sexta-feira, 30 de março de 2018

NRBQ - Happy Tracks - 2017

NRBQ - Happy Tracks - 2017

You might think that after 50 years, a band might want to settle down and just relax. If you do, you don’t know the Q!

Hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed High Noon – A 50-Year Retrospective, Terry Adams, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and John Perin took a few days off from their never-ending touring schedule, entered Harmonium Studio, and finished this new 5 song EP, bound in a beautiful six-panel package.

Available on CD and Digital, Happy Talk contains two originals and the Q’s spontaneous take on Roy Orbison’s “Only The Lonely,” along with the band’s years-in-the-making arrangement of Rogers & Hammerstein classic “Happy Talk” which serves as the EP’s title track.

According to founding member Terry Adams, “I’ve been crazy about the song ‘Happy Talk’ since I was a kid, I bought every version I could find and still do. I’ve always wanted to record it. To get it right you must realize that it’s in its own place that’s entirely separate from any song ever written.”

As NRBQ continues a career now reaching into six decades, they show no signs of slowing down. As the song says, “If you don’t talk happy, and you never dream, then you’ll never have a dream come true.”

01. Head On a Post
02. Yes, I Have a Banana
03. Only The Lonely
04. Blues Blues Blues
05. Happy Talk


quarta-feira, 28 de março de 2018

Errorhead - Evolution

Errorhead - Evolution - 2014

Ever since the hallowed days of Jimi Hendrix, classic rock music has thrived on its protagonists' virtuosity. Among the pre-eminent present-day exponents are Errorhead, the quartet led by guitarist Marcus Nepomuc Deml, one of the best instrumentalists in Europe. Errorhead has existed in various guises since 1998. "Organic Pill" is the first studio album to be cut by the line-up which has been playing together for around two years now, with bassist Frank Itt, drummer Athanasios "Zacky" Tsoukas and singer Andrew Gräser accompanying Marcus Deml. In contrast to the first albums with Errorhead, which saw Marcus Deml experimenting with techno elements or incorporating world music influences, the new album is firmly rooted in blues and rock. It is an archetypal guitar rock album built equally on the band's brilliantly tight musicianship and the strength of the twelve songs, a third of which are purely instrumental. Marcus Deml's eclectic guitar style stems from a roving past in which the cosmopolitan musician spent several years in the USA, where he made a name for himself and achieved broad recognition.  

01. Scream (People Like Us)
02. Hideaway
03. One Good Reason
04. Tell Me
05. Resurrection
06. Thieves & Poets (The Social Network Song)
07. Where Did Our Love Go?
08. Purple Lord
09. Be Someone
10. Find It
11. Get Off My Back
12. The Mighty Tube


sexta-feira, 23 de março de 2018

Albatross - Everybody's Got The Blues (Repost)

Albatross - Everybody's Got The Blues - 1995

Albatross foi uma banda de blues liderada pelo guitarrista irlandês Barry McCabe. O primeiro lineup vem de meados dos anos 70 - com outro nome - e a banda mudou de nome depois do álbum homônimo do Fleetwood Mac.

Duas das principais influências de Barry são Rory Gallagher e Peter Green e a Albatross assim como estas influências, passeia pelo rock rápido e direto de Rory, com seus blues à Fleetwood de seus melhores anos, como pode ser ouvido em "I don't know your name".

No final de 2010, inicio de 2011, o grupo voltou a reunir-se para uma série de shows pela Europa, inclusive com a promessa de lancarem mais um álbum.

