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'TIS SWEET TO BE REMEMBERED
Rock'n'Roll is as varied an art form as any other.
ROSES FOR REVOLVER
And it takes 50 of'em to celebrate the release of that other groundbreaking album of 1966 ! For many, it was Paul Mc Cartney's shining hour with such beauties as 'Eleanor Rigby', 'For No One', 'Got To Get You Into My Life' and 'Here, There & Everywhere' (plus his brilliant lead guitar soli in George's 'Taxman') but John's tracks like 'I'm Only Sleeping', 'Dr Robert', 'And Your Bird Can Sing' and 'She Said, She Said' were equally influential and... yes, addictive.
THE GUITAR THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD IS GONE
The music world would never have been as thrilling without the advent of Rock'n'Roll, but Rock'n'Roll would never have been the same without Scotty Moore and his incendiary and imaginative guitar breaks. Always in the shadow of his Boss, he was nevertheless just as important and remains one of the most influential axemen ever. It's fair to say that the timeless quality of tracks like 'Baby Let's Play House', 'Mystery Train' or 'Hound Dog' results as much from Elvis's assured vocal as from Scotty's creative playing. He later cut a brilliant solo LP for Epic and became heavily involved in studio work - producing and mastering.
AN ERA REBORN...
Well, it's been reactivated for one full year in fact, so it was high time I mentioned it here !
Al's son, Frank Kavelin, himself a skilled musician and orchestrator - and, I must add, a most likeable person - is the one responsible for the re-launch of the label. Although he'd love to reissue all the stuff on CD and vinyl, he decided that he would first make it available as quality downloads (through Spotify, Amazon, iTunes). The first volume in the reissue program contains both sides of the Argyles' first two singles, the Ribbons' much celebrated 'Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya' and its original flip, a fistful of vocal group gems (e.g. 'No More' by The Uptones, 'Come To Me Darlin' by The Monorails, 'Mirror, Mirror' by The Arrogants), Emmy Lou's excellent 'I Wanna Know' (great guitar on this) and a real discovery for me in the shape of The Isonics. Their two tracks here - the latin-tinged 'Sugar' and the slower 'He Needs Her' - made up one killer double-sided Soul single when released on Kammy in '69 and have now become firm favorites of mine ! The mastering - done by Frank, mainly from master tapes - is awesome ('high sonics' indeed) ; the digital booklet which goes with the full album download is elegant and informative. A second volume should be out soon, as well as other surprises.
Of course, an in-depth look at the label will appear later on this very site. Meanwhile, you can go to www.luterecords.com for more info.
More than ever, musically speaking, the future is in the past !
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PET SOUNDS !
This landmark Beach Boys LP was released on May 16, 1966 - recommended listening for all seasons ! Let me take this opportunity to showcase some of their records & CDs which will be featured with many others on my forthcoming dedicated Beach Boys & Brian Wilson pages.
IN MEMORY OF LOU UKELSON
Lou Ukelson was a humble man, with a big heart and a profound sense of life's real values. He was also a gifted record producer who worked closely with Jimmie Skinner and set up the Vetco label with him in the 70's. He went on to cut a goodly number of country, bluegrass, gospel and rockabilly recordings by artists like Mac Wiseman, Charlie Feathers, Harley Gabbard and The Cobb Brothers.
Lou passed away in November 2013. He is much missed. He was my friend.
WHEN THE BULLETS FLEW.....
Greece has been the subject of many a debate over the past few years, and it's a shame that life deteriorated so much in that country. That's why I've decided to draw your attention to one of the best groups to emerge from there - The Bullets.
Please enjoy some
real Country Pickin' from Bud Chowning, whose story
appears exclusively on my site. This instrumental is called 'Southern
click on the CD at left and take a listen to the following bunch of demos.
great discovery - this time from the UK - was singer/songwriter Kevin
Brown, who's also a lap steel player & enthusiast. His first
solo CD, 'Tin Church' (Doo-Dah DD04), was issued in 2005 and had a tremendous
feel, in true country blues style.
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above CD-Rs are compiled, designed & remastered by yours truly.