Roll back the carpet, roll back the years grab the hairbrush or air bass guitar. I bet many of you remember singing into your hair brush or playing your air bass guitar with relish along to Suzi Quatro. Well, Suzi is back with a double album of delights The Best Is Legend. “The hits are the hits”, says Suzi about the Best Of Album’, “but as Mickie Most always told me ‘your self-penned songs are the meat of what you do Suzi’. Enjoy some of my personal choices.” Twenty tracks Suzi Quatro The Best Is Legend Her New Album.
Opening the tour through Suzi’s choices is Can The Can; instantly transported back to the summer of 1973 when her second solo single became a U.K. number one; the rest is the legend as Quatro became the first female bass player to be a major rock star. The music takes you back to a different time and place, re-mastered there is a freshness and the instantly recognizable driving pace and energy. Interspersed with the hits Devil Gates Drive, 48 Crash, Your Mamma Won’t Like You and Daytona Demon there are others that reconnect with the Quatro sound that was much more varied than the hits that you straightaway think of.
With the closing three numbers, 15 Minutes of Fame; Free The Butterfly and Dancing in The Wind demonstrating the depth and addictive, ear-worm quality of Suzie Quatro; 15 Minutes of Fame feels as relevant today with the desire for instant fame that has spawned so many ‘TV talent shows’. As Suzie sings the chorus 15 minutes of fame, Andy Warhol used to say, 15 minutes of fame they steal your star away come shine a light down on me take a bow, this is now 15 minutes of fame. The mood changes with horns and gentle vocals on Free The Butterfly, from a later album reflective connecting to life’s lessons and linking to the previous track. To close out we are back with octane fuelled bass as we are Dancing in the Wind from her 2006 album Back To Drive.
The selection has been chosen with care showing facets of Suzi Quatro that have been forgotten, tracks not heard as later albums have not been explored. This is a collection that is autobiographical, tracing the road in music that Suzi Quatro has traveled It is more than going back to the seventies it is about celebrating the first woman of rock who with her bass, leathers and vocal power entertained and brightened the world.
Is this just another heritage album? Perhaps? What is certain the music brings a smile to your face and gets the feet tapping. Lovers of energised, melodic rock will welcome every track into their collection.
Collected together are four original RAK studio albums released between 1975 and 1979. The albums have been re-mastered available on gold Double Vinyl, CD and digitally. Pre-order Via Pledge https://SuziBestOf.Ink.to/Pledge . In addition to this, there is a Spotify facility allowing fans to pre-save direct into their accounts. This function will automatically add Suzi’s upcoming releases to Spotify Libraries via a free subscription button Pre-Save via Spotify https://SuziBestOf.Ink.to/SpotifyPreSave
Thunder Storming album Rip It Up Rocks the Speakers
Whatever the weather, whatever your mood, you know when Thunder is in the air pouring from the speaker then you are in for a good time. I dare you to listen to Rip It Up without getting up and dancing around, tapping your feet and letting the Thunder vibe flow through your veins making Rip It Up a rocking good feel good listen. You would expect no less from Danny Bowes and the band.
Following on from the success of Wonderdays, the quintet are delivering rock that has a brightness that belies the fact that they have been producing records for twenty-seven years. Rip It Up is youthful and fun to listen to with a diverse range of tones and approaches to the lyrics that showcase the full vocal range of frontman Danny Bowes. Thunder is a band with the musicians playing so much more than a platform for Danny vocals. Go to any Thunder gig and the chant of Harry, Harry for the drummer is evidence of Thunders roar.
Opening with No One Gets Out Alive, we are introduced to the expected Thunder sound Garry James sticks pounding like Thors hammer cymbals and skin. The celebration of duelling with guitars of Luke Morley and Ben Matthews. Completing the explosive power id the exquisite bass lines of Chris Childs pull the melody along so we don’t care that they are telling us the No One Gets Out Alive! We are ready to seize the moment with the band and enjoy the album clapping your hands in pure joy.
