Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Paul Simon

Artist:  Paul Simon
Birth Name:  Paul Frederic Simon
Born:  October 13, 1941.  Newark, New Jersey USA
Origin:  Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Genre:  Folk, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Contemporary Pop, Adult Contemporary, Worldbeat
Occupation:  Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Instruments:  Vocals, Guitar

Paul Simon is an American Musician, Singer and Songwriter, best-known as part of the Duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel.  He wrote three big hits reached No. 1 on the U.S. Singles Charts:  "The Sound Of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water".  The Duo split up in 1970 and he began a successful Solo career as a Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter.  He has earned 12 Grammys for his Solo and collaborative work and he was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001.  In 2006 was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped The World" by Time Magazine.  In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine named Simon as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.  He was the first recipient of the Library Of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007 and in 1986, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music.

Title:  In The Blue Light  (2018)
Genre:  Folk, Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Contemporary Pop, Adult Contemporary, Worldbeat
Label:  Legacy/Sony Music
Rating:   ****


 1.  One Man's Celling Is Another Man's Floor  (4:01)
 2.  Love  (4:10)
 3.  Can't Run But  (3:29)
 4.  How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns  (4:30)
 5.  Pigs, Sheep And Wolves  (4:00)
 6.  Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War  (4:44)
 7.  The Teacher  (3:45)
 8.  Darling Lorraine  (7:13)
 9.  Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy  (3:59)
10. Questions For The Angels  (4:01)


Paul Simon:  Vocals on Tracks:  1-10, Acoustic Guitar on Tracks:  2, 10,  Harmonium on Track 2, Percussion on Tracks:  1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, Electric Guitar on Track 6, Harmonica on Track 10
Joel Wenhardt:  Piano on Track 1
Jim Oblon:  Gutar on Track 1
John Patitucci:  Bass on Tracks:  1, 4, 8-10
Nate Smith:  Drums on Tracks:  1, 4
Edie Brickell:  Finger Snaps on Track 1
CJ Camerieri:  Trumpet on Tracks:  1, 10, Piccolo Trumpet on Track 10
Andy Snitzer:  Saxophone on Track 1
Bill Frisell:  Electric Guitar on Tracks:  2, 8, 10
Steve Gadd:  Drums on Tracks:  2, 8
Renaud Garcia-Fons:  Bass on Tracks:  2, 7, Percussion on Track 7
Sullivan Fortner:  Piano on Tracks:  4, 9, Celeste on Track 9, Harmonium on Track 10, Chromelodeon on Track 10
Wynton Marsalis:  Trumpet on Tracks:  4, 5
Marcus Printup:  Trumpet on Track  5
Dan Block:  Clarinet on Track 5
Walter Blanding:  Saxophone on Tracks:  5, 7
Wycliffe Gordo:  Tuba on Track 5
Chris Crenshaw:  Trombone v 5
Marion Felder:  Drums on Track 5
Herlin Riley:  Tambourine on Track 5
Odair Assad:  Guitar on Track 7
Sergio Assad:  Guitar on Track 7
Jamey Haddad:  Percussion on Track 7
Vincent Nguini:  Electric Guitar on Track 8
Mark Stewart:  Acoustic Guitar on Track 8
Jack DeJohette:  Drums on Track 9
Joe Lavano:  Saxophone on Track 9
Skip LaPlante:  Percussion on Track 10
Alex Sopp:  Flute, Alto Flute on Track 10
Hideaki Aomori:  Clarinet, Bass Clarinet on Track 10
Rob Moose:  Violin on Track 10
Nadia Sirota:  Viola on Track 10
Gabriel Cabezas:  Cello on Track 10

In The Blue Light is the fourteenth solo studio album by Paul Simon, released on September 7, 2018 by Legacy Recordings/Sony Music, featuring Wynton Marsalis, Steve Gadd, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lavano and many more!.

Monday, September 24, 2018


Artist:  Suede
Origin:  London, England
Genre:  Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Britpop

Original line-up:

Brett Anderson:  Lead Vocals
Bernard Butler:  Guitar
Mat Osman:  Bass
Simon Gilbert:  Drums

Suede are an English Alternative Rock Band from London, formed in 1969 by Brett Anderson (Lead Vocals), Bernard Bulter (Guitar), Mat Osman (Bass) and Simon Gilbert (Drums).  The debut album Suede, become the fastest-selling debut album and went to the Top of the Charts and won The Mercury Music Prize.

