Hot Tuna – Historic Live (1985)

FrontCover1Hot Tuna is an American blues band formed in 1969 by former Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen (guitarist/vocals) and Jack Casady (bassist). Although it has always been a fluid aggregation, with musicians coming and going over the years, the band’s name has essentially become a metonym for Kaukonen and Casady’s ongoing collaboration.

Historic Live Tuna is an album by the band Hot Tuna. It was released in 1985. Side A contains previously unreleased tracks from a live acoustic performance played on KSAN radio in 1971. Side B contains previously unreleased material from a live electric performance in 1971 recorded at the Fillmore West auditorium in San Francisco. The album was Hot Tuna’s second release on Relix Records, and would be their last release until after the 1989 Jefferson Airplane reunion tour and reunion album, when they were signed to Epic Records for a short time before returning to Relix.

In 1996 the A-side of Historic Live Tuna was expanded and released as the CD Classic Hot Tuna Acoustic, and the B-side was expanded and released as the CD Classic Hot Tuna Electric.

Another song from the Fillmore West concert, “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”, was included in the album Fillmore: The Last Days. (wikipedia)

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Relix’s second Hot Tuna release was another archival work, its two sides containing two KSAN-FM radio broadcasts from the spring and summer of 1971; one side was taped at the station, the other chronicles the band’s appearance at the closing of the Fillmore West. In his liner notes, Jorma Kaukonen acknowledges that the band has encountered criticism for releasing such “so-called antique material,” but counters that “If you like it, you like it … if you don’t you don’t.” Hardcore Tuna fans will be pleased with the existence on record of these performances by a Hot Tuna that featured Kaukonen (acoustic guitar on side one, electric on side two), Jack Casady, Papa John Creach, and Sammy Piazza. Others may find that the rudimentary sound quality and the generally restrained performing level render this inessential. (by William Ruhlmann)

And I m pleased, because I´m a real Hot Tuna fan …

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Personnel:
Jack Casady (bass)
Papa John Creach (violin)
Jorma Kaukonen (guitar, vocals)
Sammy Piazza (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. New Song (for the Morning) (Kaukonen) 5.06
02. Been So Long (Kaukonen) 4.16
03. Oh Lord, Search My Heart (Davis) 4.31
04. True Religion (Traditional) 7.01
05. Space Jam (Casady/Kaukonen) 0.09
06. Intro by Bill Graham / Rock Me Baby (King/Josea) 9.24
“Want You to Know” (Bo Carter) – 4:58
“Come Back Baby” (Lightning Hopkins) – 9:14

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Ana Popovic – Can You Stand The Heat (2013)

FrontCover1Ana Popović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ана Поповић, born May 13, 1976) is a blues guitarist and singer from Serbia who currently resides in the United States.

Popović was born in 1976 in Belgrade. Her father introduced her to the blues, and she started to play the guitar when she was fifteen.

In 1995, she formed the band Hush with Rade Popović (guitar, vocals), Milan Sarić (bass guitar) and Bojan Ivković (drums). Hush performed rhythm and blues, but also incorporated elements of funk and soul into their sound. The band had their first performance in the club Vox in Belgrade. During 1996, Hush performed across Serbia, also performing in Greece. Thanks to their performance at the Marsoni Blues Festival in Senta, Hush got the invitation to perform at the Fifth International Blues, Jazz, Rock and Gastronomic Festival in Hungary.[3] A part of their performance was released on a live album which featured recordings from the festival. In 1996, Popović played slide guitar on Piloti album Dan koji prolazi zauvek (The Day that Is Passing Forever).

During 1998, Hush had over 100 performances, playing in blues clubs and blues festivals.[3] During the same year, they released their debut album, Hometown, through PGP-RTS.[3] The album was produced by Aleksandar Radosavljević, and featured Vojno Dizdar (electric piano and Hammond organ), Petar “Pera Joe” Miladinović (harmonica), Aleksandar Tomić (tenor saxophone) and Predrag Krstić (trumpet) as guests. Beside the band’s own songs, Hometown also featured covers of blues standards.

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In 1998, Popović went to Netherlands to study jazz guitar, and Hush disbanded.

In 1999, Popović formed the Ana Popović Band in the Netherlands. In 2000, she appeared, alongside Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, Buddy Miles, Double Trouble, Eric Gales and others, on the Jimi Hendrix tribute album Blue Haze: Songs of Jimi Hendrix with a cover of the song “Belly Button Window”. In 2001, she released her solo debut, Hush!, through the German label Ruf Records. The album was recorded in Memphis, with the members of Ana Popović Band, as well as studio musicians. It was produced by Jim Gaines, who previously worked with Carlos Santana, John Lee Hooker, Alexis Korner and others. The album featured Bernard Allison as guest. The album saw large success, so Popović left her guitar studies, and dedicated herself to performing.

In 2003, Popović released her second album, Comfort to the Soul. The album, recorded in Memphis and produced by Gaines, featured a fusion of blues, rock, soul and jazz. During the same year, on the Rhythm & Blues Festival in Belgium, she was invited by Solomon Burke to join him on stage, after which she joined him on the rest of the tour as a guest. In 2005, Popović released a live album and DVD entitled Ana! Live in Amsterdam, recorded on January 30, 2005, on her concert in Amsterdam club Melkweg.

