CARLA OLSON WITH TEXTONES AND WITH MICK TAYLOR
The Textones were one of the better bands to rise from the Los Angeles club scene in the late '70s and early '80s, but they were held back by what, paradoxically, was one of their most admirable qualities -- they were awfully hard to pigeonhole. The Textones were too beholden to rock tradition to fit in with the town's new wave scene, and too polished and poised for the speedy punk crowd; it's significant that original guitarist Kathy Valentine, a bit out of place in The Textones, would fare much better as a member of the Go-Go's. But they also sounded too lean and wiry to sit comfortably next to L.A.'s aging rock royalty, and leader Carla Olson's widely acknowledged enthusiasm for less celebrated rock heroes like Gene Clark and Mick Taylor (both of whom would eventually collaborate with her) made her seem too idiosyncratic for the mainstream audience. Add in some fervent leftist populism and an instrumental approach that sounded like an efficient, intelligent variant on heartland rock (complete with saxophone in the Springsteen manner by Tom Junior Morgan), and you get a group that could move a crowd without conveniently fitting any one particular demographic. The Textones' first full-length album, 1984's Midnight Mission, is also their best, the most effective blend of Carla Olson's impassioned vocals and principled songs with her bandmates' sleek but muscular attack that embraced folk rock and roots rock while adding a tuneful veneer that could have rocked the arenas if they'd had the right breaks. With the exception of the Bob Dylan cover "Clean Cut Kid," Olson penned the best songs on Midnight Mission, and her jangly guitar work meshed well with George Callins' chunkier sound, and Phil Seymour not only was a solid drummer and half of a fine rhythm section with bassist Joe Read, he was a superb harmony vocalist with Olson. A fine example of how the concision of the new wave helped inform other rock styles as well, Midnight Mission was also the album that made Carla Olson one of the cult heroines of the L.A. roots rock scene, and she's rarely merged form and content as well as she did on this album. Midnight Mission has also been credited to "Carla Olson & the Textones." This special re-issue includes five bonus tracks.
Pair all-time great blues-rock guitarist Mick Taylor with roots-rock chanteuse Carla Olson, throw in band members like Ian McLagan, Barry Goldberg and harmonica whiz John Luke Logan, and you had one hot combo, too hot, dare we say, for snakes! This deluxe reissue expands their 1990 live at the Roxy album with a number of tracks from Carla's various studio albums, all of 'em featuring Mick and all of 'em long out-of-print. We even unearthed an unreleased cut, an alternate version of 'Winter' that's over twice as long as the Rolling Stones' version on 'Goat s Head Soup' with much Mick guitar solo magic, and the rare, Japan-only track 'You Gotta Move' to up the temperature. And Stones fans wait 'til you hear the 7- minute version of 'Sway' (the original on Sticky Fingers faded out at 3:50 just when Mick was taking off)!
RORY GALLAGHER - Etched in Blue (1992) [Remaster 2004] & Meeting With The G-Man+ (2003)
Etched in Blue is a solid, if not exactly definitive, retrospective of Rory Gallagher's career that offers a fine introduction to the Irish blues star. Reissue of the late Irish rock guitarist's 1992 hits compwith live recordings of 'Too Much Alcohol', 'I Could HaveHad Religion' & 'Shin Kicker' added as bonus tracks, for atotal of 14 cuts.
TRACKS: 01. Loanshark Blues 02. Bought & Sold 03. Bad Penny 04. Cruise On Out 05. Crest Of A Wave 06. I'm Not Surprised 07. Unmilitary Two-Step 08. Alexis 09. Edged In Blue 10. They Don't Make Them Like You Any More 11. The Devil Made Me Do It 12. Too Much Alchohol (Live) 13. I Could Have Had Religion (Live) 14. Shin Kicker (Live)
Meeting with the G-Man+ is the RCA CD reissue of a live 1993 date in which the late Irish blues-rocker Rory Gallagher, late in his life, tore down the house in front of a large, completely unhinged, and adoring crowd. The beauty of this date is simply that Gallagher was still writing and recording new material and showcasing it on tour; he refused to be complacent and go the route of many of the guitar heroes of his generation by simply doing live shows comprised of hits. Therefore, much of the material here was new at the time, though a few classics are tossed in as well: killer versions of "Messin' with the Kid," "Ghost Blues," and "Mean Disposition." The 2003 CD reissue includes a complete remastering job, and includes no less than six previously unreleased acoustic performances placed in the center of the album -- the order they took in the set list - almost doubling its length. While the recording itself is raw and immediate, it is never less than full-on in spectrum, making for an unusually high-quality, raucous gig that captured the guitarist at full power. Highly recommended.
TRACKS: 01. Continental OP 02. Moonchild 03. Mean Disposition 04. The Loop 05. Don't Start Me Talkin 06. She Moved Through The Faire 07. Out On The Western Plain 08. William Of Green 09. Mercy River 10. Walking Blues 11. Don't Think Twice Its Alright 12. Ghost Blues 13. Messin With The Kid 14. La Bamba
PINK FLOYD & SYD BARRETT - An Introduction To Syd Barrett (2010)
When he died in 2006, after decades of cult-figure status and willful anonymity, Syd Barrett was arguably better known as the person who inspired one of Pink Floyd’s best albums, and not the man who once led and named them. Certainly, the fact that he put out two albums, even after (and/or during the continuation of) his epic—and archetypal—drug-induced disintegration has always seemed more of an afterthought than fans in the know find acceptable. Perhaps the release of An Introduction to Syd Barrett, a generous sampler of selections from those two albums, along with highlights from Pink Floyd’s debut, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and a handful of singles from 1967, will signal a long overdue reappraisal. When it comes to Barrett, it’s not so much a matter of whether the time is right. Syd was infamously unfashionable by 1970 (when both of his solo albums were released), and that music has always been difficult to attach to a particular time or place. While this fact ensured that the albums were marginalized and misunderstood then, they remain, as much as any pop music made four decades ago, timeless.
Pink Floyd: 01. Arnold Layne 02. See Emily Play 03. Apples And Oranges (Stereo Version) 04. Matilda Mother (2010 Mix) 05. Chapter 24 06. Bike
Syd Barrett: 07. Terrapin 08. Love You 09. Dark Globe 10. Here I Go (2010 Remix) 11. Octopus (2010 Mix) 12. She Took A Long Cool Look (2010 Mix) 13. If It's In You 14. Baby Lemonade 15. Dominoes (2010 Mix) 16. Gigolo Aunt 17. Effervescing Elephant 18. Bob Dylan Blues
ROGER WATERS - Amused to Death (1992) 
Roger Waters‘ Amused to Death, a guest-packed – and still very relevant – indictment of a screen-obsessed culture, is returning with a multi-format remastering. “I’m remembering the record from [more than] 20 years ago, that most of what I had to say then sadly still pertains today, and is maybe even more relevant to our predicament as people in 2015 even than it was in 1992,” Waters says in a press release announcing the reissue. Amused to Death, which was produced by Waters and Patrick Leonard, included guest turns by Jeff Beck (on seven tracks), Don Henley (“Watching TV”), Toto‘s Steve Lukather (three songs) and Jeff Porcaro (“It’s a Miracle”), Randy Jackson (“What God Wants, Part I and II”) and Rita Coolidge (“Amused to Death”). Regular collaborators like Andy Fairweather Low rounded out the lineup. This project also featured a reunion with arranger Michael Kamen, who also oversaw orchestrations on Pink Floyd’s 1979 blockbuster The Wall.
Pink Floyd member updates his 1992 solo album with new audio mix and artwork.
THE PRETTY THINGS - Balboa Island (2007) & he Sweet Pretty Things [Are In Bed Now, Of Course] (2015)
The Pretty Things are an English rock band from London, who originally formed in 1963. They took their name from Willie Dixon's 1955 song "Pretty Thing". Their most commercially successful period was the mid-1960s, although they continue to perform to this day. David Bowie covered two of their songs on his album Pin Ups.
Balboa Island is the legendary British Rock group The Pretty Things’ long awaited 11th studio album in a 43-year recording career. Their first CD release in over eight years, it is already regarded by many as on par with their very greatest 1960s and 70s recordings.
This surprise 2015 release is a timeless blast of everything that has made this band such an enduring enigma for the past 52 years. Everything, that is, apart from the blues! The Pretty Things, unlike a lot of their contemporaries, still seem perfectly comfortable with absolutely every mood they’ve embraced in a career that for many years mirrored the quickly changing times. Their no-nonsense early mid-60s rhythm ‘n’ blues burst was abruptly replaced by a period as pioneers of UK psychedelia, emerging as a tasteful but hard-hitting rock/pop outfit, before stumbling through splits and line-up changes back towards where they started. Being responsible for rock’s very first ‘rock-opera’ might seem a dubious boast these days but these guys, named after a Willie Dixon song, are as proud of ‘SF Sorrow’ as anything else they’ve done.
EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL - The Traveling Kind (2015)
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell met in 1974, but it took them until 2013's Grammy-winning set Old Yellow Moon to make a record together. The original duets on their follow-up range from heartbreak (Crowell's superb "No Memories Hanging 'Round") to social consciousness (the bluesy "The Weight of the World"). Harris' all-time great harmonies elevate Crowell's poetic lyrics on the mandolin-tinged title cut; the loose rocker "Bring It on Home to Memphis" and their rendition of Lucinda Williams' "I Just Wanted to See You So Bad" are highlights. Through it all, their creative partnership sounds stronger than ever.
The Traveling Kind follows the longtime friends' first duet album, 2013's Old Yellow Moon, which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards as well as two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year. The album also debuted at #4 on the Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Also featured are new renditions of previous Crowell cuts including "No Memories Hanging Around" as well as new interpretations of Lucinda Williams' "I Just Wanted to See You So Bad" and Amy Allison's "Her Hair Was Red."
