Friday, March 28, 2014

Too Much - Too Much (1971 Japan Great Heavy Psych Blues - Flac)


Often touted as the Japanese Black Sabbath by blowhards and those who’ve not actually heard the music, the excellently named Too Much hailed from the large city port of Kobe, where the band members grew up sucking in all kinds of western influences from the LPs and 7” singles that came in on the boats.
  One of the band – guitarist Junio Nakahara – had spent the late ‘60s in the blues group The Helpful Soul, whose sole LP features in this book’s Top 50 on account of its deeply inspired 10-minutes plus plodathon ‘Peace For Fools’.
  However, as its audience could never have perceived The Helpful Soul as anything more than another Group Sounds act, guitarist Nakahara decided to jump on the burgeoning New Rock bandwagon by forming the more appropriately named Too Much.
  Nakahara’s inspiration came from the TOO MUCH concert that The Helpful Soul played with the newly-formed Blues Creation, in Kyoto at the end of February 1970.
  The hippy phrase ‘too much’ was already utterly clichéd in the West by this time, but it was iconic and easily pronounceable to Japanese.
  In the process, Nakahara hooked up with hard rock singer Juni Lush, changed his own name to the more substantially New Rock-sounding Tsomu Ogawa(!), and dragged high school mates Hideya Kobayashi and Masayuki Aoki along as the rhythm section.
  They signed a deal with Atlantic Records in the summer of 1970, and wrote a whole slew of mindless proto-metal anthems, including the excellent ‘Grease It Out’, ‘Love Is You’ and ‘Gonna Take You’.
  These were duly recorded and sounded mindlessly, monolithically, perfectly suited to the lowbrow audience Too Much was aiming to please.
  Unfortunately, the Atlantic businessmen saw in the be-afro’d Juni Lush another potential star in the mould of Flower Travellin’ Band’s Joe Yamanaka, and they pressured the band into adding several mawkishly sentimetal ballads to the debut LP in order to widen their audience.
  The results were disastrous. No one needed yet another version of Bobby Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’, particularly the Nipponashville abortion that Too Much delivered. Hey, but neither did they require ‘Song For My Lady’, the arduously phlegmatic 12-minute album closer which arrived replete with megastring sections, Michel LaGrande pianos, Moody Blues flute solos and nere a six-string razor in sight.
  Too Much was just not enough, and they split soon after the album was released...

Tracklist
01.Grease It Out 5:34
02.Love That Binds Me 6:25
03.Love Is You 6:00
04.Reminiscence 6:05
05.I Shall Be Release 4:52
06.Gonna Take You 4:34
07.Song for My Lady 12:13



Credits
Juni Lush (vocals)
Tstomu Ogawa [aka Junio Nakahara] (guitar)
Masayuki Aoki (bass)
Hideya/Shuye Kobayashi (drums)

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Tony

Today it's Tony McPhee's birthday , he is 70 !!!
Many thanks for all the great music you gave us during all those years, for a lot of people you are a guitar living legend , God bless you Tony !!!



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Guitar Army Benefit For Detroit-Area Vietnam Veterans Harpo'S, Detroit, MI - April 1985 Broadcast On WLLZ, Detroit (Flac)


SETLIST:
DISC 1
SCOTT MORGAN (RATIONALS, SRC ETC) & GARY RASMUSSEN (UP, SRC)
01. Intro/Respect
02. Guitar Army
03. Baby Won't Ya
SCOTT ASHETON (OF THE STOOGES) & SPAZ SEVILLE
04. 1969
05. I Wanna Be Your Dog
DAVE GILBERT & DENNIS ROBBINS (OF THE ROCKETS)
06. Roadhouse Blues
07. Lucille
CHARLIE ALLEN MARTIN (OF BOB SEGER SYSTEM)
08. 2+2=?
ROB TYNER (OF THE MC5)
09. Looking At You
10. Motor City's Burning
11. Kick Out The Jams

DISC 2
01. A Few Words From John Sinclair 
DICK WAGNER & DONNY HARTMAN (OF THE FROST)
02. Stagger Lee
03. Donny's Blues
04. The Girl Can't Help It-Motor City Showdown
05. Rock And Roll Music
MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS (Featuring JIM McCARTY)
06. Rock And Roll
07. Oh Well
08. When You Were Mine
09. Devil With The Blue Dress--Good Golly Miss Molly
MARK FARNER (OF GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
10. Bad Time
11. Some Kinda Wonderful (with Morgan)
12. Gimme Shelter (with Morgan)

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