GODDO - The First Four... (1977/81)

"If indeed it is lonely at the top, who cares," quipped Goddo on its second album. "It's lonely at the bottom, too." That rusty one-liner could have been the band's motto. It succinctly sums up not only the tumultuous career of this long-serving, hard-rocking Canadian power trio, but also the fatalistic humor with which the group viewed the whole affair. Goddo's technicolor dreams of global domination never came true, but that never seemed to stop the band from enjoying its decades-long rollercoaster ride through the Canadian music industry. Goddo's long, arduous slog to the middle began in 1975, when bassist Greg Godovitz left Toronto pop outfit Fludd. Intent on forming a harder-rocking group, Godovitz recruited Hendrix disciple Gino Scarpelli (of glitter rock outfit Brutus) on guitar and former school chum Marty Morin on drums. Adding a consonant to Godovitz's nickname for clarity - too many people said Go-do instead of God-o - the trio braved the Canadian bar-room grind, playing three shows a night, six nights a week, with day-long drives between gigs.

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A year in these trenches was enough for Morin, who became a school bus driver, making room for Ottawa drummer Doug Inglis, a rock-solid timekeeper who also happened to be a dead ringer for Morin, thus saving the group the cost of new publicity photos. With a secure lineup in place, the group's career began to accelerate. A self-titled debut album (featuring "Bus Driver Blues," Godovitz's parting shot at Morin) appeared in 1977, introducing the group's hybrid of meat 'n' potatoes rock, poignant balladry, and lascivious lyrics. It was followed in 1978 by the outstanding Who Cares. Produced by Godovitz under the pseudonym Thomas Morley-Turner - reputedly to snow label execs who wanted a "proper" producer - Who Cares was Goddo's high-water mark. An ambitious album for its time, Who Cares fused poppier hooks, classical passages, and comic vignettes with libidinous rockers such as "Sweet Thing," a groupie ode that became the band's signature song. Who Cares' success spiked the band's popularity. But as their income and touring increased, so did their drug intake and egomania. While cutting their third CD, 1979's An Act of Goddo, at the Bee Gees' studio, Godovitz supposedly rebuffed collaborative overtures from Maurice Gibb by calling his music "disco crap." Godovitz cut his throat deeper by including the anti-music biz screed "Sign on the Line" on the album. An Act of Goddo garnered little critical or commercial attention, and not surprisingly, Goddo was soon label-less.

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The band landed briefly at Attic Records, which issued 1981's Lighve: Best Seat in the House, followed later that year by a fourth studio album, Pretty Bad Boys. Its poppy title-cut earned Goddo its first (and only) hit single, along with a Juno Award nomination in 1982 - ironically, for Most Promising New Group. But it was too little too late. Continually broke and at each other's throats, the band imploded in 1983. Scarpelli and Inglis went on to other bands, while Godovitz unsuccessfully tried to float a new version of the band (now called Godo) with different members. By 1989, tensions had eased and the trio reunited, joined by original drummer Morin on percussion. In 1990, Goddo issued the best-of CD 12 Gauge Goddo, followed in 1992 by the studio album King of Broken Hearts. When it tanked, the group split again. In the late '90s, Goddo regrouped once more. In 2001, Goddo issued its first CD in a decade, 2nd Best Seat in the House: 25th Anniversary Lighve, on Canadian label Bullseye.




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V.A. - The Immediate Singles Collection (2000)

This extravagant six-CD set documents the astonishing life span of the first pop independent label in the U.K., Immediate Records. Founded in 1965, Immediate flipped, flopped, and staggered its own way, competing against unhip American labels like EMI and Decca until late 1969. The label, and the documentary CD set, showcases in particular the Small Faces, who enjoyed a brief U.K. number one hit, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. More familiar to American listeners will no doubt be the three-chord sock-hop favorite "Hang on Sloopy" by the McCoys, and a number of covers of familiar American folk-rock hits are present as well. The esoteric collector will appreciate inclusions by such café balladeers as the Poets and Les Fleurs-de-Lis, also signed by Immediate before the advent of the swinging London sound, marked by the Rolling Stones revolution and other mod developers influencing the pants off the tiniest studio cover bands. Immediate also helped sculpt the success of anguished bellower Chris Farlowe, soon to be joined by the similarly throaty vibrato of PP Arnold and, of course, manager/producer Andrew Oldham's best toss of the dice, the Small Faces, whom he ripped away from Decca. By the fourth disc, you are, in fact, in the throes of swinging London, featuring Farlowe's heart-stopping "Yesterday's Papers" and Arnold's "The First Cut Is the Deepest," written by the much-in-demand Cat Stevens. Most of the music is minimal and often out of tune, production at an early-time low, replete with tinny echoes and accidental outtake moments. The most successfully recorded instruments seem to be the sitars, baroque strings, and arpeggio harpsichord riffs that "translate" well under Immediate's studio circumstances. Notable moments: Small Faces' "Here Comes the Nice" and "Itchypoo Park," Murray Head's "She Was Perfection," and the Marquis of Kensington's Kinks/new vaudeville hybrid, "Changing of the Guard." This is a luxurious, overcollected document that could be easily managed on one museum-piece disc, although it would be hard cull dozens of small contributions by say, drop-ins Nico, Rod Stewart, and Mick Fleetwood. The jewel on the record is without question the Faces version (sung not by Stewart but by Chris Farlowe) of "Handbags and Glad rags": "They told me you missed school today/So I suggest you just throw it all away/The handbags and glad rags that your granddads had to sweat/So you could buy." Very British, very Immediate.




T R A C K S:

CD 1
01. The McCoys — Hang On Sloopy
02. The McCoys — I Can't Explain It
03. The Fifth Avenue — The Bells Of Rhymney
04. The Fifth Avenue — Just Like Anyone Would Do
05. Nico — I'm Not Sayin'
06. Nico — The Last Mile
07. Gregory Phillips — Down In The Boondocks
08. Gregory Phillips — That's The One
09. The Masterminds — She Belongs To Me
10. The Masterminds — Taken My Love
11. The Poets — Call Again
12. The Poets — Some Thing's I Can't Forget
13. The Strangeloves — Cala—Lin
14. The Strangeloves — (Roll On) Mississippi
15. Van Lenton — Gotta Get Away
16. Van Lenton — You Don't Care
17. The Factotums — In My Lonely Room
18. The Factotums — A Run In The Green And Tangerine Flaked Forest
19. The Golden Apple — The Monkey Time
20. The Golden Apple — Chocolate Rolls, Tea & Monopoly
21. Barbara Lynn — You Can't Buy My Love
22. Barbara Lynn — That's What A Friend Will Do
23. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers — I'm Your Witchdoctor
24. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers — Telephone Blues
25. Glyn Johns — Mary Anne
26. Glyn Johns — Like Grains Of Yellow Sand
27. Mick Softley — I'm So Confused
28. Mick Softley — She's My Girl
29. The Mockingbirds — You Stole My Love
30. The Mockingbirds — Skit Skat

CD 2
01. Chris Farlowe — The Fool
02. Chris Farlowe — Treat Her Good
03. Joey Vine — Down & Out
04. Joey Vine — The Out Of Towner
05. Jimmy Tarbuck — Someday
06. Jimmy Tarbuck — Wastin' Time
07. The Variations — The Man With All The Toys
08. The Variations — She'll Know I'm Sorry
09. Les Fleur De Lys — Moondreams
10. Les Fleur De Lys — Wait For Me
11. The McCoys — Fever
12. The McCoys — Sorrow
13. The Factotums — You're So Good To Me
14. The Factotums — Can't Go Home Anymore My Love
15. Chris Farlowe — Think
16. Chris Farlowe — Don't Just Look At Me
17. The Poets — Baby Don't You Do It
18. The Poets — I'll Come Home
19. Charles Dickens — So Much In Love
20. Charles Dickens — Our Soul Brother Th
21. Goldie — Going Back
22. Goldie — Headlines
23. Tony Rivers & The Castaways — Girl Don't Tell Me
24. Tony Rivers & The Castaways — The Girl From Salt Lake City
25. The McCoys — Don't Worry Mother, Your Son's Heart Is Pure
26. The McCoys — Ko—Ko
27. The McCoys — Up And Down
28. The McCoys — If You Tell A Lie
29. London Waits — Softly Softly
30. London Waits — Serenadio

CD 3
01. The Turtles — You Baby
02. The turtles — Wanderin' Kind
03. The Fleur De Lys — Circles
04. The Fleur De Lys — So Come On
05. Twice As Much — Sittin' On A Fence
06. Twice As Much — Baby I Want You
07. The McCoys — Runaway
08. The McCoys — Come On Let's Go
09. Chris Farlowe — Out Of Time
10. Chris Farlowe — Baby Make It Soon
11. Twice As Much — Step Out Of Line
12. Twice As Much — Simplified
13. The McCoys — (You Make Me Feel) So Good
14. The McCoys — Everyday I Have To Cry
15. Chris Farlowe — Ride On Baby
16. Chris Farlowe — Headlines
17. Twice As Much — True Story
18. Twice As Much — You're So Good For Me
19. P.P.Arnold — Everything Gonna Be Alright
20. P.P.Arnold — Life Is But Nothing
21. Chris Farlowe — My Way Of Giving
22. You're So Good For Me
23. Twice As Much — Crystal Ball
24. Twice As Much — Why Can't They All Go And Leave Me Alone
25. Apostolic Intervention — (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me
26. Apostolic Intervention — Madame Garcia
27. Nicky Scott — Big City
28. Nicky Scott — Everything's Gonna Be Alright

