Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Darkness





























Artist:  The Darkness
Origin:  Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
Genre:  Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal, Glam Rock

Original line-up:

Justin Hawkins:  Lead Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Dan Hawkins:  Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Vocals
Frankie Poullain:  Bass, Vocals
Ed Graham:  Drums, Percussion

The Darkness are an British Rock Band from Lowestoft, Suffolk, formed in 2000.  The Band Consists of Justin Hawkins (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Dan Hawkins (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Frankie Poullain (Bass, Backing Vocals) and Ed Graham (Drums).  In 2004 the band won three Brit Awards:  Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Album.














Title:  Pinewood Smile (2017)
Genre:  Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal, Glam Rock
Label:  Cooking Vinyl
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

 1.  All The Pretty Girls  (3:19)
 2.  Buccaneers Of Hispaniola  (3:06)
 3.  Solid Gold  (4:32)
 4.  Southern Trains  (2:52)
 5.  Why Don't The Beautiful Cry?  (3:36)
 6.  Japanese Prisoner Of Love  (4:19)
 7.  Lay Down With Me, Barbara  (4:05)
 8.  I Wish I Was In Heaven  (3:21)
 9.  Happiness  (3:13)
10. Stampede Of Love  (3:53)

Personnel:

Justin Hawkins:  Vocals, Guitars
Dan Hawkins:  Guitars
Frankie Poullain:  Bass
Rufus Tiger Taylor:  Drums

Pinewood Smile is the fifth studio album by The Darkness, was released on October 6, 2017 by Cooking Vinyl, includes "All The Pretty Girls", "Solid Gold" and "Southern Trains".

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Elvis Presley






































Artist:  Elvis Presley
Birth Name:  Elvis Aaron Presley
Born:  January 8, 1935.  Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.
Died:  August 16, 1977 (Aged 42).  Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Genre:  Rock, Rock and Roll, Pop, Rockabilly, Country, Blues, Gospel, R&B
Occupations:  Musicians, Actor
Instruments:  Vocals, Guitar, Piano

Elvis Presley was an American Singer and Actor.  One of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, and often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll".  He is the Best-Selling Solo Artist in the History of Popular Music and has been inducted into music Halls of Fame.















Title:  A Boy From Tupelo:  The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings (Box Set 3 CD)  (2017)
Genre:  Rock, Rock and Roll, Pop, Rockabilly, Country, Blues, Gospel, R&B
Label:  RCA/Legacy/Sony Music
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

Disc 1:  Memphis Recording Service Acetates:

 1.  My Happiness  (2:33)
 2.  That's When Your Heartaches Begin  (2:52)
 3.  I'll Never Stand In Your Way  (2:04)
 4.  It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You  (2:06)
 5.  Harbor Lights  (2:38)
 6.  I Love You Because (Unprocessed Master Edit)  (2:43)
 7.  That's  All Right  (2:00)
 8.  Blue Moon Of Kentucky  (2:07)
 9.  Blue Moon  (2:44)
10. Tomorrow Night  (3:01)
11. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')  (2:27)
12. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine  (2:32)
13. Just Because  (2:34)
14. Good Rockin' Tonight  (2:15)
15. Milkcow Blues Boogie  (2:39)
16. You're A Heartbreaker  (2:13)
17. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version)  (2:43)
18. Baby, Let's Play House  (2:19)
19. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone  (2:38)
20. I Forgot To Remember To Forget  (2:31)
21. Mystery Train  (2:30)
22. Tryin' To Get To You  (2:36)
23. When It Rains, It Pours  (2:06)
24. That's All Right (RCA Single Version)  (1:59)
25. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (RCA Single Version)  (2:05)
26. I Love You Because  (2:45)
27. Tomorrow Night (RCA LP Version)  (2:53)

Disc 2:  Sun Studio Sessions:

