blows Forward 'n The Dust Blows Back
  3. Dachau Blues
  4. Ella Guru
  5. Hair Pie: Bake 1
  6. Moonlight on Vermont
  7. Pachuco Cadaver
  8. Bills Corpse
  9. Sweet Sweet Bulbs
  10. Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish
  11. China Pig
  12. My Human Gets Me Blues
  13. Dali's Car
  14. Hair Pie: Bake 2
  15. Pena
  16. Well
  17. When Big Joan Sets Up
  18. Fallin' Ditch
  19. Sugar 'N Spikes
  20. Ant Man Bee
  21. Orange Claw Hammer
  22. Wild Life
  23. She's Too Much For My Mirror
  24. Hobo Chang Ba
  25. The Blimp (mousetrapreplica)
  26. Steal Softly Thru Snow
  27. Old Fart At Play
  28. Veteran's Day Poppy
Variable bit rate, ripped from cd, so that filesize is a bit larger and has to be split into two files

Buy this madness here.

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