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Cover Story – John Legend and Adele

Adele’s second album “21” has rocketed her into the big time and is currently the biggest selling album in 2011 on both sides of the Atlantic, not bad for a wee girl who was mentored by Pete Townshend’s partner Rachel Fuller when she left music school.

Perhaps one of the biggest compliments she will have received is the great John Legend taking the time to record a cover of her “Rolling In The Deep” hit single.

There’s a fire starting in my heart,

Reaching a fever pitch and it’s bring me out the dark.

Finally I can see you crystal clear
Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare.
See how I’ll leave, with every piece of you
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do.

There’s a fire starting in my heart,
Reaching a fever pitch and it’s bring me out the dark.

The scars of your love, remind me of us.
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can’t feeling

We could of had it all
Rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside your hand
And you played it to the beat

Baby I have no story to be told
But I’ve heard one of you and I’m gonna make your head burn,
Think of me in the depths of your despair
Making a home down there as mine sure won’t be shared

The scars of your love, remind you of us.
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can’t feeling

We could of had it all

 

 

 

To buy the music of Adele click HERE

 

To buy the music of John Legend click HERE

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March 30, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Music, New Releases, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Albums Of The Year

Robert Plant - Band Of Joy

Diane Birch - Bible Belt

John Grant - Queen Of Denmark

John Legend & the Roots - Wake Up!

Neil Young - Le Noise

Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Seafieldroad - There Are No Maps For This part Of The City

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Lauren Pritchard - Wasted In Jackson

Saint Jude - Diary Of A Soul Fiend

December 30, 2010 Posted by | Video | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New Music – Cassandra Wilson

On November 22nd Cassandra Wilson will release her 9th album for Blue Note Records.

“Silver Pony” follows her successful format of mixing traditional blues and jazz covers with covers of other contemporary writers with some original material thrown in as well.

One of the tracks on the album is an all time favourite song of mine which you can enjoy below.

“St James Infirmary” – Cassandra Wilson.

Wilson, whose in possession of a remarkable, husky-tinged vibrato, will be touring worldwide in support of the release which features special guests saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (“Silver Moon”) and R&B singer-songwriter John Legend (“Watch The Sunrise”).

What makes the album special is that it is a unique hybrid live/studio album. Silver Pony moves seamlessly between live recordings from a European tour and studio recordings laid down at New Orleans’ Piety Street Studios.

Silver Pony draws its title from an experience which Cassandra had as a child and which left an indelible mark in her memory bank, and thus on her career itself. “A man came around my neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, with a pony and camera,” she recalls. “You could pay to get your picture taken.” Her brothers declined, but Cassandra was eager. Her mother hesitated — “There were certain things young ladies just didn’t do,” Wilson adds. But Cassandra seized the moment, got the picture. “I’m so happy she let me ride the pony,” she says now. “I was fearless, and I guess she wanted to encourage that in me.” That priceless photo is now featured on the cover of Silver Pony and such fearlessness now fuels Wilson’s work. “I prepare for each recording but you can never truly prepare,” Wilson says. “Because you don’t really know what’s coming. You just place yourself in the circumstances that will allow the project to reveal itself.”

Silver Pony was produced by Cassandra Wilson and John Fischbach (owner of Piety Street Recording Studios) and features Cassandra on vocals and synthesizer, Marvin Sewell on electric guitar, Jonathan Batiste on piano, Reginald Veal on electric bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Lekan Babalola on percussion. Ravi Coltrane adds saxophone on “Silver Moon” and “Watch The Sunrise” features both vocals and piano by John Legend.

A complete track listing is as follows:

1. Lover Come Back To Me 6:51 (Hammerstein/Romberg)
2. St. James Infirmary 7:12 (Traditional)
3. A Night in Seville 3:00 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
4. Silver Moon 6:41 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
5. Pony Blues 9:32 (Patton)
6. If It’s Magic 4:34 (Wonder)
7. Forty Days and Forty Nights 4:58 (Roth)
8. Silver Pony 0:36 (Wilson/Sewell/Veal/Riley/Batiste/Babalola)
9. A Day in the Life of a Fool 7:35 (Bonfa/Sigman)
10. Blackbird 6:43 (Lennon/McCartney)
11. Sunrise 3:32 (Laird/Jones/Stephens)

Review from www.artistsdirect.com

To buy the music of Cassandra Wilson click HERE

Here are a few of her past covers.

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Jazz Vocal, New Music, New Releases, Video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

John Legend and The Roots

John Legend has teamed up with The Roots to release the album “Wake Up!” which is for the most part, a collection of cover versions of tracks from soul music’s most heavily politicised era.

