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Frank Zappa - The Complete Frank Zappa Project/Object Series - Part I

Quando comecei a participar do Blog Valvulados, minha idéia inicial era só postar Frank Zappa. Sempre fui um grande fã, e durante a minh...

sexta-feira, 31 de maio de 2013

Babe Ruth

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. ( ).

First Base was an album by the rock music group Babe Ruth. Produced by Alan Shacklock and Nick Mobbs, and engineered by Tony Clark at the EMI's Abbey Road Studios between June and September 1972, it was released that year. The album went gold in Canada, sold well in the US, but had disappointing sales by comparison in the UK. The song "The Mexican" has been covered and remixed many times. Among them, it was covered in 1984 by John "Jellybean" Benitez with vocals by Janita Haan. "The Mexican" was also mixed into the third track of The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One by Liam Howlett of The Prodigy in 1999. The sleeve design, painting and photography were by Roger Dean.

"Wells Fargo" (Alan Shacklock) – 6:14
"The Runaways" (music: Alan Shacklock, words: David Whiting) – 7:12
"King Kong" (Frank Zappa, side 4 of Uncle Meat) – 6:40, recorded in one take, no overdubs
"Black Dog" (Jesse Winchester) – 8:03
"The Mexican" (Alan Shacklock) – 5:45, interpolates Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu (For a Few Dollars More, music by Ennio Morricone)
"Joker" (Alan Shacklock) – 7:42
"Wells Fargo" (single version, CD only; Shacklock) – 3:35
"Theme from For a Few Dollars More" (CD only; Morricone) – 2:19

Janita (Jennie) Haan: vocal power
Dave Hewitt: bass guitar
Dick Powell: drums, percussion
Dave Punshon: electric piano, piano
Alan Shacklock: all guitars, vocals, organ, percussion

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Fourth album of the band.

1. It'll Happen In Time 
2. Winner Takes All 
3. Fascination 
4. Two Thousand Sunsets 
5. Elusive 
6. Can You Feel It 
7. Say No More 
8. Caught At The Plate 
9. Tomorrow

Line-up / Musicians
- Steve Gurl / keyboards 
- Janita Haan / lead vocals 
- Dave Hewitt / bass
- Bernie Marsden / guitars 
- Ed Spevock / drums, percussion

Genesis - BBC in Concert (1972)

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In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, March 2, 1972; Sounds Of The Seventies, BBC, London, September 25, 1972. 

Here are some early Genesis.

These are indispensable recordings that capture tracks from the early Genesis albums Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot, as well as the song, Twilight Alehouse, which was the original B-side of I Know What I Like, but never released on any album.

This 30-minute broadcast, part of the BBC In Concert series, contained a concert performance of three songs before an audience in BBC’s Paris Studio. Andy Dunkley introduced the hour-long programme which consisted of a set by a band called Max Merrill And The Meteors followed by Genesis’ set. It was first broadcast on March 11, 1972, and the Genesis portion was repeated (minus Peter Gabriel’s brief introduction to the first song) on May 20, 1989 during Alan Freeman’s Saturday/Sunday Rock Show.

BBC In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, UK. March 2, 1972
Track 01. Intro
Track 02. Fountain Of Salmacis 
Track 03. Intro 
Track 04. Musical Box Story 
Track 05. The Musical Box 
Track 06. Intro 
Track 07. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed 

Top Gear, BBC, London. September 25, 1972
Track 08. Twilight Alehouse
Track 09. Get ‘Em Out By Friday
Track 10. Watcher of the Skies 

sábado, 25 de maio de 2013

Who is Ginger Baker?

Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (born 19 August 1939 in Lewisham, South London) is an English drummer who played with Cream and Blind Faith. He is also known for his numerous associations with World music, mainly the use of African influences. He has also had other collaborations such as with Gary Moore, Hawkwind and Public Image Ltd.

