Los Soneros de Havanna – Cafe Havana (1999)

frontcover1The music of Cuba, including its instruments, performance and dance, comprises a large set of unique traditions influenced mostly by west African and European (especially Spanish) music. Due to the syncretic nature of most of its genres, Cuban music is often considered one of the richest and most influential regional musics of the world. For instance, the son cubano merges an adapted Spanish guitar (tres), melody, harmony, and lyrical traditions with Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythms. Almost nothing remains of the original native traditions, since the native population was exterminated in the 16th century.

Since the 19th century Cuban music has been hugely popular and influential throughout the world. It has been perhaps the most popular form of regional music since the introduction of recording technology. Cuban music has contributed to the development of a wide variety of genre and musical styles around the globe, most notably in Latin America, the Caribbean, West Africa and Europe. Examples include rhumba, Afro-Cuban jazz, salsa, soukous, many West African re-adaptations of Afro-Cuban music (Orchestra Baobab, Africando), Spanish fusion genres (notably with flamenco), and a wide variety of genres in Latin America. (by wikipedia)

Los Soneros de Havanna is a totally unknown group from Cuba and you can hear on this album “14 great Cuband classic songs”. I found no further informations about this group … but … even this is a very cheap production … it´s a great album, with fantastic melodies and rhythms …

Enjoy this trip to Cuba …

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01. El Carretero (Portables) 3.16
02. Dos Gardenias (Carillo) 3.02
03. Chan Chan (Repilado) 4.17
04, Alto Songo (Martinez) 8.18
05. Amor Verdadero (Marquetti) 7.31
06. Son De La Loma (Matamoros) 4.13
07. No Llores Más (D.K.) 4.49
08. El Guato De Catalina (Rodriguez) 3.17
09. Mentiras Tuyas (Portas) 2.58
10. La Charanga (Farjado) 4.23
11. Rico Vacilón (Ruiz) 4.04
12. Toda Una Vida (DeLange/Farres) 2.32
13. Los Sitio Asere (Gonzalez) 6.17
14. A Toda Cuba Le Gusta (Becquer) 5.48

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Savoy Brown – Getting To The Point (1968)

lpfrontcover1Getting to the Point is the second studio album by the British blues rock band Savoy Brown. It marks the debut of a vastly different lineup, still led by Kim Simmonds but fronted by new vocalist Chris Youlden.

It was released by Decca in 1968 with catalog number SKL 4935 and finds the group taking on more of the songwriting load, as opposed to their debut, which consisted mostly of covers. One of the covers is “You Need Love” by Willie Dixon, which served as a blueprint for “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin. Deram released the CD with three bonus tracks in 1990 with catalog number 820 922-2. (by wikipedia)

1967 saw Savoy Brown tour as backing band for Hooker’s UK tour and also open for Cream’s first London performance.
Extensive touring was followed by personnel changes after a drugs ‘bust’ which saw in new bassist Bob Brunning from Fleetwood Mac and singer Chris Youlden. Youlden was a true find, his rich, often mournful vocal harnessed to Simmond’s fluid guitar lines levered in home grown material from both men that trademarked the Savoy Brown sound, the line-up soon enriched by the arrival of bassist “Lonesome” Dave Peverett and drummer Roger Earle.
Getting to the Point followed in March 1968, the mix now reversed with just two covers and seven originals by Youlden and Simmonds. Initially something of a downer after “Shake Down”, the album picks up half way and begins to rattle along, showcasing an individual style and a growing dynamic within the band.
Winning contemporary media plaudits for the album, this chemistry was to grow to even better purpose with subsequent releases in the last gasps of the decade.(by Greville Rob)

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The first single with Chris Youlden (with the wrong line-up on the cover !)

