Classic Rock Bottom

Acting on a popular demand to present more International Rock music here, I'm happy to share the fruits of my collection with you. But before we embark on this journey, let's establish few ground rules: First and foremost, only material performed in English are accepted and second, it must be kept within the '70s. If your suitcases are ready and packed, then your time and space travel starts right now. We'll be visiting these exotic places in their alphabetical order.

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1. KLEPTOMANIA - Stop (Elephants Lost)
2. KLEPTOMANIA - Eligie (Elephants Lost)
3. KLEPTOMANIA - From The Beginning (Demo)
4. KLEPTOMANIA - Just A Little Minute To Go (Single)
5. KLEPTOMANIA - Rock'n Roll (Single)
from "Kleptomania" 2CD ℗ 1969-1975/1991
Country Of Origin: Belgium
Now here is a band I firmly believed was just a myth. Many of my friends, upon learning of my affection towards the guitar music, suggested I should check out this Dutch band, Kleptomania. When I asked them for more info, no one could tell me anything. Funny how this word of mouth thing works. After a while, I wrote off the band as a none existing fable story... Until I came across this 2CD release, on the 'net. Once I got the CDs, I learned few things. The band was from Belgium, but their first and only vinyl was released in Holland, hence the confusion. Second, the ravings about the guitars were justified, even though I prefer my guitar music much, much tighter than the jamming performance found here. And lastly, everything Kleptomania you need is in one place. The complete "Elephants Lost" album, the none album demo tracks of decent, if not better than studio quality and all their none album single tracks as well. The only thing missing is the Waffles, topped with some authentic chocolate. Sorry, you should have gotten the "all inclusive" package.

6. LOCOMOTIV GT - Rock Yourself
7. LOCOMOTIV GT - Gimme Your Love
8. LOCOMOTIV GT - She's Just 14
from "London 1973" Digipak ℗ 1973/2001
9. LOCOMOTIV GT - Motor City Love (As Sitting On The Sidewalk)
from "'74 USA" LP ℗ 1974/1988
Country Of Origin: Hungary
In 1971, after bidding farewell to his band mates, Presser Gábor formed LGT to perform more of a Classic Rock type of music rather than Prog Rock his previous band choose to follow. Of course, back then it was just called Rock, but he did infuse quite a bit of Funk and later Jazz, as well. The fame multiplied with their first 3 albums so much that their record company was thinking to make an export item out of them. And not in the cheap way either. LGT was sent to London to re-record some of their most popular songs with English lyrics and even Jack Bruce got involved in the process. The album was released in UK and USA. Perhaps you seen it? Maybe you even own it? They did something similar in 1974 when they went to USA. Recorded an album in Los Angeles at the ABC Recording Studio, but that album never got a proper release until 1988 in Hungary. Apparently, few test pressings of the vinyl are in circulation, with a title "All Aboard", but good luck finding those. No CD reissue as of yet, so the last track was ripped from a vinyl. (In case you were wondering about the sound quality). Goulash or Chicken Paprikash? Either one of those will go just fine with this one.

10. JERUSALEM - Kill Me With Your Love
11. JERUSALEM - Justin And Nova
12. JERUSALEM - Ethiopia
from "'= יריחו" LP ℗ 1972/1990
Country Of Origin: Israel
Another suggestion courtesy of my Prog-Rock friend, therefore it's highly recommended. It was intriguing to learn, that Israel had a Rock band in the '70s. Few of their tracks clock in excess of 10 minutes. In fact the album only has 5 songs. I was pleasantly surprised to recognize "Ethiopia", as soon as it started. It's one of those tracks I was hunting for years, but lost all hopes of finding it, simply because I didn't know who performed the song or even the title. While you're at it, get yourself a Za'atar manakeesh, with plenty of hummus, because the bus is leaving in 3.

P.S. As for the postcard to prove you visited all these places, pick up the one that says: "Not One, But Three" for the next time someone ask you; If you ever heard of an International band or Artist before... That is.

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I don't know any of these albums.

Guess you had to be....THERE, lol!

Mike

Yes, but did you listen to them?

Well, considering how I hardly ever know of any of the songs you play, I'd say... We're even?

I wish I can say, Thanks for listening, Mike, but I'm not sure you did, so thanks for writing.

No not yet.

I was at the TV station today!

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