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Blue Monday – Bob Dylan

Despite being regarded as one of the greatest sonwriters ever Dylan has never been slow to honour his roots and inspiration either on record, in concert or more recently during his brilliant radio shows.

His inspiration for his debut album released in 1963 drew from American and Celtic Traditional Folk, Spitituals and of course the blues.

Blue Monday thus brings you three of those tracks in celebration of his roots.

First up is the traditional song “In My Time Of Dying” an early version of which was recorded by Blind Willie Johnson.

Well, in my time of dying don’t want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do
is take my body home
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well

Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus gonna make up, Jesus gonna make
up
Jesus gonna make up my dying bed.

Well, meet me Jesus, meet me,
meet me in the middle of the air
If these wings should fail to me,
Lord,
won’t you meet me with another girl ?
Well, well, well, so I can die
easy
Well, well, well
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus gonna
make up, Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up my dying bed.

Lord,
in my time of dying don’t want nobody to cry
All I want you to do is take me
when I die
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well
Well,
well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus gonna make up, Jesus gonna make
up
Jesus gonna make up my dying bed.

Next up is a Bukka White classic “Fixin’ To Die”

Feeling funny in my mind, Lord,
I believe I’m fixing to die
Feeling funny
in my mind, Lord
I believe I’m fixing to die
Well, I don’t mind
dying
But I hate to leave my children crying
Well, I look over yonder to
that burying ground
Look over yonder to that burying ground
Sure seems
lonesome, Lord, when the sun goes down

Feeling funny in my eyes,
Lord,
I believe I’m fixing to die, fixing to die
Feeling funny in my
eyes, Lord
I believe I’m fixing to die
Well, I don’t mind dying but
I
hate to leave my children crying
There’s a black smoke rising, Lord
It’s
rising up above my head, up above my head
It’s rising up above my head, up
above my head
And tell Jesus make up my dying bed.

I’m walking kind
of funny, Lord
I believe I’m fixing to die, fixing to die
Yes I’m walking
kind of funny, Lord
I believe I’m fixing to die
Fixing to die, fixing to
die
Well, I don’t mind dying
But I hate to leave my children
crying.

Finally and somewhat appropriate as an end to this theme is Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”

Well there’s one kind of favor I’ll ask for you
Well there’s one kind of favor I’ll ask for you
There’s just one kind of favor I’ll ask for
you
You can see that my grave is kept clean.

And there’s two white
horses following me
And there’s two white horses following me
I got two
white horses following me
Waiting on my burying ground.

Did you ever
hear that coffin sound
Did you ever hear that coffin sound
Did you ever
hear that coffin sound
Means another poor boy is underground.

Did you
ever hear them church bells toll
Did you ever hear them church bells toll

Did you ever hear them church bells toll
Means another poor boy is dead
and gone.

And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold
And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold
And my heart stopped
beating and my hands turned cold
Now I believe what the Bible
told.

There’s just one last favor I’ll ask for you
And there’s one
last favor I’ll ask for you
There’s just one last favor I’ll ask for you

See that my grave is kept clean.

To buy the music of Bob Dylan click HERE

May 23, 2011 Posted by | Blues, Old Music | , , , | 1 Comment

Sunday Jazz – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan turns 70 on Tuesday 24th May so here in the first of three posts to mark the ocassion is a couple of jazz covers.

For more information and previous posts on Madeliene Peyroux click HERE and HERE

For more information and previous posts on Barb Jungr click HERE and HERE

May 22, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, Jazz Vocal, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Tom Waits – Clap Hands

I have really loved this song since James Grant covered it in concert towards the end of last year for more information click HERE and HERE

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Friday Fun – No Fun !

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Cherie Currie

My original posting on The Runaways click HERE remains my most visited post yet, hence in a blatent bid to raise flagging visitor numbers here is a follow up posting on the solo career of the great Cherie Currie.

Born on November 30, 1959 is an Cherie is an American singer, actress and chainsaw artist and as noted above was the lead vocalist of The Runaways, a hard rock band from Los Angeles in the mid-to-late 1970s.

Currie, not yet 16, joined The Runaways in 1975. The teen rock anthem “Cherry Bomb” was written for her at the audition. Attitudes to her impact at that time differ; one reviewer has written that “the received wisdom that [the Runaways] carved out new territory for female musicians is hard to justify, however, it is equally difficult to dismiss given the number of artists who claim her/them as a major inspiration.

She unfortunately was a serious drug addict though later she wrote a memoir of her teen years called Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. The book revolves around her struggles with drugs and alcohol, her dysfunctional family, and her days with The Runaways.

The Runaways movie, a 2010 musical biographical drama film (which was executive-produced by Joan Jett), focuses on the group’s early beginnings and explores the relationship between Currie and Jett. In the film Currie is portrayed by Dakota Fanning.

