Man – The Welsh Connection (1976)

frontcover1The Welsh Connection (stylized on the cover as Welsh-Connection) is the eleventh album by the Welsh psychedelic/progressive rock band Man and was released on the MCA Records label 1976. It was their first MCA release, and the first after a change of line-up that saw John McKenzie take over on bass from Martin Ace, and Phil Ryan rejoin. Ryan had worked with Pete Brown in the interim, and arranged for Brown to play on two tracks.

The track “Something is Happening” was sampled on “Break the Bank” a 2014 single by rapper Schoolboy Q.(by wikipedia)

“A new record company and another new line up. The March 1976 release of Welsh Connection saw the return of Phil Ryan on keyboards, with John McKenzie replacing the departing Martin Ace on bass. Writing and rehearsals (including auditioning the new bass player) took place at The Grange in Headley Down, Hampshire during November and December 1975 and the album was recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes during December, January and February. As usual the band only sprang into life once the deadline was upon them.

Deke Leonard explains; “Three days before the deadline expired, we got down to work. Two days before, we were quietly confident. On the last day, we realised we were in the shit. We phoned Barry and said we, er, wouldn’t make the deadline.

“How many songs do you need?” he asked.
“Seven or eight” we said.
“And how many have you got?”
“Er, two-and-a-half. Ish.”
“Well, it’s alright,” he said, with a whiff of superiority. “I’ve already booked you in for another ten days, I did it about three weeks ago.”

Well that we said must have been the problem. We knew in our water it wasn’t a bona fide deadline – it never really felt like one……The next day, faced with a real deadline, we panicked.”

The new line up resulted in yet another radical change to the group’s sound. The combination of McKenzie, a more than usually lyrical bassist, and Ryan, whose performances are always cultured, worked very well. Together they turned out a pretty funky blend, especially when Phil got warmed up on the title track. As Deke commented later; “Phil is a bit of a funky player, while Micky and I don’t have a funky bone in our bodies. John tended to play with Phil.” McKenzie himself remembers most of the songs as being ready before he auditioned; “Pretty much people had their material written. Obviously arrangements were changed but it was pretty much nailed already.”

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Although critical reaction was generally good, an occasionally less positive note was struck. It was felt in some quarters that perhaps too many of Man’s rough edges had been smoothed off. Charles Shaar Murray, writing in the New Musical Express weighed in with the headline; “Man cracks four songs in under twenty minutes barrier”. Johnny Walker made “Out Of Your Head” his record of the week, and things were looking decidedly commercial. The band split up before another studio album could be recorded.

‘I’m a Lovetaker’ which was released as a B side to the ‘Out Of Your Head’ single, and is included as a bonus track on the Eagle Records and Esoteric CD release of ‘Welsh Connection’ is a Deke Leonard song, written and recorded during the sessions for his second solo album, ‘Kamikaze’. It’s not really a Man song at all and also features Brian Breeze on guitar, and Dave Charles on drums.” (by manband-archive.com)

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Personnel:
Micky Jones (vocals, guitar)
Deke Leonard (guitar, vocals)
John McKenzie (bass, vocals)
Phil Ryan (keyboards, vocals)
Terry Williams (drums, vocals)
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Brian Breeze (guitar on 08.)
Nigel Brooke-Heart (vocals on 06.)
Pete Brown (african talking drums on 04. + 05.)
Dave Charles (drums on 08.)
Caromay Dixon (vocals on 05.)
Jeffrey Hooper (vocals on 02.)
Anton Matthews (vocals on 02.)

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Tracklist:
01. The Ride And The View (Leonard) 5.01
02. Out Of Your Head (Leonard) 4.04
03. Love Can Find A Way (McKenzie) 5.13
04. The Welsh Connection (Ryan/Jones) 7.18
05. Something Is Happening (Ryan) 6.21
06. Car Toon (Leonard/Ryan) 6.01
07. Born With A Future (Jones/Leonard/Ryan) 7.07
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08. (I’m A) Love-Taker” (B-side “Out of Your Head” single) (Leonard) 2.47

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The Runaways – Same (1976)

FrontCover1The Runaways is the debut album by the American all-female rock band The Runaways, released in 1976.

Website AllMusic has praised the record (especially band members Cherie Currie, Joan Jett and Lita Ford), comparing the band’s music to material by Led Zeppelin and The Stooges.

