Martin Tingvall Trio – Jazz Festival Leverkusen (2011)

FrontCover1A sophisticated jazz ensemble, Tingvall Trio centers on Swedish pianist Martin Tingvall. Also featured in the trio are Cuban bassist Omar Rodriguez Calvo and German drummer Jürgen Spiegel. Formed in 2003, the group came together after the Snarestad-born Tingvall finished his college studies and relocated to Hamburg, Germany. They debuted with Skagerrak in 2006, followed two years later by Norr. More well-received albums were released, including Vattensaga and 2011’s Vägen, the latter of which entered the German charts. In 2010 and 2012, the trio took home the ECHO jazz award for ensemble of the year. After a live album, they returned with the 2014 studio effort Beat. In 2017, Tingvall Trio released their seventh album, Cirklar. (by Matt Collar)

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Omar Rodriguez Calvo, Jürgen Spiegel, Martin Tingvall: a Cuban, a German and a Swede. Three musicians from three different countries, three friends, three people who have made Hamburg their home. Together they play melodies whose beauty first challenges listeners to believe their own ears, only to find that the origins are thoroughly real and disarmingly authentic. That’s the Tingvall Trio.

Founded in 2003, the three musicians’ playing drew a rapidly growing fan following along with a record label, SKIP Records in Hamburg, that was convinced of the ensemble’s potential. “Skagerrak”, the first album, was released in 2006, followed by “Norr” (2008), “Vattensaga” (2009), “Vägen” (2011), the live album “In Concert” (2013), “Beat” (2014) and “Cirklar” (2017). Martin Tingvall has composed all of the pieces for the Tingvall Trio until now.

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A steadily growing listening audience and diverse awards (ECHO Jazz for the “Best Ensemble National” in 2010 and 2012, HANS Hamburg Music Prize in 2011, as well as the ECHO Jazz Audience Choice for the “Best Live Act of the Year” in 2012) attest to the path these three musicians have chosen.

The Tingvall Trio has meanwhile long since progressed beyond local fame throughout Germany and established itself successfully on the European Jazz scene. (taken from his website)

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And here´s a brilliant live recordig by the trio … 

The Tingvall Trio explores the possibilities of the jazz genre again and again with great joy in playing. In doing so, the three musicians consistently process their musical socialisations. Martin Tingvall, the trio’s namesake and composer of all the pieces, relies on the melodic elegance of Scandinavian-influenced jazz. Double bassist Omar Rodriguez is responsible for the colourful and light Latin sounds in the sound concept of the combo. And you can hear the source of the powerful drumming in every beat: Jürgen Spiegel feels right at home in rock music and provides the gritty component for the Tingvall Trio. (wdr.de)

Recorded live at the Forum (Jazztage, Leverkusen/Germany) November 6, 2011
excellent broadcast recording

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Personnel:
Omar Rodriguez Calvo (bass)
Jürgen Spiegel (drums)
Martin Tingvall (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. Vägen 6.00
02 Hajskraj 5.18
03 Snarestad Folksvisa 6.33
04 Introduction (Tingvall) 1:22
05 Tuc-Tuc Man 4.25
06 Introduction /  Efter Livet 7.44

Music: Martin Tingvall

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Passenger – All The Little Lights (2011)

FrontCover1Michael David Rosenberg (born 17 May 1984), better known by his stage name Passenger, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Previously the main vocalist and songwriter of Passenger, Rosenberg opted to keep the band’s name for his solo work after the band dissolved in 2009. In 2012, he released the song “Let Her Go”, which topped the charts in 16 countries and accumulated more than 3.3 billion views on YouTube; it is the most-viewed Australian YouTube video of all time. In 2014, the song was nominated for the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work.

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Rosenberg was born on 17 May 1984 in Brighton to Quaker parents, English mother Jane and American Jewish father, Gerard Rosenberg, originally from Vineland, New Jersey. Rosenberg learned classical guitar at a young age and at around 14–15 started to write songs.[citation needed] Rosenberg left school at the age of 16 to pursue a career in the music industry and spent the next few years as a busker in England and Australia.

Rosenberg did his first performance when he was 16.[citation needed] Rosenberg’s father, a film production worker, introduced him to former member of the band Faithless, Jamie Catto, in 2001; this led to Rosenberg getting a two-song spot at the Free Burma Campaign benefit gig at the Royal Court in London in 2002. On the night, Rosenberg met his future writing partner Andrew Phillips and established contact with the IE Music label.[citation needed] Back in Brighton, Phillips and Rosenberg pooled their musical influences (from Simon & Garfunkel to DJ Shadow), and started to write songs at Phillips’ in-house studio in Hove.[citation needed] In 2003, they formed the Mike Rosenberg Band, engaging Marcus O’Dair (bass), Alon Cohen (drums) and Richard Brinklow (keyboards) through connections within the Brighton music scene.

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Rosenberg founded the band Passenger with Andrew Phillips in 2003 in Brighton and Hove. The name of the band was stylised as /Passenger. (with a slash at the beginning and a dot at the end). The five-person band’s only album, Wicked Man’s Rest, was released in 2007, on Chalkmark. Rosenberg wrote the majority of the album’s tracks, with the exception of “Four Horses”, which was written by Phillips. The band broke up in 2009.

After the break-up of Passenger, Rosenberg kept the band’s name as his personal stage name, and took to busking for a solo music career. In October 2009 he went to Australia, where he supported acts such as Lior and Sydneysiders Elana Stone and Brian Campeau.[citation needed] He then played at One Movement, a major music industry-focused festival in Perth.[citation needed] This earned him a following in Australia and he was selling out 500-seater venues across Australia.[citation needed] His debut solo album, Wide Eyes Blind Love, was released in 2009. It was produced and mixed by former bandmate Andrew Phillips, who also provided backing vocals, and played guitar and other instruments, and featured vocals by Isobel Anderson.[citation needed] Rosenberg also played various shows in the United Kingdom during this time,[when?] including a support slot for Turin Brakes’ tenth anniversary show at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.

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Rosenberg produced a fans-only limited release Divers and Submarines, again supported by former bandmate Andrew Phillips and vocalist Isobel Anderson. His third studio album, Flight of the Crow, was recorded in Australia and saw him joined in the studio by various Australian independent musical talents including Lior, Kate Miller-Heidke, Boy & Bear, Josh Pyke and Katie Noonan.

