quarta-feira, 12 de junho de 2019

Taron Egerton - Rocketman

Taron Egerton - Rocketman - 2019 

from wikipedia
Rocketman is a 2019 biographical musical film based on the life of musician Elton John. Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, it stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film follows John's early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. The film is titled after John's 1972 song Rocket Man.

The film initially began development in 2001, but languished for nearly two decades as it went through several studios including Walt Disney Studios and Focus Features, directors including Michael Gracey, and actors including Tom Hardy and Justin Timberlake. In April 2018, after creative differences with Focus halted an initial production start in 2014, the film was revived at Paramount Pictures, with Egerton and Fletcher signing on in April 2018. Principal photography began in August 2018 and was completed later that year. John served as executive producer, while husband David Furnish produced the film through Rocket Pictures and Matthew Vaughn's Marv Films.

Rocketman premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 16 May 2019, and was released in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2019 and in the United States on 31 May 2019. The film has grossed $103 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics, with Egerton's performance, the costumes, and the musical numbers receiving general praise.

01. The Bitch Is Back (introduction) (with Sebastian Rich)
02. I Want Love (with Kit Connor, Gemma Jones, Bryce Dallas Howard and Steven Mackintosh)
03. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (with Kit Connor)
04. Thank You for All Your Loving
05. Border Song
06. Rock and Roll Madonna (interlude)
07. Your Song
08. Amoreena
09. Crocodile Rock
10. Tiny Dancer
11. Take Me to the Pilot
12. Hercules
13. Don't Go Breaking My Heart (interlude) (with Rachel Muldoon)
14. Honky Cat (with Richard Madden)
15. Pinball Wizard (interlude)
16. Rocket Man
17. Bennie and the Jets
18. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (with Celinde Schoenmaker)
19. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
20. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (with Jamie Bell)
21. I'm Still Standing
22. (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again (performed by Elton John and Taron Egerton)


quinta-feira, 30 de maio de 2019

Shadows Of Knight - Alive In '65!

Shadows Of Knight - Alive In '65! - 2018

While English bands were busy crafting their interpretation of American blues, the Shadows of Knight “re-added a Chicago touch” to the Brit sound. Dubbed “blues-punk,” the result was a high-energy mix of Chicago meets London in a back alley garage. Lead singer Jim Sohns could snarl like Howlin’ Wolf and move like Mick Jagger, a wicked combination guaranteed to generate pubescent pandemonium.

Step back while we loudly ’n proudly chronicle the mighty Shadows’ pre-Dunwich days with a newly discovered reel from 1965! It’s a live set recorded at the legendary Cellar teen club in Arlington      Heights IL, showcasing our boys’ obvious influences; Stones, Kinks, Link & more. Aggressive performances, unseen photos & detailed liner notes all aid in unraveling the early-edition history of the Shadows of Knight’s wild, R&B-injected ride!

Until now, little has been written about the Shadows of Knight’s Pre-Dunwich days. For sure, no recordings have surfaced from the period prior to “Gloria” taking hold on the hit parade. But back in Chicago’s north-west suburbs, one year earlier, they were already #1; at least with the clamoring teens that packed The Cellar club in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Norm Gotsch was a founding member of the Shadows of Knight; and along with Warren Rogers, one of the group’s original guitarists. He was responsible for recording the Shadows of Knight live set that makes up this raw ‘n’ alive archival release. Norm, along with Rogers, was also there from the band’s inception. Here he helps unravel the Shadows of Knight’s rarely-documented early history!

01. Not Fade Away
02. Money (That's What I Want)
03. You Really Got Me
04. Introducing The Band
05. Carol
06. Rawhide
07. Memphis
08. Break Time
09. It's All Right
10. Heart Of Stone
11. All Day And All Of The Night
12. I'm A King Bee
13. Louie Louie
14. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66


terça-feira, 28 de maio de 2019

Mike Gibbins - Archeology (re-re-re-post)

Mike Gibbins - Archeology - 2002

By Jason Ankeny & Bruce Eder from AMG
Mike Gibbins spent a decade, from 1965 through 1975, as the drummer for the Iveys and their better-known successor group, Badfinger - that alone made him one of the more visible musicians to emerge from what might be called the British Invasion's "third wave," out of the orbit of the Beatles' Apple Records. He was one of two members of the group left behind following a pair of tragic suicides, and he led reorganized versions of "Badfinger" into the 1980s and beyond, often in competition with fellow surviving member Joey Molland. Born Michael George Gibbins in Swansea, Wales, in 1949, he grew up in a crowded household that included six older sisters - he later claimed he took up drumming just so he could be heard. Actually, he was a natural drummer, responding to rhythms and generating them on anything that came into his hands, enough so that his father got him his first drum kit when Mike was 14. He passed through various local groups, including the Planets, the Club Four, and the Misfits, over the next few years. 

Read More HERE

01. Heavy Weather (Gibbins)
02. To The River (Gibbins)
03. Listen To Me (Gibbins)
04. Sad The Clown (Gibbins)
05. Dead Ratz (Warsing/Chapman/Gibbins)
06. The Golden One (Gibbins)
07. Dream Harder (Gibbins)
08. Love Is Lookin' Over Me (Gibbins)

Mike Gibbins - Vocals, Drums, Piano
Paul Chapman - Guitar (5, 7)
Rick Warsing - Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Rick Weidley - Electric Violin (1, 3)
Ron Griffiths - Lead Vocal (4)


domingo, 12 de maio de 2019

White Denim - Performance

White Denim - Performance - 2018

A decade into their career, the two founding members of Austin, Texas-based White Denim -- singer/guitarist James Petralli and bassist Steven Terebecki -- sit on a body of work that can be variously described as nothing short of eclectic. Their six albums have brought waves of critical acclaim and positive attention. Their frenetic and inspired live shows have brought absolute giddy proclamations from fans and journalists. Phrases like "true rock and roll saviors" has been thrown around quite a bit as journalists ecstatically leave the sweaty confines of a White Denim show basking in the glow of a knockout show.