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In 2007, Popović released the album Still Making History through the American record label Eclecto Groove Records. In 2009, she released the album Blind for Love, and in 2011 the album Unconditional through the same label. Both Still Making History and Unconditional reached number one in the United States Billboard Blues chart. In 2012, Popović moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and a few years later relocated to Los Angeles, California.

Popović’s ninth full-length album, entitled Can You Stand the Heat, was released in April 2013 through ArtisteXclusive records. The album, produced by Tony Coleman, was recorded with John Williams on bass guitar, Harold Smith on rhythm guitar, Frank Ray Jr. on organ and Tony Coleman on drums. Popović performed at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where she introduced a new project: a nine-piece band under the name Ana Popovic & Mo’ Better Love. In September 2013, Popović signed with Monterey International booking agency.

In 2014, she was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year category.

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Popović released a triple album titled Trilogy on May 20, 2016. The album includes multiple guests, including Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Bernard Purdie, and rapper Al Kapone.

Popović released her next studio album, Like It on Top on September 14, 2018. The album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, and produced by Keb’ Mo’.

Can You Stand the Heat is Ana Popović’s sixth studio album, released on March 27, 2013 on ArtisteXclusive records. The album has eleven original songs and three cover songs, and features guest appearances with Grammy Award winner Tommy Sims and Grammy nominee Lucky Peterson, and was produced by B.B. King’s drummer of twenty-five years, Tony Coleman. She met Coleman when she was opening for B.B. King, and they wondered if groovy blues was fading from the scene, so they came up with the idea of making a blues album in the style of Albert Collins and Albert King, using funk and “old-school” soul. Popović relocated her family from Amsterdam to Memphis so that she could record at Ardent Studios and to embrace the music aura that circulates in the city’s perennial juke joints.[8][4] The title track, “Can You Stand the Heat”, was released as single before the album was released, and a video was shot for the song, directed Jonathan Pekar. (wikipedia)

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Blues, powerful vocals, and a hint of jazz: Ana Popovic must be back. The three-time 2012 Blues Music Awards nominee returns this spring with Can You Stand the Heat, a project that signals Popovic’s search for an edgier sound with an instrumental range that went largely unexplored on previous records. Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Popovic first dove into music with the band Hush in the 1990s before electing to work as a solo artist in 1999. In support of her latest release with ArtisteXclusive Records, Popovic is touring as Ana Popovic & Mo’ Better Love, a new collaboration that emanates the full sound achieved on the album.

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Can You Stand the Heat kicks off with its title track, a five minute-long jazzy jaunt that taps into gospel-styled background vocals and scaling keys. On “Hot Southern Night” and the fast-paced “Boys Night Out,” Popovic shares the influence of her current Memphis base with American blues-styled licks and vibes. Popovic turns it up one notch further on “Hot Southern Night” as Grammy Awards nominee Lucky Peterson steps in to trade vocals with Popovic and lend his own six-string and organ-playing skills. Grammy winner Tommy Sims also makes a guest appearance to close the album with a remixed version of “Mo’ Better Love,” the original of which is included on the album as well.

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For hardcore blues fans, the album’s reigning tracks will likely be “Tribe,” “Ana’s Shuffle” and “Blues for Mrs. Pauline.” The short guitar-lovers-only intro to “Tribe” recalls the mood felt on classic lead-ins like in Led Zeppelin’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” while “Ana’s Shuffle” cuts vocals out of the equation entirely to focus on enthusiastic soloing and technical tenacity. “Blues for Mrs. Pauline” offers a nice contrast to the shuffle as it weaves a warning against cheating in relationships through the lyrics and around a supporting cast of rhythms and harmonies. Popovic’s voice, clear and forceful, gives the lyrics a charge that makes each story shared and each sentiment expressed feel honest and heartfelt.

Though Popovic’s take on the blues sounds similar to much of the jazz-influenced blues music of today and of decades past, it is Popovic’s voice that gives her work its strength. The new musical elements explored in Can You Stand the Heat (including the background singers and keyboard work, as well as the rhythm guitar and horn sections) give Popovic’s latest release a wider range of sounds to choose from. While Popovic’s sampling comes across well on the record, the live feel she strives for has a fair chance of sounding even better live. With her new project Ana Popovic & Mo’ Better Love already on the road, concert and festival attendees are likely discovering that Popovic’s songs reach new levels when performed onstage. (by Meghan Roos)

