VA – Muddy Waters – All-Star Tribute To A Legend (2011)

FrontCover1A number of Blues artists exerted a huge influence on the development of modern popular music, collectively characterizing the approach to amplified music in the late 1940s and early ’50s.

The single most influential one was undoubtedly Muddy Waters. From 1948 until 1955 he pioneered and guided the way, in style, substance and sound, eloquently defining the aggressive, swaggering, Delta-rooted sound with his declamatory vocals and piercing slide-guitar attack, releasing a great number of groundbreaking and timeless, classic records.

His inspired and fundamental music continues to reverberate as excitingly and forcefully through the music of today as it did 50 years ago. (by spincds.com)

And here´s a real great tribute album:

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Recorded on October 11, 1997 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C., an impressive All-Star cast of Blues musicians, including Muddy’s own son Bill Morganfield, turned out to pay homage to the Legendary Muddy Waters, the King of Blues. Features special guests, John Hiatt, Peter Wolf, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Charlie Musslewhite, Robert Junior Lockwood, Big Bill Morganfield, Nick Gravenites, Mem Shannon and Phoebe Snow.

What a concert, what a line-up !

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Personnel:
Barry Goldberg (keyboards)
Tom Cosgrove (guitar)
Steve Holley (drums)
Johnnie Johnson (piano)
Bob Margolin (guitar)
Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica, vocals on 04.)
Paul Ossola (bass)
G.E.Smith (guitar)
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Robert Gravenites (vocals on 06.)
Buddy Guy (guitar, vocals on 03.)
John Hiatt (guitar, vocals on 08.)
Keb’ Mo’ (vocals, guitar on 09.)
Big Bill Morganfield (vocals, bass on 12.13.)
Robert Junior Lockwood (vocals on 11.)
Mem Shannon (guitar, vocals on 07.)
Phoebe Snow (vocals on 10.
Koko Taylor (vocals on 01. + 02.)
Peter Wolf (vocals on 05.)

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Tracklist:
01. Koko Taylor: I’m Ready 3.57
02. Koko Taylor: Long Distance Call 3.00
03. Buddy Guy: She’s 19 Years Old 7.49
04. Charlie Musslewhite: I Got A Rich Man’s Woman 4.47
05. Peter Wolf: Rollin’ & Tumblin’ 2.33
06. Robert Gravenites: Forty Days & Forty Nights 3.36
07. Mem Shannon: Gypsy Woman 3.15
08. John Hiatt: The Same Thing 4.44
09. Keb’ Mo‘: I Can’t Be Satisfied 3.44
10. Phoebe Snow: Just To Be With You 4.48
11. Robert Junior Lockwood: Mean Red Spider 4.13
12. Big Bill Morganfield: Hoochie Coochie Man 5.01
13. Big Bill Morganfield: Got My Mojo Working 2.51
14. Muddy Waters: Trouble No More 2.43
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15.Hidden track (musicians talk about Muddy Waters)

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McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983)
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Savoy Brown – Train To Nowhere (2010)

FrontCover1This is a 2 hour double CD live set from WXXI radio Rochester New York State.

Stunning live set from veteran British Blues man Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown. Featuring Train to Nowhere, Little Red Rooster and a 22 minute version of Louisiana Blues, recorded in 1997 and 1998.

Formed in 1967 and anchored around guitarist Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown’s U.K. take on boogie blues paved the way for the heavier breakthough of British blues-based bands like Cream and Led Zeppelin, and while Savoy Brown don’t have the same critical reputation as these, they were still a bread-and-butter little rocking band. (by Steve Leggett)

So sit back and enjoy the smooth blues that is Savoy Brown, one of the finest blues bands ever !

