sexta-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2014

Vince Martell - Endless High

Vince Martell - Endless High - 1995

from Wikipedia
Martell was born in the Bronx to parents who played the guitar and encouraged him to play as well. While in his teens, Martell joined the Navy, where he discovered his skills as a guitarist.

In 1963, Martell moved with his family to Florida and soon joined a band called Ricky T & The Satans Three that played in Miami blues clubs and shrimp bars in Key West. In 1966, he formed the band The Pidgeons with organist Mark Stein, bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Joe Brennan. After Brennan was replaced by Carmine Appice and a record deal forced the band to change its name, the band became Vanilla Fudge.

After the breakup of Vanilla Fudge in 1970, Martell continued to perform until Vanilla Fudge reunited for another album in 1984 called Mystery. In 2000, he released his first solo CD, Endless High, followed in 2001 by a self-titled CD, Vince Martell. In 2002, he recorded a third solo CD as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, whom Martell had befriended when Vanilla Fudge and Hendrix toured together.

In 2005, Vanilla Fudge reformed with all the original members including Martell, Mark Stein, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice, for a tour with The Doors and Steppenwolf. In July, 2006, Vanilla Fudge recorded a tribute to Led Zeppelin, working title Out Through the In Door, scheduled for release in early 2007. Martell continues to tour with Vanilla Fudge, and his own band, the Vince Martell Band with Peg Pearl (keyboards/vocals), Pete Bremy (Bass/vocals), and Russ T. Blades (drums).


01. Cause I Love You
02. The Old Man In The Sky
03. Just a Little
04. All In Love Is Fair
05. Ladder of Life
06. Baby, I'm Blue
07. In The Court of The Crimson King
08. Yolanda
09. Thoughts

Vince Martell - Guitars, Vocals, Background Vocals
Chuck Alder - Bass
Tony Pinisi - Organ
Neil Capolongo - Drums
Peg Pearl - Background Vocals

Tim Bogert
Ian McDonald
Chuck Alder, John Vinci and Richie Cerniglia (of Illusion)
John Garner (of Sir Lord Baltimore)
Phil Weiss and Scott Treibitz (of Star People)


domingo, 14 de dezembro de 2014

Nick Drake - The John Peel Session

Nick Drake - The John Peel Session - 2014

From Itunes
A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, Nick Drake produced several albums of chilling, somber beauty. With hindsight, these have come to be recognized as peak achievements of both the British folk-rock scene and the entire rock singer/songwriter genre. Sometimes compared to Van Morrison, Drake in fact resembled Donovan much more in his breathy vocals, strong melodies, and the acoustic-based orchestral sweep of his arrangements. His was a much darker vision than Donovan's, however, with disturbing themes of melancholy, failed romance, mortality, and depression lurking just beneath, or even well above, the surface. Ironically, Drake has achieved a far greater stature in the decades following his death, with an avid cult following that grows by the year.

Part of Drake's failure to attract a mass audience was attributable to his almost pathological reluctance to perform live. It was at a live show in Cambridge, however, that a member of Fairport Convention saw Drake perform, and recommended the singer to producer Joe Boyd. Boyd, already a linchpin of the British folk-rock scene as the producer for Fairport and the Incredible String Band, asked Drake for a tape, and was impressed enough to give the 20-year-old a contract in 1968.

Drake's debut, Five Leaves Left (1969), was the first in a series of three equally impressive, and quite disparate, albums. With understated folk-rock backing (Pentangle bassist Danny Thompson plays bass on most of the cuts), Drake created a vaguely mysterious, haunting atmosphere, occasionally embellished by tasteful Baroque strings. His economic, even pithy, lyrics hinted at melancholy, yet any thoughts of despair were alleviated by the gorgeous, uplifting melodies and Drake's calm, measured vocals. Bryter Later (1970) was perhaps his most upbeat effort, featuring support from members of Fairport Convention, and traces of jazz in the arrangements. On some cuts, the singer/songwriter, remarkably, dispensed with lyrics altogether, offering only gorgeous, orchestrated instrumental miniatures that stood well on their own.

