The Bruce Springsteen & The Seeger Sessions Band gig at Wembley Arena, November 2006, has just been made available as a download on Bruce’s website. I was there, and can vouch for it being a fantastic night.
I love Sons of Bill and I love this.
What does it sound like?:
I reviewed the first Allman Betts Band album, 13 months ago, and liked it. My notes were; songwriting needs to up its game, Devon’s voice has limitations, great playing.
So, to the 2nd album, “Bless Your Heart.”
The opener, Pale Horse Rider, is a gem, and I cannot stop playing it. A quiet opening is shattered by a huge, “Like A Hurricane” chord and Devon Allman sings his arse off. The guitar playing is beautifully constructed and the production keeps the separation between the guitars and Chuck Leavell’s organ.
A great start.
Then into Carolina Song, a slow stomper which will be a live favourite, (remember live music, kids?) The chorus is packed with female backing singers and organ and it leaps out of the speakers.
King Crawler would not be out of place on a ‘70’s Stones album – all Keef singing, plenty of Bobby’s sax and Charlie driving the beat. Duane takes the vocals and does his best Keef impression. It is a joyous noise.
The big set-piece is the 12 minute instrumental, Savannah’s Dream. It sets off on that jazzy road so beloved of Dickey and Duane, with twin lead » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
New Jersey’s Erin Moran (A Girl Called Eddy) released her first recordings in 2001. A couple of intriguing EP’s led to her eponymous album, in 2004. It was a stunning debut. Erin’s velvety voice, the lush orchestration and the quality of the song writing all led critics to believe that A Girl Called Eddy was going to have a stellar career.
In 2008, Erin appeared on a Beatles tribute cd for Mojo magazine, singing ‘Julia’ from the White Album.
In 2018, Erin resurfaced with a French musician, Medhi Zannad, under the title The Last Detail and released a handful of shimmering pop songs which made her fans prick their ears up. ‘Could there be new Eddy music coming?’
And, lo, it did come to pass.
Erin has hooked up with one one of my favourite musicians on the planet, Daniel Tashian, as producer. But, if you employ Daniel to produce your album, you know you’re getting today’s Todd Rundgren. Tashian co-writes most of the songs, plays drums, guitars and bass on nearly every track and sings with Erin on the Bonus Track, Pale Blue Moon.
So, after that » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
This reissue of the band’s 1980 album has a dozen live tracks, all bar one, recorded at U.K. gigs on their 1980 Permanent Waves tour. The live tracks have all been remixed by the band’s longtime Producer, Terry Brown.The reissue also marks the first time that the 2015 Abbey Road remastering has been available on CD.
The newly expanded version is available as an impressive Super Deluxe edition, equipped with two CDs and three 180-gram vinyl records. It also includes a 40-page hardcover book filled with a new 1,200 word essay, previously unseen photos from the band’s archive, and reimagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme. (I got a stream to review so cannot tell you how luxury this is, unfortunately.)
The album itself will be well known to fans as it marked a shift in the band’s sound and opens with, of all things, a hit single!
Spirit of Radio still sounds fresh and leads into one of my favourite tracks from the album, Freewill. The live version of Freewill (from The Hammersmith Apollo,) rocks along like a runaway train, and the sound is excellent.
You get live versions of all of » Continue Reading.
RIP old boy. One of the original frontmen. 55 years, give or take, in front of The Pretty Things. I will be playing this gem tonight.
Yep Roc Records have put a JR live album up on Bandcamp. The album is from a 2015 gig – Josh explains here: “This was the next to the last show on a month long 10K mile van tour of the US. The Haw River Ballroom is located in the rural town of Saxapahaw in North Carolina. I am told mustard was invented there. At least that’s what Yep Roc told me. Or maybe they were asking if there was enough mustard on the band ryder? Whatever it may be I think this is a good representation of the band and ‘The Embers of Time’ album in 2015. There were not a whole lot of audience members that particular night in Saxapahaw because of the very large bluegrass festival happening down the road. But, we had fun and I hope you enjoy this past moment during the strange present. Long live music!”
Anything new from Daniel (Silver Seas) Tashian is always a joy, so it was lovely to get some new music from his project, Skyline Motel, in my inbox. A new EP, 5 tracks of Country-flavoured songs with Sarah Buxton, Ian Fitchuk and Kate York. Add them to their original EP, back in 2014, and the first single (Champagne Makes Me Cry) and you have an album’s worth of solid gold sunshine.
It’s all on Spotify.
For anyone who hasn’t spent 34 minutes listening to this call to BBC5Live, last night.
Please listen to the end. It could be the most important 34 minutes of your life.
This album, Eyes Closed, by Dutch duo, Haevn, is currently soothing my troubled mind. The whole album is like this and is perfect for my current mood.
Following @dai’s thoughtful post, I wondered what music is easing through the day?
