Albie Donnelly – The Spirit In Me (1994)

frontcoverALBIE DONNELLY, Liverpool- born singer/saxophonist and bandleader began his career in London as a session musician playing on recordings by Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats, Graham Parker and many others.

In 1973 he formed the now legendary band SUPERCHARGE. The band’s blend of R. ‘n’ B. and Funk plus their wild on- (and off!) stage-show made them a sensation on the British 70’s live- club scene.

In the 80’s the band signed with Virgin Records and toured extensively in GB and all over Europe with such names as Ray Charles, Fats Domino, B. B. King, Chuck Berry and Queen – culminating in the Hyde Park concert in front of more than 100,000 people.

From then on ALBIE has led successful tours all over Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, France, Poland, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland) and recently back home again in GB, confirming the bandleaders consistent popularity.

His soulful voice and unique horn-sound attest to his R. ‘n’ B. roots and his being steeped in the music of the all-time greats

Quote from B. B. King: “SUPERCHARGE is Europe’s finest Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Band.”

This is his first soloalbum …  which contains a selection of some personal favourite songs.

And you will hear Albie … crazy and loud and you will hear Albie in a sometimes very sentimental mood … both sides of Albie are real great.

He is one of these criminal underrated musicians !

Listen to this album and you will believe me !


Albie Donnelly

Mal Bowers (keyboards)
Albie Donnelly (vocals, sacophone)
Lance Donnelly (drums)
Gaz Gaskell (saxophone)
Dick Hanson (trumpet)
Terry Kennaugh (guitar)
John Lewis (guitar)
Phil Loughran (guitar)
John McCormick (bass)
Roger Morris (percussion)
Paul Owens (saxophone, strings, keyboards)


01. Don’t Do That She Might Get Mad (Cracklin) 3.19
02. Main Squeeze (A.Donnelly/Shepley) 3.17
03. I Won’t Cry Anymore (Brown) 2.34
04. You Had Your Chance (A.Donnelly/Shepley) 2.43
05. Hold It (Vinson) 4.10
06. Sir La Dude (A.Donnelly) 4.35
07. Personal Manager (Jones/King) 4.19
08. The Spirit In Me (Fahey) 3.27
09. Cried Last Night (Brown) 3.30
10. In A Sentimental Mood (Ellington/Mills) 3.10
11. Cakewalk Into Town (Mahal) 2.27
12. Gotta Be The Boy (A.Donnelly/Shepley)  2.57
13. Every Time We Say Goodbye (Porter) 3.40





The Marvelettes – Same (1967)

FrontCover1The Marvelettes a.k.a. The Pink Album is a 1967 album by American vocal group The Marvelettes, also their seventh LP.

Recording began in 1966. Smokey Robinson handled much of the production. There is also production from James Dean and William Weatherspoon who would provide material for the The Marvelettes’ next album. Producers felt that the group needed to offer a sound more mature and developed that contrasted their previous recordings. This album contains only two singles: “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” (#13 US, # 2 R&B) which was written and produced by Robinson, and its follow-up, a remake of Ruby & the Romantics’ “When You’re Young and in Love” (#23 US, #9 R&B, #13 UK) which was the group’s only single to reach UK charts. The Marvelettes stopped at #129 US and was more successful on the R&B chart, at #13. (by wikipedia)

TheMarvelettes01Perhaps the best studio album the Marvelettes ever recorded. The spotlight was shared between Horton and Young, and one can attest to the differences in their styles (Horton was earthier, Young the more pop-oriented). In addition to their classic hit “The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game” and what is the best version of the Van McCoy warhorse “When You’re Young and In Love,” there are some would-be hits such as “The Day You Take One (You Have to Take the Other)” and the lovely ballad “This Night Was Made For Love.” This was an artistic triumph and proof that girl groups can mature with age. (by John Lowe)

Katherine Anderson (background vocals)
Gladys Horton (vocals)
Wanda Young (vocals)
The Andantes (background vocals)
The Funk Brothers – instrumentation (all tracks)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

