Category Archives: Electric Blues

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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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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DUES PAID-THE BLUESTIME STORY.

DUES PAID-THE BLUESTIME STORY. After eight years running Impulse, one of jazz’s premier labels, Bob Thiele found himself at loggerheads with Larry Newton, the head of ABC Records. It looked as if Bob’s time at ABC was coming to an end. Given what he’d done for ABC, he was going to be sorely missed. Not …

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BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU.

BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU. Bluesin’ By The Bayou, which was released by Ace Records in 27th May 2013, is described as: “low down, dirty and greasy blues from Louisiana.” As if that wasn’t enough reason to discover the delights of Bluesin’ By The Bayou, compiler Ian Saddler had added some zydeco for good measure. I …

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B.B. KING-TO KNOW YOU IS TO LOVE YOU.

B.B. KING-TO KNOW YOU IS TO LOVE YOU. In 1973, B.B. King decided to head to Philadelphia, to work with some of the city’s greatest musicians on his album To Know You Is To Love You. Many of these musicians were members of M.F.S.B, Philadelphia International Records’ legendary house-band. Among the members of M.F.S.B. which …

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SHUGGIE OTIS-HERE COMES SHUGGIE OTIS.

SHUGGIE OTIS-HERE COMES SHUGGIE OTIS. Shuggie Otis’ debut album Here Comes Shuggie Otis, really is a remarkable album. Why I hear you ask? Well, it’s a highly accomplished album from an artist who was just sixteen years old when he recorded Here Comes Shuggie Otis. By then, Shuggie was almost a seasoned musician, having performed professionally …

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MUDDY WATERS-ELECTRIC MUD.

MUDDY WATERS-ELECTRIC MUD. The album I am about to review is one that, upon its release, had the effect of dividing the opinion the artist’s fans and also, opening up the artists music to a new, wider audience. That album is Muddy Water’s 1968 release Electric Mud. Electric Mud had the effect of reviving Water’s …

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