quarta-feira, 27 de dezembro de 2017

Steve Marriott's Packet of Tree - Watch Your Step - The Final Perfornances Live 91


Steve Marriott's Packet of Tree - Watch Your Step - The Final Perfornances Live 91 - 2017

This 4CD box set lovingly documents the final musical years of a true legend, a great songwriter, musician, and formidable frontman. Steve Marriott was sadly taken from us prematurely at the age of 44 on the 30th April 1991. Vocalist and guitarist in such great bands as Small Faces and Humble Pie, Steve clearly had so much more to give, as is evidenced here, and this box set attempts to pay respect to the inspirational talent that is Steve Marriott by compiling four of his last ever live shows from his final year with us in 1991.

These live sets contain many old favourite Marriott classics such as ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘All or Nothing’, ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’ and ‘Big Train Stops at Memphis’, live Packet of Three staples, a smattering of rhythm & blues standards, plus a number of Chuck Berry classics in ‘Talking ‘Bout You’ and ‘Memphis Tennessee’. This collection of live sets demonstrates the fact that not only was Steve an immense performer throughout his whole career, but that he was sadly taken from us far too early.

01. Memphis Tennessee
02. Watch Your Step
03. Some Kind Of Wonderful
04. Big Train Stops At Memphis
05. Watcha Gonna Do About It
06. Talkin’ ‘Bout You
07. Cockney Rhyme / What A Silly Song
08. Itchycoo Park
09. Mr. Pitiful
10. Hallelujah I Love Her So
11. Five Long Years
12. All Or Nothing
13. This Old Fool
14. Natural Born Bugie

 CD2 – LOGO, HAMBURG 21.01.1991

01. Memphis Tennessee
02. Watch Your Step
03. Some Kind Of Wonderful
04. Fool For A Pretty Face
05. Watcha Gonna Do About It
06. Talkin’ ‘Bout You
07. Cockney Rhyme / What A Silly Song
08. Itchycoo Park
09. Mr. Pitiful
10. Hallelujah I Love Her So
11. Five Long Years
12. All Or Nothing
13. This Old Fool
14. Big Train Stops At Memphis
15. Before You Accuse Me
16. Natural Born Bugie


01. Memphis Tennessee
02. Watch Your Step
03. Fool For A Pretty Face
04. Big Train Stops At Memphis
05. Talkin’ ‘Bout You
06. Talkin’ ‘Bout You
07. Itchycoo Park
08. Itchycoo Park
09. Hallelujah I Love Her So
10. Hallelujah I Love Her So
11. Big Train Stops At Memphis
12. All Or Nothing
13. This Old Fool
14. Natural Born Bugie
15. Before You Accuse Me

01. Memphis Tennessee (Instrumental)
02. Watch Your Step
03. Some Kind of Wonderful
04. Big Train Stops at Memphis
05. Watcha Gonna Do About It
06. Talkin’ ‘Bout You
07. Cockney Rhyme / What a Silly Song
08. Itchycoo Park
09. Mr. Pitiful
10. Hallelujah I Love Her So
11. Five Long Years
12. All or Nothing
13. This Old Fool
14. Natural Born Bugie
15. Before You Accuse Me



terça-feira, 26 de dezembro de 2017

The Creation - Psychedelic Rose (repost)

