Embryo – “No Place To Go” (1973)

Band : Embryo (Musical collective from Munich, Germany, founded in 1969 by Christian Burchard and Edgar Hofmann)

Country Of Origin : Germany

Members :

Christian Burchard (vibraphone, hammer dulcimer, percussion, vocals, marimba, drums, 1969-2018), Edgar Hofmann (saxophone, flute, violin, 1969-79, 1985-89), Lothar Meid (bass, 1971), Jimmy Jackson(organ, 1971), Ralph Fischer (bass, 1969-73), Dieter Miekautsch (piano, clavinet, 1972-75), Dieter Serfas (drums, percussion, 1986-present), Wolfgang Paap (drums, 1971), Ingo Schmidt (saxophone, 1971), John Kelly (guitar, 1969-72), Charlie Mariano (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, bamboo flute, nagasuram, 1972-77), Roman Bunka (guitar, saz, vocals, percussion, bass, oud, 1972-80, 1988-96), Hans Fischer (flute, percussion, vocals, 1971), Jörg Evers (bass, 1971-72), Dave King (bass, 1972-73), Uwe Müllrich (bass, 1974-80), Maria Archer (vocals, percussion, 1975), Michael Wehmeyer(percussion, vocals, keyboards, 1983-84, 2002-present), Butze Fischer (drums, percussion, 1977-?), Friedemann Josch (flute, 1983-84), Julius Golombeck (guitar, percussion, oud, vocals, 1985-96), Gerald Luciano (bass, 1985), Lamidi Ayankunle (drums, vocals, 1986-?), Rabiu Ayandokun (drums, 1986-?), Marque Lowenthal (piano, 1988), Paolo Cardoso (bass, 1988), Paramashivam Pilai (vocals, tavil, 1988-?), Nie Xizhi (erhu, muyü, sheng, gaohu, 1995-present), Chris Karrer (oud, 1995-present), Lothar Stahl (drums, marimba), Jens Pollheide, Mik Quantius

Related Artists :

Amon Düül II, Checkpoint Charlie, Dissidenten, Mikrokosmos, Missus Beastly, Moira, Sadja

Track : “No Place To Go” (A1, written by Charlie Mariano, Christian Burchard, Dieter Miekautsch, Roman Bunka)

Album : “We Keep On” (Band’s sixth studio album)

Label : BASF (20 21865-1)

Date/Year Of Release : 1973

Category/Music Genres : Jazz Rock, Krautrock, Progressive Rock, Germany, 1970s (Tracks)

Embryo – “No Place To Go”

Video on YouTube

The track is included on the album “We Keep On”, 1973 (A1, opening track)

“We Keep On” album (LP BASF Systems BC 21865 / CD Disconforme Records 1936 (1999) includes two lengthy bonus tracks “Ticket to India” and “Flute, Saz and Marimba” with different order of the tracks).

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album Video on YouTube 

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album Audio Playlist on Spotify

Album cover photo (front)

Album photo (A’ Side)

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Track-list

01. Abdul Malek (Roman Bunka, Christian Burchard) – 3:15
02. Don’t Come Tomorrow (Christian Burchard) – 3:48
03. Ehna, Ehna, Abu Lele (Roman Bunka, Christian Burchard) – 8:43
04. Hackbrett-Dance (Charlie Mariano, Christian Burchard) – 3:54
05. No Place To Go (Christian Burchard) – 12:27
06. Flute And Saz (Roman Bunka, Charlie Mariano, Christian Burchard) – 5:57
Total Time: 38:09
Bonuses:
07. Ticket To India (Christian Burchard) – 15:49
08. Flute, Saz And Marimba (Christian Burchard) – 8:35

Line-up 

– Roman Bunka / guitar, saxophone, vocals, percussion, bass (6)
– Christian Burchard / drums, vocals, percussion, marimba, vibes, hackbrett, Mellotron
– Charlie Mariano / alto & soprano saxes, flute, nagasuram, bamboo flute
– Dieter Miekautsch / acoustic & electric pianos, bass piano on the clavinet