 1.  Harbor Lights (Takes 1-2, 3/M)  (3:27)
 2.  Harbor Lights (Take 4)  (2:38)
 3.  Harbor Lights (Takes 5-8)  (4:14)
 4.  I Love You Because (Takes 1-2)  (3:52)
 5.  I Love You Because (Take 3)  (3:36)
 6.  I Love You Because (Taes 4-5)  (4:08)
 7.  That's All Right (Takes 1-3)  (2:18)
 8.  Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Alternate Take)  (1:08)
 9.  Blue Moon (Take 1-4)  (3:36)
10. Blue Moon (Takes 5)  (3:25)
11. Blue Moon (Takes 6-8)  (3:53)
12. Blue Moon (Take 9/M)  (2:44)
13. Dialogue (Fragment Before "Tomorrow Night")  (0:11)
14. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') (Incomplete Take) (0:49)
15. Good Rockin' Tonight (Fragment From Vocal Slapback Tape) (0:10)
16. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (Take 1-3/M)  (3:47)
17. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone  (Slow Version, Take 1)  (3:00)
18. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version, Take 2)  (2:51)
19. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version, Take 3)  (2:51)
20. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version, Takes 4-5)  (2:50)
21. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version, Takes 6-7)  (4:16)
22. How Do You Think I Feel (Guitar Slapback Tape, Rehearsals)take 1)  (4:30)
23. When It Rains It Pours (Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 1)  (1:37)
24. When It Rains It Pours (Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 2 - Rehearsal 1 -Takes 3-4)  (4:26)
25. When It Rains It Pours  (Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 5/M) (4:26)
26. When It Rains It Pours (Vocal Slapback Tape, Takes 6-8)  (3:20)

Disc 3:  Live And Radio Performances:

 1.  That's All Right   (2:52)
 2.  Blue Moon Of Kentucky  (2:23)
 3.  Shake, Rattle And Roll  (2:24)
 4.  Fool, Fool, Fool  (1:59)
 5.  Hearts Of Stone  (2:02)
 6.  That's All Right  (1:52)
 7.  Tweedlee Dee  (2:51)
 8.  Shake, Rattle And Roll  (2:23)
 9.  Ksij Radio Commercial (with D.J. Tom Perryman) (0:16)
10. Money Honey  (2:43)
11. Blue Moon Of Kentucky  (2:04)
12. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine  (2:33)
13. That's All Right  (1:54)
14. Tweedlee Dee  (2:15)
15. Money Honey  (2:17)
16. Hearts Of Stone  (1:37)
17. Shake, Rattle And Roll  (1:39)
18. Little Mama  (2:03)
19. You're A Heartbreaker  (2:06)
20. Good Rockin' Tonight  (2:36)
21. Baby, Let's Play House  (2:22)
22. Blue Moon Of Kentucky  (1:47)
23. I Got A Woman  (3:03)
24. That's All Right  (2:17)
25. Tweedlee Dee  (2:47)
26. That's All Right  (2:37)
27. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone  (3:16)
28. Baby, Let's Play House  (3:19)
29. Maybellene  (3:09)
30. That's All Right  (2:49)
31. Bob Neal Radio Promotion Spot  (5:31)
32. I Forgot To Remember To Forget  (3:30)

A Boy From Tupelo:  The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings is the definitive collection of Elvis's Sun-Era Recordings in one comprehensive package, includes on 3 CD, and Rare Demos session takes and live performances, with 120-Page book includes private photographs & Rare Memorabilia.  A details chronicle of Elvis' Life and early career from 1953-1955 by Elvis Presley, was released on July 28, 2017 by RCA/Sony Music.

Dee Dee Bridgewater




















Artist:  Dee Dee Bridgewater
Birth Name:  Denise Eileen Garrett
Born:  May  27, 1950.  Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Genre:  Jazz, Vocal Jazz, R&B, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Soul, Soul
Occupation:  Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Instruments:   Vocals

Dee Dee Bridgewater is an American Jazz Singer and Songwriter.  She is a three-time Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, as well as a Tony Award-Winning Stage Actress.  She is United Nations Ambassador for The Food and Agriculture Organization.














