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DARLENE LOVE - So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1998 (2008)

Darlene Love is an American singer and actress. She was the lead singer of the girl group the Blossoms and she also recorded as a solo artist. She began singing as a child with her local church choir. In 1962, she began recording with producer Phil Spector who renamed her Darlene Love. She sang lead on "He's a Rebel" and "He's Sure the Boy I Love," which were credited to the Crystals. She was soon a highly sought-after vocalist and worked with many rock and soul legends of 1960s, including Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, Bill Medley, the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Sonny and Cher. As an actress, Love performed in various Broadway productions. She had a recurring role as Roger Murtaugh's wife in the Lethal Weapon film series.

Ranked among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers, Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Love is featured in the Oscar-winning documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom (2013), for which she won a Grammy Award.


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JETHRO TULL - The Zealot Gene (2022)

The Zealot Gene is the 22nd studio album by the British rock band Jethro Tull, released on 28 January 2022 by Inside Out Music. Nearly five years in production, it is their first studio album since The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003), and their first of all original material since J-Tull Dot Com (1999), marking the longest gap between the band's studio albums. The Zealot Gene is the first Jethro Tull studio album to feature an entirely new line-up (other than Anderson), with guitarist Florian Opahle (who left the band between its recording and release), bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, and drummer Scott Hammond replacing four-fifths of The Jethro Tull Christmas Album lineup–Martin Barre, Jonathan Noyce, Andrew Giddings and Doane Perry respectively. The album originated in January 2017, when vocalist and flautist Ian Anderson started to write new songs and how a new album would take shape. Early into the process, he decided that it was to be a Jethro Tull album because the line-up of the group at that time had become the longest lasting in its history, but had not been involved on a studio recording under its name. It was a productive time, and seven tracks were recorded in March of that year. Further work on the album was put on hold in order for Anderson and the band to finish touring commitments in 2018 and 2019, and Anderson felt it would have been unfair to have the group back in the studio during the small amounts of down time. Following the outbreak of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, in early 2021 Anderson "gave up hope" and decided to put down his parts to the remaining five songs alone at his home studio. These last five songs are acoustic based and without drums, partly because Hammond was unable to record at home. The band recorded their individual parts in a similar manner, leaving Anderson to assemble the various tracks to form a complete song. By July 2021, the album was complete and delivered to Inside Out.


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29.01.2022.



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IAN ANDERSON'S COUNTRY BLUES BAND - Stereo Death Breakdown (1969) [2009]

At the height of the British blues boom in the late 1960s, a handful of musicians emerged who re-interpreted the acoustic country blues of the 1920s and ’30s. Championed by Radio 1 DJs John Peel, Mike Raven and Alexis Korner, and the music press of the day like Melody Maker, the most successful names were soon snapped up by major labels. So in the winter of 1968/’69, Ian Anderson assembled a lively country blues band for his debut album Stereo Death Breakdown, gigging exhaustively alongside household name electric bands and visiting blues legends like Mississippi Fred McDowell. Lost in later transit, the master tapes of Stereo Death Breakdown were long thought to be gone forever, but detective work by Fledg’ling Records eventually unearthed them in the vault where they’d been carefully stored. So here, re-mastered from the original tapes and with two extra tracks from a contemporary session, is a long-lost British blues collectors’ item, which was finally re-issued just in time for its 40th anniversary.


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BOB DYLAN - 8th Beacon Theatre 2019 (2020)

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27.01.2022.



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MOUSE - Lady Killer (1973)

Mouse had their one and only album release during 1973 and its rareness has guaranteed it a place in the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide at Ł80 per copy! Now released on CD for the first time with 4 bonus tracks. Ray Russell is an English session musician who is primarily a guitarist. He is also renowned as a record producer and composer. In 1973 he was a member of the band Mouse, which released a progressive rock album entitled Lady Killer for the Sovereign record label. His TV compositions have included A Touch of Frost, Bergerac, Plain Jane, A Bit of a Do, Rich Tea and Sympathy, The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, Dangerfield and Grafters, as well as many other British and American television programmes. He also played in the DVD Simon Phillips Returns with Simon Phillips and Anthony Jackson. With colleagues Mo Foster and Ralph Salmins, Russell gives musical seminars at UK educational establishments.


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DAVE MILLER & LEITH CORBETT - Reflections Of A Pioneer (1970)

New Zealand born singer Dave Miller arrived in Sydney during 1966 with his band the Byrds. After a couple of singles the band fell apart and in 1967 Miller formed the Dave Miller Set. Signed up by the Spin label this outfit issued three strong pop singles. By this stage Robinson had emerged as a fluid and inventive guitarist, and after a couple of line-up changes the Dave Miller Set attained prominence as one of the first heavy rock bands on the local scene in the Led Zeppelin mould. The fourth single 'Mr Guy Fawkes', was a cover of song by Eire Apparent and ranks right up there at the high watermark of Australian pop production in the 1960's. However by the time it reached #6 on the charts the band was on its last legs. Miller issued a solo single in March 1970 and the other three formed Blackfeather with singer Neale Johns. Corbett and McCormac soon abandoned Blackfeather to work with Miller on an album. Issued at the end of 1970 on Spin (through Festival), 'Reflections Of A Pioneer' was credtited to Dave Miller / Leith Corbett & Friends. The albums diverse sound was exemplified by the single 'Reflections Of A Pioneer / 353527 Charles' (November 1970) which mixed country-tinged psychedelic pop (A-side) with Led Zep. style blues-rock (B-side). As the album progresses it slides into stranger territory, with the last three tracks in particular giving full vent to the experimental aesthetic that seems to be bubbbling away underneath. The sturdy 'Your Own Motor Car' gives way to the intriguing twists and turns of the Zapppaesque 'In Your Mind' which also sounds remarkably like Love's 'Orange Skies' at times.'It's Great To Get Up In The Morning' ends the album on high with its eerie chanting and all manner of psychedelic sounds. The album sold relatively few copies and is now considered to be one of the rarest seventies Australian albums!!


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26.01.2022.



HENRY PAUL BAND

Henry Paul is an American southern rock and country singer/songwriter who was an original recording member of the Southern rock band Outlaws. He left to form the Henry Paul Band but then returned to the Outlaws. He also is a founding member of the country band Blackhawk. Within a year after leaving The Outlaws Henry founded the Henry Paul Band, debuting in 1979 with the album Grey Ghost. It included songs such as "So Long" and "Grey Ghost", which was dedicated to the memory of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant. Henry Paul told Songfacts that he wrote "Lonely Dreamer" while visualizing a painting of a girl with the words "Lonely Dreamer" underneath. The band recorded three more albums including Feel The Heat in 1980, which had more of a rock edge and included the title track as well as "Whiskey Talkin'" and "Longshot" that went to #3 on the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 Singles Chart in 1980. Their third album was released in 1981, Anytime, included the hit "Keeping Our Love Alive" #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #23 Billboard Top Tracks(Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart) in 1982 with background vocals by Richard Paige of Mr. Mister & Bill Champlin of Chicago. The album also featured a non-charted single "Living Without Your Love" that was played on some album rock stations, cover version of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" #5 Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 Singles Chart in 1982, and a live show highlight "Crazy Eyes". Henry's last, self-titled album was released in 1982, with the Henry Paul Band featured the songs "Hold On", Heat Of The Night" and the haunting song "Tragedy" .


