The Mick Clarke Band – Live At The Splendid (1989)

FrontCover1Mick began his solo career in the early 80s and has become an established name on the European scene, touring regularly in every country from Finland down to Italy. Praised for his fiery “straight from the wood” guitar sound, he has appeared on numerous festivals with artists such as Robert Cray, Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher. Mick has released fifteen solo albums so far.

Mick began his career with KILLING FLOOR part of the British blues boom of the late 60s. The band backed Texas blues guitar star Freddie King and toured with legends such as Howlin’ Wolf and Otis Spann. Killing Floor has recently reformed for recording and tour projects, and recent live work included a performance at Sweden Rock Festival 2012.

MickClarke01In the mid 70s Mick co-formed SALT a powerful blues-rock act who were a big hit on the London scene in the 70s playing regularly at the Marquee and other top venues. The band played at the Reading Festival and also opened for Muddy Waters at two major London concerts. SALT has also reformed for occasional re-union tours.

THE MICK CLARKE BAND originally started working around the London area in the early 80s, but quickly received offers of work from mainland Europe and the United States. Early festival appearances such as the Belgium R&B Festival in Peer confirmed their appeal for continental audiences, while the US tours established a world wide reputation for the band. (by www.bluesbartring.co.uk)

And here´s a very rare and superb soundboard recording, taken from my old live tape collection … (guess I got this tape from my old friend Markus Gygax from Switzerland  … he died to early !)

And if you like this fucking good old way of British Blues … you should listen … because Mick Clarke is one of the finest musicians from the second generation of this Music … and … he´s still alive and well … still touring, still recording … WOW !

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Personnel:
Chris Lloyd Baron (harmonica)
Mick Clarke (guitar, vocals)
Mike Hirsh (drums)
Mick Phillips (bass)
Peter Terry (keyboards)

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Tracklist:
01. Intro 0.53
02. All These Blues (Parker) 5.07
03. Looking For Trouble (Clarke) 3.49
04. Careless Love (Handy) 4.29
05. Night Time Is The Right Time (Hooker) 7.03
06. Walkin´ Blues (House) 4.47
07. Walkin´ By Myself (Rogers) 4.45
08. It Hurts Me Too (Red) 6.52
09. You Need Love (Dixon) 5.13
10. Tore Down (King/Thompson) 6.05
11. TV Blues (Clarke) + Madison Blues (James) 9.04
12. Mona (McDaniels) 5.31
13. Full Moon Boogie (Clarke) 5.21
14. Nineteen Years Old (Morganfield) 9.44
15. Nothing But A Fool + Shake That Boogie (Clarke) 9.30

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Various Artists – Night Of The Guitar – Live ! (1989)

FrontCover1.JPGAt the end of the 80s, the music scene was dominated as much in Europe as in the rest of the world, by mass phenomena that fought for first place in record sales. The lovelies Rick Astley, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Wet Wet Wet, Kylie Minogue jostled for the supersale throne with some groups – with guitar in hand- that defended rock licks, distortion and delays: Guns ‘n’ Roses, Def Leppard, U2, or Metallica were writing their own legends.

In those years, an event that went almost unnoticed brought together nine guitarists for seven gigs in Great Britain (from 20-26 of Nov., 1988) and peaked with a brief tour of Europe. You can hardly find any news about it on the Web and it was finally left to posterity on a double live record and a handful of videos. Guitars Exchange was there.

Before a wall of Marshall screens, getting on and off stage, alternating turns for 3 hours, were Steve Howe (Yes, Asia), Leslie West (Mountain), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Randy California (Spirit), Steve Hunter (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel), Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band), Andy Powell and Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash), and Alvin Lee (Ten Years After). The ‘nine axes’ enjoyed a rhythm section that clearly met expectations: Clive Mayuyu (drums), Derek Holt (bass and voice), Livingstone Browne (bass and keyboards) and Chris Bucknall (keyboards).

