Eagles – Learn To Be Still (1994)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. The founding members were Glenn Frey (guitars, vocals), Don Henley (drums, vocals), Bernie Leadon (guitars, vocals) and Randy Meisner (bass guitar, vocals). With five number-one singles, six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. Their albums Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California rank first and third, respectively, among the best-selling albums in the United States, with 38 million and 26 million album units in sales. The Eagles are one of the world’s best-selling bands, having sold more than 200 million records, including 100 million albums sold in U.S alone. They were ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Learn to be Still is a song written by Don Henley and Stan Lynch and recorded by the Eagles. The song is one of four studio tracks on the live album Hell Freezes Over, which was the first album to be released after the band had reunited following a fourteen-year-long break up.

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“Learn to Be Still” was played live during their Hell Freezes Over tour in 1994 and came out as a single in 1995. It peaked at No. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart in the same year.

And this is a pretty good bootleg (soundboard quality) …. recorded live in the USA, Summer 1994. Limited Edition Picture CD.

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Personnel:
Don Felder (guitar, background vocals)
Glenn Frey (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Don Henley (vocals, drums, percussion)
Timothy B. Schmidt (vocals, bass)
Joe Walsh (vocals, guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Desperado (Henley/Frey) 3.41
02. Hotel California (Felder/Henley/Frey) 7.01
03. The Heart Of The Matter (Campbell/Souther/Henley) 5.41
04. New York Minute (Henley/Kortchmar/Winding) 6.16
05. Tell Me Why (Henley/Frey) 4.18
06. Tequila Sunrise (Henley/Frey) 3.00
07. Live In The Fast Lane (Walsh/Henley/Frey) 5.10
08. Take It Easy (Browne/Frey) 4.25
09. Wasted Time (Henley/Frey) 5.05
10. Help Me Through The Night (Walsh) 3.55
11. Get Over It (Henley/Frey) 3.28
12. The Last Resort (Henley/Frey) 7.02
13. Love Will Keep Us Alive (Vale/Capaldi/Carrack) 4.98
14. The Girl From Yesterday (Frey/Tempchin) 3.28
15. I Can’t Tell You Why (Schmidt/Henley/Frey) 4.52
16. In The City (Walsh/De Vorzon) 3.55
17. Learn To Be Still (Henley(Lynch) 4.21

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Keb’ Mo’ – Same (1994)

FrontCover1.jpgKevin Roosevelt Moore (born October 3, 1951), known as Keb’ Mo’, is an American blues musician and four-time Grammy Award winner. He is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America”. His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz, pop and country. The moniker “Keb Mo” was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a “street talk” abbreviation of his given name.

From early on, his parents, who were from Louisiana and Texas, instilled him with a great appreciation for the blues and gospel music. By adolescence, he was an accomplished guitarist.

Keb’ Mo’ started his musical career playing the steel drums and upright bass in a calypso band. He moved on to play in a variety of blues and backup bands throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He first started recording in the early 1970s with Jefferson Airplane violinist Papa John Creach through an R&B group. Creach hired him when Moore was 21 years old; Moore appeared on four of Creach’s albums: Filthy!, Playing My Fiddle for You, I’m the Fiddle Man and Rock Father. Keb’ Mo’s first gold record was received for a song, “Git Fiddler”, which he co-wrote with Papa John on Jefferson Starship’s Red Octopus. Red Octopus hit number one on the Billboard 200 in 1975.

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Moore was also a staff writer for A&M Records, and arranged demos for Almo – Irving music. Keb’ Mo’s debut, Rainmaker, was released on Chocolate City Records, a subsidiary of Casablanca Records, in 1980. He was further immersed in the blues with his long stint in the Whodunit Band, headed by Bobby “Blue” Bland producer Monk Higgins. Moore jammed with Albert Collins and Big Joe Turner and emerged as an inheritor of a guarded tradition and as a genuine original.

Keb’ Mo’ has appeared on stage (1990-1993) in several versions of the musical Spunk, a play by Zora Neale Hurston, an African American playwright from the Harlem Renaissance. His character, Guitar Man, learned while he was an understudy to “Chick Streetman”, played all the actual music in the play while performing. The character of Guitar Man is the foundation for his stage persona.

