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30.06.2020. u 16:33 • 5 CommentsPrintPermalink

GROUNDHOGS - 1968-1972

The Groundhogs were not British blues at their most creative; nor were they British blues at their most . They were emblematic of some of the genre's most visible strengths and weaknesses. They were prone to jam too long on basic riffs, they couldn't hold a candle to American blues singers in terms of vocal presence, and their songwriting wasn't so hot. On the other hand, they did sometimes stretch the form in unexpected ways, usually at the hands of their creative force, guitarist/songwriter/vocalist T.S. (Tony) McPhee. For a while they were also extremely popular in Britain, landing three albums in that country's Top Ten in the early '70s.

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The Groundhogs' roots actually stretch back to the mid-'60s, when McPhee helped form the group, naming it after a John Lee Hooker song (the band was also known briefly as John Lee's Groundhogs). In fact, the Groundhogs would back Hooker himself on some of the blues singer's mid-'60s British shows, and also on an obscure LP. They also recorded a few of their very own obscure singles with a much more prominent R&B/soul influence than their later work. In 1966, the Groundhogs evolved into Herbal Mixture, which (as if you couldn't guess from the name) had more of a psychedelic flavor than a blues one. Their sole single, "Machines," would actually appear on psychedelic rarity compilations decades later. The Groundhogs/Herbal Mixture singles, along with some unreleased material, has been compiled on a reissue CD on Distortions.

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After Herbal Mixture folded, McPhee had a stint with the John Dummer Blues Band before re-forming the Groundhogs in the late '60s at the instigation of United Artists A&R man Andrew Lauder. Initially a quartet (bassist Pete Cruickshank also remained from the original Groundhogs lineup), they'd stripped down to a trio by the time of their commercial breakthrough, Thank Christ for the Bomb, which made the U.K. Top Ten in 1970. The Groundhogs' power trio setup, as well as McPhee's vaguely Jack Bruce-like vocals, bore a passing resemblance to the sound pioneered by Cream. They were blunter and less inventive than Cream, but often strained against the limitations of conventional 12-bar blues with twisting riffs and unexpected grinding chord changes. McPhee's lyrics, particularly on Thank Christ for the Bomb, were murky, sullen anti-establishment statements that were often difficult to decipher, both in meaning and actual content. They played it straighter on the less sophisticated follow-up, Split, which succumbed to some of the period's blues-hard rock indulgences, favoring riffs and flash over substance.

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McPhee was always at the very least an impressive guitarist, and a very versatile one, accomplished in electric, acoustic, and slide styles. Who Will Save the World? The Mighty Groundhogs! (1972), their last Top Ten entry, saw McPhee straying further from blues territory into somewhat progressive realms, even adding some Mellotron and harmonium (though the results were not wholly unsuccessful). The Groundhogs never became well-known in the U.S., where somewhat similar groups like Ten Years After were much bigger. Although McPhee and the band have meant little in commercial or critical terms in their native country since the early '70s, they've remained active as a touring and recording unit since then, playing to a small following in the U.K. and Europe.




30.06.2020. u 12:41 • 4 CommentsPrintPermalink


JOHN FOGERTY - 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks (2019)

John Fogerty is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Together with Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and his brother Tom Fogerty, he founded the band Creedence Clearwater Revival ("CCR"), for which he was the lead singer, lead guitarist, and principal songwriter. The group had nine top-10 singles and eight gold albums between 1968 and 1972, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Recorded at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on June 20th, 2019, as part of John Fogerty’s nationwide U.S. tour celebrating 50 years since Creedence Clearwater Revival performed at Woodstock Festival in 1969. The album includes live John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival classics including “Proud Mary,” “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Centerfield” along with live favorites “Suzie Q” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Fogerty describes the evening as a family affair. "I've played Red Rocks a number of times over the years and it's always magical," he said in a news release. "But this time, to play with both of my sons on this amazing stage, will certainly go down as one of the major highlights of my life."





29.06.2020. u 14:33 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


B.B. KING & ERIC CLAPTON - Riding With The King (2000) [Deluxe Edition, 2020] @MP3 + 2015 AF Hybrid SACD @FLAC

Riding with the King is a blues album by Eric Clapton and B.B. King that was released in 2000. It was their first collaborative album and won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. The album reached number one on Billboard's Top Blues Albums and was certified 2× Multi-Platinum in the United States.

The 12-track album of all-new studio recordings of blues classics and contemporary songs has been remastered from the original tapes (by Bob Ludwig) and is expanded, featuring two unreleased bonus tracks (recorded during the original sessions). Original co-producer Simon Climie rose to the occasion and produced and mixed these two additional numbers especially for this reissue. The album features contributions from musicians such as Andy Fairweather Low, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Susannah and Wendy Melvoin, and Jim Keltner. Arif Mardin contributed string arrangements and orchestration to two tracks. The new 14-track version is presented on 2LP black vinyl and CD, although a limited blue vinyl edition is also available. Riding With The King is reissued on 26 June 2020.





28.06.2020. u 20:16 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


CHEAP TRICK - Sex, America, Cheap Trick (1996)

Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. The band's classic lineup consisted of frontman Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson, and drummer Bun E. Carlos. Cheap Trick released its debut album, Cheap Trick, in 1977 and found success in Japan with the release of its second album, In Color, later that year. The band would achieve mainstream popularity in the United States in 1979 with its breakthrough album Cheap Trick at Budokan. On April 30, 1998, the group launched a four-night residency in Chicago, devoting each show to reprising one of their first four albums in its entirety. Those shows later yielded a 1999 live LP, Music for Hangovers, which the musicians issued on their own Cheap Trick Unlimited label. A band-authorized hits collection followed in 2000. By the dawn of the new millennium, Cheap Trick were still without a label, but had retained their loyal following by continually touring the world. Appropriately, another live set saw the light of day in 2001. Entitled Silver, the double-disc album (and companion DVD) documented the band's star-studded, career-spanning 25th anniversary show on August 28, 1999. The band also recorded another studio album, released in 2003 as Special One. It was followed in 2006 by Rockford, named in tribute to the band's hometown, and then The Latest in 2009. Cheap Trick also maintained a heavy touring ethic, canvassing America that summer alongside Def Leppard and releasing their tribute to the Beatles with Sgt. Pepper Live. In late 2015, Cheap Trick signed with powerhouse country label Big Machine Records, and their first album for their new sponsors, Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello, was released in April 2016. It was the first Cheap Trick release since the departure of drummer Bun E. Carlos from the band. Daxx Nielsen, Rick's son, became the group's new percussionist in 2010. Wasting no time, the band returned with their second album for Big Machine, the rollicking We're All Alright!, in June 2017. They had barely caught their breath when they were back with their first holiday album, Christmas Christmas, in October 2017. Cheap Trick reached the Top 10 in the U.S. charts in 1979 with the Budokan live version of "I Want You to Want Me" and topped the charts in 1988 with "The Flame". Cheap Trick has performed live more than 3,700 times and has sold more than 20 million albums. Over the course of its career, Cheap Trick has experienced several resurgences of popularity. Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Sex, America, Cheap Trick is a 1996 box set by the rock band Cheap Trick. It includes 17 previously unreleased songs (among them the earliest studio recording of the 1979 hit "I Want You to Want Me"), as well as the band's biggest hits. A color booklet is included.





26.06.2020. u 09:35 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


NEIL YOUNG - Homegrown (2020) [mp3 & flac]

Homegrown is the 40th studio album by Neil Young released June 19, 2020. The album consists of material recorded between June 1974 and January 1975. The album was recorded after the release of On the Beach and before the sessions for Zuma. Like those two albums, much of the material was inspired by Young's relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress, which was deteriorating in 1974. The album was compiled and prepared for release in 1975. Instead, Tonight's the Night was released in its place, and Homegrown remained unreleased for decades. It was finally set for release on Record Store Day, amid Neil Young's Archives campaign. Record Store Day's date was changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and so Homegrown finally came out on its own on June 19. The album is made up of twelve Neil Young songs, of which seven are previously unreleased - “Separate Ways,” “Try,” “Mexico,” “Kansas,” We Don’t Smoke It No More,” “Vacancy” and “Florida” (a spoken word narration). Also included are the first recordings of “Love Is A Rose,” “Homegrown,” “White Line, “Little Wing,” and “Star Of Bethlehem” – different versions of which would all later appear on other Neil Young albums. Neil plays solo on some tracks (guitar, piano and harmonica), and is joined by a band of friends on other tracks, including Levon Helm, Ben Keith, Karl T Himmel, Tim Drummond, Emmylou Harris and Robbie Robertson. Recorded in analog, and mastered from the original master tapes, this long-lost album is a wonderful addition to Neil’s incomparable catalog.





