Author Archive: dereksmusicblog

HENRY GROSS-THE SEVENTIES SOLO YEARS.

Henry Gross-The Seventies Solo Years. When Henry Gross took to the stage with Sha Na Na at ‘7.30pm’ on Sunday, August the ‘17th’ 1969, the eighteen year old made history, he became the  the youngest person to perform at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. Despite his relative youth, Henry Gross took  playing in front of 400,000 people in  his stride during Sha Na Na’s thirty-minute …

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MOTORHEAD-MOTORHEAD.

Motörhead-Motörhead. Label: Chiswick Records. By the time Motörhead’s  eponymous debut album was  released by Chiswick Records in August 1977, the two previous years had proved eventful for Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister and his band. So much so, that it was a wonder Motörhead was ever got as far as recording, never mind releasing their eponymous debut album Motörhead. Everything that could’ve gone wrong, had gone wrong. It was …

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KEN BOOTHE-INNA DE YARD.

Ken Boothe-Inna de Yard.  Label: Chapter Two/Wagram. On the ‘26th’ of October 1974, twenty-six year old reggae singer Ken Boothe was celebrating his first number one in Britain, with a cover of the David Gates’ composition Everything I Own, which two years earlier, gave Bread a worldwide hit in January 1972. Now it was Ken …

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THE ZODIAC-COSMIC SOUNDS-LP.

The Zodiac-Cosmic Sounds-LP. Label: Elektra Records. By 1967, many critics and record buyers regarded Elektra Records as a folk rock label, that had released albums by some of the genre’s finest exponents including Judy Collins, Love, Tom Rush and Tim Buckley. Many of these albums would later become important and influential albums, and some are …

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SWEENEY’S MEN-SWEENEY’S MEN AND THE TRACKS OF SWEENEY.

Sweeney’s Men-Sweeney’s Men and The Tracks Of Sweeney. Label: BGO Records. One of the bands that emerged from the mid-sixties Irish roots revival was Sweeney’s Men, who were formed in Dublin in May 1966, by Andy Irvine, “Galway Joe” Dolan and Johnny Moynihan. They would be together for just three years, and released two albums, …

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HILARIO DURAN-CONTUMBAO.

Hilario Durán-Contumbao. Label: Alma Records. Nowadays, sixty-four year old Hilario Durán is regarded as one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the ‘20th’ Century. His career began in 1973, and twenty-five years later, in 1998,  he left Cuba behind and  emigrated to Toronto in Canada, which has been his adopted home for the past two decades. However, when  Hilario Durán …

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DJ ANDY SMITH PRESENTS REACH UP DISCO WONDERLAND.

DJ Andy Smith Presents Reach Up Disco Wonderland. Label: BBE. DJ Andy Smith has spent much of the last three decades DJ-ing in clubs at home and abroad where his eclectic sets can feature anything from boogie and disco to funk and hip hop, right through to Motown, Northern Soul and even on occasions, AC/DC. …

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THE STORY OF TOM SCOTT’S SHORT-LIVED JAZZ SUPERGROUP L.A. EXPRESS.

The Story Of Tom Scott’s Short-Lived Supergroup L.A. Express. Musical history is littered with artistes and groups that never enjoyed the commercial success that their music deserved. That was the case with L.A. Express is an oft-0verlooked fusion supergroup who released a quartet of albums between 1973 and 1976. Sadly, these albums never found the audience they deserved and it was only later, that L.A. Express’ music started to …

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MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW.

Miles Davis-Bitches Brew. Label: Sony Music. Although Miles Davis’ recording career began in 1951, when he released his debut album The New Sounds, he soon had established a reputation as a prolific, and innovative musician. He released further forty-three albums between 1951 and 1969. This included classics like 1957s Round About Midnight and 1959s Kind Of …

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GORAN KAJFES SUBTROPIC ARKESTRA-THE REASON WHY VOLUME 3.

Goran Kajfeš Subtropic Arkestra-The Reason Why Volume 3. Label: Headspin Recordings. Just over four-and-a-half years ago, Swedish trumpeter Goran Kajfeš released the first volume in The Reason Why trilogy, on Headspin Recordings the label he had founded with producer David Osterberg in 2004. The Reason Why Volume 1 was hailed by critics as an ambitious …

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ERIK HONORE-UNREST.

