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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Alice Stuart and Snake “Believing” 1972 US Country Rock,Pop Rock,Country Blues


Alice Stuart and Snake “Believing” 1972 US Country Rock,Pop Rock,Country Blues
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I discovered Alice Stuart through a song of Jackie DeShannon’s called “Full Time Woman”, which is on another Stuart album. This 1972 disc was a surprise to me, in that if offered a bunch of solid country/blues songs. I was surprised to see how much of a country punch Alice delivered on songs like “He’s Leaving” “Believe in Someone”, and gems like “Karma Stands in My Way” and “Thank You” 
Alice had a thin but expressive voice that was able to sell these self-written songs. And her cover of Hank Snow’s “Golden Rocket” was great. I never could figure out who Snake was…by…thomasguy …~



Without getting into a lot of detail, singer/guitarist Alice Stuart is one of the forgotten pioneers in the field of female rockers. Starting out as a folkie her initial break came when she found a mentor/supporter in the form of Barry Olivier. As the producer of the Berkeley Folk Festival, Olivier featured her in several of the early-1960s festivals. By the late 1960s Stuart decided she wanted to be a rocker. Her credentials include a stint in an early Mothers of Invention line up (“Freak Out”) and a series of excellent, but overlooked early 1970s albums with her backing band Snake. 
The first time I heard 1972’s “Believing” I could have sworn that it was an Emmylou Harris set that I hadn’t heard. At least to my ears Stuart’s high pitched, slightly nasal delivery is a dead ringer for Harris. On pseudo-countryish material like Believe in Someone’ the comparisons are simply uncanny. To a large extent that comparison will probably dictate what you think about this collection. Personally, Stuart’s country and blues repertoire simply didn’t do much for me. Performances like ‘Statesboro Blues’ and 'Golden Rocket’ were dedicated and professional and they just didn’t do much for me. Luckily Stuart’s enough pop and rock catalog was quite good. Back to the earlier comparison, but imagine Emmylou Harris cutting a rock album and you’ll get a good feel for material like 'Give Me Some Sunshine’, 'Thank You - Thank Me - Let’s Be Free’ and 'He’s Leaving Me Again’. An album that snuck up on me and gets played every couple of months …..Bad Cat…~  


Alice Stuart (born 1942 in Chelan, Washington, United States) is an American blues and folk singer-songwriter and guitarist. She toured the UK with Van Morrison and throughout the United States with Mississippi John Hurt.
Her singing, songwriting, and guitar playing secured her invitations to tour nationally and internationally with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Doc Watson, Jerry Ricks, Phil Ochs, and Joan Baez, in addition to television appearances on The Dick Cavett Show and the Old Grey Whistle Test. In addition, Stuart’s songs have been recorded by Kate Wolf, Irma Thomas, and Jackie DeShannon.Stuart started taking piano lessons at the age of five. She picked up the guitar at age 18 and also plays banjo, auto harp, parade snare drum, and bass.
Stuart’s early influences as a musician came from classical music, country artists of the 1940s and 1950s such as Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and Ivory Joe Hunter, as well as records from the 1920s and 1930s from Blind Willie McTell, Bessie Smith, Rabbit Brown and artist Bob Dylan.
At the age of twenty two, Stuart played the Berkeley Folk Festival in 1964. She was then invited back by creator/producer Barry Olivier to perform in 1966, and 1970. It was there that she formed a friendship with Mississippi John Hurt, which led to the two touring together. 
Billboard magazine reviewed her debut release in 1964 with: “A beautiful new female voice is now on the folk horizon. Its owner’s name is Alice Stuart. She sings with a clean freshness that is exciting in its simplicity. A folk find!” 
In 1964, she met with musician Frank Zappa at a coffeehouse in Santa Monica, California, by chance as they both were waiting to meet the same person, guitarist Steve Mann. She became a member of Zappa’s band, The Mothers of Invention, which at the time was blues band. Zappa wanted to incorporate Stuarts acoustic delta style with his electric leads. However she left before they made their debut album Freak Out! and did not make any recordings with the group. Zappa said he fired her from the band because she could not play “Louie Louie”, although this was obviously intended to be a joke. 
On November 28, 1971, Stuart appeared on BBC Television’s Old Grey Whistle Test, a television program that aired in Europe. In addition to Stuart, a group named Redwing appeared, which among others, featured Timothy B. Schmit (later of The Eagles). Stuart and Redwing were both on the Fantasy label. 
In 1972, Stuart sang the title theme song to the X-rated cartoon movie Fritz the Cat, with music done by Ed Bogas. 
On January 2, 1973, Stuart appeared on The Dick Cavett Show, hosted at the time by George Carlin. Other guests on the show included Shelley Winters and Jimmy Breslin. During this time, she also performed with Rosalie Sorrells, Jack Elliott, Doc Watson, Jerry Ricks, Phil Ochs, and Joan Baez. 
In 1974, Alice sat in with Fantasy Records label-mates, Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, several times, including at The Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, CA. 
Guitar Player magazine featured an article on Stuart in 1974, titled, “Well, so much for 'Mary Hamilton’”. Rolling Stone profiled Stuart in 1975 in a feature, “Guitars of the Stars”, where she was mentioned alongside Chet Atkins, Mike Bloomfield, David Bromberg, Jose Feliciano, Bonnie Raitt, and Doc Watson. 
In the autumn 2006, Stuart contributed her song “Highway” to the album project Artists for Charity - Guitarists 4 the Kids, produced by Slang Productions, to assist World Vision Canada in helping underprivileged kids in need.
Currently, she lives in the Seattle area and tours with her band, The Formerlys, which consists of Marc Willett, who was in The Kingsmen from 1984–1992, and Steven Flynn, formerly of Chuck Berry’s band and Jr. Cadillac…wiki…~




