Stone Country - Stone Country. CD. Young had moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and began working with Van Dyke Parks and Stephen Stills while keeping his day job as a mailman. He formed Stone Country in 1967 and soon thereafter the band was signed to RCA Records. After releasing several singles, RCA issued the group's only album, Stone Country, in March 1968, produced by Rick Jarrard, who also produced Jefferson Airplane and Harry Nilsson's Pandemonium Shadow Show. The group disbanded when, in 1969, Young signed as a solo artist with A&M Records. This is there only and debut album, a fantastic record that is a must have for any one with even the slightest interest in things of psychedelic or country nature.
(Label: Rev Ola, Cat.No: CRREV230)
Bobb Trimble - Iron Curtian Innocence. CD. irst three songs on this album are as good as anything ; Trimble’s music is an utterly unique blend of melodic songwriting, gorgeous high vocals, overwhelmingly echoey and warbly production, synthesized guitar and fuzz guitar, and it’s mesmerizing and life-changing. Side two was recorded a few years earlier and is simpler in terms of production, but the songwriting is equally good. Over the years it has become apparent that this album has aged very well and is every bit as good as the more heralded second album. Trimble’s music is utterly timeless, utterly distinctive, and utterly beautiful. (Acid Archives) 3 bonus tracks.
(Label: Secretly Canadian, Cat.No: SC162)
Tom Waits - Under Review 1983- 2006. DVD. 80 minute documentary DVD, which looks at this extraordinary musician and performer’s music during that period. After Waits’ marriage to Katherine Brennan in 1980, his music became more experimental, challenging and left field, but without any compromise of his craft the songs were better than ever. Through album after album during the 1980s, the 1990s and the 2000s, Waits stunned his audience time and again.This program looks again at these records, and the man who made them, and in doing so provides the most enlightening, revealing and downright entertaining Tom Waits documentary yet to emerge.
(Label: Sexy Individual, Cat.No: SIDVD530)
Tom Lucas - Lifeboats. CD. Previously unknown second album by this US underground singer songwriter originally issued in 1983. The tight band is well produced and giving the record a high quality sheen without compromising its grittier strengths. Musically it bears some comparison with US singer songwriters such as early Bruce Springsteen or Neil Young or even Lou Reed! At times he veers off in experimental directions that really surprise. Lifeboats is filled with songs that make some deep political and social observations gathering dark emotional depth from some excellent piano arrangements and tasteful guitar solos. An entertaining second shot now officially reissued.
(Label: New Fate Productions, Cat.No: )
Country Joe McDonald - At The Bordeline 18th April 2006. Dble CD. Wonderful double CD set in a limited edition of 1000 copies that captures a solo Country Joe running through the best moments of his 40 year career. His voice is unspoilt and this album has the same feel as the Incredible! Live! Album in that it is performed in front of an intimate audience and Joe is on top form and in great humour. The set features numerous classics, many from the CJ and the Fish era, including "Rock Coast Blues" "Section 43" "Here I go Again" "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" and others. Pretty much an essential purchase for fans of this man's music!
(Label: Rag Baby Records Co., Cat.No: )
John Sebastian And David Grisman - Satisfied. CD. Friends from their time together in the Even Dozen Jug Band at the start of the 60's, mandolin maestro David Grisman and John Sebastian of the Lovin Spoonful reunite for this fourteen track journey into traditional folk, instrumentals and Sebastian originals. Meeting again at a benefit concert in Mill Valley, California, it was the first time they had seen each other in forty odd years. This is the results of that by chance meeting.
(Label: Acoustic Disc, Cat.No: ACD67)
John Fahey - Yes! Jesus Loves Me - Guitar Hymns. CD. This album consists of an eclectic selection of original 17th / 18th / 19th century hymns, that John indelibly stamped with his unique interpretations. It has never been available before apart from a brief issue in 1980, when it was somewhat bizarrely paired with a Maria Muldaur album.
(Label: Takoma, Cat.No: CDTAK 7085)
Fairport Convention/Matthews Southern Comfort - Tony Palmer's Film Of. DVD. Previously unknown and wonderful film made for TV of Fairport Convention performing with Matthews Southern Comfort at an English Village Fayre in 1970 around the time of Fairports 'Full House' LP. Fairport line up is Dave Mattacks (drums) Simon Nicol (guitar) Dave Pegg (bass) Dave Swarbrick (fiddle) Richard Thompson (guitar). Stunning performances by both bands under a lazy late afternoon summer sky with amazing shots of an English audience in the early 1970's..my how times change! The narration is by John Peel. Bonus includes an interview with director Tony Palmer. REGION 0 / STEREO SOUND.
