December 2, 2007

PLUGGING IN AND SPARKING ON

Five last years, since the Mael brothers unleashed their “Lil’ Beethoven” on us, have seen a surge of interest in SPARKS, and 2008 is the year when the band release their 21st album. That’s a full age of sorts and, therefore, a cause to celebrate. And be sure, Ron and Russell know many ways to do so in style. This time the brothers decide to premiere the record on June 13th at Shepherds Bush Empire where they’re going to be playing this as yet untitled album in its entirety – but this is not the trick. The trick is to precede the premiere night by playing live all of the LPs on 20 consecutive nights in London, from start to finish for the Shepherds Bush date to be the grand finale. As Maels said, “That’s approximately 250 songs, or for you musicians, 4 million, 825 thousand, 273 notes. Come celebrate each and every one of those notes with us!”

WISHING WELL

If there’s a dream British blues collaboration, it’s for Paul Rodgers and Maggie Bell to do something together, not only for Maggie to be covering FREE’s “Wishing Well”. Now, there’s a chance, with the two being on the Swan Song label in the ’70s, both are scheduled to appear alongside their friends LED ZEPPELIN at O2’s stage on December 10th.

THE RIOTER QUIETENS

What a sad news! On November 19th the QUIET RIOT effusive frontman, Kevin DuBrow, passed away. His body was found only six day later. Glenn Hughes is said to have called from LA to Las Vegas and alarmed DuBrow’s friend to look for paramedics, after Kevin failed to attend a party at the Hughes’, an occasion he tried to never miss on. The death’s cause is still not announced but there was no invasion in the singer’s appartment. Perhaps, his wasn’t metal health as DuBrow’s would have it under the title of his band’s most famous album which, in 1983, spearheaded by the “”Cum On Feel The Noize” cover, helped shape the glam metal scene. He will be sorely missed by many,

ALL BLUES AND NO DINNER

While the British blues aficionados are eagerly expecting a new album from Jack Bruce and Robin Trower, that’s going to be out any day soon, the former CREAM singer / bassist has come up with a new live recording. “Live At 37. Deutschesland Jazzfestival” was laid down in Frankfurt on October 26th, 2006 and feature the Hessischer Rundfunk Big Band. The swinging combo may be an interesting collaborators for Jack who’s always dabbled with jazz and shaped his first solo album, “Things We Like” as a pure jazz record (it was released as Bruce’s second, after more viable commercially “Songs For A Tailor’. So here’s something like a full circle for the veteran.

1. Never Tell Your Mother She’s Out Of Tune
2. Rope Ladder To The Moon
3. Spoonful
4. Smiles And Grins
5. Born Under A Bad Sign
6. Theme For An Imaginary Western
7. Milonga
8. The Consul At Sunset
9. We’re Going Wrong
10. Deserted Cities Of The Heart
11. Sunshine Of Your Love

SAY THIS IS REAL

“Say It’s Not True” is not a new song as such: QUEEN + Paul Rodgers unveiled it on their "Return Of The Champions" DVD. But there it was the song’s writer, Roger Taylor’s solo spot. Now, there’s a full recording, with Taylor, Brian May and Paul Rodgers taking a verse each and complete with a heavy section. Before the entire album arrives – it\s likely to see the light of day in 2008 – this, new version and a video for it are available for a free download through Queenonline. It’s made available for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 before World AIDS Day that was December 1st. There was a 46664 concert on November 30th but, having played two previous events, this time the band are in the studio and couldn’t appear there; instead, they sent such a special musical message.

QUEEN who lost their singer Freddie Mercury to AIDS are very likely campaigners for the cause. Says Roger Taylor, “By making the song available for free, we hope to help Mandela with his campaign to get across the message that no-one is safe from infection. We have to be aware, we have to protect ourselves and those we love. The song follows the line of his personal message: it’s in our own hands to bring a stop to this”.

SQUIRE’S S-CHOIR

Another Christmas comes, another artist serves up the traditional fair, and this time up comes such a non-traditional artist as Chris Squire. The YES leader hushed his thunderous bass for the English Baroque Choir’s voices and Steve Hackett‘s guitar to shine through. A good pairing with Jon Anderson’s newly re-issued, with a holiday card’s pack, “3 Ships” seasonal album, it features quite an interesting coda, Squire’s own “Run With The Fox”.

