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The Hollies

Posted in Cool Songs from Cult Bands ( 60's & 70's), The Hollies on October 23, 2012 by fliker1970

Cool Songs from Cult Bands (60′s & 70′s)

 “You’re a man without a heart, Just a lonely man without a heart…”

“We called ourselves the Hollies, after Buddy, and Christmas.”

The Hollies“Man Without A Heart” from “Confessions of the mind” (Released   November 1970, Recorded at AIR Studios, London) – Clarke/Sylverster

Man in a room, can’t you see what you did

Pick yourself off the floor, it don’t suit you, don’t be blind

 

One lonely with four walls closing in

It’s a room without any door

You’ve been on your own since she told you to go

I’m telling you why and what for

[Chorus:]

You’re a man without a heart

Just a lonely man without a heart

 

Man can’t you see what you did to yourself

Thinking it was so big at the time

I could have told you but I wasn’t there

You shout her the wrong kind of line

[Chorus]

 Pick yourself off the floor

It don’t suit you to be in that frame of mind

Try to be more like a man with respect

Get on the right track, don’t be blind

 [Chorus]

[Verse 2]

 [Chorus]

 [Verse 1]

This is one of the lost Hollies gems that I wish I would see in Hollies collections. It’s a great dramatic track and the strings and horns work extremely well on this number. A lot of Hollies songs tell stories, and this one kind of does, and I know of a few friends who fit the description of the title of this song! Bottom line is that this is a great Hollies track, and up there with their best singles, I think. (ivaro3)

Confessions Of A Mind
She goes away for a couple of days
So you phone a few number you fancy a change
You say you’ll miss her but deep down inside
There are thoughts of another girl waiting somewhere for you

She’s been away now a couple of days
The affairs weren’t so good so you’re mending your ways
You realize that there’s nobody else who can do
What she does for you, you tell yourself don’t be a fool

Don’t let her go chase as hard as you can
Or you’ll be the loser
Swallow your pride you can still be a man
She’ll never refuse you

She deserved to be loved
She wants to love you
If you went away
You know she’d be true, yes you do

Baby, I was lonely, still love you only
But I was a bad boy
Know you couldn’t see me, thought you’d never leave me
So I was bad boy

Even though I’m trying, there is no denying
I am just a bad boy
Met a little baby, thought she was a lady
Still I was a bad boy

She gives me everything a girl’s supposed to do
She gives me everything still I can’t be true
She gives me everything
She gives me everything, ooh

Going off to different places
All I see is different faces
I love them all but not like you

She deserves to be loved, she wants to love you
If you went away you know she’d be true, yes you do
She deserves to be loved
Yes, she does, you know she does

She deserves to be loved
Even if she goes away
She deserves to be loved
No one else can take her place

She deserves to be loved
You’ll be the loser if you let her go
She deserves to be loved
She gives you everything a girl’s supposed to do

She deserves to be loved
You love them all but she’s the one for you
She deserves to be loved
Yes she does, you know she does

She deserves to be loved
Even if she goes away
She deserves to be loved
No one else can take her place

Confessions of the Mind is the 1970 released album by The Hollies. It was released in the United States as Moving Finger, with a different track sequence, the track “I Wanna Shout” omitted and replaced with the Clarke/Sylvester penned “Marigold: Gloria Swansong” saved from the previous album (Hollies Sing Hollies aka He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – U.S.).

The original line-up included Allan Clarke as lead vocalist, Graham Nash as guitarist and vocalist, Vic Steele (born Victor Winston Farrell, 8 May 1945, Manchester) on guitar, with Eric Haydock on bass guitar and Don Rathbone on drums (born Donald Rathbone, October 1942, Wilmslow, Cheshire). Steele left in February 1963, shortly before they signed to Parlophone as label-mates of The Beatles. Tony Hicks, who replaced Steele, and Bobby Elliott, who replaced Don Rathbone, joined the band in quick succession in 1963; both had played in a Nelson-based band, the Dolphins. Bernie Calvert, who replaced Haydock in 1966, was also a member of the Dolphins.

