Flawed Gems (gem 109)

Saga - Saga (1974) [Reissue 2012] (Repost)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 4, 2017
Saga - Saga (1974) [Reissue 2012] (Repost)

Saga - Saga (1974) [Reissue 2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 249 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 91 MB | Covers - 37 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 83)

The only, eponymous album of this Fantastic Swedish quartet was released by Sonet Records in 1974 and is often considered as one of the very best Swedish records of mid-70’s era. Saga were formed by Christer Stålbrandt (the leader of great, heavy progressive band November) and represented a further development of the style prevalent on 2nd and 3rd November albums. The new band had an expanded range of instruments (including cello, piano and soprano sax) and more accomplished compositions (with great results), although it was still guitar-based, raw and very intense heavy progressive music (sung in Swedish). This CD edition has been carefully remastered from original, analogue source and sounds better than ever!
Fläsket Brinner - Fläsket Brinner (1971) [Reissue 2011] (Repost)

Fläsket Brinner - Fläsket Brinner (1971) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 298 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 32)

Released in March 1971 (by independent Silence label) the Fläsket Brinner's debut is considered as one of the very best Swedish records of early 70's progressive era. A large part of the album was recorded live in concert (in December 1970 - when the band opened for The Mothers Of Invention), while some shorter tracks were done live in studio. This completely instrumental record was dominated by long, hypnotic jams full of raw guitars, very fluid saxophone/flute parts and tasty Hammond sounds - backed by solid and very busy rhythm section. The music was shifted very easily from folk or jazz to heavy progressive - with Zappa's complexity, King Crimson's eclecticism and Deep Purple-like intensity…

Tucky Buzzard - Coming On Again (1971) Repost  Music

Posted by v3122 at Nov. 12, 2017
Tucky Buzzard - Coming On Again (1971) Repost

Tucky Buzzard - Coming On Again (1971)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2011 | Flawed Gems, GEM 46 | ~ 236 or 84 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 49 Mb
Classic Rock, Progressive Rock

Tucky Buzzard were a British hard rock band formed in 1969 by three former members of The End. The original lineup was Jimmy Henderson (vocals), Terry Taylor (guitar), David Brown (bass), Paul Francis (drums), and Nick Graham (keyboards). Halfway through recording their debut album, Francis departed from the band and was replaced by Chris Johnson, who recorded the remaining drum parts and was credited on the album sleeve…

Listening - Listening (1968)  Music

Posted by v3122 at Nov. 11, 2017
Listening - Listening (1968)

Listening - Listening (1968)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2014 | Flawed Gems, GEM 122 | ~ 250 or 97 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 51 Mb
Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Michael Tschudin led the Boston-based band Listening, but it is the contributions by former Velvet Underground bassist Walter Powers and guitarist Peter Malick which make this album historic. Powers performed over the years with keyboardist Willie Alexander as members of Capitol Recording Artist the Lost, the aforementioned Velvets, and on Autre Chose, a live album from Alexander released on New Rose in Paris…

Don Shinn - ...Takes A Trip (1969) Repost  Music

Posted by v3122 at Nov. 11, 2017
Don Shinn - ...Takes A Trip (1969) Repost

Don Shinn - …Takes A Trip (1969)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2010 | Flawed Gems, GEM 19 | ~ 300 or 108 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 39 Mb
Psychedelic, Progressive, Jazz Rock

Don Shinn is an English keyboard player, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and vocalist. He is known primarily as an organist and pianist, and also plays vibraphone. In the early-mid 1960’s he recorded and performed with British Beat groups The MeddyEVILS, The Echoes (backing Dusty Springfield), and The Soul Agents (featuring Rod Stewart). In 1967 he formed his own band The Shinn, which also featured future Uriah Heep bassist Paul Newton, future drummer for The Nice, Brian Davison, and vocalist Eddie Lamb…

