Paul Simon – Paul Simon’s Concert In The Park (1991)

FrontCover1Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park is a live album released in 1991 by Paul Simon. It provided a survey of his two most recent albums, Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints, and also drew liberally from his earlier songbook including a number of tunes from the Simon and Garfunkel era. 600,000 people were initially claimed to have attended the show, which was held in Central Park, New York City on August 15, 1991.[1] The concert was similar to The Concert in Central Park, a reunion concert for Simon and Garfunkel held ten years earlier. The album was released on the 50th birthday of Art Garfunkel. (by wikipedia)

Ten years after playing a free concert in New York’s Central Park with Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon returned, backed by the New York session musicians and the native musicians from South Africa and Brazil who had enlivened his solo work. The show was PaulSimon01filmed and recorded, and the audio release was a 23-track double-disc set running nearly two hours. Half the selections came from his Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints albums, but unlike the Graceland Tour of 1987, the Born at the Right Time Tour of 1991 made room for Simon’s earlier solo work as well as a few Simon & Garfunkel songs. Simon made such stylistically various material work together by front-loading the set with the newer stuff and rearranging some of the older solo stuff, so that “Kodachrome,” for example, was refitted with a guitar line courtesy of Graceland player Ray Phiri. (Wisely, except for a becalmed Africanization of “Cecilia,” Simon didn’t monkey with the S&G songs, most of which came at the end of the set.) But Simon also toned down the Brazilian percussion that had dominated the Saints material and sang it more convincingly, so that “Born at the Right Time,” for example, was far more effective than it had been in its studio version. On the whole, then, Concert in the Park managed to be an enjoyable and surprisingly cohesive career summary. (by William Ruhlmann)

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Personnel:
Mingo Araujo (percussion)
Cyro Baptista (percussion)
Chris Botti (trumpet)
Michael Brecker (saxophone)
Tony Cedras (piano, keyboards, accordion)
Dom Chacal (Percussion)
Steve Gadd (drums)
Sidinho Moreira (percussion)
Vincent Nguini (guitar)
Ray Phiri (guitar)
Barney Rachabane (saxophone, pennywhistle)
Armand Sabal-Lecco (bass)
John Selolwane (guitar)
Paul Simon (vocals, guitar)
Richard Tee (piano)
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Oren Waters – Maxime Waters – Julia Waters

Special guests: Briz, Grupo Cultural OLODUM and Chevy Chase join Paul, dancing to “You Can Call Me Al”.

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. The Obvious Child 4.39
02. The Boy in the Bubble 4.49
03. She Moves On 6.26
04. Kodachrome 4.13
05. Born At The Right Time 5.12
06. Train In The Distance 4.45
07. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard 3.14
08- I Know What I Know 3.14
09. The Cool, Cool River 5.41
10. Bridge over Troubled Water 5.16
11. Proof 5.39

CD 2:
01. The Coast 7.06
02. Graceland 5.31
03. You Can Call Me Al 5.10
04. Still Crazy After All These Years 3.42
05. Loves Me Like A Rock 2.54
06. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes 9.30
07. Hearts And Bones 6.17
08. Late In The Evening 4.45
09. America 3.23
10. The Boxer 4.18
11. Cecilia 3.24
12. The Sound Of Silence 5.45

All Songs written by Paul Simon

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Joni Mitchell – Night Ride Home (1991)

FrontCover1Night Ride Home is the fourteenth album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1991. It was the last of four albums she recorded for Geffen Records.

Songs on the album include “Cherokee Louise” about a childhood friend who suffered sexual abuse, “The Windfall (Everything For Nothing)” about a maid who tried to sue Mitchell, and the retrospective single release “Come in from the Cold” about childhood and middle age. The title song “Night Ride Home” (originally titled “Fourth of July” and first performed during promotion for her previous album in 1988) was inspired by a moonlit night in Hawaii.  Though the album contained no charting singles, the track “Come in From the Cold” received airplay on AOR stations.

This was Mitchell’s first album not to be distributed by the WEA family of labels. She had been signed to WEA’s Asylum and Reprise labels in the past, and Warner Bros. Records had been the distributor for Geffen Records from 1980 to 1990. That year, Geffen was sold to MCA Music (now Universal Music Group), as a result, the album was distributed by Uni Distribution Corp. (the distribution arm of MCA Music), which also took over the rest of the Geffen catalogue.