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In 1994, Keb’ Mo’ released his self-titled album, Keb’ Mo’, which featured two Robert Johnson covers, “Come On In My Kitchen” and “Kind Hearted Woman Blues”. In the Martin Scorsese miniseries The Blues, Keb’ Mo’ states that he was greatly influenced by Johnson. Keb’ was the runner-up for Best New Blues Artist at The Long Beach Blues Festival when he was spotted by Steve LaVere who owns the publishing for the entire Robert Johnson song catalogue (1992–93).

Keb’ Mo’s self-titled album was released on Okeh Records, a vintage revival division of Sony Music.

In 1996, he released Just Like You, his second album, which featured twelve songs full of Delta rhythms. He won his first Grammy Award for this album, which featured guest appearances from Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.

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On June 10, 1997, Moore performed on the television program Sessions at West 54th. He joined musicians Laval Belle on drums, Reggie McBride playing bass, and Joellen Friedkin on keyboards to perform fourteen songs, some from each of his albums. Blues pianist Dr. John also made a guest appearance. This session (known as Sessions at West 54th: Recorded Live in New York) was shown on television, but was not released as a DVD until late 2000.

In 1998, Moore was involved in the multi-artist project “Begegnungen (Encounter)” by German rock musician Peter Maffay. They performed together a new version of Mo’s “Am I Wrong” on the album and some more songs in the 30 concerts at the arena tour later the same year, documented on the live album Begenungen Live, released in early 1999. A further guest of Maffay at the Begegnungen album and tour was Sonny Landreth and many more artists from around the world.

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Slow Down, his next album, was released in 1998 and featured twelve songs. It earned him a second Grammy Award. The album begins with the song “Muddy Water”, a tribute to Muddy Waters. It also features a song entitled “Rainmaker”, which had been released previously on his first album, eighteen years prior.

His fourth album, The Door, was released in 2000. The same year, Keb’ Mo’ released Big Wide Grin, a children’s album featuring many songs from Moore’s own childhood, along with some newer children’s songs and some by Moore himself. In 2001, he appeared on Sesame Street with Kermit the Frog, Grover, Elmo, and other muppets performing the song “Everybody Be Yo’self”. The album includes an original arrangement of “America the Beautiful”, which he performed years later on the 2006 series finale of The West Wing, “Tomorrow”, in which he appears as himself to perform the song at the inauguration of (fictional) President Matt Santos.

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In 2003, Martin Scorsese collaborated with many blues musicians including Keb’ Mo’ to put together a series of films entitled The Blues. Following its release, several albums were released in accordance, some were compilations, some new collaborations, and Keb’ Mo’ released an album in the series featuring a handful of existing recordings from Keb’ Mo’ to The Door.

On February 10, 2004, he released Keep It Simple which earned him a third Grammy Award, again in the contemporary blues genre. Later that year, he released his sixth studio album, Peace… Back by Popular Demand.

Moore released Suitcase, on June 13, 2006. His touring band following the release included Reggie McBride on bass, Les Falconer III on drums, Jeff Paris on keyboards, and Clayton Gibb on guitar.

On October 20, 2009, Keb’ Mo’ released the live album, Live and Mo’.
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KebMo07At the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival, Keb’ Mo’ performed an acoustic set with Stefan Grossman and an electric set with Vince Gill, Albert Lee, James Burton, Earl Klugh and Sheryl Crow. He joined the finale with most of the day’s performers.

On August 2, 2011, Keb’ Mo’ released The Reflection.

Keb’ Mo’ performed at a White House event titled “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” on February 21, 2012. On February 24, 2012, many of the same performers, including Keb’ Mo, Gary Clark, Jr., Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, paid tribute to Hubert Sumlin at the “Howlin’ For Hubert” memorial concert at the Apollo Theater in New York, New York.

On the first night of the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival, Keb’ Mo’ performed a set with Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Blake Mills and Matt “Guitar” Murphy. Keb’ Mo’ later performed two songs with emcee Dan Aykroyd. On the second night of the festival, Keb’ Mo’ performed with Taj Mahal.

