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|Ana Popovic - Can You Stand The Heat
||ArtisteXclusive Records 2013||CD||20.00 €
|Arthur Big Boy Crudup - Sunny Road
|Delmark Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Bettie And The Handsome Trio - Taste Of Blue
hyvä kotimainen R&B levy
|Handsome Sounds 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Big Mama Thornton - The Complete 1950-1961 2CD
||Le Chant Du Monde 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Bobby Darin - Sings Ray Charles
||Hallmark Music 2013||CD||5.90 €
|Cash Box Kings - Black Topping
The Cash Box Kings' second release for Blind Pig Records, 'Black Toppin',' has hit the streets! The recording features the regular members of the 'CBK Collective': Joe Nosek, Oscar Wilson, Kenny 'Beady Eyes' Smith, Joel Paterson, Beau Sample, Mark Haines, Billy Flynn, Gerry Hundt, Barrelhouse Chuck, and Jerry DeVivo. Featuring 8 originals and 5 covers (Little Walter, Lightnin' Slim, Jimmy Rogers, and the Velvet Underground) the album runs the gamut between delta, swamp blues, and straight-up Chess-era Chicago blues along with jump blues, some Mick Taylor-era Stones and what we call 'blues-a-billy,' our own hybrid of Sun Records’ blues and Sun Records’ country and rockabilly. We think it's our best album yet and we can't wait to get out and play it live!
|Blind Pig Records 2013||CD||17.00 €
|Dr. Feelgood - Live In London
recorded on the 21st June 1989. Originally released 1990.
|Grand Records 2013||CD||17.00 €
|Erja Lyytinen - Forbidden Fruit
‘Forbidden Fruit’ finds Finnish slide guitarist Erja Lyytinen taking the blues into the personal realm, to find new ways of expressing her feelings, understanding life experiences and realising her musical ambitions. From the deeply felt lyrics and well crafted songs, to the emotional input of her solos and expansive band harmonies, ‘Forbidden Fruit’ embodies the essence of everything we identify as the blues. Whether you could call it therapy, deeply held personal convictions, or more simply a celebration of life, this album has it all. And as Erja humorously remarks; ‘It was all made without an auto tuner (laughs), so everything is played and sang as you hear it’.
‘Forbidden Fruit’ is a multi layered album. Peel away a layer and you will find another rich seam of lyrical meaning and intricate guitar parts. The heart felt lyrics match the deep guitar tones and sonic textures, all glued together by Erja own natural vivacity.
Recorded at Helsinki’s Rescue Room Studios, the album’s sensual front cover photo was shot at Murder Mile studios in London by Finnish photographer Tina Korhonen. The all female crew added to an apparent statement of Erja’s self confidence. And there’s much to be proud of, as ‘Forbidden Fruit’ explores the full spectrum of life’s experiences; up, down and sideways. There’s a imperceptible meeting of old blues traditions - the art of story telling and sexual double entendres - with contemporary musical values and guitar solo’s that evoke lyrical meaning.
For every well crafted turn of phrase there’s an intricate guitar part to match, ranging from co-producer Davide Floreno’s tremolo guitar figure on ‘Joyful Misery’ to Erja’s guitar- led wall of sound on ‘Jealousy’. She further explores the full tonal possibilities of her new custom shop Fender Stratocaster on ‘Forbidden Fruit’, ‘Joyful Misery’ and the dual guitar fest that is ‘Change Of Season’, while the radical arrangement and unusual chords on ‘Death Letter’ re-invigorate the blues standard and help integrate it into the albums sequential flow.
Co-song writer Alan Darby (who has worked with Bonnie Raitt and Bonnie Tyler) provides the American feel on two relationship songs, the self explanatory ‘At Least We Still Fight’ and the deeply personal ‘Joyful Misery’. The latter is inspired by a 50 year relationship between her uncle and aunt. The lyrics of the title tracks pull no punches - ‘A flower in blossom attracts all kind of bees’ - as Erja achieves her goal of ‘sounding honest, beautiful and sad at the same time’, before she belatedly offers us a cathartic release with Lil Johnson’s ‘Press My Button’.
‘Forbidden Fruit’ is an album of real substance, emotion, superb band interplay and Erja’s very best vocals. The blues never sounded more essential.
