Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lou Reed (1942 - 2013) NYC Man ... A Special Tribute to a Genius, Master and Legend

Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American rock musician and songwriter. After being guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades. The Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era – hence Brian Eno's famous quote that while the Velvet Underground's debut album only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", but subsequently lacked the mainstream commercial success its chart status seemed to indicate. In 1975, Reed released a double album of feedback loops, Metal Machine Music, upon which he later commented, "No one is supposed to be able to do a thing like that and survive." Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar tuning.........for more, see the full Lou Reed story at Wikipedia here

His death and tributes

In May 2013, Reed underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland. Afterwards he claimed on his website to be "bigger and stronger" than ever. On October 27, 2013, Reed died at the age of 71 from liver disease at his home in Southampton, New York, on Long Island. His physician Charles Miller noted that Reed "was fighting right up to the very end. He was doing his Tai Chi exercises within an hour of his death, trying to keep strong and keep fighting."

Tributes were paid to Reed on Twitter, including Iggy Pop, Miley Cyrus, Samuel L. Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Gervais, Ryan Adams, Elijah Wood, and many others. David Bowie posted a comment on his Facebook page saying that Reed "was a master". Rock band Pearl Jam dedicated their song "Man of the Hour" to Reed at their show in Baltimore and then covered the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man".

John Cale, his Velvet Underground bandmate, posted on his Facebook: "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet…I've lost my 'school-yard buddy'". Later, Universal Music revealed Cale's full statement on Reed's death:
"The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way - losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill ... broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories - we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us."

Former Velvet Underground drummer Mo Tucker responded by saying that Reed was "generous, encouraging and thoughtful. Working with him sometimes could be trying to some people, but never to me. I guess we learned from each other. We all learned from each other. Reed became an important influence to numerous singers and songwriters, including British musician Morrissey: He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be.

Others from outside the music industry also paid their respects, including the Vatican and Salman Rushdie, who wrote, "My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad. But hey, Lou, you'll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day."

The ultimate tribute is listening to his music and this 31 track collection covers almost his entire career.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Jimi Hendrix Experience Radio One...live, raw and rockin'

The year was 1967, and Hendrix's career had just blasted off in the UK, when The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Hendrix, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell) came together for several recording sessions for BBC Radio. You will find a number of Hendrix's most memorable songs in this collection, but they differ from the versions most fans are familiar with. Alongside these more familiar tracks are a number of very interesting covers and blues-oriented recordings, a few of which could and should be considered true rarities.

What comes across most from this set is not only how polished and tight a band they really were, but how they also poured their hearts and energy into the music. Be it live concert or in a recording studio, the Experience had few peers. The album RADIO ONE is proof positive that over the airwaves of the usually staid BBC, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was equally as fiery and "untameable".

1. Stone Free
2. Radio One Theme
3. Day Tripper
4. Killing Floor
5. Love Or Confusion
6. Drivin' South
7. Catfish Blues
8. Wait Until Tomorrow
9. Hear My Train A Comin'
10. Hound Dog
11. Fire
12. Hoochie Koochie Man
13. Purple Haze
14. Spanish Castle Magic
15. Hey Joe
16. Foxy Lady
17. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nelson Freitas..new single release "Something Good"....World Music meets Hip Hop and House

Nelson Freitas is a singer, writer and producer who, from his roots in Cape Verde via the Netherlands, has enjoyed commercial success across Europe with 3 albums, a host of singles and several years touring.  His YouTube currently stands at 24,444 subscribers & 5,830,905 views which highlights his commercial appeal.

A journey which started as a break-dancer, then became the front man of the infamous group Quatro. With a passion for Hip-Hop, R&B and House music, Nelson took the challenge to go it alone and concentrate on his solo work by blending all these influences into one. After touring for 2 years he released “My life” album in 2010. With hits such as Rebound Chick, Saia Branka, Nha Primere Amor and selling over 90.000 copies, the critics now realized that Nelson in his own right was here to stay.

His 3rd album “Elevate” was released earlier this year with collaborations with artists and producers of different ethnics like Angola, Cape Verde, Congo, Holland and Morocco which has helped forge a fresh and new worldly sound. The journey continues..

