RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS - Groovin' In Greaseland (2017)
Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. With his wily and unforgettable original songs and his hipster, street-smart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes or sings like Rick Estrin. No one looks like him either, as Estrin is always dressed to the nines, sporting his trademark pencil-line mustache and pompadour haircut. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats’ fourth Alligator album, Groovin’ In Greaseland, features 13 original songs, 11 by Estrin (including one co-written with Andersen), and one each by Andersen and Farrell. From the true life wisdom of “The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” to the rambunctious “Hot In Here” to the humorous, semi-autobiographical “Dissed Again” to the hard luck “Living Hand To Mouth”, the album delivers one winning performance after another. The band’s dazzling performances bring the songs to life as richly detailed characters spill their secrets and share their stories. One listen makes it clear that this is one of the tightest and most original groups in any genre, constantly inspiring each other to new heights.
TRACKS: 01. The Blues Ain't Going Nowhere 02. Looking For A Woman 03. Dissed Again 04. Tender Hearted 05. MWAH! 06. I Ain't All That 07. Another Lonesome Day 08. Hands Of Time 09. Cool Slaw 10. Big Money 11. Hot In Here 12. Living Hand To Mouth 13. So Long (for Jay P.)
801 - Live @ Hull (2009)
Fans of the original 801 Live album will know and love the songs found here. This was recorded during the famous 1977 tour and features a number of songs found on that classic recording. Of course, Eno is not here and the same excitement and tight playing are not found. However, this is still a very good album. Manzanera released this in 2000 as part of his Archive Series and intended it for fans or collectors. However, this album is a great example of late-'70s prog/art rock. Yes, the long-drawn-out guitar solos are here, but these are interesting, melodic solos; they fit the songs and actually add a great deal. The music is a great cross section of Manzanera's pre-1977 history. Roxy Music is represented here, with a blistering version of "Out of the Blue" featuring Eddie Jobson that is brilliant, with a great violin solo and wonderful arrangements. Also here is some of Manzanera's best solo material, including the brilliant "Diamond Head." Also worth note is the 801 take on "Tomorrow Never Knows" (known here as "TNK"), sounding eerie and frightening with atmospheric vocals. The sound quality is not the best, but it is lacking the typical overdubs so often found on live recordings, and for that reason it is worth extra points. This really is a treasure for Manzanera fans, but others might find something of interest here as well.
Recorded live in 1977. The cd of the 801 Listen Now gig at Hull University contains a guest appearance by Eddie Jobson from Roxy Music, Frank Zappa and UK, (who turns in a mighty performance on ‘Out of The Blue”). The performance contains the whole set. Rough, ready and raucous fun.
TRACKS: 01. Lagrima 02. TNK 03. Flight 19 04. Listen Now 05. Law and Order 06. City of Light 07. Initial Speed 08. That Falling Feeling 09. Without Your Love 10. Diamond Head 11. Out of the Blue 12. Remote Control 13. Miss Shapiro 14. You Really Got Me
801 - Live (1976) [Collectors Edition, 2009]
801 provided Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera with one of his most intriguing side projects. Although the band only played three gigs in August and September 1976, this album captures a night when everything fell right into place musically. That should only be expected with names like Eno and Simon Phillips in the lineup. (Still, the lesser-known players bassist Bill MacCormick, keyboardist Francis Monkman, and slide guitarist Lloyd Watson are in exemplary form, too.) The repertoire is boldly diverse, opening with "Lagrima," a crunchy solo guitar piece from Manzanera. Then the band undertakes a spacey but smoldering version of "Tomorrow Never Knows"; it's definitely among the cleverest of Beatles covers. Then it's on to crisp jazz-rock ("East of Asteroid"), atmospheric psych-pop ("Rongwrong"), and Eno's tape manipulation showcase, "Sombre Reptiles." And that's only the first five songs. The rest of the gig is no less audacious, with no less than three Eno songs including a frenetic "Baby's on Fire," "Third Uncle," and "Miss Shapiro"'s dense, syllable-packed verbal gymnastics. There's another unlikely cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me," while Manzanera turns in another typically gutsy instrumental performance on "Diamond Head." This album marks probably one of the last times that Eno rocked out in such an unself-consciously fun fashion, but that's not the only reason to buy it: 801 Live is a cohesive document of an unlikely crew who had fun and took chances. Listeners will never know what else they might have done if their schedules had been less crowded, but this album's a good reminder.
