Thursday, October 14, 2021

Various: The Psychedelic Sixties Music EP Collection 2003


VARIOUS The Psychedelic Sixties Music EP Collection (2003 French exclusive limited edition 56-track 24-Bit digitally remastered 14-CD single set, compiling some of the rarest and most sought after garage & psych EPs and singles, originally released in France between 1966 & 1969, including 13th Floor Elevators [currently rated at £1200+!!], We The People [£400-500], Electric Prunes, Shadows Of Knight, Count Five and many more! Each disc is presented in a card wallet repro of the original sleeve, with unique 'vinyl look' disc, housed in superb hinged lid 5" x 5" box!)

[And here we go, with 14 E.P.s by ten smoking, '60s psychedelic heroes, issued in France in glorious 24-bit sound, with individual picture sleeves for each one. This is one cool artifact. Here, the Thirteenth Floor Elevators kick it off with a slippery looking sleeve and are represented by four smoking tracks: "You're Gonna Miss Me," "Reverberation," "Fire Engine," and "Tried To Hide." They are followed by the Seeds, the Five Americans, the Electric Prunes, the Shadows of Knight, and We The People, with two EPs each; Music Explosion, Count Five, Shakespeares, and Syn. Those with one disc have two singles paired on a disc, while the others have recordings issued that way in Europe. This is one of those nifty, price-friendly sets that collectors die for, and it happens to have a boatload of great music that one might already have, but not in this way. This is a fetish project worth its price.
By Thom Jurek]

Various – The Psychedelic Sixties Music EP Collection
Label: Magic Records – 3930338
Format: 14 x CD, EP, Reissue, Remastered, Box Set, Compilation
Country: France
Released: 2003
Genre: Rock
Style: Garage Rock, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock


The 13th Floor Elevators was an American rock band from Austin, Texas, United States, formed by guitarist and vocalist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, and guitarist Stacy Sutherland. The band was together from 1965 to 1969, and during that period released four albums and seven

singles for the International Artists record label.
The Elevators were the first band to refer to their music as psychedelic rock, with the first-known use of the term appearing on their business card in January 1966. The 2005 documentary You're Gonna Miss Me specifically credits Tommy Hall with coining the term "psychedelic rock", although artists such as the Holy Modal Rounders and the Deep had described their music as "psychedelic" earlier. Their contemporary influence has been acknowledged by 1960s musicians such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Peter Albin of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Chris Gerniottis of Zakary Thaks.

1. Reverbaration (Doubt)
2. You're Gonna Miss Me
3. Fire Engine
4. Tried To Hide



The Seeds were an American psychedelic garage rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1965. The band's classic lineup featured frontman Sky Saxon, guitarist Jan Savage (born Buck Jan Reeder),

keyboardist Daryl Hooper and drummer Rick Andridge. In 1968, the band changed their name to Sky Saxon and the Seeds, with Savage and Andridge departing the band. They went on to release a handful of fruther singles, with Hooper also departing at some point before splitting up in circa 1972. In 1989, the original lineup of the band reformed for a handful of live dates in the US.
In 2003, Saxon reformed the Seeds with original guitarist Jan Savage (who departed part way through a European tour the same year due to ill health). Releasing 2 further studio albums, the band continued to tour the US, UK and Europe up to Saxon's death in 2009.

1. No Escape
2. Excuse, Excuse
3. Can't Seem To Make You Mine
4. Daisy Mae



Five Americans was a 1960s American rock band, most famous for their song, "Western Union", which reached number five in the U.S. Billboard chart and was their only single to chart in the Top 20.
The Mutineers formed in Durant, Oklahoma (Southeastern State College) in 1962. The band members crossed paths at the university, and began performing a repertoire of Bo Diddley and Duane Eddy standards within the campus. In 1963, the band recorded their debut single, "Jackin' Around", in Dallas, Texas, an instrumental which received extensive airplay in their college. The British Invasion influenced The Mutineers to include Beatles numbers to their repertoire, a change in outfitting, and a

