Saturday, July 21, 2012

Badger - White Lady - (1974 - uk soul funk rock with Jackie Lomax - Wave)


This is the least Yes-sounding album on this page, as Badger went full-tilt into soul. Parrish and Foster left the group, and were replaced by one-time Apple records artist Jackie Lomax (vocals, guitar), former Steeler's Wheel guitarist Paul Pilnick and bassist Kim Gardner. Lomax is White Lady's key figure; he not only writes all the songs, but has a fine smooth soul voice. Allen Toussaint recorded the album in New Orleans, and he gave the band the full contemporary R&B/soul sound - horns, backing singers, prominent rhythm section. Unlike One Live Badger or other English bands who explored American soul (Clapton or Traffic at times), Badger was far more interested in grooves than soloing (or even soloing over the grooves). Dyke and Gardner usually kickstart the tracks with a catchy rhythm ("Don't Pill the Trigger"), then Lomax swoons in, while everyone plays along. Pilnick sticks to rhythm , so they brought in Barry Bailey in on slide, with an appearance by Bryn Haworth as well. There are a few nods towards the Allman Brothers intertwined guitars (the ode-to-drugs title track with Jeff Beck playing lead, "Listen to Me"), but overall White Lady is really a group effort. Lomax is almost too low-key at points, and when he gets excited he has a tendency to get frog-voiced, but he is still the focal point. But this is about the grooves, and in conjunction with the excellent production they have plenty (the opening "A Dream of You" is great, "Be With You", "Lord Who Give Me Life"). Quite the guilty pleasure as such, but it failed to chart and the group broke up soon afterwards. Kaye subsequently joined Badfinger.


Tracks:
01. A Dream Of You - 4:13
02. Everybody - Nobody - 3:19
03. Listen To Me - 4:55
04. Don't Pull The Trigger - 4:01
05. Just The Way It Goes - 4:39
06. White Lady - 4:44
07. Be With You - 3:38
08. Lord Who Give Me Life - 3:03
09. One More Dream To Hold - 4:01
10. The Hole Thing - 6:07

Personnel:
- Tony Kaye - keyboards, mellotron
- Roy Dyke - drums
- Kim Gardner - bass
- Jackie Lomax - rhythm guitar, vocals
- Paul Pilnick - lead guitar
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- Barry Bailey - slide guitar (4-8)
- Jeff Beck - guitar solo (6)
- Carl Blouin - baritone saxophone, flute
- Lester Caliste - trumpet
- Mercedes Davis - backing vocals (1-3,5-8)
- Joan Harmon - backing vocals (1-3,5-8)
- Bryn Haworth - slide guitar (3)
- Teresipa Henry - backing vocals (1-3,5-8)
- John Lango - trombone
- Bobby Montgomery - backing vocals (2-9)
- Jessie Smith - backing vocals (2-9)
- Alvin Thomas - tenor saxophone
- Allen Toussaint - piano (3-4), organ (9), congas (1-3,10)

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The Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Head (1971 great us rock 'n' roll - 1999 Buddha records edition with bonus tracks - Wave)


While other bands in the Bay Area were into their spaced out, unfocused drivel, the Flamin' Groovies were honing their skills on straight ahead, power driven, rock and roll. Probably the best American band that should've, but didn't hit the big time. The Groovies made some fine records, but Teenage Head remains their crowning acheivement. This recording is as fresh today as it was when it was released in 1971. The songwriting duo of Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney were probably the best in the business at the time, and the only real challangers in the field were Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. In fact comparisons of Teenage Head to the Stones Sticky Fingers LP were often pointed out. After hearing Teenage Head Jagger stated that the Groovies did a better job than the Stones did on Sticky Fingers. So why is Teenage Head such a great album? First of all, the material on the record varies from the hard driving Proto Punk anthemic title cut, to taut acoustic blues numbers such as a revamped version of Robert Johnson's 32-20 and City Lights, then moves into areas such as the high energy rockabilly number Evil Hearted Ada, or the easy going cool of Doctor Boogie, while containing a couple of power ballads such as Yesterdays Numbers and Whiskey Woman, along with a couple of no nonsense rockers like Have You Seen My Baby? and the fantastic High Flyin' Baby. What really makes this recording something special is the consistent high caliber of musicianship througout the whole affair which makes Teenage Head a virtually seamless masterpiece of manic rockin' out. Rarely does a record meet with its inteded purpose as well as it does on Teenage Head. The seven added bonus tracks of raw, well played, unapologetic, rock and roll only leaves you wanting more. Teenage Head is not just a very good record, but it is a great record. It is still influencing the more serious, no nonsense bands and musicians of today. This is a seminal rock and roll record which still is the definitive album in this genre. I suppose the comparisons to some of the Stones albums of the early seventies are warranted, but the Stones never did make an album this good. No sloppy, over the top theatrics on Teenage Head; just some tight, nicely crafted songs, which are played extremely well. Does that sound like any Stones album released? You owe it to yourself to see how it really should be done. God knows it isn't being done today! (By M. S. Ulbricht "BomboMon")


Tracklist
01- High Flyin' Baby
02- City Lights
03- Have You Seen My Baby?   
04- Yesterday's Numbers
05- Teenage Head
06- 32-20   
07- Evil Hearted Ada
08- Doctor Boogie
09- Whisky Woman

Bonus Tracks
10- Shakin' All Over   
11- That'll Be The Day   
12- Louie Louie
13- Walkin' The Dog   
14- Scratch My Back   
15- Carol   
16- Going Out Theme (Version 2)


Credits
Roy Loney - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Cyril Jordan - Guitar, Vocals 
George Alexander: Bass, Percussion 
Danny Mihm - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Organ 
Tim Lynch - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion 
Jim Dickinson - Piano (1-2-3)




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The Flamin' Groovies - Flamingo (1970 great us rock 'n' roll - Big Beat 1990 edition with bonus tracks - Wave)


Flamingo is The Flamin' Groovies' second studio album, released in 1970. Following their departure from the Epic record label, it was the first of their two albums for Kama Sutra.
Flamingo is one of the greatest rock n roll records released ever! No question about it. Ranks at the top with Pet Sounds, Super Session (look it up, yuppie morons), Who's Next, Kind of Blue and Love it to Death as some of the best music released ever. The Flamin' Groovies are truly, along with The Dictators, unsung heroes of Rock and Roll. If you can appreciate great music, get it! (By R.Isherwood )



Track listing
01-"Gonna Rock Tonight"
02-"Comin' After Me"
03-"Headin' for the Texas Border"
04-"Sweet Roll Me on Down"
05-"Keep a Knockin'"
06-"Second Cousin"
07-"Childhood's End"
08-"Jailbait"
09-"She's Falling Apart"
10-"Road House"
Bonus Tracks
11-"Walking the Dog"
12-"Somethin' Else"
13-"My Girl Josephine"
14-"Louie Louie"
15-"Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"
16-"Going Out Theme"


Credits
Roy Loney : Lead Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Cyril Jordan - Guitar, Vocals 
George Alexander: Bass, Percussion 
Danny Mihm - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Organ 
Tim Lynch - Guitar, Vocals, Cello, Percussion 
Commander Cody : Piano  (Tracks: 02, 05, 06) 




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