|Ruf Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Fabulous Thunderbirds - On The Verge
The Fabulous Thunderbirds are On the Verge of an exciting new era as they release their breakout recording for Severn Records. Anchored by the big voice of original front man, Kim Wilson, On the Verge is a departure for the legendary blues rockers as they explore their soulful side with 10 original numbers recorded at our very own state of the art Severn Sound Studios. On the Verge marks a new beginning for the band with Wilson saying, we're defining our own genre. Using cutting edge technology and a collaborative, free-flowing creative process, the T-Birds have crafted a fresh sound, one that's sure to satisfy diehard fans while bringing new blood into the fold of the band's faithful legion. Taking cues from unexpected influences like O.V. Wright (Too Much Water) and Junior Parker (That's the Way We Roll), the T- Birds kick things off with their single, I Want to Believe, a driving number with a Lenny Kravitz-meets-Staple Singers vibe. Lovin Time has a Los Lonely Boys feel, while the Anker/Wilson original Hold Me melds classic rock with soul and reggae. Though the title may hint at a genre, don't let it fool you; Runnin' From the Blues is indeed about hard- ships though disguised as a pop number. Got To Bring It With You is a soulful rocker while the final track, Lonely Highway nods to the blues of the Stax tradition. Do You Know Who I Am? and Diamonds Won't Kiss You Back round out the all original 10-song offering. Backing Wilson are veteran T-Birds guitarists Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller, plus bassist Randy Bermudes and Jason Moeller on drums. Co-producer/-songwriter Kevin Anker guests on keyboards. In a career spanning over three decades, the Fabulous Thunderbirds are On the Verge with their most mature recording to date on the verge of greatness that is.
Produced By Kevin Anker, David Earl, Steve Gomes and Kim Wilson
THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS
KIM WILSON VOCALS AND HARMONICA
JOHNNY MOELLER GUITAR
MIKE KELLER GUITAR
RANDY BERMUDES BASS
JASON MOELLER DRUMS
KEVIN ANKER KEYBOARDS
MARK MERELLA PERCUSSION
PAIGE MARTIN, CHRISTAL RHEAMS, CALEB GREEN, DARYL DUFF BACKGROUND VOCALS
KENNY RITTENHOUSE TRUMPET AND HORN ARRANGMENTS
LESILE WHITAKER TRUMPET
MORGAN PRICE SAXOPHONE
VICTOR BARRANCO TROMBONE
|Severn Records 2013||CD||19.00 €
|Ike & Tina Turner - It's Gonna Work Out Fine
||Jasmine Records 2013||CD||12.00 €
|James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man
World-renowned blues harp icon is joined by special guests Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Delbert McClinton, Warren Haynes and Keb Mo for a joyous collection of raucous boogies, sunny country blues and brash Chicago shuffles inspired by Cotton's colorful and sometime perilous life. Eleven fresh new songs, including "Bonnie Blue," which features a rare Cotton vocal performance.
|Alligator Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|James Hunter Six - Minute By Minute
Vahvasti retrohenkistä rhythm and bluesia ja soulia sisältävä tuore albumi.
|Go Records 2013||CD||20.00 €
|Jimmy Reed - Ain't That Loving You Baby 2CD
With his simple, recognisable and accessible sound, Jimmy Reed was perhaps one of the most commercially successful blues artists in the USA in the '50s and '60s, if not of all time.
This is the most comprehensive collection of his earliest recordings ever released and is the first time ever on CD that all his A and B sides have been compiled chronologically in one collection.
Features all the Jimmy Reed classics that you would expect: 'Baby What You Want Me to Do'; 'Bright Lights Big City'; 'Honest I Do'; 'You Don't Have to Go'; 'Going to New York'; 'Ain't That Lovin' You Baby' and 'Big Boss Man'.
Fully Detailed liner notes with biography and career achievements.
|Jasmine Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Jimmy Ricks - At Sunrise
The greatest bass singer of all the time!! For the first time on CD de complete recorded output from Jimmy Ricks for the Signature label, with 12 extra bonus tracks featuring his best solo songs recorded right after leaving The Ravens.
|El Toro Records 2013||CD||17.00 €
|King Salami And The Cumberland Three - Cookin' Up A Party
||Dirty Water Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Little Willie Nighttrain - Break It Up Baby !
||Little Willie Nighttrain 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Marvelettes - Playboy
By the time Playboy was released in July 1962, it was the third Marvelettes album in just eight months, althoughboth of the predecessors had struggled for acceptance.Playboy is a much more consistent album than Please Mr Postman, despite lacking that number one smash,and unlike Smash Hits of 62 features an abundance of material written with the group in mind, such as Playboy,Beechwood 4-5789 and Someday Someway.Whilst the achievements of The Marvelettes would eventually be surpassed by The Supremes, this album showsthey were worthy of their lofty mantle in 1962 - Motowns first breakthrough act.
|Hallmark Music 2013||CD||6.00 €
|Ray Charles - Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Vols 1 & 2
Merging the sounds of '50s R&B with the power of gospel vocals may have been conceived by some as the devils work, but as we all know, Ray forged quite the career out of it and became a pioneer and a major influence by devising a whole new form of black pop music. It is here though that we have both volumes of 'Modern Sounds in Country Music' with their wonderful, unique and groundbreaking fusion of jazz, R&B and C&W.
The first volume topped the US LP charts for 14 weeks, selling an estimated two million copies, and span off two multi-million-selling singles: 'I Can't Stop Loving You'/'Born to Lose' and 'You Don't Own Me'/'Careless Love'. The second volume sold a million copies and yielded three further hits: 'You Are My Sunshine', 'Your Cheatin' Heart' and the million selling 'Take These Chains from My Heart'.
