Septeto Nacional & Guests – Mas Cuba Libres (1999)

FrontCover1Founded by Havana-born bassist and vocalist Ignacio Piniero in 1927, Septeto Nacional De Ignacio Piniero have played an important role in Cuba’s music for more than seven decades. Pioneers of Son, a rhythmic blend of African and Cuban music that evolved into Salsa, the Mambo, and Latin jazz, the group was the first Son band to incorporate trumpet as a lead instrument.

Attracting global recognition with their performance at the World Exposition in Seville in 1928, Septeto Nacional De Ignacio Piniero were, reportedly, the first band to mention “salsa” in a song, “Echale Salsita,” recorded in 1933.

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The song, composed by Piniero, was adapted by George Gershwin for the opening theme of his “Cuban Overture.” Since Piniero’s death in 1968, following 41 years at the band’s helm, Septeto Nacional De Ignacio Piniero has been directed by a series of leaders. Guitarist and composer Rafael Ortiz, who took over after Piniero’s death, bequeathed the position to lead singer Carlos Embale in 1982. Leaving the band due to illness in 1998, Embale’s leadership was inherited by guitarist Richard Aymee Castro. Remaining true to their original musical roots, Septeto Nacional De Ignacio Piniero continue to serve a dance-inspiring mix of montano, merengue, bolero, rumba, and cha cha cha. (by Craig Harris)

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And this album was recorded in 1999. the seventieth aniversary of its foundation by Ignacio Pineiro in 1927 !

This is a must have for the cuban son-afficionados. It’s solid, great music, in the classical form, that’ll keep you entertained for hours. I have three or four of CDs like this and put them on a loop during the day, haven’t gotten bored of it yet 🙂 If you like those, check out Orgullos de los Soneros, and the Israel Lopez Cachao Descargas CD. As well as the Estrellas de Areitos, which is a bit more coarse but still so much closer to the real stuff that some of what the music industry’s been trying to promote after the BVSC hype (which was good nevertheless to promote the style and introduce listeners to this kind of music – for which I am very graceful). (Herve Bronnimann)

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This is a star-studded album, which will remain on the best selling lists for a long time. Guests include “tresero-magnifico” Pancho Amat, composer/pianist Gonzalo”Rubalcaba”,veteran percussionist “Tata”Guines,rookie singer Bertha Portuondo, veteran sonero Pio Leyva and to increase the historical importance and value of this CD, the last recordings of cuba’s guarachera singer Caridad Cuervo, who unfortunately died right after these recording sessions. All I can say is that by listening to these recordings by the all new Septeto Nacional, I know the great tradition of excellence of this group will continue under its new administration. Excellent job by “Network”. (luis de quesada)

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In the rich flow of wonderful Cuban music reaching our part of the world, this is a true pearl. As the already worldfameous recordings from World Circuit this recording from Network deserves the same world fame. With legends in the son traditions such as Pin Leyva, Francisco Loenel Rodriquez “Pancho Amat”, Guillermo Gonzalez Camejo “Rubalcaba” and the percussion highpriest of Cuba ,Tata Günes, the listener will be merged into the true magic of African-Cuban music tradition. (Susan Rahim)

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Personnel:
Ignacio Esteban Aymme Castro ‘Richard’ (guitar, vocals)
Fernando Carlos Sánchez Chavez (trumpet)
Enrique Abdon Collazo (tres)
Francisco David Oropesa Fernández (percussion)
Apolinar Orlando Aguiar Hernandez (vocals)
Eugenio Rodriguez ‘Raspa’ (vocals, claves, maracas)
Bárbaro Sánchez Illa (bass)
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Tata Güines (percussion)
González ‘Rubalcaba’ (piano)
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vocals:
Pío Leyva – Bertha Portuondo – Caridad Cuervo

