Category Archives: Blues

LED ZEPPELIN-PHYSICAL GRAFFITI-DELUXE EDITION BOX SET.

LED ZEPPELIN-PHYSICAL GRAFFITI-DELUXE EDITION BOX SET. February 24th 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of what was Led Zeppelin’s most ambitious and eclectic album, Physical Graffiti. This was Led Zeppelin’s sixth album since their 1969 eponymous debut. However, Physical Graffiti was a first for Led Zeppelin. Physical Graffiti the first double album that Led Zeppelin had …

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JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER.

JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER. In November 1977, John Martyn released what’s was undoubtably one the finest albums of his career, One World. It was an atmospheric, experimental and genre-defying album. Everything from folk, jazz, reggae and rock melted together over eight tracks. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, One World was hailed a classic album. This …

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THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE BLUES 1920-1962.

THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE BLUES 1920-1962. The blues influence on modern music can never be underestimated. Without the blues, there would be no jazz, R&B or rock music. Quite simply, the blues provided the foundations for the music of the twentieth century. That’s no exaggeration, and for the last fifty years, many musicians realise that. …

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RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-MAD DOGS, SWEET DADDIES AND PRETTY BABIES.

RHYTHM ’N’ BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU-MAD DOGS, SWEET DADDIES AND PRETTY BABIES. Not many compilation series survive to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Usually, a compilation series runs out of steam after four or five compilations. By then, the compiler has exhausted the supply of new music. However, as with every rule, there is an exception. …

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ERIC CLAPTON-461 OCEAN BOULEVARD.

ERIC CLAPTON-461 OCEAN BOULEVARD. By 1974, Eric Clapton had established a reputation as a survivor. He had managed to overcome heroin and alcohol addiction. His life had spiralled out of control after releasing his debut solo album, Eric Clapton in August 1970. It reached number seventeen in Britain and number thirteen in the US Billboard …

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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN AND DOUBLE TROUBLE-THE COMPLETE EPIC RECORDINGS.

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN AND DOUBLE TROUBLE-THE COMPLETE EPIC RECORDINGS. 2015 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s death. He was, without doubt, one of the most influential electric blues guitarists ever. Sadly, Stevie Ray Vaughan only enjoyed seven years in the spotlight.  Stevie Ray Vaughan came to prominence after his performance at 1982s Montreux …

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THE BEST FIFTEEN BOX SETS OF 2014.

THE BEST FIFTEEN BOX SETS OF 2014. As anyone with a penchant for box sets knows, that box shapes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, the CDs or vinyl comes in a basic box, other times, the box set is luxurious and lovingly compiled. Examples of both feature in my list of the fifteen …

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THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 5.

THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 5. GEORGE RUSSELL PRESENTS THE ESOTERIC CIRCLE. With Norwegian music going through something of a renaissance, it’s fitting that George Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle has reissued by BGP Records, a subsidiary of Ace Records. George Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle was one of the most important albums in …

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THE FIFTY BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2014-PART 1.

THE FIFTY BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2014-PART 1. As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to compile my fifty best compilations of 2014. So, here goes. A BLUES TRIBUTE TO CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL. A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival was the third instalment in Cleopatra Records’ Tribute To series.  Twelve tracks from Creedence Clearwater …

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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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