DISC 1 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, September 3rd 1976: 01. Lagrima 02. T.N.K. (Tomorrow Never Knows) 03. East Of Asteroid 04. Rongwrong 05. Sombre Reptiles 06. Golden Hours 07. Fat Lady Of Limbourg 08. Baby's On Fire 09. Diamond Head 10. Miss Shapiro 11. You Really Got Me 12. Third Uncle
DISC 2 - Shepperton Studios, August 23rd 1976: 01. Lagrima 02. T.N.K. (Tomorrow Never Knows) 03. East Of Asteroid 04. Rongwrong 05. Sombre Reptiles 06. The Fat Lady Of Limbourg 07. Baby's On Fire 08. Diamond Head 09. Miss Shapiro 10. You Really Got Me 11. Third Uncle 12. Lagrima (Reprise)
PHIL MANZANERA / 801 - Listen Now (1977) [2000 Remaster]
Phil Manzanera had no problem filling his mid-'70s downtime away from Roxy Music. His guitar graced some 20 albums, like John Cale's Fear, Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets, and Nico's The End. This outing from his all-star side group is slicker than his 1976 live debut album, but no less worthwhile; some 16 musicians are credited. The sound is sleek and sophisticated; even lyrics aren't exempt from creative twists, as shown on "Listen Now"'s glistening jazz-pop which cleverly juxtaposes its title against a bouncy "now, now, listen" chorus. The song also questions how people are living life in a repressive society, even as "Law and Order" and "City of Lights" ponder its breakdown. Other songs visit more personal turf. "Flight 19" details a young man's angst-filled reaction to his lover's injuries, "Postcard Love" dismisses the perils of on-road romances, and "That Falling Feeling" takes a more wistful look at how people grow apart over a gliding Manzanera guitar part. (Yet another sly twist shifts the chorus from "Can't you feel it moving in?" to "You can feel it moving in.") Three totally different instrumentals round out matters. The best one is the lilting "Island," anchored by a climbing Bill McCormick bassline, as Manzanera unleashes his full array of guitar-altering devices. "Initial Speed" and "Que?" take more of a jazz/fusion tack; they're different snapshots of Manzanera's graceful, intelligent guitar style. This album's one of the most absorbing entries of Manzanera's lengthy career.
1977 album now digitally remastered with 3 bonus tracks, 2 previously unreleased. For this release, the group was officially billed as "Phil Manzanera / 801". Additional artists include, Brian Eno, Eddie Jobson and Paul Thompson (Roxy Music), Dave Mattacks(Fairport Convention) and Godley and Creme (10CC). Recorded at Basing Street Studios, London, England from December 1975 and July 1977, and The Manor, Oxford, England in April 1977. Originally released on EG Records.
TRACKS: 01. Listen Now 02. Flight 19 03. Island 04. Law and Order 05. Rude Awakening 06. Que 07. City of Light 08. Initial Speed 09. Postcard Love 10. That Falling Feeling 11. Blue Gray Uniform 12. Remote Control
RODRIGUEZ - Rocks: Live In Australia (2014)
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, known professionally as Rodriguez is an American singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. His career initially proved short lived in the United States, but unknown to Rodriguez his albums became extremely successful and influential in South Africa, where sales of his records outnumbered those of Elvis Presley. Because of scarce information about Rodriguez, it was incorrectly rumored there that he had committed suicide shortly after releasing his first album. In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to find and contact Rodriguez, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career. This was told in the 2012 Academy Award–winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man and helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame in his home country. In May 2013, Rodriguez received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, Wayne State University, in Detroit.
