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V.A. - Time Machine A Vertigo Retrospective (1969-73) (2005) 3CD Lossless

Artist: V.A.
Title: Time Machine A Vertigo Retrospective
Year Of Release: 1969-73/2005
Label: Vertigo[982 798-2]
Genre: Prog Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic
Quality: FLACs (image + cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 03:54:05
Total Size: 1420mb(+5%)

The sheer collectibility of anything on the Vertigo label is one of those peculiar quirks that few people, collectors included, can truly quantify. True, Vertigo was blessed with one of the most compulsive label designs ever devised: a black-and-white swirl that can, indeed, induce vertigo in anyone who looks at it for too long. True, too, the label prided itself in giving voice to talents who might otherwise never have been heard, and wrapped almost every Vertigo album in the kind of ambitious packaging normally reserved for supergroup concept conceits. And one can also be impressed by the label's insistence on defying even the most remote limits of the period's (the early '70s) commercialism, with a clutch of albums that seriously could not have been expected to sell more than a handful of copies apiece. But it is astonishingly unlikely that any single set of ears can truly take as much pleasure from, say, the first album by Affinity as they do the second by Black Sabbath, or who could slip from Keith Tippett to Jade Warrior without undergoing some kind of major cultural dislocation. Which means, of course, that there are a lot of unplayed LPs lying within any sizable Vertigo collection -- and a lot of tracks on this collection that will have you reaching for the fast-forward button after less than a minute. Persevere! Although the three CDs here certainly wander across the Vertigo show, the compilers have done a masterful job. Eschewing some of the more defiantly outré contributions to the catalog (mainly the seriously jazz/freeform-shaped ones), Time Machine instead portrays a label that cared dearly for what modern ears would term the "cutting edge" of the early-'70s British prog-folk-post-psych circuit: Colosseum, Juicy Lucy, Clear Blue Sky, Warhorse, and Doctor Z are all here, cut through with a few glimmers of genuine chartbusting inspiration -- Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Alex Harvey, Rod Stewart. Inasmuch as most Vertigo albums are now considered rare (reissues from the likes of Akarma and Repertoire notwithstanding), Time Machine is most readily likened to a glimpse inside the most fabulous bank vault in British rock history. But it is also a reminder of a time when the new release sheets were not put together by money-mad automatons, all hoping to make the next round of American Idol. Most of these guys wouldn't even have made the qualifiers for Hit Me One More Time, and more power to them for that.

Disc 1:
01. Colosseum - The Kettle (Dick Heckstall Smith, John Phillip Hiseman) - 4:28
02. Juicy Lucy - Who Do You Love? (Ellis McDaniels) - 3:02
03. Clear Blue Sky - My Heaven (Patrick Campbell Lyons, John Simms) - 5:00
04. Manfred Mann Chapter Three - Travelling Lady (Mike Hugg, Manfred Mann) - 5:48
05. Black Sabbath - Behind The Wall Of Sleep (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward) - 3:37
09. Bob Downes - Walking On (Bob Downes) - 4:58
10. May Blitz - I Don't Know (Richard Newman) - 4:45
11. Nucleus - Torrid Zone (Karl Jenkins) - 8:33
12. Rod Stewart - Handbags And Gladrags (Michael d'Abo) - 3:55
13. Gentle Giant - Nothing At All (Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman, Phil Shulman, Ray Shulman) - 9:08
14. Ben - The Influence (Reid, Davey) - 10:05
Disc 2:
01. Dr. Z - Evil Woman's Manly Child (Keith Morris) - 4:47
02. Jade Warrior - Borne On The Solar Wind (Glyn Harvard, Tony Duhig, Jon Field) - 3:01
03. Patto - The Man (Clive Griffiths, Ollie Halsall, John Halsey, Mike Patto) - 6:14
04. Juicy Lucy - Thinking Of My Life (Parch W. Nantlais Williams) - 4:24
05. Jimmy Campbell - Half Baked (Jimmy Campbell) - 4:40
06. May Blitz - For Madmen Only (James W. Black, Richard Newman, William Hudson) - 4:11
07. Tudor Lodge - The Lady's Changing Home (Lyndon Green, John Stannard) - 4:36
08. Beggars Opera - Time Machine (Denis Roderick, Martin Griffiths, Alan James Park) - 8:06
09. Colosseum - Bring Out Your Dead (Dave "Clem" Clempson, Dave Greenslade) - 4:19
10. Warhorse - Mouthpiece (Peter Parks, Mac Poole, Ashley Holt, Nick Simper) - 8:49
11. Uriah Heep - Lady In Black (Ken Hensley) - 4:46
12. Freedom - Through The Years (Roger Saunders) - 4:25
13. Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Midnight Moses (Alex Harvey) - 4:22
14. Magna Carta - Lord Of The Ages (John Chris Simpson) - 10:02
Disc 3:
02. Ramases - Life Child (Eric Stewart, Lol Creme, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman, Martin Raphael) - 6:37
03. Beggars Opera - McArthur Park (Jimmy Webb) - 8:20
04. Nucleus - Song For The Bearded Lady (Karl Jenkins) - 7:22
05. Gentle Giant - Pantagruel's Nativity (Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman, Phil Shulman, Ray Shulman) - 6:49
07. Ronno - Powers Of Darkness (Harker Marshall Ronson) - 3:31
08. Status Quo - Paper Plane (Franxcis Rossi, Robert Young) - 2:52
09. Ian Matthews - Little Known (Ian Matthews) - 2:55
10. Vangelis Papathanassiou - Let It Happen (Ricky Dassin, Vangelis Papathanassiou) - 4:12
11. Jade Warrior - Mwenga Sketch (Tony Duhig, John Field) - 8:33
13. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward) - 5:29







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