The title track is like an old friend familiar through radio play. Yes, do as you are told turn the volume up and Rip It Up with your rocking friends Thunder. Tempo changes with curling guitar riff and a blues-fueled rock number that despite its title is fun to listen to. The lyrics though are a salutatory warning of the dangers of party scenes and hedonism. The girl She Likes Cocaine is a must listen strong lyrics, instrumentation and cymbal work that rings with the purity of a bell in the clear air after a storm. Now, for the ballad Right From The Start, which is accomplished with lead breaks that are juicy full and weave the emotions of Danny’s singing another track that works as the realisation that this is a band recording at the top of their game. This is crafted rock full of difference and nuances. Every track has its highlights and will always receive a thunderous applause from Thunder fans.
The album is half way through taking shape as the rock is styled and reformed to suit the moment. Heartbreak Hurricane, following on from the cowbell spectacular of Shakedown. A ballad full of emotional pain, never maudlin as the instruments raise the tempo behind the searing vocals from Danny. Then there is Rock. It is good with The Enemy Inside and Tumbling Down. You now that this is a British Band playing the rock they love and understand, loud fast and melodic with an edge from the lyrics. Closing out with There’s Always A Loser, Harry’s drums lay down the beat simple and powerful in its intent. Once again it as a hauntingly beautiful tone of Danny’s vocals and lyrics centre stage emotional charged. The track builds with guitar hooks and licks that curl and wrap There’s Always A Loser a comfort blanket of Rock. The lead break is searing as the pain is reflected for Danny to sing the lyrics as the album fades. Turn it up and play again. With eleven immense tracks, with every listen you will hear a new lyric, another drum roll and guitar lick.
Rip It Up will never be a boring listen. Why? This may be Thunder’s eleventh studio album they a have definitely roared out of the studio with Rip It Up. An album for Thunder fans who have followed them over three decades and for those discovering them at today. Thunder’s live performances are always a stormy adrenalin fun filled extravaganza with these new tracks add to the armoury live shows will still Rip It Up as new fans come under Thunder’s rock spell.
YES RELEASE VINYL of
FRAGILE AND DRAMA in original packaging
TO COINCIDE WITH UK TOUR
Seminal prog pioneers YES hit the road for an extensive UK and European tour at the end of this month…. April 2016. The band will be performing 1971’s ‘Fragile’ and 1980’s ‘Drama’ in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal tracks including ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and ‘Starship Trooper’.
Warners will release Drama on 22nd April and Fragile on 6th May on 180gm Vinyl with replicas of the original gatefold sleeves. Fragile will also include a smaller inner booklet. This product has been expertly recreated to match the original in every way from content to physical material and product specification.
Warners has recently released all of their catalogue YES albums Mastered For iTunes. These include The Yes Album, Fragile, Going For The One, Time and a Word, Yes, 90125, Tales From Topographic Oceans and Drama. FOR SALE HERE
‘Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years’ – said Steve Howe. ‘Fragile and Drama mark two essential chapters of our career and we’re looking forward to share the whole journeys with our fans throughout Europe’. ‘Reliving those years will be very emotional’ – adds drummer Alan White – ‘I know Chris would have loved to be here with us for this’.
YES has recently lost bassist and co-founder Chris Squire, a tragedy that left the prog world in mourning. His replacement Billy Sherwood found a big pair of shoes to fill, as YES set out to honour his memory by keeping the band’s legacy alive. The band recently toured the US with fellow prog legends Toto to an enthusiastic reception.
YES was founded by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson in 1968. Characterized by a unique, prog symphonic style of rock music, lengthy compositions and the use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, the band found success in 1971 with two of the band’s most celebrated records, ‘The YES Album’ and ‘Fragile’. The band went on to record 21 albums and win several prestigious awards including Grammys. Yes is recognized as one of the most influential icons in prog rock.
