British pop-jazz-blues crooner Elkie Brooks (born Elaine Bookbinder) dominated U.K. radio in the late'70s with a series of hit singles that established her as "the biggest-selling female album artist in the history of the British pop charts." The Manchester native, who grew up in an extremely musical family, left school at the age of 15 to join a dance band in London…
This double CD is the most comprehensive collection of Elkie's music yet released. The first CD is similar to previous compilations, focusing on hits and covers of other songs. The second CD showcases Elkie's blues roots. It also includes covers, but of bluesy songs such as Hello Stranger (Barbara Lewis), The Way You Do The Things You Do (Temptations), Rescue Me (Fontella Bass), He's A Rebel (Crystals) and Do Right Woman Do Right Man.
Trouble in Mind, is a brilliant collaboration with Elkies original mentor, big-band performer and internationally celebrated Jazz legend Humphrey Lyttelton. This album demonstrates their mutual desire to pay tribute and respect to particular artists and songs that they have been inspired by over the years.
2008 digitally remastered edition of the self titles album from this British outfit featuring one bonus track: 'Speed Queen Of Ventura'. Vinegar Joe were fronted by the vocal talents of Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks, who formed the band after the demise of the experimental Jazz rockists, Dada. The album was originally released in 1972 on Island Records. The CD booklet features sleeve notes and UK discography, including images of the three albums that the band released before their split in 1973.
…Keith Hartley was born in Preston, Lancashire. His career began as the replacement for Ringo Starr as a drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, a Liverpool-based band. Subsequently he played and recorded with The Artwoods, then achieved some notability as John Mayall's drummer. He then formed The Keef Hartley (Big) Band, mixing elements of jazz, blues, and rock and roll; the group played at Woodstock in 1969. They released five albums, including Halfbreed and The Battle of North West Six (characterised by a reviewer for the Vancouver Sun as "an amazing display of virtuosity"). After that Hartley released a 'solo' album (Lancashire Hustler, 1973) and then he formed Dog Soldier with Miller Anderson (guitar), Paul Bliss (bass), Derek Griffiths (guitar) and Mel Simpson (keyboards)…
Formed from the remnants of big Rock band Dada, Vinegar Joe were brought together by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. With Elkie Brooks on vocals, Robert Palmer on guitar and vocals, Pete Gage (guitars, piano) and Steve York (bass, harmonica) at the core of the group, and numerous musicians on drums and keyboards the band recorded three albums between 1971 and 1973. Six Star General was originally released in 1973 and this re-release has been digitally remastered and contains all the original sleeve notes and track line up. Vinegar Joe quickly established themselves as a popular live act, with their forthright and gutsy performances they attracted rave reviews!
Vinegar Joe's second album was workmanlike, early-'70s mainstream British rock, though with more of a soul and rock & roll influence than the usual such band of the era, due to the one-two punch of lead vocalists Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks. It's fair but not astounding stuff, Palmer and Brooks both singing together and taking individual leads of their own. The original material tends toward the commonplace good-time rock & roll vibe, though it gets a bit more interesting on Palmer's two original compositions, "Falling" (which clearly points toward the reggae-funk of his early solo career) and "Forgive Us" (which is a decent facsimile of rootsy southern Californian country-folk-rock). As for the three covers, it's doubtful anyone needed a version of Jerry Lee Lewis' classic "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." But they showed better taste on Jimi Hendrix's "Angel" (Brooks' most impressive vocal on the record) and the obscure American folk-rock tune "Rock & Roll Gypsies," originally done by the Gypsy Trips and Hearts & Flowers in the 1960s.