CD 4
01. Nicky Scott — Backstreet Girl
02. Nicky Scott — Chain Reaction
03. The McCoys — I Got To Go Back
04. The McCoys — Dynamite
05. P.P.Arnold — The First Cut Is The Deepest
06. P.P.Arnold — Speak To Me
07. Mort Shuman IV — Monday Monday
08. Mort Shuman — Little Children
09. Chris Farlowe — Yesterday's Papers
10. Chris Farlowe — Life Is But Nothing
11. Small Faces — Here Come The Nice
12. Small Faces — Talk To You
13. Marquis Of Kensington — The Changing Of The Guard
14. Marquis Of Kensington's Minstrels — Reverse Thrust
15. Murray Head — She Was Perfection
16. Murray Head — Secondhand Monday
17. Australian Playboys — Black Sheep R.I.P.
18. Australian Playboys — Sad
19. P.P.Arnold — The Time Has Come
20. P.P.Arnold — If You See What I Mean
21. Chris Farlowe — Moanin'
22. Chris Farlowe — What Have I Been Doing
23. Small Faces — Itchycoo Park
24. Small Faces — I'm Only Dreaming
25. Warm Sounds — Sticks And Stones
26. Warm Sounds — Angeline
27. The Nice — The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack
28. The Nice — Azrial (Angel Of Death)

CD 5
01. Rod Stewart — Little Miss Understood
02. Rod Stewart — So Much To Say
03. P.P.Arnold — (If You Think You're) Groovy
04. P.P.Arnold — Though It Hurts Me Badly
05. Small Faces — Tin Soldier
06. Small Faces — I Feel Much Better
07. Billy Nichols — Would You Believe
08. Billy Nichols — Daytime Girl
09. Small Faces — Lazy Sunday
10. Small Faces — Rollin' Over (Part2 Of Happiness Stan)
11. Chris Farlowe — Handbags & Gladrags
12. Chris Farlowe — Everyone Makes A Mistake
13. Chrs Farlowe — The Last Goodbye
14. Chris Farlowe — Paperman Fly In The Sky
15. P.P.Arnold — Angel Of The Morning
16. Outer Limits — Great Train Robbery
17. Outer Limits — Sweet Freedom
18. The Nice — America
19. The Nice — The Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon
20. Small Faces — The Universal
21. Small Faces — Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass
22. Duncan Browne — On The Bombsite
23. Duncan Browne — Alfred Bell

CD 6
01. Chris Farlowe — Paint It Black
02. Chris Farlowe — I Just Need Your Loving
03. The Nice — Brandenburger
04. The Nice — Happy Freuds
05. Amen Corner — (If Paradice Is) Half As Nice
06. Amen Corner — Hey Hey Girl
07. Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds — Dawn
08. Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds — April Was The Month
09. Michael D'abo — (See The Little People) Gulliver Travels
10. Michael D'abo — An Anthology Of Gulliver's Travels—Part Two
11. The McCoys — This Is Where We Came In
12. Small Faces — Afterglow Of Your Love
13. Small Faces — Wham Bam Thank You Mam
14. Fleetwood Mac — Man Of The World
15. Earl Vince & The Valiants — Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite
16. Amen Corner — Hello Susie
17. Amen Corner — Evil Man's Gonna Win
18. Humble Pie — Natural Born Bugie
19. Humble Pie — Wrist Job
20. Amen Corner — Get Back
21. Amen Corner — Farewell To The Real Magnificent Seven
22. The Hill — Sylvie
23. The Hill — The Fourth Annual Convention Of The Battery Hen Farmers Association — Part2

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THE CAKE - More of Cake Please {2007)

So, what links New Orleans Maestro Harold Battiste, Dr. John, the Soft Machine, the Daily Flash, Tiny Tim, Jack Nitsche, Sonny and Cher, Traffic, Jimi Hendrix and Ginger Baker's Air Force? Why, The Cake. The last of the classic girl groups, whose two 1967/68 albums are as they say a game of two (sometimes three!) halves, classic girlgroupisms mixed with Baroque Pop, Wyrd Folk, Psychpop and club R&B. a wonderful snapshot of the Sunset Strip, with a wonderfully decadent atmosphere for three such innocent girls.. you'll just love it! The Cake recently reformed to play the prestigious launch party for the forthcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic, and who knows - they may come to your town soon.. at great personal cost, RevOla presents The Cake! Never previously on CD cult artists.. and they look hot in pictures too! Wonderfully re-mastered by Mr. Nick Robbins and with gorgeous packaging featuring wonderful pictures provided by The Cake and legendary rock photographer Ed Caraeff.

The Cake were a trio of sassy New Yorkers who were whisked off to the West Coast in the mid-60s by hip producers Greene & Stone, to record at the famed Gold Star studio. The girls were, initially at least, a tight unit who wrote much of their material, but the first album found them being presented in various genres. The first single, Baby That’s Me, a slam-bam Wall Of Sound track written by Jack Nitzsche and Jackie De Shannon, was hardly indicative of them, nor were the New Orleans songs they covered with assistance from Dr John, even though they do sound pretty good on them. Their own approach was found more on interesting gems such as Medieval Love, Rainbow Wood, Sadie or the Caribbean-influenced Extroverted Introvert. Had Greene & Stone really let them develop themselves, like they did with Buffalo Springfield, then The Cake may have stayed together and become a very fine unit. As it is, their only two albums reissued here show distinct and varied talent that takes in baroque, pop and rock, and are never less than interesting. A fine reissue, with fascinating sleevenotes that almost suggest a film script in their own right. Definitely one to check out.





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GORDON LIGHTFOOT - Gord's Gold Vol. I & II (1975/88)

Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is often referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend. Lightfoot's biographer Nicholas Jennings said "His name is synonymous with timeless songs about trains and shipwrecks, rivers and highways, lovers and loneliness. He is unquestionably Canada's greatest songwriter." Lightfoot's songs, including "For Lovin' Me", "Early Morning Rain", "Steel Rail Blues", "Ribbon of Darkness" a number one hit on the U.S. country chart with Marty Robbins's cover in 1965 and "Black Day in July", about the 1967 Detroit riot, brought him wide recognition in the 1960s.

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Canadian chart success with his own recordings began in 1962 with the No. 3 hit "(Remember Me) I'm the One", followed by recognition and charting abroad in the 1970s. He topped the US Hot 100 or AC chart with the hits "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970), "Sundown" (1974); "Carefree Highway" (1974), "Rainy Day People" (1975), and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976), and had many other hits that appeared in the top 40. Several of Lightfoot's albums achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., The Kingston Trio, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert, Harry Belafonte, Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Peter, Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, Tony Rice, The Grateful Dead, Nico, Olivia Newton-John, Gene Clark, Dan Fogelberg, Jimmy Buffett, and Jim Croce. The Guess Who recorded a song called "Lightfoot" on their 1968 album Wheatfield Soul; the lyrics contain many Lightfoot song titles.



Robbie Robertson of the Band described Lightfoot as "a national treasure". Bob Dylan, also a Lightfoot fan, called him one of his favorite songwriters and said "I can't think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don't like. Everytime I hear a song of his, it's like I wish it would last forever.... Lightfoot became a mentor for a long time. I think he probably still is to this day".




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ALAN WHITE - Ramshackled (1976)

Alan White (14 June 1949 - 26 May 2022) [RIP] was an English drummer and songwriter, best known for his tenure in the progressive rock band Yes. He joined Yes in 1972 as a replacement for original drummer, Bill Bruford. Following the death of bassist Chris Squire in 2015, White became the longest-remaining member in the band. In 1969 White had joined John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band, after Lennon invited him to play at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival, followed by a show at the Lyceum Ballroom. He notably played drums on the singles "Instant Karma!" and "Imagine", as well as on eight tracks on Lennon's Imagine album. In addition to his work with Yes and John Lennon, White performed on over 50 albums by other performers, notably George Harrison, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Terry Reid, Joe Cocker and The Ventures. White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Yes, in 2017.

Ramshackled is the only solo album by Alan White, drummer for British progressive rock band Yes. It was released in 1976 on Atlantic Records, during a period when all five of the Yes band members (Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Patrick Moraz and White) released solo albums. White only performed drums on the album and wrote none of the songs. AllMusic's Alex Anderson found the album highly uneven and noted that the album's hodgepodge of popular styles failed to appeal to the progressive rock fanbase White had gained with Yes. He concluded "Although Ramshackled isn't terrible, most of the Yes fans who bought it agreed that their money hadn't been well spent.





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BON JOVI - Special Editions (2010)

Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald. Original bassist Alec John Such quit the band in 1994, and longtime guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora left in 2013. The band have been credited with "[bridging] the gap between heavy metal and pop with style and ease". In 1984 and 1985, Bon Jovi released their first two albums and their debut single "Runaway" managed to crack the Top 40. In 1986, the band achieved widespread success and global recognition with their third album, Slippery When Wet, which sold over 20 million copies and included three Top 10 singles, two of which reached No. 1 ("You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer") Their fourth album, New Jersey (1988), was also very successful, selling over 10 million copies and featuring five Top 10 singles (a record for a glam metal album), two of which reached No. 1 ("Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You"). After the band toured and recorded extensively during the late 1980s, culminating in the 1988–1990 New Jersey Tour, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora released successful solo albums in 1990 and 1991, respectively. In 1992, the band returned with the double-platinum Keep the Faith. This was followed by their biggest-selling and longest-charting single "Always" (1994) and the album These Days (1995), which proved to be a bigger success in Europe than in the United States, producing four Top Ten singles in the United Kingdom. Following a second hiatus, their 2000 album Crush, particularly the lead single, "It's My Life", successfully introduced the band to a younger audience, and the band considered this their comeback album. The band followed up with Bounce in 2002. The platinum albums Have a Nice Day (2005) and Lost Highway (2007) saw the band incorporate elements of country music into some of the songs, including the 2006 single "Who Says You Can't Go Home", which won the band a Grammy Award and became the first single by a rock band to reach No. 1 on the country charts. The Circle (2009) marked a return to the band's rock sound. The band also enjoyed great success touring, with both the 2005–2006 Have a Nice Day Tour and 2007–2008 Lost Highway Tour ranking among the Top 20 highest-grossing concert tours of the 2000s.

This fantastic Global Exclusive Bon Jovi Special Editions Collector's Box Set features Japanese Paper Sleeve versions of all eleven 2010 Special Editions plus an exclusive documentary DVD, all packaged in a superb road case style box. Each Special Edition includes a re-mastered version of the original album plus bonus live tracks.