25.06.2020. u 06:58 • 3 CommentsPrintPermalink


SUPERTRAMP - 1970-1979

Supertramp followed an unusual path to commercial success in the 1970s, fusing the stylistic ambition and instrumental dexterity of progressive rock with the wit and tuneful melodies of British pop, and the results made them one of the most popular British acts of the '70s and ‘80s, topping the charts and filling arenas around the world at a time when their style of music was supposed to have fallen out of fashion. Supertramp was formed in 1969 by pianist and vocalist Rick Davies. Davies had been a member of a group called the Joint, who had found a financial backer in Dutch millionaire Stanley August Miesegaes; Miesegaes had grown disenchanted with the Joint, but saw promise in Davies, and he offered to bankroll a new band if Davies wanted to launch a fresh project. Davies placed an ad in the British music weekly Melody Maker, and recruited guitarist Richard Palmer, percussionist Robert Millar, and vocalist/bassist Roger Hodgson. Davies initially dubbed the new band Daddy, but to avoid comparison with a number of other paternally named acts, he changed their billing to Supertramp, taking the name from a book by Welsh author William Henry Davies.

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In 1970, Supertramp signed a deal with A&M Records, and their debut album was released later the same year. Dominated by extended prog-based compositions, the album didn't win a large audience, and Supertramp's lineup shifted, as Richard Palmer and Robert Millar left the group, Hodgson moved from bass to guitar, and bassist Frank Farrell, percussionist Kevin Currie, and Dave Winthrop on flue and sax joined the act. The new edition of Supertramp released the album Indelibly Stamped in 1971, but it fared little better in the marketplace than the debut, and Miesegaes cut off his funding of the group. Left to their own devices, Supertramp came close to collapse as most of the group's members moved on, but Davies and Hodgson put together a new version of the group Davies on piano and vocals, Hodgson on guitar, electric piano, and vocals, Dougie Thomson on bass, Bob C. Benberg on drums and percussion, and John Anthony Helliwell on sax, woodwinds, and keyboards. This edition of Supertramp boasted a more concise and pop-oriented sound than the band that recorded the first two albums, and 1974's Crime of the Century became Supertramp's commercial breakthrough, spawning the singles "Dreamer" and "Bloody Well Right." 1975's Crisis? What Crisis? didn't fare quite as well commercially, but 1977's Even in the Quietest Moments earned the band another hit single in "Give a Little Bit," and Supertramp's steady road work earned them a reputation as an impressive live act.

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1979's Breakfast in America elevated Supertramp to true superstar status; three of its songs ("Goodbye Stranger," "Take the Long Way Home," and "The Logical Song") would became Top 20 hits, and the album went to number one on the Billboard charts, selling four million copies in the United States and reaching platinum status in Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Supertramp followed the success of Breakfast in America with a live album, 1980's Paris, but it wasn't until 1982 that the group released a new studio LP, Famous Last Words, and in a sense the title was prophetic the working relationship between Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson had become contentious, and in 1983, Hodgson, the lead vocalist on the band's biggest hits, left to pursue a solo career. With Davies taking the lead, Supertramp released Brother Where You Bound in 1985, which found the band easing back on their pop side and exploring their progressive influences; the album also featured guest appearances from Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. 1987's Free as a Bird found Supertramp experimenting with synthesizers and electronic dance music, but after a world tour in support of the album, Davies quietly retired the band.

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24.06.2020. u 09:49 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink


MICHAEL CHAPMAN - Growing Pains, Volume 1 & 2 (2020)

Michael Chapman is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. Chapman originally began playing guitar with jazz bands, mainly in his home town of Leeds in The West Riding of Yorkshire. He became well known in the folk clubs of the late 1960s, as well as on the 'progressive' music scene, and has recorded over 40 albums to date. In 2016 Chapman celebrated 50 years as a professional musician. He still plays professionally and regularly tours in the UK, Europe and US. Growing Pains Volume 1 features a Mix of Live and Studio Recordings (All Previously Unreleased). Includes his Earliest Known Recordings (Recorded Between 1969 and Early 80's) plus Liner Notes and Artist History. Growing Pains Volume 2 features 10 never before released live tracks of classic British acoustic folk recorded at various venues in the U.K. from 1969-86. Features contributions from Keef Hartley, Rick Kemp & Ray Martinez. Includes the songs "Rockport Sunday," "Andru's Easy Rider," "Devastation Hotel" & others.

The enclosed copy of the booklet contains a detailed overview of the both records combined for this 2-CD reissue. Volume 1, which contains the tracks recorded between 1966 and 1980, was originally released in 2000, and Volume 2, which compiles recordings from 1969 to 1986, came out a year later.





23.06.2020. u 06:50 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


BLODWYN PIG - Ahead Rings Out (1969) & Getting To This {1970)

Blodwyn Pig was a British blues rock band, founded in 1968 by guitarist–vocalist–songwriter Mick Abrahams. Abrahams left Jethro Tull, due to a falling-out with Tull vocalist Ian Anderson, after their debut album, This Was, was released, and formed Blodwyn Pig with Jack Lancaster (saxophone and flute), Andy Pyle (bass guitar), and Ron Berg (drums). Ex-Yes and future Flash guitarist Peter Banks became one of several guitarists to succeed Abrahams after he left to form his own band for a time. With Abrahams and Lancaster in the lead, Blodwyn Pig recorded two albums, Ahead Rings Out in 1969 and Getting To This in 1970. Both reached the Top Ten of the UK Albums Chart and charted in the United States; Ahead Rings Out displayed a jazzier turn on the heavy blues–rock that formed the band's core rooted in the British 1960s rhythm and blues scene from which sprang groups like The Yardbirds, Free and eventually Led Zeppelin. Saxophonist–singer Lancaster (who often played two horns at once, like his idol Rahsaan Roland Kirk) was at least as prominent in the mix as Abrahams; some critics thought this contrast bumped the band toward a freer, more experimental sound on the second album.

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The single "Summer Day" from the album Ahead Rings Out failed to chart, but the quartet became something of a favourite on the underground concert circuit. Largely due to Abrahams's disillusionment with the business side of music, Blodwyn Pig eventually became an on-again, off-again concern; Lancaster at one point became a record producer, and Pyle eventually joined Savoy Brown. Over the years since their original formation, Blodwyn Pig reformed several times, usually with Abrahams and Lancaster leading the group, and recorded two more albums in the 1990s.




22.06.2020. u 08:30 • 4 CommentsPrintPermalink


WHITESNAKE - The ROCK Album (2020)

It might seem like a strange title, given that all Whitesnake albums are by nature rock albums, but there is a bigger picture here. This is just the first of three new Whitesnake anthologies, each showcasing a different side to the band. Singer David Coverdale has named it the ‘Red, White and Blues Trilogy’, with The Rock Album, which comes in a white cover, to be followed by Love Songs, in red, and The Blues Album in blue. For all that, it’s still a strange choice of tracks for The Rock Album. It starts, as its title demands, with Still Of The Night, hair metal’s Kashmir, and includes two other songs from the band’s commercial peak: Love Ain’t No Stranger and the revamped 1987 version of Here I Go Again. But there’s no Slide It In, and nothing at all from before 1983, not even Fool For Your Loving, one of the definitive Whitesnake songs. Where The Rock Album succeeds is in shining a light on lesser-known songs, such as Crying from 1997, and the best from recent albums, including the title track from 2011’s Forevermore. And in the one brand new track, Always The Same, which rolls like it’s 1987 all over again, there’s proof that Coverdale isn’t finished yet.





21.06.2020. u 08:34 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink

LAYLA ZOE - Retrospective Tour 2019 (2020)

Layla Zoe is an internationally recognized blues singer/songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia. Zoe's talent as a singer was apparent from a young age when, after discovering her father's blues record collection, she took a turn fronting his band. After singing for another local blues band in her late teens, Zoe struck out on her own, relocating to Toronto and releasing her solo debut, Shades of Blue, in 2006. When she won top prize at a Finnish songwriter competition that same year, it opened up the door to touring and recording opportunities throughout Europe. Over the next five years, Zoe would release four more albums, eventually signing with Cable Car Records, a label owned by German blues guitarist Henrik Freischlader, with whom she also collaborated. Back in Canada, she collaborated with heavy-hitters like Sonny Landreth and Jeff Healey. Her powerhouse voice has often been compared to that of Janis Joplin. Zoe's 2013 LP, The Lily, proved to be somewhat of a breakout and was considered one of Down Beat magazine's best blues albums of the year. Following 2015's Live at Spirit of 66 concert album, Zoe signed with another German blues label, Ruf Records, and released her sixth studio effort, Breaking Free.

