Christopher Wilson – Early Venetian Lute Music (1995)

FrontCover1This is a wonderful CD! Beautifully recorded in St. Andrews Church in Toddington, England! The quiet melodies of each piece are different enough that you will never get bored playing it over and over again! The next time you have a bad day, or come home from work some night with frayed nerves, try this!

Turn out all of the lights, light a candle in a jar, preferably a scented one (sounds awfully 60’s doesn’t it!) put this CD on the stereo, get comfortable, let your mind drift back to the 16th century, watch the candle light flicker on the walls and ceiling and feel yourself relax!!!

This CD is a lot cheaper than a bottle of tranquilizers or a visit to the shrink! BEWARE: Don’t substitute Lute music played on an acoustic guitar! A Lute has different dynamics, nuances and colours! Good Listening To You!!! (by John F. Coughlin)

ChristopherWilson01I discovered this CD quite by accident. I had been listening to two solo albums by Jan Akkerman, at one time the guitarist in Focus. Amid all the rock and jazz-rock tunes, it was clear that his solo lute recordings were much the best aspects of the two CDs. I resolved to buy a John Dowland CD, and this album also came up in the search.
This has quickly become the favourite of my lute CDs. The others feature singing — usually by a counter-tenor — and while that is pleasant enough, it places the music firmly in another time.
Without the singing, we can place this album almost anywhere we want: ambient, rock, classical, music to work to. There’s a nostalgic quality to several of the pieces here: they are so close to musical scales that they distantly remind me, as a child of the 1960s, of the themes to ‘Camberwick Green’ and ‘Trumpton’. This is music that it is impossible to dislike. (by Gavin Wilsonon)

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Personnel:
Christopher Wilson (lute)
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Tracklist:

Joan Ambrosio Dalza:
01. Calata ala spagnola 2.06
02. Tastar de corde, Recercar dietro 2.13
03. Pavana alla venetiana 3.26
Francesco Spinacino:
04. Rececar 1.37
05. Jay pris amours 3.33
Franciscus Bossinensis;
06. Recercar 0.28
Francesco Spinacino:
07. La Bernardina de Josquin 2.59
Vincenzo Capirola:
08. Recercar quinto 3.45
09. Canto bello 1.36
10. La villanella 1.29
11. O mia cieca e dura sorte 3.47
12. Che farala che dirala (after Don Michele Vicentino) 2.00
13. Non mi negar signora (After Serafino dall’ Aquila) 1.01
14. Recercar 0.50
15, Pavana 2.16
16. Calata 1.46
Franciscus Bossinensis;
17. Recercar 0.41
Francesco Spinacino:
18. Je ne fay 4.10
19. Recercar 2.54
20. De tous biens 3.52
Joan Ambrosio Dalza:
21. Tastar de corde, Recercar dietro 1.09
22. lata ala spagnola 2.33
23. Poi che volse la mia stella (after Bartolomeo Tromboncino) 2.43
24. Laudato dio 2.43
25. Saltarello and Piva 4.54

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Steve Harnell (Editor) – Vintage Rock The Beatles – The Early Years

FrontCoverHere´s an illustrated 132-page bookazine pays tribute to the early years of The Beatles.

Liverpool’s finest were quite simply the most important pop-cultural phenomenon that the 20th century and beyond has ever seen – wildly ambitious, successful, influential and groundbreaking. And all this sprang from that most British of institutions – a parish church fête, where John Lennon met Paul McCartney, 60 years ago on 6 July 1957.

In this latest Collectors Edition of Vintage Rock, we trace the band’s roots as fledgling skifflers The Quarrymen playing local gigs in Liverpool through to their hothouse development as they became The Beatles at the Cavern and in Hamburg, before moving on to inventing the mega-gig at Shea Stadium.

Inbetween, we serve up some fascinating insights into the life of their manager Brian Epstein, the astonishing rise of Beatlemania in the UK, Europe and the United States, put the band’s first five studio albums under the microscope and also go behind the scenes on their two big-screen outings, A Hard Day’s Night and Help!

