Monthly Archives: March 2010

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Slowhand’s 65 – Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton


 
todays the the – 30th march 2010 – that the worlds most famous and too many also the best of all blues guitarists celebrates his 65th birthday. clapton himself always denied the meanwhile legendary claims that he was a god, but if i (as an atheist) was to found a religion, well he probably would be something like that. especially because he played in a band that since my childhood had been as important to me as perhaps the beatles: the yardbirds.
i am not talking about the pop-mainstream ‘for your love’-yardbirds, im rather talking about the ‘five live’-yardbirds, who were still down to earth and, well, down to blues of course. in the little early-clapton package that i put together there are two yardbirds records from those days, ‘live! blueswailing july 1964’, their first official lp ‘five live yardbirds’ from the same year and a sampler entitled ‘for your love’ (which was actually the very last yardbirds song on which he played) containing mostly the clapton material released on 45s by the yardbirds. additionlly, theres another, lesser-known gem, a recording the yardbirds did together with blues legend sonny boy williamson II in december 1963, which wasnt …

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Sunday, 28 March 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 18 of 44


 
i am very sorry that there are no new music posts this weekend, but as i am currently recovering from a bad case of pleurisy i had to spend a lot of time in bed the last days (if you ever had this, you know what horrible pain this can give you – it struck me thursday night right after returning from eric andersen in cologne, but fortunally its getting better now). next week of course there will be more new stuff!
now about this new part of the beatles starschnitt: here we have paulys fingers on the front- and on the backpage another issue of the fashion column we had already seen on the backpage of parts 14 & 15. so you get some cute girls in funny dresses aswell, not too bad is it? next time well have a starschnitt part showing pauls thumb, so were getting closer and closer to completing the second beatle!
click here for the other parts posted so far.

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Friday, 26 March 2010

Folk and Fiddle in Cologne


 this is just the second issue in my series of concert reports, but again it is about the same artist as the first one. yesterday, on march 25th, eric andersen and his wife inge with italian violinist michele gazich as a special guest gave a small concert in cologne – and of course my friends and i were there to attend it. for more background information on eric and the concert before please see the post from the 14th february: today is the highway – and eric andersen is 67.
michele gazich, eric and inge andersen this time it was no private performance but an official one in a (very) small theater in cologne, and many people (in relation to the capacity of the concert room of course, which held no more than 50 to 60 people) and quite a handful of celebrities came, among them former rockpalast presenter alan bangs and german blues man richard bargel, who organized the event. what was special about this concert was that was to be recorded both on tape and video for a future release.
before my friends and i went to the theater we spent a nice afternoon in sunny …

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Friday, 26 March 2010

Leadbelly at Mojo Repair Shop


 
continuing the blues theme of my last post, heres a recommendation for a highly interesting series started on mojo repair shop last week: a series on the life and work of william ‘huddie’ ledbetter who became a famous blues legend under the name

Leadbelly

the blues fans among you will surely enjoy this extensive, highly informative tribute to one of the first men in modern blues history.
and if you like it, please be so kind and leave some feedback at mojos.

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Friday, 26 March 2010

VA: Blues & Boogie


 
heres the boogie/blues compilation that pablo had asked me for a while ago. i originally put it together last year so i just had to upload it.
this is certainly more blues than boogie, but im sure a lot of you will dig it nevertheless, and if youre a fan of either blues, bluesrock, rhythm n blues or all together, you will certainly love this. the figure on the cover, by the way, is taken from an old concert poster of the pop & blues festival in essen, germany, in 1969, to which my dad went back then and brought the poster with him.
there are some really fine goodies on this comp (sorry but the sound quality differs from track to track, as its a mixture of analog and digital sources), among them old blues classics from legends like john lee hooker, who is featured here with 1973 recordings of dimples and boom boom, the latter of which virtually everyone (blues fan or not) know thanks to the cult movie the blues brothers; or sonny boy williamson with a ’66 recording of his famous bring it on home (to which led zeppelin paid a great …

