Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chris Duarte Group 2011 Blues In The Afterburner (LL)

Genre: Blues
Rate: 278 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 01:03:34
Size: 121,77 MB

United States

Throughout his long and sometimes confusing recording career, Chris Duarte has been misunderstood in a variety of ways. First off, anyone who's followed Duarte's career can tell you that he has never been a wanna be/rip off/clone of anyone. SRV comparisons swarm to Texas guitarists like flies and Duarte has been plagued numerous times with the tag. And his somewhat shocking shifts in style from album to album along with some battles with addiction and other personal demons have left more than a few people scratching their heads in wonder as to who Chris really was as a musician.

While Chris's early recording career was split between his classic Silvertone period (which includes his classic 94' debut "TexasSugarStratMagic" and its fine 97' follow up "Tailspin Headwhack") and 2 releases on the ZOE/Rounder label (the eclectic "Love is Greater than Me" [2000] and "Romp" [2003]) seems Chris has found a home with Mike Varney's Shrapnel Records subsidiary Blues Bureau International, where hes released 4 studio albums and 2 compilations since 2007, a stark contrast to his sporadic early career (an album roughly every 3 years).

"BLUES IN THE AFTERBURNER" is the newest Blues Bureau release from Mr. Duarte and just as you would expect from an artist who seems dead set on being unclassifiable, it is quite the eclectic collection. Duarte has been criticized in the past for his somewhat uneven records and depending on how you look at it, this release follows suit. The great thing about a Chris Duarte album is that theres always something familiar along with something unexpected in each release. One almost gets the sense that Chris is always walking a thin line between releasing material that plays it safe for the portion of his fan base that expects him to remake "TexasSugar" over and over, and more adventurous material that gets his creative juices flowing.

The album also marks the first time Chris has used session players instead of his usual band. In true Duarte tradition, the album has a live feel with minimal overdubs, and sonically is filled with a nice variety of tones and feels. In terms of sheer musical prowess on guitar, Duarte is in a class by himself. Of course, his vocals have been a constant source of criticism over the years, but when paired with certain material, his voice fits the bill nicely. Guitar-wise, Chris is an enigma...anyone who's caught one of his incendiary live performances knows that he can drop jaws consistently every night with his endless array of licks, riffs, and tones...while never coming across as flashy or over the top. Still to this day, I have yet to see a more brilliantly complex rhythm guitarist than Duarte, be it blues, funk, jazz, or fusion...if he were to forego lead playing all together, his rhythm/comping skills would alone send shivers down any players spine.

Getting into some of the more familiar feeling tracks, there are a couple of good time danceable cuts ("MAKE ME FEEL SO RIGHT" and "DONTCHA DRIVE ME CRAZY") the obligatory TX shuffle ("ANOTHER MAN") and a pair of slow blues ("BOTTLE BLUES" and "BLACK CLOUDS ROLLING"). On the unexpected side of things, Chris treats us to a few "Americana-tinged" tracks - the driving "MILWAULKEE BLUES" and country-flavored "I'VE BEEN A FOOL" (the latter of which works surprisingly well with a very Dwight Yoakam/Pete Anderson feel).

Other standout tracks include "SEARCHING FOR YOU" - a full-tilt rocker that absolutely smokes - "BORN TO RACE" a mid tempo grinder with a early ZZ Top feel - and "SUMMERS CHILD" - a nice melodic ditty with some nice tasty lead and rhythm work. But the real highlight here is the majestic "HOLD BACK THE TEARS" (a Savoy Truffle cover). Alone worth the price of admission, "HOLD BACK..." is an absolute gem of a track, with choir-like swells and backwards lead lines peppered on top of what might be Duarte's best vocal performance to date. Also worth mentioning is the album closer "PRARIE JELLY", a 6 minute spastic instrumental fusion freak out jam filled with dazzling free form bursts of spicy jazz inflected phrases.

