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New News – Kinks Re-issues

The Kinks are to reissue seven of their albums later this year.

The albums being re-issued first are 1964’s self-titled effort, ‘Kinda Kinks’

and ‘The Kink Kontroversy’, which both came out in 1965.

They will be out on March 28.

Following this 1969’s ‘Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire)’ and 1971’s ’Muswell Hillbillies’ will be out in May. 1966’s ‘Face To Face’ and 1967’s ‘Something Else’ will follow in July.

Each of the albums will re-released as double CDs with added rarities, outtakes, demos, session tracks and in-depth liner notes.

In other Kinks news, frontman Ray Davies was recently confirmed to curate London’s Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre from June 10–18.

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February 17, 2011 Posted by | New News, Video | | Leave a comment

Shuggie Otis

Despite the name I can assure you all that Shuggie Otis is not a soul loving Scot, (the name “Shuggie” actually derives from the meaning “short for sugar” deemed appropriate by his mother when he was born), he is however the son of Johnny Otis and inherited his father’s multi-instrumentalist skills which he would from an early age display with a high ability landing him with a “teenage protegé” reputation to live up to playing with his father’s band from the age of twelve and not long after being asked to join the legendary Al Koopers band, appearing on the album “Kooper Session”

Kooper and the then-fifteen-year-old Otis recorded “Kooper Session” in 1970 over one weekend in New York.

Otis then released his first solo album later that year entitled “Here Comes Shuggie Otis” on Epic Records.

Countless musicians were his guests on this debut attempt, including Johnny, Leon Haywood, Al McKibbon, Wilton Felder, & many others. This further established his reputation & catapulted his fame into the attention of B. B. King, who was quoted in a 1970 issue of Guitar Player magazine admitting Otis was “his favorite new guitarist”.

“Shuggie’s Boogie” – Shuggie Otis

Some of the artists Otis performed & recorded with during that time include Frank Zappa (having played electric bass on “Peaches en Regalia” on the album “Hot Rats”), Etta James, Eddie Vinson, Richard Berry, Louis Jordan, & Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, among many others.

His second album “Freedom Flight” is perhaps his best known work given it contains his “hit” single “Strawberry Letter 23”.

“Strawberry Letter 23” – Shuggie Otis

The reissue of 1974’s audacious “Inspiration Information” a couple of years ago, on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop Records, suddenly brought Shuggie Otis to a new audience.

“Sweet Thang” – Shuggie Otis

The re-release is the most readily available recordings available and as well as new art work featured an additional nine tracks from the previous “Freedom Flight” album.

Given that there has been to date no further Shuggie Otis releases, he did continue to feature on his father’s recordings, the question that arises is how had this teenage modernist, an obvious precursor to Prince and Andre 3000, and one who had rejected the opportunity to join the Stones when Mick Taylor left, fallen out of view?

The answer is by choice as he chose simply to fade into obscurity, often in self-imposed seclusion like Brian Wilson, Peter Green and Syd Barratt for once it seemed it was better to fade away rather than burn out.

As of recently, Otis was heard in an exclusive radio interview claiming his extremely long-awaited fourth album (as yet untitled) will be released sometime in the year 2011 on his own recording label. Also, all tracks were composed, arranged, & recorded by Otis himself.

I wouldn’t hold your breath.

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February 16, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Old Music, R&B, Soul, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Death Is Not The End

“Death Is Not The End” – Bob Dylan

When you’re sad and when you’re lonely
And you haven’t got a friend
Just remember that death is not the end
And all that you held sacred
Falls down and dows not bend
Just remember that death is not the end.

Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end.

When you’re standing on the cross-roads
That you cannot comprehend
Just remember that death is not the end
And all your dreams have vanished
And you don’t know what’s up the bend
Just remember that death is not the end.

Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end.

When the storm clouds gather round you
And heavy rains descend
Just remember that death is not the end
And there’s nowhere there to comfort you
With helping hand to lend
Just remember that death is not the end.

Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end.

Oh the tree of life is growing
Where the spirit never dies
And the bright light of salvation
Shines in dark and empty skies
When the cities are on fire
When the burning flesh of men
Just remember that death is not the end
And you search in vain to find
Just one law abiding citizen
Just remember that death is not the end.

Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end.

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Bonus Track:-

“Death Is Not The End” – The Waterboys (Mike Scott)

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February 15, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Valentine Melody

“Valentine Melody” – Tim Buckley

You came to me with fire inside
Your movements and your pride
And asking to be rescued from
The pain you had become

I tore apart the prison and I hid you in my hand
In the blue light of christmas-time santa claus was kind

I wonder if you’ll ever grow
Oh far enough to throw
Away the lies of no and yes
And love my quietness

Or will you only freeze and frown and lose what you have found?
In the white light of easter seas’n will you live again?

Today the coin is in the air
And we are here and there
And where and when have caught us in
The web of violence

I pray to all the world as one that day will bring the sun
In the scarlet light of valentine’s our paper hearts are blind.

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“Valentine” – Richard Hawley

Hold me in your arms
may they keep me
sing me a lullaby cos i’m sleepy
i’m scared you don’t need me anymore

bring me to the light of the morning
and take me through this night till the dawning
oh i see a warning in your eyes

and i don’t need no valentines no no
don’t need no roses
cos they just take me back in time no no
now you’re not here

hold me tight tonight sleep will tend me
save me from lonely hours there’s so many
and i won’t get any sleep tonight

and i don’t need no valentines no no
don’t need no roses
cos they just take me back in time no no
now you’re not here anymore
not anymore

and i don’t need no valentines no no
don’t need no roses
cos they just take me back in time no no
to when you loved me only
and i won’t drink no aged wine no no

now you’re not here anymore
not anymore
not anymore
not anymore

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February 14, 2011 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music | , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Like Reaching For The Moon – Billie Holiday

“It’s Like Reaching For The Moon” – Billie Holiday

It´s like reaching for the moon
It´s like reaching for the sun
It´s like reaching for the stars
Reaching for you

You´re so far above me
How can I expect an angel to love me
Who is so divine as you are?

It´s like flying without wings
Playing fiddle without strings
And a million other things
No one can do
Though, my hopes are slender
In my secret heart I pray you´ll surrender soon
Though, it´s like reaching for the moon

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February 13, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Jazz Vocal, Old Music | | Leave a comment

Jack Bruce – Part One

Having just finished reading the above great Harry Shapiro biography of one of Scotland’s all time great musicians Jack Bruce I have been inspired to finally blog my own overview of the man and his work.

Whilst the “celebrity” star for Jack no doubt peaked with his period in Cream, his ability as a cross genre musician has never faded and it is his means of dealing with the retreat into a state of comparative obscurity from the “rock star” years that gives the book an added edge.

You can buy this great book by clicking HERE, however, in the meantime here is a brief musical journey through the career of Jack Bruce.

John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce (born 14 May 1943, Bishopbriggs, Scotland) had musical parents who moved frequently, resulting in the young Bruce attending 14 different schools, ending up at Bellahouston Academy.

Bruce began playing the jazz bass in his teens, and won a scholarship studying cello and musical composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, while playing in Jim McHarg’s Scotsville Jazzband to support himself, though on joining in 1962 he replaced Mr McHarg himself!

The Academy disapproved of its students playing jazz, however. “They found out and said ‘you either stop, or leave college.’ So I left college.”

Thus it was later in 1962 when he became a member of the London-based band Blues Incorporated,led by Alexis Korner, in which he played the double bass. The band also included organist Graham Bond, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and drummer Ginger Baker, all of whom were to play big parts in his musical destiny.

They were the first amplified R&B band in the UK, however, Jack wasn’t part of the group when they recorded the classic “R&B From The Marquee” album.

In 1963, the group broke up and Bruce went on to form the Graham Bond Quartet with Bond, Baker, and guitarist John McLaughlin.

They played an eclectic range of music genres, including, bebop, blues and rhythm and blues.

As a result of session work at this time, Bruce switched from double bass to electric bass. The move to electric bass happened as McLaughlin was dropped from the band; he was replaced by Heckstall-Smith on sax and the band pursued a more concise R&B sound and changed its name to the Graham Bond Organisation.

They released two studio albums and several singles.