Barry McCabe - Guitar, Vocals
Mark Feltham - Harmonica
Johnny Fean - Guitar
Pat Mc Manus - Guitar

01. Intro & Too Late Now
02. Fine, Fine, Fine
03. Feel So Good
04. I Don't Know Your Name
05. Move It On Over
06. Prisoners Of Consience
07. Intro 2 & Someone I Used To Know
08. Never Say Die
09. Full Moon On Main Street
10. Freddy Wants Your Cadillac
11. Talk To Your Daughter
12. Sweet Little Angel
13. Night Time People
14. Tempted

Tracks 1-7 - recorded live in Lille and originally realesed in 1990.
Tracks 8-16 - recorded live at the Independence Day Festival in Norway.


sexta-feira, 16 de março de 2018


NRBQ - NRBQ - 1969

Often called "the world's greatest bar band," NRBQ are that rare group that's eclectic, stylistically innovative, and creatively ambitious while also sounding thoroughly unpretentious and accessible. At its best, NRBQ's music casually mixes up barrelhouse R&B, British Invasion pop, fourth-gear rockabilly, exploratory free jazz, and dozens of other flavors while giving it all a stomp-down rhythm that makes fans want to dance and expressing a sense of joy and easy good humor that comes straight from the heart. Over the course of a career that's lasted more than 40 years, the band has barely flirted with mainstream success, but has still earned a sizable, passionate cult of fans that includes Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Ira Kaplan, John Sebastian, and Dave Edmunds. 

NRBQ were formed in 1967 by pianist Terry Adams and guitarist Steve Ferguson, a pair of musicians from Louisville, Kentucky, and Joey Spampinato, a bassist who originally hailed from the Bronx. Adams and Ferguson were members of a group called the Mersey-Beats USA, who as the name suggests specialized in British Invasion covers, and they had relocated to Miami, Florida in search of steady gigs. In Miami, they met Spampinato (then using the stage name Jody St. Nicholas) and vocalist Frank Gadler, who were members of an R&B show band called the Seven of Us. Adams and Ferguson soon joined the Seven of Us, and after the addition of drummer Tom Staley, the revamped lineup changed its name to NRBQ (short for the New Rhythm and Blues Quintet), though the band was still a seven-piece when sax player Keith Spring and Donn Adams on trombone (Terry's brother), soon to be known as the Whole Wheat Horns, sat in. NRBQ left Florida and made their way to New Jersey, where they began playing New York City on a regular basis. The band landed a recording contract with Columbia Records, and in 1969 NRBQ released their self-titled debut; displaying a stylistic range that would become the band's hallmark, the first two tunes found them covering Eddie Cochran and Sun Ra, with numbers by Carla Bley, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and Bruce Channel popping up elsewhere alongside a handful of group originals. The album was well reviewed but sales were spotty, and for their second LP Columbia hoped to trade on a revival of interest in first-era rock & roll by pairing the band in the studio with rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins. Boppin' the Blues was an interesting experiment that didn't fare much better than NRBQ's debut, and they parted ways with Columbia.

In 1971, NRBQ landed a new record deal with Kama Sutra Records, and were breaking in a new guitarist; Steve Ferguson left the band, and Al Anderson, a former member of Connecticut white soul heroes the Wildweeds, took over on lead guitar for 1972's Scraps. Later the same year, Frank Gadler left the lineup, and from that point on Adams, Anderson, and Spampinato traded off on lead vocals. Released in 1973, Workshop featured a minor hit single in the topical novelty rocker "Get That Gasoline Blues," but it was also the band's last album for Kama Sutra due to disappointing sales. By the time they released another album, 1977's All Hopped Up, NRBQ had relocated to the Northeast, they were recording for their own Red Rooster label, and new drummer Tom Ardolino (a fan who impulsively hopped up on stage and sat in on the traps during an encore at a gig) had signed on, solidifying a lineup that would remain stable until 1994. One number from All Hopped Up, "Riding in My Car," attracted enough regional notice that Mercury signed the band and tacked the tune onto its next album, the marvelous NRBQ at Yankee Stadium (they didn't play there; they just sat in the stands). The Mercury signing proved to be a one-off, and Red Rooster struck up a distribution deal with the respected roots music label Rounder Records; outside of Grooves in Orbit, released by Bearsville Records in 1983 (shortly before they went out of business), Red Rooster/Rounder would be their home for the better part of 20 years as they released a steady stream of independent albums and played seemingly every club in the United States at one time or another, building a well-deserved reputation as a stellar and wildly unpredictable live act.