01. Barefootin (Parker) 2.18
02. Message To Michael (Bacharach/David) 3.01
03. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (Robinson) 3.13
04. When You’re Young And In Love (McCoy) 2.37
05. I Know Better (Taylor/Whitfield) 2.28
06. I Can’t Turn Around (Wilson) 2.56
07. He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ (Holland/Stevenson/Whitfield) 2.31
08. The Day You Take One (You Have to Take the Other) (Robinson)
09. When I Need You (Broadnax/Paul) 2.42
10. Keep Off, No Trespassing (Bristol/Gordy) 3.07
11. Tonight Was Made For Love (Jones/Staunton) 2.51
12. I Need Someone (Dean/Weatherspoon) 2.41


Van Morrison – Too Long In Exile (1993)

FrontCover1Too Long in Exile is the twenty-second studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. The album was produced by Morrison and draws on urban blues and soul jazz sounds, including collaborations with John Lee Hooker and Georgie Fame. Released in 1993 by Polydor Records, Too Long in Exile received positive reviews from most critics and reached number four on the UK Albums Chart.

Too Long in Exile received generally positive reviews. Rock critic Peter Paphides wrote in Melody Maker at the time, “never has one man’s regression therapy sounded this exhilarating”, while Gavin Martin from the Daily Mirror remarked that Morrison has “rediscovered his ‘earthy, elemental fire’. He is still the foremost blues auteur.” Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot found his singing “freer than ever” and most of the performances “joyful”, praising the music’s urban blues and soul-jazz sounds. Kot said the album is a “casual tour de force”, with the exception of the cover song “Moody’s Mood for Love”, which he felt would nevertheless be enjoyed by fans of Morrison’s “Moondance” (1970). In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau said Morrison draws on the spiritual guidance of blues greats for the album’s best material, highlighting the collaborations with John Lee Hooker on “Gloria” and “Wasted Years”, although he lamented some aimless songs such as “In the Forest”.

Morrison+HookerIn The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Rob Sheffield said Too Long in Exile was the “breeziest” of Morrison’s post-1980s albums. Rolling Stone included the album in its list of the “Essential Recording of the 90’s”.

Van Morrison celebrates today  his 70th birthday !

Richard Cousins (bass)
Candy Dulfer (saxophone, recorder)
Geoff Dunn (drums)
Georgie Fame (organ, background vocals)
Howard Francis (keyboards)
Kevin Hayes (drums)
John Lee Hooker (vocals)
Bob Lifton (guitar)
Teena Lyle (organ, percussion, vibraphone, background vocals)
Van Morrison (guitar, vocals, harmonica, saxophone)
Paul Robinson (drums)
Jonn Savannah (organ, background vocals)
Nicky Scott (bass)
Kate St. John (saxophone)

01. Too Long in Exile (Morrison) 6.18
02. Big Time Operators (Morrison) 6.03
03. Lonely Avenue (Pomus) 6.24
04. Ball and Chain (Morrison) 5.36
05. In the Forest (Morrison) 4.38
06. Till We Get the Healing Done (Morrison) 8.29
07. Gloria (Morrison) 5.19
08. Good Morning Little School Girl (Williamson) 4.07
09. Wasted Years (Morrison) 3.57
10. The Lonesome Road (Austin/Shilkret) 3.16
11. Moody’s Mood For Love (Fields/McHugh/Moody) 2.52
12. Close Enough For Jazz (Morrison) 2.39
13. Before The World Was Made (Morrison) 4.24
14. I’ll Take Care of You (Benton) 5.19
15. Instrumental/Tell Me What You Want (Morrison) 8.08




Johnny Otis – The New Johnny Otis Show With Shuggie Otis (1981)

FrontCover1If you think of any job in the music industry, Johnny Otis has done them all. During the ’40s, he cut his teeth on big band swing music, and was a driving force during the early years of rock `n’ roll. At the time (1981), this was Johnny Otis’ first recording in almost a decade. He contributes songs, piano, vocals, and vibes. His 26-year-old son Shuggie, a brilliant child prodigy, expertly handles all guitars. Together they are backed by distinguished newcomers and seasoned veterans on a steaming collection of new songs. The result is a CD full of merriment.

“Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee” has a bit of rhythm from Johnny’s biggest hit “Willie and The Hand Jive”. During this pleasure of drinking wine tale, the Greek-American delivers 1950s style rock `n’ roll vocals with lots of emphasis on the bass – Bowzer from Sha Na Na comes to mind. In the vein of “Tramp”, “Jonella and Jack” contains hilarious bantering. “Every Beat Of My Heart” is a love ballad that’s lovely. It features Charles Williams’ fantastic voice over a classic arrangement from a past era. Surely, teenage dancers would have packed their high school gymnasium during this song. Williams’ vocals and Shuggie’s guitar are as smooth as fine scotch on the radio-friendly “What Else Can I Do?” This pop soul number is made of hit material. “Half Steppin’ Woman” features Shuggie’s bottleneck guitar rocking out while Johnny’s rumbling piano keeps the song on track.

Johnny+ShuggieOtisJohnny Otis with his son Shuggie …

With a large and diverse singing cast, you are sure to prefer certain vocalists over others. Without a doubt, Vera Hamilton (a former Otisette) and Charles Williams steal the show on “Why Don’t You Do Right?” At a youthful age, Williams displays talent usually begot by years of experience. This 37-minute rock `n’ roll and R&B revue-style CD is a complete package. The winning songs, robust vocals, and splendid band augmented by Shuggie on guitar makes for a wildly entertaining disc. This is the only Alligator recording by the legendary Johnny Otis. It is a witness to his renewal. (by Tim Holek)


Johnny Otis (* 28. Dezember 1921 in Vallejo; † 17. Januar 2012 in Los Angeles)

Talmadge Baker (percussion)
Zaven Jambazian (harmonica)
Plas Johnson (saxophone)
Johnny Otis (piano, vocals)
Nicky Otis (percussion)
Shuggie Otis (guitar)
Earl Palmer (drums)
David Pridgen (piano)
Edgar L. Willis (bass)
The singers:
Linda Dorsey – Delmar “Mighty Mouth” Evans – Vera Hamilton – Wendell D. Perry – David Pridgen – Charles Williams

01. Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Williams/McGee) 2.40
02. Every Beat Of My Heart (J.Otis) 4.50
03. Jonella And Jack (J.Otis) 3.26
04. What Else Can I Do? (Pridgen) 2.46
05. Half Steppin’ Woman (J.Otis) 4.13
06. Why Don’t You Do Right? (McCoy) 4.01
07. Big Time Scoop (J.Otis) 3.46
08. I Never Felt This Way Before (Pridgen) 3.14
09. Don’t Deceive Me (Willis) 4.16
10. So Fine (J.Otis) 2.48
11. Unknown (hidden track) 0.11.


ShuggieOtisShuggie Otis

Georgie Fame – Shorty Featuring Georgie Fame (1970)

