LAYLA ZOE - Songs From The Road (2017) [CD + DVD Audiorip]
2017 live release from the Canadian blues vocalist. Give Layla Zoe a stage and she'll show you magic. In a world of choreography and autotune, this is one performer who does it the old-fashioned way, digging deep, summoning a smoke-and-whisky vocal, leaving it all on the stage and sending breathless fans out into the night to spread the word. From the opening battlecry on 'Backstage Queen', the Canadian has the listener in the palm of her hand, whether you were lucky enough to be on the front row at the Hirsch club in Nuernberg, Germany, on March 21st, 2017, or are catching up now from the comfort of your home. More than just a live album, Songs From The Road is a visceral snapshot, catching a world-class talent at the height of her powers, as she runs the emotional gamut in song and takes you along for the ride. Give Layla Zoe a stage and she’ll show you magic. In a world of choreography and Autotune, this is one performer who does it the old-fashioned way, digging deep, summoning a smoke-and-whisky vocal, leaving it all on the stage and sending breathless fans out into the night to spread the word. “For me,” says Layla, “there is nothing as satisfying as being on stage with my band, giving my heart to the fans, through music. I like to write songs, I enjoy being in the studio, but the live shows are the reason I love my job so much. I am so excited to finally be able to offer a live DVD to my fans because they have been asking for one for so long.”
JIM CAPALDI - Dear Mr Fantasy - The Jim Capaldi Story (2011)
Jim Capaldi’s story is one of the last great unexplored tales in popular music. The co-founder, drummer and lyricist of the legendary Traffic, Capaldi was one of the most significant, and possibly underrated, songwriters of our generation. He was a five time winner of BMI or ASCAP awards for most played compositions in America. His work in Traffic, alongside Steve Winwood, Chris Wood and Dave Mason, fuelled a 10 album multi-platinum career for the band and provided a benchmark for other musicians. In 2004, Traffic was inducted into the Rock’n & Roll Hall Of Fame. But Traffic, although hugely significant, is only part of the story. Jim Capaldi also enjoyed a thirty year solo career and also worked with many other artists. With his gentlemanly demeanour and his embrace of music from all around the world, Capaldi was a true innovator throughout his five decades in rock. Dear Mr Fantasy tells his story through 61 hand-selected tracks. It provides a superb four-CD overview of the enigmatic vocalist and drummer. Packed with rare photos and essays from writers Andrew Male and Pierre Perrone, it follows his tale from the beat group The Hellions in 1965 through the formation of Traffic and its many incarnations. It features material from his time as a successful solo artist on Island, Polydor, Carerre and Warners throughout the 80s. Capaldi also recorded with many rock greats - from Eric Clapton, to Steve Winwood and George Harrison, and this work is included on Dear Mr Fantasy. Yet Capaldi’s tale, like many of his recordings, is hidden. He is known for ‘being there’ but many admirers know little more. This beautiful set, overseen by Aninha Capaldi is a musical journey like no other. From the streets of the West Midlands to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Dear Mr Fantasy is a remarkable overview of a remarkable man. Including home demos, the fabulous, unreleased track Love’s Got A Hold Of Me recorded with George Harrison, and a beautiful unreleased 2004 Traffic recording of Dear Mr Fantasy. This set’s release coincides with the publication of a luxurious book of the same name by Genesis Publications, which features a forward by Jim’s friend and contemporary, Robert Plant which features many of Jim’s handwritten lyrics.
THE CRANBERRIES - 5 Classic Albums (2016)
The Cranberries are an Irish rock band formed in Limerick in 1989 by lead singer Niall Quinn (later replaced by Dolores O'Riordan), guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler. Although widely associated with alternative rock, the band's sound also incorporates indie pop, post-punk, Irish folk, and pop rock elements. The Cranberries rose to international fame in the 1990s with their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, which became a commercial success. The Cranberries sold over 40 million records worldwide. The band achieved four top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?; No Need to Argue, To the Faithful Departed and Bury the Hatchet) and eight top 20 singles on the Modern Rock Tracks chart ("Linger", "Dreams", "Zombie", "Ode to My Family", "Ridiculous Thoughts", "Salvation", "Free to Decide", and "Promises"). In early 2009, after a six-year hiatus, the Cranberries reunited and began a North American tour, followed by shows in Latin America and Europe. The band recorded their sixth album Roses in May 2011, and released it in February 2012. Something Else, an album covering earlier songs together with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, was released in April 2017.
On 15 January 2018, lead singer Dolores O'Riordan died unexpectedly in London, where she had arrived for a recording session. - RIP
V.A. - Milk Of The Tree: An Anthology Of Female Vocal Folk and Singer - Songwriters 1966-73 (2017)
Three CD collection. Notwithstanding one or two isolated exceptions, it wasn't until the mid-'60s that independent female voices really began to be heard within the music industry. Over the course of four hours and sixty tracks, Milk Of The Tree focuses on the music made in the late '60s and early '70s in both Britain and North America by either female solo artists or acts with featured female vocalists. Along the way, we encounter San Franciscan psychedelia, LA folk rock, Swinging London pop-folk, electric folk, progressive folk and even folk club folk as well as (of course) a plethora of singer- songwriters (including Various ladies of the Canyon) from the movement's golden age. As well as featuring most of the leading figures from both sides of the Atlantic, Milk Of The Tree includes many performers who received little attention at the time but who now have a cult reputation amongst collectors. A significant number of tracks were unreleased at the time, while the set also includes the first-ever appearance by pioneering female rock duo Emily Muff, two American girls who were based in England during the period in question but failed to land a recording contract. With a 44-page booklet crammed with rare photos and details of the Various acts featured, the clambox-housed Milk Of The Tree is not only a fascinating social document but, we hope, a hugely entertaining snapshot of a particular time, place and frame of mind that produced some enduring, spellbinding music.
BREAD - The Elektra Years - The Complete Albums Box (2017)
Bread was one of the most popular pop groups of the early '70s, earning a string of well-crafted, melodic soft rock singles, all of which were written by keyboardist/vocalist David Gates. A session musician and producer, Gates met in 1968 guitarist/vocalist James Griffin, who had already released a solo album called Summer Holiday. Griffin hired Gates to produce a new album, and the pair soon became a group, adding guitarist/vocalist Robb Royer from the band Pleasure Fair, who Gates had produced early in its career. The trio soon signed with Elektra Records, becoming one of the label's first pop bands. Naming themselves Bread, the group released its self-titled debut album in late 1968. Although it was filled with accessible, melodic soft rock that became the band's signature sound, the record had no hit singles. With their second album, On the Waters, Bread established themselves as hitmakers. "Make It With You," the first single released from the album, became a number one hit, which led to "It Don't Matter to Me," a song taken from Bread, becoming a Top Ten hit. With On the Waters becoming a gold record, the group embarked on a tour, adding a full-time drummer, Mike Botts, to the lineup. Manna, released in the spring of 1971, wasn't as big a hit as the previous record, yet it launched another Top Ten hit with "If." Royer left the group after the album and was replaced by Larry Knechtel, a Los Angeles session musician who played on records by the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees, among others. The new lineup released its first single, "Mother Freedom," in the summer of 1971; the single scraped the Top 40 at number 37. Bread's next single, "Baby I'm-a Want You," became a number three hit at the end of the year. After "Everything I Own" reached number five in January of 1972, an album called Baby I'm-a Want You was released. Peaking at number three, the record became the group's most successful album. The group's fifth album, Guitar Man, followed in the fall of 1972. At the beginning of 1973, Bread disbanded after a dispute between Gates and Griffin.
FAST EDDIE CLARKE - Make My Day Back to Blues (2014)
Edward Allan Clarke (5 October 1950 – 10 January 2018), better known as "Fast" Eddie Clarke, was a British guitarist who was a member of heavy metal bands Fastway and Motörhead. Of Motörhead's classic lineup, which consisted of Lemmy, himself and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, he was the last surviving member. Clarke was from 1976 to 1982 together with Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor a member of the classic line-up. Among the most important achievements of Clarke during this period include the albums "Overkill", "Bomber", "Ace Of Spades" and "Iron Fist" with which the British international breakthrough.
