GUN - Gun (1968) & Gunsight (1969)
Adrian and Paul Gurvitz might be better known for their travels with Ginger Baker in the Baker Gurvitz Army, but in the late '60s the brothers helmed the heavy rock trio Gun and caught a whiff of success in the U.K. with their debut single "Race with the Devil." Using the less-ethnic surname Curtis, Adrian (guitar) and Paul (bass) teamed up with drummer Louis Farrell and pounded out some distinctive psych-flavored proto-metal. Floating about in the mix along with the guitar pyrotechnics and drum workouts are brass and string sections that aren't always welcome, but "Race with the Devil" uses these potentially square instruments well, adding texture to an otherwise brutal stomp. "Yellow Cab Man" is the highlight of the set, a hard pop number with a buzzing guitar hook and frantic, heavily distorted soloing from Adrian. The obligatory freak-out comes with the finale, the 11-minute "Take Off" which begins with the sound of jet roar, then explodes into feedback, drum solos, backward guitars, and silly psychedelic exhortations to "take a deep breath and try to count to five." Elsewhere are half-baked orchestral interludes and some questionable songwriting chops, but the band is truly firing on all cylinders throughout and their interplay is solid like a fist. When Gun pours it on, the results are visceral and exciting enough to forgive the occasional wrong turn. The album artwork is impressively grotesque for the era, a flaming mass of squirming demons that wouldn't be out of place on a Slayer T-shirt today. There isn't any Satanism invoked in the grooves of Gun, but it's a lost gem for fans of the power trio format.
Following up the U.K. Top Ten success achieved by 1968 smash single "Race with the Devil" was never going to be an easy feat for Gun (when is it easy for any band?), but the sophomore slump experienced by the power trio's second LP, Gunsight, in 1969, still felt almost too predictable. Not unlike its preceding long-player, Gunsight invested in a broad variety of musical styles, easily dismissing any posthumous attempt to confine Gun to a psych-infused, proto-metal box, but as well as lacking that all important mega-hit to quell all troubles, the album's aggressive sonic experimentation arguably crossed the line from "daring" to just plain "unfocused." Not that you can blame them for trying. Lest one forget, even "Race with the Devil"'s hard rock heart had come wrapped in gusts of mariachi horns, and though the same applied to many of its fellow album tracks too (along with string sections, choirs, etc.), those embellishments were largely forsaken this second time around. Instead, Gunsight's still eclectic but more stripped-down songs wandered off into everything from country blues ("Drown Yourself in the River") to blissful California dreamin' ("Hobo") and spaghetti Western-meets-Spanish guitar (the two-part "Lady Link"). Perhaps more telling still, the brothers Gurvitz (Paul, guitar; Adrian, bass) and drummer Louie Farrell occasionally seemed blithely bemused with, or outright disapproving of, the tuned-in, turned-on, dropped-out flower-power generation they purportedly were part of -- as sested, respectively, by the Who/Kinks doppelganger "Long Hair Wildman" and tepid MOR disaster "Angeline" (where the singer speaks for the concerned old man of a missing acid casualty). And what straight-ahead psych rockers the trio did conjure up for Gunsight would, in the short term, fail to stand out amid the increasingly competitive heavy rock landscape (though latter-day cult enthusiasts would appreciate them to no end): not the meandering psychedelics of "Head in the Clouds," not the MC5-like punch of "Dreams and Screams," not the foreboding, presciently punk-themed "Situation Vacant." In sum and any way you sliced it, Gun as a name brand was clearly spent once Gunsight flopped in record stores, so no one can blame the Gurvitz brothers for starting from scratch as Three Man Army in upcoming years.
JOHN KONGOS - Lavender Popcorn 1966 - 1969 (2001)
Perhaps kicked into action due to the inclusion of Scr's "I Wish I Was Five" on Rhino's second Nets box from the year prior, the Castle label issued Lavender Popcorn: 1966-1969, which digs deep into the discography of eccentric psych-pop musician John Kongos. Prior to the period documented here, Kongos had several records under his belt as a South African artist, which were popular there but failed to translate elsewhere. Upon his 1966 relocation to England, he headed the short-lived bands Floribunda Rose (one single) and Scr (three singles) and then went solo. This anthology ties up everything from Floribunda Rose and Scr, while adding some unreleased material. Kongos' first solo album, 1969's Confusions About a Goldfish, is also included in its entirety. Though it doesn't include significant later singles like "Tokoloshe Man" and "He's Gonna Step on You Again," the disc is rather essential for psych-pop completists.
UK compilation for the South African musician/singer/songwriter who also recorded as Scr. Featuring every recording he made for Pye Records between 1966 & 1969, many of then never before reissued & some of them previously unreleased. The set kicks off with a folky debut 45 & a psych-pop rarity by Floribunda Rose before dipping into three singles & hitherto unheard material by Scr. The second half of the album is then devoted to John's first UK album, 'Confusions About A Goldfish' (1969) & the compilation concludes with more findings fresh from the vaults.
TEN YEARS AFTER - The Name Remains The Same (2014)
01. Sugar The Road
02. One Of These Days
03. I'm Coming On
04. Nowhere To Run
05. Me & My Baby
06. Standing At The Station
07. I Say Yeah
08. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
09. Help Me Baby
10. I'm Going Home
11. Choo Choo Mama
12. Love Like A Man / Love Jam Two / Love Like A Man [Bonus Track]
Great live recording from the 2014 Ten Years After line-up, featuring Marcus Bonfanti (guitars / vocals), Chick Churchill (Keyboards), Colin Hodgkinson (bass) & Ric Lee (drums). Recorded at Z7 near Basel, Switzerland in Summer, 2014, the set includes: Love Like a Man (bonus track); I'm Going Home; Sugar the Road, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl & plenty more, including Help Me recorded in Cologne in May 2014. The band are currently on a European tour. A full campaign is underway so expect plenty of reviews, features etc. in the rock & blues press particularly.
DOWNCHILD - I Need A Hat (2009)
Veteran Toronto blues band Downchild celebrates its 40th anniversary and releases its 16th album with I Need a Hat, as Mr. Downchild himself, guitarist Don Walsh, continues to lead an ensemble that also features singer Chuck Jackson, saxophonist Pat Carey, keyboardist Michael Fonfara, bassist Gary Kendall, and drummer Mike Fitzpatrick. The all-original track list is also provided by Walsh (except for "Down in the Delta" and "Time to Say Goodbye," which are by Jackson), and the styles range from the jump blues opener "This Must Be Love," to Chicago and Delta styles. Guests join the party, including Dan Aykroyd (for whom Downchild served as an inspiration when he created the Blues Brothers), playing a harmonica solo on "You Don't Love Me"; trumpeter Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns on "Somebody Lied" and "These Thoughts Keep Marching"; and guitarists Colin James ("Somebody Lied") and Colin Linden ("You Don't Love Me"). As a songwriter, Walsh has the blues about the usual subjects, including love gone wrong and financial reversals (due, in part, to credit company woes, according to "Somebody Lied"). He also speculates that he might have been more successful with a gimmick ("I Need a Hat") and worries that time is passing him by ("Some More of That," the only song on which he takes lead vocals). But he doesn't sound like he's really going to change his ways any time soon, and from the evidence of I Need a Hat, he has no reason to; he and his band play the blues comfortably and confidently and, having marked this milestone, are likely to go on playing.
TRACKS: 01. This Must Be Love 02. I Need A Hat 03. Somebody Lied 04. You Don't Love Me 05. Rendezvous 06. Down In The Delta 07. Time To Say Good Bye 08. What Was I Thinking 09. These Thoughts Keep Marching 10. Some More Of That 11. El Stew
DOWNCHILD - So Far (1977)
The Downchild Blues Band is a Canadian blues band, described by one reviewer as "the premier blues band in Canada". The band is still commonly known as the Downchild Blues Band, though the actual band name was shortened to "Downchild" as of the early 1980s. The Blues Brothers band was heavily influenced by Downchild Blues Band. This is a long-out-of-print Downchild album from 1977, re-released on CD for the first time by Linus Entertainment in 2007. So Far is a compilation of the band's hits from that raucous club circuit period, including "Flip Flop and Fly", "(I Got Everything I Need) Almost", "Let's Go Strollin'" and "One More Chance." Two of the highlights of the album were "bonus tracks" that have never been on CD before: For Pete's Sake, a rip-roaring boogie piano solo by the late Jane Vasey, and a version of "Stagger Lee," with a rare vocal duet featuring Hock Walsh and his successor Tony Flaim. Sadly, some of the incredible blues talent featured on this album is no longer with us. Jane Vasey died of leukemia in 1982. Hock Walsh died in 1999 and Tony Flaim died a year later.
TRACKS: 01. Flip, Flip, And Fly 02. Goin' Dancin' 03. Stagger Lee 04. Gonna Tell Your Mother 05. (I Got Everything I Need) Almost 06. Caledonia 07. Dig Myself A Hole 08. Let's Go Strollin' 09. Madison Blues 10. Bring It On Home 11. One More Chance 12. For Pete's Sake
TASTE - Live Taste (1971)
Anyone looking for a great example of the real power of music need look no further. Although as with the live at the Isle of Wight disc this release is begging for a good remaster, even the poor sound quality cannot hide the fact that this is a great album that every fan of Rory Gallagher should own.
"Live Taste" as the title implies was recorded live in Montreux by the technical department of Swiss Radio. Broonzy and Jackson were heavy influences on Rory's guitar playing and song writing. The LP was released after Rory went solo and was an attempt to ride his coat tails as he was becoming very popular in Europe at this time. Reissue of live set from blues-rock act featuring Rory Gallagher. Originally released in 1971. 1994 release.
