sábado, 12 de agosto de 2017

Reg King - Looking For A Dream


















Reg King - Looking For A Dream - 2012

After re-releasing the official “Reg King” album and “Missing in Action” E.P., several years ago, Circle Records had every intention of releasing another complete album of the former Action vocalist’s original material soon afterwards. However, time passes and things often don’t go as planned: It was only by late 2010 that all official permissions were granted, and a further six months before restoration and editing was complete.

Recorded between Reggie leaving The Action in 1968 and the end of 1969, these songs feature his former bandmates throughout (still trading as The Action without him). With just one exception, the tracks are full-band, not just ‘acoustic sketches’ as many demo. recordings are. Aside from three tracks rescued from unlikely tape sources and an acetate, the majority are in perfect ‘finished master’ quality. For some reason, all of this material was left aside when the time came for Reggie’s 1971 album. In comparison, they are brighter and more uplifting than that record, not hampered by a similar busy / heavy production. The music ranges from the soulful pop of his Action days, shows influences of jazz and just hints at the ‘progressions’ yet to come. Nothing is overlong and all tracks show just what a tremendous songwriter the man was. This record bridge’s the gap between The Action’s “Rolled Gold” and Mr. King’s ‘official’ solo record perfectly. If it had been released as a last Action record, or as a ‘first’ solo album, maybe Reggie’s career and our and respect for him would have been even bigger. 

01. Get Up, Get Away
02. Let Me See Some Love In Your Eyes
03. You Gotta Believe Me
04. All Up To Heaven
05. So Full Of Love
06. Merry Go Round
07. Suddenly
08. Picking Up Nancy's Grin
09. In And Out
10. Put Something Together
11. Live Forever
12. Magenta
13. Thinkin' About Getting Out
14. They Must Be Talking About Me
15. You'll Be Around

Reg King - Vocals, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Martin Stone – Acoustic, Lead Guitar
Mike Evans - Bass
Roger Powell - Drums
Ian Whiteman - Hammond, Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Vocals
Kevin Westlake- Piano, Guitar, Percussion
Nick Jones - Congas








 
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quarta-feira, 2 de agosto de 2017

The Lachy Doley Group - Live At Blues On Broadbeach 2016


















The Lachy Doley Group - Live At Blues On Broadbeach 2016 - 2017

Lachy Doley is an outfit from the land Down Under, Australia. A hi-energy, howling band with a dynamic power and performance. Ever popular festival as an act in their native homeland, this release captures the essence of the band’s live performance with a roaring, rattling and raucous rip-tide of self-composed live blues, always with a driving, pushing electric base.

Tracks are powered by searing electric guitar at times, followed by some top-dollar harp work and B3 keys that simply roar along. Doley’s own vocals are always centre-stage, strong and powerful. The band itself clearly draws on the modern Chicago blues tradition for fundamental inspiration at times and never loses sight of the southern-blues edge, with a deliberate down and dirty feel that seeps out of many of the fifteen tracks on offer here.

This is music best played loud. Indeed, it’s hard to see how it could be played any other way. And, for me at any rate, this poses a minor problem. The music tends to merge, track on track, until much of it has a just too much of a similar, samey sound and quality. It can be difficult to distil live performance into a recording, and much is inevitably missed or lost in the process. I’ve no doubt at all that The Lachy Doley Group is a quality live festival act, a band of journeymen giggers who know exactly what they’re about, what sound they want and need, and achieve it easily. Sadly, for me, it all becomes just too overwhelming with this release.

01. Conviction
02. Use Me
03. Talk 1
04. Make It Up
05. Talk 2
06. Jealous Guy
07. Frankly My Dear I Don’t Give A Damn
08. If Looks Could Kill
09. Betcha I’ll Getcha
10. Talk 3
11. Stop Listening To The Blues
12. Two Leslies Are Better Than One
13. Lazy
14. Talk 4
15. Still In Love

Lachy Doley - 1957 Hammond, C3 Organ, Whammy Clavinet, Vocals
Jan Bangma - Bass
Jackie Barnes - Drums






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sábado, 29 de julho de 2017

Mike Gibbins - Archeology (re-re-post)



















Mike Gibbins - Archeology - 2002

By Jason Ankeny & Bruce Eder from AMG

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

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

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





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