More Re-uploads to follow. I am going to start getting everything back up, and I will post telling what albums have been re-uploaded. KEEP CHECKING THIS LIST TO SEE WHAT HAS BEEN UPLOADED.
As soon as everything is back up I have a lot of new albums to post! Hoping to get it all back up by the end of this weekend! Thanks for all of your support!
Saturday, September 29
More Re-uploads to follow. I am going to start getting everything back up, and I will post telling what albums have been re-uploaded. KEEP CHECKING THIS LIST TO SEE WHAT HAS BEEN UPLOADED.
Wednesday, September 26
Thursday, September 6
Everything will be re-uploaded. Things were taken down due to a piece of shit person who felt the need to get all of my files removed from divshare.
here is the podcast. Conventional Sound, Episode #2
No talking, but very good songs and sound clips. Details will be posted later, as well as track listing. Thanks for reading, and bear with me through my anti-label fight.
Wednesday, August 22
John Fahey: "The Dance of Death and Other Plantation Favorites"
(American Primitive Guitar)
Track: "Worried Blues"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (75.18 MB) .zip
I knew that sooner or later I'd post something by John Fahey, although I wasn't sure what it would be. I've decided to start near the beginning. Over the next few weeks I will most likely post more from his catalog, so if you have any requests leave a comment. I'm not going to waste your time or mine by reviewing this because I believe the sample track will speak for itself. If you like it at all, you'll like John Fahey's music. It's as simple as that.
John Fahey's First Recordings:
DOWNLOAD 4 SONGS (11.18 MB) .zip
These are four songs recorded under the name Blind Thomas for Joe Bussard's Fonotone Record label in 1964 (I believe that year is correct).
Monday, August 13
The Third Rail: "Id Music"
Track: "Run Run Run"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (50.44 MB) .zip
The single "Run, Run, Run" hit #53, but that is the highest The Third Rail would ever climb on the charts. This is an album I nearly overlooked due to it's overwhelmingly poppy demeanor. The production of the record is outstanding, and should almost be seen as a stereo-type for how bubblegum pop should have been produced. All-in-all this is a fun album, good for a few listens at the very least. Song highlights include "From a Parachute," "Dream Street," and "The Shape of Things To Come." If you ever need help putting a smile on your face, this is the album to reach for.
*The last 4 tracks on this are bonuses from the Revola re-release.
Sunday, August 12
Lava: "Tears Are Goin' Home"
Track: "Crimes of Love"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (97.24 MB) .zip
First of all, I would like to send my thanks to alienvomit for turning me onto this album. Without her, I'd have probably never heard it.
This is a nearly folky progressive album from a, at one time, promising group called Lava. Conservative would be a good word to describe this in terms of progressive rock, but that is not a bad thing at all. Overall, this is a great example of down to earth prog rock.
I've just set up a guestbook. It's free and has ads, but oh well. I would love if you would sign it. Just say hi to me and let me know where you're reading from. Criticize me, or say anything at all. Just sign!
Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I promise to pick it back up!
Thanks for checking out my podcast/radio show. Due to the large amount of downloads (200 as of right now!) I will definitely continue to make these, hopefully on a weekly basis. One question though....would you prefer it be longer than it was (40 min.)?
Blog Stats Since June 28th, 2007
Albums DLed: 3,078
Podcast DLs: 200
Page Hits: 4,535
Monday, August 6
From now on, this will be a weekly item on the Conventional Sound Blog. I will basically host a radio show in the form of a "podcast," which is basically a downloadable version of a radio show. Just one big mp3 with all the songs and chit chat and what not all put together.
DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST (82.6 MB) by John Hinkle
40 minutes, 43 seconds .mp3
I've poured my heart and soul into this. I've never done anything like it. This has a little bit of everything: ranging from metal, to jazz, to hip hop, and all the way back to 60s pop, with weird and often hilarious(!) sound clips thrown in. You'll love it, I swear. Put it on your iPod, listen to it at work, home, burn it to a CD and listen to it in the car. Make copies and spread it to your friends!
And, as always, your comments are appreciated. I will be out of town for two days, so I will see you Wednesday! Enjoy.
Wednesday, August 1
Chrome: "The Visitation"
Track: "Return To Zanzibar"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (59.57 MB) .zip
Chrome embodies the raw punk aesthetic of the late 70s, although their music was much more adventurous. The band was only together for 6 years, but put out 9 LPs and a slew of EPs and singles. Vocalist and drummer Damon Edge, guitarist John Lambdin, and bassist Garry Spain formed the band in '77, and vocalist/guitarist Helios Creed joined the line-up the following year/album. All of the members played a variety of instruments, ranging from sythesizers to electric violin. This first album is merely a taste of what was to come for Chrome, as their sound would fully develop in the coming albums.
