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  • Presley Elvis - Elvis Files Vol 5 (1969-1970) (Kirjat)



    A book by Erik Lorentzen

    Book Review – By Piers Beagley

    The Elvis Files Vol. 5 1969 – 1970.
    580 pages & over 1,500 photos…

    All ELVIS EVENTS in this Time Frame Period 1969-1970 are shown
    – Every Working Moment…
    – Every candid moment outside that Busy Elvis Schedule
    -Elvis AT PLAY Images. – over 200 Newly Discovered – seen for the first time.
    – All the Recording Sessions
    – All the ” Interviews”
    – Elvis In Las Vegas his return to live performances
    – The Tours of 1970 are showcased with Many Rare Pictures
    -The Movies: Change Of Habit and That’s The way It Is are covered in Great Details with lots of unseen photos.

    This is a labour of love for Norwegian Erik Lorentzen, author and long time Elvis fan, who has found a ton of images and information never before published.

    EIN’s Piers Beagley checks out just how well this book represents Elvis’ return to splendour.

    The seven Elvis Files volumes are a very ambitious project by Erik Lorentzen that will carefully document almost every single day of Elvis’ life from 1953 to 1977, covering everything from what he wore on stage, to who he met, rare interviews, candid photos and newly discovered images.

    Erik Lorentzen is also the author of the critical acclaimed book ’Elvis – The King Of Las Vegas’ and there is no doubt that this stunning seven-volume series is truly unlike any Elvis book series that you have seen before. The forth volume covers the two years 1969–1970, is 580 pages, hard-backed and printed on high quality paper.

    A large ”coffee-table” book of 30 cm x 26cm with colour photos throughout, it is almost 1½ times bigger than Ernst Jorgensen/Peter Guralnick’s ‘Day by Day’ book yet covers only TWO years in Elvis’ life!

    Now Updated – See end of this review for a size comparison, demonstrating the beautiful ”coffee-table” size of this huge book. It weighs in at 3.7Kg!
    By now most Elvis fans are aware that Erik Lorentzen ‘The Elvis Files’ are a stunning visual journey of Elvis’ life day by day. Featuring relevant newspaper reviews and articles about Elvis from the time, the books nicely match Ernst Jorgensen and Guranick’s book as an invaluable and detailed biographical insight into Elvis’ life.

    The previous Volume 4 1965–1968 was absolutely fascinating for charting Elvis’ amazing sixties comeback, from the depressing low of his worst movies to the incredible creativity of the Comeback Special. Here we get the true Elvis glory – the fabulous return-to-splendour years of 1969 -1970.

    While the 1968 TV Special was an amazing comeback, Elvis’ return to the very top of his profession would never have happened without the Memphis 1969 recording sessions along with the live performances that followed.
    Let’s face it, Elvis’ amazing legacy was only sealed in gold by these two all-important years.

    So ’The Elvis Files 1969-1970’ really needs no review. 580 pages and over 1,500 photos of Elvis at his most magnificent – it has to be an essential purchase for every fan.

    However having already bought Ken Sharp’s recent ‘Vegas 1969’ book as well as the marvellous ‘Elvis: Live At The International’ what extra can this book offer about this fabulous year?
    The answer is plenty and unlike most other Elvis photo-journals The Elvis Files only get better with every volume.
    The real joy here is seeing just how happy Elvis looks in almost every shot. There are so many sensational quality candids taken outside his homes it demonstrates just how much he was enjoying his return to performing and being with his fans. This is definitely NOT the era of ‘Elvis the recluse’.

    This list of acknowledgments for photograph contributors gives you an idea of just how good the collection is going to be. Just a few of the well-known names are Ed Bonja, Judy Palmer, Sandi Miller, Sean Shaver, Dagmar, Steve Toli, Gary Pepper, Judy Cherry, Janice O’Brien , Cricket Mendell, Patrick Janssen, Chris Giles, Pal Granlund, Paul Sweeney and Steve Barile. The list is mouth-watering before you even open the book! (See full list of acknowledgments below)

    Elvis was a busy man in 1969 and 1970 and these are his five lengthy ”working” periods and how they are represented in the book.

