Sunday, March 26, 2023

Greg Sage: Straight Ahead 1985 + Sacreifice (For Love) 1991 + V.A: Fourteen Songs For Greg Sage And The Wipers 1993


Wipers was a punk rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1977 by guitarist and vocalist Greg

Sage, along with drummer Sam Henry and bassist Dave Koupal.
The group's tight song structure and use of heavy distortion were hailed as extremely influential by numerous critics and musicians. They are also considered to be the first Pacific Northwest punk band. Sage founded Wipers in Portland in 1977 along with drummer Henry and bassist Koupal, originally just as a recording project.

The plan was to record 15 albums in 10 years without touring or promotion. Sage thought that the

mystique built from the lack of playing traditional rock 'n' roll would make people listen to their recordings much deeper with only their imagination to go by. He thought it would be easy to avoid press, shows, pictures and interviews. He looked at music as art rather than entertainment; he thought music was personal to the listener rather than a commodity.



Greg Sage (born October 21, 1951) is an American songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, regarded as an important influence on many punk rock and post-punk artists. Sage is best known as the principal

songwriter and vocalist/guitarist of the influential Portland, Oregon-based band Wipers.
The mood of Sage's lyrics is frequently dark, and rife with references to confusion and severe alienation. His song structures often take unexpected turns and are typified by fractured melodic passages punctuated by massive, intricate guitar parts, and use of heavy distortion. He usually plays on a 1969 left-handed Gibson SG with attached Bigsby tremolo.



Straight Ahead is the debut solo album of Wipers frontman Greg Sage. It was released in 1985. Half the album consists of just Sage accompanied by his acoustic guitar. Finally, the Wipers' incredible frontman

finds a new label to release his records, and in this case, he tries a solo outing instead of convening a fourth Wipers album to go with the three stunning ones they did from 1980-1983. Side one is Wipers-type guitar songs from an uncharacteristic folky approach, and fans will likely lap them up with the same joy that they did the output of Is This Real?, Youth of America, and Over the Edge, which every fan needs.

This is what we expect from Sage, in terms of his characteristically involved guitar playing pegged to more simple riffs, a formula that still works so well for him. Side two, though, now that's a totally different kettle of fish, one no one could have expected. How to describe it? Let's call it all strange-

echo-soundtrack experiences/insights on the human race. There are no drums; it's almost like a soothing but spacey guitar orchestra, the man testing the outer limits of the moods a mere six strings can manage without other sounds' interference. It all adds up to another interesting look into a true and obvious talent. Get his Wipers LP too, though, you need everything this man does.
By Jack Rabid

Greg Sage – Straight Ahead
Label: Gift Of Life – GIFT 022
Format: CD, Album, Reissue  1990
Country: Germany
Released: 1985   
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock



Straight Ahead    4:12
02. Soul's Tongue    2:45
03. Blue Cowboy    3:10
04. Your Empathy    2:58
05. The Illusion Fades    2:37
06. Seems So Clear    1:35
07. On The Run    2:12
08. Astro Cloud    4:08
09. Lost In Space    3:25
10. Let It Go    3:08
11. World Without Fear    5:05
12. Keep On Keepin' On    4:22

Cover – Henry Small
Drums – Dean Johnson (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B1), Pat Baum (tracks: A3, A6, B3, B4)
Mastered By – E_
Photography By – Josh Mong
Recorded By, Producer, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar [Ventura With Electric Pick Up], Bass, Bass [Fuzz], Percussion, Written-By – Greg Sage
Sleeve – Sage

MP3 @ 320 Size: 91 MB
Flac  Size: 258 MB



Sacrifice (For Love) is the second solo release of Wipers frontman Greg Sage. It was recorded and released in 1991. It contains a cover of the Yardbirds' "For Your Love.

