Various Artists – Celebrating Jon Lord – The Composer (2014)

FrontCover1Jon Lord is remembered as the founder of Deep Purple and one of the seminal rock keyboardists of all time. But Lord was also a respected composer, something he pursued alongside and throughout his tenure in Deep Purple. His untimely death in 2012 from a pulmonary embolism cut short a stellar career that was much richer than many realize.
With this album, Lord gets his due. An impressive cast of characters came together to perform select works live in the Royal Albert Hall. The result is something best described as cinematic. As individual pieces, the drama, energy, and emotion shines through. As a live concert it is a wonderful celebration of one man’s life work. (by innocentwords.com)

The passing of Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in 2012 was sad for the obvious reasons, but also because he was about to release a just finished re-imagining of his “Concerto for Group and Orchestra,” a piece Deep Purple first played live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969, and one that is often cited as the first true meeting of classical and rock. Lord was a big part of the heavy orchestral prog rock sound of Deep Purple, and he could rock when needed, or take center stage and play pretty as the soundtrack for a majestic autumn wind. He played with other bands as time went on, including Whitesnake, but in his later years he increasingly pursued his aspirations as a classical composer.

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Which brings us to this set, one of two volumes derived from a historic tribute concert held April 4, 2014 at Royal Albert Hall that marked the 45th anniversary of when Lord’s “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” first debuted there. Surviving members of Deep Purple were on hand for the tribute, as well as Paul Weller, Whitesnake’s Micky Moody, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, and many others, including the Orion Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann. The evening opened with a classical set from the orchestra, which is what we have here, then went to a more rock-oriented second act, before concluding with a set by Deep Purple — the rock and Deep Purple portions of the evening are available as Celebrating Jon Lord: The Rock Legend, the other volume of this tribute set.

Among the highlights of this opening classical portion are the majestic “Fantasia” (from Sarabande), complete with horns, and a beautiful “All Those Years Ago,” which features vocals from Micky Moody and illustrates just how much vision Lord really had for a classical/rock fusion, and in retrospect, how Deep Purple personified that vision. (by Steve Leggett)

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Personnel:
Miller Anderson (vocals on 04.)
Mario Argandoña (percussion on 01., 04., 06. + 07.)
Steve Balsamo (vocals on 03.)
Matthew Barley (cello on 02.; =$:)
Jerry Brown (drums on 01., 05. + 07.)
Margo Buchanan (vocals on 06.)
Murray Gould (guitar on 01., 05. + 07.)
Nigel Hopkins (piano on 01., 03.  05. + 07.,  organ on 02.)
Jeremy Irons (speaker on 08.)
Paul Mann (piano on 08.)
Jacqueline Martens (violin on 02.)
Micky Moody (guitar on 03.)
Darragh Morgan (violin on 06.)
Neil Murray (bass on 01., 05. + 07.)
Anna Phoebe (violin on 03.)
Kathryn Tickell (pipe om 02.)
Rick Wakeman (synthesizer on 05.)
Wix Wickens (keyboards on 01. + 07. piano on 06. )
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The Orion Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann

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Tracklist:
01. Fantasia (from Sarabande) (Lord) 4.14
02. Durham Awakes (from Durham Concerto) (Lord) 8.54
03. All Those Years Ago (Lord/Balsamo) 6:47
04. Pictured Within (Lord) 9.09
05. Sarabande (Lord) 8.36
06. One From The Meadow (Lord/Brown) 9.58
07. Bourrée (from Sarabande) 7.22
08. Afterwards (Lord/Hardy) 4.20
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Rolland Hazzard – Young Girls (2014)

frontcover1Rolland Hazzard is a roots rock, folk rock, americana band from Austin, Texas.

Rolland Hazzard is a fine Rock band that can belt out some great jams. Two awesome vocalists and all awesome musicians.

Rolland Hazzard is a indie band … and this is their debut album and I guess, it´s one of the finest debut albums from the last years.

A tasteful mix of early Americana along with the ideals of Laurel Canyon 70’s folk-rock steeped in a large vat of heavy guitars and psychedelic undertones.

