November 10th, 2019


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A Teenage Opera 1967 (Soundtrack) (Flac + MP3)

Posted: 09 Nov 2019 11:30 AM PST

A Teenage Opera is a musical project from the 1960s and was the creation of
record producer Mark Wirtz.According to Wirtz, he had been working on an
idea for a rock opera since January 1966, when he was experimenting in his
London studio and produced a piece of music entitled "A Touch of Velvet – A
Sting of Brass", under the name of "Mood Mosaic". Following a string of
successful hits, he was asked to join EMI as an in-house record producer
and he accepted, starting in January 1967. He had already seen Pink Floyd
start their career and he personally recommended them to be signed but
thought the task of producing them would be better left to fellow producer
Norman Smith. Wirtz decided to work with another band he had enjoyed, The
In Crowd, who soon changed their name to Tomorrow. According to Wirtz, he
dreamed up the idea of Grocer Jack soon after being contracted to EMI and
in February 1967 shared the idea with his engineer Geoff Emerick, who
agreed to work on it. They decided to call it Excerpt from A Teenage Opera,
to imply there was more to come and the recording was produced as part of
the Mood Mosaic project. The basic concept of A Teenage Opera was a series
of sketches featuring different characters who lived in a fantasy village.
These stories were to be told by a young man to a young girl. Wirtz
intended the final project to be animated and later compared it to the
Yellow Submarine by The Beatles. Wirtz used members of Tomorrow to produce
the first recording.The first song written was the story of Grocer Jack,
the local grocer who was taken for granted until he died. Wirtz took an
unused backing track from an old recording of his, a song called "Love Will
Always Find A Way" and Steve Howe was asked to overdub the guitar. Wirtz
had the character of Jack in his imagination but asked Keith West to write
the lyrics for it. After West heard the music, he wrote the lyrics
straightaway. Soon after, the single was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
The engineer, Geoff Emerick, who was working with The Beatles' Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album at the time, recorded the song in
true stereo, a rarity at the time, with all the latest technology that was
available. The song itself featured the "Opera" trademark, the children's
chorus, with singers from Corona Stage School.Grocer Jack (Excerpt from A
Teenage Opera) was released on 28 July 1967 and was an instant hit. It was
played continuously throughout the summer, later known as the Summer of
Love and was helped into its number 2 spot by being played on pirate radio
stations, particularly Radio London and Radio Caroline. It was also
featured on the very first broadcast of Radio 1 on 30 September 1967. It
was only kept off the number 1 spot by Engelbert Humperdinck's The Last
Waltz and the enormous success of Grocer Jack got the media's attention.
Rumours began circulating about the rest of the project; according to one
source, the entire project had been completed by September and there was
talk of a musical starring Cliff Richard. Another single was produced in
October, "Sam," with West on vocals and Howe on guitar again. However, it
did not get above 38 in the chart. Despite Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn
helping promote it and Wirtz creating a special edited airplay version, the
song was a failure, as it simply did not have nearly as much publicity as
Grocer Jack did and was played a lot less. The fact many of the pirate
stations had been shut down did not help things either. Following this,
West made the decision to leave the project. He found it difficult to work
between two very different projects and it confused fans. Wirtz meanwhile
completed (He's Our Dear Old) Weatherman, which had started out as The
Paranoiac Woodcutter. It was the most complex recording so far, containing
more than 100 different sounds. However, like "Sam", it received very
little airplay, due to Radio 1's seeming inability to play it. Wirtz had
already begun working on Tomorrow's album and recorded a remake of
Hallucinations for single release. It was renamed to "Mr Rainbow". Wirtz
produced this song, sung by Steve Flynn in August 1967. Wirtz took another
track from the album, Shy Boy and it was re-recorded by Kippington Lodge.
These two songs eventually ended up on the final album released in 1996.
Uncut asserted in April 2004 that "Sam" was a major influence on Pete
Townshend's Tommy.
Other recordingsWirtz composed a range of material around this time,
releasing it under a series of pseudonyms. Much of the music produced in
late 1967 became part of the project and was released on the 1996 album.
There were two particular recordings that did not survive, "The Sad Story
Of Simon And His Bugle" and "Two's Company, Three Thousand's A Crowd". The
latter was a musical comedy, with the voices of Tim Rice and Samantha
Jones. In January 1968 Wirtz married Ross Hannaman and subsequently
recorded many songs co-written with her. The track "Barefoot and Tiptoe"
was one of their collaborations and featured her voice, as well as the Band
of the Irish Guards. It was released as by The Sweetshop but sales were
poor. Wirtz was forced to shelve the project and concentrated on Tomorrow,
whose album was released in February 1968. However, many songs were
released over the years that were intended for the project, for example
Dream Dream Dream, performed by Wirtz but credited as Zion De Gallier. An
album released in Germany in 1968 contained what was the basis for the
Theme from a Teenage Opera.
Grocer Jack was parodied in the mid 1970s on a flexi-disk (Private Eye
recordings) released by the satirical magazine Private Eye. The words were
changed to "Grocer Heath, Grocer Heath, cover up those awful teeth",
referring to the Prime Minister, Edward Heath.
TracksIn 1996 a CD was released by Wirtz with every track recorded over the
years intended for use in A Teenage Opera. Some of the songs (notably the
two singles) were remixed in stereo.
The tracks are as follows:
Theme From A Teenage Opera (stereo, and little longer than the original
single)Festival Of Kings (stereo)Grocer Jack (Excerpt from a Teenage Opera)
(stereo)The Paranoic Woodcutter #1Mr RainbowGlory's Theme (All Aboard!)On A
SaturdayPossum's DanceAuntie Mary's Dress Shop (stereo)Love & Occasional
Rain (stereo)Grocer Jack (Reprise)Sam (stereo)Farewell to A Broken Doll
(stereo)(He's Our Dear Old) WeathermanShy BoyGrocer Jack's DreamBarefoot &
TiptoeKnickerbocker GloryDream Dream DreamColonel Brown (stereo)Cellophane
Mary JaneParanoic Woodcutter #2Theme From A Teenage Opera (end titles)
Stage Show
In July 2017 it was announced that a stage show for 'A Teenage Opera' has
been written, with script and additional lyrics by Pete Gallagher and
featuring the songs of Wirtz and West, produced by Youth Music Theatre UK.
Its world premiere would be held at South Hill Park arts centre in
Bracknell on 11 August, with the hope of transferring the production to
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
Ty To Original Sharer.