slight emphasis to vocals. However, their most impactful acquisition was their utilization of the Vox Continental electronic organ, a later highlight of the group's sound. While in Dallas, the band achieved prominence playing as a frequent attraction in a venue called The Pirate's Nook. There they came to the attention of Abnak Records, whose president John Abdnor took the group under his wing. Shortly thereafter, the band identified themselves as the Five Americans.
For a short while after their five top singles "I See The Light", "Western Union", "Sound of Love", "Evol - Not Love", and "Zip Code" were released, they toured. However, their manager, Jon Abdnor Sr., president and owner of Abnak Records and Bankers Management and Services Insurance Co., was allowed control of their finances.
The Five Americans broke up in 1969 and went their separate ways after their single "7:30 Guided Tour" stalled at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After Abdnor's death in 1996, all rights to their songs should have reverted to the original group, but Sundazed Records bought the original tapes. The Five Americans are now receiving their share of the sales and publishing royalties.

1. I See The Light
2. The Train
3. I'm So Glad
4. Don't You Dare Blame Me


1. Western Union
2. Now That It's Over
3. If I Could
4. Reality



The Electric Prunes are an American psychedelic rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. Much of the band's music was, as music historian Richie Unterberger described it, possessed of "an eerie and sometimes anguished ambiance." It mainly consisted of material by songwriters Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz, though the group also penned their own songs. Incorporating psychedelia

and elements of embryonic electronic rock, the band's sound was marked by innovative recording techniques with fuzz-toned guitars and oscillating sound effects. In addition, guitarist Ken Williams' and singer James Lowe's concept of "free-form garage music" provided the band with a richer sonic palette and exploratory lyrical structure than many of their contemporaries.
The band was signed to Reprise Records in 1966 and released their first single, "Ain't It Hard", in the latter part of the year. Their first album, The Electric Prunes, included the band's two nationally charting songs, "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" and "Get Me to the World on Time". With the appearance of their second album, Underground, the band was more free to create their own material. However, the original group disbanded by 1968.

1. I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
2. Luvin'
3. Little Olive
4. Ain't It Hard


1. Long Days Flight
2. Dr Do-Good
3. The Great Banana Hoax
4. Capt Glory



We the People was an American garage rock band from Orlando, Florida, that was formed in late 1965

and professionally active between 1966 and 1970. Although none of their singles charted nationally in the U.S., a number of them did reach the Top 10 of the local Orlando charts. The band are perhaps best remembered for their song "Mirror of Your Mind", which reached the Top 10 in a number of regional singles charts across the U.S. during 1966. The song has subsequently been included on several compilation albums over the years.

1. You Burn Me Up And Down
2. He Doesn't Go About It Right
3. Mirror Of Your Mind
4. The Color Of Love


1. St John's Shop
2. In The Past
3. Declaration Of Independence
4. Lovin' Son Of A Gun



The Music Explosion was an American garage rock band from Mansfield, Ohio, discovered and signed by record producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffry Katz. The quintet is best known for their number two hit, "Little Bit O' Soul", that received gold record status by the RIAA. Written by John Carter and Ken Lewis, who had previously written big hits for The Ivy League and Herman's Hermits, the song (Laurie Records No. 3380, subsequently reissued on Buddah Records) was the band's only top 40 hit. This single paved the way for tours with contemporaries like The Left Banke and The Easybeats.

"Little Bit O' Soul" has been subsequently covered by several bands including The Ramones; Dodging Susan; and 2 Live Crew, who sampled the melody. On its own, the flip "I See The Light" (featuring a surf guitar bridge) was covered by The Fourth Amendment and had a resurgence on some stations in the Midwest four years later.
The production team of their sole album, Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffry Katz, wrote several of the band's tracks which were blatant re-writes of existing songs. Bassist Burton Stahl acknowledged these claims.
Lead singer Jamie Lyons (born James Lewis Lyons on January 31, 1949 in Galion, Ohio) also recorded several solo singles on the Laurie label while still recording with the group. His first single, "Soul Struttin'", became a Northern Soul hit in several Northeast regions.
Jamie Lyons died of heart failure at his home in Little River, South Carolina on September 25, 2006, at age 57. The band continued touring in festivals with a new lead singer. Drummer Bob Avery later became a member of Crazy Elephant.