With a new sound, a new band, a songlist spanning her discography, and that huge fiery “award-winning” voice Layla Zoe hit the road in November of 2019 on her long awaited “Retrospective Tour.” Performing 18 concerts in 6 different European countries in 24 days, Layla won the hearts of blues, rock and gospel fans young and old, with her tender and raw vocal stylings. This new double live album recorded in Bremen, Germany during the Retrospective tour takes you on a musical journey and reminds you of why Layla Zoe is considered one of the best in the business.





21.06.2020. u 08:31 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


V.A. - Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal: An Island Anthology 1967-1972 (2009)

Most casual onlookers don't remember it today, but there was a time when Island Records was well known as the home of numerous varieties of music beyond classic reggae and the 1980s work of U2. In fact, from 1967 until the early/mid-'70s, Island was one of the major outlets for progressive and art rock bands in England. The label didn't have much of a presence in the United States until the second half of the 1970s, and many of the groups that it had under contract only released their work through Island in England, with major acts such as Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer having separate contractual relationships with Warner/Reprise and Atlantic in the United States. But Island's U.K. roster of prog rock acts was impressive, as you're reminded by just about every minute of this three-CD, 48-track box, which encompasses everything from the widely familiar (Traffic's "Paper Sun" and "Feelin' Alright," Jethro Tull's "A Song for Jeffrey" and "A New Day Yesterday") to culty weirdness (Wynder K. Frog's "Harpsichord Shuffle") and genuinely experimental acts such as White Noise, and strange B-sides (King Crimson's "Groon"). The obscurities flow fast and thick throughout, including the Mick Moody guitar showcase "Pearly Queen" as recorded by Tramline (many years before Moody would find fame and fortune with Whitesnake), and Quintessence's "Giants" and "Notting Hill Gate," the latter a classic British hippie anthem. The emphasis is on singles where they were relevant, although notable album cuts are also present -- everything from one-off singles like King Crimson's "Catfood" (by a version of the band that scarcely existed for a month) to "A Sailor's Life" by Fairport Convention, clocking in at 11 minutes plus, which reappeared in their repertory for decades. The range of sounds is also wonderfully diverse, from the progressive folk axis of John Martyn/Fairport/Sandy Denny/Nick Drake/Incredible String Band/Amazing Blondel through arty rockers like ELP and McDonald & Giles, to the bluesy hard rock focus of Tramline and Free, as well as acts like Tull that fall in between them, and horn bands like Alan Bown that fall outside of any of them. The sound is excellent throughout, the annotation is extremely thorough, and the packaging is well designed and easy to use (and this reviewer loves the fact that the box and sleeves re-create the color scheme of the old Island logo). What's more, the cost has been held to the midline range (equal to roughly 12 dollars a disc on the American side of the Atlantic), making this nearly four-hour-long release not only attractive to longtime enthusiasts of this sort of music, but an ideal vehicle for neophyte listeners to experiment with and discover the genre and the history, and the wealth of lesser-known and downright obscure bands represented here alongside the famous.





20.06.2020. u 13:36 • 5 CommentsPrintPermalink



Sari Schorr released her latest Live In Europe album through Manhattan Records on Friday 6th March 2020. It was recorded during her European tour last year and includes tracks from both her studio albums ‘ A Force of Nature ‘ & ‘Never Say Never ‘ and 3 cover versions.The album is a real reflection on seeing & hearing Sari and the band live, they have a great connection on stage and genuinely enjoy playing together. This really creates a fabulous sound on the album, a total live feel and energy to it that is only matched by their live performance. Ash Wilson on guitar has such vibrance and skill, Mat Beable on bass providing the ebbing low line , Roy Martin on drums powering the engine room & Steve Watts who stood in on keyboards for the tour floods out the sound with the ivories.

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Sari first burst onto the Blues-Rock scene with her critically acclaimed debut album, A Force of Nature, produced by iconic British Blues pioneer Mike Vernon (David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green). Now, two years later, Sari is breaking new ground with her sophomore album, Never Say Never. Sari insisted that the album be recorded live to capture the raw energy of her music. She has ventured deeper into her personal life. In the process, Sari has revealed herself with a vulnerability and honesty that she admits was as painful as it was healing. Her songs are highly crafted with vibrant lyrics that highlight just how good Sari is at invoking passion, grit, and empathy. Sari’s success comes after years trudging the red road of life of the hard-working Blues woman. From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to a performance at Carnegie Hall, the operatically trained tornado stood her ground as a phenomenal Blues-Rock singer who would not be denied. Sari’s home is her suitcase and her path has always taken her on the road less traveled. Her life is a story of never giving up, being true to yourself and pursuing your passions against all odds. It’s a story that is incredibly inspirational and a reminder why we should Never Say Never!




19.06.2020. u 11:23 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


STYX - Discography 1972 - 1976

Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding the style of pop rock and hard rock with the power of a hard-rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theatre. At 12 years of age, twin brothers Chuck (bass) and John Panozzo (drums) first got together with their 14 year old neighbor Dennis DeYoung (vocals and keyboards) while living in the Roseland area, eventually taking the band name "The Tradewinds." Chuck Panozzo left to attend seminary school for a year but returned to the group by 1964. Tom Nardini had been brought in to replace Chuck on guitar and Chuck decided to play bass guitar when he returned to the band. John Panozzo was one of their first drummers, while Dennis DeYoung had switched from accordion to organ and piano. In 1965, the name "Tradewinds" was changed to TW4 (There Were 4) after another band called the Trade Winds broke through nationally. By 1966, the Panozzo brothers had joined DeYoung at Chicago State College and kept the group together doing gigs at high schools and frat parties while studying to be teachers. In 1969 they added a college friend, John Curulewski, on guitar after Tom Nardini departed. Guitarist James "J.Y." Young came aboard in 1970 making TW4 a quintet.

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In 1972 the band members decided to choose a new name when they signed to Wooden Nickel Records after being spotted by a talent scout at a concert at St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs, Illinois, James Young's home town. Several sestions were made and, according to DeYoung, the name Styx was chosen because it was "the only one that none of us hated". The band's Wooden Nickel recordings Styx (1972), Styx II (1973), The Serpent Is Rising (1973) and Man of Miracles (1974) were a mixture of straight-ahead rock with some dramatic prog-rock flourishes and art-rock aspirations. These albums showcase intricate and powerful organ, guitar, vocal and percussion solos as well. The Serpent Is Rising would foreshadowTemplate:Cn later endeavors by the group—the concept album is an idiom upon which Styx would rely heavily by the 1980s.

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On the strength of these releases and constant playing in local clubs and schools, the band established a fan base in the Chicago area, but was unable to break into the mainstream, though the song "Best Thing" from Styx charted on 9-16-72 and stayed on Billboard's "Hot 100" chart for 6 weeks, peaking at #82. Then, the power ballad "Lady" (from Styx II), began to earn some radio time, first on WLS in Chicago in 1974[9] and then nationwide. In the spring of 1975, nearly two years after the album had been released, "Lady" hit No. 6 in the US and Styx II went gold soon after.

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On the heels of its belated hit single, Styx signed with A&M Records and released Equinox (1975), which sold well and yielded a minor hit in "Lorelei", No. 27 in the US. More importantly, it contained the rock anthem "Suite Madame Blue", which gained the band considerable recognition and airplay on FM radio in the relatively new Album Oriented Rock (AOR) format. Following the move to A&M, guitarist John Curulewski suddenly left the band as they were to embark on a nationwide tour in December 1975, due to his desire to spend time with his family. After a frantic last-minute search, the band brought in guitarist Tommy Shaw as Curulewski's replacement in 1976. Crystal Ball (1976), the first album to feature Shaw, was moderately successful. The album showcased the band's newest member, as Shaw's "Mademoiselle" was another minor hit, reaching No. 36, and the album's title track, also written and sung by Shaw, quickly became another AOR hit...




18.06.2020. u 11:54 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink


JEFFERSON STARSHIP - Discography 1974 - 1978

Jefferson Starship is an American rock band from San Francisco, California that evolved out of the group Jefferson Airplane following the departure of bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. Between 1974 and 1984, they released eight gold or platinum selling studio albums, and had nine top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band went through several major changes in personnel and genres through the years while retaining the same Jefferson Starship name. The band name was retired in 1985, but it was picked up again in the early 1990s by a revival of the group led by Paul Kantner, which has continued following his death in 2016. Dragon Fly is the debut album by Jefferson Starship, released on Grunt Records in 1974. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified a gold album. Credited to Grace Slick / Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship, the band itself was a turning point after a series of four albums centering on the partnership of Kantner and Slick during the disintegration of Jefferson Airplane through the early 1970s. The album received its RIAA gold certification within six months, selling as well as most Jefferson Airplane albums.