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The initiative all came from the record label I.R.S. No Speak, founded at the beginning of 1988 by Miles Copeland III, master of ceremonies of the night of the guitar and brother of Stewart Copeland (The Police drummer, who also took part as invited guest on the final number that closes the record). Copeland’s aim was none other than to shine light on instrumental rock in the hands of excellent musicians, giving them shelter on a record label devoted exclusively to his production. Somehow you had to protect yourself in a storm of disco, punk, New age. It was an ambitious purpose, musically valid, although financially risky: the label closed after 3 years with just 19 records produced.

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Night of the Guitar – Live! was perhaps the shining moment of the adventure. Pete Haycock’s semi-acoustic Höfner and Steve Hunter’s electric Neal Moser open the record with three numbers, Dr. Brown I Presume (Brown’s notable bass solo), The Idler and Lucienne. Three pieces on records both guitarists released the same year: Guitar and Son and The Deacon respectively. It’s a mixture of rock fusion that culminates in the delicate ballad (3rd track), passing through rock that hides a feeling of urban jazz in Hunter’s piece. He authored unforgettable bits of the soundtracks of our lives: such as the introduction to Lou Reed’s Sweet Jane or the acoustic on Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel, to name a couple.

To electrify the air after the ballad, we turn to Randy California and his Charvel, a brand of guitar made popular that decade thanks to high-end guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads and Richie Sambora, among others. After Groove Thing, a brilliant intro replete with harmonies hammered out on the neck, Randy takes charge on a version of Hey Joe in a powerful tribute to his friend and colleague Jimi Hendrix, with whom he shared venues in New York nightclubs in 1966. This was during the militant times of Jimmy James & The Blue Flames, and before the worldwide success of the lefty, before he became known as Jimi.

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The fortunate fans were already set to welcome who was probably the most anticipated name on the ticket: Robby Krieger and his Gibson ES-355 from 1964- his favourite at that point in his life, the 80s, when he searched for more of a jazz sound- definitely brought the house down with a version of Love Me Two Times (The Doors, 1967) with a much ‘fuller’ guitar than the original.

And who better than Ted Turner and Andy Powell to re-establish order in the house? The bi-cylindrical engine of the Wishbone Ash, in perfect synchrony, unsheathed in a version of his classic from 1972 The King Will Come, where Turner’s fabulous Paul Reed Smith (the American brand had been making their gems for hardly 3 years) and the ‘classic’ Gibson Flyin’ V of his mate bring this guitar dialogue to life with an unbeatable connection.

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It was now Leslie ‘the mountain’ West´s turn and his Steinberger, which in his hands looks like a toy. He was in top form, for sure. The two pieces that appear on the record are classics from the Mountain album Climbing! in 1970: a very personalised version of Theme From An Imaginary Western by Jack Bruce and Never In My Life.

Then, once again, after the storm came the calm, from the hands of Steve Howe and his Martin 00-18. A master class of guitar technique on Clap Medley, the only acoustic number of the night without accompaniment. Then time to switch the Martin for a Gibson ES-175 (his main guitar during the militant years of Yes) and in the company of Pete Haycock, start up Würm, a 1971 classic from the English progressive rock band.

Alvin Lee and his Tokai Signature take over in the final stretch with a powerful instrumental No Limit, in probably one of the best moments of the album. With a hard version of Ain’t Nothin’ Shakin’ together with all his mates on stage, nine ‘axes’ for an unforgettable cover of the Dylan classic All Along The Watchtower, and a final medley of the great hits, Whole Lotta Shakin’, Dizzy Miss Lizzie, Johnny B. Goode, Rock & Roll Music and Bye Bye Johnny Bye Bye. A display of skill and real passion for our favourite instrument, genuine fireworks fit to mess up any Rick Astley who gets in the way…

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It was an unforgettable night. A night in which nine guardians of the guitar, nine rock gods, got together to reclaim -at the end of the 80s- a gender that they themselves made so very big and continues to be. (by Massimo D’Angelo)

And I was a very lucky guy … ´cause I saw all these guys during their shot Europena tour in Munich (feat. Jan Akkerman on guitar) … It was one of the best concerts I´ve ever saw !