Still as relevant today as they were in the 70s, YES has maintained a loyal following while constantly attracting new crowds of music fans throughout 47 years of outstanding career. With ‘Fragile’ and ‘Drama’ representing two essential moments of the band’s history, it will be an opportunity for all to rediscover some undisputed gems of the genre.
Yes Back on Tour with Vinyl Re-released – Drama and Fragile
Wed 27th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall0141 353 80000141 353 8000
Fri 29th Newcastle City Hall0191 277 80300191 277 8030
Sat 30th Manchester Apollo08444 777 67708444 777 677
UK Tickets are £39 for all venues except – Oxford* £39 + £1.25 venue restoration levy.
London** £55 (boxes), £48.50, £45, £38 Tickets are available from 24hour Ticket Hotline: 0844 338 00000844 338 0000 and Online from Bookings Direct. Showtime is 7.30pm. Tickets and VIP up-grades are also available from HERE
Dates for rest of EUROPE
13th Paris FRANCE Olympia
14th Brussels BELGIUM Ancienne Belgique
15th Utrecht NETHERLANDS Tivolivredenburg
17th Hamburg GERMANY Mehr Theater
19th Frankfurt GERMANY Alte Oper
20th Leipzig GERMANY Haus Avensee
21st Berlin GERMANY Admiralspalast
23rd Bonn GERMANY Beethovenhalle
24th Stuttgart GERMANY Hegelsaal
25th Munich GERMANY Cirkus Krone
27th Zurich SWITZERLAND Volkshaus
28th Milan ITALY Teatro Nazionale
29th Padova ITALY Gran Teatro Geox
31st Florence ITALY Obihall June
1st Rome ITALY Teatro Olimpico
Filmed and recorded at Madrid’s Joy Eslava Theatre on November 19th as part of Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock’s 2015 European tour, the concert features their recent rock radio hits Vigilante Man, Communion and Live and Let Live, as well as the MSG/UFO/Scorpions classics Doctor Doctor, Lights Out, Too Hot To Handle, Rock You Like A Hurricane and Rock Bottom.
The concert was recorded using state-of-the-art sound and video technology. An immense effort went into the filming. 4K technology cameras provide perfect, crystal clear pictures. Additional room microphones were placed at different levels in the auditorium, all of which will provide an additional Dolby Atmos 3D mix on the Blu-ray edition.
On A Mission: Live in Madrid is an open invitation for the fans of the Mad Axeman to see him in his guitar element. Where else could fans of hi-octane guitar rock experience such an emotional and energetic show?
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK ~ “ON A MISSION: LIVE IN MADRID”
1. Ocean Odyssey – Intro
2. Doctor Doctor
3. Live and Let Live
4. Lights Out
5. Where the Wind Blows
6. Natural Thing
7. Before The Devil Knows Your Dead
8. Victim of Illusion
10. Coast To Coast
11. Vigilante Man
12. Rock My Nights Away
13. Saviour Machine
14. Too Hot To Handle
15. Only You Can Rock Me
16. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
17. Rock You Like A Hurricane
18. Rock Bottom
20. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
The concert is available in the following formats:
2 CD: INAK 9142
2CD DVD: INAK 6193
DVD Blu-ray: INAK 7193 BD
Limited Deluxe Edition: INAK 2016 LTD
BD 4K: INAK 7194 BD4K – as soon as can be manufactured
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BATTLE SCARS TRACK LIST
Tomorrow Seems So Far Away
Please Take Me Home
Haunted By The Night
My Ship Came In
Cold, Cold Ground
Gonna Live Again
The energy that zings off the guitar is spellbinding, joyful, the vocal power is compelling, Battle Scars dozen original songs that narrate his hard-won, life-or-death struggle waiting for, and ultimately receiving, a life-saving liver transplant.
“I’m thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music” says Trout, who returned to the stage in June at the prestigious Lead Belly Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall, where he received 3 standing ovations. “I feel that I’m reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I’m incredibly happy and grateful.”
