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).
PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION - Purple Rain (1984)
Purple Rain is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Prince, the first to feature his backing band The Revolution, and is the soundtrack album to the 1984 film of the same name. It was released on June 25, 1984 by Warner Bros. Records.
Purple Rain is regularly ranked among the best albums in music history and is widely regarded as Prince's magnum opus. Time magazine ranked it the 15th greatest album of all time in 1993, and it placed 18th on VH1's Greatest Rock and Roll Albums of All Time countdown. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the second-best album of the 1980s and 76th on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Zounds magazine ranked it the 18th greatest album of all time. Furthermore, the album placed 4th in Plásticos y Decibelios' list of The Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2007, the editors of Vanity Fair labeled it the best soundtrack of all time and Tempo magazine named it the greatest album of the 1980s. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #2 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s" behind only Michael Jackson's Thriller. That same year, the album was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important".
PRINCE - Ultimate Prince (2006)
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, died at his Minnesota estate on Thursday. Police were called to his Paisley Park mansion around 9:45 a.m. local time for a medical emergency at the on-site recording studio, but deputies discovered the fatality upon arrival. The Carver County Sheriff’s Department initially did not publicly identify the singer as the victim as they waited to notify his next of kin, but Prince’s publicist sadly confirmed his death.
Prince’s passing comes less than a week after he was briefly hospitalized. As Gossip Cop reported, his private jet made an emergency landing in Illinois when became ill while traveling from Georgia to Minnesota. His rep said he had been suffering from the flu, which had caused him to cancel concerts earlier this month.
His death now is sure to send shockwaves throughout the music industry, as Prince will go down as one of the greatest musicians and performers of all time. A native of Minneapolis, he started his career in the late-1970s and became a monster success the following decade. Working with a number of bands over the years, Prince amassed seven Grammys.
BAD COMPANY - Here Comes Trouble (1992) & Company Of Strangers (1995)
Here Comes Trouble is the tenth studio album by hard rock band Bad Company and the last with Brian Howe as lead vocalist. The album was released in September 1992. The title track from this album received some major air play on Classic rock radio, although "How About That" was the biggest single from the album, spending six weeks at the top of the Album Rock Tracks chart.
Company of Strangers is the eleventh studio album by hard rock band Bad Company, and their first with Robert Hart (in place of Brian Howe who had replaced Paul Rodgers in 1986 as lead vocalist). The album was released in June 1995. To date, it is the band's latest studio album of all-new material.
BUDGIE - Radio Sessions 1974 & 1978 (2005) & The BBC Recordings (2006)
Budgie are a Welsh hard rock band from Cardiff. They are described by author Garry Sharpe-Young as one of the earliest heavy metal bands and a seminal influence to many acts of that scene, with fast, heavy rock (an influence on the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and acts such as Metallica) being played as early as 1971. The band has been noted as "among the heaviest metal of its day". "Radio Sessions 1974 & 1978" is a double live album by Welsh hard rock group Budgie. The album tracks were taken from two live concerts; one at the Global Village in London in 1974, the other in Los Angeles in 1978.
DISC 1 - London 1974: 01. Breadfan 02. You Are The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk 03. Hammer And Tongs 04. Zoom Club 05. Parents 06. Rocking Man
DISC 2 - Los Angeles 1978: 01. Melt The Ice Away 02. In The Grip Of A Tyrefitter's Hand 03. Smile Boy Smile 04. In For The Kill / You Are The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk 05. Love For You And Me 06. Parents 07. Who Do You Want For Your Love 08. Don't Dilute The Water 09. Breaking All The House Rules 10. Breadfan
"The BBC Recordings" was the last live compilation album by Welsh rock band Budgie. The tracks on this album were taken from five shows.
DISC 1: 01. Rape Of The Locks 02. Rocking Man 03. Young Is A World 04. Hot As A Docker's Armpit 05. Breaking All The House Rules 06. Crime Against The World 07. Napoleon Bona Part 1 & 2 08. Forearm Smash 09. Panzer Division Destroyed 10. Wildfire 11. Breadfan (Lost Edit Not Transmitted)
DISC 2: 01. Sky High Percentage 02. In The Grip Of A Tyrefitter's Hand 03. I Turned To Stone 04. Superstar 05. She Used Me Up 06. Forearm Smash 07. Crime Against The World 08. I Turned To Stone 09. Truth Drug (Not Transmitted) 10. Superstar 11. She Used Me Up 12. Panzer Division Destroyed
THE HOLLIES - Out On The Road (1973) & A Crazy Steal (1978)
The most obscure album in the Hollies' entire catalog, Out on the Road marked the second half of the "Mikael Rickfors Era," that two-year period in which the Swedish-born singer provided the group's lead vocals. The album was originally released only in Germany. This is a slicker, smoother, and harder-rocking version of the Hollies than most casual fans, familiar with their hits of the early '70s ("Long Dark Road," "The Air That I Breathe") might expect. Rickfors is firing on all cylinders as a singer, his vocals every bit as expressive if not as compellingly memorable as those of the man he was (temporarily, as it turned out) replacing, Allan Clarke. But the equally dominant personality on a lot of the material here is guitarist Tony Hicks, whose instrumental prowess is all over this record (and not just on guitar, but banjo, among other stringed devices) along with a lot of solid songwriting on his part (in tandem with Kenny Lynch) and backing vocals. Rhythm guitarist Terry Sylvester also steps into the spotlight a bit more here than on typical Hollies albums, both as a singer and songwriter, the latter in tandem with Rickfors. As for the sounds, they're a mix of lyrical, acoustic folk-based and country-influenced rock, with elements of gospel and R&B. The requisite Hollies harmonies are present as well on most of the material, and the body of songs is mostly very good -- and mostly as distinctive as their other album cuts of this era. The self-conscious heaviness of the closer, "Trans-Atlantic West Bound Jet," doesn't quite suit the band, but everything else here works well, and it's no accident that several of the tracks here were subsequently reworked with Clarke as lead singer upon his return to the lineup.
A Crazy Steal is a 1978 album by English rock/pop group, The Hollies. It included their version of Emmylou Harris' "Boulder to Birmingham", which had been released two years prior, reaching number 10 on the charts in New Zealand . Two other songs from this album ("Hello To Romance" and "Amnesty") were released in 1977 as singles, yet failed to chart anywhere.
ACE FREHLEY - Origins Vol.1 (2016)
Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss. Origins, Vol. 1 is a covers album by American guitarist Ace Frehley, released on April 13, 2016 in Japan and April 15(USA). The album will feature guest appearances from Slash, Lita Ford, John 5, Mike McCready, and Frehley's former Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley. The album was announced on February 11, 2016. In addition to covers of tracks by Cream and Thin Lizzy, Origins, Vol. 1 will feature newly-recorded versions of several Kiss songs which were written but not sung by Frehley, such as "Cold Gin" and "Parasite", as well as a new version of the Kiss song "Rock and Roll Hell" which he did not perform on as he was leaving the band at the time.
TRACKS: 01. White Room 02. Street Fighting Man 03. Spanish Castle Magic 04. Fire And Water 05. Emerald 06. Bring It On Home 07. Wild Thing 08. Parasite 09. Magic Carpet Ride 10. Cold Gin 11. Till The End Of The Day 12. Rock And Roll Hell
THE ARCS - Yours, Dreamily (2015)
Yours, Dreamily, is the debut album by The Arcs, a side-project by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The album was released on September 4, 2015. The album originated as an Auerbach solo project but morphed into a collaborative effort, with musicians Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon. All members of the band share songwriting credit for the album. It was recorded over two weeks at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles, Electric Lady Studios in New York, Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, and the Sound Mine in New York. Auerbach and Michels co-produced the album, and Tchad Blake mixed it. The New York-based all-female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache perform backing vocals on several album tracks and the lead vocals on "Chains of Love".
TRACKS: 01. Once We Begin (Intro) 02. Outta My Mind 03. Put A Flower In Your Pocket 04. Pistol Made Of Bones 05. Everything You Do (You Do For You) 06. Stay In My Corner 07. Cold Companion 08. The Arc 09. Nature's Child 10. Velvet Ditch 11. Chains Of Love 12. Come & Go 13. Rosie (Ooh La La) 14. Searching The Blue
GRAHAM NASH - This Path Tonight (2016)
"This Path Tonight" is the sixth studio solo album by British singer-songwriter Graham Nash, released on 15 April 2016. This is his first collection of new songs in fourteen years. When he wrote the tunes for This Path Tonight, Nash's separation from his wife Susan after 38 years of marriage was weighing most heavily on his mind. As he stated about the new album: "This Path Tonight is my emotional journey at this point in my life. Many changes are happening and, as a musician, I'm trying to find the courage to face my future and grab a hold of it. My producer (former Springsteen/Maria McKee sideman) Shane Fontayne and I wanted to make a funkier, more intimate feeling and started the album with the song "This Path Tonight"."
Nash also stated: «What a pleasure it was recording this album. Shane Fontayne and I had written 20 songs in a month and recorded them in eight days. I felt comfortable on day one even though I'd never met some of the musicians before that moment. Shane, who produced the album, put together a great band: Todd Caldwell (hammond organ), Jay Bellerose (drums, percussion), Jennifer Condos (bass), Patrick Warren (piano), Shane Fontayne (guitars). My music has a different feel to my earlier albums although I hear echoes of each one. This journey of mine was one of self-discovery, of intense creation, of absolute passion.
APRIL WINE - Classic Album Set (2016)
2016 six CD set. This box from the Canadian rockers contains the five albums the band did for Capitol between 1978 and 1984 as well as a BBC in concert from 1980. It was remastered by Andy Pearce and contains notes by Classic Rock's Malcolm Dome, all put into a 20 page booklet and clam shell box. April Wine formed in 1969. Originally based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the band enjoyed international success in the 1970s and 1980s, releasing more than 20 albums since 1971. 1979 saw continued Canadian success, and the beginning of international success. The band's seventh album, First Glance, had an immediate impact and the first two singles were both successful on Canadian radio. First Glance also found an audience in the U.S., staying on the Billboard album chart for many weeks, making it April Wine's first gold record outside of Canada. Following on the popularity of First Glance, April Wine released Harder... Faster. "Say Hello" and "I Like to Rock" were popular hits and Harder... Faster proved to be yet another multi-platinum release for the band. The Nature of the Beast was released in January 1981, and riding on the popularity of the smash hit singles "Just Between You and Me" was the first April Wine album to reach platinum status internationally. In July of 1982, April Wine released their tenth album, Power Play. The album included the singles "Enough is Enough", "If You See Kay" and "Anything You Want, You Got It". Animal Grace followed but the band was put on hold for some time after that with member releasing solo albums. The band has since reformed and still plays all over the world to this day.
METALLICA - Kill 'Em All (1983) & Ride The Lightning (1984) [Remasters, 2016]
Metallica's debut album 'Kill 'Em All' reissued. The true birth of thrash. On Kill 'Em All, Metallica fuses the intricate riffing of New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Diamond Head with the velocity of Motörhead and hardcore punk. Originally released in 1983, the album featured many songs written by Dave Mustaine, who would later go on to form Megadeth after being let go from the band. It didn’t sell well upon release but ultimately went platinum due to the band’s meteoric success over the years.
Metallica's sophomore album Ride The Lightnight resissued on 1-CD . Incredibly ambitious for a one-year-later sophomore effort, Ride the Lightning finds Metallica aggressively expanding their compositional technique and range of expression. Every track tries something new, and every musical experiment succeeds mightily. The lyrics push into new territory as well - more personal, more socially conscious, less metal posturing.
THE IDES OF MARCH - Vehicle (1970) & Common Bond (1971)
Chicago's Ides of March burst onto the national scene in 1970 with the million-selling single "Vehicle," a tune that bore more than a passing resemblance to the then mega-selling Blood, Sweat & Tears. But the band's pedigree went back further than BS&T's, and with a much different origin. Formed in the mid-'60s in the Windy City, the original Ides were put together by founding member Jim Peterik as a teen band, strong on original material and British pop harmonies. Soon the band was recording for London's Parrot Records subsidiary, releasing five singles between 1966 and 1967, including the local hit "You Wouldn't Listen." By the late '60s, however, Peterik had reconfigured the band to include a full horn section, and a new sound and style for the band were born. Ever the crafty commercial songwriter, Peterik fashioned a new single, "Vehicle," to showcase this sound, which mirrored the success of horn rock bands like Chase and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
The record was a huge hit, spawning the sound-alike follow-up "Superman." The other chart hit for the group (and a complete about-face from the horn-dominated sound of "Vehicle") was the wistful "L.A. Goodbye." Personnel problems and a label shift to RCA Victor spelled the end of the band as Peterik eased into the 1980s in the role of producer/songwriter, penning several hits for the likes of .38 Special and others. The group re-formed in 1993 to record an album of new material and recuts of hits going all the way back to "You Wouldn't Listen," and in the following years Peterik remained active both as a tunesmith and producer. Meanwhile, the Ides of March have continued to tour in the years following the turn of the millennium.
JIMI HENDRIX - The Singles Album (1983)
This 23-song compilation was a choice European release when it first appeared as a double-LP from Polydor in 1983, partly because of the cool looking cover, but also for doing the welcome job of assembling together the A- and B-sides of all of the Jimi Hendrix singles released between January 1967 and 1983. There are a few caveats that must be pointed out before we go further, however. The first is, of course, that this was a U.K. release and, thus, represents his British singles from that period -- not that there was an enormous amount of difference between the tracks chosen for his 45s in the U.K. and the U.S. during Hendrix's lifetime; there were just more of them in the U.K., and they charted much higher there, whereas in the U.S. most of his sales were concentrated in his LPs. Additionally, and more important, is the fact that Hendrix's career and musical output are usually -- and correctly -- defined in terms of his albums and his concert recordings; the singles were an important (and necessary) but mostly secondary endeavor for him. That said, however, hearing the singles isolated in this way does present another side to Hendrix's work and, more importantly, offers us a look at the way in which it was perceived by the non-fans (which was the greater mass of listeners -- he never sold records the way the Beatles or the Rolling Stones did, after all), and the way it was presented by his management and U.K. record label Track Records to that larger public, as the most accessible side of his work at any given phase. This was the material that the guitarist and his management perceived as having the best chance of being heard on radio, and of luring the uninitiated (and those who were aware of his work without being fans) into buying at least the 7" platter, with the chance of an LP sale down the road.
SANTANA - Santana IV (2016)
The wildly anticipated studio album reunites the revered early 70s lineup of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums). The album signifies the first time in 45 years since 1971 s multi-platinum classic Santana III that the quintet has recorded together. Santana IV features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band that burst with the same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.
The origins for the reunion go back several years, when Schon sested that he and Carlos Santana record together. Santana liked the idea but went one better, proposing that they recruit Rolie, Shrieve and Carabello for what would be called Santana IV. After initial writing sessions and rehearsals took place in 2013, the group recorded throughout 2014 and 2015, amassing 16 spellbinding tracks that combined all their signature elements Afro-Latin rhythms, soaring vocals, electrifying blues-psychedelic guitar solos, and irrepressibly jubilant percussion work with widescreen hooks and melodies that will lodge themselves in the thicket of listeners senses and stay there. It was magical, Santana says. We didn t have to try to force the vibe it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana.
TRACKS: 01. Yambu 02. Shake It 03. Anywhere You Want To Go 04. Fillmore East 05. Love Makes The World Go Round 06. Freedom In Your Mind 07. Choo Choo 08. All Aboard 09. Suenos 10. Caminando 11. Blues Magic 12. Echizo 13. Leave Me Alone 14. You And I 15. Come As You Are 16. Forgiveness
BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS - Kings And Queens (2011) & South (2014)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are a Canadian folk rock-alternative band with blues and country influences. The band was formed in 1996, in Hamilton, Ontario, by Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing, and Colin Linden.
2011 release from the Roots-oriented outfit. This release pairs the band with some of their favorite female singers and friends - and some of the biggest names in Roots, Blues and Jazz: Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Serena Ryder, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Amy Helm, Janiva Magness, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Sam Phillips, Sara Watkins, Exene Cervenka, Patti Scialfa and Holly Cole. Grammy- and Juno-winning producer Colin Linden took the helm for the album, and the new recordings have taken the Kings from Nashville to Toronto to New York City to New Orleans, Los Angeles, Woodstock and back again.
TRACKS: 01. If I Cant Have You (Feat. Lucinda Williams) 02. Another Free Woman Gets To Walk Away (Feat. Sara Watkins) 03. Got You Covered (Feat. Rosanne Cash) 04. Im Still Lovin You (Feat. Amy Helm) 05. Golden Sorrows (Feat. Cassandra Wilson) 06. Shelter Me (Feat. Patti Scialfa) 07. My Town Has Moved Away (Feat. Pam Tillis) 08. How Come You Treat Me So Bad (Feat. Janiva Magness) 09. Step Away (Feat. Emmylou Harris) 10. Heart A Mine (Feat. Mary Margaret Ohara) 11. Brave (Feat. Holly Cole) 12. Made Of Love (Feat. Exene Cervenka) 13. Love Lay Me Down (Feat. Sam Phillips) 14. Black Sheep (Feat. Serena Ryder)
South represents a fresh creative step for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, while embodying the qualities of rootsy musical uplift and quirky lyrical depth that have long distinguished the ensembles varied output. The albums largely acoustic yet reliably punchy arrangements showcase the three songwriters multiple strengths, while their organically energetic performances maintain the vibrant chemistry that has kept Blackie a consistently vital and distinctive musical force.
TRACKS: 01. North 02. South 03. Gotta Stay Young 04. I'd Have To Be A Stone 05. Blow Me A Kiss 06. Summertime's Over 07. Everything I Am 08. I'm Still Loving You 09. Reinventing The Wheel Of Love 10. Try Try Try Again 11. Fleur De Lys 12. Driftin Snow
THEM CROOKED VULTURES - Them Crooked Vultures (2009)
Them Crooked Vultures is a rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by John Paul Jones (former member of Led Zeppelin) on bass and keyboards, Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and formerly of Nirvana) on drums, and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal and formerly of Kyuss) on guitar and vocals. The group also includes guitarist Alain Johannes during live performances. The band began recording in February 2009, and performed their first gig on August 9, 2009, in Chicago, followed by a European debut on August 19. On October 1 the group embarked on a worldwide tour titled Deserve the Future with dates going into 2010. The band's first single "New Fang" was released in October 2009, followed by the group's self-titled debut album the following month, debuting at number 12 on the Billboard 200. The group won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for "New Fang".
"Them Crooked Vultures" is the debut studio album by the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures that was released on November 16, 2009. The first single from the album, "New Fang", was released on October 26, 2009, followed by "Mind Eraser, No Chaser" on November 3. The album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling 70,000 units in the US in its first week.
DISC 1 - Them Crooked Vultures: 01. No One Loves Me & Neither Do I 02. Mind Eraser, No Chaser 03. New Fang 04. Dead End Friends 05. Elephants 06. Scumbag Blues 07. Bandoliers 08. Reptiles 09. Interlude With Ludes 10. Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up 11. Caligulove 12. Gunman 13. Spinning In Daffodils
Bonus CD - Live From Sydney): 01. No One Loves Me & Neither Do I 02. Dead End Friends 03. Scumbag Blues 04. Elephants 05. Hwy 1
JEFF BUCKLEY - You And I (2016)
Long rumored to exist as the "Addabbo sessions", but previously unheard outside the studio, these seminal recordings are a fan's Holy Grail, a rare opportunity to hear Jeff Buckley in peak form, developing his artistry through a series of spellbinding solo performances, each one captured in pristine sonic detail. Recently discovered in the Sony Music archives during the research for the 20th anniversary edition of Buckley's Grace album, the performances on You and I are a revelation, an intimate portrait of the artist performing a variety of cover songs and original music expressing a range of emotion channeled through his singular sensibility.
The songs on You and I reveal, in part, the eclectic scope of Jeff Buckley's extraordinary musical tastes and abilities. The covers on the album include Jeff's highly personal interpretations of songs written by Bob Dylan ("Just Like a Woman"); Sylvester Stewart ("Everyday People," recorded by Sly & the Family Stone); Joe Green ("Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'," recorded by Louis Jordan, Ray Charles and others); Bob Telson ("Calling You," recorded by Jevetta Steele for the 1987 film Bagdad Café); Morrissey and Johnny Marr ("The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" and "I Know It's Over," recorded by the Smiths); Booker T. Washington "Bukka" White ("Poor Boy Long Way from Home," from a 1939 "field" recording made by John Lomax) and John Paul Jones/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant ("Night Flight," recorded by Led Zeppelin). Rounding out You and I are two pieces of original music: the first-ever solo studio recording of his signature song, "Grace" and "Dream of You and I," a mysterious and haunting piece which informs the deeply intimate and profoundly personal mood of the album. These 10 tracks offer an incredible, rare glimpse of an artist, alone, in the sacred space that is the studio. There's an intimacy and an honesty to the performances that's literally breathtaking. You & I is an important addition to Jeff's recorded legacy and will be a thrill for both his devoted longtime fans and newcomers alike.
ARLEN ROTH - Arlen Roth (1987) & Toolin' Around Woodstock (2008)
Arlen Roth is a clean, impressive and technically innovative guitarist who established his credentials on the New York recording scene in the '70s, doing session work on albums by John Prine, Janis Ian, Dusty Springfield, Eric Anderson, Loudon Wainwright, and others. More recently he's become known for his books and columns on various popular guitar styles. This disc, drawn from his two Rounder albums, showcases over sixty minutes of a guitar master at work.
TRACKS: 01. A Change Is Gonna Come 02. Dreams Of Mexico 03. A Fool Like Me 04. Landslide 05. Farther Along 06. Laughing At The Blues 07. The Kids On The Block 08. Not Her Usual Man 09. Poor Side Of Town 10. Restless Age 11. North Sea 12. On A Cold, Dark Night 13. August Nights
February 2008 CD from veteran guitar maestro Arlen Roth, with a selection of rootsy classics drawing from the music of Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Buck Owens, Bob Dylan, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and others. The record was recorded at Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock, NY. Levon plays drums on 12 of the 14 tracks. He also sings the lead vocal on 2 of them including an incredible version of "Sweet Little Sixteen" and the Buck Owens chestnut "Cryin' Time." Other guests on the album include Sonny Landreth, Bill Kirchen, Amy Helm, and Arlen's daughter Lexie. Bass was handled by Paul Ossola & Mike Merritt, keyboards and accordion by Brian Mitchell, drums by Joe Bonadio, and rhythm guitar by Matt Rae. The recording sessions were filmed and a free bonus DVD featuring candid "behind the scenes" footage of the proceedings in Levon's studio was included with the initial pressing. The album is produced by Arlen Roth and Jon Gershen. Gershen recorded with Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel in the '70s as a member of the group Borderline.
TRACKS: 01. Sweet Little Sixteen (Levon Helm-Vocal & Drums, Arlen Roth - Guitar) 02. Games People Play (Bill Kirchen-Vocal & Guitar, Arlen Roth-Vocal & Guitar) 03. Ballad Of A Thin Man (Arlen Roth-Guitar, Levon Helm-Drums) 04. Matchbox (Arlen Roth-Vocal & Guitar, Levon Helm-Drums) 05. Sleepwalk (Arlen Roth-Guitar, Levon Helm-Drums) 06. Cryin' Time (Levon Helm-Vocal & Drums, Lexie Roth & Amy Helm- backing vocals) 07. Tumblin' (Sonny Landreth- Slide Guitar, Arlen Roth-Slide Guitar) 08. Nightlife (Lexie Roth - Vocal, Arlen Roth - Guitar) 09. Gas Station Frustration (Bill Kirchen-Vocal & Guitar, Arlen Roth-Guitar&Harmony Vocal) 10. Unchained Melody (Arlen Roth - Guitar, Levon Helm- Drums) 11. Burnt Child (Arlen Roth -Vocal & Guitar) 12. Don't Lie To Me (Arlen Roth - Vocal & Guitar, Levon Helm - Drums) 13. Just One Look (Lexie Roth & Amy Helm- Vocals, Levon Helm - Drums, Arlen Roth- Guitar) 14. Deep Feeling (Sonny Landreth - Slide Guitar, Arlen Roth - Slide Guitar, Levon Helm - Drums)
ARLEN ROTH - Slide Guitar Summit (2015)
Arlen Roth is an American guitarist, recording artist, performer, tutor and author. His first solo album won the Montreux Critics' Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year in 1978. He was a regular columnist for Guitar Player magazine from 1982 to 1992. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Bob Dylan, Danny Gatton, John Entwistle, John Prine, Kate Taylor, James Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Rick Wakeman, Paul Simon (as well as Simon and Garfunkel), Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Sonny Landreth, Levon Helm, Bill Kirchen, Duane Eddy, Steve Morse, Albert Lee and Phoebe Snow. He has also released several solo albums, and performs with his own band, as a duet with his daughter, Lexie Roth, and as a solo act as well.
With an all-star lineup of guests including Sonny Landreth, Johnny Winter, David Lindley, Rick Vito, Cindy Cashdollar, Lee Roy Parnell, Greg Martin, Jimmy Vivino, Jack Pearson, and Grammy-winning producer/drummer Tom Hambridge, Arlen Roth has created an exciting album that not only spans several genres and styles but also puts on display some truly great slide guitar playing.
TRACKS: 01. Do What's Right (Feat. Jack Pearson) 02. Dust My Broom (Feat. Lee Roy Parnell) 03. Stranger On The Shore (Feat. Cindy Cashdollar) 04. Sonny Skies (Feat. Sonny Landreth) 05. Rocket 88 (Feat.Johnny Winter) 06. Dixie Chicken (Feat. Lee Roy Parnell) 07. Poor Boy Blues (Feat. Jimmy Vivino) 08. And When I Die (Feat. One Child Born) (With Jimmy Vivino) 09. Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia (Feat. Greg Martin) 10. Paradise Blues (Feat. Rick Vito) 11. Steel Guitar Rag (Feat. Cindy Cashdollar) 12. You Really Got A Hold On Me (Feat. Rick Vito) 13. Her Mind Is Gone (Feat. David Lindley) 14. Amazing Grace (Feat. Greg Martin)
STATUS QUO - On The Level (1975); If You Can't Stand The Heat (1978) & Whatever You Want (1979) [Deluxe Editions, 2016]
On The Level (1975): Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of one of Status Quo's definitive albums. This version has been remastered by Andy Pearce with the assistance of 'fifth band member Bob Young' from the original tapes and has a bonus disc of archive recordings as well as a concert from 1975 An enhanced booklet contains new notes and interviews by Classic Rock's Dave Ling and also features rare photos and memorabilia from the bands personal collection.
If You Can't Stand The Heat (1978): Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of Status Quo's 1975 definitive album. If You Can't Stand The Heat... contains the classic 'Accident Prone' as well as live favorite 'Again and Again'. This version has been remastered by Andy Pearce with the assistance of 'fifth band member Bob Young' from the original tapes and has a bonus disc of demos from the bands vault An enhanced booklet contains new notes and interviews by Classic Rock's Dave Ling and also features rare photos and memorabilia from the bands personal collection.
Whatever You Want (1979): Two CD Deluxe version of one of Status Quo's definitive albums - originally released in 1979 it has the live classic Whatever You Want and the Hit single Living on an Island. This version has been re- mastered by Andy Pearce with the assistance of '5th band member Bob Young' from the original tapes and has a bonus disc of B-Sides and the us version of the album which was titled Now Hear This over there. An enhanced booklet contains new notes and interviews by Classic Rock's Dave Ling and also features rare photos and memorabilia from the bands personal collection.
V.A. - Blues For Big Walter (2016)
Walter Horton, better known as Big Walter Horton or Walter "Shakey" Horton, (April 6, 1921 - December 8, 1981) was an American blues harmonica player. A quiet, unassuming, shy man, he is remembered as one of the premier harmonica players in the history of blues. Willie Dixon once called Horton "the best harmonica player I ever heard. Horton died of heart failure in Chicago in 1981, at the age of 60, and was buried in Restvale Cemetery, in Alsip, Illinois. He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1982.
A stellar line up of renowned blues harmonica disciples play homage to a pioneer of Chicago Blues Harmonica. Tribute to blues harpist Big Walter Horton features Kim Wilson, Mark Wenner, Sugar Ray Norcia, Bob Corritore with Jimmy Rogers and Robert Lockwood Jr, Mark Hummel, Steve Guyger, Lil' Ronnie Owens, Kurt Crandall and Andrew Alli.
HENRIK FREISCHLADER TRIO - Openness (2016)
For a few years now, Henrik has devoted his talent as a multi-instrumentalist and composer to other artists as well. He has already produced three albums for Canadian artist Layla Zoe, two for well-known sax player and singer Tommy Schneller as well as one album for Italian folk and blues musician Linda Sutti.
A tour with his friend and fellow musician Joe Bonamassa gave the young artist the opportunity to play in front of a bigger audience. Through numerous shows all over Europe, amongst them, performances with legends such as BB King, Peter Green, Gary Moore, and Johnny Winter, Henrik has gained a steadily increasing number of fans. Today, the German singer & guitarist is one of the most sought-after musicians of his genre worldwide.
TRACKS: 01. Openness 02. Early Morning Blues 03. Lord Have Mercy 04. Business Straight 05. Master Plan 06. Never Really Left You 07. Nobody Else To Blame 08. Senses 09. Techno 10. Today I'm Gonna Change 11. High Expectations 12. His Love
CURTIS SALGADO - The Beautiful Lowdown (2016)
Award-winning singer / songwriter / harmonica player has been playing soul-powered R&B for over 40 years. His compelling career story involves stints with Santana, The Robert Cray Band and Roomful of Blues, not to mention tutoring John Belushi for his role as "Joliet" Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers.
'The Beautiful Lowdown' is Salgado's most personal record, as for the first time he wrote or co-wrote almost all the songs. He also co-produced and contributed to horn and background vocal parts. The results, from soulful Van Morrison-esque rock to slippery funk, from gritty harp-stoked blues to devastating ballads, is nothing short of spectacular.
TRACKS: 01. Hard To Feel The Same About Love 02. Low Down Dirty Shame 03. I Know A Good Thing 04. Walk A Mile In My Blues 05. Healing Love 06. Nothing In Particular (Little Bit Of Everything) 07. Simple Enough 08. I'm Not Made That Way 09. Is There Something I Should Know 10. My Girlfriend 11. Ring Telephone Ring 12. Hook Me Up
RORY GALLAGHER - BBC Sessions (1999)
The resurrected Buddha acquired the rights to much of Rory Gallagher's prime material in 1999. They began their reissue program with his first two albums, then they moved to what most hardcore fans would consider the crown jewel of the series, a double-disc collection of Gallagher's BBC sessions. Like most lead guitarists (at least those of his generation), he would often expand his music when playing live, turning in vibrant, exciting versions of his material, peppered with great guitar solos. Although it lacks the kinetic spark generated whenever a musician performs in front of a live audience, BBC Sessions is one of the finest live sets in his catalog, thanks to its crystalline fidelity, strong performances, and classy presentation. Certainly, this collection isn't for anyone that isn't already devoted to Gallagher, but for those who are, there's plenty to cherish here - individual solos, impassioned vocals, and good liner notes. It's an excellent, worthy addition to his catalog, and it helps confirm Gallagher's gift as a blues-rock guitarist.
DEEP PURPLE - Live At The Rotterdam Ahoy (2001)
Live at the Rotterdam Ahoy is a live album recorded by Deep Purple on the 30th of October 2000 and released in 2001. It includes most of a concert performed in Rotterdam, Holland during the 2000/2001 "Concerto Tour". The Concerto for Group and Orchestra itself was performed, but it does not appear on the album due to "legal requirements" (according to the liner notes). Some tracks are solo compositions by members of the band, two are songs originally recorded by guest Ronnie James Dio, and the remainder are a mix of new and old Deep Purple songs.
This limited edition double CD features live performances by Deep Purple and guest vocalist Ronnie James Dio captured at the Rotterdam Ahoy Whilst on their historic 2000/01 'Concerto Tour'. All tracks performed by Deep Purple. Special guest Ronnie James Dio sings Tracks 3,4,5 and 6 as well as Guesting with ian Gillan on "Smoke On The Water".
LAURA NYRO - The First Songs (1973) & Gonna Take A Miracle (1971)
Laura Nyro (October 18, 1947 - April 8, 1997)....This disc contains a dozen of the first songs that singer/songwriter Laura Nyro ever recorded. They were issued originally as More Than a New Discovery (1967) for the folkie Forecast division of the primarily jazz-oriented Verve Records label. When Columbia Records bought Nyro's back catalog, they reissued the material under the title The First Songs in 1973 as a stopgap release during her self-imposed exile from 1971 until 1976. Pop music enthusiasts will recognize many of the songs, as they became international hits for other artists. "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Blowing Away" are signature tunes for the Fifth Dimension. "And When I Die" likewise became best known by Blood, Sweat & Tears. "Stoney End" and "I Never Meant to Hurt You" both are notable from Barbra Streisand's respective cover versions. For The First Songs, Nyro is accompanied by a small pop combo. Her duality as composer and performer demonstrate her influence from pop music's golden Tin Pan Alley to the more modern Brill Building style.
With the 1971 release Gonna Take a Miracle, pop composer and vocalist Laura Nyro completed her four-album/four-year deal for Columbia. Nyro's passion for R&B can be traced back to some of her earliest compositions, such as "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Stoned Soul Picnic" -- both of which were covered by the R&B vocal quintet the Fifth Dimension. More recently, her version of "Up on the Roof" was one of the highlights of Christmas and the Beads of Sweat. So, enthusiasts who had paid any attention at all to the course of Nyro's career would not have been surprised by her direction on this project. As much as Gonna Take a Miracle is indeed a Laura Nyro album, it could likewise, and perhaps more accurately, be described as a collaborative effort between Nyro and the female soul trio LaBelle -- featuring Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash -- as well as producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. It is ultimately this team that is responsible for the album's overwhelmingly solid results. Leading off in an apropos style is a succulent cover of the Shirelles hit "I Met Him on a Sunday." The vocal performance is structured as a round -- with each woman singing a consecutive line. The song is rightfully returned to the street corner doo wop tradition from which it originated with the simplicity of unadorned vocals creating an inconspicuous a cappella symphony. Nyro has never sounded so comfortable, easy, or "in her element" than she does backed by an all-star Philly soul ensemble that Gamble and Huff assembled for these sessions. The material reaches beyond just the sounds of Philadelphia, with Motown ("You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and "Nowhere to Run") and Brill Building ("Spanish Harlem"), as well as lesser-known covers of the Charts' "Desiree" and the Baltimore-based Royalettes "It's Gonna Take a Miracle."
MERLE HAGGARD - Down Every Road (1996) [4CD Boxset]
Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country and Western songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era. By the 1970s, Haggard was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and he continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. In 1994, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1997, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Merle Haggard is a rarity: a complex artist whose rich scope can accurately be summarized through singles, but who has far more great material than can be fit on one or two discs. Which, of course, makes him the perfect candidate for a box set, and Capitol released the first comprehensive Hag retrospective in 1996 with the four-disc set Down Every Road. Since Haggard has such a rich, consistent body of his work -- the best of his MCA and Epic periods, two eras that are covered here, hold their own next to his seminal Capitol material -- even four discs leave behind many a great song, yet only those who already own all the albums would argue about omissions, because this offers a generous 100 songs, spanning from his earliest work for Talley in the early '60s to his Epic sides of the late '80s, containing all of his big hits and an expert selection of album tracks, such as "Tulare Dust," "Holding Things Together," and "Living With the Shades Pulled Down," that reveal the depth of his music. This is a body of work with few peers in all of popular music -- the variety of styles and sounds, his ease on freewheeling Western swing and plaintive ballads, his inventive, nuanced originals and expert ear for material, his supple voice and underrated guitar playing, and the support from his brilliant band, the Strangers, all add up to one of the greatest catalogs in 20th century music. And while you can get the basics from Razor & Tie's excellent double-disc set The Lonesome Fugitive, only Down Every Road captures the full extent of his gifts, in a way that is compulsively listenable as well. It's not just the perfect Merle Haggard box set, it's one of the greatest box sets ever released as well, since it truly presents all sides of its subject, while offering nothing but sheer pleasure in terms of mere listening. (Plus, this is the only place to find some of these great songs, including the aforementioned trio of album tracks, on CD, which makes it necessary for those who already own the albums.)
JIM SULLIVAN - U.F.O. (1969) & Jim Sullivan (1972)
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jim Sullivan only released two albums, one in 1969 and a second in 1972, but neither sold well, although his talent was obvious, and it’s easy to imagine that he would have eventually have had a commercial breakthrough had he not mysteriously vanished in New Mexico in 1975, a disappearance that has yet to be solved or explained. A fixture on the West Coast and Malibu music scene, Sullivan, a former high-school quarterback, rubbed shoulders with the hip and famous in the late '60s and early '70s, hanging out with actors like Harry Dean Stanton, taking a bit part in the film Easy Rider, writing songs full of restless despair that he sang in a rich, Fred Neil-like voice, and winning over crowds wherever he played. His first album, U.F.O., recorded with drummer Earl Palmer and the rest of the famed Wrecking Crew, and boasting tasteful string arrangements by Jimmy Bond, was released in 1969 and featured songs about aliens, desert highways, and desperate redemption. U.F.O. failed to generate the attention and sales it probably deserved, however.
After a second album in 1972, Sullivan began to think his career might stand a better chance in Nashville, and he left California to drive to Tennessee in March of 1975. He checked into a Santa Rosa, NM motel en route and was never seen again -- his truck was found empty outside of town and his guitar, clothes, and wallet were found in his motel room. The whole thing eerily echoed some of the themes Sullivan had dealt with on his U.F.O. album six years earlier, further giving a unique album an even odder resonance. Light in the Attic Records re-released U.F.O. to the digital age in 2010, giving a lost folk-rock gem a second chance to find an audience.
WILLIE NELSON - Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2016)
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin is an album by American singer-songwriter Willie Nelson. After being awarded the Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress, Nelson recorded a set of pop standards written by George and Ira Gershwin. The recording of the album was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings. It includes the duets "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" with Cyndi Lauper and "Embraceable You" with Sheryl Crow. To select the songs for the album, Nelson was inspired by the Frank Sinatra recordings of Gershwin songs. Meanwhile, he decided to name the album after the song "Summertime", based on his past election to name a previous hit record Stardust On January 19, Nelson a video of the title-track as a preview to the release. The album was released by Legacy Recordings on February 26, 2016. During its first week, the album sold 13,000 copies. It debuted at number one on the Traditional Jazz and Top Jazz Albums Billboard charts, becoming Nelson's third album to top the latter. Meanwhile, it reached number fourteen in Top Album Sales and reached forty in the Billboard 20.
BIG BILL MORGANFIELD - Born Lover (2009) & Blues With A Mood (2013)
Bill Morganfield is the son of McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) and has emerged in the past few years as one of the top blues talents in America. Bill has played all over the world in the past 15 years, bringing pure joy to those who have had the pleasure of seeing his live performance.
Big Bill Morganfield continues to forge his own sound with a delicate balancing act on this, his forth album. He pays tribute to his dad and the Chicago sound he helped create on the title track, but he has a jazzy side that keeps moving the blues in a more sophisticated direction as well. Al Duncan's "Too Late Brother" opens things with a juke-joint rocker in the style of Morganfield's dad, with Steve Guyger's harp tossing some fat on the fire. "High Gas Prices," a Morganfield original, gives the country blues an urban edge with a tune too many sang in the waning months of 2009. Morganfield sings Pearl Woods' "I Play Dirty" with a winning combination of humor and aggression, with Clark Stern's organ giving the tune a sanctified feel. "Who's the Fool," another original, is a shuffle on the familiar subject of a faithless woman, and Morganfield growls out the lyric with plenty of panache. What really distinguishes Morganfield from his dad is his way with love songs. Muddy always sounded dangerous, even when he was proclaiming his passion. Big Bill's voice is smoother and more mellow, and when he sings a soulful tune like Buddy Guy's neo-R&B ballad "My Love Is Real," his voice has a seductive power his dad lacked. On Howlin' Wolf's "My Last Affair" he turns up the wattage and bares his tortured soul with a hopeless vulnerability that's enhanced by some stinging guitar work. Former Waters guitarist Bob Margolin, the man behind Morganfield's first two sets, produced the album and kept things grounded in the traditional Chicago sound. Guyger's harp is splendid throughout, but with three guitarists playing in the session - Morganfield, Margolin, and Brian Bisesi - some detailed liner notes would have been helpful to determine who's playing on the various tracks.
Blues With A Mood "Blues With A Mood" documents the continuing musical journey of Big Bill Morganfield. This moody collection of 11 blues tunes, 7 of which were written by Morganfield himself, showcase not only his incredible vocal stamina, but also feature the guitar virtuosos Eddie Taylor Jr., Bob Margolin and Colin Linden, in addition to Morganfield's own extraordinary guitar styling’s. Big Bill says, “ I wanted to put together a set of tunes with heavy grooves and deep moods which stay close to the musical genre of Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and several other of my musical hero’s.” Augie Meyers, Steve Guyger, Jim Horn, Tom “Mookie” Brill, Chuck Cotton, Doc Malone, and Clark Stern make up the rest of the supporting musicians on ”Blues With A Mood."
RODRIGUEZ - Cold Fact (1970) & Coming From Reality (1971)
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, also known as Rodríguez or Jesús Rodríguez, is an American folk musician from Detroit, Michigan. His career initially proved short lived, but unknown to Rodriguez his albums became extremely successful and influential in South Africa. According to the film-makers of the documentary about him, Searching for Sugar Man, sales of his records outnumbered those of Elvis Presley in South Africa. He was rumored there to have committed suicide. In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to find and contact Rodriguez, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career. This is told in the 2012 Academy Award–winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man, which helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame in his home country. On May 9, 2013, Rodriguez received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, Wayne State University, in Detroit.
Cold Fact is the debut album from American singer-songwriter Rodriguez. It was released in the United States on the Sussex label in March 1970. The album sold very poorly in the United States (Rodriguez was himself an unknown in the U.S.), but managed to sell well in both South Africa and Australia, with Rodriguez touring Australia in 1979. In 1971 the album was released in South Africa by A&M Records, who were by then the owners of the Sussex label. In 1976, several thousand copies of Cold Fact were found in a New York warehouse and sold out in Australia in a few weeks. It went to No. 23 on the Australian album charts, staying on the charts for 55 weeks.
Coming from Reality is the second and final studio album to date from American singer and songwriter Rodriguez, originally released by Sussex Records in 1971. It was later released in South Africa in 1976 with the alternate title After the Fact. The album was also reissued on compact disc (CD) by Light in the Attic Records in May 2009. This reissue includes three bonus tracks originally released only in Australia, though they were recorded in Detroit in 1972 with Cold Fact collaborators Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey, representing the last recordings they ever did together.
MAGIC SAM BLUES BAND - West Side Soul (1967) & Black Magic (1968)
No blues guitarist better represented the adventurous modern sound of Chicago's West side more proudly than Sam Maghett. He died tragically young (at age 32 of a heart attack), just as he was on the brink of climbing the ladder to legitimate stardom, but Magic Sam left behind a thick legacy of bone-cutting blues that remains eminently influential around his old stomping grounds to this day.
To call West Side Soul one of the great blues albums, one of the key albums (if not the key album) of modern electric blues is all true, but it tends to diminish and academicize Magic Sam's debut album. This is the inevitable side effect of time, when an album that is decades old enters the history books, but this isn't an album that should be preserved in amber, seen only as an important record. Because this is a record that is exploding with life, a record with so much energy, it doesn't sound old. Of course, part of the reason it sounds so modern is because this is the template for most modern blues, whether it comes from Chicago or elsewhere. Magic Sam may not have been the first to blend uptown soul and urban blues, but he was the first to capture not just the passion of soul, but also its subtle elegance, while retaining the firepower of an after-hours blues joint.
Black Magic is the second studio album by Magic Sam released in 1968 by Delmark Records. While usually overshadowed by many writers in comparison to the earlier studio album, "West Side Soul," Magic Sam's "Black Magic" is in the opinion of some, including this writer, a better recording. Recorded in Fall 1968, with a superb band including Mighty Joe Young rhythm guitar, Lafayette Leake on piano, Eddie Shaw on tenor sax, Mac Thompson (brother of Jimmy and Syl Johnson) and Odie Payne, Jr. on drums, "Black Magic" is full of Sam's soulful vocals and wonderful guitar playing without any harried frenzied moments (for example the rendition of "Mama Talk to Your Daughter" ) or sometimes shrill, overwrought vocals ( "My Love Will Never Die" ) that marred the earlier recording. It is a pleasure to listen again to "Black Magic," in Delmark's new deluxe reissue with new, previously unissued alternate takes included. This release contains the ten selections that were on the original vinyl LP and 1994 CD reissue, six selections that were included on "The Magic Sam Legacy" and two previously unissued alternates.
BIRTHA - Birtha (1972) + Can't Stop The Madness (1973) 
Birtha was an American all-female rock band of the early 1970s. Formed in Los Angeles, the band consisted of Shele Pinizzotto (guitar), Rosemary Butler (bass), Sherry Hagler (keyboards), and Olivia "Liver" Favela (drums). Each of the band members contributed lead vocals and harmonies. Pinizzotto, Butler, and Hagler grew up in Los Angeles and played together in bands during their high school years. They were joined by Favela in 1968, at which time the group began playing clubs along the West Coast from California to Alaska. Over the next three years, Birtha worked on improving their craft and by 1971 they started to write their own material. Most of the band's songs were composed by members of the group, but there was occasional outside songwriting help from Mark Wickman and Gabriel Mekler.
Birtha signed a record deal with Dunhill Records in 1972 and released their debut self-titled album, produced by Mekler, later that year. After the album's release, Birtha toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The group achieved some notoriety when, during a UK tour with The Kinks, publicity flyers for the shows stated, "Birtha has balls". When Birtha made return visits to Los Angeles, they would often play Whisky a Go Go and The Troubadour, as well as a club in Glendale called The Sopwith Camel. In 1973, Birtha released their second album, Can't Stop The Madness, produced by Christopher Huston. The band continued touring and was on the road for more than 250 days a year, performing with such acts as Fleetwood Mac, Alice Cooper, Poco, Black Oak Arkansas, Cheech & Chong, B.B. King, Three Dog Night, James Gang, and more. The band broke up in 1975.
ERIC CLAPTON - I Still Do (2016)
Eric Clapton released his 23rd album, "I Still Do". The 12-track LP marks his first record with producer Glyn Johns since 1977’s classic Slowhand and the following year’s Backless. "I Still Do" is the Clapton’s first album since 2013’s Old Sock, a mostly covers album that made it to No. 7 in the U.S., and 2014’s The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, which was credited to Eric Clapton & Friends. Like "Old Sock", "I Still Do" contains a handful of originals penned by Clapton along with covers of songs by contemporaries and influences - in this case, artists like Bob Dylan (“I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine”) and blues great Robert Johnson (“Stones in My Passway”). You can see the full track listing for the album below.
The album’s cover artwork, which you can see above, also comes with a bit of rock ‘n’ roll history. Peter Blake, who co-designed the Beatles‘ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover (as well as the Who‘s less iconic Face Dances), illustrated a new portrait of Clapton for the project. Clapton and Johns’ Slowhand collaboration gave the legendary guitarist the bestselling studio album of his career, with close to four million copies sold (1992’s live Unpled has sold more than 10 million copies, making it Clapton’s all-time biggest seller). Slowhand (and, to a lesser extent, the similar-themed and -sounding Backless) remains a highlight of Clapton’s long solo career.
TRACKS: 01. Alabama Woman Blues 02. Can’t Let You Do It 03. I Will Be There 04. Spiral 05. Catch the Blues 06. Cypress Grove 07. Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day 08. Stones in My Passway 09. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine 10. I’ll Be Alright 11. Somebody’s Knockin' 12. I’ll Be Seeing You
PETE SEEGER - Sing Out America!: The Best of pete Seeger (2014)
Pete Seeger's life's work was giving America back its folk music, but he wasn't after a stylish facsimile of American folk. He wanted a folk music with social utility, a folk music that lived and breathed with the times, but also a folk music that pushed betterment and change, and he never wavered from these standards throughout his long career. This two-disc, 50-track set does a good job telling Seeger's musical story, with several tracks from his earlier work with the Almanac Singers and the Weavers, as well as a generous sampling of his subsequent solo recordings, resulting in a nice survey of his iconic legacy.
An amazing 2CD collection featuring 50 of iconic folk music legend Pete Seeger's greatest hits as a solo artist and with The Weavers, including "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Goodnight Irene," "If I Had A Hammer," "We Shall Overcome," "This Land Is Your Land," "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?," "Wayfaring Stranger," "John Henry," "Midnight Special" and more. This is the essential Pete Seeger collection!
CHAPMAN-WHITNEY - Streetwalkers (1974)
"Streetwalkers" was the only album by the UK rock group Chapman Whitney. The album used musicians from an ever changing touring band, who were also called the "Streetwalkers" . The title from this album also became the name for their next band Streetwalkers, the following year. Formed in late 1973 by two former members of Family, vocalist Roger Chapman and guitarist John "Charlie" Whitney they were a five piece band which evolved from the Chapman, Whitney band. The band was managed by Michael Alphandary and Harvey Goldsmith and were best known for their live performances and their album Red Card (1976). By 1977 their potential to become more important in UK rock history was diminished by changing musical taste, due to the growing influence of punk rock and new wave music on European culture. The band had success in USA and Europe, particularly Germany.
TRACKS: 01. Parisienne High Heels 02. Roxianna 03. Systematic Stealth 04. Call Ya 05. Creature Feature 06. Sue And Betty Jean 07. Showbiz Joe 08. Just Four Men 09. Tokyo Rose 10. Hangman
KILLING FLOOR - Out Of Uranus (1971) 
Out of Uranus is rawer and more irreverent than most second-line British blues-rock of the late '60s and early '70s, as indicated by the title itself. That doesn't mean the all-original songs are that good, that they're especially imaginative players, or that Bill Thorndycraft's semi-barked vocals are so special. But it makes for a refreshing change from the normal not-so-well-known British blues-rock albums of the era, with a brash streak to both the lean arrangements (particularly in the frequent rushed tempos and Bas Smith's crisp drumming) and lyrics missing from many of their peers. Slight nods to the world of underground rock outside of the blues form are heard in the yearning hippie ethos of "Soon There Will Be Everything," where the violin of Paul Spencer Mac again takes them a little outside of the standard framework for the genre. The countercultural mindset of the time is occasionally reflected in numbers like "Call for the Politicians" and the wittily titled "Fido Castrol," somewhat in the bluntly sardonic manner of another band of the day, The Deviants.
TRACKS: 01. Out Of Uranus 02. Soon There Will Be Everything 03. Acid Bean 04. Where Nobody Ever Goes 05. Sun Keeps Shining 06. Call For The Politicians 07. Fido Castrol 08. Lost Alone 09. Son Of Wet 10. Milkman
AMERICAN BLUES - Is Here (1968) & Do Their Thing (1968) 
Formed in Dallas, Texas, USA, in 1968, the American Blues evolved out of local club attraction the Warlocks when Rocky Hill (guitar), Dusty Hill (b. Joe Hill, 19 May 1949, Dallas, Texas, USA; bass), Doug Davis (organ) and Frank Beard (b. 11 June 1949, Frankston, Texas, USA; drums) took their new name upon adopting a more ‘progressive’ sound. The American Blues Is Here, released on the local Karma Records label, featured their reworking of Tim Hardin’s ‘If I Were A Carpenter’ and generated sufficient interest to secure a major contract with Uni Records. The American Blues Do Their Thing offered a form of hard rock psychedelia, as evinced by such titles as ‘Chocolate Ego’ and ‘Nightmare Of A Wise Man’, but the album failed to spark national interest. The group disintegrated soon afterwards, with first Beard, then Dusty Hill, joining ZZ Top.
Some bands make their greatest contribution by being reduced to parts, and that sadly seems to be where the American Blues fit into rock & roll history. Despite their name, the Dallas, Texas-based group had very little to do with the blues, instead playing a curious mishmash of hard rock, psychedelia, country-rock, and what would come to be known as progressive rock, and they didn't make much of an impact out of town. However, after they broke up, they contributed bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard to ZZ Top, which is the main reason their debut album, The American Blues Is Here, is remembered today. The band is not bad at all; then as now, Dusty and Frank were a solid rhythm section (though Beard sometimes overplays a bit here), and Rocky Hill (Dusty's brother) was a fine lead guitarist, but their material is what sinks this particular ship. The opening freakout revision of Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter" is a wobbly mess that loses momentum at the halfway point, and "All I Saw Was You," "Fugue for Lady Cheriff," and "Mellow" confirm that songwriting was not this group's strong point, and Rocky's vocals do little to mask the occasional inanity of the lyrics. The best track is a slow, swaggering version of "Mercury Blues" that's also the only indication of the sort of music Hill and Beard would soon make their bread and butter, and it stands out like a sore thumb in this context. The American Blues Is Here is a less than stellar example of the fading end of Texas psychedelia, and it's the sort of album that would be forgotten except by hardcore record collectors if it weren't for the rhythm section moving on to bigger and better things.
Is Here (1968): 01. If I Were A Carpenter 02. All I Saw Was You 03. She'll Be Mine 04. Fugue For Lady Cheriff 05. It's Gone 06. Keep My Heart In A Rage 07. Mercury Blues 08. Melted Like Snow 09. Mellow
Do Their Thing (1968):10. You Were So Close To Me 11. Wonder Man 12. Just Plain Jane 13. Shady 14. Comin' Back Home 15. Captain Fire 16. Chocolate Ego 17. Nightmare Of A Wise Man 18. Dreams 19. Softly To The Sun 20. If You Really Want Me To Stay 21. Good Time Trippin'
SOUTHERN COMFORT - Southern Comfort (1969)
This loose, raggedy session took place on one afternoon when Big Walter Horton, Jerome Arnold, and Jesse Lewis were in England to perform at a folk festival. British guitarist Martin Stone and his two pals, Peter Sherster and Ian Sippen formed the Underground Recording Corporation and rented time in a shabby, ramshackle recording studio. Horton, as legendary a drinker as he was a harmonica player, got pissed off and eventually passed out with two-thirds of the album finished. Stone, Arnold, and Lewis created a psychedelic raga called "Netti-Netti" (clocking in at over 12 minutes) to close it out. Horton is fine form here, but it's a bit difficult to say exactly how fine, given all the reverb on his voice (it was 1968 after all) but his playing is solid throughout. Stone is a sharp, biting guitarist who had been influenced by everyone from Michael Bloomfield to Eric Clapton and Peter Green. The material ranges form Horton originals - including "Easy (No. 2)," "Sugar Mama," "Train Time," and "Need My Baby" - two fine tunes by Lewis, "Found a New Love" and "Same Old Blues," and Arnold, "Paying Double." "Netti-Netti" doesn't even fit on the set given all its backwards-playing tracks, noodling guitar (Stone was completely under the influence of Jimi Hendrix but couldn't play like him at all) and sound effects; it should be avoided like the plague. The rest of Southern Comfort will be enjoyed by the Horton faithful, but those novices interested in checking his sound would be well advised to look elsewhere first.
TRACKS: 01. Easy (No.2) 02. If It Ain´t Me Baby 03. Sugar Mama 04. Need My Baby 05. Somethin' Else 06. Walking By Myself 07. Train Time 08. Found A New Love 09. Same Old Blues 10. Paying Double 11. Netti-Netti
ERIC CLAPTON - Slowhand (1977) [HDTracks rip, 2013]
Happy Bday Mr E.C.!!!
02. Wonderful Tonight
03. Lay Down Sally
04. Next Time You See Her
05. Were All The Way
06. The Core
07. May You Never
08. Mean Old Frisco
09. Peaches And Diesel
This classic 1977 album featured 3 monster hits: "Cocaine," "Wonderful Tonight," "Lay Down Sally," was ranked in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time," and hit #2 on the Billboard Album Charts. Matching Clapton's legendary guitar playing with some of his greatest songwriting, the album is among the best recordings of the legendary musician's career.
JUDEE SILL - Live In London: The BBC Recordings 1972-1973 (2007)
Nearly 30 years after her passing Judee Sill remains one of the most important and singular talents of the Laurel Canyon scene. Her two releases for David Geffen’s Asylum (1971's Judee Sill and 1973's Heart Food) are critically celebrated masterpieces of orchestral folk. Her songs have been covered by artists as diverse as The Turtles and Will Oldham and her fans include Jim O’Rourke, Devendra Banhart, Graham Nash, Sleater-Kinney and more. This amazing collection of previously unreleased live recordings from the BBC archives features beautiful versions of some of her most well known songs including ''Jesus Was A Cross Maker,'' ''Lady-O,'' ''The Kiss'' and more. Recorded in 1972 and 1973 at the peak of her talent, the tracks on this collection are from solo performances featuring Sill on vocals, piano and guitar. Absolutely stunning.
TRACKS: 01. Jesus Was A Crossmaker 02. Lady-O 03. The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown 04. Enchanted Sky Machines 05. The Kiss 06. Down Where The Valleys Are Low 07. There's A Red Road 08. The Phoenix 09. The Donor 10. Soldier Of the Heart 11. Interview 12. Enchanted Sky Machines 13. The Kiss 14. Down Where The Valleys Are Low 15. The Phoenix 16. Jesus Was A Cross Maker 17. The Kiss 18. Down Where The Valleys Are Low
JUDEE SILL - Judee Sill (1971) & Heart Food (1973)
Judith Lynne Sill (1944 – 1979) was an American singer and songwriter. The first artist signed to David Geffen's Asylum label, she released two albums, then worked briefly as a cartoonist before dying of drug abuse in 1979. Her eponymous debut album was released in late 1971 and was followed around eighteen months later by Heart Food. She also recorded demos for a third album in 1974, which were released with other rarities on the 2005 two-disc collection Dreams Come True.
"Judee Sill" is the eponymous debut album by the American singer-songwriter and musician Judee Sill. Released on September 15, 1971, it was the first album on David Geffen's Asylum label. Backing musicians include John Beck and Jim Pons from the Leaves. While the majority of the album was produced by Henry Lewy, Graham Nash handled the duties for the single "Jesus Was a Cross Maker", with his production designed to aim for radio airplay.
"Heart Food" is the second album released by American singer/songwriter and musician Judee Sill. It was released on David Geffen's Asylum label in March 1973 to acclaim but minimal sales. Sill wrote, arranged, and produced the album. As with Judee Sill, it was reissued by Rhino Records in 2003, featuring new liner notes and extra demos and unreleased tracks.
TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGGERS - Anthology (2014) & Blood Moon (2016)
Too Slim & the Taildraggers are a hit on several continents, but at home in the Washington state city of Spokane, they're a little like the Rodney Dangerfield of blues bands. Despite the band's release of more than half-a-dozen CDs and numerous national and international tours, many citizens, when first meeting the band's frontman and leader, Spokane native Tim "Too Slim" Langford, scratch their heads in non-recognition and ask what his profession is. Upon finding out that he's a blues musician, the next question is usually an inquiry concerning where the band performs. The situation is a far cry from what the band experienced on a trip to Belgium, where everyone they met requested an autograph and owned their CDs. All in all, it sure isn't anything at all like the recognition received by many other musicians in their hometowns, like Bruce Springsteen in his home base of Asbury Park. There, everyone knows that "The Boss" goes to the Stone Pony. If all this wasn't enough to make Langford and the Taildraggers feel like they get no respect, the next anecdote might be. One night in a parking lot, as Langford was leaving a gig in the city, a stranger pressed something into his neck from behind, something that felt suspiciously like a gun. His assailant, a woman, told him to fork over that night's pay, adding injury to insult. Still, for all of the drawbacks, Langford and his band intend to remain in Spokane between tours that take them to Norway, Belgium, and throughout Europe. Because their hometown is also home to an incredible number of extremely talented musicians, it's where Langford intends to base the Taildraggers for a long time to come.
Blood Moon is the new release by Too Slim and the Taildraggers. Their previous release 2013's Blue Heart was nominated for Blues Rock Album of the Year by The Blues Foundation as was their 2011 release Shiver and The Fortune Teller in 2007. Too Slim and the Taildraggers previous four releases have all Charted in the Billboard Top 10 Blues Album Chart.
JEFF HEALEY - Heal My Soul (2016)
On March 25th, Provogue released Heal My Soul, the first new, original Jeff Healey rock material in over 15 years. This incredible lost album features some of the most powerful and passionate performances Healey ever committed to record. Heal My Soul has been compiled with the participation and full approval of the Jeff Healey Estate to coincide with what would have been Healey’s 50th birthday on March 25th, 2016. Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and performers of the past 30 years. After losing his sight during childhood, he developed the distinctive lap-style guitar technique that helped bring him international fame.
"In sharing this significant release, The Jeff Healey Estate is making a statement to the world,” says Cristie Healey, Executor/Co-Administrator of the Jeff Healey Estate. “Remarkable, musical treasures that Jeff left behind will be made available for us to experience for years to come. The unearthing of this lost album is a project that will highlight Jeff’s incredible talent. With this gift of never before released amazing music, we invite Jeff’s fans to join us in celebration of his 50th birthday."
JOE BONAMASSA - Blues Of Desperation (2016)
Like his previous solo disc, 2014’s Top 10 Billboard hit Different Shades of Blue, this record features all-original material, and it sees the maverick superstar guitarist, singer and songwriter tossing away the rule book as he continues to reinvent and redefine the blues-rock genre like no other artist working today. “I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician,” says Bonamassa, “somebody who isn’t resting on accomplishments and who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve and stay relevant.” The writing sessions for Blues of Desperation took Bonamassa back to Nashville, where he’d composed Different Shades of Blue, to work with some of Music City’s top tunesmiths, people like James House, Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, Jerry Flowers and Gary Nicholson. Blues of Desperation is Bonamassa’s most powerfully diverse and boldly realized album yet, with the material ranging from the gutsy, gritty blues call to arms of “This Train” (Joe’s guitar is set to “rude” throughout) to the elegant yet emotionally shattering ballad “What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time” to the soul-nourishing, acoustic-based Americana of “The Valley Runs Low,” on which Bonamassa’s voice rises up majestically to meet Barnes, McRae and Tippins in gospel-like rapture.
BOOKER T. & THE M.G.s - Green Onion (1962)  & McLemore Avenue (1970) 
Green Onions is the debut album by Booker T. & the M.G.s, released on Stax Records in October 1962. It reached number 33 on the pop album chart in the month of its release. The title single had been a hit worldwide and was covered by dozens of artists, including the Blues Brothers (featuring guitarist Steve Cropper), the Ventures, Al Kooper, the Shadows, Mongo Santamaría, Roy Buchanan (also featuring Steve Cropper and Jan Hammer), Count Basie and many others. Three previous Stax LPs – two by the Mar-Keys, one by Carla Thomas – had been issued on Atlantic Records. Green Onions was the first album released on the Stax label. It was also Stax's first charting album, peaking at number 33 on the Billboard 200. The album features only instrumental songs and features Steve Cropper playing a Fender Telecaster.
TRACKS: 01. Green Onions 02. Rinky-Dink 03. I Got A Woman 04. Mo' Onions 05. Twist And Shout 06. Behave Yourself 07. Stranger On The Shore 08. Lonely Avenue 09. One Who Really Loves You 10. Can't Sit Down 11. A Woman, A Lover, A Friend 12. Comin' Home Baby 13. Green Onions (Live From 54 Ballroom, Los Angeles1965) 14. Can't Sit Down (Live From 54 Ballroom, Los Angeles1965)
McLemore Avenue is a 1970 album by Booker T. & the M.G.s, consisting entirely of mostly instrumental covers of songs from the Beatles' album Abbey Road (released only months earlier, in September 1969). The title and cover are an homage to the Beatles album, 926 East McLemore Avenue being the address of the Stax studio in Memphis, as Abbey Road was for EMI in London. Booker T. Jones said, "I was in California when I heard Abbey Road, and I thought it was incredibly courageous of The Beatles to drop their format and move out musically like they did. To push the limit like that and reinvent themselves when they had no need to do that. They were the top band in the world but they still reinvented themselves. The music was just incredible so I felt I needed to pay tribute to it."
TRACKS: 01. Medley: Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End / Here Comes the Sun / Come Together 02. Something 03. Medley: Because / You Never Give Me Your Money 04. Medley: Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came in Through the Bathroom Window / I Want You (She's So Heavy) 05. You Can't Do That 06. Day Tripper 07. Michelle 08. Eleanor Rigby 09. Lady Madonna 10. You Can't Do That [Alternate Take] (previously unreleased, alternate take)
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