terça-feira, 31 de outubro de 2017

Tommy Castro Band - Guilty of Love

Tommy Castro Band - Guilty of Love - 2001

Tommy Castro's debut CD on 33rd Street Records is one of his best. Guilty of Love features 11 cuts of full-throttle blues that don't let up from the opening "Guilty of Love," through one of my favorite songs done by Delbert McClinton, "Somebody to Love You" and the slow, easy blues of the set's closer, "Dirt Road Blues." The funky instrumental "Naugahyde" lets Castro get more than a little bit funky, and the title cut features the final recording session made by the late, great John Lee Hooker before he passed away on June 21, 2001. If you like your blues a little tinged with rockabilly like I do, check out "Shakin' The Hard Times Loose," which features a rollicking piano by sax man Keith Crossan and the powerful rhythm section of drummer Billy Lee Lewis and bassist Randy McDonald laying a strong foundation for Castro's muscular band of guitar-driven blues. Guilty of Love is one of the best blues releases of 2001, and continues Tommy Castro's fine recording career as one of America's top contemporary bluesmen. 

01. Guilty Of Love
02. Stay With Me Tonight
03. Somebody To Love You
04. Blinded In The Face Of Love
05. Whole Lotta Soul
06. Shakin The Hard Times Loose
07. I Ain't Gonna Make That Call
08. Naughahyde
09. Ain't No Fun To Me
10. If You Ain't Lovin You Ain't Livin
11. Dirt Road Blues

Tommy Castro - Vocals, Guitar
Randy McDonald - Bass, Backing Vocals
Billy Lee Lewis - Drums, Percussion
Keith Crossan - Saxophone, Backing Vocals


domingo, 29 de outubro de 2017

Andy Aledort & Lucky Peterson - Tete a Tete

Andy Aledort &  Lucky Peterson - Tete a Tete - 2007

Andy Aledort has been a significant figure in the international music scene over the last 20 years. As a senior editor for the top guitar-oriented music magazines Guitar World, Guitar For The Practicing Musician, Guitar Extra, Guitar Legends and  Guitar World Acoustic, among others, his work is unsurpassed as a music transcriber, instructional columnist and journalist.

He has authored over 200 books of guitar transcriptions as well as a series of guitar-related instructional books and videos/DVDs, all of which are distributed worldwide, for the leading music publishers Hal Leonard Corp., Warner Brothers Publishing and Cherry Lane Music.

Aledort is a performing musician as well: along with leading his own ensembles in the New York/tri-state area, he is often tapped for high-profile appearances with artists such as Buddy Guy, Dickey Betts, and the Allman Brothers band.

As a session player, Andy Aledort was called upon to recreate the Band Of Gypsys -era playing of Hendrix for recording sessions with the original Gypsys themselves, Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles, where Aledort was required to recreate note-for-note renditions of Hendrix’s incendiary live performances of “Machine Gun” and “Power of Soul” from the classic Band of Gypsys album. He performed with the Band of Gypsys at both the 2001 and 2002 Street Scene concerts in San Diego, CA, as part of two ambitious Tribute to Hendrix concerts featuring such guest guitarists as Andy Summers of the Police, Slash, Stephen Stills, Mick Taylor of Rolling Stones fame, Vernon Reid (Living Color) and others, as well as the big Jimi Hendrix 60th birthday bash at the EMP Museum, created by Microsoft’s Paul Allen, in November of 2002.

In the summer of 2001, Aledort was tapped for session work with Double Trouble (Tommy Shannon, bass, and Chris Layton, drums), bandmates of Stevie Ray Vaughan, in order to recreate the guitar work of Stevie Ray, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Freddie King, and Johnny Winter. He also appears with Double Trouble on two Hot Licks instructional videos.

Lucky Peterson was born in Buffalo New York and played his first gig at age three. By the time he was five, he had already recorded his first single, produced by none other than the legendary Willie Dixon. Before Lucky turned six, his career had been propelled into the national spotlight with television appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and even What’s My Line?

As a child prodigy, Lucky was somewhat of a novelty act. Now he is a true blues veteran. Over the last three decades, Lucky has played to audiences all over the world, dazzling both fans and critics with his multi-instrumental talents (he plays keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and trumpet), his soulful vocal style and his youthful approach to the blues.

