V.A. - Blues Harp Women (2015)
This set came to fruition thanks to the efforts of producer Norman Davis, who played Big Mama Thornton’s “Down Home Shakedown” on his radio show. Big Mama played the whole instrumental on her harp, and Davis began to ponder just how many women harp players were out there. As such, the website hermonicas.com came about, and 200 women players were contacted. Thomas Ruf backed the project, which is this double-CD, “Blues Harp Women.” It showcases thirty-one of the best women harp players on the planet.
The first CD kicks off with the mantra of many a player. Paula Rangell of New Orleans is that “Harmonica Girl,” with “a bag fulla harps and a soul fulla blues!” Cheatin’ men are given their due, also, with the playful “Why You So Mean To Me,” from Kat Baloun, who now resides in Berlin, and Portland, Oregon’s Lynnann Hyde, whose country-blues acoustic version of Mr. Johnson’s “32-20 Blues” is a real beaut. Octavia, from Pennsylvania, gives a cool read of her original, a nod to those women who “always gets what she wants,” a “Naughty Girl with her kinky spice!” There were a couple that stood out to us, tho. Trina Hamlin’s sanctified “Down To The Hollow” is another fine example of acoustic Delta blues, “goin’ down where the trees meet the soul.” And, CD One closes with Dorothy Jane Gosper wondering why a love ended, leaving her “Sadder Than Sad,” her plaintive, heartfelt vocals as powerful as her harp lines.
CD Two takes a more varied and eclectic look at the players, and their styles and techniques. It is highlighted by three dazzling instrumentals–a live version of “Lookin’ Good” from Annie Raines on harp, with Paul Rishell on call-and-response guitar. Christelle Berthon offers up a breezy “Summertime,” while the CD closes with the country-blues of Rhonda Rucker with “Rhonda Alla Blue.” Our two favorites were polar opposites. Sweden’s Maria Coyote has a quirky vocal style that is as equally potent as her harp tone, both of which are on full display on a colorful read of Leadbelly’s “Rikers Island.” And, Big Nancy Swarbrick, little known outside her New Jersey home area, really hit a soulful note with a powerhouse take on the Sam Cooke-Lou Rawls classic, “Bring It On Home (To Me).”
HEARTSFIELD - Heartsfield (1973) & The Wonder Of It All (1974)
Country-rockers Heartsfield emerged during the '70s halcyon days of that genre; however, despite major-label releases and arena tours with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, and Fleetwood Mac, the group never experienced the success of peers like the Eagles or the Pure Prairie League. The band's most recognizable tune from that era was "Music Eyes," which hit number 95 on Billboard in 1974. Heartsfield were known for their vocal harmonies and layers of rootsy instrumentation (characterized by accents of pedal steel, dobro, banjo, mandolin, dobro, etc.) and have been credited with influencing such monster '90s acts as the Dave Matthews Band and Phish. The group was also known for their grueling, Grateful Dead-like touring ethic, which saw them playing 300 shows a year throughout the '70s. (And, like that aforementioned group, Heartsfield also had a propensity for extended jams.) Heartsfield disbanded in 1981 after a decade together. Co-founder Perry Jordan reorganized the band in 1999 with new members, releasing the album Rescue the Dog in April of 2001.
SHERBET - Anthology (2008)
Sherbet (aka Highway or The Sherbs) are one of the most prominent and successful Australian rock bands of the 1970s. The 'classic line-up' of Daryl Braithwaite on vocals, Tony Mitchell on bass guitar, Garth Porter on keyboards, Alan Sandow on drums, and Clive Shakespeare on guitar provided their teen-orientated pop style. In 1976 Shakespeare left and was soon replaced by Harvey James. Sherbet's biggest singles were "Summer Love" (1975) and "Howzat" (1976), both reaching number one in Australia. "Howzat" was also a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom. The band was less successful in the United States, where "Howzat" peaked at No. 61. As The Sherbs they also reached No. 61 in 1981 with "I Have the Skill". The group disbanded in 1984. Subsequent re-unions have occurred since 1998. According to rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, "[a]longside Skyhooks, Sherbet was the most successful Australian pop band of the 1970s. With a run of 20 consecutive hit singles to its credit, and 17 albums that yielded ten platinum and 40 gold disc awards, Sherbet was the first domestic act to sell a million dollars' worth of records in Australia". In 1990 Sherbet were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame alongside classical composer and pianist, Percy Grainger. On 15 January 2011 Harvey James died of lung cancer. On 15 February 2012 Clive Shakespeare died of prostate cancer.
V.A. - Jam On Guitars (2009)
This compilation of some of the jammier guitar tracks culled from the prog-oriented Magna Carta label looks like a quickie job. There are no liner notes, credits list the musicians on each of the dozen tracks but oddly omit songwriters, and the cover art isn't exactly world-class. Still, there is plenty to enjoy on this sampler likely thrown together with the hopes that once you get a taste for the featured tune, you'll spring for the artist's release. Names such as Steve Morse, Charlie Hunter, Alex Skolnick, and Will Bernard are likely familiar to shred and/or jazz guitar fans. Others, like Oz Noy, Chris Poland, Michael Lee Firkins, and Bill Cutler, not so much. The music ranges from the funky yet straight-ahead jazz of Skolnick's "Scorch" to Fareed Haque's east India drone "Gulab Jammin'," and the Clinton Administration's hard funk cover of "Flashlight." All but one are instrumentals, the exception being the closing track, "Starlight Jamboree." This ballad, credited to Bill Cutler, is a schmaltzy tribute to Jerry Garcia, who appears from the grave to donate an overdubbed solo. Despite good intentions, it's the album's weakest song by a large margin. Elsewhere, Tishamingo does a good approximation of Santana on "Rome," and Ozric Tentacles takes off with its patented techno-space rock groove on "Disdots." Mike Stern, who is oddly absent from the cover credits, spars with Oz Noy on the driving "Downside Up," the disc's longest, most intense, and arguably most complex performance. The eclectic nature of the selections works in favor of the album's intent. Even though the styles and genres are varied, the focus on guitars and innovative playing remains constant. Despite its cut-rate appearance, this is a consistently enjoyable listen as a label sampler and should introduce at least a few new names to most jam guitar aficionados for further exploration. In that respect, mission accomplished.
TRACKS: 01. Took The Words Right Outta My Mouth (feat. Michael Lee Firkins) 02. Free In The Park (feat. Steve Morse) 03. Scorch (feat. Alex Skolnick & Charlie Hunter) 04. Dance To The Music (feat. Charlie Hitchcock, Fareed Haque & Michael Lee Firkins) 05. Gulab Jammin (feat. Fareed Haque) 06. Downside Up (feat. Oz Noy & Mike Stern) 07. Lake Shore Drive (feat. Chris Poland & Jake Cinninger) 08. Flashlight (feat. Phil Upchurch) 09. Dump Truck (feat. Will Bernard) 10. Rome (feat. Cameron Williams & Jess Franklin) 11. Disdots (feat. Ed Wynne) 12. Starlite Jamboree (feat. Bill Cutler, Jerry Garcia & Mark Karan)
ELTON JOHN - Wonderful Crazy Night (2016)
Wonderful Crazy Night is the 32nd studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John. It is John's first album since 2006's The Captain & the Kid to feature the Elton John Band. In addition to working again with longtime collaborator Taupin and producer Burnett, Wonderful Crazy Night finds John reuniting with some vital band members for the first time in nearly a decade: Drummer Nigel Olsson and guitarist Davey Johnstone, who first performed alongside John in the late-Sixties and early-Seventies, respectively, both appear on an Elton John album for the first time since 2006's The Captain & The Kid. Percussionist Ray Cooper, bassist Matt Bissonette, keyboardist Kim Bullard and percussionist John Mahon round out the Wonderful Crazy Night crew.
GENE CLARK - Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers (1967) & Gene Clark [aka White Light] (1971)
Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers is the debut solo album of Gene Clark, released in February 1967 on Columbia Records, catalogue CS 9418. It was his first effort after his departure from folk-rock group the Byrds in 1966. Though the album was a critical success and it established Clark as a talented singer-songwriter, it appeared very close to the scheduled release date for the Byrds' album Younger Than Yesterday in both the United States and the United Kingdom, hampering its possibilities for commercial success. The musicians on the album include: former bandmates Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke; Wrecking Crew session musicians Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole, and Leon Russell; future Byrd Clarence White; and Clark's future collaborator Doug Dillard. The folk/country vocal duo the Gosdin Brothers added backing vocals, and subsequently received co-billing.
TRACKS: 01. Echoes 02. Think I'm Gonna Feel Better 03. Tried So Hard 04. Is Yours Is Mine 05. Keep On Pushin' 06. I Found You 07. So You Say You Lost Your Baby 08. Elevator Operator 09. The Same One 10. Couldn't Believe Her 11. Needing Someone 12. Tried So Hard (Alternate Version) 13. Elevator Operator (Alternative Version) 14. Only Colombe (Mono Version) 15. The French Girl (Mono Version) 16. So You Say You Lost Your Baby (Acoustic Demo) 17. Is Yours Is Mine (Acoustic Demo)
White Light, aka Gene Clark, is the second solo album by Gene Clark, former member of The Byrds. It received critical acclaim upon its release, but only achieved commercial success in the Netherlands, where rock critics also voted it album of the year. However, like all of his post Byrds' records, it did very poorly on the US charts. Clark's backing band on the album included producer and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, bassist Chris Ethridge of the Flying Burrito Brothers, organist Mike Utley, along with pianist Ben Sidran and drummer Gary Mallaber, both of the Steve Miller Band.