    – Change Of Habit – March to April 1969 is featured over 40 pages in the book.
    – Las Vegas 1969 Comeback – An astounding 115 pages, including 82 photos from the Press Conference alone, many I have never seen before.
    – Las Vegas January 1970 season and Houston shows – 50 pages
    – That’s The Way It Is – 80 pages
    – ‘Elvis On Tour’ September 1970 – An incredible 40 pages just about Elvis’ five day September tour! Includes some sensational photos.
    – ‘Elvis On Tour’ November 1970 – Another 50 pages of stunning photos and reviews.

    The rest of the book is chock-a-block with photographs mainly candids from around Elvis’ Hillcrest and Graceland homes but also featuring some great official photos as well, such as George Klein’s wedding or the Nixon visit.

    This is one packed book full of visual delights and interesting articles. And once again the high quality and rare photos take preference over the ”standard photos” we have seen too many times before. It has to be noted that some of the never seen before images are sometimes poor-focused or from a distance but this has to be expected. This is balanced out however by the inclusion of several ”Classic” iconic Elvis images included here in wonderful quality. I have never seen this stunning 1970 Astrodome photo (below) before in this full-page quality.

    Other delights for instance are seeing Elvis on holiday looking so happy and enjoying surfboarding and snorkelling (just like I do!)

    The book also features a wonderful selection of articles and reviews that help add to the story and give a true representation of the period.

    With only two years covered over a fantastic 580 pages and less newspaper articles (apart from reviews) this time some excellent articles written by Mike Eder anchor the book’s time-line.
    As Mike Eder rightly notes on page 1 ..

    Was 1969 Elvis’ best year? If not, it was pretty darn close to being the best…
    Yes, the Chips Moman sessions are that good. If I have one complaint it’s that a few songs didn’t benefit from the overdubbing as they were so raw. Nevertheless, the production was pretty terrific. Elvis sounded like a man who had rediscovered just who he was and what he was put here for..
    The stint in Las Vegas that summer was just as successful. Elvis made the city hip in a way that it had never been before. Elvis wasn’t just a rock ’n’ roll artist any more, and some rock-oriented listeners couldn’t accept him playing Sin City. To me, however, this first season at the International Hotel consolidated Elvis’ status as the artist of his time.

    In this way Mike Eder links the photo sections, explaining the impact of this ”new era” for Elvis as well as providing some good insights into Elvis’ recording sessions, the live seasons and with the T.T.W.I.I. rehearsals summarised day by day and with relevant photos

    In fact knowing just how magnificently Elvis performed on tour during 1970 it is fascinating to read some rather negative reviews of his performances as well as the plethora of fabulously positive ones. An example is ‘Presley’s Show No Blockbuster’ from November 1970!

    And surprisingly the first newspaper review in the book of ’From Elvis In Memphis’ is actually a rather negative one!

    Ann Moses, of UK magazine NME, provides some lovely insights. Her February 1970 article ‘New Songs And Old in his act’ would have fitted perfectly in the ‘On Stage’ FTD release. It contains some fabulous comments on this important Vegas season …

    As Elvis stands with arms up-stretched and head bowed in thanks, the curtain falls. You are swept up with the excitement of the crowd which is at its peak. In this moment of exhilaration, there comes a feeling of pain, too, for you know it’s over. And then you have to rely on your mind to recall again the thrill you have just experienced.
    I think the key to Elvis’ over-whelming magnetism is not so much his wiggling hips, his slender body generating so much sex appeal, or even his beautiful and powerful voice as much as his whole aura of simplicity and sincerity. He doesn’t clutter his act with useless prepared comic material, but finds humour which is captivating. And with every song he gives the audience exactly what they have come for – the chance to see and experience a living legend. In the end, his appreciation is real and you can feel it from the last seat in the last row of the Showroom.

    And author Albert Goldman who would later produce the much-hated vitriolic biography ‘Elvis’ here shows another side of his personality with his stunning review of Elvis’ February 1970 performance. Gorgeous – or same equally effusive effeminate word – is the only way to describe Elvis Presley’s latest epiphany at Las Vegas. Not since Marlene Dietrich stunned the ringside with the sight of those legs encased from hip to ankles in a transparent gown has any performer so electrified this jaded town with a personal appearance.