The group’s first US album release was in 1964 as part of the first wave of British Invasion acts. It has been suggested that Haydock named the group after the green garland for Christmas. In a 2009 interview, member Graham Nash said that the group decided just prior to a performance to call themselves “the Hollies” because of their admiration for Buddy Holly and wrote that same year:


“Such an Amazing Band, Vocal armonies are unreachable, some of their songs are simply a piece of art”

The Grass Roots

Posted in Cool Songs from Cult Bands ( 60's & 70's), The Grass Roots on August 13, 2012 by fliker1970

Cool Songs from Cult Bands (60’s & 70’s)

Welcome to the Garden of Earthly Delights: “Live for today…And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow”

Let’s live for TodayThe Grass Roots (from “Let’s live for Today” record 1967)

When I think of all the worries people seem to find
And how they’re in a hurry to complicate their minds
By chasing after money and dreams that can’t come true,
I’m glad that we are different, we’ve better things to do
May others plan their future, I’m busy loving you

(One, two, three, four)
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today (hey hey hey hey)
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, hey hey hey hey
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
Live for today

We were never meant to worry the way that people do
And I don’t need to hurry as long as I’m with you
We’ll take it nice and easy and use my simple plan
You’ll be my lovin’ woman, I’ll be your lovin’ man
We’ll take the most from living, have pleasure while we can

(Two, three, four)
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today (hey hey hey hey)
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, hey hey hey hey
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
Live for today

Baby, I need to feel you beside me
I got to feel you beside me
Baby, please come close to me
I got to have you now, please please please,
To gimme some a-lovin’, to gimme some a-lovin’,
To gimme some a-lovin’, to gimme some a-lovin’
Baby, gimme some a-lovin’, gimme some a-lovin’
I got to have all your lovin’, gimme some a-lovin’
I need all your lovin’, gimme some love now
I need all your lovin’

Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today (hey hey hey hey)
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, hey hey hey hey
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today

In their career, The Grass Roots achieved two gold albums, one gold single and charted singles a total of 21 times.

Another Great Song from The Grass:

House of Stone (from “Let’s live for Today” record 1967)

This is an absolutely phenomenal song written? by the great Creed Bratton!! This, along with No Exit, were rather obsure and unheralded – however to true Grassroots fans are revered and treasured!!! They are superior to every band now in the R&R Hall Of Fame!!!MrGoldenthroat

The Grass Roots is an American rock band that charted between 1966 and 1975 that was originally the brainchild of songwriting duo P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri.

P.F. Sloan (born Philip Gary Schlein, September 18, 1945, in New York) is an American pop-rock singer and songwriter. He was very successful during the mid-1960s, writing, performing and producing Billboard top 20 hits for artists such as Barry McGuire, The Searchers, Jan & Dean, Herman’s Hermits, Johnny Rivers, The Grass Roots and the Mamas & the Papas. His folk-pop blends caused him to sometimes be referred to as “the poor man’s Bob Dylan”.

Barri also wrote and/or produced many other hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, including “You Baby” by The Turtles (in collaboration with P.F. Sloan), “A Must to Avoid” by Herman’s Hermits and “Secret Agent Man” (the theme from the TV series Secret Agent) by Johnny Rivers.

The Magic Lanterns

Posted in Cool Songs from Cult Bands ( 60's & 70's), The Magic Lanterns on August 5, 2012 by fliker1970

Cool Songs from Cult Bands (60’s & 70’s)

Welcome to the Garden of Earthly Delights: “Please tell me who I am…”

The Magic Lanterns
Tell me Who I am (Hammond/Hazelwood)

Living in a world going wrong
There’s no place I belong
There’s no where I can run to

Living in an edge of despair
with no one to share
the hell I go through

Please tell me who I am, I am a man
but I am weak and I ve crying all night
Oh I tried to be strong and I am afraid of the fight
I give in, I can´t care if I don’t fall in love anymore, anymore   
 
Every time I think is for real
make believe that I feel, something deep in my soul  
now i am cold and changes to move and I try to say do
to a heart going cold

Please tell me who I am, I am a man
but I am weak and I ve crying all night
Oh I tried to be strong and I am afraid of the fight
I give in, I can´t care if I don’t fall in love anymore, anymore

Please tell me who I am, I am a man
but I am weak and I ve crying all night
Oh I tried to be strong and I am afraid of the fight
I give in, I can´t care if I don’t fall in love anymore, anymore   
 
Please tell me who I am…
Please tell me who I am…
Please tell me who I am…
Please tell me who I am…

The main claim to fame of the Lanterns, besides the hit 1969 single ‘Shame Shame’, was the inclusion of future stars, Albert Hammond & Black Sabbath’ lead vocalist Ozzy Osborne. Over the course of the band’s career between 1968-1971 the Magic Lanterns released three albums in their native UK with only one being released in North America (on the Atlantic label).