True to the craft of the trade, Petralli and Terebecki kept the band together a couple of years ago after two of their prominent members left to join Leon Bridges' band. Instead of using the lineup shuffle to reassess or move onto other projects, they reconvened and soldiered on with 2016's gloriously fun Stiff, an album that solidified the band's sprawling sound and turned enough heads to allow a tune to be featured in an advertisement for Nintendo Switch.

Two years later, they're back with Performance, a nine-track collection that was put together with drummer Conrad Choucroun and keyboardist Michael Hunter. It's a no-frills recording that plays to the band's strengths while reminding listeners just why they're so damn good in the first place.

01. Magazin
02. Performance
03. It Might Get Dark
04. Sky Beaming
05. Double Death
06. Fine Slime
07. Moves On
08. Backseat Driver
09. Good News


quinta-feira, 2 de maio de 2019

Ace of Cups - Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups - Ace of Cups - 2018

They were arguably the first all-female rock band of importance.

The five-member Ace of Cups was based in San Francisco at the height of the Haight, when the neighborhood in the ’60s was known for its outsider art and hippie culture. They performed with such acts as Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe and the Fish and Jefferson Airplane.

Bill Graham picked them to open for a then-new group called the Band, and Jimi Hendrix, upon returning to England, sang their praises (“I heard some groovy sounds last time in the States, like this girl group, Ace of Cups”).

Original and openly feminist, the act never scored a record deal.

Until now.

Today, with each of the women of Ace of Cups in her 70s, the band has been re-discovered. This month the act released its self-titled debut album via High Moon Records.

“This is a dream deferred,” says Denise Kaufman, who plays guitar, bass and harmonica and has written much of the group’s material.

“It’s magical,” adds guitarist Mary Ellen Simpson, who is simultaneously celebrating another grandchild.

Adds longtime fan Jackson Browne, “I’ve been waiting 45 years for the debut.”

The five original Cups — Kaufman, Simpson, Diane Vitalich, Mary Gannon and Marla Hunt (Hunt is not involved now) — met amid the haze of Haight-Ashbury on New Year’s Eve in 1966. Then in their late teens or early 20s, they were in school or held clerical day jobs.

Gannon, a former Miss Monterey, was working in an all-night doughnut shop, Simpson was studying art at a city college and Kaufman was employed at Fantasy Records, the label famous for its association with Creedence Clearwater Revival. But their passion was making music, and once they merged, they would often practice in Fantasy’s upstairs studio. Eventually, they landed a manager and started getting gigs in venues like the Avalon and the Fillmore.

Their songs upended the “It Must Be Him” sentiments they grew up hearing and boast lyrics like, “There are a whole lotta people tryin’ to mess with your mind.” They were soon part of the fabric of their place and time. None more so than Kaufman, who dropped out of UC Berkeley (where she was arrested in the free-speech protests) at 18, and temporarily hopped on Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters bus. At various points, she was apparently the focus of many a famous male’s life. (Hint: Check out the current biographies of Paul Simon and Jann Wenner)

But the summers of love eventually ended, and by 1972, the Ace of Cups’ moment had passed.

“I like to say we faded away,” says drummer Vitalich.

What followed were their version of normal lives: relationships, babies and geographical changes — or, in the words of Gannon, “a lot of hookups and wrong choices.”

Simpson returned to school and eventually became a substance abuse and mental health specialist. Gannon also went back to college and got a degree in education. Vitalich cleaned houses three days a week, and Kaufman, who was married briefly and gave birth to a daughter, moved part time to Kauai, where she started an organic farm, which is still operating, and with six local women opened a private school for kindergartners to 12th graders. She later became a yoga instructor, and her celebrity clientele has included Madonna, Quincy Jones and Jane Fonda.


01. Introduction: There’s a Record Being Made
02. Feel Good
03. Pretty Boy
04. Fantasy 1&4
05. Circles
06. We Can’t Go Back Again
07. The Well (feat. Bob Weir)
08. Taste of One
09. Mama’s Love
10. Simplicity
11. Feel It in the Air
12. Interlude: Transistor
13. Stones
14. Interlude: Baby from the Forest of Knolls
15. Life in Your Hands (feat. Taj Mahal)
16. Macushla/Thelina
17. As the Rain (feat. Peter Coyote)
18. Interlude: Daydreamin’
19. On the Road
20. Pepper in the Pot (feat. Buffy Sainte-Marie)
21. Interlude: Breath
22. Indian Summer
23. Grandma’s Hands
24. Medley (The Hermit / The Flame Still Burns / Gold and Green / Living in the Country)
25. Outroduction: It’s Always Safe…
26. Music


sábado, 27 de abril de 2019

Humble Pie - Joint Effort

Humble Pie - Joint Effort - 2019

By Mark Rockpit
As someone who has always been a huge fan of Humble Pie and all things Steve Marriott the news that a new album that had “remained in the vaults since 1975 will finally be released next month” was like several Christmases coming all at once. ‘Joint Effort’ duly arrived for review and as I tend to do when I review, I read nothing about it and did not research anything until I’d had a few spins and got my initial thoughts down.

Recorded in their own Clear Sounds Studio between 1974 and 1975, the album we have here contains the music put together by Steve Marriott and Greg Ridley as a side project before Pie gained momentum again due to the classic albums ‘Eat It’ and ‘Smokin” taking hold in the U.S. As a result Pie regrouped with Dave ‘Clem’ Clempson and Jerry Shirley and the recordings were ultimately rejected by A&M.