Overall, "BLUE IN THE AFTERBURNER" is yet another release that is guaranteed to generate mixed opinions. One thing is without question though, no matter what the public's reaction, Duarte continues to strive for breaking new ground with his music. Uninterested in retreading the same ground or fitting into the current music scene...unlike some of his more 'popular' contemporaries, Chris's influences do not begin and end with Hendrix and Vaughan. He is a true artist that isn't afraid to follow his muse wherever it leads him. (mojozangus)


01 - Another Man 05:10

02 - Make Me Feel So Right 04:35

03 - Bottle Blues 05:04

04 - Milwaukee Blues 04:17

05 - Hold Back The Tears 07:03

06 - Summer's Child 05:18

07 - Searching For You 04:26

08 - Black Clouds Rolling 07:53

09 - Don't Cha Drive Me Crazy 03:40

10 - Born To Race 06:10

11 - I've Been A Fool 03:58

12 - Prairie Jelly 06:00

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John Primer & The Teardrops 1999 Easy Baby

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:09:31
Size: 158,97 MB

United States

At the time of this recording, John Primer had already established himself on the who’s who list of Chicago blues. He had finished a long stint with Muddy Waters and was in the middle of a 14 year stay as guitarist for Magic Slim and the Teardrops. This CD is John's fourth for Wolf Records and his very first full-length live album. It was recorded in the 1980s at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska as John and fellow Teardrops Nick Holt and Michael Scott warmed up the crowd for the big man. John chooses to mix traditional with contemporary Chicago blues and adds a touch of soul. The result is an exceptional diverse repertoire reflecting songs by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed to songs by Little Milton and Bobby Bland.

The 13 tracks included on the CD come in at just under 70 minutes of playing time. Even though there is only one John Primer original tune amongst the cover tunes, the band delivers 100% Chicago blues. Primer establishes himself as a West Side Chicago blues force. The influence of West Side legend Magic Sam can be heard on 3 songs commonly associated with him: "Easy Baby", "That’s All I Need", and "I Need You So Bad". On "Walkin’ Thru The Park", John lays down some 50s style lead with the Teardrops backing his every move. Things get a little funky with "That’s What Love Will Make You Do". The band does a fine job on "Rocking Daddy". Solid support from Holt and Scott allow Primer to jam the blues and take the song to new heights. You know John is having the time of his life on stage. Throughout this tune, the smiles on his face can be heard in his voice. The only Primer original, "My Baby’s Gone", is a traditional blues groove and you don’t get more authentic Chicago blues than with "I’ve Got A Problem". (This review is copyright © 2000 by Tim Holek, and Blues On Stage)


01 - Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time 06:27

02 - A String To Your Heart 06:12

03 - My Baby's Gone 04:15

04 - Gambler's Blues 05:05

05 - Walkin' Thru The Park 04:34

06 - I've Got A Problem 06:34

07 - Rocking Daddy 05:00

08 - Little Rain 05:11

09 - I Need You So Bad 05:10

10 - Easy Baby 04:30

11 - That's What Love Will Make You Do 07:02

12 - That's All I Need 05:05

13 - Woke Up This Morning 04:26

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Alan Price 2002 Based On A True Story

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:57:13
Size: 78,50 MB

United Kingdom

What a wonderful surprise it was to first listen to this CD! That was back in 2006. The CD had been out since 2002 and somehow... I didn't know about it! My immediate reaction was to buy copies for about a dozen of my friends!

This CD ranks among my absolute favorite Alan Price releases! Every track is a delight. The melodies are haunting (they stay in my head for days after each listening). The lyrics are insightful and well matched to the moody arrangements. And Alan's piano playing has never been better. Jazzy, relaxed, confident. I guess that's what strikes me about this CD: Alan seems to be in no hurry to get his message across. He sings and plays as if he's in his (or my, or your) family room, waiting for your nod of agreement. I would die a happy man if I could write just ONE song as poignant and as eloquent as these.

