Albert Collins + Barrelhouse – Live (1978)

FrontCover1.jpgNot really an introduction nessecary:

Albert Gene Drewery, known as Albert Collins and the Ice Man (October 1, 1932 – November 24, 1993),[1] was an American electric blues guitarist and singer with a distinctive guitar style. He was noted for his powerful playing and his use of altered tunings and a capo. His long association with the Fender Telecaster led to the title “The Master of the Telecaster”. (by wikipedia)

A leading Dutch pop journalist, the well respected Jip Golsteyn,once wrote that Barrelhouse is and has been for a long time, the leading rhythm & blues group in the Low Countries.The band started in 1974, released 10 albums in as many years, among them a live album with the legendary Albert Collins from Texas.

After some changes in personnel during their acclaimed existence, the band split up in 1986, individual members finding new ways in different groups. But in spite of leadsinger Tineke Schoemaker’s chart success with One Two, a longing for the supple and solid band that once was theirs crept into the minds of the Barrelhouse members while time passed. In 1993 Barrelhouse hit the road again with their original line-up. It was an instant success, not in the least because of the flexibility with which the band renewed its repertoire. This renewed sound and approach was highlighted on the CD’s that followed: Fortune Changes (1993) and Time Frames (1998). By the end of the Summer of 2002 the third CD since the split was released: Walking in Time.

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Some say that Barrelhouse is ‘magic’, a lucky combination of musicians that blends into an energetic and solidly lubricated piece of rhythm & blues, all at once catching the eye, forcing you to dance. The most obvious element is the powerful voice of the lead singer Tineke Schoemaker. She doesn’t need to imitate: her soul and sound are original, her range and timing touches the audience immediately. But where would she be without the band featuring bass player Jan Willem Sligting and drummer Bob Dros who make up the very solid rhythm section always leaving room for the soloist to perform on top with their very characteristic Barrelhouse groove. Both guitar players Johnny and Guus LaPorte prove that excellent guitar-solos and strong and inspired rhythm guitar go hand in hand. The brothers excel in both. The band is completed by the technical prowess of piano player Han van Dam, who adds to the solidity of the rhythm section both during solos or in accompaniment. Barrelhouse is dynamic in their slow blues and medium tempo, but even more so when they get worked up with an energetic number which they perform with a kind of enthusiasm that puts a spell on any audience lucky enough to catch a show.


The band has appeared on Dutch television on several occasions and played on major European festivals like Breminale (Bremen – Germany), Moulin Blues (Ospel, The Netherlands), The R&B Festival Peer (Belgium), Blue Balls Festival (Luzern, Switzerland) and North Sea Jazz Festival (The Hague, The Netherlands).

And here´s a very fine live album from the early days of Barrelhouse (the band is still active !).

Collins is backed by a Dutch band on this recording of a December 1978 show in Alkmaar, Holland. Dividing his attention between originals and covers of tunes by the likes of Lowell Fulson and Guitar Slim, it’s a typically energetic set with long solos, the backup musicians playing competently, and female singer Tineke Schoemaker taking the vocals on “Blue River Rising.” (by Richie Unterberger)

I include a very rare video-clip from Dutch TV: Alber Collins & Barrelhouse the song “Conversation With Collins” … including a rely runny guitar-solo by Albert Collins … watch !


Alternate CD frontcover

Albert Collins (guitar, vocals)

with Barrelhouse:
Han van Dam (piano)
Bob Dros (drums)
Guus Laporte (guitar)
Johnny Laporte (guitar)
Jan Willem Sligting (bass)
Tineke Schoemaker (vocals)
Tony Vos (saxophone)


01. Frosty (A.Collins) 4.44
02. Honey Hush (Fulson) 5.47
03. I’ve Got A Mind To Travel (G.Collins) 7.31
04. Don’t Loose Your Cool (A. Collins) 5.37
05. Blue River Rising (Shuler/Bonner) 6.32
06. Cock It On The Wall (Traditional) 3.04
07. Conversation With Collins (A. Collins) 9.28
08. Keep Your Business Straight (G. Collins) 9.27
09. Things I Used To Do (Slim) 4.54
10. Conversation With Collins (video-clip) (A. Collins) 6.19



Maggie Bell & Midnight Flyer – Live Montreux July 1981 (2007)

For Midnight Flyer, 1980 dawned bright. They recorded their superb self-titled debut album and then embarked on a European tour, opening for Bob Seger. Even the departure of keyboardist John Cook after the band left the studio hadn’t slowed Midnight Flyer down. Chris Parren, the perfect replacement, was swiftly enlisted and took to the stage. As 1981 began, Flyer flew back to Europe to support AC/DC, and their album arrived in February while the band bounded back and forth across the Channel, now headlining their own shows. In the autumn, they reunited with the down under bad boys, opening for their U.S. tour. However, the highlight of the busy year came in mid-summer, as Flyer climbed onto the Montreux festival stage and ripped through one of the best shows of their all-too-brief career. Live Montreux July 1981 features the bulk of their show that day, as the band rips through its set, then is joined for two numbers by blues legend Taj Mahal and by the Telecaster master Albert Collins for a further pair.

Live01The album kicks off with a rampaging “Hey Boy,” one of five songs from their studio album the band performed, the highlight arguably being their glorious take on “Rough Trade.” Parren is on fire throughout the show, one-upping Ant Glynne at every conceivably turn, with the good-natured guitarist tossing flaming licks and riffs straight back at the keyboardist. The pair’s dueling was a show in itself, anchored by Dave Dowle and Tony Stevens’ solid rhythms, but Maggie Bell wasn’t giving up the spotlight without a fight, demanding and getting the audience’s nearly undivided attention with a performance determined to bring down the house — which it did. By the time the band swung into an electrifying take of “Penicillin Blues,” a song Bell had been covering since her Stone the Crows days, the crowd was on its feet and shouting along. Taj Mahal joins Bell for showstopping versions of “Bring It on Home to Me” and “Chain Gang,” with the album ending with a smoldering “Stormy Monday Blues,” the bandmembers almost awestruck by Collins’ stunning guitar skills, but quickly regaining their composure. It was a phenomenal show, the sound quality exceptional, and the band at its very, very best. Unforgettable. (by Jo-Ann Greene)

Maggie Bell (vocals)
Dave Dowle (drums)
Ant Glynne (guitar)
Chris Parren (keyboards)
Tony Stevens (bass)
Albert Collins (guitar, vocals on 12. + 13.)
Taj Mahal (guitar, vocals on 10. + 11.)

01. Hey Boy (Stevens) 3.37
02. Danger Money (Dowle) 5.37
03. Love Games (Dowle)  4.42
04. Sweet Lovin’ Woman (Dowle/Glynne) 5.55
05. Poor Little Jimmy (Dowle/Glynne) 3.40
06. Rough Trade (Bell/Cook) 4.10
07. French Kisses (Dowle) 4.28
08. Too Much Love (Dowle/Glynne) 6.05
09. Penicillin Blues (Terry/McGhee) 3.04
10. Bring It On Home To Me (Cooke) 5.00
11. Chain Gang (Cooke) 5.17
12. Blues Jam (Collins/Dowle/Glynne/Parren/Stevens) 11.36
13. Stormy Monday Blues (Walker) 6.10

CD1* (coming soon)