A home video release, Come In From The Cold, was released the same year and features promo videos for five tracks from the album along with an interview with Mitchell discussing the inspiration behind them.

As of December 2007, the album has sold 238,000 copies in the US to date. (by wikipedia)

Cutting back on the guest musicians of her previous effort and paring down to a basic small group of musicians helps add immediacy to Night Ride Home. While this release features several of Joni Mitchell’s favorites, nothing here would become a hit, as Joni tended to buck trends and follow her own beat. Very involved and a rather tough listen, but well worth the attention, this would be her last for Geffen, where she languished unnoticed while the label went heavy metal crazy. (by James Chrispell)

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Personnel:
Alex Acuña – percussion on 01., 02., 05. 06 – 08.)
David Baerwald (background vocals on 07.)
Vinnie Colaiuta (drums on 03. – 06.+ 10.)
Bill Dillon -(guitar on 02. + 07,  pedal steel guitar on 01,)
Larry Klein (bass, percussion on 01 – 03., 05. – 06., keyboards on 07., guitar on 06.)
Michael Landau (guitar on 10.)
Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, billatron on 06.,  oboe on 08., omnichord on 08.)
Karen Peris (background vocals on 03.)
Brenda Russell (background vocals on 09.)
Wayne Shorter (saxophone on 03. + 09.)

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Tracklist:
01. Night Ride Home (Mitchell) 3.22
02. Passion Play (When All The Slaves Are Free) (Mitchell) 5.25
03. Cherokee Louise (Mitchell) 4.32
04. The Windfall (Everything for Nothing) (Mitchell) 4.16
05. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Mitchell/Yeats) 6.55
06. Come In from The Cold (Mitchell) 7.31
07. Nothing Can Be Done (Mitchell/Klein)  4.55
08. The Only Joy In Town (Mitchell) 5.12
09. Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac (Mitchell)  4.34
10. Two Grey Rooms (Mitchell) 3.59

 

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Genesis – We Can’t Dance (1991)

FrontCover1We Can’t Dance is the fourteenth studio album by English rock band Genesis, released on 28 October 1991 by Atlantic Records in the United States and 11 November 1991 on Virgin Records in the United Kingdom. It is their last album recorded with drummer and lead singer Phil Collins before his departure in 1996 to pursue solo projects. Production began after a four-year period of inactivity from the group, following the commercial success of Invisible Touch (1986) and its tour.

We Can’t Dance was a worldwide commercial success for the band. It became the band’s fifth consecutive No. 1 album in the UK and reached No. 4 in the U.S., where it sold over 4 million copies. Between 1991 and 1993, six tracks from the album were released as singles, including “No Son of Mine” and “I Can’t Dance”. The latter received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. Genesis toured in support of We Can’t Dance in 1992 which saw the band play large stadiums and arenas across North America and Europe.

We Can’t Dance was Genesis’s first studio album in five years, following the international success of Invisible Touch in 1986. After the tour for that album ended, the band took a long hiatus to focus on solo careers. Both Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford expected Collins to leave the band during this time due to his huge solo success, but he stayed until 1996. The album reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 4 in the U.S., selling several million copies (including 4 million in the U.S. alone). The album also spawned several hit singles, including “No Son of Mine”, “Hold on My Heart”, “I Can’t Dance” and “Jesus He Knows Me”, the latter two supported by humorous videos. Two songs, “On the Shoreline” and “Hearts on Fire”, were cut from the album, because “there wasn’t enough room on the record.” Both songs were released as B-sides.

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Contrary to popular belief, “Since I Lost You” is not about a broken relationship. The lyrics were written by Collins for friend Eric Clapton. On 20 March 1991, Clapton’s four-year-old son Conor died after falling from the 53rd-story window of his mother’s friend’s New York City apartment, landing on the roof of an adjacent four-story building. Collins played it to him before putting it on the album to get his approval.

Most of the songs were written through improvisation, and rehearsed and recorded at The Farm, their recording studio in Chiddingfold, Surrey in England.