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Red Octopus is the second album by Jefferson Starship, released on Grunt Records in 1975. Certified double platinum by RIAA in 1995, it is the best-selling album by any incarnation of Jefferson Airplane and its spin-off groups. The single "Miracles" was the highest-charting single any permutation of the band had until Starship's "We Built This City" a decade later, ultimately peaking at #3 on the Billboard singles chart; the album itself reached No. 1 four non-consecutive weeks during 1975 on the Billboard 200. As with several other albums from the epoch, stereo and quadraphonic mixes of Red Octopus were released concurrently. Following a guest appearance on the preceding Dragon Fly, Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin returned as a fully integrated member of the ensemble. Balin wrote or co-wrote five of the ten tracks on the album, including "Miracles." The group attempted to create a commercialized sound which was a total contrast to their past works, paving the musical direction of their next two albums.

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Spitfire is the third album by the rock band Jefferson Starship. Released in 1976, a year after the chart-topping Red Octopus, it quickly scaled the charts, peaking for six consecutive weeks at #3 in Billboard and attaining a RIAA platinum certification. The album features writing contributions from members of singer Marty Balin's former band Bodacious DF, as well as Jesse Barish, who became one of Balin's frequent collaborators. Stereo and quadraphonic mixes of the album were released. "Song to the Sun" was included in the 1977 Laserock program. Earth is the fourth album by Jefferson Starship. The album was recorded in 1977, with the same band lineup as the previous album, Spitfire and released in 1978. The band had not toured in 1977, partly due to Marty Balin's reluctance to commit to the band. The song "Count on Me" became a Top 10 single, peaking at No. 8. The album hit No. 5 on the Billboard charts. A US and European tour followed. A riot in West Germany occurred after the band decided not to play without Grace Slick, who was ill. They lost their guitars and equipment during the riot and played one more tense show on West German TV in Hamburg, after which Slick left the band for one album. Marty Balin led the band for one more show at a Genesis concert at the Knebworth Festival in England using rented equipment. When they returned to the US, drummer John Barbata left the band after a serious car accident. This would be the end of the 1970s line-up and several new members joined the band, as well as a new record producer. Success of this album led to Jefferson Starship being contracted to provide a song for the Star Wars Holiday Special.




17.06.2020. u 13:59 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink


BLUE MURDER - Discography 1989 - 1994

Blue Murder were an English hard rock band, founded by ex-Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang and Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes. Blue Murder was formed by John Sykes in 1988. As he was largely elemental for the success of Whitesnake's multiplatinum-selling self-titled album, their label Geffen signed a record deal with Sykes following his dismissal from the band. In the nascent stages of the band, drummer Cozy Powell - with whom Sykes had played in Whitesnake - was attached to the project. Ray Gillen, who had previously sung for Black Sabbath and later for Badlands, sang for an early version of Blue Murder, and reportedly the band recorded demos with him. Additionally, Tony Martin (who replaced Gillen in Black Sabbath), Derek St. Holmes and David Glen Eisley briefly worked with the band, but never in an official capacity. Upon comparing the original demos with Sykes' vocals to the demos with Ray Gillen, A&R executive John Kalodner encouraged Sykes to handle the vocal duties himself. Blue Murder released two studio albums: Blue Murder in 1989 and Nothin' but Trouble in 1993. A live album, Screaming Blue Murder was released in Japan only in 1994, but has since been released elsewhere via iTunes. The band was dropped by their label in the mid-1990s, at which point Sykes (the only consistent member in the changing line-ups) recorded Out of My Tree in 1995 with Blue Murder members Marco Mendoza and Tommy O'Steen, effectively transforming Blue Murder into an "official" Sykes solo project. On 13 March 2016, keyboardist Nik Green died from cancer.

Blue Murder is the debut album by the hard rock band Blue Murder, released in 1989. It reached #69 on the Billboard 200 in June 1989.

Nothin' But Trouble is the second and final studio album by Blue Murder. According to Carmine Appice, he was invited as a session drummer and played on 9 of the 12 songs on the album. Tommy O'Steen played on the other 3 songs.

Screaming Blue Murder: Dedicated to Phil Lynott is a live album released by the English hard rock band, Blue Murder. It is the band's third and final release, and was initially issued only in Japan. It has since been re-released via iTunes.

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BABE RUTH - The First Four... (1972/75)

Progressive rock unit Babe Ruth was formed in Hertfordshire, England in 1971 by singer Janita "Jenny" Haan, guitarist Alan Shacklock (whose surname lent the group their original moniker), and bassist Dave Hewitt. Pianist Dave Punshon and drummer Dick Powell joined the lineup prior to the 1971 release of Babe Ruth's debut single, "Elusive"; the 1972 LP, First Base which credited the explosive Haan with "vocal power" generated the group's best-known song, the Shacklock-penned "Wells Fargo," and despite limited interest at home, the album earned a following on North American shores, going gold in Canada. Drummer Ed Spevock replaced Powell for the follow-up, 1973's Amar Caballero, while ex-Wild Turkey keyboardist Steve Gurl assumed Punshon's duties for Babe Ruth's self-titled third effort; the most pivotal blow, however, was the subsequent exit of Shacklock, with another Wild Turkey alum, guitarist Bernie Marsden, signing on for 1975's Stealin' Home. Though the album seemed poised to finally push the group into the British mainstream, Haan and Hewitt both resigned; singer Ellie Hope and bassist Ray Knott were tapped for 1976's Kid's Stuff, but without a single founding member remaining in the lineup, Babe Ruth disbanded months later. Marsden eventually resurfaced in Whitesnake.

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First Base was British hard rock group Babe Ruth's biggest success, both in terms of popular and critical acclaim. This LP defined an interesting junction between hard rock and progressive rock. The two driving forces behind this album were guitarist Alan Shackloc, who wrote most of the material, and vocalist Janita Haan, who came out as the perfect balance between Janis Joplin and Robert Plant. The album contained "The Mexican," the band's classic song which also includes a theme by western soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone ("Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu"). Other highlights include the powerful rock number "Wells Fargo," the sweet-and-sour "Black Dog" (with nice piano work by Dave Punshon), and a surprising rendition of Frank Zappa's "King Kong." The strings and oboe arrangements in "The Runaways" don't work as well, but at least they don't get pompous. With its long songs (six to eight minutes) and lush arrangements, First Base seduced both the hard rock and the progressive rock crowds. The album cover was painted by Roger Dean, who illustrated many Yes albums.

Progressive Euro-rockers Babe Ruth inhabit the same country AA bands as Renaissance and Illusion, but they tend to lean more towards R&B and less towards the classical aspects. Amar Caballero has a little of both, along with good ol' rock & roll. Here, they cover the Capitols' "Cool Jerk," and do a fine job of it, too. Other highlights include "Lady" and the lengthy title cut. If you can sink your teeth into music that has a rock edge tinged with classical leanings, all wrapped up in a thin coating of R&B, then check out Babe Ruth's Amar Caballero. It will be rewarding.

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This self-titled disc from Babe Ruth shows them branching out of the progressive rock style of earlier discs and adding touches of soul, folk, and movie theme music to their muses. By covering Curtis Mayfield's "We People Darker Than Blue" and Morricone's "A Fistful of Dollars," Babe Ruth show just how far they've come from their earlier days. Their originals also show this growth, and while nothing here is earth-shattering or new, Babe Ruth are accomplished enough to always turn out good product.

Haan's last album fronting for Babe Ruth still shows her in top form, and this album both kicks off and ends with a pair of fine rockers, "It'll Happen in Time" and "Tomorrow." The latter is the best tune on the album, featuring some burning guitar leads over an orchestral backing. "Fascination," based over a percussion loop and crunching guitar, shows the band stomping the same ground as female-fronted bands like Empire and Cold Blood, though none of them quite achieved the success of slicker contemporaries like, say, Heart. It doesn't help that the album is weighted down with some stultifying keyboard ballads and instrumentals like "Caught at the Plate," but when they stick to tightly structured and overdriven guitar rock, Babe Ruth sound very good indeed.




