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суббота, 23 сентября 2017 г.

Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 63:24
Size: 147,6 MB
Label: Caroline International P&D
Styles: Blues/R&B
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Roll With The Punches - 3:58
 2. Transformation - 3:31
 3. I Can Tell - 3:51
 4. Stormy Monday / Lonely Avenue - 5:30
 5. Goin' To Chicago - 5:22
 6. Fame - 5:07
 7. Too Much Trouble - 3:04
 8. Bring It On Home To Me - 5:39
 9. Ordinary People - 4:41
10. How Far From God - 3:47
11. Teardrops From My Eyes - 3:53
12. Automobile Blues - 3:39
13. Benediction - 3:12
14. Mean Old World - 4:59
15. Ride On Josephine - 3:03

Van Morrison is set to return to his roots on new album 'Roll With The Punches'. A true great, Van The Man has pieced together a new 15 track album that blends R&B and soul gems with brand new material. Produced by Van Morrison himself, collaborators on the record include Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello. The album includes classics penned by T-Bone Walker, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, Mose Allison, given a new interpretation by the studio crew.
Van Morrison explains: "From a very early age, I connected with the blues. The thing about the blues is you don’t dissect it – you just do it. I’ve never over-analysed what I do; I just do it. Music has to be about just doing it and that’s the way the blues works – it’s an attitude. I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing – people like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bo Diddley, Little Walter & Mose Allison. I got to hang out with them and absorb what they did. They were people with no ego whatsoever and they helped me learn a lot." "The songs on 'Roll With The Punches' - whether I’ve written them or not - they’re performance oriented. Each song is like a story and I’m performing that story. That’s been forgotten over years because people over-analyse things. I was a performer before I started writing songs and I’ve always felt like that’s what I do."


Roll With The Punches

среда, 20 сентября 2017 г.

Sonny Black And The Dukes - Heart And Soul

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2000
Time: 45:42
Size: 105,3 MB
Label: Bluetrack Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Through Heaven's Eyes - 5:03
 2. Checkin' In - 3:23
 3. Blues Walkin' By My Side - 6:18
 4. If I Ever Get To Heaven - 3:58
 5. Raggin' The Strings - 1:20
 6. Grant's Groove - 4:30
 7. Rockin' With Bill - 1:58
 8. Would I Be Right - 4:40
 9. Blues Is King - 5:57
10. Bluesology - 4:42
11. Kelly's Blues - 3:49

Sonny Black is a British guitarist whose style includes bows to Earl Hooker (Through Heaven’s Eyes), Joe Pass, Grant Green (Grant’s Groove), Fred Roulette, and even the Piedmont pickers (Raggin’ The Strings). There is a very clean, restrained, almost unplugged, late night feel to Heart and Soul and many of the original songs owe as much to jazz (Bluesology) as to blues (Checkin’ In). The Dukes provide wonderfully understated support with Bob Haddrell’s piano and B-3 leading the rhythm section, George Pearson on bass and Dino Cocchia on drums. Some horns occasionally sit in, but this is essentially a guitar-led quartet moving easily and comfortably through a wide range of blues, jazz and jazz/blues originals.

Heart And Soul 

вторник, 19 сентября 2017 г.

Fisherman Bob - Church of the Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2015
Time: 56:41
Size: 130,4 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Church of the Blues - 3:43
 2. The Blue Man - 6:11
 3. Blow This Town - 4:09
 4. My Backyard - 3:15
 5. It's a Sin - 4:50
 6. Good Home Cooking - 5:33
 7. Living on a Shoestring - 4:32
 8. I Knew That I Could - 5:00
 9. Cutting the Chord - 2:35
10. Dead Fish Don't Fly - 5:53
11. You Can Take a Pill - 4:34
12. Music Ain't Music No More - 6:22

35 year veteran blues and rock bassist/vocalist/songwriter. My first love in music is the pro studio, where musical vision becomes reality (hopefully). Although I have performed hundreds of cover tunes and have sat in with many bands, I prefer creating original compositions. I hope to put out to the world as many CD's, God willing, as I enter my twilight years. I hope to have the pleasure of working with some of the best musicians in the USA.

Church of the Blues

четверг, 14 сентября 2017 г.