    Without twanging a string, burbling a note or offering a hint of hip, Elvis transfixed a tough opening night audience of flacks and entertainers simply by striding on-stage in the costume of the year.

    With his massive diamonds flashing pinks and purples from his fingers, and his boyish smile flashing sheepishly through his huge shag of shiny, black hormone hair, Elvis looked like a heaping portion of male cheesecake ripe for the eyeteeth of the hundreds of women ogling him through opera glasses. So dazzling is the superstar, so compelling is his immaculate narcissism, that you hardly notice the massive forces he has mustered to support him.    
    There are of course plenty of reviews from Elvis’ concerts (Oh my, I wish I had seen Elvis on tour in 1970) but the book also contains an interesting array of other articles including…

    – Psychiatrist Elvis! (Ann Moses on film location for ‘A Change Of Habit’)
    – A White Boy With Black Hips (Elvis live on stage in 1969)
    – Elvis’ 1969 Press Conference
    – Elvis In Las Vegas (From The New Yorker). This features some wonderful comments about Elvis’ first 1969 performance
    – New Songs And Old In His Act (Ann Moses on the second Las Vegas season)
    – Elvis At The Dome – by Sean Shaver.
    – Elvis’ Houston Press Conference
    – T.T.W.I.I. ”Documentary Elvis: A New Concept” – by Gerry McLafferty
    – Back On The Road Again (Sept 1970) by Peter Butler
    – The Leader Of The Free World And The King Of Rock’n’Roll (The LA Times about the Nixon/Elvis meeting)
    – Elvis Makes ”Quiet Visit” To Tupelo (Dec 29 1970)

    I have to state that I also contributed one article on ‘Suspicious Minds’ to the book but this in no way prejudices my review since as ETM&HM Gordon Minto said, ”I’m proud to be associated with this work because it is so bloody good”!

    The quality and sharpness of a large number of the photographs is quite stunning.
    For the first time in The Elvis Files we get pages and pages of Elvis ON TOUR in the seventies. The real delight here is having every concert featured and with referenced photographs from each show.

    Each concert date is noted with a lead page showing place & date and set-list (if available) plus a stunning photo – and it is a very stylish design. For fans like myself who haven’t the spare time to file away every Elvis jumpsuit photo by concert date this is a godsend. The whole concept works so well and there seems to be very little misplacement of photos.

    In fact this is what I had been hoping for with the previous FTD ‘Fashion For A King’ book that was as disappointing as this is impressive.

    One real oddity is that the fascinating Larry Blong (Elvis Impersonator) photos with Elvis at the gates outside his house are known to be from 1972 but appear as part of 1970 in this book. Even Bud Glass who is acknowledged as a photo source has them noted as being from 1972. I wonder how they got here.

    There are also plenty of fan candid shots from around Elvis recording sessions and plenty I have never seen before. The ones from the July 1970 sessions are wonderful. From July 28th RCA studios there is a marvellous page (below left) showing two fans getting so overcome, first they are laughing but eventually crying in shock! Rare fan photos from outside the studio July 28 1970 – and rare documentary photos from TTWII filming.

    A delightful bonus at the end of the book is an article on ”The Mystery Of The Torn Photos” by Elaine Christian. (daughter of Virginia Coons). While I have seen these before – but never in this quality nor all of them – I have never known the true explanation of how they were found. Three beautiful ”torn photos” are shown below of the 82 images – It is a inspirational way to end the book.

    While there have been plenty of books about Elvis in this period, the scope of The Elvis Files is so grand that in no way do I feel I have seen anything like this in such a detailed photo-diary presentation before.

    Equally the Elvis Files photos are perfect to match the diaries and show reviews featured in text based ‘Live At The International’ – as well as the interviews and text in Ken Sharp’s ‘Elvis Vegas Live 1969’

    With so many quality (& expensive) Elvis books around this year – The Graceland book, FTD ‘ Welcome Home Elvis’ plus Ernst’s SUN box set – it’s a tough time for Elvis collector’s bank accounts. However the Elvis Files just keep getting better and better with each issue.