Baker's drumming attracted attention for its flamboyance, showmanship and his use of two bass drums instead of the conventional single bass kick drum (following a similar set-up used by Louie Bellson during his days with Duke Ellington). Although a firmly established rock drummer and praised as "Rock's first superstar drummer", he prefers being called a jazz drummer. Baker's influence has extended to drummers of both genres, including Billy Cobham, Peter Criss, Bill Ward, Ian Paice, Nick Mason, and John Bonham. AllMusic has described him as "the most influential percussionist of the 1960s" and stated that "virtually every drummer of every heavy metal band that has followed since that time has sought to emulate some aspect of Baker's playing." 
While at times performing in a similar way to Keith Moon from The Who, Baker also employs a more restrained style influenced by the British jazz groups he heard during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In his early days as a drummer, he performed lengthy drum solos, the best known being the five-minute drum solo "Toad" from Cream's debut album Fresh Cream (1966). He is also noted for using a variety of other percussion instruments and for his application of African rhythms. He would often emphasize the flam, a drum rudiment in which both sticks attack the drumhead at almost the same time, giving a heavy thunderous sound.

We selected 4 albuns to give a brief summary of the glorius carrier of Mr. Ginger Baker. Hope you enjoy.

BBC Sessions by Cream was released May 25, 2003 on Polydor Records. It contains 22 tracks and 4 interviews recorded live at the BBC studios in London. Between October 21, 1966 and January 9, 1968, Cream recorded eight sessions for the BBC radio network, selected highlights from seven of which are featured in chronological order on this collection. Only the versions of "Steppin' Out" and "Lawdy Mama" had been previously released, although both were released on Eric Clapton's solo Crossroads box set, not by the band itself. BBC Sessions was later included as the third disc in the "limited edition box set" release of Cream's 2005 compilation album I Feel Free - Ultimate Cream.

Live! is an album recorded in 1971 by Fela Kuti's band Africa 70, with the addition of former Cream drummer Ginger Baker on two songs. It was released in 1971 by EMI in Africa and Europe and by Capitol/EMI in the United States and Canada. It was reissued on CD by Celluloid in 1987 and was reissued on CD in remastered form by Barclay with a bonus track from 1978. Baker with Kuti travelled into Africa in a Land Rover to learn about the continent's rhythms. The bonus track on the Barclay CD reissue features a 16-minute drum duet between Baker and Africa 1970s drummer Tony Allen recorded at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival.

Stratavarious is an album by Ginger Baker,the drummer from Cream, released by Polydor in 1972. Baker had many associations with an eclectic mix of musicians brought together under numerous band titles bearing his surname. Stratavarious is the only album which was released under the name of Ginger Baker without other associated names. The lineup on Stratavarious includes Bobby Tench, vocalist and guitarist from The Jeff Beck Group, who plays guitar under the pseudonym Bobby Gass and the Nigerian pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Ransome-Kuti who appeared at concerts with Baker at this time. The album was re-issued in 1998 on Polygram in the UK, Atco in USA, and RSO in Japan, under the title of Do What You Like, along with tracks from Ginger Baker's Air Force and Live! (Fela Kuti album).

Baker's latest record, Falling Off The Roof, is another vivid chapter in his ongoing self-reinvention. Once again backed by Bill Frisell on guitar and Charlie Haden on bass, Ginger propels the groove through a rocking/swinging melange of originals and standards that are indelibly memorable. An unselfish bandleader who gives plenty of room to his mates, Baker nonetheless looms over the proceedings with a Blakey-like persona-subtly throwing vibes by strategic drum rolls and bombs, brushing up billows of wind, shifting time and space, rocking out. Highlights-that's tough, but the gothic blues of Frisell's "Skeleton," Baker's 4-on-the-floor "Vinco Vecchio" and the bluegrassified Frisell/Béla Fleck (banjo) plecturings on Haden's "Taney County" are keepers. So is Falling Off The Roof.

Mr. Ginger Baker's skills and talent were documented and captured in two major works:

1 - Baker's autobiography Hellraiser was published in 2009.

2 - In 2012 the documentary film Beware Of Mr. Baker of Ginger Baker's life by Jay Bulger had its world premiere at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas where it won the grand jury award for best documentary feature. The film was nominated for the Grierson Award at the 2012 British Film Institute Awards.

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Dedicado ao Dead - Som Mutante

sexta-feira, 24 de maio de 2013

Homenagem ao Criador do Valvulado

Em 2009, este jovem camarada teve a brilhante idéia de criar o Valvulado. No meio da Floresta Amazônica, com internet de velocidade baixíssima, e sem muitos recursos eletrônicos, em Novembro de 2009 recebi um email dizendo: Javanes, agora vai!!!! Achei que era fogo de palha mas ele foi fazendo posts cada vez mais legais e resolvi participar também. (Ele teve a paciência de escrever um email de passo a passo para postar). A idéia do blog era divulgar sons homenageando nossa querida moçada da destemida Jabuka City, onde convivemos por muito tempo e aí, a idéia foi crescendo e ganhando novos adeptos (El Desaparecido, Monster, Véio, Gringo, Breu). 