Greg Sage – Sacrifice (For Love)
Label: Restless Records – 7 72539-2
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1991
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock



Stay By Me   2:51
Songwriter – Greg Sage
02. Sacrifice (For Love)   3:32
Songwriter – Greg Sage
03. Know By Now   3:24
Songwriter – Greg Sage
04. Forever   3:21
Songwriter – Greg Sage
05. The Same Game   3:40
Songwriter – Greg Sage
06. No Turning Back   2:59
Songwriter – Greg Sage
07. Ready Or Not   3:07
Songwriter – Greg Sage
08. For Your Love   3:58
Songwriter – Graham Gouldman
09. This Planet Earth   3:11
Songwriter – Greg Sage
10. Dreams   5:42
Songwriter – Greg Sage

MP3 @ 320 Size: 83 MB
Flac  Size: 236 MB



The first edition came out in coloured vinyl without picture covers for the individual 7" records.

Newer editions (4000 copies) are on black vinyl (this) and all four records come with b/w picture sleeves within the silver boxset.
This box also featured an insert with a brief Wipers discography listed.
On the back of each sleeve is written "Printed In Canada" inside a small oval. The insert came in different colours and textured paper.

From the insert: "In 1977, a band called the Wipers hit Portland, Oregon like a tornado. The Rhythm section forced you to dance, the guitar sound was raw and yet at the same time melodic and the vocals expressed the struggling, confusion and anger felt by all. For over ten years, Greg Sage and the Wipers have continued to be a source of inspiration. We offer these songs as a way of thanks." Tim/Kerr Records released this compilation in 1993 in a CD.

Various – Fourteen Songs For Greg Sage And The Wipers
Label: Tim/Kerr Records – TK91CD10 TRIB 2
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1993
Genre: Rock
Style: Punk, Grunge



01. Napalm Beach – Potential Suicide  4:12

Engineer – Drew Canulette
02. M99 – Astro Cloud   3:38
Engineer – Tom Robinson
03. Nirvana – Return Of The Rat   3:09
Engineer – Barrett Jones
04. Poison Idea – Up Front   2:49
Engineer – Bob Stark
05. Dharma Bums – On The Run   2:59
Engineer – Drew Canulette
06. Crackerbash – I Don't Know What I Am / Mystery   4:39
Engineer – Drew Canulette
07. Hole – Over The Edge   2:48
Engineer – Brian Foxworthy
08. The Whirlees – Land Of The Lost   5:21
Engineer – Drew Canulette
09. Nation Of Ulysses – Telepathic Love   1:24
Engineer – Mike Lastra/Producer – Slayer Hippy
10. Honey – No One Wants An Alien    3:23
11. Hazel – Tragedy   2:01

Engineer – Mike Lastra/Producer – Slayer Hippy
12. Calamity Jane – Alien Boy   3:23
Engineer – Mailon Brousseau
13. Saliva Tree – Soul's Tongue   3:45
Mixed By – Mike Lastra, Slayer Hippy/Producer, Engineer – Mike Lastra
14. Thurston Moore - Keith Nealy – Pushing The Extreme   3:15
Engineer – Greg Talenfeld

MP3 @ 320 Size: 106 MB
Flac  Size: 309 MB

Friday, March 24, 2023

Brain Police: San Diego's Only Psychedelic Cops 1968 (Reissue 2000)


The Brain Police were an American psychedelic rock band formed in San Diego, California, in 1968. Led by songwriters Rick Randle and Norman Lombardo, the project had a cult following in the West Coast's psychedelic scene. Formed in 1968, the Brain Police consisted of principle songwriters Rick Randle (guitar, vocals) and Norman Lombardo (bass guitar) who were joined by Randle's younger

brother David (lead guitar) and Tony Johnson (drums). Johnson left the group however before any recordings were completed, and was replaced by Sid Smith. Other contributors to the band included a black soul group known as the Soul Patrol which occasionally filled in for the Brain Police for live performances. Over a few months between 1964 and 1965, the group recorded and released the rockabilly-influenced "Bonnie" single. With a changed name, "The Other Four", the band released three additional singles in 1965 and 1966,


The Brain Police landed high profile gigs like opening for Jefferson Airplane, as well as for Buffalo

Springfield at downtown’s Community Concourse in December 1967. "That was the last show we did with the Soul Patrol as part of the Brain Police," recalls David Randle, "and it was the last time we played much of anything other than our original songs...'Conquistador' was an amazing Procol Harum song. We didn't play a cover unless there was something we really liked about it."

The Brain Police, one of the few psychedelic rock bands established in San Diego, played regularly

throughout California with contemporaries of the psychedelic music scene such as Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, and Strawberry Alarm Clock. The same year the group recorded a demo album that focused on original material written by Randle and Lombardo in La Mesa in an attempt to secure a recording contract with a major record label. labels with Brain Police records now include Shadoks Music (Germany) and the Italian label Akarma, which reissued the original demo album in 2000.

A Normal/Shadoks CD reissure of the original unreleased album came with songs cut for a 1969 single and several earlier singles (1964-1966) by "The Man-Dells" and "The Other Four", both

featuring Brain Policemen Norm Lombardo and Rick Randle.
Things within the band got rocky, with Sid Smith departing and being replaced by Nate Rubin, at least for one nearly-final show. According to David Randle, "When Sid left to tour with Roy Head, Norm decided to move to San Francisco and Rick followed him. I was the only one left. "Much to the band's frustrations, the Brain Police received no offers for their work and the group disbanded following a tour with Steppenwolf in the Southwest United States.

Labels with Brain Police records now include Shadoks Music (Germany) and the Italian label Akarma,

which reissued the original demo album in 2000. A Normal/Shadoks CD reissure of the original unreleased album came with songs cut for a 1969 single and several earlier singles (1964-1966) by the Man-Dells and the Other Four, both featuring Brain Policemen Norm Lombardo and Rick Randle. This unreleased LP was reissued on CD by Normal/Shadoks, as were songs cut for a 1969 single and poppier 1964-1966 cuts from singles by "The Man-Dells" and "The Other Four" (bands that Brain Police songwriters Norman Lombardo and Rick Randle played in prior to 1967).


David Randle
Larry Grant
Norman Lombardo
Rick Randle
Sid Smith

Brain Police – San Diego's Only Psychedelic Cops
Label: Shadoks Music – SHADOKS 008
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: Germany
Released: 2000
Genre: Rock, Blues
Style: Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Rhythm & Blues



01. Brain Police
– Election For Mayor / Ride My Train Of Love
02. Brain Police – I'll Be On The Inside, If I Can
03. Brain Police – I'd Rather See You Dead
04. Brain Police – Find Me A Moment
05. Brain Police – Getting Too Much Higher
06. Brain Police – Adler
07. Brain Police – Gypsy Fast Woman
08. Brain Police – I'll Find Love  (Percussion – Benny Bennett)
09. Brain Police – There's A Light Over The City
10. Brain Police – My World Of Wax

Bonus Tracks

11. Brain Police – World Of Wax
12. Brain Police – Smoking At Windsor Hill
13. The Man-Dells – Bonnie
14. The Man-Dells – Oh No
15. The Other Four – Why?
16. The Other Four – Searching For My Love
17. The Other Four – These Are The Words
18. The Other Four – Once And For All Girl
19. The Other Four – Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night
20. The Other Four – How Do You Tell A Girl

Marketed By – Normal Records
Manufactured By – Normal Records
Pressed By – DOCdata Germany


Artwork By – Step Albers
Drums – Sid Smith
Lead Guitar – David Randle
Vocals, Bass – Norman Lombardo
Vocals, Organ, Guitar – Rick Randle
Written-By – Norman Lombardo (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 8 to 12)
Written-By, Artwork By – Rick Randle (tracks: 2, 3, 6, 7)

MP3 @ 320 Size: 144 MB
Flac  Size: 375 MB

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Socrates Drank The Conium: Discography

Socrates will probably never get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But while other

groups were becoming well known in the free world, this Hendrix-style blues band was playing to standing-room-only crowds in a small club in Athens, during Greece's military dictatorship, a period when even Rolling Stone albums were hard to find, and for a time illegal.

Socrates sounded like several bands that were popular at the time, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple, Blue Cheer, and Black Sabbath come to mind now when I hear their music from that early

period, though the majority of their material was original. There were songs that were crowd favorites such as "Close the Door and Lay Down" (or what we called "Do It To The Rythm"), "Starvation" ("Give Them Some Bread") and "Underground", but often the highlight of the evening was when they did their Hendrix songs like "Voodoo Chile", "Message of Love" and "Red House" or jammed on songs like "Kansas City" with singer Jimi Quidd (later of the NY Dots) and Greek-American blues guitarist John Kronis.

John Spathas played a Fender Strat, long straight hair hanging down almost to the guitar, he was motionless except for his hands which effortlessly ripped out the most fluid, solos and riffs. He always

hooked the chord to his amp over the bottom cutaway so he would not step on it and pull it out during a solo, I suppose. It was sort of his trademark in a way and we would watch him tune up and wait for him to do it which meant to us that the music was about to begin. He would play some mind-boggling riff to make sure the volume was right or the guitar was in tune and they would be off. Antonis Tourkoyorgis played bass and sang and if Spathas gave the appearance of being introverted he was the complete opposite. He was also a great bass player.

The powerful sound this little three-piece band with their stacks of Marshalls  put out in the Kittaro club kept us coming back night after night. In all honesty I have to say that to this day I have not heard any band, three-piece or more, fill as much musical space. Seeing the Who in 1976 I

found myself comparing them to Socrates. OK, the Who is the Who. But apart from the personalities, the songs I knew and the flamboyance, were Townshend, Entwhistle and Moon as good a band as Socrates? No way. Led Zepplin? Nope. You'd have to ask someone who had seen Hendrix or Cream to make the judgement about those bands but I can't imagine anyone being better than Socrates on a good night and as far as those nights in the Kittaro went I don't think they ever had a bad night. They were too good to have a bad night.

What made them so remarkable was the guitar playing of John Spathas. Even today listening to the solos he played in 1972 I still can't believe the music he was making. Brent Lambert of Kitchen

Mastering, quite a guitar player himself, after hearing several Spathas solos from thirty years ago said "If this guy had come to America he would be a guitar hero and everyone would know his name." If you liked the way Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen play you will love Spathas and if you play guitar yourself you will wonder "If this was thirty years ago and he is still playing how good must he be now?"

Vangelis Papathanasiou, otherwise known as Vangelis joined them for an album or two and made

them more of a progressive-rock band with lots of keyboard, synth and guitar interweavings. But the three-piece version of the band's first two albums and the original rock-blues style was probably their best shot at world fame.

John Spathas (30 November 1950 – 6 July 2019) was a Greek guitarist, founding member of the

rock band Socrates Drank the Conium (or simply Socrates), and one of the most famous Greek electric guitar players.

Matt Barrett's  


Οι Socrates είναι το καλύτερο και το πιο ιστορικό Rock συγκρότημα της χώρας μας, κυρίως στη δεκαετία του '70. Το ιστορικό και αξεπέραστο αυτό συγκρότημα δημιουργήθηκε στα τέλη των 60's,

από δυο συμμαθητές τους Γιάννη Σπάθα και τον Αντώνη Τουρκογιώργη (στον Πειραια). Το απόλυτο Ελληνικό Rock group που σφράγισε με το πέρασμα του όλη την πορεία της Ελληνικής Rock σκηνής, ήταν η εποχή της μεγάλης μουσικής έκρηξης σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο στο χώρο της Rock. Μιας έκρηξης που ξεπήδησε από το κίνημα των hippies και την γενιά της αμφισβήτησης και είχε σαν αποτέλεσμα την εμφάνιση στο μουσικό στερέωμα, καλλιτεχνών που έμειναν αξεπέραστοι και κλασικοί.

Οι Socrates έπαιξαν ένα κράμα ανάμεσα σε Rock - Hard Rock - Blues Rock - Progressive Rock και Heavy Psychedelic Rock. Οι κοινή αγάπη για την μουσική έκανε τους Socrates, από ερασιτεχνικό σχήμα σε πραγματικό επαγγελματικό συγκρότημα, καθώς και σημείο αναφοράς για πολλούς. Πριν τους

Socrates, ήταν στο ερασιτεχνικό σχήμα Persons μαζί με τον Ηλία Ασβεστόπουλο, (2002 GR), οι Persons ήταν λοιπόν ο προπομπός των Socrates αφού έπαιζαν σε αυτούς οι: Σπάθας - Τουρκογιώργης - Μπουκουβάλας, σαν Persons κυκλοφόρησαν 3 σπάνια (πια) singles. Οι Socrates ήταν μια από τις καλύτερες στιγμές του Ελληνικού Rock. Ακολούθησαν το ρεύμα της εποχής τραγουδούν Αγγλικά, συνδυάζοντας με τον καλύτερο τρόπο το Hard Rock με στοιχεία Ελληνικής παραδοσιακής μουσικής. Σ' αυτό συνέβαλε και η πολύ καλή τεχνική τους, γεγονός που τους καθιστά ακόμη και σήμερα περιζήτητους sessions μουσικούς.

Στα τέλη του 1968 αρχές 1969 ξεκινούν παίζοντας συνθέσεις των Cream, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix,

(ακούν τα τραγούδια σε juke-box και μετά τρέχουν στο σπίτι να τα προβάρουν, αφού δεν είχαν pick-up και δίσκους). Τότε οι Socrates Drank The Conium, (και αργότερα χάριν συντομίας Socrates), ήταν οι εξής: Αντώνης Τουρκογιώργης - vocals/ bass, Γιάννης Σπάθας - guitar και Ηλίας Μπουκουβάλας - drums.

Αντώνης Τουρκογιώργης [Antonis Tourkoyorgis] (bass, vocals),
Γιάννης Σπάθας [John Spathas] (guitar),
Ηλίας Μπουκουβάλας [Elias Boukouvalas] (drums, 1969-72),
Johnny Lambizzi (guitar, 1971),
Κώστας Δουκάκης [Gus Doukakis] (guitar, 1972-73),
Γιώργος Τρανταλίδης [Yiorgos Trantalidhs] [Giorgos Tradalidis] (drums, 1972-76)
Νίκος Αντύπας [Nikos Antypas] (drums, 1980-81)


Socrates Drank the Conium – 1971
Taste of Conium – 1972
On the Wings – 1973
Phos – 1976
Waiting for Something – 1980
Breaking Through – 1981



Socrates Drank The Conium – Socrates Drank The Conium
Label: Polydor – 523605 2
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered  1994
Country: Greece
Released: 1971
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock


01. Live In The Country    3:40
02. Something In The Air    3:15
03. Bad Conditions    3:59
04. It's A Disgusting World    6:50
05. Close The Door And Lay Down    3:10
06. Blind Illusion    3:30
07. Hoo Yeah!    3:35
08. Underground    4:40
09. Starvation    3:45

Bass, Vocals – Antonis Tourkogiorgis
Drums – Elias Boukouvalas
Lead Guitar – John Spathas
Written-By – D. Wood (3) (tracks: 2, 8), Elias Boukouvalas (tracks: 4), John Spathas, Antonis Tourkogiorgis

Flac  Size: 213 MB


Socrates Drank The Conium – Taste Of Conium
Label: Polydor – 5318722
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered 1996
Country: Greece
Released: 1972
Genre: Rock
Style: Classic Rock, Hard Rock