These are songs of protest, angst and inspiration, soaked in the argot of the civil rights movement, and written as the optimism of the 1960s gave way to the 70s of Vietnam, Watergate and racial tensions of a subtly different kind.

Every track sounds as if it could have been written last week: from the Curtis Mayfield penned Hard Times, about lives lived on the margins of solvency in a cold-shoulder America, to I Can’t Write Left-Handed, Bill Withers’s tale of a disabled veteran returning home after a distant war.

Until now Legend has been best known for his pop-soul chart hit  “Ordinary People”.

Tthe Roots meanwhile have had a  “day job”  as house band on the NBC TV show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. So people may be surprised to hear them collaborating on a track as angrily political as Mike James Kirkland’s 1972 track Hang On In There, with its repeated refrain of: “This is my country – you can’t make me leave/ You can’t make me love the way you treat me.”

Somewhat ironically the “title” track of the album is NOT their respected cover of the Arcade Fire song of the same name but is in spirit the track “Wake Up Everybody”.

To buy the album click HERE

Bonus Track:-

“Wake Up” (Arcade Fire Cover) – John Legend and The Roots

October 30, 2010 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Music, R&B, Soul, Video | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hope For Haiti Now

The Hope for Haiti Now global telethon is also an extraordinary digital album including performances by Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Beyoncé, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Emeline Michel, Jay-Z, Bono, the Edge, Rihanna, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Wyclef Jean along with a bonus track from Jay-Z, Bono, the Edge and Rihanna. You can also own the two-hour telethon video.

All proceeds from album and video sales will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme and Yele Haiti Foundation.

Hope For Haiti Now Tracklist:

1. Send Me An Angel Alicia Keys
2. A Message 2010 Coldplay
3. We Shall Overcome Bruce Springsteen
4. Time To Love / Bridge Over Troubled Water Stevie Wonder
5. I’ll Stand By You (with The Roots) Shakira
6. Motherless Child John Legend
7. Hard Times Come Again No More (with The Roots) Mary J. Blige
8. Breathless Taylor Swift
9. Lift Me Up Christina Aguilera
10. Driven To Tears Sting
11. Halo Beyoncé
12. Lean On Me (with Keith Urban & Kid Rock) Sheryl Crow
13. Like A Prayer Madonna
14. Hallelujah (with Matt Morris and Charlie Sexton) Justin Timberlake
15. Let It Be (The Roots) Jennifer Hudson
16. Many Rivers To Cross Emeline Michel
17. Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) (with Rihanna, Bono & The Edge) (Live Version) Jay-Z
18. Alone And Forsaken (with Dave Mathews) Neil Young
19. Rivers Of Babylon / Yele (Medley) Wyclef Jean
20. Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) (with Rihanna, Bono & The Edge) (Version 1.0) Jay-Z

“Motherless Child” – John Legend

Sometime I feel
Like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel
Like a motherless child
And sometimes I feel
Like a motherless child
A long…long way…from home

WHOOAOO

And sometimes I feel
Like I’m almost gone
Sometimes I feel WHOAOAO
Like I’m almost gone
Sometimes I feel yeahehe
Like I’m all alone
A long…a looong wayee from home

C’mon, C’mon
Who’s got a shoulder when I need to cry
I feel restless and I don’t know why
Cry for help, but still feel alone
Like a motherless child along way from home
Lord I’m lost I can’t find my way
I’m dealing with the struggles in my day to day
My soul is weak and I wanna be strong
I try to run away but I’ve been running to long

I’ve been running to long…
I’ve been running to long

HEEY

Who’s got a shoulder when I need to cry
I feel restless and I don’t know why
Cry for help, but I still feel alone
Like a motherless child along way from home
Lord I’m lost I can’t find my way
I’m dealing with the struggles in my day to day
My soul is weak and I wanna be strong
I try to run away but I’ve been running to long

I’ve been running to long…
I’ve been running to long
Like a motherless child (x4)
So lost and so long
Like a motherless child

Buy the album, great value 20 specially recorded tracks for £5.99 donation HERE

In a statement, iTunes proclaims that Hope For Haiti Now was the service’s biggest one-day album pre-order in history, and that Hope For Haiti was the first special to lock up the Number One spot on their album, song and TV chart. At press time, the entire album remains Number One on iTunes Album chart, though Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris’ cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has been bumped off the Top Songs chart after leaping to the top spot earlier this week.

Hope For Haiti Now also featured unique and intimate performances by Madonna, Beyonce with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Dave Matthews and the “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” collaboration between Jay-Z, Rihanna and U2’s Bono and the Edge. The telethon helped raise over $61 million for Haiti relief.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New News, Video | , | 1 Comment

   

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