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CROWBAR - Memories Are Made Of This: Some of the Best of Crowbar (1972)

From 1969 to 1970, most of the members of the group had been a backup band for Ronnie Hawkins under the name "And Many Others". However, in early 1970, he fired them; as he later told a friend, "Those boys could fuck up a crowbar in fifteen seconds." They recorded their first album in 1970, called Official Music, as "King Biscuit Boy with Crowbar". King Biscuit Boy left the band later in 1970 but continued to appear off and on as a guest performer. In 1971, the band recorded a performance at Massey Hall, in Toronto, which was released as a double album, Larger than Life (and Live'r Than You've Ever Been). The concert, billed as "An Evening of Love with Daffodil Records", was co-produced by concert promoter Martin Onrot and Toronto radio station CHUM-FM. Numerous guests appeared with Crowbar at Massey Hall, including members of Lighthouse, Dr. Music, and Everyday People. King Biscuit Boy also returned to perform with his former bandmates. The recording and release of the album are significant as being the first time a Canadian band had recorded and released a "live in concert" album. It was also the first time that a live concert was broadcast simultaneous on CHUM-FM. Also in 1971, the band performed a concert in the Lord Beaverbrook Grand Ballroom in New Brunswick and entertained at the anniversary celebrations in Hamilton, Ontario. Due largely to Margaret Trudeau's enthusiasm for the band, Crowbar was featured as the opening act of Pierre Trudeau's 1972 re-election campaign rallies, including a notable stop at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. This association enhanced the band's reputation in Canada and garnered international interest from agencies such as A&M Records and figures such as Clive Davis. Despite this momentum, their second album did not capture the energy of their first and the band faltered. Crowbar disbanded in 1975 but was revived in 1977, without Jozef Chirowski, who had joined Alice Cooper's band. The band performed intermittently during the 1980s.

"Memories Are Made of This" is a compilation album by Canadian rock band Crowbar, released in 1972. Initially formed as a backing band for Ronnie Hawkins (Janis Joplin, The Band), the band went on to enjoy significant success in Canada. The album includes their hit single "Oh What A Feeling," the Ray Charles-quoting "Murder In The First Degree," and the blues rocker "Where Were You?"





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V.A. - Texas International Pop Festival (1969)

It was Labor Day weekend, 1969, two weeks after Woodstock, and thousands of hippies and lovers of peace and music converged on the small town of Lewisville, just north of Dallas, at the Texas Pop Festival to be and to see and to hear the music of B.B.King, Canned Heat, Chicago, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Freddie King, Grand Funk Railroad, Herbie Mann, Incredible String Band, James Cotton Blues Band, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Nazz, The Quarry, Rotary Connection, Sam & Dave, Santana, Shiva's Headband, Sly & the Family Stone, Space Opera, Spirit, Sweetwater, Ten Years After and Tony Joe White. However, the festival was a festival of music, and that’s where the heart of our book must beat. The rock, jazz and R&B that was heard in the heat of a Texas Labor Day weekend in 1969 was some of the best that year had to offer. The soulful serenades of Sam and Dave, the jazz melodies of Herbie Mann and the blues riffs of B.B.’s Lucille meshed perfectly with rock legends like Led Zeppelin and Chicago. And Janis, bless her heart, was actually nervous about playing for a Texas crowd again. The sixties experienced a renaissance of music that has yet to be matched, and this was the decade’s finale. Some of us knew Dallas would never be the same as the shade of Lee Park, a major hippie hang-out was abandoned for the sun-drenched fields of the Dallas International Motor Speedway. The Turtle Creek Turtle (a cartoon icon for the Dallas hippie scene) could bask in private as the hippie masses were drawn by the idea of togetherness with thousands of their own kind. If the music was the heart of the festival, the people were the soul. The majority of the text in the book will be the actual words of the people who were there. The story of the Texas International Pop Festival must be told by those who made it what it was, the loving people who took part. That's why we're looking for anyone who was there. We don't just want clever anecdotes. If you were there, we want to hear from you. Don't worry that you don't remember much or that you don't have cool stories. You'll be able to add to our story, believe it or not.





Vol. 01 - Chicago
01 - Band Intro - Introduction
02 - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is
03 - South California Purples
04 - Beginnings
05 - 25 or 6 to 4
06 - Announcements
07 - I'm A Man

Vol. 02 - James Cotton
01 - Intro-Cut You Loose
02 - Fallin' Rain
03 - Heart Attack
04 - Knock On Wood
05 - Nine Below Zero
06 - Dust My Broom
07 - The Creeper
08 - Turn On Your Lovelight
09 - Please Please Please

Vol. 03 - Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band
01 - Intro-Raise Your Hand
02 - As Good As You Been To This World
03 - Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
04 - Maybe
05 - To Love Somebody
06 - Summertime

Vol. 04 - Rotary Connection
01 - Lady Jane
02 - Ruby Tuesday
03 - Stormy Monday-The Whole Creation-Stormy Monday
04 - Sunshine Of Your Love
05 - Let The People Talk

Vol. 05 - Santana
01 - Evil Ways
02 - You Just Don't Care
03 - Shades Of Time
04 - Jingo
05 - Treat
06 - Soul Sacrifice

Vol. 06 - Led Zeppelin
01 - Train Kept A-Rollin'
02 - I Can't Quit You
03 - Dazed And Confused
04 - You Shook Me
05 - How Many More Times - part 1
06 - How Many More Times - part 2
07 - Communication Breakdown

Vol. 07 - Spirit
01 - Rehearsal Theme
02 - I'm Truckin'-Fresh Garbage-Poor Richard
03 - Caught-Jams
04 - Groundhog Day
05 - Policeman's Ball-Drums-Mechanical World
06 - I Got A Line On You
07 - Aren't You Glad

Vol. 08 - B.B. King
01 - Introduction
02 - Sweet Sixteen
03 - Please Accept My Love
04 - band intros
05 - Everybody Wants To Know Why I Sing The Blues
06 - Don't Want A Soul Hanging Around
07 - What's Wrong Little Mama
08 - How Blue Can You Get
09 - Whole Lot Of Lovin'
10 - Everyday I Have The Blues

Vol. 09 - Johnny Winter
01 - Introduction
02 - Mean Town Blues
03 - Black Cat Bone
04 - Mean Mistreater
05 - Talk To Your Daughter
06 - Leland Mississippi Blues
07 - I Can Love You Baby

Vol. 10 - Ten Years After
01 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
02 - I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes
03 - Hobbit
04 - Spoonful
05 - I'm Goin' Home

Vol. 11 - Sly & The Family Stone
01 - Intro-M'Lady
02 - Sing A Simple Song
03 - You Can Make It If You Try
04 - Stand-Love City-Higher
05 - Everyday People
06 - Dance To The Music-Music Lover
07 - I Wanna Take You Higher-Jam

Vol. 12 - Partial Sets
01 - Grand Funk Railroad - Intro
02 - Grand Funk Railroad - Are You Ready
03 - Incredible String Band - Introduction
04 - Incredible String Band - Waiting For You
05 - Incredible String Band - Black Jack Davy
06 - Sam & Dave - I've Been Loving You Too Long
07 - Sam & Dave - May I Baby
08 - Herbie Mann - Tangier
09 - Herbie Mann - Improvisation
10 - Canned Heat - Intro
11 - Canned Heat - Bullfrog Blues
12 - Canned Heat - Rollin' And Tumblin'-Jam
13 - Canned Heat - talk
14 - Canned Heat - Blind Owl Blues
15 - Lewisville Chief of Police - talk

Vol. 12 - Partial Set3
01 - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends - We Got To Get Ourselves Together
02 - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends - The Ghetto
03 - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends - When The Battle Is Over
04 - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends - Things Get Better
05 - Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie
06 - Tony Joe White - Aspen Colorado
07 - Tony Joe White - Can You See The Lightning
08 - Tony Joe White - Roosevelt & Ira Lee
09 - Tony Joe White - Hard To Handle
10 - Sweetwater - What's Wrong- Jam-What's Wrong
11 - Sweetwater - Why Oh Why

23.05.2022. u 12:50 • 4 CommentsPrintPermalink


THREE MAN ARMY (1971/74)

Three Man Army was a forgettable British hard rock band of the early '70s, playing period guitar-slanted music that sounded like warm-up fodder for bigger stadium acts. The constants in the lineup were Adrian Gurvitz and Paul Gurvitz, both of whom had been in Gun. After Gun expired, Adrian went to America to play with Buddy Miles, while Paul formed Parrish & Gurvitz. The pair reunited, however, to record the debut Three Man Army album, A Third of a Lifetime, using several different drummers (including Miles, Carmine Appice from Vanilla Fudge, and Mike Kellie from Spooky Tooth). Tony Newman, formerly of Sounds Incorporated and the Rod Stewart Group, joined for the next (and final) two Three Man Army albums. While there were rehearsals for a fourth LP, it was never started, as Newman left to join David Bowie's band and the Gurvitz brothers teamed up with Ginger Baker to record three albums as the Baker Gurvitz Army. Some bands had cult status in their time and some have retained it ever since, even if they played together only for a short period. Later estimates may be a little skewed, absurd or merely confused. Clearing up the minefield: Three Man Army were a guitar-orientated power trio featuring the respected Gurvitz brothers Paul and Adrian, who sometimes used the surname Curtis (their father changed to this name post-divorce).

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With this compilation ("3") Paul Gurvitz has pulled off a real coup by bringing together a balanced mix of very different songs and moods, which clearly revives all of the band's strengths. This journey back in time is both wistful and very enjoyable. The songs are so good that you're almsot left wishing that its creators could have released them back when they were recorded. On the other hand it is a pleasure to listen to them today with such superb quality. After hearing 'Three Man Army Three', it's a shame that this excellent group never recorded any more albums.




22.05.2022. u 14:13 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


APHRODITE'S CHILD - 666 (1972) [Japan, 2014]

666 (subtitled The Apocalypse of John, 13/18) is the third and final studio album and only double album by Greek progressive rock band Aphrodite's Child, released in June 1972 by Vertigo Records. Ostensibly an adaptation of Biblical passages from the Book of Revelation, it is the group's most critically acclaimed project. Due to internal tensions during the recording process and conflict with the record company, by the time it was released the band had already disbanded and its members had begun work on solo projects. The concept for 666 was created by Vangelis and film director Costas Ferris, who served as the project's lyricist. Ferris cited as influences the nonlinear narrative style of films Intolerance, Rashomon, Citizen Kane and The Killing, as well as the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the Who's Tommy. The central concept is a countercultural interpretation of the Book of Revelation, in which a circus show based on the apocalypse performs for an audience at the same time that the real apocalypse takes place outside the circus tent, and at the end the two merge into one. Ferris described the result as a "concept book", and stated that he intended for the narration to be looser than Tommy, but more rigid than Sgt. Pepper.

