Thursday, May 29, 2008

Emitt Rhodes
Daisy-Fresh from Hawthorne, California
(The Best of the Dunhill Years)
BRCD 001
Dunhill Records/Edsel Records UK 1998

This 23-track CD covers the three records he made for Dunhill in the early 1970s, including all of his self-titled debut solo release. Emitt Rhodes sounds eerily reminiscent of Paul McCartney, but his strong songwriting and the deeply emotional qualities he brings to his songs make him far more than a McCartney clone.

Most people are discovering Emitt just now, long after he faded into a footnote. Emitt should have been as big as any pop star on this planet, but it was not to be.

1. With My Face On The Floor 2. Somebody Made For me 3. She's Such A Beauty 4. Long Time No See 5. Lullaby 6. Fresh As A Daisy 7. Live Till You Die 8. Promises I've Made 9. You Take The Dark Out Of the Night 10. You Should Be Ashamed 11. Ever Find Yourself Running 12. Your Must have 13. Bithday Lady 14. Better Side Of Life 15. Mirror 16. Really Wanted You 17. Love Will Stone You 18. Golden Child Of God 19. Warm Self Sacrifice 20. Blue Horizon 21. Shoot The Moon 22. Only Lovers Decide 23. Tame The Lion

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Jack Lancaster
Skinningrove Bay
BRCD 001
Bold Reprive Records 1987
Session musician Jack Lancaster released his first solo album in 1981, the very beautiful Skinningrove Bay. The album has been reissued in several shapes (Some of them called by mistake "Wild Connections" but "Wild Connections" was in fact another album from Lancaster collaborating with Rick v.d. Linden) and this is the 1987 version as the first of a serie of reissues on Bold Reprive Records. I think they printed not many copies because you can't find anything on the web concerning this release on BRR (exept for the secret vault that is).
The list of musicians appearing is:
Jack Lancaster (sax, lyricon, flute, keyboards, vocals), Phil Collins (vocals), Bernie Frost (vocals), Gary Moore (guitar), Hughie Burns (guitar), Mick Rogers (guitar), John G. Perry (bass, vocals), Robin Lumley (keyboards), Rick Van Der Linden (keyboards), Rod Argent (keyboards), Clive Bunker (drums).
Skinningrove Bay is a fascinating, highly unique and beautiful suite of progressive Rock music with Celtic, Nordic, Jazz, Church and Pop influences. It deserves a place on the shelf of any discerning collector of Classic Rock Music.

1. Save a Place for Me2. Deep Green3. Carlin How4. Old Man of the Ocean5. Skinningrove Bay6. North Country Girl7. Kilten Castle8. The Abbess St. Hilda

CD Album Art

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Ryan Cabrera
Elm Street


Ryan Cabrera honed his musical talents in Texas, spending his teen years playing in various bands and creating a name for himself in the Dallas music scene. Beginning with the band Rubix Groove, Cabrera then went on to perform as a solo artist, and would travel around the country, just him and his acoustic guitar. His independent release, “Elm St.,” was extremely successful. Elm St. soon was sold out at local record stores, and it began selling strongly via the Internet and Cabrera grabbed opening slots for artists such as Sister Hazel, Howie Day, Ben Harper, Third Eye Blind and the Pat McGee Band.

01 - Last Winter Intro / 02 - Spanish Song / 03 - Yesterday's Gone / 04 - In My Life / 05 - My Friend John / 06 - Reasons Intro / 07 - Reasons / 08 - Lost Again / 09 - I Will / 10 - Last Winter


Ryan Cabrera
Take It All Away

2004 Atlantic/Wea B000255J2M

Once Ryan Cabrera felt he was ready for the next step in his career, he hooked up with Joe Simpson, father of Jessica and Ashlee, as his manager. He was soon after signed to Atlantic Records, and after touring with folk-songstress Jewel, and pop icon Jessica Simpson, he released his major label debut: “Take It All Away.” The charismatic singer-songwriter shines on this album, filled with sparkling melodies, vibrant instrumentation, and breezy vocals.

1. Let's Take Our Time / 2. On The Way Down / 3. True / 4. Exit To Exit / 5. 40 Kinds of Sadness / 6. Echo Park / 7. Take It All Away / 8. Shame On Me / 9. She's / 10. Illusions / 11. Blind Sight

And because it's spring I trow in the other two albums too.

