terça-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2017

Tommy Malone - Natural Born Days


















Tommy Malone - Natural Born Days (2013)

from Offbeat
It’s a crime that Tommy Malone isn’t better known around the world. He is a triple threat—beautiful singer, fine songwriter, and killer guitarist. Most of those talents are showcased on his new disc Natural Born Days. Malone has a fantastic voice. It is soulful and gritty at points, and simply pretty at others. It is an instrument that easily conveys both the rueful and redemptive tone of the songs here. Even though he’s not singing the capital “B” Blues here, he’s singing the blues with shadings and nuance in his vocal lines. The songs here cover a wide range but are never get so far from Malone that they sound awkward. Malone wrote most of the songs here with people he has known or worked with for several decades such as his band mates in the subdudes Johnny Allen and Tim Cook and old friend and drummer Jim Scheurich, so these songs possess a vulnerability that can result from such comfort. Songs such as “Home” and “Distance” have a depth and sensitivity that most songwriters can’t fathom. But it’s not just a ballad-heavy set of songs. There’s a Creedence-like rocker in “Mississippi Bootlegger” and a honky-tonk beat to “Important to Me.” There could have been more of Malone’s excellent guitar work on this disc, but that might have taken away from the emphasis on the songs and vocals. However it pops up with his slide work on “Life Goes On” and a beautiful lead on “God Knows.” Natural Born Days sounds like the Tommy Malone that his fans love and his soon-to-be fans will be happy to get to know. 

01. Home    
02. Hope Diner    
03. God Knows    
04. Wake Up Time    
05. Distance    
06. Mississippi Bootleggers    
07. Didn't Want To Hear It    
08. Natural Born Days    
09. No Reason    
10. Important To Me    
11. Life Goes On    
12. Word On the Street






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sábado, 9 de dezembro de 2017

Steve Hunter - Before The Lights Go Out


















Steve Hunter - Before The Lights Go Out - 2017


"Before The Lights Go Out" is long time Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter's latest solo album. The cover art and title make a statement about his failing eyesight, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is a quiet wave goodbye. As soon as you put on the first track, you will know that this is more like a Blues Rock Declaration of Independence! There are sexy grooves, luscious guitar tones and melodies galore.

As with all Hunter's releases, there is some diversity and sound imagery, not least of which is Tienes Mi Corazón where alongside his nylon string improvisation comes the sound of his own heart. And listen out for Joe Satriani adding his fire to the heat of "Mojo Man."

Also joining Steve on a couple of tracks are two great Bass players: Erik Scott can be heard on "Mojo Man," Erik is also an Alice Cooper alumni. On "Under The Bodhi Tree" is Andy Stoller. Steve and Andy toured together with Tracy Chapman during the "Telling Stories" album period, most recently Andy has been touring with Ann Wilson of Heart.

Steve Hunter is his own man; he has been around the block with a forty-five year career.

From his 1973 solos on Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" album, his legendary acoustic work on Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill," his "Intro" to Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and his searing opening solos on Aerosmith's version of "Train Kept A Rolling" Most recently he can be heard on Alice Cooper's 2017 album "Paranormal" making this his ninth Cooper album appearance. The Deacon is not done yet but his life is evolving! He has challenges playing live now but his honed skill, tone, power and soul, is dished up on this hot plate of guitar driven instrumental tastiness.

01. On The Edge Of Uncertainty
02. Mojo Man
03. Summer's Eve
04. Cinderblock
05. Softtail Deuce
06. Tienes Mi Corazón (You Have My Heart)
07. Ice Storm
08. Under The Bodhi Tree
09. The Other Side Of The Coin
10. Happy Trails (vocal Karen Hunter)





 
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terça-feira, 5 de dezembro de 2017

Too Smooth - Still (Repost)


















Too Smooth - Still  - 2011

Formed in 1973, Too Smooth featured stunning songs and twin guitar runs; intricate time changes and fall-off-the-cliff dynamics; riverine vocal melodies, close gospel harmonies and bubbling musical improvisations. These were elements of what was coming to be called progressive rock and associated with acts ranging from Yes to Wishbone Ash - yet Too Smooth also offered a decided tip of the hat to the proud tradition of Lone Star boogie, blues, and hard rock. Too Smooth should have become one of the most successful rock acts in the world; as it turned out, they had to settle for simply being one of the best.


CD 1
01. Crippled Duck
02. You Say When
03. Friends
04. Smile
05. Leavin' It Up to You
06. Try a Little Magic
07. Let Me Be
08. You & I
09. Windmill
10. I Love the Way
11. Song For the World
12. Soon Our Time Will Come - Mamie Mama (medley)

 

CD 2
01. It Must Be Love
02. Here to Stay
03. I Love You
04. Man Knows Nothing
05. Texas Hospitality
06. Lonesome Road Back Home
07. You Take Me to Paradise
08. Just Be Yoursself
09. Believe In Me
10. Don't Stop Lovin' Me
11. Where Has All the Magic Gone?
12. Nobody Knows Me Like I Do




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domingo, 3 de dezembro de 2017

Dean Ford - Feel My Heartbeat


















Dean Ford - Feel My Heartbeat - 2017

from The MusePatrol

In 1969 a Scottish group named The Marmalade hit the charts in a big way with their Top Three ballad, “Reflections of My Life”. It was a melancholic look back at life, sung by a young singer/songwriter who had not yet lived it. The singer was Dean Ford (Born Thomas McAleese). The Marmalade made their splash and suffered the fate of many entrants into the 60’s sweepstakes. They had a couple of hits and faded into history, only to return sporadically on oldies radio, the odd soundtrack or the occasional K-Tel compilation.

Ford has now released a new solo album, “Feel My Heartbeat”. It’s a no-nonsense, filler free affair containing 10 songs with a strong narrative flow. The subjects are love, searching, mortality, progeny and acceptance of what is and what might have been.

Dean has returned to the music business after a long sabbatical and possibly felt the need to reintroduce himself to fans he left behind decades ago.  The irony is, “Reflections of My Life” is far more relevant and poignant a statement now than it was for Dean Ford in the year 1969. The man has aged but the voice retains its youthful aspect  that comprise “Feel My Heartbeat”.

01. Heaven in Your Eyes
02. Hello Bright Eyes
03. Feel My Heartbeat
04. Crazy About a Girl
05. Under Your Wing
06. Cosmos
07. Room in My Heart
08. Stay Awhile
09. Over Yesterday
10. Dance a Little Dance








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sexta-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2017

Rudy Romero - To The World (Re-Post)


















Rudy Romero - To The World - 1973

from BadCatRecordings
What little attention this album seems to get stems from George Harrison's supposed appearance on four of tracks (the performance credits don't list Harrison).  If true, that's not a bad claim to fame, but the album actually has much more going for it.