And the wind beginns to howl … 

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Personnel:

On guitar:
Alvin Lee – Andy Powell – Leslie West – Pete Haycock – Randy California – Robby Krieger –  Steve Howe – Steve Hunter – Ted Turner
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Chris Bucknell (keyboards)
Derek Holt (bass, vocals on 08.)
Clive Mayuyu (drums)

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Tracklist:

Pete Haycock:
01. Dr. Brown I Presume (Haycock) 5.03

Steve Hunter & Pete Haycock:
02. The Idler (Hunter) 5.35
03. Lucienne (Haycock) 5.55

Randy California & Steve Hunter:
04. Groove Thing (California) 4.43

Randy California:
05. Hey Joe (Roberts) 5.01

Robby Krieger & Steve Hunter:
06. Love Me Two Times (Krieger/Morrison/Densmore/Manzarek) 4.58

Ted Turner &Andy Powell:
07. The King Will Come (M.Turner/Upton/T.Turner/Powell) 7.01

Leslie West:
08. Theme From An Imaginary Western (Bruce/Brown) 5.11
09. Never In My Life (Collins/Lang/Pappalardi/West) 5.07

Steve Howe:
10. Clap Medley (Howe) 5.55

Steve Howe & Pete Haycock;
11. Wurm (Howe) 4.08

Alvin Lee;
12. No Limit (Lee/Hubbard) 4.37
13. Ain’t Nothin’ Shakin’ (Colacrai/Fontane/Gluck/Lambert) 5.37

Steve Howe, Andy Powell, Randy California, Pete Haycock & Robby Krieger:
14. All Along The Watchtower (Dylan) 7.17

Alvin Lee, Leslie West, Ted Turner & Steve Hunter:
15. Rock N Roll Medley 8.39
15.1. Whole Lotta Shakin’ (Williams)
15.2. Dizzy Miss Lizzie (Williams)
15.3. Johnny B. Goode (Berry)
15.4. Rock & Roll Music (Berry)
15.5. Bye Bye Johnny Bye Bye (Berry)

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Tracy Chapman – Crossoads (1989)

FrontCover1Crossroads is the second album by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). Chapman was also a producer on this album, the first time she had taken on such a role.Crossroads is the second album by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). Chapman was also a producer on this album, the first time she had taken on such a role. (by wikipedia)

Tracy Chapman’s self-titled debut album of 1988 was an incredibly tough act to follow, but the folk-rocker delivered an inspired sophomore effort with Crossroads. While it falls short of the excellence of her stunning debut, Crossroads is a heartfelt, honest offering that’s well worth obtaining. Dedicated to South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, the anthemic “Freedom Now” is one of Chapman’s best protest songs. Equally compelling is “Subcity,” a lament for the poor, disenfranchised underclass that stands on the outside of the American Dream looking in. Much of the time, however, Chapman isn’t going for immediacy — introspective and subtle songs like “Bridges,” “Be Careful of My Heart,” and “All That You Have Is Your Soul” require at least several listens in order to be fully appreciated. (by Alex Henderson)

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I like her best here when she’s most objectionable–keying her politics to the anachronistic locution “government relief,” making her lover commit first, identifying evil with white people. She’s still too solemn, but at least she’s not too tasteful, and how else do you describe a musician who gives the impression of singing solo with her acoustic guitar while deploying five or six musicians a track? As a musician who gets over on her voice, that’s how. (by Robert Christgau)

