Saturday, January 20, 2007

A Sonic Smorgasbord

Howdy folks, it's that time again.
A sonic smorgasbord is what i promised and that's what i've delivered. With so many exotic flavours on the menu, there's bound to be something here to tickle even the most jaded palette.
In keeping with the smorgasbord theme, today's first course comes from Sweden's HEAVY LOAD. This is their 1981 mini LP, "Metal Conquest". They'd released an album a few years before this one, but this is where they found their sound and really hit their stride. Bad-ass viking Heavy Metal. If you've never had the pleasure, this should be your starting point.

HEAVY LOAD - "Metal Conquest" Mini (1981) Sweden

I had a request for something by MORE a little while back, so here are two tasty morsels by the London based NWOBHM band. Their "We Are The Band" 7" has a non-LP b-side, the excellent "Atomic Rock" and we're proud to present their live set from the 1981 Castle Donington "Monsters Of Rock" Festival too. They were the opening band that day, on a bill that included AC/DC, WHITESNAKE, B.O.C., BLACKFOOT & SLADE. More bang for your buck back then eh?

MORE - "We Are The Band" 7" (1981) UK

MORE - "Live At Donington 1981" (1981) UK

Here's some ultra-rare US Metal from 1984, the 200 copies only, one-sided 12" single from GRAVEN IMAGE, the catchily titled "People In Hell Want Ice Water". Saw one recently on E-B*y, starting bid $1200!!! Good strong Maiden/Mercyful Fate styled heaviosity.

GRAVEN IMAGE - "People In Hell Want Ice Water" 12" (1984) USA

Some excellent Hard Rock up next, the third LEGS DIAMOND album, "Firepower", from 1979. A bit of a transitional album this one, as they moved slightly away from their DEEP PURPLE meets KISS style towards a slicker, more AOR direction, which they pursued fully on their mid-80's albums. There are still some great songs and performances, (with the exception of their awful version of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), with "Remember My Name" & "Underworld King" being particular highlights. This is the cd version, so you get some bonus tracks too, enjoy!

LEGS DIAMOND - "Firepower" (1979) USA

Some more US Metal next, from Chicago's IRONHAWK. This is their sole release, 1983's "To The Point!" mini LP, which is another scarce one much prized by collector types, this is probably the only way us average joe's will ever be able to hear a copy without winning the lottery. Good riffing, soaring vocals, widdly-widdly guitar solos. All present and correct.

IRONHAWK - "To The Point!" Mini Lp (1983) USA

Last, but by no means least, another of the ever popular BBC Sessions. This one finds everyone's favourite Filth Hounds, TANK, at the peak of their powers. Here they are creating an almighty racket at the behest of Tommy Vance's BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show, way back in 1981.
"T.V., Play That Rock'n'Roll!!!"

TANK - BBC Session (1981) UK

Keep the requests and comments coming, they really help shape the posts and direction of the blog.
Enjoy the music.


Blogger corimngul said...

Heavy Load is in deed a great band! Thanks for the More and Tank live thingies!

Sunday, January 21, 2007 1:03:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

Glad you enjoyed The More & Tank stuff Conimngul, i'll try & dig up some more of the old BBC sessions for the blog as they seem to going down really well. As for Heavy Load, i see their stuff posted around the net now & again, but not this particular album for some reason, hope y'all liked it.

Monday, January 22, 2007 2:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all this great stuff.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought you guys might find this interesting. I found it today--looks like a big mess to come....

GEMA obtains injunctions against RapidShare

GEMA, Germany's society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights, has obtained temporary injunctions against the operator of poupular data exchange services and is said to have used copyrighted works of GEMA members "in an unlawful fashion".

The & .de services operate in a near identical fashion. They both allow users to upload content on virtual storage space, which therefore makes it publicly available.

GEMA spokesman Hans-Herwig Geyer believes neither site should be permitted to continue operations in their present form, according to Heise Online.

The collecting society is demanding details be revealed by RapidShare's operator of exactly how many copyrighted files of GEMA artists it currently stores without permission. However, according to Geyer, RapidShare has to date claimed it has no knowledge or control of the content uploaded by its users.

The District Court in Cologne, from whom the injunctions were obtained, has made it clear that although it is the users and not the operators that uploaded the content in question to the RapidShare servers, this did not, (at least from a legal point of view), make the operator of RapidShare any less liable for copyright infringements occurred within the context of the services.

Harald Heker, the chairman of the executive board of GEMA, believes the outcome of the court's decisions will have a knock on effect with the way "Web 2.0 services" such as YouTube and MySpace will be dealt with in the future.