Getting to the Point marks the debut of a vastly different lineup, still led by Simmonds but now fronted by new vocalist Chris Youlden. The pair got off to a good start by writing or co-writing most of the album. The playing is solid blues revival, and though Youlden’s vocals are often overly imitative of B.B. King and Muddy Waters, he has a confident voice and frontman persona. Originals like “Flood in Houston” and “Mr. Downchild” provide the highlights. (by by Keith Farley)

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Personnel:
Roger Earl (drums)
Bob Hall (piano)
Rivers Jobe (bass)
Dave Peverett (guitar)
Kim Simmonds (lead guitar)
Chris Youlden (vocals)
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Bob Brunning (bass on 11. + 12.)
Hughie Flint (drums 11. + 12.)

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Tracklist:
01. Flood In Houston (Simmonds/Youlden) – 4:00
02. Stay With Me Baby (Peverett/Simmonds/Youlden) 2.35
03. Honey Bee (Morganfield) 6.25
04. The Incredible Gnome Meets Jaxman (Simmonds) 3.30
05. Give Me A Penny (Traditional) 4.20
06. Mr. Downchild (Simmonds/Youlden) 5.25
07. Getting To The Point (Simmonds) 4.20
08. Big City Lights (Hall/Youlden) 3.25
09. You Need Love (Dixon) 7.40
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10. Walking by Myself (Single A side, 1967) (Rogers) 2.25
11. Taste And Try, Before You Buy (Single A side, 1967) (Youlden) 2-21
12. Someday People (Single B side, 1967) (Simmonds) 4.35

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Still alive and well: Kim Simmonds in 2016

Orchestra MikisTheodorakis – The Music Of Mikis Theodorakis (1967)

frontcover1Michael “Mikis” Theodorakis (born 29 July 1925) is a Greek songwriter and composer who has written over 1000 songs. He scored for the films Zorba the Greek (1964), Z (1969), and Serpico (1973). He composed the “Mauthausen Trilogy” also known as “The Ballad of Mauthausen”, which has been described as the “most beautiful musical work ever written about the Holocaust” and possibly his best work. He is viewed as Greece’s best-known living composer. He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

Politically, he is associated with the left because of his long-standing ties to the Communist Party of Greece. He was an MP for the KKE from 1981 to 1990. Nevertheless, in 1989 he ran as an independent candidate within the centre-right New Democracy party, in order for the country to emerge from the political crisis that had been created due to the numerous scandals of the government of Andreas Papandreou,[9] and helped establish a large coalition between conservatives, socialists and leftists. In 1990 he was elected to the parliament (as in 1964 and 1981), became a government minister under Constantine Mitsotakis, and fought against drugs and terrorism and for culture, education and better relations between Greece and Turkey. He continues to speak out in favor of left-liberal causes, Greek–Turkish–Cypriot relations, and against the War in Iraq. He has consistently opposed oppressive regimes and was a key voice against the 1967–1974 Greek junta, which imprisoned him.

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In 1960, Theodorakis returned to Greece and his roots in genuine Greek music: With his song cycle Epitaphios he started the third period of his composing and contributed to a cultural revolution in his country. His most significant and influential works are based on Greek and world poetry – Epiphania (Giorgos Seferis), Little Kyklades (Odysseas Elytis), Axion Esti (Odysseas Elytis), Mauthausen (Iakovos Kambanellis), Romiossini (Yannis Ritsos), and Romancero Gitano (Federico García Lorca) – he attempted to give back to Greek music a dignity which in his perception it had lost. He developed his concept of “metasymphonic music” (symphonic compositions that go beyond the “classical” status and mix symphonic elements with popular songs, Western symphonic orchestra and Greek popular instruments).

He founded the Little Orchestra of Athens and the Musical Society of Piraeus, gave many, many concerts all around Greece and abroad… and he naturally became involved in the politics of his home country. After the assassination of Gregoris Lambrakis in May 1963 he founded the Lambrakis Democratic Youth (“Lambrakidès”) and was elected its president. theodorakis01Under Theodorakis’s impetus, it started a vast cultural renaissance movement and became the greatest political organisation in Greece with more than 50.000 members. Following the 1964 elections, Theodorakis became a member of the Greek Parliament, associated with the left-wing party EDA. Because of his political ideas, the composer was black-listed by the cultural establishment; at the time of his biggest artistic glory, a large number of his songs were censored-before-studio or were not allowed on the radio stations.

