Glenn Hughes – Burning Japan Live (1994)

FrontCover1A skilled, well-traveled, and prolific English guitarist and bassist best known for stints with Trapeze, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes is often referred to as “The Voice of Rock.” Starting out as the bassist and lead vocalist for English funk rockers Trapeze (which evolved from British soulsters the News) in 1969, Hughes earned his reputation as the bass player for Deep Purple from 1974 until that iteration of the group split in 1976. He went on to forge a successful and long-running solo career, releasing over a dozen albums, and in 2010 he began fronting the hard rock supergroup Black Country Communion, and later the like-minded California Breed. In 2016 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside his Deep Purple bandmates, and in 2019 he joined Aussie-American hard rock supergroup the Dead Daisies.

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After the breakup of Deep Purple, Hughes subsequently reconvened Trapeze (with no records resulting) and issued his solo debut, Play Me Out, in 1978. His next effort, recorded with guitarist Pat Thrall under the name Hughes/Thrall, appeared in 1983, and he worked in the supergroup Phenomena in 1985. Hughes then joined Black Sabbath as lead singer for 1986’s The Seventh Star, departing after that album and eventually surfacing with — of all artists — the techno/house group the KLF, performing on their 1991 single “America — What Time Is Love?”

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In 1993, Mike Varney’s Shrapnel label issued the new Hughes solo album, Blues, on which he played bass and sang with an array of guest guitarists. A string of solo releases followed through the ’90s, including 1995’s Burning Japan Live, 1997’s Addiction (which addressed some of the personal problems that had kept Hughes out of recording for most of the latter half of the ’80s), and 1999’s The Way It Is. Return to Crystal Karma (2000) and Building the Machine (2001) saw Hughes delivering a pair of tight, funk-tinged pop/rock outings, while Songs in the Key of Rock (2003) drew inspiration from ’70s hard rock; during this time Hughes collaborated with Joe Lynn Turner on a pair of albums under the HTP (Hughes-Turner Project) moniker. Soul Mover, his tenth solo album, was released in 2005, with Music for the Divine, his best-selling solo outing to date, arriving a year later.

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Hughes moved to Frontiers Records for the release of 2008’s First Underground Nuclear Kitchen, and in 2010 he joined English-American supergroup Black Country Communion, with whom he would go on to record three studio albums. In 2014 Hughes, Jason Bonham, and Andrew Watt released an eponymous LP under the moniker California Breed, and in 2016 he issued his 14th solo long-player, Resonate, which coincided with his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple.

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Burning Japan Live is a live album by former Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Trapeze vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes. It was recorded at the Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan on Tuesday 24 May and Wednesday 25 May 1994 in support of the studio album From Now On….

This was the first official live solo album to be released by Hughes. It features a set-list of fifteen songs, four from his 1994 solo album From Now On…, three songs from the Hughes/Thrall album and seven Deep Purple numbers. It also features a never before heard song titled Still In Love With You, on which Hughes plays keyboards.

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Hughes’ band for the concerts was the same as the band that played on From Now On…, including Europe members Mic Michaeli, John Levén and Ian Haugland (who only performed on the bonus tracks from From Now On…).

It is of note that a live version of the track Kiss Of Fire (from the first Phenomena album) was recorded during the same performance and included on the Talk About It EP.

There is an error in the sleeve notes for the album; they mistakenly credit the tracks This Time Around and Owed To G to Bolin/Hughes/Paice, when they should read Hughes/Lord and Bolin, respectively.

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The mere mention of the name Glenn Hughes brings to mind one of the all-time greatest set of pipes in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. The man in command wasn’t given the name “The Voice of Rock” simply for his stellar studio work. The ambitious English singer and bassist, carries his killer vocals over to the stage as well. The tracks etched into _Burning Japan Live_ are a testament to the incredible vocal power of the former member of Trapeze and Deep Purple.

Hughes is a legend in Japan… and this concert recording is further justification for his high held status in the land of the rising sun. The inspired live songs were pulled from two dates at Citta’ Kawasaki, on May 24th and 25th, 1994.

Kicking off the live set with an aggressive version of the smokin’ Deep Purple number, “Burn”, Hughes and his competent backing band, which includes John Leven, Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli, Eric Bojfeld and Thomas Larsson, pound their way through a hot eleven song performance. Highlights from this powerful disc include “Lay My Body Down”, “Coast to Coast”, “Owed To G”, “Gettin’ Tighter”, “Lady Double Dealer” and a raging take of “Stormbringer”, which closes out this album.

All hail “The Voice of Rock”…(Jon Fox)

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Personnel:
Eric Bojfeldt (guitar, background vocals)
Ian Haugland (drums)
Glenn Hughes (vocals, keyboards on 07.)
Thomas Larsson (guitar, background vocals)
John Levén (bass)
Mic Michaeli (keyboards, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Burn (Blackmore/Coverdale/Lord/Paice) 6.44
02. The Liar (Beauvoir/Hughes) 4.24
03. Muscle And Blood (Hughes/Thrall) 5.32
04. Lay My Body Down (Hughes/Larsson) 5.09
05. From Now On… (Hughes) 6.00
06. Into The Void (Bojfeldt/Hughes/Michaeli) 7.03
07. Still In Love With You (Hughes) 2.11
08. Coast To Coast Hughes) 6.08
09. This Time Around (Hughes, Lord) 3.33
10. Owed To G (Bolin) 2.49
11. Gettin’ Tighter (Bolin/Hughes) 4.00
12. You Keep On Moving – 7:25 (Coverdale, Hughes) 7.12
13. Lady Double Dealer – 3:45 (Blackmore, Coverdale) 3.25
14. I Got Your Number (Hughes/Thrall) 4.17
15, Stormbringer (Blackmore/Coverdale) 5.10

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Etta James – Mystery Lady – Songs Of Billie Holiday (1994)

FrontCover1Jamesetta Hawkins (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012), known professionally as Etta James, was an American singer who performed in various genres, including gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, and soul. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as “The Wallflower”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind”. She faced a number of personal problems, including heroin addiction, severe physical abuse, and incarceration, before making a musical comeback in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

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James’s deep and earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. She won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001.[3] She also received a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 2003.[4] Rolling Stone magazine ranked James number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time; she was also ranked number 62 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[5][6] Billboard’s 2015 list of “The 35 Greatest R&B Artists Of All Time” also included James, whose “gutsy, take-no-prisoner vocals colorfully interpreted everything from blues and R&B/soul to rock n’roll, jazz and gospel.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called hers “one of the greatest voices of her century” and says she is “forever the matriarch of blues.”

