Friday, May 24, 2019

Jump & Swing with Black Top...jump blues compilation from the Louisiana Black Top label

An introduction to the contemporary West Coast blues sound, Jump and Swing with Black Top features artists including Rod Piazza, Guitar Shorty, Greg Piccolo, James Harman playing in the tradition of the music of the 1940's.

1 –Al Copley And Hal Singer Tater Diggin' 3:30
2 –Rick Holmstrom Hit It 2:26
3 –Big Joe And The Dynaflows That's It! 2:42
4 –Gary Primich Ain't You Trouble 3:01
5 –Earl King I'll Take You Back Home 2:44
6 –Greg Piccolo Mushmouth 3:00
7 –Rusty Zinn Stand By Me 2:51
8 –Guitar Shorty I Never Thought 2:36
9 –Grady Gaines Jumbo 3:53
10 –Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers Low Down And Dirty 4:59
11 –The TriSAXual Soul Champs Go Girl 3:49

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Raging Harlem Hit Parade...various R'n'B, Blues and Soul artists from late 50's, early 60's

This 22 track collection of R'n'B, Blues and Soul from the late 50's to early 60's was originally released in the early 90's and features some classic and legendary artists by the likes of Elmore James, Gladys Knight and the Pips, King Curtis, Buster Brown, Lee Dorsey, Lightnin' Hopkins and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

issues with advertising links in posts

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Roulette Rock'n'Roll Volume 2....various artists Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Wynonie Harris, Isley Brothers plus...

22 tracks from the Roulette vaults with The Duponts, The Cookies, The Echoes, The Valentines, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Isley Brothers and many more, including 4 previously unreleased Wynonie Harris tracks.

1 The Whammy HAWKINS, Screamin' Jay
2 Strange HAWKINS, Screamin' Jay
3 Bloodshot Eyes HARRIS, Wynonie
4 Sweet Lucy Brown HARRIS, Wynonie
5 Spread The News HARRIS, Wynonie
6 Saturday Night HARRIS, Wynonie
7 Josephine HARRIS, Wynonie
8 Did You Get The Message HARRIS, Wynonie
9 Everybody's Gonna Rock ISLEY BROS
10 I Wanna Know ISLEY BROS
11 The Drag ISLEY BROS
12 Rockin' McDonald ISLEY BROS
14 Screamin' Ball (At Dracula Hall) DUPONTS
15 Hippy Dippy Daddy COOKIES
16 Roll Over Beethoven FOUR CHAPS
17 Hindu Baby EMANONS
18 Ding Dong ECHOES
19 Woo Woo Train VALENTINES
20 Dance With Me CHAPERONES
21 Ain't You Gonna POWELL, Jesse & THE CADDIES

22 Alabama Rock & Roll KING, Mabel 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Shreveport Stomp...Ram Records Volume 1....various artists

Sometimes one is reminded that success in the music business isn't always proportional to talent. If it were, then these songs would've been huge hits, and we all would've grown up hearing them. Alas, it was not to be, but thanks to Ace Records, they're now available and preserved for posterity. Ram Records was founded in 1956 by session guitarist/songwriter Mira Smith in Shreveport, Louisiana, which at the time was the home of the wildly popular and influential Louisiana Hayride radio show. Since because of this there was a lot of talent flowing into Shreveport, Mira decided to build a studio and try her luck. Commercially most of these records were only regional hits at best (though some were leased out to larger labels such as Chess) and disappeared rather quickly(the original 45's are rare as hen's teeth), but Ram recorded arguably some of the best rock n' roll, r'n'b and rockabilly of the period. 