Credits

Design – Holger Matthies

Lacquer Cut By – PF

Liner Notes – Rainer Blome

Liner Notes [Translation] – Mary McGlory

Producer – Embryo (3)

Producer, Photography By [Portraits] – Othmar Schreckeneder

Written-By – Mariano (tracks: A1 to B2, B4), Burchard, Miekautsch (tracks: A1, B1, B4), Bunka (tracks: A1 to B1, B3, B4)

Information about the band

Musical collective from Munich (Germany), founded in 1969 by Christian Burchard and Edgar Hofmann. Considered as one of the most important German jazz-rock bands during the 1970s.
In 1981, Uve Müllrich and Michael Wehmeyer left Embryo to form “Embryo’s Dissidenten” who soon became Dissidenten.
Embryo have continued for over 40 years with Christian Burchard always in charge and an ever changing international cast of musicians including talents from North Africa, India, China, etc., as well as occasionally featuring top jazz names like Mal Waldron and Charlie Mariano and luminaries of the Krautrock scene (source : “Discogs”).

EMBRYO (not to be confused with Italian and Swedish death metal bands of the same name) are a musical collective from Munich who, lead by former R&B and jazz organist Christian Burchard, boast the participation of some 400+ musicians since their beginnings in 1970. Over the years, the band went from classic space rock to jazz fusion, then Burchard soon started travelling the world and recording LPs with African bands and Middle Eastern musicians. They are still going strong and their 30 or so albums cover a wide spectrum of styles, but the constant remains a blend of Krautrock, fusion and ethnic music.

Of particular interest to progsters are four of their earlier albums: “Rache” (heavy, JETHRO TULL inspired), “Steig Aus” (for some warmer, jazzy prog), “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” (lots of ethnic influences) and “We Keep On” (a convincing blend of rock, ethnic and jazz). For fans who have already acquired the taste, “Zack Glück” (’80) is pleasantly quirky and more focussed than the rest of their repertoire; “Reise” (’79) is noteworthy for some interesting Indian fusion tracks; and “Opal” (’70), their very first, is considered their psychedelic masterpiece. For some samplers of more recent material, the album “Ni Hau” (’96), featuring music from China and Mongolia, and the double live cd “Istanboul-Casablanca – Tour 98” are particularly recommended.

If you’re into Krautrock and are a wee bit curious to see what a jazzy FAUST, AMON DÜÜL II or GURU GURU sounds like, you could start with any of the first four albums mentioned above (source : “Progarchives”).

One of the most original and innovative Krautrock bands, Embryo fused traditional ethnic music with their own jazzy space rock style. Over an existence spanning decades, during which Christian Burchard became the only consistent member, the group traveled the world, playing with hundreds of different musicians and releasing over 20 records.

Originally a jazzy space rock band, Embryo were formed in 1969 in Munich, Germany, by former R&B and jazz organist Christian Burchard (vibraphone, hammer dulcimer, percussion, marimba), Edgar Hofmann (saxophone), Lothar Meid (bass), Jimmy Jackson (organ), Dieter Serfas (drums, percussion), Wolfgang Paap (drums), Ingo Schmidt(saxophone), and John Kelly (guitar). However, the lineup was already different by the time sessions for their debut album began. The resulting record, Opal (1970), is considered Embryo’s masterpiece of their early, more psychedelic sound. By the time of Embryo’s Rache (1971), the group was already adding ethnic touches to its music.

In 1972, the same year they played at the Olympic Games in Munich, Embryo were invited by the Goethe Institute to tour Northern Africa and Portugal. In Morocco, the band was fascinated by the different tonal scales used by Moroccan musicians, profoundly shaping the group’s music to come. In 1973, the band was joined by saxophonist Charlie Mariano and guitarist Roman Bunka, who were both influential in moving Embryo toward their genre-blending mixture of space rock and ethnic sounds. We Keep On, released in 1973, was the most successful album in the group’s career.