Title:  The Blue Hour  (2018)
Genre:  Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Britpop
Label:  Warner Bros.
Rating:   *****


 1.  As One  (4:10)
 2.  Wastelands  (5:32)
 3.  Mistress  (3:24)
 4.  Beyond The Outskirts  (4:07)
 5.  Chalk Hands  (2:04)
 6.  Cold Hands  (3:17)
 7.  Life Is Golden  (3:58)
 8.  Roadkill  (2:07)
 9.  Tides  (4:09)
10. Don't 'Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You  (4:24)
11. Dead Bird  (0:27)
12. All The Wild Places  (3:15)
13. The Invisibles  (4:10)
14. Flytipping  (6:41)


Brett Anderson:  Vocals
Richard Oakes:  Guitar
Mat Osman:  Bass
Neil Codling:  Synthesizer, Piano
Simon Gilbert:  Drums

The Blue Hour is the eighth studio album by Suede, released on September 21, 2018 by Warner Bros.  The first single "The Invisible", was released on June 3, 2018 and second single "Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves Golden", was released on August 15, 2018.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Ray Davies

Artist:  Ray Davies
Birth Name:  Raymond Douglas Davies
Born:  June 21, 1944.  Fortis Green, London, England
Genre:  Rock, Pop, Pop Rock, Rock & Roll, Contemporary Pop
Occupation:  Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Instruments:  Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Piano

Ray Davies is an English Singer, Songwriter and Producer.  He was the lead singer, rhythm guitar and main songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave.  He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.  He is often referred to as The Godfather of Britpop".  After the dissolution of The Kinks in 1996, he embarked on a solo career.

Title:  Our Country:  Americana Act II  (2018)
Genre:  Rock, Pop, Pop Rock, Rock & Roll, Contemporary Pop
Label:  Sony Music
Rating:   *****


 1.  Our Country  (3:16)
 2.  The Invaders  (2:30)
 3.  Back In The Day  (2:41)
 4.  Oklahoma USA  (4:11)
 5.  Bringing Up Baby  (3:11)
 6.  The Getaway  (5:24)

 7.  The Take  (5:00)
 8.  We Will Get There   (3:48)
 9.  The Real World  (3:41)
10. A Street Called Hope  (3:23)
11. The Empty Room  (3:21)
12. Calling Home  (2:36)
13. Louisiana Sky  (2:20)
14. March Of The Zombies  (3:00)
15. The Big Weird  (3:35)
16. Tony And Bob  (1:10)
17. The Big Guy  (3:34)
18. Epilogue  (1:16)
19. Muswell Kills  (3:22)


Ray Davies:  Lead Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Backing Vocals, Percussion, Spoken Word
Bill Shianley:  Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
Gary Louris:  Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
Marc Perlman:  Bass, Backing Vocals
Tim O'Reagan:  Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Karen Grotberg:  Piano, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
John Jackson:  Mandolin, Violin, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians:

Mick Talbot:  Hammond Organ
Ben Waters:  Piano on Tracks:    10, 11 
Paul White:  Drums on Track 10
Ian Jennings:   Double Bass on Track 10
Dick Nolan:  Bass on Track 11
Toby Baron:  Drums on Track 10
John Dagleish:  Additional Spoken Word on Track 2

Ife Ogujobi:  Trumpet on Tracks:  14, 15
Tom Waters:  Alto Saxophone on Tracks:   14, 15 
Tom Lark:  Trombone on Tracks:  14, 15
                                                                                                          Our Country:  Americana Act II is the sixth studio album by Ray Davies, released on June 29, 2018 by Sony Music, for his journey across America.    

Fairport Convention

Artist:  Fairport Convention
Origin:  England
Genre:  Folk, Folk Rock, British Folk, Progressive Folk

Original line-up:

Simon Nicol:  Guitar, Vocals
Richard Thompson:  Guitar, Vocals
Ashley Hutchings:  Bass
Shaun Frater:  Drums

Fairport Convention are an English Folk Rock Band formed in 1967, played harmony and guitar based Folk Rock in a style strongly influenced by Californian groups of the day (especially The Byrds).

Title:  A Tree With Roots - Fairport Convention And The Songs Of Bod Dylan  (2018)
Genre:  Folk, Folk Rock, British Folk, Progressive Folk
Label:  Universal Music
Rating:   *****


 1.  Si Tu Dois Patir  (2:21)
 2.  Jack O' Diamonds  (3:31)
 3.  Lay Down Your Weary Tune (Live On John Peel's Top Gear)  (3:39)
 4.  Dear Landlord  (4:07)
 5.  Open The Door Richard (David Symonds BBC Session)  (3:06)
 6.  I'll Keep It With Mine  (5:53)
 7.  Percy's Song (Live On John Peel's Top Gear)  (5:27)
 8.  The Ballad Of Easy Rider  (4:55)
 9.  It Ain't Me Babe (Demo)  (3:43)
10. George Jackson (Live At The Howff)  (3:45)
11. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Live From The Royalty Theatre  (3:56)
12. Days Of 49 (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)  (6:18)
13. Down In The Flood (Live At Fairfield Hall, 1973)  (3:38)
14. All Along The Watchtower (Live At Chateau Neuf, 1975)  (4:24)
15. Too Much Of Nothing  (3:55)
16. Million Dollar Bash  (2:57)
17. Knocking On Heaven's Door (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)  (4:29)


