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.
1. That’s When the Trouble Starts
4. Fingers Crossed
5. White House
6. Bow Street Runners
8. Stranded in Reality
9. You Can’t Live in the Past
10. Long Time
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.
The 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.
We are privileged to receive invites to “free” private concerts at Mohegan Sun as Momentum members. The latest concert we thoroughly enjoyed was Peter Frampton on Sunday June 12th.
This was my third time seeing Peter Frampton in concert in 41 years. I always liked the Humble Pie Rockin the Fillmore live recording. I interviewed Peter backstage at Staples High School in 1975. He was promoting the Frampton studio album that started his meterotic rise the following year with Frampton Comes Alive. I found him gracious to grant an hour of his time while he tuned his guitar. I got a private concert before the rest of the audience that night 😉
(I scanned my past article from The Entertainer music newspaper that I wrote for in the mid-70s. I also sold ads for them, making 40% per ad in those days. Sorry it is grainy and has my ink edits.) —> Peter Frampton
I next saw Frampton with my son at the Sixth Annual Jammy Awards in 2006 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Peter Frampton joined Guster and worked on material from Guster’s new album Ganging up the Sun. Martin Sexton also joined them for a version of Frampton’s “Do You Feel Like We Do.”
Considering that the June 12 show was free I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. He didn’t disappoint as Peter Frampton and his band played strong for 90 minutes plus a three song encore. His guitar playing has reached another dimension of excellence. He played a cover version of Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden that knocked me out.
I was quite impressed with the instrumental songs he played from the Fingerprints album, which was awarded a Grammy Award in 2007. Frampton was on the mark. He’s a true professional as was his stellar band.
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.
Leslie West’s forthcoming album, Soundcheckpegs 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
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