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Friday, December 31, 2010

Sir Oliver's Blues Distillery 1993 Beware Of Cats





Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:54:06
Size: 123,75 MB

Album Notes

These cuts have been made on the 1st, 8th + 9th of July 1993 in Graz and after their live - debut CD - "ROUGH BRAND" this is an important extension about their Blues, because Sir Oliver, together with his Blues Distillery, stepped into the studio and, again they had some guests invited.

Flashy actions became real and equipped by a thrilling rhythm. They are soloing at full blast and the vocal contribution is natural and honest. How wonderful, that such a first class band comes out of Austria, and internationally there is no need to fear competition.

Beside their powerful and spontaneous musicianship, earthy lyrics and a fascinating groove engrave the overall picture of 13 originals.

A Blues Band who invites you to "Just have fun and never look back". So, "Beware of Sir Oliver's Blues Distillery", just one sip can make you addicted! (Fritz Svacina, Blues Life Journal)


Tracklist:

01 - Beware Of Cats 04:15

02 - You'd Better Not Touch My Guitar 02:37

03 - She Ain't Too Good Loockin' 02:54

04 - Fool For You 06:08

05 - You're Like A Watchdog 03:40

06 - Steamroller 03:09

07 - Watch Out 03:16

08 - Heavy Head Champion 05:12

09 - Call Me Trouble 02:16

10 - She's A Real Upsetter 02:30

11 - Bad News 04:57

12 - You've Been Cheatin' On Me 05:38

13 - Madclub Boogie 07:34





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The Eric Steckel Band 2002 A Few Degrees Warmer





Genre: Blues
Rate: 256 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:21:37
Size: 151,71 MB

Album Notes

Originally from Pennsylvania where he was first known for his energetic guest appearances with many of the area's finest performers, Eric's early musical influences inspired him to pick up his first Fender Stratocaster at the age of nine.

There was no looking back.......

Eric's passion for the Blues and natural command of the scene enabled him to eventually share the stage with nationally known artists including Bob Margolin, Debbie Davies, James Armstrong, Steve Guyger, Kenny Neal, Chris Beard, Tommy Castro, Joe Kubek, Bnois King, Solomon Burke, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Hubert Sumlin.

In 2004, Eric joined John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers on their Scandinavian Tour as the "youngest person ever on stage with the Bluesbreakers". Eric left a lasting impression on Mayall who later invited Eric to join him in the studio during the "Road Dogs" sessions. Eric's lead guitar work is featured on the track "Chaos in the Neighborhood".

With a feeling and natural ability that just can't be explained for someone so young, Eric delivers a Freddy-BB-Albert King influenced performance with an intensity and skill that never fails to amaze anyone who sees him. With a style at times reminiscent of an early-Clapton, Eric combines a variety of influences while reminding everyone the real thing comes from the heart and soul.

The Eric Steckel Band's CD, A Few Degrees Warmer, was recorded LIVE in April 2002 when Eric was just 11 years old.



Tracklist:

01 - Rude Mood 03:41

02 - Red House 06:00

03 - Hideaway 05:56

04 - Crossroads 03:14

05 - The Sad Nite Owl 06:03

06 - Jaywalkin' 04:44

07 - Where I Play My Blues 08:18

08 - Lenny 11:22

09 - The Sky Is Cryin' 09:11

10 - Bad Dog Blues 06:06

11 - The Thrill Is Gone 03:52

12 - Steppin' Out 05:22

13 - Blues Is A Feelin' 04:12

14 - Funky C Funky Do 03:36





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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Chris 'Hammer' Smith 1996 Livin' On My Own





Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:58:39
Size: 134,20 MB

This new production with L.A. harmonica ace “Hammer” Smith and his band provides modern electric blues with a funky groove and a highcalibre list of guests: Sonny Landreth, Phil Upchurch, Tony Braunagel, Barbara Morrison they all appear on this intense and strong record. A crucial step in the right direction for this outstanding player from California. (http://www.noguru.com)



Tracklist:

01 - Down In South Central 04:59

02 - I'm The One 05:17

03 - Get Tough 05:09

04 - You And Me 06:07

05 - Low Down Dirty Blues 05:07

06 - It Don't Make Sense 05:23

07 - Outta Here 04:32

08 - 'til I Met You 03:45

09 - Should've Done Her Better 05:58

10 - Jump 04:00

11 - Set The World On Fire 03:18

12 - Livin' On My Own 03:50

13 - Sonata In A Minor 01:14





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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Blueass Blues Band 2003 Crossing



Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:01:48
Size: 141,38 MB

Review by Greg Johnson

Anybody who has ever questioned the ability of the Blues being played by non-Americans need not worry. Just take a listen to the bands in the Scandinavian countries of Northern Europe and you'll quickly dispel any notions to the contrary. I have recently been taking a closer listen to some of the more established artists of this region with new-found excitement. Hearing Swedish artists such as Sven Zetterberg, Pelle Piano and Knockout Greger Andersson has opened my mind to want to explore others. So, when Portland's own Burnside Distribution hooked up with the Swedish Blaze Records label, it caught my attention rather quickly.