“There are incredible bands in Austin making mind blowing music but there are only two bands I would put my entire retirement pension (which at this point is a box of Yo MTV Raps cards and a few hundred VHS tapes) on the line for and that’s Annabelle Chairlegs and Rolland Hazzard. I’ve been chasing bands around and pretending to play guitar for a long long time and I’ve come to realize that what I lack in charisma or personality I make up for with spot on band predictions. Rolland Hazzard are about to skyrocket into the social ether whether the Hotel Vegas crowd is ready to concede to it or not, there are no keymasters to success and art is not a democracy, Rolland Hazzard are the complete package and rightfully so.” (by heycoolkid.net)

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Personnel:
Seth Gibbs (drums, vocals)
Matthew Krausse (keyboards, accordion)
Christopher Putney (guitar)
Houston Putney (guitar, vocals)
Justin Smith (bass, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Young Girls 4.56
02. Gold 3.17
03. Hether St. 3.14
04. Fuck Around 5.47
05. My Name 5-33
06. Imaginary Kingdom 4.44
07. Tonight’s Trouble 4.04
08. Baptized 3.30
09. They Don’t Know  3.56
10. Summer Worship 5.36
11. Ghosts Of Memphis 6.04

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Rolland Hazzard live at the Hotel Vegas, Austin, November 9, 2014:

Jeff Beck – Live In Tokyo (2014)

frontcover1Since his early days with the Yardbirds and on through his genre-busting solo years, Jeff Beck‘s guitar style remains uniquely his own. He proves that once again on his new DVD, Live in Tokyo.

Filmed in April 2014 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan, following the surprise US tour he did with Brian Wilson the previous fall. On that tour, Beck introduced a couple of new songs from an as-yet unreleased new album, including “Yemin,” which also turns up here.

Fans of Beck will be thrilled with pretty much everything about this set. The master delivers spirited versions of classics like “Blue Wind,” “Led Boots” and “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” as well as his unique version of the Beatles‘ “A Day In The Life,” which has left more than one fan dazzled and dazed by its beauty.

It is not, of course, a one man show. Beck’s backing band, fairly new at the time of the filming, more than hold their own. Drummer Jonathan Joseph and bassist Rhonda Smith make for a very powerful (if at times a bit busy) rhythm section. The style of guitarist Nicolas Meier compliments Beck without ever stepping on his spotlight.

Those wanting a simple explanation of what Beck does from this concert will be disappointed. He manages to spread his wings across jazz, funk, rock, blues and ballads without blinking. The medley of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Brush With The Blues,” long a

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staple of his live shows, is a particular gem. Even when he veers off into a display of technical flash and fire, he never loses the soul which is always at the heart of his playing.

The heavy as hell “Big Block” is captured here in a stunning performance. And of course, when he wants to cut loose, there is still no stopping him. A moving rendition of “‘Cause We Ended As Lovers” from Blow By Blow, a stellar take on Jimi Hendrix‘s “Little Wing” and a powerhouse “Rollin’ and Tumblin” are among the highlights.

The actual sound and visual here is fantastic. Sharp image and crystal clear sound give the viewer the old “next best thing to being there” feeling, without question. All in all, Live In Tokyo is a must for fans of Jeff Beck and his mastery of the guitar. Casual fans may find it a bit indulgent at times, but then again, it’s doubtful anyone falls on the “casual” side of the fence when it comes to Mr. Beck these days. (by ultimateclassicrock.com)

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There is a moment in the recently released DVD, Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo, when it really hits home that Beck is indeed a genius. It’s not when he’s driving through a rocker like “Big Block” or rockabilly jazzing in “Rollin’ & Tumblin’” or even when he’s giving homage to John Lennon on “A Day In The Life.” It’s when he is so quiet and the notes are so delicate they could shatter at the slightest touch. That is when all the years of hype about Beck’s immense artistry on the guitar solidifies in your mind. He is a genius.

Filmed in April of last year at the Tokyo Dome City Hall, this is Jeff Beck at probably his most mature. Nothing is rushed, nothing is overly lit, nothing is fake. It’s Beck accompanied by three very strong musicians (guitarist Nicolas Meier, bassist Rhonda Smith and drummer Jonathan Joseph) performing in synch to compositions by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Charles Mingus, Stevie Wonder and Beck himself. (by glidemagazine.com)

And this is the audio version from this concert.

