maandag 22 mei 2017

Monti Amundson - Continental Breakfast - (Bluesclub De Viersprong -19 Mei 2017)

    foto Arthur
 Het schijnt dat Monti zo,n 10 jaar geleden ook al op dit podium heeft gestaan.Ik moet dat gemist hebben ,anders zou ik me dat nog zeker herinneren.Big Monti Amundson speelt een mix van blues en rock & roll en blijkt een geweldige performer te zijn.De begeleiding was in handen van Bart Kamp op bas en Henk Punter op drums. Het was weer een prime keuze van de programmeurs (Hans). Ik had ,en vele met mij een topavond!

Continental Breakfast (album I See Trouble)


vrijdag 19 mei 2017

Eric Burdon & The New Animals(1966-1969)


The Animals, one of the most successful R&B-based groups of the British Invasion, broke up in 1966. It was then that singer Eric Burdon released a single as a solo artist - "Help Me Girl" got to #14 in the UK and #29 in the US. He then moved to America, accompanied by Animals drummer Barry Jenkins, and recorded an album which ended up being released as Eric Burdon & The Animals, accompanied by Jenkins and a number of session musicians. It saw him move away from the gritty R&B that The Animals had been known for, and into more of a general pop sound. It was notable for featuring three songs by Randy Newman, who had yet to record his own debut album - "Mama Told Me Not To Come", "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today" and "Wait Till Next Year". The former in particular would later become very well known after Three Dog Night had a #1 hit with it in 1970.
                                                             ERIC IS HERE
                                           Help Me ,Girl(album Eric is Here)

Despite being billed as Eric Burdon & The Animals, Eric Is Here was in reality a solo album. It was actually only released in the US, and was barely noticed. However shortly afterwards Burdon and Jenkins put together a new band to carry on The Animals' name, though their music was to take a radical change towards psychedelia as they emersed themselves in the American counter-culture

 After the US-only Eric Is Here, which was essentially a Burdon solo album, they set about forming a new group to carry on The Animals name. They were joined by Vic Briggs (guitar/keyboards), John Weider (guitar/violin) and Danny McCulloch (bass), and became known as Eric Burdon & The Animals (sometimes referred to as The New Animals). Settling in California during the Summer Of Love, and no doubt fuelled by his first LSD experience, Burdon led this group into strange new psychedelic territories that had little at all in common with the R&B styled sound of the original British group.
                                          Good Times (album Wind of Change)
 Eric Burdon - vocals ,Vic Briggs - guitar ,piano,John Weider - guitar,violin. Danny McCulloch - bass,Barry Jenkins - drums.


Their first release was the single "When I Was Young", which did well in the US and made it to #15. The band then got the chance to play at the Monterey Pop Festival. Their first album together came out later that year. Winds Of Change was definitely a very strange record, the sort of thing that would (and did) divide fans of the original group. With unusually sparse instrumental arrangements, atmospheric sound effects and just as much spoken word as singing, it was a clear statement of Burdon's new direction and dedication to the hippie counter-culture.


Among all the 'experimental' numbers were a few more conventional songs, including a great cover of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black". Two surprisingly gentle songs were released as singles - "Good Times" got to #20 back in the UK, and "San Franciscan Nights" made it to #7, also reaching #9 in the US (actually the highest charting single for The Animals in the US since "House Of The Rising Sun" back in 1964).

Eric Burdon & The Animals had played at the Monterey Pop Festival back in the summer of 1967, and this became the subject of their next single after their pschedelic debut Winds Of Change. Compared to the strange experimental psychedelia of that album, "Monterey" was very much a rock song, a catchy number which recounted the band's experience at the festival, complete with driving beat and sitar. The lyrics referenced many of the other acts in typical Eric Burdon style - "The Byrds and the Airplane did fly / Ravi Shankar's music made me cry". It got to #15 in the US (its release in the the UK was delayed almost a year, and then it did not chart).

                                                     THE TWAIN SHALL MEET
                                           Closer To the Truth (album The Twain Shall Meet)
 Eric Burdon - vocals ,Vic Briggs - guitar ,piano,John Weider - guitar,violin. Danny McCulloch - bass,Barry Jenkins - drums.

Their next album came out in 1968. The Twain Shall Meet was a much more focused album than Winds Of Change, and saw the band developing into a seriously good psychedelic rock group, with an ambitious blend of mood pieces and rockers. It featured another hit single - the anti-war anthem "Sky Pilot" got to #14.