Sounded great, but even glancing at the tracklisting that first time made me wonder if maybe this collection of “never-before-heard originals, (and) covers of songs recorded by the Beatles (“Rain”), Betty Wright (“Let Me Be Your Lovemaker”) and James Brown (“Think”)” was indeed something new.

I mean re=recorded versions of ‘Rain’ and “Let Me Be Your Lovemaker’ were both on the bands 1975 album ‘Street Rats’ then as soon as the metaphorical ‘needle hit the groove’ I realised that this album hasn’t exactly languished in the vaults since 1975 – I already had a copy of it titled ‘Running With the Pack’ which saw release on Alchemy Entertainment a mere 20 years ago in 1999! Not only that the Alchemy release also contained four live tracks from what was then at the time Humble Pie’s last show in the States in 1973.

Of course if you’re a ‘Pie’ fan then you’ll still be interested if you haven’t picked up that prior release (or the limited edition reissue on the same label in 2003). The sessions (or demos as Alchemy perhaps more correctly called them) feature the line-up of Steve Marriott, Greg Ridley, Dave ‘Clem’ Clempson, and Jerry Shirley, and do see the band focussing more on the Rhythm and Blues and Soul aspects of their sound than the harder edged Rock.

Notwithstanding the fact that these sessions are 50% covers (and you have to remember that Pie were the masters of taking a song and twisting it to make it their own), there is some great material here.

After the blazin’ funk of ‘Think’ which to me just reconfirms that Marriott had one of the best soul voices out there come the soulful  ‘This Ol’ World’ and ‘Midnight Of My Life’ which do suggest a more soulful future for the Pie. But it’s  Betty Wright’s ‘Let Me Be Your Lovemaker’ that really outshines here – all blues fueled hard rocking bluster that sees Ridley take lead vocal (‘Street Rats’ sees and even heavier version of the song).

The Beatles ‘Rain’ gets the party treatment and the best original here – ‘Snakes & Ladders’ returns to the hard rock, and ‘Good Thing’ adds more blues, before the emotion, piano and blues of the again Ridley sung ‘A Minute Of Your Time.’ We close with a funky rocker from Marriott ‘Charlene’ and an instrumental take on the song that kicked us off in ‘Think 2.’

Oddly despite the line-up at the time the cover shot of this ‘re-issue’ prominently features Peter Frampton (who left the band four years before this album was recorded) rather than ‘Clem’ Clempson who replaced him in the band, it’s rather poor form from the label.

The big mystery of course is why this album was shelved in the first place as it’s just as good as the albums that followed it.

01. Think
02. This Ol' World
03. Midnight of My Life
04. Let Me Be Your Lovemaker
05. Rain
06. Snakes & Ladders
07. Good Thing
08. A Minute of Your Time
09. Charlene
10. Think 2


sábado, 20 de abril de 2019

Chris Jagger's Atcha! - Act of Faith

Chris Jagger's Atcha! - Act of Faith 2006

From Amazon
Chris Jagger s ATCHA, the uncrowned kings of the British roots scene re-release their SPV Blue Label album 'Act Of Faith' . Dominated by Chris s ironic, pointed songwriting the album clearly confirms the band's position amongst the best of the early swamp blues, Cajun and roots rock exponents. Between the drifty Cajun rock songs and the thunderous blues numbers, 'Act Of Faith' exhibits bawdy New Orleans funk ('15% Extra') and country/zydeco ('Got Me Where You Want Me') with just the right amount of swing. 'Act of Faith' includes the song 'DJ Blues', the first ever recorded duet of the Jagger brothers, and on 'Junkman' Pink Floyd's David Gilmour shines with acutely atmospheric guitar play.

01. It's Amazing (What People Throw Away)
02. Got Me (Where You Want Me)
03. 15% Extra Free!
04. DJ Blues
05. On The Road
06. Junkman
07. Cream In My Coffee
08. Everybody Party
09. Love Is Strange
10. She's A Jewel
11. Baby Come Back
12. Rain Rain
13. Nahanni River

Chris Jagger - Vocals & Guitar
Jim Mortimore - Guitar
Paul Emile - Bass
Malcolm Mortimore - Drums
Charlie Hart - Accordion, Fiddle 


quarta-feira, 17 de abril de 2019

Gregg Alexander - Michigan Rain

Gregg Alexander - Michigan Rain - 1989

From Wikipedia
Michigan Rain is the debut album from Gregg Alexander, released in 1989. The album was originally supposed to be titled "Save Me from Myself", but the title was changed at the last minute, because, as Alexander explained, "the cover was me standing on a bridge with a broken mirror on my wrist and it was before the suicide chic thing." In The Neighborhood was released as a single, backed with Don't Cry, Mrs. Davis.

"Michigan Rain" was later rerecorded for his 1992 album Intoxifornication. The album also featured an extended mix of Save Me From Myself, and identically reprised tracks "Loving You Sets Me Free", "Cruel With Me" and "The World We Love So Much".

The album was not very successful on release, being a minor hit in Italy. Despite Alexander's later success with New Radicals, Michigan Rain was taken out of print when he was dropped from A&M, and has long been rare and out of print. It is also the only one of his albums to have been released on vinyl, though CD and cassette versions were also produced.

