Category Archives: Blues

LED ZEPPELIN-THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS.

LED ZEPPELIN-THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS. Between 2014 and 2015, Led Zeppelin’s back-catalogue was remastered and reissued. It was without doubt, one of the most extensive reissue program of recent years.  Led Zeppelin’s extensive and lovingly curated reissue program began in 2014, with albums being released in chronological order. This began with Led Zeppelin which released in …

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TERRY REID-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER.

TERRY REID-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER. For many people, Terry Reid is music’s nearly man. He could’ve been the lead vocalist of two of the biggest rock bands in musical history. Sadly, that wasn’t to be, instead,Terry Reid decided to concentrate on his solo career.   He released six studio albums between 1968s Bang, …

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TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY, THE STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN STORY.

TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY, THE STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN STORY. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career is a story of triumph and tragedy. He spent eleven years struggling to make a breakthrough. During that period, Stevie Ray Vaughan spent six years as a sideman. This was akin to a musical  apprenticeship for Stevie Ray Vaughan. Having  served his apprenticeship, …

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RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-NIGHTS OF SIN, DIRTY DEALS AND LOVE SICK SOULS.

RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-NIGHTS OF SIN, DIRTY DEALS AND LOVE SICK SOULS. The state of Louisiana means different things to different people. For some, it’s the state’s rich literary heritage. One of its most famous writers was Tennessee Williams, the author of A Street Car Named Desire. Then there’s Anna Rice the nineteenth …

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JOHN ILLSLEY-LONG SHADOWS.

JOHN ILLSLEY-LONG SHADOWS. Nowadays, life is very different for John Illsley. The former Dire Straits bassist lives in the New Forest, where he lives with his wife, their young family and two dogs. John it seems, has taken to country living. So much so, that when his local pub came up for sale, he decided …

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CANNED HEAT-ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS.

CANNED HEAT-ONE MORE RIVER TO CROSS. On March 8th 1973, Canned Heat released their ninth album The New Age. It proved to be their Liberty Records’ swan-song. After six years and nine studio albums, Canned Heat left Liberty Records. The band had managed to negotiate their release from their Liberty Records contract. This left Canned …

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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS-THE WARNER BROS. YEARS.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS-THE WARNER BROS. YEARS. Between 1972 and 1980, The Doobie Brothers could do no wrong. They released eight albums, which sold in excess of ten million copies. It has been a roller coaster ride for The Doobie Brothers, whose recording career got off to an inauspicious start in 1971. By then The Doobie …

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MARIA MULDAUR-SWEET HARMONY, SOUTHERN WINDS AND OPEN YOUR EYES.

MARIA MULDAUR-SWEET HARMONY, SOUTHERN WINDS AND OPEN YOUR EYES. Although some artists record twenty or thirty albums, they’re often remembered for just one song. Usually, that song is the biggest hit of their career. That was the case with Maria Muldaur.  She released her eponymous debut solo album Maria Muldaur in 1973. The song that …

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THE WILD OATS-THE WILD OATS.

THE WILD OATS-THE WILD OATS. Way before The Beatles burst onto the scene with Love Me Do in 1962, bands were being formed up and down Britain. Bands literally sprung up from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. This included in Leiston, a small, rural town in sleepy Suffolk. It was an unlikely place for …

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LONNIE MACK-THE WHAM OF THAT MEMPHIS MAN!

LONNIE MACK-THE WHAM OF THAT MEMPHIS MAN! By 1963, twenty-two year old Lonnie Mack was already an experienced musician. He had been making a living as a musician since he was thirteen. That was when Lonnie Mack quit school, after getting involved in an argument with a teacher. For most thirteen year olds, this would’ve …

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FIREFALL-FIREFALL, LUNA SEA AND ELAN.

FIREFALL-FIREFALL, LUNA SEA AND ELAN. In 1973, Gram Parsons and The Fallen Angeles headed out on tour. Little did anyone realise that this tour would be Gram Parsons’ swan-song. By then, he had an insatiable appetite for drink and drugs. Sadly, this would result in Gram Parsons’ death on September 19th 1973.  The cause of …

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COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN-COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN/TALES FROM THE OZONE/WE’VE GOT A LIVE ONE HERE.

COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN-COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN/TALES FROM THE OZONE/WE’VE GOT A LIVE ONE HERE. By 1975, it was all change for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. After releasing four albums for Paramount, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen moved to Warner Bros. They were hoping …

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BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-I’M NOT JIVIN’.

BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-I’M NOT JIVIN’. It’s no exaggeration to describe Louisiana as a musical hotbed. For over a century, it has given the world blues, cajun, creole, Dixieland, swamp pop and zydeco. That’s not all. Many blues, country, jazz and rock artists were born and bred in Louisiana. Despite its enviable musical pedigree, for …

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MICHAEL CHAMPMAN-SAVAGE AMUSEMENT-VINYL EDITION-RECORD STORE DAY 2016.

MICHAEL CHAMPMAN-SAVAGE AMUSEMENT-VINYL EDITION-RECORD STORE DAY 2016. Nowadays, artists can spent years recording an album.  They announce that they’re about to start work on their next album. That’s the last anyone hears of the artist for years. They’re locked away in their home studio, with only a DAW and a handful of plug-ins for company. …

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FANFARE CIOCARLIA-ONWARDS TO MARS!

FANFARE CIOCARLIA-ONWARDS TO MARS! 2016 finds Fanfare Ciocarlia celebrating their twentieth anniversary. What better way for the world’s premier gypsy brass band to celebrate such an important anniversary, than with their first new album since 2013? Fanfare will release their new album Onwards to Mars! on 22nd April 2016, on Asphalt Tango Records. Onwards to …

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MIKE HARRISON-MIKE HARRISON, SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING AND RAINBOW RIDER.

MIKE HARRISON-MIKE HARRISON, SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING AND RAINBOW RIDER. There aren’t many artists who enjoy the longevity that Mike Harrison has enjoyed. His career has spanned six decades. During that period Mike Harrison has been the lead singer of  The V.I.P.s, Art and the Hamburg Blues Band. However, Mike Harrison is best known as the lead …

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THE KING AND DELUXE ACETATE SERIES: BEEF BALL BABY! THE NEW ORLEANS SESSIONS.

THE KING AND DELUXE ACETATE SERIES: BEEF BALL BABY! THE NEW ORLEANS SESSIONS. While Deluxe Records headquarters were in New York, the label’s founders David and Jules Braun weren’t averse to heading out on the road in search of new artists to add to their rooster.  Previous trips to L.A. and Charlotte, North Carolina during …

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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT-WHITE BEAR.

THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT-WHITE BEAR. Hardly a month goes by without another band being touted as the future of rock ’n’ roll. These bands are hailed as the next Led Zeppelin or Rolling Stones. Often though, these bands have sunk like a musical Titanic. However, in September 2013, the future of rock ’n’ roll strutted into …

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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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