In early 2014, he was nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album (BLUESAmericana), Best American Roots Performance (“The Old Me Better”) and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical (BLUESAmericana). In May, he appeared alongside Metallica at MusicCare’ 10th Annual MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Nokia honoring Ozzy Osbourne and Jeff Greenberg. In October 2014 he honored the Everly Brothers, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 19th annual Music Masters Series, and in November he honored Mavis Staples alongside Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Taj Mahal and Grace Potter, at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre for celebration of Staples’ life and career in honor of her 75th birthday. Also in late 2014 he was featured on a Jackson Browne tribute album, Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne.

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In 2015 his album, BLUESAmericana, won the ‘Contemporary Blues Album’ category at the Blues Music Awards.

He has been supportive of charity Playing For Change since its inception and recently appeared in a video with Keith Richards’ singing Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up”. He appeared on two tracks from the Playing For Change: Songs Around The World that was released on June 17. The album had over 180 musicians from 31 countries, including Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, and Taj Mahal. He donates 5% of BLUESAmericana to the charity.

In late 2015 he performed at a special concert hosted by Barack Obama called ‘A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House”. It was shot and filmed in the East Room of the White House. Other performers included Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Buddy Guy, Queen Latifah, Usher, Trombone Shorty, MC Lyte, Audra McDonald, Esperanza Spalding, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Carol Burnett. It commemorated the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Foundation on the Arts the Humanities Act.

Keb’ Mo’ released a live album, Keb’ Mo’ Live – That Hot Pink Blues Album on April 15, on Kind of Blue Music/RED Distribution.

Keb’ Mo’ partnered up with Taj Mahal to release a joint album TajMo on May 5, 2017. The album has some guest appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Sheila E., and Lizz Wright, and has six original compositions and five covers, from artists and bands like John Mayer and The Who. The album won the 2018 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

In June 2019 Keb’ Mo’ released a studio album “Oklahoma” with guest contributions from Rosanne Cash. Jaci Velasquez, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal and a duet with Robbie Brooks Moore (his wife).

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Keb’ Mo’ is scheduled to play the Glastonbury Festival in June 2019 followed by UK and European dates in July 2019.

Keb’ Mo’ performed at the 2019 Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum Concert and Induction Ceremony.

In 1998, he portrayed Robert Johnson in a documentary film, Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl?

In 1997, Keb’ Mo’ portrayed the character Isaac, the Angel of Music, in the episode “Inherit the Wind” and again in 1999 in “Then Sings My Soul” of the television series Touched by an Angel. He performed “Hand It Over” from his 1996 release Just Like You in the 1997 episode and again in the 2002 episode “Remembering Me: Part 2”. He also appeared as J. D. Winslow in the 2001 episode “Shallow Water”, where he performed his song “God Trying to Get Your Attention” from his album Slow Down.

In January 2007, he performed at the Sundance Film Festival.

He played the role of the mischievous spirit Possum in the 2007 John Sayles movie Honeydripper.

Keb’ Mo’ provided additional music for Mike and Molly.
Political activism

In 2004, he participated in the politically motivated Vote for Change tour alongside Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, with whom he originally recorded the title track from the album Just Like You.

Keb’ Mo’ is part of the No Nukes group which was against the expansion of nuclear power. In 2007, the group recorded a music video of a new version of the Buffalo Springfield song “For What It’s Worth” (by wikipedia)

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Keb’ Mo’s self-titled debut is an edgy, ambitious collection of gritty country blues. Keb’ Mo’ pushes into new directions, trying to incorporate some of the sensibilites of the slacker revolution without losing touch of the tradition that makes the blues the breathing, vital art form it is. His attempts aren’t always successful, but his gutsy guitar playing and impassioned vocals, as well as his surprisingly accomplished songwriting, make Keb’ Mo’ a debut to cherish. (by Thom Owens)

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Personnel:
Laval Belle (drums)
Tommy Eyre (keyboards)
James “Hutch” Hutchinson (bass)
Keb’ Mo’ (vocals, guitar, harmonica, banjo)
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Quentin Dennard (drums on 05.)

