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2010 Top 30 New and Old #17

Robert Plant delivered what for me is the Album Of The Year in the form of “Band of Joy”.

After deciding not to embark on a worldwide reunion with Led Zeppelin Plant has for me delivered the best two albums of his career with Raising Sand in 2007 and Band of Joy this year.

Both are great examples of  a key rock legend who continues to move on and explore new areas for musical enjoyment and I for one have enjoyed the ride.

Band of Joy has so many great tracks to choose from so I will bring you his version of an old traditional song.

“Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” – Robert Plant

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Another rediscovery for me this year thanks to the book Minstrels, Poets & Vagabonds was Big George and The Business.

This is taken from the album “The Legend So Far”

“Jesus Gonna make It Alright” – Big George and The Business

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December 14, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Music, Old Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Cover Story – Sandie Shaw

Back in 1969 Sandie Shaw, born Sandra Ann Goodrich, decided to abandon her “pop” past and take strides into the evolving seemingly more credible “rock” market.

The album was somewhat appropriately called “Reviewing The Situation” and was Shaw’s first time producing an album herself.

As such she chose to cover songs made popular by more alternative artists who she felt had had a big impact on the music of the 1960s.

Tracklisting and song information

# Song title Songwriter/composer Length
1 Reviewing the Situation Lionel Bart 3:33
2 Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan 3:53
3 Mama Roux Creux, Jessie Hill 3:22
4 Sun in My Eyes Gibb 2:48
5 Walking the Dog Rufus Thomas 3:47
6 Love Me Do Lennon/McCartney 2:32
7 Oh Gosh Donovan 1:46
8 Your Time Is Gonna Come John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page 3:35
9 Coconut Grove John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky 2:26
10 Sympathy for the Devil Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 5:47
11 Frank Mills [*] Galt MacDermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni 1:52
12 Junk [*] Paul McCartney 2:01

[*] Bonus tracks on 2004 CD re-issue

Her version of Led Zeppelin‘s “Your Time Is Gonna Come” made her the first known artist to cover a song by them.

“Your Time Is Gonna Come” – Sandie Shaw

Sandie Shaw would next return to the limelight with another cover version in 1984 of The Smiths song “Hand In Glove”

Despite having established themselves as a group, Morrissey and Marr still harboured ambitions that they would be recognised as songwriters by having their songs covered by others.

Their top choice was singer Sandie Shaw, who had scored several hits throughout the 1960s, including “Heaven Knows Im Missing Him Now” from 1969 allter to be adapted as a song title by The Smiths, and who was one of the most prominent British vocalists of her era.

In the summer of 1983, Marr and Morrissey began asking Shaw to cover their song “I Don’t Owe You Anything”, which they had conceived with her in mind to perform. The pair sent Shaw various letters coupled with song demos.

Shaw was sceptical at first; she was discouraged by the negative media attention that accompanied the Smiths song “Reel Around the Fountain”, and when she received a copy of “Hand in Glove” in the mail, she reportedly exclaimed to her husband “he’s started sending me pictures of naked men with their bums showing!”

Shaw was eventually won over by the intervention of Geoff Travis and by Morrissey’s praise of her in the press. In January 1984, NME announced that Shaw and The Smiths would release a collaborative recording of “I Don’t Owe You Anything” as a single on Rough Trade.

In February, Shaw and The Smiths journeyed to Matrix Studios in London, where Shaw recorded three Smiths songs with Marr, Joyce and Rourke.

The version of “Hand in Glove” recorded at Matrix was performed in the key of D minor, while Marr placed the intro riff’s accent on a major scale and Shaw altered some lyrics. Shaw ended up selecting their recording of “Hand in Glove” as the single’s a-side, placing “I Don’t Owe You Anything” as the b-side.

Released as a single in April 1984 solely under Shaw’s name, the recording became Shaw’s first hit in a decade when it reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart.

Marr, Rourke and Joyce backed Shaw on two mimed television performances of the song, first on Channel 4’s Earsay in March 1984, and then on Top of the Pops on 26 April, where the band appeared barefoot in homage to the singer, who did so often in the 1960s.

Sandie will always be one of my earliest musical memories thanks to “Puppet On A String”

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November 22, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Robert Plant and The Band Of Joy

I have finally managed to catch up on my recording from BBC HD of Robert Plant and The Band Of Joy’s superb performance at the BBC Electric Proms.

