mercredi 23 avril 2008

Dr Feelgood - Down At The BBC - In Concert 1977-1978

This latest release by Grand Records captures the legendary Dr Feelgood at the peak of their powers. These recordings were made by the BBC and originally broadcast on Radio One. Until now they've remained in the BBC archives. Both concert recordings featured on this album have been digitally re-mastered making this an essential purchase for Dr Feelgood fans as well as fans og guitar-driven rhythm 'n' blues.
Having survived the punk explosion and the acrimonious split with guitarist Wilko Johnson Dr Feelgood set about consolidating their position as the UK's most exciting live band. Wilko's replacement was the then unknown Gypie Mayo. He wasn't unknown for long. His impact on the band was enormous as the 22 tracks on this CD show. Gypie's arrival heralded the beginning of a new more commercial successful era for the band for the band as highlighted by the singles "Milk & Alcohol" and "Down at the Doctors" (live versions of both these Feelgood anthems are included on this CD).
Gypie's guitar heroics proved the perfect foil for the howling and growling of frontman Lee Brilleaux. Mix some blues standards and soul classics with band originals and you have a potion that only Dr Feelgood could come up with.

Looking Back / Stupidity / You'll Be Mine / You Upset Me Baby / Homework / Baby Jane / The Blues had a baby and they named it Rock & Roll / That's it I quit / Lucky seven / She's a Wind up / Lights Out / Looking Back / Sugar Shaker / I thought I had it made / Ninety Nine and a half / Milk & Alcohol / Night Time / Shotgun Blues / You upset me baby / Down at the Doctors / She's a Wind up / Lights out

Lee Brilleaux: Vocals, Harmonica - Johnny Guitar: Guitar
John B. 'Sparko' Sparks: Bass - John 'The Big Figure' Martin: Drums

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jeudi 17 avril 2008

Wilko Johnson - Back in the Night - The Best Of ... 2002

From Canvey Island in Essex, Johnson played in several local groups before moving to the University of Newcastle upon Tyne to study English. Returning to Essex, he played with the Pigboy Charlie Band, which evolved into Dr. Feelgood – a mainstay of the 1970s 'pub rock' movement.
Johnson developed his own unique style, coupling a choppy guitar style with a novel dress sense (he favoured a black suit and a 'pudding bowl' haircut) and jerky movements.
It should be noted that Johnson's unique, highly percussive guitar style, was due to the fact that he did not use a pick in his right hand, something that enabled him to do rhythm and play riffs or solos at the same time. Such a style - which also made it easier to move around abruptly on stage with the jerky movements of an automaton without the fear of losing his pick - was probably derived, at least in part, from blues-oriented American fingerstyle guitar. Wilko himself describes how the style evolved from an attempt to copy the style of Mick Green of Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, a guitarist he admired enormously.
He maintained this style even after leaving Dr. Feelgood, a step that meant he missed out on Feelgood’s greatest UK success, the punk-tinged Top 10 single "Milk and Alcohol", although he was still with Dr. Feelgood when their live LP, Stupidity, reached number one in the UK Albums Chart.
In 1977, he was a founding member of the Solid Senders, and a couple of years later joined Ian Dury’s band, The Blockheads. He then formed the Wilko Johnson Band, joined by Blockhead bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Salvatore Ramundo. Ramundo was later replaced by Steve Monti (former Curve and The Jesus and Mary Chain drummer).
The Wilko Johnson band still play on the pub circuit.

01.Slipping and Sliding
02.Back in the Night
03.Down by the Waterside
04.Come Back and Love Me
05.Living in the Heart of Love
06.I Keep it to Myself
07.Barbed Wire Blues08.Some Kind of Hero
09.Keep it Out of Sight
10.Turned 21
11.Dr Dupree
12.Waiting for the Rain
Sneaking Suspicion
14.Out in the Traffic
15.She Does it Right
16.Bottle Up and Go
17.Roxette (Live)
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Vox Pop - More Drugs than Elvis - Live KPFK Radio - 1980

An early Jeff Dahl project. Real tough punk rock with great guitar sound; It would be called noise rock today... visionary, huh? Very noisy and powerful. Featuring members of Angry Samoans, The Germs, 45 Grave, and Dream Syndicate.

01 Cab Driver
02 Destruction Unit
03 Outer Limits
04 You Are The One
05 Production
06 Just Like Your Mom
07 Dip His Dick
08 Heroin
09 Check Your Buddah
10 We're An American Band
11 You Lied To Me
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dimanche 6 avril 2008

The Flamin' Groovies - Now - 1978

"Flamin' Groovies Now!" is an album of more British Invasion tracks. The sound on this record, produced and engineered by Dave Edmunds, was a notable improvement over "Shake Some Action", and the group had lost none of its flair for the period or the style, though there was also precious little new ground covered. The range of styles embraced on this record was astonishing -"Between the Lines" and "Take Me Back," and especially "Good Laugh Mun" were examples of Edmunds emulating Phil Spector, and had the Groovies sounding like the Beach Boys of "Don't Worry Baby" and recalled the way the early Kinks covered American music; "House of Blue Lights" gave nods to both Merrill Moore and Chuck Berry, as well as the Stones. The songs off of side two were harder, giving them more the kind of edge one associated with the Stones or the Rockin' Vickers. But their version of Gene Clark's "Feel a Whole Lot Better" was the crowning achievement on this record, the best contemporary cover of a Byrds track ever done.

01 Feel A Whole Lot Better
02 Between The Lines
03 Up's And Down's
04 Move It
05 Take Me Back
06 Reminiscing
07 Good Laugh Mun
08 Yeah My Baby
09 House Of Blue Lights
10 Blue Turns To Grey
11 Paint It, Black
12 All I Wanted
13 Don't Put Me On
14 There's A Place
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