TRACKS: 01. The Traveling Kind 02. No Memories Hanging Round 03. Bring It On Home To Memphis 04. You Can't Say We Didn't Try 05. The Weight Of The World 06. Higher Mountains 07. I Just Wanted To See You So Bad 08. Just Pleasing You 09. If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now 10. Her Hair Was Red 11. Le Danse De La Joie
ALBERT CUMMINGS - No Regrets (2012) & Someone Like You (2015)
Albert Cummings is an American blues musician who is currently signed to Blind Pig Records. He also runs a successful home construction business in his New England home. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy. Cummings started playing the five-string banjo at the age of twelve when his father's guitar was too big for his hands, and started learning basic chords and progressions. He later transitioned to playing guitar, being especially influenced in his college years by Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 1998, he walked into a Northeast Blues Society open jam, which led to Cummings’ winning the right to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. His first public guitar performance came in 2007, when he played at a wedding reception. In his late twenties he formed a band, Swamp Yankee, and in 1999 released an independently produced album, The Long Way. The trio spent two hours in a recording studio to record the nine songs for the album. His next recording, 2003 From the Heart, was issued as an album with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, known as being part of Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing rhythm section. Serving as the album's producers, they also arranged a deal to ensure wider distribution. Only Shannon remained as the bassist for Cummings' next album. Two years later, in 2006, Cummings recorded a fourth album with new band members. He caught the attention of Blind Pig Records, who signed him to a multi-album deal beginning in 2004. In 2008, Cummings released a live album Feels So Good, recorded at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts This album is controversial as some believe it to have clips of a late 1990s recording that took place at the Rum Boogie Café in Memphis, Tennessee. This recording included numerous artist from the delta south.
His 2012 album No Regrets debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada and France on the iTunes Blues Charts and at No. 5 on the Billboard blues charts. In a 2012 interview, he called it his No Regrets his "best album yet". In July 2015, Cummings released Someone Like You, a 12-track Blind Pig album produced by Los Angeles Grammy-winning David Z.
WARREN HAYNES featuring RAILROAD EARTH - Ashes & Dust (2015)
Thirty-five years in to his career, Warren Haynes returns home to the Appalachian mountains for "Ashes & Dust," a collaboration between the veteran jam-band guitarist and vocalist and the adventurous acoustic band Railroad Earth. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Haynes grew up in a center of bluegrass and mountain music. Yet he gained his reputation with his hard-charging, blues-rock band Gov't Mule; in a lengthy stint with the Allman Brothers Band; and occasional appearances with the Grateful Dead. Known for his beefy, adventurous solos, Haynes takes an earthier approach on "Ashes & Dust."
The collection includes a moody version "Coal Tattoo," the Billy Edd Wheeler classic on hard-working miners. Grace Potter duets with Haynes on a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman," which is both ethereal and muscular. Haynes brings in former Allman Brothers cohorts Oteil Burbridge on bass and Marc Quinones on percussion for "Spots of Time," the album's most expansive, jam-scene tune. It's not a surprise since Haynes co-wrote it with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Haynes has long been known for fitting into a variety of ensembles. "Ashes & Dust" expands that reputation, revealing just how wide-ranging his talents are.
GLENN FREY - Solo Collection (1995)
Glenn Frey is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. Frey played guitar with Eagles as well as piano and keyboards and sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight". After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'", and "Livin' Right". As a member of Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles have sold over 120 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. As a solo artist and with Eagles combined, Frey has released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
TRACKS: 01. This Way To Happiness 02. Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed 03. Common Ground 04. Call On Me 05. The One You Love 06. Sexy Girl 07. Smler's Blues 08. The Heat Is On 09. You Belong To The City 10. True Love 11. Soul Searchin' 12. Part Of Me, Part Of You 13. I've Got Mine 14. River Of Dreams 15. Rising Sun 16. Brave New World
RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS - Father's Day (2015)
Voted by The Blues Foundation as “Blues Guitarist of the Year” in 2014, guitar master Ronnie Earl and his band return with an even stronger package of music, his ninth album for the label. Added to Ronnie Earl’s spellbinding intensity and soulfulness on guitar, the presence of a horn section for the first time in decades on Father’s Day adds another dimension to his sound. Stony Plain also plans to release the album as a vinyl LP later this year. The 13 tracks on Father’s Day also feature two special guest vocalists throughout: Diane Blue, whose previous work with Earl created a sensation; and Chicago-based Michael Ledbetter, best known as lead singer of the Nick Moss band. Ledbetter is also a distant relative of the iconic Huddie William “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, whose 12-string blues style has influenced generations of blues, folk and rock musicians.
TRACKS: 01. It Takes Time 02. Higher Love 03. Right Place Wrong Time 04. What Have I Done Wrong 05. Giving Up 06. Every Night About This Time 07. Father's Day 08. I Need You So Bad 09. I'll Take Care Of You 10. Follow Your Heart 11. Moanin' 12. All Your Love 13. Precious Lord
MAVIS STAPLES - You Are Not Alone (2010) & One True Vine (2013)
Produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy at Wilco s studio The Loft, You Are Not Alone showcases the iconic singer at her most powerful and fervent. The album mixes traditional gospel numbers with two new songs written for Mavis by Tweedy, plus her unique interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton. You Are Not Alone is the thirteenth studio album by American gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples, released September 14, 2010 on ANTI- Records. It won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
TRACKS: 01. Don't Knock 02. You Are Not Alone 03. Downward Road 04. In Christ There Is No East Or West 05. Creep Along Moses 06. Losing You 07. I Belong To The Band-Hallelujah 08. Last Train 09. Only The Lord Knows 10. Wrote A Song For Everyone 11. We're Gonna Make It 12. Wonderful Savior 13. Too Close To Heaven
Coming off the huge success of her first collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy the Grammy winning You Are Not Alone Mavis Staples wanted to make their second album together both a continuation of the joyous spirit of the first, and an evolution. With new song offerings from Alan Sparhawk of Low, Nick Lowe, and three Tweedy originals, One True Vine is at once a darker and more uplifting album, anchored by reinventions of two 70s classics Funkadelic s "Can You Get to That?" and the Staples Singer s "I Like the Things About Me. " Tweedy and Staples have constructed a dense narrative arc, that starts with the literal soul searching of Sparhawk s "One Holy Ghost" and Tweedy s "Jesus Wept, " and then breaks wide open with Nick Lowe s soaring "Far Celestial Shores, " a song he wrote for Mavis after touring together with Wilco. After that, the album builds to full tent revival mode, as the dark night of the soul passes and joy arrives in the form of Mavis glorious voice. Closing out with Tweedy s rapturous title track, One True Vine truly builds on the promise of You Are Not Alone, and will delight the myriad fans discovering Mavis for the first time though her Grammy wins and performances, her White House performance in the tribute to Memphis Soul, and the glorious second act of this American icon.
TRACKS: 01. Holy Ghost 02. Every Step 03. Can You Get To That 04. Jesus Wept 05. Celestial Shores 06. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today 07. Sow Good Seeds 08. I Like The Things About Me 09. Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Jesus 10. One True Vine
JOHN DENVER - Back Home Again (1974) & DON WILLIAMS WITH POZO SECO - Spend Some Time With Me (2005)
Back Home Again is the eighth album by singer-songwriter John Denver released in June 1974. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" (#1 pop, #1 adult contemporary), and "Back Home Again" (#5 pop, #1 AC, #1 country). In addition, the studio versions of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Sweet Surrender" appear on this album. On the cover, John is shown with his then-wife Ann Martell.
TRACKS: 01. Back Home Again 02. On The Road 03. Grandma's Feather Bed 04. Matthew 05. Thank God I'm A Country Boy 06. The Music Is You 07. Annie's Song 08. It's Up To You 09. Cool An' Green And Shady 10. Eclipse 11. Sweet Surrender 12. This Old Guitar 13. Matthew (Alternative Version) 14. This Old Guitar (Alternative Take)
The Pozo-Seco Singers were a breakthrough folk trio, whose 1966 hit "Time" became an anthem for the growing folk music scene in America and abroad. The group's members, all from Corpus Christi, Texas, included Lofton Kline, Susan Taylor (now known as Taylor Pie), Russell Thornberry, Eben Wood and - one of Country music's biggest names - Don Williams. Recorded March, 1970, at Jack Clement Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
TRACKS: 01. Strawberry Fields/Something 02. Spend Some Time With Me 03. Take My Hand For A While 04. Storybook Children 05. In My Life 06. Ruby Tuesday 07. Comin' Apart 08. Apt. No.9 09. Always Something There To Remind Me 10. There's No Angel On My Shoulder 11. Follow Me Back To Louisville 12. Tears
WARREN HAYNES BAND - Live At The Moody Theater (2012)
Singer and guitarist Warren Haynes has served in some of the most devoted, generation - spanning live acts of all time - The Allman Brothers band, The Dead and Gov’t Mule. As a solo artist, Haynes has done pretty well for himself, too. After the release of only his second solo studio album, Man in Motion, Haynes performed an epic live set in Austin, Texas full of old hits, new tracks, covers and special guest appearances. Stax/Concord Music Group has just released a three-disc (two CDs and one DVD) package entitled Warren Haynes Band: Live At The Moody Theater featuring both sets of the entire two-and-a-half-hour show.
An exclusive live bonus CD of acoustic Warren Haynes performances from the 2011 tour. This bonus disc also includes the three tracks that are only on the DVD portion of Live At The Moody Theater, which are Power & The Glory from the show itself, and Patchwork Quilt & Hattiesburg Hustle from Soundcheck/Rehearsal that same day.
DISC 1: 01. Man In Motion 02. River's Gonna Rise 03. Sick Of My Shadow 04. A Friend To You 05. On A Real Lonely Night 06. Invisible 07. Take A Bullet 08. Hattiesburg Hustle 09. Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
DISC 2: 01. Frozen Fear 02. Dreaming The Same Dream 03. Pretzel Logic 04. Fire In The Kitchen 05. A Change Is Gonna Come 06. Spanish Castle Magic 07. WHB Intro 08. Tear Me Down 09. Your Wildest Dreams 10. Soulshine
BONUS DISC: 01. River's Gonna Rise [Acoustic] 02. A Friend To You [Acoustic] 03. Sick of My Shadow [Acoustic] 04. Man In Motion [Acoustic] 05. Listen to the Lion [Acoustic] 06. Soulshine [Acoustic] 07. Power & The Glory 08. Patchwork Quilt [From Soundcheck] 09. Hattiesburg Hustle [From Rehearsal]
BOB DYLAN - Good As I Been To You (1992)
"Good As I Been To You" released in early November 1992 took a lot of people by surprise, but in retrospect it was the logical move for Dylan to make. His first fully acoustic album since 1964's "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" this stripped to the bone collection of folk and blues standards came about almost by accident.