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James was hospitalized in January 2010 to treat an infection caused by MRSA, a bacterium resistant to many antibiotics. During her hospitalization, her son Donto revealed to the public that she had been previously diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008.

James was diagnosed with leukemia in early 2011. The illness became terminal, and her husband Artis Mills was appointed sole conservator of the James estate and to oversee her medical care. She died on January 20, 2012, five days before her 74th birthday, at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California. Her death came three days after that of Johnny Otis, the man who had discovered her in the 1950s. Thirty-six days after her death, her sideman Red Holloway also died.

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Her funeral was presided over by the Reverend Al Sharpton and took place in Gardena, California eight days after her death. Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera gave musical tributes. She was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles County, California. (wikipedia)

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Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday is the eighteenth studio album by Etta James, released in 1994. The album reached a peak position of number two on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart and won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

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The popular Etta James usually performs raunchy single-entendre blues, so this surprisingly subtle outing is a real change of pace. She sounds quite laid-back on a set of ballads associated with Billie Holiday and utilizes a jazz rhythm section led by pianist Cedar Walton plus three horn players, including the great Red Holloway on tenor and alto. James makes no attempts at exploring uptempo material or scatting, sticking to soulful interpretations of the classic ballads. Despite the lack of variety in tempos, the music is quite satisfying. (by Scott Yanow)

I would say it’s very, very good. Ms James is in great voice, the band is first class, and the production is impeccable. The concentration on slow ballads is a positive for me. It gives the album a consistent feel, and it’s a record I often play end-to-end. (Steve Ford)

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Personnel:
Ronnie Buttacavoli (flugelhorn, trumpet)
Tony Dumas (bass)
Red Holloway (saxophone)
Etta James (vocals)
Kraig Kilby (trombone)
Ralph Penland (drums, percussion)
Josh Sklair (guitar)
Cedar Walton (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. Don’t Explain (Herzog, Jr./Holiday) 5.19
02. You’ve Changed (Carey/Fischer) 4.37
03. The Man I Love (G.Gershwin/I.Gershwin) 4.30
04. I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance (With You) (Young/Washington/Crosby) 4.19
05. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) (Davis/Sherman/Ramirez) 5.26
06. Embraceable You (G.Gershwin/I.Gershwin) 3.58
07. How Deep Is The Ocean (Berlin) 4.20
08. (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over (Magidson/Wrubel) 5.48
09. Body And Soul (Green/Heyman/Sour/Eyton) 4.19
10. The Very Thought Of You (Noble) 4.34
11. I’ll Be Seeing You (Kahal/Fain) 4-42

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Martin Barre – A Trick Of Memory (1994)

FrontCover1Martin Lancelot Barre (born 17 November 1946) is an English guitarist best known for his longtime role as lead guitarist of British rock band Jethro Tull, with whom he recorded and toured from 1968 until the band’s initial dissolution in 2011. Barre played on all of Jethro Tull’s studio discography except for their 1968 debut album This Was and their 2022 album The Zealot Gene. In the early 1990s he began a solo career, and has recorded several albums as well as touring with his own live band.

He has also played the flute and other instruments such as the mandolin, both on stage for Jethro Tull and in his own solo work.

Martin Barre was born in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England, on 17 November 1946. His father was an engineer who had wanted to play clarinet professionally. Barre played flute at his grammar school. When Barre bought his first guitar, his father gave him albums by Barney Kessel, Johnny Smith and Wes Montgomery to broaden his musical perspectives.

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In college he studied architecture at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) for three years, but did not complete his studies after failing Spanish and Atomic Science, subjects that he found to have little to do with designing buildings. After designing a road junction in Birmingham, England, he decided that a career in architecture was too boring, and switched to music.

In 1966 he moved to London with his friend, Chris Rodger, who had played saxophone in their previous band, the Moonrakers. In London, Barre and Rodger got an audition for a band called the Noblemen, who were looking for two saxophonists. Barre bought a tenor saxophone, and after two days of practice was able to bluff his way through the audition.[2] The band subsequently changed its name to the Motivation, and backed visiting soul artists such as the Coasters, the Drifters and Lee Dorsey. The band evolved through several musical styles, from soul to R&B to pop, and in 1967 changed its name to the Penny Peeps. By this time Barre was playing lead guitar. As the Penny Peeps the band released two singles in 1968, “Little Man With a Stick” backed by “Model Village”, and “I See the Morning” backed with “Curly, Knight of the Road”. Finally in mid-1968 they became a blues band named Gethsemane, and played in pubs all over England, with Barre playing guitar and flute.

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When Gethsemane and the band Jethro Tull played at a blues club called the Van Dyke in Plymouth, the members of the two bands got acquainted. Then, four months later, while Gethsemane was playing in London and about to break up because of lack of money, Jethro Tull’s manager, Terry Ellis, sent his card up from the audience asking Barre to audition for Jethro Tull. The audition did not go well. Barre was so nervous that he barely played; but he arranged a second audition. This time he was offered the job. He spent the Christmas holidays of 1968 learning material that was to become the album Stand Up.

On the first album that Barre recorded with Jethro Tull, Stand Up, he said that he was: “terrified because I had just joined the band. It really showed a change in direction for the band and when it was accepted and became a successful album, we gained a lot of confidence. We extended that confidence into the making of Benefit, in which we were a lot more at ease.” On the next album, the world success Aqualung, Barre was more confident, stating that in the recording: “Everybody [the band] had input into the making of the album.”

