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17
Apr

Erja Lyytinen – Another World – cd & lp – TUOHI Records – Bluesland Productions

Erja Lyytinen is definitely one of the most shiny and iconic guitar-ladies in the modern blues scene and beyond musically. Additionally she is gifted also by a virtuoso, captive voice. She has been on her tour-journeys an outstanding jam-partner on stage for many artists. After her last output “Stolen Hearts” she was into the creativity by all these experiences to broaden her style-horizon by her next recording. She invited fellow, renowned musicians as her band-escort and on top the one and only Jennifer Batten and Sonny Landreth joined her for three tunes. So praise the 26th of April 2019 when “Another World” by Erja Lyytingen will see the daylight in Europe for your musical joyride!

Snake In The Grass” opens with a little Texas boogie-rock intro. By her first electrifying heavy solo she was in the mood for some “Electric Ladyland – escapades”. Her voice is absolutey more powerful than ever. By the second passage she integrated some spicy jazz-funk-rock as “Uncle Frank-obeisance”. Jennifer Batten was her congenial duet-six-string partner. What a sensational opener to kick your ass, haha! The title track “Another World” is a beautiful ballad by the first passage with spheric melodies. By the second passage she takes you on a trip-mélange to the world of prog- crossing heavy-rock. Lady Lyytinen’s canto reigns above the soundtrack by her grace and affection. The absolute magical culmination crown-song! By “Hard As Stone” she lets her axe do the talking by assistance of her wah-wah pedals. The second part spreads latino-music magic. This was definitely coming up in her mind after maestro Carlos Santana loved to have her as congenial guitar-partner on the Stars Stars TV series. “Wedding Day” next is manifesting why Erja is a brilliant slide-guitar derwish-queen. On top she duels with Sonny Landreth as lord of the slide. A hotter than hell heavy boogie-cracker to your pleasance and off course all demons. “Miracle” is to reveal as beautiful fusion ballad featuring even some world-music influences. “Break My Heart Gently” is the balladesque highlight. Enchanting warmhearted singing by Erja. She and mister Landreath perfom some slide-guitar extraordinaries! “Over The Rainbow” grand cd-conclusion.

Erja Lyytinen has created by “Another World” more than this title. This opus is an sbolute musical highlight extravaganza which reveals all its wizardry only by several listening-pleasures. This is an abolute tantalizing starry musical orbit-universe*****

Thank you Bluesland Productions and Bianca Dost for the download.

To watch the electrifying video for „Another World“ click on the photo

 

Erja Lyytinen: Vocals, guitar, violin

Band:

Tatu Back: Bass

Iiro Laitinen: Drums

Harri Taittonen: Keyboards

Abdissa Assefa: Percussion

Guests:

Jennifer Batten: Guitar on “Snake In The Grass”

Sonny Landreth: Slide guitar on “Wedding Day” and “Break My Heart Gently”

Tracklist:

Snake In The Grass

Cherry Overdrive

Another World

Hard As Stone

Wedding Day

Miracle

Torn

Break My Heart Gently

c@Erja Lyytinen, Bluesland Productions and Tuohi Records

10
Mrz

Stef Paglia – “Never Forget” – cd & lp – Self-Release

Stef Paglia got into The Blues by his father, R.I.P. He died unfortunately in 2014. By the age of 12 he was grabbing for the first-time a guitar. He is definitely off course best known as guitar-maestro of The Blues Bones. By his continuing axe-career he was influenced also by additional styles from rock to funk. He has jammed with great artists like Laurence Jones, the Nimmo Brothers and been a member in the group of Sean Webster live. By 2018 he was joined by Joel Purkess on drums and Geert Schurmans on bass to found the Stef Paglia Trio. And in 2019 here is “Never Forget” as first cd & lp for your enchantment!