The New Animals were expand to a six-piece with the arrival of keyboard player Zoot Money (previously of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, and Dantalian's Chariot) in time for the their third album, where he was credited as George Bruno. Not much time had passed since their last album, but things changed quite dramatically with Every One Of Us, though it could be argued that not many people noticed. Eric Burdon seemingly abandoned 1967-style hippy psychedelia almost as quickly as he had wholeheartedly adopted it, instead aligning himself with the poor and the down-trodden for a semi-concept album. It turned out to be a somewhat melancholy, moody collection of songs, with jazzy and folky arrangements in place of tripped-out acid rock (though there was one heavy rocker included). Though as always with Burdon's late 60s work, there had to be something strange to throw things off, and here it was the inclusion of two lengthy dialogue recordings, as if he had run amok with a dictaphone and been allowed to include his results on the album due to the lack of new material. It sabotages an otherwise potentially perfect album, and one that would have been seen as a much more serious affair than its two predecessors - the songs the dialogues are attached to are perhaps the best on the album

.                                                         EVERY ONE OF US
                                           White Houses (album Every One Of Us)

 Eric Burdon - vocals ,Vic Briggs - guitar ,piano,John Weider - guitar,violin. Danny McCulloch - bass,Barry Jenkins - drums.Zoot Moony - hammond organ,piano,vocals

Elsewhere there was a bluesy rendition of the folk song "St James Infirmary", and the single "White Houses" which got to a modest #67 in the US. The album itself barely charted, and wasn't actually released in the UK, so remains one of their least known. As an album it is obviously flawed, but there are some moments of really brilliant music to be found within.

Everyday i have the Blues (Berlin 1968)

Following the arrival of keyboard player Zoot Money, bassist Danny McCulloch left The Animals. Guitarist Vic Briggs was also replaced by Andy Summers, who had been with Money in British psychedelic group Dantalian's Chariot. This new lineup (Eric Burdon, Money, Summers, John Weider and Barry Jenkins) thus had no bassist - Money handled it in the studio, and on stage it was passed around between guitarists Summers and Weider.

They released a new album in 1968, the group's third from that year. Love Is was a double album, and consisted almost entirely of covers. Songs in a variety of styles were given big, ambitious re-inventions, several nearing ten minutes in length - Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High", Sly & The Family Stone's "I'm An Animal", Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire", Traffic's "Coloured Rain", The Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" and Albert King's "As The Years Go Passing By". There was also an excellent original song from Burdon, and a twenty-minute medley of two Dantalian's Chariot numbers written by Summers and Money. The album's sound was big and powerful, and the result was surely the masterpiece of the latter-day Animals. It even generated one final minor hit, as "Ring Of Fire" got to #35 in the UK.

                                                                      LOVE IS
                                          Colored Rain (album Love Is)great guitar solo Andy Summers.

However it proved to be the end of the road for the band, as they broke up shortly afterwards. Eric Burdon went on to join forces with Californian funk band War, and John Weider joined progressive rock group Family (replacing Ric Grech). Zoot Money continued to work in both music and film, and Andy Summers of course went on to fame as guitarist for The Police.

 The story of Eric Burdon I found on the blog below, along with more beautiful music.I am very happy with it, Thanks Arthur

More Eric Burdon on my blog...
The Animals

Eric Burdon & War(Germany)

Eric Burdon - One more coffee for the road.

Eric Burdon & War (Denmark)

woensdag 17 mei 2017

Duster Bennett(23 September 1946 – 26 March 1976

Anthony "Duster" Bennett (23 September 1946 – 26 March 1976) was a British blues singer and musician

Bring it on home (Live in Paris Sept.10 1970)

Bennett was born in Welshpool, Powys, Mid Wales. Emerging in the late sixties from the art school music scene of Kingston-upon-Thames and Guildford, Bennett was a one-man blues band whose virtuosity and co-ordination on drums, guitar and harmonica was as riveting as it was unique. His live sets combined his own compositions with Jimmy Reed-style blues standards often aided by friends Peter Green and Top Topham. He was a session musician in the early 1960s playing harmonica. Between 1968 and 1970 he seemed ever-present on John Peel's Top Gear and Sunday-repeated-on-Wednesday shows, gigged prodigiously and eventually joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers as band member/solo act on a US tour in 1970. In the 1970s he drifted off into more whimsical mainstream material, but never landed the hit record his catchy and accessible tunes deserved.

