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monsieur frog jean-yves labat


Utopia‘s Jean-Yves Labat recorded his proggy eh froggy solo lp for Bearsville as M. Frog in 1973-05 with Todd Rundgren, John Holbrook, John Simon, June Millington, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Paul Butterfield and many more … it’s finally out on cd via Edsel (2012-02, EDSS 1064) on a split cd with Roger Powell‘s “Air Pocket” (Bearsville 1980).


roger powell’s air pocket


Some solo work by Utopia keyboardist Roger Powell in the vein of Steve Hillage solo, foreshadowing Ozric Tentacles … The “Air Pocket” lp (Bearsville 1980) has been reissued by Edsel (2012-02, EDSS 1064) on a split cd with M. Frog, with a so-so single only bonus track. “Lunar plexus” is the highlight.

matching mole one


An alternative triad of that most moving triptych “O Caroline / Instant pussy / Signed curtainwhich so brilliantly opens Matching Mole’s untitled first lp (CBS 1972), with Robert Wyatt writing and singing one of the most beautiful and (deceivingly) simple songs of heartbreak in history – ultimately meta. All off Esoteric’s Matching Mole (Expanded Edition)2cd (ECLEC 22311, 2012) … Do rush out and buy it, if only for the long (lp) version of O Carolineor for the previously unreleased “Horse” (1972-01). Hey and more on Matching Mole in the previous post!


matching mole two


Esoteric have reissued both Matching Mole albums as “Expanded Edition” 2cd’s with BBC Radio One ànd previously unreleased bonus tracks on a separate disc … There’s no significant overlaps with “Smoke Signals” (2001, live in Europe 1972) and “March” (2002, live in Europe 1972-03) on Cuneiform, though. These two tracks are off the second album “‘s Little Red Record” (CBS 1972, Esoteric 2012 cat. no. ECLEC 22312) as produced by Robert Fripp … Brian Eno plays VCS3 synth on Gloria Gloom(ulloder Richard D James), andGod songhas the most exquisite Robert Wyatt lyrics. “Starting in the middle of the day we can drink our politics away (take one)” and the utterly zany “Mutter” were recorded 1972-08 during album session recordings and have been previously unreleased hitherto.

golf girl in her caravan

Caravan performing Golf girlon Beat-Club(German ARD tv, not the BBC) around 1971. Off the brand new deluxe edition of In The Land Of Grey And Pink(Deram 1971, recorded 1970 – their third, and best lp, imho) … as are these versions:

mellotron 2.0

Hurray for Mellodramaby Dianna Dillworth (Bazillion Points 2010)!

And do also check Planetmellotron.com + Nick Awde‘s Mellofest ànd his bookMellotron – the machine and the musicians that revolutionised rock(Desert Hearts, 2008-07, ISBN 9781898948025). [Tronx 4 YT#2 Arne!]

As for my favourite Mellotron track ever … here‘s a strong contender:

eros & psychedelic vinyls


Some saucy leftovers from the previous post just to bring a great series of books to your attention that bear wonderful faux anglais titles that only the French can come up with (cf. how they spelt pin’s back in the nineties) … I’m pretty sure the Ohio Players will be featured in Eros vinylsbut I wonder whether that particular volume has a raunchy Eurodisco sleeves section too … So far, the Collection musiqueby éditions Stéphane Bachès also includes books on vinyls yéyé, pochettes chanson française, bande dessinée (BD) or comics style sleeves, prog gatefolds, mainstream rock lp covers, and psychedelic psleeves. (There’s been a whole number of books on that topic before, of uneven quality, most notably theClassic Album Covers Of The 60sby Storm Thorgersson of Hipgnosis.) Voir aussi: http://vibrationsmusic.com/2010/12/09/psychedelic-vinyls/ + http://uzine.posterous.com/tag/sleeveart