1. Adam Lay Y’Bouden
2. I Saw Three Ships
3. Come O Come Emmanuel
4. Silent Night / Night Of Silence
5. Ding Dong Merrily On High
6. The Three Kings
7. Sans Day Carol
8. Personal Hodie
9. Sussex Carol
10. Gaudete
11. In The Bleak Midwinter
12. Past 3 O’Clock
13. Run With The Fox

EIGHT MILES HIGH

For years, the German TV’s Beat Club performances have been a treasure trove for the classic rock diggers, and a brief switching of of VH1 Classic will be suffice to ignite the interest, so the “Progressive Times” eight-DVD collection, out on January 19th, is a tremendous visual treat for everyone. Some of the videos previously released on the respective artists collections and some volumes less interesting than the others, there’s enough to enjoy nevertheless. Fortunately, each DVD will be available for grabs on its own.

Vol. 1 
HUMBLE PIE – The Sad Bag Of Shaky Jack
FREE – Mr. Big
RENAISSANCE – Island
SPIRIT -1984
COLOSSEUM – The Machine Demands A Sacrifice
JOHN MAYALL – I’m Gonna Fight For You J.B.
CANNED HEAT – Let’s work together
TASTE – It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again
BADFINGER – Come And Get It
Joe Cocker – Dear Landlord
JETHRO TULL – Witch’s Promise
ASHTON, GARDNER & DYKE – Rolling Home
EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND – American Boy-Soldier
Marsha Hunt – Keep The Customer Satisfied
LED ZEPPELIN – Whole Lotta Love
ASHTON, GARDNER & DYKE –
Billy And His Piano Without
EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND – Love In The Rain
Taj Mahal – Tomorrow Will Not Be Another Day
Johnny Winter – Johnny B. Goode
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY – Soapstone Mountain
THE FLOCK – Introduction
THE FLOCK – Clown
Taj Mahal – Sweet Mama Jenice
Johnny Winter – Meantown Blues
Vol. 2
BLACK SABBATH – Black Sabbath
RARE BIRD – Sympathy
BLODWYN PIG – See My Way
CANNED HEAT – Future Blues
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR –
What Ever Would Robert Have Said?
BRINSLEY SCHWARZ – Ebury Down
SANTANA – Jingo
FAMILY – The Weaver’s Answer
SANTANA – Incident
ATOMIC ROOSTER – Save Me
STEAMHAMMER – I Wouldn’t Have Thought
EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND – Apache Drop Out
Dr. John – Mardi Gras Day
JETHRO TULL – With You There To Help Me
JETHRO TULL – Nothing Is Easy
THE PRETTY THINGS –
Cries From The Midnight Circus
FREE – Fire And Water
HUMBLE PIE – For Your Love
FREE – All Right Now
STATUS QUO – Spinning Wheel Blues
STATUS QUO –
(April) Spring, Summer & Wednesdays
Vol. 3
BLACK SABBATH – Iron Man
BLACK SABBATH – Paranoid
Eric Burdon & WAR – Paint it Black-Medley
Eric Burdon & WAR – Spill The Wine
AMON DUUL II – Between The Eyes
AMON DUUL II – Eye-Shaking King
INCREDIBLE STRING BAND – Everything’s Fine Right Now
Ginger Baker’s AIRFORCE – Early In The Morning
Ginger Baker’s AIRFORCE – Sunshine Of Your Love
Ginger Baker’s AIRFORCE – Toad
STONE THE CROWS – Danger Zone
COLOSSEUM – Take Me Back To Doomsday
FOTHERINGAY – Too Much Of Nothing
Muddy Waters – Blow Wind Blow
COLOSSEUM – Tanglewood ’63
STONE THE CROWS – Love 74
Vol. 4
UFO – Boogie
THE MOVE – When Alice Comes Back To The Farm
ELP – Take A Pebble
ELP – Knife Edge
PATTO – San Antone
