DEEP PURPLE - Live At Long Beach 1976 (2016)
One of the more intriguing Purple eras from over the years was their "Mark IV" lineup, which was comprised of David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Tommy Bolin (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboards), and Ian Paice (drums). The reason being that there was no Ritchie Blackmore in their ranks, and this lineup only managed a single studio album, the oft-overlooked Come Taste the Band, and a year after disbanding in 1976, a subpar live album, Last Concert in Japan. Due to an arm injury to Bolin, his guitar playing is not even close to what he would sound like at full-strength on the aforementioned Last Concert in Japan. Originally recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show, this double-disc set has been issued several times over the years (including under such titles as On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat, among others), but far surpasses the aforementioned Last Concert in Japan. The most obvious reason for the "improvement" being Bolin's improved playing, and a far lengthier set list. Reflecting the era when arena rock was at its most indulgent and bombastic, quite a few of the tracks here feature mind-numbingly long solos or jams; case in point, extended renditions of such Purple classics as "Smoke on the Water" and "Highway Star." But the biggest culprit here is an over-20-minute version of "Lazy," which manages to incorporate parts of the solo Bolin track "Homeward Strut" (which was often incorrectly listed as "The Grind" on previously released versions of this show). And while this non-Ritchie Blackmore lineup was able to pull off the expected nets admirably, it's the renditions of the rarely performed Come Taste the Band material that will be of interest to longtime fans, including "Lady Luck," "Love Child," "This Time Around," and "Gettin' Tighter," the latter of which falls victim once more to the "extended jam virus." Behind Made in Japan (considered one of hard rock's finest live albums of all time), Live at Long Beach 76 is certainly one of Purple's finest live sets.
THE ROLLING STONES - Another Time, Another Place (2016) [6 CD Box Set]
Unique six disc anthology is the rare opportunity to enjoy classic recordings by the Rolling Stones from the Brian Jones era. Included here are digitally remastered versions of live television shows, radio broadcasts, concert appearances and studio out-takes. Each of the individual CDs is presented in a miniature gatefold album sleeve.
DISC 1 - The Lost U.S. Tape: 01. Around And Around 02. Time Is On My Side 03. The Last Time 04. Little Red Rooster 05. Someone To Love 06. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 07. As Tears Go By 08. 19Th Nervous Breakdown 09. Paint It Black 10. Lady Jane 11. Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadows 12. Ruby Tuesday 13. Let's Spend The Night Together
DISC 2 - The Lost Chess Tapes: 01. Stewed And Keefed 02. Goodbye Girl 03. High Heel Sneakers 04. Tell Me Baby 05. Meet Me In The Bottom 06. Mercy, Mercy 07. Reelin' & Rockin' 08. Key To The Highway
DISC 3 - Live In Paris And Hamburg 1965: 01. Everybody Needs Somebody To Lovearound And Around (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 02. Off The Hook (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 03. Time Is On My Side (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 04. Carol (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 05. It's All Over Now (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 06. Little Red Rooster (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 07. Route 66 (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 08. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 09. The Last Time (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 10. I'm Alright (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 11. Hey Crawdaddy (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 12. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 13. Pain In My Heart (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 14. Around And Around (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 15. Time Is On My Side (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 16. I'm Moving On (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 17. The Last Time (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 18. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 19. I'm Alright (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965)
DISC 4 - Hawaii 1966: 01. Not Fade Away 02. The Last Time 03. Paint It Black 04. Lady Jane 05. Mother's Little Helper 06. Get Off Of My Cloud 07. 19Th Nervous Breakdown 08. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
DISC 5 - The Lost BBC Tapes & Ready Steady Goes Live!: 01. Not Fade Away 02. High Heel Sneakers 03. Little By Little 04. I Just Wanna Make Love To You 05. I'm Moving On 06. It's All Over Now 07. If You Need Me 08. Confessin' The Blues 09. Carol 10. Mona 11. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 12. That's How Strong My Love Is 13. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 14. Oh Baby We Got A Good Thing Goin' 15. Under My Thumb 16. I Am Waiting 17. Paint It Black
DISC 6 - Rare Gems, Demos And Outtakes: 01. Go Home Girl 02. My Only Girl (Aka The Girl Belongs To Yesterday) 03. It Should Be You 04. Leave Me Alone 05. Andrew's Blues 06. Some Things Just Stick On Your Mind (Early Version) 07. Try A Little Harder (Early Version) 08. Tell Me (Early Version) 09. Blue Turns To Grey (Early Version) 10. We Were Falling In Love 11. Blues Jam 12. As Time Goes By 13. Not Fade Away
RANDY NEWMAN - Original Album Series (2011)
Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is known for his distinctive voice, mordant (and often satirical) pop songs, and for film scores. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. His film scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The Natural, Leatherheads, Cats Don't Dance, Meet the Parents, Cold Turkey, and Seabiscuit. He has scored seven Disney-Pixar animated films: Toy Story; A Bug's Life; Toy Story 2; Monsters, Inc.; Cars; Toy Story 3; and Monsters University, as well as Disney's The Princess and the Frog and James and the Giant Peach. Newman has received twenty Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories and has won twice in the latter category. He has also won three Emmys, six Grammy Awards, and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002, and as a Disney Legend in 2007. Newman was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.
This five disc, U.K. only box set includes a remarkably solid quintet of full albums from Randy Newman, including his eponymous 1968 debut, 1970's 12 Songs, 1972's Sail Away, 1974's Good Old Boys, and 1977's Little Criminals, the latter of which featured the novelty hit "Short People."
BUDGIE - The MCA Albums 1973 - 1975 (2016)
Often thought of as a cross between Black Sabbath (due to their plodding, molten-heavy riffs) and Rush (due to their singer's high-pitched, Geddy Lee-esque wail), the somewhat obscure British metal outfit Budgie has influenced countless outfits, despite enduring countless lineup shifts throughout their history. The group originally formed in 1967 in Cardiff, Wales, comprised of members Burke Shelley (vocals, bass), Tony Bourge (guitar), and Raymond Phillips (drums), and by the early '70s, they'd inked a deal with MCA Records. This early lineup remains Budgie's most definitive, due to the fact that it spawned three of the group's finest albums -- 1971's self-titled debut, 1972's Squawk, and 1973's Never Turn Your Back on a Friend -- while the group's quirky song titles became somewhat of a trademark for the trio (such ditties as "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman," "Hot as a Docker's Armpit," "In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand," and "You're the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk"). For fans of early Sabbath, the aforementioned three discs are a must-have. Despite building a sizeable following in their homeland (while never breaking out of cult status stateside), Phillips left the group prior to their fourth album, 1974's In for the Kill!, replaced by newcomer Pete Boot, which would in turn set off a flurry of steady lineup changes over the years for the group (the only constant Budgie member from the beginning was Shelley). Further releases were issued throughout the '70s, including 1975's Bandolier, 1976's If I Were Brittania I'd Wave the Rules, and 1978's Impeckable, but each appeared to be less inspired than its predecessor.
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER - The Anthology (2016)
Late last year, the news that Emerson. Lake & Palmer has signed the global rights to their complete catalog over to Germany’s BMG label was announced along with the promise to reissue the first seven albums from that grand catalog. Well, that promise is about to come true....
2016 three CD collection from the iconic prog rock trio. Produced by Greg Lake, this career-spanning set has 39 tracks from the years 1970 to 1998, with the choice of material approved by the band. It is presented in special casebound book packaging with detailed, informative sleeve notes, and illustrated with rare band photographs. Among the highlights are "Karn Evil 9," "Still... You Turn Me On," the band's performance of Aaron Copland's "Hoedown," their version of "Jerusalem," "Fanfare For The Common Man," Emerson's rendition of "Honky Tonk Train Blues," Lake's 1975 solo hit "I Believe In Father Christmas" and the group's interpretation of the TV theme "Peter Gunn." Produced by Greg Lake, this career-spanning set has 39 tracks from the years 1970 to 1998, the choice of material approved by all three band members. It’s housed in a casebound book format with Chris Welch’s liner notes and rare photographs.
LAURENCE JONES - Take Me High (2016)
It would be hugely easy for an artist, especially in the current music business, to stick on his/her tried-and-true formula. This is something that the young gunslinger Laurence Jones wouldn't consider even for a moment. Take Me High, the British guitarist's new record is an album that catapults Laurence Jones right in the olympus of the most versatile, creative and talented music artists worldwide. This is a studio record that has been entirely recorded live by Jones and his band with outstanding results, without the help of any trickeries at all. Undoubtedly, the expert guidance of Mike Vernon, one of the most renowned producers in the music world has been beneficial on the artistic approach taken by Laurence Jones during the recording of Take Me High.The outcome captures perfectly the artistic maturity of a musician which, despite the relative young age, is able to spread his wings with equal majesty in whatever Jones put his hands on and we are not just referring to his well-known ability on guitar. Jones unveils finally, through his new record, all the music genres that he loves the most and really matter to him. His rhytmh section is more powerful than ever, through the addition of Phil Wilson on drums on a line-up that counts already an "Ace Of Bass" like Roger Inniss, adding to the British artist's sound even more dynamism than in any of Jones' previous albums.
TRACKS: 01. Got No Place To Go 02. Something's Changed 03. Live It Up 04. Addicted To Your Love 05. I Will 06. Thinking About Tomorrow 07. Take Me High 08. Down & Blue 09. The Price I Pay 10. Higher Ground
THE BOBALOOS - The Bobaloos (1999)
The Bobaloos are a High-Energy Rock & Roll Band from Atlanta, GA. On their self titled album "The Bobaloos", the band along with some of the most diverse, accomplished and hard rocking guest musicians came together in a one time only compilation! Eleven songs of energetic rock and blues.