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During the Henry Paul Band era, he also did Voice over work at WYNF-FM (95ynf) in Tampa Bay, Florida . In 1983, the Henry Paul Band disbanded as Paul reunited with Hughie Thomasson of the Outlaws. Their collaboration led to the 1986 release of The Outlaws' Soldiers of Fortune. Paul remained with the band until 1989, when he left again to start a new career in country music, founding BlackHawk in 1991. Van Stephenson and Dave Robbins joined Paul in BlackHawk to create a new blend of country music, using three-part harmonies and introspective songs.

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THE GRASS ROOTS - Where Were You When I Needed You (1966)

The Grass Roots are an American rock band that charted frequently between 1965 and 1975. The band was originally the creation of Lou Adler and songwriting duo PF Sloan and Steve Barri. In their career, they achieved two gold albums, two gold singles and charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100 a total of 21 times. Among their charting singles, they achieved Top 10 three times, Top 20 six times and Top 40 fourteen times. They have sold over 20 million records worldwide. Until his death in 2011, early member Rob Grill and a newer lineup of the Grass Roots continued to play many live performances each year. By 2012, the group featured no original band members, with a lineup personally chosen by Grill carrying on the legacy of the group with nationwide live performances.

A terrific artifact of the 1960s folk rock movement. The Grass Roots story is a complex one, and it involves no fewer than three different bands using that name. When the Byrds hit it big with “Mister Tambourine Man”, Dunhill records asked staff composer Phil Sloan if he could write something in the folk-rock vein. He responded with the song “Where Were You When I Needed You.” When a demo of the song Where Were You When I Needed You started getting airplay, the label decided that an album was necessary, even though there wasn’t really a band to record it. Because of this, the album was recorded using session musicians and released with no band information or photos on the cover. The first album is essentially the work of LA’s famed Wrecking Crew, along with PF Sloan and Steve Barri. After this LP, the label found a band to record under the Grass Roots name and they continued to put hits on the chart for the better part of a decade. While most albums by The Grass Roots are relatively easy to find, Where Were You When I Needed You is actually fairly rare, as it sold poorly on initial release and was soon deleted.


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24.01.2022.



ANN WILSON - Hope & Glory (2007) & Immortal (2018)

Ann Wilson is an American musician best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Heart. Wilson has been a member of Heart since the early 1970s; her younger sister, Nancy Wilson, is also a member of the band. The first hard rock band fronted by women, Heart released numerous albums throughout the late 1970s and 1980s; the albums Dreamboat Annie (1975), and Little Queen (1977) generated chart singles such as "Magic Man", "Crazy on You", and "Barracuda". Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide and has placed top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990 and 2010s. Ann Wilson was ranked no. 78 in Hit Parader's 2006 list of "Greatest Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time". In 2013, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Heart.


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Hope & Glory is the first solo album by Heart singer Ann Wilson, released on September 11, 2007. Hope & Glory is an album of covers that features guest appearances from Elton John, k.d. lang, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Shawn Colvin, Rufus Wainwright, Wynonna Judd and Deana Carter. Ann's sister, Nancy, also contributed. The Hope & Glory version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is available on Ann's Official My Space page, and charted as "the #9 most podcasted song of 2007" on the PMC Top10's annual countdown.

Ann Wilson, of Heart fame, says she felt increasingly heartsick over recent years as a steady stream of her musical heroes, peers and friends died. But when rock singer Chris Cornell committed suicide on May 18, 2017, the Heart singer began plotting a project that would honor those lost souls and channel her grief toward celebration. The result is her 2018 album Immortal, a compilation of 10 covers that showcase some of Wilson’s favorite songs by such bygone greats as George Michael (A Different Corner), Leonard Cohen (A Thousand Kisses Deep), Amy Winehouse (Back to Black) and David Bowie (I’m Afraid of Americans). She also covers I Am the Highway by Cornell’s post-Soundgarden band Audioslave...

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D.R. HOOKER - The Truth (1972)

Privately-pressed to a mere 99 copies, this may be one of the rarest records of all time. Not much has been discovered about Donald “D.R.” Hooker’s life, but the little that is known is pretty much summed up in one photograph, found on the cover of his 1972 album ‘The Truth.’ He’s pictured climbing over a rocky hilltop like a new-age Jesus, acoustic guitar in-hand, draped in robes, long hair and an ancient beard, looking like he’d just left a cult ceremony. The first lines of the record are: “I’ve been many places, and some I long to be.” It makes you wonder where he came from, and where he disappeared to. And moreover, why press only 99 copies of the album? With most record plants today requiring minimums of atleast 500, such an astronomically low quantity is relatively unheard of. In some cases, it might cost even more to press fewer copies than the minimum. Even so, there being such an ungodly few original copies is part of what makes this album so interesting. The year was 1972, in New Haven, Connecticut, and Hooker had reinvented himself from a substance-abusing hippy to an evangelical Christian. He had an entire album’s worth of arrangements written, but lacked a band. So he put together a ragtag bunch of local musicians for a few quick rounds of practice before diving into the reels of tape at Dynamic Recording Studios. By no means was it a band crafted to last. Their job was to play the parts that were already there and then take off, some of them never even hearing what became of the sessions. But each player turned out to be an amazing pick. ‘The Truth’ has been reissued several times to make up for its limited debut, first in 1993 by Del Val, then in 1999 and again in 2008 by Sweden’s ‘Subliminal Sounds’ label.


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EVA CASSIDY - Nightbird (2015) thumbupthumbupthumbupthumbupthumbup

Nightbird is a 2-CD (plus 1-DVD) live album by American singer Eva Cassidy, released posthumously in November 2015, nineteen years after her death. The album was recorded at the Blues Alley club in Washington, D.C. in January 1996. Some of the tracks had previously been released on the 1996 album, Live at Blues Alley. The recordings have been remixed and remastered from the original tapes. Of the 31 songs, 12 are previously unreleased, including the title track "Nightbird" (written by Doug MacLeod), as well as the jazz standards "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" and "Fever". Of the 12 unreleased tracks, eight are previously unheard songs. The DVD which accompanies the 2 audio CDs contains 12 songs from the same set, of which 9 were previously included on the 2004 DVD release "Eva Cassidy Sings" and the remaining 3 are released for the first time. Matt Adams of The Herts Advertiser wrote: "An exceptional release, offering fresh insights into perhaps one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. Highly recommended.

Live at Blues Alley was the last album by Eva Cassidy before her death in November 1996. It was recorded in the night of January 3, 1996 at The Blues Alley, Washington D.C. - but the CD release included only an excerpt from the performance. The 2015 release Nightbird brings the complete show.


