mohamed mounir - the egyptian singer meets german kraut legends embryo

mohamed mounir is a very popular artist in egypt, or at least he was way back in the eighties. he had many of his albums released on cassette tapes, vinyl and lateron on compact discs. in the eighties of the last century he met up with some members of the german kraut legend embryo who managed to release some of his music in germany on the now defunct line label that for example had given room to iggy pop or spirit when nobody wanted to hear them. mohamed mounir would fit very well in here.
on most of the tracks featured here you can here roman bunka or/and edgar hofmann as part of the discourse on or in or off or about the perpetual and reciprocative influence of european and arabic (asian/african) music throughout the centuries. this of course ist just a shy rasping on the surface, but you are invited to find out more.

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the dream syndicate - it's too late to stop now (demos, radio broadcasts and live recordings 1984 - 1987)

this cd has become rather rare throughout the years, it is not even mentioned on their wikipedia-entry or on their new homepage, but every fan of john coltrane, free form rock and reflective dysfolk should have heard their music at least once in his/her life: the late dream syndicate with some demos, radio broadcasts and live recordings, starting in 1984 and terminating the mission with the last track of their last show in 1987.
in these years the dream syndicate were steve wynn (vocals, guitar), dennis duck (drums), mark walton (bass) and paul b. cutler (guitar); additional musicians on this album include karl precoda (guitar), dave provost (bass), robert lloyd (accordion, penny whistle, mandolin) and chris cavacas on keyboards.

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ten minutes of softpsych protopostkraut boogie found on an eight-inch-acetate: i do not know who it is and when it was recorded. can you help us all?

strange: this is an acetate disc, probably recordable just one time. no year of recording or any other information can be found on the label or on the cover except for a telephone number and a note (name) reading something like "Maden." or "Madeu."

the music starts with a psychodeleric first strike but pretty soon it smoothes down to some sort of soft rock followed by a guitar solo and an even longer piano solo, very clean, very competent, like in the long versions of 'light my fire' but completely omitting the madness. after about eight minutes a kraut flute steps in and the end is marked by a kosmische organ sound, very obscure. i cut together side one and side two for a seamless experience of this strange platter. i guess it was recorded in 1972, but i can be proved completely wrong and everybody but me knows this is bruce springsteen or any other mediocre singer and songwriter. i hope you can help all of us.

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BUNT - a poem by alma larsen set to music/sound by performing artists of the european avantgarde in 1991

in 1991 viola kramer asked some of her friends and some friends of her friends to contribute to a conceptual compilation: they were asked to construe the words of a short poem by alma larsen and to treat it in any way they wanted to. about twenty very different artists co-operated in constructing fourteen tracks that change from rather cute to completely outstanding. sometimes the concept seems to overshine the music, so listen rather careful in the most literal meaning of the word.
the performing artists included norbert stein, bene gesserit, bruno meillier, roken, ronnie butler, gitta schäfer and many more, you can find the complete list of artists with rhizomatic connecting lines helping you to find more information on discogs.
now what do the words mean? though it is rather difficult to not purely translate the words verbatim and verbally but to perpetuate the sound and the hidden subliminal meaning i tried to transfer the poem:


i am not neither
i am not nor
not black
not white
nor grey not

i am
black AND white
or white
AND black
or greynot

sit back and let the evening go:

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jimi hendrix - message to love (twenty versions: live and rehearsal room recordings and odds on end)

twenty messages to love found in my record collection: live recordings, rehearsal studio tapes, broken down versions, sketches and odds on end. jimi hendrix recorded these versions of message to love in 1969 and 1970 with the band of gypsys featuring billy cox on bass and buddy miles on drums or with cry of love with billy cox and mitch mitchell, but you will be hearing noel redding as well as yuma sultan and others.

01 - 1969-02-22 (jimi hendrix solo at the olympic studio in london)
02 - 1969-02-24 (noel redding, mitch mitchell and jimi hendrix, soundcheck at the royal albert hall in london)
03 - 1969-08-?? (credited as 'message of love', probably recorded in a rented house in shokan/ny with billy cox, mitch mitchell, larry lee on additional guitar and jerry velez and juma sultan on percussion)

04/05/06 - 1969-09-24 (jimi hendrix, mitch mitchell and yuma sultan in rehearsal at the record plant in new york)

tracks 07 to 16 are the band of gypsys with jimi hendrix, billy cox and buddy miles rehearsing at beggy's studio in new york on the 18th and 19th of december 1969:
07 - takes 1 and 2
08 - take 3
09 - take 4
10 - take 5
11 - take 6
12 - take 7
13 - take 8
14 - take 9
15 - unnumbered take
16 - unnumbered take

17 - 1970-05-08 (jimi hendrix, billy cox and mitch mitchell as cry of love: live at the university of oklahoma field house)
18 - 1970-05-30 (with mitch mitchell, afternoon rehearsal at the berkely community theatre)
19 - 1970-07-17 (jimi hendrix, billy cox and mitch mitchell as cry of love: live at 'new york pop' at the downing stadium in new york)
20 - 1970-08-31 (live at the isle of wight festival)

it was fun to compile, i hope you will enjoy.

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steve hooker and the heat 1977: the rockabillyblues and soulman starting off with charming little diy-punk noises

'the rockabillyblues and soulman' steve hooker kickstarted his journey into loud and snottering punkabilly noise with the heat, a charming and rather shy diy-punk-combo that released an untitled ep in 1977: nobody knows if it really happened and nobody knows who bashered and tweedleleed and crooned with him: it was all steve hooker and anyone the heat but it was great.
01 - if you don't do the business
02 - rock & roll doctor
03 - i'm hooked
04 - marionette
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surf and rod and hot legends: twanging and quengling instrumental tunes recorded from 1961 to 1964: removing the tension on a hot summer day

slow down. snurf and pipe a line in your washing bowl. relax. twentysix lowswelling tunes twangerating your mind if you do not: and you have never heard surfsufi music again.
the surftones, the hustlers, the rumblers, the blazers, the nevegans, the revels, the chantay's (mit apostroph!), the chevells, the pastel six and the the ramblers not to be confused: wellst and completestly unknown tracks hammered out and in and aloud from their hammocks. internal surf punk, whatsoever!
released in 1995 this cd changes hands at ridicilous prices and i thought it was time for a change: listen here and find all the joy within your lies.
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the models 1977 - freeze! i am the man of the year, the man off the air! punkpunk is frontpage news!

their drummer terry day should not be confused with terry day, or anyway he might should be. two rather short though way too long punk tracks owning quite a bit to kindergarten heavy metal: we were wonderful and we looked divine: the models from 1977.
marco (guitar), cliff fox (vocals and guitar), mick allen (bass and vocals) and terry day on drums and vocals, who lateron reincarnated as terry lee miall with adam and the ants. loud, funny and snaughty they were indeed. according to discogs there are two versions of the label, one crediting the record to 'the models' and the other just having 'models' printed on it. never mind nevermind: here is my copy.

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