Aretha Franklin – Through The Storm (1988)

frontcover1Through the Storm is the thirty-fifth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, released on Arista Records in the spring of 1989.
Despite the number 16 Billboard Hot 100 hit title track (a duet with Elton John), the album was not a commercial success; it reached number 55 on the Billboard 200. Selling approximately 225,000 copies in the United States, it was taken swiftly out of print shortly. The follow-up single, “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be”, a duet with Whitney Houston, failed to make the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 41. Other guest artists included James Brown, The Four Tops and Kenny G. (by Wikipedia)
Having scored in the recent past with producer Narada Michael Walden and some star duets, Franklin and Arista turned out another album with the same approach but less successful results. The title duet with Elton John went Top 20, but its followup, “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be” was an embarrassing failure for both Franklin and the previously pop-perfect Whitney Houston. The rest was even less distinguished, including a song with The Four Tops and Kenny G and a remake of the old hit “Think.” (by William Ruhlmann)
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Personnel:
Walter Afanasieff (bass, drum programming, keyboards, Synthesizer)
Renaldo Benson (vocals)
Chris Botti (trumpet)
Michael Davis (trombone)
George Devens (percussion)
Abdul Fakir (vocals)
David Foster (keyboards, Synthesizer)
Aretha Franklin (vocals, piano)
Greg “Gigi” (ercussion)
Reggie Griffin (guitar)
Kenneth Hitchcock (saxophone)
Yogi Horton (drums)
Louis Johnson (bass)
Steve Khan (guitar)
Ren Klyce (keyboards)
Jerry Knight (bass)
Robbie Kondor (bass, piano, Synthesizer)
Steve Kroon (percussion)
Arif Mardin (strings, synthesizer)
Sammy Merendino (drums)
David Paich (Keyboards)
Lawrence Payton (vocals)
Jeff Porcaro (drums)
Doc Powell (bass, guitar)
John “J.R.” Robinson (drums)
Marc Russo (Saxophone)
Corrado Rustici (guitar)
Bob Smith (drums)
Kent Smith (trumpet)
Andy Snitzer (Saxophone)
Levi Stubbs (vocals)
Narada Michael Walden (drums, keyboards, percussion, Synthesizer)
Aaron Zigman (keyboards, vocals)
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James Brown (vocals on 01.)
The Four Tops   (vocals on 08.)
Kenny G (Saxophone on 08.)
Whitney Houston (vocals on 04.)
Elton John (vocals on 05.)
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background vocals:
Kitty Beethoven – Margaret Branch – Brenda Corbett – Siedah Garrett – Liz Jackson – Skyler Jett – Melisa Kary – Edie Lehmann – Myrna Mathews – Marti McCall – Claytoven Richardson
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Tracklist:
01. Gimme Your Love (duet With James Brown) (Walden/Cohen) 5.19
02. Mercy (Garrett/Ballard) 4.09
03. He’s The Boy (Franklin) 4.06
04. It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be (duet With Whitney Houston) (Hammond/Warren) 5.39
05. Through The Storm (duet With Elton John) (Hammond/Warren) 4.23
06. Think (1989) (Franklin/White) 3.39
07. Come To Me (Price) 3.43
08. If Ever A Love There Was (with the Four Tops and Kenny G) (Oland/Cerney) 4.47
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Peter, Paul & Mary – A Holiday Celebration (1988)

frontcover1One of the most successful folk groups of the 1960s (“Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”), Peter, Paul & Mary reunited in 1978 and have pretty much continued playing together for people of all ages. This celebration is helped along by the New York Choral Society and includes many familiar Christmas songs. While none of them possess an extraordinary singing voice or dexterous musicianship, their talents combined make for a sound greater than the sum of its parts. Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” is their one concession to their success as topical performers. The rest is festive and often moving. (by Rob O’Connor)

Always a favorite holiday album, “A Holiday Celebration” has not only the warmly familiar harmonies of Peter, Paul and Mary, but also the vocal support of the New York Choral Society. This 1988 album was recorded live, which has always been the best way to listen to this particular trio of folk singers sing. Most importantly, this is a “holiday” album, which means it is not limited to just Christmas songs, but covers the entire spectrum of the season. There are conventional Christmas songs (“We Wish You A Merry Christmas”), religious songs (“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”), Jewish Songs (“Hayo, Haya”), Children’s Songs (“The Friendly Beasts”), familiar poems set to music (“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”), old PP&M classics (“A Soalin'”) and even the obligatory protest song (“Blowin’ In the Wind”). Truly, there is something for everybody on this album. Mary Travers is featured on a beautiful song you have probably never heard before, “I Wonder As I Wander.” This is just a lovely album and as soon as I listen to it each year I am in the mood for the holidays. This is also the first album I put on each year when it is time to trim the tree. (by  Lawrance Bernabo)

I add the complete show without edita and a nice Christmas single by Peter, Paul & Mary from 1969.