TRACKS: 01. Sugar Mama 02. Gamblin' Blues 03. I Feel So Good (Part 1) 04. I Feel So Good (Part 2) 05. Catfish 06. Same Old Story
ROBIN TROWER - RT @ RO.08 (2009)
British composer/guitarist Robin Trower, a purveyor of classic rock, who has played with Cream, Procul Harem and been compared to Jimi Hendrix, released 'Seven Moons' in ’07 with Jack Bruce and is now touring with Bruce with more tours in the mix, has just released a powerful majestic masterpiece, 'RT@RO 08' (Robin Trower At Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Michigan, March 29th, 2008). This double CD set showcases a myriad of musical temperaments featuring Trower on his emblematic Fender Stratt, Glenn Letsch on bass, Davy Pattison on vocals, and Pete Thompson on drums.
Following on from the successful Seven Moons (a collaboration with Cream's Jack Bruce) Trower presents this double disc dose of live recordings capturing Robin in action last year in America.
TWO GREAT GUITARS & THE SUPER SUPER BLUES BAND [1964 - 1968] (1996)
Two Great Guitars was the more spontaneous and inspired of the two albums, coming about on a day when Chuck Berry happened to turn up at Chess when Bo Diddley was cutting a session, and they decided to try and cut something together -- the result was a pair of superb extended guitar workouts that were unique in their time; no rock & roll record had ever featured jams of this length, or showcased the bags of tricks of a pair of axe-men like this. Although the usual assumption is that the featured guitarist on each of the tracks got the spotlight, the fact is that Bo Diddley holds his own even on the Chuck Berry piece "Chuck's Beat," providing a relentless, sometimes thunderous and sometimes shimmering rhythm guitar backup to Berry's lead guitar that's a show in itself. "Bo's Beat" features the piano nearly as prominently as either of the guitarists, and Berry wanders through some intelligent variations on his most familiar licks, part of a very busy band. The Super Super Blues Band album was more problematic, being a company-dictated collaboration between Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Bo Diddley that never quite fits together -- Muddy and the Wolf never got along sharing their repertory, and Bo Diddley seems caught in the middle of a nasty argument a lot of the time; sadly, Chuck Berry wasn't on Chess at the time, or else he might've been here in place of the unwilling and unhappy Wolf. There's occasionally some interesting playing or singing, and it's always nice to hear more Holwin' Wolf (nothing here is as awkward as Wolf's work on the infamous "Howlin' Wolf's New Album" of the same period), but it's not a prime example of the work of anyone involved. The BGO disc is a fresh remastering of the original albums, which date from the late 1980's in their American CD editions and sound a lot better here, and it may be worth owning for anyone wanting the pyrotechnics of Two Great Guitars -- it doesn't have the two Bo Diddley bonus cuts from the U.S. version, however.
Chuck Berry & Bo Didley - Two Great Guitars: 01. Liverpool Drive 02. Chuck's Beat 03. When The Saints Go Marching In 04. Bo's Beat
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The Super Super Blues Band: 05. Long Distance Call 06. Medley: Ooh Baby; Wrecking My Love Life 07. Sweet Litttle Angel 08. Spoonful 09. Diddley Daddy 10. Little Red Rooster 11. Going Down Slow
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA - Eldorado (1974); Face The Music (1975) & A New World Record (1976)
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are a British rock group from Birmingham, England, who released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and another album in 2001. ELO was formed to accommodate Roy Wood's and Jeff Lynne's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. After Wood's departure following the band's debut record, Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album.
"Eldorado" is the first complete ELO concept album; bandleader Jeff Lynne conceived the storyline before he wrote any music. The plot follows a Walter Mitty-like character who journeys into fantasy worlds via dreams, to escape the disillusionment of his mundane reality. In July 2010, the album was named one of Classic Rock magazine's "50 Albums That Built Prog Rock".
TRACKS: 01. Eldorado Overture 02. Can't Get It Out Of My Head 03. Boy Blue 04. Laredo Tornado 05. Poor Boy (The Greenwood) 06. Mister Kingdom 07. Nobody's Child 08. Illusions In G Major 09. Eldorado 10. Eldorado - Finale
ELO's fifth studio LP "Face The Music" was released in 1975 and the first to be recorded in Musicland Studios Munich, which was introduced by Deep Purple in a tour in the United States. The band featured a new line-up with bassist Kelly Groucutt and cellist Melvyn Gale replacing Mike de Albuquerque and Mike Edwards respectively. New member Kelly Groucutt sang lead vocals on "Poker" and "Down Home Town" (while Lynne sang harmony) as well as one of the verses in "Nightrider." (Usually, Lynne sang all lead vocals.) The singles "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic" were the most commercial songs they had recorded up to that point. "Evil Woman" was a big hit in the UK and the US, embracing disco rhythms while still embodying ELO's classic sound.
TRACKS: 01. Fire On High 02. Waterfall 03. Evil Woman 04. Nightrider 05. Poker 06. Strange Magic 07. Down Home Town 08. One Summer Dream
Their second album to be recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, the LP "A New World Record" proved to be the band's long awaited breakthrough in the UK: after seeing their previous three studio recordings fail to chart in their home market, A New World Record became their first top ten album in the UK. It became a huge global success and would consolidate the band's position as one of the biggest selling rock bands in the world, reaching multi-platinum status in the US and UK, The album sold five million units worldwide within its first year of release. The cover art features the famous ELO logo, designed by Kosh, for the first time. This logo would be included on most of the group's subsequent releases.
TRACKS: 01. Tightrope 02. Telephone Line 03. Rockaria! 04. Mission (A World Record) 05. So Fine 06. Livin' Thing 07. Above The Clouds 08. Do Ya 09. Shangri-La
LOS LOBOS - Disconnected In New York City (2013)
Los Lobos were together for 33 years before they got around to making a live album, but it didn't take long for them to grow fond of the format; Disconnected in New York City is the fourth concert set the veteran East L.A. band has released since 2005. As the title sests, Disconnected in New York City was recorded during an acoustic gig at the City Winery in N.Y.C., and shows off the more intimate and easygoing side of the group's musical personality, with the absence of amps taking some of the bite out of David Hidalgo's guitar solos, often the high point of their gigs. (He does get to show off his chops on "Tin Can Trust," and they're as impressive as ever.) That's not to say Los Lobos sound mellow on this date; the group is tight and emphatic at every turn, and Cesar Rosas' vocals and Steve Berlin's sax get a greater chance to shine in these quieter settings. The rhythms are fierce whey get a chance to simmer -- the interplay between percussionists Bugs Gonzalez and Camilo Quinones is inspired -- and rather than lean on their best-known tunes, Los Lobos reach deep into their songbook and pull out some excellent lesser-recognized numbers, including "Little Things," "Tears of God," and "Oh Yeah." (They do deliver "La Bamba" to close the show, but invest the crowd-pleaser with lots of energy, and interpolate "Good Lovin'" to add a soulful spin.) Disconnected in New York City isn't quite as interesting as 2005's Acoustic en Vivo, which gave Los Lobos more room to explore their roots in Mexican folk music, but anyone who thinks this band may have run out of steam after pulling out their acoustic guitars gets schooled with a single listen to Disconnected. Forty years on, Los Lobos are still one of America's best, bravest, and most satisfying bands, and their skills and their their instincts remain razor-sharp, regardless of their stage volume.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD - One More For The Fans (2015) [VIDEO]
DVD >>> AVI - Frame width / height: 1280x720 >>> 1GB
On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, an extraordinary collection of music artists came together for “One More For The Fans! – Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd“, a special concert event taping honoring one of the most influential bands of our time. The concert took place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia and featured star-studded collaborations by esteemed artists paying tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s music. An all-star house band will be led by GRAMMY Award-winner Don Was who will serve as the music director. As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, One More From The Road, at the landmark theatre. The title “One More For The Fans! – Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd,” was inspired by that legendary album’s title. The legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd began more than 41 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. The American rock band is known for their “southern hard-rock” sound during the 1970’s. With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations. The band has been included on Rolling Stone magazine’s and VH1’s lists of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”
RORY GALLAGHER - Fresh Evidence (1990) [Remastered 1998 + Bonus Tracks]
There was no way that Rory Gallagher could have known that Fresh Evidence would be his last recording, but in retrospect, it is a good summary of all that is fine and some that is frustrating about his work. The first few tracks are competent but less than perfect; "'Kid' Gloves" is yet another weak song that is based on his well-known love of crime fiction, and "The King of Zydeco" shows that Gallagher may have liked zydeco music a lot, but he doesn't sound natural playing it. Things pick up on "Middle Name," which sounds a lot like the Doors' "The Wasp" but has some sharp soloing, and things really get rolling on "Ghost Blues." From this point on, it seems that Gallagher wanted to prove his mastery of every style of blues, and amazingly, he succeeds. The Delta blues of "Heaven's Gate" shows his mastery of the form, and the jazzy, swinging Chicago blues instrumental "The Loop" is a classic track. The very best was saved for last: the thundering "Slumming Angel." Everything is absolutely together here, the distinctive voice belting out a great simple lyric over a hammering rhythm section and a heaping helping of guitar, guitar, guitar. For all that, it starts slow and has a few tracks that sound like filler, albeit tasty filler. Nevertheless, Fresh Evidence showed that even after over 20 years of reinterpreting various strains of blues, there was plenty of spirit and creativity left in the great Irish rocker. - allmusic.com
KEITH RICHARDS - Talk Is Cheap (1988) & Main Offender (1992)
"Talk Is Cheap" is the debut album by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, released in 1988. Recorded and released during a long standing fallout with Mick Jagger, Talk Is Cheap received positive reviews upon its release. Relations between Jagger and Richards had grown tense into the third decade of the Rolling Stones as they began to differ on the musical direction of their famous band; "You Don't Move Me" would be written about their feud. The image-conscious Jagger was keen to follow the trends and keep the Rolling Stones current, while Richards wanted to preserve their reputation and roots. When Jagger was more interested in pursuing his solo career instead of touring for Dirty Work in 1986, Richards began a solo project for the first time.