Born Judge Kenneth Peterson in 1963, Lucky was raised on music in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, His father, James Peterson, was a blues singer and owner of the Governor’s Inn, a northern version of a Deep South “chitlin’ circuit” roadhouse club. Artists like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor played there regularly. Virtually growing up on stage, little Lucky began playing almost before he began talking.

He started on drums, but after hearing the famed Bill Doggett one night, Lucky became fascinated by the huge Hammond B-3 organ. “Bill had a fit trying to keep me from it,” recalls Lucky. After some lessons from Doggett and the legendary Jimmy Smith, Lucky focused most of his musical energy on the organ. In his spare time, he also mastered bass and piano, becoming good enough to sit in with his father’s band and back touring artists like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Jimmy Reed. “At first, people wouldn’t believe he could play so well,” says James Peterson. “They would think the organ was rigged.”

By the time Lucky was five, word of this child prodigy had spread among the blues community. Willie Dixon, a friend of James Peterson, heard little Lucky and produced the boy’s first record, a single entitled 1,2,3,4 and a follow-up album for Chicago’s Today Records. The single hit the airwaves with a bang and the national television appearances followed.

As Lucky continued to grow, he honed his instrumental skills by learning from and jamming with some of the best blues players in the world. When Little Milton’s band came up short an organ player one night, Milton asked the then 17-year-old Lucky to sit in. One gig was all it took for Milton to fall in love with Lucky’s playing. He asked Lucky to join the band permanently. After seven months, Lucky had become Milton’s bandleader. Opening shows with his own 45-minute set on vocals and keyboards, Lucky’s three-year stint with Milton led to an equally long gig with Bobby “Blue” Bland as Bobby’s featured soloist.

During a break in Bobby’s touring schedule, Lucky headed to Europe on a package tour billed as “Young Blues Giants.” There he recorded his second career album this time for the French label Isabel Records. In 1988, Lucky left Bland’s touring band, relocated to Florida’s Tampa Bay area and began concentrating on a solo career. His reputation quickly led to regular session work for tiny Florida-based King Snake Records. His funky keyboards sparked Kenny Neal’s Big New From Baton Rouge!!, Rufus Thomas’ That Woman Is Poison! and Lazy Lester’s Harp And Soul, which were all released by the more visible Alligator Records label. In 1989, Alligator released Lucky’s third solo outing, Lucky Strikes! Lucky co-wrote three songs for the album and played all of the keyboard parts and all but one of the guitar solos.

Alligator’s promotion helped to bring Lucky’s music to the attention of radio stations and music critics nationwide. They liked what they heard. Billboard called Lucky “…a prodigy whose raw talent bodes well for his future as a leader.” Keyboard said, “Peterson is a 26-year-old blues master.” The album received airplay on nearly 200 radio stations nationwide, and Lucky toured the U.S. several times.

Lucky’s next Alligator recording, 1990’s Triple Play, picked up right where Lucky Strikes! left off, again featuring his dynamic organ fills and leads with equal emphasis on his stinging lead guitar and soulful vocals. The material blended straight-ahead blues, Memphis soul and funky grooves that placed Lucky Peterson on the cutting edge of the blues.

01. 'Til My Dyin' Day
02. No More
03. Leavin' to Stay
04. Get Outta My Bed!
05. Not Guilty
06. Tete a Tete
07. C'Mon
08. Talk Is Cheap
09. Tribute to Albert Collins

Lucky Peterson - Guitar, Organ, Vocals
Andy Aledort - Guitar, Vocals
Larry McCray - Guitar, Vocals (7)

Burt Teague - Guitar (2,4,5,8,9)
Froc - Guitar (1)
Mary Taylor - Vocals (1)
Mike Nunno- Bass
John Pell - Drums (2,3,5,7,8)
Jason Arnold - Drums (4,6,9)
Trevor Somerville - Drums (1)
Bruce Feiner - Piano (5), Tenor Sax (9)
Robert Feiner - Tenor Sax
Jamie Finegan - Trumpet


terça-feira, 24 de outubro de 2017

Char - Live Trad

Char - Live Trad - 2016

Char is considered one of Japan’s most influential guitarists and an elder statesman of the Japanese music scene. Born Hisato Takenaka in 1955, he took up guitar at age 8 after hearing the Ventures and assembled his first band, Fox, at age 11. Regarded as something of a prodigy, he was heavily influenced by the Ventures and the U.K. blues-rock of the Yardbirds, Cream, Free and Led Zeppelin.