Contrast that to early 2014, when Trout was lying in a hospital bed without the strength to move or speak, unable to recognize his own children, as he observed his body waste away. He had lost 13 pints of blood and was in a coma for three days. But on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, Trout underwent liver transplant surgery and the slow process of healing began. “At first I wasn’t strong enough to play a single note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength, the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it is liberating, joyful, and limitless. I feel like I’m 17 again.”
One of the reasons Walter is still here and is now fit and healthy is through the overwhelming generosity of his fans and supporters which included a fan-organised YouCaring campaign which was set up by Kirby Bryant, the wife of British blues guitarist and Trout protégée Danny Bryant and this alongside various concert tributes raised $245,000 towards his healthcare. “I don’t take this lightly,” Trout declares. “Marie says that all of the people who donated to our fundraiser for my medical expenses” — which generated more than $245,000 – “bought stock in me and my liver. When I play for them now, I have a responsibility to give back and offer the very best that I have.”
Just prior to his illness, Provogue records was poised for a major “Year of the Trout” marketing campaign and worldwide tour celebrating his 25 years as a solo artist. The label released Trout’s then newly recorded album, ‘When the Blues Came Calling’, and reissued his catalog on 180-gram vinyl. Additionally, Provogue published his autobiography penned with British music journalist, Henry Yates: Rescued From Reality: The Life and Times of Walter Trout.
“Unfortunately, that tour didn’t happen,” Trout says. “Instead I had to cancel an entire year of touring. That’s what the song on Battle Scars, ‘My Ship Came In’ is about: My ship came in and I missed it! I’d waited all my life for a record label to get behind me to that extent, and then that plan fell apart.” But he is back touring and a new album Battle Scar available to pre-order HERE
Trout is now moving triumphantly forward in his 50th year as a guitarist. He is in the midst of a global tour with his band: keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, and new bassist Johnny Griparic, who joined in time to record Battle Scars in Los Angeles’ Kingsize Soundlabs with Trout’s longtime producer Eric Corne.
The vinyl version of the album comes six months after the successful release of the CD and is presented as a special double LP, pressed on 140-gram vinyl.
It is released in gatefold form and the inside contains large pictures of John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers at the time – the ultra rare, and short-lived, line-up of Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
Bluesdoodles loved listening and reviewing in digital now authentic 1967’s sound on vinyl – check out the original review HERE
1. All Your Love
2. Brand New Start
3. Double Trouble
5. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
6. Looking Back
7. So Many Roads
8. Hi Heel Sneakers
9. I Can’t Quit You Baby
10. The Stumble
11. Someday After Awhile
13. Stormy Monday
Tracks 1, 3, 7, 12 & 13 – Recorded at Manor House on 5th May 1967
Tracks 2, 6 & 11 – Recorded at Bromley on 29th April 1967
Tracks 4 & 10 – Recorded at The Marquee Club on 27th April 1967
Tracks 5 & 8 – Recorded at The Ram Jam Club on 1st Feb 1967
Track 9 – Recorded at Klook’s Kleek on 28th April 1967
Opening the album with the title track two things stand out The Grahams love to deliver lyric rich story telling songs with a jaunty Americana/Country feel this is music that compels you to sit back, smile and tap your feet and clap your hands. Love the line “Wish I never majored in Caffeine and Solitude, Wish I never let them see my attitude” then there is that link to a train journey of life crashing around you and you wish you could put the hammer down! As The Grahams said “There is a special connection between American folk music and the railroad that has no parallel elsewhere in the world. Rail lines stitch together the sprawling fabric of American song. As writers of Americanamusic, our goal is to draw on the deep, recurring sources of American folk culture, giving them new shape.”