Recorded live, and chosen from the PBS Television Special
“A Peter, Paul and Mary Holiday Concert.”

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Personnel:
Noel „Paul“ Stookey (vocals, guitar)
Mary Travers (vocals)
Peter Yarrow (vocls, guitar)
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Dick Kniss (bass)
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New York Choral Society conducted by John Daly Goodwin
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Orchestra conducted by Robert DeCormier

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Tracklist:
01. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Campbell) 2.45
02. A Soalin’ (Mezzetti/Stookey) 3.45
03. The Friendly Beasts (DeCormier) 3.26
04. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Stookey/DeCormier) 3.04
05. I Wonder As I Wander (Niles) 3.46
06. The Magi (The Heart Of A Man’s Palace) (Henry/Yarrow) 3.52
07. Children Go Where I Send Thee (Travers/Stookey/Yarrow/DeCormier) 5.12
08. The Cherry Tree Carol (Travers/Stookey/Yarrow/DeCormier) 3.19
09. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (Moore/Quinn/Stookey) 4.32
10. Hayo, Haya (Yarrow/DeCormier) 3.57
11. Light One Candle (Yarrow) 3.10
12. Blowin’ In The Wind (Dylan) 4.08
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13. A Holiday Celebration (full album -no edits) 45-65
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14. Christmas Dinner (single, 1969) (Stookey) 2.57

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Gregg Allman – One Way Out (1989) (VHS rip)

frontcoverAnd here´s another VHS rip from my collection:

“I had this originally many years ago on VHS video. I have been a fan for a long time, and this was a little productive spurt by Gregg Allman, Two albums and a Video in 3 or four years.
The show covers the I’m No Angel album and the line up includes the Toler brothers on Dums and Guitar, Chaz Trippy on percussion Bruce Waibel ion Bass and Tim Heading on Keyboards, as well as Gregg on Hammond Organ and Vocals.
The set is short at just under an hour and is pretty good covering a mix of Allman Brothers songs ‘It’s Not My Cross To Bear’ , ‘Statesboro’ Blues’ and ‘One way out ‘and Gregg Allman solo song from the period ‘I’m No Angel’, ‘Demons’ and ‘Just Before the Bullets Fly’. The show is short at just under 1 hour.
The picture quality is not ‘hi-def’ by any means and may be a very good dub from the original Video. Sound is slightly better though only Dolby and not LPCM.
Overall an ‘honest presentation’ of a Gregg Allman Band show of the time. Recommended for fans and those nostalgic for eighties production.” (by Fletch-a-sketch)

Enjoy this rare concert … And without any doubts … Gregg Allmann was one of the most impotant musicians of Southern Rock !

Personnel:
Gregg Allman (keyboards, vocals)
Tim Heading (keyboards)
Dan Toler (guitar)
David Toler (drums)
Chaz Trippy (percussion)
Bruce Waibel (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Don’t Want You No More (Davis/Hardin)
02. It’s My Cross To Bear (
03. Sweet Feeling
04. Just Before The Bullets Fly
05. Fear Of Falling
06. Demons
07. I’m No Angel
08. Statesboro’ Blues
09. Slip Away
10. One Way Out

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Spencer Davis & Band – 24 Hours (1988)

FrontCover1For a musicians who is used to working as a side man, the Spencer Davis Band experience comes as a pleasant surprise: Instead of being told exactly what to play by the star of the show, any band member finds that he is a star of the show as well.

This recording represents the first time the first time Spencer has brought an L.A. … band to Europe.

The circumstances in which the music on this recording envovled are a perfect example of Spencer´s “everybody is star” approach. In thirty-five days we performed in twenty-eight cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We then spent some days in a very fine studio outside Freiburg im Breisgau, recording material we´d been doing on stage plus a few things prepared just for these recording sessions.

The result is a very special for us all: five weeks of twenty-four hours a day “Rock N Roll Living”, captured in digital stereo (no overdubs) (ny Bobby Crew, taken from the liner notes)

In other words: This is one of the best Spencer Daivs album after his great albums from the 60´s  … Perfect L.A. rock … from the Eighties … listen, listen, listen !