During 1964, he wrote the music for the Michael Cacoyiannis film Zorba the Greek, whose main theme, since then, exists as a trademark for Greece. It is also known as ‘Syrtaki dance’; inspired from old Cretan traditional dances.

On 21 April 1967 a right wing junta (the Regime of the Colonels) took power in a putsch. Theodorakis went underground and founded the “Patriotic Front” (PAM). On 1 June, the Colonels published “Army decree No 13”, which banned playing, and even listening to his music. Theodorakis himself was arrested on 21 August, and jailed for five months. Following his release end of January 1968, he was banished in August to Zatouna with his wife Myrto and their two children, Margarita and Yorgos. Later he was interned in the concentration camp of Oropos. An international solidarity movement, headed by such personalities as Dmitri Shostakovich, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Miller, and Harry Belafonte demanded to get Theodorakis freed. On request of the French politician Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, Theodorakis was allowed to go into exile to Paris on 13 April 1970. Theodorakis’s flight left very secretly from an Onassis owned private airport outside Athens. Theodorakis arrived at Le Bourget Airport where he met Costa Gavras, Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin. Theodorakis was immediately hospitalized because he suffered from lung tuberculosis. Myrto Theodorakis, Mikis’s wife and two children joined him a week later in France. They arrived from Greece to France via Italy on a boat.(by wikipedia)

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Mikis Theodorakis with Fidel Castro

Here´s an album from his beautiful music during the Sixties … This album was released in Germany, so the liner notes are in German …

Mikis Theodorakis in his own words:

“The basis of music is the songs.  The basis of music is the dance, the rhythm, the harmony.  This is the base.  The composition must be based in this base.  Me, I prefer all the composers of this century, the biggest ones, because they make songs.  I prefer our own Greeks composers, popular composers.  They write songs for the people.  This is the music.   If it is possible to construct in this music with orchestra, with symphony, etcetera, good.  But the basis must be the inspiration, must be the songs, popular songs.  The songs are the basis.  I think that Vivaldi, Verdi, Beethoven, all start for the popular, the German popular songs, Italian popular songs, the Spanish popular songs, French, and step by step construct this symphony.  For me, a new composer must start from the songs, or start by dialogue from the others, supposing to compose a piece only for five persons, for one hundred persons, for a concert.  The critics write articles, etcetera, philology, etcetera, and for me all this is death.  It’s not the life.  The life is the phenomenon.  Music is called the phenomenon of life.  We have the genesis.  The genesis for music is the melody.  If you say today, à la Bach, à la Mozart, à la Beethoven, à la Verdi, à la Stravinsky, we think a kind of melody.  This is the genesis; this is the life.  The other is construction.  This is my poor philosophy. “

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Personnel:
Yannis Didikis (piano)
Maria Fandouri (vocals)
Georg Kapernaros (vocals)
Lakis Karnezis (bouzouki)
Eyandros Papadopoulos (drums)
Kostas Papadopoulos (bouzouki)
Papangelidis (bass)

Orchestra conducted by Mikis Theodorakis

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Tracklist:
01. To Perigiali (The Beach) (Seferis/Theodorakis) 3.59
02. Doxa To Theo (Glory To God) (Theodorakis/Kampanelis) 2.35
03. Mana Mou Ke Panayia (The Most Holy One) (Theodorakis/Livaditis) 4.56
04. Aprilis (Fragment From The Series “The Dead Brother”) (Theodorakis) 2.29
05. Rodostamo (Rose-Water) (Theodorakis/Gatsos) 4.21
06. Marina (Theodorakis/Elitis) 3.20
07. Tou Mikrou Voria (The Northern Breeze) (Theodorakis/Elitis) 2.23
08. Soritis Petroulias (Theodorakis) 4.41
09. Margarita, Margaro (Theodorakis) 3.13
10. Vracho Vracho (Rock-Rock) (Theodorakis/Christodoulou) 2.65
11. Varka Sto Yalo (Boat On The Beach) (Theodorakis) 2.35
12. Vradiazi (Evening Approaches) (Theodorakis/Christodoulou) 3.54