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GRATEFUL DEAD - The Golden Road (1965-1973) [2001]

The primary impetus behind this ambitious 12-disc box set is to gather all nine of the Grateful Dead's Warner Brothers titles. However, the staggeringly high quotient of previously unissued bonus material rivals and at times exceeds the content of those original albums. The Golden Road (1965-1973) truly has something and usually a lot of it for every degree of Deadhead. Working chronologically, the bonus material begins before the beginning so to speak, with the two-disc sub-compilation aptly titled "Birth of the Dead," a project actually green-lighted by Jerry Garcia in the mid-'80s. Disc one features studio recordings by a primordial incarnation of the band known as the Warlocks and later the Emergency Crew. Disc two contrasts their studio efforts with some of the earliest surviving live Grateful Dead recordings from July of 1966. While enthusiasts and critics have long been divided in their assessment of the Grateful Dead's pre-psychedelia, there is no denying the decidedly raw and vital garage rock intensity that became unique to this era. Even ballads and standards, such as "In the Pines" or the flawlessly emotive cover of Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue," resonate and glisten with an inarticulate, yet palpable energy. The Dead would ink a deal with Warner Brothers in late 1966, yielding four and a half studio albums and four and a half live packages. It is difficult to ultimately classify this collection, as it contains both live and studio performances, sometimes simultaneously. While each of these albums have been on CD prior to this collection, the remastering and use of HDCD technology renders those discs superfluous. Purists should take note, however, as several tracks from the Grateful Dead's self-titled debut including "Good Morning Little School Girl," "Cream Puff War," and "Sitting on Top of the World" have in fact been remixed as well as fadeouts extended to include the entire performance. There are a few significant studio tracks added as bonus material on the other albums within the box. Of particular note are the trio of instrumental jams which augment Aoxomoxoa. However, the vast majority of the additional content consists of previously unissued concert performances. Most of these reflect on-stage what was happening concurrently in the studio. Each album is individually housed in a cardboard digi-pack with a 15-page liner-notes booklet. Additionally, there is a separate full-color 75-plus-page softbound book which features an extended essay by Grateful Dead biographer Dennis McNalley, as well as a selected discography and page upon page of rarely published photographs and memorabilia.





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V.A. - Decca Originals 1963-80 (1998-99)











UK collection, a thrilling installment in the much lauded Decca Records archival Scene series that focuses on the label's diverse and influential '60s catalog. Includes early recordings featuring David Bowie, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.

1998 - The R&B Scene (1998, Deram)
01. The Birds - You're On My Mind
02. The Fairies - Anytime At All
03. Blues By Five - Boom Boom
04. Cops 'n' Robbers - Gotta Be A Reason
05. Dave Berry - Don't Gimme No Lip, Child
06. Lulu & The Luvvers - I'll Come Running Over
07. Graham Bond Organisation - Long Tall Shorty
08. The Frays - Keep Me Covered
09. Davie Jones & The King Bees - Louie Louie Go Home
10. John Mayall - Crawling Up A Hill
11. The Chasers - Hey Little Girl
12. Zoot Money - The Uncle Willie
13. The Hipster Image - Can't Let Her Go
14. David John & The Mood - To Catch That Man
15. The Beazers - Blue Beat
16. The Exotics - Cross My Heart
17. Rod Stewert - Good Morning Little School Girl
18. Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated - I Got My Mojo Working
19. The Emeralds - King Lonely The Blue
20. The Big Three - You've Gotta Keep Her Underhand
21. Steve Aldo - Can I Get Witness
22. The Redcaps - Talkin' Bout You
23. Paul's Disciples - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
24. The Birds - You Don't love Me

This compilation is part of Decca/Deram's nine CD series of sixties rarities. This one concentrates on the mid-sixties boom in Beatles-inspired "beat" pop. Personally, I prefer the blues-orientated ones in the series, but this one is not without its interest. It goes without saying that the sound is superb, as it is on all the releases.

1998 - The Beat Scene (1998, Deram)
01. The Poets - I Love Her Still
02. The Game - Gonna Get Me Someone
03. Thee - Each & Every Day
04. The Mighty Avengers - (Walking Thru' The) Sleepy City
05. Shel Naylor - It's Gonna Happen Soon
06. Joe Cocker - I'll Cry Instead
07. Beat Boys - Third Time Lucky
08. The Mark Four - Hurt Me If You Will
09. Sandra Barry & The Boys - Really Gonna Shake
10. Lulu & The Luvvers - Surprise Surprise
11. The Mojos - Everything's Alright
12. The Beat Chics - Now I Know
13. Pete Best Four - I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door
14. The Warriors - Don't Make Me Blue
15. The Marauders - That's What I Want
16. The Brooks - Once In A While
17. Rick & Sandy - Lost My Girl
18. Unit 4+2 - I Was Only Playing Games
19. Tierneys Fugitives - Did You Want To Run Away
20. The Mockingbirds - One By One
21. The Rockin' Berries - Itty Bitty Pieces
22. The Knack - Who'll Be The Next In Line
23. Brian Poole & The Tremeloes - Keep On Dancing
24. The Hi Numbers - Heart Of Stone
25. The Andrew Oldham Orchestra - Da Doo Ron Ron

UK collection, a thrilling installment in the much lauded Decca Records archival Scene series that focuses on the label's diverse and influential '60s catalog. Includes early recordings from the Attack, the Birds, Marc Bolan and the Small Faces.

1998 - The Freakbeat Scene (1998, Deram)
01. The Score - Please Please Me
02. Paul Ritchie And The Cryin' Shames - Come On Back
03. The Attack - Anymore Than I Do
04. The Majority - One Third
05. Shel Naylor - One Fine Day
06. The New Breed - Unto Us
07. The Syn - Grounded
08. Fire - Father's Name Is Dad
09. The Small Faces - Understanding
10. The Birds - No Good Without You Baby
11. Mark Bolan - The Third Degree
12. The Flies - I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
13. Keith Shields - Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)
14. Mark Four - I'm Leaving
15. Jimmy Winston - Sorry She's Mine
16. The Poets - Wooden Spoon
17. The Outer Limits - Just Help Me Please
18. Denis Couldry And The Next Collection - I Am Nearly There
19. The Blue Stars - I Can Take It
20. Timebox - Poor Little Heartbreaker
21. The Fairytale - Run And Hide
22. Loose Ends - Taxman
23. Sea-Ders - Thanks A Lot
24. The Human Instinct - Pink Dawn
25. The Beatstalkers - You Better Get A Better Hold On

These tracks, from the 60's, all recorded for the Decca label give an idea of what people heard on the radio as far as girl singers/groups. With full arrangements and vocals running the gamut from innocent to fairly tough (for pop music), this collection goes beyond mere curiosity.

1999 - The Girls' Scene (1999, Deram)
01. The Orchids - Oo-Chang-A-lang
02. Antoinette - Jenny Let Him Go
03. The Vernons Girls - Only You Can Do it
04. Louise Cordet - Two Lovers
05. Truly Smith - The Boy From Chelsea
06. Dana Gilespie - You Just Gotta Know My Mind
07. Barry St. John - Hey Boy
08. Susan Hampshire - When Love Is True
09. Jean Marrin - Save The Last Dance For Me
10. Beryl Marsden - When The Lovelight Starts Shining Thru His Eyes
11. Pamela Blue - My Friend Bobby
12. Jackie Frisco - Sugar Baby
13. Janice Nichols - I'll Give it Five
14. Bobbie Miller - What A Guy
15. The Mysteries - Give Me Rhythm And Blues
16. Olivia Newton-John - Till You Say You'll Be Mine
17. Vashti - Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind
18. Marianne Faithfull - Is This What I Get For Loving You
19. Billie Davis - Nobody's Home To Go Home To
20. Shape And Sizes - Rain On My Face
21. Lorraine Child - You
22. Linda Flavel - The Trouble With Me Is You
23. Adrienne Posta - Shang A Doo Lang
24. Lulu - Try To Understand
25. Exceptions - Soldier Boy

UK collection, a thrilling installment in the much lauded Decca Records archival Scene series that focuses on the label's diverse and influential '60s catalog. This compilation features 25 rare and influential that helped shape the Mod scene. Mixing rock, blues and soul with electrifying energy, the 'mods' were sharply dressed and ready to take their sounds to the streets and were warmly embraced by the music-obsessed 'mod' fans. Includes tracks from Tom Jones, Paul & Barry Ryan, the Poets, Amen Corner, Small Faces, Chris Farlow, Graham "10cc" Gouldman, Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, Graham Bond Orchestra and many others.