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Tracklist:
01. Llora Como Llore (Ramirez) 3.50
02. Oye Como Suena (Leyva) 4.48
03. Sazonabdi (Martínez) 3.34
04. No Jeges con los Santos (Piñeiro) 4.33
05. Arrolla Cubano (Vera) 4.47
06. La Vida Es Una Semana (Ortiz/Ginoris) 4.58
07. La Mulata del Cha Cha Cha (Landa) 5.11
08. Coco Mai Mai (Piñeiro) 3.56
09. Se Te Olvido la Sal (Mena) 4.29
10. Dulce Habanera (Ortiz) 4.06
11. El Mujeriego (Rodriguez) 4.13
12. Alma Rumbera (Blanco) 4.57
13. Uno, Dos y Tres (Ortiz) 3.26
14. Quimera (Daza) 3.28
15. Tu Mi Afinidad (Piñeiro) 3.56

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Ignacio Piñeiro Martínez (May 21, 1888 – March 12, 1969)

 

Carlos Bica & Azul – Twist (1999)

FrontCover1Carlos Bica, born in Lisbon (Portugal) and currently living in Berlin (Germany), is a double bass player and composer.

Bica studied at the Academia dos Amadores de Musica in Lisbon[1] and the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg. He was “Musician of the Year” in Portugal in 1998. He has played at important jazz festivals across Europe and Asia.

He has also composed for several theatres as well as dance and film productions. He worked for many years with Portuguese vocalist Maria João – a cooperation that established him on the international scene. He has also worked with the likes of Portuguese Fado singers Carlos do Carmo, Camané, Cristina Branco, Ana Moura, José Mário Branco, and jazz musicians Ray Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Aki Takase, Paolo Fresu, Julian Argüelles, Frank Möbus, Jim Black, Steve Argüelles, Lee Konitz, Mário Laginha, Matthias Schubert, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Markus Stockhausen, Antonio Pinho Vargas, Alexander von Schlippenbach among others. (by wikipedia)

This is the follow-up to Carlos Bica’s widely acclaimed best-selling album “Azul” that earned delighted reviews everywhere and was voted Jazz Album of the Year in Portugal. The band played big European festivals (e.g. Lissabon, Berlin, Nuremberg) and did several radio productions. Bridging Portuguese roots with creative freedom à la Knitting Factory, Azul gives a new and airy definition of guitar trio aesthetics.

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Bassist Carlos Bica, one of Portugal’s premiere jazz musicians, teams up with drummer Jim Black and electric guitarist Frank Möbius for a zany yet accessible romp through a musical landscape that runs the gamut, from the serene hills of 16th century art song to the beaches of tongue-in-cheek surf music. Bica has a fat, gorgeous cello-romantic tone, perfect when bowed on the opening tango, “Roses for You,” and “Paixao.” Fans of the Portuguese group Madredeus will be familiar with the faraway, melancholy tone of many of the tunes here, not to mention pleasantly surprised by Black’s snickety-snackety ingenuity and Möbius’ shimmering, Bill Frisell-inspired guitar. The ballad, “Sera,” strikes a beautiful balance between arco bass and single-note guitar, the evocative “O Profeta” evolves into waltz-time swing, and the obsessive “Pastilha Elástica” veers toward a jazz/rock trio sound. Actress Ana Brandão contributes a clarion vocal on the pretty renaissance song “Ay! Linda Amiga” (reprised as an instrumental at disc’s end) and a quite wonderfully theatrical and existential delivery of a poem by the Portuguese national poet, Pessoa. A hidden, unlisted take on “Tea for Two” lurks after the last track. Sweet stuff. (by Paul De Barros)

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“Azul has a great spectrum – not at least because the musicians represent very different musical cultures thanks to their origins. This results in an emotionally stamped searching for new sounds” (A Capital, Portugal). “Each member of the trio is exciting as a soloist, accompanist and musical painter. Fusion sounds are locked out. Nevertheless (or just because of that) the music sounds fresh, unused and – beautiful” (Zitty, Germany).

“The musicians dare to leave open spaces – one of the most obvious strenghts of the trio. Southern lightness, highly energetic density, humorous playfulness, dramatical heaviness – all that comes together for a stimulating palette of blue shades” (Jazzthetik, Germany).

