Monday, July 21, 2014

Chuck Bridges and the L.A. Happening -1969 US Promo Release

Chuck Bridges and the L.A. Happening were an integrated band out of Los Angeles with Bridges being the lead vocalist. They were signed to Vault where producer Lucky Young wrote or co-wrote all but one of the albums’ 12 tracks. The arrangements in each song show the influence of Soul/Funk, Pop, Jazz and Gospel.
One of the great soul/funk rarities of the late 1960's, Chuck Bridges and the L.A. Happening's 1969 self-titled LP has risen in stature as a highly sought after rare soul record among collectors of the genre. An eight piece integrated soul/funk band, it's hard to understand after listening to the album, why this talented band never released another LP. The songwriting is tight and the grooves are definitely, well - happening.
This is the 1969 US Promo release of the album by Vault Records (SLP-132).

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The Turtles - Happy Together - 1967 US

The Turtles are an American rock band led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, later known as Flo and Eddie. The band became notable for several Top 40 hits beginning with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965. They scored their biggest and best-known hit in 1967 with the song "Happy Together".
"Happy Together" is the third studio album by pop rock band The Turtles. It was released in April 1967 on White Whale Records (WW 114).

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band-Golden Butter-The Best Of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band-1972 US

Though their luster had faded by 1972, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band had already earned their measure of immortality by first popularizing and then pushing the boundaries of the blues. This influential outfit recorded two acknowledged classics, their eponymous debut and the subsequent "East-West", which account for the first two sides of "Golden Butter". Here you'll find the straight-ahead Chicago blues of their debut ("Born in Chicago," "Mellow Down Easy," "Look Over Yonders Wall") and the prescient psychedelic blues-rock of their second effort ("East-West," "Mary, Mary").
Delivered in chronological order, "Golden Butter" offers an accurate miniature of the band's unraveling from blues ambassadors to innovators to increasingly irrelevant icons.
This is the Greek Reissue of 2 × Vinyl compilation, released by Elektra Records (62011).

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VA Spoonful covers

"Spoonful" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon and first recorded in 1960 by Howlin' Wolf. Called "a stark and haunting work", it is one of Dixon's best known and most interpreted songs.
The lyrics relate men's sometimes violent search to satisfy their cravings, with "a spoonful" used mostly as a metaphor for pleasures, which have been interpreted as sex, love, or drugs:
"It could be a spoonful of coffee, it could be a spoonful of tea
But one little spoon of your precious love, is good enough for me
Men lies about that spoonful, some of them dies about that spoonful
Some of them cries about that spoonful, but everybody fight about that spoonful ..."
This is a compilation of 19 versions of this great song. Enjoy!!!


part 1:

01.Howlin' Wolf-Spoonful (1960 US)
02.Willie Dixon- Spoonful (1970 US)
03.Jim Ford - Spoonfull (1969 US)
04.Cream-Spoonful (1968 UK)
05.Cathy Young-Spoonful (1969 US)
06.Blues Creation-Spoonful (1969 Japan)
07.Brothers Unlimited-Spoonful (1970 US)
08.Jose Feliciano-Spoonful (1966 US)
09.Terry Brooks And Strange - Spoonful (1973 US)


part 2:

01.The Blues Project-Spoonful (1966 US)
02.The Helpful Soul-Spoonful (1969 Japan)
03.Ten Years After- Spoonful (1967 UK)
04.The Paul Butterfield Blues Band-Spoonful (1966 US)
05.Etta James duet with Harvey Fuqua-Spoonful (1962 US)
06.Breakthru-Spoonful  (1967 UK)
07.Q 65-Spoonful (1966 Holland)
08.Powerhouse- Spoonful (1969 Japan)
09.Shadows Of Knight-Spoonful (1967 US)
10.Howlin' Wolf-Spoonful (1968 US)


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Johnny Winter- Livin' In The Blues-1985 Showcase Records Compilation

This UK Compilation of the Texas rock and blues guitarist Johnny Winter includes "Leavin' Blues" and "Goin Down Slow." Other tracks include, "Parchman Farm", "Livin' In The Blues","38-32-20", '"Bad News", "Kind Hearted Woman", "Out Of Sight", "Low Down Gal Of Mine" and "Avocado Green".
This compilation released in 1985 by Showcase Records (SHLP-132).