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Tracklist:
01. Every Morning (Moore) 2.57
02. Tell Everybody I Know (Moore) 3.21
03. Love Blues (Powell/Moore) 3.03
04. Victims Of Comfort (Moore/Kimber) 3.19
05. Angelina (Graper/Moore) 3.47
06. Anybody Seen My Girl (Moore) 2.55
07. She Just Wants To Dance (Graper/Moore) 3.26
08. Am I Wrong (Moore) 2.20
09. Come On In My Kitchen (Johnson) 4.07
10. Dirty Low Down And Bad (Moore) 3.09
11. Don’t Try To Explain (Moore) 3.58
12 Kindhearted Woman Blues (Johnson) 3.29
13. City Boy (Moore) 4.02

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Dallas Brass – Christmas Brass (1994)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Dallas Brass is a brass quintet started by Michael Levine in 1983. Its repertoire contains patriotic music, classical, and romantic, among others. The music ensemble continues to inspire young musicians and motivates its audience through a comedic workshop it provides.

The seven members of the group include Michael A. Levine (director), Buddy Deshler (trumpet), Garrett Klein (trumpet), Juan Berrios (horn), Ryan Christianson (trombone), Paul Carlson (tuba), and Joel Alexander (percussion).

The Dallas Brass has performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. The group has also made appearances with Cincinnati Pops, New York Pops, at Carnegie Hall, and around Europe. The Dallas Brass frequently travels to public schools to present clinics to students as well as work with them on a selection of music.

Six recordings of the Dallas Brass have been released: Debut, Dallas Brass II, A Merry Christmas with Brass, Windborne, Nutcracker, and American Musical Journey. (y wikipedia)

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And here´s their Christmas lbum with lots of unknown, rare Christmas tunes from the last centuries.

I’ve grown up listening to this album at Christmas and because it was on tape I hadn’t heard it for several years. Recently someone gave me a digital copy and I fell in love with it all over again. The Christmas carols are played with style and verve. Every note sounds clean, which I would notice having played the trumpet for some time myself. This is my favorite Christmas album. (by Bob D.)

I’ve owned this album for about ten years now and I love listening to it when Christmas rolls around. I used to play trumpet and I enjoy listening to brass ensembles. The instruments in this brass ensemble fit together perfectly. None of the music is over the top and it’s very tasteful.

I honestly recommend this album to anyone looking for a good instrumental Christmas CD.

My ONLY complaint is I wish it were longer. Honestly. I’m not just saying that to be funny. I wish they had another Christmas album available because I’d have it in a heartbeat. (by AdamB5000)

Indeed, one of the finest brass albums with Christmas music !

And here´s their beautful Christmas album with a lot of very unknown Christmas tunes from the last centuries.

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Personnel:
Michael Levin (trombone)
Grant Peters (trumpet)
Wiff Rudd (trumpet)
Alex Shuhan (french horn)
Charles Villarrubia (tuba)
Robert Ward (drums, percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Traditional) 3.30
02. Go Tell It On The Mountain (Traditional) 2.08
03. Carol Of The Bells (Leontovych) 2.40
04. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Sears) 3.04
05. Angels From The Realm Of Glory (Traditional) 1.33
06. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves) (Traditional) 2.49
07. Joy To The World (Traditional) 3.00
08. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Mendelssohn) 2.10
09. Good Christian Men, Rejoice (Alington) 3.02
10. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Traditional) 2.41
11. Angels We Have Heard On High (Traditional) 2.29
12. Deck The Halls (Traditional) 3.48
13. Silent Night (Gruber) / Away In A Manger (Kirkpatrick/Murray) 2.19
14. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional) 1.38

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Pee Wee Ellis – Yellin´ Blue (1995)

FrontCover1.jpgAlfred “Pee Wee” Ellis was a basic member of the most influential reed-section of the global funk history, the James Brown band besides Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley. He blew his sax for ten years in the probably most important era of James Brown playing in their unimaginably tough way, while was also the co-author and co-orchestrator in such legendary hits, as I Feel Good, Cold Sweat or I’m Black and I’m Proud.

Of course he played besides with other legendary names: orchestrated six albums for Van Morrison, founded a group with David Liebman, then reformed the Jamesd Brown reed-line trio under the name JB Horns.