The first joint release through this collaboration is the newest release by Blueass Blues Band, who've been together since 1981 displaying some mighty fine Rockin' Blues. Their music has been compared to the works of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and with good reason, as they can certainly pull off that Texas-styled Bluesy swagger quite convincingly. "Crossing" is the band's fourth release and it is packed full of original tunes and exceptional musicianship. The quartet is made up of twin guitarists and principal songwriters Peter "PG" Gustavsson and Ralph "R&B" Broqvist, along with bass player Morgan Jansson and drummer Per Hero; all of the members share in vocal duties.

The selections on this CD are wide-ranged, all of which are deftly crafted with excitement. The opening tune, "Like A Bluesmachine," goes straight for the jugular right off the bat, it's in-your-face and fast-paced. Just the right type of song to grab your attention immediately. From there, it's a real mish-mash of jumpin' numbers including highlights such as "Behind The Smoke" with its raucous Rockabilly beat; "You Hurt Me,"a Jimi Hendrix/Earl Hooker-styled wah-wah guitar piece; and the closing tune, "Life Is A Mystery," which blends a mournful slide guitar with amplified harp supplied by Johan Hjortsberg.

If you've ever questioned European artists playing the Blues, check this recording out. It'll definitely place a whole new outlook on your thoughts regarding the subject. I'm hoping there's a lot more coming from the Blaze/Burnside connection!


Tracklist:

01 - Like A Bluesmachine 03:29

02 - The Blues Is Still Alive 05:14

03 - Miss You So Much 04:40

04 - Behind The Smoke 04:02

05 - You Hurt Me 04:03

06 - Blues For Ye, Baby 04:35

07 - Hard Rain (Pick Up The Pieces 05:42

08 - Coming Home To Me 03:46

09 - Can't Be Cool 04:59

10 - The Love Train 04:35

11 - Be My Baby One More Time 03:51

12 - You Can't Change The World 04:17

13 - Find My Baby 03:31

14 - Life Is A Mystery 05:04





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Blue Stuff 1990 Chicago Bound



Genre: Blues
Rate: 204 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:44:52
Size: 68,15 MB

Italy



Tracklist:

01 - Greenwood, Mississippi 04:38

02 - Ride On, Blue Train 06:23

03 - Another Story 03:51

04 - Bad Job Blues 04:58

05 - Stagger Lee 03:45

06 - M&O Train 04:37

07 - Tell Me 03:11

08 - I Told My Woman 03:50

09 - The City 05:24

10 - Broke Man's Blues 04:15





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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Michael Packer Blues Band 2007 Live @ Sweet Rhythm


Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:41:21
Size: 94,60 MB

Album Notes

This album was recorded live at Sweet Rhythm a famous jazz club in New York City on February 1, 2006. It features blues perrenial Michael Packer on guitar and vocals. James Cotton's piano player David Maxwell. Guitarist Jimmy Vivino from the Conan O'Brien show. Lou Marini from the Blues Brothers and Saturday Night live. Cuban born harmonica ace Felix Cabrera. Ed Jackson on bongos. King Bear on bass and Nat Seeley on drums.

Review by BLUES REVUE FEB-MARCH 07 ISSUE TOM HYSLOP

If Michael Packer's earthy singing takes a backseat to his musicians, it's testimony to the Staten Island's guitarist's ability to assemble a band. A cast of aces, David Maxwell (piano), Jimmy Vivino (guitar), Felix Cabrera (harp) and Lou Marini (sax) joins the band for the self released Live @ Sweet Rhythm.

Apart from solos all around, Knock Myself Out' contains a dynamite sax/slide guitar duel and Packer's Big Apple based adaptation of 'Born in Chicago' rips. The playlist is mostly limited to standards but it is still entertaining including 'Somebody Have Mercy', 'The Thrill Has Gone' and 'I'm Tore Down. Things get really cooking towards the album's end with Marini and Maxwell hammering out 'Killing Floor'and when 'As the Years Go Passing By' showcases a haunting harmonica lead-in and Cabrera's sensitive vocal.