Sumarizando, caro Valvulado, muito obrigado pela criação deste site, pela generosidade e por unir tanta gente bacana. Espero que comemore muito seu aniversário com estes sons que você apresentou a moçada.
Um grande abraço, caríssimo brother, e desejos que tudo esteja muito bem com você e sua família.

Gerson "King" Combo é um músico brasileiro, um dos ícones da soul music no país, onde é conhecido pela alcunha de "James Brown brasileiro". Mesmo tendo regravado clássicos da música brasileira, Gerson é adepto de fusões rítimcas como o Samba funk ou o Samba rock , presente na obra de outros artistas brasileiros de soul como Tim Maia.

Arnaud Rodrigues nasceu em Serra Talhada (PE). Além de humorista, teve destaque também como ator, cantor e compositor. Rodrigues foi um parceiro importante de Chico Anysio na TV Globo e também atuou em vários outros programas humorísticos. Na década de 70 formou com Chico e o instrumentista Renato Piau o grupo musical Baiano & os Novos Caetanos, no qual interpretava o cantor Paulinho Cabeça de Profeta. A iniciativa rendeu três discos de estúdio, alavancando também a carreira de músico de Arnaud, que acabaria lançando mais alguns álbuns solo. E é um destes albuns solos que posto aqui. O Som do Paulinho, um disco com uma temática mais séria que o som em parceria com Chico Anysio, neste ele revela influências que vão do samba ao funk e do baião ao rock.

E uma repostagem de um dos sons preferidos do Valvulado na década de 90...

Criado nos anos 70 a partir de um quadro no programa Chico City, Baiano e os Novos Caetanos era composto por Chico Anysio, Arnaud Rodrigues e Renato Piau.

O nome era alusão ao grupo de Pepeu, Baby, Morais Moreira e Paulinho Boca de Cantor, que se auto denominaram Novos Baianos, quando Gil e Caetano se exilaram, durante a ditadura militar. Foram cinco LPs lançados, além dos discos das carreiras individuais dos dois principais criadores das músicas e letras, Chico e Arnaud.

A dupla já compunha junta e tiveram uma música gravada por Toni Tornardo em 1972, sendo que Arnaud fez uma trilha sonora em 1970, Tilim, e também compôs em parceria com Marku Ribas. Em próxima oportunidade será postado por aqui, junto com os demais discos de sua carreira solo.

Fica aqui o acervo de talento, criatividade e humor do grupo.


E para finalizar, as músicas preferidas do Valvulado "de chacoalhar até defunto cremado"...

sábado, 18 de maio de 2013


Rush is one of my favorite bands. This post is a homage to this Trio, not only for the amazing and perfect music, but also for the example of professionalism, friendship, ethics and human beings. Thanks Rush.

Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer, percussionist and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their current form when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first United States tour. Rutsey's departure stemmed primarily from health concerns regarding his diabetes.

Since the release of the band's self-titled debut album in March 1974, Rush has become known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. Rush's music style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired heavy metal on their first album, then encompassing hard rock, progressive rock, and a period with heavy use of synthesizers.

Rush has won a number of Juno Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers' polls. As a group, Rush possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. Rush's sales statistics place them third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band. Rush also ranks 79th in U.S. album sales, with 25 million units. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, as of 2004 several industry sources estimated Rush's total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units.
The band finished the second leg of the Time Machine Tour in July 2011 and released their latest studio album, Clockwork Angels in June 2012 with a supporting tour that began in September 2012.

I think all the Rush fans have all Oficial albuns, so we decide to post some unknown and rare ones. First, some solo albuns and them, a wonderful live album that I saw with my own eyes. Enjoy!!!