This is a fine overview of Ram's output. Several great tracks here, but some of the standouts include both of the awesome Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins tracks (if you can listen to "Ba Da" and you ain't dancin' around the room, then you be dead), the original version of "Flat Foot Sam" by T.V. Slim, the cool r'n'b instrumental "Red Beans and Rice" by Scatman Patin, the rockin' guitar instrumental "Pow Wow", which was recorded by Mira Smith herself under the name Grace Tennessee and the American Spirits, and last but not least, what is considered to be one of the greatest and most sought after rockabilly tracks ever recorded, the Lonesome Drifter's "Eager Boy". The original 45 of Eager Boy is EXTREMELY scarce, and fetches thousands of dollars whenever one does turn up at auction. It's easy to see why. Awesome energy with a great guitar lick and way cool backwoods vocals courtesy of the Drifter himself.  (text from Amazon review by "El Freak")

  1. Ba Da - Roy 'Boogie Boy' Perkins
  2. Red Beans And Rice - Scatman Patin With Linda Brannon
  3. Cheaters Can't Win - Margaret Lewis
  4. Flat Foot Sam - T.V. Slim And His Heartbreakers
  5. Mailman, Mailman - Sonny 'Golden Boy' Williamson
  6. Come Back Betty - L.C. Steel
  7. I'm Leaving - Linda Brannon
  8. Bow Wow Puppy Love - Jimmy Bonin
  9. Drop Top (Tk 1) - Roy 'Boogie Boy' Perkins
  10. Reconsider Me - Margaret Lewis
  11. Hippy Ti Yo - Bobby Page
  12. Wherever You Are - Linda Brannon
  13. Pow Wow - Grace Tennessee And The American Spirits
  14. Let Me Feel It - Elgie Brown
  15. Girl In The Street - Vincent Williams
  16. Ginning (Tk 1) - Scatman Patin
  17. Baby Please Forgive Me - Troy Webb
  18. What Did You Do Last Night - Rocky Robin & The Riff Raffs
  19. Night Creature - The Run-A-Ways
  20. Anyway You Do - Linda Brannon
  21. Eager Boy - The Lonesome Drifter
  22. Lonesome Heart - Charlotte Hunter
  23. El Rancho Grande Rock - The Star Marks
  24. Lovers Land - Ernest Walker

  25. Louisiana Twist - 'June Bug' Bailey

 available on Amazon

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Blues Came Down from Memphis....various artists on the Sun Records label

This now rare 20 track compilation brings together some of the early pioneers of blues music from Memphis, Tennessee, that recorded on Sam Phillips' Sun Records label. Artists such as James Cotton, Doctor Ross, Rufus Thomas, Willie Nix, Little Milton, Joe Hill Louis, Little Junior's Blue Flames and Jimmy DeBerry.

1 –Doctor Ross The Boogie Disease
2 –James Cotton Cotton Crop Blues
3 –Willie Nix Baker Shop Boogie
4 –Rufus Thomas Bear Cat
5 –Jimmy DeBerry Take A Little Chance
6 –Doctor Ross Juke Box Boogie
7 –Sammy Lewis/Willie Johnson Combo I Feel So Worried
8 –Little Milton If You Love Me Baby
9 –Jimmy DeBerry Time Has Made A Change
10 –Doctor Ross Come Back Baby
11 –Sammy Lewis/Willie Johnson Combo So Long Baby, Goodbye
12 –Rufus Thomas Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle)
13 –Willie Nix Seems Like A Million Year
14 –Doctor Ross Chicago Breakdown
15 –Little Junior's Blue Flames Mystery Train
16 –Jimmy DeBerry Before Long
17 –Joe Hill Louis We All Gotta Go Sometimes
18 –Joe Hill Louis She May Be Yours (But She Comes To See Me Sometimes)
19 –Jimmy & Walter Easy
20 –Little Junior's Blue Flames Feelin' Good

Monday, February 25, 2019

All the King's Men....Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana with Keith Richards, Steve Earle, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood

This now rare release goes back to 1997. Elvis Presley's original sidemen, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana, join forces with some of the cream of rock, blues and roots music.

The eclectic line-up includes Keith Richards, members of The Band (Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson), The Mavericks, Joe Ely with Lee Rocker, The Bodeans, The Bill Black Combo, Cheap Trick, Ronnie McDowell with The Jordanaires, Joe Louis Walker, Tracey Nelson, Steve Earle, Ron Wood and Jeff Beck.