This album of original & cover tunes showcases some of the greatest musicianship of any rock 'n roll album currently on the market. No wonder since the guest musicians on the 11 song CD are some of the greatest rock 'n roll players that have ever performed on stage. You'll find the names of current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Heart and the Paul Rogers Band in the the following list of session players on this classic rock 'n roll CD...Glenn Hughes, Billy Powell, Frankie Day, Marty Fab, Christi Vaughn, Michael Bastedoe, Greg Allman, Howard Leese, Leon Wilkeson, Chris Lewis, Boonie Maroonie, Robin Floyd, Bobby Mobley, Bobby Williams, Tony Vaughn, Billy Anderson and TV Strain.
BLACKFOOT - Southern Native (2016)
Blackfoot is an American Southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida originally formed in 1970’s by Rickey Medlocke, current lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Though they are primarily a Southern rock band, Blackfoot has always been defined by their hard rock edge, evident on their most successful singles “Train, Train” and “Highway Song.” In 2012, Medlocke recruited a completely new line-up of the band to continue the music of Blackfoot for new generations. They have toured extensively the past several years, introducing the new members and new Blackfoot music. Over the last two years, Medlocke wrote, performed on and produced the new album Southern Native.
He reports: “This record is head-to-head old school meets new school – classic to new rock for a brand new generation. Turn it up loud!” Rossi agrees with Medlocke and adds: “Rickey bridged the generations by having his grandfather Shorty Medlocke play on those early Blackfoot records, so having Rickey play slide and other guitar with us on this record bridges the modern gap. It’s a full-circle kind of thing.” Blackfoot have also released the title track from the album and are currently on tour across the US in support of Southern Native.
TRACKS: 01. Need My Ride 02. Southern Native 03. Everyman 04. Call Of A Hero 05. Take Me Home 06. Whiskey Train 07. Satisfied Man 08. Ohio 09. Love This Town 10. Diablo Loves Guitar
DEVON ALLMAN - Ride Or Die (2016)
Devon Allman, son of musician Gregg Allman, is a vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter. He is the founder and bandleader of Honeytribe, (also known as Devon Allman's Honeytribe). In addition to creating two albums and leading multiple tours across North America and Europe with Honeytribe, Devon has contributed to several other musical recordings, including Vargas Blues Band and the A Song for My Father compilation album. Devon has appeared occasionally as a guest musician for Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band. His other musical projects include the blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood and his first solo album "Turquoise" that was released in February 2013. After leaving Royal Southern Brotherhood the next year, he released "Ragged & Dirty" with The Devon Allman Band.
Desperate times call for dazzling records. Released on Ruf , Devon Allman’s Ride Or Die acknowledges that life on Planet Earth is no picnic. On the flipside, this third solo album from one of America’s best modern writers reminds us there’s always hope. “The world is getting crazier by the minute,” says Allman. “These songs are about pain, addiction, storms, lust, death, and feeling sometimes that you’re utterly lost. But conversely, it’s about finding your place in the universe, rebirth, strength, redemption, vindication…”
TRACKS: 01. Say Your Prayers 02. Find Ourselves 03. Galaxies 04. Lost 05. Shattered Times 06. Watch What You Say 07. Vancouver 08. Pleasure & Pain 09. Hold Me 10. Live From The Heart 11. Butterfly Girl 12. A Night Like This
TUCKY BUZZARD - The Complete Tucky Buzzard (5CD Box Set, 2016)
Tucky Buzzard were a British hard rock band formed in 1969 by three former members of The End. The original lineup was Jimmy Henderson (vocals), Terry Taylor (guitar), David Brown (bass), Paul Francis (drums), and Nick Graham (keyboards). Halfway through recording their debut album, Frances departed from the band and was replaced by Chris Johnson, who recorded the remaining drum parts and was credited on the album sleeve. Tucky Buzzard produced a total of five albums between 1969 and 1973. The band's producer was Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones. Terry Taylor has worked on a number of musical compositions with Bill Wyman and has played with him in a number of his bands, Willy and The Poor Boys, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, since he left The Rolling Stones. In 2006 Tucky Buzzard was featured in an article called Top 6 Classic Rock Bands You Never Knew You Didn't Know written by Dave White.
The Complete Tucky Buzzard - the band produced by Bill Wyman - has been released as a five CD collectors box set on Amazon and iTunes. Tucky Buzzard released five albums – and they are gathered here in a special collector’s edition CD clamshell boxset. Tucky Buzzard arose from the ashes of The End in 1970, retaining the line-up of guitarist Terry Taylor, organist Nicky Graham, drummer Paul Francis, bassist Dave Brown, and vocalist Jimmy Henderson. Produced by old associate Bill Wyman (sometimes with Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios), the band’s template of bluesy rock puts them in the same musical arena as Free, Grand Funk Railroad and Creedence Clearwater Revival. This clamshell box contains all five albums by the band: “Comin On Again”, “Tucky Buzzard”, “Warm Slash”, “All Right On the Night” and “Buzzard”, the last two being originally released on Purple Records. The booklet features photos from the collection of Terry Taylor, Bill Wyman’s right hand man in the Rhythm Kings for the last 25 years, and lengthy annotation based on interviews with the band.
JACK CASADY - Dream Factor (2003)
Jack Casady first came to fame as an original member of the Jefferson Airplane and later, Hot Tuna. The first solo album (at age 59) from this well-traveled and prolific bassist, Dream Factor, is a mixed affair. Unlike most rock bass-playing frontmen, Casady does not sing, so his contributions to his debut are relegated to the occasional bass solo, and as co-writer of nearly all the tracks. Sadly, his songwriting isn't as innovative or inspirational as his bass playing, which results in a passable Southern rock, folk, and blues album without much focus. Casady calls in friends from Gov't Mule (drummer Matt Abts and guitarist Warren Haynes), along with Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrére, Ivan Neville, and the Tubes' Fee Waybill, among others, to help with vocals. All do an admirable job, but ultimately, the album rests on the strength of its songs, most of which are adequate but far from riveting. When Casady does step out on the burning instrumental jazz-rock fusion "Outside" (which also features Haynes), and again in the middle section of the folksy "Weight of Sin," you finally get a sense of his unique bass-playing talents. But the disc is dominated by pleasant, vaguely West Coast folk-pop ballads that never catch fire. If it's second-rate Jackson Browne or R.E.M. you're looking for, this will fill the bill. But those anticipating this legendary bass player's long-awaited solo debut to showcase his considerable instrumental abilities will likely be disappointed.
TRACKS: 01. Paradise 02. Water From A Stone 03. Trust Somebody 04. Listen To The Wind 05. Outside 06. By Your Side 07. Daddy's Lil' Girl 08. Weight Of Sin 09. Who You Are 10. Dead Letter Box 11. Sweden
ATOMIC ROOSTER - Atomic Rooster (1980)  & Headline News (1983) 
Atomic Rooster are an English rock band, originally formed by members of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, organist Vincent Crane and drummer Carl Palmer. Throughout their history, keyboardist Vincent Crane was the only constant member, and wrote the majority of their material. Their history is defined by two periods: the early-mid-1970s and the early 1980s. The band went through radical style changes, however they are best known for the hard, progressive rock sound of their hit singles, "Tomorrow Night" (UK No. 11) and "The Devil's Answer" (UK No. 4), both in 1971. In 2016, Atomic Rooster reformed with permission from Crane's widow, with the new line-up featuring two members from the various 1970s incarnations of the band.
"Atomic Rooster" is the sixth studio album by British rock band Atomic Rooster. It was recorded when the band regrouped after breaking up for five years, and they embarked on a raw style, which was in marked contrast to that of their past few albums. In addition, its heavier sound fitted in better with the new wave of British heavy metal scene. Two tracks, "She's My Woman" and "Where's the Show?", were originally recorded by John Du Cann for his solo album, The World's Not Big Enough, in 1977. The album was not released at the time and the songs were later reworked by Atomic Rooster. Du Cann's solo album was eventually released in 1992.
"Headline News" is the seventh and last studio album by British rock band Atomic Rooster. It has been released on CD several times: firstly in 1994 on Voiceprint, secondly in 1997 on Blueprint and in 2002 on Eagle. In 2004 it was repackaged by Dutch label MCP as Future Shock. In addition, in 2005 the German Ambitions/Membran International label packaged it alongside The First Ten Explosive Years as a two-disc set entitled Rebel with a Clause. All CD issues feature two bonus tracks not included on the original LP. Vincent Crane's wife, Jean, contributes lyrics to three tracks, including "Watch Out!/Reaching Out", an adaptation of the Atomic Rooster album cut.
V.A. - Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection (2016)
On May 25 and June 2, 1971, the rawest, roughest-edged, most joyful blues band in Chicago recorded their first album. With the help of two fledgling producers, Bruce Iglauer and his friend Wesley Race, they cut multiple takes of twenty-five songs in two evenings, recorded live and mixed as they were being recorded. The album, issued in August of that year, was simply named after the band: Hound Dog Taylor And The HouseRockers, the first release from a brand new label called Alligator Records. Alligator was a leap of faith, an underfinanced one-man operation run out of an efficiency apartment. It was launched with an album by a band virtually unknown outside the local bars where they played. The album captured the band’s glorious racket and the vibrant, rocking spirit of the South and West Side Chicago blues clubs - simple neighborhood taverns in the city’s black community where mostly Southern-born, working class people bonded together and sloughed off the frustrations of their day-to-day hard lives by listening and dancing to the honest, rhythmic, joyful and cathartic music they had grown up with - the blues. Two of the three members of the band - Hound Dog, a fifty-five-year-old former sharecropper and factory worker, and Brewer Phillips, a part-time construction worker, had come to Chicago from Mississippi looking for decent jobs. The third member, drummer Ted Harvey, a loading dock worker, came from the Windy City. They had no reputation, no booking agent or manager, and they were not creating music that sounded much like anything getting played on any form of commercial radio. Yet their unbridled energy, unfettered joy and raw soulfulness of their music somehow communicated to people all over the world, making them blues legends and making their debut recording a classic that continues to be discovered by legions of new fans.