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King Curtis – Live At Fillmore West (1971)

lpfrontcover1Live at Fillmore West is an album by King Curtis, released in 1971. The album showcases the concert he played with his band The Kingpins at the Fillmore West venue in San Francisco in March 1971 who were supporting and backing soul singer Aretha Franklin. A week after its release in August 1971, Curtis was stabbed to death outside his brownstone apartment in New York City.

It was reissued on compact disc in the 1990s through Rhino Records and was released in an expanded edition in 2006. In addition it was released as an expanded edition four-CD box set entitled, Don’t Fight the Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West by Rhino Handmade in 2005, featuring the complete concert by King Curtis and Aretha Franklin. This edition was limited to 5000 numbered copies.

Recorded at the Fillmore West concert hall, the storied rock venue in San Francisco, over three nights, March 5, 6 and 7, 1971. King Curtis and his band the Kingpins were supporting Aretha Franklin as well as being her backing band. The album opens with his own composition “Memphis Soul Stew” but the bulk of the album is taken with cover versions of recent rock and soul recordings including Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”. His version of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” found renewed fame when used in the opening title sequence of cult British comedy film Withnail and I. The film is set in 1969, two years before its performance.

Professionally Curtis was having a prolific and successful summer that year. Aretha Franklin’s Live at Fillmore West album was a huge hit, he had contributed to two tracks on John Lennon’s album, Imagine, recorded the theme to the television show Soul Train and had made a highly acclaimed performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was in this climate that his album Live at Fillmore West was released in August 1971. A week after its release, Curtis was stabbed to death outside his brownstone apartment in New York City following an argument with two junkies. The day after he died the album peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard 200 album chart, his greatest success as a solo artist. (by wikipedia)

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Recorded in front of an enthusiastic audience and released just one week before Curtis’ murder in 1971, Live at Fillmore West is a brilliant confirmation of the saxophonist’s place in popular music. Backed up by Atlantic’s top session men, as well as Billy Preston and the Memphis Horns, Curtis rips through some of the biggest hits of the day, transforming them into showcases for his soulful playing and the group’s outstanding rhythmic interplay. Beautiful renditions of “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and “I Stand Accused” are highlights, but it’s full-throttle rockers like “Changes” and “Memphis Soul Stew” that comprise the heart of the album. Curtis occasionally gets lost in the mix, but it doesn’t matter; with so much great music going on, you probably won’t notice. (by Jim Smith)

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Personnel:
King Curtis (saxophone)
Cornell Dupree (guitar)
Jerry Jemmott (bass)
Pancho Morales (percussion)
Billy Preston (organ)
Bernard Purdie (drums)
Truman Thomas (piano)
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The Memphis Horns:
Jack Hale (trombone)
Roger Hopps (trumpet)
Wayne Jackson (trumpet)
Andrew Love (saxophone)
Jimmy Mitchell (saxophone)

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Tracklist:
01. Memphis Soul Stew (Ousley) 7.41
02. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Brooker/Reid) 5.26
03. Whole Lotta Love (Dixon/Plant/Page/Jones/Bo2.16
04. I Stand Accused (Butler) 6.05
05. Them Changes (Miles) 7.01
06. Ode To Billie Joe (Gentry) 3.22
07. Mr. Bojangles (Walker) 4.30
08. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (Garrett/Hardaway/Wonder/Wright) 2.37
09. Soul Serenade (Dixon/Ousley), King Curtis 5.32

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“King” Curtis Ousley (February 7, 1934 – August 13, 1971)

 

Chris Rea – Dancing With Strangers (1987)

frontcover1Dancing with Strangers is the ninth studio album by Chris Rea, released in 1987.