TRACKS: 01. Big Enough 02. Take It So Hard 03. Strle 04. I Could Have Stood You Up 05. Make No Mistake 06. You Don't Move Me 07. How I Wish 08. Rockawhile 09. Whip It Up 10. Locked Away 11. It Means A Lot
"Main Offender" is the second studio album by Keith Richards, released in 1992 between the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels and Voodoo Lounge projects. Richards teamed with Talk Is Cheap collaborator Steve Jordan and added Waddy Wachtel to the mix both in composing and producing Main Offender. Sessions with Richards' group of musician friends known as "The X-Pensive Winos" took place in California and New York City from March to September 1992, with touring in Europe's autumn and early 1993 in North America. When Richards reunited with Mick Jagger (who recorded Wandering Spirit while Richards was making Main Offender) in mid-1993 to start work on Voodoo Lounge, Jagger complimented him on Main Offender, and used the single "Wicked as It Seems" as inspiration for The Rolling Stones' next single, "Love Is Strong". Main Offender was released in October 1992 to generally positive reviews. However, it failed to match the commercial success of Talk Is Cheap, reaching #45 in the UK, and #99 in the US. After the Main Offender tour, Richards returned to recording exclusively with the Rolling Stones and put his solo career on hold for the next 23 years, when he would record Crosseyed Heart.
TRACKS: 01. 999 02. Wicked As It Seems 03. Eileen 04. Words Of Wonder 05. Yap Yap 06. Bodytalks 07. Hate It When You Leave 08. Runnin' Too Deep 09. Will But You Won't 10. Demon
CARLOS SANTANA & ALICE COLTRANE - Illuminations (1974) ; DEVADIP CARLOS SANTANA - Oneness: Silver Dreams - Golden Reality (1979) & The Swing Of Delight (1980)
For his third duet album, Carlos Santana performed the works of John Coltrane, paired with Coltrane's widow, harpist / keyboardist Alice Coltrane, on this instrumental album. Side One includes several contemplative, string-filled numbers, while Side Two presents Santana's re-creation of John Coltrane's late free jazz style in "Angel of Sunlight." Columbia Records could not have been pleased at Santana's determined drift into esoteric jazz: Illuminations was the first of the nine Santana-related albums so far released in the U.S. not to go gold.
TRACKS: 01. Guru Sri Chinmoy Aphorism 02. Angel Of Air / Angel Of Water 03. Bliss: The Ethernal Row 04. Angel of Sunlight 05. Illuminations
"Oneness: Silver Dreams - Golden Reality" is the first Carlos Santana solo album. It features members of the Santana band as backup, however, so the difference between a group effort and a solo work seems to be primarily in the musical approach, which is more esoteric, and more varied than on a regular band album. The record is mostly instrumental and given over largely to contemplative ballads, although there is also, for example, in the song "Silver Dreams Golden Smiles," a traditional pop ballad sung by Saunders King.
TRACKS: 01. Chosen Hour 02. Arise Awake 03. Light Versus Darkness 04. Jim Jeannie 05. Transformation Day 06. Victory 07. Silver Dreams Golden Smiles 08. Cry of the Wilderness 09. Guru's Song 10. Oneness 11. Life Is Just a Passing Parade 12. Golden Dawn 13. Free As the Morning Sun 14. I Am Free 15. Song For Devadip
For his second "solo" album, Carlos Santana used Miles Davis' famed '60s group—Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams — plus members of the current Santana band, for a varied, jazz-oriented session that was one of his more pleasant excursions from the standard Santana sound. Originally released as a double-LP, The Swing of Delight was reissued on a single CD.
TRACKS: 01. Swapan Tari 02. Love Theme From "Spartacus" 03. Phuler Matan 04. Song For My Brother 05. Jharna Kala 06. Gardenia 07. La Llave 08. Golden Hours 09. Sher Khan, The Tiger
TITO & TARANTULA - Tarantism (1997) [Remastered, 2015] & Lost Tarantism (2015)
"Tarantism" is the debut album by Los Angeles rock band Tito & Tarantula, released in 1997. The album was the first full-length CD that the band ever released, after developing a fan base from performing the songs "After Dark", "Angry Cockroaches (Cucarachas Enojadas)", and "Opening Boxes" on the From Dusk Till Dawn soundtrack as well as the songs "Back to the House (That Love Built)", "Strange Face (of Love)", and "White Train" to the Desperado soundtrack, both of those films by Robert Rodriguez, who co-produced the album. Several members of the band were also featured in From Dusk Till Dawn, playing as the band in the "Titty Twister" bar, performing "After Dark" and "Angry Cockroaches (Cucarachas Enojadas)", and are well-remembered for the scene. Music videos were made for "After Dark" and "Back to the House (That Love Built)", using clips from the films mixed with footage of the band performing them.
"Lost Tarantism" is a completely new studio album with twelve hitherto unreleased songs! Tito Larriva, singer and mastermind of Tito & Tarantula, discovered the unpublished and long forgotten footage from the Tarantism sessions in it's archive. Emotional depth always evocative music, which was for a new genre of American film music and stands. Tito & Tarantula at it's best! Tracks full of energy and cinematic associations. Once again you show Tito extraordinary talent as a songwriter and singer, sometimes rock, sometimes trashy, then surprisingly soulful, wistfully. But always be with this wonderful, dangerous voice that tells us so much and guessed so much more and feel. With Peter Atanasoff (Guitars) Tito & Tarantula took the time in the best studios of LA on (including Studio One, Record Plant and Jackson Browne's' private studio), supported by a large pool of excellent musicians, and produced by Robert Rodriguez and David Tickle (Blondie, U2). But not all the songs fit then on the planned album. They were set aside, vanished in the archive, wandered as cartoned tapes in Tito's garage and there fell into oblivion.
AL STEWART - Orange - Past, Present & Future - Modern Times [2 CD SET] (2004)
Alastair Ian "Al" Stewart is a Glasgow-born singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician who rose to prominence as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s. He developed a unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of characters and events from history. Stewart is best known for his 1976 hit single "Year of the Cat", the title song from the platinum album of the same name. Though Year of the Cat and its 1978 platinum follow-up Time Passages brought Stewart his biggest worldwide commercial successes, earlier albums such as Past, Present and Future from 1973 are often seen as better examples of his intimate brand of historical folk-rock – a style to which he has returned in recent albums.
Stewart was a key figure in British music and he appears throughout the musical folklore of the revivalist era. He played at the first-ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, knew Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon, shared a London flat with a young Paul Simon, and hosted at the Les Cousins folk club in London in the 1960s. Stewart has released sixteen studio and three live albums since his debut album Bedsitter Images in 1967, and continues to tour extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, and the UK. His latest release is Uncorked, which was released on his independent label, Wallaby Trails Recordings.
LED ZEPPELIN - Presence (1976) ; In Through The Out Door (1979) & Coda (1982) [Deluxe Editions, 2015]
Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like Nobody s Fault But Mine and Achilles Last Stand and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best. The companion audio disc that accompanies Presence has five unreleased reference mixes from the sessions, which reveal works in progress. Along with alternate incarnations of For Your Life Achilles Last Stand and Royal Orleans, there is also the previously unheard instrumental curiously titled 10 Ribs & All / Carrot Pod Pod (Pod).
In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are Fool In The Rain and All My Love, two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day. The album s companion audio disc features an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album, including early versions with working titles such as The Hook ( All My Love ), The Epic ( Carouselambra ), and Blot ( I m Gonna Crawl ).
The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S. The reissue campaign ends with a double-barrel blast of Led. Coda will be the only Led Zeppelin deluxe edition to include two companion discs, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song in the collection is also perhaps the most interesting. The frenetic blues jam Sugar Mama was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band s eponymous debut. The song was completed but never officially released until now. Baby Come On Home from the same session is also included in the set. Also included is the previously unreleased St. Tristan s Sword, a rollicking instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970.
THE IKETTES - Can't Sit Down...'Cos It Feels So Good! (2007)
Like Ike & Tina Turner, the Ikettes had a pretty confusing recording career, releasing numerous discs for several labels and enduring several lineup changes. They did, however, settle at Modern for a while in the mid-'60s, releasing six singles and one LP for the company. This 27-track compilation includes all of that material, as well as some solo recordings by Ikettes Venetta Fields and Flora Williams (aka Delores Johnson), adding quite a few outtakes and alternate takes not issued in the '60s. It's not, it should be a clarified, a greatest-hits compilation; it doesn't include anything not recorded for Modern, which means it doesn't have their biggest hit, 1962's Top 20 single "I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)" (released on Atco), though it does have their only other Top 40 pop entry, 1965's "Peaches 'n' Cream." the Ikettes were good singers -- you probably had to be to remain in Ike Turner's employ -- and at Modern, they cut a variety of material in a straightforward early soul vein, sometimes with a bit of a girl group edge. However, many of the songs they recorded for the label were more ordinary than their talents likely deserved. Most of this is pretty average mid-'60s soul, sometimes with (like many Modern discs of the time) a rather ersatz Motown sound -- the Top 20 R&B single "I'm So Thankful" is a virtual copy of mid-'60s Mary Wells -- and sometimes with a pronounced R&B approach more in line with Ike & Tina Turner's own discs (though Ike Turner wrote only a few of these songs). Sometimes, for sure, it's pretty good, particularly on "Peaches 'n' Cream," "Can't Sit Down 'Cos I Feel So Good," and the Ike Turner-penned dance tune "Camel Walk." But this is a group that would be better served by a more selective best-of sampling from their work for various labels, though this comp's valuable for completist soul collectors who want everything the Ikettes did during this period. - allmusic.com
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - Carry On (1991)
This two-CD set, issued for the European and Australian markets, has proved among the most popular of Crosby, Stills & Nash's imports since its release in 1998. Not as hefty, physically or monetarily, as the 1991 four-CD box, it limits itself to the group's hits and popular and important LP cuts -- many represented by outtake versions and alternate mixes -- interspersed with popular tracks from the work of Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and David Crosby (solo and partnered together), and adds what is mostly the best of the previously unissued Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young material from the box. It's a good survey of the trio's best moments and the three members' most effective solo outings, and presents their most appealing side -- one assumes that a future Graham Nash compilation will include room for tracks like "I Used to Be a King" or "Military Madness" and that Crosby's best stuff off of his first solo album will be compiled that way as well. The inclusion of Crosby's 1968 version of "Guinevere," the early alternate mix of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," and a handful of additional outtakes that surfaced on the box are the places where the set departs from a standard best-of, but that departure is justified and welcome, separating this set from the So Far album, and anyone who didn't spring for the four-CD set will be delighted. There are no notes, but none are needed either, and the only drawback for some will be the fact that the stuff isn't presented in remotely chronological order.