“Long Tall Shorty” – The Graham Bond Organisation

Whilst not commercially successful a factor for this could have been Bond’s rough, growling singing voice, which was an acquired taste. Another was the decided lack of conventional star appeal of the four members: Bond, Bruce, Baker, and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith.

Jack was compelled to leave this band after three years by Ginger Baker, who said his playing was “too busy”!

Jack had to turn down Marvin Gaye’s offer to join his U.S.-based band because of his impending first marriage.  He then joined John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, where he first met Eric Clapton,  and although he did not appear on what many regard as the best British Blues album every recorded, “John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton” (also known as The Beano album), he can be heard on a few of the live tracks which were added to the recent expanded edition.

What followed next was a short lived and ill advised attempt at some commercialism via  a stint  with Manfred Mann. Jack played on the groups second No1 hit “Pretty Flamingo” and also featured on the  “Instrumental Asylum” EP which was all cover versions of other bands hits including The Rolling Stones and The Who.

“My Generation” – Manfred Mann

Check back Next Week for Jack Bruce Part Two (The Hedonistic Rock Years)

February 12, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Books, Cover Stories, Old Music, R&B, The Who, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Fun – This Is For Real…………

……………………..please shoot me first!!!!!!!!!

“Old Before I Die” – Robbie Williams

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This is how it should be done!

February 11, 2011 Posted by | Humour, Old Music, The Who, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Cover Story – House Of The Rising Sun

Sandi Thom made a pilgrimage to New Orleans to research the origins of her latest single “House Of The Rising Sun” – and discovered it is probably a Scottish folk song.

The singer, from Banff, has recorded a documentary of her travels after seeking out the inspiration and roots of the song made famous by famous artists including The Animals, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone.

Sandi’s research led back to 18th century Scottish church services and the coal mines of Lowestoft.

She said: “My brother Chris and I went out to New Orleans. We talked to historians and librarians who had researched the origins of the song and we interviewed the guy who runs the House Of The Rising Sun B&B and discovered he was an Englishman from Romford, in Essex, who has lived there for 25 years.

“His wife is from the Appalachian mountains and they do historical talks. He has about 50 versions of the song, including my own, on his website. These people are all fanatical about the song and its origins.”

Sandi’s journey took her right back to the late 1700s.

She said: “Bob Dylan was fascinated with the version by Georgia Turner back in 1937 and she heard it from her grandmother.

“The song goes back as far as the late 1700s and is most likely to be Scots Irish. So much of the music that arrived with all the Scots-Irish migrants came from Scotland and became the foundation for popular music.”

Sandi’s latest version of the song is available on the deluxe version of her current album Merchant & Thieves and as a download single.

To buy the Sandi Thom version click HERE

Sandi’s fascination for the Sixties classic is down to Sandie Shaw, who asked her to sing it at a festival.

Sandi said: “Sandie Shaw invited me to sing House Of The Rising Sun at the Vintage music festival in Surrey alongside Sophie Ellis Bextor and Micha Paris.

“We did it with the Heritage Orchestra. I’d sang it on my own on guitar but I had never sung it with an orchestra and it sounded great. Micah was adamant I should record it. I got the band together and went into a studio in North London.

“When you release a song, you have to register it. The song is listed as traditional which means it is public domain. I was like, ‘who the hell did write it?’ Nobody knows. Something in me said, ‘let’s go to New Orleans.’

“We interviewed dozens of people about it from hobos to bands busking in the street. It is really colourful and very cool. The whole thing has grown arms and legs.”

Despite her transatlantic search, the origins of the song remain shrouded mystery – and no-one is more pleased than Sandi.

She said: “The song has been covered by so many people and stands the test of time. It is very mysterious. I met Eric Burdon of The Animals. He has done a lot of research and believes it is a Scots-Irish song too.

“We just concluded in the end that it is better not to know, because the intrigue keeps it alive.

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February 10, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Cover Stories, New Releases, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jessica – The Allman Brothers

……………….better known to many as the source fot the “Top Gear” theme tune.

Jessica” is a rock instrumental written by Dickey Betts, guitarist of The Allman Brothers Band, and Les Dudek, who played with them soon after Duane Allman’s death.

