Various Artists – The Prince´s Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party (1987)

FrontCover1The Prince’s Trust celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in 1986 with a concert at Wembley Arena attended by the then Prince and Princess of Wales. It is a more of a curiosity concert now in light of the fact that most of the stars and groups on show have either split up, moved on, or have shuffled off this planet (Stuart Adamson committed suicide years later) Inevitably, the performances are some of the big names at the time, for example, Suzanne Vega and Level 42 were top ten in England and Mark Knopfler was riding high post-BROTHERS IN ARMS with Dire Straits. Tina Turner and Eric Clapton duetted on “Better Be Good To Me”, Rod Stewart performed his classic “Sailing” …. and the concert culminates in Paul McCartney singing “Long Tall Sally” and “Get Back”with Tina Turner.

Professionally done with some good music to boot, THE PRINCES TRUST BIRTHDAY PARTY is more of interest now to fans of the decade.(by Doom Templer)

Nothing special in term of performances,it’s only a curious relic piece on collector’s shelve like mine to satisfy our addiction of music performed by our darling masterclas. (by Guitar Kiko)

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Personnel:
Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Francis Rossi, George Chandler, Jimmy Chambers, Jimmy Helms, John Illsley, Mark King, Paul Young, Ray Cooper, Rick Parfitt, Samantha Brown*, Sting, Trevor Morais, Vicki Brown and much more

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Tracklist:
01. Dire Straits: Money For Nothing (Knopfler) 5.20
02. Midge Ure: Call Of The Wild (King/Mitchell/Ure) 4.21
03. Suzanne Vega: Marlene On The Wall (Vega) 3.16
04. Phil Collins: In The Air Tonight (Collins) 4.58
05. Big Country: Fields Of Fire (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 4.26
06. Howard Jones: No One Is To Blame (Jones) 4.12
07. Level 42: Something About You (Gould/King/Lindup/Gould/Badarou) 5.07
08. Elton John: I’m Still Standing (John/Taupin) 3.47
09. Joan Armatrading: Reach Out (Armatrading) 4.40
10. Tina Turner: Better Be Good To Me (Chinn/Chapman/Knight) 5.02
11. Rod Stewart: Sailing (Sutherland) 5.25
12. Paul McCartney: Get Back (Lennon/McCartney) 3.33
13. Paul McCartney: Long Tall Sally (Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell) 2.36

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The Steampacket – The First Supergroup (1977)

FrontCover1Steampacket (sometimes shown as Steam Packet)[1] were a British blues band formed in 1965 by Long John Baldry with Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll, and organist Brian Auger. The band were operational as a live act during 1965 and 1966, supporting the Rolling Stones on their 1965 tour. Due to contractual difficulties, they did not release any recordings during their lifetime; however, some demos they recorded would later be released under the deceptive titles, First of the Supergroups: Early Days and The First Supergroup: Steampacket Featuring Rod Stewart, to cash in on Stewart’s success.

The group was formed in 1965 by Long John Baldry after the break-up of his previous group the Hoochie Coochie Men. It included Rod Stewart who had been with Baldry in the Hoochie Coochie Men, vocalist Julie Driscoll, organist Brian Auger and guitarist Vic Briggs. They were managed by Giorgio Gomelsky, who had previously been involved with the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds.

Steampacket01Steampacket played at various clubs, theatres and student unions around the country, including supporting the Rolling Stones on their 1965 British tour.[6][7] Because of contractual difficulties, however, they never formally recorded a studio or live album. Tracks from some demo tapes they recorded at a rehearsal in the Marquee Club would later be released under the deceptive titles, First of the Supergroups: Early Days and The First Supergroup: Steampacket Featuring Rod Stewart, to cash in on Stewart’s success.[

Stewart left in 1966, and the group disbanded soon after. Long John Baldry then joined Bluesology which included a then unknown Elton John on keyboards, before pursuing a solo career, having a number 1 hit record in the UK Singles Chart in 1967 with “Let the Heartaches Begin”. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and Vic Briggs formed Trinity, and had a UK hit in 1968 with This Wheel’s on Fire; Briggs was also a member of the Animals. Rod Stewart later sang with the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces and as a solo artist. There is an urban legend that Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood, later of Fleetwood Mac, played with Steampacket. In fact Steampacket, with the exception of Rod Stewart’s departure, had the same personnel from its inception to its disintegration. The group that Green and Fleetwood played in alongside Rod Stewart was Shotgun Express.