Tracklist 
A1 Believe In Someone 4:42 
A2 Give Me Some Sunshine 2:45 
A3 Karma Stands In My Way 3:51 
A4 Thank You - Thank Me - Let’s Be Free 2:53 
A5 It’s Gonna Be Alright - Sometime 3:48 
B1 Don’t Cry (Let’s Be Friends Again) 5:11 
B2 Statesboro Blues 3:32 
B3 He’s Leaving Me Again 5:07 
B4 Doin’ My Highway Stuff 3:13 
B5 Golden Rocket 3:36


Discography 

Solo albums 
1964: All The Good Times (Arhoolie) 
1970: Full Time Woman (Fantasy / American) 
1972: Believing (Fantasy) 
2000: Crazy with the Blues (Country con Fusion) 
2002: Can’t Find No Heaven - (Burnside Distribution) 
2006: Live at the Triple Door (Country con Fusion) 
2007: Freedom (Country con Fusion) 

Singles 
1970: “Freedom’s The Sound” / “Full Time Woman” (American) 
1973: “Believe In Someone” / “Golden Rocket” (Fantasy) 

As composer 
1971: Grootna - Grootna (Columbia) - track 6, “Full Time Woman” 
1972: Jackie DeShannon - Jackie (Atlantic) - track 6, “Full Time Woman” 
1975: Doris Duke - Woman (Scepter) - track 9, “Full Time Woman” 
1976: Jimmy Rabbitt And Renegade - Jimmy Rabbitt And Renegade (Capitol) - track 8, “I Lose Control”

Morktra "In the Earth I Will Be Free" 2018 USA (Taos, New Mexico) Neofolk,Gothic Rock,Acoustic


Morktra  "In the Earth I Will Be Free" 2018 USA (Taos, New Mexico) Neofolk,Gothic Rock,Acoustic 
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Frank Murphy - Acoustic Guitar/Electric Guitars/Synth/Vocals




Tracklist
Stolen Soul 
In the Earth (I Will Be Free) 
The Penetrating Sight of Fate 
Teardrops 
Of the Gorge 
Dark Side of a Dead Moon 
Plying My Trade 
The Road Beneath 
Blessed Entropy  
My Life in Winter 
Hole in the Ground 
Resignation  
The Blinding Light of Home 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Oscar Benton Blues Band “Feel So Good” 1968 + “The Blues Is Gonna Wreck My Life” 1969 Dutch Blues,Blues Rock


Oscar Benton Blues Band “Feel So Good” 1968 + “The Blues Is Gonna Wreck My Life” 1969 Dutch Blues,Blues Rock
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Oscar Benton Blues Band actually get to know the album Dutch Pop Giants, a compilation LP that my parents got when buying a Philips pick up. 
That album also includes the songs I Feel So Good, a cover of Big Bill Broonzy and Heartaching Blues that is a composition of its own. 
In a record and CD case I have never encountered this old work. I think that I should consult the Fonos.nl site. 
In the early 80’s Oscar had a hit with the beautiful Bensonhurt Blues. Andre Hazes later did something like that in Dutch….~



