четверг, 20 сентября 2018 г.

Colin James - One More Mile

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 43:29
Size: 99,8 MB
Label: True North Records/Stony Plain Records
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. One More Mile - 3:23
 2. Still a Fool - 4:01
 3. Dig Myself a Hole - 3:23
 4. I Will Remain - 3:07
 5. 40 Light Years - 4:18
 6. Ooh Baby Hold Me - 3:27
 7. Black Night - 4:42
 8. Soul of a Man - 3:20
 9. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - 3:03
10. I Need Your Love So Bad - 3:52
11. Tears Came Rolling Down - 3:47
12. One More Mile (Bonus Acoustic) - 3:00

With his 18th studio album, Miles to Go (out Sept. 21), Colin James is getting back to the blues.
Wait a minute, you ask: hasn’t Colin James always played the blues? Well, yes, but back when he was signed to his first record deal in 1988, his producer—who’d worked with Ray Charles and Derek and the Dominoes—explicitly told him not to play any blues, because the label expected a pop hit. When James later made one of the biggest albums of his career—1993’s Colin James and the Little Big Band, released years before the so-called “swing revival”—his label hated it, as did critics and many fans before it went on to go triple platinum in Canada. Then there was the acoustic blues album National Steel in 1997, made with Colin Linden, which was the first time James made a full-on blues album, which landed him on folk festival bills alongside the likes of John Prine and John Hiatt. It was an explicit embrace of the blues James had loved since the Regina-born guitarist was 16 years old and was blown away by James Cotton at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. A song that Cotton played that night, “One More Mile,” became the title track to the new album: bookending it in electric and acoustic versions.
It wasn’t until 2016’s Blue Highways that James found himself on a blues chart: the album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits: “Riding in the Moonlight,” a Willie Dixon song that James once covered when busking in the streets and subways of Toronto and Montreal, landed on a Spotify playlist and garnered millions of streams.
When James set out to make Blue Highways, an album of blues covers recorded with his touring band, he always intended it to be the first of two installments. Now we have Miles to Go, in which James records nine new covers of his favourite artists (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Little Willie John, Robert Johnson, etc.) and adds two originals, “I Will Remain” and “40 Light Years.” “Blues has always been a pass-it-forward kind of thing,” says James. “It’s also surprisingly hard to write. You have to be careful how modern you get in your phrasing. Certain writers can write a song that sounds like it was done 40 years ago, but it’s deceptively hard.”
To be a blues musician is to always have a dialogue with the past.  As with much blues music, it’s the performances on the original versions rather than the actual song that drew James to them. That said, what could he possibly bring to them in 2018? “You bring what you can,” he says. “If I feel like I’ve brought enough, then I put it out. I knocked a bunch of songs off this record when I realized that I can’t bring anything to them that isn’t there already. All my life I’ve tried to bring vitality to older songs. Hopefully my dedication to it is what floats it over the mark. That’s a subjective thing; some people will always prefer the original. However, there’s always a group of people coming up to see me after a show who might say, “Oh, I never would have heard ‘One More Mile’ by James Cotton—nothing in my life would have pointed me there.”
So much of Colin James’s career has pointed him to this moment: joyfully tangled up in the blues, which, as he notes, “is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.”

One More Mile 

Buddy Guy - The Dollar Done Fell

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1980
Time: 56:17
Size: 129,0 MB
Label: JSP Records
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front+ Back

Tracks Listing:
 1. Buddy's Blues (Part 1) -  4:03
 2. I've Got A Right To Love My Woman -  8:08
 3. Done Got Over You -  4:12
 4. Tell Me What's Inside Of You -  9:20
 5. Trouble With My Woman -  4:12
 6. The Things I Used To Do -  3:19
 7. You Don't Know How I Feel -  3:12
 8. The Dollar Done Fell - 16:21
 9. Buddy's Blues Part 2 -  3:26

Buddy Guy – guitars, vocals;
Phil Guy – guitars;
Little Phil Smith – guitars;
J.W. Williams – bass;
Ray Allison – drums.