Howard 'Guitar' Luedtke and Blue Max - Face To Face With The Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1996
Time: 47:22
Size: 109,2 MB
Label: False Dog Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front+ Back

Tracks Listing:
 1. You Make Me Feel Alright - 3:15
 2. Your Love Is Hard on Me - 5:24
 3. Howywood - 4:32
 4. Meanest Gal I Know - 3:51
 5. I'm Gonna Leave This Town - 3:40
 6. Face To Face With The Blues - 4:57
 7. Hard Road To Travel - 4:28
 8. When the Blues Puts its Hold on You - 3:31
 9. Tough Times - 4:17
10. Come on Into My Kitchen - 3:09
11. Terraplane Blues - 3:26
12. When The Cows Come Home - 2:47

Some of the best guitar driven blues rock to come out of Wisconsin.This is a twenty-some year veteran blues-rocks band, that has opened or played with some of the best in the blues world today, including: Long John Baldrey, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Tinsley Ellis, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Neal, A.C. Reed, Eddy Shaw, James Solberg, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, George Thorogood, Joe Louis Walker and Johnny Winter. One of the most versatile blues trio's around, Howard "Guitar" Luedtke & Blue Max perform regularly at Rock, Blues and Jazzfests. In 2001, these guys placed second in the Rock category of Ed McMahon's NextBigStar.com contest.

Face To Face With The Blues

Heavy Petrol - Petrol Train

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 58:00
Size: 133,7 MB
Label: Delmark Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Petrol Train - 5:28
 2. Graveyard Blues - 4:16
 3. Let It Burn - 6:34
 4. Better To Blame - 5:29
 5. Have You Ever Loved Me - 4:25
 6. The Story Of Mr. Johnson - 5:29
 7. I want To Be Loved - 2:17
 8. Hands Off - 4:01
 9. Anger Is An Energy - 5:00
10. True Lies - 5:38
11. Fullgas Breakers - 5:02
12. Angel Face - 4:17

Luxembourg blues-rock band Heavy Petrol are launching their latest album, Petrol Train, with a live show by Heavy Petrol, Thunder Road, the DFXX, and friends Réné and Remo Cavallini, Lata Gouveia, Irina Holzinger and more. ...

Petrol Train

Johnny No - Modern Hymns for the Gentleman Loafer

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2014
Time: 63:34
Size: 146,0 MB
Label: Riviera Records
Styles: Garage Blues/Blues-Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Girl 24 -  5:48
 2. Darkness on the Mainline -  6:49
 3. Cradle to the Grave -  5:05
 4. 90 Percent -  5:22
 5. Deadboy Blues -  6:58
 6. Sho' Lil -  4:50
 7. Heard Some Things -  4:51
 8. Samedi's Boast -  5:19
 9. Azalea City Blues -  7:45
10. Hand of Glory - 10:42

It has been two years since local garage blues band Johnny No released their debut “The Riviera Sessions, Vol. 1.” Time has brought about many changes to the group, including the addition of Caleb MacCartee on keyboard and Tarleton “T” McNab on bass. While the line-up may have changed, their unorthodox take on blues has not. They will showcase their latest batch of “Port City Ne’er-Do-Well Blues” with their upcoming sophomore effort “Modern Hymns for the Gentleman Loafer.” The industry-wide release for this album may be set for Feb. 25, but their local fans will have an opportunity to experience this album a month early at the album release party.
For their debut, the band travelled to Como, Miss., to record live in studio with Grammy winner Jimbo Mathus in his vintage Delta Recording Services studio. Johnny No kept things local for “Modern Hymns for the Gentleman Loafer.” For the entirety of 2013, the band laid down numerous tracks in their personal studio (Riviera Recording Studios). They also recruited Mobile’s PORTAL Studio to create the album’s memorable artwork. The end-result is a raucous collection of tracks that infuse blues-rock attitude with tent revival charisma.

Modern Hymns for the Gentleman Loafer

Jim King - When The Blues Are Green

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2001
Time: 52:11
Size: 119,8 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Sugar Mama - 5:01
 2. Rollin man - 3:06
 3. Drifting - 4:50
 4. Rattlesnake Shake - 2:57
 5. World Keeps on Turning - 4:56
 6. Lemon Squeezer - 4:22
 7. Fool No More - 6:13
 8. Long Grey Mare - 1:58
 9. Need Your Love So Bad - 8:24
10. Coming Your Way - 4:16
11. Love That Burns - 6:03

