sábado, 28 de junho de 2014

Ginger Baker - Why?

Ginger Baker - Why? - 2014

Famed as the powerful drummer who propelled the rock bands Cream and Blind Faith (among others), Baker is at least as steeped in jazz. He collaborated with Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti, and has led a jazz trio that also included guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Charlie Haden. African-influenced jazz forms the backbone of Baker’s latest album, “Why?"

It’s a collection balanced between original material like the jaunty, polyrhythmic opener “Ginger Spice,” and Baker’s interpretations of Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints” and Sonny Rollins’ “St. Thomas.” There’s also “Aiko,” an adaptation of a Nigerian folk song. Baker recorded the album with his current touring band: saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, bassist Alec Dankworth and percussionist Abass Dodoo, along with vocals contributions from Kudzai and Lisa Baker on the title track, which is billed as Baker’s deeply personal reflection on his life.

01. Ginger Spice
02. Twelve and More Blues
03. Cyril Davis
04. Footprints
05. Ain Temouchant
06. St. Thomas
07. Aiko Biaye
08. Why?


quinta-feira, 26 de junho de 2014

The Dreadful Yawns - Re:Live

The Dreadful Yawns - Re:Live - 2004

Pra terminar o mês como começou e para cumprir o que disse sobre colocar toda a discografia da banda, hoje chega o seu disco "ao vivo". Embora venha com o subtítulo "Live At Schubas 08/02/2004", não acredito que seja um set completo, por ter apenas 10 faixas. Mas, como diria aquele outro, bom mesmo é quem faz ao vivo (com exceção do Fela, evidentemente) e dá pra sentir como eles mandavam bem longe dos estúdios. 

01. Get Yourself Back Home
02. Was I Just Struck By Lightening?
03. End Of Summer
04. I'll Be Born Soon
05. Better Things To Do
06. Its A Charmed Life
07. She Belongs To Me
08. Part Of Your Past
09. Drinking Song
10. The People and The Sky


segunda-feira, 23 de junho de 2014

Mott The Hoople - Live 2013

 Mott The Hoople - Live 2013 - 2014

From Mott The Hoople' Site
At long last, an official full-length concert DVD of one of the UK's greatest-ever live acts. When Mott announced a second reunion in 2013 (following on from the first in 2009) fans were hoping that this time at least one of the gigs would be filmed to finally set the record straight regarding Mott's live prowess. Yes, we had the Hammersmith Apollo 2009 CD, but that was an "instant live" recording, available immediately and so with no opportunity to mix it properly afterwards. Hence when it was announced that the Manchester show in 2013 would be filmed fans were hoping that this time everything would be done properly. And I'm pleased to say that this is everthing the fans have been hoping for.

The initial plan was for the DVD to be from Manchester with the CDs from the following night at the massive O2 Arena in London, but in the end the audio proved to be much superior from Manchester. The sound is good, and the camera work captures the night perfectly.

From the opening salvo of Rock 'n' Roll Queen to the closing "goodbyes" of Saturday Gigs Mott don't let up for a moment, showing what a powerful live band they still are a full 40 years on from the 70's live heyday.

Bassist Overend Watts shows that he's still (in the words of Ballad of Mott The Hoople) a rock 'n' roll star as he takes on vocal duties for Born Late 58 and generally having the time of his life, interacting with the front rows and encouraging everyone to get up, much to the annoyance of the over-bearing Manchester security.

Guitarist Mick Ralphs is high in the mix and his playing is good and strong, despite the discomfort he was in (he had hip replacement surgery shortly afterwards). Long-time fan and self-confessed "Mott groupie" Joe Elliott (from Def Leppard) joins the band for All The Young Dudes before Saturday Gigs brings the show to a close.