By Mike Reed (USA) Amazon.com

This review is from: Shame Shame (Audio CD) Of all the various sources that I’ve been informed that this was Ozzy’s pre-Sabbath band,I’ve heard it DIRECT from a rep. at the label,BR Music that Ozzy was never with the Lanterns.The Magic Lanterns existed only from 1968-71 and put out three decent lp’s that combined elements of soul and innocent-sounding pop.The Manchester,UK band managed to score a decently received hit,”Shame Shame”,but the tune really isn’t their best,by any means.With a total of twenty-four tracks,the ones that I dug the most were “Another Place Another Time”,”Frisco Annie”,the soulful “Let The Sunshine In”,”Carolina Brown”,”Country Woman”,”Never Gonna Trust My Heart Again” and their should’ve-been-a-hit “Highway Dreams”.The disc gets better as it progresses.

Other Lanterns:

Uriel (Arzachel)

Posted in Cool Songs from Cult Bands ( 60's & 70's), Uriel (Arzachel) on July 31, 2012 by fliker1970

Cool Songs from Cult Bands (60’s & 70’s)

Welcome to the Garden of Earthly Delights: “You’ve lost your last hold on your flimsy mind…”

Clean Innocent Fun (Arzachel)

I’ll be on my way, he said, as the knife quivered in his eye
I let down my heavy head, the screaming wall began to cry
You’ve lost your last hold on your flimsy mind, you know you’ve done it now
I turned my head and looked behind at the blood welling from his brow

The harlot slowly crossed her legs, vanished into a drowning child
Forty rows of angry spikes, each one through a squiggling limb
The glass faces of the frigid mares, dragged and sheltered in the wind
The cold draught brought the stench of pus, the boil bubbled on his flesh

The grey mist wafted in, undulating, shrouded all
I was walking up the endless steps, oozing bubbles from the cracks
Blazing Betelgeuse lit the way for me, laser heat transmit my soul
The pressure force forced me on to the long knife at the end

They wave rocked by brain, crashing smashing it all wrong
Lighthouse beam cross the black waste, split the black till it was dawn
My mind returned to that stale room, panic took hold of his brain
Slowly, slowly it died away… would I ever be the same ?

Uriel was an English psychedelic/blues band formed in 1968, consisting of:

Steve Hillage (guitar/vocals) – pseudonym: Simon Sasparella
Dave Stewart (organ) – pseudonym: Sam Lee-Uff
Clive Brooks (drums) – pseudonym: Basil Dowling
Mont Campbell (bass/vocals) – pseudonym: Njerogi Gategaka

The band produced their sole album under the name Arzachel in June 1969.

The album Arzachel was recorded and mixed in a single session in London.

The ‘A’ side has four songs:

1″Garden of Earthly Delights” (Arzachel) – 2:45
2.”Azathoth” (Arzachel) – 4:21
3.”Queen St. Gang” (K. Mansfield) – 4:25
4.”Leg” (Arzachel) – 5:40

while the ‘B’ side consists of only two mind-bending psychedelic tracks, the longer of which is a 17-minute jam entitled ‘Metempsychosis’.

5.”Clean Innocent Fun” (Arzachel) – 10:23
6.”Metempsychosis” (Arzachel) – 16:38

It was issued on the short-lived Evolution label (also home to the debut by Raw Material) and quickly became a collectors’ item. A pirate version is thought to have circulated in the late 1970s, and it has been much bootlegged in more recent years. It was eventually released on CD by Demon Records in 1994.