This blues band from Haarlem was around between 1967 and 1975 and left an impression at the Loosdrecht jazz festival in 1968. The first line-up was: Oscar Benton (v,g = Ferdinand van Eif), Tanny Lant (dr = Herman Soeverein), Hank Hawkins (b = Peter van Kouten) and Hans van Dam 
In 1970: Oscar, Hans, Gus Laporte (b), John Laporte (g), Jan-Willem Sligtig (g) and Art Bausch (dr, ex-Blue Planet). This group left Oscar in its entirety in 1974 to form Barrelhouse. Oscar chose an all new backing band in: Henno van Donselaar (piano, ex-Karin Kent and Tony Sherman, to Rubber Band), Rob van Donselaar (bass, ex-Bintangs), Rob ten Bokum (g, ex-Bintangs) and Aad Hooft (dr, ex-Bintangs). When the group broke up in 1975, the three ex-Bintangs members stayed together: first joining Limonaya, and after that the Blue Eyed Bluesband, in which Oscar Benton sang (under the monicker of Billyboy Bishop). Not only did Oscar make solo records, he also recorded a number of singles with Monica (Verschoor)….~



Oscar Benton Blues Band “Feel So Good” 1968 

Credits 
Bass Guitar – H.J.B. Hawkins 
Drums – Lonesome Tanny Lant 
Guitar, Vocals – Oscar Benton 
Piano – Barrelhouse Bailey 

Tracklist 
A1 I Feel So Good 
A2 Back Door Man 
A3 Heartaching Blues 
A4 Dedicated To Lofton 
A5 Real, Real Gone 
A6 Gotta Move 
B1 I May Be Wrong (But I Won’t Be Wrong Always) 
B2 Lonesome Walker 
B3 Rollin Man 
B4 All By Myself 
B5 That’s Why I Keep On Asking 
B6 Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu




Oscar Benton Blues Band  “The Blues Is Gonna Wreck My Life” 1969

Members

Oscar Benton (Ferdinand van Eif) — guitar, vocals 
Barrelhouse Bailey (Hans van Dam) — piano 
H.J.B. Hawkins (Peter van Kouteren) — bass 
Lonesome Tanny Lant (Herman Souverein) — drums 

Tracklist
01. I Ain’t Got The Feeling — 2:46 
02. Five Long Years — 5:02 
03. How The Blues Got Me — 6:51 
04. Five Hundred Miles — 2:50 
05. Have You Seen My Wife — 6:41 
06. I’m A Blue Blues Singer — 5:35 
07. The Blues Is Gonna Wreck My Life — 2:48 
08. Dedicated To Lofton (Part II) — 4:50 
09. My Sweet Angel — 5:49 




Nimbus “Nimbus” 1980 Germany Private Prog Jazz Rock Fusion


Nimbus   “Nimbus” 1980 Germany Private Prog Jazz Rock Fusion
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Nimbus are an incredibly obscure German band who released this one highly melodic instrumental jazz rock album, with guitar and keyboards in the lead. Bands like Surgery, Mosaik, Moira, and Profil are all good guideposts here, and all just as obscure as hell too (though at least the former did get reissued by Garden of Delights - and one we bought immediately). 
And speaking of GoD, this album has their name all over it. Clearly one for their digital archival machine. We suspect a quality sound cleanup probably will take this one up a half star at least….by…ashratom …~
A wonderful German team with a single album, which, I thought, had already been awarded reviews on our website, but no. By the way, the namesake of the more famous Finnish team. A virtuosic and highly talented jazz prog with shades of fusion and sympho prog. An electric piano, a chic guitarist who periodically leaves for the boundary with jazz-rock of the jungle, a vibrant live rhythm section. It seems like a standard set of instruments, without wind instruments, flutes and violins, but it all sounds wonderful. Comparisons with Moira, Surgery and Profil will not be far from the truth, however on the second side of the vinyl the guys start to go more towards the symphony, with very melodic lingering solos, including the synthesizer in the right places and very graceful passages of the guitarist. Excellent record of the German progressive, which would not hurt to re-release on some “Garden.” Highly, highly recommended! Once again the Germans were pleased with an excellent plate with signs of genius. ELPfan…Ezhevika Fields…~

Bebber, Ferdinand  (vocals)
Hartmann, Oliver  (guitar)
Reese, Carsten  (drums)
Schroeter, Jörg  (keyboards)
Wehmeyer, H.C.  (bass)

Tracklist 
A1 Hymnus 3:55 
A2 Sommerabend 8:40 
A3 Tuschus 0:09 
A4 Forum 3:48 
B1 Lebend 10:52 
B2 Sinus 9:05 

Rashomon (Kuni Kawachi The Happenings Four) "Our Constitutional Rights" 1971 羅生門 ‎– 日本国憲法 平和 自由 愛 Japan Psych


Rashomon (Kuni Kawachi The Happenings Four) "Our Constitutional Rights" 1971  羅生門 ‎– 日本国憲法 平和 自由 愛 Japan Psych 