Aleksandar Živojinović (born August 27, 1953) better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush. In the summer of 1968, Lifeson founded the band that would become Rush with friend and drummer John Rutsey, and bassist/lead vocalist Jeff Jones, who would be replaced by current front man Geddy Lee a month later. He has been an integral member of the band ever since. For Rush, Lifeson plays electric and acoustic guitars as well as other stringed instruments such as mandola, mandolin, and bouzouki. He also performs backing vocals in live performances, and occasionally plays keyboards and bass pedal synthesizers. During live performances, Lifeson, like the other members of Rush, performs real-time triggering of sampled instruments, concurrently with his guitar playing. The bulk of Lifeson's work in music has been with Rush, although Lifeson has contributed to a body of work outside of the band as well. Aside from music, Lifeson is part owner of The Orbit Room, a bar and restaurant located in Toronto, Canada, and is a licensed aircraft pilot. Along with his bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, Lifeson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honoured, as a group. He currently ranks 98th in Rolling Stone Magazines list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Victor is a solo album by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson under the name "Victor" released January 9, 1996 on Atlantic Records outside of Canada and Anthem Records within Canada. The album was recorded at Lerxst Sound (Lifeson's home studio) between October 1994 and July 1995. The album reached #99 on the Billboard 200 in 1996 and received a 1997 Juno Award nomination for Best New Group.

Alex Lifeson - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, programming
Les Claypool - bass on track 9
Peter Cardinali - bass
Bill Bell - guitar
Dalbello - Lead vocal on track 3
Edwin - Lead vocals
Blake Manning - drums
Colleen Allen - horn
Adrian Zivojinovich - programming
Lifeson's wife Charlene is one of the two women in the track 7 dialogue; the other woman is simply listed as "Esther".

Geddy Lee, OC (born Gary Lee Weinrib; July 29, 1953), is a Canadian musician and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee joined what would become Rush in September 1968, at the request of his childhood friend Alex Lifeson, replacing original bassist and frontman Jeff Jones. In addition to his composing, arranging, and performing duties for Rush, Lee has produced for various other bands, including Rocket Science. Lee's first solo effort, My Favourite Headache, was released in 2000.
An award-winning musician, Lee's style, technique, and skill on the bass guitar have inspired many rock musicians such as Cliff Burton of Metallica, Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, John Myung of Dream Theater, and Les Claypool of Primus. Along with his Rush bandmates – guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart – Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honoured, as a group. Lee is ranked 13th by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal vocalists of all time.

My Favourite Headache is a solo album by Geddy Lee of the Canadian rock band Rush, released in 2000. Both the title track and "Grace to Grace" received play on mainstream rock radio, and the album itself peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200.

Geddy Lee - bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Ben Mink - guitar
Matt Cameron - drums
Jeremy Taggart - drums on "Home on the Strange"

Neil Ellwood Peart born September 12, 1952), OC, is a Canadian musician and author. He is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, and is known for his technical proficiency and stamina. Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario (now part of St. Catharines). During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined a local Toronto band, Rush, in the summer of 1974. Early in his career, Peart's performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time passed, however, he began to emulate jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, Peart became a friend and pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time that Peart decided to revamp his playing style by incorporating jazz and swing components. Gruber was also responsible for introducing him to the products of Drum Workshop, the company whose products Peart currently endorses. In addition to being a musician, Peart is also a prolific writer, having published several memoirs about his travels. Peart is also Rush's primary lyricist. In writing lyrics for Rush, Peart addresses universal themes and diverse subject matter including science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy, as well as secular, humanitarian and libertarian themes. All five of his books are travel-based non-fiction, though they diverge into his life and these subjects as well.

Rush in Rio was the first live album released by the band to not follow the pattern of releasing a live album after every four studio releases, and was also the first to feature a complete setlist without any changes in song order, including Neil Peart's drum solo. It is also the band's first live album that presents a single night's performance in its entirety (not counting the two bonus tracks). In an interview about the album and DVD, Alex Lifeson and James "Jimbo" Barton noted that it took an extended amount of time to mix the sound. This was due to technical difficulties of recording the audio on primitive equipment.
At this concert, Rush played to 40,000, their second largest crowd on the Vapor Trails Tour (the largest crowd was 60,000 at the show the previous night in São Paulo). In a rare departure from the band's practice of re-creating the sound of their studio work when playing live, the song "Resist" (on disc 2) was rearranged into a stripped-down acoustic version between Lifeson and Lee, with Peart sitting out after his drum solo.

In the video below, you can see the love of Brazil for RUSH (see the fan faces, the emotion...):

See the fans comments and emotion:


Rush - Concert in St Louis (1980)

Rush - 1974 The Fifth Order Of Angels (First performance of Neil Peart)

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