IGN ranked the album number 3 on their list of Top 25 Prog Rock Albums. In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition ‘’Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock’’, the album came number 40 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".





21.05.2022. u 12:43 • 5 CommentsPrintPermalink

VAN MORRISON - What’s It Gonna Take? (2022)

Van Morrison is one of music’s true originals - utterly unique and inspirational with a legacy that spans the last seven decades. Born in Belfast in 1945 and inspired by blues, country and gospel, he formed the hugely successful R&B band Them in 1964 before moving on to a different realm as a solo artist. One of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era, Van Morrison has crafted an unparalleled catalogue of releases that moves effortlessly through his myriad influences, including visionary street poetry, jazz, swing, skiffle and Celtic roots and includes some of the best loved songs of the 20th century. He has also managed to maintain a work ethic both on stage and in the studio that would shame younger artists. What’s It Gonna Take? is Van Morrison’s 43rd studio album.

What’s It Gonna Take? features fifteen new Van Morrison compositions that collectively reflect the artist’s indefatigable drive to record and perform live in front of audiences. The album is preceded by Pretending - a gorgeous restless soul track, online everywhere now - and was produced by Van Morrison and was recorded between Real World Studios (Wiltshire), Bath Spa Hotel (Bath), Richard Dunn’s Studio, Culloden Hotel (Co. Down) Holywood Studio (Co. Down) and Musicbox Studios (Cardiff).





21.05.2022. u 07:13 • 7 CommentsPrintPermalink


ANA POPOVIC - The First Four... (2001/09)

Thanks to her father, the Belgrade-raised Popovic was introduced to the blues at an early age, through his wide-ranging record collection and jam sessions hosted at the Popovic home. Born on May 13, 1976, Popovic took up guitar when she was a teenager and formed her first band, Hush, in 1995. Within a year, with the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, she was playing blues festivals in Greece and Hungary and working as an opening act for American blues masters, including Junior Wells. Popovic recorded her debut album with Hush in 1999, when she also moved to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar and world and pop music at the Conservatory of Music. She had the chance to see blues guitarist Bernard Allison at a club in Germany. He asked her to come on-stage and jam at the end of the show. While Allison invited Popovic to join him on a tour, she had to get back to the Jazz Academy in Holland. Allison asked for a copy of Popovic's record with Hush, and he sent it on to executives at Ruf Records in Germany, who were impressed with Popovic's powerful guitar playing and singing. Ruf contacted her to be part of their Jimi Hendrix tribute compilation, and then signed her to a recording deal of her own. Several months after this, she was on her way to Memphis to record Hush! The album was well received by blues radio programmers and the non-blues purist segments of the American, European, and Canadian blues festival circuits. In the spring of 2001, she performed at the Memphis in May Festival alongside Bob Dylan, the Black Crowes, and Ike Turner. Within five years of leaving Yugoslavia, Popovic, now in her late twenties, had the chance to perform at many of the major European blues festivals, including Peer, Bishopstock, and Notodden. Along the way she's sat in with the likes of Allison, Michael Hill, and Kenny Neal.

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Hush! is Ana Popovic's debut solo studio album, released on January 22, 2001 on Ruf Records. While studying at Utrecht Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands, she formed the Ana Popović Band to pay tuition costs. The band became popular in the Dutch and German music scenes, which brought her a record deal with Ruf Records, and brought her to Memphis in 2000 to record Hush!. One track on the album, "Bring Your Fine Self Home", features a duet with Bernard Allison, son of blues great Luther Allison.

Comfort to the Soul is Ana Popovic's second studio album, released on October 7, 2003 on Ruf. The album was recorded in Memphis and produced by Jim Gaines. The album consists of five songs by Popović and six covers, showcasing not just the well-known blues artists (Howlin' Wolf), but lesser known performers (Susan Marshall), and even rock songs that work well in the blues environment (Steely Dan's "Night by Night"). Popović introduced some jazz elements into Comfort to the Soul, and the album won a jazz award in France, 'Jazz a Juan-Revelation 2004'. She surrounded herself with seasoned musicians (such as Reese Wynans who had played with Stevie Ray Vaughan as part of Double Trouble) as a statement that she was a blues player to be reckoned with.

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Still Making History is Ana Popovic's third studio album, released on June 19, 2007 on Eclecto Groove Records, her debut album in the US and on her new label, produced by Grammy winning producer John Porter. The album explores the different ways we connect over the centuries. The album also looks at the various forms of love in its many forms, such as true love, new-found love, forbidden love. Global, cultural and personal history are all touched on. Still Making History made it onto Billboard's Blues Album charts on October 20, 2009, spent 13 weeks in the top 15, and peaked at number 4 on December 8 and 15.

Blind for Love is Ana Popovic's fourth studio album, released in Europe on July 17, 2009, and in the US on July 21, 2009 on Eclecto Groove Records. The album was co-produced by Mark Dearnley, and featured members of her touring band along with members of the Phantom Blues Band. The album has only one song that is not written or co-written by Popović, "Need Your Love" by Dion Murdock, which comes out more as a rocker than a blues song. The album mixes up genres, mainly blues but branches out to rock, jazz, and funk. Two of the songs on the album focus on her family, "Blues for M" is for her man, and "Part of Me" is for her son.




20.05.2022. u 08:09 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


PROCOL HARUM - The Best Of Procol Harum (2012)

British rock group Procol Harum began life as a psychedelic band and evolved into one of the leading acts in art rock and prog rock, all without changing much about their essential approach. Lead singer and pianist Gary Brooker gave the group their trademark sound with his downbeat vocals and lush melodies, while primary lyricist Keith Reid added words that often pondered the unpredictability of fate in songs like "A Whiter Shade of Pale," "A Salty Dog," and "Conquistador." Their music was executed with keen skill and passion, and the band was also one of the first to experiment with large-scale orchestration, as well as performing on-stage with a full symphony ensemble. 1967's Procol Harum featured their first and most enduring hit, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," and 1969's A Salty Dog is widely regarded as their masterpiece, while 1972's Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was a successful orchestral experiment. 2004's The Well's on Fire and 2017's Novum were studio highlights from the years after Brooker reunited the band in the 1990s.





19.05.2022. u 18:07 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink


MANFRED MANN - The Evolution of Manfred Mann (2003)

Manfred Sepse Lubowitz, known professionally as Manfred Mann is a South African–English keyboardist, arranger, singer and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member and eponym of the bands Manfred Mann, Manfred Mann Chapter Three and Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Strongly opposed to the apartheid system in his native South Africa he moved to the United Kingdom in 1961 and began to write for Jazz News under the pseudonym Manfred Manne (after jazz drummer Shelly Manne), which was soon shortened to Manfred Mann. The next year he met drummer and keyboard player Mike Hugg at Clacton Butlins Holiday Camp; together they formed a large blues-jazz band called the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers. This eventually evolved into a five-piece group, and they signed a record deal with EMI in 1963, under the HMV label. They changed their name to Manfred Mann at the suggestion of the label's record producer, and from 1964 to 1969 they had a succession of hit records, including "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (originally by The Exciters), "Sha La La" (originally by The Shirelles), "Pretty Flamingo", and "Mighty Quinn" (written by Bob Dylan). The group split up in 1969, and Mann immediately formed another outfit with Mike Hugg, Manfred Mann Chapter Three, an experimental jazz rock band. They disbanded after two albums, but Mann formed a new outfit in 1971, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, which still records and performs to this day. Their well-known hits included three Springsteen covers, "Spirit in the Night", "For You" and "Blinded by the Light", as well as a number of covers of other artists, including "Runner" (Ian Thomas), "Davy's on the Road Again" (The Band), "You Angel You" (Bob Dylan), "Demolition Man" (The Police), "Lies (Through the '80s)" and "Joybringer" (based upon "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity" from The Planets by Gustav Holst.) Manfred Mann also appeared as a jazz pianist in the 1969 Jesús Franco film Venus in Furs, and performed the score for that film. He has also released solo projects under "Manfred Mann's Plain Music" and "Manfred Mann '06".





18.05.2022. u 07:44 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


RONNIE DIO & THE PROPHETS - Dio At Domino's (1963)

Ronnie Dio & the Prophets was a rock and roll band from upstate New York. The original line up included Ronnie James Dio (vocals/bass), Nick Pantas (guitar), Dick Bottoff (guitar) and Tommy Rogers (drums). The name Ronnie Dio and The Prophets came into use in 1961 but all four members had previously performed as Ronnie And The Red Caps from 1960 to 1961. In fact, Dio, Pantas, and Rogers roots dated back to their high school band, Vegas Kings, that they formed in 1957. Ronnie Dio and The Prophets released several singles and a live LP, "Dio at Dominos", all now highly sought after artifacts for Dio fanatics. Rogers departed in 1965 and was eventually replaced by Gary Driscoll. Bottoff departed the following year and was replaced by Dio's cousin, David Feinstein. In the fall of 1967, keyboardist Doug Thaler joined and the group changed their name to The Electric Elves (later shortened to The Elves and, finally, ELF).





17.05.2022. u 17:58 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink

DIO - The First Four... (1983/87)

Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010). Dio left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member Vinny Appice, the band's drummer. The name Dio was chosen because it made sense from a commercial standpoint, as the name was already well known at that time. The band released ten studio albums and had numerous line-up changes over the years with Dio himself being the only constant member. Guitarists included Vivian Campbell, Craig Goldy, Doug Aldrich, Warren DeMartini, Tracy G, Jake E. Lee and Rowan Robertson. The band dissolved in 2010 when Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer at the age of 67. Dio has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.

