Russell Morris – Turn It On (1976)

FrontCover1Russell Morris is one of Australia’s most enduring singers. A major pop star in the late ’60s, he went on to become one of the country’s first singer/songwriters. Both ends of his career feature predominantly in the soundtrack to the movie The Dish.

Morris’ career started in September 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody’s Image, which rose to prominence with a local hit version of the Joe South song “Hush.” Morris was convinced to leave Somebody’s Image for a solo career. His manager/producer, local music identity Ian Meldrum, spent unprecedented hours and money to create a seven-minute production extravaganza around a song called “The Real Thing.” Once the result was released to shocked radio programmers who had never been asked to play such a long Australian single before, it was up to Morris’ personality, singing, and performing talents to make the record work. It reached Australia’s number one spot in June 1969. Without any promotional support from Morris, “The Real Thing” reached number one in Chicago, Houston, and New York.

The second single — “Part Three Into Paper Walls” (“The Real Thing” revisited) and “The Girl That I Love” (a pop ballad more indicative of what was to come) — became a double-sided number one hit, the first time an Australian artist had scored consecutive number ones with their first two singles. Morris, in the meantime, had traveled to the U.K. to help promote the release of “The Real Thing.”

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Morris had now decided to concentrate on his own songwriting and with the cream of Australian musicians, spent almost a year painstakingly recording and re-recording what became the Bloodstone album. It was one of the first Australian albums of its kind, the first from an Australian singer/songwriter, and a whole world away from the extravagant “The Real Thing.” The hit single from Bloodstone was the resonant, romantic “Sweet Sweet Love.” The following year, in 1972, Morris delivered the equally beautiful “Wings of an Eagle.”

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In 1973, Morris moved to London to record an album only to discover there was no record contract waiting for him. He relocated to New York and set to work on an album there, including new versions of both “Sweet Sweet Love” and “Wings of an Eagle” and the single “Let’s Do It.” A second American album appeared in 1976. It was two more years before Morris was granted his green card, enabling him to tour America. But by then, any chance of an American career had bolted. Instead, Morris returned to a very different Australia than the one he had left behind five years earlier.

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During his solo career, Morris had done limited live performances without a band of his own. He then formed the Russell Morris Band and threw himself into a busy round of live performances, writing songs designed to be played live rather than chasing radio airplay, but scoring a couple of minor hits on the way. Eventually, the band played and recorded as Russell Morris & the Rubes.

In 1991, Morris released another solo album, A Thousand Suns, and he spent the subsequent years as part of a highly successful performing trio with fellow ’60s heroes Ronnie Burns and Darryl Cotton of the Zoot, with a repertoire made up of their individual hits from yesterday, as well as new songs. In 2001, Jim Keays of the Masters Apprentices replaced Burns. Also in 2001, Morris’ “The Real Thing” and “Wings of an Eagle” featured prominently in the Australian-made movie The Dish (centered around man’s landing on the moon) and Midnight Oil released their version of “The Real Thing” as a one-off single, the first time this highly regarded band had chosen to record a cover. (by Ed Nimmervoll)

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Turn It On is the third studio album by Australian singer songwriter Russell Morris and second on label Wizard Records/RCA and was released in August 1976. The album was released in the United States of America under the title 2. (wikipedia)

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And here´s his third album and it´s a real pretty good mid Seventies album … Russel Morris was a great singer/songwriter but also an great rocker … on this album he sounds a little bit as Rod Stewart & The Faces (not so badest influence) and his excellent studio band knows how to rock. 

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It´s time to discover Russell Morris … this album is an forgotten jewel of this period of Rock music. It´s a strong, substantial and powerful Rock album !

Listen and enjoy it !

