Paris – Same (1976)

ParisSameFCSome of us have been waiting 20-plus years for PARIS to re-emerge from the mists, with good reason. This is a phenomenal album!

A brief recap: Bob Welch leaves Fleetwood Mac and forms a Zep-like hard rock band with Tull’s Glenn Cornick & drummer Thom Mooney. The stated intention is “to rock, but with depth”, and that they do – in spades. Rumored to have been produced by Page himself under a pseudonym (bear in mind there are MANY untrue rumors regarding Page and this might be one). The rumor probably got started after somebody heard the album, which has the Zep production sound down to a T. Too bad Bob Welch didn’t go further with this, because he turns out to be an outstanding heavy-rock songwriter (his lyrics are far better than Plant’s); the tracks on PARIS are short but skillfully crafted, and powered by ear-grabbing heavy riffs and stick-to-your-frontal-lobe melodies. “Nazarene”, “Black Book”, “Red Rain” and “Beautiful Youth” – great songs all – are just four random reasons to buy this. Plus that ever-present streak of erudite cheekiness that Welch has always brought to his music is of course present as well. A stone classic too long neglected…


Glenn Cornick (bass, keyboards)
Thom Mooney (drums)
Bob Welch (guitar, vocals)

01. Black Book (Welch) 3.02
02. Religion (Welch) 5.16
03. Starcage (Welch) 3.49
04. Beautiful Youth (Welch) 3.31
05. Nazarene (Welch) 3.52
06. Narrow Gate (Welch) 6.40
07. Solitaire (Welch) 4.00
08. Breathless (Welch) 3.17
09. Rock Of Ages (Welch) 3.07
10. Red Rain (Welch) 3.18


Daddy Longlegs – Oakdown Farm (1971)

DaddyLonglegsOakdownFarmFCThey are an American band, resident in Britain since late 1969.  Daddy Longlegs were brought together two years earlier, however, by a wealthy backer from Chicago looking for the best rock talent in the Sates.  He found Kurt Palmaki, the bass player, working in New York’s Electric Circus who was asked to play as many rhythms as he could using only two notes.  Kurt got the job when he passed the 20 mark.  Clif Carson, the drummer was discovered on the West Coast, selling the Berkeley Barb in the streets.  His previous work with Chicago Slim’s Blues Band got him the gig with Daddy Longlegs.  Steve Hayton, the group’s original lead guitarist was found picking Indian ragas for his dinner in a San Francisco curry house.  Like many urban Americans, the band reacted agsanst the neurotic state of city life by moving to a farm in update New York, gradually fitting their music together and developing the feel of American country life.  Later in their career they wainly tried to make the band work in New York before moving out to New Mexico.  Then came their move to England.  Moe Armstrong joined the band towards the summer of last year.

DaddyLonglegsOakdownFarmInsideA strange mixture of hillbilly and freak, Moe gave the band a feeling of humour and warmth, a feeling which has persisted even after Moe’s departure back to the States with his wife Joanie.  Today he runs a puppet show in New Mexico.  Steve Hayton left the band toward the end of last year, to be repalced with another American, Gary Holderman, at one time the guitarist for Roy Orbison and Bobby Vee.  He was on the verge of accepting a job with Pacific Gas and Electric when he got the call to join Longlegs.  A fourth member, Pete Arnesen on piano was added late last year.”

Peter Arnensen (keyboards, vocals)
Clif Carrison (drums, percussion)
Steve Hayton (guitar)
Gary Holderman (vocals, guitar)
Kurt Palomaki (bass, vocals)

01. Rubber Tyre (Arnesen) 2.44
02. Double Decker (Palmomaki) 1.53
03. Please Believe Me (Arnesen/Dean) 3.30
04. Lonely Way (Arnesen/Dean) 3.52
05. Sweet Louise (Arnesen/Dean) 2.52
06. Wheeling And Dealing (Holderman) 5.04
07. Rusty Door (Holderman/Palomaki/Carrison) 3.56
08. Gambling Man (Palomaki) 2.42
09. Clara Bell (Holderman) 3.36
10. Night Shift (Clarrison) 2.49
11. Moog (Arnesen) 3.40
12. Boogie (Traditional) 5.02


Nigel Kennedy Quintet feat.Jeff Beck – Royal Albert Hall (2008)

NigelKennedyJeffBeckFCNigel Kennedy might be known for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons but the violinist has his rock side and is no stranger to either Jimi Hendrix or The Doors. Earlier in the evening, Kennedy had performed Elgar’s Violin Concerto but for the later part of the show, for a moment there, one would have thought it was Pat Metheny and his Synclavier, for that was how Kennedy came across. Unlike the earlier classical portion, here Kennedy weaved between jazz, folk and rock.