Char started his career as a session player and backing guitarist while still in junior high school before forming Smoky Medicine in 1973 at age 17. He moved to the United States when the group disbanded, but returned to Japan and released his debut solo single (“Navy Blue”) and eponymous first solo album (Char) in 1976. A succession of pop-rock hits followed before Char formed seminal Japanese power trio Johnny, Louis & Char in fall 1978.

01. Help
02. Ticket To Ride
03. Crossroads
04. Going Down
05. Your Time Is Gonna Come
06. Sunshine Of Your Love
07. Jumpin' Jack Flash
08. Purple Haze

Char - Guitar, Vocals
Hiroshi Sawada - Bass
Takashi Furuta - Drums


sábado, 21 de outubro de 2017

Stud - Stud - 1972

Stud - Stud - 1972 

Stud began as a trio with Jim Cregan (ex Blossom Toes) (vocals, guitar), Richard McCracken (bass) and John Wilson (drums), the latter pair having split with Rory Gallagher's Taste on 31st December 1970. They were signed by Deram Records. Ex Family violinist John Weider joined the band in June 1971, in time to appear on the debut LP which was released to little acclaim. While the musicianship on show is top notch, some of the material lacks distinction and meanders too often. The LP sold poorly and Deram declined the option of a follow up.

The band had more success in Germany, where Polydor had released the debut in different cover artwork. After some very succesful German tours and TV appearances, Stud signed to the BASF label and released their second album "September" in 1972, housed in a memorable gatefold cover, but they split soon after: Jim Cregan left to join Family on bass in August 1972 and was later in Cockney Rebel and Rod Stewart's band; Richard McCracken left for the Spencer Davis Group. BASF released a posthumous third album "Gooodbye" in 1973, containing a live in the studio performance recorded in May 1972. Wilson joined Brush Shiels mid-70s incarnation of Skid Row, and continued to work as a musician based in Belfast, playing both sessions and live work

Jim Cregan - vocals, guitar
John Weider - violin, guitar (June 1971 onwards)
Richard McCracken - bass
John Wilson - drums

01. Sail On
02. Turn Over the Pages
03. 1112235
04. Harpo's Head
05. Horizon: Part 1: Here - Part 2: There
06. Song 


domingo, 15 de outubro de 2017

Humble Pie - Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1

Humble Pie - Official Bootleg Box Set  Volume 1 - 2017

Humble Pie’s “Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1” is a raw testament to what this band did best; playing bluesy, gutsy, soulful and often hard rock, live on stage to an adoring audience. Drawn from a variety of mainly audience recordings that have previously only been available as “under the counter” pirate releases, this is an honest, and often unforgiving, tribute to a classic and much missed 70s supergroup.

Originally emerging from the remnants of 60s beat heroes, The Small Faces, Humble Pie formed in 1969 when guitarist and vocalist Steve Marriott joined forces with Peter Frampton, drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist Greg Ridley, and signed to Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label.

After two albums for Immediate, Humble Pie switched to A&M Records, and began their ascent to conquering the theatres, then arenas of North America, culminating in 1972’s double live “Performance: Rockin’ The Filmore”. Frampton would leave to pursue a highly successful solo career, to be replaced by Clem Clempson, and it was this line-up that was captured at the Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago on 22nd September 1972, whilst touring to promote that year’s “Smokin’” opus, from which ‘Hot ‘n’ Nasty’ and ‘C’mon Everybody’ were taken.

With the band’s growing worldwide reputation, the band toured Japan, playing the Shibuya Kokaido in Tokyo on 16th May 1973, whilst promoting their “Eat It” album, from which Ray Charles’ ‘I Believe To My Soul’ was featured, and with a set that ended with a rip-roaring take of the Staple Singers’ ‘Oh La-De-Da’.

There’s no doubting that the 70s saw some unmissable bills, and the show held at Charlton Athletic Football Ground on 18th May 1974 was no exception, where Humble Pie guested alongside Lou Reed and Bad Company at a concert headlined by The Who. Kicking off with the Small Faces’ debut classic ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’, Humble Pie were at the peak of their live powers before a capacity crowd, including ‘Thunderbox’, the title track from that year’s new LP, in their set. CD Three ends with four songs recorded at Finbury Park’s legendary Rainbow Theatre, on 6th June 1974.