My babe

His music was country blues with the occasional gospel offering. He recorded three albums and a string of singles for Blue Horizon. Bright Lights was recorded live at his beloved Gin Mill Club. He was very popular amongst the blues cognoscenti, while his legacy on Smiling Like I'm Happy was the haunting Jumping at Shadows, subsequently covered by Fleetwood Mac and revived in 1992 by Gary Moore, who covered it in his "After Hours" album. It is considered by some to be one of the best blues compositions penned on the east side of the Atlantic. Attempts to gain wider appeal with Mickie Most were unsuccessful. For decades, a clutch of live and home recordings on Indigo seemed to be all that remained of his work in the CD public domain until the 2006 first-time CD release of the Complete Blue Horizon Sessions reminded fans of what had been lost.

Let it shine with John Mayall & The Bluesbrakers

After performing with Memphis Slim on 26 March 1976, Bennett was driving home in a Ford Transit van in Warwickshire when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The van collided with a truck and Bennett was killed.
(Bron Wikipedia)

Peter Green,Duster,BBKing

Over in Europe there were also earlier pioneers who heard and spread the music. In the UK, Alexis Korner, Long John Baldry and many others, too have long since passed. Celmins’ “Jumping at Shadows” tells the story of the tragically short life of one who followed in those footsteps. The title, itself, is the first clue. “Jumping at Shadows” is his most enduring song, recorded several times and made his own by blues rocker Gary Moore. The author of that song has a story well worth following up. It’s a story tied up with the early British blues scene, along with much better known names – the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, John Mayall and Fleetwood Mac.

The writer of “Jumping at Shadows” was Tony ‘Duster’ Bennett. Martin Celmins, who has also written a biography of Peter Green, has compiled a detailed account of Bennett’s short life. Bennett died in a road accident in 1976 at the age of 30.

Gary Moore-Jumping At Shadows

zondag 14 mei 2017

Barrelhouse - Kwadendamme Blues Festival (13-5-2017)

 Het Kwadendamme Bluesfestival vierde dit jaar zijn 25 jarig jubileum. Aanleiding voor de organisatoren om artiesten  en bands uit te nodigen die al eerder hier op het podium hadden gestaan.
Het zal een moeilijke keuze zijn geweest ,maar ik was in ieder geval blij dat Barrelhouse  door de selektie was gekomen .Al jaren een van mijn favoriete bands ,en ook al jaren behorend tot de top van de Nederlandse Bluesscene.

Barrelhouse - Kwadendamme Blues Festival (13-5... door  morrisanddylan

Tijdens mij jarenlange concertbezoeken ben ik Barrelhouse al diverse malen tegengekomen ,en de band stelt mij  nooit teleur.Bijzonder is ,dat de band ,opgericht in 1974,na een korte onderbreking,zo,n 40 jaar in dezelfde samenstelling bij elkaar is. Meer dan 2000 optredens hebben ze achter de rug ,maar van verzadiging is niks te merken, de muziek staat na al die tijd nog steeds als een huis.

Barrelhouse - Kwadendamme Blues Festival (13-5... door  morrisanddylan

Ook deze avond stelde de band weer niet teleur.Tineke Schoemaker zong als vanouds,Johnny en Guus Laporte namen om beurten de solopartijen voor hun rekening of verzorgden mooi samenspel.Pianist Hans van Dam vult het geheel op met  piano, maar soleerde er ook lustig op los.Dat allemaal ondersteund door de rythmsectie van Jan Willem Sligting op bas/double bas en Bob Dros op drums.

Barrelhouse - Kwadendamme Blues Festival (13-5... door  morrisanddylan

Bovenstaand beelden zijn wat beeld en geluid betreft niet geweldig ,maar geven toch een indruk van het mooie optreden op deze avond.Wat mij betreft een van de hoogtepunten van een toch weer zeer geslaagd festival. Ik hoorde ook nog dat de band genomineerd is voor de Edison Publieksprijs en ik ben verbaasd was dat dat nog niet eerder gebeurd is.Voor het stemmen, kijk even op de side van de band.

    webside Barrelhouse

vrijdag 12 mei 2017

Johnny Winter - Be Careful With A Fool (Danish TV -1970)

John Dawson Winter III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014), known as Johnny Winter, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

    Be Careful With A Fool (album Johnny Winter)
 Johnny Winter is Johnny Winter's second studio album, released in 1969. UK CBS issued this with nine tracks in late 1969 in both stereo and mono (S63619/M63619). This album may have been intended as a Quadraphonic album as a four-channel reel was prepared but to this day remains unreleased.

