THE KNICKERBOCKER ALL-STARS
The Knickerbocker All Stars are a group of extremely talented blues musicians who have been in the business for decades. Members of the band have played with such notable performers as Freddie King, Robert Cray, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues as well as their own bands. Sunday night at the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly, RI featured the Roomful of Blues in the 1970’s and early 80’s. It quickly became the hottest social event in the area. Duke Robillard, the legendary blues guitarist and leader of the Roomful, would invite many up and coming musicians on stage to get their licks in as well as featured artists, the list of which is too long to mention.
Every song on the first CD (Open Mic At The Knick )was carefully selected to emulate the great blues front-men, backed by a full horn section with bluesy and boogie woogie piano. Bob Christina was working as the drummer in the blues band Ricky King Russell and the Cadillac Horns. With Bob’s efforts we were able to bring together the Knickerbocker All Stars. The band includes blues heroes, Curtis Saglado, John Nicholas, Sugar Ray Norcia, Malford Milligan, Dave Maxwell, Al Copley and, of course, Bob’s brother Fran.
"Go Back Home to the Blues" is the second Knickerbocker All-Stars record, building on the enthusiastically received "Open Mic at the Knick". Once again the deep pool of New England blues talent has provided knockout versions of blues and R&B classics, this time adding some new songs which are perfect fits stylistically.
"Texas Rhody Blues" featuring Jimmie Vaughan and Duke Robillard, is the third Knickerbocker All-Stars CD release. The project was supported by the Knickerbocker Music Center, a non-profit organization formed in partnership with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School. The Knickerbocker Music Center will have an exciting performance venue and an exceptional center for music education.
STATUS QUO - Aquostic II: That's A Fact! (2016)
Aquostic II – That’s A Fact! is the follow up to the phenomenally successful album from 2014 Aquostic (Stripped Bare). Aquostic II offers a generous helping of Quo classics that are immediately recognisable, and yet demonstrably re-engineered; including In The Army Now, Hold You Back and Roll Over Lay Down. Also featured are three brand new tracks from the band One For The Road, Is Someone Rocking Your Heart? and One Of Everything. Last month it was reported that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt would make a full recovery following an “extremely life-threatening situation” he suffered in June. While he recuperates, he’s been replaced in the lineup for the band’s live commitments by Freddie Edwards - son of Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards.
This deluxe edition comes with a bonus CD featuring six tracks recorded at the band’s 2015 Stuttgart Aquostic show including Pictures of Matchstick Men and Whatever You Want.
SNOWY WHITE - White Flames (1983) & Snowy White (1984)
British-born blues/rock guitarist Snowy White first became interested in music at age 11, when he heard urban blues performers like B.B. King, Otis Rush, and Buddy Guy, and was inspired to create his own clean, hard-edged style of British blues. After moving to London in the early '70s, White spent the decade forging his sound and playing with like-minded artists such as Pink Floyd, Peter Green, and Thin Lizzy. In 1979 Thin Lizzy asked White to join them as a full-time band member; he did, touring and recording Chinatown and The Renegade with them. In pursuit of different musical directions, White left Thin Lizzy in 1982. Joined by drummer Richard Bailey, bassist Kuma Harada, and keyboardist Godfrey Wang, he recorded his solo debut White Flames. Its single "Bird of Paradise" became an international hit, reaching number three on the U.K. charts.
Not content to be known as a singles artist, White rethought his approach to music. After deciding to focus on his guitar playing, he formed a touring blues band in 1986 with Harada, drummer Jeff Allen, and vocalist/guitarist Graham Bell. For three years the band toured and recorded, releasing Change My Life and Open for Business.In 1990, however, White's old friend Roger Waters offered him a supporting slot in his epic Berlin performance of The Wall. White performed a memorable solo during "Comfortably Numb" atop the 80-foot high Berlin Wall, alongside other guest artists like Van Morrison and Bryan Adams. Waters also called on White the following year to play with him at the Guitar Legends concert in Seville. At this point, White decided to re-enter the music mainstream, and recorded songs he had collected over the past few years. The result was 1993's Highway to the Sun, his second solo album, featuring guests like David Gilmour, Chris Rea, and Gary Moore. His next album, Goldtop, was a retrospective piece, covering White's work from the early '70s to the '90s. 1998 saw the release of Little Wing, recorded with drummer Juan van Emmerloot and bassist Walter Latapeirissa as White's new backing band; Melting followed a year later.
B.B. KING - Live at Montreux 1993 (2009) @320 DVD AudioRip
This concert was filmed in 1993 and BB is still in top form. The set is an extensive catalogue of his hits and live numbers. The band includes many members that have played with BB for many, many years. Foremost is the great James Toney an extraordinary organ player and keyboardist who just died in 2007. He was with BB since his famous PBS Jazz Casual session in 1968. Also prominent is the excellent bass player Michael Doster. His nephew and sax player Walter King is the Musical Director and he also is a great musician. This band is impeccable!
The set list is very comprehensive. It includes a great band "warm up" with the "Two I Shoot Blues" which showcases the great musicianship of BB's band. Highlights of the set list include Louis Jordan's "Caldonia", Ray Charles' "Let The Good Times Roll", the old standard and favourite "Why I Sing The Blues", a newer offering "Blues Man" and of course the seminal "The Thrill Is Gone", always a favourite and always a bit different.
TRACKS: 01. Fanfare 02. Sixpack 03. Two I Shoot Blues 04. B.B. King Intro 05. Let The Good Times Roll 06. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around) 07. Chains Of Love 08. Caldonia 09. All Over Again 10. Since I Met You Baby 11. Playing With My Friends 12. Ain't Nobody Home 13. Why I Sing The Blues 14. Blues Man 15. Rock Me Baby 16. Please Accept My Love 17. The Thrill Is Gone 18. Why I Sing The Blues 19. When Love Comes To Town 20. Guess Who
LUTHER ALLISON - Love Me Mama (1969) & Love Me Papa (1977)
Luther Allison (1939 - 1997) was an American blues guitarist. He was born in Widener, Arkansas, and moved with his family to Chicago in 1951. He taught himself guitar and began listening to blues extensively. Three years later he began hanging around outside blues nightclubs with the hopes of being invited to perform. He played with Howlin' Wolf's band and backed James Cotton. Allison's big break came in 1957, when Howlin' Wolf invited him to the stage. Freddie King took Allison under his wing, and after King got a record deal, Allison took over his gig in the house band of a club on Chicago's West Side. He worked the club circuit in the late 1950s and early 1960s and recorded his first single in 1965.
He signed a recording contract with Delmark Records in 1967 and released his debut album, Love Me Mama, the following year. He performed a well-received set at the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival and as a result was asked to perform there in each of the next three years. He toured nationwide. In 1972, he signed with Motown Records, one of the few blues artists on that label. In the mid-1970s he toured Europe. He moved to France in 1977. Allison was known for his powerful concert performances, lengthy soulful guitar solos and crowd walking with his Gibson Les Paul.
Love Me Mama (1969): 01. Why I Love The Blues 02. Little Red Rooster 03. 400 In The Morning (Waiting For You) 04. You Done Lost Your Good Things (Alt) 05. Five Long Years 06. Dust My Broom 07. Every Night About This Time 08. Love Me Mama 09. The Sky Is Crying 10. Help Me 11. You Done Lost Your Good Things Now 12. Bloomington Closer 13. Little Red Rooster (Alt) 14. Walking From Door To Door
Love Me Papa (1977): 01. Love Me Papa 02. Blues With A Feeling 03. Last Night 04. Key To The Highway 05. It's Too Late 06. Feelin' So Good 07. Going Down 08. Luther's Boogie 09. Standing At The Crossroads
DAVID CROSBY - Lighthouse (2016)
Having broken a 20-year gap between studio albums with 2014’s Croz, David Crosby makes a speedy return to action with Lighthouse. Mellow music and West Coast hippy sentiments cast a lambent glow, a beacon of sorts in an America more profoundly divided than at any time since Crosby’s heyday in the 1960s. Co-written with Michael League of jazz-funk band Snarky Puppy, the songs are gentle affairs, mainly oriented around the 75-year-old’s acoustic guitar and voice, which remarkably retains an optimistic lilt despite a vigorous life of excess. “Look in Their Eyes” demands compassion for refugees over languid bossa nova while album standout “Paint You a Picture” finds a calm point in a tale of encroaching winter and grief. This is Crosby in full blown, offbeat singer-songwriter guise, perhaps the style he was always most comfortable with. The songs aren’t easily digestible but, as he winds into the final stages of his life, they are honest, intricate, personal and above all, uniquely the work of David Crosby; a songwriter whose finest music has always been just a bit off-center in the best ways.
