Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eddie Hinton 1978 Very Extremely Dangerous (LL)

Genre: Soul
Rate: 269 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 00:42:04
Size: 80,00 MB

United States

Review by Mark Deming

In his book Sweet Soul Music, Peter Guralnick described Eddie Hinton as "the last of the great white soul singers," and his debut album, 1978's Very Extremely Dangerous, sounds like a glorious throwback to the salad days of the Muscle Shoals, AL, R&B hit factory of the 1960s, where Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin cut some of their most memorable songs.

Hinton had already earned an estimable reputation as a session guitarist by the time he finally got to step up to the mic as a solo artist, and Very Extremely Dangerous features him backed up by the always-expert Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and Hinton's strong and wiry guitar runs fit the group's emphatic support like a glove. (Hinton and his friends also knew how to bring a solid rock drive to these songs without losing their soulful groove in the process.) As a singer, Hinton was never afraid to step on the gas, and if his vocals are sometimes a bit over the top, they're also consumed with a raw and sweaty joy; like Wilson Pickett, Hinton is able to bring a surprising musicality to a shouting style that can express the pleasures of a hard-partying Saturday night ("Shout Bamalama") as well as the tender agony of love ("I Got the Feeling").

It was Eddie Hinton's poor fortune to cut a great blue-eyed soul album just as disco and funk had bumped deep soul off the charts, but Very Extremely Dangerous still stands as a fine example of latter-day soul at its most accomplished.


01 - You Got Me Singing 03:32

02 - Concept World 04:59

03 - I Got The Feeling 05:22

04 - Shout Bamalama 03:48

05 - Get Off In It 04:36

06 - Brand New Man 03:00

07 - Shoot The Moon 04:05

08 - We Got It 05:08

09 - Yeah Man 04:15

10 - I Want It All 03:19

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Chris Smither 2006 Leave The Light On (LL)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Rate: 252 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 00:44:15
Size: 77,68 MB

United States

Chris Smither's Signature Sounds debut album, Leave the Light On (his second with producer David "Goody" Goodrich) features seven new songs as well as a few choice covers and arrangements of traditional songs. The album also features the young neo-gospel group Ollabelle, who bring a complementary loveliness to Smither's "Seems So Real" and additional resonance to the traditional "John Hardy." The renowned roots musician Tim O'Brien plays mandolin and fiddle all over the record, and also harmonizes with Smither, Sean Staples and Anita Suhanin on the lilting title track. Atypically, Chris tackles topical themes on "Origin of Species" (which he says is "making fun of dummies") and the edgily political "Diplomacy," which harkens back to his roots in the '60s folk scene. Also different this go round is Smither's bold and surprising decision to arrange Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" in 6/8 time (he credits his friend Steve Tilston for the suggestion) which results in a track of otherworldly beauty.


01 - Open Up 02:55

02 - Leave The Light On 03:48

03 - Shilling For The Blues 04:33

04 - Seams So Real 04:27

05 - Origin Of Species 03:06

06 - Cold Trail Blues 04:30

07 - Diplomacy 02:38

08 - Father's Day 04:39

09 - Visions Of Johanna 05:23

10 - Blues In The Bottle 03:30

11 - John Hardy 03:13

12 - John Hardy Reprise 01:33

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Jack De Keyzer 1999 Down In The Groove

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:51:04
Size: 116,97 MB


Full of rhythm, alive, swinging and joyful. Blues that gets you up dancing. Universal, ageless, a Master! (G Loiselle)


01 - Down In The Groove, Pt. 1 05:32

02 - Gambler's Blues 03:08

03 - High On Your Love 04:34

04 - Nasty Swing 03:39

05 - When Love Is Right 04:51

06 - I Need A Break 03:27

07 - Touch Of The Blues 04:43

08 - I Wanna Rock 03:46

09 - Party 03:39

10 - Skid Row 04:32

11 - Ride With Me 04:02

12 - Ain't No Stoppin' 02:25

13 - Groove, Pt. 2 02:46

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jay Gordon 2001 Extremely Dangerous Blues (LL)

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 275 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 00:51:47
Size: 101,55 MB

United States

Review by Scott Yanow

A fiery Chicago blues guitarist whose style mixes together Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, and others with his own musical personality, Jay Gordon has recorded five explosive CDs for the Blue Ace label. Extremely Dangerous Blues is a "best of" set of previously released material put together for the European market.

