quarta-feira, 30 de novembro de 2016

Sal Valentino - Come Out Tonight


Sal Valentino - Come Out Tonight - 2008

By Bruce Eder, AMG
This record is a genuinely amazing listening experience -- in fact, it's downright spellbinding for anyone who remembers the Beau Brummels, the mid-'60s/late-'60s outfit that Sal Valentino fronted. One hears accounts of enduring talents all the time, but even so, nine times out of ten with veteran performers of four decades' standing, it's too much to expect that they could actually deliver albums as strong as their classic work. But that's precisely what Valentino has done with Come Out Tonight. The voice is a little rougher, to be sure, but it's also every bit as powerful, expressive, and memorable as it was in the 1960s -- and with some fine songwriting of his own plus some careful selection of other people's tunes, he's come up with an album that's a fine successor to the first two Beau Brummels albums or just about anything else he ever did during his classic years. Come Out Tonight does cover all kinds of ground that wouldn't have been in evidence in the mid-'60s, of course, including a killer slow acoustic blues-style rendition of "Folsom Prison Blues" and a similarly unexpected interpretation of Jimmy Webb's "The Highwayman," his singing driving any of the pop smoothness from the piece. The newer numbers are also memorable, if mostly in more of a pop/rock vein (with a folk-rock veneer on a lot of them), and one could see a song like "Treasure of the Orient" turning into a hit in a friendlier musical environment. And although he's mostly known as a singer and songwriter, Valentino also contributes some acoustic guitar to his cause on a pair of tracks, most notably the title song. A dark, minimalist, bluesy personal reflection that's as alluring as it is devastating listening, "Come Out Tonight" delves into profoundly moving depths of despair and loneliness. And what makes this record even more special is the energy behind it -- Come Out Tonight isn't just an exercise in nostalgia, or an example of a veteran artist ascending to an unexpectedly high plateau, but a solidly compelling body of performances, surprisingly close in spirit to the records that Johnny Cash cut with Rick Rubin -- except that Valentino never needed (or saw the urgency for) the "comeback." 

01. All The Places
02. Catherine I Do
03. New Day
04. The Devil Is In The Courtyard
05. Grease The Wheel
06. For The Longest Time
07. Folsom Prison Blues
08. Treasure Of The Orient
09. Lookin' For You
10. The Highwayman
11. Come Out Tonight


sábado, 26 de novembro de 2016

The Pete Best Band - Live At The Adelphi

The Pete Best Band  - Live At The Adelphi - 1992

Randolph Peter "Pete" Best is an English musician, principally known as the original drummer for the Beatles from 1960 to 1962.

The Beatles invited Best to join on 12 August 1960, on the eve of the group's first Hamburg season of club dates. Ringo Starr eventually replaced Best on 16 August 1962 when the group's manager, Brian Epstein, dismissed Best under the direction of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, following their first recording session at Abbey Road Studios in London.

After working in a number of commercially unsuccessful groups, Best gave up the music industry to work as a civil servant for 20 years, before starting the Pete Best Band.

01. Slow Down
02. Be My Baby
03. When You Walk In The Room
04. I Hear You Knocking
05. Some Other Guy
06. Mr Moonlight
07. When A Man Loves A Woman
08. Keep On Running
09. Rock And Roll Music
10. Rockin' Robin - Rip It Up (Medley)
11. Lucille
12. Great Balls Of Fire
13. Interview With Pete Best


sexta-feira, 18 de novembro de 2016

Spencer Davis & The British All-Stars - Keep On Rollin'

Spencer Davis & The British All-Stars - Keep On Rollin' - 2016

01. Let The Good Times Roll
02. Key to The Highway
03. Feets Too Big
04. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
05. Ain't Nothing Shakin' But The Bacon
06. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today
07. The Thrill is Gone
08. Watch The River Flow
09. Stormy Monday

Spencer Davis - Guitar, Vocal
Dave Kelly - Guitar, Vocal
Pete Emery - Guitar, Vocal
Gary Fletcher - Bass, Vocal
Zoot Money - Keyboads, Vocal
Pick Withers - Drums