Archive for February, 2013

Traffic – Freedom Rider

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Music, Rock
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Their fourth album, 1970’s John Barleycorn Must Die, is probably Traffic’s best studio record, all the tracks are good, but I have opted for Freedom Rider. Originally, it was going to be a Stevie Winwood solo album, Traffic having previously split, but he invited former Traffic members Chris Wood (woodwinds) and Jim Capaldi (drums and percussion) to help him and it became a Traffic album. The other former member Dave Mason is not on this record.

Cream – SWLABR

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Music, Rock
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Cream, one of the earliest so-called supergroups. Well, in their case they were kinda super, sometimes. Eric Clapton guitar, Jack Bruce bass & Ginger Baker drums recorded the album Disraeli Gears in 1967, SWLABR was one of the better tracks.

Family – In My Own Time

Posted: February 26, 2013 in Music, Rock
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One of the best bands ever, Family, that during its existence recorded many great tracks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of them here soon. Never released on any album, In My Own Time, 1971,  surprisingly reached number 4 in the charts and was Family’s highest charting single. The B-side Seasons is good as well.

C.O.B. is Clive’s Original Band, amd Clive is Clive Palmer former member of The Incredible String Band and on their first album, and the song Soft Touches Of Love is on C.O.B.’s first LP, Spirit Of Love.

Poet,  lyricist for Cream, singer with Pete Brown and his Battered Ornaments, formed Pete Brown & Piblokto!, recorded an album with Graham Bond and wrote lyrics for Jack Bruce’s solo albums. Aeroplane Head Woman comes from the 1970 album Thousands On A Raft.

Pete Brown

Montrose – Underground

Posted: February 23, 2013 in Music, Rock
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Underground from Montrose’s second album, 1974’s Paper Money, it’s a cover of a song originally released by Chunky, Novi and Ernie the previous year. The song was written by Ilene Rappaport, aka Chunky, aka Lauren Wood.

Cat Food can be found on King Crimson’s second album In The Wake Of Poseidon, a shorter version was also released as a single, with Groon, not on the album, as its B-side. It was most distinctive on it’s release in 1970 with Keith Tippett’s avant garde piano scrabblings startling Top Of The Pops’ viewers.

Dave Stewart’s song Tenemos Roads opens National Health’s self-titled first album. Like all of the so called Canterbury bands, National Health recorded some excellent tracks, Tenemos Roads is one of those. Interesting keyboards from Dave Stewart, some nice guitar from Phil Miller and some slightly jazzy vocalizations from Amanda Parsons.

Greenslade – Feathered Friends

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Music, Rock
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Greenslade are not a group I know much about but I like Feathered Friends from their self-titled first album. The track is heavily dominated by the keyboards of Dave Greenslade and Dave Lawson who also provides great vocals.

From the album Blues Jam At Chess this track by Fleetwood Mac is a strong opener featuring vocals and fabulous lead guitar by Peter Green. Although they don’t feature on this track, various guest blues men such as Honeyboy Edwards, Buddy Guy, Otis Span, J.T.Brown, Willie Dixon, S.P.Leary and Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton appeared on many of the other tracks with the members of Fleetwood Mac.