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Personnel:
Tony Coleman (drums)
Ana Popović (vocals, guitar, slide guitar)
Frank Ray, Jr. (keyboards)
Harold Smith (guitar)
John Williams (bass)
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Felix Hernandez (percussion on 11.)
Lucky Peterson (vocals, guitar, organ on 06.)
Tommy Sims (bass on 13, vocals on 14.)
Kirk Smothers (saxophone)
Tauris Turner (drums on 04.)
Javier Solis (drums, percussion on 13. + 14.)
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Sherry Williams & John Williams (on 01., 07. + 13.)
Stephanie Bolton & Sharisse Norman (on 03. – 05.)
John Williams & Frank Ray, Jr (on 11.)
Jerard Woods & Jovaun Woods (on 14.)
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01. Can You Stand The Heat (Popović) 5.00
02. Can’t You See What You’re Doing To Me (Turk/Ahlert) 3.53
03. “Mo’ Better Love (Popović/Sims) 3.28
04. Object Of Obsession (Popović/Williams) 4.15
05. Boys’ Night Out (Popović/van Meurs/Coleman) 2.27
6. “Hot Southern Night” (with Lucky Peterson) A. Popović, M. van Meurs 3:39
7. “Every Kind of People” Andy Fraser 4:10
8. “Ana’s Shuffle” A. Popović, Tony Coleman 4:07
9. “Blues for Mrs. Pauline / Leave My Boy Alone” A. Popović, T. Coleman, Buddy Guy 7:11
10. “Leave Well Enough Alone (aka High Maintenance You)” A. Popović, M. van Meurs, T. Coleman 4:11
11. “Tribe” A. Popović, Tony Coleman 5:47
12. “Rain Fall Down” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 4:07
13. “Growing Up Too Soon” (Bonus track) A. Popović 2:58
14. “Mo’ Better Love” (with Tommy Sims – Bonus track) A. Popović, T. Sims 3:26

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Big Apple Blues – Live At O’Flaherty’s (2012)

FrontCover1Big Apple Blues is a New York City-based collective of NYC-blues scene veterans. Band members have shared the stage with some of the all time blues & roots greats: Hugh Pool, NYC-Blues-of-Famer (Chris Whitley, Government Mule, Levon Helm, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Canned Heat), guitarist Zach Zunis (Lester Butler & Red Devils, William Clark, Rick Holmstrom, Ronnie Earl, Janiva Magness), harmonica wizard Anthony Kane (Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Kane Brothers), drummer Barry “Baron of the Blues” Harrison (Johny and Shamekia Copeland, Saron Cranshaw, Steve Guyger), bassist Admir “Dr Blues” Hadzic (NY Blues of Famer Hugh Pool, Mason Casey, James Wormorth, Sim Cain, Jason Ricci) and Hammond B3 master himself – James Alfredson.

If you want to hear how Big Apple Blues really sounds live and uninhibited, this is a must have album. Recorded in a small NYC club using only a stereo microphone into 1970’s Ampegs half-inch tape recorder by one of the most revered NYC studio engineers, Hugh Pool, no overdubs or additional takes. If you were at O’Flaherty’s that night this is the energy you would have heard. Tracks range from Chicago blues grinders to Texas shuffles to jump swing propelled by time machine, Barry Harrison, and flavored by the incredible harmonica master, Anthony Kane. Zach Zunis’ signature guitar playing behind Kane’s harmonica should be made obligatory listening for all budding blues guitarists.

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Fourth album by New York’s TOP blues cats whose previous album (Big Apple Blues: “Brooklyn Blues”, StoneToneRecords, Inc) was voted # 10 out of 100 best recent blues releases by Real Blues Magazine. “Live at O’Flaherty’s” captures raucous, sweltering, energy-oozing live performance of Big Apple Blues in a NYC club. To top it off, the CD was recorded unlike any other album in the last 3 decades – using old school, brutally revealing ½” vintage 70’s stereo Ampex tape recorder with virtually no postproduction. The result is – Blues like it is meant to be – true to the bone and free of studio tricks! Turn up loud and enjoy!

Outstanding blues band in such a great record music quality! Inspiring photos not only from their gigs. That’s a must and a master of the eternal blues sound! Unmissable !!! (Sixcilian Mzwel)

Oh yes … a must for every Blues-Rock fan …  !!!

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Personnel:
Admir  “Dr. Blues” (*) Hadžić (bass)
Baron Harrison (drums, vocals on 10.)
Anthony Kane (vocals, harmonica)
Zach Zunis (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Slammer (Hadžić/Harrison/Kane/Zunis) 5.17
02. How Long Can A Bell Ring (Murphy) 6.05
03. Brooklyn Swamp (Hadžić/Harrison/Kane/Zunis) 6.02
04. Zach’s Mood (Hadžić/Harrison/Kane/Zunis) 5.31
05. Black Night (Fulson) 7.14
06. Chitlins Con Carne (Burrell) 5.55
07. Cleo’s Mood (Walker) 4.18
08. Come Back Baby (I Wish You Would) (Arnold) 5.31
09. Midtown Blowout (Hadžić/Harrison/Kane/Zunis) 5.19
10. Walk Right Up To Me Baby (Brown) 4.27

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Tramline – Moves Of Vegetable Centuries (1969)

CDFrontCover1Michael Joseph Moody (born 30 August 1950) is an English guitarist, and a former member of the rock bands Juicy Lucy and Whitesnake. He was also a founder-member of Snafu. Together with his former Whitesnake colleague Bernie Marsden he founded the Moody Marsden Band, and later, The Snakes, having previously collaborated with unofficial 5th Status Quo member Bob Young in Young & Moody. Along with Marsden and ex-Whitesnake bassist, Neil Murray, he formed The Company of Snakes and M3 Classic Whitesnake with which they mainly performed early Whitesnake songs. From 2011 to 2015, Moody toured and recorded with Snakecharmer, a band he co-formed.

