vendredi 21 mai 2010

Robert Gordon & Link Wray - Wild Wild Women: Live 1978

Wild Wild Women is a hard-to-find live document of Robert Gordon with Link Wray, and I was so surprised with the sound quality when I first listened to it. How COOL! Anybody who ever saw video extracts from the 1978 live @ the Musikladen, Berlin, will be thrilled to hear the two sets coming from the same show.
Get fuzzed!

Artwork: Little Big Ian
(replaced the original one which was really awful!)

01 - The Way I Walk
02 - Twenty Flight Rock
03 - My Baby Left Me
04 - Lonesome Train
05 - Rumble
06 - Baby What You Want Me To Do
07 - Sea Cruise
08 - Red Hot
09 - Fire
10 - Summertime Blues
11 - Mystery Train
12 - Baby Let's Play House
13 - Rock Therapy
14 - The Way I Walk
15 - Mystery Train
16 - Lonesome Train
17 - I Sure Miss You
18 - Rumble
19 - Baby What You Want Me To Do
20 - Band Introduction
21 - Hot Dog! That Made Her Mad
22 - Fire
23 - The Fool
24 - Wild Wild Women

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vendredi 14 mai 2010

The Senders - Outrageous & Contagious

One, Two.. you know what to do!
Here's the new compilation of the Senders, which I'm sure will knock you dead! When aficionados of that rhythm 'n' blues band like me got bored to always hear the same recordings, Philippe Marcadé put his turban on & headed to his Ali Baba's rock 'n roll cave dusting his lost treasures. This CD contains a lot of previously unreleased tracks ("The Ritual Dance", "I Feel Stupid", "Fat Face", Fats Domino's "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday", Shane Kai Ray's "Jungle Talk (I Want Some Of That)", Canned Heat's "Sandy's Blues", Jimmy Reed's "When Girls Do It", Lowell Fulson's "Tollin' Bells", Otis Rush's "Homework"...) and many tunes from the first EP's, singles and later albums + two great tracks featuring Johnny Thunders on studio & live @ Max's Kansas City.

I tell you, it's the one that'll make a bald man tear his hair!

Tracklist :

01 - You Really Piss Me Off
02 - The Ritual Dance
03 - Devil Shooting Dice
04 - I'm Gonna Be A Wheel
05 - Baby Glows In The Dark
06 - Don't F*** With Me
07 - Do The Do
08 - When I Die I'll Be A Ghost
09 - I Feel Stupid
10 - I Want Some Of That
11 - Homework
12 - Don't Mind Me
13 - Crazy Date
14 - Sixth Street
15 - Sandy's Blues
16 - Fat Face
17 - When Girls Do It
18 - It's Raining
19 - I Feel So Bad
20 - Tolling Bells
21 - On The Ferris Wheel
22 - No More Fooling Me
23 - The Living End (With Johnny Thunders)
24 - Daddy Rolling Stone (With Johnny Thunders)

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dimanche 9 mai 2010

Scatman Crothers - Oh Yeah!

Scatman Crothers' musical background :

By the age of 15 Crothers had taught himself enough to be playing in one of the local bars of Terre Haute frequented by Chicago gangsters, including Al Capone, looking to lie low. After time spent touring the with bands such as Montague's Kentucky Serenaders and Eddie Brown and His Tennesseans, Scatman Crothers spent some of the 1930s on the road with his own band. It was while performing in Ohio, in 1936, that Crothers met Helen Sullivan, from nearby Steubenville. They married in 1937 and stayed together for the rest of their lives.

The 1940s found Scatman's band working in Chicago, dabbling on the edges of the new Be-Bop scene. But by 1945 he had disbanded this group and he and Helen had moved to Hollywood to look for work with both his own small combo and as a sideman with other musician's. In 1946 he did a stint as the drummer with Slim Galliard's trio and this steady income helped him to settle on the West Coast.
After leaing the the Gaillard group, in 1948 Crothers was introduced to Phil Harris, a star of the radio and of Jack Benny's program in particular. They became friends and started wrighting songs together including "Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy. Crothers recorded two more hits that same year, "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "Dead Man's Blues." He became a regular guest on the show, and the pair would collaborate on records and in films for many years to come.

Now installed in Los Angeles, Scatman was in just the right place for picking up the film and TV work that would define his showbusiness career over the coming years.

Scatman's cinematographic background :

Scatman Crothers was never what you would call a film star, but he appeared in a whole string of films starting with Yes Sir, Mr. Bones (1951) and ending with the unlikely Transformers:the movie (1986). In between he had many small parts in around 50 movies ranging from the forgettable to classics such as by far the best film adaptation of a Stephen King novel, The Shining (1980) directed by Stanley Kubrick.

