Category Archives: Blues

THE CLARENCE DANIELS ORCHESTRA FEATURING OBIE JESSIE AND SANDY MILLER-HARD WORKIN’.

The Clarence Daniels Orchestra featuring Obie Jessie and Sandy Miller-Hard Workin’. By the sixties, big bands were no longer as popular as they had once been. That was no surprise as music had changed beyond recognition. Bands like The Beatles, and the British Invasion groups  in 1964 were game-changers for the big band leaders. They were …

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ROY BUCHANAN-LOADING ZONE AND YOU’RE NOT ALONE.

Roy Buchanan-Loading Zone and You’re Not Alone. In 1977, Roy Buchanan was thirty-eight, and about to record his second album for Atlantic Records, Loading Zone. Roy Buchanan had been paired with Stanley Clarke, the classically trained pioneer of fusion. Roy Buchanan and Stanley Clarke looked like an unlikely partnership, but one that ultimately got results. Proof of …

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THE ANIMALS’ SIXTIES’ HEYDAY.

The Animals’ Sixties’ Heyday. A lot can happen to a band in just five years.  The Animals were proof of this. They released their eponymous debut album in September 1964, and over the next few years, became one of the biggest British Invasion bands. However, by 1969, The Animals’ story was over. By then, the seven separate …

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JUNIOR PARKER-LIKE IT IS AND HONEY-DRIPPIN’ BLUES.

Junior Parker-Like It Is and Honey-Drippin’ Blues. After spending twelve productive and successful years at Duke Records, thirty-four year old Memphis bluesman Junior Parker parted company with the label in 1966. By then, Junior Parker had released thirty-five singles and one album for Duke Records. While ten of these singles went on to become hits, …

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ZEPHYR-BACK TO COLORADO AND SUNSET RIDE.

Zephyr-Back To Colorado and Sunset Ride. Like many bands who don’t reach the heights that their music deserves, the story of Zephyr is one of what might have been. They released a trio of albums between 1969 and 1972, which nowadays, have a cult following. This includes Zephyr’s sophomore album Back To Colorado and their …

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ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC! THE SONGS OF CHUCK BERRY.

Rock and Roll Music! The Songs Of Chuck Berry. For the latest instalment in Ace Records’ long running and successful Songwriter series, the spotlight was shawn on the man regarded by many as the Poet Laureate of Rock n Roll, Chuck Berry. He celebrated his ninetieth birthday on October ‘18th’ 2016. This was a major …

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SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS-THE PLANET SESSIONS.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins-The Planet Sessions. Inimitable and unique describe the late Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. He was one of the great musical showmen, whose performances were designed to leaving a lasting impression. They always succeeded in doing so.  As the lights were dimmed,Screamin’ Jay Hawkins would take to the stage wearing flamboyant and sometimes outlandish attire. …

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CREAM-BRITAIN’S FIRST SUPERGROUP.

Cream-Britain’s First Supergroup. It was in July 1966, when Britain’s first supergroup, Cream was born. Eric Clapton who was regarded as the greatest British blues guitarist of his generation, was looking beyond life with John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers. That was the group Eric Clapton had joined after his departure from The Yarbirds. By July 1966, Eric …

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MICK CLARKE-RAMDANGO, CRAZY BLUES AND SHAKE IT UP!

Mick Clarke Ramdango, Crazy Blues and Shake It Up! Mick Clarke can remember the day his life was changed was forevermore. He was nine years old,  and living in London, England. That was when he heard the blues for the first time. That was a life changing experience for Mick Clarke. Since that day, he  …

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THE RISE AND DEMISE OF FREE.

The Rise and Demise Of Free. For most of the regulars in Nag’s Head pub, in Battersea, London on the 19th of April 1968, it was just another night. Most of the regulars arrived for a few drinks after work. Others had arrived to see the latest band that were due to play at the Nags Head. They watched as …

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STONEGROUND-STONEGROUND AND STONEGROUND 3.

Stoneground-Stoneground and Stoneground 3. The Stoneground story began in San Francisco in 1968. That was when Tim Barnes and Luther Billed and Mike Mau founded Stoneground. By late 1970, they had released their eponymous debut album, Stoneground. It’s joined by Stoneground 3 on  BGO Records’ recently reissued two CD set. These two albums document the early …

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CROMWELL-AT THE GALLOP.

CROMWELL-AT THE GALLOP. By 1975, Dublin had an eclectic and vibrant music scene. There literally was something for all musical tastes. This ranged from the traditional showbands that had long been part of the Irish music scene, right through to traditional Irish music and sentiment-laden pop music. However, this was only part of the story.  …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 6.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 6.  Melissa Manchester-Home To Myself, Bright Eyes, Melissa and Help Is On The Way. It was almost inevitable that Melissa Manchester would end up embarking upon a musical career. The Manchester family were a highly creative family, with music playing an important part in everyday life. So it was no …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 7.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 7. Sun Ra-Jazz By Sun Ra Volume 1. During a career that spanned six decades, it’s estimated that Sun Ra released around 125 albums. This includes Jazz By Sun Ra Volume 1 which was released by Poppydisc for Record Store Day 2016. It was one of three Sun Ra albums …

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THE WENGER BROTHERS-LIFE AFTER JODI, THE IODI YEARS.

THE WENGER BROTHERS-LIFE AFTER JODI, THE IODI YEARS. Many years ago, a friend bought a copy of Henri Charriere’s Magnus Opus Papillon in a thrift store. Straight away, was hooked by this story of injustice. For the next week, he sat engrossed. Gradually, he neared the end of this hefty tomb. With thirty pages to go, …

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FREE-REMASTERS 1969-1973.

FREE-REMASTERS 1969-1973. 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 some members of the …

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CREAM-CLASSIC ALBUM SELECTION.

CREAM-CLASSIC ALBUM SELECTION. Nowadays, Cream are regarded as the first British supergroup. Cream were formed in July 1966 and were together for just over two years. During that period, Cream released a quartet of albums, Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, Wheels Of Fire and Goodbye. These albums sold over fifteen million copies worldwide, and influenced everyone from Jimi …

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GANDALF-TO ANOTHER HORIZON AND MAGIC THEATRE.

GANDALF-TO ANOTHER HORIZON AND MAGIC THEATRE.  Nowadays, Gandalf is regarded as one of Austria’s most accomplished, innovative and successful musicians. Gandalf who is a talented multi-instrumentalist, is also one of Austria’s most prolific artists. He has released over thirty albums between 1981 and 2016. That’s despite not releasing his debut album until he was twenty-nine.  …

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GEOFF MULDAUR-IS HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME AND MOTION.

GEOFF MULDAUR-IS HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME AND MOTION.  After leaving Paul Butterfield’s Better Days in 1975, Geoff Muldaur decided to resume his solo career. So he signed to Warner Bros. and began work on what would be the followup to his 1964 debut album Sleepy Man Blues.  Later in 1975, Geoff Muldaur released his much …

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JETHRO TULL-STAND UP AND AQUALUNG BOX SETS.

JETHRO TULL-STAND UP AND AQUALUNG BOX SETS. When Jethro Tull were formed in December 1967, little did they realise that this was the beginning of a adventure that would last five decades.  Jethro went on to release thirty-eight studio albums. This includes their debut album This Was. Just fifteen months after they were first formed, …

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