Disc 1 Track 1 and Disc 2 Track 2 & 3 Recorded Live 9th March 1998 Tampa, FL, USA
Disc 1 Tracks 2-7 and Disc 2 Tracks 1, 4 & 5 Recorded Live 14th August 1997 Rochester, NY, USA

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Personnel:
Al Cash (drums, CD 1 – #2-7; CD 2 – #1, 4, 5)
Nathaniel Peterson (bass, vocals)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, vocals)
‘T’ Xiques (drums, CD 1 -#1; CD 2 -# 2, 3)TracklistCD 1:01)

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Simmonds) 6.15
02. Let It Rock (Simmonds/Raymond) 5.33
03. Train To Nowhere (Youlden) 5.12
04. Bad Shape (Simmonds) 9.06
05. Mr. Browns Boogie (Simmonds) 8.46
06. Stay While The Night Is Young (Youlden) 12.18
07. Savoy Brown Medley: 12.16
07.1. She’s Got A Ring In His Nose And A Ring On Her Hand (Youlden)
07.2 Street Corner Talking (Simmonds/Raymond)
07.3. Hellbound Train (Simmonds/Silvester)
07.4. Wang Dang Doodle (Dixon)
07.5. Tell Mama (Simmonds/Raymond)

CD 2:
01. Little Red Rooster (Dixon) 13.06
02. Mississippi Steam Boat (unknown) 8.30
03. Lookin’ In (Simmonds/Peverett) 8:05
04.Louisiana Blues (Morgenfield) 21.27
05. Little Wheel (Bracken/Hooker)

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Jon Lord – Pictured Within (1997)

FrontCover1Pictured Within was the first studio album from Deep Purple’s Jon Lord in sixteen years. It features performances from Sam Brown, Miller Anderson, Pete York and Thijs van Leer among others. Pictured Within was released in October 1998 by Virgin Classics. “Wait a While”, one of the few non-instrumental tracks off the album, performed by Sam Brown, was issued as a single in 1999. In addition, Jon Lord played a short tour of Germany in May 1999 to promote the album. (by wikipüedia)

Pictured Within is an ambitious project from Jon Lord inspired by classical music. Most of the album is instrumental and orchestral, with the occasional choral voices gracing the lush symphonic textures. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Jon’s solo CD “Pictured Within” (1997) showed a return to a more piano-based and gentler style and was released to great critical acclaim. Jon rarely wrote lyrics but he did for the title track and it has developed into a favourite with both his fans and himself. The album was deeply inspired by Jon’s loss of his parents and deals with grief and the feelings connected to loss of loved ones. (by avie-records.com)

A masterpiece !

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Personnel:
Miller Anderson (vocals)
Mario Argandona (percussion, background vocals)
Sabine Van Baaren (background vocals)
Sam Brown (vocals)
Colin Hodgkinson (bass)
Rick Keller (saxophone)
Haagen Kuhr (cello)
Thijs Van Leer (flute)
Jon Lord (piano)
Christina Lux-York (background vocals)
Serge Mailiard (background vocals)
Stefan Pintev (violin)
Ravi (kora)
Rodrigo Reichel (violin)
Mike Routledge (viola)
Stefan Scheuss (background vocals)
Vytas Sondeckis (cello)
Ina Stock (oboe, cor Anglais)
Frank Struck (french horn)
Pete York (percussion)

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Tracklist:

Part 1 – The Valley:
01. Sunrise 5.47 (5:47)
02. Pictured Within 5.22
03. From the Windmill 6.55

Part 2 – Blue Sky Dreams:
04. Circles Of Stone 2.24
05. Menorca Blue 4.10
06. Evening Song 8.00

Part 3 – Of Heroes And Heroines:
07. Music For Miriam 4.48
08. Arc-En-Ciel 4.29
09. Wait A While 5.57

Part 4 – Beneath A Higher Heaven:
10. Crystal Spa (Kyrie Eleison) 14.40
11.The Mountain-Sunset 5.24
12. A Different Sky 6.49

All music composed by Jon Lord
Lyrics by Jon Lord (“Pictured Within”) and Sam Brown (“Evening Song”, “Wait A While”)
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Pat Metheny – Imaginary Day (1997)

FrontCover1Imaginary Day is an album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1997 by Warner Bros. Records. The album won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, while “The Roots of Coincidence”, an uncharacteristically aggressive song with hard rock-inspired sections, won Best Rock Instrumental Performance. This album marks the final appearance of longtime drummer Paul Wertico, who would leave in 2001 before the recording of Speaking of Now to work on other projects.

