mercredi 31 mars 2010

Howlin' Wolf - Rockin' The Blues : Live In Germany 1964

Ahouhouuuuu! Here's another gem of one of my all-time favorite bluesmen, Mr. Chester Burnett! The Wolf is joined on this set by his long-time guitarist Hubert Sumlin and Chicago greats Willie Dixon and Sunnyland Slim. This performance is one of the best examples of Howlin’ Wolf at the height of his powers when he was still an enormous influence on the British Blues movement. Wolf had toured the UK with The Folk Blues Festival before undertaking a solo tour of Germany shortly after The Rolling Stones had topped the Euro charts with their version of his “Little Red Rooster”.

1 - Shake It For Me
2 - Love Me
3 - Dust My Broom
4 - I Didn't Mean To Hurt Your Feelings
5 - Rockin' The Blues
6 - All My Life
7 - Going Down Slow
8 - Howlin' For My Darling
9 - Forty-Four

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samedi 20 mars 2010

Little Milton - Stax Profiles

Although Little Milton (Milton Campbell) is chiefly remembered for his fine Chess Records sides from the '60s, his stay at Stax Records in the early '70s saw him expand his palette with horns and strings in a more soul-oriented direction, and in many ways it was his most creative period. He never strayed too far from the blues, particularly as a guitarist, but his Stax sides increasingly showcased his amazingly expressive singing, and his intense vocals on the best of these tracks is nothing short of redemptive. This generous single-disc overview of Milton's Stax years (it comes in at a little over 70 minutes in length) has a little bit of everything, from live tracks featuring his precision guitar skills to fully arranged sessions with horns and strings that spotlight his voice. The opener, a live take of "Let Me Down Easy" from the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival featuring the odd, driving drum skills of Calep Emphrey, is an emotional tour de force and is easily one of the most powerful tracks here, with Milton singing like a desperate, displaced angel. Another live cut, a version of Willie Dixon's "I Can't Quit You Baby" recorded at the Summit Club in Los Angeles in 1972, showcases Milton's lead guitar work, which is reminiscent of B.B. King but with a larger and more raw tone. Highlighting the studio tracks are the impressive "Walkin' the Back Streets and Crying" from 1972 and the loose, garage-feel of 1971's delightful "I'm Living off the Love You Give," which edges into Motown territory with its romping rhythm, backing chorus, and efficient use of both horns and a string section. Another clear highpoint here is Milton's 1973 take on Roy Hawkins' (by way of B.B. King) "The Thrill Is Gone," which is simply an ominous, desperate gem with an eerie string chart played by the Memphis Symphony. Little Milton's Chess years still contain his most clearly defined work, but as he stretched out a bit with Stax, Milton revealed that his guitar and vocal skills weren't just restricted to blues pieces. That he didn't have more commercial success with Stax is a bit of a mystery. 
(Steve Leggett)

01 - Let Me Down Easy [Live]
02 - I Can't Quit You Baby [Live]
03 - That's What Love Will Make You Do
04 - Walking The Backstreets And Crying
05 - Blind Man [Live]
06 - The Thrill Is Gone
07 - If That Ain't A Reason (For Your Woman To Leave You)
08 - Behind Closed Doors
09 - If You Talk In Your Sleep
10 - Tin Pan Alley
11 - I'm Living Off The Love You Give
12 - Blue Monday
13 - Lovin' Stick
14 - Little Bluebird

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mardi 2 mars 2010

Flamin' Groovies - Live At L'Olympia, 1975

Line-Up :
Chris Wilson - Vocals & Guitar
Cyril Jordan - Guitar & Vocals
George Alexander - Bass & Vocals
James Ferrell - Guitar
David Wright - Drums

Here's another Flamin' Groovies bootleg live recorded at l'Olympia in Paris, 1975.
All rock 'n roll lovers should appreciate it! The sound is quite nice, and the show very powerful.
Have a groovy time!

(Artwork by Little Big Ian)

01 - She Said Yeah
02 - Let The Boy Rock 'N' Roll
03 - St. Louis Blues
04 - Sometimes
05 - Teenage Head
06 - Yes It's True
07 - Misery
08 - Sweet Little Sixteen (Removed, Official Released on Marilyn USMLP 1020)
09 - Fall On You
10 - Please Please Me
11 - Please Please Girl
12 - Don't You Lie To Me
13 - Married Woman
14 - Shake Some Action
15 - Miss Amanda Jones
16 - Under My Thumb
17 - Big City
18 - Jumpin' Jack Flash

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