Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Charlie & Esdor


Mellotronen 2005

01 Dagen Är Över
02 Då Klagar Mine Grannar
03 It's All Over Now
04 Fuck the Cops
05 Grönt Är Skönt
06 Två Mans Bridge Blues
07 Kan Du Hitta En Väg
08 Idag Sticker Jag Bort
09 How Does It Feel To Be Without Friends
10 Dagen Är Över

This compilation brings together all the available recordings by Swedish psych/commune rock players Charlie & Esdor. Starting as a duo of Charlie Franzén and Esdor Jensen, they recorded the seminal single 'Dagen Är Över' b/w 'Då Klagar Mine Grannar' for MNW Records in September 1970.

Another session was held in November 1970, adding guitarist Lasse Summanen. 'It's All Over Now' and 'Fuck the Cops' (retitled ' Wolf's Mouth Song') were released on a coloured 7" on MNW under the name Scorpion.

Work began on an album in late November 1970 and then on in to January and February of 1971 before the band split. Tracks 5 to 8 appeared as the 'Grönt Är Skönt' E.P. in 1972.

'How Does It Feel To Be Without Friend' was recorded live 18th of August 1970 at Moderna Museeet, Stockholm. 

Live version of 'Dagen Är Över' was recorded 28th of June 1970 in Katrineholm.

Då Klagar Mina Grannar / Dagen Är Över (Paper sleeve and coloured vinyl versions.

It's All Over Now (as 'Scorpion' 1970 coloured vinyl)

Grönt Är Skönt (1972 EP)

Various Artists - Esoterica Britannica XI: 'The Ghosts of Futures Lost' (for Mark Fisher)


01 The Focus Group - Starry Wisdom
02 Robert Fripp & Brian Eno - The Heavenly Music Corporation V
03 Cabaret Voltaire - Ooraseal
04 Sabres Of Paradise - Bubble and Slide
05 worriedaboutsatan - Blank Tape
06 Boards Of Canada - The Devil is In the Details
07 Coil - At the Heart of it All
08 Glynis Jones - Schlum Rooli
09 Pye Corner Audio - A Non-Place
10 The Pop Group - Savage Sea
11 Cosey Fanni Tutti - Tutti
12 Aphex Twin - Kladfygbung Mischk
13 Tristram Cary - The Mutants
14 John Foxx - X-Ray Vision
15 Roj - Meditation on Nothingness
16 Burial - Nightmarket
17 Philip Jeck - NOW YOU CAN LET GO

The penultimate edition of 'Esoterica Britannica' is dedicated to writer, music critic, cultural theorist, philosopher and teacher, Mark Fisher.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

13th Floor Elevators - Headstone: The Contact Sessions


Charly Records 2009

01 You're Gonna Miss Me
02 Tried to Hide
03 Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
04 Take that Girl
05 You Can't Hurt Me Anymore
06 I'm Gonna Love You too
07 Monkey Island
08 Roller Coaster
09 Now I'm Home
10 Where Am I?
11 Fire Engine
12 You Can't Hurt Me Anymore [Take 1]
13 Fire Engine [Take 8]
14 You're Gonna Miss Me [Take 6]
15 Tried to Hide [Take 7]
16 I'm Gonna Love You too [45 rpm Single Version]
17 All Night Long [ as The Bad Seeds]
18 You're Gonna Miss Me [Vocal Track]

Early 13th Floor Elevators now. Originally released as part of the VERY limited box set 'Sign Of The 3 Eyed Men' and then as a stand alone release on the same label the following year, this is a collection of pre 'The Psychedelic Sounds of...' recordings.

The band secured a recording session with Gordon Byden to record a single in January 1966 and released debut single 'You're Gonna Miss Me' b/w 'Tried to Hide' on the hastily arranged Contact records. That single is included on this album, as well as other tracks recorded at an additional session in February 1966.

Taking advantage of the time at Andrus Studio, Houston, Texas, the band recorded an albums worth of songs.

After the release of the single, the band went on tour and were promptly signed by International Artists. These recordings were dropped as the band started to record their debut proper.

A lot of the tracks from that debut album appear here. I imagine this collection was the bands live repertoire at the time. 

A cool lo-fi alternate debut album from Texas' finest, Roky is already great.

Friday, 25 June 2021

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Midnight


Self Made Compilation 2018

01 New Rising Sun
02 Look Over Yonder
03 Midnight
04 Red House
05 Stone Free
06 Calling All the Devil's Children
07 Hear My Train a Comin'
08 Peace in Mississippi

A fictional Hendrix album now. All material presented here was performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and recorded after the completion of 'Electric Ladyland' but before sessions for the final (but never completed) album.

Hendrix continued recording after the session for 'Electric Ladyland', but with no real focus in mind.
Shortly after, he would dissolve the Experience and start the funk trio Band Of Gypsys. The material from this interim period wasn't carried over for inclusion on the 'First Rays of the new Rising Sun' / 'Straight Ahead' project.

A lot of the stuff here is strong; loud, fuzzed out jams, with three instrumental tracks included. The 'Band Of Gypsys' album was handed over to the record label as a contractual obligation, this album of completed Experience tracks could of done that. 

Not that I'm complaining about 'Band Of Gypsys', it's wonderful.

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Alain Goraguer - La Planète Sauvage (Bande Sonore Originale Du Film)


Pathé 1973

01 Déshominisation (II)
02 Déshominisation (I)
03 Générique
04 Le Bracelet
05 Ten Et Tiwa
06 Maquillage De Tiwa
07 Course De Ten
08 Ten Et Medor
09 Ten Et Tiwa Dorment
10 Ten Est Assomé
11 Abite
12 Conseil Des Draags
13 Les Hommes-La Grande Co-Existence
14 La Femme
15 Mira Et Ten
16 Mort De Draag
17 L'oiseau
18 La Cité Des Hommes Libres
19 Attaque Des Robots
20 La Longue Marche-Valse Des Statues
21 Les Fusées
22 Générique
23 Strip Tease
24 Méditation Des Enfants
25 La Vieille Meurt

Thought I would post this classic. The much sampled jazz, funk, experimental soundtrack to the animated french film.

Grouper - He Knows He Knows He Knows


Collective Jyrk 2006

01 He Knows
02 He Knows
03 He Knows

Haven't posted any Grouper in a long time. An earlier release here. Guitar pedal drone experiments.

The original release was a mini CDr sold at shows on a Canadian tour. The same year also saw an even more limited version on Something on the Road records for Israel.

Finally, Grouper self released a 7" version in 2009.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

The Byrds - Byrds '69


Alternate album 1969

01 This Wheel's On Fire
02 Child of the Universe
03 Candy
04 Bad Night at the Whiskey
05 King Apathy III
06 Your Gentle Way of Loving Me
07 Old Blue
08 Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
09 Lay Lady Lay
10 Stanley's Song
11 Nashville West

Another Byrds album and period re-imagined. This time it's 1969's 'Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde'. 

Opinions are split over this album and it was also one of the worst selling. Bob Johnson's poor production didn't help, but the 90's Columbia re-issues cleaned it up a bit.

I thought the main problem was the flow; on this alternate version I've placed all the psychedelic and fuzz toned songs on side 1 and the country material on side 2 (beginning with 'Your Gentle Way of Loving Me').

In addition to this I removed the medley of 'My Back Pages/B.J. Blues/Baby What You Want Me to Do' and included an alternate version of the non album single 'Lay Lady Lay' and the album outtake 'Stanley's Song'.

Other alternate Byrds albums: