Thursday, August 18, 2022

Love And Rockets: 5 Albums Box 2013


The band's name was derived from the comic by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, which Gilbert later mocked in his book Love and Rockets X, where there were several different bands named "Love and Rockets" for a period.

Love and Rockets comprised guitarist/vocalist Daniel Ash, bassist/vocalist David J, and drummer

Kevin Haskins, all former members of the pioneering goth band Bauhaus.
Despite their previous band's status as gothic rock icons, Love and Rockets moved away from that genre, as demonstrated by their first minor hit being a cover of the Motown classic "Ball of Confusion".

Their first album release, "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven" (1985), leaned more towards post-punk,

psychedelic music and proto-rave atmospheres. Their second release, "Express" (1986), continued in that vein. It included the dance hit "Yin and Yang (the Flowerpot Man)." The 1987 follow up "Earth, Sun, Moon" had a folkier sound and spawned the minor hit "No New Tale to Tell."

However, the group didn't sound very similar to its first incarnation. Instead, Love and Rockets

emphasized the strains of psychedelia and glam rock that appeared underneath Bauhaus' gloomy drone, adding elements of pop songcraft, folk, and R&B, as well as cryptic, self-important lyrics. For most of the late '80s, the group had a devoted cult following, resulting in a surprise Top Ten hit single, "So Alive," in 1989. During the early '90s, the group's audience steadily declined, although they still retained a number of loyal fans.

After Bauhaus broke up in 1983, David J recorded a solo album and collaborated with the Jazz Butcher,

while Daniel Ash concentrated on a side project, Tones on Tail. Haskins soon joined Tones on Tail, but the group folded in 1984. Haskins and Ash then attempted to reunite Bauhaus. David J agreed to the project, but the band's lead vocalist, Peter Murphy, refused. Instead of pursuing an incomplete Bauhaus reunion, Ash, J, and Haskins formed Love and Rockets, taking their name from the underground comic book created by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez.

Love and Rockets released their first album, Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven, in 1985; it received

mixed reviews but it began to build their following. Express, released the following year, was more successful, charting in both the U.S. and the U.K. On Earth Sun Moon (1987) the band retreated to more atmospheric musical territory, with the notable exception of the alternative/college radio hit "No New Tale to Tell," which helped increase the group's fan base. Love and Rockets, released in 1989, broke the band into the mainstream, thanks to the T. Rex-inspired Top Ten single "So Alive."

The album was nearly as successful, breaking into the Top 20 and going gold. After a grueling tour

schedule in support of their big hit, Love and Rockets took a few years off before returning to the studio together. The result was a move to an electronic sound that had more in common with the Orb than their rock or goth roots. Their label, RCA Records, dropped them. They signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings to release "Hot Trip to Heaven" (1994), followed in 1996 by "Sweet F.A.".

After the success of Love and Rockets, the members of the band concentrated on solo projects for nearly a half-decade. Love and Rockets returned to recording in 1994 with Hot Trip to Heaven, which

failed to make any inroads on the pop or alternative charts. In 1996, they returned again with Sweet F.A., and Lift followed two years later. Love and Rockets announced in October 2007 on their MySpace page that they would reform to play one song at "Cast a Long Shadow," a tribute to Joe Strummer and benefit for Strummerville, The Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music, on December 22, 2007 at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. They covered "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," playing the song twice, the second time inviting members of the audience to join them onstage to sing along.
They performed 27 April 2008 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and also at Lollapalooza on 3 August 2008 in Chicago.



The new Love and Rockets set collects the band’s ’80s albums — Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven,

Express, Earth.Sun.Moon and Love and Rockets, each with bonus tracks from previous reissues — plus a new compilation called Assorted! that features the Swing! and Bubblemen EPs, six live tracks, a stray B-side and the previously unreleased song “Sorted”, plus an additional collection of rarities.