She released her first solo album “Beauty’s Only Skin Deep” in 1978.

Obviously a major musical departure from the The Runaways sound it was targeting the american adult orientated rock market and had little success.

She returned in 1980 with her sister Marie for the album “Messin With The Boys”

This featured some cover version including Free’s “Wishing Well” and Rainbow’s “Since You’Been Gone”

In 2007 she re-recorded her signature tune “Cherry Bomb”

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Electric Mud

Electric Mud has nothing to do with songs such as “Tiger Feet” but is in fact a classic Muddy Waters album released in 1968 to try to re-address the in balance of profitable white blues albums which made the likes of Clapton, Led Zeppelin and numerous others both rich and famous via their harvesting of the blues.

The album, depending on your age, vantage point and general attitude triggered a reaction of either derision (blues purists) or that of enthusiasm (young rock fans).

Put together in hopes of reviving Waters’ slumping career, Chess, eschewing Waters’ usual band,  rounded up a group of new musicians (who originally dubbed themselves “The Electric Niggers“). Once in the studio the participants set the gear to high in search of wah-wah and fuzz.

Clocking in at eight songs in 36 minutes, the record is a blues-driven  psychedelic rock & roll slingshot that gives no quarter.

Whether Chess as producer, Muddy, or the crew, went into the sessions with any such idea in mind is anyone’s guess; regardless, what they brewed up in those sessions has been recycled and mimicked countless times since over the past four decades. Comprised of originals, covers and re-workings, Electric Mud feels of a piece in a way that only happy accidents and blind luck experiments can.

Electric Mud’s a dirty record, there’s nothing slick here. It’s the kind of record you put on at night—it’s the kind you put on when there are doors to be kicked in.

The album incorporates use of wah-wah pedal and fuzzbox. Marshall Chess augmented the rhythm of Muddy Waters’ live band with the use of electric organ and saxophone.

Blues purists criticized the album’s psychedelic sound although Muddy Waters said of the album’s sound, “That guitar sounds just like a cat — meow — and the drums have a loping, busy beat.”

“I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” incorporates free jazz influences, with Gene Barge performing a concert harp.

Muddy Waters ironically steals back from The Stones by performing the vocals of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” in a gospel-soul style.

According to Buddy Guy, “[Muddy Waters couldn’t] feel this psychedelic stuff at all…and if the feeling is gone, that’s it. You can’t get too busy behind a singer. You’ve got to let him sing it..Muddy Waters’ previous albums replicated the sound of his live performances.

Working with a studio band rather than his own was problematic for Muddy Waters, who could not perform material from the album live. He stated “What the hell do you have a record for if you can’t play the first time it’s out? I’m so sick of that…If you’ve got to have big amplifiers and wah-wahs and equipment to make you guitar say different things, well, hell, you can’t play no blues.”

The title of the album did not refer to the use of electric guitar, as Muddy Waters had played the instrument since he first signed to Chess Records. The use of the term “electric” is used in a psychedelic context.

The recording band for Electric Mud also recorded with Howlin’ Wolf, resulting in The Howlin’ Wolf Album.

“I Just Want To Make Love To You” – Muddy Waters

To Buy the music of Muddy Waters click HERE

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Old Music, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

New News – Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are (once again!) set to re-release remastered versions of the albums in their back catalogue with EMI later this year.

The band resolved a legal dispute with the label earlier this year and have now announced an extensive reissue campaign under the banner ‘Why Pink Floyd?’, which will start in September this year.

All 14 of their studio albums have been remastered and repackaged, and will be
released on September 26.

On the same day special and deluxe editions of their classic album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ will be released, with both a six-disc ‘Immersion’ box set and a two-disc ‘Experience’ box set coming out. They will also be released on vinyl and in digital editions.

On November 7, meanwhile, the band’s 1975 album ‘Wish You Were Here’ will be released in the same formats as well as a new compilation, ‘A Foot In The Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd’.

Finally, on February 7 next year, their 1979 LP ‘The Wall’ will be available as ‘Immersion’ and ‘Experience’ collections and on vinyl and digital editions.

Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group said: ”This is a unique collaboration between EMI and one of the most creative and influential bands in history. We have worked together for more than a year on this programme which incorporates all the elements that have made Pink Floyd one of the most inspiring forces in modern music.”

Start saving your “money” NOW!

Original Source :- www.uncut.co.uk

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

New News – Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac are set to re-unite next year for tour dates and a potential new album.

Fleetwood Mac overcame adversity to become the biggest rock band on the planet. Recorded amidst marriage break ups and escalating drug abuse, ‘Rumours’ remains one of the highest selling albums ever made.