This Album provides a glimpse of Rodriguez’ Live Shows on his successful tour of Australia in 2014. Included on the album are four cover tunes that he makes his own. Because this is a live album, like his show, there is a mixture of his own songs and those written by others – for instance Cole Porter and Jefferson Airplane…
TRACKS: 01. Climb Up On My Music 02. I Wonder 03. Sugar Man 04. Rich Folks Hoax 05. Inner City Blues 06. Street Boy 07. I'm Gonna Live Till I Die 08. Just One Of Those Things 09. Somebody To Love 10. Learning The Blues
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND & THE SECOND COMING - The Allman Brothers - Second Coming (Bootleg, 1969 - 1970)
In 1969 a revolution was launched from the streets of Macon, consisting of guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and a uniquely spirited brotherhood. The revolutionaries of record were the Allman Brothers Band, who, as the founders of what became known as Southern rock, changed the course of popular American music and turned Macon into the recording hot bed of the 1970s. From 1969 to 1979, the Allmans called Macon home, and their contributions and exploits have become a legendary part of this town’s history. The band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969 by brother Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) with Gregg Allman (vocals, organ, songwriting), Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jaimoe (drums). While the band has been called the principal architects of Southern rock, they also incorporate elements of blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals.
Tracks 1-5: The Allman Brothers Band: Studio demos 1969-1970
Tracks 6-8: The Second Coming: Recorded live at the Jacksonville Armory, Jacksonville, FL 03-30-1969
TRACKS: The Allman Brothers: 01. Revival 02. Leave My Blues At Home 03. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 04. Don't Keep Me Wondering 05. Don't Want You No More Second Coming: 06. Born In Chicago 07. Jam Willie Jean 08. Tavellin' Music Jam
V.A. - Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - A Musical Journey (2003)
Five-CD deluxe boxed set includes a comprehensive collection of the music from the seven films airing on PBS. A definitive overview of blues, from its earliest recordings over 80 years ago, to contemporary artists and new recordings made specifically for The Blues. Music from the PBS Series The Blues, executive produced by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese.
This is by far the best and most comprehensive introduction to recorded blues ever assembled, drawing styles, record labels, and eras together with the efficiency of a spider’s web. These five discs-tied to the hit-and-miss PBS film series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues-embrace field hollers, early queens Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, the music’s first composer W.C. Handy, Delta slide guitarists, string bands, piano barrelhousers, jazz geniuses Count Basie and Lionel Hampton, Texas hotshots, lyric poets Percy Mayfield and Willie Dixon, Chicago powerhouses from Muddy Waters to Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and howling white boys, soulkittens Etta James and Janis Joplin, juke joint brawlers like Hound Dog Taylor, African torchbearer Ali Farka Toure, modern guitar heroes Stevie Ray Vaughan and Luther Allison, and even recent hit-makers Peggy Scott-Adams and Susan Tedeschi. And that’s just a smidgen of the talents represented across more than 100 cuts. Nonetheless, there are grave omissions in disc five, which focuses on contemporary blues. The raw electric sound of present-day Mississippi, embodied by R.L. Burnside and other artists on the Fat Possum label, has done much to open the ears of college-age audiences and should be included. Also absent are the music’s most important contemporary innovators: Afro-blues fusionist Corey Harris, psychedelic folk bluesman Otis Taylor and rap-blues proselytizer Chris Thomas King. Still, it’s obvious this collection is a work of devotion and intelligence as well as commerce. - amazon.com
DISC 1: 01. Shortnin' / Henduck - Othar Turner & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band 02. Long John - Lightning & Group 03. Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith 04. St. Louis Blues - W.C. Handy 05. Muddy Water - Bessie Smith 06. Match Box Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson 07. Billy Lyons & Stack-O-Lee - Furry Lewis 08. "Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom - "Ma" Rainey 09. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground - Blind Willie Johnson 10. Savoy Blues - Louis Armstrong 11. Downtown Blues - Frank Stokes 12. Frankie - Mississippi John Hurt 13. Fishing Blues - Henry Thomas 14. How Long How Long Blues - Leroy Carr 15. Canned Heat Blues - Tommy Johnson 16. Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell 17. It's Tight Like That - Tampa Red & Georgia Tom 18. Pine Top's Boogie Woogie - Pine Top Smith 19. Guitar Blues - Lonnie Johnson 20. Pony Blues - Charley Patton 21. Diddie Wah Diddie - Blind Blake 22. K.C. Moan - Memphis Jug Band 23. Standin' On The Corner (Blue Yodel # 9) - Jimmie Rodgers 24. Sittin' On Top Of The World - Mississippi Sheiks 25. Preachin' The Blues - Son House