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In the following period, his solos blended virtuosity with classical music, such as on Minstrel in the Gallery, where the opening track has a four-minute solo, or his piece (shared with Barrie Barlow) “Conundrum” and “Quatrain” on Bursting Out. Barre declared that much of the material from Jethro Tull catalogue was written by himself and Ian Anderson, with Anderson getting the credit for writing the lyrics and having the initial idea for the music: “then I, or someone else in the band, contribute parts to it.” Two albums on which Barre is credited with having contributed “additional material”, Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses, are two of those which, he has stated, show his best About the end of his involvement in Tull, Barre stated in 2015 that “It’s important that people realize there will never be a Jethro Tull again. There will be two solo bands: the Ian Anderson Band and the Martin Barre Band, and long may they exist, and long may they enjoy playing music. I’m not being pedantic. I always hate to hear, ‘Oh, you’ve left Jethro Tull.’ I haven’t really. Ian wanted to finish Jethro Tull, wanted to stop the band completely.”

When Anderson reunited Jethro Tull in 2017 for their 50th anniversary tour, Barre was not asked to return.

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On one track of 1994’s A Trick of Memory, Barre plays a guitar given to him by friend Mark Mancina. On the album, King Crimson alumnus Mel Collins plays the saxophone, and Fairport Convention’s Maartin Allcock and Ric Sanders appear on a couple of tracks, and Andy Giddings plays Hammond organ. According to the AllMusic review: “the dominant sound is Barre’s guitars, soaring, crunching, grinding, or noodling gently, either blues or English folk tunes”; to the reviewer, the album is “a decent debut album”.[10] A Summer Band was released only in limited edition.

In 2003, on his album Stage Left, Barre used an unusual electric guitar style shaped by folk/acoustic and hard rock elements. It was his first album to be released in the United States. In the album, Barre shows his style of playing with “tricky and complicated” melodies, being always “elegant, even when he’s rocking hard”.

In 2012, with the end of Jethro Tull touring, Martin assembled a band to tour and record the compilation/live titled Martin Barre. The line up included former Tull members Jonathan Noyce and Doane Perry (who split duties with drummer Fred Moreau), John Mitchell, and guitarist Pat O’May.

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In 2014, Barre announced that he would tour as an acoustic quartet (including Dan Crisp and Alan Bray) to promote Away With Words, which was well received by the Prog Magazine, saying that in the album, “Barre has taken an imaginative approach to his own past by readdressing many of his favourite, often more obscure, nuggets from lull’s [sic] vast cache, chiefly on acoustic guitar.” Later in 2014 a new album was announced to be released that September, called Order of Play, which was a louder electric record.

Barre announced his sixth solo album in 2015. Called Back to Steel, Barre says the album is a blues rock recording. It was followed by Roads Less Travelled in 2018.

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Martin Barre commenced a tour of the U.S. in the spring of 2019 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his joining Jethro Tull and the release of Stand Up. On the tour he was supported by his band consisting Alan Thomson (bass), Dan Crisp (guitar and vocals) and Darby Todd (drums), along with special guests (former Tull members) Dee Palmer on keyboards and Clive Bunker on drums. The band were completed with Ali Humphries and Becca Langsford on backing vocals. The show was presented with a full multimedia backing show provided by fans from The Jethro Tull Group. A new double CD album release was available at the shows. MLB is a celebration of 50 years of Jethro Tull as arranged and performed by Martin, his band and guests.

In August 2019, Barre appeared again at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention.

For 2020, Barre had planned to celebrate 50 years of Jethro Tull music with a world tour. However, most shows were cancelled or rescheduled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Adam Wakeman, Clive Bunker and Dee Palmer were scheduled to be guest musicians in several presentations. (wikipedia)

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And here´s his first solo studio album.

Another view of an underrated guitar hero:
When people talk about blues guitar heroes they talk about Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Paul Kossoff. But inexplicably they never seem to mention the hugely talented Martin Barre.

For many years he has provided, along with Ian Anderson, the musical backbone of Jethro Tull, showing off his ability in a range of styles to provide an essential part of the band’s sound. But he has always been a little hidden behind Anderson’s light. So it was with great pleasure I listened to this, his first (I think) solo album in which he gets to express himself.

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A set of largely instrumental numbers, based around electric blues but with many twists and other influences thrown in, this is an album that shows him doing what he does best, making the guitar sing. Filled with awry humour, and some outstanding fret work, this feels a personal album at times but one that really entertains and gives a good insight into the man behind the guitar.

An excellent album, highly recommended. (Victor)

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Personnel:
Martin Barre (guitar, vocals, flute)
Andy Giddings (keyboards, bass on 12.)
Marc Parnell (drums, percussion)
Matt Pegg (bass)
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Martin Allcock (bass on 04.)
Mel Collins (saxophone on 01., 03., 05., 07., 09., 11.)
Rob Darnell (percussion on 01., 02, 05. – 09., 12., 13.  vocals on 02., 08., 10, harmonica on 10.)
Wilf Gibson (violion on 14.)
Tom Glendinning (drums on 02., 09.)
Garfield Jackson (viola on 14.)
Marc Johnstone (keyboards on 01.)
Malinda Maxwell (oboe on 14.)
Nick Pentelow (saxophone on 07., 11.)
Tony Pleeth (cello on 14.)
Maggie Reeday (vocals on 07.)
Ric Sanders (violin on 04.)
Richard Sidwell (trumpet on 05., 07., 11.)
Steve Sidwell (trumpet on 05., 11.)
Mark Tucker (guitar, background vocals on 10.)
Graham Ward (drums on 04.)
Gavyn Wright (violin on 14.)
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Katie Kirssoon* – Linda Taylor – Weston Forster – Ian Frances – Joy Russell

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Tracklist:
01. Bug 4.07
02. Way Before Your Time 4.36
03. Bug Bee 0.48
04. Empty Cafe 2.05
05. Suspicion 4.23
06. I Be Thank You 2.16
07. A Blues For All Reasons 7.14
08. A Trick Of Memory 4.09
09. Steal 4.48
10. Another View 1.43
11. Cold Heart 5.21
12. Bug C 0.50
13. Morris Minus 3.03
14. In The Shade Of The Shadow 4.06

All songs written by Martin Barre

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Various Artists – If I Were A Carpenter (1994)

FrontCover1The Carpenters (officially known as Carpenters)[a] were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (born 1946). They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining Karen’s contralto vocals with Richard’s harmonizing, arranging and composition skills. During their 14-year career, the Carpenters recorded 10 albums along with numerous singles and several television specials.