My favorites are (in no particular order): "Be Yourself", "In My Dreams", "Simple Life", "Why", "Do It Now", the incredible "Imagination Sea", "It's Not Hard", "The Affair", "Greensleeves" (a real jam)... and ALL the rest! (Tony Concatelli)


01 - Be Yourself 03:45

02 - In My Dreams 04:43

03 - Simple Life 04:15

04 - The Sun 04:19

05 - Why 04:43

06 - Do It Now 05:21

07 - This Moment 03:21

08 - Imagination Sea 05:15

09 - Little Bird 07:00

10 - It's Not Hard 05:28

11 - The Affair 04:22

12 - Greensleeves 04:41

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Orango 2012 Colonial Militia Vol. 1

Genre: Rock
Rate: 128 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:37:25
Size: 34,20 MB


It took 40 seconds of this album to reel me in. Seriously, you want to have songs turn into brain-melting prions and infiltrate your mind? This is the way to do it. Classic/Southern Rock done perfectly. "Hot mustache lovin'", indeed. Fuckin' awesome. (Nerve Salad)


01 - Ouverture: Electric Clouds Across The Horizon (Part 1) 01:44

02 - Roman Chocolate Cream 02:59

03 - Old Gold 02:57

04 - Delaware Donut 02:27

05 - Fools Like Us 04:06

06 - Little Sultan 02:59

07 - Rubber Lady 04:13

08 - Blue Suit 03:59

09 - Countryside Junkie 06:05

10 - Nine Days Of Peace 02:58

11 - Intermezzo: Tenerae Caesar (Part 1) 02:58

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Mike Mattison & Paul Olsen 2002 Scrapomatic

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:51:28
Size: 117,74 MB

United States

Mike Mattison and Paul Olsen are Scrapomatic, also known to their diehard fans as "The Great American Music Machine." The duo pour their influences in the top and out come perfectly calibrated Americana gems. Scrapomatic have recorded three critically acclaimed blues-roots albums since 2002 -- "Scrapomatic," "Alligator Love Cry" and 2008's "Sidewalk Caesars".

Their mission: Make music rooted to the blues canon, but dodge becoming a museum piece by taking up the flag of the modern blues innovators -- Taj Mahal, Nina Simone, Dr. John; artists who used their deep-seeded knowledge of the genre to push it into the future. Needless to say, the Great American Music Machine is not afraid of its influences. (


01 - Moanin' 04:03

02 - Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me 04:30

03 - I'll Be Around 04:29

04 - Man Gone, Need Drink 04:29

05 - Bubble Gum Song 03:31

06 - Lovefreak 05:15

07 - Found Myself 04:23

08 - Transition 04:58

09 - Apocalypse Blues 04:51

10 - I Need New Blood 03:26

11 - Talkin' Mile 04:19

12 - Can You Help Me 03:14

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Mike Morgan With The Crawl & Jim Suhler 1997 Low Down And Evil (LL)

Genre: Blues
Rate: 260 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 00:54:45
Size: 99,95 MB

United States

Enjoy this 15 "lowdown and evil" tracks that this gifted bluesman and his musical companions recorded over the years for Black Top Records.


01 - I Don't Want You Hangin Around Here 05:14

02 - She's Taking Me To Heaven 03:51

03 - You're On My Mind 04:00

04 - Lowdown & Evil 04:19

05 - Frankie's Blues 03:07

06 - Where'd You Get Your Sugar From 05:11

07 - Looky Here 03:27

09 - I'm Worried 03:22

10 - You Ain't Like You Used To Be 03:58

11 - Blue Cat Blues 04:31

12 - I Gotta Leave 03:39

14 - Kiss Me Baby 05:41

15 - Should've Done Better 04:25

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Various Artists 2002 Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove Of Vintage 78s

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:12:18
Size: 165,42 MB

United States

Review by Scott Yanow

Joe Bussard is a veteran record collector (owning over 25,000 78s) and disc jockey who delights in sharing his recorded treasures with others. This CD allows one the opportunity to hear some of his favorite recordings, many of which are rarities. The 24 selections include country blues, 1920s good-time music, a few jazz performances (the most common of the recordings), early country music, string bands, and several unclassifiable numbers. Long "Cleve" Reed's "Original Stack O'Lee Blues" is heard from its only existing copy. Ranging from Big Bill Broonzy and Luis Russell's jazz band to Gene Autry and Gitfiddle Jim, this is a valuable set that is quite enjoyable from start to finish. Bussard's enthusiasm for early music is felt throughout the extensive liner notes, which tell tales of his life as a record collector. This single CD (hopefully there will be more) is highly recommended to those wondering what the excitement is to pre-swing music.