DISC 2: 01. Devil Got My Woman - Skip James 02. C.C. Rider - Lead Belly 03. Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams 04. Dirty Mother For You (Don't You Know) - Roosevelt Sykes 05. Billie's Blues - Billie Holiday 06. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson 07. I Good Mornin' Little School Girl - Sonny Boy Williamson 08. Shake 'Em On Down - Bukka White 09. Roll 'Em Pete - Joe Turner & Pete Johnson 10. Catfish Blues - Robert Petway 11. Going To Chicago Blues - Count Basie Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing 12. Key To The Highway - Big Bill Broonzy 13. Me And My Chauffeur Blues - Memphis Minnie 14. Worried Life Blues - Big Maceo Merriweather 15. Cross Cut Saw Blues - Tommy McClennon 16. Evil Gal Blues - Lionel Hampton Sextet with Dinah Washington 17. Strange Things Happening Everyday - Sister Rosetta Tharpe 18.Honeydripper Pt.I - Joe Liggins 19. Drifting Blues - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers featuring Charles Brown 20. Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan 21. That's All Right Mama - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 22. Call It Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker 23. Good Rockin' Tonight - Wynonie Harris 24. Ain't Nobody's Business, Part One - Jimmy Witherspoon 25. Double Crossing Blues - The Johnny Otis Quintette with Little Esther & The Robins
DISC 3: 01. Mother Earth - Memphis Slim 02. Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield 03. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston 04. Dust My Broom - Elmore James 05. No More Doggin' - Rosco Gordon 06. Juke - Little Walter 07. Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton 08. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson 09. The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim 10. In The Night - Professor Longhair 11. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters 12. Eisenhower Blues - J.B. Lenoir 13. Blue Monday - Fats Domino 14. Hard Times - Ray Charles 15. I Hear You Knockin' - Smiley Lewis 16. Mystery Train - Elvis Presley 17. Don't Start Me To Talkin' - Sonny Boy Williamson II 18. Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf 19. Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley 20. I'm A King Bee - Slim Harpo 21. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry 22. Farther Up The Road - Bobby "Blue" Bland 23. So Many Roads, So Many Trains - Otis Rush 24. First Time I Met The Blues - Buddy Guy
DISC 4: 01. Hide Away - Freddie King 02. Drivin' Wheel - Junior Parker 03. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker 04. Frosty - Albert Collins 05. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had - Muddy Waters 06. Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf 07. Death Letter Blues - Son House 08. You Gotta Move - Mississippi Fred McDowell 09. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan 10. Hoodoo Man Blues - Junior Wells 11. Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor 12. All Your Love - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 13. I've Got A Mind To Give Up Livin' - Paul Butterfield Blues Band 14. Red House - Jimi Hendrix 15. Born Under The Bad Sign - Albert King 16. Mama Talk To Your Daughter - Magic Sam 17. Tell Mama - Etta James 18. Group Ain't Superstitious - The Jeff Beck 19. She Caught The Katy (And Left Me A Mule To Ride) - Taj Mahal 20. Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac 21. One Good Man - Janis Joplin
DISC 5: 01. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King 02. Dallas - Johnny Winter 03. Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Derek & The Dominos 04. Give Me Back My Wig - Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers 05. One Way Out - The Allman Brothers Band 06. Down Home Blues - Z.Z. Hill 07. Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble 08. Smoking Gun - Robert Cray 09. Tuff Enuff - Fabulous Thunderbirds 10. I'm In The Mood - John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt 11. Timbarma - Ali Farka Toure 12. Am I Wrong? - Keb' Mo' 13. Cherry Red Wine - Luther Allison 14. Bill - Peggy Scott-Adams 15. Just Won't Burn - Susan Tedeschi 16. Voodoo Music - Los Lobos 17. Round And Round - Bonnie Raitt 18. Vietnam Blues - Cassandra Wilson 19. I Pity The Fool (Live) - Robert Cray & Shemekia Copeland 20. Sweet Home Chicago - Keb' Mo' & Corey Harris