TRACKS: 01. The Virgin 02. With Tomorrow 03. White Light 04. Because Of You 05. One In A Hundred 06. For A Spanish Guitar 07. Where My Love Lies Asleep 08. Tears Of Rage 09. 1975 10. Because Of You (Bonus Track) 11. Stand By Me (Bonus Track) 12. Ship Of The Lord (Bonus Track) 13. Opening Day (Bonus Track) 14. Winter In (Bonus Track)
CAT MOTHER & THE ALL NIGHT NEWSBOYS - The Street Giveth... And The Street Taketh Away (1969) 
Grassroots rockers Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys formed in New York's Lower East Side in 1967 -- comprising singer/guitarist Larry Packer, lead guitarist Charlie Chin, bassist Roy Michaels, keyboardist Bob Smith, and drummer Michael Equine; By year's end they were regularly headlining the Café Wha?, and soon were ensconced as the house band at the famed Electric Circus. In 1969 the group signed to Polydor Records, with longtime friend Jimi Hendrix agreeing to produce their debut LP The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away -- supported by a series of appearances as Hendrix's opener, the record generated Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys' lone Top 40 hit "Good Old Rock and Roll," a medley of pop classics from the late 1950s. Chin left the lineup soon after, and in an attempt to also sever ties with manager Michael Jeffrey, the remaining bandmembers traveled to San Francisco to record the follow-up, 1970s Albion Doowah, a pastoral, country-inspired effort featuring Paul Johnson on guitar and Jay Ungar on bass. Parker split soon after, and the remaining trio of Michaels, Smith and Equine returned to New York, abbreviating their name to simply Cat Mother and recruiting guitarist Charlie Prichard and percussionist Steve Davidson for their eponymous 1971 LP. Guitarist Charlie Harcourt replaced Prichard for Cat Mother's fourth and final album, 1973's aptly-titled Last Chance Dance, although the group continued playing live for several years to follow.
TRACKS: 01. Good Old Rock 'n' Roll 02. Favors 03. Charlie's Waltz 04. How I Spent My Summer 05. Marie 06. Probably Won't 07. Can You Dance To It 08. Bramble Bush 09. Bad News 10. Boston Burglar 11. Track In 'a' (Nebraska Nights)
Produced by Jimi Hendrix.
V.A. - Like An Atom Bomb - Apocalyptic Songs From The Cold War Era (2004)
This CD brings together some of the greatest, most unusual and rarest of the records produced in the USA in the col war 1940s and 50s. From the gospel of the Golden Gate Quartet through the jazz of Benny Goodman to obscure country from Karl & Henty. Lovingly compiled with meticulous notes; this is a must have for any collection of americana. It's part of a fascinating series on the Buzzola imprint from the Chrome Dreams label. Each contains a selection of about 18 "vintage recordings" from ( in some cases) the 1920s to the 1950s revolving around a theme.. The packaging is worth mentioning because each digi-pak has great graphics and five pages of detailed - and informative - liner notes to, not only put the subject in perspective, but provide info on some of the often-obscure artists. What makes these collections more fun is that the musical genres are varied from pop to rock to blues and country as well as a sermon or two! And the sound quality is excellent!
CPR - CPR (1998)
CPR or Crosby, Pevar & Raymond was a rock/jazz band that consisted of David Crosby (founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), session guitarist Jeff Pevar, and Crosby's son, pianist James Raymond. The first song that Crosby and Raymond co-wrote, "Morrison", was performed live for the first time in January 1997. The song recalled Crosby's feelings about the portrayal of Jim Morrison in the movie The Doors. The success of the 1997 tour spawned a record project, CPR, which was released in March 1998. The group disbanded in 2004, though Raymond continues to perform with Crosby as part of the touring bands for Crosby & Nash and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Jeff Pevar has toured and recorded with an array of musicians including Ray Charles, James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Starship, Marc Cohn, Phil Lesh and Friends, Jazz Is Dead. Pevar released a solo CD in 2012 called From The Core recorded in the Oregon Caves National Monument. CPR is the first studio album recorded by Crosby, Pevar and Raymond.
DAVID CROSBY & GRAHAM NASH - Wind On The Water (1975)
As 2 of the most distinctive artists from the 1960's and 1970's given their work in CSNY, Crosby & Nash also did great work as a Duo act. Wind On The Water was released in 1975 after the previous year's CSNY Reunion Tour and the dissolution of their contract at Atlantic. In many respects, this alliance made perfect sense. When it was just the 2 of them, they were often more likable. Crosby wasn't as much of a blowhard and Nash became more pragmatic. Wind On The Water's virtues are apparent with the 1st song, the warm and pensive single "Carry Me." "Homeward Through The Haze," "Low Down Payment," and "Naked In The Rain" are gems that all but sum up their complicated harmonic and melodic style. Besides Crosby & Nash being on their game, the Studio players here are impeccable. Lovers of 1970's Pop Rock will love to hear players like Danny Kortchmar and David Lindley effortlessly doing their identifiable riffs. James Taylor, Carole King, and Jackson Browne also showed up for these sessions, but do not intrude or overshadow Crosby & Nash. Without a doubt, despite the strong production, the stars of the show here are Crosby & Nash. The album concludes with "To The Last Whale...Critical Mass - Wind On The Water." The song is not only a testament to the album's skill at making the complex seem effortless, but it also gets its point across without being mushy. Wind On The Water has an instant classic, lived in sound and is a definite must have...
TRACKS: 01. Carry Me 02. Mama Lion 03. Bittersweet 04. Take The Money & Run 05. Naked In The Rain 06. Love Work Out 07. Low Down Payment 08. Cowboy Of Dreams 09. Homeward Through The Haze 10. Fieldworker 11. To The Last Whale... a) Critical Mass b) Wind On The Water
TOM WAITS - Used Songs 1973-1980 (2001)
Rhino's fine 16-track collection Used Songs (1973-1980) chronicles Tom Waits' first seven albums, all recorded for Asylum Records. This contains pretty much all his staples from the '70s -- "Heartattack and Vine," "Burma Shave," "Ol' 55," "Jersey Girl," "(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night," and "Tom Traubert's Blues" among them - sequenced not chronologically, but sequenced for maximum impact. Given the sheer amount of music Waits made for Asylum, it shouldn't be surprising that there are some fan favorites missing, but there are no complaints with what is here, and this provides a near-perfect encapsulation of his pre-Island years, especially for those only familiar with the Island recordings.
Those only familiar with Tom Waits's experimental post-Swordfishtrombones music on Island are often surprised and delighted to discover the singer-songwriter's pre-Swordfishtrombones work on Elektra. A sampling of Waits's nascent recordings is spotlighted on this Rhino compilation. Offering up a beat "hobo" persona that's part Jack Kerouac and part Charles Bukowski, Waits delivered a more traditional American musical persona back then. In fact, some of his melodies approached Stephen Foster territory (witness the absolutely gorgeous "Heart of Saturday Night"). "Ol' 55" became famous via an Eagles cover, Bruce Springsteen would immortalize "Jersey Girl," and "Whistlin' Past the Graveyard"--which highlights his Louis Armstrong-meets-Captain Beefheart vocals of the period--still rocks. But while it's an excellent introduction, tracks like the beautiful "Tom Troubert's Blues" will only make the more newly initiated want to hear albums like Small Change in their entirety.
FRANK ZAPPA - Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III (1979)
Joe's Garage was originally released in 1979 in two separate parts; Act I came first, followed by a two-record set containing Acts II & III. Rykodisc's reissue puts all three acts together on two CDs. Joe's Garage is generally regarded as one of Zappa's finest post-'60s conceptual works, a sprawling, satirical rock opera about a totalitarian future in which music is outlawed to control the population. The narrative is long, winding, and occasionally loses focus; it was improvised in a weekend, some of it around previously existing songs, but Zappa manages to make most of it hang together. Acts II & III give off much the same feel, as Zappa relies heavily on what he termed "xenochrony" -- previously recorded guitar solos transferred onto new, rhythmically different backing tracks to produce random musical coincidences. Such an approach is guaranteed to produce some slow moments as well, but critics latched onto the work more for its conceptual substance. Joe's Garage satirizes social control mechanisms, consumerism, corporate abuses, gender politics, religion, and the rock & roll lifestyle; all these forces conspire against the title protagonist, an average young man who simply wants to play guitar and enjoy himself. Even though Zappa himself hated punk rock and even says so on the album, his ideas seemed to support punk's do-it-yourself challenge to the record industry and to social norms in general. Since this is 1979-era Zappa, there are liberal applications of his trademark scatological humor (the titles of "Catholic Girls," "Crew Slut," "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?," and "Keep It Greasey" are self-explanatory). Still, in spite of its flaws, Joe's Garage has enough substance to make it one of Zappa's most important '70s works and overall political statements, even if it's not focused enough to rank with his earliest Mothers of Invention masterpieces.
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - Let Me Get By (2016) + Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc
Let Me Get By is the third studio album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring ten new, original songs that stand together as a testament to the spirit and commitment of the tightly-knit 12-member ensemble. Driven by Susan's soaring, spiritually charged vocals and Derek's masterfully lyrical slide-guitar, the band's musical talents are on display in full force. From 'Anyhow' - a declaration of devotion highlighting the album's theme of breaking away - to the funky and uplifting title track, Let Me Get By delivers a sonic journey filled with the barnstorming energy, soulful vibes and roots-based rock that no band delivers better.
Deluxe version includes 8-track bonus disc that features live recordings from the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York as well as alternate mixes, early song takes and additional studio material, an expanded booklet with exclusive studio and live photos, and a custom-designed vintage amp box.
Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc: 01. Hear Me (Alternate Mix) 02. In Every Heart (Alternate Mix) 03. Oh! You Pretty Things 04. Just As Strange (Alternate Mix) 05. Satie Groove 06. Laugh About It (Live At The Beacon Theatre) 07. I Pity The Fool (Live At The Beacon Theatre) 08. Keep On Growing (Live At The Beacon Theatre)
NEAL MORSE - Morsefest! 2014 (2015)
Long-time collaborators Mike Portnoy and Randy George as well as Neal Morse Band anchors, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette, join Neal as this group of master musicians perform Neal's world renowned classic albums Testimony and One. Complete with 4 piece horn section, 6 member female background vocal section, violin and cello, full orchestra percussion with timpani and chimes, dancers, special guests and special staging, this is the most elaborate live release of Neal Morse's career. Neal even flew out Rich Mouser who mixed the original studio albums to do the front of house mix! Neal says "We really went all out this time. I wanted it to be the quintessential presentation and performance of this music." And so it was...and is! Says Mike Portnoy - "I've got to say... as a fan of this wonderful music, how incredible this is! I am so happy to see this come to fruition. This music really deserves this… everything from the incredible presentation, and all these amazing musicians...it's great to hear this music come to life on stage like this. To be doing it in his hometown with all his friends and family present and to be doing it here in this building that has such incredible importance to him and his story, it's elevated the music to a whole new level. This is just been an amazing experience!" Over 5 hours of great performances including the entire Testimony and One albums plus special encores of the Spock's Beard classic The Light featuring Alan Morse, and the Transatlantic epic Stranger In Your Soul. Also included is a behind-the-scenes documentary with footage of Neal's exclusive acoustic concert, rehearsal footage, "Name That Prog Tune" game with Mike and more!
J.B. HUTTO & HIS HAWKS - Hawk Squat (1968) [Delmark, 2015]
Connotatively speaking, an idealist is someone who has crystal-clear ideas of how life should be. S/he holds lofty yet precise ideals - hence the term - in mind, and hopes for them to become reality. In the music world, idealists are the “purest of the purists”. What is their ideal of pure blues? One prime example is the remastered and re-released album Hawk Squat, by J.B. Hutto (uncle of Lil’ Ed, of Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials) and his Hawks. It’s raw electric Chicago blues. It’s not polished. It’s not slick. It’s some people’s idea of what the electric blues ought to be. Just how fantastic is this CD? Not only is it worthy of one’s reference collection, but in 2014, the National Blues Foundation inducted Hawk Squat into its Hall of Fame for “Classic of Blues Recording: Album”. Its vintage is the Age of Aquarius, with all eighteen original tracks (six previously unissued) from 1966 and 1968. This is more than a J.B. Hutto reboot. It’s a total re-mastery of slide guitar blues that conquered the Windy City. According to Dusty Groove.com, “Hutto’s a killer right from the start – singing and playing [slide] with a ferocity that easily matches, if not beats, the bigger ‘60s names on Chess Records….” Helping Hutto catapult to fame, both then and now, are Lee Jackson on guitar, Sunnyland Slim on piano and organ, Junior Pettis, Dave Myers, and Herman Hassell on bass, Frank Kirkland on drums, and Maurice McIntyre on tenor sax. The 20-page book hidden within the Deluxe Edition CD cover reveals: “Hawk Squat was born at Turner’s Lounge at 39th and Indiana, on Chicago’s South Side. Fifty cents would gain you entry and a beer. Not having that dollar charge at the door made Turner’s rowdier than other clubs.” Hutto’s masterpiece contains no elevator muzak. It showcases tunes tailor-made for people like one unfortunate patron of Turner’s, who got kicked out of both the men’s and the ladies’ room.
LUCINDA WILLIAMS - Essence (2001)
Essence is Lucinda Williams' sixth album. It was released in 2001. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 28, selling about 44,500 copies in its first week. According to Billboard as of February 2008, the album had sold 336,000 copies in the U.S. Essence was highly anticipated coming after a three-year gap from her lauded Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and the critical reviews reflect that. Although positive, none rate the album as highly as her breakthrough. Robert Christgau, who raved about Car Wheels, called the album "imperfect" but still praised her artistry saying "[she] is too damn good to deny." Reviewers noted the difference in tone between the two albums with Rolling Stone citing the "willful intimacy" of the music while Spin contrasted its "halting, spare" presentation with Car Wheels "giddy, verbose" one. In a review posted by Salon the album was called "an emotional mess of a masterpiece". Q listed Essence as one of the best 50 albums of 2001. Personnel on the album include Tony Garnier and Charlie Sexton, best known as part of Bob Dylan's live backing band at the time. The album also features session drummer Jim Keltner.
CHRIS REA - All Time Hits (2002)
Christopher Anton Rea is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist, recognisable for his distinctive, husky voice and slide guitar playing. The British Hit Singles & Albums stated that Rea was "one of the most popular UK singer-songwriters of the late 1980s. He was already a major European star by the time he finally cracked the UK Top 10 with his 18th chart entry; The Road to Hell (Part 2)". As of 2009, he has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. In America he is best known for the 1978 hit song "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" that reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. This success earned him a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist in 1979. His other hit songs include, "I Can Hear Your Heartbeat", "Stainsby Girls", "On the Beach" (Adult Contemporary No. 9), "Let's Dance", "Josephine", "Driving Home for Christmas", "Tell Me There's a Heaven", "Auberge", "Looking for the Summer", "Winter Song", "Nothing To Fear", "Julia", "Working On It" (Mainstream Rock No. 1), and "If You Were Me", a duet with Elton John. Two of his studio albums, The Road to Hell and Auberge, topped the UK Albums Chart. Rea was nominated three times for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist: in 1988, 1989 and 1990. The book Guinness Rockopedia described him as a "gravel-voiced guitar stalwart".
TRACKS: 01. The Road To Hell 02. You Must Be Evil 03. I Just Wanna Be With You 04. Looking For The Summer 05. Soft Top, Hard Shoulder 06. As Long As I Have Your Love 07. The Blue Cafe 08. On The Beach 09. Auberge 10. Josephine 11. I'm Still Holding On 12. Little Blonde Plaits 13. Fool (If You Think It's Over) 14. I Can Hear Your Hearbeat 15. King Of The Beach 16. And You My Love 17. That's What They Always Say
PAUL KANTNER, GRACE SLICK & DAVID FREIBERG - Baron von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun (1973)
Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun is an album by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and David Freiberg from Jefferson Airplane. It was released in 1973 on Grunt/RCA.
The record was issued at the same time as Thirty Seconds Over Winterland. All the members of the 1972-era Jefferson Airplane make an appearance on the album. However, on most of the tracks, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead performs lead guitar and Chris Ethridge of the Flying Burrito Brothers performs bass. "Your Mind Has Left Your Body" was the final studio track to feature Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady until the 1989 Jefferson Airplane reunion album. The album cover was illustrated by Drew Struzan, under the direction of Ernie Cefalu.
TRACKS: 01. Ballad Of The Chrome Nun 02. Fat 03. Flowers Of The Night 04. Walkin' 05. Your Mind Has Left Your Body 06. Across The Board 07. Harp Tree Lament 08. White Boy (Transcaucasian Airmachine Blues) 09. Fishman 10. Sketches Of China
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - Original Album Classics 1969-1971 (2011)
Paul Lorin Kantner (March 17, 1941 – January 28, 2016) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, a psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial spin-off band Jefferson Starship. - RIP
Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1965. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success. They performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s, Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969), as well as headlined the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968). Their 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the "Summer of Love". Two hits from that album, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", are among Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The "classic" line-up of Jefferson Airplane remained stable from 1967 to early 1970, and consisted of Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Grace Slick. The group broke up in 1972, and essentially split into the two bands Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
GLENN HUGHES - Live In Australia (2008) & [with] California Breed (2014)
Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. He's known as a singer's singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favourite white singer. Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B.
TRACKS: 01. Coast To Coast 02. I Found A Woman 03. This Time Around 04. Nights In White Satin 05. Last Mistake 06. Frail 07. The Divine 08. This Is How I Feel 09. Whiter Shade Of Pale 10. Mistreated 11. Soul Mover 12. Gettin' Tighter (with Jimmy Barnes) 13. You Keep On Moving'
California Breed was an English-American hard rock band based in Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2013, the band was a supergroup composed of bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Andrew Watt, and drummer Jason Bonham. Following the breakup of his previous band Black Country Communion, Hughes was introduced to Cody Simpson's Guitar player Watt in 2013 and the two quickly formed California Breed, with Black Country Communion drummer Bonham completing the lineup shortly after. The band recorded its self-titled debut album with producer Dave Cobb in late 2013, which was released through Frontiers Records in May 2014 and reached number 78 on the US Billboard 200. Following the release of the album, Bonham left California Breed due to other commitments preventing him from touring; he was replaced by former Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo. The band toured in support of the band Alter Bridge, and later on five UK dates with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. It was later revealed that Bonham's departure was likely to be permanent, and in January 2015 the band announced that it would no longer continue.
TRACKS: 01. The Way 02. Sweet Tea 03. Chemical Rain 04. Midnight Oil 05. All Falls Down 06. The Grey 07. Days They Come 08. Spit You Out 09. Strong 10. Invisible 11. Scars 12. Breathe 13. Solo (Bonus Track) 14. Breathe (Acoustic, Bonus Track)
THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS - Time Has Come Today [15 Great Songs] (1993)
Like their West Coast contemporaries Sly and the Family Stone, the Chambers Brothers shattered racial and musical divides to forge an incendiary fusion of funk, gospel, blues, and psychedelia which reached its apex with the perennial 1968 song "Time Has Come Today." The Chambers siblings -- bassist George, guitarist Willie, harpist Lester, and guitarist Joe, all of whom contributed vocals -- were born and raised in Lee County, MS; the products of an impoverished sharecropping family, the brothers first polished their vocal harmonies in the choir of their Baptist church, a collaboration which ended after George was drafted into the army in 1952. Following his discharge he relocated to Los Angeles, where the other Chambers brothers soon settled as well; the foursome began performing gospel and folk throughout Southern California in 1954, but remained virtually unknown until appearing in New York City in 1965. The addition of white drummer Brian Keenan not only made the Chambers Brothers an interracial group, but pushed their music closer to rock & roll; a well-received appearance at the Newport Folk Festival further enhanced their growing reputation, and they soon recorded their debut LP, People Get Ready.
