On the road again …

This time I´ll fly to Hurghada/Egypt, again … second try:

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Hurghada  is a city in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt. It is one of the country’s main tourist centres located on the Red Sea coast. (by wikipedia)

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I wish all readers of this blog a wonderful time again.

And I´ll be back on April 11, 2019.

See you all again !

Rare Bird – Epic Forest (1973)

FrontCover1.JPGRARE BIRD is a quartet that relied heavily on keyboards as both Kafinetti and Field played together, the former on piano and synthesizers and the latter on organ – much like PROCOL HARUM but without the inspiration and latter on GREENSLADE. They had a good hit with “Sympathy” in the UK but especially in Continental Europe where they became quite popular, their sound often reminding BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST. This double kb attack held no place for a guitarist until Field left along with the drummer Ashton and another keyboard player Lamb. This change occurred also as they switched to Polydor label and they took on a guitar player, and played a harder rock with some funky lines. Nic Potter of VDGG played on two albums of the second line-up and John Wetton guested on one. (by Hugues Chantraine)

Late 60’s/ 70’s British Progressive rock band RARE BIRD released a few great albums over their career with “Epic Forest” representing one of their milestones. Although RARE BIRD are best known for their organ-driven progressive sounds, “Epic Forest” reduced the emphasis of the keys here and added a wider jazz prog feel with a slightly more contemporary 70’s soft rock vibe. The musicianship is very strong with some great vocal harmonies and instrumentation. As in all early RARE BIRD albums the songs are very well written and are very memorable with Dave Kaffinetti as the helm of the song writing department (later in his career would co-write with Big House, MARILLION). On this album we saw the departure of Graham Field and Mark Ashton who were replaced by Fred Kelly (drums) and Ced Curtis on guitar. Instrumentally these guys were excellent with very much an original develop sound and approach. (by loserboy)

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Personnel:
Andy “Ced” Curtis (guitar)
Steve Gould (guitar.
Dave Kaffinetti (keyboards)
Paul Karras (bass, percussion)
Fred Kelly (drums, percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. Baby Listen 3.25
02. Hey Man 5.53
03. House In The City 4.25
04. Epic Forest 9.12
05. Turning The Lights Out 4.38
06. Her Darkest Hour 3.33
07. Fears Of The Night 3.18
08. Turn It All Around 4.43
09. Title No. 1 Again (Birdman) 6.05
10. Roadside Welcome 4.20
11. Four Grey Walls 3.54
12. You’re Lost 10.08
All songs written by Andy Curtis – Dave Kaffinetti – Fred Kelly – Paul Karas – Steve Gould
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13. Devils High Concern (unreleased 1970) (unknown) 2.49
14. Sympathy (Single version) (Field/Kaffinetti/Gould/Ashton) 2.35
15. What You Want To Know (different version) (Field/Kaffinetti/Gould/Ashton) 3.32

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The copy of my album was signed by Steve Gould:

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Deep Purple – From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken) (2015)

FrontCover1.jpgAs a band gets older and has been together longer, and tours become more prevalent than releases of studio albums – mainly, one assumes, because the audience still wants to hear the same old songs rather than newer material at the concerts they go to – then there has to be something that fills the gap created by less albums. The solution is release live albums of archival concerts (something Deep Purple has been very good at over the past two decades) and live albums of recent gigs. Which is where we are here, with From the Setting Sun… In Wacken.

Recorded at Deep Purple’s appearance at the ever increasing popular music festival held at Wacken Open Air in 2013, this double album covers the band’s entire set list, one that mixes the old and the new almost seamlessly. And one should never under estimate how difficult it is for a band like Deep Purple, with 19 studio albums over almost 50 years, to find the right mix in the set list to ensure that they satisfy their fan base, young and old. To have the hits, but also to showcase their newer material so that it is not just a forgotten moment. I think they’ve done an excellent job here on this release.

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The newer material from the band all sounds terrific here in the live environment, and really brings to life these songs that may not be as well known by most fans as their classic hits. “Vincent Price” from Now What?! sounds awesome, with Airey’s keys combining beautifully with Glover’s bass line and Morse’s guitar riff. I love the studio version, but the live version really brings this song to life. “Contact Lost” from Bananas is an instrumental focusing on Steve Morse’s wonderful guitar playing, and showcases his talent perfectly, as does the following “The Well Dressed Guitar” from special versions of Rapture of the Deep, where guitar and keyboards dominate in a brilliant flurry of musicianship. “Hell to Pay” and “Above and Beyond” from NOW WHAT?! both come across excellently live, and more than hold their own in this brilliant setlist.
Of the older classic material, it was a real pleasure to hear “Into the Fire” and “Hard Lovin’ Man” from Deep Purple in Rock starting off the album after the typifying brilliance of “Highway Star” opens the show.