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Personnel:
Bobby Crew (keyboards, vocals)
Spencer Davis  (vocals, guitar)
Bob Metzger (guitar)
Billy Ruff (drums)
David Wintour (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. 24 Hours (Harrison/Tree) 5.31
02. Lady Cop (Harrison/Tree/Fosson) 4.19
03. Sensitive Kind (Cale) 5.01
04. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (Webb) 4.36
05. On The Green Line (Winwood) 3.37
06. Pockey Way (Neville/Porter/Modeliste/Nocentelli) 5.03
07. I’ll Take Your Love (Williams) 6.09
08. Don’t Want You No More (Hardin/Davis) 4.41
09. Strong Love (Malone/Silvers/Brown) 2.54
10. Route 66 (Troupe) 3.35
11. Easy Rider (Traditional) 5.20
12. Knock On Your Door (Crew/Tree) 3.36
13. Spiral Times (Metzger/Crew) 3.34

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Richard Thompson – Amnesia (1988)

FrontCover1Amnesia is the fifth studio album by Richard Thompson, recorded and released in 1988.

After Across a Crowded Room and Daring Adventures had not troubled the compilers of hit parades, Polydor declined their option to renew their contract with Thompson. Thompson’s then manager Gary Stamler negotiated a deal with Capitol Records and Thompson cut his first album for his new label in 1988.

This was a good time for Thompson to be at Capitol. The label was managed by Hale Milgrim at the time and Milgrim was a fan of Thompson and his work. Thus Capitol invested more money and effort into promoting Thompson than had been the case in the past and with other labels.

Mitchell Froom was retained as producer, and the album was again recorded in Los Angeles with American session musicians providing most of the backing. Thompson still used British players to lend specifically British touches to some songs. In particular long-time collaborators John Kirkpatrick, Aly Bain and Philip Pickett are used, and members of the Fairey Engineering Band provide a brass backing to I Still Dream that owes more to the Salvation Army than it does to Memphis or any other American centre of music.

The album was well received by the music press, and sales, whilst not stellar, were boosted by Capitol’s commitment to promoting artist and album. (by wikipedia)

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Ho-hum, another first-rate Richard Thompson album. Since he left the pioneer folk-rock unit Fairport Convention in the early Seventies, the British guitarist, songwriter and singer has released record after record of emotionally explosive music featuring powerful deliberations on love, death and tradition.

On Amnesia, Thompson has the difficult task of following up 1986’s Daring Adventures, his strongest record since Shoot Out the Lights, his 1982 swan song with ex-wife Linda. Yet this is a worthy successor. On the album’s ten tracks, Thompson continues to wrestle with his usual obsessions, with the occasional new target thrown in (televangelists and Shirley MacLaine on the welcome, agitated “Jerusalem on the Jukebox,” American imperialists on “Yankee, Go Home”), allowing him to grapple in new ways. On almost every tune Thompson takes a deep breath, turns his amp up and spits out guitar flourishes that underline what he’s singing about without distracting from the song.

Thompson is that rare guitar hero: if he goes on sharp flights, it’s because the song gives him reason to do so. He’s not nonchalant about each new triumph — nor should we be. (by Jimmy Guterman)

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Personnel:
Alex Acuña (percussion)
Alistair Anderson (northumbrian pipes)
Aly Bain (fiddle)
Christine Collister (background vocals)
Mickey Curry (drums on 02., 03., 06. – 08.)
Mitchell Froom (organ, harp)
Tony Goddard (cornet)
Clive Gregson (background vocals)
David Horn (tenor horn)
Frances Kelly (baroque harp)
Jim Keltner (drums on 01., 04., 05. + 10.)
John Kirkpatrick (accordion, anglo-concertina, vocals)
Tony Levin (bass on 03., 06. + 08.)
Ian Peters (euphonium)
Philip Pickett (shawm, recorder)
Jerry Scheff (bass on 01., 02., 04., 05., 07. + 10.)
Fred Tackett (guitar)
Brian Taylor (cornet)
Danny Thompson (bass)
Richard Thompson (guitar, vocals, mandolin, hammer dulcimer)

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Tracklist:
01. Turning Of The Tide 2.55
02. Gypsy Love Songs 6.14
03. Reckless Kind 4.23
04. Jerusalem On The Jukebox 4.08
05. I Still Dream 5.09
06. Don’t Tempt Me 3.35
07. Yankee, Go Home 3.05
08. Can’t Win 5.28
09. Waltzing’s For Dreamers 4.06
10. Pharaoh 4.24

All songs written by Richard Thompson

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Ten Years After – About Time (1989)

FrontCover1About Time is a 1989 album released by blues rock band Ten Years After, the final studio album released featuring Alvin Lee, their singer and most prominent songwriter since the band’s creation. It was also their first studio release in fifteen years (since Positive Vibrations in 1974).

About Time peaked at #120 on the US Billboard 200. (by wikipedia)

The 1989 reunion album About Time was released in a year rife with reunions, comebacks and 20th-anniversary-of-Woodstock hoopla. But while other bands seemed intent on cashing in on their fans’ nostalgia, Ten Years After made a good, straightforward album, exactly the one you would expect them to make in 1989 after changing with the times. The music of Ten Years After translated well to the digital age, certainly updated but not diluted. Terry Manning’s clean-and-loud production made them sound a bit like ZZ Top, but nothing was really compromised. Lee was still not the greatest lyricist — the most memorable lyrics here are about “Working In A Parking Lot”, a song that Lee had no hand in writing — but his distinctive voice and guitar playing are unmistakable.