In 1989, NRBQ took one last chance with the major labels, signing with Virgin for the album Wild Weekend. The album fared better commercially than most of their LPs, but it was still well short of a hit, and their next disc was an archival live release for Rykodisc, 1992's Honest Dollar. In 1994, Rhino Records (who had previously compiled an excellent NRBQ anthology, Peek-A-Boo) released Message for the Mess Age, which proved to be Al Anderson's last album with NRBQ. Anderson was tired of NRBQ's busy touring schedule and left the group to work as a contract songwriter in Nashville, penning hits for Carlene Carter, Trisha Yearwood, the Mavericks, and LeAnn Rimes, among many others. (Anderson told a reporter he left NRBQ on good terms, adding "It was a great band before, and will be a great band after.") Johnny Spampinato, Joey's brother and a longtime member of the Incredible Casuals, took over as NRBQ's guitarist, and the band continued to record and tour at a steady pace. They also began popping up regularly on the popular television series The Simpsons; one of the show's top writers, Mike Scully, was a major fan, and he recruited them to record several numbers for the show, as well as appearing on the show in both animated and live-action form (they even wrote a tune specifically for The Simpsons, "Mayonnaise and Marmalade"). The band formed a new label, Edisun Records, to release 2002's Atsa My Band and 2004's Dummy, and in 2004, NRBQ staged a pair of 35th anniversary concerts in Northampton, Massachusetts, which featured appearances by every current and former member of the group.

Not long after the anniversary concerts, NRBQ quietly broke up, with Adams forming a new group, the Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet, and releasing a number of albums through his own label,  
Clang Records; he also recorded and toured with Steve Ferguson, and played Scandinavia with Tom Staley's band the Hot Shots. Founding member Ferguson died of cancer at his home in Louisville on October 7, 2009 at the age of 60. Adams also struggled with health problems; he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004, though in 2011 he announced he was free from the illness. Joey and Johnny, meanwhile, hit the road as the Spampinato Brothers and released a fine album, 2010's Pie in the Sky. In the spring of 2011, Adams announced that the Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet had been renamed NRBQ, and they released an album under their new moniker, Keep This Love Goin', in May of that year. Longtime drummer Tom Ardolino appeared on two tracks and drew the album's cover art, but health problems prevented him from touring; he died on January 6, 2012 in Springfield, Massachusetts at the age of 56. Ardolino's final recordings with the new edition of NRBQ appeared on 2012's We Travel the Spaceways, with the bandmembers once again indulging their fondness for Sun Ra on the title cut. Adams' NRBQ returned to action in 2014 with the album Brass Tacks. In 2016, NRBQ hit the road for a well-received tour in tandem with masked instrumental rockers Los Straitjackets. Later that same year, Omnivore commemorated NRBQ's golden anniversary with a five-disc, career-spanning box set, High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective. Adams and NRBQ teamed with Omnivore again in 2017 to release a five-song EP, Happy Talk.

01. C'mon Everybody   
02. Rocket Number 9   
03. Kentucky Slop Song   
04. Ida   
05. C'mon If You're Comin'   
06. You Can't Hide   
07. I Didn't Know Myself   
08. Stomp   
09. Fergie's Prayer   
10. Mama Get Down Those Rock And Roll Shoes   
11. Hymn Number 5   
12. Hey! Baby   
13. Liza Jane   
14. Stay With Me

Terry Adams - Keyboards, Vocals, Harmonica
Steve Ferguson - Lead Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Frank Gadler - Vocals, Tambourine
Joey Spampinato (aka Jody St. Nicholas) - Vocals, Bass
Tom Staley - Drums, Percussion


sábado, 10 de março de 2018

Alice Fredenham - Under the Covers

Alice Fredenham - Under the Covers - 2017

Alice Fredenham first hit the public eye in 2013 as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent where she absolutely wowed both the audience and the panel in her first performance singing ‘My Funny Valentine’ . Simon Cowells quote was she had a voice like “liquid gold” .