According to multiple sources including Cherie Currie (in her memoir Neon Angel), the liner notes of the Raven Records release of The Runaways, and Jackie Fox herself, bassist Nigel Harrison played bass on the first album, due to manager Kim Fowley refusing to let Fox play on the record.

The documentary film Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways states that the album’s first track “Cherry Bomb” was written ad hoc during the audition of lead singer Cherie Currie and the title is a play on the pronunciation of Currie’s first name. Currie was told to prepare a Suzi Quatro song for the audition; she picked “Fever”, a song the band did not know how to play. Instead, Joan Jett and Kim Fowley came up with the song and had Currie sing it for her audition.

In 2009, “Cherry Bomb” was named the 52nd-best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[5] A cover of “Cherry Bomb” is featured in the music video game Rock Band as a downloadable single track. The song also featured in the movies Dazed and Confused, RV, Cherrybomb, The Runaways, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and is played in the opening scene of Margaret Cho’s stand-up comedy DVD “I’m the One That I Want”.

“You Drive Me Wild” is featured in the 2010 film about the band. Actress Dakota Fanning covers “Cherry Bomb” as well as “Dead End Justice” with Kristen Stewart, as they portray Cherie Currie and Joan Jett respectively. (by wikipedia)

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When the Runaways debuted in 1976 with this self-titled LP, aggressive female rockers were the exception instead of the rule. Women had no problem becoming folk-rockers, singer/songwriters or Top 40 icons, but female artists who had more in common with Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith than Joni Mitchell were hardly the norm. With this album, the Runaways made it crystal clear that women (or specifically, adolescent girls) were more than capable of playing intense, forceful hard rock that went directly for the jugular. Lusty classics like “Cherry Bomb” and “You Drive Me Wild” made no attempt to conceal the fact that teenage girls could be every bit as sexual as the guys — a message that both men and women found intimidating. And on “Is It Day or Night,” Cherie Currie sings about life in the fast lane with every bit as much conviction as Axl Rose would 11 years later. Currie and Joan Jett are equally riveting, and a 17-year-old Lita Ford was already an impressive guitarist. This LP was far from a commercial hit in the U.S., where timid rock radio programmers simply didn’t know what to make of the Runaways. But interestingly, it did earn the band a strong following in the major rock market of Japan. (by Alex Henderson)

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Personnel:
Cherie Currie (vocals, keyboard on 07.)
Lita Ford (guitar, background vocals)
Jackie Fox (bass)
Joan Jett (guitar, vocals)
Sandy West (drums, background vocals)
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Nigel Harrison (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Cherry Bomb (Jett/Fowley/Currie) 2.18
02. You Drive Me Wild  (Jett) 3.22
03. Is It Day Or Night? (Fowley/Currie) 2.45
04. Thunder (Anthony/Krome/Currie) 2.31
05. Rock & Roll (Reed/Jett) 3.17
06. Lovers (Jett/Fowley) 2.09
07. American Nights (Anthony/Fowley/Currie) 3.15
08. Blackmail (Jett/Fowley) 2.41
09. Secrets (Currie/Fowley/Krome/West/Currie) 2.43
10. Dead End Justice (Anderson/Currie/Fowley/Jett) 7.01

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Joe Cocker – Stingray (1976)

FrontCover1Stingray is the sixth studio album by Joe Cocker, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music).

“Stingray” is Joe Cocker’s seventh and arguably his best album.

Recorded in Jamaica with the aid of crack producer Rob Fraboni, and a tightly sprung soul band, “Stingray” moves with an understated forcefulness that simultaneously generates both moonlit loveliness and churning dramatic tension.

A new album of such power and beauty it affirms, once again, why Joe Cocker has a special place in American music.

Cocker’s entire range of vocal expression – from his fragile whisper to his desperate scream – comes across with breathtaking urgency.

Joe Cocker has reached another artistic pinnacle with more than a little help from his friends” (A&M promotional ad)

“Stingray”  is Joe Cocker’s  6th studio album, released in 1976 and ranks as a favorite among his musical peers. Joe turns in some unbelievable vocal performances on such tunes as “The Jealous Kind”, “A Song For You”, “She is My Lady” and “The Worrier” (which features Eric Clapton on guitar).