(Label: Voiceprint, Cat.No: TPDVD105)
Doug Sahm - Live From Austin, TX. CD. Originally recorded for TV, this classic Doug Sahm set was recorded in October 1975. This performance came after Doug had temporarily retired the Sir Douglas name, but features original member Meyer along with musical compadres Martin Steitle, John Barber, Steve McDaniels and Harry Hess. All the Sir Douglas Quintet classics are here, including Mover, Mendocino and Rain, and Doug ventures into other musical territory ranging from T-Bone Walker to Bob Willis. This version features the entire performance, including tracks that didn't make it onto the original TV broadcast.
(Label: New West, Cat.No: NW6133)
Doug Sahm - Live From Austin, TX. DVD. Originally recorded for TV, this classic Doug Sahm set was recorded in October 1975. This performance came after Doug had temporarily retired the Sir Douglas name, but features original member Meyer along with musical compadres Martin Steitle, John Barber, Steve McDaniels and Harry Hess. All the Sir Douglas Quintet classics are here, including Mover, Mendocino and Rain, and Doug ventures into other musical territory ranging from T-Bone Walker to Bob Willis. This version features the entire performance, including tracks that didn't make it onto the original TV broadcast.
(Label: New West, Cat.No: NW8047)
Certain General - Invisible New York. Dble CD. One of the most startling but under-rated groups to emerge from post-punk New York City. The group formed in 1980 and built a fearsome underground reputation seducing the city's major clubs, including CBGB's, the Mudd and Danceteria, with their intoxicating blend of spikey rhythms, surreal lyrical flights and psychedelic surf guitar onslaughts. compilation draws from past releases such as 'Holiday Of Love', 'November's Heat', 'These Are The Days', 'Introduction To War' and 'Cabin Fever', as well as live recordings from CBGB's and NY's Public Theatre in 2001, radio broadcasts and a previously-unreleased session with Lenny Kaye and Julee Cruise recorded in the wake of 9/11.
(Label: Easy Action Records, Cat.No: EARS015)
John Fogerty - Revival. CD. New album of original songs by the ex Creedence Clearwater Revival lead singer / songwriter. His first studio release since the late 90's, Fogerty's profile has recently grown due to the success of the "Long Road Home" compilation album and his 2007 Glastonbury appearance. This will be a welcome return for his many loyal fans. A fine collection of driving rock songs, topped with Fogerty's very own baritone.
(Label: UMTV, Cat.No: FCD30001)
Otis Taylor - Definition Of A Circle. CD. Crackling with hypnotic energy, Otis Taylor's eighth album (2007) infuses his cutting-edge blues with a dose of rock'n'roll exuberance. The blasting opener "Little Betty" gets some rocket fuel from blues-rock legend Gary Moore's marvelously expressive, raw guest guitar as well as from drummer John Kelly, whose propulsion ignites several of these dozen tunes. Ultimately, though, Taylor's one-chord magic comes from his knack for repeating catchy riffs until they become a seductive blur--a hip-shaking platform for his colorful explorations of love, war, joy, deprivation, and racial struggle. He's also got a way with textures, spinning dirty guitar, prickly electric mandolin, his daughter Cassie's haunting alto singing, and his own appealingly hoarse baritone into mesmeric arrangements for tunes like the Hurricane Katrina contemplation "They Wore Blue" that owe as much to Pink Floyd as to Muddy Waters.
(Label: New Note, Cat.No: CD83659)
Otis Taylor - Respect The Dead. CD. One of America's most promising blues artists - frequently compared to John Lee Hooker, already the winner of 4 Handy Awards.Taylor's songs have skeletons as bare as those of John Lee Hooker's, butt heir bones are often wrapped in quick-paced rhythm licks inspired byAfrican music as this 2002 release shows.Blues from the Delta mud and this man's command of slide guitar and effects makes for shivery peals that underpin the drama of his singing, and who maps out an entirely new vocabulary for electric banjo.
(Label: Northern Blues Music, Cat.No: NBM0009)