We'd like to thank everyone for preventing us of dead links. For the moment, we are note able to re-up them.

Feel free to keep on preventing us of those dead links. We will update them when we (I and Jeb-E-Diah) have more time to (understand : from september). Some of them will be partially or completely repacked considering albums which would have been issued thereafter and surely with new and improved artworks.

Stay tuned !

Monday, September 29, 2008



God exists, His name is Robert Wyatt. He is very discreet but we can see him almost everywhere from the greatest film soundtracks (Travelling Birds, ...) to many artists as guest (Björk, Nick Mason, . . .) He really never stops working even if a long time lasts between to of his solo albums.
This gorgeous carreer begins in 1970 when Wyatt sees himself in artistical disagreement with his collegues from Soft Machine (see ABO#073). His first solo album was a deeply experimental album. During his experience with his own band Matching Mole, Wyatt was injured in a party and became paraplegical, preventing him from playing the drums. Fortunately, Robert was one of the (if not 'the') best voices of the Canterbury scene. His second and real solo carreer began then with 1974 'Rock Bottom' which became one of the very best albums of all times ! After a second album, 'Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard', Wyatt became less prolific, making an album almost every 5 years... But what an album that is!
It's very interesting how a man like Robert Wyatt logically brought his music from an extraordinary Canterbury style to a vocal jazz.

Sea Song

Heaps Of Sheeps

My Robert Wyatt TOP3 :
1. Rock Bottom (1974)
2. Nothing Can Stop Us (1982)
3. Shleep (1997)

My Robert Wyatt BOTTOM3 :
1. A Short Break (1992)
2. The Animal Film (1983)
3. The End Of An Ear (1970)


Saturday, September 27, 2008



A selection of metal songs (mosty death & black) on lovecraftian themes. The master of horror has always been a great inspiration to the metal scene and lately, with the rise of more extreme genres, it has only increased a little more. The Great Old Ones (ancient gods of the abysses in Lovecraft's mythos), the Necronomicon (an unholy book and another creation of Lovecraft's twisted mind credited to ancient arabic poet Abdul al-Hazred circa 730) and the recurring theme of evil possession developped by Lovecraft in his novels had to have an impact on metal, and they did!
I hope you'll enjoy this selection with famous bands such as Black Sabbath, Metallica, Rage, Entombed and Therion and more obscure ones such as Dawn Of Relic, Disincarnate or Arkham.

Entombed - Clandestine

Dethklok - Awaken (Mustakrakish)

Thursday, September 25, 2008



Steppenwolf is a rock band that helped establish heavy metal music in the late 1960s along with bands like Blue Cheer and Iron Butterfly. The band was formed in 1967 in Los Angeles by vocalist John Kay, guitarist Michael Monarch, bassist Rushton Moreve, keyboardist Goldy McJohn and drummer Jerry Edmonton after the dissolution of its predecessor, The Sparrows.

The band has sold more than 25 million units worldwide, releasing 8 gold albums and 13 Hot 100 singles, including three top-10 hits in "Born to Be Wild", '"Magic Carpet Ride", and "Rock Me". Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1974, but clashing personalities led to the end of the core lineup. (wiki)

By the 80's Steppenwolf came back with only original member John Kay as frontman. Even if John Kay's SW sounds a bit like the band before, I have to admit that it was a lot more disappointing musically. That's why this Baistophe ends with the last original Steppenwolf album : Skullduggery.

Extract :
Monster / Suicide / America

My Steppenwolf TOP 3 :
1. Monster (1969)
2. The Second (1968)
3. Skullduggery (1976)

My Steppenwolf BOTTOM 3 :
1. For Ladies Only (1971)
2. Hour Of The Wolf (1975)
3. Slow Flux (1974)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008