We Can’t Dance was released on 28 October 1991 by Atlantic Records in the United States and 11 November 1991 on Virgin Records in the United Kingdom. The album was a success in the charts, going to number one on the UK Albums Chart for one weeks from 23 November 1991. In the United States, it debuted the Billboard 200 chart at number four, the week of 30 November 1991. It stayed at its peak for one week during its 72-week stay on the chart.

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On 1 December 1991, the album was certified double Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipment of 600,000 copies. A year later, sales grew to reach quadruple platinum, signifying 1.2 million copies sold. The album reached quintuple platinum status in March 1997, for 1.5 million copies sold. In the United States, We Can’t Dance shipped 1 million copies by 27 December 1991. Five years later, the album was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for four million copies sold.

Rolling Stone chiefly commented on the album’s lyrics. They criticised “Tell Me Why” and “Way of the World” for being soulless and impersonal social commentaries, but regarded most of the songs as outstanding, and summarised “Although We Can’t Dance doesn’t quite achieve the vulnerable grace of Duke or the exuberance of Abacab, Genesis has nevertheless delivered an elegantly spare – and even adventurous – album.”

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AllMusic similarly criticised the lyrics of “Tell Me Why” and “Way of the World”, calling them “paeans for world understanding that sound miles away from any immediacy”. However, they praised the album for returning to a less pop-oriented direction, and especially complimented the grittiness of “No Son of Mine”, “Jesus He Knows Me”, and “I Can’t Dance” (which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals in 1993).

David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave a lacklustre review, stating: “At a time when everything is uncertain … you almost have to admire a record like We Can’t Dance. … You know there will be a couple of fleeting moments when the band breaks out of its torpor – for instance, on the very polite primal stomp of ‘I Can’t Dance’ – and that such moments will just as quickly be subsumed by the rest of the musical quicksand.”

Stevie Chick of The Guardian has dismissed the album as “blandness”.

The album garnered Genesis an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group and two further nominations for Favorite Adult Contemporary Album and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist. At the Brit Awards in 1993, the album was nominated for Best British Album while Phil Collins was nominated as Best Male British Artist for his contribution to the album. (by wikipedia)

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Personnel
Tony Banks (keyboards)
Phil Collins (drums, percussion, vocals, drum machines)
Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass)

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Tracklist:
01. No Son of Mine 6.39
02. Jesus He Knows Me 4.16
03. Driving The Last Spike 10.08
04. I Can’t Dance 4.01
05. Never A Time 3.50
06. Dreaming While You Sleep 7.16
07. Tell Me Why 4.58
08. Living Forever 5.41
09. Hold On My Heart 4.37
10. Way Of The World 5.38
11. Since I Lost You 4.09
12. Fading Lights 10.16

All songs written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford.

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Various Artists – An Easy Christmas (2001)

frontcover1This is just a sampler, full with 20 old and classic christmas songs, performed by many stars in the easy listening style.
You can hear singers like Don McLean, David Bowie, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Perry Como and Al Green.

“This is my most favourite christmas album ever-I had to order a second copy as the first had a scratch on. I listen to it all the time. Not your average Christmas album!”(by miss r aughton)

“Great to listen to while wrapping presents” (by Zoe Bell)

And I guess, I will play this album (amongst others) on December 24, 2016 … Enjoy this romantic and sentimental sampler.

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Tracklist:
01. Andy Williams: Most Wonderful Time Of Year (2001) (Pola/Wyle) 2.34
02. Nat King Cole: Christmas Song (1963) (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Tormé/Wells) 3.14
03. Eartha Kitt: Santa Baby (1953) (Javits/Springer) 3.26
04. Dean Martin: Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow (1965) (Cahn/Styne) 1.58
05. Judy Garland: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1944) (Martin/Blane) 2.45
06. Harry Belafonte: Mary’s Boy Child (1957) (Hairston) 2.59
07. Bing Crosby: White Christmas (1954) (Berlin) 3.04
08. Al Green: Silent Night (1963) (Gruber/Mohr) 3.19
09. Crystal Gayle: Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer (1996) (Marks) 2.57
10. Anne Murray: Snowbird (1978) (MacLellan) 2.11
11. Don McLean: Winter Wonderland (1991) (Bernard/Smith) 2.54
12. Charles Brown: Please Come Home For Christmas (Christmas Finds Me Oh So Sad) (1961) (Brown/Redd) 3.18
13. Doris Day: I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1964) (Gannon/Kent/Ram) 2.27
14. Andy Williams: Sleigh Ride (live) (2001) (Anderson) 2.22
15. Crystal Gayle: Silver Bells (1996) (Livingston/Evans) 4.09
16. Don McLean: Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (1991) (Coots/Gillespie) 3.06
17. Perry Como: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1959)(Traditional) 2.56
18. Al Green: What Christmas Means To Me (1963) (Story/Gaye/ Gordy) 3.44
19. Bing Crosby + David Bowie: Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (1977) (Fraser/Grossman/Alan Kohan/Simeone/Davis/Onorati) 2.38
20. Michael Ball: Happy New Year (1999) (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.18

