vrijdag 23 november 2018

Muddy Waters Blues Band - Blow Wind Blow & Honey Bee - "Beat-Club" November 1970

 Great  performance from the German "Beat-Club" TV show recorded in November 1970 during Muddy's European tour

Muddy Waters - vocal and guitarJames "Pee Wee" Madison - guitar
Sammy Lawhorn  - guitar
Pinetop Perkins - piano
Sonny Wimberley - bass
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - drums
Carey Bell - harmonica

donderdag 22 november 2018

The Music of Bert Berns - (8 November 1929 – 30 December 1967)

                                                             Bertrand Russell Berns

Born in the Bronx, New York City, to Russian Jewish immigrants, Berns contracted rheumatic fever as a child, an illness that would mark the rest of his life. Turning to music, he found consonance in the sounds of his African American and Latino neighbors. As a young man, Berns danced in mambo nightclubs, and made his way to Havana before the Cuban Revolution.

 Berns also hit the charts in late 1962 with the Exciters' "Tell Him" on United Artists, and with Solomon Burke's "Cry to Me" on Atlantic Records. As an independent producer working with myriad record labels, Berns also made important records with Garnet Mimms ("Cry Baby") and Gene Pitney ("If I Didn't Have a Dime (to Play the Jukebox)").

  His first hit record was "A Little Bit of Soap", performed by The Jarmels in 1961

  Beginnings (1960–1963)

Shortly after his return from Cuba, Berns began a seven-year run from an obscure Brill Building songwriter to owner of his own record labels. He signed as a $50/week songwriter with Robert Mellin Music at 1650 Broadway in 1960. His first hit record was "A Little Bit of Soap", performed by the Jarmels on Laurie Records in 1961.
 Atlantic Records (1963–1965)

 Berns himself had a short-lived career as a recording artist, and in 1961, under the name "Russell Byrd", Berns scored his only Billboard Hot 100 appearance with his own composition, "You'd Better Come Home", which peaked at Number 50. That song would later be recorded by the Isley Brothers, and featured as the B-side of their 1962 single "Twistin' With Linda". Also in 1962, the Isley Brothers recorded "Twist and Shout" on Wand Records, written by Berns and Phil Medley.

Atlantic Records (1963–1965) 

Berns's early work with Solomon Burke brought him to the attention of Atlantic label chiefs Ahmet Ertegün and Jerry Wexler. In 1963, Berns replaced Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller as staff producer at Atlantic, where he wrote and produced hits for Solomon Burke ("Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"), the Drifters ("Under the Boardwalk" and "Saturday Night at the Movies"), Barbara Lewis ("Baby I'm Yours" and "Make Me Your Baby"), Little Esther Phillips ("Hello Walls"), Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett and LaVern Baker.

 The Drifters ("Under the Boardwalk" and "Saturday Night at the Movies"),

British Invasion (1964–1965)

With many of Berns's songs being recorded by British Invasion bands such as the Beatles ("Twist and Shout"), the Rolling Stones ("Cry to Me") and the Animals ("Baby Let Me Take You Home"), Berns became the first American record producer to travel across the Atlantic to work in London.[1]:222 He went to England three times between 1964 and 1965, where he produced a number of British Decca artists such as Van Morrison's Them ("Here Comes the Night", "Baby Please Don't Go") and Lulu.

 Barbara Lewis ("Baby I'm Yours" and "Make Me Your Baby")

BANG Records (1965–1967)

Berns formed his own record label, BANG Records, in 1965. BANG Records was founded with his Atlantic Records partners, with the label's name derived from the initials of each of their respective personal names—in order, Bert Berns, Ahmet Ertegün, Nesuhi Ertegün, and Gerald (Jerry) Wexler. BANG was home to such artists as the McCoys ("Hang on Sloopy"), the Strangeloves ("I Want Candy"), Them's ex-lead singer Van Morrison ("Brown Eyed Girl"), and, most notably, Neil Diamond ("Solitary Man" and "Cherry Cherry").