Tracklist:

01 - I'm Tore Down 06:58

02 - The Thrill Has Gone 05:05

03 - Knock Myself Out 10:10

04 - Somebody Have Mercy 04:47

06 - Killing Floor 05:47

07 - As The Years Go Passing By 08:34





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Go Graal Blues Band 1979 Go Graal Blues Band


Genre: Blues
Rate: 171 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:38:34
Size: 47,04 MB

Go Graal Blues Band was a group of Portuguese Blues, contrary to what was used at the time, sang in English only. Formed in 1975 by Paulo Gonzo (voice and harmonica), John Allain (guitar), Anthony Ferro (bass guitar) and Raul Angel (drums).

Have a career filled with performances, having opened the show in Lagos Shirts and given a memorable concert at the Coliseum in Lisbon. After several lineup changes that just kept Paulo Gonzo and John Allain end in 1987.



Tracklist:

01 - Baby, I Wanna... 03:16

02 - The Last One 03:15

03 - Feel Me In My Blues 05:18

04 - We Remember M. W. 05:03

05 - ...For Ma Babe (Gonzo Pleasure) 02:30

06 - The Fault Is Her Own 03:49

07 - Leonor's 04:09

08 - Stray Dog 05:46

09 - Good Morning Blues 05:28





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Monday, December 27, 2010

Pacific Gas & Electric 1970 Live 'n' Kicking At Lexington



Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:02:18
Size: 142,45 MB

United States

Well, been waiting a while to be able to spring this news on you. "Live and Kicking at Lexington" Has Been Released by Wounded Bird Records (a company that specializes in reissuing classic rock albums on CD).

Now for the back story. August 8th and 9th of 1970, PG&E did 2 shows at the federal drug rehab center in Lexington, KY. The filmmaker Lawrence Schiller was there to make a documentary of the band, the facility and it's inmates. Columbia (now owned by Sony) was also there, recording the shows for a planned live album. When Schillers film didn't go into national release (it was only shown twice in California before being shelved by a judge) Columbia chose to stop work on the record.

Recent research has uncovered that Sony still has the tapes... about 9 unmixed multi-tracks and 4 stereo masters. These stereo masters are now available on CD thanks to Wounded Bird. This is a once in a lifetime chance to hear the band in their natural element, on stage. No other full live album has ever been released by PG&E. (http://www.pacific-gas-electric.com)



Tracklist:

01 - Old Slop In 'A' 11:21

02 - Are You Ready 06:26

03 - Next Time You See Me 02:38

04 - Elvira 03:17

05 - 32-20 Blues 06:10

06 - One More River To Cross 03:13

07 - Motor City Is Burning 12:41

08 - Jelly Jelly 16:32


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Blues For Two 1990 A Road Affair





Genre: Blues
Rate: 256 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:56:34
Size: 103,52 MB


Tracklist:

01 - Stromboli Shore 04:23

02 - Winter Shuffle 02:59

03 - Rudi's Blues 04:36

04 - The Laws Must Change 04:36

05 - Feel Much Better 07:56

06 - Flip Flop And Fly 05:15

07 - Every Summer 08:16

08 - Don't Jump In The Water 04:59

09 - Jazzband On The Road 03:38

10 - Get Up And Go 05:12

11 - Room To Move 04:44





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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tino Gonzales 2003 Babes, Bikes 'n' Blues




Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:03:15
Size: 144,67 MB

France

Tino Gonzales Biography

Born in the Southside of the Bluestown Chicago in 1951, Tino Gonzales, grew up with the sounds of Latin, Blues, R & B, Jazz, and Soul. All have contributed to his musical foundations. Having served his apprenticeship with a wide range of blues, pop and jazz greats he eventually set off on his solo career in 1985.

But as a Mexican American with a streak of Arabic heritage, the Latin blood flows equally in his veins. His music encompasses all of these varied cultural influences resulting in a unique sound that can not easily be labeled in terms of conventional categories – but if one had to sum it up in one word it would have to be passion!

Gonzales' incredible virtuoso style is so fluid it seems as though he pours his soul right into his guitar as he floats up and down its neck, coaxing from it sounds and vibrations hitherto unknown. He changes styles more often than many musicians know how to change keys and in any direction he chooses, whether Latin, Jazz, Blues, R & B or Soul, he plays with the same passionate fire and fluidity.

As top US westcoast DJ Steve Pringle from KMHD radio in Portland, Oregon once put it, 'I have no frikken idea why you aren't better known. Not for lack of talent, sound, writing...it's all good!`

... One of the reasons undoubtedly is Gonzales free-spirited and independent way of thinking, which has earned him the reputation of being a maverick in the business. He resisted the temptation of signing with major labels on more than one occasion, because he refuses to let himself be exploited, run down and spat out by the industry as he has seen happening to so many of his friends and peers.

Instead, he goes his own way, sometimes a rough and tumble road, but free from any demands from labels who require extensive touring. After years of touring the US and Canada Gonzales grew tired of the same old Club and Festival scene, packed his Hobo bag and decided to sail east. Since his arrival on European shores Gonzales has certainly made some big waves over here.