The dozen songs are mostly concise (all but two are under five minutes) and feature some of Gordon's strongest selections, including "Boogie in the Wine," "Lucky 13," "Message to Collins," "Savage Resurrection" (dedicated to Hendrix), and "Voodoo Boogie." Veteran guitarist/singer Phillip Walker makes a welcome guest appearance on "Jaywalkin." Gordon's expressive vocals are excellent (he is quite good on "Can't Shake This Feelin'"), as is the work of his backup bands (electric bassist Russ Greene and either Will Donovan, Rick Lambert, or Butch Azeveda on drums), but it is the leader's intense yet surprisingly versatile guitar playing that is most remarkable. Although these performances are mostly fairly brief, there is no shortage of inventive ideas within the context of rockish Chicago blues, or any loss of passion.


01 - Boogie In The Wine 03:18

02 - Upside The Head 03:18

03 - Drippin' Blues 04:38

04 - Lucky 13 03:38

05 - Can't Shake This Feelin' 04:11

06 - Message To Collins 04:27

07 - El Diablo's Blues 03:41

08 - Midnight Lamp 03:07

09 - Savage Resurrection (For Jimi) 05:19

10 - Jaywalkin' (With Phillip Walker) 06:19

11 - Voodoo Boogie 03:29

12 - Blues Infested 06:22

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Willie Pooch & Cadillac Zac 2003 The Blues Do Something To Me

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:46:29
Size: 106,31 MB

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01 - The Blues Do Something To Me 03:32

02 - I Get So Weary 05:11

03 - I Made Nights By Myself 02:38

04 - Worried About That 03:59

05 - Worried About You, Baby 03:28

06 - As The Years Go Passing By 08:15

07 - You Gotta Move 05:23

08 - Movin' 04:37

09 - Roosevelt Rock 04:05

10 - Makin' A Decision 05:21

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Spoonful Of Blues 2000 Three Car Garage

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:52:13
Size: 119,54 MB


Norwegian combo, based on the urban blues of the fifties. They have a contemporary approach to the music, adding samples, scratches, loops and computer sounds to some of their tracks. The musicianship is experienced and high-profile, throughout. A fascinating and highly entertaining blues record. Recommended. (


01 - Who Do You Love 03:31

02 - Evil Going Down 03:40

03 - Cold Blooded World 03:42

04 - I Got Love If You Want It 05:12

05 - The Blues 05:18

06 - Bottle Up And Go 03:19

07 - Lovehunter 04:14

08 - Jinx Killing Blues 04:22

09 - Juke Joint Saturday Night 03:43

10 - Can't Get No Rest 03:53

11 - Summertime In Bluestown 04:32

12 - A Woman Like You 06:47

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Eric Gales 2006 Crystal Vision (LL)

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 264 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 00:55:44
Size: 106,96 MB

United States

If you're a guitar player and your tastes lean toward blues, hard rock or metal adding this album to you cart is a done deal. Gale's guitar work blends together the technical expertise of Joe Satriani, the wild fury of Buddy Guy along with the soul & blues power of Jimi Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughn (just to name a few, you get the idea). And tone?...killer guitar tone right up front and in your face. The production job and overall sound is tremendous. I have all of Eric Gale's albums and "Crystal Vision" is by far the best of the lot. Where Eric Gale's guitar playing on previous albums has been steeped primarily in blues/rock, "Crystal Vision" blends in heavy chunks of metal and solid "crystals" of funk while still being true to his blues roots. Anyone familiar with Stevie Salas, think of a Stevie Salas album with better vocals, better songs & yes, as good if not better guitar work. My personal favorite is the cover of the old Joe South song, "Hush" (also covered by Deep Purple back in the late 60's). Gale's version here actually shows Ritchie Blackmore a thing or two.