donderdag 11 mei 2017

Pacific Gas & Electric - Are You Ready

Pacific Gas & Electric was an American blues rock band in the late 1960s and early 1970s, led by singer Charlie Allen. Their biggest hit was the gospel-tinged "Are You Ready?" in 1970.
The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1967, by guitarist Tom Marshall, bassist Brent Block, lead guitarist Glenn Schwartz (formerly of The James Gang) and drummer Charlie Allen, who had previously played in the band Bluesberry Jam. When it became clear that Allen was the best singer in the new group, he became the front man, and Frank Cook, previously of Canned Heat, came into the band on drums. Originally known as the Pacific Gas and Electric Blues Band, they shortened their name when they signed to Kent Records, releasing the album Get It On in early 1968. The record was not a success, but following the band's performance at the Miami Pop Festival in May 1968 they were signed by Columbia Records.

    Are You Ready,

 Their first album for Columbia, Pacific Gas and Electric, was issued in 1969, but they achieved greater success with their next album, Are You Ready, in 1970. The title track "Are You Ready?" reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the album was recorded, Cook was injured in a car accident and was replaced on drums by Ron Woods, Cook staying on as manager. Marshall and Schwartz left and were replaced by Frank Petricca (bass) and Ken Utterback (guitar), with Brent Block moving to rhythm guitar before leaving later in 1970. Unusually for the time, the band contained both black and white musicians, which led to rioting and gunfire on one occasion when the band, who toured widely, performed in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In 1971, the band changed their name to PG&E, following pressure from the utility company of the same name. The band also expanded, Allen, Woods, Petricca and Utterback being joined by Jerry Aiello (keyboards), Stanley Abernathy (trumpet), Alfred Galagos and Virgil Gonsalves (saxophones), and Joe Lala (percussion). They recorded the album PG&E, and also appeared in and provided music for the Otto Preminger film Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon starring Liza Minnelli. The band then split up. A final album using the name, Pacific Gas & Electric Starring Charlie Allen, was recorded by Allen with studio musicians and released on the Dunhill label in 1973.[2][3] For a time the group also included Rick Durrett formerly of the band The Coven on keyboards.[citation needed]
Tom Marshall later suffered deteriorating health and personal circumstances, being homeless since the 1980s. Frank Petricca became a commodity broker. Charlie Allen died on 7 May 1990, aged 48.

maandag 8 mei 2017

Gov,t Mule & The Black Crowes - Sometimes Salvation

 Mooie samenwerking van tussen twee bijzondere bands.Govt,Mule en de gebroeders Robinson van The Black Crowes.The Mule gaan we van de zomer weer zien op het Holland Bluesfestival in Grolloo.The Black Crowes zullen we waarschijnlijk nooit meer in aktie zien ,maar grappig is dat The Crowes toch op een andere manier op dit festival te zien zijn .en wel in de vorm van The Magpie Salute de band van Chris Robinson.Ook oud leden Marc Ford en Sven Pipien zijn van de partij.Beide band zijn op dezelfde avond(10 Juni)  geprogrammeerd,dus wie weet......

     Sometimes Salvation (album The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion)

Programma Holland Bluesfestival 2017

Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago

Vandaag 8 Mei was de geboortedag van Robert Johnson .Eén van de invloedrijkste Amerikaanse bluesartiesten aller tijden.


Robert Leroy Johnson (Hazlehurst (Mississippi), 8 mei 1911 – Three Forks (Mississippi), 16 augustus 1938) is één van de invloedrijkste Amerikaanse bluesartiesten aller tijden. Hoewel hij slechts 27 werd, maar twee opnamesessies heeft gedaan en maar een twintigtal songs naliet, is hij hét voorbeeld voor veel blueszangers en -gitaristen.

Het blad Rolling Stone plaatste hem in 2003 op plaats 5 van de meest gewaardeerde gitaristen aller tijden.

Johnson woonde het eerste deel van zijn leven op een plantage waar hij zich bekend maakte met de bluesharmonica, maar het was zijn wens om de gitaar te leren beheersen. Binnen zeer korte tijd lukte het hem, met behulp van onder meer de mysterieuze Ike Zinneman, het instrument meer dan voldoende te beheersen. Deze prestatie bracht de fabel in de wereld dat Johnson zijn ziel had verkocht aan de duivel. Hij zou op een nacht naar een kruispunt zijn gegaan om daar gitaar te gaan spelen. Om middernacht zou hij benaderd zijn door een grote, donkere man (de duivel), die hem zijn instrument afpakte, het voor hem stemde, en het, in ruil voor zijn ziel, aan hem teruggaf waarna hij het perfect zou kunnen bespelen.

