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New Music – Alison Krauss & Union Station

Following her sojourn with Robert Plant which delivered “Raising Sand” my album of the year back in 2007 Alison Krauss has been back in the studio with her regular band Union Station and has just released the resultant album “Paper Airplane”

The album is a slight disappointment as she does not appear to have built on or developed from the “Raising Sand” sessions and has returned to a comfort zone which comes across in the album.

Two tracks stand out for me, one being a cover of my favourite Richard Thompson song “Dimming Of The Day”

The other is this lovely track written with her brother.

“Lie Awake” – Alison Krauss & Union Station

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May 1, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, New News, New Releases, Video | , , | Leave a comment

I Bid You Goodnight

Lay down my dear brother, lay down and take your rest
I want to lay your head upon your Savior’s breast
I love you but Jesus loves you best
I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight

Lay down my dear brother, lay down and take your rest
I want to lay your head upon your Savior’s breast
I love you but Jesus loves you best
I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
I bid you goodnight

One of these mornings bright and early and soon, goodnight
Now they’re pickin’ up the spirit to the shore beyond, goodnight
Go walking in the valley of the shadow of death, goodnight
His rod and his staff, gonna comfort me, goodnight
Join the wise, there’s a soul to find, goodnight
[From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/aaron-neville-lyrics/i-bid-you-goodnight-lyrics.html ]

Lord send a fire, not a flood next time, goodnight
To leave for the ark, that wonderful boat, goodnight
She really loaded down, getting water to float, goodnight
Now be for the beast at the ending of the world, goodnight
He’ll eat all the children that would not be good, goodnight

I remember right well, I remember right well, goodnight
I went walking to Jerusalem just like John
Goodnight, goodnight, woh goodnight

Lay down my dear brother, lay down and take your rest
I wanna lay your head upon your Saviors breast
I love you, but Jesus loves you best
I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight

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December 31, 2010 Posted by | Gospel, 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

2010 Top 30 New and Old #13

Every year delivers a catchy tune that you can’t get out of your head, this track from White Rabbits album “It’s Frightening” is this year’s example thanks in part to the “Bow Wow Wow” style intro.

“Percussion Gun” – White Rabbits

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Robert Plant released my Album of The Year and as such this resulted in a re-assessment of his back catalogue from which I bring you this Dylan cover version.

“One More Cup Of Coffee” – Robert Plant

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December 18, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, New Music, Old Music | , , , , | 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

New News – Robert Plant

Robert Plant has announced details of his new solo album ‘Band Of Joy’, to be released on 13th September.

The sometime Led Zeppelin singer picks things off where previous, Grammy awards winning, album ‘Raising Sand’ left off. Recorded in Nashville with guitarist Buddy Miller it sees the Rock legend back in a rootsier mood.

Plant says of Miller’s co-production of the album, “Buddy’s integral to this album, you can hear his taste all over the instrumentation. Buddy’s zone is beautiful, with a lot of reflections going back into mid-Fifties rockabilly, the singing fishermen and all the great country stuff, along with the soul and R&B from Memphis.”

“Band Of Joy” features intriguing new interpretations of songs from a wide range of sources. Opening with a throbbing rendition of Los Lobos’s ‘Angel Dance’, the album encompasses the glittering drone-rock of Low’s ‘Silver Rider’ and ‘Monkey’, the Fifties-style country-gospel harmonies which transform The Kelly Brothers’ Sixties soul classic ‘Falling In Love Again’, the desolate banjo-driven interpretation of ‘Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down’, the transplanted English/Appalachian folk ballad ‘Cindy, I’ll Marry You Some Day’, and jangling blues imagery of ‘Central Two-0-Nine’.

Source :- www.clashmusic.com

Here from “Raising Sand” is his take on a Townes Van Zandt classic

“Nothin'” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

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June 17, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music (rock), Video | , , | 2 Comments

Harry Carpenter

Just heard the sad news about the passing of Harry Carpenter on Saturday. I have never been a big fan of boxing but “Harry” was without doubt the voice of the sport in the UK.

Carpenter was the BBC’s voice of boxing for almost half a century after joining the corporation in 1949, when he first began commentating on the sport.

Known for his double act with British boxing great Frank Bruno, Carpenter also presented Sportsnight, Grandstand and Sports Personality of the Year.

He retired in 1994 and died in his sleep at King’s College Hospital in London in the early hours of Saturday.

His lawyer David Wills said: “He had been unwell since last summer when he had a minor heart attack.

“The funeral has not been arranged but will be a family funeral, to be followed by a memorial service in London.”

Carpenter became closely identified with Frank Bruno, whose catchphrase “know what I mean, ‘arry?” featured in their post-fight interviews.

The former world heavyweight champion, 48, was said to be “very upset and shocked” by the death.

“The most exciting time was probably the Tyson fight when even Harry Carpenter, who was quite a cool man, sort of lost his cool,” the spokesman added.

Carpenter was on air for the “Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1974.

He labelled the end of the contest – underdog Ali won by knockout in the eighth round to reclaim the world heavyweight crown at the age of 32 – as “the most extraordinary few seconds that I have ever seen in a boxing ring”.

Of Ali himself, Carpenter said: “He is not only the most remarkable sports personality I have ever met, he is the most remarkable man I have ever met.”

Carpenter also had the privilege of presenting Ali with the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Century award in 1999.

His immediately recognisable, warm broadcasting style earned him plaudits outside the United Kingdom, too.

In 1989, he received American Sportscasters’ Association and International Sportscaster of the Year awards.

He will be greatly missed.

For a full tribute visit the BBC page HERE

March 22, 2010 Posted by | News, Old Music, Television, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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