Cover Insert 1 | Cover Insert 2 | Lyrics Sheet
Tuesday, July 31
Monday, July 30
July: "Second of July"
Track: "Look at Her"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (41.33 MB) .zip
Collection of rare unreleased material. This is more of a demo of the first album, but it is a very great listen. A bit unpolished, but if you liked the self titled album, you'll like this.
Sunday, July 29
Open Mind: "The Open Mind"
Track: "Can't You See"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (105.0 MB) .zip
Nearly bluesy-sounding at times, this is a very rockin' record. Had this band been around during the British invasion they probably would have been a smash. This is the highlight of my recent finds. "With a singing style rooted in the freakbeat era, rather than the operatic tenor screams hard rock ushered in, and acidic duel guitars, heavier than those of a typical psychedelic act, The Open Mind filled the gap between the beginning of one era and the end of another."
Saturday, July 28
High Rise: "High Rise II"
Track: "Wipe Out"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (52.23 MB) .zip
Psychedelic Speed Freaks. That is what the name of the record label means, and that fairly describes High Rise's Sound. "Monumental performance by Japanese psychedelic garage masters. Incredibly wild and tough guitar sound." This is where the other end of the psych spectrum begins, and it's just as good as every other bit.
p.s. Last update broke the record for # of album downloads!
Tuesday, July 24
Various: "Kraut! Demons! Kraut! - German Psychedelic Underground 1968-1974"
Track: Aero Sound - "Ready For Take Off"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (101.3 MB) .zip
Hands down, this is the best Kraut compilation there is. Made up of nearly every Kraut band you've never heard of, it is a great representation of the genre. Good for a kraut lover or someone who is only beginning to get into the genre.
Saturday, July 21
Bridget St. John: "Ask Me No Questions"
Download track: "To B Without A Hitch"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (70.24 MB) .zip
The emotion in the vocals speaks for itself. Hazy guitars droning over a beautiful, somber voice. This album was produced by John Peel. This album was actually John Peel's first release on his Dandelion label!
Friday, July 20
Bill Fay: "From the Bottom of an Old Grandfather Clock
(A Collection of Demos and Outtakes)"
Wooden Hill, 2004 (1966-1970)
Sample Song: "Warwick Town"
DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM (88.64 MB) .zip
By request. For those of you who liked the previous Bill Fay album I posted, you will certainly love this. As far as I know, these are the only other albums of Bill's. Re-issued by the same label (Wooden Hill) as the Complex reissue. If you happen to have any other material by him, I'd appreciate it if you could send it my way so I can share it with everyone.
Thursday, July 19
Mourning Phase: "Mourning Phase"
Private Pressing, 1971
Sample Song: "August Song"
DOWNLOAD (39.1 MB)
Dual male/female vocals set this record apart from most of its time. Kissing Spell Records: "The Mourning Phase demo-LP was discovered in 1992 and later sold for a 4-figure sum to a “collector”. It appeared to be a test pressing, dated 1971, with a hand-made cover. Lyrically interesting, the densely layered acoustic/electric music seems merely to serve as a vehicle for the love/hate relationship of, speculatively, the male and female vocalists. Cynical, misanthropic, (with and occasional cello), and a cover based on an impressionist painting. Mourning Phase is surely the archetypal home-made art-student LP."
Wednesday, July 18
Various: "Pop In, Volume 1 (1966-1970)"
Various: "Piccadilly Sunshine, Part 1 (1965-1970)"
Sample Song: Svensk - "Dream Magazine"
DOWNLOAD Pop In, Vol. 1 (92.9 MB)
DOWNLOAD Piccadilly Sunshine, Vol. 1 (96.25 MB)
Out of the nearly 20 compilations of psych pop I have, these are probably two of my favorites. There's really not a lot to say about these, as there are so many different artists (nearly 50!) and their sounds are very different in most cases. If you only listen to a few songs from these, do yourself a favor and at the very least check out the song "Dream Magazine" by Svensk on the Piccadilly Sunshine comp.
Monday, July 16
The Wildflower, Euphoria, The Other Side, The Harbinger Complex: "With Love: A Pot of Flowers"
Sample Song: The Wildflower - "Wind Dream"
DOWNLOAD (40.86 MB)
This complilation is made up of only four bands: The Wildflower, Euphoria, The Other Side, and The Harbinger Complex. Considered by many collectors to be one of the most enjoyable Mainstream LP's, this compilation runs the gamut from mind-altering psychedelia to jangly folk to Anglophilic rock. The original LP of this goes for well over $100.
In other news, my internet connection has been fixed. Also, I plan to start uploading albums of different genres within the next week or so. Please comment with some things you'd like to see here. Also, let me know if I start posting too many things of other genres and you start to miss the psych albums (which I will still be posting, just not as often as now).