01.Intro (Jupiter)
02.Rock 'n' Roll Queen
03.One Of The Boys
04.The Moon Upstairs
05.Hymn For The Dudes
07.Soft Ground
09.Born Late 58
10.Death May Be Your Santa Claus
11.The Ballad of Mott The Hoople


01.Walkin' With a Mountain
03.When My Mind's Gone/No Wheels To Ride - The Journey
04.Honaloochie Boogie
05.The Golden Age of Rock n Roll
06.All The Way From Memphis
07.All The Young Dudes
08.Roll Away The Stone
09.Saturday Gigs


sábado, 21 de junho de 2014

Arlo Guthrie - Power Of Love (re-re-post)

Arlo Guthrie - Power Of Love - 1981

Lançado em julho de 1981, Power Of Love  é o 12º álbum de sua carreira e  último gravado pelo selo   Warner. Alguns destaques desta gravação é o dueto com Phil Everly  na faixa-título e a música Oklahoma Nights

Enquanto eram realizadas as gravações, Rick Lee Jones "vagou" pelos estúdios e acabou por gravar  Jamaica Farewell  em dueto com Arlo. Slow Boat ainda é cantada em muitos dos concertos de Arlo. Ele diz que essa talvez seja a melhor canção que ele tenha composto.

01. Power Of Love
02. Oklahoma Nights
03. If I Could Only Touch Your Life
04. Waimanalo Blues
05. Living Like A Legend    
06. Give It All You Got
07. When I Get To The Border    
08. Jamaica Farewell
09. Slow Boat
10. Garden Song

Arlo Guthrie - Vocal, Piano, Guitar

Robben Ford, Dean Parks, John Pilla, Hadley Hockensmith, Jay Dee Maness, Fred Tackett - Guitar
Bob Glaub - Bass
Russ Kunkel - Drums, Percussion
Hank DeVito - Steel Guitar
Jai Winding - Keyboards
Tracy Brown, Bill Champlin, Gwen Dickey, Phil Everly, Abraham Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Cathy Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Kelly, Clydie King, Leah Kunkel, Shirley Matthews,
Amos Newman, Penny Nichols, Anna Waronker, Joey Waronker - Vocals


quinta-feira, 19 de junho de 2014

V.A - Patchwork - A Tribute to James Booker

V.A - Patchwork - A Tribute to James Booker - 2004

Certainly one of the most flamboyant New Orleans pianists in recent memory, James Carroll Booker III was a major influence on the local rhythm & blues scene in the '50s and '60s. Booker's training included classical instruction until age 12, by which time he had already begun to gain recognition as a blues and gospel organist on radio station WMRY every Sunday. By the time he was out of high school he had recorded on several occasions, including his own first release, "Doing the Hambone," in 1953. In 1960, he made the national charts with "Gonzo," an organ instrumental, and over the course of the next two decades played and recorded with artists as varied as Lloyd Price, Aretha Franklin, Ringo Starr, the Doobie Brothers, and B.B. King. In 1967, he was convicted of possession of heroin and served a one-year sentence at Angola Penitentiary (referred to as the "Ponderosa"), which took the momentum out of an otherwise promising career. The rediscovery of "roots" music by college students during the '70s (focusing primarily on "Fess" by Professor Longhair) provided the opportunity for a comeback by 1974, with numerous engagements at local clubs like Tipitina's, The Maple Leaf, and Snug Harbor. As with "Fess," Booker's performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals took on the trappings of legendary "happenings," and he often spent his festival earnings to arrive in style, pulling up to the stage in a rented Rolls Royce and attired in costumes befitting the "Piano Prince of New Orleans," complete with a cape. Such performances tended to be unpredictable: he might easily plant some Chopin into a blues tune or launch into a jeremiad on the CIA with all the fervor of a "Reverend Ike-meets-Moms Mabley" tag-team match.


01. All Around the World - Leigh Harris & Larry Sieberth
02. Dr. James - Henry Butler
03. Papa Was A Rascal- Josh Paxton
04. If You're Lonely - Marcia Ball
05. Keep on Gwine - Tom McDermott
06. Please Send Me Someone to Love - Leigh Harris & Larry Sieberth
07. Angel Eyes - Sanford Hinderlie
08. On the Sunny Side of the Street - Josh Paxton
09. Classified - Marcia Ball
10. Pops Dilemma - Tom McDermott
11. Minuet in Funk - Josh Paxton
12. All By Myself - Marcia Ball
13. Booker Time - Henry Butler
14. One For Booker - Tom McDermott
15. Miss Celie's Mood - Joe Krown
16. Providence Provides - Leigh Harris & Larry Sieberth


sábado, 14 de junho de 2014

The Who - Quadrophenia Live In London

The Who - Quadrophenia Live In London - 2014

The Who completed their critically acclaimed tour of Quadrophenia on July 8, 2013 at the Wembley Arena with a benefit show to support the Double O charity. This concert is billed as “Quadrophenia: Live in London” and hits the stores this week in multiple video and audio formats, with various packaging that should make Who collectors very happy. A preview showing of the concert was also aired on AXS TV in the US on June 8.