"It happened by chance. I needed a short time to record these songs; these songs are really important to me, followed me during all these years so I treated them as if they were my songs, not like covers. It took a short time, you know these are folk songs and do not need too many ornaments." - Bob Dylan 1993
The feeling among most reviewers, whether favourable or not, was that Dylan as a writer was a spent force, and the release of "World Gone Wrong" a year later would only strengthen this belief. It would only be with "Time Out Of mind" in 1997 that he would once again be recognised as the foremost lyricist of the rock era.
TRACKS: 01. Frankie & Albert 02. Jim Jones 03. Blackjack Davey 04. Canadee-I-O 05. Sittin On Top Of The World 06. Little Maggie 07. Hard Times 08. Step It Up And Go 09. Tomorrow Night 10. Authur McBride 11. You're Gonna Quit Me 12. Diamond Joe 13. Froggie Went A Courtin
RUSSELL MORRIS - Retrospective (1978)
Russell Morris is an Australian singer/songwriter, who had five Australian top ten singles during the late 1960s and early 1970s. His career started at the age of eighteen, in September 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody's Image. The band came to the notice of local music identity Ian Meldrum, who convinced Morris to leave the band and pursue a solo career. Meldrum, as his manager/producer, spent unprecedented hours and money to create a seven-minute production extravaganza around a song called "The Real Thing". Once the result was released to shocked radio programmers (who had never been asked to play such a long Australian single before), it was up to Morris' personality, singing and performing talents to make the record work. It reached Australia's number one spot in June 1969 and without any promotional support, reached number one in Chicago, Houston, and New York. "The Real Thing" is now considered one of the very best psychedelic rock singles produced in the 1960s.
TRACKS: 01. Hide & Seek (Somebody's Image) 02. The Real Thing 03. Part 3 Into Paper Walls 04. Only a Matter of Time 05. The Girl That I Love 06. You On My Mind 07. Boom Town 08. Rachel 09. Mr. America 10. Sweet Sweet Love 11. Live With Friends 12. O Helly 13. Jail Jonah's Daughter 14. Alcohol Farm 15. The Wings of an Eagle
APHRODITE'S CHILD - 666 (1971) & The Singles+ (2003)
Formed in 1967 by keyboard player Vangelis, the band also featured Demis Roussos on bass and vocals and Lucas Sideras on drums. This set from the BR imprint is essentially the same as Polygram International's Collection from 1995. The sequence of Singles is slightly altered, and it includes live versions of "End of the World" and "Lontano Dagli Occhi", as well as the studio track "Pathenon", but other than that the two releases are identical. Both offer the hit singles "Rain and Tears" and "Break", as well as a run through the group's Mediterranean take on psychedelia and highlights of 1972's high-concept 666 - widely considered to be Aphrodite's Child's finest hour.
Formed in 1967 by keyboard player Vangelis, the band also featured Demis Roussos on bass and vocals and Lucas Sideras on drums. This set from the BR imprint is essentially the same as Polygram International's Collection from 1995. The sequence of Singles is slightly altered, and it includes live versions of "End of the World" and "Lontano Dagli Occhi", as well as the studio track "Pathenon", but other than that the two releases are identical. Both offer the hit singles "Rain and Tears" and "Break", as well as a run through the group's Mediterranean take on psychedelia and highlights of 1972's high-concept 666 - widely considered to be Aphrodite's Child's finest hour.
THE BEATLES - 1 (2000) & V.A. - Step Inside Love: A Jazzy Tribute To The Beatles (2007)
1 is a compilation album by The Beatles, originally released on 13 November 2000. The album features virtually every number-one single released in the United Kingdom and United States from 1962 to 1970 by the Beatles. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band's break-up, it was their first compilation available on one compact disc. 1 was a commercial success, and topped the charts worldwide. 1 has sold over 31 million copies. In addition, 1 is the fourth best-selling album in the U.S. since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking U.S. album sales in January 1991, and the best-selling album of the decade in the US from 2000 to 2009, as well as the best selling album of the decade worldwide. Before 1, all 27 songs were available mainly in two remastered CD versions. First on the respective Beatles albums released in 1987 (as well as Past Masters, Volume One and Past Masters, Volume Two, released in 1988). The second remastering was made available on the CD versions for 1962–1966 and 1967–1970 (released in 1993). The songs on 1 were remastered specifically for the release in 2000. According to the liner notes of the album, the original analogue masters were "digitally remastered at 24 bits resolution, processed using Sonic Solutions NoNoise technology and mastered to 16 bit using Prism SNS Noise Shaping." The remastering was overseen by Peter Mew of Abbey Road Studios and took place there. 1 was remastered and reissued in September 2011.
For a label like ESC, that has a reputation as a leader in Jazz and Fusion, this 2007 release may seem like a strange idea. This collection of independent artists covering songs by pop most legendary band The Beatles seems diverse at first sight. Only a few artists successfully record quality versions of songs by the Beatles; it is a rare and risky proposition. Not here: these 25 extraordinary tracks are unique enough to separate themselves from the pack, but still are accessible. Included are established ESC recording artists, well known musicians and great new exciting talents.
JOAN ARMATRADING - Love & Affection (1996)
Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. As a three-time Grammy Award-nominee, Armatrading was nominated twice for BRIT Awards as Best Female Artist. She also received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996. In a recording career spanning 40 years, Armatrading has released 18 studio albums, as well as several live albums and compilations.
Love and Affection is a 39-track, double-disc retrospective of Joan Armatrading's entire 20-year history with A&M, containing nearly all of her best material, from hit singles like "Show Some Emotion" and the title track to important album tracks. For casual fans wanting a more detailed and comprehensive compilation than a single-disc greatest hits collection, Love and Affection is an excellent summation of Armatrading's many strengths.
WALLY - Wally (1974) & Valley Gardens (1975) [SHM-CD, Japan, 2015]
WALLY is a strange band, they started playing some sort of Symphonic Country, which wouldn't be strange "per se" if they were from USA, but this guys were British and their debut album was produces by Rick Wakeman, so it's kind of unusual. The band was formed in the early 70's by Singer Songwriter Roy Webber, the original lineup that was completed by Pete Cosker (Electric and acoustic guitars), Paul Gerrett (Fender Rhodes, harmonium, grand piano, harpsichord, mellotron, Hammond organ and vocals) Paul Middleton (Steel guitar and bass), Roger Narraway in the drums and Pete Sage playing electric violin, bass and Mandoline.
The band was discovered in 1972 when they reached the finals of a contest organized by the Melody Maker Magazine which was won by another band named Druid. But they caught the attention of a judge of the contest called Bob Harris, who got them a contract with Atlantic Records, and with the support of Rick Wakeman co-produced their debut self titled album in 1974. This album has a clear Symphonic sound, specially in the excellent "The Martyr" and the twelve minutes epic "To the Urban Man" with great Mellotron, but a good deal of Country music influence, more evident in songs as "I Just Wanna Be a Cowboy" that mixes some Eagles sound, not an outstanding album, but solid enough, sadly it was a commercial failure. Before they released their second album in 1975, Paul Gerrett leaves the band is replaced by Nick Glennie-Smith, with whom the release "Valley Gardens" in which they leave the Country sound behind and contains the best track they released, the epic "The Reason Why" which covered all side "B" of the LP. Little is known after this release, but most people remembers them for their participation in the 1975 Reading Festival where they did a strong performance, despite playing with bands as Yes, Caravan, Wishbone Ash, Soft Machine, etc.
GOV'T MULE - The Deep End - Voume 1 & Volume 2 + Hidden Treasures (2002)
After the death of founding member and bassist Allen Woody, Gov't Mule considered breaking up. Instead, remaining members Warren Haynes and Matt Abts recorded several songs with bass players admired by Woody. The Deep End, Volume 1, issued in 2001, was the first CD of material released from these sessions. Originally, The Deep End, Volume 1 was released with a bonus disc called Hidden Treasures which featured live performances by the "New School of Gov't Mule" (Haynes, Abts, bassist Dave Schools, and keyboardist Chuck Leavell).The Deep End, Volume 2 was released a year later.
DISC 1 - The Deep End - Vol.1: 01. Fool's Moon 02. Life On The Outside 03. Banks Of The Deep End 04. Down And Out In New York City 05. Effigy 06. Maybe I'm A Leo 07. Same Price 08. Soulshine 09. Sco-Mule 10. Worried Down With The Blues 11. Beautifully Broken 12. Tear Me Down 13. Sin's A Good Man's Brother
DISC 2 - The Deep End - Vol.2: 01. Trying Not To Fall 02. Time To Confess 03. Greasy Granny's Gopher Gravy (Pt1) 04. Greasy Granny's Gopher Gravy (Pt2) 05. What Is Hip 06. World Of Confusion 07. Hammer And Nails 08. Slow Happy Boys 09. Sun Dance 10. Lay Of The Sunflower 11. Catfish Blues 12. Which Way Do We Run 13. Babylon Turnpike
DISC 3 - Hidden Treasures: 01. Blind Man In The Dark 02. Fallen Down 03. Jesus Just Left Chicago 04. Soulshine 05. Drivin' Rain 06. Rocking Horse 07. Lay Your Burden Down 08. Sco-Mule
V.A. - Blues Brother Soul Sister - Vol.1 & 2 (1993/1994)
Focusing mainly on the sixties but straying either side of that arbitrary divide, this series brings together many classic songs from the golden age of R and B. The series largely but not entirely avoids Motown, but plenty of other compilations are available devoted to Motown. Some of the songs here are more famous in Britain via cover versions, but you'll find the original versions here. Shout (Isley Brothers) became a UK hit for Lulu; it was her debut hit in 1964. Piece of my heart (Erma Franklin) became famous in the UK via Janis Joplin's cover, though I think the original has also charted in the UK. I'd rather go blind (Etta James) became a UK hit for Chicken Shack, whose lead singer ended up as Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac. Talking of Fleetwood Mac, they started life as a blues band and are represented her by their cover of Need your love so bad (Little Willie John), which is typical of their blues music. It's in his kiss (Betty Everett) was a big UK hit in the sixties, but has also been a big hit for Linda Lewis in the seventies and Cher in the nineties.