Rudy Romeo's initial claim to fame came as a member of San Diego's The Hardtimes.  When that band and a one-shot follow-up The New Phoenix called it quits Romero struck out in pursuit of a solo career and in the early 1970s was signed to the Colorado-based Tumbleweed imprint.  Produced by former Hardtimes singer Lee Keifer, 1973's "To the World" found Romero working with an impressive list of musicians.  In addition to the supposed Harrison appearance, the line up included Clear Light keyboardist Ralph Schuckett, Things To Come bassist Bryan Garofalo, and former Undertakers drummer Warren Pemerton.  To my ears Romero had a highly commercial voice that was well suited to the pop and softer rock materials he wrote.  In fact most of the ten Romero-penned tracks had at least some degree of commercial potential, with 'If I Had the Time' and '' being two of the two highlights.  So back to Harrison for a moment: if you believe the story he played on four tracks -  ‘Lovely Lady,' ‘Nothin' Gonna Get You Down,' ‘Doing The Right Thing,' and ‘If I Had Time'.  To be honest about it, I've got my doubts, due in part to the fact Harrison's mid-1970s playing style with a heavy emphasis on slide guitar was very unique and easy to spot.  With the exception of the title track, none of the guitar work on the collection reminded me of that style.  Who knows ...  In an interview with Patrick 'The Lama' Lundborg, fellow Tumbleweed artist Robb Kunkle was clear in saying Harrison played on the album.  

01. Simple Thing
02. To The World
03. Anyway We Can
04. Lovely Lady
05. If I Find The Time
06. Notihing Gonna Get You Down
07. Level Out
08. You Used to Be So Light
09. Love Comes (When It Wants to Anyway)
10. Doing The Right Thing

Rudy Romero - Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals
John Ussery - Guitar
Bryan Garofalo - Bass
Warren "Bugs" Pemberton - Drums
Peggy Sanding, Ralph Schuckett - Keyboards
Lee Kiefer - Percussion, Vocals (Background)
James M. McGee, William Hinshaw, Arthur Maebe - French Horn
Dalton Smith, Ollie Mitchell - Trumpet
William Hurasch, Sid Sharp, Ralph Schaeffer - Violin
Harold Diner, Robert Knight - Trombone
Venetta Fields, Clydie King - Vocals (Background)
Joey Deaguero - Vibraphone, Vocals (Background)
Jesse Ehrlich -  Cello







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quarta-feira, 29 de novembro de 2017

Mount Carmel - Real Women


















Mount Carmel - Real Women - 2012

from AMG
Columbus, Ohio's Mount Carmel pound out extensive, riff-heavy jams that draw substantially from the blues-based rock of Cream, Blue Cheer, and Black Sabbath. As a tight power trio with feet firmly rooted in the past, it seemed like a stretch when the bandmembers announced they would pair with a label built on the modern "shitgaze" phenomenon of slack lo-fi artists like Times New Viking and Psychedelic Horseshit. Yet Matthew Reed, Patrick Reed, and Kevin Skubak signed to Siltbreeze for the self-titled Mount Carmel album in 2010, and stayed with their hometown label for the 2012 follow-up, Real Women. The band eventually moved to label Alive Naturalsound, where they released their third album, Get Pure, in 2014.

01 Swaggs
02 Real Women
03 Oh Louisa
04 Be Somebody
05 Choose Wisely
06 Hear Me Now
07 Don't Make Me Evil
08 Rooftop
09 Lullaby








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sábado, 25 de novembro de 2017

Cargoe - Twenty Ten (re-post)


Cargoe - Twenty Ten - 2010

Often associated with the Power Pop genre given to Ardent Label Mates Big Star, Cargoe projected more of a stylized artistic nuance to their songwriting and performing, with harmonies exhibiting a strong American/Southern Roots cultural influence.

The band recorded their Album CARGOE with Terry Manning producing at, John Fry's Ardent Studios. They scored numerous Billboard and Cashbox Top 100 listings, and reviews from 1970 through 1973, along with major radio play of their first single “Feel Alright” and follow-up “I Love You Anyway”. The band’s studio LP CARGOE was even featured, with Isaac Hayes Shaft, which won an Academy Award/Oscar that year for Best Original Song, in a Special Edition section of Billboard’s June 3, 1972 “The Deck is STAX” promotion.

The band began a west coast tour the summer of 1972, but was caught up in the distribution and bankruptcy label problems at Stax/Volt, who distributed the album and owned the masters. Distribution was sold to Columbia Records who failed to include Cargoe in their catalog, which meant that listeners who heard the hit couldn't actually buy the record. “Feel Alright” and their debut CARGOE LP fell off the charts instantly.

The same label troubles caused both Cargoe and Big Star to disband within a short time. Big Star went on to become one of the most beloved and influential bands of the entire decade, while Cargoe pretty much disappeared out of the popular memory.
Ardent Records contracts for distribution with Stax/Volt gave Stax ownership of the master tapes. When Stax went bankrupt in the mid-'70s, ownership of the masters eventually wound up in the hands of Fantasy Records Saul Zaentz, and no one's been able to get the tapes for domestic release.

It's certainly worth noting that after nearly 40 years of producing and engineering countless hit records including ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, George Thorogood, Celine Dion, Björk, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, and many others, Terry Manning to this day regards Cargoe as “the great record he helped make that no one ever discovered”

READ THE STORY OF CARGOE HERE

01. Who Do You Think
02. Take Me Out Tonight
03. Rut
04. Stay
05. Games
06. Seasons
07. Sizzlin'
08. It Won't Be Wrong
09. Believe In Me
10. Together
11. Hurry Up & Wait!
12. Sailing
13. I Don't Want To Lose
14. Do It!








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sexta-feira, 24 de novembro de 2017

Queen - News of the World 40th Anniversary Edition


















Queen - News of the World 40th Anniversary Edition - 2017

Originally launched in October 1977, News of the World is one of Queen's biggest selling albums of all time.

Opening with two of their biggest hits - "We Will Rock You" (written by Brian May) and the iconic, Freddie Mercury-penned "We Are The Champions" - the band's sixth album went x4 platinum in the US, selling over six million copies around the world.

The new package includes the original album on CD, newly cut from the Bob Ludwig 2011 master, plus two other CDs of recently-unearthed out-takes and rarities from the Queen archives.

It also contains a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP, straight from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes, and a brand new one-hour documentary, Queen: The American Draem, which has been compiled from backstage footage taken during the band's '77 News of the World tour around the US.

British radio and TV presenter Bob Harris and his crew were granted unlimited access to the band on and off stage, in the recording studio and during rehearsals.