It all adds up to a must-read magazine for fans of the Fab Four. The greatest that ever was and the greatest that ever will be…
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Available again: Herbie Mann – Zoot Money – Paul Brett – Bradley´s Roadshow

Herbie Mann – Latin Fever (1964)

Zoot Money – Mr. Money (1980)

Paul Brett – Songs From The Compleat Angler (2009)

Paul Brett Sage – Schizophrenia (1972 )

Paul Brett – Earth Birth – The First Twelve String Guitar Suite (1977)

Various Artists – Bradley´s Roadshow – Live At The Marquee (1973)

Paul Brett Sage – Same (1970)

 

Let me know, if links are dead and I will make them available again … Please write to:

post-fuer-sammelsurium@gmx.net

Paul Brett – Eclipse (1979)

FrontCover14 stars Brett’s RCA followup to “Interlife” was different enough to show that he was not going to sit still, but similar enough to sound like the same guy. He has opted for 10 shorter tracks and vocals appear on the weakest 2. The material is more varied, from disco funk to acoustic folk to calypso to heavy rock to Renaissance music to jazz standards. In general this release seems designed for greater digestibility. But none of that stops “Eclipse” from being another excellent album.

A whole new batch of thoroughly competent backing musicians provide Brett with the support to succeed again. Woodwinds add a new dimension to a few of the tracks, while brass has returned here and there. Old Tom Newman has a major behind the scenes role. The highlights are most of the instrumental cuts and the way they convincingly link together in spite of their disparity of styles. For instance, “Calypso Street” is a very accessible and jaunty number followed by the more serious and jazzy “Silent Runner”. The gorgeous flute and acoustic guitar combination of “This Side of Paradise” leads convincingly into the crunch of “Mentalmusic”, as unlikely as that sounds. The title cut is quite similar to the material on “Interlife” but far more concise, with a superb folk-based main melody expressed in a variety of accents and mingled with potent lead and sax soloing. “Overture to Decadence” is a well chosen follow up that persists with a ole Englishe theme more overtly and is enhanced by Rob Young’s string arrangements. The album closes with an entirely convincing acoustic rendition of the Dave Brubeck classic “Take Five”.

Sadly unappreciated and still without a digital treatment, this album eclipsed most of what came out in 1979 with its spirited best of breed arrangements and top notch musicianship. Highly recommended, although most here should start with “Interlife” (by kenethlevine)
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Paul Brett about this Album:
“1979 saw the third LP released by RCA Records. Again different to the other two. Instead of long pieces, I opted for shorter ones, but more tracks. Produced by Tom Newman and myself with arrangements by Rob Young. I changed the musicians with one exception, from those that played on Interlife to equally great ones including Tom Nicol (drums), Dave Olney and Dave Williams ( bass gtrs. ), Steve Gregory and  Ray Warleigh ( brass ), Alan Todd ( rythym guitar ) and my old mate Johnnny Joyce (acoustic 12 string guitar ). Rob Young played keyboards & recorder.  The track that got the most airplay was Johnny’s and my version of Dave Brubeck’s classic instrumental Take Five, which we had long played together as part of our acoustic duo act for a long time.  It was recorded and enginnered at T.W.Studios by Alan Winstanley (Stranglers) in Fulham. Cover artwork was by Sandra Goode.”

His acoustic tunes are the hightlights of this album, especially his great acoustic version of “Take Five” !

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Personnel:
Paul Brett (guitar)
Steve Gregory (bass)(
Chris Mercer (brass on 01.)
Tom Newman (vocals)
Tom Nichol (drums)
Ray Warleigh (brass)
Rob Young (keyboards, synthesizer, flute)
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Johnny Joyce (guitar on 03. + 10.)
Dave Olney (bass on 01. + 03.)
Dave Williams (bass on 09.)
Alan Todd (guitar on 02., 05, + 10.)
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Tracklist:
01. Nineteen Ninety Nine (Brett/Young) 5.15
02. Calypso Street (Brett) 3.25
03. Silent Runner (Brett/Joyce) 3.09
04  This Side Of Heaven (Brett/Young) 2.55
05  Mental Music (Brett) 3.01
06. Eclipse (Brett) 4.02
07. Overture For Decadence (Brett) 3.00
08. Red Alert (Brett) 3.33
09. Chaos (Brett) 3.19
10. Take Five (Desmond) 4.48

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Cecilia und die Sauerkrauts – Same (2009)

FrontCover1A real strange album ! But a real good one !