The siblings were born in New Haven, Connecticut, and moved to Downey, California, in 1963. Richard took piano lessons as a child, progressing to California State University, Long Beach, while Karen learned the drums. They first performed together as a duo in 1965 and formed the jazz-oriented Richard Carpenter Trio followed by the middle-of-the-road group Spectrum.

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Signing as Carpenters to A&M Records in 1969, they achieved major success the following year with the hit singles “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”. The duo’s brand of melodic pop produced a record-breaking run of hit recordings on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, and they became leading sellers in the soft rock, easy listening and adult contemporary music genres. They had three number-one singles and five number-two singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and 15 number-one hits on the Adult Contemporary chart, in addition to 12 top-10 singles.

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The duo toured continually during the 1970s, which put them under increased strain; Richard took a year off in 1979 after he had become addicted to Quaalude, while Karen suffered from anorexia nervosa. Their joint career ended in 1983 when Karen died from heart failure brought on by complications of anorexia. Extensive news coverage surrounding these circumstances increased public awareness of eating disorders. Their music continues to attract critical acclaim and commercial success. They have sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

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If I Were a Carpenter is a 1994 tribute album to The Carpenters. It features alternative rock bands covering the songs of Richard and Karen Carpenter.

The cover is a cartoon-like drawing of Richard and Karen Carpenter listening to an LP album against an orange background. Richard Carpenter has said that he doesn’t “care for” the version of “Superstar” by Sonic Youth.

The album was the brainchild of Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Replacements, Faith No More) and David Konjoyan.

The album, and specifically the Sonic Youth cover of “Superstar,” featured prominently in the 2007 film Juno; “Superstar” was included on the Juno soundtrack. (wikipedia)

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Released among a bevy of tribute albums toasting the likes of Charles Mingus and Neil Young, If I Were a Carpenter registers as one of the best of the lot, with spot-on performances of Carpenters classics from the ’70s. Unlike many tribute collections, this CD gets it right most of the time, thanks to a lineup of artists suited to the duo’s wide-screen pop mix. Matthew Sweet, the Cranberries, Sheryl Crow, Grant Lee Buffalo, and Cracker deliver the most straightforward interpretations here, informing the likes of “Solitaire” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” with the same amount of moody tenderness that made the originals so effective. On the other end of the spectrum, Sonic Youth gives “Superstar” a nicely claustrophobic and feedback-addled turn, while Bettie Severt brings its Neil Young-inspired guitar attack to bear on “For All We Know.”

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On other fronts, Shonen Knife and Babes in Toyland contribute giddy lo-fi readings and Dishwalla and 4 Non Blondes go in for brooding swagger. Finally, American Music Club and Redd Kross get special mention for their tailored-made and respective helpings of despair and dreamy ’70s sensibility on “Goodbye to Love” and “Yesterday Once More.” And, while being impressed by the sheer range and originality of these interpretations, listeners will also discover the overlooked songwriting talents of Paul Williams, Roger Nichols, Leon Russell, Neil Sedaka, and Richard Carpenter. A must for the post-punk-savvy Carpenters fan. (by Stephen Cook)

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Tracklist:
01. American Music Club: Goodbye To Love (Bettis/R.Carpenter) 3.12
02. Shonen Knife: Top of the World (Bettis/Busby) 3.56
03. Sonic Youth: Superstar (Bramlett/Russell) 4.08
04. The Cranberries: (They Long to Be) Close To You (Bacharach/David) 2.41
05. Bettie Serveert: For All We Know (Griffin/Karlin/Wilson) 3.28
06. Dishwalla:  It’s Going To Take Some Time (King/Stern) 4.18
07. Sheryl Crow: Solitaire (Cody/Sedaka) 4.45
08. Marc Moreland & Johnette Napolitano: Hurting Each Other (Geld/Udell) 4.12
09. Redd Kross: Yesterday Once More (Bettis/R.Carpenter) 3.59
10. Babes In Toyland: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (Klaatu) 4.09
11. Cracker: Rainy Days And Mondays (Nichols/Williams) 3.46
12. Matthew Sweet: Let Me Be The One (Nichols/Williams) 3.27
13. 4 Non Blondes: Bless The Beasts And Children (Botkin, Jr./De Vorzon) 4.19
14. Grant Lee Buffalo: We’ve Only Just Begun (Nichols/Williams) 3.51
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Annie Lennox – Medusa + Live In Central Park (1995)

FrontCover1Ann Lennox OBE (born 25 December 1954) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band the Tourists, she and fellow musician Dave Stewart went on to achieve international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics. Appearing in the 1983 music video for “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” with orange cropped hair and wearing a man’s business suit, the BBC states, “all eyes were on Annie Lennox, the singer whose powerful androgynous look defied the male gaze”. Subsequent hits with Eurythmics include “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” and “Here Comes the Rain Again”.