    This is surely an ESSENTIAL purchase for any fan who loves Elvis in his 1969-1970 period.  Make sure you order it before it sells out.

    Living in Australia the postage is a killer (the book weighs over 3 Kilos!) and having also recently bought ‘King Creole: Frame by Frame’ I sure know that we have to pay more than you lucky Europeans! However I believe that this book is worth every cent – I have spent hours pouring over it already and it will become one of my ”reference books” that will not be filed away like most photo-books. Warning – once you buy this book you sure need to get the previous volume about the 1965–1868 years which have to be one of the most fascinating slice of life from Elvis’ whole career as the chubby depressed Elvis of 1965 reinvents himself as the sexually prowling tiger in the black-leather jumpsuit on the TV Special.

     Overall Verdict: 1969 and 1970 are of course the two key years of Elvis’ life that would forever guarantee his legacy as the world’s greatest superstar. While his inspiration and drive would once again begin to flag in the following year, these crucial years cannot be beaten. Sensational life-affirming music, outstanding performances and a new happiness shown by Elvis’ interaction with his fans – all captured in over 1,500 stunning photos. The reviews and articles are fascinating, the design their best yet, Elvis looked SENSATIONAL – What more can an Elvis fan want?

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  • Presley Elvis - Elvis Files Volume 7 (1974-1975) (Kirjat)


    Alunperin piti olla viimeinen osa… mutta ei, tätä herkkua on vielä tulossa ainakin yhden kirjan verran.

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  • Presley Elvis - The Jailhouse Rock : Frame By Frame (Kirjat)


    JA JATKOA KING CREOLE KIRJAAN! 400 page hardcover book by Erik Lorentzen and Pål Granlund will be released around on March 6. This will be the second volume of an exciting new series called Elvis Presley In Hollywood. Each book will contain more than 400 pages and, alongside text written by Mike Eder, many hundreds of stunning, previously unpublished photographs that have been carefully selected by Erik and Pål from their extensive private collections.

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  • Presley Elvis - Double Features -Behind The Scenes – Stay Away, Joe / Speedway + bonus poster (Kirjat)


    Uusi jättikirja! Upeita kuvia!

    More than 400 pages with some awesome and unseen photos from the set of those two films.

    About 250-300 photos are unseen and most from Behind The Scenes.

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  • Various - Knoxville Sessions 1929 – 1930, Knox County Stomp (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) (CD)


    4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 156-page hardcover book, 102 tracks. Total playing time approx. 300 minutes.

    •    With this set, Bear Family Records completes the map of commercial recording in East Tennessee in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
    •    ‘The Bristol Sessions, 1927–1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music’ documented epoch-making sessions by Victor Records that launched the careers of Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family, while
    •    ‘The Johnson City Sessions, 1928–1929: Can You Sing Or Play Old-Time Music?’ focused on Columbia Records’ similar search for early country music talent in Appalachia, sessions that yielded many other seminal recordings.

    The Knoxville Sessions, 1929–1930: Knox County Stomp features the music made at two sessions conducted by Brunswick Records at downtown St. James Hotel—music remarkable both for its variety and for the rarity of the records that preserved it.

    Whereas the recordings made in Bristol and Johnson City were almost exclusively of old-time country and gospel music, the Knoxville sessions captured a more diverse gathering of Appalachian voices and sounds. Amidst old-time stringbands like the Tennessee Ramblers, the Southern Moonlight Entertainers, and the Smoky Mountain Ramblers, we also hear the majestic African American blues and gospel singer Leola Manning, the hot dance music of Maynard Baird & His Southern Serenaders, the virtuoso string ragtime of Howard Armstrong and the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, sacred songs by white and African American quartettes, songsters such as Will Bennett and Haskell Wolfenbarger, a unique recorded playlet about the Hatfield–McCoy feud—and even an address by the businessman whose enterprise brought Brunswick Records to Knoxville, Colonel J. G. Sterchi, president of the famous Sterchi Bros. furniture store chain.

