ANDERSON BRUFORD WAKEMAN HOWE - Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (1989)
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe is the only studio album by the English progressive rock band Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, released in June 1989 on Arista Records. The group formed in 1988 after singer Jon Anderson left Yes and reunited with former Yes members Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, and Steve Howe to start a new band. A selection of demos were put down in France before recording took place in Montserrat and London, during which Bruford sested Tony Levin play bass on the album. Several artists receive songwriting credits, including Geoff Downes, Max Bacon, Rhett Lawrence, and Vangelis.
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe received a warm critical and commercial reception upon its release, reaching No. 14 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 30 on the US Billboard 200. In August 1989, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling 500,000 copies in the US. The band released "Brother of Mine", "Order of the Universe", and "I'm Alive" as singles in 1989.
MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS - The Essential (2002)
Walter Vinson and various members of the musical Chatman family made more than 80 recordings together for OKeh, Columbia, and Bluebird as the Mississippi Sheiks, and still more under other names. Their sizable legacy is reachable through reissue collections offered by several contemporary labels, and nobody has done it more thoroughly than Document. For those seeking a good representative taste in one package, The Essential on Classic Blues (a non-chronological sampler drawn from the Document catalog) is highly recommended. Recorded during the years 1930-1934 in Shreveport, LA, San Antonio, TX, Atlanta, GA, Jackson, MS, and Grafton, WI, these are fascinating examples of Depression-era guitar-and-fiddle blues with a strong rural identity. The original recordings were quite popular and sold well even during times when many people had little money to spare for luxuries like phonograph records. "Jake Leg Blues" was originally left unissued; the title refers to a peculiar gait associated with radical damage to the central nervous system caused by the consumption of tainted Prohibition liquor. The Mississippi Sheiks should not be confused with the Beale Street Sheiks; that name leads directly to all of the Paramount recordings made by Memphis bluesmen Frank Stokes and Dan Sane in 1927-1929. Those who are moved by what is reproduced here should consider obtaining all four volumes of the Mississippi Sheiks' complete works on Document, as well as adjacent compilations under the headings of Walter Vinson, the Chatman Brothers, Charlie McCoy, and various Mississippi String Bands.
FREE - The Free Story (1973)
Free were an English rock band formed in London in 1968, best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now". They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become a frontman of the band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums. Lead guitarist Paul Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler in 1975, but died from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 25 in 1976. Bassist Andy Fraser formed Sharks.
The Free Story is the second greatest hits album by Free, and the first which was released outside of the USA. It was released on 31 December 1973 by Island Records. The album reached number 2 in the UK Albums Chart and stayed in the charts for 6 weeks. On 22 July 2013, the album was awarded a silver certification by the BPI, for UK album sales of over 60,000 units. The album covers the entire studio album collection of Free from their debut album Tons of Sobs through to their final studio album Heartbreaker and includes their biggest hit single "All Right Now". It also has one non-Free track - the song Lady, from Rodgers' post-Free group, Peace, which included bassist Stewart McDonald and drummer Mick Underwood.
DOC & MERLE WATSON - Never The Same Way Once (2017)
This is a live concert recording from Doc & Merle Watson at The Boarding House in San Francisco. Recorded during five live shows from May 1-4, 1974, it spreads across 7 CDs. This is the first home-grown release from Owsley Stanley Foundation, a non-profit, established to preserve and distribute Owsley's legendary recordings. These performances have not been heard since the night they were played more than 40 years ago, and were professionally recorded and re-mastered. Owsley Stanley, known as Bear to his friends, is the father of the modern rock and roll concert sound system. He was the soundman for The Grateful Dead, and is infamously known as the first private individual to manufacture and distribute LSD. Bear recorded nearly every artist that played through a sound system that he built, calling these recordings ''Sonic Journals,'' and using them to further refine his craft. Doc Watson was an American guitarist, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music, who won 7 Grammys, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He performed with his son, guitarist Merle Watson, for over 15 years until Merle's death in 1985. Mastered by the Grateful Dead's sound engineer, Jeffrey Norman, this 7 cd set is packaged in a 6x12 size box which includes a 16 page booklet, containing photographs of Doc & Merle Watson. ''Never The Same Way Once'' contains an in depth interview with bassist T. Michael Coleman who performs on these tracks and features 94 songs including extraordinary pickin' versions of rockabilly, blues and show music material ranging from ''Jailhouse Rock,'' ''St.James Infirmary,'' ''Summertime'' and numerous other Americana classics.
BUDDY GUY - The Blues Is Alive And Well (2018)
The Blues Is Alive And Well is the follow-up to Guy’s 2015 critically acclaimed album Born To Play Guitar, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Album charts. The album marked Guy’s fifth #1 album on the chart and twelfth Top 10 Billboard Blues album. In his quest to keep the genre vital, Guy chats about the origin of southern blues and performs on David Letterman’s Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, airing May 4th. "As his train keeps rolling, Buddy Guy shines through his wondrous story-telling and arresting Blues riffs, thus justifying his legacy on The Blues Is Alive And Well. Over the course of his unparalleled career, Guy has proven you don’t just listen to the Blues, you experience it! All this said, there is nothing better than the Blues, and the immortal genre is very much alive and well thanks to legends like Buddy Guy. A fine addition for Buddy Guy fans, CrypticRock gives The Blues Is Alive And Well 4.5 out of 5 stars."