HEART - Strange Euphoria (2012)
It's almost astonishing that it took until 2012 for Strange Euphoria, the first multi-disc retrospective box set of Heart's five-decade-plus career, to arrive. The set contains three CDs and a live concert DVD entitled "The Second Ending," shot between February and March of 1976 for Washington State's KSWU-TV. Strange Euphoria is nearly everything a retrospective like this should be. It's packaged in a square white slipcase with the band's logo embossed in silver, and a die-cut heart dead center. The discs are encased in a quadra-fold cover, illustrated with a photo collage of album covers, band shots, singles, posters, etc. The 60-page book contains lots of rare photos, but most importantly, it features a track-by-track commentary from Ann and Nancy Wilson on the songs they chose for the box. In a sense, these poignant observations are a teaser for both their forthcoming autobiography, Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll, to be issued in September, and their upcoming album Fanatic, due in October 2012. The song choices here are chock-full of hits, balanced by numerous rarities, demos, and live cuts. Figuring fans had the hits, the Wilson sisters chose to focus on the demos of iconic tracks as "Magic Man," "How Deep It Goes," "Crazy on You," "Heartless," "Dog & Butterfly," "Desire Walks On," "Under the Sky," etc., from all different periods in the band's history. Some of these, particularly "Magic Man and "Crazy on You," are revelatory in their contrast to the album versions. Among the rarities are the opening track on disc one, "Through the Eyes & Glass," released as Ann Wilson & the Daybreaks, their first recorded single in 1969, and numerous "basement tape"-style demos of other material that was never released such as "Boppy's Back" and "Any Woman's Blues" (the latter with the Seattle Blues Revue Horns). The live stuff is just as credible; check "Barracuda," "White Lightning & Wine," and "Never" (with John Paul Jones), along with various selections from the Lovemongers' "Kiss," "Sand," "She Still Believes," and more. That said, it is live that Heart is at its most original, and would that there were more of this material. The DVD was Heart's portion of a public television documentary, but the clip finds them performing nine tunes, including fine versions of "Dreamboat Annie," "Sing Child," "Magic Man," and more. While the purchase of box sets is usually reserved for an act's most loyal following, Strange Euphoria is also a fantastic introduction to one of rock's most enduring bands.
DAN AUERBACH - Keep It Hid (2009) & Waiting On A Song (2017)
As frontman of the Black Keys, vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach embraced the raw sound of electric blues-rock alongside drummer Pat Carney. The Ohio-based band released a string of acclaimed albums during the early 2000s, including the Top 20 hit Attack & Release, before Auerbach opted to branch out with a concurrent solo career. Having built his own studio in Akron, OH, the songwriter began recording new material that melded his bluesy background with elements of psychedelia, country, and gospel. Recording sessions took place during the downtime between the Black Keys' tour dates, and Auerbach soon compiled enough material for a debut album. The resulting record, Keep It Hid, was released in 2009 by Nonesuch Records.
When Dan Auerbach released his debut solo album Keep It Hid in 2009, the Black Keys were on the verge of superstardom; it was a busman's holiday, not the start of a career. Waiting on a Song, its 2017 sequel, arrives in the midst of an extended hiatus from the Black Keys, who took a breather after a run of blockbusters that coincided with Auerbach establishing himself as a producer of note. On these extracurricular projects, Auerbach broadened his sonic palette, working with everybody from Americana stalwart Ray LaMontagne to post-modern noir diva Lana Del Rey, and he brings this new bag of tricks to Waiting on a Song. Sharing more in common with the groovy classic-soul moves of his 2015 side-project the Arcs than the heavy-footed stomp of the Black Keys, Waiting on a Song's heart lies in the glimmering productions of Jeff Lynne in the late '80s. "Shine On Me" glistens like an outtake from the Traveling Wilburys and it's not an isolated incident. Auerbach keeps circling back to this bright, cheerful sound, accentuating it with elements of Memphis soul and an undercurrent of classically constructed Americana. The title Waiting On A Song hints at such craftsmanship and its co-written by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin, whose presence sests that Auerbach is adding singer/songwriter to his impressive resume. The thing about this album is, it shows the power of craft across the board: he's become a vivid, imaginative producer and now he's writing songs to match.
