Jimi Hendrix – The Collection Vol.2

After Hendrix finished recording ‘Electric Ladyland’, Hendrix would only release one more album before his untimely death. That album was to fulfil a contract he signed before he made it big and was called ‘Band of Gypsys’. It was a live album of live songs Hendrix had not released before and was seen by Hendrix himself as not up to the standard he had set for himself. ‘Band of Gypsys’ is not a bad album, with ‘Machine Gun’ being seen as an artistic triumph but it does pale in comparison with what came before. With his outstanding contract problems seemingly out of the way, Hendrix went back to finishing off the album he had been working on since he finished ‘Electric Ladyland’.

Hendrix spent much of time between the end of the ‘Electric Ladyland’ session until his death in and out of the studio. With the amount of studio material that has seen the light of day over the years, it is surprising the Hendrix had any time to play live, eat or it would seem breath. He was even putting together his own stood called Electric Lady because he had run up massive bills from the amount of time he had spent block booking other studios to record as much as he possible could. This second compilation focuses on the period of time Hendrix was recording his fourth album but there is still room for some tunes from the years when the Experience was a going concern. This just goes to show that Hendrix had amassed an amazing amount of material and it is a tragedy that he never got to finish it. Enjoy! 

Disc 1

  1. And The Gods Made Love – Electric Ladyland
  2. Who Knows – Band Of Gypsys
  3. Mannish Boy – Blues
  4. Little Miss Lover – Axis: Bold Of Love
  5. Highway Chile – Single B-Side
  6. Message To Love (Alt Version) – West Coast Seattle Boy
  7. Somewhere – People, Hell & Angels
  8. Dolly Dagger – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  9. Stepping Stone – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  10. Look Over Yonder – South Saturn Delta
  11. Hey Baby/In From The Storm (Live) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (2000)
  12. Shame, Shame, Shame – West Coast Seattle Boy
  13. Everlasting First – West Coast Seattle Boy
  14. Suddenly November Morning – West Coast Seattle Boy
  15. Machine Gun – Band Of Gypsys
  16. (Have You Ever Been To) Electric Ladyland – Electric Ladyland

Disc 2

  1. Valleys Of Neptune – Valleys Of Neptune
  2. Astro Man – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  3. Izabella – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  4. Gypsy Eyes – Electric Ladyland
  5. Freedom – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  6. Room Full Of Mirrors – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  7. Rock Me Baby (Live) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (2000)
  8. Let Me Love You – People, Hell & Angels
  9. Here He Comes (Lover Man) – South Saturn Delta
  10. Night Bird Flying – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  11. Drifter’s Escape (Alt Take) – South Saturn Delta
  12. Power Of Soul (Alt Take) – South Saturn Delta
  13. Bleeding Heart – Blues
  14. It’s Too Bad – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (2000)
  15. Drifting – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  16. Love Or Confusion – Are You Experienced
  17. Belly Button Window – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun

Like Volume 1, the front cover was an image I came across back in the dim distant past so I’m afraid I will not be able to credit the person who made it.

Jimi Hendrix – The Collection Vol.1

My first experience (no pun intended) of Hendrix was on a K-Tel compilation album called ‘British Gold’. The track listing for that album included ‘Hey Joe’, and a look in the Squire archive in the late 80s when I was expanding my musical pallet contained some of the Track Records sampler albums that went by the name of ‘Backtrack’ as well as the ‘Smash Hits’ compilation. Not much to go on but this was about to change. 

My interest in Hendrix was really awakened when someone brought in a cassette into school of the ‘Radio One’ album. What an album this was seeing as it was a compilation of songs Hendrix had recorded for the BBC. With an eye catching cover of the great man himself wielding a Fender Stratocaster guitar, the music contained within was different, electrifying and nothing like anything in the charts at the time it came out in 1988. This seemed to be the album everyone bought and I duel bought mine. A bargain as well at only £5 for a double LP. This album received a lot of plays on the turntable and was great it that this only included what could be argued to be the best version of songs that he seemed to only play at the BBC like Drivin’ South. Compare this to the ‘BBC Sessions’ album released ten years later and you’ll see what I mean. The later album might be more comprehensive, but in my opinion ‘Radio One’ is the definitive album of the two. 

After ‘Radio One’ has wetted the appetite, I bought all of the records not already in the archive that Hendrix with or without the Experience released in his lifetime. Every album had mind blowing  songs on them, but the icing on the cake was playing through ‘Electric Ladyland’ for the first time. Was this a rock album, or an R&B one? But then again, was it psychedelic or blues, or a melting pot taking all of Hendrix’s influences and blasting them out of the speakers to attack your senses. Who cares, it is a classic album and contains one of the greatest cover version of all time in Hendrix’s interpretation of Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’.