Forty-five years later, Alligator Records, now with a catalog of almost three hundred albums, continues to be bound by the same philosophy that led to that first recording - that direct, unvarnished, straight-from-the-soul blues and blues-rooted music, the music we call “Genuine Houserockin’ Music,” speaks to some primal, necessary place in people’s consciousness. We believe that our music, if delivered by charismatic, soul-stirring artists, and if publicized, promoted and marketed with unwavering energy, will find a worldwide audience, stand the test of time, and keep the label moving forward for years to come.
TIMOTHY B.SCHMIT - Discography (1984 - 2009)
Timothy Bruce Schmit is an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known for his work as the bass guitar player and singer for Poco and the Eagles. Schmit has also worked for decades as a session musician and solo artist. In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles.
Free for the first time to explore his own music, he embarked on a solo recording career that produced five albums over the next two decades - Playin' It Cool (1984), Timothy B. (1987), Tell Me the Truth (1990), Feed the Fire (2001), and Expando (2009). Each presented different aspects of his music, from country to pop to light jazz, although none was remotely as successful as the Eagles' work. He rejoined Poco for their 1984 album Inamorata and has also appeared as a vocalist on a multitude of other artists' recordings across the years, including Steely Dan, Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffett, Julian Lennon, Ringo Starr, Warren Zevon, and Spinal Tap. He also worked with his ex-bandmates (including Richie Furay) on various projects, and sang backup on Vince Gill's version of "I Can't Tell You Why" on the 1993 Common Thread album, whose unexpectedly strong sales precipitated the Eagles' reunion tour, album, and concert video. He has also been a singer and bassist in Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band (which has also included his Eagles bandmate Joe Walsh in its ranks). Although not as popular as a solo artist as either Glenn Frey or Don Henley, Schmit's attractive high tenor voice has its fans, and he is one of the busier Eagles and Poco alumni.
1984 - Playin' It Cool: 01. Playin' it Cool 02. Lonely Girl 03. So Much in Love 04. Something's Wrong 05. Voices 06. Wrong Number 07. Take a Good Look Around You 08. Tell Me What You Dream 09. Gimme the Money
1987 - Timothy B: 01. Boys Night Out 02. Don't Give Up 03. Hold Me In Your Heart 04. Everybody Needs A Lover 05. Into The Night 06. A Better Day Is Coming 07. Jazz Street 08. I Guess We'll Go On Living 09. Down Here People Dance Forever
1990 - Tell Me The Truth: 01. Tell Me The Truth 02. Was It Just The Moonlight 03. Something Sad 04. Down By The River 05. In Roxy's Eyes 06. Let Me Go 07. Perfect Strangers 08. All I Want To Do 09. Tonight 10. For The Children
2001 - Feed the Fire: 01. The Shadow 02. Every Song Is You 03. Make You Feel My Love 04. I'll Always Let You In 05. Running 06. I'm Not Angry Anymore 07. Give Me Back My Sight 08. You Are Everything 09. Top Of The Stairs 10. Moment Of Truth 11. Song For Owen
2009 - Expando: 01. One More Mile 02. Parachute 03. Friday Night 04. Ella Jean 05. White Boy From Sacramento 06. Compassion 07. Downtime 08. Melancholy 09. I Don't Mind 10. Secular Praise 11. A Good Day
GRINDERSWITCH - Honest To Goodness (1974) & Ghost Train From Georgia (2004)
Grinderswitch was a white blues-rock band that never rose above being a second-tier Capricorn Records act, not remotely as popular as the Allman Brothers or the Marshall Tucker Band. But Dru Lombar (vocals, guitar, slide guitar), Larry Howard (guitar), Stephen Miller (keyboards), Joe Dan Petty (bass), and Rick Burnett (drums) built a loyal following in the tens of thousands playing music that was influenced by British blues outfits like John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream and T.S. McPhee's Groundhogs, but also the real article, especially Albert King and Booker T. & the MG's - Lombar sounded more Black than any White rock singer you've ever heard. They could have been a more soulful and exciting competitor to Canned Heat, but they weren't lucky enough to appear in hit festival movies or get the right single out at the proper time. Working in the commercial shadow of better-known acts, they counted as fans members of the Marshall Tucker Band and a lot of other musicians who felt they deserved a break. The group failed to emerge as much more than a top regional act and an opener for the Allmans and Charlie Daniels, among others, despite recording seven album between 1972 and 1982, first for Capricorn and later for Atlantic.
In 2004 Dru Lombar put Grinderswitch back together with new members Wally Condon on drums, Eddie Stone (from Doc Holliday fame) on keyboards , Jack Corcaran on guitar and Steve Miller on bass. They released new album “Ghost Train From Georgia”, but Dru Lombar’s death in September 2005 put Grinderswitch back to rest for good.
CHRIS WHITLEY - On Air (2008)
On Air is the fifteenth album by singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Whitley and his second live album. The performance is a compilation of songs from a selection of Whitley's past albums (Living with the Law (1991), Terra Incognita (1997), Dirt Floor (1998), Perfect Day (2000), Rocket House (2001), Pigs Will Fly (soundtrack) (2003), and Hotel Vast Horizon (2003)) and three new covers. It was produced by Radio Bremen and recorded for 'Sparkasse in concert' on September 8, 2003 at Radio Bremen Sendesaal in Bremen, Germany by the Radio Bremen recording crew.
For Whitley's fans, this is essential listening; it's the measure of the artist in a sympathetic venue, allowing all of his prodigious gifts to surface. On Air will edify anyone who takes the trouble to encounter it. Those of us who followed his work can only on hope this is the first of many such tapes to surface.
TRACKS: 01. The Old Man And Me 02. Drifting 03. Kick The Stones 04. Clear Blue Sky 05. Light Rain 06. She's Alright 07. New Lost World 08. To Joy (Revolution Of The Innocents) 09. The Crystal Ship 10. Fourth Time Around 11. Vertical Desert 12. Hotel Vast Horizon 13. Scrapyard Lullaby 14. Phonecall From Levenworth 15. From A Photograph 16. Shadowland 17. Well...All Right 18. Velocity Girl
BRIAN ROBERTSON - Diamonds And Dirt (2011)
Diamonds and Dirt is the first solo studio album by Scottish guitarist Brian Robertson, released in 2011. Robertson was previously a member of Thin Lizzy, Motörhead and Wild Horses. Robertson recruited several experienced musicians for the recording of this album, including Treat bass guitarist Nalle Pahlsson and Europe drummer Ian Haugland, who Robertson described as "the best rhythm section I've played with since Phil Lynott and Brian Downey". Ex-Michael Schenker Group vocalist Leif Sundin performed most of the vocals, but the album also features Robertson himself and Riverdogs singer Rob Lamothe singing on one track each.
The album includes some tracks by Robertson's old group Thin Lizzy: "It's Only Money" from the 1974 album Nightlife, two versions of "Running Back" from the 1976 album Jailbreak, and "Blues Boy", a track recorded by the band but never officially released until it appeared as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the Jailbreak album. "Blues Boy" was co-written by Robertson and Phil Lynott, while the other two songs were composed by Lynott alone. Robertson has stated, "I think Phil would be proud of what I've done with those Lizzy songs." Robertson also recorded three songs written by his friend Frankie Miller, including a bonus track, "Ain't Got No Money". Robertson initially sang the song himself, but Miller sested it would suit a different vocalist, so Rob Lamothe was brought in.
TRACKS: 01. Diamonds And Dirt 02. Passion 03. It's Only Money 04. Mail Box 05. Running Back 06. Texas Wind 07. Devil In My Soul 08. Do It Till We Drop (Drop It!) 09. Blues Boy 10. That's All..! 11. 10 Miles To Go On A 9 Mile Road 12. Running Back (Slow Version) 13. Ain't Got No Money (Bonus Track)
DR. HOOK - Completely Hooked (1992)
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show is a band with a Soft Rock flavour which continues to occupy an place in the affections of many, loved for their humour and crazy stage shows. Though best known for their series of radio-friendly hits of the 1970s which include "Sylvia's Mother", "Sexy Eyes" and "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" much of the material for their first two albums was written by the renown humorist Shel Silverstein (who also wrote Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue"). Indeed, "Sylvia's Mother" was a well veiled parody of a heartbreak song, a fact missed by many of the fans who propelled it into the top five in the summer of 1972.The fortunes of the band were mixed and in spite of their chart topping success the name of their third album proved unfortunate: the self penned Belly Up (1973) did well, but not well enough to prevent them filing for bankruptcy in 1974. Billed as just Dr. Hook this time, they returned in 1975 with Bankrupt and continued to score hits with this Unfortunately for the band, the more commercial direction they now found themselves following was not appreciated by Ray Sawyer, the eye-patch-wearing frontman generally acknowledged as "Dr. Hook", and he left in 1983. Without him, the and subsequentalbums. group strled on for a while, but gave up in 1985. Sawyer reclaimed the Dr. Hook name and started to tour as Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer in the 1990s.