Having finally found a label he could work with he signed with one of the leading European independents, the French Blues label Dixiefrog Records. So far he has recorded four CDs for them, each one a masterpiece in its own right with the unique Tino Gonzales touch. All have received rave reviews in the international press.

Currently he has signed with the Belgium label MusicAvenue. His musical career reflects a process of transformation and artistic growth that is becoming more apparent with every new CD he records. Traveling throughout Europe, from France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, England, Luxemburg and Germany, to Spain, Turkey, Italy and even a few eastern European countries such as Slovenia and Hungary, Gonzales has become deeply influenced by the Old World roots of the same soulful music he grew up on in the States.

Spanish, Gypsy, Arabic and African influences, which originally contributed to both, Latin and Black American music, have all found their way into his repertoire. His unique blend of Latin, Jazz and Blues fusion has resulted in a phenomenal melange of musical influences all of which speak the same language - passion.

Passion for music, passion for love, passion for life – and compassion for the state of the world. Gonzales' passion is not just show. He deeply cares about humanity and planet earth. To him the essence of music is about communication and conveys a message that applies to the human condition everywhere and throughout all of time. He plays and sings the sounds of peace, love, anger, humor, joy and the politics of the world. One of his songs, an exquisite slow blues tune, gives a message of peace to the world, appealing to each and everyone of us not to add 'No More Misery'...



Tracklist:

01 - Have A Good Time 05:48

02 - Scratch Jam 04:16

03 - Catch Me When I Fall 10:30

04 - Walking 15:12

05 - Texas 08:38

06 - Freddy's Funk 07:25

07 - Come Baby 05:44

08 - Solo Blues 05:42





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Museo Rosenbach 1973 Zarathustra



Genre: Progressive Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:39:34
Size: 90,48 MB

Review by ahmetbolanyig

One of the masterpieces of the Italian symphonic movement, this album is based on the records of 1972. With previously Deep Purple, Uriah Heep in interpreting time as part of groups have found their own line and began to give place to the more experimental elements. Next to the dark and heavy symphonic prog music elements in a manner befitting the album's concept was collated. Mentioned concepts, Friedrich Nietzsche's Zarathustra in his book "superior man" is based on the concept.

20:54 luxury, "Zarathustra" on a progressive track is one of the most powerful entry. Places, the dark atmosphere, bombastic vocals and jazz music for transitions to a twenty-minute ride out to the listener. It is a much too tiring. Do not bother people. But tiring. "Degli Uomini" brother, a symphonic jazz work of the other. Is gay. Will accompany his melodies. "Della Natura" the most complex part of the album. Attacks and transitions abound. The rest will not tell the sex. It, too, is a progressive course. "Dell 'Eterno Ritorno" is the album's closing track. Hard riffs, high-tempo, syncopated drums and atrophy of the audience will atrophy.



Tracklist:

01 - Zarathustra- L'ultimo Uomo 03:58

02 - Zarathustra- Il Re Di Ieri 04:40

03 - Zarathustra- Al Di La Del Bene E Del Male 02:41

04 - Zarathustra- Superuomo 06:31

05 - Zarathustra- Il Tempio Delle Clessidre 02:51

06 - Degli Uomini 04:02

07 - Della Natura 08:33

08 - Dell'eterno Ritorno 06:18





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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Eela Craig 1978 Missa Universalis





Genre: Progressive Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:42:24
Size: 96,98 MB

Review by Proghead

Now here's something you don't hear too much in the world of prog rock: a Christian prog rock album. But EELA CRAIG did such an album in 1978. "Missa Universalis", their fourth album takes a Roman Catholic Mass to a prog rock context. Luckily they didn't have to water down their prog rock sound to have a religious theme. At this point, they were playing a rather lush style of prog rock heavy on the string synths, not unlike what ELOY was doing at the same time, only more polished, and surprisingly (given EELA CRAIG were Austrians), no ridiculously accented vocals like you do Frank Bornemann. For this concept, the members of the band decided to sing in four languages, Latin, French, German, and English, quite a lot for the band to do, put they pulled it off.

Without a doubt, the opening cut, "Kyrie" is by far the highlight. The droning string synths and a voice that repeats "Kyrie Eleison" over and over really trips me out. "Credo (Part 1)" is a pretty nice ballad while "Credo (Part 2)" tends to be a bit more on the funky side. "Sanctus" borrowed from Anton Bruckner, and at the end goes for a funky jam reminescent of "One Niter". The closing song, "Amen" reminds me a little of VANGELIS circa "Heaven & Hell".