01 - The Stripling Brothers - The Lost Child 03:06

02 - Big Bill & Cool Tones - How You Want It Done 02:52

03 - Luis Russell & His Orchestra - The (New) Call Of The Freaks 03:14

04 - The Dixon Brothers - The School House Fire 03:14

05 - Weems String Band - Greenback Dollar 03:11

06 - Blind Gary - You Got To Go Down 03:21

07 - A.A. Gray/Seven-Foot Dilly - The Old Ark's A Moving 03:00

08 - James Cole/James Coles Washboard Four/Washboard Four - Runnin' Wild 02:59

09 - Charley Jordan - Keep It Clean 02:49

10 - Bill Johnson/Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band/Louisiana Jug Band - Get The 'L' On Down The Road 02:59

11 - Ernest V. Stoneman/Sweet Brothers/Sweet Brothers & Ernest Stoneman - I Got A Bulldog 02:51

12 - Coleman & Harper - Old Hen Cackle 02:43

13 - Bessie Brown - Song From A Cotton Field 02:46

14 - Gene Autry - Atlanta Bound 02:49

15 - Soileau & Robin - Easy Rider Blues 02:56

16 - Bill Brown & His Brownies - Hot Lips 02:51

17 - Uncle Dave Macon - Uncle Dave's Beloved Solo 03:07

18 - Blind Blake/Blind Blake-Charlie Spand/Charlie Spand - Hastings Street 03:16

19 - Field Ward & The Grayson County Railsplitters - Ain't That Trouble In Mind 03:00

20 - Corley Family - Give The World A Smile 03:10

21 - Long 'Cleve' Reed - Original Stack O'lee Blues 02:43

22 - Fess Williams & His Royal Flush Orchestra - Hot Town 03:10

23 - Gitfiddle Jim - Paddlin' Blues 03:20

24 - Grinnell Giggers - Plow Boy Hop 02:51

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Danny Gatton 1998 In Concert 1994-09-09 (LL)

Genre: Jazz
Rate: 263 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 01:08:31
Size: 128,25 MB

United States

Danny Gatton In Concert 9/9/94 was the last recording Danny Gatton made. It was to be a series of live sessions from which we would pick and choose various tracks for his second and third releases on Big Mo. This is also the only session to feature the double neck Tele. He had used my Jerry Jones 6-string-long horn on some studio tracks which prompted him to order the double neck (6 over 6) Tele from the Fender custom shop. (Ed Eastridge)


01 - Intro - Sunnymoon For Two 07:50

02 - Land Of Make Believe 08:26

03 - Blues Newburg 17:18

04 - 88 Elmira 04:58

05 - Secret Love 10:22

06 - Apache - Surf Medley 04:18

07 - Caravan 07:01

08 - Linus And Lucy 02:21

09 - Orange Blossom Medley 05:57

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The Big Six 1998 We The Boys Will Rock Ya!

Genre: Rock & Roll
Rate: 192 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:05:15
Size: 89,70 MB

United Kingdom

To all the cats who can't put a finger on it...

...these guys are nowhere near anything like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, etc. I simply don't know what you're thinking to even compare the two. Honestly that's like comparing Britney Spears to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Apples and oranges kiddies.

Rather, I guess you cats (and kittens as the case may be) haven't heard of Bill Haley and The Comets. That's who these guys are emulating from top to bottom. Six members in this outfit, same for Bill Haley. Spit curl haircuts, bow ties, plaid tuxes, etc. It's Bill Haley reborn. Marshall Lytle, Bill Haley's up-right bass player for years, even sat in with these guys on occassion. Oh, and would you like another history lesson? The cat banging the skins is Ricky Lee Brawn. Google his name. Then look out for other bands such as The Stargazers and, to an extent, The Jive Aces (although the Jive Aces try way too hard to and mix-up way too much scientology in their songs...go figure that one). But anyway, the guy who said this is something like a "sock hop" I guess got the closest to the mark with what The Big Six were/are all about. But still, Fabian and Sha-na-na these boys ain't. But, I guess there some of you fresh-pomps out there who actually think cats in the 40's and 50's actually listened to something like Tiger Army or The Rev. Here's a hint kiddies....they didn't.

