sábado, 24 de janeiro de 2015

Keith Emerson & Greg Lake

Peter's Gift

Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, two-thirds of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, have released ‘Live From Manticore Hall,’ a 10-track live album recorded during the duo’s 2010 world tour. The record contains some of ELP’s best-loved songs including ‘Lucky Man,’ ‘From the Beginning,’ and ‘Tarkus.’ “‘Live From Manticore Hall’ is an introspective revisit to some of the music of ELP,” Emerson said in a press release. “I think Greg and I gave it a personal touch with our Q&A sessions midway through the show. It was a delicate transformation that we present now.”

The missing ingredient to a full-fledged Emerson, Lake & Palmer reunion is, of course, drummer Carl Palmer. Although the trio has occasionally worked together since their initial reunion in the early ’90s, it was a 2010 performance by the trio at the High Voltage Festival that fueled Palmer’s decision to nix future performances.
“We rehearsed for five weeks, which I could never understand why we needed to rehearse that long,” Palmer said last year. “Upon hearing the recordings, maybe five weeks was not long enough. It wasn’t to the standard that I liked and I didn’t think it sounded that good.”
“For me, it’s just a pride thing,” Palmer added. “Unless it’s as good as what it can be, then I can’t do it. I would have carried on if it had been as good as it was. I don’t believe it was and I don’t believe it would have ever gotten back to that standard.”

Read More: Keith Emerson & Greg Lake Release 'Live From Manticore Hall' 


More Greg Lake & Keith Emerson:

Emerson, Lake & Palmer after ELP... (14 albuns)

Emerson, Lake and Palmer before ELP...

quarta-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2015

Junior Walker & The All Stars

Loumy93's Gift
Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr. (June 14, 1931 – November 23, 1995), known by the stage name Junior Walker, was an American musician. His group, Junior Walker & the All Stars, were signed to the Motown label in the 1960s, and became one of the label's signature acts. His career started when he developed his own band at the age of 14, in the mid-1950s as the "Jumping Jacks." His longtime friend Billy Nicks (drummer) formed his own team, the "Rhythm Rockers." Periodically, Nicks would sit in on Jumping Jack's shows, and Walker would sit in on the Rhythm Rockers shows. Nicks obtained a permanent gig at a local TV station in South Bend, Indiana, and asked Walker to join him and his keyboard player (Fred Patton) permanently. Shortly after, Nicks asked Willie Woods, a local singer, to perform with the group; shortly after Woods would learn how to play guitar also. When Nicks got drafted into the United States Army, Walker convinced the band to move from South Bend to Battle Creek, Michigan. While performing in Benton Harbor, Walker found a drummer, Tony Washington, to replace Nicks. Eventually, Fred Patton (piano player) left the group, and Victor Thomas stepped in. The original name, "The Rhythm Rockers," was changed to "The All Stars". Walker's squealing gutbucket style was inspired by jump blues and early R&B, particularly players like Louis Jordan, Earl Bostic, and Illinois Jacquet.

The group was spotted by Johnny Bristol, and he recommended them to Harvey Fuqua, in 1961, who had his own record labels. Once the group started recording on the Harvey label, their name was changed to Junior Walker & the All Stars. When Fuqua's labels were taken over by Motown's Berry Gordy, Jr. Walker & The All Stars became members of the Motown Records family, recording for Motown's Soul imprint in 1964. The members of the band changed after the acquisition of the Harvey label. Tony Washington, the drummer, quit the group, and James Graves joined the group in the Motown family. Their first and signature hit was "Shotgun," written and composed by Walker and produced by Berry Gordy, which featured The Funk Brothers' James Jamerson on bass and Benny Benjamin on drums. "Shotgun" reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B chart in 1965, and was followed by many other hits, such as "(I'm A) Road Runner," "Shake and Fingerpop" and covers of the Motown tracks, "Come See About Me" and "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)". In 1966, Graves left and was replaced by old cohort Billy "Stix" Nicks, and Walker's hits continued apace with tunes such as "I'm a Road Runner" and "Pucker Up Buttercup".[1]

In 1969, the group had another hit enter the top 5, "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" A Motown quality control meeting rejected this song for single release, but radio station DJs made the track popular, resulting in Motown releasing it as a single, whereupon it reached No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B chart. From that time on Walker sang more on the records than earlier in their career. He landed several more R&B Top Ten hits over the next few years, with the last coming in 1972.[1] In 1979, Walker went solo, disbanding the All Stars, and was signed to Norman Whitfield's Whitfield Records label, but he was not as successful on his own as he had been with the All Stars in his Motown period.