If you're a fan of the previously mentioned artists (Hendrix, Vaughn, Satriani, Salas, Guy) or just a fan of great guitar albums, add this to your cart now! It has been in my car cd player for about a week now and ain't goin' anywhere soon. I highly recommend it. (The Woj)


01 - Retribution 04:00

02 - Are You My Friend 04:26

03 - I Got Me A Woman 04:09

04 - I Don't Want You Hangin' Around 03:24

05 - Freedom From My Demons 07:31

06 - Trouble 05:30

07 - Crystal Vision 04:29

08 - Hush 04:38

09 - Me And My Guitar 03:52

10 - Plastic Girl 05:24

11 - Old School 04:30

12 - That's Just How It Is 03:51

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Grady Champion feat. Eddie Cotton Jr. 2008 Back In Mississippi: Live At The 930 Blues Cafe (LL)

Genre: Blues
Rate: 241 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 01:11:45
Size: 138,59 MB

United States

Review by Michael G. Nastos

Grady Champion proves during this in-performance set of blues offerings that not only does classic material still stand the test of time, but new songs based on old-school precepts with a little updating also deliver the goods. Recorded live at the 930 Blues Cafe in Jackson, MS on July 7, 2007. Champion's revue-style program definitely works well, just like it did for others many decades prior. His harmonica playing certainly reflects past greats like Little Walter, while his singing is on the nasty, filthy sounding, rough and tough side, but it's not vulgar. Standardized themes and life's lessons learned are expressed by this group, featuring Eddie Cotton, Jr. playing guitar, brother Marquis Champion on bass and backup vocals, and with the excellent Calvin Wilson on keyboards.

The band faithfully covers several well-known blues tunes like Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" and "I'm Ready," plays the occasional gospel-shaded tune (check out "1-800-Blu-Love"). They're best at stomp-down party band music on a Jimmy Reed medley, or Grady Champion and Eddie Cotton's original "Wine & Women," or the rockin' "You Got Some Explaining to Do," where they lay it all on the line and hold nothing back. While much of this is typical fare, the energy of the band is well above average, attributed to the full house present giving the group inspiration. It's well recorded and played, one of the better live barroom blues recordings in recent memory.


01 - Intro 00:33

02 - I'm Ready 03:54

03 - Baby What You Want To Do / Brig 06:27

04 - You Got Some Explaining To Do 04:22

05 - 1-800-Blue-Love 04:44

06 - Policeman Blues 04:15

07 - Spoonful 07:01

08 - Lonesome In My Bedroom 07:52

09 - Love And Memories 06:02

10 - Why I Sing The Blues 05:59

11 - Wine & Women 05:50

12 - Brother, Brother 04:56

13 - I'm Your's 04:12

14 - Blues On Christmas 05:38

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Climax Blues Band 1975 Stamp Album (LL)

Genre: Blues
Rate: 264 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 00:37:45
Size: 72,61 MB

United Kingdom

Climax Blues Band hit its creative peak with the 1975 release of Stamp Album. Granted, you won't find much Chicago blues on this one, as you did on Plays On, A Lot of Bottle and Tightly Knit.

But Stamp Album shows a band that has tastefully matured. With seven albums behind them before this LP, Climax Blues Band finally enjoyed a brush with commercial success with minor hits "Using the Power" and "I am Constant." Both are decent tracks, but really the album features much better material, namely "Mr Goodtime," "Running Out of Time," and the instrumental "Cobra."

What you'll hear on this relatively short but solid album are songs with deep grooves; judicious use of sax, clarinet and flute; Peter Haycock's brilliant guitar playing (he's one of the most criminally overlooked guitar players in rock history); and a band that truly seemed to enjoy itself cutting this one in the studio. (Kil Roi)


01 - Using The Power 04:29

02 - Mr. Goodtime 05:15

03 - I Am Constant 03:08

04 - Running Out Of Time 05:21

05 - Sky High 05:07

06 - Rusty Nail - The Devil Knows 04:14

07 - Loosen Up 05:02

08 - Spirit Returning 02:54

09 - Cobra 02:15

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Jack De Keyzer 1994 Wild At Heart

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 256 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:45:33
Size: 81,46 MB


A joyous celebration... gorgeous blues that smoke. Superb!" (John Emms)


01 - Wildest Dreams 04:43

02 - Goin' To Memphis 04:32

03 - Haunted Man 05:01

04 - Cotton Candy 04:49

05 - When Love Walks Out 05:31

06 - Insatiable 04:34

07 - The Way That I Love You 04:24

08 - All Your Love 04:17

09 - Cinderella 03:34

10 - Top Of The Line 04:08

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