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