    The Knoxville Sessions, 1929–1930: Knox County Stomp gathers together, for the first time, all the issued recordings made at the St. James Hotel, remastered from the original 78s—some of them so elusive that only single copies are known to exist. These 102 fascinating performances, on four CDs, are accompanied by a 156-page, LP-sized hardcover book containing essays on the history of Knoxville, the background to the sessions, and the individual artists, much of the material based on new research. The book is also filled with scores of rare photographs, many previously unpublished, as well as complete song lyrics and a detailed discography with 250 illustrations.

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  • ZZ Top - Goin’ 50 (3CD Boxset) (CD)


    ZZ Top are celebrating their 50th Anniversary of beards, blues, hot cars and fuzzy guitars this year!! And to celebrate we’re releasing a 50th Anniversary Texas-sized compilation.

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  • Harris Emmylou - The Studio Albums 1980-83 (5LP + Bonus 7″ Single, RSD) (LP)


    5 Album Set Plus Bonus 7′ Single Housed In Slipcase
    Replicated Reprise And Warner Bros. Labels

    Record Store Day 2019 Release.
    Quantity: 1000
    Release Type: ’RSD First’ Release

    Each 12″ Is Housed In A Plain White Poly-Lined Inner Sleeve And Includes A Printed 12×12″ Lyric Sheet.

    Slipcase Design: Monica Nelson
    Cover Photograph: Dan Reeder
    This Compilation & 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc.

    Sticker attached to shrink-wrap:
    LIMITED EDITION BOX SET Five Classic Emmylou albums: Roses In The Storm, Evangeline, Cimarron, Last Date, White Shoes
    54 Songs including ten Top 10 singles
    Contains Bonus 45 RPM ”That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again” (with Roy Orbison) b/w ”Mr Sandman” (single version)

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  • Living End - Wunderbar + Live In Europe 2018 (2LP) (LP)


    Limited Edition: Wunderbar / Live in Europe 2018′ LP Double Vinyl 12″.

    It is a double vinyl with gatefold cover (Wunderbar disc 1 – straight purple wax, live album disc 2 – black and red wax).

    Each record is signed and numbered and limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Made available at live shows.

    ”Recorded over 3 shows from our ‘18 European tour, we proudly give you our live album as at treat along with our latest studio album “Wünderbar”. From festivals to club shows it was a summer of love for TLE and this recording comes straight off the press with no overdubs or fix ups, just all the blood and sweat that was shed on the night. We hope you enjoy the journey as much as we did. Loud and clear on vinyl.”

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  • Gaye Marvin - Volume One 1961-1965 (7LP Boxset) (LP)


    Mukana albumit That Stubborn Kind Of Fellow, The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye, When I’m Alone I Cry, Hello Broadway, Together, How Sweet It Is To Be Loved, sekä A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole.

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  • Presley Elvis - A Touch of Gold Lamé (Greater Than Ever) (Kirjat)


    Uusi upea kirja! 450 sivua! kovakantinen! Kuvia vuodelta 1957. NYT LÖYTYY VARASTOSTA!

    ’A Touch of Gold Lamé’ a 450+ page Hardcover book by is scheduled for release in June. The book will be the same size and weight (3.5kg ) as the Elvis Files Books and will cover all you could want to know about Elvis and his 1957 concerts featuring the famous Gold Lame Suit.

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  • 2000 Lbs Of Blues - King Size (Käytetty CD)


    Voted one of the hottest Blues bands on the west coast by journalists and industry insiders – 2000lbs. of Blues’ energy is infectious and catches most people by surprise! Lead singer and head wildman, Pink Arguello, belts out vocals that literally howl. This disc features guitar wizards, Junior Watson and Kirk Fletcher, with appearances by Janiva Magness, Sue Palmer and a host of boogie woogie piano-playing monsters. If you’re hungry for a taste of foot-stomping, dance-til-you-drop, west-coast Jump Blues, with barrel-house boogie woogie piano, red hot horns and sizzling harmonica, then this 15-song dish is for you!

