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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jack's Angels - Our Fantasy's Kingdom (1967 austria / canada, sensational folk rock, Vinyl issue)

Jack  Grunsky was born in Austria and raised in Canada. After completing high school in Toronto in 1964, Jack moved to Austria, where he attended the Academy of Arts in Vienna. Interestingly, it was during his years as an art student that Jack's music began to flourish. For the next ten years he became popular in the European music scene as a singer-songwriter. In 1966 he formed the folk singing group, Jack's Angels, who recorded four albums for Amadeo Records of Vienna. They were hugely successful, but the group lasted only a few years.

After the group disbanded, Jack continued recording and made three more solo albums for Amadeo Records: The Way I Want To Live, My Ship and Toronto, which was produced by Alexis Korner in London, England and featured tracks with Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones on slide guitar. A number of singles reached the top of the European charts. Eckart Rahn, a music publisher took a keen interest in Jack and brought him on board the progressive German label, Kuckuck Records in Munich, where Jack produced three more albums: Buffalo Brian, Newborn Man and the self-titled, Jack Grunsky. 

1. It Takes So Long (Jordon arr Grunsky) - 1:57
2. The Early Riser - 3:41
3. Good Night Sweet Dream - 3:23
4. Purple Kangaroo - 2:47
5. The Last Thing On My Mind (Paxton arr. Grunsky) - 3:09
6. Rich Man's Spiritual (Lightfoot arr. Grunsky) - 2:51
7. Frankie And Johnny (Traditional arr. Grunsky) - 2:16
8. Fare Thee Well (Gude arr. Grunsky) - 2:39
9. Flight 4 Explore - 2:30
10.Here I Am (Oberhuber, Grunsky) - 2:41
11.Settle Down (Settle arr. Grunsky) - 2:30
12.My Fantasy's Kingdom - 4:56
All Compositions by Jack Grunsky except where stated

*Claudia Pohl - Vocals
*Jack Grunsky - Vocals, Guitar
*Berni Prock - Drums
*Christopher Oberhuber - Banjo, Bass

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wcpaeb said...

Marios and Anatoly thanks a lot for the FLAC and scans of this obscure folk LP.
I never heard of this group before but really like the youtube sample you posted.
I just found a listing of their other LPs which I would love to have as well.

1. Restless (1967)
2. Believe In A World (1967)
3. Jack's Angels & Jack Grunsky -Icarus
which is a best of Jack's Angels(7) tracks plus Jack Grunsky live in a folk club 1974 (19) tracks

mscmichael said...

Never heard of them before. Thanks a lot...

Tom said...

Greetings from Austria!
According to an recent interview with Jack, Jack Grunsky was born in Canada and moved to Austria (Graz) when he was a child. The Jack's Angels were from Vienna including band members from Linz (Austria). Don't be confused with the Jack's Angels discography:
1, Believe in a World, 1967 (recorded 1966)
2, Restless, 1967
= Songs, 1967 (German Edition)
3, Our Fantasy Kingdom, recorded 1967 - released 1968
4, Looking Back, 1968
5, Jack's Angels, 1970 (half sampler/half unreleased songs & singles)
The Angels also recorded 10 singles from 1966 to 1968.

Have a Good Time, Tom.

wcpaeb said...

Thanks for the update to the Jack's Angels discography.
Would be great to have any of those other LPs as well.

Tuuuuso said...

Thank you very much!!!

amacau said...

Will digitize the three Jack's Angels albums I have & upload them when I can. Will post links in the CBox. Then I'll do the early Jack Grunsky solo ones.

wcpaeb said...

GREAT, thanks in advance. I look forward to them. I've never seen them here in the U.S.A.

amacau said...

3 Jack's Angels albums link in chat box. Enjoy

wcpaeb said...

amacau, thanks again for uploading these rare LPs in FLAC with cover scans from your collection I really appreciate it.

Do you have any other rare 60's Folk LPs in your collection, especially like the Jack's Angels LPs that weren't released in the US?


Ragnar said...

Are the files still online somewhere? Unfortunately the cBox archive doesn't go back far enough!

I'd really love to find Believe in a World or Jack's Angels without having the vinyl more than weighed in gold :-)

I found Hangman on an old open-reel tape recorded by someone else long ago and only recently learned who sang that song. My old recording is terrible quality and I'd love to have a better version of this great song!