1. Little Bit O' Soul
2. I See The Light
3. Let Yourself Go
4. (Hey) La La La




Count Five was an American garage rock band, formed in San Jose, California in 1964, best known for their hit single "Psychotic Reaction". The band was founded in 1964 by lead guitarist John "Mouse" Michalski (born 1948, Cleveland, Ohio) and bassist Roy Chaney (born 1948, Indianapolis, Indiana). The two were high school friends who had previously played in several short-lived bands, most notably a surf rock group named The Citations. As the British Invasion's influence took effect, the band changed in musical direction. After going by the name The Squires for a short time, along with several

line-up changes, the Count Five was born. John "Sean" Byrne (1947–2008, born Dublin, Ireland) played rhythm guitar and performed lead vocals; Kenn Ellner played tambourine and harmonica, while sharing lead vocals; and Craig "Butch" Atkinson (1947–1998, born San Jose, California) played drums. The Count Five were recognizable for their habit of wearing Count Dracula-style capes when playing live.
"Psychotic Reaction", an acknowledged cornerstone of garage rock, was initially devised by Byrne, with the group refining it and turning it into the highlight of their live sets. The song was influenced by the style of contemporary musicians such as The Standells and The Yardbirds.
By 1969, the Count Five had broken up, but their memory was immortalized in a 1971 essay by rock journalist Lester Bangs, entitled "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung." In the essay, Bangs credited the band for having released several later albums (after Psychotic Reaction): Carburetor Dung, Cartesian Jetstream, Ancient Lace and Wrought-Iron Railings, and Snowflakes Falling On the International Dateline — each displaying an increasing sense of artistry and refinement. However, none of these subsequent albums actually existed except in Bangs' own imagination.

1. Psychotic Reaction
2. They're Gonna Get You
3. Can't Get Your Lovin'
4. The Morning After



The Shadows of Knight is an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois, that plays a version of British blues influenced by their native city. When they began recording in 1965, the band's self-description was "the Stones, Animals and the Yardbirds took the Chicago blues and gave it an English

interpretation. We've taken the English version of the Blues and re-added a Chicago touch," to which rock critic Richie Unterberger commented: "The Shadows of Knight's self-description was fairly accurate."
Initially formed in 1964 as simply the Shadows, the band learned in spring 1965 of an existing British group, the Shadows. Whiz Winters, a friend who worked for their manager, Paul Sampson, in his record shop, came up with the name "The Shadows of Knight" to tie into the British Invasion in music of that time, and because all four of the band members attended Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, whose sports team had the name the "Knights".
They released three albums in their first five years of existence.

1. Oh Yeah
2. Gloria
3. It Always Happen That Way
4. Dark Side


1. Gloria 69
2. Spaniard At My Door
3. Gospel Zone
4. Bad Little Woman



Mid 1960s pop group that originated in Northern Rhodesia (which became Zambia in 1964). Original line up: Chris Kritzinger, Johnny Kreuger, Perry Jordaan and Calvin Coleman. Later members were Alan Escombe-Wolhuter, Gene Latter, Ron Patton, Brian , Chris Stone , and others. After the Shake

Spears disbanded, Escombe and Stone formed the prog rock group Fynn McCool.
Alan Escombe-Wolhuter, Brian Bastow, Calvin Coleman, Chris Kritzinger, Chris Stone, Gene Latter, Johnny Kreuger, Linda Millington, Perry Jordaan, Ron Patton
Viewing All | The Shake Spears
Los Shake Spears, Shake Spears, Shakespeares, The Shakespeares.

1. Burning My Fingers (Chris Stone)
2. Somethin' To Believe In (Chris Kritzinger)
3. How Does She Look
4. Treasure Of Woman's Love


The Syn are an English band that were active from 1965 to 1967, and then reunited as a progressive rock band in 2004. The band was founded by Steve Nardelli, Chris Squire, Andrew Pryce Jackman, Martyn Adelman and John Painter. Chris Welch, in his book, Close to the Edge: The Story of Yes wrote, "The Syn were very similar to Yes in fact. It was very much a precursor of Yes." The roots of

The Syn are in an earlier north London R&B band called High Court including Steve Nardelli on guitar and his school friend George Arzimanow on vocals. The band evolved over time and, in 1965, with Nardelli now handling lead vocals and John Painter on guitar, they changed their name to The Syn.
Shortly after, however, in 1965, The Syn merged with The Selfs, so Nardelli and Painter were joined by Chris Squire (bass), Andrew Jackman (keys) and Martyn Adelman (drums). The band's first gig, at Nardelli's school, Kingsbury County Grammar School, included covers of "Heat Wave" and The Marvelettes' "I'll Keep On Holding On". Paul Korda produced his composition "Merry-go-round" as a demonstration record for the band.  