01. Wild Satisfaction   13:00
Written-By – E. Boukouvalas, J. Spathas, K. Richards, M. Jagger, A. Tourkogiorgis
02. Good Morning Blues   2:25
Written-By – E. Boukouvalas, J. Spathas, A. Tourkogiorgis
03. See See Rider   3:10
Arranged By – Elias Boukouvalas, John Spathas, Antonis Tourkogiorgis
Written-By – M. Rainey
04. Door Of The Dream   4:30
Written-By – J. Spathas, A. Tourkogiorgis
05. Waiting For The Sun   2:55
Written-By – J. Spathas, A. Tourkogiorgis
06. A Trip In The Sky   3:22
Written-By – J. Spathas, A. Tourkogiorgis
07. It's O.K   1:45
Written-By – J. Spathas, A. Tourkogiorgis
08. Born To Be Free   2:30
Written-By – J. Spathas, A. Tourkogiorgi
09. She's Gone Away    4:20
Written-By – J. Spathas, A. Tourkogiorgis

Bass, Vocals – Antonis Tourkogiorgis
Drums – George Tradalidis
Lead Guitar – John Spathas

Flac  Size: 242 MB



Socrates Drank The Conium – On The Wings
Label: Polydor – 531871-2
Format: CD, Album,  1997
Country: Greece
Released: 1973    
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock


Who Is To Blame    3:50
02. Destruction    4:35
03. Naked Trees    5:00
04. Death Is Gonna Die    3:32
05. This Is The Rats    2:50
06. Lovesick Kid's Blues    2:52
07. On The Wings Of Death    2:25
08. Breakdown    3:05
09. Tripping In A Crystal Forest    2:48
10. Regulations (If I Were A President)    2:40

Flac  Size: 218 MB


Socrates With Vangelis O. Papathanassiou – Phos
Label:Vertigo – 518738 2
Format:CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered 1993
Style:Prog Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Rock


01. Starvation    3:43
02. Queen Of The Universe    4:58
03. Every Dream Comes To An End    5:52
04. The Bride    3:35
05. Killer    2:25
06. A Day In Heaven    4:30
07. Time Of Pain    3:26
08. Mountains    7:28

Drums, Percussion – George Tradalidis
Executive-Producer – Vangelis Papathanassiou
Keyboards, Percussion – Vangelis Papathanassiou
Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – John Spathas
Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass – Antonis Tourkogiorgis
Written-By – Vangelis Papathanassiou (tracks: 3), John Spathas, Antonis Tourkogiorgis, George Tradalidis (tracks: 2, 3, 8)

Flac  Size: 204 MB


Socrates – Waiting For Something
Label: Minos – 7243 4 80748 2 9
Format: CD, Album, Remastered 1995
Country: Greece
Released: 1980
Genre:  Rock
Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock


01. Mr. W.C.   4:05
02. Most People I Know       3:59
03. Endless   3:23
04. Mountains   7:02
05. Lady   4:26
06. Threw The Dice   4:12
07. Valley Of Glory   4:44
08. Magic Mirror       6:18

Bass – George Zikoyannis
Drums, Percussion – Nikos Antypas
Keyboards – Pavlos Alexiou
Lead Guitar – John Spathas
Lead Vocals, Guitar – Antonis Tourkoyorgis
Producer – Mikis Corinthios
Recorded By, Mixed By – Kostas Fassolas

Flac  Size: 220 MB


Socrates – Breaking Through
Label: Minos-EMI – 7243 4 80912 2 2
Series: Minos EMI CD Club
Format:    CD, Album 1995
Country: Greece
Released: 1981
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock


01. Don't You Like    3:07
02. Falling Angel    2:55
03. Born Again    2:54
04. Hot Blooded Blues    6:26
05. More And More    3:54
06. Jenny And Penny    3:20
07. Master Of Disaster    3:39
08. Breaking Through    3:25

John Spathas (Γιάννης Σπάθας)
Antonis Tourkogiorgis (Αντώνης Τουρκογιώργης)
Nick Antypas (Νίκος Αντύπας)
Nick Politis (Νίκος Πολίτης) (tracks: 8)
Design [Cover] – Yanis Vavouras

Flac  Size: 168 MB