|Eddie Boyd - The Blues Is Here To Stay 1947-1959 2CD
This is a long overdue reissue of 52 tracks recorded by the Chicago based blues singer, songwriter, pianist - Eddie Boyd.
Features the original recordings of his three best known hits: 'Third Degree', '24 Hours' and 'Five Long Years' which is now considered to be one of the greatest songs ever written in the blues genre. The song is also one of the most covered with nearly every blues artist releasing a version of it.
There is no better introduction to the fantastic pianist, writer and singer of top drawer Chicago blues than this - the most comprehensive collection of Eddie Boyd's recordings to date!
|Jasmine Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Eddie Cochran - The Ballads of Eddie Cochran
||Bear Family 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Eddie Noack - Psycho - The K-ark and Allstar Recordings, 1962-1969
1-CD DigiPak (8-plated) with 64-page booklet, 24 tracks. Total playing time 68 mns.
Cult favorites from a cult favorite
The classic hillbilly songwriter goes wild
Demented classics like Psycho and Dolores complemented by Reinhard Kleist's artwork
Eddie Noack - Psycho: Songwriter And Cult Hero Of Trash
There was a time when every LP by George Jones had an Eddie Noack song; in fact, Jones even did a complete LP of Noack songs. Hank Snow did well with Noack's song These Hands. Texas honky tonk fans love Noack's mid-1950s recordings for their wit and insight into the human condition. But then in the 1980s, the Psychobilly and Trash fans discovered bootlegs of Noack's way far-out recordings of Psycho and Dolores. Both songs are told from the perspective of a psychopathic serial killer. Cramps and Meteors fans recognized that this was as dark as it got. Eddie Noack achieved cult status, but by then he was dead.
In 2012 Bear Family Records released Noack's classic honky tonk recordings, 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', a collection spanning the years 1948 to 1961. Now, the second compilation 'Eddie Noack: Psycho – The K-Ark and Allstar Recordings, 1962-1969', is available. This set not only contains the two deranged cult classics (Psycho and Dolores) but offers other daringly abnormal songs like Invisible Stripes, Prisoner Of War and The End Of The Line. The CD is illustrated by award winning German graphic novel artist Reinhard Kleist. His adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft and Johnny Cash have already proven his knack for the darker aspects of the human experience. Noack lived what he preached: his hardcore honky tonkin' eventually cost him his life. When some of those around him started sobering up, Noack kept smoking and drinking. He even wrote about it. Check out Sleeping Like A Baby (With A Bottle In My Mouth).
|Bear Family 2013||CD||17.00 €
|Eddie Noack - Psycho / Dolores
||Bear Family 2013||Single/EP||12.00 €
|Edith Piaf - No Regrets 4CD
93 biisiä + 24 sivuinen bookletti
The unique and captivatingly gritty voice of Edith Piaf marked the French chanson of the 20th century. Her songs are timeless short stories of pain, irony and compassion for a human condition which reverberate even today. In an age when "keeping it real" has become the credo of many a generation, Edith Piaf's life, music and lyrics are as real as it gets.
All of the key Piaf songs are included: "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," "La Vie En Rose," "Milord," "Padam, Padam," "Autumn Leaves" and many more.
Proper Records presents the most comprehensive compilation on the market featuring more than 5 hours of digitally re-mastered tracks including a 24 page booklet with Edith's life story, discographical information and rare photos.
|Proper 2012||CD-Box||20.00 €
|Eino Grön - Samettisilmäinen Tyttöni - levytyksiä 1958-1961
Porin Reposaaressa vuonna 1939 syntynyt EINO GRÖN voitti alkuvuodesta 1958 Turussa järjestetyn iskelmälaulun kykyjenetsintäkilpailun. Voitto toi tullessaan hänen ensimmäisen levytyksensä saman vuoden huhtikuun 24:s päivä. Silloin hän levytti kappaleen ”Venäläinen tango”. Levyjulkaisu oli EP – levy, jonka nimi oli ”Uusia poikia – tuttuja iskelmiä”. Levyllä esiintyi neljä uutta laulajaa, joista ainoastaan Einon ura sai voimakkaan lähdön eteenpäin tulevalla pitkällä laulajan tiellä!
