DELANEY & BONNIE - Home (1969) & Accept No Substitute (1969)
Delaney & Bonnie were the American musical duo, singers and songwriters Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. In 1969 and 1970 they fronted a rock/soul ensemble, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, whose members at different times included Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, King Curtis, and Eric Clapton.
"Home" is the debut album by husband-and-wife singers Delaney & Bonnie, released on the Stax label. Most of the album was recorded at Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee from February to November 1968 with additional overdubs in July 1969, and features many of Stax's house musicians, including Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, and Isaac Hayes. The album's cover photo shows Delaney and Bonnie with Delaney's grandfather, John Bramlett, in front of the log cabin in Pontotoc, Mississippi where Delaney grew up. Stax released two singles from the album in the U.S., "It's Been a Long Time Coming" (1969) and "Hard to Say Goodbye" (1970). (The latter was issued to capitalize on the success of Delaney and Bonnie's later recordings for Atco/Atlantic, which once had a partnership with Stax.) "Just Plain Beautiful" b/w "Hard to Say Goodbye" was also issued as a single in the UK in 1969.
"Accept No Substitute" is the second studio album by American recording duo Delaney & Bonnie. It was recorded with many of the "friends" that would form the core of their best-known 1969–70 touring band, including Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Rita Coolidge. "Accept No Substitute" was released in July 1969 after Delaney & Bonnie had signed to Elektra Records. It only charted at number 175 on the Billboard 200 in August, but received widespread acclaim from critics.
JANIVA MAGNESS - Love Wins Again (2016)
Magness’ new album Love Wins Again is yet another evolutionary step for the soulful, elegant, award-winning singer -songwriter. It’s 11 core songs and two bonus tracks are built on a sonically sophisticated architecture that’s in full service of Magness’ remarkably flexible and generous voice - which can flow smoothly as champagne or churn up gravel on command. The album’s title is a mantra that resonates throughout: the concept of love as a physical, psychic and spiritual force that has the strength to conquer negativity, sadness and personal demons.
Love Wins Again marks Magness’ fifth collaboration with four-time Grammy nominated producer Dave Darling, whose instincts compel Magness to tap her deepest creative powers and lead her songs to unpredictable places. He has become her key songwriting foil and is the primary architect of the album’s gorgeous textural sound, which blends acoustic and electric instruments, flourishes of Latin percussion, horns and an enlightened approach to the studio to create perfect settings for her vocal prowess. And there’s more than range and craft to Magness’ voice. Her singing rings with sincerity. Since launching her career with 1992’s More Than Live, she has grown to become an accomplished storyteller and diviner of the heart.
RORY GALLAGHER - Stage Struck (1980)
Guitarist Gallagher's third officially released live album (during his lifetime) captures him on a grinding world tour in 1979 and 1980, pumping out blues-rockers with requisite aggression, yet none of the charm and subtlety that made his previous concert recordings so essential. The song selection is weak as it concentrates on lesser tracks from his late-'70s collections, but more problematically, the Irishman sounds like he's rushing the tunes and generally playing too loud. The arrangements bludgeon the songs behind a Wall of Sound, as Rory spits, rather than sings the lyrics, shouting above the crashing fray. This is particularly true of "Bad Penny," one of two newly added tracks for the revised 2000 edition, where Gallagher growls out the words as if they had little or no meaning, then shifts into a reggae beat that adds nothing to this version of one of his better tracks. While the live shows might have gone down well on-stage, when they're transferred to album, the excitement is lost, and instead of Gallagher's classy, snappy, eclectic mix of blues, folk, and rock, Stage Struck sounds like plodding, second-rate Bad Company or Foghat. Where both previous live discs added a few acoustic tunes as well as digging into deep blues to vary the sound and show Gallagher's versatility, this one stays firmly rooted in straightforward slish rock, with precious little roll. All the songs push the five-minute mark, but none have the sizzle and compactness of Gallagher's best work. He sounds like he's going though the motions for the first time in his career, making this a below par, if not quite valueless document. The two additional tunes total about 11 minutes, but the disc is at least 20 minutes short of its potential playing time. Surely there must have been other tapes from this tour of better quality to tack on here. In any case, this is a disappointing reminder that even the best artists can release inferior work. For prime live Gallagher, stick with either 1972's peppy Live in Europe, the blistering Irish Tour '74, or the terrific posthumous release BBC Sessions.
TRACKS: 01. Shin Kicker 02. Wayward Child 03. Brute Force And Ignorance 04. Moonchild 05. Bad Penny 06. Keychain 07. Follow Me 08. Bought And Sold 09. The Last Of The Independents 10. Shadow Play
GARY MOORE - Scars (2002)
After spending over a decade churning out electrified blues, Gary Moore partially returns to his hard rock beginnings in Scars. Reminiscent of '60s power trios such as Cream and especially the Jimi Hendrix Experience ("World of Confusion" is practically a rewrite of "Manic Depression" and "Ball and Chain" borrows the riff from "Voodoo Child"), Moore hasn't abandoned the blues, he's just pumped it up with blustery retro roots rock. With all the genre's limitations, the guitarist is so obviously inspired in this format that the album is a success on its own terms, even though it breaks little new ground. "Wasn't Born in Chicago" infuses jazzy drums and slight electronics to enhance the basic three-piece assault, resulting in the album's most unique and arguably best performance. Moore's pacing also helps as he softens his attack on ballads like "Just Can't Let You Go" and the closing "Who Knows (What Tomorrow May Bring)?" He effectively shifts from tender to tense to explosive in seconds and, even on the nearly 13-minute "Ball and Chain," keeps the listener involved through a combination of six-string talent, full-bodied vocals, and a sense of dynamics. Occupying a well-worn space with a potent fusion of blues power and hard rock, Scars shows Gary Moore comfortable in his skin. It's a red if not terribly original fusion that succeeds due to his talent, enthusiasm, and no-frills approach.
TRACKS: 01. When The Sun Goes Down 02. Rectify 03. Wasn't Born In Chicago 04. Stand Up 05. Just Can't Let You Go 06. My Baby (She's So Good To Me) 07. World Of Confusion 08. Ball And Chain 09. World Keep Turnin' Round 10. Who Knows (What Tomorrow May Bring)
THE ROLLING STONES - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (1970) [40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set] (2009)
Originally released in 1969 as a way to divert attention from the bootleg sensation Live'r Than You'll Ever Be, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out received a lavish reissue treatment 40 years later, expanded to a three-CD/one-DVD set complete with a thick accompanying booklet. Instead of adding that original boot as a bonus, this anniversary edition fills out the November 1969 Madison Square Garden concert that provided the basis for the original LP, adding an EP's worth of unreleased Stones tracks from the show plus the opening sets by B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner, along with a DVD of live and behind-the-scenes footage. All the unearthed Stones material is strong -- particularly the pair of acoustic numbers, "Prodigal Son" and "You Gotta Move" -- but in comparison to what made it onto the LP, they do sound like outtakes (to be fair, the LP did have some minor overdubs whereas these five cuts seem to be unadorned with additions), and they're also overshadowed by the absolutely terrific opening sets. Ike & Tina were in a crowd-pleasing rock & roll covers mode, tearing through "Gimme Some Loving," "Son of a Preacher Man," "Come Together," and "Land of 1000 Dances" in addition to their trademark "Proud Mary," but B.B. serves up a condensed version of his standard set that positively smokes and is reason enough to pick up this deluxe edition.
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - recorded in 1969 over two nights at Madison Square Garden - is the last official live document of the Rolling Stones in their swaggering Sixties prime; it's also one of the great live albums of all time. Expectations were high for the band on its 1969 tour, the Stones' first in the U.S. in three years, and their first outing without guitarist Brian Jones, who had died that summer. They delivered in spades. Keith Richards and new guitarist Mick Taylor combined for angry workouts on Ya-Ya's' "Midnight Rambler" - the album's bluesy nine-minute masterpiece - and a stark, rubbery "Sympathy for the Devil." Mick Jagger and Richards pull apart Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie" into a raunchy romp, as if to prove they had fully mastered the rock form.
THE HIGHWAYMEN - Live: American Outlaws (2016)
In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s the Highwaymen consisted of superstars Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings. Over a 10-year span they released three albums and toured a few times, much to the delight of Outlaw country fans. Columbia / Legacy has released a definitive Highwaymen set consisting of three CDs plus a live DVD of an entire 1990 concert. In this form, fans will experience a time when the quartet was happy, healthy, and full of piss and vinegar - a time when four of the biggest superstars in country music history set their egos aside and performed as a cohesive unit. Working their way through classics (“Mystery Train”), their individual hits (“Ring Of Fire,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Good Hearted Woman”), and other Highwaymen tunes, the band has a good time, and the strength of their musical and personal bonds is plain to see. Today, only Nelson and Kristofferson are still standing, both in their 80s, both still working.
