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Monday, November 19, 2012

Machine - Machine (1970 holland, fantastic heavy psych with prog shades)



The Rotterdam based band started as The Swinging Soul Machine and changed to Machine. Their sound was a mixture of  Psych, progressive, hard rock and brass rock. Nederbeat was one of the more healthy psych/garage scenes coming out of continental Europe and Machine were like the latter stages of those groups such as Q65 and Cosmic Dealer. 

Singer John Caljouw came from the legendary dutch band Dragonfly.  The strong Hammond organ presence adds a proto-prog sound similar to Deep Purple and Mainhorse. Horns were frequently inserted in those days to increase the odds of a chart appearance, given the wild success of Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears. And, as expected, there's also a strong blues influence throughout. 

Machine existed from 1970 to 1972 but was also revived from 1973 to 1974 by Content and Warby.
by Tom Hayes


Tracks
1. Rainmaker (Machine) [3:23]
2. Virgin (Machine) - 4:29
3. Say goodbye to your friends (H. Sel, J. Caljouw) - 2:46
4. God's children (Machine) - 4:41
5. Old black magic (Machine) - 3:42
6. Spanish roads (Machine) - 5:23
7. Lonesome tree (F. Content) - 3:38
8. Sunset eye (F. Content) - 6:26

Machine
*John Caljouw - Vocals
*Francois Content - Trumpet
*Wim Warby - Tenor Sax
*Maarten Beckers - Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
*Hans Sel - Guitar
*Paul Vink - Keyboards
*Jan Warby - Bass Guitar
*Jan Bliek - Drums

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4 comments:

LRRooster said...

Hi Marios,

Thank you. Never heard before.

adamus67 said...

This album is,a great!!! ,one of my favorite from the period (The hash rock made in Netherlands) Machine was one of the great surprises revealed in these cyber-times. Still exciting,massive hard rough sound after all those years it's like a time vehicle.

The strong organ Hammond B3 presence adds a proto-prog sound similar to Deep Purple and Mainhorse. Horns were frequently inserted in those days to increase the odds of a chart appearance, given the wild success of Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears. And, as expected, there’s also a strong blues influence throughout. The album has a strong start but really crawls to the finish, as predictable 3-chord blues rock takes over the lion’s share of the proceedings. Recommended to fans for bands as diverse as Affinity, Ahora Mazda, Warhorse and Irish Coffee.

Produced by Jaap Eggermont
Original dutch pressing label:
Polydor Medium Cat#: 2441 020 in 1970'
and the Dwarf Records Cat#: PDLP 2002 (US)1970'

The Rotterdam based Swinging Soul Machine changed its name to Machine and started to play a kind of hardrock with progressive influences. Singer John Caljouw came from the legendary band Dragonfly. Machine introduces the horn section together with loud heavy acid fuzz guitar. Really cool underground sound: ''Rainmaker'' opening album, for example) does sound almost like a song with a brass Free support, others - on the contrary, more focus on jazz-rock component "Virgin" (groovy heavy acid fuzz guitar riff vs detroit hi-energy soul funk) Stands somewhat apart acoustic folk ballad ''Say Goodbye To Your Friends'',"God's Children" (trippy psych with hammond organ, psych effects and phasing), "Old Black Magic" (heavy acid fuzz guitar and floating psych flute leads). However, the of particular note deserves almost 6 minute "Spanish Roads" which contains excellent guitars and swirling organ Hammond B3. Final "Sunset Eye" (long and very heavy apocalyptic underground psych) offers an almost "sabbath riffs'', with occasional riff played in unison with the guitar and saxophone, and occasionally performs the solo trumpet.
In 2010 resumed CD Label: Axis Cat#: AXCD 1013(US)
Good work.

Roy said...

Please change the link, man!
link-safe.net is not working at all.
Thanks in advance.

Marios said...

.....Machine...ReStart....