SALIX julkaisee nyt EINO GRÖNIN CD – levyn, jonka ensimmäinen kappale on juuri mainittu ”Venäläinen tango”. Se on kansansävel ja sovittajana toimi TOIVO KÄRKI ja sanoitus tietenkin REINO HELISMAAN. Tämän Einon levyn kaikki 28 kappaletta ovat nyt ensi kertaa uudelleen masteroituina CD – levyllä! Elokuvakappaleitakin on peräti seitsemän. Aloitusvuoden 1958 syksyn levytystilaisuudesta on mukana tunnettu italialainen foxtrot ”Maliziusella” ja TOIVO KÄRJEN sävellys ”Muistatko minua milloin”.
Tämän julkaisun kappaleet ajoittuvat vuosille 1958 – 1961. Mukana on hyvin tunnettuja kappaleita ja monelle tuntemattomiakin – lähinnä sen vuoksi, kun vinyylilevyjä ei juuri enää julkisesti soiteta. Tunnetuista voi mainita: ” Pieni kukkanen, Aron kuu, Tammerkoski, Kenties, Marusja, Tulipunaruusut, Sininen kuu ja Kastelholman luutnantti.” Tämän julkaisun nimikappale ”SAMETTISILMÄINEN TYTTÖNI” on TOIVO KÄRJEN komea sävellys elokuvaan ”Vatsa sisään, rinta ulos” Tämän kappaleen levytyksessä EINO GRÖNIÄ säestää TAPIO YRJÄN TANGOYHTYE. – TAPIO YRJÄ (1927 – 2011) oli monipuolinen musiikkimies, jonka soittimet olivat piano ja harmonikka. Syntyjään hän oli Salon Perttelistä.
Nuorta EINO GRÖNIÄ säestää tällä julkaisulla usea tunnettu kokoonpano mm. Ronnie Kranckin orkesteri, Ossi Malisen yhtye, Taito Vainion tangoyhtye ja Matti Viljasen orkesteri. Tämä levy ajoittuu Einon neljään ensimmäiseen levytysvuoteen. Kun olen kuunnellut tämän projektin kappaleita tarkoin, niin on todettava, että jo nuoresta EINO GRÖNISTÄ huokuu suuri musikaalisuus ja tällä levyllä toimii kaikki – laulu, sekä orkesterisoitto! Julkaisu on kaikkiaan komea ja tekstin kansijulkaisuun on tehnyt itse MAARIT NIINILUOTO!
|Salix 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Elvis - The Man And His Music - # 103 - March 2014
he Denver Connection Part 2 - Ron Pietrafeso interview • "Exclusive Photos! Intimate Secrets!" - Vintage magazine covers • Rick Husky interview • Your letters • From The Time - 1957 • CD, DVD & Book Reviews
|EMM103 2014||Lehdet||7.00 €
|Elvis Presley - Blue Hawaii 2CD
The CD is an expanded edition of the original soundtrack album ‘Blue Hawaii’ originally released in 1961.
It contains many previously unreleased out-takes and alternate versions of the soundtrack recording including Elvis’ number 1 hit, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’.
As a bonus, the CD is accompanied by a 40 page book containing many rare and unpublished photographs taken on and off the set of ‘Blue Hawaii’.
|Memphis Recording Service 2012||2-CD||25.00 €
|Elvis Presley - Setlist - Very Best Of Elvis Presley Live
||Sony Music 2013||CD||10.00 €
|Elvis Presley - Stay Away Joe
21 tracks. Great gatefold 7" digipack sleeve with 12 page booklet.
|Follow That Dream 2013||CD||29.00 €
|Elvis Presley - The Complete '68 Comeback Special 4CD
In June of 1968 Elvis Presley made a television special to be aired in December 1968. He Accomplished two things, he saved his career and he made the best music of his life.
4 CDs - over 4 hours of music featuring the two black-leather sit-down shows, two taped rehearsals and production numbers.