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Saturday, 20 March 2010

The Box Tops: I Shall Be Released / I Must Be The Devil (1969)


 
i wanted to post this 45 some time anyway, but now theres a very recent and also very sad reason for me to post it. this week, on the 17th march alex chilton, singer of the box tops and later of big star, died of a hart attack at the age of just 59. so as a tribute to him heres a late single by the box tops (i dont need to mention it, but of course you all know the letter) from 1969. you can see alex on the very left in the picture above.
the a-side of course is a dylan cover, not of surprising quality or ingenuinity, but the b-side shows a not-as-much expected side of the box tops, the rather bluesy self-penned song i must be the devil (sorry for the scratches at the beginning) is a slow blues number with a certain r&b; appeal that id never have expected from that group. the vocals are undeniably the same as on the letter, but its an entirely different kind of music – and keep in mind this guy was only 18 at the time!
so much for that, lets hope the poor …

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Saturday, 20 March 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 16 & 17 of 44


 
starting off for this weekend, here are parts 16 and 17 of the big big beatles puzzle. i hope you enjoyed collecting the parts so far as we’re more and more approaching the very middle of this series. not many words now, keep watching for the new posts this week!
click here for the other parts posted so far.

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Friday, 19 March 2010

Sandy Nelson: Teen Beat / Big Jump (1959)


 
guess what the mailman brought me today – a new 45! and not any 45, but a very special one. this is not only one of the coolest records i own, but also the oldest (by now, lets see what is still to come), pressed in 1959, with original label paper sleeve (which youll see in the un-edited scan inside the download file). what a jewel!!! im still terribly excited about this, so heres the rip that i instantly made of it.
sandy nelson will be known to most of you who are familiar with the late 50s and early 60s, but to those who dont know him yet: he was one of the most amazing drummers of that time, often to be heard on other artists recordings as a session drummer, but he also released some simly fantastic solo records, and this is one of those. it isnt only one of those, it is his very first record at all (though this is a british pressing and not american, so it doesnt really count as a first issue, but nevertheless it was issued the very same year). teen beat is one of his most famous pieces, …

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

At Last the 1958 Rock and Roll Show: I Can’t Drive / Working On The Railroad (1968)


 
extremely recommended!!! this fantastic piece of bluesy, boogie-beat rock & roll (whatever) is the special highlight for tonight. before getting down to business, a few infos on the band first: the most famous member of this short lived combo (this 45 being their one and only release) is ian hunter (patterson) on bass, whod later gain world fame with his band mott the hoople. other members were freddie ‘fingers’ lee (piano/vocals – who already had recorded i cant drive three years before), miller anderson (guitar) and pete philips (drums). another contribution came from british pop-psych legends grapefruit who provided the driving backing vocals and jimmy duncan (nems) was the producer. later they changed their name to charlie woolfe and recorded a second 45.
the long and weird name which the group took derives from a satirical tv show on itv at the time, at last the 1948 show, featuring future monty python members graham chapman and john cleese with guest appearances of eric idle.
now about this great rock&roll; show:
i cant drive is a speedy tongue-in-cheek late 60s rock n roller you wont be able to resist, especially the groovy boogie-woogie piano work and …

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Dust: Stone Woman / Loose Goose (1971)


 
now this one usually should be really off my taste, but surprisingly this fantastic 45 by us hardrockers dust is one of my very favourites (their other work is good aswell, but these two tracks are the over-all highlight). maybe the most notable fact about this (to a certain extend) fairly obscure group is that their drummer was teenage (15 year old) marc bell, who later became the drummer of the punk-of-the-first-hour group the ramones and named himself marky ramone, and is featured on this recording aswell.
im sorry the vinyl is a little damaged, which is mainly to be noticed during the innocent whistling at the beginning of stone woman. but as the song instantly bursts out into a matchless rock inferno with some great drum beats and a fine guitar theme, it can fairly be heard then. stone woman is a powerful early 70s rock number that you should definitely not miss!
the b-side is even more frantic and somehow tongue-in-cheek. a speeeeeedy instrumental with fast drums and fantastic fast guitar work, very looooose! if that doesnt get you moving and flipping around, then you must be sedated somehow…
honestly, i don know …

