The Kinks – Paranoia & Destroyer (1988)

TheKinksFrontCover1Jim Rodford, a founding member of Argent and bassist for the Kinks and the Zombies, died last Saturday at the age of 76.

Rodford’s cousin and longtime band mate Rod Argent confirmed Rodford’s death on the Zombies’ Facebook page, with Argent adding that Rodford died Saturday following “a fall on the stairs.”

“Jim was not only a magnificent bass player, but also from the first inextricably bound to the story of The Zombies. An enormous enabler for us,” Argent wrote in his long tribute to Rodford. “To the end, Jim’s life was dedicated to music. He was unfailingly committed to local music – an ever present member of the local scene in St.Albans, where he had spent his whole life.”

The Kinks, who recruited Rodford following bassist John Dalton’s permanent exit from the band in 1978, also paid tribute to Rodford on Twitter. “It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Jim Rodford passed away – he toured and recorded with the Kinks for many years and will be greatly missed. He was much loved by all of us,” the band wrote.

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Rodford spent 18 years as the Kinks’ bassist, performing on every album from 1979’s Low Budget to 1993’s Phobia, the band’s final LP before their breakup three years later.

As Argent wrote in his tribute to his cousin, Rodford was the first musician Argent attempted to add to his then-fledgling Zombies, but the bassist ultimately turned down the job since he was already a member of the popular British band the Bluetones. However, Rodford was instrumental in the development of the Zombies, lending the group the Bluetones’ equipment, orchestrating the Zombies’ early shows and “passing judgment” on their breakout 1964 single “She’s Not There,” penned by Argent.

Rodford also served as bassist in the Mike Cotton Sound before the Zombies’ initial breakup in 1967; two years later, Argent would finally unite with his cousin to co-found Argent alongside drummer Bob Henrit and singer/guitarist Russ Ballard. Rodford would appear on all seven Argent albums – including the band’s best-known song “Hold Your Head Up” – before that band dissolved in 1976.

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Two years later, Rodford embarked on his nearly two-decade-long tenure with the Kinks. Dave Davies tweeted of Rodford Saturday, “I’m devastated Jim’s sudden loss I’m too broken up to put words together it’s such a shock I always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion – strange – great friend great musician great man – he was an integral part of the Kinks later years.”

Rodford also played bass in the Kast Off Kinks, a group made up of Kinks expats like Mick Avory and Ian Gibbons, beginning in the late 2000s.

Over 40 years after he was first asked, Rodford finally joined the Zombies when Argent and singer Colin Blunstone revived the band in 2004; Rodford and his son, drummer Steve Rodford, remained members of the Zombies’ touring unit until the bassist’s death. Rodford also appeared on the group’s 2015 comeback LP Still Got That Hunger.

Argent continued in his tribute to Rodford, “Jim was a wonderful person, loved by everybody. When Colin [Blunstone] and I, shocked and hardly able to talk, shared the news this morning, Colin said ‘I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him…’ He will be unbelievably missed. Goodnight and God Bless dear friend.” (by Rolling Stone)

And here´s a rare and brilliant Kinks Radio Show (recorded for the legendary Westwood One label) …

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Recorded live At The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri, 14 April 1988
(Excellent FM broadcast)

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Personnel:
Dave Davies (guitar, vocals)
Ray Davies (vocals, guitar)
Ian Gibbons (keyboards)
BobHenrit (drums)
Jim Rodford (bass, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Destroyer 5.26
02. Low Budget 5.46
03. Apeman 5.12
04. Sleepwalker 2.48
05. Art Lover 7.50
06. Come Dancing 4.06
07. Sleepwalker  4.04
08. Welcome To Sleezy Town 7.56
09. Think Visual 3.33
10. Living On A Thin Line 4.27
11. A Well Respected Man 1.58
12. It (She Wants It) 9.23
13. Guilty 4.40
13. All Day And All Of The Night
14. You Really Got Me 3.56
15. Celluloid Heroes 5.46
16. Lola 9.35

All songs written by Ray Davies, except “Living On A Thin Line” and “Guilty” which was written by Dave Davies
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And here´s the best live version of “All Day And All Of The Night” (featuring Jim Rodford):

 

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James Walter Rodford (7 July 1941 – 20 January 2018)

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Ginger Baker & Jonas Hellborg – Neuried (1988)

FrontCover1In the 80´s & 90´s I was a real serious audience tape collector and I had contact with many other maniac collectors of rare audience tapes.