Rosenberg’s fourth album, All the Little Lights, was released in the summer of 2012 in North America on Nettwerk Records. Recorded at Linear Recording in Sydney, Rosenberg worked with a core Australian band that included Boy & Bear drummer Tim Hart, jazz bassist Cameron Undy, and keyboards player Stu Hunter, from Katie Noonan and The Captain better source needed] During the summer and autumn of 2012, Rosenberg toured the UK, opening for Jools Holland and Ed Sheeran, the latter of whom he had known since Sheeran was about 15 while living in Cambridge. He joined Australian acts the John Butler Trio, and Josh Pyke with a co-headlined UK tour. He also opened for Ed Sheeran’s 2012 North American tour and also in Paris. He also opened for Ed Sheeran on four of his five sell-out dates in Ireland in January 2013 and in Australia and New Zealand in early 2013, and supported Sheeran in his Brighton dates and in Reading. Rosenberg performed “All the Little Lights” at the Children in Need Rocks concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, broadcast on BBC One on 14 November 2013.

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On 24 March 2014, Rosenberg unveiled “Whispers”, the title track of his new album, as part of his set at the Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London where he also performed alongside Ed Sheeran. On 26 March 2014 Rosenberg announced details of his fifth studio album.[citation needed] He released Whispers on 9 June 2014.[citation needed] Talking to Digital Spy about the album, he said: “This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made, it’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some sombre moments about loneliness and death but hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those”. He released “Hearts on Fire” as the album’s lead single on 14 April 2014.

Rosenberg recorded Whispers II at the same time as recording Whispers.[citation needed] Whispers II was released on 20 April 2015. All profits from the album go to the UNICEF UK initiative to help children in Liberia.

On 16 June 2016, the music video for “Somebody’s Love” was uploaded to his YouTube channel, thereby announcing his seventh album, Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea.[citation needed] A second track from the album, “Anywhere” was released on 19 August 2016. Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea was released on 23 September 2016, and became Passenger’s first UK number one album.

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On 25 July 2017, at the end of his Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea tour, Rosenberg announced via the Passenger Facebook page that his performance on Sunday 23 July would be “my/our last gig for a while”. The following day, he announced that his eighth album, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, would be released two days later on 28 July 2017.[citation needed] The album was announced with a livestream of the album performed live in its entirety, broadcast from Passenger’s studio simultaneously to YouTube and Facebook.The album charted at number 5 in the Official UK Charts.

On 18 May 2018, Passenger released the song “Hell or High Water”. It was recorded in a variety of different national parks across Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California In the following days, he also announced an autumn European tour [28] and teased fans through social media with a cover for a new album.

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On 25 May 2018, he formally announced his ninth studio album, Runaway, and released a live acoustic version of “Hell or High Water” recorded in Venice, Los Angeles. Passenger described Runaway as a concept album, as he realised many of the songs had a strong sense of Americana. He also believed the songs would work well accompanied by American visuals and thus, alongside long-time collaborators Jarrad Seng, Stu Larsen and Chris Vallejo, embarked on a three-week-long road trip through the United States to film videos for each track. Additionally, they recorded acoustic videos for each track, filmed in a variety of different locations. Rosenberg plans to release a song every three weeks, sharing both the official and acoustic videos, plus behind-the-scenes footage. Runaway was released on 31 August 2018.

On 18 March 2019, Passenger released the song “Restless Wind” on YouTube. Two more songs, “Helplessly Lost” and “Paper Cut, Chinese Burn,” were subsequently released a month later, as well as a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”. On 2 May 2019, Passenger both announced and released his tenth album, Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing at All.[citation needed] Unlike more recent Passenger albums, the record is arranged entirely for vocals, acoustic guitar and a string quartet. All the profits from sales will be donated to Shelter, a UK-based homeless charity.

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At the end of January, Passenger announced a world tour including dates in the UK, Europe, Australia, North America, and New Zealand. On 20 March 2020, he announced and released his new single “The Way That I Love You” with a video. On 1 May 2020, he released his new single “London In The Spring”. On 10 July 2020, Passenger released his eleventh album Patchwork. The album was written and recorded during the coronavirus lockdown alongside producer Chris Vallejo and guest musicians Andrew Phillips (a collaborator of Rosenberg’s and formerly of the band Passenger) and Richard Brinklow. The record was released as a funding project for The Trussell Trust, an NGO and charity that works to end the need for food banks in the UK.

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On 8 January 2021, Passenger released Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted. The record was supposed to be released by early 2020, but later delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown. The record’s release supports both Ecologi and Eden Reforestation Projects, non-profit organisations aiming to rebuild natural landscapes destroyed by deforestation. A tree will be planted for every physical copy of the album sold via the Passenger store.

On April 14 2022, Passenger released his 14th studio album, Birds That Flew and Ships That Sailed. The album was released independently, without a record label or a press team.[38] The record release supports Plastic Bank, a social enterprise that combats plastic pollution in the ocean.[citation needed] The record debuted at Number 35 on the Official UK Albums Chart, marking Passenger’s 8th album to enter the UK Top 40.[39]

Rosenberg currently lives in Brighton.[5] He is a fan of English football club Arsenal F.C. In a 2021 interview, he said he became an Arsenal supporter despite being from Brighton after watching Arsenal beating Sheffield Wednesday F.C. in the FA Cup Final in 1993.[40] In May 2015, Rosenberg appeared at Arsenal’s ‘A Night to Inspire’ event and played a version of the ’49 Undefeated’ fan chant. (wikipedia)

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All the Little Lights is the fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Passenger and was released by Black Crow Records and Nettwerk on 24 February 2012. The album contains 12 tracks, comprising 11 studio tracks recorded at Sydney’s Linear Recording, and one song recorded live at The Borderline in London. A limited edition features a second disc containing acoustic versions of eight songs from the album. (wikipedia)

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Mike calls it F*ing depressing folk music, but when I’m down, this is what lifts me. When I’m not down, I just love to hear his voice and his music. I would LOVE to hear him in person.