Also included are two bonus tracks which include yet another million-seller in the form of 'Georgia on My Mind'.
If you only ever bought one Ray Charles compilation, it would have to be this one!
|Jasmine Records 2013||CD||12.00 €
|Solomon Burke - Soul Arrives! 1955-1961
||Jasmine Records 2013||CD||12.00 €
|Titty Bar Tim Blues Band - Milk Shaka
Kouvolalaisista pitkän linjan muusikoista koostuvan Titty Bar Tim Blues Bandin ensimmäinen pitkäsoitto, Finnish Blues Societyn sekä Kymen Juurimusiikki ry:n yhteistyössä tuottama "Milk Shaka" on tullut uunista ulos FBS:n Blue North -levymerkiltä.
Ahkerasti keikkaileva Titty Bar Tim Blues Band ammentaa tyylinsä Chicagon bluesklubeilta, joista bändi on käynyt hakemassa mallia lukuisia kertoja viime vuosien kuluessa. Persoonallinen kokoonpano höystää musiikkiaan rehevällä huumorilla, mutta maustaa sitä välillä kantaaottavuudellakin, eikä pelkää myöskään asiaan kuuluvaa, joskus varsin kukkoilevaakaan blues-roots-asennetta!
Uudella levyllä bändin rouhevaa menoa kuullaan kymmenellä raidalla, jotka kaikki ovat bändin laulaja-kitaristi-harpisti Titty Bar Timin eli Timo Heikkilän käsialaa lukuun ottamatta yhtä instrumentaalikappaletta, jonka on tehnyt kitaristi Mike Kurkiin.
Bändi on aiemmin julkaissut neljä kappaletta vuonna 2011 ilmestyneellä, mairittelevia arvioita saaneella Blues Line Finland -kokoelmalevyllä (BNCD 010, levyllä mukana myös yhtyeet SupraFonics ja Tuff Times). Myönteistä huomiota saavutti sekä musiikkinsa että kansitaiteensa osalta myös Titty Bar Tim Blues Bandin kesällä 2012 julkaisema vinyylisinkku (Evil Weed / Mike’s Boogie).
|Blue North Records 2013||CD||20.00 €
|Tyrone Vaughan - Downtime
||Blues Boulevard Records 2013||CD||17.00 €
|VA: - Cliff Heard Them Here First
Although the majority of Cliff Richard’s hits have come with songs written expressly for him, or that he was the first to cut, the outside repertoire that he has recorded throughout his career has been more interesting than the choices of many of his contemporaries. Sir Cliff was not the only home-grown rocker to cover US material but, unlike his peers, he seldom went into a studio and simply made over the latest fast-rising American hit. With the help of his long time A&R man and producer Norrie Paramor, Cliff found a formidable number of fantastic songs hidden away on obscure US 45s and albums unavailable here.
Having previously celebrated the good taste in covers of his early hero in “Elvis Heard It Here First”, Ace felt it only fair to follow up with a companion volume that does likewise for the Peter Pan of pop. The tracks selected for “Cliff Heard Them Here First” show just how broad Cliff’s tastes were.
Most of his early singles featured original songs, but the material on to his many albums was something else again. “Cliff Heard Them Here First” brings you the original versions of two dozen songs which found their way into Cliff’s discography, ranging from gospel-influenced R&B (Ruth Brown’s ‘Somebody Touched Me’) to rockin’ doo wop (the Jayos’ ‘Tough Enough’), and from ultra-obscure west coast teen pop (Pete Votrian’s ‘We Have It Made’) to a little known Elvis Presley track (‘Angel’).
The booklet reflects the importance of the music that’s preserved here, with copious notes, label shots and ephemera for each track. All but one is new to Ace CD and several of them have never been reissued before in any format. Although the majority of our tracks stem from the first ten years of Cliff’s recording career, there are also examples of songs that Cliff came across and recorded in the early 70s, which show that his ear for a good song and a great record have never deserted him.
These tracks have stood the test of time as well as Cliff’s own career. “Cliff Heard Them Here First” is our salute to the man and the great taste he showed in embracing these songs.
By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|VA: - Finders Keepers - Motown Girls 1961-67
It was Ace Records’ good fortune in 2009 to become the first independent record company in the world to acquire the rights to release previously unissued Motown material from the 1960s. Our tenth and latest Motown project is “Finders Keeper”, a compilation titled for the Marvelettes’ 1964 recording that first surfaced on the British Tamla Motown logo in 1980.
Women were a fundamental part of Motown’s early success: Raynoma Gordy was contributing harmonies and arranging skills before the company even got going; Janie Bradford co-wrote what became Motown’s most covered song, ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’; Mable John was Berry Gordy’s chauffeur as well as the first female artist he signed; Mary Wells was the first to take a Motown label record into the charts ... and the list goes on.