So here´s one of these tapes, recorded live with two very fine musicians:

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Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker (born 19 August 1939) is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him praise as “rock’s first superstar drummer,” although his individual style melded a jazz background with his interest in African rhythms. Baker is credited as a pioneer of drumming in genres like jazz fusion, heavy metal and world music.

Baker began playing drums at age 15 around 1954, and later took lessons from Phil Seamen. In the 1960s, he joined Blues Incorporated, where he met bassist Jack Bruce. The two clashed often, but would be rhythm section partners again in the Graham Bond Organisation and Cream, the latter of which Baker co-founded with Eric Clapton in 1966. Cream achieved worldwide success but only lasted until 1968, in part due to Baker’s and Bruce’s volatile relationship. After briefly working with Clapton in Blind Faith and leading Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Baker spent several years in the 1970s living and recording in Africa, often with Fela Kuti, in pursuit of his long-time interest in African music.[3] Among Baker’s other collaborations are his work with Gary Moore, Masters of Reality, Public Image Ltd, Atomic Rooster, Bill Laswell, jazz bassist Charlie Haden, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and another personally led effort, Ginger Baker’s Energy.

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Baker’s drumming attracted attention for his style, showmanship, and use of two bass drums instead of the conventional one. In his early days, he performed lengthy drum solos, most notably in the Cream song “Toad”, one of the earliest recorded examples in rock music. Baker is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2008, and of the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2016 (by wikipedia)

Jonas Hellborg (born 7 June 1958) is a Swedish bass guitarist. He has collaborated with John McLaughlin, Ustad Sultan Khan, Fazal Qureshi, Bill Laswell, Shawn Lane, Jens Johansson, Anders Johansson, Ginger Baker, Michael Shrieve, V. Selvaganesh, Jeff Sipe, Mattias IA Eklundh, Public Image Ltd, and Buckethead. (by wikipedia)

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And here´s not only a very rare audience tape from a concert in 1988, but a real superb audience recording from this concert.

Let´s talk about the freedom of music … and you´ll hear the magic of jamming … including two Hendrix compositions …

Enjoy the music

Recorded live at Neuried, June 27, 1988

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Personnel:
Ginger Baker (drums)
Jonas Hellborg (bass)
André Louis (keyboards, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Intro Jam (Baker/Hellborg/Louis) 13.46
02. Who Knows (Hendrix) 9.47
03. Instrumental (1) (Baker/Hellborg/Louis)
04. Little Wing (Hendrix) 21.58
05. Sunshine Of Your Love (Bruce/Clapton) +  Instrumental (2) (Baker/Hellborg/Louis) 13.28
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07. Ginger Baker & Jonas Hellborg – Neuried (1988) (uncut version – part 2)

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Roy Orbinson – Mystery Girl (1989)

FrontCover1Mystery Girl is the twenty-second album by American singer Roy Orbison. It was completed in November 1988, a month before his death at the age of 52, and released on the Virgin record label in February 1989. It includes the hit single “You Got It”, which was co-written by Orbison and his Traveling Wilburys bandmates Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty, and “She’s a Mystery to Me”, written by Bono and The Edge. The album was a critical and commercial success; it peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, the highest position Orbison had achieved on that chart, and number 2 on the UK Albums Chart.