1998 - The Mod Scene (1998, Deram)
01. The Quik - Bert's Apple Crumble
02. Hipster Image - Make Her Mine
03. The Poets - That's The Way It's Gotta Be
04. The Wards Of Court - How Could You Say One Thing
05. Graham Gouldman - Stop! Stop! Stop!
06. Pete Kelly's Soulution - If You Love Don't Swing
07. Timebox - Girl Don't Let Me Wait
08. Mockingbirds - Lovingly Yours
09. Amen Corner - Expressway To Your Heart
10. The Attack - We Don't Know
11. Chris Farlowe - Air Travel
12. Graham Bond Organisation - Little Girl
13. The Outer Limits - Just One More Chance
14. Ronnie Jones with The Nightimers - I Need Your Loving
15. Small Faces - Grow Your Own
16. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Walking The Dog
17. Steve Aldo - Baby What You Want Me To Do
18. Tom Jones - Dr. Love
19. Jimmy Winston & His Reflections - It's Not What You Do
20. The Habits - Elbow Baby
21. The Score - Beg Me
22. Loose Ends - That's It
23. St. Louis Union - East Side Story
24. Paul & Barry Ryan - There You Go
25. Eyes Of Blue - Supermarket Full Of Cans

UK collection, a thrilling installment in the much lauded Decca Records archival Scene series that focuses on the label's diverse and influential '60s catalog. This collection of Northern Soul stompers includes cuts from Clyde McPhatter, Tom Jones, David Essex, the Amen Corner, Dave Berry and many others.

1998 - The Northern Soul Scene (1998, Deram)
01. Frankie & Johnny - I'll Hold You
02. David Essex - So-Called Loving
03. The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache
04. Fearns Brass Foundry - Don't Change It
05. Clyde McPhatter - Baby You've Got It
06. Micky Moonshine - Name It You Got It
07. Ronnie Jones - My Love
08. The Fantastics - Ask The Lonely
09. Tom Jones - Stop Breaking My Heart
10. Billie Davis - Billy Sunshine
11. The Amen Corner - Our Love (Is In The Pocket)
12. Danny Williams - Whose Little Girl Are You
13. Eyes Of Blue - Heart Trouble
14. Bobby Hanna - Everybody Needs Love
15. Dave Berry - Picture Me Gone
16. John Paul - I Wanna Know
17. Elkie Brooks - The Way You Do The Things You Do
18. Jon Gunn - I Just Made Up My Mind
19. Adrienne Poster - Something Beautiful
20. Brotherhood Of Man - Reach Out Your Hand
21. Sonny Childe - Giving Up On Love
22. Truly Smith - My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down)
23. Stevie Kimble - All The Time In The World
24. Tony Newman - Let The Good Times Roll
25. The Bats - Listen To My Heart

This CD is a curiosity. It's not really psychedelic. It's more like bubble gum. But it's not very good at that either. This CD is for those who have large 60s collection that they've become bored with and are looking for marginalia. A spin or two with it may get you off the 60s all together. Once you get to this point there really isn't anything more.

1998 - The Psychedelic Scene (1998, Deram)
01. Tintern Abbey - Vacuum Cleaner
02. The End - Shades Of Orange
03. The Accent - Red Sky At Night
04. Curiosity Shoppe - Baby I Need You
05. The Syn - 14 Hour Technicolour Dream
06. The Poets - In Your Tower
07. The Attack - Colour Of My Mind
08. Small Faces - That Man
09. The Fairytale - Guess I Was Dreaming
10. Turquoise - Woodstock
11. Al Stewart - Turn Into Earth
12. Virgin Sleep - Secret
13. Felius Andromeda - Meditations
14. Human Instinct - A Day In My Mind's Mind
15. The Ice - Ice Man
16. The Moody Blues - Love & Beauty
17. 23rd Turnoff - Michaelangelo
18. The Societie - Bird Has Flown
19. World Of Oz - Like A Tear
20. Garden Odyssey Enterprise - Sad & Lonely
21. Keith Shields - Deep Inside Your Mind
22. Timebox - Gone Is The Sad Man
23. The Plague - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
24. Andy Forray - Dream With Me
25. Warm Sounds - Nite Is A Comin'

12.06.2020. u 20:40 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink

RENAISSANCE - The First 4... (1969/73)

The history of Renaissance is essentially the history of two separate groups, rather similar to the two phases of the Moody Blues or the Drifters. The original group was founded in 1969 by ex-Yardbirds members Keith Relf and Jim McCarty as a sort of progressive folk-rock band, who recorded two albums (of which only the first, self-titled LP came out in America, on Elektra Records) but never quite made it, despite some success on England's campus circuit. The band went through several membership changes, with Relf and his sister Jane (who later fronted the very Renaissance-like Illusion) exiting and McCarty all but gone after 1971. The new lineup formed around the core of bassist Jon Camp, keyboard player John Tout, and Terry Sullivan on drums, with Annie Haslam, an aspiring singer with operatic training and a three-octave range.

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Their first album in this incarnation, Prologue, released in 1972, was considerably more ambitious than the original band's work, with extended instrumental passages and soaring vocals by Haslam. Their breakthrough came with their next record, Ashes Are Burning, issued in 1973, which introduced guitarist Michael Dunford to the lineup and featured some searing electric licks by guest axeman Andy Powell. Their next record, Turn of the Cards, released by Sire Records, had a much more ornate songwriting style and was awash in lyrics that alternated between the topical and the mystical. The group's ambitions, by now, were growing faster than its audience, which was concentrated on America's East Coast, especially in New York and Philadelphia -- Scheherazade (1975) was built around a 20-minute extended suite for rock group and orchestra that dazzled the fans but made no new converts.

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A live album recorded at a New York concert date reprised their earlier material, including the "Scheherazade" suite, but covered little new ground and showed the group in a somewhat lethargic manner. The band's next two albums, Novella and A Song for All Seasons, failed to find new listeners, and as the 1970s closed out, the group was running headlong into the punk and new wave booms that made them seem increasingly anachronistic and doomed to cult status. Their '80s albums were released with less than global or even national fanfare, and the group split up in the early '80s amid reported personality conflicts between members. During 1995, however, both Haslam and Dunford made attempts to revive the Renaissance name in different incarnations, and Jane Relf and the other surviving members of the original band were reportedly planning to launch their own Renaissance revival which, if nothing else, may keep the courts and some trademark attorneys busy for a little while.




12.06.2020. u 06:36 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink


JOHN KAY & STEPPENWOLF - Rise & Shine (1990) & Live at 25: Silver Anniversary (1995)

Rise & Shine is the thirteenth studio album by John Kay and Steppenwolf, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music) under the label Capitol. It features “The Wall”, John Kay’s song celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, and “Rock ‘N Roll War”, Kay’s homage to veterans of the Vietnam War. And now John Kay in his own words: This is my favorite Wolf album since Steppenwolf 7. Recorded at my new studio in Tennessee, it contains some of the best material written by the team of Michael Wilk, keyboards, Rocket Ritchotte, guitar, and myself. For me two standouts are “Rock and Roll War” which was to become a favorite of many Vietnam vets, and “The Wall” a song near and dear to me because of my early years behind the iron curtain. Both benefited from Rocket’s soaring guitar lines and Michaels’ imaginative keyboard work. Others include the title cut as well as “Do or Die”, “Sign on The Line” and “The Daily Blues”, although there isn’t a single dud on the on the whole album as far as I’m concerned. Overall the record conveyed the optimism and enthusiasm that we felt about our partnership with our new label IRS. Unfortunately IRS decided to switch distributors in the midst of “Rise & Shine’s” release and shortly thereafter sold the label altogether. Naturally we were disappointed under the circumstances, but that does not change the fact that it is one of our better records and that many fans who have discovered it agree.

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Live at 25 is a live album released by the American hard rock band Steppenwolf in 1995. The recording of Live at 25 took place over multiple dates during the band's 1992 tour. It was the first live album the band had released since 1981's Live in London, and the first recordings released since 1991's Born to Be Wild - A Retrospective compilation album. While Steppenwolf can take some credit for spawning the heavy metal genre (the term came from the "heavy metal thunder" phrase in "Born to Be Wild"), they remained, at heart, a hard rocking bar band, and this reissue of their 1995 double-disc live set bears witness to that. Now billed as John Kay & Steppenwolf, the band's lineup for the late '90s included original vocalist Kay, Michael Wilk on bass and keyboards, lead guitarist Rocket Ritchotte, and Ron Hurst on drums. Live At 25: Silver Anniversary is a well-paced run-through of their classic hits, which are stretched out a bit, but remain close to their original structure, and Kay's throaty vocals are almost as good as they were in the late '60s. While it undoubtedly would have been fun to see a show on this tour, John Kay's occasional bombastic tendencies, which began to emerge way band back in 1969 on Monster, make this set feel, at times, like a Broadway production of a big, bad, rock band concert. Other than that, it rocks.