Passenger music takes a little slice of life and gives it wings. Likes many people, I heard Let Her Go on the radio and loved it, so I looked up the band and founded everything I could find. All the Little Lights is his best album to date, though honestly Crows in the Snow (not on this album) is my least favorite song of his and even it has begun to grow on me. The title song from this album describes how little pieces of us die out through our hard times and poor decisions. Holes is probably one of my favorites about how things we view as losses might actually be good for us…we miss them like holes in our heads. There are some lighter hearted songs that still have deeper meaning, like Wrong Direction (fun to try to keep up with the song, but the video is even better) and I Hate. Every song on this album is beautiful and meaningful. I grew up listening to artists like Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan. There are moments listening to Passenger that bring back childhood memories of listening to both of those. (by Laura Thomas)

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Songwriter, artist, musician, poet, entertainer, philosopher, storyteller – If you love and appreciate great song craft and are not yet fully immersed in Passenger’s work, you should be. If you are familiar and fully acquainted but don’t absolutely love what he does, then there is something wrong with you.

I just stumbled into his albums recently and was completely blown away. Then, I saw him in concert last night and became even more impressed. His ability to move a listener – whether in recorded content or, even better, live in person, is matched by very few. In a mass of generic, uninspiring noise, Passenger is the real deal. His ability to weave a story in his music and stimulate emotional response is reminiscent of some of the best of the past: Jim Croce, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan.

I challenge you to spend some good, quality time getting lost in Passenger’s music and not coming away feeling better – inspired, moved, content, joyful. (by Aeden)

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Pesronnel:
Jess Ciampa (percussion on 03., 06., 08. + 11)
Alan Davey (trumpet on 05.)
Tim Hart (drums on 04., 07. + 08., banjo on 03., 06. + 09., mandolin on 06.)
Stuart Hunter (keyboards, synthesizer)
Declan Kelley (drums on 05.)
Mike “Passenger” Rosenberg (vocals, guitar, omnichord on 01., 03. + 05.)
Cameron Undy (bass)
Glenn Wilson – drums on 01. – 03, 09. + 10.)
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Lucian McGuiness – Simon Ferenci – Sam Golding
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Janine Boubbov (cello)
Madeleine Boud (violin)
Kerry Martin (violin)
Shelley Soerensen (viola)
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01. Things That Stop You Dreaming 3.34
02. Let Her Go 4.11
03. Staring At The Stars 3.24
04. All The Little Lights 3.55
05. The Wrong Direction 3.39
06. Circles 3.09
07. Keep On Walking 4.06
08. Patient Love 3.07
09. Life’s For The Living 4.32
10. Holes 3.31
11. Feather On The Clyde 4.01
12. I Hate (live from The Borderline, London) 3.30

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Nguyen Le – Songs Of Freedom (2011)

FrontCover1Nguyên Lê (Vietnamese: Lê Thành Nguyên; born 14 January 1959) is a French jazz musician and composer of Vietnamese ancestry. His main instrument is guitar, and he also plays bass guitar and guitar synthesizer.

He has released albums as a leader and as a sideman. His 1996 album Tales from Viêt-Nam blends jazz and traditional Vietnamese music. Nguyên Lê has performed with Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, Eric Vloeimans, Carla Bley, Michel Portal, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Per Mathisen, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, Trilok Gurtu, Paolo Fresu and Dhafer Youssef.

In spring 2011 he released Songs of Freedom, an album with cover versions of pop hits from the 1970s. (wikipedia)

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For over twenty years, Nguyên Lê has collaborated with a growing cadre of like-minded musicians—mostly Paris-based, where the guitarist of Vietnamese origins resides—building a body of work that is, in the truest sense of the word, “world music.” From the Afro-centric band Ultramarine, and exploration of his own roots on the seminal Tales from Vietnam (ACT, 1996), to recent explorations of a nexus where programming and spontaneity meet on Homescape (ACT, 2006), Lê has carved out a unique space—often fusion-like in its electricity and energy, but avoiding the negative connotations; undeniably jazz-centric, too, but largely eschewing overt references to traditionalism. These days, plenty of jazzers draw on pop music, but you’d be hard-pressed to find another taking a crack at one of the 1960s’ most iconic—and, often, reviled—songs, Iron Butterfly’s “In A Gadda Da Vida,” as Lê does on Songs of Freedom.

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With an unorthodox core quartet, reliant on mallet instruments for much of its chordal support, Lê tackles other ’60s chestnuts, like Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love”—which, after a seemingly non sequitur introduction, filled with thundering percussion and wailing voices, turns relatively faithful, albeit at a brisker pace and with an uncharacteristic complexity of percussive detail. But once singer Himiko Paganotti gets past the first verse and chorus, the harmonic center shifts, and suddenly, with vibraphonist Illya Amar layering a shifting cushion of chords over bassist Linley Marthe’s lithe underpinning, the song turns into an odd-metered solo feature for Lê, his mesh of oriental microtonality and occidental grit and grease moving in parallel with background vocal percussion, leading to a knotty, thundering finale.

As for “In A Gadda Da Vida,” sure, its near-Jungian riff remains intact, but delivered on marimba, and driven by drummer Stéphane Galland’s lithe 17/8 pulse, there’s none of the Nguyên Lê02original’s gravitas, as Lê takes its preexisting Indo-centricity further, giving it an idiosyncratic arrangement; its chorus gradually building to staggering contrapuntal confluence and impressive solos from Lê and Amar, before a newly composed section leads to an ostinato-driven drum solo that avoids all the clichés of the original…all in a nice, compact five minutes.

Elsewhere, Lê tackles The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” with Youn Sun Nah making one of two guest appearances (the other, a tabla and konnakol-driven version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” ), the guitarist’s swirling, ethereal guitar lines supporting the singer during an extended intro before the band enters, eastern linearity meeting western harmonies in Guo Gan’s erhu and Lê’s electric guitar, for a more subdued yet undeniably grooving album opener.

When it comes to interpreting music in a jazz context, freedom more often than not means improvisational freedom, and to be sure, Songs of Freedom has plenty of that. But clearly, for Lê, the concept has more to do with an unfettered prerogative to draw on what, in many cases, are the simplest of song forms, as grist for far more elaborate compositional reworks filled with pointillist detail. Songs of Freedom combines heartfelt respect with absolute irreverence, breathing an utterly different kind of life into these songs, four decades after they first hit the airwaves. (John Kelman)

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Personnel:
Illya Amar (vibraphone, marimba, electronics)
Stéphane Galland (drums)
Nguyên Lê (guitar, electronics)
Electric Bass, Vocals – Linley Marthe (bass, vocals)
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Keyvan Chemirani (goblet drum)
Erhu (guo gan  on 01.)
Ousman Danedjo (vocals on 01., 02., 05., 07. +15.)
Prabhu Edouard (tabla, vocals on 10.)
Stéphane Edouard (percussion on 01., 02., 04., 09., 12. vocals on 02.)
Hamid El Kasri (guimbri)
David Linx (vocals on 02., 07., 09. + 15.)
Youn Sun Nah (vocals on 01., 10.)
Himiko Paganotti (vocals on 02., 05., 07., 12. + 15.)
Julia Sarr (vocals on 07., 11. + 15.)
Chris Speed (clarinet on 15.)
Dhafer Youssef (vocals on 03., 04.)
K. Ziad (percussion on 05., 10., 12., drums on 12.)