Although Alice, to most people’s surprise, didn’t progress beyond the semi-finals, she built up a loyal, avid fanbase with her sultry powerful vocals and cool classic look and to date her BGT initial appearance has had over 40,000,000 hits on YouTube. Alice is a particular favourite with the American market.

In 2015 Alice secured funding via Kickstarter, to a significant level, to record an album. “Under the Covers” was recorded at Real World and is a covers album (as per the Kickstarter campaign) with Alice’s personal take on a mix of classic tracks, both contemporary and standards and recorded with professional musicians

01. Wishing on a Star
02. Bluebird
03. Coconut Grove
04. Doctor My Eyes
05. Feelin' Alright
06. My Funny Valentine
07. Feel Like Makin' Love
08. Wild Wood
09. Sunshine of Your Love
10. Hushabye Mountain


quarta-feira, 7 de março de 2018

Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides Of The Sky

Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides Of The Sky - 2018

Both Sides Of The Sky presents 13 studio recordings including 10 which have never before been released. All but two of these studio recordings were made during a fertile period between January 1968 and 1970. Jimi's mastery and use of the studio as a proving ground for new songs resulted in a growing collection of extraordinary material. 

This album completes a trilogy of albums [with Valleys Of Neptune and People, Hell & Angels] presenting the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the Hendrix archive. The songs include fascinating alternate versions of "Stepping Stone," "Lover Man" and "Hear My Train A Comin'" as well as recordings where Jimi is joined by special guests Johnny Winter and Stephen Stills. Both Sides Of The Sky was mixed by Eddie Kramer, the engineer for all of Hendrix's albums throughout the guitarist's lifetime, and produced by Janie Hendrix, Kramer and John McDermott.

01. Mannish Boy (Previously Unreleased)
02. Lover Man (Previously Unreleased)
03. Hear My Train A Comin’ (Previously Unreleased)
04. Stepping Stone (Previously Unreleased)
05. $20 Fine (Feat. Stephen Stills) (Previously Unreleased)
06. Power Of Soul (Previously Unavailable Extended Version)
07. Jungle (Previously Unreleased)
08. Things I Used To Do (Feat. Johnny Winter)
09. Georgia Blues (Feat. Lonnie Youngblood)
10. Sweet Angel (Previously Unreleased)
11. Woodstock (Feat. Stephen Stills) (Previously Unreleased)
12. Send My Love To Linda (Previously Unreleased)
13. Cherokee Mist (Previously Unreleased)


terça-feira, 6 de março de 2018

KingFish - Minglewood Blues

KingFish - Minglewood Blues - 2015

Kingfish was fundamentally different to the more celebrated bands that Bob Weir and Dave Torbert hailed from. They clearly dug deep into their mutual love of American roots music to fashion a repertoire that established Kingfish as its own entity. The setlist performed here reflects the soul of their repertoire and finds Weir enjoying a brief sojourn from his obligations with the Grateful Dead while they took a well-earned break. As for Bob Weir, nobody was really sure what a hiatus for the Dead meant, and Kingfish could have blossomed if the Dead had remained on the bricks, but Weir had a fantastic few hundred hours jamming with friends as this performance easily shows. Klondike proudly presents the entire original WLIR-FM broadcast of Bob Weir with Kingfish live at Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NY from 27th March 1976.  An exceptional celebration of the American songbook and a valuable addition for fans of NRPS and Grateful Dead.

01. Mystery Train / Muleskinner Blues
02. Goodbye Your Honor
03. Lazy Lightning / Supplication
04. Juke
05. Bye And Bye
06. Hypnotized
07. Minglewood Blues
08. Battle Of New Orleans
09. Big Iron
10. Jump For Joy
11. Promised Land
12. Sea Cruise