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[–]An Oligarchkaptain_carbon [score hidden]

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I wanted to impress everyone with my proto-metal / psych / progressive playlist but Juqjoint has currently made that task impossible by posting damn near everything I could have wanted already. Who posts J.A. Caesar anyway? Does he ever sleep? Fine. You all get AC/DC, Jackyl, Kiss and Led Zeppelin for the obscure.


Popular UFO - Come on Everybody [1971]

While I have always enjoyed UFO's 1974 record Phenomenon for its peak synthesis of heavy metal and accessible hooks, I will always gravitate towards the early records by the band. Before UFO would learn to write short and quick anthems, they were a stoned space rock band who loved to get heavy and dream about flying.

Catchy Far East Family Band - Nipponjin [1975]

Three Words: Japanese Pink Floyd. Holy shit. I love this goddamn band. If you read Julian Cope’s book Japrocksampler, Far East Family Band was discussed along with Flower Travelling Band, Speed Glue and Shinki, and Taj Mahal Travellers. If you're impatient the song starts at around 3:10. If you’re reclining on a floor pillow and I am currently speaking to you inside a room with heavy wall tapestries and a sitar in the corner, I will assume we have all the time in the universe.

Obscure Poe - Up Up Through The Spiral [1970]

Poe (not the songwriter from the 90's goddamn it Last.fm) was a blip on the psych radar that came a little later than what they take their sound from. Regardless the band made a concept album based around the thoughts of Edgar Cayce, a man who could self induce meditative trances. While this song in particular is more on the psych pop side, other ones have early instances of distorted vocals and a dark psych edge. Poe represents the start in a never ending journey of psych bands that made a few albums and then disappeared into the aether. On another plane of existence bands like Poe would be their Beatles. Up Up through the Spiral is basically “Eleanor Rigby” just at another point in space.


Bonus


Betty - Handful of Love [1971]

I cant handle this album cover. Its like a group of horny bikers made a blues based hard rock record.

Trapeze - Medusa [1970]

A wail that could freeze enemies in stone. Trapeze is noted for having members that would go on and join Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Uriah Heep in mid career albums. Trapeze is left alone as a stepping stone with like two good albums to their name.

The Sacred Mushroom - You Wont Be Sorry [1969]

Pure blues based psychedelia from…well… Cincinnati Ohio. Why does San Francisco and New York get to have all the revolutionary fun? You know if you just put a mushroom on your album cover, you really take out any chance of slipping in subtle drug references.


My name is Kaptain Carbon proprietor of /r/vintageobscura , moderator at /r/listentothis /r/Exotica and I promise that If I am elected, I will only post music from 2013 and 2014.

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[–]An Oligarchevilnight[S] [score hidden]

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I'm disqualifying myself from winning because I haven't got the cycles to take on a round as a listentous submitter at this time... but this election is too tasty to pass up. This isn't my area of expertise by any means, but I have come across bits from my days scouring progarchives that fit the theme. Hope you enjoy...


Popular: Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (Movement II, Piltdown Man) (1973, England)

I'm going to link you in a couple of minutes ahead of the Piltdown Man, so you can appreciate the buildup. ;)

Popular may be an understatement for this one, Cracked.com's moniker of "planet-conquering" might be more apt. This is the first appearance of the death metal vocals we all know and love/hate in a chart-topping popular album, though occurences in less well known works stretch as far back as the late 1950s. There is a fascinating story behind these vocals.

Simon Heyworth, audio engineer, recalled that Branson was getting impatient pressuring Oldfield to deliver the cut. Flustered, they drove down to London and dumped a copy of entire uncut album, and he recalled that Branson wanted vocals on one of the albums, whereas Oldfield had no intentions of doing so. Oldfield said himself in an interview that he angrily stormed out of Branson's office yelling "You want lyrics!? I'll give you lyrics!". He then drank half a bottle of Jameson's whiskey and demanded the engineer take him to the studio where, intoxicated, he "screamed his brains out for 10 minutes". This was later used in the album in rebellion against Richard Branson's desire to include at least one part with lyrics to release as a single.