However, after Surfin’ (1974) and Bad Heads & Bad Cats (1975), Burchard decided Embryo were moving in too commercial a direction and led them on an eight-month excursion to India, where they met local musicians. Shobha Gurtu, an Indian singer the bandmembers met during their travels, would later record an album with them, 1979’s Apo Calypso. Embryo also set up their own record label, Schneeball, with the rock band Checkpoint Charlie during this time, releasing such albums as 1979’s Embryo’s Reise and 1982’s La Blama Sparozzi – Zwischenzonen on the imprint. Embryo also took off on a two-year journey through the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, during which the band’s bus broke down in Tehran near the end of the Iranian Revolution in 1981; this musical expedition was captured by the documentary film Vagabunden-Karawane. After touring Asia, the Middle East, and Egypt during the early ’80s, Embryo released their first studio album in seven years, Zack Gluck, in 1984. The band then toured Africa and became involved with Nigeria’s Yoruba Dun Dun Ensemble.

However, after internal conflicts, Embryo split up. Burchard continued under the Embryo name with new musicians while a new group, Embryo’s Dissidenten, was formed. Embryo continued to release both new and archival recordings into the 21st century, including 2006’s Embryonnck, a collaboration with the No-Neck Blues Band. However, Burchard suffered a stroke in 2016, which effectively ended his career as a musician, and his daughter Marja took over leadership of the group. Christian Burcharddied in January 2018 at the age of 71 (source : “All Music”).

Embryo is a musical collective from Munich which has been active since 1969, although its story started in the mid-1950s in Hof where Christian Burchard and Dieter Serfas met for the first time at the age of 10. It was one of the most important German jazz-rock bands during the 1970s and has also been described as “the most eclectic of the Krautrock bands.”

History

In 1969 the band was founded by multi instrumentalist Christian Burchard (drums, vibraphone, santur, keyboard) and Edgar Hofmann (saxophone, flutes). To date more than 400 musicians have played with the collective, some, such as Charlie Mariano, Trilok Gurtu, Ramesh Shotham, Marty Cook, Yuri Parfenov, Allan Praskin, X.Nie, Nick McCarthy, Monty Waters and Mal Waldron, have played on multiple occasions. Longtime members are Edgar Hofmann (sax, violin), Dieter Serfas (drums), Roman Bunka (guitar, oud), Uve Müllrich (bass), Michael Wehmeyer (keyboard), Chris Karrer (guitar, oud, violin, sax), Lothar Stahl (marimba, drums), and Jens Polheide (bass, flute).

With Ton Steine Scherben, they were founders of the first German independent label Schneeball in 1976.

In 1979 the band started a nine-month tour to India by bus which is documented in the movie “Vagabunden Karawane”. Embryo developed from jazzy Krautrock to a world music band which is able to merge different styles and trends. Many of their albums originated during collective journeys on 4 continents. The band played many festivals around the globe: in India (Mumbai Jazz 1979), England (Reading 1973), Nigeria (Port Harcourt Jazz 1987), Japan (Wakayama 1991) to name a few. In July 2008, Embryo was awarded the German World Music Award RUTH 2008 at the TFF Rudolstadt Festival.

In 1981, Müllrich and Wehmeyer left Embryo to form “Embryo’s Dissidenten” who soon became Dissidenten.

On the road to Marokko in March 2016 Christian Burchard had a stroke. Since then Marja Burchard (drums, vibraphone, vocals, trombone, keyboard), daughter of Christian Burchard, who grew up with the band, is leading Embryo.

On January 17, 2018 Christian Burchard passed away in Munich. He was 71 years old (source : “Revolvy”/”Wikipedia”).