“Pee Wee” has been working on his solo career lately, and the guest on his latest European tour is noone else, but the legendary old friend, Fred Wesley. (www.a38.hu)

A versatile composer, arranger, saxophonist and keyboard player, a musician whose repertoire encompasses all manner of music from jazz through soul and funk to stadium rock, Alfred Pee Wee Ellis stands distinctive in any company…
A second trio album from Koln was recorded live during a Pee Wee Ellis Assembly Trio tour of Europe in the spring of ’94. Called “Yellin’ Blue,” it attracted much critical acclaim in Europe. (All About Jazz.com)

Such a great album … saxophone – bass – drums only … I guess this album was only released in Germany and it´s one of his finest albums …. because you can hear him and his side musicians as a pure Jazz player … no funk, but as a high class trio !

Recorded live at the “Schmuckkästchen”, Cologne/Germany on March 21 and 22, 1994.

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Personnel:
Dwayne Dolphin (bass)
Bruce Cox (drums)
Pee Wee Ellis (saxophone)

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Tracklist:
01. Lazy Bird (Coltrane) 4.18
02. Do Dee Dum Diddy (Ellis) 8.31
03. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington/Mills) 9.52
04. Like Sonny (Coltrane) 6.58
05. Yellin’ Blue (Pee Wee Ellis) 9:42
06. Groovin’ High (Gillespie) 6.10
07. In A Mellow Tone (Ellington/Gabler) 11.24
08. Tag Alone (Pee Wee Ellis) 8.03

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Paul Rodgers & Friends – Live At Montreux 1994 (2011)

PaulRodgersFrontCover2.jpgIn 1993, Paul Rodgers was a free man. The Firm had dissolved, the legendary front man was above and beyond The Law, Bad Company had become a distant, but still treasured, memory and the revered Free was long gone. Left with nothing to do, the singer with the brawny, torn-and-frayed pipes and expressive, denim-clad delivery looked again to the blues, his one true love, for inspiration. He found it in the music of Muddy Waters.
Keen to pay homage to the great man, Rodgers didn’t break character. Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters may have contained the spark of the Chicago-style electric blues that Waters once perfected, but it was powered by the blues-rock combustion of Rodgers’ work with Bad Company and Free. Not all of the tracks on Muddy Water Blues, the second of Rodgers’ solo albums, were Waters covers, but his spirit haunts the record, inhabiting its grooves and inspiring Rodgers and his collaborators. In 1994, a year after Muddy Water Blues’ arrival, Rodgers brought much of that record to life in a blustery, sweaty concert at Montreux, where he was joined onstage by the likes of Journey guitarist Neal Schon, drummer Jason Bonham, guitarist Ian Hatton and bassist John Smithson, as well as several guests, including Queen’s Brian May, Toto’s Steve Lukather and blues veterans Luther Allison, Eddie Kirkland, Sherman Robertson, Robert Lucas and Kenny Neal.

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Though a star-studded affair, Live at Montreux 1994 has more of a blue-collar feel. This is a workingman’s record, with dirt under its fingernails and calluses on its hands. Sprinkled with plenty of songs that Rodgers made famous with Free and Bad Company, Live at Montreux 1994 also finds Rodgers digging his hands into the earthy soil of blues classics like Waters’ “Louisiana Blues,” which simmers with menace and pure nastiness on the stove here, letting all the rich flavors – including a particularly tasty guitar solo – sink into its meaty textures. In a surprising turn, May gets down and dirty on the Sonny Boy Williamson number “Good Morning Little School Girl,” his distorted guitar becoming PaulRodgers02.jpga careening crop duster that dives and climbs with all the daring of pilot with a death wish. The highlight of a sensational set, “Good Morning Little School Girl” is simply mean, burning with intensity and passionate playing. To finish off the night, Rodger and crew slam into Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” and the closer, “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Willie Dixon, with all the force of a hurricane. The guitars sound like switchblades on and cut deeply with every note on “Crossroads,” as the rhythm section works up a mean, mean thirst crawling through the gutter on “Hoochie Coochie Man.”
Three of the songs Dixon wrote for Waters, including 1954’s “Hoochie Coochie Man” and “I’m Ready” and 1961’s “Let Me Love You Baby,” are included here and performed with all the righteous fervor of a tent revival ministry, as is Booker T. & the MGs’ “The Hunter.” Just as propulsive and muscular are the Rodgers’ classics “All Right Now,” the old Free hit, and rust-covered Bad Company diamonds “Can’t Get Enough (of Your Love)” and “Feel Like Making Love.” Ever the professional, Rodgers’ nuanced vocals add richness and depth to each track, while his handpicked group of hired guns plays the daylights out of this material almost all the way through, with the exception of the rare uninspired moment. The recording quality is pretty sound and world-class music writer Malcolm Dome does the show justice with well-written, informative liner notes. All of this makes you wonder if, or when, Rodgers will delve even deeper into the blues down the road. (by Peter Lindblad)