Tracklist:

01 - Kyrie 12:03

02 - Gloria 06:01

03 - Credo 08:05

04 - Sanctus 08:50

05 - Agnus Dei 05:23

06 - Amen 02:02





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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Michael Packer Blues Band 2007 Live At Lucille's New York City


Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:53:04
Size: 121,42 MB

United States

Album Notes

Michael Packer Blues Band - Live at Lucille's NYC. The album was recorded live on a steamy August summer night in 2007 at Lucille's blues club on 42nd street, in the heart of Times Square, New York City. They came to play and smoked the tunes like they owned them. 'Born Under A Bad Sign', 'Sweet Home Chicago', Willie Dixon's 'The Same Thing', all spectacularly performed by a magical assemblage of players. Led by Iris Music Group recording artist Michael Packer on guitar and vocals the band consisted of Jimmy Vivino, guitar and additional vocals (he is the Conan O'Brien TV show guitarist and Levon Helm's music director), pianist David Maxwell (James Cotton), Sandy Allen (Michael's longtime friend and partner) on mandolin,blues harp extraordinaire, Felix Cabrera, Ed Jackson on bongos, Japan's finest bass player King Bear, Billy Schroeder on drums and special guest Dave 'Snakeman' Runyan (James Cotton protege) on harp performing his 'Snakeman Blues'. The album was produced by Michael Packer. The live recording session was recorded by Blue Note soundman Everette Ramos for Jack O'Hara. Executive producer is Alan Lorber.



Tracklist:

01 - Driving Wheel 07:07

02 - Corrina, Corrina 04:35

03 - Born Under A Bad Sign 04:29

04 - Jimmy's Blues 06:39

05 - Sweet Home Chicago 05:47

06 - As The Years Go Passing By 08:44

07 - The Same Thing 06:56

08 - Snakeman Blues 08:47





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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lil' Ed & Dave Weld With The Imperial Flames 1996 Keep On Walkin'



Genre: Blues
Rate: 200 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:59:07
Size: 84,74 MB

Old time rural Delta acoustic guitar blues to hotlicks fast driving Chicago boogie, and soulful R&B. wailing guitarists with scorching leads and slashing slide, rough hewn, passionate vocals Ed's slide guitar playing upholds the searing, squealing trad.



Tracklist:

01 - North Carolina Bound (Acoustic Duo) 04:59

02 - Combination Boogie 03:20

03 - I'm Not A Slave 04:17

04 - Confess Diane 06:18

05 - So Long So Long 03:09

06 - Let's Boogie Baby 02:27

07 - Lonely, Lonely (When Evenin' Comes) 05:29

08 - Too Late Baby 05:21

09 - New Year's Resolution 03:12

10 - Sweet Shiny Brown Eyes 03:43

11 - I Can't Have Nothin' 04:49

12 - Keep On Walkin' 04:31

13 - Set My Sight On You 02:36

14 - North Carolina Bound (Band Version) 04:56





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Rudy Rotta Band & Friends 1993 Diabolic Live



Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:13:58
Size: 169,23 MB

Rudy Rotta is a name you won't easily forget once you've heard or seen him perform. This native born Italian has the blues not only in his blood, but deep down in his soul as well.

After making it big in his home country, Rudy stormed across Europe like hurricane leaving Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, France, England and Ireland in its wake. The reputation of this guitar killer reached the hearts of American blues lovers and it's been a continuous journey through the blues heartland of America ever since. His music is a demonstration of hid outstanding talent as a singer guitarist and composer; he subtly combines a modern style with blues roots and a rocky funk soul character. (http://www.rudyrotta.com)



Tracklist:

01 - Hold On 03:33

02 - Tell Me Baby 03:33

03 - Back Track, I'm On The Road Again 06:37

04 - I Don't Pay No Money 07:04

05 - Can You Dig It? 05:02

06 - Money, Money 03:57

07 - Caledonia 04:47

08 - Dust My Broom 04:41

09 - The Last Time 07:30

10 - Penny Pinching Blues 03:57

11 - Ramblin' On My Mind 05:50

12 - Baby Watcha Want Me To Do 05:37

13 - I Got My Mojo Working 04:44

14 - Boogie In Do 07:06





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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Little John Chrisley 1995 Little John Chrisley





Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:57:56
Size: 132,50 MB

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Little John Chrisley's self-titled debut album is filled with his burning blues-rock harmonica, which is occasionally truly inspired.