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Four Seasons
The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette
Philips PHS 600-290
released 1969.
And what does it mean to be the most bizarre album in the Four Seasons' catalog? Psychedelic, ambitious and conceptual, The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette took the Four Seasons in an entirely unexpected direction at the time, as the group became influenced by other socially-conscious bands and inspired by the new sounds being created by groups like The Beatles and The Beach Boys. But the problem was the fact that no one expected anything but a top 40 record from the Four Seasons, so the album was poorly received (according to Valli one review said that "had that album been done by anyone but us it would have been a smash album"). Despite the lack of commercial success however, the record has become a bit of a cult classic, with reviews praising it as a "stunning example of the artistry of the Four Seasons at their most ambitious." Reportedly, even John Lennon considered it to be one of his favorites
Original album tracks:
'American Crucifixion Resurrection' / 'Mrs. Stately's Garden' / 'Look Up Look Over' / 'Something's On Her Mind' / 'Saturday's Father' / 'Wall Street Village Day' / 'Genuine Imitation Life' / 'Idaho' / 'Wonder What You'll Be' / 'Soul Of A Woman'
Bonus tracks:
'Watch The Flowers Grow' / 'Raven' / 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' / 'Electric Stories'

Toto and Friends
Jeff Porcaro Tribute Concert

Various 2008
mp3 192 Kbps

Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro (April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was a highly regarded session drummer and a founding member of the Grammy Award winning band Toto. In his career, he was a highly sought after session musician, playing with hundreds of artists and featuring on countless recordings.
A memorial concert took place at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles on December 14th, 1992 with an all-star line up that included Boz Scaggs, Donald Fagen, Don Henley, Michael McDonald, Eddie Van Halen and Toto. The proceeds of the concert were used to establish an educational trust fund for Jeff's sons.
Intro / Gypsy Train / Child's Anthem / I'll Supply The Love / I'll Be Over You / Michael McDonald Intro / I Keep Forgettin' / Takin' It To The Streets / Home Of The Brave / Dave Solo / Georgy Porgy / 99 / If It's The Last Night / Angela (song cut short) / I Won't Hold You Back / Don't Stop Me Now / Africa / Donald Fagen Intro / Chain Lightning /Josie /Little Wing / Kingdom Of Desire / Jake To The Bone / Boz Scaggs Intro / Lowdown / Lido Shuffle / Angel Don't Cry / Don't Chain My Heart / Rosanna / Don Henley Intro / Dirty Laundry / You Better Hang Up / Come Rain Or Come Shine / Eddie Van Halen Intro /Fire / Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love / Hold The Line / Band Intro / George Harrison Intro / A Little Help From My Friends
Part 1

Part 2 Part 3

Amy Winehouse
B-Sides, Remixes and Rarities

mp3 192 Kbps

01 - Monkey Man
02 - You Know I'm No Good ft. Ghostface Killah
03 - Valerie (Live Lounge - 10-01-07)
04 - Best Friend (Acoustic)
05 - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
06 - He Can Only Hold Her (PNut Demo)
07 - What It Is
08 - Do Me Good
09 - F*ck Me Pumps (Mylo Remix)
10 - To Know Him Is To Love Him (Napster Live Session)
11 - Round Midnight
12 - Back to Black (Zilla Rocca Remix)
13 - Close To The Front
14 - Best For Me (feat Tyler James)
15 - Love Is A Losing Game (Acoustic)
16 - Rehab (Desert Eagle Discs Remix)
17 - I Should Care (Live)
18 - Heard It Through The Grapevine(Duet With Paul Weller)

01 - Valerie (Mark Ronson Version)
02 - You Know I'm No Good (Skeewiff Remix)
03 - Hey Little Rich Girl
04 - Back To Black (The Rumble Strips remix)
05 - F*ck Me Pumps (MJ Cole Mix Edit)
06 - Get Over It ft JTWR
07 - Take The Box (The Headquarters Mix)
08 - You Know I'm No Good (Live Lounge)
09 - You're Wondering Now
10 - Rehab (I Can't Help Myself Remix)
11 - B Boy Baby (Feat. Mutya Buena)
12 - Don't Go To Strangers (Duet With Paul Weller)
13 - Beat It (Duet With Charlotte Church)
14 - In My Bed (Bugz In The Attic Vocal Edit)
15 - Fool's Gold
16 - Tears Dry On Their Own (Eric Clapton Remix)
17 - Stronger Than Me (A Cappella)
18 - Procrastination
Tracks 1-8

Tracks 9-15

Amy Winehouse
Hove Festival 2007-06-26

mp3 320 Kbps

Just Friends
Tears Dry On Their Own
He Can Hold On Her
Back To Black
Wake Up Alone
Love Is A Losing Game
Hey Little Rich Girl
Monkey Man
You Know I«m No Good
Me And Mr. Jones
Tracks 1-8

Tracks 9-15