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New Music – Saint Jude

A week after seeing the great Maggie Bell in concert into my inbox pops information on a great new group with the soul of Stone The Crows…..meet Saint Jude true serendipity!

Not to be mixed up with the US Hardcore Metal band of the same name this group have only relatively recently been signed to a record label and have now released their album, produced by Chris Kimsey, “Diary Of A Soul Fiend”

Kimsey who as a record producer, mixer and musician is most famous for having co-produced The Rolling Stones’ Undercover and Steel Wheels albums and being the engineer on their 1971 album Sticky Fingers as well as 1978’s Some Girls and 1980’s Emotional Rescue.

 Therefore as well as working with Peter Frampton (Frampton Comes Alive), Marillion, The Cult, Peter Tosh, The Psychedelic Furs, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, INXS and many more he is to be taken seriously when he compares saint Jude to be akin to “The Faces fronted by Janis Joplin”

Photo :- Noel Buckley

The “Janis” in question is Lynne Jackaman who draws her inspiration from her love of Aretha Franklin

Saint Jude were formed back in 2005 when she met up with Adam Greene who was a CBGB scene follower guitarist, thus that background together with Jackaman’s soul influences of Franklin and the great Etta James produced the DNA for the band.

Now a fully grown five piece band having added Joe Glossop (Keyboards), Colin Kellogg (Bass) and Lee Cook (Drums) they have like all great bands fine tuned their material on the road for the last few years supporting along the way the likes of The Waterboys at The Albert Hall where the attracted the attention of Jimmy Page who has talked about undertaking some future production work for them.

Another admirer, unsurprisingly, is Ronnie Wood who has in fact jammed on stage with them as you can see from the audience filmed clip below on The Faces classic “(I Know) I’m Losing You”

Picture:- Noel Buckley

 

Saint Jude are currently on tour in Europe but hopefully will be coming to a venue near you in 2011, in the meantime enjoy this taster from their album.

“Pleased To Meet You” – Saint Jude

Picture:- Noel Buckley

 

To buy the music of Saint Jude click HERE

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November 14, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New Releases, R&B, Video | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New News – Queen

Queen will re-release all of their 15 studio albums next year.

Source www.uncut.co.uk

The band have signed a long-term agreement with Universal Music Group to release the albums, thereby ending their 40-year partnership with EMI. Each of the re-releases will be remastered and repackaged, as well as featuring additional content.

Queen‘s first five albums, ‘Queen’, ‘Queen II’, ‘Sheer Heart Attack’, ‘A Night At The Opera’ and ‘A Day At The Races’ will be released next March, with the rest of their studio album output to follow throughout the year.

Speaking about the new deal guitarist Brian May explained: “We are very excited, after all this time, to be embarking on a new phase of our career – with a new record company – with new ideas, and new dreams.” ( aye and old albums)

A date for the releases is yet to be announced.

I first saw Queen supporting Mott The Hoople at the Glasgow Apollo in the early 70’s in support of their debut album which remains my favourite album of theirs.

Released in July 1973 the album was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with production by Roy Thomas Baker (as Roy Baker), John Anthony, and Queen.

The album was influenced by the seaside rock, hard rock, and heavy metal of the day and covers subjects such as folklore (“My Fairy King”) and religion (“Jesus”).

“My Fairy King” – Queen

Lead singer Freddie Mercury composed five of the ten tracks. Lead guitarist Brian May contributed four songs, including “Doing All Right” which was co-written by Smile band-mate Tim Staffell. Drummer Roger Taylor composed and sang “Modern Times Rock and Roll.”

The final song on the album is a short instrumental version of “Seven Seas of Rhye”.

The band included the comment ‘No synthesizers’ on the album sleeve, as some listeners had mistaken their elaborate multi-tracking and effects processed by guitar and vocal sounds as synthesizers.

Bassist John Deacon was credited on the sleeve notes of the original vinyl release as “Deacon John”, as Mercury and Taylor thought this may make him sound more interesting.

Two years later they graduated from great rock band to massive cross over act courtesy of this video.

Ten years later they re-conquered the world following their epic performance at Live Aid

To buy the music of Queen click HERE

November 14, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

   

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