  1. Deuce and A Quarter - Keith Richards and The Band
  2. I Told You So - The Mavericks
  3. Locked Up In The State Of Illinois - The Bodeans
  4. Goin Back To Memphis - Bill Black Combo
  5. I'm Gonna Strangle You Shorty - Joe Ely
  6. Bad Little Girl - Cheap Trick
  7. Soulmates - Ronnie McDowell & The Jordanaires
  8. Hot Enough For Ya - Steve Earle
  9. Strange Love - Joe Louis Walker
  10. Is All Of This For Me - Tracy Nelson
  11. Unsung Heroes - Jeff Beck

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Night Train to Nashville..Music City Rhythm and Blues 1945-1970

In white America, Nashville is best known as the seat of country music. However, African-Americans looked to Nashville as a great source of R'n'B. Radio station WLAC was rife with the hits of the R'n'B stars and the hopefuls. This 2-disc collection features the evolution of R'n'B as you've never heard it before: thumpin', gritty, growlin' and rockin'.

The most startling revelation is how rich, varied, and deep Nashville's R'n'B scene was during a 25-year period in which the city solidified its reputation as the undisputed capital of country music. Arranged chronologically, Night Train to Nashville also traces the steady progression of African-American music beginning with the end of WWII--from jump blues, lusty R'n'B, and smooth-groove vocal groups to proto rock & roll, Southern soul, and Top 40 pop that drew blacks and whites together even as the Vietnam War nearly ripped the country apart. Although this collection contains well-known hits (Bobby Hebb's "Sunny", Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love") and widely acknowledged stars (Etta James and Ruth Brown, both of whom recorded some of their best work in Nashville), many of its most satisfying pleasures come courtesy of lesser-known artists, such as R'n'B belter Christine Kittrell, swamp blues man Shy Guy Douglas, and balladeer Sam Baker. In the midst of many ear-opening discoveries, add one more: When listening to the countrified soul of Arthur Alexander, Joe Simon, and Johnny Adams, it's apparent that Nashville in its '60s heyday wasn't two separate but equal towns but one glorious Southern-music Mecca. --Keith Moerer (Amazon)


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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Unissued Carl Perkins...30 tracks from original Sun Studios recordings

A 30 track collection of alternative and unissued takes of Carl Perkins' recordings at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios from 1954 to 1957. A now rare and hard to find release, this is will be of interest to rockabilly and Carl Perkins fans.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Columbia Rockabilly Vol.1...Ronnie Self, Carl Perkins, Joe Maphis, Link Wray, Collins Kids, Rose Maddox

Hot-blooded and sharp-boned, this is the original voice of teen frustration. No dewy-eyed walk down memory lane, just passion-packed music that burst out of the hills and changed the world.

1 –Ronnie Self Ain't I'm A Dog 2:15
2 –Joe Maphis & Larry Collins  Hurricane 2:09
3 –Carl Perkins Where The Rio De Rosa Flows 3:04
4 –The Collins Kids Party 1:36
5 –Marty Robbins Tennessee Toddy 3:15
6 –Bobby Lord Everybody's Rockin' But Me 2:09
7 –Johnny Horton The Woman I Need (Honky Tonky Mind) 2:12
8 –Werly Fairburn I'm Jealous 2:14
9 –Link Wray New Studio Blues 3:15
10 –Ronnie Self You're So Right For Me 2:03
11 –Sid King & The Five Strings Sag, Drag And Fall 2:17
12 –Ersel Hickey Goin' Down That Road 1:46
13 –Derrell Felts It's A Great Big Day 2:30
14 –Commonwealth Jones Who's Been Here? 3:30
15 –Johnny Horton Lover's Rock 2:34
16 –Charlie Adams Sugar Diet 2:05
17 –The Collins Kids Hop, Skip And Jump 1:52
18 –Carl Perkins Pointed Toe Shoes 2:00
19 –Commonwealth Jones Do Do Do 2:51
20 –Billy Brown Flip Out 2:28
21 –Sid King & The Five Strings Purr, Kitty Purr 3:05
22 –Cliff Johnson Go Away Houndog 2:08
23 –Rose Maddox Hey Little Dreamboat 2:55
24 –Onie Wheeler Goin' Back To The City 2:14
25 –Billy Brown Did We Have A Party 2:26