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Personnel:
Carlos Bica (bass)
Jim Black (drums, percussion)
Frank Möbus (guitar)
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Tracklist:
01. Roses For You (Bina) 4.06
02. Perfume (Bina) 7.25
03. Ser Pessoa (Bina) 1.14
04. O Profeta (Bina) 7.34
05. Pastilha Elástica (Möbus) 3.34
06. Será (Bina) 3.37
07 D.D. From B. (Bina) 4.37
08. Ay! Linda Amiga (Traditional) 6.24
09. Paixão (Bina) 7:31
10. Twist (Bina) 3.47
11 Ay! Linda Amiga (II) (Traditional) 1.30
12 [hidden silent track] 0.04
13 [hidden silent track] 0.05
14 [hidden silent track] 0.06
15 [hidden silent track] 0.10
16 [hidden silent track] 0.05
17 [hidden silent track] 0.05
18 [hidden silent track] 0:06
19 [hidden silent track] 0.19
20. Tea For Two (hidden bonus track) (Bina) 3.46

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Dixie Chicks – Fly (1999)

FrontCover1Fly is the fifth studio album by American country band Dixie Chicks, released in 1999. The album was very successful for the group, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It has received diamond status by the RIAA on June 25, 2002 in the United States, for shipments of 10 million units.

The tracks “Ready to Run”, “Cowboy Take Me Away”, “Without You”, “Goodbye Earl”, “Cold Day in July”, “Heartbreak Town”, “Some Days You Gotta Dance” and “If I Fall You’re Going Down with Me” were all released as singles; “Sin Wagon” also charted without officially being released. “Some Days You Gotta Dance” was previously recorded by The Ranch, a short-lived country trio founded by Keith Urban in the late 1990s. Urban plays guitar on the Dixie Chicks’ rendition. (by wikipedia)

Wide Open Spaces unveiled the new incarnation of the Dixie Chicks, revealing an eclectic, assured group that was simultaneously rootsy and utterly modern, but if that 1998 de facto debut captured the band just leaving the ground, Fly — perhaps appropriately, given the title — finds the group in full flight, in full possession of their talents.

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This time around, the different sounds they draw upon are more fully integrated, which only makes them more distinctive as a group. Even if the whole of the album feels more of a piece, they still take the time to deliver a slice of pure honky tonk on “Hello Mr. Heartache” and a piece of breakneck bluegrass on the rip-roaring, wickedly clever “Sin Wagon,” which is also one of the group originals here, a collaboration between Natalie Maines and Emily Robison and outside writer Stephony Smith.

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It — along with the Maines-cowritten “Without You,” the Maines/Robison “Don’t Waste Your Heart” and Martie Seidel’s co-written “Ready to Run” and “Cowboy Take Me Away” — showcase the trio’s increasing craft as writers, which is one of the reasons this album sounds unified. But even the outside-written material feels like the group, whether it’s the twangy boogie “Some Days You Gotta Dance,” Patty Griffin’s “Let Him Fly,” the melancholy “Cold Day in July” and, especially “Goodbye Earl” where a wife gets revenge on her abusive husband. Like before, the group moves gracefully between these different styles, with Maines providing a powerful, compelling focus with Robison and Seidel offering sensitive support, and this blend makes Fly a rich, nuanced album that just gets better with repeated listens. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

In other words: This is one of the best Country orientated albums I ever heard  … and … enjoy the great booklet !

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Personnel:
Natalie Maines (vocals)
Emily Robison (guitar, banjo, dobro, vocals, lap steel guitar)
Martie Seidel (fiddle, mandolin, viola, background vocals)
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Blake Chancey (handclapping)
Steve Conn (accordion)
Marcus Hummon (guitar on 01.)
Mike Henderson (guitar on 12.)
Dennis Linde – acoustic guitar on “Goodbye Earl”
Terry McMillan (percussion)
Lloyd Maines (steel guitar)
George Marinelli (guitar on 05. + 12.)
John Mock (concertina, bodhrán, tin whistle)
Greg Morrow (drums)
Steve Nathan (keyboards)
Michael Rhodes (bass)
Tom Roady (percussion)
Charlie Robison (handclapping)
Matt Rollings (keyboards)
Randy Scruggs (guitar)
Adam Steinberg (guitar on 10. + 15.)
Bryan Sutton (guitar on 09.)
Keith Urban (guitar on 11.)
Billy Joe Walker, Jr. (guitar on 01. + 10.)
Paul Worley (guitar, background vocals)
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The “Do-Wrongs”:
Blake Chancey – Paul Worley – Charlie Robison.
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Violins:
Martie Seidel – Carl Gorodetsky – Pamela Sixfin – Lee Larrison – Connie Ellisor  – Alan Umstead – David Davidson – Mary Katherine Van Osdale – David Angell – Janet Askey – Karen Winkelman – Cate Myer – Catherine Umstead