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MEAT LOAF - The Very Best of Meat Loaf (1998)

Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947 - January 20, 2022), better known as Meat Loaf, was an American singer and actor. He was noted for his powerful, wide-ranging voice and theatrical live shows. His Bat Out of Hell trilogy—Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose—has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. More than four decades after its release, the first album still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best-selling albums in history. After the commercial success of Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, and earning a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song "I'd Do Anything for Love", Meat Loaf nevertheless experienced some difficulty establishing a steady career within the United States. This did not stop him from becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records. The key to this success was his retention of iconic status and popularity in Europe, especially the United Kingdom, where he received the 1994 Brit Award for best-selling album and single, appeared in the 1997 film Spice World, and ranks 23rd for the number of weeks spent on the UK charts, as of 2006. He ranks 96th on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". Aday appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona. His film roles include Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and Bob Paulson in Fight Club (1999). His early stage work included dual roles in the original Broadway cast of The Rocky Horror Show, and he also appeared in the musical Hair, both on- and off-Broadway.


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V.A. - Shapes & Sounds, Vol. 1-3 (2006-2009)

The "Shapes & Sounds, Vol. 1-3" series offers 58 amazing performances taped in BBC studios between 1967 and 1971 for radio shows such as `Top Gear' and Saturday Club', as well as some of the weekly Radio 1 programmes. The sound quality is absolutely superb throughout, with nearly every track sourced from original BBC Transcription records and though few of the tracks on the collection needed much enhancement at all, all have been professionally restored and mastered. The presentation is immaculate and the CD's have a booklet packed with illustrations, band histories and listings of all their known BBC sessions. All the selections on these releases were specially recorded for the BBC and in many cases are better than the familiar released versions, and appear here on CD and vinyl for the first time. All copies are hand numbered and `Shapes And Sounds' is a legitimate limited edition release, licensed from the BBC with the blessing / co-operation of no less than nineteen band members. Magical moments.


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NICK MASON - Unattended Luggage (2018)

Nich Mason is an English drummer and founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He is the only member to feature on every Pink Floyd album, and the only constant member since its formation in 1965. He co-wrote Pink Floyd compositions such as "Echoes", "Time", "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" and "One of These Days".

Nick Mason had an interesting 1980s. The Pink Floyd drummer began to stray from the fold in the early days of punk, producing the second album by the Damned in 1977, but finally taking the leap to a solo record in 1981 with Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports. Even if his name was in the title, Fictitious Sports was a Carla Bley album in disguise, with the avant-jazz composer writing all eight songs and co-producing with the drummer. This signaled how Mason embraced the unexpected during his brief solo career, which is rounded up on Rhino's 2018 box Unattended Luggage. Available as both CD and LP, Unattended Luggage contains Fictitious Sports, along with two collaborations with 10cc guitarist Rick Fenn: the 1985 album Profiles and the 1987 soundtrack White of the Eye. None of these records sound conventional, certainly none of them adhere to the sound of Pink Floyd; White of the Eye is atmospheric, but it bears hallmarks of the slick, synthesized '80s, as does Profiles. These two albums may have their flaws, but when paired with the unabashed delight of Fictitious Sports, they make for compelling listening.


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19.01.2022.



ALICE COOPER [Band] - The First Four... (1969/72)

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years.

Pretties for You is the debut studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper, released on June 25, 1969, by Straight Records. At this time, the name "Alice Cooper" referred to the band and not its lead singer Vincent Furnier. The album has a psychedelic flavor to it; the group had yet to develop the more concise hard rock sound that they would become famous for. Most of the tracks feature unusual time signatures and arrangements, jarring syncopation, expressive dynamics, sound effects, and an eclectic range of music influences. A few songs, such as "Levity Ball", show the influence of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, with whom the band hung out during the British group's U.S. tour. Alice Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton stated he could listen to Barrett's guitar playing for hours on end. The artwork for this album is a painting by Edward Beardsley. It was originally hanging on the wall of the living room in Frank Zappa's house, and his wife Gail Zappa stated that it was later stolen from them.


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Easy Action is the second studio album by the American rock band Alice Cooper, released by Straight Records in March 1970. The title comes from a line from one of the band's favorite films, the musical West Side Story. As with Pretties for You, the band's debut from the previous year, Easy Action was neither a commercial nor critical success. Singles include "Shoe Salesman" and "Return of the Spiders". Drummer Neal Smith later said of the record producer David Briggs, "David hated our music and us. I recall the term that he used, referring to our music, was 'Psychedelic Shit'. I think Easy Action sounded too dry, more like a TV or radio commercial and he did not help with song arrangement or positive input in any way." None of Easy Action’s songs have ever been performed live by Cooper since the tour in support of their third album Love It to Death; in fact, only "Return of the Spiders" was performed on the tour for that album.

Love It to Death is the third studio album by American rock group Alice Cooper, released in March 1971. It was the band's first commercially successful album and the first album that consolidated the band's aggressive hard-rocking sound. The album's best-known track, "I'm Eighteen", was released as a single to test the band's commercial viability before the album was recorded. Formed in the mid-1960s, the band took the name Alice Cooper in 1968 and became known for its outrageous theatrical live shows. The loose, psychedelic freak rock of the first two albums failed to find an audience. The band moved to Detroit in 1970 where they were influenced by the aggressive hard rock scene. A young Bob Ezrin was enlisted as producer; he encouraged the band to tighten its songwriting over two months of rehearsing ten to twelve hours a day. The single "I'm Eighteen" achieved top-forty success soon after, peaking at No./21. This convinced Warner Bros. that Alice Cooper had the commercial potential to release an album. After its release in March 1971, Love It to Death reached No./35 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has since been certified platinum. The album's second single, "Caught in a Dream", charted at No./94.


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Killer is the fourth studio album by the Alice Cooper band, released in November 1971. The album reached number 21 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and the two singles "Under My Wheels" and "Be My Lover" made the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rolling Stone's Lester Bangs gave it a favorable review. He explained that "it brings all the elements of the band's approach to sound and texture to a totally integrated pinnacle that fulfills all the promise of their erratic first two albums" and that "each song on [the] album finds him in a different role in the endless movie he is projecting on them." He concluded by calling Alice Cooper "a strong band, a vital band, and they are going to be around for a long, long time.

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COCHISE - Studio Discography 1970 - 1972

This band is more significant for who they included than what they produced. Singer Stewart Brown had grown up with Reggie Dwight, later Elton John, and co-founded the band Bluesology with him. After the demise of Cochise, Mick Grabham made a solo album in 1972 and joined Procol Harum the following year. B.J. Cole also recorded a solo album in 1972, called New Hovering Dog, before becoming an important session musician playing with Elton John, Uriah Heep and many others throughout the 1970s. Rick Wills and John "Willie" Wilson played on David Gilmour's debut solo album in 1978.


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There was a lot of talent involved in the making of Cochise's debut album. Guitarist Mick Grabham went on to play in Procol Harum; bassist Rick Wills would later join Foreigner; B.J. Cole would be an in-demand pedal steel player on many sessions over the next few decades; drummer Willie Wilson would play with Pink Floyd; Dick Taylor, who'd just left the Pretty Things, produced; and Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis (famous for working on Pink Floyd LP covers) designed a striking and, for the period, daring cover of a woman's unadorned breasts. The credits on a résumé don't always guarantee an outstanding album, however, and Cochise is one of those '60s-turning-into-'70s records that treads an uneasy line between eclectic diversity and a lack of direction. It's so-so period 1970 British rock, distinguished just slightly by a more country-ish flavor than the norm, courtesy of Cole's pedal steel. It's not country-rock, however, and some of the songs in fact owe little or nothing to the form. Numbers like "Painted Lady" and "Moment and the End" are tense, meandering hard rock tunes; the latter cut, in fact (as well as sections of some others, like "Velvet Mountain") sounds kind of like late-'60s/early-'70s Guess Who LP filler. There's a wistful rural feel to parts of the material that suggests some promise, but that mood's shattered by an unnecessary, pedestrian heavy rock cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "59th Street Bridge Song."