As the Chambers Brothers toured rock clubs (including the famed Fillmore in San Francisco) and R&B venues (most notably the Apollo Theatre) alike, their music increasingly embraced elements of both; after recording 1968's Shout! for the Vault label, the group signed to Columbia to issue Time Has Come Today, scoring a major pop hit with the title track, an 11-minute psychedelic soul epic in its original album incarnation. The follow-up, A New Time--A New Day, yielded another Top 40 hit, a cover of the Otis Redding's classic "I Can't Turn You Loose," but subsequent efforts including 1969's Love, Peace and Happiness and 1970's Live at Fillmore East failed to maintain the commercial momentum. Upon completing 1972's Oh My God!, the Chambers Brothers disbanded, only to reunite two years later for Unbonded. Right Move appeared in 1975, and although no new studio records were forthcoming, the group regularly performed live in the decades to follow, with the brothers also pursuing individual projects; the Chambers Family Choir, a gospel group including the siblings' own children, remained a priority as well.
RICHIE HAVENS - The Best Of: Resume (1993)
Richie Havens in his prime possessed an uncanny knack for inhabiting familiar songs as if they were his hometown. He practically hijacked "Here Comes the Sun" out from under George Harrison, turning his 1971 version of the Abby Road tune into a rhythmic statement all his own and, in the process, charting for the one and only time in his career. That's true to a lesser degree with Lennon-McCartney's "Rocky Raccoon," Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman," and Fred Neil's "Dolphins," all of which are found on this 17-track anthology culled from the New York City singer-guitarist's late 1960s and early 1970s records. Havens penned a few songs of his own, notably the antiwar song "Handsome Johnny" (cowritten with actor Lou Gossett), and adapted others in his own inimitable style ("Run Shaker Life," "Freedom," his Woodstock-inspired variation on "Motherless Child"). But he made his mark as an interpreter--one whose work holds up admirably, judging by this focused retrospective.
JUKIN' BONE - Whiskey Woman (1972)  & Way Down East (1972) 
Free Will was a legendary band from Upstate New York who formed in 1968 and signed to RCA Records in 1971. Led by vocalist Joe Whiting and lead guitarist Mark Doyle, the band also featured George Egosarian on second guitar, John DeMaso on bass, and Tom Glaister on drums. Along with their signing to RCA came a name change, to Jukin' Bone. Under that name they recorded two albums, "Whiskey Woman" and "Way Down East" that were hailed by Creem magazine as seminal classics of 70's hard rock. While signed to RCA, the band toured with ZZ Top, Freddie King, The Allman Brothers, The Kinks, John Mayall, and Three Dog Night, among others. They disbanded acrimoniously in 1973, although Doyle and Whiting went on to record several fine albums on the Blue Wave label. That should have been the end of the story, but the band was honored at the Syracuse Area Music Awards in 1993, resulting in them playing together for the first time in 25 years. Never fond of the name that their record company gave them (and all the attendant misery that it grew to represent for them), the boys reclaimed their original name, Free Will.
BOB MARGOLIN - My Road (2016)
Steady Rollin' Records/VizzTone Label Group is proud to announce the release of multi-award winning guitar player/ songwriter/singer Bob Margolin's My Road. My Road brings a fresh focus for Margolin - both musically and lyrically: "MY ROAD reveals who I am today, musically and very personally. Each song takes a surprising turn from the others and my previous music. This breakthrough for me is informed by fifty years on bandstands, my Blues music heritage and credentials, and the drive to survive and thrive in today's pressurized world. MY ROAD is my ride through modern challenges, the ironies and lessons of aging, achieving true love, mourning, my band's distinctive signature sound, a childhood epiphany, my seven years in Muddy Waters' band, and exploring the darkest sides of life with friends who have been there."
The album was produced by Grammy-winning producer Michael Freeman and recorded at Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, NC. Joining Margolin (guitar/vocals) in the studio are Chuck Cotton (drums/vocals) and Tad Walters (guitar/harp). The album features six new Margolin originals (plus two co-writes) and four written by friends Margolin had long wanted to cover.
TRACKS: 01. My Whole Life 02. More And More 03. I Shall Prevail 04. Goodnight 05. Understanding Heart 06. Low Life Blues 07. Bye Bye Baby 08. Young And Old Blues 09. Ask Me No Questions 10. Feelin' Right Tonight 11. Devil's Daughter 12. Heaven Mississippi
PAUL GILBERT - I Can Destroy (2015)
Paul Gilbert, the legendary guitar shredder best known for his bands Racer X and Mr. Big, took time out of his recording schedule to join Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast podcast to talk about his early music education, his online 'Rock Guitar School, his signature Ibanez guitars and a new solo album. Ranked as one of the fastest players of all time, Paul Gilbert began his musical education by listening to his Uncle's rock n roll albums outside of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He has since led the metal band 'Racer X' and the chart topping 'Mr. Big' along side bandmates Billy Sheehan (bass), Pat Torpey (drums) and lead singer Eric Martin. While talking with Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast, he revealed he's in the mixing stage of his new solo album which will be called "I Can Destroy". Legendary record producer Kevin Shirley handled the production on the album. Shirley has produced some of the top rock n roll albums of all time with artists including Aerosmith, Journey, Dream Theater and Iron Maiden to name a few.
The title 'I Can Destroy' was inspired by his young son's penchant for smashing things. Gilbert says: "The stuff he really loves the most [is what he] can tear up and destroy. That's how he's discovering the world. He picks it up in his hands and says 'can I crush it, can I eat it, can I bang it on the ground?" The longer title 'I Love Anything That I Can Destroy' was shortened for brevity. Another inspiration for the title was the world's largest machine, the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) which is a particle collider used by physicists to learn the basic laws governing the interactions and forces among the elementary objects. Paul added: "We're half way through the mixing and stuff is really turning out to be very exciting."
TRACKS: 01. Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal 02. I Can Destroy 03. Knocking On A Locked Door 04. One Woman Too Many 05. Woman Stop 06. Gonna Make You Love Me 07. I Am Not The One (Who Wants To Be With You) 08. Blues Just Saving My Life 09. Make It (If We Try) 10. Love We Had 11. I Will Be Remembered 12. Adventure And Trouble 13. My Sugar
JANIS JOPLIN - Box of Pearls - The Janis Joplin Collection (1999)
A limited-edition five-CD box set comprising both albums that Janis Joplin made with Big Brother & the Holding Company (Cheap Thrills and Big Brother & the Holding Company), both of her solo albums (I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! and Pearl), and a bonus EP with five previously unreleased recordings. Each of these four albums includes previously unreleased bonus tracks (including live material), and each is available separately with the same bonus cuts. The tracks on the bonus EP aren't available anywhere else, and if you're devoted enough to consider laying out for this deluxe box, you're probably most interested in what's on that fifth disc. There are a couple of Cheap Thrills outtakes, "It's a Deal" and "Crazy Once You Know How," with a garagey feel and some typically scorching, uninhibited Big Brother lead guitar; it can be seen why they may not have been deemed strong enough for the album, but they're pretty cool to have. The live versions of "Maybe" (April 1969) and "Raise Your Hand" (October 1969) are OK, but not essential; of greater curiosity is the raw live charge through "Bo Diddley" (also October 1969). In the original long-box shaped release, each of the CDs is packaged in a mini-LP-type jacket, which would be really cool except for the fact that, cheapskates that Sony management is, none has an inner-sleeve, so the CDs tend to roll out of the sleeve once they're unsealed, unless you put them back in the box very carefully; additionally, the producers didn't re-create the gatefold design of Cheap Thrills; there are two subsequent versions of the set, a domestic wide CD-sized box containing full, jewel-cased versions of the five discs, and a Japanese version in mini-LP sleeves (with inner sleeves) and with two accompanying booklets. Note that this box does not include a good deal of material that has shown up on the Janis box, the Janis movie soundtrack, In Concert, and Farewell Song, so it's not a complete collection of Joplin's recordings.
V.A. - The Many Faces Of The Rolling Stones (2015)
Without a doubt The Rolling Stones are the most successful Rockband of all time. They had eight consecutive number one studio albums in the US and five consecutive number one studio and live albums in the UK and have estimated sales of 200 million records worldwide. In The Many Faces Of The Rolling Stones we present some adventures of the several members of the Stones, like Mick Jagger as a guest of a track by Leslie West or Keith Richards with Toots & The Maytals. On CD2 you can explore the most favorite tracks of the Stones' masterminds Jagger & Richards with tracks from Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf amongst others. While CD3 is delivering the original versions of tracks, which have been covered by the Stones. With remastered sound, liner notes and a wonderful artwork, The Many Faces Of Rolling Stones is an absolute Must Have album for the collection of every fan of these giants of Rock. Incl. tracks from Bill Wyman, Ron Wood, Leslie West feat Mick Jagger, Chris Farlowe, Johnny Winter, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles...
PATTY GRIFFIN - A Kiss In Time (2003) & Impossible Dream (2005)
Patricia Jean "Patty" Griffin is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Known for her stripped-down songwriting style centered on the folk music genre, her songs have been covered by a host of musicians including Emmylou Harris, Ellis Paul, Rory Block, Dave Hause, and the Dixie Chicks. In 2007, Griffin was the recipient of the Americana Music Association's "Artist of the Year" award and her album, Children Running Through, won for "Best Album". In 2011, Griffin's album titled Downtown Church won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album.
A Kiss In Time (2003) - Patty Griffin's first live outing is a fine, poetic, flesh and blood example of what a live recording should be. This is as undressed as it gets; a fine record of a truly magical show at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nash Vegas; a fitting end to a tour that began with the hope of getting a new record on a new label across. The end result is one of those recordings where the singer becomes her songs. Her guests, including Buddy and Julie Miller, Emmylou Harris, John Deaderick, and Jay Joyce all end up as parts and parcels in the songs, rather than as personalities helping to interpret them. The world woven from Griffin's three studio recordings, combined with the energy coming from audience, and the stage itself, make for one of the most engaging, warm, and poetic listening experiences issued in a decade, and one of the best live outings on record.