“Watch Out” starts by a short intro the Mississippi Delta Blues Style and melts into a diversified heavy blues-rocker with slow sensitive passages. By his guitar wizardry Stef manifests that he is definitely a fan of Jimi Hendrix and he sets his wah-wah pedals in activity. His voice is strong with a sweet touch. By the sing-along refrains this will be definitely a live-favourite to communicate with his fans. The second track “Take Me” is culminated by the bluesy jam-passages. The phenomenal rhythm section by Joel and Geert provides hell of a rhythm-groove sound-floor by their funky escapades. No feet can stand still by these… A song to flip out. By “The Dead Tree” Stef manifests what a awesome, diversified composer he is. “Mystery Heaven” is a love-tune for romancers, utmost sensitive and melodious by the slide-guitar extravagances. The absolute peak of “Never Forget” as broad instrumental. By “Twilight” the Trio was in the mood to blues’n boogie. “Dirty Woman” is absolutely puttin‘ its spell on you by the chants of Monsieur Paglia and on top the countryesque twangs. By his solo he lets his axe frak-out and Joel and Geert are able to manifest by their solos what a hot vibe-duo they are. By “Head Into The Unknown” Stef and mates were in the mood to blues-rock the Texas style. “Warmth Instead Of Cold” is by the calm passages absolutely thoughtful and Paglia’s six-string plays even have a jazzy note. In controversary Stef’s guitar solos in the heavier part are ever so sensational and shiny. Phenomenal, rousing conclusion!

The meaningful lyrics are by his girlfriend Iris Theunissen.

The sound-producer for the superb sound was no one less than fantastic drummer Wayne Procter.

Never Forget” by the Stef Paglia Trio a great oeuvre and proof of Stef’s creativity escorted by the exceptional musical twosome of Joel and Geert!

Stef Paglia Trio:

Stef Paglia – Vocals, guitar

Joel Purkess – Drums

Geert Schurmans -Bass

Songs:

Watch Out

Take Me Away

Freedom

The Dead Tree

Mystery Heaven

Twilight

Dirty Woman

Crush On You

Head Into The Unknown

Warmth Instead Of Cold

For the video pls. click on the pic above.

For tourdates pls. click above!

Logos & Photos c@Stef Paglia & Iris Theunissen

 

18
Feb

Ralph De Jongh – Quantum – cd & lp – Ralph de Jongh Recordings

Welcome to the WIZ-WORLD of Dutch Beethoven as musico & Michelangelo as pictor – Ralph De Jongh in early 2019! When other manimals are taking a hibernation pause Monsieur De Jongh is ever so creative all time of the year and by day and night! Even in his weirdest nightmares he is creating and composing ever so haunting-beautiful melodies and songs and also is painting new colorful artistry. If one day is arriving still in a long, long period and he will be Baron Samedi or in the Mexican Realm Of The Dead or in Valhalla he will off course write tunes and will thunderstrike the holy earth with them. So Punxsutawney groundhogs wake up and freak-out to explore the sensations of the new 4 chef d’oeuvre cd’s “Quantum”!

„School“ is Ralph’s reminescence to the immoral Jim Morrison & The Doors. His canto in the first passage is melancholic and the music is perceptive-slow and utmost seductive. In the second his voice is exploding and his guitar artistry on fire. Starry extraterrestrial opus! By the consecutive „On The Rolling Wave“ he is hi-jacking you back to the good ole Woodstock era with a musical retro flair. His voice is powerful, freaked-out and his six-string lunacy is combining all ecstasy-styles of the axe-masters of the festival. These long-run titles will set devotees heart aflutter. By „Boy Boy Boy“ the first single of „Quantum“ De Jongh solicits as Ian Hunter by vocals and Mick Ronson on axe in personal union. „Heart School Lover“ is his personal ode to his pubertal fantasies. His beloved heart-lady Moon Anderson is spicin‘ it up by her soulfoul background-suffrage. Ralph is jammin‘ the Stones-style with his mates. „On The Dance Floor“ unites disco with funk-grooves. „Going Away To Stay“ is the heart-touching and loveable ballad culmination. „Old Country Road“ is a most poignantly mélange of country music with finest fingerpickin‘ six-string plays. By „Ease“ the master is the lord of the slide-bottleneck-magic the stirring delta-blues-style. „Angel“ is the heart-touching and warming ballad in love to all the divine loveables on earth and in heaven. Starry soulful grand-final!

