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ALICE COOPER  "pretties for you"  cd,   1969

their debut set, and I say "their" because Alice Cooper were a band before they became a solo artist....
was a real surprise when I opened this one up and played it...
none of the rock we expect of him as a soloist but instead its a psychedelic album...
very melodic and nothing like what youd expect...
apparently the critics slammed this when it was released but I love it...

my favourite, a jazzy psychedelic track:



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Came across and have been listening to Chick Churchill’s one and only solo album – You & Me. He’s the keyboardist from Ten Years After. Intriguingly, Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson are on the personnel list and the album was released in late 1973, just before Crime of the Century which came out in 1974, so they had the time, creative flow and energy to make one of the greatest records of all time (IMHO) with Supertramp AND contribute to someone else’s!! Davies plays drums on some tracks and Hodgson bass.

Also appearing in the line-up are Leo Lyons, Cozy Powell, Martin Barre, Bernie Marsden and Bill Jackman with vocalist Gary Pickford-Hopkins (of Rick Wakeman’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the King Arthur one, and various others fame) on all but two of the tracks. One for the obscure rock albums annals … to coin a phrase, I like it.  

The full album - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thr_qZP4ARc

"Reality in Arrears" ... 



"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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NEIL YOUNG & PROMISE OF THE REAL  "earth" cd,  2016:

live album, double disc...
good solid career spanning gig...
contains tracks from all of his eras....
most of which do come from his then latest set "the Monsanto years" and "ragged glory"....
Neil being Neil has substituted the crowd appreciation with the sounds of nature Ie: birds chirping,
whales vocalising, crickets, running waters etc etc....you get the picture...
that said, the album works really well, and Neil is in pretty good voice as usual...
only downside of the album for me is "love and only love" from Ragged Glory lasting a whopping
twenty eight minutes of guitar solos from Mr Young....

from the album (audio only)....



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JOE SATRIANI  "surfing with the alien"  cd,  1987

Joe's second and my only one...
rock  guitar instrumentalist....
good solid rock guitar work on here...
reminiscent of Ace Frehley's work at times for me....
great album.

the title track live:



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THE TEMERANCE MOVEMENT  "white bear"  cd,  2016:

Scottish blues-rockers...
second album but my first......
good solid rock and roll on here, sounding like Black Crowes one minute, Led Zep the next...
vocals like Brian Johnson one minute, Noddy Holder and Jimmy Barnes the next...
good solid rock and roll proves theres still a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!

from the album, the title track...
worth a listen folks!



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ALICE COOPER  "easy action"  cd,  1970

Alice's second, not the man but the band whom the man was a part of...
psychedelic album here...
some of the tracks wouldn't have been out of place on "revolver"  with the early
psychedelic sounds of Lennon's material on it...
album failed to sell, just like the debut set...
didn't chart anywhere but I love it.

one of the tracks that would be right at home on "revolver"...



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(04-01-2018, 22:51)CRAZY-HORSE Wrote: [Image: 414WFNPBrnL._AC_US218_.jpg]

THE TEMERANCE MOVEMENT  "white bear"  cd,  2016:

Scottish blues-rockers...
second album but my first......
good solid rock and roll on here, sounding like Black Crowes one minute, Led Zep the next...
vocals like Brian Johnson one minute, Noddy Holder and Jimmy Barnes the next...
good solid rock and roll proves theres still a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!

from the album, the title track...
worth a listen folks!




Managed to listen to this clip today - as you say CH, good solid rock.
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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AMBROSE SLADE  "beginnings"  cd,  1969:

debut set from the UK rockers who ended up being called Slade....
slightly psychedelic in places, soft rock in others...
only two tracks written by the band on here, the remaining eleven are covers
or written by others who were on the cusp of fame themselves...
most prominent covers are "Martha my dear" and "born to be wild"...
a couple of surprises from up-and-comers Jeff Lynne and Frank Zappa complete the package...
you cant hear really what the band will eventually become but Noddy Holder's voice is unmistakable...
not a great album but they were at their 'beginnings' here

one of the two originals from the album:



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SLADE  "play it loud"  cd,  1970:

the band's second and first under the name Slade...
writing most of their own material now and developing the sound they'll achieve success
with by 1972...
love the album...

from the album:



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ALICE COOPER  "along came a spider"  cd,  2008:

thenty-fifth solo album from Alice....
a conceptual album about a serial killer dubbed "the spider" by Law Enforcement...
great solid rock and roll on here, something for everyone, from hard rock all the way through to ballads...
come the end of the album the identity  of the serial killer is revealed....Steven (from 'welcome to my nightmare')...
a twist I wasn't expecting...
without a doubt, my favourite of his to date...

a three track video sequence from the album...superb stuff!



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