Viola:
Kris Wilkinson – Jim Grosjean – Gary Van Osdale – Monisa Angell

Cello:
Bob Mason – John Catchings

Conducted by Dennis Burnside

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Tracklist:
01. Ready To Run (Hummon/Seidel) 3.52
02. If I Fall You’re Going Down With Me (Berg/Roboff) 3.05
03. Cowboy Take Me Away (Seidel/Hummon) 4.51
05. Cold Day In July (Leigh) 5.12
06. Goodbye Earl (Linde) 4.19
07. Hello Mr. Heartache (Henderson/Hadley) 3.49
08. Don’t Waste Your Heart (Robison/Maines) 2.50
09. Sin Wagon (Maines/Robison/Smith) 3.41
10. Without You (Maines/Silver) 3.32
11. Some Days You Gotta Dance (Johnson/Morgan) 2.30
12. Hole In My Head (Lauderdale/Miller) 3.22
13. Heartbreak Town (Scott) 3.48
14. Ain’t No Thang But A Chicken Wang 0.07
15. Let Him Fly (Griffin) 3.08

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Keith Jarrett – The Melody At Night, With You (1999)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Melody at Night, with You is a solo album by American pianist Keith Jarrett recorded at his home studio in 1998 and released on the ECM label in 1999. It was recorded during his bout with chronic fatigue syndrome and was dedicated to Jarrett’s second and then-wife, Rose Anne: “For Rose Anne, who heard the music, then gave it back to me”.

In an interview in Time magazine in November 1999, he explained ″I started taping it in December 1997, as a Christmas present for my wife. I’d just had my Hamburg Steinway overhauled and wanted to try it out, and I have my studio right next to the house, so if I woke up and had a half-decent day, I would turn on the tape recorder and play for a few minutes. I was too fatigued to do more. Then something started to click with the mike placement, the new action of the instrument,… I could play so soft,… and the internal dynamics of the melodies… of the songs… It was one of those little miracles that you have to be ready for, though part of it was that I just didn’t have the energy to be clever.″

The album contains eight jazz standards, two traditional songs, and, uncharacteristically for Jarrett, only one improvisation (“Meditation”, the second half of track six).

The album was very successful commercially, becoming one of the best-selling jazz instrumental albums of the 2000s, and winning a number of awards; The second track, “I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)”, was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

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The critical reception was more mixed, however, with some critics praising its intimacy, while others criticized its simplicity. On the negative side, the Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 2½ stars (out of 5) and states, “these performances lack color, contrast and life; and while you pull for Jarrett to summon the energy to make music again, the results are touching for awhile [sic] but soon pall”. On the positive side, it was ranked the #2 Jazz album in the Down Beat “Critics Poll 2000”, and Entertainment Weekly rated it an “A”. (by wikipedia)

Tender is the night on what is, perhaps, Keith Jarrett’s most intimate album. It is comprised of solo piano renderings of jazz ballads and folk songs, recorded at home and played with unmistakable affection. Jarrett dispenses with the jazz soloist’s conventional emphasis on dexterity, the ‘clever’ phrase, the virtuosic sleight-of-hand. Instead he strips these songs to their melodic essence and, gently, lays bare their emotional core. (press release)

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Personnel:
Keith Jarrett (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. I Loves You, Porgy (Gershwin/Heyward) 5.46
02. I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) (Ellington/Webster) 7.07
03. Don’t Ever Leave Me (Hammerstein II/Kern) 2.43
04. Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin) 5.04
05. My Wild Irish Rose (Traditional) 5.20
06. Blame It On My Youth/Meditation (Heyman/Levant/Jarrett) 7.15
07. Something To Remember You By (Dietz/Schwartz) 7.12
08. Be My Love (Brodszky/Cahn) 5.37
09. Shenandoah (Traditional) 5.49
10. I’m Through With Love (Kahn/Livingston/Malneck) 2.50