Yves Montand (13 October 1921 – 9 November 1991) was an Italian-born French actor and singer.
Montand was born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Terme, Italy to Josephine and Giovanni, poor peasants. Montand's family left Italy for France. He grew up in Marseille, where as a young man he worked in his sister's barber shop, and later on the docks. He began a career in show business as a music-hall singer. In 1944 he was discovered by Édith Piaf in Paris and she made him part of her act, becoming his mentor and lover.
He went on to international recognition as a singer and actor, starring in numerous films. His recognizably crooner songs, especially those about Paris, became instant classics.
In 1951 he married the actress Simone Signoret, and they co-starred in several films throughout their careers. The marriage was, by all accounts, fairly harmonious, lasting until her death in 1985, although Montand had a number of well-publicised affairs, notably with Marilyn Monroe, with whom he starred in one of her last films, Let's Make Love. During his career, Montand acted in a number of American motion pictures as well as on Broadway. He was nominated for a Cesar Award for "Best Actor" in 1980 for "I comme Icare" and again in 1984 for "Garçon!"
In the French dubbings of Looney Tunes, the character Pepé Le Pew is an Italian skunk named "Pépé le putois". The voice characterization was often based on Montand's performances.
In 1986, after his international box-office draw power had fallen off considerably, the 65-year-old Montand gave one of his most memorable performances, as the scheming uncle in the two-part film: Jean de Florette, co-starring Gérard Depardieu, and Manon des Sources, co-starring Emmanuelle Béart. The film was a world-wide critical hit and raised Montand's profile in the U.S., where he made an appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman."

Grands Boulevards

A bicyclette

Tuesday, September 23, 2008



Another unusual history in Rock. Spirit was founded by Ed Cassidy with an original idea from gender Randy California who has long been playing with old friend Jimi Hendrix. The band emerged in the psychedelic landscape with a soft clean music which doesn't forget its blues roots. Like a poppy Hendrix style, but without that craziness in the guitar playing, Spirit became one of the most influent bands in USA, even inspiring Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven (listen to Taurus below).
The band's history became unusual when California was injured in an accident so that the album Feedback was made without the main founding member.
When Spirit came back, it had almost become a one-man band with California nearly alone with his guitar and beat-box. After then the band reunited and disbanded frequently around the two essential members. but never made as good as before Feedback... except maybe for their 1978 huge live album "Made In Germany" which is one of the most recommended live albums in Rock history and for Potatoland (1981) which has been a great surprise in that early decade.
Spirit made a last great album, "California Blues" but Randy died not long after while trying to save his son from drowning. Another sad day for Rock.

Extracts :


My Spirit Top 3 :
1. 12 Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (1970)
2. Spirit (1967)
3. The Family That Plays Together (1968)

My Spirit Bottom 3 :
1. 13th Dream (1984)
2. Rapture Of The Chamber (1990)
3. Father Along (1977)

Monday, September 22, 2008



Clann Zú was an Australian and Irish band that formed in Melbourne in 1999.
The forming members drew inspiration from an eclectic mix of musical styles, such as punk, rock, folk, electronic, and classical. Their fusion of Celtic folk, electronic music, and rock has created a unique epic soundscape full of powerful atmospheric sounds and off-beat instrumentation.
This compilation includes songs from Clann Zú 3 releases (one ep and two lps) and 4 songs from singer Declan de Barra's debut solo album who, with his powerful voice sometimes reminding of the Buckleys (father and son), was an important part of the band's sound.
Dearly missed and yet unreplaced, Clann Zú is a must hear for adventurous rock lovers.

One Bedroom Apartment

Saturday, September 20, 2008



Here's another cover oriented project. This has always been mine but didn't really think that it could have been possible to assemble a whole Pink Floyd album only with cover versions. I begun with the very first album they recorded but, for sure, I won't stop there. I know many other will be easy to make but for others (More, Ummagumma, Obscured, The Wall, ...), I think I won't be able to find every track covered. So Two solutions may be possible : the first is not to treat them at all. The second is to gather some of those albums together as only one album... Except if someone can help me to complete my unfinished collection...
This first album has been much easier to complete because of Syd Barrett who was (and still is) an icone of rock'n'roll. However, some were very hard to find as "Pow R Toc H" or "Chapter 24". But I did it ! I just listened to it and realised it was really another album, so it wasn't a useless effort. Some bonus tracks are also included as at that time the Pink Floyd made some non album singles. Enjoy !