CD 1 - The Original News of the World Album

01. We Will Rock You
02. We Are the Champions
03. Sheer Heart Attack
04. All Dead, All Dead
05. Spread Your Wings
06. Fight from the Inside
07. Get Down, Make Love
08. Sleeping on the Sidewalk
09. Who Needs You
10. It's Late
11. My Melancholy Blues

CD 2 - Raw Sessions

01. We Will Rock You (Alternative Version)
02. We Are the Champions (Alternative Version)
03. Sheer Heart Attack (Original Rough Mix)
04. All Dead, All Dead (Original Rough Mix)
05. Spread Your Wings (Alternative Take)
06. Fight from the Inside (Demo Vocal Version)
07. Get Down, Make Love (Early Take)
08. Sleeping on the Sidewalk (Live in the USA, 1977)
09. Who Needs You (Acoustic Take)
10. It's Late (Alternative Version)
11. My Melancholy Blues (Original Rough Mix)

CD 3 - Bonus Tracks
01. Feeling Feelings (Take 10, July 1977)
02. We Will Rock You (BBC Session)
03. We Will Rock You (Fast) (BBC Session)
04. Spread Your Wings (BBC Session)
05. It's Late (BBC Session)
06. My Melancholy Blues (BBC Session)
07. We Will Rock You (Backing Track)
08. We Are the Champions (Backing Track)
09. Spread Your Wings (Instrumental)
10. Fight from the Inside (Instrumental)
11. Get Down, Make Love (Instrumental)
12. It's Late (Usa Radio Edit 1978)
13. Sheer Heart Attack (Live in Paris 1979)
14. We Will Rock You (Live in Tokyo 1982)
15. My Melancholy Blues (Live in Houston 1977)
16. Get Down, Make Love (Live in Montreal 1981)
17. Spread Your Wings (Live in Europe 1979)
18. We Will Rock You (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)
19  We Are the Champions (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)








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terça-feira, 21 de novembro de 2017

Aretha Franklin - A Brand New Me


















Aretha Franklin - A Brand New Me - Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - 2017

The 50th anniversary of Franklin’s historic signing to Atlantic Records is being celebrated with the new release.

A Brand New Me was produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, the men behind If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which recently topped the charts in multiple countries and sold more than 1.5 million copies. 

Patrick says: There is a reason that Aretha Franklin is called the ‘Queen of Soul.’ There is nothing more exciting than that incredible voice taking you on an emotional roller coaster ride through her amazing repertoire of songs. To have the opportunity to work with that voice on this project has been the greatest honour and to hear a symphony orchestra wrapped around those performances is breathtaking.

01. Think
02. Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)
03. I Say A Little Prayer
04. Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)
05. A Brand New Me
06. A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)
07. Angel
08. Border Song (Holy Moses)
09. Let It Be
10. People Get Ready
11. Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby)
12. You’re All I Need To Get By
13. Son Of A Preacher Man
14. Respect



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sexta-feira, 17 de novembro de 2017

The Who - Maximum As & Bs - The Complete Singles


















The Who - Maximum As & Bs  - The Complete Singles - 2017

from AMG
Given the sheer number of Who compilations over the years -- including The Who Hits 50!, a career-capping retrospective that appeared just three years prior to this 2017 box -- it may be easy to cast a cynical eye upon Maximum A's & B's, which it doesn't deserve. For one, there hasn't been a large-scale Who box set since 1994's Thirty Years of Maximum R&B -- most of the comps have been simple hits collections -- and, secondly, the Who benefit from having attention being drawn to their singles. At the dawn of their career, the Who mastered 7" blasts of pop art and even when Pete Townshend toiled over rock operas, he couldn't resist the pull of a 45, releasing non-LP singles as late as 1972 and hiding excellent songs on B-sides along the way. The Who continued to release singles over three-plus decades, using them as calling cards for reunions or samplers of latter-day live albums, and Maximum A's & B's collects them all, give or take a couple of variations in international markets. Its very comprehensiveness can be something of an Achilles Heel, particularly in the late '80s and '90s when the group were cranking out singles from fine but forgettable live albums, but putting the flops and B-sides alongside the weary warhorses winds up reviving the entirety of the Who's catalog. These oddities provide a bracing jolt of context: when they were Mods, they were grooving with the "Batman" theme -- later revived by the Jam in this arrangement -- saluted the Stones once Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were imprisoned, and invented Brit-pop with the flop "Dogs." After Tommy, some of Townshend's best songs found no room on albums -- "The Seeker," "Don't Know Myself," "Let's See Action," "Join Together," and "The Relay" never found a home -- as did a performance as phenomenal as a live 1972 B-side "Baby Don't You Do It," which has never been reissued prior to this collection. But perhaps the real revelation of Maximum A's & B's is how the 21st century reunion wound up producing bittersweet tunes that serve as an effective elegiac coda to their career. Usually, this latter-day material seems like an afterthought, but thanks to the weight of this box, it's given its proper space and helps illustrate just how remarkable the entirety of the Who's career is. 

Disc: 1
01. Zoot Suit
02. I'm the Face
03. I Can't Explain
04. Bald Headed Woman
05. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
06. Daddy Rolling Stone
07. My Generation
08. Shout and Shimmy
09. Circles (AKA 'Instant Party')
10. Instant Party Mixture
11. A Legal Matter
12. The Kids Are Aright
13. The Ox
14. La - La
15. The Good's Gone

Disc: 2
01. Substitute
02. Circles
03. Waltz For A Pig
04. I'm A Boy
05. In The City
06. Disguises
07. Batman
08. Bucket T
09. Barbara Ann
10. Happy Jack
11. I've Been Away
12. Pictures Of Lily
13. Doctor, Doctor
14. The Last Time
15. Under My Thumb
16. I Can See For Miles
17. Someone's Coming
18. Dogs
19. Call Me Lightning
20. Magic Bus
21. Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Disc: 3
01. Pinball Wizard
02. Dogs Part Two
03. The Seeker
04. Here For More
05. Summertime Blues
06. Heaven And Hell
07. See Me Feel Me / Listening To You
08. Overture From Tommy
09. Christmas
10. I'm Free
11. Won't Get Fooled Again
12. Don't Know Myself
13. Let's See Action
14. When I Was A Boy
15. Join Together
16. Baby Don't You Do It
17. Relay
18. Wasp Man

Disc: 4
01. 5:15
02. Water
03. Listening To You / See Me Feel Me (Soundtrack Version)
04. Overture (Soundtrack Version)
05. Squeeze Box
06. Success Story
07. Who Are You
08. Had Enough
09. Long Live Rock
10. My Wife (Live)
11. 5:15 (Soundtrack Version)
12. I'm One (Soundtrack Version)
13. You Better You Bet
14. The Quiet One
15. Don't Let Go The Coat
16. You

Disc: 5
01. Athena
02. A Man Is A Man
03. Eminence Front
04. It's Your Turn
05. Twist And Shout (Live)
06. I Can't Explain (Live)
07. Bony Maronie (Live)
08. Join Together (Live)
09. I Can See For Miles (Live)
10. Behind Blue Eyes (Live)
11. Real Good Looking Boy
12. Old Red Wine
13. Sound Round
14. Pick Up The Peace
15. Endless Wire
16. We Got a Hit
17. They Make My Dream Come True
18. Mirror Door
19. I Can't Explain (2014 Stereo remix)










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quarta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2017

Spartacus R - Africa I See (Re-post)


















Spartacus R - Africa I See

The musician and author Spartacus R., one of the founding members of the acclaimed 70s band Osibisa,  passed away on 30 July 2010 after battling cancer. He was 61.