Besides this, Moody has also toured with Roger Chapman, Frankie Miller and Chris Farlowe. He has also performed live alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Mick Taylor, Bruce Dickinson, Sam Brown, Gary Brooker, Suggs, Dennis Locorriere, Paul Jones, P. P. Arnold, James Hunter, Rick Wakeman, Jon Lord, Newton Faulkner, Uriah Heep, Alice Cooper, Mark King, Alfie Boe, Sandi Thom, Brian Auger, Paul Weller, Eric Bibb, Meat Loaf, Boy George, Elkie Brooks, Nona Hendryx, Mud Morganfield and one of his early guitar heroes, Duane Eddy.[citation needed] Since 2000 he has released several solo albums: I Eat Them For Breakfast (2000), Don’t Blame Me (2006), Acoustic Journeyman (2007) and Electric Journeyman (2009). A versatile guitarist, Moody has been an active session musician and his own website lists over 100 albums to which he has contributed musically. 2006 saw the release of the autobiographical Playing With Trumpets – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Apprenticeship, a memoir about his early days on the music scene. Another book of memoirs, Snakes and Ladders, was released in 2016. His library music has been featured on such TV programmes as Waking the Dead, Bo’ Selecta!, America’s Next Top Model, How to Look Good Naked, Top Gear, Horizon, Jersey Shore, Mad Men, Wife Swap and Paul Hollywood’s Bread.

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While at school in Middlesbrough and attending private guitar lessons, Moody formed The Roadrunners with others from the area including Paul Rodgers (later of Free and Bad Company). They were subsequently joined by bass player Bruce Thomas, later to play with Elvis Costello and the Attractions. The band performed covers in local halls and clubs. By 1967 they had developed and outgrown the local music scene and turned professional, changing their name to The Wildflowers and subsequently moving to London. They had some success and undertook some touring, but relationships within the band frayed and they eventually split without making any recordings. Moody returned home to Middlesbrough where for a while he widened his musical horizons by taking classical guitar lessons. He also became increasingly interested in slide guitar techniques (a style he would later be closely associated with).

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While living in Middlesbrough he was asked by local singer and entrepreneur John McCoy, to form a group which became Tramline. A deal for two albums was signed with Island Records, but by the time the second album was released the band had broken up. Moody joined Lucas and the professional Soul band Mike Cotton Sound who became Gene Pitney’s backing band for UK tours as well as others such as Paul Jones (by wikipedia)

The second and final set by the hot young blues band signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records back in 1969.

This album was produced by the late Guy Stevens and he suggested the unusual name, for which guitarist Micky Moody confesses he has no explanation. (Stevens had also suggested such names as Procol Harum and Mott The Hoople, and so ‘Moves Of Vegetable Centuries’ was just another flight of Stevens’ fancy!).

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The band was getting into its stride with the addition of sax player Ron Aspery and bass guitar virtuoso Colin Hodgkinson from progressive group Back Door.

They add a boost to such performances as the Tramline version of Traffic’s ‘Pearly Queen’ and the old Yardbirds’ favourite ‘I Wish You Would’. Here is R’n’B Sixties’ style with high energy and strong musicianship.

Micky Moody describes the evolution and ultimate fate of the band in his interview , making a splendid souvenir of a bye gone musical era. (by Green Brain)

35 minutes in length approximately. The sound is clean yet retains the warmth of the original release. The folded info sheet lists track info and personnel. There’s a synopsis of the group and the era when this album was recorded. The title of the album has mystified listeners since it’s original release-but the person responsible (producer Guy Stevens) has passed on-so we’ll probably never know.

This is the second (and last) album by TRAMLINE.The personnel has changed slightly since the first album. The band on this set is John McCoy-vocals and harmonica (uncredited),Terry Popple-drums,Mick Moody-guitar,and a new bass player,Colin Hodgkinson. On tracks 3,4,5,and 6 there are two sax players,who help fill in the sound. Someone named “Norman” plays piano occasionally,but his last name remains a mystery.

This album contains the song “Pearly Queen”,about as close to a hit as the group had. It rightfully received airplay,due in large part to Moody’s guitar playing. The track has a lot of energy,and its easy to see why it was popular during that time. If guitar playing is important to you,the track titled “Grunt” (actually “You Need Love”),is another fine number,with the piano and saxes lending good support to Moody’s guitar. Like the first album,there are some well known blues songs-“I Wish You Would” by Billy Boy Arnold,which is played and sung as a straight shuffle-style blues,and “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” by Sonny Boy Williamson,which has McCoy’s imitation of Williamson’s vocal style. The track “Sweet Mary” (recorded by CYRIL DAVIES & THE ALL STARS) is a low down dirty blues,played with great feeling by one of the sax players,and also has some lovely piano fills,with Moody’s guitar playing some straight blues licks,along with a bit of slide guitar.

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An interesting song is “You Better Run”, by two members of THE (YOUNG) RASCALS. The final tune,”Harriet’s Underground Railway”,an original refers to an underground railway for slaves during the Civil War. As is often the case,the music was laid down first,with the vocals put on later-after McCoy thought up some lyrics,which have nothing to do with the title.