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

David McWilliams: Days Of Pearly Spencer / Harlem Lady (1967)


 
to get back to some more artists from the uk now, heres david mcwilliams one hit wonder, the days of pearly spencer. the striking elements of this wonderful sort of folk-tinged, melanchloic pop song are the beautiful string arrangements, accompanying especially the chorus that features far-away distorted vocals. but i am sure many of you will be familiar with this song, or at least one of its numerous cover versions (my recommendation: the avengers). nevertheless this ones a favourite of mine and i hope youll enjoy it.
the b-side, harlem lady, is a softer kind of pop music, somewhat sounding as if sonny & cher or the mamas & papas tried to sing a song in dylan style. no, it is not a bad song, definitely. it is just overshadowed by the amazing a-side, but youre a fan oft soft melodic pop arrangements you will surely like this one as well, especially as here are no distorted vocals.
though his days are over meanwhile (mcwilliams died aged 56), pearly spencers days keep on running and running on my turntable, definitely a timeless song that deserves more attention concerning 60s compilations and other such releases.

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Michel Polnareff: Sous Quelle Étoile Suis-Je Né? (EP 1966)


 
in addition to the lp by michel polnareff i posted last week, heres the respective ep to that record. it contains no non-album tracks, and the sound quality is no different from the rip that i posted last time, so it is rather the pretty cool cover you get here.
just look at these glasses, man! thats just the kind that i always wanted to have… but as this mini-series will go on (lots of eps to follow), you will soon see that michel polnareff anyway was extremely creative and inventive in making a showy and flamboyant appearance especially in the 70s – sometimes with even bigger sunglasses!
on the back cover of this ep you can see the previously posted lp in its original issue from 1966 by the way. stay tuned for more such goodies!

interesting links:
a detailed biography
michel polnareff on rateyourmusic
michel polnareff on last.fm

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

The Beatles: Bravo Magazine Starschnitt Part 14 & 15 of 44


 
here you go with a double issue of the weekly posted beatles starschnitt. looks more like someone fotocopied a giant photo of a grizzly bear, huh? well ill tell you it is not: the bigger part on the left is the furry collar of beatle-georges eskimo coat above which a bit of his hair can be seen. the smaller part on the right is from beatle-pauls respectively furry eskimo coat.
the back page is about a sort of fashion show (seemingly with beat-music accompaniment) back in the day… awww, what funny and cute dresses the girls wore back then!
next week there will be another double issue, be sure not to miss parts 16 and 17 then!
click here for the other parts posted so far.

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

Michel Polnareff: Sous Quelle Étoile Suis-Je Né? (1966)


 
TFR goes french again! this lp has also been announced many times before, but here it finally is. i must admit that i cheated a little with this record, as the vinyl i ripped it from is in fact a 1979 reissue, the first volume of a polnareff reissue series focusing on his early work (catalogue no is stec 290 on the AZ label, which also released the original polnareff records). i am sorry but theres a little noise on the tracks, the vinyl was not in perfect shape when i recieved it. the cover picture is identical, except that the reissue has polnareffs name on it additionally, in the top left corner, which i removed on the cover scan so that it looks exactly like the ’66 original. the tracklist differs just a little, track 7, ballade pour un puceau, is not featured on the original lp but on this one – so you dont miss anything, you get something extra!
no about the music on this lovely record: the title track is a smooth and calm ballad with some energetic moments, just in the style of the ep i posted before. and just as before …

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

De Maskers: Brand New Cadillac / Because I’m In Love (1965)


 
last dutch act for tonight, here are de maskers (aka the masks) without zz, of whom they got rid in 1965, the year they cut this very 45. i thought i ought to post this now, as jancys amazing maskers-series on wings of dream was “killed” a couple of weeks ago (small hint: it is still available with the google cache when you search for it).
the a-side is really got beat-cover if vince taylors rock&roll; classic brand new cadillac, really worth checking out. the flipside, because im in love, is the weaker track on this single and the only reason i gave it three instead of four stars. this track can be annyoing, but perhaps you will like it just that way, please try out! so much for nederbeat now, a french mini series is to follow soon…

interesting links:
more maskers at wings of dream!
the maskers on rateyourmusic
zz & the maskers on last.fm

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