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Lennox embarked on a solo career in 1992 with her debut album, Diva, which produced several hit singles including “Why” and “Walking on Broken Glass”. The same year, she performed “Love Song for a Vampire” for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Her 1995 studio album, Medusa, includes cover versions of songs such as “No More ‘I Love You’s'” and “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. To date, she has released six solo studio albums and a compilation album, The Annie Lennox Collection (2009). With eight Brit Awards, which includes being named Best British Female Artist a record six times, Lennox has been named the “Brits Champion of Champions”. She has also collected four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard. In 2004, she received the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Into the West”, written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

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Lennox’s vocal range is contralto. She has been named “The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive” by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. In 2012, she was rated No. 22 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music. In June 2013 the Official Charts Company called her “the most successful female British artist in UK music history”. As of June 2008, including her work with Eurythmics, Lennox had sold over 80 million records worldwide. As part of a one-hour symphony of British Music, Lennox performed “Little Bird” during the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London. At the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, Lennox was made a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, the first woman to receive the honour. Lennox (and Eurythmics partner Dave Stewart) was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2020 and the duo were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022.

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In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is also a political and social activist, raising money and awareness for HIV/AIDS as it affects women and children in Africa. She founded the SING Campaign in 2007 and founded a women’s empowerment charity called The Circle in 2008. In 2011, Lennox was appointed an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for her “tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes”. On 4 June 2012, she performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace. In 2017, Lennox was appointed Glasgow Caledonian University’s first female chancellor

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Medusa is the second solo studio album by Scottish singer Annie Lennox, released on 6 March 1995 by RCA Records. It consists entirely of cover songs. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1 and peaked in the United States at number 11, spending 60 weeks on the Billboard 200. It has since achieved double platinum status in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

The album yielded four singles in the United Kingdom: “No More I Love You’s” (which entered the UK Singles Chart at number 2, becoming Lennox’s highest-peaking solo single), “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, “Waiting in Vain” and “Something So Right”.

Lennox explains the origins of the album in the liner notes:

This album contains a selection of songs I have been drawn to for all kinds of reasons. There were not chosen with any particular theme or concept in mind—the method was more by instinct than by design. The work undertaken was truly a labour of love for me and I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity.

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The album was nominated for Best Pop Album at the Grammy Awards of 1996, losing to Turbulent Indigo by Joni Mitchell. Lennox took home the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award for her work on the first single “No More I Love You’s”. This album was re-released in late 1995 in a double jewel case containing the album Medusa and a nine-track bonus CD featuring the studio version of Paul Simon’s “Something So Right” (with Simon guesting on vocals and guitar) and eight tracks recorded live from the concert in Central Park: “Money Can’t Buy It”, “Legend in My Living Room”, the Eurythmics singles “Who’s That Girl?”, “You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart” and “Here Comes the Rain Again”, along with “Why”, “Little Bird” and “Walking on Broken Glass”.

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Professional reviews for Medusa were mixed, ranging from favourable to outright hostile. AllMusic notes that critics “savaged” the album upon release: Trouser Press was probably the most severe in its criticism, characterising Lennox’s interpretations of classic material as “obvious”, “milquetoast” and “willfully wrongheaded”. Reviewer Ira Robbins did single out the track “No More I Love You’s” for genuine, if backhanded, praise: “The only song here that benefits from her ministrations is ‘No More ‘I Love You’s,’ a minor 1986 hit for Britain’s otherwise forgotten The Lover Speaks, and that’s only by dint of the original’s obscurity.” (wikipedia)

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone gave the album a more favourable, though still mixed review:

Annie Lennox called her justifiably popular solo debut Diva, but it’s actually on the follow-up effort Medusa that she really starts acting like one. This wildly uneven album of cover versions starts with perhaps its highest point—a truly wonderful interpretation of “No More I Love You’s”, a relatively obscure British hit by The Lover Speaks. Unfortunately, Lennox doesn’t work the same magic with more familiar material like Al Green’s “Take Me to the River” and Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.

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The critics savaged Annie Lennox’s sophomore effort when it first came out, and it’s easy to see why: it’s not that an all-covers album was a bad idea, but she did pick some rather large shoes to fill and she did kind of run roughshod over the songs themselves, taking gritty material by the likes of Neil Young and the Clash and turning it into super-slick electro-pop ear candy. But on the other hand, candy sometimes really hits the spot, and Lennox’s rendition of “No More I Love You’s” by the ultra-obscure British pop band the Lover Speaks is ravishingly, heartbreakingly lovely. Those who have never heard the Clash’s original version of “Train in Vain” might not find her version as objectionable as the critics did, either. But there’s no arguing with the critics when it comes to her anemic take on the Al Green classic “Take Me to the River” or her equally numb rendition of Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down.” Those who have given up on looking cool, however, might find themselves able to enjoy her gentle arrangement of “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” Don’t pay full price for this, but snap it up if you find it in a bargain bin somewhere. (by Rick Anderson)

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Personnel:
Annie Lennox (vocals, keyboards, flute)
Stephen Lipson (programming, guitar, keyboards, bass)
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Matthew Cooper (keyboards)
Dann Gillen (drums)
Danny D (programming)
Pandit Dinesh (tabla)
Mark Feltham (harmonica)
Luís Jardim (percussion, bass)
Judd Lander (harmonica)
James McNally (accordion)
Tony Pastor (guitar)
Andy Richards (keyboards)
Steve Sidelnyk (programming)
Kirampal Singh (santoor)
Peter-John Vettese (keyboards)
Marius de Vries (keyboards, programming)
Doug Wimbish (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. No More ‘I Love You’s (Freeman/Hughes) 4.52
02. Take Me To The River (Green/Hodges) 3.33
03. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Brooker/Reid) 5.16
04. Don’t Let It Bring You Down (Young) 3.38
05. Train In Vain (Strummer/Jones) 4.44
06. I Can’t Get Next To You (Whitfield/Srong) 3.08
07. Downtown Lights (Buchanan) 6.44
08. Thin Line Between Love And Hate (Richard Poindexter/Robert Poindexter/Members) 4.54
09. Waiting In Vain (Marley) 5.40
10. Something So Right (Simon) 3,56
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11. Money Can’t Buy It (Lennox) 4.41
12. Legend In My Living Room (Lennox/Vettese) 3.48
13. Who’s That Girl? (Lennox/Stewart) 4.25
14. You Have Placed A Chill in My Heart (Lennox/Stewart) 5.20
15. Little Bird (Lennox) 5.23
16. Walking On Broken Glass (Lennox) 3.56
17. Here Comes The Rain Again (Lennox/Stewart) 5.52
18. Why (Lennox) 5.04
19. Something So Right (studio version) (featuring Paul Simon) (Simon) 3.48
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20. Live In Central Park, New York City, September 9th, 1975 (uncut edition)  43.17
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321. Heaven (single B-side) (R.Butler/T.Butler) 4.58

