All of King's recordings for the Bobbin label are on this 22-track disc, including everything from his 1959-1963 singles for the label and previously unissued alternate takes of "Why Are You So Mean to Me," "The Time Has Come," and the previously unissued "Blues at Sunrise." While these are decent journeyman urban blues/R&B, they're not up to the level of his subsequent recordings for Stax. Albert King just sounds too much like the records another King – B.B. King, that is – was making during the same era. There are similar horn arrangements and alternation of stinging guitar with smooth, confident vocal phrasing. It's a tribute to Albert King's abilities, in a way, that it does sound confident, and not the work of an imitator, despite the similarities.
Considering Scotland’s own rich, battle-studded history and glorious scenery, you wouldn’t expect the tide of ‘Heritage black metal’ to be confined to the south of Hadrian’s Wall. Former labelmates of Winterfylleth, Cnoc An Tursa – Gaelic for ‘Hill of the Standing Stone’ – have been using their Falkirk home as the source of sweeping grandeur associated with the movement for a decade now, and their 2013 debut album, The Giants Of Auld (Candlelight Records), was a stirring take on symphonic folk and black metal, bringing in strong Gaelic influences but reaching for the epic through sheer muscle and powerful, mid-paced grooves rather than overdoing the bombast.
"I'm So Into You: The Passion of Peabo Bryson" is a terrific overview of the smooth soul singer's late-'70s and early-'80s hits, featuring the majority of his Top Ten R&B hits for Capitol Records ("Reaching for the Sky," "I'm So Into You," "Let the Feeling Flow," "Gimme Some Time"), plus his hit duets with Roberta Flack ("Tonight I Celebrate My Love for You") and Natalie Cole ("Love Will Find You," "Let's Fall in Love/You Send Me").
King Company’s debut album ”One For The road” is a trip back in time to the melodic hard rock world of the golden 80’s and 90’s. The band’s biggest influences come from legendary bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow and Whitesnake, but also from other great acts like Europe, Mr Big, Lynch Mob, and Dokken. All this, but with a contemporary twist! Singer Pasi Rantanen has taken his biggest influences from the great David Coverdale and you can definitely hear it. King Company salutes all these great bands and fans of this genre with their debut album and they are hoping to reach people who are new to this kind of music too…
Naji Hakim returns to disc on Signum with a new disc of his own unique compositions for solo organ, performed on the magnificent Stahlhuth-Jann Organ of St Martin’s Church, Dudelange, Grand Duché du Luxembourg.
The Spirituals as B.B. King's 4th Crown LP, recorded in 1959 as a dedicated gospel album. The song selection literally represents a greatest hits package of the time, ranging from classics such as 'Precious Lord' and 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot' to no less than 6 staples from the repertoire of the highly respected 5 Blind Boys of Mississippi. Includes 8 bonus tracks.
All eight original T. Rex studio albums, plus two bonus CD of non-album tracks, in card wallets in a box, with a 16 page booklet. Recorded between 1970 and 1977, Marc Bolan’s best-known favourites are included, including “Get It On”, “Metal Guru”, “Telegram Sam”, “Children Of The Revolution” and “20th Century Boy” are included…
Popa Chubby's major-label debut album is an inspiring set of energetic, gut-bucket blues-rock, filled with exceptional playing. Chubby has soul, even if he doesn't quite cut it as a songwriter; there aren't many songs that are inventive or memorable. But as an instrumental workout, Booty and the Beast is terrific. Using the blues as a basic foundation, Popa Chubby spins off into new directions, incorporating bits of rock and jazz to his forceful playing. His guitar playing is what makes the album a promising debut.–by Stephen Thomas Erlewine