In this, Ace’s first various artists Motown CD, we focus on the company’s female acts – the well-known ones, the not-so-famous but much loved and a couple about whom we know next to nothing at all. It’s a half-and-half mixture of previously issued and unreleased titles. In the case of the reissued titles, we’ve taken the road less travelled and selected tracks which we feel haven’t had the attention they deserve down the years, amongst them very rare 45s from the Andantes and Saundra Mallett.
Collectors will particularly relish the dozen unissued tunes, which include superb offerings from Motown heroines Brenda Holloway, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and Kim Weston and gems by the lesser-known Carolyn Crawford, Hattie Littles, LaBrenda Ben, Liz Lands and Linda Griner. We’ve even managed to dig up tracks by a couple of girls who’ve never had a track out before: Thelma Brown and Anita Knorl.
To spotlight just one track of special interest, ‘When Somebody Loves You (You’re Never Alone)’ by Gladys Knight and the Pips is so well-known to Motown fans that it’s hard to believe it’s never been released before. One of the first songs completed by the group after they signed to Motown in early 1966, it sat on the shelf for over a year before they returned to it and re-recorded their vocals in the summer of ’67. Then it was put back on the shelf where it’s been ever since – apart from numerous outings on collectors’ cassettes and CDs, sourced from an acetate that found its way into the public domain. We are delighted to be able to offer a legitimate issue of this classic mid-60s Motown track for the very first time, fully re-mastered from the original tape and sounding better than ever.
Elsewhere, the set includes some prime Motown stompers (‘Let Love Live’), torchy ballads (‘It’s Too Soon To Know’), R&B (‘My Black Belt’) and jazz (‘I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues’) – something for everyone, we hope.
By Keith Hughes and Mick Patrick (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|VA: - Granpa's Gully Rock Vol. 4
25 Dynamic R&B Gems
|Floridita Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|VA: - New Breed Blues With Black Popcorn
Make way for a brand new selection of collectables, curios and rug-cutters for R&B fans who feel the beat and need new sounds to scratch their itch.
Tracks such as Marva Josie’s ‘You Lied’, Sinner Strong’s ‘Don’t Knock It’ and the Idols’ ‘Just A Little Bit More’ seem to have been around for an eternity without being properly comped, whereas ‘Why Oh Why’ by Austin Taylor, ‘Well I Done Got Over It’ from Bobby Mitchell and Dolores Johnson’s ‘What Kind Of Man Are You’ are currently raising eyebrows and overdrafts. J.J. Jackson’s ‘Oo-Ma-Liddy’, Little Johnny Taylor’s ‘Somewhere Down The Line’ and Etta James’ ‘Nobody Loves You Like Me’ are perfect for this CD.
Kent’s forte is the previously unissued humdinger and here we have a handful of the best to tempt even the most OVO (original vinyl only) of collectors to shell out for this piquant package. Two gems from earlier Ace CDs can be found in Art Wheeler’s Downey side ‘Baby We’re Through’ and Carl Edmondson & the Charmaines’ Fraternity number ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, while the more recently issued 45 of ‘I Ain’t Talkin’’ comes from last year’s CD of Kent Harris’ R&B productions.
Inevitably it’s the debutantes that will steal the show and attract the more traditional R&B fan. There is a pounding blues by Freddie North from Bob Holmes’ tapes, when he was working with Freddie along with Slim Harpo in Nashville in the late 60s. From Los Angeles there is Adolph Jacobs’ unreleased Class recording ‘Cannibal Stew’ that sounds like the Coasters and might even have them singing behind him (he was their guitarist at the time). Then we have a taster for the forthcoming Ace CD of Richard Stamz’s Chicago blues productions, with a fine mover from Tony Gideon called ‘So Strange’.
Finally, there is a track that put me into a state of frenzy, ‘When You See Me Hurt’ by Carl Lester & the Showstoppers – 2 minutes 30 of unadulterated hip-shaking heartbreak. I must have one now!
By Ady Croasdell (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|VA: - Rhythm 'n' Bluesin By The Bayou
“Rhythm’n’Bluesin’ By The Bayou”, the latest in our “By The Bayou” series, features 28 rompin’, stompin’ tracks from the blues men and women of South Louisiana. The tracks have been pulled from the vaults of leading record men J.D. Miller, Eddie Shuler and Floyd Soileau plus Rockin’ Sidney’s first disc – cut by Jake Graffagnino for his Carl label.
The sound of South Louisiana’s R&B stemmed from the Cosimo studios in New Orleans and those pioneers of the genre: Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price etc. As it spread west across the state, it gathered in the influences of zydeco, rural blues and the embryonic swamp pop, producing that distinctive amalgam which is enjoying popularity with collectors of today.
To help quench that thirst we have delved into the vaults of Miller and Shuler to locate the best previously unknown tracks and alternate takes. Also, with modern studio techniques, our engineers have breathed fresh life into some of the material that was unearthed by Flyright almost 30 years ago.
Back in the 50s and into the early 60s, this was the music of working class black people; it was what they drank to, danced to and occasionally brawled to in the bars and clubs of this corner of the USA. It also got played on the area’s black radio stations and was gobbled up by white teenagers who would adapt it into their rockabilly and swamp pop songs.
