Friday, January 31, 2014

“Bonnie Raitt” - From the beginning & more …Handpicked

In the fall of 1970, while opening for Mississippi Fred McDowell at the Gaslight Cafe in New York, she was seen by a reporter from Newsweek Magazine, who began to spread word of her performance. Scouts from major record companies were soon attending her shows to watch her play. She eventually accepted an offer with Warner Bros. who soon released her debut album, Bonnie Raitt, in 1971.


 The set starts with Raitt’s first album followed by more of my favorites.

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The astounding thing about Bonnie Raitt's blues album isn't that it's the work of a preternaturally gifted blues woman; it's that Raitt doesn't choose to stick to the blues. She's decided to blend her love of classic folk blues with folk music, including new folk-rock tunes, along with a slight R&B, New Orleans, and jazz bent and a mellow Californian vibe. Surely, Bonnie Raitt is a record of its times, as much as Jackson Browne's first album is, but with this, she not only sketches out the blueprint for her future recordings, but for the roots music that would later be labeled as Americana. The reason that Bonnie Raitt works is that she is such a warm, subtle singer. She never oversells these songs. She lays back and sings them with heart and wonderfully textured reading. Her singing is complemented by her band, which is equally as warm, relaxed, and engaging. This is music that goes down so easy. It's only on the subsequent plays that you realize how fully realized and textured it is.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Deltamusic Handpicked presents - George Harrison - 'The Gold Collection'

George Harrison - The Gold Collection tonight @9pm CST in HD Audio

 George Harrison, (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer, and in 1988 co-founded the platinum-selling supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. A prolific recording artist, he was featured as a guest guitarist on tracks by Badfinger, Ronnie Wood and Billy Preston, and collaborated on songs and music with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty, among others. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Delaney & Bonnie - “Genesis” -The 'lost' first album from the duo

Deltamusic presents ‘Genesis’ Handpicked tonight

Delaney & Bonnie were a musical duo composed of husband-and-wife singer/songwriters Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. They also fronted a rock/soul ensemble called Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, whose members at different times included Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, King Curtis, and Eric Clapton.


In 1971, following the success of Delaney & Bonnie's Atco albums, GNP Crescendo Records dusted off some old Delaney & Bonnie recordings they had from the 60s, and put them out as an album called Genesis. The idea of course was for it to be presented as an essential 'lost' first album from the duo, but that's not actually the truth. Only three of the songs actually featured Bonnie, and the rest were essentially solo Delaney Bramlett recordings. Most of these came from a number of singles he had released back in 1964 which had not gone anywhere. These saw him moving around through a variety of 60s pop styles, including folk-rock, Jerry Lee Lewis style rock & roll, and a passable Roy Orbison imitation. Obviously it wasn't until he got together with Bonnie that he really found his style - the highlight of the album was their upbeat take on "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" (produced by his friend Leon Russell). Other interesting covers included "What The World Needs Now", "Heartbreak Hotel" and "I Got A Woman".

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Group “Touch” A Progressive Rock Classic Tonight 12AM cst

Year: 1969, 2012 - Label: Esoteric Recordings

This is another review I ran across on the 60’s progressive rock band “TOUCH”.  First airplay was on WJDX-FM in 1968


Bubbling psychedelia of Touch allows himself crazy digressions blending beat, jazz, folk, and classical music, drawing intaglio paths that will soon borrow the masters of prog-rock.

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As its name suggests, the progressive rock not did in one day. And if it is generally accepted that his maturation occurred somewhere between the 1967 Sgt. Pepper's detonator and the developer In the court of the Crimson King 1969, with both brave and brilliant pioneers named Procol Harum, Moody Blues, Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, The Nice or even Renaissance, the supposed official history has perhaps forgot to remember also less conspicuous pioneers but not less deserving. Touch, the inescapable Esoteric Recordings label made us happiness to republish the unique album is those unjustly forgotten adventurers. In a genre whose main inventors are almost all English, do not be expected while to add to the "short list" of the great Scouts today unknown American group. And yet...

The history of Touch merges much with that of its keyboardist and main composer Don Gallucci, which has experienced in 1963 at the age of 15 years early glory within the Kingsmen, with a famous cover of the song "Louie, Louie". Back in high school, Gallucci monte Don & The Goodtimes, a group that will soon mutate into Touch, when he forsakes his Goody-goody pop for more adventurous ways in the wake of psychedelia and the acid rock of the end of the Decade. The group moved to Los Angeles and began working on ambitious psychedelic murals he will get canned in 1968, under the leadership of producer Gene Shiveley, at Sunset Sound studios. "This disc has been designed as a kind of spiritual quest, his goal was to allow the listener to change his State of consciousness passing by meditation or drugs, but by the music," confided: Don Gallucci much later. The ambition of the project does not go unnoticed during its recording and many curious then press Studios Sunset Sound, including some very prestigious like Grace Slick (from Jefferson Airplane) or even Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger. Leaving early 1969, the Touch album received acclaim critically, on both sides of the Atlantic, and particularly in the circle of rock musicians. Kerry Livgren, future Member of Kansas, and English bands like Yes and Uriah Heep will quote it later as one of the major influences of their debut.