32 page booklet with detailed liner notes and rare photos.
|Sony Music 2012||CD-Box||23.00 €
|Elvis Presley - The Movie Soundtracks 20 CD
20 CD:tä - Elviksen leffamusiikit paristakymmenestä leffasta
The box set includes:
-Loving You (1957)
- Jailhouse Rock
- King Creole (1958)
- G.I. Blues (1960)
- Follow That Dream (1961)
- Blue Hawaii (1961)
- Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
- It Happened At The World's Fair (1963)
- Fun In Acapulco (1963)
- Kissin' Cousins (1964)
- Viva Las Vegas (1964)
- Roustabout (1964)
- Girl Happy (1965)
- Harum Scarum (1965)
- Frankie And Johnny (1966)
- Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966)
- Spinout (1966)
- Double Trouble (1967)
- Clambake (1967)
- Speedway (1968)
('Flaming Star', 'Follow That Dream' and 'Kid Galahad' in compilation on 'Follow That Dream').
|Sony Music Entertainment 2014||CD-Box||50.00 €
|Elvis Presley - The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs 2CD
||Sony Music Entertainment 2013||CD||25.00 €
|Ennio Morricone - Morricone In Colour 4CD
With his peerless versatility and productivity, Ennio Morricone is one of the most famous and influential composers of the twentieth century.
Drawing from an extraordinary range of musical styles, his 500 film scores have
accompanied every conceivable musical genre.
Morricone's innovative soundscapes for Sergio Leone's mid-sixties spaghetti westerns
changed film music forever. In any context, the composer's work is a formidable
combination of eclecticism, sensuality and playfulness.
The eight film soundtracks featured in the this box set all derive from the period between the late sixties and mid-seventies when the Maestro was in his pomp. The arty erotica of Giuseppe Patroni Griffi's Metti, una sera a cena is perfectly complimented by Morricone's cool jazz score and his music gives humour and great beauty to such offbeat period pieces as Forza g and Il Gatto and the abstraction that is L'assoluto naturale (starring the Yugoslavian actress Sylvia Koscina and the superb Laurence Harvey).
Arguably the most impressive of the set are the composer's scores for the early Argento giallos, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Four Flies on Grey Velvet. In the former, Morricone's ominous, haunting music establishes an almost unbearable suspense and for the latter combines bracing atonality with a send up of progressive rock (the director's first experiment with such music and a prelude to Goblin)
|Cherry Red Records 2012||2-CD||35.00 €
|Esquerita - Sinner Man - The Lost Session
Ten unissued selections from a long lost June 1966 NYC session showcase Esquerita pounding it out on piano and organ, flashing back and forth between the two during each song, accompanied only by a fantastic drummer! Dig the over the top nine minute gospel wailin ' title track (based on Nina Simone 's version but delivered at super Voola velocity) that 's worth the price of admission alone! STAGGERING!
|Norton Records 2012||LP||15.00 €
|Etta James - At Last LP + CD
180 gram LP + free CD of the album. Etta James' debut album, originally released in 1961 on Chess subsidiary label, Argo.
The album's title track "At Last" and "All I Could Do Was Cry" (co-written by future Motown mogul Berry Gordy) both went to No.
2 on the R&B charts, while the album itself has gone down in history as one of the great classic albums of early R&B.
The 4 bonus tracks are taken from two 1960 singles featuring doo-wop idol Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows (best known for their 1955 hit "Sincerely").
|Doxy Music 2012||LP||20.00 €
|Etta James - The Second Time Around LP + CD
180 gram vinyl feat a free bonus CD. Originally released 1961
|Doxy Music 2012||LP||20.00 €
|Everly Brothers - Christmas With The Everly Brothers
||Hallmark Music 2013||CD||5.90 €
|Four Seasons - Valli's Peaks
Fifty years after the event it is difficult to comprehend just how big an act The Four Seasons were to America in 1962 and indeed throughout the pre British Invasion period before The Beatles arrived in 1964. Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy De Vito were the biggest pop act the US had seen since Elvis.
Here on one CD is the story of their breakthrough year via the medium of their first two LPs which include three No. 1 singles: 'Sherry'; 'Big Girls Don't Cry' and 'Walk like a Man' plus many other great songs.
Fully detailed liner notes outlining their development.
|Jasmine Records 2014||CD||13.00 €
|Francoise Hardy - Midnight Blues - Paris London 1968-1972
The events of May 1968 across France signalled the end of the yé-yé era and a new seriousness in French pop. Unlike perky domestic stars such as Sheila or France Gall, Françoise Hardy had always had a moody image – in reality she was chronically shy. A keen astrologer, this is something she has always been quick to blame on her star sign, Capricorn: “You have the longest nights, the longest absence. When the sun is in Capricorn, you are not there. You are below the horizon. You are invisible.” 1968 was also the year she retired from public performance after a rare tour of Britain.
