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Return of Sly and The Family Stone

Sly Stone has announced plans to release his first album in almost 30 years.

The Sly And The Family Stone leader has teamed up with a host of guest stars including Jeff Beck, former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and Heart lead singer Ann Wilson for the 11-track album ‘I’m Back! Family & Friends’, which is due out on August 16.

The LP features reworkings of his classic songs as well as three previously unreleased tracks including ‘His Eye Is On The Sparrow’ – the CD version is backed by three club mixes.

The full tracklisting for ‘I’m Back! Family & Friends’ is as follows:

‘Dance To The Music’ feat. Ray Manzarek
‘Everyday People’ feat. Ann Wilson
‘Family Affair’
‘Stand!’ feat. Carmine Appice & Ernie Watts
‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)’ feat. Johnny Winter
‘(I Want To Take You) Higher’ feat. Jeff Beck
‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’ feat. Bootsy Collins
‘Dance To The Music’
‘Plain Jane’
‘His Eye Is On The Sparrow’
‘Get Away’

Stone released his last album ‘Ain’t But The One Way’ in 1982. He last made an appearance with his band onstage at the Lovebox festival in London four years ago.

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July 7, 2011 Posted by | New News, New Releases, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Music – Jeff Beck


Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck paid fitting tribute to Les Paul last summer, celebrating what would have been the pioneering guitarist’s 95th birthday by playing his friend and mentor’s music, along with classic tunes from the era, in the same Times Square nightclub that Paul played every Monday for 14 years before his death in August 2009.


Sponsored by Gibson Guitar and billed as “A Celebration of Les Paul,” Beck was joined by The Imelda May Band at the Iridium Jazz Club in June 2010. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee mesmerized the star-studded audience with a tour de force performance of classics Paul recorded with Mary Ford, “How High The Moon,” “Vaya Con Dios” and “Mockin’ Bird Hill,” along with such rock and roll standards as “Twenty Flight Rock” and “Walking In The Sand.”

For those left off the guest list, Eagle Rock Entertainment and ATCO will offer this one of a kind performance to purchase. Rock and Roll Party to Honor Les Paul is now available on DVD and CD.

Following these releases, Beck will take the “Rock And Roll Party” on the road for a short U.S. tour. Beck will once again be backed by The Imelda May Band and its enchanting singer Imelda May, who joined Beck on stage at the 2010 Grammy® Awards for a spot-on rendition of Paul’s “How High The Moon.”


March 8, 2011 Posted by | New News, New Releases, Video | , | Leave a comment

Jeff Beck – New Release

Rhino Records have been in touch asking if I would be willing to do my small bit in promoting the release of the new Jeff Beck live album as shown above, of course I am delighted to do so as Jeff Beck remains one of the living great guitarists with a legacy that is so impressive, yet he continues to push out the barriers at every opportunity.

His recent studio release “Emotion & Commotion” being a prime example (see previous post HERE)

In support of this great album Jeff hit the road earlier this year, kicking off by winning his fifth Grammy Award. 

Just weeks later, the multi-platinum-selling artist scored the highest Billboard debut of his 45-year career with the release of the above album and thereafter riding high on that red-hot streak, Beck performed an exclusive show at the Grammy Museum on April 22, thrilling an intimate crowd of 200 with his mind-bending guitar heroics. 

This breathtaking performance is released on 1st November 2011 as an eight track audio plus video and is available exclusively on iTunes by clicking HERE or in Hi-Def Lossless Audio direct from Rhino Records by clicking HERE

Listening Party Track List:


1.      “Corpus Christi Carol”
2.      “Hammerhead”
3.      “Over The Rainbow”
4.      “Brush With The Blues”
5.      “A Day In The Life”
6.      “Nessun Dorma”
7.      “How High The Moon”
8.      “People Get Ready”

You can join the listening party by clicking HERE

To buy the music of Jeff Beck click HERE

October 26, 2010 Posted by | New News, New Releases, Video | , | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck turned 66 today, one six short of a crossroads meeting though.

Some of his best work came early on in his career as this short piece of film taken in the studio with Mickie Most and Rod Stewart illustrates.

Notwithstanding the above his recent work should not be disgarded.

To buy the music of Jeff Beck click HERE

June 24, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, Video | , | Leave a comment

Wednesday Words – Lilac Wine

Lilac Wine” is a song written by James Shelton (words and music) in 1950.

“When I think more than I want to think
I do things I never should do
I drink much more than I ought to drink
Because it brings me back you…”

It was introduced by Hope Foye in the short-lived theater musical revue, “Dance Me a Song.” It was covered by Eartha Kitt (1953), by Judy Henske on her first, self-named album (1963), by Nina Simone on her album Wild Is The Wind (1966), was a solo hit by Elkie Brooks and appeared on her album Pearls and later by Jeff Buckley on his album Grace (1994).

It was covered live by Sarah Slean in 1997, More recently, the song was covered by Katie Melua on her debut album Call Off the Search (2003). In 2008 it was sung (Jeff Buckley version) at least once as background music in the French film Tell No One and in 2010 appeared on the Jeff Beck album Emotion & Commotion with vocals by Imelda May.

