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Friday, May 31, 2013

Tim Brooks & The Alien Sharecroppers ? Live In Germany


Genre: Southern Rock
Rate: 256 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:10:05
Size: 128,35 MB

United States

This is not a whole concert. The tracks could be downloaded sometime from the artists page and were brought in an order that sounds like a little show.



Tracklist:

01 - Stubborn As A Mule 02:57



02 - Hanging By A Thread 06:10

03 - Foot Of Pride 05:44

04 - You Shook Me 06:21



05 - Superstitious 09:18

06 - In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 13:16

07 - You Don't Love Me 26:19





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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Catfish Hodge 1994 Catfish Blues




Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:51:50
Size: 118,70 MB

United States

Artists:

Bob "Catfish" Hodge - vocals, guitar
Mitch Collins - keyboards
Johnny Castle: bass
Paul Bell - guitar
Pete Ragusa - vocals, drums, percussion
Tom Teasley - percussion
Ron Holloway - saxophone, vibraphone
Tom Principato - guitar
Rosemary Butler, Sam Clayton - vocals
Sam Clayton - vocals



Tracklist:

01 - Save A Little 04:38

02 - Cool Breeze 05:20

03 - High Road 03:17

04 - Unemployed 03:23

05 - From Memphis 06:25

06 - 300 Pounds Of Joy 04:07

07 - Cakewalk 03:37

08 - Fine Line 05:24

09 - Just For Today 04:52

10 - I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know 06:16

11 - I Smell Chicago 04:31





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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tom Coerver 2003 Backwater Tales


Genre: Rock
Rate: 160 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:44:59
Size: 51,45 MB

United States

Roots, Rock, & Blues from Planet Louisiana - a gumbo of Allman slide, Creedence howlin', and Stones groove from the deep south backwater... (cdbaby)



Tracklist:

01 - Dust In The River 04:12



02 - Roll On Down The Line 03:54

03 - Badlands 04:33

04 - All About A Dollar 02:32



05 - Mississippi Mud 03:30

06 - I Got Your Number 03:53

07 - Take It On Faith 04:30



08 - I'll Take The Blame 04:17

09 - She's A Dancer 03:52

10 - Backwater Rising 04:22

11 - Stealin' With Both Hands 05:24





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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Kingsnakes (France) 1985 Roundtrip Ticket




Genre: Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:30:42
Size: 70,39 MB

France Switzerland

This album is a more basic Blues-Rock by The Kingsnakes, a band with the former drummer of the Flaming Grovies Danny Mihm. More calm and not so new wave as the former "How Tuff" album. An European band, if i remember it right was they usually mentioned as a French band. (http://rateyourmusic.com)



Tracklist:

01 - Roundtrip Ticket 03:01



02 - The Jerkin' Stomp 02:07

03 - I'm Ready 02:09

04 - Troublemaker 03:17

05 - Sho' Nuff 01:59

06 - My Baby's Gone Away 02:32

07 - A Little Bit Of Your Love 02:24

08 - Lover's Tale 02:50



09 - Goldfish 02:49

10 - Half-Crazy, Half-Cool 02:23

11 - Goodbye Rock'n Roll House 03:15

12 - Lucy Mae Blues 01:56





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Marcel Scherpenzeel Band 1998 Guitar & Soul




Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:45:12
Size: 103,33 MB

Netherlands

Traditionele Amsterdamse bluesrockformatie rondom gitarist Marcel Scherpenzeel Band. Speelt in de stijl van Rory Gallagher en Stevie Ray Vaughan. Graag geziene gast op grote internationale bluesfestivals en op podia te zien met acts als The Paladins, Michael Katon, Duke Robillard en Monti Amundson. Vader Scherpenzeel runt de vermaarde rootsclub Maloe Melo aan de Lijnbaansgracht te Amsterdam. Marcel Scherpenzeel gaat vanaf juli 2007 verder met de band Wolfpin.



Tracklist:

