Category Archives: Blues

CULT CLASSIC: COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA-AFRIQUE.

Cult Classic: Count Basie and His Orchestra-Afrique. By 1970, sixty-six year old Count Basie was one of the most successful jazz musicians. He had achieved just about everything and had won seventeen Grammy Awards with his Orchestra.  Count Basie had come a long way since he dropped out of school to play the piano at a silent movie theatre. Soon, he …

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CULT CLASSIC: GIL SCOTT-HERON-PIECES OF A MAN.

Cult Classic: Gil Scott-Heron- Pieces Of A Man. Just a year after the release of his 1970 debut album Small Talk At 125 and Lenox, Gil Scott-Heron returned with his landmark album Pieces Of A Man which was his second collaboration with musician Brian Jackson. Together they created a fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, …

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CULT CLASSIC: LEON THOMAS-FULL CIRCLE.

Cult Classic-Leon Thomas-Full Circle. For Leon Thomas, Full Circle represented the end of an era. It was the last album Leon Thomas released on Flying Dutchman Productions, and marked the end of his “classic period.” It had started four years earlier in 1969, when Leon Thomas released his debut album Spirits Known and Unknown. Since …

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CULT CLASSIC: THE SEEDS-A WEB OF SOUND.

Cult Classic: The Seeds-A Web Of Sound. 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 four …

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THE STAINED GLASS-THE STORY BEHIND ONE OF SAN FRANCISCO’S SEMINAL LOST GROUPS.

The Stained Glass-The Story Behind One Of San Francisco’s Seminal Lost Groups. Sometimes, and despite their undoubtable talent, a band or artist fails to make the impact that their music deserves and It’s only much later, that critics and record buyers belatedly  realise how innovative they were. That was the case with The Stained Glass, who originally, started life as …

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CLASSIC ALBUM: ROLLING STONES-STICKY FINGERS.

Classic Album:Rolling Stones-Sticky Fingers. By 1970, The Rolling Stones were in the middle of what is now perceived as their “golden age” which  began in 1968, when the Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet in December 1968.  Beggars Banquet was released to widespread critical acclaim. It featured an outpouring of creativity from the Rolling Stones. The Jagger …

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CLASSIC ALBUM: NEW YORK DOLLS-NEW YORK DOLLS.

Classic Album: New York Dolls-New York Dolls. No other group epitomises the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle like the New York Dolls. Drink, drugs and death touched the New York Dolls. Despite this, the Dolls continued to court controversy, with a  disaster always just a heartbeat away. Just like a game of daring do, they egged each …

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45 YEARS AGO IN 1974 ERIC CLAPTON RELEASED 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD.

45 Years Ago In 1974 Eric Clapton Released 461 Ocean Boulevard. By 1974, Eric Clapton had established a reputation as a survivor. He had managed to overcome heroin and alcohol addiction. His life had spiralled out of control after releasing his debut solo album, Eric Clapton in August 1970. It reached number seventeen in Britain …

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JETHRO TULL RELASE STAND UP IN 1969.

Jethro Tull Release Stand Up In 1969. When Jethro Tull were formed in December 1967, little did they realise that this was the beginning of an adventure that would last five decades. During this period, Jethro Tull went on to release thirty-eight studio albums. The Jethro Tull story is a remarkable one  with many twists and turns. and began …

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FIFTY YEARS AGO IN 1969 FREE RELEASE TONS OF SOBS

Fifty Years Ago In 1969 Free Release Tons Of Sobs. 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 …

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FIFTY YEARS AGO TEN YEARS AFTER RELEASED STONEDHENGE.

Fifty Years Ago Ten Years After Released Stonedhenge, When Ten Years After released their eponymous debut album in October 1967, it failed to make an impression on either side of the Atlantic. It was a disappointing start to Ten Years After’s recording career. Especially considering how well things had been going for Ten Years After.  Ever …

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FIFTY YEARS AGO: LED ZEPPELIN RELEASE LED ZEPPELIN II.

Fifty Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Release Led Zeppelin II. On 12th January 1969, the lives of the four members of Led Zeppelin were transformed when their debut album Led Zeppelin reached number ten in the US Billboard 200 and number six in the UK. Led Zeppelin was certified platinum in the US eight times over. In the UK …

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CATFISH HODGE-THE EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND YEARS.

Catfish Hodge-The Eastbound and Westbound Years. Great things were expected of Bob “Catfish” Hodge who was born into a musical family in Detroit, and began playing in clubs when he was still in high school. Before long, he was a regular in Detroit’s clubs despite not being able to read music. Music came naturally to …

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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN AND DOUBLE TROUBLE-IN STEP-VINYL.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble-In Step-Vinyl. Label: Music On Vinyl. Just like countless other musicians, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career is a story of triumph and tragedy. He spent eleven years struggling to make a breakthrough, and during that period, Stevie Ray Vaughan spent six years as a sideman, which was akin to a musical  apprenticeship. Having  served his …

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LOS ANGELES SOUL VOLUME 2-KENT-MODERN’S BLACK MUSIC LEGACY 1963-197

Los Angeles Soul Volume 2-Kent-Modern’s Black Music Legacy 1963-1971. Label: Kent Soul. Release Date: ‘30th’ August 2019. Four-and-a-half years ago,  in February 2015, Kent Soul, an imprint of Ace Records, released Los Angeles Soul-Kent-Modern’s Black Music Legacy to plaudits and praise. Critics and music fans wondered if there would be a followup to this  lovingly …

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ALAN PRICE AND THE ANIMALS’ GOLDEN YEARS: 1964-1969.

Alan Price and The Animals’ Golden Years: 1964-1969. So much can happen to a band in just five years, and 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 of the British Invasion bands. However, by 1969, The Animals’ story was …

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HORN ROCK AND FUNKY GUITAR GROOVES 1968-1974.

Horn Rock and Funky Guitar Grooves 1968-1974. Label: BGP. Nowadays,  music historians regard 1968 as the year that American rock returned to its soulful roots. The man responsible, was one of the true legends of music, Bob Dylan, who joined forces with The Band, and they went in search of a chimerical America, and  what …

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GEOFF MULDAUR-FROM THE JIM KWESKIN AND THE JUG BAND TO THE WARNER BROS YEARS.

Geoff Muldaur-From The Jim Kweskin and The Jug Band To The Warner Bros. Years. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Geoff Muldaur was born in Pelham, New York, on August 12th 1943. Growing up, he developed a love music, which led to Geoff learning to play the guitar. Soon, he developed into a talented blues guitarist. Little did he realise that this …

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GRIFTER KID AND THE MIDNIGHT RAIDERS-THE RECEIPTS OF TIME.

Grifter Kid and The Midnight Raiders-The Receipts Of Time. Label: Grifter Kid and The Midnight Raiders. Nowadays, it seems, many bands and musicians have identity crises. Maybe that always was always the case, and third rate bar bands managed by Marge Simpson soundalikes who look as if they should be playing Duelling Banjos for the …

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CATFISH-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

Catfish-What Might Have Been. 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 Fillmore East. It was …

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