Mystery Girl was Orbison’s first album of all-new material since 1979 and its success posthumously continued the resurgence that his career had undergone since 1986. Among the many other contributors to the album were Mike Campbell and other members of the Heartbreakers, T Bone Burnett, George Harrison, Jim Keltner and Rick Vito. For the 25th anniversary of its release, the album was reissued with bonus tracks including “The Way Is Love”, a song recorded by Orbison on a cassette tape in the 1980s that was subsequently completed by his sons and producer John Carter Cash. (by wikipedia)

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Roy Orbison’s comeback started in 1986, when David Lynch used “In Dreams” for a pivotal sequence in his masterwork Blue Velvet. So mesmerizing was Dean Stockwell’s pantomime of the 1963 hit that Orbison soon became in demand. He re-recorded his hits for a collection naturally called In Dreams, he gave a star-studded concert called Black & White Night, and then he began work with ELO leader Jeff Lynne on a comeback album. The duo tabled the album to join the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, a collaboration with Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Bob Dylan that turned into a surprise smash in 1988. Once that record began its run up the charts, Lynne and Orbison completed the album that became Mystery Girl, but the record didn’t come out until February 1989, a few months after Roy’s tragic death. His passing colored the reception of the record, helping turn it into a genuine hit — it peaked at five on Billboard’s 200 and two in the U.K. and went platinum in both countries — and while his death may have helped boost sales, it’s likely Mystery Girl would’ve been a success anyway. Orbison, unlike any of his ’60s peers, was an actual hot property at the end of the ’80s, and he surrounded himself with collaborators who cared enough to showcase him at his best.

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Lynne is the best known of these and his contributions are strong, although perhaps a bit too redolent of the Baroque pop that became his trademark at the turn of the ’80s: they’re big, bright, and bold, slathered in harmonies and guitars, their over-production obscuring the songs’ simple charms. “You Got It,” the hit from the record, perfectly captures this characteristic, but so do the other Lynne contributions “A Love So Beautiful” and “California Blue,” the latter in particular a very nice evocation of Roy’s early-’60s balladry. “In the Real World,” a song co-written by Will Jennings and co-produced by Heartbreaker Mike Campbell along with Orbison and his wife Barbara, is in the same vein, acting as an explicit sequel to “In Dreams,” while “Windsurfer” touches upon a California pop Roy rarely attempted, and “The Only One,” co-written by his son Wesley, evokes a nice southern soul groove. The two showy collaborations with U2 (“She’s a Mystery to Me”) and Elvis Costello (“The Comedians”) garnered headlines at the time but are a shade florid — Costello’s melodrama edges out Bono & the Edge, because it respects pacing — but T-Bone Burnett’s “(All I Can Do Is) Dream You” is the real surprise, a nifty resuscitation of Roy’s early rockabilly sides for Sun. The fact that all involved found a way to get a bit of swing into this attractive, overwrought pop illustrates just how handsome the whole endeavor is: it’s designed as a graceful coda to a legendary career and, amazingly enough, it succeeds (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Roy Orbison (vocals, guitar)
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Mike Campbell  (guitar, bass, mandolin)
Howie Epstein (bass, background vocals)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Jeff Lynne (guitar, keyboards, bass, background vocals)
Benmont Tench (keyboards, strings)
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Bono (guitar on 06.)
Billy Burnette (guitar, background vocals on 03.)
T Bone Burnett (guitar on 07.)
Gary Coleman (percussion on 07.)
Ray Cooper (drums on 04.)
Steve Cropper (guitar on 08.)
Mickey Curry (drums on 03.)
Mitchell Froom (piano on 07.)
George Harrison (guitar on 04.)
Phil Jones (drums, percussion on 01.)
Al Kooper (organ on 02.)
The Memphis Horns (horns on 08.)
David Miner (bass on 07.)
Buell Neidlinger (bass on 03. + 07.)
Barbara Orbison (background vocals on 02.)
Roy Orbison Jr. background vocals on 02.)
Tom Petty (guitar on 01. + 05., background vocals on 01., 02. + 05.)
David Rhodes (guitar on 7.)
Jerry Scheff (bass on 07.)
Rick Vito (guitar, background vocals on 03., slide guitar on 09.)
Ian Wallace (drums, percussion on 05.)
Tom “T-Bone” Wolk (bass on 03.)