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Aretha Franklin 1942-2018 tribute to the Queen of Soul plus The Very Best of..Vols.1 & 2

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress, and pianist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records. However, she achieved only modest success. Franklin found commercial success and acclaim after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and "I Say a Little Prayer", propelled Franklin past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul".

She continued to record acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Spirit in the Dark (1970), Young, Gifted and Black (1972), Amazing Grace (1972), and Sparkle (1976) before experiencing problems with her record company. Franklin left Atlantic in 1979 and signed with Arista Records. She appeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers before releasing the successful albums Jump to It (1982), Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985), and Aretha (1986) on the Arista label. In 1998, Franklin returned to the top 40 with the Lauryn Hill-produced song "A Rose Is Still a Rose", later issuing the album of the same name, which went gold. That same year, Franklin earned international acclaim for her performance of "Nessun dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti, who had cancelled after the show had already begun. In 2015, she paid tribute to singer/songwriter and honoree Carole King by singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history. Franklin's other well-known hits include "Rock Steady", "Call Me", "Ain't No Way", "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", "Spanish Harlem", "Day Dreaming", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (a duet with George Michael). She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012.[6] Franklin is listed in two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2008, she was ranked by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 greatest singer of all time.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bob Dylan's Jukebox...the songs that inspired the bard

1 –Little Richard Tutti Frutti 2:22
2 –Elvis Presley Milkcow Blues Boogie 2:24
3 –Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup That's All Right 2:53
4 –Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Mean Old 'Frisco 2:34
5 –Lightnin' Hopkins Automobile 2:46
6 –Woody Guthrie Pretty Boy Floyd 3:03
7 –Cisco Houston 900 Miles 3:33
8 –Mississippi John Hurt Candy Man 2:46
9 –Memphis Jug Band Stealin', Stealin' 2:55
10 –Blind Willie Johnson Jesus Make Up My Dyin' Bed 3:11
11 –Roy Acuff Wait For The Light To Shine 2:32
12 –Johnny & Jack* This World Can't Stand Long 2:38
13 –Blind Boy Fuller Mama Let Me Lay It On You 2:54
14 –Blind Willie McTell Delia 2:30
15 –Josh White St James Infirmary 3:38
16 –The Carter Family Little Moses 3:11
17 –Stanley Brothers* Little Maggie 2:16
18 –Mississippi Sheiks I Got Blood In My Eyes For You 3:12
19 –Lead Belly* Midnight Special 2:10
20 –Buell Kazee The Wagoners Lad 3:02
21 –Bently Boys* Down On Penny's Farm 2:47
22 –Hank Williams Lost Highway 2:40
23 –Richard (Rabbit) Brown* James Alley Blues 3:05
24 –Robert Johnson Stones In My Passway 2:27
25 –Chubby Parker King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O 3:08

Friday, June 22, 2018

Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant

Pedal steel-er West and guitarist Bryant were the most in-demand session musicians of the 50's. On their own, though, is when they really let loose; and this 16-track collection culling the best of their Capitol instrumentals contains country, jazz, bluegrass and space-age effects that musicians are still scratching their heads over 40 years later! 

These 16 sides were selected from the more than 50 that guitarist Bryant and pedal steel player West cut in Los Angeles between 1951 and 1956, when they were also most in demand as country--and occasionally pop--session men. Forty years later, these are still considered the hottest, most fully realized, most musical instrumentals in the history of country. West's slashing, muscular steel lines send out sparks, while Bryant's bop-influenced, breakneck guitar cuts clean as a scalpel. Using the guitar-steel pairings of Western swing as a jumping-off point, these guys created a jazzy body of work that many guitarists are still trying to decipher.