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Johnny Winter-The First Album-1969 US (Netherlands Reissue)

John Dawson Winter III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014), known as Johnny Winter, was an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer.
Winter's first Columbia album (CS-9826),  was recorded and released in 1969. It featured the same backing musicians with whom he had recorded their 1968 debut album "The Progressive Blues Experiment" on Sonobeat Records, bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Uncle John Turner, plus Edgar Winter on keyboards and saxophone, and (for his "Mean Mistreater") Willie Dixon on upright bass and Big Walter Horton on harmonica.
The album featured a few selections that became Winter signature songs, including his composition "Dallas" (an acoustic blues, on which Winter played a steel-bodied, resonator guitar), John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson's "Good Morning Little School Girl", and B.B. King's "Be Careful With A Fool".
This is the Netherlands Reissue of the album by Blue Sky Records Rock America Series (Sky-32206) with different cover. RIP Johnny

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Thorinshield-1968 US

The trio comprising Thorinshield was formed in California by drummer Terry Hand (who had been in the Everpresent Fullness), guitarist James Smith, and bassist Bobby Ray, who'd been a session musician on Donovan's classic 1966 "Sunshine Superman" album.
On their 1969 sole, obscure, self-titled album  who released on Philips label (PHS 600-251), the influences of the psychedlic folk and vocal harmonies of the 1966-1967 Beatles are evident, as are some of the ornate orchestration, production trickery and trippily optimistic-romantic lyrics that were becoming in vogue throughout much pop music by the late '60s.
To some degree, the influence of the slicker folk-rock-affiliated Southern Californian artists can be heard as well, along with dashes of baroque melody and instrumentation.
Their  rare album was produced by top L.A. session saxophonist Steve Douglas, with arranger Perry Botkin, Jr. also contributing. The LP didn't make any waves and the group broke up after the subsequent 45 "Family Of Man"/"Lonely Mountain Again."

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The Dave Pike Set - Got The Feelin'-1969 US-Holland

David Samuel Pike (born March 23, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan) is a jazz vibraphone player. He learned drums at the age of eight and is self-taught on vibes. He has also played marimba, particularly with Herbie Mann. Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, and Cal Tjader were early inspirations for him.
Pike's move to Europe and produced some of the most original jazz of the period. With the collaboration of Volker Kriegel (guitar), J. A. Rettenbacher (acoustic and electric bass), and Peter Baumeister (drums), he formed the Dave Pike Set.
The group recorded 6 brilliant records from 1969-1972 that spanned the gamut from funky grooves to free, textural territory. The group, though short-lived, created a unique identity and textural palette.
Kriegel's compositional and instrumental (playing acoustic, classical, and electric guitar as well as sitar) contributions to the group helped set the Dave Pike Set's sound apart, organically incorporating influences from jazz, soul jazz, psychedelia, avant garde and world music.
"Got The Feelin'" is a great funk LP by Dave Pike Set. Originaly released in Holland on Relax Label (Relax-  30.577), with covers of Sam & Dave's "You Got It Made", Burt Bacharach's "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", The Classics IV's "Spooky", James Brown's "Got the Feelin" and lots of original groovy jazz tracks.
This is the 1988 US Reissue of the album by Disques Wagram (wgr001).


