Category Archives: Blues

BOB DYLAN-THE BEST OF THE CUTTING EDGE 1965-1966: THE BOOTLEG SERIES.

BOB DYLAN-THE BEST OF THE CUTTING EDGE 1965-1966: THE BOOTLEG SERIES. Most artists never come close to releasing a classic album. Those that do, become part of musical history. For some though, releasing a classic album is often a burden.  They spend the rest of their life trying to reach the same heights. Constantly, they …

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BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE-VINYL EDITION.

BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE-VINYL EDITION. 2015 has been the year of the comeback. Some of the biggest names of yesteryear have returned after a lengthy absence.  The year started well with critically acclaimed comeback album  from Bob Dylan. Then recently, Dave Gilmour, released his first solo album since Pink Floyd called it a day. …

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B.B. KING-HERE’S ONE YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT-FROM THE RPM AND KENT VAULTS.

B.B. KING-HERE’S ONE YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT-FROM THE RPM AND KENT VAULTS. There aren’t many musicians who are still playing live aged eighty-nine. However, B.B. King was. He was still touring during 2014. Sadly, on October 3rd 2014, B.B. King had to call time on his performance at the House Of Blues in Chicago. When …

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LEON THOMAS-FULL CIRCLE.

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 then, …

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BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE.

BOZ SCAGGS-A FOOL TO CARE. 2015 has been the year of the comeback. Some of the biggest names of yesteryear have returned after a lengthy absence.  The year started well with critically acclaimed comeback album  from Bob Dylan. Then recently, Dave Gilmour, released his first solo album since Pink Floyd called it a day. However, …

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TEN YEARS AFTER-STONEDHENGE.

TEN YEARS AFTER-STONEDHENGE. In October 1967, Ten Years After released their eponymous debut album. The album 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 since they had changed …

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LINK WRAY-3-TRACK SHACK.

LINK WRAY-3-TRACK SHACK. Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Iggy Pop all have one thing in common. They were all influenced by Link Wray, whose 1958 instrumental hit Rumble, popularised the power chord. As a result, several generations of guitarists, owe a debt of gratitude to Link Wray. He’s regarded as one of greatest guitarists in …

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TEN YEARS AFTER-TEN YEARS AFTER.

TEN YEARS AFTER-TEN YEARS AFTER. Between 1968 and 1974, Ten Years After were one of the most successful British bands. They released their eponymous debut album, Ten Years After in October 1967, which was recently reissued by Universal Music. Ten Years After failed to make an impression on either side of the Atlantic. However, Ten …

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BONNIE DOBSON-DEAR COMPANION.

BONNIE DOBSON-DEAR COMPANION. There aren’t many songwriters whose first attempt to write a song, results in a classic. That’s what happened to Bonnie Dobson. The first song she wrote was Morning Dew. It was covered by Fred Neil in 1964. After that, Morning Dew has been covered by Einstürzende Neubauten and The Grateful Dead, to …

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THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN’- A TRIBUTE TO STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN.

THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN’- A TRIBUTE TO STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN. Twenty-five years ago, music was robbed of one of the most influential electric blues guitarists ever, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27th 1990. The Texan blues man was just thirty-six, and had only enjoyed seven years in the …

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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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REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS: UNHEARD SONGS BY KAREN DALTON.

REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS: UNHEARD SONGS BY KAREN DALTON. Karen Dalton could’ve, and should’ve, been one of the most successful singers of her generation. She certainly had the talent. Her peers agreed. Bob Dylan described Karen Dalton as his favourite singer in his autobiography. He compared Karen’s voice to Billie Holliday, and her guitar playing to Jimmy …

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DAVID KAUFFMAN AND ERIC CABOOR-GREETINGS FROM SUICIDE BRIDGE.

DAVID KAUFFMAN AND ERIC CABOOR-GREETINGS FROM SUICIDE BRIDGE. Often when recording an album, an artist thinks about an album cover only once they’ve finished recording. Not David Kauffman and Eric Caboor. They put the cart before the horse, in the spring of 1983, and came up with an album cover before they had even recorded …

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WYNONIE HARRIS-DON’T YOU WANT TO ROCK?- THE KING AND DELUXE ACETATE SERIES.

WYNONIE  HARRIS-DON’T YOU WANT TO ROCK?- THE KING AND DELUXE ACETATE SERIES. It’s been seven years since Ace Records released Good Rockin’ Brown: the King and Deluxe Acetate Series in 2008. It was the fifth instalment in the King and Deluxe Acetate series. Since then, there’s been no further instalments in the series. That’s…until recently.  …

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JOE HOUSTON-KICKIN’ BACK.

JOE HOUSTON-KICKIN’ BACK. Joe Houston’s career began in 1941. He was just fifteen. His breakthrough came when a saxophonist in a touring band never turned up. This presented the bandleader with a problem. However, he needn’t have worried. From an early age, Joe Houston was determined to make a career out of music. So much …

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SECOND HELPINGS-SEQUELS TO THE SONGS THAT LEFT ‘EM HUNGRY FOR MORE.

SECOND HELPINGS-SEQUELS TO THE SONGS THAT LEFT ‘EM HUNGRY FOR MORE. Nowadays, people take for granted sequels in the film industry. Most movie goers will remember the sequels to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. However, who remembers the sequels to Carrie, …

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MARK KNOPFLER-TRACKER.

MARK KNOPFLER-TRACKER. Three years have passed since Mark Knopfler released his previous  solo album, Privateering. Since then, very little has been heard of Mark Knopfler. However, he recently made a welcome return with his eighth solo album, Tracker, which was released by Mercury. The release of Tracker in 2015 is fitting. It’s thirty years since …

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LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD.

LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD. The automobile is one of the most celebrated of American institutions. That’s been the case for nearly 100 years. Right back to the days of the blues, the automobile and the highways they travel down, have been celebrated by musicians. That’s the case on Lonesome Highway-An …

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WOW, WOW, BABY! VOLUME 3-1950S R&B, BLUES AND GOSPEL FROM DOLPHIN’S OF HOLLYWOOD.

WOW, WOW, BABY! VOLUME 3-1950S R&B, BLUES AND GOSPEL FROM DOLPHIN’S OF HOLLYWOOD. By 1958, Fred Grayton Dolphin was living the American dream. The Toast of The Coast was a successful businessman, who owned a record shop and independent record label. Fred was also a record producer and political activist. He was well respected within …

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NICK CAVE HEARD THEM HERE FIRST.

NICK CAVE HEARD THEM HERE FIRST. For the fourth volume in Ace Records’ Heard Them Here First series, the latest artist in the spotlight is shawn on  Australian troubadour, Nick Cave. On Nick Cave Heard Them Here First, there’s twenty-two tracks that have influenced the career of Nick Cave. His career began over thirty hers …

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