Neither album sold well, and Drake, already a brooding loner, plunged into serious depression that often found him unable to make music, work, or even walk and talk. He managed to produce one final full-length work, Pink Moon (1972), a desolate solo acoustic album that ranks as one of the most naked and bleak statements in all of rock. He did record a few more songs before his death, but no more albums were completed, although the final sessions (along with some other fine unreleased material) surfaced on the posthumous compilation Time of No Reply.

Drake's final couple of years were marked by increasing psychiatric difficulties, which found him hospitalized at one point for several weeks. He had rarely played live during his days as a recording artist, and at one point declared his intention never to record again, although he wished to continue to write songs for others. (It's been reported that French chanteuse Françoise Hardy recorded some of Drake's songs, but she hasn't released any.) On November 25, 1974, he died in his parents' home from an overdose of antidepressant medication; suicide has been speculated, although some of his family and friends dispute this.

In the manner of the young Romantic poets of the 19th century who died before their time, Drake is revered by many listeners today, with a following that spans generations. Baby boomers who missed him the first time around found much to revisit once they discovered him, and his pensive loneliness speaks directly to contemporary alternative rockers who share his sense of morose alienation.

01. Time Of No Replay
02. River Man
03. Three Hours
04. Bryter Layter
05. Cello Song


sábado, 13 de dezembro de 2014

Nick Vigarino and Kathi McDonald - The Ghost of Time (repost)

Nick Vigarino and Kathi McDonald - The Ghost of Time - 2000

O primeiro instrumento de Nick Vigarino foi um velho e acabado violão que tinha intactada apenas - e somente - uma corda.  E foi assim, como centenas de blueseiros seminais, que este americano deu seus primeiros passos na música, desenvolvendo um som que não demorou a conseguir o respeito daqueles interessados em sua abordagem dada ao blues. Vigarino já realizou lançou 3 álbuns próprios, além de várias participações e contribuições, tendo excursionado por vários países da Europa.
Nick Vigarino junta o blues tradicional de seus mestres sem deixar de lado o compromisso de marcar sua música  com um estilo vigoroso - nas guitarras, na gaita ou nos vocais - não importando se está no palco de um pequeno bar ou de frente à uma plateia numerosa.

Já Kathi MacDonald é uma veterana artista que cantou em muitos grandes LPs dos anos 1970. Seu primeiro álbum solo, Insane Asylum, foi gravadado com Neil Schon, John Cippolina, Ronnie Montrose, Aynsley Dunbar, Pete Sears, The Pointer Sisters e a sessão de metais da  Tower of Power e hoje é um item de colecionadores.

Kathi McDonald correu turnê com Ike e Tina Turner por 3 anos. Com apenas 21 anos, participou de gravações e turnês com Long John Baldry. Seus poderosos vocais podem ainda ser encontrados em discos como Joe Cockers' Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Shelter People do  Leon Russell e Tumbleweed Connection com Elton John; o clássico Delaney and Bonnie;  Headkeeper de Dave Mason (ex-traffic) e no lendário Exile on Main Street.

Nick Vigarino - Dobro, Guitar, Vocals
Kathi McDonald -  Vocals
Brian Auger - Hammond, Grand Piano
Robben Ford - Guitar (Electric)
Rob Mullins - Piano
Nathan East, Charles Meeks -  Bass
Tony Dumas -  Bass (Acoustic)
Ralph Penland - Drums, Tambourine, Backing Vocals
Brenda Lee Eager - Backing Vocals
01. The Ghost of Time
02. Earl's Gumbo
03. God Bless the Child
04. Letting a Good Man Go
05. Yardbird
06. Folk Funk (Instrumental)
07. I'd Rather Be
08. Poor People
09. Did She Say Anything
10. Louisiana Breakdown
11. Temptation Road (Instrumental)
12. A Love Letter
13. Blacktop Road
14. Baby You Know I Love You
15. Ghost of Time (Reprise)


quinta-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2014

Ian Hunter - Missing in Action (repost)

Ian Hunter - Missing in Action - 2000

Missing in Action is a compilation of previously unreleased live material from various periods in Ian's solo career (Long Island NY 1979; Chicago IL 1979; Essen Germany 1980; San Jose CA 1989; Toronto Canada 1987/88). The bonus disc, Collateral Damage, contains more live material from those shows, and was included with the first 5000 copies.

