Category Archives: Blues

ROBERT PLANT-LULLABY AND…THE CEASELESS ROAR.

ROBERT PLANT-LULLABY AND…THE CEASELESS ROAR. For many musicians who were once part of one of the most successful bands in musical history, the day that band breaks up is one of the worst days in their life. That day, can mark the end of their career. Try as they may, they never reach the same …

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T-BONE WALKER-T-BONE BLUES.

T-BONE WALKER-T-BONE BLUES. When eventually, someone writes the history of blues music, T-Bone Walker’s name will loom large. There’s no doubt about that. T-Bone Walker was, without doubt, one of the most innovative and influential blues guitarists ever. He was a true musical pioneer.  T-Bone Walker was pioneer of firstly, the jump blues, then the …

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CHARLIE GILLETT’S RADIO PICKS-HONKY TONK VOLUME 2.

CHARLIE GILLETT’S RADIO PICKS-HONKY TONK VOLUME 2. Music was Charlie Gillett’s life. He literally lived for music. It was his passion. As a result, Charlie had an encyclopaedic and eclectic knowledge of music. That was apparent to listeners to his radio show Honky Tonk, which first hit Radio London’s airwaves in 1972.  Soon, Charlie was …

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HARD TO EXPLAIN-MORE SHATTERED BLUES-FUNKY BLUES 1968-1984.

HARD TO EXPLAIN-MORE SHATTERED BLUES-FUNKY BLUES 1968-1984. Nearly three years have passed, since BGP Records, a subsidiary of Ace Records, released Funky Blues and Shattered Dreams 1967-1978. It was released to widespread critical acclaim in early 2012. No wonder. Funky Blues and Shattered Dreams 1967-1978 featured blues greats like Lowell Fulson, Albert King, Buddy Guy …

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I’M JUST LIKE YOU:SLY STONE’S FLOWER 1969-1970.

I’M JUST LIKE YOU:SLY STONE’S FLOWER 1969-1970. Having just released their fourth album Stand, Sly and The Family Stone took Woodstock by storm. Their early morning set on 17th August 1969, was one of the highlights of Woodstock. This further cemented their huge popularity. After Woodstock, CBS, their record company were desperate for a new …

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GIL SCOTT HERON-FREE WILL.

GIL SCOTT HERON-FREE WILL. Throughout his career, poet, musician, and author. Gil Scott-Heron highlighted the social and political problems affecting American society. He was, to all intents and purposes,  America’s conscience.  Racism, poverty, corruption, inequality and drug addiction featured in Gil’s lyrics. His lyrics are cerebral, witty, scathing and most importantly, honest as Gil speaks …

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JERRY LEE LEWIS-THE KNOX LEWIS SESSIONS-THE UNRELEASED RECORDINGS.

JERRY LEE LEWIS-THE KNOX LEWIS SESSIONS-THE UNRELEASED RECORDINGS. Gil Scott Heron once sung that “home is where the heart is.” For Jerry Lee Lewis, home was Phillips Recording Studios, Memphis. Situated at 639 Madison Avenue, that was where the man they called “The Killer” recorded the best music of his career. Phillips Recording Studios was …

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BOPPIN’ BY THE BAYOU-MADE IN THE SHADE.

BOPPIN’ BY THE BAYOU-MADE IN THE SHADE. For the last hundred years, Louisiana has been a musical hotbed. It’s given the world cajun, creole, Dixieland, swamp blues, swamp pop and zydeco. That’s not all. Many blues, country and jazz artist were born and bred in Louisiana. Despite being such a musical hotbed, Louisiana was for …

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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT-THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT (2 DISC TOUR EDITION).

THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT-THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT (2 DISC TOUR EDITION). Many bands are touted as the future of rock ‘n’ roll. Mostly it’s either record company hype or wishful thinking. The Temperance Movement are different. They’re the real thing. They epitomize rock ‘n’ roll. Formed in 2011, they’ve come a long way in two years. They’ve …

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RY COODER-SOUNDTRACKS.