Erik Honoré-Unrest. Label: Hubro Music. As 2014 dawned, Erik Honoré had just turned forty-seven, and was a vastly experienced composer, musician, producer and vocalist with over twenty-five years of experience and 150 credits to his name. Erik Honoré was also a writer, but since graduating from the Norwegian Institute For Stage and Studio in Oslo, …

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ERLAND DAHLEN-CLOCKS.

Erland Dahlen-Clocks. Label: Hubro Music. For the last three decades, forty-six year old drummer and percussionist Erland Dahlen has been regarded as one of Norway’s top drummers. He’s the drummer’s drummer, and the man who the great and good of Norwegian music go to when they’re looking for a drummer. As a result, Erland Dahlen …

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THE JOHNSTONS-BITTER GREEN, COLOURS OF THE DAWN AND IF I SANG MY SONG.

The Johnstons-Bitter Green, Colours Of The Dawn and If I Sang My Song. Label: BGO Records. During the mid-sixties, folk music on both sides of the Atlantic was growing in popularity, in America and Britain. It was a similar case in Ireland, where a number of folk bands were founded, including The Johnstons in Slane, County …

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THE LIBRARY ARCHIVE-FROM THE VAULTS OF CAVENDISH MUSIC.

The Library Archive-From The Vaults Of Cavendish Music. Label: BBE Music. The names Sonoton, De Woife, Amphonic, Conroy and Cavendish Music roll off the tongue of aficionados of library music, which ranges from a small coterie of collectors to sample hungry hip hop producers to DJs and compilers like Mr Thing and Chris Read. The …

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ANDREAS SPECHTI-THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW, AND HOW TO BUILD IT.

Andreas Spechti-Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It. Label: Bureau B. Since the advent of the internet, the world has become a much  smaller place, with music lovers suddenly having access to music from each of the seven continents in the world. With one click of a mouse, it’s possible to hear traditional and …

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CREAM-BEFORE AND AFTER DISRAELI GEARS AS IT TURNS 50

Cream-Before and After Disraeli Gears As It Turns 50. Twenty five years ago, it was mostly classic albums like Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album and Pet Sounds that were reissued by record labels to celebrate a landmark anniversary. In the case of the reissue of The White Album, it was faithfully reproduced right down to the photos that accompanied the original …

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MOTORHEAD-A GLITTERING CAREER: THE CLASSIC 1977 TO 1983.

Motörhead-A Glittering Career: The Classic Years 1977-1983. In My 1975,  Hawkwind’s tour bus arrived in Windsor, Ontario, at the Canadian-American border, but before the band could cross over into America, for the next part of their tour, the band were  subjected to a routine drugs search. For Hawkwind bassist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, this spelt disaster and resulted in his arrest on drug possession charges. …

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IF MUSIC PRESENTS YOU NEED THIS! AN INTRODUCTION TO BLACK SAINT AND SOUL NOTE (1975 TO 1985).

IF Music Presents You Need This! An Introduction To Black Saint and Soul Note (1975 To 1985). Label: BBE. Two years ago, in November 2015, when BBE released IF Music presents You Need This A Journey Into Deep Jazz which was compiled by Jean Claude, the owner of London’s IF Music the aim of this …

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ASTRID KULJANIC TRANSATLANTIC EXPLORATION COMPANY-RIVA.

Astrid Kuljanic Transatlantic Exploration Company-Riva. Label: One Trick Dog Records. It was Astrid Kuljanic’s love of jazz that resulted in her leaving her home on the beautiful island of Cres, which is a natural paradise surrounded by the deep blue Adriatic Sea. However, a new life and the opportunity of a lifetime awaited Astrid Kuljanic in …

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CHI COLTRANE-CHI COLTRANE, LET IT RIDE AND SILK AND STEEL.

Chi Coltrane-Chi Coltrane, Let It Ride and Silk and Steel. Label: BGO Records. The word prodigy is an overused word, but that is the only way to describe Chi Coltrane who could play eight different instruments by the time she was twelve. What makes this all the more remarkable is that Chi Coltrane had absolutely …

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