I love to think that the origins of metal vocals are, in part, rooted in a shitfaced musician screaming in anger about a music label meddling in his compositions.


Catchy: José Cid - Doce E Fácil Reino Do Blá, Blá, Blá (1973, Portugal)

What would we have done without Decca records? Missed out on a boatload of excellent music, for one thing. This is a fast paced funky psych rocker from Portugese superstar José Cid's early career, when he was frontman for a band called Green Window. This track comes from a B side of one of his earliest solo albums, a side project during that time, which was re-released as a Green Window track.


Obscure: Roberto Righini - Mondo Malato (1971, Italy)

Not everyone in Italy was drinking Premiata Forneria Marconi's folksy baroque classical kool-aid in the 1970s. There were many RPI-influenced heavy psych and hard rock bands during the same period, and they put together some stunningly awesome compositions. This is one of my favorites from the time. I can't even remember how I found this one, and I'm surprised it is actually on youtube. :P


Bonus Tracks.

I'm just going to link to a couple of my favorites here. If you've been around reddit long enough you may have seen me link to one or two of these before. :) I'll be popping more on the end here throughout the day when I find the time.

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[–]round 27, 32, & 33 submitterFreddieFreelance [score hidden]

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Popular Montrose - "Rock Candy" [1973]

Before he was "The Red Rocker" Sammy Hagar (then known as Sam Hagar) was the singer in Ronnie Montrose's self named Hard Rock act. Positioned as the "American Led Zeppelin", they... well, they weren't. But not for lack of trying: they released half a dozen studio albums and about 30 compilations & bootlegs before Ronnie Montrose succumbed to prostate cancer at the age of 64.

Catchy Lyd - "Need You" [1970]

A screaming Psych/Garage/Fuzz crossover from a nearly unknown LA band, with touches of Hendrix wanna-be, and maybe a little Proto-Grunge in the bass line. This album is nearly mythical: recorded in Pat Boone's studio, they printed a couple copies of the one-sided acetate, and there's just one copy remaining; there have been multiple repressings from that one copy.

Obscure The Elves - "Drown Me In The River" [1972]

Before he was in Black Sabbath, before he was in Rainbow, even before he was in Elf, Ronnie James Dio was bassist & singer in the band The Elves, belting out Psychedelic Blues, Biker Boogie, & Hard Rock. This was from an old live tape that Dio had cleaned up and had most of the audience sounds removed.


I'm Freddie Freelance, one of the Mods from /r/monsterfuzz and a collector of old Psych, Space, Prog, Krautrock, Proto-Punk, Punk, Post-Punk, New Wave, No Wave, Electronica, Funk, Lounge/Exotica, and NWW List sounds.


Maybe just one bonus: Amon Düül 2 - "Archangels Thunderbird/ Eye Shaking King (Live)" [1972]

A Krautrock hammer, a one-two punch, recorded live in London before an appreciative audience.

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[–]round 27 & 29 submitterhip_ennui [score hidden]

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Popular: Stray - All in Your Mind (UK, 1970)

Later covered by Iron Maiden, this 9-minute monster was recorded when all the members of Stray were 18 or 19 years old. You can sort of tell if you listen to the bassist - but the guitarist's acid-drenched leads are the real draw, and give off no hint of inexperience.

Catchy: Aguaturbia - Heartbreaker (Chile, 1970)

Great cover of the Grand Funk Railroad song - the singer's voice gives this a lighter sound than a lot of "monster fuzz" stuff, but the guitar at the end and especially the drums throughout hit hard.