TRACKS: 01. Sylvia's Mother 02. Cover Of The 'Rolling Stone' 03. Everybody's Makin' It Big But Me 04. You Make My Pants Want To Get Up And Dance 05. Sleeping Late 06. Only Sixteen 07. Walk Right In 08. The Millionaire 09. More Like The Movies 10. When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman (Extended Version) 11. Sexy Eyes 12. If Not You 13. A Little Bit More 14. Sharing The Night Together 15. I Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight 16. Better Love Next Time 17. In Over My Head 18. Years From Now 19. Sweetest Of All 20. A Couple More Years
DAVID CROSBY - It's All Coming Back To Me Now (1994) & Live (1996)
Recorded December 7, 1993, at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Hollywood, CA, this is a David Crosby live album and a good representation of his solo concert performances. In fact, it's a little better than usual since Crosby is joined by singers Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes and his old partner Graham Nash. Crosby splits the 71-minute set just about evenly between more recent solo efforts - including two newly written songs - and faithful renditions of favorites from his Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young days. Inadvertently, the set list serves to confirm that the latter represents his best work, while at the same time songs like "Long Time Gone" and "Wooden Ships" have been heard so often in studio and live performances that there isn't much reason to have additional recordings of them. The album's chief virtue is in the expression of Crosby's personality, but there isn't enough of that. So, while these are often spirited performances, they don't add to our understanding of the artist the way a live album should.
TRACKS: 01. In My Dreams 02. Rusty And Blue 03. Hero 04. Till It Shines On You 05. Thousand Roads 06. Cowboy Movie 07. Almost Cut My Hair 08. Déja Vu 09. Long Time Gone 10. Wooden Ships
This album is a budget-priced, abridged version of the David Crosby live album King Biscuit Flower Hour, originally released in 1996 and drawn from a concert held in Philadelphia in 1989. The more complete album contains four tracks not included here: "In My Dreams," "Drive My Car," "Monkey and the Underdog," and "Night Time for the Generals." The remaining ten songs are evenly divided between songs Crosby wrote in the late '80s after his recovery from substance abuse ("Tracks in the Dust," "Compass," "Delta," "Lady of the Harbor," "Oh Yes I Can") and songs he wrote in the late '60s for Crosby, Stills & Nash or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ("Déja Vu," "Almost Cut My Hair," "Guinnevere," "Wooden Ships," "Long Time Gone"). Crosby performs acoustic and solo at first and is later joined by a band. He benefits from the familiarity of the CSN/CSNY material and from the conviction with which he performs the newer songs, but it is still easy to tell why he functions better in a group context than as a leading performer, since his songs, taken at slow or medium tempos (tempos that change frequently in the course of a single song), have complicated melodies and discursive lyrics that sometimes put them in the realm of recitative more than simple pop songs. Crosby was at the height of his fame as a reformed addict in 1989, which allowed him to tour under his own name alone, but he remains better appreciated as a key part of a group such as CSN.
TRACKS: 01. Tracks In The Dust 02. Compass 03. Delta 04. Deja Vu 05. Almost Cut My Hair 06. Guinnevere 07. Lady Of The Harbor 08. Oh Yes I Can 09. Wooden Ships 10. Long Time Gone
LONGBRANCH PENNYWHISTLE - Longbranch Pennywhistle (1969)
The duo Longbranch Pennywhistle, who made one obscure self-titled album in 1969, are remembered primarily for featuring a pre-Eagles Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther (who of course went on to write much material for the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt). Frey had moved to Los Angeles from Detroit, where he had played with Bob Seger, and hooked up there with ex-Texan J.D. Souther. The two attracted attention in the burgeoning Southern California country-rock scene via gigs at the Troubadour club and were signed by Amos Records. Their lone LP was produced by Jimmy Bowen and featured a wealth of outstanding session musicians, such as James Burton, Buddy Emmons, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborn, Jim Gordon, Ry Cooder, and Doug Kershaw.
Longbranch Pennywhistle is a pleasant yet unthrilling album of modest harmonized early country-rock. Pre-echoes of the sound of the Eagles and 1970s mellow Californian rock can be heard, and Souther would re-record one of the better songs, "Kite Woman," for his early-'70s solo debut. The album sold little and the duo broke up in mid-1970. However, Frey was soon playing in Linda Ronstadt's band and forming the nucleus of the Eagles, to whom Souther would frequently contribute as a songwriter.
TRACKS: 01. Jubilee Anne 02. Run Boy Run 03. Rebecca 04. Lucky Love 05. Kite Woman 06. Bring Back Funky Women 07. Star Spangled Bus 08. Mister, Mister 09. Don't Talk Now 10. Never Have Enough
J.D. SOUTHER - You're Only Lonely (1979) 
John David Souther or JD Souther is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has written and co-written songs recorded by artists such as Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles. While J.D. Souther may have made his biggest impact on the country-rock sound behind the scenes or in a supporting role to some of the bigger pop names of the '70s, he had an impressive and critically acclaimed series of solo albums that have unfortunately all but disappeared from music fans' radar. Born in Detroit, Souther was raised in Amarillo, Texas, which may help explain his stylistic roots in both country and rock music. He was in a band called John David & the Senders (also known as the Cinders) while in high school, and later relocated to Los Angeles. He worked as a session musician, meeting Glenn Frey and eventually renting a house with him; the two were signed to Amos Records and recorded an album under the name Longbranch Pennywhistle.
You're Only Lonely is the third album by American singer-songwriter J. D. Souther, released in 1979. Souther finally scored a hit single with the '50s-ish title track, and the album also includes the lovely ballad "White Rhythm and Blues" as well as the solo version of the Souther-Hillman-Furay song "Trouble in Paradise."
TRACKS: 01. You're Only Lonely 02. If You Don't Want My Love 03. The Last In Love 04. White Rhythm And Blues 05. Til The Bars Burn Down 06. The Moon Just Turned Blue 07. Songs Of Love 08. Fifteen Bucks 09. Trouble In Paradise
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MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD - Bloomfield : A Retrospective (1983)  ... reupload by request
Michael Bernard "Mike" Bloomfield (1943 – 1981) was an American musician, guitarist, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation almost entirely on his instrumental prowess, since he rarely sang before 1969 and 1970. Respected for his fluid guitar playing, Bloomfield knew and played with many of Chicago's blues legends even before he achieved his own fame, and was one of the primary influences on the mid-to-late 1960s revival of classic Chicago and other styles of blues music. In 2003 he was ranked at number 22 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
Bloomfield: A Retrospective by Michael Bloomfield was released Nov 17, 2009 on the Legacy label. Bloomfield: A Retrospective is a 2-disc set with 27 songs.
DISC 1: 01. I've Got My Mojo Working 02. Interview Segment 03. Born In Chicago 04. Texas 05. Interview Segment, Groovin' Is Easy 06. Killing Floor 07. You Don't Realize 08. Wine 09. Interview Segment 10. Albert's Shuffle 11. I've Got You In The Palm Of My Hand 12. Goin' Down Slow 13. Really
DISC 2: 01. Stop 02. I Wonder Who 03. Interview Segment 04. You're Killing My Love 05. Goofers 06. It Hurts Me Too 07. Relaxin' Blues: Blued For Jimmy Yancey, Sunnyland Slim And Otis Span 08. Woodyard Street 09. Midnight On My Radio 10. Why Lord, Oh Why 11. Easy Rider 12. Been Treated Wrong 13. Sammy Knows How To Party 14. Tell Me Partner
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TONY SPINNER - Chicks, Guitars, Rollin' & Tumblin'...(reupload by request)
Tony Spinner is an American rock and blues singer and guitarist who toured with Toto from 1999 until their break-up in 2008. Spinner was personally selected by David Paich as a backup guitarist and backing vocalist and would perform lead vocals on the song "Stop Loving You," originally performed by former Toto member Joseph Williams. When Toto reformed in 2010, Spinner was not part of the touring band. In fall 2010, Tony Spinner joined Paul Gilbert on his "Fuzz Universe" European tour.
Excellent 4th studio disc (Chicks & Guitars, 2005) by this outstanding blues/rock axeslinger from Arkansas featuring 11 tracks of awesome, dynamic, soul-powered, retro-vintage, blues-based heavy guitar riffage & grooves that rock hot, blue & righteous.
TRACKS: 01. Turn It Up 02. As Good As It Gets 03. Faith Hope And Love 04. Never Meant To Hurt You 05. Tied Up In Love 06. Lovesick 07. Politics Man 08. Love Don't Take Time 09. Bourbon And A Fast Car 10. Caledonia 11. You Lied To Me
Rollin' & Tumblin' (2009), the superb sixth solo disc, features 14 tracks of awesome, top-shelf, soul-powered, "old-school" blues-based heavy guitar power trio grooves that will melt your blues away. Tony Spinner digs deep on "Rollin' & Tumblin'" and produces an amazing, timeless, authentic disc that definitely stands tall in the world of Classic blues/rock guitar magic.
TRACKS: 01. Saturn Blues 02. Count Your Blessings 03. Rollin' & Tumblin' In Meantown 04. Walkin' The Dawg 05. Lay Down Your Crutch 06. Saving Grace 07. CC Rider 08. Cathead Biscuit 09. Walkin' The Walk 10. Goldfish Bowl Blues 11. Luv Thang 12. Listen To Your Heart 13. Love Junkie 14. Catfishmake Love To You
GOV'T MULE - The Tel-Star Sessions (2016)
Ultimate Classic Rock presents the exclusive premiere of Gov’t Mule’s new archival release The Tel-Star Sessions in advance of its release this Friday. The album features the band’s first demo recordings from 1994. You can listen to it above. It’s an interesting look back at the early days of a band that at the time, was intended to only be a one-off project for singer and guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, who were both looking to do something outside of their normal work with the Allman Brothers Band. When they began making plans to enter Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, Fla., with Allman Brothers sound engineer Bud Snyder, for the sessions that eventually took place in June 1994, their only goal was to have some fun.