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Holy Diver is the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio, released in 1983. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio had just finished his first tenure in Black Sabbath, whose drummer, Vinny Appice, he took with him to put together his own band. The roster was completed by his former bandmate from Rainbow, Jimmy Bain, on bass and by the young guitarist Vivian Campbell, coming from the new wave of British heavy metal band Sweet Savage. The album was acclaimed by the music press and is the band's most successful effort.

The Last In Line is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Dio, released on July 2, 1984. It is the first Dio album to feature former Rough Cutt keyboardist Claude Schnell. It became the band's highest-charting album in both the UK and the U.S., reaching number 4 and number 23, respectively (Sacred Heart would later reach number 4 in the UK as well). It was certified gold (500,000 units sold) by the RIAA on September 12, 1984, and was the first Dio album to be certified platinum, achieving the feat on February 3, 1987. In the UK, it attained Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in January 1986, at the same time as Holy Diver. To date, these are the only two Dio albums to be certified at least platinum.

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Sacred Heart is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Dio. It was released on August 13, 1985 on Warner Bros. Records in North America, and Vertigo elsewhere. The record peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 chart. It includes the singles "Sacred Heart", "Rock 'n' Roll Children" and "Hungry for Heaven". This was the last Dio album to include guitarist Vivian Campbell, who was fired midway through the album's tour. Campbell went on to join several other bands, most notably Def Leppard, Riverdogs, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy. A rift occurred during the recording of this album between Dio and the guitarist, with a fellow band-member stating "...for me, he (Viv) wasn't even there for this record." The album, along with Holy Diver and The Last in Line, was released in a new 2-CD Deluxe Edition on March 19, 2012 through Universal for worldwide distribution outside the U.S. The RIAA certified Sacred Heart Gold (500,000 units sold) on October 15, 1985. It was for a long time the last Dio album to receive this certification, until The Very Beast of Dio was certified gold on November 3, 2009.

Dream Evil is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Dio, released on July 21, 1987. It features former Rough Cutt members Craig Goldy and Claude Schnell, and includes the singles "All the Fools Sailed Away" and "I Could Have Been a Dreamer". Dream Evil was Dio's last album to feature Murray on the cover and also the last to feature drummer Vinny Appice until the 1993 album Strange Highways. It was also the last album to feature bassist Jimmy Bain until the release of 2000's Magica. The album also marks Schnell's final appearance with Dio.




17.05.2022. u 11:01 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink



Out of Focus was one of the many creative groups that arose from Germany in the early '70s. Its inventive take on fusion laid the groundwork for their three LPs released a year apart from each other. The first record was excellent and each successive album got even better. Out of Focus began in Munich, Germany, in late 1968 with Drechsler, Hering, Neumuller, Spori, and Wisheu. Very much a product of those times, the group combined jazz, folk, blues, psychedelic, and progressive rock, as well as political and social awareness as often exemplified by Neumuller's lyrics. They quickly developed their style and from 1969 onward, they toured constantly, gigging all over Germany and opening for Amon Düül II, Nektar, Ginger Baker, Kraan, Kraftwerk, and Embryo, among others. By mid-1970, the Kuckuck label signed them. After several months in their practice room to work on their chops, they recorded material between October and December and by the end of the year, their debut, Wake Up, was released. In June 1971, the group recorded a second album for Kuckuck that came out later that year. This eponymous second album contained less rock riffing as the band branched further into jazz, improvisation, and experimentation. Out of Focus went back into the studio in the summer of 1972 to record Four Letter Monday Afternoon, an even more experimental double album with much longer tracks, including the 50-minute "Huchen-55," which took up the entire second record. The group on this record was expanded to an 11-piece with the temporary addition of Dechant, Schmid-Neuhaus, Polivka, Breuer, Thatcher, and Langhans. Kuckuck pressured the group for a hit single. Both the unruly behavior of the group and the dislike the owner of Kuckuck had toward Four Letter caused Out of Focus to be dropped by the label soon after that record came out.

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At the beginning of 1973, the group and their wives moved 30 miles out of Munich to the countryside. By now, Hering had left the group and Schmid-Neuhaus and new member Gohringer had joined. Without a new label, they began pre-production work on a fourth album between March and May 1974, but these recordings were not released until much later, on the album Not Too Late. By 1975, the group started to fall apart as the various musicians drifted away. By the time they performed at the 1978 Unsont & Draussen festival, Drechsler was the only remaining original member and their music was far more straight-ahead jazz. A year later, Drechsler joined Embryo and Out of Focus disbanded.




16.05.2022. u 07:30 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS - The First Four... (1966/68)

The Mamas & the Papas were an American folk rock vocal group formed in Los Angeles, California, which recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968. The group was a defining force in the music scene of the counterculture of the 1960s. The group was composed of Americans John Phillips, Cass Elliot, and Michelle Phillips and Canadian Denny Doherty. Their sound was based on vocal harmonies arranged by John Phillips, the songwriter, musician, and leader of the group, who adapted folk to the new beat style of the early 1960s. The Mamas & the Papas released five studio albums and 17 singles over four years, six of which made the Billboard top 10, and have sold close to 40 million records worldwide. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for its contributions to the music industry. The band reunited briefly to record the album People Like Us in 1971 but had ceased touring and performing by that time. Some of their most popular singles include "California Dreamin'", "Monday, Monday", and "Dedicated to the One I Love".

If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears is the debut album by the Mamas and the Papas (written as The Mama's and the Papa's), released in 1966. The stereo mix of the album is included in its entirety on All the Leaves are Brown (2001), a two-CD retrospective compilation of the band's first four albums and various singles, as well as on The Mamas & the Papas Complete Anthology (2004), a four-CD box-set collection released in the UK. The mono mix of the album was remastered and reissued on vinyl by Sundazed Records in 2010, and on CD the following year. It is the band's only album to reach number one on the Billboard 200. In 2003, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears was ranked number 127 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, with its rank rising to number 112 in the 2012 revision.

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The Mamas & the Papas is the self-titled second studio album by the Mamas and the Papas, released in September 1966. The album peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard 200 album chart and number 24 in the UK. The lead off single, "I Saw Her Again", reached number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 11 in the UK Singles Chart. "Words of Love" was released as the second single in the US peaking at number 5. In the UK, it was released as a double A-side with "Dancing in the Street" (a cover of the 1964 hit by Martha and the Vandellas) and charted at number 47 in the UK.

The Mamas & The Papas Deliver is the third album by the Mamas and the Papas, released in 1967. The album's title was an in-joke among the group, as recording commenced shortly after Cass Elliot announced that she was pregnant with her daughter, Owen. Given the social stigma of unwed mothers at the time, both the pregnancy and the birth had been kept a closely guarded secret from the public and press, and the LP's name was meant to imply that Elliot and the others had "delivered" a newborn creation. The album debuted on Billboard's Top LPs chart on March 18, 1967 and reached its peak position of #2 just three weeks later. It spent a total of 55 weeks on the Top LPs chart.

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The Papas & The Mamas is the fourth studio album by the American folk rock vocal group the Mamas and the Papas, released in 1968. The album was recorded at the home of John and Michelle Phillips, although with the same production team as on previous albums. Their original studio, Western Recorders, switched to solid state technology, and Phillips and Adler purchased the tube-based board they had done their previous recordings with, and installed it in their new studio. In retrospect, Adler has said that the recording space was not well made, and the sound quality was not well-suited for a vocal group. With the exception of the very successful cover version of "Dream a Little Dream of Me", the album's subject matter is often downbeat and world-weary, most notably in the lyrical content of "Safe in My Garden", "Mansions", "Too Late" and "Rooms".




15.05.2022. u 08:08 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


ROY ORBISON - The Big O: The Original Singles Collection (1998)

Roy Orbison (1936 - 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. His music was described by critics as operatic, earning him the nicknames "The Caruso of Rock" and "The Big O." Many of Orbison's songs conveyed vulnerability at a time when most male rock-and-roll performers chose to project masculinity. He performed while standing motionless and wearing black clothes to match his dyed black hair and dark sunglasses, which he wore to counter his shyness and stage fright.

This double-disc collection on Monument collects all of the Roy Orbison singles recorded for the label after he left Sun, and before he left for MGM. In other words, this is CLASSIC Roy. There are 52 cuts from his biggest years, including a couple of German-language versions of "Mama" and "San Fernando." For the uninitiated, this set does leave off cuts such as "Rock House" and "Ooby Dooby," but those can be found easily elsewhere – on a comp called The Sun Years, for example. This set boils down the big Monument box set to a pair of discs that contain pure gold, revealing the diversity and depth of Orbison's genius as a writer and a singer. From "In Dreams" and "Blue Bayou" to "Shahdaroba" and "Oh, Pretty Woman," all of the bases are covered.





14.05.2022. u 16:36 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


STEVE CROPPER - With A Little Help From My Friends (1969) & Dedicated [A Salute To The 5 Royales] (2011)

Steve Cropper, sometimes known as "The Colonel", is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, which backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. He also acted as the producer of many of these records. He was later a member of the Blues Brothers band. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, while he has won two Grammy Awards from his seven nominations.

After years of being a team player, Steve Cropper got to make a solo album for the label he helped put on the map, Stax Records (actually their Volt subsidiary). As you might figure, it turned out as an instrumental soul album, and a darn good one, too. It's a bona fide Telecaster-soaked dance workout, with Cropper turning in signature versions of "Land of a Thousand Dances," "99 1/2," (which features a particularly nasty period fuzz guitar), "Funky Broadway," "Boo-Ga-Loo Down Broadway," "In the Midnight Hour," and original instrumentals like "Crop Dustin'" and the closer "Rattlesnake." A solid and soulful little side project that holds up quite well years later.

