Various Artists – Abba (A Heavy Metal) Tribute (2001)

FrontCover1.jpgA Tribute to ABBA is a tribute album of ABBA songs played by a variety of heavy metal and hard rock bands, released on 2 April 2001 by German record label Nuclear Blast. The compilation was also released in Japan under the title ABBAMetal: A Tribute To ABBA.

Well, this is a must hear for any Metal fans, especially those into novelty album. If you own Pat Boone’s In A Metal Mood or The Bluegrass Tribute To AC/DC then here’s another to add to your nutty collection, a bunch of Power Metal bands tributing ABBA!

Actually, novelties aside this is really well done. I was expecting it to sound all silly and goofy but after I listened to this it made me realise how much ABBA needed a tribute. Ok, some of it is silly and goofy, like that electronic-influenced version of Take A Chance On Me which isn’t even far from the original anyway (what can you expect from a band called Rough Silk?) and the last track is pretty bad, it sounds nothing like the rest, with an electronic-beat chorus and dumb indie-rock verses and a very annoying vocalist.


The rest, however, is brilliant! We open with a cool version of Summernight City by Therion, complete with violins and such, and then Metalium throw out an AWESOME speedy take of Thank You For The Music! Voulez-Vous sounds quite cool, and Paradox’s S.O.S. is pretty fucking insane, especially in the chorus. Thrashiest song on here. Then we go to Eagle, which is the best song ABBA ever did, and Sargant Fury do a fun version (Rob Rock did it better though, on Rage Of Creation). One Of Us sounds pretty damn beautiful too.


The only think that disappointed me is that The Winner Takes It All wasn’t included (and Does Your Mother Know for that matter) but besides that this is a fun little album to own. (by Muloc7253)

And you have the chance to discover a lot of totally unknown Heavy Metal Bands !


01. Therion: Summer Night City (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.58
02. Metalium: Thank You For The Music (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 3.24
03. Sinergy: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.22
04. At Vance: Money, Money, Money (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 3.09
05. Morgana Lefay: Voulez-Vous (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.27
06. Paradox: SOS (Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson) 2.36
07. Rough Silk: Take A Chance On Me” (with Anke Hansen) (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.49
08. Spiral Tower: Chiquitita (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 5.35
09. Sargant Fury: Eagle (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.51
10. Flowing Tears: One Of Us (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 5.05
11. Nation: Waterloo (Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson) 3.18
12. Custard: Super Trouper (Andersson/Ulvaeus) 4.18
13. Tad Morose: Knowing Me, Knowing You (Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson) 3.27
14. Glow: Dancing Queen (Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson) 2.30




Blackmore’s Night – Fires At Midnight (2001)

FrontCover1.jpgFires at Midnight is the third studio album by the group Blackmore’s Night, released July 10, 2001 through SPV/Steamhammer. In comparison to their previous two releases, there are more electric guitar parts on this album, whilst maintaining a folk rock direction. The album was a Top Ten record in Germany.

On December 2001, Fires At Midnight was a finalist on the New Age Voice award for the best vocal album of the year. In 2004 the album went Gold in the Czech Republic.

The album was one of the 10 international bestsellers in Russia during the Autumn of 2001. The single “Times They Are A Changin” stayed in the Russian top 20 Hits for over 9 weeks.

It featured the singles “The Times They Are a Changin'”, “Home Again” and “All Because of You”. (by wikipedia)


One of hard rock’s most influential guitarists has opted for the cultural upheaval and regality of the Renaissance era, as Ritchie Blackmore and vocalist Candice Night spearhead a band who abides by a hearty cross-pollination of English folk, 16th century melodies, and progressive rock. Here, Blackmore injects tasteful electric lead lines into a mix consisting of buoyantly executed rhythmic structures and Ms. Knight’s whispery, and at times, satiny vocalizations. Thus, Blackmore’s Night proclaims a festive atmosphere throughout these 16 pieces, while the band’s charming rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a Changin'” might represent the lone deviation from the grand scheme of things to coincide with this ensemble’s altogether cheery demeanor and novel approach. Moreover, for those expecting to hear Blackmore ravage his electric with his now-infamous high-octane, blues-drenched power chords and doomsday chops, forget it. With this release, subtly, finesse, and nuance reign supreme amid a series of persuasive works that cover quite a bit of fertile terrain. (by Glenn Astarita)


