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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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lol
Steven was a troubled lad
and I can't believe you don't like that track

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LOL.........
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Van Morrison - Avalon Sunset - after seeing the discussion about some of his newer albums on the forum I decided to dig this one out again. Have not heard this in years - great album. We used to listen to this back in SA around the pool at barbecues and such. Perfect sundowner cocktail stuff.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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Counting Crows - August and Everything After. Hmmmmmm - this one takes me back to a certain babe who shall remain nameless.......... Funny how certain albums just trigger the memory banks.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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Tori Amos - Scarlett's Walk - a masterpiece. Pure and simple.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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GOLDEN AVATAR  "a change of heart"  vinyl, 1976:

one of the second hand vinyl's I purchased today...
knew nothing about the band, never even heard of them but I liked the cover art...
took some research on my part to find info on this band, but I managed to get some...
ok...a Ruby type epic post......!
i'll explain shortly, but on one hand after two listens I found this to be a work of genius,
whilst on the other hand an album that wants to be all things to all people thus sounding disjointed in the process...
so,
the album starts...
quite folky at the beginning, hearing shades of early George Harrison in the style, then I hear David Gates in the vocals...
by track four im hearing Moody Blues and further on im hearing Cat Stevens type pop/folk....
all good so far...
then I listen again, it is a bit of this, a bit of that, and some of the other, we have tracks that build with guitar solo's
reminiscent of Prog Rock but as soon as they appear theyre winding back to vocals again....
so im not sure if theyre really in the Prog zone or teetering around the edges simply getting their toes wet in the pond....
on to the album itself...
debut set....
apparently it was never available in store back in the day because it was what ne review calls "a musical enterprise by the Hare Krishna"
church....they apparently used to sell it on street corners to promote their religious beliefs, and this is where the George Harrison comparison I mentioned further up the page comes in, he was into that spirituality for a long long time, and the similarities are in the the lyrics of both Golden Avatar and some of GH's material....
no, there are no Hare chants on the album nor are there weird and wonderful instruments because the HK's were trying to get their message out to the populous...
still not sure what to make of the album even as im writing this, I guess "intriguing" would be the best word to describe it though and its probably worth a listen or two if you get the chance...

one of the uptempo ones that sound like Moody Blues to me:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLjooXYYVF8

and my favourite a folky tune with Cat Stevens overtones:



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I'm willing to take a bet that there isn't a single person on this forum that's heard of this album - including me. Every now and then a really rare album turns up out of nowhere. This is one of those few and far between times. Will give it a whirl later. Got to finish doing some home repairs today. My number one pet hate.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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(16-01-2018, 14:39)Jerome Wrote: I'm willing to take a bet that there isn't a single person on this forum that's heard of this album - including me. Every now and then a really rare album turns up out of nowhere. This is one of those few and far between times. Will give it a whirl later. Got to finish doing some home repairs today. My number one pet hate.

yep...
it could well be right up your proverbial alley Jerome, but on the other hand.....
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