Discography 

Discography

1970: Opal (Ohr)

1971: Embryo’s Rache (United Artists)

1972: Father Son and Holy Ghosts (United Artists)

1972: Steig aus (Brain, a.k.a. This Is Embryo), featuring Mal Waldron

1973: Rocksession (Brain), featuring Mal Waldron

1973: We Keep On (BASF), featuring Charlie Mariano

1975: Surfin (Buk), featuring Charlie Mariano

1976: Bad Heads and Bad Cats (April), featuring Charlie Mariano

1977: Live (April), featuring Charlie Mariano

1977: Apo Calypso (April), featuring Trilok Gurtu and Shobha Gurtu on one track

1979: Embryo’s Reise (Schneeball/Indigo)

1980: Embryo / Karnataka College of Percussion / Charlie Mariano – Life (Schneeball)

1980: Anthology (Materiali Sonori, compilation reissued on CD as Every Day Is Okay in1992)

1982: La blama sparozzi / Zwischenzonen (Schneeball)

1984: Zack Glück (Materiali Sonori)

1985: Embryo & Yoruba Dun Dun Orchestra Feat. Muraina Oyelami (Schneeball)

1985: Africa (Materiali Sonori)

1989: Turn Peace (Schneeball), featuring Mal Waldron

1994: Ibn Battuta (Schneeball/Indigo), featuring Marty Cook on one track

1996: Ni Hau (Schneeball/Indigo), featuring Xizhi Nie

1998: Live in Berlin (Schneeball)

1999: Istanbul–Casablanca Tour 1998 (Schneeball/Indigo), featuring Alan Praskin

1999: Invisible Documents (Disconforme)

2000: One Night in Barcelona (Recorded at the Joan Miró Foundation) (Disconforme),featuring Yuri Parfenov

2001: Live 2000, Vol. 1 (Schneeball)

2001: Live 2001, Vol. 2 (Schneeball)

2003: Bremen 1971 (Garden of Delights)

2003: Hallo Mik (Schneeball/Indigo, live recordings)

2006: Embryonnck with the No-Neck Blues Band(Schneeball/Staubgold/Sound@One)

2006: News (Ultimate)

2007: Live im Wendland (Schneeball), anti-nuclear solidarity concert 2005 in Gorleben

2007: For Eva , 1967 recording featuring Mal Waldron

2008: Freedom in Music , featuring X. Nie

2008: Live at Burg Herzberg Festival 2007 (Trip in Time)

2008: Wiesbaden 1972 (Garden of Delights)

2010: Embryo 40 (Trikont/Indigo, compilation)

2011: Memory Lane, Vols. 1-3 (Download only), featuring Mal Waldron

2016: It Do (Trikont/Indigo, compilation)

External links 

Embryo Band’s Homepage

Embryo Band’s Page on Facebook

Embryo Band’s Page on Spotify

Embryo Band’s Page on Last Fm

Charlie Mariano Tribute Page

Embryo Album Reviews on Gnosis2000.Net

Embryo Band’s Documentary on IMDb

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album Download Link on Rock & Roll Archives

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album Download Link on 7Digital

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Album on Google Play

Embryo – “We Keep On” Full Albun on Apple Music

 

 

 

Hard Rock, Heavy Blues Rock, Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1970s (Tracks) Bedlam – “Set Me Free”

Bedlam – “Set Me Free” Video on YouTube

Category/Music Genres :

Hard Rock, Heavy Blues Rock, Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1970s

Band :

Bedlam (Birmingham, U.K.)