Shout Records (1966–1967)
With BANG Records releasing predominantly rock and roll, Berns formed Shout Records in 1966 as an outlet for his greatest passions of R&B and soul music, recording artists such Freddie Scott ("Are You Lonely for Me Baby") and Erma Franklin ("Piece of My Heart"). "Piece of My Heart", one of his last songs, was covered shortly thereafter by Big Brother and the Holding Company, which the then unknown Janis Joplin fronted.

 Them's ex-lead singer Van Morrison ("Baby Please Dont Go)

 "I remember him coming out of the console: he walked over to the drum kit, grabbed a stick and started beating on a cymbal and saying, 'Let's get this thing cooking,' and created an atmosphere. Suddenly everybody went, 'Yeah we're not sitting here tied to these seats, we're allowed to express ourselves.' Berns just created a whole freedom of atmosphere within the studio. Hellova producer. The guy was magic."
- Them guitarist Billy Harrison, interview with Wavelength

 Neil Diamond ("Solitary Man" and "Cherry Cherry").

 Berns formed Shout Records as an outlet for his R&B passions, recording Freddie Scott ("Are You Lonely for Me Baby")

 and Erma Franklin ("Piece of My Heart")

Berns, who had a history of cardiac trouble, as a result of his heart being damaged from rheumatic fever contracted during childhood, died in his New York apartment of heart failure on December 30, 1967, aged 38. He was buried two days later, following a funeral service at Riverside Memorial Chapel on New York's 180 West 76th Street in Manhattan. His widow Ilene outlived her husband by nearly 50 years, passing away at the age of 73 on February 20, 2017.

                                            Solomon Burke & Bert Burns

                                         Bert,Van Morrison & Janet Planet


Songs From The Heart - Woede/Wraak-Hoop (P3) The Sunshine Cleaners

                                           De Spot -Middelburg  (16 Nov.2018)

Voorgaande SFTH avonden kwamen er altijd namen voorbij als Bob Dylan ,Ry Cooder JJ.Cale,Beatles e.a songs van deze artiesten   gebracht door muzikanten uit Zeeland,maar ook buiten de provincie gaven diverse zangers,zangeressen en groepen "acte de precence". Dit jaar is voor een andere opzet gekozen,zeven avonden met met als thema de zeven hoofdzonden gecombineerd de zeven deugden. Atijd spannend welke nummers er voorbij zouden komen ,gebracht door welke artiesten.De eerste avond was erg mooi ,genoten van de eerst tot de laatste minuut.

Ik vermoed dat onderstaande trio ook ontstaan is uit voorgaande SFTH avonden.The Sunshine Cleaners bestaande uit Sjef Herman,Jacqueline Heymans en Geert de Heer.Zag ze al enkele keren eerder in aktie ,veel murderballads,maar ook song van John Prine ,Townes vanZandt,Blaze Foley e.a  En ja,dan ben je bij mij aan het goede adres

 De prachtige registratie is weer van Jaap van Visvliet

"Henry Lee" een traditional in de versie van Nick Cave. Het nummer komt van het album "Murder Ballads" Nick in duet met PJ Harvey
"Bells Of Harlem" The Sunshine Cleaners (feat.Tamara de Kraker en Andre Moehijam )

Song van Dave Rawlings album "A Friend Of A Friend"


woensdag 21 november 2018

Van Morrison - Grosvenor Park , Chester ( 24 July 1999)

   The band:
   Robin Aspland - Keyboards,Richie Buckley -Sax, Alec Dankworth -Bass,
  Mat Holland-Trompet, Ralph Salmirs-Drums, Johnny Scott - Guitar/Vocals,
 Geraint Watkins - Keyboards, Candy Dulfer - Altosax, Chris Barber -Trombone.

                                          Vanlose Stairway / Trans-Euro Train    (thanks to the taper!!)
 "Vanlose Stairway" is a song from the  album, Beautiful Vision. It has remained a popular concert performance throughout Morrison's career and has become one of his most played songs.