DAVID LINDLEY & EL RAYO-X - Very Greasy (1988)
01. Gimme Da 'Ting
02. I Just Can't Work No Longer
03. Do Ya' Wanna Dance
04. Talk About You
05. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
06. Werewolves Of London
07. Texas Tango
08. Never Knew Her
09. Talkin' To The Wino Too
10. Tiki Torches At Twilight
The final El Rayo-X record, while lovely, does not exactly contain the power and fury of the first two. On Very Greasy, David Lindley and his cohorts explore a myriad of lighter, more Caribbean rhythms and textures, rendering a very pleasing album. Some great covers such as "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "Do You Wanna Dance" are pleasant enough, but the fact that hard rock Warrior drummer Ian Wallace - who was such a big part of the power of their second CD, Win This Record - is missing results in a weaker record. All in all, a very nice, eclectic slice, but not what this fine band was really about.
BLACK STONE CHERRY - Kentucky (2016)
01. The Way Of The Future
02. In Our Dreams
03. Shakin' My Cage
04. Soul Machine
05. Long Ride
08. Cheaper To Drink Alone
09. Rescue Me
10. Feelin' Fuzzy
11. Darkest Secret
12. Born To Die
13. The Rambler
14. I Am The Lion
Southern hard-rock establishment Black Stone Cherry pen a love letter to their home state with their fifth album, ‘Kentucky.’ Vocalist and lead guitarist Chris Robertson spins tales of love, hope, disaster, and magic with a voice cut from the same cloth as the legendary Ronnie James Dio. Titanic riffs and a torrential rhythm section propel “The Way of the Future,” “Hangman” and “In Our Dreams.” In an inspired touch, elements of soul music are weaved throughout, particularly in the stunning “Soul Machine.” Make no mistake, this album is not invoking bluegrass meadows and rolling hills. Instead, the stage is set to the cacophonous sound of Kentucky’s coalmines and devastating tornadoes for one helluva tale.
NICK MOSS BAND - From The Root To The Fruit (2016)
From the Root to the Fruit, is the The Nick Moss Band’s latest studio album and there are two juicy, discs with a total of 27 tracks of dynamite blues from the world’s best blues jam band! Each track features the superb talent that makes this group the powerhouse that it is! The title track features Moss himself on the harmonica, showing he is as skilled on harp as he is with the guitar. Michael Ledbetter proves he is head and shoulders above his contemporaries and why he favors other legends with his powerful vocals on tracks such as “Before The Night is Through,” “Love,” and “Me and I Dig.” “Before The Night is Through” features a smooth walking piano bass line by keyboardist Taylor Streiff. Disc two provides more material sure to satisfy your blues appetite! We enjoyed “Catch Me I’m Falling,” “Shade Tree, Serves Me Right (Space Jam),” and “Breathe Easy,” and we’re sure that fans will too. Those fortunate enough to see Serves Me Right ( Space Jam) performed live will be awestruck by the individual solos by drummer Patrick Seals and bassist Nick Fane.
JONI MITCHELL - Shadows and Light (1980) & Shine (2007)
Shadows and Light is Joni Mitchell's second live album, and it serves as a good retrospective of her jazzy period from 1975-1979. As expected, she assembles a group of all-star musicians including Pat Metheny (guitar), Jaco Pastorius (bass), Lyle Mays (keyboards), and Michael Brecker (saxophone) who give these compositions more energy than on the studio recordings. The musicians are given room to jam, and they sound terrific on uptempo songs such as "Coyote" and "In France They Kiss on Main Street." If there is a general theme of these songs, it's about growing older and maturing after the failed idealism of the late '60s (the album opens with audio clips from the movie Rebel Without a Cause). Although this album is pleasing, the live arrangements are not different enough from the studio versions to warrant higher marks. In fact, Mitchell has always been an album artist who recorded studio albums that had a sound and feel all their own. While Shadows and Light provides a nice summary of her experimental period for casual fans, interested listeners should start with Hejira or The Hissing of Summer Lawns.
DISC 1: 01. Introduction 02. In France They Kiss On Main Street 03. Edith And The Kingpin 04. Coyote 05. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 06. The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines 07. Amelia 08. Pat's Solo 09. Hejira
DISC 2: 01. Black Crow 02. Don's Solo 03. Dreamland 04. Free Man In Paris 05. Band Introduction 06. Furry Sings The Blues 07. Why Do Fools Fall In Love 08. Shadows And Light 09. God Must Be A Boogie Man 10. Woodstock
Joni Mitchell, who had said she was retiring from music several years previously, signed a two-album contract with Starbucks' Hear Music that began with the release of Shine. The 10-track CD "feels like the return of Joni the storyteller," said Ken Lombard, the president of Starbucks Entertainment who also oversees Hear Music. In the United States, the album sold about 40,000 copies in its first week, debuting at number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart; this was Mitchell's best peak position in America since 1976's Hejira. Shine also peaked at #36 in the UK charts, making it Mitchell's first Top 40 album in the UK since 1991. In its first week on sale, Shine sold around 60,000 copies worldwide and as of December 2007, it has sold over 170,000 copies in the U.S.A.
TRACKS: 01. One Week Last Summer 02. This Place 03. If I Had A Heart 04. Hana 05 Bad Dreams 06. Big Yellow Taxi (2007) 07. Night Of The Iguana 08. Strong And Wrong 09. Shine 10. If
PATTI SMITH - Land [1975-2002] (2002)
Patti Smith completed her contract with Arista Records after 27 years by assembling this compilation, which serves as both a best-of and rarities collection, one disc devoted to each. Disc one is drawn from Smith's eight studio albums (with the exception of a newly recorded cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry"). Having scored only one hit single, "Because the Night," Smith was not constrained by chart performance, and she seems to have chosen the songs that still mean something to her (though in an interview she claimed to have taken fan preferences into consideration). Curiously, given the album title, the epic "Land" is missing, as are such straight-ahead rockers as "Ask the Angels" and "Till Victory." But most of Smith's more impressive album tracks are included, with the selection favoring her 1970s records, an imbalance that is redressed on the second disc, which contains 2001 live recordings of songs from later albums Gone Again, Peace and Noise, and Gung Ho. The disc also has a couple of previously released singles-only tracks (her hard to find debut, "Piss Factory," and "Come Back Little Sheba," a 1996 U.K. B-side), demos ("Redondo Beach," "Distant Fingers"), a 1996 studio outtake ("Wander I Go"), live recordings of older songs ("25th Floor," "Birdland"), and one newly recorded song, "Higher Learning," a lengthy studio jam on which Smith plays clarinet. The set concludes with a poem, "Notes to the Future," recited by Smith at the 2002 New Year's Day poetry reading at St. Mark's Church in New York, that reflects her optimism, which is also expressed in a goofier manner by the hidden track, an impromptu live performance of "Tomorrow" from Annie. Land (1975-2000) is a typically idiosyncratic compilation from a quirky but imaginative artist, and that's what her fans have come to expect, so they won't be disappointed.
ALBERT CASTIGLIA - Big Dog (2016)
Albert Castiglia is an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. Castiglia has variously worked alongside Junior Wells, Sandra Hall, Aron Burton, Pinetop Perkins, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Phil Guy, Ronnie Earl, Billy Boy Arnold, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Jerry Portnoy, Larry McCray, Eddy Clearwater and Otis Clay.
Released in 2016 on Ruf Records, Big Dog confirms that Albert is a different breed to the lightweights and arrivistes who dominate the modern music scene. At 46, he's sled his way into contention the old-fashioned way: writing from his heart, bleeding into his performances, eating up the road. "I have no illusions about what kind of guitar player and singer I am," he states. "My style is raw, unadulterated, crude and heavy. I don't have the technical proficiency of other players, but I play what's in my heart and what I feel at that moment. When I write songs, they have to mean something." Recorded at Dockside Studios, Louisiana, there's not an ounce of fat on Big Dog's eleven tracks, with Albert darting between self-penned originals, cherished covers and co-writes with some of his closest compadrés. "You could smell the mojo in the sweet Southern air," reflects Albert, "and you could feel the mojo in the recording studio. We had a studio-savvy band with an incredible amount of soul, and Mike's role as producer was the wildcard."
JOHN ILLSLEY - Long Shadows (2016)
2016 release, the sixth solo studio album from multiple Brit and Grammy award winner John Illsley. After cutting his teeth as bass player and one of the founding members of Dire Straits, Illsley has also released a steady stream of solo material, an output that, although never rushed, has been critically acclaimed. Undertaking lead vocal, acoustic guitar and bass duties on all of the album's eight tracks, Illsley's unmistakable sound, approach to arrangement and song writing is paired with his faultless lyrical storytelling. A departure from the previous album's themes of personal trials and tribulations, Illsley comments that the lyrical content pertains to "the obvious political and social elements which have always concerned me." Illsley enlisted a roster of top friends and musicians for this release, including Simon Johnson (Lana Del Rey, James Morrison) on electric guitar and Guy Fletcher performing keyboard duties, as well as co-producing the album with Illsley. The Mark Knopfler owned British Grove Studios along with Room with a View Studio and A Bay Studios were used to record and produce the record, with Illsley's children Jess and Dee Dee Illsley also contributed backing vocals.