Born Roy Bedeau in Aruba, West Indies, Spartacus moved to London with his family at the age of 12.   His musical career began in earnest in 1969 as a founder member of Osibisa, where he played bass guitar, percussion and vocals.

Fusing rhythms from Africa with rock and jazz, Osibisa played a central role in developing an awareness of African music among European and North American audiences in the 1970s, bringing it into the pop music mainstream. Spartacus wrote, co-wrote and produced many of the songs on the band’s first 3 albums, Osibisa, Woyaya and Heads. Osibisa was released in 1971, reaching number 11 in the UK album charts. The album cover artwork featured a flying elephant emerging from a primeval forest and became a classic of its time.

Woyaya and Heads followed suit in 1971 and 1972 respectively. Woyaya reached number 11 in the UK and Art Garfunkel later covered its title track in 1976.

Spartacus left Osibisa in 1972 after the Heads album was released. He continued to pursue music as a solo artist, setting up Zara Music Records and producing albums Third World War, Freedom First, and Africa I See. He also collaborated with other artists, providing background vocals on Eddy Grant’s 1979 hit Walking on Sunshine amongst other projects.
 
"Africa I See" is one of four successful, self-penned solo albums released on his own Zara Music Records label. With an acoustic guitar, ankle bells and some face paint, Spartacus R. travelled the world playing to audiences of 3 to 300,000 people in Africa, America, Australia, Europe, Japan.
READ MORE HERE  and HERE

01. Africa I See
02. Fortune
03. Isn't It A Lovely Day
04. Poor Elaine
05. Sucker (For Your Sweet Smile)
06. Reality Is Mine



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sábado, 11 de novembro de 2017

Jerry Garcia Band - GarciaLive Volume 8


















Jerry Garcia Band - GarciaLive Volume 8 - November 23rd 1991 - Bradley Center - 2017

The eighth installment in the GarciaLive series presents the 's November 23rd, 1991 performance at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. The Fall ’91 tour as a whole is widely regarded as one of Garcia’s finest and this particular Saturday evening serves as a further testament to the legend. Fans in attendance at the Bradley Center braved an intense snowstorm and the audience's palpable energy and enthusiasm was a likely catalyst for this spirited performance. Keyboardist Melvin Seals summarized the group nicely stating "That was the magic band. It’s not that the other scenarios didn’t work out but once we got to that level of the band with (drummer) Dave Kemper, John Kahn, Jerry, myself and the singers, Jackie (LaBranch) and Gloria (Jones) we all knew we had something special. That was the band.”


CD 1:

01. Cats Under the Stars
02. They Love Each Other
03. Lay Down Sally
04. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
05. Reuben and Cherise
06. Money Honey
07. My Sisters and Brothers
08. Deal

CD 2:

01. Bright Side of the Road
02. Waiting for a Miracle
03. Think
04. Shining Star
05. Ain't No Bread in the Breadbox
06. That Lucky Old Sun
07. Tangled Up in Blue

       
Jerry Garcia - Guitar & Vocals
John Kahn - Bass
Melvin Seals - Keyboards
David Kemper - Drums
Jacklyn LaBranch, Gloria Jones - Vocals



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quarta-feira, 8 de novembro de 2017

Mollie Marriott - Truth Is A Wolf


















Mollie Marriott - Truth Is A Wolf - 2017

Mollie Marriott is very proud of her heritage (daughter of former Small Faces and Humble Pie singer/guitarist Steve Marriott and step-daughter to singer Joe Brown) but it does not daunt her, she is ready to go it alone and will release her debut album Truth Is A Wolf. Says Mollie, Im really excited about the album. It features a lot of different styles and I think it really showcases my vocals. We had a lot of fun making the album and I hope people enjoy listening to it. I cant wait to perform the songs when we tour with Bad Touch in the UK during November. Mollie began writing the debut album in Nashville and has fond memories of the recording process. She teamed up with Paul Weller whilst recording, who appears on two tracks, Truth Is A Wolf and King Of Hearts

01. Control
02. Broken
03. Truth Is A Wolf
04. Give Me A Reason
05. Run With The Hounds
06. Love Your Bones
07. Transformer
08. Fortunate Fate
09. King Of Hearts
10. My Heaven Can Wait

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sábado, 4 de novembro de 2017

Dave Mason - Infinite Hall Live

Dave Mason - Infinite Hall Live april,26,2017 - 2017

Renowned for such Traffic hits “Feelin’ Alright” and “Hole In My Shoe” plus his solo signature tracks “We Just Disagree” and “Only You Know and I Know,” Dave Mason has long history as a guitarist and singer songwriter that should be celebrated. Over the course of his career, Mason has played and recorded with many notable pop and rock musicians, including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Winwood, Fleetwood Mac, Delaney & Bonnie, and Cass Elliot. This 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee takes us on a journey from his early days as the co-founder of Traffic through his solo recordings today.

01. World In Changes
02. Only You Know And I Know
03. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave
04. Rock And Roll Stew
05. We Just Disagree
06. All Along The Watchtower
07. Sad And Deep As You
08. Dear Mr. Fantasy
09. Look At You, Look At Me
10. Feeling Alright

Dave Mason - Vocals, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Tony Pattler - Keyboard, Bass, Vocals, Lead Vocal in "Rock 'n' Roll Stew"
Johnnie Sambataro - Guitar, Vocaks
Alvino Bennett - Drums





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terça-feira, 31 de outubro de 2017

Tommy Castro Band - Guilty of Love

















Tommy Castro Band - Guilty of Love - 2001

Tommy Castro's debut CD on 33rd Street Records is one of his best. Guilty of Love features 11 cuts of full-throttle blues that don't let up from the opening "Guilty of Love," through one of my favorite songs done by Delbert McClinton, "Somebody to Love You" and the slow, easy blues of the set's closer, "Dirt Road Blues." The funky instrumental "Naugahyde" lets Castro get more than a little bit funky, and the title cut features the final recording session made by the late, great John Lee Hooker before he passed away on June 21, 2001. If you like your blues a little tinged with rockabilly like I do, check out "Shakin' The Hard Times Loose," which features a rollicking piano by sax man Keith Crossan and the powerful rhythm section of drummer Billy Lee Lewis and bassist Randy McDonald laying a strong foundation for Castro's muscular band of guitar-driven blues. Guilty of Love is one of the best blues releases of 2001, and continues Tommy Castro's fine recording career as one of America's top contemporary bluesmen. 


