RECORDINGS NEWS: Fairport Convention (original lineup), The Animals (expanded reissue), Buffalo Springfield (possibly definitive)

CDs and LPs; sometimes DVDs too. As editor I get advanced notification of music releases and so I’m sharing it. Primarily Blues, Jazz, Classic and Rock. I make no value judgements here i.e I am merely …. the conduit. Updated pretty much 24/7 @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/770803929775708/?source=create_flow Thanks HP

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The Real Chicago Blues

Blue Chicago offers a revealing look at an important part of Chicago life. David Grazian spent lots of time in blues clubs all over the city, schmoozing with musicians, bartenders, club owners, and audiences, sometimes even taking the stage himself. What he uncovers is how people involved with the Chicago blues scene define the blues experience […]

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Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s ‘mind-blowing’ station show

  On 7 May 1964, a gaggle of excited passengers alighted on to a rainy disused railway station platform in south Manchester and took their seats for what one of the city’s leading music academics says was a “massively culturally significant” gig. The show at Whalley Range’s Wilbraham Road station, recorded for Granada TV as […]

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Harvey Mandel/Barry Goldberg – Chicago Anthology (CD)

We are told: Recorded live in 1966 at the legendary Big John’s, a swinging Blues club in Chicago’s old town.  Along with MANDEL and GOLDBERG this recording features CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE on harmonica, ROY RUBY on bass, MORRIS MCKINLEY on drums, and on guitar BOBBY JONES.  Some of the biggest names in Blues played at Big John’s including PAUL BUTTERFIELD, STEVE […]

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Cook With The Hook – Live 1974 [DVD] by John Lee Hooker

“On Saturday, July 6, 1974, Mississippi-Delta bluesman John Lee Hooker was one of the star attractions at an all-day festival attended by 6,000 people. The event in the town of Gardner Massachusetts was called “”Down in the Dumps”” perhaps the first in what was proposed as a series of musical events to be held in […]

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Blues music: notable interviews – Matt Schofield

Blues Matters magazine writes:  Matt Schofield has been on the UK blues scene since about 2002, in the last few years he has increased his fan base by touring extensively abroad. He is well respected especially in the USA by many guitarists, he is definitely a guitarists guitarist. His eagerly awaited new album “Far As […]

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Early Blues Interview John Anderson, singer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist

I had the pleasure of talking with John Anderson, latterly joined by Alan Draisey, over a jar during their virtuoso performance as The Ragtime Jug Orchestra at the Upton Blues Festival. Alan:   Thank for agreeing to do the interview John.  What are your first musical memories growing up in deepest Gloucestershire? John:   I’m a Londoner […]

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MUDDY WATERS: Live At Rockpalast (2CD+2DVD Box set)

We are told ….. Muddy Waters had a great ear for talent and accordingly the formation accompanying him on this DVD was one of the very best: The pianist Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie Big Eyes Smith, bass player Calvin Jones, the two guitarists Luther “Guitar Jr. Johnson and Bob Margolin and harmonica player Jerry Portnoy. […]

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ERIC CLAPTON: JJ Cale got me through my darkest days

Martin Chilton (The Daily Telegraph) writes: Eric Clapton talks about how guitar maestro JJ Cale was his musical ‘beacon’, as he releases a tribute album called The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/10990285/Eric-Clapton-JJ-Cale-got-me-through-my-darkest-days.html

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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN: The Broadcast Collection 1983 – ‘89 (9CD Box Set)

We are told …. The entire original King Biscuit Flower Hour, WXRT, WLIR, WMMR, Washington DC and KBCO FM Broadcasts Covering performances from Nine Incredible shows; Ripley’s Music Hall 1983, The Spectrum 1984 & 1988, Chicago Blues Festival 1985, Fox Theatre 1986, Mann Music Center 1987, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 1989 and include five bonus tracks […]

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