1. Flowerman
2. 14th Hour Technicolor Dream
3. Created By Clive
4. Grounded


01-1. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Reverberation (Doubt)
01-2. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – You're Gonna Miss Me
01-3. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Fire Engine
01-4. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Tried To Hide
02-1. The Seeds – No Escape
02-2. The Seeds – Excuse, Excuse
02-3. The Seeds – Can't Seem To Make You Mine
02-4. The Seeds – Daisy Mae
03-1. The Five Americans – I See The Light
03-2. The Five Americans – The Train
03-3. The Five Americans – I'm So Glad
03-4. The Five Americans – Don't You Dare Blame Me
04-1. The Five Americans – Western Union
04-2. The Five Americans – Now That It's Over
04-3. The Five Americans – If I Could
04-4. The Five Americans – Reality
05-1. The Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
05-2. The Electric Prunes – Luvin'
05-3. The Electric Prunes –  Little Olive
05-4. The Electric Prunes – Ain't It Hard
06-1. The Electric Prunes – Long Day's Flight
06-2. The Electric Prunes – Dr Do-Good
06-3. The Electric Prunes – The Great Banana Hoax
06-4. The Electric Prunes – Capt. Glory
07-1. We The People – You Burn Me Up And Down
07-2. We The People – He Doesn't Go About It Right
07-3. We The People – Mirror Of Your Mind
07-4. We The People – The Color Of Life

MP3 @ 320 Size: 164 MB
Flac  Size: 459 MB


08-1. We The People
– St John's Shop
08-2. We The People – In The Past
08-3. We The People – Declaration Of Independence
08-4. We The People – Lovin' Son Of A Gun
09-1. The Music Explosion – Little Bit O'Soul
09-2. The Music Explosion – I See The Light
09-3. The Music Explosion – Let Yourself Go
09-4. The Music Explosion – (Hey) La, La, La
10-1. The Count Five – Psychotic Reaction
10-2. The Count Five – They're Gonna Get You
10-3. The Count Five – Can't Get Your Lovin'
10-4. The Count Five – The Morning After
11-1. The Shadows Of Knight – Oh Yeah
11-2. The Shadows Of Knight – Gloria
11-3. The Shadows Of Knight – It Always Happens That Way
11-4. The Shadows Of Knight – Dark Side
12-1. The Shadows Of Knight – Gloria '69
12-2. The Shadows Of Knight – Spaniard At My Door
12-3. The Shadows Of Knight – Gospel Zone
12-4. The Shadows Of Knight – Bad Little Woman
13-1. The Shakespeares – Burning My Fingers
13-2. The Shakespeares – Somethin' To Believe In
13-3. The Shakespeares – How Does She Look
13-4. The Shakespeares – Treasure Of A Woman's Love
14-1. The Syn – Flowerman
14-2. The Syn – 14 Hour Technicolor Dream
14-3. The Syn – Created By Clive
14-4. The Syn – Grounded

MP3 @ 320 Size: 164 MB
Flac  Size: 444 MB

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Music Explosion: Little Bit O'Soul - The best Of 2002

The Music Explosion was an American garage rock band from Mansfield, Ohio, United States, discovered and signed by record producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffry Katz. The quintet is best known for their number two hit, "Little Bit O' Soul", that received gold record status by the RIAA.

Written by John Carter and Ken Lewis, who had previously written big hits for The Ivy League and

Herman's Hermits, the song (Laurie Records No. 3380, subsequently reissued on Buddah Records) was the band's only top 40 hit. This single paved the way for tours with contemporaries like The Left Banke and The Easybeats.

One-hit-wonder Ohio garage band that reached number two in 1967 with "Little Bit O'Soul," a great gutsy pop/rock number with a classic bass-organ riff. Whatever personality they may have had was coated in the studio by producers Jeffrey Katz and Jerry Kasenetz, who would soon help create bubblegum with acts like the 1910 Fruitgum Co. and the Ohio Express.