As well as plenty of rare memorabilia, the booklet features an essay from Malcolm Dome based on new interviews with Pie drummer, Jerry Shirley.

Whilst every effort has been made to produce the best possible audio, limitations in the material drawn from various, non-standard, and unoffical sources means that the quality may not be up to the standard usually expected. All tracks have been included for their historical importance, and to present an alternative anthology of Humble Pie live on stage from 1972-1974.

CD 1 - Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago 22nd September 1972

01. Introduction    
02. Up Our Sleeve    
03. C'Mon Everybody    
04. Honky Tonk Women    

05. I Wonder    
06. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)    
07. I Don't Need No Doctor    
08. Hot 'N' Nasty    
09. Four Day Creep    

CD 1 - Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo 16th May 1973

10. Up Our Sleeve    
11. Tokyo Jam    
12. C'Mon Everybody    

CD 2 - Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo 16th May 1973

01. Honkey Tonk Women    
02. Steve's Little Jam    
03. I Believe To My Soul    
04. 30 Days In The Hole    
05. Road Runner    
06. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)    
07. I Don't Need No Doctor    
08. Hot 'N' Nasty    
09. Oh La-De-Da    

CD 3 - Charlton Athletic Footbal Ground 18th May 1974

01. Introduction    
02. Whatcha Gonna Do About It    
03. Thunderbox    
04. Sweet Peace And Time    
05. 30 Days In The Hole    
06. Let Me Be Your Lovemaker    
07. C'Mon Everybody - I Want A Little Girl    
08. I Don't Need No Doctor

CD 3 - Rainbow Theatre, London 6th June 1974    

09. Thunderbox    
10. 30 Days In The Hole    
11. Sweet Peace And Time    
12. C'Mon Everybody    

+@320 with Complet Art-Cover

terça-feira, 10 de outubro de 2017

Dean Parrish and Carmine Appice - Northern Soul - I'm on My Way

Dean Parrish and Carmine Appice - Northern Soul - I'm on My Way - 2015

Legendary drummer Carmine Appice and New York 60's hitmaker, vocalist Dean Parrish, have reunited after 50 years to record a new 7-song EP of 60's soul music, commonly known as Northern Soul music, aptly titled Northern Soul - I'm On My Way.

The duo first met when in the early 60's they played opposite of Jimi Hendrix, known at the time as Jimmy James. The band, called The Beeets, played Stax, Motown and Altantic 60's soul. Carmine eventually went on to have major success with the likes of the Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Rod Stewart and countless other artists, while Dean pursued a solo career and had a number of hits in the UK and US. He did several Murry The K tours and performed on the Dick Clark show and other well know TV programs at the time such as Zachary Channel 11 NYC, and the Clay Cole show. Dean has performed on the same bill as Mitch Ryder, The Capitals and Lou Christie. He has recorded and toured with the likes of Jorge Santana, Paul Weller, Lord Large and the legendary Bob Marley. Dean even recorded 2 Jams with Jimi Hendrix & Eddie Kramer at Juggy  Murray's  studio NYC 1969 with the band the Rosicrucians aka Steeplechase.


01. Love's Whatcha Cooking
02. I'm on My Way (Re-Recorded)
03. Girl
04. Lonely
05. Fever
06. I'm on My Way (Classic Mix)
07. I'm on My Way (Instrumental Version)


sábado, 7 de outubro de 2017

PP Arnold - The Turning Tide

PP Arnold - The Turning Tide - 2017

Digitally remastered archive release from the legendary vocalist. PP became one of the iconic faces of the 60's. This year celebrates her 50-year anniversary as an incredible performing artist in the music industry. These recording sessions bring back happy memories for PP, with Bill Shepherd (Bee Gees, Gene Vincent) creating the beautiful arrangements we hear on the record today. "We recorded around ten tracks, eight of which made it onto The Turning Tide".

Sadly, due to Bee Gee's commitments only half the record was able to be completed, and PP was heartbroken, as she had put her heart and soul into the recordings. At a lot loss on how to go forward it was the idea of her manager Robert Stigwood to pair PP up with Eric Clapton. Eric called in his Delaney and Bonnie band who later became Derek and The Dominos, along with Rita Coolidge and PP's dear friend soul singer Doris Troy. The end result was phenomenal, they recorded songs written by Steve Winwood, Van Morrison and Jagger & Richards.