Most of the recordings contained on this compilation are taken from the releases of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, with only a couple taken from later sessions because the majority of the post ‘Electric Ladyland’ material does not fit in with these earlier recordings sonically for me. Enjoy!

Disc 1

  1. Foxy Lady – Are You Experienced
  2. Manic Depression – Are You Experienced
  3. Fire – Are You Experienced
  4. Killing Floor – BBC Sessions
  5. Red House – Are You Experienced
  6. Can You See Me – Are You Experienced
  7. Hey Joe – Single A-Side
  8. Purple Haze – Single A-Side
  9. 51st Anniversary – Single B-Side
  10. (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man – BBC Sessions
  11. Wait Until Tomorrow – Axis: Bold As Love
  12. Ain’t No Telling – Axis: Bold As Love
  13. Castles Made Of Sand – Axis: Bold As Love
  14. Hear My Train Comin’ (Acoustic) – Blues
  15. Catfish Blues – BBC Sessions
  16. Driving South (4:49 min version) – BBC Sessions
  17. You Got Me Floatin’ – Axis: Bold As Love
  18. Stone Free – Single B-Side
  19. Crosstown Traffic – Electric Ladyland
  20. Voodoo Chile – Electric Ladyland

Disc 2

  1. Rainy Day, Dream Away – Electric Ladyland
  2. 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn To Be) – Electric Ladyland
  3. Moon, Turn The Tides…Gently Gently Away – Electric Ladyland
  4. The Wind Cries Mary – Single A-Side
  5. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp – Electric Ladyland
  6. Still Raining, Still Dreaming – Electric Ladyland
  7. House Burning Down – Electric Ladyland
  8. All Along The Watchtower – Electric Ladyland
  9. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) Electric Ladyland
  10. Ezy Ryder – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  11. Spanish Castle Magic – Axis: Bold As Love
  12. Come On (Let The Good Times Roll) – Electric Ladyland
  13. Long Hot Summer Night – Electric Ladyland
  14. Angel – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun
  15. One Rainy Wish – Axis: Bold Of Love
  16. Little Wing – Axis: Bold As Love
  17. Hear My Train A Comin’ – BBC Sessions
  18. Bold As Love – Axis: Bold As Love

The front cover was an image I came across back in the dim distant past so I’m afraid I will not be able to credit the person who made it. 

Normally when it comes to music produced from 1966-68, I tend to go for the mono mix as this is what the majority of artists thought of as the playback system that was dominant at the time. However, to my ears, Hendrix sounds weird in mono (if you are lucky enough to hear in that way) so I have gone with stereo mixes for the majority of the songs on this playlist. I think that the only mono records here are from the single mixes. 

Various Artists – Under The Influence Vol.4

Here on the forth volume of my Under The Influence Series, the theme is Northern Soul. Time to relive the glory nights of the Twisted Wheel, Golden Torch, Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino. 

Disc 1

  1. Hold On To My Baby – The Cavaliers
  2. Barefootin’ – Robert Parker 
  3. In Orbit – Joy Lovejoy
  4. I’m Satisfied  With You – The Furys
  5. Baby Reconsider – Leon Haywood
  6. Cracking Up Over You – Roy Hamilton
  7. Right Track – Billy Butler
  8. Back Street – Edwin Starr
  9. I Spy (For The F.B.I.) – Jamo Thomas & His Party Brothers Orchestra
  10. The Blowing Up My Mind – The Exciters
  11. I Need Your Love – The Dynamics
  12. I’ll Always Love You – The Spinners
  13. Better Use Your Head – Little Anthony & The Imperials
  14. I Really Love You – The Tomangoes
  15. Slippin’ Around With You – Art Freeman
  16. The Same Old Song – The Olympics
  17. Quick Change Artist – The Soul Twins
  18. If It’s All The Same To You Babe – Luther Ingram
  19. I Gotta Find Me Somebody – Luther Ingram
  20. Lay This Burden Down – Mary Love
  21. Dance Dance Dance – The Casualeers
  22. Thumb A Ride – Earl Right Orchestra
  23. What Would I Do – The Tymes
  24. You get Your Kicks – Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
  25. You Just Don’t Know – Chubby Checker
  26. Dr. Love – Bobby Sheen
  27. Somebody, Somewhere, Needs You – Darryl Banks
  28. Ain’t No More Room – The Kittens
  29. Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid – Ketty Lester
  30. Face Up To The Truth – Doris Troy
  31. Gonna Gove You All The Love I’ve Got – Kimmy Ruffin

A playlist for this complication could not be produced due to one or more songs not being available on Spotify.