Steampacket02Also packaged (with equal exploitation) as The First Supergroup, it’s unfair to judge the Steampacket on the basis of these demos, which were never intended for release. Still, what exists is a fair but unremarkable vestige of a typical mid-’60s British club band, perhaps more soul-oriented than most, heavily reliant upon American covers. Their most distinguishing feature was Brian Auger’s bubbly organ, whose style was indebted to American soul-jazz keyboardists like Ramsey Lewis and Jimmy Smith. Despite the title, Stewart only sings lead on one track, “Can I Get a Witness,” which is available on Rod’s Storyteller boxed set. The much inferior Baldry is heard much more often, and the program also includes some instrumental showcases for Auger. ( by Richie Unterberger)

Steampacket03Personnel:
Brian Auger (organ)
Long John Baldry (vocals)
Vic Briggs (guitar)
Richard Brown (aka Ricky Fenson) (bass)
Julie Driscoll (vocals)
Rod Stewart (vocals)
Micky Waller (drums)

BackCover1Tracklist:
01. Back At The Chicken Shack (Smith) 3.53
02. The In-Crowd (Page)
03. Baby Baby (Baby Dpn´tYou  Do) (unknown) 2.12
04. Can I Get A Witness (Holland/Dozier/Holland) 3.36
05. Baby Take Me (Ashford(Simpson/Armshead) 2. 26
06. Holy Smoke (inknown) 3.28
07. Cry Me A River (Hamilton) 2.46
08. Oh Baby, Don’t You Do It (unknown) 3.29
09. Lord Remember Me (unknown) 4.18

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Rod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby (2012)

FrontCover1Hard as it may be to believe, but Rod Stewart has gotten through five decades without succumbing to a holiday album. That streak ends in 2012 with the release of Merry Christmas, Baby, an easygoing and chipper collection of secular seasonal standards. A couple of carols are thrown in for good measure but these songs — “Silent Night,” “We Three Kings” presented as a duet with Mary J. Blige — along with a mildly incongruous “When You Wish Upon a Star,” slide by easily on the mellow big-band swing of the rest of the record. Song for song, Merry Christmas, Baby is very much of a piece with Rod’s ongoing Great American Songbook series, with Stewart not straying from the familiar form of these songs and producer David Foster laying on all manner of soft, soothing sounds, whether it’s acoustic guitars, synthesizers, strings, or a children’s choir on “Silent Night.” Very rarely does this hint at the Rod of the ’70s — and when it does on the closing “Auld Lang Syne,” its intro given a spare folky treatment reminiscent of his Mercury work, it’s a bracing, effective reminder of Stewart’s skill as a singer — and instead relies on a gladhanding charm that suits the season, not to mention Stewart in his crooning dotage. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Inside1Personnel:
Keith Allen (background vocals)
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (trombone, trumpet on 09.)
Chuck Berghofer (bass)
Madeline Bernstein (children’s chorus)
Carson Billingsley (children’s chorus)
Sam Bindschadler (children’s chorus)
Mary J. Blige (vocals on 11. + 12.)
Emme Lehmann Boddicker (children’s chorus)
Chris Botti (trumpet on 07.)
Michael Bublé (vocals on 03.)
Bridget Cady (background vocals)
Mabvuto Carpenter (backgrpund vocals)
Bryan Terrell Clark (background vocals)
David Daughtry (background vocals)
Jeff Driskill (saxophone)
Peter Erskine (drums)
Angela Fisher (background vocals)
Ella Fitzgerald (vocals on 07.)
Melanie Fontana (background vocals)
David Foster (keyboards)
Cee Lo Green (vocals on 05.)
Jackson Hatwan (children’s chorus)
Katherine Ho (children’s chorus)
J’Anna Jacoby (violin)
Kimberly Johnson (background vocals)
Krystal Johnson (background vocals)
Dave Koz (saxophone on 06.)
Brandon Large (children’s chorus)
Karissa Lee (children’s chorus)
Michelle Lewis (background vocals)
Bob McChesney (trombone)
Tim McFatter (saxophone)
Claire McNeely (children’s chorus)
Jason Morales (background vocals)
Dan Oestreicher (saxophone)
Page LA Children’s Chorus (children’s chorus)
Bobbi Page (children’s chorus)
Holly Palmer (guitar)
Dean Parks (guitar)
Steve Price     Engineer
Dieyelle Reed (background vocals)
Jimmy Roberts (saxophone)
Jochem van der Saag (synthesizer)
Jordan Santamaria (children’s chorus)
Kevin Savigar (keyboards)
Emerson Swinford (guitar)
Chris Walden (trombone, trumpet)
Willie Wheaton (background vocals)
Brandon Winbush (background vocals)
Lucy Woodward (background vocals)

