Monday, October 2, 2017

Gomorrah 1969-'73

A real Krautrock gem. Originally a psychedelic pop band from Northern Rhineland, Gomorrah formed in 1969 and were soon taken under the wing of then-fledgling producer/engineer Conny Plank. Aside from Conny's enthusiasm, it's seems that Gomorrah went largely unnoticed at the time. Very typical of the contemporary experimental Krautrock movement of the time, with an almost "Americanized" flair. The lyrics were in English, and the group had a more hard rock guitar style (think: a more psychedelic Black Sabbath, with an eccentric and frenzied Robert Plant on vocals).

Gomorrah came out of Koln, with Helmut Pohl (drums), Eberhard Krietsch (keys), Ad Ochel (guitar), Ali Claudi (guitar). In 1971 the BASF label released the groups debut: "Trauma" in English, wit singer Peter Otten, after the original in German was shelved.

The second and last album: "I Turned To See Whose Voice It was" was released in 1972.
In 1973, it is said that the group quit to join the workforce.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Doctor Downtrip 1969-79

Belgium's Doctor Downtrip came on the scene in 1969 and released an eponymous L.P. that is widely regarded as their best work.
Instead of being content with the typical electric guitar approach, the band branched out with sax and a flutist.
The group would stand out at the Jamelle festival on August 8th, 1971 where they supported Golden Earring and Genesis. At this point, the band had steered away from the psychedelic and began leaning towards Hard Rock. In 1972, the band releases their first single: "Gravitation" b/w "Music For Your Mind".

In turn, CBS would release two singles: "Take My Place" b/w "Depressed" , followed by "Jumpin' in the Air" b/w "Winter's Coming"  On Sat. 22 August, Doctor Downtrip played an early afternoon set at a Jazz festival in Bilzen. Michael Heslop, founder of Burning Plague saw their performance and was apparently so impressed, that he announced his separation from Burning Plague and joined Doctor Downtrip.
In 1973, CBS released their s/t L.P. The following year, CBS released their fourth single, two songs from the L.P.: "Anything Goes" b/w "Better Run Away." 

In 1976 the band shortens their name to just "Downrip" and released a second L.P. "If you Don't Rock Now" and three years later: "Downtown" along with the single "Brand New Cadillac" b/w "Dedicated to You."

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rog and Pip - - A.K.A. The Zips & others

Guitarist Roger Lomas and singer/guitarist Pip Whitcher, (Rog & Pip) were members of Convertry freakbeat legends The Sorrows Along with other members of the band they relocated to Italy in the late 1960's due to the huge popularity over there. However, home-sick the found themselves back in the U.K. before the decades end.
The pair continued writing material together, eventually becoming a partnership that lasted well into the 70's. During this time, they recorded a vast amount of material mainly, at the state of the art AIR Studios. Fortunately, budding producer and eventual Grammy winning Lomas, made sure they kept tapes from everything they
The Sorrows
recorded. The fruits of which here can be heard for the very first time.

Starting with a Sabbath/Zeppelin-esque proto metal blast of a debut single "From A Window" b/w "Warlord" they released a string of singles under various guises such as Rog & Pip, Renegade, & The Zips. The sounds they produced progressed with the times, yet they always maintained a gritty and aggressive tone whether performing bulldozing metal or cutting edge glam rock

Monday, July 3, 2017

Ellison s/t -1971

Formed in Montreal, Canada in 1967 by school mates Vincent Marndola and Richard Arcand as a band called "Jimmy Peace." In '69 they replaced original drummer with Roger Cager, and added a 2nd guitar with Christian Trembaley, and thus, Ellison was in business.
The band gained a good following in the Montreal and Quebec areas. Managed by Jean-Claude Borsseau. They recorded their first and only album in 1971. Produced by Alexandra Dumas & Ives Hammel and was originally released on the Trans-World Records imprint.

There lists very little information in regards on how well, or poorly the record sold. And even beyond that, it is completely unknown how many copies were produced, and the actual number of LP's is still unknown.

Elliso broke up in 1973, and all the members went their separate ways

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