The soulful rhythm section is anchored by Joe’s then backup band ‘Stuff’ with lead guitarist Eric Gale providing flawless guitar solo’s throughout. Great backup vocals are provided by Patti Austin, Deniece Williams and Bonnie Bramlet.

Without question it ranks alongside the best rock albums ever made. Cocker’s singing has enourmous emotional power and range and the song selection is exquisite.(by Anthony)

Joe Cocker’s album “Stingray”, 1976, is a favorite of mine. Its flavor is so similar to Joe’s 1974 album, “I Can Stand A Little Rain” they could have been a double album.
I purchased the vinyl album of this and played it until the needle wore the record down. Once, after a show that I opened for Joe, I was privileged to meet Pam Cocker. I told her that Stingray was a favorite of mine and she said it was a favorite of hers too. I told her that I had found and purchased just about all of Joe’s albums on CD but Stingray had not been released on CD yet and I wondered why. I constantly was searching for it and when I finally found it available, I rushed to order it. When it arrived, I sat down, with headphones on, and marveled at the songs that I hadn’t heard in decades.

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The first Track “The Jealous Kind” has a Reggae feel, and keyboardist Richard Tee, really sweetens the sound with his choice of keyboard and deftly played licks. I perform this song, a lot in my “As Joe Cocker” Tribute Shows. Track two, “I Broke Down” is an up tempo tune, with energy suitable for an opening song of a live concert. Track Three, “You Came Along” is a Bobby Charles song that features an echo effect at 36 seconds into the song, on Joe’s voice that is short but I listen for it every time that I listen to this track. Track Four, “Catfish” is a favorite of mine, written by Bob Dylan. It tells the story of Catfish Hunter, the famous baseball pitcher. Catfish is my favorite pitcher in baseball ever. I had never heard Dylan’s version of the song so I found it and gave it a listen. Since I had heard Joe’s version first and loved it, I hated Dylan’s original. Track Five, “Moon Dew” is a vehicle for the dynamics of Joe’s voice.

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It starts soft and low and builds to a gut felt, sorrowful, voice with an instrumental finish. Track Six, “The Man In Me”, is also a Bob Dylan composition. Joe’s version is a Reggae arranged song that has a happy bounce to it. Track seven, “She Is My Lady”, is a bluesy number with a distinct Gospel feel to it. I was surprised to learn that it was written by George Clinton. Donny Hathaway recorded this song. Joe’s version is so powerfully sang with feeling; I can’t imagine anyone doing a better version of this song than Joe. Track 8, “Worrier”, I love the lyrics to this song. On this call and answer arrangement, the girls really shine. One of the singers has a sound that I can only describe as a “Cockerish” growl. Track 9, “Born Thru Indifference”, features Richard Tee playing a B3 Organ, and the slinky sound of Eric Gale playing his guitar. The last track is “A Song For You” by Leon Russell. This arrangement is really slowed down from Leon’s version, which allows Joe’s heart and soul to stand out in his interpretation of these lyrics. Many Cocker Fans have not heard this album. I recommend it, especially if you heard and liked the “I can Stand A Little Rain” album. (by Alan Kaye)

Indeed: One of the finest albums Joe Cocker ever recorded !

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Personnel:
Joe Cocker (vocals)
Cornell Dupree (guitar)
Gordon Edwards (bass)
Steve Gadd (drums, percussion)
Eric Gale (guitar)
Richard Tee (keyboards)
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Background vocals:
Patti Austin – Bonnie Bramlett – Lani Groves – Gwen Guthrie – Phyllis Lindsay – Brenda White – Maxine Willard – Deniece Williams
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Eric Clapton (guitar on 08.)
Felix “Flaco” Falcon (percussion)
Albert Lee (guitar on 03.)
Sam Rivers (saxophone)

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Tracklist:
01. The Jealous Kind (Charles) 3.51
02. I Broke Down (Moore) 3.29
03. You Came Along (Charles) 3.50
04. Catfish (Dylan/Levy) 5.24
05. Moon Dew (Moore) 5,53
06. The Man In Me (Dylan) 2.43
07. She Is My Lady (Clinton) 4.37
08. Worrier (Moore) 3.16
09. Born Thru Indifference (Cocker/Tee) 6.15
10. A Song For You (Russell) 6.25

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Fairport Convention – Live At The Theatre Royal, London (1976)

FrontCover1 Fairport Convention’s Dave Swarbrick dies at 75

Virtuoso fiddler who found fame as a member of Fairport Convention has died after struggle with emphysema

Folk musician Dave Swarbrick has died at 75, his family have announced. Best known for his work with the hugely influential folk group Fairport Convention, Swarbrick was a virtuosic violin player and one of the most highly regarded musicians of the 1960s folk revival. He also wrote, arranged and sang, and performed on the viola, mandolin and mandola, and guitar.