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Jeff Beck – Plus Nobody In Japan (1999)

JeffBackFrontCover1.jpgThis is a great performance by one of the best players ever, if not the best depending on your taste. Jeff has the aid of Jennifer Batten on this show and they perform some of the songs from their sudio albums. If you are a fan of the albums Who Else! and You had it Coming then you will like this CD. This is a sound that is unique to Jeff and an example of a very good performance by him and the band. I saw this tour and it is still one of my favorite shows. Jeff takes 90 % of the solos and Jennifer provides 90% of the backing guitar, keyboard sounds and effects. There is a lot of sound coming from two guitars, a bass and a drum. In fact I kept looking for the keyboard player on the stage, until I realized there wasn’t one. It was Jennifer playing her guitar through the effects she had. You may or may not dig every song played because there is such a huge variety of sounds coming from Jeff’s guitar. But there is enough material on the two discs to justify the price of admission. A Day In the Life is so over the top that it remains one of my favorite concert experiences. But I like it all so I am very pleased with this two CD set. (by Chris)

It’s Jeff- It’s Live and it is very very good. I have a few live outings from Mr Beck and they are all good and all slightly different showing that he just doesn’t go through the motions JeffBeck02when he performs live. This is a very solid and the bass is heavy and driving. Good (but probably not audiophile) recording – if you are a Jeff beck fan you need this in your collection. And if you are a Jeff Beck fan you will know that out of the Great English Guitar Triumvirate (Beck, Page & Clapton) he is the best, the most innovative and the most under rated by the music world. (Ducman)

It sounds better and more acoustically even than a soundboard recorded bootleg I’ve got. The set list is less than an hour and a half, but this CD set is worth twice the price. As I recall, the concert got progressively louder and louder until it became quite painful, but the mastering of these CDs takes care of that. What an enjoyable show to hear again and again. Beck sounds amazing as you might guess, and Jennifer Batten sits prominantly in the mix. She’s a gifted player–but this is Jeff’s show. (David Porter)

A splendid album, all the way around. The audio clarity highlights the astonishing midi playing of Jennifer Batten and her interplay with beck amazes me. There is no keyboard person: the keyboard and synthesizer is Batten. Which gets me to a gripe: I have read reviews saying that Batten plays inaudible guitar. This is simply wrong and evidence of a lack of information that is preposterous in people writing reviews for publication.
Beck is, as always, a joy, delight, inspiration, and unique. (Philosophical Lizard)

I add the official tour programm from this tour through Japan.

Recorded live at the Club Kanagawa Kennin, Kaikan, Japan, May 25, 1999
 excellent soundboard quality

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Personnel:
Steve Alexander (drums)
Jennifer Batten (guitar)
Jeff Beck (guitar)
Randy Hope-Taylor (bass)

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Tracklist
01. What Mama Said (Beck/Batten/Hymas) 3.55
02. Psycho Sam (Hymas) 4.50
03. Brush With The Blues (Beck/Hymas) 6.42
04. Star Cycle (Hammer) 3.52
05. Savoy (Beck/Bozzio/Hymas) 4.17
06. Blast From The East (Hymas) 4.40
07. A Day In The Life (Lennon/McCartney) 5.09
08. Declan (Lunny) 4.02
09. THX 138 (Hymas) 6.23
10. The Pump (Phillips/Hymas) 5.47
11. Led Boots (XXX) 9.18
12. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (Wonders) 4.39
13. Angels (Hymas) 6.34
14. Even Odds (Hammer) 2.44
15. You Never Know (Hammer) 6.15
16. Blue Wind (Hammer) 7.23
17. Where Were You (Beck/Bozzio/Hymas) 3.19
18. Big Block (Beck/Bozzio/Hymas) 7.55

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Gillian Welch and David Rawlings – Nobody Sings Dylan Like Gill ‘n’ Dave (2019)

FrontCover1.jpgIf you saw Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on the Oscars this year, you know they’re amazing. You may not know they are also amazing interpreters of a certain Nobel Prize-winning singer-songwriter. They were featured often on my 40-volume Dylan cover collection “Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan,” but when I heard that the Dave Rawlings Machine had covered “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” at a San Francisco concert last year – opening the show with the first half of the song, and closing it with the second half – I decided it was time to give them their own NSD collection. A year later, here it is.

