Flawed Gems (gem 109)

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.

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.
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…
M.O.T.U.S. - Machine Of The Universal Space (1972) [Reissue 2010]

M.O.T.U.S. - Machine Of The Universal Space (1972) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (IMG+CUE+LOG) | 253 MB | Complete HQ Scans 600 dpi JPG included | MP3 Lame 320 CBR | 80 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 5% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 14) | Filepost, Depositfiles

The only album from the Frech progressive quartet (inc. one British member) appeared on the market in 1972 (on a small Connection label) and featured English lyrics sung by Ian Jelfs - former guitarist of the UK progressive rock formation Circus (of Mel Collins fame). This rare album will certainly delight the majority of fans of early Caravan, Traffic and Brian Auger's Trinity (circa 1970) - with dominant and powerful Hammond organ sounds; tight rhythm section and impressive, jazzy guitar licks (somewhat similar to Allan Holdsworth and Robert Fripp). This LP doesn't contain any fillers and certainly belongs to the top of the early 70's French progressive rock. This CD has been carefully remastered (from original source) and sounds deliciously!

Iguana - Iguana (1972) [Reissue 2012]  Music

Posted by El Misha at March 15, 2017
Iguana - Iguana (1972) [Reissue 2012]

Iguana - Iguana (1972)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image & cue & log) -> 225 MB | Scans included | 35:56
Genre: Prog Rock | Label: Flawed Gems | #GEM 93

The mysterious British band Iguana was formed in Southampton in early 70's and released one excellent album originally in 1972 on label Polydor Records. The sound of Iguana is rich and colorful, based on permanent juxtapositions of heavy, some what funky guitar sound and jazzy saxophone riffs – most of the songs are catchy and easy-to-get-into, in spit'e of their complex structures, alluding stylistics soul unique, sophisticated and richly orchestrated with vocals reminiscent of Mike Patto.

Laurelie - Laurelie (1970) [Reissue 2011] (Repost)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Jan. 9, 2016
Laurelie - Laurelie (1970) [Reissue 2011] (Repost)

Laurelie - Laurelie (1970) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 252 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 106 MB | Covers (9 MB) included
Genre: Progressive Folk Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 56)

Laurelie was one of the first bands from the Belgian progressive scene - along with Waterloo, Irish Coffee, Jenghiz Khan & Mad Curry. Their eponymous and now very expensive album (worth 500 euro in Near Mint condition) was released in early 1970 on Triangle label. This minor psych-prog masterpiece (with plenty of nice flute parts) was still rooted in the late 60's songwriting tradition, when condensed tracks were preferred over improvisations. On the other hand, an amazing (and 10-minutes long) opening track was typical progressive offering - with everchanging moods and lots ofguitar, Hammond organ and flute interplay…
Colonel Bagshot - Oh! What A Lovely War (1971) [Reissue 2012] (Repost)

Colonel Bagshot - Oh! What A Lovely War (1971) [Reissue 2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 237 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 88 MB | Covers - 23 MB
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 72)

This is another great, but completely underrated album by obscure UK rock band (from Liverpool) which wasn't issued in their homeland (in contrast to some of their singles). The same fate met the other British groups from early 70's like Light Of Darkness, Diabolus, lronbridge or Grail. This LP was recorded in London and released in 1971 in USA (by Cadet Concept) and in Italy (by Music Records). The highlight is very moving anti-war anthem ‘Six Days War‘ and the beautiful progressive ballad Lord High Human Being. This fascinating, quasi-progressive and very melodic album contained an eclectic mix of styles, ranging from atmospheric psychedelia, through guitar based soft-progressive to folky ballads - not far away from late 60's The Beatles combined with early 70's The Strawbs and The Moody Blues.

Plum Nelly - Deceptive Lines (1971) [Reissue 2009] (Repost)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 24, 2015
Plum Nelly - Deceptive Lines (1971) [Reissue 2009] (Repost)

Plum Nelly - Deceptive Lines (1971) [Reissue 2009]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 276 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers - 50 MB
Genre: Heavy Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 3)

It's fantastic, underground progressive heavy rock classic with definitive 'British' feel - very similar to the 2nd Tamam Shud LP, Leaf Hound, early Uriah Heep and even Allman Brothers Band debut LP. The tracks are mostly very long, guitar parts are intensive and loud, vocals are fine and additional flute parts really charming. The sound was restored very carefully (with no tacky equalization and compression) and now is very bright and clear.
Chris Farlowe With The Hill - From Here To Mama Rosa (1970) [Reissue 2010] (Repost)

Chris Farlowe With The Hill - From Here To Mama Rosa (1970) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 371 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 148 MB | Covers - 22 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 29)

The Hill band was established in 1969 by former members of The Thunderbirds shortly afterwards as Chris Farlowe disbanded his backing band (and moved no the U.S.). Initially, this LP was entirely composed and completed by the Hill (which included guitarist Steve Hammond from Fat Mattress, organist Peter Robinson from Quatermass and cellist Paul Buckmaster), but at the last minute Chris Farlowe has returned to the fold and his vocals were added to the instrumental background. As a result they created a great, soft-progressive album, sometimes reminiscent of works of Procol Harum, the earliest Elton John, but also The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown…