SANTANA - Abraxas (1970) 
The San Francisco Bay Area rock scene of the late '60s was one that encouraged radical experimentation and discouraged the type of mindless conformity that's often plagued corporate rock. When one considers just how different Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, and the Grateful Dead sounded, it becomes obvious just how much it was encouraged. In the mid-'90s, an album as eclectic as Abraxas would be considered a marketing exec's worst nightmare. But at the dawn of the 1970s, this unorthodox mix of rock, jazz, salsa, and blues proved quite successful. Whether adding rock elements to salsa king Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," embracing instrumental jazz-rock on "Incident at Neshabur" and "Samba Pa Ti," or tackling moody blues-rock on Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman," the band keeps things unpredictable yet cohesive. Many of the Santana albums that came out in the '70s are worth acquiring, but for novices, Abraxas is an excellent place to start. In 2003 the album was ranked number 207 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
VAN MORRISON - Keep Me Singing (2016)
'Keep Me Singing' is Van Morrison's 36th studio album to date and consists of 13 tracks - 12 original songs written and performed by Morrison, as well as a cover of the blues standard 'Share Your Love With Me' - written by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey and previously recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers. For the track 'Every Time I See A River', Morrison has collaborated with acclaimed lyricist Don Black. The album's closing track, 'Caledonia Swing', is an instrumental featuring Van on piano and saxophone. All tracks were produced by Van Morrison. In the past year, Morrison has also digitally reissued much of his discography and released an extended version of his classic live album with It's Too Late to Stop Now… Volumes II, III, IV & DVD. In support of Keep Me Singing, Morrison has also plotted a brief U.S. tour in October with six shows, including one in Queens, New York and five more in California.
TRACKS: 01. Let It Rhyme 02. Every Time I See A River 03. Keep Me Singing 04. Out In The Cold Again 05. Memory Lane 06. The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword 07. Holy Guardian Angel 08. Share Your Love With Me 09. In Tiburon 10. Look Behind The Hill 11. Going Down To Bangor 12. Too Late 13. Caledonia Swing
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - Replay (1980) [VINYL RIP]
Replay is the sixth album by Crosby, Stills & Nash and their second retrospective, appearing in 1980 on the Atlantic Records label. It contains no material with Neil Young, but does from CSN solo projects. It peaked at #122 on the Billboard 200, their first album not to chart in the top ten, and is currently out of print. A strange compilation, it contains four album cuts taken from outside the parent CSN discography, and misses charting singles in "Teach Your Children," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," and "Woodstock." This may have been deliberate, however, to avoid duplication with songs on the still available So Far. All songs were previously released, with four having appeared on non-CSN albums. "Love the One You're With" and "First Things First" include Crosby and Nash on vocals; those as well as "Change Partners" derive from solo albums by Stills, the third of which entitled Stills had been released not on Atlantic but on Columbia. "To the Last Whale...," comprising the songs "Critical Mass" by Crosby and "Wind on the Water" by Nash, comes from their duo album on ABC Records. Two other songs were altered: Stills edited "Carry On" by lopping off the "Questions" tag section and adding a new lead guitar solo along with overdubbed bass and drums; and the string arrangement was removed from "I Give You Give Blind."
TRACKS: 01. Carry On (Re-Mix) 02. Marrakesh Express 03. Just A Song Before I Go 04. First Things First 05. Shadow Captain 06. To The Last Whale:A) Critical Mass B) Wind On The Water 07. Love The One You're With 08. Pre-Road Downs 09. Change Partners 10. I Give You Give Blind 11. Cathedral
ZZ TOP - Live: Greatest Hits From Around The World (2016)
Assembled from various shows from various tours from around the world, 2016's Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World is billed as ZZ Top's first "full-length live album" -- a matter of dispute considering how Eagle Rock released three CD/DVD/Blu-ray combo sets between 2008 and 2014. There is no visual component to Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World, which may be how it skates around the first live album distinction -- if there's no video, this is a pure album -- but the record mines a similar musical vein, collecting highlights from latter-day ZZ Top tours. During the 2000s and 2010s, ZZ Top released an excellent studio album called La Futura, but that's ignored here in favor for all the songs that are classic rock staples. Older, the Lil' Ol' Band from Texas sounds thicker and heavier -- and Billy Gibbons' growl is so gruff it seems tattered -- but that helps distinguish these versions from the spit and polish of the studio versions; not better, per se, but certainly the work of a band whose members happily settle into their advanced years, not wishing to change a thing about how they do things. Nevertheless, the undeniable highlights are the two tracks featuring cameos from Jeff Beck: he contributes lyrical solos to "Rough Boy" and helps with the heavy-footed boogie of "Sixteen Tons," pushing the trio just far enough out of its comfort zone to provide some crackle.
DAVID BOWIE - ChangesOneBowie (1976) [40th Anniversary Edition, Remastered, 2016]
Changesonebowie was David Bowie's first widely selling compilation album, issued by RCA Records in 1976. It collected songs from the 1969–1976 period, including the first LP appearance of "John, I'm Only Dancing". A 'sax version' of this song, cut during the Aladdin Sane sessions in 1973, appeared on the first 1000 copies of the UK pressing (these can be identified by the lack of the RCA logo in the upper-right corner of the cover). Later pressings of Changesonebowie featured the original version of the single that had been recorded and released in 1972. The U.S. LP contains this original version as well. Two of the tracks, "Ziggy Stardust" and "Suffragette City", had never been released as singles when Changesonebowie was issued, though the former had been the B-side of "The Jean Genie" in November 1972 and the latter would be released as an A-side in July 1976 to help promote the compilation. In 1987, as part of their 20th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 96 on "The Top 100 Albums of the Last Twenty Years." In 2003, the album was ranked number 425 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
TRACKS: 01. Space Odditiy 02. John I'm Only Dancing 03. Changes 04. Ziggy Stardust 05. Saffragette City 06. The Jean Genie 07. Diamond Dogs 08. Rebel Rebel 09. Young Americans 10. Fame 11. Golden Years
BAD COMPANY - Live 1977 & 1979 (2016)
From the release of their first album in 1974, Bad Company were one of the biggest hard rock bands of the '70s. Featuring former members of Free (vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (guitarist Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson (bassist Boz Burrell), Bad Company's straightforward but swaggering attack earned them a steady run of hits. While Bad Company never released a live album with their classic lineup, Atlantic/Rhino Records has delivered something special for the group's fans. Live: 1977 & 1979 features archival recordings of the odgers/Ralphs/Burrell/Kirke lineup, drawn from two different concerts, one in Houston, Texas in May 1977, and the other in London, England in March 1979. (The set also includes a bonus track recorded in Washington, D.C. in June 1979.) The set includes live performances of such favorites as "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," "Shooting Star," "Movin' On," "Run with the Pack," and many more.
BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO - The Buckwheat Zydeco Story: A 20-Year Party (1999)
Stanley Dural, Jr. (November 14, 1947 - September 24, 2016), [RIP] better known by his stage name Buckwheat Zydeco, was an American accordionist and zydeco musician. He was one of the few zydeco artists to achieve mainstream success. His music group was formally billed as Buckwheat Zydeco and Ils Sont Partis Band, but they often performed as merely Buckwheat Zydeco.
The New York Times said: “Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics…propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances.” USA Today called him “a zydeco trailblazer.” Buckwheat Zydeco performed with a large number of famous musicians from Eric Clapton (with whom he also recorded) and U2 to the Boston Pops. The band performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics to a worldwide audience of three billion people. Buckwheat performed for President Clinton twice, celebrating both of his inaugurations. The band appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, CNN, The Today Show, MTV, NBC News, CBS Morning News and National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition.
TRACKS: 01. Zydeco Boogaloo 02. Turning Point 03. Lache Pas La Patate 04. Ma 'tit Fille 05. Hot Tamale Baby 06. Make A Change 07. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad 08. What You Gonna Do 09. Beast Of Burden 10. The Midnight Special 11. Hey Joe 12. Skip To My Blues 13. Trouble 14. Put It In The Pocket 15. Hey Baby
MARILLION - F E A R [F*ck Everyone And Run] (2016)
F E A R is Marillion's 18th studio album, released on 23 September 2016. Marillion are a band with nothing to lose. They have reached a point in their career where, according to singer Steve ‘h’ Hogarth, if they can’t say or do it now, there’s no point doing it. Marillion have always written political lyrics: back in the Fish days with songs like Fugazi, a number of tracks on Seasons End, Radiation’s A Few Words For The Dead, The Last Century For Man from Somewhere Else to name but a few. But Gaza from 2013’s ‘Sounds That Can’t Be Made’ seemed to take it up a notch, even if not from the band’s perspective. What is a neutral account of the Gaza/Palestine conflict from the perspective of the children facing it ‘from both sides of the wire’ became a rather controversial piece for them; many casual listeners did not understand the true message. This controversy has, however, seemed only to spur the band on, and much of their latest effort is a progression and extension of the political nature explored in previous songs.
KANSAS - The Prelude Implicit (2016)
The Prelude Implicit is the fifteenth studio album by American rock band Kansas, released in September 2016. It is their first without founding member, lead vocalist and keyboardist Steve Walsh, who retired from the band in 2014, since 1983's Drastic Measures. It is their first album with new lead vocalist and keyboardist Ronnie Platt, supporting keyboardist David Manion and additional guitarist Zak Rizvi, who started as a co-producer and outside songwriter before being named a full member of the band. The Prelude Implicit is their first on German label Inside Out Music having signed with it in September 2015.
The Prelude Implicit is epic in every sense of the term. Kansas shows what it truly means to be timeless and quite literally defy aging in their music. The album is a fine balance between classical sounds and newer contemporary sounds. In a time when progressive music is more often than not overdone for the sake of being ‘proggy’, Kansas brings a new class with its music.
TRACKS: 01. With This Heart 02. Visibility Zero 03. The Unsung Heroes 04. Rhythm In The Spirit 05. Refugee 06. The Voyage Of Eight Eighteen 07. Camouflage 08. Summer 09. Crowded Isolation 10. Section 60 11. Home On The Range 12. Oh Shenandoah
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Chapter And Verse (2016)
Chapter and Verse is an album by Bruce Springsteen that was released on September 23, 2016. The album is a companion piece to Springsteen's 500 plus page autobiography, Born to Run, which will be released four days later. The career-spanning album features eighteen songs handpicked by Springsteen, five of which have never been released. The album contains Springsteen's earliest recording from 1966 and early '70s songs from his tenure in The Castiles, Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band along with his first 1972 demos for Columbia Records and songs from his studio albums from 1973 until 2012. As an artist, Springsteen always let his songs do the talking, but in this 18-track, career-spanning compilation, fans will get to hear his musical evolution from a scruffy teen to a major-label recording artist, Grammy Award winner, Oscar winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
TRACKS: 01. Baby I 02. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover 03. He's Guilty (The Judge Song) 04. The Ballad Of Jesse James 05. Henry Boy 06. Growin' Up 07. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 08. Born To Run 09. Badlands 10. The River 11. My Father's House 12. Born In The U.S.A. 13. Brilliant Disguise 14. Living Proof 15. The Ghost Of Tom Joad 16. The Rising 17. Long Time Comin' 18. Wrecking Ball
JOE BONAMASSA - Live At The Creek Theatre (2016)
Celebrated blues rock master, Joe Bonamassa delivers a musical tribute to The Three Kings Of the Blues at the legendary Greek Theatre filmed in August 2015. This concert is a continuation of the celebration of our blues heritage, which began with the 2014 production of Joe Bonamassa - Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks presented by Keeping The Blues Alive and was a tribute to the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Whereas such a quotient of live albums could seem an extravagance, with Joe, each show is a chance to reinvent, and it is simply not in Joe’s nature to take the easy route and simply play the hits. Instead, Joe’s shows are an exploration in which he challenges himself and the audience, offering up radical reinterpretations.
This DVD/CD also harks back to his heroes in the form of the three kings (Albert, BB and Freddie). The whole package is just beautiful which comprises the audio and video of the show (with some interchangeable songs) and clocks in at over two hours of driving blues heaven. Just like his recent UK tour Joe didn’t take the easy road and the set list chosen although filled with classics there are plenty of surprises and you know that Joe has handpicked these for no other reason other than the pure love he has for them. The eleven-piece band included Anton Fig (drums), Kirk Fletcher (guitar), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements), Paulie Cerra (saxophone), Nick Lane (trombone), and a trio of backup singers including Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae, and Juanita Tippins. The 22 tracks on offer is blues rock the way they were meant to be played, a big band, a big sound and a whole collection of guitars, horns and piano.
KING CRIMSON - Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind (2016)
Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind is a box set by King Crimson, released on 2 September 2016. The box set contains recordings from the group's 2015 tours of Japan, Canada and France. Some of the material has not been performed live since the 1970s, although the songs were rearranged to suit the current line-up. The title is derived from a song of the same name that the band has been playing in concert.
Featuring a 36 page booklet and presented in two double digipaks in an outer case, this limited edition version of Radical Action includes: three CDs - presented as individually themed 'virtual studio albums' with no audible audience - featuring a representative example of every song/piece performed by King Crimson on its 2015 tours of the UK, Canada and Japan, two DVDs featuring a complete filmed concert performance in stereo and 5.1 surround, Blu-Ray featuring a complete filmed concert performance in high-resolution stereo and 5.1 surround audio. Also contains 'picture off' mode, allowing the music to be heard independently in pristine, lossless audio (24/48khz as per original recordings) and expanded, perfect bound 36 page booklet with additional tour photos.
DISC 1 - Mainly Metal: 01. Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part One 02. Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind) 03. Meltdown 04. Radical Action II 05. Level Five 06. The Light Of Day 07. The Hell Hounds Of Krim 08. The ConstruKction Of Light 09. The Talking Drum 10. Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part Two
DISC 2 - Easy Money Shots: 01. Peace 02. Pictures Of A City 03. Banshee Legs Bell Hassle 04. Easy Money 05. Vrooom 06. Suitable Grounds For The Blues 07. Interlude 08. The Letters 09. Sailor's Tale 10. A Scarcity Of Miracles
DISC 3 - Crimson Classics: 01. Red 02. One More Red Nightmare 03. Epitaph 04. Starless 05. Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row 06. The Court Of The Crimson King 07. 21st Century Schizoid Man
SARI SCHORR - A Force Of Nature (2016)
In January 2015 legendary producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Blue Horizon) was invited to receive a ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’ award at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA. This award, was not the only highlight of the weekend for Mike, the second was witnessing the performance of one of the most amazing female blues singers Mike has seen in years – Sari Schorr.
Mike was so knocked out with Sari that he offered to come out of retirement and produce an album with her. Already a consummate songwriter, with tracks on major labels, Sari has written or co-written most of the songs on her new album A Force Of Nature Sari has now put together her own band – The Engine Room, featuring British guitarist Innes Sibun, formerly with Robert Plant. Together they will celebrate the release of Sari’s debut album on Manhaton Records in September 2016 and undertake a US and European wide tour. Sari is kicking off her groundbreaking tour at Carnegie Hall in NY performing with Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter, Dana Fuchs, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Laurence Jones on the Lead Belly Fest, Feb 4, 2016..
TRACKS: 01. Ain't Got No Money (feat Innes Sibun) 02. Aunt Hazel (feat Innes Sibun) 03. Damn The Reason (feat Innes Sibun) 04. Cat And Mouse (feat Innes Sibun) 05. Black Betty (feat Innes Sibun) 06. Work No More (feat Innes Sibun, Walter Trout) 07. Demolition Man (feat Innes Sibun) 08. Oklahoma (feat Oli Brown) 09. Letting Go (feat Innes Sibun) 10. Kiss Me (feat Oli Brown) 11. Stop! In The Name Of Love (feat Innes Sibun) 12. Ordinary Life (feat Innes Sibun)
DUKE ROBILLARD - Blues Full Circle (2016)
Duke Robillard’s career path was forged in 1967 when he founded the iconic Roomful of Blues, later holding down the guitar spot in The Fabulous Thunderbirds (following Jimmie Vaughan’s departure), then working with rockabilly maverick Robert Gordon and recording two albums with the Legendary Blues Band (a sterling group of former members of Muddy Waters’ bands).
In addition, Duke has logged countless gigs over the years as a producer, bandleader and guitar player with a plethora of giants of blues, roots and jazz music. That laundry list includes late icons such as Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Jay McShann, Rosco Gordon and Herb Ellis, as well as contemporaries Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Jay Geils, Joe Louis Walker, Billy Boy Arnold and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.
TRACKS: 01. Lay A Little Lovin' On Me 02. Rain Keeps Falling 03. Mourning Dove 04. No More Tears 05. Last Night 06. Fool About My Money 07. The Mood Room 08. I've Got A Feelin' That You're Foolin' 09. Shufflin' And Scufflin 10. Blues For Eddie Jones 11. You Used To Be Sugar 12. Worth Waitin' On 13. Come With Me Baby
DEB RYDER - Grit Grease & Tears (2016)
Born outside Chicago, Deb began appearing on stage as a young teen at her step father’s famous nightclub The Topanga Corral, where she opened for such blues legends as Etta James, Big Joe Turner and Taj Mahal to name a few. Deb’s vocals have been described as big, devastatingly powerful, whiskey soaked, a force of nature, reminiscent of her major influences Etta James and Koko Taylor. Deb's stage presence is captivating while her amazing vocals take the audience to new levels of enjoyment. Her standout performances have garnered awards and critical acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She writes all her own material and the lyrics paint a gritty, personal picture of life, love and trouble with just a well crafted touch of whimsy.
Grit Greats & Tears is the third studio album from blues great and multi award nominee Deb Ryder, featuring twelve new original songs that stand together as a testament to her spirit and commitment to the genre. The record covers a broad spectrum of styles and is a sonic journey full of energy, and serving up a savory blend of R&B, soul, funk and roots based blues as only Deb can deliver. Her critically acclaimed powerhouse vocals are supported by the mastery of a Grammy Award winning producer Tony Braunagel, and an A-list group of musicians. Grit Grease & Tears offers Deb Ryder's signature arrangements and impeccable songwriting. You can expect her to continue to imprint her mark on the blues world now and in the future.
TRACKS: 01. Ain't Gonna Be Easy 02. Get A Little Steam Up 03. Blink Of An Eye 04. Grit Grease & Tears 05. Sweet Mary Anne 06. Lord Knows I Do 07. Panic Mode 08. Just Her Nature 09. New Mechanic (Patrick's Blues) 10. Rivers Forgiveness 11. Prisoner Of War 12. Right Side Of The Grass
LIZ MANDEVILLE - The Stars Motel (2016)
Liz Mandeville is an American vocalist, songwriter, and Chicago blues musician known for her versatile voice, high-voltage performances, insightful songs, and traditional blues guitar playing. She has written and produced hundreds of original songs, including the songs on her albums. She has received critical acclaim and has toured internationally. Mandeville has said she was most influenced by Muddy Waters and called Koko Taylor her idol, but it was when she heard Luther Allison singing live that she knew the blues was her genre. Writer Karen Hanson described Mandeville's voice as sultry and wrote that she is a contemporary performer steeped in tradition. A critic for Illinois Blues called Mandeville's songwriting "great" and original.American Blues News reviewer Monica Yasher wrote that Mandeville is "known for her remarkably versatile voice, insightful songs, humorous onstage patter and deeply traditional guitar work" and is also "an accomplished Louisanna washboard player." Earwig Music described Mandeville as "a high voltage performer and a red hot mama.
TRACKS: 01. Too Hot For Love 02. Blues Is My Boss 03. Everybody Knew But Me 04. One Dance 05. Try Me 06. Truth 07. Reefer And A Glass Of Wine 08. What Could Have Been 09. Bad Blues Habit 10. River Of Blood 11. What Do Blues Men Like
THE JOEY GILMORE BAND - Respect The Blues (2016)
Mosher St. Records, South Florida’s award-winning independent blues record label, announces the 2016 release of The Joey Gilmore Band's new CD titled Respect The Blues. The soulful 11-song collection once again brings us the full-band sounds of some of Gilmore’s greatest influences – Johnny Adams, Lou Pride, Beau Jocque, Little Milton, William Bell, Johnny Rawls – whose songs he interprets. Guest artists featured on this release include Rockin’ Jake on harp, Ivan Chopik and Drew Preston on lead guitar and vocalists Domino Johnson and Edlene Hart. Yoel Hyman provides strings and horns and Arlene Coutee supplies backing vocals. Joey Gilmore can still fire up excitement with his style of deeply soulful, uplifting blues. Backed by his rock-solid band – keyboardist Sonny Boy Williams, bassist Robert ‘Hi-Hat’ Carter and drummers Maurice Dukes and Raul Hernandez – Gilmore displays stellar musicianship on these grooves. Once again, for soul-blues lovers, and Gilmore’s world-wide fan-base, Respect The Blues should hit the sweet spot.
TRACKS: 01. Man Of My Word 02. Cant't Kill Nothin 03. Brownskin Woman 04. Livin A Lie 05. A Liitle Love Always Makes It Bettah 06. Breakin Up Somebody's Home 07. This Time I'm Gone For Good 08. Chain Of Fools 09. Room 244 10. Sole Survivor 11. Night Time Is The Right Time
KENNY NEAL - Bloodline (2016)
Kenny Neal, born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, began playing music at a young age. Learning the basics from his father, singer and Blues harmonica master, Raful Neal, Kenny is known as a modern swamp-blues and multi-instrumentalist, that draws from the sizzling sounds of his native Louisiana.
A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and a multi-award winning talent, Neal has never sounded better than he does here, offering some of the most moving songwriting and performances of his incredible career. Bloodline proves that the blues is most definitely in the blood - no less than eight members of the Neal clan lend their musical talents to this unique album, making it a true family affair.
TRACKS: 01. Ain't Gon' Let The Blues Die 02. Bloodline 03. Plain Old Common Sense 04. Funny How Time Slips Away 05. Keep On Moving 06. I Go By Feel 07. I'm So Happy 08. Blues Mobile 09. I Can't Wait 10. Real Friend 11. Thank You BB King
JIMMY THACKERY AND THE DRIVERS - Spare Keys (2016)
The new CD is mere moments away from release and we are going out on the road to spread the news. Recording started in 2015 with a few songs I had been working on. We were patiently waiting for George to recover from his shoulder surgery, and had Chris Reddan on the road with us. He was a great substitute and allowed us to continue touring and working without missing a beat, so to speak. We decided, after a few weeks on the road, that Chris would be a great addition to our studio endeavor, and he most certainly was. Recorded towards the end of the tour season in 2015,Tony's Treasures Studio was again, a perfect fit .. so half the project was put in the can until George could return and flesh out the remaining tracks. As always, George did just that upon his return and we finished up this year in time to take it with us on this next trip out west. SPARE KEYS is an all original. Written by myself at my demo studio in the Caribbean, the songs run the gamut from classic blues to rockin' instrumental to tropical rock to soul ballad and back again. - Jimmy T.
TRACKS: 01. Candy Apple Red 02. Blues All Night 03. You Can't Come Back 04. No More Than Me 05. Fighting In The Jungle 06. I've Got News For You 07. I Even Lost The Blues 08. Five Inch Knife 09. Same Page On Demand 10. Puttin' The Word Out 11. Bella Noche 12. The Barber's Guitar
RONNIE EARL AND THE BROADCASTERS - Maxwell Street (2016)
Ronnie Earl’s Maxwell Street is named in honour of blues pianist and previous member of the Broadcasters David Maxwell and is a nod to Chicago’s Maxwell Street where blues musicians gathered to play outside for the Sunday market crowds. It confirms Ronnie Earl’s status as one of the most soulful blues/soul/jazz guitarists working today. Earl is a three-time Blues Award winner as Guitarist Of The Year working with his band of over 25 years. This album is dedicated to my big brother David Maxwell. We were born on the same day ten years apart. His playing was a deep as the ocean, as high as the sky and as bright as a quasar. When he passed I felt a huge loss as I still do. David was a Broadcaster and he and I made a few records together. It was always a supreme honor to play with him. He played blues as well as jazz with incredible expression from Otis Spann to Cecil Taylor. He knew and loved it all. He became Otis Spann in the later years. Our pianist David Limina wrote a tune that captures the feeling of the album and we all send our love and respect to David’s family and all of our love and gratitude for David Maxwell.
TRACKS: 01. Mother Angel 02. Elegy For A Bluesman 03. In Memory Of T-Bone 04. Kismet 05. Double Trouble 06. (I've Got To Use My) Imagination 07. Blues For David Maxwell 08. You Don't Know Me 09. Brojoe 10. As The Years Go Passing By
OL' 55 - Time To Rock'n'Roll - The Anthology (2016)
Ol' 55 was an Australian band specialising in retro, 1950s-era Rock 'n' Roll. They formed as Fanis in 1972 in Sutherland, Sydney. Drummer Geoff Plummer was working with Glenn A. Baker at the NSW Department of Media and invited Baker to hear his part-time band, including Patrick"Meatballs" DRUMMOND, Rockpile Jones and Jimmy Manzie. In 1975, Baker took on their management, renamed them as Ol' 55 for the Tom Waits song (as covered by The Eagles), and recruited front man Frankie J. Holden and, later in the year, saxophonist Wilbur Wilde.
The band enjoyed popularity with a style that bordered on parody but managed to combine novelty retro kitsch and clever theatrics with a keen sense of pop dynamics and an acute understanding of rock 'n' roll. Their top 20 hits on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart were, "On the Prowl" (No. 14, May 1976), "Looking for an Echo" (No. 9, August), "(I Want A) Rockin' Christmas" (No. 7, November), "Stay (While the Night is Still Young)" (No. 16, November 1977), and "Two Faces Have I" (No. 15, July 1980). Their debut album, Take It Greasy peaked at No. 2 in the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart in 1976. After line-up changes, Ol' 55 disbanded in 1983 for a few years; while both Holden and Wilde had already furthered their musical careers and also taken roles in television entertainment. Various revivals titled Ol' 55, The Fives, Frankie J. Holden & The Fives, or Ol' Skydaddys contained members of the 1976 line-up of the band. Manzie moved to Hollywood, where he wrote film music - mainly for horror movies - and produced recordings for bands.
ROGER CHAPMAN - Chappo (1979) [Deluxe Edition, 2014]
Roger Maxwell Chapman, also known as Chappo, is an English rock vocalist. He is best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney, in 1966 and also the rock, R&B band Streetwalkers formed in 1974. His idiosyncratic brand of showmanship when performing and vocal vibrato led him to become a cult figure on the British rock scene. Chapman is claimed to have said that he was trying to sing like both Little Richard and his idol Ray Charles. Since the early 1980s he has spent much of his time in Germany and has made occasional appearances there and elsewhere. He was awarded an Artist of the Year award in 1980 for his vocals on Mike Oldfield's song "Shadow on the wall". In 2004 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. "Chappo" is the debut solo album of singer Roger Chapman, released in 1979.
IAN HUNTER - Ian Hunter (1975) & All-American Alien Boy (1978) [30th Anniversary Editions, 2005/2006]
Ian Hunter is the first solo album by Ian Hunter, recorded following his departure from Mott the Hoople. Released in 1975, it is also the first of many solo albums on which he collaborates with Mick Ronson. The single "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" would be his first and last top-20 single in the UK. The pop-metal band Great White would later cover the song on their 1989 album ...Twice Shy. "Who Do You Love" and "3,000 Miles from Here" were covered by Joe Elliott's Down 'n' Outz on their 2010 album My ReGeneration.
All American Alien Boy is the second solo album by Ian Hunter. Because of management issues, Mick Ronson did not appear on this album; instead, Hunter brought in keyboardist Chris Stainton to act as a balancing force in the studio. Unlike his previous album, the album didn't feature any of his trademark rockers and he opted for a more jazzy direction including budding bass legend Jaco Pastorius. The album title is a play on Rick Derringer's 1973 album All American Boy. In 2006, the album was reissued with several bonus tracks.
MUDCRUTCH - Mudcrutch (2008) & 2 (2016)
Mudcrutch is the first studio album by American rock band Mudcrutch, released on April 29, 2008. The album was recorded during a two-week period in August 2007. Mudcrutch was originally formed in 1970. The band recorded several demos and singles but never released an album. Mudcrutch was disbanded by the record company in 1975 and did not play together again until recording this album 32 years later. After the initial break-up, band members Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench went on to form Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at number eight, selling about 38,000 copies in its first week.
Tom Petty reunited with his early seventies southern rock band, Mudcrutch, in 2008 for their self-titled debut LP. Now the quintet has reteamed for a second album, 2. Mudcrutch formed in 1970 in Gainesville, Florida. The band signed to Shelter Records in 1974 and released one single, "Depot Street," before breaking up in 1975. Decades after Petty, Campbell and Tench found multi-platinum success with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the quintet reunited for 2008's Mudcrutch and a run of seven club shows. Petty spoke to Rolling Stone last year and discussed plans to record a follow-up LP. "We're gonna use the Heartbreakers studio," he said. "We have a big Heartbreakers club house out in the valley, which is where we made the last one. I imagine most of it will be done there. The wild thing about the last album is that the vocals and even the harmony vocals were done live on the floor of the studio at the same time we played it, so there weren't many overdubs. I'm hoping we can do that again. They play their solos on the fly, so every take is a little different, but in the end you just go for the best one. We made that record in 10 days."
CANNED HEAT - Canned Heat Blues Band (1996)
Canned Heat founder and guitar great Bob Hite once described his band as "a rock band with country/blues roots" and perhaps a little less modestly, "the first and greatest boogie band ever." Canned Heat's "greatness" has always seemed to elude them by a hair, however, regardless of their versatility and devotion to the strange and wonderful mutations their music endured, particularly in the '60s. But these dudes do nothing if not persevere. Having lost their signature falsetto and lowdown harp man Alan Wilson in 1970, 1996's Canned Heat Blues Band fronts "The Bear's" third vocal replacement, Robert Lucas, who wisely doesn't pretend he can cover those cool old road-trip-on-acid songs (like "Going Up the Country") in a particularly familiar manner. Instead he stylizes "Quiet Woman," "Iron Horse," and "One Kind Favor" in a murky, bottom-dwelling register. To his credit, he works hard blowing that harp Heat-style, although he cannot reach the flutter and intensity of many other drop-in Heat men. A sad note: this is the last contribution we get from the ever-cool Henry "Guitar Gangster" Vestine. Since there are virtually no original members remaining and the sound seems good but far from its source, maybe this current incarnation should consider changing its name. It's canned all right -- but it just ain't the late great Heat.
TRACKS: 01. Stranger 02. Quiet Woman 03. Iron Horse 04. Jr.'s Shuffle 05. Creole Queen 06. Keep It To Yourself 07. Boogie Music 08. Goin' Up The Country 09. See These Tears 10. One Kind Favour 11. Oh Baby 12. Gorgo Boogie
JOHN DU CANN - The World's Not Big Enough (1977)
Although John Du Cann had several singles in the late '70s with a strange power pop/new wave/hard rock melange, his most successful group by far was Atomic Rooster, for which he played guitar in the early '70s. Du Cann had a long and varied career before beginning his brief attempt to become a solo star, without ever becoming a name widely recognized by the international public. In the late '60s he had been in the obscure British psychedelic groups the Attack and Andromeda, both of whom have had material released on the sort of special-interest psychedelic reissues that only fanatical collectors of the style are aware of. In 1970, still known simply as John Cann, he joined Atomic Rooster, whose main man, organist Vincent Crane, decided to alter the organ-bass-drums lineup of their first album into an organ-guitar-bass trio. Du Cann was also the singer in Atomic Rooster, and played in a lineup with Crane and drummer Carl Palmer for nine months before Palmer left to join Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Atomic Rooster entered the British Top Ten with the album Death Walks Behind You, and a single, "Tomorrow Night," also went Top Ten in the U.K.; Du Cann claims he wrote this, although Vincent Crane got the songwriting credit. The third Atomic Rooster album, In Hearing of Atomic Rooster, was even more successful, as was the single "Devil's Answer," which made number two in Britain. At this point, however, Crane fired Du Cann.
Du Cann then formed Bullet with drummer Paul Hammond (who left Atomic Rooster at the same time as Du Cann) who, after their first single, had to change their name to Hard Stuff since there was an American band also using the Bullet name. Du Cann subsequently worked as a songwriter, and replaced Gary Moore in Thin Lizzy. Then his manager changed his name from John Cann to John Du Cann. He got signed as a solo artist and started recording with Status Quo producer Francis Rossi, using a journeyman band including bassist John McCoy (later of Gillan), drummer Pete Kircher (ex-Honeybus and Cliff Bennett), and keyboardist Andy Bown (the Herd, Status Quo). Considering Du Cann's background, his solo outings were far more pop-based than could have been reasonably expected. His rough, throaty voice was not natural frontman material, nor were his songs that great, but there wasn't much of a lingering aftertaste to his metal-hard rock background. He sounded, frankly, caught between new wave, power pop, and the mainstream, without heading wholeheartedly in any of those directions. Imagine a very mainstream Wreckless Eric, if that's possible, and you have an idea of how Du Cann could sound at times. "Throw Him in Jail" and "Where's the Show" were put out as singles, and an album was ready for release in 1977, but was canceled. Still, in 1979, Du Cann did manage a British Top 40 hit with "Don't Be a Dummy," which was originally recorded for an advertisement. Rather than pursue a solo career, however, Du Cann reunited the Crane-Hammond-Du Cann version of Atomic Rooster for touring and recording. The unreleased 1977 John Du Cann album was de-mothballed and issued on CD in 1999, with numerous bonus demos and outtakes.
FREDDIE MERCURY - Messenger Of The Gods (2016)
Released to coincide with what would have been Freddie Mercury's 70th birthday, the excellent 2016 double-disc anthology Messenger of the Gods: The Singles brings together all of the legendary Queen vocalist's solo A-side and B-side singles. Originating from a variety of projects, including Mercury's one and only proper solo album, 1985's Mr. Bad, these are all the songs released under Mercury's name and not as Queen singles. Nonetheless, there was some cross-pollination and several of these songs were later reworked as Queen tracks. While Queen were primarily known for their muscular, guitar-oriented rock, they were also innovators who experimented with funk and dance grooves. Mercury himself was always an eclectic artist whose tastes ranged from early rock & roll to disco to classical music. Not surprisingly, he indulged in all of these genres on his many solo endeavors, collaborating with several pop production icons including Queen associate Reinhold Mack (T. Rex, Electric Light Orchestra, Deep Purple) and disco giant Giorgio Moroder. Subsequently, many of the tracks featured here -- including the synthy "Living on My Own," the yearning ballad "Made in Heaven," and the soaring, Eurovision-ready anthem "I Was Born to Love You" -- lean in a pop direction. Of course, he never completely gave up rock, and cuts like the dramatic "In My Defence" and the emotive "Time," both extracted off the soundtrack to the Dave Clark musical Time, are swaggering power ballads that don't sound at all out of place within his oeuvre, with or without Queen. Mercury also had a keen ear for covers, especially ones that seemed to reflect his own glamorously mutative persona, as he did with his cheeky 1987 version of the Platters' "The Great Pretender" and his cinematic 1973 take on the Gerry Goffin and Carole King composition "Goin' Back." Notably, we also get Mercury's genre-bending duets with operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé, including "The Golden Boy," "Overture Piccante," and "Barcelona," with Mercury's multi-tracked vocals set against Caballé's soaring timbre. Overwhelming in both their articulate beauty and emotional depth, these duets sound even more innovative 20 years on, as they clearly prefigured the rise of artists like Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and the classical crossover genre as a whole. Ultimately, Messenger of the Gods reveals Mercury as an artist well ahead of his time, unbound by genre constraints, whose immense talents and charisma remain as indelible as ever.
PINK FLOYD - Obscured By Clouds (1972)
Obscured by Clouds is the soundtrack to the Barbet Schroeder film La Vallée, and it plays that way. Of course, it's possible to make the argument that Pink Floyd's music of the early '70s usually played as mood music, similar to film music, but it had structure and a progression. Here, the instrumentals float pleasantly, filled with interesting textures, yet they never seem to have much of a purpose. Often, they seem quite tied to their time, either in their spaciness or in the pastoral folkiness, two qualities that are better brought out on the full-fledged songs interspersed throughout the record. Typified by "Burning Bridges" and "Wot's...uh the Deal," these songs explore some of the same musical ground as those on Atom Heart Mother and Meddle, yet they are more concise and have a stronger structure. But the real noteworthy numbers are the surprisingly heavy blues-rocker "The Gold It's in The...," which, as good as it is, is trumped by the stately, ominous "Childhood's End" and the jaunty pop tune "Free Four," two songs whose obsessions with life, death, and the past clearly point toward Dark Side of the Moon. ("Childhood's End" also sests Dark Side in its tone and arrangement.) As startlingly advanced as these last two songs are, they're not enough to push the rest of Obscured by Clouds past seeming just like a soundtrack, yet these tunes, blended with the sensibility of Meddle, sest what Pink Floyd was about to develop into.
TRACKS: 01. Obscured By Clouds 02. When You're In 03. Burning Bridges 04. The Gold It's In The ... 05. Wot's ... Uh The Deal 06. Mudmen 07. Childhood's End 08. Free Four 09. Stay 10. Absolutely Curtains
DIRTY BLUES BAND - Dirty Blues Band (1967) & Stone Dirt (1969) [2007, Remastered]
The Dirty Blues Band was a white blues outfit best known as the stamping grounds, for a time, for Rod Piazza and Glenn Ross Campbell. The group was spawned in Riverside, CA, from a convergence of members of a handful of notable local outfits -- their rhythm section, John Millikan (drums) and Les Morrison (bass), were high school classmates who'd previously played in the L-J's, whence also came keyboard player Pat Moloney. The L-J's had started out playing jazz in 1964, but by the end of 1965 had evolved into the Mystics, a much more blues-focused outfit, whose ranks included Bob Sandell on rhythm guitar and Rod Piazza on lead vocals and harp. Their main influences were such British Invasion bands as Them (whose "Mystic Eyes" had provided their name), the Animals, the Yardbirds, and the Rolling Stones -- although nominally a blues band, their sound was really more an amalgam of blues and R&B as done by those groups.
Digitally remastered and slipcased. Both album releases from young US group Dirty Blues Band; not long after 'Stone Dirt', the band disintegrated. Featuring Rod Piazza on vocals, later to have a successful career with the Mighty Flyers and as a solo artist. Glen Ross Campbell appears on 'Stone Dirt'; he later went onto the Misunderstood and Juicy Lucy.
BACON FAT - Grease One For Me (1970)
Bacon Fat was a band led by harmonica player Rod "Gingerman" Piazza and featuring Buddy Reed (guitar, vocals), Gregg Schaefer (guitar), J.D. Nicholson (vocals, piano), Jerry Smith (bass), and Dick Innes, Jr. (drums). They were signed to the British Blue Horizon label and made two albums before breaking up in the early '70s.
A monumental audio document in the history of the Los Angeles' blues scene. This is during a stage when elder statesman like Smith and J.D. Nicholson taught the nuances of the trade to youngsters Piazza and Richard Innes. For Piazza, it shows him in an embryonic stage in his career, displaying his potential while still learning.
TRACKS: 01. Up the Line 02. Boom Boom (Out Goes the Lights) 03. Small's on 53rd 04. She's a Wrong Woman 05. I Need Your Love 06. Juicy Harmonica 07. Nobody But You 08. Telephone Blues 09. You're So Fine 10.Too Late
THE BEATLES - Live At The Hollywood Bowl (2016)
Back in 1977, the Beatles released The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl, a live album capturing the band’s riotous mid-’60s concerts in L.A. “The chaos, I might almost say panic, that reigned at these concerts was unbelievable unless you were there,” said producer George Martin upon its release. Now, a new album documenting the concerts has been announced by Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group. The record was directly sourced, remixed, and remastered from the original three-track recordings, by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios. It’s out September 9, as a companion album to Ron Howard’s forthcoming documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years. As well as four previously unreleased recordings, the album package includes a 24-page booklet featuring a new David Fricke essay. This album includes 13 original live tracks taken from concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965 plus four previously unreleased songs, which were sourced directly from the three-track tapes of the concerts and were remixed and mastered at the Abbey Road studios by George Martin's son, Giles, and engineer Sam Okell.
AMERICA - Warner Bros Years 1971-1977 (8CD Box Set, 2015)
A practical, no-frills clamshell box set celebrating the soft rock/folk-pop hitmakers' '70s heyday, the Warner Bros. Years 1971-1977 rounds up seven complete studio albums and one live LP. Comprised of America (1971), Homecoming (1972), Hat Trick (1973), Holiday (1974), Hearts (1975), Hideaway (1976), Harbor (1977), and America Live (1977), all of which were remastered in 2014, the collection is aimed squarely at completists. Like their closest sonic contemporaries Seals & Crofts, the trio of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek was an unstoppable FM/AM radio force for the era, securing future classic soft rock staples like "Horse with No Name," "Ventura Highway,' "Muskrat Love," "Tin Man," "Lonely People," and "Sister Golden Hair," many of which were impeccably produced by George Martin. Really the only thing missing here is the group's 1982 comeback hit "You Can Do Magic," which would make Rhino's excellent 2000 Highway: 30 Years of America the better choice for casual fans, but longtime America devotees will appreciate having the new studio masters all in one place, as well as the neatly arranged original album art and inserts.
To ensure the best sound quality, all of the music is taken from new 2014 audio masters.
BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE - Classic Album Set (2016)
Canadian rock band Bachman Turner Overdrive, also known as BTO, are synonymous with classic 70s rock and the hits 'Ain't Seen Nothing Yet' and 'Taking Care Of Business'. They were formed in 1972 by Randy Bachman and Fred Turner from the ashes of country/soft rock band Brave Belt. During the 70s they released eight albums to much acclaim and radio airplay (the last two as BTO, without Randy Bachman), and the band have reformed and existed in various forms since, sometimes with other family members and without Bachman and/or Turner. Those two aforementioned hits (two of many) are important culturally; Homer Simpson is a well documented fan, and who (at least in the UK) can forget Smashie & Nicey's association. This set is those eight original albums, each in a card replica sleeve, with a booklet annotated by Malcolm Dome.
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and following his 1970 departure from the Guess Who (who had a major hit with American Woman) Randy Bachman formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1972. Originally called Brave Belt, the band had a series of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone. Their 1970s catalogue included five Top 40 albums and six U.S. Top 40 singles. The band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide, and has fans affectionately known as "gearheads" (derived from the band's gear-shaped logo). Many of their songs, including "Let It Ride", "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", "Takin' Care of Business", "Hey You" and "Roll On Down the Highway", still receive play on classic-rock stations. After the band went into a hiatus in 2005, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner reunited in 2009 to tour and collaborate on a new album. In 2010, they played the halftime show at the Grey Cup in Edmonton, AB and continue to tour as of summer 2014. On March 29, 2014, the classic Not Fragile line-up reunited for the first time since 1991 to mark Bachman–Turner Overdrive's induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and participated in performing in a tribute version of "Takin' Care of Business."
BREAD - The Best Of Bread (1973) 
01. Make It With You
02. Everything I Own
04. Baby I'm-A Want You
05. It Don't Matter To Me
07. Mother Freedom
08. Down On My Knees
09. Too Much Love
10. Let Your Love Go
11. Look What You've Done
Bread was an American soft rock band from Los Angeles, California. They placed 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1970 and 1977 and were an example of what later was labeled as soft rock. The band consisted of David Gates (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, violin, viola, percussion), Jimmy Griffin (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion) and Robb Royer (bass, guitar, flute, keyboards, percussion, recorder, backing vocals). Mike Botts (drums, percussion) joined in the summer of 1969 and Larry Knechtel (keyboards, bass, guitar, harmonica) replaced Royer in 1971.
The Best of Bread is a multi-platinum compilation album by the band Bread released in 1973 by Elektra Records.
THE ALAN PRICE SET - I Put A Spell On You (2000)
As the organist in the first Animals lineup, Alan Price was perhaps the most important instrumental contributor to their early run of hits. He left the group in 1965 after only a year or so of international success (he can be seen talking about his departure with Bob Dylan in the rockumentary Don't Look Back) to work on a solo career. Leading the Alan Price Set, he had a Top Ten British hit in 1966 with a reworking of "I Put a Spell on You," complete with Animals-ish organ breaks and bluesy vocals. His subsequent run of British hits between 1966 and 1968 -- "Hi-Lili-Hi-Lo," "Simon Smith and His Dancing Bear," "The House That Jack Built," and "Don't Stop the Carnival" -- were in a much lighter vein, drawing from British music hall influences. "Simon Smith and His Dancing Bear," from 1967, was one of the first Randy Newman songs to gain international exposure, though Price's version -- like all his British hits -- went virtually unnoticed in the U.S. A versatile entertainer, Price collaborated with Georgie Fame, hosted TV shows, and scored plays in the years following the breakup of the Alan Price Set in 1968. He composed the score to Lindsay Anderson's O Lucky Man!, where his spare and droll songs served almost as a Greek chorus to the surreal, whimsical film (Price himself has a small role in the movie). His 1974 concept album Between Today and Yesterday was his most critically acclaimed work.
TRACKS: 01. Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird) 02. Never Be Sick on Sunday 03. I Put a Spell on You 04. Iechyd-Da 05. Hi-Lili-Hi-Lo 06. Take Me Home 07. Willow Weep for Me 08. Yours Until Tomorrow 09. Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear 10. Tickle Me 11. The House That Jack Built 12. Who Cares 13. Shame 14. Don't Do That Again 15. Don't Stop the Carnival 16. The Time Has Come 17. When I Was a Cowboy 18. Tappy Tortoise 19. Love Story 20. My Old Kentucky Home 21. The Trimdon Grange Explosion 22. Falling in Love Again 23. Sunshine and Rain (The Name of the Game) 24. Is There Anybody out There?
Survivor's brand of melodic, hard, album-oriented rock netted the group several hits during the 1980s, including two smash themes from Rocky films, but never quite matched the success or consistency of contemporaries like Foreigner. Survivor was founded in 1978 by guitarist/keyboardist Jim Peterik (formerly the lead singer of the Ides of March) with guitarist Frankie Sullivan; the two recruited lead singer Dave Bickler and recorded a self-titled debut album as a trio with studio musicians Dennis Johnson on bass and Gary Smith on drums. Their places were taken by permanent members Stephen Ellis and Marc Droubay, respectively.
The group's big break came in 1982 when Sylvester Stallone commissioned the band to write the theme to Rocky III; the result, "Eye of the Tiger," was an instant hit with its bombastic opening riff and anthemic chorus. It spent six weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and pushed the accompanying album of the same name over the one million sales mark. Bickler quit in 1983 due to medical reasons and was replaced by former Cobra singer Jimi Jamison. The shakeup gave the band a kick-start, and they had two Top Ten hits in 1985 with "High on You" and "The Search Is Over." The band's theme from Rocky IV, "Burning Heart," provided their second biggest hit in 1986, but their fortunes slid downhill from there; by the end of the year, Jamison, Peterik, and Sullivan were the only remaining members, and Survivor finally disbanded in 1989.
ALBERT KING - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967) [Remastered & Expanded 2013]
Albert King recorded a lot in the early '60s, including some classic sides, but they never quite hit the mark. They never gained a large audience, nor did they really capture the ferocity of his single-string leads. Then he signed with Stax in 1966 and recorded a number of sessions with the house band, Booker T. & the MG's, and everything just clicked. The MG's gave King supple Southern support, providing an excellent contrast to his tightly wound lead guitar, allowing to him to unleash a torrent of blistering guitar runs that were profoundly influential, not just in blues, but in rock & roll (witness Eric Clapton's unabashed copping of King throughout Cream's Disraeli Gears). Initially, these sessions were just released as singles, but they were soon compiled as King's Stax debut, Born Under a Bad Sign. Certainly, the concentration of singles gives the album a consistency -- these were songs devised to get attention -- but, years later, it's astounding how strong this catalog of songs is: "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Crosscut Saw," "Oh Pretty Woman," "The Hunter," "Personal Manager," and "Laundromat Blues" form the very foundation of Albert King's musical identity and legacy. Few blues albums are this on a cut-by-cut level; the songs are exceptional and the performances are rich, from King's dynamic playing to the Southern funk of the MG's. It was immediately influential at the time and, over the years, it has only grown in stature as one of the very greatest electric blues albums of all time.
TRACKS: 01. Born Under A Bad Sign 02. Crosscut Saw 03. Kansas City 04. Oh, Pretty Woman 05. Down Don't Bother Me 06. The Hunter 07. I Almost Lost My Mind 08. Personal Manager 09. Laundromat Blues 10. As The Years Go By 11. The Very Thought Of You 12. Born Under A Bad Sign (Take 1 Alternate) 13. Crosscut Saw (Take 1 Alternate) 14. The Hunter (Take 1 Alternate) 15. Personal Manager (Take 15 Alternate) 16. Untitled Instrumental
MIKE BLOOMFIELD - RX for the Blues (1996)
01. Rx For The Blues
02. Wings Of An Angel
03. Knockin' Myself Out
04. Walkin' The Floor
05. Hully Gully
06. Don't You Lie To Me
07. Junko Partner
08. Woman Lovin' Eachother
09. Cherry Red
10. You Must Have Jesus
12. I Was Robbed Last Night
13. I Found Out
14. Never Be Lonely Again
The celebrated blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield performs a variety of blues, R&B, and ragtime classics, including "Cherry Red," "Don't You Lie to Me," and "Walking the Floor Over You," on this accomplished and wide-ranging set. He's accompanied by the pianist Mark Naftalin and a skilful rhythm section, and though singing was never his strong point, his consummate guitar playing carries him through.
JOE COCKER - The Album Recordings 1984-2007 (2016)
The Album Recordings 1984-2007 is an impressive new Joe Cocker 14CD box set. The new collection comprises all of Cocker’s studio albums released from 1984 – 2007 (along with Joe Cocker (Live)) and for good measure adds a newly compiled bonus CD of ‘Related Recordings’ that includes rarities, additional content from European deluxe discs, US Album versions and songs found in tribute albums from the likes of Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. The Album Recordings 1984-2007 is packaged in a clamshell box and all discs come housed in replica cardboard wallets. It is released on 26 August 2016.
Born in England in 1944, Joe Cocker undeniably had one of the most distinctive voices in music. He first rose to fame in the late 1960s with his cover of the Beatles' song "With a Little Help From My Friends". Cocker made a name for himself after his hypnotic performance at the legendary Woodstock music festival in 1969 and counted Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan among his early influences. Known for his mesmerising live performances and his soulful bluesy rock vocals - Joe Cocker is one of the finest examples of pure British talent. This wonderful 14CD clamshell box will comprise of Cocker's complete studio albums released from 1984 - 2007 along with 'Joe Cocker (Live)' and contains a newly compiled bonus CD that includes rarities, additional content from European deluxe discs, US Album versions and songs found in tribute albums from greats such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. All discs are housed inside cardboard wallets with replica original artwork, with 'Related Recordings' featuring new artwork corresponding to this striking new box design.
MUDDY WATERS - Hard Again (1977)
After a string of mediocre albums throughout most of the 1970s, Muddy Waters hooked up with Johnny Winter for 1977's Hard Again, a startling comeback and a gritty demonstration of the master's powers. Fronting a band that includes such luminaries as James Cotton and "Pine Top" Perkins, Waters is not only at the top of his game, but is having the time of his life while he's at it. The bits of studio chatter that close "Mannish Boy" and open "Bus Driver" show him to be relaxed and obviously excited about the proceedings. Part of this has to be because the record sounds so good. Winter has gone for an extremely bare production style, clearly aiming to capture Waters in conversation with a band in what sounds like a single studio room. This means that sometimes the songs threaten to explode in chaos as two or three musicians begin soloing simultaneously. Such messiness is actually perfect in keeping with the raw nature of this music; you simply couldn't have it any other way. There is something so incredibly gratifying about hearing Waters shout out for different soloists, about the band missing hits or messing with the tempos. Hey this isn't pop music, it's the blues, and a little dirt never hurt anybody. The unsung star of this session is drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, whose deep grooves make this record come alive. The five-minute, one-chord "Mannish Boy" wouldn't be nearly as compelling as it is if it weren't for Smith's colossal pocket. Great blues from one of the dominant voices of the genre.
TRACKS: 01. Mannish Boy 02. Bus Driver 03. I Want To Be Loved 04. Jealous Hearted Man 05. I Can't Be Satisfied 06. The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll #2 07. Deep Down In Florida 08. Crosseyed Cat 09. Little Girl 10. Walking Through The Park
FREDDIE KING - Burglar (1974)
Produced in part by Mike Vernon, who worked on The Legendary Christine Perfect Album, this is an entertaining and concise package of ten songs performed by the late Freddie King and a slew of guests. Opening with Gonzalez Chandler's "Pack It Up," featuring the Gonzalez Horn Section, the youthful legend was only 40 years of age when he cut this career LP two years before his death. Though no songs went up the charts like his Top Five hit in 1961, "Hide Away," Burglar is one of those gems that journeymen can put together in their sleep. Tom Dowd produced "Sugar Sweet" at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, featuring Jamie Oldaker on drums, Carl Radle on bass, and guitarists Eric Clapton and George Terry, which, of course, makes this album highly collectable in the Clapton circles. The sound doesn't deviate much from the rest of the disc's Mike Vernon production work; it is pure Freddy King, like on the final track, E. King's "Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)," where his guitar bursts through the horns and party atmosphere, creating a fusion of the pure blues found on "Sugar Sweet" and the rock that fans of Grand Funk grooved to when he opened for that group and was immortalized in their 1973 number one hit "We're an American Band" a year after this record's release. Sylistically, Freddie King is from the same school as Buddy Guy, two men instrumental in bringing this art form to a mass audience. King stretches those sounds with great fervor on the Hayes/Porter number "I Had a Dream," containing the strength Mark Farner said the blues artist displayed in concert, which could snap a guitar neck. The voice of Freddie King is what drives J.J. Cale's "I Got the Same Old Blues," the horns and the guitar battling between verses and uniting to ooze under the guitarist's vocal expression. Rhythm guitarist Bob Tench, producer Mike Vernon, bassist DeLisle Harper, drummer Steve Ferrone, and pianist Roy Davies all co-write "Texas Flyer" with Freddie King, a prime example of the modern blues this artist was developing. With Brian Auger and Pete Wingfield contributing to the title track, Jerry Ragovoy's "She's a Burglar," this project stands as a solid representation of an important musician which is as enjoyable as it is historic.
TRACKS: 01. Pack It Up 02. My Credit Didn't Go Through 03. I Got The Same Old Blues 04. Only Getting Second Best 05. Texas Flyer 06. Pulp Wood 07. She's A Burglar 08. Sugar Sweet 09. I Had A Dream 10. Let The Good Times Roll
DEEP PURPLE - Live At Long Beach 1976 (2016)
One of the more intriguing Purple eras from over the years was their "Mark IV" lineup, which was comprised of David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Tommy Bolin (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboards), and Ian Paice (drums). The reason being that there was no Ritchie Blackmore in their ranks, and this lineup only managed a single studio album, the oft-overlooked Come Taste the Band, and a year after disbanding in 1976, a subpar live album, Last Concert in Japan. Due to an arm injury to Bolin, his guitar playing is not even close to what he would sound like at full-strength on the aforementioned Last Concert in Japan. Originally recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show, this double-disc set has been issued several times over the years (including under such titles as On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat, among others), but far surpasses the aforementioned Last Concert in Japan. The most obvious reason for the "improvement" being Bolin's improved playing, and a far lengthier set list. Reflecting the era when arena rock was at its most indulgent and bombastic, quite a few of the tracks here feature mind-numbingly long solos or jams; case in point, extended renditions of such Purple classics as "Smoke on the Water" and "Highway Star." But the biggest culprit here is an over-20-minute version of "Lazy," which manages to incorporate parts of the solo Bolin track "Homeward Strut" (which was often incorrectly listed as "The Grind" on previously released versions of this show). And while this non-Ritchie Blackmore lineup was able to pull off the expected nets admirably, it's the renditions of the rarely performed Come Taste the Band material that will be of interest to longtime fans, including "Lady Luck," "Love Child," "This Time Around," and "Gettin' Tighter," the latter of which falls victim once more to the "extended jam virus." Behind Made in Japan (considered one of hard rock's finest live albums of all time), Live at Long Beach 76 is certainly one of Purple's finest live sets.
THE ROLLING STONES - Another Time, Another Place (2016) [6 CD Box Set]
Unique six disc anthology is the rare opportunity to enjoy classic recordings by the Rolling Stones from the Brian Jones era. Included here are digitally remastered versions of live television shows, radio broadcasts, concert appearances and studio out-takes. Each of the individual CDs is presented in a miniature gatefold album sleeve.
DISC 1 - The Lost U.S. Tape: 01. Around And Around 02. Time Is On My Side 03. The Last Time 04. Little Red Rooster 05. Someone To Love 06. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 07. As Tears Go By 08. 19Th Nervous Breakdown 09. Paint It Black 10. Lady Jane 11. Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadows 12. Ruby Tuesday 13. Let's Spend The Night Together
DISC 2 - The Lost Chess Tapes: 01. Stewed And Keefed 02. Goodbye Girl 03. High Heel Sneakers 04. Tell Me Baby 05. Meet Me In The Bottom 06. Mercy, Mercy 07. Reelin' & Rockin' 08. Key To The Highway
DISC 3 - Live In Paris And Hamburg 1965: 01. Everybody Needs Somebody To Lovearound And Around (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 02. Off The Hook (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 03. Time Is On My Side (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 04. Carol (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 05. It's All Over Now (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 06. Little Red Rooster (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 07. Route 66 (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 08. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 09. The Last Time (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 10. I'm Alright (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 11. Hey Crawdaddy (L'Olympia Theatre, Paris 18 April 1965) 12. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 13. Pain In My Heart (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 14. Around And Around (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 15. Time Is On My Side (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 16. I'm Moving On (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 17. The Last Time (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 18. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965) 19. I'm Alright (Ernst-Merck-Halle, Hamburg 13 September 1965)
DISC 4 - Hawaii 1966: 01. Not Fade Away 02. The Last Time 03. Paint It Black 04. Lady Jane 05. Mother's Little Helper 06. Get Off Of My Cloud 07. 19Th Nervous Breakdown 08. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
DISC 5 - The Lost BBC Tapes & Ready Steady Goes Live!: 01. Not Fade Away 02. High Heel Sneakers 03. Little By Little 04. I Just Wanna Make Love To You 05. I'm Moving On 06. It's All Over Now 07. If You Need Me 08. Confessin' The Blues 09. Carol 10. Mona 11. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 12. That's How Strong My Love Is 13. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 14. Oh Baby We Got A Good Thing Goin' 15. Under My Thumb 16. I Am Waiting 17. Paint It Black
DISC 6 - Rare Gems, Demos And Outtakes: 01. Go Home Girl 02. My Only Girl (Aka The Girl Belongs To Yesterday) 03. It Should Be You 04. Leave Me Alone 05. Andrew's Blues 06. Some Things Just Stick On Your Mind (Early Version) 07. Try A Little Harder (Early Version) 08. Tell Me (Early Version) 09. Blue Turns To Grey (Early Version) 10. We Were Falling In Love 11. Blues Jam 12. As Time Goes By 13. Not Fade Away
RANDY NEWMAN - Original Album Series (2011)
Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is known for his distinctive voice, mordant (and often satirical) pop songs, and for film scores. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. His film scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The Natural, Leatherheads, Cats Don't Dance, Meet the Parents, Cold Turkey, and Seabiscuit. He has scored seven Disney-Pixar animated films: Toy Story; A Bug's Life; Toy Story 2; Monsters, Inc.; Cars; Toy Story 3; and Monsters University, as well as Disney's The Princess and the Frog and James and the Giant Peach. Newman has received twenty Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories and has won twice in the latter category. He has also won three Emmys, six Grammy Awards, and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002, and as a Disney Legend in 2007. Newman was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.
This five disc, U.K. only box set includes a remarkably solid quintet of full albums from Randy Newman, including his eponymous 1968 debut, 1970's 12 Songs, 1972's Sail Away, 1974's Good Old Boys, and 1977's Little Criminals, the latter of which featured the novelty hit "Short People."
BUDGIE - The MCA Albums 1973 - 1975 (2016)
Often thought of as a cross between Black Sabbath (due to their plodding, molten-heavy riffs) and Rush (due to their singer's high-pitched, Geddy Lee-esque wail), the somewhat obscure British metal outfit Budgie has influenced countless outfits, despite enduring countless lineup shifts throughout their history. The group originally formed in 1967 in Cardiff, Wales, comprised of members Burke Shelley (vocals, bass), Tony Bourge (guitar), and Raymond Phillips (drums), and by the early '70s, they'd inked a deal with MCA Records. This early lineup remains Budgie's most definitive, due to the fact that it spawned three of the group's finest albums -- 1971's self-titled debut, 1972's Squawk, and 1973's Never Turn Your Back on a Friend -- while the group's quirky song titles became somewhat of a trademark for the trio (such ditties as "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman," "Hot as a Docker's Armpit," "In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand," and "You're the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk"). For fans of early Sabbath, the aforementioned three discs are a must-have. Despite building a sizeable following in their homeland (while never breaking out of cult status stateside), Phillips left the group prior to their fourth album, 1974's In for the Kill!, replaced by newcomer Pete Boot, which would in turn set off a flurry of steady lineup changes over the years for the group (the only constant Budgie member from the beginning was Shelley). Further releases were issued throughout the '70s, including 1975's Bandolier, 1976's If I Were Brittania I'd Wave the Rules, and 1978's Impeckable, but each appeared to be less inspired than its predecessor.
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER - The Anthology (2016)
Late last year, the news that Emerson. Lake & Palmer has signed the global rights to their complete catalog over to Germany’s BMG label was announced along with the promise to reissue the first seven albums from that grand catalog. Well, that promise is about to come true....
2016 three CD collection from the iconic prog rock trio. Produced by Greg Lake, this career-spanning set has 39 tracks from the years 1970 to 1998, with the choice of material approved by the band. It is presented in special casebound book packaging with detailed, informative sleeve notes, and illustrated with rare band photographs. Among the highlights are "Karn Evil 9," "Still... You Turn Me On," the band's performance of Aaron Copland's "Hoedown," their version of "Jerusalem," "Fanfare For The Common Man," Emerson's rendition of "Honky Tonk Train Blues," Lake's 1975 solo hit "I Believe In Father Christmas" and the group's interpretation of the TV theme "Peter Gunn." Produced by Greg Lake, this career-spanning set has 39 tracks from the years 1970 to 1998, the choice of material approved by all three band members. It’s housed in a casebound book format with Chris Welch’s liner notes and rare photographs.
LAURENCE JONES - Take Me High (2016)
It would be hugely easy for an artist, especially in the current music business, to stick on his/her tried-and-true formula. This is something that the young gunslinger Laurence Jones wouldn't consider even for a moment. Take Me High, the British guitarist's new record is an album that catapults Laurence Jones right in the olympus of the most versatile, creative and talented music artists worldwide. This is a studio record that has been entirely recorded live by Jones and his band with outstanding results, without the help of any trickeries at all. Undoubtedly, the expert guidance of Mike Vernon, one of the most renowned producers in the music world has been beneficial on the artistic approach taken by Laurence Jones during the recording of Take Me High.The outcome captures perfectly the artistic maturity of a musician which, despite the relative young age, is able to spread his wings with equal majesty in whatever Jones put his hands on and we are not just referring to his well-known ability on guitar. Jones unveils finally, through his new record, all the music genres that he loves the most and really matter to him. His rhytmh section is more powerful than ever, through the addition of Phil Wilson on drums on a line-up that counts already an "Ace Of Bass" like Roger Inniss, adding to the British artist's sound even more dynamism than in any of Jones' previous albums.
TRACKS: 01. Got No Place To Go 02. Something's Changed 03. Live It Up 04. Addicted To Your Love 05. I Will 06. Thinking About Tomorrow 07. Take Me High 08. Down & Blue 09. The Price I Pay 10. Higher Ground
THE BOBALOOS - The Bobaloos (1999)
The Bobaloos are a High-Energy Rock & Roll Band from Atlanta, GA. On their self titled album "The Bobaloos", the band along with some of the most diverse, accomplished and hard rocking guest musicians came together in a one time only compilation! Eleven songs of energetic rock and blues.
This album of original & cover tunes showcases some of the greatest musicianship of any rock 'n roll album currently on the market. No wonder since the guest musicians on the 11 song CD are some of the greatest rock 'n roll players that have ever performed on stage. You'll find the names of current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Heart and the Paul Rogers Band in the the following list of session players on this classic rock 'n roll CD...Glenn Hughes, Billy Powell, Frankie Day, Marty Fab, Christi Vaughn, Michael Bastedoe, Greg Allman, Howard Leese, Leon Wilkeson, Chris Lewis, Boonie Maroonie, Robin Floyd, Bobby Mobley, Bobby Williams, Tony Vaughn, Billy Anderson and TV Strain.
BLACKFOOT - Southern Native (2016)
Blackfoot is an American Southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida originally formed in 1970’s by Rickey Medlocke, current lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Though they are primarily a Southern rock band, Blackfoot has always been defined by their hard rock edge, evident on their most successful singles “Train, Train” and “Highway Song.” In 2012, Medlocke recruited a completely new line-up of the band to continue the music of Blackfoot for new generations. They have toured extensively the past several years, introducing the new members and new Blackfoot music. Over the last two years, Medlocke wrote, performed on and produced the new album Southern Native.
