Saturday, May 26, 2007


Howdy people, a mixed bag of rock music for you tonight in many different guises & styles. The thread that runs through tonight's post is one word, QUALITY. On with the show!
Up first, some quality Hard Rock from Canada's Driver. This is their lone A & M album from 1977, "No Accident", and very nice it is too. Strong melodic material, great playing, short succinct songs, all with a nice bluesy undertone. There are a couple of sappy numbers which were obviously designed for radio play, but don't let them take the shine off what is a very enjoyable record.

DRIVER - No Accident (1977) Canada

Some Southern Rock for you now, this is the self-titled debut album by the Winters Brothers Band from way back in 1976. WBB looked to be headed for big things, a great debut album on Atco Records, appearances on 2 CHARLIE DANIELS Volunteer Jam albums, a 2nd album in the can, and a 6 month support tour lined up with LYNYRD SKYNYRD. The plane crash that killed several members of Skynyrd & crew also had a knock on effect on WBB. With no tour to support the 2nd album, the label shelved it, then dropped the band. Disco was looming large, and although the band kept playing live they couldn't net another deal. They got back together latterly, and have a couple of recent albums out. This one's their crowning achievement however , touches of OUTLAWS style melody counterbalanced by the free-flowing rhythms of the ALLMANS, topped off with some great twin Southern guitars, and warm & beautifully evocative vocals floating high over the whole thing. One listen & you'll be hooked.

WINTER BROTHERS BAND - Winter Brothers Band (1977) USA

Something more up to date now, this is the self-titled debut from Falcon. Who? Falcon, that's who. Greg Lindstrom, formerly of CIRITH UNGOL, that's who. Also includes former members of DESTINY'S END & THE PALE DIVINE, and a guest vocal appearance by PENTAGRAM's Bobby Liebling to boot! So now you're all clued up, get downloading 'coz this is great stuff. Really authentic sounding 1970's style Heavy Rock/Proto Metal, from guys who really know how to play this stuff properly. They do a great version of BANG's "Redman", and "Shelob's Lair" sounds like a long lost CIRITH song. Big assed riff rock for lovers of sideburns and frayed flares.

FALCON - Falcon (2003) USA

This is another nice one, great high energy Hard Rock with a sharp Metallic edge, this is "Hard As Rock", by Crysys. This one was released back in 1981 on their own Long Street label, and is one of the best no budget indie releases you'll ever hear. Imagine all the "up" tracks from the first 3 RIOT albums refined by alchemists into 1 single record, that's "Hard As A Rock", it is exactly as it's title claims. A great one off album by a young US band who should've ruled the world. Unfortunately, it appears the world has no taste, so they disappeared. Damn you, world!

CRYSYS - Hard As Rock (1981) USA

Acouple of EPs to finish with tonight, both from the early daze of the NWOBHM, firstly here's the "England" EP by Anthem, which was released on their own label in 1981. The title track is an 8 minute epic, full of high-falootin' mystical musings, great proggy breaks and some awesome soulful guitar. The other tracks are more "meat'n'potatoes" styled Heavy Metal, but very nicely done too. Rarer than crack house chandeliers too.

ANTHEM - England EP (1981) NWOBHM

And finally, here's the debut release from 100% Proof, "A New Way Of Livin'". We previously posted their self-titled debut album here, and it seemed to go down pretty well. This is more of the same, AC/DC styled boogie with Christian positivity. I know it sounds like an oxymoron, and however you feel about religion mixing with rock music, somehow, this works. Maybe the devil doesn't have all the best tunes.

100% PROOF - A New Way Of Livin' EP (1980) NWOBHM

There's sure to be something to tickle even the most jaded palette from tonight's selection, so go chow down, 'coz they're all so damn tasty.


Anonymous Elvenking said...

I think that's the best post ever made on this blog! Especially Falcon. I've been searching this for years!
Thank you!

Sunday, May 27, 2007 7:24:00 AM  
Blogger micksguitar said...

thanx for all the new posts. an excellent choice of lps. to make us all happy. keep on keepin' on. thanx mick.