Sandy Denny:  Vocals on Tracks:  1, 4, 7-9, 11, 13, 15-17
Richard Thompson:  Guitar, Vocals on Tracks:  1-8, 16
Simon Nicol:  Guitar, Vocals on Tracks:   1-8, 16
Ashley Hutchings:  Bass, Vocals on Tracks:  1-4, 6-8, 16
Martin Lamble:  Drums on Tracks:  1-3, 6, 7, 16
Ian Matthews:  Vocals on Tracks:  1, 2, 6, 16
Judy Dyble:  Vocals on Track 3
Dave Swarbrick:  Violin, Vocals on Tracks:  5, 10, 12-14, 17
Dave Pegg:  Bass on Tracks:  5, 10, 12-14, 17, Mandolin on Track 5, Vocals on Tracks:  5, 12, 17
Dave Mattacks:  Drums on Tracks:  4, 5, 8, 10-13, 17
Ric Grech:  Organ on Track
Trevor Lucas:  Vocals, Acoustic Guitar on Tracks: 10-15, 17
Jerry Donahue:  Electric Guitar on Track, 10, 12 -15, 17
Rob Hendry:  Lead Acoustic Guitar on Track 11
Pete Wilshire:  Pedal Steel Guitra on Track  11
Pat Donaldson:  Bass on Tracks:  Bass on Tracks:  11, 15
Paul Warren:  Drums on Track  14
Gerry Conway:  Drums on Track 15

A Tree With Roots - Fairport Convention And The Songs Of Bod Dylan is a tribute and cover versions of songs of Bob Dylan and compilation of 50th Anniversary of the band by Fairport Convention, released on August 3, 2018 by Universal Music.


Artist:  Scorpions
Origin:  Hanover, Germany
Genre:  Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop

Original line-up:

Rudolf Schenker:  Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Karl-Heinz Vollmer:  Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Lothar Heimberg:  Bass, Backing Vocals
Wolfgang Dziony:  Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Scorpions are a German Hard Rock Band formed in 1965 by Rudolf Schenker (Guitar), Karl-Heinz Vollmer (Guitar), Lothar Heimberg (Bass) and Wolfgang Dziony  (Drums, Percussion).  In 1970 Klaus Meine has been Lead Singer for all their studio albums and released many singles such as "No One Like You", "Still Loving You", "Wind Of Change", "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "When The Smoke Is Going Down", "Blackout".  The Band is one of The World's Best-Selling Bands Of All Time, with sales around 75 million to 100 million records worldwide.

Title:  Tokyo Tapes (Live) (Deluxe Edition, Double CD)  (2018)
Genre:  Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop
Label:  BMG Rights Management
Rating:   *****


Disc 1:

 1.  All Night Long  (3:43)
 2.  Pictured Life  (3:13)
 3.  Backstage Queen  (3:40)
 4.  Polar Nights  (7:01)
 5.  In Trance  (5:27)
 6.  We'll Burn The Sky  (8:07)
 7.  Suspender Love  (3:41)
 8.  In Search Of The Peace Of Mind  (3:02)
 9.  Fly To The Rainbow  (9:38)
10. He's A Woman, She's A Man  (5:22)
11. Speedy's Coming  (3:39)
12. Top Of The Bill  (6:47)
13. Hound Dog  (1:14)
14. Long Tall Sally  (2:50)
15. Steamrock Fever  (3:41)
16. Dark Lady  (4:38)
17. Kojo No Tsuki  (3:14)

Disc 2:  Bonus CD:

 1.  Robot Man  (5:50)

Bonus Tracks:

 2.  Hell Cat  (9:47)
 3.  Catch Your Train  (3:52)
 4.  Kimi Ga Yo (Japanese National Anthem)  (1:29)
 5.  Polar Nights  (7:32)
 6.  He's A Woman, She's A Man  (6:06)
 7.  Top Of The Bill  (10:48)
 8.  Robot Man  (6:49)


Klaus Meine:  Lead Vocals
Ulrich Roth:  Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals on Tracks:  4, 9, 16 in Disc, 5 in Disc 2
Rudolf Schenker:  Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar Intro on Track 10 Disc 1, Track 6 Disc 2, Lead Guitar on Tracks:  14, 15 in Disc 1
Francis Buchholz:  Bass, Backing Vocals
Herman Rarebell:  Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals  

Tokyo Tapes is the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Digitally Remastered Set by Scorpions, originally released on August, 1978 by RCA Records, remastered and reissued on August 17, 2018 by BMG Rights Management, includes Bonus CD with 7 previously unreleased tracks and 16 page booklet with new liner notes, rare photos and memorabilia.