Starcastle — Fountains of Light

StarcastleFountains of Light
★★★★

This album has a more refined sound than their first production. The peak point — the transition from Dawning Of The Day to Silver Winds — is alone enough a reason to give Fountains of Light a listen or two.

Starcastle — Starcastle (album)

StarcastleStarcastle (album)
★★★☆

A solid prog rock debut album from 1976. This band has an unmistakable Yes sound, which is a good thing.

The album cover art is also very nice.

Album Saturday: Experimental Rock — Summary

Captain BeefheartSafe as Milk
★★★

Interesting themes and ideas brought to life. Sometimes a nice, surrealistic setting comes short by returning to the conventional blues rock scheme. An album worth listening to.

 


Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones
★★★★★

By mixing together jazz, blues and a piece of his own soul, Tom Waits has truly found a music niche of his own. Enter it for an ultimate chillout.

 


The Monks
Black Monk Time
★★★★

A clear “stomping” beat that fuses the whole album works well. Blast off with The Monks!

 


Os Mutantes
Mutantes
★★★★☆

A Brazilian psychedelic rock jewel, extremely rich with ideas. The Spanish language doesn’t disturb, but on the contrary sounds funny and leads on to a mental equilibrium.

 


The Mothers of Invention
Freak Out!

Partially unlistened

 


The Godz
Contact High with the Godz

Partially unlistened

 


Faust
Faust
★★★★

If I should compare Faust with anything, then it is basically Revolution n.9 taken much further. This record came from another plane, yet is harmonic musically.

 


David Bowie
“Heroes”
★★★

Beaty and the Beast as well as the ambient tracks on the B-side of the album are nice, but overall the album failed to impress me.

“In your status line, list 10 albums that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.”

David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
King CrimsonIn the Court of the Crimson King
Dire StraitsDire Straits
Deep PurpleMachine Head
UFO – UFO 2: Flying
Mahavishnu OrchestraThe Inner Mounting Flame
ELPTarkus
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Blind FaithBlind Faith
Uriah HeepDemons and Wizards

Album Saturday: Roots Rock – Summary

Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) ★★★☆ The songs are simple, but well performed, and possess a full and driving sound. Easy rock for beginners. Free Bird at the end really stands out, and exceeds the overall level of the album by far.
The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band ★★★★☆ A very enjoyable and concise album, right from the beginning down to the Whipping Post. The vocals are somewhat rough, but the guitar is truly singing. Puts you on a good mood.
The Band Music from Big Pink ★★★☆ A calm entity, recommended for lazy mornings.
Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys ★★★★☆ The rhythm couldn’t get more hypnotic – each beat and guitar note falls on the right place and drags you further into the memphis.
The Eagles Eagles Partially unlistened
Crosby, Stills & Nash CSN ★★☆ CSN concists of slow, sad tracks that don’t stand out. Could fit nicely for a calm evening. Not to be confused with their first album Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers ★★★☆ Positive background rock that doesn’t demand attention yet contains pleasing guitar riffs. Gets significantly better towards the end.
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet ★★★☆ Taking into account that this album came out in 1968, The Rolling Stones must have really been ahead of their time. The ability of the band to complement each other’s sound and create this fullness of sound makes this album enjoyable in many ways.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ★★ The strong voice of the singer deserves a notice, but the sound already marks the beginning of the brainless 80’s pop era. Mystery Man is the only song worth mentioning.