The Blues Is Alive And Well features guest appearances by Mick Jagger on “You Did The Crime,” Keith Richards & Jeff Beck on “Cognac,” and James Bay on “Blue No More.” Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge produced the album.
FANNY ADAMS - Fanny Adams (1971)
Fanny Adams was a briefly existing progressive rock super-group formed by ex-pat Australians and New Zealanders in mid-1970. The quartet comprised Johnny Dick on drums (ex-Max Merritt and the Meteors, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Doug Parkinson in Focus), Vince Melouney on guitar (ex-Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Vince Maloney Sect, Bee Gees), Doug Parkinson on lead vocals and rhythm guitar (ex-Questions, In Focus) and Teddy Toi on bass guitar (ex-Max Merritt and the Meteors, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Little Sammy and the In People). They relocated to Australia in December and broke up there after a few months. Their debut eponymous album appeared in June 1971, which Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described as "adventurous, heavy, progressive blues-rock... Melouney's crunching, multi-layered Jimmy Page-styled guitar riffs kept the whole thing together".
RY COODER - The Prodigal Son (2018)
For nearly 50 years, the immense scope and influence of Ry Cooder’s music has perhaps been felt as much, or more than heard. As musician, producer, songwriter and sage, the Santa Monica, California native has explored music and culture from across the city, the state, the country and around the world.
His latest album, The Prodigal Son, is all America, our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travellers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself. This is black and white gospel church music, our own history of the spirit, sounding completely fresh and contemporary, framed by Cooder’s expressive vocals and graceful, elegant guitar work. Aided by his son, drummer and chief collaborator, Joachim Cooder, The Prodigal Son is a deft commentary on our ailing moral state. This is music for these times, a fearless dive into the country’s soul and the man, Ry Cooder.
COLOSSEUM - Morituri Te Salutant - Colosseum: 1968-2003 On Stage & In The Studio (2009)
Active from 1968 to late 1971, Colosseum were arguably the leading exponents of the jazzier end of the British progressive rock spectrum. Assembled by former Graham Bond/John Mayall drummer Jon Hiseman (1944 - 2018 R.I.P.), they achieved significant commercial and critical acclaim with such albums as Those Who Are About To Die Salute You and Daughter Of Time, which showcased an irresistible blend of superior musicianship and a visceral approach to music-making that took them way beyond many of their supposed rivals.
Pieced together with the active assistance of Jon Hiseman, Morituri Te Salutant features extended highlights from Colosseum’s original albums as well as numerous previously-unissued studio and live outtakes, including BBC session material, the aborted late Sixties single ‘Tell Me Now’ and a host of alternative recordings from the tour that was immortalised on what many admirers believe to be the band’s definitive work, Colosseum Live. Lavishly packaged with hitherto unpublished photos and a 10,000 word essay, Morituri Te Salutant is the final word on one of the most individual and iconoclastic British jazz/rock/blues bands to emerge from the musical and cultural revolution of the Sixties.
YES - Fly From Here (2011) & Fly From Here: Return Trip (2018)
The original 2011 release of Fly From Here featured the band members who appeared on Drama: Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, plus Benoit David on lead vocals with Trevor Horn in the role of Producer. The addition of Trevor’s lead vocals has produced a genuine sequel to Drama. Fly From Here – Return Trip was developed as a labour of love for all involved and the new vocals were recorded over the last two years amidst other commitments. Trevor began re-recording the lead vocals the day after he guested with YES at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 and within 24 hours the rest of the band had joined him at his studio. Additional overdubs by other members have also been added. In addition to remixing parts of the album, Trevor has added personal liner notes and the sleeve design features the painting by Roger Dean originally used on the inside of the 2011 edition.
The new version, titled Fly from Here – Return Trip, was released on 25 March 2018 through PledgeMusic and at the two-day fan convention in London during the band's fiftieth anniversary tour. Also contained is the full version of "Hour of Need" and a previously unreleased track recorded written by Howe and recorded by the group during the album's sessions, "Don't Take No for an Answer". Horn wrote additional liner notes. Downes felt the new version sounds refreshing and Horn's remixes "adds a whole new dimension to the original recordings".
BACK STREET CRAWLER
The Band Plays On is the debut album from Back Street Crawler, fronted by ex-Free guitarist Paul Kossoff. Keyboard player Mike Montgomery composed six songs and co-wrote two others on the album, in addition to singing lead vocals on "All the Girls Are Crazy" and "Survivor". He dueted with Terry Wilson-Slesser on "New York, New York" (a Mike Montgomery original, and not the tune made famous by Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra). Montgomery subsequently left the band and was replaced by John "Rabbit" Bundrick. The Mike Montgomery songs, "Jason Blue" and "The Band Plays On", had previously appeared on a self-titled 1973 album by Bloontz, in which Terry Wilson, Mike Montgomery and Tony Braunagel had played together prior to the formation of Back Street Crawler.