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Steve Cropper has said in numerous interviews that his main influence as a guitarist was Lowman Pauling, chief songwriter, arranger, and axeman of North Carolina's 5 Royales, a '50s-era group that wedded doo wop, jump blues, gospel, and jazz in an R&B style that scored them numerous hits throughout the 1950s. The 5 Royales also featured lead vocalist Johnny Tanner (and occasionally younger brother Eugene) supported by backing singers Otto Jeffries, Jimmy Moore, and Obadiah Carter. Cropper was approached by producer Jon Tiven (who he'd previously worked with on the first of his two collaborations with Felix Cavaliere) about collaborating on a tribute album to the 5 Royales, and jumped at the chance. Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales, which represents the latest chapter in a late-career resurgence for Cropper, one of the most influential soul guitarists in history, combines the talents of a red hot studio band Cropper, bassist David Hood, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, percussionist Steve Ferrone, drummer Steve Jordan, and Neal Sugarman and Tiven on horns. In addition, Cropper and Tiven enlisted a stellar group of vocalists to perform 5 Royales standards: Lucinda Williams, Sharon Jones, Bettye LaVette, Delbert McClinton, Willie Jones, B.B. King, Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Miller, Dan Penn, Brian May, Steve Winwood, John Popper, and Dylan LeBlanc, fronting a great cast of backing singers. Despite the historic material and arrangements, Dedicated is a decidedly contemporary recording in production, saving it from the dubious fate of numerous other tribute albums that seek to re-create the actual vibe of original recordings. It begins with an excellent rendition of "Thirty Second Lover" featuring Winwood, but, fine as it is, it's a teaser for what's to come. LaVette and Willie Jones tear up "Don't Be Ashamed." On "Dedicated to the One I Love," Williams literally sends shivers up and down the spine as she uses her gauzy, slow, emotive voice to wrench every ounce of emotion from the verses with Penn adding another dimension to them on the bridge. Speaking of Penn, an excellent but reluctant lead singer, his reading of "Someone Made You for Me" is one of the most unexpectedly endearing performances on the set. McClinton's "Right Around the Corner" puts these rhythm & blues in the heart of honky tonk country. The back-to-back readings of "Messin' Up" by Jones and "Say It" by LaVette come close to stealing the show but Williams still holds on with the title track and her searingly naked "When I Get Like This" as the closer. Cropper also takes a couple of economical but stinging instrumental breaks on "Help Me Somebody" and "Think" that reveal the depth of Pauling's genius as well as his own. Given what a mixed bag tribute albums usually are, Dedicated is not only a surprise for its consistency, but a shining example of what they can and should be.






13.05.2022. u 13:52 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink

NAZARETH - Surviving The Law (2022)

It is difficult to sum up in few words the history and influence in the history of rock music that an act like Nazareth has had. Having celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2018 with the release of their 24th studio album, “Tattooed On My Brain”, the long-running UK hard rockers will enter their 54th year of existence in 2022 with the release of their 25th studio album, "Surviving The Law". The line-up for "Surviving The Law" is the same as the previous release, consisting of Jimmy Murrison (longest serving guitarist in the band’s history), Lee Agnew (drummer since Darrel Sweet’s death in 1999), Pete Agnew (founding member, on bass) and vocalist Carl Sentance.

"Surviving The Law '' continues the new chapter that started for the band in 2018 with the arrival of vocalist Carl Sentance (ex-Persian Risk, Don Airey). In 2014, original singer Dan McCafferty had to leave the band for health reasons and with his blessing, Sentance began fronting Nazareth. "Tattooed On My Brain" saw Nazareth a rejuvenated band with a hard rocking album that had all the ingredients that make this band so great in the first place. As with "Tattooed On My Brain", "Surviving The Law" was produced by Yann Rouiller at Sub Station in Scotland. The album features songwriting by all band members and continues the trend established with the previous album, showing that 25 albums into their career, the fire of rock 'n roll still burns as bright as ever at the core of Nazareth.





13.05.2022. u 13:48 • 3 CommentsPrintPermalink


CRAZY HORSE - Scratchy: Complete Reprise Recordings (2005)

Neil Young may not ever allow his Reprise outtakes to be released, but that doesn't mean there's not a lot of equally cool stuff from an orbit near his that can't be enjoyed -- and Rhino Handmade has hit a mother lode with this double-CD set, which offers a lot more than even dedicated Crazy Horse fans may expect. Thanks to their convoluted membership history and a series of label changes, Crazy Horse had one of the stranger release histories of almost any '70s band their stuff and, to some extent, their sound are all over the map. Scratchy: The Complete Reprise Recordings makes a strong case, however, for the primacy of the first lineup and their work on Reprise, assembling all of their released work for the label plus the equivalent of an album's worth of outtakes and radio spots, and two tracks by Danny & the Memories, the group that preceded the formation of Crazy Horse by five years or so. The group's self-titled debut album has bounced in and out of print for the last 34 years, but here it's been remastered with the kind of attention that makes it sound like one is hearing it for the first time the close sound of the acoustic guitars on "I Don't Want to Talk About It" and the roaring electric instruments on "Gone Dead Train," "Dance, Dance, Dance," and "Downtown" are impressive to these ears, the harder-rocking numbers now displaying the raw power and impact that the group exuded on-stage; the remastering job has undone the inevitable flattening process that went into the vinyl release, so that Billy Talbot's bass, in particular, now gets a killer showcase, and Jack Nitzsche's piano on "Carolay" gets as much play as the massed acoustic guitars that carry the rhythm figure at the center of the song. What's more, the crispness of the sound has brought the singing out in vivid detail if the LP could have sounded this bracing and powerful, this band might well have seen the success it deserved. The second half of the first CD is filled out with the tracks off of their second album, Loose; thanks to the ensuing lineup changes that took place, they're a bit of a letdown after the 11 gems from Crazy Horse, though not bad on their own terms -- the group plays from less melodic strength and raw inventiveness, but make up for it with a lot of enthusiasm and positive vibes in their sound, especially on the acoustic numbers such as the gorgeous "One Thing I Love" or "All Alone Now." The real treat, however, is the second disc, which opens with a string of extraordinary outtakes, including the title track -- the outtakes sound incredible and feature exceptional playing, and "Scratchy" by itself is worth the price of admission, 12 minutes of stunning electric interaction; and it's followed by the gorgeous acoustic piece "Dear Song Singer," plus a long version of "Downtown"; the first Danny & the Memories cut, "Can't Help Loving That Girl," was, in its own time, a throwback to early-'60s doo wop style, while the second, "Don't Go," was much more contemporary circa 1965. The set is attractively designed, with separate pockets for each disc and a beautifully designed booklet with extensive annotation, all in a very practical slipcase-style package. It's a bargain for any fan of this band or any of its members, and worth tracking down.





12.05.2022. u 17:16 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink


SOFT MACHINE - The First Four... (1968/71)

Soft Machine are an English rock band from Canterbury formed in mid-1966 by Robert Wyatt (drums, vocals, 1966–1971), Kevin Ayers (bass, guitar, vocals, 1966–1968), Daevid Allen (guitar, 1966–1967), and Mike Ratledge (organ, 1966–1976). As a central band of the Canterbury scene, the group became one of the first British psychedelic acts and later moved into progressive rock and jazz fusion. Their varying line-ups have included former members such as Hugh Hopper (bass, 1969–1973), Elton Dean (saxophone, 1969–1972), and Andy Summers (guitar, 1968), and currently consists of John Marshall (drums), Roy Babbington (bass), John Etheridge (guitar), and Theo Travis (saxophone, flutes, keyboards). Though they achieved little commercial success, the Soft Machine are considered by critics to have been influential in rock music. Dave Lynch at AllMusic called them "one of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the most influential underground ones". The group were named after the novel The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs.

A wild, freewheeling, and ultimately successful attempt to merge psychedelia with jazz-rock, Soft Machine's debut ranges between lovingly performed oblique pop songs and deranged ensemble playing from drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt, bassist Kevin Ayers and organist Mike Ratledge. With only one real break (at the end of side one), the songs merge into each other not always smoothly, but always with a sense of flair that rescues any potential miscues. Wyatt takes most of the vocals, and proves himself a surprisingly evocative singer despite his lack of range. Like Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Vol. 1 was one of the few over-ambitious records of the psychedelic era that actually delivered on all its incredible promise.

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The first Soft Machine LP usually got the attention, with its movable parts sleeve, as well as the presence of ultra-talented songwriter Kevin Ayers. But musically, Volume Two better conveys the Dada-ist whimsy and powerful avant rock leanings of the band. Hugh Hopper took over for Ayers on bass, and his fuzz tones and experimental leanings supplanted Ayers' pop emphasis. The creative nucleus behind this most progressive of progressive rock albums, however, is Robert Wyatt. He provides the musical arrangements to Hopper's quirky ideas on the stream-of-consciousness collection of tunes ("Rivmic Melodies") on side one. Unlike the first record, which sounded choppy and often somnolent, this one blends together better, and it has a livelier sound. The addition of session horn players enhanced the Softs' non-guitar lineup, and keyboardist Mike Ratledge, whose musical erudition frequently clashed in the early days with the free-spirited Wyatt, Ayers, and Daevid Allen, lightened his touch here. He even contributes one of the album's highlights with "Pig" ("Virgins are boring/They should be grateful for the things they're ignoring"). But it's Wyatt who lifts this odd musical jewel to its artistic heights. He uses his tender voice like a jazz instrument, scatting (in Spanish!) on "Dada Was Here," and sounding entirely heartfelt in "Have You Ever Bean Green," a brief tribute to the Jimi Hendrix Experience, with whom the Softs toured ("Thank you Noel and Mitch, thank you Jim, for our exposure to the crowd"). Fans of the Canterbury scene will also relish "As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still," a loving tribute to ex-bandmate Ayers. This is the one record that effectively assimilates rock, absurdist humor, jazz, and the avant-garde, and it misses classic status only due to some dissonant instrumentation on side two.