These recordings were left sitting on shelves for many years due to industry politics, and still after all these years, PP could never fathom the thought that nobody would be able to hear them. It became her mission to let these recordings see the light of day, and not let this incredible piece of music history stay buried. Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene) began mixing the tracks, calling upon his old friend Paul Weller, who gladly allowed them to use his Black Barn Studio, and also his long time engineer, Charles Rees. The results were remarkable; after all these years, pieces of history were brought back to life again.

01. Medicated Goo [Steve Winwood/Jimmy Miller]
02. Born [Barry Gibb]
03. If This Were My World [Caleb Quaye/PP Arnold]
04. High And Windy Mountain [Barry Gibb]
05. Spinning Wheel [David Clayton Thomas]
06. Bury Me Down By the River [Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb]
07. Children of The Last War Caleb Quaye/PP Arnold]
08. Brand New Day [Van Morrison]
09. The Turning Tide [Barry Gibb]
10. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy [Brenda Holloway/Patrice Holloway/Frank Wilson/Barry Gordy]
11. Give a Hand Take a Hand [Barry Gibb]
12. Happiness [Barry Gibb]
13. You Can’t Always Get What You Want [Mick Jagger/Keith Richards]

PP Arnold - Vocals
Eric Clapton and Dave Mason - Guitar
Bobby Whitlock - Keyboards, Piano
Jim Gordon - Drums
Carl Radle and Steve York - Bass
Bobby Keys - Sax
Jim Price - Trumpet
Kay Garner, Lesley Ducan and Doris Troy - Backing Vocals


sexta-feira, 6 de outubro de 2017

Python Lee Jackson - Piano Players Ball

Python Lee Jackson - Piano Players Ball - 2007

from wikipedia
Python Lee Jackson were an Australian rock band active from 1965 to 1968, before a brief sojourn in the United Kingdom from late 1968 to mid-1969. The group had recorded a single, "In A Broken Dream" (October 1970), featuring Rod Stewart as guest vocalist in April 1969. The group reformed in 1972 and the single was re-released in August: it peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 56 on the United States Billboard Hot 100. The group disbanded again later that year.


01. Turn The Music Down
02. Second Time Around The Wheel
03. Your Wily Ways
04. If It's Meant To Be A Party
05. Sweet Consolation
06. Boogie Woogie Joe
07. If The World Stopped Still Tonight
08. When You Do Your Thing
09. Thin Armed Hairless Man
10. Piano Players Ball
11. Get Back On Your Feet Again
12. Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear
13. Lady Zelda
14. Nightclub In The Day
15. Home
16. Woman, Mother & Child
17. Would You Believe It
18. I Wonder Who
19. It's A Groove To Be Dead
20. Big Fat Moma
21. Thinking It Over


terça-feira, 3 de outubro de 2017

CBA (Char, Bogert, Appice) - Live In Japan

CBA (Char, Bogert, Appice) - Live In Japan - 2000

Tim Bogert has a long history with Carmine Appice, being part of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and BBA (Beck, Bogert, Appice) together. Char Hisato Takenaka is known as one of the top guitarists in Japan. His producing, performing and song writing skills have strongly influenced many musicians. Char himself sings over 70% of his songs in English, and you won't believe that those great sounds are coming from a musician in Japan.

In December, 1999, CBA performed eight shows in Japan, and recorded a show live - CBA Live In Japan, for Polydor Records. They played 4 nights in Tokyo with the last gig at the BUDOKON on Christmas Day.

Carmine Appice writes: "Good to be back and moving on to Char tour (CBA)... Tim & I are listening to material... We are recordng live 3-4 times with Polydor records... there will be two live TV broadcasts.... and radio broadcasts... so things are Rocking!"

01. Evil
02. Parchman Farm
03. Satisfied
04. Lady
05. Eleven Years
06. Rosalee
07. Share The Wonder
08. Drive Me Nuts
09. Why Aren´t You Ready
10. Happy Birthday To You / 11. Future Child

Char (Hisato Takenaka) - Guitar, Vocal
Tim Bogert - Bass, Vocal
Carmine Appice - Drums, Vocal