V.A. - Original New York Cast By David Bowie & Enda Walsh: Lazarus (2016)
Written with Cork playwright Enda Walsh, Lazarus was intended as a sequel to Bowie and Nicolas Roeg's 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth. Bowie’s ill health may have prevented him from appearing in the stage production, but his prints are all over the cast album. The first of two discs is the 19-track stage soundtrack, recorded on January 11th, hours after Bowie died. There are versions of The Man Who Sold the World, Life on Mars, Changes, Where Are We Now, Sound and Vision, Heroes and All the Young Dudes. The songs are pulled out of recognisable shape by actors Michael C Hall, Cristin Milioti and Sophia Anne Caruso, but also invested with a sparser, weirder kind of theatrical bent that is suitably audacious. Disc two comprises four songs: Lazarus (from Blackstar) and three that, we are told, constitute Bowie’s final ever recordings. Written specifically for the musical and recorded at the same time as Blackstar (with the same terrific art-jazz band and empathetic producer Tony Visconti), they allude to death while maintaining the songwriter’s sense of the abstract.
LEONARD COHEN - You Want It Darker (2016)
“I said was ready to die recently,” he told the audience at a listening party in Los Angeles for his 14th studio album. “And I think I was exaggerating. I’ve always been into self-dramatisation. I intend to live for ever.”
Leonard Cohen’s 14th studio album is a bleak masterpiece for hard times from pop’s longest-serving poet. At 82 years old, what is truly extraordinary about Cohen is not that he is still making albums but that they are as rich, deep and potent as ever. If anything, his ruminations on life gain added poignancy and urgency with passing time. Something between defeat and defiance has crept into his tone, which has dropped to a half-spoken bass whisper, a grumble and sigh filtered through a weary frailty that makes his pearly couplets shine even brighter. The musical setting, by Cohen’s talented singer-songwriting son Adam, is perfection, an organic bed of elegantly twanging guitar lines, humming organ, melancholy piano and aching violin, following stately chord progressions framed by the warm, female vocal harmonies that have become a Cohen trademark.
TOWNES VAN ZANDT - Texas Troubadour (2005)
John Townes Van Zandt (1944 - 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American songwriter. He is widely regarded for his poetic, often heroically sad songs. In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song "Pancho and Lefty", scoring a number one hit on the Billboard country music charts. Much of his life was spent touring various dive bars, often living in cheap motel rooms and backwoods cabins. For much of the 1970s, he lived in a simple shack without electricity or a phone. He suffered from a series of drug addictions, alcoholism, and bipolar disorder. When he was young, the now discredited insulin shock therapy erased much of his long-term memory. Van Zandt died on New Years Day 1997 from cardiac arrhythmia caused by health problems stemming from years of substance abuse.
4CD set containing the seven albums Townes Van Zandt recorded for the Poppy and Tomato labels between 1968 and 1973 plus live tracks and rarities. Since his death at the age of 52 in 1997, the reputation and popularity of Townes Van Zandt has grown greater by the day. He left behind a musical legacy of beautifully crafted songs and a legion of ever growing grateful admirers. This deluxe 4-CD compact box set features all Van Zandt’s studio recordings released by the Poppy and Tomato labels during his most creative period, including the classic tracks ‘Pancho and Lefty’, ‘If I Needed You’ and the 1973 live set ‘Live At The Old Quarter’. This clam-box edition of the set also contains a 36-page booklet which includes a detailed biography.
V.A. - Hell Or High Water: Music by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis (2016)
Directed by David Mackenzie Hell or High Water is a heist film starring Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges. Based on the infamous 2012 Black List script, the film is set in West Texas, in an area formerly known as Comancheria, and tells the story of two brothers who plan a bank robbery to save their family farm. The film was extremely well-received during its Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Critics praised and applauded the film’s archetypal Americana, along with the memorable performances of its main protagonists and the composers’ moody and minimalist score. Nick Cave of the Bad Seeds and his musical partner Warren Ellis deliver a ravishing score perfectly fitting the dry and arid landscape in which the characters strive to survive. The soundtrack album also includes Sleeping On The Backtop (Colter Wall), Outlaw State Of Mind (Chris Stapleton) and many more country music infused titles.
LARRY MILLER - Larry Miller (2016)
Larry Miller is undeniably one of the must see blues/rock guitarists, bringing his unique showmanship to every performance. He is famous for his mesmerising guitar playing and high octane shows, wowing audiences in the UK and Europe. Larry will be showcasing his new album ‘Soldier Of the Line’, which is receiving much critical acclaim. From power blues of ‘One Fine Day’ and stomping rockers like ‘Mississippi Mama’ to the beautiful love song ‘Bathsheba’. One of the hardest working musicians on the live music scene, he was a regular headliner at The Marquee in London and produced a barnstorming set at the Reading Festival. He is now more popular than ever and holds the record for the most encores at The Cambridge Rock Festival. Reviewing the festival the Get Ready To Rock journalist said “Crowd reaction to his performance was ecstatic ...Joe Bonamassa watch out, there's another new blues hero snapping at your heels”. In ‘Classic Rock Presents The Blues’ magazine readers poll, Larry Miller was voted number 3 only to be beaten by Joe Bonamassa and Walter Trout, plus a 5 page article proclaimed Larry Miller was “Keeper of the British Blues Rock flame”.
TRACKS: 01. No More Mister Nice Guy 02. Still Ain't Done With The Blues 03. Black Oak Arkansas Hangman 04. Calling All The Angels 05. Come Hell Or High Water 06. Bathsheba 07. Keeper Of The Flame 08. Mississipi Mama 09. As Blue As Gets 10. The Devil's In The Detail 11. Yours And No Other 12. The Wrong Name
ELKIE BROOKS - Sunshine After The Rain: The Collection (2010)
British pop-jazz-blues crooner Elkie Brooks (born Elaine Bookbinder) dominated U.K. radio in the late '70s with a series of hit singles that established her as "the biggest-selling female album artist in the history of the British pop charts." The Manchester native, who grew up in an extremely musical family, left school at the age of 15 to join a dance band in London. She eventually mad the jump to radio, as well as numerous appearances with legendary jazz bandleader Humphrey Lyttelton, before embarking on a career in pop music. The early '60s saw the budding young singer releasing singles for Decca and EMI, as well as opening for everyone from Carl Perkins to the Beatles, but commercial success remained elusive. She joined the blues-rock band Dada in 1970, which would eventually find success through a name change (Vinegar Joe) and the arrival of a new vocalist, Robert Palmer. The popular group released three beloved records before disbanding in 1974, and after a brief stint with U.S. Southern rock band Wet Willie, Brooks decided to take another crack at a solo career. The resulting Rich Man's Woman, Two Days Away, Shooting Star, Live & Learn, Pearls, and Pearls II, as well as frequent sold-out tours and numerous silver, gold, and platinum recordings, would go on to cement her reputation well into the 21st century.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE - Memphis Rock And Soul (2016)
Melissa Etheridge has done some pretty gutsy things in her stellar career. She’s shown no fear in forthrightly standing up for her truths, both in her songs and her life. But as an artist she’s never quite laid it on the line like she does on MEmphis Rock and Soul. On MEmphis Rock and Soul, Etheridge brings her powerful voice and passionate vision to some of the era-defining treasures of modern music - the Staple Singers’ “Respect Yourself,” Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” and “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Coming,” Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign,” Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Making Love” - as well as some real discoveries she found in her explorations deep into the Stax catalog. Etheridge could not be happier with the results: an album that completely captures the spirit she felt as a kid hearing these songs. And now she’s thrilled to share her MEmphis Rock and Soul.
TRACKS: 01. Memphis Train 02. Respect Yourself (People Stand Up) 03. Who’s Making Love 04. Hold On, I’m Coming 05. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) 06. Any Other Way 07. I’m A Lover 08. Rock Me Baby 09. I Forgot To Be Your Lover 10. Wait A Minute 11. Born Under A Bad Sign 12. Dreams To Remember
CACTUS - V (2006) & Black Dawn (2016)
Cactus V is the fifth album by American rock supergroup Cactus released in 2006. Deceased original singer Rusty Day has been replaced by Jimmy Kunes and the album also features the harmonica of Randy Pratt of The Lizards. It was their first album together in 34 years.
