Live At The Checkboard Lounge: Chicago 1981 (CD/DVD -DVD) by Rolling Stones & Muddy Waters

  On 22nd November 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing 3 nights at the Rosemont Horizon.Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Muddy Waters’ club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman perform. It didn’t take long […]

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Eric Clapton – The Lost Boy: guest writer Channa Vithana expresses a view; more than one in fact!

I’m not a great fan of Eric Clapton’s music anymore. When I was younger, in my early teens, I thought some of his stuff was pretty cool, especially the experimental Cream, with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, and the Derek & The Dominoes Sessions box set, with Duane Allman on guitar. Clapton’s other solo works, […]

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From the archives / Dear diary – Borders bargains, The Temptations, valves and ribbons in perfect harmony, no new Buddy Guy and just too many magazines!

An unexpected pleasure this weekend! Found time to sit and listen to music, and to start making inroads into an ever increasing pile of magazines. Record Collector magazine, music mags (Mojo and Uncut), science mags (Focus), car magazines, New Statesman, Spectator and more. Come to the conclusion yet again I’m a magazine junkie. Reflect on […]

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JACK BRUCE and FRIENDS: Rockpalast – The 50th Birthday Concerts (3DVD+CD)

It was a late 50th birthday present. Born on May 14th 1943 Jack Bruce greeted his notable friends on stage on November 2nd and 3rd 1993 at the E-Werk in Cologne The Scottish bassist from Bishopbriggs had invited long time companions such as drummer Ginger Backer, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and guitarist Clem Clempson. The enthusiastic […]

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BONNIE RAITT: Under The Falling Sky

This package contains two performances from Grammy Winner Bonnie Raitt’s early career including a rare solo acoustic performance•Includes staples of Bonnie Raitt’s early career including songs from Randy Newman Steve Winwood Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt •Rarely Seen Photographs •Liner notes by Broadcaster/Author Jon Kirkman •Presented In Cardboard Gatefold Sleeve, Grammy award winning artist Bonnie Raitt began […]

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Live performances – Howard Popeck wonders if audience expectations are realistic, unrealistic, reasonable or unreasonable?

Me, as part of an audience: I’m not talking here about the performer turning up on time, or indeed not turning up at all. Actually what I have in mind is more prosaic than that! I tend wherever and whenever possible to attend live music. Among many other genres such as classical, folk-rock and grunge […]

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Geoff Muldaur / Geoff & Maria Muldaur / Maria Muldaur Pottery Pie – AllMusic Review by Brian Beatty

One of just two albums to be released by the easier-going American equivalent of Richard & Linda Thompson (without the brooding gloom and biting irony), this set includes some virtuoso folk-blues performances, as well as the version of “Brazil” made famous in Terry Gilliam’s movie of the same name. Though the ten tunes here are […]

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Live performances – Howard Popeck wonders if audience expectations are realistic, unrealistic, reasonable or unreasonable? (Part #2 of #2)

And then – ladies and gentlemen – The Who: So what about The Who’s ability or indeed inability, to reproduce note-perfect their more well know tracks? How about speculating on their prerogative to interpret the tracks as they see fit –notwithstanding how they and bands like them must surely strive hard not to be bored […]

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Blues on TV: First transmitted in 1985, this medley of the blues features Fred McDowell, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Lead Belly and Billie Holiday.

Huddie Ledbetter – better known as ‘Lead Belly’ – performs ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’, and Billie Holiday accompanied by Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Roy Eldridge, performs her own composition ‘Fine and Mellow’ Please click HERE for details

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JOE BONAMASSA: The interview

“Due to popular demand, and straight off the back of a sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert in front of 5,000 people, critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will embark on a nationwide UK tour in October.”   MORE

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CARPENTERS: Fantasy Music League, Group A: Carpenters

Fantasy Music League, Group A: The Carpenters I love the Carpenters. Their beautifully crafted songs however, regrettably, remain deeply unfashionable, seemingly imprisoned forever within the impenetrable bunkers of ‘easy listening’ radio stations. Nonetheless, if you listen to ‘Singles 1969 – 1981’ (2005) on hybrid CD/SACD (produced for SACD by Richard Carpenter), it is a stunningly […]

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JOHNNY WINTER: Muddy Waters & James Cotton – WBCN-FM Boston Music Hall 26-02-77 (2CD)

Raw Performance at The Boston Music Hall, 26th February 1977 on WBCN-FM Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality Background liners At a point in time when Johnny Winter had only recently recovered from past addictions and blues giant Muddy Waters had faced a decline in his career with illness and […]

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