Françoise had set up her own independent Asparagus Productions in late 1967. Initially, her old label Vogue continued to distribute her records, but in 1969 Françoise signed a deal with the small Sonopresse imprint, where she would stay until 1972. For many of her fans this is the most intriguing and exciting part of her career.
From the beginning of her career and into the early 70s, Françoise recorded quite extensively in English, German, Italian and Spanish, but that material is not easy to find these days. This collection, recorded variously in Paris and London between 1968 and 1972, comprises tracks drawn from her albums “En Anglais”, “One-Nine-Seven-Zero” and “Françoise Hardy” (aka “If You Listen”) and offers a very welcome opportunity to hear her perform in English.
1965’s ‘All Over The World’ had given Françoise her only UK Top 20 hit. Although she couldn’t follow it up in Britain, France remained loyal and she was still a huge star there when she made her first full, specially recorded English language album “En Anglais” in 1968.
“One-Nine-Seven-Zero” – released worldwide in 1969, but never in France– was recorded at several different sessions in London and Paris, and with a number of disparate collaborators. Though its variety of studios and arrangers could have made it a patchwork, the album is held together by a clutch of songs written and produced by Tommy Brown and Micky Jones. The opening trio – ‘Song Of Winter’, ‘Magic Horse’, ‘Strange Shadows’ – are especially strong, with warm, full arrangements by Jean-Pierre Sabar.
Jones and Brown also contributed ‘Bown Bown Bown’ to 1972’s “Françoise Hardy”, recorded at Sound Techniques in Chelsea with folk rock producer Tony Cox. Sound Techniques was a bit like a social club for folk musos from Joe Boyd’s Witchseason stable. The Trees album had been recorded there, as had albums by Fairport Convention and Fotheringay. The latter’s Gerry Conway and Pat Donaldson played on the sessions for Françoise’s album, along with Richard Thompson and Fairport drummer Dave Mattacks.
There are precious few enough albums from this golden period of folk rock as it is; this release gives long overdue exposure to a unique coming together of the British folk underground and a French musical legend.
By Bob Stanley (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Frankie Avalon - Frankie Avalon's Christmas Album
||Hallmark Music 2013||CD||5.90 €
|Frankie Valli - This Is My Story - the Early Years 1953-1959 2CD
Frankie Valli is one of the most popular acts of all time. In a career spanning 60 years he has scored 7 American No. 1's, 17 top ten singles and amassed global record sales of over 175 million.
Here we focus on his early recordings including many gems such as 'You're the Apple of My Eye', 'I Go Ape', 'Real (This Is Real)' and many more!
Also featured are several tracks from the long running Broadway musical of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons career, including 'My Mothers Eyes', 'Apple of My Eye' and 'An Angel Cried'.
|Jasmine Records 2010||CD||15.00 €
|Freddy King - King On King 2LP
||Not Now Music 2013||LP||25.00 €
|Freddy King - The King Years 2CD
||Not Now Music 2013||CD||6.00 €
|George Jackson - Old Friend - The Fame Recordings Vol. 3
The death of George Jackson earlier this year was both a surprise and a shock to all of us at Ace – particularly to Dean Rudlandand yours truly, who have been so involved in the issue of his recordings over the past few years. Having met George and enjoyed his company only a couple of years ago, Dean and I found it especially hard to believe that this charming man, who made us feel as if we’d known him all our lives would no longer be part of soul music’s future.
Fortunately he left behind many great songs to remember him by and a quite formidable stockpile of his own recordings of those songs. Kent’s earlier CDs of George’s recordings hold their own with any of the Southern soul compilations of the last 25 years. Sad as it is that George isn’t here to see our programme through to its conclusion, we’re happy that there is still much more to come from this supremely talented man.
“Old Friend”, the third volume of George’s Fame recordings, is possibly the best of the three we’ve issued to date. There are a handful of songs which will be familiar via the versions of other acts. Unlike the first two, however, most of the tracks were recorded by George alone. Nevertheless these predominantly-unheard songs – some of which were written by George’s friends and peers O B McClinton and Dan Greer – are just as strong as those covered by Candi Staton, Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett et al. All would surely have been hits for anyone who did pick them from George’s massive catalogue of potential hits.