Members :

Cozy Powell (drums), Dave Ball (guitar), Denny Ball (bass), Frank Aiello (vocals)
Related Artists :
Big Bertha, Ideal Milk, The Ace Kefford Stand, Cozy Powell’s Hammer
Also known as :
The Beast

Track :

‘Set Me Free” (written by Bedlam) B5 track (closing track) included on the album “Bedlam”

Album :

“Bedlam” released on Chrysalis Records ( CHR 1048) in 1973

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Bedlam – “Bedlam” Full Album Video on YouTube

Line-up/Credits :

Line-up :

Vocals – Francesco Aiello

Bass – Dennis Ball

Guitar – Dave Ball (2)

Drums – Cozy Powell

Keyboards – Felix Pappalardi (tracks: A1 to A3, A5, B1 to B5), Max Middleton (tracks: A4)

Credits :

Cover [Concept] – Dave Ball (2)

Engineer – Bob D’Orleans

Engineer [Assistant] – Daniel Jackson Turbeville

Lacquer Cut By – Ray Staff

Photography By [Cover], Design – Rowland Sherman

Producer – Felix Pappalardi

Produced For – Chrysalis Records

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Chrysalis Records Ltd.

Published By – Chrysalis Music Ltd.

Published By – Island Music Ltd.

Recorded At – Olympic Studios

Remixed At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.

Printed By – MacNeill Press Ltd.

Track-list :

01.Believe In You 3:58
02.Hot Lips 4:33
03.Sarah 3:44
04.Sweet Sister Mary 2:48
05.Seven Long Years 3:43
06.The Beast 5:27
07.Whiskey And Wine 2:31
08.Looking Through Love’s Eyes 2:53
09.Putting On The Flesh 3:52
10.Set Me Free 4:18

Information about the album/band/track :

“All Music”

Bedlam (originally known as Beast when it formed in 1972) was a British hard rock band featuring singer Frank Aiello (from Truth), guitarist Dave Ball (from Procol Harum), bassist Dennis Ball (formerly with Long John Baldry), and drummer Cozy Powell (formerly with Jeff Beck). They made one self-titled album produced by Felix Pappalardi (producer of Cream, member of Mountain) in 1973, before breaking up in 1974.

“Solid Boy Music Blog”