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Prior to recording their second album, Cochise underwent a major change in personnel, with singer Stewart Brown getting replaced by John Gilbert. As Brown had written some of the material on Cochise's 1970 self-titled debut, that left the songwriting wholly in the hands of guitarist Mick Grabham and pedal steel player B.J. Cole. Still, the music remained largely the same -- middle-of-the-pack early-'70s album-oriented British rock, sometimes hard and sometimes with a more reflective, folkier feel, though always with a more country-rock-ish tinge than most (owing largely to Cole's pedal steel). But as on their first album, Cochise had neither the stylistic distinction nor the top-shelf songwriting to attract wide notice, their approach encompassing a hard rocking update of Buddy Holly's "Love's Made a Fool of You"; original material which somewhat recalled the Guess Who's rootsier side; and lightweight U.S. West Coast folk-country-rock. As far as the latter style goes, "Lost Hearts," with a light early Love influence, is their best effort, while "Another Day" sounds a little like a cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the early Bee Gees, as peculiar as that mixture may seem.

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TRAPEZE - Studio Discography 1970 - 1979

Trapeze were an English rock band from Cannock, Staffordshire. Formed in 1969, the band originally featured former The Montanas members John Jones (trumpet, vocals) and Terry Rowley (keyboards), and former Finders Keepers members Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals, piano), Mel Galley (guitar, vocals) and Dave Holland (drums). Jones and Rowley left the band following the release of their self-titled debut album in 1970, with the lineup of Hughes, Galley and Holland continuing as a trio. After the release of Medusa later in 1970 and You Are the Music... We're Just the Band in 1972, Hughes left Trapeze in 1973 to join Deep Purple.


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Galley and Holland resurfaced with Trapeze a year later, adding second guitarist Rob Kendrick and bassist Pete Wright to the band. Hot Wire was released in late 1974 and a second self-titled album followed in 1975, after which the classic trio briefly reunited for a tour in 1976 when Hughes returned following Deep Purple's breakup. After Hughes left again, Trapeze returned in 1978 with new frontman Peter Goalby, who performed on the band's final album Hold On. Several more lineup changes occurred in the following years, including Holland joining Judas Priest in 1979, before the band broke up in 1982 as Galley joined Whitesnake. In 1991, Hughes, Galley and Holland reunited Trapeze for a string of tour dates the following year, adding Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes for the shows. The tour resulted in a live album, Welcome to the Real World: Live at the Borderline, which was released in 1998. The trio revived Trapeze again in 1994 with second guitarist Craig Erickson, completing a brief tour early in the year before permanently disbanding. Following the band's breakup, both Galley and Holland remained relatively inactive, while Hughes continued with his solo career and collaborations with various artists. Galley died of oesophageal cancer on 1 July 2008, and Holland died of lung cancer on 16 January 2018, leaving Hughes the sole surviving member of the classic line-up.

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CARMINE APPICE & FERNANDO PERDOMO - Energy Overload (2021)

Drummer Carmine Appice is a legend of the New York rock scene going all the way back to when his band Vanilla Fudge were wowing the crowds as the house band back in Island Park on the South Shore of Long Island. Years of playing with some of the greatest musicians in rock history has only sharpened his legacy and lo and behold in 2021, Carmine is back recording a new album with modern-day guitar / producer wiz Fernando Perdomo. Perdomo is a relatively new name yet in the past five years, he’s managed to create such a wide range of great albums producing artists, as well as on his own, that it staggers the musical imagination. Recording with a drummer as illustrious as Carmine Appice, on Energy Overload—credited to the Carmine Appice & Fernando Perdomo Project—Fernando blows collective musical minds with a performance on electric guitar that rivals earlier albums Carmine recorded with notables including Jeff Beck. Instead, Fernando rises high to the task at hand and proves his valued worth as both a guitar hero as well as an album producer and a multi-instrumentalist. Not only does Fernando play all guitars yet he adds to the mix by performing bass, keys, Hammond organ and more. All music composed by Appice / Perdomo is offset by key covers, including a rocking version of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” and an up to date cover of Rod Stewart’s late '70s disco hit “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”, which incidentally, no lie, was a co-write by Rod Stewart and Carmine. The entire 12-track Energy Overload CD rocks on so many levels that it’s basically an across-the-board goldmine of instro-rock-fusion magic.


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FRESH MAGGOTS - Fresh Maggots ...Hatched (1971) [2006]

Fresh Maggots were a short-lived folk duo from Nuneaton, Warwickshire in England, consisting of Mick Burgoyne and Leigh Dolphin, who played a variety of instruments including guitars, glockenspiel, tin whistles and strings. Taking their name from a newspaper advert for a sports shop that proclaimed "fresh maggots always available", the pair were spotted by Mike Berry of the Sparta Florida Music Company in September 1970 while playing only their second concert at Wolvey village hall, and signed a publishing deal with the company. Fresh Maggots (1971), RCA Victor reissued in 2006 on Sunbeam as Fresh Maggots...Hatched This legendary album combines gentle, pastoral songs with violent fuzz guitar to stunning effect. Though it san.k without trace on its original release, it has since acquired a major reputation amongst acid folk fans. Presented here with rare photographs, detailed sleeve notes, and seven bonus tracks (including the duo's rare non-album single and a previously unheard 1971 radio session). This is the most comprehensive collection of their music ever assembled. "The British folk-rock duo of Mick Burgoyne and Leigh Dolphin were just 19 years of age when their sole, self-titled album came out in 1971. Comprised entirely of original material, the LP has an admirable array of textures, adding some heavily distorted electric guitar and orchestration around an acoustic guitar base."


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EGG - 1970/74

An overlooked classical rock trio that had both the talent and sound of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer without the bombast or success, Egg - comprised of organist Dave Stewart (not the one in the Eurythmics), bassist/vocalist Mont Campbell, and Clive Brooks - formed in July, 1968 from the ashes of Uriel/Arzachel after their guitarist, Steve Hillage left to study philosophy at the University of Kent. The band never made it on a major scale, as their music was too grandiose and challenging to garner a mainstream audience. It's a shame, because Campbell had a powerful set of vocal cords, and the group WAS capable of composing shorter, finely crafted melodies. An early single "Seven Is a Jolly Good Time" b/w "We Are All Princes" received modest airplay on the BBC's venerable John Peel Show. The group then proceeded to record two albums, Egg and The Polite Force, both dominated by Stewart's organ, then broke up after Stewart joined the Canterbury all-star group Hatfield and the North. The Civil Surface is a reunion album that came out in late '74. Stewart currently works with singer Barbara Gaskin on periodic new age projects. Campbell had a brief spell with the first version of National Health, and Brooks drummed for a fortnight with the Groundhogs, but their current activities are unknown.