TRACKS: 01. John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom 02. Erma Franklin - (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart 03. Sam & Dave - Soul Man 04. Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind 05. Booker T and the MGs - Green Onions 06. The Isley Brothers - Shout 07. Aretha Franklin - Think 08. Stapel Singers - Respect Yourself 09. Bob & Earl - Harlem Shuffle 10. Al Green - Take Me To The River 11. Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy 12. Fontella Bass - Rescue Me 13. Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour 14. Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood 15. Little Milton - Stormy Monday 16. Dobie Gray - Drift Away 17. Betty Everett - It's In His Kiss 18. Fleetwood Mac - Need Your Love So Bad 19. Ann Peebles - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down 20. Ben E King - Stand By Me
VOLUME TWO: 01. Martha Reeves And The Vandellas - Dancing In The Streets 02. John Lee Hooker - I'm In The Mood 03. James Brown - It's A Man's Man's Man's World 04. Aretha Franklin - Soulville 05. Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign 06. Al Green - Tired Of Being Alone 07. Ike And Tina Turner - The Night Time Is The Best Time 08. Junior Walker & The Allstars - (I'm A) Roadrunner 09. Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love To You 10. Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is 11. Tommy Tukker - High Heeled Sneakers 12. Aretha Franklin - Today I Sing The Blues 13. John Lee Hooker - Dimples 14. The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There 15. BB King - The Thrill Is Gone 16. William Bell & Judy Clay - Private Number 17. Howlin Wolf - The Red Rooster 18. Maxine Brown - Oh No Not My Baby 19. Nina Simone - I Put A Spell On You 20. Percy Sledge - When A Man Loes A Woman
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR - The Primo Collection (2009)
Singer/pianist Professor Longhair is the godfather of New Orleans R&B; his early recordings defined the style, setting the pace not just for pianists from James Booker to Dr. John, but for countless Crescent City soul/blues singers. Over the course of its two discs, The Primo Collection offers some of Longhair's most iconic tunes, the ones that cemented his legend, like the wailing, rollicking "Tipitina," and the funky "Hadacol Bounce." Second-line rhythms and pure blues piano licks melded like never before in Longhair's music, and you can hear it all happen right here.
2009 two CD collection from the New Orleans legend. Professor Longhair was a crucial influence on Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint among many others, as his irresistibly infectious piano playing perfectly echoed the spirit of his native New Orleans. This double disc compilation contains 36 tracks including 'Look-a No Hair', 'Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand', 'Tipitina', 'No Buts, No Maybes' and more.
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE - I Ain't Lyin' (2015)
Charlie Musselwhite’s journey through the blues was literal from his birth in Mississippi to Memphis, Chicago and California. Arriving in Chicago in the early sixties, he was just in time for the epochal blues revival. In 1966 at the age of 22 he recorded the landmark Stand Back! Here Comes Charlie Musselwhite’s Southside Band to rave reviews. A precipitous relocation to San Francisco in 1967, where his album was being played on underground radio, found him welcomed into the counterculture scene around the Fillmore West as an authentic purveyor of the real deal blues. More than 20 albums later he is at the top of his game, a revered elder statesman of the blues nowhere near ready to hang up his harp belt, his depth of expression as a singer and an instrumentalist unexcelled and only getting deeper. Charlie Musselwhite, more than any other harmonica player of his generation, can rightfully lay claim to inheriting the mantle of many of the great harp players that came before him with music as dark as Mississippi mud or as uplifting as the blue skies of California. In an era when the term legendary gets applied to auto-tuned pop stars, this singular blues harp player, singer, songwriter and guitarist has earned and deserves to be honored as a true master of American classic vernacular music.
A little message from Charlie announcing his new CD, “I Ain’t Lyin’…” on Henrietta Records. I AIN’T LYIN’ is all Charlie – original tunes penned by this Grammy winning master that resonate with the South itself – rising from the Mississippi, crossing the levy, dancing through the streets and cutting to the heart of all that matters.
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR - The Last Mardi Gras (2014)
Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd (1918 – 1980), better known as Professor Longhair, was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. Professor Longhair is noteworthy for having been active in two distinct periods, both in the heyday of early rhythm and blues, and in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz after the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
This two-night 1978 set is an excellent entree to an artist whose live dates were often more vital than his studio ones. The storied New Orleans pianist leads his band through 18 songs that codify blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and rock & roll into a language familiar and yet quintessentially regional. Does the Professor feel pain? Probably, but you'd never know it by the springs in his hands. Essential music of uplift for people suffering from the human condition. The Last Mardi Gras is a wonderful, and totally fun, two-disc set of New Orleans spirit, combining R&B, boogie woogie, jazz, and blues. There are lots of originals (mostly on the second disc), along with some nice choices of covers.
DISC 1: 01. Big Chief 02. Jambalaya 03. Mess Around 04. Cry To Me 05. Rum & Coca Cola 06. Got My Mojo Working 07. Everyday (I Have The Blues) 08. Doin' It 09. Gone So Long
DISC 2: 01. She Walks Right In / Shake, Rattle & Roll 02. Hey Now Baby 03. Bald Head 04. Stag-O-Lee 05. Tipitina 06. Her Mind Is Gone 07. How Long Has That Train Been Gone 08. Boogie Woogie (instrumental) 09. Carnival In New Orleans
THE KNACK - Get The Knack (1979)
Get the Knack is the debut album by the Knack, released in June 1979. At the time, the album was one of the most successful debuts in history, selling over one million copies in less than two months and spending five weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. The lead single from the album, "My Sharona", was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks and number one on Billboard's Top Pop Singles of 1979 year end chart. The follow-up single, "Good Girls Don't," followed "My Sharona" to #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart, and reached #11 in the U.S. The Knack attempted to update the Beatles sound for the new wave era on their debut -- a good idea that was well executed, but critics cried "foul" when millions sold after Capitol's pre-release hype (it went gold in 13 days and eventually sold five million copies, making it one of the most successful debuts in history). Get the Knack is at once sleazy, sexist, hook-filled, and endlessly catchy -- above all, it's a guilty pleasure and an exercise in simple fun. When is power pop legitimate anyway? Includes the unforgettable hits "My Sharona" and "Good Girls Don't."
FRANK ZAPPA - Son of Cheep Thrills (1999) & Dance Me This (2015)
Frank Vincent Zappa (1940 – 1993) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrete works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Son of Cheep Thrills is a compilation album by Frank Zappa, with material from previously released albums.
TRACKS: 01. WPLJ 02. Twenty Small Cigars 03. The Legend of the Golden Arches 04. Ya Hozna 05. It Just Might Be a One-Shot Deal 06. Love of My Life 07. Disco Boy (soundtrack version) 08. Night School 09. Sinister Footwear, 2nd Movement 10. The Idiot Bastard Son 11. What's New in Baltimore?
"Dance Me This", an album Frank Zappa was working on before his death in December 1993, has become his 100th release - bringing to a close the legacy of this visionary musician that began in 1966 with Freak Out from the Mothers of Invention. The title track on Dance Me This starts the album, and is a structured piece, filled with sound from the bass, voice-box and keys. It gradually builds, creating a flowing line of sound which abruptly ceases. “Pachuco Gavotte” is a light and bouncy number with off-beat rhythms and percussion added on the down beats, creating a lovely bouncy trippy number. It has the atmosphere of a fairground, whilst at the same time incorporating some of those odd mesmeric rhythms Frank Zappa was renowned for. The major portion of Dance Me This, issued this month via Zappa Records, is taken up with five movements of the early, Synclavier-heavy “Wolf Harbor,” an intense piece with atmospheric variations. There is a respectful nod to the avant-garde movement proper in the fading bars, with the Synclavier holding a solitary note whilst other sounds weave around it.
TRACKS: 01. Dance Me This 02. Pachuco Gavotte 03. Wolf Harbor 04. Wolf Harbor II 05. Wolf Harbor III 06. Wolf Harbor IV 07. Wolf Harbor V 08. Goat Polo 09. Rykoniki 10. Piano 11. Calculus
TERRY REID - Original Album Series (2015)
Terry Reid is an English rock vocalist and guitarist. He has performed with high profile musicians, as a supporting act, a session musician, and sideman. Terry Reid, ‘Superlungs’ as he’s affectionately known, is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices this country has ever produced or is indeed likely to. A Terry Reid concert should be a cherished memory for any self-respecting fan of the greats of British music. Terry turned down the front man’s job with Led Zeppelin, recommending his mate Robert Plant instead, a similar offer and rebuff to Deep Purple. Aretha Franklin’s stated that The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Terry Reid were the best England had to offer in 1968. He underwent two World Tours with The Rolling Stones, US tours with Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, The Isle of White Festival in 1969 and Glastonbury in 1970, played at Mick Jagger’s wedding, before soured record deals resulted in Terry leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago.
All true, but the full story includes numerous collaborations with Graham Nash, covers of Reid songs by Marianne Faithfull, The Hollies, The Raconteurs (the hugely popular ‘Rich Kid Blues’), film soundtracks, including a song in George Clooney’s recent film ‘Up In The Air’, and a catalogue of 6 studio albums, including the seminal album ‘The River’, re-released to critical acclaim in 2002 and the 1976 Nash produced ‘Seed of Memory’. A Reid song ‘Horses Through a Rainstorm’ also features on CSN’s box set. More recently, Terry’s been working with up and coming French band Shine and The Alabama 3. Following a Glastonbury return in 2009, he played a three night residency at Ronnie Scott’s in London, one of only a handful of non-Jazz artists invited to help mark the legendary venue’s 50th Anniversary. He played to packed houses, critical acclaim, and returned in 2010 and 2011 to sell out 3 consecutive nights.
5CD set. Collects five of his original albums, in card LP replica sleeves! Features "Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid" (1968), "Terry Reid" (1969), "River" (1973), "Rogue Waves" (1979) and "The Driver" (1991).