The fabulous musicianship of the second and third,Muscle Shoalsbased Fame rhythm sections is all over the majority of these recordings – including, on a couple of cuts, the stinging guitar work of Duane Allman. None of our featured tracks has appeared on CD before, which makes their presence here all the more vital; all but two have never been issued before. It’s a real pleasure to be able to keep George Jackson’s name alive with music of outstanding quality.
By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|George Jackson - The Fame Sessions
Ah, the joy of vinyl – especially the new Ace Records high quality releases. The 180 gram test pressing landed on my desk with a thump and, once placed on the deck, the needle was placed on the first groove with a satisfying thrum. So you can only imagine how much better the experience got as the sound of Fame’s classic house band of David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett and Roger Hawkins emerged from the speakers. They were behind George Jackson as he demonstrated the power of a new song he had written. Any fan of Southern Soul will know that ‘I’m Just A Prisoner’ became a classic for Candi Staton but, as we have proved time and again over the last few years, George Jackson was more than capable of delivering his own songs.
Mississippi-born, George had his first break in music working alongside Dan Greer at Goldwax Records in Memphis, writing songs and releasing a single in a duet with Dan. In 1967 he auditioned at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, where proprietor Rick Hall was looking to replace his top writer Dan Penn, who had moved to Memphis the previous year. In George, Rick found someone who not only wrote prolifically but could sing as well. As an artist, George released two singles on the Fame label and one more Fame-recorded side on Verve. However, it is quite likely that no-one wanted him to be too successful in that role, because his songs were far too important for Fame’s star artists and others who passed through the studio looking for some Muscle Shoals magic. In short order, he wrote hits for Candi Staton, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter and then turned out a #1 for the Osmonds.
However, George wrote more songs than he could place with other artists and he also recorded non-stop. Over two CD volumes we have showcased his Fame recordings and we are now proud to present you with his first ever vinyl album from these sessions. In the style of a classic late 60s or early 70s soul album, it features 12 stunning tracks, two of which are (for now) exclusive to this release. It’s difficult to pick out favourites but I have a lot of time for ‘I Bit Off More Than I Can Chew’ (which we’ve discovered was written with James Govan in mind) and ‘Get It When I Want It’, another track written for Candi Staton. Of the new tracks, ‘Add A Little Sunshine’ and ‘That From The Heart’ are more than worthy additions to the George Jackson canon.
By Dean Rudland (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||LP||23.00 €
|George Jones - The Complete United Artists Solo Singles
32 A&B sides of Hardcore 60s Honky Tonk.
“Country music is like a religion to me!” George Jones once told liner notes author Holly George-Warren, and listening to this collection of the great singer’s United Artists singles from 1962-1966 will make a believer out of you. The diversity of material is astounding. You hear Jones master all the flavors of vintage country: lovelorn ballads, inspirational gospel, uptempo honky-tonk, humorous novelty numbers, old-timey murder ballads—even holiday and Western songs.
United Artists was the third home for George Jones’ output since his 1954 debut on the Starday label in his native Texas. His manager and producer Harold “Pappy” Daily signed him to United Artists (UA) following a stint at Mercury, where he scored his first #1 hit, “White Lightning,” in 1959, followed by 1961’s “Tender Years.” Most of the UA recordings transpired in Nashville, with Jones backed by Music City’s A-team: guitarist Grady Martin, bassist Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Pig Robbins, and Hal Rugg on steel guitar, Tommy Jackson on fiddle, and Kelso Herston on electric 6-string bass. The Jordanaires provided the background choruses, part of the Nashville Sound that Jones adopted for his hardcore country.