As always, thanks to the tapers – they are the true heroes of the ROIO world – and to Gill and Dave for daring to test their mettle on these incomparable songs. As you might remember, in the summer of 2015 Gill ‘n’ Dave did a 50th anniversary tribute at the Newport Folk Festival to the historic show at which Dylan first plugged in. Surprisingly, it has never turned up on any of the download sites I frequent, though there is a barely listenable/watchable version on YouTube. If you have a better version to offer, please do; if you don’t want to bother with the nuts and bolts of uploading, let me know and I’ll do it for you.

A few of these songs are featured on other NSD sets, but these are different versions. Finally, please allow me to dedicate this collection to my friend and fellow Dylan fan Erik, who first introduced me to Gill ‘n’ Dave’s music in 1996 by giving me a copy of “Revival” and telling me I’d love it. I did, and I still do. (jeffs98119 at dime)

Various dates and venues. Mix of audience and soundboard recordings
between 1996 and 2018

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Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch (Oscar 2019)

Personnel:
Dave Rawlings Machine (on 01., 03., 05., 07., 11. + 13.)
The Esquires (on 02. + 09.)
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings (on 04., 06., 08., 10. + 12.)

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Tracklist:
01. Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts (1) (Mar 1, 2018, Fillmore, San Francisco, CA) 7.36
02. Gotta Serve Somebody (Sep 27, 1999, Radio Cafe, Nashville, TN) 7.31
03. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Oct 4, 2007, Tangier Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA) 5.00
04. I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine (Aug 21, 1996, Acoustic Coffee House, Nederland, CO) 3.42
05. As I Went Out One Morning (Sep 24, 2014, Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA) 5.32
06. Billy (Nov 18, 1998, Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO) 6.13
07. Oh, Sister (Mar 8, 2018, McDonald Theater, Eugene, OR) 5.10
08. Goin’ to Acapulco (Oct 13, 2004, McDonald Theatre, Eugene, OR) 5.53
09. Quinn The Eskimo (Sep 27, 1999, Radio Cafe, Nashville, TN) 3.29
10. Odds And Ends (Aug 2004, WXPN Studios/World Café session, Philadelphia, PA) 2.58
11. Queen Jane Approximately (Jun 20, 2014, Town Park, Telluride, CO) 10.28
12. Mr Tambourine Man (Oct 3, 2015, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA) 6.07
13. Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts 2 (Mar 1, 2018, Fillmore, San Francisco, CA) 5.05

All songs written by Bob Dylan

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The Brandos – Live At Loreley (2018)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Brandos are an American rock band formed in 1985 in New York City by Dave Kincaid (vocals, guitar), Ernie Mendillo (bass, vocals), Ed Rupprecht (guitar, vocals) and Larry Mason (drums, vocals).

The Brandos achieved commercial success in the United States in 1987 with the release of their first album, Honor Among Thieves and the single “Gettysburg”. They have also established a strong fan base in Europe, where they have done promotion and extensive touring since the late 1980s. They have occasionally made it high on the record charts in countries such as the Netherlands.

In 2010 the recordings from the 2004 Irish Tour were mixed and the live album David Kincaid and The Brandos – Live in Europe was released on Dec. 1, 2010 and distributed in Europe by Blue Rose. The only current member of The Brandos is singer, guitarist and songwriter Dave Kincaid.

The passion, grit and power of New York’s The Brandos has origins in the Seattle scene of the early eighties. In the fall of 1984, Dave Kincaid and Larry Mason were playing the Seattle club circuit as members of The Allies. With a local radio hit (‘Emma Peel’), critically acclaimed recordings, and a video under their belts. At the same time, New Jersey based Soul Attack (with Ernie Mendillo and Ed Rupprecht) were playing gigs in and around their home state, with occasional jaunts into New York City. They had also made and released a local record in 1984.