VAN MORRISON - Live At The Grand Opera House Belfast (1984) & The Skiffle Sessions (Live in Belfast) (2000)
This is as curious a live album as exists in Van Morrison's voluminous catalog. It's a homecoming record in many ways, since Morrison went back home to live in Ireland shortly after this was released, after many years in the United States. Recorded in 1983 and released on Mercury in 1984, this is, in reality, a solid presentation of his "spiritual Celtic soul" period that began with 1979's Into the Music and would continue into the early '90s. Only the very beginning of the introduction contains anything from his much-celebrated early-'70s period. "Into the Mystic" is used as a calling card for what is to come in this recording, because it lasts just over 45 seconds - the rest of that intro is the title track of 1983's Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, an album he was touring to support (it was his final offering for Warner Bros.). The Grand Opera House set is compiled form two nights of performances. The band here is stellar and includes Pee Wee Ellis on saxophones, Mark Isham on trumpet and synthesizers, and drummers Peter Van Hooke and Tom Donlinger, just to mention a few. Five of these cuts - "She Gives Me Religion," "Beautiful Vision," "Vanlose Stairway," "Northern Muse," and set closer "Cleaning Windows" - come from the vastly underrated Beautiful Vision album, and the rest from Common One, Into the Music, and Inarticulate Speech of the Heart. The performance is perfect. And if there's a problem with this set, that's it. Many bootlegs from the period exist, and there is a certain nearly off-the-rails feeling in them that Morrison - as the perfectionist producer he is - couldn't resist getting rid of here. It's a bit maddening, really, simply because while this flows seamlessly from top to bottom just as Morrison's studio albums do, there is none of the spontaneity of his earlier gigs or even his later recordings with Georgie Fame, Lonnie Donegan, the Chieftains, or Linda Lewis. The only places one hears Morrison as a soul shouter here is on "Vanlose Stairway," where he lets out a scream and plays off the trio of female backing vocalists, and on the final tracks where the bandmembers loosen up and allow the dirt to get under their fingernails a bit - especially on "Vanlose Stairway" and "Cleaning Windows." Would that there were more. Still, for those who can't get enough of Morrison from the period, this will be a welcome addition to the shelf. - allmusic.com
From the opening "It Takes A Worried Man" to the singalong close of "I Wanna Go Home", this is as much Lonnie Donegan's party as it is Van's. Most of these songs are old Donegan favourites anyway, including such warhorses as "Lost John", "Alabamy Bound", "Railroad Bill" and "Frankie & Johnny". The veteran King of Skiffle revitalised his career on the excellent Muleskinner's Blues album thanks largely to the support and encouragement of Van Morrison, and he goes a long way towards returning the favour here as he helps make The Skiffle Sessions a stomping, rollicking celebration of what pensionable-age rockers do best: get back to their roots. The two frontmen strike sparks off each other as they trade acoustic guitar licks while the storming backing band supply all the really neat fills. Dr John pops up briefly to tickle his ivories, while Chris Barber and other old friends put in guest appearances, but it's the Van and Lonnie show all the way. Everyone involved is obviously having such a good time - including the audience - that it's hard to resist raiding the kitchen in search of a washboard and joining in the fun. Great party music and probably the only opportunity you'll ever get to watch your Gran really rock.
CANNED HEAT WITH JOHN LEE HOOKER - Carnegie Hall 1971 (2015)
Canned Heat is best known for the hits “Going Up The Country” and “On The Road Again,” but this was mainly a blues rock band, and they put out an album with John Lee Hooker titled Hooker ‘N’ Heat in early 1971. The album was all John Lee Hooker material, and was the last studio album to feature Alan Wilson, who died of a drug overdose in late 1970 (a member of the 27 Club). In the spring of 1971, Canned Heat performed with John Lee Hooker at Carnegie Hall. Part of the show was recorded, and now you can hear it with the release of Carnegie Hall 1971. This CD features liner notes by Dave Thompson, with portions of an interview with drummer Fito de a Parra. Carnegie Hall 1971 was released on April 14, 2015 on Cleopatra Records.
TRACKS: 01. Framed 02. Let's Work Together 03. Hey Babe 04. Shake 'n' Boogie 05. Back Door Man 06. Tease Me Baby
AEROSMITH - O'Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (2002)
Over a remarkable 30 years, Aerosmith has delivered near-perfect hybrids of rock and balladry, converting generations of listeners into devout fanatics. O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits drives chronologically through 30 of their best songs, providing a tour of the construction process. And what a process! Listen to "Mama Kin" and you might not recognize Aerosmith at all--here is a young Tyler, before finding his distinctive gritty wail, fronting a simple blues-bar band. But the phenomenal energy and synchronization that developed between Tyler and Perry starts here, and is followed up by successive wonders. "Dream On" captures plodding despair; "Last Child" bears witness to Tyler's mastery of harmony and shriek; "Back in the Saddle" explodes with swagger. Built from the low-end up, Aerosmith's heavy kick, driving bass lines, steady rhythm guitar, and blaring exclamation-point horns create a perfect foundation. And the dirty, harmonic souls of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry do what they do best--put on an over-the-top, flawless show. 2002 compilation featuring 30 tracks from their years with Columbia & Geffen. - amazon.com
SHOCKING BLUE - Live In Japan (1972)
Formed in 1967 by former Motions guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen, the Dutch quartet Shocking Blue originally had a lineup of VanLeeuwen on guitar, lead vocalist Fred DeWilde, bass player Klaasje Van der Wal, and drummer Cornelius Van der Beek, and the initial configuration of the band had a minor homeland hit with “Lucy Brown Is Back in Town” a year later in 1968. Things really got moving, though, when DeWilde was replaced by sultry singer Mariska Veres, whose sexy presence and solid singing brought the band a second Netherlands hit, “Send Me a Postcard,” and then a huge international smash with “Venus” in 1970 after the group had signed to Jerry Ross' Colossus Records imprint. Although Shocking Blue's albums (1968’s Shocking Blue, 1969’s At Home, 1970’s Scorpio’s Dance, 1971’s 3rd Album, 1972’s Inkpot, 1972’s Attila, 1973’s Dream on Dreamer, and 1974’s Good Times) featured progressive rock elements and inventive arrangements thanks to VanLeeuwen's writing and production skills, the band was essentially marketed as a pop singles unit, and while they scored several subsequent hits in their homeland, none of the group’s releases approached the massive saturation success of “Venus.” Veres left Shocking Blue in 1974 to pursue a solo career, and while there have been various reunions and different touring incarnations of the band over the years (including a version fronted by Veres in the '90s), its creative history ended then. VanLeeuwen later re-surfaced in the folk/jazz group Galaxy-Lin, while his most famous composition, “Venus,” continued to see play on oldies stations. Veres died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 59.
TRACKS: 01. Venus 02. I'm A Woman 03. Sally Was A Good Old Girl 04. Poor Boy 05. Tobacco Road 06. Classical Gas 07. Hot Sand 08. Long And Lonesome Road 09. Boll Weevil 10. Blossom Lady 11. Mighty Joe 12. Never Marry A Railroad Man 13. Shocking You 14. Venus 15. My Babe (Bonus Track)
JIMI HENDRIX - Blue Wild Angel [Live At The Isle Of Wight] (2002)
In 1970, Jimi Hendrix returned to the country where he'd skyrocketed to fame and gave his first performances in almost two years when he headlined the Isle of Wight festival. Sadly, it was also to be his last major public appearance: less than three weeks later, he would be dead. This double-disc marks the first complete release of Hendrix's set at the festival, a warts-and-all recording that reveals a guitar legend in good humor, yet restlessly exploring the broader musical directions he'd just laid down on sessions for what would become First Rays of the New Rising Sun (initially released posthumously as Freedom). Backed by Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and Band of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox, Hendrix ranges from the improvisatory cacophony of "Machine Gun" and reworkings of his standard blues workouts "Red House" and "Hey Joe" to renditions of "Dolly Dagger," "Ezy Rider," "Freedom," and "Hey Baby" that trade on the more rhythmic R&B and jazz influences he'd diligently worked into his music. At times jagged, and straining the limitations of the trio format (Hendrix had publicly mused about working with a big band shortly before his death), it's nonetheless a passionate, intriguing clue as to Hendrix's true ambitions and potential beyond his initial hype and stardom. - amazon.com
TEAR GAS - Piggy Go Getter (1970) & Tear Gas (1971)
A Glasgow, Scotland progressive rock band formed in the late 60s, Tear Gas initially comprised Eddie Campbell (keyboards), Zal Cleminson (guitar), Chris Glen (bass, vocals), Gilson Lavis (drums) and Andi Mulvey (vocals). Mulvey had previously sung with local beat group the Poets. After changing from their original name, Mustard, they chose Tear Gas as a variation on the same theme. However, Mulvey was soon replaced by keyboard player and vocalist David Batchelor, and Lavis (who later played with Squeeze) by Richard Monro from Ritchie Blackmore’s Mandrake Root. It was this line-up who made their recorded debut with 1970’s Piggy Go Getter, an album typical of the time with its extended guitar and keyboard passages.
However, they were more playful than some - ‘We were a really loud band. In fact we used to open with Jethro Tull’s ‘Love Story’, which started very softly and the crowd would drift towards the front. Then we’d turn the volume up and blow everyone out of the hall.’ Later in 1970 Hugh McKenna replaced Batchelor while his cousin Ted McKenna (ex-Dream Police) took over from Monro on drums. Itinerant musician Ronnie Leahy also contributed keyboards in Batchelor’s absence, though the group were by now living in penury six to a room in Shepherd’s Bush, London. A second album was recorded for release on Regal Zonophone Records but again met with a lacklustre response from the critics. Despite regular touring in an effort to establish themselves, it was not until they teamed up with Alex Harvey in August 1972 to become the Sensational Alex Harvey Band that they saw any real success. - allmusic.com
V.A. - Jimmy Cliff In The Harder They Come [Original Soundtrack Recording] (1972)
The heart of the soundtrack comes from performances by the film's star, reggae singer Jimmy Cliff. Only the title track "The Harder They Come" was recorded by Cliff specifically for the soundtrack, with three earlier songs by Cliff added. The remainder of the album is a compilation of singles released in Jamaica from the period of 1967 through 1972, assembled by the The Harder They Come director and co-writer, Perry Henzell, from songs by favored reggae singers. In addition to Cliff, these artists include The Melodians, The Slickers, DJ Scotty, and seminal early reggae stars Desmond Dekker and Toots and the Maytals.