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Personnel:
Charlie Bisharat (violin, viola)
Tracy Chapman (guitar, vocals, harmonica)
Marc Cohn (piano)
Paulinho da Costa (tambourine)
Denny Fongheiser (drums)
Bobbye Hall (percussion)
Jack Holder (banjo, piano)
Larry Klein (bass)
Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar (guitar)
Russ Kunkel (drums)
Jim Lacefield (cello)
Tim Landers (bass)
Steve Lindley (piano)
Bob Marlette (keyboards)
Frank Marocco (accordion)
Scarlet Rivera (violin)
G.E. Smith (guitar, mandolin)
William D. “Smitty” Smith (organ)
John X. Volaitis (piano)
Snooky Young (trumpet)
Neil Young (guitar, piano)
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background vocals:
Peggie Blu – Carolyn Dennis – Sheila Minard – Roz Seay – Elesecia Wright

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Tracklist:
01. Crossroads 4.11
02. Bridges 5.24
03. Freedom Now (dedicated to Nelson Mandela) 4.02
04. Material World 3.02
05. Be Careful Of My Heart 4.39
06. SubciTo Fight 2.46
07. A Hundred Years 4.20
08. This Time 3.43
09. All That You Have Is Your Soul 5.16

All songs written by Tracy Chapman

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Joe Cocker – Live (1989)

FrontCover1Joe Cocker Live is a live album by Joe Cocker, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). It was recorded live 5 October 1989 at Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts with the exception of the last two tracks which were recorded in the studio. The album was re-released in 2011 under the title Joe Cocker’s Greatest Hits Live. (by wikipedia)

It’s no “Mad Dogs & Englishmen,” but this 1991 live release is a more than worthy companion to that seminal recording; whereas “Mad Dogs” was as much a showcase for the brilliant ensemble he was touring with at the time, “Live” is all Cocker, containing several of his biggest hits as well as two new songs recorded shortly after his 1990 tour.

Those who enjoyed the soulful, organic sound of “Mad Dogs” may be put off by the slick, bombastic ”80s’ sound of “Live,” but it’s very easy to overlook since Cocker is the star of the show here: his voice is at his rough, gritty, passionate best, and he is absolutely electric on every performance. Few performers invested themselves in selling a song more than Cocker, and the performances of gems like “When the Night Comes,” “You Are So Beautiful,” “Unchain My Heart,” and of course, “With a Little Help from My Friends,” are perfect examples of that. Uptempo classics like “Feelin’ Alright,” “Hitchcock Railway,” “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” and “The Letter” come alive in the concert setting, and it’s impossible not to jump and down with delight on the closing rave-up of “High Time We Went,” one of the greatest live performances I’ve ever heard and a pure adrenaline rush.

“Live” is an excellent lp of Cocker on top of his game and a wonderful addition to his catalog. (by Anthony Nastion )

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Personnel:
Joe Cocker (vocals)
Deric Dyer (saxophone, percussion)
Gary Buho Gazaway (trumpet)
Phil Grande (guitar)
Steve Holley (drums)
Wayne Jackson (trumpet)
Bashiri Johnson (percussion)
Jeff Levine (keyboards)
Andrew Love (saxophone)
Keith Mack (guitar)
Keni Richards (drums)
Earl Slick (guitar)
Chris Stainton (keyboards)
T.M. Stevens (bass, background vocals)
Crystal Taliefero (percussion, background vocals)
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background vocals:
Tawatha Agee – Doreen Chanter – Maxine Green – Vaneese Thomas – Fonzi Thornton

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Tracklist:
01. Feelin’ Alright (Mason) 4.43
02. Shelter Me (Di Stefano) 4.26
03. Hitchcock Railway (Dunn/McCashen) 3.58
04. Up Where We Belong (Nitzsche/Sainte-Marie/Jennings) 4.35
05. Guilty (Newman) 2.40
06. You Can Leave Your Hat On (Newman) 4.20
07. When the Night Comes (Adams/Vallance/Warren) 4.52
08. Unchain My Heart (Sharp, Jr.) 5.50
09. With A Little Help from My Friends (Lennon/McCartney) 9.13
10. You Are So Beautiful (Preston/Fisher) 4.23
11. The Letter (Thompson) 4.31
12. She Came in Through The Bathroom Window (McCartney/Lennon) 2.30
13. High Time We Went (Cocker/Stainton) 7.58
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14. What Are You Doing With A Fool Like Me (Warren) 4.51
15. Living In The Promiseland (Jones) 3.55

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Bonnie Raitt – Nick Of Time (1989)

FrontCover1Nick of Time is the 10th album by the American singer Bonnie Raitt, released on March 21, 1989.