This band should have been as big as Led Zeppelin. The signs were all there, moody and magnificent blues guitarist of the highest caliber in the form of Dave Ball (from Procol Harum) a firm rock, thunderous bass – Dennis Ball (formerly with Long John Baldry) – the voice of a banshee cockney Frank Aiello (from Truth) and Mr Cozy Powell on drums. Bedlam were signed to Chrysalis Records and released their self-titled debut in 1973 remains a classic,a true gem of hard rock, Powell broke up the band in 1974 to pursue other projects.
The self-titled studio album is a very solid slice of bluesy, funky hard rock, produced by Felix Pappalardi (Mountain), that surprisingly didn’t garner more attention than it did. Not too far removed from what was coming out of the Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Cactus, Mountain, Budgie, Free, or Nazareth camps at the time, Bedlam showed a penchant for memorable, heavy rocking songs that featured the stellar musical interplay of Powell and the Ball brothers, plus the powerful vocals of Aiello. Though many tunes have a blues background, Ball’s riffs are heavy, especially on tracks like “Believe in You”, “Hot Lips”, and “Seven Long Years”, but there’s also a funkiness at times that reminds of what Deep Purple where soon to jump into on the Burn and Stormbringer albums. For those who crave those heavy rockin’, blues & boogie sounds of bands like Cactus and Mountain, check out the monstrous “Whiskey and Wine” and the hard driving “Putting On the Flesh” for some distorted riffs and crashing drum fills. “Set Me Free” is a bruising heavy rock track, with Aiello sounding a bit like Jack Bruce and the rest of the band really getting down and dirty for some fine proto-metal. It’s songs like this that makes it mind boggling that this band didn’t get more attention.
Considered one of England’s best drummers and a lot of demand for rock and pop Cozy Powell was almost legendary for a heavy hit style that could be done to work with many types of rock music, whether for the thundering pop productions helmed by Mickie Most Black Sabbath Emerson Lake & Powell or even his own solo work (notably “Dance with the Devil” which was a major English hit in 1973)
Powell began his professional music career in 1965 with sorcerers eventually decommissioning work with Jeff Beck after Beck left the Yardbirds in 1971, Powell formed Bedlam, but eventually abandoned this project to produce singles such as “Dance with the Devil” He later imageas Cozy Powell’s Hammer, which broke up in 1975 after a brief sabbatical, he joined Rainbow helps to give the band a section thunderous rhythm before exiting after four years and four albums in 1980, always in demand for the drum seat, he alternated between session work and working in different bands, including the Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath never staying in one band for very long
In 1996, he worked with former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green on his long-awaited comeback tour at the time of his death on April 5, 1998 he was recovering from a foot injury which had sidelined him from touring work with guitarist Yngvie Malmsteen He was driving on the M4 towards Bristol when he apparently lost control of his car (due toto bad weather) slamming into the center divider of the highway, he died some hours later in hospital. Thanks to adamus67 for this review.
“What Frank Is Listening To”
The first thing that hits you in the face about this LP is the sleeve that could be a Black Sabbath sleeve but unfortunately Bedlam steer away from the hard rock that Black Sabbath espoused (rock bordering on metal) and cover the familiar hard rock, blues based, music so popular on both sides of the Atlantic between about 1968 – 1974.
Think Mott the Hoople, Mountain, Blind Faith, Bad Company, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Cactus, Humble Pie, Rainbow, Free, Groundhogs, Bloodrock.
If you don’t like any of those bands then stop reading now.
Frown you might at this music but it’s not that far from Bedlam to The Cult or The Darkness. And thelatter are acceptable to the musical intelligentsia. No?
Anyway, like most of their compadres on the hard rock blues scene Bedlam have a pedigree that is impeccable even though they are a second tier “super group” of sorts …
Allmusic: “Bedlam (originally known as Beast when it formed in 1972) was a British hard rock band featuring singer Frank Aiello (from Truth), guitarist Dave Ball (from Procol Harum), bassist Dennis Ball (formerly with Long John Baldry), and drummer Cozy Powell (formerly with Jeff Beck). They made one self-titled album produced by Felix Pappalardi (producer of Cream, member of Mountain) in 1973, before breaking up in 1974″.
Bedlam are never less than proficient. Unfortunately they never struck gold unlike most of the aforesaid mentioned acts and rarely do they add anything new to the genre. This, their one album, is what you would expect and they hit all the genre milestones: blues hard rock, blues power ballads, blues rock with supernatural thematic overtones, blues country boogie, funky blues.
Unfortunately all they needed was one hit …

Photos related to the album/band/track :

Bedlam – “Bedlam” Album cover photo (front)

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Bedlam – “Bedlam” Album  photo (B’ Side)

Bedlam – “Bedlam” Album  photo (B’ Side)

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Bedlam – “Bedlam” Album cover photo (back)

Bedlam Band’s Photos

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BEDLAM 1 (2)

Cozy Powell of rock group Bedlam (the band was then known as The Beast) performing in Copenhagen, Denmark, March 1973. (Photo by Jan Persson/Getty Images)

Bedlam : News Photo

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Bedlam, Marquee, London, 1973

Links related to the album/band/track :

Bedlam – “Set Me Free” Video on YouTube

Bedlam – “Bedlam” Full Album Video on YouTube

Bedlam Band’s Page on Spotify

Bedlam – “Live In London 1973” Full Album on Spotify

Bedlam Band’s Page on Discogs

Bedlam Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

Bedlam – “Live In London” Full Album on Apple Music

Cozy Powell – “The Bedlam Years” Full Album Download Link on Rockasteria Blog

Bedlam Band’s Interview on It’s A Psychedelic Baby Magazine Blog

 

Hard Rock/Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1970s (Tracks) Bloodrock – “Fantastic Piece Of Architecture”

Hard Rock/Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1970s (Tracks)

Bloodrock (Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.)