RY COODER-SOUNDTRACKS. It was fifty years ago that Ry Cooder’s career began. He was a member of The Rising Sons, a six piece blues band. They signed to Columbia Records in 1964. Two years later, The Rising Sons split-up. Their legacy was an album that was released twenty-eight years later.  Rising Sons. This was Rising …

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LOUISIANA SWAMP BLUES.

LOUISIANA SWAMP BLUES. One of the most eagerly awaited box sets of 2014 is JSP Records Louisiana Swamp Blues. It’s a four disc that features 102 slices of swamp blues and zydeco. Compiled by Neil Slaven, Louisiana Swamp Blues features contributions from the great and good of Louisiana blues and zydeco.  Across Louisiana Swamp Blues’ …

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DUKE ELLINGTON’S MY PEOPLE.

DUKE ELLINGTON’S MY PEOPLE. 1st January 1863 was one of the most important dates in American history. It was the date of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves in the ten rebel states would be free. A hundred years later, and Duke Ellington wrote a stage play that celebrated President Lincoln’s Emancipation …

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CRACKING THE COSIMO CODE-60S NEW ORLEANS R&B AND SOUL.

CRACKING THE COSIMO CODE-60S NEW ORLEANS R&B AND SOUL. Between 1956 and 1968, Cosimo Matassa owned what was the most important recording studio in New Orleans. Situated at 521-525 Governor Nichols Street, Cosimo Matassa’s studios were where some of the most important soul and R&B to come out of New Orleans was recorded. Cosimo Matassa’s …

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LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN IV.

LED ZEPPELIN-LED ZEPPELIN IV. When Led Zeppelin III was released in October 1970 music critics gave the album mediocre reviews. This had been the case throughout their career. Critics didn’t seem willing to Led Zeppelin a fair hearing. For Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, this was hugely frustrating. Things got …

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ELVIS PRESLEY-THAT’S THE WAY IT IS.

ELVIS PRESLEY-THAT’S THE WAY IT IS. By the time Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie was born on 1st February 1968, his career was at a crossroads. Over the last few years, Elvis had been trying to forge a career as a movie star. However, the movies were formulaic and according to critics, were the epitome of …

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NO MORE DOGGIN’ THE RPM STORY VOLUME 1 1950-53.

NO MORE DOGGIN’ THE RPM STORY VOLUME 1 1950-53. Jules Bihari, a Hollywood based musical entrepreneur, founded Modern Music with his brothers Saul, Joe and Lester in 1944. Little did anyone realise, that within a few years the nascent Modern Music would become one of the most successful independent labels. Modern Music made its name …

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A BLUES TRIBUTE TO CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL.

A BLUES TRIBUTE TO CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL. The latest instalment in Cleopatra Records’ Tribute To series is A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival. This is third instalment in the series released during 2014. The first instalment was A Psych Tribute To The Doors, which was released in March 2014.  A Psych Tribute To The …

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HADDA BROOKES-QUEEN OF THE BOOGIE AND MORE.

HADDA BROOKES-QUEEN OF THE BOOGIE AND MORE. When Hadda Brookes released her debut single, Swingin’ the Boogie in 1945, she was billed as Queen Of The Boogie. This wasn’t hype. Far from it. Hadda Brookes was the real deal. That’s why she enjoyed the longevity that she did.  Hadda’s career lasted over fifty years. She …

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BILLY HAWKS-THE NEW GENIUS OF THE BLUES/HEAVY SOUL!

BILLY HAWKS-THE NEW GENIUS OF THE BLUES/HEAVY SOUL! When Bob Weinstock founded Prestige Records in 1949, he’d no idea that his nascent label would become one of the most important, influential and innovative labels in jazz music’s history. So much so, that nowadays, Prestige Records sits proudly beside Atlantic, Blue Note, Columbia, Impulse! and Verve …

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NEW YORK DOLLS-NEW YORK DOLLS.

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, the egged each other to …

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