Disc 2

  1. My Mama Told Me – Barbara Carr
  2. Loving You – The Starlets
  3. Talkin’ Dreamin’ Boastin’ – Sugar Pue DeSanto
  4. Love Reputation – Denise LaSalle
  5. Such A Pretty Thing – Gene Chandler
  6. Sweeter Than The Day Before – The Valentinos
  7. Too Late – Larry Williams & Johnny Watson
  8. This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It’s Killing Me) – Marvin Gaye
  9. What Good Am I Without You – Darrow Fletcher
  10. Sure Is A Lot Woman – The Isley Brothers
  11. Let’s Wade In The Water – Marlena Shaw
  12. A Mighty Good Lover – The Vashionettes
  13. If You Ever Get Your Hands – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  14. Ain’t No Sun (Since You Gone) – The Dynamics
  15. Crying In The Night – The Monitors
  16. Baby Come Home To Me – Shorty Long
  17. Show Me The Way – J. J. Barnes
  18. The Girl’s Got It – Billy Preston
  19. Come Go With Me – Gloria Jones
  20. I’m Gone – Eddie Parker
  21. Well Keep On Rolling – Brenda Holloway
  22. Keep On Climbing – The Magnificent Men
  23. Ain’t No Soul (In These Old Shoes) – Major Lance
  24. True Love – Alex Patto
  25. Hold On – The Radiants
  26. I’m Grateful – The Four Tops
  27. All I Do Is Think About You – Tammi Terrell
  28. What more Could A Boy Ask For – The Spinners
  29. Don’;t Stop – The Originals
  30. I’ll Never Stop Loving You – Carla Thomas

A playlist for this complication could not be produced due to one or more songs not being available on Spotify.

Fleetwood Mac – The Collection Vol.3

What can I say about this era of Fleetwood Mac that has not been said before. Absolutely nothing so I will be brief. There is a reason why this era of the band is so well known. They sold an absolute ton of records and put out Rumours, the only classic album to have been produced whilst the band members were partaking in liberal amounts of cocaine. The classic era dates from 1975 when Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined. This line up was also the most stable in the bands history, which is surprising considering the collapse of two of the relationships that band members were in, and then two having an affair and the aforementioned drugs. How they produced anything at all, let along five albums of at worse, pretty good to at best, absolutely classic music is beyond me. 

Like the first compilation of Mac material, this era had so much quality music that I put together a CD set. I didn’t finish in 1987 when Lindsey Buckingham left, but with the album that signalled the end of the band as regular recording act in ‘Behind The Mask’. This is not classic Mac, but still competent enough for inclusion here. I gave the next album after this a listen, but the ‘Time’ record is just awful. It doesn’t help that drummer Mick Fleetwood felt it was time to include a seven minute spoken word piece to see it off. Buckingham would return, and go again (or fired depending on your point of view). Nicks and Christine McVie would go and come back, but behind the ever rotating members up front are the bedrock of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. The rhythm section has pretty much been the same since day one (apart from stop gap bass player Bob Brunning from the very early days). Fleetwood Mac is now just a touring band with attempts to record a new record coming to nothing since 2003s ‘Say You Will’. I’d moved on by this point but I will always have a soft spot for the Mac as they were the first band I really got into as it were. I love the music and how they managed to survive after Peter Green left, and then come back even stronger is a testament to great song writing and great playing. For that, I say thank you. Enjoy.  

Disc 1

  1. Second Hand News
  2. Say You Love Me
  3. Go Your Won Way
  4. Dreams
  5. Sugar Daddy
  6. Landslide
  7. Crystal
  8. Songbird
  9. Rhiannon
  10. Sara
  11. I’m So Afraid
  12. Silver Springs
  13. The Chain
  14. Never Going Back Again
  15. Don’t Stop
  16. You Make Loving Fun
  17. I Don’t Want To Know
  18. Oh Daddy
  19. Gold Dust Woman
  20. Doesn’t Anything Last