Guns & Butter - Guns & Butter (1972) [Reissue 2011] (Repost)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 23, 2015
Guns & Butter - Guns & Butter (1972) [Reissue 2011] (Repost)

Guns & Butter - Guns & Butter (1972) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 252 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 92 MB | Covers - 18 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 49)

This awesome but underrated record from unjustly forgotten US band from Boston was released on Cotillion Records in 1972 and contained very ambitious, well-arranged and truly inspired, jazzy progressive rock with memorable and complex tracks, full of interesting ideas. Their music was characterized by fine electric guitar & Hammond phrases mixed with excellent and intensive violin, flute and sax solo parts. Because the Guns & Butter’s line-up was predominantly jewish, there was more than a hint of traditional jewish music in their sound, which gave them a unique and distinctive sound. This beautifully varied and simply stunning music can be compared to early Kansas, Jethro Tull and Darryl Way’s Wolf…
Strange Days - 9 Parts To The Wind (1975) [Reissue 2011] (Repost)

Strange Days - 9 Parts To The Wind (1975) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 284 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 99 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 52)

The sole album of this great, but underrated British progressive band was released in 1975 on small Retreat Records. This powerful but still unknown album LP was mostly inspired by early Genesis records, but some Yes and Camel influences were also palpable. The quartet offered varied, imaginative and beautifully-arranged songs with excellent and quite heavy guitar parts, inventive and truly amazing keyboards phrases, very complex and busy drumming and fine vocals. This memorable will definitely appeal to all fans of creative, progressive music.

First+Aid - Nostradamus (1977) [Reissue 2012]  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 12, 2015
First+Aid - Nostradamus (1977) [Reissue 2012]

First+Aid - Nostradamus (1977) [Reissue 2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 239 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 93 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 98)

It may be hard to believe, but this is the CD debut of this little-known, British progressive record. Released on Decca Records in 1977, the only First Aid album offer a varied, well-arranged and pompous concept album (very often recorded with studio orchestra) based on Nostradamus and his prophecies. The strongest moment of the entire record is 13-minute closing track, the real progressive monster full of inventive guitar and keyboards interplay. This memorable music will surely appeal to all fans of Camel, Yes, Strange Days and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It should be noted, that 8 years earlier drummer Dave Freeman had played (together with guitarist Allan Holdworth) in very fine, jazzy-progressive band 'Igginbottom.

Continuum - Autumn Grass (1971) [Reissue 2010] (Repost)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 9, 2015
Continuum - Autumn Grass (1971) [Reissue 2010] (Repost)

Continuum - Autumn Grass (1971) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 262 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 116 MB | Covers - 23 MB
Genre: Progressive/Jazz Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 24)

Released in June 1971 by RCA Victor, this completely instrumental Continuum's second album featured jazz influenced classical music played by two line-ups of highly proficient musicians. Side 1 was performed by the new, more 'progressive' band and included two amazing folk-jazz-classical long cuts with rock rhythm section and full of awesome Hammond organ, flute and saxophone parts. In contrast, the classically structured, 27-minutes long title suite (which occupied the entire Side 2 of the original vinyl) consisted of strings, cello, double bass, percussion and plenty of flute parts and was performed by the four members from the band's debut.

East of Eden - 2 Studio Albums (1971-1975) (Repost)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 6, 2015
East of Eden - 2 Studio Albums (1971-1975) (Repost)

East of Eden - 2 Studio Albums (1971-1975)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks/image+.cue+log) - 763 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 273 MB | Covers - 56 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Repertoire Records, Flawed Gems

East of Eden (1971). East Of Eden was founded in 1967 in Bristol. Their line-up included Dave Arbus (electric violin, flute, saxophone), Ron Caines (alto sax), Geoff Nicholson (guitar, vocals), Steve York (bass guitar) and Dave Dufont (percussion). By the time this third album came out, little was left of the original spirit of East Of Eden and only violinist Dave Arbus of the original line-up. They had changed from one progressive label Deram to another Harvest, but also lost their experimental edge in the process…