Bloodrock U.S.A. is the fourth album by the Texan hard rock band Bloodrock, released under Capitol Records in 1971. The album was the first produced by the band alone without Terry Knight and the last studio album to feature original members Jim Rutledge (vocals) and Lee Pickens (lead guitar).
"Legends Never Die" is the third album by the Italian quintet after 2005's Realm Of Fantasy and 2007's Tales Untold. Don't expect new points of view on this album as far as the music is concerned. On the contrary, all songs are more or less a tribute to the classical hard rock bands of the seventies. The album begins with a brief acoustic guitar instrumental Il Ballo Di Caterina, before diving right into hard rock, in the style of Deep Purple and Uriah Heep.
The band brings back the old but yet evergreen sound of the 70's, influenced by bands like Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and Jethro Tull but also by American bands like Kansas. Hard and immediate riffs are followed by acoustic parts, which lead to dreaming and ancient melodies. A deep and warm vocal timbre, creates interesting contrasts with very rough guitars. Definitely a jump into the past to invite you to discover once again the pure emotions that only the best Hard Rock can deliver.
This is NOT a better-known Demian group from Texas (popular for their classic, heavy rock LP on ABC Records from 1971), but completely different band which recorded their album… in Austin! This privately pressed and now very rare concept album was issued in 1974 by local Starburst label. It contains an excellent and quite eloquent rock opera, which sounds like 'The Doors meets early Bloodrock' - with trippy organ work and very ﬁne and strong vocals similar to early David Bowie and Arthur Brown! It's very enjoyable record, with plenty of great hooks, an unusual psychedelic sounds and solid, hard rock music with a distinct, progressive tones. lt’s really hard to believe that this excellent LP was never reissued before! This CD edition was mastered from the original, pristine vinyl.
Three members of that L.A. band were previously in Touch - very good, psych-prog band responsible for classic 20/20 Sound LP (from 1969). Five years later (under Stepson name] they have recorded a great, raucous and high-energy hard blues rock album which was like a cross between MC5, Bloodrock, Free, Mountain and Blue Cheer - with overdriven fuzz guitar, spontaneous and dirty vocals and pounding rhythm section to the fore. lt’s the guitar which makes that LP so special - with raw and totally explosive sound coming straight from the ampliﬁer. Unfortunately, after being released in summer 1974, the record went completely unnoticed and as a result the band split up in early 1975. This CD has been carefully remastered from the original, analogue source and sounds really great!
"Still Looking" is the only album by US psychedelic rock band "Headstone" from 1974.
In the psychedelic underground collectors scene the album got established as a classic psych-hard-rock rarity. Their sound is strong and melodic with awesome guitar/organ leads, solid bass and catchy vocals. Their natural float creates a hypnotic atmosphere and makes you listen to this album again and again. At all their musical spirit is closer to the end 60s blend, than the recording year 1974 reflects, and sometimes they remind of the early Bloodrock stuff.
These guys rock. They captured a clasic sound and gave it a modern feel. If you like Ozric Tentacles, Captain Beyond, early Pink Floyd, Bloodrock etc., be prepared for liftoff to unrealized dimensions. Fantastic.