TRACKS: 01. Morning 02. In The Darkness 03. Comes Around Again 04. There's Something About You 05. Ship Of Fools 06. Lay Me Down 07. Long Shadows 08. Close To The Edge
ANA POPOVIC - Trilogy (2016)
Belgrade-born, Memphis-based guitarist and singer Ana Popovic WOW's her fans with her most ambitious project yet: "Trilogy". Ana releases three albums in one! Twenty-three blues, jazz & funk tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi) and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Bernard Purdie (The Purdie Shuffle), Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), rapper Al Capone and many others. The only female guitarist part of the 'all-star' Experience Hendrix '14 and '16 line-up about her upcoming record: 'In an era where most are skeptic about the current state and future of the music industry, I wanted TRILOGY to tell a different story. The record biz might be broken and Spotify might rip us off, but that can't keep an artist down. Creativity is very much alive, and music is the celebration of life. 'Trilogy highlights in musicianship. Ana's agile shredding and soulful voice, showing you don't need Southern roots to create fiery blues, jazz or funk. 'Ana Popovic is one helluva a guitar-player. ' - Bruce Springsteen 'Ana rocks the blues in fine, fine fashion. ' - Billy Gibbons
Vol. 1: 01. Love You Tonight 02. She Was a Doorman 03. Show You How Strong You Are 04. Fencewalk 05. Train (feat. Joe Bonamassa) 06. If Tomorrow Was Today 07. Long Road Down 08. Hook Me up (feat. Robert Randolph) 09. Too Late
Vol. 2: 01. You Got the Love 02. Johnnie Ray 03. Woman to Love 04. Let’s Do It Again 05. Who’s Yo’ Mama? 06. Wasted 07. Crying for Me
Vol. 3: 01. New Coat of Paint 02. Waiting on You 03. In a Sentimental Mood 04. Old Country 05. Waiting on You (Double-Time Swing) 06. Heaven’s Crying Aka: Song for the Next Generation 07. You Don’t Know What Love Is
BOB DYLAN - Fallen Angels (2016)
The thought strikes, part-way through Bob Dylan’s second album of standards from the mid-20th century American songbook, that it sounds like nothing so much as the unreleased soundtrack to a later Woody Allen movie. It has the same tastefully muted jazzy arrangements, the same love for the music combined with a slight sense of didacticism (Listen! You WILL love these songs as much as I do), the same oddly absurd disconnection from modernity.
The arrangements aren’t faithful in any way to those that made these songs famous - That Old Black Magic becomes a rockabilly shuffle – but there’s a certain loveliness to them. It Had To Be You had yet another lease of life on the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack in 1989, but the version here makes you think not of Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal cracking wise to each other, but to the old couples interspersed throughout that film, reminiscing about when they fell in love. Fallen Angels sounds like another love letter to Dylan’s own youth, and it’s charming. Whether you would prefer listening to his readings of the songs, rather than to those by Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and so on is entirely your choice.
SANDY DENNY - I've Always Kept A Unicorn: The Acoustic Sandy Denny (2016)
"I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn" is the best album that the late Sandy Denny never made. This 40-track/2CD set, comprised of demos, live, radio and TV recordings, captures the sublimely gifted British singer songwriter at her most intimate as she runs through stripped down arrangements of songs she performed with the Strawbs, Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and The Bunch, along with material from her four solo albums.
Exclusive to this masterful set are three demos recorded at Richard Branson’s Manor studios in December 1971 for the 1972 rock and roll covers album, The Bunch Rock On; alongside 'Love Made A Fool Of You' and 'Learning The Game' by one of her teenage heroes, Buddy Holly, she sings a charming duet with Linda Thompson on Phil Everly’s 'When Will I Be Loved'. The set is complied by Sandy expert Andrew Batt, and comes complete with sleeve notes by Mick Houghton, the author of the critically lauded 2015 Sandy Denny biography, I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn, as well as many rare and unpublished photographs. “Sandy was, as are our most brilliant performers, much better solo; I so wish she had recorded a solo album, and told her so.” (Linda Thompson)
ERIC CLAPTON - I Still Do (2016)
Eric Clapton may have the most impressive résumé in rock ‘n’ roll history, having played in the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluebreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos. He’s also racked up a solo career that spans more than 40 years and includes a pair of No. 1 albums, a No. 1 single and guest spots on records by his famous friends. Through it all, he’s carved out a reputation as one of the greatest guitar players of all time, a student of traditional music who helped spearhead the blues-rock movement of the late ‘60s with his fiery leads and clear tone. On his best work – early records by the Yardbirds, Cream’s brief catalog, the Dominos’ one album and even solo albums like ‘461 Ocean Boulevard’ and ‘Slowhand’ – Clapton has proven to be a team player whose sharp guitar skills naturally gravitate toward the spotlight.
For the album, Clapton reunited with record producer Glyn Johns and had the album's artwork painted by Sir Peter Blake who also previously worked with Clapton. The album follows up to Clapton's global hit album The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale released in summer of 2014. his compilation album Forever Man released in spring of 2015 and his also commercially successful concert film and live album Slowhand at 70 - Live at the Royal Albert Hall released in late 2015.
LINDISFARNE - Here Comes the Neighborhood (1998) - Untapped & Acoustic (1997) 
Lindisfarne are an English folk rock and progressive rock band from Newcastle upon Tyne established in 1968 (originally called Brethren).The original line-up comprised Alan Hull (vocals, guitar, piano), Ray Jackson (vocals, mandolin, harmonica), Simon Cowe (guitar, mandolin, banjo, keyboards), Rod Clements (bass guitar, violin) and Ray Laidlaw (drums). They are best known for the albums Nicely Out of Tune (1970), Fog on the Tyne (1971) which became the biggest selling UK album in 1972, Dingly Dell (1972) and Back and Fourth (1978), and also for the success of songs such as "Meet Me on the Corner", "Lady Eleanor", "Run For Home" and "We Can Swing Together".
Special double disc set that combines the 2 of the veteran English folk-rockers' albums from the 1990's in a single package. Having stalked the land in the 1970s as one of the giant rock bands that the decade so favoured, the 80s and 90s have not been so kind to Lindisfarne. Backing Paul Gascoigne in his embarrassing version of "Fog On The Tyne" may have been slightly incongruous but the sudden death of leader and songwriter Alan Hull was a loss that many may have expected the band never to recover from. Instead they re-grouped, re- thought and emerged with their strongest release in years. Taking their cue from the American folk and R&B influences that helped launch the band in the late 60s, Here Comes The Neighbourhood is awash with acoustic instruments played with an electric spirit. Producer Sid Griffin (ex-Long Ryder and Gram Parsons aficionado) helps fuse the US influences with their own North East roots, resulting in a Nashville-upon-Tyne sort of feel. Songs such as "Born At The Right Time" and "Jubilee Corner" are full of the joys of middle-aged spring, "One Day" and "Driftin' Through" are countryesque ballads. Happy, hearty and bursting with confidence and bravado. Untapped & Acoustic (1997) was recorded live at Marden High School, North Shields on the 12th of December 1996 using the Northern Recording mobile unit and remixed at Hi-Level Recording in Whitley Bay on the 8th, 9th and 10th January 1997.
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS - Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2008)
01. Lime Tree Arbour
02. Stranger Than Kindness
03. Red Right Hand
04. I Let Love In
05. Brompton Oratory
06. Henry Lee
07. The Ship Song
08. Where The Wild Roses Grow
09. People Ain't No Good
10. Do You Love Me
11. Far From Me
12. The Mercy Seat
Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a live album by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, released on 24 November 2008. It was recorded on 19 and 20 May 1997 during the tour for The Boatman's Call and eight of these tracks (plus a version of "The Weeping Song") were originally released as a nine-track bonus disc for The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It features a version of "Where the Wild Roses Grow" with vocals by Blixa Bargeld, which is delivered in a way that is similar to the demo version that can also be found on the B-Sides & Rarities three-disc set. These live recordings display the more mellow sound and performances that the group had been showcasing at that period, and would continue to deliver in the later No More Shall We Part.
RY COODER - River Rescue: The Very Best Of (1994)
Guitarist Ry Cooder is probably best known for his moody film soundtracks and his collaborations with world musicians V.M. Bhatt and Ali Farka Toure, which get frequent airplay on National Public Radio, or perhaps his performance and production work with Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club. But between these higher-profile gigs and his debut as a teenage guitar whiz alongside the eccentric Captain Beefheart, Cooder recorded a series of solo albums for Warner Bros.. Some were better than others, owing to their star's reedy voice and spotty writing talents, but all had their share of good moments. A European import, River Rescue: The Very Best of Ry Cooder is a generous collection of highlights from those albums, with one new tune, "River Come Down (PKA Bamboo)," that reflects his interests in cross-cultural collaboration. The older album tunes tend to fall into one of two categories: R&B ("Dark End of the Street" and "Money Honey") or weird experiments, such as George Clinton-inspired funk ("UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto") and Hawaiian swing ("Chloe"). Sometimes Cooder sounds as if he would give anything to be Little Feat's Lowell George; sometimes he sounds as if he might disappear with his guitar into the song he's playing. An interesting introduction to an earnest musician whose chameleon-like qualities work against him just about as often as they work. - allmusic.com
TRACKS: 01. River Come Down (Pka Bamboo) 02. UFO Has Landed In The Ghetto 03. Low-Commotion 04. Smack Dab In The Middle 05. Tattler 06. Dark End Of The Street 07. The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor) 08. Going Back To Okinawa 09. Money Honey 10. Why Don't You Try Me 11. Paris, Texas 12. Chloe 13. The Pearlstia Juana 14. I Think It's Going To Work Out Fine 15. Down In Hollywood 16. Which Came First 17. Crazy 'bout An Automobile (Every Woman I Know) 18. Get Rhythm (With Larry Blackmon) 19. Little Sister
BOZ SCAGGS - Greatest Hits Live (2004)
In 2004 Boz Scaggs released his first, and what is likely to be only, officially sanctioned live disc in an extensive career. With 35 years of experience and 13 albums of material to choose from, it also substitutes as a reasonable best-of, although Sony/Legacy's 1997 double set My Time did an excellent job of recapping his studio hits. Even if it's a byproduct of the associated DVD recorded at the same August, 2004 San Francisco gig, this is a lively and professionally performed show that makes up in soul what it lacks in spontaneity. Live hits' discs coming in the twilight of the artist's career are typically dicey affairs, often used as a backdoor way for a new label to release some of the act's best material, the originals of which they do not have rights to. While that may be the case here, this is far from a fast way to make a few bucks off Scaggs' catalog. The seven-piece band (plus two backing vocalists) offer perfect, occasionally inspired renditions of a relatively unsurprising set list. The show is a terrific mix of the lovely, but sometimes sappy Scaggs ballads such as "Heart of Mine," "We're All Alone," "Slow Dancer" and "Look What You've Done to Me" with the blue-eyed funk-pop of "Lowdown," "Jojo," "Georgia," and "Lido Shuffle." The songs that ultimately work the best and are the loosest are the blues-based tracks, in particular a sumptuous version of Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Ask Me 'Bout Nuthin' but the Blues," and nearly a half-hour on disc two dedicated to the jazzy jump blues of "Runnin' Blue" and a fiery "Loan Me a Dime." Scaggs is in terrific voice throughout, the band adapts remarkably well to a varied set list and the live sound is crisp but not sterile. Many of the arrangements, especially of the pop songs, don't differ substantially from the originals, but the effect is lively and with slightly more drive due to the live setting. The rather forced between-song patter very present in the DVD is edited out for the audio version, which provides a better musical flow. Some of these songs never charted, and were not even particularly popular. Many tracks from My Time and even three from the slimmer Hits! collection are missing. But these are minor complaints for an extremely well produced, immaculately played, stylishly presented and dynamic look at Scaggs' diverse catalog.
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - Let Me Get By [Deluxe Edition] (2016)
Let Me Get By is the third studio album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring ten new, original songs that stand together as a testament to the spirit and commitment of the tightly-knit 12-member ensemble. Driven by Susan's soaring, spiritually charged vocals and Derek's masterfully lyrical slide-guitar, the band's musical talents are on display in full force. From 'Anyhow' - a declaration of devotion highlighting the album's theme of breaking away - to the funky and uplifting title track, Let Me Get By delivers a sonic journey filled with the barnstorming energy, soulful vibes and roots-based rock that no band delivers better.
Deluxe version includes 8-track bonus disc that features live recordings from the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York as well as alternate mixes, early song takes and additional studio material, an expanded booklet with exclusive studio and live photos, and a custom-designed vintage amp box.
CYNDI LAUPER- Detour (2016)
Aging rock and pop stars often seek a late-career safe harbor in country music, but 62-year-old Cyndi Lauper tackles the genre with characteristically daring eccentricity. Rather than dully respecting the vintage material she covers here, much of which dates back to the Fifties, she dotes on it, downplaying neither her goofball humor or New Yawk accent. Not every guest spot works – Lauper's idiosyncrasies don't quite mesh with Alison Krauss's pristine bluegrass harmonies on Dolly Parton's "Hard Candy Christmas." But Lauper and Willie Nelson are simpatico originals on "Night Life," and "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly," with Vince Gill playing Conway to her Loretta, is Cyndi's kind of shtick. Lauper succeeds with two Patsy Cline numbers without mimicking that legend's clarion precision, and she all but swipes "Funnel of Love" away from Wanda Jackson. Electronically boost the drums a tad and that track's wiry guitar, rhythmic organ fills and hiccuped vocals would fit right in on She's So Unusual – high praise indeed. - rollingstone.com
MARK KNOPFLER & EVELYN GLENNIE - Altamira (2016)
Altamira is a soundtrack album by guitarist Mark Knopfler and percussionist Evelyn Glennie, released on 1 April 2016 for electronic download via iTunes and Amazon and was released on CD 22 April 2016 on EMI Records. Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist. She is announced as one of the two laureates for the Polar Music Prize of 2015.The album features the film’s original music composed by singer/songwriter Mark Knopfler, who previously scored such films as The Princess Bride and Wag the Dog, and Evelyn Glennie. The soundtrack will be released on April 1, 2016 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon, where you can also check out audio samples. Altamira is directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) and stars Antonio Banderas, Golshifteh Farahani, Nicholas Farrel, Henry Goodman, Pierre Niney, Clément Sibony, Allegra Allen and Rupert Everett. The movie tells the story of the man who realized one of the most important discoveries of the 19th century: Altamira’s caves.
TRACKS: 01. Altamira 02. Maria 03. Dream Of The Bison 04. By The Grave 05. Onward 06. Marcelino's Despair 07. Farewell To The Bison 08. This Is Science 09. Glory Of The Cave 10. Farewell To Altamira
MARTIN BARRE - A Summer Band (1993)
Martin Lancelot Barre is an English rock musician best known for his work with progressive rock band Jethro Tull, with whom he recorded and toured from their second album in 1969 to the band's dissolution in 2014. In early 1990's he initiated a solo career that now spawned four studio albums plus several guest appearances. He has also played the flute and other instruments such as the mandolin, both on-stage for Jethro Tull and in his own solo work.
Limited Edition of *only* 1000 copies, released to close friends of Martin Barre & The Band, A New Day subscribers and charity concert guests who were lucky enough to be able to get a copy. Released: 28 June 1993 in United Kingdom.
Recorded: 11 July 1992 at "The Summer Party" Devon, U.K. 15 July 1992 Verbeer Manor, Collumpton, 16 July 1992 at the Exeter Arts Centre and 18 July 1992 at the Jethro Tull Convention, Milton Keynes.
TRACKS: 01. Ain't That Peculiar 02. Too Tired 03. Born Under A Bad Sign 04. One Love 05. Georgia 06. Cold Feet 07. Better Lying Down 08. I Shot The Sheriff 09. Barefootin' 10. Mustang Sally 11. Nutbush City Limits 12. Faith Healer
SANDY DENNY - The Lady: The Essential (2013)
The late Sandy Denny was by consensus the greatest vocalist to emerge from the British folk-rock scene, a singer blessed with an instrument that was gentle but never fragile, clear and subtle but capable of tremendous emotional range. While Denny did much of her best work with the group Fairport Convention, and also cut fine records with the Strawbs and Fotheringay, she recorded a handful of memorable albums on her own, and The Lady: The Essential Sandy Denny collects 15 songs from her solo output. The Lady gets off to a somewhat shaky start, with a BBC radio recording of her signature tune "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" that's fine but inferior to the definitive version she recorded with the Strawbs, and then "I'm a Dreamer," a lovely song that unfortunately also demonstrates how the overblown production of Denny's final album, 1977's Rendezvous, ran counter to what best served her music. But as a compact overview of Denny's solo work, The Lady serves its purpose quite well. Her four post-Fairport solo albums are all represented here, as well as two tracks recorded for John Peel's BBC radio show in 1973 (including a glorious version of "Solo"), and the songs run the gamut from the austere traditional folk of "Quiet Joys of Brotherhood" to the grand-scale pop of "All Our Days," with the bittersweet beauty of Denny's voice on glorious display throughout. Those interested in a thorough study of Denny's music would be better served with the excellent multi-disc sets No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology or Who Knows Where the Time Goes, but if you desire a more compact introduction to her work, The Lady boasts a handful of brilliant performances that confirm why so many rate her work so highly.
STEVE MARRIOTT'S PACKET OF THREE - Live From London (2015)
01. What’cha Gonna Do About It
02. Fool For A Pretty Face
03. Shame, Shame, Shame
04. All Or Nothing
05. Five Long Years
06. 30 Days In The Hole
07. I Don`t Need No Doctor
08. Walking The Dog
09. Tin Soldier
Live concert from the English rock band's performance at Camden Palace in 1985. Songs performed include 'Fool for a Pretty Face', 'All or Nothing' and 'Tin Soldier'. Live show of Steve Marriott recorded at Camden Palace, London in 1985. Marriott climbed to fame as the front man of two legendary English rock groups: mod legends the Small Faces and R&B-influenced Humble Pie. Here he takes to the stage with Packet of Three, with Bassist Jim Leverton and former Humble Pie Drummer Jerry Shirley. Steve Marriott still in his prime, performs many of his greatest hits including ‘All or Nothing’, ‘What Ya Gonna Do About It?’ and ‘Tin Soldier’.
