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2010 Top 30 New and Old #26

I just love this song written with Ed Harcourt.

“When The Night Kills The Day” – Lauren Pritchard

Oh, I’m no temptress
But I’m no angel either
And it feels good to be a stranger
No-one can judge me
I’m like the new outsider
Guess I should welcome this new change

Come and take a seat, let’s talk it over
I don’t want to keep you in the dark

Go on ahead and bring me the roses
It’s almost time for me to be going
I’m so afraid that I might be led astray
Nothing can save me when the night kills the day

You think I’m crazy
You think I made a big mistake
Who am I to question fate

I don’t want to have to cut you loose but
I don’t want to make a sacrifice

Go on ahead and bring me the roses
It’s almost time for me to be going
I’m so afraid that I might be led astray

How will I know to pull on the ropes and
It doesn’t seem like anything’s over
Nothing can save me when the night kills the day
Here comes the night it’s taking me over
Here comes the night it’s taking me over

Go on ahead and bring me the roses
It’s almost time for me to be going
I’m so afraid that I might be led astray
How will I know to pull on the ropes and
It doesn’t seem like anything’s over

Nothing can save me when the night kills the day

To buy the music of Lauren Pritchard click HERE

To view an earlier post on Lauren Pritchard click HERE

Without doubt Maggie Bell has been one of my artists of the year.

It started in January when I picked up some albums both solo and with Stone The Crows in the HMV Sale and thereafter peaked last month when I saw her live with Dave Kelly at Backstage at The Green in Kinross.

“We Had It All” – Maggie Bell

To buy the music of Maggie Bell click HERE

To view one of the many earlier Maggie Bell posts click HERE

December 5, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Music – Saint Jude

A week after seeing the great Maggie Bell in concert into my inbox pops information on a great new group with the soul of Stone The Crows…..meet Saint Jude true serendipity!

Not to be mixed up with the US Hardcore Metal band of the same name this group have only relatively recently been signed to a record label and have now released their album, produced by Chris Kimsey, “Diary Of A Soul Fiend”

Kimsey who as a record producer, mixer and musician is most famous for having co-produced The Rolling Stones’ Undercover and Steel Wheels albums and being the engineer on their 1971 album Sticky Fingers as well as 1978’s Some Girls and 1980’s Emotional Rescue.

 Therefore as well as working with Peter Frampton (Frampton Comes Alive), Marillion, The Cult, Peter Tosh, The Psychedelic Furs, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, INXS and many more he is to be taken seriously when he compares saint Jude to be akin to “The Faces fronted by Janis Joplin”

Photo :- Noel Buckley

The “Janis” in question is Lynne Jackaman who draws her inspiration from her love of Aretha Franklin

Saint Jude were formed back in 2005 when she met up with Adam Greene who was a CBGB scene follower guitarist, thus that background together with Jackaman’s soul influences of Franklin and the great Etta James produced the DNA for the band.

Now a fully grown five piece band having added Joe Glossop (Keyboards), Colin Kellogg (Bass) and Lee Cook (Drums) they have like all great bands fine tuned their material on the road for the last few years supporting along the way the likes of The Waterboys at The Albert Hall where the attracted the attention of Jimmy Page who has talked about undertaking some future production work for them.

Another admirer, unsurprisingly, is Ronnie Wood who has in fact jammed on stage with them as you can see from the audience filmed clip below on The Faces classic “(I Know) I’m Losing You”

Picture:- Noel Buckley

 

Saint Jude are currently on tour in Europe but hopefully will be coming to a venue near you in 2011, in the meantime enjoy this taster from their album.

“Pleased To Meet You” – Saint Jude

Picture:- Noel Buckley

 

To buy the music of Saint Jude click HERE

November 14, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New Releases, R&B, Video | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly

It was areal privilege to be at the superb “Backstage At The Green” venue, as promoted by Mundell Music, on Friday night to see two legends for the price of one in Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly.

Regulars to this site will know that Maggie has featured here on several occasions (use Search function for more information) and to be honest a Blues Band/Dave Kelly blog has been long overdue.

The combination of Maggie and Dave in such an intimate setting is pure genius and I await with interest for the promised forthcoming recording sessions which will hopefully give them some joint product to flog on future tours.

I have most albums live and studio which Maggie has recorded with Stone The Crows and solo thus there was nothing new to purchase, though she was kind enough to sign my “Queen Of The Night” cover.

During the interval at the end of the concert I had the opportunity for a brief chat and can confirm that she did record a version of The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” during the 1972 Lou Reznier Tommy Sessions and that hopefully the next tour will feature an arrangement of “Blind Man”

“Blind Man” – Stone The Crows

The set actually featured more cover versions than “originals” this being a prime example.

