April 2012 - It Rock And Roll
 

Month: April 2012

Few female R&B stars enjoyed the kind of consistent acclaim Etta James received throughout a career that spanned six decades; the celebrated producer Jerry Wexler once called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers,” and she recorded a number of enduring hits, including “At Last,” “Tell Mama,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and “All I Could Do Was Cry.” At the same time, despite possessing one of the most powerful voices in music, James only belatedly gained the attention of the mainstream audience, appearing rarely on the pop charts despite scoring 30 R&B hits, and she lived a rough-and-tumble life that could have inspired a dozen soap operas, battling drug addiction and bad relationships while outrunning a variety of health and legal problems.

mp3 VBR~234 kbps | 554 MB | DF

This astounding collection of 13 original demo recordings by Carole King featuring many of her most famous songs is being released for the very first time! This collection traces King’s journey from her days as an Aldon Music staff song writer in the 60s crafting hits for other artists, to the dawn of her own triumphant solo career in the 1970s and her legendary Tapestry album release. The Legendary Demos proves once and for all precisely why she is the most successful and revered female singer/songwriter in music history.

mp3 320 kbps | 99 MB | DF | TB

Blues Funeral finds Mark Lanegan drawing inspiration from the past six years, which saw the former Screaming Trees front man collaborating with Belle and Sebastian’s Isobel Campbell, Queens of the Stone Age and the Twilight Singers, and forming the Gutter Twins with Greg Dulli. Blues Funeral, Lanegan’s seventh solo album and second under the attention-diverting Mark Lanegan Band moniker, rings like the death knell for the singer’s early acoustic-based work, with returning producer/musician Alain Johannes (Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age) and legendary drummer Jack Irons helping Lanegan to further flesh out his favored brand of dead-slow rock.

Flac + Covers | 449 MB | DF

Pokey LaFarge weaves 12 timeless originals into the fabric of Americana. Calling upon the soul of Ray Charles just as much as the imagery of Townes van Zandt, “Beat, Move, and Shake” creates a delightful blend of quirky pop and delta-meets-appalachia country blues. Backed by an unfaltering bet on an upright bass, Pokey picks at his guitar and lets his voice float freely in an album whose title will prove to be it’s best description.

mp3 320 kbps | 98 MB | DF | TB

Released shortly after the unexpected comeback success of 2007’s Dirt Farmer, Levon Helm And The RCO All-Stars / American Son is a two-albums-on-one-CD set that reissues Levon Helm’s first two solo records. Released in 1977, Levon Helm And The RCO All-Stars maintains the loose, rangy feel of the Band’s The Last Waltz sets, featuring a number of vintage old R&B and early rock-and-roll songs. American Son (1980), Helm’s best known solo record, is a country-tinged collection of soulful rockers recorded in Nashville as the drummer and actor was filming a major part in the film Coal Miner’s Daughter. The All-Stars were a dream aggregation of of Levon Helm’s favourite musicians, including names like Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John), Paul Butterfield, Booker T. Jones, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper, Tom Malone, Alan Rubin and the two old-timers Henry Glover and Fred Carter from the Hawks-period. Only one track, “Blues So Bad”, was written by Levon himself. The songs, recorded partly at Shangri-La and partly at Levon’s own RCO studio in Woodstock, were mostly good-time, bar-band rhythm and blues, disappointing Band fans that still were hoping for material more like the early Band albums. Levon Helm and the RCO All Stars stopped at #142 on the album chart, despite several innovative attempts to promote the album, including a mega release party and some very memorable live dates with the All-Stars.

mp3 320 kbps | 190 MB | DF | TB

The songwriting/performing quartet of Brian Hunt, Brian Krumm, Brian Leach, and Christian Moder plays deliberate blues-rock, the tempos usually slow, in guitar/keyboards/bass/drums arrangements to support gravel-filled baritone vocals full of references to barrooms, drinking, and romantic troubles. “Porch Song” has some of the boogie feel of ZZ Top, while “Heathers Will Haunt You” recalls ZZ Top’s big influence John Lee Hooker. “November” brings in a slightly Western flavor. But for the most part, the music plods along as the singer throatily complains in lyrics that have a conversational tone and sometimes don’t quite fit the music underlying them. By the end, in the acoustic ballad “The First Spilled Drink of the Evening,” the singer is sitting alone at the bar musing about a missing loved one who may or may not have absconded to England, provoking a lengthy speculation about what tourist sites she may be seeing there if she did. If she returns, the singer promises, he’ll order them doubles. It sounds as if he himself has already had a few.

mp3 160 kbps | 60 MB | DF | TB

  Bob Wayne undoubtedly has a great Country voice and has developed an Outlaw look and stance that could frighten a Hell’s Angel, and boy can he write a Country tune but that’s where the good stuff ends. Not every song on TILL THE WHEELS FALL OFF is littered with gratuitous bad language or a very casual approach to drug taking but too many are and they are what he appears to want to be known for.

mp3 192 kbps | 69 MB | DF

“Pure Dylan : An Intimate Look at Bob Dylan” gathered at a dibasic packaged and yet lovingly compiled 78-minute-CD, a series of rarely heard songs, which one are to be found on any of the many best of the man, nevertheless are among the best of what Dylan has recorded in the last 50 years.