The soundtrack album played a major part in popularizing reggae in the United States and the world beyond, the film itself preventing the genre from remaining an isolated phenomenon in Jamaica. In 2003, the album was ranked number 119 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album also appears on greatest albums lists from Time and Blender, and was named the 97th best album of the 1970s by Pitchfork Media.
JIMMY CLIFF - Goodbye Yesterday (2004) [Limited Edition]
Jimmy Cliff is sufficiently ensconced as a musical icon that he made it into a list in Nick Hornby's music-obsessive masterpiece High Fidelity. ["Many Rivers To Cross" was in third place, sandwiched between "One Love" by Bob Marley and "Angel" by Aretha Franklin.] And, speaking of movies, it was probably as a consequence of the soundtrack to The Harder They Come (which starred Cliff as Ivanhoe Martin) that most Americans came to Cliff's music in the first place. The reggae star was born in Somerton, Jamaica, on April 1, 1948, as James Chambers. At 14, he moved to Kingston, ostensibly to go to school, but in fact to become a performer, taking the surname Cliff as a nod to his mountainous hometown. His early sides were produced by the late Leslie Kong, a record store owner from Kingston who embraced Cliff's music after the artist had been rejected by the likes of Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. This collection was originally compiled by Island Records in the UK, gathering stray singles and previously-unreleased tracks, back in the Seventies. Why it got shelved is destined to be one of Life's Big Mysteries. After all, Cat Stevens, who was blazing, had produced both "Trapped" and "Waiting In Line," and anything at the time with his name attached seemed golden. "Keep Your Eyes On The Sparrow," not to be confused with the Baretta theme, is the spiritual descendent of the aforementioned "Many Rivers To Cross," and it is a jaw-droppingly beautiful track produced by Paul Samwell-Smith of the Yardbirds. It also includes the single version of "Waterfall," the tune with which Cliff represented Jamaica at the International Song Festival in Brazil. Despite coming from a variety of sources and times, the album hangs together as a musical statement and is comprises some of Cliff's most powerful work. - amazon.com
CD edition limited to 3500 individually numbered copies!
TRACKS: 01. Goodbye Yesterday 02. I'm No Immigrant 03. Keep Your Eyes On The Sparrow 04. Trapped 05. Bongo Man 06. I Go To Pieces 07. Synthetic World 08. Waterfall 09. Waiting In Line
PROCOL HARUM - The First Four (2003)
UK compilation combines the British progessive rock act's first four albums, 'Procol Harum' (1967), 'Shine On Brightly' (1968), 'Salty Dog' (1969), & 'Home' (1970) (all of which are unavailable domestically), on two CDs. What can we say by way of a review of this new compilation, 'the remarkable first four albums from legendary British rock group Procol Harum, on one value-for-money 2CD set, complete with extensive sleeve-notes'? It looks good, it sounds great – and it doesn't contain a note of music that you have not already got! However if you want these albums for the car, or the office, or just as a backup; or to persuade all your friends and relatives that the stuff you've been obsessed by for 35 years really is worth listening to, it really cannot be bettered. The liner-notes are good too (see below) and – although they may have been carefully researched at BtP – we are not responsible for the idea at the start of the final paragraph!
THE SOUTHER-HILLMAN-FURAY BAND - S/T (1974) & Trouble In Paradise (1975)
The Souther Hillman Furay Band (SHF) was a country rock supergroup led by singer-songwriters Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco), Chris Hillman (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas), and J.D. Souther (Longbranch Pennywhistle, noted songwriter for Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles). The band recorded two albums during the 1970s before breaking up due to the disagreements between the members.
The band was formed in 1973 at the sestion of David Geffen, then head of Asylum Records. Hillman brought three other former members of Manassas to the group: pianist Paul Harris and percussionist Joe Lala, both of whom had also worked with Barnstorm; and pedal steel guitarist Al Perkins, who had also played with the Flying Burrito Brothers. The septet was rounded out by session drummer and former member of Derek & the Dominos and Traffic Jim Gordon.
The band had a substantial hit in 1974 with its self-titled first album, which was certified gold, and the single "Fallin' in Love" (US #27). However, during the recording of that album, and influenced by Perkins, Furay converted to evangelical Christianity. Tensions among the members increased, and Gordon, who may have been experiencing the onset of schizophrenia, left the band and was replaced by Ron Grinel. In the midst of this chaos, SHF's 1975 album Trouble in Paradise was not critically or commercially well received. Soon after, the group disbanded and its namesake members continued on their solo careers.
JOHN DAVID SOUTHER - John David Souther (1972) & Black Rose (1976)
John David Souther, commonly abbreviated as J.D. Souther, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has written and co-written numerous hit songs recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles. Souther was born in 1945. He has been married twice, dated Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks in the 1970s and is now single. Judee Sill's song "Jesus Was a Crossmaker" was written for Souther, who she says broke her heart after a short affair. In December 2002, Souther moved from the Hollywood Hills, California, to Nashville, Tennessee. He continues to write, record, and tour.
"John David Souther" is the self-titled debut album by American singer-songwriter J.D. Souther, released in 1972. The song "How Long" was recorded in 2007 by the Eagles on their album Long Road Out of Eden, from which it was released as a single. Souther joined with Chris Hillman and Richie Furay to form the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band after the release of his solo debut. They recorded two albums before Souther returned to his solo career.
TRACKS: 01. The Fast One 02. Run Like A Thief 03. Jesus In 3/4 Time 04. Kite Woman 05. Some People Call It Music 06. White Wing 07. It's The Same 08. How Long 09. Out To Sea 10. Lullaby
"Black Rose" is the second album by American singer-songwriter J.D. Souther, released in 1976. In a review of the album for Rolling Stone, Stephen Holden wrote, "John David Souther’s second solo album benefits from a beautiful, all-star Peter Asher production. More sophisticated than either his first album or the two Souther-Hillman-Furay albums, Black Rose underscores Souther’s melodic writing, his strongest point, with some genuinely innovative arrangements by David Campbell, the classically trained musician who scored “Prisoner in Disguise” for Linda Ronstadt. “Silver Blue,” much of which Campbell has scored as a duet for voice and plucked double pass and violas, is a starkly arresting production, while setting “Faithless Love” into a semiformal piece for voice, acoustic guitar and chamber ensemble transforms a prettier-than-average country-rock ballad into an eloquent one. “Doors Swing Open,” a complex tune based on ninth and minor sixth chords, boasts an elegantly lush arrangement that both gives it shape and highlights its lovely chromaticism."
TRACKS: 01. Banging My Head Against the Moon 02. If You Have Crying Eyes 03. Your Turn Now 04. Faithless Love 05. Baby Come Home 06. Simple Man, Simple Dream 07. Silver Blue 08. Midnight Prowl 09. Doors Swing Open 10. Black Rose
V.A. - Dylan, Cash And The Nashville Cats - A New Music City (2015)
Bob Dylan bucked executives at his record label and surprised his fans when he came to Nashville in 1966 to record his classic album Blonde on Blonde. Working with the city s unmatched session musicians, Dylan produced a rock & roll masterpiece and went on to record two more albums there. Dylan s embrace of Nashville and its musicians the Nashville Cats inspired many other artists, among them Neil Young, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen, to follow him to Music City. Around the same time, Johnny Cash was recruiting folk and rock musicians including Dylan to appear on his groundbreaking network television show, The Johnny Cash Show, shot at the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry.
The exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame looks at the Nashville music scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a time of great cultural vitality for Music City. This 2CD set is the companion release to this exhibit. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City Presented by Citi, opened March 27, 2015, and will run through December 31, 2016.
ANA & MILTON POPOVIC - Blue Room (2015)
It took ten years for Ana Popovic to convince her father Milton to record an album together. At last she got him to the studio with an argument he could not reject: 'Just do it for your grandchildren. ' He did. The result is a new and impressive CD from daughter and dad Popovic, called 'Blue Room. Back to the so-called 'blue room' of Ana's childhood - a small secluded part stacked with amps and guitars in a modest apartment on the eleventh floor in New Belgrade (Serbia). Back to the place where Milton introduced his impressive blues and soul collection to his daughter. Back to the evenings with friends when father used to take his guitar to play songs at house parties and jam sessions which filled the apartment with his smooth voice and enchanting sound. Back to the time when Ana learned about the secrets of blues, soul and rock. And so, overwhelmed by the beauty of the sound, decided for a musicians life. Now, together united on a surprising CD produced by Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana), Ana and Milton play and sing songs they used to play in the days before. 'By the time I moved around the world, over Amsterdam and New Orleans to Memphis, I've listened to a lot of different artists all over and couldn't really find anyone sounding quite like Milton. ' - Ana Popovic
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969) [40th Anniversary Edition] (2009)
The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever recorded by anybody. At the time, it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition (the Moody Blues, the Nice, etc.) out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise. Ian McDonald's Mellotron is the dominant instrument, along with his saxes and Fripp's guitar, making this a somewhat different-sounding record from everything else they ever did. And even though that Mellotron sound is muted and toned down compared to their concert work of the era (e.g., Epitaph), it is still fierce and overpowering, on an album highlighted by strong songwriting (most of it filled with dark and doom-laden visions), the strongest singing of Greg Lake's entire career, and Fripp's guitar playing that strangely mixed elegant classical, Hendrix-like rock explosions, and jazz noodling. Lineup changes commenced immediately upon the album's release, and Fripp would ultimately be the only survivor on later King Crimson records.
TRACKS: 01. 21St Century Schizoid Man 02. I Talk To The Wind 03. Epitaph 04. Moonchild 05. The Court Of The Crimson King 06. Moonchild (Full Version) 07. I Talk To The Wind (Duo Version) 08. I Talk To The Wind (Alternate Mix) 09. Epitaph (Backing Track) 10. Wind Session
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970) [Deluxe Edition, 2012]
Originally released in 1970, the debut album from the newly formed supergroup combined musicianship and showmanship in a glowing ball or energy. The keyboard-dominated instrumentals and romantic ballads clearly showcased each of the three members' individual talents, and demonstrated the variety of influences each artist brought with them to the band.