The Music Explosion didn't have nearly as juvenile a sound as those groups, but they never latched onto another piece of material nearly as attention grabbing as "Little Bit O'Soul," entering the Top 100 only once more with the tiny hit "Sunshine Games."

Gary James' Interview With Burton Stahl Of The Music Explosion 2015

Q - Burton, I take it there still is a Music Explosion that performs today?

- Yes, there is. We've been performing shows like fairs and festivals, the oldies shows, things like that. So yeah, we're still together. The only two originals are Rick Nesta (guitarist) and myself.

Q - How many gigs a year do you perform?

A - Oh, maybe twenty-five. We don't want to do too far away from our home base. We go about four states in that area, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, plus Ohio.

Q - How can the Music Explosion perform when your lead singer is no longer with us?

A - Well, that was Jamie. Being that we found someone that's got some good pipes, just about like Jamie's. Not the quality Jamie had, but still, he belts it out there, especially "Little Bit O' Soul".

Q - Before "Little Bit O' Soul" hit the charts, were you guys doing the traditional club circuit?

- Before we went to New York to do our original five recordings, we were called The Chosen Few. We played a lot of gigs under that name. Then we went to New York and changed our name to The Music Explosion. I guess we had a song called "Little Black Egg" that was out in late '66, early '67. It was regional around Ohio. I think it got bubbling under 100 anyhow. That being our first release on the Atlantic label. Some of the places in Ohio, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland were playing it and we were getting like a lot of bigger band things, proms and things like that. We didn't do too many clubs back then because we were all under age for the first ones we wanted to get into.

Q - So how were you discovered?

A - Well, we did a lot of practicing. A local guy here in Mansfield had connections in New York and he came over to hear us. He would come in to different shows we would put on. This was as The Chosen Few. Then he picked us up. He basically just heard us and we picked up Jamie as a lead singer. The other lead singer we had was drafted. We knew Jamie could do the job 'cause he was like Mick Jagger onstage. He really put on a show. He was fantastic. When Andy Apperson heard us, he called his guys up in New York and we were up there in about six months.

Q - Were you playing original music in with the covers you were doing?

- We did. We wrote about four or five songs. When we went to New York to audition for our management up there, we played one of 'em and we recorded that. We did a little bit of writing, but at that time we did a lot of covers, mostly Stones and Byrds.

Q - What kind of a place was Mansfield, Ohio in the early '60s for a Rock group?

A - There were some really cool nightclubs. Most of our friends were older, like maybe five to ten years older, that were musicians. There were groups like Betty Duke and W. Lord And The Dukes, like little tries and things. We'd go in and we heard some great music. Some of these guys just stayed in their basement all week and came out on weekends and played. We kind of had a growing experience 'til we could get old enough to play in these clubs. Then after we did that, the circle was complete.

- Nobody in the group wrote "Little Bit O' Soul", did they?

A - No. That was written by Carter and Lewis who wrote "A Kind Of A Hush". They've done a lot of different songs.

Q - So how is it that you got to record that song?

- Well, our management group in New York City, Super K Productions. Jeff and Jerry, they got a copy of an acetate that John Carter had done to farm out the song. It was originally done by, I think The Little Darlings, over in England. Then a couple of other groups got a chance to do it. When we went into the studio they gave us the five songs we came up there with and "A Little Bit O' Soul". We learned it like overnight. It wasn't that difficult of a song. We wanted to put that vamp in there, that da, da, da, da, every time. It was a little bit different than some of the other groups that had attempted it, but we worked on it. So basically it went through our management and they gave it to us and we went into the studio and did it.

Q - How did life change for you when that record charted?

- Well, I was 19 years old and a couple of the guys were 18, so we were just kind of like numb to the whole thing. The excitement of going out and playing in 20,000 seat arenas and outdoor shows with some of our idols, like The Easybeats. We met so many people and hung out with some of the most famous people...Clapton...people like that, at some of these after-hours bars in New York. Not bars, but speak-easys. Yeah, it changed from being a nobody in Mansfield, Ohio to giving us a special day and the keys to the city. We pretty much made it to the top by the time I was 20 years old.

Q - Were you guys in high school or college when that song hit?

