April 24, 2012 - It Rock And Roll

Day: April 24, 2012

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

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