Including a number of rarities like the never released on CD “Trouble In Mind” (with Mark Knopfler on guitar) or the rare, wonderful solo version of “Spanish Is The Loving Tongue”. 17 songs, the show once again how important Dylan continues.

 mp3 320 kbps | 176 MB | DF | TB

The spine may simply read 68 Comeback, but the cover of their full-length debut is actually attributed to Monsieur Jeffrey Evans & the 68 Comeback, making it clear who really conducts this rockin’ freight train of a band. Plus, only one song, the shambling “Tobacco Road, Part 2,” is credited to the entire group. The rest of the compositions are mostly either covers or Evans originals. Not that anyone’s complaining — Evans (the Gibson Bros., the Workdogs) is a legend in his own time. For this effort, the Memphis-based outfit also included Jack Taylor (the Gibson Bros.), Darin Lin Wood (the Black Snakes), Ross Johnson (Tav Falco’s Panther Burns), and Dan Brown (Royal Trux). Mr. Downchild is a solid beginning — or “comeback” — for Evans in his new incarnation. If not quite spectacular, it holds up well to repeated spins, with the swampy “Bo Diddley 1969,” the feedback-drenched “Richman, Richman,” and the slide guitar-saturated lament “Greenback Blues” shining brightest.

mp3 VBR~179 kbps | 53 MB | DF | TB

This is the second in our series of CD reissues of Etta James’ Chess albums.Recorded in Los Angeles with renowned arranger Gene Barge and veteran producer Ralph Bass at the controls, the original 11-track album is bolstered with a generous 11 bonus titles cut variously in Hollywood, Chicago and Philadelphia between 1969 and 1973.Highlights for this cd are the slow Soul of “I Think It’s You” and the cover of the Jackie Edwards nugget “Look At The Rain”. It’s also cool to get 5 tracks off the rare “Funk” album – especially the zippy ‘message’ soul of “Tighten Up Your Own Thing” (lyrics above). The bluesy “Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing” is hardly ‘funk’, but it’s a proper Soul gem.

mp3 320 kbps | 176 MB | DF

The White Buffalo, Southern California native Jake Smith—has a husky, thick voice that sounds so comfortably familiar and wise that it may trigger some type of musical deja vu where you somehow think that you have heard this before. Tracks such as “One Lone Night” and “I Am the Light” seem to be what Smith does best: singing sad songs beautifully, as his gravely and poignant voice shines through. The faster, edgier stuff, like “Good ol’ Day to Die,” just isn’t as good, but Once Upon a Time in the West has enough good stuff to go around. And, oh yeah. If you were looking for some whisky drinking music, then this would be a solid choice.

mp3 VBR~224 kbps | 90 MB | DF

Bryan Ferry pays homage to the most important U.S. composer of the 2nd half of the 20th century, by releasing an album with covers on Bob Dylan’s songs. It is obvious that Ferry admires Dylan since he has already covered A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall in his first solo lp ‘These Foolish Things’ (1973), It Ain’t Me Babe in ‘Another Time, Another Place’ lp (1974) and Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right and It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue in ‘Frantic’ lp (2002). So, our latest upload is also an album with covers on Bob Dylan’s songs (one of Ferry’s covers is of course here). An all-star team of artists takes part, which includes Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Flying Burrito Brothers, Byrds, Them, Stills – Kooper – Bloomfield, Judy Collins, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Tom Robinson Band, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, George Thorogood, Carl Perkins, The Band, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Joan Baez, Jerry Lee Lewis, Everly Brothers, Ron Wood, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt etc. After all, the variety of styles of the artists that approached Dylan’s material is the best evidence of his vast influence on music.

mp3 256 kbps | 188 MB | DF

After “Cement Tomb Mind Control,” one of the best albums of last year, Midwest favorites The Hussy are back – and not only do they avoid the sophomore slump, they’ll probably end up as one of the best albums of THIS year, too. The LP is 14 tracks of fire, whittled down from 35. They’ve moved into some territory that’s definitely a little more psychedelic, away from the more straight forward garage-punk sound of Cement Tomb. The thrashing, surging crash is still there, especially on tracks like “SFB,” but the record opens up in a more subdued tone, with the grinding “Undefined,” which cruises along on a slow, steady beat and a guitar line which really reminds me of punk weirdos WHATEVER BRAINS, who put out one of the other best albums of last year.

mp3 192 kbps | 39 MB | DF

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