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Tracklist:
01. You Got It (Orbison/Lynne/Petty) 3.30
02. In The Real World (Kerr/Jennings) 3.44
03. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You (Burnette/Malloy) 3.39
04. A Love So Beautiful (Orbison/Lynne) 3.33
05. California Blue (Orbison/Lynne/Petty) 3.57
06. She’s A Mystery To Me (Bono/The Edge) 4.16
07. The Comedians (Costello) 3.26
08. The Only One (W.Orbison/Wiseman) 3.55
09. Windsurfer (Orbison/Dees) 4.01
10. Careless Heart (Orbison/Warren/Hammond) 4.08

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Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988)

 

Rocky Hill – Same (1988)

FrontCover1John Rockford “Rocky” Hill (December 1, 1946 – April 10, 2009) was a blues guitarist, singer, and bassist from Dallas, Texas, United States. Hill was the older brother of ZZ Top bassist, Dusty Hill.

Hill was a member of the 1960s acid rock and blues group American Blues with his brother Dusty and drummer Frank Beard. Before the formation of ZZ Top, Rocky left the trio and subsequently played in blues bands for John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins (for whom he played bass), Freddie King, and Jimmy Reed.

In 1982, he released his first solo album, Texas Shuffle (reissued in 2005) which featured Johnny Winter and Dr. John. In 1988, Virgin Records released Hill’s eponymous album produced by ZZ Top’s manager and producer Bill Ham.

Hill, a self-styled “anti-Clapton”, was called “a monster on guitar” and “perhaps the wildest and scariest—both on stage and off—of all the white-boy Texas blues guitarists” and was noted in particular for his “metal-melting tone and whistling, artillery-shell harmonics”.

Hill died on April 10, 2009, aged 62. (by wikipedia)

RockyHillThe brother of ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, information on Rocky has always been kind of tough to find. He was in a band with his brother in the ‘60s when Dusty decided he wanted to play rock music and joined Billy Gibbons in what would eventually be ZZ Top. Rocky wanted to play blues so he went solo but quietly. He put out his debut record in 1982 and then didn’t release another on until his self-titled record in ’88. He never had much chart success which was surprising due to his brother’s major hits, but Rocky always kind of stayed to himself and didn’t want to compromise his love of blues for a record label. It’s a shame he wasn’t a hit because that record in ’88 is damn fine but most people don’t even know who Rocky Hill was. He passed away in ’09. (by popdose.com)
I have finally been re-united with this excellent, mainly blues-rock album from 1988. The best track on the album is the soul ballad “I’ll Be There With You”. But there are other great tracks like “Hoo Doo Eyes”, “Walked From Dallas” or “HPD” (Short for Houston Police Department) or “Mississippi Delta Blues”. Houston-based guitarist and singer Rocky Hill is sadly no longer with us. This is some of his finest work. (O.Laursenon)

I first heard this album when I bought a bunch of clearance LPs in 1990 for $1 each. GREAT BLUES! I always thought it was a shame Mr. Hill never got the recognition he deserved. Life just ain’t fair! (Earl Earon)

In other words: a forgotten pearl of Texas blues-rock … !

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Personnel:
Doyle Bramhall (guitar)
William Brown (drums)
Reid Farrell (guitar)
Steve Hardin (keyboards, harmonica)
Rocky Hill (guitar, vocals)
Randy Jo Hobbs (bass)
Lester Snell (keyboards)
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The Duncan Sisters (baclground vocals)
The Memphis Horns

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Tracklist:
01. HPD (Farrell/Hill) 4.28
02. I Won’t Be Your Fool (Hill) 4.55
03. Bad Year For The Blues (Farrell/Hill) 3.36
04. I’ll Be There (Hill) 5.18
05. New York Turn Around (Bramhall/Hill) 4.05
06. Take My Love (Farrell/Hill) 3.18
07. Hoo Doo Eyes (Farrell/Hill/Bramhall) 3.28
08. Sam Bass (Hill) 3.22
09. Walked From Dallas (Traditional) 3.40
10. Mississippi Delta Blues (Traditional) 3.34