BAD MOON RISING
Kal Swan and Doug Aldrich formed Bad Moon Rising in the fall of 1990. The original rhythm section included ex-Fifth Angel drummer Ken Mary and bassist Chuck Wright of House Of Lords fame. The band's debut album was released in 1991, and included 4 songs demoed and recorded during the Lion years. The wonderful album inherited the sound of Lion, but with the added enthusiasm of pursuing a new sound.
A second album, "Blood", was released about 2 years later. Bassist Sean McNabb performed in Japan after the debut album, but later left to join House Of Lords. Although the bass parts were done with Chuck Wright, he left the band after recording was completed. Ian Mayo (ex-Bangalore Choir and Hericane Alice) joined by audition, and his recorded parts were substituted on three tracks. The band completed their new lineup by auditioning and adding drummer Jackie Ramos, who had played with Ian Mayo previously. The new band began to gel and a third album, "Opium For The Masses", was released about two years later. The band went for a more live sound this time around. But it was a radical departure from the band's previous albums, and it became their last work. The band broke up in the summer of 1998, due to musical differences. Taking advantage of this new opportunity, Kal and Doug begin to follow their own separate musical paths.
PHIL LYNOTT'S GRAND SLAM - The Collection (2009)
Grand Slam or Phil Lynott's Grand Slam were a rock band, formed in 1984 as the brainchild of ex-Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott. The name 'Grand Slam' was invented after a plethora of other band names had been considered, including 'Reactor Factor', 'Catastrophe', 'Hell Bent On Havoc', 'Slam Anthem' and 'Slam' (which was actually the name of a song Lynott had in mind), before settling on 'Grand Slam'. Grand Slam had little commercial success, but they did release some songs of note, most of which have been accredited to Thin Lizzy, including "Nineteen", "Sisters of Mercy", "Military Man" (which was actually recorded and released by Gary Moore on his 1985 album Run For Cover), and "Dedication." The latter became the subject of controversy upon its inclusion as the title track of the Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy compilation in 1991. Originally recorded as a Grand Slam demo by its authors, Laurence Archer and Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy's management had former members Scott Gorham and Brian Downey overdub guitar and drum tracks, respectively, and in an attempt to pass the song off as a Lynott solo composition cut out Archer uncredited. The guitarist later settled out-of-court for a share of the publishing. Although Lynott had originally intended to include two members of the most recent Thin Lizzy lineup, guitarist John Sykes and (after having been turned down by Motörhead drummer "Philthy Animal" Taylor), drummer Brian Downey. Downey declined, saying he "didn't see the point in making a second-rate Thin Lizzy", and Sykes, after much cajoling (as well as an impressive financial offer) from David Coverdale, left to join Whitesnake.
4CD Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set archive release from the former Thin Lizzy mainman and Irish Rock legend. Features a previously unreleased live concert from 1984 amongst the audio treasures. The box set is presented in a 10” x 5” longbox and includes unpublished photos within the seven page booklet.
PAUL KOSSOFF - Live At Croydon Fairfield Halls (1998)
Paul Francis Kossoff (1950 - 1976) was an English guitarist best known as a member of Free. Throughout the years, rock music has been littered with talented musicians whose lives were cut short due to drug-related deaths. Free/Back Street Crawler guitarist Paul Kossoff was one such casualty. Kossoff was born in London, England, on September 14, 1950, and early on studied classical guitar (before giving up on the instrument by his teenaged years). But upon discovering the British blues-rock movement of the '60s, Kossoff's interest in guitar perked up once again, especially after catching a John Mayall's Bluesbreakers live show with Eric Clapton. Kossoff soon purchased an electric guitar (a vintage Gibson Les Paul, which eventually become his trademark guitar) and began playing in local bands. Through one such band, Black Cat Bones, Kossoff became good friends with their drummer, Simon Kirke, who would serve a prominent part in Kossoff's musical future. He was ranked 51st in Rolling Stone magazine list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
11 live tracks recorded at Croydon's Fairfield Hall in June,1975, the concert that turned out to be the last for former Free member.
TRACKS: 01. The Band Plays On 02. Sidekick To The Stars 03. It's A Long Way Down To The Top 04. New York New York 05. Train Song 06. Survivor 07. Stealing My Way 08. All The Girls Are Crazy 09. Jason Blue 10. Rock 'n' Roll Junkie 11. Molten Gold
ROD STEWART - U n p l u g g e d... And Seated (1993) [Expnaded Remastered Edition, 2009]
More than 20 years after Rod Stewart achieved superstardom, the shag-topped rocker took to the stage at Universal Studios in Los Angeles for a performance filmed for MTV’s Unpled series. The stellar concert featured a reunion with guitarist Ron Wood—with whom Stewart played in the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces—and resulted in a hit album that peaked at #2 on the Billboard album charts and contained a Top 10 cover of Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately.” Recorded February 1993, Unpled... And Seated encompasses many of Stewart’s most beloved songs, such as “Maggie May,” “Every Picture Tells A Story,” “Tonight’s The Night,” and “Hot Legs.” The Collector’s Edition includes two tracks on the CD not included on the original: “Gasoline Alley,” the B-side of the single “Have I Told You Lately”; and the previously unissued “Forever Young.” For the performance, Stewart took his position on a stool in the middle of a small army of musicians—nine core players, three male backing vocalists, and a full string section. The intimate setting put the focus on Stewart and his ability to fully inhabit a song, while also illuminating the songs that had come to define him; those he’d written himself (“Mandolin Wind”), and those he’d made his own (“Have I Told You Lately” written by Van Morrison). This was a special occasion in another way, marking the reunion of Stewart and his longtime friend Ron Wood. Since the breakup of the Faces in 1975, the former partners had seldom performed together, with Wood joining the Rolling Stones fulltime. Near the end of the show, the duo lead a spirited version of the Faces’ classic rave-up, “Stay With Me,” that peaks with Stewart jumping off his seat. The show closes with a triumphant cover of “Having A Party,” originally recorded by Sam Cooke, one of Stewart’s idols.
STEVE MILLER BAND - Young Hearts - Complete Greatest Hits (2003)
Ever since the release of GREATEST HITS 1974-78 in 1978, that particular Steve Miller Band compilation has become the kind of ubiquitous album found in every college student's record collection. YOUNG HEART updates the aforementioned HITS album by including its entire track listing, minus the obscurities "True Fine Love" and "Winter Time." Otherwise, classics like the socially conscious "Fly Like an Eagle," snappy "Jungle Love," sassy "The Joker," and country-fried "Dance Dance Dance" get the digitally remastered scrub and brushing. More importantly, this is the first anthology that draws from Miller's entire 35-year association with Capitol Records. This means "Abracadabra," the Milwaukee native's only '80s chart-topper, is included with '60s fare like the hard-charging rave-up "Livin' in the USA" and the 1969 Paul McCartney collaboration "My Dark Hour." Other cuts representing Miller's '80s and '90s output include ethereal "I Want to Make the World Turn Around" and the harmony-laden twang-fest "Wide River." Often overlooked in the pantheon of classic rock greats, Steve Miller more than proves his mettle by way of the career-spanning approach perfectly executed on Y Young Hearts (Complete Greatest Hits).
THE HELLECASTERS - The Return of the Hellecasters (1993)
01. Highlander Boogie
02. Peter Gunn
03. Back on Terra Firma
04. Sweet Dreams
05. King Arthur's Dream
06. Orange Blossom Special
07. 5 Minutes to Spare
08. Rockin' the Dog
09. Hellecaster Stomp
11. Help I've Fallen (& I Can't Get Up)
12. Menage The BeakThe Claw
13. Hellecaster Theme
The Hellecasters are an American guitar group. Composed of Nashville session players Will Ray, John Jorgenson (Desert Rose, and Elton John's backup band), and Jerry Donahue (Fairport Convention), they all play modified versions of the Fender Telecaster as their main instruments. Their name, it has been speculated, comes from a pun, wherein they claim to play the hell out of their Telecasters. They came together at the behest of Michael Nesmith of the Monkees to record an album. Their first two albums, The Return of the Hellecasters and Escape from Hollywood, were released by Nesmith's Pacific Arts Audio label.
VAN MORRISON- T.B. Sheets (1973)
T.B. Sheets is a retrospective album of recordings made in 1967 by Northern Irish musician Van Morrison, released in 1973 on Bang Records. It contains songs that had appeared on Morrison's debut album, Blowin' Your Mind, including his first hit, "Brown Eyed Girl". It also features early versions of two songs that appeared in 1968 on Morrison's acclaimed album Astral Weeks - "Beside You" and Astral Weeks' centerpiece, "Madame George". Another re-packaging of Bang Records material issued without Van Morrison's approval, this album focuses on Morrison's longer, more ambitious songs, such as the title cut, and is notable for including early versions of "Beside You" and "Madame George," songs that later turned up on Astral Weeks. (Reissued on CD in 1990 by Columbia Records [LCK 46093], T.B. Sheets was superseded by Bang Masters, which contains all of its tracks except "He Ain't Give You None," presented in an alternate take, plus Morrison's other recordings for Bang, in 1991.)
This recording is listed as an unauthorized album that was released without Morrison's knowledge or approval.
