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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

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

*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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