Category Archives: Blues

KIRAN AHLUWALIA-7 BILLION.

Kiran Ahluwalia 7 Billion. Label: Six Degrees Records. Release Date: ‘5th’ May 2018. Nowadays, cultural diversity is a feature of many modern countries, with people from all over the world travelling to Britain, Europe and North America to begin a new life and forge a better future for their family. In many cities and towns, those …

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STEVE YOUNG-TO SATISFY YOU.

Steve Young-To Satisfy You. Label: Ace Records. During his life and a musical career that lasted five decades, singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Young always lived life on his own terms. Sadly, Steve Young like Gram Parsons, who played on his 1969 debut album Rock Salt and Nails, didn’t enjoy the recognition and critical acclaim …

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JETHRO TULL-HEAVY HORSES (NEW SHOES EDITION). 

Jethro Tull-Heavy Horses-(New Shoes Edition). Label: PLG UK Catalog. As April 1978 dawned, Jethro Tull was still one of the most successful British bands of their generation, and were about to release their eleventh album Heavy Horses, which was the second album in a trilogy of folk rock albums. Jethro Tull hoped that Heavy Horses, …

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JIMI HENDRIX-BOTH SIDES OF THE SKY.

Jimi Hendrix-Both Sides Of The Sky. 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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TOM WAITS -CLOSING TIME.

Tom Waits-Closing Time. 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-HOW THE WEST WAS WON. 

Led Zeppelin-How The West Was Won.  Label: Atlantic. By the time Led Zeppelin embarked upon their 1972 North American Tour, it was official, they were the biggest and some said the baddest rock ’n’ roll band in the world. Their first four albums were well on their way to selling forty-nine million albums, and Led …

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BARRENCE WHITFIELD AND THE SAVAGES-DIG EVERYTHING! THE EARLY ROUNDER ALBUMS.

Barrence Whitfield and The Savages-Dig Everything! The Early Rounder Albums. Label: Ace Records. Barry White, who later found fame as the frontman for Barrence Whitfield and The Savages was born on June the ‘13th’ 1955, in Jacksonville, Florida, but his family moved to East Orange, in New Jersey when he was a child. That was …

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Z.Z. HILL-THAT’S IT! THE COMPLETE KENT RECORDINGS 1964-1968.

Z.Z, Hill-That’s It! The Complete Kent Recordings 1964-1968. Label: Kent Soul. Sadly, the Z.Z. Hill story is a familiar one, with Texan born soul and blues man never really enjoying the commercial success his considerable talent deserved. Z.Z. Hill moved to Los Angeles in 1963, and in 1964 had a minor hit with You Were Wrong, …

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BÄTTRE LYSS-TILL DEN STRANG SOM BRAST AN ATT ALDRIG SPANNA EN BAGE.

Bättre Lyss-Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge. Label: Sommor. Release Date: ‘16th’ March 2018. When the Swedish band Bättre Lyss released their debut album Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge as a private pressing on the Musiklaget label in 1975, they had no idea that …

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THE SEEDS-A WEB OF SOUND.

The Seeds-A Web Of Sound. Label: Ace Records. When The Seeds were formed in Los Angeles in early 1965 by Sky Saxon, Daryl Hooper, Jan Savage, Jeremy Levine and Rick Andridge nobody had any idea just how influential the nascent garage band would be. Over the next four years, The Seeds released five albums, enjoyed …

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CATFISH-GET DOWN AND LIVE CATFISH.

Catfish-Get Down and Live Catfish. Label: BGO Records. The story of Detroit-based blues rockers Catfish is a case of what might have been. This talented five piece band was formed in the late-sixties, and over the next few years opened for Black Sabbath, Bob Seger, Black Sabbath and Ted Nugent, and played at the prestigious …

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AKSAK MABOUL-UN PEU L’AME DES BANDITS-VINYL REISSUE.

Aksak Maboul-Un Peu de L’âme Des Bandits-Vinyl Reissue. Label: Crammed Discs. Nearly three years after releasing their seminal avant pop album, Onze Danses Pour Combattre la Migraine in the summer of 1977,  Aksak Maboul returned with their much-anticipated 1980 sophomore album Un Peu de L’âme Des Bandits. It was the first album Aksak Maboul released …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 5.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 5. Melissa Manchester-Home To Myself, Bright Eyes, Melissa and Help Is On The Way. Label: BGO Records. Success didn’t come overnight for Melissa Manchester. She released her debut album Home To Myself in 1973, which was well received by critics, but reached just 156 in the US Billboard 200. In …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 7.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 7. Stoneground-Stoneground and Stoneground 3.  Label: BGO Records. When Stoneground released their eponymous debut in early 1970, critics were won over by a fusion of blues, folk, pop, psychedelia, rock and soul. Seamlessly, Stoneground switch between and fuse musical genres and influences. To do this they deployed seven separate vocalists …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2017 PART 5.

The Best Compilations Of 2017 Part 5 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins-The Planet Sessions.  Label: Ace Records. 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. So did his music including the songs on The …

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RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-LIVIN’, LOVIN’ AND LYIN’.

Rhythm ‘N’ Bluesin’ By The Bayou-Livin’, Lovin’ and Lyin’. Label: Ace Records. For the latest instalment in Ace Records’ long-running and critically acclaimed By The Bayou compilation series, compiler Ian Saddler returned to South Louisiana and East Texas where he compiled Rhythm ‘N’ Bluesin’ By The Bayou-Livin’, Lovin’ and Lyin’ which is the sixth volume …

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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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FIREFALL’S GLORY YEARS…AND BEYOND.

Firefall’s Glory Years and,,,Beyond. When Gram Parsons and The Fallen Angeles headed out on tour in 1973, little did anyone realise that this tour would be God’s Own Singer’s  swan-song. By then,  twenty-six year old Gram Parson had embraced the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle and had an insatiable appetite for drink and drugs. Sadly, this would result in  Gram …

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BOBBY BYRD-HELP FOR MY BROTHER: THE PRE-FUNK SINGLES 1963-1868.

Bobby Byrd-Help For My Brother: The Pre-Funk Singles 1963-1968. Label: BGP. During a long and successful career Bobby Byrd was a musician, producer, songwriter and talent scout. He was also one of the founding fathers of funk, and the man who discovered the future hardest working man in show business, James Brown in 1953. This …

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THE RISE AND DEMISE OF THE YOUNGBLOODS.

The Rise and Demise Of The Youngbloods By 1965, bassist and vocalist Jesse Colin Young was twenty-four and had already enjoyed a degree of success as a folk singer. He had already released two albums The Soul Of A City Boy in 1964, and Young Blood in 1965. However, Jesse Colin Young’s solo career was …

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