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Tracklist:
01. Eleanor Rigby ( Lennon/McCartney) 6.59
02. I Wish (Wonder) 5.46
03. Ben Zeppelin (Youssef/Lê) 0.52
04. Black Dog (Page/Baldwin/Plant) 6.18
05. Pastime Paradise (Wonder) 8.01
06. Uncle Ho’s Benz (Lê) 0.40
07.Mercedes Benz (Joplin) 6.21
08. Over The Rainforest (Lê) 0.36
09. Move Over (Joplin) 6.56
10. Whole Lotta Love (Page/Baldwin/Bonham/Plant) 5.16
11. Redemption Song (Marley) 5.26
12. Sunshine Of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 4.42
13. In A Gadda Da Vida (Ingle) 5.25
14. Topkapi (Lê) 0.43
15. Come Together (Lennon/McCartney) 5.47

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Wanda Jackson – Wanda Live! At Third Man Records (2011)

FrontCover1Wanda Lavonne Jackson (born October 20, 1937) is a retired American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 1960s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers, and a pioneering rock-and-roll artist. She is known to many as the “Queen of Rockabilly” or the “First Lady of Rockabilly”.

Jackson mixed country music with fast-moving rockabilly, often recording them on opposite sides of a record. As rockabilly declined in popularity in the 1960s, she moved to a successful career in mainstream country music with a string of hits between 1961 and 1973, including “Right or Wrong”, “Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine”, “A Woman Lives for Love” and “Fancy Satin Pillows”.

She had a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s among rockabilly revivalists in Europe and younger Americana fans. In 2009, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category Early Influence.

On March 27, 2019, Jackson announced her official retirement from performing. (wikipedia)

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And here´s a very special concert …

In the early 1980s, Jackson was invited to Europe to play rockabilly and country festivals and to record. More recently, American country artists Pam Tillis, Jann Browne, and Rosie Flores have acknowledged Jackson as a major influence. Jackson embarked on a major U.S. tour with Flores in 1995. Jackson returned to the studio in 2010 to begin work on a new album. “The Party Ain’t Over” arrived in early 2011 and while in her seventies she was still touring in 2012. (voicesofoklahoma.com)

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The Party Ain’t Over was the thirtieth studio album by American singer Wanda Jackson and a collaborative album with Jack White, the lead vocalist of The White Stripes.

To promote this album … their recorded this live-album … what a mixture: Jack White and the Queen Of Rock N Roll …

Enjoy this very special collaboration …

Oh yes … Rock N Roll ist still live and well !

And I add a very long and interesting interview with Wanda Jackson.

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Justin Carpenter (trombone)
Dominic Davis (bass)
Rich Gilbert (pedal steel-guitar)
Joe Gillis (keyboards)
Wanda Jackson (vocals)
Olivia Jean (guitar)
Leif Shires (trumpet)
Craig Swift (saxophone)
Jack White (lead guitar)
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Ashley Monroe, Ruby Amanfu

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Tracklist:
01. Raunchy (Instrumental) (Justis/Manker) 1.54
02. Riot In Cell Block #9 (Leiber/Stoller) 4.23
03. I’m Busted (Howard) 3.28
04. You Know That I’m No Good (Winehouse) 6.34
05. Like A Baby (Stone) 3.32
06. Right Or Wrong (Jackson) 4.25
07. Fujiyama Mama (Burrows) 4.24
08. Funnel Of Love (McCoy/Westbury) 3.14
09. Blue Yodel #6 (Rodgers) 4.24
10. Let’s Have A Party (Robinson) 4.11
11. Shakin’ All Over (Kidd/Robinson) 3.43

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Steve Cropper – Dedicated – A Salute To The 5 Royales (2011)

FrontCover1Steven Lee Cropper (born October 21, 1941), sometimes known as “The Colonel”, is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, which backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. He also acted as the producer of many of these records. He was later a member of the Blues Brothers band. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Born on a farm in Willow Springs, Missouri, Cropper lived in the nearby towns of Dora and [[West Plains, Missouri|West Plains before moving with his family to Memphis at the age of nine. It was in Memphis where he was exposed black church music, which “blew [him] away”. Cropper acquired his first guitar via mail order at the age of 14.

He admired guitarists including Tal Farlow, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Reed, Chet Atkins, Lowman Pauling of the Five Royales and Billy Butler of the Bill Doggett band. (by wikipedia)

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Steve Cropper has said in numerous interviews that his main influence as a guitarist was Lowman Pauling, chief songwriter, arranger, and axeman of North Carolina’s 5 Royales, a ’50s-era group that wedded doo wop, jump blues, gospel, and jazz in an R&B style that scored them numerous hits throughout the 1950s. The 5 Royales also featured lead vocalist Johnny Tanner (and occasionally younger brother Eugene) supported by backing singers Otto Jeffries, Jimmy Moore, and Obadiah Carter. Cropper was approached by producer Jon Tiven (who he’d previously worked with on the first of his two collaborations with Felix Cavaliere) about collaborating on a tribute album to the 5 Royales, and jumped at the chance. Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales, which represents the latest chapter in a late-career resurgence for Cropper, one of the most influential soul guitarists in history, combines the talents of a red hot studio band — Cropper, bassist David Hood, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, percussionist Steve Ferrone, drummer Steve Jordan, and Neal Sugarman and Tiven on horns. In addition, Cropper and Tiven enlisted a stellar group of vocalists to perform 5 Royales standards: Lucinda Williams, Sharon Jones, Bettye LaVette, Delbert McClinton, Willie Jones, B.B. King, Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Miller, Dan Penn, Brian May, Steve Winwood, John Popper, and Dylan LeBlanc, fronting a great cast of backing singers.