Additional musician:
L.C. Thurston – vocals on "Don't Answer the Door" and "Knock on Wood"

The Dollar Done Fell is the second live album by Buddy Guy.After Buddy Guy recorded an album for the French label Isabel, Englishman John Stedman, the owner of JSP Records, suggested to record a live show. They recorded it in Chicago at Guy's club, Checkerboard Lounge. The band was the same as on the Isabel session, plus a third guitarist Phil Smith and L.C. Thurman (co-owner of Checkerboard) added a few lead vocals as a guest. Nine tracks were released on "The Dollar Done Fell" LP in 1980 by JSP.[1] First released on CD in 1988, also on JSP, but with an alternate track list, titled "Live at the Checkerboard Lounge". The CD version was missing one track ("Trouble with My Women"), and the 16-minute title track ("The Dollar Done Fell") fades out at 6:36. Two more tracks were added to the CD version, "Don't Answer the Door" featuring lead vocals by L.C. Thurston, and an alternate version of "Tell Me What's Inside of You". "I've Got A Right To Love My Woman" fades out at 8:05 on the original vinyl, but the CD includes the full-length version. There are three more CD reissues with the same track listing as on the original CD release, but with three alternate covers. It was first released in the U.S. in 1995.All lead guitar are played by Buddy Guy, except 1st lead of "Buddy's Blues Part 1", 1st lead of "Done Got Over You", main lead of "Don't Answer the Door" by Phil Guy, lead in the middle of "Don't Answer the Door" by Little Phil Smith. Buddy Guy didn't play on "Don't Answer the Door" at all. "You Don't Know How I Feel" is actually the blues standard "I'll Take Care of You", but it was retitled. The music of "Tell Me What's Inside Of You" is based on Eric Clapton's "Strange Brew". The music of "The Dollar Done Fell" is based on the funky standard "Chicken Heads".
"Buddy's Blues (Part 2)" is the last 3 minutes of the 20-minute song "Knock on Wood", which was released completely on another JSP release in 1981, simply titled "Buddy & Philip Guy". That release also includes "Don't Answer the Door".

The Dollar Done Fell

среда, 19 сентября 2018 г.

Mark Ford & The Blue Line (feat. Robben Ford) - Mark Ford & The Blue Line

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1998
Time: 56:02
Size: 129,1 MB
Label: Blue Rock'it Records
Styles: Modern Electric Blues/Harmonica Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Gimme Some - 5:49
 2. Try'n to Get Away - 4:44
 3. Get a Woman That Loves Me - 5:51
 4. Illusory World - 6:17
 5. Heart of Stone - 5:36
 6. Words of the Preacher - 5:28
 7. Breakin' in the Fast Lane - 4:05
 8. Don't You Love Me - 3:25
 9. Feelin' Disconnected - 4:40
10. Projecting My Love - 5:26
11. Wanna Be the Man - 4:37

The youngest of the three Ford brothers, Mark Ford had a span of 15 years between his first album and this one. It features him on harp and vocals with brother Robben on guitar, and Robben's Blue Line members Roscoe Beck on bass and Tom Brechtlein on drums. It was produced by eldest brother Patrick, owner of Blue Rock'It Records. Mark's voice is very similar to Robben's -- perhaps a little deeper, but less soulful. When it comes to his harp playing, he seems to gravitate toward the high notes. The CD consists mostly of high-energy modern blues, with plenty of Robben's trademark guitar for his fans to soak up (particularly on "Get a Woman That Loves Me"). All of the tracks were written by Mark. "Gimme Some" is just plain funky, while "Feelin' Disconnected" has a Latin beat, a jazzy guitar, and a catchy harp lick. "Get a Woman That Loves Me" is the "deepest" blues cut here, a 12-bar tune with a Delta flavor. "Illusory World" has a killer bass solo from Beck, one of the best in the business and a hero to many bass players. There's also "Breakin' in the Fast Lane," a steady-rockin', '50s-style song. The only true weak spot here is "Words of the Preacher," a steadily thumping, repetitive screecher which tends to annoy in a manner similar to nails on a chalkboard. Patrick Ford describes this as music that is "performed from the heart without worrying about how blues music 'should' or 'shouldn't' be played." In other words, blues purists should avoid this one, but it should satisfy just about everyone else.

Mark Ford & The Blue Line

четверг, 13 сентября 2018 г.