01. Guilty Of Love
02. Stay With Me Tonight
03. Somebody To Love You
04. Blinded In The Face Of Love
05. Whole Lotta Soul
06. Shakin The Hard Times Loose
07. I Ain't Gonna Make That Call
08. Naughahyde
09. Ain't No Fun To Me
10. If You Ain't Lovin You Ain't Livin
11. Dirt Road Blues

Tommy Castro - Vocals, Guitar
Randy McDonald - Bass, Backing Vocals
Billy Lee Lewis - Drums, Percussion
Keith Crossan - Saxophone, Backing Vocals



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domingo, 29 de outubro de 2017

Andy Aledort & Lucky Peterson - Tete a Tete


















Andy Aledort &  Lucky Peterson - Tete a Tete - 2007

Andy Aledort has been a significant figure in the international music scene over the last 20 years. As a senior editor for the top guitar-oriented music magazines Guitar World, Guitar For The Practicing Musician, Guitar Extra, Guitar Legends and  Guitar World Acoustic, among others, his work is unsurpassed as a music transcriber, instructional columnist and journalist.

He has authored over 200 books of guitar transcriptions as well as a series of guitar-related instructional books and videos/DVDs, all of which are distributed worldwide, for the leading music publishers Hal Leonard Corp., Warner Brothers Publishing and Cherry Lane Music.

Aledort is a performing musician as well: along with leading his own ensembles in the New York/tri-state area, he is often tapped for high-profile appearances with artists such as Buddy Guy, Dickey Betts, and the Allman Brothers band.

As a session player, Andy Aledort was called upon to recreate the Band Of Gypsys -era playing of Hendrix for recording sessions with the original Gypsys themselves, Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles, where Aledort was required to recreate note-for-note renditions of Hendrix’s incendiary live performances of “Machine Gun” and “Power of Soul” from the classic Band of Gypsys album. He performed with the Band of Gypsys at both the 2001 and 2002 Street Scene concerts in San Diego, CA, as part of two ambitious Tribute to Hendrix concerts featuring such guest guitarists as Andy Summers of the Police, Slash, Stephen Stills, Mick Taylor of Rolling Stones fame, Vernon Reid (Living Color) and others, as well as the big Jimi Hendrix 60th birthday bash at the EMP Museum, created by Microsoft’s Paul Allen, in November of 2002.

In the summer of 2001, Aledort was tapped for session work with Double Trouble (Tommy Shannon, bass, and Chris Layton, drums), bandmates of Stevie Ray Vaughan, in order to recreate the guitar work of Stevie Ray, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Freddie King, and Johnny Winter. He also appears with Double Trouble on two Hot Licks instructional videos.

Lucky Peterson was born in Buffalo New York and played his first gig at age three. By the time he was five, he had already recorded his first single, produced by none other than the legendary Willie Dixon. Before Lucky turned six, his career had been propelled into the national spotlight with television appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and even What’s My Line?

As a child prodigy, Lucky was somewhat of a novelty act. Now he is a true blues veteran. Over the last three decades, Lucky has played to audiences all over the world, dazzling both fans and critics with his multi-instrumental talents (he plays keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and trumpet), his soulful vocal style and his youthful approach to the blues.

Born Judge Kenneth Peterson in 1963, Lucky was raised on music in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, His father, James Peterson, was a blues singer and owner of the Governor’s Inn, a northern version of a Deep South “chitlin’ circuit” roadhouse club. Artists like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor played there regularly. Virtually growing up on stage, little Lucky began playing almost before he began talking.

He started on drums, but after hearing the famed Bill Doggett one night, Lucky became fascinated by the huge Hammond B-3 organ. “Bill had a fit trying to keep me from it,” recalls Lucky. After some lessons from Doggett and the legendary Jimmy Smith, Lucky focused most of his musical energy on the organ. In his spare time, he also mastered bass and piano, becoming good enough to sit in with his father’s band and back touring artists like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Jimmy Reed. “At first, people wouldn’t believe he could play so well,” says James Peterson. “They would think the organ was rigged.”

By the time Lucky was five, word of this child prodigy had spread among the blues community. Willie Dixon, a friend of James Peterson, heard little Lucky and produced the boy’s first record, a single entitled 1,2,3,4 and a follow-up album for Chicago’s Today Records. The single hit the airwaves with a bang and the national television appearances followed.

As Lucky continued to grow, he honed his instrumental skills by learning from and jamming with some of the best blues players in the world. When Little Milton’s band came up short an organ player one night, Milton asked the then 17-year-old Lucky to sit in. One gig was all it took for Milton to fall in love with Lucky’s playing. He asked Lucky to join the band permanently. After seven months, Lucky had become Milton’s bandleader. Opening shows with his own 45-minute set on vocals and keyboards, Lucky’s three-year stint with Milton led to an equally long gig with Bobby “Blue” Bland as Bobby’s featured soloist.

During a break in Bobby’s touring schedule, Lucky headed to Europe on a package tour billed as “Young Blues Giants.” There he recorded his second career album this time for the French label Isabel Records. In 1988, Lucky left Bland’s touring band, relocated to Florida’s Tampa Bay area and began concentrating on a solo career. His reputation quickly led to regular session work for tiny Florida-based King Snake Records. His funky keyboards sparked Kenny Neal’s Big New From Baton Rouge!!, Rufus Thomas’ That Woman Is Poison! and Lazy Lester’s Harp And Soul, which were all released by the more visible Alligator Records label. In 1989, Alligator released Lucky’s third solo outing, Lucky Strikes! Lucky co-wrote three songs for the album and played all of the keyboard parts and all but one of the guitar solos.

Alligator’s promotion helped to bring Lucky’s music to the attention of radio stations and music critics nationwide. They liked what they heard. Billboard called Lucky “…a prodigy whose raw talent bodes well for his future as a leader.” Keyboard said, “Peterson is a 26-year-old blues master.” The album received airplay on nearly 200 radio stations nationwide, and Lucky toured the U.S. several times.

Lucky’s next Alligator recording, 1990’s Triple Play, picked up right where Lucky Strikes! left off, again featuring his dynamic organ fills and leads with equal emphasis on his stinging lead guitar and soulful vocals. The material blended straight-ahead blues, Memphis soul and funky grooves that placed Lucky Peterson on the cutting edge of the blues.

01. 'Til My Dyin' Day
02. No More
03. Leavin' to Stay
04. Get Outta My Bed!
05. Not Guilty
06. Tete a Tete
07. C'Mon
08. Talk Is Cheap
09. Tribute to Albert Collins

Lucky Peterson - Guitar, Organ, Vocals
Andy Aledort - Guitar, Vocals
Larry McCray - Guitar, Vocals (7)

Burt Teague - Guitar (2,4,5,8,9)
Froc - Guitar (1)
Mary Taylor - Vocals (1)
Mike Nunno- Bass
John Pell - Drums (2,3,5,7,8)
Jason Arnold - Drums (4,6,9)
Trevor Somerville - Drums (1)
Bruce Feiner - Piano (5), Tenor Sax (9)
Robert Feiner - Tenor Sax
Jamie Finegan - Trumpet



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terça-feira, 24 de outubro de 2017

Char - Live Trad


Char - Live Trad - 2016

Char is considered one of Japan’s most influential guitarists and an elder statesman of the Japanese music scene. Born Hisato Takenaka in 1955, he took up guitar at age 8 after hearing the Ventures and assembled his first band, Fox, at age 11. Regarded as something of a prodigy, he was heavily influenced by the Ventures and the U.K. blues-rock of the Yardbirds, Cream, Free and Led Zeppelin.