Nick of Time topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling five million copies, and won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, which was presented to Raitt & producer Don Was. In 2003, the album was ranked number 230 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Pior to Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt had been a reliable cult artist, delivering a string of solid records that were moderate successes and usually musically satisfying. From her 1971 debut through 1982’s Green Light, she had a solid streak, but 1986’s Nine Lives snapped it, falling far short of her usual potential. Therefore, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when Raitt decided to craft its follow-up as a major comeback, collaborating with producer Don Was on Nick of Time. At the time, the pairing seemed a little odd, since he was primarily known for the weird hipster funk of Was (Not Was), but the match turned out to be inspired. Was used Raitt’s classic early-’70s records as a blueprint, choosing to update the sound with a smooth, professional production and a batch of excellent contemporary songs.

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In this context, Raitt flourishes; she never rocks too hard, but there is grit to her singing and playing, even when the surfaces are clean and inviting. And while she only has two original songs here, Nick of Time plays like autobiography, which is a testament to the power of the songs, performances, and productions. It was a great comeback album that made for a great story, but the record never would have been a blockbuster success if it wasn’t for the music, which is among the finest Raitt ever made. She must have realized this, since Nick of Time served as the blueprint for the majority of her ’90s albums. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Arthur Adams (guitar on o3.)
Sweet Pea Atkinson (background vocals on 03., 08., 09. + 11.)
Bill Bergman (Saxophone on 03.)
John Berry, Jr. (trumpet on 03. + 09.)
Sir Harry Bowens (background vocals on 01., 03., 08., 09. + 11.)
Tony Braunagel (percussion on 02., + 05., drums on 04.)
Fran Christina (drums on 11.)
David Crosby (background vocals on 04.)
Paulinho Da Costa (Percussion on 01., 04. + 07.)
Chuck Domanico (bass on 4. + 06.)
Dennis Farias (trumpet on 03. + 09.)
Ricky Fataar (drums on 01. – 03., 05. + 07. – 09, Percussion on 01.)
Marty Grebb (Saxophone on 03. + 09.)’
Herbie Hancock (piano on 10.)
Heart Attack Horns (Horns on 03. + 09.)
Preston Hubbard (bass on 11.)
James “Hutch” Hutchinson (bass on 01. – 03., 05., 07. – 09.)
John Jorgenson (guitar on 08.)
Michael Landau (guitar on 01. + 03.)
David Lasley background vocals on 07.)
Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel guitar on 08.)
Arnold McCuller (background vocals on 01., 07., 08. + 11.)
Larry John McNally (background vocals on 05.)
Graham Nash (Background vocals on 04.)
Bonnie Raitt (vocals, piano on 01. + 09., slide-guitar on 02. – 04., guitar, on 05., 06. +11.)
Michael Ruff (Keyboards on 04.)
Johnny Lee Schell (guitar on 02., 03. + 09, vocals on 02.)
Greg Smith (Saxophone on 03. + 09.)
Swamp Dogg (piano on 05.)
Scott Thurston (keyboards on 03. + 07.)
Don Was (keyboards on 08.)
Kim Wilson (harmonica on 05. + 11.)

