lunes, 21 de agosto de 2017

Swirl Label Vertigo - El sello del rock progresivo



El sello Vertigo fue uno de los precursores del rock progresivo, junto con otros como Deram (Decca) o Harvest (Emi). Estos sellos apostaron por sonidos y bandas nuevas, algunas de ellas se perdieron en el olvido, pero otras llegaron a triunfar en mayor o menor medida. Esta es la primera parte de algunas que irán saliendo, dedicadas a dar a conocer estas bandas y con algunos de sus temas más conocidos.  Por esta razón revivo un viejo borrador que tenía por ahí, para recordar alguna de estas grabaciones, para escuchar y refrescarse un poco en este verano.


The Vertigo Label 1969 - 1973



Creado en : 1969 by the Philips/Polygram group.
Música : Progressive and Hard Rock
Swirl phase : 1969-1973


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Juicy Lucy (Juicy Lucy)




Cat No: VO 2 Release: 1969 Genre: Blues Rock





A-side:
Mississippi Woman (Juicy Lucy) 3'45
Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley) 2'49
She's Mine (Keith Ellis + Nigel Thomas) / She's Yours(Keith Ellis + Nigel Thomas) 5'43
Just One Time (Neil Hubbard + Glenn Campbell) 4'31.

B-side:
Chicago North-Western (Neil Hubbard + Glenn Campbell) 4'20
Train (Buddy Miles/Rich) 5'49
Nadine (Chuck Berry) 2'46
Are You Satisfied? (Pete Dobson + Chris Mercer + Nigel Thomas) 6'13. 
Line-up:
Glenn Campbell, gtr, vcls, mand, marimba, steel
Pete Dobson, drms
Keith Ellis, voc, bsgtr
Neil Hubbard, gtr
Chris Mercer, sax, keyb'ds
Ray Owen, voc, gtr
Loughty Amao, perc.
Production: Gerry Bron for Hit Record Productions Ltd.
Recorded: at Spring/summer 1969.
Cover-design: Nigel Thomas, Glenn Campbell and Peter Smith
Photography: Zelda Plum and Peter Smith.
Liner notes: Nigel Thomas and Chris Welch, written in September 1969.
Recorded at: The I.B.C. studios in London in September 1969.



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Manfred Mann´s Chapter Three (Chapter Three, Vol. 1)



Cat No: VO 3 Release: 1969 Genre: Jazz Rock



A-side:
Travelling Lady (Manfred Mann + Mike Hugg)
Snakeskin Garter (Mike Hugg)
Konikuf (Manfred Mann)
Sometimes (Mike Hugg)
Devil Woman (Mike Hugg) 

B-side:
Time (Mike Hugg)
Mister You're A Better Man Than I (Mike Hugg + Brian Hugg)
Ain't It Sad (Mike Hugg)
A Study In Inaccuracy (Manfred Mann)
Where Am I Going (Mike Hugg) 
Line-up:
Harold Becket, trp
Craig Collinge, dr
Brian Hugg, gtr
Mike Hugg, voc, piano
Bernie Living, alto-fl
Manfred Mann, keyb, police-whistle
Steve York, bsgtr, gtr, harp
Production: Dave Hadfield.
Cover-design: Jack Levy.
Photography: Johnny Clamp.
Liner notes: Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg.
Recorded at: Maximum Sound Studios between June and October 1969. 



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Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath)



Cat No: VO 6 Release: 1970 Genre: Hard/Heavy Rock
Hard and heavy metal rock, the classic debut album. You cant live without it.GREAT. 




A-side:
Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
The Wizard (Black Sabbath)
Behind The Wall Of Sleep (Black Sabbath)
N.I.B. (Black Sabbath).

B-side:
Evil woman, don't play your games with me (L.Wiegand + R.Wiegand + D. Waggoner)
Sleeping village (Black Sabbath)
Warning (Aynsley Dunbar). 
Line-up:
Geezer Butler, bsgtr
Toni Iommi, gtr
Ossie Osborne, voc, harm
Bill Ward, dr.
Production: Rodger Bain. Engineers: Tom Allom and Barry Sheffiled
Cover-design: Marcus Keef.
Photography: Marcus Keef.
Liner notes: Unknown.
Recorded at: Unknown. 






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Cressida (Cressida)





Cat No: VO 7 Release: 1970 Genre: Progressive Rock
Melodic progressive rock with great keyboard/guitar from the UK. 




A-side:
To Play Your Little Game.
Winter Is Coming Again.
Time For Bed.
Cressida.
Home And Where I Long To Be.

B-side:
One Of A Group
Light In My Mind
The Only Earthman In Town
Spring '69
Down Down
Tomorrow Is A Whole New Day. 
Line-up:
Iain Clark, dr
Agnus Cullen, voc
Peter Hennings, keyb, piano, harpsichord
John Heyworth, gtr
Kevin McCarthy, bsg.
Production: Ossie Byrne.
Cover-design: Teenburger
Photography: Unknown
Liner notes: None
Recorded at: The I.B.C. studios in London. 


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Gracious (Gracious)





Cat No: 6 360 002 Release: 1970 Genre: Progressive Rock
Progressive mellotron/guitar/vocal driven melodic rock with classical influences, from the UK. 




A-side:
Introduction (Paul Davis and Martin Kitcat)
Heaven (Paul Davis and Martin Kitcat)
Hell (Paul Davis and Martin Kitcat)

B-side:
Fugue In 'D' Minor (Paul Davis and Martin Kitcat)
The Dream (Paul Davis and Martin Kitcat) 



Line-up:


Alan Cowderoy, voc, gtr
Paul Davis, voc, 12-str gtr, tympani
Martin Kitcat, voc, keyb, piano
Robert Lipson, dr
Tim Wheatley, bsgtr.
Production: Hugh Murphy.
Cover-design: Teenburger.
Photography: Sam Sawdon.
Liner notes: Unknown-
Recorded at: Philips Studios. 




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Uriah Heep (Very Eavy Very Umble)





Cat No: 6 360 006 Release: 1970 Genre: Hard/Heavy Rock





A-side:
Gypsy (Mick Box + David Byron)
Walking In Your Shadows (Paul Newton + David Byron)
Come Away Melinda (Fred Hellerman + Fran Minkoff)
Lucy Blues (Mick Box + David Byron)

B-side:
Dreamare (Paul Newton)
Real Turned On (Mick Box + David Byron)
I'll Keep On Trying (Mick Box + David Byron)
Wake Up [Set Your Sights] (Mick Box + David Byron). 
Line-up:
Mick Box, voc, gtr
David Byron, voc
Ken Hensley, voc, keyb, gtr
Paul Newton, voc, bsgtr
Ollie Olsson, dr.
Production: Gerry Bron for Hit Records Ltd.
Cover-design: Robin Nicol for Design Machine.
Photography: Pete Smith.
Liner notes: Ken Hensley.
Recorded at: Lansdowne Studios early 1970. 





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Aquí hay música realmente buena e interesante. Un pedazo de historia de la música rock británica y del rock progresivo en concreto. Uno de los sellos más interesantes, junto con Deram y Harvest para rebuscar entre esa caja de música que son los últimos años sesenta y los primeros setenta.


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