Post it here x
I am happy* to admit that, until this morning, I had never heard of The Boxer Rebellion.
Not the Chinese revolution, obviously, but the London based band.
I had no clue.
A friend sent me this video because, this Saturday is the 2nd anniversary of our mutual friend’s death.
I didn’t need reminding.
Des’s passing is written on my calendar, imprinted on my heart, tattooed into my brain.
Every second, every missed opportunity, every spare moment is engraved on every fibre of my being.
So, when Margi sent me this video, I was prepared for a kicking.
But not this.
Fuck me, what a song.
*Feck that. How can I not have heard of them before? They could not be more up my street if they had driven up my road, stopped outside my front door, parked up and invited themselves into my front room.*
The London Palladium
I have not been so excited going to a gig for years. Peter Green was my first musical hero but I never saw him in his pomp (I was 12 years old when he quit Fleetwood Mac) and I have never seen the later incarnations of his band, much though I love many of them.
The line-up for this one-off celebration (two years in the making, according to our host, Mick Fleetwood) kept growing. Mick said that Billy Gibbons and Steven Tyler were the first two people to say yes, and everything else grew from there.
The Then Play On House Band for the night were: Rick Peterson – keys Rick Vito – guitars Dave Bronze – bass Jonny Lang – guitars Andy Fairweather Lowe – guitars Zak Starkey – drums and percussion Mick Fleetwood – drums
I’m going to get the order of this wrong – it was bit of a blur as people came and went – but the show started with a run of early Mac songs, with Billy Gibbons, Steven Tyler and Christine McVie joining at various times. Billy G was just perfect for this. You realise what a » Continue Reading.
Tomorrow night (Saturday 22nd Feb) ahead of next Tuesday’s star studded concert for Peter Green in London, Sky Arts are showing the Rumours edition of Classic Albums followed by the wonderful, two and a half hour documentary Peter Green: Man of the World.
What does it sound like?:
Back in the mists of time I went to my first London Mingle. It was the one before the one when the Word closed. I had burnt a few copies of a CD and nervously put them on the swag table. I wandered over to a bloke stood by the window and introduced myself. It was his first one too. I showed him my CD and he nodded at a few of the selections until he came to The Moon Is Calling by Nada Surf. “Top tune,” he said, and a friendship with @nogbad was cemented. Over the rest of the evening it turned out we had been to many of the same gigs, right back to the ’70’s, were both Spurs fans and loved similar music. I was so grateful to find a friendly face to talk to as I had been terrified to walk into the room – as usual.
So, to the new Nada Surf album. The review will be short because, if you are a fan, the album is packed with everything you want. Great tunes, hordes of jangly guitars and, in Looking For You, a classic » Continue Reading.
For anyone hoping for tickets tomorrow for November’s Hammy Odeon gig, if you download the Eventim app and create an account, their presale is running now.
If you have a song about divorce, break up or a car crash end to a relationship, it had better be as good as this. And I don’t just mean lyrically. I mean musically as well.
Dave Mattacks is imperious on this. No one could play drums better.
I bloody love this album from Bonny Light Horseman.
I’ve spent the day reading every obituary, every memory from fellow musicians and every tribute to my hero, Neil Peart.
This is the best thing I’ve read all day and it has reduced me to tears.
Phil Wilding, radio producer and writer, says it perfectly.
How sad to read that Iain Sutherland died, a few weeks before Christmas, of an unspecified illness. I was chuffed to bits when @Bargepole asked me to review the recent box-set ofThe Sutherland Brothers career and it renewed my love for a band I adored in the 70’s. Iain wrote the bulk of their songs, with brother Gavin chipping in the odd one or two per album, including the widely covered Sailing. They were a terrific live band, with Quiver, and I saw them a few times.
This from his Twitter feed this morning
A self produced CD must sell 143 units per month to earn minimum wage, 155 if sold through CD Baby.
A downloaded MP3 album on CD Baby earns minimum wage with 1562 sold per month.
One should choose these formats to save music and musicians and stop streaming totally.
A big charity fundraiser for the Royal Marsden Hospital is being organised, at London’s O2, next March. So far, all the usual suspects: Eric Clapton Tom Jones Mick Hucknall Bonnie Tyler Mike Rutherford Paul Carrack Paul Young Gary Brooker Rick Wakeman Yusuf Zucchero John Ilsley Nick Mason Bonnie Tyler More tba
However, I would go just to see the House Band. Gary Brooker is the MD and the band is: Wix Wickens – Keyboards Andy Fairweather-Low – Guitar Robbie McIntosh – Guitar Dave Bronze – Bass Graham Broad – Percussion/Drums Ian Paice – Drums
Now, THAT’s a Band.
This has been my obsession for 38 years. I adore it. I marvel at it. I wallow in it.