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Seal – Same (1994)

FrontCover1Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963), known professionally as Seal, is a British singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He has sold over 20 million records worldwide. These include hit songs “Crazy” and “Killer”, the latter of which went to number one in the UK, and his most celebrated song, “Kiss from a Rose”, which was released in 1994. Seal is renowned for his distinctive soulful singing voice.

Seal has won multiple awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards; he won Best British Male in 1992. He has also won four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. As a songwriter, Seal received two Ivor Novello Awards for Best Song Musically and Lyrically from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for “Killer” (1990) and “Crazy” (1991).

He was a coach on The Voice Australia in 2012 and 2013,[10] and returned to Australia to work as a coach in 2017.

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Seal (sometimes referred to as Seal II to avoid confusion with the 1991 album of the same name) is the second eponymous studio album by British singer Seal. The album was released in 1994 on ZTT and Sire Records and features the worldwide smash hit single “Kiss from a Rose”.

The image on the cover has since become nearly synonymous with Seal, in that it has Seal01appeared on several singles covers and was reused for his greatest hits album. (wikipedia)

Fresh from his 1991 self-titled debut, Seal followed with another self-titled release. And true to form, it’s another stunning work, although it becomes clear that a musical maturation has taken place. Produced by ex-Buggles frontman Trevor Horn (Pet Shop Boys, ABC, Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Seal is far more enchanting than his debut. True, Seal is a bit too relaxed at times, but aside from that criticism, the record is lush with harmonies and over-the-top melodies. “Don’t Cry” flows with the luxuriant vibes of a hushed vocal and a bellowing string arrangement. Seal showcases his collaborative talent with “If I Could,” a duet featuring Canadian folkie Joni Mitchell. “Kiss from a Rose” and “Prayer for the Dying” established Seal as a household name after both became radio and television mainstays. The soul is there, hauntingly similar to singer Terence Trent D’Arby. But what’s so unique about Seal is his gift of transforming free-flowing songs into quick dancefloor tracks with a transcendent step into musical magic. His voice has a spell like that, and his second album reflects such skills. (by MacKenzie Wilson)

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Gus Isidore, Jamie Muhoberac, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin – principal musicians
Joseph “Amp” Fiddler, Andy Duncan, Andy Newmark, Anne Dudley, Anthony Pleeth, Barry Wilde, Ben Cruft, Betsy Cook, Bill Benham, Bob Smissen, Boguslaw Kostecki, Carmen Rizzo, Charley Drayton, Chris Bruce, Chris Laurence, D’Influence, David Oladunni, David Theodore, Derek Watkins, Dick Morgan, Eddie Roberts, Garfield Jackson, Gavyn Wright, George Robertson, Gota Yashiki, Harvey Mason, Helen Liebmann, Ian Thomas, Jackie Shave, Jeff Beck, Jim McLeod, John Pigneguy, Jonathan Evans-Jones, Judd Proctor, Katie Wilkinson, Laurence Cottle, Luís Jardim, Maciej Rakowski, Mark Berrow, Mark Mann, Martin Loveday, Mike Brittain, Mike De Saulles, Nick Busch, Pandit Dinesh, Patrick Kiernan, Paul Kegg, Perry Montague-Mason, Peter Oxer, Phil Spalding, Pino Palladino, Richard Cottle, Rita Manning, Roger Garland, Roger Smith, Sam Maitland, Sarah Webb, Seal, Tim Weidner, Tony Stanton, Trevor Horn, Wilfred Gibson, William Orbit

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Tracklist:
01. Bring It On (Bruce/Coleman/Melvoin/Rizzo/Isidore/Seal) 3.57
02. Prayer For The Dying (Isidore/Seal) 5.29
03. Dreaming In Metaphors (Isidore/Seal) 5.51
04. Don’t Cry (Seal) 6.17
05. Fast Changes (Isidore/Seal) 5.40
06. Kiss From A Rose (Seal) 4.47
07. People Asking Why (Seal) 4.45
08. Newborn Friend (Seal) 4.04
09. If I Could (duet with Joni Mitchell) (Seal) 4.16
10. I’m Alive (Coleman/Melvoin/Rizzo/Isidore/Seal) 4.01
11. Bring It On (Reprise) (Bruce/Coleman/Melvoin/Rizzo/Isidore/Seal) 1.15CD1*
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Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jack Bruce & John Stevens – This That (1994)

FrontCover1Richard Malden Heckstall-Smith (26 September 1934 – 17 December 2004) was an English jazz and blues saxophonist. He played with some of the most influential English blues rock and jazz fusion bands of the 1960s and 1970s.

Dick Heckstall-Smith was born in the Royal Free Hospital, in Ludlow, Shropshire, England, and was raised in Knighton, Radnorshire, learning to play piano, clarinet and alto saxophone in childhood. He attended a York boarding school but refused a second term there, instead enrolling in Gordonstoun, where his father had accepted a job as headmaster of the local grammar school.

Heckstall-Smith completed his education at Dartington Hall School, before reading agriculture – and co-leading the university jazz band – at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, from 1953. Aged 15, he had taken up the soprano sax while at Dartington, captivated by the sound of Sidney Bechet. Then Lester Young and tenor saxophonist bebop jazzman Wardell Gray proved to be major influences for him.