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Despite the historic material and arrangements, Dedicated is a decidedly contemporary recording in production, saving it from the dubious fate of numerous other tribute albums that seek to re-create the actual vibe of original recordings. It begins with an excellent rendition of “Thirty Second Lover” featuring Winwood, but, fine as it is, it’s a teaser for what’s to come. LaVette and Willie Jones tear up “Don’t Be Ashamed.” On “Dedicated to the One I Love,” Williams literally sends shivers up and down the spine as she uses her gauzy, slow, emotive voice to wrench every ounce of emotion from the verses — with Penn adding another dimension to them on the bridge.

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Speaking of Penn, an excellent but reluctant lead singer, his reading of “Someone Made You for Me” is one of the most unexpectedly endearing performances on the set. McClinton’s “Right Around the Corner” puts these rhythm & blues in the heart of honky tonk country. The back-to-back readings of “Messin’ Up” by Jones and “Say It” by LaVette come close to stealing the show — but Williams still holds on with the title track and her searingly naked “When I Get Like This” as the closer. Cropper also takes a couple of economical but stinging instrumental breaks on “Help Me Somebody” and “Think” that reveal the depth of Pauling’s genius as well as his own. Given what a mixed bag tribute albums usually are, Dedicated is not only a surprise for its consistency, but a shining example of what they can — and should — be. (by Thom Jurek)

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Personnel:
Steve Cropper (guitar, background vocals on 12.)
Steve Ferrone (drums, percussion)
David Hood (bass)
Steve Jordan (drums)
Spooner Oldham (keyboards)
Neal Sugarman (saxophone)
Jon Tiven  (saxophone)
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Billy Block (percussion on 05.)
Shemekia Copeland (vocals, guitar on 03.)
Angel Cropper (background vocals on 03., 05., 09.)
Beth Hooker (background vocals on 02., 03., 05., 12.)
Sharon Jones (vocals on 09. + 12.)
Willie Jones (vocals on 02.)
B.B. King (vocals, guitar on 03.)
Bettye LaVette (vocals on 02., 10.
Dylan LeBlanc (vocals on 12., background vocals on 04.)
Brian May (vocals, guitar on 08.)
Delbert McClinton (vocals on 06.)
Buddy Miller (vocals, guitar on 11., background vocals on 12.)
Keb Mo (background vocals on 04., 06., 09. – 11.)
Leroy Parnell (background vocals on 04., 06., 09., 10.)
Dan Penn (vocals on 04., 12.,  background vocals on 11.
John Popper (vocals on 05.)
Harry Stinson (background vocals on 02., 03., 05., 12.)
Jon Tiven (background vocals on 06., 10. – 12.)
Lucinda Williams (vocals on 04. + 15.)
Steve Winwood (vocals, organ on 01.)

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Tracklist:
01. Thirty Second Lover (Paul/Pauling) 3.55
02. Don’t Be Ashamed (Pauling) 2.50
03. Baby Don’t Do It (Pauling) 2.51
04. Dedicated To The One I Love (Bass/Pauling) 3.15
05. My Sugar Sugar (Pauling) 3.08
06. Right Around The Corner (McCoy/Singleton) 2.36
07. Help Me Somebody (Instrumental) (Pauling) 3.08
08. I Do (Pauling) 2.48
09. Messin’ Up (Pauling) 3.05
10. Say It (Pauling) 2.25
11. The Slummer The Slum (Carter/Pauling) 3.12
12. Someone Made You For Me (Glover) 3.38
13. Think (Instrumental) (Pauling)  4:02
14. Come On & Save Me (Pauling) 2.58
15. When I Get Like This (Jeffires/LeBow) 2.29

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Mountain – Wilkes Barre (2011)

FrontCover1Mountain is an American hard rock band that formed on Long Island, New York in 1969. Originally comprising vocalist and guitarist Leslie West, bassist and vocalist Felix Pappalardi, keyboardist Steve Knight and drummer N. D. Smart, the band broke up in 1972 and has reunited frequently since 1973. Best known for their cowbell-tinged song “Mississippi Queen”, as well as the heavily sampled song “Long Red” and their performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, Mountain is one of many bands to be commonly credited as having influenced the development of heavy metal music in the 1970s. The group’s musical style primarily consisted of hard rock, blues rock and heavy metal. (by wikipedia)

And here´s a pretty good bootleg from one of these countless Mountain gigs after the death of Felix Pappalardi …. but Leslie West plays on and on …

Undisputedly one of the top guitarists around, Leslie West helped Rock 107 WEZX Scranton celebrate the station’s 31st birthday with an electrifying display.

Mountain circa 1969; Leslie West in 2016

Thanks to bcironmaiden who recorded and shared the tracks on the net. bcironmaiden noted: “There were also some tech problems during the show with Leslie’s guitar and the vocal mics on stage. That being said… they still kicked ass!”

What a fucking great show … what a fucking great concert !

Enjoy the power of Leslie West and his guitar … hot and dirty, loud and proud !

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Personnel:
Corky Laing (drums)
Richie Scarlet (bass, vocals on 04.)
Leslie West (guitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Blood Of The Sun (West/Pappalardi/Collins) 7.56
02. Never In My Life (Laing/Pappalardi/Collins/West) 4.54
03. For Yasgur’s Farm (Collins/Gardos/Laing/Pappalardi/Rea/Ship) 6.06
04. Goin’ Down (Nix) 7.35
05..Theme For An Imaginary Western (Bruce/Brown) 5.48
06. Cell 65 (West) 5.51
07. Crossroads (Johnson) 7.32
08. Nantucket Sleighride (Pappalardi/Collins/Laing) / Pain It Black (Jagger/Richards) 13.44
09. Mississippi Queen (West/Laing/Pappalardi/Rea) 7.04

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The Fleshtones featuring Lenny Kaye – Brooklyn Sound Solution (2011)

FrontCover1Often tagged as garage rock revivalists, the Fleshtones mix the fuzz guitar and Farfisa organ sounds of that genre with rockabilly, ’50s and ’60s R&B, and surf into a potent retro stew the group likes to call “super rock.” The group formed in 1976 in Queens, New York with vocalist/keyboardist Peter Zaremba, guitarist Keith Streng, bassist Jan Marek Pakulski, and drummer Bill Milhizer and aimed to return rock & roll to the simplicity and unself-consciousness of the ’50s and early ’60s. (The group was often joined on-stage and in the studio by sax player Gordon Spaeth, who passed on in 2005.) The group fit nicely into New York’s punk and new wave scene, and an early single, “American Beat,” attracted the attention of independent label Red Star and, in time, I.R.S. The group’s debut EP, Up-Front, was released in 1980 and was followed by their first full-length album, Roman Gods, and Blast Off!, an unreleased studio album recorded for Red Star in 1978. 1983 produced Hexbreaker, widely regarded as the Fleshtones’ finest album. The band continued to record through the ’80s and released Powerstance in 1992 and Beautiful Light in 1994. (Powerstance also marked the debut of new Fleshtones bassist Ken Fox, who replaced Pakulski in the lineup and has been with the group ever since.)

