I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1968)
Back in time for a classic album from Marvin Gaye, great vocals and Motown sound, 12 good tracks if your feeling nostalgic.
Lets Get It On (1973)
Another Motown classic, amazing voice, a more mellow album than Grapevine, dropping that 60's sound for string arrangements and love songs.
As the sun was shining, headed to the garden armed with my Rock Nano iPod.
16gb of total rock music 2478 songs from Acid Bath to ZZ Top. Had it on shuffle, listened to some great tunes, had to look at the song info loads of times as I had no idea of the track or band! Trying to discover new tunes when I have so many that are forgotten, now with over 2600 albums it's easy to forget but great to re-discover. As I'm typing this my iTunes is playing another forgotten gem - Stephen Dale Petit's album Guitararama with a classic rendition of Ain't No Sunshine. Album rating top marks of 5.00!! Great Blues Guitar. Once again drawn back to the Blues and why not, Brilliant Music! Blues Nano iPod next 1833 songs.
Must try and post my listening habits more frequently.
The Low Highway (2013)
Have a few Steve Earle albums all are good so wasn't disappointed with his latest release, 12 diverse tracks mostly folk country with touches of rock & blues.
As I'm trying to listen to a wider range of music genres, this is a bit in my comfort zone, already a fan of good modern country rock music, this album fits the bill.
Will award a conservative 3.75.
Boys & Girls (2012)
They have been described as Retro - Soul as their sound delivers a 60s Motown feel, but with a modern edge.
Great vocals from Brittany Howard, really enjoyed this album, I'm trying to expand my musical appreciation of different genres or styles, given the Shakes a few plays now, gets better every listen.
My rating after 5 plays 4.50!
If The River Was Whiskey (2013)
You think you know the Spin Doctors? Think again. When the legendary New York quartet release 'If The River Was Whiskey' on April 29th through Ruf Records, casual fans will discover the secret past the hardcore have never forgotten. To the wider world, the Doctors might be the multi-million selling icons behind hits like 'Two Princes' and 'Little Miss Can't Be Wrong', not to mention the classic' Pocket Full Of Kryptonite'.
But in 2013, Chris Barron (vocals), Aaron Comess (drums), Eric Schenkman (guitar) and Mark White (bass) are reconnecting with the flat-broke twenty-somethings who scraped for dollars at the sharp end of the Big Apple blues circuit. The Spin Doctors have come full-circle.(Amazon)
Good Blues based rock album, will give it a 4.00.
Below The Fold (2005)
Award winner Otis Taylor has produced an astonishing album. Playing trance blues (a genre originally from the North Mississippi hill country) he takes a chord and repeats it and plays around with it until you are hypnotised. But there is much, much more to the man and his music than that. He plays a variety of instruments superbly: guitar, mandolin, banjo and lap steel guitar. He writes his own songs and is unafraid to tackle serious social and civil rights issues. This album covers among other subjects the Ludlow massacre in Colorado in 1914 where Rockefeller company goons started a fire that killed 20 men women and children, and the US Government's appalling treatment of black servicemen during the war, falsely described as missing in action.
However, it is not all doom and gloom. There are also delightful songs about love and family.
Otis Taylor will change your view of the blues and may even change your view of life! (Amazon Review)
Once again Otis Taylor delivers my rating 4.50!
Get Up! (2013)
Ben Harper has teamed with renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite to create Get Up!, a piercing song-cycle of struggle and heart.
A striking mix of blues, gospel, roots and R&B, Get Up! features ten vivid musical character studies, skillfully rendered in cinematic detail. Charlie Musselwhite's searing point/counter-point harmonica accentuates Harper's vocals throughout the album. (Amazon)
An excellent piece of work, Charlie Musslewhite's harp makes this album for me, giving it a 4.75 rating.
The 8 Year Affair (2013)
Change from the usual an album with dub and smooth reggae sounds.
Enjoyed my first listen, 14 good tracks of laid back songs.
Will give a 4.00 rating.
Death Letter Jubilee (2013)
Excellent record has an eclectic rock sound, from heavy riffs to delta blues most with a doze of blues harp.
Deserves a lot of plays to appreciate the diversity of all 13 tracks, only my 2nd hearing and will give it a 4.40 rating.
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