They also performed this Curtis Mayfield written track from the “Ode To John Law” Stone The Crows album

As for Dave Kelly well he will be returning to “Backstage At The Green” with his Blues Band buddy Paul Jones early in the New Year make sure you don’t miss a great night of blues music

Their live albums “Live At The Ram Jam Club Vol 1 and Vol 2” from 2007 and 2008 are particular favourites of mine.

To buy the music of Maggie Bell click HERE and HERE

To buy the music of Dave Kelly click HERE

November 8, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Family, Old Music, Video | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Guilty Pleasures – Elkie Brooks

 

To be honest it was touch and go as to whether I thought I had to declare Elkie Brooks as a Guilty Pleasure, however, I decided this post might be an educational one for many who regard her as member of the scampi in a basket set.

Without doubt she isn’t, however, her mainstream image remains from that period where she logged a few Top 30 singles such as “Fool If You Think This Is Over”, “Pearl’s A Singer” and of course her best from that period “Lilac Wine” (see HERE).

However there is more to her than meets the eye as she has one of our best R&B voices up there with Scotland’s own Maggie Bell.

Elkie was born in 1945 as Elaine Bookbinder to a Jewish father and Catholic mother in Broughton and raised in Prestwich.

A professional singer since she was fifteen her debut recording was a cover of Etta James’s “Something’s Got A Hold On Me”, which was released on Decca in 1964. She spent most of the 1960s on Britain’s cabaret scene, a period of her life that she did not particularly enjoy.

In the early 1960s she supported The Beatles in their Christmas show in London, then, as an established act, helped the Small Faces in their early career by introducing them at several venues. She went on to tour the United States with several bands including the Animals.

It was however with Vinegar Joe that she, and her co-singer one Robert Palmer who sadly passed away back in 2003,  made her name.

Their self titled debut album was released in 1972.

The same year saw this released as a single.

“Speed Queen Of Ventura” – Vinegar Joe

Next up, the same year, was the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsies” album

which featured a great version of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Angel”.

Their last release arrived in 1973 with the album “Six Star General”

Here is some rare footage of them performing a track from the album titled “Proud To Be (A Honky Woman)”

Here is a bonus before we move on.

and yes Robert Palmer did sing as well

let’s leave the Vinegar Joe era with some blues.

After a time as backing singer with the American southern boogie band Wet Willie, she returned to England. Her first solo album on A&M records was Rich Man’s Woman (1975). Elkie was given a hard time due to the album’s cover, which was considered outrageous for the time.

It came before a run of sixteen UK hit albums in twenty-five years, starting with Two Days Away released in 1977 and produced by the legendary duo Leiber & Stoller, who had also worked with Elvis Presley and many others.

Brooks wrote some tracks with Leiber and Stoller. The hits “Pearl’s a Singer”, “Sunshine After the Rain” came from this album.

“Sunshine After The Rain” – Elkie Brooks

In 1981 her record company, noting declining sales, decided to release a compilation album made up of her hits to date plus some new material, the album was titled “Pearls” it peaked at #2 staying in the charts for 79 weeks.

At the time it became the biggest ever selling album by a female vocalist in the UK, selling over 1.2 million copies (10,000 copies per week on average). Pearls remains Brooks’ biggest selling album and is the only album by her that A&M continue to release on CD.

One of the new tracks was the Chris Rea song “Fool If You Think It’s Over”

Pearls II (1982), Minutes (1984) and Screen Gems the first album to be produced on CD in the UK (1984) were all UK chart successes.

In 1986 No More the Fool gave her biggest hit single to date while the parent album reached the top 5. Following chart success ensued with the albums The Very Best of (1986), Bookbinders Kid On Bookbinders Kid, she covered “What’s The Matter Baby” previously recorded by Timi Yuro (1988), Inspiration (1981), Round Midnight (1993), Nothin’ But the Blues (1994), Amazing (1996) and The Very Best of (1997). In 1980 Brooks performed at the Knebworth Festival with The Beach Boys, Santana and Mike Oldfield.

It was the “Electric Lady” album released in 2005 which brought her back on to my radar as it was a great return to her R&B roots.

It featured both self penned and cover versions including these Dylan and Doors  classics

I will leave you with what Elkie does best, singing the blues with a tribute to Muddy Waters written by Paul Rodgers.

“Muddy Water Blues” – Elkie Brooks

To buy the music of Elkie Brooks click HERE

To buy the music of Vinegar Joe click HERE

July 15, 2010 Posted by | Guilty Pleasures, Old Music, Video | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Minstrels, Poets & Vagabonds

And so I bring to a close this series of postings based on the artists and groups which feature in Robert Fields great book.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief look back at the Glasgow rock scene over several decades.