“In the beginning, Gov’t Mule was just a project,” Haynes explains. “We had no designs on being a real band that stays together and makes a second record and a fifth record and a 10th record and tours year after year. We were just doing something for the fun of it. Our intention was to put out a really inexpensive, experimental low-budget record. We went into the studio with our own money and recorded these nine songs, which were virtually the only songs we knew at that time.” But over the next few months, as Haynes tells Ultimate Classic Rock, things started to change. “There was starting to be an audience and more of a demand for what we were doing, and the feeling within the band was really strong,” he recalls. “We were creating all of the time and I was writing more and more new material. It just felt like we were growing so quickly that we decided to not limit the repertoire to just those handful of songs and have the first record include a bunch of the newer stuff that I was writing as well.”
MAC GAYDEN - Skyboat (1976) & Hymn To The Seeker (1976) 
McGavock Dickinson "Mac" Gayden is an American rock and country singer, songwriter, musician and producer. He is also president of Wild Child Records, formed in 2004. Gayden's biggest hit as a writer is considered to be the song "Everlasting Love", which he co-wrote with Buzz Cason, recorded originally by Robert Knight, a Top 20 hit in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. It became a number one hit in the United Kingdom when covered by the Love Affair in January 1968. Carl Carlton's popular disco version was a number six hit in the U.S. in 1974 and has logged over five million plays, according to BMI. Gayden wrote part of the song when he was five years old on his grandmother's piano. The song is one of two that has had hit status every decade for the last four. Gayden was performing at a fraternity house at Vanderbilt, when on break he heard the voice of Robert Knight at another frat house, ran down and introduced himself and got together with Knight to write a song for his voice. He then proceeded to meet with Knight, and finish up the song with a friend Buzz. Gayden is known for his R&B hits and influences. Gayden is also a session guitarist and is renowned for his innovative wah-wah slide guitar technique, as showcased on the early 1970s J.J. Cale hit "Crazy Mama". He also wrote a number of successful songs, including "Hayride", which was a major Australian hit for Flying Circus. "La La" was an even bigger hit. He also co-wrote and co-produced Robert Knight's "Love on a Mountain Top". Simon Cowell recorded Gayden's "Love on a Mountaintop" on Sinitta (Top 20, 1989). When Gayden played on Bob Dylan's album Blonde on Blonde, Dylan's producer Bob Johnston asked to produce an album for him; the album, McGavock Gayden, was released by EMI Records.
ROY BUCHANAN - Live Stock (1975) & Live In Japan (1978)
Live Stock is a 1975 live album by Roy Buchanan released on Polydor. The album documents a show consisting of blues standards and a few originals played in New York City, with an additional song ("I'm Evil") added from a later show in Evanston, Illinois. The cover photo was taken and sent to Roy by Australian music commentator Glenn A Baker. Live Stock is, reportedly, one of two Buchanan albums that greatly influenced Jeff Beck, who dedicated a song to Buchanan on his 1975 album Blow by Blow. Buchanan's last album with Polydor, it was partly made to fulfill his contractual obligations so he could move on and accept Ahmet Ertegun's offer to sign with Atlantic.
Live in Japan is said to have been Roy Buchanan's favorite of all his platters, and ironically, it was never issued stateside. However, as word spread, the title became an essential addition to his discography. Fact is that it may have never come out at all, had there not been a loophole in Buchanan's contract with former label Polydor, giving them control over his non-North American output. Joining the guitarist for his 1977 tour of Japan are John Harrison (bass), Malcolm Lukens (keyboards), and Byrd Foster (drums/vocals). They are likewise the core contributors to Buchanan's most recent studio effort, A Street Called Straight (1976), though no tracks from the album are represented here. Instead, the set consists of recent collaborations, definitive cover versions, and a few seminal Buchananclassics.
SEAN COSTELLO - Sean's Blues (2009)
Sean Costello is a brand name to blues aficionados. He died tragically in 2008, on the eve of his 29th birthday, just when it began to look as though his star was finally going to rise on the masses. He'd been recording since he was 16, and with his own crack band had played stages with virtually every living legend on the blues scene. Costello's knowledge of blues and jazz - especially jump and swing jazz - was encyclopedic in his playing and singing. This compilation collects tracks from all of three of his albums recorded between 1996 and 2002, but the majority of this 20-track set is unreleased, with smoking live cuts recorded in Chicago and Marquette, MI. There are some unreleased studio gems recorded in his hometown of Atlanta as well. Costello's best- known band featured harmonica boss Paul Linden (who also doubled - brilliantly - on piano), organist and pianist Matt Wauchope, bassist Melvin Zachary, and drummer Terrence Prather. These cats appear on the majority of these cuts, though there are some guest spots, including a few tracks with Matt Sickles playing upright bass. Guitarist and vocalist Susan Tedeschi sings and plays on a couple of cuts as well - Costello began wowing the world as the guitarist in her first high-profile touring band. Pulling out specific cuts here is ludicrous because, as a collection, this is just outstanding from top to bottom. Compiled (mostly) chronologically by Michael Rothschild and Jeff Bakos, this portrait of Costello accomplishes what it is supposed to: it not only showcases a tremendous artist who was in full command of his gifts, but lets us know what we lost when he passed away. Sean's Blues is filled with great music form jump to Chicago to raucous primitive electric jazz blues; in addition, the sound here is incredible: it crackles with live energy and presence -- Costello was a star to be sure, but he fronted a smoking live blues band whose members were true collaborators in his sound. All one can do after hearing this is say "if only," and hope there is a second volume.
JOHN MAYALL - Back To The Roots (1971) 
Back to the Roots is a 1971 double album by John Mayall released on Polydor. Recording sessions took place both in California and London where Mayall invited some former members of his band, notably guitarists Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor. At the end of the 1980s Mayall remixed some tracks and issued them along with some of the older material as Archives to Eighties. An expanded two-CD version of Back to the Roots now includes both the original and later remixed versions of the tracks. Besides Mayall, who sang and played piano and guitar, the musicians who recorded the original tracks were: Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel and Jerry McGee on guitars; Larry Taylor and Steven Thompson on bass; Keef Hartley and Paul Lagos on drums; Johnny Almond on saxophone and flute. For Archives to Eighties Mayall recorded new bass and drums tracks played by Bobby Haynes and Joe Yuele. The 2001 expanded version has 26 tracks, 8 of them remixes...
ELTON JOHN - The One (1992) [Remaster, Bonus Tracks, 1998] & Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits (2007)
The One is the twenty-third studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released on 22 June 1992. It was recorded at Studio Guillame Tell in Paris, produced by Chris Thomas and managed by John Reid. The album was dedicated to Vance Buck, and its cover artwork was designed by Gianni Versace. The One spent three consecutive weeks at #2 without ever reaching #1 in the UK, being kept off the top spot by Lionel Richie's Back to Front compilation. However, it was John's biggest selling album in the US since 1975. The One was certified 2x platinum in the US by the RIAA. Olle Romo collaborated with John and lyricist Bernie Taupin on one song, "Runaway Train", on which Eric Clapton sings a duet with John. Pink Floyd's David Gilmour makes an appearance playing guitar on "Understanding Women". John's former drummer, Nigel Olsson and female backing vocalist Kiki Dee (who along with John had a duet with the song "Don't Go Breaking My Heart") and longtime guitarist Davey Johnstone provided backing vocals on a few songs. This was John's first album project since his rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addictions and bulimia in 1990.
"Rocket Man - The Definitive Hits" was released on 26 March 2007. It was to celebrate Elton John's 60th birthday on 25 March. The album was certified platinum in the UK for shipping 300,000 units in February 2010. In the US the album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 9 and was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in October 2008 and platinum for 1,000,000 copies in November 2014 and 2,000,000 copies in April 2016 by the RIAA.
BLUES PILLS - Lady In Gold (2016)
Lady in Gold is the second studio album by Swedish rock band Blues Pills. It was released on August 5, 2016 by Nuclear Blast Records. Like their self-titled debut album, Lady In Gold consists of ten tracks including a cover. In this album, Tony Joe White's Elements And Things from the 1969 album ...Continued is covered by the band and finishes off the album.
Swedish quartet Blues Pills supplant its attention grabbing debut with its show-stopping sophomore release, 'Lady in Gold.' Harkening to the glory days of Led Zeppelin and Heart with her smoky purr and rafter-shaking shout, vocalist Elin Larsson is an icon in the making. This psychedelic revival soars at full throttle with “Lady in Gold,” “Little Boy Preacher” and the dizzying “Won’t Go Back.” The ballad, “I Felt a Change,” invokes the mighty Joe Cocker, but sadly, the songs bookending it obstruct the album’s groove. An evolution in sound from its debut album, Blues Pills serve up a masterful mix of soul and blues-rock that ferments into a tasty, tasty witches’ brew.