TRACKS: 01. He Ain't Give You None 02. Beside You 03. It's All Right 04. Madame George 05. T. B. Sheets 06. Who Drove The Red Sports Car 07. Ro Ro Rosey 08. Brown Eyed Girl
Based out of Los Angeles, California, hard rock outfit Burning Rain draw from a well dirtied by classic late-'70s blues-rock and Sunset Strip-kissed pop-metal. Formed in 1998 by seasoned guitarist Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Lion, Dio, Hurricane), vocalist Keith St. John (Big Trouble, Medicine Wheel), drummer Alexx Makarovich (Steelheart), and bassist Ian Mayo (Bangalore Choir), the band issued a pair of well-received albums (1999's Burning Rain and 2000's Pleasure to Burn) in Japan and Europe before going on an indefinite hiatus due to the Aldrich's busy touring and recording schedule with Whitesnake and Dio. In 2013, Aldrich and St. John brought the band out of semi-retirement with a new album, Epic Obsession, which featured a new rhythm section consisting of bass player Sean McNabb (Great White) and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley).
LYNYRD SKYNYRD - The Last Rebel (1993) & Endangered Species (1994) & Twenty (1997)
"The Last Rebel" is the seventh studio album by Lynyrd Skynyrd, released in 1993. It is also the first album to feature drummer Kurt Custer and the last to feature guitarist Ed King, as well as the last to feature Randall Hall.
TRACKS: 01. Good Lovin's Hard To Find 02. One Thing 03. Can't Take That Away 04. Best Things In Life 05. The Last Rebel 06. Outta Hell In My Dodge 07. Kiss Your Freedom Goodbye 08. South Of Heaven 09. Love Don't Always Come Easy 10. Born To Run
"Endangered Species" is the eighth album by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was released in 1994, and features mostly acoustic instrumentation, as well as Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother, Johnny, as lead vocalist. Many of the songs are Skynyrd's most known songs, with new material released alongside.
TRACKS: 01. Down South Jukin' 02. Heartbreak Hotel 03. Devil in the Bottle 04. Things Going On 05. Saturday Night Special 06. Sweet Home Alabama 07. I Ain't the One 08. Am I Losin' 09. All I Have Is a Song 10. Poison Whiskey 11. Good Luck, Bad Luck 12. The Last Rebel 13. Hillbilly Blues
"Twenty" is the ninth studio album by Lynyrd Skynyrd released in 1997. The title of the album refers to the fact that it had been twenty years since the plane crash which killed original lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines.
TRACKS: 01. We Ain't Much Different 02. Bring It On 03. Voodoo Lake 04. Home Is Where The Heart Is 05. Travellin' Man 06. Talked Myself Right Into It 07. Never Too Late 08. QRR 09. Blame It On A Sad Song 10. Berneice 11. None Of Us Are Free 12. How Soon We Forget 13. Sign Of The Times
ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY - Groove Is King (2015)
Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus (guitar) and Mike Merritt (bass) got down in Tal’s studio to record 14 original tracks and 2 covers full of space, texture and virtuoso musicianship. They enlisted Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker to provide horn arrangements, and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons to be the master of ceremonies, a.k.a. “Mr. Funkadamus”.
Unlike RCFP’s debut album We Want Groove (2013), a reboot of classic ’70s /’80s jazz-funk, Groove Is King pulls away from the jazz funk sounds of the first album into a modern sound, with focused compositions and arrangements and a slick production. Less jazz and more modern dance with layered grooves, according to guitarist Ron DeJesus. Have no fear that these guys suddenly go all techno on us.Rock Candy Funk Party is still a band that came together for the sheer fun(k) of playing music.
TRACKS: 01. Introducing the Master of Ceremonies Mr. Funkadamus 02. Groove Is King 03. Low Tide 04. Uber Station 05. East Village 06. If Six Was Eight 07. Cube's Brick 08. And Now a Word from Our Fine Sponsors with Mr. Funkadamus 09. Don't Be Stingy with the SMPTE 10. C You On The Flip Side 11. Digging in the Dirt 12. Don't Funk With Me 13. The 6 Train to the Bronx 14. Rock Candy 15. Mr. Funkadamus Thanks All the Senors But Especially The Senoritas 16. The Fabulous Tales of Two Bands
ROBBIE ROBERTSON & THE RED ROAD ENSEMBLE - Music For The Native Americans (1994) & How To Become Clairvoyant (2011)
Music for The Native Americans is a 1994 album by Robbie Robertson, compiling music written by Robertson and other colleagues (billed as the Red Road Ensemble) for the television documentary film The Native Americans. The album was Robertson's first foray into writing music specifically inspired by his Mohawk heritage. With Storyville, Robbie Robertson's music began to directly incorporate more world music influences; Music for the Native Americans makes that connection more explicit. Most of the album is quite evocative, recalling an American version of Peter Gabriel's Mediterranean exploration Passion. Robertson writes some fully formed songs, but most of the record is devoted to instrumental, incidental film music, and that's where he fully explores new musical territory. Music for the Native Americans is a soundtrack, yet contains some of Robertson's most challenging and complex music.
TRACKS: 01. Coyote Dance 02. Mahk Johi (Heartbeat Drum Song) 03. Ghost Dance 04. The Vanishing Breed 05. It is a Good Day to Die 06. Golden Feather 07. Akua Tuta 08. Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood 09. Cherokee Morning Song 10. Skinwalker 11. Ancestor Song 12. Twisted Hair
How to Become Clairvoyant is Robbie Robertson's first album since 1998's Contact from the Underworld of Red Boy. In the interim, he served as musical director for some Martin Scorsese films, produced soundtracks, and worked as an A&R man for Dreamworks. Co-produced by Robertson and Marius de Vries, the 12-song set boasts an impressive guest list. Eric Clapton makes seven appearances on guitar, duets on "Fear of Falling," co-wrote three tunes, and contributed an instrumental ("Madame X," which is minimally but beautifully textured by Trent Reznor). Steve Winwood, Robert Randolph, Angela McCluskey, and Tom Morello also appear. Bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Ian Thomas, and pianist Martin Pradler are the house band on a Robertson album typically saturated in rich, warm production, sonic flourishes, and ambient atmospheres. Despite a preponderance of guitars, this isn't a cooking session, but an uncharacteristically autobiographical song cycle that addresses not only Robertson's life and experiences, but those of his friends, heroes, and collaborators. It opens promisingly enough with the rootsy "Straight Down the Line," with rocking steel guitar solos by Randolph. Its lyrics deal with what attracted Robertson to the musican's calling. The meld of nocturnal guitars, synthetically funky beats, and taut yet off-kilter melody create the musical backing for "He Don't Live Here Anymore," a song that frankly discusses substance abuse and addiction. "When the Night Was Young" is a signature Robertson ballad. Though it commences with his trademark guitar sound, it tells his version of his generation's story in a laid-back way. Its lilting hook relies on country and blues; paired with 21st century production tropes, the music creates an emotional palette of longing. That said, even though romances with historical and archetypal pasts have been strong suits in his songwriting, these lyrics are self-indulgent, nostalgic, sappy. "This I Where I Get Off" addresses for the first time -- in song anyway -- his reason for breaking up the Band, and features fine guitar interplay between Robertson and Clapton. "She's Not Mine" is a nakedly honest love song. Despite its near-cinematic production, where the guitars are all but buried, its emotional content comes through via fine intuitive organ work by Winwood. "Axman," a tribute to Robertson's guitar heroes, is a star-studded name-check list that's embarrassing; even Morello's excellent guitar work can't redeem it. The angular, funky, nocturnal, funky R&B in the title track is among the more subtle highlights here; it contains a head-scratcher of a melody with the best lyrics on the set, and excellent exchanges between Randolph and Robertson. The instrumental "Tango for Django" closes with another over-the-top production that employs nuevo tango as artifice. Robertson's gut-string guitar and keyboards are backed by cello, violin, accordion, bass, and drums, all highlighted by an orchestra. It's a fitting conclusion, even if it is gratuitous. How to Become Clairvoyant is a sometimes compelling record, but it's a flawed one, too, with moments of beauty countered by bloated lyrical and production excesses. Ultimately, it feels as much like an exercise in self-justification as it does in personal revelation.
TRACKS: 01. Straight Down the Line (with Robert Randolph) 02. When the Night Was Young 03. He Don't Live Here No More (with Eric Clapton) 04. The Right Mistake (with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood) 05. This Is Where I Get Off (with Eric Clapton) 06. Fear of Falling (with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood) 07. She's Not Mine (with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood) 08. Madame X (with Eric Clapton and Trent Reznor) 09. Axman (with Tom Morello) 10. Won't Be Back (with Eric Clapton) 11. How To Become Clairvoyant (with Robert Randolph) 12. Tango for Django 13. Won't Be Back (Demo)
JIMMY PAGE - Outrider (1988)
James Patrick "Jimmy" Page is an English musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and leader of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Page began his career as a studio session musician in London and, by the mid-1960s, had become the most sought-after session guitarist in England. He was a member of the Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968. In late 1968, he founded Led Zeppelin.
Outrider is an album by Jimmy Page, released by Geffen Records on 19 June 1988. It is his first solo studio album and the first time since 1969 he has recorded with a record label other than Atlantic Records/Swan Song Records. Page recorded the music at his personal studio The Sol. Robert Plant guests on one track, "The Only One", while John Bonham's son Jason plays drums for the first time on record. This was originally intended to be a two album release. However, during the early recording stages of this album, Page's house was broken into and amongst the items stolen were the demo tapes which had been recorded up to that point. Page didn't record any demos prior to recording the album itself.
TRACKS: 01. Wasting My Time 02. Wanna Make Love 03. Writes Of Winter 04. The Only One 05. Liquid Mercury 06. Hummingbird 07. Emerald Eyes 08. Prison Blues 09. Blues Anthem
PETER FRAMPTON - Frampton (1975) & Greatest Hits (1996)
Peter Kenneth Frampton is an English rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. Frampton's international breakthrough album was his live release, Frampton Comes Alive!. The album sold more than six million copies in the United States alone and spawned several hits. Since then he has released several major albums. He has also worked with David Bowie and both Matt Cameron and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, among others. Frampton is best known for such hits as "Breaking All The Rules", "Show Me the Way", "Baby, I Love Your Way", "Do You Feel Like We Do", and "I'm in You", which remain staples on classic rock radio. He has also appeared as himself in television shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy. Frampton is known for his work as a guitar player and particularly with a Talkbox and his tenor voice.
