Sunday, July 19, 2009

John Stewart/Buffy Ford - Live At The Turf Inn, Scotland

John Stewart first gained recognition as a songwriter when he was a member of the Kingston Trio. In 1961 he joined the Kingston Trio, replacing Dave Guard, and stayed with them until 1967.
1996's Live At The Turf Inn, Scotland reunites John with Buffy Ford for the first time on record since 1968. On 19 songs, with no more accompaniment than John's 12-string guitar, John and Buffy revisit masterpieces from throughout John's career, peppered with three new Stewart compositions and several traditional songs.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

West, Bruce & Laing - Live 'n' Kickin'

Live 'n' Kickin' is a the live album by West, Bruce & Laing, released in 1974. It was the band's final album, as they disbanded shortly before its release. The album is noteworthy in that three of its four songs were not released in studio versions by the band.
Play With Fire is a song originally written and performed by The Rolling Stones, although West, Bruce and Laing's rendition uses the music for Love is Worth the Blues, a song they previously wrote and recorded for their 1972 debut.
Politician is a song Jack Bruce originally wrote and performed with his late 60's bandmates Cream.
Powerhouse Sod is a previously unreleased song written by the band, featuring a bass guitar solo by Jack.

Friday, July 17, 2009

West, Bruce & Laing - Whatever Turns You On

1973's Whatever Turns You On is the second album by West, Bruce & Laing. The album features a black-and-white comic strip on its front and back covers depicting the alleged turn-ons of the band's members - Leslie West's is food, Jack Bruce's alcohol, and Corky Laing's sex - as pursued by various poltergeists representing each of the three. The album's front cover drawing shows the three band members, each pictured with their poltergeist alter-egos.
Although not the hit that West, Bruce and Laing's debut album Why Dontcha was, Whatever Turns You On was a moderate success.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

West, Bruce & Laing - Why Dontcha

Why Dontcha is the first album by trio West, Bruce & Laing. The album features The Doctor, which received heavy FM radio airplay upon the album's release and became a signature song in live performance for the band. Other noteworthy tracks include Out Into the Fields, which Jack Bruce continued to perform in concert following West, Bruce and Laing's breakup and Love is Worth the Blues, a song loosely based on the chords and structure of Play With Fire(Rolling Stones). Why Dontcha was West, Bruce and Laing's most successful album, reaching #26 on the Billboard album chart.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

MP3Split-project's new releases

MP3Split is a free utility to split MP3 and OGG files selecting a begin and an end time position, without decoding. It's very useful to split large MP3/OGG to make smaller files or to split entire albums to obtain original tracks. If you want to split an album, you can select split points and filenames manually or you can get them automatically from CDDB or from cue files. Supports also automatic silence split, that can be used also to adjust CDDB/Cue splitpoints. You can extract tracks from MP3Wrap or AlbumWrap files in few seconds. See Project's homepage for more.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rossington Band - Love Your Man

Gary Rossington made a name for himself as guitarist with his old bandmates in Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band's accomplishments included a devoted fan base, critical acclaim, and several gold and platinum albums. All that ended on October 20, 1977, when the band's chartered airplane crashed in a Mississippi swamp. Not to be deterred, Gary formed the Rossington Collins Band and The Rossington Band throughout the 80's. This is the Rossington Bands release from 1988, Love Your Man.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Grobschnitt - Jumbo

Grobschnitt formed in 1970. Originally an eight-piece band, Grobschnitt released their self-titled album on Brain in 1972, before paring down into their standard five-piece unit. Their first record is stylistically very different from the symphonic sound that became their hallmark.
In 1975, Wolfgang Jäger alias Popo joined Grobschnitt as a bassist and the group released Jumbo. Jumbo fully realized the symphonic style the band had developed, featuring lush keyboard usage. Jumbo were released twice, with german und english lyrics. Both are included on this CD.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bernie Leadon - A Flying Heart Mirrors Progression

Ex-Eagles member Bernie Leadon is living history in todays view.
Leadons true love lay in country music, as he began playing in a California bluegrass outfit in 1962, the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers together with Chris Hillman (see +Byrds Fame).
After relocating to Florida by the mid '60s, Leadon joined the folk band, Hearts and Flowers, appearing on their second and final recording, 1968's Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Women, before forming a new group, Dillard and Clark.
But once more, Leadon's tenure with the group would be fleeting, as he played on all of their 1968 debut, The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark, and only a few select tracks on their sophomore effort, 1969's Through the Morning, Through the Night. Up next for Leadon was a brief stretch with Linda Ronstadt's backing band, the Corvettes, before joining up with one of the first ever country rock outfits, the Flying Burrito Brothers, in the fall of 1969. Leadon remained a member of the Burritos for a few years - appearing on such albums as 1970's Burrito Deluxe, 1971's self-titled release, and 1972's Last of the Red Hot Burritos. Upon leaving the Burritos, Leadon signed on once more as a member of Linda Ronstadt's backing band, which included guitarist/singer Glenn Frey and drummer/singer Don Henley. Shortly thereafter, the trio decided to form their own group, the Eagles, which was rounded out with the addition of ex-Poco bassist Randy Meisner. The band perfected and popularized the Poco country rock style. The Leadon-era of the group lasted for a total of four albums (which many longtime Eagles fans consider the group's best) - 1972's self-titled debut, 1973's Desperado, 1974's On the Border, and 1975's One of These Nights - on which Leadon penned such underrated gems as My Man and Bitter Creek among others. But the band's never ending and grueling touring/recording schedule began to wear Leadon out, to the point where the guitarist decided to leave the group as a self-described act of survival. In 1977, the guitarist formed the Bernie Leadon/Michael Georgiades Band, who issued a lone album the same year, Natural Progressions, before splitting up. The '80s saw Leadon back Chris Hillman for a pair of releases, 1982's Morning Sky and 1984's Desert Rose, and form a Christian Bluegrass group, Ever Call Ready, who issued a lone self-titled release in 1985(->see +Byrds Fame).
Two years later, Leadon replaced John McEuen in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - appearing on the recordings Hold On (1987), Workin' Band (1988), and Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2 (1989). Shortly after the dawn of the '90s, Leadon launched the novelty act Run C & W(->see +Eagles Fame), which specialized in doing country versions of rap songs (and issued two releases, 1993's Into the Twangy First Century and 1995's Row vs. Wade). In 2003, he released his solo CD, Mirror.