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While the group’s popularity dipped under the radar in the last half of the ’90s, in 2003 the group bounded back when they were signed to the potent indie label Yep Roc Records and released one of their best albums, Do You Swing? An equally solid follow-up, Beachhead, was issued in 2005 and was produced in part by Detroit garage rock kingpin Jim Diamond. Fleshtones side projects include Keith Streng’s band Full Time Men, which featured R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, and Peter Zaremba’s Love Delegation. In 2008, more than 30 years after the group formed, they released Take a Good Look, proving their ability to be just as raucous as they were in the good ol’ days. (by)

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Man oh man, you’ve got to be some kind of ballsy dad rock bar band to think you can get away with covering “Day Tripper” on this side of the new millennium. Well, it’s a good thing the Fleshtones, circa 2011 (featuring Lenny Kaye, from the Jim Carroll Band, the Patti Smith Group and the Lenny Kaye connection) are precisely this kind of dad rock bar band. The perpetual garage rock revivalists return with more of the same fuzzy, concise, toe-tapping rockers. Brooklyn Sound Solution is comparably low-energy, weighed against the ‘Tones prime ’70s and ’80s output. But considering that they all look like uncles and college professors now, that’s to be expected. Still, tracks like “I Can’t Hide,” “Rats in the Kitchen” and Kaye’s sole songwriting contribution, “Lost on Xandu,” reward repeated listens. They may not be quite as vibrant, but the Fleshtones still sound good. Sure, they’re old, but they’re better than the Stones. (by John Semley)

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“Pardon us for living, but the graveyard is full.” or so goes the title of a new documentary film telling the tale of The Fleshtones. While that sentiment is a bit tongue-in-cheek, it’s also true. The Fleshtones have been grinding out garage rock before garage rock was even called garage rock, and turning rock clubs like Max’s Kansas city into impromptu discos for over 30 years. While chart hits and magazine covers weren’t to be their fate; a reputation as the hardest working, most sincere rock band on the planet was cultivated in the process. The result of that distinction is their new album ‘Brooklyn Sound Solution’ featuring the legendary Lenny Kaye. In addition to his role as long-time guitarist for Patti Smith, Kaye also curated the seminal garage and psychedelic music compilations nuggets. Have a problem you can’t solve? The Fleshtones offer you a ‘Brooklyn Sound Solution’. (by roughtrade.com)

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Personnel:
Ken Fox (bass, vocals)
Bill Milhizer (drums, percussion, vocals)
Keith Streng (vocals, guitar)
Peter Zaremba (vocals, keyboards, harmonica)
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Steve Greenfield (saxophone)
Lenny Kaye (guitar)
Matt Verderay (vibraphone)
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Anne Streng – Dave Faulkner – Phast Phreddie

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01. Comin’ Home Baby (Tucker/Dorough) 2.45
02. I Wish You Would (Arnold) 2.41
03. Day Tripper (Lennon/McCartney) 2.41
04. Bite Of My Soul (Zaremba) 2.37
05. You Give Me Nothing To Go On (Instrumental Version) (Taylor) 2.24
06. Lost On Xandu (Kaye) 3.05
07. I Can’t Hide (Parker) 2.21
08. Solution #1 (Streng) 2.45
09. Rats In My Kitchen (Estes) 2.03
10. Back Beat #1 (J. Petze/L. Petze/Collins/Pizze) 1.53
11. You Give Me Nothing To Go On (Taylor) 2.12
12. Solution #2 (Zaremba) 2.11

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Pasadena Roof Orchestra – The Christmas Album (2011)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Pasadena Roof Orchestra presents its very first Christmas Album. All the tracks are carefully selected Christmas favourites drawn from the Orchestra’s extensive repertoire, and capture the very essence of a vintage Christmas celebration.

A Christmas album from an established artist is normally high up on the recording agenda. In this respect it might be fair to say this album is somewhat overdue, especially as the Orchestra had a radio hit with “White Christmas” in the 70s. A little research into seasonal songs from the 20s, 30s and 40s reveals a wealth of material, and whilst some of these tracks will be very familiar, others not so. “It’s Winter Again” or “I’m Going Home for Christmas” for example are welcome new additions to a Christmas playlist.

The styles on this album range from a pure Norman Rockwell like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” to an out and out swinging Dorsey style “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”. It starts with a Simon Townley inspired “Christmas Stomp” – listeners who can spot all the tunes in this medley can award themselves an extra mince pie!

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The Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been playing swing and hot dance jazz for over 40 years, releasing roughly 40 albums in that span. The London based outfit is extremely popular throughout Europe and, of late, in Japan. The founder of the group, John Arthy, was the last original member of the group when he retired in 1997. But the band goes on. Arthy founded the band upon having discovered a trunk full of original band arrangements from the 20s in an attic, so the bulk of the band’s repertoire is 20s and 30s, but they don’t always limit themselves to pre-war material (“The Christmas Album” being a good example; the song “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” made it’s first appearance in song on the radio in 1948). (stubbyschristmas.com)

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Personnel:
Mally Baxter (trumpet)
Dave Berry (bass, sousphone)
Dave Ford (trumpet)
Robert Fowler (saxophone, clarinet)
Adrian Fry (trombone, vocals)
Duncan Galloway (vocals, saxophone, clarinet)
James Hastings (saxophone, clarinet)
Dai Pritchard (saxophone, clarinet)
Graham Roberts (guitar, banjo)
Simon Townley (piano, celsta, vocals)
John Watson (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. Christmas Stomp (Townley) 3.42
02. Winter Wonderland (Bernard/Smith) 2.49
03. It’s Winter Again (Freed/Goodhart/Hoffmann) 3.09
04. Sleigh Ride (Anderson) 3.05
05. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Marks) 3.12
06. White Christmas (Berlin) 3.18
07. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot (Carr/Connor/Leach) 2.35
08. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Gannon/Kent/Ram) 2.53
09. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Coots/Gillespie) 3.39
10. I’m Going Home For Christmas (Goodheart/Hoffmann/Sigler) 2.52
11. Jingle Bells (Pierpont) 2.18
12. Silent Night (Stille Nacht) (Gruber/Mohr) 2:19

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Vandaveer – Dig Down Deep (2011)

FrontCover1.jpgVandaveer is an American, Louisville, KY-based indie-folk musical project, spearheaded by singer-songwriter Mark Charles Heidinger. Vandaveer has released five albums and three EPs since 2007, touring extensively throughout the US and Europe, logging over 1200 shows to date.