Sunday, May 27, 2007 9:21:00 AM  
Anonymous rowdies1 said...

Thanks for all of the incredible music! I greatly appreciate the time and effort.

Sunday, May 27, 2007 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Thank you very much great posts especially DRIVER, been looking for ages for this jem. I know I asked for REX but seeing the amount of Canadian stuff you have posted hopfully you have THE HUNT which was with Driver at the same time spinning on my turntable constantly in my teenage years. Again thanks for the tunes and the memories which has come because of your time and effort through posts on this blog the value of blogs like yours is immeasureable.

Sunday, May 27, 2007 2:03:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Resident Evil, if you go check out you'll find Where Do We Go From Here? by REX. I'm still hunting for The Hunt, if i find it, you'' find it here my friend.

Sunday, May 27, 2007 3:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great great post
THANKS !!!!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2007 3:50:00 PM  
Anonymous sergey said...

Greetings, Kit! I Wish to state you a lot of gratitude for "Crysys" and "Driver". I did not hear them before and I wish to tell, that it is very nice material. "Crysys" sounds as "Budgie" and plays very good solo. It is my group. Driver too it is good, except for their ballads. They spoil the sounding. Generally I am very happy. Thanks, my friend. I hope, I have clearly expressed the comment.
Sergey (usergei).
Good Luck!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 4:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanx for Driver!
Again a band I never heard of before. It's really some good rockin' music. For me 'Boxful of Love' is the hightlight of this decent album.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 3:21:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Sergey, good to hear from you, glad you enjoyed the Crysys album, this is one i constantly try to turn people on to. It's such a good record. It's also good to see so many of you are enjoying Driver, i have to agree eith the feller who picked out "Boxful Of Love" as a highlight, that's my favourite too.
I'll have a new post up this week, probably on Thursday or thereabouts, plenty more great lost music still to come folks!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 5:51:00 PM  
Anonymous the KIDD said...

Kit,the WINTER BROS,album,what a great album! If you could? Post some more S.rock,like this!What a great band!Thanks! WOW!!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 8:24:00 PM  
Anonymous sergey said...

Fine! I look forward

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 6:04:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

I've got the 2nd Winter Bros album kidd, due to be called "Coast To Coast", it was scheduled to come out in 78 but got shelved at the time. At some point it got an independent release as "The Lost Album", very nice it is too, picking up where the debut left off. I'll get it upped soon.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:52:00 AM  
Anonymous thanos said...

Falcon's "Shelob's Lair" is truly amazing! It reminds me also of Brocas Helm. If you have anything from them it would be nice for the blog's listeners to know them.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for all the stuff you guys post. I am looking for some Heavy Pettin. Do you happen to have either the live one from 85 or the rare Japanese box set? I know that last one is asking a lot. thanks guys keep it up please!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Nils Tibor said...

Many thanks for the Driver LP.
You have great posts on your blog.

I have one CD with the Hunt, the title is
The Hunt - Tracked Down (The Best Of)
I can upload it for Residente Evil2
if he want that album.

Her is a link for the Hunt (deleted for a long time ago)


Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a reason I keep wandering back to this excellent blog and finding the Crysys LP today was just another example. I first heard the band when a college buddy from Vancouver WA let me record his copy of the album back in 1983. Man, we used to rock out to this one! I hadn't thought about the band in over two decades, but listening to it this afternoon all of those memories came flooding back. Thank you so much!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 6:17:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Nils, if you could up the Hunt album that would be great, i know Residentevil 2 and Sergey are both looking for their stuff as am i. Many thanks for the offer.
Thanos, i do have a couple of Brocas Helm records, nice idea, i'll dig at least one out for a future post.
As for Heavy Pettin', i'm afraid my countrymen left me cold back in the day, i don't have any of their stuff at all, perhaps another visitor could help anonymous out?

Thursday, May 31, 2007 6:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Ritchies Elbow said...

Fantastic blog, any chance you can reupload the Dragonfly EP, as the link has expired. I used to know Rudi Riviere many moons ago, would be great to hear it again.

Monday, July 02, 2007 1:03:00 PM  

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