(U.S 1985 - Present)
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
This Group continued through the '60s, eventually adopting the name of Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes - Nugent in typical manner had altered the nature of band from democracy to dictatorship, with himself as dictator. Band's most famous member (other than Nugent) was probably Rusty Day, later in Cactus, although perhaps 10 people were members at one time or another.
|Ted Nugent And The Amboy Dukes|
His 1976 LP 'Free For All' featured Meat Loaf (then less than a household name) as guest vocalist and again reached Top 30. By the time Nugent had released his third LP 'Cat Scratch Fever' in 1977, his albums were reaching Platinum status and he was the highest grossing tour act in the United States at the time. By 1978 his LP 'Weekend Warriors' band was beginning to change again, although Cliff Davies remained as drummer and sometime producer through the 1981 live LP 'Intensities ln Ten Cities'.
During 1982, Nugent changed labels after seven successful years with Epic and formed new band of previous members Dave Kiswrney (bass) and Derek St Holmes (lead vocals).
plus noted drummer Carmine Apprice (ex Vanilla Fudge) etc With his lengthy experience and nearly 20 LPs behind him, Nugent is difficult to criticise, especially as his guitar playing is exemplary, if not ear-splitting
Nugent has continued to record throughout the 80s, hardly modifying his style. He maintains faithful fan following, although many of them may now be close to deafness (like Nugent himself). Although recently mad axeman has kept relatively low profile by his standards, his bank manager is no doubt comforted by recent achievement of multiplatinum status by Epic's self-titled album Ted Nugent.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
|Roger today holding his favourite Yes cover 'Relayer'|
Thursday, September 9, 2021
(U.S 1963 - 1970)
Sides 1 & 2 are in fact a re-release of "Primal Keys" (Impossible Recordworks IMP 1-02), "Guitar Hero" (K&S Records 011) and is an excellent BBC recording, made by Top Gear (London), on the 17th and 26th of October in 1967.
I originally posted this recording 12 years ago (see Guitar Hero), and I suspect the source is exactly the same for this 'Never Fade' release. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, in session for John Peel with a Radio 1 intro and a version of Day Tripper to savor, along with many other Hendrix staples. A great session from an artist who took the entire world by storm – and who changed the playing field almost overnight.HERE
Sides 3 & 4 are a re-release of "Pipe Dreams" (TARKL 1959) and is a combination of recordings made in Stockholm in 1967 and 1969. Again, the quality of the recordings is Excellent. The first 8 tracks were recorded at the Radiohuset, in Stockholm on Tuesday, 5th September, 1967 while the last 2 tracks were taken from their Konserthuset concert, in Stockholm on the 9th January in 1969. The following are brief accounts made by Tony Brown for each of these concerts:
Radiohuset, Stockholm Concert , 1967
The Experience record a live radio recording at the Radiohuset, Studio 4 in Stockholm before a live audience.
The Experience again open with 'Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band'. "Yeah, thank you very much that was our own little thing. I'd like to do this song that really got us into something, a little song called 'Hey Joe"'...
"So right now we'd like to slow it down a little bit and do one of the tunes we recorded as a single. It's a little thing called 'The Wind Cries Mary'....
"Yeah okay than, we'd like to proceed on with a little tune from our LP... it's named Foxy Lady.".... "Thank you very much, we'd like to go ahead on with this tune named Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire."...
"We'd like to do our latest release... it's a thing called 'The Burning of the Midnight Lamp'... it's the first time we ever did it in front of people."...
"So right now we'd like to do our last number and say thanks a lot for coming and listening. It's a song named 'Purple Haze'." Jimi is now adding the wild feedback introduction to the song at almost all of his concerts around this time .
Jimi and the boys are interviewed by Klaes Borlin and the interview is broadcast on Sept 10 as Pop 67 Special. A second radio interview with Leif Andersson is broadcast Sept 6 as Pop 67 Amenrikalistan [extract from Jimi Hendrix Concert Files by Tony Brown. Omnibus Press, 1999 p61]
Konserthuset, Stockholm Concert, 1969
The Experience arrive in Stockholm at 14:25 and book into the Hotel Carlton. Jimi is interviewed by UIla Lundstrom in his hotel room. They attend a press reception at 16:00 and are interviewed by Margareta Klinberg for Aftonbladet, published January 10, Peter Himmelstrand for Expressen, published January 10, Dagens Nyheter, published January 10, and Benny Moller for Bildjoumalen, published January10.
In the evening they play two shows at the Konserthuset at 19:00 and 21:30, supported by Jethro Tull.
During the first show The Experience perform "Killing Floor", "Spanish Castle Magic", "Fire", "Hey Joe", "Voodoo Child", "Red House" and "Sunshine Of Your Love"
During the second show, "I Don't Live Today", "Spanish Castle Magic", "Hey Joe", "Voodoo Child", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Red House", "Fire", "Purple Haze" and "Star Spangled Banner".
At the start of Hey Joe, Jimi stops playing and enters in the following dialogue with the Swedish audience:
"We're having, er, technical difficulties, so either it'll be too low or too loud for you that forgot to bring... your ears muffs... Dedicated to oldies but goodies, to Wally's case, I think that it'll pertain to that thing called "Hey Joe"." When Hey Joe is finished he then shouts out: "Is it too loud?" The audience shouts "No!" and Jimi replies "Too bad. Okay then we'll make it louder for you then, all right? Yeah, okay then, what do we do next? Oh yeah, I'll tell you what we'll do... we've got this LP out called [Electric Ladyland) and there's only one song that we remember from it because, I don't know... it's like a diary all these LPs, you know.