Although it may not be the type of package that fans think the trio deserves, there's little else to quibble about here. Every single track is in place, including both Canadian and U.S. mixes or edits of several

early singles ("Ball of Confusion," "If There's a Heaven Above," "Haunted When the Minutes Drag") that divided fans, plus their alias single as the Bubblemen and six live tracks recorded in December 1987. The earlier editions of these albums had been showing their age (and lack of remastering) for many years, so it's a treat to have the seminal, underappreciated, prime-era work of Love and Rockets available in a pristine digital mastering. 


Love And Rockets! – 5 Albums
Label: Beggars Archive – BBQCD 2102
Series: 5 Albums, Beggars Archive
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Box Set, Compilation
Country: UK & Europe
Released: May 13, 2013
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, New Wave



01. If There's A Heaven Above    4:58
02. A Private Future    5:07
03. The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By    7:38
04. The Game    5:09
05. Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven    6:37
06. Haunted When The Minutes Drag    8:04
07. Saudade  (Arranged By [String Arrangement] – John A. Rivers/
Electric Guitar – David J)   5:01



08. Ball Of Confusion (12" UK Mix)  (Composed By – Norman Whitfield And Barrett Strong)   7:20
09. Inside The Outside    4:23
10. If There's A Heaven Above (12" UK Mix)    7:00
11. God And Mr. Smith    4:50
12. Haunted When The Minutes Drag (USA Mix)    4:32
13. If There's A Heaven Above (Canada Mix)    4:26

MP3 @ 320 Size: 175 MB
FLAC  Size: 503 MB

DISC 2.    << EXPRESS >>    1986


It Could Be Sunshine    4:59
02. Kundalini Express    5:52
03. All In My Mind    4:43
04. Life In Laralay    3:32
05. Yin And Yang (The Flowerpot Man)    5:56
06. Love Me    3:55
07. All In My Mind (Acoustic Version)    5:05
08. An American Dream  (Choir – Alan Brookes, James Lowry, Robert Willey/
Chorus Master [Choir Master] – Allan Baker)   6:09



09. Angels And Devils    6:10
10. Holiday On The Moon    6:07
11. Lucifer Sam  (Composed By – Syd Barrett)   3:21
12. B Side # 1    1:17
13. B Side # 2    1:32
14. Yin And Yang (The Flowerpot Man) (Remix)    5:29
15. Ball Of Confusion (USA Mix)  (Composed By – Norman Whitfield And Barrett Strong)   6:17

MP3 @ 320 Size: 164 MB
FLAC  Size: 503 MB

DISC 3.    EARTH . SUN . MOON    1987   


01. Mirror People    4:06
02. The Light    4:17
03. Welcome Tomorrow    3:36
04. No New Tale To Tell  (Flute [Monkey Flute] – Mel Thorpe)   3:26
05. Here On Earth    3:10
06. Lazy    3:12
07. Waiting For The Flood    3:38
08. Rain Bird    3:17
09. The Telephone Is Empty    4:00
10. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven    5:13
11. Earth, Sun, Moon    3:34
12. Youth    4:42



13. Mirror People (Slow Version)    4:27

MP3 @ 320 Size: 120 MB
FLAC  Size: 331 MB



01. (Jungle Law)    4:32
02. No Big Deal    4:56
03. The Purest Blue  (Engineer – Whispering Angus)   3:44
04. Motorcycle    3:31
05. I Feel Speed    3:25
06. Bound For Hell    6:01
07. The Teardrop Collector  (Synth [String Synth] – John Fryer)   4:09
08. So Alive  (Backing Vocals – Lorna Wright, Ruby James, Sylvia Mason James)   4:16
09. Rock And Roll Babylon  (Arranged By [String Arrangement] – Bill Thorp/Cello – Josie Abbott/Viola – Penny Thomposon/Violin – Bill Thorp, Brian Brooks)   3:22
10. No Words No More    3:50