Grooveyard Records states: “Excellent debut studio disc from this awesome, obscure blues/rock guitar slinger from California featuring an amazing, superb eleven track Peter Green musical tribute. Deep burning blues licks, killer extended solos…”
Jim King's soulful sounds have been burning up Southern California for over 25 years. A native Californian, Jim was born in Lake Arrowhead and raised in coastal LA area. Prior to Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz, Jim Played in numerous blues bands including Maxx, Tonnage, Holy Smoke, R.M.B.P., and King James and the Blues Testament. King's solo debut album, WHEN THE BLUES ARE GREEN garnered rave reviews & he recently signed with Grooveyard Records for distribution of this CD.
"Blues Revue" magazine stated:
"His stripped-down approach reveals an uncanny soulfulness that's almost unnerving in its depth and effectiveness."
Grooveyard Records states:
“Excellent debut studio disc from this awesome, obscure blues/rock guitar slinger from California featuring an amazing, superb eleven track Peter Green musical tribute. Deep burning blues
licks, killer extended solos…”
He has performed with Alex Ligertwood (Santana), Chuck Kavooras (The slide God), Gary Malliber (Steve Miller), Tommy Ere (Joe Cocker) and many others.

When The Blues Are Green

среда, 13 сентября 2017 г.

Christian Collin and Molasses - Molasses Disaster

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2005
Time: 41:16
Size: 94,9 MB
Label: C-Train/House of Ill Com
Styles: Blues/Rockin' Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Prelude - 1:31
 2. Close To You - 3:11
 3. It's Alright - 3:07
 4. Broken Hearted Blues - 4:35
 5. Irresponsibility - 3:39
 6. Big-Legged Woman - 4:49
 7. Have You Seen My Baby - 3:19
 8. I'm Tore Down - 3:38
 9. The River - 3:57
10. Hoochie Coochie Man - 4:40
11. Molasses Disaster - 4:46

The latest release from Christian Collin and Molasses, Molasses Disaster, comes with a warning. Listening to the CD at extremely high volumes can result in SBC (Spontaneous Biscuit Combustion). Use only as directed. Let me be the first to direct you to immediately download this smoldering CD to your personal listening device, strap on your headphones and fasten your seatbelt for a ride you won't forget!
Detroit born and bred, Christian Collin, the lead singer and guitarist, who has written eight of the eleven tunes on the CD, shakes us up like a martini mixer and when he pours us back down to earth, we'll never quite be the same. The Chicago based band whose motto is "Chicago Blues meets Detroit Rock n' Roll," have a recipe for success by offering up a simmering pot of tunes whose aroma wakes us from our musical sleep. Molasses Disaster breathes new life into the rock infused blues world with their seductive blending of drums, bass, harmonica and last but not least, Collin's tenacious voice and guitar.
Buy this CD, you won't be disappointed! -Diane Baskin

Molasses Disaster

Jerry "Boogie" McCain - Turn Your Damper Down With Jerry Boogie McCain

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 50's
Time: 33:06
Size: 76,7 MB
Label: Black & Allright ‎– Black & Allright LP 001
Styles: Blues/Harmonica Blues, Rhythm & Blues
Art: Front+Back

Tracks Listing:
1. A1. Run Uncle John! Run - 2:25
2. A2. Turn Your Damper Down - 2:49
3. A3. I Need Somebody To Love - 2:12
4. A4. You Don't Love Me No More - 2:28
5. A5. Crazy About That Mess - 2:17
6. A6. Stay Out Of Automobiles - 2:28
7. A7. Bad Credit - 2:19

8. B1. Trying To Please - 2:33
9. B2. My Next Door Neighbor - 2:05
10. B3. Courtin' In A Cadillac - 2:10
11. B4. That's What They Want - 2:18
12. B5. Steady - 2:02
13. B6. She's Tough - 2:22
14. B7. I'm A King Bee - 2:31

Jerry McCain is for harmonica just what he's for guitar Link Wray and for piano Esquerita! A wildman. If you'll ever have a chance to meet an alien and this green lamp headed creature ask you the one million dollars question, "What's Rock & Roll you back-warded scum?" you should say, "Jerry McCain, Link Wray and Esquerita"! That's right. OK you should add next Bo, Chuck & Little Richard but we 're flapping our mouths now. Anyway, if you ever wondered by whom barfed the wildest sides and then putted on vinyl plastic, that's the unholy trinity!
Jerry "Boogie" McCain is a key figure for this devil's music. He speed-ed up the blues in a way that make them instantly and without knowing it, punk! On  the well known label of Excello created mayhem. The same thing happened and a little earlier for the Trumpet. And what I'm offering here it's a whirlwind bash. Raw as hell and bad to the bone. Don't know if the young Rolling Stones or Pretty Things have known then, Jerry. I'm pretty sure though that even if they knew him, they wouldn't want to touch their hands on. Cause he's DIRTY!
I used the word "punk" somewhere. That happened not only for the attitude of his music. McCain purchased and cut by himself with a cheap record machine (remember, we're talking about the 50s, OK?) his earlier tracks like the one that sent to Trumpet Records, Little Walter's "Crazy 'Bout You Baby". He took Uncle John's side on "Run, Uncle John, Run!" as an answer to Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" ("Gonna tell aunt Mary, about uncle John..."), recorded a session with the Shindings (better known now as Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs!) and to this day along with Kid Thomas, are the coolest cult figures of Rhythm & Blues and the punks of the idiom. D'ya really need more?