01. In the Neighborhood
02. Michigan Rain
03. Loving You Sets Me Free
04. Cruel with Me
05. Save Me from Myself
06. Ev'ry Now and Then
07. Don't Cry Mrs. Davis
08. Sinner Times Ten
09. Five and Dimes and Petty Crimes
10. The World We Love So Much

Gregg Alexander - Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Ben Schultz, Michael Landau - Guitar
Rick Nowels - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards. Piano, Background Vocals
John Pierce - Bass
Charles Judge - Keyboards, Acoustic Piano
Rudy Richman, Denny Fongheiser, Kenny Aronoff - Drums
N'Dea Davenport, Laura Harding, David Munday, Robbie Seidman, Sandy Stewart, Maria Vidal - Background Vocals


quinta-feira, 11 de abril de 2019

Tommy Emmanuel & John Knowles - Heart Songs

Tommy Emmanuel & John Knowles - Heart Songs - 2019

Heart Songs is an album comprised of songs about love and played directly from the hearts of Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles. The two CGP’s took some of their favorite classic songs about love and rearranged them into something really special. On the guitar, Emmanuel got to emulate some of his favorite singers like Hank Williams, Michael McDonald, Billy Joel, and Bonnie Raitt. There are Broadway numbers like “Somewhere" from West Side Story and "Where Is Love" from Oliver!. There are also some original songs like "After Paris" by Knowles and "Eva Waits” by Emmanuel. 

Recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, Heart Songs features arrangements of Hank Williams’ "Cold, Cold Heart,"  the Bee Gees’ "How Deep Is Your Love," Billy Joel’s "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" and Michael McDonald’s "I Can Let Go Now" among its 14 tracks.

Said McDonald about the cover of “I Can Let Go Now,” "To hear a master like Tommy Emmanuel interpret any song is a joyous and emotional experience to say the least. To hear such a master perform one of your own compositions is the experience of a lifetime. One for which I'll be forever be grateful."

Said Emmanuel about the album, "A 'heart song' is really a love song. Love has many facets—love of family, romantic love. So we started there and then looked for melodies that could be played with heart."

Added Knowles, "And we tried to choose songs that people have heard. So that when they hear them, even though we're not singing or they may not know all the words, they have a connection to these songs in their own hearts."

Regarding their playing on the album, Emmanuel said, "It was a wakeup call to not overplay, to be respectful and serve the music properly.”

“When you're being respectful to the melody, you're also respecting the listener's previous experience with that song," said Knowles. "We play into their expectations while at the same time surprising them now and then."

01. Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams)
02. How Deep Is Your Love (The Bee Gees)
03. I Can't Stop Loving You (Don Gibson)
04. Somewhere (Leonard Bernstein from West Side Story)
05. I Can Let Go Now (Michael McDonald)
06. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) (Billy Joel)
07. After Paris (John Knowles)
08. Walkin' My Baby Back Home (Roy Turk & Fred Ahlert)
09. I Can't Make You Love Me (Allen Shamblin & Michael Reid)
10. Where Is Love (Lionel Bart)
11. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (Bobby Russell & Bobby Scott)
12. Eva Waits (Tommy Emmanuel)
13. Turning Home (Live)
14. How Deep Is Your Love (Live)


domingo, 7 de abril de 2019

Steve Ellis' Love Affair ‎– Last Tango In Bradford

Steve Ellis' Love Affair ‎– Last Tango In Bradford - 2003

Steve Ellis first began singing in a band at the age of 15. The band were called Soul Survivors, initially gate crashing weddings, youth clubs and barmitzva`s in north London on the pretence that they were booked to perform. When the band improved substantially they began to play venues such as The Marquee, The Flamingo, Tiles and Mod clubs in Brighton, Clacton and Soul clubs in Manchester, Stoke etc.

After the bands first release on Decca Records, they moved on to CBS and became one of the most successful British pop acts of the late `60s, under their new name "Love Affair", and had a string of hit records.

01. On The Road Again
02. Hush
03. Back In Your Arms
04. Handbags And Gladrags
05. Bringing On Back The Good Times - A Day Without Love
06. If I Could Only Be Sure
07. Gimme Some Lovin’
08. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg/ Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) / Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
09. The Love You Save
10. Rainbow Valley / Everlasting Love
11. Out Of Time


quarta-feira, 3 de abril de 2019

Patrick Campbell-Lyons - The 13 Dali's

Patrick Campbell-Lyons - The 13 Dali's - 2010

Patrick Campbell-Lyons is a composer and musician who is one half of the cult symphonic-rock band, Nirvana, formed in London in 1967. Campbell-Lyons was part of the West London music scene from the early 1960s playing in several bands. He was the vocalist and a founder member of a locally-popular R&B band Second Thoughts whose lineups included future record producer Chris Thomas, Thunderclap Newman founder/drummer Speedy Keen and two future members of prog-rock band Jade Warrior (Jon Field and Tony Duhig). Second Thoughts split up in late 1965 and after a year living in Sweden, Campbell-Lyons returned to London in late 1966.

In early 1967 he formed Nirvana with Greek musician Alex Spyropoulos. The duo (augmented in the studio and live by a floating line-up of session musicians) created a series of critically acclaimed baroque, orchestrated albums before disbanding in the early 1970s.

01. A Prayer Before a Kiss
02. Falling
03. Murderland
04. Unforgiven
05. Live and Let Die
06. Address Book
07. Reach
08. Galway to Graceland
09. Sunset City
10. Sad Song
11. Nothing Changes
12. Flowers for Friday
13. All I Do Is For You

Patrick Campbell-Lyons - Vocals
Steve Carlton - Guitars
Louis Maldonado - Psychedelic Guitars
Alex Chappelow - Pedal Steel Guitar
Heidi Stotesbury - Bass
Sean Kavenagh - Drums, Percussion
Alex Spyropoulos, Vuyellwa Njoonge - backing vocals


sábado, 30 de março de 2019

Mike Baggetta, Jim Keltner & Mike Watt - Wall of Flowers

Mike Baggetta, Jim Keltner & Mike Watt - Wall of Flowers  - 2019 

New York guitarist Mike Baggetta’s new album, Wall of Flowers, features bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, Iggy Pop and the Stooges) and drummer Jim Keltner (John Lennon, George Harrison, Gábor Szabó, etc.). (Stephen Hodges—who’s worked with Mavis Staples, Tom Waits, and David Lynch—sits in for the latter at this live gig.) That’s mucho firepower for a musician many probably haven’t heard of. The thing is, Wall of Flowers doesn’t really sound like any of the artists with whom Watt and company have played. Rather, the album’s eight tracks spangle, clang, and shimmer in the noirish-jazz/no-wave nexus where Joe Morris, Robert Quine, and Robert Fripp at his mellowest and most minimal dwell. What I mean is, there’s no way this won’t be great.