As compiler of this CD, I was as excited listening to these master tapes as I would have been had I been one of those teenagers. The music is as fresh and vibrant now as it was in those far off days. With new tracks from the artists such as Blue Charlie and Mad Dog Sheffield, the first recordings of Rockin’ Sidney, a host of other little known artists (including three numbers from two mystery women) and obscure Zydeco rockers Thaddeus Declouet and C.J. Thierry, this is an exhilarating voyage of discovery.
When you listen to the music you’ll be transported back to its heyday – imagine lying on your bed grooving to those sounds on the radio in the sultry Louisiana night, with the bullfrogs croaking in the bayou. These are the sounds of an era that is almost forgotten but is kept alive by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.
By Ian Saddler (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Amos Milburn - Rockin' And Drinkin' 2CD
A boogie woogie pianist and blues balladeer, Amos Milburn was one of the most consistently popular R&B artists of the pre rock and roll era.
This 50 track 2CD set features every one of his Billboard R&B chart hits and includes classic and influential songs such as: 'Chicken Shack Boogie', 'Bad Bad Whiskey' and 'One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer'.
This is a must for blues fans and of course the man himself! So pour a drink, sit back and let the 88s ace drown you in his own brand of exuberant, humorous, rowdy and boisterous rollicking fun.
|Jasmine Records 2012||CD||15.00 €
|Andre Williams & The Sadies - Night & Day
Canada’s finest live band, The Sadies, have reunited with explicit soul singer/cult legend Andre Williams for Night & Day on Yep Roc records. Night & Day is the result of sessions that began in 2008 at Key Club Studio in Detroit and captures Andre, then 70 years old and still using at the time, at his most raw, honest, and immediate. No filter. Andre is aided by a stellar cast of musical friends, dirty bluesers who have earned the trust of the ancient hustler, including Jon Spencer (who directed these sessions) and Matt Verta-Ray of Heavy Trash, Danny Kroha of Detroit’s own gutter-blues superheroes, The Gories, the unsinkable Mekon, Jon Langford, and of course, behind it all, The Sadies’ long-time line-up of Dallas Good on guitars and keys, his brother Travis Good on guitars and fiddle, Mike Belitsky on drums, and the mighty Sean Dean on the bass. The result is a raw, gritty slice of raunch rock that has attitude in spades and the hooks and playing to back it up. Click the player below to stream “I’ll Do Most Anything For Your Love” from Night & Day now.
|Yep Roc Records 2012||CD||18.00 €
|Barbara Lynn - Here Is Barbara Lynn
originally released 1968.
|Warner Music Japan 2012||CD||17.00 €
|Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Rattle Them Bones
||Savoy Jazz 2012||CD||20.00 €
|Big Jay McNeely with Ray Collins' Hot-Club & Friends - Life Story
||Brisk Records 2012||CD||15.00 €
|Brook Benton - A Rockin' Good Way Vol. 1 - The Singer
||El Toro Records 2012||CD||17.00 €
|Brook Benton - A Rockin' Good Way Vol. 2 -The Songwriter
||El Toro Records 2012||CD||17.00 €
|Chuck Willis - The King Of The Stroll
originally released 1958. Japanese pressing
|Warner Music Japan 2012||CD||17.00 €
|Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters - Twice As Nice 1959-1961 2CD
Founder of The Drifters and with a successful solo career, Clyde McPhatter was one of the most influential and consistently popular R&B artists of the pre-soul era.
This superb 2CD set offers the four original albums: Let's Start All Over Again, Greatest Hits, May I Sing For You and Ta Ta all on one compilation for the first time.
Features hit singles including: 'Ta Ta', 'I Told Myself a Lie', 'Let's Try Again'. There are also classic interpretations of American songbook standards including: 'Three Coins in a Fountain', 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing'.
Clyde McPhatter was a force to be reckoned with and this is a perfect compilation for fans of him and R&B.
|Jasmine Records 2012||CD||13.00 €
|Dave Alvin - Blackjack David / Out In California
DAVE ALVIN helped to kick-start the American Roots-Rock scene in the early 80’s with the band THE BLASTERS and has since gone on to a career as a singer, songwriter and producer.
This two CD set from the vaults of HIGH TONE RECORDS features the album ‘Blackjack David’ originally released in 1998, and picks up where ‘King In California’ left off, and features a co-write ‘California Snow’ with TOM RUSSELL.
‘Out In California’, is a blistering live set with his band THE GUILTY MEN recorded at a number of shows in California in 2002, and contains one of his best songs ‘Fourth of July’.