TRACKS: 01. Doing Time 02. Muscle And Soul 03. Cactus Music 04. The Groover 05. High In The City 06. Nite To Days 07. Livin' For Today 08. Shine 09. Electric Blue 10. Your Brother's Keeper 11. Blues For Mr. Day 12. Part Of The Game 13. Gone Train Gone 14. Jazzed
They were called The American Led Zeppelin back in 1970. Tall words, indeed, but Cactus Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Jim McCarty and the late Rusty Day (who died in 1982) came out only months after their Brit counterparts, only to flame out brightly after four albums (Cactus, One Way...Or Another, Ot n Sweaty and Restrictions) before 1973 even started. Now, four decades later, the band that made such an impression with their loud blues-edged hard rock madness...the band that influenced the likes of Van Halen, Joe Bonamassa, David Coverdale and Kid Rock...the band that foreshadowed heavy music itself...are back. This time, Carmine and Jim (along with ex-Savoy Brown lead singer Jimmy Kunes, harmonica player Randy Pratt; and bassist Pete Bremy) are providing the lusty macho soul. Kunes leather-lunged pipes atop this hotnnasty blues-metal machine made some quality head-first rock roll. Black Dawn is the bands newest studio album; a compelling step into the future upon a bridge firmly built in the past.
TRACKS: 01. Black Dawn 02. Mama Bring It Home 03. Dynamite 04. Jernaut 05. Headed For A Fall 06. You Need Love 07. The Last Goodbye 08. Walk A Mile 09. Another Way Or Another 10. C-70 Blues
MIGHTY SAM McCLAIN - Time and Change (2016)
01. Let's Talk
02. Sweet Love
03. Let's Do Something
04. Time And Change
05. Bad Dreams
06. Around Every Corner
07. You Broke My Heart
08. Touch Somebody
09. Here I Come Again
11. You Worry Me
Mighty Sam McClain never experienced the release of this, his final album, 'Time and Change', which contains his last 11 produced tracks. The legendary blues and soul performer passed away in New Hampshire June 15, 2015 by the age of 72. The songs on this album were all written and produced by Sam himself (except for one song, written by Sam's friend and mentor Melvin Underwood) in cooperation with the multi-instrumentalist Pat Herlehy, his musical partner through many years. This isn't one of those somber 'memorial' albums. Sam would not have wanted that. He wanted to be remembered with the same kind of spirit and energy he put into his music, on countless stages and recording sessions around the world. On 'Time and Change' you may enjoy the last works from the great Mighty Sam McClain. 'Time and Change' features Pat Herlehy (guitars, bass, sax and keyboards), Michael Rossi (bass), Rick Page (drums), Joe Deleault (keyboards and Hammond B3).
LURRIE BELL - Can't Shake This Feeling (2016)
01. Blues Is Trying To Keep Up With Me
03. I Get So Weary
04. One Eyed Woman
05. This Worrisome Feeling In My Heart
06. Sit Down Baby
07. Hold Me Tight
08. Sinners Prayer
09. I Can't Shake This Feeling
10. Born With The Blues
11. Do You Hear
12. Hidden Charms
13. Faith And Music
Lurrie Bell returns with a new CD he’s telling people is his best. It showcases all the passion, depth, rawness and uniqueness that keeps Lurrie at the top of many Real Deal Chicago Blues lists. His ace working band and frequent collaborator Matthew Skoller (on harp) provide the drive and the safety net while Lurrie walks the tightrope vocally and instrumentally. Motivated by his 2013 Blues Music Award for 'Song Of The Year' for the title track from Blues In My Soul (Delmark 830), Lurrrie had a hand in writing five of the thirteen tracks. Lurrie Bell - gtr,voc, Roosevelt Purifoy - pno,org,rhodes, - Matthew Skoller - hca, Melvin Smith - bass, Willie Hayes - drums.
LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS - The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials (2016)
Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials - bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton - have remained together for nearly 30 years (an extraordinary feat for any group), the band fueling Ed’s songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship. The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials is the musically electrifying, emotionally intense and downright fun new album from the band Guitar Player calls “a snarling boogie-blues machine...they blow down the walls.” The CD features Lil’ Ed’s incendiary playing and playful, passionate singing, with the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cooking like mad alongside him. Produced by Williams and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, it is a tour-de-force of authentic, deeply rooted Chicago blues. Williams wrote or co-wrote all but two of album’s 14 songs, the other gems written by Uncle J.B. The Chicago Reader says the band’s music “is a soundtrack for dancing and celebration infused with a sense of hard-won survival. Williams attacks his lyrics like he attacks his guitar: with bare-bones intensity that makes each word sound like a matter of life or death.”
TRACKS: 01. Giving Up On Your Love 02. Raining In Paris 03. Poor Man's Song 04. Shy Voice 05. Black Diamond Love 06. Whiskey Flavored Tears 07. I'll Cry Tomorrow 08. Is It You 09. I'm Done 10. Deep In My Soul 11. I Want It All 12. I Like My Hot Sauce Cold 13. Troubled World 14. Green Light Groove
AL GREEN - The Legendary Hi Records Albums, Volume 1 & 2 (2006)
Al Green was the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer. With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early '70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, interjecting his performances with wild moans and wails, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals, and lush strings. The distinctive Hi Records sound that the vocalist and producer Willie Mitchell developed made Al Green the most popular and influential soul singer of the early '70s, influencing not only his contemporaries, but also veterans like Marvin Gaye. Green was at the peak of his popularity when he suddenly decided to join the ministry in the mid-'70s. At first, he continued to record secular material, but by the '80s, he was concentrating solely on gospel. During the late '80s and '90s, he occasionally returned to R&B, but he remained primarily a religious performer for the rest of his career. Nevertheless, Green's classic early- '70s recordings retained their power and influence throughout the decades, setting the standard for smooth soul.
BETH HART - Fire On The Floor (2016)
The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. In 2016, the headline news is Los Angeles’ singer Beth’s latest album, Fire On The Floor: a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as “pretty frickin’ good”. Despite all the emotionally bare moments, for Beth, this record represents a catharsis. “I think Better Than Home is one of the best records I’ve ever done,” she says, “but it was a brutal experience. Fire On The Floor has more energy and I think, overall, it’s just got more balls. And I think I really needed that, just to balance out that heavier mood on Better Than Home.” Fire On The Floor is the album that Beth Hart needed to make. Likewise, it’s a record that you need to hear. “I’m so pleased with it,” she concludes. “I recently had to organise the sequence of the record, and while I was doing that, I was thinking to myself, ‘Y’know, this is pretty frickin’ good…!’”
Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize in literature!!!
To commemorate 30 years since the release of Dylan's first Columbia album, a marathon tribute concert was held at New York's Madison Square Garden, with a galaxy of stars and voices from the past taking part. The cumulative effect of this tribute was staggering, revealing just how much truly great Dylan material there is to choose from all of his periods. A firm nucleus of the three surviving members of Booker T. & the MG's, plus G.E. Smith on guitar and Jim Keltner and Anton Fig on drums, anchors the bands, and most of the stars offer fresh slants on songs familiar and obscure. Among the more memorable interpretations are Richie Havens' moving "Just Like a Woman," completely within his style; the Clancy Brothers' fervent conversion of "When the Ship Comes In" to an Irish folk idiom; the swinging, countrified "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" from Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and Rosanne Cash; and a sullen "Masters of War" by Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready on acoustic guitars. Lou Reed went through the bootlegs to come up with the pounding "Foot of Pride," which is perfectly suited to Reed's declamatory style. Eric Clapton shrugs off his diffident manner to deliver one of the most electrifying performances of his life in "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" -- each guitar lick and vocal cuts angrily to the bone -- and George Harrison makes his first U.S. concert appearance in 18 years with "Absolutely Sweet Marie." Dylan himself appears at the end, wildly improvisational and harshly authentic in voice on "It's Alright, Ma" and "Girl of the North Country." By no means does this box contain the entire concert, though, and while the reason was probably to make the thing fit on two well-packed CDs, some of the deletions are inexplicable. To cite just a few examples, Harrison's "If Not for You" is missing; so are Clapton's "Love Minus Zero, No Limit" and some numbers by Booker T. & the MG's ( "Gotta Serve Somebody" and "Lay Lady Lay" are in Stax's Time Is Tight box). Even Dylan's own performance of "Song to Woody" is not here; the booklet pleads "technical problems" but it sounded fine on the live telecast. Nevertheless, enough of the concert is here to sest its triumph -- and all were reminded that the fountainhead of all of this music was still alive, creative, and unwilling to be consigned to the history books. A Deluxe Edition of The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration added two rehearsal bonus tracks.
SCOTTY BRATCHER - Put My Mind At Ease (2010)
Scotty has played with and opened for names like Ted Nugent, Little Texas, Blue Oyster Cult, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Chris Duarte, Anthony Gomes, Foghat, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks, Bob Margolin, Eddie "the Chief" Clearwater, Lonnie Mack, Walter Trout, .38 Special, Styx, Peter Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tinsley Ellis, Lou Graham of Foreigner, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, and many more. Scotty is also an accomplished studio musician who has recorded with many blues, rock, country, gospel, funk and even heavy metal artists.
