Flawed Gems (gem 109)

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

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)

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.
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…
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…
Mats Glenngård - Kosterläge (1972) [Reissue 2012] (Repost)

Mats Glenngård - Kosterläge (1972) [Reissue 2012]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 228 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 87 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Progressive Folk Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 87)

In 1972 Mats Glenngård became a member of MK ll line-up of great, folk-progressive rock band Kebnekajse. In the same year he recorded a fantastic solo album (released by small Gump label) with a help from the members of Fläsket Brinner, Nature, Atlantic Ocean, Jason’s Fleece and of course Kebnekajse. Although Glenngård is known mostly for his fine violin playing, ‘Kosterläge' LP focused just as much on his songwriting and guitar skills. The album delivers four beautiful and very fluid long progressive tracks (featuring his Swedish vocals) alongside some very short folk tunes on the violin. The longer tracks can be compared to the style of other heavy-progressive Swedish bands like Life, November and Saga…
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.
Ford Theatre - Time Changes (1969) [Reissue 2011] (Repost)

Ford Theatre - Time Changes (1969) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 233 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 86 MB | Covers - 33 MB
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 57)

Ford Theatre were one of the most promising and best US psychedelic bands of the 60's. A few months after truly excellent Trilogy For The Masses debut LP (from December 1968) they released another concept album for ABC Records - Time Changes. Influenced by the recent works of The Beatles, The Byrds and Love, this slightly more commercial and unjustly underrated record was a kind of musical based on one man’s life. The music itself was very diverse, ranged from dark, atmospheric and ambitious tracks full of hard rock guitar-organ interplay, to much lighter sounds usually coupled with lush sound of strings. This record (an early production by Bill Szymczyk) is specially recommended for those who like classic 60's rock sound.
The Underground Set - The Underground Set (1970) [Reissue 2012] (Repost)

The Underground Set - The Underground Set (1970) [Reissue 2012]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 317 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 111 MB | Covers - 31 MB
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 84)

This very collectable Italian psychedelic/progressive/garage instrumental album was originally released in 1970 by Radio Records and then licensed to British Pan-Tonic label and German and French Vogue Records. Behind that name hid (for contractual reasons) the musicians of very fine progressive rock band Nuova Idea. But the real mastermind behind that LP was composer Gian Piero Reverberi (also the producer of Le Orme albums) who wrote all of the songs under the nickname Ninety. On their debut LP The Underground Set delivered a shot of psychedelic sounds that wouldn't be out of place at late 60’s European psychedelic club or one of many exploito movies…

Sunday - Sunday (1971) [Reissue 2011] (Repost)  

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 13, 2015
Sunday - Sunday (1971) [Reissue 2011] (Repost)

Sunday - Sunday (1971) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 301 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 115 MB | Covers - 35 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Flawed Gems (GEM 26)

The sole album from this British progressive quartet was released only in Germany (in 1971) on Bellaphon label - home of the other little known UK bands, like Diabolus, Crazy Mabel and Little Big Horn. The sound of Sunday was a superb combination of a quite intensive and powerful Hammond organ-driven parts linked (in the background) with some piano notes, spontaneous electric guitar leads and powerful rhythm section - with more than a trace of blues and psychedelia. It can be compared to the Jody Grind (their member, Pete Gavin, was a drummer here…), Atomic Rooster, early Argent, Procol Harum (at their heaviest) and late 60' s Pink Floyd. This CD edition was carefully remastered from the original, analogue source and sounds really great!