Jessica was first released on the band’s 1973 album Brothers and Sisters, and has subsequently been used in many musical contexts.

In January 2006, a Wall Street Journal article referred to the piece as “a true national heirloom.”

As noted above it is widely known as the theme to the BBC Two motoring programme Top Gear and its popular reformatted revival.

The piece, along with “Ramblin’ Man”, is one of the two tracks from the album which marked the beginning of a new era for the Allman Brothers Band following the deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.

The song is named for Jessica Betts, the daughter of Dickey Betts and Sandy Bluesky.

February 9, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Television, Video | , | Leave a comment

Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts 2011

Teenage Cancer Trust has just announced the line-up to its 11th annual week of music and comedy gigs at the Royal Albert Hall.

The highlight for fans of The Who will be a special performance on Thursday 24 March by Roger Daltrey of The Who’s 1969 rock opera “Tommythe album of  which has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for ‘historical, artistic and significant’ value.

This year’s shows kick off with an evening of comedy on Monday 21 March, featuring Liverpudlian stand-up and comedy award winner, John Bishop, Edinburgh festival favourites and TV regulars Kevin Bridges and Greg Davies, plus special guests.

On Tuesday 22 March, Squeeze will mark the 30th anniversary of their seminal album “East Side Story” in true South East London style.

Since reuniting in 2007, Squeeze have undertaken 4 sold out tours of the US and UK and have become firm festival favourites with hits like Up The Junction, Tempted and Cool For Cats. Special guests will include long-time friends and collaborators, The Feeling. Watch out for some surprise guests too.

Fresh from a February tour of the US and Canada, Scottish rock trio and Brit Award nominees Biffy Clyro will play their first UK date of 2011 on Wednesday 23 March.

On Friday 25 March, Liam Gallagher (ex-Oasis) will perform with his new band Beady Eye

On Saturday 26 March, Editors will perform their first 2011 live gig, ahead of co-headlining Spain’s SOS 4.8 festival with Suede at the end of April.

MOBO Award winning rapper Tinie Tempah will play the grand finale on Sunday 27 March. The breakout star of 2010, the most nominated artist at this year’s Brit Awards, will play hits from number one album Disc-Overy, which includes chart topping singles Pass Out, Written in the Stars, Frisky and Miami 2 Ibiza.


“These gigs have raised nearly £10 million in 10 years,” says longstanding Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey CBE. “They make a real difference to the lives of thousands of young people with cancer. We’ve had both legends and rising stars play for Teenage Cancer Trust over the years and 2011 is no different. I’m truly grateful to everyone for their support.”

“Music plays a huge role in most young people’s lives,” says Simon Davies, CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust, “whatever they are going through, and it’s a big part of Teenage Cancer Trust. We’re immensely proud of these gigs, which help us raise the money we need to give young people with cancer access to the best possible care and professional support.”


Monday 21 March: An evening of comedy with John Bishop, Kevin Bridges and Greg Davies
Tuesday 22 March: Squeeze and The Feeling
Wednesday 23 March: Biffy Clyro
Thursday 24 March: Roger Daltrey CBE performs The Who’s Tommy
Friday 25 March: Beady Eye
Saturday 26 March: Editors
Sunday 27 March: Tinie Tempah

Support acts will be announced in due course.

There will be a limited amount of tickets available to fan club members via a presale. All ticketing details will be confirmed very soon.

Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall are supported this year by Nomura and American Airlines. Nomura, the global investment bank, supports Teenage Cancer Trust as its London charity and has raised over £800,000 in under two years. American Airlines will be providing transatlantic flights for the show’s artists.

Every day six young people in the UK are told they have cancer. Usually placed on a children’s ward or with elderly patients, young people often feel extremely isolated when facing a cancer diagnosis, never meeting another young person going through the same thing. Teenage Cancer Trust believes teenagers shouldn’t stop being teenagers because they have cancer. So we fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals that allow young people to be treated together with others their own age, in an environment suited to their needs.

For more information about Teenage Cancer Trust, go to their website by CLICKING HERE

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February 9, 2011 Posted by | Charity, Humour, New News, The Who, Video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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