This ten track CD is a great mix of covers and originals. Scotty puts his own touch on some great songs, mixing in his own special flare. Great musicianship on this album. Scotty also gives a great vocal quality that adds to the feel of the music, with the one exception being Noah Hunt, frontman for Kenny Wayne Shepherd, on track 5. ( and just a side note, Scotty also drew the album cover ).
TRACKS: 01. Mind At Ease 02. Don't Let It Bring You Down 03. Back Home To You 04. Ballerina 05. New Minglewood Blues 06. I Get By 07. Missing You Again 08. Livin For The Moment 09. Ready For Rain 10. No Quarter
MEAT LOAF - Braver Than We Are (2016)
Meat Loaf, the rock legend who along with songwriter/producer Jim Steinman broke sales records with the classic multi-platinum albums Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, announces their reunion on the new album Braver Than We Are featuring 10 new Steinman songs performed as only Meat Loaf can! The project also showcases another reunion with vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito ( vocalists from the smash hit Paradise by the Dashboard Light ) on the epic song and first single Going All The Way. On paper it makes sense - all the songs are written by Jim Steinman, the man who wrote Meat into musical history with Bat Out of Hell. The two men have worked together sporadically since - Meat certainly does his best vocal work with Steinman’s epic, challenging songs - he’s even wrung two Bat sequels out of recycling Steinman’s songs. Braver Than We Are sees Steinman literally dusting off ones he’s prepared earlier, way back to the first song he wrote. That’s not the problem. That’s actually the album’s one redeeming feature. The issue is that Meat Loaf’s voice is shot. Gone. Kaput. AWOL. Busted.
TRACKS: 01. Who Needs The Young 02. Going All The Way (A Song In 6 Movements) 03. Speaking In Tongues 04. Loving You Is A Dirty Job (But Somebody`s Gotta Do It) 05. Souvenirs 06. Only When I Feel 07. More 08. Godz 09. Skull Of Your Country 10. Train Of Love
THE QUIREBOYS - Twisted Love (2016)
The Quireboys Find Twisted Love On Album Number 10. New Studio Album Twisted Love Available September 2 2016. The summer of 2016 and its time to fall in love all over again as The Quireboys rediscover their passion for quintessential British rock and roll. New long player Twisted Love lays bare a collective desire to win the hearts and minds of long-time fans and secret admirers alike. It's the sound of six musicians bound by the past and excited by the future. Unashamedly loud and justifiably proud, Twisted Love celebrates a legacy and adds to a legend. The band's 10th studio album marks a welcome return to a time when the Quireboys rocked and rocked hard. 'There are no ballads this time,' confessed frontman Spike. 'I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there.' A bullish reworking of crowd favourite Gracie B reinforces the point. More akin to the thumping live version beloved of fans far and wide, it's dominated by the driving guitars of Paul Guerin and fellow six-stringer Guy Griffin. Title track Twisted Love released as the lead single sees Griffin, Guerin and frontman Spike join forces to deliver one of the darkest Quireboys anthems to date. Featuring the sultry backing vocals of blues rock chanteuse Lynne Jackaman it's a song that shimmers from start to finish. But highlights are everywhere on this bold record: Ghost Train takes the listener on a bluesy, Hammond-soundtracked journey to the band's classic era while the rock and soul of slow-brooding set closer Midnight Collective is simply sublime.
LUCKY PETERSON - Long Nights (2016)
As an instrumentalist who had a thriving career at the age of six, Lucky Peterson is one of the most accomplished blues artists of his generation. Now that he's all of 51, he's a talent to be reckoned with on the guitar, piano, and organ, and he's a solid singer, too. Peterson shows off his multiple abilities on 2016's Long Nights, a set recorded live in the studio, with Lucky adding extra piano and guitar licks after the fact. Lucky and his band kick up some dust on several selections, but much of Long Nights is dominated by laid-back late-night grooves. Imagine Lucky and his combo are jamming for their own entertainment after the last set of the night, and you'll get an idea of how this music feels. In this case, the easy but determined sound of Lucky and co. works for these songs. Peterson is in no way short on intensity as a vocalist here, and his guitar, Dobro, and piano work are just as powerful and even more precise. Bassist Jonathan Fisher and drummer Jamil Byrum are supportive, keeping the performances locked in place while giving the band's leader plenty of room to move. Long Night is something of a family affair in terms of songwriting; Lucky's wife Tamara Peterson wrote or co-wrote eight of the eleven tracks, while he penned the other three. Some of the tunes seem a bit dated, especially when "Six O'Clock Blues" invokes the name of Walter Cronkite. But there's a lot of low-key fire on Long Nights, and Peterson's taut instrumental work and impassioned vocals deliver even when the songs are on the quiet side. This is yet another inspired session from one of the best and most prolific modern-day blues artists, and its simmering heat cooks effectively.
TRACKS: 01. Is It Me 02. Waiting On You 03. Long Nights 04. Be Your Man 05. Wasting My Time 06. Mad As A Man Can Be 07. Never Coming Back 08. Repo Man 09. Six O'Clock Blues 10. Erline 11. Feeling They Call The Blues
JOE LYNN TURNER - The Sessions (2016)
Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, best known for fronting Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow during that band's creative peak in the 1980s and later as the frontman for Yngwie Malmsteen, has been called The Man With The Golden Voice, and it's easy to understand why; nearly everything Turner records sounds blessed by the gods of hard rock. His commanding presence, powerhouse range, and emotional resonance has made him the go-to vocalist for a number of artists. Now some of this session work is collected on a brand new collection of studio recordings called simply "The Sessions" and released on October 7 via Deadline Music. The CD release contains superb, supercharged versions of rock classics from "Lunatic Fringe" to AC/DC's "Back In Black", The Doors' "Riders On The Storm" to Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls". The album also features guest appearances by Michael Schenker (UFO), Steve Lukather (Toto), Steve Morse, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), and more!
LED ZEPPELIN - The Complete BBC Sessions (2016)
Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC Sessions, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band's appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. Later this year, the band will unveil The Complete BBC Sessions, an updated version of the collection that's been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously "lost" session from 1969. BBC Sessions was originally released in 1997 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. The Complete BBC Sessions builds on that collection with a third disc that boasts eight unreleased performances. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band's BBC sessions. Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: "I Can't Quit You Baby," "You Shook Me," and the only recorded performance of "Sunshine Woman." Also included are two unreleased versions of both "Communication Breakdown" and "What Is And What Should Never Be." Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band's rapid evolution over a short period of time.
DISC 1: 01. You Shook Me (23/3/69 Top Gear) 02. I Can't Quit You Baby (23/3/69 Top Gear) 03. Communication Breakdown (22/6/69 Pop Sundae) 04. Dazed And Confused (23/3/69 Top Gear) 05. The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair (22/6/69 Pop Sundae) 06. What Is And What Should Never Be (29/6/69 Top Gear) 07. Communication Breakdown (29/6/69 Top Gear) 08. Travelling Riverside Blues (29/6/69 Top Gear) 09. Whole Lotta Love (29/6/69 Top Gear) 10. Somethin' Else (22/6/69 Pop Sundae) 11. Communication Breakdown (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre) 12. I Can't Quit You Baby (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre) 13. You Shook Me (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre) 14. How Many More Times (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre)
DISC 2: 01. Immigrant Song (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 02. Heartbreaker (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 03. Since I've Been Loving You (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 04. Black Dog (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 05. Dazed And Confused (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 06. Stairway To Heaven (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 07. Going To California (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 08. That's The Way (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 09. Whole Lotta Love (Medley) [1/4/71 Paris Theatre] 10. Thank You (1/4/71 Paris Theatre)
DISC 3: 01. Communication Breakdown (23/3/69 Top Gear) 02. What Is And What Should Never Be (22/6/69 Pop Sundae) 03. Dazed And Confused (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre) 04. White Summer (10/8/69 Playhouse Theatre) 05. What Is And What Should Never Be (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 06. Communication Breakdown (1/4/71 Paris Theatre) 07. I Can't Quit You Baby (14/4/69 Rhythm & Blues Session) 08. You Shook Me (14/4/69 Rhythm & Blues Session) 09. Sunshine Woman (14/4/69 Rhythm & Blues Session)
POPA CHUBBY - The Catfish (2016)
Theodore Joseph "Ted" Horowitz, who plays under the stage name of Popa Chubby (a play on the slang idiom "pop a chubby", meaning to get an erection), is an American electric blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
On his newest release, Popa Chubby offers up 12 tunes that embody the badass attitude that defines the “King Of The New York City Blues”. The Catfish delivers punch after punch of musical inspiration drawing on 25 plus years of street smarts and road worthy musicianship. The Catfish embodies what makes Popa Chubby who he is. Regal and Delicious, the recording shines with multiple flavors and worldliness.