The Creation - Psychedelic Rose - 2004

from CherryRedRecords
Their songs have been covered by acts as diverse as Ride, Boney M and the Sex Pistols; they impressed Pete Townshend so much that he asked their guitarist to join the already successful Who; said guitarist pioneered the use of the violin bow on guitar strings - a trick promptly lifted and made famous by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page; they inspired the name of Creation Records, the most influential record label of the '90s; they have been cited as an influence by Paul Weller, Alan McGee, Ride, Pete Townshend, John Lydon and others. Yet The Creation never had a bona fide hit single in either Britain or the US. They had a recording career that spanned merely mid-1966 to early 1968 and never - in their original incarnation - released an album on either side of the Atlantic. The Creation are pop's quintessential example of Never Mind The Career Width, Feel The Musical Quality. Their compositions 'Makin' Time' , 'Painter Man', 'Biff Bang Pow', 'Nightmares', 'Can I Join Your Band', 'Life Is Just Beginning', 'Through your Eyes', 'How Does It Feel To Feel' and others helped define psychedelia and pop art and are cherished by several different generations of music fans. The Creation were undoubtedly one of the most under appreciated bands to emerge from the UK during the 1960's, but their legend has grown with time and this album, recorded in 1987 and 1988 and never been released before in any form, is a testament to their enduring legacy. You know the story, you know the legend, this is the long lost album. 

01. Lay the Ghost
02. Psychedelic Rose
03. Radio Beautiful
04. United
05. Doing It My Way
06. Making Time
07. Far From Paradise
08. White Night
09. Spirit Called Love
10. Spoken word extract from the book 'Our Music Is Red With Purple Flashes / The Story Of The Creation' by Sean Egan read by Joe Foster.


sábado, 23 de dezembro de 2017

Jorma Kaukonen - Christmas (Repost)

Jorma Kaukonen - Christmas - 1996

Christmas is a Jorma Kaukonen studio album released in July 1996. It was the only themed album Kaukonen recorded and was a departure from the usual Rev. Gary Davis influenced tunes. It included new Christmas-themed compositions as well old hymns such as "Silent Night." Like the previous album, The Land of Heroes, Christmas incorporated the work of Michael Falzarano and Fred Bogert. Kaukonen's wife Vanessa also performed vocals and co-wrote one song. It was also the only time Kaukonen performed keyboards on an album.

01. Downhill Sleigh Ride
02. Christmas Rule
03. What Child Is This? (Traditional)
04. Christmas Blues (Falzarano)
05. Journey of The Three Wise Men
06. Baby Boy (Traditional)
07. You're Still Standing
08. Silent Night (Traditional)
09. Holiday Marmalade
10. Holiday Segue

Jorma Kaukonen – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Michael Falzarano – Rhythm guitar, Sleigh bells, Vocals
Fred Bogert – Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Vanessa Lillian – vocals
Chris Munson, Wayne Killius – Drums


quarta-feira, 20 de dezembro de 2017

Andy Newman (ex Thunderclap Newman) - Rainbow

Andy Newman - Rainbow - 1972

Andy "Thunderclap" Newman (born November 21 1942, died March 20 2016) was a jazz pianist and founder member of Thunderclap Newman, a cobbled together session band whose anthemic Something in the Air was the surprise hit of the summer of 1969.

The band, who went by Newman’s school nickname, was formed by Pete Townshend, guitarist with The Who, and the music impresario Kit Lambert to demo tracks written by the singer/drummer John “Speedy” Keen, Townshend’s occasional chauffeur.

Townshend recruited Newman, a pipe-smoking GPO telephone engineer whom he had known at art school, to play keyboards and Jimmy McCulloch, a 15-year-old Glaswegian guitarist, who later played in Paul McCartney’s Wings. Townshend himself played bass, under the name Bijou Drains, on their only album, Hollywood Dream.

Performing in a trilby, spectacles, braces and bow tie, the bearded Newman provided a dapper counterpoint to his younger long-haired bandmates. He looked like a professor taking his students on a class outing. On his barrelhouse piano, however, he delivered a stomping Dixieland bridge for Something in the Air that blended perfectly with his bandmates’ psychedelic rock.

In July 1969 the song went to Number One in the British charts where it remained for three weeks. “To us it was absolute bedlam,” recalled Newman. “People would come up to me as though I was the person who knew how to pull hits out of the stratosphere.”