Turn Your Damper Down With Jerry Boogie McCain

Jerry "Boogie" McCain - I've Got The Blues All Over Me

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1993
Time: 61:04
Size: 140,1 MB
Label: Wild Dog Blues/Ichiban
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. He Don't Need No Money - 5:43
 2. I Ain't Henpecked - 6:29
 3. I've Got The Blues All Over Me - 5:29
 4. Tumblin' In The Sea - 6:38
 5. Long Arm Of The Law - 5:38
 6. (She Might Sell My)  Teddy Bear - 3:48
 7. Lucy Pearl - 3:47
 8. I Ain't Got Time - 6:40
 9. I'm Gonna Get All The Lovin' I Can Get - 6:16
10. Just A Little Bit - 6:24
11. I Want To Be Your Santa Claus - 4:08

Musicians:
Jerry "Boogie" McCain - vocals, harmonica;
Rick Hinkle - guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar;
Wayne Goins - guitar;
Steve McRay - piano, synthesizer;
Buzz Amato - piano;
Bryan Cole - drums.

The actual feeling you are listening to a Bluesman who absorbed nickname "Boogie" comes with an all-acoustic title song although first two swampy cuts deserve an equal attention. Further "Tumblin' In The Sea" is an instrumental with harp and keyboards dominating, "Long Arm Of The Law" is why we love Jerry McCain, then is "(She Might Sell My) Teddy Bear" and it goes like it should go: Blues, only Blues and nothin' but the Blues with Jerry McCain speaking through his harp on acoustic again "Lucy Pearl". "I Ain't Got Time" is a pearl both in terms of music/performance and lyrics. Slow blues "Just A Little Bit" with super class harp solo, precedes closing track "I Want to Be Your Santa Claus" with excellent harp work again. Superb Album!
This is maestro Jerry "Boogie" McCain and his harp.
All eleven songs are written by Jerry McCain.

I've Got The Blues All Over Me

Jerry "Boogie" McCain - Love Desperado

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1991
Time: 44:02
Size: 101,0 MB
Label: Ichiban
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Blues Tribute - 4:44
 2. Burn The Crackhouse Down - 4:47
 3. I Need To Do Something - 6:15
 4. Love Desperado - 5:29
 5. The World's On Fire - 4:12
 6. Lovin' School - 4:21
 7. I Used To Have It - 4:49
 8. Mercy, Mercy Mercy - 4:05
 9. Non-Stop Lovin' - 5:15

The Alabama harpist's contemporary releases for Ichiban are certainly competent, but that insane energy level that marked his Excello output of the '50s is ancient history -- and so too, for the most part, is the gleeful irreverence that made his early sides such a delight.

Love Desperado

вторник, 12 сентября 2017 г.

Pepe Ahlqvist and The Sunset Boulevard - Pepe Ahlqvist and The Sunset Boulevard

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1988
Time: 34:51
Size: 80,3 MB
Label: Fazer Records
Styles: Rock/Blues/Pop
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Good Old Music - 3:47
 2. Shake - 4:16
 3. Don't Leave Me Again - 4:33
 4. All That Western World - 4:03
 5. Need You Oh Woman - 4:52
 6. Blues Is a Feeling (in My Mind) - 4:22
 7. Hold Me Tight - 4:37
 8. Sailing - 4:17

Pepe Ahlqvist & the Sunset Boulevard is the only album left by Pepe Ahlqvist, the same name band. It was released by Fazer Records as a LP and as a CD in 1988.