TRACKS: 01. Going Downtown 02. Good Thing 03. Bye Bye Love 04. Cry Till It's A Dull Ache 05. Wes Is More 06. Motorhead Saved My Life 07. Blues For Charlie 08. Dirty Diesel 09. Slow Down Sugar 10. Put A Grown Man To Shame 11. The Catfish 12. C'mon In My Kitchen
JOHN SCOFIELD - Country For Old Men (2016)
Following last year’s Grammy-winning Past Present, the improvisationally wily but sociably funky jazz guitarist John Scofield now presents a tribute to the country songs of American icons including Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, with pianist/organist Larry Goldings, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Bill Stewart pitching in. Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry quickly becomes a fast bebop bass-walk, but Scofield always keeps his long, zig-zagging solo within earshot of the tune. Parton’s Jolene begins as a dark and dramatic theme statement, and takes on the elemental rhythmic insistence of the classic John Coltrane quartet, while a fine account of Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One exhibits a tenderness caressed by Scofield’s signature tonal creativity. Occasionally there’s a disconnect between the convivial lilt of some of these tunes and the jazz grooves, but Scofield at full jazz-improv pelt is always something to behold.
TRACKS: 01. Mr Fool 02. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 03. Bartender's Blues 04. Wildwood Flower 05. Wayfaring Stranger 06. Mama Tried 07. Jolene 08. Faded Love 09. Just A Girl I Used To Know 10. Red River Valley 11. You're Still The One 12. I'm An Old Cowhand
BERNHARD WELZ - Stay Tuned 1.5 (2016)
Sometimes rock musicians and stars, something not mutually inclusive, can be really good guys. Rather than trashing hotel rooms or getting drunk and beating up whomever, they can give us Live Aid or Hearing Aid. Or in the case of Austrian drummer Bernhard Welz, there's Stay Tuned 1.5, an all-star charity project for the Linda McCartney Centre at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. The Centre exists for the treatment of cancer, of which Ms McCartney succumbed to in 1998. The net proceeds of the album sales will benefit the cause. The all-stars participating on this album of thirteen songs read like a who's who of the UK and European rock scene of the last 40 or more years. The list is lengthy, but includes the likes of Ian Paice, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Neil Murray, and Paul McCartney to name a few.
As for the music within Stay Tuned 1.5, it's pure AOR melodic rock, some of the finest you'll find anywhere. You can rock out to It's Just A Long Way, Young Free And Deadly, and the aptly titled I Don't Believe That Rock 'N Roll is Out. There's also some inspired ballads and soaring anthems. For the former, there's Fading Away and nice piano driven Always Behind You, for the latter the choral-like vocal arrangement of Let The Star Shine On You. To be honest, to these ears, some songs did fall flat, namely Secret Land and Wanna Give You My Lovin, which failed to hook me like the others. But that's not to say they are terrible songs, not in the least. Nevertheless, you have some bonuses at the end: A live recording of Deep Purple's Child In Time and Paul McCartney's wonderful Maybe I'm Amazed from a 2014 recording. The song was a tribute to his wife Linda who helped him through an episode of depression during the break up of The Beatles. Fundamentally, in the end and regardless of not liking every song, Bernhard Welz' Stay Tuned 1.5 is a fine and entertaining album of AOR melodic rock and supports a very good cause. Buy it for the latter, enjoy it for the former. Easily recommended.
TRACKS: 01. Traffic Night 02. Fading Away 03. Let The Star Shine On You 04. I Don't Believe That Rock'n'roll Is Out 05. Young Free And Deadly 06. It's Just A Long Way 07. Always Behind You 08. Believe Me 09. Secret Land 10. Wanna Give You My Lovin 11. Drum Jam 12. Child In Time 13. Maybe I'm Amazed
JOHN KAY & STEPPENWOLF - Wolftracks (1982) + Paradox (1984) 
In the chaotic world of rock 'n' roll, in which the lifespan of most bands can be measured in terms of a few years or a few months, John Kay and Steppenwolf have emerged as one of rock's most enduring and respected bands, delivering hard-hitting, personally-charged music for more than three decades. In the late 1960s, Steppenwolf embodied that era's social, political and philosophical restlessness, building an impressive body of edgy, uncompromising rock 'n' roll that retains its emotional resonance more than three decades after the band's formation. Such Steppenwolf standards as "Born to Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me" and "Monster" stand amongst Rock's most indelible anthems. At last count, the band's worldwide record sales exceed 25 million units. Its songs remain fixtures on classic-rock radio, and have been licensed for use in approximately 50 motion pictures and an even greater number of television programs. And, in addition to being the first band to use the term "heavy metal" in a song (in "Born to Be Wild"), Steppenwolf's punchy style helped to establish the fundamentals of the hard-rock sound that would flourish in the 1970s.
Wolftracks (1982): 01. Time 02. None Of The Above 03. You 04. Every Man For Him Self 05. Five Finger Discount 06. Hold Your Head Up 07. Hot Night In A Cold Town 08. Down To Earth 09. For Rock-N-Roll 10. The Balance
Paradox (1984): 11. Watch Your Innoncence 12. Nothin' Is Forever 13. You're The Only One 14. The Fixer 15. Give Me News I Can Use 16. Only The Strong Survive 17. Ain't Nothin' Like It Used To Be 18. Slender Thread Of Hope 19. Tell Me It's Allright 20. Circles Of Confusion
ERIC CLAPTON - Live In San Diego (2016)
The album, which was recorded March 15, 2007, at San Diego's iPayOne Center, features several appearances and compostions by JJ Cale. At the time, Clapton and Cale, Clapton's good friend and mentor were casually supporting their new studio album, 2006's Road to Escondido.
“This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition: to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember,” Clapton said of Road to Escondido in 2006. Cale died July 26, 2013. Cale appears on five tracks, including "Cocaine" and “After Midnight,” two Cale tunes Clapton covered in the Seventies. Other guests include Derek Trucks who handles the late Duane Allman's slide parts on the album's Derek and the Dominos tunes plus Doyle Bramhall II and Robert Cray, who guests on "Crossroads." Trucks' tasteful slide work also happens to be featured on Road to Escondido.
DISC 1: 01. Tell The Truth 02. Key To The Highway 03. Got To Get Better In A Little While 04. Little Wing 05. Anyday 06. Anyway The Wind Blows (with JJ Cale) 07. After Midnight (with JJ Cale) 08. Who Am I Telling You (with JJ Cale) 09. Don't Cry Sister (with JJ Cale)
DISC 2: 01. Cocaine (with JJ Cale) 02. Motherless Children 03. Little Queen Of Spades 04. Further On Up the Road 05. Wonderful Tonight 06. Layla 07. Crossroads (with Robert Cray)
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - American Band (2016)
Boasting a mix of Southern pride, erudite lyrics, and a muscled three-guitar attack, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected alternative country-rock acts of the 2000s. Led by frontman Patterson Hood and featuring a rotating cast of Georgia and Alabama natives, the band celebrated the South while refusing to paint over its spotty past. History, folklore, politics, and character studies all shared equal space in the Truckers catalog, which offered up its first blast of gutsy, twangy rock with 1998's Gangstabilly....
You notice the first difference between “American Band” and nearly every other album released by Drive-By Truckers over the past 15 years the second you look at the cover. Instead of the Southern-inspired illustrations of Wes Freed, the Truckers have opted for a Danny Clinch photo - a stark, simple outdoor shot where the barely discernible colors of an American flag fly at half staff against a desolate, wintry and predominantly black-and-white sky. The second most telling aspect about the record surfaces when the darkened power chords of the album-opening “Ramon Casiano” hit you like a gust of arid wind - a Southern storm without the humidity, if you will. Within Mike Cooley’s story of militia turned self-appointed border patrollers, and the raging anger and paranoia fueling them, you get a very sobering picture of the troubled and very present times sitting at the heart of “American Band.”