BUDDY GUY - Sit & Cry The Blues (2011)
A pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city's halcyon days of electric Blues, Buddy Guy straddles both traditional and modern Blues, as well as musical generations. After starting as a sideman, and after decades of paying dues, toiling in the Chicago clubs, Buddy Guy began his march to worldwide fame, emerging as the most heralded Bluesman of his generation, a hugely influential guitarist and passionate, dynamic live performer. Originally playing in the style of his first big influence, Guitar Slim, Buddy later absorbed the more mellow tones of B.B. King, but Buddy’s guitar histrionics and tortured, high-pitched, gospel-influenced vocal style put him in a category all of his own. During his lengthy career he not only worked with legends of the genre such as Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf, but also was a chief guitar influence to Rock titans like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Most of the tracks on this album are by now considered classics, primary examples of Buddy’s mature style, with his stuttering guitar work and on-the-edge singing. When not on the road, Buddy spends most of his time at his famous Buddy Guy’s Legends club, easily the top Blues venue in Chicago, if not the world.
... recorded 1957-1960 ...
TRACKS: 01. Sit And Cry (The Blues) 02. Try To Quit You Baby 03. You Sure Can't Do 04. This Is The End 05. First Time I Met The Blues 06. Slop Around 07. I Got My Eyes On You 08. Broken Hearted Blues 09. Let Me Love You Baby 10. I Got A Strange Feeling 11. Gully Hully 12. Ten Years Ago 13. You Sure Can't Do 14. This Is The End 15. I Hope You Come Back Home 16. The Way You Been Treatin' Me 17. Buddy's Blues 18. Blue Monday 19. Every Day I Have The Blues 20. Woman Blues
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - 1, 2, 3 & 4
Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed the roots rock, swamp rock, and blues rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they portrayed a Southern rock style, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern United States iconography, as well as political and socially-conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War. Creedence Clearwater Revival's music is still a staple of U.S. radio airplay; the band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Rolling Stone ranked the band 82nd on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Their musical influence can be heard in many genres, including southern rock, grunge, roots rock, and blues.
Creedence Clearwater Revival is the debut studio album by the American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in 1968.
Bayou Country is the second studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records in January 1969, and was the first of three albums CCR released in that year. The album was remastered and reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006.
Green River is the third studio album by American rock and roll band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in August 1969 after their second release Bayou Country which was released in January of the same year. In 2003, the album was ranked number 95 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It features two of the band's best-known songs, "Bad Moon Rising" and the title track.
Willy and the Poor Boys is the fourth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records in November 1969, and was the last of three studio albums that the band released in that year. The album was remastered and reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006. The album features the songs "Down on the Corner", from which the album got its name, and "Fortunate Son", which is a well known protest song. Creedence also makes their own version of "Cotton Fields" on this album, which reached #1 position in Mexico.
STEVE MARRIOTT - Rainy Changes: Rare Recordings 1973-1991 (2005)
Stephen Peter "Steve" Marriott (30 January 1947 - 20 April 1991) was an English musician, songwriter and frontman of two notable rock and roll bands, spanning over two decades. Marriott is remembered for his powerful singing voice which belied his small stature, and for his aggressive approach as a guitarist in mod rock bands Small Faces (1965–1969) and Humble Pie (1969–1975 and 1980–1981). Marriott was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces. In Britain, Marriott became a popular, often-photographed mod style icon through his role as lead singer and guitarist with the Small Faces in the mid to late 1960s. Marriott was influenced from an early age by his heroes including Buddy Holly, Booker T & the MG's, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters and Bobby Bland. In later life Marriott became disillusioned with the music industry and turned his back on the big record companies, remaining in relative obscurity. He returned to his music roots playing the pubs and clubs around London and Essex. Marriott died on 20 April 1991 when a fire, thought to have been caused by a cigarette, swept through his 16th century home in Arkesden, Essex. He posthumously received an Ivor Novello Award in 1996 for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and was listed in Mojo as one of the top 100 greatest singers of all time.
This is true rare material which shows why Steve made such an impact on the world of music and is a collection to treasure and enjoy, presented in this double CD set.
BETTYE LaVETTE, CAROL FRAN - Bluesoul Belles: The Complete Galla, Port & Roulette Recordings (2005) & Let Me Down Easy: In Concert (2000)
The stellar Bluesoul Belles: The Complete Calla, Port & Roulette Recordings spotlights Betty Lavette and Carol Fran, two of the more criminally underrated singers from soul music's mid-'60s golden era. Unearthing two dozen tracks from the Calla, Port, and Roulette vaults, many of them previously unreleased alternate takes, the set offers a persuasive argument that, while never earning the critical respect or commercial kudos of their contemporaries, both women deserve consideration alongside the greats of the period. Lavette's opening "Let Me Down Easy," a staple of the Northern soul scene and the countless anthologies it's yielded, is far and away the most recognizable cut here -- the song is her masterpiece, a blisteringly poignant requiem for romance gone bad distinguished by its unique, tango-like rhythm and sweeping string arrangement. The remaining seven tracks don't reach the same peaks, but from the Motown-inspired stomp of "What I Don't Know (Won't Hurt Me)" to the gospel-inflected "Cry Me a River," Lavette's versatility and raw power ring through loud and clear. Although Lavette receives top billing, Fran's contributions comprise fully two-thirds of the disc; best known for her latter-day blues efforts with guitarist husband Clarence Holliman, the aching beauty of her mid-'60s soul sides is revelatory. Though rooted in the blues, her crystalline vocals were nevertheless ideally suited to the uptown style and sophistication of her Port dates; the chart failure of these recordings is baffling, and in particular the remarkable "Any Day Love Walks In" merits the label of lost classic.
This German import (Let Me Down Easy: In Concert) captures the essence of Betty Lavette, Detroit's most underrated female singer. Betty approach to recording was similar to the way pugilists Sugar Ray Leonard, and Muhammad Ali approached boxing rounds -- dance and parry the first two minutes or so then crank it up the last 30 seconds. The first two minutes of a song was just a means to get to the juicy part near the fade for Betty, where she goes into her hiccups, vocal gymnastics, oh yeah's, and sermonizing. Philadelphia International Records was tailor-made for Betty's style (since they let singers "go off" on the songs' tail), but she never got a chance with PIR. She should have been one of the original Motown artists, she toured with nearly everybody there, but didn't get on the label until the company relocated to Los Angeles. The eight songs represent Lavette at her best delivering emotionally unstable southern jerkers like "Your Turn To Cry," "Let Me Down Easy," and "You'll Never Change"; there's nothing bubble gum or innocence about her. A neglected Motown single "Right in the Middle," "He Made a Man Out of Me," and "Damn Your Eyes" are equally as captivating. Betty immense, deep soulful delivery never translated into high chart notches, heavy sales, or cushy gigs, and that's a cotton pickin' shame. Her soulful alto deserves bottling, it's like Mavis Staples', but sharper and grittier.
V.A. - Circle Dance: The Hokey Pokey Charity Compilation (1990)
Circle Dance is an 18-track compilation put together by the editorial staff of Hokey Pokey, a quarterly Richard Thompson fanzine, to benefit a variety of charities devoted to poor and disabled children. Given the crowd, it's unsurprising that the cream of the British folk-rock axis centered around Fairport Convention contributes. Beginning and ending with two very different versions of the traditional "Maid in Bedlam" performed by Andrew Cronshaw (once on Moldavian flute and once on, of all things, electric zither), the set features exclusive tracks and rarities from a remarkable lineup. Ashley Hutchings' Albion Band, Iain Matthews (performing a terrific live take of Richard Farina's classic "Reno, Nevada"), June Tabor (playing two traditional tunes set to fiddle accompaniment), and Adams, French, Kaiser and West (delivering a wild reinterpretation of Thompson's "The Madness of Love") are all notable, but the real treasures are two simple demos by the late Sandy Denny (an exquisite piano and voice rendition of "The King and Queen of England" recorded in 1976) and Linda Thompson (an otherwise unavailable collaboration with keyboardist Betsy Cook called "Her Father Was a Sailor"). Thompson himself weighs in with the surprisingly jazzy "The May Day Psalter," in collaboration with longtime friend Danny Thompson on double bass.
CANDYE KANE - The Best Of Candye Kane: Songs From The Stage Play The Toughest Girl Alive (2011)
Singer Candye Kane has died at 54.
Candye Kane may not have been “The Toughest Girl Alive,” as she sang on the rousing title track of her 2000 album, or a certified “Superhero,” as she sang with equal vigor on her 2009 album of the same name. But this vibrant San Diego blues, swing and roots-rock dynamo was a tireless fighter who repeatedly battled against pancreatic cancer for the past eight years. The disease claimed her life late Friday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. - RIP
Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. (All are also titles of her self-penned songs.) But her path to success was not always glamorous or easy. Raised in what she calls a dysfunctional blue-collar family, Candye became a mother, a pinup cover girl and a punk-rock, hillbilly blues-belter by the time she was just 21 years old. Ten CDs, six record labels, millions of international road miles and countless awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled her way to the top of the roots-music heap, creating a world renowned reputation that has spanned two decades.
This is a collectable, limited edition collection of released and unreleased tracks spanning Blues diva Candye Kane's 20 year career. Songs from her earliest, out of print releases including "Homecookin'," "Knockout," and "Swango." Her songs of empowerment have inspired people around the globe. This is the the best collection to date of Candye's personal favorites from her impressive catalogue of ten albums.