Extracts :
Niki Mono & Nikolaus Klau : Flaming

David Bowie : See Emily Play

We just changed the back cover. Indeed, one of the artists in the tracklist was wrong : Instead of David Lansing You had to understand Cult Of Apollo. Sorry for that mistake and sorry to Max Niketic to have mistaken his presence in that track.

R.I.P. Rick

Thursday, September 18, 2008



Caravan is the pop side of Soft Machine (see ABO#073). The comparison is not a fortuitous one. In fact Soft Machine and Caravan were born from the same band : The Wilde Flowers. While Ratledge and Wyatt went to create Soft Machine bringing The Wilde Flowers music into a Jazz experience, Pye Hastings and brothers Sinclair made it popier, even if the canterbury sound remains a common ground to both formations. Jazz is no stranger to Caravan : some improvisations are included on almost each of their albums, even if by the year 1975, the music came to be writen as a more classic prog process. Caravan is, as many other Canterbury acts, one of my favourite bands for that reason : making intelligent music affordable to anyone.

Extracts :
For Richard (edit)

Jack And Jill

My Caravan TOP3 :
1. In The Land Of Grey And Pink (1971)
2. For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night (1973)
3. Blind Dog At Saint Dunstans (1976)

My Caravan BOTTOM3 :
1. The Battle Of Hastings (1995)
2. Better By Far (1977)
3. Back To Front (1981)




A selection of covers of the 1967 Beatles song... Those tracks were chosen because of either their quality or what they brought to the original... I've had to span over 50 versions of I Am The Walrus to make that selection, it's been a lot of fun and I hope it'll be as much fun listening to it. Enjoy!

Lord Sitar

Jim Carrey

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

OTH (ABO #117)


Damned ! Here's one of the best French alternative rock bands of the 80's!
OTH (short for "On Tender Hooks") have surely imprinted one of the finest pages of the French rock.
Born a punk band at the end of the 70's in Montpellier (south of France), OTH identifies itself by its highly energetic, diabolical and inspired rock'n'roll even allowing itself to possess a sense of humour!
The band's discography isn't a huge one: five studio albums, two live albums and a compilation.
On this "best of", I've tried to gather the energitic hard core, the good proportions of thin and fat so that you can absorb, smell the sweat of their savage rock, may it make you sweat too!
They are the electric clowns, we are (and will remain) their faithful servants.


La France Dort

Clown Electriques

Sunday, September 14, 2008



As I said on the last post, Malicorne broke up in 1984 after "Les Cathédrales De L'Industrie". Gabriel felt then free to go on as a solo singer along with his wife Marie, who rapidly left to lead Virgin's World label (then Peter Gabriel's Realworld). By the way, the solo career, as we could expect on the last Malicorne LP, was no longer folk/celtic but just singer/songwriter albums, with, sometimes, some inches of traditionalism. Gabriel Yacoub is one of my favourite frenche singers for that simple reason : he is a simple man making simple, intelligent songs, with a good taste for melancholy. Just listen to "Les Choses Les Plus Simples" to admit that at least this one is hugely moving !

Extracts :
Les Choses Les Plus Simples

Ces Dieux-Là

My Gabriel Yacoub TOP3 :
1. Bel (1990)
2. :Yacoub: (2001)
3. Trad Arr. (1978)

My Gabriel Yacoub BOTTOM3 :
1. Elementary Level Of Faith (1986)
2. Babel (1994)
3. De La Nature Des Choses (2008)

(very hard to make such a top/bottom, even Elementary Level Of Faith is great, so...)