Rashomon. A project formed by Kuni Kawachi after the break-up of The Happenings Four. Their first album, “日本国憲法”, (released in September 1971) was recorded using studio musicians and the group was only formed later for promotional work and gigs. The members of the live group included Pepe Yoshihiro (bass, from The Happenings Four), Paul Yukawa (vocals, guitar), Haruo Chikada, and Junichi Kanazawa (drums). Rashomon’s second album, “Indian”, was also recorded using session musicians, with only Yukawa from the live group participating on vocals….~



In 1971, the famous “Japan Constitution” famous as the most strange concept album born in the Japanese New Rock era, the long-awaited first CD conversion! 
I put the Constitution on a melody and finish it as a soft rock & progression sound. 
Because it is now 44 years later, it can be said that it is a work to be heard by Japanese citizens 

Rashomon joined the Nikkei Hawaiian’s Paul Lee (enrolled at The Half Breed enrolled) with an outstanding singing ability, formed in 1971 by Yoshihiro Pepei who was also active as The Happening’s Four It was a band and I was playing at the same name shop in Akasaka “Rashomon”. In September I released the first album “Constitution of Japan”, in January 1972 I released the second album “Indian, Choose Red Than Death”, but there were no outstanding results in the so-called Hakoban center activities and short-term It disappeared between. There is a description that “Kuni Kawachi formed a group” on the net, etc., but that is a mistake. 

The album ‘Constitution of Japan’ sang the Constitution from Chapter 1 to Chapter 10. At the time, it was a planned work by the idea of ​​a mouth (Tabu Hajime / present Wahaha Honpo president) who was involved in the composition of the mop’s concert production and television program “Geba Gaba 90 minutes”, and the jacket is credited with “composition.” In arranging and composing, he was a leader of Happening for Four, Kuni Kauchi who was ripe in work as a composer and arranger. 
From here, “abandonment of war” was single-cut (coupling was “emperor”), and on late-night broadcasting of radio it was popular with many requests. 
Although this work has been completely ignored from the history of rock in Japan for many years, in recent years it has become highly valued as a concept album and also from the viewpoint of Soft Rock and Progress. Therefore, the analog board soaring, it is just a long-awaited CD. (Sammy Maeda) …~



What once was such a wonderful record! The main board excavated from VOLTAGE RECORDS, presided over by Samy Maeda, a leading guru of Japanese New Rock, was released in 1971 by the band “Rashomon” formed by The Happening for For Peper Yoshihiro, A magnificent concept album that summarized the first chapter to ten chapters of the Japanese Constitution as lyrics into one piece. It is not just an intervention, but Paul · Lee (The Half Breed) for vocals, Kono Haru parent (Kusuda Haruo) as a keyboard, Kuni Kawachi as a composer / arranger, and all music pieces by powerful members are wonderful. It can be said that it is exactly a phantom masterpiece of Soft Rock / Lounge Music. As with <Peace, Freedom, Love> in the subtitle, I positively present the idea of ​​the Japanese Peace Constitution as a rock. The current administration seems to be rushing for constitutional amendment, but I just hope that this highest rock constitution will not be the past….~ 



Rashomon Members: 

Du Yoshihiro (Pepe Yoshihiro): Base, Leader / The Happening for
Paul Lee: vocals, guitar / the half bleed
Kuwao Haruo (Haruo Chikada): Keyboard / former emotion
Kanazawa Jun: Drum / former emotion
Kaneko Michiudai: Flute, sax 
Arranged By – Kuni Kawachi (tracks: クニ河内) 




Tracklist 
第一章 天皇 1:43 
第二章 戦争の放棄 2:37 
第三章 国民の権利及び義務 18:49 
第三章 国民の権利及び義務 4:35 
第四章 国会 3:12 
第五章 内閣 1:46 
第六章 司法 3:47 
第七章 財政 1:37 
第八章 地方自治 1:37 
第九章 改正 2:04 
第十章 最高法規 2:12 



Tracklist

1. Chapter 1 Emperor 01: 40
2. Chapter 2 War abandonment 02: 28
3. Chapter 3 Citizens’ Rights and Obligations 18: 53
4  Chapter 3 Citizens’ Rights and Obligations 04: 35
5. Chapter 4 The National Assembly 03: 05
6. Chapter V Cabinet 01: 35
7. Chapter V Judiciary 03: 44
8. Chapter VII Finance 01: 33
9. Chapter 8 Local Autonomy 01: 34
10 Chapter 9 revision 01: 54
11. Chapter 10 Maximum Regulations 

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