Disc 2

  1. Love In Store
  2. Gypsy
  3. Can’t Go Back
  4. What Makes You Think You’re The One
  5. Think About Me
  6. Save Me A Place
  7. Only Over You
  8. Hold Me
  9. Oh Diane
  10. Tusk
  11. Storms
  12. Over & Over
  13. That’s All For Everyone
  14. Brown Eyes
  15. Angel
  16. Honey Hi
  17. Never Make Me Cry
  18. Sisters Of The Moon
  19. Book Of Love
  20. Beautiful Child
  21. Never Forget

Disc 3

  1. Big Love
  2. Seven Wonders
  3. Everywhere
  4. Caroline
  5. Tango In The Night
  6. Mystified
  7. Little Lies
  8. Family Man
  9. Welcome To The Room…Sara
  10. Isn’t It Midnight
  11. When I See You Again
  12. As Long As You Follow
  13. No Questions Asked
  14. When It Comes To Love
  15. When The Sun Goes Down
  16. Love Is Dangerous
  17. Skies The Limit
  18. Behind The Mask
  19. Do You Know
  20. The Second Time

Fleetwood Mac – The Collection Vol.2

It has been pretty much a year since I had a look at the early years of Fleetwood Mac, so it was about time that I had a look at their career after founder member and legendary guitar, Peter Green, left the band.

In my post from August 2020, I lamented that the blues era of the band had been poorly served by compilers of the groups archive. If I thought that the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac has been poorly served by the endless reissuing of only the most successful tracks from time or poorly research archive compilations, well, the next era is a virtual desert. When Peter Green left Fleetwood Mac, the band continued to make records and tour but without the blues guitar hero up front, the sound began to change from blues, to rock, to soft rock. Between 1970 and 1974, Fleetwood Mac released an album a year but from the 2018 50 Years Anniversary Compilation, you would hardly now it. 

On the 1 disc set which I suspect was designed to appeal to the casual buyer did not contain a single song from this era. In fact, only three songs from the twenty on the disc came form the Peter Green Era. On the three disc set, only disc one covered the first seven and most productive (in terms of releases) period of the band. With seventeen songs to cover this period, nine songs are from this forgotten second era which is not bad and the majority were single edits that I had never heard before. Nice touch but it really shows where the band through the money is as the rest of the set is from 1975 onwards. For the average Mac fan, this is most probably all they know. All of the Reprise label releases from 1969-1974 were released in a box set in 2020, but the lack of unreleased songs, be it in the studio or live was noticeable. This is a shame as this second era from contained its fair share of top notch songs. 

Mac kicked things off in the 70s by releasing the ‘Kiln House’ album and this is the weakest of this era’s records. It is a band trying to find their feet after their leading light and driving force left. It is not a great album, but it does have some good playing and a couple of good songs. As if losing one founder member wasn’t enough, by the time the next album came out, Jeremy Spencer had also left. This is where they drafted in the guitar playing who would play on all of the remaining albums throughout this era and who’s departure in 1974 would lead to Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joining the band.  

This man was Bob Welch and ‘Future Games’ was the first album he appeared on. This album is one, possibly two songs away from being a lost classic. It is also as far from the blues as you can get and it is not a surprise that the band lost a lot of their key UK audience around this period. Who wants to listen to soft rock with a sunshine Californian jazzy feel that came courtesy of American Welsh? Not the bands British fan base at any rate. The same line up continued on to the next album, ‘Bare Trees’ which also contained Welsh’s signature song, ‘Sentimental Lady’ which became a top ten US hit when he recorded a solo version in 1977. For Danny Kirwan though, this would be the end of the road. He had struggled since Peter Green left and his drinking had become a problem. After one too many incidents of erratic behaviour, Kirwan was out and the band regrouped with ex Savoy Brown singer Dave Walker and guitar player for hire Bob Weston coming in. 

The band’s next album, ‘Penguin’ is not a great album with a pretty pedestrian cover of I’m A Road Runner making up the numbers.  Penguin is notable for having a brief appearance by Peter Green on the song Nightwatch. At the time, this was the first Mac record to make any headway in the US, even though is did nothing in the UK. Walker did not last long as the band were not ready for a front person who didn’t play a guitar or keyboards and he was gone by the time the sessions for their next album which was called ‘Mystery To Me’. This was an improvement on the previous record and continued with the trend of their early 70s albums to do reasonably well in the US, but not in the UK. However, band harmony didn’t last long as it was found that Bob Weston was having an affair with Mick Fleetwood’s wife. The tour fell apart and Clifford Davis, the band’s manager sent a fake Mac on the road claiming he owned the band name. This fake Mac would end up changing their name to Stretch and release a number of records of their own. 

