Category Archives: Blues

THE LIFE AND TIME OF MICK CLARK, BLUESMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE.

The Life and Time Of Mick Clarke, Bluesman Extraordinaire.  Mick Clarke can remember the day that 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. It was a life changing experience for Mick Clarke. Since that day, …

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ZEPHYR-ONE OF THE BEST BANDS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD.

Zephyr-One Of The Best Bands You’ve Never Heard. 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 including Zephyr, Back To Colorado and Sunset Ride. These two …

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Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes-Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes.

Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes-Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes. Label: Community Music Records. When Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes first met at a party in West Virginia, it was rather fitting that music filled the room. As they started to talk, the two men realised just how much had in common. They had a similar …

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STEVE YOUNG-SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS.

Steve Young-Seven Bridges Road: The Complete Recordings. Ace Records. Over the last fifty years,  there have been numerous examples of  truly talented and gifted artists music whose music  has been overlooked during their lifetime, This ranges from Nick Drake and Gram Parsons and to some extent, Tim Buckley. It’s only in death that their music …

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THE YOUNGBLOODS-ROCK FESTIVAL, RIDE THE WIND AND GOOD AND DUSTY.

The Youngbloods-Rock Festival, Ride The Wind and Good and Dusty. BGO Records. As the sixties gave way to the seventies, The Youngbloods had been together since 1965, and had already released three albums since they signed to RCA Victor in 1966. The albums found favour with critics, and were released to widespread critical acclaim. Despite …

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

The Clarence Daniels Orchestra featuring Obie Jessie and Sandy Miller-Hard Workin’. Ace Records. 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. …

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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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