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zaterdag 6 januari 2018

Big Mama Thornton & The Buddy Guy Bluesband - Ball and Chain

"Ball 'n' Chain" or "Ball and Chain" is a blues song written and recorded by American blues artist Big Mama Thornton. Although her recording did not appear on the record charts, "Ball 'n' Chain" has become one of Thornton's best-known songs, largely due to performances and recordings by Janis Joplin.

 The ball and chain is an image associated with prisoners, as a weighted ball attached to a chain would be shackled to an inmate's leg to keep him from escaping. In this song, Thornton relates the image to her man, who is keeping her down.

 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record Leiber and Stoller's "Hound Dog" in 1952, which became her biggest hit. It spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B charts in 1953[2] and sold almost two million copies. However, her success was overshadowed three years later, when Elvis Presley recorded his more popular rendition of "Hound Dog" Similarly, Thornton's "Ball 'n' Chain" (written in 1961 but not released until 1968) had a bigger impact when performed and recorded by Janis Joplin in the late 1960s.

vrijdag 5 januari 2018

The Moody Blues -Tuesday Afternoon (Jazz Bilzen 1969) Ray Thomas R.I.P.


                                     Ray Thomas (Stourport-on-Severn, 29 december 1941 - 4 januari 2018)

                  Mike Pinder                             Justin Hayward                           Ray Thomas

Voor de 5de verjaardag van Jazz Bilzen willen de organisatoren een grote naam op de affiche. Op hun verlanglijstje staan Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Who en zelfs de volledige cast van de hitmusical ‘Hair’. Uiteindelijk weten ze Marsha Hunt (een van de sterren uit ‘Hair’), The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, The Moody Blues, The Soft Machine, Deep Purple, Shocking Blue, het Keith Jarrett Trio en het Ornette Cooleman Quintet te strikken.Hoogtepunten ware toch wel het optreden van Deep Purple,The Soft Machine en The Moody Blues,getuige onderstaand fragment..

    Tuesday Afternoon

Days of Future Passed is the second album and first concept album by English rock band The Moody Blues, released in November 1967 by Deram Records.[7]
With its fusion of orchestral and rock elements, it has been cited as one of the first examples of progressive rock.

donderdag 4 januari 2018

Van Morrison - Summertime in England (Rockpalast1982)

/ Common One is the twelfth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1980. The album was recorded over a nine-day period at Super Bear Studios, near Nice, on the French Riviera. Its title comes from the 3
section of the song "Summertime in England", where Morrison sings the lyrics "Oh, my common one with the coat so old and the light in her head".

Van Morrison-Vocals,Chris Mitchie-Guitar,David Hayes-Bass, Peter vanHooke/Tom Dollinger-drums,John Allair-Keys,PeeWee Ellis-Sax/vocals,Mark Isham-Tumpet.

 "Summertime in England" was the longest track and proved to be a successful live performance for some time to come. Morrison said it "was actually a part of a poem I was writing and the poem and the song sort of merged." The lyrics include images of Wordsworth and Coleridge "smokin' up in Kendal" (Brian Hinton says they are "smokin' with poetry not spliffs").[6] It ends with the music being brought down to nothing and the words, "Can you feel the silence?"