It was, however, their only successful single and the band split up two years later. Although, as one critic noted, “if you are going to be a one-hit wonder, you might as well be remembered for something as wonderful as Something in the Air.


domingo, 17 de dezembro de 2017

Corky Laing's Mountain ‎- Live In Melle

Corky Laing's Mountain ‎- Live In Melle - 2017

Corky Laing was an original member of Mountain. As is so common these days, there have been several versions of the band carrying on their music and traditions. This double CD set was recorded in 2016 on the German Sleighride tour. The sound quality is definitely good, but not great. There is a lot of stage talk, telling stories and the like on this set. Beyond that we get some classic Mountain songs, a couple Cream tunes and more all delivered in style. This is a great live album, really.

CD 1
01. Introducion
02. Silver Paper
03. Dreams Of Milk And Honey
04. Long Red
05. Never In My Life
06. Nantucket Sleighride
07. Mississippi Queen
08. Theme From An Imaginary Western
09. Like A Rollin' Stone (Drum Solo)

CD 2
01. Introducing
02. Don't Look Around
03. Sittin' On A Rainbow
04. For Yasgur's Farm
05. Travellin' In The Dark
06. Politician
07. Sunshine Of Your Love
08. The Doctor

Corky Laing - Drums, Vocals
Phil Baker - Guitar, Vocals
Joe Venti - Bass, Vocals


sexta-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2017

William Souffreau - Tobacco Fields

William Souffreau - Tobacco Fields - 2017

William Souffreau is undoubtedly the last truly active rocker of his generation; this semi-legend’s guitar skills are still razor sharp and his voice hasn’t lost any power over time.

William started his musical career in 1960 with the rock ‘n’ roll band The Blue Jets, and then The Four Rockets a little while later. He founded the hard rock group Irish Coffee in 1970, recording one LP and four singles, all of which are now highly sought-after collector’s items, with Masterpiece being their biggest hit.

William went solo in 1990, and since then, he’s released over 10 highly praised albums, performing opening shows for The Kinks, 10 CC, Motörhead, and many more and collaborating with other artists, including Michael Chapman and Philippe Catherine.

He’s still touring with Irish Coffee, which released their incredibly strong album, When The Owl Cries, two years ago on the Starman Records label.

Souffreau is getting back into his solo career as well, with the album Tobacco Fields. It’s a collection of autobiographic, penetrating songs about his youth and life in the city of Aalst. With the cooperation of – in addition to his regular Irish Coffee team – highly talented musicians, including JM Aerts, Kloot Per W, Walter Broes, Jan Hautekiet, Steven Janssens, Jan Blieck, and many others.

01. Tobacco Fields
02. Take Me Home
03. Crazy Old Town
04. Schooldays
05. El Gringo
06. Going Back
07. Good Ol’ Boys
08. Every Story
09. Walking The Dog
10. The Blues
11. The Emperor
12. Ravachol
13. The Great Rock’N'Roll Life
14. This Town


terça-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2017

Tommy Malone - Natural Born Days

Tommy Malone - Natural Born Days (2013)

from Offbeat
It’s a crime that Tommy Malone isn’t better known around the world. He is a triple threat—beautiful singer, fine songwriter, and killer guitarist. Most of those talents are showcased on his new disc Natural Born Days. Malone has a fantastic voice. It is soulful and gritty at points, and simply pretty at others. It is an instrument that easily conveys both the rueful and redemptive tone of the songs here. Even though he’s not singing the capital “B” Blues here, he’s singing the blues with shadings and nuance in his vocal lines. The songs here cover a wide range but are never get so far from Malone that they sound awkward. Malone wrote most of the songs here with people he has known or worked with for several decades such as his band mates in the subdudes Johnny Allen and Tim Cook and old friend and drummer Jim Scheurich, so these songs possess a vulnerability that can result from such comfort. Songs such as “Home” and “Distance” have a depth and sensitivity that most songwriters can’t fathom. But it’s not just a ballad-heavy set of songs. There’s a Creedence-like rocker in “Mississippi Bootlegger” and a honky-tonk beat to “Important to Me.” There could have been more of Malone’s excellent guitar work on this disc, but that might have taken away from the emphasis on the songs and vocals. However it pops up with his slide work on “Life Goes On” and a beautiful lead on “God Knows.” Natural Born Days sounds like the Tommy Malone that his fans love and his soon-to-be fans will be happy to get to know. 