It became Rea’s first major success in UK, peaking at #2, behind Michael Jackson’s Bad, and spent 46 weeks in the charts, achieving Platinum accreditation.

It reached the Top 10 in six other countries, including New Zealand where it became a number one album.

“Let’s Dance” was released as the first single and, like the album, became a major hit for Rea in UK, peaking at #12.

In tone with the success of the album, “Let’s Dance” became a major hit in New Zealand as well, peaking at #2. The other singles released from this album were “Loving You Again” (UK #47), “Joys of Christmas” (UK #67) and “Que Sera” (UK #73).(by wikipedia)

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Album no 3 in Chris’ ‘imperial’ phase, and the all-important one before The Road To Hell set the seal on the legend. A splendid album, with something for everyone. Of it’s time, yes, but none the worse for that. ‘Side One’ is just about faultless, with each song a sign of styles to come, combining pop, rock & blues just so (I Can’t Dance to that being a particular favourite).

‘Side Two’ kicks off with the always great Let’s Dance (the slightly superior original version to my mind), and while not quite as strong as the first half, still holds it’s own. The album may be a couple of tracks too long, but it shows an artist on top, confident form, with the best yet to come. (by Jason Brown)

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Personnel:
Robert Ahwai (guitar)
Martin Ditcham (percussion, drums)
Jerry Donahue (guitar)
Kevin Leach (keyboards)
Dave Mattacks (drums)
Max Middleton (keyboards)
Eoghan O’Neill (bass)
Adrian Rea (drums)
Chris Rea (vocals, guitar, keyboards, slide guitar, synthesizer, accordion)
Davy Spillane (guitar, uilleann pipes)

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Tracklist:
01. Joys Of Christmas 5.15
02. I Can’t Dance To That 4.19
03. Windy Town 4.25
04. Gonna Buy A Hat 4.25
05. Curse Of The Traveller 6.26
06. Let’s Dance 4.07
07. Que Sera 5.23
08. Josie’s Tune 2.19
09. Loving You Again 5.40
10. That Girl Of Mine 3.41
11. September Blue 3.09
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12. I Don’t Care Any More 2.10
13. Donahue’s Broken Wheel 3.02
14. Danielle’s Breakfast 4.33

All songs written by Chris Rea

Tracks 12, 13, 14 are bonus tracks not available on the initial LP release.

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Quartetto Klimt – Quartetti Con Pianoforte (2000)

frontcover1Formed in 1995 at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Klimt Quartet is today one of the most interesting young chamber music groups in Italy. Since its foundation it has performed in numerous concerts including prestigious Festivals in Italy and abroad. Between 1997-1999 the quartet attended for two years the master classes held by Trio di Milano in Fiesole; since 2000 the quartet has studied for various years with M.° Pier Narciso Masi. In April 1998 the quartet won first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “Gaetano Zinetti” at Sanguinetto (VR).
A few months after its foundation the quartet was invited by: “Encontre Internationale des Enseignements Artistiques” organized by the Institute de le Marionette a Charleville-Meziéres (France); the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana ad Aosta; the “Ater Festival” in Rimini; and by the “Elba Isola Musicale d’Europa” Festival, where it captured the attention of the great Yuri Bashmet.
The following years have seen the group participating in prestigious musical seasons among which “Lingotto Musica” in Turin, the “Festival di Ravello”, “Musica Insieme” in Bologna and at the Bologna Festival, “Amici della Musica” in Florence, “Amici della Musica” in Perugia, the “Accademia Filarmonica Romana” in Rome, the “Serate Musicali di Milano”, the “Festival Mozart” in Rovereto. The quartet has also played a leading part in numerous live television and radio performances for the RAI (Radio Televisione Italiana).