Junior Walker died of cancer at the age of 64, in Battle Creek, Michigan, on November 23, 1995.[1] He had been inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation that year. Junior Walker is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, in Battle Creek, Michigan, under a marker inscribed with both his birth name of Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr., and his stage name.

Walker's "Shotgun" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.


domingo, 18 de janeiro de 2015

Harvest - Spanish Prog

Peter's Gift
Harvest biographyhttp://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5078 )
HARVEST is a band based in Barcelona, Spain, and was formed in 2008. The instigators were Monique van der Kolk (vocals), Jordi Amela (keyboards) and Jordi Prats (guitars), who had come to know each other in a previous band project. As their musical taste and vision was pretty similar, it was an easy decision to form their own band when the time was right. A few months after the formation Roger Vilageliu (bass) and Alex Ojea (drums) hooked up with the founding trio, completing the line-up. 

Harvest's musical vision is a simple one: They want to create music they like themselves, without ever having to think about commercial aims or popularity. Total creative freedom is the guiding star. In 2009 they finished recording their debut effort Underground Community, which was issued towards the tail end of the year. The album is made up of 12 original compositions and a cover of Marillion's song Waiting to Happen. The latter chosen because Marillion is a band all members of Harvest enjoy listening to.


E um discão:

Harvest - Northern Wind

quinta-feira, 15 de janeiro de 2015

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth biography
BABE RUTH was a band that formed in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, in 1971. Guitarist Alan Shacklock founded this progressive rock band. They had a rhythmic, bluesy, guitar orientated sound capped off by the blistering vocals of Jenny Hahn. Rounded out by Chris Holmes (keyboards and organ), Dave Punshon (piano), Dave Hewitt, (bass) and Dick Powell, (drums) this British band always put on a great live show. Jennie Hahn's raw powerful vocals, and Alan Shacklock's magnificent guitar work made for a true signature sound. With very varied eclectic tastes they covererd song like FRANK ZAPPA's "King Kong", and Curtis Mayfield's "We People Darker Than Blue".

They enjoyed moderate commercial success in Britain, Canada, and the States, but were plagued by personnel problems, and lack of radio airplay. When vocalist Jennie Hahn left the band for parts unknown, the band lost direction and never regained its initial success. I became aware of them through Boston progressive radio where their great song "The Mexican" became a minor hit.
Their 1972 album "First Base", with its cover art by famed YES artist, Roger Dean, remains one of my most favorite albums to this day. I suggest you give this album a listen, because it is simply one of the best rock albums of all time.

 Although long gone, BABE RUTH should never be forgotten.

segunda-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2015

Phill Collins

Philip David Charles Collins, (Londres, 30 de janeiro de 1951), mais conhecido como Phil Collins, é um músico britânico. Foi baterista e vocalista da banda Genesis, mas também atingiu êxito na carreira solo. Também atuou em alguns filmes e programas de televisão. Phil Collins já colaborou com vários artistas conhecidos, como Bone Thugs'N'Harmony, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Roland Orzabal, Roger Taylor, Robert Plant, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Elton John, Mike Oldfield, Sting, Anni-Frid Lyngstad do ABBA, Mark Knopfler, Laura Pausini, Peter Gabriel, e Bee Gees. Fez uma participação especial em Woman in Chains, do Tears for Fears, também participou do álbum Break Every Rule de Tina Turner, tocando bateria em músicas como Typical Male e Girls, e também colaborou com a banda Led Zeppelin no Live Aid, tocando bateria. Também participou da música Home, do grupo de rap Bone Thugs'N'Harmony.

Depois que Peter Gabriel deixou o Genesis em 1975, Collins assumiu os vocais. Esse foi o período de maior sucesso comercial da banda, que continuou através dos anos 80. Enquanto trabalhava tanto como vocalista quanto baterista, dava os primeiros passos de uma bem-sucedida carreira solo. 