Joe Bonamassa - Redemption

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 64:56
Size: 149,1 MB
Label: J&R Adventures
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Evil Mama - 5:29
 2. King Bee Shakedown - 4:22
 3. Molly O' - 6:06
 4. Deep in the Blues Again - 4:45
 5. Self-Inflicted Wounds - 6:36
 6. Pick up the Pieces - 3:55
 7. The Ghost of Macon Jones - 5:24
 8. Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should - 6:40
 9. Redemption - 5:57
10. I've Got Some Mind Over What Matters - 5:50
11. Stronger Now in Broken Places - 4:33
12. Love is a Gamble - 5:15

Two-Time GRAMMY-Nominated Blues Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa Redeems himself with New Studio Album
Joe Bonamassa Announces New Album Redemption, Following achieving Twenty #1 Hit Blues Album Releases
Title Track ‘Redemption’ penned by Bonamassa and American Rock & Roll Legend Dion DiMucci, Released as first Single Today.


среда, 12 сентября 2018 г.

Rollercoaster - Blues for LB

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 42:03
Size: 96,4 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide - 3:00
 2. Mean Old World - 4:02
 3. Give Me All Your Love - 2:41
 4. Still a Fool - 3:43
 5. Sloppy Drunk - 3:10
 6. Darling You Know I Love You - 3:55
 7. Please Love Me - 2:48
 8. Tell Me Pretty Baby - 3:51
 9. Mathilda - 2:50
10. Let Me Be - 2:29
11. Double Trouble - 5:41
12. Blues for LB - 3:48

A soulful collection of rhythm and blues.We wanted to make this album as a celebration of the joy playing the blues together brings us. Whenever we play live, either as the father-son duo, or as the trio, it's never the same show and we really wanted to bring that 'live' feel to the album. The blues is an important thing, and we feel really grateful to be playing it and to have even heard it in the first place: to us the blues is all about love. That's what this album is all about, our love for the music, each other and of course the album's namesake Little Blue; our late family dog. This one's for you.

Blues for LB

Dennis Herrera - You Stole My Heart

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 52:42
Size: 120,8 MB
Label:  Prescott Kabin Records
Styles: Blues/West Coast Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. You Stole My Heart - 4:53
 2. Takes Money - 3:49
 3. Fore - 5:37
 4. With No Refrain - 4:19
 5. Look out - 4:50
 6. Recovery - 5:01
 7. You Can Name it - 4:41
 8. Backed-up - 4:11
 9. My Past Time - 4:47
10. Run With the Losers - 6:57
11. Bittersweet - 3:31

Definitive passionate original blues songs drenched in signature tone & timing with a humble nod to traditional/contemporary blues deftly recorded at Ardent Audio & Greaseland Studios with inspired performances resulting in a thoroughly indispensable album/

You Stole My Heart

Phideaux - Infernal

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 42:08 + 46:51
Size: 97,7 + 108,4 MB
Label: Bloodfish Music
Styles: Progressive Rock/Crossover Prog
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Cast Out And Cold - 5:32
 2. The Error Lives On - 7:14
 3. Crumble - 0:55
 4. Inquisitor - 8:22
 5. We Only Have Eyes For You - 4:00
 6. Sourdome - 1:30
 7. The Walker - 4:39
 8. Wake The Sleeper - 1:29
 9. C99 - 3:24
10. Tumbleweed - 4:59
 1. The Order Of Protection (One) -  4:35
 2. Metro Deathfire -  4:57
 3. Transit -  1:13
 4. In Dissonance We Play -  2:48
 5. The Sleepers Wake -  5:22
 6. The Order Of Protection (Two) -  4:34
 7. From Hydrogen To Love - 14:03
 8. Eternal -  5:45
 9. Endgame - An End -  3:29

Yes, it is that good. Another super addicting release from Phideaux. If one album was not enough, almost 90 minutes of music should satisfy any progressive rock fan with Infernal. And 90 minutes is always a safe length when we discuss double albums. I never feel it is too long or too short, but just right. Of course there is excellent musicianship in Infernal, but Phideaux really shines with the witty lyrics. For me, I just take them in as there are many memorable lines that rhyme. I often do not focus on lyrics when listening to progressive rock, but Phideaux ropes me into the lyrics just like Peter Hammill does. And that is a good thing. The fact that there is a cello, trumpet, sax, and other guest performances should tell you how much variety is packed into this double album. It is all about the art, and using the right instruments to create the moods is Phideaux putting the music first. Album creation is not about him, and he even leads the album off with female led vocals. It is all about that art, and that is what makes Phideaux an amazing modern prog rock artist. I spent that last few days listening to Infernal and the back catalog, and it fits in nicely with the other releases. Every note is just right, and I feel like I have been listening to it for years. Highly recommended.