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Both of those songs are from the great Mark II era, and aren’t necessarily the songs you’d expect the band to play, so hearing them again was just terrific. Ditto with “No One Came” from Fireball. It’s still great to hear songs from these albums. “Strange Kind of Woman” and “Lazy” are always great staples, especially when the band tends to freeform through “Lazy” in whatever mood they happen to be in. “Perfect Strangers” is always a welcome addition, especially with that Hammond organ at the start. Don Airey does a great job staying true and trusted to Jon Lord’s original keys, both here and throughout the album and performance. “Space Truckin'” still sounds great after all these years, and “Smoke on the Water” features a guest appearance by Uli Jon Roth to help add to the most played song of all time. The encore is kicked off by covers of Booker T and the M.G.’s “Green Onions” and then “Hush”, which is still a great song after all these years, and completed by “Black Night”, that old staple that still has people jumping 40-odd years later.

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As always the performance of the band is faultless. They could probably do this in their sleep, but they sound as brilliant as ever. The great mix of songs, and the ability of the band to still play around with the tracks without changing them so much that people won’t enjoy them is fantastic. You may have heard similar on other recent live releases, but they still never fail to amaze you with their performance. It may not be an essential purchase, but you certainly won’t be disappointed if you do. (by almanack)

There’s gonna be hell… hell to pay!

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Personnel:
Don Airey (keyboards)
Ian Gillan (vocals)
Roger Glover (bass)
Steve Morse (guitar)
Ian Paice (drums)
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Tracklist:

CD 1:

01. Highway Star (Gillan/Paice/Lord/Blackmore/Glover) 6.48
02. Into The Fire (Gillan/Paice/Lord/Blackmore/Glover) 3.26
03. Hard Lovin’ Man (Gillan/Paice/Lord/Blackmore/Glover) 6.34
04. Vincent Price (Ezrin/Airey/Gillan/Paice/Glover/Morse) 4.25
05. Strange Kind Of Woman (Gillan/Paice/Lord/Blackmore/Glover) 5.48
06. Contact Lost (Morse) 2.57
07. The Well-Dressed Guitar (Airey/Gillan/Paice/Morse) 2.38
08. Hell To Pay (Ezrin/Airey/Gillan/Paice/Glover/Morse) 5.02
09. Lazy (Gillan/Paice/Lord/Blackmore/Glover) 7.55

CD 2:
01. Above And Beyond (Ezrin/Airey/Gillan/Paice/Glover/Morse) 5.10
02. No One Came (Gillan/Paice/Lord/Blackmore/Glover) 5.16
03. Don Airey’s Solo (Airey) 3.00
04. Perfect Strangers (Gillan/Blackmore/Glover) 6.03
05. Space Truckin’ (Gillan/Paice/Lord/Blackmore/Glover) 4.54
06. Smoke On The Water (Gillan/Paice/Lord/Blackmore/Glover) 7.58
07.1.Green Onions (Jackson/Jones/Steinberg/Cropper)
07.2. Hush (South) 7.20
08. Black Night (Gillan/Paice/Lord/Blackmore/Glover) 6.14

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Corinne Bailey Rae – Same (2006)

FrontCover1.jpgCorinne Jacqueline Bailey (born 26 February 1979) is a British singer and songwriter from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2006. She released her debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae, in February 2006, and became the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at number one. In 2007, Bailey Rae was nominated for three Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards, and won two MOBO Awards. In 2008, she won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year (for her work as a featured artist in Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters).

Bailey Rae released her second album, The Sea, on 26 January 2010, after a hiatus of almost three years. It was produced by Steve Brown and Steve Chrisanthou (who produced her debut album in 2006). She was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. In 2012, she won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for “Is This Love” (a cover of the Bob Marley and the Wailers song of the same name). Bailey Rae was married to fellow musician Jason Rae from 2001 until his death in 2008, and as part of the grieving process, she channelled her emotions into her music. Her first two albums have together sold over five million copies worldwide.

On 26 February 2016, Bailey Rae announced her third album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, which was released on 13 May 2016. The Heart Speaks in Whispers debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s R&B chart.

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Corinne Bailey Rae is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae. It was released on 24 February 2006 by EMI. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and was certified triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Four singles were released from the album: “Like a Star”, “Put Your Records On”, “Trouble Sleeping” and “I’d Like To”. Corinne Bailey Rae has sold over four million copies worldwide.

“Like a Star” was released as the album’s lead single in a limited-edition format in 2005, peaking at number 34 on the UK Singles Chart. When re-released in October 2006, “Like a Star” reached a new peak position of number 32 on the UK chart. The second single, “Put Your Records On”, peaked at number two in February 2006. “Trouble Sleeping” was released as the album’s third single in May 2006, peaking at number 40 in the UK.

