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VA - Vertigo Mixed By Andy Votel (2005)

Electronic, Progressive Rock | Author: artmuss | 15-05-2019, 11:44
VA - Vertigo Mixed By Andy Votel (2005)Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Vertigo Mixed By Andy Votel
Year Of Release: 2005
Label (Catalog#): Family Recordings [9828454]
Country: England
Genre: Prog Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Art Rock, Funk
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 68:20
Full Size: 487 mb

Andy Votel was asked by Family Records to compile a disc of his favorite songs from the extensive catalog of Vertigo Records, one of the top progressive labels of the late '60s to early '70s in the U.K. After racking his brain and being unable to boil his favorite moments down to single-disc length, he hit upon the idea of jamming his favorite 60 tracks into a single mix (much like his Cuisinart mix albums Music to Watch Girls Cry and Songs in the Key of Death). His idea is a stunning success (especially in the age of commercially motivated label remix albums that are as embarrassing as they are avaricious), making for fascinating listening. Apart from Manfred Mann, Uriah Heep, and perhaps Nirvana, most of the bands here are probably known, if at all, mainly to prog rock fanatics. Groups like Flied Egg, Atlantis, May Blitz, and Gracious don't crop up in everyday water-cooler conversation, even in the snobbiest rock snob circles. No matter, Votel manages to find funky breaks, white-hot guitar freakouts, and wild vocals in every artist he plucks from the archive. The effect is quite astonishing considering the source material; if you went in fearing prog and all it's clich?s (flute solos, dwarves and witches, over the top vocals, endless soloing, and general silliness -- all of which apart from the endless soloing are here), you will come out with a new appreciation for it. It makes you wish for a set featuring full-length versions of the songs here -- although if such a set did exist, you might find yourself listening to Votel's mash-up more often, since he really boils the tunes down to their strengths and cuts away most of the excess. On the other hand, prog rock without excess is like a Scotsman without his kilt. Ah well, any way you look at it, this is one of the more entertaining label remix/mash-up records you're liable to hear -- unless more labels get wise and hire Votel to dig through their pasts.


1. Morning For One/Introduction/Modus Operandi (5:29) - Linda Hoyle, Gracious, Nirvana
2. Battle Of The Locusts/The Kettle/One Way Glass (4:58) - Aphrodite's Child, Colosseum, Manfred Mann
3. (Oh No Not) The Beast Day/Three Sisters/Willie The Pimp (5:21) - Marsha Hunt's 22, Affinity, Juicy Lucy
4. Think Of Life/Toe Grabber/Leave Me Woman - Gravy Train, Freedom, Flied Egg
5. I'm Afraid Big Moon/Vulture Blood/Walking In Your Shadow (5:28) - Frumpy, Warhorse, Uriah Heep
Train/Piccadilly Circles/Shes Mine - Juicy Lucy, Bob Downes
6. It's Getting Better/Air Mattress/Hectors House (4:30) - Atlantis, Janne Schaffer, Ian Carr
7. Government Man/Living At The End Of Time/I Am You (4:28) - Patto, Affinity, Atlantis
8. Time Machine/An Dro Nevez/In A Token Of Dispair (6:14) - Beggars Opera, Alan Stivell, Dr. Z
9. Lets Get On The Road Again/Di It/For Madmen Only/Memory Lane/In Part (5:01) - Atlantis, Aphrodite's Child, May Blitz, Baker Gurvitz Army
10. Lights In My Mind/All Along The Watchtower (4:25) - Cressida, Affinity
Galliarde/Snakes And Ladders (5:14) - Trace, May Blitz
11. Roots (4:33) - Nucleus
12. Let Them Come When They Will (3:40) - Cressida



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