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Recorded almost seventy years ago by The Four Shades of Rhythm for the Detroit based label Ace made it available to BBC Radio 6’s Cerys Mathews who played the track on air generating much interest amongst listeners.
So much so they have released it on a 45rpm disc. Click on the graphic at the top and read the Ace ‘Right Track’ press booklet for more information!
65 years ago Lonnie Donegan started a music revolution in the UK with his recording of Lead Belly’s ‘Rock Island Line’ – it started the skiffle boom whenÂ thousands of skiffle bands spread throughout the land.
On April 12th at 9:00pm UK songster Billy Bragg presents a tribute to the song and to the skiffle boom – and it looks like it is well worth watching. Washboard’s at the ready!
In what would have been the 50th year of Rory Gallagher’sÂ recording career, UMC have announced the release of ‘BLUES’ on 31st May. From the vaults of the GallagherÂ estate’s tape archive comes this collection of rare and unreleased recordings of Rory playing blues material, ranging from never heard before tracks to special guest sessions and lost radio sessions, from 1971 right through to 1994.
Formats include a 15 track CD / 2LP version; a limited edition blue vinyl 2LP and a deluxe 36 track 3CD version showcasing Rory’s performances of electric, acoustic and live blues.
The DeluxeÂ set comprises 90% unreleased material and features performances with Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber. The DeluxeÂ Edition also comes with an extensive booklet comprising previously unseen pictures of Rory plus a new essay by Blues / Rock writer Jas Obrecht.
Renowned for his blistering live performances and respected for his dedication to his craft, Rory died in 1995, aged just 47, yet his reputation has continued to flourish in the years since.
From his first album with Taste through his final solo album, Rory remained true to his own musical vision.
Like the American bluesmen he admired, he created an instantly identifiable sound.
Rory was influenced by many blues artists including Buddy Guy, B. B. King, Blind Boy Fuller, Big Bill Broozny, Muddy Waters and Lead Belly. But unlike many of his peers in the U.K., especially during the 1960s and 1970s,Â Rpry did not specialise in note-perfect copies of other artists songs.
As he explained to an interviewer in 1978, “I never started out to be a strict recreator of the blues or even a modern young bluesman. I wanted to be me.”
Started in 2008, the yearly event is meant to celebrate record store culture by bringing together fans, artists and thousands of independent vinyl shops, and features exclusive releases, reissues and hard-to-find vinyl and CD gems for record collectors everywhere.
The official list of special releases for 2019 is now available. Among the highlights this year are special 10 inch vinyl blues releases from Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnsonâs âKind Hearted Woman Blues/ Terraplane Bluesâ, plus a collectable Albert King album.
Fans of 1960s and 1970s rock bands check out The Doors, Jethro Tull, Van Morrisonâs âAstral Weeksâ, Ten Years After, double vinyl albums of original Woodstock performances by Janis Joplin, Canned Heat and Sly And The Family Stone and the highlight a vinyl album of Bob Dylanâs Blood On The Tracks – Original New York Test Pressing’.
This years ambassador’s for Record Store Day are Pearl Jam,
Check out the complete list on the official Record Store Day website.
The company’s slogan is “Live On From Beyond The Groove.”Â
During manufacture, your ashes are sprinkled onto the raw piece of vinyl, one teaspoon per record, just before it is pressed by the plates.Â You can decide what music is on the record and presumably what colour vinyl you would prefer.Â
Many people choose clear vinyl so the bits of ashes can be seen.Â Of course adding ash filler to the vinyl does add some crackling surface noise, but hey, it’s a vinyl record!Â
The company does not do 45’s yet, or picture sleeves.Â
Itâs 45 years since of Springsteenâs debut album âGreetings From Asbury Park, N.J.â released in 1973. The album sold poorly, but it started of a career spanning years of sell out three-hour stadium gigs and world tours.
Now 69, he undertook a one man residency at the 975 seat Walter Kerr Theatre, on Broadway, playing 236 shows, five nights a week from October 2017 to late November 2017 with additional dates booked through the end of June 2018 and another run between March and December 2018.
He played guitar, harmonica and piano, performing songs for his extensive catalogue interspersing them with reminiscences from his childhood and career. They are humorous, poignant and capture important times in his personal life and musical career. His wife Patti Scalia appeared at most shows duetting with her husband on âTougher Than The Restâ and âBrilliant Disguiseâ.
Commencing with âGrowinâ Upâ, he talks about his early life â a humdrum existence of school, church, holidays, Christmas, weddings, funerals and green beans!