"Impossible Dream" retains the intimate, "live" recording quality of 2002's 1,000 Kisses, especially on tracks like "Florida," where you can almost smell the cigarette smoke Patty Griffin sings about. But it also emits a melancholy signal from somewhere deeper than live, a hazy place lined with the shelves of memory. "Mother of God" and "Kite" are spare, piano-led pieces recalling a life's decisions or a child's emotions on a single summer day. Griffin's gorgeous vocals make their atmosphere touchable. But Impossible Dream also benefits from the production of Austin pal Craig Ross. He deftly clarifies the album's stylistic contours, but is careful to cultivate them inside the album's overall pensiveness. "Standing" is a deconstructed gospel number that sidles into something a little more sultry, while "Love Throw a Line" starts Impossible Dream with a slight Texas shuffle. Guests like guitarist Doug Lancio and Emmylou Harris and Buddy and Julie Miller - who contributed supporting vocals throughout - also help shade the album's more robust material.
THE HOLLIES - At Abbey Road 1963 - 1966 (1997)
"The Hollies at Abbey Road 1963-1966" is an excellent collection of early British Power-Pop. People who enjoy the first four Beatles albums are very likely to enjoy this collection as it is made up of similar material performed in a similar style. Like the Beatles, the 1963-1966 era Hollies were beginning to write their own songs while still do excellent cover versions of early Rock and Soul gems. Most of the covers tend to be louder songs that have more drive to them while most of the originals are love ballads. Above all, this set shows that the Hollies aren't the talent lacking Beatles imitators that the American press usually paints them as. The fine liner notes, that list dates of the recordings and other facts, actually lead me to believe that the Hollies were a band of like minded individuals who developed at roughly the same time as the Beatles under the creative guidance of the same record company (EMI) and recording studio (Abbey Road).
THE HOLLIES - At Abbey Road 1966 - 1970 (1998)
With a few exceptions, the song lineup on this 24-track CD sounds familiar, but that's a misconception. The remastering job has been done so well that precious little on this CD sounds familiar, and it's all good. This collection picks up right where its predecessor left off, presenting a string of Hollies hits, B-sides, and notable album tracks, newly remastered in state-of-the-art sound off of original session masters. The results are frequently startling; rather than just enhancing the hits, the producers have applied the same care to their B-sides, and those are a deceptively fine group of songs in their own right. It rips the envelope altogether by throwing in the group's previously unissued recording of Graham Gouldman's "Schoolgirl," maybe the best unreleased track to come out of an EMI group this side of the Beatles' pounding version of "Leave My Kitten Alone." The remastering also makes the standard material sound more spacious and less compressed than ever before and opens up layers of sound on the guitars, percussion, and vocals that were previously obscured. Hollies fans may love this CD for a reason beyond the particular individual tracks or the dazzling sound textures; it's very much an affirmation of the peak that the band achieved in the late '60s, depicting their moves from British invasion-style rock & roll through psychedelia to pop/rock, all of it beautifully crafted and played. The notes by Bobby Elliott are highly entertaining as well as informative.
THE HOLLIES - At Abbey Road 1973 - 1989 (1998)
If this 20-song, 78-minute compilation is less compelling than its two predecessors, it's only because it represents a period in the Hollies' history in which the group lost its decade-long grip on the pop charts, even as they retained their fan base. The producers have interspersed the key hits and B-sides with what they regard as important album tracks and throw in a handful of previously unissued songs for a good cross-section of what is probably, for many of us, the least familiar period in the group's history of recording. The first track, "The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee," was an attempt to emulate the sound of their earlier hit "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)," which succeeded only part way, reaching the Top 30 in England. "Transatlantic Westbound Jet," a rare Bobby Elliott/Terry Sylvester collaboration, in this version featuring Allan Clarke on lead vocals, and the bouncy (and previously unissued) rocker "Iceberg" lead us to the group's last major international hit, "The Air That I Breathe." The album and B-side tracks that follow are enjoyable enough, the Calypso-flavored "Layin' to the Music" being the best of the cuts leading into "4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)," which is followed by a delightful rumba-style rock number, "Come Down to the Shore," which sees its first release on this CD, although they never succeeded remotely the way "The Air That I Breathe" did. Another superb (and previously lost) outtake, "Samuel," makes its debut here as well, featuring some newly-recorded Tony Hicks guitar parts. An unusually large portion of the rest of the disc is devoted to tracks off of the Five Three One-Double Seven O Four album from 1979, but these pale next to the radiant harmonies and overall exuberance of the group's 1981 reunion with co-founder Graham Nash on "Take My Love and Run," which deserved a lot more chart action than it ever saw. As late as the mid-1980s, as this compilation shows, the group was creating brilliant pop/rock, and it's worth getting to "Too Many Hearts Get Broken," "Find Me a Family," and "No Rules." The sound is state of the art, and the annotation is informative and entertaining.
GRATEFUL DEAD - Fare Thee Well, Celebrating 50 Years Of The Grateful Dead (2015)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the "core four" original members - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir – reunited at Chicago's Soldier Field on 4th of July weekend for one of the most anticipated concert events in recent history. Joined by Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby.Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Deadis the original members' last-ever performance together nearly 20 years to the day of the last ever Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia, which took place at the same historic venue.Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead 2-DVD Version contains full video from final show (July 5) on DVD.
This is the last Dead Concert. After 50 years in the road this is really the END. Grateful Dead is more than a simple rock & roll band, is the spirit of several generations, and you can see in this edition of his last concert. 20 year after Jerry Garcia pass away, you can feel that still alive, in his songs and also in the way how the band play. You can't not evaluate only the music, or the recording, is much moore. In this last concert tha band play well, but you always think in Jerry... but this is also important. Only the last concert, ·3 CD and 2 DVD, A lot of music and also a lot of images. Probably is not his best perfomance in live but is the last one.
V.A. - The Many Faces Of Motorhead (2015)
A new volume in the successful and fascinating series "The many faces of...", which digs into the inner world of MOTÖRHEAD, highlighting their roots, their side projects, his rarest recordings and his legacy. Intertwined amongst punk, hard rock, heavy metal or, as Lemmy himself has claimed, in the most classic rock n'roll, MOTÖRHEAD has created a unique and recognizable sound right from the start. MOTÖRHEAD is a true innovative band. And just as RAMONES or AC / DC, they have created a unique sub culture surrounding their own unique sound. Packaged in a 3cd gatefold set, "The many faces of MOTÖRHEAD" is a wild ride through the musical legacy of one of the most significant bands in the history of rock & roll.
CD1 - includes the different projects of the band members (as e.g. Motörhead with Girlschool, solo songs by the different Motörhead guitar players Brian Robertson, Fast Eddie Clarke and Larry Wallis, and a track by the Plasmatics who are close friends with Lemmy) as well as some of Lemmy's favourites;
CD2 - includes a legendary live performance of the classic Motörhead lineup from 1978: Lemmy/Clarke/Taylor. However, as a special treat they are covering some classics which are also included in their respective original versions by Eddie Holland, The Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Sex Pistols;
CD3 - includes a collection of true Motörhead fan bands covering Motörhead hits. Some of those are pretty similar to the originals while some others are reinterpreted in an utterly innovative way!
PAUL STANLEY - Live To Win (2006)
Stanley Bert Eisen, better known by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss. He is the writer or co-writer of many of the band's highest-charting hits. Stanley established the "Starchild" character for his Kiss persona. Hit Parader ranked him 18th on their list of Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. Gibson.com Readers Poll also named him 13th on their list of Top 25 Frontmen. "Live to Win" is the second solo album from Kiss vocalist, guitarist and co-founder Paul Stanley, released on October 24, 2006. The album's title track was featured on the South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft", twenty days prior to the album's release. Stanley last released a solo album in 1978, Paul Stanley, which was officially released as a Kiss album. Comparing the two albums, Stanley said "It's not 1978 anymore... It's certainly the same mentality, and certainly I'm a better singer today. My perspective and where I'm at in my life at this point, and what I've experienced and seen, brings something else to the table that wasn't there then. But I still look back on that album as a really great snapshot of who I was and what I was doing then." Stanley supported the album's release with a club tour in the fall of 2006
TRACKS: 01. Live To Win 02. Lift 03. Wake Up Screaming 04. Everytime I See You Around 05. Bulletproof 06. All About You 07. Second To None 08. It's Not Me 09. Loving You Without You Now 10. Where Angels Dare
LAURA NYRO - Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro (1997)
Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro is the second retrospective album by Bronx-born musician Laura Nyro and the most comprehensive overview of her work to date. It was the last album Nyro released during her lifetime, and she died from ovarian cancer less than two months after its release. The two-disc set combines highlights from all of her studio albums, as well as some rarities and previously unreleased live songs recorded in 1993 and 1994. Music journalist Paul Zollo's interview with Nyro makes up the liner notes, along with a Nyro biography and song details. Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro came about in 1996 when the Legacy imprint of Columbia Records requested a single-disc overview of Nyro's work. However, that would have concentrated on her earlier material, and Nyro was adamant that a full career overview should be achieved. Nyro oversaw the production of the album, and made the track selection her final artistic project. The first disc collects some of her finest and most well-known material from 1966 to 1970, while the second disc concentrates on her later career.
GLENN FREY - Solo Collection (1995)
Glenn Frey... Rest In Peace!
Glenn Frey (1948 - 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of rock band the Eagles. During the seventies, Frey played guitar with the band, as well as piano and keyboards; alongside Don Henley, Frey was one of the primary singers of the Eagles, he sang lead vocals on songs 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 the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Consolidating his solo recordings and those with the Eagles, Frey released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Glenn Frey has had a mixed solo career, alternating between Top Ten hits and outright commercial disasters. Solo Collection performs a welcome service by collecting the highlights from his decidedly uneven solo albums, including all of his biggest hits. Not only is it a perfect introduction, it's arguably the most consistent solo record Frey ever released.