The only artist to have major chart success with the song was Elkie Brooks in 1978 and the song remains closely associated with her, especially in the UK and Europe.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , , | 1 Comment

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck is to release his first new album in seven years on April 13.

Called ‘Emotion & Commotion’, the album sees Beck team up with a number of musicians including Joss Stone. He also recorded tracks with a 64-piece orchestra, something he says he first experienced on his 2005 version of Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 5.

“It turned out amazingly well,” Beck explained of the album, which features covers of Jeff Buckley‘s interpretation of ‘Corpus Christi’ and a version of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ from the ‘Wizard Of Oz’. “But I didn’t want to commit to an entire album of classical music. What appealed to me instead was the idea of bringing together these seemingly contradictory sounds on different kinds of non-classical music.”

The tracklisting for ‘Emotion & Commotion’ is:

‘Corpus Christi’
‘Never Alone’
‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’
‘I Put A Spell On You’ (featuring Joss Stone)
‘Serene’ (featuring Olivia Safe)
‘Lilac Wine’ (featuring Imelda May)
‘Nessun Dorma’
‘There’s No Other Me’ (featuring Joss Stone)
‘Elegy For Dunkirk’ (featuring Olivia Safe)

Beck is set to play two nights at London‘s O2 Arena with Eric Clapton this weekend (February 13, 14), and also tours solo in October.

Jeff Beck plays:

Bournemouth BIC (October 15)
Brighton Centre (16)
Birmingham Symphony Hall (17)
Glasgow Clyde Auditorium (20)
Manchester Apollo (21)
Sheffield City Hall (22)
Bristol Colston Hall (24)
Cardiff St David’s Hall (25)
London Royal Albert Hall (26)

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February 15, 2010 Posted by | Blues, New News, Video | , , | 1 Comment

Drown In My Own Tears

“Drown In My Own Tears” is an all time favourite song of mine and I am sure like many my introduction to it came via Ray Charles.

“Drown In My Own Tears” – Ray Charles

It brings a tear,
Into my eyes,
When I begin,
To realize,
I’ve cried so much,
Since you’ve been gone,
I guess I’m drowning in my own tears,

I sit and cry,
Just like a child
My pouring tears
Are runnin’ wild
If you don’t think
You’ll be home soon
I guess I’ll drown in my own tears

I know it’s true
Into each life
Some rain, rain must pour
I’m so blue
Here without you
It keeps raining
More and more

Why don’t you
Come on home
Oh yes so I won’t
Be all alone
If you don’t think
You’ll be home soon

I guess I’ll
(drown in my own tears)
Ooh, don’t let me
(drown in my own tears)
When I’m in trouble, baby
(drown in my own tears)
Oh, yeah, baby don’t let me
(drown in my own tears)
I guess I’ll drown in my own tears
Oh, mmmmm.

The song, written by Henry Glover was one of Charles’ most important singles during his Atlantic period, where he dominated the R&B singles charts. The song was also one of the first to include background vocals by other singers.

The song would later influence Charles to recruit a singing group he later called the Raelettes. It was also his third number-one single on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

The song was first recorded in 1951 by Lula Reed, on the King label (KING 4527) as part of a split-single 78rpm album. Blues pianist Sonny Thompson was featured on the A-side with the instrumental track, “Clang, Clang, Clang”. “Drown in My Own Tears” was a #5 Billboard R&B hit for Lula Reed.

Here is the Humble Pie cover version

“Drown In My Own Tears” – Humble Pie

It is hardly surprising that the song has been covered by the Queen of Soul

“Drown In My Own Tears” – Aretha Franklin

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, R&B, Uncategorized, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jeff Beck and Imelda May

 beck imelda

Hot on the heels of my Beck and Clapton news story and also in response to the big interest shown on my Imelda May post from 1st July (click HERE)  here is a report on a recent Jeff Beck show at which he used the Imelda May Band plus Imelda herself as guest vocalist.

Jeff Beck & The Imelda May Band
Indigo 2, London
Monday, September 21

“He’s using a different guitar with each bloody song!” exclaims an impeccably attired and surprisingly sober Ronnie Wood. Sat next to him, almost on the edge of his seat, Jimmy Page is staring ahead at the stage absorbing the sights and sounds with a forensic intensity. Honest Ron suddenly gets up and yelps in appreciation, breaking Page’s concentration as his face collapses into a warm infectious grin. “Marvellous”, he exclaims like a proud headmaster, beaming at his charge.

Both of these legends have been drawn out of hibernation by the lure of fellow guitar slinger Jeff Beck‘s one-off performance with the Imelda May band in a special show arranged by American Express. Earlier that day a usually taciturn Beck held a master class comprising a short tutorial and lots of entertaining anecdotes about his adventures with the Yardbirds.

“The show tonight will be like hearing Jeff’s personal record collection,” announced manager/promoter Harvey Goldsmith referring to the choice of vintage material.