After a suggestion from Welch, the band relocated to the US and have pretty much stayed there ever since. The recorded their first US based album and it was called ‘Heroes Are Hard To Find’. Even though the album was the first Mac album to break into the US top 40, Welch felt it was time to move on. He felt that he had given all he could to the band and with his marriage failing, he moved on to pastures new. 

I was pleasantly surprised to find all of these songs on Spotify, especially as their were quite a number of songs from the Peter Green era that meant I could not create a play list on the platform. These compilations CD show a band in transition, but there is enough good songs in here to show that these albums are unduly being ignored with a lack of deluxe reissues. Bizarrely, all of the albums Danny Kirwan was on were given a Vinyl Box Set reissue in 2013 but apart from the addition of the single Oh Well (Parts 1 & 2) was the only bonus track. There have been a rare occasion when this era does get a compilation, this normally throws in a couple of rare or unreleased studio cuts with a load of live tracks. Why not put out some deluxe editions record label? Come on Warner Brothers Records, you can do better than this. The label was not swallowed up by Universal so the bands archives did not catch fire in 2008 so surely there is more in the archive? 

This era might be the bridge between the blues era and the multi million dollar selling soft rock behemoth but it does show how the band went from one to the other. So for now here is, to my mind anyway, the best of the years 1970-74. Enjoy.   

Disc 1

  1. Homeward Bound
  2. Child of Mine
  3. Sentimental Lady
  4. The Ghost
  5. Earl Grey
  6. Future Games
  7. Woman Of 1000 Years
  8. Sands Of Time
  9. Sometimes
  10. Spare Me A Little Of Your Love
  11. Sunny Side Of Heaven
  12. Morning Rain
  13. Hi Ho Silver
  14. Tell Me All The Things You Do
  15. One Together
  16. Dust
  17. Show Me A Smile

Disc 2

  1. Remember Me
  2. (I’m A) Roadrunner
  3. Angel
  4. Coming Home
  5. Keep On Going
  6. The Derelict
  7. Heroes Are Hard To Find
  8. Bad Loser
  9. Emerald Eyes
  10. Believe Me
  11. Night Watch
  12. Dissatisfied
  13. Revelation
  14. The City
  15. Prove Your Love
  16. The Way I Feel
  17. Bright Fire
  18. Come A Little Closer
  19. Caught In The Rain
  20. Why

Cream – The Music Of Cream

As there has been a couple of episodes of the podcast looking at the later years of Eric Clapton’s career, I thought it was time to have a look at one fo the seminal bands he appeared with during his early career. 

Ah Cream, one of the first supergroups. Famous for the inventing the power trio, their proficiency with their instruments, their extended solos and producing some the greatest music of all time. The existence of the band was always going to be a limited affair due to volatile nature of the relationship between bassist (plus loads of other instruments) Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. Having played together in a previous band, Baker and Bruce had been known for their quarrelling, on stage fights and damaging one another’s instruments. Baker had had Bruce fired and Bruce only stopped turning up for gigs after Baker had threatened him with a knife. It was Clapton though who wanted Bruce in as he had played with him in John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. Even though Bruce and Baker were reluctant, they decided to put their differences aside and took they name, Cream. The individual members did have reputations at the time as being the best around but taking that sort of name still meant they had to prove it. 

The band initially played a tight set but soon expanded the songs they were playing, mostly down to the fact that initially they did not have much in the way of original material. It was also agreed that the band would split songwriting duties between them and that Bruce would be the main vocalist. Fresh Cream, the band’s first album clearly shows this as both Baker and Bruce contributed material, but Bruce sang all the lead vocal parts except on Four Units Late, which Clapton sang. Clapton was not very confident about singing at this stage and as far as I can tell, not written any original material. Out of all of the albums Cream produced, Fresh Cream could be argued to be the most focused. The songs are mostly blues based and to the point even though the beginnings of the extended jam material can be seen here with the inclusion of Spoonful and Toad, both of which clock in at over 5 minutes each. The first two singles were also not included on this album, the rock classic I Feel Free and the ‘are you sure that is Cream’ debut record, Wrapping Paper.  

Disraeli Gears, the second effort is most probably their most famous record. With its memorable sleeve and including such classics as Sunshine of Your Love, it is let down by two of the weakest efforts in the band’s catalogue. Blue Condition and Mother’s Lament. When a box set and deluxe edition of this album came out, there were a number of songs that had been demoed for this album but these were not put on the record because the record label thought of them as uncommercial. Surely a song needs to be good, not just commercial? The majority of the music for this compilation comes from these two albums, and they are the best. After this, the standard of the music on the LPs in my opinions diminishes somewhat. 