Pepe Ahlqvist & the Sunset Boulevard

Jerry "Boogie" McCain - This Stuff Just Kills Me

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1999
Time: 61:35
Size: 141,1 MB
Label: MMR
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Where You Been - 3:45
 2. Super Woman - 5:00
 3. This Stuff Just Kills Me - 6:23
 4. Viagra Man - 6:11
 5. Slave Master - 3:48
 6. My Deal At The Crossroads - 5:25
 7. Jealousy - 4:03
 8. Ain't No Use For Drug Abuse - 5:23
 9. Mama's Gone - 6:14
10. Madison Mood - 4:22
11. Deadbeats - 4:51
12. Pull Up In My Carage - 6:01

Produced by Mike Vernon and recorded in Memphis, Austin, and Chicago in May of 1999 with an all-star cast, this catches McCain in peak form. With the Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble rhythm section of Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon anchoring things down, the guitar work is ably handled by Anson Funderburgh, Derek O'Brien, and John Primer with several guest appearances from Jimmie Vaughan sprinkled throughout the set. Add Johnnie Johnson guesting on four tracks and match it all up with some solid, humorous songwriting and you have one of McCain's most consistent efforts in years. A winner all the way.

This Stuff Just Kills Me

понедельник, 11 сентября 2017 г.

Black Country Communion - BCC IV

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 60:37
Size: 138,8 MB
Label: Mascot Records
Styles: Rock/Hard Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Collide - 4:07
 2. Over My Head - 4:06
 3. The Last Song for My Resting Place - 7:57
 4. Sway - 5:24
 5. The Cove - 7:11
 6. The Crow - 6:00
 7. Wanderlust - 8:17
 8. Love Remains - 4:53
 9. Awake - 4:42
10. When The Morning Comes - 7:57

Musicians:
Glenn Hughes – vocals, bass guitar
Joe Bonamassa – guitars, vocals
Derek Sherinian – keyboards
Jason Bonham – drums, percussion

BCC IV is the upcoming fourth studio album from the English-American hard rock band Black Country Communion featuring bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist and vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. It’s the first album to be released since the band’s breakup in 2013. Recorded in Malibu, California, with producer Kevin Shirley, it is due to be released on September 22, 2017. BCC IV expanded the combination of blues rock (Bonamassa’s solo work) and hard rock (Hughes’ previous work with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and Bonham’s link with Led Zeppelin) that took place on the first three albums. It’s a high quality hard rock album that brings a great feeling that classic rock is alive and in good hands.
BCC IV opens with “Collide,” a fantastic rocker featuring a heavy riff, the band sets the album’s pace right away. “Collide” was released as single and music video in August, a great choice to open the album. “Over My Head” comes next with a memorable chorus it’s unquestionable radio airplay material. “The Last Song For My Resting Place” is the masterpiece of the album, with mandolin and fiddle throughout. The song is about Wallace Hartley, violinist during the sinking of the Titanic, and is the only track featuring Bonamassa on the vocals and also the only one written by himself. It’s incredible how versatile Joe Bonamassa is! “The Cove” is a song that Hughes wrote about his love for dolphins, a video of this song is expected. “Sway” and “The Crow” are great and intense rock songs. “Wanderlust” features a beautiful piano melody played by Sherinian and is the longest track with enough time for Bonamassa to deliver the best guitar solo of the album. Featuring a fantastic vocal performance by Hughes and a keyboard solo by Sherinian (reminding his Dream Theater’s days), “Awake” has possibly the coolest guitar riff. BCC IV ends with “When The Morning Comes” where you can definitely feel the band’s chemistry.
Recorded in only seven days, the band was careful enough not to repeat the previous albums. BCC IV sounds bolder with heavy riffs, undeniable hooks, melodic flair and infectious choruses. Kevin Shirley’s importance is huge by guiding the band into the right directions for the album’s best interest, and the result is spectacular.

BCC IV

вторник, 5 сентября 2017 г.

Ori Naftaly - A True Friend (Is Hard to Find)

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2012
Time: 47:52
Size: 110,4 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Im A Woman - 5:47
 2. Devil Red Blues - 3:16
 3. Can't Get No Grindin' - 2:32
 4. Help Me - 4:39
 5. Dust My Broom - 5:04
 6. Shes 19 Years Old - 5:55
 7. Don't Go No Further - 3:46
 8. Almost Cut My Hair - 5:24
 9. It's A Mans World - 7:34
10. A True Friend (Is Hard to Find) - 3:51

Oldschool Chicago Blues & Soul Album, produced and arranged by Ori Naftaly. The album was recorded on four Dates, of 4-5 hours.
Recorded live and mixed at LUNA Studios, The album reflects the power, soul, feel and energy that are present every time Ori Naftaly and his band come together on stage for a Blues & Soul concert.
The Album features a group of guests from London, Chicago, Colorado and Israel who lead the Israeli Blues scene today. "When I realized it's the right time to begin this production, I decided to produce an album that would bring me back to who I am and where I came from. Since I was a child I would listen and play along with old Blues records from the collection we had at home, and it became the sound of my childhood. Since then I grew into different music Genres, but with this album I went back to the Blues. I am blessed to have great musicians who played with me in this project, my band and singers. They all inspire me to continue what I'm doing. It was important for me to record the songs live, with hardly any overdubing, so we can create a more dynamic and geniune sound. Basically as close as we could get to the old Muddy Waters albums I used to listen to. It is a combination of the 2012 sound, and songs from the 1920's and the 1960's"

A True Friend (Is Hard to Find)

понедельник, 4 сентября 2017 г.