THE RIDES - Pierced Arrow (2016)
Having listened to The Rides new album, Pierced Arrow, it is easy to understand the affection Stephen Stills, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has for the band. The Rides features Stills with five-time Grammy-nominated Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the renowned Chicago rock/blues keyboard player Barry Goldberg. The Rides formed in 2013 following a performance by the trio at a benefit, which led to the release of their debut album, Can’t Get Enough. Fast forward to 2016 and The Rides are back with their sophomore album indicating that this is not just any other supergroup, this band is in it for the long haul. “Kick Out Of It” opens the album and is an up-tempo blues rock number, featuring Stephen Stills distinctive vocals before Kenny Wayne Shepherd takes over the reigns on the old school rock n’ roll number, “Riva Diva.” The pair most certainly has formed an impressive partnership. The incredible “Virtual World” takes the album in Crosby, Stills and Nash direction with some beautiful vocal harmonies between Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd reminiscent of Stills early work with CSN. A staple track in the band’s live set on their first tour, “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination” by Gladys Night and the Pips/Bobby “Blue” Bland, is one of two covers on the album. Goldberg writing with Gerry Goffin had a hit with the song in the 70s. As you would want and expect, Pierced Arrow is packed full of both Shepherd and Stills’ blistering handy work particularly on the likes of dirty blues, harmonica-infused “Game On” and the blues-rock number, “I Need Your Lovin’.” Goldberg’s impressive playing adds a nice texture throughout the album. Pierced Arrow is a well-rounded blues album from some of the finest artists in the game.
TRACKS: 01. Kick Out Of It 02. Riva Diva 03. Virtual World 04. By My Side 05. Mr. Policeman 06. I've Got To Use My Imagination 07. Game On 08. I Need Your Lovin' 09. There Was A Place 10. My Babe Bonus tracks from Deluxe Edition: 11. Same Old Dog 12. Born In Chicago 13. Take Out Some Insurance
ROGER DALTREY - Rocks In The Head (1992) & Martyrs & Madmen: The Best Of (1997)
Rocks in the Head is Roger Daltrey's eighth solo album. The album was released in 1992 on Atlantic Records, and recorded at The Hit Factory. Crucial to the creation of this album was Daltrey's meeting with guitarist/songwriter Gerard McMahon, since Rocks In The Head, which credits "Musical Direction and Production" to McMahon, also features him as primary backup musician and writer or co-writer of ten out of the 11 tracks. Daltrey himself is co-credited on seven, a new high for him, but it's hard not to feel that he is acting primarily as McMahon's mouthpiece. McMahon updates Daltrey for the '90s, constructing hard-edged tracks based on harsh electric or acoustic guitar textures, sesting everyone from The Who to The Police. The result is an album that does nothing to diminish Daltrey's reputation.
Roger Daltrey's solo albums were often inconsistent and frequently filled with sub-par material, which makes Martyrs & Madmen: The Best of Roger Daltrey a welcome addition to his catalog. Culling 20 tracks from all seven of his solo albums (including the McVicar soundtrack), the collection contains nearly every worthwhile song he ever recorded, from "Giving It All Away" and "Free Me" to "After the Fire." Any casual fan - namely, any curious Who fan - will find Martyrs & Madmen to be more than a sufficient summary of Daltrey's career, since it not only showcases him at his best, it also sests with its uneven material (even though this just contains highlights, there are still a few dogs scattered throughout the compilation) why he never became a solo star in his own right.
RORY GALLAGHER - The Bullfrog Interlude (1990)
For a career that was cut short by illness and a premature death, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Rory Gallagher sure accomplished a lot in the blues music world. Although Gallagher didn't tour the U.S. nearly enough, spending most of his time in Europe, he was known for his no-holds-barred, marathon live shows at clubs and theaters around the United States. "It seems a waste to me to work and work for years," Rory Gallagher told Rolling Stone in 1972, "and just turn into some sort of personality." Instead, the Irish guitarist, then only 23, became legendary for his nonstop-touring ethic and fiery craft. Playing a weathered Strat, often wearing a flannel shirt, Gallagher electrified Chicago and Delta styles with scalding slide work and hard-boiled songwriting.
Bullfrog Interlude features a live show for London radio to promote Blueprint from February 1973 (tracks 1-7) and live tracks from 1972 (tracks 8-10).
TRACKS: 01. Hands Off 02. What In The World 03. Walk On Hot Coals 04. Bankers Blues 05. Race The Breeze 06. Hoodoo Blues 07. Bullfrog Blues 08. Tore Down 09. Used To Be 10. The Cuckoo
REO Speedwagon - The Ballads (1999) & Live: You Get What You Play For (1977)
REO Speedwagon (originally styled as R.E.O. Speedwagon) are an American rock band. Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the 1980s. Hi Infidelity (1980) contained four US Top 40 hits and is the group's best-selling album, with over ten million copies sold. Over the course of its career, the band has sold more than 40 million records and has charted thirteen Top 40 hits, including the number ones "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling". REO Speedwagon's mainstream popularity dissipated in the 1990s but the band remains a popular live act.
The Ballads is a 1999 compilation album by REO Speedwagon. It features some of the band's previously recorded hit ballads as well as two additional songs that failed to chart.
Live: You Get What You Play For is a live album by rock band REO Speedwagon, released as a double-LP in 1977 (and years later as a single CD). It was recorded at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiel Auditorium in Saint Louis, Missouri and Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia. It peaked at number #72 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1977. The song "Ridin' the Storm Out" reached #94 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The album went platinum on December 14, 1978.
ROBERT PALMER - Sneaking Sally Through The Alley (1974) & Pressure Drop (1975) & Some People Can Do What They Like (1976) & Double Fun (1978)
Before becoming a slick, sharp-dressed pop star in the 1980s, Robert Palmer was a soul singer deeply rooted in R&B and funk. Those influences are on full display on his debut album Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley. With a backing band including members of Little Feat and the Meters, the music has a laid-back groove whether Palmer's covering New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint (the title track) or singing originals ("Hey Julia," " Get Outside"). While the music is tight and solid, it is Robert Palmer's voice that is revelatory - he sounds supremely confident among these talented musicians, and they seem to feed off his vocal intensity. Fans of the Meters or people who want to discover the funky side of Robert Palmer should check this one out.
Pressure Drop is the second solo album by Robert Palmer, released in 1975. Palmer is backed by Little Feat and other musicians. The title track is a cover version of the reggae hit by Toots & the Maytals. However, many other songs on the album use "New Orleans funk ... along with smooth, dated disco ballads smothered in strings". Continuing his association with Little Feat started by his cover of "Sailing Shoes" on his 1974 debut album Sneaking Sally Through the Alley, Feat was used as backing band on several cuts, most notably Lowell George's slide guitar on "Here With You Tonight". George also contributed the tune "Trouble" on which Feat pianist Bill Payne plays the intro. David Jeffries' review says that the album is considered "too blue-eyed and polished for fans of Palmer's more gutsy moments" but concludes that "Pressure Drop has grown into the great overlooked album in Palmer's discography".
Some People Can Do What They Like is the third solo album by Robert Palmer, released in 1976. It includes "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" which peaked at number 63 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and number 46 in the UK in 1977. The album peaked at number 68 in the US. The album was dedicated to Mongezi Feza. The model on the front cover, engaging Palmer in a game of strip poker, is Playboy magazine's April 1976 Playmate of the Month, Denise Michele.
Double Fun is the fourth solo album by Robert Palmer, released in 1978. Self-produced, this pop album is influenced by multiple genres including blue-eyed soul, disco and heavy rock but maintains an overall consistency of production which holds it all together. The album peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1978, his highest rank up to that point, and includes a top 20 hit, "Every Kinda People."
RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON - I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (1974) & Hokey Pokey (1975)
Richard John Thompson is a British songwriter, guitarist and recording and performing musician. Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson Award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. Artists who have recorded Thompson's compositions include such diverse talents as Del McCoury, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Christy Moore, David Gilmour, Mary Black, Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, The Corrs, Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Joel Fafard, Maria McKee, Shawn Colvin, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Nanci Griffith, Graham Parker, Jefferson Starship, The Pointer Sisters, Maura O'Connell, Los Lobos, John Doe, Greg Brown, Bob Mould, Barbara Manning, Loudon Wainwright III, The Futureheads, Jeff Lang, Dinosaur Jr., David Byrne, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.
"I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" is the second album released by Richard Thompson and the first including and credited with his then wife, Linda Thompson as Richard and Linda Thompson. It was released by Island Records in the UK in 1974. Although never commercially successful and critically ignored on its release, it is now considered to be a masterpiece and one of the finest works of both Richard and Linda singularly or together. The album has been included on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Hokey Pokey is the second album by the British duo of singer Linda and singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson. It was recorded in the autumn of 1974 and released in 1975. Listeners keen to try to find connections between the albums by the Thompsons and their personal lives may be confused by the delays between writing, recording and release of the early albums. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight was conceived and recorded prior to the Thompsons' embracing of Islam, but the album's release was substantially delayed. By the time that album was released the Thompsons were living in an Islamic commune in London. In the meantime the Thompsons had toured as a trio with Fairport Convention guitarist Simon Nicol.
V.A. - Playing For Change - Songs Around The World 1, 2 & 3 (2009 - 2014)
Playing For Change is an extraordinary effort uniting musicians and vocalists from diverse parts of the world. Utilizing innovative mobile audio/video techniques, PFC captures these artists then combines it all together to create one seamless collaboration. Those who have experienced Playing For Change are mesmerized by its ability to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Now, for the first time, this multi-media experience is available to everyone. All songs recorded live by more than 100 musicians from around the world and featuring special guests, U2's Bono, Bob Marley, Keb Mo', Afro Fiesta and others.