Cecilia und die Sauerkrauts abandoned their disguise and crawled out of the basements. There, in Wuerzburg, Lower Franconia, they practised their rehearsals, in order to pamper the world with their intercontinental global 60’s beat. Sometimes charming and enchanting, sometimes humorous or quite different, i. e. rough, this squad’s home beat burns in the whole body and causes vibrations too. It’s obvious, that such an exceptionally gifted band with such a great and incredible cast of characters does not only rehearse, in order to be once on stage. Just in time to their first performance, their first album “SAUERKRAUT, WURST UND OTHER DELIGHTS” is released. And which record label would suit better for such a phonophile record as SOUNDFLAT RECORDS, where the wirepullers share the band’s predilection for beer, sausage, Jaegermeister (famous German cordial) and sauerkraut?! The biographie of the members of the band gives the impression of a menu with a swirling and fine taste too: On the one hand we have the delightful CECILIA from France, which more than merely convinced as head of the LOFI-PUNK band THE NO-TALENTS, the NEW WAVEPUNK band Operation S and, of course, with her absolute 60’s combo CECILIA ET SES ENNUIS. On the other hand RUSSEL QUAN from USA could be engaged for drums. RUSSEL QUAN is known as one of the founder and a member of such legendary bands like THE MUMMIES, THE FLAKES, THE BOBBYTEENS, DUKES OF HAMBURG.

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On bass, CECILIA is supported by RYAN from USA, who played amongst others in bands like THE EPOXIES. The brass band leader Fred plays the axe (guitar), as he does in the charming 60’s French-Beat-Pop combo LES TERRIBLES too, respectively at OPERATION S as well. None other than Fredovitch pounds the keys of the organ, well-known for his ONE-MAN Show as well as his performance at KING KHAN & THE SHRINES and THE HERO-X. The grandiose, smart and both humorous and charming too 60’s Beat of this ALL-STAR band consists of original compositions as well as of own arrangements (in French), based on the French 60’s Beat/Pop, on classics of PowerPop-, Garage-, Punk- and 60’s-songs Like ALL KINDSA GIRLS by the REAL KIDS, KNOW YOUR PRODUCT by THE SAINTS, LAST CARESS by the MISFITS, SMOKE by ? MARK & THE MYSTERIANS, etc.

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They even translated in the good old THE BOOTS manner NINO FERRERS hit “ALEXANDER” into German (on their own) and therefore create a rackety party mood with all the other songs on the album. Finally it is necessary to make mention of the special fact, that the A&M records cover version of the legendary HERB ALBERT’S TIJUUANA BRASS LP “WHIPPED CREAM & OTHER DELIGHTS” has been copied for several times, although never in a such sexy way! And what the favorite dish is for somebody, will be used as a replacement for clothes by others, yummy!!! (Promotion text)

Crazy … more than crazy … but … listen to this gem ! What a great hommage to the sound of the Sixties ! Wow !

And on “Dernière caresse” you will hear a little bit of the great Patti Smith …

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Personnel:
Fred “Fredovitch” Bourdil (keyboards)
Eric Erickson (drums)
Frédéric “Fred* Guillamaud (guitar, vocals, organ)
Cécilia Menau (vocals, organ)
Ryan Puckett (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Je dis hey (Mysterians/Meneau) 2.21
02. Avant la lumière du jour (Meneau/Guillamaud) 3.50
03. J’achète des produits (Meneau/Kuepper) 3.20
04. Tous ces garçons (Meneau/Felice) 3.49
05. Aucune fille au monde (Righi/Cooper) 2.37
06. 1, 2, 3 (Meneau/Guillamaud) 2.19
07. Désinvolte (Meneau/Guillamaud) 2.11
08. Minuit a l’aube (Meneau/Taylor/Sterling/May) 2.19
09. Quelle heure il est? (Meneau/Guillamaud) 2.19
10. Tu es un mombre (Meneau/O’Neill) 2.21
11. Dernière caresse (Meneau/The Misfits) 2.48
12. Alexander (Ménard/Ferrer) 2.12

