Ian Hunter – Fingers Crossed

Ian Hunter’s forthcoming studio album, Fingers Crossed (September 16th) unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie ‘Dandy’. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed When I’m President.

Track Listing:

1. That’s When the Trouble Starts
2. Dandy
3. Ghosts
4. Fingers Crossed
5. White House
6. Bow Street Runners
7. Morpheus
8. Stranded in Reality
9. You Can’t Live in the Past
10. Long Time

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ZZ TOP LIVE – GREATEST HITS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

I’m especially lovin the two tracks with Jeff Beck in London. Go get it and ROCK!

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1. Got Me Under Pressure – New York

2. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers – Las Vegas

3. Cheap Sunglasses – Paris

4. Waitin’ For The Bus – Chicago

5. Jesus Just Left Chicago – Chicago

6. Legs – São Paolo

7. Sharp Dressed Man – Los Angeles

8. Rough Boy (with Jeff Beck) – London

9. Pincushion – Berlin

10. La Grange – Dallas

11. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide – Vancouver

12. Tube Snake Boogie – Rome

13. Gimme All Your Lovin’ – Houston

14. Tush – Nashville

15. Sixteen Tons (with Jeff Beck) – London

Heart – Beautiful Broken

These ladies so rock! Pumped to have Heart‘s 16th album, Beautiful Broken which dropped yesterday. Totally cool that James Hetfield of Metallica helps drive the title track.

Kudos to co-producers Nancy Wilson and Heart bassist Dan Rothchild love the gritty sound.

My favorite track after the first listen is “Heaven”.

 

Never A Dull Moment By David Hepworth

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Cheap Thrills (Big Brother and the Holding Company album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have debated in my mind which year was best for rock music. I am torn between the years 1967-1971. These were formative musical years as a child of the sixties maturing into the 1970s.

Starting with 1967, the year of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Then 1968 brought us Van Morrison‘s classic Astral Weeks and Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin.

1969 was pivotal for my life as I graduated high school that year. The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair changed the world. Rock albums from Led Zeppelin and Santana pushed multi-dimensional sound.

Then 1970 ushered in the era of the singer/songwriter with Sweet Baby James by James Taylor. Contrast that soft music genre with the electric jazz fusion of Miles Davis‘s Bitches Brew.

Nantucket SleighrideThe capstone of the music period from 1967-1971 was 1971.  This year rose prominently in the music of our heart. I loved the dichotomy of Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death versus Nantucket Sleighride by Mountain.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to a book by David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and well-regarded critic, I have validation. The book David has written, Never A Dull Moment, 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded substantiates 1971’s contribution to rock history with concrete authority.

If you are a fan of rock history and its sociological impact on the rhythm of our existence you must read this book.

West, Bruce and Laing

Since I posted about Leslie West’s upcoming album, Soundcheck I have been listening intently to Mountain, Cream and the supergroup in between, West, Bruce and Laing.

I recall the early 70’s on WNEW-FM, NY City’s progressive rock station. It was Scottso, Scott Muni who premiered West, Bruce and Laing in November, 1972. I had just started attending community college. We had a student lounge with a Marantz receiver connected to a Bose shelf speaker. I would arrive there early because it was a superior sound system to the hi-fi I had in my bedroom.

West, Bruce and Laing was a hardcore rock trio performing with piss and vinegar. I loved the tradeoff between Bruce and West. They were equally strong vocalists. Corky Laing’s drumming style accented their interplay.

Why Dontcha is the album you want to play, loud!

Leslie West – Soundcheck

Leslie West’s forthcoming album, Soundcheck pegs the needle in the red. That is the infamous sound we have come to expect from this premier rock guitarist.

Soundcheck is the sixteenth solo album from the legendary rock guitarist Leslie West.

Leslie lays down some of his most inspired musical magic to date with by collaborating with renowned British guitarists Peter Frampton and Brian May, ex-Jeff Beck keyboard virtuoso Max Middleton, vocalist extraordinaire Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie) and the late great Cream bassist and longtime friend of Leslie’s, Jack Bruce.

Closing out his new album “Soundcheck”, is a treasure for all longtime fans of Leslie West: a live version of Willie Dixon’s, “Spoonful,” recorded with Jack Bruce on bass and vocals and Joe Franco on drums, played in the classic Cream style as captured on 1968’s Wheels of Fire. “Back in 1988, I recorded an album called, Theme, which featured Jack on bass. We recorded at Millbrook in upstate New York, and the owner of The Chance in Poughkeepsie called and asked if we wanted to come over and do a set there, with no advertising, no nothing. Jack was into it, and the engineer at Millbrook, Paul Orofino, came with us and recorded the gig with a small portable stereo machine. “After hearing of Jack’s passing, we edited it down from its original length and decided it would be great to include on the record. As you can hear, I was trying to reincarnate myself into Eric Clapton! The first time I listened to Jack’s voice and the tone of his bass on the recording, I had tears in my eyes. I loved Jack so much.”

LESLIE WEST – SOUNDCHECK

Label: Provogue Records
Release Date: November 20, 2015

Tracklist:

01. Left By The Roadside To Die
02. Give Me One Reason
03. Here For The Party
04. You Are My Sunshine
05. Empty Promises Nothin Sacred
06. A Stern Warning
07. People Get Ready
08. Going Down
09. Stand By Me
10. Eleanor Rigby
11. Spoonful

Fortunate Son, My Life, My Music

When I hear the burly voice of John Fogerty I drift back in the music of our heart to the year 1969 and the song, “Proud Mary”. Rolling on a river…..

John Fogerty is on a publicity swing for his new book, Fortunate Son, My Life, My Music published by Little, Brown and Company. He visited the Howard Stern Show at the SiriusXM Studio this morning to talk about his new book, perform and more.

Stern fans are ecstatic about the quality of the interview and loved the John Forgerty’s live performance. His early life, career and various mishaps were out in the open for fans to hear. – See more at: http://emptylighthouse.com/john-fogerty-visits-howard-stern-siriusxm-radio-show-2049529544#sthash.KZUWKay0.dpuf