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The Butterfield Blues Band - East-West (Audio Fidelity Hybrid Super Audio CD)

Posted by Steve Rosen on April 17, 2014 at 4:50pm 0 Comments

East-West is the second album from the Butterfield Blues Band. Originally released in 1966, this amazing record features some of the best American blues guitar ever recorded. Michael Bloomfield is on fire here on traditional cuts like Robert Johnson's "Walkin' Blues" and Muddy Waters' "Two Trains Running" as well as on "Mary Mary," the song Michael Nesmith would subsequently bring to the Monkees. And how can you miss the two instrumental tracks at the heart of this release: Nat Adderly's "Work Song" and the title cut.

This Audio Fidelity special release captures all the glorious and organic qualities of the analog original while at the same time bringing guitars, drums, and vocals into an even clearer aural focus.

Singer Paul Butterfield, guitarist Mike Bloomfield and drummer Billy Davenport are all gone now, but their astonishing legend lives on in East-West. If you've never heard this record, shame on you. And if you have heard it, you need to purchase this beautifully remastered version to hear what you've been missing.

One result was the inclusion of two extended jams at the instigation of Bloomfield following the group's successful appearance at The Fillmore in San Francisco during March alongside Jefferson Airplane.[4] Both reflected his love of…

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Brian Johnson Shoots Down AC/DC Rumors

Posted by News on April 17, 2014 at 9:29am 0 Comments

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson has shot down rumors the band was on the verge of retiring due to the ill health of one of its members.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Johnson said the band still intended to get together in Vancouver in May, as previously planned. “We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas,” he said. “If anything happens, we'll record it."

However, Johnson confirmed that a member of the band, who the Telegraph says is thought to be rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, was suffering a debilitating illness. “I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future," Johnson told the Telegraph. "I'm not ruling anything out. One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much.”

Johnson said the band was a tight family and that he’d love for the band to mark its 40th anniversary with 40 shows this year. "That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye," he said. “We would love to do it. But it's all up in the air at the moment.

By Peter Hodgson 

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Kinks Had To Record “You Really Got Me” Twice

Posted by News on April 15, 2014 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

Lately there’s been quite a bit of talk about a Kinks reunion. Kinks guitarist Dave Davies has said that he has met up and jammed with his brother Ray recently, adding fuel to the fire that perhaps the band will reunite in conjunction with their 50th anniversary as a band.

In a recent interview with Guitarist magazine, Dave Davies talked about the difficulties the band experienced when recording their classic 1964 song “You Really Got Me.” The engineers couldn’t quite figure out how to record Davies’ distorted guitar sound, which was something new all together. Said Dave: “The problems we had trying to record ‘You Really Got Me’! It was like they just didn't know how to record it. They didn't know how to record the bass or bass drum. They certainly didn't have a clue how to record my guitar sound. We had to record it twice; the first one sounded crap.”

Dave Davies just played his first gig in the U.K. in 13 years this past Friday (April 11), at Barbican Hall in London

By Daniel Eriksson 

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Led Zeppelin Debut Exclusive Track

Posted by News on April 15, 2014 at 4:43pm 0 Comments

Led Zeppelin are getting ready to release remastered versions of their entire catalog. The band's first three albums will be released on June 3. The albums, which were remastered by Jimmy Page himself, will each contain bonus material. Now the band has released an exclusive track from the upcoming release. It's a live recording of "Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown" from a concert at the Olympia in Paris on October 10, 1969.

"This is how we started off the set at Olympia," said Jimmy Page in a statement. "And you can just feel the energy on this. It's wild, but it's contained." John Paul Jones added: "These were usually openers 'cause they made you sit up. Concise and hard-hitting."

"'Good Times Bad Times' is the nearest thing you’d ever come to a sort of rock ditty. I mean, how did I know about the 'days of my youth I was told what it means to be a man' and all that stuff? It’s almost Tin Pan Alley, but played brilliantly. And Bonzo’s bass drum work. They were just really vigorous, joyous, uncomplicated pieces of music, which were great fun," Robert Plant said.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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Rod Stewart: Live 1976 - 1998 Tonight's The Night - WB Records

Posted by Steve Rosen on April 15, 2014 at 7:04am 0 Comments

After first making a name for himself with the Jeff Beck Group on the Truth and Beck-Ola albums in the late 1960s, Rod Stewart has been nothing less than astonishing in his rise to becoming one of the most respected and gifted vocalists in the world. And nowhere is that talent more on display than when Stewart is onstage and here in an extraordinary four-CD set, the singer is presented live in a span that covers more than 20 years.

Laid out chronologically, disc one contains performances from the UK all recorded in 1976. The second disc includes to songs from '76 - "Sailing" and "Stay With Me" but the remaining 10 songs were culled from a show at the Inglewood Forum in 1979. Disc three  encompasses shows from 1984 - 1989 including a San Diego performance in 1984  and a 1989 outing at the meadowlands. Rod even brings out the old chestnut "I Ain't Superstitious," a song he sang so beautifully on the Jeff Beck Group's Truth album back in 1968. The fourth and final CD covers 1991 - 1998 including a Wembley Stadium show that contained a varied selection of tunes including 'Downtown Train," the Rolling Stones' "Baby Jane" and "Mandolin Wind." he even tackles oasis' "Cigarettes and Alcohol' and primal Scream's "Rocks."