DHS01Heckstall-Smith was an active member of the London jazz scene from the late 1950s (including a six-month stint from December 1957 with the band led by clarinettist Sandy Brown). He joined Blues Incorporated, Alexis Korner’s groundbreaking blues group, in 1962, recording the album R&B from the Marquee. The following year, he was a founding member of that band’s breakaway unit, The Graham Bond Organisation. (The lineup also included two future members of the blues-rock supergroup Cream: bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker.)

In 1967, Heckstall-Smith became a member of guitarist-vocalist John Mayall’s blues rock band, Bluesbreakers. That jazz-skewed edition of the band also included drummer Jon Hiseman, bassist Tony Reeves, and future Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. They released the album Bare Wires in 1968.

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From 1968 to 1971, Heckstall-Smith, Hiseman, and Reeves were members of the pioneering UK jazz-rock band Colosseum. The band afforded Heckstall-Smith an opportunity to showcase his writing and instrumental virtuosity, playing two saxophones simultaneously.

When Colosseum broke up in October 1971, Heckstall-Smith recorded solo albums and fronted and played in several other fusion units, including Manchild, Sweet Pain, Big Chief, Tough Tenors, The Famous Bluesblasters, Mainsqueeze, and DHSS. Collaborating musicians common to many of these outfits included Victor Brox, Keith Tillman and harp player John O’Leary, a founder member of Savoy Brown. In the 1980s in his Electric Dream ensemble Heckstall-Smith also worked with the South African percussionist Julian Bahula. From 1983 to 1986 Heckstall-Smith was a member of 3-Space with John James (guitar), fellow Mainsqueeze member Dave Moore (keys), and Chris Billings (bass), with Paul Harris on keys for one tour. Apart from tenor and soprano sax, Heckstall-Smith also played baritone sax in 3-Space.

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Heckstall-Smith participated in a 1990s reunion of the original Colosseum lineup and played in the hard-working Hamburg Blues Band. In 2001 he recorded the all-star project Blues and Beyond, which reunited him with Mayall, Bruce, Taylor, ex-Mayall and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.

Heckstall-Smith published his witty memoirs, The Safest Place in the World, in 1984; an expanded version, retitled Blowing the Blues, was published in 2004. He died aged 70 in 2004, as a result of acute liver failure. (wikipedia)

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And here is one of his great solo-albums … with a trio line up featuring Jack Bruce and John Stevens.

This is of course a jam album, recorded n one day … and we hear the conversations between saxophone and bass .. what a wonderful idea …

… and if you love or like the sound of Dick Heckstall-Smith or Jack Bruce … then this rare album is a must !

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Listen and enjoy !

Recorded Sunday, 13th June 1993

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Personnel:
Jack Bruce (bass, vocals)
Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophone)
John Stevens (drums, trumpet)
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Glen Nightingale (guitar on 01.)

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Tracklist:
01. Within 9.06
02. This Piece 9.52
03. That Piece 11.09
04. Next Piece 5.42
05. Other Piece 13.38
06. Another Piece 5.39
07. Following Piece 7.41
08. Our Peace 7.32

Music composed by: Dick Heckstall-Smith – Jack Bruce – John Stevens
except 01.: composed by John Stevens

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Sean Talamh – Traditional Irish Music (2002)

FrontCover1Here´s an album from a short lived Iris Folk group called Sean Talamh:

Sean Talamh means literally “the old ground” or “old sod” and carries a wider meaning of “Home” or “Ireland”.

What more appropriate name for a
group whose members originate from each of the four provinces of Ireland!

Each member of the group (formed in 1992) brings with him years of diverse musical experience, having performed with some of the finest exponents of Irish traditional music.

The group disbanded in 1995.

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Here is their first (and I guess) last album:

And we hear not only pretty good Irish folk music but also music from the French musette tradition (“Valse Ronde”) and dance tunes as they are known and popular in Bulgaria and Macedonia.(“Le Loup Des Carpathes”).

Without any doubt … this is real rarity in the history of Irish Folk music … a music that can touch all our hearts.

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Personnel:
Kieran Fahy (fiddle, viola)
Noel Harris (guitar, vocals)
Michael Horgan (uilleann pipes, whistle),
Tommy Keenan (C whistle, low whistle)

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01. Scholar (Traditional) / Baldy Man (Fahey) 4.16
02. The Humours Of Flinn (O´Leary) 4.16
03. Belfast Mill (Kahn) 4.53
04. Inisheer -Inis Oirthir (Walsh) 4.48
05. Le Loup Des Carpathes (Landreau) 2.22
06. The Road To Glencar (Traditional) 2.14
07. Valse Ronde (Perroton) 4.25
08. The Rambler From Clare (unknown) 5.04
09. Lament For Eoin Rua (Traditional) 4.30
10. Galway Bay / Belgrave Square (Traditional) 3.52
11. The Three Rascals (Traditionl) 4.45

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I guess I will fly this year to Dublin…and I will go to some record stores … I´m sure I´ll find more beautiful music from Ireland !

Sheryl Crow – Live USA (1995)

FrontCover1Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962)[1] is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country, jazz and blues. She has released ten studio albums, four compilations and two live albums, as well as contributed to several film soundtracks. Her most popular songs include “All I Wanna Do” (1994), “Strong Enough” (1994), “If It Makes You Happy” (1996), “Everyday Is a Winding Road” (1996), “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997, theme song for the James Bond eponymous film), “My Favorite Mistake” (1998), “Picture” (2002, duet with Kid Rock) and “Soak Up the Sun” (2002).

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Crow has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and won nine Grammy Awards (out of 32 nominations) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. As an actress, Crow has appeared on various television series including 30 Rock, Cop Rock, GCB, Cougar Town, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, One Tree Hill and NCIS: New Orleans. (wikipedia)

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And here is an early live recording (unknown venue) of Sheryl Crow. Although this album is a bootleg, I was able to buy it in a regular record shop back then … the copyright situation was still a bit confusing.

Enjoy this concert ! I guess the source is a radio broadcast.