Like the first album,this set is for people who like (relatively unknown) English blues bands from the late 60’s/early 70’s. This album is a bit more “together” than the first,but both sets have something to offer the listener (like me) who likes this era and style of music. Like the first album,this too has the feeling of it’s time and place. As I said about the first album,if you can remember record stores,this album gives the feeling of having been bought at your favorite store of the time,and then brought home and slipped onto the turntable. That’s not a bad thing because it shows this under-appreciated group made some good music,and was very much of it’s time and place-and if you like that era-you might like this band (by Stuart Jefferson)

And yes … Mick< Moody is one of my favourite guitr player and of course is Colin Hodgkinson one of the finest bass player ever.

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Personnel:
Colin Hodgkinson (bass)
John McCoy (vocals)
Mick Moody (guitar)
Terry Popple (drums)
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01. Pearly Queen (Capaldi/Winwood) 3.39
02. Sweet Satisfaction (McCoy/Moody) 3.32
03. You Better Run (Brigati/Cavaliere) 2.17
04. Grunt (Moody) 7.11
05. Sweet Mary (Traditional) 6.24
06. I Wish You Would (Arnold) 5.20
07. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (Williamson) 2.30
08. Harriet’s Underground Railway (McCoy/Moody) 3.55

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Savoy Brown – Live From The House Of Blues (2000)

FrontCover1Part of the late-’60s blues-rock movement, Britain’s Savoy Brown never achieved as much success in their homeland as they did in America, where they promoted their albums with nonstop touring. The band was formed and led by guitarist Kim Simmonds, whose dominating personality led to myriad personnel changes; the original lineup included singer Bryce Portius, keyboardist Bob Hall, guitarist Martin Stone, bassist Ray Chappell, and drummer Leo Manning. This lineup appeared on the band’s 1967 debut, Shake Down, a collection of blues covers. Seeking a different approach, Simmonds dissolved the group and brought in guitarist Dave Peverett, bassist Rivers Jobe, drummer Roger Earl, and singer Chris Youlden, who gave them a distinctive frontman with his vocal abilities, bowler hat, and monocle.

With perhaps its strongest lineup, Savoy Brown quickly made a name for itself, recording originals like “Train to Nowhere.” However, Youlden left the band in 1970 following Raw Sienna, and shortly thereafter, Peverett, Earl, and new bassist Tony Stevens departed to form Foghat, continuing the pattern of consistent membership turnover. Simmonds collected yet another lineup and began a hectic tour of America, showcasing the group’s now-refined bluesy boogie rock style, which dominated the rest of their albums. The group briefly broke up in 1973, but re-formed the following year.

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s Simmonds remained undeterred by a revolving-door membership and continued to tour and record. Their first album for the Blind Pig label, Strange Dreams, was released in 2003, followed by Steel in 2007. Subsequent LPs include the compilation Too Much of a Good Thing, Voodoo Moon, Goin’ to the Delta, and 2015’s The Devil to Pay. In 2017, the band returned with the full-length Witchy Feelin’, which hit number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart. Buoyed by that success, Simmonds and Savoy Brown returned with the group’s 40th career album, City Night, in 2019. /by Steve Huey)

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And here´s a pretty good live bootleg (excellent broadcast quality) from The House Of The Blues.

Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown were on tour to promote their “The Blues Keep Holding Me On” from 1999.

20 years after … this show is still another highlight in the history of Savoy Brown bootlegs … old songs, new songs… high class Blues-Rock !

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Personnel:
Dave Olson (drums)
Nathaniel Peterson (bass, vocals)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Simmonds) 7.37
02. A Hard Way To Go (Youlden) 7.32
03. Little Red Rooster (Dixon) 11.23
04. I’m Tired (Youlden) 6.56
05. Stay While The Night Is Young (Youlden/Simmonds) 10.20
06. Mississippi Steamboat (ubknown) 7.42
07. Headline News (Traditional) 10.53
08. When You’ve Got A Good Friend (Johnson) 8.24
09. Shake For Me (Dixon) 9.50
10. Bad Shape (Simmonds) 7.11
11. Wang Dang Doodle (Doxon) 11.32
12. Little Wheel ( 10:41

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Mick Taylor – Live At The Zeche, Bochum/Germany (1989)

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Michael Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949) is an English musician, best known as a former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (1967–69) and the Rolling Stones (1969–74). He has appeared on some of the Stones’ classic albums, including Let It Bleed (1969), Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970), Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile on Main St. (1972).

Since leaving the Rolling Stones in December 1974, Taylor has worked with numerous other artists and released several solo albums. From November 2012 onwards he participated in the Stones’ 50th-Anniversary shows in London and Newark, and in the band’s 50 & Counting tour, which included North America, Glastonbury Festival and Hyde Park in 2013. The band decided to continue in 2014 with concerts in the UAE, Far East & Australia and Europe for the 14 On Fire tour. He was ranked 37th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash states that Taylor had the biggest influence on him.

