Nitzinger - Going Back To Texas. CD. (Label: Record Heaven, Cat.No: RHCD33)
A 18 track hard rock release that features most of the tracks from John Nitzinger's 1997 album and another 8 tracks from various locations during 1971, 1972, 1976 and then finally 1999. A must for any freak into heavy guitars, classic 70's hardrock and of course Nitzinger.
Comparable with greats like Fats Domino, this is Twenty of the best Huey "Piano" tracks, incorporating his hit singles and rare tracks. A hugely important figure of the New Orleans R&B scene and a skilled song writer, this is a fine guide to his finest moments that never dall below genius. Includes: "Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas-And The Sinus Blues", "I Think You're Jivin' Me" and "Free, Single And Disengaged"
Molly Hatchet - The Deed Is Done. CD. (Label: Gottdiscs, Cat.No: GOTTCD033)
Originally released in 1984, this album marked the return of original vocalist Danny Joe Brown to the Hatchet fold. Featuring tracks such as 'Satisfied Man' 'Good Smoke And Whiskey' 'Heartbreak Radio' and 'Straight Shooter' this is another example of Southern rock played the way it's meant to be played. New sleevenotes included.
Allman Brothers Band - Live At The Beacon Theatre. dbl DVD. (Label: Sanctuary Midline, Cat.No: SVEM0237)
Gregg and the boys recorded live on their 2003 tour rockin' up a veritable sorm. Experience the full might and power of a jammin' , groovin' Southern band at their best, laying down such classics as 'Statesbro Blues' 'A Change Is Gonna Come' 'Rockin Horse' 'High Cost Of Low Living' and the inevitable 'Whippin' Post' Disc 2 features a dressing room rehearsal of 'Old Friend' plus bonus interviews, a photo gallery and behind the scenes footage.
Soilent Green - Sewn Mouth Secrets/String Of Lies (Deluxe Ed). CD. (Label: Relapse, Cat.No: RR66552)
A classic album of swampy grooves and tempo downshifts, that established the band as innovators and Ben Falgoust as a natural successor to, if not superior to, Phil Anselmo. This deluxe edition comes replete with the crushingly painful 'String Of Lies' mini CD, one of the band's first releases and long deleted until now.
Little Feat - Extended Versions. CD. (Label: Collectables, Cat.No: COLCD8914)
A budget price collection of truckin', moonshine-drinkin' rock 'n'roll from a great band, still in operation some 25 years after the death of their frontman and mentor, ex-Mother Of Invention Lowell George. These live versions date from a 1992 tour, and feature the Barrere/ Gradney/ Hayward axis leading the band through various favbes such as 'Feets Don't Fail Me Now' 'Fat Man In The Bathtub' 'Oh Atlanta' (no relation to the Bad Co. song of the same name) and 'Hate To Lose Your Lovin'. A decent live compilation for wideload owners everywhere.
38 Special - 38 Special. CD. (Label: Lemon, Cat.No: CDLEM11)
This is the brilliant debut album from 38 Special re-issued by Lemon recordings. Led by brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant, Donnie Van Zant, 38 Specials were a Florida band in the vein of the Allman brothers and Lynyrd Sknyrd themselves! The dudes are still going strong - and this album shows why.
Steepwater Band - Brother To The Snake. CD. (Label: Evangeline, Cat.No: GELM.4091)
Fast becoming a firm favourite of fans of 'Southern Rock', the Steepwater Band are based on the Steepwater ranch (yes they all live there) in Chicago, Illinois- not actually in the South, admittedly, but still near enough for the influences of The Allmans and Skynyrd to seep through, alongside their own Chicago blues and the Brit sounds of Cream and Free they grew up on. This is actually the earlier of their two early '00s releases, although it was released after 'Dharmakaya'. For fans of Black Crowes, Gov't Mule, and others of that ilk. Pardner. . .
Long overdue reissue on CD for this genre-defining Southern Rock band's debut album. Originally released in 1969, this was the album that gave us 'Whipping Post' 'Dreams' and a storming version of Muddy Waters' "Trouble No More". Debuts don't come much better than this.
Live album from the man who gave the blues the collective kick up the arse it needed. Tracklisting: No Particular Place To Go - Ride On Josephine - Bad Boy - Cocaine Blues - If You Don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave) - I'm Ready - I'll Change My Style - Get A Haircut - Gear Jammer - Move It On Over - You Talk Too Much - Let's Work Together - St Louis Blues - Johnny B. Goode
Originally released in 1993, ‘Haircut’ features George Thorogood (vocals, guitar); Hank Carter (saxophone, keyboards, background vocals); Bill Blough (bass); and Jeff Simon (drums) Produced by Terry Manning and The Delaware Destroyers The CD booklet for ‘Haircut’ features an original eight page cartoon by Peter Bagge. This is one of the most consistently bluesy of Thorogood’s ‘90s albums, with fewer of the overt goofs and ‘60s garage-band and punk influences that drove the purists crazy. Instead, it’s a big-sounding, mostly serious set, in which Thorogood covers the usual suspects John Lee Hooker (‘Want Ad Blues’), Willie Dixon (‘Down in the Bottom’, which he probably learned from a Stones bootleg), and Bo Diddley (‘Cops and Robbers’, ditto). As usual,there are also a couple of changes of pace, in this case a solo acoustic version of ‘My Friend Robert’ (an obscure song by ‘60s folkie Patrick Sky) and Thorogood’s own ‘Baby Don’t Go’, an infectious piece of New Wave Tex-Mex, complete with the sort of cheesy organ riffs that hadn’t been heard since the late ‘70s heyday of Joe King Carrasco. The hit from the album, of course, was the deliberately snot-nosed ‘Get a Haircut’, but the album’s actual centerpiece is the astounding ‘Killer’s Bluze’, which is in fact a six-minute death threat set to the riff from ‘I’m a Man’. Eminem, eat your heart out.
Jerry Lee Lewis - The Killer Rocks On/Boogie Woogie Country Man. CD. (Label: B.G.O. Records, Cat.No: BGOCD635)
1972 and 1975 albums from the Killer. Country rock'n'roll at its best from the master, with extensive sleevenotes and slip case.
Clutch - Pitchforks And Needles. CD. (Label: Megaforce, Cat.No: MEGA2003)
A fascinating package of some of the best and (until now) most sought after material from the early days of this groovemungous, rifftastic US band. Included is the ban's first 7" EP, "Pitchfork" and some of the heaviest songs from their early days (when hardcore was actually more of an influence than Skynyrd or Leaf Hound) including the previously unreleased 'Nero's Fiddle'. Bonuses include two unreleased songs recorded in March 2005, "What Would A Wookie Do" (sounds like a case of Metal Mayhew to me!!- Obscure Jokes Dept) and "Bottoms Up, Socrates". The fact that they can come up with titles like that and still sound as heavy as a truck falling on you is a testament to their brilliance. Rock and marthafarquaharing roll.
First time ever on CD in the UK for this fine album from an underrated Southern Rock act, featuring two of their best toons 'Southern Man' (no, not the Neil Young song- well, think about it, that wouldn't make sense now, would it?) and 'Lonesome Guitar'. An album's worth of 100 percent sour mash sippin', Confederate flag flyin', stetson wearin' rock'n' roll, here released as a special collector's edition with 2 unreleased bonus tracks from the original sessions added. Remastered with a full 16 page booklet, and a 4,000 word blurb from Derek Oliver and XAVIER RUSSELL, who wrote things in CAPITAL LETTERS!! They don't make journos like that anymore. Whaddya mean, 'Thank God' ?