(updated front cover)


Bon An, Mal An

Gabriel Yacoub was one of Alan Stivell's backing band members. In 1973, he left to found a new band with her wife, Marie. After a promising first LP, the duet turned into a real band which was called Malicorne, a middle west little town's name. One thing has to be clarified : Malicorne is not a breton band but just a folk(-rock) band. Yacoub was indeed born in the east of France. By the way, Malicorne's music does not sounds really like celtic music but refers to much more french traditions... By the turn of the 70's decade, the band sold less and less albums and had to break up after a "Cathedrales De L'Industrie" which already sounds like a Yacoub solo album (see ABO#116)

Extracts :
Marions Les Roses

Le Branle des Chevaux

My Malicorne TOP3 :
1. Malicorne II (aka Le Mariage Anglais, 1975)
2. Malicorne IV (aka Nous Sommes Chanteurs De Sornettes, 1977)
3. Almanach (1976)

My Malicorne Bottom3 :
1. La Balançoire En Feu (1981)
2. Les Cathédrales De L'Industrie (1984)
3. Malicorne I (aka Colin) (1974)

Thursday, September 11, 2008



Here's a selection of 24 covers of rock, pop, blues or soul classics by rockabilly bands. It's been a great fun to make and I hope it will be as much fun to listen to.
You'll find covers ranging from your classic blues song (Big Joe Williams' Baby Please Don't Go) to modern days pop music (Pink's Get The Party Started), 77 minutes of rockabilly fun!

Dick Brave & The Backbeats "Get the Party Started"

Restless "Baby Please Don't Go"

Monday, September 8, 2008



No, this baistophe is not a Bob Seger tribute ! Let me explain why I chose that title. Back in 1973, the young band Gong, fronted by Daevid Allen went into internal troubles while discussing about drug use. Some (I won't tell the names) wanting to go on within smoke, the other having another opinion... So for the first time Daevid Allen left the band he had founded letting the remaining band, shortly renamed Paragong have a few gigs during a few months. Then Daevid came back to record the You album (1974) before leaving again. The band kept the name of Gong and turned artistically the page until Daevid founded his own Gong line-up. To differentiate the two line-ups, the firsts became Pierre Moerlen's Gong and the lasts Planetgong (and then New York Gong, ...). So, that's why you didn't find the two albums Shamal and Gazeuse (aka Expresso) on the Gong baistophe (ABO#015) : those ones were made without Daevid Allen, so they are more a Pierre Moerlen's Gong. Within this compilation I tried to span the whole PM's Gong discography, even including the very short Paragong live album.
For those who don't know don't be surprised. The music has got nothing to see with the original Gong music : it's purely Jazz-Rock. But it remains nice to listen

Extract :

My Pierre Moerlen's Gong TOP3 :
1. Shamal (1975)
2. Gazeuse (1976)
3. Downwind (1979)

My Pierre Moerlen's Gong BOTTOM3 :
1. Breakthrow (1986)
2. Expresso II (1977)
3. Pentanine (2002)

Sunday, September 7, 2008



A minor but interesting late-'60s British rock singer, Terry Reid could have been a lot more famous if he hadn't turned down the slot of lead singer for the New Yardbirds in 1968. That slot, of course, went to Robert Plant, and the New Yardbirds became Led Zeppelin. Unlike Plant, Reid was also a guitarist, and the opportunity to head his own group no doubt played a part in his decision to gun for a solo career. Leading a guitar-organ-drums power trio, he recorded a couple of respectable, though erratic, hard rock albums while still a teenager in the late '60s. Some bad breaks and creative stagnation combined to virtually bring his career to a halt, and he never cashed in on the momentum of his promising start.


Highway 61 Revisited

The Frame

Thursday, September 4, 2008



I've long been a Mojo magazine addicted reader. But i must confess the majority of their gift CDs were a bit worse regarding the quality of the magazine itself. On one issue, Mojo suggested a booklet featuring their 100 greatest guitar albums. You may not agree with those choices but what's good with that selection is that it spans all kind of music. But the booklet was given alone with no CDs beside. So I wanted to gather all the tracks that were purposed in it to have my bonus compilation completed. So here it is with the whole things from the songs, which I think is the most important you need to the artwork (as usual) in a new configuration. This is a 6CD-set(!)
Extracts :
1. Django Reinhardt : Limehouse Blues

2. The Beatles : Tomorrow Never Knows
(direct link for the track, the one on the RS link is a poor vinyl-rip, sorry)

3. Quicksilver Messenger Service : Gold & Silver

4. Mahavishnu Orchestra : Awakening

5. Van Halen : Eruption

6. Sonic Youth : Expressway To Yr. Skull

track list : (click to enlarge)