Sunday, July 15
Linda Perhacs: "Parallelograms"
Sample Song: "Chimacum Rain"
DOWNLOAD (53.19 MB)
Although many have written her off as a Joni Mitchell clone, I must beg to differ. Linda Perhacs' vocals are very intimate and bittersweet. Actually, the only way Joni Mitchell could make a record like this would be if she took a large amount of LSD. The multi-tracked vocals are one of the best things about this album. This is very good music that will calm your soul and possibly open your mind.
I just wanted to let all of you know that the reason for the lack of updates recently is due to my terrible internet connection. I've been having a lot of problems with it over this last week, and hope to have them resolved soon.
Please check back often, and in the meantime take a look at these blogs:
Wednesday, July 11
Sample Song: "Smiling Ladies"
DOWNLOAD (157.75 MB)
A folk-based band whose music also had a tinge of soul. They remained obscure at the time but the "See For Miles" compilation, which compiles material from their two albums on the Dawn label, suggests that perhaps they deserved better.
Most of their material was self-penned aside from cover versions of Woody Guthrie's Sally Goodin and The Great Dust Storm, and on the whole, their gentle love songs have aged well.
*The last 7 tracks on this album are bonuses that were not included on the original release.
P.S. To you psych lovers, don't fret. I have recently stumbled upon 17 rare psych records that I will be posting to this blog within the next few weeks. Very exciting times!
Sunday, July 8
Michael Hoenig: "Departure From The Northern Wasteland"
Sample Song: "Sun and Moon"
DOWNLOAD (76.42 MB)
Michael Hoenig was one of many composers (one of the few great) to emerge from the underground electronic scene thriving in Germany during the 60s and 70s.
In the early 70s he became a member of the Kraut band Agitation Free, and gained much deserved notoriety. After a short run with Tangerine Dream, Hoenig went on to create what is considered by many to be one of the most important albums to come out of the German electronic movement. He now resides in Los Angeles, California, where he has a career as a composer of film scores.
Tuesday, July 3
Fairfield Parlour: "From Home to Home"
DOWNLOAD (138.13 MB)
The story goes, around 1969 after Kaleidoscope had released two albums on the Fontana label, the band had disputes with the record label and left. They were not able to take along their name, so they became Fairfield Parlour. Compared to the Tangerine Dream album, From Home To Home shows maturity in the bands sound. It is much more mellow and the musicianship is much more precise. If you like Kaleidoscope, you will more than likely enjoy this album.
Peter Daltrey's Myspace page. I urge you to send him a message on there telling him what you think of his work, if you feel inclined to do so. I did and received a response.
Monday, July 2
Ferris Wheel: "Supernatural Girl"
(Lo-Fi Psych folk)
Sample Song: "Flowers"
DOWNLOAD (47.0 MB)
This is an extremely catchy record. The recording is lo-fi, but that only adds to the music. The album is a private pressing from 1974 that was only recently discovered. "Dark and broody electric folk with a weird dreamy atmosphere." Only one known surviving copy of the original vinyl LP. A kind of album that is perfect when you need sad songs on a rainy day.
Sunday, July 1
Growing Concern: "The Growing Concern"
Sample Song: "Hard Hard Year"
DOWNLOAD (84.15 MB) .zip
This album was first released on Bob Shad's Mainstream label and re-released by Radioactive Records in 2004. After the album's initial release the group was dropped from the Mainstream label. It seems like it is finally starting to receive much-deserved appreciation. "The support of vocalists Bonnie MacDonald and Mary Garstki are an intrinsic part of the band's distinctive sound, and the songs contributed by organist Dan Passaglia, bassist John Pedley and guitarist Ralph Toms are more than equal to the offerings from more illustrious contemporaries." The recording quality of this album is outstanding given the time and circumstances. The musical and vocal quality also shine brightly on this record. Although I have not been able to find it on sale anywhere that isn't on backorder, this is a must listen!
Saturday, June 30
Here are some download statistics (as of the date and time of this post). I hope to one day reach a readership that will garner upwards of 250DLs per day (at the very least).
# Fifty Foot Hose - 1968 - Cauldron: 34 Downloads
# Complex - 1970 - Complex: 46 Downloads
# Ramases - 1971 - Space Hymns: 92 Downloads
# These Trails - 1973 - These Trails: 54 Downloads
# Bill Fay - 1971 - Time of The Last Persecution: 62 Downloads
Unfortunately, I am not able to access the statistics for the 3 albums prior to this, but I would wager that they are 100+ by now.