“Fantastic Piece Of Architecture” (written by Jim Rutledge, Steve Hill) B3 track included on the album “Bloodrock” 

Released on Capitol Records (ST-435) in March 1970

Line-up/Credits :

Lee Pickens — lead guitar, backing vocals

Nick Taylor — rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Stephen Hill — keyboards, backing vocals

Ed Grundy — bass guitar, backing vocals

Jim Rutledge — drums, lead vocals

Producer – Terry Knight

The cover art was designed by producer Terry Knight.

Track List :

1 Gotta Find a Way
2 Castle of Thought
3 Fatback
4 Double Cross
5 Timepiece
6 Wicked Truth
7 Gimme Your Head
8 Fantastic Piece of Architecture
9 Melvin Laid an Egg

Lyrics :

A man on the hill,
Gazing down the hillside,
His look of lost and lonely feeling.
He waits for the wind,
To catch the grass behind him,
His look is oh so revealing,
Such a fantastic piece of architecture,
Fantastic piece of architecture.
People came from miles,
Captured by it’s beauty,
They said – “The work of a master”,
Where have they gone?
The people of the county,
They know that time is moving faster,
For such a fantastic piece of architecture,
Fantastic piece of architecture.
They’ve taken away the dreams of yesterday.
They’ve taken away the dreams of yesterday.
Sixty years have gone,
And gone is it’s beauty,
They know they must go inside,
Birds live on the eaves,
And paint peels from the ceiling,
The smell of death is inside,
Such a fantastic piece of architecture,
Fantastic piece of architecture.
That man on the hill,
He’s walking down quite slowly,
He knows he must go inside,
Through huge open doors,
He feels that breathless feeling,
He lays on the floor and he dies,
In his fantastic piece of architecture,
Fantastic piece of architecture.
He dies.
Bloodrock was an early ’70s hard rock band from Fort Worth, TX, led by singer/drummer Jim Rutledge for the first LP. They charted with six albums between 1970 and 1972 and scored a Top 40 hit with the morbid “D.O.A.” from their second, gold-selling LP, Bloodrock 2.

BLOODROCK. The group Bloodrock was formed in 1969 in Fort Worth, Texas. The original members consisted of Jim Rutledge (vocals and drummer), Lee Pickens (lead guitar), Nick Taylor (rhythm guitar), Ed Grundy (bass), and Stevie Hill (keyboards). Drummer Rick Cobb III came on board beginning with the group’s second album.

Before the band formed, Pickens had begun appearing on television and radio with groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as did Rutledge. The story is similar for the other members prior to Bloodrock. They were influenced by musical contemporaries such as Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and Deep Purple, as well as blues players such as Freddie King. The band signed with Capitol Records and worked with Grand Funk Railroad’s producer Terry Knight on their first three albums, BloodrockBloodrock 2, and Bloodrock 3. Their first album, Bloodrock, was released in February 1970 and rose in the charts. In their early days, the band opened for Jimi Hendrix several times. In fact, they performed for their largest audience, a crowd of 350,000, at the second Atlanta International Pop Festival headlined by Hendrix. Bloodrock also did sessions at Electric Lady Studios in New York with producer Mitch Mitchell (drummer for Jimi Hendrix) and engineer Eddie Kramer. They had some contact with the jazz world and played festivals that featured such jazz luminaries as Miles Davis and Roland Kirk.

Bloodrock played its own homogenization of primarily hard rock and some blues and also worked with songwriter John Nitzinger who wrote and/or contributed to such songs as “Jessica,” “Lucky in the Morning,” “You Gotta Roll,” ” and “Kool-Aid Kids.” One interesting note on songwriter contribution—on their 1971 release of Bloodrock USA, the song “It’s a Sad World” was cowritten by Warren Ham, future member of the band.

Characterized sometimes as southern prog rock with a dark side, their music reflected the news headlines of the day. They achieved some success in the United States and reportedly were popular among troops in Vietnam. Their best-known song, “D.O.A.,” about an airplane crash victim finding himself in the emergency room dying, reached Number 36 on Billboard in early 1971. The song was included on the band’s second album, Bloodrock 2, which eventually earned a Gold Record Award. Upon the release of Bloodrock 3, they toured with Grand Funk Railroad and played thirty-eight sellout performances over fifty-two days from March to May 1971. They recorded a live album, Bloodrock Live, at the Chicago Amphitheater in 1972.

