OUR OFFICE PLAYLIST: 005

From a long while ago! The hard (but fun) work behind the scenes in our editorial office becomes more enjoyable through listening to music in the background. Our playlist varies of course, depending on the prevailing mood. Sometimes it’s predominantly blues, rarely jazz, occasionally Mozart, and so on. And sometimes like today, a bit of […]

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OUR OFFICE PLAYLIST: 008

“Amelia” – Joni Mitchell / Hejira “Perpetual Blues Machine” – Keb’ Mo’ / Just Like You “One Foot On The Path” – Kenny Wayne Shepherd / Ledbetter Heights “Set Me Free” – The Kinks / Kinks the Singles Collection “The Mermaid And The Seagull” – Ralph McTell / Eight Frames A Second “What Is And […]

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Slipstream (2LP) by Bonnie Raitt

  Bonnie Raitt’s latest album ‘Slipstream’ is daring, bluesy, and steeped with the inimitable slide guitar and soulful vocals that could only be hers. The vinyl version is 180 gram and is a Limited Edition  ‘Slipstream’ marks her first new album in seven years and bares all the hallmarks of a classic Bonnie Raitt record. While most of ‘Slipstream’ […]

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OUR OFFICE PLAYLIST: 007

“Jump Me One More Time” / John Lee Hooker “Pretty Polly” / Dock Boggs    “Porcelain Monkey” / Warren Zevon   “Ya Ya Ya (Looking For My Baby)” / The Detroit Cobras “The Dreaming Dead” / Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter   “Memphis, Tennessee” / Chuck Berry  “I Want To Go” / John Mayall “Cadillac Cowboys” / […]

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MOSE ALLISON: The Complete Recordings 1957 – 1962 (5CD Box Set)

  Eleven Complete Mose Allison Albums Over Five Discs Born just outside Tippo, Mississippi on his grandfather’s farm (known as The Island because Tippo Bayou encircles it , Mose Allison was already taking piano lessons by the age of five. He picked cotton at home, played piano in grammar school and trumpet in high school, […]

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CHICAGO BLUES: All Stars 1970 (CD) by Willie Dixon • Lafayette Leake • Lee Jackson • Sister Rosetta Tharpe • Clifton James • Shaky Horton

  We are told ….. The Chicago Blues All Stars, live at the Blues & Gospel Night, Chicago on November 8th 1970. At the colder end of 1970, the cool sound of gospel blues still hollered loudly in the aftermath of a rock revolution and a revival in soul and R&B. Older genres such as […]

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HORACE SILVER:NLive At The Half Note (2CD) by Horace Silver Feat. Woody Shaw

• Brilliant performance live at the Half Note • Includes the entire broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Having played with and written for Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Miles Davis and many others, by the late 50s saxophonist and pianist Horace Silver was pioneering hard bop, incorporating elements of […]

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RICKIE LEE JONES: The interview

  Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor of The Telegraph writes ….. Asked what made her wish to record a whole album of cover songs, Rickie Lee Jones quips: “Money”. Joking aside, her selection of the 10 songs to interpret on her fine new album The Devil You Know is innovative and interesting. Tracks by the […]

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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN / A LOST IMMORTAL: Live in Texas ’87

Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX February 1st, 1987 Having finally conquered his addiction to alcohol and cocaine, in November 1986 Stevie Ray Vaughan embarked on his legendary Live Alive tour, generally reckoned to boast some of the finest performances of his career. Backed by Reese Wynans (keyboards), Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums), the […]

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PETER GREEN / A LOST IMMORTAL: Blues Don’t Change (CD) by Peter Green Splinter Group

Peter Green was discovered by John Mayall and was lead guitarist in the late 60’s Bluesbreakers before leaving to form Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. After well documented health problems, Green reappeared in the mid 90’s, much changed but with his talent and love of the blues still intact, as […]

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Blues music: Interview – Paul Rishell / Annie Raines

From the archives – several years ago Paul Rishell & Annie Raines were interviewed by Y6 pupils* at Russell Hall Primary School, West Yorkshire following their workshop at the school and prior to their appearance in Keighley. * Thanks to Laura, Daniel, Natasha, Emily, Holly, Scott, Lauren & Lucy. Who or what encouraged you to […]

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BONNIE RAIT: Dig In Deep (CD)

The record follows Bonnie’s hugely successful 2012 release ‘Slipstream’, which was one of the best-selling independent albums of 2012 and earned Bonnie a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album — her tenth career GRAMMY win. Now, with ‘Dig In Deep’, Raitt returns with her characteristic, incomparable blend of blues, rock, R&B, and pop, and a healthy dose of the signature slide […]

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STRONG BLUES / A LOST IMMORTAL: Not for the novice!

If blues music really has a deep deep soul, then this may well be it. If you’re expecting Chicago Blues, or Delta Blues, Johnny Winter and stuff like that, then look elsewhere. This is Gospel Blues. Another sub-genre altogether. If the newly buried could sing then they might well sound like this guy. The performances […]

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EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND / LOST IMMORTALS: Live At Rockpalast – Harmonie Bonn, Germany, March 24th 2006 (CD/DVD)

We are told: Soon after moving from quiet Warwick to London in 1968, the Edgar Broughton Band was signed by the former Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner to Blackhill Enterprises and EMI’s Harvest label. Their first album “Wasa Wasa” had a heavily blues-influenced and psychedelic sound, hard-driven by Edgar Broughton’s gritty vocal style, similar to […]

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