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Category Archive for 'Blues Rock'

“Made Up Mind is tight; it maintains the gritty, steamy, Southern heart displayed on Revelator, but the growth in songwriting, arrangement, and production is immeasurable. Everything these players have assimilated throughout their individual careers is filtered through a group consciousness. When it expresses itself musically, historical and cultural lineages are questioned and answered incessantly in [...]

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“One of the most stunning debuts in rock history, and one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era. On Are You Experienced?, Jimi Hendrix synthesized various elements of the cutting edge of 1967 rock into music that sounded both futuristic and rooted in the best traditions of rock, blues, pop, and soul.” –All Music [...]

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Cream: BBC Sessions

“This compilation of 22 Cream BBC tracks from 1966-1968 marked a major addition to the group’s discography, particularly as they released relatively little product during their actual lifetime… Given Cream’s tendency to over-improvise on the band’s live concert recordings, however, the concise nature of these BBC tracks (none of which exceed five minutes) makes them [...]

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Cream: Live Cream

“Foreground and background seem to dissolve as all three musicians take charge, using the full range of their instruments. And where Bruce goes with his bass, especially on ‘Sweet Wine,’ is every bit as rewarding as the places that Clapton’s guitar takes us; and Ginger Baker’s playing is a trip all its own. Performances like [...]

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Cream: Live Cream, Vol. II

“On its face, Live Cream, Vol. 2 is a more ambitious album that its predecessor, offering more songs and including concert versions of two of the group’s AM radio hits…. And it is just about essential listening for anyone who wants to understand what Cream was about, which was live performance…. [T]he album is a [...]

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Fleetwood Mac: Mystery to Me

“With the majority of the blues and psychedelic behind them, Mystery to Me finds Fleetwood Mac in a more ruminative vein…. This effort is custom-made for those who like thoughtful offerings and is a valuable set in the scheme of the band.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Dr. John: Locked Down

“Between 1968 and 1972, New Orleans-cum-L.A. session musician Mac Rebennack transformed himself into Dr. John, The Nite Tripper. He recorded a series of albums for Atlantic, most importantly Gris-Gris, but also Babylon, Remedies, and The Sun, Moon, & Herbs; they seamlessly wove a heady, swampy brew of voodoo ritual, funk, and R&B, psychedelic rock, and [...]

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Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream

“Raitt’s voice has never sounded better. She’s expanded her lower range with an expressiveness that is soulful, rich, and rings emotionally true — though she’s sacrificed none of her higher register. Her voice can command and reveal a devastating tenderness. Slipstream reveals Raitt at another creative peak.”–All Music guide Check Our Catalog

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John Mayer: Born and Raised

“[Mayer] certainly is emphasizing his affection for American roots, particularly of the folk and country kind. He doesn’t murmur romantic words; he plaintively says he’s sorry over austere acoustic backdrops, taking pains to ensure that Born and Raised feels weathered, rustic, and lived-in.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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The Black Keys: Brothers

Check Our Catalog “Brothers bursts with gritty garage soul, resonating with retro grooves like “Tighten Up,” creeping with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins eeriness on the reverb-driven blues ballad “Ten Cent Pistol” and oozing old school from start to finish.” –Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “The Black Crowes reflect on 20 years of music with a two-CD set of newly recorded, mostly acoustic renditions of songs from their back catalog. “Croweology’’ serves as a reminder that the Crowes may be one of the country’s most underrated and misunderstood bands. Too often pegged as a Stones-ian retro act, [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Petty’s songwriting at its best cleverly bounces off of romance clichés, often with a desperate, lustful drawl and sneer, and he’s usually been more concerned with the here and now than he is about musing about what’s been abused and lost in contemporary America, although he’s certainly not blind to it.”–All Music [...]

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Check Our Catalog “On Tribal he digs hard into the New Orleans rhythm and blues on which he cut his teeth. His sinewy band, the Lower 911, manages to riff on a classic sound without ever going retro.”–The New York Times

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Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

Check Our Catalog “Beck has created an old-fashioned blues-rock-cum-prog record, balancing the sweeping vistas of a 64-piece orchestra with cool jazz-funk grooves.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Valleys of Neptune is legit – not quite a lost album, but darn near close in that it compiles 12 previously unreleased studio recordings, most from a key 1969 phase in the guitarist’s career…it is a sharp snapshot of a musical genius in the studio during a period of transition.”–Chicago Tribune

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Check Our Catalog “This concert CD/DVD does a great job 
of highlighting both sides of The White Stripes’ carefully controlled public persona…If Under the Great White Northern Lights is their last hurrah, it’s one hell of a goodbye.”–Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “This album is his best yet with his own band, a potent dose of rock and R&B instead of the lighter jazz and world music of past efforts.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “His new Together Through Life seems to be more a chronicle of how love actually feels at different stages than an outright celebration of it, and the grizzled-old-soul-man patina Dylan layers over his barbed-wire croak offers the familiar passion and despair of every relationship.”–Boston Globe

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