Sean Costello - Sean's Blues - A Memorial Retrospective

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 75:29
Size: 174,0 MB
Label: Landslide
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Take Me Back - 2:22
 2. Sail On - 4:03
 3. Call The Cops - 1:46
 4. Lovin' Machine - 3:43
 5. The Plumber - 3:05
 6. Tell Me Baby - 3:09
 7. Big Beaver - 2:50
 8. Mellow Chick Swing - 2:07
 9. Walking Blues - 3:38
10. Double Trouble - 7:32
11. Who's Been Cheatin' Who - 2:47
12. All Your Love - 5:35
13. Mojo Boogie - 5:29
14. Motor Head Baby - 4:38
15. Don't Be Reckless With My Heart - 3:09
16. Love Is Amazing - 4:00
17. It Takes Time - 3:32
18. You Don't Know What Love Is - 4:53
19. Feel Like I Aint Got A Home - 3:01
20. She Changed My Mind - 4:02

Sean Costello is a brand name to blues aficionados. He died tragically in 2008, on the eve of his 29th birthday, just when it began to look as though his star was finally going to rise on the masses. He'd been recording since he was 16, and with his own crack band had played stages with virtually every living legend on the blues scene. Costello's knowledge of blues and jazz -- especially jump and swing jazz -- was encyclopedic in his playing and singing. This compilation collects tracks from all of three of his albums recorded between 1996 and 2002, but the majority of this 20-track set is unreleased, with smoking live cuts recorded in Chicago and Marquette, MI. There are some unreleased studio gems recorded in his hometown of Atlanta as well. Costello's best- known band featured harmonica boss Paul Linden (who also doubled -- brilliantly -- on piano), organist and pianist Matt Wauchope, bassist Melvin Zachary, and drummer Terrence Prather. These cats appear on the majority of these cuts, though there are some guest spots, including a few tracks with Matt Sickles playing upright bass. Guitarist and vocalist Susan Tedeschi sings and plays on a couple of cuts as well -- Costello began wowing the world as the guitarist in her first high-profile touring band. Pulling out specific cuts here is ludicrous because, as a collection, this is just outstanding from top to bottom. Compiled (mostly) chronologically by Michael Rothschild and Jeff Bakos, this portrait of Costello accomplishes what it is supposed to: it not only showcases a tremendous artist who was in full command of his gifts, but lets us know what we lost when he passed away. Sean's Blues is filled with great music form jump to Chicago to raucous primitive electric jazz blues; in addition, the sound here is incredible: it crackles with live energy and presence -- Costello was a star to be sure, but he fronted a smoking live blues band whose members were true collaborators in his sound. All one can do after hearing this is say "if only," and hope there is a second volume.

Sean's Blues - A Memorial Retrospective

Giles - Dancing With Dolores

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2006
Time: 57:30
Size: 132,4 MB
Label: May Tree Studios
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Maria Magdalena - 5:19
 2. Freedom - 4:39
 3. Letter To Bush - 4:05
 4. Fallen Angel - 2:53
 5. Dancing With Dolores - 5:31
 6. Gypsy Eyes - 2:13
 7. That's Why - 5:17
 8. Mind Your Own Damn Business - 3:45
 9. Wanna Come Home, Father - 5:33
10. Behind Your Eyes - 3:07
11. Just A Shell - 4:59
12. Nutbush City Limits - 3:30
13. Bird On The Wire - 4:42
14. Yearning - 1:49

Musicians:
Mark Koehorst – vocals; guitars; keyboards; percussion;
Piet Koehorst – bass;
Terry Shaughnessy – drums.

Prolusion. GILES is a UK based power trio who released their first album back in 2002. "Dancing with Dolores" is their fourth production and was issued on their own label, May Tree Studios, in 2006.