01 - Devil's Heaven 02:51



02 - Pieces Are Gone 03:48

03 - Guitar & Soul 04:02

04 - Steppin' Out 03:14

05 - Sad Day 05:44

06 - Goin' Wild 03:06

07 - Woman 03:56

08 - The Devil Is Just One Step Behind 04:07



09 - Livin' With You Baby 03:25

10 - Gamblin' Girl 03:45

11 - Gotta Go 03:36

12 - Send Me Your Wings 03:38





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Monday, May 27, 2013

Al Garrett 1999 Out Of Bad Luck




Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:41:06
Size: 93,95 MB

United States

biography by Richard Skelly

The 1980s and '90s brought about a blues recording boom that brought some well-deserved attention to veteran blues musicians: People like CeDell Davis, R.L. Burnside, Johnnie Bassett, and Robert "Bilbo" Walker found themselves on the road again, in demand at summer blues festivals and booked on extensive tours of big and small clubs around the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Although Al Garrett had been on the Los Angeles club scene since the late '50s, extensive touring under his own name had eluded him, other than in California. Garrett's debut album, Out of Bad Luck, was released in 1999 on the New York City-based Fedora Records. Garrett was born in Memphis, TN, on August 26, 1934. His first exposure to blues came via his father, blues piano player, guitarist, and singer Alfred Garrett Sr. Garrett began playing guitar as a ten-year old, playing along with and learning from his dad. In high school, Garrett got to know B.B. King, who was brought in to perform by WDIA DJ "Professor" Nat D. Williams. Garrett moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1957, and the then-busting-at-the-seams blues club scene provided a safe launch for Garrett's career. That same year, he entered the military and was invited to join a jazz trio as a bassist. After leaving the military, Garrett's talents as a bassist (he had a thorough grasp of guitar techniques by this point) caught the attention of vocalist Roy Brown, who hired him for his road band.

Once off the road, Garrett found plenty of work back home in L.A., accompanying musicians like Pee Wee Crayton, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Smokey Wilson, and Lowell Fulson. Garrett played with Wilson's band for a decade at the Pioneer Club, where people like George "Harmonica" Smith, Pete Lewis, and Rod Piazza would regularly sit in. Garrett recorded in the 1960s with C.C. Griffin for the Allegro, Movin', and Jewel labels, but he didn't record under his own name until he recorded Out of Bad Luck in 1999 for Fedora. Through the 1960s and '70s, Garrett led his own band, Al Garrett & the Rhythm Rockers, an eight-piece group that often included members of Ray Charles' various bands when they weren't out on the road. In the 1980s and '90s, Garrett remained primarily a West Coast blues musician, touring constantly in small clubs. His longtime friend Robert "Bilbo" Walker brought him to the attention of executives at Fedora and, appropriately, Walker plays bass on Out of Bad Luck. Garrett, now nearing 70, is clearly no spring chicken, yet after all these years, on his first album under his own name, he pays homage to the artists who've inspired him throughout his long and varied career, including Magic Sam, B.B. King, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, and Wayne Bennett. He covers familiar blues fare in his own soul-blues style, including tunes like "Blue Shadows Falling," "May I Have a Talk With You," "Last Night," and "Sail On."



Tracklist:

01 - Out Of Bad Luck 04:22

02 - Blues For Big Town 04:41

03 - Blue Shadows 04:31

04 - You Give Me Nothing But The Blues 03:11

05 - I Just Got To Know 03:03

06 - Last Night 05:17

07 - Please Love Me 03:11

08 - Cummins Prison Farm 04:01

09 - May I Have A Talk With You 03:26

10 - Sail On 05:23





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Will Thomas 2000 Alabama Day


Genre: Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:40:39
Size: 93,01 MB

United States

Great Southern Rock and Roll in its traditional form. (Bobby Whitlock/Derek & the Dominos)



Tracklist:

01 - Alabama Day 04:01



02 - Be Thankful 04:10

03 - She Gets Me 03:48

04 - Waffle House 04:23



05 - Got No Blues 05:30

06 - Sleep Doctor 04:01

07 - Powers Of Deception 02:47

08 - Come My Way 04:07

09 - Let Love Come Between Us 03:14

10 - Too Late 03:36



11 - Bonus Track 01:02





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Sunday, May 26, 2013

After Blues 1989 After Blues And Friends


Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:39:52
Size: 91,15 MB

Poland

After Blues and Friends – album muzyczny polskiego zespolu After Blues, tworzonego przez gitarzystów Leszka Pilata i Waldemara Baranowskiego.

W sesji nagraniowej uczestniczyli równiez zaproszeni muzycy: niemiecki gitarzysta Erhard Hirt i perkusista Ulli Duennewald. Nagran na LP dokonano w grudniu 1988 w Studio Polskiego Radia i Telewizji w Szczecinie. Album zostal wydany w 1989 r. przez wytwórnie PolJazz. (http://pl.wikipedia.org)



Tracklist:

01 - Independent 05:27

02 - Women Often Lie 03:43



03 - Blues For Richard 10:40

04 - Dedication 04:39

05 - I Believe You Won't Go 04:12

06 - I Feel The Blues From The Morning 03:56



07 - Look At Me Mum 03:50

08 - Head Up 03:25





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Tim Brooks & The Alien Sharecroppers 2002 Back In The Game




Genre: Southern Rock
Rate: 256 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:57:58
Size: 106,17 MB

United States

BACK IN THE GAME is another perfect example of the real stuff, and it's pretty clear that down-to-earth classic rock made by Southeners from Texas to Florida is here to stay. There is a very enthusiastic scene supporting this special kind of music that the fans have chosen as their way of life. One of the best examples for the vitality of the music is Macon, Georgia's Tim Brooks & The Alien Sharecroppers hailing from the heartland of southern-rock.