I will soon be broadening the format. If you have any genre/style suggestions of things you'd like to see posted, please comment with them. Take a look at the earlier posts from 2006 to get an idea of what kind of music I'll be broadening to. I will eventually start representing a wide array of pre-1980s styles.
I am really enjoying doing this again, and the only thing I ask of you is to comment more. I would really love to hear your thoughts on these albums and this blog.
Friday, June 29
Fifty Foot Hose: "Cauldron"
DOWNLOAD (95.66 MB)
This album is one of a kind. It is a very experimental record which utilized the growing technology of synthesizers. There are very few dull moments on this album, as it seems one sound is always building up to another sound. Acidic guitar riffs begin the track "Red The Sign Post" and it builds into a psychedelic extravaganza. The song "Rose" seems like a documentation of jazz musicians playing in outer space. This is possibly the greatest record to completely lose your mind to. ***The last five tracks of this album are bonuses that were added onto the CD re-release.
Thursday, June 28
Wooden Hill, 1970
Sample Song: "Images Blue"
DOWNLOAD Album, ALTERNATE SITE (70.67 MB)
This is a private pressing that was originally released in 1970 and was re-released on CD in 1999. The overall sound quality is murky, but not bad enough to render the music obsolete. You should keep in mind that this was an independent recording and the budget was low. I can only imagine how amazing some of these songs would sound, had they been recorded, produced, and mastered correctly. This is a very warm album that is more rock than psych. Overall, this album is a great piece of psych history. My favorite songs are: Mademoiselle Jackie, Images Blue, and Norwegian Butterfly. There is also a pretty nice cover of the song "Hush" by Deep Purple.
Friday, June 22
Ramases: "Space Hymns"
Vertigo, 1971 (Psych Folk)
DOWNLOAD (100.97 MB)
This is one of those times when I get to call bullshit on allmusic.com. They begin their bio of Ramases, "His one and only album for the label," although there is another album that was released on the Vertigo label in 1975.
This is a concept album, bringing the P.O.V. directly from the Egyptian deity. This brings to you a very spacey, dark, and at sometimes abrasive folk rock album. 10cc were his backing band, which fills out this record quite nicely.
Wednesday, June 20
These Trails: "These Trails"
DOWNLOAD (48.84 MB)
This is the lone LP from 1973 by a Hawaiian group that was privately pressed at the time and largely unknown until a few years back. Mixing frail female vocals, a variety of string instruments, and synthesizer this has a soft, delicate sound that was beautifully recorded. Clarity rings throughout these earthy, organic, spacey, and nearly gothic songs, and this record will most likely leave you wishing there were more albums like this.
Sunday, June 17
Bill Fay: "Time of The Last Persecution"
DOWNLOAD (49.33 MB)
Bill Fay was a victim of poor distribution and promotion. An understandable Bob Dylan, and much more likable, is what I can best describe his music as. A great album here, overlooked for years, finally re-released in 2005.
Saturday, June 16
Music Emporium: "Music Emporium"
Psycho, 1969 (re-released: Sundazed, 2001) (Psych rock)
Sample Song: "Nam Myo Renge Kyo"
DOWNLOAD (85.34 MB)
Music Emporium's self-titled album is highly valued by many psychedelic collectors. A very cosmic endeavor, this LP features one of the very few female rock drummers of the time. A great number of synthesizers make up the music on this album, which is a great departure from the normal run of the mill 60s guitar psych bands. This is a very powerful and upbeat album, and definitely a lost gem.
Thursday, June 14
Epic, 1968 (Psych rock)
Sample Song: "My Clown"
"July has come to be highly prized, mainly for the presence of 'My Clown,' which is considered to be one of the great psychedelic singles of all time." That is saying a lot, but I'll be damned if it isn't true. Happy-go-lucky psych rock that is just a little more than original. July is one of those 60s psych bands who only stayed around for one album, but made it a fantastic one. This album flows so well, and is great for a day in the park, or a day sprawled out on your living room floor after ingesting a good amount of psychedelic drugs. Enjoy.
edit: re-uploaded to DIVSHARE!
Kaleidoscope: "Tangerine Dream"
Fontana, 1967 (Psych-pop)
Sample Song: "Kaleidoscope"
Although there are a few other bands that possessed this name at one point, this is the UK gathering of the band. To keep this short, this album is one of my all time favorites. That is how much it means to me. My iPod reports 900+ plays to this album alone. Fairy-tale lyrics and dreamy chords surround the listener in a warm position that will be kept throughout the album. Each song takes you on a spacey journey throughout time and the earth, while keeping you at attention in your seat. These folky pop ballads have aged so well. Peter Daltrey, the leader of the band, is still active to this day, and keeps up a myspace page. After Kaleidoscope dissolved due to label issues, the band renamed themselves Fairfield Parlour, and recorded an album, which stayed along the original concept.