Wheels on Fire did include the classic White Room, but after that, the original material is possibly a bit too experimental, or just not good enough for me. The live album suffers from the same problem that most records of that nature suffer from, in that a three piece has a big hole in the sound once the lead guitar player goes for a solo. There are also limitations in what you can do with a three piece, and when it sounds like all of them are taking a solo at the same time, it is no wonder that they turned the sound up so they could hear themselves. Goodbye sounds as though it was knocked out to fulfil their contract, with each member supplying a song each and the rest of the record containing more live material of songs released on their previous albums. This album also included Badge, a song that would would become one of the bands most famous pieces but was not included on here as I don’t like it. 

This is the problem I have with Cream. They have a great reputation and can be said to be one of the precursors for heavy rock/metal, but for a band with such a great reputation, their recording legacy does not quite match up. Yes, they produced some classic songs which are still played on the radio today, but there was so many that were not very good. There is also their reputation as a live act, which I have also struggled with. I bought all of the live recordings up to a point but after a while, the constant soloing can become quite hard to listen to . When they got it right, as shown here by the covers of Steppin’ Out and Crossroads, they were great. Most of the time, it was just too self indulgent for my tastes. However, there was enough material for me to compile a CD and I am sure there will be those that will disagree with this playlist and feel other songs should have been included, or that I have been a bit harsh on their live reputation, but its just my opinion folks.   

  1. Wrapping Paper
  2. I Feel Free
  3. N.S.U.
  4. Cat’s Squirrel
  5. Four Until Late
  6. Dreaming
  7. Rollin’ & Tumblin’
  8. Strange Brew
  9. Sunshine Of Your Love
  10. Steppin’ Out
  11. Crossroads
  12. World Of Pain
  13. Dance The Night Away
  14. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
  15. White Room
  16. Born Under A Bad Sign
  17. The Coffee Song
  18. SWLABR
  19. Outside Woman Blues
  20. Take It Back
  21. I’m So Glad
  22. Doing The Scrapyard Thing
  23. Deserted Cities Of The Heart
  24. What A Bringdown

The cover is taken from https://www.redbubble.com/shop/cream+band+posters

Various Artists – Under the Influence Vol.3

Here on the third volume of my Under The Influence Series, the theme is once again 60’s soul but we have moved later into the decade with some songs coming from the early 70’s.

Disc 1

  1. Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
  2. In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
  3. Do The Funky Chicken – Rufus Thomas
  4. I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
  5. A Certain Girl – Ernie K-Doe
  6. Mojo Hannah – Little Esther Phillips
  7. See Saw – Don Covay & The Goodtimers
  8. I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) – Eddie Floyd
  9. Walk On By – Dionne Warwick
  10. I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James
  11. I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
  12. 25 Miles – Edwin Starr
  13. Ain’t To Proud To Beg – The Temptations
  14. Memphis Soul Stew – King Curtis
  15. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave – Martha & The Vandellas
  16. Shop Around – The Miracle
  17. I Thank You – Sam & Dave
  18. You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
  19. Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
  20. Respect – Aretha Franklin
  21. Mr. Pitiful – Otis Redding
  22. Heaven Must Have Have Sent You – The Elgins
  23. Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
  24. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever – The Four Tops
  25. Lonely Lover – Marvin Gaye
  26. You’re No Good –  Betty Everette
  27. Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
  28. You Don’t Miss Your Water – William Bell
  29. I Don’t Know What You’re Got (But It’s Not Me) Parts 1 & 2

Disc 2

  1. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
  2. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag Pt.1 – James Brown
  3. Last Night – The Mar-Kets
  4. Green Onions – Booker T & The MG’s
  5. Walking The Dog – Rufus Thomas
  6. B-A-B-Y – Carla Thomas
  7. Soul Finger – The Bar-Kays
  8. Soul Man – Sam & Dave
  9. Who’s Making Love – Johnnie Taylor
  10. Respect – Otis Redding
  11. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  12. Private Number – Judy Clay & William Bell
  13. Can’t See You When I Want To – David Porter
  14. Piece Of My Heart – Erma Franklin
  15. Harlem Shuffle – Bob & Earl
  16. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
  17. Oh No Not My Baby – Maxine Brown
  18. Stop Her On Sight (SOS) – Edwin Starr
  19. (I Know) I’m Losing You – The Temptations
  20. Road Runner – Junior Walker & The All Stars
  21. Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas
  22. Reach Out, I’ll Be There – The Four Tops
  23. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  24. For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
  25. I Get The Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson
  26. Tracks Of My Tears – The Miracles
  27. Abraham, Martin & John – Marvin Gaye
  28. Stay With Me (Baby) – Lorraine Ellison