Steve Hillage

Álbumes en solitario

(1975) Fish Rising

(1976) L

(1977) Motivation Radio

(1978) Green

(1979) Live Herald

(1979) Rainbow Dome Musick

(1979) Open

(1983) For To Next / And Not Or

Hillage Bands: Arzachel, Khan, Gong, The Orb, System 7

Gryphon

Posted in Cool Songs from Cult Bands ( 60's & 70's), Gryphon on July 26, 2012 by fliker1970

Cool Songs from Cult Bands  ( 60′s & 70′s)

“Fight another winter and you’ll live another spring”

Spring Song
(Harvey/Sebastion, from “Treason” – 1977)

One dozen bees buzzing,
Spring fever, pure ether, scent is in your hair
Makes me want to share your name
Bells ringing, birds singing, down a country lane
Summoning you to the game

Slow cricket, old wicket, on the village green
See the scene through cups of tea
So English, distinguished, hands upon their knees
Grumbling like bumble bees

One dozen bees buzzing, around a golden hive
Watch them take a dive and see
Sweet honey, so sunny, glistens in the bowl
Shining out it’s ‘glory be’

The vicar, skips quicker, cassocks in the wind
‘I have never sinned’ says he
Cucumber, slips under, nose above his chin
Followed by his wife’s sloe gin

Dancer creating on the glad befriending stage
– When the time it is
Whirling burning life on all she meets
– Mirror the dancing
Over the land and through
The airs become the graces that are hidden on your face
Surrender do do it they knew it
The treason of her kiss

We advance relating on your mad beguiling song
– When the time it is
Turning yearning wife of all the years
– Years are becoming
Colder and longer now
But please remember that no time is long

Spring is the dancer the lover of men
She will sing for you over and over again
Surrender, befriend her and fight to the end
If the rhyme is your treason
She must be your friend

Winter has spoken on it’s sad untimely drum
– When the call is
Swirling twirling strife to all it sees
– Season of ice
Will tell you the price it bears
The field that once was open is now hidden from your view
Pretender, you did it, you hid it
The crowning of the king

Fight another winter and you’ll live another spring
– When the call is
Swirling twirling death is where he stands
– Staggers the growth
And stammers the oath
He swears he’ll take the dancer by the hand

Spring is the dancer the lover of men
She will sing for you over and over again
Surrender, befriend her and fight to the end
If the rhyme is your treason
She must be your friend

The king is returning the queen is to die
In a riot of colour she falls from the sky
The kingdom is dancing to sad lullabies
She has no real answers, she just passes by

Gryphon were a British progressive rock band of the 1970s, best known for their unusual Medieval sound and instrumentation.

Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1977

1. Spring Song
2. Fall Of The Leaf

Line-up / Musicians

Richard Harvey / piano, sax, recorder, eletric keyboards
– Brian Gulland / bassoon, english horn, vocals, recorders
– David Oberlé / lead vocals, percussion
Bob Foster / guitars, vocals
– Jonathan Davie / bass guitars
– Alex Baird / drums

Albums

Gryphon (1973)

Midnight Mushrumps (1974)
Red Queen to Gryphon Three (1974)
Raindance (1975)

Treason (1977)

 

Fotheringay

Posted in Cool Songs from Cult Bands ( 60's & 70's), Fotheringay, Sandy Denny on July 19, 2012 by fliker1970

Cool Songs from Cult Bands  ( 60’s & 70’s)

“A wayward soul searching for lost pearls in an ocean of wine, women and song…” FL

Fotheringay (1970) – Winter Winds (Sandy Denny)

Winter winds they do blow cold,
The time of year, it is chosen.
Now the frost and fire,
And now the sea is frozen.

He who sleeps he does not see
The coming of the seasons,
The filling of a dream
Without a time to reason.

When she walks through evil
O’er the paths of broken illusions,
Carefully now she lives,
For she has mended her confusion.

Fotheringay was a short-lived British folk rock group, formed in 1970 by singer Sandy Denny on her departure from Fairport Convention.

The band drew its name from her 1968 composition “Fotheringay” about Fotheringhay Castle, in which Mary, Queen of Scots had been imprisoned. The song originally appeared on the 1969 Fairport Convention album, “What We Did on Our Holidays”, Denny’s first album with that group.

The song is about Mary, Queen of Scots, who after being overthrown by Scottish nobles and forced to abdicate and flee to England for safety, was imprisoned by Elizabeth I for 19 years, and moved from remote estate to estate to prevent assistance reaching her.
After attracting several Catholic plots? to murder Elizabeth and put her (Mary) on the throne, she was eventually tried and found guilty of treason -even though she was not an English subject- and beheaded at Fotheringay Castle.(Robert from Glasgow)

Fotheringay:
Years active 1970–1971 –  Island Records
styles: British Folk – British Folk-Rock
Folk-Rock – Psychedelic/Garage