What a line-up, what a concert. what a night … it was another night, the legends came out to play !

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Personnel:
Jason Bonham (drums)
Ian Hatton (guitar)
Eddie Kirkland (guitar)
Steve Lukather (guitar)
Brian May (guitar)
Claude Nobs (harmonica)
Paul Rodgers (vocals, guitar)
Neil Schon (guitar)
John Smithson (bass)

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Tracklist
01. Travelling Man (Kossoff/Kirke/Rodgers/Fraser) 3.27
02. Wishing Well (Bundrick/Kossoff/Kirke/Rodgers/Yamauchi) 3.57
03. Louisiana Blues (Morganfield) 5.00
04. Fire And Water (Rodgers/Fraser) 4.07
05. Muddy Waters Blues (Rodgers) 5.07
06. Good Morning Little School Girl (Williamson) 4.14
07. I’m Ready (Dixon) 3.37
08. Little Bit Of Love (Kossoff/Kirke/Rodgers/Fraser) 3.34
09. Mr. Big (Kossoff/Kirke/Rodgers/Fraser) 5.17
10. Feel Like Making Love (Ralphs/Rodgers) 5.43
11. Let Me Love You Baby (Dixon) 4.40
12. The Hunter (Cropper/Dunn/Jackson/Wells/Jones) 4.27
13. Can’t Get Enough ( Of Your Love) (Ralphs) 3.52
14. All Right Now (Rodgers/Fraser) 6.57
15. Crossroads (Johnson) 4.41
16. Hoochie Coochie Man (Dixon) 7.35

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Tommy & Phil Emmanuel – Terra Firma (1994)

FrontCover1.jpgTerra Firma is an album by Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel with his brother Phil that was released in February 1995 and peaked at No. 12 on the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia. The sing “(Back on the) Terra Firma”reached No. 45 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1995, the album was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album but lost to Brood by My Friend the Chocolate Cake. (by wikipedia)

Phil has toured Australia with Brother Tommy as “The Emmanuel’ Brothers” seeing them playing in every major city in Australia with sell out concerts every night. What followed was the rise and rise of the Emmanuel Brothers, with the long awaited Sony Records release of ‘Terra Firma” in 1995 which debuted on the Australian Music Charts at #13 Nationwide, and climbing to #6 in the July of that year. “Terra Firma” was the first ever album release by the two Emmanuel Brothers and celebrated 35 years of guitar playing. It not only earned an ARIA Nomination for Best Adult Contemporary, it was also nominated at The Tamworth Country Music Awards for Best Instrumental Album. (philemmanuel.com.au)

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Andrián Pertout speaks with Tommy about the Emmanuel brothers’ recording debut with the album ‘Terra Firma’.

After 35 years, and a career that began for Phil at 7, while amazingly for Tommy at 4 years old with the ‘Emmanuel Quartet’, a recording debut for these two brothers seems almost incredible. Over the years they have both individually won the admiration and respect of millions of Australians. You have to look hard for the producer’s credit on this very special project, which says a lot about Tommy’s very modest and down to earth nature. A great musician with an attitude hard to match, and a talent that needs no introduction. Unlike other current albums, ‘Terra Firma’ sets out to capture the purity of real performances by real people, with little emphasis on ‘high tech’ studio methods.

I’m sure that everybody is more than happy to finally see this long overdue collaboration. How did it come about?