This is an album that chronicles from one track to another; the tempo changes, and the addition of different instruments shapes the tone as the blues harp winds around The Gambling Girl the second track that feels like a station stop on a journey that is defined by the fiery music pouring out of your speakers. You are riding the rails of excitement as fiddles and organ join the party with a storm brewing hurricane of a track Blow Wind Blow; and then the tempo slows as night falls with Lay Me Down. Alyssa’s vocals are clear and calm with the effect of a lullaby cooling a troubled spirit with Doug’s guitar gently underplaying keeping the travelling lullaby in shape. Next stop is a hoe-down at Kansas City this is a real dance time as the energy is rebuilt approaching the half-way point of this self-penned album bought to our ears courtesy of the skills and artistry of Alyssa Graham, Douglas Graham & Bryan McCann. The album is full of country/ Americana tones and The Wild One reflects the storytelling tradition The Grahams are ensuring this is kept at the heart of the music, by the end of the track we feel we know all about Billy Green, we have all met and loved bad wild boys such as him! The music flows like a journey there are quiet times when all is going along steady, surprises around the corner and then the wildness when heading somewhere unknown and the outcome uncertain above it all it shows life travelled is fun. Borderland has the twang of Country and the tale linked with being at the station and we find the mix of Lord and Devil so the Borderland is an unknown place betwixt and between but definitely grand! Now we have the last two tracks and the feeling of anticipation picks up with a gentle song The Spinner with drumming that brushes the vocals and drives the beat along at a pace neither fast nor slow. The last track is also the shortest and has a feel of optimism as we are on the freight car why we are off to the Promised Land, where is that why HOME!
In addition to the Glory that is their third album Glory Bound they have been involved in a documentary Rattle the Hocks (released digitally) filmed on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed City of New Orleans train, produced and directed by Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, which chronicles their train-bound excursions and the influence of train travel on American roots music. The list of guests on the album makes this full of depth of tone that curls and shapes around the lyrics and the power of Alyssa’s vocals. Glory Bound is an album that will not linger on the shelves gathering dust but revisited and the favourite track will change to reflect your mood and how life is treating you in that moment.
Simultaneously, the band will be releasing Rattle the Hocks, a musical documentary focusing on the live recording, and the relationship between the railroad and American roots music. Both film and album (which will be released digitally on May 19) were directed and produced by Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE doodle paws out of TEN ….
Lay Me Down
The Wild One
Formats available CD, Vinyl & DL
Alyssa Graham – Vocals, Guitar
Douglas Graham – Guitar, Dobro, Vocals
Ryan Engleman – Electric Guitar, Pedal Steel Gabe Pearson – Drums, Percussion
Wes Sharon – Bass, Percussion
John Fullbright – Piano, Harmonica, Guitar
Byron Berline – Fiddle, Mandolin
Dan Walker – Electric Organ, Piano, Accordion
Camille Harp – Backing Vocals
The Grahams – UK & Ireland Tour – November 2015
Tuesday 3rd – The Bicycle Shop,– Norwich
Wednesday 4th – The Borderline, London
Thursday 5th – River Cottage, Axminster
Friday 6th – Chapel Arts Centre, Bath
Saturday 7th – The Convent, Stroud
Sunday 8th – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Tuesday 10th – Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury
Wednesday 11th – The Musician, Leicester
Thursday 12th – The Met (Studio), Bury
Friday 13th – Private House Party
Saturday 14th – The Con Club, Lewis
Tuesday 17th – Levis Corner House, Balleyhob, Co. Cork
Wednesday 18th – Dolan’s, Limerick
Thursday 19th – Monroe’s Live, Galway
Friday 20th – The Errigle Inn, Belfast
Saturday 21st Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Ireland
New albums have always been a pleasure, that mix of anticipation and the thrill of opening the cover and placing CD/Vinyl onto play for the first time; this pleasure was double my usual, a beautiful designed sleeve with the cherished CD and a booklet just raised the pulse for the music of The Jar Family. Having heard the Jar Family live at festivals and gigs I did wonder if their energy and the way they swap and change who takes the lead would work contained in the static medium of recorded music. By the end of the first track Footsteps had faded away their was no need to worry they sound live and it was if the six band members were in the room with you.