Char started his career as a session player and backing guitarist while still in junior high school before forming Smoky Medicine in 1973 at age 17. He moved to the United States when the group disbanded, but returned to Japan and released his debut solo single (“Navy Blue”) and eponymous first solo album (Char) in 1976. A succession of pop-rock hits followed before Char formed seminal Japanese power trio Johnny, Louis & Char in fall 1978.

01. Help
02. Ticket To Ride
03. Crossroads
04. Going Down
05. Your Time Is Gonna Come
06. Sunshine Of Your Love
07. Jumpin' Jack Flash
08. Purple Haze

Char - Guitar, Vocals
Hiroshi Sawada - Bass
Takashi Furuta - Drums








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sábado, 21 de outubro de 2017

Stud - Stud - 1972


















Stud - Stud - 1972 

Stud began as a trio with Jim Cregan (ex Blossom Toes) (vocals, guitar), Richard McCracken (bass) and John Wilson (drums), the latter pair having split with Rory Gallagher's Taste on 31st December 1970. They were signed by Deram Records. Ex Family violinist John Weider joined the band in June 1971, in time to appear on the debut LP which was released to little acclaim. While the musicianship on show is top notch, some of the material lacks distinction and meanders too often. The LP sold poorly and Deram declined the option of a follow up.



The band had more success in Germany, where Polydor had released the debut in different cover artwork. After some very succesful German tours and TV appearances, Stud signed to the BASF label and released their second album "September" in 1972, housed in a memorable gatefold cover, but they split soon after: Jim Cregan left to join Family on bass in August 1972 and was later in Cockney Rebel and Rod Stewart's band; Richard McCracken left for the Spencer Davis Group. BASF released a posthumous third album "Gooodbye" in 1973, containing a live in the studio performance recorded in May 1972. Wilson joined Brush Shiels mid-70s incarnation of Skid Row, and continued to work as a musician based in Belfast, playing both sessions and live work

Jim Cregan - vocals, guitar
John Weider - violin, guitar (June 1971 onwards)
Richard McCracken - bass
John Wilson - drums

01. Sail On
02. Turn Over the Pages
03. 1112235
04. Harpo's Head
05. Horizon: Part 1: Here - Part 2: There
06. Song 




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domingo, 15 de outubro de 2017

Humble Pie - Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1


















Humble Pie - Official Bootleg Box Set  Volume 1 - 2017

Humble Pie’s “Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1” is a raw testament to what this band did best; playing bluesy, gutsy, soulful and often hard rock, live on stage to an adoring audience. Drawn from a variety of mainly audience recordings that have previously only been available as “under the counter” pirate releases, this is an honest, and often unforgiving, tribute to a classic and much missed 70s supergroup.

Originally emerging from the remnants of 60s beat heroes, The Small Faces, Humble Pie formed in 1969 when guitarist and vocalist Steve Marriott joined forces with Peter Frampton, drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist Greg Ridley, and signed to Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label.

After two albums for Immediate, Humble Pie switched to A&M Records, and began their ascent to conquering the theatres, then arenas of North America, culminating in 1972’s double live “Performance: Rockin’ The Filmore”. Frampton would leave to pursue a highly successful solo career, to be replaced by Clem Clempson, and it was this line-up that was captured at the Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago on 22nd September 1972, whilst touring to promote that year’s “Smokin’” opus, from which ‘Hot ‘n’ Nasty’ and ‘C’mon Everybody’ were taken.

With the band’s growing worldwide reputation, the band toured Japan, playing the Shibuya Kokaido in Tokyo on 16th May 1973, whilst promoting their “Eat It” album, from which Ray Charles’ ‘I Believe To My Soul’ was featured, and with a set that ended with a rip-roaring take of the Staple Singers’ ‘Oh La-De-Da’.

There’s no doubting that the 70s saw some unmissable bills, and the show held at Charlton Athletic Football Ground on 18th May 1974 was no exception, where Humble Pie guested alongside Lou Reed and Bad Company at a concert headlined by The Who. Kicking off with the Small Faces’ debut classic ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’, Humble Pie were at the peak of their live powers before a capacity crowd, including ‘Thunderbox’, the title track from that year’s new LP, in their set. CD Three ends with four songs recorded at Finbury Park’s legendary Rainbow Theatre, on 6th June 1974.

As well as plenty of rare memorabilia, the booklet features an essay from Malcolm Dome based on new interviews with Pie drummer, Jerry Shirley.

Whilst every effort has been made to produce the best possible audio, limitations in the material drawn from various, non-standard, and unoffical sources means that the quality may not be up to the standard usually expected. All tracks have been included for their historical importance, and to present an alternative anthology of Humble Pie live on stage from 1972-1974.





CD 1 - Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago 22nd September 1972

01. Introduction    
02. Up Our Sleeve    
03. C'Mon Everybody    
04. Honky Tonk Women    

05. I Wonder    
06. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)    
07. I Don't Need No Doctor    
08. Hot 'N' Nasty    
09. Four Day Creep    

CD 1 - Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo 16th May 1973

10. Up Our Sleeve    
11. Tokyo Jam    
12. C'Mon Everybody    





CD 2 - Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo 16th May 1973

01. Honkey Tonk Women    
02. Steve's Little Jam    
03. I Believe To My Soul    
04. 30 Days In The Hole    
05. Road Runner    
06. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)    
07. I Don't Need No Doctor    
08. Hot 'N' Nasty    
09. Oh La-De-Da    


  
CD 3 - Charlton Athletic Footbal Ground 18th May 1974

01. Introduction    
02. Whatcha Gonna Do About It    
03. Thunderbox    
04. Sweet Peace And Time    
05. 30 Days In The Hole    
06. Let Me Be Your Lovemaker    
07. C'Mon Everybody - I Want A Little Girl    
08. I Don't Need No Doctor

CD 3 - Rainbow Theatre, London 6th June 1974    

09. Thunderbox    
10. 30 Days In The Hole    
11. Sweet Peace And Time    
12. C'Mon Everybody    





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terça-feira, 10 de outubro de 2017

Dean Parrish and Carmine Appice - Northern Soul - I'm on My Way


















Dean Parrish and Carmine Appice - Northern Soul - I'm on My Way - 2015

Legendary drummer Carmine Appice and New York 60's hitmaker, vocalist Dean Parrish, have reunited after 50 years to record a new 7-song EP of 60's soul music, commonly known as Northern Soul music, aptly titled Northern Soul - I'm On My Way.

