Nov 242014
 

If you are reading this, I am confident you have heard Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and have formed you own opinion of it, probably favorable. I am not going to go into the album itself, what more could I possibly say about this Beatles classic

2014-11-18 16.37.13Sgt. Peppers was originally mastered in mono and never received a true stereo master, they just kind of tossed instruments and vocals to one side or the other.

This album is from the 2014 mono reissue of the original UK releases. You may remember just a few years back in 2009 there was a big hullabaloo about new Beatles reissues, but those, while being rather good, were created from digital tracks and it wasn’t hard to tell.

The new releases are from the original analog tapes and sound fantastic. I think Sgt. Pepper’s is the album that benefits most from the mono format, it comes alive and instruments, vocals and roosters are all in the right place in the sound stage, the music is full and lush, something never full realized in the stereo version. If you have never heard this album in mono, you need to.

Nov 212014
 

Being a fan of early blues gives me an understanding of how much music has been lost to time, how many great musicians have never been heard beyond their initial releases. It isn’t just the blues however, a lot of great soul, rock and folk music slipped away to either never be heard again or reside for all time on the shelf of a collector, who in all likelihood will leave it there until the end of time.

Recent attitude changes have begun to resurrect some of this music. Jack White’s Third Man Records is doing amazing work, with their recovery of the Paramount blues being of particular note. Small labels around the country are bringing forgotten, or nearly forgotten music back. I would never have heard of many of these bands if not for these unexpected reissues so I am always enthusiastically on the lookout for these releases.0001166035_10

Ubiquity Records recently had a sale I couldn’t resist. I jumped at the chance to grab the few albums I didn’t already own with Adrian Quesada’s name on it and then took a chance on a couple of old soul reissues I was unfamiliar with. Boy did that pay off, Geater Davis has a style and voice that combines everything that is right about blues based soul. I don’t just recommend this album, this is a MUST OWN.

Here is what Ubiquity has to say:

Luv N’Haight presents Lost Soul; a comprehensive collection of material recorded by Geater Davis for the House Of Orange label. The name of the album is an accurate description of the life and career of the legendary blues and soul singer who passed away at age 38 while on the verge of breaking through.

Geater Davis’ career began in Texas but with the success of a few regional hits he was able to go to Shreveport and all throughout the South. He was always on the move looking for a better chance, keeping his career alive and the “big break” so many artists look for. Just weeks after moving to Dallas he suffered a heart attack and a few weeks later died from heart failure on the day he was supposed to record a session. Although he didn’t find the success he sought while he was alive, his legacy is secure as one of the finest blues-soul singers of the 1970’s.

Lost Soul features the highly sought after single “My Love Is So Strong For You” along with all the tracks from his “Sweet Womans Love” album and a few other singles that he cut for Allen Orange’s House Of Orange label including different versions of his classics “Cold Love” and “I’ll Play The Blues For You.”

https://www.ubiquityrecords.com/shop/products/GEATER-DAVIS-%252d-LOST-SOUL-.html

Recent attitude changes have begun to resurrect some of this music. Jack White’s Third Man Records is doing amazing work, with their recovery of the Paramount blues being of particular note. Small labels around the country are bringing forgotten, or nearly forgotten music back. I would never have heard of many of these bands if not for these unexpected reissues so I am always enthusiastically on the lookout for these releases.

Ubiquity Records recently had a sale I couldn’t resist. I jumped at the chance to grab the few albums I didn’t already own with Adrian Quesada’s name on it and then took a chance on a couple of old soul reissues I was unfamiliar with. Boy did that pay off, Geater Davis has a style and voice that combines everything that is right about blues based soul. I don’t just recommend this album, this is a MUST OWN.

Here is what Ubiquity has to say:

Luv N’Haight presents Lost Soul; a comprehensive collection of material recorded by Geater Davis for the House Of Orange label. The name of the album is an accurate description of the life and career of the legendary blues and soul singer who passed away at age 38 while on the verge of breaking through.

Geater Davis’ career began in Texas but with the success of a few regional hits he was able to go to Shreveport and all throughout the South. He was always on the move looking for a better chance, keeping his career alive and the “big break” so many artists look for. Just weeks after moving to Dallas he suffered a heart attack and a few weeks later died from heart failure on the day he was supposed to record a session. Although he didn’t find the success he sought while he was alive, his legacy is secure as one of the finest blues-soul singers of the 1970’s.

Lost Soul features the highly sought after single “My Love Is So Strong For You” along with all the tracks from his “Sweet Womans Love” album and a few other singles that he cut for Allen Orange’s House Of Orange label including different versions of his classics “Cold Love” and “I’ll Play The Blues For You.”

https://www.ubiquityrecords.com/shop/products/GEATER-DAVIS-%252d-LOST-SOUL-.html

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Nov 142014
 

I am not of the grunge generation, I was aware of the genre and owned more than a few albums. I don’t remember where I was when I heard Kurt was dead. I respected then, and do so even more now what Nirvana and Pearl Jam birthed in Seattle.