Já postamos alguns álbuns do Genesis da fase Peter Gabriel, nos quais Phil Collins era o baterista.

Phil Collins sempre foi um músico inquieto, com vários projetos paralelos. Um deles, que considero excelente, foi sua participação na banda de Fusion Jazz, Brand X, também já postado aqui:

Muitos fãs do Genesis esperavam que Phil desse continuidade ao formato de Peter Gabriel... E "A Trick of the Tail" ainda seguia o rastro do Genesis antigo. Aos poucos, o Genesis foi se tornando um grupo Pop Prog, lançando hits ("Misunderstanding, Follow You, Follow Me"), expandindo seu público e atingindo um grande sucesso comercial. Muitos fãs do Genesis culpam Phil Collins como o destruidor do estilo Progressivo (Proto Prog) e introdução do estilo Pop na banda. Mas se observamos outras bandas, como YES, ELP, Jethro Tull, e os próprios discos solos do Peter Gabriel, todos se adaptaram aos anos 80, introduzindo sintetizadores e baterias eletrõnicas. Phil Collins, um músico experiente, acompanhou e liderou esta "evolução" de tendência. 

Nos anos 80, Phil Collins desenvolveu sua carreira solo, embora ainda estivesse no Genesis. Seu primeiro disco solo foi Face Value, de 1981. Este disco cujo hit foi ''In the air tonight'' alcançou grande êxito nas paradas. Os álbuns que se seguiram foram grandes sucessos de vendas e muitas músicas estiveram entre as mais ouvidas. Em 1984 compôs a canção ''Against All Odds'' para o filme Paixões Proibidas. No ano seguinte se apresenta no Live Aid e ao mesmo tempo trabalha na divulgação do terceiro álbum solo ''No Jacket Required''. Sua popularidade se acentua mais ainda nessa fase, se apresentando em numerosos programas de televisão, estrelando até episódios de Miami Vice. Em 1987 sai a primeira compilação em remix dos sucessos do álbum anterior, e no ano seguinte estrela o filme Buster, sucesso de bilheteria que colocou duas canção no topo: A Groovy Kind of Love e Two Hearts. Fechando a década, em 1989 lança o álbum mais conceitual, pessoal, e mais maduro com a faixa ''Another Day in Paradise"...

Alguns álbuns desta fase:

Embora eu (Javanês) seja um grande fã do Genesis com Peter Gabriel, gosto de alguns álbuns da fase II, que chamo de Prog Pop. A Trick of the Tail, Duke, Seconds Out são muito bons... E o último álbum que gostei foi o Genesis de 1983. A letra de "Mama" e "That's All" são muito boas, assim como o som... Percebe-se que foi um álbum muito bem elaborado.

Todas as composições por Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford.

"Mama" (letra: Phil Collins) – 6:46
"That's All" (letra: Phil Collins) – 4:23
"Home by the Sea" (letra: Tony Banks) – 5:07
"Second Home by the Sea" (letra: Tony Banks) – 6:07
"Illegal Alien" (letra: Phil Collins) – 5:14
"Taking It All Too Hard" (letra: Mike Rutherford) – 3:56
"Just a Job to Do" (letra: Mike Rutherford) – 4:45
"Silver Rainbow" (letra: Mike Rutherford) – 4:27
"It´s Gonna Get Better" (letra: Mike Rutherford) – 5:00

Phil Collins - vocal, bateria e percussão
Tony Banks - teclado e vocal de apoio
Mike Rutherford - guitarra, baixo e vocal de apoio

sexta-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2015

Riff Raff - Prog Rock

Riff Raff was a British progressive rock band formed by keyboardist Tommy Eyre in 1972. The band was a continuation on the back of drummers (and Harrow School of Art friends) Rod Coombes and Joe Czarnecki's (aka Joe Peter)'s project originally called 'Crikey' which started in 1969 and completed in 1970, when Coombes had to accept growing tour commitments with Juicy Lucy. These sessions comprised half of the Riff Raff album Outside Looking In, in which Coombes wrote half the songs. Riff Raff later went on to release two albums to lukewarm response; however, their use of jazz and hard-edged rock garnered them a large underground following. Riff Raff also released the single "Copper Kettle".