ALLY VANABLE BAND - No Glass Shoes (2016)
The talent of many of today’s young folks is truly amazing. A case in point is Ally Venable, all of seventeen years old, but with the heart and soul of a blues veteran. She’s been named East Texas Female Guitarist Of The Year twice now, and is only gettin’ better. Of the eight cuts herein, she wrote five outright, plus some new music to accompany the lyrics of the Alberta Hunter chestnut, “Downhearted Blues.” Joining Ally on this ride is Bobby Wallace on guitar, Zach Terry on bass, Elijah Owings on drums, and special guests Steve Krase (the set’s producer) on the harp, and Randy Wall on keys. She leads off with a fine original shot of blues-rock, the tale of unrequited love where “that train never comes,” aptly-titled “Trainwreck.” “Woke Up This Mornin’ and realized I was through with you” is a “leavin’ song” at its best, riding that “endless boogie” groove of John Lee Hooker-by-way-of-ZZ Top, while forcing oneself to press on no matter what the obstacles is outlined in “Too Much Too Soon,” embellished by Steve’s harp. Ally Venable is another of those Millenials who are now coming-of-age and who believe that they can succeed at anything. With a debut as strong as “No Glass Shoes,” her potential is limitless! Until next time…- Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.
TRACKS: 01. Trainwreck Blues 02. No Glass Shoes 03. Woke Up This Mornin' 04. Wise Man 05. Messin' With The Kid 06. Too Much Too Soon 07. Downhearted Blues 08. Love Me Like A Man
ELVIS PRESLEY - Way Down In The Jungle Room (2016)
The most complete and comprehensive collection of Presley's final studio recordings ever assembled in one anthology, "Way Down In The Jungle Room" is an essential and welcome addition for every fan's library. In the mid-1970s, Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, became another kind of pioneer as one of the world's first major recording artists to create fully-realized professional level records in the intimacy of his own home studio. With original recordings executive-produced by Elvis Presley with producer Felton Jarvis (who'd helmed most of Elvis' records from 1966-1977), "Way Down In The Jungle Room" brings together, for the first time in one collection, master recordings and rare outtakes laid down during two mythic sessions (February 2-8, 1976 and October 28-30, 1976) in Graceland's den -- known as the Jungle Room -- which was converted into a professional caliber recording studio for the purpose of capturing these indelible performances. The outtakes have been newly mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, Tennessee. For these sessions, Elvis was backed by many members of his longtime touring band including: James Burton (guitar), Ronnie Tutt (drums), David Briggs (keyboards), Glenn D. Hardin (keyboards), Jerry Scheff (bass), Norbert Putnam (bass) and J.D. Sumner & the Stamps (vocals).
THE IDLE RACE - Best Of Idle Race (1990)
The Idle Race were a British rock group from Birmingham in the late 1960s and early 1970s who had a cult following but never enjoyed mass commercial success. In addition to being the springboard for Jeff Lynne, the band holds a place of significance in British Midlands' pop-rock history as a link between The Move, the Electric Light Orchestra, Steve Gibbons Band and Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders.
See for Miles' 1990 compilation The Best of Idle Race contains a generous 25 tracks -- just over half of what the Idle Race recorded. This means that it does have the great majority of the best material the band recorded, and it would satisfy everyone outside of the rabid collectors who need anything. The catch is, if you're into the Idle Race, you need everything, so this collection is essentially a stopgap until you can track down (or afford) EMI's 1996 complete collection, Back to the Story. Even then, this may be a little more listenable, since it boils the group's interesting but erratic career to its very best -- which is obscure British psych at its best (in other words, it's for the collectors who will seek it out, not anyone else).
TRACKS: 01. The End Of The Road 02. The Morning Sunshine 03. The Lady Who Said She Could Fly 04. Happy Birthday 05. The Birthday 06. Girl At The Window 07. Big Chief Woolly Bosher 08. Here We Go Round The Lemon Tree 09. My Father's Son 10. The Skeleton And The Roundabout 11. Come With Me 12. Going Home 13. Mr Crow And Sir Norman 14. Please No More Sad Songs 15. Follow Me Follow 16. On With The Show 17. Lucky Man 18. Imposters Of Life's Magazine 19. Days Of The Broken Arrows 20. I Like My Toys 21. Sea Of Dreams 22. A Better Life (The Weatherman Knows) 23. Worn Red Carpet 24. Someone Knocking 25. Hurry Up John
THE IDLE RACE - The Birthday Party (1968) & Idle Race (1969)
The Birthday Party was the first album by The Idle Race, a psychedelic pop band, released in 1968. This quasi-concept album was the first to be composed almost entirely of songs by a young Birmingham guitarist/singer named Jeff Lynne. The LP came in a gatefold sleeve, the first of its kind since the Beatles' Sgt Pepper and the Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request albums. The inside sleeve art included a mock birthday feast attended by many British Celebrities, including most of the Radio 1 disc jockeys, the Beatles, the Duke of Windsor, actor Warren Mitchell in his role as Alf Garnett, and group leader Jeff Lynne as an eight-year-old schoolboy. In the U.S. the cover art was different with a rather psychedelic-styled paisley pattern behind the band.
Idle Race is the self-titled second album by The Idle Race, the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed debut, "The Birthday Party". Released in November 1969, this record was the first to be produced by Jeff Lynne. While the album was more straightforward and poppy than its predecessor, like the first Idle Race offering, it failed to crack the charts. Flustered, Lynne decided to accept Roy Wood's invitation to join fellow Brum band The Move.
BILLY JOEL - Turnstiles (1976) & The Stranger (1977)
Turnstiles was the fourth album by Billy Joel, released in 1976. In part, the album was made to celebrate Joel's return to New York City after his sojourn in California. Three of the album's tracks reference New York: "Summer, Highland Falls", "New York State of Mind" and "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)". In addition, Joel begins the album with "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" (inspired by Phil Spector), and also includes "I've Loved These Days", a tongue-in-cheek expression of regret at leaving behind Hollywood's decadence.
The Stranger is the fifth studio album by Long Island musician Billy Joel, released in 1977. While his four previous albums were moderately successful, this was his breakthrough album, peaking at #2 on the U.S. album charts. It remains Joel's best-selling non-compilation album to date. Much of the album's success is attributed to Joel's collaboration with producer Phil Ramone, whose innovative production methods complemented Joel's songs. This fruitful collaboration would continue for a decade. Singles released from the album include "Just the Way You Are" (which won the Grammy for Record of the Year), the acoustic ballad "She's Always A Woman," the mildly controversial "Only the Good Die Young," and "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," which later lent its title to Movin' Out, an acclaimed hit Broadway musical based on Billy Joel's songs. This album overtook Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water album to become the best-selling album on the Columbia Records imprint at the time. Generally regarded as Joel's finest work, in 2003, the album was ranked number 67 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
PETER GREEN SPLINTER GROUP - Peter Plays The Blues (2002) & Soho: Live At Ronnie Scotts (2001)
Peter Green is appropriately reverent on this album of songs written by blues legend Robert Johnson. With Johnson's own recordings readily available, the album isn't really necessary, at least when Green employs the same spare instrumentation as the master. But on tracks like "Cross Road Blues" that use drums, electric bass, and electric guitar in addition to Green's acoustic slide playing and husky singing, there are resources that were not available to Johnson. Songs such as "Love in Vain Blues" and "Walkin' Blues" are so ubiquitous in blues and rock that they really don't need more interpretations, but Green performs them with feeling and authority.
The legacy of any band should in part be tempered by its live recordings. Though we are fortunate to this two-CD collection "Soho Live at Ronnie Scotts" by the Peter Green Splinter Group, the session does little to enhance the band's legacy nor does it undermine the studio work. The clear, crisp recording is a decided plus for this session. You can clearly hear a guitar string scrape or bend, the brightness of the cymbals, the ching organ, or the multipart harmonies on tracks such as Last Fair Deal Gone Down with splendid clarity. The first disc, the better of the two, is more up tempo and engaging. Even Black Magic Woman sounds fresh and jaunty while Albatross takes its time and can, if one's imagination rambles, conjure up the image of a long sea journey via the giant bird. The band sounds engaged, tight, and efficient. The second disc proves a bit of a letdown. It's hard to know what to make of some of the Robert Johnson covers-a couple thrown in would be enough, but five in a row tend to kill the pace and energy of the live show. A less than stellar recounting of Green Manalishi is followed by a too long Goin' Down, which is capped off by an irritating minute of nothing but audience applause and response.
BUFFALO - Dead Forever (1972) & Volcanic Rock (1973) [Remastered with bonus tracks]
Buffalo were an Australian rock band formed in August 1971 by founding mainstay Dave Tice on lead vocals (ex-Head). Fellow founders, also from Head, were Paul Balbi on drums, John Baxter on guitar, and Peter Wells on bass guitar; together with Alan Milano on lead vocals (ex-Mandala). Milano left after their debut album, Dead Forever... (June 1972), and Balbi was replaced on drums by Jimmy Economou. Their next two albums, Volcanic Rock (July 1973) and Only Want You For Your Body (June 1974), were also issued by Vertigo Records. After 1975 line-up changes resulted in a more commercial sound and the group disbanded in March 1977. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, noted that there was "nothing subtle about Buffalo's primal, heavyweight sound, but it was delivered with a great deal of conviction ... combining the dense, occult riffing ... with the progressive blues chops ... the band certainly captured the arrogant disposition of the times in a bold and thunderous fashion". Alongside Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs and Blackfeather, Buffalo pioneered Australia's heavy metal, pub rock and alternative rock movements. Peter Wells died on 27 March 2006, aged 58.
Dead Forever... is the debut album for Australian proto-Heavy Metal band Buffalo, recorded and originally released in 1972. Considered by some to be the first Australian heavy metal album, Dead Forever... also strongly displayed the band's progressive rock and psychedelic influences. Significantly, it was the first release by a non-British and non-European artist on the legendary Vertigo label. The album was remastered and reissued in March 2006 by Australian record label Aztec Music on CD with additional tracks, including an A-side and B-side released by the pre-Buffalo outfit Head.