CD 1 - Missing In Action

01. Life After Death
02. Ships
03. Letter To Brittania From The Union Jack
04. We Gotta Get Out Of Here
05. While You Were Looking At Me
06. (I'm The) Teacher
07. American Music
08. Day Tripper
09. Tell It Like It Is
10. Pain
11. Women's Intuition
12. Wild East
13. Na Na Na.

CD 2 - Collateral Damage (limited bonus disc)

01. FBI
02. Once Bitten Twice Shy
03. When The Daylight Comes
04. Laugh At Me
05. I Wish I Was Your Mother
06. Cleveland Rocks
07. Bastard
08. Standin' In My Light
09. Angeline
10. All The Way From Memphis
11. Walking With A Moutain/Rock 'n' Roll Queen
12. All The Young Dudes
13. Slaughter On 10th Avenue.


quarta-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2014

The Coal Men - Skeletons

 The Coal Men - Skeletons - 2013

Founded in 1999, The Coal Men have been playing there own brand of roots rock ‘n’ roll for twelve years with the same core line up.  Guitarist and lead singer Dave Coleman grew up with bassist Jason “Hitch” Hitchcock in rural Jamestown, TN.  After playing in high school bands, the blood brothers from the Cumberland Plateau both moved to Nashville.  Coleman started writing his own songs, and through luck and fate, wrote for two years at legendary Acuff-Rose Music Publishing.

The Coal Men formed as an outlet for these songs with the addition of drummer and singer Dave Ray, a Virginian native.  The band tightened with residency gigs in Nashville.  “Playing every Tuesday night for six months was a way to explore songs in every avenue.”  The band released their first E.P in 2001 and their first full length record in 2004.  Coleman spent time as a side guitarist for major label acts on Warner Brothers Records and Big Machine Records.  The band started touring with ventures into North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.

The album “Beauty is a Moment” brought The Coal Men into 2006 with an extended band.  Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks) joined on keyboards, and Chris Frame (Son Volt) joined playing a second guitar.  The Song “Louisiana” from that record was featured on a Benefit album for New Orleans Flood Survivors.  The album has been played extensively on Sirius/XM Radio’s Loft Station.

The Bands 2009 album Kids with Songs, found the band back as a stream lined three piece and on the road in the “Silver Beagle” van for a long time, opening for acts such as the Avett Brothers, Chris Knight, and Roger Clyne and the Peace Makers; and also a performance on West Virginia’s Mountain Stage, alongside The Squirrel Nut Zippers and Southern Culture on the Skids.  In 2010 the band  opened for and backed the Banjo/Slide guitar virtuoso Tony Furtado on a tour out west to Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming.

Skeletons is a 7-song E.P. offering brand-new material from the band. Right on the heels of the release of their album Escalator, it features guests: Jimbo Mathus (mandolin, harmonica, guitar), Ericson Holt (organ & Wurlitzer), and Eamon McCloughlin (strings).

Produced and engineered by Dave Coleman, Skeletons is a roots rock/power pop album with heart, guts, and energy. The band tracked all the songs live in one day, and vocals were recorded in their southernmost home of Key West, FL.

While on tour with the Tri-State Coalition, Jimbo added some of his Mississippi Catfish harmonica and mandolin to "Half the Price," a booking bar room shuffle that rebukes the predatory bar fly. Boogie Woogie piano master, Ericson Holt, gave tasteful keyboard work to "Heartfelt" and "So Easy" (wry post-exit relationship songs).

"Dog Won't Hunt" features Coleman on an amped up acoustic through a fuzzed out Vox amplifier. Eamon McCloughlin adds gorgeous strings to the groove heavy song about devotion to marriage.

All seven songs feature the powerful rhythm section of Dave Ray on a 1968 Slingerland drum set and Paul Slivka with his vintage Gibson Les Paul recording bass (oh so many switches).

01. Dog Won't Hunt
02. Heartfelt
03. Half The Price
04. Homesick
05. Never Been Good
06. So Easy
07. Cough Drop

Dave Coleman - Vocals, Acoustic, Pedal steel Guitar, Farfiza
Dave Ray - Drums, Vocals
Paul Slivka - Bass Guitar

Jimbo Mathus - Aoustic Guitar (1), Mandolin. Harmonica (3)
Eamon McLoughlin - Violin, Viola (1)
Ericson Holt - Organ (2), Wurlitzer (6)