The duo first met when in the early 60's they played opposite of Jimi Hendrix, known at the time as Jimmy James. The band, called The Beeets, played Stax, Motown and Altantic 60's soul. Carmine eventually went on to have major success with the likes of the Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Rod Stewart and countless other artists, while Dean pursued a solo career and had a number of hits in the UK and US. He did several Murry The K tours and performed on the Dick Clark show and other well know TV programs at the time such as Zachary Channel 11 NYC, and the Clay Cole show. Dean has performed on the same bill as Mitch Ryder, The Capitals and Lou Christie. He has recorded and toured with the likes of Jorge Santana, Paul Weller, Lord Large and the legendary Bob Marley. Dean even recorded 2 Jams with Jimi Hendrix & Eddie Kramer at Juggy  Murray's  studio NYC 1969 with the band the Rosicrucians aka Steeplechase.

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01. Love's Whatcha Cooking
02. I'm on My Way (Re-Recorded)
03. Girl
04. Lonely
05. Fever
06. I'm on My Way (Classic Mix)
07. I'm on My Way (Instrumental Version)




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sábado, 7 de outubro de 2017

PP Arnold - The Turning Tide


















PP Arnold - The Turning Tide - 2017

Digitally remastered archive release from the legendary vocalist. PP became one of the iconic faces of the 60's. This year celebrates her 50-year anniversary as an incredible performing artist in the music industry. These recording sessions bring back happy memories for PP, with Bill Shepherd (Bee Gees, Gene Vincent) creating the beautiful arrangements we hear on the record today. "We recorded around ten tracks, eight of which made it onto The Turning Tide".

Sadly, due to Bee Gee's commitments only half the record was able to be completed, and PP was heartbroken, as she had put her heart and soul into the recordings. At a lot loss on how to go forward it was the idea of her manager Robert Stigwood to pair PP up with Eric Clapton. Eric called in his Delaney and Bonnie band who later became Derek and The Dominos, along with Rita Coolidge and PP's dear friend soul singer Doris Troy. The end result was phenomenal, they recorded songs written by Steve Winwood, Van Morrison and Jagger & Richards.

These recordings were left sitting on shelves for many years due to industry politics, and still after all these years, PP could never fathom the thought that nobody would be able to hear them. It became her mission to let these recordings see the light of day, and not let this incredible piece of music history stay buried. Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene) began mixing the tracks, calling upon his old friend Paul Weller, who gladly allowed them to use his Black Barn Studio, and also his long time engineer, Charles Rees. The results were remarkable; after all these years, pieces of history were brought back to life again.

01. Medicated Goo [Steve Winwood/Jimmy Miller]
02. Born [Barry Gibb]
03. If This Were My World [Caleb Quaye/PP Arnold]
04. High And Windy Mountain [Barry Gibb]
05. Spinning Wheel [David Clayton Thomas]
06. Bury Me Down By the River [Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb]
07. Children of The Last War Caleb Quaye/PP Arnold]
08. Brand New Day [Van Morrison]
09. The Turning Tide [Barry Gibb]
10. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy [Brenda Holloway/Patrice Holloway/Frank Wilson/Barry Gordy]
11. Give a Hand Take a Hand [Barry Gibb]
12. Happiness [Barry Gibb]
13. You Can’t Always Get What You Want [Mick Jagger/Keith Richards]


PP Arnold - Vocals
Eric Clapton and Dave Mason - Guitar
Bobby Whitlock - Keyboards, Piano
Jim Gordon - Drums
Carl Radle and Steve York - Bass
Bobby Keys - Sax
Jim Price - Trumpet
Kay Garner, Lesley Ducan and Doris Troy - Backing Vocals


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sexta-feira, 6 de outubro de 2017

Python Lee Jackson - Piano Players Ball


















Python Lee Jackson - Piano Players Ball - 2007

from wikipedia
Python Lee Jackson were an Australian rock band active from 1965 to 1968, before a brief sojourn in the United Kingdom from late 1968 to mid-1969. The group had recorded a single, "In A Broken Dream" (October 1970), featuring Rod Stewart as guest vocalist in April 1969. The group reformed in 1972 and the single was re-released in August: it peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 56 on the United States Billboard Hot 100. The group disbanded again later that year.


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01. Turn The Music Down
02. Second Time Around The Wheel
03. Your Wily Ways
04. If It's Meant To Be A Party
05. Sweet Consolation
06. Boogie Woogie Joe
07. If The World Stopped Still Tonight
08. When You Do Your Thing
09. Thin Armed Hairless Man
10. Piano Players Ball
11. Get Back On Your Feet Again
12. Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear
13. Lady Zelda
14. Nightclub In The Day
15. Home
16. Woman, Mother & Child
17. Would You Believe It
18. I Wonder Who
19. It's A Groove To Be Dead
20. Big Fat Moma
21. Thinking It Over






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terça-feira, 3 de outubro de 2017

CBA (Char, Bogert, Appice) - Live In Japan


















CBA (Char, Bogert, Appice) - Live In Japan - 2000

Tim Bogert has a long history with Carmine Appice, being part of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and BBA (Beck, Bogert, Appice) together. Char Hisato Takenaka is known as one of the top guitarists in Japan. His producing, performing and song writing skills have strongly influenced many musicians. Char himself sings over 70% of his songs in English, and you won't believe that those great sounds are coming from a musician in Japan.

In December, 1999, CBA performed eight shows in Japan, and recorded a show live - CBA Live In Japan, for Polydor Records. They played 4 nights in Tokyo with the last gig at the BUDOKON on Christmas Day.

Carmine Appice writes: "Good to be back and moving on to Char tour (CBA)... Tim & I are listening to material... We are recordng live 3-4 times with Polydor records... there will be two live TV broadcasts.... and radio broadcasts... so things are Rocking!"

01. Evil
02. Parchman Farm
03. Satisfied
04. Lady
05. Eleven Years
06. Rosalee
07. Share The Wonder
08. Drive Me Nuts
09. Why Aren´t You Ready
10. Happy Birthday To You / 11. Future Child


Char (Hisato Takenaka) - Guitar, Vocal
Tim Bogert - Bass, Vocal
Carmine Appice - Drums, Vocal





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sábado, 30 de setembro de 2017

Grant Hart - Intolerance


















Grant Hart - Intolerance - 1989

Grant Vernon Hart was an American musician, best known as the drummer and co-songwriter for the alternative rock and hardcore punk band Hüsker Dü. After the band's breakup in 1988, he formed the alternative rock trio Nova Mob, where he moved to vocals and guitar. His solo career became his main focus after the dissolution of Nova Mob in 1997.

As the co-songwriter of Hüsker Dü, Hart's songs (such as "The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill" and "Turn on the News") received praise from critics and contemporaries. His vocal style, in contrast to that of Hüsker Dü bandmate Bob Mould, had a more measured and melodic delivery. His choice of lyrical themes, which ranged from teenage alienation in "Standing by the Sea" and the depiction of a murder in "Diane," to playful story-telling in "Books About UFOs," helped to expand the subject matter of hardcore punk.