This great American songwriter revisits and reinterprets songs from every era of his career.
|Floating World Records 2012||CD||13.00 €
|Dave Arcari - Nobody's Fool
his latest CD Features guest musicians Juuso Haapasalo & Honey Aaltonen (Hellsinki Hellraisers) Jim Harcus, Adrian Paterson & Don Mackinnon (Radiotones) Jamie Wilson
|Dixiefrog Records 2012||CD||18.00 €
|Eddie Holland - It Moves Me
Many artists have fallen into the music business almost by accident, but few as accidentally as the subject of our latest Motown collection: Eddie Holland, who attended an audition with a pal just to keep him company, and ended up the one with a recording contract. And many have had a single hit, and after a few unsuccessful years have given up their recording careers to take up a position in some other part of the business, but few with such spectacular results as Eddie, who together with his brother Brian and Lamont Dozier formed Holland-Dozier-Holland, one of the most successful songwriting teams of the 1960s.
Much has been written about Holland-Dozier-Holland’s songs and productions, but little about Eddie’s recording career, which spanned six years and resulted in 15 singles, one LP and a wealth of tracks hitherto unknown to the public. Our aim here is to present all of the records he cut from his 1958 debut through to 1964, when he withdrew from performing to concentrate on writing songs for the Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, the Four Tops etc.
Following an extensive trawl of the Motown mastertapes in New York last summer, we’ve included everything we were able to find that Eddie recorded for Mercury, United Artists, Motown and the tiny Kudo label, where he appeared under his brother’s name on a commercial for a brand of wine. The set contains 56 tracks; including 30 new to CD, 18 of which have never been released in any form before.
The story of Eddie’s recording career is narrated in the bumper booklet by the man himself. Looking back, often with amazement and sometimes complete lack of recognition of some of the songs in this collection, he commented: “You know what is very clear to me? We were very, very fortunate to have a place where we could record that many pieces of product, and experiment that much, with somebody paying for it. That was like going to school, and somebody’s paying for your classes. That’s what Berry Gordy was doing. Can you imagine recording all those songs, learning your craft, and not even thinking about how much it was costing? I would say to you that Berry Gordy should be given an extraordinary amount of credit, because everybody was always criticising him. But you should pat him on the back and say, You know what? You made that possible.”
Watch this space for more Ace/Motown releases in the not too distant future.
By Keith Hughes (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2012||CD||17.00 €
|Edna McGriff - Star Movin' In My Direction
Bell Recordsings plus - 1954-1959
|Bear Family 2012||CD||17.00 €
|Falcons - You're So Fine
Recordings - 1956-1961 - FEATURING: EDDIE FLOYD, SIR MACK RICE, JOE STUBBS & WILSON PICKETT
All the early singles and hits from one of Detroit's greatest vocal groups, The Falcons.
One of the acts that was most influential in the coming of soul music and often credited for cutting the first true soul record with 'You're So Fine'.
Members of The Falcons included the soon to be major soul stars, Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice who went on to write 'Mustang Sally'.
Fully detailed liner notes cover their entire career.
|Jasmine Records 2012||CD||13.00 €
|Fats Domino - The Imperial Singles Vol. 5 1962-1964
The fifth and final volume in the Fats Domino Imperial singles series takes us up to 1964, and as usual covers all the A and B-sides and includes a couple of contemporary album tracks in stereo for good measure. The rest of the CD is in original mono and never waivers from the true singles masters as they were issued in the US. This volume covers the period just as Fats was cooling off chart-wise and includes singles released on Imperial after he had left for ABC Paramount in 1963. This is the least reissued period of Fats Domino but contains many gems. The booklet is packed with great pictures, period advertising and detailed information, and is a handsome companion to the previous volumes and completes the set.
1961 had been a good year for New Orleans R&B, with hits by Joe Barry, Ernie K-Doe, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Chris Kenner and Fats, but things started to cool off in '62 for our man. It was as if after ten years of hits for him, the gates were swinging open to a plethora of talent from New Orleans and Louisiana. As the 60s progressed this presence continued to be felt, with hits by Jessie Hill, Lee Dorsey, the Dixie Cups and others, while Fats’ star waned, exacerbated by a change of record company and a change in the listening tastes of young record buyers, but in retrospect it’s clear that the decline in hit records was not reflected by a drop in quality.
The sides here include ‘Jambalaya’, ‘You Win Again’ and ‘Your Cheating Heart’, Fats' take on the great Hank Williams, at a time when Ray Charles was changing the face of R&B with covers of country material; some great New Orleans R&B in ‘I Hear You Knocking’, ‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’ and ‘Goin’ Home’; and superb original songs such as ‘My Real Name’, ‘Dance With Mr Domino’ and ‘Did You Ever See A Dream Walking’ – all in all a veritable feast of Fats at his best. Fats’ albums were still strong sellers, and from 1962’s “Just Domino” we have included ‘Teenage Love’ and ‘La La’ – as they were released at the time in stereo, we have included stereo masters in this collection.
Fats Domino has a larger than life profile following Hurricane Katrina, and he and his producer/songwriter Dave Bartholomew have been honoured by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today Fats’ name is up there with the great surviving rock’n’roll legends. Now’s the time to complete your library of his Imperial singles. Rest assured, take any volume from the series and you will never be less than happy, and more than likely be ready to get up and dance!
