Category Archives: Blues

THE RISE AND DEMISE OF FREE.

The Rise and Demise Of Free It’s not often that someone get the opportunity to witness history being made. Those that happened to be in the Nag’s Head pub, in Battersea, London on 19 April 1968 saw history being made. They watched as four young men took to the stage for the first time. What …

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JIMI HENDRIX-BOTH SIDES OF THE SKY-VINYL.

Jimi Hendrix-Both Sides Of The Sky-Vinyl. Label: Sony Music. From the moment that Jimi Hendrix saw T-Bone Walker playing his guitar with his teeth he took it as a challenge, and was determined that one day, he would be able to replicate what he had just witnessed the veteran bluesman do.  In years to come, …

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PHIL ALVIN-UN “SUNG” STORIES. 

Phil Alvin-Un “Sung” Stories. Label: Big Beat. After the demise of The Blasters in 1985, founder member, lead singer and guitarist Phil Alvin wondered what the future held for him? He knew he could join another group, or even form another band. However, eventually Phil Alvin decided to embark upon a solo career and record …

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MADELEINE PEYTROUX ANTHEM-VINYL.

Madeleine Petytroux-Anthem-Vinyl. Label: Decca. Twenty-two years after singer-songwriter Madeleine Petytroux released her debut album Dreamland in 1996, she recently returned with her eighth album Anthem. It’s the much-anticipated followup to her 2016 album Secular Hymns which was released to plaudits and praise. Just like Secular Hymns, Anthem finds Madeleine Petytroux breathing life, meaning and emotion …

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MICHAEL NAURA QUARTETT-CALL.

Michael Naura Quartett-Call. Label: MPS Records. Michael Naura was just six years old, when he first travelled to Berlin with his mother, and began a new life in the city that became his home. It was where Michael Naura studied journalism, philosophy and sociology, and played piano in a number of swing bands. However, by …

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LED ZEPPELIN-THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME-VINYL.

  Led Zeppelin-The Song Remains The Same-Vinyl. Label: Atlantic Records. By the ‘22nd’ of October 1976, Led Zeppelin were one of the biggest selling bands in the world. Their first seven studio albums had sold seventy-nine million copies in America alone, and worldwide Led Zeppelin’s albums had sold over 100 million copies. This resulted in …

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JETHRO TULL-THIS WAS (50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION).

Jethro Tull-This Was (50th Anniversary Edition). Label: PLG UK Catalog. By April 1978, Jethro Tull was still one of the most successful British bands of their generation, and were about to release their eleventh album of their career, Heavy Horses. It was the second album in a trilogy of folk rock albums and Jethro Tull hoped that Heavy Horses, …

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PRIMAL SCREAM-GIVE OUT BUT DON’T GIVE UP: THE ORIGINAL MEMPHIS RECORDINGS-VINYL.

Primal Scream-Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings-Vinyl. Label: Sony Music. It’s never easy to followup a classic album, and countless bands have discovered that over the last fifty years.  In 1994, the latest band to realise that were Primal Scream, who three years earlier, at the height of the Acid House era  had …

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ONENESS OF JUJU-AFRICAN RHYTHMS-VINYL.

Oneness of Juju-African Rhythms-Vinyl. Label: Strut. After five politically charged years living on the East and West coast of America, bandleader James “Plunky” Branch returned to his home town of Richmond, Virginia, where he formed Oneness of Juju won released their Afro-jazz classic‘African Rhythms’ on the Black Fire label in 1975.  Now some forty-three years later Strut …

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MADELEINE PEYTROUX ANTHEM.

Madeleine Petytroux-Anthem. Label: Decca. Twenty-two years after singer-songwriter Madeleine Petytroux released her debut album Dreamland in 1996, she recently returned with her eighth album Anthem. It’s the much-anticipated followup to her 2016 album Secular Hymns which was released to plaudits and praise. Just like Secular Hymns, Anthem finds Madeleine Petytroux breathing life, meaning and emotion …

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TOM WAITS -CLOSING TIME-VINYL.

Tom Waits-Closing Time-Vinyl. Label: Anti. It was in the summer of 1971, when Herb Cohen first saw and heard Tom Waits at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, which was one of the city’s top clubs in the city’s music scene and where many an up-and-coming singers and bands had started out before going on to …

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LED ZEPPELIN-THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME.

Led Zeppelin-The Song Remains The Same Label: Atlantic Records. By the ‘22nd’ of October 1976, Led Zeppelin were one of the biggest selling bands in the world. Their first seven studio albums had sold seventy-nine million copies in America alone, and worldwide Led Zeppelin’s albums had sold over 100 million copies. This resulted in an …

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PRIMAL SCREAM-GIVE OUT BUT DON’T GIVE UP: THE ORIGINAL MEMPHIS RECORDINGS.

Primal Scream-Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings. Label: Sony Music. It’s never easy to followup a classic album, and countless bands have discovered that over the last fifty years.  In 1994, the latest band to realise that were Primal Scream, who three years earlier, at the height of the Acid House era  had …

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MOSTER!-STATES OF MIND.

Moster!-States Of Mind.  Label: Hubro Music. In March 2015, Norwegian supergroup Moster! released their third album third album When You Cut Into The Present to widespread critical  acclaim and hailed as a career defining release. Now three years later and Moster! return with their much-anticipated fourth album States Of Mind which has just been released on Hubro …

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JETHRO TULL-FROM THIS WAS TO HEAVY HORSES: THE FIRST ELEVEN.

Jethro Tull-From This Was To Heavy Horses: The First Eleven. By April 1978, Jethro Tull was still one of the most successful British bands of their generation, and were about to release their eleventh album of their career, Heavy Horses. It was the second album in a trilogy of folk rock albums and Jethro Tull hoped that …

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EL POLEN-FUERA DE LA CIUDAD-VINYL.

El Polen-Fuera De La Ciudad (Vinyl). Labe: Buh Records. Sadly, not every influential and innovative band enjoys a long and illustrious career, and instead, their career is short-lived. That was the case with the groundbreaking Peruvian rock band El Polen who released just two albums between 1972 and 1973. This includes their debut album Cholo …

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BERT JANSCH-L.A. TURNAROUND.

Bert Jansch-L.A. Turnaround. Label: Earth UK. On New Year’s Day, 1973, Glasgow-born Bert Jansch announced his intention to leave folk-jazz band Pentangle, and concentrate on his burgeoning solo career. This resulted in the headline: “Pentangle Split” featuring on the first edition of Melody Maker released in 1973. For some of Pentangle’s fans, this came as …

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MUSIC CITY BLUES AND RHYTHM.

Music City Blues and Rhythm. Label: Ace Records. For anyone with even a passing interest in blues music, Ace Records’ new compilation Music City Blues and Rhythm will be of interest to them. It features twenty-eight tracks from the vaults of the Music City label, which was based in Berkeley, California. That was where the …

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DAVID AXELROD-SONGS OF INNOCENCE.

David Axelrod-Songs Of Innocence. Label: Now Again Records.   By the time David Axelrod began work on his debut album Songs Of Innocence in 1968, the thirty-seven year arranger, composer, drummer and producer old had enjoyed a chequered career. He had started off as a boxer, before changing direction and finding work in film and …

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NEW BREED R&B (VINYL)

New Breed R&B (Vinyl). Label: Kent Dance. The phrase New Breed R&B was coined way back in 2001, when Adrian Croasdell was compiling a new compilation for Kent Dance. This was New Breed R&B: Soulful 60’s Blues For Today’s Dancers, which featured a selection of songs from the original Kent and Modern labels. It was …

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