‘Je Dis Hey’ is ‘Smokes’ by ? & The Mysterians
‘J’Achète Des Produits’ is ‘Know Your Product’ by The Saints
‘Tous Ces Garçons’ is ‘All Kindsa Girls’ by The Real Kids
‘Aucune Fille au Monde’ is ‘(You Got) The Power of Love’ by Everly Brothers/Pussy Cat
‘Minuit à l’Aube’ is ‘Midnight To Six” by The Pretty Things
‘Tu Es Un Nombre’ is ‘You’ve Got My Number’ by The Undertones
‘Dernière Caresse’ is ‘Last Caress’ by The Misfits
‘Alexander’ is ‘Alexandre’ by Nino Ferrer

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The Sweet – The Outtakes (1994)

FrontCover1The Sweet (also referred to as Sweet, and originally called Sweetshop) are a British glam rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s with their most prolific line-up: lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker.

The band was formed in London in 1968 and achieved their first hit, “Funny Funny”, in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of “Funny Funny” to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals.
The band achieved notable success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with “Block Buster!” (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in “Hell Raiser” (1973), “The Ballroom Blitz” (1973) and “Teenage Rampage” (1974). The band turned to a more hard rock style with their mid-career singles, like 1974’s “Turn It Down”. “Fox on the Run” (1975) also reached number two on the UK charts. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland. They also achieved success and popularity in the US with the top ten hits “Little Willy”, “The Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox on the Run”.

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The Sweet had their last Top 10 hit in 1978 with “Love Is Like Oxygen”. Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1981. From the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest each played with their own versions of Sweet at different times. Connolly died in 1997 and Tucker in 2002. The two surviving members are still active in their respective versions of the band; Scott’s is based in England and Priest’s in Los Angeles. (by Wikipedia)
And here´s a rare bootleg from their most sucesssful years …

If you are a Sweet fan, there’s really nothing more to say except “Too bad” if you’re into the bubblegum phase of the group [Co-Co, Funny Funny, Poppa Joe] – these are from the glam/rock side of Sweet.

Excellent audio recordings !

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Personnel:
Brian Connolly (vocals)
Steve Priest (bass, background vocals)
Andy Scott (guitar, Keyboards, Background vocals)
Mick Tucker (drums, Percussion, Background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Teenage Rampage (previously unreleased outtake from 1973) (Chinn/Chapman) 3.19
02. She Gimme Lovin’ (outtake version) (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker) 4.04
03. Hell Raiser (previously unreleased outtake from 1972) (Chinn/Chapman) 3.10
04. Hard Times (outtake version) (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker) 4.36
05. Block-Buster! (previously unreleased outtake from 1972) (Chinn/Chapman) 3.13
06. Laura Lee (previously unreleased ‘Off The Road’ version from 1977) (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker) 6.42
07. Be With You Soon (previously unreleased track recorded 1972) (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker) 3.31
08. Done Me Wrong Alright (previously unreleased BBC session from 1971) (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker) 2.41
09. Ballroom Blitz (previously unreleased outtake from 1973) (Chinn/Chapman) 3.58
10. Rebel Rouser (previously unreleased ‘Funny Adams’ outtake from 1974) (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker) 3.32
11. 4th Of July (previously unreleased ‘Give Us A Wink’ version) (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker) 3.46
12. Need A Lot Of Lovin’ (previously unreleased BBC session from 1973) (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker) 2.58
13. Action (previously unreleased ‘Give Us A Wink’ version from 1977) (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker) 3.25
14. Love Is Like Oxygen (extended instrumental version) (Scott/Griffin) 6.58

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On the road …

I´ll stay in Dortmund/Germany for a few days:

Dortmund  is an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is in the middle part of the state and is considered to be the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of the eastern Ruhr area. Its population of 581,612 (2015) makes it the 8th largest city in Germany. Moreover, Dortmund is the largest city by area and population in the Ruhr Area, an urban area with some 5.1 million (2011) inhabitants which is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany. (by wikipedia)

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I´ll be back on next monday and will continue with this blog.

I wish all readers of this blog a very good time !