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Frustrated with The Allies’ lack of success, Kincaid decided to move to New York in 1985. Immediately upon arrival Kincaid began scouring the local music papers, namely the Village Voice, looking for a new band. Soul Attack had just lost their principal singer and songwriter, and had just placed an ad looking for a replacement. Kincaid joined the band and they eventually changed their name to The Brandos and performed their first show on February 14, 1986. Featuring Kincaid on vocals and guitar, Ernie Mendillo (bass, vocals), Ed Rupprecht (guitar), and Larry Mason (drums), the band began playing most of New York’s most renowned clubs such as CBGB, Tramps, The Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways. The band also spent one month touring the Pacific Northwest. By October they had enough material for an album. While recording, the band continued to perform in the New York area, along with a brief tour of Germany in May 1987.

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The Brandos released their debut album, Honor Among Thieves, on Relativity Records in late August 1987. The album spent 19 weeks in the Billboard charts and peaked at No.108 in late October. During this period, the band began touring the U.S. and Europe, opening for well-known bands such as The Georgia Satellites, INXS, The Cars and The Alarm. Their first video was released and was placed in medium rotation on MTV. The favorable reviews began to pour in: the Gavin Report dubbed them “Best new American band”, Rolling Stone magazine ran a full-page story describing them as “Real contenders”, and Time magazine clinched it with their quote “The Brandos’ roots run deep and offer great nourishment”. In early 1988, the band won Best Album (Independent Label), and Kincaid was honored with Best Male Vocalist (Independent Label) at the New York Music Awards. The Brandos also left Relativity that year and signed with Geffen Records. Their relationship with Geffen was strained from the outset and the group ended up at RCA Records in 1989. After a massive corporate restructuring, RCA dropped The Brandos upon completion of their second LP, Trial by Fire (unreleased), in 1990.

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The better part of 1991 was spent writing and recording new material for a new album that would become Gunfire at Midnight, which would land a contract with SPV GmbH in Germany in the spring of 1992. Two singles from the album (‘The Solution’ and ‘The Keeper’) would reach the top 100 in the Netherlands. Extensive touring in Europe would follow, solidifying the band’s fan base even further, however Rupprecht and Mason decided to leave the band in 1993. The Brandos recorded their next album The Light of Day with the help of a few friends, especially ex-Del Lords members Scott Kempner (guitar, vocals) and Frank Funaro (drums, vocals). They filled out the live band, and an extensive tour and live album, recorded in Amsterdam in December 1994, followed. In 1996, The Brandos returned with Pass the Hat and Frank Giordano (guitar, vocals) replacing Kempner. The album marked a return to a more stripped-down guitar sound. Kincaid released a solo album, The Irish Volunteer, in 1997 but returned to The Brandos for another album (Nowhere Zone) in 1998 followed by two tours of Europe with the likes of Bryan Adams, Van Morrison, and Deep Purple.

1999 saw the release of Contribution: The Best of 1985-1999. The band continued to tour Europe over the next few years. (by wikipedia)

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And here´s one of their high energy gigs … recorded live in Germany, 1999:

1999 the Brandos did another European tour with the line-up Dave Kincaid, Ernie Mendillo, Frank Giordana and Tom Engels. One of the anchor dates the four piece played a outdoor festival for German TV show “Rockpalast” at Loreley on July 9th. The ste included nine songs, two more live tracks have been added to the disc; “I got It”, a Little Richard cover, was recorded at the Stadsfest in Bremen, germany 1987, another one in 1998 at the Kongresshalle in Giessen, also in Germany. (by sonicrendezvous.com)

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Personnel:
Tom Engels (drums, vocals)
Frank Giordana (guitar, vocals)
Dave Kincaid (vocals, guitar, mandolin)
Ernie Mendillo (bass, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Introduction (in German by Alan Bangs)/Can’t Go Home (Kincaid) 5.06
02. The Solution (Kincaid) 4.29
03. Trial By Fire (Funk/Kincaid) 6.54
04. Nothing To Fear (Funk/Kincaid) 6.38
05 The Warrior’s Son (Kincaid) 5.25
06. My Father’s Gun / Connachtmans’s Rambles / The Mist Covered Mountain (Kincaid) 6.48
07. Gettysburg (Funk/Kincaid) 4.57
08. Walk On The Water (Fogerty) 5.36
09. Gunfire At Midnight (Kincaid) 5.03
10. Strange Interiors (Funk/Kincaid) 3.54
11. I Got It (Penniman) 3.56

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