2014 album of Motörhead and Fastway guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, who takes on "Make My Day, Back To Blues" back to his blues roots. He receives support on his new album by Bill Sharpe of Shakatak at the keys.
TRACKS: 01. Nothing Left 02. Mountains to the Sea 03. Make My Day 04. Heavy Load 05. Fast Train 06. Walking Too Slow 07. Haven't Got the Time 08. One Way 09. My New Life 10. Ethereal Blue
DEEP PURPLE - Power House (1977)
This is a great collection of b-sides, outtakes, etc, from the classic Mark II lineup. However, this album has been made mostly superfluous by all the new 25th Anniversary Editions of the classic albums. The first 3 tracks are early live recordings taken from the warm-up set that preceded the Concerto for Group and Orchestra. These include Gillan doing a great version of "Hush" (much better than the atrocity on "Nobody's Perfect") and a fantastic version of "Child in Time." A lengthy version of "Wring That Neck" is the other song. These songs now appear on the new reissue of the Concerto album. "Cry Free" is a quite good outtake from "In Rock" and now appears as a bonus track on the new edition. "Painted Horse" is a really unusual (and good) sounding outtake from "Who Do We Think We Are" and will be appearing as a bonus track when WDWTWA is re-released in a couple of months. Finally, there is a smoking live version of "Black Night" from the same shows that yielded "Made in Japan". This is now available on the encores disc added to the new edition of that album. So, on the whole this is really great material and essential for fans of Mark II Purple. However, if you are getting the new editions of the classic albums you don't need it (although the mixes on the studio tracks are different, so if you are a completist. . .).
COLD CHISEL - The Live Tapes: Vol 4 (2017)
In December 2015 Cold Chisel ended their massive One Night Stand tour with three special shows they dubbed The 'Last Stand' of the Sydney Entertainment Centre. These wild, unhinged and emotional shows were played immediately prior to the iconic venue's demolition and for Cold Chisel it had a double sense of occasion, given that the "Ent Cent" was the venue where Cold Chisel played their legendary farewell shows back in December, 1983 - the band not playing together again for another 15 years.
The announcement of these 2015 shows captured the public's imagination, selling over 20,000 tickets in 10 minutes before the band added one more show. Fans who missed out on tickets at the time will now have a chance to see and hear Cold Chisel in all its ragged glory on The 'Last Stand' of the Sydney Entertainment Centre - The Live Tapes - Vol 4 as they literally bring down the house. If you were lucky enough to be there, you'll know what we mean. In addition to visceral, gut-busting versions of fan favourites like "Letter To Alan", "Houndog", "One Long Day" and the Jerry Lee-inspired cover "Don't Let Go", there's rare appearances of the Chisel classics "Ita" and "Janelle", the new and powerful "Lost", "Long Dark Road" and "All Hell Broke Lucy" from the band's critically-hailed 2015 album The Perfect Crime and of course the undeniable anthems "Choirgirl", "Khe Sanh", "When The War Is Over", "Flame Trees", "Rising Sun", "My Baby", "Bow River", "Standing On The Outside" and many more. Containing over 32 songs - nearly 3 hours of music - The 'Last Stand' of the Sydney Entertainment Centre - The Live Tapes - Vol 4 draws its performances from the band's final two shows on December 17 and 18, 2015 and is by far the biggest live release ever from Cold Chisel. Renowned as one of Australia's best-ever live bands, the recording captures Cold Chisel warts and all and is then loving mixed by longtime sonic ally Kevin Shirley.
MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD - It's Not Killing Me (1969)
It's Not Killing Me is the debut solo album by American blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield. It was released in 1969. Following his success with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Electric Flag, and in the Super Session recordings with Al Kooper, Bloomfield teamed up with former colleagues to record this largely self-written album. It was not well-received by AllMusic, which criticized its "lack of a powerful vocalist" and the under-use of Bloomfield's guitar, going so far as to say "it makes about as much sense as Led Zeppelin having Jimmy Page sing lead while Robert Plant played tambourine!
It's a shame that Michael Bloomfield's recorded legacy is so spotty. Generally speaking, the blues guitarist's finest moments are found on the universally praised first two discs with Paul Butterfield, the Electric Flag's A Long Time Comin' album, and the sporadic glimpses of greatness on his solo records. Unfortunately, there aren't many of those on It's Not Killing Me, Bloomfield's first solo LP released under his name in 1969. The main problem with this album is its lack of a powerful vocalist who could equally tackle blues, soul, and country. Singing was not one of the legendary guitarist's strengths, and he definitely wasn't capable of carrying that load over an entire record. Instead of focusing on Bloomfield's guitar prowess and letting him arrange the American music he obviously loved so deeply, you get the impression someone at Columbia, or maybe even Bloomfield himself, wanted to turn him into a hip frontman a la Eric Clapton. It's especially odd considering the presence of blues belter Nick Gravenites singing backup on this session, not to mention additional vocals by the Ace of Cups and Diane Tribuno. It makes about as much sense as Led Zeppelin having Jimmy Page sing lead while Robert Plant played tambourine! It's Not Killing Me is recommended for completists only.
MICKY MOODY & PAUL WILLIAMS - Smokestacks, Broom Dusters & Hootchie Coochie Men (2002)
Smokestacks, Broom Dusters & Hoochie Coochie Men is their 16 track celebration of the music of Elmore James, Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Guitarist Micky Moody needs little introduction. He first came to prominence in the early seventies as the youngest member, of the highly acclaimed, Juicy Lucy. Afterwards, he co-founded Snafu and enjoyed similar success. A telephone call from Deep Purple’s David Coverdale resulted in a performer or writing partnership on the superstar’s two solo LP’s. This led to the formation of Whitesnake, and yes the rest really is history. Micky’s first solo album I Eat Them For Breakfast was released by Armadillo Music in 2000, following this his collaboration with ex-Juicy Lucy member Paul Williams came about in 2002 Smokestacks, Broom Dusters & Hoochie Coochie Men. Paul’s phenomenal vocal style was nurtured during the great blues boom of the sixties working alongside Alexis Korner, Zoot Money and John Mayall, before joining Micky in Juicy Lucy.
V.A. - 25 Very Rare Masters From The Sixties (1996)
Very rare 1996 German release. Apart from Jethro Tull artists include Ritchie Blackmore, the Vipps, The Sessions, Boz, The Outlaws, Ronnie Jones, Albert Lee, Derek Lawrence Statement, and Green Bullfrog.
TRACKS: 01. Ritchie Blackmore Orchestra – Getaway 02. Ritchie Blackmore Orchestra – Little Brown Jug 03. Jethro Toe – Sunshine Day 04. Jethro Toe – Aeroplane 05. Jethro Tull – Blues For The 18th 06. The Vipps – Mercy Mercy 07. The Vipps – That's My Woman 08. The Sessions – Let Me In 09. The Sessions – Bouncing Bass 10. Boz Burrell – I Shall Be Released 11. Boz Burrell – Down In The Flood 12. Boz Burrell – Creators Of Rain 13. The Outlaws – Only For You 14. The Outlaws – Don't Cry 15. Ronnie Jones – Satisfy My Soul 16. Ronnie Jones – My Only Souvenir 17. Albert Lee – Undiscovered 18. Albert Lee – The Victim 19. Albert Lee – Mama Tried 20. Derek Lawrence Statement – I Am The Preacher 21. Derek Lawrence Statement – In Our Own Sweet Time 22. Derek Lawrence Statement – Nobody Hears A Word 23. Green Bullfrog – Louisiana Man 24. Green Bullfrog – Ain't Nobody Home 25. Green Bullfrog – Who DO You Love?
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