SANTANA - Abraxas (1970) 
The San Francisco Bay Area rock scene of the late '60s was one that encouraged radical experimentation and discouraged the type of mindless conformity that's often plagued corporate rock. When one considers just how different Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, and the Grateful Dead sounded, it becomes obvious just how much it was encouraged. In the mid-'90s, an album as eclectic as Abraxas would be considered a marketing exec's worst nightmare. But at the dawn of the 1970s, this unorthodox mix of rock, jazz, salsa, and blues proved quite successful. Whether adding rock elements to salsa king Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," embracing instrumental jazz-rock on "Incident at Neshabur" and "Samba Pa Ti," or tackling moody blues-rock on Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman," the band keeps things unpredictable yet cohesive. Many of the Santana albums that came out in the '70s are worth acquiring, but for novices, Abraxas is an excellent place to start. In 2003 the album was ranked number 207 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
VAN MORRISON - Keep Me Singing (2016)
'Keep Me Singing' is Van Morrison's 36th studio album to date and consists of 13 tracks - 12 original songs written and performed by Morrison, as well as a cover of the blues standard 'Share Your Love With Me' - written by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey and previously recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers. For the track 'Every Time I See A River', Morrison has collaborated with acclaimed lyricist Don Black. The album's closing track, 'Caledonia Swing', is an instrumental featuring Van on piano and saxophone. All tracks were produced by Van Morrison. In the past year, Morrison has also digitally reissued much of his discography and released an extended version of his classic live album with It's Too Late to Stop Now… Volumes II, III, IV & DVD. In support of Keep Me Singing, Morrison has also plotted a brief U.S. tour in October with six shows, including one in Queens, New York and five more in California.
TRACKS: 01. Let It Rhyme 02. Every Time I See A River 03. Keep Me Singing 04. Out In The Cold Again 05. Memory Lane 06. The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword 07. Holy Guardian Angel 08. Share Your Love With Me 09. In Tiburon 10. Look Behind The Hill 11. Going Down To Bangor 12. Too Late 13. Caledonia Swing
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - Replay (1980) [VINYL RIP]
Replay is the sixth album by Crosby, Stills & Nash and their second retrospective, appearing in 1980 on the Atlantic Records label. It contains no material with Neil Young, but does from CSN solo projects. It peaked at #122 on the Billboard 200, their first album not to chart in the top ten, and is currently out of print. A strange compilation, it contains four album cuts taken from outside the parent CSN discography, and misses charting singles in "Teach Your Children," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," and "Woodstock." This may have been deliberate, however, to avoid duplication with songs on the still available So Far. All songs were previously released, with four having appeared on non-CSN albums. "Love the One You're With" and "First Things First" include Crosby and Nash on vocals; those as well as "Change Partners" derive from solo albums by Stills, the third of which entitled Stills had been released not on Atlantic but on Columbia. "To the Last Whale...," comprising the songs "Critical Mass" by Crosby and "Wind on the Water" by Nash, comes from their duo album on ABC Records. Two other songs were altered: Stills edited "Carry On" by lopping off the "Questions" tag section and adding a new lead guitar solo along with overdubbed bass and drums; and the string arrangement was removed from "I Give You Give Blind."
TRACKS: 01. Carry On (Re-Mix) 02. Marrakesh Express 03. Just A Song Before I Go 04. First Things First 05. Shadow Captain 06. To The Last Whale:A) Critical Mass B) Wind On The Water 07. Love The One You're With 08. Pre-Road Downs 09. Change Partners 10. I Give You Give Blind 11. Cathedral
ZZ TOP - Live: Greatest Hits From Around The World (2016)
Assembled from various shows from various tours from around the world, 2016's Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World is billed as ZZ Top's first "full-length live album" -- a matter of dispute considering how Eagle Rock released three CD/DVD/Blu-ray combo sets between 2008 and 2014. There is no visual component to Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World, which may be how it skates around the first live album distinction -- if there's no video, this is a pure album -- but the record mines a similar musical vein, collecting highlights from latter-day ZZ Top tours. During the 2000s and 2010s, ZZ Top released an excellent studio album called La Futura, but that's ignored here in favor for all the songs that are classic rock staples. Older, the Lil' Ol' Band from Texas sounds thicker and heavier -- and Billy Gibbons' growl is so gruff it seems tattered -- but that helps distinguish these versions from the spit and polish of the studio versions; not better, per se, but certainly the work of a band whose members happily settle into their advanced years, not wishing to change a thing about how they do things. Nevertheless, the undeniable highlights are the two tracks featuring cameos from Jeff Beck: he contributes lyrical solos to "Rough Boy" and helps with the heavy-footed boogie of "Sixteen Tons," pushing the trio just far enough out of its comfort zone to provide some crackle.
DAVID BOWIE - ChangesOneBowie (1976) [40th Anniversary Edition, Remastered, 2016]
Changesonebowie was David Bowie's first widely selling compilation album, issued by RCA Records in 1976. It collected songs from the 1969–1976 period, including the first LP appearance of "John, I'm Only Dancing". A 'sax version' of this song, cut during the Aladdin Sane sessions in 1973, appeared on the first 1000 copies of the UK pressing (these can be identified by the lack of the RCA logo in the upper-right corner of the cover). Later pressings of Changesonebowie featured the original version of the single that had been recorded and released in 1972. The U.S. LP contains this original version as well. Two of the tracks, "Ziggy Stardust" and "Suffragette City", had never been released as singles when Changesonebowie was issued, though the former had been the B-side of "The Jean Genie" in November 1972 and the latter would be released as an A-side in July 1976 to help promote the compilation. In 1987, as part of their 20th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 96 on "The Top 100 Albums of the Last Twenty Years." In 2003, the album was ranked number 425 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
TRACKS: 01. Space Odditiy 02. John I'm Only Dancing 03. Changes 04. Ziggy Stardust 05. Saffragette City 06. The Jean Genie 07. Diamond Dogs 08. Rebel Rebel 09. Young Americans 10. Fame 11. Golden Years
BAD COMPANY - Live 1977 & 1979 (2016)
From the release of their first album in 1974, Bad Company were one of the biggest hard rock bands of the '70s. Featuring former members of Free (vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (guitarist Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson (bassist Boz Burrell), Bad Company's straightforward but swaggering attack earned them a steady run of hits. While Bad Company never released a live album with their classic lineup, Atlantic/Rhino Records has delivered something special for the group's fans. Live: 1977 & 1979 features archival recordings of the odgers/Ralphs/Burrell/Kirke lineup, drawn from two different concerts, one in Houston, Texas in May 1977, and the other in London, England in March 1979. (The set also includes a bonus track recorded in Washington, D.C. in June 1979.) The set includes live performances of such favorites as "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," "Shooting Star," "Movin' On," "Run with the Pack," and many more.
BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO - The Buckwheat Zydeco Story: A 20-Year Party (1999)
Stanley Dural, Jr. (November 14, 1947 - September 24, 2016), [RIP] better known by his stage name Buckwheat Zydeco, was an American accordionist and zydeco musician. He was one of the few zydeco artists to achieve mainstream success. His music group was formally billed as Buckwheat Zydeco and Ils Sont Partis Band, but they often performed as merely Buckwheat Zydeco.
The New York Times said: “Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics…propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances.” USA Today called him “a zydeco trailblazer.” Buckwheat Zydeco performed with a large number of famous musicians from Eric Clapton (with whom he also recorded) and U2 to the Boston Pops. The band performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics to a worldwide audience of three billion people. Buckwheat performed for President Clinton twice, celebrating both of his inaugurations. The band appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, CNN, The Today Show, MTV, NBC News, CBS Morning News and National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition.
TRACKS: 01. Zydeco Boogaloo 02. Turning Point 03. Lache Pas La Patate 04. Ma 'tit Fille 05. Hot Tamale Baby 06. Make A Change 07. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad 08. What You Gonna Do 09. Beast Of Burden 10. The Midnight Special 11. Hey Joe 12. Skip To My Blues 13. Trouble 14. Put It In The Pocket 15. Hey Baby
MARILLION - F E A R [F*ck Everyone And Run] (2016)
F E A R is Marillion's 18th studio album, released on 23 September 2016. Marillion are a band with nothing to lose. They have reached a point in their career where, according to singer Steve ‘h’ Hogarth, if they can’t say or do it now, there’s no point doing it. Marillion have always written political lyrics: back in the Fish days with songs like Fugazi, a number of tracks on Seasons End, Radiation’s A Few Words For The Dead, The Last Century For Man from Somewhere Else to name but a few. But Gaza from 2013’s ‘Sounds That Can’t Be Made’ seemed to take it up a notch, even if not from the band’s perspective. What is a neutral account of the Gaza/Palestine conflict from the perspective of the children facing it ‘from both sides of the wire’ became a rather controversial piece for them; many casual listeners did not understand the true message. This controversy has, however, seemed only to spur the band on, and much of their latest effort is a progression and extension of the political nature explored in previous songs.
KANSAS - The Prelude Implicit (2016)
The Prelude Implicit is the fifteenth studio album by American rock band Kansas, released in September 2016. It is their first without founding member, lead vocalist and keyboardist Steve Walsh, who retired from the band in 2014, since 1983's Drastic Measures. It is their first album with new lead vocalist and keyboardist Ronnie Platt, supporting keyboardist David Manion and additional guitarist Zak Rizvi, who started as a co-producer and outside songwriter before being named a full member of the band. The Prelude Implicit is their first on German label Inside Out Music having signed with it in September 2015.