Swarbrick – known as “Swarb” – began his musical career as a guitarist in a ceilidh band in the late 1950s, before joining the Birmingham-based Ian Campbell Folk Group as a fiddle player. He first worked with Fairport Convention in 1969 as a session musician, subsequently becoming a member of the group, and was the first fiddler on the UK folk scene to electrify the violin. His writing and playing was a key ingredient in the group’s Liege & Lief album, a record that rewrote the folk landscape with its electrified versions of traditional English folksongs.

During the 1970s, alongside his leading role in Fairport Convention, Swarbrick became a sought-after session musician, working with acts including Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy. Between 1976 and 2010 he released 12 solo albums, and in 2007 joined the 1969 Fairport Convention lineup (with Chris While standing in for the late Sandy Denny), to perform the Liege & Lief album in full.

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Fairport Convention in 1970

Swarbrick suffered from emphysema, underwent three tracheotomies and was on occasion forced to perform with an oxygen canister on stage to help with his breathing. During one of his spells in hospital in 1999, the Daily Telegraph prematurely announced his death and published his obituary. At his next public appearance, he apparently took delight in signing copies of the obit for fans, saying: “It’s not the first time I’ve died in Coventry.”

In 2004 he received a double lung transplant, and in recent years continued to record and perform live; a 2006 collaboration with Martin Carthy produced the critically acclaimed album Straws in the Wind and won the duo a BBC folk award. “I’ve always loved working hard and playing live,” said Swarbrick in a 2004 interview in the Guardian. (by theguardian.com)

Musician Dave Swarbrick, best known for his work with influential folk group Fairport Convention, has died on June 3, 2016. He was 75. Known as “Swarb”, the musician performed mainly on the violin; and wrote and arranged songs for their albums – including on the influential electric folk album Liege & Lief – and performing with them up until they disbanded in 1979. The band posted a tribute on their website which said Swarbrick “had been seriously ill for some time”. He had struggled with health problems after being diagnosed with emphysema in the 1990s. Blur guitarist Graham Coxon was one of a number of musicians to pay tribute to Swarbrick, tweeting early footage of him playing mandolin with Martin Carthy with the message: “Very sad… Bye, Dave and thanks!” (by BBC)

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Dave Swarbrick in 1977

Fairport Convention drummer Bruce Rowland died of cancer on June 29, 2015. He was 74. While the group had many members over the years, one of the most prominent was Sandy Denny, who passed away in 1978 at the age of 31.

Thanks to jswetch for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

jswetch noted:

Great sounding set from the FC line-up that recorded The Bonny Bunch of Roses and Tippler’s Tales. This features tunes from Bonny Bunch. Some disputes over actual date of this performance according to info on etree site.

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(from left to right, Dave Pegg, Bruce Rowland, Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol)

Personnel:
Simon Nicol (guitar, vocals)
Dave Pegg (bass, vocals)
Bruce Rowland (drums)
Dave Swarbrick (fiddle, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Royal Selection No. 13 (Traditional) 4.40
02. Adieu, Adieu (Traditional) 2.39
03. The Hexamshire Lass (Swarbrick) 2.44
04. The Flowers Of The Forest (Traditional) 5.31
05. Hen’s MarchFour Poster Bed (Tradional) 4.17
06. When I Get To The Border (Thompson) 3.59
07. Jam’s O’Donnell Jig (Pegg) 3.14
08. The Eynsham Poacher (Traditional) 3.13
09. Sir B McKenzie (Swarbrick/Thompson/Nicol/Mattacks)  6.01
10. General Taylor (Traditional) 4.03
11. Dirty Linen (Traditional) 4.14

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David Cyril Eric Swarbrick (5 April 1941 – 3 June 2016)

REST IN PEACE

Count Bishops – Good Gear (1977)

FrontCover1The Count Bishops were a British rock band, formed in 1975 in London and which broke up in 1980. The Count Bishops had limited commercial success, but forged an important stylistic and chronological link between the root rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood and the proto punk sound of Eddie and the Hot Rods; together forming the foundation of the pub-rock scene, which influenced the emergence of punk rock. The group made history in England by releasing the first record from independent label Chiswick Records.[1][2][3] They splintered following the death of guitarist Zenon DeFleur on March 18, 1979.

