Thursday, May 10, 2007

LPs & BBCs

This isn't the Scando/Euro post i promised, i'm still working on that, but i'm sure you won't be too disappointed when you see the array of goodies in store this fine May evening. We're covering the years 1976-02, with diverse artists from the UK, the USA, and to get the ball rolling here's some thunder from down under.
In 1976 the then unknown AC/DC decamped to the UK to start the long hard slog to the top, playing every sweaty dive up & down the length & breadth of the country. At the end of this initial "Lock Up Your Daughters" tour, they stopped by the BBC Radio One studios and recorded this here four song session. It's a peach, the playing tight, crisp & mean, just devastating. Bon Scott in particular seems in relaxed & playful mood, ad-libbing & wailing in that seemingly effortless way of his. Lean & hungry classic AC/DC for you, from the start of the story.

AC/DC - BBC Session (1976) AUS

To the US of A now for the 3rd & final LP by Atlanta Georgia's Hydra, "Rock The World". A four-piece during their time on Capricorn Records, they'd slimmed down to a trio by 1977, when they recorded this album for Polydor. The playing is tighter knit than previously, perhaps a result of the power-trio formation, but they don't sacrifice an iota of their melodic suss along the way. Later, drummer Steve Pace would turn up behind the kit for Whitford St Holmes, then Swiss rockers Krokus. Bassist Orville Davis went on to hook up with Rex Smith in Rex, before joining Starz around the time of "Violation". Top notch Southern Rock then from a much overlooked band. If you enjoy this one, Bryon's just posted their 2nd LP "Land Of Money" over at "Time Traveller" too.

HYDRA - Rock The World (1977) USA

I don't think i've ever posted any live stuff on "Live & Otherwise" before, so i'll rectify that here & now with two great live sets recorded for BBC Radio One's "In Concert" programme in March of 1981.
Firstly, Whitley Bay's favourite sons, Tygers Of Pan Tang tear up the Paris Theatre in London on their "Spellbound" tour. It's a great set of songs played brilliantly by my favourite incarnation of the band, with Jon Deverill on vocals & John Sykes on guitar. Great sound quality too. I remember taping this set off the air that night on an old GEC mono radio tape deck. I wore that bloody cassette out within six months and spent years trying to find another copy of it. A great band at the peak of their powers, you'll thank me.

TYGERS OF PAN TANG - BBC In Concert (1981) UK

From the same venue, on the same evening, for the same programme, here's another storming set, this time from Leamington Spa's Chevy. Best known for appearing on "Metal For Muthas II" and their lone "The Taker" album, Chevy were a little older, wiser and classier than many of the bands lumped in with the NWOBHM. Chevy were really more of a Hard Rock band with Metallic leanings, but this live gig shows that they could kick out the jams with the best of them. A nice double bill then for those in the know.

CHEVY - BBC In Concert (1981) UK

To the US again now, this is the one & only LP by Tucson Arizona's Ashbury from 1983. Don't let that date put you off though, "Endless Skies", is very much a 70's styled Hard Rock record with Southern Rock, Psych and Proggy touches, excellent production too for a private pressing. At times this sounds to me like Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson jamming with The Outlaws, if you can imagine such a thing. Very recommended if you like something a little more mellow & eclectic from time to time, treat your ears to Ashbury.

ASHBURY - Endless Skies (1983) USA

I remember this next album getting a scathing one K review from the late Mark Putterford when he reviewed it for Kerrang! magazine. A good writer normally, i think Mark misunderstood what Deep Switch were trying to do with their "Nine Inches Of God" album. Dripping with oddness , skewed with tongue in cheek humour, deliberately provocative, musically bizarre, but with one foot in Hard Rock/Metal, this must have sounded like it had been beamed in from Mars back in 1986. Trying to break new musical ground on a shoestring budget isn't usually a good idea, nor is it here, but somehow it works. Thanks to the guy who recommended them to me over at Time Traveller, you did me a real turn mate. This is the cd version with bonus demo tracks.

DEEP SWITCH - Nine Inches Of God (1986) UK

Finally, here's a sweet 4 track sampler from David "Rock" Feinstein. Name ring a bell? "Rock" was a member of Elf back in the early '70's alongside his cousin Ronnie James Dio, but after Ritchie Blackmore poached the rest of the band for the initial Rainbow line-up, he went on to form The Rods. They were a storming band and should have ruled the world, but by '87 it was all over for them, so "Rock" disappeared. Out of the blue in 2002, word leaked that David was to release a solo album, "One Night In The Jungle", this is the four song promo sampler which preceded it's release. I've never encountered the full length album, but going by the sampler, it sounds a far better record than anyone has any right to expect from someone who'd just spent 15 years in the musical wilderness. I think problems with the record label scuppered the albums chances, so it's a hard one to find now, savour the taster and hope the full length appears eventually. I'm on it!

DAVID "ROCK" FEINSTEIN - Four Cuts From The Jungle (2002) USA

The promised Scandinavian/European special will be next, look for it early next week, 'til next time, salutations!!!


Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Many thanks for Hydra one of my favs never knew of this one. You mention Rex Smith's REX could you please post these if you have them. Been looking all over for them. Much appreciate your blog and what you do again thanks for all.