Various Artists – Psychedelic Pernambuco Vol.1

I have a real soft spot for music that came out in the Psychedelic Years of 1966-1969, and when I first getting into ‘it’, I only thought that this sort of music was produced in the UK and USA. A little digging though on the surface, it wasn’t hard to discover that the rest of the world wasn’t that far behind. I covered this topic in Episode 80 and 81 of the my podcast under the title of ‘Mundo Psych’. Those shows only scratched the service of what there was, and so this month I present Volume 1 in a more comprehensive look at this genre from around the world. 

Some of these songs could be argued to be bordering on Progressive Rock, but this works well as a compilation and a genre label is pretty loose anyway. 

Disc 1

  1. Same – McCully Workshop Inc.
  2. I Wonder Who – Aguaturbia
  3. Hang Out – The Kaleidoscope (Mexico)
  4. Hop Dedik – Erol Buyukburc
  5. Dark Thoughts – New Dawn
  6. People – Ladies W.C.
  7. Turkuz Turku Cagiririz (Sur Efem Atini) – Mahzar Ve Faut
  8. Quero Companheira – Rubinho E Mauro Assumpção
  9. Sweet Sixteen – Ros Sereysothea
  10. A Madman’s Cry – Otis Waygood
  11. Lenon Blues – Three Souls In My Mind
  12. Run & Hide – Speed, Glue & Shinki
  13. Yesterday – Lightyears Away – Astral Navigation
  14. Magic Colours – Teddy Robin & The Playboys
  15. En Medio De La Lluvia – La Revolución De Emiliano Zapata
  16. Glória Ao Rei Nos Confins Do Além – Os Mutantes
  17. Así Serás – Congreso
  18. Spring – Kim Jung Mi
  19. The Evening Sun – Shin Jung-Hyeon & There Men
  20. Foto De Primera Comunión – Los Jaivas

Disc 2

  1. Toward The Sunlight – Kim Jung Mi
  2. Hermano Perro – Almendra
  3. Sniffin’ & Snortin’ Part 2 (Vitamin C) – Speed, Glue & Shinki
  4. Inferno No Mundo – Bango
  5. Sen Varson – Bulent Ortacgil & Benimle Oynar Misin
  6. Walderez Walderea – Flavio Kurt
  7. Inento N°.2 – Antorcha
  8. Tatli Dillum – Cem Karaca & Kardaslar Apaslar
  9. E.V.O.L. – Aguaturbia
  10. Planetario – Geraldo Azevedo
  11. Parque Industrial – Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes & Caetano Veloso
  12. Cuando Era Nio – Los Ovnis
  13. Vous – Michel Pagliaro
  14. Une Petite Fille – Empreintes
  15. No Mundo Da Lua – Rubinho E Mauro Assumpçao
  16. Valley Of Sadness – The Third Eye
  17. Los Pajaros – Kissing Spell
  18. Beautiful Rivers & Mountains – Shin Joong Hyun & The Men
  19. Michael Of Hair – Tokedashita Garasu Baku
  20. Towards The Sunlight (Reprise) – Kim Jung Mi

Some of these songs have had a bit of an edit in places. A intro taken off here, and outro edited down there. The biggest edit is to Kim Jung Mi’s song ‘Towards The Sunlight’. I took the coda from the song and used is as the last song on Disc 2. It sounded better there than as the end of the opening song.

The title for this compilation comes from a CD released back in 2011 of the same name. It was a Various Artists disc looking at the music scene in Pernambuco, and area in northeast Brazil that had its own thriving music scene outside of the hubs of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The cover is also adapted from that compilation as well. 

Tom Jones – Praise & Blame (Expanded Edition)

With a new Tom Jones having dropped onto my doorstep (six years after his previous effort, which is far too long in my opinion considering the albums that went into making this this playlist were absolutely fantastic), I thought it was time to offer up a playlist of the great mans work. Now, Mr Jones has been a recording artist since 1964 and like any artist that has been recording as long as he has, there are going to be some duds in there with the gold. But what gold I would have had to choose from. His stellar A-Sides such as ‘Green, Grass of Home’, ‘Delilah’ and the immortal ‘It’s Not Unusual’. I could have looked deep cuts such as his first single ‘Chills & Fever’ or an overlooked B-Side such as ‘Looking Out My Window’ with a drum break that has been sampled numerous times. There was the resurrection of his career in the late 80s as well as the classic ‘Reload’ album for 1999. Even records from the wilderness years of the mid to late 70s have their nuggets included, but it is with the albums that Jones has released since 2010 that have inspired this playlist. 