Sandy Denny
Trevor Lucas
Gerry Conway
Jerry Donahue
Pat Donaldson

“When Sandy Denny departed Fairport Convention, insisting that she wanted to concentrate upon her own songwriting rather than pursue the band’s exploration of traditional English music, she never meant she also intended abandoning the folk idiom itself. Although all but two of the songs on this, her first post-Fairport project, are indeed original compositions, it is readily apparent that, like former bandmate Richard Thompson, her greatest talents lay distinctly within the same traditions as the poets and balladeers of earlier centuries, while the fact that fully one-half of Fotheringay itself would eventually join Fairport illustrates the care that went into the band’s formation. Even the group’s name resonates — “Fotheringay” was also one of Denny’s best-loved Fairport songs. Listening to the album, too, one can see and hear the mothership all over the show, from the tight dynamics of “The Sea” to the simple beauty of “Winter Winds” and on to the showpiece “Banks of the Nile,” a Napoleonic Wars-era ballad set firmly in the storytelling mold of “A Sailor’s Life,” “Tam Linn,” and the post-Denny Fairport’s own “Bonnie Bunch of Roses.” The presence of producer Joe Boyd and guest vocalist Linda Peters complete the sense of a family affair”. Dave Thompson

Fotheringay – Fotheringay (1970)

1-Nothing More (Sandy Denny)

2-The Sea (Sandy Denny)

3-The Ballad of Ned Kelly (Trevor Lucas)

“Such is Life”  Ned (Mick Jagger)

4-Winter Winds (Sandy Denny)

5-Peace in the End (Sandy Denny / Trevor Lucas)

6-The Way I Feel (Gordon Lightfoot)

7-The Pond and the Stream (Sandy Denny)

8-Too Much of Nothing (Bob Dylan)

9-Banks of the Nile (Traditional)

10-Two Last Weeks in Summer (Dave Cousins)

11- Gypsy Davey (Traditional)

“…Go away from me, Lady, Go away from me! There’s not a man in all Strathdon Shall married be with me, with me, married be with me. Go fetch me a horse, And fetch it like a man, And send me back to my mother A maiden as I came, I came A maiden as? I came.” Lovely Sandy (lady sonja)

Sandy Denny – Peace in the End

Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) with Sandy Denny

Weed…!

Posted in Cool Songs from Cult Bands ( 60's & 70's), Ken Hensley, Weed on July 13, 2012 by fliker1970

 Cool Songs from Cult Bands  ( 60’s & 70’s)

“A wayward soul searching for lost pearls in an ocean of  wine, women and song…” FL

Weed…! (1971) – (Ken Hensley – Pre-Uriah Heep)

Lonely Ship

Where, oh where shall I look my love?
Where in the World?
To find a thousand battleships
With all their flags unfold

Will the World cry for me today?
Can I look so sadly seen?
Of the love we found and cast away
That was my everything

I’m not saying that I’ll die for you
I’m not saying that I won’t
What I mean is I will look for you
For it’s you… who has my soul

Thoughts so far into the empty night
My lonely ship will sail

Where there’s life there must be love
And the ******* next
And hunt alone which lovers walk
With happiness reject

Where, oh where shall I look my love?
Where in the World?
To find a thousand battleships
With all their flags unfold

Ken Hensley lead vocals, keyboards, guitars (A one-album side project for Hensley. The other musicians playing on the album are thought to have been from a German band called Virus.)

Between the release of Uriah Heep’s albums “Salisbury” and “Look At Yourself“, in 1971, Ken Hensley went to Germany to record an album for a project simply called “Weed”.

This “concept” album related to an infamous rock’n’roll habit! Unfortunately the album sleeve didn’t list the line-up. Aside from Ken Hensley, some members of the 1970/71 Virus line-up were also involved, Bernd Hohmann and Werner Monka at least and possibly their rhythm section as well. All six tracks were composed by the concert promoter Bobo Albes and Phillips’ household producer Rainer Goltermann made sure the sessions in the Windrose Studios in Hamburg were preserved for posterity. The album comprised straight-forward heavy progressive blues-rock with twin guitars and organ to the fore, culminating in the excellent, long instrumental title track. Weed can be compared to other German heavy progsters of the era, such as Zarathustra, Blackwater Park, Epitaph and Armaggedon, as well as Ken Hensley’s similarly obscure (Head Machine) album Orgasm dating from 1969 or 1970.