Obscure: Pärson Sound - Tio Minuter (Sweden, 1967)

Though Black Sabbath usually gets credited for creating the stoner metal sound, there's plenty of its elements in these earlier recordings (most of which weren't officially released until about 2001): the droning and repetitive qualities for sure, as well as plenty of psychedelic heaviness. The recordings of Pärson Sound have a weirdly spiritual, cultish nature to them - something I'd say is also true of more contemporary torch-bearers like No-Neck Blues Band and Sunburned Hand of the Man - but few have married those traits to this track's dark crunch so successfully.


I love this style of music, so it's tempting to post a lot of bonuses. From The Groundhogs and Hawkwind to German Oak and Les Rallizes Dénudés, I could go on forever. Like a lot of people who will enter this election, I was a big-time Head Heritage disciple and pored over the pages of Krautrocksampler and Japrocksampler, and have always stayed on the lookout for the very best heavy psych. My other musical interests include hip-hop, free jazz, and lately a lot more house music.

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[–]kfudnapaa [score hidden]

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Popular: Kyuss - Asteroid

The mighty Kyuss need no introduction.

Catchy: Causa Sui - Red Valley
A recent psychedelic/krautrock band from Denmark. They have quickly become one of my favourite bands.

Obscure: Arktis - Very Progressive
A 1970s band from Germany, I think they're quite obscure. This is one tasty psych jam.

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[–]round 27 submitterEl_Dumfuco [score hidden]

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Popular Atomic Rooster - VUG (1970)

This whole album is a power pack of heavy prog trio goodness, a must for any fan of the hammond, and this instrumental with a blues boogie foundation is no exception. Somewhat a natural choice for popular, with Atomic Rooster being one of the bands used to define the upper limit for obscurity in the monsterfuzz sub.

Catchy Them - I Keep Singing (1969)

Percussive, groovy, soulful, melodious. The intermittent buzzing complements the jungle beat rhythm very well. Would this rock as hard if Van Morrison was still with the group?

Obscure Supernaut - Darkness Falls (1974)

The whole sub is dedicated to obscurity, but there are levels of course. For starters, I don't know anything about this particular set of musicians, and the music wasn't even released until two decades later! Works for me. The tasty riff keeps crunching on and on, but it never gets boring somehow. Damn heavy stuff too!

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[–]round 27 wildcardDriveler [score hidden]

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[–]An Oligarchboredop [score hidden]

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"We all must dig a little distortion sometimes, George." - Duke Ellington to George Wein, sometime in the '60s

Popular: Parliament - Red Hot Mama (funk rock, 1970) - wait, what the funk is this doing here? Eddie Hazel's guitar is the reason. This was recorded in the sessions for the first P-Funk album, Parliament's very raw and rare Osmium. This tune was left off the album and issued only as a single for many years, and is now included on some, but not all, of the many fly-by-night CD reissues. It's better known from the later, slicker Funkadelic recording and many face-melting live versions.

Catchy: The Sonics - Louie Louie (garage rock, 1965) - One of the best versions of one of the catchiest tunes ever. The song's convoluted history is long enough to fill a book. The Sonics' version was recorded three years after the Kingsmen's hit version, and it rocks like hell.

Obscure: The Good Rats - Klash-Ka-Bob (bar band prog boogie, 1974) - The Good Rats were a great bar band from Long Island that achieved some local popularity and recorded a few albums in the '70s and '80s. I have only met a couple of people who saw them play live back in the day, but they still rave about those shows. And they still play around New York and New Jersey every now and then. This song is my favorite from their best album, Tasty. Interesting trivia: Bruce Kulick played in a later lineup of the Good Rats before joining Kiss, and their drummer Joe Franco wrote a classic instructional book on double bass drum technique.

Bonus: Randy California - I Don't Want Nobody (psychedelic rock, 1972) - This jammy Hendrix-influenced James Brown cover comes from California's first solo album, Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds, recorded during a hiatus from his best-known gig, Spirit.

About me - funky drummer, radio guy, and a mod at /r/nolamusic and now /r/truemusic too.

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