Despite the posts to date i could carry on for a long time as there is so much more to remember and enjoy in the book which you buy HERE

There are many great artists covered by the book but not covered in this series, some of them have already appeared in this blog before therefore for your further enjoyment please follow the links below:-

ALEX HARVEY:-

https://thehelplessdancer.wordpress.com/2009/04/02/the-sensational-alex-harvey-band/

https://thehelplessdancer.wordpress.com/2008/10/21/alex-harvey/

FRANKIE MILLER:-

https://thehelplessdancer.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/friday-fun-4/

https://thehelplessdancer.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/socrates/

https://thehelplessdancer.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/minstrels-poets-vagabonds-the-rumbledown-band/

MAGGIE BELL/STONE THE CROWS:-

 https://thehelplessdancer.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/happy-birthday-maggie/

https://thehelplessdancer.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/souvenirs/

ENJOY, Rock On and……………………….Be Lucky!

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Books, Video | , , , , | 1 Comment

Happy Birthday Maggie

The great Maggie Bell is 65 years young today.

Born in Maryhill from a musical family, she sang from her teenage years, leaving school at the age of fifteen, to work as a window dresser by day and singer at night. Bell was introduced to Leslie Harvey, by his older brother Alex, after getting up on stage to sing with the latter. Leslie Harvey was, at that time, a guitarist with the Kinning Park Ramblers. Bell joined the group as one of the vocalists. After the band split up, Bell moved to the Mecca Band at the Sauchiehall Street Locarno, and later to the Dennistoun Palais Band.

She then rejoined Harvey, forming a group, initially known as Power, eventually travelling to Germany to sing on United States Air Force bases in the mid 1960s. Peter Grant, who was managing The Yardbirds at the time, spotted Power playing at one of these bases, and agreed to produce and manage them, impressed by the vocal ability of Bell and the guitar playing of Harvey.

Power was renamed as Stone the Crows, an expression used by Grant upon hearing this band.

“Blind Man” – Stone The Crows

This group lasted until 1973, after finding that Harvey’s death from accidental electrocution, on 2 May 1972, took too much out of the group for them to continue. The live chemistry between Bell and Harvey was missing.

Peter Grant remained as Bell’s manager after the split, and organised her first solo album, Queen of the Night, which was recorded in New York with record producer, Jerry Wexler.

Here is an appropriate song from this solo debut.

“As The Years Go Passing By” – Maggie Bell

Here is a great version of a Free classic taken from Maggie’s second solo album Suicide Sal released in 1975.

“Wishing Well” – Maggie Bell

Whilst having Peter Grant as a manager was without doubt a big advantage it became more of a burden as the monster that was Led Zeppelin continued to grow and less of his time was availabe to other bands on his roster including Maggie and even Bad Company.

As such Maggie returned in part to contributing to other artists albums as she had done so brilliantly on Rod Stewart’s “Every Picture Tells A Story” and as Tommy’s mother in the Lou Reizner recording and staging of The Who’s “Tommy” plus recording some more solo material which didn’t receive the needed promotion.

She came back into the public eye via her soundtrack recordings for “Hazell” and “Taggert” (No Mean City).

Maggie contributed a track to the Frankie Miller tribute album (as did my friend Ray Wilson) and returned from a period of living and working in Holland and is back touring the UK on a regular basis details of which can be found via her web page by clicking HERE

To buy the music of Maggie Bell click HERE

Finally as a birthday bonus here are the two tracks from the Frankie Miller Tribute album noted above.

“Jealousy” – Maggie Bell

“Good Time Love” -Ray Wilson & Amanda Lyon

To buy the music of Ray Wilson click HERE

January 12, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music | , , , , | 2 Comments

Souvenirs

On a bit of a Maggie Bell roll at the moment so this John Prine cover seems to fit that post Christmas vibe.

“Souvenirs” – Maggie Bell

All the snow has turned to water,
Christmas days have come and gone.
Broken toys and faded colours are all that’s left to linger on.
I hate graveyards and old oawn shops,
For they always bring me tears.
I can’t forgive the way they robbed me of my childhood souvenirs.

Memories, they can’t be boughten.
They can’t be won at carnivals for free.
Well it took me years to get those souvenirs,
And i don’t know how they slipped away from me.

Broken hearts and dirty windows
Make life difficult to see.
That’s why last night and this morning
Always look the same to me.
And I hate reading old love letters
For they always bring me tears.
I can’t forget the way they robbed me,
Of my sweetheart’s souvenirs.

Memories they can’t be boughten,
They can’t be won at carnivals for free.
Well it took me years to get those souvenirs
And i don’t know how they slipped away from me.

To buy the music of Maggie Bell click HERE

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Old Music, Video | , | 1 Comment

   

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