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01. Nick Of Time (Raitt) 3.52
02. Thing Called Love (Hiatt) 3.52
03. Love Letter (Hayes) 4.04
04. Cry On My Shoulder (Ruff) 3.44
05. Real Man (Williams) 4.27
06. Nobody’s Girl (McNally) 3.15
. Have A Heart (Hayes) 4.50
08. Too Soon To Tell (Bourke/Reid) 3.45
09. I Will Not Be Denied (Williams) 4.55
10. I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again (D.Lasley/J.Lasley) 2.238
11. The Road’s My Middle Name (Raitt) 3.31CD1*
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Angelo Badalamenti – Music From Twin Peaks (OST) (1990)

FrontCover1The music of the American television series Twin Peaks, and its 1992 sequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, was composed by Angelo Badalamenti. Twin Peaks’ co-creator David Lynch wrote lyrics for five songs used throughout the series—including “Falling”, “The Nightingale”, “Into the Night”, “Just You” and “Sycamore Trees”—and three songs featured in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, including “A Real Indication”, “Questions in a World of Blue” and “The Black Dog Runs at Night.” Julee Cruise, who made cameo appearances in both the series and film, provided vocals for four of Lynch’s and Badalamenti’s collaborations, and jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott performed on “Sycamore Trees.” Three of the series actors, James Marshall, Lara Flynn Boyle and Sheryl Lee, provided vocals for “Just You.”

Badalamenti’s compositions have been released on three soundtrack albums: Soundtrack from Twin Peaks (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and Twin Peaks Music: Season Two Music and More (2007). Starting in March 2011, David Lynch began distributing The Twin Peaks Archive, a collection of previously unreleased and unused songs on his official web site for digital download. In total, 215 songs were made available for download.

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Twin Peaks’ music has received widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian has said that the original soundtrack “still marks the summit of TV Soundtracks” and Allmusic reviewer Stephen Eddins has referred to it as “a model of film music ideally matched to the images and actions it underscores.” The main theme song to Twin Peaks, composed by Badalamenti, also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the 1991 Grammy Awards.

All the songs from the album were written by Angelo Badalamenti, who received the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Twin Peaks Theme”. Most of the songs are instrumental pieces, but three songs that contain lyrics were written by David Lynch. These three songs are available on the singer Julee Cruise’s album Floating into the Night. Cruise’s album also contains songs that were used in the series, but are not included in any soundtrack release. (by wikipedia)

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Composer Angelo Badalamenti (Cousins) set the tone for David Lynch’s bizarre television soap with a haunting theme created from electric piano, synthetic strings, and the twangiest guitar this side of Duane Eddy. The love theme, appropriately enough, sounds like a funeral march. (The series’ central character was found dead at the beginning of the first episode.) The rest of the music, instantly recognizable to anyone who saw even one episode of the series, borders on fever-dream jazz. Lynch favorite Julee Cruise sings the only three vocal songs. The music from Twin Peaks is dark, cloying, and obsessive — and one of the best scores ever written for television. (by Brian Mansfield)

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And yes … I´m a real fan of “Twin Peaks” … till today and this soundtrack is one of the finest soundtracks ever !

Listen to the Magic “Twin Peaks Theme 2 or to “Dance Of The Dream Man” and you´ll know, what I mean !

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Personnel:
Angelo Badalamenti (piano, synthesizer)
Vinnie Bell (guitar)
Julee Cruise (vocals on 04, 07. + 11.)
Eddie Daniels (flute, clarinet)
Eddie Dixon (guitar)
Kinny Landrum (Synthesizer)
Al Regni (saxophone, clarinet, flute)
Grady Tate (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. Twin Peaks Theme (Instrumental) 5.10
02. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Instrumental) 4.52
03. Audrey’s Dance (Instrumental) 5.17
04. The Nightingale (vocal by Julee Cruise) 4.56
05. Freshly Squeezed (Instrumental) 3.48
06. The Bookhouse Boys (Instrumental) 3.29
07. Into The Night (vocal by Julee Cruise) 4.44
08. Night Life In Twin Peaks (Instrumental) 3.27
09. Dance Of The Dream Man (Instrumental) 3.41
10. Love Theme From Twin Peaks (Instrumental) 5.04
11. Falling (vocal by Julee Cruise) 5.21