Vandaveer began performing as a solo artist in late 2006, releasing his debut record, Grace & Speed, in the spring of 2007 on the now-defunct DC label, Gypsy Eyes Records. Rose Guerin began singing with Vandaveer in mid-2007 and has been a permanent fixture since. Robby Cosenza, Justin Craig and J. Tom Hnatow (all formerly of These United States) are regular collaborators with Vandaveer both in the studio and on stage. 2009 saw the release of Vandaveer’s second full-length LP, Divide & Conquer, on the Supply & Demand Music label in the US and Alter K Records in Europe.

In 2010, Vandaveer self-released the five-song EP, A Minor Spell, a stark, lo-fi homemade recording centered largely around the vocal pairing of Heidinger and Guerin.

In April 2011, the band released their third full-length record, entitled Dig Down Deep, again via Supply & Demand Music and Alter K Records.

Vandeveer01.jpgVandaveer’s fourth full-length LP, Oh, Willie Please… was released in April 2013, via Quack Media. The album, featuring J. Tom Hnatow on dobro, piano, pedal steel and acoustic guitar and Phillips Saylor on clawhammer banjo and acoustic guitar, is a collection of traditional folk songs, mostly murder ballads and songs of self-ruin, and was inspired in part by the band’s participation in The 78 Project in December, 2011.

On February 16, 2016, Vandaveer released their fifth full-length LP, The Wild Mercury. Timothy Monger of AllMusic called The Wild Mercury “…perhaps his most personal and well-constructed collection yet.”  Dylan Weller of Splash Magazine gave the album a score of 8/10 and said, “Their old-timey sound of angelic harmonies combined with hearty rustic guitar leads to a titillating production.”

Prior to Vandaveer, Heidinger was the primary vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for The Apparitions from Lexington, KY.

Vandaveer has been featured in Vincent Moon’s La Blogotheque series of live music encounters, called Take Away Shows. The video for “Pretty Polly,” the first single from Oh, Willie, Please… stars David Yow (The Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid) and Tricia Vessey, and was directed by long-time Vandaveer video & film collaborator Jared Varava. (by wikipedia)

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And here´s their third album:

As the title to Vandaveer‘s third album suggests, frontman Mark Charles Heidinger gets even more personal with his songwriting on these forthright batch of new tunes, while also clearly identifying with his countrified Kentucky roots. Dig Down Deep is a delicate collection of artfully crafted Americana that pulses with an honesty and elegance that ultimately makes these songs memorable while also sounding distinctly timeworn and familiar, even upon first listen. Rose Guerin’s lovely vocal harmonies augment each number with a deeper tenderness and added intimacy, as the duo’s weathered voices blend seamlessly over the sparse, wispy arrangements.

The hymn-like title track opens the record splendidly, as the muted strum of Heidinger’s acoustic guitar eventually gives way to an uplifting piano strain and muted drums that elevate the song to its rousing chorus. It’s a striking start that surely will catch any listener’s attention, but the band switch gears a bit on the rootsy ‘Concerning Past & Future Conquests’ (as they do consistently throughout the record), which has a poppier melody and echoes Damien Rice a bit both in the vocal delivery and raw emotion conveyed by Heidinger and Guerin. There is an old-world sound to each of these numbers, which is a testament to the subtle beauty of Heidinger’s songwriting, but also to the subtle, understated production that never piles on more sonic layers than these refined songs can handle.

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‘Beat, Beat, My Heart’ is the longest track on the record, and even though it comes near the start, it forms the sturdy centerpiece of the album. The restrained guitar work featured throughout the track gives the song a real front-porch singalong feel, as if we have gathered around the duo as they sing to a reassuring roomful of friends. It’s a moving, genuine track that works because of its discerning nature, never trying for anything more grand or overreaching for fear of sounding false. The emotions conveyed by these stirring songs always come across cleanly and bristle with an authenticity that only adds to the lingering sentiment the listener is left with after spending time with the record.

‘The Great Gray’ injects a palatable sadness to the middle portion of the album, which continues with the mournful, bluesy piano of ‘As A Matter Of Fact,’ which colours the song with a disconsolate passion that is easy to identify with. But they snap out of their doldrums on the boisterous ‘The Nature Of Our Kind,’ a spirited, emphatic number that is one of the clear standouts of Dig Down Deep, and surely will get fans singing along on the rousing chorus. And rather than sticking out awkwardly after the string of downtempo numbers, the track fits seamlessly within the confines of the emotional spectrum set by these songs, and the record flows impeccably from start to finish.

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After the driving urgency of ‘Spite’ and ‘Pick Up The Pace,’ the album concludes with the impassioned solemnity of ‘AOK’ and ‘The Walking Hour.’ The latter track comes across as a bit of a tragic lullaby that, despite its somber undertones and harrowing lyrics, at least provides a welcome bit of serenity for both the singer and listener alike after the tender, revealing sentiments expressed throughout the recording. It’s a strong finish to an album that touches a clear nerve, featuring songs that make you feel but also make you move at the right moments. And it’s ultimately quite refreshing to hear something this honest and heartfelt coming out of Washington, DC. Let’s just hope that some of the leaders are listening. (Erik Thompson)

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Personnel:
Rose Guerin (vocals, guitar)
Mark Charles Heidinger (all instruments, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Dig Down Deep 4.03
02. Concerning Past & Future Conquests 3.17
03. Beat, Beat, My Heart 5.52
04. The Great Gray 2.37
05. As A Matter Of Fact 4.42
06. The Nature Of Our Kind 3.38
07. Spite 2.40
08. Pick Up The Pace 2.26
09. AOK 4.45
10. The Waking Hour 5.35

All songs written by Mark Charles Heidinger

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The Head Cat – Walk The Walk, Talk The Talk (2011)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Head Cat is an American rockabilly supergroup formed by vocalist Lemmy (of Motörhead), drummer Slim Jim Phantom (of The Stray Cats) and guitarist Danny B. Harvey (of Lonesome Spurs and The Rockats). As of 2017, former Morbid Angel member David Vincent took Lemmy’s place as vocalist and bassist.