With a strong Canterbury influence implanted into their sound, Egg's first album has the band looking to establish their niche as a progressive group, with Dave Stewart's sharp, effective keyboard work outlining much of the album's overall feel. Mixing jazz and progressive rock drifts, the tracks on Egg contain rhythms and meters that are never at a standstill, with ongoing instrumental action encompassing nearly every track. Numerous classical overtones make for a familiar listen against a backdrop of loose-ended jazz fusion and an unordered yet inviting array of haphazard progressive spillages. The fragmented instrumentals sport an attractive inexperience, especially on "Bulb" and "The Song of McGillicudie the Pussilanimous," which also introduce Egg's lighthearted whimsy. Both "Blane" and "I Will Be Absorbed" represent the most colorful example of Egg's progressive rock fundamentals, with quick tempos and assertive keyboard runs.


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It was inevitable that Egg would be compared with Emerson, Lake & Palmer a trio of bass/keyboards/drums with the bassist also singing, coming along at the very end of the 1960s, incorporating serious classical influences (and directed quotations) into their extended pieces. On their second album, The Polite Force, they try for a higher wattage sound than Emerson, Lake & Palmer, without as high velocity a brand of song. Dave Stewart's organ playing is as aggressive and melodic as Keith Emerson's, and he accomplishes a lot with less in the way of high-speed histrionics. That doesn't mean they aren't given to some electronic excesses. The album is diverting enough in its successful spots to carry the rest of it, but there are some missteps including one track dominated by guest horn players that were enough to keep this album from being a favorite, even among art-rock fanatics. Reissued in Japan in the late '90s as part of the Decca/Deram psychedelic retrospective series.

After releasing two highly original albums - their self-titled debut and The Polite Force - the Egg cracked in 1971, and the trio went their separate ways. In 1974, however, Dave Stewart, Mont Campbell and Clive Brooks reunited and returned to the studio. There they were joined by members of Henry Cow and old friend Steve Hillage, resulting in the The Civil Surface album. Although Egg had presented some of the material within on their final tour, still that long ago taster barely primed fans for what was to come. For as experimental as the trio had been in days of yore, with Civil Surface the band moved almost completely into improvisational, avant-garde territory.

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14.01.2022.



STEPPENWOLF - Studio Albums 1971/76

For Ladies Only is the sixth studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. The album was released in November 1971, by Dunhill Records. It is a political concept album mainly about feminism but with several more conventional songs about romance as well, both unusual themes for Steppenwolf. Some critics saw the album as sexist, citing the lyrics of the songs and a photo of a car shaped like a penis alongside the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the gatefold. The album saw the band hinting toward the progressive rock movement that was popular at the time with more complex arrangements and sophisticated keyboard playing, particularly on the title track. Like their previous album, it was accompanied by two minor hit singles which fell just short of the Top 40. Lead guitarist Kent Henry from Blues Image, replaced Larry Byrom prior to recording this album. The album was Steppenwolf's last of new material released prior to the band's initial breakup in February 1972.


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Slow Flux is the seventh studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. The album was released in August 1974, by Epic Records. In the US it was released on the Mums Records label, a short-lived CBS Records subsidiary. It was the first of three albums the band created after reforming in 1974 before they disbanded again in 1976. "Straight Shootin' Woman" was the last Steppenwolf song to chart on the Billboard magazine Top 40. The song "Children of the Night" notably posits that the hippie movement at this time had died, and president Richard Nixon is referred to as "the fool who believed that wrong is right". Guitarist and composer Bobby Cochran replaced Kent Henry on lead guitar in this reformed lineup, until the 1976 breakup. Cochran is the late Eddie Cochran's nephew. This was the last Steppenwolf album that Goldy McJohn would play on. He was sacked from the band by bandleader John Kay in 1975. A horn section also played on the album.

Hour of the Wolf is the eighth studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. The album was released in September 1975, by Epic Records. Andy Chapin replaced long time keyboardist Goldy McJohn on this album. AllMusic gave the album a negative retrospective review, saying the songs are all competent but adhere too closely to Steppenwolf formulas that had already been played out. The material is all adequate, but where Kay was crafting an interesting direction on his Forgotten Songs & Unsung Heroes solo disc, abandoning those elements for the somewhat tried and true is this album's dilemma. When Kay does touch upon that venture slightly, as on the slide guitar and slick chorus vocals of "Another's Lifetime," it is most satisfying.


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Skullduggery is the ninth studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. The album was released in May 1976, by Epic Records. It was the third of four released by Epic Records, and the last to feature keyboardist Wayne Cook, who left to join Player in 1977. Announcing the supposed end of Steppenwolf in early 1972, group prime mover John Kay explained that “we were locked into an image and a style of music and there was simply nothing new for us to look forward to.” Two years later, after an apparent change of heart, Steppenwolf reformed. Unfortunately, though, its recent work has largely confirmed the wisdom behind the original decision to disband. The majority of Skullduggery‘s eight tracks serve only to demonstrate the most vacuous side of the group’s raunchy rock style. After this release, the band didn't produce again until the early 1980s.

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ENGLAND - Garden Shed (1977) [Golden Edition, 2015]

This British quartet featured Martin Henderson (bass, vocals), Frank Holland (guitar, vocals), Robert Webb (keyboards, vocals) and Jode Leigh (percussion, vocals, bass). Their debut LP "Garden Shed" is one of the finest, 24-carat progrock albums. The LP was released on CD in Japan but you could hear the scratches because they put it directly from the record on CD without the usual mastering. Fortunately keyboard player Robert Webb re-released the original album tapes on a limited edition CD with the help of Gordon Haskell and The Forward Organisation. This in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Garden Shed" in 1997. Two years before there was a CD-release entitled "The Last Of The Jubblies", including material from '76 and '77. The album "Garden Shed" has strong echoes from early Genesis and Yes. The often Mellotron drenched compositions sound melodic, warm and inventive with many captivating changes of climate and thrilling breaks. The guitarwork is sensitive, the keyboardplay is varied and the vocals are strong, no doubt that these are good musicians. The way England combines the influence of Yes with lots of original ideas reminds me of Fruupp, another good British progrock band. Not to be missed in any serious progrock collection! "The Last Of The Jubblies" is a grouping of the recording made between 1976 and 1977. Their sophisticated music with elaborated instrumental developments could be situated in the same category as Yes and Genesis.

This 2CD edition includes the original album on one disc with the other collecting together all the bonus tracks available plus some other related stuff. The original album has been remastered, though from Tony Arnold's 1997 remaster with added tweaks by Robert Webb. The booklet contains lots of artwork and photos, song texts, production & recording information about all songs and extensive private / background info about the bonus tracks written by Robert Webb.


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12.01.2022.