The album leans heavily toward world fusion, drawing upon a variety of global influences. Indonesian styles are particularly pronounced, with Balinese gamelan music appearing in “Imaginary Day” and “Into the Dream”. “The Heat of the Day” demonstrates repetitive hints of Iranian folk music. Imaginary Day also showcases the Group’s first (and thus far, only) forays into rock music and drum and bass with “The Roots of Coincidence”. In “The Awakening”, the album concludes with strongly Gaelic melodies. “The Awakening” and “Follow Me” have been played on The Weather Channel during Local on the 8s.

The liner notes use an image substitution cipher throughout. The CD and CD tray can be lined up to one of three different keys (red, yellow or blue) to translate the majority of the liner notes, which include quotations from authors as well as a short essay by Metheny and Rodby. For example, lining up the arrow on the CD to the red square on the CD tray will decode the front cover as “PAT METHENY GROUP IMAGINARY DAY”. Cover art by Stefan Sagmeister. (by wikipedia)

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More than ever, the Pat Metheny Group is into creating thick, exotic, electronic sonic landscapes, and Imaginary Day goes even further out on the cutting edges of technology and global influences than its predecessors. The floating Metheny group signature is often present but with radically reworked textures, and Brazil seems to be off his international itinerary, replaced by whiffs of repetitive Iranian folk music, Balinese gamelan music, and other global influences. Indeed, Metheny only sounds something like his familiar soft-focused self on “A Story Within the Story,” playing what amounts to a fine hard bop solo, and the song-like “Across the Sky.” At all other times, he expands his sonic palette on various guitar synthesizers and newly minted guitar mutations, at one point assigning an entire solo piece, “Into the Dream,” to the 42-string “pikasso guitar,” which sounds like a glittering African zither. “The Roots of Coincidence” is a total departure for the group, a gleefully hard-edged, out-and-out rock piece with thrash metal and techno-pop episodes joined by abrupt jump cuts. Along with his core lineup of Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, and Paul Wertico, Metheny also includes the duo of multi-instrumentalists Mark Ledford and David Blamires adding various horns and things, and four top-line percussionists — Mino Cinelu, Dave Samuels, Glen Velez, and Don Alias — replacing departing member Armando Marcal. Through all the experiments, the Metheny Group’s music remains uplifting, intelligent, and always accessible to the casual and attentive ear in the late ’90s, even as it becomes more portentous. The “words” on the cover art and booklet are written in some kind of strange Esperanto alphabet, with symbols and objects replacing each letter, but there are enough translations in plain English to get you through. (by Richard S. Ginell)

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Personnel:
Lyle Mays (keyboards)
Pat Metheny (guitar, guitar synthisizer)
Steve Rodby (bass, cello)
Paul Wertico (drums)
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Don Alias (percussion)
David Blamires (vocals, guitar, trumpet, violin, mellophone, recorder)
Mino Cinelu (percussion)
Mark Ledford (vocals, flugelhorn, trumpet)
Dave Samuels (percussion)
Glen Velez (percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. Imaginary Day (Metheny/Mays) 10.11
02. Follow Me (Metheny/Mays) 5.56
03. Into The Dream (Metheny) 2.27
04. A Story Within The Story (Metheny/Mays) 8.01
05. The Heat Of The Day (Metheny/Mays) 9.44
06. Across The Sky (Metheny/Mays) 5.13
07. The Roots Of Coincidence (Metheny/Mays) 7.48
08. Too Soon Tomorrow (Metheny) 5.45
09. The Awakening (Metheny/Mays) 9.28

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Snowy White and the Whites Flames – Little Wing (1998)

FrontCover1Little Wing is one of the most adventurous albums in White’s lengthy canon — adventurous and esoteric. The opening “Discoveri” still feels as though it could have emerged from a Peter Gabriel session, at least until White’s guitar kicks into play, and lays waste to all around it. Deeply immersed in the blues, but with an eye for many of the same musical notions that rendered Jeff Beck’s turn-of-the-century output such a wonder, Little Wing packs no less than half a dozen stone cold White classics, including the electrifying power ballad “Long Distance Loving” and a truly eye-opening arrangement of the Jimi Hendrix-penned title track. Indeed, if the album has any downside at all, it’s that the first half is so heavily weighed down with jewels that the remainder simply cannot compete, and the listener’s attention really does start to wander. But there’s a simple solution to that, of course. Just set your player on random, and listen to Little Wing take flight. (by Dave Thompson)

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This is basically the same album as Melting in the US, but with the longer uncut versions of many of the songs. Every song blows me away. There isn’t a bad cut on this album.