11. Bike    3:54
12. Bikedance    7:08
13. No Big Deal (12" Remix)    7:11
14. Dreamtime    8:41

MP3 @ 320 Size: 161 MB
FLAC  Size: 418 MB

DISC 5.    ASSORTED!   2013  


01. Mirror People '88 (Full Length Version)    5:26
02. Wake Up    4:00
03. Cuckoo Land    2:49
04. The Early Worm    2:13
05. 1000 Watts Of Your Love    2:50
06. Bad Monkey    4:22
07. David Lanfair    7:13
08. Sorted    3:40
09. Mirror People (Live)    5:03
10. No New Tale To Tell (Live)    3:34
11. Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven (Live)    7:18
12. Love Me (Live)    4:31
13. Kundalini Express (Live)    5:08
14. Lazy (Live)    3:34

THE BUBBLEMEN           

15. The Bubblemen – The Bubblemen Are Coming    5:14
16. The Bubblemen – The Bubblemen Rap    5:21
17. The Bubblemen – Dub Rap    5:23
18. The Bubblemen – B Side (Edit)    2:13

The Bubblemen were a side project formed in 1988 by the members of alternative rock band Love and Rockets. Love and Rockets members Daniel Ash (guitar, saxophone and vocals), David J (bass and vocals) and Kevin Haskins (drums, synthesizers) dressed up in bee-like costumes for performances.

MP3 @ 320 Size: 186 MB
FLAC  Size: 535 MB

Assorted Details:

5-1, 5-7 and 5-9 taken from the "Mirror People" 12".
5-2 to 5-6 are the tracks originally intended to be released as "Swing EP", available before only with this 2002 release; "Love And Rockets / Swing!".
5-8 otherwise unpublished.
5-10, 5-13, 5-14 not released otherwise before.
5-11 and 5-12 taken from the "No New Tale To Tell" 12".
5-15 to 5-17 originally published using the alias, The Bubblemen, on their "The Bubblemen Are Coming!" release.
5-18 originally published using the alias, The Bubblemen, but is in an edited form from its original full-length version on their "The Bubblemen Are Coming!" release.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Andromeda - Definitive Collection 2000

Andromeda was a Psychedelic, Hard Rock trio formed by singer-guitarist John Cann (also known as John Du Cann), formerly of the psychedelic garage band the Attack, Mick Hawksworth (bass, vocals), and Ian McClane (drums, vocals). The group performed in various London venues including Middle Earth and the Marquee Club. Cann's guitar was the dominant instrument, leading listeners through classically based psychedelic and progressive directions and creative dissonances, contributing to the trio's impressive live sets.

They were an English rock group, that formed in 1966. However, soon after formation, the band changed lineup, and led by John Du Cann a new line-up recorded their eponymous album in 1969 with backing vocals by Eddie Dyche. The group split upon Du Cann's departure to join Atomic Rooster in 1970. Du Cann, Hawksworth, and Collins also comprised the one-off studio band The Five Day Week Straw People. Hawksworth later briefly joined Killing Floor.

Andromeda combined their own original writing with elements appropriated out of familiar classical material. They were signed to RCA in 1969 but before that they'd appeared live on the BBC's Top Gear program in 1968, and in the 1990s, other live recordings from their performances at Middle Earth have surfaced as well. The group's first single, "Go Your Way," was released in 1969 and a self-titled album (which featured some impressive vocals) followed quickly. The group broke up late in the year, and Cann joined Vincent Crane in Atomic Rooster, and revived the group with him at the end of the '70s, while Hawksworth played with Alvin Lee and became a member of Ten Years After (and Ten Years Later), as well as playing with Matthew Fisher. Compact disc reissues of Andromeda's work began appearing in the '90s on the Kissing Spell label.