THIRD WORLD WAR

Third World War were an English rock & roll band formed in 1970 by manager and producer John Fenton together with songwriters Terry Stamp and Jim Avery. Fenton came up with the band's name and provided a large part of its musical direction; Phill Brown, the recording engineer on the band's first album, quotes him as saying, "I want a no-bullshit, working class band—I've had enough of all this pseudo peace crap." Due to this attitude, the band's raucous sound and its revolutionary lyrics, they have been described as "England's first punk band." In 1970 the band recorded their first album, Third World War, which was released in 1971 on Fly Records. Largely, the themes of the album espoused far-left political sentiment. It featured Stamp on rhythm guitar and vocals, Avery on bass, Mick Lieber on lead guitars and Fred Smith (drums). Tony Ashton also added piano on some of the tracks, and Jim Price (trumpet and trombone) and Bobby Keyes (saxophone), American musicians who were playing with the Rolling Stones, provided some horn parts.


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At the time the album was released, the band had yet to play live. In the summer of 1971 Avery, Fenton and Stamp reconfigured the group to get "the 'best' live grouping," which was Stamp, Avery, John Hawken on piano, John Knightsbridge on lead guitar, and Paul Olsen on drums. They toured Finland, playing 35 gigs in 30 days, and then went on to perform at a number of festivals across Europe. 1971 also saw the release of the band's two singles, "Ascension Day"/"Teddy Teeth Goes Sailing" and "A Little Bit Of Urban Rock"/"Working Class Man", both of which appeared on Fly Records. By the time Third World War went into the studio in 1972 to record their second album the management at Fly Records were becoming unhappy with the band's lack of commercial potential. Hoping to guide the group towards more mainstream acceptability, the label demanded the song "Coshing Old Lady Blues" be removed from the album. Fenton refused to release the album without that track, so Third World War II came out instead on The Who's Track Records label. Personnel on the record was the touring group from the previous summer, except that Craig Collinge replaced Olsen on drums. During the recording of the album, Fenton ran out of money and could no longer pay the musicians, and once the record was finished the band broke up.

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DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND - Bootleg (1971) & Straight Up (1973)

The Downchild Blues Band is a Canadian blues band, described by one reviewer as "the premier blues band in Canada". The band is still commonly known as the Downchild Blues Band, though the actual band name was shortened to "Downchild" in the early 1980s. The Blues Brothers band was heavily influenced by Downchild Blues Band. The Downchild Blues Band was formed in Toronto in 1969 and continues to perform today. It was co-founded by two brothers, Donnie "Mr. Downchild" Walsh and Richard "Hock" Walsh. The band's international fame is partially due to three of its songs, the originals "I've Got Everything I Need (Almost)" and "Shot Gun Blues", and its adaptation of "Flip, Flop and Fly", all from its 1973 album, Straight Up, being featured on the first Blues Brothers album, Briefcase Full of Blues (1978). "Flip, Flop and Fly" has been Downchild's only hit single, and became the signature song of Hock Walsh. The band's musical style is described as being "a spirited, if fundamental, brand of jump-band and Chicago-style blues". The band's first album, Bootleg, is regarded as one of the first independent albums ever produced in Canada. It was recorded over two nights in 1971, in a makeshift studio at Toronto's Rochdale College. Donnie Walsh and others distributed the album by hand. It was welcomed by major Toronto music retailer Sam Sniderman, of Sam The Record Man renown, who was very much disposed to promoting Canadian music. The record was soon acquired by RCA Records Canada for more general distribution.


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THE SNAKES thumbup

In 1997, former Whitesnake guitarists Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody decided to reunite in order to perform their legendary old band's classic material once again. So after drafting Norwegian vocalist Johnny Lande (aka Jřrn Lande), keyboard player Josh Phillips, bassist David Levy, and drummer Mark Brzezicki, they set out on a tour that was conveniently billed "An Evening of Whitesnake Music," then decided to record an album of original material, proper. This became 1998's Once Bitten, which featured new drummer Willy Bendiksen and was only officially released in Japan, but eventually led to the Live in Europe set, recorded on location later that year with the aid of journeyman keyboardist Don Airey. Bassist Neil Murray was the next Whitesnake alum to join them, and with vocalist Robert Hart and drummer John Lingwood then in tow, the group decided to change its name to Company of Snakes.


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WHITESNAKE - Restless Heart (1997) [25th Anniversary Edition), 2021]

Even though they were a global chart-topping, hit-making machine less than ten years prior, David Coverdale came up empty when he tried to find a U.S.-based record company to issue the group's 1997 release, Restless Heart (available Stateside only as an import). To Coverdale's credit, he did not attempt to give Whitesnake a modern-day makeover (which so many pop- metal bands of the late '80s did post-Nirvana, and failed miserably), as he follows in the same melodic rock mold of Whitesnake's previous two releases, 1987's Whitesnake and 1989's Slip of the Tongue. Unlike the late-'80s edition of Whitesnake (which included Steve Vai, Tommy Aldridge, etc.), the 1998 version is not a showcase for rock's most renowned hired guns. In addition to Coverdale, the only holdover from the group's previous album is guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, who FINALLY gets the chance to appear on a full-length Whitesnake recording (after several close calls on the aforementioned releases). Instead of walloping listeners over the skull with an album opening rocker, Coverdale kicks things off on a mellow note, with the bluesy ballad "Don't Fade Away," but harder-edged material soon follows, including the riff-rocking title track, and "Crying," which shows the singer's Zeppelin fixation remains. The times may have changed, but David Coverdale is content with his old sound -- and longtime Whitesnake fans will be pleased.


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08.01.2022.



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DAVID BOWIE - TOY [3CD Box] (2022) thumbup

Around the turn of the millennium, David Bowie made one of the more unexpected moves in a career filled with them: He began revisiting some of the very earliest songs from his professional career, most of which he’d released in his teens or early 20s and that most fans would only be dimly aware of, if at all. In fact, a rocked-up version of his fourth single, “Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” originally released in 1966, became a highlight of his live sets from 1999 and 2000. He later took his tour-tight band into the studio and bashed down more than a dozen of them for an album called “Toy” that, due to complications with his label, was not released at the time, although several songs were released separately and the whole thing leaked a few years back.

Producer and longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti has described the album as being “some of David’s finest work” and the project offers a unique lens on the musician’s own interpretations of his recordings. Following his iconic Glastonbury set in 2000, Bowie entered the studio to record new takes on songs he’d first cut early in his career, from 1964-1971, with a view to release the collection in as short a time frame as possible. While a commercial release was ultimately shelved, it sees Bowie reconnect with some of his finest early recordings, with freakbeat single Can’t Help Thinking About Me bringing all the energy of his live shows onto the record. His selections are choice and, given the concept, it’s only natural to yearn for more, as Bowie hones in on specific moments from his formative years which were inspiring him at that particular time. But instead of a cohesive body of work, ‘Toy’ exists more as a soundboard for what would be to come, as it was laid to one side while the icon set to work on his next original album, ‘Heathen’, released the following year. The album was first issued as part of the ‘Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001)’ box set, but the ‘Toy:Box’ release expands further across three discs, featuring alternate takes and stripped-back recordings from the original sessions. The brilliance, of course, is that he not only left behind an unreleased album after his death, but also a full expanded edition to be enjoyed for years to come.