In addition to a remastered version of the original album, the new Deluxe Edition contains two full discs of previously unreleased material, the Alternate ELP New 2012 Stereo Mixes and DVD Audio of 2012 5.1 mix and High Res 2012 Stereo mixes by Steven Wilson are a must for any ELP fan. Wilson, a skilled producer and engineer as well as founder of the band Porcupine Tree, has received three Grammy nominations for his surround sound mix work. The comprehensive booklet contains sleeve notes by Chris Welch.
CAMEL - Echoes (1993)
"Echoes" is a compilation album of the British progressive rock band Camel released 20 July 1993. This English quartet of progressive rock is known for their thorough but imaginative style of music, as well as their use of numerous synthesizers and sequencers. Nearly every song they perform consists of intricate harmonic passages and rich, melodic sweeps, with vocals used every once in a while. Echoes is a comprehensive two-disc set that takes all of their best work and lays it out over an hour and a half. Camel's talents are bewildering, combining accordion, flute, miniMoog synthesizers, and saxophones throughout their music to instill a genuine progressive sound. The tracks, spanning 20 years, include songs from Mirage, Snow Goose, Rain Dances, and Stationary Traveller, just to name a few, and while an incredible 11 albums are represented here, not one track strays from the essence of the group. Appearances by Brian Eno on "Elke" and Phil Collins on "Ice" just add spark to the already amazing tracks. Andrew Latimer, who sings on a few of the tracks, as well as plays guitar and keys, is a stunning musician and proves it on "Never Let Go" and "Rhayder Goes to Town." Lovers of synthesizer and other keyboard machinery will drool over Peter Bardens' detailed playing on "Lunar Sea" and on "Skylines," saturating them both with electrical magic. No other set captures the lifeblood of this prog band quite like Echoes.
JOE COCKER - Jamaica Say You Will (1975) & Live in L. A. (1976)
The comeback that Joe Cocker had achieved with 1974's I Can Stand a Little Rain and its hit single, "You Are So Beautiful," was not sustained by the follow-up, Jamaica Say You Will. The reason was simple: that bane of the interpretive singer, a lack of strong material. When there were exceptions, they tended not to be handled well. Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" was sped up and overarranged, and although the Jackson Browne title track was a strong piece of material, it worked originally because of its restraint, not in the overwrought way Cocker treated it. Maybe the reviewer should wash his ears out. I think this is one of the best albums Joe ever made.
TRACKS: 01. (That's What I Like) In My Woman 02. Where Am I Now 03. I Think It's Going to Rain Today 04. Forgive Me Now 05. Oh Mama 06. Lucinda 07. If I Love You 08. Jamaica, Say You Will 09. It's All Over But the Shoutin' 10. Jack-A-Diamonds
Live in L.A. is a selection of the best live recordings of concerts performed by Joe Cocker in 1972 with The Chris Stainton Band. It includes several live versions of Cocker's classics such as "High Time We Went" and "Hitchcock Railway", as well as new tracks like "Love the One You're With" and "Didn't You Know You've Got to Cry Sometime", "Early in the Mornin'" and "What Kind of Man are You". The electricity of live performance, which is the very essence of Joe Cocker, is captured on this album, providing a natural companion to his previous live classic Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
TRACKS: 01. Dear Landlord 02. Early in the Mornin' 03. Didn't You Know You've Got to Cry Sometime? 04. St.James Infirmary 05. Hitchcock Railway 06. Midnight Rider 07. What Kind of Man Are You? 08. High Time We Went 09. Love the One You're With
SAVOY BROWN - Shake Down (1967) & Getting To The Point (1968) + Goin' To The Delta (2014)
Savoy Brown, originally known as the Savoy Brown Blues Band, are an English blues rock band formed in Battersea, South West London in 1965. Part of the late 1960s blues rock movement, Savoy Brown primarily achieved success in the United States, where they promoted their albums with non-stop touring.
The band was formed by guitarist Kim Simmonds and harp player John O'Leary, following a chance meeting at Transat Imports record shop in Lisle Street, Soho, in 1965. The initial constant line-up adjustments were attributed to the "creative accountancy" employed by the band's manager, Harry Simmonds, brother of Kim. The original line-up included singer Bryce Portius, keyboardist Trevor Jeavons, bassist Ray Chappell, drummer Leo Manning and harmonica player John O'Leary (O'Leary appeared on record with the band on its initial recordings for Mike Vernon's Purdah label). Portius was one of the first black blues musicians to be a part of a British rock band. Jeavons was replaced by Bob Hall shortly after the band's formation, and this was followed shortly by O'Leary's departure and the arrival of Martin Stone on guitars. This line-up appeared on the band's 1967 debut album, Shake Down, a collection of blues covers. Further line-up changes ensued, with founding members Portius, Chappell and Manning departing along with recently recruited guitarist Stone over a short period of time. Chris Youlden and "Lonesome" Dave Peverett would become the band's new vocalist and 2nd guitarist respectively. Initially Bob Brunning and Hughie Flint (from John Mayall's Clapton-version Bluesbreakers) filled the bassist and drummer positions on the single Taste and Try (Before You Buy), but they were subsequently replaced by Rivers Jobe and Bill Bruford. Within a fortnight of Bruford's arrival in the band, he had been replaced by Roger Earl (Bruford went on to huge success later as Yes's drummer). This line-up recorded two albums in 1968, Getting to the Point, and Blue Matter.
No matter the title of this Ruf Records outing, Kim Simmonds, founder, guitarist, and eternal frontman for Savoy Brown, is going straight for its Chicago mojo to deliver this set of scorching electric blues. Aided and abetted by his now longstanding road band -- comprising bassist Pat DeSalvo and drummer Garnet Grimm -- Simmonds' Savoy Brown comes full circle from its 1965 roots as a British band won over to the loud, gritty sounds coming across the ocean from Chess Records. Opener "Laura Lee," is in the classic Windy City tradition, as inspired by Hound Dog Taylor's house rockin' style as they are Muddy Waters', while "Just a Dream" recalls the moody, slow burning attack of Son Seals. The instrumental boogie "Cobra" is like Slim Harpo-cum-ZZ Top in its hipshaking groove. The guitar vamp on "Nothin Like the Blues" recalls but isn't beholden to -- Ted Nugent's on "Stranglehold," but the Nuge "borrowed" part of the same riff from Bo Diddley. "Backstreet Woman" owes more than a little to Buddy Guy with its funky eight notes and breakbeats by Grimm in the turnarounds. The title track is pure Willie Dixon rave-up, while "I Miss Your Love" showcases Simmonds playing some mean slide. The roiling stinging guitar attack on closer "Goin' Back" recalls Jimmy "Fast Fingers" Dawkins riding atop a positively infectious bassline by DeSalvo. Simmonds is in fine singing voice, and as aggressive as this set is, he economizes his solos exceptionally, with maximum flash and minimum time. The only problem here is the same-old, same-old -- Simmonds' lyrics are positively embarrassing. But then, his and Savoy Brown's fans don't pay to hear songwriting. Goin to the Delta is a solid, straight-up set preferable even to the acclaimed Voodoo Moon.
SAMANTHA FISH - Wild Heart (2015)
Ruf Records recording artist singer-guitarist Samantha Fish, raises eyebrows with her third studio release, Wild Heart, produced by Luther Dickinson (The North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes). Having Samantha on guitars and Luther on various stringed instruments, they rounded out the lineup with Grammy Award-winning Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris/Bob Dylan) on drums. Special guests include Lightnin Malcolm (guitar), Sharde Thomas (drums) and Memphis session singers Shontelle Norman-Beatty and Risse Norman. The result is a stunning representation of Americana roots music.
Wild Heart was recorded in three different studios, as they trekked the backroads from Louisiana to Mississippi in the fall of 2014. Starting at Brady Blade s Shreveport, Louisiana studio, they laid the basic rhythm tracks and vocals. Luther and Samantha then hightailed it to his Zebra Ranch Studios in Hernando, Mississippi where they had a traditional Hill Country Blues session. Then, finally, all roads lead to Memphis where the duo put the final touches at both Willie Mitchell s Royal Studios and the legendary Ardent studios.
TRACKS: 01. Road Runner 02. Place To Fall 03. Blame It On The Moon 04. Highway's Holding Me Now 05. Go Home 06. Jim Lee Blues Pt.1 07. Turn It Up 08. Show Me 09. Lost Myself 10. Wild Heart 11. Bitch On The Run 12. I'm In Love With You
V.A. - Magic Bus - 3 CDs Of Huge Hits From The Hippie Trail (2015)
The 57 tracks on this 'Magic Bus' compilation run from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, but, with remarkable perspicacity, the compiler has mixed them up very cleverly. The CDs are called 'Turn On', 'Tune In' and 'Drop Out' and the songs on each one reflect, more or less, their monikers. Thus, on CD1 Scott McKenzie rubs shoulders with Barry McGuire, CD2 is full of singer-songwriters; Dylan, Cat Stevens and the like; whilst CD3 rocks it up with Steppenwolf and Cream.
What this collection is selling is nostalgia and it does it very, very well. Anyone who grew up through the years in question will remember every one of these songs and probably sing along with them too. It has to be said that there are two major omissions though, there is nothing by either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Down to licensing presumably. That said, this is an absolutely classic collection that has been selected with extreme care and, dare it be said, love.
THE ROLLING STONES - Love You Live (1977)
Love You Live is a double live album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1977. It is drawn from Tour of the Americas shows in the US in the summer of 1975, Tour of Europe shows in 1976 and performances from the El Mocambo nightclub concert venue in Toronto in 1977. It is the band's third official full-length live release and is dedicated to the memory of audio engineer Keith Harwood, who died in a drug-induced car accident shortly before the album's release. Love You Live was overdubbed and mixed from late May to mid-June 1977. It features Billy Preston and Ian Stewart on piano. The album artwork was prepared by Andy Warhol, and the pencil smears seen across the front were added by Mick Jagger, to Warhol's dismay. Released in September 1977, the album was well received and managed to reach No.3 in the UK and No.5 in the US, where it went gold.
Recorded on the supporting tour for 1976's Black and Blue, the double-album set Love You Live is an adequate live album, capturing the Stones' transition from a lean, lethal rock & roll band to accomplished showmen. As showmen, they aren't as compelling as they are when they're rockers, but the show-biz glitz of Mick Jagger's arena rock shtick remains thoroughly entertaining, even when it robs the music of its power.