01. Hospital Song (Intro)
02. Hospital Song
03. Blue Velvet (Solo)
04. I Am Not a Data Point
05. Of Breads and Rivers
06. Dirty Smell of Dying
07. Blue Velvet
08. Wall of Flowers


segunda-feira, 25 de março de 2019

JD SIMO - Off At 11

JD SIMO - Off At 11 - 2019

By Mike O’Cull
Guitarist/vocalist JD Simo has received a lot of well-deserved glory as of late for his soulful and energetic take on Second Generation blues/rock. Simo’s sound is based in the spirit of the late 60s but infused with the intensity of a rising star of today. His first solo album, Off At 11, out March 1, 2019, skillfully blends classic blues, rock, and psychedelic influences into songs and performances that are the equal of his inspirations. JD Simo stands on the shoulders of giants and takes his art to a whole new level. He has the grit and groove of Stevie Ray Vaughn at his best but folds in the improvisational spaciousness of the Dead, Allmans, and Butterfield’s East-West. The end result feels like a new giant walking the Earth in our present moment.

Off At 11 is only eight songs total but JD Simo demonstrates a masterful command of tone and phrasing on each one. His solos are duets with the open air and he never goes over the edge into the getting-paid-by-the-note power wanking that often occurs when blues and rock guitar collide. Instead, Simo has that Miles-type thing where the only notes he plays are the right ones and the silence between them matters more than the pitches themselves. This is still rock music but it’s the kind that hypnotizes, not the kind that attacks.

The set opens with a slow and heavy trip through Little Walter’s “Boom Boom Out Go The Lights.” Simo’s tone and vocals reveal the true threat of the lyrics in a dramatic way that’s much more pent-up than the party-down Pat Travers’ version most people are used to hearing. It’s evident from the first bar that this isn’t the typical power trio record. The title track, “Off At 11,” is up next and immediately launches into a full-on space jam situation that leaves the pentatonic boundaries of the blues behind, crashes through the Allman Brothers, and winds up hanging out in a bar somewhere with Jerry Garcia, John McLaughlin, and early Zeppelin. It’s the kind of cut that can only go down live and JD Simo, drummer Adam Abrashoff, and bassist Andraleia Buch delver it like flowing water. The three players make an able, flexible improvisational unit that’s a pleasure to behold.

01. Boom, Boom, Out Go The Lights
02. Off At 11
03. You Need Love
04. I Got Love If You Want It
05. Temptation
06. Mind Trouble
07. Sweet Little Angel
08. Accept

Simo - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Bass (6)
Luke Easterling - Bass
Adam Abrashoff - Drums


sábado, 23 de março de 2019

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady - Bear's Sonic Journals - Before We Were Them

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady - Bear's Sonic Journals - Before We Were Them - 2019

This live concert recording features recently discovered and previously unreleased music from Jefferson Airplane s fabled guitar and bass players before they became known as Hot Tuna. Jorma and  Jack are joined by Joey Covington on drums, and this intense, hard-driving muscle trio creates a ssonic landscape to rival Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. This is essential listening for fans of  Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane, with more than 70 minutes of music, including versions of the classic blues songs Rock Me Baby and Come Back Baby, as well as the familiar Airplane tune Star Track. 

Additionally, the set list includes 4 fully-formed, rare songs that were named by Jorma and Jack for the first time for this release.

01. Rock Me Baby (B.B. King)
02. Turnaround (Casady, Kaukonen)
03. Star Track (Kaukonen)
04. Through The Golden Gate (Casady, Kaukonen)
05. Come Back Baby (Walter Davis)
06. Through The Grove (Casady, Kaukonen)
07. Inspiration In The Hall Of Arrivals (Bonus Track June 27) (Casady, Kaukonen)

Jorma Kaukonen - Guitar, Vocals
Jack Casady - Bass
Joey Covington - Drums


quarta-feira, 20 de março de 2019

Gayle McCormick - Gayle McCormick (re-re-post)

Gayle McCormick- Gayle McCormick- 1971

from wikipedia
Gayle McCormick was born in St. Louis on the 26th of November 1948 (Died March, 1, 2016). Gayle attended Pattonville High in St. Louis and sang high soprano with the Suburb Choir, a 150-voice unit that performed annually with the St. Louis Symphony. Her recording and performing career stretched from 1965 to 1976. McCormick had started her career singing songs by Tina Turner and Etta James.

In 1969 Smith was formed in Los Angeles, California, their first album entitled "A Group Called Smith," featured Gayle McCormick as the primary vocalist. Smith mainly played and recorded covers of pop and soul songs and made the top ten with a remake of "Baby It's You", a previous hit for The Shirelles, was also featured in Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse film Death Proof.

After the group disbanded, McCormick went on to record three solo albums. In the fall of 1971, her performance of "It's A Cryin' Shame" charted at #44.