Anyway, if you like Bill Haley and The Comets and heard more than "See You Later Alligator" or "Rock Around the Clock" (check out "Rocket 88," "Farewell, So Long, Goodbye," "Fractured," or "Thirteen Women" to start), you will definitely appreciate this. It's straight up, vintage rock and roll, jump blues and r&b, and everything else good you can imagine. (Jack Dempsey)


01 - We The Boys Will Rock Ya! 03:36

02 - The West Coast Jive 03:02

03 - Blue Moon 03:38

04 - Tell Me Baby 03:44

05 - Come Back Baby 04:18

06 - Master Blaster 02:45

07 - The Hup De-Bop 02:44

08 - No Way Out 03:08

09 - Hey Pretty Mama 02:22

10 - Sh Boom 03:53

11 - Eight Ball 03:16

12 - Hey Hey We're Gonna Rock It 04:05

13 - Cold Feet 03:23

14 - Giving My Love To You 03:14

15 - Brookshire Drive 02:24

16 - Mama 03:53

17 - She Can Really Move 03:18

18 - Magic Roundabout 02:44

19 - Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare 02:36

20 - Hammer It Down 03:12

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jay Gordon's Blues Venom 2011 No Cure (LL)

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 261 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 01:17:24
Size: 150,74 MB

United States

Take the primal wail of American Blues and amplify them beyond the point with no limitations. Jay Gordon continues to shake planet earth with his onslaught of Electric Voodoo Blues. When you listen to this CD you will see how Jay has moved the blues forward to the 21st century, infusing the music with the fire and power of rock while carving out his own place in the music world. This CD features songs like, Dockery's Plantation (for Robert Johnson), World Blues, Slow Burn/Biker Mama, Red Hot Tempered Woman and more, even a bonus track in honor of the late great Phillip Walker..

Joining Jay on this CD is:

Bassist: Sharon Butcher
Drummer: Rich Gordon Lambert
Hammond B3 & Piano: Harlen Spector
Mississippi Saxophone: Mario Ramirez (Younger brother of the great Richie Valens)
also on Hammond B3 & Piano: Rich Wenzel


01 - Dockery's Plantation 07:25

02 - World Blues 04:49

03 - Blues Venom 09:10

04 - Red Hot Tempered Woman 03:56

05 - Mr. Max 04:49

06 - Kickin' Blues Ass 04:48

07 - Winds Of Thor 07:10

08 - Voodoo Boogie 03:36

09 - King Bee 04:44

10 - Slow Burn 10:32

11 - Rock Me 07:41

12 - That Was Yesterday 05:03

13 - Whiskey Women & Fast Cars 03:41

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Chris Bell & 100% Blues 2010 The Devil, My Guitar & Me (LL)

Genre: Blues
Rate: 268 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 00:59:17
Size: 109,02 MB

United States

Blues-Rock at it's BEST! Chris Bell's first studio record in five years, delivers an exceptional guitar driven, rockin' CD of well crafted catchy songs with strong hooks! This GREAT new CD has styles ranging from lowdown bluesrock to backwoods delta! (cdbaby)


01 - Sweet Josephine 04:20

02 - The Devil, My Guitar & Me 03:07

03 - It's Not My Cross To Bear 05:01

04 - My Jimmy Hendrix Stuff 03:16

05 - Long Train Ride 03:08

06 - Something To Blame 03:48

07 - I Don't Like To Brag 06:13

08 - Working Man 04:03

09 - Why My Baby So Cold 04:15

10 - More Things Change 05:39

11 - Testify 03:42

12 - The Water 03:06

13 - John Lee Hooker 04:28

14 - Don't Wake Me Up 05:11

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