Soft Machine plunged deeper into jazz and contemporary electronic music on this pivotal release, which incited The Village Voice to call it a milestone achievement when it was released. It's a double album of stunning music, with each side devoted to one composition -- two by Mike Ratledge, and one each by Hopper and Wyatt, with substantial help from a number of backup musicians, including Canterbury mainstays Elton Dean and Jimmy Hastings. The Ratledge songs come closest to fusion jazz, although this is fusion laced with tape loop effects and hypnotic, repetitive keyboard patterns. Hugh Hopper's "Facelift" recalls "21st Century Schizoid Man" by King Crimson, although it's more complex, with several quite dissimilar sections. The pulsing rhythms, chaotic horn and keyboard sounds, and dark drones on "Facelift" predate some of what Hopper did as a solo artist later (this song was actually culled from two live performances in 1970). On his capricious composition "Moon in June," Robert Wyatt draws on musical ideas from early 1967 demos done with producer Giorgio Gomelsky. Lyrically, it's a satirical alternative to the pretension displayed by a lot of rock writing of the era, and combined with the Softs' exotic instrumentation, it makes for quite a listen (the compilation Triple Echo includes a BBC broadcast recording of "Moon in June" with different albeit equally fanciful lyrics, and the Robert Wyatt archival collection '68, released by Cuneiform in 2013, features a remastered version of Wyatt's original demo of the song, recorded in the U.S. following the Softs' tour opening for the Jimi Hendrix Experience). Not exactly rock, Third nonetheless pushed the boundaries of rock into areas previously unexplored, and it managed to do so without sounding self-indulgent. A better introduction to the group is either of the first two records, but once introduced, this is the place to go.

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Soft Machine's collective skill is hyper-complex and refined, as they are extremely literate in all fields of musical study. Fourth is the band's free purging of all of that knowledge, woven into noisy, smoky structures of sound. Their arcane rhythms have a stop-and-go mentality of their own that sounds incredibly fresh even though it is sonically steeped in soft and warm tones. Obviously there is a lot of skillful playing going on, as the mix of free jazz, straight-ahead jazz, and Gong-like psychedelia coalesces into a skronky plateau. Robert Wyatt's drumming is impeccable so perfect that it at times becomes an unnoticeable map upon which the bandmembers take their instinctive direction. Mike Ratledge's keys are warm throughout, maintaining an earthy quality that keeps its eye on the space between the ground and the heavens that Soft Machine attempt to inhabit. Elton Dean's saxophone work screams out the most inventive cadence, and since it's hardly rhythmic, it takes front and center, spitting out a crazy language. Certainly the band is the preface to a good portion of Chicago's post-rock output, as the Softs undoubtedly give a nod to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew experiments, which were going on in the U.S. at the same time.




11.05.2022. u 11:37 • 3 CommentsPrintPermalink


TRAFFIC - 5 Classic Albums (2017)

Though it ultimately must be considered an interim vehicle for singer/songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist Steve Winwood, Traffic was a successful group that followed its own individual course through the rock music scene of the late '60s and early '70s. Beginning in the psychedelic year of 1967 and influenced by the Beatles, the band turned out eclectic pop singles in its native Great Britain, though by the end of its first year of existence it had developed a pop/rock hybrid tied to its unusual instrumentation: At a time when electric guitars ruled rock, Traffic emphasized Winwood's organ and the reed instruments played by Chris Wood, especially flute. After Dave Mason, who had provided the band with an alternate folk-pop sound, departed for good, Traffic leaned toward extended songs that gave its players room to improvise in a jazz-like manner, even as the rhythms maintained a rock structure. The result was international success that ended only when Winwood finally decided he was ready to strike out on his own.

UK five CD set containing a quintet of albums from the classic rock band packaged together in a slim line slipcase. Includes the albums Mr. Fantasy, Traffic, John Barleycorn Must Die, The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys, and Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory.





10.05.2022. u 13:48 • 3 CommentsPrintPermalink


THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL - Revelation: Revolution '69 (1969) [Japan, 2008]

Revelation: Revolution '69 is the final studio album by the group. It features Joe Butler as lead singer on most tracks, following the departure of former lead vocalist and songwriter John Sebastian. Almost all the songwriting for the album is divided fairly equally amongst three songwriting teams: Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon (notable for their earlier compositions for The Turtles); Ralph Dino and John Sembello; and producer Bob Finiz and Joe Butler. Butler also wrote one song on his own. The album also included "Never Going Back", which was written by John Stewart and had been released in 1968 as a single. The album was originally scheduled to be released with the title Till I Run With You. First pressings of the album bear labels with this title, and the front cover (a naked woman running after a naked Joe Butler, with their genitals covered by a running lion, and the woman's breasts obscured by either a body suit or photo retouching) bears witness to the intended original title. The title track "Till I Run With You" was released as a single in advance of the album, but was a total flop, failing to even make the "Bubbling Under" charts; this may be the reason the album title was ultimately changed. In the end, three of this album's songs were released as A-sides of singles: "Never Going Back" (retitled "Never Goin' Back" on some issues), "(Till I) Run With You" (retitled "'Til I Run with You" on some issues), and "Me About You". "Never Going Back" peaked at #73 in the US, while "Me About You" topped out at #91. Revelation: Revolution '69 was reissued on CD in 2008, in Japan only, with three bonus tracks—two edited versions of the title track, and the remixed single edit of "Me About You". It was also reissued in 2011 in the UK as part of the box set The Lovin' Spoonful: Original Album Classics. Both reissues include three bonus tracks.





09.05.2022. u 15:44 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink

COVEN - Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls (1969)

Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls (also known as simply Witchcraft) is the debut studio album by the American rock band Coven. Released in 1969, it was unusual in that it dealt with overtly occult and satanic themes and was removed from the market soon after its release due to controversy, particularly as it coincided with the hysteria surrounding the Manson family and rampant media speculation about occult influences on the American counterculture. Coven even had a bassist named Oz Osborne'and the first track on the album was entitled 'Black Sabbath,' for, er, heaven's sake! So there's no question that this 1969 album dealt with the devil first. While subsequent bands exploited demonic imagery and occult themes for commercial success and sensationalism, Coven were true (un)believers. Thus, the last track on the album, 'Satanic Mass,' is a full Black Mass, while the double-gatefold album jacket'which we have faithfully reproduced'not only displays a picture of Coven's lead vocalist, Jinx Dawson, splayed naked across a ritualistic altar surrounded by hooded members of the band and its associates, but also includes the full text of a Black Mass along with lyrics to the unabashedly Satan-worshipping songs. In the end, Witchcraft was a little too far ahead of its time; coming out in 1969, at the height of hysteria about Satanism whipped up by the Manson Family murders, the album generated a firestorm of reaction, which turned into an inferno when Manson himself was photographed holding a copy of the record. The album was recalled, Dunwich withdrew support, and the band bounced around a couple of other labels before going on hiatus in 1976. But Coven remains a crucial, if underrecognized, influence on hard rock and heavy metal. Now, Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls is reincarnated with full artwork intact and a limited fire (orange) and brimstone (pale blue) vinyl pressing. Whether approached as a cultural artifact, a totemic fetish, a camp classic, or just really cool music, it will cast a spell on you.





09.05.2022. u 07:34 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


THE DOORS OF THE 21st CENTURY - Live In Hollywood: New Year's Eve 2004 (2004)

In 2002, Manzarek and Krieger (The Doors) reunited and produced a new version of The Doors, called The Doors of the 21st Century. The lineup was fronted by Ian Astbury of The Cult, with Angelo Barbera from Krieger's band on bass. At their first concert, the group announced that drummer John Densmore would not perform; it was later reported that he was unable to play because he suffered from tinnitus. Densmore was initially replaced by Stewart Copeland of The Police but after Copeland broke his arm falling off a bicycle, the arrangement ended in mutual lawsuits, and he was replaced by Ty Dennis, who was the drummer with Krieger's band. Densmore subsequently claimed that he had in fact not been invited to take part in the reunion. The newly configured group performed on several TV shows including The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. They have also been known as D21C, and Riders on the Storm, but have recently been using the moniker Manzarek-Krieger or Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors for legal reasons. They perform Doors material exclusively.

Recorded live at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2003 - January 1, 2004. Limited Edition of 1000.


DISC 1: 01. Peace Frog 02. Roadhouse Blues 03. Break On Through 04. When The Music's Over 05. Love Me Two Times 06. Whiskey Bar & Back Door Man 07. Five To One 08. The Crystal Ship 09. People Are Strange 10. Spanish Caravan

DISC 2: 01. The Changeling 02. Love Her Madly 03. Been Down So Long 04. Riders On The Storm 05. L'America 06. Cars Hiss By My Window 07. Hyacinth House 08. The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) 09. Not To Touch The Earth 10. L.A. Woman

DISC 3: 01. Wild Child 02. Soul Kitchen 03. Light My Fire




08.05.2022. u 12:44 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink


CHARLEE Featuring WALTER ROSSI - Charlee (1972) thumbup

Walter Rossi (1947 – 2022) was an Italian-Canadian musician who was active from the 1960s to 2000s. As a guitarist, he played for Wilson Pickett and the Buddy Miles Express in the 1960s. With his own bands, Rossi played with Influence and Luke & The Apostles from the 1960s to 1970s. After his tenure with the band Charlee, he worked as a session musician throughout the 1970s with Boule Noire, Michel Pagliaro and Nanette Workman. As a musician, Rossi debuted with his self-titled album in 1976. Following Walter Rossi, he released Six Strings, Nine Lives in 1978 and Diamonds For the Kid in 1980. During this time period, Rossi was a nominee for the Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year category at the Juno Awards of 1978. He later won this category at the Juno Awards of 1980. In between the Juno Awards, Rossi was nominated for Rock Album of the Year with Six Strings, Nine Lives at the 1979 Félix Awards. After two additional Felix Award nominations in the 1980s, he released One Foot In Heaven, One Foot In Hell in 1984. He then worked as a music producer in North America before publishing Secret Sins in 2005. Rossi died from lung cancer on April 29, 2022.


"Charlee" is the very earliest recording of Canadian guitar phenom Walter Rossi. This is one of those classic albums that makes you wonder what might have been, although in reality "Charlee" is Walter Rossi on guitar and vocals, with various bassists including Prakash John, known for his work with Lou Reed among others, and Rossi himself. Mike Driscoll plays drums on 5 of the 8 tracks, but this way obviously a vehicle for Rossi's songwriting and guitar playing. His vocals are pleasant enough, the songs are well written and well executed. Tis a pity Rossi and Charlee got absolutely no recognition in the US and even this reissue comes from Germany. Rossi and Charlee deserved a much better fate.