This film, with the perfectionist Kubrick directing, proved difficult for all involved. Jack Nicholson would not bother learning the lines given him until just before shooting a scene as he knew that yet another rewrite would be in his hands by then. Nicholson had to intervene with Kubrick after 70 takes of one scene drove Scatman to the edge of breakdown.

"That movie was all right to make, but you know Stanley likes to do a lot of takes. It gets kind of boring, but when you take a job you do it." - Scatman Crothers

The "Making of the Shining" documentary filmed by the director's 17 year old daughter Vivian, gives us a glimpse of the gruelling working methods on a Kubrick set, but also a look at Jack Nicholson, Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and others involved talking about the overall positive experience it had been.

The hard work paid off though and Scatman Crothers won a Best Supporting Actor Saturn award in 1981 for his role as Dick Hallorann, the hotel chef who shares a physic talent with the young boy Danny (played by Danny Lloyd).

Scatman Crothers was good friends with Jack Nicholson, and they appeared in four films together: The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Fortune (1975), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Shining (1980).

This is definitely my month's favorite album! Such a big man & deep voice..
If you like jump blues, jazz & rhythm 'n blues you should dig this groovy album.

01 - Exactly Like You
02 - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)
03 - Ghost Riders In The Sky
04 - September Song
05 - The Gal Looks Good
06 - Baby Won't You Please Come Home
07 - My Blue Heaven
08 - Nobody Knows Why
09 - St. James Infirmary
10 - The Best Things In Life Are Free
11 - I Got Rhythm
12 - Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
13 - Bonus Track: Blueberry Hill
14 - Bonus Track: I'm In Love Again

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mercredi 5 mai 2010

Slim Harpo - Sting It Then!

This CD is one of the most flukey and important live-blues documents you can find, rating right up there with B.B. King's Live at the Regal and the live Piano Red material from 1955. Recorded off the P.A. system at a 1961 show at the Sage Armory in Mobile, Alabama, it captures Slim Harpo in his only live concert document. Harpo's vocals are a little pushed back in the resulting recording, but his harmonica is caught really well (check out the playing and the clarity on the slow blues "You Know I Love You"), as are the guitars of Rudolph Richard and James Johnson, Willie "Tomcat" Parker's sax, and Sammy K. Brown's drums. Luckily, there's not much audience noise, so what we get is a close-up look at how the blues legend sounded on stage, doing classics like "I'm a King Bee," "Got Love if You Wants It," "Rainin' in My Heart" (his then-current hit), and songs like "Big Boss Man" and "Boogie Chillun," made famous by others. If the sound were slightly better, this would rate even higher, but any real fan should own this.
01 - Star-Time Announcement    
02 - I'm A King Bee
03 - Buzzin'
04 - I Got Love If You Want It
05 - You Know I Love You
06 - Lottie Mo
07 - Everybody Needs Somebody
08 - Big Boss Man
09 - Hold Me Tenderly
10 - I'll Take Care Of You
11 - Boogie Chillun
12 - Moody Blues
13 - Sugar Coated Love
14 - Star-Time Theme
15 - I'm A King Bee
16 - I Don't Play
17 - I Got Love If You Want It
18 - Little Liza Jane
19 - When The Saints Go Marching In
20 - Rainin' In My Heart 

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Jimmy Smith - The Cat

Request by Mark from Sour Jazz.

One of the essential Jimmy Smith albums that all record collections should contain. Moving from Blue Note to Verve, Smith swapped the small band for the large orchestra. The instrument Smith pioneered was the Hammond B3 organ, which had been labelled "the poor man's orchestra" because of the depth of sound it could create, so when that met a real orchestra under the guidance of arranger Lalo Schifrin the result is explosive. Especially when the orchestra itself contains musicians of the class of Kenny Burrell and Thad Jones. Now remastered the album hasn't a dull moment, with blues, pop and two cracking film scores (The Cat and "Main Title from The Carpetbaggers", which is used on BBC2's Money Programme). Then of course there is Smith's masterful playing that never fails to raise the hairs on the spine or get the fingers clicking. A cool, swinging, fun and indispensable record.

01 - Theme From 'Joy House'
02 - The Cat (From Joy House)
03 - Basin Street Blues
04 - Main Title From 'The Carpetbaggers'
05 - Chicago Serenade
06 - St. Louis Blues
07 - Delon's Blues
08 - Blues In The Night

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