Saturday, April 14, 2007

Conjerti, Morreale & Dibley - Earth Free (1972)

Recently discovered Christian hippie 1970s folkrock LP with a nice, loose vibe. Sound is typical for the style, rooted in a melodic CSNY sensibility, recalling Stills' melancholic moves in particular. I also catch an Eastcoasty "Big Pink" vibe here and there. Opening track is deceptively soft and poppy, after which the LP gradually increases its depth, ending up with some truly great numbers that rate alongside the best of the genre. Overall this is less SF jammy than Wilson McKinley or Last Call Of Shiloh, yet it clearly has a more personal, earthy vibe than things such as Harvest Flight or Chenaniah. Vocals are not remarkable but fit the overall reflective mood well, while the band plays loose (sometimes very loose) and laidback, with a bass unusually high in the mix for added groove. Comparisons made to Kansas City Jammers are useful, if you imagine this LP as the dark mirror image of the upbeat KCJ. There was also a 45 from the band. [PL] (

Vinyl rip from the 1972 original LP. It's also been reissued on CD.

1 Water To Wine
2 I Needed To Be In Love
3 I Wonder If She Noticed Me
4 Remember Our Love
5 I've Been There For A Long Time
6 Fugue From Lowertown
7 Race Of The Sun
8 She Won't Be With Me Tomorrow
9 Little Girl
10 I Lost My Love
11 Earth Free

Conjerti, Morreale & Dibley - Earth Free (1972)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Handgjort - Handgjort (1970)

More lost Scandinavian sounds from Silence, this one being a folksier variant on the Träd Gräs tribal hoe-down formula. Lots of hand drums and long hair. Hippie as hell, but decidedly non-stinky. Fantastic! (rateyourmusic)

Björn J:son Lindh Flöjt
Brulet Green Oboe
Dallas Smith Klarinett
Guy Öhrström Akutisk gitarr
Jan Bandel Gong
Kenneth Arnström Saxofon
Marcus Brandelius Ezra, sarod
Stig Arne Karlsson Sitar
Theo Greyerz Tablas


1. Kerala
2. Over the hill
3. Jamil
4. Scotland the Brave
5. Ferry to Panjim
6. Worlds on fire
7. Farmer Jack
8. Colombo
9. Bushat

Listen to 'Bushat':


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Arica - Heaven (1971)

Probably from New York, an obscure hippie group influenced by Eastern music and spirituality. Their album was recorded with various instruments: sitar, tablas, congas, flute, electric guitar and gongs. For fans of the Sufi Choir or Om Shanti.(Stephane Rebeschini)