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Melissa Etheridge – Same (1988)

FrontCover1Melissa Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, the younger of two girls of Elizabeth (Williamson), a computer consultant, and John Etheridge, an American Constitution teacher at Leavenworth High School. She attended David Brewer School, which is still located at 17th and Osage Streets. She graduated in 1979 from Leavenworth High School (LHS) at 10th Avenue and Halderman. Etheridge was a member of the first “Power and Life” musical/dance group at LHS. Her childhood home was at 1902 Miami Street.

Etheridge’s interest in music began early; she picked up her first guitar at 8. She began to play in all-men country music groups throughout her teenage years, until she moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music.

While at Berklee, Etheridge played the club circuit around Boston. After three semesters, Etheridge decided to drop out of Berklee and head to Los Angeles to attempt a career in music.[3] Etheridge was discovered in a bar called Vermie’s in Pasadena, CA. She had made some friends on a women’s soccer team and those new friends came to see her play. One of the women was Karla Leopold, whose husband, Bill Leopold, was a manager in the music business. Karla convinced Bill to see her perform live. He was impressed, and has remained a pivotal part of Etheridge’s career ever since. This, in addition to her gigs in lesbian bars around Los Angeles, led to her discovery by Island Records chief Chris Blackwell. She received a publishing deal to write songs for movies including the 1986 movie Weeds.

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In 1985, prior to her signing, Etheridge sent her demo to Olivia Records, a lesbian record label, but was ultimately rejected. She saved the rejection letter, signed by “the women of Olivia”, which was later featured in Intimate Portrait: Melissa Etheridge, the Lifetime Television documentary of her life.

After an unreleased first effort that was rejected by Island Records as being too polished and glossy, she completed her stripped-down self-titled debut in just four days. Her eponymous debut album Melissa Etheridge, released in 1988, was an underground hit, and the single, “Bring Me Some Water”, a turntable hit, was nominated for a Grammy.

At the time of the album’s release, it was not generally known that Etheridge was a lesbian. While on the road promoting the album, she paused in Memphis, Tennessee, to be interviewed for the radio syndication, Pulsebeat—Voice of the Heartland, explaining the intensity of her music by saying: “People think I’m really sad—or really angry. But my songs are written about the conflicts I have…I have no anger toward anyone else.” She invited the radio syndication producer to attend her concert that night. He did and was surprised to find himself one of the few men in attendance. (by wikipedia)

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And here´this great debutalbum … :

This was one of the most stunning debut albums of the 1980s. Given the domination of synthesizer pop on the radio, Melissa Etheridge was a breath of fresh air when she burst out of the gate with this roots rock album sung with a sensitive bravado often compared to Janis Joplin. Although the passionate vocal deliveries are similar, the comparisons end there: Etheridge is a Midwesterner who was clearly influenced by classic rock artists such as Bruce Springsteen and John Cougar Mellencamp. The main theme explored is the emotional complexity of relationships, and throughout the album she sings about the hunger for affection, the pain of unrequited love, and the fire of obsessive romance. While the limited scope of the songwriting requires the listener to enter her world and exorcise the demons of relationships past, the album is full of infectious, up-tempo songs that propel the album forward. Etheridge’s true talent, however, is reconciling uncontrollable emotions such as jealousy with a strong and fiercely independent spirit (“Similar Features,” “Like the Way I Do”). Perhaps that’s why Etheridge became a role model for a generation of young women who found her to be an uncompromising artist unafraid to expose (and celebrate) her strengths and weaknesses. This is a fine introduction to Melissa Etheridge, and it is one of her most enjoyable albums. (by Vik Iyengar)

Oh yes … a string debut album by a strong woman ! Listen !