The third track in was a surprise with I Have To Go, no don’t go stay around I want more of your glorious roots folk music energy flowing out of my speakers; but no worries their are another nine tracks to enjoy. In For a Penny has Dali taking over the lead from Max in the previous song. This is a band with six musicians who want to play music that has a message and brings a feeling of joy with every note and five great vocalists, there is no room for inflated ego’s as they all take turns to lead and the music ebbs and flows around them with a perfect beat.
Leave Me Alone written by talented guitarist Chris Hooks has a haunting sound robustly delivered as we wait for the sun with a lovely harp solo delivered by Max Bianco, what a band of talents as they have written every track as a band or individually. It is this varied approach that ensures each track is distinctive, with change of tempo, tone and delivery of the words. The brooding quality of the vocals and words of Nothing I Do written and sung by Dali has a clear narrative around family and the instrumentation surrounding him is stripped back and adds to the mood being created. Paint Me a Picture changes the feel of the album with Max taking the lead on the song he wrote and has a story of a troubadour driven to travel singing and writing songs as he reflects on the news, a modern song in an old skin. Throughout the album the rhythm section comprising bassist Keith Wilkinson and drummer Kez Edwards ensures that the shape of the music is kept as the other four change guitars who is taking the lead and topping up the percussive beat that is The Jar Family.
The final track is 1914 with a percussive tempo the beats like the tolling of the bell and clap of drums as the story of Christmas Day 1914 is told with an emotional feel what an amazing track to close with and thanks to Max for writing a song that is a true In memoria to the fallen of that dreadful war and those since then.
Family First has achieved a live sound in the studio capturing the beating heart and soul of The Jar Family a special band of men who deliver music that wants to be listened to again and again. They are a unique mix of modernity, roots and folk that refuses to be branded they are freemen who will stamp there take on music that has no soft sentiment and is urban, industrial rather that rural folk, celebrating those who stamp the iron and hew the coal to shape the landscape.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….
This is a double delight to celebrate Robert Cray’s achievement of playing to packed theatres for four decades and the music played on the CD/DVD combination that is 4 Nights of 40 Years Live. His regular band, bassist, friend and collaborator Richard Cousins , Dover Weinberg on keys and drummer Les Falconer with Robert Cray out front are enjoying entertaining, engaging with the crowds and are joined by vocalist Kim Wilson, Lee Oskar on harmonica, tenor saxophonist Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madalo on trumpet and saxophonist Tom Scott.
The album opens with the familiar intro regarding flash photography and welcome the one and only Robert Craaaaaaaaaaaay! And the show begins with that familiar stratospheric Fender Strat sound and then the warm and rounded tone of his vocals as I Shiver all over. One thing is for certain when the guitar is played as clean as Cray does there is nowhere to hide it is faultless or rubbish and 4 Nights of Forty Years Live he hits the right note, tonal ping to accentuate the emotions of the lyrics he is singing, the voice and guitar are in perfect harmony. This is Robert Cray at the top of his game full of confidence and a deep understanding of the music Poor Johnny with a harsher guitar sound and the tale unfurls and the audience once again is captivated. There is jazz and soul that has cavernous depths and a rich tonal gradient as played in the much loved track Love Gone To Waste. The songs have been picked to reflect the range of Cray’s style; we have rock radio favourites Bad Influence and Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – a track every audience expects and demands to hear.
DVD opens with Black and White stills of Robert Cray and him talking about the music then the music begins who needs talking as you see the band in studio rehearsing I Shiver with the trumpet, keys and centre stage Mr Cray himself. There are snippets of thoughts form Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan and many others praising, enjoying and loving Robert Cray’s Blues and powerful performances. The DVD has that added dimension you can see the show up close through the cameraman’s lens; perfect entertainment to sit back and let the music dilute your troubles and woes with each note reality fades and there is a new reality you and the music of Robert Cray.
It is also fantastic to see young Mr Cray live in the 1980’s playing at festivals in the hot sunshine making the blues a hot commodity, he has never lost that magic touch on the guitar.