A - Rick, Tudor and myself were in Columbus Business University and one year we were at Ohio State. Jamie just graduated from high school. Bobby was from New York and he was a year or so older than us. He wasn't doing anything. He was just playing music.

Q - You mentioned you performed with The Easybeats and you met Eric Clapton. Who else did you perform with onstage?

A - Percy Sledge, J.J. Jackson, The Happenings, Left Banke, Johnny Rivers, Neil Diamond. When we were on tour with The Easybeats it was the Gene Pitney tour. Gene's back-up group was Ronnie Dio And The Prophets.

Q - It sounds like maybe you did Dick Clark's Caravan Of Stars tour.

- We did American Bandstand. We played with Paul Revere And The Raiders, The Buckinghams. There were just a lot of great bands that we learned stuff from.

Q - Did The Music Explosion stop at one point, then re-form years later?

A - Well, first of all, our lead guitar player was drafted. After he left, we got a keyboard player to take over that spot. The magic was starting to fall apart. I left the band. Actually, Bobby, our drummer stayed with 'em and they became Crazy Elephant and through attrition they broke up. Rick Nesta and myself revived the band in the late '80s and have been doing it off and on ever since. We have our core group that we play with and put the show on.



James "Jamie" Lyons – singer, percussion (died 2006)
Donald (Tudor) Atkins – guitar
Richard Nesta – guitar
Burton Stahl – bass guitar
Robert Avery – drums

The Music Explosion – Little Bit O'Soul - The Best Of
Label: Sundazed Music – SC 11119
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2002
Genre: Rock
Style: Garage



01. Little Bit O' Soul
02. I See The Light
03. Everybody
04. Love, Love, Love, Love, Love
05. Good Time Feeling
06. 96 Tears
07. Can't Stop Now
08. Let Yourself Go
09. Patches Dawn
10. One Potato Two
11. What Did I Do To Deserve Such A Fate
12. (Hey) La, La, La
13. Little Black Egg
14. Stay By My Side
15. Sunshine Games
16. We Gotta Go Home
17. Hearts And Flowers
18. What You Want (Baby I Want You)
19. Road Runner
20. Where Are We Going
21. Yes Sir
22. Dazzling
23. Jack In The Box
24. What's Your Name

MP3 @ 320 Size: 137 MB
Flac  Size: 291 MB

Monday, October 11, 2021

Villagers Of Ioannina City: Age Of Aquarius 2019 + Zvara/Karakolia EP 2014

Villagers of Ioannina City (VIC) is a folk rock band from Ioannina, Greece, formed in 2007. They play

post-, stoner and psychedelic rock with a large dose of Greek folk music from the region of Epirus. They play a kind of post rock with a big dose of Greek folk traditional music from Epirus. The region’s musical tradition is characterized by polyphony and the use of clarinet. The band’s sound fuses traditional music into modern psychedelic forms, creating a unique sound. They have played in a numerous of shows all over Greece in many different venues and festivals.

The regional musical tradition is characterized by polyphony, specific rhythms and tunes, and the use of clarinet, kaval, and bagpipe. The band fuses this unique folk music with modern psychedelic forms, creating a sound where the dominant solo instrument is the clarinet.

They had played in the biggest rock festivals and in numerous sold-out shows in the biggest music scenes in Greece. In their European tours, they performed in many cities such as Berlin, London, Amsterdam, and Barcelona among others.

Villagers of Ioannina City, one of the leading Greek heavy rock bands, comes from the mountains of

Epirus. They are deeply influenced by Greek nature and cosmic phenomena and infuse their unique brand of heavy psychedelic rock with folk instruments such as bagpipes, flutes and, didgeridoo. “Age of Aquarius” is the band's newest effort, courtesy of Mantra Records and released back in September of 2019. It's certainly not an album that deserved to get lost in the cracks, and I feel fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to review it.

Age of Aquarius is an interesting sum of all sorts of fascinating parts. Comprised of soaring melodies, a

worldly Folk feel sprinkled liberally with Pych-Rock fuzz and reverb.They're deeply influenced with Greek heritage, and incorporate traditional folk instrumentation ( bagpipes, flutes and even didgeridoo) along with their own method of exploring heavy psychedelic rock. Quite distinctive to be sure, and also exceptionally memorable. It's also a really well produced effort, and sonically, incredibly rewarding.