By filming and recording dozens of musicians from around the world, filmmaker, producer and PFC founder, Mark Johnson captures stunning musical collaborations that seamlessly blend diverse styles of music into powerful performances, expanding on the journey that made Playing For Change one of 2009's most unusual cultural phenomenons. This package is a global mix of cultures and rhythms featuring original songs written for the album, as well as reinterpretations of internationally loved recordings including Bob Marley's "Redemption Song," Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" and John Lennon's "Imagine." Featured artists include Baaba Maal, Keb Mo, Sandra de S , Taj Mahal, Tinariwen, Carlos Vives, Roger Ridley, Grandpa Elliot, Stephen Marley, Mermans Kenkosenki, Char and Toumani Diabate.
PFC3 is the newest collection of Songs Around the World from Playing for Change. During the past two years, we have traveled to over 15 countries, recording and filming musicians live outside on city streets, in their villages, and beyond. The new album features performances from Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, Ernest Ranglin, Andres Calamaro, Toots Hibbert and 178 more musicians from 31 countries who have never met in person. With these songs and videos we continue to connect the world through music.
BILL WYMAN'S RHYTHM KINGS - The Kings Of Rhythm, Vol. 1 - Jump, Jive And Wail (2016)
This box contains the first four releases from Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, the good-time ten-piece band that Bill Wyman put together after leaving the Rolling Stones in 1992. The band has a core rhythm section, but features a revolving combination of all-star guest front men and women. These four albums feature the talents of Gary Brooker, Georgie Fame, Albert Lee, Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Low, Chris Rea, Mike Sanchez, Beverley Skeete, Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins, Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton.
CDs 2 and 4 are recordings from the band’s live shows originally given a limited release as the ‘Bootleg Kings’, and unavailable for many years. The 24 page booklet contains all the credits and brand new annotation by Tony Rounce.
ELVIS PRESLEY - The Album Collection - 60 CDs Deluxe Box Set (2016)
This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley-The King of rock 'n' roll. Features all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live. It also includes compilations released that featured unreleased songs or songs new to the LP format. The Album Collection represents album sales in the U.S. of 135 million! Collectively, Elvis has RIAA certified sales of singles, EPs and albums equaling 25x multi-platinum, 52x platinum and 92x gold awards given for U.S. sales alone! Estimated worldwide sales are in excess of one billion! Highlights include: Elvis' iconic first two studio albums, Elvis Presley and Elvis released in 1956. All 17 of his film soundtrack LPs including Loving You, King Creole, G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii and Roustabout. The legendary NBC-TV special Elvis; the 1969 American Sound sessions that spawned From Elvis In Memphis and Back In Memphis; and 1970s triumphs On Stage (1970), Elvis As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden (1972) and Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite (1973).
TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT - Wrong Side Of The Blues (2011) & Badlands (2013)
The soul blues trio Trampled Under Foot consists of siblings Danielle Schnebelen (lead vocals and bass), Nick Schnebelen (guitars and vocals) and Kris Schnebelen, (drums). They grew up with the blues in Kansas City. Their father, Bill, was a blues guitarist in the band Little Eva and would regularly take his three children to jam sessions. Growing up, the siblings played separately in numerous bands over the years. Danielle was in Fresh Brew (1999-2004), Kris was a staple at blues clubs, and Nick was in Killing Floor (or K-Floor), and briefly, Buddahead. Missing the family camaraderie, the siblings formed Trampled Under Foot in 2000. The band released four studio sessions: Trampled Under Foot (2006), May I Be Excused in (2008), and Wrong Side of the Blues in (2011). They also issued Live at the Notodden Blues Festival in 2010. The combination of those releases and non-stop touring caught the attention of the jazz and blues label Telarc, who signed the band in 2013. They issued their fifth studio album, Badlands, that same year.
At the 2014 Blues Music Awards, Trampled Under Foot's album, Badlands, won the 'Contemporary Blues Album of the Year' category. At the same ceremony, Danielle Schnebelen triumphed in the 'Best Instrumentalist - bass' category.
THE JEFF HEALEY BAND - Full Circle - The Live Anthology (2011)
Jeff Healey was an astounding and varied talent as a singer, guitarist, and, later in his career, as a trumpet player, and it's difficult to imagine an artist quite like him. Blind from eye cancer since the age of one, he drew attention as a maverick guitar player (he played his Stratocaster on his lap, which allowed him to attack and bend the strings in a totally unique style; at his best, he roared and soared as well as anybody ever has on the instrument). This four-disc set (three CDs and a DVD) features Healey and his crackerjack band live in three separate concerts, and it makes clear what a powerful and empowering performer he was on-stage. The first disc catches the Jeff Healey Band blazing through an 11-song set at the 1989 Montreal Jazz Festival, with the second disc capturing a set from the St. Gallen Open Air Festival in Switzerland from 1991 (the performance was filmed and makes up the DVD included here), and the third disc presents a 1995 stage set from the Hard Rock in Toronto. These live shows reveal the obvious: the Jeff Healey Band was an explosive and exciting blues rock bar band (much like the role they played in the movie Roadhouse) with a maverick virtuoso guitarist at the center of things. It worked in the movie. It worked pretty much everywhere.
DISC 1 - Live At The Montreal Jazz Fest - 1989: 01. The Better It Gets 02. I'm Tore Down 03. My Little Girl 04. Blue Jean Blues 05. Confidence Man 06. I Need To Be Loved 07. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky 08. Angel Eyes 09. Roadhouse Blues 10. Hide Away 11. That's What They Say
DISC 2 - Live at St. Gallen Open Air Festival - 1991: 01. My Little Girl 02. Blue Jean Blues 03. I Think I Love You Too Much 04. How Can A Man Be Strong 05. I Can't Get My Hands On You 06. Full Circle 07. Angel Eyes 08. Guitar Solo 09. See The Light 10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
DISC 3 - Live at the Hard Rock Toronto - 1995: 01. I Got A Line On You 02. Stop Breakin' Down Blues 03. As The Years Go Passing Bye 04. Yer Blues 05. Stuck In The Middle With You 06. Evil (Is Going On) 07. Angel 08. See The Light
ROBIN TROWER - Where You Are Going To (2016)
It’s rare for a guitarist to change styles mid-career, but there is some precedent. Jeff Beck played one style when he was with the Yardbirds, and then headed in a sort of blues-jazz hybrid with the Jeff Beck Group and beyond. One could argue that he “found” his true style after trying different ones on for size. The same is true for Robin Trower. Nothing about his lead guitar playing on those early Procol Harum albums sested that he’d eventually forge ahead with a style that had more in common with Jimi Hendrix. But that’s exactly what he did, and for his trouble he was rewarded with critical and commercial success through the 1970s. Albums like Bridge of Sighs refined his style. And if he rarely ventured beyond that style, he did what he did very, very well.
Fans of guitar-based riff rock are sure to enjoy the fretwork on Where Are You Going To, and the slow jams of tunes like “Jigsaw” are tasty indeed. It’s worth noting that Where Are You Going To is as close to a true “solo” album as Trower is likely to make. Chris Taggart supports him ably on the drums, and on all but two of the disc’s ten cuts, Trower handles the bass duties as well. His bass playing isn’t especially remarkable, but it’s meat-n-potatoes solid, which is exactly what the songs demand. At 71 years of age, most people are looking to settle down, slow down, retire. But Robin Trower is still making music that holds up well when compared to his output forty years ago. Long may he rock.
VAN ZANT - My Kind Of Country (2007)
2007 album by brothers Johnny (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (.38 Special) Van Zant, a very slight detour from their popular full-time Southern Rock bands. Their southern fried music has always appealed to fans of Country so this is the next logical step for the duo. And they are more than likely going to win over a whole new set of fans this time around! Brothers Johnny (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (.38 Special) Van Zant have made a home for themselves at the intersection of Southern rock and contemporary country, all but blurring the boundary. Between the roaring road song that opens the album ("Train") and the weary road song that closes it ("Headed South"), Van Zant balance down-home party rockers such as "Goes Down Easy" and "It's Only Money" with the more serious balladry of "We Can't Do It Alone" (a spiritual sequel of sorts to "Get Right With the Man"), "That Scares Me," and "The Hardest Thing." Though the title song is little more than a banjo-laced string of country clichés and "These Colors Don't Run" is a patriotic bumper sticker, this solid sophomore effort should win the brotherly duo more country fans.
JOHNNY VAN ZANT - Brickyard Road [+ Round Two (1981)] (1990)
Johnny Van Zant is of course member of the Southern rock’s “royal family” as the younger brother of rock legends Ronnie Van Zant from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Donnie Van Zant from 38 Special. Having watched his older brothers enjoy great success in the 70´s, he formed his own Austin Nickels Band in 1977. The Austin Nickels Band featured Robbie Gay and Eric Lundgren on guitars, Danny Clausman on bass, Robert Morris on drums and of course, Johnny on vocals. They got signed to Polydor Records and changed their name to the Johnny Van Zant Band. With little help by former Skynyrd producer Al Kooper, they released strong debut album, No More Dirty Deals in 1980.