"Frampton" is a studio album by Peter Frampton before he went on tour to record Frampton Comes Alive! The most recognizable songs from the album are "Show Me the Way" and "Baby, I Love Your Way" which were later recorded on Frampton Comes Alive! which became number one hit singles in 1976. This was Frampton's first RIAA Gold Record, peaking at #32 on the Billboard 200.
TRACKS: 01. Day's Dawning 02. Show Me The Way 03. One More Time 04. The Crying Clown 05. Fanfare 06. Nowhere's Too Far (For My Baby) 07. Nassau - Baby, I Love Your Way 08. Apple Of Your Eye 09. Penny For Your Thoughts 10. (I'll Give You) Money
By compiling all of Peter Frampton's biggest hits -- in their hit versions, so "Show Me the Way" and "Baby, I Love Your Way" are from Frampton Comes Alive, not the studio albums -- onto one disc, Greatest Hits functions as the definitive retrospective on the guitarist. It has a better selection than the single-disc Classics, Vol. 12, and it is more concise and listenable than the double-disc box Shine On: A Collection, which means it's the only collection that provides an effective, manageable overview of Frampton. - allmusic.com
TRACKS: 01. Show Me The Way 02. I Wanna Go To The Sun 03. It's A Plain Shame 04. Lines On My Face 05. Baby (Somethin's Happening) 06. Baby, I Love Your Way 07. All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side) 08. Putting My Heart On The Line 09. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours 10. I Can't Stand It No More 11. Doobie Wah 12. I'll Give You Money 13. I'm In You 14. Do You Feel Like We Do
TOMMY BOLIN - Teaser Deluxe (2011) & Great Gypsy Soul (2012)
Thomas Richard "Tommy" Bolin ( 1951 - 976) was an American-born guitarist. It's hard to listen to the music of Tommy Bolin and not wonder what could've been if the exceptionally talented (and versatile) guitarist hadn't succumbed to a senseless drug overdose at the age of 25 - just as his career appeared to be taking off. In a recording career that lasted only several years, Bolin not only touched upon several styles (blues-rock, ballads, fusion, funk, reggae, and heavy metal), but showed that he could master each one -- as evidenced by his two solo albums and various recordings with the likes of Zephyr, Billy Cobham, Alphonse Mouzon, the James Gang, Deep Purple, and Moxy.
Teaser is the 1975 debut album from American guitarist Tommy Bolin. Teaser was released in conjunction with the album Come Taste the Band by Deep Purple, on which Bolin also played guitar. This album is cherished by fans for the broad range of styles in Bolin's playing. The material spans hard rock, jazz, reggae and Latin music, often blending these styles together within a single song. It is also considered by many to be some of Bolin's greatest recordings in his short career.
TRACKS: 01. The Grind 02. Homeward Strut 03. Dreamer 04. Crazed Fangango 05. Savannah Woman 06. Teaser 07. People People 08. Marching Powder 09. Wild Dogs 10. Lotus 11. Crazed Fangango / Alt Version
Tommy Bolin and Friends: Great Gypsy Soul, often referred to as simply Great Gypsy Soul, is a double tribute album to former Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin. Released on March 26, 2012, the album contains newly recorded music from original outtakes and alternative versions, with several modern musicians and singers performing singing on top of the original multi-tracks along with Bolin and his band. All tracks contain Bolin's original guitar work and vocals. Additional performers include Joe Bonamassa, Nels Cline, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Glenn Hughes, Myles Kennedy, Sonny Landreth, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Oz Noy, Prairie Prince, John Scofield, Big Sugar, Derek Trucks and Brad Whitford.
DISC 1: 01. The Grind [feat. Peter Frampton] 02. Teaser [feat. Warren Haynes] 03. Dreamer [feat. Myles Kennedy & Nels Cline] 04. Savannah Woman [feat. John Scofield] 05. Smooth Fandango [feat. Derek Trucks] 06. People, People [feat. Big Sugar & Gordie Johnson] 07. Wild Dogs [feat. Brad Whitford] 08. Homeward Strut [feat. Steve Lukather] 09. Sugar Shack [feat. Glenn Hughes & Sonny Landreth] 10. Crazed Fandango [feat. Steve Morse] 11. Lotus [feat. Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes & Nels Cline]
DISC 2: 01. Flying Fingers [feat. Oz Noy & Neils Cline 02. Marching Bag (Movement 1) [feat. Nels Cline, Greg Hampton, John Scofield & Sonny Landreth] 03. Marching Bag (Movement 2) [feat. Nels Cline, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, & Peter Frampton] 04. Marching Bag (Movement 3) [feat. Gordie Johnson, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse & Joe Bonamassa] 05. Marching Bag (Movement 4) [feat. Nels Cline, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford & Peter Frampton]
MELODY GARDOT - Currency of Man (2015)
As smooth singers go, Philadelphia’s Melody Gardot is more versatile than most. On her last album she explored world music; on Currency of Man, she’s gone “conscious”. It’s not quite Erykah Badu, but when you’re a Grammy-winning easy-listening artist, it’s an admirable direction. There are songs inspired by the American civil rights movement (Preacherman, with its twangy, Dusty Springfield vibe), and others that speak out about war, famine and poverty. Moreover, she experiments with new rhythms – elements of 70s funk on She Don’t Know and rushes of gospel on Same to You, teamed with widescreen strings and flashes of horns. Some of her older-style material jars – when playing the cabaret siren on Bad News, or the musical theatre dame on overblown jazz ballad If Ever I Recall Your Face – but for the most part, these heavy-lidded protest jams are a sophisticated twist on her continually evolving sound.
TRACKS: 01. Don't Misunderstand 02. Don't Talk 03. It Gonna Come 04. Bad News 05. She Don't Know 06. Palmas Da Rua 07. Same To You 08. No Man's Prize 09. March For Mingus 10. Preacherman 11. Morning Sun 12. If Ever I Recall Your Face 13. Once I Was Loved 14. After The Rain 15. Burying My Troubles
BRIAN AUGER & THE TRINITY - Befour (1969) & Oblivion Express (1970) 
Brian Auger and his band outdo themselves on this extraordinary album, which boasts playing that is both passionate and of virtuoso caliber, and encompasses just the right repertory. From the opening of the soaring rendition of "I Wanna Take You Higher" through the jazzy interpretation of Gabriel Fauré's Pavane, the Albinoni-based Adagio per Archi e Organo, the impassioned rendition of Traffic's "No Time to Live" (sung by lead guitarist Gary Boyle), and the smooth interpretation of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" (featuring some elegant lead playing by Boyle before Auger's organ moves into the foreground), Befour delivers superb musicianship, crossing the lines between jazz and rock with touches of soul and even some lingering traces of psychedelia. The one fully experimental track, "Listen Here," which was cut in a single take of nine minutes and 22 seconds, is a hard, pounding piece driven by Boyle's jagged lead guitar and showing off the band augmented by three additional drummers (Mickey Waller, Barry Reeves, and Colin Allen) and an extra bassist (Roger Sutton) -- it reminds one somewhat of the kinds of experiments that the Nice sometimes attempted a lot less successfully. "Just You and Me" is a worthy finale to the original album, a hard-rocking showcase for each of the players.
The first outing by Brian Auger's jazz-rock ensemble the Oblivion Express, first issued in 1971, is one of the great masterpieces of jazz-rock fusion. Auger, having just disbanded his longtime band the Trinity in 1970, still had plenty of rock and roll in his system. His yearning for the open frontiers of electric jazz was certainly the driving force -- in the same way that it was for Miles Davis on A Tribute to Jack Johnson, and Lifetime was for Tony Williams -- but it was anchored in the visceral application of rock. With guitarist Jim Mullen, bassist Barry Dean, and drummer Robbie McIntosh, Auger charted into the unknown. This album fits like a glove, each tune moving ever forward into the next. From the opening knotty, rhythmic twists in "Dragon Song," to the subterranean counterpoint in "Total Eclipse," to the band's theme song that closes the album with its pumping bass and guitar interludes, and Auger's Lemmy Kilmister-like vocals, Oblivion Express is a classic in its genre. There is a rawness in passion and intent here that is balanced by wondrously imaginative arrangements for rock band instrumentation, and an aesthetic that is disciplined and visionary.
CARLA OLSON WITH TEXTONES AND WITH MICK TAYLOR
The Textones were one of the better bands to rise from the Los Angeles club scene in the late '70s and early '80s, but they were held back by what, paradoxically, was one of their most admirable qualities -- they were awfully hard to pigeonhole. The Textones were too beholden to rock tradition to fit in with the town's new wave scene, and too polished and poised for the speedy punk crowd; it's significant that original guitarist Kathy Valentine, a bit out of place in The Textones, would fare much better as a member of the Go-Go's. But they also sounded too lean and wiry to sit comfortably next to L.A.'s aging rock royalty, and leader Carla Olson's widely acknowledged enthusiasm for less celebrated rock heroes like Gene Clark and Mick Taylor (both of whom would eventually collaborate with her) made her seem too idiosyncratic for the mainstream audience. Add in some fervent leftist populism and an instrumental approach that sounded like an efficient, intelligent variant on heartland rock (complete with saxophone in the Springsteen manner by Tom Junior Morgan), and you get a group that could move a crowd without conveniently fitting any one particular demographic. The Textones' first full-length album, 1984's Midnight Mission, is also their best, the most effective blend of Carla Olson's impassioned vocals and principled songs with her bandmates' sleek but muscular attack that embraced folk rock and roots rock while adding a tuneful veneer that could have rocked the arenas if they'd had the right breaks. With the exception of the Bob Dylan cover "Clean Cut Kid," Olson penned the best songs on Midnight Mission, and her jangly guitar work meshed well with George Callins' chunkier sound, and Phil Seymour not only was a solid drummer and half of a fine rhythm section with bassist Joe Read, he was a superb harmony vocalist with Olson. A fine example of how the concision of the new wave helped inform other rock styles as well, Midnight Mission was also the album that made Carla Olson one of the cult heroines of the L.A. roots rock scene, and she's rarely merged form and content as well as she did on this album. Midnight Mission has also been credited to "Carla Olson & the Textones." This special re-issue includes five bonus tracks.