Classificado como SONZEIRA DE PRIMEIRA!!!!

terça-feira, 6 de janeiro de 2015

The Early Blues Roots Of Led Zeppelin

(The Original Classic Blues Songs Which Inspired Led Zeppelin)
The Early Blues Roots of Led Zeppelin shines light on the band's multitude of borrowed material from blues pioneers, some well known, others more obscure. This is essential for fans of Zeppelin, providing the blueprint for 17 songs they electrified and made their own. This is also an enjoyable collection for die-hard blues fans as it features classics from Bukka White, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Memphis Minnie, and Sleepy John Estes. (Review by Al Campbell).

01 Memphis Minnie - When the Levee Breaks
02 Sonny Boy Williamson - Sugar Mama
03 Josh White - Jesus Gonna Make up My Dying Bed
04 Blind Willie Johnson - Nobody's Fault but Mine
05 Robert Johnson - Traveling Riverside Blues
06 Sleepy John Estes - The Girl I Love She Got Long Curly Hair
07 Bukka White - Shake 'em on Down
08 Blind Boy Fuller - I Want Some of Your Pie
09 Lead Belly - Gallis Pole
10 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - My Mama Don't Allow Me
11 Sonny Boy Williamson - My Baby I've been Your Slave
12 Bukka White - Fixin' to Die
13 John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen
14 Oscar Woods - Lone Wolf Blues
15 Sonny Boy Williamson - Got the Bottle up and Gone
16 Big Bill Broonzy - Truckin' Little Woman
17 St. Louis Jimmy Oden - Going Down Slow

sábado, 3 de janeiro de 2015

AFROBEAT - Trans Global African Funk Grooves

Afrobeat é uma combinação de música yorubá, jazz, highlife, funk e ritmos, fundidos com percussão africana e estilos vocais, popularizado na África na década de 1970. O principal criador do Afrobeat e artista nigeriano exclusivo de longa data foi o multi-instrumentista e líder de banda Fela Kuti, que cunhou o termo Afrobeat, moldando a estrutura musical, e também o contexto político do gênero na Nigéria. Nigerianos foram os primeiros a introduzir a Afrobeat em 1970, quando Kuti de regresso de uma turnê aos E.U. com seu grupo "Nigéria 70" (ex-Koola Lobitos). O novo som de Kuti arrastou-o de um clube que ele construiu chamado afro-Santuário. Ao chegar na Nigéria, Kuti mudou o nome do seu grupo para Fela Ransome-Kuti & África 70. A banda manteve-se por um período de cinco anos de residência no Afro-Santuário de 1970-75, enquanto Afrobeat prosperou entre os jovens nigerianos.

As características do Afrobeat são:
Big Bands: Um grande grupo de músicos tocando vários instrumentos;
Energia: energética, empolgante e com alta velocidade, percussão Polirrítmica;
Repetição: Os mesmos movimentos musicais são repetidos várias vezes;
Improvisação: Apresentação sem conjunto musical;
Combinação de gêneros: Uma mistura de diversas influências musicais.
Vocais tendem a ser cantadas em Yorubá e Pidgin inglês como Kuti, que disse em perfeito Inglês, considerar estas como sendo as mais entendidas em todas as línguas das fronteiras da África.


Review by Nathan Thornburgh:
The title of Afrobeat...No Go Die! says exactly what this album wants to prove: Three years after the death of Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti, the movement he started is alive and well. Fela, as he was popularly known, was a West African superstar, and his Afro-beat legacy appears on this album as a combination of Bob Marley's musical Zionism and James Brown's universal slickness. This album traces the complex legacy of Afro-beat by ranging in style from the melancholic tribute "Fela" by trumpeter Hugh Masekela to the crossover club hit "Beng, Beng, Beng" by Fela's son, Femi Kuti. Tony Allen, who was Fela's lead drummer in bands from Koola Lobitos to Afrika 70, is also well-represented with the rhythm-heavy track "The Same Blood." Although a couple of the longer songs later in the album inspire more tedium than trance, the Afro-beat here is clearly a superior alternative to the wave of American suburban groove music that would compete with this album.

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