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Also known as MUSIC OF THE DEVIL CULT GOD. There’s an alternate version culled from other sources on the very excellent blog Psychotic Leisure Music, I just happen to prefer the straight old vinyl rip that I posted. -Ian!

Totally nightmarish record by the master of ‘exotica’ (if you can believe that). Probably one of the more disturbing and haunting things to come from the fucked up psychological underside of 1970, The Music of the Devil God Cult is the soundtrack to a demented, acid-fried B-movie version of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Dunwhich Horror.” The music itself features some whacked out, slightly out of tune synth/organs over an orchestra with full strings and brass and a rock rhythm section. There’s a really classic main melody that will get stuck in your head forever. It conveys everything creepy that later easy-listening soft rock music like Peaches & Herb had on its fringes (you know, those x-factors — intangible foreboding crossed with mysterious romance? No? Ah, well…). This melody then gets run through the gamut of dirges, dissonances and dark corners & ends up feeling essentially like a form of sickness born of insane obsession. Quite appropriate considering the subject matter. You’ll be freaked out and unpleasantly enchanted.

There are lots of highlights arrangement-wise. It’s a study in theme-and-variation – there are even some hip-hop sounding beats with clumsy off-time timpani lines that trade off with a cycle of swelling atonal chord clusters behind chopped up pieces of the main melody. If you have patience & can enjoy Sunn, or Sleep, or Khanate, this won’t be any trouble (those aren’t comparisons, just a word of caution to our short attention span friends who might feel differently. Too bad for them.)

Les Baxter-THE DUNWICH HORROR (1970)

Those used to Vangelis’ later and lighter synthesized outings may not be quite ready for this dark, thundering album. While it did provide us with the theme music for the TV series Cosmos and bring Jon Anderson into partnership with Vangelis (following an abortive approach to Vangelis joining Yes) on “So Long Ago, So Clear,” it also served up massed Gothic choirs and a musical depiction of all the tortures of the damned, with an impressive amount of string-driven shrieking. Even so, it’s a brilliant piece of work that should not be absent from any Vangelis collection.


Vangelis-HEAVEN AND HELL (1975)

Sometimes I just paste a review to take up space. This album is actually fucking killer -Ian

This disc is a re-release of the 1981 Virgin edition of Tangerine Dream’s music for the movie “Thief”, Michael Mann’s film adaptation of Frank Hohimer’s book, “The Home Invaders”. It doesn’t contain the film’s entire soundtrack music by any means: nor, indeed, is all of the music on the CD to be found in the film! The reasons are simple: much of the film’s most powerful music-that which accompanies the scenes “He’s beeping in good”, “Into the Shaft” and “Car Lot Showdown”-had already been released on the band’s 1979 album “Force Majeure”, as parts of the track `Thru Metamorphic Rocks’. Consequently, almost 15 minutes of soundtrack is represented on this disc in a shorter (5 minute) remix, `Igneous’, which uses a characteristic cue chord sequence from the film as an intro to the flanged percussion pulse overlaid with a new raw-edged guitar line. The movie’s closing music is also absent from the CD: this is the track `Confrontation’ by Craig Safan. Although originally present on the Elektra soundtrack release of the movie, Virgin did not bother obtaining the license for its inclusion here, as this was intended as a pure Tangerine Dream disc, not as a soundtrack album.

Several dodges have been applied to pad the disc out to a reasonable length (although it is still quite short). Firstly, the “San Diego Reverie” scene’s music is included twice (originally starting each side of the vinyl disc, it appears as tracks 1 and 5 here) in only slightly differing guises (`Beach Theme’ & `Beach Scene’). Secondly, the remaining soundtrack material is expanded into longer versions than used in the film, and finally a couple of additional tracks have been composed which draw on musical ideas used only briefly elsewhere or which conjure up the moods of some of the film’s scenes.

The result is some 40 minutes of material, often close to the actual film soundtrack but at other times merely suggestive of it, presented in an order that makes musical sense, rather than following any sequence relevant to the film. For all its alterations, though, this music comes across as every bit as powerfully stark as the movie. In many ways this album is more of a tribute to the film than a copy of its soundtrack, but probably is all the more potent as a result. It was a major chart success in its day and remains an impressive achievement even now.

-Steve Benner “Stonegnome”,

Tangerine Dream-THIEF OST (1981)

If you download religiously from here, you have almost all of these tunes. If not, consider this the general vibe of the blog. -Ian

side by side on a wire

01. sloan – money city maniacs
02. kati kovacs – add már uram az esöt!
03. ted leo & the pharmacists w/ the best show on wfmu! – the world is in the terlet
04. guided by voices – squirmish frontal room
05. titus andronicus – my time outside the womb
06. reigning sound – time bomb high school
07. cheap trick – elo kiddies (live at budokan)
08. beatles – paperback writer (us mono single)
09. talking heads – born under punches (live japan 1980)
10. david bowie – all the madmen
11. oblivians & mr. quintron – live the life
12. rolling stones – she’s a rainbow
13. brian eno – and then so clear
14. bill withers – world keeps goin’ round (live 1972 at carnegie hall)
15. yo la tengo – tiny birds
16. guided by voices – indian was an angel
17. david byrne – my love is you (live in hamburg 1994)
18. antonio carlos jobim – aguas de marcos
19. todd rundgren – just one victory


Okay, so here are DR. EBBETTS rips of Beatles singles, from original vinyl. You may wonder why one would bother with singles if one has all the albums.

Well, many classic Beatles songs actually never appear on any album, they were only released as singles. Hey Jude, Paperback Writer, Day Tripper, the rock version of Revolution, for instance. These were collected on the two volumes of PAST MASTERS, but those are from the terrible 1987 masters. These are from the original singles.


Mediafire is having some issues so I’m going to call it a day with these.

So, here’s SGT PEPPER in mono, and ABBEY ROAD & LET IT BE from the MFSL resmasters of the early 80s. Some info on MFSL from the wikipedia entry:

“Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL or MoFi) is a company that produces reissues of classic albums. All releases are made from the first generation master tape and mastered at half-speed, allowing for an improved sound quality. In the past, MFSL has produced cassette tapes, LPs, CDs, and even VHS releases of a few titles. In addition, each title is licensed to be mastered, manufactured, and sold within a specific time frame, and because of the limited quantities produced, the releases are highly sought after by collectors.

MFSL’s releases became highly publicized in 1981 when they released a box set of Beatles recordings. This comprised all thirteen original British versions of their albums, mastered from the original Abbey Road Studio master tapes. With the high-density “virgin” vinyl and half-speed mastering, these versions produced sonic nuance never previously heard on earlier Beatles releases.”