TE: “Well, we’d been talking about doing this for a long time; But just didn’t feel the time was right, until now. I’m sure that if we’d made an album ten years ago we wouldn’t have been happy with it, and it would have sat on the shelf. I felt that we made it at the right time, and the choice of material was stuff that we both liked; And we wrote things for the album that we would never have written before.”

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How did you chose the material?

TE: “We wanted to put things on the album that we’d been playing since childhood, as well as things that meant a lot to us along the way. You know, like there’s a ‘Shadows’ song on there, a couple of sort of bluegrass tunes, an ‘AC/DC’ medley and a ‘Mozart’ tune. So there’s a bit of everything there, plus there are some original songs. I think we ended up with about twenty five tunes, and then we honed it down into an album basically.”

In a recent press release you say that the new album is really about going back to your roots. What is the music that really inspires you both? What did you grow up listening to?

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TE: “We grew up listening to instrumental music by people like the ‘Shadows’ and the ‘Ventures’ when we were kids. In the early sixties I discovered ‘Chet Atkins’, and he really changed my way of playing, listening to music and talking a lot, just through his records. We listened to anything and everything. In the seventies we discovered ‘Eric Clapton’ and people like that, and then in the eighties all sorts of people, from ‘Larry Carlton’, ‘B.B. King’ and ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan’ right through to ‘Steve Vai’.” (pertout.com)

This instrumental album is a real pretty good one … a great mix between rock, acoustic guitar music, and even classic.

And at the end of this album you can hear unique versions of 2 AC/DC songs … in a very bluesy way.

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Personnel:
Joe Chindamo (accordion)
Phil Emmanuel (guitar)
Tommy Emmanuel (guitar)
Rob Little (bass)
Kevin Murphy (drums)
Broderick Smith (harmonica)

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Tracklist:
01. (Rock On The) Terra Firma (Jorgenson) 5.20
02. Love Gone West (P.Emmanuel/T.Emmanuel) 4.06
03. Nashville Express (Posa) 2.51
04. Rondo Ala Turka (Mozart/Brubeck) 2.42
05. Theme From “Missing” (Vangelis) 3.39
06. Happy Go Lucky Guitar (Owens) 2.36
07. Bendin’ It (P.Emmanuel) 3.53
08. Optimism Part One (Roche) 0.28
09. Shindig (Marvin/Welch) 2.08
10. Town Hall Shuffle (Maphis) 2.26
11. Last Post (Traditional) 2.10
12. Ashoakan Farewell (Traditional) 3.26
13. Rise And Shine (Emmanuel) 3.40
14. Optimism Part Two (Roche) 1.23
15. The Shaker (T.Emmanuel) 3.21
16. AC/DC Medley: Riff Raff/Let There Be Rock 6:02

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Phil Emmanuel (6 July 1952 – 24 May 2018)

Mazzy Star – Ghost Highway (2005)

FrontCover1.jpgMazzy Star is an American alternative rock band formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1989 from remnants of the group Opal. Founding member David Roback’s friend Hope Sandoval became the group’s vocalist when Kendra Smith left Opal.

Mazzy Star is best known for the song “Fade into You” which brought the band some success in the mid-1990s and was the group’s biggest mainstream hit, earning extensive exposure on MTV, VH1, and radio airplay. Roback and Sandoval are the creative center of the band, with Sandoval as lyricist and Roback as composer of the majority of the band’s material.

The band’s most recent studio album, Seasons of Your Day, was released in 2013, followed by the EP Still in 2018.

Mazzy Star has deep roots within the Californian Paisley Underground movement of the early 1980s. David Roback, along with his brother Steven, was one of the main architects of leading Los Angeles psychedelic revival band the Rain Parade. Leaving that band after their first LP, he founded Clay Allison in 1983 with then-girlfriend, ex-Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith. Soon after the publication of their sole release, the 1983 double A-sided single “Fell From the Sun”/”All Souls”, Clay Allison renamed themselves Opal and released the LP Happy Nightmare Baby on SST on December 14, 1987. With Roback as its musical catalyst, Opal were a direct precursor to Mazzy Star musically—often featuring the same psychedelic guitar drones and similar hints of blues and folk that would later appear on Mazzy Star recordings. Meanwhile, Sandoval—who was in high school at the time—formed the folk music duo Going Home in the early 1980s with fellow student Sylvia Gomez, and went on to tour with Sonic Youth and Minutemen.