Cd’s 2-4 are titled „Quantum Uncensored“. They feature brilliant different versions by play- and jam-style of the songs on the „Best Of cd“ and shiny additional tracks that flashed out of Ralph’s brain and absolutely deserve not to be hidden and to appear in bright sunny daylight!

On cd 2 the highlights are:

„Ache“ which is a ballad with an Indian flair, as the guitar sounds like in some passages like a sitar. „Deep Blue Sea“ by the captive voice of Ralph and the dreamful melodies. „Every Day“ as laid-black blueser to evolve good-time spirit.

On cd 3 the tipps are:

„Light“ as boogie-blues-boozer the Texas style. „Wider View“ – A dream would come true if Ralph would jam this in duett with Keith Richards in a small night club and Moon in burlesque outfit as hottie! „Used“ as spiritual, magical blues-ballad.

Cd 4 hottie’s:

„Your Soul“ by the jungle-rhythm grooves and the laid-back guitar-solos. „Honky Baba“ by the unplugged honky zonk & rockabilly wizardries. „Be With You“ by the funky bass-drums duels. „On The Dancefloor 2“ by the „Rock- Meets Motown-Sounds“ Arrangements.

Ralph de Jongh At His Best Again on his new ouvre „Quantum“*****.

A Unique Dutch Rock’n-Blues’n-Roll Majesty!!!

Covers & design c@ Moon Anderson

Photos c@photographers

 

LP-Maniacs – Quantum is available as limited lp, hurry up and order it here:

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QUANTUM RELEASE IN AMSTERDAM with RALPH DE JONGH TRIO + SPECIAL GUESTS – Max Joosten & Ewa Pepper! 2nd of March in top blues club walhalla Maloe Melo! Absolute Highlight cd-presentation not to miss! Tickets a €15,- via: dejonghralph@yahoo.com

28
Jan

Tiny Legs Tim – “Elsewhere Bound” – LP/cd/Digital – Record Co. – Sing My Title – SMT-013 – Distribution – N.E.W.S.

Belgiun got the celebration of the Blues by internationally renowned festivals like Blues Peer, Swing Wespelaar Gevarenwinkel Blues Festival, Hook Rock Festival, Swamps like the Hoge Venen, river deltas of the Rhine-Maas&Schelde & special, palmary blues-artists like Tiny Legs Tim a.k.a. Tim De Graeve. He is a maestro to slide his bottleneck in red-heat on acoustic or electric six-string and to be a crooner with a special, barnstorming suffrage. He has recorderd 3 studio cd’s more or less as solo/duo-artist and one live cd featuring a small combo. For his 5th release and a glorified, magnified 2019 he was in the mood for a release with a large band, he entitled it “Elsewhere Bound”!

Elsewhere Bound” as title and album-track opens the round-dance as first song. The horn section inaugurates it with a big-bang. By the Grooves no feet will stand still and this song will definitely glorify your day. The rhythms remind a bit of “Get It On” by T. Rex. Tim’s guitar solos are Memphis-bound. The following “One More Chance” has a jazzy spirit, down way yonder in New Orleans. By “Still In Love” Tim’s retro chant is ever so seductive. He lets his electric baby talk in the reminiscence of the one & only B.B. King. “In The Morning” is a ever so outstanding Big-Band-Jazz with fabulous horns, piano and rhumba-vibes. “Nowhere My Home” is a melancholic ballad featuring Tiny Legs Tim as solo artist and playing his acoustic the finest, virtuoso fingerpickin‘ style. By “The Lovin‘ Kind” mister De Graeve was by his canto and guitar-escapades in the mood to boogie and his band, specially the horns for some finest “Latino Meets Jazz” celebration. Great unique and rousing blend ot the two styles. It manifests also the great skills of him as songwriter. “Don’t Be Sorry” spreads swampy, spooky sound-flair. “The Game” is the absolulte culmination of “Elsewhere Bound” as highlight ballad, with intoxicating, sensitive voice and acoustic delta-style reveries. It can be entitled an ode to all the big, smal rivers and swamps worldwide. “New Place” will take you by closed eyed on a trip from the Mississippi River to the Amazonas, great percussion-drums and bass solos. Blues Meets Jazz & South American Vibrations. “I Ain*t Reday is the final worship to all the blues-men in heaven from John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Albert and Freddie King to Stevie-Ray-Vaughan. Hell of a great empathetic solo blues-ballad as grand-final.