Grant Hart's first full-length solo album after the breakup of Hüsker Dü, 1989's Intolerance is an eclectic, sometimes disorienting mishmash of styles that surprisingly works more often than not. From the psychedelic tape frenzy and carnival organ of the opening "All of My Senses" onwards, Hart largely disavows his punk roots in favor of a variety of late-'60s styles, including the Blonde on Blonde pastiche (complete with caterwauling harmonica) "Now That You Know Me" and the sneering Van Morrison shuffle "You're the Victim," one of several songs that seem to touch on the acrimonious breakup of Hüsker Dü. The harrowing "The Main" is a piano-led, almost gospel-like first-person chronology of drug addiction, one of the most vivid and personal songs Hart has ever written, while the remake of "2541," his pained remembrance of the band's old rehearsal space from his debut EP, gives the previously acoustic song a dose of electric rock & roll energy that suits it just fine. It didn't get the press attention of Bob Mould's much slicker Workbook, out around the same time, but Intolerance is probably the better album.

Hart died on September 13, 2017 from liver cancer.

01. All Of My Senses
02. Now That You Know Me
03. Fanfare In D Major (Come, Come)
04. The Main
05. Twenty-Five Forty-One
06. Roller-Rink
07. You're The Victim
08. Anything
09. She Can See The Angels Coming
10. Reprise

Grant Hart - Vocals, All Instruments







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terça-feira, 26 de setembro de 2017

Chris Norman - Don't Knock The Rock


















Chris Norman - Don't Knock The Rock - 2017

Famed for fronting huge 70’s hit band Smokie, Chris Norman has gone on to carve a successful solo career since leaving the band in 1986, when his first single ‘Midnight Lady’ became a massive hit throughout Europe including holding the German No.1 slot for 6 weeks!

Now, with over 20 solo albums to his name, he’s back with a brand new collection and sounding better than ever. It is an eclectic mix of new and original recordings that have that his unmistakable sound. The tracks are hallmarks of a true singer-songwriter with timeless melodies and memorable harmonies that soar. The single ‘Crawling Up The Wall’ is an instant classic highlighting Chris’ unique and instantly recognisable voice. Chris Norman was destined for show business after coming from a family with connections reaching back two generations. His Grandparents toured their own concert party around England during the First World War and their daughter Pat (Chris’s mother) joined a dance troupe when she left school. Pip Norman, (Chris’s Dad) was part of a dancing/comedy act called ‘The Four Jokers’ and worked all over Europe in the 1930s/40s and had a British Royal Variety Performance to their credit.

He got his first guitar at the age of seven and his early musical influences were Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Lonnie Donegan. Later the 60’s beat groups, in particular The Beatles, and the folk singer Bob Dylan, were a huge influence on Chris. He formed a band at school and played all over the UK in the late 60s and early seventies.

By 1974 the group had developed their own sound reflecting their close three part harmonies and Chris’s distinctive vocal sound wrapped up in a guitar rock sound, a sort of mixture between Crosby, Stills & Nash and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The band changed their name to ‘Smokie’ and their first album ‘Pass it Around’ was released in 1975 on Micky Most’s RAK records. Smokie had started as an album orientated rock act and their many live experiences had given Chris and Smokie a good grounding in all the tricks of the Rock 'n’ Roll trade. Chris remembers: “We weren't so much interested in pop singles at first. That's why the back cover of our first LP ‘PASS IT AROUND’ was designed in a way that made us look kind of folk/rocky instead of a Glamrock band.”

Nevertheless, by the summer of that year they had their first hit single with ‘If you think you know how to love me’. This was followed by a string of 15 hit singles including ‘Living next door to Alice’, ‘I’ll meet you at Midnight’, ‘Lay back in the arms of Someone’, etc. Plus the very successful duet with Suzi Quatro, ‘Stumblin’ In’ which gave Chris his first taste of success outside the group.


01. Don't Knock the Rock
02. Crawling up the Wall
03. Sun Is Rising
04. You Are the Light
05. Sweet Virginia
06. Good, Good Loving
07. Losing You
08. If We Had Wings
09. On Night of Love
10. Resurrection
11. Chasing After Starlight
12. Straight to My Heart
13. Suicide Street
14. Little Butterfly 




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sexta-feira, 15 de setembro de 2017

Simo - Rise & Shine


















Simo - Rise & Shine - 2017

Rise & Shine is the new album from Nashville trio SIMO on Provogue/Mascot Label Group (Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Jonny Lang)

The album began taking shape on the road, where SIMO’s three bandmates — singer, guitarist and namesake frontman JD Simo; drummer Adam Abrashoff; and bassist Elad Shapiro — spent most of 2016 on tour. They played 215 shows that year (including supporting Beth Hart, Blackberry Smoke and the late great Gregg Allman) leaving behind their Nashville headquarters and traveling to nine different countries in support of their Billboard Top 10 blues album, Let Love Show the Way. The trio worked on new music along the way, hashing out chord changes in hotel rooms and tweaking song arrangements during soundcheck. It was a time of growth and self-improvement for everyone, and they became better friends, better musicians, and better people. At the same time, the outside world was changing. Political pundits were screaming at one another. Elections were pitting candidate against candidate, party against party, neighbour against neighbour. The need to write music that truly meant something — music that not only demonstrated the band’s explosive chops, but also sent a clear messag.

NB --> The Best Album of 2017'

01. Return    
02. Meditation    
03. Shine    
04. People Say    
05. Don't Waste Time    
06. I Want Love    
07. The Climb    
08. Light The Candle    
09. Be With You    
10. The Light    
11. I Pray

JD Simo - Guitar & Vocal
Elad Shapiro - Bass
Adam Abrashogg - Drums








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quinta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2017

HillBenders - Tommy - A Bluegrass Opry

















The Hillbenders - Tommy - A Bluegrass Opry - 2015

From RollingStone.com
On paper, it sounds like the Pickin' On… album from hell: the Who's classic 1969 rock opera, but all-acoustic and played on bluegrass instrumentation. And yet this Appalachian take on Tommy — played on banjo, guitar, mandolin, doghouse bass and Dobro with nary a kickdrum or electric guitar in sight — is as awesome as it is audacious, a fully satisfying interpretation that walks a just-right line between homage and reinvention. Keith Moon's thunderous drums were such a key part of the original's percussive atmosphere that you wouldn't think a drum-free version could work, but the seamless arrangements deftly imply all the tempo flourishes you remember. Clipped strums substitute nicely for drumbeats, and Pete Townshend's steady rolling rhythm guitar transposes perfectly to banjo. Best of all, mandolinist/frontman Nolan Lawrence pulls off Roger Daltrey - style bellowing with operatic, lusty aplomb










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