01. It's A Cryin' Shame
02. Superstar
03. C'est La Vie
04. Natural Woman
05. You Really Got A Hold On Me
06. Rescue Me
07. If Only You Believe
08. Save Me
09. Everyting Has Got To Be Free
10. Gonna Be Alright Now

+@320 (CD reissued 2008) *****

domingo, 17 de março de 2019

NRBQ - NRBQ (Repost)

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


terça-feira, 5 de março de 2019

VA - Midnight Rider - A Tribute To The Allman Brothers Band

VA - Midnight Rider - A Tribute To The Allman Brothers Band - 2014

from AMG
This 12-song collection, helmed and herded by Florida guitarist John Wesley, features new performances of some of the band’s classic songs, including “Midnight Rider,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Ramblin’ Man,” and “Whippin’ Post” done by a host of guitarists and singers, Ronnie Earl, Debbie Davies, Eli Cook, Eric Gales, Pat Travers, among them. It's fine as a tribute, but only underscores how influential and unique the Allman Brothers Band always was. Nothing tops the ABB versions of these songs, which really should come as no big surprise to anybody.

01. Midnight Rider - Pat Travers
02. Ramblin` Man - The Oak Ridge Boys, Tinsley Ellis & Kevin McKendree
03. Melissa - Molly Hatchet
04. Blue Sky - Artimus Pyle Band
05. Whipping Post - Jimmy Hall & Steve Morse
06. Jessica - Jim Eshelman, Roy Rogers & John Wesley
07. One Way Out - Robben Ford & Martin Gerschwitz
08. Soulshine - Debbie Davis & Melvin Seals
09. Statesboro Blues - Eli Cook
10. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed - Eric Gales
11. Southbound - Commander Cody, Sonny Landreth
12. I'm No Angel - Ronnie Earl, Leon Russell & Reese Wynans


sexta-feira, 1 de março de 2019

Arthur Lee and Love - Live In Paris (Re-Post)

Arthur Lee and Love - Live In Paris - 1992

Recorded in Paris at the Theater L'Européen on April 27, 1992, this live album is a testimony of the return of Arthur Lee (Frontman of the legendary Love of Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s) on the front of the stage at the beginning of the 90s.

01. A House is Not a Motel
02. Alone Again
03. Stephanie Knows
04. Orange Skies
05. She Comes in Colours
06. Signed D.C
07. My Little Red Book
08. Seven & Seven is
09. Passing By
10. The Daily Planet
11. Your Mind And We Belong Together
12. Hey Joe

Arthur Lee - Vocals, Guitar
John Head - Guitar (2)
Michael Head - Guitar
Peter Wilkinson - Bass
Ian Templeton - Drums


domingo, 24 de fevereiro de 2019

Nirvana - Rainbow Chaser The 60s Recordings (The Island Years)

Nirvana - Rainbow Chaser The 60s Recordings (The Island Years) - 2018

By Matt Mead from Lowderthanwar.com

Psychedelic trailblazers of the ’60s, Nirvana were a remarkable outfit. One that thought nothing of going to the edge and jumping straight off into the artistic unknown. They were the first band signed to the Island label. They were the only UK act to ever perform live with Salvador Dali. They released what is generally considered to be the first concept album. They were the first to use an electric cello on a rock album, and among the first to use phasing as a production technique.

But that doesn’t even begin to tell the remarkable tale of this cult symphonic-rock band – essentially a duo of Irishman Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Greek musician Alex Spyropoulos. Following a chance meeting in London during the summer of 1965, they took a long, strange trip together, united by their backgrounds. Says Campbell-Lyons, “The Greek and the Celt had an unwritten, unexplainable, unconditional awareness and understanding of what was going down.”

This double-CD set brings together the first two Nirvana albums – The Story Of Simon Simopath & All of Us or, to give it its full title (take a deep breath) The Existence of Chance Is Everything and Nothing While the Greatest Achievement Is the Living of Life, and so Say ALL OF US – featuring 52 tracks with 27 previously unreleased out-takes, demos and alternative versions. Rainbow Chaser was their biggest hit, while Tiny Goddess was a big favourite of John Peel’s and French chanteuse Francoise Hardy had a hit throughout Europe with her version.

Bonus tracks include songs from their third album Dedicated To Markos III (recorded for Island but released by Pye), including the epic Love Suite which was sampled by DJ Shadow on his Endtroducing album for the track Stem. DJ Shadow is not the only famous fan of Nirvana’s work – Salvador Dali, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Cliff and the Everly Brothers were admirers too.

The quality of these recordings is second to none – Patrick and Alex insisted on recruiting the best players and voices in the studio. With arrangements under the guidance of conductor Syd Dale accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra, many of Nirvana’s recordings featured legendary UK session stalwarts Clem Cattini on drums, Alan Parker (guitar), Herbie Flowers (bass), Alan Hawkshaw on organ plus the vocal talents of Sunny and Sue Wheetman (who also appeared on Joe Cocker’s With A Little Help From My Friends), Lesley Duncan, Kay Garner and Madeline Bell.

The prolific Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones/Traffic/Spooky Tooth) contributed, working alongside Island Records founder Chris Blackwell on production duties and playing drums on Tiny Goddess, while studio wizards Tony Visconti (Bowie/T.Rex) and Muff Winwood (Spencer Davis Group/Sparks) added sonic flourishes to Nirvana’s already enchanting sound.

Nirvana’s debut album, The Story Of Simon Simopath – regarded as the first narrative concept album – was the tale of a boy who, unpopular at school, dreamed of growing wings to escape from reality. When he becomes an adult he has a nervous breakdown and ends up boarding a rocket, where he befriends a centaur and a tiny goddess called Magdalena. She works at the Pentecost Hotel, and the two fall in love and get married… and you can’t get more Prog Rock than that.