All music composed by Angelo Badalamenti
All lyrics by David Lynch

 

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Gipsy Kings – Mosaique (1989)

FrontCover1Mosaïque is the fourth studio album by the Gipsy Kings, released in 1989 in Europe and Canada. The main difference between both versions is the replacement of the instrumental “Bossamba” on the Europe release for “Niña Morena” on the North American release. The song order also changes on both albums and songs “Caminando Por la Calle”, “Trista Pena” and “Vamos a Bailar” are slightly different versions.
Note that “Viento Del Arena” is a studio album release from the song appearing in Luna de Fuego. It was sung as Turkish by Volkan Konak, Turkish folk singer as “Lilalı Kız” (“Girl with lilac”) at his 3rd album, “Gelir Misin Benimle” (“Do you come with me?”) in 1994. (by wikipedia)

The second major album for the Gipsy Kings on Elektra, Mosaique makes use of a mild range of outside genres and instrumentation that are added slyly to the basic flamenco mix set up by the ensemble. Most notably, modern drum kits and synthesizers make their presence thoroughly known throughout the course of the album. Some rai fusion slips into “Viento del Arena” in a sideways manner, becoming the focus of the sound in turn with the backdrop for the more traditional guitar work. The title track introduces some jazzy guitar riffs mixed in with the proper flamenco palmas to form an exquisite rhythmic structure. The live “Vamos a Bailar” incorporates a Cuban flavor, and the first appearance of the outstanding “Volaré” cover here mixes a tiny bit of Italian song into a huge amount of flamenco power.

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The rest of the tracks largely follow a more standard set of the Kings’ brand of flamenco, which is more than formidable on its own. The star of all the tracks, regardless of style, is the duo of Tonino Baliardo on guitar (often outdoing even his own outstanding father Manitas de Plata in his abilities) and Nicolás Reyes on lead vocals. It’s Reyes who really gives the Kings their signature sound, with just enough gruffness in his voice to make a unique sound and enough power to match with any top-league flamenco singer. The incorporation of a number of excellent musicians only sweetens the pot. This is one of the most highly recommended Gipsy Kings albums for anyone coming fresh to the sounds of the group and a fine pick for complete newcomers to the genre as well. (by Adam Greenberg)

And here´s the European Version ….

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Personnel:
Diego Baliardo (guitar)
Paco Baliardo (guitar)
Tonino Baliardo (guitar)
Charles Benarroch (percussion)
Chico Bouchikhi (guitar)
Négrito Trasante-Crocco (drums, percussion)
Dominique Droin (synthesizer, piano)
Gérard Prevost (bass)
Andre Reyes (vocals, guitar)
Nicolas Reyes (vocals, guitar)
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Amaury Blanchard (drums on 06.)
François Debricon (saxophone on 01.)
Philippe Desserpris (guitar on 06.)
Guillermo Fellove (trumpet on 12.)
Claude Maisonneuve (oboe on 08.)
Jean Musy (synthesizer on 07.)
Dominique Perrier (piano on 12.)
Bobby Rangell (flute on 11.)
Claude Salmieri (drums on 03., 04., 09.)
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Tracklist:
01. Caminando Por La Calle (Blades) 4.17
02. Viento Del Arena (Los Reyes) 5.27
03. Mosaique (Gipsy Kings) 3.40
04. El Camino (Gipsy Kings) 5.03
05. Passion (Gipsy Kings) 3.01
06. Soy (Chirino) 3.10
07. Volare (Modugno/Migliacci) 3.38
08. Trista Pena (Gipsy Kings) 4.29
09. Liberte (Gipsy Kings) 4.01
10. Serana (Gipsy Kings) 4.19
11. Bossamba (Gipsy Kings) 3.18
12. Vamos A Bailar (live) (Gipsy Kings)  5.09

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