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DAMN YANKEES - Damn Yankees (1990) & Don't Tread (1992)

For a brief time in the early '90s, the supergroup Damn Yankees enjoyed a considerable amount of success on the arena rock circuit. Comprised of guitarist Ted Nugent, Styx's Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger's Jack Blades, and drummer Michael Cartellone, Damn Yankees arrived during the final moments of pop-metal's heyday, and their music didn't stray from that radio-friendly format at all. The group's self-titled debut album spawned several hits in 1990, including the Top Ten power ballad "High Enough" and the radio hit "Coming of Age." Although they proved to be a popular concert draw (Nugent even made headlines for his unchained behavior on-stage, which included shooting arrows into an effigy of Saddam Hussein), the band's follow-up effort, Don't Tread, didn't fare nearly as well. The group disbanded soon after, with Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades continuing to work together as Shaw Blades.


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JONI MITCHELL - Archives, Volume 2 - The Reprise Years (1968-1971) [2021]

Archives, Volume 2 - The Reprise Years (1968-1971) is a five-disc box set by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released on November 12, 2021, by Rhino Records. The box set is the seventh overall release and second offering of unreleased material from the Joni Mitchell Archives, a planned series of releases containing remastered material from the singer's archives. Formatted in chronological order, the second volume of the series includes archived material that was recorded in the years between the release of Mitchell's debut studio album, Song to a Seagull (1968) and her fourth studio album, Blue (1971). The tracks on Archives, Volume 2 have been sequenced chronologically to follow Mitchell in real time through one of the most creative periods of her career. The collection uncovers several unreleased Mitchell originals, including “Jesus” recorded in 1969 at her friend Jane Lurie’s New York apartment in Chelsea, which also served as the setting for the song “Chelsea Morning.” Other highlights include Mitchell’s performance at Le Hibou Coffee House in Ottawa on March 19, 1968 that was recorded by Jimi Hendrix and a concert at the Paris Theatre in London on October 29, 1970 that was broadcast on the BBC. The latter includes several songs destined to appear on Blue the following year: “Carey,” “River” and “My Old Man.” In addition, singer-songwriter James Taylor joined Mitchell to perform with her during the second half of the show.


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JONI MITCHELL - Archives, Volume 1 - The Early Years (1963-1967) [2020]

Archives, Volume 1 - The Early Years (1963-1967) features nearly six hours of unreleased home, live, and radio recordings that flow chronologically to paint a rich portrait of Mitchell’s rapid growth as a performer and songwriter during the period leading up to her debut album. This treasure trove of unheard audio includes 29 original Mitchell compositions that have never been released before with her vocals. This 5CD collection includes a 40-page booklet that features many unseen photos from Mitchell’s personal collection as well as new liner notes featuring conversations between writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe and Mitchell, who recently spent a couple of Sunday afternoons together discussing her archives. Crowe will continue to provide liners for future releases in the series. Through a wealth of unreleased live performances, home recordings, and radio broadcasts, Archives, Volume 1 brings into focus the period when Mitchell was finding her voice artistically. It shows her moving away from the folk standards of her early days (“John Hardy” and “House Of The Rising Sun”) and starting to write and sing her own songs (“Day After Day” and “Urge For Going.”) Archives, Volume 1 reveals just how prolific a songwriter Mitchell was at the time. In addition to early versions of songs that would appear on Song To A Seagull (“Michael From Mountains” and “I Had A King”), the set also features songs destined for later albums: “Chelsea Morning” “Both Sides Now” (Clouds, 1969); “The Circle Game” (Ladies of the Canyon, 1970); and “Little Green” (Blue, 1971). More than a just historic document, these recordings crackle with energy thanks to a vibrant and enchanting Mitchell. On many, you can hear her turning tuning her guitar and telling a story about the song before playing it. That includes her rare 1967 cover of Neil Young’s “Sugar Mountain,” a song she says inspired her to write “The Circle Game.” The collection begins in 1963 with her earliest-known recording as a 19-year-old Mitchell performs at CFQC AM, a radio station in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The box culminates with a stirring, three-set 1967 nightclub performance recorded at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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05.01.2022.



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HOMER - Grown In U.S.A. [1970] (2012)

Although Homer's sole and rare album is full of ideas and busy late-psychedelic/early-progressive rock instrumentation, it's a bunch of notions in search of a road map, and ultimately doesn't say much. Sometimes there's similarity to early-'70s British progressive rock in the occasional Mellotron, the multi-sectioned song structures, and the dynamic instrumentation. There are country and folkier touches (including steel guitar), though, which were rare in such British music, sometimes leaving a slight odd feeling of hearing Neil Young (an influence especially audible on "Dawson Creek") intersect with Yes and the Moody Blues. The lyrics sometimes have a verge-on-the-better-world hippie outlook that, while laudable on paper, comes across as kind of sappy. The hard-to-get-a-handle-on eclecticism isn't the problem so much as far more common shortcomings in these kind of psychedelic-era obscurities: a lack of strong songs or gripping originality, despite the undoubted competence of the playing and vocals. They have more of an early psychedelic feel than the LP and a tighter focus to the songs, which sound a bit like the kind of guitar-heavy, phased psychedelic pop the Amboy Dukes did on "Journey to the Center of the Mind," or early Spirit. “Grown in U.S.A.” was their only album, released as a private pressing in 1970. Rural psychedelic rock with early prog hints fuelled by stunning lead / dual guitar, melodic vocals and occasional mellotron. We present this collectable album in a CD expanded edition including their early singles - which are prime examples of 60s Texan garage- psych - plus previously unreleased studio demo tracks, recorded at the same time as the album. Newly remastered sound especially for this CD release, gatefold sleeve with detailed liner notes and rare pictures.


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ULTRA - Ultra [1975-77] (2007) thumbup

Classic Texas-style, foot stomping, bad-ass hard rock and roll from one of the founders of the legendary Texas psych/rock group, HOMER. 16 explosive twin lead-guitar filled cuts all digitally-remastered from the mid-70's master recordings! Guitarists Galen Niles and Larry McGuffin tear up the fretboards! Return to the days of classic hard rock done the way it was meant to be!! Don't miss it!! This was previously released on the Monster Records label, now it's repackaged and finally back in print on the Vintage (Rockadrome) label. Originally, this was released in a plain white jacket as a one-sided 5-song demonstration LP in 1976 and only 100 copies were made! Impossible to find! This CD reissue includes 11 bonus tracks recorded during the same period. Between 1975 through 1978 Ultra released one 5 track EP and recorded several demo tracks, which were never made public. Being an opening band can sometimes be a stepping-stone to stardom but this was not the case for these musicians. The band was never under contract and their roadies were receiving more pay than the band. By 1978, the band had finally had enough and they decided to disband.


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THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND - An Anthology: The Elektra Years (1997)

Paul Butterfield (1942 – 1987) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and band leader. After early training as a classical flautist, he developed an interest in blues harmonica. He explored the blues scene in his native Chicago, where he met Muddy Waters and other blues greats, who provided encouragement and opportunities for him to join in jam sessions. He soon began performing with fellow blues enthusiasts Nick Gravenites and Elvin Bishop. In 1963, he formed the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which recorded several successful albums and was popular on the late-1960s concert and festival circuit, with performances at the Fillmore West, in San Francisco; the Fillmore East, in New York City; the Monterey Pop Festival; and Woodstock. The band was known for combining electric Chicago blues with a rock urgency and for their pioneering jazz fusion performances and recordings. After the breakup of the group in 1971, Butterfield continued to tour and record with the band Paul Butterfield's Better Days, with his mentor Muddy Waters, and with members of the roots-rock group the Band. While still recording and performing, Butterfield died in 1987 at age 44 of an accidental drug overdose.