Tracklist:

01 - Born In Rochester 05:30

02 - War Headed Woman 03:19

03 - The Way It Goes 03:49

04 - Disconnected 08:57

05 - Big Bad Boogie 06:56

06 - Master Plan 05:29

07 - Don't Suffocate Me 04:44

08 - Buried In Biils 02:52

09 - Beer Goggles 04:41

10 - Life's Undertow 06:39

11 - Stone Cold Blue 05:00





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David Maxwell 1997 Maximum Blues Piano





Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:06:24
Size: 151,92 MB

Review by Cub Koda

Maxwell's solo debut has been a long time in coming, but it been worth the wait, as he neatly sidesteps the curse of the non-vocalist bandleader. Bringing in Darrell Nulisch for one vocal ("Heart Attack") only distracts from this fine instrumental showcase for David's prodigious abilities. Maxwell literally sparkles on the gospel-ish sanctified shout of "Sister Laura Lee," the New Orleans strut of "Breakdown On the Bayou," the boogie woogie classic "Honky Tonk Train" and "Manhattan Max," trading licks throughout with guest stars Ronnie Earl, Duke Levine and saxman supreme Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, basically the cream of the New England blues mafia. The fact that Maxwell has learned his slow blues lessons well is exhibited on the Pete Johnson tribute, "Down at P.J.'s Place," "Deep Into It" and a seven-minute-plus rendition of Avery Parrish's "After Hours." This is more than just an impressive debut; this is a record of great playing and uncommon musical depth.



Tracklist:

01 - Blues Don't Bother Me 05:50

02 - Breakdown On The Bayou 05:01

03 - After Hours 07:14

04 - Sister Laura Lee 05:59

05 - Down At PJ's Place 06:18

06 - Honky Tonk Train 07:05

07 - Heart Attack 04:53

08 - Deep Into It 08:03

09 - Walk The Walk 04:00

10 - Manhattan Max (Boppin' Wit Da Chippies) 05:28

11 - Take Me On Home 06:33





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Monday, December 20, 2010

Pacific Gas & Electric 1970 Are You Ready



Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:39:49
Size: 91,08 MB

Review by Richie Unterberger

Anchored by Pacific Gas & Electric's sole hit "Are You Ready," the album of the same name -- actually their third LP -- treads a thin line between eclecticism and confusion, and is actually weaker on the whole than its predecessor, 1969's Pacific Gas & Electric. Certainly the ominous yet inspirational gospel-funk-psychedelia of "Are You Ready" was the strongest track, and to this day the only one that most casual rock fans remember. Yet other cuts on the album indicated they couldn't decide whether to be a heavy blues-rock group ("Hawg for You"), a more soul-dipped version of the Band ("Staggolee"), a swampy soul-rock outfit (a cover of the Isley Brothers' "The Blackberry"), or, least convincingly, cry-in-your-beer honky tonk balladeers ("Mother, Why Don't You Cry?").



Tracklist:

01 - Are You Ready 05:47

02 - Hawg For You 04:43

03 - Staggolee 03:49

04 - The Blackberry 05:32

05 - Love, Love, Love, Love, Love 03:52

06 - Mother, Why Do You Cry 05:07

07 - Elvira 01:59

08 - Screamin' 04:28

09 - When A Man Loves A Woman 04:32





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Leningrad Cowboys 2006 Zombies Paradise





Genre: Rock
Rate: 256 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:50:32
Size: 88,16 MB


Tracklist:

01 - You're My Heart, You're My Soul 03:31

02 - What Is Love 03:20

03 - Goldfinger 04:07

04 - Perfect Day 03:53

05 - Puttin' On The Ritz 02:56

06 - Manic Monday 02:34

07 - Starman 04:26

08 - Ring Of Fire 03:13

09 - My Sharona 03:47

10 - Play That Funky Music 05:38

11 - Fire 03:17

12 - Der Lachende Vagabund 03:59

13 - Happy Together (2006 Version) 03:02

14 - Happy Together (Original) 02:49





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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mighty Sam McClain 1986 Live In Japan





Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:11:16
Size: 162,97 MB

Review by Jason Ankeny

A sophisticated bluesman in the tradition of Bobby "Blue" Bland or Joe Williams, Mighty Sam McClain had not recorded in some 13 years when he cut a demo of song called "Pray" in 1984. The demo attracted the attention of a Japanese promoter, who subsequently coordinated the Japanese tour from which this live album, recorded in Tokyo, is culled. Despite the presence of ace session guitarist Wayne Bennett, McClain's backing band is sub-standard and lifeless; few moments generate any heat.



Tracklist:

01 - Every Day I Have The Blues 03:26

02 - Sweet Dreams 03:05

03 - Talk To Me,Talk To Me 05:06

04 - Fannie May 04:38

05 - Why 02:46

06 - Your Perfect Companion 03:44

07 - In The Same Old Way 04:18

08 - Pray 06:19

09 - A Change Is Gonna Come 06:15

10 - Whatever It Takes 05:41

11 - Forgive And Forget 03:46

12 - Dancin' To The Music Of Love 04:57

13 - This Time I'm Gone For Good 05:32

14 - I Just Came To Get My Baby (Out Of Jail) 04:31

15 - The Blues Is Alright 07:12





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Cuby & Blizzards & Eddy Boyd 1967 Praise The Blues



Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:37:31
Size: 86,07 MB

Cuby & The Blizzards reaches the top position in music magazine Hitweek, followed by performances both in and outside Holland, from Oosthesselerbrug to Brussels, from The Hague to West Berlin, from Prague to London. But fame takes its toll: Hans Kinds and Willy Middel leave the band. Jaap van Eik (Blues Dimension) is the only replacement on bass. The legendary album Groeten uit Grollo is released, featuring Herman Brood, Jaap van Eik and Hans Waterman.