01. Home    
02. Hope Diner    
03. God Knows    
04. Wake Up Time    
05. Distance    
06. Mississippi Bootleggers    
07. Didn't Want To Hear It    
08. Natural Born Days    
09. No Reason    
10. Important To Me    
11. Life Goes On    
12. Word On the Street


sábado, 9 de dezembro de 2017

Steve Hunter - Before The Lights Go Out

Steve Hunter - Before The Lights Go Out - 2017

"Before The Lights Go Out" is long time Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter's latest solo album. The cover art and title make a statement about his failing eyesight, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is a quiet wave goodbye. As soon as you put on the first track, you will know that this is more like a Blues Rock Declaration of Independence! There are sexy grooves, luscious guitar tones and melodies galore.

As with all Hunter's releases, there is some diversity and sound imagery, not least of which is Tienes Mi Corazón where alongside his nylon string improvisation comes the sound of his own heart. And listen out for Joe Satriani adding his fire to the heat of "Mojo Man."

Also joining Steve on a couple of tracks are two great Bass players: Erik Scott can be heard on "Mojo Man," Erik is also an Alice Cooper alumni. On "Under The Bodhi Tree" is Andy Stoller. Steve and Andy toured together with Tracy Chapman during the "Telling Stories" album period, most recently Andy has been touring with Ann Wilson of Heart.

Steve Hunter is his own man; he has been around the block with a forty-five year career.

From his 1973 solos on Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" album, his legendary acoustic work on Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill," his "Intro" to Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and his searing opening solos on Aerosmith's version of "Train Kept A Rolling" Most recently he can be heard on Alice Cooper's 2017 album "Paranormal" making this his ninth Cooper album appearance. The Deacon is not done yet but his life is evolving! He has challenges playing live now but his honed skill, tone, power and soul, is dished up on this hot plate of guitar driven instrumental tastiness.

01. On The Edge Of Uncertainty
02. Mojo Man
03. Summer's Eve
04. Cinderblock
05. Softtail Deuce
06. Tienes Mi Corazón (You Have My Heart)
07. Ice Storm
08. Under The Bodhi Tree
09. The Other Side Of The Coin
10. Happy Trails (vocal Karen Hunter)


terça-feira, 5 de dezembro de 2017

Too Smooth - Still (Repost)

Too Smooth - Still  - 2011

Formed in 1973, Too Smooth featured stunning songs and twin guitar runs; intricate time changes and fall-off-the-cliff dynamics; riverine vocal melodies, close gospel harmonies and bubbling musical improvisations. These were elements of what was coming to be called progressive rock and associated with acts ranging from Yes to Wishbone Ash - yet Too Smooth also offered a decided tip of the hat to the proud tradition of Lone Star boogie, blues, and hard rock. Too Smooth should have become one of the most successful rock acts in the world; as it turned out, they had to settle for simply being one of the best.

CD 1
01. Crippled Duck
02. You Say When
03. Friends
04. Smile
05. Leavin' It Up to You
06. Try a Little Magic
07. Let Me Be
08. You & I
09. Windmill
10. I Love the Way
11. Song For the World
12. Soon Our Time Will Come - Mamie Mama (medley)


CD 2
01. It Must Be Love
02. Here to Stay
03. I Love You
04. Man Knows Nothing
05. Texas Hospitality
06. Lonesome Road Back Home
07. You Take Me to Paradise
08. Just Be Yoursself
09. Believe In Me
10. Don't Stop Lovin' Me
11. Where Has All the Magic Gone?
12. Nobody Knows Me Like I Do


domingo, 3 de dezembro de 2017

Dean Ford - Feel My Heartbeat

Dean Ford - Feel My Heartbeat - 2017

from The MusePatrol

In 1969 a Scottish group named The Marmalade hit the charts in a big way with their Top Three ballad, “Reflections of My Life”. It was a melancholic look back at life, sung by a young singer/songwriter who had not yet lived it. The singer was Dean Ford (Born Thomas McAleese). The Marmalade made their splash and suffered the fate of many entrants into the 60’s sweepstakes. They had a couple of hits and faded into history, only to return sporadically on oldies radio, the odd soundtrack or the occasional K-Tel compilation.

