August 29, 2012 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: August 29, 2012

New 2CD release from the British guitarist, songwriter, producer and former Dire Straits leader. Privateering is Knopfler’s first double album, each song an original. They cover a wide range of locations and characters from both sides of the Atlantic and move through a number of genres which include several new Blues originals. The album is a soulful and heartfelt collection masterfully performed by a group of world class players. In addition to what has become Knopfler’s long-time band, hand-picked guest aces include Kim Wilson (harp) of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tim O’Brien (mandolin), singer Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys, Paul Franklin (pedal steel) and Scotland’s Phil Cunningham (accordion). Twenty new titles were recorded at the artist’s British Grove Studios in London with the following players: Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano) Guy Fletcher (keyboards), John McCusker (fiddle), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), Glenn Worf (bass) and Ian Thomas (drums). Knopfler was assisted by co-producers Guy Fletcher and Chuck Ainlay.

mp3 VBR~224 kbps | 152 MB | UJ | UL

Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd releases a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven in Last of a Dyin’ Breed. This is the kind of record guaranteed to feed the needs of the multi-generational Skynyrd Nation, and continue the renewed vigor the band exhibited with their previous album, 2009’s God & Guns. For the passionate, longtime fans of the band, this is Skynyrd at the top of their game, complete with instantly memorable songs, more hooks than a tackle box, and a blistering three-guitar attack at full power.Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Skynyrd has recorded an album that continues to build on the legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Joining them in the studio and on the road are new bassist Johnny Colt (Black Crowes, Train) guitarist Mark “Sparky” Matejka (a “Nashville cat, just a pickin’ fool,” according to Rossington), and keyboardist Peter Keys.

Flac + Covers | 309 MB | UJ | UL

This is Austin City Limits show from 1984 presented Billy Joe and his then-22-year-old guitar-wizard son Eddy.

Tracklist:

1. Ride Me Down Easy
2. I Been to Georgia On a Fast Train
3. Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me
4. Black Rose
5. Woman Is the Wonder of the World
6. Love You Til the Cows Come Home
7. Sweet Mama
8. Street Walkin Woman
9. Fit to Kill and Going Out of Style
10. One Moving Part
11. Bottom Dollar
12. I M Just an Old Chunk of Coal
13. Oklahoma Wind
14. You Can T Beat Jesus Christ
15. Old Five and Dimers Like Me

mp3 320 kbps | 104 MB | UJ | UL

The San Francisco-based quartet Tin Hat isn’t in itself a new project. Formed in in 1997 as Tin Hat Trio and then rechristened Tin Hat in 2004, the outfit had five albums under its belts prior to recording the song cycle the rain is a handsome animal. What separates the new release from the others, however, is that it’s the first time a Tin Hat recording has largely oriented itself around the singing of violinist Carla Kihlstedt (even if past recordings have included vocals by Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, and Mike Patton in addition to Kihlstedt). The album’s lyrics are derived from the poetry of e.e. cummings (yes, the famously lower-case poet), but there’s no need to be scared off by the recording’s literary connection. Elements of klezmer, tango, jazz, and even blues inform Tin Hat’s music. Reich’s playing on “a cloud on a leaf” calls to mind Piazzolla, while the interplay between Kihlstedt’s strings and Goldberg’s clarinets reveals Tin Hat’s connection to klezmer and related musical forms. The intimate tone of the album is established at the outset when “a cloud on a leaf” presents a samba-slash-tango of the kind one would more likely encounter in a small cafe than formal concert hall. Kihlstedt’s voice also humanizes the material by being less operatic and conservatory-like and more natural in its delivery, and she’s certainly up to the vocal challenge, too, as the upward ascent she effortlessly scales in “2 little whos” makes clear.

mp3 320 kbps | 163 MB | UJ | UL

Forty-three years later, Alvin Lee hasn’t arrived at his destination yet, as the title of his new solo album, Still on the Road to Freedom.Recorded at Space Studios 3 in Spain, Still on the Road to Freedom finds Lee returning to his original inspirations. Longtime band members bassist Pete Pritchard and drummer Richard Newman, along with keyboardist Tim Hinkley, join Lee in a musical travelogue that is a tribute to the roots music that first influenced him.

mp3 320 kbps | 96 MB | UJ | UL

The music is buoyed throughout by some fabulous arrangements, some siren-like choruses and some downright daft changes of key or tempo; it’s not really trying to out-Beefheart Beefheart, but is more akin to a scruffy take on the Soft Boys’ Can of Bees: all the while infused with this easy going, slightly frayed charm. No one should be looking to take offense. Even when matters get reflective and a little more serious – such as with J&J and Paris, languid discourses on some old pals it seems – the music is content to ease up and drift on, there’s no real worry over dictating pace and direction.There are some cheeky nods in amongst all the musical collage work, witness the bone thrown to Altered Images in Twins: or the marvellous, shimmering wave of brass in Elegy for the Good that somehow manages to mutate (or stumble) into some kind of jam that sounds like a very pissed up Henry Cow. I’m Half The Man You Were veers between some sort of underpowered, fiddle-driven math rock and that “White Boy Soul” sound Orange Juice had, and the gentle grumble known as Permanent Defeat sounds like James Kirk mumbling his way through a school speech or something. It’s all a laugh. And every now and again we get focused songs that knock you off your feet such is their charm and power: So Much Water is one, a killer pop song, blessed with a lovely change of gear; possibly the most crystalline moment on the LP.

mp3 320 kbps | 115 MB | UJ | UL

Walking The Dog, American Roots’N Blues music played on Tubas, Washboards, Upright Bass, Harps, National Guitars, Ukuleles, Banjos, Mandolins, Trombones, Saws…You know, ACOUSTIC STUFF!Walking The Dog recorded in New Orleans, LA. August 2008, is a combination of original tunes; New Orleans, Mississippi and Memphis string band and jug band standards, a few obscure tunes from the turn of the century and a spiritual thrown in for good measure. The vocal work is shared between Steve Gardner, Washboard Chaz Leary and Bill Steber with everyone else in the house, singing back-up, clapping hands or barking like a dog!

mp3 320 kbps | 95 MB | UJ | UL | TB

Whitehorse, the husband and wife duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, sure picked an attention-getting title for their second album.It is a landmark album for the pair. All the songs are original, finding a balance between the figments of McClelland’s imagination and Doucet’s free-ranging guitar work. Her cool, yearning voice suggests longing, while his warm tenor seems to offer comfort. While there is a sense of urgency to several songs, it wasn’t a pressure cooker of a creative environment, McClelland notes.

mp3 VBR~237 kbps | 80 MB | UJ | UL | TB

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