Elsewhere Bound” unites Blues-, -Rock, Jazz, Latino Sounds in sensational harmony. A fascinating opus for all music-devotees.

Elsewhere Bound“ available as LP/cd/Digital!

Pls. click on the cover above for purchase Link!!!

Tiny Legs Tim a starry, creative song-mastermind, virtuoso guitar-magician and chanteur*****

Tiny Legs Tim: guitar & vocals

Pics from Blues Peer 2015

Musicians:

Tom Callens: horn arrangements, bariton & tenor sax

Mark De Maeseneer: tenor sax

Marie-Anne Standaert: trompet

Yves Fernandez: trumpet

Luc Vermeir: Piano

Steven Troch: Harmonica

Filip Vandebril: Bass/double bass

Amel Serra García: percussion

Frederik Van den Berghe: drums

Pls. click on the pic below for the magnificient video of „Elsewhere Bound“:

RELEASE TOUR 2019:

22 February – De Singer – Rijkevorsel – Try-Out

1 March – AB – Brussel – Première

8 March – De Roma – Antwerpen

23 March – Estrado – Harderwijk, NL

28 March – De Casino – Sint Niklaas

29 March – 4 AD – Diksmuide

14 May – De Handelsbeurs – Gent

17 June – Banana Peel – Ruiselede

c@Tiny Legs Tim/Sing My Titel/photographer

19
Nov

Sari Schorr – Never Say Never -cd – Manhaton

Sari Schorr implemented the title of her second opus “Never Say Never“ into real action before she recorded it live at The Grange Studios in Norfolk (UK).  She changed the producer and chose Henning Gehrke; he was also by many of the titles a co-songwriter. Also she felt the time was appropriate for a new band-lineup – Ash Wilson – guitar; Bob Fridzema – Hammond & keboyards; Mat Beable – bass and Roy Martin on drums.  Sari‘s phenomenal voice was already ever so stunning by her first strike “A Force Of Nature“ and her live-charisma on the following tours. Many fans loved her old band and had some skepticism when she accounced her new bandmates. Hey folks “Never Say Never“ and listen first to it and enjoy it without prejudice!