Right out of the box at UA, Jones hit the jackpot again with his third chart-topper, “She Thinks I Still Care” backed with the gorgeous ballad, “Sometimes You Just Can’t Win,” also a hit. Both sides of the plaintive single pointed the way to the kind of material that in Jones’ hands would become his signature style, leading to such landmark recordings as 1980’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
“She Thinks I Still Care” almost didn’t get cut, however. It was penned by Dickey Lee, the Texas songwriter whose “Patches” would be a smash for Clarence Carter in 1970. Songwriter and producer Jack Clement, who’d left Memphis’ Sun Records behind to operate Gulf Coast Recording Studio in Beaumont, Texas, pitched it to Jones. But it wasn’t an easy sale for Clement, whose publishing company handled the song. George told him, “I don’t think I like it too much. It’s got too damn many ‘just becauses’ in it. Clement tweaked it, making it a bit more country, according to Bob Allen, who recounts the story in his 1984 Jones biography. “After [Clement] agreed to relinquish half the publishing royalties to George and the hard-bargaining Pappy Daily, George finally relented and recorded it,” writes Allen. Soon after its release, “She Thinks I Still Care” lodged at the top of Billboard’s C&W chart for six weeks. By year’s end, the smash had been chosen 1962’s “Favorite Country Music Single” by the nation’s DJs in Billboard’s annual poll.
|Omnivore Recordings 2013||CD||19.00 €
|Gerry And The Pacemakers - Don't Let The Sun Catch You /Second Album.. 2CD
Four US-only albums, originally released on the Laurie Records label in 1964, 1965 and 1966
Featured on these albums are the US hit singles ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ (#4), ‘I’ll Be There’ (#14), ‘How Do You Do It’ (#9) and ‘I Like It’ (#17). The first three albums all made the Billboard Top 200 chart, but ‘Girl On A Swing’ failed to chart and more or less coincided with the breakup of the group
Gerry, with a new Pacemakers, is currently on a 50th Anniversary tour in the UK
Digitally remastered and slipcase
|BGO Records 2013||CD||18.00 €
|Grady Chapman - Let´s Talk About Us
Beside His Great Solo Recordings, Released Here For The Very First Time On CD.
Grady Chapman´s Voice Could Be Heard Singing Lead Vocals For Legendary Groups Like The Robins, Coasters And Drifters.
28 songs & 20 page booklet
|Hydra Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Heinz - The Essential Collection 2CD
Plucked from obscurity by legendary producer Joe Meek, the blonde bassist for The Tornados, Heinz, gathered incomparable respect and a huge following from a solo career laced with chart hits.
This completistscompilation features Heinz’s four chart hits including "Just Like Eddie", "Country Boy" and "You Were There" as well as rare cuts and unreleased material from his
|Music Club Records 2013||CD||10.00 €
|Helen Shapiro - Tops With Me And More
||Hallmark Music 2013||CD||5.90 €
|Hep Stars - 5CD Original Album Serien
||Emi Music 2012||2-CD||29.00 €
|Highwaymen - March On 2CD
In the late 1950s it seemed as though every college in the US was spawning a folk group, and true to Jasmine's recent releases of this period which include, The Limeliters and The Brothers Four we now bring you, The Highwaymen who hail from Connecticut's Wesleyan University.
This set showcases the songs: 'Big Rock Candy Mountain'; 'Michael'; 'Black Eyed Suzie'; 'The Calton Weaver'; 'Whiskey in the Jar' and many more.
It's easy enough to dismiss the Highwaymen as representatives of a brand of folk music that has gone out of fashion Their kind of harmony singing, coupled to traditional songs and ballads, has seldom been written of in the decades since their heyday. However they can easily stand alongside other folk luminaries such as The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four and had without a doubt had a major impact on the folk scene of the early 1960s.
|Jasmine Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Huey Piano Smith - It Do Me Good 2CD
The Banashak & Sansu Sessions 1966-1978.
When it comes to good time rollicking rock’n’roll or rhythm’n’blues, there are few exponents to match Huey ‘Piano’ Smith. One of the greatest of New Orleans’ many pianists, Smith began his career with blues men like Guitar Slim and Earl King and enjoyed a string of classic hits in the late 1950s. During that time he wrote and recorded three of rock and roll’s most enduring classics, ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu’, ‘High Blood Pressure’ and ‘Sea Cruise’, the latter featuring the vocals of Frankie Ford. His career continued well into the 1970s.
This deluxe package is an upgraded version of a Charly CD released in the late 1980s, Pitta Pattin’. This collection - featuring the recordings he made for the Instant label in the late 1960s - has now been expanded to include several tracks not featured on the original including the ultra rare ‘Two Way Pock-A-Way’, ‘Epitaph To A Black Man’ and ‘The Whatcha Call ‘Em’ plus several newly discovered, previously unissued recordings. His powerful piano can be heard to good effect on the previously unissued, ‘I’m Boss Pt 2’ with its almost Northern Soul sound.
