Monday, September 26, 2016

VOL. 4 at 44



Sabbath's Volume Four turned 44 yesterday. Pictured here is my Korean issued pressing of the disc (sporting blue cover/white lettering). Great record from the "Sab Four"

Friday, September 09, 2016

MCLENMORE AVENUE



Known for being deep in the pocket of universal groove, Booker T and the MGs were the legendary Stax house ensemble that powered countless hit records. They were not faceless session players, touring and releasing their own material ("Green Onions", "Time Is Tight") to great acclaim.

McLenmore Avenue is ideal for those who know the Abbey Road LP back to front and have wondered how it would sound in the very capable hands of this soulful quartet. Their interpretation is a model of taste. Jones and crew opted to rearrange the running order of some of tracks, weaving them into medleys that leave plenty of room for everyone to stretch out and display their chops. "I Want You (She's So heavy)" is a definite highlight of the pack, though their clever arrangements compel the listener to remain seated for the entire journey. It's that good.

How did I stumble across this gem?

In the early 80s, CBC Radio used the version of "Carry That Weight" found here to fill spaces before hourly news breaks. Researching the matter, I discovered who was responsible for this curious cover and eventually tracked down a copy of the disc.

The Beatles themselves contemplated going to Memphis to record in the mid-sixties, with Steve Cropper slated to produce, though the deal fell through due to the asking price for studio time. You can hear the by product of the Fabs fixation with the MGs in the "Rubber Soul" era outtake, "12 Bar Original", which basically rehashes "Green Onions" and wisely remained on the shelf until it was dusted off for the Anthology project.

Born out of a mutual admiration society, this is a classic that fans of both bands will appreciate.

Monday, August 22, 2016

NEW MUSIC FROM DRLNG



On September 10th, DRLNG will be releasing a new single called Cobra, though they want you to check it out in advance.

"Cobra" casts a moody, esoteric vibe with an enchanting melody. Setting the table for more music to come in Fall 2016, the group will also be returning to live performance after a hiatus. The opportunity to recharge creative batteries has paid off. Visit their site for all the latest DRLNG news

Friday, August 19, 2016

GINGER BAKER TURNS 77



Legendary musician celebrates another year in the material world.

Here's the Birthday Boy soloing at the Albert Hall in the fall of '68



Natural timekeeper in his element.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

JOSEPH BRIDGE ON BBC RADIO LONDON



Millions of listeners in the UK had the pleasure to hear Joseph Bridge on the BBC recently. "Phyllis the Parking Meter Lady" was featured on Gary Crowley's program alongside the work of icons such as David Bowie, The Kinks, Elvis Costello, The Clash and Oasis. Sitting comfortably in lofty company, his music continues to be played around the world. Check out my review of his self titled disc
here

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SUGAR PONIES



Little late to the party with this one, though please take time out and listen to this enchanting tune from San Francisco based duo, Sugar Ponies. Clever arrangement, delicate playing and a very fine vocal delivered by Suzanne Kramer. Her partner in this project, Michael McGovern, is responsible for the aforementioned acoustic magic. Full marks to all involved for allowing the song to take precedence and highlighting the understated power of the singer. It is a gentle message that is unencumbered by the often overused, inhuman tools of digital recording software. Very easy on the ears in every respect.



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Thursday, August 04, 2016

REVOLVER AT 50



It has been 50 years since the release of the seventh long player by the Beatles. Still in a class of its own after half a century. Turn off your mind, relax and read this review