Southern rock had started lose its momentum couple years earlier and the album got little notice. Not the ones to give up, they released the sophomore effort, Round Two the following year. Last of The Wild Ones followed in 1982 and featured slightly AOR’ish material. They kept touring couple more years, but eventually broke up in 1984. Johnny went onto release self titled solo album for Geffen Records in 1985. In 1987 he joined the re-born Lynyrd Skynyrd as lead singer, but had a brief reunion with his old band members Eric Lundgren and Robert Morris to record one more album, Brickyard Road, in 1990.
BAND OF HORSES - Acoustic At The Ryman (2014)
2014 release, a 10-song virtual "greatest hits" set of acoustic renditions of songs from across the BOH catalog, recorded at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium over two magical nights in April 2013. Having captured this two-night stand's worth of singular performances that the Nashville Scene said "brought to mind the best efforts of Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash," Band of Horses set about translating the energy and electricity of the Ryman document into the closest possible experience to having been there. Using the latest hardware from DSD recorder manufacturers Mytek, Band of Horses mixed the record in the band's hometown haunt of Charleston Sound. As a result, Band of Horses: Acoustic at the Ryman is one of a mere handful of non-Classical/Jazz albums mixed and mastered in the DSD format, capturing the ragged magic of an unforgettable performance in dangerously pristine quality.
SWEATHOG - Sweathog (1971) & Hallelujah (1972)
Group members Lenny Goldsmith and David Leonard Johnson first met in 1967 while Johnson was playing in a group called The Persuaders at the Wayne Manor nightclub in Sunnyvale, California. After Johnson did a stint with the Beach Boys and Dr. John, he reconvened with Lenny and formed Sweathog along with Barry "Frosty" Smith, also known as Bartholomew Eugene Smith-Frost, who at that time was playing with Lee Michaels and had been in Lenny's band in San Jose. Robert Morris "BJ" Jones played with Johnson in Blue Mountain Eagle and was invited to join Sweathog.
In October 1970, Sweathog became the house band at The Chronicle, a night club in the San Fernando Valley managed by Ed Jordan. Soon after they released two albums on CBS Records in the early 1970s, and are best known for their hit single "Hallelujah", which hit #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971. Hallelujah was written by Mitch Bottler, Roberta Twain and Gary Zekley.
BILLY PAUL - 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul (1972)
Billy Paul (December 1, 1934 - April 24, 2016) was a Grammy Award winning American soul singer, most known for his 1972 number-one single, "Me and Mrs. Jones", as well as the 1973 album and single "War of the Gods" which blends his more conventional pop, soul and funk styles with electronic and psychedelic influences. He was one of the many artists associated with the Philadelphia soul sound created by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell. Paul was identified by his diverse vocal style which ranged from mellow and soulful to low and raspy. Questlove of The Roots equated Paul to Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, calling him "one of the criminally unmentioned proprietors of socially conscious post-revolution '60s civil rights music.
360 Degrees of Billy Paul is an album by soul singer Billy Paul. It was produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and arranged by Bobby Martin, Lenny Pakula and Norman Harris. Released in 1972, it includes the Grammy Award-winning number 1 pop and soul single "Me and Mrs. Jones" and its follow-up "Am I Black Enough for You?" which reached number 29 on the soul chart and number 79 on the pop chart. The album was expanded and remastered by Big Break Records for compact disc in 2012 with three bonus tracks, new liner notes by Andy Kellman, and new quotes from Billy Paul.
THE BEATLES - CD Singles Collection (1992) @FLAC
The CD Singles Collection is a set targeted at collectors who are looking for CD replicas of the Beatles' 22 British singles. Each of the 22 CDs in this set is housed in a replica of the original artwork and contains no more than the original A-side and the original B-side, which doesn't make for practical listening, but practicality isn't the point of the set, collectability is. On that level this is a pretty nice package, as it offers attractive picture sleeves and gives an idea what it was like to hear these singles come out one after another.
Released in late 1992, this 22 CD box set was designed like the EP set, but reproducing all of the original British single releases. All of the 5" discs have individual sleeves similar to the original British issue picture sleeves. The box was issued in Britain November 2), in the USA on November 11, and in Japan on March 24, 1993.
TRACKS: CD01 - Love Me Do: 01 - Love Me Do 02 - P.S. I Love You CD02 - Please Please Me: 01 - Please Please Me 02 - Ask Me Why CD03 - From Me To You: 01 - From Me To You 02 - Thank You Girl CD04 - She Loves You: 01 - She Loves You 02 - I'll Get You CD05 - I Want To Hold Your Hand: 01 - I Want To Hold Your Hand 02 - This Boy CD06 - Can't Buy Me Love: 01 - Can't Buy Me Love 02 - You Can't Do That CD07 - A Hard Day's Night: 01 - A Hard Day's Night 02 - Things We Said Today CD08 - I Feel Fine: 01 - I Feel Fine 02 - She's A Woman CD09 - Ticket To Ride: 01 - Ticket To Ride 02 - Yes It Is CD10 - Help: 01 - Help! 02 - I'm Down CD11 - Day Tripper & We Can Work It Out: 01 - We Can Work It Out 02 - Day Tripper CD12 - Paperback Writer: 01 - Paperback Writer 02 - Rain CD13 - Yellow Submarine & Eleanor Rigby: 01 - Yellow Submarine 02 - Eleanor Rigby CD14 - Strawberry Fields Forever & Penny Lane: 01 - Strawberry Fields Forever 02 - Penny Lane CD15 - All You Need Is Love: 01 - All You Need Is Love 02 - Baby, You're A Rich Man CD16 - Hello, Goodbye: 01 - Hello, Goodbye 02 - I Am The Walrus CD17 - Lady Madonna: 01 - Lady Madonna 02 - The Inner Light CD18 - Hey Jude: 01 - Hey Jude 02 - Revolution CD19 - Get Back & Don't Let Me Down: 01 - Get Back 02 - Don't Let Me Down CD20 - Ballad Of John And Yoko: 01 - Ballad Of John And Yoko 02 - Old Brown Shoe CD21 - Something & Come Together: 01 - Something 02 - Come Together CD22 - Let It Be: 01 - Let It Be 02 - You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
VAN ZANT - Van Zant II (2001)
Van Zant is an American musical duo composed of brothers Donnie Van Zant and Johnny Van Zant. Both are brothers of the late Ronnie Van Zant, former lead singer for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Johnny became the lead vocalist for the reunited Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987, and Donnie was also the leader and vocalist of.
Initially a Southern rock band, Van Zant first recorded in the 1980s on Geffen Records before disbanding. Johnny and Donnie re-established Van Zant in 1998 to record two albums for CMC International, switching their focus to country music in 2005, with two more albums on Columbia Records as a duo. The duo's first Columbia album, Get Right with the Man, produced a Top Ten country hit in "Help Somebody."
This disc by two Southern rock legends who happen to be brothers, Johnny (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (.38 Special) VanZant, is pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be. The album contains ten tracks of well-written and performed Southern rock. Although there are no real surprises or chances taken, the CD should definitely please fans of the genre and bluesy rock in general.
TRACKS: 01. Oklahoma 02. Get What You Got Comin' 03. Heart of an Angel 04. Is It For Real 05. Imagination 06. At Least I'm Free 07. Baby Get Blue 08. What's the World Coming To 09. Wildside 10. Alive
LONNIE MACK - Memphis Wham! (1999) & Live! - Attack Of The Killer V (1990)
Lonnie McIntosh (July 18, 1941 - April 21, 2016), known by his stage name, Lonnie Mack, was an American rock, blues, and country singer-guitarist. As a featured artist, his recording career spanned the period from 1963 to 1990. He remained active as a performer into the early 2000s. Mack played a major role in transforming the electric guitar into a lead voice in rock music. Best known for his 1963 instrumentals, "Memphis" and "Wham!", he has been called a rock-guitar "pioneer" and a "ground-breaker" in lead guitar soloing. In these, and several other early guitar instrumentals, "he attacked the strings with fast, aggressive single-string phrasing and a seamless rhythm style". These tunes are said to have formed the leading edge of the virtuoso "blues rock" lead guitar genre. His guitar recordings were a significant influence on many prominent rock guitarists, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Dickie Betts and Ted Nugent. According to Guitar World magazine, Mack's early solos influenced every major rock-guitar soloist from the 1960s through the 1980s, from "Clapton to Allman to Vaughan" and "from Nugent to Bloomfield".
Memphis Wham! (1999): 24 track compilation for the great American blues guitarist/ vocalist. Contains his entire 1964 debut record 'The Wham of That Memphis Man', plus rare singles & unreleased cuts. Eight of the 24 included are previously unissued; 19 tunes are in stereo, the rest in mono.
Live! - Attack Of The Killer V (1990): Cut in front of an appreciative throng at FitzGerald's in suburban Chicago, Mack cuts loose the way he so often does in concert, sticking almost exclusively to his Alligator-era tunes ("Satisfy Suzie," "Cincinnati Jail," the tortured soul ballad "Stop") and never looking too far backwards. Recorded live at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, Illinois on December 14-16, 1989.All songs written or co-written by Lonnie Mack except for "Riding The Blinds" (Nix) and "I Found A Love" (Pickett, West & Scofield).
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