You can still watch highlights of the concert via the BBC Website by clicking HERE

Set List:-

1.Down To The Sea

2.Angel Dance

3.House of Cards

4.Please Read The Letter

5.Misty Mountain Hop

6.Tangerine

7.Trouble Your Mind

8.Satisfied Mind

9.Move Up

10.Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down

11.Central-Two-O-Nine

12.Monkey

13.Houses of the Holy

14.Can’t Buy My Love

15.Tall Cool One

16.Gallows Pole

17.Harm’s Swift Way

18.Rock and Roll

19.12 Gates To The City

20.I Bid You Goodnight

Highlights for me were his version of Zeppelin’s “Houses Of The Holy”, the epic closer “I Bid You Goodnight” with The London Oriana Choir and this great track from the “Band Of Joy” album.

“Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” – Robert Plant and The Band Of Joy”

Satan, your kingdom must come down
Satan, your kingdom must come down
I heard the voice of Jesus say
Satan, your kingdom must come down

gonna pray until they tear your kingdom downgonna pray until they tear your kingdom downI heard the voice of Jesus say
Satan, your kingdom must come down

gonna shout until they tear your kingdom downgonna shout until they tear your kingdom downI heard the voice of Jesus say
Satan, your kingdom must come down

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November 10, 2010 Posted by | New Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Black Country Communion

Black Country Communion, originally Black Country until copyright issues forced the addition of Communion, are an English-American rock supergroup featuring Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian, and Joe Bonamassa.

The band was originally conceived during a concert being held for Guitar Center in November 2009. Joe Bonamassa, who was performing, was asked by Guitar Center to invite several friends along, one of which was former Trapeze and Deep Purple singer/bassist Glenn Hughes. Hughes joined Bonamassa for several songs on stage, which was noticed by renowned producer Kevin Shirley, who had worked with Bonamassa before, on several of his solo albums.

Shirley approached Hughes and Bonamassa with the concept of making a studio album under a band moniker. Not long afterwards, drummer Jason Bonham was recruited into the band by Shirley. The concept of a power trio didn’t satisfy Bonamassa however, so Derek Sherinian, formerly of Dream Theater and Billy Idol’s backing band was asked to join.

Their debut album “Black Country” is now on release with the title track below for your enjoyment.

“Black Country” – Black Country Communion

Nice bass intro followed by Deep Purple/Rainbow/Led Zeppelin by numbers which ain’t neccesarily a bad thing, however, if I want to listen to classic rock then it’s back to the 70’s and the albums of my youth for me.

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September 28, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New Releases | , , | Leave a comment

Dazed And Confused

“Dazed And Confused” – Jake Holmes

Jimmy Page is being sued by the man who wrote and first recorded the song Dazed And Confused.

Jake Holmes, an American folk singer, claims that Page and Led Zeppelin infringed his copyright, as his version came out two years prior to Zeppelin’s more famous one, on their self-titled, debut album.

However, even if he is successful in this federal law suit (filed in California), Holmes could only claim money owed during the past three years, due to the statute of limitations, this being a drop in the ocean to what Page will have earned from writer’s royalties.

The story started in 1967 when Holmes recorded this song for his debut album “The Above Ground Sound” Of Jake Holmes. What made it unusual was the whole record was done with just bass, guitar and vocals – no drums.

Released in June 1967, the album wasn’t at all well received, but on August 25 the same year, he supported The Yardbirds (featuring Page) when they played at the Village Theater in Greenwich Village, New York. So impressed were the British band with the song that they decided to develop their own version. This was a much longer one, with Page using a violin bow on his guitar.

Although The Yardbirds never did a studio version of this, there have been a couple of live recordings put out. One from a French TV show in March 1968 (which cropped up on a live album released in 2000) actually has Holmes down as writing the song.

By the time Zeppelin recorded Dazed And Confused, Page had changed so much of the song – lyrically and musically – that he was credited as the sole writer. Holmes did try to contact Page, but with no luck. However, he always refused to take legal action – until now.

Source : www.classicrockmagazine.com

People who appreciate blues music will readily recognise that blues music and lyrics were in the old days passed from performer to performer each time often amended in either a minor or major manner. Thus what often appeared to be variations of the same song were credited to a variety of writers.