 Morrison wrote the song about his Danish girlfriend, Ulla Munch, from Vanløse district in Copenhagen who lived on the fourth floor of an apartment building with no  Clinton Heylin remarks..."he turned this mundane set of stairs in an uninspiring block of flats into a 'Stairway that reaches up to the moon/And it comes right back....to you' Peter Mills, author of the Morrison biography Hymns to the Silence, refers to "Vanlose Stairway" as this "dark horse of a song"

    Fool For You (Ray Charles)   (thanks to the taper!!)

Vanlose Stairway/Trans-EuroTrain/Fool For You appears on the album  A Night In San Fransisco
That  album is compiled of live performances at the Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, California on 18 December 1993 and the Mystic Theater, Petaluma, California, on 12 December 1993. The bonus track "Cleaning Windows/The Street Only Knew Your Name" was recorded on 17 December 1993 at the Masonic Auditorium San Francisco, California.

dinsdag 20 november 2018

Songs Fom The Heart -Woede/Wraak/Hoop (P2) Ries De Vuyst De Spot Middelburg (16 Nov.2018)

De eerste van zeven SFTH avonden met als thema de zeven hoofdzonden gecombineerd met de zeven deugden Deze avond is het onderwerp Woede,Wraak en toch ook Hoop.Muzikanten uit heel Zeeland en soms ver daar buiten spelen en zingen songs die betrekking hebben op deze thema's in soms verrassende samenwerkingsverbanden.Ries De Vuyst is regelmatig te gast op de SFTH avonden.De troubadour uit Zeeuws Vlaanderen is een man met altijd mooie verhalen,brengt mooie liedjes en bovendien een begenadigd gitarist. Jaap van Visvliet zorgde voor de mooie registratie.

 Ries De Vuyst      Revenge of Blind Joe Death.

Mooi instrumentaal nummer in de stijl van John Fahey

Het tweede nummer is van een volgens mij in Nederland vrij onbekende,en ondergewaardeerde singer/songwriter.Gurf Morlix.,De man maakt prachtige liedjes,trad op met  Blaze Foley en speelde in de band van Lucinda Williams.Mooie keuze van Ries.

Ries De Vuyst (feat Geert de Heer) - "One More Second "


Neil Young & POTR - Rocking In The Free World Amsterdam 9July 2016

zondag 18 november 2018

Songs From The Heart - Woede/Wraak - Hoop.(1) Tom Mank & Sera Smolen . De Spot Middelburg (16 Nov.2018)

De eerste van zeven SFTH avonden met als thema de zeven hoofdzonden gecombineerd met de zeven deugden.Muzikanten uit heel Zeeland en soms ver daar buiten spelen en zingen songs die betrekking hebben op deze thema's in soms verrassende samenwerkingsverbanden.Hieronder enige hoogtepunten van de avond ,gefilmpt door Jaap van Visvliet.

Tom Mank & Sera Smolen - "Sergeant Oliver "  album "Swimming In The Dark "
feat. Ellen Shae, Kimberly Claes (Little Kim) en  Rich DaPaolo.

 De Amerikaanse singer-songwriter Tom Mank en celliste Sera Smolen.  waren al enkele keren eerder te gast bij de Songs Of The Heart avonden.

"We Still Know How To Love ( Verzet )

Tom Mank is een singer-songwriter (zang, gitaar) die qua stemgeluid enigszins doet denken aan Leonard Cohen. Sera Smolen is een celliste met een klassieke  conservatoriumopleiding.
Een bijzondere combinatie van stijlen ,maar weer een prachtig optreden

"Bannockburn 1914 ""

 Samen hebben ze al zeven albums geproduceerd, waarmee ze in eigen land al heel wat lovende kritieken hebben geoogst. Hun meest recente album is ‘Unlock the Sky’. Het album kreeg lovende kritieken in diverse bluesmagazines.