1. Stratosphere Boogie
  2. Blue Bonnet Rag
  3. Cotton Pickin'
  4. Old Joe Clark
  5. Sleepwalker's Lullaby
  6. Arkansas Traveler
  7. The Night Rider
  8. Low Man On A Totem Pole
  9. Speedin' West
  10. Comin' On
  11. Bryant's Bounce
  12. Midnight Ramble
  13. Pickin' Peppers
  14. Shuffleboard Rag
  15. Bustin' Thru
  16. Flippin' The Lid


Monday, March 26, 2018

Good Rockin' Tonight, The Legacy of Sun Records...music by various artists

Good Rockin' Tonight',  The Legacy of Sun Records, is a musical celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sun Records. This London-Sire Records release features new renditions of the Sun classics.

Most of the artists on this tribute to Sam Phillips's legendary Memphis label have chosen to cover the rockabilly hits. It isn't until a genuine Sun rockabilly artist--the late Carl Perkins--makes an appearance, joining Van Morrison for Howlin' Wolf's "Sittin' on Top of the World," that things briefly get bluesy. Instead, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Chrissie Hynde, Tom Petty, and Bryan Ferry all offer up loving, note-for-note recreations of early Elvis tunes, even if it was Jerry Lee Lewis, not Elvis, who recorded a cover of "Don't Be Cruel" (Ferry's tune) for Sun.

But Elton John and Mandy Barnett both do The Killer (Lewis) proud here, as Sheryl Crow later does for Charlie Rich, and Led Zep's Page & Plant do for Sonny Burgess. Especially marvelous is Bob Dylan's subtle and, at times, hilarious take on Warren Smith's "Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache." It's a career highlight and every bit as enchanting as Robert Gordon's '70s cover version. Like the label itself, there are more hits than misses here.

  1. That's All Right Mama - Paul McCartney
  2. Mystery Train - Jeff Beck and Chrissie Hynde
  3. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It - Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
  4. Blue Suede Shoes - Johnny Hallyday
  5. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Elton John
  6. Blue Moon of Kentucky - Tom Petty
  7. Sitting on Top of the World - Van Morrison and Carl Perkins
  8. Don't Be Cruel - Brian Ferry
  9. Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache - Bob Dylan
  10. Walkin' in the Rain - Eric Clapton
  11. Lonely Weekend - Matchbox 20
  12. Who Will the Next Fool Be? - Sheryl Crow
  13. It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You - Chris Isaak
  14. I Walk the Line - Live
  15. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - The Howling Diablos and Kid Rock
  16. You Win Again - Mandy Barnett with the Jordanaires


Friday, January 26, 2018

songs The Beatles taught us...15 tracks covered by John, Paul, George and Ringo

Packed full of amazing tracks, the late 50's and early 60's really was a golden period in music and one that deserves a bigger revival. These 15 tracks were all covered by The Beatles at various stages of their career, in particular their earlier "pre-fab" days. All original tracks by the original artists.

The Isley Brothers - Shout (Part One)
Little Richard - Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Larry Williams - Bad Boy (Junior Behave Yourself)
Chuck Berry - Rock and Roll Music
Carl Perkins - Everybody's Trying to be My Baby
Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want)
The Shirelles - Boys
The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman
Richie Barrett - Some Other Guy
Ray Charles - Hallelujah I Love Her So
Arthur Alexander - A Shot of Rhythm and Blues
The Coasters - Searchin'
The Cookies - Chains
Buddy Holly - Crying, Waiting, Hoping

Anita Bryant - Till There Was You

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fats Domino...1928-2017...legendary rock and roll icon...tribute post

Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino Jr. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American pianist and singer-songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent. He had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold.