Noted for their super-amplified, imposingly loud live performances, Bloodrock seemed on their way to achieving continual rock notoriety when in 1972, with the departure of Jim Rutledge and Lee Pickens, Warren Ham came to the group as the vocal replacement. Ham, a technically-proficient and creative saxophone and flute player, replaced biting lead guitar as the band’s mainstay with saxophone and flute solos. While Stevie Hill’s keyboard work remained a staple sound in the band, it too had taken a stylistic change. In a sense, one band with one style was replaced with a different band and a different style. Bloodrock took a turn away from hard rock towards more progressive rock, pop, and jazz. With the new lineup they released Passage in 1972 and Whirlwind Tongues (with new drummer Randy Reeder) in 1974.

The group’s divergence from its original sound into the Warren Ham era produced a more poppy sound which drew comparisons to Jethro Tull and Todd Rundgren. This change alienated much of their original fan base, thereby cutting the group’s career in two. As a result, the group disbanded by 1975. Compilation albums were released in 1975 and 1989, and in 2000 Triptych included PassageWhirlwind Tongues, and Unspoken Words on two CDs.

On March 12, 2005, five of the six original members—Rutledge, Pickens, Grundy, Taylor, Hill, and Chris Taylor (drums in place of Cobb), held a reunion concert in Fort Worth. This was a benefit concert for Hill, stricken with leukemia, to a sold-out audience. A film of the concert, along with personal interviews with the band members, was subsequently released on DVD. Rhythm guitarist and founding member Nick Taylor (born Doyle Taylor in Slayton, Texas, in 1946) died on March 10, 2010, after a car accident in Cleburne. After Bloodrock, Taylor had continued various music endeavors and had most recently played in his own group, the Nick Taylor Band. Other individual members of Bloodrock, including Hill, Rutledge, and Ham, continued to play active roles in music. Stevie Hill passed away from leukemia on September 12, 2013.

Bloodrock – “Bloodrock” Album cover photo (front)

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Bloodrock – “Bloodrock” Album photo (B’ Side)

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New Wave/Post Punk/Punk/Rock U.K. 1970s (Tracks) The Clash – “Brand New Cadillac”

New Wave/Post Punk/Punk/Rock U.K. 1970s (Tracks)

The Clash (London, U.K.) 

Cover Version

Brand New Cadillac” is a 1959 song by Vince Taylor, and was originally released as a B-side. Featured musicians on the released recording were: Joe Moretti (guitars), Lou Brian (piano), Brian Locking (bass) and Brian Bennett (drums).

“Brand New Cadillac” (written by Vince Taylor) A2 track included on the album “London Calling” 

Released on CBS Records (S CBS CLASH 3) on 14th December 1979

Line-up/Credits :

Lyrics :

Drive!
Drive!
My baby drove up in a brand new Cadillac
Yes, she did
My baby drove up in a brand new Cadillac
She said, “Hey, come here, Daddy”
“I ain’t never comin’ back”
Baby, baby, won’t you hear my plea?
C’mon, sugar, just come on back to me
She said, “Balls to you, Big Daddy”
Baby, baby, won’t you hear my plea?
Oh come on, just hear my plea
She said, “Balls to you, Daddy”
She ain’t coming back to me
Baby, baby drove up in a Cadillac
I said, “Jesus Christ, where’d you get that Cadillac?”
She said, “Balls to you, big Daddy”
She ain’t never coming back!
She ain’t never coming back!
She ain’t never coming back!
She ain’t never coming back!
She ain’t never coming back!
Songwriters: Vince Taylor
The Clash – “London Calling” Album cover photo (front)
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