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Mick Taylor performed the lead guitar solo on the 1988 Joan Jett & the Blackhearts top-10 single, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Taylor guested with the Grateful Dead on 24 September 1988 at the last show of that year’s Madison Square Garden run in New York. Taylor lived in New York throughout the 1980s. He battled with addiction problems before getting back on track in the second half of the 1980s and moving to Los Angeles in 1990.[citation needed] During this time Taylor did session work and toured in Europe, America and Japan with a band including; [29] either Eric Parker or Bernard Purdie on drums Wilbur Bascomb on bass and Max Middleton (formerly of the Jeff Beck Group), Shane Fontayne, and Blondie Chaplin. In 1990, his CD Stranger in This Town was released by Maze Records, backed up by a mini-tour including the record release party at the Hard Rock Cafe as well as gigs at the Paradise Theater. (by wikipedia)

And here´s a superb and excellent audience tape from this period, another item from my audience tapes collection.

And we hear a great Mick Taylor with his beautiful blues guitar and a real good band … they set the place on fire .. includig a cover version of the ZZ Top song “Goin´ Down To Mexico” and a pretty good version of “Red House ”

And the last encore was a killer version of “Jumpin´ Jack Flash” …

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Personnel:
Wilbur Bascomb (bass)
Shayne Fontane (guitar)
Max Middleton
Eric Parker (drums)
Mick Taylor (leadguitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. I Wonder Why (You´re So Mean To Me) (Lyons) 5.51
02. Announcement 0.18
03. Laundromat Blues (King) 5.31
04. Leather Jacket (Taylor) 6.09
05. Goin´ Down To Mexico (Gibbons/Hill/Ham) 7.18
06. Redhouse (Hendrix) 10.18
07. Goin´South (Part 1) (Oden) 11.30
08. Goin´South (Part 2) (Oden) 6.19
09. Announcement 0.20
10. Blues In The Morning (King) 8.47
11. Little Red Rooster (Dixon) 5.52
12. Announcement 0.13
13. Boogie Man (King) 7.38
14. Stranger In Town (Taylor) 5.55
15. Jumpin´ Jack Flash (Jagger/Richards) 6.12
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17. Live at the Zeche (uncut edition, Part 2) 43.45

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Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion Live (2018)

FrontCover1Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977) is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He started his career at age 12, when he opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts. (by wikipedia)

Bonamassa has played alongside many notable blues and rock artists, and earned a Grammy Award nomination in 2013. Among guitarists, he is known for his extensive collection of vintage guitars and amplifiers

Electrifying, on British Blues Explosion Live, Bonamassa and his band made up of Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (keyboard), Anton Fig (drums), and Russ Irwin (rhythm guitar) pay tribute to British guitar heroes Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. Giving accolade to his biggest influences, British Blues Explosion Live was recorded on July 7, 2016 at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College based in Greenwich, London during Bonamassa’s short but memorable tour of Britain.

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A guitar legend himself, Bonamassa’s journey began in the Empire State of New York where he was born in 1977. Born to play, at the age of 4 Bonamassa was exposed to iconic music by his father who loved British Blues Rock. Before he was a teenager, Bonamassa was already honing his craft, Rockin’ on guitar, and playing in bands. Bonamassa would go on to release 15 solo albums, 11 of which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, beginning with 2000’s A New Day Yesterday culminating to British Blues Explosion Live. Along the way, Bonamassa has played alongside Blues kings like Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy, and even Clapton himself.

Highly active in music, Bonamassa teamed up with Blues songstress Beth Hart and the duo have collaborated and released several albums including Black Coffee, released on January 26, 2018. Bonamassa is also the guitarist for the Hard Rock supergroup Black Country Communion playing alongside Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Son of Led Zeppelin’s late drummer John Bonham), and Derek Sherinian (Sons of Apollo, Dream Theater). Giving back, Bonamassa helps young minds to grow through music via his non-profit organization, Keeping The Blues Alive, which provides funds and resources to keep music education in schools.

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Over an hour and a half of classic Blues Rock, British Blues Explosion Live is a tantalizing showcase of 14 songs which Bonamassa and company dig into with the unbridled spirit from which these tracks were originally conceived decades ago. Beginning with Jeff Beck, Bonamassa pays homage via a sonically pleasing rendition of “Beck’s Bolero-Rice Pudding” and then a vibrant “Let Me Love You, Baby” in which a subtle breakdown sees Bonamassa going crazy with Blues emotion. “Plynth (Water Down The Drain)” and “Spanish Boots” make for fine high-powered rockers giving Beck a worthy tribute.

The Guitar God Eric Clapton is saluted through covers of his solo works and one song from his most influential band Cream. Starting with the first of two selections off Clapton’s 1974 hit album, 461 Ocean Boulevard, Bonamassa’s version of “MainLine Florida” will make a listener want to put the top down and cruise down the coast. The second cover off Clapton’s aforementioned album, “Motherless Children” sees Bonamassa keeping the feel of the original and the era it represents. Next, Bonamassa takes on Cream’s “SWLABR” where he does the revolutionary band justice on the strings of his guitar. Well done, the Clapton tribute rolls on via “Little Girl,” “Pretending,” and a definitive slow Blues jam on “Double Crossing Time” where Bonamassa takes his time ripping note for note.

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Climbing the highest mountain, Bonamassa fearlessly dives into the works of perhaps the greatest Rock band of all-time, Led Zeppelin. On “Tea For One-I Can’t Quit You Baby,” Bonamassa gives a slaying tribute to Jimmy Page and grooves out on “Boogie With Stu.” Magnetic, the 15 minute long “How Many More Times” is a Blues saga complete with extra effects which only add to the musical fireworks by Bonamassa and his band, executing a supreme dedication to Jimmy Page and all the members of Led Zeppelin. Closing the show, Bonamassa’s instrumental “Black Winter-Django” is stunning amongst a setlist of historic Blues tunes.