The two singles from this album;

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Personnel:
Wally Badarou (keyboards)
Melissa Etheridge (guitar, vocals)
Craig Krampf (drums, percussion)
Kevin McCormick (bass)
Johnny Lee Schell (guitar)
Scott Thurston (keyboards)
Waddy Wachtel (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Similar Features 4.42
02. Chrome Plated Heart 3.59
03. Like The Way I Do 5.23
04. Precious Pain 4.15
05. Don’t You Need 4.59
06. The Late September Dogs 6.33
07. Occasionally 2.36
08. Watching You 5.33
07. Bring Me Some Water 3.52
08. I Want You 4.07

All songs written by Melissa Etheridge

 

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Robert Plant – Now And Here (Westwood One broadcast) (1988)

FrontCover1After Led Zeppelin disbanded in December 1980 (following the death of drummer John Bonham), Plant briefly considered abandoning music to pursue a career as a teacher in the Rudolf Steiner education system; going so far as to be accepted for teacher-training. He nevertheless embarked on a successful solo career, helped by encouragement from Genesis drummer Phil Collins, who would go on to play with him.[30] Plant’s solo career began with the album Pictures at Eleven in 1982, followed by 1983’s The Principle of Moments. Popular tracks from this period include “Big Log” (a Top 20 hit in 1983), “In the Mood” (1983), “Little by Little” (from 1985’s Shaken ‘n’ Stirred), “Far Post” (originally only on the B-side of “Burning Down One Side” but popularised by airplay on album-oriented rock stations), “Tall Cool One” (a No. 25 hit off 1988’s Now and Zen) and later “I Believe” (from 1993’s Fate of Nations). This last track, like Led Zeppelin’s “All My Love”, was written for and dedicated to his late son, Karac. Whilst Plant avoided performing Led Zeppelin songs through much of this period (although he would occasionally improvise his unique Zeppelin screams into his set), his tours in 1983 (with Phil Collins on drums) and in 1985 were very successful, often performing to sold-out arena-sized venues. In 1986 Plant performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert with other famous Midlands musicians. (ny wikipedia)

And this is a bootleg from the  “Now And Zen” tour through the USA. It was reorded live for a Westwood One braodcast (“Superstar Concert Series” series)

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This is an excellent broadcast from 1988 on his Now and Zen tour. He plays an assortment of solo and Zepplin songs, ending with Tall Cool One. This song, unlike the one on the album, has more than just samples of Zepplin tunes in it. Quite interesting and very enjoyable. The music is not from the original Now And Here release on Main Event records, as my copy has 2 more tracks. (the Now and Here artwork also has the date listed as 6/89 which was a radio re-broadcast date) I don’t know how the original Now And Here sounded, but these recording sounds perfect. (by maniacpaul.thejakubowskis.com)

The covers are from my bootleg collection, the music is a pre FM recording I found in the net.

Recorded live at the Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA., 23 May, 1988
excellent pre-FM recording

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Personnel:
Chris Blackwell (drums)
Doug Boyle (guitar)
Phil Johnstone (keyboards, guitar)
Charlie Jones (bass)
Robert Plant -(vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Westwood One Opening 0.45
02. Helen Of Troy (Plant/Johnstone) 5.49
03. Other Arms (Plant/Blunt) 5.06
04. Heaven Knows (Johnstone/Barrett) 5.56
05. In The Evening (Plant/Jones/Page) 9.04
06. In The Mood (Plant/Blunt/Martinez) 10.40
07. Plant talks 0.43
08. Black Country Woman (Plant/Page) 4.55
09. Ship Of Fools (Plant/Johnstone) 5.37
10. Dimples (Hooker/Plant) 6.29
11. Trampled Underfoot (Plant/Jones/Page) 5.46
12. Misty Mountain Hop (Plant/Jones/Page) 5.15
13. Tall Cool One (Plant/Johnstone) 5.18
14. Westwood One Outro 0.32
15. Westwood One Radio Promo 0.41

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Glenn Frey – Soul Searchin’ (1988)

FrontCover1Soul Searchin’ is the third solo studio album by Glenn Frey, the guitarist and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles. The album was released in mid 1988 on MCA in the United States and the United Kingdom, four years after Frey’s successful album, The Allnighter and eight years after the demise of the Eagles. The album features eight original songs co-written by Frey with Jack Tempchin and the song “Two Hearts” contributed by Frey’s friend, Hawk Wolinski. The album also features contributions from fellow Eagles member Timothy B. Schmit, Max Carl, Robbie Buchanan, Michael Landau, and Bruce Gaitsch.