Volcanic Rock is the second album for Australian proto-heavy metal band Buffalo, recorded and originally released in 1973 on the Vertigo label. The album was stylistically a much harder, heavier and rawer release than its predecessor (Dead Forever...) marking a move away from the band's previous progressive rock influences, although retaining a psych element to their sound. Volcanic Rock had been recorded effectively as a live-in-the-studio effort, with only vocal and additional guitar overdubs added later during the recording sessions.
THE BLUES PROJECT
One of the first album-oriented, "underground" groups in the United States, the Blues Project offered an electric brew of rock, blues, folk, pop, and even some jazz, classical, and psychedelia during their brief heyday in the mid-'60s. It's not quite accurate to categorize them as a blues-rock group, although they did plenty of that kind of material; they were more like a Jewish-American equivalent to British bands like the Yardbirds, who used a blues and R&B base to explore any music that interested them. Erratic songwriting talent and a lack of a truly outstanding vocalist prevented them from rising to the front line of '60s bands, but they recorded plenty of interesting material over the course of their first three albums, before the departure of their most creative members took its toll. The Blues Project was formed in Greenwich Village in the mid-'60s by guitarist Danny Kalb (who had played sessions for various Elektra folk and folk-rock albums), Steve Katz (a guitarist with Elektra's Even Dozen Jug Band), flutist/bassist Andy Kulberg, drummer Roy Blumenfeld, and singer Tommy Flanders. Al Kooper, in his early twenties a seasoned vet of rock sessions, joined after sitting in on the band's Columbia Records audition, although they ended up signing to Verve, an MGM subsidiary. Early member Artie Traum (guitar) dropped out during early rehearsals; Flanders would leave after their first LP, Live at the Cafe Au-Go-Go (1966).
The eclectic résumés of the musicians, who came from folk, jazz, blues, and rock backgrounds, was reflected in their choice of material. Blues by Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry tunes ran alongside covers of contemporary folk-rock songs by Eric Anderson and Patrick Sky, as well as the group's own originals. These were usually penned by Kooper, who had already built songwriting credentials as the co-writer of Gary Lewis' huge smash "This Diamond Ring," and established a reputation as a major folk-rock shaker with his contributions to Dylan's mid-'60s records. Kooper also provided the band's instrumental highlights with his glowing organ riffs. The live debut sounds rather tame and derivative; the group truly hit their stride on Projections (late 1966), which was, disappointingly, their only full-length studio recording. While they went through straight blues numbers with respectable energy, they really shone best on the folk and jazz-influenced tracks, like "Fly Away," Katz's lilting "Steve's Song," Kooper's jazz instrumental "Flute Thing" (an underground radio standard that's probably their most famous track), and Kooper's fierce adaptation of an old Blind Willie Johnson number, "I Can't Keep from Crying." A non-LP single from this era, the pop-psychedelic "No Time Like the Right Time," was their greatest achievement and one of the best "great hit singles that never were" of the decade.
The band's very eclecticism didn't augur well for their long-term stability, and in 1967 Kooper left in a dispute over musical direction (he has recalled that Kalb opposed his wishes to add a horn section). Then Kalb mysteriously disappeared for months after a bad acid trip, which effectively finished the original incarnation of the band. A third album, Live at Town Hall, was a particularly half-assed project given the band's stature, pasted together from live tapes and studio outtakes, some of which were overdubbed with applause to give the impression that they had been recorded in concert. Kooper got to fulfill his ambitions for soulful horn rock as the leader of the original Blood, Sweat & Tears, although he left that band after their first album; BS&T also included Katz (who stayed onboard for a long time). Blumenfeld and Kulberg kept the Blues Project going for a fourth album before forming Seatrain, and the group re-formed in the early '70s with various lineups, Kooper rejoining for a live 1973 album, Reunion in Central Park. The first three albums from the Kooper days are the only ones that count, though; the best material from these is on Rhino's best-of compilation.
PAUL KANTNER, GRACE SLICK & DAVID FREIBERG - Baron von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun (1973) & The Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra (1983)
Credited to Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and David Freiberg, Baron von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun was the first album made by these erstwhile members of Jefferson Airplane since the breakup of that group. Like such other spin-off projects as Blows Against the Empire and Sunfighter, this one featured a supporting cast of San Francisco Bay Area musicians including present and former members of a variety of groups, such as The Grateful Dead (lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, percussionist Mickey Hart, and lyricist Robert Hunter, who wrote the words to "Harp Tree Lament"), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (singer David Crosby), and The Flying Burrito Brothers (bassist Chris Ethridge), as well as other former members of The Airplane and future members of Jefferson Starship. The Pointer Sisters even guested on one track. Despite the co-billing, the album's guiding force was Slick, who sang on every track and wrote or co-wrote six of the ten songs, though there was still room for the unbilled Jack Traylor to write, play acoustic guitar, and sing lead vocals on the song "Flowers of the Night," a celebration of monarchial overthrows throughout history. Perhaps more outside songwriting should have been employed, since the compositions here were second-rate. The public was catching on, too: Kantner's Blows Against the Empire had reached the Top 20, but Baron von Tollbooth didn't come near the Top 100. The team would attempt one more splinter project, Slick's "solo" album Manhole, then re-organize as Jefferson Starship in 1974 with the notable return of singer/songwriter Marty Balin.
Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra is the final solo album by Paul Kantner. The title comes from an unofficial name for San Francisco artists who recorded on various albums in 1970–1973, also known as PERRO. "The Mountain Song" is dedicated "to David C, Jerry G, Graham N, Grace S, David F, Billy K and Mickey H and to one summer when all of our schedules almost didn't conflict," and was written during the 70's recording sessions by Kantner and Jerry Garcia. On the album, Kantner utilizes many of his collaborators and family members to front an extended musical trip similar to his then-recent Jefferson Starship efforts.
DELANEY & BONNIE AND FRIENDS - D & B Together (2003)
D&B Together (originally titled Country Life) is the sixth studio album by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends. It was their last album of new material, as Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett would divorce soon after its release. Country Life, Delaney & Bonnie's sixth album, was anticipated by the artist's label Atco (Atlantic) Records following the success of their previous three albums and of "Never Ending Song of Love," a single from their last album Motel Shot; moreover, Atlantic executive Jerry Wexler had developed a personal friendship with the artists. The album was delivered to Atlantic behind schedule, and was rushed into distribution upon delivery in early 1972 (Atco catalog no. SD 33-383). However, Wexler found the album's quality unsatisfactory and quickly withdrew it from the market. Wexler discovered that Delaney and Bonnie's marriage was under strain, and responded by selling their contract and this album's master tapes to CBS. CBS reordered the running sequence of the album as shown below, and re-released it in March 1972, using different cover art, as D&B Together. Guest musicians on the album include Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Duane Allman, Dave Mason, John Hartford, Billy Preston, Tina Turner, and Steve Cropper. The standout tracks (all issued prior to the album's release as singles on Atco/Atlantic) are "Move 'Em Out," "Only You Know and I Know," "Comin' Home," and "Groupie (Superstar)."
Digitally Remastered, rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks, expanded booklet, new liner notes.
TRACKS: 01. Only You Know And I Know 02. Wade In The River Of Jordan 03. Sound Of The City 04. Well, Well 05. I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely 06. Comin' Home 07. Move 'em Out 08. Big Change Comin' 09. A Good Thing (I'm On Fire) 10. Groupie (Superstar) 11. I Know Something Good About You 12. Country Life 13. Over And Over (Bonus Track) 14. I'm Not Your Lover, Just Your Lovee (Bonus Track) 15. Good Vibrations (Bonus Track) 16. Are You A Beatle Or A Rolling Stone (Bonus Track) 17. (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am (Bonus Track) 18. California Rain (Bonus Track)
THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND - The Best of The Sensational Alex Harvey (2011)
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band formed in 1972 when veteran vocalist Alex Harvey teamed with strling Glasgow group Tear Gas. Zal Cleminson, Hugh McKenna, Chris Glen), and Ted McKenna gave the singer the uncultured power his uncompromising rasp required and were the perfect foil to the sense of drama he created. Armed with a musical and cultural heritage, Harvey embarked on a unique direction combining elements of heavy rock, R&B, and the British music hall.
2011 two CD collection from the Scottish Rock legend. The larger than life Glaswegian cut his teeth in Hamburg, supported the Beatles and made his impact on the London's West End before finding chart success with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Famed for their energetic performances and Harvey's onstage antics, they hit #7 with the live version of Tom Jones' 'Delilah'. This collection covers Alex Harvey's entire Career, from the Alex Harvey Soul Band to the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Includes the live versions from his time in the Hair musical pit band, now considered the definitive recordings. Also includes BBC sessions and a TOTP performance.
WILLIE NELSON - Teatro (1998) & Milk Cow Blues (2000)
Teatro is a studio album by Willie Nelson, released in September 1998 via Island Records. The recording sessions for the album were held in an old movie theater in Oxnard, California and were produced by Daniel Lanois. The album features backing vocals by Emmylou Harris, as well as backing by regular Nelson harmonicist Mickey Raphael and Nelson's sister, Bobbie Nelson, on piano. The majority of the songs are composed by Nelson, and most are re-recordings of some songs he wrote and first recorded in the 1960s: "Darkness on the Face of the Earth" (1961), "My Own Peculiar Way" (1964), "Home Motel" (1962), "I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye" (1968), "I've Just Destroyed the World (1962) and "Three Days" (1962). This was composed years before Nelson helped to co-write the initial album for the now famous TMuff. Lanois contributes one of his songs, "The Maker" (originally released on his album Acadie), and plays electric guitar and bass, and also took the photograph for the album cover. Mark Howard recorded and mixed the record. Jeffrey Green contributed the drums and omnichord tracks for "The Maker". Jeffrey Green was not featured in the music video for the song, although his character was portrayed roughly by a man dressed like him. Willie Nelson never publicly accredited Jeffrey Green for his contributions to the song. Teatro is noted for its spare, yet drum-heavy and atmospheric sound, credited to Lanois, who'd also produced Harris' breakthrough alternative country album, Wrecking Ball.