In 2001 they toured Europe and were blown away by the genuine love the audiences in Germany, Holland, or Switzerland showed for the music. Guitar giant Tim Brooks and his friends have now delivered a follow-up that is just as good as their first effort - if not better. BACK IN THE GAME is an album that combines musical intensity, a Southern-style musical soul, and geniune craft. The Big Guy (he really is huge!) remains one of the most stunning slide players in the Duane Allman tradition (his phenomenal success with Guitar Player magazine's spectacular "25th Anniversary Ultimate Competition" is not forgotten). He's also one self-confident cat and even GP's big time "Ultimate Guitar Concert" at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre, with legends like Steve Morse, Ry Cooder, Harvey Mandel, John Lee Hooker and Gregg Allman, did not cause him cold feet."Tim Brooks brought the house down" - GP editor Dominic Milano reportedly said about the show. It was a pretty impressive cast, indeed, and certainly a night to be remembered. After that event, Tim Brooks won the "best slide player" category three times in a row before Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes had his share of winning. And it was Gregg Allman himself who really made an effort to get the Georgia band as support act for a couple of his solo shows.

Tim Brooks has been on the local scene since 1994, when he and his brother Gregg released an album as "The Brothers Brooks". He has extensively paid his dues as an opening act for artists ranging from Muddy Waters to Steve Morse. He played countless jams with many Southern artists from Dickey Betts to The (Dixie) Dregs. Special importance in terms of influences must be given to one band in partiular, The Allman Brothers Band. And although Duane and Berry Oakley have long been gone and the fact that Gregg has gone through many personal problems (last year's sacking of Betts made for some bad blood again) there's no other band that has come close to the Allmans in terms of confederate rock spirit and high-flying jam power. And still no other guitarist from the South has been as influential to other Southern slide players as the late Duane Allman while no other vocalist from this genre of music has come up with as much soul power as Gregg Allman. Tim Brooks, the new guy from Macon, is continuing the tradition in dedicated fashion. His main axe is a Gibson Les Paul Custom and his playing is not overly sweet, but bears the heavy imprint of Southern bluesrock fire instead. This is the sound Tim Brooks is truly in love with.

BACK IN THE GAME nicely opens with a groove inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Shame On Me") and it's clear pretty soon that versatiliy is truly one of the band virtues. A bluesy Southern Boogie with Allmanesque slide sounds ("High, Dry And Blue") is next, followed by the ringing of classic Outlaws guitar sounds ("Back In The Game"), and a touch of jazz à la Atlanta Rhythm Section ("Southern Maiden"). But these guys are no copycats, they can incorporate all these various idioms of the music into their own sound.

In the end, it's an album that is of one piece and a lot of feeling went into it. Even "non-confederates" should be able to detect this...

And it doesn't stop here: Tim Brooks & The Alien Sharecroppers deliver a relaxed Dobro instrumental ("Boating Down The Ocmulgee"), an energetic 12 bar rocker ("You Ain't Listening"), an exquisitely dramatic blues number in 6/8 time with more than a touch of Gregg in the vocal department ("Hanging By A Thread") and even a special homage to Beatle George Harrison (R.I.P.), a nice cover of "Think For Yourself" - a song from the Beatles' classic RUBBER SOUL LP. They still like to do covers and their Dylan interpretations were highlights on SEE ROCK CITY. Now this is topped by the finale of the new record. At the end of BACK IN THE GAME there's an absolute peak in terms of intensity: a 15-minute live version of Neil Young's "Down By The River". One of the timeless classics of American rock.

So turn your system on and pump up the volume for the new album from a real southern-rock outfit from Macon, GA, hometown to Little Richard, Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers Band. That's a pretty impressive legacy of music and even if some of the new music sounds like a flashback into the heyday of classic southern-rock, it's paired with a fresh spirit and a shot of youthful energy. BACK IN THE GAME really gets down to business yet again and Tim Brooks & The Alien Sharecroppers are convinced that this music is made for the new millenium. (http://www.taxim.com)

Artists:

Tim Brooks - lead & slide guitars and vocals
Jonathan Randall - lead guitar and vocals
Paul Thomas - keyboards
Kenny Walters - bass and vocals
Anthony J. (Tony) Walker - drums, percussion and vocals



Tracklist:

01 - Shame On Me 03:28

02 - High, Dry And Blue 04:01

03 - Possum Chops 02:40

04 - Back In The Game 05:41



05 - Think For Yourself 02:44

06 - Boating Down The Ocmulgee 03:23

07 - Southern Maiden 03:31

08 - Hanging By A Thread 08:00



09 - That's How I Feel 05:33

10 - You Ain't Listening 03:48

11 - Down By The River 15:09







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Saturday, May 25, 2013

SLICK 2013 Strong Enough (EP)


Slick is a Spanish trio that mixes Rock, Funk and Blues of the 70s with a different point of view.