Title:  Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready  (2017)
Genre:  Jazz, Vocal Jazz, R&B, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Soul, Soul, Blues
Label:  DDB Productions/Sony Music
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

 1.  Yes, I'm Ready  (4:57)
 2  Giving Up  (4:55)
 3.  I Can't Get Next To You  (5:17)
 4.  Going Down Slow (4:46)
 5.  Why (Am I Treated So Bad)  (4:37)
 6.  B.A.B.Y.  (4:04)
 7.  The Thrill Is Gone  (5:38)
 8.  The Sweeter His Is  (6:45)
 9.  I Can't Stand The Rain  (3;07)
10. Don't Be Cruel  (4:40)
11. Hound Dog  (3:38)
12. Try A Little Tenderness  (5:25)
13. (Take My Hand) Precious Lord  (4:18)

Personnel:

Dee Dee Bridgewater:  Vocals
Kirk Whalum:  Tenor & Baritone Saxophone, Backup Vocals
John Stoddart:  Keyboards
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell:  Electric Bongo, Sizzle Cymbal, Tambourine
Charles Hodges:  Hammond Organ
Jackie Clark:  Bass
Garry Goin:  Guitar
James "Bishop" Sexton:  Drums
Marc Franklin:   Tenor Saxophone
Kirk Smothers:  Tenor Saxophone
Sharisse Norman:  Backup Vocals
Candise Rayborn-Marshall:  Backup Vocals
Stax Music Academy:  Backup Vocals

Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready is the 2017 album by Dee Dee Bridgewater, was released on September 15, 2017 by DDB Productions/Sony Music, featuring Kirk Whalum, Stax Academy Choir, and more!.  She works an impressive transformation on two songs associated with Elvis Presley, "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog".


Monday, October 16, 2017

Richard Thompson


































Artist:  Richard Thompson
Birth Name:  Richard John Thompson
Born:  April 3, 1949.  Notting Hill Gate, London, England
Genre:  Rock, Folk Rock, Folk, British Folk, Contemporary Folk
Occupations:  Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Instruments:  Vocals, Guitar,, Mandolin, Accordion, Keyboards

Richard Thompson is a British Songwriter, Guitarist, and he was a member of Fairport Convention in 1967.  Artists who have recorded Thompson's compositions such as R.E.M., David Gilmour, Mary Black, Elvis Costello, The Corrs, Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Maria McKee, Graham Parker, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith, Los Lobos, The Pointer Sisters, Dinosaur Jr., David Byrne, Loudon Wainwright III, Bob Mould, Greg Brown, Del McCoury and many more!  He was awarded The Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Acoustic Guitar Player in 1991, Ivor Novello Award and in 2006, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio, and he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music on July 2011, he also was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen.  He was named by Rolling Stones Magazine's as one the Top 20 Guitarist of All Time and considered one of the UK's most outstanding Songwriters and Musicians.  The recipient of a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Mojo's Les Paul Award.  Thompson was most recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting by Americana Music Association.













Title:  Acoustic Classics II  (2017)
Genre:  Rock, Folk Rock, Folk, British Folk, Contemporary Folk
Label:  Beeswing Records
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

 1.  She Twists The Knife Again  (2:48)
 2.  The Ghost Of You Walks  (4:41)
 3.  Genesis Hall  (3:30)
 4.  Jet Plane In A rocking Chair  (2:29)
 5.  A Heart Needs A Home  (3:26)
 6.  Pharaoh  (2:29)
 7.  Gethsemane  (5:13)
 8.  Devonside  (3:05)
 9.  Meet On The Ledge  (3:05)
10.  Keep Your Distance  (3:35)
11.  Bathsheba Smiles  (3:33)
12. Crazy Man Michael  (4:23)
13. Guns Are The Tongues  (6:05)
14. Why Must I Plead?  (4:06)

Personnel:

Richard Thompson:  Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Classics II is the second album after the success of Acoustic Classics in  2014 by Richard Thompson, was released on August 11, 2017 by Beeswing Records, featuring acoustic rendering of classic songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue, some previously recorded by other singers, some previously available only in a band format.