“King Of Rock And Roll“ as first tune electrifies by the swampy intro musically. When Sari sets in with here canto she sings utmost soulful, before it turns heavy blues-rockin‘.  Sari is absolutely on fire by her voice in the middle passage and Ash contributes by his solos a new, fresh guitar sound by creativity.  A hooky blues-harp outro concludes the song. Hellish hot opening culmination. „Thank You“ as second title manifests that Sari is much more into rock by mood by her second recording and Ash lets his axe talk by some wah-wah effects. Maximum track-explosivity… The cover-version of „Ready For Love“ written by Mick Ralphs continues the legacy of Bad Company by their highlight period.  Very special and loveable would have been a vocal-duet together with Paul Rodgers. Sari interprets the songs with her own passion. Bob is in the spotlight by his e-piano-solos  as master-key-magus. He is an absolute top-enrichment as lord oft he keys! „Valentina“ has the Memphis soul-sound of Stax by groovy, funky basis-rhythms by Mat and Roy. Sari and band, specially Wilson by his gitarrero-fervidness  make it spicy and chili-hot by their heavy rockin‘ jam. By “The New Revolution“ Sari continues the vocal-legacy of Anna Mae Bullock aka Tina Turner. This struttin‘ Rock’N Roller‘ will be definitely a live-highlight. The refrains will invite the freaks to sing along most powerfully as background-choir, besides flipping out by dancing.  “Beautiful“ is as ballad to be characterized as “Over The Rainbow“. It features the flamboyant mélange of emotion andd passion, without being too sentimental by Sari’s singing. Mister Wilson’s guitar-escapade renders tribute to the legendary Gary Moore. Dreadful-magnificent climax of “Never Say Never“! “Turn The Radio On“ has absolutely hit-character to enter the single charts. The melodies and vocals are spreading a gospelous atmosphere and positive mood. This song will make your morning, day or soirée bright and happy at whatever time or wherever you are. By “Freedom“ Sara and musicos are rockin‘ again, a song predestinated as highway-anthem. Every musician manifests his virtuosity, but specially Bob and Ash are killin‘ it musically by their duels. Sari sings ever so hot-blooded to keep the demoniac bogey away from her angelic soul!  By the title song „Never Say Never“ written by Ian McLagan the high-priestess Schorr concludes the album by peaceful, laid-back and meditative mood.

Maestro Gehrke did hell of a job as producer; he created a sensational, crystal-clear sound for all songs. He defntitely had the especialness and precise feeling to maintain a rockin‘ roughness and sensitiveness  whenever being suitable.

“Never Say Never“ is definitely one of the bluesrockin‘ masterpieces of 2018 by diversity with female voice. If the other blues divas sound too smooth by your gusto the flame of ecstasy will be lighting fierily by lady Schorr’s chant. Music devotees of all genres will be captured by the eleven songs from their very first listening.

Sari Schorr performs absolutely in the top-league of female artists.

 Her musical star shines brighter than bright at the nightly firmament by “Never Say Never“*****

Sari Schorr – vocals

Band:

Ash Wilson – guitar

Bob Fridzema – Hammond & keboyards

Mat Beable – bass

Roy Martin on drums

Songs:

  • King of Rock and Roll
  • Thank You
  • Ready for Love
  • Valentina
  • The New Revolution
  • Beautiful
  • Turn the Radio On
  • Maybe I’m Fooling
  • Back to L.A.
  • Freedom
  • Never Say Never

c@Sari Schorr, Manhaton & photographer

31
Okt

Axel Rudi Pell – Knights Call – cd- Steamhammer / SPV

Axel Rudi Pell is definitely one of the most renowned axemen from Germany worldwide. By his 17th studio album „Knights Call“ his phenomenal band featuring Johnny Gioeli – Vocals , Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards , Volker Krawczak – Bass and Bobby Rondinelli – Drums have escorted him in the studios. By the cover design showing a haunting horse carriage-pathfinder and his black stallions speeding off the castle, you could expect a medieval rock-creativity, but beware a magic hard rock opus will unfold its mysticism by “Knights Call“!

“The Medieval Overture“ is by the intro passage calm and by the guitar-melodies dreamlike before “The Wild And The Young“ as first real title is announced by battle-assault drum-strokes.  Johnny sings fervently as ever. Beyond all the pounding rhythm-beats are reigning the six-string-wizardries by  maestro Pell. Hell of a melodious hard-rock-storm is to commence and to enchant.  The second tune „The Wild And The Young“ sounds modern and pretty heavy. “Long live rock“ is a five-starred obeisance to the metal god Ronnie James Dio as singer by Johnny and Cozy Powell as drum-legend by Bobby. And Axel’s solos are so stunning. Mister Blackmore hasn’t played so greatly and fervently since a long time.  “The Crusader Of Doom“ is the shiny song-culmination by the tempest-axe-intro,  the palmary voice of JG, the whole melody-structures and background-refrains. This will be defintitely a hit also live. By “Truth And Lies“ as instrumental every band member has a special spotlight by his solo, but specially to single out are the keyboard-extravagances of Ferdy.  “Beyond The Light“ as ballad manifests again the great song-composing skills of Axel The lead-chant of Johny and multi-harmony background-voices will definitely put a positive spell on you, besides the royal gitarrero-knights extravaganzas of ARP. “Follow The Sun“ is a stunning hard-rock’n rolla even with a blues-rockin‘ notch. “The Tower Of Babylon“ can be entitled a modern hard-rock hymn with hit-character as final grandiosity-hymn. Volker is the lord of lowtone bass-rhythms and  Axel is to atomize by his black-axe-magic a last time.