Analysis. The promo copy of their CD came into my hands in a peculiar, modern manner – I got sent an invitation to a concert they were holding in the city where I live and informed that if I showed up I would get the CD. That doesn't happen too often, and for a band describing itself as a blues act to contact a reviewer of progressive music in that fashion is even more peculiar. And although I would be hard-pressed to describe the musical contents of this disc as progressive, it does contain quite a few stylistic explorations that may be of interest to followers of the genre covered by this site – and thankfully the music itself is rather innovative too. Few of the tracks here follow conservative blues traditions. The songs are easily defined as blues rock, but rather than exploring a set theme or themes, this is a band that sets out to evolve their songs. With an approach I've come across in quite a few artists playing jazz rock and fusion, slight alterations to previously explored themes is an effect utilized throughout this album, first and foremost with the guitar as main provider of both melodies and variations on those. Another approach used extensively is to add in features and details to one or more themes making up a track, so that a tune that starts out pretty basic sounding ends up as a much more elaborate creation as it reaches its end. Careful use of keyboards adds a few extra dimensions to the blues rock foundation most compositions have in common and as for stylistic variations, the psychedelic side of Jimi Hendrix's output has been a major influence on this act, while other creations are comparable to the mid ‘70s output of Robin Trower in sound - covering both the energetic hard rocking sound as well as the smoother funk-tinged excursions he made from time to time. But it's among the compositions less directly influenced by heroes past that we encounter the most innovative features of this act. The best example of this is the title track, a song blending blues rock with flamenco and tango, romantically dancing away into a sound collage trying to convey doomsday - or at least something pretty close to it. Of the 14 tracks present on this album, 4 are cover versions. Two of these, Richie Valens’ Freedom and Tina Turner's Nutbush City Limits, are among the highlights of this excursion. The former a scorching, energetic rocker in this version, the latter more of a psychedelic tinged but also energetic excursion.

Conclusion. Giles isn't an act that will have a strong appeal amongst followers of progressive music. But those who enjoy the earlier releases by Robin Trower as well as those intrigued by the albums issued by Jimi Hendrix might take an interest in this one. The songs are well crafted and well performed and with a level of innovation and creativity one doesn't often encounter amongst acts exploring blues rock.

Dancing With Dolores

Grinderswitch - Ghost Train From Georgia


Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2004
Time: 57:23
Size: 132,5 MB
Label: Halycon Music
Styles: Southern Rock/Blues Rock
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Where'd You Learn To Love Like This - 4:59
 2. Who's Been Cheatin' On Who - 5:18
 3. When Two Hearts Beat As One - 4:50
 4. Ghost Train From Georgia - 6:20
 5. Holding On To Someone Letting Go - 5:11
 6. Two Wheel Ride - 3:37
 7. Close Enough For Love (For Me) - 4:14
 8. Homebound - 6:45
 9. Help Me Lord - 4:40
10. Miss Understanding - 5:57
11. Dixie Flyer - 5:27

Grinderswitch was formed in 1973, while original members Dru Lombar, Larry Howard, Joe Dan Petty and Rich Burnett lived together in farm, practicing and writing songs. Joe Dan Petty was working for The Allman Brother Band at the time and supported other members of Grinderswitch, before they got a record contract.
After Capricorn Records signed them, first album "Honest to Goodness", came out in 1974. It started never ending touring for them, taking brakes only to record new albums. Grinderswitch performed side by side with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wet Willie, The Charlie Daniels Band and other southern rock’s greatest stars.
Macon Tracks album came out in 1975 and contained their best known song "Pickin' the Blues". Pullin' Together was released in 1976 with critical acclaim and included live favourites Higher Ground and You're So Fine.
In late 70’s when disco started to rose its ugly head, like with many other bands, Grinderswitch’s record sales suffered and they finally broke up in 1982 after releasing 5 albums between 1974 and 1982. There is also 1977 recorded unreleased album under the name "Chasing Wild Desires", that hopefully sees release in the future.
After Grinderswitch, Dru Lombar formed Dr. Hector and The Groove Injectors in 1986 and released five albums. Larry Howard has also recorded several albums under his own name.
In 2004 Dru Lombar put Grinderswitch back together with new members Wally Condon on drums, Eddie Stone (from Doc Holliday fame) on keyboards , Jack Corcaran on guitar and Steve Miller on bass. They released new album "Ghost Train From Georgia" in 2004, but Dru Lombar’s death in September 2005 put Grinderswitch back to rest for good.