Their second album,  All of Us, was recorded in 1968 and released in August that year. A step forward from their debut LP and spawning the classic single Rainbow Chaser, it is widely regarded as a psych-pop classic. Listening to them today, Nirvana’s music sounds as fascinating and informed as it did in the late ’60s and their influence continues to this day.

CD 1
01. Wings Of Love
02. Lonely Boy
03. We Can Help You
04. Satellite Jockey
05. In The Courtyard Of The Stars
06. You Are Just The One
07. Pentecost Hotel
08. I Never Had A Love Like This Before
09. Take This Hand
10. 1999
11. I Believe In Magic
12. Feelin' Shattered
13. Flashbulb
14. C Side In Ocho Rios
15. Requiem To John Coltrane
16. Lonely Boy (Instrumental Version)
17. I Never Had A Love Like This Before (Instrumental Version)
18. Tiny Goddess (1967 Version)
19. Life Ain't Easy (Mono)
20. Goodbye Baby Bunting
21. Omnibus
22. Oscar (Oh! What A Performance) (Long Version #1)
23. Oscar (Oh! What A Performance) (Long Version #2) [feat. Spooky Tooth]
24. Goodbye Baby Bunting (Demo)
25. City Of The South (Instrumental Version)
26. Trapeze (Demo)
27. Darling Darlane (Long Version - Take 3)

CD 2
01. Rainbow Chaser
02. Tiny Goddess
03. The Touchables (All Of Us)
04. Melanie Blue
05. Trapeze
06. The Show Must Go On
07. Girl In The Park
08. Miami Masquerade
09. Frankie The Great
10. You Can Try It
11. Everybody Loves The Clown
12. St John's Wood Affair
13. Oh! What A Performance
14. Darling Darlane
15. Rainbow Chaser (Alternate Version)
16. The Touchables (All Of Us) (Instrumental Version)
17. The Show Must Go On (Bouzouki Version)
18. Frankie The Greqat (Alternative Version Take 6)
19. You Can Try It (Alternative Take)
20. Everybody Loves The Clown (Alternative Take)
21. The Touchables (All Of Us) (Female Vocal Version)
22. Excerpt From "The Blind & The Beautiful" (Alternative Take)
23. 15:41 21/02/201915:41 21/02/201915:41 21/02/2019Black Flower (Alternative Take)
24. Love Suite (Instrumental Version)
25. Melanie Blue (2017 Version)


quinta-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2019

Slim Chance - New Cross Road

Slim Chance - New Cross Road - 2018

Slim Chance, the band formed by the late great Ronnie Lane soon after he quit the Faces is releasing an outstanding new album ‘New Cross Road’ on their own label, Fishpool Records distributed by Cargo Records in November 2018. 

The band has been active for 7 years championing and adding to Ronnie’s legendary musical legacy and this is their third album since then. Over that time their work has received widespread critical acclaim and delighted Slim Chance fans throughout the country. 

Original members, Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson are joined by three top class musicians: Brendan O’Neill on drums, Billy Nicholls (ex Who) acoustic guitar and vocals, and Bob Dylan’s favourite, the phenomenal Geraint Watkins, on keys and vocals. 

The new album features four songs of Ronnie’s including a classic version of ‘Debris’, a Pete Townshend approved version of ‘Squeezebox’, and some fine originals from the band one of which, ‘Flossie Lane’, was written in honour of Ronnie’s namesake the notorious Shropshire publican. 

01. Let’s Go Home
02. Flossie Lane
03. Chicken Wired
04. Annie
05. Squeezebox
06. Debris
07. Kew
08. Mr. Jones
09. Spiritual Babe
10. Roll The Dice


sexta-feira, 15 de fevereiro de 2019

Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel (DeLuxe)

Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel - 2018 

Richard Ashcroft is following the Gallagher brothers’ solo efforts of 2017 with his own album, Natural Rebel. It’s the former Verve frontman’s followup to his 2016 comeback record These People, which saw him tackle everything from war and revolution to internet trolls. Natural Rebel, sadly, is paint-by-numbers singer-songwriting. For a 10-track album (12 this version), it feels hideously overindulgent – only two songs fall under the four-minute mark, and those still feel drawn out by plodding, bog-standard riffs. 

01. All My Dreams
02. Birds Fly
03. Surprised by the Joy
04. That's How Strong
05. Born to Be Strangers
06. That's When I Feel It
07. We All Bleed
08. A Man in Motion
09. Streets of Amsterdam
10. Money Money
11. Rare Vibration
12. Guilded Halls


domingo, 10 de fevereiro de 2019

Derek Miller - Blues - Volume 1

Derek Miller - Blues - Volume 1

Derek takes a break from song writing on this album to pay homage to the Blues greats, and some of his favorite musicians overall.

He has hand-picked legendary tracks to cover such as Boom, Boom, Boom by John Lee Hooker, Hidden Charms by Howl’n Wolf and recorded by Willie Dixon.

Subsequently, Miller joins a rich list of others who have recorded this song such as Can-Con icon Colin James, Elvis Costello and Derek’s muse and musical inspiration Link Wray and the Raymen.

Have no fear Blues purists. Miller does nothing to these classic tracks that you will not like.

Rather than regurgitate a song that’s been learned and rehearsed, Miller owns his renditions. We hear it and feel it as the album progresses.

There is nothing inauthentic here. Derek is simply taking the inherent blood and blues breath inside him to record, for the record, a set of great blues songs for a new generation.

According to Derek, the Blues came to Six Nations through the adoption of the Tuscarora Nation when they brought the slave-based call and response work songs to the Haudenosaunee .

Other Six Nations musicians credit the Ongweoweh people themselves having influence over “Black-based” blues stating the traditional shuffle beat in our social dance songs is the root of the blues rhythm.