Only the keyboard-dominated “Bad Blood” sounds uncharacteristic, but not in a negative way. If all reunion albums were as good as About Time, such albums would not have a bad name. (by rarebird)

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This is a fantastic album. I bought it following a live show at the old Hammy Odeon in London after TYA got back together in 1988. It really captures the flexibility of the band moving smoothly from rock and roll to blues through the genius of Alvin Lee’s exciting, fluid guitar work. I do not like all of TYA’s 60’s compositions many of which now sound dated, but this album is instantly recognisable as TYA but is also very modern. (Heartzin Waleson)

And “Victim Of Circumstance” is one of the finest tracks Ten Years After ever recorded !

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Personnel:
Chick Churchill (keyboards)
Alvin Lee (guitar, vocals)
Ric Lee (drums)
Leo Lyons (bass)
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Nick Carls (background vocals)
Jimi Jamison (background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Highway Of Love (Gould/A.Lee) 5.13
02. Let’s Shake It Up (Gould/A.Lee) – 5:14
03. I Get All Shook Up (A.Lee) 4.38
04. Victim Of Circumstance (A.Lee) 4.29
05. Goin’ To Chicago (Hinkley/A.Lee) 4.22
06. Wild Is The River (Gould/A.Lee) 3.53
07. Saturday Night (Gould/A.Lee) 4.06
08. Bad Blood (Crooks/Lyons) 7.09
09. Working In A Parking Lot (Crooks/Lyons/Nye) 4.52
10. Outside My Window (Gould/A.Lee) 5.47
11. Waiting For The Judgement Day (Gould/A.Lee) 4.30

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“Victim Of Circumstance”:

This world is driving me crazy.
Things goin’ on make me mad.
Waiting in the dole queue for money to come down.
No wonder this boy turned bad.
I’m gonna write my M. P.
Say what the fuck’s goin on,
All my life I’m runnin’ on empty,
Watchin’ everybody else have fun.

I’m a victim of circumstance, a victim of circumstance.
This boy never ever stood a chance, I’m a victim of circumstance,
whoa – yea!

See the big fat rich man in his Rolls – Royce;
Squeaky clean kids by his side.
I get the shit, they get the chances.
I get to walk, they get to ride.
You know I’m your problem boy,
I never even stood a chance.
Pent up frustrations runnin’ inside me now,
I’m a victim of circumstance.

I’m a victim of circumstance, a victim of circumstance.
This boy never ever stood a chance, I’m a victim of circumstance, ow!

What you doin’ for the workers?
What you doin’ for the unemployed?
Keep dishin’ out money for all those jerkers,
Can’y say I’m over-joyed.
So don’t mess with my life,
I’ve had to scrape and fight.
Just give me some hope it’s gonna get better,
Maybe I can sleep at night.

I’m a victim of circumstance, a victim of circumstance.
This boy never ever stood a chance, I’m a victim of circumstance,
Ow! Victim of circumstance, victim of circumstance,
This boy never ever stood a chance. Ah!

Eddie Hardin – Survival (1988)

FrontCover1Eddie Hardin (19 February 1949 – 22 July 2015) was not only the keyboard player for The Spencer Davis Group and Hardin & York, but he was a musician, who recorded many (more or less unsuccessful( solo albums.

This is one of his finest solo albums he ever recorded.

This album was a part of the “Landscape Series”, the “new age” label from  Coda Records:

The Coda record label was a subsidiary of the successful English independent record label Beggars Banquet from 1986 to 1992. Nick Austin, one of the company’s directors until 1992, suggested the idea after returning from America and being excited by an emerging new music genre called “New Age”. Coda served as an early UK outlet for the New Age genre.(by http://www.discogs.com)

Call this music new age or call it good music … These Eddie Hardin melodies are so peaceful, calm and quiet …

Most of the tracks (but not all !) were played by Eddie Hardin on the piano …

“We have become survivors in a world that´s sometimes lost its charms and I feel the titel “Survivors” apt for us all” (Eddie Hardin)

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Personnel:
Eddie Hardin (keyboards)

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Tracklist:
01. Innocent Victims 3.59
02. Lost Chilhood 4.57
03. Seeds Of Suspicion 3.54
04. Schools Of Thought 4.19
05. Perfect Survivor 4.45
06. Lessons To Learn 4.00
07. Where Do We Go From Here 4.20
08. A Slice Of Paradise 3.39
09. Never Again 3.53
10. Rules We Can’t Ignore 4.26

Music composed by Eddie Hardin

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