In '69, they were helped by John Peel, after recording sessions in Top Gear programme. It was arranged for them to record a single, by RCA, in Peel's label Dandelion; later they signed a contract to record an album, self titled. The band had some disagreements with Peel by the time Collins left, being substituted by Ian McLane, and they broke the contract. Though the band toured with BLACK SABBATH, recorded several live radio performances and even Pete Townshend from THE WHO showed his interest to produce their album, nothing turned out as expected, but they could hold a contract with RCA, were they released their only, self- titled album in '69. The album was acclaimed by critics, but had no great success among the public, so they never released another material again. Du Cann left in late 69' going to form Atomic Rooster, along with Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer from ARTHUR BROWN BAND. The other members tried to continue with new guitarists, but the band soon split.

Their work was forgotten during the years, and only in the 90's ANDROMEDA had its material released, including extras, live material, BBC sessions, and re-releases of the first album. All their material can be found in a collection released under the name 'The Definitive Collection'. Their eponymous album was re-released remastered with bonus tracks; there are many variations of it and other albums comprising some of the material of 'The Definitive Collection'.

In September 2017, a copy of their first album sold for over £1,000 ($1,200 USD) on Discogs.



John Du Cann - lead vocals, guitar
Mick Hawksworth - bass guitar
Jack McCulloch (aka Jack Collins) - drums
Ian McLane - drums



This two-CD set does include the entirety of Andromeda's sole, self-titled album (presented in sequence as the first eight songs), but there is so much more material here that this is much more than a mere expanded reissue of Andromeda. There's the non-LP single "Go Your Way"/"Keep Out 'Cos I'm Dying," and no less than 24 previously unreleased tracks, including the last six cuts on disc one and the entirety of disc two. Some of these additions are alternate versions of material from their LP and single, but most are entirely different songs.

Sources are not given for all of these previously unavailable items, although five are identified as having been done for John Peel's Top Gear radio show in 1968, and two are noted as outtakes from Andromeda, two as 1967 recordings, and four as live 1967-1968 cuts. Although some psych/prog collectors may beg to differ, on the evidence of these tracks, Andromeda seem to have been a better band before their official album. Prior to Andromeda, they usually espoused a lighter, more melodic brand of British psych, sometimes strongly echoing the songs that Jack Bruce wrote and sang for Cream (check out "Ode to the Sea" especially) and the late-period Yardbirds (whom Andromeda sometimes supported live).

Dig those couple of neat guitar-psych versions of "Exodus," and the tender folk-rock of "All in You," which differs from anything else the band recorded. The self-titled LP consists of erratic, undistinguished heavy psych with one foot in hard rock and one toe in metal, although the band does vary the mood with occasional quiet and reflective passages. Due to the wealth of material, this set is certainly preferable to other Andromeda releases, legitimate or otherwise, which contain less material, or only the tracks from the Andromeda LP.
by Richie Unterberger

Andromeda – Definitive Collection
Label: Angel Air Records – SJPCD053
Format: 2 x CD, Compilation, Remastered
Country: UK
Released: 2000
Genre: Rock
Style: Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock



01. Too Old    4:58
02. Day Of The Change    5:02
03. And Now The Sun Shines    4:00
04. Turns To Dust    (6:49)
05. Return To Sanity   8:20
06.The Reason    3:32
07. I Can Stop The Song     2:10
08. When To Stop    (8:32)
08a.The Traveller   
08b.Turning Point    
08c.Journey's End   
09. Go Your Way    3:03
10. Keep Out 'Cos I'm Dying    3:46
11. The Garden Of Happiness    3:11
12. Return To Exodus    2:26
13. Journey's End (Reprise)    3:03
14. Let's All Watch The Sky Fall Down    4:03
15. Darkness Of Her Room    5:10
16. See Into The Stars    7:14