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In these years of intense activity, the quartet has benefited from the advice and support of artists such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Natalia Gutman and Maurizio Pollini; the latter invited Klimt to perform during the award ceremony of “Una vita nella Musica” in 1999 in Venice, and in 2001 gave them the scholarship “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli”. In April 2001 the quartet inaugurated the first edition of “I Concerti del Quirinale” in Rome; in July 2001 the Klimt Quartet was invited to the prestigious “Oleg Kagan Musikfest di Kreuth” (Germany) and the “Festival of Santander” (Spain).
In 2010 the prestigious magazine Amadeus published the two quartets for piano and strings by Robert Schumann performed by the Klimt Quartet and was later invited by the RAI to perform these pieces live for Euroradio for the bicentenary of Schumann’s birth. In 2011 it has been invited by Columbia University in New York, gaining a warm success by audience and press.
In recognition of Klimt’s unfailing, passionate commitment to the promotion and diffusion of contemporary music, various composers, such as A.Solbiati, F.Antonioni, M.D’Amico and I. Vandor have dedicated compositions to the Quartet.
Since 2008 the violinist of the group has been Duccio Ceccanti. (by livornomusicfestival.com)

And this is the debut album …. what a great debut album, recorded by this young Italian ensemble … if you like classic music (like me) … you should listen … what a unbelieveable sound !

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Personnel:
Lorenza Borrani (violin)
Matteo Fossi (piano)
Alice Gabbiani (violincello)
Edoardo Rosadini (viola)

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Tracklist:

 Johannes Brahms: Quartetto op. 25 in sole minore:
01. Allegro 13.09
02. Intermezzo 7.40
03. Andante con moto 9.11
04. Rondo alla zingarese 8.51

Robert Schumann: Quartetto op. 47 in Mib maggiore:
05. Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo 9.30
06. Scherzo – molto vivace 3.49
07. Andante cantabile 7.23
08. Finale – vivace 8.01

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Jack Bruce Band feat. Ginger Baker – Almost Cream (1992)

frontcover1Jack Bruce is one of my favorite musician … who was a real strong part of my life … and here´s a great bootleg from him …

It would be a 5 Star rating, hadn’t it been a bootleg and therefore the limited sound quality. The concert was recorded in New York at the Bottom Line on 7 December 1989. The concert is rough and comes from the heart. A great moment to share with this great artist. Are on board  Ginger Baker on a limited amount of songs, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, Blues Saraceno on guitar, and others. (by luchenzig; rateyourmusic.com)

Listen to Jack Bruce and his wonderful world of music … Did I tell you, that Jack Bruce is one of my favorite musician ? … Many fantastic colors …

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Personnel:
Ginger Baker (drums on 10. – 18.)
Jack Bruce (bass, vocals, harmonica)
Malcolm Bruce (guitar)
Gary “Bone” Cooper (percussion, background vocals)
Tom Goss (drums on 01. – 09.)
Blues Saraceno (guitar)
Bernie Worrell (keyboards)

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CD 1:
01. Life On Earth (Bruce) 4.49
02. No Surrender (Bruce/Brown) 6.14
03. Make Love (Bruce/Brown) 4.41
04. Born Under A Bad Sign (Bell/Jones) 8.28
05. Blues You Can’t Lose (Dixon) 8.44
06. Theme From An Imaginary Western (Bruce/Brown   7:09
07. Blues Saraceno Guitar Solo (Saraceno) 3.03
08. Keep It Down (Bruce/Brown) 8.27
09. Grease The Wheels (Bruce/Brown) 9.10

CD 2:
10. N.S.U. (Bruce) 5.13
11. Obsession (Bruce/Brown) 5.08
12. White Room (Bruce/Brown) 6.00
13. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Morganfield) 5.16
14. Toad (Baker) 7.35
15. Sitting On Top Of The World     7:35
16. Politician (Bruce/Brown) 5.10
17. Sunshine Of Your Love (Bruce/Brown(Clapton) 7.44
18. Spoonful (Dixon) 13.01

 

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