Back to a harder side of psych this week but with a wonderful variation. Both albums feature some of the most powerful and bewitching female vocals that Europe had to offer at the time. Putting any male counterparts in their place these two albums are a testament to the female force in the music of the late '60s

Shocking Blue - Shocking Blue
I've posted one of these tracks before but it got such a great response that I'm going to feature it again. Shocking Blue were a powerful Dutch band whose fame is mostly remembered for the single "Venus". The band issued a number of singles
prior to their first official album and this LP collected many of them in one place. Though she was not the original singer of the band, Mariska Veres' vocals remaining the most striking aspect of Shocking Blue and her addition was definitely a turning point in the band's sound and impact. The band's albums lost some impact over time but the first couple are well worth a slot in your collection.

[MP3] Shocking Blue - Long and Lonesome Road
[MP3] Shocking Blue - Send Me A Postcard

Support the artist. Buy it HERE (might have to try Ebay for this one.)

Sarolta Zalatnay - Sarolta Zalatnay
Sarolta was one of the top Hungarian performers during the 60's and 70's but her music hasn't crossed the seas until just recently with this great reissue. With a voice that rivals Janis Joplin's and a team of musicians that fuse the tail of
psychecelia with the oncoming storm of hard rock, many of these songs simply have to be heard to be understood. At once hard, exuberant and expressive its not hard to see why she was so well loved in her home country. This is another artist whose quality of music seems to erode the language barrier; though few songs are in English it doesn't distract a bit from the feeling of the songs. You'll even find yourself singing along by the 3rd or 4th listen. This is an absolute necessity.

[MP3] Sarolta Zalatnay - Itt A Nyár
[MP3] Sarolta Zalatnay - Sracok Oh Sracok

Support the artist. Buy it HERE

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posted by dissensous at 9:18:00 AM


Blogger adam said...

man it would be amazing to get a full rip of that shocking blue.....its kinda out of print and hard to find!! need my love buzz!!

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you a skateboarder?

both shocking blue songs have been used by a professional skater (tommy sandoval) as the songs for two video parts.

great songs, thanks for the post

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That "postcard" song is really amazing. There really aren't enough women who can make interesting music.

Keep it up man, these posts are so fantastic

7:43 PM  

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