ASHTON, GARDNER & DYKE – Mister Freako
ASHTON, GARDNER & DYKE – Resurrection Shuffle
IRON BUTTERFLY –
Easy Rider (Let The Wind Pay The Way)
IRON BUTTERFLY – Butterfly Bleu
Ike & Tina Turner – Higher
GOLDEN EARRING – Holy Holy Life
ATOMIC ROOSTER – Tomorrow Night
John Mayall & USA UNION BAND – My Pretty Girl
T. REX – Ride A White Swan
T. REX – Jewel
Ike & Tina Turner – Get Back
Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain High
Ike & Tina Turner – Honky Tonk Women
Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary
Vol. 5
CURVED AIR – It Happened Today
SOFT MACHINE – Composition Based On Three Tunes
CURVED AIR – Vivaldi
YES – I’ve Seen All Good People
MAN – Daughter Of The Fireplace
POPOL VUH – Bettina
MAN – Will The Christians Wait Five Minutes?
The Lions Are Having A Draw
SANTANA – Jungle Strut
YES – Yours Is No Disgrace
Rory Gallagher – Laundromat
THE BYRDS – Chestnut Mare
Rory Gallagher – Sinner Boy
KRAFTWERK – Ruckstoss Gondoliere
THE BYRDS – Black Mountain Rag
THE BYRDS – So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star
THE BYRDS – Eight Miles High
Vol. 6
LUCIFER’S FRIEND – Ride The Sky
WARHORSE – Ritual
FRUMPY – Take Care Of Illusion
FLEETWOOD MAC – Dragonfly
MOUNTAIN – Don’t Look Around
MICK ABRAHAMS BAND – Not To Rearrange
MICK ABRAHAMS BAND – Greyhound Bus
CARAVAN – Golf Girl
GREASE BAND – Let It Be Gone
ET CETERA –
Raga, Lady Blue, Thursday Morning Sunrise
JAMES GANG – Walk Away
EMERGENCY – Times Passed By
CAN – Paperhouse
BEGGARS OPERA – Raymond’s Road
BIRTH CONTROL – Give Me Shelter
CANNED HEAT – A Long Way From L.A.
IF – Forgotten Roads
FAMILY – Holding The Compass
Vol. 7
DEEP PURPLE – Highway Star
CURVED AIR – Back Street Luv
CANNED HEAT – Big City
DEEP PURPLE – No, No, No
T. REX – Jeepster
T. REX – Life’s A Gas
Richie Havens – Here Comes The Sun
Klaus Doldinger’s PASSPORT – Uranus
ALICE COOPER – Under My Wheels
PROCOL HARUM – In The Wee Small Hours Of Sixpence
THE MOVE – Down On The Bay
HARDIN & YORK – Like A Rolling Stone
SLADE – Coz I Luv You
Rory Gallagher – Used To Be
STONE THE CROWS – Going Down
SANTANA – Black Magic Woman
Alexis Korner & Friends –
Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me
Rory Gallagher – In Your Town
POCO – C’mon (Come On)
EPITAPH – Early Morning
Vol. 8
LIVIN’ BLUES – Livin’ Blues Boogie
NAZARETH – Morning Dew
ATOMIC ROOSTER – Break Through
GURU GURU – Oxymoron
MC 5 – Kick Out The Jams
THE JEFF BECK GROUP – Definitely Maybe
Stephen Stills’ MANASSAS – It Doesn’t Matter
Stephen Stills’ MANASSAS – Hide It So Deep
Stephen Stills’ MANASSAS –
Rock & Roll Crazies, Cuban Bluegrass
Stephen Stills’ MANASSAS – Jet Set
Stephen Stills’ MANASSAS – Jam
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC – Are You Ready
THE KINKS – Muswell Hillbillies
GRATEFUL DEAD – One More Saturday Night
THE DOORS – Tightrope Ride
Captain Beefheart & HIS MAGIC BAND –
I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby
FRUMPY – Going To The Country
THREE DOG NIGHT – Try A Little Tenderness
ALICE COOPER – Public Animal No. 9
ALICE COOPER – I’m Eighteen
STONE THE CROWS –
Livin’ In The Palace Of The King
STONE THE CROWS – Good Time Girl

December 2, 2007

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