Eddie Boyd (1914) may be the first black man in Grolloo. This legendary blues singer (coming from the same cotton plantation as Muddy Waters) from the Mississippi Delta is one of the first black American blues singers traveling to Europe. In 1966, during his UK tour with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, both end up at Cuby’s farm in Grolloo. This first personal meeting with the black blues singer results in the Eddie Boyd and the Blizzards album Praise the Blues, which is followed by a tour. (http://home.wxs.nl/~dbron/cubyuk0.htm)



Tracklist:

01 - Nothin' But Trouble 03:05

02 - No Place Like Home 03:15

03 - Understanding 02:30

04 - Twenty-Four Hours Of Fear 03:34

05 - The Hammond Sings The Blues 02:45

06 - The Big Boat 03:50

07 - Mr. Highway Man 03:53

08 - I'm In Your Corner 03:50

09 - Swinging Boogie 02:57

10 - Early Grave 03:23

11 - Little Red Rooster 04:29





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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ian Gillan 1982 Magic





Genre: Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:15:03
Size: 171,61 MB

Review by Jason Anderson

The final release of original material from Ian Gillan's second project to bare his name, Gillan's Magic was originally issued in 1982 by Virgin Records. The label also reissued the disc in 1988 with seven extra tracks, including covers and B-sides. As the group was winding down, their sound was softened a bit on Magic.



Tracklist:

01 - What's The Matter 03:34

02 - Bluesy Blue Sea 04:50

03 - Caught In A Trap 03:36

04 - Long Gone 03:58

05 - Driving Me Wild 03:01

06 - Demon Driver 07:17

07 - Living A Lie 04:28

08 - You're So Right 02:56

09 - Living For The City 04:29

10 - Demon Driver (Reprise) 00:47

11 - Breaking Chains 03:29

12 - Purple Sky - Bonus Track 03:26

13 - Fiji - Bonus Track 05:22

14 - Helter Skelter {Album Outtake} Bonus Track 03:28

15 - Smokestack Lightning {Album Outtake} Bonus Track 04:09

16 - South Africa - Bonus Track 04:04

17 - John - Bonus Track 04:45

18 - South Africa - Bonus Track 07:24





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The Yardbirds 1972 Blue Eyed Blues





Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:42:47
Size: 97,89 MB

Review by Cub Koda

A hodgepodge of tracks, mostly pulled from the Yardbirds' catalog. Over half the disc is devoted to Clapton, bringing together two songs of the band backing up Sonny Boy Williamson, "Five Long Years" and "I'm a Man" from the Five Live Yardbirds album, two studio tracks from their first album, and three tracks from the Howlin' Wolf London Sessions. Jeff Beck is represented with a band-track-only outtake of "The Nazz Are Blue," under its original working title of "Jeff's Blues." The final track with Page is taken from a London studio session backing Sonny Boy Williamson. If you have a decent Yardbirds collection, you probably have most of these elsewhere.



Tracklist:

01 - 23 Hours Too Long 05:15

02 - Out On The Water Coast 03:11

03 - Five Long Years 05:20

04 - I Ain't Got You 02:02

05 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 02:48

06 - Little Red Rooster (Rehearsal) 01:58

07 - Little Red Rooster 03:53

08 - Highway 49 02:45

09 - Wang-Dang-Doodle 04:25

10 - I'm A Man 04:50

11 - Jeff's Blues 03:04

12 - I See A Man Downstairs 03:16





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Friday, December 17, 2010

The Racky Thomas Band 2002 Troubled All The Time





Genre: Blues
Rate: 224 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:50:53
Size: 81,56 MB

This is an amazingly authentic band with lots of grit and soul. Led by George, ''Racky'' Thomas, who sings with unaffected ease & blows powerful high compression harp, the band sounds like they have been together for years. Guitarist Nick Adams plays sympathetic to the songs and never overstays his welcome while drummer Jon Ross hits the skins with soul & restraint. All but one of the songs are originals but sound like they come from years before. The band has talent on many different levels and special guest guitarist Troy Gonyea adds fire to 3 of the tunes.