An Anthology - The Elektra Years is a double-disc, 33-song set that offers a comprehensive overview of Paul Butterfield's eight years with the label. His first two albums, Paul Butterfield Blues Band and East-West, were seminal, groundbreaking records that blurred the boundaries between blues, jazz and rock, suggesting everything from blues-rock to psychedelia. They were stunning achievements which proved difficult to match, but Butterfield's remaining albums for the label all had a few good cuts. An Anthology does a nice job of rounding up those highlights, picking the best moments from uneven records; consequently, it's quite a valuable package for listeners who simply want a sampling from those later albums instead of purchasing them individually. Butterfield's first two albums remain necessary listens in their own right, but this set offers an excellent summary of his entire stint with Elektra.


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FREEDOM - Black On White [Nero Su Bianco] (1969)

The British band Freedom founded in 1967, when after the huge success of Procol Harum's international hit A Whiter Shade Of Pale two musicians, namely drummer Bobby Harrison and guitarist Ray Royer, left the band and just founded Freedom. They wanted to play harder progressive blues rock, as it was en voque then. Already the debut album of the young band 1969 should be also the most successful album of Freedom. For the now very iconic movie Nero Su Bianco / Black on White by the Italian cult director Tinto Brass, they contributed the soundtrack and met exactly the musical nerve of that time: psychedelic sound collages, sprawling flirren keyboard passages, fuzzy guitars and lulling vocals - just the stuff that wanted to hear by the young music fans back then! First the album only appeared at the Italian offshoot of Atlantic Records, before further hits were released. Freedom wasn't a Procol Harum clone, though, with a somewhat poppier take on psychedelia that was closer to Traffic than Procol Harum. Their initial lineup only released two singles in 1968 before breaking up, also recording a soundtrack for an obscure Italian film by Dino De Laurentis. The soundtrack LP was given a limited release in Italy so limited, in fact, that the group members themselves were unaware that it had come out. Recorded with noted future producers Eddie Kramer and Glyn Johns engineering, this was reissued on CD in 1999, and is actually a pretty good if derivative slice of late-'60s British psychedelia.


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THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND - The First Four... (1972/75)

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band formed in 1972 when veteran vocalist Alex Harvey teamed with struggling Glasgow group Tear Gas. Zal Cleminson (guitar), Hugh McKenna (keyboards), Chris Glen (bass), and Ted McKenna (drums) gave the singer the uncultured power his uncompromising rasp required and were the perfect foil to the sense of drama he created. Armed with a musical and cultural heritage, Harvey embarked on a unique direction combining elements of heavy rock, R&B, and the British music hall. He created the slum-kid Vambo, celebrated pulp fiction with "Sergeant Fury," and extolled a passion for B-movie lore in "Don’t Worry About the Lights Mother, They’re Burning Big Louie Tonight." Framed, SAHB’s 1972 debut album, was accompanied by a period of frenetic live activity, while Next... reflected a consequent confidence that was especially apparent on the title track, a harrowing, atmospheric rendition of a Jacques Brel composition. The quintet continued their commercial ascendancy with The Impossible Dream and Tomorrow Belongs to Me while enhancing their in-concert reputation with a series of excellent and increasingly ambitious stage shows.


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Harvey’s presence was a determining factor in their visual appeal, but Cleminson’s intelligent use of clown make-up and mime brought yet another factor to the unit’s creative think-tank. 1975’s Live encapsulated this era, while SAHB’s irreverence was made clear in their exaggerated reading of Tom Jones' hit "Delilah," which gave the band a U.K. Top 10 single. Its success inspired The Penthouse Tapes, which featured such disparate favorites as "Crazy Horses" (the Osmonds) "School’s Out" (Alice Cooper), and "Goodnight Irene" (Lead Belly). The band enjoyed another hit single with "Boston Tea Party" (1976), but the rigorous schedule extracted a toll on their vocalist. He entered hospital to attend to a recurring liver problem, during which time the remaining members recorded Fourplay as SAHB (without Harvey). Hugh McKenna was then replaced by Tommy Eyre and in August, 1977 Harvey rejoined the band to complete Rock Drill. However, three months later he walked out on his colleagues during a rehearsal for BBC’s Sight and Sound program, and despite the ill-feeling this caused, it was later accepted that his return had been premature given the extent of his illness. Despite pursuing a solo career at a more measured pace, Harvey died as a result of a heart attack on February 4, 1982.

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Ted McKenna, Cleminson, and Glen had, meanwhile, formed the short-lived Zal with Billy Rankin (guitar) and Leroi Jones (vocals), but this ill-starred ensemble struggled in the face of punk and split up in April 1978. McKenna later joined Rory Gallagher and MSG, while Cleminson was briefly a member of Nazareth. In 1992, members of the original band were reunited as the Sensational Party Boys. The band became very popular once more in their native Glasgow and surrounding areas. They officially changed their name in August 1993 back to the Sensational Alex Harvey Band with the original line-up (minus Harvey). Credible frontman, ex-Zero Zero, and Strangeways vocalist Stevie Doherty (born July 17, 1959, Coatbridge, Scotland), performed the band’s back catalog with great presence and power, and without attempting to emulate Harvey. The band reunited for a second time in the new millennium, with Billy Rankin and then Max Maxwell taking Harvey’s place behind the microphone.

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JIMI HENDRIX & BAND OF GYPSYS - Live At The Fillmore East (1999)

The only album of completely live Jimi Hendrix recordings to be released during his lifetime, Band Of Gypsys found the iconoclastic guitarist with a new rhythm section and soaring to new creative heights. Presented here is a good portion of the group's public debut, recorded on opening night of a New Year's Eve and New Year's Day engagement at Fillmore East. These performances gave Hendrix the opportunity to showcase new material and fulfill a contractual obligation simultaneously. The circumstances surrounding these shows are now well known; Hendrix had just successfully defended himself against drug possession charges in Toronto and now, due to a contract signed before he was known, was being forced to deliver an album of original material to Ed Chalpin, an entrepreneur determined to exploit Hendrix's success.

Despite the troubling circumstances, the Band Of Gypsys performances would go down in history as some of the greatest of Hendrix's career. Featuring new material that he had been developing in the studio and featuring an abundance of spontaneous jamming, this new music found Hendrix inspired by the solid funky bass of his old friend Billy Cox and the extraordinary gut-bucket drumming of Buddy Miles. This new rhythm section, which had been working in the studio with Hendrix for several months, contributed hard funk and R&B elements to Hendrix's groundbreaking style. The lyric direction was also changing, displaying a social consciousness previously unexplored. Hendrix was clearly pushing the boundaries of his music and his newest blues-based numbers like "Machine Gun," and "Hear My Train A Comin'," was hitting emotional heights in his guitar playing that would never quite be duplicated again.


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