He reports: “This record is head-to-head old school meets new school – classic to new rock for a brand new generation. Turn it up loud!” Rossi agrees with Medlocke and adds: “Rickey bridged the generations by having his grandfather Shorty Medlocke play on those early Blackfoot records, so having Rickey play slide and other guitar with us on this record bridges the modern gap. It’s a full-circle kind of thing.” Blackfoot have also released the title track from the album and are currently on tour across the US in support of Southern Native.
TRACKS: 01. Need My Ride 02. Southern Native 03. Everyman 04. Call Of A Hero 05. Take Me Home 06. Whiskey Train 07. Satisfied Man 08. Ohio 09. Love This Town 10. Diablo Loves Guitar
DEVON ALLMAN - Ride Or Die (2016)
Devon Allman, son of musician Gregg Allman, is a vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter. He is the founder and bandleader of Honeytribe, (also known as Devon Allman's Honeytribe). In addition to creating two albums and leading multiple tours across North America and Europe with Honeytribe, Devon has contributed to several other musical recordings, including Vargas Blues Band and the A Song for My Father compilation album. Devon has appeared occasionally as a guest musician for Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band. His other musical projects include the blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood and his first solo album "Turquoise" that was released in February 2013. After leaving Royal Southern Brotherhood the next year, he released "Ragged & Dirty" with The Devon Allman Band.
Desperate times call for dazzling records. Released on Ruf , Devon Allman’s Ride Or Die acknowledges that life on Planet Earth is no picnic. On the flipside, this third solo album from one of America’s best modern writers reminds us there’s always hope. “The world is getting crazier by the minute,” says Allman. “These songs are about pain, addiction, storms, lust, death, and feeling sometimes that you’re utterly lost. But conversely, it’s about finding your place in the universe, rebirth, strength, redemption, vindication…”
TRACKS: 01. Say Your Prayers 02. Find Ourselves 03. Galaxies 04. Lost 05. Shattered Times 06. Watch What You Say 07. Vancouver 08. Pleasure & Pain 09. Hold Me 10. Live From The Heart 11. Butterfly Girl 12. A Night Like This
TUCKY BUZZARD - The Complete Tucky Buzzard (5CD Box Set, 2016)
Tucky Buzzard were a British hard rock band formed in 1969 by three former members of The End. The original lineup was Jimmy Henderson (vocals), Terry Taylor (guitar), David Brown (bass), Paul Francis (drums), and Nick Graham (keyboards). Halfway through recording their debut album, Frances departed from the band and was replaced by Chris Johnson, who recorded the remaining drum parts and was credited on the album sleeve. Tucky Buzzard produced a total of five albums between 1969 and 1973. The band's producer was Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones. Terry Taylor has worked on a number of musical compositions with Bill Wyman and has played with him in a number of his bands, Willy and The Poor Boys, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, since he left The Rolling Stones. In 2006 Tucky Buzzard was featured in an article called Top 6 Classic Rock Bands You Never Knew You Didn't Know written by Dave White.
The Complete Tucky Buzzard - the band produced by Bill Wyman - has been released as a five CD collectors box set on Amazon and iTunes. Tucky Buzzard released five albums – and they are gathered here in a special collector’s edition CD clamshell boxset. Tucky Buzzard arose from the ashes of The End in 1970, retaining the line-up of guitarist Terry Taylor, organist Nicky Graham, drummer Paul Francis, bassist Dave Brown, and vocalist Jimmy Henderson. Produced by old associate Bill Wyman (sometimes with Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios), the band’s template of bluesy rock puts them in the same musical arena as Free, Grand Funk Railroad and Creedence Clearwater Revival. This clamshell box contains all five albums by the band: “Comin On Again”, “Tucky Buzzard”, “Warm Slash”, “All Right On the Night” and “Buzzard”, the last two being originally released on Purple Records. The booklet features photos from the collection of Terry Taylor, Bill Wyman’s right hand man in the Rhythm Kings for the last 25 years, and lengthy annotation based on interviews with the band.
JACK CASADY - Dream Factor (2003)
Jack Casady first came to fame as an original member of the Jefferson Airplane and later, Hot Tuna. The first solo album (at age 59) from this well-traveled and prolific bassist, Dream Factor, is a mixed affair. Unlike most rock bass-playing frontmen, Casady does not sing, so his contributions to his debut are relegated to the occasional bass solo, and as co-writer of nearly all the tracks. Sadly, his songwriting isn't as innovative or inspirational as his bass playing, which results in a passable Southern rock, folk, and blues album without much focus. Casady calls in friends from Gov't Mule (drummer Matt Abts and guitarist Warren Haynes), along with Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrére, Ivan Neville, and the Tubes' Fee Waybill, among others, to help with vocals. All do an admirable job, but ultimately, the album rests on the strength of its songs, most of which are adequate but far from riveting. When Casady does step out on the burning instrumental jazz-rock fusion "Outside" (which also features Haynes), and again in the middle section of the folksy "Weight of Sin," you finally get a sense of his unique bass-playing talents. But the disc is dominated by pleasant, vaguely West Coast folk-pop ballads that never catch fire. If it's second-rate Jackson Browne or R.E.M. you're looking for, this will fill the bill. But those anticipating this legendary bass player's long-awaited solo debut to showcase his considerable instrumental abilities will likely be disappointed.
TRACKS: 01. Paradise 02. Water From A Stone 03. Trust Somebody 04. Listen To The Wind 05. Outside 06. By Your Side 07. Daddy's Lil' Girl 08. Weight Of Sin 09. Who You Are 10. Dead Letter Box 11. Sweden
ATOMIC ROOSTER - Atomic Rooster (1980)  & Headline News (1983) 
Atomic Rooster are an English rock band, originally formed by members of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, organist Vincent Crane and drummer Carl Palmer. Throughout their history, keyboardist Vincent Crane was the only constant member, and wrote the majority of their material. Their history is defined by two periods: the early-mid-1970s and the early 1980s. The band went through radical style changes, however they are best known for the hard, progressive rock sound of their hit singles, "Tomorrow Night" (UK No. 11) and "The Devil's Answer" (UK No. 4), both in 1971. In 2016, Atomic Rooster reformed with permission from Crane's widow, with the new line-up featuring two members from the various 1970s incarnations of the band.
"Atomic Rooster" is the sixth studio album by British rock band Atomic Rooster. It was recorded when the band regrouped after breaking up for five years, and they embarked on a raw style, which was in marked contrast to that of their past few albums. In addition, its heavier sound fitted in better with the new wave of British heavy metal scene. Two tracks, "She's My Woman" and "Where's the Show?", were originally recorded by John Du Cann for his solo album, The World's Not Big Enough, in 1977. The album was not released at the time and the songs were later reworked by Atomic Rooster. Du Cann's solo album was eventually released in 1992.
"Headline News" is the seventh and last studio album by British rock band Atomic Rooster. It has been released on CD several times: firstly in 1994 on Voiceprint, secondly in 1997 on Blueprint and in 2002 on Eagle. In 2004 it was repackaged by Dutch label MCP as Future Shock. In addition, in 2005 the German Ambitions/Membran International label packaged it alongside The First Ten Explosive Years as a two-disc set entitled Rebel with a Clause. All CD issues feature two bonus tracks not included on the original LP. Vincent Crane's wife, Jean, contributes lyrics to three tracks, including "Watch Out!/Reaching Out", an adaptation of the Atomic Rooster album cut.
V.A. - Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection (2016)
On May 25 and June 2, 1971, the rawest, roughest-edged, most joyful blues band in Chicago recorded their first album. With the help of two fledgling producers, Bruce Iglauer and his friend Wesley Race, they cut multiple takes of twenty-five songs in two evenings, recorded live and mixed as they were being recorded. The album, issued in August of that year, was simply named after the band: Hound Dog Taylor And The HouseRockers, the first release from a brand new label called Alligator Records. Alligator was a leap of faith, an underfinanced one-man operation run out of an efficiency apartment. It was launched with an album by a band virtually unknown outside the local bars where they played. The album captured the band’s glorious racket and the vibrant, rocking spirit of the South and West Side Chicago blues clubs - simple neighborhood taverns in the city’s black community where mostly Southern-born, working class people bonded together and sloughed off the frustrations of their day-to-day hard lives by listening and dancing to the honest, rhythmic, joyful and cathartic music they had grown up with - the blues. Two of the three members of the band - Hound Dog, a fifty-five-year-old former sharecropper and factory worker, and Brewer Phillips, a part-time construction worker, had come to Chicago from Mississippi looking for decent jobs. The third member, drummer Ted Harvey, a loading dock worker, came from the Windy City. They had no reputation, no booking agent or manager, and they were not creating music that sounded much like anything getting played on any form of commercial radio. Yet their unbridled energy, unfettered joy and raw soulfulness of their music somehow communicated to people all over the world, making them blues legends and making their debut recording a classic that continues to be discovered by legions of new fans.
Forty-five years later, Alligator Records, now with a catalog of almost three hundred albums, continues to be bound by the same philosophy that led to that first recording - that direct, unvarnished, straight-from-the-soul blues and blues-rooted music, the music we call “Genuine Houserockin’ Music,” speaks to some primal, necessary place in people’s consciousness. We believe that our music, if delivered by charismatic, soul-stirring artists, and if publicized, promoted and marketed with unwavering energy, will find a worldwide audience, stand the test of time, and keep the label moving forward for years to come.
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