Head Cat was formed after recording the Elvis Presley tribute album Swing Cats, A Special Tribute to Elvis in July 1999 to which the future band-mates all contributed. After recordings were finished they stayed at the studio and Lemmy picked up an acoustic guitar and started playing some of his old favorite songs by Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran.[3] The rest of the guys knew them all and joined in.[4] The name of the band was created by combining the names Motörhead, The Stray Cats and 13 Cats, which resulted in The Head Cat, similar to what Lemmy did in 1980 with Headgirl, a collaboration between Motörhead and Girlschool.

In 2006, the band released their first studio album on Jun 27, Fool’s Paradise, which was a re-release of an earlier album titled Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B recorded in September 1999 but Fool’s Paradise doesn’t include 3 songs from first release and track list is in different order, sleeve is different as well and they used name The Head Cat for first time. It included cover songs from artists such as Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Jimmy Reed, T-Bone Walker, Lloyd Price, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

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On the recordings Lemmy played acoustic guitar in live performance too like on “Rockin’ At Cat Club” only live album they had, on live performances Lemmy uses his signature Rickenbacker bass in later years saying “I’m just not that good on guitar”. Live album “Rockin At Cat Club” have almost all different songs from other two studio albums. Before that re-release, a DVD of a live performance was released on 25 April 2006, album was recorded in on Tuesday Jan 13 2004 and was released in 2006 on limited Vinyl 322 copies too. Filmed at the Phantom’s Cat Club on Los Angeles Sunset Strip and which included 13 live songs and interviews with the band.

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The band’s second studio album (or third altogether), Walk the Walk…Talk the Talk, was recorded by the Niji Entertainment Group in June 2010, released in 2011. This was the first new material by the band in eleven years, following up from the Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B album in 1999. It has two original songs “American Beat” and “Eagles Fly On Friday”. First album was all acoustic, Lemmy was on rhythm guitar, harmonica and vocals. Second album, live album, was half acoustic, Lemmy was on acoustic guitar but Danny B was on electric guitar. Third album (second studio) was all electric, Lemmy played bass like in Motorhead. In 2016 Cleopatra Records re-released live album “Rockin At Cat Club” on vinyl with different sleeve from original release and for first time on CD three panel digipak. (by wikipedia)

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While Lemmy Kilmister was best known as an innovator in heavy metal with his over the top band Motörhead, he was around to witness the early days of rock & roll. The Head Cat was a side project that allowed Lemmy to indulge his passion for rockabilly and first-era rock. The Head Cat featured Lemmy on bass, guitars, and vocals; Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats on drums and vocals; and Danny B. Harvey of the Rockats and the Lonesome Spurs on guitar, bass, and keys. The trio came together when Lemmy was invited to contribute guitar and vocals for the 2000 album A Special Tribute to Elvis by Phantom and Harvey’s group the Swing Cats. After cutting a version of “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” Lemmy picked up a guitar and began jamming on some classic Eddie Cochran tunes. Phantom and Harvey quickly joined in, and the three felt the chemistry was right and they should cut an album of their own.

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In 2000, the trio recorded Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B, which was released by the German label Steamhammer; it was reissued in a different sequence and with new artwork in 2006 by Cleopatra Records under the title Fool’s Paradise. The band played occasional live dates when their schedules permitted, and a 2004 show in Los Angeles was released in a special DVD/LP package, 2006’s Rockin’ the Cat Club: Live from the Sunset Strip. In 2011, the Head Cat brought out a second studio album, Walk the Walk…Talk the Talk. While the debut album consisted entirely of vintage rock & roll covers, Walk the Walk featured a pair of original numbers along with ten rockabilly, blues, and country chestnuts.

The Head Cat continued to play occasional club and festival dates until early 2015, when HeadCat05.jpgLemmy’s failing health began to interfere with his performance schedule. The Head Cat were scheduled to perform as part of a Lemmy birthday show on December 13, 2015, but Kilmister was too ill to participate. He died on December 28, ending the trio’s memorable run. (by Mark Deming)

It’s been a while since listeners last heard from the HeadCat, Lemmy Kilmister’s rock & roll side project. And now, five years after the release of their debut, Fool’s Paradise, comes their sophomore effort, Walk the Walk…Talk the Talk. Joining the Lem-man once more are Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom and Rockats guitarist Danny B. Harvey, and again, the trio has cooked up a rockin’ good time, heavy on readings of classic rock & rollers from yesteryear, cases in point being several tracks that were later covered/made famous by rock royalty — the Chuck Berry obscurity “Let It Rock” (later covered by the Rolling Stones), Johnny Kidd & the Pirates’ “Shakin’ All Over” (later covered by the Who), and an album-closing rendition of Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” (later covered by Cream). And Lemmy’s trademark throaty growl works better than you’d think in the context of old-time rock & roll, as he takes it down a few notches on such ditties as “I Ain’t Never” and “The Eagle Flies on Friday.” As with the HeadCat’s debut album, Walk the Walk…Talk the Talk is a much welcomed arrival in a period that will undoubtedly go down as “the Auto-Tune era,” when the original thrill of raw and real rock & roll has been all but replaced by computer-perfected blahness. (by Greg Prato)

And their version of the Robert Johnson classic “Crossroads” was of course inspired by the legendary Cream !!!

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Personnel:
Danny B. Harvey (guitar, piano)
Lemmy Kilmister (bass, vocals)
Slim Jim Phantom (drums)
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01. American Beat (Harvey/Kilmister/Phantom) 1.44
02. Say Mama (Earl/Meeks) 2.02
03. I Ain’t Never (Tillis/Pierce) 1.53
04. Bad Boy (Williams) 1.58
05. Shakin’ All Over (Heath) 2.34
06. Let It Rock (Berry) 2.07
07. Something Else (Cochran/Sheeley) 2.04
08. The Eagle Flies On Friday (Harvey/Kilmister/Phantom) 3.22
09. Trying To Get To You (Singleton/McCoy) 2.23
10. You Can’t Do That (Lennon/McCartney) 2.29
11. It’ll Be Me (Clement) 1.58
12. Crossroads (Johnson) 3.04

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