2014-11-13 16.42.38But damned if I am not thankful for the influence grunge played in today’s music and a huge part of that is due to the musical genius of Dave Grohl, Nirvana’s drummer and leader of Foo Fighters. It is not a big exaggeration to say Dave is the one man champion who has kept rock alive through the degenerative period popular music is currently residing in.

The last few Foo Fighters albums have been masterful and in my humble opinion, groundbreaking. Sonic Highways is a travelog of the musically important cities in America. There is a story and song written and recorded in each city and it is all available as a multi-episode documentary. As for my thoughts, It is good, it is really, really fucking good.
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Sonic Highways is the eighth studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters, released on November 10, 2014, through RCA Records] As part of a companion HBO television series, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways, the band recorded eight songs for the album, each in a different US city: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.It is available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.The album’s lead single “Something from Nothing” was released on October 16, 2014.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Highways

Nov 132014
 

Now Playing: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul Time!

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have developed an international reputation as the No. 1 group on today’s soul scene. Soul Time! is an exploration of the full range of their dynamic sound through twelve songs hand picked by the Daptone10167929_10152776078962649_6490415396692852056_n Records gang, each one a precious exclusive. From the first note to the last, – Soul Time! confirms- this band’s place at the head of the table as the world’s greatest funk and soul showband. Whether you’re a lifetime fan, or just getting turned on, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have yet again made a record that will blow your mind. Get ready world, because it’s Soul Time!

http://youtu.be/kyLHay-wHic

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Nov 112014
 

When I was a very young man I spent a lot of time in our small town library. occasionally I would bring home an album or small stack of 45s, carrying them through the main street of Cody, Wyoming, past the Woolworth, which would become a rich source of music later in my life, before I eventually stopping to contemplate the steep, sudden appearance of the Cody Hill. This hill was the bane of tired young legs, either on foot or bike, it was an unavoidable obstacle that offered no easy accent for my short legs.

When I was a very young man I spent a lot of time in our small town library. occasionally I would bring home an album or small stack of 45s, carrying them through the main street of Cody, Wyoming, past the Woolworth, which would become a rich source of music later in my life, before I eventually stopping to contemplate the steep, sudden appearance of the Cody Hill. This hill was the bane of tired young legs, either on foot or bike, it was an unavoidable obstacle that offered no easy accent for my short legs.</p><br />
<p>Upon cresting the hill I was nearly to Sunset school and my house was right across the street. I knew nothing of the individual Beatles and despite its constant playing out on our TV every night when the news came on, I understood little of politics and war. I did however know what I liked.</p><br />
<p>I pulled the fairly dirty and scratched vinyl of John Lennon's Imagine out of the sleeve and listened, not once, not twice but an uncountable number of times. i played it until my mothers patience wore thin, no small task I might add. I played as I fell asleep, I played it when I woke up, I raced across the street after school and, you guessed it, I played it.</p><br />
<p> I am sure that was one of the longest two weeks in my mothers life. I just liked it, all of it, especially the title track. I didn't fully understand the nuance of it, I embraced the simplicity of it, the child like familiar of love and acceptance. I returned the album on time and as is often the case with very young children, i found something else to fill my time.</p><br />
<p>I never played that album again, until yesterday and it is as amazing to these adult ears as it was so long ago.</p><br />
<p>If you ever find yourself with an hour to fill, an hour where the world is quiet, I suggest you put this on.</p><br />
<p>Here is what Rolling Stone has to say about it all those years ago. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/imagine-19711028

Upon cresting the hill I was nearly to Sunset school and my house was right across the street. I knew nothing of the individual Beatles and despite its constant playing out on our TV every night when the news came on, I understood little of politics and war. I did however know what I liked.

I pulled the fairly dirty and scratched vinyl of John Lennon’s Imagine out of the sleeve and listened, not once, not twice but an uncountable number of times. i played it until my mothers patience wore thin, no small task I might add. I played as I fell asleep, I played it when I woke up, I raced across the street after school and, you guessed it, I played it.

I am sure that was one of the longest two weeks in my mothers life. I just liked it, all of it, especially the title track. I didn’t fully understand the nuance of it, I embraced the simplicity of it, the child like familiar of love and acceptance. I returned the album on time and as is often the case with very young children, i found something else to fill my time.

I never played that album again, until yesterday and it is as amazing to these adult ears as it was so long ago.

If you ever find yourself with an hour to fill, an hour where the world is quiet, I suggest you put this on.

Here is what Rolling Stone has to say about it all those years ago. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/imagine-19711028

 

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