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KORNERED ....

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:10 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's for good reason that ALEXIS KORNER is known as the Godfather of British blues. If you take issue with that then a quick listen to this new 3 CD box set from Grapefruit Records, 'EVERYDAY I HAVE THE BLUES ... THE 60s ANTHOLOGY' will put you right.

Born in London in 1928 to an Austrian Jewish father and Greek mother, Korner wasn't a virtuoso musician, he himself said that he was an "appalling singer", he couldn't read music and he didn't write too many enduring songs but almost singlehandedly he inspired the British blues boom of the late 50/early 60s and, a kind of catalyst, he inspired a whole generation of young musicians to go on to bigger and better things – amongst them a group of young lads who called themselves The Rolling Stones... whatever happened to them!

'Everyday I have The Blues' offers a generous 66 tracks tracing Korner's 60s musical odyssey. Obviously It begins with his early work that sees him emerge from the 50s Brit skiffle scene to put together a legendary band that was in the vanguard of the 60s blues onslaught. That band, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, cut two legendary albums... 'Live At The Marquee' and 'Live the Cavern' and there's a generous selection of tracks from those albums – including the band's incendiary version of blues standards like 'I Got My Mojo Working' and 'Rain Is Such A Lonesome Sound' . The band on those albums featured a phalanx of big names – people like Jack Bruce, Cyril Davis, Dick Heckstall Smith, Charlie Watts and singer Long John Baldry. Amongst other vocalists who worked with Korner are Herbie Goins, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant.

As the 60s evolved so too did Korner's music. Though always blues-based, it became rockier and more experimental but he never let a god song get past him. Here you can enjoy Korner versions of stuff like Curtis Mayfield's 'Mighty Mighty Spade And Whitey' and William Bell's 'You Don't Miss Your Water'.

'EVERYDAY I HAVE THE BLUES ... THE 60s ANTHOLOGY' includes rare Korner singles, studio outtakes and is packaged in an elegant little box with a lengthy essay and scores of archive photos that prove, beyond doubt, that Alexis Korner indeed was Godfather of British blues.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:21

 

MY FAVE THINGS ....

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThink it was back in 2015 when we became beguiled by US soulstress KENYA (JOHNSON) and her 'My Own Skin' LP. Then came a remix album and after the initial buzz – not a lot. It seems that Ms K has been concentrating on a few "business matters".

Now we're told that Kenya is readying a new EP for early 2019 release and with Christmas beckoning (!) she's released one of the cuts as a taster. It's her interpretation of the 'Sound Of Music' song 'My Favourite Things'... yes, "raindrops and roses" and all that! It's an unusual rendering – not in the same league, I have to say, as dear old Luther's big jazzy version, but this Kenya reading has a certain subtle charm and is made more attractive by the svelte and smooth sax tones of Gerald Albright... the star of the show, actually!

If 'My Favourite Things' is one of your favourites, it'll be available from November 16th.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:23

 

GIVE IT UP AGAIN....

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAt the back end of October we featured a new single from ED THE RED (soul and dance entrepreneur and owner of Bottom Line Records, Edward Goltsman). The tune was a sultry Barry White meets Isaac Hayes kind of thing, 'Giving It Up For Your Love' and we remarked that is was sort of odd for Red Ed since his first love has always been dance music.

Lo and behold... 'Giving It Up For Your Love' is back with us; this time in a "Proper House Mix" which cranks up the beats yet retains that very odd but intriguing vocal. It'll be available very soon via Traxsource and Bottom Line.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:24

 

INNER STRENGTH....

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Stronger Than Pride' is the new single from US songbird LINA. Lina recently enjoyed success with her single 'Best Friend' -a UK top 5 soul single but the young singer believes that the big ballad that is 'Stronger Than Pride' will fare even better. You see the song is the main and recurring theme to a new US movie.... 'Love Jacked'.

Don't think the movie will bother people like Mark Kermode, but the soundtrack album features great and classic songs from the likes of Bruno Mars, EWF, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations and Lina is proud to be featured alongside such icons.

'Stronger Than Pride' is a stately ballad sung with conviction and what's more proceeds from the single will help support the WHY Music Campaign.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:26

 

ON FIRE....

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFor their latest single, dance dons, LOS CHARLY'S ORCHESTRA have teamed up with Brit soul maestro, OMAR. Their collaboration is an energy–fuelled dancer, 'Fire'. It's a 21st century take on the glitter ball era as the two mixers suggest.... the "Neo Soul Disco" mix and the "Classic Disco" mix. Not much to choose between them... depends whether you like femme choruses and linn drums. There is, of course, an instrumental rendition too.

FIRE – Los Charly's Orchestra Feat. Omar released on Imagenes Recordings ... 9th Nov

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:32

 

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