Between 1955 and 1960, he had eleven Top 10 hits, and his record sales were reportedly surpassed only by Elvis Presley. During his career, Domino sold more than 65 million records. His musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums.

He was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest of eight children born to Antoine Caliste Domino (1879–1964) and Marie-Donatille Gros (1886–1971). The Domino family was of French Creole background, and Louisiana Creole was his first language. By age 14, Domino was performing in New Orleans bars. In 1947, Billy Diamond, a New Orleans bandleader, accepted an invitation to hear the young pianist perform at a backyard barbecue. Domino played well enough that Diamond asked him to join his band, the Solid Senders, at the Hideaway Club in New Orleans, where he would earn $3 a week playing the piano.[8] Diamond nicknamed him "Fats", because Domino reminded him of the renowned pianists Fats Waller and Fats Pichon, but also because of his large appetite.

Domino was one of the biggest stars of rock and roll in the 1950s and one of the first R&B artists to gain popularity with white audiences. His biographer Rick Coleman argues that Domino's records and tours with rock-and-roll shows in that decade, bringing together black and white youths in a shared appreciation of his music, was a factor in the breakdown of racial segregation in the United States. The artist himself did not define his work as rock and roll, but as a Dixieland music, saying, "It wasn't anything but the same rhythm and blues I'd been playin' down in New Orleans." 

Domino was also an important influence on the music of the 1960s and 1970s and was acknowledged as such by some of the top artists of that era. Elvis Presley introduced Fats at one of his Las Vegas concerts, saying, "This gentleman was a huge influence on me when I started out." Presley also made this comment in a 1957 interview: "A lot of people seem to think I started this business. But rock ’n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let’s face it: I can’t sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that."

Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded Domino songs. According to some reports, McCartney wrote the Beatles song "Lady Madonna" in emulation of Domino's style, combining it with a nod to Humphrey Lyttelton's 1956 hit "Bad Penny Blues". Domino also recorded the song in 1968. Domino returned to the "Hot 100" chart for the last time in 1968, with his recording of "Lady Madonna". That recording, as well as covers of two other songs by the Beatles, appeared on his Reprise album Fats Is Back, produced by Richard Perry and with several hits recorded by a band that included the New Orleans pianist James Booker

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Seeds ... singles A's and B's 1965-1970 anthology

The Seeds' definitive anthology of their entire run of singles from 1965 to 1970, a collection that includes some of the band's best-known material including Can't Seem To Make You Mine, Mr.Farmer and their lone Top 40 hit, the garage rock touchstone that is Pushin' Too Hard.

Singles such as Satisfy You, The Wind Blows Your Hair and Bad Part Of Town have become as equally renowned in the years since, and Seeds' B-sides are almost as popular - tracks such as Out of the Question, The Other Place and Wild Blood are all fan favorites.

This exhaustive 24 track collection is drawn from the original singles masters, which in most cases have never been available since their first issue; most cuts feature unique mixes and different edits.

After leaving the GNP Crescendo label in 1969, the Seeds moved to MGM for two swansong 45's, both included here, never before on CD. Bonus tracks are Excuse Excuse with a different vocal, issued on a French EP, and the original, unedited version of Pushin' Too Hard.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Steppenwolf...Born To Be Wild...A Retrospective..1966-1990

Steppenwolf are a Canadian rock band that were prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1967 in Toronto by lead singer John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton (all formerly in Jack London and The Sparrows from Oshawa, Ontario). Guitarist Michael Monarch and bass guitarist Rushton Moreve were recruited by notices placed in Los Angeles-area record and musical instrument stores.

They have sold over 25 million records worldwide, released eight gold albums and 12 Billboard Hot 100 singles, of which six were top 40 hits, including three top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", written by Dennis Edmonton (using the stage name Mars Bonfire), "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Rock Me." Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1972, but clashing personalities led to the end of the core lineup. Today, John Kay is the only original member, having served as the lead singer since 1967.

This compilation of 34 tracks includes all their hits plus previously unreleased tracks and comprehensive 28 page booklet.