Many of Smith’s early Instant 45s were big local hits in New Orleans and Louisiana without ever denting any national charts and have long been sought after by collectors, with some, like ‘Two Way Pock-A-Way’, proving almost impossible to find today. Also featured are versions of ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia’, ‘High Blood Pressure’ and ‘Don’t You Just Know It’ recorded for an Atlantic LP that was never released. By way of a bonus, Huey’s last known recordings made for Allen Toussaint’s Sansu company in 1978 make their CD debut here, more than thirty years after their first release on Charly vinyl.
These are the last recordings of Huey Smith who retired from music to concentrate on his religious beliefs in the early 80s. He now lives in retirement in Baton Rouge but still happily acknowledges his huge contribution to New Orleans R&B and to rock’n’roll in general.
|Charly Records 2012||2-CD||18.00 €
|Ike & Tina Turner - It's Gonna Work Out Fine
||Jasmine Records 2013||CD||12.00 €
|Ike & Tina Turner - The Soul Of Ike & Tina Turner
Well-known for her trademark legs, throaty voice, and boundless stage energy, Tina Turner was one of the sexiest and most popular international performers of the 20th century. Ike Turner, a well established seminal figure in the early years of rock & roll as both a performer and talent scout, met her one night in St. Louis while he was performing with his “Kings Of Rhythm”: she just grabbed the microphone and sang a B.B. King song, impressing Ike so immediately and overwhelmingly that he asked her to perform regularly with them. The rest is history: Ike’s slick managing skills and songwriting, along with Tina’s intensely energetic lead voice, three back-up 'Ikettes’ and a technically airtight eight-piece band produced a combination of country blues, rock and roll, ghetto rhythm and gospel passion that created a legend lasting 50 years. “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine, “ “I Pity the Fool, “ “I Idolize You, and “Tra La La La La.” are just some of the R&B gems included in their 1960 astonishing debut album.
|Rumble Records 2012||LP||19.00 €
|Innocents - Classic Innocents
The Innocents, a harmony trio from Sun Valley, California, scored four quick hits – twice in their own right with ‘Honest I Do’ and ‘Gee Whiz’, and twice with Kathy Young (‘A Thousand Stars’ and ‘Happy Birthday Blues’) – on the mysterious Indigo label of Los Angeles. Following its collapse in 1962, the cool trio went on to record equally strong material for Reprise, Decca and Warner Brothers, all of which is heard here, together with previously unissued masters from the same period in stunning stereo. None of this – even the tunes originally released on 45s back in the 60s - has ever appeared on CD before. Better still, the cache of unissued Warner Brothers and Reprise material is worth the price of the CD alone. Also included are two versions of the Innocents’ superb rogue 45, ‘Tick Tock’. A couple of the guys later moonlighted as the Sugar Beats on an A&M single, and that’s here too.
“Classic Innocents” serves as a companion volume to Ace’s previous “The Complete Indigo Recordings”, to this day, a popular catalogue item. The new CD contains a substantial (8000 word) narrative describing the trials and tribulations of the three all-American boys, interlaced with rare personal memorabilia from surviving members Jim West and Al Candelaria. The mastering, as you’d expect, is state-of-the-art.
(If you are wondering why a couple of the tunes, ‘Honest I Do’ and ‘In The Beginning’, appear on both CDs, that is because they are quite different versions. The earlier CD inadvertently featured an outtake of ‘Honest I Do’ missing the bass and brushes heard on the actual 45. This CD includes the correct Indigo single master. Similarly, ‘In The Beginning’ is the correct 45 version not the substantially different take heard on “The Complete Indigo Recordings”.)
Lead tenor West was a truly exceptional vocalist, easily the equal of better-known contemporaries, and one who was able to transcend time and fashion – he later fronted a rock band who recorded forAtlanticin the 1970s. Among some solo demos he recorded, we found ‘Time Ain’t Been Wastin’’, a gem of a song and performance that begged inclusion. Just before Indigo folded in 1962, Jim West recorded a rare solo single for the label as Bobby James and that too has been included, neatly squaring the circle by making the Innocents’ entire recorded output available on Ace.