The Count Bishops formed in spring 1975, when members of the group Chrome joined the American vocalist Mike Spenser. In July of that year, Spenser (née Scolnick) called fellow countryman Johnny Guitar from Paris for five days straight and finally convinced him (guitar) to pack up two Les Pauls and fly to the UK and join up with Spenser and Zenon DeFleur (so named by Johnny after seeing him passed out on the floor at their first recording session). They found Steve Lewins (bass) and Paul Balbi (drums) within a few weeks. The new line-up recorded the next month at Pathway Studios with Barry Farmer at the desk and of these 13 tracks, four became the Speedball EP, the first release of Chiswick Records.

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Shortly before the release (on Dutch label Dynamite) of the single “Taking it Easy” (released in the UK as “Train, Train”), Spenser left the band after an incident involving a glass door and his boot. Johnny and Zen handled lead vocals for the next year, including on the Dutch release “Good Gear” on the Dynamite label. After recording the backing tracks for their first LP on Chiswick, they decided to bring over Dave Tice (formerly of Australian band Buffalo).[4] With this lineup, the group finished recording its debut UK album, and toured heavily making a name for themselves and bringing to a new level their traditional influences of the 1960s: beat music (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones) and garage rock (the Standells, the Strangeloves).

For the rest of 1977, the Count Bishops toured continuously (including the support slot on the first Motorhead tour and John Cale’s tour that year, as well as their own shows) and built a formidable army of fans – despite the fact that they did not fit the mold considered against the backdrop of old-fashioned punk movement. In the spring of 1978, they signed up for a live album with the participation of six groups of the Chiswick Records roster. The project was not fully realised, but the label released it as a mini-album called Live Bishops, reducing the band name to the Bishops. With this material (and a new bass player Pat McMullan, who replaced Steve Lewins) the Count Bishops toured extensively.

In 1978, two singles (“I Take What I Want” and “I Want Candy”) led the Count Bishops to an appearance on the TV show Top of the Pops. A few days after the release of their album Cross Cuts, which had been a year and a half in production, Zenon Hierowski crashed his Aston Martin and died, and instead of the anticipated “breakthrough”, the Bishops were forced to retrench. They toured with Blitz Krieg (of Blast Furnace fame) depping for Zen, and then Paul Balbi (drums) was deported back to Australia after returning from a Spanish festival. The band carried on with Charlie Morgan (Tom Robinson Band, Elton John) on drums and just Johnny on guitar for some months, including a tour of Australia with Balbi, but Zen’s death had taken much of the impetus away and they split up. (by wikipedia)

And here´s the debut album from one of the best bands from that period. And it´s one of my favorite bands …

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Votes from allmusic.com:

“The Count Bishops were a fine, energetic, R&B-based band capable of kicking out a fierce racket of noise that sounded like a grimier version of seminal British R&B revivalists Dr. Feelgood.” (John Dougan)
“The sound of the Bishops in sensitive rockabilly mode has a swirling darkness and a restless rhythm, and it rattles by as hellbound as any classic blues locomotive.” (Dave Thompson)
“This solid, unpretentious debut album belongs in the home of every fan of English R&B from the Yardbirds to the Pretty Things to Dr. Feelgood.” (John Dougan)
“A laconic sneer, a greaseball grind, and one of the hottest guitarists of the age.” (Dave Thompson)

This record was made to be played loud !

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Personnel:
Paul Balbi (drums)
Johnny Guitar (guitar, vocals)
Zen Hierowski (guitar, vocals)
Steve Lewins (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Don’t Start Cryin’ Now (Moore) 2.04
02. Shake (Cooke) 2.08
03. Walkin’ The Dog (Thomas) 3.38
04. Somebody (Balbi/Guitar/Hierowski/Lewins) 2.50
05. Candy (Berns/Feldman/Goldstein/Gottehrer) 3.23
06. Wang Dang Doodle (Dixon) 5.37
07. Dear Dad (Berry) 1.40
08. Confessin’ The Blues (McShann/Brown) 3.25
09. Little By Little (Phelge/Spector) 2.40
10. Carol (Berry) 2.35
11. Johnny B. Goode (Berry) 2.00
12. Dust My Blues /James) 2.50
13. Shake Your Moneymaker (James) 2.38

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Savoy Brown – Live At The Bottom Line, New York (1976)

SavoyBrownFrontCover1This is another Savoy Brown bootleg … from a period which was a very good period fpr Savoy Brown, because the musical partnership between Kim Simmonds and Paul Raymond was a very good one.