Ritchie Blackmore (guitar, hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, renaissance drums, tambourine)
Robert “Sir Robert of Normandie” Curiano (bass, background vocals)
Chris Devine (violin, viola, recorders, flute)
Carmine Giglio (keyboards)
Candice Night (vocals, pennywhistle, shawms, harp, recorder, electronic bagpipes)
Pat Regan (keyboards)
Mike Sorrentino (drums)
John Passanante (trombone)
Richard Wiederman (trumpet)
Albert Dannemann (bagpipes on 11.)


01. Written In The Stars (Blackmore/Night) 4.47
02. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Dylan) 3.33
03. I Still Remember (Traditional) 5.42
04. Home Again (Blackmore/Night) 5.28
05. Crowning Of The King (Traditional) 4.32
06. Fayre Thee Well (Blackmore)  2:05
07. Fires At Midnight (Traditional) 7.36
08. Hanging Tree (Blackmore/Night) 3.47
09. The Storm (Blackmore/Night) 6.12
10. Mid Winter’s Night (Traditional) 4.30
11. All Because Of You (Blackmore/Night) 3.37)
12. Waiting Just For You (Traditional) 3.17
13. Praetorius (Courante) (Praetorius) 1.57
14. Benzai-Ten (Blackmore/Night) 3.52
15. Sake Of Song (B-side to the European Single “The Times They Are a Changin’ ) (Blackmore/Night) 3.13
16. Village On The Sand (Blackmore/Night) 4.57
16. Again Someday (Blackmore/Night) 1.49





Eric Clapton – One More Car, One More Rider (2002)

FrontCover1.jpgOne More Car, One More Rider is the eighth live album by Eric Clapton, released on 5 November 2002 on Duck / Reprise Records. It is also the third double live album. The album contains songs performed during Clapton’s 2001 world tour. The recordings on this album are from two nights at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, 18 & 19 August 2001.Accompanying Clapton on this album are Andy Fairweather-Low, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Billy Preston, Greg Phillinganes, and David Sancious. Eric Clapton himself said that this would be his last world tour, making this album initially more valuable. However he since has toured the world several times both on his own and with others, including Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, and his four Crossroads Guitar Festivals with his own chosen high-profilehouse band; different from his usual band. (by wikipedia)

The inconsistent double live album One More Car, One More Rider strives to represent the harder and softer sides of Eric Clapton. Sometimes, on warhorses such as “Hootchie Coochie Man” and “Have You Ever Loved a Woman,” he transports listeners to the Delta or Chicago’s South Side, where a titan of the blues is throwing down bitter wisdom.


But then there are those times when old Slowhand goes to his mushy place, singing nondescript odes such as “My Father’s Eyes” as though he’s chasing Sting for some sensitive-man prize. Clapton still possesses one of the most arresting guitar sounds on the planet, a laserlike beam of pure tone. But he rarely uses it to roar, and when he does — on a rearranged “Badge,” complete with dramatic pauses, or on the coda of the rocking “Layla” that contains some of the most adventuresome improvisation he’s recorded in years — it only becomes painfully clear just how often this car is riding on cruise control. (by Tom Moon)


Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Nathan East (bass, background vocals)
Andy Fairweather-Low (guitar, background vocals)
Steve Gadd – drums
Billy Preston (keyboards, background vocals)
David Sancious (keyboards, melodica, guitar, background vocals)