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  • Various - Sun Country Box 6CD + BOOK (CD)


    6-CD Box (LP format) with 148-page hardcover book, 208 tracks, total playing time approx. 8 hours 50 minutes. Between 1950 and 1960, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips discovered and produced B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich and Roy Orbison, artists who changed the way popular music was made. Others who made their first recordings at Sun include Rufus Thomas, Bobby Bland, Junior Parker, Little Milton, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, and many more! With a staff of no more than one or two people, he did this from a small storefront studio in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1952, after producing one of the biggest pre-rock and roll hits, Jackie Brenston’s ”Rocket 88”, Sam Phillips launched Sun Records with one local release, and then folded the label for a year. In 1953, he relaunched Sun Records, releasing singles until he folded the label in 1968. Now, in conjunction with Sun’s sixtieth anniversary, Bear Family is releasing three genre-defining box sets. The Country Box is the first. Bear Family issued the original ”Sun Country Years” in 1986, and now it’s back. Few knew it, but Sam Phillips’ original recordings after he started his studio were country, not blues. Now the story of Phillips’ involvement in country music from 1950 until 1959 is told in full. There’s Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, of course, but the real story lies in artists like Ernie Chaffin, Slim Rhodes, Charlie Feathers, Warren Smith, and many others who didn’t make it, but made fabulously underrated music. It’s all here! Newly restored audio, newly discovered recordings, and newly unearthed photos make this an essential companion to the Blues box. So don’t believe that the story of Sun Records has been told until you hear a priceless audio fragment that might be Sun no.176 the only Sun record that has never been heard, or seen the scrap of paper where Sam Phillips figured out his tiny income for 1952, or hear afro-American gay nightclub singer Rudi Richardson sing rock and roll! This is the story of the most lauded record label of all time told as only Bear Family can tell it! This is the story of ten years that changed the world of popular culture!

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  • James Sonny - Young love – The Complete Recordings 1952-1962 (6CD Boxset) (CD)


    6-CD box (LP-size) with 68-page book, 147 tracks. Playing time approx. 358 mns.

    His complete recordings 1952-1962!  To many, the first ten years of Sonny James’ recording career is summarized by a single hit: Young Love. That’s not surprising, since relatively few of his early singles were anthologized on LP, much less on compact disc.

    This boxed set corrects this oversight by presenting every surviving recording ’The Southern Gentleman’ made between 1952 and 1962, across six compact discs. The first two discs feature Sonny James’ rarely heard country sides, including the original I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know and such chart singles as That’s Me Without You, She Done Give Her Heart To Me, For Rent (One Empty Heart),Twenty Feet Of Muddy Water, and The Cat Came Back. The heart of the box set collects such teen pop sides as Young Love, You’re The Reason I’m In Love, First Date, First Kiss, First Love, Uh-Huh-mm, You’ve Got That Touch, and Talk Of The School, plus all three of Sonny James’ original Capitol albums. The set ends with the singer’s often-overlooked NRC, RCA Victor and Dot sides, including Jenny Lou and his vocal version of the guitar standard, Apache.

    For listeners who only know the singer through Young Love and his remarkable string of country hits through the sixties and seventies, Young Love reveals a warm, engaging performer who was more versatile than most of his fans realize. Produced with Sonny James’ cooperation, this collection includes a 68-page book by Dave Samuelson covering Sonny James’ early years on radio with the Loden Family through his 1963 return to Capitol Records.

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  • Sonics - The Savage Young Sonics (CD)


    Long before they delivered the full blown crunch of The Witch and Psycho, the Sonics were cutting their teeth in Tacoma teen clubs! These crude 1961-64 sides were taped live at dances and at home, showing the heavy influence of their primo idols the Wailers and includes the ultra primitive A-Rab, the group’s very first recording – raw!! These tapes were recently found in a Tacoma attic. This is their first appearance ever! Liner notes by Sonics founder/guitarist Larry Parypa!

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  • Various - New Breed R & B – Soulful 60’s Blues for Today’s Dancers (CD)


    by Ady Croasdell

    This CD aims to entertain soul fans who like R&B and R&B fans who want to pick up on some of the more obscure sides that have recently been creating interest in a fledgling dance scene which has ’borrowed’ a few of their tunes to play.