In supreme fashion, on British Blues Explosion Live, Bonamassa offers up a respectful and honorary tribute to the artists who paved the way for generations of Blues guitarists. Keeping the Blues alive, Bonamassa’s mission is to spread the word of these quintessential artists and their music in order to educate the Blues musicians of today and tomorrow.

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Having said all of this, British Blues Explosion Live is the perfect way for Blues fans to rediscover this music and for new listeners to enjoy these classics for the first time with several formats to choose from, CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, and a 3 LP set. A must listen for Blues fans, CrypticRock gives British Blues Explosion Live 5 out of 5 stars. (crypticrock.com)

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Personnel:
Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals)
Anton Fig (drums)
Russ Irwin (guitar, background vocals)
Michael Rhodes (bass)
Reese Wynans (keyboards)

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Beck’s Bolero / Rice Pudding (Beck/Page/Hopkins/Wood/Newman) 9.01
02. Mainline Florida (Terry) 7.01
03. Boogie With Stu (Stewart/Page/Bonham/Jones/Valens/Plant) 4.17
04. Let Me Love You Baby (Dixon) 5.36
05. Plynth (Water Down The Drain) (Hopkins/Stewart/Wood) 4.05
06. Spanish Boots (Beck/Stewart/Wood) 4.04
07. Double Crossing Time (Clapton/Mayall) 7.323
08. Motherless Children (Radle/Clapton) 6.27

CD 2:
01. Swlabr (Bruce/Brown) 6.27
02. Tea For One / I Can’t Quit You Baby (Page/Plant/Dixon) 8.40
03. Little Girl (Mayall) 3.51
04. Pretending (Williams) 8.32
05. Black Winter / Django (Bonamassa) 5.59
06. How Many More Times (Page/Bonham/Jones/Plant) 15.25

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Coming to me in the morning, leaving me at night.
Coming to me in the morning, leaving me alone.
You’ve got that rainbow feel,
But the rainbow has a beard.

Running to me a-cryin’, when he throws you out.
Running to me a-cryin’, on your own again.
You’ve got that pure feel,
Such good responses,
But the picture has a mustache.

You’re comin’ to me with that soulful look on your face.
Coming lookin’ like you’ve never ever done one wrong thing.

You’re comin’ to me with that soulful look on your face.
You’re comin’ lookin’ like you’ve never ever done one wrong thing.

So many fantastic colours, I feel in a wonderland.
Many fantastic colours, makes me feel so good.
You’ve got that pure feel,
Such good responses,
Got that rainbow feel,
But the rainbow has a beard

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Ally Venable – Texas Honey (2019)

FrontCover1Ally Marie Venable (born April 7, 1999) is an American blues rock guitar player, singer, and songwriter. She is the 2014, 2015 ETX Music awards female guitar player of the year, and she and her band were the ETX Music Awards 2015, 2016 blues band of the year.

Venable’s debut album, No Glass Shoes, with Connor Ray Music finished at number 16 in the RMR Electric Blues Charts for 2016. Venable is touted a must see act under 30-year olds by America’s Blue’s Scene. Her second album, Puppet Show, debuted at No. 7 in the Billboard Blues Albums Chart. The album Texas Honey was published in 2019.

She resides in Kilgore, Texas, United States. (by wikipedia)

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Once again, Ally Venable teams up with bassist Bobby Wallace and drummer Elijah Owings for a gritty and fierce third album, Texas Honey. At just 20 years old, Ally Venable, lead guitarist and vocalist, stuns listeners with her powerful voice and electrifying guitar solos. The trio are without a doubt a band that will continue to impress.

The album opens with “Nowhere To Hide”, a track with an addicting guitar melody and dynamic vocal line that instantly showcases Ally’s range. The following track, “Broken”, features a crunchy guitar sound and impressive solo. Despite the lyrics, the song is feisty and bold. It is really a fusion of the more high energy songs on the album with the more mellow ones like “Blind to Bad Love” and “One Sided Misunderstanding”. These songs reveal a more melancholy side to the band with their slower tempos and lower pitched drumlines.

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Until the very end, Texas Honey is full of surprises with “Love Struck Baby”, a retro-style track that makes you want to dance, and the final song on the album, “Careless Love” which is the perfect sing-along song for your next road trip.

With such variety, Texas Honey is an excellent demonstration of Ally Venable’s versatility and talent. Venable can take her music in so many different directions; it will be really exciting to see how her next release compares to this one. (by bluesrockreview.com)

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Personnel:
Ally Venable (guitar, vocals)
Elijah Owing (drums, background vocals on 04.)
Lewis Stephens (keyboards)
Bobby Wallace (bass, background vocals on 04.)
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Eric Gales (guitar, vocals on 05.)
Mike Zito (guitar, slide-guitar on 04., 07. + 11., background vocals on 04.)

