Unfortunately the live disc is not the complete show.
This disc is important as it fully documents original guitarist Richie Blackmore's final gig with the MK III line-up. Frustrated with the band's increasingly soul music influenced output, Blackmore left to form Rainbow with the then relatively unknown vocalist Ronnie James Dio. But he went out on a high note.
Throughout the show, Blackmore is playing with the vigor of a man possessed. He is clearly making the most of his last show and pulling out all the stops in front of anappreciative French audience.
The ten song set is also noteworthy for presenting three tracks from the current album, 1974's "STORMBRINGER", "The Gypsy", "Lady Double Dealer" and the title track, all three of which would never be heard again with Blackmore involved.
Also here is an extremely volatile run through the cover "Going Down", no doubt learned from the Jeff Beck Group arrangement.
Although newly remastered as the first volume in the new official live series, and with an added band interview on disc two, some of this material did previously appear on the releases "MADE IN EUROPE" and "MK III THE FINAL CONCERTS".
Clocking in at just over eighteen minutes this not-so-little sampler has more value for your buck than many full length releases by major label bands.
That's just the new way of doing things for Old James.
And somehow after two career spanning compilations "Happy New Year Baby" still remains unavailable on CD....
Hungarian guitarist Szabo's "JAZZ RAGA" from 1967 has been reissued on CD and showcases his attempt at blending jazz with Indian music. By dubbing a sitar over his own guitar licks the music takes on an exotic feel while still being grounded in conventional playing. (In 1970 Indian sitar master Ananda Shankar released a similar album also of East meets West sensibilities)
The track "Krishna" features some explosive drum work from the legendary Bernard "Pretty" Purdie who shines on the entire album. Szabo's cover of "Paint It Black" pushes the tune's already apparent Eastern flourishes into a full on sitar / guitar duel. The two instruments push and pull against each other creating a dynamic and colourful tension.
Duke Ellington's "Caravan" is slowed down considerably but still strengthened by Purdie's force full drumming.
The finale of "Summertime" ends our journey on a satisfying conclusion but still leaves the listener wanting more.
In 1973 Birmingham's Necromandus were ready to take on the hard rock world. They had the opening slot on a U.K.
In 1984 Stevie Ray Vaughan followed his strong debut disc with a sonic masterpiece of Texas blues based rock guitar "COULDN'T STAND THE WEATHER" which remains his most cohesive and powerful release. Listeners who experienced the brisk opening track "Scuttle Buttin" and then the title track's CinemaScope blues landscape knew they were hearing an important new voice in guitar playing.
The new 2 disc Legacy Edition includes: all four bonus tracks from the 1999 remaster, the four album outtakes that appeared on the rarities collection "THE SKY IS CRYING" and three newly discovered previously unreleased cuts.
Best of all, the second disc is a blistering live show from Montreal on the 84 tour. Among the many highlights from this hot show: Stevie's screaming axe on the smoldering slow blues "Things That I Used To Do" and a fantastic take on "Lenny" showcasing Vaughan's delicate and introspective side. Special mention goes to bassist Tommy Shannon who is playing better here than I have ever heard him.
Whether you're hip to SRV or not this is one you cannot afford to miss, its an absolute must have.
The new album from this young Ottawa-Toronto thrash band simply is one of the strongest and heaviest discs of the year. Behind Brian Stephenson's snarling vocals (imagine a far less whiny Dave Mustaine) the band wails with equal amounts of rage and precision.
The album begins with the one-two knockout punch of "What Is Me" and "Justice Lost" leaving the listener stunned immediately.
The real secret weapon though is drummer Chris Stephenson who furiously pounds his kit with powerful authority, remaining committed and focused on the material. This junior Dave Lombardo is one to watch, folks.
By the time the album closer "Redemption (First Eyes Awake)" is finished, the listener is equally exhausted and exhilarated.
"BEYOND ALL RECKONING" is an immediate thrash metal classic and is already in the running for one of my Top Ten titles for the year.
On Dec 6 1983 Albert King appeared on the television show "IN SESSION" filmed in Hamilton with Stevie Ray Vaughan sitting in to jam. Vaughan at the time was an on the rise newcomer having released his debut album "TEXAS FLOOD" earlier that year. The two bluesmen chat, share stories and exchange white hot guitar licks.
In the mid-80's a cassette copy of this music smuggled out of CHCH studios was a coveted treasure amongst my group of friends.
The 1999 CD release has been out of print for years so its about time to finally have the material back on the market but the real bonus is the extra 90 minute DVD that has never been available commercially. The DVD includes a few tracks not on the CD but best of all is just seeing the joy in Stevie's eyes playing with one of his biggest inspirations.
King is having fun too, during a particularily forcefull Vaughan solo on "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town", Albert feigns boredom by taking out an emery board and casually files his nails!
An absolute must for free-jazz fans! Recorded in 1973 on the ESP label this disc features avant-garde tenor saxophonist Lowe going head to head with alto player Joseph Jarman. What makes this unique is the addition of a violin player snaking his way in between the two sax giants. It doesn't hurt that the drummer is an absolute powerhouse throughout the recording as well! The 33 minute track "In Trane's Name" is an immediate free-jazz classic and on this CD its finally heard in its full length (an earlier lp edition ran only 25 minutes). I cannot recommend it highly enough, this is for fans of Pharoah Sanders and Albert Ayler. Bring tha noise!
In the early 90's Billy Cowsill from the family band The Cowsills and Winnipeg rocker Jeffrey Hatcher (whose own 1987 album "CROSS OUR HEARTS" remains one of my all time top Canadian discs) joined forces with a crack rhythm section to form The Blue Shadows.
The group had a hard core honky tonk sound most identifiable by the Everly Brothers style harmony vocals of the two front men. The influence of Buck Owens, Roy Orbison and The Beatles ("Anytime At All" was a part of their live set) are also evident.
The debut album ,originally out in 1993,has just been re-released with a second disc packed with terrific outtake and rarities. Their cover of Arthur Alexander's "Soldier Of Love" also used to get played live a lot and its great to finally hear a studio take of it. Perhaps best of all "A Paper 'n A Promise" is easily just as good as anything on the original album and their spirited take on Joni Mitchell's "Raised On Robbery" is a blast.
The hard livin' Cowsill died in 2006 at the age of 58.
Originally released in 1985 "A SECRET WISH" was an odd and unique mix of new wave synth pop, dance rhythms, cold industrial effects and a female lead vocalist with a hard German accent. The album didn't sound like anything else out at the time and still sounds pretty different.
In a really bizarre move, different configurations (lp, cassette etc...) had variations in the tracks. For example the song "Duel" was a tough instrumental on the vinyl release but the 7" b-side version had even tougher vocals and the original CD edition used the vocal take completley omitting the original album version. Got all that?
The new 2 CD anniversary edition includes all (well, most...) possible variants including tracks from the late '95 remix album "WISHFUL THINKING". This set shows an incredibly creative and unusual group of artists conjuring not merely new music but an entirely original context for their collective vision to flourish within.
Yes, it has an unmistakable 80's sheen to it, it's of that time. But there's still a forbidding glimpse at a getting closer reality that is still a bit disconcerting.
This is the definitive Propaganda release chronicling this unusual group's output and is recommended for anyone interested in hearing what the future sounded like 25 years ago.