Some tracks are on both formats but there are enough variations so that you will listen to both at different times and behind the scenes and thoughts are always interesting allowing the fan to understand what makes Robert Cray the force he has been over forty years with his clean and seemingly simple style, he is the blues.
4 Nights of 40 Years Live, is a must for the phalanx of Robert Cray’s music and everyone demands vocals that zing and guitar playing that is note perfect surrounded by musicians that just want to make the music sound deep, full of blues and tonal delights. Robert Cray is the master of the Blues that connects as he weaves in influences from the last forty years this is music celebrating yesterday, playing today and will be enjoyed long into the future.
‘4 NIGHTS OF 40 YEARS LIVE’
OUT: 28th AUGUST 2015
LABEL: MASCOT LABEL GROUP
FORMAT: CD/LP/DIGITAL/DVD/BLU RAY
4 Nights Of Forty Years Live Trailer
Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE doodle paws out of TEN ….
Disc 1 Disc 2 (bonus)
1. I shiver 1. I Guess I Showed Her*
2. I’’ll Always Remember You 2. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)*
3. Poor Johnny 3. Smoking Gun*
4. Won’t Be Coming Home 4. Still Around*
5. Your Good Thing Is About To End 5. Too Many Cooks ^
6. Sittin’ On Top Of The World 6. T-Bone Shuffle ^
7. Wrap It Up
8. Love Gone To Waste * Live at Dutch TV Show Countdown 1987
9. Bad Influence ^ Live at SFO Blues Festival San Francisco 1982
10. These Things
11. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
12. The Forecast (Calls For Pain)
13. Time Makes Two
Track Listing DVD
1. Intro/I Shiver
2. T-Bone Shuffle
3. Love Gone To Waste
4. I Guess I Showed her
5. I’ll Always Remember You
6. Your Good Thing Is About To End
7. Too Many Cooks
8. Wrap It Up
9. Won’t Be Coming Home
10. Smokin Gun
11. Sittin’ ON Top Of The World
12. Two Steps From The End
13. Bad Influence
14. These Things
15. Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
16. The Forecast (Calls For Pain)
17. Time Makes Two
18. These Things
Shockwave Supernova Release date Friday 24th JUly Released on CD, DOWNLOAD and 2 LP VINYL
Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album, Shockwave Supernova, on 24th July, making him one of the first to utilise the new “Friday, Global Release Day” for music.
It would be easy to call Shockwave Supernova a “masterpiece” or “the last word on guitar” from the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer. Satch, however, sees it much more personally. He has consistently advanced the artistry of the instrument; an effort he dedicated himself to on 18th September, 1970, the day his idol Jimi Hendrix died.
Recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, Satriani assembled the dynamic trio of world-class musicians who had recently been part of his global tour; renowned keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, a veteran of several Satch outings and recordings; along with drumming whiz Marco Minnemann and bass extraordinaireBryan Beller. “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life,” says Satriani.
The album also sees Satriani once again joining forces co-producer and engineer John Cuniberti. Satch and Cuniberti share production on Shockwave Supernova, as they have on numerous albums – their shared history dates back to the guitar star’s 1986 debut album, Not Of This Earth and its follow-up, the platinum-selling, critically acclaimed,Surfing with the Alien.
Minnemann and Beller handle the bulk of Shockwave Supernova’s rhythmic duties, with the exception of four cuts – the driving “Keep On Movin’,” full of wondrous Satch guitar wizardry and Keneally’s playful piano, “In My Pocket,” a deliciously greasy, souped-up take on Swing, along with “Crazy Joey” (a deliriously effervescent romp) and “Scarborough Stomp” (a relentless upbeat rocker) – find Satriani joined by another powerhouse rhythm section: the esteemed drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (whose work includes the likes of Frank Zappa, Sting, Paul Simon, among others) and Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney (whose resume includes Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion and Rob Zombie, to name a few).