TRACKS: 01. Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour (Where Are You, My Love) 02. I Never Cared For You 03. Everywhere I Go 04. Darkness On The Face Of The Earth 05. My Own Peculiar Way 06. These Lonely Nights 07. Home Motel 08. The Maker 09. I Just Can't Let You Say Good-Bye 10. I've Just Destroyed The World I'm Living In 11. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces 12. Three Days 13. I've Loved You All Over The World 14. Annie
Ask a country legend like George Jones or Chet Atkins, and they will tell you they learned to play and sing from the neighboring bluesman/sharecropper. Likewise B.B. King is apt to mention that he tuned in the Grand Ole Opry growing up. Thus it feels natural for country's grand old hippie Willie Nelson to record a CD of blues standards--especially since he wrote some of them (see: "Night Life"). Producer and featured guitarist Derek O'Brien lays down a funky but relaxed bed for the King of Laid-Back and some serious musical synergy with veteran guests like Dr. John and the aforementioned King. Kenny Wayne Shepherd's incendiary guitar on "Texas Flood" notwithstanding, the contributions of the younger contingent (Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Keb' Mo'), while heartfelt, seem more like perfunctory marketing ploys. Those who buy Milk Cow Blues for those names will be disappointed. Those who buy it for Willie will be delighted as he proceeds to show the youngsters (and all of us) what soul, and phrasing, and the blues are all about.
TRACKS: 01. Milk Cow Blues (feat. Francine Reed) 02. Outskirts Of Town (feat. Keb' Mo') 03. Black Night (feat. Dr. John) 04. Funny (How Time Slips Away) (feat. Francine Reed) 05. Rainy Day Blues (feat. Jonny Lang) 06. Crazy (feat. Susan Tedeschi) 07. The Thrill Is Gone (feat. B.B. King) 08. Wake Me When It's Over 09. Kansas City (feat. Susan Tedeschi) 10. Fool's Paradise (feat. Dr. John) 11. Ain't Nobody's Business (feat. Jonny Lang) 12. Night Life (feat. B.B. King) 13. Sittin' On Top Of The World 14. Lonely Street 15. Texas Flood (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd)
CHRIS JAGGER'S ATCHA! - Act Of Faith (2006)
Chris Jagger is an English musician. He is the younger brother of Mick Jagger. He and his band Atcha! released their third album, Act of Faith, in mainland Europe and Japan in 2006 and UK by BLUE in April 2007. Spearheaded by Chris’ charisma and wry wit, Atcha! presents a highly original mix of rock, growling blues, R&B, country, cajun and funk. The band has been described as ‘top notch Cajun-flavoured R & B’ (Time Out) and Chris is an irrepressible performer. Over the years Chris Jagger’s Atcha! have established a reputation as kings of the British roots scene. The band includes multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hart (ex. Pete Brown, Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance), drummer Malcolm Mortimore (ex Ian Dury, Frankie Miller) and the talented bassist Paul Emile and guitarist/producer Jim Mortimore. Act of Faith is Chris’ sixth album, following two cult recordings for Davis Geffen in the 70s and the acclaimed album Atcha which established the musical direction which Chris is still pursuing today. He is also a journalist and has presented music shows on the BBC and on U.S. radio. The press has praised Chris Jagger’s Atcha!’s talent and skill countless times. Mojo has declared “Chris Jagger does the job with so much joie de vivre that he and his four good-timey chums might well kick more life into your next party than anything else released by the Stones in the last decade”.
GRACE SLICK - Manhole (1974) & Dreams (1980)
Grace Slick is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in the San Francisco's burgeoning psychedelic music scene in the mid-1960s. Her career spanned all or parts of four decades, most notably with Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship bands. She started with The Great Society and also had stints as a solo performer.
Manhole is Grace Slick's first solo album credited solely to her (she had previously recorded Sunfighter with Paul Kantner and Baron von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun with Kantner and David Freiberg, both of whom co-produced Manhole). The album was recorded in 1973, when Jefferson Airplane had stopped touring, and Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were making the Hot Tuna album, The Phosphorescent Rat. All the members who would form Jefferson Starship in 1974 performed on this album, except for Papa John Creach. The album was conceived as a soundtrack to a movie, (noted by the title of the second track, "Theme from the Movie Manhole"), although there was no such movie made. Grace drew all of the artwork for the album, and wrote on the cover "Child Type Odd Art by Grace." The album only reached #127 on the Billboard charts.
Less controversially titled than 1973's Manhole, Grace Slick's second solo album is an inconsistent, erratic, yet often compelling collection. Written in the aftermath of an extended Alcoholics Anonymous stay, Slick's self-penned tunes revisit themes of self-reflection and atonement. As a result, her lyrics are far less obtuse, more accessible than usual, even becoming downright obvious on "Do It the Hard Way." It's a letdown for someone accustomed to her more poetic and challenging musings on previous Jefferson Airplane/Starship records. Musically the album is far less focused, with the subpar up-tempo track "Angel of Night" foretelling the vapid arena rock that would comprise her next solo album, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball. There are, however, several strong moments, such as the flamenco-styled "El Diablo" and the strong guitar work of Scott Zito on the sweeping "Full Moon Man." Most curious of the bunch, though, are the album-opening title track and the Slick-authored "Seasons": both surge on mock-whimsical melodies straight out of a haunted Biergarten, a side of Slick rarely seen before or since. Also new to her repertoire is the addition of orchestration on some tracks, ably arranged on the remarkable closer "Garden of Man" by Ron Frangipane. While her voice is not up to par on this record (there's a distinct husk and gasp on the album-opening title track in particular), Dreams is a useful acquisition for Grace Slick completists and listeners engrossed by the life and personality of its creator.
PARIS - Paris (1975) & Big Towne, 2061 (1976)
Californian Bob Welch, better known for the wistful romanticism of such songs as "Sentimental Lady," with Fleetwood Mac, shattered any stereotyping by composing all of the hard-rocking tunes performed on the debut album by this short-lived power trio. His bandmates were former Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick and former Nazz drummer Thom Mooney. After leaving Fleetwood Mac due to several uncertain years with the band's ever-changing personnel, Welch formed Paris, as well as playing on Bill Wyman's solo album, Stone Alone, in 1976. Paris' first, self-titled album sold modestly. The follow-up, released later in the year with Hunt Sales at the drum kit, did not. When the new drummer fell ill, Welch pulled the plug late in 1976. With the help of musical friends Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie, Welch got his smash hit the following year with French Kiss. It featured a hit remake of "Sentimental Lady, originally recorded for the Mac album Bare Trees back in 1972. "Ebony Eyes" and "Hot Love, Cold World" were other singles from the platinum album Welch wanted so badly and would not repeat. After Paris, Cornick left the music business for a decade, becoming sales manager with a food company.
JJ CALE - In Session At Paradise Studios, Los Angeles, 1979 (2012) & Live (2001)
Recently retrieved, but captured in 1979, in the intimacy of the Paradise Studio, with Leon Russel, Christine Lakeland and others, this performance is obviously a must have. Pretty good sound and a lot of great songs, sometimes in jazz style sometimes more country. A pure delight for the aficionados of JJ Cale. A must for any fan of JJ Cale.
TRACKS: 01. Nowhere To Run 02. Cocaine 03. Sensitive Kind 04. Corina Corina 05. Roll On 06. No Sweat 07. Crazy Mama 08. Fate Of A Fool 09. Boilin' Pot 10. After Midnight 11. Same Old Blues 12. Don't Cry Sister
Cale's live performance style does nothing to quell his reputation for laid-back but pristine guitar playing and reserved "Mississippi John Hurt"-style delivery. A man who truly appreciates the value of restraint, Cale leaves plenty of room for his immaculate guitar lines, even to the point of irony on an ambling version of the previously insistent "Mama Don't." This collection, which was gleaned from an assortment of live shows dating from 1990-1996, finds Cale allowing his songs to unfold organically. Of particular note is the lilting "Magnolia." Less nostalgic than when it first appeared on 1971's Naturally, this version, recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1996, is crisper and more clipped, replacing the original's sense of longing with the resigned confidence that permeates this entire set.
TRACKS: 01. After Midnight (Carnegie Hall, New York, Ny 1996-03-29) 02. Old Man (Carnegie Hall, New York, Ny 1996-03-29) 03. Call Me The Breeze (Carnegie Hall, New York, Ny 1996-03-29) 04. Sensitive Kind (Carnegie Hall, New York, Ny 1996-03-29) 05. Cocaine (Philharmonie, Munich, Germany 1994-09-24) 06. Money Talks (Flynn Theater, Burlington, Vt 1993-06-04) 07. River Boat Song (The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, Ca 1994-09-01) 08. Living Here Too (Hammersmith Apollo, London, England 1994-10-06) 09. Mama Don't (Hammersmith Apollo, London, England 1994-10-06) 10. People Lie (The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, Ca 1994-09-01) 11. Humdinger (Sommerville Theater, Sommerville, Ma 1993-06-05) 12. Thirteen Days (Sommerville Theater, Sommerville, Ma 1993-06-05) 13. Magnolia (Carnegie Hall, New York, Ny 1996-03-29) 14. Ride Me High (Park West, Chicago, Il 1990-04-20)
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