When I list my top 10 albums of all time, this one is in that group. Man, this is such a good listen. Blues rock guitar at it’s best.

His vocals… his phrasing… might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but his overall sound, his guitar, the groove and the mood he creates is special. Use your headsets so you don’t miss all the stuff going on in some of the cuts. (by cubs)

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US version called “Melting”

Personnel:
Juan van Emmerlot (drums, percussion, synthesizer, strings)
Walter Latupeirissa (bass, strings)
Snowy White (guitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Discoveri (v.Emmerlot) 3.42
02. Long Distance Loving (White) 8.21
03. I’ll Be Moving On (White) 5.54
04. The More You Live (White) 4.32
05. Little Wing (Hendrix) 4.14
06. That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You (White) 4.11
07. Terpisah (Latupeirissa ) 2.18
08. The First Move (White) 5.31
09. Like The Sun (White) 9.29
10. That Ain’t Right (White) 5.05
11. Melting (White) 4.53

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Lotfi Jormana Group – The Music of Islam Vol 8 – Folkloric Music Of Tunisia (1997)

FrontCover1Ten years in the making, The Music of Islam series recorded in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Qatar represents the most comprehensive sound documentation available to Westerners today, of a world religion dating back to 1/622. Although governed by strict rules for fourteen centuries, contact with other cultures has radically affected Islamic music throughout history. As the world enters the XV/21st century the timing of this collection serves an even larger purpose, documenting the traditions that have survived and will continue to survive for centuries to come. Today, one fifth of the world’s population, one billion people, are Muslims, occupying a large territory stretching from the Atlantic shore of north and west Africa, through west, central, and south Asia to island southeast Asia, and attracting an increasing following in India, western Europe, north America, east Asia, and southern Africa. This is a global presence which cannot be ignored.

According to producer David Parsons this volume was the most difficult in the series, both technically and information-wise. “It was a classic case of trying to record, with one stereo microphone, a group of singers who also played drums”, exclaims Parsons. Yet, however technically challenging it may have been, the end result is nonetheless superb. Two of the most beautiful songs (tracks 2 and 7) on the recording feature the mawwal – a vocal form which usually follows the performance of the layali – vocal improvisations. The form was known as early as the III/9th century where it was described in connection with the working class. Also featured is a modern composition (a rarity in this series) by group leader and vocalist, Lotfi Jormana. As in traditional music, the melodic component of this song is shaped by the concept of maqam – or mode – which governs the construction of melodic phrases, standard melodic formulae, cadential patterns, and vocal range.

Recorded in a house in the medina, the old quarter of the city of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, this volume features the traditional instruments and songs of the folkloric music of Tunisia which thrive as a living testament to the wide spectrum of cultures and practices across the World of Islam.

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Performed by the Lotfi Jormana Group, this volume features the melodic mizwid – Tunisian bagpipe played in the central regions of Tunisia accompanied by percussion. The mizwid has two melody pipes and no drone pipes. In instrumental music the long flowing melodies of the mizwid seem to soar above the pulse of the percussion group. In vocal music, the mizwid echoes, punctuates, and connects individual vocal phrases. (by amazon)

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The mezwed (sounds a little bit like a scottish bagpipe)

North African Islamic music is generally a bit more rousing than other forms that are found in the Middle East proper, probably due to the extended distance from the seats of orthodoxy, which frown upon music in general (the same is true in the other direction — Pakistani Sufi music is also distant from the Middle East and far more rousing). Case in point here, Tunisian folkloric music. There’s extensive use made of a slinking melodic bagpipe to double up over the lead vocalist’s expertise. This is the music that people envision as filling the bazaars of any North African polis. For folks who are already in the know as to this type of music, this isn’t a bad item at all. For those who aren’t, it also wouldn’t be too bad of a place to start (though they should know that all Muslim music is certainly not like this). Also for those ones, a possible gain might be had in looking up some Gnawa ritual music, which holds some subtle similarities. (by Adam Greenberg)

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Personnel:
Khaled Bekir (tambourine)
Fathi Bouguera (double-headed cylindrical drum)
Fathi Dahleb (circular framedrum)
Lotfi Jormana (vocals)
Hichem Sallemi (drum)
Abdessalem Zarga (mezwed)