11.06.2020. u 08:31 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


DAVID BROMBERG - The First 4...(1972-1975)

A strikingly gifted multi-instrumentalist with an intuitive understanding of American roots music styles and a sly sense of humor, David Bromberg has earned a following for his many solo recordings and has served as a sideman and collaborator with some of the most respected artists in his field. He stepped out as a solo artist in 1972 with an eponymous album on Columbia that featured "The Holdup," a popular song he co-wrote with George Harrison. Throughout the decade he managed a hectic schedule releasing numerous solo albums for Columbia and Fantasy while playing everything from dobro to fiddle on songs by an array of acts including Gordon Lightfoot, Ringo Starr, and Bob Dylan. Taking a lengthy sabbatical from touring and recording, Bromberg spent much of the next two decades studying the art of violin luthiery. He occasionally appeared with a new album, included 2007's Grammy-nominated Try Me One More Time, while establishing a successful business, David Bromberg and Associate Fine Violins, in Wilmington, Delaware. In the latter part of the 2010s, he put together a large group, the David Bromberg Band, which made a handful of colorful and eclectic albums including 2016's The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues and 2020's Big Road.

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Bromberg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1945, and spent most of his childhood in Tarrytown, New York. As a teenager, Bromberg got hooked on rock & roll and began exploring the blues, folk, and country artists who informed early rock, such as Pete Seeger, Reverend Gary Davis, Muddy Waters, Flatt & Scr, and Bill Monroe. When he was 13, Bromberg began learning the guitar, and after graduating from high school, he attended Columbia University, where he studied musicology and began playing Greenwich Village folk clubs. While his early gigs didn't pay much, he struck up friendships with a number of noted musicians and began studying with his hero, Reverend Davis. Bromberg's guitar skills didn't go unnoticed, and he began accompanying a number of Village folk acts both on-stage and in the studio, including Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Richie Havens. Bromberg was playing guitar with singer Rosalie Sorrels when she was booked to play the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in Great Britain; Bromberg played an impromptu solo set after Sorrels was done, and he went over well enough that he was offered a deal with Columbia Records as a solo artist. Bromberg's self-titled debut was released in 1971, and featured the song "The Holdup," a radio favorite that Bromberg co-wrote with George Harrison. Between 1971 and 1976, Bromberg recorded six albums for Columbia and toured extensively as well as maintaining a hectic schedule of session work, lending his talents on guitar, Dobro, mandolin, and fiddle to albums by Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, the Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, Doug Sahm, and many more. (Bromberg also produced an album for Dylan that has yet to be released in full.)

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In 1977, Bromberg signed a new record deal with Fantasy Records, and issued his first album for the label, Reckless Abandon; three more records of new material followed, but in 1980 Bromberg decided he was tired of the rigors of touring and took a sabbatical from the road, occasionally playing sessions for friends and staging occasional live shows but devoting most of his time to studying at the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making in Chicago. It wasn't until 1990 that Bromberg released a new album, Sideman Serenade, and it was 2007 when his next studio set appeared, Try Me One More Time, which earned a Grammy nomination as Best Traditional Folk Album. In the meantime, Bromberg had established a successful business building and repairing violins as well as dealing in quality instruments, and in 2002 he opened a shop in Wilmington, Delaware, simply called David Bromberg Fine Violins. In 2011, Bromberg returned with a new and ambitious solo album, Use Me, in which he performed new songs written at his request by some of his favorite tunesmiths, including John Hiatt, Guy Clark, Dr. John, Keb' Mo', and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Riding the critical success of that release, he returned two years later with Only Slightly Mad, a diverse set of new originals and a handful of well-curated covers produced by Bob Dylan guitarist Larry Campbell. His next album, 2016's The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, offered tasteful renderings of tracks by Sonny Boy Williamson, Ray Charles, and many others. Returning in 2020, he again worked with Larry Campbell, who produced Big Road, a typically eclectic album featuring Bromberg and his band recorded live in the studio.




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VANDENBERG - The Definitive Vandenberg (2004) & 2020 (2020)

Adrian Vandenberg is a Dutch rock guitarist, best known for his tenure as one of the guitarists in Whitesnake during their successful late 1980s period and the band Vandenberg which he started in 1981. Led by guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, this Dutch hard-rock band also included singer Bert Heerink, bassist Dick Kemper, and drummer Joe Zoomer. After failing to break through, the band broke up, with Vandenberg joining Whitesnake for the release of its self-titled multi-platinum pop breakthrough.

Finally there is a remastered definitive collection of one of the most popular Dutch hard-rock groups ever, including the international hit 'Burning Heart'. Disc one contains 18 studio tracks. Disc two is filled with rare demo's & live tracks. It even has three previously unreleased songs, 'Out Of Cash' (Demo), 'Help Me Thru The Night' (Demo), & 'Roll Through The Night' (Live In The U.S.A.)!

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Back with a new line-up and a new album. They return screaming and shaking down thunderous riffs like they’ve never been away. Vandenberg. A name with an illustrious past. Led by master guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, the Dutch foursome released three quality albums during the early to mid-’80s, namely, the self-titled 1982 debut, (spawning the US hit single ‘Burning Heart’) ‘Heading For A Storm’ (’83) and ‘Alibi’ (’85). They achieved commercial success and earned much acclaim. The band toured the US, Japan and Europe playing with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Rush, Scorpions, Michael Schenker and more. The guitarist pulled a master stroke by bringing in Chilean born Ronnie Romero on vocals; who’s forged a formidable reputation over the past few years with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. “I needed an incredible singer in order to make the use of the Vandenberg name make sense and Ronnie more than fits the bill. We got chatting through Facebook, and I asked him if he’d be interested in being in the band. It turns out he is a big fan, as I am of him, so we met in Madrid, where he lives, to see if we could get along, and we really connected.” The rhythm section for the new line-up features bassist Randy van der Elsen (of NWOBHM heroes Tank) and drummer Koen Herfst, (Bobby Kimball (Toto), Epica and Doro).




08.06.2020. u 11:52 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


TOM WAITS - Big Time (1988) & Glitter and Doom Live (2009)

Big Time is the first conventional live album by American musician Tom Waits, featuring performances from two shows on Waits' 1987 tour. The album was released less than a year later on Island Records. While Big Time was the first released recording of public concert performances by Waits, it was not strictly his first live release: his 1975 Nighthawks at the Diner was a live performance before an audience that was conducted entirely within a recording studio. In efforts to promote Franks Wild Years, Waits began a historic tour of North America and Europe in October 1987. The tour incorporated a theatrical aspect, as Franks Wild Years was recorded based on a play written by Waits himself about his then-alter-ego, Frank O'Brien. Waits described his alter ego, who was debuted on Swordfishtrombones as: "Quite a guy. Grew up in a bird's eye frozen, oven-ready, rural American town where Bing, Bob, Dean, Wayne & Jerry are considered major constellations. Frank, mistakenly, thinks he can stuff himself into their shorts and present himself to an adoring world. He is a combination of Will Rogers and Mark Twain, playing accordion -- but without the wisdom they possessed. He has a poet's heart and a boy's sense of wonder with the world. A legend in Rainville since he burned his house down and took off for the Big Time."

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Glitter and Doom Live is a live album by Tom Waits, by the ANTI- label on November 23, 2009. The songs were recorded during the Glitter and Doom Tour of the USA and Europe in the summer of 2008. An announcement from the official site said: "Disc One is designed to sound like one evening's performance, even though the 17 tracks are selected from 10 cities, from Paris to Birmingham; Tulsa to Milan; and Atlanta to Dublin. Sonically the album is superb and has been beautifully recorded and meticulously mastered. Disc Two is a bonus compendium called TOM TALES, which is a selection of the comic bromides, strange musings, and unusual facts that Tom traditionally shares with his audience during the piano set. Waits' topics range from the ritual of insects to the last dying breath of Henry Ford."




07.06.2020. u 12:00 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


WRITING ON THE WALL - The Power Of The Picts (1969) & Burghley Road (1972)

One of the relatively few Scottish psychedelic bands to make a mark upon the British scene, Writing on the Wall issued just one album during its five-year career. That LP, 1969's The Power of the Picts, offered heavy psychedelia in transition to hard bluesy progressive rock. Its prominent organ and theatrically dramatic vocals drew liberal influences from the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and the Doors, and to a lesser degree from Procol Harum and Traffic, though Writing on the Wall was more somber and less melodic than any of those bands. While ambitious and underground in its attitude, the music wasn't all that original or significant, though it didn't keep Writing on the Wall from continuing to plug away until the end of 1973. Only one mid-1973 single was added to their official discography, however, despite an active live schedule, periodic radio and TV recording, and an attempt to cut a second album in 1972. Writing on the Wall grew out of the Edinburgh mid-'60s band the Jury, which moved with the times from soul music to psychedelic rock, changing their name to the Writing on the Wall by the beginning of 1968. Their manager, Brian Waldman, had them move to London that year, providing gigs for them in the psychedelic-underground-oriented club he'd opened in the city, the Middle Earth. By late 1968 they'd recorded a BBC radio session for DJ John Peel, and around that time, they recorded a live demo album to solicit a deal. Though Tetragrammaton expressed interest, eventually -- with slightly different personnel than had been in the lineup when they first relocated to London -- they recorded the LP The Power of the Picts for Waldman's Middle Earth label.