Tracklist:

01 - Ain't It Lonesome 04:23

02 - Oh My 04:06

03 - All By Myself 05:34

04 - One Thing Mama 03:10

05 - Blues Keep Me Troubled 03:41

06 - Your Love To Me 06:04

07 - All I Need Is You 02:59

08 - Ain't Your Average Ordinary Dame 03:17

09 - Eyes Like Diamonds 02:57

10 - Sweet Little Angel Child 03:45

11 - Robbing Peter To Pay Paul 03:03

12 - Can't Win For Losin' 05:29

13 - John The Revelator 02:25





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Phillip Walker 1989 The Bottom Of The Top





Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:35:05
Size: 80,24 MB

Review by Bill Dahl

There weren't many blues albums issued during the early '70s that hit harder than this one. First out on the short-lived Playboy logo, the set firmly established Walker as a blistering axeman sporting enduring Gulf Coast roots despite his adopted L.A. homebase. Of all the times he's cut the rocking "Hello My Darling," this is indeed the hottest, while his funky, horn-driven revival of Lester Williams's "I Can't Lose (With the Stuff I Lose)" and his own R&B-drenched "It's All in Your Mind" are irresistible. After-hours renditions of Sam Cooke's "Laughing & Clowning" and Long John Hunter's "Crazy Girl" are striking vehicles for Walker's twisting, turning guitar riffs and impassioned vocal delivery.



Tracklist:

01 - I Can't Lose (With The Stuff I Use) 02:59

02 - Tin Pan Alley 05:07

03 - Hello Central 03:28

04 - Hello My Darling 02:09

05 - Laughing & Clowning 03:51

06 - Crazy Girl 03:43

07 - It's All In Your Mind 03:29

08 - The Bottom Of The Top 03:25

09 - Hey, Hey, Baby's Gone 03:39

10 - Crying Time 03:15





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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Blueass Blues Band 1994 Breakin' Through



Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:55:13
Size: 126,29 MB


Tracklist:

01 - 38 Special Blues 02:40

02 - Parchman Farm 04:40

03 - Buffalo Jump 03:17

04 - It's Allright 03:15

05 - All I've Got Left Is The Blues 03:21

06 - Do The Boogie 02:56

07 - Wait On Time 03:50

08 - Intermission 01:07

09 - Blues By The Hand 04:26

10 - Once I Had A Woman 02:58

11 - Barefootin' 02:59

12 - Empty Arms 03:20

13 - T-Bone Shuffle 03:50

14 - Down The Road 03:53

15 - Talk To Me Baby 04:00

16 - Just One More (When I Woke Up This Morning Blues) 04:41





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Henrik Freischlader Band 2008 Live




Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 02:52:25
Size: 394,33 MB

Germany

Within 3 years, Henrik Freischlader celebrated 3 successful CD releases and over 500 concerts, which catapulted him to the top of the Blues scene. As some music critics prophesized at the beginning of his career, Henrik is now exactly where he always wanted to be. Blues is his language, a living form for expressing pain and sorrow, anger and rage, humor and happiness, through which he offers the faithful and thankful audience a new inside into the virtuosity of his seemingly limitless musical abilities.

Numerous appearances with blues legends such as Peter Green, Johnny Winter and Joe Bonamassa have introduced Henrik Freischlader to a larger audience. However, it was at the small concerts in front of a smaller audience, which could be jam-packed and intense, where the "blues-spark" connected him with his audience.

No wonder then that this "spark" has carried on, and the status of his concerts as an "insider tip" has gotten more and more blues fans even outside of Germany interested. As a consequence, a faithful fan base in France, Poland, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland. The requests for shows have multiplied and it will be exciting to see where Henrik Freischlader and his band will be playing in the future. (http://www.myspace.com/henrikfreischlader)



Tracklist:


CD1:

01 - The Blues 04:07

02 - Disappointed Women 05:11

03 - Too Cool For Me 06:03

04 - Keep Playin' 05:45

05 - Nothin' To Lose 05:14

06 - Dirty Low Down And Bad 09:52

07 - Is It Right 04:02

08 - Livin' It Up 03:32

09 - She's Back (For Another Try) 14:15


CD2:

01 - HFB Overture 06:42

02 - I Loved Another Woman 04:39

03 - Drum Solo By Dirk Sengotta 06:44

04 - She Ain't Got The Blues 03:37

05 - Let The Good Times Roll 08:30

06 - Lonely World 12:19

07 - Fire 03:04

08 - Voodoo Child 17:32


CD3:

01 - Intro 00:55

02 - You 04:27

03 - Tired Of Beggin' 05:41

04 - Oh Pretty Woman 05:44

05 - Not Of That Kind 05:28

06 - Dirty Low Down And Bad 07:28

07 - When I First Saw You 10:44

08 - Tightrope 06:01

09 - She Ain't Got The Blues 04:49





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