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Giora Feidman – Viva El Klezmer (1991)

frontcover1Giora Feidman (Hebrew: גיורא פיידמן; born March 26, 1936) is an Argentine-born Israeli clarinetist who specializes in klezmer music.

Giora Feidman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his Bessarabian Jewish parents immigrated to escape persecution. Feidman comes from a family of klezmer musicians. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather made music for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and holiday celebrations in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Feidman married Ora Bat-Chaim, his personal manager, in 1975.

Feidman began his career in Buenos Aires as a member of the Teatro Colón Symphony Orchestra. Two years later he immigrated to Israel to become the youngest clarinetist ever to play with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a member of the orchestra for over 20 years.[2] In the early 1970s he began his solo career. He has performed with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Kronos Quartet, the Polish Chamber Philarmonic, the Munich Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra, and the Munich Radio Orchestra. In 1974 the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned composer Misha Segal to write a concerto for clarinet and orchestra for Giora Feidman. The one movement piece, which was based on an original Nigun, premiered that same year.

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Movie director Steven Spielberg invited him to play the clarinet solos for the soundtrack of Schindler’s List, which won seven Academy Awards.

Feidman founded the “Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee” seminar and master class program, which takes place every year in Safed, Israel.(by wikipedia)

And this is another album in the long career of Giora Feidman … listen, discover and enjoy the magic of Klezmer music … a real treasure !

This is the German edition … so, the booklet is written in German.

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Personnel:
Giora Feidman (clarinet)
Ami Frenkel (bass)
Shmuel Hershko (tuba)
Ofer Shalhin (drums, percussion)
Oscar Sher (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. To My Friend Michale (Liberman) 2.59
02. Let’s Dance: Ancient Melody / Sherele (Ne’eman/Traditional) 2.53
03. The Sounds Of Safed (O. Sher) 2.58
04. Silk Night Gown (Traditional) 2.06
05. Rozhinkes mit Mandeln (Goldfaden) 2.49
06. Bublitschki (Traditional) 2.36
07. Vehaeir Eineinu (Karlibach) 3.36
08. The Old Klezmer Band (Traditional) 2.49
09. Let’s Sing (Traditional) 2:39
10. To Giora – The Klezmer (O. Sher) 2.31
11. Desert Dawn (Katz) 4.21
12. Come In Peace (Katz) 2.44
13. Bouncing (Niturim) (O. Sher) 1.55
14. The New Freilach (Alstein) 2.30

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Chris Farlowe – Farlowe (Waiting In The Wings) (1991)

frontcover1This album was recorded by the British Blues-Rock vocalist Chris Farlowe in the early 1990s, following a five years long period of inactivity in the recording studio. The songs on this album were recorded during several studio sessions, featuring different lineups. As a result no less that six guitar players are featured: Micky Moody (Juicy Lucy), Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Albert Lee (everybody), Clem Clempson (Colosseum), Geoff Whitehorn (Procol Harum), Phil Palmer (a great session player) and Tony Crooks (The Kick with bassist Leo Lyons, ex-Ten Years After, who also plays here).

Despite the stellar team of musicians and a very solid collection on songs, the album was rejected by the Major record labels and was finally released on a tiny Spanish label Barsa Records (originally titled simply “Farlowe”) and than on Freestyle Records in UK (with a different mixes of two songs), but disappeared from the market almost immediately.

Obviously produced for the US market, this album has a much more Rock oriented sound and luster, taking Farlowe away from his Blues-Rock roots. Nevertheless it is still a very solid album as far as Farlowe’s vocal delivery is concerned and for his many fans this album deserves a proud place in their collection. Sadly it will take another five years for Farlowe to record another studio album. (by Jazzis)

A real great album with a real great line-up … listen !