The highlight and surprise for the audience was when Kennedy brought Jeff Beck on stage. reported: “Nigel was particularly keen for me to do the Hills of Saturn solo,” said Beck, who played the track on his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar.

John Fordham wrote in The Guardian: “As an improviser, Kennedy has an originality of spontaneous line and rhythmic attack that most classical players lack in this context, and several of the pieces worked up a fierce, guitar-mimicking, Hendrix-like momentum… A romantic ballad dedicated to 1960s folkie Donovan was sublime, and so was the darkly elegiac Hills of Saturn – the latter richly harmonised with Tomasz Grzegorski’s tenor sax and Adam Kowalewski’s bass. Surprise guest Jeff Beck conjured an astonishing panpipe-like sound from his guitar.”

Pawel Dobrowolski (percussion)
Tomasz Grzegorski (saxophone)
Nigel Kennedy (violin)
Adam Kowalewski (bass)
Piotr Wylezol (piano)
Jeff Beck (guitar on 03 + 04.)

01. Nice Bottle Of Beaujolais/Innit 9.36
02. Hills Of Saturn 5.00
03 Hills Of Saturn 6.19
04. Third Stone From The Sun 10.22



Skip James- Devil Got My Woman (1968)

SkipJamesDevilFCSkip James made his original reputation with 17 recordings that he cut during February 1931, when he was 28. Although fluent on both the guitar and (to a lesser extent) the piano, James was most notable for his storytelling lyrics, his haunting high-pitched voice, and his distinctive interpretations of the Delta blues.

James was rediscovered 33 years after his early recordings, in time to appear at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. He was quite active during 1964-1966, making the music on this solo CD (his last record) three years before his death in 1969.

One can easily hear the influence that Skip James’ music had on the then flourishing folk music movement, and he still sang his country blues with great intensity.

Skip James (guitar, vocals, piano)

01. Good Road Camp Blues (James) 3.47
02. Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues (James) 3.20
03. Devil Got My Woman (James) 5.10
04. Look At The People Standing At The Judgement (James) 2.58
05. Worried Blues (James) 5.55
06. 22-20 Blues (James/Johnson) 3.50
07. Mistreating Child Blues (James) 3.54
08. Sickbed Blues (James) 4.05
09. Catfish Blues (James) 4.35
10. Lorenzo Blues (James) 4.17
11. Careless Love (Handy/Koenig/Williams) 3.59
12. Illnois Blues (James) 3.15



Nino Rosso – Russian Folk Songs (1972)

NiniRossoRussianFolkSongsFCRaffaele Celeste “Nini” Rosso (19 September 1926 – 5 October 1994) was an Italian jazz trumpeter and composer.
Born in Turin, Rosso’s parents had attempted to send him to university, but at 19 he chose the trumpet over academia, and left home. After his employment in a nightclub was terminated by the police, he returned home, but soon after departed again to relaunch his career. He soon became one of the best-known jazz trumpeters in Italy, reaching the crest of his popularity in the 1960s. He became known in the UK in 1962 when his recording of “Concerto Disperato” was covered by Ken Thorne and his Orchestra and became a hit under the title “The Theme from ‘The Legion’s Last Patrol'”. Rosso’s original was quickly released on the little-known Durium label and also made the charts, but was less successful than the cover. His 1965 worldwide hit “Il Silenzio” went to #1 in Italy, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and sold over five million copies by the end of 1967. It was awarded a gold disc. He also acted in the 1960s.
Rosso died of a tumor in 1994, at the age of 68.
This is his easy listening version of Russian folk songs … enjoy the way he played the trumpet !