The Truth (Whose Wrong)1965-69

Posted: 09 Nov 2019 06:49 AM PST

The Truth were a superb little mod/freakbeat group from London consisting
of Steve Aiello and Steve Gold, who released 7 singles on the Deram label.
Steve Aiello went on to join hard rock group Bedlam in the 70's.Hairdresser
Steven Gold met future singing partner Francis Aiello while cutting the
latter's hair. Taking their name from a favourite Ray Charles' song, "Tell
The Truth", the duo scored a UK Top 30 hit in 1966 with their debut single,
an opportunistic cover of "Girl" from the Beatles' Rubber Soul album.
Although the Truth drew plaudits for "I Go To Sleep", written by Ray Davies
of the Kinks, it emphasized the Truth's inability to acquire exclusive
material. Subsequent singles included "Walk Away Renee" and "Sueno",
originally recorded, respectively, by the Left Banke and Rascals, but when
such releases failed to chart the duo abandoned their brief pop career.
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"

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Def Leppard - Live At The L.A. Forum 1983 (2018) (UK, NWOBHM)

Posted: 10 Nov 2019 06:55 AM PST

Исполнитель: Def Leppard
Откуда: England
Альбом: Live At The L.A. Forum 1983
Год выхода: 2018
Длительность: 70:35
Формат: MP3 CBR 320
Размер архива: 167 МБ (с 3% на восстановление)

Snail - Snail 1978 (USA, Country Rock)

Posted: 10 Nov 2019 04:08 AM PST

Исполнитель: Snail
Откуда: USA
Альбом: Snail
Год выхода: 1978
Жанр: Country Rock
Длительность: 37:45
Формат: MP3 CBR 320
Размер архива: 89,3 МБ (с 3% на восстановление)

V/A - All The Young Droogs (Rock 'N' Glam And A Flavour Of Bubblegum From
The '70s) (3 CD, 2019) (Compilation)

Posted: 10 Nov 2019 02:58 AM PST

Исполнители: Various Artists
Альбом: All The Young Droogs (Rock 'N' Glam And A Flavour Of Bubblegum From
The '70s)
Год выхода: 2019
Жанр: Compilation, Glam Rock
Длительность: 64:08 (CD1) + 60:48 (CD2) + 67:27 (CD3)
Формат: MP3 CBR 320
Размер архива: 158 + 141 + 158 МБ (с 3% на восстановление)