Jonesy were an important piece of the early stage in UK's Progressive rock attack. The band was formed in 1971 by brothers Trevor and John Jones, while the original line-up included also Terry Cutting and Berbie Hugley. However this line-up wouldn't live on. Trevor had arguments with his brother John related to the band's musical direction and now the line-up included new members David Paul (bass/vocals), Jim Payne (drums/percussion) and Jimmy Kaleth (keys/vocals). With this formation Jonesy recorded their first album ''No alternative'' in 1972. The eponymous opener sets you in the general mood of the album with its rockin' riffs, great breaks and intense percussion work, typical of the early-70's UK Prog bands…
Like other British progressive rock bands, Jonesy is about pushing songs beyond the 3 minute confine (a format established 100 years ago as a result of the limitations of early technology – at that time it wasn't possible to produce longer recordings). Underlying the history of Jonesy has been the turbulent relationship between two brothers: Trevor (Gypsy) and John Evan-Jones who started playing music together at a very early age. Initially they were taught music by their grandfather who was a Salvation Army bandmaster – Trevor played cornet, John played trombone. Trevor, four years the senior, first taught himself to play banjo and guitar and then taught John. more..
Extraordinary heavy-rock-trio, which had been influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Hawkwind, Edgar Broughton etc. Progressive fuzzbluesrock with long instrumental passages.German Hard Rock band fronted by Holger Schmidt. While many local bands were adhering to Krautrock (german progressive rock), Tiger B. Smith were one of the few exceptions of the scene, playing a raw Hard Rock like Sir Lord Baltimore, Buffalo, The Stooges, Black Sabbath and many others.
Born out of Mannheim outskirts, in Germany, Night Sun emulated with perfection British hard rock - influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep - blended with a delightful dose of psychedelia and schizophrenia typical of many German bands of those times. Mournin', their only and debut album, ranks itself as an excellent example of proto-metal, having particularly gone far beyond in originality matters if compared to bands like Lucifer's Friend. Sadly, Night Sun history is quite documented and the band only lasted for about three years followed by many line-up changes. Upon disbanding, shortly after the album release, bassist Bruno Schaab went on to join Guru Guru with whom he recorded 'Guru Guru' album in 1973, whilst keyboardist and trumpetist Knut Rössler founded Chameleon, his own jazz-fusion band.
Dschinn are a 1970s German Krautrock band with a classic energetic hard rock sound. Their only album was released in 1972, a self-titled release with the artists involved being Bernd Capito on lead guitar, vocals, Peter Lorenz on rhythm guitar, vocals, Uli Mund on drums, percussion, Athanasios Paltoglou on drums, percussion, and Silvio Verfürth on bass, vocals. The music is vintage 70s, with heavy guitars and an emphasis on lead breaks and riffs. The sound is similar to German bands Tea, Popol Ace and Popol Vuh. The band utilise two dynamic drummers and powerful lead vocals. The bass generates solid rhythms and there are passages including harmonica and a rocking Beatles type of sound…
Discovering the Blues is culled from a series of concerts Robben Ford gave in the early '70s at Huntington Beach's Golden Bear and Ash Grove in Hollywood. At the time, Ford was just beginning his career, and his style wasn't nearly as accomplished as it would later be. Instead, he simply burns, tearing through blues classics with a passion and vigor – there is a joy of discovery in his playing which makes the music nearly transcendent, even with its flaws. Discovering the Blues is rawer than most records in Ford's catalog, but any serious fan will find it a necessary addition to their collection.
Bullet is a German heavy metal band formed in 1978 Their style is also very similar to bands like AC/DC, Krokus or Accept so it is easy to confuse the German and Swedish bullets Bullet The German editions: "Execution" (1981) and "No Mercy" (1983). A third album was recorded with new frontman Joe Schmeink but it was never released. In 1986 the band split up.
The mysterious British band Iguana was formed in Southampton in early 70's and released one excellent album originally in 1972 on label Polydor Records. The sound of Iguana is rich and colorful, based on permanent juxtapositions of heavy, some what funky guitar sound and jazzy saxophone riffs – most of the songs are catchy and easy-to-get-into, in spit'e of their complex structures, alluding stylistics soul unique, sophisticated and richly orchestrated with vocals reminiscent of Mike Patto.
Some find Karen Dalton's voice difficult to listen to, and despite the Billie Holiday comparisons, it is rougher going than Lady Day. But Dalton's vocals aren't that hard to take, and they are expressive; like Buffy Sainte-Marie, it just does take some getting used to because of their unconventional timbre. Her debut album has a muted folk-rock feel reminiscent of Fred Neil's arrangements in the mid-'60s, unsurprising since Neil's Capitol-era producer, Nick Venet, produced this disc too, and since Dalton, a friend of Neil, covered a couple of Neil songs here ("Little Bit of Rain," "Blues on the Ceiling"). Although clocking in at a mere ten songs, it covers a lot of ground, from Tim Hardin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Leadbelly to the traditional folk song "Ribbon Bow" and the Eddie Floyd/Booker T. Jones-penned soul tune "I Love You More Than Words Can Say." The record is interesting and well done, but would have been far more significant if it had come out five years or so earlier. By 1969 such singers were expected to write much of their own material (Dalton wrote none), and to embrace rock instrumentation less tentatively.
With a killer leading couple of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland fresh from their box office triumph co-starring in Klute and a soundtrack by the Electric Flag s Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites with performances by Paul Butterfield and Maria Muldaur you would think that the 1972 film Steelyard Blues would be better known than it is. A long-lost underground soundtrack gem!