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Tracklist:
01. Medley 7.22
02. Mawwal 1 4.34
03. Baba Salem 955
04. Leliri Ya Mana (Jormana) 4.12
05. Hay Leli Leli And Ala Bab Souika 10.50
06. El Guelb Ely Yehwek 7.03
07. Mawwal 2 3.47
08. Dhaouit Ayemek And Ma Indich Zahar 10.19
09. Nemdah Laktab 6.58

 

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Texas – White On Blonde (1997)

FrontCover1White on Blonde is the fourth studio album by Scottish rock band Texas, released by Mercury Records in February 1997. The album was the band’s first number one, and became their biggest seller. It has been certified 6x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 1.8 million copies.

The album included five UK Top Ten singles, “Say What You Want” (UK #3), “Halo” (UK #10), “Black Eyed Boy” (UK #5), “Put Your Arms Around Me” (UK #10) and “Insane” (UK #4) which was released as a double A-sided single with “Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)” – a new version of the 1997 hit featuring additional rap vocals by the Wu-Tang Clan.

White on Blonde has been certified 6x Platinum in the UK, which indicates sales of over 1.8 million copies in that territory. The album was also a major success in various European countries, such as France where it peaked at #2 on the French Album Charts. Worldwide, sales of White on Blonde are estimated at around 4-5 million copies.[citation needed] The album was produced by the band themselves, along with Mike Hedges and former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart.

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White on Blonde has received many honours since its release in 1997. It was voted the 86th greatest album of all time by Q magazine readers in 1998. The album is also ranked #34 in Q’s “Best 50 Albums of Q’s Lifetime,” included in Q magazine’s “90 Best Albums Of The 1990s,” and included in Q magazine’s “50 Best Albums of 1997.”

White on Blonde became the first Texas album to top the UK Album Charts and is one of only two Texas albums (along with The Greatest Hits) to be certified 6x Platinum in the United Kingdom.

In 2010, White on Blonde was nominated in the BRIT Awards Best Album in the past 25 years. (by wikipedia)

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Unexpectedly, Texas became a popular sensation prior to the release of White on Blonde when Chris Evans made the soulful single “Say What You Want” the de facto theme song on his morning program on Radio 1. On the strength of his support, Texas was catapulted to previously unthinkable success, and the majority of the fans who thought the number one single was fine shouldn’t have been disappointed with the full-length album. A combination of roots-rock and soul, White on Blonde occasionally has more style than substance, but Sharleen Spiteri’s gorgeous vocals and the band’s professionalism make the record a charming, ingratiating listen. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Eddie Campbell (keyboards)
Richard Hynd (drums)
Ally McErlaine (guitar)
Johnny McElhone (bass)
Sharleen Spiteri (vocals, guitar)
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Gini Ball (strings)
Susan Dench (strings)
Terry Disley (keyboards)
Steven Granville (background vocals)
Sally Herbert (strings)
Claire Miles (strings)
Claire Orsler (strings)
Chris Pitsillide (strings)
Alex Silva (keyboards)
Anne Stephenson (strings)
Roger Ward (guitar)

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01. 0.34 (Introduction) (McElhone/Spiteri) 0.34
02. Say What You Want (McElhone/Spiteri) 3.53
03. Drawing Crazy Patterns (McElhone/Spiteri) 3.52
04. Halo (McElhone/Spiteri     Texas, Mike Hedges     4:10
05. Put Your Arms Around Me (McElhone/Spiteri/Stewart/Hodgens) 4.33
06. Insane (McElhone/Spiteri) 4.45
07. Black Eyed Boy (McElhone/Spiteri/Campbell/Hynd/Hodgens) 3.10
08. Polo Mint City (McElhone/Spiteri) 1.37
09. White On Blonde (McElhone/Spiteri) 3.46
10. Postcard (McElhone/Spiteri) 4.00
11. 0.28 (Interlude) 0.28
12. Ticket To Lie (McElhone/Spiteri/Hodgens) 3.31
13. Good Advice (McElhone/Spiteri/Rae/Christian) 4.50
14. Breathless (McElhone/Spiteri) 3.55

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