Honkin’ and Jivin’ At the Palomino! by Big Jay McNeely

Honkin’ and Jivin’ At the Palomino! is an September 15, 2017 album by blues saxophonist Big Jay McNeely released on the Cleopatra Blues Records label.  This album is a live concert recording from August 15, 1989 at the world famous Palomino Blues Club in North Hollywood, California.  Big Jay has been performing since the the 1940s and this album still shows his great performances 40 years later. Include in his album was his great hits such as All The Wine Is Gone, Pretty Girls Everwhere, and There Is Something On Your Mind as well as great tracks as I Can’t Stop Loving You, Young Girl Blues and so much more.  This album also includes a DVD which Jay talking about his long and influential carreer.  This album was well performed, recorded and produced.  This album is available on Amazon, Cleopatra Records, Itunes and everywhere else CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Pierced Arrow by The Rides

Pierced Arrow is a May 6. 2016 Savoy Records release by The Rides consisting of rock and blues legends Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and Barry Goldberg.  To complete this great band they recruited former Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton.  Together this album spawned such great tracks as Kick Out Of It, Virtual Tour, Be My Side, I Got To Use My Imagination, There Was A Place and much more. After listening to this album which I discovered by accident while looking for something else at a local record store, I knew I have to find a copy of their August 2013 album Can’t Get Enough.  I was very impressed on how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.   I highly recommend this album to anyone’s rock and blues library.  This album is available on CD and Vinyl.

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Eyes Of The Sun by Otis

For my 493rd review I am proud to announce Eyes Of The Sun, the second album my Kentucky based southern blues band Otis, which will be released on September 15, 2017 on the Purple Pyramid Records label and distributed by Cleopatra Records.  This Eleven track album has great guitar riffs and powerful vocals as found in such songs as Change, Home, Washed My Hands, Chasing The Sun, my favorite track off this album Turned To Stone and much more.  I need to get my hands on their first album since I like their music so much.  I was impressed on how well this album was written, performed, produced and recorded.  This is a must for anyone’s music library.  You can purchase this album at Bandcamp, Cleopatra Records, Itunes and everywhere else CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Look What The Blues Has Done For Me by Arthur Adams

It is time for my 492nd review and working toward that big 500 mark so I am proud to announce the new release by session guitarist and soulful blues singer Arthur Adams called Look What The Blues Had Done For Me which was released on September 1, 2017 on the Cleopatra Blues Record label.  This is Arthur’s first release in 7 years and l loved this double CD collection from start to finish.  The first CD is thirteen new tracks with such great songs as the title track Look What The Blues Had Done For Me, Helpin’ Hand Man, No Refunds, Dump You, Leftover From Yesterday and much more.  Disc Two is called An Introduction To Arthur Adams which has cuts from various albums he has released since 1972.  This album is so good that I had to take this CD with me while I ran errands yesterday and I was impressed on how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  If you are a big blues fan like I am, you will want to own this album.  You can purchase this album on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Let It Be by The Beatles

Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band The Beatles. It was released on 8 May 1970 on Capitol Records almost a month after the group’s break-up.  Even though Abbey Road was the last album recorded it took a while for this album to be edited and ready for release.   Billy Preston even performed in this album and his contribution with his piano solo in the song Get Back.  A movie was made of this album showing the rehearsal and the work on this album and later their last live performance on the rooftop of Apple Studio. This album released three major singles Get Back, Let it Be, and Long and Winding Road.  Other notable tracks on this album are Two Of Us, I’ve Got A Feeling, Across The Universe and much more.  I like how this album was written, performed, recorded and produced (by Phil Spector).  I am glad to own this one as well as a version on white vinyl.  I recommend this one to anyone’s Beatles library.

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In Search Of Higher Ground by Neil Citron

For my 488th review, I am proud to review In Search Of Higher Ground, a April 14, 2015 album by Toronto born guitarist, Grammy Award winning recording engineer and songwriter Neil Citron released on Declassified Records.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish.  This thirteen track album has such great songs as C-12, Feelin’ Too Good (To Sing The Blues Over You), Feet Don’t Stop, Ballad #1 and much more.  This album has a great mixture of Rock and Blues and was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  I would recommend this album to anyone’s rock or blues library.  This album is available at Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes, and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Flavored Jam by Neil Citron

Flavored Jam is a three song EP released by Neil Citron,  a Toronto born guitarist, Grammy Award winning recording engineer and songwriter originally released in 2006 and was re-released September 4, 2015.  The first track No Way To Heaven has great acoustic and electric guitar performances and had a mellow sound to it.  The second track A Simple Life has you rocking with great guitar riffs and powerful vocals.  The third track Lonely With and Without You is a mellow blues song with  great guitar performance and this track is longer that the other two, reminding me of some of blues songs my all time favorite Stevie Ray Vaughn did on some of his albums.  This is one album I would put in my pickup to listen to when I am out running errands. I am impressed on how well this album was written, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to one’s music library and can be purchased at Amazon and other places where CDs and digital downloads are sold.

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Ten Cent Tour by The Empty Pockets

I never heard of Empty Pockets before until my wife saw a posting on facebook that they were giving away this album for the cost of postage, so I said to myself “what is there to lose other than the cost of postage”.  So I ordered a copy of the album Ten Cent Tour and I was surprised with the sound of this album.  It had a great mixture of blues, Americana, and country.  The tracks that impressed me was You Know I Do, Tractor Song, I Hear Your Voice, Travelin’ Song and much more.  I was impressed with the harmonies and the instrumentation of this album.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  This great piece of work was released in June 2015 on the MT Pockets Inc. label and I looking forward to hearing more from this band.  You can get this album on Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and on their website http://www.theemptypockets.com.

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Right Is Right by 53 Across

For my 477th review I am proud to announce the album Right Is Right by rock/blues band 53 Across from New Mexico consisting of Garrett Hobson and Eduardo Barraza.  I was told the band’s name came about with the original band members were born in 1953.  This album caught my attention on the very first track Right Is Right.  Other tracks that I felt good about are Cookie Blues, His Amp, When The Night Falls and much more.  The track 69 Chevy has a bluegrass sound that really surprised me for a band from New Mexico.  This album has everything, great vocals, fantastic guitar riffs, great performance, recording and much more and it was also well produced.  I recommend this album to your music library. You can purchase this album at CD Baby and Itunes.

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Steppenwolf by Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf is the first album by Canadian rock band Steppenwolf, released in January 1968 on ABC Dunhill Records.  The album was a successful debut for the band, featuring the songs Born to Be Wild, as well as The Pusher, both of which were used in the 1969 motion picture Easy Rider. Who can’t listen to Born To Be Wild and not picture Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper riding their motorcycles down the highway?  This album features the powerful vocals by John Kay and great keyboard playing by the late Goldy McJohn with such great tracks as Sookie Sookie, the blues classic Hoochie Coochie Man, Berry Rides Again a tribute to guitarist Chuck Berry and many others. This album was well written, recorded and produced.  This is an album that made me a big fan of Steppenwolf for decades.

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