Listening to the seven titles of this forgotten Nugget, one easily understands why: bubbling psychedelia of Touch with never actually eyes on influences typically American. But affords crazy digressions blending beat, jazz, folk, and classical music, drawing intaglio paths that will soon borrow the masters of prog-rock. It is sometimes a little messy (title introductory "We feel" fine, maybe the more sickly) but more often delightfully inventive and bold, both formats under 5 minutes (the delicate 'Friendly birds', groovy 'Down at Circe's space') on erections psyche/proto-prog flirting with ten minutes when they do exceed not ("The spiritual death of Howard Greer"(, "Seventy five"). Psychedelia imaginative and fertile touch knows thus wield the cosmic and the delicate, shackling acidic guitars and notes of classical piano or solemn organ, alternating colors beatlessiennes or downright jazz passages, book of tasty lulls to better accelerate in frenetic electric madness. Beyond the obvious historic value for the disk, his music remains to rediscover first because it reveals itself often exciting, by this fresh and unbridled inventite typical of a time decidedly particularly inspired. Don Gallucci refused to turn his group after the release of the album (on the pretext that the complexity of his music was impossible to recreate on stage), it will be quickly released by record labels, which immediately will precipitate its end (Gallucci will become a producer, including the "Funhouse" by the Stooges).

The reissue of Esoteric Recordings that more relevant is all that, faithful to his habits, the label has added to the original work a demi-dizaine bonus, including three demos of 1968 and a title remained unreleased, "Blue feeling", which the almost 12-minute cosmic pop would not mismatched on the album. The last unpublished proposed, "The second coming of Suzanne» (!), originally intended for a surrealist film, later to the Group since it dates from 1973: there is Gallucci and Joey Newman, guitarist of Touch, flanked by three new musicians for an instrumental that has this time indeed both feet in the prog-rock, especially in a second half quite dark and tortured evoking the labyrinths of King Crimson or black van der Graaf Generator. More reason to not miss this essential and valuable reissue...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Janis Lyn Joplin - January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970

The last recording Joplin completed was on October 1, 1970 – "Mercedes Benz" Gene Shiveley had arranged for me to visit Sunset Sound Recorders Saturday, October 3, to listen to some of the finished work. Janis was there to listen to the track for Nick Gravenites' song "Buried Alive in the Blues". Janis was to do the final vocals the next day and she invited me back for the session. We were notified the next day that there would not be any Janis Joplin overdubs.
I will never forget that day.



 Tonight Deltamusic presents The Pearl Sessions

Saturday, January 18, 2014

“The Killer” has still got the touch. Jerry Lee Lewis, “Last Man Standing” & “Mean Old Man”


 Featured set on Deltamusic Handpicked

Last Man Standing is a studio album released by Jerry Lee Lewis in September 2006. The album consists of duets between Lewis and some of the biggest names in music, past and present. The title derives from the generation of 1950s Sun Studios recording artists such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley, all of whom have died, leaving Lewis the "last man standing”

“Mean Old Man” is the 40th studio album by "The Killer", Jerry Lee Lewis. Like his previous album Last Man Standing, this album features duets with other famous artists.

Lewis standing over a piano engulfed in flame with the name of the artist and album in white script above

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Handpicked [[ Live presents "Duane Allman - Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective"

October 29, 1971 -
Duane Allman (b. November 20, 1946) was killed in a motorcycle accident only months after the release and initial success of At Fillmore East. While in the western part of Macon on October 29, ...1971 during a band break from touring and recording.
Tonight I will feature the complete collection. A great listen for Duane Allman fans. Enjoy!!


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

“The Kentucky Headhunters” Handpicked 12 Album Marathon Tonight @ 10 CST

The Kentucky Headhunters are an American country rock & southern rock band. They were founded in 1968 as Itchy Brother, which consisted of brothers Richard Young (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Fred Young (drums) along with Greg Martin (lead guitar, vocals) and Anthony Kenney (bass guitar, vocals). Itchy Brother performed together until 1982, with James Harrison replacing Martin from 1973 to 1976. The Young brothers and Martin began performing as The Kentucky Headhunters in 1986, adding brothers Ricky Lee Phelps (lead vocals, harmonica) and Doug Phelps (bass guitar, backing vocals) to the membership.
  For a complete listing of the playlist Click-Here
Ky Headhunters