CD 1:
01. Key To The Highway (Broonzy/Segar) 3.38
02. Reptile (Clapton) 5.44
03. Got You On My Mind (Biggs/Thomas) 4.06
04. Tears In Heaven (Clapton/Jennings) 4.27
05. Bell Bottom Blues (Clapton) 4.57
06. Change The World (Kennedy/Kirkpatrick/Sims) 6.23
07. My Father’s Eyes (Clapton) 8.35
08. River Of Tears (Clapton/Climie) 8.54
09. Going Down Slow (Oden) 5.37
10. She’s Gone (Clapton/Climie) 6.57

CD 2:
11. I Want A Little Girl (Mencher/Moll) 4.25
12. Badge (Clapton/Harrison) 6.03
13. Hoochie Coochie Man (Dixon) 4.30
14. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Myles) 7.51
15. Cocaine (Cale) 4.22
16. Wonderful Tonight (Clapton) 6.42
17. Layla (Clapton/Gordon) 11.12
18. Sunshine Of Your Love (Brown/Bruce/Clapton) 6.40
19. Over The Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg) 10.01




Various Artists (David West & Friends) – Eight Miles High – A Bluegrass Tribute To The Byrds (2001)

FrontCover1.jpgThis tribute album was produced by David West:

David West was born in Los Angeles, California on August 13, 1952. He has made Santa Barbara, California his home since 1971.

In 1972 David co-founded the “Cache Valley Drifters,” a modern style bluegrass band that went on to record three ground breaking albums for Flying Fish Records (Chicago, Ill.) and tour North America for twelve years.

Around the same time, he worked as accompanist to the legendary songwriter Kate Wolf, playing guitar, banjo and contributing original songs to her repertoire. He maintained a musical connection with Kate from 1974 until her untimely death in 1986.

After the Cache Valley Drifters parted ways in 1984, David worked as a freelance musician, playing as a sideman in recording sessions and performances with many well DavidWest01.jpgknown artists. He opened Play Ball!’s Studio “Z” in Santa Barbara in 1996, and signed on with C.M.H. Records (Los Angeles) as staff producer and musician, working on, among other projects, the “Pickin’ On” series, which has over 50 titles and has sold nearly three million copies.

Currently, David spends his days writing, recording and performing. He has traveled to Ireland and the British Isles, Europe, Cuba, Jamaica, Polynesia, Tasmania, Australia, India, Africa, Mexico, Fresno and all over North America playing music and pursuing his interest in ethno-musicology. (

Eight Miles High: A Bluegrass Tribute to the Byrds is a new turn on the unique sounds of one of the most influential rock bands of the sixties and seventies, an instrumental exploration of their greatest folk tunes. The Byrds’ innovative “jangly” sound and ethereal harmonies were driven by eclectic guitarist Roger McGuinn, who pioneered the use of twelve-string and steel guitars in rock music, and anchored by the bluegrass-tinged bass of Chris Hillman, a former mandolin player whose traditional style further complemented the diverse blend that was the recipe for The Byrds’ success. (promo text)

The mellow trippy tunes of the “the American Beatles”, the Byrds, gets a pure instrumental bluegass tribute, spiked with splashes of 5-string banjo, and dobro, brewed by some of the most proficient bluegrass artists recording today. Tracks: “Time Between” “All I Really Want to Do,” “My Back Pages,” “Hickory Wind”, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and more!


Tom Ball (harmonica)
Dennis Caplinger (fiddle)
Steve Fishell (dobro)
Bo Fox (drums)
Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel guitar)
Al Di Marco (piano)
Mike Mullins (guitar, mandolin)
Bob Nichols (drums)
David West (banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro)


01. So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star (Hillman/McGuinn) 4.25
02. Have You Seen Her Face (Hillman) 3.16
03. Eight Miles High (Clark/Crosby/McGuinn) 4.55
04. My Back Pages (Dylan) 3.32
05. Jesus Is Just Alright (Reynolds) 4.24
06. Time Between (Hillman) 3.08
07. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) (Traditional/Seeger) 4.07
08. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Clark) 2.59
09. Hickory Wind (Buchanan/Parsons) 4.18
10. Mr. Spaceman (McGuinn) 2.45
11. All I Really Want To Do (Dylan) 3.49
12. Mr. Tambourine Man (Dylan) 4.23