Nini Rosso (trumpet)
a bunch of unknown studio musicians


01. The Red Sarafan (Traditional) 3.01
02. Katyusha (Traditional) 3.20
03. Moscow Evening (Traditional) 2.37
04. Lullabye Of Cossack (Traditional) 2.52
05. Karpbschka (Traditional) 2.45
06. Sulico (Traditional) 2.40
07. Polyushka-Polye (Traditional) 2.32
08. Aganyok (Traditional) 3.00
09. Sunrise Of Siberia (Traditional) 2.35
10. Through Wild Transbaikal Steppes (Traditional) 2.44
11. A Dashing Troika (Traditional) 3.41
12. Black-Eyed Lady (Traditional) 3.20



Barbara Thompson´s Paraphernalia – A Cry From The Heart – Live In London (1988)

FrontCover1Barbara Thompson’s music career started as a teenager at the Royal College of Music in London in the 1960s, where she studied clarinet, piano, flute and composition.

Taken to a Duke Ellington concert she became entranced by the saxophone and after meeting her future husband, drummer Jon Hiseman, in 1964, she rapidly became involved in the Jazz scene, absorbing the talents of the Miles Davis group, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane et al.

The key to Jazz performance is improvisation and Barbara realised that with her natural ‘ear’ she had been ‘making things up’ since she was a child.  As she started performing in Jazz clubs, she felt compelled to compose her own pieces – despite opposition from local Jazz musicians, who were often more comfortable playing ‘standards’…

In the mid 1970s Barbara formed her first group, Jubiaba, and later Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia – and went on to record more than 15 albums with the band, playing extensive tours across Europe roughly every 2 years until 2005.  She continues to perform occasionally, the band most recently having returned from a trip to Japan.

Barbara has appeared as featured musician on more than 100 albums, is a founder member of the United Jazz & Rock Ensemble – ‘The Band of Bandleaders’ – and has worked with a huge variety of artists from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Manfred Mann.  She has worked extensively for television – including being the composer and soloist for the theme music to the hit series ‘A Touch Of Frost’.

Barbara also played on the early Colosseum albums before joining the reunion band upon the death of Dick Heckstall-Smith in 2004.

In the early 1980s Barbara was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to write a series of pieces and she chose to compose modern classical works which re-awakened her interest in classical music, both as a performer and more importantly as a composer.

In the late 1990s Barbara was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and, as she was forced to cut down on her live appearances, she concentrated more and more on her composing.

And this is one of her gret albums with Paraphernalia, recorded live at the Riverside Studios, London (6 & 8th November 1987). It´s a hightlig in the history of British Jazz !

Paul Dunne (guitar)
Jon Hiseman (drums)
Peter Lemer (keyboards)
Phil Mulford (bass)
Barbara Thompson (saxophone, flute)

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01. Joy Ride 7.47
02. L’extreme Jonction 10.58
03. A Cry From The Heart 7.25
04. Entre Les Trous De La Memoire 6.07
05. Out To Lunch 5.30
06. Close To The Edge 9.41
07. Voices Behind Locked Doors 9.37
08. Eastern Western Promise Part 1 10.00
09. Eastern Western Promise Part 2  9.20

All titels composed by Barba Thompson

David Miles Huber – Distant Thunder – Relaxation & Meditation With Music & Nature (1997)

FrontCover1David Miles Huber is an American composer and producer in the downtempo, ambient and dance genres. He is also the author of numerous books on recording and electronic music. Huber’s CD series Relaxation and Meditation with Music and Nature has sold over one million copies. His latest music and collaborations are available through the 51bpm independent record label. Huber’s most prominent book; Modern Recording Techniques was sold over 250,000 copies and became a standard recording industry text.

Huber received his degree in music technology from Indiana University (I.M.P.), and was the first American to be admitted into the Tonmeister program at the University of Surrey in Guildford, Surrey, England. (by wikipedia)

And this is one of his many albums with relaxing sounds:

“This CD was nice and relaxing. First a storm track with light instrumentals behind it then a track with frogs, owls, etc. that you would hear after a storm. Again, on both tracks, there is music behind the nature audio. If you are ONLY looking for the sound of a storm, without background music, then you may want to try something different.” (by mccau002)

“For anyone having trouble getting to sleep – this CD is a must. Love it! I rarely even get through the first half as I’m sound long before the storm is done!” (by TravelQueen)

David Miles Huber (all instruments)

01. Storm On Serret Mountain (Huber) 30.00
02. After The Storm (Huber) 30.00