Ford has now released a new solo album, “Feel My Heartbeat”. It’s a no-nonsense, filler free affair containing 10 songs with a strong narrative flow. The subjects are love, searching, mortality, progeny and acceptance of what is and what might have been.

Dean has returned to the music business after a long sabbatical and possibly felt the need to reintroduce himself to fans he left behind decades ago.  The irony is, “Reflections of My Life” is far more relevant and poignant a statement now than it was for Dean Ford in the year 1969. The man has aged but the voice retains its youthful aspect  that comprise “Feel My Heartbeat”.

01. Heaven in Your Eyes
02. Hello Bright Eyes
03. Feel My Heartbeat
04. Crazy About a Girl
05. Under Your Wing
06. Cosmos
07. Room in My Heart
08. Stay Awhile
09. Over Yesterday
10. Dance a Little Dance


sexta-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2017

Rudy Romero - To The World (Re-Post)

Rudy Romero - To The World - 1973

from BadCatRecordings
What little attention this album seems to get stems from George Harrison's supposed appearance on four of tracks (the performance credits don't list Harrison).  If true, that's not a bad claim to fame, but the album actually has much more going for it.

Rudy Romeo's initial claim to fame came as a member of San Diego's The Hardtimes.  When that band and a one-shot follow-up The New Phoenix called it quits Romero struck out in pursuit of a solo career and in the early 1970s was signed to the Colorado-based Tumbleweed imprint.  Produced by former Hardtimes singer Lee Keifer, 1973's "To the World" found Romero working with an impressive list of musicians.  In addition to the supposed Harrison appearance, the line up included Clear Light keyboardist Ralph Schuckett, Things To Come bassist Bryan Garofalo, and former Undertakers drummer Warren Pemerton.  To my ears Romero had a highly commercial voice that was well suited to the pop and softer rock materials he wrote.  In fact most of the ten Romero-penned tracks had at least some degree of commercial potential, with 'If I Had the Time' and '' being two of the two highlights.  So back to Harrison for a moment: if you believe the story he played on four tracks -  ‘Lovely Lady,' ‘Nothin' Gonna Get You Down,' ‘Doing The Right Thing,' and ‘If I Had Time'.  To be honest about it, I've got my doubts, due in part to the fact Harrison's mid-1970s playing style with a heavy emphasis on slide guitar was very unique and easy to spot.  With the exception of the title track, none of the guitar work on the collection reminded me of that style.  Who knows ...  In an interview with Patrick 'The Lama' Lundborg, fellow Tumbleweed artist Robb Kunkle was clear in saying Harrison played on the album.  

01. Simple Thing
02. To The World
03. Anyway We Can
04. Lovely Lady
05. If I Find The Time
06. Notihing Gonna Get You Down
07. Level Out
08. You Used to Be So Light
09. Love Comes (When It Wants to Anyway)
10. Doing The Right Thing

Rudy Romero - Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals
John Ussery - Guitar
Bryan Garofalo - Bass
Warren "Bugs" Pemberton - Drums
Peggy Sanding, Ralph Schuckett - Keyboards
Lee Kiefer - Percussion, Vocals (Background)
James M. McGee, William Hinshaw, Arthur Maebe - French Horn
Dalton Smith, Ollie Mitchell - Trumpet
William Hurasch, Sid Sharp, Ralph Schaeffer - Violin
Harold Diner, Robert Knight - Trombone
Venetta Fields, Clydie King - Vocals (Background)
Joey Deaguero - Vibraphone, Vocals (Background)
Jesse Ehrlich -  Cello