Booklet-2ATracklist:
01. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Blane/Martin) 4.32
02. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Coots/Gillespie) 2.47
03. Winter Wonderland (Bernard/Smith) 2.26
04. White Christmas (Berlin) 3.49
05. Merry Christmas, Baby (Baxter/Moore) 3.53
06. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Cahn/Styne) 2.51
07. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? (Loesser) 3.43
08. Blue Christmas (Hayes/Johnson) 3.30
09. Red-Suited Super Man (A.Foster/D.Foster/Stewart) 3.11
10. When You Wish Upon a Star (Harline/Washington) 3.47
11. We Three Kings (Traditional) 3.27
12. Silent Night (Traditional) 4.24
13. Auld Lang Syne (Traditional) 3.45

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Various Artists – Rock Invasion (1956 – 1969) (1978)

FrontCover1This is a very rare sampler from 1978 released by London Records (I guess this album should promote their “Collectors Edition; in this edition London Records published many samplers of British acts like “Savoy Brown”, “Ten Years After”, David Bowie, “Them”, John Mayall or “Thin Lizzy” amongst others.

You can hear more or less rare recordings by musicians like Joe Cocker (“I’ll Cry Instead”), Rod Stewart (“Good Morning Little School Girl “), “Unit Four + Two” (“Concrete And Clay”) or “The Graham Bond Organisation” (“Long Tall Shorty”).

Listen and enjoy this music, from the days when we were young … Reflections of my life … And songs like ” Watcha Gonna Do About It”, “Long Tall Shorty” or “Tobacco Road” stands the test of time ! And maybe it´s time, to discover this period of music again … who knows ?

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01. Rod Stewart: Good Morning Little School Girl (Williamson) (1964) 2.12
02. The Fortunes: You’ve Got Your Troubles (Greenaway/Cook) (1965)  3.28
03. Lonnie Donegan: Rock Island Line (Donnegan) (1956) 2.34
04. Los Bravos: Black Is Black (Hayes/Wadey/Grainger) (1966)
05. Graham Bond Organisation: Long Tall Shorty (Covay/Abramson) (1964) 2.27
06. The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra: Da Doo Ron Ron (Spector/Greenwich/Barry) (1964) 2.28
07. The Nashville Teens: Tobacco Road (Loudermilk) (1964) 2.32
08. Joe Cocker: I’ll Cry Instead (Lennon/McCartney) (1964)1.47
09. Small Faces: Watcha Gonna Do About It (Samwell/Porter) (1965) 2.04
10. The Marmalade: Reflections Of My Life (Campbell/McAleese) (1969) 4.21
11. Unit Four + Two: Concrete And Clay (Parker/Moeller) (1965) 2.23
12. The Zombies: Tell Her No (Argent) (1965) 2.11

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