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Beatles...Rockin' Blues Vol.1...alternative and unreleased outtakes

This compilation was originally released as The River Rhine Tapes. I have just remixed it slightly and taken out a couple of tracks. These are mainly alternative takes, different mixes and outtakes that were not included on their official studio albums. They show the group in a more relaxed mood and what they could do when they were just jamming and having a bit of fun. If you are a Beatles fan you can pick out the differences between the official releases and these versions. Most tracks have a rock and blues feel to them hence the title. Hope you enjoy this other side of The Beatles.

  1. Two of us
  2. I Dig A Pony
  3. I Got A Feeling
  4. Don't Let Me Down
  5. I Me Mine waltz
  6. Let It Be
  7. For You Blue
  8. One After 909
  9. The Long and Winding Road
  10. Get Back
  11. Oh Darling
  12. Across the Universe
  13. Dig It
  14. Mailman Bring Me No More Blues
  15. Good Rockin' Tonite
  16. Twenty Flight Rock
  17. Her Majesty
  18. Suzy Parker
  19. Mean Mr Mustard
  20. All Things Must Pass
  21. The Walk
  22. River Rhine
  23. Billy Beatle Boogie

Friday, October 18, 2013

Shakka 'Just Want To See You' Released 11th November from "Tribe" EP .. essential listening

This man is, in my opinion, undefinable. His sounds are a cross between soul, rhythm and blues, hip hop, rap, dub reggae and world music. Whatever style of music you are into, you must listen to Shakka. He breaks down all barriers and will have you dancing, jumping, grooving and however else you listen to music. Whichever way, you will enjoy life even more because of Shakka. Drop everything and listen NOW!

You can stream at Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/iamshakka/sets/tribe

I'm delighted to present you with the new video from Shakka, for the track 'Just Want To See You'. Shot on the rooftops of Shakka's hometown of London, this video provides the visual for the 3rd single off the Tribe EP

These are a few details about Shakka from his website  http://iamshakka.com/  .......

Shakka was born from Dominican parents, cocooned in the multicultural busy bustle of Grove (Notting Hill), and marinated in Dub Reggar, Hip-Hop, Motown and Garage. Shakespeare looked at music as the food of love, so it’s safe to say Shakka has been cooking since his time with pacifiers.

His father, a guitarist and producer of the Reggae band “The Foreigners Crew”, made sure he was immersed into music as a child. So he played keys and ended up singing a few songs for the band.

After studying Music Production and Theory, Classical Piano, Percussion and Vocals at CYM (Centre for Young Musicians), working closely with fellow rapper Incisive, he released his first EP entitled Foolishness Vol.1, and The Shakka Crown Affair, his widely received Concept Mixtape taking influence from The Thomas Crown Affair, where he experiments with Hip-Hop, Jazz, Indie Rock, and Electronic music.

...and some career highlights to date:
  • Shakka shot to fame as a YouTube sensation with his Shakkapellas (over 1 millions views in total)
  • Featured on Wretch 32’s Blackout earlier this year (reached #6 in charts)
  • Various tour dates with Wretch 32, Basement Jaxx and Rudimental in Autumn
  • Two MOBO nominations (2013) – Best Newcomer and Best Song
  • Played BBC introducing stage at Glastonbury this year and Spin was on R1 and 1xtra Introducing Playlists
  • Starred at the National Theatre in a play called ‘Home’
  • TV performances include The Wright Stuff, Graham Norton, Sunday Brunch and CBBC. Channel 4 Random Acts confirmed for later this year
  • Other collaborations include; Angel, Delilah, Show n Prove, Etta Bond.
for more on Shakka visit here:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Chuck Berry ‎– America's Hottest Wax...Rare and Unreleased tracks 1955-1963