The album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, while other reviewers noted good points to the album. It was also not as successful as Frey’s previous albums (although one of his favorites), peaking at #36 on the Billboard 200, which marked the beginning of a downturn in Frey’s fortunes on the album charts. The album’s first and leading single, “True Love”, unlike the album, was a commercial success, peaking at #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and so was the second single, the title track (“Soul Searchin'”), which peaked at #5 also on the Adult Contemporary.

MCFrontCover1Frey began work on the album in the midst of a string of hits in the 1980s, as well as animosity between him and other members of the Eagles. The album’s title refers to his efforts to find his own identity

When Frey was asked about his musical direction, he said “In a sense I’m working my way back home, Though I left Detroit and went to California to cut my teeth on country-rock, I’ve remained obsessed with the music of my adolescence, the great soul hits of the 60’s and early 70’s. It’s a style that most black musicians have abandoned for dance music and rap. There are a whole lot of people who miss the sound of Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett. It’s left a gap that is being filled by people like Steve Winwood.”

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic William Ruhlmann wrote of the album “the songs here were so interchangeable with those on his first two albums he apologized for it in his note about “True Love,” which became the album’s sole Top 40 hit. The music was pleasant, but inconsequential, and suggested that Frey, living off his Eagles royalties, had come to think of his solo career as a hobby.” In a review for The Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992), Mark Coleman gave the album one and a half out of five stars and wrote that “Frey sounded like he wasn’t even trying anymore; his pump-your-body TV gym commercials at the time displayed more sweat and effort”.

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Personnel:
Barry Beckett (synthesizer, piano, keyboards)
Bill Bergman (saxophone)
Robbie Buchanan (Keyboards)
Duncan Cameron (guitar, background vocals)
Dave Chamberlain (bass)
Steve Forman (Percussion)
Glenn Frey (vocals, synthesizer, bass, guitar, percussion, piano, drums, keyboards)
Bruce Gaitsch (guitar)
Al Garth (saxophone)
Roger Hawkins (drums)
Heart Attack Horns (horns)
David Hood (bass)
Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar)
Russ Kunkel (drums)
Michael Landau (guitar)
Ralph MacDonald (percussion)
Chris Mostert (saxophone)
Steve Nathan (keyboards)
Prairie Prince (drums)
John “J.R.” Robinson (drums)
Ron Skies (keyboards)
Neil Stubenhaus (bass)
Steve Thomas (keyboards)
David “Hawk” Wolinski (synthesizer, keyboards)
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Max Carl – Roy Galloway – Institutional Radio Choir – Timothy B. Schmit – Julia Waters – Maxine Waters – Oren Waters

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Tracklist:
01. Livin’ Right (Frey/Tempchin) 5.07
02. Some Kind Of Blue (Frey/Tempchin) 4.40
03. True Love (Frey/Tempchin) 4.40
04. Can’t Put Out This Fire (Frey/Tempchin) 5.04
05. I Did It for Your Love (Frey/Tempchin) 4.00
06. Let’s Pretend We’re Still in Love (Frey/Tempchin) 4.51
07. Working Man (Frey/Tempchin) 3.25
08. Soul Searchin’ (Frey/Tempchin/Cameron) 5.38
09. Two Hearts (Wolinski/Newton-Howard) 4.01
10. It’s Your Life (Frey/Thoma) 4.58
11. It’s Cold In Here (Frey/Cameron) 3.48

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