Ghost Train From Georgia

Joel Frahm and Bruce Katz - Project A

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2009
Time: 58:41
Size: 134,7 MB
Label: Anzic Records
Styles: Jazz Blues/Hammond B3
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. The House That Jack Built - 5:02
 2. Love The One You're With - 5:35
 3. Don't Play That Song - 5:27
 4. Spirit In The Dark - 8:26
 5. It Ain't Fair - 8:48
 6. Maybe I'm A Fool - 6:15
 7. What A Friend We Have In Jesus - 6:15
 8. Rock Steady - 7:44
 9. Packing Up, Getting Ready To Go - 5:05

Musicians:
Bruce Katz - piano, B3 organ, Wurlitzer;
Joel Frahm - tenor saxophone;
Chris Vitarello - guitar;
Marty Ballou - acoustic bass (2-6, 8, 9);
Jerry Jemmott - bass (1, 3, 4, 7, 8);
Lorne Entress - drums (1, 3-5, 7-9);
Ralph Rosen - drums (2, 4, 6-9);
Jay Collins - baritone saxophone (5, 7, 9);
Kenny Rampton - trumpet (5, 7, 9).

Joel Frahm and Bruce Katz's Project A is not a codename for a scientific research program or some covert operation, but, instead, a finger-snapping, toe-tapping tribute to the original Queen of Soul, singer Aretha Franklin. Frahm, a superlative saxophonist who has worked with Maynard Ferguson, Brad Mehldau and Kurt Rosenwinkel, is joined by Bruce Katz, a master Hammond B3 player and pianist, who is well known in R&B, blues and rock circles, having performed with Gregg Allman and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters. Joined with two drummers and two bassists who are divided between nine spirited songs, the musicians pay homage to Franklin whose songs such as Stephen Stills' 1970's hit, "Love The One You're With," are cultural gems in American roots music. While tunes such as "Respect" are missing from this set, the music vividly gives insight into Franklin's upbringing, which has roots in gospel music, in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee and the influence of Detroit, Michigan, even though she never recorded for Motown. Frahm's horn exudes a Maceo Parker tonality on the stomping "Don't Play That Song," with guitarist Chris Vitarello bringing some B.B. King flavor and Katz serves up some impressive juke joint stride piano. The band goes straight to church in "Spirit In The Dark," Franklin's compelling spiritual testimony, as Katz switches to B3 and lays plenty of grits and grease, while Frahm's answers with skonks and rapid-fire tenor. "It Ain't Fair" is down-in-the-dirt blues with a rhythm section funeral march, lamenting horn vamps, wailing guitar, and a preaching B3. It is music that hurts so good. The band has some tricks up its sleeve with "What A Friend We Have in Jesus," a tune that contains New Orleans spiciness and Vitarello's Ry Cooder-like slide guitar blues. But the groove is fully realized on Franklin's 1971 hit "Rock Steady," from Atlantic Records' Young Gifted and Black, with funky bass line and Katz's frosty Wurlitzer. Project A does the Queen of Soul justice. Enjoyable, recession-proof music with a whole lot of soul. The only thing better would be to have Aretha Franklin singing with this very hot band.

Project A

Walter ''Wolfman'' Washington - Best of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 2

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1994
Time: 49:38
Size: 114,4 MB
Label: Mardi Gras Records
Styles: Soul-Blues/New Orleans,Funk
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Get on Up - 7:19
 2. Worry - 3:51
 3. Sure Enough, It's You - 3:53
 4. Lovely Day - 3:38
 5. Good & Juicy - 4:11
 6. Girl, Don't vven Leave Me - 4:04
 7. Nobody's Fault but Mine - 4:04
 8. Honky Tonk - 3:53
 9. Just My Imagination - 5:02
10. Raining in My Life - 5:04
11. Get on Up  (reprise) - 4:35

IF you like energetic funky guitar noodlin', horns squawking, and soulful wailing then you'l like this "Wolfman". The tracks collected here are mostly culled from a 1981 album called GET ON UP recorded in New Orleans of course. Highlights are two slow blues cuts called "It's Rainin' In My Life" & "Sure Enoguh It's You" with excellent vocals and some crisp guitar soloing from Washington. The soulful pop of "Girl Don't Ever Leave Me" sounds like a shoulda-been hit. The instrumental "Good And Juicy" reminds me some of 1970s Herbie Hancock (Headhunters-vibe) while the mostly instrumental jam "Get On Up (The Wolfman Song)" is pure funk with Walter doing his wolf call over the top of the heavt groove. This guy is truly underappreciated! Note for fans: The track title "Worry" is an early version of "You Got Me Worried", which was updated for his Rounder album.

New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 2