1: Rock and Roll Music..unreleased demo version, 1-57
2: Childhood Sweetheart..unissued alternate take, 7-59
3: 21..unreleased, 5-57
4: Let Me Sleep Woman..unreleased,12-59
5: Do You Love Me...unreleased, 2-58
6: 21 Blues..unreleased, 5-57
7: One O'Clock Jump..unreleased, 7-59
8: Reelin' & Rockin'..unissued alternate take, 2-58
9: Sweet Little 16..unissued alternate take, 2-58
10: Brown Eyed Handsome Man..unissued alternate version, 8-63
11: Say You'll Be Mine..unreleased,12-59
12: I've Changed..unreleased, 12-55
13: 13 Question Method..unreleased alternate version, 8-57
14: How High The Moon..unreleased, 8-57

This collection of alternative and unreleased tracks from one of the originators of rock and roll will please any Chuck Berry or Rock and Roll fan. With a selection of blues, rock and roll and rhythm and blues, it will have you "reelin' and rockin" all over again.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

I Feel Free...Ultimate Cream

Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining the psychedelia-themed lyrics, Eric Clapton's blues guitar playing and vocals, Jack Bruce's voice and prominent bass playing and Ginger Baker's jazz-influenced drumming.

The group's third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world's first platinum-selling double album. Cream are widely regarded as being the world's first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Cream's music included songs based on traditional blues such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", and modern blues such as "Born Under a Bad Sign", as well as more eccentric songs such as "Strange Brew", "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Toad".

Cream's biggest hits were "I Feel Free" (UK, number 11), "Sunshine of Your Love" (US, number 5), "White Room" (US, number 6), "Crossroads" (US, number 28), and "Badge" (UK, number 18). Cream made a significant impact on the popular music of the time, and, along with Jimi Hendrix, and Terry Kath of Chicago, popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as The Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960s. The band's live performances influenced progressive rock acts such as Rush.

Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1's lists of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". They were also ranked number 16 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".

This 23 track compilation gathers all their hits plus a few rarities. A must for your collection.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

UK Soul Legend Noel McKoy..new single release exclusive

Mckoy ‘Makin Love’ (out 24th Nov 2013)

With a two-decade-plus career that has already encompassed reggae (The Albions), rock (Impact) and acid jazz (The James Taylor Quartet) plus a prestigious BBC 2 Jazz Award, one of UK soul’s legendary figures, Noel McKoy, is releasing his first album in 20 years with his band ‘McKoy’ which includes his three siblings: Cornell, Robin and Junette.

McKoy are a family affair, lead by Noel Mckoy. Though it’s been 20 years since their last release, the band made a conscious decision to make an album with ‘an old school flavour with a new school approach’.  The album features the talents of General Levy, Vanessa Simon, Terri Walker, Marlon Cotton and Braydz. ‘Makin Love’ is the first single to be released from the album and is due out on 24th November.

Noel McKoy is perhaps best known for his work as lead vocalist with Acid Jazz Legends James Taylor Quartet recording three albums and touring 10 times around the world with the band. Since then he has worked with some of the most talented artists in the industry including Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Martha High, Atlantic Star, Terry Callier, Cliff Richard, Lenny Henry, Jessie J, Paloma Faith and none other than Stevie Wonder.

check out Mckoy – Makin Love exclusive video here:

  • Makin' Love is the first release from the ‘Cut From The Same Cloth’ album (out 3rd Nov)
  • Met & jammed with Stevie Wonder @ his O2 performance
  • Noel performed with the Guy Barker jazz band for the Olympics celebration with Junior Giscombe and Natalie Williams in July 2013
  • Noel will be guesting with Joey Negroys band Sunburst at the Jazz Cafe in November
  • UK/European tour this September   
  • Previous project won Jazz Album in the BBC 2 Jazz Awards (Best Album)

2001 was the year Noel picked up best Jazz album for his vocal and writing work on Jean Toussaint’s “A street below the Underground” Album for the BBC Radio 2 Jazz awards.

Over the past 20 years Noel is known in the teaching arena for the work he does with young people which involves vocal exercises, empowering and mentoring.  

Along with a whole host of successful projects in recent years, one of which leading Noel to Jam with Stevie Wonder Noel has reformed Mckoy with his siblings and they are back in a big way with album ‘Cut From The Same Cloth’ and the lead single ‘Makin Love’ released on Mckadelic Records


Album launch party 4th October @ The Bedford in Balham