Sunday, February 11, 2007

Here We Go Again...

Here we go again, some requests, a little Hard Rock, some vintage Metal, some Prog, basically some great olde-time sounds from across the musical spectrum.
A request filled first, some excellent Skynyrd/Allmans styled Southern Rock from 1980 by the Dave Chastain Band. This is their self-financed "Rockin' Roulette" album which was rereleased on CD in the late 90's which was the 1st chance most of us got to hear what we'd been missing. Check it out y'all.

DAVE CHASTAIN BAND - Rockin' Roulette (1980) USA

In a similar, but harder rockin' vein, here's the debut album by Texans Nitzinger from waaay back in 1972. Lead guitarist John Nitzinger is a six-stringer par-excellence, he also wrote many of Bloodrock's songs for their first 4 or 5 albums, although this is more bluesy than that bands material for the most part. After Nitzinger (the band) split, John went on to work with Alice Cooper & Carl Palmer. This is a great little record, give your ears a treat & grab it now.

NITZINGER - Nitzinger (1972) USA

Staying in the States for the moment, here is Amulet's sole self-titled album from 1979. I believe they hailed from Kentucky, but this is more of a Hard Rawkin' disc than you'd expect from Southern bands of the time. An overlooked gem from the dusty past.

AMULET - Amulet (1979) USA

Now, here's one from my neck of the woods now. Chasar were an excellent proggy NWOBHM band formed in Alloa in Scotland in 1981. Their only album was released initially on cassette only on their own label, before American Phonograph picked it up for a vinyl release. Mausoleum later reissued it as "Gypsy Roller". If you enjoyed the Limelight stuff i posted a while back, this is in a similar vein but heavier and more psychedelic. I was lucky enough to see them live at the 1987 Kelvingrove Festival in Glasgow, and they were a great live act. It's taken me the last 20 years to track down their album, it's great stuff, grab it now.

CHASAR - Chasar (aka Gypsy Roller) (1983) Scotland

And now to Denmark for the sole release by the excellently named Evil, the 1984 Mini LP "Evil's Message". It's rumoured that King Diamond plays guitar on this little beauty, but it's never been confirmed. What i can confirm is that it's chock full of Mercyful Fate/Judas Priest styled rifftastic Metal, and contains a song called "Take Good Care Of Your Balls"(!)

EVIL - Evil's Message Mini LP (1984) Denmark

Finally, here's the much sought after "Curiouser & Curiouser" EP from Chemical Alice. It's good proggy rock with some excellent psychedelic touches. Members of the band went on to record with Tamarisk, Quasar, Landmarq and Marillion. You'll never get it cheaper.

CHEMICAL ALICE - Curiouser & Curiouser EP (1981) UK

That's all for now folks, more soon, stay tuned.


Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks for the Chasar, interesting story.

Sunday, February 11, 2007 8:43:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Take good care of your balls!?!? Now that's good advice if I ever heard it!

Where do you find this excellent stuff? Some of it is so obscure I've never even heard of it. Thanks for breaking me of my arrogant jadedness (or is that jaded arrogance?).


Monday, February 12, 2007 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Dean E Holt said...

Phew, Chemical Alice. I went to see them at (god, if I remember) the Greyhound in Chadwell Heath (Romford/Ilford, London) when I was about 15. They were my first proper taste of good prog/psyche rock. As TT mentions 'where do you find this excellent stuff' !.

Anyway, thanx all the same, it's great to hear this stuff again.

All the best and keep rockin'


Monday, February 12, 2007 9:36:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

TT, it's taken several lifetimes (not all of them mine) to find all this stuff, yet i still hadn't got a copy of that Diamond Reo album you posted until tonight.
;) - Many thanks!
The Evil Mini LP is a little cracker, i picked it up for 49p in a sale about 20 years ago! Ended up selling it much later, then getting a copy again from a friend in Japan a year or 2 back. A nice one for 49p i think you'll agree!
As for Chemical Alice, it came my way in a nwobhm trade a while back, i was initially disappointed because i'd been expecting some riffy mayhem, but after a 2nd spin, i got it. I've got a nice EP by Tamarisk, which is in a similar vein, if anyone's interested i'll up it at some point.
There can't be too many folks who remember them, then Dean pops up who not only remembers them, he saw them live no less!
Glad you're all enjoying the posts folks!

Monday, February 12, 2007 4:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aah, Memory lane, Hugh, memory lain. I have the Chemical Alice 12" and (the really quite in good places) Tamarisk cassette EPs gathering dust upstairs, purchased after hearing the widdle-tastic "Goodbye Vienna" on Essex Radio's 'Hairy Eyeball' rock show back in the day.

Maybe you did too, Dean, as age & geography would appear to be on your side! There had to be some advantage of being an Essex boy in the 80s...

Thanks for the post!

Monday, February 12, 2007 5:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Link to Chemical Alice dead ?
Doesn't work at the moment at

Monday, February 12, 2007 6:11:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Worked for me just a second ago. Try it again!


Monday, February 12, 2007 7:23:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Oh by the way, Kit, listening to the Evil and thinking about the King got me to remembering, I recently got the Brats (pre-MFate) 1980 LP in a trade? Do you need that one?

Monday, February 12, 2007 7:25:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

Hi Bryon, thanks, but i've got the Brats album already, i also have their pre-album demo, which i'll dig out to post in the fullness of time.
ie. When i can find the thing.
What you reckon to the mighty/ludicrous (delete according to taste) Evil then?
I missed it during the 10 years or so that i was without it, those riffs would pop into my head, drive me crazy for a day or so whilst i struggled to remember who the band was, and then i'd kick myself for selling it when i finally remembered that it was Evil.
Catchy, in an uncatchy way.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 2:22:00 PM  

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