    Of course there are countless black music fans who go for any style of music under that broad umbrella. But for many serious collectors the huge amount of recordings and information now available on their favourite genre within black music, has meant that at some time a conscious decision has had to be made to concentrate on that form. For myself, working in soul music has meant neglecting the blues fan within me, which ironically was the route that brought me here in the first place.

    OK I get the chance to listen to BB King if the mood takes me, but I’m not going to hunt down an obscure Big Mama Thornton 45 unless there’s an economic need. Similarly a lot of blues fans will have their Ike & Tina Turner Kent/Modern recordings but won’t be scouring sales lists for lesser known Jackie Shane recordings.

    Using the new interest created by Manchester’s Hideaway nightclub dance crowd is a convenient way of getting these sometimes neglected early to mid 60s blues sounds out on CD. That in itself can’t be a bad thing and the research for this CD has also thrown up unreleased nuggets from Marvin Phillips, Jimmy Robins and Vernon Garrett, which will get plays at the clubs before being used on a subsequent volume. So it’s been a worthwhile exercise on several fronts.

    Broadly speaking, R&B collectors like their CD compilations to focus on one artist at a time, whereas us soul types are more at home with these Various Artist deals. This is probably because most of our heroes had sporadic careers of about eight singles spread over half a dozen labels: artists seemed to move about much more in the turbulent music business of the 60s.

    Having given us a raison d’étre for this series of compilations, we now need to know is it any bleeding good? Well actually…

    There’s an old Northern Soul number by Larry Davis called I’ve Been Hurt So Many Times, but don’t worry, Helen Shapiro doesn’t guest on it. In fact there aren’t any girls, strings or sax solos, just grinding R&B that had the right tempo for the more discerning stomper of the mid-1980s. OK you may have left it on Sailor Vernon’s list for £1.50 but it’s still damn good. And if it’s any consolation, I’m sure Larry didn’t have a seedy ballroom in Stafford in mind when he recorded it many years previously.

    Little Joe Hinton comes up with a great mover called Tired Of Walkin’ from 1962 before his conversion to a soul brother at Don Robey’s Backbeat label.

    That Jackie Shane bloke we were talking about earlier gives a brilliant performance on an organ led Stand Up Straight and Tall: it’s moody, groovy and bluesy.

    A treat for lovers of soul groups comes from the Newports whose Dixie Women, which was also cut in 1962, illustrates how black groups were getting out of doo wop and into a more soulful sound by then. Incidentally the sleevenotes to the CD give a rough explanation of what the hell the Belgian Popcorn scene is all about! In case you’ve been wondering.

    One off instrumental grooves from Frank Armstrong and Booker T Averhart veer from jazz to blues to soul and back again. This is the ideal setting for such worthy slabs of vinyl that would otherwise get neglected on US record lists.

    We’ve managed to find a Marvin & Johnny single that didn’t make it on to the Ace Kent/Modern CD, a Big Mama Thornton track that the tape hadn’t even been copied for and an early Bobby ’Blue’ Bland just looking for a home.

    Add some better known artists like ZZ Hill, BB King, Vernon Garrett (with and without the missus), Arthur K Adams and Jimmy McCracklin at the height of their powers, Mary Love with her biggest, most smouldering hit and King Solomon, Willie Headen, Al King and Jimmy Holiday on well crucial and collectible 45s an

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  • Clearwater Eddy - Hillbilly Blues (CD)


    Upea 29 biisin kokoelma tältä Chicagon rock`n`roll-rhythm & blues mieheltä. Loistava uutuus!

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  • Chappel Leon - Automatic Mama (CD)


    Hillbillyä 50-luvun alusta.

    Leon Chappel (1909-1962) is one of the most compelling and unusual major label recording artists of the early 1950s, a hard-to-classify, almost anachronistic artist whose, spare and loose, blues- dominated recordings were perfect for beer joint jukeboxes. There was an earthy feel of prewar hokum and early western swing to Chappel’s 1950-1953 Capitol sides, and no wonder: his recording career went back to 1932, when he performed under his real name, Leon Chappelear. With Bob and Joe Shelton, performing as the Lone Star Cowboys, he cut seminal versions of classics like Deep Elem Blues and Just Because, then recorded extensively for Decca with his own band, Leon’s Lone Star Cowboys, one of the earliest and jazziest western swing groups.