Dave Pike- Vibraphone, Producer
Rob Franken- Organ
Joop Scholten- Guitar
Ruud Jacobs- Bass
Louis De By- Drums

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Friday, July 18, 2014

RIP Johnny Winter

John Dawson Winter III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014), known as Johnny Winter, was an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and '70s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Winter was professionally active until the time of his death in Zurich, Switzerland, on 16 July 2014. He was found dead in his hotel room two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France on July 14. The cause of Winter's death is not clear.
RIP Johnny

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Aura-1971 US

Definitely one of the better horn rock albums out there. The movement was quite large after Chicago and BS&T  became chart toppers (interesting to note that Aura were also from Chicago). However most of these horn groups tried too hard for pop stardom, and failed miserably.
Or they were blues rock groups that added horns in a feeble attempt to be trendy. But Aura just kicks butt from beginning to end. They never lost focus of the horn charts and they’re constantly a feature, rather than a side show for some lame songwriting.
In fact, Aura are BRASSY, more than any other album I’ve heard in the style anyway. Also some nice sax, organ and guitar solos to check out. Aura aren’t progressive in the sense of Brainchild or McLuhan – more like BS&T if they’d amped up a bit and hadn’t been so schmaltzy. (ashratom RYM)
The album has also some great covers like Doug Sahm's "Song Of Everything" and Richie Havens' "No Opportunity Needed, No Experience Necessary".
Their sole album released in 1971 on Mercury Records (SRM 1-620).


Al Lathan- lead vocals, latin percussion, gong
Bill Waidner- electric guitar, acoustic 12 string guitar
Fred Entesari- alto sax
Andy Foertsch- trombone
Jerry Smith- bass, backing  vocals
George Barr- trumpet, backing  vocals
Dennis Horan- drums
Sam Alessi- organ, electric piano, vibes
Chuck Greenberg- flute, baritone sax
Terry Quaye- congas

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Lighthouse -One Fine Morning-1971 Canada

This was one of the most significant groups to come out of Canada in this era and was put together by drummer Skip Prokop in 1968. A horn rock band, they are often considered to be Canada's answer to Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Lighthouse recorded in Toronto their fourth album "One Fine Morning", which was much better than the previous albums, and at last they had a hit with the eponymous song.
"One Fine Morning" has strident guitar chords, a horn section which blends in perfectly, catchy melody, strong vocals by their new singer Bob McBride, jazzy piano and guitar solos. A gem of the horn rock genre!
This along with "Love Of A Woman", a soulful jazz-rocker featuring great solo sax work, are the best tracks of the album. The rest, except the soul/gospel influenced "Hats Off (To The Stranger)", "Show Me The Way" and "Sing ,Sing ,Sing" are more mellow, but on "Step Out On To Sea" and "Old Man" there are segments of strong Chicago-like horn instrumentation.
Of interest also is the peaceful "Little Kind Words", which has a very good melody, ideal for late night audition.
The album released in 1971 by GRT Records (9230-1002) in Canada and by Evolution Records (ST-93843) in US.

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Eric Burdon & The Animals - Everyone Of Us -1968 US release

"Every One Of Us" is an album released in 1968 by Eric Burdon & The Animals. It was the second of three albums released by the group in the United States in that year (the album was not released in the United Kingdom).
A very good psychedelic blues album, filled with excellent musicianship by Burdon (lead vocals), Vic Briggs (guitar, bass), John Weider (guitar, celeste), Danny McCulloch (bass,12-string, vocals), and Barry Jenkins (drums, percussion), with new member Zoot Money (credited, for contractual reasons, as George Bruno) on keyboards and vocals.
Check out John Wieder's slashing guitar solo on "White Houses" and his beautiful acoustic work on "Serenade To A Sweet Lady". "The Immigrant Lad" is Eric's tribute to his native Newcastle. Then on to "Year Of The Guru" - very 1967/1968 with flashes of hot guitar and a throbbing Danny McCulloch bass line along with some Burdon wit & humor. And then one of the bluesiest versions of "St. James Infirmary". The longest cut is the most challenging "New York 1963- America 1968".
Recorded at TTG Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA, 1968 and released by MGM Records (SE-4553).