Pair all-time great blues-rock guitarist Mick Taylor with roots-rock chanteuse Carla Olson, throw in band members like Ian McLagan, Barry Goldberg and harmonica whiz John Luke Logan, and you had one hot combo, too hot, dare we say, for snakes! This deluxe reissue expands their 1990 live at the Roxy album with a number of tracks from Carla's various studio albums, all of 'em featuring Mick and all of 'em long out-of-print. We even unearthed an unreleased cut, an alternate version of 'Winter' that's over twice as long as the Rolling Stones' version on 'Goat s Head Soup' with much Mick guitar solo magic, and the rare, Japan-only track 'You Gotta Move' to up the temperature. And Stones fans wait 'til you hear the 7- minute version of 'Sway' (the original on Sticky Fingers faded out at 3:50 just when Mick was taking off)!
RORY GALLAGHER - Etched in Blue (1992) [Remaster 2004] & Meeting With The G-Man+ (2003)
Etched in Blue is a solid, if not exactly definitive, retrospective of Rory Gallagher's career that offers a fine introduction to the Irish blues star. Reissue of the late Irish rock guitarist's 1992 hits compwith live recordings of 'Too Much Alcohol', 'I Could HaveHad Religion' & 'Shin Kicker' added as bonus tracks, for atotal of 14 cuts.
TRACKS: 01. Loanshark Blues 02. Bought & Sold 03. Bad Penny 04. Cruise On Out 05. Crest Of A Wave 06. I'm Not Surprised 07. Unmilitary Two-Step 08. Alexis 09. Edged In Blue 10. They Don't Make Them Like You Any More 11. The Devil Made Me Do It 12. Too Much Alchohol (Live) 13. I Could Have Had Religion (Live) 14. Shin Kicker (Live)
Meeting with the G-Man+ is the RCA CD reissue of a live 1993 date in which the late Irish blues-rocker Rory Gallagher, late in his life, tore down the house in front of a large, completely unhinged, and adoring crowd. The beauty of this date is simply that Gallagher was still writing and recording new material and showcasing it on tour; he refused to be complacent and go the route of many of the guitar heroes of his generation by simply doing live shows comprised of hits. Therefore, much of the material here was new at the time, though a few classics are tossed in as well: killer versions of "Messin' with the Kid," "Ghost Blues," and "Mean Disposition." The 2003 CD reissue includes a complete remastering job, and includes no less than six previously unreleased acoustic performances placed in the center of the album -- the order they took in the set list - almost doubling its length. While the recording itself is raw and immediate, it is never less than full-on in spectrum, making for an unusually high-quality, raucous gig that captured the guitarist at full power. Highly recommended.
TRACKS: 01. Continental OP 02. Moonchild 03. Mean Disposition 04. The Loop 05. Don't Start Me Talkin 06. She Moved Through The Faire 07. Out On The Western Plain 08. William Of Green 09. Mercy River 10. Walking Blues 11. Don't Think Twice Its Alright 12. Ghost Blues 13. Messin With The Kid 14. La Bamba
PINK FLOYD & SYD BARRETT - An Introduction To Syd Barrett (2010)
When he died in 2006, after decades of cult-figure status and willful anonymity, Syd Barrett was arguably better known as the person who inspired one of Pink Floyd’s best albums, and not the man who once led and named them. Certainly, the fact that he put out two albums, even after (and/or during the continuation of) his epic—and archetypal—drug-induced disintegration has always seemed more of an afterthought than fans in the know find acceptable. Perhaps the release of An Introduction to Syd Barrett, a generous sampler of selections from those two albums, along with highlights from Pink Floyd’s debut, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and a handful of singles from 1967, will signal a long overdue reappraisal. When it comes to Barrett, it’s not so much a matter of whether the time is right. Syd was infamously unfashionable by 1970 (when both of his solo albums were released), and that music has always been difficult to attach to a particular time or place. While this fact ensured that the albums were marginalized and misunderstood then, they remain, as much as any pop music made four decades ago, timeless.
Pink Floyd: 01. Arnold Layne 02. See Emily Play 03. Apples And Oranges (Stereo Version) 04. Matilda Mother (2010 Mix) 05. Chapter 24 06. Bike
Syd Barrett: 07. Terrapin 08. Love You 09. Dark Globe 10. Here I Go (2010 Remix) 11. Octopus (2010 Mix) 12. She Took A Long Cool Look (2010 Mix) 13. If It's In You 14. Baby Lemonade 15. Dominoes (2010 Mix) 16. Gigolo Aunt 17. Effervescing Elephant 18. Bob Dylan Blues
ROGER WATERS - Amused to Death (1992) 
Roger Waters‘ Amused to Death, a guest-packed – and still very relevant – indictment of a screen-obsessed culture, is returning with a multi-format remastering. “I’m remembering the record from [more than] 20 years ago, that most of what I had to say then sadly still pertains today, and is maybe even more relevant to our predicament as people in 2015 even than it was in 1992,” Waters says in a press release announcing the reissue. Amused to Death, which was produced by Waters and Patrick Leonard, included guest turns by Jeff Beck (on seven tracks), Don Henley (“Watching TV”), Toto‘s Steve Lukather (three songs) and Jeff Porcaro (“It’s a Miracle”), Randy Jackson (“What God Wants, Part I and II”) and Rita Coolidge (“Amused to Death”). Regular collaborators like Andy Fairweather Low rounded out the lineup. This project also featured a reunion with arranger Michael Kamen, who also oversaw orchestrations on Pink Floyd’s 1979 blockbuster The Wall.
Pink Floyd member updates his 1992 solo album with new audio mix and artwork.
THE PRETTY THINGS - Balboa Island (2007) & he Sweet Pretty Things [Are In Bed Now, Of Course] (2015)
The Pretty Things are an English rock band from London, who originally formed in 1963. They took their name from Willie Dixon's 1955 song "Pretty Thing". Their most commercially successful period was the mid-1960s, although they continue to perform to this day. David Bowie covered two of their songs on his album Pin Ups.
Balboa Island is the legendary British Rock group The Pretty Things’ long awaited 11th studio album in a 43-year recording career. Their first CD release in over eight years, it is already regarded by many as on par with their very greatest 1960s and 70s recordings.
This surprise 2015 release is a timeless blast of everything that has made this band such an enduring enigma for the past 52 years. Everything, that is, apart from the blues! The Pretty Things, unlike a lot of their contemporaries, still seem perfectly comfortable with absolutely every mood they’ve embraced in a career that for many years mirrored the quickly changing times. Their no-nonsense early mid-60s rhythm ‘n’ blues burst was abruptly replaced by a period as pioneers of UK psychedelia, emerging as a tasteful but hard-hitting rock/pop outfit, before stumbling through splits and line-up changes back towards where they started. Being responsible for rock’s very first ‘rock-opera’ might seem a dubious boast these days but these guys, named after a Willie Dixon song, are as proud of ‘SF Sorrow’ as anything else they’ve done.
EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL - The Traveling Kind (2015)
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell met in 1974, but it took them until 2013's Grammy-winning set Old Yellow Moon to make a record together. The original duets on their follow-up range from heartbreak (Crowell's superb "No Memories Hanging 'Round") to social consciousness (the bluesy "The Weight of the World"). Harris' all-time great harmonies elevate Crowell's poetic lyrics on the mandolin-tinged title cut; the loose rocker "Bring It on Home to Memphis" and their rendition of Lucinda Williams' "I Just Wanted to See You So Bad" are highlights. Through it all, their creative partnership sounds stronger than ever.
The Traveling Kind follows the longtime friends' first duet album, 2013's Old Yellow Moon, which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards as well as two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year. The album also debuted at #4 on the Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Also featured are new renditions of previous Crowell cuts including "No Memories Hanging Around" as well as new interpretations of Lucinda Williams' "I Just Wanted to See You So Bad" and Amy Allison's "Her Hair Was Red."
TRACKS: 01. The Traveling Kind 02. No Memories Hanging Round 03. Bring It On Home To Memphis 04. You Can't Say We Didn't Try 05. The Weight Of The World 06. Higher Mountains 07. I Just Wanted To See You So Bad 08. Just Pleasing You 09. If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now 10. Her Hair Was Red 11. Le Danse De La Joie
ALBERT CUMMINGS - No Regrets (2012) & Someone Like You (2015)
Albert Cummings is an American blues musician who is currently signed to Blind Pig Records. He also runs a successful home construction business in his New England home. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy. Cummings started playing the five-string banjo at the age of twelve when his father's guitar was too big for his hands, and started learning basic chords and progressions. He later transitioned to playing guitar, being especially influenced in his college years by Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 1998, he walked into a Northeast Blues Society open jam, which led to Cummings’ winning the right to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. His first public guitar performance came in 2007, when he played at a wedding reception. In his late twenties he formed a band, Swamp Yankee, and in 1999 released an independently produced album, The Long Way. The trio spent two hours in a recording studio to record the nine songs for the album. His next recording, 2003 From the Heart, was issued as an album with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, known as being part of Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing rhythm section. Serving as the album's producers, they also arranged a deal to ensure wider distribution. Only Shannon remained as the bassist for Cummings' next album. Two years later, in 2006, Cummings recorded a fourth album with new band members. He caught the attention of Blind Pig Records, who signed him to a multi-album deal beginning in 2004. In 2008, Cummings released a live album Feels So Good, recorded at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts This album is controversial as some believe it to have clips of a late 1990s recording that took place at the Rum Boogie Café in Memphis, Tennessee. This recording included numerous artist from the delta south.