The intro track, “Welcome” morphs into the title track and builds with anticipation slowly, perhaps even methodically. But make no mistake, it's also purposefully. These are songs that are crafted, rather than

just played. The song's and indeed, the whole album's title is immensely symbolic. It represents ushering a brand new era of experimentation and creation. “Part V” 's root base, and definitely the breakdown, follows an almost TOOL-ish influence, but never seems reliant upon copying the other band's sound too heavily. That's of important relevance, and is used to the band's and the albums benefit throughout.

Bagpipes in heavy music, while rare, are an incredible addition when used properly. Think AC/DC's “Long Way to The Top…”, and now also “Dance of Night” , “Arrival” as well as “Father Sun” and more. The droning atmosphere of the pipes adds so much substance and sonic texture. It's those little details that make “Age of Aquarius” so memorable and dare I say, magical. It's unexpected, but just seems perfectly placed.

But it's not just the instrumentation that's unique, it's also the vocals. Alex deftly applies an almost post punk, Nu Wave tonality throughout, but most notably on “Cosmic Soul”. For some reason, Dave Gahan of DEPECHE MODE kept popping into my head, and on further thought, that's really appropriate. There are elements of that era and music style present on “Age of Aquarius”, and again, like the folk instruments, it absolutely works.

VILLAGERS OF IOANNIAN CITY have definitely given it's listeners their monies worth here. “Age of Aquarius” features 10 tracks and clocks in at a whopping 67 minutes in length. I think as an album,

this one is one I'll frequently revisit, and as a result continue to discover different nuances and intentions. All said and done, it's a gift that keeps on giving. Head on over to the band's Bandcamp page for a sample, I recommend “Millennium Blues” for your first taste. Anyway, if you dig it, while there pick up your own copy of preference. Bands really need all the help they can right now with touring ground to a halt. Really well done album. Thanks for the music guys.
A great Band and a awesome album!!!



Alex – guitar, vocals
Akis – bass
Aris – drums
Konstantis – clarinet, kaval, backing vocals
Kostas – bagpipe, winds
Past members: Giannis Haldoupis, Achilleas Radis



Promo 2010, April 2010, self-released
Riza ("root" in Greek), April 2014, Mantra Records
Zvara/Karakolia EP, November 2014, Mantra Records
Age of Aquarius, 2019, Mantra Records


Οι Villagers of Ioannina City (γνωστοί επίσης ως VIC) είναι ελληνικό συγκρότημα της πειραματικής

ροκ μουσικής σκηνής από τα Ιωάννινα, το οποίο σχηματίστηκε το 2007 και κυκλοφόρησε το πρώτο του άλμπουμ το 2014, με τίτλο «Riza». Ο ήχος τους αποτελεί συνδυασμό του stoner και ψυχεδελικού rock με την ηπειρώτικη παραδοσιακή μουσική.

Οι Villagers of Ioannina City αποτελούνται από τον κιθαρίστα και τραγουδιστή Αλέξη Καραμέτη, τον μπασίστα Άκη Ζώη, τον κιμπορντίστα Αχιλλέα Ράδη, το ντράμερ Άρη Γιαννόπουλο και τον Κωνσταντίνο Πιστιόλη στα πνευστά και τα δεύτερα φωνητικά.

Από το 2009 και έπειτα, συμπεριλήφθηκε στον ήχο τους το κλαρίνο, το οποίο αποτελεί βασικό κομμάτι

και σόλο όργανο του συγκροτήματος. Το 2010 ξεκίνησαν τις ηχογραφήσεις του πρώτου τους άλμπουμ, παράλληλα με τις συνεχείς περιοδείες τους στην Ελλάδα. Τον Μάιο του 2013 έπαιξαν ζωντανά στα Τρίκαλα, στην Λάρισα, στα Ιωάννινα, στην Καβάλα, στο Αγρίνιο και στην Αθήνα, ενώ τον Σεπτέμβριο της ίδιας χρονιάς πραγματοποίησαν τρεις εμφανίσεις στην Αλβανία.

