Author Archive: dereksmusicblog

JETHRO TULL-THICK AS A BRICK-STEVEN WILSON MIX.

JETHRO TULL-THICK AS A BRICK-STEVEN WILSON MIX. Jethro Tull came of age musically in 1971. That’s when they released Aqualung, the most successful album of their four album career. Aqualung sold three million copies in America, and was certified triple platinum. This surpassed the success of their three previous albums, including 1969s Stand Up and …

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AMARA TOURE-1973-1980.

AMARA TOURE-1973-1980. Amara Touré’s recording career lasted just seven years. It started in 1973, and finished in 1980. His discography consists of just ten tracks. This includes three singles, and the four tracks on his 1980 album Accompagné Par L’Orchestre Massako. These ten tracks comprise Amara Touré’s discography. While that might not seem like much, …

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MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW-VINYL EDITION.

MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW-VINYL EDITION. Miles Davis’ recording career began in 1951, when he released his debut album The New Sounds. Soon, Miles Davis was establishing a reputation as a prolific, and innovative musician. He released further forty-three albums between 1951 and 1969. This included classics like 1957s Round About Midnight and 1959s Kind Of Blue. …

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JIMI HENDRIX-ARE YOU EXPERIENCED, AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE AND ELECTRIC LADYLAND-VINYL EDITIONS.

JIMI HENDRIX-ARE YOU EXPERIENCED, AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE AND ELECTRIC LADYLAND-VINYL EDITIONS. Jimi Hendrix’s career was tragically short. He only released three albums during his lifetime. These albums were recorded with The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Their debut album was Are You Experienced, which was released on May 12th 1967. It was released to widespread critical and commercial …

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SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE-LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST-OCTOBER 4TH AND 5TH 1968.

SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE-LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST-OCTOBER 4TH AND 5TH 1968. As promoters go, Bill Graham was one of the best. He seemed to have the uncanny knack of spotting bands on their way up. Often he managed to book bands just before they made it big. This meant when a band were …

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PAT THOMAS AND KWASHIBU AREA BAND-PAT THOMAS AND KWASHIBU AREA BAND.

PAT THOMAS AND KWASHIBU AREA BAND-PAT THOMAS AND KWASHIBU AREA BAND. By the time Pat Thomas was in high school, he already knew what he wanted to be. He wanted to sing highlife. This wasn’t surprising, as he came from a musical family. Pat Thomas’ father taught music theory, his mother was a bandleader and …

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RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON.

RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON. Rachel Sermanni can’t remember life without music. It has always been there, and has been a constant in her life. This was certainly the case as long as Rachel can remember. Growing up, music provided the soundtrack for Rachel and her siblings. Music also provided Rachel with one of her …

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TAMPA RED-DYNAMITE! THE UNSUNG KING OF THE BLUES.

TAMPA RED-DYNAMITE! THE UNSUNG KING OF THE BLUES. Underrated and one of the unsung heroes of the blues. That’s a perfect description of Florida born guitarist, Tampa Red. He was, without doubt, one of the most influential blues guitarists ever. Tampa Red influenced everyone from Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Nighthawk, through to Muddy Waters, …

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LED ZEPPELIN-PRESENCE-VINYL EDITION.

LED ZEPPELIN-PRESENCE-VINYL EDITION. By 1975, Led Zeppelin were at the peak of their powers. They were one of the biggest bands in the world. Every time they released an album, it was to critical acclaim and commercial success. Led Zeppelin albums sold by the million.  That had been the case since Led Zeppelin released their …

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DORE L.A. SOUL SIDES 2.

DORE  L.A. SOUL SIDES 2. In the mid-fifties, many small record companies sprung up across America. Especially, in cities like New York and Los Angeles, which are two of America’s musical cities. One of these new labels was Era Records, which was founded in 1955 by two cousins, Lew Bedell and Herb Newman. The two …

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TOMMY RIDGLEY AND BOBBY MITCHELL-IN THE SAME OLD WAY: THE COMPLETE RIC, RON AND SHO-BIZ RECORDINGS.

TOMMY RIDGLEY AND BOBBY MITCHELL-IN THE SAME OLD WAY: THE COMPLETE RIC, RON AND SHO-BIZ RECORDINGS. Although Joe Ruffino’s Ric and Ron labels may not have been the first R&B labels in New Orleans, they would become two of the most  important and influential. That’s no surprised. Joe Ruffino was a music industry veteran. By …

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ANNELI DRECKER-ROCKS AND STRAWS.

ANNELI DRECKER-ROCKS AND STRAWS. After ten years, Anneli Drecker will shortly released her long awaited, and much anticipated third solo album, Rocks and Straws. It will be released on Rune Grammofon on 17th July 2015, marks a welcome return from Anneli Drecker. Her recording career began twenty-eight years ago, with Bel Canto. Anneli Drecke first …

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GROOVE WITH A FEELING-SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS-BOOGIE, SOUL AND FUNK 1975-1985.

GROOVE WITH A FEELING-SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS-BOOGIE, SOUL AND FUNK 1975-1985. Ever since the birth of rock ’n’ roll, music has continued to evolve. As a result, musical genres have come and gone.Those that were resistant to change were left behind. That could’ve happened to many within the Memphis music industry in 1975. By then, soul …

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HAPPY LOVIN’ TIME-SUNSHINE POP FROM THE GARPAX VAULTS.

HAPPY LOVIN’ TIME-SUNSHINE POP FROM THE GARPAX VAULTS. By 1967, Gary S. Paxton had established a reputation as one of the top producers in Los Angeles. Success hadn’t come overnight for Gary S. Paxton. Far from it. He had overcome a lot to get to where he was. Gary Sanford Paxton was born on 18th …

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DAVE HAMILTON’S DETROIT DANCERS.

DAVE HAMILTON’S DETROIT DANCERS. The Funk Brothers place in soul music’s history is assured. They were Motown’s studio band between 1959 and 1972, when Motown moved to Los Angeles. By then, The Funk Brothers were the most successful studio band in the history of soul music. Forty-three years later, and that’s still the case. However, there …

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M.F.S.B.-UNIVERSAL LOVE.

M.F.S.B.-UNIVERSAL LOVE. Unlike Motown, books haven’t been written about Philadelphia International Records. That’s a missed opportunity, as there are many stories waiting to be told. Until now, only parts of the Philadelphia International Records’ story has been told. Many of those who played an important part in the rise and rise of Philadelphia International Records, haven’t had their story told. That’s …

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HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON.

HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON. Brian Wilson is seen by some, as the closest thing music has had to a genius. Proponents of this argument cite the Beach Boys 1966 progressive, psychedelic Magnus Opus, Pet Sounds. By then, Brian Wilson was one of the most successful singer, songwriter, and producers of his generation. Already, …

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FINLAND-RAINY OMEN.

FINLAND-RAINY OMEN. Over the last ten years, the Norwegian music scene has been thriving.  It’s now one of the most vibrant musical scenes in Europe. Playing an important part in the rise and rise of Norwegian music, are the  members of Finland, whose debut album Rainy Omen, will be released on the 17th July 2015, …

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BOPPIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROCK ME MAMA!

BOPPIN’ BY THE BAYOU-ROCK ME MAMA!  Asked to name America’s musical centres of excellence, and most people will come up with Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York and Philadelphia. Each of these cities are responsible for some of the best, and most important music of the past fifty years. To this list I …

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