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Barry Mc Cabe 2003 Absolutely Live! Vol 2


Genre: Blues
Rate: 128 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:06:07
Size: 60,44 MB

Ireland

Album Notes

Like "Absolutely Live Vol. I", the main part of this CD is from one concert. With "Absolutely Live Vol. I" the location was Norway. This time the recordings took place in Lille and Montpellier, France - originally released as "C'est La Vie".

Everything recorded on this CD is 100% live, and a lot of the songs were actually written on the road - as I spent most of that year on the road. The songs represent both sides of being on a long tour - the fast songs represent the hectic speedy moods you get into as you try to keep schedules that are often not human, and the slow songs represent the melancholic moods that break through sometimes as you miss the people and things that you love.

Again, like on "Absolutely Live Vol. I", some bonus tracks have been added - studio outtakes, live radio performances and concert performances - all previously unreleased material and all digitally re-mastered. There was a little more space left over after the main concert this time, leaving room for seven bonus tracks!

I hope that between these two releases I have managed to capture the essence of my "Albatross years". From my first single "Alberta" on this collection to the last note of "Tempted" on Absolutely Live Vol. I" it's been an incredible journey. There is blood, sweat & tears all over these songs - and I wouldn't have it any other way!!

To find out how this incredible journey continues, check out "The Peace Within" CD for the new "Celtic-Blues" sound of Barry Mc Cabe & Davy Spillane.



Tracklist:

01 - Intro 00:37

02 - Too Late Now 04:04



03 - Fine, Fine, Fine 03:25

04 - Feel So Good 02:33

05 - I Don't Know Your Name 04:34

06 - Move It On Over 05:26

07 - Prisoner Of Conscience 08:05

08 - Some Kind Of Wonderful 04:40

09 - Everbody's Got The Blues 06:11



10 - I'm Ready & Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On 04:34

11 - Talkin' Woman Blues 02:22



12 - Love That Burns 06:10

13 - Alberta 04:39

14 - High School Queenie 02:30

15 - Sheilagh 06:17





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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Robin Trower 1997 Someday Blues




Genre: Blues
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:39:23
Size: 54,01 MB

United Kingdom

review Greg Prato

Robin Trower's peak commercial period occurred during the mid-'70s, when the bluesy guitarist specialized in a style that relied heavily on the power of the almighty riff (as evidenced by just about any selection from his best known release, 1974's Bridge of Sighs). But on his 1997 offering, Someday Blues, Trower tries a different approach, as he cuts back on the Jimi Hendrix-esque riffing, and focuses more on Albert King-style licks, and letting Hammond organ fill in much of the open spaces.

This approach is best sampled on "Feels So Bad" (which features some great vocalizing by Trower -- who handles all singing on the album as well) and the slow-burning title track. And for fans of a classic, searing Fender Strat tone, the album-closing "Sweet Little Angel" is a must-hear. While there's nothing here that matches the six-string pyrotechnics of, say, "Day of the Eagle," Trower still proves to be a major blues-rock force on Someday Blues. It's just that now Trower puts an added emphasis on the "blues" rather than the "rock."



Tracklist:

01 - Next In Line 03:33

02 - Feel So Bad 03:25



03 - Someday Blues 04:39

04 - Crossroads 03:29

05 - I Want You To Love Me 04:45

06 - Inside Out 02:53

07 - Shining Through 04:46

08 - Looking For A True Love 03:01

09 - Extermination Blues 04:05



10 - Sweet Little Angel 04:47





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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Smokehouse 1991 Let's Swamp Awhile




Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:34:58
Size: 79,95 MB

United States

review by Alex Henderson

Smokehouse was based in Central Florida, but Let's Swamp Awhile sounds like it could have been recorded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A gutsy blues-rock foursome, Smokehouse brings an obvious passion for electric Louisiana swamp blues to "It's Going On," "Sweet Little Woman," "Poontang Blues," and other excellent songs on this rewarding but obscure CD. Anthony "Packrat" Johnson's lead vocals and harmonica playing are consistently passionate, and guitarist Robert "Town Crier" Thomas never fails to excite. These Southerners clearly like their blues gritty, lowdown and rockin' -- an approach that serves them consistently well on Let's Swamp Awhile. It's just unfortunate that a band this impressive isn't much better known.



Tracklist:

01 - It's Going On' 03:17



02 - Braggin' 'bout You Baby 03:37

03 - Big Mistake 03:27

04 - Fork In The Road 04:15



05 - Sweet Little Woman 03:04

06 - I Didn't Know 03:36

07 - Poontang Blues 03:34

08 - Evil Woman 03:05

09 - Skin It Back 03:17



10 - The Day Jack Frost Killed Parson Brown 03:46





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