Heker believes that such decisions show is that "the mere circumstance of shifting acts of use to users and the purported inability of the operator to control content do not relieve the operator of a service from the copyright liability he/she/it possesses for the content made available for download from the operator's website". Lethal_B...Source: Heise Online

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous alex said...

Hello, I commented on the original post, but I don't know if you guys will see it, so I'll ask here as well :). Do you think you guys can reupload the Pink Floyd - Screaming Abdabs-Rhapsody in Pink[the Psychedelic Years]? The links that were originally up no longer work. If you could email me back, I'd be really grateful. Thanks so much!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 3:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great, great, great !!!!
more nwobhm, more us metal !!!
can`t get enough of it.
keep it up !!!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 7:18:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Hi, I though I would take a moment and touch base about the rapidshare debacle. It's been raging for some time, probably since the day after they started. There are many other uploading services popping up and some have much more anonynimity (sp?) than rapidshare who, being the most popular, are the biggest target. I know that my using deposit files is not the most endearing thing I've done, but I've had far less problems with deletions than I did with rapidshare. They aren't as trigger happy with the deletes as rapidshare HAS to be, and in the long run that's less work for me. Many of the rapidshare users are migrating to megaupload so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the next target. But obviously rapidshare is a target and their existance (or non-existance) is going to make a mark on the concept of blogging as we know it.

I want to keep doing this because I feel everyone deserves to try before you "buy"(I don't feel the majority of stuff I share is hurting anyone saleswise, and I hope that if you like the stuff I post and it is or becomes commercially available that you will upgrade to the commercially available product) and not just 30 second snippets or 5 minutes at the local listening post. Although the above statement is not my call to make from a legal standpoint, I think the record industry as a whole had better become more customer friendly or they are going to alienate themselves into oblivion. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if the record industry was really proud of the product they were releasing, they'd have no problem with filesharing. It's the fact that with a few exceptions they release inferior product for 20.00 that has 2 good songs on it and 64 minutes of bullshit. And a shelf life of 3-6 months. How many albums have you heard in the last few months (years even) that are destined to become "classics"? It just ain't happenin'.

Rapidshare's existance or demise ultimately will not spell the end of music blogging in my opinion. It is still an underground type operation that as of now is really close to the surface, but will survive by burrowing deeper underground, but if it really matters to you, you will find it.

Just my 214 cents.


Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

And I'll see if I can dig up that Screaming Abdabs again!!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the Tank BBC Sessions! Listening to that took me back 25 years to that first time I heard the band when one of my college buddies first put his "Don't Walk Away" 45 on the turntable and blew me away. Great stuff from a really underappreciated band.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

Glad you enjoyed the Tank Session! I'll keep on digging around for more of the old BBC Sessions, they will continue to appear sporadically.

Friday, January 26, 2007 8:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Just Fred ! said...

Thanks for the Ironhawk , I like it . Do you have the More Studio Albums If so are they as good as this live album . You rule ! you crazy Motherfucker

Friday, January 26, 2007 8:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Hi Kit,

I went bonkers when I saw you posted a More live set from Donnington. Downloaded the thing only to discover it was actually their set at De Vereeniging in Nijmegen, Holland back in 1981. The band supported Maiden on their Killer s tour back then and this portion of their live set was broadcasted on Hilversum 3's Stampij Radio show (Hosted by the Hanneke Kappen, the female dj immortalised in the eponymous Bitches Sin number).
Great stuff though, and I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy hearing this unique live recording of one of the most underrated bands in the whole nwobhm movement. Thanks!

On aonther note: I came across an old post on the Time Traveller site mentioning the first LP by REX (as in Rex Smith). As his "Trouble" contribution to one of the first LPs I ever bought (the Hard Rock Stars compilation from 77) still stands the test of time, I've been looking for that album since god know s when. Any chance of a repost? Much obliged.

Friday, February 09, 2007 8:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for your fine collection of rare music, I enjoyed it a lot. Do you have more of Chasar and MORE? Would be great to listen to...

Sunday, February 18, 2007 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you post Legs Diamond Firepower again? The link is dead. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008 2:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you post Legs Diamond Firepower again? The link is dead. Thanks!

I got to enjoy this while touring in the states.... Notting like the "underworl King" Been looking for this LP...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 1:53:00 AM  
Anonymous scoach said...

...I' looking for QUARTZ-1980-LIVE, too!

Monday, March 01, 2010 9:12:00 AM  

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