Na een van zijn optredens kreeg hij vergiftigde whisky - waarschijnlijk een actie van een jaloerse echtgenoot van een van zijn scharrels. Hij werd overgebracht naar Greenwood, waar hij het gif binnen enkele dagen door ziekte wist uit te zweten. Hij liep hierbij echter wel een longontsteking op die hem uiteindelijk fataal werd. Johnson werd geboren en overleed in de Amerikaanse staat Mississippi.

Hij haalde de banvloek van de Kerk over zich doordat hij in enkele songs suggereerde (me and the devil, hellhound on my trail) dat hij zijn ziel verkocht had aan de duivel om zo goed gitaar te kunnen spelen.
Johnson is zeer zeker niet de uitvinder van de blues; die bestond al geruime tijd voordat Johnson actief werd. Zijn belang voor de muziekgeschiedenis ligt in de mix die hij maakte van bestaande Delta blues en andere invloeden. Kenmerkend is de ritmische, doorrollende gitaarmuziek. Tijdens zijn leven speelde hij met latere bluesgiganten als Muddy Waters en Howlin' Wolf. In 1986 werd de film Crossroads uitgebracht, waarin de speurtocht naar een verloren nummer van Robert Johnson een thema is. In 1994 kwam er in de VS een postzegel uit met Johnsons gezicht erop. Deze was gemaakt van een van de twee foto's die van hem bekend zijn. De sigaret is echter weggeretoucheerd.
(Bron Wikipedia)

Robert Johnsons grafsteen

zaterdag 6 mei 2017

Buena Vista Social Club - Candela

Besides being a great guitarist, Ry Cooder is perhaps as valuable to the world as an arranger, producer and discoverer of fertile musical ground. Invited on a trip (through Mexico) to Havana, he was amazed to discover that many of the legendary performers of the old Buena Vista Social Club were still alive and performing vibrant music. With the weight of Mr. Cooder these Cuban All-Stars gathered for an historic six day recording session. The velvety-voiced Ibrahim Ferrer is joined by 70-ish "Fiancee of Feeling" Omara Portuondo and fiery Compay Segundo. The group is anchored by bass virtuoso Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez. The sound is built around the expert piano work of Ruben Gonzalez, blending his classical training with the seductive rhythms of Havana.

Many of these brilliant musicians have passed since this 1997 recording, but as a result most were able to tour the world, bringing their musical diplomacy to Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam, Spain, France, Reykjavik...

Another classic 'son' by the legendary figure of Cuban music, Faustino Oramas. Also known by the nickname "El Guayabero" after the melody of a song that is an essential part of the Cuban national heritage, Oramas is famous for his work as a wandering troubadour going from town to town with nothing more than his guitar and his songs. "Candela" is the perfect example of the richness of the 'son' style and the possibilities of improvisation that it offers a great 'sonero' (vocal improviser) like Ibrahim Ferrer. This Cuban standard is wonderfully embellished by metaphors, double meanings and is full of sexual innuendo in the Santiago tradition (take a listen to 'Marieta', also penned by Faustino Oramas, on Ibrahim Ferrer's debut recording)


vrijdag 5 mei 2017

JJ Cale - Magnolia

   John Weldon "J. J." Cale (December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013) was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Though he deliberately avoided the limelight (being temperamentally averse to celebrity)[2] his influence as a musical artist has been widely acknowledged by figures such as Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton, who described him as "one of the most important artists in the history of rock".He is considered to be one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz.

    Magnolia (album Naturally)

Naturally is the debut album by J. J. Cale. First released in 1972, it includes his song "After Midnight", which had been recorded first by Eric Clapton in 1970. Cale, who was languishing in obscurity at the time, had no knowledge of Clapton's recording of "After Midnight" until it became a radio hit in 1970. Cale recalled to Mojo magazine that when he heard Clapton's version playing on his radio, "I was dirt poor, not making enough to eat and I wasn't a young man. I was in my thirties, so I was very happy. It was nice to make some money."Cale's friend and producer, Audie Ashworth, encouraged Cale to record a full album in order to capitalize on the success of his song.