EAGLES - Hotel California (1976)  @SACD, FLAC
The Eagles took 18 months between their fourth and fifth albums, reportedly spending eight months in the studio recording Hotel California. The album was also their first to be made without Bernie Leadon, who had given the band much of its country flavor, and with rock guitarist Joe Walsh. As a result, the album marks a major leap for The Eagles from their earlier work, as well as a stylistic shift toward mainstream rock. An even more important aspect, however, is the emergence of Don Henley as the band's dominant voice, both as a singer and a lyricist. On the six songs to which he contributes, Henley sketches a thematic statement that begins by using California as a metaphor for a dark, surreal world of dissipation; comments on the ephemeral nature of success and the attraction of excess; branches out into romantic disappointment; and finally sketches a broad, pessimistic history of America that borders on nihilism. Of course, the lyrics kick in some time after one has appreciated the album's music, which marks a peak in The Eagles' playing. Early on, the group couldn't rock convincingly, but the rhythm section of Henley and Meisner has finally solidified, and the electric guitar work of Don Felder and Joe Walsh has arena-rock heft. In the early part of their career, The Eagles never seemed to get a sound big enough for their ambitions; after changes in producer and personnel, as well as a noticeable growth in creativity, Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band. It was a band that could be bombastic, but also one that made music worthy of the later tag of "classic rock," music appropriate for the arenas and stadiums the band was playing. The result was The Eagles' biggest-selling regular album release, and one of the most successful rock albums ever.
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN - Bumbershoot Arts Festival, 1985 (2015)
In March 1985, recording for Double Trouble's third studio album, Soul to Soul, began at the Dallas Sound Lab. As the sessions progressed though, Vaughan became increasingly frustrated with his own lack of inspiration. He was allowed a relaxed pace of recording, which contributed to a lack of focus due to excesses in alcohol and other drugs. During the album's production, Vaughan appeared at the Houston Astrodome, on April 10, 1985, where he performed a slide guitar rendition of the US national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner"; his performance was met with booing. Soul to Soul was released on 30th September, 1985, and peaked at number 34 and remained on the Billboard 200 through mid-1986, eventually certified gold. It was shortly before the release date, across Labour Day weekend 85 (30th August - 2nd September) that, as always, the years Bumbershoot Festival took place. SRV performed on the evening of 1st September, and despite the difficulties prevalent during its recording, 9of the 10 tracks from Soul To Soul were played, alongside another 7 songs from earlier albums, cover versions and - at the time - unreleased rarities. Many of his problems with abuse would continue to haunt Stevie Ray across at least another year following the release of Soul To Soul, when, after a near death experience, he booked into a London Clinic for rehab but the sheer power and intensity of the album is almost certainly best illustrated in this live rendition - indeed for many of those who are familiar with this recording, these are generally the preferred versions of the albums marvellous songs.
TRACKS: 01. Scuttle Buttin 02. Say What 03. Lookin' Out The Window 04. Look At Little Sister 05. Ain't Gonna Give Up On Love 06. Change It 07. You'll Be Mine 08. Empty Arms 09. Come On 10. Cold Shot 11. Couldn't Stand The Weather 12. Life Without You 13. Pride And Joy 14. Texas Flood (With Bonnie Raitt) 15. Testify (With Bonnie Raitt)
THE BAND - A Musical History (2005)
A Musical History is the second box set to anthologize Canadian-American rock group The Band. Released by Capitol Records on September 27, 2005, it features 111 tracks spread over five Compact Discs and one DVD. Roughly spanning the group's journey from 1961 to 1977, from their days behind Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan through the departure of Robbie Robertson and the first disbanding of the group. The set includes highlights from each of the group's first seven studio albums and both major live recordings and nearly forty rare or previously unreleased performances.
The first disc focuses on the period from 1961 through 1968, giving the first legitimate release on compact disc to four of five single sides the group recorded in 1965, the fifth previously released on 1994's Across The Great Divide. Opening with two tracks featuring an early incarnation of the group featuring Danko, Robertson and Helm (with Manuel on one track) backing Ronnie Hawkins, the disc goes into the first recordings of the group without Hawkins, with Helm assuming lead vocal duties. From there come the earliest tracks featuring the classic line-up, mostly 12-bar blues material, including the group's single sides, the earlier sides recorded as The Canadian Squires, the later sides as Levon and the Hawks. Sessions with Bob Dylan (mostly without Helm) and demo recordings close the disc. These recordings constitute one part of a larger set that will be released as From Bacon Fat to Judgement Day, chronicling the group's journey from 1957 to 1967.
Disc two focuses on 1968, featuring all but one track either in its original or in an alternate or extended version from the group's debut album, as well as several outtakes, a few of which are new to the set. A number with Dylan recorded at a Woody Guthrie tribute concert (where the group performed as "The Crackers") and a few of the group's tracks from The Basement Tapes round out the disc.
The third CD focuses on 1969 to 1971. Eight of twelve tracks from the group's eponymous second album and an early version of a ninth constitute the first part of the disc, with five of ten (with an early version of a sixth) from the third album, a handful of live numbers and a run-through of one track that would appear on the group's fourth album finish the disc.
Disc four focuses on 1971 to 1973, opening with an additional four tracks from the group's fourth album. From there, nine tracks recorded during the shows that made up the group's fifth album, the live Rock of Ages, one of them previously unreleased. The disc closes with three tracks from various sessions in 1972 and 1973, two previously unreleased, and one track from the group's homage to early rock and roll, Moondog Matinee.
The final audio disc focuses on 1973 to 1976, opening with a further three tracks and an outtake from Moondog Matinee. Three further tracks with Dylan follow, two of which were previously released on Planet Waves and Before the Flood. Three of eight tracks from the group's seventh album make up the middle of the disc. The group's last studio sessions, some of which was released on their final album for Capitol, as well as one previously unreleased live track follow. The disc closes with a handful of tracks from the live/studio hybrid The Last Waltz, recorded in 1976 and 1977 and released in 1978.
JEFF BECK GROUP - Rough And Ready (1971)  & Jeff Beck Group (1972) 
Rough and Ready is the third album by The Jeff Beck Group and the first of two by the second Jeff Beck Group. Released in 1971, it featured more of a jazz, soul and R&B edge to counter Beck's lead guitar. As a songwriter, Beck contributed more pieces to Rough and Ready than he had before, or ever would again. Beck enlisted Bobby Tench as vocalist and it is also the first time keyboardist Max Middleton is heard. Other members of this line up are drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Clive Chaman.
Jeff Beck Group is the fourth studio album by The Jeff Beck Group and the second album with the line up of Jeff Beck, Bobby Tench, Clive Chaman, Max Middleton and Cozy Powell. The album was produced by Steve Cropper and often referred to as the Orange Album, because of the orange which appears prominently at the top of the front cover. Continuing with the same group lineup as on Rough & Ready, Jeff Beck Group was slagged off by critics for Steve Cropper's admittedly lazy production. However, several of the songs hold up masterfully, including the skronky "Ice Cream Cakes," the superlative redo of Don Nix's "Going Down," and the beautifully sad and wistful instrumental, "Definitely Maybe." Beware of early, poor-sounding versions.
JEFF BECK - Truth (1968) 
Truth is the debut album by Jeff Beck, released in 1968 in the United Kingdom on Columbia Records and in the United States on Epic Records. It introduced the talents of his backing band (later baptized as The Jeff Beck Group), Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, to a larger audience , and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. After leaving The Yardbirds in late 1966, Jeff Beck had released three commercial singles, two in 1967 featuring Beck on lead vocals, and one without vocals in 1968. All had been hits on the British singles chart, and all were characterized by songs aimed at the pop chart on the A-side at the behest of producer Mickie Most. Harder rock and blues-based numbers were featured on the B-sides, and for music on the album, Beck opted to pursue the latter course. Recording sessions for the album took place over four days, 14–15 May and 25–26 May 1968.
Truth is regarded as a seminal work of heavy metal because of its use of blues toward a hard rock approach. Tom Scholz of Boston has listed it as his favorite album on Gibson's online magazine, stating, "I knew Jeff Beck's Truth album inside out..." The album's title inspired the name of Iowa band Truth and Janey. Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa recorded a studio version of "Blues Deluxe" on his 2003 album Blues Deluxe and recorded live versions on Live at Rockpalast (2005), and Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009).
TRACKS: 01. Shapes Of Things 02. Let Me Love You 03. Morning Dew 04. You Shook Me 05. Ol' Man River 06. Greensleeves 07. Rock My Plimsoul 08. Beck's Bolero 09. Blues De Luxe 10. I Ain't Superstitious 11. I've Been Drinking (New Stereo Mix) 12. You Shook Me (Take 1) 13. Rock My Plimsoul (Single Version, Stereo Mix) 14. Beck's Bolero (Mono Single Version With Backwards Guitar) 15. Blues De Luxe (Tale 1) 16. Tallyman 17. Love Is Blue (L'aamour Est Bleu) 18. Hi-Ho Silver Lining (First Stereo Mix)
THE CAPTAIN MATCHBOX WHOOPEE BAND - Wangaratta Wahine (1974) [Remaster, 2014]
The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band was an Australian band, active throughout the 1970s. It was based in Melbourne and centred on singer and multi-instrumentalist Mic Conway ("Captain Matchbox") and his brother Jim Conway, who is widely regarded as one of Australia's finest exponents of the blues harmonica. Inspired by early jazz recordings and the jug band music they heard on reel-to-reel tapes as teenagers, they formed a band which grew within a couple of years from an underground art school band to a national icon, with film and television appearances and regular appearances in the charts. Their debut LP Smoke Dreams (1972) was released in the USA in the DynaQuad quadraphonic format. Their second LP Wangaratta Wahine featured a cover illustration by noted Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig. The brothers continued the group through many lineup changes until a tragic truck crash while on tour in 1979 which ruined the band financially and emotionally, and after paying off their debts they disbanded.