Later drifting into excess, the band have always managed to overcome their
differences and put together a good show.

Yet the past decade has seen Fleetwood Mac drift into inactivity. Although the band did play a number of British dates in 2009, there have been no signs since then that the group were planning
another tour.

Legendary frontwoman Stevie Nicks returned with her latest solo album ‘In Your Dreams’ earlier this year, and now apparently has designs on a full re-union.

Speaking to Stateside celebrity blogger Perez Hilton the singer explained that Fleetwod Mac could re-group in 2012.

Currently, Stevie Nicks is busy promoting her solo record while guitarist Lindsay Buckingham is also preparing to release an album under his own name.

“When my album and Lindsey’s albums come to a stop” explained the singer,
“then Fleetwood Mac will gather again and we’ll either make another record or we
won’t and we’ll just go on tour.”

Fleetwood Mac last released an album in 2003, when ‘Say You Will’ ended a protracted
period of silence. Lindsay Buckingham is preparing to release his latest solo album ‘Seeds We Sow’ in Autumn.

There has been no official announcement on the future of Fleetwood Mac.

Original Source :- www.clashmusic.com

May 16, 2011 Posted by | New News, Video | | Leave a comment

Sunday Jazz – Clare Teal

The brilliant Clare Teal has just released what might just be her best album yet, titled “Hey Ho” the album pays tribute some some great British Songwriters both old and new.

Her torch song conversions of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars and Moloko’s Sing It Back will doubtless grab the attention, but most impressive is the Tom Jones classic It’s Not Unusual transformed into a summery bossa nova.

“Chasing Cars” – Clare Teal

“Hey Ho” has been conceived and compiled thoughtfully, with a dash of inspirational boldness, to celebrate great British song writing, dusting the numbers with the lightest of jazz touches in the process.

How Noel Coward or Ivor Novello, let alone W. B. Yeats (present courtesy of Herbert Hughes’ setting of his poem, “Down by the Sally Gardens”) would have felt rubbing shoulders with Annie Lennox, Snow Patrol or Moloko is anybody’s guess.

All that matters is that here, Teal and her collaborators have identified the common threads that
run through some of their most lovedsongs and come up with a musical tapestry that does them all proud.

To buy the music of Clare Teal click HERE.

This is from the “Get Happy” album.

May 15, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, Jazz Vocal, New Music, New Releases, Video | | 2 Comments

Liver Birds

The Liver bird (pronounced /ˈlaɪvərbɜrd/, thereby rhyming with “diver” rather than matching the pronunciation of Liverpool) is the symbol of the city of Liverpool,

The above picture is of the two birds that top the clock towers on the Royal Liver Building, at Liverpool’s Pier Head, overlooking the River Mersey. The building, now headquarters to the Royal Liver Assurance, is probably the best-known in the city.

Each tower is topped by a metal sculpture of a cormorant-like liver bird, designed by Carl Bernard Bartels and constructed by the Bromsgrove Guild.

The Liver Birds is a British situation comedy, set in Liverpool, Merseyside, which aired on BBC1 from 1969 to 1978, and again in 1996.

It was created by Carla Lane and Myra Taylor. The two Liverpool housewives had met at a local writers club and decided to pool their talents. Having been invited to London by Michael Mills (BBC Head of Comedy) and asked to write about two women sharing a flat, Mills brought in sitcom expert Sydney Lotterby to work with the writing team. Lotterby had previously worked with Eric Sykes, Sheila Hancock and on The Likely Lads.

Carla Lane in fact wrote most of the episodes, Taylor co-writing only the first two series. The pilot was shown as an episode of Comedy Playhouse, the BBC’s breeding ground for sitcoms, in April 1969.

Finally there was The Liverbirds group who were a British all-female beat group, based in Liverpool, active between 1963 and 1968. The hard-rocking quartet (consisting of vocalist-guitarist Valerie Gell, guitarist-vocalist Pamela Birch, bassist-vocalist Mary McGlory and drummer Sylvia Saunders) was one of the very few female bands on the Merseybeat scene.

Indeed, they were one of the few self-contained all-woman rock and roll bands anywhere in the world at the time.

They achieved more commercial success in Germany than in their native land. Early in their career, they followed in the footsteps of fellow Liverpudlians such as The Beatles and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and made their way to Hamburg, Germany.

Here they are with a cover of a Chuck Berry classic.

“Talking About You” – The Liverbirds

The Liverbirds were one of the top attractions at Hamburg’s Star-Club and they released two albums and several singles. One of those singles, a cover of Bo Diddley‘s “Diddley Daddy” rose as high as #5 on the German charts.

They originally broke up in 1968, after a tour to Japan though they last played together in 1998.

May 14, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Humour, Old Music, Television, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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