01 Hidden Charms
02 Boom Boom
03 I’m Ready
04 Champagne And Reefer
05 Baby, Please Don’t Go
06 Howlin’ For My Darlin’
07 My Babe
08 I Can’t Quit You Baby
09 My Weakness
10 Gimme Back My Wig

Derek Miller – Vocals, Guitars, Percussion
Ritchie Franzen – Bass
Andrew Mackay – Drums
Marty Miller – Back Vocals


sábado, 9 de fevereiro de 2019

Time is Passing

quarta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2019

Lee Harvey Osmond - Mohawk

Lee Harvey Osmond - Mohawk - 2019

by Kerry Doole
When the prolific Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) launched Lee Harvey Osmond as a solo project with A Quiet Evil in 2008, few could have predicted LHO would still be going strong a decade later.

They have yet to achieve the wider profile of those other outfits, but Mohawk, the fourth Lee Harvey Osmond record, confirms there's still plenty of pleasure to be gained from Wilson's bluesy and psychedelic takes on roots music. It is rather a misnomer to call LHO a solo venture, as Wilson has again surrounded himself with an A-list cast of Canadian peers, including his BARK rhythm section of Gary Craig and John Dymond, bassist Anna Ruddick, guitarists Bill Dillon and Aaron Goldstein, horn player Darcy Hepner, keyboardist Jesse O'Brien harmonica player Paul Reddick, and son Thompson Wilson, who co-wrote two songs here. The harmony vocals of Oh Susanna add texture and light to such tunes as "Whole Damn World" and "What I Loved About You."


01. Colours
02. Forty Light Years
03. BAM
04. Kingdom Come
05. Whole Damn World
06. Magic
07. Mohawk
08. Burn Of Love
09. A Common Disaster
10. What I Loved About You


sábado, 26 de janeiro de 2019

Glen Matlock ‎– Good To Go

Glen Matlock ‎– Good To Go - 2018

Former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock recruited old friends Earl Slick and Slim Jim Phantom for his solo album Good to Go,

“It’s a very simple kind of album,” Matlock told Rolling Stone in a new interview. “You could call it ‘loud skiffle.’ I was inspired to make it after seeing Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall a few years back. I’m no big fan of his, [but] the band was fantastic. I said to myself, ‘I want to do something like that.'”

In a press release, Matlock explained how Slick had brought a feel to the track “Speak Too Soon” that he believed Bowie would have been proud of. “It’s quite a departure for me. The basic chord structure is like ‘Spanish Harlem’ or ‘Stand by Me,’ juxtaposed with Earl’s Ebow guitar which is like something from Bowie’s ‘Heroes.’ The sustained sound in the background behind the guitar riff was Earl; it’s pretty off the wall. I said let’s go with it and he built it up.”

Matlock added that “it’s well known I like the Faces and a bit of Bob Dylan, and it’s all incorporated in there somewhere. What changes is the lyric. In the words of [John] Lennon, I’m writing for the kids that have grown up with me. ... When it comes to music, I like some actual music in the music. … It’s quite personal, but there are some tongue-in-cheek funny bits in it. I didn’t set out to write a Sex Pistols album and fail miserably.”

01. Won't Put The Brakes On Me
02. Wanderlust
03. Sexy Beast
04. Speak Too Soon
05. Piece Of Work
06. Hook In You
07. Montague Terrace (In Blue)
08. Cloud Cuckoo Land
09. Strange Kinda Taste
10. Chill
11. Couldn't Give A Damn
12. Keep On Pushing


terça-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2019

Climax Blues Band - Hands Of Time

Climax Blues Band - Hands Of Time - 2019

Hands of Time is the 21st album by Climax Blues Band, consisting of 13 new original songs, plus a bonus unreleased track ‘Getting There’ with the late Colin Cooper. It was recorded at Silk Mill Studios in Staffordshire, UK and is a mixture of bluesy funk, soul and jazz rock, all of the ingredients that have kept the band working for over 50 years.

The album has a fresher more modern feel to it than on previous releases and is being well received by the industry. You can hear a selection of the new songs played live by the band when they embark on their major UK & European tour staring in 2019 to promote the album’s release.

01. Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
02. Straight Down the Middle
03. What’s Your Name
04. Flood of Emotion
05. Top of the World
06. My Music
07. 17th Street Canal
08. Simple Song
09. The Cat
10. Hands of Time
11. Faith
12. Hard Luck
13. Wrong Time
14. Getting There (Bonus - Featuring Colin Cooper: Vocals & Sax)

George Glover - Keyboards
Lester Hunt - Guitar
Neil Simpson - Bass Guitar
Roy Adams - Drums
Graham Dee - Vocal
Chris Aldridge - Saxes


sexta-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2019

Davey Pattison- Pictures

Davey Pattison- Pictures - 2003

Davey Pattison is from Glasgow, Scotland and sings in the tradition of the great Scottish blues singers. He was formerly the lead singer with GAMMA (Ronnie Montrose) and ROBIN TROWER. This is his 2nd solo cd (his first is "Mississippi Nights"), and he has two currently out with Trower too. Davey has appeared on many cds with various artists such as Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG), Leslie West, Pete Sears, and blues legends such as John Lee Hooker

01. Waiting As Fast As I Can
02. Married To The Blues
03. Gypsy Woman's Got The Blues
04. Judas
05. I'm The Only (For Valerie)
06. John Lee, Jimmy Reed And Mississippi Fred
07. Pictures
08. Born To The House Of Blues
09. Wish
10. Just Who You Are
11. Mr. Henpecked
12. Blues At My Window
13. Hollywood
14. Wild Mountain Thyme (For Nell)