FrontCover1Though not too untypical for a Georgie Fame release, Shorty Featuring Georgie Fame has an odd place in the Fame discography. First, it was billed to a group, Shorty, with the words “Featuring Georgie Fame” printed in very small type beneath “Shorty” on the cover, with no picture of Fame (or, for that matter, Shorty) to be found anywhere in the artwork. Second, it was only released in the U.S., although Fame’s commercial profile, even at the time of its 1970 appearance, was considerably bigger in his native U.K. It was also recorded live (in a fairly small club judging by the sound of the applause), though no mention of this is made anywhere on the packaging, and in fact even the author of the Rev-Ola CD reissue’s fine liner notes remains unaware of the location. For all that, it’s not that unlike Fame’s other records from the era, and does prominently feature him as singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, even if he seemed almost to be hiding behind a group persona (à la David Bowie with Tin Machine many years later). If there’s anything to distinguish it from other GeorgieFame1AFame albums, it’s that the guitar sometimes has a more prominent role, and the songs sometimes stretch out in the manner that was fashionable in the psychedelic/hard rock era. That’s especially noticeable on the nearly six-minute opener, “Oliver’s Gone”; you don’t hear many Fame cuts with long blues-rock solos. Yet Fame’s customary attributes — assured jazz/R&B vocals and glowing organ — remain in place, and some tracks, like “Bluesology” and “Seventh Son,” are pretty much of a piece with his more straightforward mid-’60s work (though here Mose Allison’s “Parchman Farm,” which he’d recorded in September 1963 on his first live LP, is extended to seven minutes). Georgie gets more personal and introspective than usual, to good effect, on “Saskatchewan Sunrise” and “Inside Story,” while the 12-minute “Fully Booked” is especially epic by Fame standards. This isn’t the best or most representative Fame album, but one that should be heard by his fans, even if it doesn’t include his most outstanding material. (by Richie Unterberger)

Harvey Burns (drums)
Georgie Fame (vocals, keyboards)
Colin Green (guitar)
Brian Odgers (bass)
Alan Skidmore (saxophone)

01. Oliver’s Gone (Fame) 5.47
02. Bluesology (Jackson) 4.30
03. Saskatchewan Sunrise (Ryan/Jones) 3.19
04. Parchman Farm (Allison) 7.09
05. Is It Really The Same (Garrett/O’Neill) 5.48
06. Seventh Son (Dixon) 5.48
07. Somebody Stole My Thunder (Lacey/Ryan) 4.03
08. Inside Story (Fame/Ryan) 4.27
09. Fully Booked (Fame/Ryan) 12.50


The Nighthawks – Side Pocket Shot (1977)

FrontCover1The Nighthawks are an American blues and roots music band, based in Washington, D.C. The Nighthawks currently are Mark Wenner (vocals and harmonica), Paul Bell (lead guitar), Johnny Castle (bass guitar), and Mark Stutso (drums). Beginning with dates in February 2010, Stutso replaced longtime drummer Pete Ragusa who announced his departure earlier in the year.
Formed in 1972, the Nighthawks underwent several personnel changes before stabilizing as the lineup of Mark Wenner (vocals and harmonica), Jimmy Thackery (lead guitar), Jan Zukowski (bass guitar), and Pete Ragusa (drums). Their 1979 album, Full House, issued on Adelphi Records, includes guest appearances from Pinetop Perkins and Bob Margolin.

Keyboard player Greg Wetzel joined the band in 1983, was a full-time member until 1986, and has continued to play at special performances. The membership of the band remained stable until 1986. At that time, tired of the band’s extensive touring schedule, Thackery departed to front the Drivers and other groups and to record for Blind Pig Records and Telarc Records. Following his departure, several players filled the lead guitar spot. These included Jimmy Nalls, Warren Haynes, James Solberg, Danny Morris, Pete Kanaras, with Kanaras becoming the longest lasting member.

In 2003, the band featured in the first episode of the second season of The Wire.

Kanaras and Zukowski departed the band in 2004. They were replaced by Paul Bell (lead guitar) and Johnny Castle (bass guitar). The Nighthawks won the Traditional Blues/R&B Duo/Group Award at the 2009 Washington Area Music Awards. In 2011, their album, “Last Train to Bluesville” won the Acoustic Album of the Year at the 32nd Blues Music Awards, sponsored by the Blues Foundation.(by wikipedia)

And this is their 4th album, this time with a strong horn section. Even this is not their best album (guess “Open All Nite” is one of their best albums), it´s a really good album from one the best Blues-rock/R & B bands we ever had.