So that's why we don't do them necessarily on stage all the time, we just like jam on stage, you know, because we haven't been playing together for about six weeks anyway. I d like to dedicate this song to all the people who can actually feel and think for themselves and feel free for themselves, a thing called 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)'..." Jimi continues with 'Voodoo Child' and then 'The Sunshine Of Your Love'.
This post features FLACs ripped from my pristine 'still in shrink wrap' bootleg which I purchased at the Victoria Market back in the early 80's for the pricey sum of $25. The stall I purchased it from had racks and racks bootlegs which I drooled over for hours. These sellers were only short lived at the time as the sale of bootlegs was totally illegal and the sellers never stayed in the one spot, for fear of being caught by the authorities. Ah, the good ol' days.....Hmm...now, where was I ?, oh yes....Full album artwork and label scans are also included of course.
And don't forget to block your ears..... Jimi plays loud !
A5 Drivin' South
A6 Spanish Castle Magic
A7 Day Tripper
B1 Wait Until Tomorrow
B2 Stone Free
B3 Foxy Lady
B4 Little Miss Lover
B5 Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
B6 Hound Dog
B7 Hey Joe
B8 Getting My Heart Back Again
Live at Radiohuest, Stockholm 1967C1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
C2 Hey Joe
C3 I Don't Live Today
C4 The Wind Cries Mary
C5 Foxy Lady
D1 Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
D2 Purple Haze
D3 Sunshine Of Your Love +
D4 Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) +
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Russell Morris is one of Australia's most enduring singers. A major pop star in the late '60s, he went on to become one of the country's first singer/songwriters.
Morris' career started in September 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody's Image, which rose to prominence with a local hit version of the Joe South song "Hush." Morris was convinced to leave Somebody's Image for a solo career. His manager/producer, local music identity Ian Meldrum, spent unprecedented hours and money to create a seven-minute production extravaganza around a song called "The Real Thing." Once the result was released to shocked radio programmers who had never been asked to play such a long Australian single before, it was up to Morris' personality, singing, and performing talents to make the record work. It reached Australia's number one spot in June 1969. Without any promotional support from Morris, "The Real Thing" reached number one in Chicago, Houston, and New York.
Morris had now decided to concentrate on his own songwriting and with the cream of Australian musicians, spent almost a year painstakingly recording and re-recording what became the Bloodstone album. It was one of the first Australian albums of its kind, the first from an Australian singer/songwriter, and a whole world away from the extravagant "The Real Thing." The hit single from Bloodstone was the resonant, romantic "Sweet Sweet Love." The following year, in 1972, Morris delivered the equally beautiful "Wings of an Eagle."
In 1973, Morris moved to London to record an album only to discover there was no record contract waiting for him. He relocated to New York and set to work on an album there, including new versions of both "Sweet Sweet Love" and "Wings of an Eagle" and the single "Let's Do It." A second American album appeared in 1976. It was two more years before Morris was granted his green card, enabling him to tour America. But by then, any chance of an American career had bolted. Instead, Morris returned to a very different Australia than the one he had left behind five years earlier.
During his solo career, Morris had done limited live performances without a band of his own. He then formed The Russell Morris Band and threw himself into a busy round of live performances, writing songs designed to be played live rather than chasing radio airplay, but scoring a couple of minor hits on the way. The album featured here is the only album released during this period of of his career (playing under the name The Russell Morris Band ) and they released three singles, the first "Thunder Ground" (not featured on the LP) reaching #49 and a follow up single "Hot Love" reaching #48 on the Australian Charts. A third single "Surprise, Surprise" failed to chart at all. The album itself only managed to reach the #36 spot on the charts. Eventually, the band played and recorded as Russell Morris & the Rubes.
In 1991, Morris released another solo album, A Thousand Suns, and he spent the subsequent years as part of a highly successful performing trio with fellow '60s heroes Ronnie Burns and Darryl Cotton of the Zoot, with a repertoire made up of their individual hits from yesterday, as well as new songs. In 2000, Jim Keays of the Masters Apprentices replaced Burns. Also in 2000, Morris' "The Real Thing" and "Wings of an Eagle" featured prominently in the Australian-made movie The Dish (centered around man's landing on the moon) and Midnight Oil released their version of "The Real Thing" as a one-off single, the first time this highly regarded band had chosen to record a cover.
'Foot In The Door' was not one of Morris's best albums and the A-Side is definitely stronger than the flip side. However, I really like the last track on the first side called "The Sky Is Falling". The longest track on the album, it has some great lead guitar work by Joey Amenta (who had recently left the successful Aussie band Taste), and is certainly the highlight of the album. The single "Hot Love" (strangely enough released under the name of Russell Morris only) had a good hook to it but it wasn't strong enough to gain the full attention of the Radio stations.
Re-released on CD by Sandman in 2014, this album is now no longer available. This post consists of freshly ripped FLACs taken from my Vinyl copy and includes full album artwork. Included are three bonus tracks along with select photos of the Morris band.
01 - Hot Love
02 - Doctor In The House
03 - Kidnapped
04 - The Sky Is Falling
05 - You Place Or Mine
06 - I'm Just A Writer07 - Next Exit
08 - Surprise, Surprise
09 - Love Stealer
10 - Thunder Ground (A-Side Single) *
11 - Two Minute Warning (B-Side Single) *
12 - Hot Love (Live Countdown 1979)
* Non album tracks
The Russell Morris Band:
Russell Morris (Vocals & Guitar)
Joe Amenta (Lead Guitar)
James Black (Keyboards)
GRaham Thomspon (Bass)
Keith Elliot (Drums)
Bruce Sandell (Saxaphone)
Russell Morris FLACs (313Mb)