Jack Bruce And The Cuicoland Express – Live At The Milkyway, 2001 (2010)

FrontCover1An excellent 2cd set of a night of Jack Bruce’s latin influenced tour of the shadows in the air album,with 3 Cream numbers added into the mix.Sound is very good,performances are excellent.Previously only available to “pledge”customers,as a download,I believe(I will not truck with downloads,being a hi-fi enthusiast–why settle for second best?)this is now available to all.Don’t hesitate,you won’t regret this one.this is a really great Jack cd,perhaps his best ever,my only regret being that he did not perform The consul at sunset,his first,as far as I can recall,latin flavoured piece,and a firm personal favourite.Maybe another time (Music Lover)

The voice and style of one of the greatest bassists ever. In a way, it comprises both the soul and the spirit of an everlasting band as Cream but showing Bruce’s unique own flavor. (Mehaudy S. Roberto)

Originally released at Pledge Music it’s great that this beautiful set now gets a wider distribution.

Mixed and produced by the legendary Kip Hanrahan the sound quality is outstanding. And so is the music. This is taken from the Cuicoland Express tour, promoting Jack’s then new album “Shadows In the Air”. And it’s certainly nice to hear just how great the songs from that album was, like “Shadow Heart”.

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The band is stellar with Bernie Worrell contributing some avantgardish hammond playing, a three man rhythm section with Bobby Ameen, El Negro and Richie Flores – all legends from the New York latin scene. And on lead guitar Vernon Reid (Living Color). Jack’s playing is wild and spontaneous as always, his intonation on the fretless is not spotless all the time, but whatever he does on the bass is never short of engaging and interesting. His vocals are in top form. The only minus – in my ears – is the overly fast playing of Reid which doen’t really suit Jack Bruce’s melodic compositions. At least for me it’s difficult to find head and tails in the vast flurry of notes.

A good mix of newer songs and Cream classics with some of Jack’s most beloved solo tunes (just a shame “Theme From An Imaginary..” isn’t on the record although it was played at the show).

An absolute must for Jack Bruce fans and for any one in to adventurous, free-spirited music. (Bodhi Heeren)

Bernie Worrell

Jack Bruce deserves to be heard and listened to by a wider audience again. His musical range is actually quite mind-boggling, and this cd gives a very good flavour of the live experience. His compositional skills can be heard on Milonga, Dark Heart (more recent Latin-influenced compositions) and We’re Going Wrong (ahead of its time Cream song). His bass improvisational skills can be heard on the perennial Sunshine of Your Love (but he plays a fulltone and singing Warwick these days differing from the rough hewn EB3 of old). His unique tenor-rock vocal skills are evident throughout the cd, but listen to the very last track as he loosens up to morph 52nd Street from funk to reggae and the band gleefully follow the groove.

This is a live record, with long workouts and infectious band interplay. Bruce’s influences include jazz, rock, blues, classical, reggae and Latin music, but it all ends up being Jack Bruce music. The band are great, Latin percussionists who worked with Kip Hanrahan, Bernie Worrell’s sly and amusing fluency on the keyboards/organ, Vernon Reid – not really a blues player but a real original with a wide range of techniques.


I highly recommend this great live double cd to anyone interested in exploring Jack Bruce’s music. He is one of the great creative musicians of the rock/jazz/blues era in Scotland/UK! Anyone who gets interested should then buy Songs for a Tailor, Harmony Row, Out of the Storm, and More Jack than God. (Mark Robinson)

This is simply the best live CD in two decades as well as being the best Jack Bruce record ever! Can’t recommend this two CD set highly enough. (Yak la Brace)

Recorded live at the Melkweg, Holland October 20, 2001.