YANK RACHELL'S TENNESSEE JUG-BUSTERS - Mandolin Blues (1998)
Yank Rachell has long been a legend in the blues world. One of the few blues mandolin players, Rachell recorded several notable sessions during 1929-1941 and then was off record for 22 years. After spending time outside of music, he was rediscovered and in 1963 he performed the music on this CD reissue. Rachell (who was in his fifties at the time), is in excellent voice throughout the date although it is his mandolin work that makes this set particularly special. He is reunited with two notable friends from the 1930s (guitarist Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon who is heard on harmonica and jug) and is assisted on some numbers by both Big Joe Williams and the up-and-coming Mike Bloomfield on guitars; several numbers find Rachell backed by three guitars. Yank Rachell would remain active until shortly before his death on Apr. 9, 1997. This comeback set (which adds six previously unreleased tracks to the original ten-song program) is one of his definitive recordings and is a perfect showcase of the great bluesman's talents.
NICK GRAVENITES & MIKE BLOOMFIELD - Steelyard Blues [OST] (1972) 
A tremendous soundtrack album to director Alan Myerson's film Steelyard Blues, which starred Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, and Peter Boyle, this collection feels like a side project collaboration between the Electric Flag and Paul Butterfield Blues Band with added performances by Maria Muldaur and Merl Saunders. The majority of the material is written and performed by the great Nick Gravenites and Mike Bloomfield, the 14 songs really standing up on their own as a work not dependent on the film and not feeling like they are mere chess pieces to supplement a Hollywood flick. Gravenites does a masterful job of producing, with "Common Ground" resembling a great lost Electric Flag song — Annie Sampson trading off on the vocals with Gravenites as Janis Joplin did with him on In Concert. Muldaur co-wrote "Georgia Blues" with Bloomfield and Gravenites, while they gave Muldaur and Saunders the opportunity to contribute a tune by including their "Do I Care." "My Bag (The Oysters)" adds some pop/doo wop to the affair, a nice twist, and it borders on parody. Gravenites is always able to jle his serious side with a tongue-in-cheek wink, and this interesting and enjoyable effort deserved much wider play.
Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 - August 8, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, television host, and actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from January 1969 through June 1972. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. He placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Campbell's hits include his recordings of John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind"; Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", and "Galveston"; Larry Weiss's "Rhinestone Cowboy"; and Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights".
Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories. For "Gentle on My Mind", he received two awards in country and western, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards (2000, 2004, 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA's top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. Campbell appeared as a supporting role in the film True Grit (1969), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell also sang the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award.
KIM SIMMONDS - Jazzin' On The Blues (2017)
"Jazzin' On The Blues" is guitarist Kim Simmonds' fifth solo album release. Known as the founder and continuing leader of the legendary blues/ rock band Savoy Brown and with a star on the Rock Walk of Fame, Simmonds is recognized globally as one of the world's finest guitar players. He is also known as one of the very first musicians from the UK to re-invent the blues in the mid-sixties (post-The Rolling Stones) with music that continues to be an influence today. Simmonds' solo efforts have all been acoustic in nature with material ranging between country blues songs and Americana roots music. On "Jazzin' On The Blues", however, Simmonds shows off his acoustic playing with a beautiful mix of jazz, blues and a new age style....twelve instrumentals played with the assurance and mastery of a virtuoso guitar player. Never has the audience heard Kim in this context and "Jazzin' On The Blues" promises to be a release that will open the eyes of many people, in a different way, to the guitarist's magical playing and writing.
THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD - Barefoot In The Head (2017)
Working at a whiplash speed that seems alien in the 21st century, when bands are pressured to work on three-year album cycles in a digital world when everything exists in an ever-present now, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood are prolific in a way that belies their blissed-out vibes. Barefoot in the Head is the band's fifth album of original material, arriving in a calendar year that also includes another studio album (Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, which appeared just about a year prior to Barefoot), a half-hour studio EP (If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home by Now), and a live LP (Betty's Self-Rising Southern Blends, Vol. 3). It's a release schedule that reads as frenetic, but Barefoot in the Head benefits from the CRB's work ethic. There's an elastic ease to its dusky grooves, grooves rooted in long-players from the dawn of the '70s. Sure, it's a throwback sensibility but the Chris Robinson Brotherhood aren't revivalists; they're torchbearers, carrying hippie blues traditions into a new century. A close listen of Barefoot in the Head reveals the new things the CRB bring to the table, namely a facility with funk ("Behold the Seer," "Blue Star Woman") and an ability to turn a smeary sunset into a warm psychedelic bath ("Glow"), but they are also expert in the old ways, as evidenced by the rustic charm on "High Is Not the Top." No matter how much the Chris Robinson Brotherhood emphasize vibe, the group doesn't disregard songs; the songs are nimble and open-ended, inviting exploration but also ready to be played simply. The result is the CRB's best record to date: one that captures their trippy side as easily as it showcases their sturdy foundation.
THE BEATLES - Anthology 1 - 3 (1995/96)
The Beatles Anthology is the name of a television documentary, a three-volume set of double albums, and a book focusing on the history of the Beatles. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all participated in the making and approval of the works, which are sometimes referred to collectively as the Anthology project, while John Lennon had archival interviews. To accompany the Anthology series, three albums were issued, each containing two CDs or three vinyl LPs of mostly never-before-released Beatles material (the exceptions being the Tony Sheridan-era material), although many of the tracks had appeared on bootlegs for many years prior.
Two days after the first television special in the series had aired, Anthology 1 was released to stores, and included music recorded by the Quarrymen, the famous Decca Records audition tapes, and various out-takes and demos from the band's first four albums. It also included the song "Lend Me Your Comb", omitted from the collection Live at the BBC, released the previous year (1994). The song "Free as a Bird" was included at the very start. 450,000 copies of Anthology 1 were sold in its first day of release, the most sales for an album in a single day ever. The band's first drummer Pete Best, replaced by Ringo Starr in 1962 before the Beatles recorded professionally for EMI, received his first substantial Beatles royalties from this album, for the inclusion of early demo tracks on which he played. Anthology 2 was released on 17 March 1996. The second collection presented out-takes and demos from the Beatles' sessions for Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Magical Mystery Tour. These included selected early demos and takes for Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever", previously available only to bootleg collectors. The new song "Real Love" - which, like "Free as a Bird", was based on an unfinished Lennon recording - was also included in the two-CD collection. Anthology 3 was released on 28 October 1996. The third collection featured out-takes and demos from The White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be as well as several songs from Harrison and McCartney which later became post-Beatle tracks.
JERRY LEE LEWIS - Four Original Mercury Albums (2017)
Four LPs on two cds make great value, especially when you take it into account you not only have the ‘killer’ Jerry Lee Lewis but also his sister, Linda Gail Lewis. Linda when asked, performed good ol’ southern country soul (and gospel) and had the sass to go with it! Such is the chemistry between the siblings I am prompted to question why didn’t they do more together. Or why didn’t Jerry Lee record more duets? When it came to singing a heartfelt country song there wasn’t too many who could match never mind outdo the Ferriday, Louisiana-born, piano playing legend. During this collection you will, I am sure enjoy ol’ Jerry Lee’s efforts. Taken from recordings made during 1969 and 1970, and of almost a decade later he was back performing rock’n’roll with Keeps Rockin’. In title alone it pretty much informs the listenrt where Lewis’ heart was at that moment in time. As Lewis has always been prone he flipped from country, r&b country to rock’n’roll (and gospel too) from a tender age. I guess, his upbringing and at times colourful marriages would also have been a persuasion. Lewis’ showmanship likewise had a bearing on the material as he would take a song, both live, and in the studio and turn it on its head.
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