„Knights Call“ is absolutely as awesome and shiny as its predecessors. A must-buy for all guitar- and hard-rock- and general music-freaks.

 Axel Rudi Pell is the grandioso giterrero-knight to hoodoo by the magico of „Knights Call“*****     

 

18
Okt

Ace Frehley – Spaceman – cd – eOne / SPV

Ace Frehly, formerly of KISS is back in 2018 with his new magnum opus titled “Spaceman“ and  eight  dynamite songs of his own and one Eddie Money cover.  If you look at the cover and Mister Frehley wearing silver outfit you could imagine the cd to be a return to the era of disco songs, haha, but no “Manic Depression“  to be feared –  “Spaceman“ will take you on a kick-ass rock-ride, hell yeah!

“Without You I’m Nothing“ is the hooky rockin‘ and rollin‘ opener  featuring  , rock*n rollin‘, funkin‘ & groovin‘ rhythms. It will definitely put a spell on you and make you boogie. By his solos Ace proves  that he is still a virtuoso axeman. The song and also “ Your Wish Is My Command“ was a co-production by songwriting with his former bandmate Gene Simmons. “Rockin‘ With the Boys“ can be his song to fancy “The God Of Thunder“ and Paul Stanley to make him return as special guest for some hooky tunes of the KISS Farewell Tour. His voice sounds absolutely powerful. “ Pursuit Of Rock ‚N’Roll“ features modern sounds with a metal-notch on top. “I Wanna Go Back“ the cover-song of Eddie Money is for the die-hard lovers of mainstream half-ballads. “Mission To Mars“ features a hotter than hell musical mix of fervid rock’n-roll with a buckshot of punk which sound like “KISS Jams with THE WHO“. „Quantum Flux“ manifests why Ace is a guitar legend. It features the miraculous two faces of him, oneas acoustic Spanish six-string-matador and theother one  as rocketeering gitarrero. The absolute highlight and instrumental of „“Spaceman“ as grand conclusion-final.

Great sound produced by Ace himself. The only negativity is the short running time of 37 minutes…

Ace Frehley is stronger than ever and at his best by „Spaceman“. The stars continue to shine bright for him as solo artist!

Ace Frehley – lead vocals (1 to 8), guitar (1 to 9), bass (2, 4, 5, 7, 8), background vocals (1 to 7)

Other Musicians:

Scot Coogan – drums (1, 3, 4, 7), background vocals (4)

Matt Starr – drums (2, 6, 9)

Anton Fig – drums (5, 8)

Gene Simmons – bass (1)

Alex Salzman – bass (3, 6), background vocals (2, 3)

Warren Huart – bass (9), guitar (9)

Ronnie Mancuso – guitar (4, 7)

Rachael Gordon – background vocals (2, 3)

Pls. click on the photo above for the video!

Copyrights of logos, photos and video by Ace Frehley and record company!

Many thanks to SPV and Olly Hahn for the promo!

 

2
Okt

Imperial Crowns – „25 Live“ – cd – Dixiefrog Records

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22
Sep

Raphael Wressnig – “Chicken Burrito“ – cd – Cake Records/Zyx Music

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17
Sep

Ryan McGarvey – „Live At Swinghouse“ – cd – Ryan McGarvey.com

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