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New News – Frankie Miller




“The only white guy that’s ever brought a tear to my eye…he was that good.” Rod Stewart

Frankie Miller…That’s Who! collects together the seven studio albums that Frankie recorded for Chrysalis Records between 1973 and 1980.

Having collaborated with, or had his songs covered by, artists as diverse as Thin Lizzy, UFO, Robin Trower, Ray Charles, The Eagles, Bob Seger and Cher, among many others, this versatile singer and songwriter has successfully applied himself to everything from soul and blues, to hard rock and country, all with equal aplomb.

This collection kicks off with his 1973 debut, Once In A Blue Moon, an album that firmly established the Glaswegian’s songwriting and singing credentials, ably backed by Brinsley Schwarz.  

His 1974 follow up, High Life, was apparently remixed and released by Chrysalis without Frankie, or producer Allen Toussaint’s consent; this four disc set includes the whole of the previously unreleased original mix, available for the first time.

1975’s The Rock, inspired by Alcatraz prison close to where the album was recorded in San Francisco, was produced by Elliot Mazer, famed for his work with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, among others. The album features two of his best know tracks, ‘A Fool In Love’ and ‘Ain’t Got No Money’.

1977’s Full House was produced by Chris Thomas (Sex Pistols, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd), and features his singular take on John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’, as well as songs with long term collaborators Robin Trower and Free’s Andy Fraser.

With Jack Douglas at the helm, the harder rock of 1978’s Double Trouble, should come as no surprise, not least for a guest appearance from Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler, as well as a fruitful writing partnership with Paul Carrack (Ace, Squeeze & Mike + The Mechanics).

1979’s Falling In Love (titled A Perfect Fit for its American release) features Frankie’s biggest hit single, ‘Darlin’’, as well as his buoyant cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love’.

1980’s Easy Money was his last long player for Chrysalis, bringing this set to a close.

Also included, available on CD for the first time, are single edits for ‘Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever’ and ‘I’m Old Enough’, and ends with his version of Randy Newman’s ‘Sail Away’.


Frankie Miller…That’s Who! The Complete Chrysalis Recordings (1973-1980)

Disc One

Once In A Blue Moon (1973)

  • 1. You Don’t Need To Laugh
  • 2. I Can’t Change It
  • 3. Candlelight Sonata in F Major
  • 4. Ann Eliza Jane
  • 5. It’s All Over
  • 6. In No Resistance
  • 7. After All (Live My Life)
  • 8. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  • 9. Mail Box
  • 10. I’m Ready

High Life (1974)

  • 11. High Life
  • 12. Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
  • 13. Trouble
  • 14. A Fool
  • 15. Little Angel
  • 16. With You In Mind
  • 17. The Devil Gun
  • 18. I’ll Take a Melody
  • 19. Just A Song
  • 20. Shoo-Rah
  • 21. I’m Falling In Love Again
  • 22. With You in Mind

Disc Two

High Life (Original Mix – Previously Unreleased)

  • 1. Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
  • 2. Trouble
  • 3. Little Angel
  • 4. With You In Mind
  • 5. I’ll Take A Melody
  • 6. High Life (Filler)
  • 7. Shoorah Shoorah
  • 8. Devil’s Gun
  • 9. A Day In The Life Of A Fool
  • 10. I’m Falling In Love Again
  • 11. Just A Song

The Rock (1975)

  • 12. A Fool in Love
  • 13. The Heartbreak
  • 14. The Rock
  • 15. I Know Why the Sun Don’t Shine
  • 16. Hard on the Levee
  • 17. Ain’t Got No Money
  • 18. All My Love To You
  • 19. I’m Old Enough
  • 20. Bridgeton
  • 21. Drunken Nights in the City

Disc Three

  • 1. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (single A side 1976 – previously unavailable on CD)
  • 2. I’m Old Enough (single edit B side 1976 – previously unavailable on CD)

Full House (1977)

  • 3. Be Good To Yourself
  • 4. The Doodle Song
  • 5. Jealous Guy
  • 6. Searching
  • 7. Love Letters
  • 8. Take Good Care of Yourself
  • 9. Down the Honky Tonk
  • 10. This Love of Mine
  • 11. Let the Candlelight Shine
  • 12. (I’ll Never) Live in Vain

Double Trouble (1978)