TRACKS: 01. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me 02. Lovesick Blues 03. Half A Moon (Is Better Than No Moon) 04. Jug Band Music 05. Wait For Me Juanita 06. Top Hat 07. If You'se A Viper 08. That's What The Bird Said To Me 09. Wangaratta Wahine 10. Flaming May 11. Your Feet's Too Big 12. Hernando's Hideaway 13. Down Undergroundsville (Single B-Side - Bonus Track) 14. Out In The Suburbs (Live - Bonus Track) 15. Malcolm The Perfect (Live - Bonus Track) 16. Roll That Reefer (Live - Bonus Track) 17. Jling Time (1979, Bonus Track) 18. Dirty Money (1979, Bonus Track)
BEEFEATERS - Beefeaters (1967) & Meet You There (1969) 
The Beefeaters were a Danish rock band active from 1964-1971. A precursor to this band was formed in Copenhagen in early 1964, but their strong orientation towards blues-rock began only with the arrival of Peter Thorup in 1966. In 1967, The Beefeaters played as support band for Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Pink Floyd during their concerts in Denmark. The Beefeaters produced two albums, Beefeaters (1967) and Meet You There (1969). Both albums were top-notch "real" blues-rock efforts to file along albums by John Mayall, early Fleetwood Mac and even Cuby & The Blizzards. The first album was, along with Steppeulvene, the most important Danish album of 1967. The Beefeaters weren't entirely blues purists either, they also displayed beat and soul influences. The sound (very well developed for 1967) was largely based on Thorup's talents as vocalist and guitarist, but Kjarumsgard's Farfisa organ (sometimes replaced by piano) obviously augmented the group’s sound. Burnin' Red Ivanhoe was one of many groups who later copied this distinctive organ sound. In 1969, Povl Dissing left the group, which continued for a while longer with Ole Fick (from Burnin' Red Ivanhoe) as their lead singer. The post-Dissing group recorded the soundtrack to "Smil Emil", but no further vinyl output emerged.
LINDA HOYLE - Pieces Of Me (1971) & The Fetch (2015)
Linda Nicholas, known by her stage name Linda Hoyle, is a singer, songwriter and art therapist. She is best known for her work with the band Affinity (1968–1971), as well as for her collaboration with Karl Jenkins on her album Pieces of Me, produced in 1971. Hoyle's latest album, The Fetch, produced by Mo Foster, was released by Angel Air on 7 August 2015.
Pieces of Me is a solo album by former Affinity vocalist Linda Hoyle. Only 300 copies of the album were pressed. It is one of Vertigo's rarest albums.
Linda Hoyle released her debut album “Pieces Of Me” in 1971 on the famous Vertigo label having fronted previously the band Affinity. Now some 44 years later she has recorded as a follow up a fresh stunning new album with a stellar cast of musicians produced by her long time friend and former bandmate Mo Foster. “The Fetch” displays beautiful production, first class musicianship and outstanding vocals from Linda on a great collection of songs spanning a number of musical genres with lyrics that are autobiographical, witty and dark. In addition Roger Dean the iconic artist has painted original art for the album.
APRIL WINE - First Glance (1978) & Harder... Faster (1979) [Remastered, 2007]
"First Glance" is the seventh studio album by Canadian rock band April Wine, released in March, 1978. First Glance became April Wine's first gold record outside Canada. "Roller" was a hit in Flint, Michigan and radio listeners there made "Roller" a top requested song. It ended up as a top forty hit in the States. After the release of First Glance, bands such as Rush, Journey, and Styx all requested for April Wine to open their shows in the United States.
"Harder ... Faster" is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock band April Wine, released in 1979. This album is RIAA certified gold in the US. "I Like to Rock" was a huge hit for the band. "21st Century Schizoid Man" is a cover of the King Crimson classic, which appeared on that band's 1969 debut, In the Court of the Crimson King.
First Glance (1968): 01. Get Ready For Love 02. Hot On The Wheels Of Love 03. Rock N' Roll Is A Vicious Game 04. Right Down To It 05. Roller 06. Comin'right Down On Top Of Me 07. I'm Alive 08. Let Yourself Go 09. Silver Dollar
Harder ... Faster (1969): 10. I Like To Rock 11. Say Hello 12. Tonite 13. Ladies Man 14. Before The Dawn 15. Babes In Arms 16. Better Do It Well 17. 21st Century Schizoid Man
JOHN FORD - A Better Day (2015)
John Ford is an English singer-songwriter and musician. John Ford's music career has spanned from the mid-1960s to the 21st century. Ford has toured and played with musicians such as Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, The Eagles, Frank Zappa, Marc Bolan/T. Rex, Blue Öyster Cult, ZZ Top, RUSH, REO Speedwagon, Steppenwolf, King Crimson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Preston, Cat Stevens, Roy Harper and Dave Mason. His versatility has let him play a wide range of venues from folk clubs to large scale international rock venues. After playing in various bands, Ford's unusual percussive style of bass playing caught the eye of Strawbs' leader Dave Cousins during a performance at Cousins' folk club in Hounslow. He joined Strawbs in May 1970, and Ford's influence on the band, primarily known as a folk rock group, shifted them into a new direction in the progressive / art rock scene. Ford penned songs such as, "Heavy Disguise" and "Part of the Union", Strawbs biggest chart hit, whilst working with David Bowie/T. Rex producer, Tony Visconti on A&M. Ford received three gold discs and a platinum disc. A few years later, Ford and Richard Hudson, formed Hudson Ford, picking up the UK Singles Chart hits, "Pick Up The Pieces", "Burn Baby Burn" and "Floating in the Wind".
TRACKS: 01. Cry Me A River 02. Deep In The Darkest Night (Feat. John Ford, Jr. & John Cardone) 03. You Can Do Anything 04. A Better Day 05. Old, Borrowed And Blue (Feat. Edward Rogers & John Ford, Jr.) 06. After The Rock (Feat. John Ford, Jr. & Ian Lloyd) 07. Concrete Jungle 08. The Letter (Feat. John Ford, Jr. & Edward Rogers) 09. Link To The Chain (Feat. Edward Rogers & John Ford, Jr.) 10. Sandy (Feat. Ian Lloyd)
V.A. - Crossroads - Eric Clapton Guitar Festival (2013)
2013 two CD collection containing highlights from Eric Clapton's celebrated music festival. In addition to rousing performances of Blues classics and renowned hit songs, many of the most memorable performances saw artists coming together for some stirring collaborations. Among the highlights were the surprise pairing of John Mayer and Keith Urban for the Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down," Vince Gill and Clapton taking on "Lay Down Sally," Keb Mo and Taj Mahal covering the Sleepy John Estes' song, "Diving Duck Blues," Gill performing "Tumbling Dice" with Urban and Albert Lee and members of the Allman Brothers - Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks - joined forces for a haunting acoustic cover of Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done." As you would expect, Clapton features prominently throughout the show. The legendary guitarist also tore through the Derek and the Dominos' classic "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad" with the Allman Brothers Band, revisiting the time in 2009 when he joined the band during their annual residency at the Beacon Theater in New York.
ROY ORBISON - The Monument Album Collection (2015)
Roy Kelton Orbison (1936 - 1988), also known by his nickname the Big O, was an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", and "Oh, Pretty Woman". His career stagnated through the 1970s, but was revived by several covers of his songs and the use of "In Dreams" in David Lynch's film Blue Velvet (1986). In 1988, he joined the Traveling Wilburys supergroup with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne and also recorded his final solo album. He died of a heart attack in December that year, at the zenith of his resurgence. His life was marred by tragedy, including the death of his first wife and his two eldest sons in separate accidents. Orbison was initiated into the second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 by longtime admirer Bruce Springsteen. The same year he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame two years later. Rolling Stone placed Orbison at number 37 on their list of the Greatest Artists of All Time, and number 13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2002, Billboard magazine listed Orbison at number 74 in the Top 600 recording artists. In 2014, Orbison was elected to America's Pop Music Hall of Fame.
The Monument Vinyl Box Set collects Lonely and Blue from 1961, Crying from 1962, In Dreams from 1963, and the never before issued Oh! Pretty Woman described by Sony Music as the ‘missing’ Monument album masterpiece that could have, and should have been released as its title song, Oh, Pretty Woman was topping the charts in 1964.
DISC 1 - 1961 - Lonely and Blue: 01. Only the Lonely 02. Bye Bye Love 03. Cry 04. Blue Avenue 05. I Can't Stop Loving You 06. Come Back to Me (My Love) 07. Blue Angel 08. Raindrops 09. (I'd Be) A Legend in My Time 10. I'm Hurtin' 11. Twenty-Two Days 12. I'll Say It's My Fault
DISC 2 - 1962 - Crying: 01. Crying 02. The Great Pretender 03. Love Hurts 04. She Wears My Ring 05. Wedding Day 06. Summer Song 07. Dance 08. Lana 09. Loneliness 10. Let's Make a Memory 11. Night Life 12. Running Scared
DISC 3 - 1963 - In Dreams: 01. In Dreams 02. Lonely Wine 03. Shahdaroba 04. No One Will Ever Know 05. Sunset 06. House Without Windows 07. Dream 08. Blue Bayou 09. (They Call You) Gigolette 10. I Have to Do Is Dream 11. Beautiful Dreamer 12. My Prayer
DISC 4 - 1964 - Oh! Pretty Woman: 01. Oh, Pretty Woman 02. Borne on the Wind 03. Leah 04. Evergreen 05. Indian Wedding 06. It's Over 07. Working for the Man 08. The Crowd 09. What'd I Say 10. Yo Te Amo Maria 11. (I Get So) Sentimental 12. Mama
DAVID BOWIE - Heroes (1977) [SHM-CD, 2009] @flac
HERO! - Rest in peace!!!