In the past copyright was difficult to determine and as such credits often refered to “Traditional” many blues writers and performers later missed out on potential royaly windfalls following the 60’s British Blues Boom.

Many bands including The Rolling Stones often went to great efforts to ensure the correct writer was credited, however Led Zeppelin unfortunately have a poor track record in this respect with many blues standards sprinkled through their recorded catalogue without true credit being given.

In this instance from the 60’s there can be no excuse, George Harrison with “My Sweet Lord” and The Chiffons “he’s So Fine” being another example.

If Jimmy Page had any decency he would stump up without complaint and give Holmes the co-writed credit he deserves.

Now the question is did Jake Holmes pinch it from someone else?

September 11, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Folk, New News, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Bettye LaVette – The British Rock Songbook

Bettye LaVette brings some British Rock  home to its American R&B roots on her latest CD, due late May,“INTERPRETATIONS: THE BRITISH ROCK SONGBOOK”.

The album is a 13-song ride through classic rock including tracks originally recorded by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd among others, before concluding right where the very idea for the album started via her show-stopping rendition of The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” from the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors, which appears here as a bonus track.


The above performance brought her together with Stevens (the event’s producer) and Mathes (its musical director) and was a perfect living example of her extraordinary ability as an interpreter of song, she doesn’t merely mold a piece of music to suit her tastes; she is a conjurer of deep, emotional truths:

“Bettye LaVette punched a hole right through her version of Pete Townshend’s ‘Love Reign O’er Me,’ letting all the song’s emotion pour out in a way that its creators never conceived,” observed the New York Daily News. Townshend himself came up to Bettye after her performance, took her hands into his and said, “You made me weep.”

Throughout the album her performances are a revelation of the link and ties between British rock ‘n’ roll and the American blues and R&B, which when combined, catalyzed popular music. That Lennon, McCartney, and so many others who crossed the Atlantic in their wake, were deeply influenced by American music is no great secret.

From :- http://www.antilabelblog.com
The Beatles’ pre-psychedelic Rubber Soul classic “The Word” takes on an almost religious fervor, while Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” is transformed from a majestic pop song into a stark, almost desperate expression of devotion. Profound alienation becomes intense longing on Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” and the wistful naiveté of The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” matures into a deep and unshakeable lament. Bettye inhabits these songs, revitalizes them and exposes the humanity that makes these 13 tracks not just pop songs, but enduring works of art.

Such mastery hardly comes as a surprise to at least one legend featured here. Elton John (whose “Talking Old Soldiers” appeared on The Scene Of The Crime) offers this endorsement of Bettye’s impassioned take on “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”:

“Bettye LaVette has always been a wonderful singer – I have been a huge fan for many years. To my delight and surprise she recorded an amazing version of ‘Talking Old Soldiers’ – a song that nobody else has covered – and made it her own.

“Now she has recorded ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ and has done exactly the same – but this time with a much more familiar song. I am truly touched by her picking these songs and can only hope that this album brings more attention to this incredible artist.”

1. The Word (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
2. No Time To Live (James Capaldi/Stephen Winwood)
3. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Bennie Benjamin/Gloria Caldwell/Sol Marcus)
4. All My Love (John Baldwin/Robert Plant)
5. Isn’t It A Pity (George Harrison)
6. Wish You Were Here (David Gilmour/Roger Waters)
7. It Don’t Come Easy (Richard Starkey)
8. Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney)
9. Salt Of The Earth (Michael Jagger/Keith Richards)
10. Nights In White Satin (David Hayward)
11. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock)
12. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Elton John/Bernard Taupin)
13. Love Reign O’er Me (Pete Townshend)

All My Love” – Bettye LaVette

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April 29, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New News, New Releases, R&B, Soul, The Who | , , | Leave a comment

Corinne Bailey Rae

Hugely acclaimed soul-jazz singer Corinne Bailey Rae has spoken about her emotional new album ‘The Sea’.

Emerging from the jazz clubs of Leeds, Corinne Bailey Rae’s smoky voice and seemingly effortless songwriting skills catapulted her to fame. Her self-titled debut album rocketed to number one in 2006, hailed by critics as the emergence of a powerful new voice in British music.