The concert was beautifully filmed, featuring mostly close-ups of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, which draw you into the stage performance and provides an intimate viewing experience. The interplay with Pete and Roger is a joy to watch, as two old friends clearly love sharing the stage with one another, now 50 years on. They both looked gorgeous and performed magnificently, and appeared to be just hitting their peak on the last day of the tour that could have continued on many more months.


01. I Am The Sea
02. The Real Me
03. Quadrophenia
04. Cut My Hair
05. The Punk And The Godfather
06. I'm One
07. The Dirty Jobs
08. Helpless Dancer
09. Is It In My Head\
10. I've Had Enough
11. 5:15
12. Sea And Sand
13. Drowned
14. Bell Boy
15. Doctor Jimmy
16. The Rock
17. Love Reign Over Me


18. Who Are You
19. You Better You Bet
20. Pinball Wizard
21. Baba O'Riley
22. Won't Get Fooled Again
23. Tea & Theatre

Simon Townshend - Guitar
Zak Starkey - Drums
Pino Palladino - bass
Frank Simes, Loren Gold, John Corey - Keyboards
J. Greg Miller, Reggie Grisham - Brass


terça-feira, 10 de junho de 2014

The Dreadful Yawns - Take Shape

The Dreadful Yawns - Take Shape - 2008

from Itunes
The Dreadful Yawns' previous album, 2007's Rest, found the group still more or less in the vein of folk-country-Americana roots rock, if with more psychedelic touches and broader instrumentation than most such bands. They sound substantially different, however, on the following year's Take Shape, though some of that arch psych-tinged country-folk is still present. Take Shape takes a decided turn toward the slightly wacky and psychedelic, the guitars often crunching harder, shimmering organ more to the forefront, and newly added member Elizabeth Kelly a prominent presence with her high and naifish vocals. Certainly if you define psychedelia at least in part as odd and eclectic, much of the CD fits the bill on both accounts. There's lilting, melancholy folk-rock on "Catskill"; almost punk-tinged power pop on "Kill Me Now"; San Francisco psychedelic-style folk-rock balladry on "All for Me"; an early Pink Floyd-ish passage of grating improvised noise in the middle of "Don't Know What I've Been On"; and yet more noise rock jamming that polishes off the concluding cut, "Mood Assassin." Despite the album's title, what this does not have is a musical vision that takes shape in too consistent or coherent a fashion over the course of the record.

01. Like Song
02. Queen and the Jokester
03. Catskill
04. Kill Me Now
05. Saved
06. All For Me
07. Expecting Rain
08. All the Dead Soldiers
09. Don't Know What I've Been On
10. Mood Assassin


domingo, 8 de junho de 2014

Arlo Guthrie - Live In Sydney

Arlo Guthrie - Live In Sydney - 2005

Live in Sydney captures Arlo at his very best. Recorded in Sydney, Australia, June 2004 at The Seymour Center, Arlo is joined by son, Abe, on keyboard and multi-instrumentalist, Gordon Titcomb. This double CD intertwines the music and stories that have endeared Arlo to his audiences for more than 40 years. New originals are the crowd pleasing, heart touching song, “My Old Friend” and the haunting, melodic tribute to Hawaii, “Haleiwa Farewell (Haleiwa Blues)”. “Some people think a folksinger is someone who just sings their own songs. That's a shame. It's like being of the tradition, rather than in it. I've taught myself to make any song I like, my own." - Arlo Guthrie Arlo’s versions of his long-time favorites, “St. James Infirmary,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Green Green Rocky Road” will stick in your head long after the music has stopped. Stories include old favorites and new ones too.