Pete Ragusa (drums, vocals)
Jim Thackery (guitar, vocals)
Mark Wenner (harmonica, vocals)
Jan Zukowski (bass, vocals)
Rick Anderson (percussion)
Judy Coughlin (background vocals)
Tommy Hannum (pedal-steel guitar)
The  Rhythm Kings (horns)
Lucille Schoettle (background vocals)

01. Are You Lonely (For Me Baby) (Burns) 4,36
02. Slow Down (Williams) 2.52
03. I Keep Cryin’ (Ragusa/Thackery/Wenner/Zukowski) 4.20
04. James’ Hawaiian Punch (Ragusa/Thackery/Wenner/Zukowski) 1.54
05. Honky Tonk Queen (Ragusa/Thackery/Wenner/Zukowski) 2.58
06. I’ll Get The News (Ragusa/Thackery/Wenner/Zukowski) 3.53
07. Tramp On The Highway (Ragusa/Thackery/Wenner/Zukowski) 4.12
08. Love’s So Hard (To Understand) (Ragusa/Thackery/Wenner/Zukowski) 4.30
09. Vaseline Machine No. 2 (Kottke) 1.53
10. Fatback Mama (Ragusa/Thackery/Wenner/Zukowski) 3.30
11. Bring It On Home (Dixon) 3.02



Wynder K. Frog – Out Of The Frying Pan (1968)

FrontCover1Mick Weaver (born 16 June 1944, Bolton, Lancashire, England) is an English session musician, best known for his playing of the Hammond B3 organ, and as an exponent of the blues and funk.

Weaver’s band performed as Wynder K. Frog and became popular on the student union and club circuit of the mid sixties. A brief merging of this band with Herbie Goins and the Night-Timers took his work to a higher level. Wynder K. Frogg—they are billed under this spelling—appeared on the bill at The Savile Theatre, London on 24 September 1967 supporting Traffic on their first U.K. presentation. Also on the bill were Jackie Edwards and Nirvana. The compere was David Symonds.

When Steve Winwood left Traffic to form Blind Faith, Weaver was recruited to replace him and Traffic became Mason, Capaldi, Wood and Frog, soon shortened to Wooden Frog. They played a few gigs before dissolving three months later when Traffic reformed. After this he recorded with solo artists such as Buddy Guy, Dave Gilmour, Joe Cocker, Eric Burdon, Frankie Miller, Roger Chapman Steve Marriott and Gary Moore as well as Taj Mahal and The Blues Band, also playing keyboards with Steve Marriott’s Majik Mijits.(by wikipedia)

Booklet01ARemarkable, fresh and joyful. These three words are the best I found to describe this album. When I got it, most the original songs, instrumentally covered on it, were already known. It didn’t matter; they sound as if they are brand new songs. From Rock hits such as Rolling Stones’ Jumping Jack flash, to Soul gems such as Aretha Franklin’s Baby I love you, to Jazz standards such as Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to freedom or Bobby Timmons’ This here. Two songs are penned by Mick Weaver, Wynder K. Frogg’s real name, who is the leader playing Hammond organ and piano, backed by an incredible and powerful band. (by Javier Fernandez)

Reebop Kwaku Baah (percussion)
Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophone)
Neil Hubbard (guitar)
Henry Lowther (trumpet)
Chris Mercer (saxophone)
Bruce Rowland (drums)
Alan Spenner (bass)
Mick Weaver (organ)

01. Jumping Jack Flash (Jagger/Richard) 4.05
02. Gasoline Alley (Weaver) 2.58
03. Willie And The Hand Jive (Otis) 2.20
04. Harpsichord Shuffle (Weaver) 3.54
05. Baby I Love You (Shannon) 2.40
06. This Here (Timmons) 6.23
07. Green Door (Davie/Moore) 2,27
08. Bad Eye (Mitchell) 2.34
09. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Berlin) 3,35
10. Tequila (Rio) 2.00
11. The House That Jack Built (Price) 2.40
12. Hymn To Freedom (Peterson) 4.19
13. Hi-Heel Sneakers (Higgenbotham) 3.39