Robby Ameen (drums)
Jack Bruce (bass, piano, vocals)
Richie Flores (congas)
Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez (drums)
Vernon Reid (guitar)
Bernie Worrell (organ)



CD 1:
01. Surge (Bruce/Hanrahan) 2.51
02. Out Into The Fields (Brown/Bruce/Laing/West) 5.34
03. 52nd Street (Bruce/Hanrahan) 9.38
04. Heartquake (Bruce/Brown) 7.10
05. This Anger’s A Liar (Bruce/Hanrahan) 9.31
06. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Clapton/Brown) 9.40
07. Milonga (Bruce/Hanrahan) 6.55

CD 2:
01. Windowless Rooms (Bruce/Hanrahan) 15.46
02. Dark Heart (Bruce/Hanrahan) 8.35
03. White Room (Bruce/Brown) 11.02
04. We’re Going Wrong/Politician (Bruce/Brown) 19.13
05. 52nd Street Encore (Bruce/Hanrahan) 10.39

More Jack Bruce:


Transcendence – The Way It Could Be… (2001)

FrontCover1.jpgUnfortunately I have no informations about this great group from Slovenia, but if you listen to the opening riff of “Heaven Knows” … this could be a riff of Ritchie Blackmore´s Rainbow …

But this unknown group could play much more … Superb melodies combindes with powerful rock (and some real smooth songs like “All Atractive”) and a great horn section (including fantastic saxophone solos !)

And even I found no informations about this group in the internet … believe me … this is real great album … it´s another jewel in this blog.


These guys knows how to rock … believe me !


Bushi (guitar)
Gauvaran (vocals)
Mitja Kavec (bass)
Moksharupi (keyboards, vocal speech)
Tat Purushka (guitar, bass)
Udaksena (drums)
Boštjan Andrejc (leadguitar, vocals on 11.)
Dejan Glamocak (trumpet)
Vlado Hmljak (shaker)
Mojca Germek (vocals on 09.)
Mitja (organ)
Patita Pavana (tambourine)
Andrej Sraka (trombone)
Bruno Subioto (harmonica)
Ales Susa (saxophone)
Sasa Olenjuk – Mirko Vicentic Polic
Goga Keller Petrjey – Ivan Sostaric
Aljaz Mihelac
background vocals:
Manditangi – Martina Lajtner – Parameshti – – Milos Radosaljevic – Mojca Germek


01. Heaven Knows (Karunika) 5.12
02. Railway Station (Purusha/Udaksena/Karunika) 4.03
03. Maybe… (Moksharupi/Purusha) 3.57
04. All Atractive (Moksharupi/Purusha) 5.33
05. Prabhupada (Moksharupi) 7.10
06. Won’t You Help Me (Moksharupi/Purusha/Karunika) 3.33
07. Tell Me Where You Go (Moksharupi/Purusha/Radosavljevic) 4.18
08. Out Of Darkness (Purusha/Karunika) 4:47
09. Hearts Like Stone (Moksharupi/Purusha/Radosavljevic) 4.40
10. Cure My Weakness (Moksharupi) 7.28
11. All Atractive (unknown) 5.32




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Various Artists – ZZ Top – A Tribute From Friends (2001)

FrontCover1ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends is the fourth tribute album to honor American rock band ZZ Top. It includes performances from Daughtry, Nickelback, Wolfmother, Filter and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith among others.ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends is the fourth tribute album to honor American rock band ZZ Top. It includes performances from Daughtry, Nickelback, Wolfmother, Filter and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith among others.

The album includes 11 cover tracks such as “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs,” a combination of two songs “Waitin’ for the Bus”/”Jesus Just Left Chicago” and “La Grange.”

ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends debuted at number 121 on the Billboard 200, and number 8 on the Top Hard Rock Albums, selling 4,000 copies. The album also debuted at number 151 on the Canadian Albums Chart. (by wikipedia)

ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends, the second major-label tribute to that lil’ ol’ band from Texas, differs from 2002’s Sharp Dressed Men by piling on the rock & roll. Those loud longhair bands were shunned in 2002 — that compilation deliberately featured only modern country — and they overwhelm this brief erratic set. ZZ Top’s songs may not leave much room for interpretation, yet all the artists here manage to sound like themselves while serving up straightforward covers. Filter strip “Gimme All Your Lovin’” down to its mechanical rhythm, super-slick supergroup the M.O.B. — Steven Tyler singing with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Jonny Lang — play like the pampered millionaires they are, Andrew Stockdale shrieks “Cheap Sunglasses” as if he were saluting Jack White, Wyclef Jean taps into the new wave heart of “Rough Boy,” while Nickelback and DAUGHTRY battle for the title of Guitar Center’s loudest band. Amidst this clamor are a handful of gems — Duff McKagan’s Loaded churn out “Got Me Under Pressure” like the old pros they are, Mastodon show some swing on “Just Got Paid,” Jamey Johnson rides the John Lee Hooker riff of “La Grange” for eight full minutes — but it takes some considerable effort to dig them out. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)



The M.O.B.:
Mick Fleetwood (drums, percussion)
John McVie (bass)
Jonny Lang (guitar)
Brett Tuggle (piano)
Steven Tyler (vocals, harmonica)

Phil Buckman (bass)
Bob Marlette (guitar, programming)


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:
Matthew Burr (drums)
Grace Potter (bass, vocals)
Scott Tournet (guitar)

Daniel Adair (drums)
Chad Kroeger (guitar, vocals)

Bass – Mike KroegerDrums – Electric Guitar – Ryan PeakeLead Vocals, Electric Guitar –

Aidan Nemeth (guitar)
Ian Peres (bass, keyboards, background vocals)
Will Rockwell-Scott (drums)
Andrew Stockdale (vocals, guitar)


Duff McKagan’s Loaded;
Isaac Carpenter (drums)
Duff McKagan (vocals, guitar)
Jeff Rouse (bass)
Mike Squires (guitar)

Coheed and Cambria:
Chris Pennie (drums)
Claudio Sanchez (vocals, guitar, bass)
Travis Stever (guitar, background vocals)

Brann Dailor (drums, background vocals)
Billy F. Gibbons (guitar)
Brent Hinds (vocals, guitar)
Bill Kelliher (guitar, background vocals)
Troy Sanders (bass, background vocals)

Wyclef Jean:
Akene (synthesizer)
rden Altino (synthesizer)
Jimmy Cozier (background vocals)
Mr. Hudson (bass, drums, synthesizer, background vocals)
Wyclef Jean (vocals)

Howard Benson (keyboards)
Brian Craddock (guitar)
Chris Daughtry (vocals)
Robin Diaz (drums)
Josh Paul (bass)
Josh Steely (guitar)


Jamey Johnson:
Wayd Battle (guitar)
Jim “Moose” Brown (keyboards)
Billy F Gibbons (guitar, vocals)
Kevin “Swine” Grant (bass)
Jamey Johnson (vocals, guitar)
“Cowboy” Eddie Long (steel-guitar)
Chris Powell (drums)

01. The M.O.B.: Sharp Dressed Man (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 4.03
02. Filter: Gimme All Your Lovin’ (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.10
03. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: Tush (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 2.49
04. Nickelback: Legs (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.15
05. Wolfmother: Cheap Sunglasses (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 4.14
06. Duff McKagan’s Loaded: Got Me Under Pressure (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.48
07. Coheed and Cambria: Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.13
08. Mastodon: Just Got Paid (Gibbons/Ham) 3.35
09. Wyclef Jean: Rough Boy (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.05
10. Daughtry: Waitin’ For The Bus (Gibbons/Hill) / Jesus Just Left Chicago (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 6.31
11. Jamey Johnson: La Grange (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 8.04