The Prelude Implicit is epic in every sense of the term. Kansas shows what it truly means to be timeless and quite literally defy aging in their music. The album is a fine balance between classical sounds and newer contemporary sounds. In a time when progressive music is more often than not overdone for the sake of being ‘proggy’, Kansas brings a new class with its music.
TRACKS: 01. With This Heart 02. Visibility Zero 03. The Unsung Heroes 04. Rhythm In The Spirit 05. Refugee 06. The Voyage Of Eight Eighteen 07. Camouflage 08. Summer 09. Crowded Isolation 10. Section 60 11. Home On The Range 12. Oh Shenandoah
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Chapter And Verse (2016)
Chapter and Verse is an album by Bruce Springsteen that was released on September 23, 2016. The album is a companion piece to Springsteen's 500 plus page autobiography, Born to Run, which will be released four days later. The career-spanning album features eighteen songs handpicked by Springsteen, five of which have never been released. The album contains Springsteen's earliest recording from 1966 and early '70s songs from his tenure in The Castiles, Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band along with his first 1972 demos for Columbia Records and songs from his studio albums from 1973 until 2012. As an artist, Springsteen always let his songs do the talking, but in this 18-track, career-spanning compilation, fans will get to hear his musical evolution from a scruffy teen to a major-label recording artist, Grammy Award winner, Oscar winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
TRACKS: 01. Baby I 02. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover 03. He's Guilty (The Judge Song) 04. The Ballad Of Jesse James 05. Henry Boy 06. Growin' Up 07. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 08. Born To Run 09. Badlands 10. The River 11. My Father's House 12. Born In The U.S.A. 13. Brilliant Disguise 14. Living Proof 15. The Ghost Of Tom Joad 16. The Rising 17. Long Time Comin' 18. Wrecking Ball
JOE BONAMASSA - Live At The Creek Theatre (2016)
Celebrated blues rock master, Joe Bonamassa delivers a musical tribute to The Three Kings Of the Blues at the legendary Greek Theatre filmed in August 2015. This concert is a continuation of the celebration of our blues heritage, which began with the 2014 production of Joe Bonamassa - Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks presented by Keeping The Blues Alive and was a tribute to the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Whereas such a quotient of live albums could seem an extravagance, with Joe, each show is a chance to reinvent, and it is simply not in Joe’s nature to take the easy route and simply play the hits. Instead, Joe’s shows are an exploration in which he challenges himself and the audience, offering up radical reinterpretations.
This DVD/CD also harks back to his heroes in the form of the three kings (Albert, BB and Freddie). The whole package is just beautiful which comprises the audio and video of the show (with some interchangeable songs) and clocks in at over two hours of driving blues heaven. Just like his recent UK tour Joe didn’t take the easy road and the set list chosen although filled with classics there are plenty of surprises and you know that Joe has handpicked these for no other reason other than the pure love he has for them. The eleven-piece band included Anton Fig (drums), Kirk Fletcher (guitar), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements), Paulie Cerra (saxophone), Nick Lane (trombone), and a trio of backup singers including Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae, and Juanita Tippins. The 22 tracks on offer is blues rock the way they were meant to be played, a big band, a big sound and a whole collection of guitars, horns and piano.
KING CRIMSON - Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind (2016)
Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind is a box set by King Crimson, released on 2 September 2016. The box set contains recordings from the group's 2015 tours of Japan, Canada and France. Some of the material has not been performed live since the 1970s, although the songs were rearranged to suit the current line-up. The title is derived from a song of the same name that the band has been playing in concert.
Featuring a 36 page booklet and presented in two double digipaks in an outer case, this limited edition version of Radical Action includes: three CDs - presented as individually themed 'virtual studio albums' with no audible audience - featuring a representative example of every song/piece performed by King Crimson on its 2015 tours of the UK, Canada and Japan, two DVDs featuring a complete filmed concert performance in stereo and 5.1 surround, Blu-Ray featuring a complete filmed concert performance in high-resolution stereo and 5.1 surround audio. Also contains 'picture off' mode, allowing the music to be heard independently in pristine, lossless audio (24/48khz as per original recordings) and expanded, perfect bound 36 page booklet with additional tour photos.
DISC 1 - Mainly Metal: 01. Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part One 02. Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind) 03. Meltdown 04. Radical Action II 05. Level Five 06. The Light Of Day 07. The Hell Hounds Of Krim 08. The ConstruKction Of Light 09. The Talking Drum 10. Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part Two
DISC 2 - Easy Money Shots: 01. Peace 02. Pictures Of A City 03. Banshee Legs Bell Hassle 04. Easy Money 05. Vrooom 06. Suitable Grounds For The Blues 07. Interlude 08. The Letters 09. Sailor's Tale 10. A Scarcity Of Miracles
DISC 3 - Crimson Classics: 01. Red 02. One More Red Nightmare 03. Epitaph 04. Starless 05. Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row 06. The Court Of The Crimson King 07. 21st Century Schizoid Man
SARI SCHORR - A Force Of Nature (2016)
In January 2015 legendary producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Blue Horizon) was invited to receive a ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’ award at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA. This award, was not the only highlight of the weekend for Mike, the second was witnessing the performance of one of the most amazing female blues singers Mike has seen in years – Sari Schorr.
Mike was so knocked out with Sari that he offered to come out of retirement and produce an album with her. Already a consummate songwriter, with tracks on major labels, Sari has written or co-written most of the songs on her new album A Force Of Nature Sari has now put together her own band – The Engine Room, featuring British guitarist Innes Sibun, formerly with Robert Plant. Together they will celebrate the release of Sari’s debut album on Manhaton Records in September 2016 and undertake a US and European wide tour. Sari is kicking off her groundbreaking tour at Carnegie Hall in NY performing with Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter, Dana Fuchs, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Laurence Jones on the Lead Belly Fest, Feb 4, 2016..
TRACKS: 01. Ain't Got No Money (feat Innes Sibun) 02. Aunt Hazel (feat Innes Sibun) 03. Damn The Reason (feat Innes Sibun) 04. Cat And Mouse (feat Innes Sibun) 05. Black Betty (feat Innes Sibun) 06. Work No More (feat Innes Sibun, Walter Trout) 07. Demolition Man (feat Innes Sibun) 08. Oklahoma (feat Oli Brown) 09. Letting Go (feat Innes Sibun) 10. Kiss Me (feat Oli Brown) 11. Stop! In The Name Of Love (feat Innes Sibun) 12. Ordinary Life (feat Innes Sibun)
DUKE ROBILLARD - Blues Full Circle (2016)
Duke Robillard’s career path was forged in 1967 when he founded the iconic Roomful of Blues, later holding down the guitar spot in The Fabulous Thunderbirds (following Jimmie Vaughan’s departure), then working with rockabilly maverick Robert Gordon and recording two albums with the Legendary Blues Band (a sterling group of former members of Muddy Waters’ bands).
In addition, Duke has logged countless gigs over the years as a producer, bandleader and guitar player with a plethora of giants of blues, roots and jazz music. That laundry list includes late icons such as Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Jay McShann, Rosco Gordon and Herb Ellis, as well as contemporaries Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Jay Geils, Joe Louis Walker, Billy Boy Arnold and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.
TRACKS: 01. Lay A Little Lovin' On Me 02. Rain Keeps Falling 03. Mourning Dove 04. No More Tears 05. Last Night 06. Fool About My Money 07. The Mood Room 08. I've Got A Feelin' That You're Foolin' 09. Shufflin' And Scufflin 10. Blues For Eddie Jones 11. You Used To Be Sugar 12. Worth Waitin' On 13. Come With Me Baby
DEB RYDER - Grit Grease & Tears (2016)
Born outside Chicago, Deb began appearing on stage as a young teen at her step father’s famous nightclub The Topanga Corral, where she opened for such blues legends as Etta James, Big Joe Turner and Taj Mahal to name a few. Deb’s vocals have been described as big, devastatingly powerful, whiskey soaked, a force of nature, reminiscent of her major influences Etta James and Koko Taylor. Deb's stage presence is captivating while her amazing vocals take the audience to new levels of enjoyment. Her standout performances have garnered awards and critical acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She writes all her own material and the lyrics paint a gritty, personal picture of life, love and trouble with just a well crafted touch of whimsy.
