Monthly Archives: August, 2014

ELECTRI CITY-ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK AUS DUSSELDORF.

ELECTRI CITY-ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK AUS DUSSELDORF.  Some cities are synonymous with a musical genre. Mention Memphis, and it’s remembered as the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll and later, Southern Soul. Philadelphia is famous for Philly Soul and disco. Chicago is synonymous with blues and house music. New Orleans gave us Dixieland and R&B, Seattle grunge, Plainfield …

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EDDIE “CLEANHEAD” VINSON-THE ORIGINAL CLEANHEAD.

EDDIE “CLEANHEAD” VINSON-THE ORIGINAL CLEANHEAD. By 1970, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson was fifty-three. He was a musical veteran. His career was about to enter its fifth decade. Eddie had caught a break.  Bob Thiele asked him to sign to his Blues Time imprint. It was a subsidiary of Flying Dutchman Productions. In 1970, Eddie released his what …

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NANA LOVE-DISCO DOCUMENTARY FULL OF FUNK.

NANA LOVE-DISCO DOCUMENTARY FULL OF FUNK. Disco. Never has a musical genre caused so much controversy. It divided opinion back in the seventies. Even today, disco continues to divide opinion. That’s why disco has been described as Marmite music. People seem to either love or loathe disco. There seems to be no in between. Controversy even …

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L.C. COOKE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS.

L.C. COOKE-THE COMPLETE SAR RECORDINGS. Although Sam Cooke made his name as a singer and songwriter, he was also a successful producer. So much so, that Sam formed his own record label SAR Recordings. This made sense. He needed a vehicle for the various artists he was producing. They included some big names. Among them …

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LEWIS-SMOKE, MIRRORS, HYPE AND HYPERBOLE?

LEWIS-SMOKE, MIRRORS, HYPE AND HYPERBOLE? One of the biggest stories in music in 2014, was the mystery surrounding the man they called Lewis. It’s become an internet phenomena. Usually, I don’t bother with sensationalist stories like this. Especially, this story. It just didn’t seem right.  Far from it. There were way too many unanswered questions. …

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LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN III.

LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN III. By 1970, Led Zeppelin had been crowned rock royalty. They were up there with the biggest names in rock music. No wonder. Their first two albums had sold over twenty-three million copies. The new four years would be a game-changer for Led Zeppelin.  Over the next five years, Led Zeppelin would …

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THE MASQUERADERS-EVERYBODY WANNA LIVE ON.

THE MASQUERADERS-EVERYBODY WANNA LIVE ON. Although The Masqueraders’ roots can be traced back to 1958, they never released their debut album until 1975. That was the Isaac Hayes’ produced Everybody Wanna Live On, which was recently rereleased by Ace Records. Everybody Wanna Live On was the result of a long journey for the five Masqueraders. …

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BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROUGH ’N’ TOUGH.

BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROUGH ’N’ TOUGH. Usually, when a compilation reaches its eighth instalment, the quality starts to suffer. Not the Bayou series. Just like a good wine, it appears to mature with age. That’s apparent from listening to the eighth instalment, Bluesin’ By The Bayou-Rough ’N’ Tough, which was recently released by Ace Records. …

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T-BONE WALKER, JOE TURNER, OTIS SPANN-SUPER BLACK BLUES.

T-BONE WALKER, JOE TURNER, OTIS SPANN-SUPER BLACK BLUES. By the late sixties, blues music was no longer as popular. Psychedelia and rock music were the most popular genres. Groups like The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Band, Canned Heat and Fleetwood Mac were some of the biggest selling acts. Along …

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MAN-CALL DOWN THE MOON.

MAN-CALL DOWN THE MOON. When Man split-up in 1976, Deke Leonard was asked whether Man would ever reform. Deke was clear about that. He said that Man “would never, ever, be one of those bands who reformed in a futile attempt to recapture past glories.” For fans of Man, that looked like the end of …

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LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III-HAVEN’T GOT THE BLUES (YET).

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III-HAVEN’T GOT THE BLUES (YET). Did you ever hear the story about the singer songwriter you sold his guitar to pay for yoga lessons, but still won a Grammy Award? That’s what Loudon Wainwright III did when was growing up. Loudon was born on September 5th 1946, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His …

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DISCO RECHARGE-JOHN DAVIS AND THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA-AIN’T THAT ENOUGH FOR YOU AND THE MONSTER STRIKES AGAIN.

DISCO RECHARGE-JOHN DAVIS AND THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA-AIN’T THAT ENOUGH FOR YOU AND THE MONSTER STRIKES AGAIN. By 1978, John Davis had established a reputation in music as a successful songwriter, arranger and producer. Ever since the early seventies, he’d been working in Philly, with groups like First Choice, The Intruders, The Soul Survivors and artists …

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JOHN HIATT-TERMS OF MY SURRENDER.

JOHN HIATT-TERMS OF MY SURRENDER. Recently, some of music’s elder statesmen have made a welcome return. During the last couple of weeks, Eric Clapton, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. That’s not all. Another musical veteran on the comeback trail is John Hiatt.  John’s new album Terms Of My Surrender, …

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ANALOG DREAMS.

ANALOG DREAMS. Every week, an average of a thousand albums are issued. They’re a mixture of new albums, reissues, box sets and compilations. Then there’s albums that are only released as a download. As you can see, competition is for the record buyer’s pound is fierce. That’s an understatement.  Never before, has so much music …

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