"Heroes" is the twelfth studio album by David Bowie, released in 1977. The second installment of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno (the other releases being Low and Lodger) "Heroes" developed further the sound of Low. Of the three albums, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. The title track remains one of Bowie's best known, a classic story of two lovers who meet at the Berlin Wall. The album is considered one of his best by critics, notably for the contributions of guitarist Robert Fripp who flew in from the US to record his parts in one day. It was named NME Album of the Year.
TRACKS: 01. Beauty And The Beast 02. Joe The Lion 03. Heroes 04. Sons Of The Silent Age 05. Blackout 06. V-2 Schneider 07. Sense Of Doubt 08. Moss Garden 09. Neukoln 10. The Secret Life Of Arabia
JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS - Bare Wires (1968) & Blues From Laurel Canyon (1968)
Bare Wires is a studio album by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, featuring Mick Taylor on guitar, released in 1968 on Decca Records. The album was the last John Mayall studio album to feature the name "Bluesbreakers". The album was also Mayall's first successful U.S. album reaching #59 on the Billboard 200. The songs "No Reply" and "She's Too Young" were released as a single by Decca. The album's a-side was a medley called "Bare Wires Suite" which featured the individual songs "Bare Wires", "Where Did I Belong", "I Started Walking", "Open Up A New Door", "Fire", "I Know Now", and "Look In The Mirror". The individual track times shown below are those printed on the original vinyl release.
TRACKS: 01. Bare Wires - Suite: (A) Bare Wires, (B) Where Did I Belong, (C) Start Walking, (D) Open A New Door, (E) Fire, (F) I Know Now, ( G) Look In The Mirror 02. I'm A Stranger 03. No Reply 04. Harltey Quits 05. Killing Time 06. She's Too Young 07. Sandy
Blues from Laurel Canyon is a 1968 album by John Mayall, featuring British blues music. It was his first album after the breakup of his band the Bluesbreakers on 14 July 1968. It was also his last album with Decca before moving to Polydor. John Mayall sings and plays harmonica, organ and guitar on the album. Other musicians include a young Mick Taylor (guitar), Colin Allen (drums) and Stephen Thompson (bass). The guitarist Peter Green is featured on the track First Time Alone. The engineer was Derek Varnals. All the songs on the album were written by Mayall. The title of the album derives from Laurel Canyon, California, USA (in the Los Angeles area) where John Mayall subsequently lived from 1969 to 1979. It forms a record of his visit there before moving to the US on a more permanent basis. The area was favoured by many musicians at the time. It was recorded at Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England between 26 and 28 August 1968, and was released on the Decca label.
TRACKS: 01 Vacation 02 Walking On Sunset 03 Laurel Canyon Home 04 2401 05 Ready To Ride 06 Medicine Man 07 Somebody's Acting Like A Child 08 The Bear 09 Miss James 10 First Time Alone 11 Long Gone Midnight 12 Fly Tomorrow 13 2401 (Bonus-Single Version) 14 Wish You Were Here (Bonus-Live In Sweden 1968)
LAURA NYRO - Mother's Spiritual (1984) & Live At Carnegie Hall 1976 (2012)
Mother's Spiritual' was released in 1984, and stands as one of Laura Nyro's most consistent efforts. The overall sound renders a sort of sophisticated easy-listening experience, and the messages convey a pacifist, motherly, Mother Earth-loving dialog. There is an abundance of soft, smooth-flowing, gentle, soothing compositions, often supported with a jazzy, quick-strum electric guitar rhythm. While many of the songs do not exercise Laura's vocal cords as diligently as, say 'Billy's Blues', she is obviously in fine voice. In a unique twist, Laura credits herself with providing "harmonics", her own overdubbed background vocals on a number of tracks. Not many of the songs can be found on other discs. In fact, studio versions of the title track and 'To a Child' are only available on a Japanese import CD called 'Premium Best'. Live versions of those two tracks, along with 'Trees of the Ages' and 'Sophia' can be found on a number of Nyro's late 1980's and later CD's, including 'The Loom's Desire', 'Live In Japan', and 'Live At the Bottom Line'. That means that only 4 of the 14 tracks are available in some format other than on this disc itself. Not a situation to make happy campers out of Laura's rather rabid fan base.
TRACKS: 01. To A Child... 02. The Right To Vote 03. A Wilderness 04. Melody In The Sky 05. Late For Love 06. A Free Thinker 07. Man In The Moon 08. Talk To A Green Tree 09. Trees Of The Ages 10. The Brighter Song 11. Roadnotes 12. Sophia 13. Mother's Spiritual 14. Refrain 15. Man In The Moon (Live) (Bonus)
This set is drawn from a concert that Laura Nyro did at Carnegie Hall in 1976 with a tight band of John Tropea (guitar), Richard Davis (bass), Andy Newmark (drums), Michael Mainieri (vibes), Nydia Mata (congas), Jeff King (sax), Jeannie Fienberg (flute), and Ellen Sealing (trumpet) behind her. The concert was recorded for radio broadcast, so the sound is top-notch for a live performance.
TRACKS: 01. Stormy Love 02. Money 03. Sweet Lovin' Baby 04. And When I Die 05. Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp 06. The Confession 07. I Am The Blues 08. Sweet Blindness 09. Smile Mars 10. Timer 11. The Cat Song 12. Emmie 13. When I Was A Freeport And You Were The Main Drag 14. Midnite Blue
DAVID BOWIE - Five Years (1969-1973) (12CD Box Set) 
The first in a series of career-spanning comprehensive box sets, Five Years 1969-1973 chronicles the beginning of David Bowie's legend by boxing all of his officially released music during those early years. This amounts to six studio albums – 1969's David Bowie (aka Space Oddity); 1970's The Man Who Sold the World; 1971's Hunky Dory; 1972's The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars; Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups (both from 1973); a pair of live albums (Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack and Live in Santa Monica '72, both released long after these five years) and a two-CD collection of non-LP tracks called Re:Call, plus Ken Scott's 2003 mix of Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust. That list sests how "officially released" is a guideline that's easily bent. Live in Santa Monica '72 is a bootleg that became canonical in 1995, and the soundtrack to Ziggy Stardust didn't appear until 1983, but both are welcome because they either showcase the Spiders from Mars at their prime (Santa Monica) or at their end (Ziggy). Considering the number of edits, alternates, and B-sides Bowie released during this period, Re:Call is also a needed supplement, but it has some willful blind spots due to that "officially released" maxim: namely, any outtake released as a bonus on the Rykodisc reissues of the early '90s, including such major items as "Lightning Frightening," "Bombers," and "Sweet Head." Such absences are an irritant but not a major one because the box itself is quite handsome – whether in its CD or LP incarnation, each record is packaged as a replica of its original release – and the remastering is excellent, with Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, and Pin Ups given upgrades to match the anniversary remasters of Ziggy and Aladdin Sane from the 2010s. The improved audio alone makes Five Years 1969-1973 a desirable box for serious Bowie fans, but the whole set does justice to one of the great creative runs in rock history.
DAVID BOWIE - Blackstar (2016)
David Bowie has died many deaths yet he is still with us. He is popular music’s ultimate Lazarus: Just as that Biblical figure was beckoned by Jesus to emerge from his tomb after four days of nothingness, Bowie has put many of his selves to rest over the last half-century, only to rise again with a different guise. This is astounding to watch, but it's more treacherous to live through; following Lazarus’ return, priests plotted to kill him, fearing the power of his story. And imagine actually being such a miracle man—resurrection is a hard act to follow. Bowie knows all this. He will always have to answer to his epochal work of the 1970s, the decade in which he dictated several strands of popular and experimental culture, when he made reinvention seem as easy as waking up in the morning. Rather than trying to outrun those years, as he did in the '80s and '90s, he is now mining them in a resolutely bizarre way that scoffs at greatest-hits tours, nostalgia, and brainless regurgitation. His new off-Broadway musical is called Lazarus, and it turns Bowie’s penchant for avatars into an intriguing shell game: The disjointed production features actor Michael C. Hall doing his best impression of Bowie’s corrupted, drunk, and immortal alien from the 1976 art film The Man Who Fell to Earth. Trapped in a set that mimics a Manhattan penthouse, Hall presses himself up to his high skyscraper windows as he sings a new Bowie song also called "Lazarus." "This way or no way, you know, I’ll be free," he sings, smudging his hands against the glass. "Just like that bluebird." Bowie sings the same song on Blackstar, an album that has him clutching onto remnants from the past as exploratory jazz and the echos of various mad men soundtrack his freefall.
TRACKS: 01. Blackstar 02. 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore 03. Lazarus 04. Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) 05. Girl Loves Me 06. Dollar Days 07. I Can't Give Everything Away
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Idlewild South (1970) [Super Deluxe Edition, 2015)
The Allman Brothers Band delivered a beautiful balance with “Idlewild South,” the group’s first album to meld the blues-based songwriting of Gregg Allman with Dickey Betts’ country and jazz informed compositions. Singalong singles, heavy blues and a brilliant instrumental that would become even more exciting and epic in concert, it’s all here.
Released 45 years ago with various deluxe versions available December 4, “Idlewild South” followed the Allman Brothers Band’s self-titled debut that came out in 1969. That album relied solely on Gregg’s compositions and blues covers chosen by his brother, guitar god and bandleader Duane Allman. It’s a gripping collection featuring the definitive version of “Dreams” and the first “Whipping Post.” The only flaw, though, is that while Gregg is a top-shelf blues songwriter, that’s where he usually stays, and on that album he delivers dark blues through and through.
“Idlewild South” marks the debut of co-lead guitarist Betts as a songwriter and his impact is felt immediately with the opening track “Revival.” It’s a catchy sing along – “Love is everywhere” goes the chorus – that spoke to the hippie spirit of the time without sounding cheap or corny, a quality no doubt reinforced by Gregg’s grizzly growl. Still a joy to hear today, the song became the Allman Brothers’ first charting single.
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