By Brian Nevill (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2012||CD||18.00 €
|Five Keys - Out Of Sight Out Of Mind 2CD
The Five Keys are one of the most revered vocal groups of the 50’s. They started and achieved legendary status with their recordings on Aladdin and Capitol. While their Aladdin recordings have been compiled many times, we found that their Capitol output was not that easy to find in its entirety, just a few albums with the hits, but leaving out many great tracks.
Now, for the first time, in this package, you have all the sides they released on Capitol from 1954 until 1958 - 47 tracks, plus seven tracks backing jazz great, Jack Teagarden and two extra bonus recordings of the group on the Alan Freed Radio show.
We believe that this is the greatest Five Keys Capitol package ever produced!
|El Toro Records 2012||CD||23.00 €
|Gene McDaniels - Look To Your Heart 2CD
The Gene McDaniels Story 1959-1961
Gene McDaniels was one of the more popular artists to come out of the 1950s R&B scene and here we present his first four LPs in one package for the first time.
Includes the popular oldie '100 Pounds of Clay' and also featured are bonus singles from 1960 to 61 including 'Tower of Strength' and 'A Tear Fell' which is featured in the famous '60s movie 'It's Trad Dad'
This marvellous 2CD set illustrates perfectly his immense talent to diversify into the ever evolving musical styles of the 20th Century. With fully detailed liner notes covering his whole career this CD is well worth checking out.
|Jasmine Records 2012||CD||13.00 €
|Herb Hardesty & His Band - The Domino Effect - King And Federal Recordings 1958-61
If you grew up listening to R&B and rock’n’roll during the 1950s, you could not have avoided hearing Herb Hardesty. If you own just one of countless Imperial Fats Domino 45s or 78s, you will own at least two examples of Herb’s craft, as he blew tenor saxophone solos on just about every track Fats cut on Imperial from his first session in 1949 to his last in 1962. Herb’s unique sax signature also appeared on a vast amount of other New Orleans productions throughout the 1950s and early 60s. He also toured with Fats’ road band for four decades, appearing all over the world.
It’s hardly surprising that Herb’s own recording career as a bandleader amounts to no more than the 20 tracks that make up ‘The Domino Effect’, a well-deserved salute to this giant of New Orleans music that, happily, he is still around to enjoy.
While he was on the road with Fats, Herb got noticed and signed as a solo act by the manager of Mercury Records group the Diamonds. Using his in at Mercury, Nat Goodman negotiated a deal for Herb and the other members of the Domino band to cut an album of mostly rockin’ instrumentals for the label’s Wing subsidiary at Cosimo Matassa’s New Orleans studio. For reasons that nobody can remember now, the album was never released – an oversight that Ace is more than happy to rectify 54 years later. Although the tracks are obviously sax-centric, there’s plenty of room for the other members of Herb’s outfit to be heard – it sounds like a Fats Domino album without vocals, which is exactly what it is.
The balance of the tracks here were either sold to or cut for King Records’ Syd Nathan and released on the Federal label over a period of a couple of years. Pretty much all of the same musicians participated in the sessions; although the sound is more 60s, there’s plenty for fans of later-period New Orleans R&B to enjoy. The overall listening experience is well summed up by the closing track, ‘Just A Little Bit Of Everything’, which is what Herb Hardesty and his band serve up throughout.
The great music is supplemented by a book full of gorgeous pictures from Herb’s own collection and testimonials from many of the great musicians he has worked with in his 60-plus years in music, from Dr John to Allen Toussaint to Herb’s most regular and loyal employer Dave Bartholomew. Herb is delighted with and fully supportive of our CD. We’re sure those who continually ask us for more music from the Crescent City will be too.
By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2012||CD||20.00 €
|Ike & Tina Turner - Sweet Rhode Island Red / The Gospel According To Ike & Tina
Two 1974 albums from Ike and Tina and the first time on CD for the 'Gospel' album
'Sweet Rhode Island Red' features originals by Tina and covers such as Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground' and 'Living For The City'
'Gospel' is what you'd expect with favourites such as 'Amazing Grace'
Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with extensive new notes
|BGO Records 2012||CD||13.00 €
|Ike Turner - Real Gone Rocket - Session Man Extraordinaire
selected singles 1951-1959. 14 tracks
|Jerome Records 2012||CD||17.00 €
|Joe Luis Walker - Hellfire
||Alligator Records 2012||CD||20.00 €
|Johnny Otis - On The Show - The Johnny Otis Story Vol. 2 1957-1974
Johnny Otis celebrated his 90th birthday on 28 December 2011 – a true landmark for a man who has given most of his life to music. Ace is commemorating the event with the release of this collection, which together with “The Johnny Otis Story Vol 1” (CDCHD 1312) presents a concise overview of his entire career as a composer, musician, singer, producer, talent scout and songwriter.