Married to horn player Jason Rae, the pair seemed a perfect partnership. However the saxophone player lost his life in a tragic accident, overdosing on drugs after a night out with friends.

Retreating from the limelight, Corinne Bailey Rae was finally able to focus on her music earlier this year after a lengthy break. Titled ‘The Sea’ the singer’s second album is a dark, emotional affair clearly influenced by the grief she felt after the sudden death of her husband.

“The record is a personal and intense journey, but hopefully it’s a beautiful record as well,” she told 6 Music. “We’ve worked a lot with string players and using different textures. I think it’s different to anything I’ve ever written.”

On her debut album Corinne Bailey Rae used a variety of different writing partners. However on ‘The Sea’ the singer has worked alone, channelling her feelings into her music.

“I felt it came really naturally, I wasn’t trying to write, but songs just came. It’s not without light but it is a heavier record, and more intense. It’s got more layers and orchestration.”

Corinne Bailey Rae is set to release her new album ‘The Sea’ on February 1st.

Source www.clashmusic.com

Here is her stunning recent performance, on Later…With Jools, of the lead single from the album

“Put Your Records On” – Corinne Bailey Rae

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Cover Stories, New News, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Stairway To Lobster

 

Now for the originals:-

 

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Cover Stories, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Celebrate

celebrate

Celebrate whenever you can as you never know what may exist around the next corner……….

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“Celebration Day” – Led Zeppelin

Her face is cracked from smiling,
All the fears that she’s been hiding,
And it seems pretty soon ev’rybody’s gonna know.
And her voice is sore from shouting,
Cheering winners who are losing,
And she worries if their days are few
And soon they’ll have to go.

*My, my, my, I’m so happy,
I’m gonna join the band,
We are gonna dance and sing in celebration,
We are in the promised land.

She hears them talk of new ways
To protect the home she lives in,
Then she wonders what it’s all about
When they break down the door.
Her name is Brown or White or Black,
You know her very well,
You hear her cries of mercy
As the winners toll the bell.

* Chorus

There is a train that leaves the station
Heading for your destination,
But the price you pay to nowhere has increased a dollar more.
Yes, it has!
And if you walk you’re gonna get there
Tho’ it takes a little longer,
And when you see it in the distance
You will wring your hands and moan.

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October 15, 2009 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

It Might Get Loud

it might get loud 2

 

Who hasn’t wanted to be a rock star, join a band or play electric guitar? Music resonates, moves and inspires us. Strummed through the fingers of The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White, somehow it does more. Such is the premise of It Might Get Loud, a new documentary conceived by producer Thomas Tull.

It Might Get Loud isn’t like any other rock’n roll documentary. Filmed through the eyes of three virtuosos from three different generations, audiences get up close and personal, discovering how a furniture upholsterer from Detroit, a studio musician and painter from London and a seventeen–year–old Dublin schoolboy, each used the electric guitar to develop their unique sound and rise to the pantheon of superstar. Rare discussions are provoked as we travel with Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White to influential locations of their pasts. Born from the experience is intimate access to the creative genesis of each legend, such as Link Wray’s “Rumble’s” searing impression upon Jimmy Page, who surprises audiences with an impromptu air guitar performance. But that’s only the beginning.

While each guitarist describes his own musical rebellion, a rock’n roll summit is being arranged. Set on an empty soundstage, the musicians come together, crank up the amps and play. They also share their influences, swap stories, and teach each other songs. During the summit Page’s double–neck guitar, The Edge’s array of effects pedals and White’s new mic, custom built into his guitar, go live. The musical journey is joined by visual grandeur too. We see the stone halls of Headley Grange where “Stairway to Heaven” was composed, visit a haunting Tennessee farmhouse where Jack White writes a song on–camera, and eavesdrop inside the dimly lit Dublin studio where The Edge lays down initial guitar tracks for U2’s forthcoming single. The images, like the stories, will linger in the mind long after the reverb fades.

It Might Get Loud might not affect how you play guitar, but it will change how you listen. The film is directed and produced by An Inconvenient Truth’s Davis Guggenheim, and produced by Thomas Tull, Lesley Chilcott and Peter Afterman.

Visit www.itmightgetloud.com
it might get loud

 

June 24, 2009 Posted by | New News, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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