  • 13. Have You Seen Me Lately Joan
  • 14. Double Heart Trouble
  • 15. The Train
  • 16. You’ll Be In My Mind
  • 17. Good Time Love
  • 18. Love Waves
  • 19. (I Can’t) Break Away
  • 20. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
  • 21. Love Is All Around
  • 22. Goodnight Sweetheart

Disc Four

Falling In Love (1979)

  • 1. When I’m Away From You
  • 2. Is This Love
  • 3. If I Can Love Somebody
  • 4. Darlin’
  • 5. And It’s Your Love
  • 6. A Woman To Love
  • 7. Falling In Love With You
  • 8. Every Time A Teardrop Falls
  • 9. Papa Don’t Know
  • 10. Good To See You
  • 11. Something About You

Easy Money (1980)

  • 12. Easy Money
  • 13. The Woman In You
  • 14. Why Don’t You Spend The Night
  • 15. So Young, So Young
  • 16. Forget About Me
  • 17. Heartbreak Radio
  • 18. Cheap… Thrills
  • 19. No Chance
  • 20. Gimme Love
  • 21. Tears
  • 22. Sail Away (EP B side 1977– previously unavailable on CD)

Visit the Townsend Records website for more information.

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April 23, 2011 Posted by | New News, New Releases | | Leave a comment

Blast From The Past – The Rats

LtoR: Geoff Appleby (Bass), Benny Marshall (Vocal/Harmonica), Mick Ronson (Guitar), Jim Simpson (Drums)

The Rats were a rock band, first established in 1963, from Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

In May 1998, the independent record label, Angel Air released a CD compilation of their work, entitled “The Rats’ Rise and Fall of Bernie Gripplestone and the Rats From Hull” shown below (right) alongside their original album release. 

This track from the album features a very Townshendish guitar riff.

“The Rise and Fall of Bernie Gripplestone” – The Rats

Here they are with “Telephone Blues”

The band on this track is Benny Marshall, Mick Ronson, Woody Woodmansey & Geoff Appleby.

Despite the fact that it was credited to John Mayall  on the album, it is not a Mayall song at all, it was credited in error because the song title is also wrong. John Mayall’s Telephone Blues is a totally different song.

The real title of this song is ‘I Can’t Hold Out’ by Elmore James. The Rat’s version is a direct lift from a live bootleg recording of The Jeff Beck Group. The Rat’s didn’t know the title so called it Telephone Blues.

Mick Ronson

An important contributor to the development of rock and roll in the 1970s, Mick Ronson was raised in the Yorkshire community of Hull, where the shy youth soon immersed himself in the creation of music. During his school years he established a solid foundation for his future career by learning piano, recorder and violin (with some harmonium playing for his local church thrown in for good measure), and although his initial ambition was to become a cellist, by he teens he (not surprisingly) was drawn instead to the guitar – inspired in particular by the playing style of then-Yardbird Jeff Beck.

Ronson joined his first band The Mariners at the age of 17, and it was not long before he was drafted into the more experienced line-up of The Crestas, with whom he began to build a strong reputation within the Hull music scene. His tenure with The Crestas ended in the latter half of 1965, when he made the decision to seek his fortune in London; brief tenures in The Voice (an outfit managed by the leaders of ‘The Process’ cult) and the Motown-oriented group The Wanted followed in 1966 before financial difficulties forced the guitarist to return home.

Back in Hull, Ronson was enlisted into the second incarnation of the local group The Rats, once again establishing himself as one of the top musicians in the area. He recorded a trio of singles and an album (The Rise and Fall of Bernie Gripplestone (1967)) with the band before making another attempt at London in 1968; this second move was met with a similar lack of success, and after only one week its members once again returned to Hull.

The Rats then briefly became Treacle, before reverting back to their original name and then ceasing to exist in 1969. Near the end of his tenure with the band, Ronson was brought into the studio to add his playing to the Michael Chapman album Fully Qualified Survivor (1970), where he was given his first introduction to producer/musician Tony Visconti.

By the start of the following year they were once again working together in the David Bowie-fronted band The Hype: Ronson’s name had been put forward by his former Rats bandmate John Cambridge, and after a successful audition in London the guitarist found himself performing with Cambridge, Visconti and Bowie on John Peel’s Sunday Show.

The Rats were always good enough to have an agent, but a couple of early attempts at recording singles in the mid-60’s didn’t result in anything like success, and the resulting line-up changes meant that breakthrough was always going to be elusive.

The Rats reformed for the Mick Ronson Memorial Concert

April 23, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Old Music, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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