    Chappel’s postwar recordings combined his sophisticated background with a rural East Texas feel for spare, lowdown blues. The results have continued to fascinate country, western swing, hillbilly boogie, even rockabilly fans almost a half century on. Collected here are all of Chappel’s 1950-1953 Capitol recordings, including six unissued tracks and such memorable sides as True Blue Papa (later covered by Texas honky-tonker Frankie Miller), True Detective and Double Up And Catch Up.

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  • Eanes Jim - And The Shenandoah Valley Boys (CD)


    Jim Eanes is remembered today as a classic bluegrass singer and songwriter who made many excellent recordings and wrote many fine songs. His bluegrass recordings have been reissued many times, but in the early 1950s, Jim enjoyed a successful stint as a straight country singer. His country recordings made for Decca Records between 1952 and 1955, have never been reissued, and, as bluegrass expert Gary Reid writes in his liner notes, Due to their unavailability over the years, they have often been overlooked when measuring the significance of Jim’s lengthy career.”

    Jim recorded a total of 31 sides for Decca, and they capture him at or near his best. The standout performance, I Cried Again, was a song that Hank Williams featured on his radio shows, and it highlights Jim’s resemblance to Hank during these years. The other songs include other starkly moving ballads and some Cold War era commie-baiting novelties. These incredibly rare recordings have been unavailable since the the early ’50s (some are here available for the first time), and for Jim’s fans they will be a welcome treat. If nothing else, this set reaffirms the fact that Jim Eanes possessed one of the finest voices in all of country music.”

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  • Morse Ella Mae - Barrelhouse,Boogie And Blues 5CD Box set (CD)


    Kaikki Ella Maen biisit vuosilta 1942-1957.Upea kirja ja hienot discography tiedot. Mukana myös ennenjulkaisemattomia raitoja! Ella Mae Morse was one of the most exciting vocalists of the 1940s and 50s, a hard-to-classify, Texas-born white singer who knocked everyone out with her hip, black-inflected vocals from the moment she hit the scene as a seventeen-year-old with boogie pianist Freddie Slack’s Orchestra in 1942. Her vocal that year on the huge hit Cow Cow Boogie, quickly established her as a name, and dozens of hits followed, both with Slack and under her own name. Sides like the Buzz Me, The House Of Blue Lights, Pig Foot Pete, The Blacksmith Blues remain classics, and The House Of Blue Lights, in particular, has been hailed as one of the seminal recordings in rock and roll history. Uncommonly versatile, Ella Mae could handle anything, from jazz to country, from R&B to lush pop. As she herself has said, Cliffie Stone said: ’You’re a country singer.’ And Benny Carter said: ’You’re a jazz singer.’ T-Bone Walker said: ’You’re a rock and roll-blues singer.'””

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  • Rasmussen Ole - Sleepy Eyed John (CD)


    ”Ole Rasmussen & his Nebraska Cornhuskers were one of the most popular western swing bands of the late ’40s and early ’50s, thriving in a period when other such bands had begun to fade. A California-based group that eschewed the usual ultra-smooth ensembles associated with West Coast bands for an earthier, but still sophisticated sound that owed more to Bob Wills than it did to Spade Cooley or Tex Williams. The Cornhuskers were, at their leader’s insistence, an accessible and infectious band that played for the people, not for other musicians. Ole Rasmussen (1914-1978) was no musician himself, but he was an astute businessman and bandleader who built one of the finest bands around; it featured the mellow vocals of the Tommy Duncan-inspired Teddy Wilds (and later the Ernest Tubb-influenced Virgil Lee), and such excellent musicians as fiddlers Tex Atchison and Rocky Stone, steel guitarist Billy Tonnesen and electric guitarist Earl Finley. Collected here are all 28 sides from the band’s remarkably consistent two year stint at Capitol from 1950-52, including classics like Sleepy-Eyed John, Rockaway, C Jam Blues, and others.”

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