DISC 1: 01. Intro - Excerpt From 'Fanfare For The Common Man' 02. Honky Tonk Women 03. If You Can't Rock Me; Get Off Of My Cloud 04. Happy 05. Hot Stuff 06. Star Star 07. Tumbling Dice 08. Fingerprint File 09. You Gotta Move 10. You Can't Always Get What You Want
DISC 2: 01. Mannish Boy 02. Crackin' Up 03. Little Red Rooster 04. Around And Around 05. It's Only Rock 'n Roll 06. Brown Sugar 07. Jumpin' Jack Flash 08. Sympathy For The Devil
THE GOOD RATS - The Good Rats (1968)
While countless rockers started their careers in the New York suburb of Long Island before going on to worldwide success (Billy Joel, Twisted Sister, Steve Vai, Brian Setzer, Blue Öyster Cult, etc.), there have been countless acts that appeared poised for a breakthrough, but for whatever reason, fell short. Many longtime followers of Long Island-based rock would probably agree that tops on the "woulda/coulda/shoulda" list were the Good Rats, a group who played at some of the East Coast's best-known/biggest venues (Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, the Philadelphia Spectrum) during the '70s, while opening for such big names as Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Journey, Heart, Styx, Meat Loaf, and Rush, among others. Specializing in a tough form of bar band/hard rock (comparable to Led Zeppelin early on, before getting more commercial), quite a few bandmembers waltzed through the Good Rats' ranks after their formation during the late '60s, but through it all, lead vocalist Peppi Marchello was present. Originally consisting of Marchello, drummer Joe Franco (later briefly a member of Twisted Sister), bassist/vocalist Lenny Kotke, plus a pair of guitarists/singers, John "The Cat" Gatto and Mickey Marchello, the band debuted in 1968 with The Good Rats.
TRACKS: 01. We Are The Good Rats 02. Joey Ferrari 03. For The Sake Of Anyone 04. Anybody Got The Time 05. My Back Is Achin' (And My Mind Is No Better) 06. The Hobo 07. If You Stay By Me 08. Gotta Get Back 09. The Truth Is Gone 10. Family Portrait 11. Stop, Look And Listen (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased)
ALAMO - Alamo (1971)
Surprisingly not from Texas, Alamo is the sole album by this group of Tennessee rockers. With a Southern take on a psych/blues/hippy hard rock sound, along with some cool Hammond organ-grinding by gruff vocalist Ken Woodley, the 1971 album features eight solid cuts, including “Bensome Changes”, the driving “Question Raised”, “The World We Seek”, and “Got to Find Another Way”. The roots of Alamo go back to guitarist Larry Raspberry who played with the Gentrys in 1965 when they charted with “Keep On Dancing”. The strength of Alamo was largely due to the mountainous vox and grinding hammond of ex-Cosmos Ken Woodley coupled with the gritty guitar breaks of Raspberry.
TRACKS: 01. Got To Find Another Way 02. Soft And Gentle 03. The World We Seek 04. Question Raised 05. Bensome Changes 06. All New People 07. Get The Feelin' 08. Happiness Is Free
BOZ SCAGGS - Slow Dancer (1974)
Slow Dancer is the sixth album by Boz Scaggs, originally released by Columbia in 1974. Featuring his would-be-soulman sound, Slow Dancer finds Boz Scaggs straddling the apparently fine line between Van Morrison and Isaac Hayes. While Silk Degrees is often touted as Scaggs' best '70s album -- based largely upon the chart success of "Lowdown" -- Slow Dancer features just as many catchy melodic tunes that meld a kind of boogie pub rock with an organic urban soul. Produced by Motown regular Johnny Bristol, Scaggs delivers some of his best performances on the Bristol-penned track "Pain of Love" and the Neil Young meets Marvin Gaye ballad "Sail on White Moon."
TRACKS: 01. You Make It So Hard (To Say No) 02. Slow Dancer 03. Angel Lady (Come Just In Time) 04. There Is Someone Else 05. Hercules 06. Pain of Love 07. Sail on White Moon 08. Let It Happen 09. I Got Your Number 10. Take It for Granted
ORIANTHI - Best Of Orianthi... Vol.1 (2014)
Born in Adelaide, Australia, Orianthi Panagaris was only six when she fell in love with the guitar thanks to her dad's record collection. Legendary names like Clapton, Hendrix, and Santana influenced her to take lessons, and she spent five years on the acoustic guitar before switching to the electric at the age of eleven. The guitar-heavy music of Def Leppard, Van Halen, and Whitesnake dominated her teenage years, and at the age of 18, she met her hero when she was invited to jam with Santana during a soundcheck. That soundcheck evolved into a half-hour guest shot during that night's concert, and with Carlos' enthusiastic endorsement, she went on to share stages with acts like Prince and ZZ Top, as well as earning a support slot on Steve Vai's 2007 world tour. Also in 2007, Orianthi signed with the Geffen label and released her debut album, Violet Journey, which featured her vocals and fretwork. Having moved to Los Angeles, Orianthi's musicianship was later exposed to millions of television viewers when she joined Carrie Underwood's band for a 2009 Grammy Awards performance. That same year, an email invitation arrived asking her to audition for Michael Jackson, who was assembling a band for a 50-date residency at London's O2 Arena. One blistering rendition of the "Beat It" solo was enough to land the gig, but the King of Pop unexpectedly passed in June of that same year. Orianthi sang at the memorial service, and rehearsal footage of the guitarist backing the Jackson was featured in the popular film Michael Jackson's This Is It. Her second album, Believe, arrived several days before the movie's release, featuring the Top 20 single "According to You." Believe was re-released in 2010 as Believe (II) with four different songs including a cover of John Waite's "Missing You". The following year, Orianthi released the EP Fire featuring production from the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. In 2013, Orianthi returned with her third full-length album, Heaven in this Hell.
CHRIS SQUIRE - Fish Out Of Water (1975) [Deluxe Expanded Edition, 2007]
Christopher Russell Edward Squire (4 March 1948 - 27 June 2015) RIP
Fish Out of Water is the only solo album by English bass guitarist Chris Squire. It was released in 1975 on Atlantic Records during a period of inactivity from his progressive rock band Yes. Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz of Yes contribute to the record, while Squire employs his signature bass skills as well as 12-string guitars and vocals. Also on the album are Mel Collins on saxophone and Squire's friend Andrew Pryce Jackman on piano. The album is in the same vein as the Yes album of the previous year, Relayer, though the sound is more fleshed out with the help of a full orchestra and the jazz context of "Lucky Seven". It was a moderate success, reaching number 25 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was remastered and featured, as bonus material, the single-edit version of "Lucky Seven", the promo video for "Hold Out Your Hand" and "You By My Side", audio commentary, and a 40-minute interview with Squire.
TRACKS: 01. Hold Out Your Hand 02. You By My Side 03. Silently Falling 04. Lucky Seven 05. Safe (Canon Song) 06. Lucky Seven (Us Only Single Edit)
KISS - 40 Years: Decades Of Decibels (2015)
Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid to late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through multiple lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. Counting the 1978 solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 28 gold albums to date, the most of any American rock band. The band has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, of which 34 million have been certified by the RIAA and their worldwide sales exceed 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. The original and arguably best known lineup consisted of Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) and Peter Criss (drums and vocals).
Released just weeks after the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame succumbed and put "the hottest band in the world!" on their honor roll, the Kiss 40 compilation landed in order to celebrate four decades of rock & rollin' all night, and partying every day. This version of KISS 40 contains a new studio track entitled "Samurai Son (U.S. Mix)" which is a collaboration between KISS and Momoiro Clover Z. Also, some tracks that were live on the regular 2 disc version are here represented with their studio versions. Other tracks, such as "I'm A Legend Tonight" were not on the 2 disc version at all. An interesting note is how Paul-heavy this compilation is. There are only five tracks that don't feature Paul Stanley on lead vocals.
THE DARKNESS - Last of Our Kind (2015)
Last of Our Kind is the fourth studio album by British hard rock band The Darkness. Produced by the band's guitarist Dan Hawkins at his studio The Hawks Nest in Norfolk, it was first released on 27 May 2015 in Japan, and later in other territories, by Canary Dwarf Records. The album is the first and only by the band to feature drummer Emily Dolan Davies, who replaced Ed Graham in 2014 before leaving less than a year later. The album was promoted via PledgeMusic, with the band offering signed copies of the album on both CD and vinyl, as well as signed guitars, handwritten lyric sheets and setlists from the band's archive. Frontman Justin Hawkins has described the album as "brutal", adding that "It's definitely stripped back with the exception of some mandolins. But when you're doing medieval rock, you should have a mandolin on it ... It's medieval rock, but it still sounds like The Darkness. - wikipedia
TRACKS: 01. Barbarian 02. Open Fire 03. Last Of Our Kind 04. Roaring Waters 05. Wheels Of The Machine 06. Mighty Wings 07. Mudslide 08. Sarah O'sarah 09. Hammer & Tongs 10. Conquerors 11. Messenger (Bonus Track) 12. Always Had The Blues (Bonus Track)
RICKIE LEE JONES - The Other Side of Desire (2015)
Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene with her groundbreaking self-titled debut and has fearlessly experimented with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. Her latest, The Other Side of Desire was written, recorded and rooted in the city of New Orleans, where Jones lives on the opposite side of the street made famous by Tennessee Williams. Produced by John Porter (of Roxy Music) and Mark Howard, this is the first new music Jones has written in over a decade.
"This work is inspired by many years of sitting with all the events of my life until I had something to paint with,' says Rickie. 'I came to New Orleans to write and to live a different way than what I have known on the west coast... Here is another record then, made of my imagination, and whatever else that has no words, using the clay of this place and the shapes of my eyes to form some kind of picture of my life, or my heart, that I alone can understand, and hopefully that others can enjoy." - amazon.com
TRACKS: 01. Jimmy Choo 02. Valtz De Mon Pere 03. J'ai Connais Pas 04. Blinded By The Hunt 05. Infinity 06. I Wasn't Here 07. Christmas In New Orleans 08. Haunted 09. Feet On The Ground 10. Juliette 11. Finale (A Spider In The Circus Of The Falling Star)
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