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Tracklist:
01. Nowhere To Hide (Venable) 2.56
02. Broken (Venable) 3.34
03. Texas Honey (Venable) 2.28
04. Blind To Bad Love (Venable) 3.40
05. Come And Take It (Zito/Venable) 4.50
06. Love Struck Baby (Vaughan) 2.32
07. One Sided Misunderstanding (Venable) 3.59
08. White Flag (Venable) 2.49
09. Long Way Home (Venable) 3.16
10. Running After You (Venable) 3.55
11. Careless Love (Venable) 3.56

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Bo Diddley – Hey … Bo Diddley In Concert (Bo’s the Man! (Live On Tour) (1986)

FrontCover1Oh yeah … here´s a real nugget …

Hey… Bo Diddley: In Concert is a 1986 live album by Bo Diddley, recorded on a European tour. His backing band for the performances on the album were Mainsqueeze, featuring guitarist Eric Bell, previously of Thin Lizzy, and Dick Heckstall-Smith, the jazz and blues saxophonist. Other members of the band included bass guitarist Keith Tillman, who, like Heckstall-Smith, had previously played with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers; and drummer Leonard “Stretch” Stretching, who had performed with Marvin Gaye and Tom Waits.

The album was re-released in the USA in October 2001 on the Aim Trading Group label, and has also been released with different titles. (wikipedia)

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Still touring and delighting his fans, this album shows Bo in his element on his last tour of Europe with Dick Heckstall-Smith´s Mainsqueeze featuring Eric Bell (ex – Thin Lizzy) (taken frm the original liner notes)

And this is a hell of a record, because Mainsqueeze played in this fucking good British Blues-Rock style … check the line-up !

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One of the best Bo Diddley recordings ever !

This album was later re-released (2006) as “Bo’s the Man! (Live On Tour)” … with three bonus tracks …

This is my reception against the corona virus !

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Personnel:
Eric Bell (guitar)
Bo Diddley (vocals, guitar)
Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophone)
Dave “Munch” Moore (keyboards)
Keith Tillman (bass)
Leonard “Stretch” Stretching (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. Intro / Bo Diddley Vamp (McDaniel) 7.26
02. Doctor Jeckyll (McDaniel/Heckstall-Smith) 5.02
03. Everleen (McDaniel)  4.38
04. I Don’t Know Where I’ve Been (McDaniel) 2.17
05. You Can’t Judge A Book Dixon) 3.54
06. Roadrunner (McDaniel) 3,25
07. I’m a Man (Morganfield/London/McDaniel) 10.38
08. Mona (McDaniel) 5.10
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09. I Don’t Know Where I’ve Been (studio recording 1982) (McDaniel) 5.59
10. Juke (live 1967) (Jacobs) 3.32
11. Sad Horse (live 1967) (Jacobs) 5.22

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Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates; December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008)
known as the one and only Bo Diddley

Rick Derringer – Back To The Blues (1993)

FrontCover1This has got to be one of Rick Derringer’s most under rated albums of all time! I don’t really consider this a hardcore blues album,more of a Rock CD tinged with blues.

Blue Suede Blues will have you rocking out like never before,Blues All Night Long is a looong song with guitar playing to keep you wantin more.Meantown Blues is perfect in every aspect,vocals,playing etc. Sink Or Swim is another winner as is Time To Go. You can’t go wrong with this. Two guitars up!!!! (by Bill Smith)

This is jam packed with Classic Blues guitar grooves and superb guitar work from a true Guitar God. I’ve been a fan since his days with Johnny Winter and he has gotten better with time. Trouble in Paradise, Blue Suede blues, Sink or Swim, Unsolved Mystery and actually every trac is good to fantastic blues with a hefty helping of smokin solos throughout. My personal favorite is Time To Go, the last song.  Listen to the sound bites and give it a shot. (by Plank Spanker)

Rick Derringer01Rick has had a much more successful career in Blues than he had in the rock genre, and this is just another fine album to add to a collection. He continues to impress with his playing, and he certainly knows how to pick the right songs, and to write good Blues material. (by BarKat)

I didn’t know Rick was such a guitar virtuoso, his blues are of the fast paced Texas type. His guitar work on every song is just amazing, I recommend it for those that like guitar work. (by drsplash)

Again… it’s too bad people only know Rick Derringer for his Top 40 stuff that gets played to death. His blues chops are extraordinary, no doubt due in part to his time spent with Johnny Winter. Just his cover of ‘Meantown Blues’ alone was worth the price of admission, which was pretty damn reasonable too. (Peter K. Cudworth)

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And my personal favorite is without any doubts “Blues All Night Long”.

Listen to one of these underrated masters of the Blues-Rock guitar !

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Personnel:
Rick Derringer (vocals, guitar)
Andy Doerschuk (drums)
Brad Russell (bass)
Kevin Russell (guitar)

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01. Trouble in Paradise 5.08
02. Blue Suede Blues 5.19
03. Blues All Night Long 8.11
04. Mean Town Blues 4.08
05. Sorry For Your Heartache 9.48
06. Sink Or Swim 5.06
07. Diamond 4.59
08. Crybaby 4.01
09. Unsolved Mystery 4.58
10. Blue Velvet 4.22
11. Time To Go 5.56

All songs written by Rick Derringer,
except 04, which waswritten by Johnny Winter

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