That was it until a seismic shock hit the collective nervous system of the USA when Elvis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. Springsteen says that if they knew what would going to happen âthey would have shut that shit downâ. It also encouraged the seven years old Bruce to take up âthat thing below the waistâ â a guitar.
He says that he never worked in a factory, or worked hard labour and never worked five days a week – âuntil nowâ. He had never âraced in the streetsâ, or done the things he sang about â but he says he did have good, tight band.
His songs reflected working class life. His father hated working in a local rug factory, in a car factory, in a plastics factory and as a truck driver.
His recollection of being sent to a local bar to fetch his dad home is a wonderfully told story. He talks about his pride in his mother, who loved dancing to 1940s swing bands and who held down a good job at an insurance company.
The intros and monologues are filled with stories of small town USA. âMy Hometownâ recalls a time before the good industrial jobs left the USA and the racial tensions in school. On the intro to âThe Promised Landâ Springsteen says: âJersey was in the boon docksâ. A place where nobody came and nobody left and runs through the dead end gigs he played in N.J. – drive in movies, weddings, supermarket openings, church halls, before moving to the west coast to try to make it big.
Although the set list and scripted monologues changed little you can feel the sheer emotion on âTenth Avenue Freeze-Outâ when he is speaking about his friendship with the late E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons.
The CD contains âLong Time Cominââ (on which explains his complex relationship with his father) and âThe Ghost Of Tom Joadâ, both substituted for the duet he performed with Patti when his she took ill.
âBorn In The USAâ is a eulogy for friends killed in action in Vietnam, delivered with anger and bitterness.
âTom Joadâ has a damning spoken intro on those âin the highest offices of our land who want to speak to our darkest angels, who want to want to call up the ugliest and the most divisive ghosts of Americaâs past, who want to destroy the idea of America for all. Thatâs their intention.â
âThe Risingâ, the anthem written for New York fire fighters after â9/11â is taken at a reflective pace, but âDancing In The Darkâ brings back the good times (even done solo) and is met with a thunderous applause.
Springsteen says his is âan American story â a long and noisy prayer and hopes he has been a good travelling companionâ He has. There are not many performers who could pull off a stunning show like this – but as a review of a show many years ago in an English music paper once said âSpringsteen delivers.â
âSpringsteen On Broadwayâ is the soundtrack to the Netflix film of the same name issued by Columbia as a 2 CD set, or on vinyl as a 4 LP set.
The fascinating story unfolds in this landmark study of Paramount records â the label that introduced Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Skip James and other blues greats to the world. But thereâs more to the Paramount story than its legendary blues recordings.
Alex van der Tuuk reveals the history of the people and companies behind the label in the third edition of this classic work. Now in full colour.
âAn invaluable studyâŠ itâs exciting to have this essential book available again.â â The late Samuel Charters
Â âThe very best and most compelling journey into the world of a small record company that recorded some of Americaâs greatest talent.â
– Gayle Dean Wardlow
Â âA must-read for everyone interested in early blues, jazz or country music!â
â Rhythm & News
Â âA solid contextual narrative [to] which all future work should refer.â
â ARSC Journal
Â ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex van der Tuuk is the author of Paramountâs Rise and Fall (2003, 2012, 2019), Out of Anonymity: The Paramount and Broadway Territory Bands (2014) and The New Paramount Book of Blues (2017). Together with Guido van Rijn he compiled the five-volume The New York Recording Laboratories Matrix Series between 2011 and 2015.
- Format:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lavishly illustrated full colour paperback
- EditionÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fully revised third edition
- Publication Date:Â Â Â April 2019
- Price:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 30 Euros
- Publisher: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Agram Blues Books
Did you know Bexhill was the birthplace of Blues Unlimited Magazine?
This small exhibition explains the foundations of the magazine and the personnel involved. It charts the story of how a publication originally produced by hand grew to be read by people such as the Rolling Stones and how Blues Unlimited secured its place in the annals of music history.
In 1963 former Bexhill Grammar School boys Mike Leadbitter and Simon A. Napier founded the worldâs first magazine exclusively devoted to blues music.
The story of the magazine is told through text, photographs and other exhibits including copies of the magazine, books and ephemera.
Exhibition opens January 21st. The museum is open 7 days a week until mid-December. Opening hours 10-5 Tues-Fri, 11-5 Sat, Sun, Mon and bank holidays.
Our telephone number is 01424 222058.
Please see our website for full contact details.