Looking a little nervous, without his usual pyrotechnics and camouflage, Beck took a while to warm up and really hit his stride about four numbers in with Train Kept A Rollin’ featuring a simple, swamp-dirty solo which was the total antithesis to his normally baroque fret workouts. This was swiftly followed by Howlin’ Wolf‘s Poor Boy – a nod to Chess Records, Beck explained – and Arthur Crudup‘s My Baby Left Me.

“Back in the old days when the singer got knackered we had to fill in with an instrumental,” announced a by-now jocular Beck who seemed really moved by the audience’s ecstatic response. “This is the tune that made us all go out and steal a Fender Stratocaster… Unfortunately, I didn’t get away with it.” Cue a robust take on The Shadows’ Apache followed by Santo & Johnny’s Sleepwalk.

Candy Box Burlesque Club veteran Imelda May displayed her torch singer credentials with spine-tingling renditions of Remember (Walking In The Sand); Cry Me A River, Lilac Wine, and Please Mr Jailer. It’s easy to see how Beck was inspired to perform this material by May and her band, who have serious rock’n’roll credentials (Page could be seen backstage immersed in conversation with May’s husband/guitarist Darrel Higham about their shared passion for vintage vinyl).

As the show came to a close Beck could be seen to visibly relax during a loose rendition of Green Onions, a stirring tribute to Les Paul on How High The Moon – featuring some gorgeous multi-tracked vocals from Imelda, doing her best Mary Ford impersonation, and an uproarious version of Shake, Rattle and Roll.

As Jimmy Page commented afterwards: “It was just like listening to your favourite jukebox.”

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Set List: Feel Me/Love Tattoo/Baby Let’s Play House/Double Talking Baby/Cruisin’/Train Kept A-Rollin’/Poor Boy/My Baby Left Me/Rockin’ Is Our Business/Apache/Sleepwalk/Peter Gunn/Remember (Walking In The Sand)/Please Mr Jailer/Corpus Christi Carol/Lilac Wine/Green Onions/Casting My Spell/The Girl Can’t Help It/Brush With The Blues/Rock Around The Clock/Cry Me A River/How High The Moon/Shake Rattle And Roll/Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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For more information on Jeff Beck click HERE and HERE

For more information on Imelda May click HERE and HERE

As a bonus for Imelda fans here is”Johnny Got A Boom Boom” from the iTunes only “Live London Festival ’09” EP which you can purchase HERE

“Johnny Got A Boom Boom” – Imelda May

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Blues, New News, Old Music, Video | , | 4 Comments

The Yardbirds

the yardbirds

Former Yardbirds members Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck are to perform a concert together in London next year.

The one-off show at London’s O2 Arena on February 13, 2010 will be the second time the guitar legends have played together in recent times.

Jeff Beck speaking about their live collaboration, says: “Eric and I played together in Japan earlier this year and had a blast. Since then we have been in regular contact and talked about doing a similar show for our fans.”

“I’ve always considered Jeff Beck to be one of the finest guitar players around. He’s a friend, a great guy, and a truly gifted musician. We had such a fun time in Japan that it seemed natural to play together again,” responds Eric Clapton.

Tickets for the one-off show go on sale on Monday September 28.

clapton and beck

“Stroll On” – The Yardbirds


September 25, 2009 Posted by | Blues, New News, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Beck’s Bolero


Having posted on the sad news of drummer Mitch Mitchell’s passing I remembered that he once nearly joined The Who when Keith Moon threw a moody and went off to join a proposed supergroup with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, you can read more below, however, in the meantime here is a recent live version recorded by Beck at Ronnie Scott’s

Beck’s Bolero” is a short, rock-based instrumental piece heavily influenced by Maurice Ravel‘s Bolero, recorded by Jeff Beck with Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano, and Keith Moon on drums. This song is considered by many critics to be an important work in the early development of both the Heavy Metal and progressive rock genres.

The song is roughly divided into three parts. The first part being two lead guitars playing separate melodies over a bolero rhythm; the first a rock lead in a moderately overdriven tone; the other playing a slide piece in a clean slinky tone resembling a steel guitar. A simultaneous drum break and vocal scream is heard at halfway (courtesy of Moon, who knocked over his recording mic in the process, resulting in his crash cymbal being heard over the other percussion for the rest of the piece), after which the band begins playing a powerful blues-rock section. The first fuzzbox-distorted lead guitar eventually emerges from the sonic sludge along with the bolero rhythm, this time being played with percussive flourishes. Shortly thereafter, another lead guitar playing its own melody. The song is then brought to a very abrupt end as the band simply stops playing.

There are differing accounts of the events leading to this recording; one account refers to a recording session in May 1966, when Beck was still with The Yardbirds, while others suggest that the session took place after Beck had left the Yardbirds in November 1966.[1] The latter version indicates that Beck’s Bolero was originally going to be the name of a supergroup which these players intended to form, but Jimmy Page was unavailable due to contractual obligations with The Yardbirds.

The song was first released as the b-side of a Jeff Beck solo single (the nightmare that is Hi Ho Silver Lining) in March 1967, and was later on released on the 1968 album Truth.


November 13, 2008 Posted by | New Music, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment


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