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Personnel:
Gene Barkin (guitar)
Roy Bitten (keyboards)
Steve Gadd (drums)
Anthony Jackson (bass)
Jean-Yves Labat (synthesizer)
Rick Marotta (drums)
Hugh McCracken (guitar)
Ralph McDonald (percussion)
Russell Morris (vocals, guitar)

The US edition:
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Tracklist:
01. Broken Egg Shells 4.08
02. R.J.S.S. (Running, Jumping, Standing Still) 3.25
03. Superman 3.13
04. Cloudy Day 2.57
05. So Good To See It 5.24
06. Wolves In White 4.05
07. Get You Where You Want 3.14
08. Ever Lovin’ Woman 3.28
09. Two-Wheeled Flyer 2.50
10. Winter Song 2.21

All songs written by Russell Morris

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The Russell Morris website:
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Rene Heredia – Alborada Flamenca (1963)

LPFrontCover1René Heredia (born 1945) is a leading figure in the development of flamenco guitar and dance in the United States. He has contributed as a performer, teacher, choreographer, educator, mentor, composer and recording artist.

With roots in Granada, Spain, René was surrounded by masters of flamenco dance and music from birth. His father, a pure Spanish Gypsy, taught his impressionable young son the intricacies and elegance of the rich form of expression.

René proved to be a natural, and at age 13 formed a dance troupe with his five siblings, known as Los Heredia. The family shared their talents at clubs and theatres in their native country as well as performing on television and radio.

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The Heredia brothers and sisters entertained for four years, and it was during this time that René crossed paths with Spain’s most popular flamenco dancer, Carmen Amaya. The much-admired performer had met René as a young boy and was now impressed by the 17-year-old virtuoso. She immediately hired him to accompany her on stage as lead guitarist, and together they traveled the world, dazzling audiences with their beautiful, intense performances.

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After several years with Amaya, René joined forces with Carmen’s male equivalent, Jose Greco. While performing with Greco during the 1960s, René appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Steve Allen Show, and The Art Linkletter Show.

By now, the young, brilliant guitarist had gained the recognition and fans to branch out on his own and performed as a soloist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra and in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Westminster Theater in London, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

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After moving to Denver, René opened his studio and company, The Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre, in Washington Park. He has taught hundreds of guitar and dance students the authentic styles of flamenco that he learned directly from some of the art forms greatest legends. Many of his students perform regularly with his company and other flamenco groups across the globe.

The Maestro has also done command performances for President Gerald Ford, President Jimmy Carter, Princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer of Monaco, and Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia and Queen Noor of Jordan.

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As performer, teacher, choreographer, mentor, and recording artist, René Heredia is credited with bringing flamenco to Colorado and has received numerous awards, including the Governor’s and Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. For over forty years René has brought the authentic sounds and sights of flamenco to the Denver region. Through his teaching, performances and connections with other artists, he has created an appreciation and respect for the art form that continues to develop.

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And here´s his first solo album:

While living in Paris, René’s distinguished L.P. album, Alborada Flamenca, was awarded the Gran Prix de Disque of France.

If any musician on the local Denver scene deserves the moniker of legend, it would have to be René Heredia. Simply put, the man is a living history of the art of Gypsy flamenco guitar. He is both a link to its glorious past through his early association with legendary greats such as Carlos Montoya and Sabicas, and a bridge to its future through his love of teaching and performance…. René Heredia is an artist who is as passionate about the music as the music is itself…. René is a local artist of international stature … without a doubt, one of the greatest proponents of flamenco guitar music alive today….” (Classically Speaking, Music for All)

Listen and enjoy the magic of this flamencio guitar playing !

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Personnel:
Nino De Ecija (vocals)
Rene Heredia (guitar)
Lutys de Luz (castagnettes)

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Tracklist:
01. Semana Santa En Sevilla 5.42
02. Panaderos Flamencos 2.26
03. Aires Gaditanos 3.13
04. Inspiracion Gitana 2.37
05. Ecos De Triana 5.34
06. Guajira Flamenca 4.15
07. Recuerdos De Huelva 2.51
08. Taranto Con Jabera 4.31
09. Granadinas 7.04
10. Ay! Mi Nina 2.24

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“René Heredia is the most sensational young flamenco guitarist in the United States.” (Sabicas

“The guitar playing of René Heredia is the finest tradition of flamenco, creating a flaming intensity that cannot fail to arouse.” (The Denver Post)

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