Stewart still sings amazingly here. Like he's just gargled with razor blades, his pipes have stood the test of time and evidence of those super lungs is splayed across these four discs. A true icon and pioneer, Rod Stewart is still an important singer 50 years after he first opened his mouth in front of a microphone. And you can hear precisely why on this terrific box…

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Alice Cooper: Hey Stoopid [Hear No Evil Recordings/Cherry Red Records]

Posted by Steve Rosen on April 14, 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Hey Stoopid is Alice Cooper's 19th album and the follow-up to Trash. Featuring guest spots by Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Mick Mars, Ozzy Osbourne and Vinnie Moore, the album is full of great Cooper classics including "Feed My Frankenstein" [bringing together guitar masters Steve Vai and Joe Satriani and the title track.

Produced by Peter Collins [Rush, Air Supply and Queensryche], the album would chart in the Top 10 in the UK, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden. The title track, "Love's A Loaded Gun" and "Feed My Frankenstein" were all released and became hit singles [this latter song was performed by Alice himself in the 1992 comedy, Wayne's World].

Included on this Hear No Evil rerelease are three bonus tracks including a Beba edit of 'Hey Stoopid," a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" and non-album track called "It Rained All Night."

This is another tremendous release from Red Cherry Records. Thanks to this prestigious English label, we can indulge all over again in the guilty pleasures of Alice Cooper and this great album.

 

Deftones Releases Eros Track To Honor Chi

Posted by News on April 14, 2014 at 1:27pm 0 Comments

Deftones have released a song titled “Smile” from their album Eros to mark the first anniversary of the passing of their bass player, Chi Cheng, who died of a cardiac arrest after being in a semi-comatose state since a 2008 car accident.

Eros was recorded in 2008, but the band shelved the album with only six tracks fully completed (vocals were still being tracked) following Cheng’s accident.

The band had played the song “Melanie” at live performances at the time, but fans have long hoped to hear something from the album.

Last year, a month after Cheng’s death, vocalist Chino Moreno said he’d recently listened to the album again and felt the time was nearing to release the album, later clarifying that the band would likely release one more album before putting Eros out. “I think it should be released, but we don't have any definite plans,” he told MTV. “There's some work to do on it. Deftones have been moving forward in a strong, positive motion, so for us to stop and reflect on something five years ago, I don't know if we're ready for that,” adding, “It is a special thing for us: it's the last thing Chi played on. It will see the light of day. I just don't know when.”

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Nirvana Members Play Small Club Gig

Posted by News on April 14, 2014 at 1:17pm 0 Comments

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has reflected on his band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and explained the decision to perform with Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Lorde and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon at the ceremony.

In a posting on his blog, Novoselic said the event was bittersweet, but “considering we were inducted, the show had to go on.” He said Jett was first on his list to join him, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear. “I spoke to Dave about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead,” Novoselic writes. “We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.”

Novoselic said the two ‘matriarchs of Punk Rock’- Jett and Gordon - provided a good balance with St. Vincent and Lorde representing the powerful up-and-coming women in rock. “Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way,” he said.

After the Hall of Fame performance, Novoselic, Grohl and Smear headed to a small Brooklyn club, Saint Vitus, to perform with Jett, Gordon, St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis and Deer Tick’s John McCauley for a 19-song set.

By Peter Hodgson 

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Led Zeppelin Release Reissue Album Trailer

Posted by News on April 12, 2014 at 12:24pm 0 Comments

Led Zeppelin have released a new trailer to promote the reissue of their debut album. Watch it below.

The previously unreleased clip features the band performing live at Paris's Olympia Theatre on October 10, 1969. The full performance appears on the companion disk that comes with the reissue of Led Zeppelin.

In 2014, Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums, with four previously unheard tracks set to accompany each release.

“New” song “La La” will appear on the second disc of the reissued Led Zeppelin II. The extra audio disc accompanying Led Zeppelin III will feature “Jennings Farm Blues,” “Bathroom Sound” and “Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind.” All of these songs have been previously available on bootlegs but the June 2014 reissue of the three albums will mark the first time the tracks have been made widely available and approved by Jimmy Page.

Page says, “The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions and new material recorded at the time.”

All nine of the band’s studio albums are due to be reissued in the same style.

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Johnny A Confirms New “Driven” Album

Posted by News on April 12, 2014 at 12:12pm 0 Comments

Gibson signature guitarist Johnny A will release his third solo album to stores, Driven, on June 3. Driven features 10 original songs and Johnny’s new version of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody.”

Driven marks the guitarist's first time engineering, mixing and producing an entire album, which was recorded at his home studio, “Nirvana Sound.” He also played nearly all of the instruments.

Johnny A considers the new album a departure from previous releases. The press release says, “It’s a potent, groove-driven recording that reflects his diversity as a player/songwriter, blending rock, blues, jazz and funk.”

Read more about Johnny A in these exclusive Gibson.com interviews.

Johnny A and Gibson part 1
Johnny A and Gibson part 2

For tour dates and to buy the new album right now, visit johnnya.com.

Johnny A

By Michael Leonard 

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