Ο πρώτος τους δίσκος με τίτλο «Riza» κυκλοφόρησε στις 3 Απριλίου 2014, στον αριθμό των 500

αντιτύπων σε μορφή δίσκου βινυλίου και άλλων 500 σε μορφή CD. Για την προώθηση του δίσκου, έδωσαν συναυλίες στην Θεσσαλονίκη, την Λάρισα, τον Βόλο, τα Τρίκαλα, την Πάτρα και την Αθήνα, ενώ συμμετείχαν στο Way Of West festival στο Δρέπανο, το Antiracist fest στην Αθήνα, το Rockwave Festival στην Μαλακάσα, κ.α.
Στις 13 Νοεμβρίου 2014, κυκλοφόρησε σε ψηφιακή μορφή το ΕΡ «Zvara​/​Karakolia». Τα δύο κομμάτια του ΕΡ ηχογραφήθηκαν στην Θεσσαλονίκη και στο δεύτερο κομμάτι συμμετείχαν ως γκεστ ο Κώστας Παπαπαναγιώτου στο μπουζούκι, ο Γιώργος Ρήγας στον μπαγλαμά και ο Ευριπίδης Ντιναλέξης στο τζουρά.

Τον Σεπτέμβριο 2019, κυκλοφόρησε ο concept δίσκος τους που έχει τον τίτλο «Age of Aquarius».  

Alex - κιθάρα, φωνητικά
Άκης - μπάσο
Άρης - τύμπανα
Κωνσταντίς - κλαρινέτο, καβάλ, φωνητικά
Κώστας - γκάιντα, άνεμοι
Προηγούμενα μέλη: Γιάννης Χαλδούπης, Αχιλλέας Ράνδης



Villagers Of Ioannina City – Age Of Aquarius
Label: Napalm Records – NPR 939 DP
Genre: Rock, Folk, World
Style: Stoner Rock, Prog Rock
Year: 2019

01. Welcome     2:58
02. Age Of Aquarius     8:43
03. Part V     9:47
04. Dance Of Night     8:33
05. Arrival     1:52
06. Father Sun     8:37
07. Millennium Blues     8:42
08. Cosmic Soul     9:03
09. For The Innocent     5:02
10. Sparkle Out Of Black Hole     2:30



Stay close to the river and cry
And the river's gonna feel you're the god of rain
He's gonna worship you like god and creator for ages
And all the fairies of the forest will come
The wanna so you to the dance of night
This is the Age of Aquarius

I'm coming out of river
Breathing out, I'm finally reborn

Rain is falling to the shore
Dawn is coming, the night is almost gone

I came from where the Leo is rising
I've travelled through the space for so long
A forest nymph is calling for me
Come along and I will guide where to go

Age of aquarius (x2)

We ran to the mountain
We've found an ancient temple with my name
Then she bowed and said these words
We were waiting here a thousand years for you

Now you must do something
To bring the light
Now you must do something
To change the world

Age of Aquarius
Returning again to mother earth
To set the fire and rain
I'm turning again the circles of time
To bring the sun back again



Awe tonight
The birth of new child
Has come back to life

Watch the sky
Planets are alligned
The stars collide

Feel the thunder
That cosmic thunder
Here's the water carrier

Set the pyre
Lift your spirit higher
Dance through the fire

Dancing around

Dance tonight
Spring has arrived
Nature has revived

The Earth is high
Longing for His night
The world has thrived

Dance together
Break that mental tether
Make that one step further

All together
Dance for his arrival
Ride the holy spiral

Dancing around
Moving in circles
Till the point that we reach to the edge of
The age of Aquarius

Singing along
Along with the angels
With all the spirits and animals
Become one with the universe

The Sun has finaly come..
Thats the new beginning
Open your eyes
Embrace the new beginning
Open your eyes

MP3 @ 320 Size: 163 MB
Flac  Size: 459 MB



Villagers Of Ioannina City – Zvara​/​Karakolia
Label: Mantra Records
Genre: Rock, Folk, World
Style: Stoner Rock, Prog Rock
Format: EP
Year: Nov 13, 2014



A. Zvara   5:31
B. Karakolia   6:54
Baglama – Giorgos Rigas
Bouzouki – Kostas Papapanagiotou
Tzouras – Evripidis Ntinalexis

Limited to 500 hand numbered copies