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Personnel:
Boz Burrell (bass)
Clem Clempson (guitar)
Tony Crooks (guitar)
Chris Farlowe (vocals)
Kuma Harada (bass)
Tim Hinkley (keyboards)
Albert Lee (guitar)
Alvin Lee (guitar)
Leo Lyons (bass)
Mickey Moody (guitar)
Charlie Morgan (drums)
Andy Nye (keyboards)
Phil Palmer (guitar)
Jeff Seopadie (percussion)
Geoff Whitehorn (guitar)
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background vocals:
Doreen Chanter – Irene Chanter – Sam Brown – Vicki Brown

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Tracklist:
01. Try Me (Palmer/Colton) 5.22
02. Rock ‘N’ Roll Soldier (Seals) 4.28
03. Some Mothers Son (Farlowe/Moody) 3.10
04. Hold On (Jennings/Sample) 4.00
05. Working In A Parking Lot (Lyons/Nye/Crooks) 4.20
06. On The Beach (Lyons/Nye/Crooks) 4.45
07. Too Late To Run For Cover (Lee/Hinkley) 4.32
08. Function To Function (Jupp) 4.25
09. Make It Fly (Jupp)3.12
10. Livin´ It Up (Lyons/Nye/Crooks) 3.36
11. Don´t Walk Away (Hill Sinfield) 3.38
12. Blues Anthem (Page/Farlowe) 4.59
13. Waiting In The Wings (Hill Sinfield) 3.44

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Steve Marriott & Peter Frampton – Humble Pie Reunion Demos (1991)

FrontCover1Humble Pie was formed in late 1968 when Steve Marriott, guitarist and incomparable blues rock vocalist, left the Small Faces, and joined forces with guitarist/singer Peter Frampton, formerly of The Herd, ex-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley, and 17 year-old drummer Jerry Shirley. Few people today remember Steve Marriott, and that’s a pity. His voice was what Jimmy Page wanted Robert Plant to sound like, and Plant openly emulated Marriott. Humble Pie’s fade out from rock consciousness was due to multitude of factors. Their studio albums were relatively poor sellers, and relying so heavily on cover songs probably worked against them. The group disbanded in 1975, reunited briefly in 1979, then saw Marriott quit and move back to England in 1983. In 1991, he and Peter Frampton were collaborating on a possible HP reunion in California, when Steve rather abruptly flew home to England. Marriott was tragically killed in a fire at his home on April 19, 1991. (by elevenwarriors.com)

This was the last recordings of Steve Marriott and the tracklist is very interesting, because Frampton & Marriott recorded some old songs from the Seventies …  includig new versions of songs like “Why I Need the Blues” (originally recorded by “Cochise” … but I guess this is the original version – with Steve Marriott as a background singer – and not a Frampton/Marriott version from 1991, unfortunately I have not the time to check this out) or “And The Band Played On” (original recorded by the great “Back Street Crawler” feat. Paul Kossoff … (maybe another fake, it sounds like the original version).

So, this is a very mysterious, strange bootleg … but … songs like “The Bigger They Come” and “I Won’t Let You Down” are definitely songs from this early 1991 sessions … a few months before Steve Marriott died …

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Personnel:
Peter Frampton (guitar, vocals)
Steve Marriott (guitar, vocals, harmonica)
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Tracklist:
01. Scratch My Back (Big Black Dog) (Frampton/Shirley/Ridley/Marriott) 4.10
02. Why I Need the Blues (That´s Why I Sing The Blues) ( 4.14 (7.1MB)
03. Rolling Stone Part 2 (Morganfield) 4.02
04. And The Band Played On (Wilson) 4.38
05. The Bigger They Come I (Frampton/Marriott/Regan) 4:21
06. Groove By You I (unknown) 0.21
07. The Bigger They Come II (Frampton/Marriott/Regan) 4.17
08. I Won’t Let You Down I (Frampton/Msrriott) 4:31
09. The Bigger They Come III  (Frampton/Marriott/Regan) 4.20
10. Groove By You II (unknown) 3.11
11. Cold Hearted Head (unknown) 2.28
12. I Won’t Let You Down II (Frampton/Marriott) 4.36

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