Thursday, May 10, 2007 8:13:00 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

I agree, best line-up of Tygers...THANKS!!!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

If memory serves, both of the Rex albums were posted here a few months back by Tor Erik, if you check the archives the links may still be active.
If not, lemmy know & i'll sort out a re-up for you.

Friday, May 11, 2007 6:53:00 AM  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Thanks for the responce to my request for REX I have done a search of your blog and can not find a posting of any REX. Would very much appreciate it and also could you get one song off the SHAKIN STREET album put up the song "Box You' has some blank spots in it. Have downloaded it three times with same problem? THANKS again great tunes mate!

Friday, May 11, 2007 8:45:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Hey Res,

At one time both Rex LPs were posted at the "other" blog. But they have both been long deleted. I still think I have rips of both lyin' around somewhere, in fact I think I got the 2nd LP from Kit, or at least he supplied the pics for it when I couldn't find them. I can't remember, too many hazy nights between then and now. So we may pull off a repost between us.


Looking foward to checking out the Deep Switch and Ashbury. As far as the slagging on Deep Switch, I learned long ago you can't always trust the mighty Kerrang. Witchfinder General and Celtic Frost (just to name two off the top of the ol noggin) both got horrid reviews and they are two long time faves!


Friday, May 11, 2007 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...

Hey Bryon, if you post the first Rex, i'll up the second, that sound okay to you?
Hope you enjoy the Ashbury album, i've been playing it to death lately, really nice stuff, reminds me a little of the Henry Paul Band in places, but different. Let me know what you reckon to it.
Deep Switch is definitely more of an aquired taste, but it's a taste worth aquiring. On first listen i was more than a little bamboozled by it, but repeated plays reveal it to be a rewardingly bizarre platter. You can forgive Mark Putterford for dismissing them out of hand, back then this must've sounded even stranger, but it's truly weird even by todays standards! I recall the slaggings handed down to Witchfinder & Frost by Kerrang back in the day, they didn't go easy on Venom either. History has a way of putting these things in perspective, the people decide what they like & the press have to lump it.

Friday, May 11, 2007 3:51:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Sounds good. I'll have to dig it up! But it shouldn't be too hard to find. Hopefully before the weekends through.

I haven't had a chance to listen to either of the LPs yet but as soon as I do I'll shoot you an email.


Saturday, May 12, 2007 12:01:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Hey, I just had a chance to check the albums out and decided to give a brief review of them here.

Anthem - You really hit the nail on the head with the Ian Anderson fronting the Outlaws analogy, but I hear a bit of arena style riffage too, although more of a low budget type, but I picked out a bit of Boston type guitar chording and phrasing in a coupla tunes. Overall nice stuff.

Deep Switch-- This one will definetly find repeated listening, especially the lead off Pigfeeder! I wonder if Green Jello (Jelly) got their 3 Little Pigs idea from that one!! Reminds me of the early David Wayne era Metal Church (i.e. the 1st & the Dark) in a lot of ways (especially on the aforementioned track) but I can see the obvious Skyclad overtones. Very well produced, even the demos rocked, Silver Bullet is especially inventive. Nice use of background vox on that one!

Overall two albums I am happy to add to my ever expanding collection.

As always great stuff!


Saturday, May 12, 2007 1:05:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Glad you enjoyed 'em, Bryon. Funny you should mention Boston, hobobill over at Dr Jimmys was likening Ashbury to them too.
I'll dig out "Where Do We Go..." and get it upped later in the week, aiming for posting next weekend. I'll check my copy of Shakin' Street too, to see if my copy of "Box Me" is glitch free. All being well i'll up that at the same time.
Not sure if i thanked you for the Two Guns album over at TT, nice one, i'm really enjoying it, as always merci. Any word on the missing Simon Stokes track from a while back?

Saturday, May 12, 2007 9:11:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

By pure chance i was checking out a friends blog just now & discovered that he had posted "Where Do We Go From Here?" by REX.
Here's the link:

Saturday, May 12, 2007 9:45:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Damn, I completely forgot about the Simon Stokes track. Thanks for reminding me.

I will get that to the top of my list. Look for over at TT blog hopefully tomorrow.


Saturday, May 12, 2007 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous ogmonster said...

Wanna thank you for AC/DC - BBC and the DAVID "ROCK" FEINSTEIN. Great stuff.

Sunday, May 13, 2007 8:30:00 PM  
Blogger Neilantman said...

Scroll down a little and you can find the David Feinstein cd

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Dutchboy said...

Thanks (or is it Fangs) for the Tygers of Pan Tang. Here are the Tygers live at the Parkpop Festival The Hague 1981.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 9:51:00 AM  
Blogger darkxfallen_angel said...

Hey Residentevil2. I have what you want. I have Rex's Where Do We Go From Here. is a promo..abit pricy. How much are you willing to pay?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

el de ashbury no puede mas..llevo mucho tiempo escuchandolo desde que lo baje bastante de aca i no lo deje de scuchar

Monday, April 14, 2008 8:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just in case you are looking for this i have the whole David Feinstein cd.
i scored a copy off of for under 30 bucks and since it is rare i share it when i can.

Barry .\m/.

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