His 2012 album No Regrets debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada and France on the iTunes Blues Charts and at No. 5 on the Billboard blues charts. In a 2012 interview, he called it his No Regrets his "best album yet". In July 2015, Cummings released Someone Like You, a 12-track Blind Pig album produced by Los Angeles Grammy-winning David Z.
WARREN HAYNES featuring RAILROAD EARTH - Ashes & Dust (2015)
Thirty-five years in to his career, Warren Haynes returns home to the Appalachian mountains for "Ashes & Dust," a collaboration between the veteran jam-band guitarist and vocalist and the adventurous acoustic band Railroad Earth. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Haynes grew up in a center of bluegrass and mountain music. Yet he gained his reputation with his hard-charging, blues-rock band Gov't Mule; in a lengthy stint with the Allman Brothers Band; and occasional appearances with the Grateful Dead. Known for his beefy, adventurous solos, Haynes takes an earthier approach on "Ashes & Dust."
The collection includes a moody version "Coal Tattoo," the Billy Edd Wheeler classic on hard-working miners. Grace Potter duets with Haynes on a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman," which is both ethereal and muscular. Haynes brings in former Allman Brothers cohorts Oteil Burbridge on bass and Marc Quinones on percussion for "Spots of Time," the album's most expansive, jam-scene tune. It's not a surprise since Haynes co-wrote it with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Haynes has long been known for fitting into a variety of ensembles. "Ashes & Dust" expands that reputation, revealing just how wide-ranging his talents are.
GLENN FREY - Solo Collection (1995)
Glenn Frey is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. Frey played guitar with Eagles as well as piano and keyboards and sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight". After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'", and "Livin' Right". As a member of Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles have sold over 120 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. As a solo artist and with Eagles combined, Frey has released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
TRACKS: 01. This Way To Happiness 02. Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed 03. Common Ground 04. Call On Me 05. The One You Love 06. Sexy Girl 07. Smler's Blues 08. The Heat Is On 09. You Belong To The City 10. True Love 11. Soul Searchin' 12. Part Of Me, Part Of You 13. I've Got Mine 14. River Of Dreams 15. Rising Sun 16. Brave New World
RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS - Father's Day (2015)
Voted by The Blues Foundation as “Blues Guitarist of the Year” in 2014, guitar master Ronnie Earl and his band return with an even stronger package of music, his ninth album for the label. Added to Ronnie Earl’s spellbinding intensity and soulfulness on guitar, the presence of a horn section for the first time in decades on Father’s Day adds another dimension to his sound. Stony Plain also plans to release the album as a vinyl LP later this year. The 13 tracks on Father’s Day also feature two special guest vocalists throughout: Diane Blue, whose previous work with Earl created a sensation; and Chicago-based Michael Ledbetter, best known as lead singer of the Nick Moss band. Ledbetter is also a distant relative of the iconic Huddie William “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, whose 12-string blues style has influenced generations of blues, folk and rock musicians.
TRACKS: 01. It Takes Time 02. Higher Love 03. Right Place Wrong Time 04. What Have I Done Wrong 05. Giving Up 06. Every Night About This Time 07. Father's Day 08. I Need You So Bad 09. I'll Take Care Of You 10. Follow Your Heart 11. Moanin' 12. All Your Love 13. Precious Lord
MAVIS STAPLES - You Are Not Alone (2010) & One True Vine (2013)
Produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy at Wilco s studio The Loft, You Are Not Alone showcases the iconic singer at her most powerful and fervent. The album mixes traditional gospel numbers with two new songs written for Mavis by Tweedy, plus her unique interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton. You Are Not Alone is the thirteenth studio album by American gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples, released September 14, 2010 on ANTI- Records. It won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
TRACKS: 01. Don't Knock 02. You Are Not Alone 03. Downward Road 04. In Christ There Is No East Or West 05. Creep Along Moses 06. Losing You 07. I Belong To The Band-Hallelujah 08. Last Train 09. Only The Lord Knows 10. Wrote A Song For Everyone 11. We're Gonna Make It 12. Wonderful Savior 13. Too Close To Heaven
Coming off the huge success of her first collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy the Grammy winning You Are Not Alone Mavis Staples wanted to make their second album together both a continuation of the joyous spirit of the first, and an evolution. With new song offerings from Alan Sparhawk of Low, Nick Lowe, and three Tweedy originals, One True Vine is at once a darker and more uplifting album, anchored by reinventions of two 70s classics Funkadelic s "Can You Get to That?" and the Staples Singer s "I Like the Things About Me. " Tweedy and Staples have constructed a dense narrative arc, that starts with the literal soul searching of Sparhawk s "One Holy Ghost" and Tweedy s "Jesus Wept, " and then breaks wide open with Nick Lowe s soaring "Far Celestial Shores, " a song he wrote for Mavis after touring together with Wilco. After that, the album builds to full tent revival mode, as the dark night of the soul passes and joy arrives in the form of Mavis glorious voice. Closing out with Tweedy s rapturous title track, One True Vine truly builds on the promise of You Are Not Alone, and will delight the myriad fans discovering Mavis for the first time though her Grammy wins and performances, her White House performance in the tribute to Memphis Soul, and the glorious second act of this American icon.
TRACKS: 01. Holy Ghost 02. Every Step 03. Can You Get To That 04. Jesus Wept 05. Celestial Shores 06. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today 07. Sow Good Seeds 08. I Like The Things About Me 09. Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Jesus 10. One True Vine
JOHN DENVER - Back Home Again (1974) & DON WILLIAMS WITH POZO SECO - Spend Some Time With Me (2005)
Back Home Again is the eighth album by singer-songwriter John Denver released in June 1974. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" (#1 pop, #1 adult contemporary), and "Back Home Again" (#5 pop, #1 AC, #1 country). In addition, the studio versions of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Sweet Surrender" appear on this album. On the cover, John is shown with his then-wife Ann Martell.
TRACKS: 01. Back Home Again 02. On The Road 03. Grandma's Feather Bed 04. Matthew 05. Thank God I'm A Country Boy 06. The Music Is You 07. Annie's Song 08. It's Up To You 09. Cool An' Green And Shady 10. Eclipse 11. Sweet Surrender 12. This Old Guitar 13. Matthew (Alternative Version) 14. This Old Guitar (Alternative Take)
The Pozo-Seco Singers were a breakthrough folk trio, whose 1966 hit "Time" became an anthem for the growing folk music scene in America and abroad. The group's members, all from Corpus Christi, Texas, included Lofton Kline, Susan Taylor (now known as Taylor Pie), Russell Thornberry, Eben Wood and - one of Country music's biggest names - Don Williams. Recorded March, 1970, at Jack Clement Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
TRACKS: 01. Strawberry Fields/Something 02. Spend Some Time With Me 03. Take My Hand For A While 04. Storybook Children 05. In My Life 06. Ruby Tuesday 07. Comin' Apart 08. Apt. No.9 09. Always Something There To Remind Me 10. There's No Angel On My Shoulder 11. Follow Me Back To Louisville 12. Tears
WARREN HAYNES BAND - Live At The Moody Theater (2012)
Singer and guitarist Warren Haynes has served in some of the most devoted, generation - spanning live acts of all time - The Allman Brothers band, The Dead and Gov’t Mule. As a solo artist, Haynes has done pretty well for himself, too. After the release of only his second solo studio album, Man in Motion, Haynes performed an epic live set in Austin, Texas full of old hits, new tracks, covers and special guest appearances. Stax/Concord Music Group has just released a three-disc (two CDs and one DVD) package entitled Warren Haynes Band: Live At The Moody Theater featuring both sets of the entire two-and-a-half-hour show.
An exclusive live bonus CD of acoustic Warren Haynes performances from the 2011 tour. This bonus disc also includes the three tracks that are only on the DVD portion of Live At The Moody Theater, which are Power & The Glory from the show itself, and Patchwork Quilt & Hattiesburg Hustle from Soundcheck/Rehearsal that same day.
DISC 1: 01. Man In Motion 02. River's Gonna Rise 03. Sick Of My Shadow 04. A Friend To You 05. On A Real Lonely Night 06. Invisible 07. Take A Bullet 08. Hattiesburg Hustle 09. Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
DISC 2: 01. Frozen Fear 02. Dreaming The Same Dream 03. Pretzel Logic 04. Fire In The Kitchen 05. A Change Is Gonna Come 06. Spanish Castle Magic 07. WHB Intro 08. Tear Me Down 09. Your Wildest Dreams 10. Soulshine
BONUS DISC: 01. River's Gonna Rise [Acoustic] 02. A Friend To You [Acoustic] 03. Sick of My Shadow [Acoustic] 04. Man In Motion [Acoustic] 05. Listen to the Lion [Acoustic] 06. Soulshine [Acoustic] 07. Power & The Glory 08. Patchwork Quilt [From Soundcheck] 09. Hattiesburg Hustle [From Rehearsal]
BOB DYLAN - Good As I Been To You (1992)
"Good As I Been To You" released in early November 1992 took a lot of people by surprise, but in retrospect it was the logical move for Dylan to make. His first fully acoustic album since 1964's "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" this stripped to the bone collection of folk and blues standards came about almost by accident.
"It happened by chance. I needed a short time to record these songs; these songs are really important to me, followed me during all these years so I treated them as if they were my songs, not like covers. It took a short time, you know these are folk songs and do not need too many ornaments." - Bob Dylan 1993
The feeling among most reviewers, whether favourable or not, was that Dylan as a writer was a spent force, and the release of "World Gone Wrong" a year later would only strengthen this belief. It would only be with "Time Out Of mind" in 1997 that he would once again be recognised as the foremost lyricist of the rock era.
TRACKS: 01. Frankie & Albert 02. Jim Jones 03. Blackjack Davey 04. Canadee-I-O 05. Sittin On Top Of The World 06. Little Maggie 07. Hard Times 08. Step It Up And Go 09. Tomorrow Night 10. Authur McBride 11. You're Gonna Quit Me 12. Diamond Joe 13. Froggie Went A Courtin
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