“On With The Show” lives up to its title by picking up Johnny’s story from just before where the first volume left off, and carrying it through to the mid-70s – the point at which he stopped releasing new music and began diversifying his talents into cultural, spiritual and political areas. As did other R&B pioneers, Johnny had a lean time in the early and mid-1960s, at least as far as the charts went, but a string of Capitol 45s – including ‘Castin’ My Spell’, ‘Crazy Country Hop’ and ‘Mumblin’ Mosie’, all featured here – offer as good a representation of rock’n’roll as you’ll find anywhere. Many of Johnny’s King recordings are also invigorating, as those in this package will demonstrate. It’s hardly his fault that people were buying Fabian, Frankie Avalon, the 4 Seasons and the Beatles instead.
Johnny gave up recording for a few years before returning with the estimable “Cold Shot” album and the R&B/Pop hit ‘Country Girl’, both featuring the burgeoning talents of his young son Shuggie. They led to a full-on revival of the Johnny Otis Show and to further recordings for Epic, the best of which are featured here.
Things began to tail off again in the mid-70s in the wake of the disco boom. The big band funk of his movie-inspired ‘Jaws’ shows that he could have competed in the disco arena, should he have chosen to, but a man with as many things going on as Johnny Otis didn’t have to compete with anyone, and he just expanded his horizons elsewhere instead. Post-‘Jaws’, Johnny has been a radio DJ, ordained minster, artist, author and many other things. Most people would be delighted to have accomplished a fraction of what he has done. Unfortunately, we can’t all be the Godfather of Rhythm & Blues, but we can all enjoy his work for many years to come thanks to the fine compilations available on Ace and elsewhere.
If you don’t know Johnny Otis but want to start, this collection and the previous volume will serve as the perfect introduction to the man and his music.
Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2012||CD||17.00 €
|Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, the new album from celebrated singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, will be released March 27 on Bloodshot Records. This is Earle’s fourth release and follows his critically acclaimed 2010 album, Harlem River Blues, which debuted #47 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and led to a “Song of the Year” award at the 2011 Americana Music Awards. In celebration of the release, Earle will perform a series of special shows this winter followed by a full U.S. headlining tour this spring including an appearance at SXSW.
Produced by Earle alongside longtime collaborator Skylar Wilson, the 10-track album was recorded completely live with no overdubs over a 4-day period at an old converted church recording studio in Asheville, NC. Of the new record, Earle comments, “I think that it’s the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more. The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues. This time I’ve gone in a Memphis-soul direction.”
And that's true enough. While Harlem River was a love letter to his new hometown of NYC, this new album is a gorgeous, sometimes lush sometimes sparse, paean to a city that's given so much to the world musically. The sweat, the horns, the soul.....
|Bloodshot Records 2012||CD||20.00 €
|King Curtis - Wail Man Wail ! - The Best Of King Curtis 1952-61 3CD
The Best Of King Curtis 1952-1961
Saxophone titan King Curtis gets the stellar showcase he deserves on Dave Penny’s latest career-defining set for Fantastic Voyage, continuing the roll which has seen the label raise the benchmark for knowledgeable, expertly-annotated compilations.
Over three discs and nearly 100 tracks, Wail Man Wail! traverses the unmistakable tones of the late Curtis Ousley after he arrived from Texas in New York City in 1952, winning amateur night at Harlem’s Apollo before embarking on a recording career which took him to several seminal independent labels and bands with the likes of Lester Young and Lionel Hampton. He settled in New York for 17 years, declaring himself King Curtis and quickly making a name for roaring instrumentals and enhancing countless sessions.
With the assistance of K.C. expert Roy Simmonds, Dave Penny has excelled himself in providing both beginner’s guide and record collector’s magnet, starting with Curtis’ riproaring role in the earliest days of rock ’n’ roll on CD1, collating outings under his own name for labels such as RPM, Gem, Apollo, DeLuxe, Atlantic/Atco, ABC-Paramount, Everest and Sue, also encompassing his time with Alan Freed’s rock ’n’ roll orchestra. Titles include his debut, ‘Tenor In The Sky’, ‘Honeydripper’, ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Wicky Wacky’.
Discs 2 and 3 chart some of his many memorable recording sessions from between 1952 to 1957, then 1958 to 1961, respectively, names including Solomon Burke, the Willows, Roy Gaines, Neil Sedaka, Wilbert Harrison, Ruth Brown, the Coasters, Waylon Jennings, Lionel Hampton, Bobby Darin, Chuck Willis, the Avons, the Willows, Mickey & Sylvia, the Nitecaps and obscurities such as Washboard Bill.
King Curtis was yet another name to fall victim to an early demise, in his case stabbed to death in 1971 after challenging two junkies using drugs outside his Manhattan apartment. Just the groin-rasping solo on ‘Jest Smoochin’’ is enough to convince anyone with a heart and soul that they’re in the presence of greatness. There are scores of similar moments on Wail Man Wail!, the latest instalment in Fantastic Voyage’s The Architects Of Rock ’N’ Roll series, and an exemplary tribute to one of the musical giants of the last century.
|Fantastic Voyage 2012||CD||18.00 €
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