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Personnel:
Jeff Beck (guitar)
Jonathan Joseph (drums)
Nicolas Meier (guitar)
Rhonda Smith (bass, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Introduction/Loaded (Beck/Garcia) 4.52
02. Little Wing (Hendrix) 3.10
03. You Know You Know (McLaughlin) 6.44
04. Hammerhead (Beck/Rebello) 4.05
05. Angel (Footsteps) (Hymas) 5.30
06. Stratus (Cobham) 5.45
07. Yemin (Meier) 6.23
08. Where Were You (Beck/Bozzio/Hymas) 3.15
09. The Pump (Hymas/Phillips) 3.57
10. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’ (Mingus) / ‘Brush With The Blues (Hymas/Beck) 4.08
11. You Never Know (Hammer) 4.05
12. Danny Boy (Traditional) 3.04
13. Blue Wind (Hammer) 2.55
14. Led Boots (Middelton) 4.10
15. Corpus Christi Carol (Traditional) 2.33
16. Big Block (Beck/Bozzio/Hymas) 5.18
17. A Day In The Life (Lennon/McCartney) 6.11
18. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (Traditional) 5.14
19. ‘Cause We Ended As Lovers () 3.59
20. Why Give It Away (Beck/Delila/Appapoulay/Cassell/McEwan) 6.38

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Eva Klein – Nothing To Add (2014)

FrontCover1Eva Klein is a very young singer/songwriter from Munich/Germany. And this is her debut album:

“Nothing to Add” offers its listeners classical singer/songwriter artistry, flavoured with a taste of folk and jazz, the hand-crafted ensemble transposed in minimalistically arranged music and pure analogue sound. The 14 tracks of her first solo album reveal an authentic and impassioned journey through the artist’s emotional world. In turns sad, ironic, cheeky or melancholic, the album is always honest with vivid lyrics that demand to be listened to.

At the same time the creative arrangements for the album are running at full speed. The process is fulfilling and exhausting at the same time – it’s never been more exciting. (Eva Klein)

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This is a very fine debut (with excellent guitar solos by Tim Turusov !) and I hope, that we can hear more of these folky tunes from Germany- Long live the singer/singwriter tradition !

LivePersonnel:
Eva Klein (guitar, vocals)
Flo Streitwieser (bass)
Tim Turusov (guitar)

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01. This Is Home 4.03
02. Love Is A Demon 3.06
03. The Moment I‘m Thinking Of You 3.50
04. I Was Wrong 3.52
05. The Baltic Sea 4.49
06. All That Matters 4.10
07. You Made It Real 3.36
08. Look Around You 2.46
09. Salt 3.50
10. When Will I Find 3.39
11. Kiss Again 5.04
12. Jailor 4.49
13. Twenty-Nine 4.20
14. No One 4.04

All songs are written by Eva Klein

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Patti Smith – Live In Berlin (2015)

FrontCover1This was a real rare performance by the great Patti Smith.

This CD was recorded live at the Apostle Paulus Church in Berlin on February 13, 2014.

By the way, in case you haven’t noticed, Patti Smith has never sounded better. She was always amazing live, but here she´s in top form.

Check out the awesome noir guitar from Patti’s son Jackson.

And you can hear Patti reading from William S. Burroughs book “The Wild Boys”. This is the lyrical side of Patti Smith and this a wonderful side of her !

It must be a magic night and hear you can hear some tracks from this evening. This CD is private edition by Patti Smith and was sold during their gigs in Germany. I guess this is the first official live album from Patti Smth ever and and it´s a brilliant one !

And we have an unusual line-up (without Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty) !

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Personnel:
Sebastian Rochford (drums)
Tony Shanahan (piano, bass, vocals)
Jackson Smith (guitar, bass, vocals)
Patti Smith (vocals, guitar)

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01. Wild Boys (Burroughs/J.Smith) 7.45
02. Wing (Smith) 6.19
03. Redondo Beach (Smith/Sohl/Kaye) 4.17
04. Birdland (Smith/Sohl/Kaye/Kral) 9.27
05. Bertolt (Smith) 3.47
06. My Blakean Year (Smith) 5.08
07. Capital Letter (Smith) 3.57
08. Beneath The Southern Cross (Smith/Kaye) 8.41
09. People Have The Power (P.Smith/F.Smith) 5.54

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