01. Chilling of the Evening
02. Oklahoma Hills
03. Intro to St. James Infirmary
04. St. James Infirmary
05. 40 Years of Songs
06. When the Ship Comes In
07. The Motorcycle Song - An Education
08. Derroll Adams
09. Portland Town
10. Byrds of Paradise
11. Haleiwa Farewell (Haleiwa Blues)
12. Technology/LA Story
13. Coming Into Los Angeles
14. Green Green Rocky Road
15. Intro to Darkest Hour
16. Darkest Hour
17. The Last To Leave
18. Steve Goodman
19. City of New Orleans
20. A Poster With Janis Joplin
21. Me and Bobby McGee
22. My Old Friend
23. This Land Is Your Land
24. Remembering Alice
25. Highway In The Wind


quinta-feira, 5 de junho de 2014

The Dreadful Yawns - Early


The Dreadful Yawns - Early - 2003 

From popmatters.com
Often, mellow singer-songwriting pop bands go for a style that is regularly executed but rarely cutting it in terms of quality. As their press notes say, the Dreadful Yawns are a band from Cleveland who try to not mimic but be inspired by fathers of the folk pop movement such as the late great Nick Drake. The band’s debut album might fall in line with bands like Knife in the Water in terms of overall tone, mood, and tempo. This is shown quite well on the light and dreamy pop ditty entitled “When We Were Young”. Guitarist and vocalist Ben Gmetro is joined on this track by a female vocalist, possibly either Cassandra Coin or Jessica Laflame. Regardless of who is singing, this track just soars without much effort on anyone’s part. It’s one that you’ll find yourself replaying before you hit the bridge, let alone the final few fading seconds. It might actually be two songs in one as it slides into a different arrangement. With a gentle touch that recalls Ron Sexsmith at his airiest, or perhaps Elliott Smith, the band nails this seven-minute track, plain and so beautifully simple.

The group also seems to be influenced by Neil Young’s folksy material, as “Village Idiot” has that toe-tapping, back porch feeling oozing out of every note. The pedal steel and harmonica give it a lot of depth as well, and it comes off like the Beautiful South doing Young’s Silver and Gold album. It’s this same sort of innocence that also plays a vital role in each song, including the lullaby-like “This Photograph Is My Proof”, which peters out a tad over two minutes. Thankfully, they know when to quit while so far ahead. Less pleasing, though, is the rather off-kilter backbeat setting “I’ll Be Born Soon” on a course with mixed results of Polyphonic Spree-ish pop and Americana touches.

Gmetro has a very good set of pipes on him, which he uses to great effect on the traditional singer-songwriter song “Your Little Cloud”. Just envision him sitting on a stool and picking this tattered, well traveled guitar alone in his apartment and the song immediately comes to life. Some shakers are added on percussion halfway through, but they’re not really needed all that much. He just lets the guitar do half the work and his voice the rest for a very solid and majestic result. It’s also quite hypnotic the longer it goes on, sort of like the instrumental portion of Fleetwood Mac’s “Never Going Back Again”. Unfortunately “I Was Just Struck By Lightning?” doesn’t fare as well, sounding as if, well, the band was just struck by lightning—and left void of much feeling or substance.


01. When We Were Young    
02. Village Idiot    
03. This Photograph Is My Proof    
04. I'll Be Born Soon    
05. Your Little Cloud    
06. The Waves    
07. Was I Just Struck By Lightning?    
08. Memory Morning    
09. Farm Animals Take A Ride    
10. Cycle    
11. Highlighter    
12. Play In The Sun Again


domingo, 1 de junho de 2014

The Dreadful Yawns - Picnic

The Dreadful Yawns - Picnic - 2012

Abrindo junho com mais um álbum de uma banda que quase ninguém conhece, quase ninguém ouve, que não se acha pela net e sobre qual ninguém escreve nada, inclusive eu. Na verdade acho que ninguém, com a exceção de um anônimo que perguntou se havia como postar outros de sua discografia, se interessou pelo grupo.

Então, só de raiva (mentira!), em junho vai ser desovada sua discografia, para o horror de quem só gosta de hard rock e - bem pior - de progressivo. Se bem que tenho ouvido dizer que cada coisa esquisita por aí é progressivo e rock......
01. F song    
02. Picnic    
03. Figure It Out    
04. Perpetual Depression The Making Of Entering Kentucky Hear What You Want The Top Of The Mountain    (é grande assim mesmo!)
05. Glitter Still In Your Hair    
06. Puppy    
07. Parade    
08. Another Song In A    
09. Additional Song In A    
10. Religious Drones The Next Day Sun Comeback