By Rob Finnis (Ace Records)
|Ace Records 2013||CD||25.00 €
|Jamie Coe And The Gigolos - Summertime Symphony
||Hydra Records 2013||CD||15.00 €
|Jefferson Airplane - Crown Of Creation
In their late-’60s heyday, the Jefferson Airplane embodied the era’s revolutionary attitude and experimental spirit like no other rock act. Their unique combination of adventurous musicianship, visionary lyrics and personal charisma defined San Francisco psychedelia and established the band as quintessential Aquarian-age messengers.
Released in the fall of 1968, Crown of Creation found the ever-evolving Airplane moving towards a heavier, more concise approach on such tunes as “Greasy Heart” “In Time,” “If You Feel” and the soaring title number. The band’s folk-rock roots are reflected on Slick’s whimsical “Lather” and the David Crosby penned “Triad,” and the album culminates in grand style with “The House at Pooneil Corners,” one of the Airplane’s most epic excursions. The resulting album vividly captures the spirit of its time, and stands as a powerful testament to Jefferson Airplane’s brilliance.
As part of it ongoing mission to present classic LPs in all their original sonic and visual glory, the first generation stereo masters were sourced and the cover art was meticulously reproduced.
|Sundazed Music 2012||LP||22.00 €
|Jerry Lee Lewis - Greatest
Probably one of the most controversial and disputable artists of his generation, Jerry Lee jumped on the rock and roll wagon with more ego and talent than anyone and lived to tell the tale.
When he broke onto the national scene in 1957, he was every middle-class parent's worst nightmare come true: a blonde-haired Southerner playing the piano with uncontrolled fury, while simultaneously reveling in his own sexuality.
Greatest! from 1961, Jerry Lee's second album originally out for the Sun Label, features his all-time hit "Great Balls Of Fire" along with a number of rockin' cuts, making this a terrific follow-up to his groundbreaking debut.
|Rumble Records 2012||LP||15.00 €
|Jerry Lee Lewis - Return Of Rock / Soul My Way
two albums from 1965 and 1967 on the same CD. 23 tracks
|BGO Records 2013||CD||17.00 €
|Jerry Lee Lewis - The Killer Live 1964-1970 3CD
||Hip-O-Select 2012||2-CD||39.00 €
|Jerry Lee Lewis - Up Through The Years 1956-1963
||Music On Vinyl Records 2014||LP||20.00 €
|Jerry Williams - Keep On 6CD
6 CDs, 142 tracks, 68 page book (in swedish).
All tracks from 1962-2013
|Universal Music 2013||CD-Box||69.00 €
|Jet Harris - From There To Here
50 min + bonus DVD "Backstage Pass" (60 min)
|Wienerworld 2012||DVD||17.00 €
|Jimmy Bryant - The Fastest Guitar In The Country
ELECTRIFYING ULTRA-RARE ALBUM BY ’60S FRETBOARD GENIUS!
Fretboard fanatics...fret no more! Here at last is the album that christened Jimmy Bryant with the distinct moniker of "Fastest Guitar in the Country.” After a run of success with steel guitarist Speedy West on Capitol Records, Jimmy Bryant signed a solo contract with Imperial Records in the mid ’60s. While Bryant’s recordings with West established him as a fretboard genius, it was the 1967 release of The Fastest Guitar in the Country that left the disc jockey world wondering if his lighting speed was legitimate. Naysayers were left in awe as they witnessed Bryant’s dizzying technique at a DJ convention in Nashville.
Bryant’s frenzied fretboard flair is in full effect on his rendition of the classic “Sugar Foot Rag” and “Little Rock Getaway” bearing evidence as to why this is one of the most electrifying instrumental recordings of all time. Never before reissued, this collection of jazz-fueled country pickin’ is the ultimate testament of Jimmy Bryant’s gift to the guitar world. Sourced from the original Imperial stereo masters, Sundazed is proud to release this ultra-rare album on 180 gram vinyl.
|Sundazed Music 2012||LP||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 Witherspoon - Feelin' The Spirit
||Doxy Music 2013||LP||18.00 €
|Joey Castle - That Ain't Nothing But Right / Don't Knock It
||Sleazy Records 2013||Single/EP||7.00 €
|John Barry - Stringbeat
||Doxy Music 2012||LP||15.00 €
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