Paul Raymond  left Chicken Shack and both Andy Silvester and Dave Bidwell followed on shortly afterwards to join him in blues band Savoy Brown filling the gap left by former members Dave Peverett, Tony Stevens and Roger Earl who had deserted guitarist Kim Simmonds to form the band Foghat.  His tenure with Savoy Brown lasted from 1971-1976 encompassing 6 albums, including Street Corner Talking and Hellbound Train. During this period of relentless tour schedules and various line-up changes the band enjoyed major success in the USA, breaking into the Billboard Top 100 and playing prestigious venues such as Madison Square Garden.

This is a show to promote the great Skin & Bone album … and it´s a probably one of the finest Savoy Brown bootlegs ever recorded … an excellent radio show !

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Personnel:
Ian Ellis (bass, background vocals)
Tom Farnell (drums)
Raul Raymond (keyboards, guitar, vocals)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, vocals, harmonica)

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Tracklist:
01. Part Time Lady (Raymond/Simmonds) 08.01
02. Get On Up And Do It (Raymond/Simmonds) 4.03
03. Hero To Zero (Raymond/Simmonds) 9.44
04. Walkin’ And Talkin’ (Raymond/Simmonds) 16.37
05. Memory Pain (Mayfield) 7.55
06. She’s The One  (Ballard) 4.20
07. Hellbound Train (Simmonds/Silvester) 16.48
08. Tell Mama (Raymond/Simmonds) 6.51

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Rainbow – Rising (Rough Mix) (1976)

FrontCoverA1When Ritchie Blackmore formed Rainbow after leaving Deep Purple in the mid-’70s, he had Ronnie James Dio as his vocalist. Dio was a member of Elf at the time and Blackmore practically had the entire Elf band in his lineup when he recorded Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (1975).

For the follow-up album, Rainbow Rising (1976), Blackmore fired every original band member except Dio.

Reviewing Rainbow Rising on Amazon.com, Rainbow fan Robert J. Schneider commented: “This is THE definitive Rainbow record! It’s amazing; this album only has six songs on it, and totals only about 34 minutes. But Rainbow’s Rising is far more than the sum of its parts. It conjures up such mystery, imagination, and wonder that it goes way beyond its songs to create such a beautiful panorama of images for the mind to enjoy.

“The front cover couldn’t say it any better: Rainbow is powerful, progressive yet rooted in ancient lore, dark and mystical but also full of light and hope. If Rainbow’s music on “Rising” could be summed up in a picture, then this would be the visual representation of their music.”

Rainbow fans then must be gratified to know that there is a ‘Rough Mix’ of Rainbow Rising, taken from drummer Cozy Powell’s own tape. Most notably, this includes a keyboard introduction to Stargazer, which the wikipedia notes, is similar to that which Carey would play live. The mix itself is a little different from the released album. Cozy Powell died on April 5, 1998 following a car crash. He was 51.

This is what was written on the cover of the bootleg:

“Directly copied from 7 1/2 IPS magnetic recording tape on 7” spool (I.D. label “Schneider”) belonging to Cozy Powell.”

Even as a “Rough Mix,” the sound here is excellent.

With Ritchie Blackmore, Dio, and one of rock’s memorable keyboard intros (Tarot Woman), not forgetting the majestic Stargazer, Rainbow sure had a hard time living up to this. And Comin’ Home (A Light In The Black) is such a blast. (by ronniejamesdiosite.com)

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Personnel:
Jimmy Bain (bass)
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar)
Tony Carey (keyboards)
Ronnie James (vocals)
Cozy Powell (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. Tarot Woman 6.12
02. Run With The Wolf
03. Starstruck
04. Do You Close Your Eyes
05. Stargazer
06. Comin’ Home (A Light In The Black)

All songs written by Ritchie Blackmore + Ronnie Dio

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