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The record didn't attract much notice outside of Scotland, and while acclaim for their energetic live show enabled them to keep playing for a few more years, their well of new original material dried up in the absence of more record releases. They did do another Peel session in 1971, and after more personnel changes had reduced their lineup to the one that had comprised the Jury in 1966, they recorded an unreleased LP in Edinburgh in 1972. A final single, "Man of Renown," appeared on Pye in mid-1973, and they started work on another album in Wales in late 1973, but finally threw in the towel when their equipment was stolen in December of that year. The 2007 expanded two-CD reissue of The Power of the Picts on Ork includes not only the original album and a 1969 non-LP single, but also an entire disc of material from various 1968-1973 recordings that was not issued while the group was active.

Burghley Road (1972 - This rare album contains previously unreleased recordings made in their basement at their Kentish Town base in London during 1972.




06.06.2020. u 11:22 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


BLACKFOOT SUE - Nothing To Hide (1973) & BLACKFOOT SUE - Strangers (1974)

Back in 1972, a band called Blackfoot Sue scored a top 5 hit in Britain with Standing In The Road, and then followed it up with Sing Don't Speak, which made it to number 36, though further chart success eluded them. However, they were far more than "two hit wonders", as anyone who has ever seen them perform on stage will readily attest. They suffered unfairly from comparisons with their contemporaries Slade, due to the stomping rhythms and percussive style of their singles, and found themselves uneasily poised between the singles and album markets (which, in the early seventies, were entirely separate entities - serious bands made albums, whereas lightweight pop acts made chart singles), carving out a successful niche in neither, despite firmly establishing themselves on the British touring circuit as a popular and dynamic live act. They have perservered for many years through any number of set-backs, musical detours, reinventions and relatively few line-up changes, emerging with both their credibility and their legendary wit intact.

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05.06.2020. u 12:27 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


IAN HUNTER - The First 4... (1975/79)

Ian Hunter is the first solo studio album by English singer-songwriter 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 collaborated with Mick Ronson. The bassist, Geoff Appleby, was from Hull like Mick Ronson and they had played together in The Rats in the late 1960s. The single "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" would be his first and last Top 20 hit in the UK Singles Chart. The pop-metal band Great White later covered 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. Also, Def Leppard covered "Who Do You Love" on their 1999 single "Goodbye" as a B-side. Who Do You Love was also covered by the Pointer Sisters on their 1979 album, Priority.

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All-American Alien Boy is the second studio 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 (apart from "Restless Youth") and he opted for a more jazzy direction including bassist 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.

Overnight Angels is the third studio album by Ian Hunter, released on May 1977 by Columbia Records. After the poor sales of his previous album, Hunter's apparent aim for this record was to re-emphasise faster songs with more of a rock feel, and he recruited the well-regarded Roy Thomas Baker to produce. However, the album received mixed reviews, and Columbia Records refused to release it in the US, according to Hunter because he had just fired his manager. Columbia reportedly told Hunter they would release it once he had a manager and tour in place to support the album. The release didn't occur however as Hunter left the label but the album did become available as an import when Hunter's next album became a minor hit. Hunter later disavowed the album and described it as a "mistake". Hunter later went on record as stating he disliked the album because he felt the album was forced and, in particular, his vocals which he felt he sang in too high a register. The song "England Rocks" (originally a non-album B-side) would become one of his best-known songs, retitled "Cleveland Rocks" on Hunter's next tour, and re-recorded with the new title for his next album.

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You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic is the fourth solo album by Ian Hunter. The album featured members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band as the backing band. Allmusic considers the album to be Hunter's best. Hunter says that the title had been spotted on a toilet wall by co-producer Mick Ronson which he had planned for one of his solo albums. Hunter loved the title so much that he offered Ronson co-writing credit on the first single "Just Another Night" in exchange for the use of the title for the album. "Just Another Night" reached the Billboard Hot 100 No. 68. The album became one of Hunter's biggest sellers at the time. Later, singer Barry Manilow covered the song "Ships" for his album One Voice which became a top-ten hit. In 2009 EMI released a 30th-anniversary reissue of the album remastered with five bonus tracks on the first disc of outtakes and a second disc of live tracks recorded on the tour to support the album but previously unreleased. The reissue also came with a deluxe booklet discussing the making the album along with vintage and new




04.06.2020. u 07:17 • 4 CommentsPrintPermalink


JACKIE LOMAX - Is This What You Want? (1969) & Three (1972)

A former vocalist with the 60s beat group the Undertakers, Lomax began a new career in America when this respected Liverpool unit disbanded. Spells with two short-lived bands, the Mersey Lads and the Lost Souls, preceded a return to England where the singer worked with his own group, the Lomax Alliance, and as a solo act. Two strong, but unsuccessful, singles followed before he was signed to the fledgling Apple Records but his opening release, 'Sour Milk Sea', written for him by George Harrison, was unfortunately overshadowed by hits for stablemates the Beatles and Mary Hopkin. Lomax's debut, Is This What You Want, featured contributions from a host of star names including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. The artist's stylish compositions and superb voice were equal to such esteemed company. Sadly, Apple's internal problems doomed his undoubted potential and following an interlude as part of the elusive Heavy Jelly, Lomax returned to America where he completed two more excellent albums, Home Is In My Head and Three. In 1973, the singer joined the British-based Badger, a group formed by ex- Yes organist, Tony Kaye. Lomax helped transform them from a progressive rock band into a more soulful aggregation, exemplified on White Lady, which was produced by Allen Toussaint and consisted solely of Lomax's songs. Badger then split into two factions, with Lomax and bassist Kim Gardner instigating an offshoot unit named after the album. Lomax subsequently resumed his solo career, but the releases that followed were disappointing and the bad luck which had often dogged this worthwhile performer further undermined his career. Lomax did resurface in 1990 as one of several acts contributing to the 'tribute' album True Voices, wherein he sang a version of Tim Buckley's 'Devil Eyes'.

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Is This What You Want? is the debut album by English rock and soul singer Jackie Lomax, released in 1969 on the Beatles' Apple record label. It is notable for the involvement of three Beatles: It was produced by George Harrison and features contributions from Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The album includes Lomax's debut single for Apple, the Harrison-written "Sour Milk Sea", while the US version added "New Day", which was produced by Lomax and released as a non-album single in Britain. The recording sessions for Is This What You Want? began in London in June 1968. The majority of the songs were recorded in Los Angeles in October–November that year, after Harrison had completed work on the Beatles' White Album. Among the other guest musicians on the album were members of the Wrecking Crew, Eric Clapton, Nicky Hopkins, Klaus Voormann and John Barham. Although the album received favourable reviews, it failed to achieve commercial success. The 2010 reissue includes bonus tracks covering the rest of Lomax's output while on Apple Records.

Three is yet another early '70s album from Albert Grossman's Bearsville studio with guest appearances by Band members. Rick Danko and Levon Helm play on track 3, "Hellfire, Night-Crier."




02.06.2020. u 09:19 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


BILLY COX - Nitro Function (1972) & Old School Blue Blues (2011)

Billy Cox's Nitro Function is a band that features Billy Cox (former Band Of Gypsys & Jimi Hendrix' bass guitarist) on bass & background vocals, female guitarist & lead vocalist Char Vinnedge & drummer Robert Tarrant. The music is bluesy hard rock with very Hendrix-type guitar playing. The album was originally released in 1972. 'In one of the most amazing tributes to Jimi Hendrix in the history of rock, in 1972 guitarist Char Vinnedge decided to play all the guitar parts on Nitro Function using only her teeth. By the end of the album she was left requiring dentures, but the result was unforgettable.' - Steve Jameson, Encyclopedia of Rock and Metal.

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In 2009 Billy Cox was inducted into The Musicians Hall Of Fame; in 2010 he was honored with Experience Music Project’s Founders Award and earlier this year he was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame. With the honors and accolades pouring in, thick and fast, it would be understandable if he were to rest on his laurels. But that’s just not the Billy Cox way. He’s been a music man in motion for more than 50 years and shows no signs of slowing down. His latest album release, Old School Blue Blues, is a testament to his inexhaustible energy fervor and drive. To borrow from the album’s first — and last — track, he keeps “Rockin’ And Rollin’ On.” The album is something of a plea for a return to authenticity in music, both in terms of message and in the process by which it was created.




01.06.2020. u 08:45 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink

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