Grit Greats & Tears is the third studio album from blues great and multi award nominee Deb Ryder, featuring twelve new original songs that stand together as a testament to her spirit and commitment to the genre. The record covers a broad spectrum of styles and is a sonic journey full of energy, and serving up a savory blend of R&B, soul, funk and roots based blues as only Deb can deliver. Her critically acclaimed powerhouse vocals are supported by the mastery of a Grammy Award winning producer Tony Braunagel, and an A-list group of musicians. Grit Grease & Tears offers Deb Ryder's signature arrangements and impeccable songwriting. You can expect her to continue to imprint her mark on the blues world now and in the future.
TRACKS: 01. Ain't Gonna Be Easy 02. Get A Little Steam Up 03. Blink Of An Eye 04. Grit Grease & Tears 05. Sweet Mary Anne 06. Lord Knows I Do 07. Panic Mode 08. Just Her Nature 09. New Mechanic (Patrick's Blues) 10. Rivers Forgiveness 11. Prisoner Of War 12. Right Side Of The Grass
LIZ MANDEVILLE - The Stars Motel (2016)
Liz Mandeville is an American vocalist, songwriter, and Chicago blues musician known for her versatile voice, high-voltage performances, insightful songs, and traditional blues guitar playing. She has written and produced hundreds of original songs, including the songs on her albums. She has received critical acclaim and has toured internationally. Mandeville has said she was most influenced by Muddy Waters and called Koko Taylor her idol, but it was when she heard Luther Allison singing live that she knew the blues was her genre. Writer Karen Hanson described Mandeville's voice as sultry and wrote that she is a contemporary performer steeped in tradition. A critic for Illinois Blues called Mandeville's songwriting "great" and original.American Blues News reviewer Monica Yasher wrote that Mandeville is "known for her remarkably versatile voice, insightful songs, humorous onstage patter and deeply traditional guitar work" and is also "an accomplished Louisanna washboard player." Earwig Music described Mandeville as "a high voltage performer and a red hot mama.
TRACKS: 01. Too Hot For Love 02. Blues Is My Boss 03. Everybody Knew But Me 04. One Dance 05. Try Me 06. Truth 07. Reefer And A Glass Of Wine 08. What Could Have Been 09. Bad Blues Habit 10. River Of Blood 11. What Do Blues Men Like
THE JOEY GILMORE BAND - Respect The Blues (2016)
Mosher St. Records, South Florida’s award-winning independent blues record label, announces the 2016 release of The Joey Gilmore Band's new CD titled Respect The Blues. The soulful 11-song collection once again brings us the full-band sounds of some of Gilmore’s greatest influences – Johnny Adams, Lou Pride, Beau Jocque, Little Milton, William Bell, Johnny Rawls – whose songs he interprets. Guest artists featured on this release include Rockin’ Jake on harp, Ivan Chopik and Drew Preston on lead guitar and vocalists Domino Johnson and Edlene Hart. Yoel Hyman provides strings and horns and Arlene Coutee supplies backing vocals. Joey Gilmore can still fire up excitement with his style of deeply soulful, uplifting blues. Backed by his rock-solid band – keyboardist Sonny Boy Williams, bassist Robert ‘Hi-Hat’ Carter and drummers Maurice Dukes and Raul Hernandez – Gilmore displays stellar musicianship on these grooves. Once again, for soul-blues lovers, and Gilmore’s world-wide fan-base, Respect The Blues should hit the sweet spot.
TRACKS: 01. Man Of My Word 02. Cant't Kill Nothin 03. Brownskin Woman 04. Livin A Lie 05. A Liitle Love Always Makes It Bettah 06. Breakin Up Somebody's Home 07. This Time I'm Gone For Good 08. Chain Of Fools 09. Room 244 10. Sole Survivor 11. Night Time Is The Right Time
KENNY NEAL - Bloodline (2016)
Kenny Neal, born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, began playing music at a young age. Learning the basics from his father, singer and Blues harmonica master, Raful Neal, Kenny is known as a modern swamp-blues and multi-instrumentalist, that draws from the sizzling sounds of his native Louisiana.
A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and a multi-award winning talent, Neal has never sounded better than he does here, offering some of the most moving songwriting and performances of his incredible career. Bloodline proves that the blues is most definitely in the blood - no less than eight members of the Neal clan lend their musical talents to this unique album, making it a true family affair.
TRACKS: 01. Ain't Gon' Let The Blues Die 02. Bloodline 03. Plain Old Common Sense 04. Funny How Time Slips Away 05. Keep On Moving 06. I Go By Feel 07. I'm So Happy 08. Blues Mobile 09. I Can't Wait 10. Real Friend 11. Thank You BB King
JIMMY THACKERY AND THE DRIVERS - Spare Keys (2016)
The new CD is mere moments away from release and we are going out on the road to spread the news. Recording started in 2015 with a few songs I had been working on. We were patiently waiting for George to recover from his shoulder surgery, and had Chris Reddan on the road with us. He was a great substitute and allowed us to continue touring and working without missing a beat, so to speak. We decided, after a few weeks on the road, that Chris would be a great addition to our studio endeavor, and he most certainly was. Recorded towards the end of the tour season in 2015,Tony's Treasures Studio was again, a perfect fit .. so half the project was put in the can until George could return and flesh out the remaining tracks. As always, George did just that upon his return and we finished up this year in time to take it with us on this next trip out west. SPARE KEYS is an all original. Written by myself at my demo studio in the Caribbean, the songs run the gamut from classic blues to rockin' instrumental to tropical rock to soul ballad and back again. - Jimmy T.
TRACKS: 01. Candy Apple Red 02. Blues All Night 03. You Can't Come Back 04. No More Than Me 05. Fighting In The Jungle 06. I've Got News For You 07. I Even Lost The Blues 08. Five Inch Knife 09. Same Page On Demand 10. Puttin' The Word Out 11. Bella Noche 12. The Barber's Guitar
RONNIE EARL AND THE BROADCASTERS - Maxwell Street (2016)
Ronnie Earl’s Maxwell Street is named in honour of blues pianist and previous member of the Broadcasters David Maxwell and is a nod to Chicago’s Maxwell Street where blues musicians gathered to play outside for the Sunday market crowds. It confirms Ronnie Earl’s status as one of the most soulful blues/soul/jazz guitarists working today. Earl is a three-time Blues Award winner as Guitarist Of The Year working with his band of over 25 years. This album is dedicated to my big brother David Maxwell. We were born on the same day ten years apart. His playing was a deep as the ocean, as high as the sky and as bright as a quasar. When he passed I felt a huge loss as I still do. David was a Broadcaster and he and I made a few records together. It was always a supreme honor to play with him. He played blues as well as jazz with incredible expression from Otis Spann to Cecil Taylor. He knew and loved it all. He became Otis Spann in the later years. Our pianist David Limina wrote a tune that captures the feeling of the album and we all send our love and respect to David’s family and all of our love and gratitude for David Maxwell.
TRACKS: 01. Mother Angel 02. Elegy For A Bluesman 03. In Memory Of T-Bone 04. Kismet 05. Double Trouble 06. (I've Got To Use My) Imagination 07. Blues For David Maxwell 08. You Don't Know Me 09. Brojoe 10. As The Years Go Passing By
OL' 55 - Time To Rock'n'Roll - The Anthology (2016)
Ol' 55 was an Australian band specialising in retro, 1950s-era Rock 'n' Roll. They formed as Fanis in 1972 in Sutherland, Sydney. Drummer Geoff Plummer was working with Glenn A. Baker at the NSW Department of Media and invited Baker to hear his part-time band, including Patrick"Meatballs" DRUMMOND, Rockpile Jones and Jimmy Manzie. In 1975, Baker took on their management, renamed them as Ol' 55 for the Tom Waits song (as covered by The Eagles), and recruited front man Frankie J. Holden and, later in the year, saxophonist Wilbur Wilde.
The band enjoyed popularity with a style that bordered on parody but managed to combine novelty retro kitsch and clever theatrics with a keen sense of pop dynamics and an acute understanding of rock 'n' roll. Their top 20 hits on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart were, "On the Prowl" (No. 14, May 1976), "Looking for an Echo" (No. 9, August), "(I Want A) Rockin' Christmas" (No. 7, November), "Stay (While the Night is Still Young)" (No. 16, November 1977), and "Two Faces Have I" (No. 15, July 1980). Their debut album, Take It Greasy peaked at No. 2 in the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart in 1976. After line-up changes, Ol' 55 disbanded in 1983 for a few years; while both Holden and Wilde had already furthered their musical careers and also taken roles in television entertainment. Various revivals titled Ol' 55, The Fives, Frankie J. Holden & The Fives, or Ol' Skydaddys contained members of the 1976 line-up of the band. Manzie moved to Hollywood, where he wrote film music - mainly for horror movies - and produced recordings for bands.
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