2010 saw Jones leave the hair and beard dye at home, and come back with an album of blues and gospel songs called ‘Praise & Blame’ Before the album came out, David Sharpe, who was the Vice-President of Jones’ record label thought the album was a joke and wanted “to get my money back”. Showing that the people who run record labels don’t necessarily know a good thing when they hear it, the LP reached Number 2 in the UK album charts and make headway in other markets around the world. Jones seems to be in his element. The production is stripped back and it allows the songs to breath as well showing the power in Jones’ voice has not diminished over time. He followed this up this up with ‘Spirit In The Room’, which cast its net a bit wider when it came to the songs as this included material from his contemporaries such as Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen. A third album in this style followed in 2015 in the shape of ‘Long Lost Suitcase’ and it is from these three that this playlist comes from. I do hope we do not have to wait another six years for the next Tom Jones album.

  1. What Good Am I?
  2. Burning Hell
  3. Lord Help
  4. Take My Love (I Want To Give it)
  5. Honey, Honey (With Imelda May)
  6. Love & Blessings
  7. Soul Of A Man
  8. Elvis Presley Blues
  9. Did Trouble Me
  10. Opportunity To Cry
  11. He Was  A Friend of Mine
  12. Tower Of Song
  13. Run On
  14. Don’t Knock
  15. I Wish You Would
  16. Factory Girl
  17. Ain’t No Grave
  18. Didn’t It Rain
  19. All Blues Hail Mary
  20. If I Give My Soul
  21. Charlie Darwin
  22. Strange Things

I picked the title for this playlist as “Praise & Blame’ because it was a great cover and sums up perfectly the music contained within. The cover is the same as the original LP. 

Various Artists – Gotta Get Up! The Songs of Harry Nilsson Vol. 3

After compiling Volume 2 earlier, this month, I found that I had enough songs to complete another set. Like Volume 2, this kicks off with a cover of “Gotta Get Up’. After that, there is a mix of songs Nilsson wrote but didn’t always record a version of himself. These include songs from before he signed his contract with RCA such as ‘A Travellin’ Man’ and ‘Paradise’ as wells many recorded afterwards. There is the other side of the single that Kenny Everett released (with the first being included on Vol.2) as well as more performances by The Turtles and Jimmy Cross. George Tipton, Nilsson’s arranger on his early records makes another appearance but there is also room for a novelty recording such as the version of ‘Without Her’ by Telly Savalas. The disc finishes with a special bonus in that it contains the song ‘Little More Rain’ from the ‘New Nilsson Songs’ demo album. As of now, no one has been able to find out who the singer is.

Once again, unlike Ace Record, I do not have access to the original tapes so some of these have been taken from vinyl transfers, so please excuse the pops etc. The sleeve is similar in style to the Ace Records volume. The differences being that I could not match the original font and there are no dates under the title. I decided that that was unnecessary as this was meant to highlight Nilsson songs throughout the years. Its not really the covers you are here for though, but the music. Well, that is top notch. Enjoy!

  1. Gotta Get Up – Marty Finkel
  2. Everybody Philly – The Citations
  3. Maybe – Labi Siffre
  4. 1941 – Joel Grey
  5. It’s Been So Long – Kenny Everett
  6. Me & My Arrow – Davy Jones
  7. Wailing Of The Willow – Liza Minnelli
  8. Remember (Christmas) – Johnny Mathis
  9. Countin’ – Mike Clifford
  10. Don’t Leave Me – Robert John
  11. I Guess The Lord Must be In New York City – The New Yorkers
  12. Chicken Track – Jimmie Cross
  13. The Story Of Rock ’n’ Roll – The Turtles
  14. The Puppy Song – David Cassidy
  15. Open Your Window – George Tipton
  16. One – Chris Clark
  17. All My Life – The Walkmen (feat. Allesanora Mario)
  18. Easy For Me – Ringo Starr
  19. Without Her – Telly Savalas
  20. Together – Clodagh Rodgers
  21. Paradise – Jean King
  22. A Travellin’ Man – The New Christine Minstrels
  23. Little Cowboy – The Buffoons
  24. Little More Rain – Unknown