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Personnel:
Roy Scott Bryan (keyboards, guitar)
Sheryl Crow (vocals, guitar)
Wally Ingram (drums)
Tad Wadhams (bass)
Todd Wolfe (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Nobody Needs You When You’re Down (Reach Around Jerk) (Bottrell/Schwartz/Crow) 4.18
2 Leaving Las Vegas (Bottrell/Baerwald/Ricketts/Gilbert/Crow) 6.34
03. Strong Enough (Bottrell/MacLeod/Baerwald/Ricketts/Gilbert/Crow) 3.54
04 Run, Baby, Run (Bottrell/Baerwald/Crow) 5.53
05. The Na-Na Song (Bottrell/MacLeod/Baerwald/Ricketts/Gilbert/Crow) 6.52
06. No One Said It Would Be Easy (Bottrell/Schwartz/Gilbert/Crow) 6.39
07. What Can I Do For You (Baerwald/Crow) 6.52
08. Can’t Cry Anymore (Bottrell/Crow) 4.45
09. I Shall Believe (Bottrell/Crow) 5.22

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Boston – Walk On (1994)

FrontCover1Boston is an American rock band from namesake Boston, Massachusetts, that had its most notable successes during the 1970s and 80s. The band’s core members on their most popular recordings included multi-instrumentalist founder and leader Tom Scholz, who played the majority of instruments on the debut album, and lead vocalist Brad Delp, among a number of other musicians who varied from album to album. Boston’s best-known songs include “More Than a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind”, “Foreplay/Long Time”, “Rock and Roll Band”, “Smokin'”, “Don’t Look Back”, “A Man I’ll Never Be”, and “Amanda”. The band has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, including 31 million albums in the United States, of which 17 million were from its self-titled debut album and seven million were for its second album, Don’t Look Back, making the group one of the world’s best-selling artists. Altogether, the band has released six studio albums over a career spanning over 46 years. Boston was ranked the 63rd best hard rock artist by VH1.

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After Delp’s death in 2007, a number of other vocalists have taken the stage; currently the lead singer is Tommy DeCarlo. Other current[when?] members of the band include multi-instrumentalist and singer Beth Cohen, guitarist Gary Pihl, bassist Tracy Ferrie, drummer Jeff Neal and percussionist Curly Smith.

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Walk On is the fourth studio album by American hard rock band Boston, released on June 7, 1994 by MCA Records. It is the first album not to feature vocalist Brad Delp, though he did assist in the writing. Vocal duties were handled by Fran Cosmo, making this his first appearance on a Boston album. Delp and Cosmo shared leads during the album’s supporting tour and the album’s follow-up Corporate America.

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After the success of their 1986 album Third Stage, the band began planning a follow-up and writing for Walk On, which began in 1988. However, due to the increased friction and disagreements between guitarist/bandleader Tom Scholz and singer Brad Delp, the latter left the band in 1989 to join original Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau in forming a new band, named RTZ. Soon after, Fran Cosmo was hired and introduced as the new lead singer. Delp returned to Boston to assist in the writing, and shared lead vocals on the subsequent Walk On Tour, though he did not sing on the album. Delp and Cosmo also shared leads on Boston’s next album Corporate America.

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After its release, Walk On peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and yielded the hit “I Need Your Love.” It was certified platinum by the RIAA on September 8, 1994.

The final eight pages of the album’s booklet were titled “Walk On — Against Violence and Cruelty”, and dedicated to preventing domestic abuse and animal cruelty, providing contact information of numerous organizations, including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Humane Society. It was noted that Delp himself was a contributor to these causes. (wikipedia)

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Boston’s long-awaited fourth album, Walk On, which this time took Tom Scholz a full seven years to complete, failed to capture the attention of most AOR fans and became the group’s first record to not spawn a hit single. Perhaps the reason was AOR and classic rock stations began losing their audiences in 1992; more likely, it was because Scholz’s legendary perfectionism didn’t yield the same results it did in the past. Although the production is certainly state of the art and is overflowing with detail, there aren’t any memorable songs or hooks to justify such extravagance. On the surface, the record sounds fine, but there is no substance beneath the layers of gloss. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Boston 4. Not a bad lp, actually very listenable but the 1st Boston lp without Brad Delp. Replacing Brad would be like replacing Robert Plant in that other group. Besides missing Brad’s vocals, the songs here are not memorable as in the 1st 3 lps but most of the Boston sound is intact. (by Art Moy)

I cannot agree with these reviews. The singer did a really good job and we hear that perfect Boston sound as created by Tom Scholz.

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Fran Cosmo (vocals)
Doug Huffman (drums)
Gary Pihl (guitar, clapping)
Tom Scholz (guitar, keyboards, clainet, bass on 01, 02., 08. – 10., drums on 01. + 08., clapping)
David Sikes (bass, background vocals)
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Bob Cedro (guitar, special effects, clapping)
Tommy Funderburk (background vocals)
Sean Olsen (clapping, guitar, flute)

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Tracklist:
01. I Need Your Love (Scholz/Sampson) 5.34
02. Surrender To Me (Scholz/Sikes/Laquidara) 5.33
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Livin’ For You (Scholz) 4.58
04. Walkin’ At Night (instrumental) (Scholz) 2.02
05. Walk On (Scholz/Delp/Sikes) 2.58
06. Get Organ-ized / Get Reorgan-ized (instrumental) (Scholz) 4.28
07. Walk On (Some More) (Scholz/Delp/Sikes) 2.54
08. What’s Your Name (Scholz) 4.28
09. Magdalene (Sikes/Foulke) 5.57
10. We Can Make It (Scholz/Sikes/Cedro) 5.30

Tracks 4, 5, 6 and 7 are all part of one long song (“Walk On Medley”), but were indexed separately on the CD.
On the LP release, “Get Organ-ized” was split across the two sides of the record, with the portion on Side Two named “Get Reorgan-ized”.
“Magdalene” was originally written by the Pennsylvania band Hybrid Ice.

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