MP3 @ 320 Size: 175 MB
Flac  Size: 396 MB



01. The Day Of The Change    4:33
02. The Reason    3:47
03. Return To Sanity    4:29
04. Keep Out 'Cos I'm Dying    5:53
05. Search On    3:06
06. Ode To The Sea    4:08
07. Lonely Streets    4:15
08. Sleep Like A Child    3:27
09. I Was Left Behind    3:37
10. I Just Wanna Live My Life    2:25
11. The Lodger    2:20
12. Dreamland    3:17
13. Round House Blues (Live)    8:58
14. Walking On (Live)    3:26
15. I'm Searching (Live)    2:14
16. Acidus (Live)    10:19
17. All In You    3:28
18. Step This Way    4:03

MP3 @ 320 Size: 181 MB
Flac  Size: 386 MB

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Green On Red


Always wary of their paisley underground tag, it was only Green on Red's debut EP that leaned on the

psychedelic sounds of the '60s before they traded it in for a boozy, all-American sound. They have been credited as latter-day forbears to the No Depression sound forged by Wilco and Son Volt. Singer and songwriter Dan Stuart, Chris Cacavas (keyboards), and Jack Waterson (bass) formed their first group in Tucson, AZ, in 1979. After the band relocated to L.A., drummer Alex MacNicol joined up and Green on Red released their debut EP on Steve Wynn's Down There label in 1982.

By 1983, they had dumped the trippy psychedelic stuff for Gravity Talks, their Slash debut. By the time

1985's Gas Food Lodging rolled around and the band had added guitarist Chuck Prophet, Green on Red were earning critical accolades, but their greatest success came overseas with the release of 1985's No Free Lunch (Polygram).

Between albums, Stuart paused to work with Steve Wynn and a smattering of their respective

bandmembers under the Danny & Dusty moniker, a side project that allowed Stuart to play on his "drunken bum" persona. Prophet and Stuart continued to hone their darkish, down-and-out loser blues on The Killer Inside Me (1987, Mercury) and Here Come the Snakes (1989, Mercury), but by the time 1989's This Time Around (also on Mercury) came out, interest in their work stateside had ceased.

Cacavas then left the fold to begin what had become a consistent, albeit overlooked, solo career.

Prophet and Stuart found an audience for their music in Europe for Scapegoats (1991, China) and Too Much Fun (1992, Off Beat), but ultimately traded in the madness of what had become their collaboration for quieter lives. Stuart relocated to Spain and Prophet continued the career he launched in 1990, performing as a solo artist and with his band the Mission Express (featuring his wife, Stephanie Finch, on keyboards and vocals).

As it turns out, Prophet was a sleeper, with a number of releases into the 2000s bearing little

resemblance to the ramshackle outfit that was Green on Red. However, Prophet did join a briefly reunited Green on Red -- with a lineup also including Stuart, Cacavas, and Waterson -- for a series of shows in 2005-2006. Drummer Alex MacNicol died in 2004.
By Denise Sullivan



Label: Wounded Bird Records – WOU 3964
Format: CD, Album, Reissue  2003
Released: 1983
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Paisley Underground


01. Gravity Talks  (Written-By – Cacavas, Stuart)  2:38
02. Old Chief  (Written-By – Stuart)  3:31
03. 5 Easy Pieces  (Written-By – Cacavas, Stuart)   2:23
04. Deliverance  (Written-By – Stuart)   5:47
05. Over My Head  (Written-By – Stuart   3:06
06. Snake Bit  (Written-By – Stuart)   4:30
07. Alice  (Written-By – Stuart)   4:11
08. Blue Parade  (Written-By – Stuart)   4:32
09. That's What You're Here For  (Written-By – Cacavas)  2:12
10. Brave Generation  Written-By – Stuart)   4:17
11. Abigail's Ghost  (Written-By – Stuart)   2:42
12. Cheap Wine  (Written-By – Stuart)   4:11
13. Narcolepsy  (Written-By – Stuart)   5:38

MP3 @ 320 Size: 114 MB
Flac  Size: 298 MB



Label: Acadia – ACA 8054
Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Country: UK
Released: 2003
Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Alternative Rock