07.05.2022. u 13:29 • 3 CommentsPrintPermalink


SANDY DENNY - A Boxful Of Treasures (2004)

Sandy Denny (1947 – 1978), born Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny, was an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described by Allmusic's Richie Unterberger as "the pre-eminent British folk rock singer". After briefly working with British folk band the Strawbs, Denny joined Fairport Convention in 1968, remaining with that band until the end of 1969. She formed the short-lived band Fotheringay in 1970, releasing one album with them (another unreleased album would surface some three decades later), before focusing on a solo career. Between 1971 and 1977, Denny released four solo albums: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Sandy, Like an Old Fashioned Waltz, and Rendezvous. She is also noted as the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin studio album, when she shared a duet with Robert Plant for "The Battle of Evermore" on Led Zeppelin IV (1971). Music publications Sunday Express, Uncut and Mojo have each called Denny Britain's finest female singer-songwriter. Her composition "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" has been recorded by many artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Nina Simone and Cat Power.

As her old comrade Richard Thompson laments in the accompanying booklet, you never hear Sandy Denny on the radio these days, and you don't see critics running around hailing her as "the greatest British female artist of her generation". On the other hand, her erstwhile producer Joe Boyd notes that "her insecurities were debilitating", and that while she recorded many superb tracks she never managed a great album. Anyway, this five-disc set gives you everything you'll ever need to make your mind up, packing in swathes of unknown demos, live tracks and radio sessions alongside a generous sampling of Denny's solo work and her recordings with Fotheringay and Fairport Convention. You may experience a sinking feeling at the prospect of sitting through this much traditional English folkiness (though there's a bit of country-rock too, plus songs by Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Little Feat), but Denny had the ability to make any song come to life, and to pull her listeners down the rabbit hole with her. Twenty-six years after her death, maybe this painstakingly assembled collection (including an excellent essay by Jim Irvin) will light the fuse on a Denny revival.





06.05.2022. u 14:39 • 0 CommentsPrintPermalink


STUD - Stud (1971) & September (1972) + Goodbye (Live At Command) (1973) [2001]

Originally a trio comprising Jim Cregan (guitar/vocals), Charlie McCracken (bass) and John Wilson (drums), Stud formed from the ashes of Taste, a band that included both McCracken and Wilson in its ranks. Wilson had also been a member of Them, while McCracken had previously played in Blossom Toes and Julian Covey And Machine. This central trio was quickly supplemented by the addition of former Family guitarist and vocalist John Weider (b. 21 April 1947, Shepherd’s Bush, London, England) after the release of their debut album, a self-titled effort released in 1971 on Deram Records. This set, which secured significant press acclaim, established jazz rock as the band’s métier. Although in retrospect the songwriting did not equal their obvious instrumental skill, it was enough to earn the band a strong following in Germany. Both their subsequent albums were released in that country alone as part of a contract with BASF Records, a situation owing in no small part to their manager Eddie Kennedy’s ructions with Deram. However, German sales alone were not enough to support the band, and soon after the release of 1973’s Goodbye Live At Command Cregan left to join Family, Weider moving on to Moonrider, and McCracken joining a re-formed version of the Spencer Davis Group. Wilson, the final remaining member, attempted to resurrect the band name by recruiting Andy Sneddon (bass, ex-East Of Eden) and Snowie White (guitar), but this line-up never recorded.

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05.05.2022. u 13:39 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND - Absolutely Right: The Best of Five Man Electrical Band (1995)

Best known for their 1971 anti-establishment hit "Signs," Ottawa, Canada's Five Man Electrical Band featured guitarist/vocalist Les Emmerson, bassist Brian Rading, keyboardist Ted Gerow, and drummers Rick "Bell" Belanger and Mike "Bell" Belanger. Five Man Electrical Band had their roots in an Ottawa group called the Staccatos. Rading and Rick Belanger formed the Staccatos in 1963 with Dean Hagopian and Vern Craig. After a year, Hagopian departed the band and was replaced by Emmerson, who wound up sharing singing duties with Rick Belanger. The Staccatos released an independent single in 1965 and then moved to Capitol Canada, which put out "Small Town Girl" that year. "Small Town Girl," "Move to California," It's a Long Way Home," and "C'Mon Everybody" all hovered in the twenties on the Canadian charts in 1965 and 1966, but their big break happened with the 1967 hit "Half Past Midnight"; their first attempt at stateside success came that year when they recorded A Wild Pair with the Guess Who. The album sold well and "Half Past Midnight" was released as a single in the U.S., but the group was dismissed as sounding too much like the Beach Boys. Adding keyboardist Ted Gerow and leaving behind Vern Craig, the Staccatos released their second album, Five Man Electrical Band, in 1968, and renamed themselves after it the following year, partially at the suggestion of Rading. They continued to record for Capitol Records, traveling to L.A. to record singles such as "It Never Rains on Maple Lane." After switching to MGM and relocating permanently to L.A., the group released several other singles that received very little chart action. One of those singles, "Hello Melinda Goodbye," featured "Signs" as its B-side, which was inspired by the proliferation of billboards on America's freeways; though it garnered some airplay in L.A., it failed to do much when it was reissued on its own. By 1971, the group were close to splitting when their new label, Jimmy Webb and Dallas Smith's Lion Records, reissued "Signs" as a teaser for Five Man Electrical Band's full-length debut, Goodbyes & Butterflies. This time, "Signs" reached number three in the U.S. and number four in Canada, and sold more than two million copies internationally. The follow-up single, "Absolutely Right," also did well, reaching number three in Canada and the Top 20 in the U.S. However, their later albums didn't receive much attention outside of Canada; "Julianna" and "Money Back Guarantee" both reached 17 in 1972, while "I'm a Stranger in Here" made it to two that year.

In 1973, after struggling to get another American hit, the original Five Man Electrical Band finally packed it in; Emmerson recorded using the group's name for another two years. Subsequently, he tried his hand at running a label, Perfect Records, played with the Cooper Brothers, and began a solo career upon his return to Ottawa. The original lineup re-formed in 1986 for a benefit concert and for occasional tours of Eastern Canada. Emmerson bought the rights to the group's material and released the best-of Absolutely Right in 1995. Les Emmerson died in Ottawa on December 10, 2021, from complications of the COVID-19 virus. He was 77 years of age.





04.05.2022. u 17:30 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink


THE PLEASURE SEEKERS - What A Way To Die (2011) & CRADLE - The History (Live at Detroit Eastown 1970s) [2020] (((SUZI QUATRO)))

Suzi Kay Quatro was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 3, 1950. Her father, Art Quatro, played in a local jazz combo, and as a child Quatro occasionally sat in with the group as a percussionist; she also studied piano and drums. Art Quatro played bass and would later present Quatro with one of his instruments: a 1957 Fender Precision Bass, which she would play on-stage. Quatro caught the rock & roll bug early in life when she saw Elvis Presley perform on television and became an instant fan; in 1964, she and her sister saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, and like millions of other teenagers, they were inspired to form a band of their own. Quatro and her siblings Patti and Arlene assembled an all-female garage band, the Pleasure Seekers, who played on the Detroit nightclub circuit and at teen clubs. The group's debut 45, "What a Way to Die," would go on to become a collector's item among garage fans, with Quatro comparing her boyfriend to a bottle of beer, and deciding the beer was better company. The Pleasure Seekers later scored a deal with Mercury Records, and released a song for the label before parting ways with Mercury when they wanted to boost the group's sex appeal in a bid to sell more records.

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In 1969, the Pleasure Seekers evolved into a group called Cradle, who played the rock ballroom circuit in the Midwest. In 1971, noted British record producer Mickie Most was in Detroit with Jeff Beck when he was persuaded to see Cradle by Michael Quatro, Suzi's brother and Cradle's manager, as well as a promoter and musician in his own right. Most wasn't bowled over by Cradle, but he was very impressed with Suzi, and offered her a deal with his RAK Records label as a solo act. Quatro moved to England as she and Most strategized her solo career; her first 45, 1972's "Rolling Stone" b/w "Brain Confusion," which featured Peter Frampton on guitar, was a flop everywhere but Portugal, but her next 45 was another story altogether. Most recruited Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, who had written and produced hits for the Sweet, Mud, and the Arrows, to work on Quatro's next disc, and "Can the Can," a stomping, glam-inspired number with an unstoppable beat, was a number one hit in Britain and Australia....




03.05.2022. u 11:49 • 1 CommentsPrintPermalink


ROBIN TROWER - No More Worlds To Conquer (2022)

The iconic Robin Trower returns with his new studio album, 'No More Worlds To Conquer', on April 29th, 2022 via Provogue Records. For more than six decades, Robin Trower's career has known no bounds. At the age of 76, the British guitarist can reflect on a journey in which he has planted flags across the musical sphere and played every role imaginable. Few would dispute that the title of Trower's latest album is a fair summary of the thumbprint he has left on the musical universe. But as he reminds us, it should not be misinterpreted as his mission being ac-complished. "I definitely feel like I'm still reaching," he considers, "with the guitar, and the songs, and everything else. With every album, the music is the best I can do at that time. I think that's what it's about. This album is an evolution," he adds. "I believe this album is one of the best things I've ever done."





02.05.2022. u 07:09 • 2 CommentsPrintPermalink


RAINBOW - The Polydor Years 1975-1986 (2007)

Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) are a British rock supergroup, formed in London and Los Angeles in 1975 by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio's American rock band Elf, but after their self-titled debut album, Blackmore fired the backing members and continued with Dio. Rainbow recorded two more studio albums with Dio, Rising (1976) and Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1978), before he left the band to join Black Sabbath in 1979.

Rainbow - The Polydor Years 1975-1986 (2007), Japanese Exclusive Limited Edition Box Set comprised of 8 CD albums and 1 2-CD set, comprising the following albums: 'Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow', 'Rising', 'On Stage', 'Long Live Rock 'n Roll', 'Down to Earth', 'Difficult to Cure', 'Straight Between the Eyes', 'Bent Out of Shape', and 'Finyl Vinyl' - a total of 80 tracks! Each disc is presented in a mini LP-style card sleeve with obi strip, with the set housed inside a deluxe make-up style box, which is itself housed inside a sealed hardback slipcase + obi strip - a superb collector's set!.




01.05.2022. u 18:54 • 4 CommentsPrintPermalink

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