2nd Street is a 1976 album by Back Street Crawler and was released on the Atco Records label. It was released after Paul Kossoff's death in March 1976, and is dedicated to him. The album is regarded as a considerable advance on their 1975 debut The Band Plays On, but Kossoff's involvement in it is limited to lead guitar lines over the completed tracks.
KEN HENSLEY - Rare and Timeless (2018)
Hensley’s name will forever be associated with Uriah Heep, with whom he found fame as a keyboard player, occasional guitarist and vocalist, and primary song writer, during the 70s. A member of pre-Heep bands The Gods and Toe Fat, he performed on and wrote or co-wrote many of the bands biggest hits, including ‘Free Me’, ‘Lady In Black’, ‘Look At Yourself’ and ‘Easy Livin’. Post Heep, solo work aside, he has also worked with Blackfoot, John Lawton and WASP, amongst others. This new album collects a some of Hensley’s best solo work, some previously unreleased work, and re-workings of a Uriah Heep classic or two. Here the emphasis is on the songwriting and production more than rocking out, as opener ‘Free Me’ shows – the sweeping strings are a nice touch and go well with the strumming. The vocals are big (but will never match Byron or Lawton), and the track has some wonderful melodic moments. ‘Send Me An Angel’ starts more atmospheric and even when it builds and gets heavier, it has that drifting by feel, even as a power-ballad. There are some great piano and guitar moments, ‘If I Had The Time’ a classic example. The reworkings of the Heep tracks are interesting and in places take quite a different angle, but the rest of the work is of more interest to fans of his solo work and completists.
DON AIREY - One Of A Kind (2018)
Don Airey s discography is definitely one of the most impressive for any British musician. It is hard to find a name between all those that in the last 30 years have left a mark in the history of rock that has not worked with him at some point. To name the most obvious of Don Airey s associations: Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Brian May, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath and, obviously, Deep Purple, the band Don Airey has been a full time member of, for over ten years. Don Airey has never been a session player. Bands and artists have worked with him for his unique musical vision, for the twist he could give to songs. Albums like Rainbow s Down To Earth or Ozzy Osbourne s Bark At The Moon would not have been the same without Airey s chord progressions, solos and his skill to play for the team .It is not difficult to see Don Airey playing with Deep Purple in front of 15.000 people one day, and the next day playing the organ in the church of his beloved local village with the same concentration and respect for the music and the audience. It is with the same spirit that Don shows no particular effort when moving from the glories of the last two Deep Purple albums (NOW What?! and Infinite , both having benefitted from his very present talent) and the work in clubs with his own band. Always with a big smile on his face as soon as the guitar roars, he is waiting to reply with his Hammond.
One Of A Kind is just that a true classic hard rock gem displaying great melodies, great riffs, great solos and a unique band unity. It has also been recorded using the spirit of a band and therefore features talented prominent band members. Carl Sentence (from the current line-up of British legends Nazareth) is a singer that all fans of rough voices like Rob Halford and Graham Bonnet would love. Laurence Cottle, who has played with Don in the Gary Moore band makes a great rhythm section together with the thunderous talent of Jon Finnegan, evidently loud on stage as much as in life. Last but definitely not least, the incredible talent of Simon McBride, who shows no fear of being compared to the many incredible guitar players Don has played with before. Simon was also part of Ian Gillan s band, together with Don - during the recent tour in East Europe. One song after the other quenches every hard rock fan s thirst, who would make a capital mistake to overlook this album. Available on 2 CD Jewel/180 Gram Vinyl and Digital.
JETHRO TULL - 50 For 50 (2018)
Jethro Tull played its first show at the Marquee Club London on February 2, 1968. It was the first step of an epic musical journey as Jethro Tull rose to become one of the world's most successful and influential progressive rock bands. Today, the group - led by founder Ian Anderson - is still on the road, electrifying audiences with a world tour commemorating its 50th anniversary. To help Jethro Tull celebrate this historic achievement, Parlophone released a career-spanning three-disc set that features 50 songs - chosen by Anderson - from all 21 of the band's studio albums. 50 FOR 50 provides a sweeping overview of Jethro Tull's rich and diverse catalog, which includes 11 gold and five platinum records. Arranged chronologically, the three-disc set highlights the band's continuous musical evolution with blues-influenced early tracks ("Beggar's Farm" and "A New Day Yesterday"); heavy rockers ("Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath"); prog classics ("Skating Away" and "Critique Oblique"); and folk tunes ("Songs From The Wood" and "Heavy Horses"). The compilation also features "Steel Monkey," "Farm On The Freeway," and "Budapest" - three songs from the band's Grammy®-winning 1987 album Crest Of A Knave. The collection ends with "A Christmas Song" and "Ring Out Solstice Bells" - a pair of tracks that originally appeared on The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003). The Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour is currently underway, with concerts scheduled in Europe and North America.
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