01. Time Ain't Nothing    3:15
02. Honest Man    2:08
03. Ballad Of Guy Fawkes    3:53
04. No Free Lunch    3:12
05. (Gee Ain't It Funny How) Time Slips Away    3:12
06. Jimmy Boy    4:10
07. Keep On Moving    4:09


08. Smokestack Lightning    13:31



09. Clarkesville   04:10
10. Mighty Gun   04:17
11. Jamie   03:34
12. Whispering Wind   01:53

MP3 @ 320 Size: 120 MB
Flac  Size: 353 MB



Label: China Records – 841 519-2
Format: CD, Album
Country: France
Released: 1989
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Country Rock


01. This Time Around    3:39
02. Cool Million    3:44
03. Rev. Luther       4:06
04. Good Patient Woman  (Acoustic Guitar [Second] – Bernie Leadon)   4:20
05. You Couldn't Get Arrested   (Mandocello – Bernie Leadon/Piano – Spooner Oldham)   5:48
06. The Quarter  (Organ [Hammond B3] – Spooner Oldham)  4:20
07. Foot  (Bass [6 String] – Bernie Leadon)   4:08
08. Hold The Line  (Piano – Spooner Oldham)   3:54
09. Pills And Booze  (Mandolin – Bernie Leadon)   3:14
10. We're All Waiting    3:48



Ghost Band   02:47
12. Sorry Naomi   04:25
13. No Man's Land   04:48
14. Track You Down (His Master's Voice)   3:21

MP3 @ 320 Size: 131 MB
Flac  Size: 347 MB



Green On Red – Scapegoats
Label: China Records – WOLCD 1001
Format: CD, Album
Country: Italy
Released: 1991
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock


01. A Guy Like Me    2:54
02. Little Things In LIfe    3:41
03. Two Lovers (Waitin' To Die)    3:51
04. Gold In The Graveyard    3:51
05. Hector's Out    5:09
06. Shed A Tear (For The Lonesome)    3:06
07. Blowfly    3:02
08. Sun Goes Down    4:22
09. Where The Rooster Crows    3:27
10. Baby Loves Her Gun    3:45

MP3 @ 320 Size: 88 MB
Flac  Size: 208 MB



Label: China Records – WOLCD 1029
Format: CD, Album
Country: UK
Released: 1992
Genre: Rock
Style: Country Rock, Alternative


01. She's All Mine    3:46
02. Frozen In My Headlights    3:14
03. Love Is Insane    3:57
04. Too Much Fun    3:23
05. The Getaway      4:44
06. I Owe You One (Banjo – Rainer/Lead Guitar – Bobby Soto)  4:46
07. Man Needs Woman    2:45
08. Sweetest Thing  (Composed By – Spooner Oldham)   2:33
09. Thing Or Two  (Dobro – Rainer)   4:01
10. Hands And Knees  (Backing Vocals – Randy McReynolds)   3:10
11. Wait And See    4:35
12. Rainy Days And Mondays  (Lyrics By, Composed By – Paul Williams, Roger Nichols)   3:03

MP3 @ 320 Size: 101 MB
Flac  Size: 263 MB



Label: Maida Vale Records – MVRCD002
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: UK & Europe
Released: May 3, 2007
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Country Rock


01. Busted    2:25
02. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?    4:06
03. D.T. Blues    4:58
04. Fading Away    5:04
05. Reverend Luther    2:41
06. Good Patient Woman    4:27
07. Itch And Shout    2:54
08. Pills And Booze    3:41
09. Little Things In Life    3:26
10. Hair Of The Dog    3:17
11. Two Lovers Waiting To Die    3:06
12. Zombie For Love    4:12
13. Billy    7:10
14. Baby Loves Her Gun    3:49
15. Little Things In Life    3:34
16. Sun Goes Down    5:06
17. Frozen In The Headlights    3:27
18. Too Much Fun    3:29
19. Man Needs Woman    2:28

MP3 @ 320 Size: 168 MB
Flac  Size: 462 MB