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“I’d Like To” was released on 12 February 2007 as the fourth and final single. On the same day, the album was re-released with a bonus disc containing some of the B-sides and remixes included on previous singles, as well as three new tracks—one of which, a cover of Björk’s 1993 song “Venus as a Boy”, only previously appeared on a covermount for Q magazine. Several songs from the album appear in the 2006 comedy-drama film Venus starring Peter O’Toole. In the United States, “Breathless” was released as a promotional single in 2007.

Corinne Bailey Rae debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 108,181 copies in its first week. The album had sold 968,341 copies in the United Kingdom by May 2016, earning a triple platinum certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 22 July 2013.

The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on 5 December 2006, and had sold 1.9 million copies in the US by January 2010. As of October 2009, Corinne Bailey Rae had sold over four million copies worldwide. (by wikipedia)

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After selling four million copies of her debut album, an effort filled with her precious brand of neo-soul and the uplifting hit “Put Your Records On,” singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae lost her husband Jason Rae suddenly and took two years off to grieve and recover before returning with her second effort, The Sea. On the album’s opener “Are You Here,” lyrics like “Wait till you see those eyes” and “He’ll kiss you make you feel sixteen” suggest she’s just fallen in love, but the fascinating idea behind The Sea is that it never explains itself, even if there’s a new richness in Rae’s soft and oh-so-tender voice that suggests something has changed deep inside. As such, the song’s “What’s it even mean?” question could be the beginning of a love affair or a tragedy, but the following “I’d Do It All Again” is even trickier, as post-argument lyrics written before her husband’s tragic loss (“You’re searching for something I know/Won’t make you happy”) take on new meaning . Further confusing the matter, throughout the album the singer speaks of her love in the present tense.

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Then there are the numbers that come from left field, like the slithering, funky “The Blackest Lilly,” which struts like a sexy Rolling Stones song while pulling inspiration from Philadelphia’s neo-soul party, the Black Lily. It comes to a moving end with the title track, a masterful piece that looks back through generations of loss and the majestic ocean of time that “Breaks everything/Crushes everything/Cleans everything.” If it all seems incongruous, so is the recovery process Rae must face, and the album’s cycle of mourning, returning to work, aching, fondly reminiscing, yearning, and then back again won’t be unfamiliar to anyone who has lost someone close. It doesn’t offer any answers, but The Sea is a testament to Rae’s artistic growth as it provides comfort to those left on the wistful side of eternal love, and insight to those who are not.(by David Jeffries)

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Personnel:
Corinne Bailey Rae (vocals, guitar, bass, piano, synthesizer)
Jess Bailey (organ, piano on 04.)
John Beck (keyboards on 03, + 05.)
Rod Bowkett (guitar, bass on 02.)
Justin Broad (drum programming on 04. + 09.)
Livingston Brown (bass on 09.)
Steve Brown (organ on 06., synthesizer, piano background  vocals on 11.)
Steve Bush (bass, guitar on 06.)
Steve Chrisanthou (organ on 01. + 05.); guitar on 02,, 03., 05., 08. + 10., piano on 10.)
Jim Corry (saxophone on 03., 05., 08. –10.)
Tommy D (drum programming, keyboards on 09.)
Sam Dixon (bass on 03.)
John Ellis (background vocals, glockenspiel on 11.)
Andrew Hale (piano, programming on 07.)
Paul Herman (drum programming, guitar on 04., guitar on 09.)
Kenny Higgins (bass on 05., 08., 10. + 11.)
Kenji Jammer (guitar)
Mikey Lawrence (drums, percussion on 11.)
Pete Lewinson (drums on 07.)
Paul McKendrick (background vocals on 08.)
Audrey Nunn (bass on 04.)
Andy Platts (guitar, piano on 06.)
Jason Rae (saxophone, flute)
Cara Robinson (background vocals on 03.)
Paul Siddal (keyboards on 01., 02., 08. + 10.)
Malcolm Strachan (trumpet)
Joe Tatton (organ on 03.)
Colin Waterman (drums on 08.)
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Tracklist:
01. Like A Star (Rae) 4.03
02. Enchantment (Rae/Bowkett) 3.58
03. Put Your Records On (Rae/Beck/Chrisanthou) 3.35
04. Till It Happens To You (Rae/Sheyne/Herman) 4.38
05. Trouble Sleeping (Rae/Beck/Chrisanthou) 3.29
06. Call Me When You Get This (Rae/Bush) 5.05
07. Choux Pastry Heart (Rae/Lassen) 3.57
08. Breathless (Rae/Nelkin) 4.15
09. I’d Like To (Rae/Danvers/Herman) 4.08
10. Butterfly (Rae/Bowkett) 3.53
11. Seasons Change (Rae/Brown) 4.55

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