Recently, during the final performance of his two-year Unstoppable Momentum tour, Satriani had an epiphany; he found himself, “playing the guitar with my teeth an awful lot. I thought, ‘Why are you doing this?’ It’s as if something else, or somebody else, was driving me to do it.” Satriani seized upon this moment of self-realisation as the springboard and creative centre for his alter ego “Shockwave Supernova,” the outlandish and extroverted ‘performance side’ of the normally shy and reserved guitar virtuoso. With this new persona as partner, Satriani launched his wildly ambitious 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova.
In a creative and engaging alternative venture, Satriani, a lifelong science fiction fan, has reached out to the future, through the medium of animation. Finally recognizing the on-stage symmetry with his alter ego allowed Satriani to also take a risk on this particular style of storytelling. He says, “Guitarist Ned Evett and I have created an animated series called Crystal Planet. The actual Crystal Planet is our very own Earth, set billions of years in the future. The hero of the show uses music generated by a unique electric guitar to travel through time while the show’s characters struggle to preserve the future and past of humankind.” More information on Crystal Planet and how and where fans will view the series will be coming shortly.
Fans are now able to pre-order the new album with an exclusive signed poster only at satriani.com. Joe will be selecting art for the poster from fan submitted art – check Joe’s Facebook page for more details. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes and will also be available to order as 2 LP 120 gram vinyl.
For Track Listing and bluesdoodles review of Shockwave Supernova click on ALBUM
Joe Satriani November 2015 UK Tour with special guest Dan Patlansky
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Joe Satriani – “Just The Facts”
Joe Satriani is the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer, with six gold and platinum discs to his credit (including one more gold award for the debut album by his band Chickenfoot), and sales in excess of 10 million copies. His forthcoming 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova (due out 24th July 2015), is already being hailed as yet another creative breakthrough – this for a guitarist who has routinely topped guitar magazine polls since the release of his first full-length album, Not Of This Earth, in 1986.
Since September 18, 1970 (the day his idol Jimi Hendrix passed away), Satriani has dedicated himself to the artistry of instrument. While still a teenager in his hometown of Westbury, New York, he taught guitar to another budding six-string hopeful, Steve Vai. A few years later, Satriani moved to San Francisco and played guitar in a popular new wave band, The Squares, and briefly joined The Greg Kihn Band before the release of Not Of This Earth.
Satriani’s reputation was already growing in guitar circles – along with Vai, some of his other students were Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Testament’s Alex Skolnick – but in 1987, he broke through to the masses with his second studio full-length, Surfing With The Alien, a massive seller (it hit No. 29 on the Billboard 200) that included the radio hits “Satch Boogie” and the title track. The success of that album caught the attention of Mick Jagger, who asked Satriani to be his lead guitarist on his first-ever solo tour, in 1988.
As a live performer, Satriani has toured the world with each new release (his last concert tour for 2013’s Unstoppable Momentum saw the guitarist touch down in 32 countries). In 1993, he joined Deep Purple as a temporary replacement for Ritchie Blackmore during a Japanese tour. In 1996, Satriani founded the multi-guitarist traveling experience called G3, which has seen him share stages with Vai, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robert Fripp, among others. And starting in 2009, Satriani traversed the globe again as a member of Chickenfoot. The all-star band (which also includes singer Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith) has issues two albums, their debut and 2011’s follow-up, Chickenfoot III.
Satriani’s solo discography includes a host of classics, including 1989’s Flying In A Blue Dream, The Extremist from 1992, Is There Love In Space? (2004) and 2010’s Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards. His 15 Grammy nominations have been for songs such as “Always With Me, Always With You,” “The Crush Of Love,” and “Summer Song,” as well as full albums like Surfing With The Alien, The Extremist and Super Colossal.
Satriani has appeared in motion pictures such as Christopher Guest’s 2006 release, For Your Consideration, and the 2011 Brad Pitt starrer, Moneyball. Through the years, he has designed and endorsed guitars, amplifiers and effects pedals for Ibanez, Marshall and Vox. His JS Series of guitars through Ibanez has been one of the company’s most popular and consistent sellers.