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Animals - Animal Tracks-1965 UK

One of the most important bands originating from England's R&B scene during the early '60s, the Animals were second only to the Rolling Stones in influence among R&B-based bands in the first wave of the British Invasion. The Animals had their origins in a Newcastle-based group called the Kansas City Five, whose membership included pianist Alan Price, drummer John Steel, and vocalist Eric Burdon.
"Animal Tracks" is the second British album by The Animals. It was released in 1965 and reached #6 on the UK charts.  An identically titled album with a different track listing was released in America the same year.
There are a few lightweight tunes here, such as "Let The Good Times Roll" and the rollicking opener, "Mess Around," that capture The Animals loosening up and having fun. Much of "Animal Tracks" is pretty intense R&B-based rock.
Originally released in 1965 by Columbia (33SX 1708), this is the Netherlands Reissue of the album by RAK-EMI  Records (1A 038-1575911).

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Savoy Brown -A Hard Way To Go-1985 UK-Germany

Savoy Brown, originally known as the Savoy Brown Blues Band, are a British blues rock band, formed in 1965, in Battersea, South West London.Part of the late 1960s blues rock movement, Savoy Brown primarily achieved success in the United States, where they promoted their albums with non-stop touring.
This is 1970's "Raw Sienna" album repackaged with a different running order and missing one song ("Needle and Spoon"), released in 1985 in Germany by Platinum Records (PLP 6/24018).

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Savoy Brown - Street Corner Talking-1971 UK

"Street Corner Talking" is the seventh studio album by the band Savoy Brown. Released in 1971, it was the first album released by the band since the departure of Lonesome Dave Peverett, Roger Earl, and Tone Stevens who all went on to form the band Foghat. This left Kim Simmonds as the only original member left in the group.
Simmonds recruited a fresh lineup of musicians, piano player Paul Raymond, bassman Andy Silvester, and drummer Dave Bidwell, all from Chicken Shack. He also hired singer Dave Walker, who was the former frontman with the Idle Race, and together the new lineup recorded "Street Corner Talking", one of Savoy Brown's finest moments.
Walker's cozy yet fervent voice countered with Simmonds' strong, sturdy guitar playing, and an exuberant mixture of British blues and boogie rock prevailed. All of  "Street Corner Talking's" efforts are solid examples of the group's blues-rock power, from the slick cover of Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle" to the deep feel of  "All I Can Do" to the subtle strength of  "Tell Mama," Walker's best-sung tune.
"Street Corner Talking" released on Decca Records (TXS 104) in UK and on Parrot Records (PAS 71047) in the US.


Dave Walker - vocals
Kim Simmonds - lead guitar, harmonica
Paul Raymond - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Andy Silvester - bass
Dave Bidwell - drums

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Jimi Hendrix & Isley Brothers - In the Beginning-1964-65 US (1971 German Release)

The Isley Brothers originally raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. The original group consisted of the three elder sons of O'Kelly Isley, Sr. and Sally Bell Isley: O'Kelly Jr., Rudolph and Ronald, who formed in 1954 and recorded with small labels singing doo-wop and rock 'n' roll.
Jimi Hendrix began his career playing as a "sideman" to some of the greatest performers in soul music. During the early and mid-'60s, he worked with such R&B/soul greats as Little Richard, The Isley Brothers, and King Curtis as a backup guitarist.
Jimi Hendrix began playing lead guitar for the brothers' band. Bringing Hendrix with them in the studio, they recorded the song "Testify". Later on, Hendrix contributed guitar to another Isleys single, "Move Over Let  Me Dance", which was recorded for T-Neck through distribution with Atlantic Records. After neither song charted Hendrix left them  in 1965.
Cut around 1964-65, while Hendrix was still part of the Isley's band, these casual sessions, remixed to push his guitar up with the voices, are far superior to Curtis Knight's- Hendrix tapes. His most lasting output from this period can be heard on the Isley Brothers song  "Testify" Parts 1 & 2. No Jimi Hendrix involvement on tracks 5 and 7.
Originally this 1971 compilation released in  the US by T-Neck Records (TNS 3007), this is the 1971 German release of the album by Brunswick Records (2911 508) with different cover.

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