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Both were devoted followers of the Rain Parade, and after a 1983 concert by the band in the Los Angeles area, Gomez entered the backstage area of the venue and gave Roback a copy of Going Home’s demo tape, featuring Sandoval on vocals and Gomez on guitar. Upon hearing the tape, Roback offered to produce a still-unreleased album by the pair.

When Smith left Opal under cloudy circumstances in the middle of a tour supporting the Jesus & Mary Chain, Sandoval was tapped as her replacement.

Despite Smith’s departure, Rough Trade retained Roback’s original record deal, contractually obligating him to supply a follow-up to Opal’s debut LP. As a result, Roback and Sandoval continued to tour under the Opal alias for the next two years, during which time they completed production on Opal’s planned second album, titled Ghost Highway. Composed mainly of songs written by Roback and Smith, Sandoval stated that she was unhappy with the material, and expressed an interest in wanting to “start something completely new”. The pair quickly composed and recorded seven new tracks in Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, and renamed the band Mazzy Star.[7] Written over a year before Mazzy Star’s inception, the track “Ghost Highway” is the duo’s only original song to not feature a writing credit from Sandoval, while another song, “Give You My Lovin'”, was written by Going Home guitarist Sylvia Gomez and first recorded by Sandoval and Gomez in the mid-1980s.

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She Hangs Brightly was released in April 1990 on Rough Trade and, although it was not an immediate commercial success, the album established the duo as a recurrent fixture on alternative rock radio, with lead single “Blue Flower” – a cover of the Slapp Happy track – peaking at No. 29 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.[10] The album would go on to sell over 70,000 copies in the UK.

The American branch of Rough Trade folded in late 1990, briefly leaving Mazzy Star without a record label. Within weeks, the duo’s contract was picked up by Capitol, who re-released She Hangs Brightly on November 4, 1990, and released their follow-up, So Tonight That I Might See on September 27, 1993. A year after its release, the album yielded an unexpected hit single. “Fade into You” peaked at No. 44 to become their first Billboard Hot 100 single, while also reaching a career-high peak of No. 3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. On April 19, 1995, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments in excess of 1 million units.

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The album also peaked at No. 68 in the UK, and was certified silver by the BPI on July 22, 2013 for sales of over 60,000 copies. Following the success of “Fade into You”, She Hangs Brightly album opener “Halah” began to receive heavy airplay in the US and peaked at No. 19 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, a position based solely on airplay. In 1995, She Hangs Brightly was awarded a gold certification from the RIAA for shipments in excess of 500,000 units. (by wikipedia)

And here´s one of the countless bootlegs of Mazzy Star, recorded in 1994 … and amazing document of their music … performed by one of the leading lights of the Paisley Underground’s psychedelic revival …  it´s magic, believe me !

This is a rare radio broadcast recording. Every attempt has been made to present the best audio quality possible from these very old tapes.

01.-08. Recorded The Metro Chicago 12th November 1994
09.-13. Recorded at KROQ Los Angeles 10th December 1994

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Personnel:
Jill Emery (bass)
Keith Mitchell (drums)
David Roback (guitar, keyboards)
Hope Sandoval (vocals, harmonica, guitar, tambourine)

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Tracklist:
01. Flowers In December (Roback/Sandoval) 5.12
02.. Ride It On (Roback/Sandoval) 3.20
03. Into Dust (Roback/Sandoval) 6.14
04. Give You My Lovin’ (Roback) 4.04
05. Fade Into You (Roback/Sandoval) 4.41
06. Halah (Roback/Sandoval) 3.27
07. Ghost Highway (Roback) 3.32
08. Blue Flower (Moore/Krause) 4.44
09. Flowers In December (Roback/Sandoval) 5.28
10. Bells Ring (Roback/Sandoval) 4.23
11. Blue Flower (Blegvad/Moore) 4.14
12. Halah (Roback/Sandoval) 3.47
13. So Tonight That I Might See (Roback/Sandoval) 7.39

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