Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Hammett is the fictional story about a time in real-life writer Dashiell Hammett's ("The Maltese Falcoln") life. Directed by Wim Wenders, the 1920's era noir mystery contained an equally noir score by veteran composer John Barry. Fresh off of Body Heat and Somewhere in Time, Barry had no problem writing the jazzy score, which contains an interesting combination of slinky jazz numbers and ethnic Chinese cues. Beginning with the "Main Titles", which is performed by a single piano and clarinet, Barry immediately draws the listener in to this dark seductive world. The theme is simple and elegant, yet has an underlying sensuality about it. That sensuality is never fully realized in full orchestral form - except for a small moment in "The Wrap Up / Finale" - but it's still a very enjoyable theme.
Memphis was the town blues musicians passed through on their way to Chicago. But some of them stayed and the record companies sent their mobile units to record them. Over a three-year period from 1927, an astonishing amount of talent was recorded: local stars like the Memphis Jug Band, Frank Stokes, Cannon’s Jug Stompers, Jim Jackson, Furry Lewis, Robert Wilkins, Bukka White, Memphis Minnie, Joe Callicott and Sleepy John Estes.
Though John Barry achieved popular recognition for the swinging, loungey, noir-ish soundtracks he composed for the James Bond films, he moved to the front rank of film composers with his score for 1966's BORN FREE. Stylistically, the music of BORN FREE is miles removed from Barry's Bond soundtracks, though the composer's fondness for brass fanfares, stirring strings, and lush, intricate charts with stunning dynamic range is still intact. On the whole, however, the music to BORN FREE has a playful, innocent quality, evoking the nature of the wild animals at the film's center. As the movie is set in Africa, Barry employs a range of African percussion instruments, and sections of flute music (which often seem to echo the sounds of birds or other creatures). The arrangements are expansive and sweeping, giving rise to the sensation of open plains, and Barry's recurring musical themes parallel the film's action (the track titles indicate plot events). The score is, for the most part, surprisingly subdued, with occasional bursts of energy (mirroring tumultuous events onscreen) and its stirring title theme the exceptions. Barry won an Academy Award for the score in 1966.
The mid-to-late Sixties was a strange and difficult time for many Blues men - most were without contracts, forgotten and under-appreciated. Then the Blues boom happened (particularly in the UK) and many had their careers kick-started all over again. Freddie King was no exception. His last album had been for Federal in 1964, but with a new lease of life on the mighty Atlantic label, he produced two much revered LPs in rapid succession. The first was "Freddie King Is A Blues Master" released in 1969 on SD 9004 - and then this peach - "My Feeling For The Blues" on Cotillion SD 9016 released in early 1970.
The pre-psychedelic Moody Blues were represented in England by this album, which is steeped in American soul. The covers include songs by James Brown, Willie Dixon, and Chris Kenner, plus the chart-busting "Go Now" (originally recorded by Bessie Banks), interspersed with a brace of originals by lead singer/guitarist Denny Laine and keyboardist Mike Pinder, and one Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich number, "I've Got a Dream."…
It is 1978 and Climax Blues Band is at the peak of its powers during a happy golden era when rock bands rule. They had hit the charts the previous year with funky single Couldn't Get It Right and they get it right on again with shiny new album Shine On . It features marvellous performances from a classic Climax line up with Peter Haycock at the helm on lead guitar and vocals. Peter is joined by Colin Cooper, the deep toned vocal-meister and superb alto sax player. They are boosted by a super tight rhythm section comprising Derek Holt (bass) and John Cuffley (drums). Climax romp through eight raunchy tracks, including Makin Love (released as a single and available here as a bonus track) and the stomping boogie Champagne & Rock n Roll . A cover of Tony Joe White's The Gospel Singer comes complete with soulful backing vocalists. Okay, so it s not 1978 anymore, but more than thirty years later, the music still sounds great and Climax rule one more time on this sought-after CD, complete with informative liner notes.
Multiple platinum winner, hit songwriter and producer Lee Aaron presents her new album “Diamond Baby Blues”. The classic hard rock and heavy blues album features 12 new recordings anchored in the tradition of the musical giants of the late 60s and 70s. The heavy riff “Diamond Baby”, the epic ballad “The Best Thing” and the glam rock pounding “American High” mix effortlessly with the creative reinterpretations of Deep Purple’s “Mistreated”, the Koko Taylor hymn “I’m a woman “and a surprising Rolling Stonesmoderate interpretation of Janet Jackson’s” Black Cat. ” The album, recorded together with the canadian rock legend John Webster, is a prime example of ther signature mix of powerhouse vocals, great guitars, organic keyboards and a rhythm section that rocks as hard as it rocks. If there is one line from “Diamond Baby Blues” that could best describe the artist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, creator and interpreter the world has come to know and love as Lee Aaron, it might be “I’m a Woman…I can cut stone with a pin”.
Blues-Rock with a touch of funk and soul. Digging in the blues, inspiring lyrics, female backing vocals and electric guitar solos. The song BACK TO THE DIRTY TOWN today is a worldwide classic of the fans of blues and Blues Rock. On countless playlists, on YouTube, on Spotify and radio stations this song is heard by tens of thousands of people daily. The Blues Mystery live have been titled as “the blues that makes you happy”. With their unique own style, they've mainly been playing festivals and clubs in Switzerland, Germany and France. Influenced by greats like Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters or James Brown, they compose very song oriented as for example Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top or the Rolling Stones do, they’re not stuck to the 12 bar Blues. They've released their first album THE BLUES MYSTERY in 2013, the second one called DIESEL ROCK in 2015. Since end of 2017 they’ve launched THE BLUES MYSTERY TV, giving dynamics to their YouTube channel, the first show launched was “Walter’s Blues & Rock Talk”.