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Press Archive - Gene Vincent - This Is Gene Vincent - Vintage Rock 11-12-2017
Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps
This Is Gene Vincent
Bear Family has reissued a repro of the rockabilly mauler's 1959 Japanese album as a collector's edition. Vincent's early classics are here in abundance: Be-Bop-A-Lula, Blue Jean Bop, Ain't She Sweet, and Jezebel all featuring the astonishing lead guitar of Cliff Gallup.

 

Press - Willie B. - Bad Mouthin‘ - This I Gotta See - Vintage Rock
Willie B. (Darrell McCall)
BAD MOUTHIN'/THIS I GOTTA SEE

Darrell McCall was a young country singer from Ohio in 1961 when he cut the two delightfully blues-soaked songs on this Bear Family single. After jamming with Jimmy Reed, McCall brought harpist Charlie McCoy and guitarist Wayne Moss into a studio and waxed both sides as demos, but he never did manage to hand them to the Chicago blues legend

 

Press - Various - Cree Records Doing Our Thing - More Soul From Jamdown - BLUES IN BRITAIN 12/17.Doing Our Thing: More Soul From Jamdown 1970 - 1982 Cree Although the influence of forties and fifties rhythm & blues on early Jamaican recorded music has been well researched over the last few decades, it is sometimes overlooked that as soul music became prominent in America, reggae was evolving in Jamaica and taking on a lot of soul influence. This set examines some of that process, every track connected w.th American soul in some way.

 

Press - Jerry Lee Lewis I Can't Seem To Say Goodby (LP, 180gram Vinyl) - Vintage Rock
Instead of reprising the same seminal Sun hits, the Bear Family dug deep into The Killer's middle and later years at Sun for this new comp, digging up 14 alternate takes never before transferred to vinyl. The Pumping Piano man rocks his way through the ancient Carry Me Back To Old Virginia, tries his best to wrest Sweet Little Sixteen aw

 

Press - Jerry Lee Lewis In The Beginning (LP, 180gram Vinyl) - Vintage Rock
JERRY LEE LEWIS In the beginning

Every one of the 14 performances that comprise this Bear Family LP are alternate takes on Jerry Lee's classics, and with the lone exception of 1 Could Never Be Ashamed Of You, raging rockers at that. They're all here: Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On, Great Balls Of Fire, Breathless, Down The Line, It'll Be Me — but each track is different from the smash version that we know so intimately

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - Colorado Springs Independent
One noteworthy exception is the Bear Family label’s meticulous new Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts, which boasts three bona fide CDs and two hardcover books that chronicle the 1968 and 1970 concerts honoring Woody Guthrie in NYC and LA, respectively.

The books give us unique pictorial glimpses of concert production, and of Woody’s life from the 1920s until his death from Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1967.

While the remastering of the live recordings is exceptional, the real accomplishments here are twofold: acquiring rights to original releases that were split between Columbia and Warner Brothers, and adding a third disc of interviews with participants and family, including Arlo Guthrie. It may be tempting to skip to Bob Dylan’s or Joan Baez’s contributions first, but it’s the lesser lights like Odetta and Tom Paxton that make this definitive box such a tribute to Woody.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - the devils music
Woody Guthrie is widely considered – and rightfully so – as the Grand Daddy of Americana music. Guthrie’s career was incredibly short, considering his accomplishments, spanning from the early ‘30s until the late ‘50s, when Huntington’s disease rendered him unable to perform until his too-young death in 1967 at the age of 55 years. S

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - mojo
Various ****
Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts
BEAR FAMILY. CD Songs to Woody by his legendary "children". Two tributes to quintessential American troubadour Woody Guthrie were held in New York, in 1968, and Los Angeles in 1970. This handsome 3-CD box contains both concerts in their entirety for the first
time, accompanied by two books of essays, lyrics and ephemera.

At the heart of the collection is Woody's music performed by son Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joan Baez, Odetta„ Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Country Joe McDonald and Earl Robinson The New York show was a!, Bob Dylan's first public appearance in 19 months performing with The Ban,. (the highlight of their eat three-song set was an emotional Dear Mrs Roosevelt), while Ry Cood, and others backed up LA singers.

Electricity opponent Seeger demurre. Some listeners will notice that Collins' and Baez's two renditions of Deportee -the story of "illegal" Mexicar, immigrants killed in an accident ring tragically true today. Michael Simmons

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - nodepression
Bear Family’s lavish three CD, two book set collects material from two live tribute shows, featuring performances by Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan (his first appearance after his motorcycle accident), Odetta, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Jack Elliott, Country Joe McDonald, Tom Paxton and Earl Robinson, along with narration from actors Robert Rya

 

Press - Sandy & The Wild Wombats Devoted To Rock 'n' Roll - UK Rock and Roll Magaziner Family Records of Germany have long since held the crown for the kings of quality re-issues. Their back catalogue of boxsets lavished on artists hardly household names has borne testament that they are a rare entity a label in it for the music and not just the money.

 

Press - Various - At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - Grammy Award News
New "Louisiana Hayride" Box Set Celebrates Early Country & Rock Facebook Twitter Email With rare gems from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and more, new compilation shows depth of iconic radio show's catalog NATE HERTWECKGRAMMYS OCT 31, 2017 - 12:19 PM Long before YouTube channels, Spotify Discover Weekly playlists, "Louisiana Hayride" provided a springboard for many great country artists. Broadcast out of Shreveport, La., on KWKH AM 1130 from 1948 to 1960, the legendary radio show hosted blossoming talents such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and of course, Elvis Presley. In a massive new 20-disc, 559-song compilation titled At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight,

 

Press - Various - At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - billboard.com
All in all, Hawkins is very proud that the set is available to music fans who might not be aware of other radio shows of the time besides the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. "This is the biggest project that I've been involved with. I did a 12-CD set on Sun Records, and some other country and blues boxes, but this one is twice the size of those, and we're very pleased to get these out. Bear Family has done a great job in presenting this audio as clearly as possible

 

Press - Various - At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - modern-vinyl.com
‘At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight’ chronicles 12-year program run in astonishing detail Bear Family’s latest box-set is their biggest ever, weighing in at 9.5 pounds and consisting of 20 compact discs and a 224-page hardback book. It’s the size of 20 LPs stacked on top of one another, clocking in at an astonishing 25+ hours of audio. At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight is an astonishing historical record of the country music program’s 12-year run (and then some), broadcasted on Shreveport’s KWKH-AM. The Louisiana Hayride was a radio program akin to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry or Los Angeles’ Town Hall Party, in that it presented popular country musicians of the day on the airwaves. However, the Hayride was notable in its presentation of early rock ‘n’ roll acts, as well as the fact that the show wasn’t just one headliner and a bunch of undercard performers.

 

Press - Sandy & The Wild Wombats Devoted To Rock 'n' Roll - UK Rock and Roll Magaziner Family Records of Germany have long since held the crown for the kings of quality re-issues. Their back catalogue of boxsets lavished on artists hardly household names has borne testament that they are a rare entity a label in it for the music and not just the money.

 

Press - Jerry Lee Lewis I Can't Seem To Say Goodby (LP, 180gram Vinyl) - Vive Le Rock, UK.This album really is testament to the great man's talent. Considering these outtakes haven't seen the light of day for 50 odd years, they probably all could have been (hit) it singles and as you'd expect, the sound quality is superb throughout. Simon Nott

 

Press - Various - At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - No Depression
Bear Family Records has released many outstanding sets over the years, but this time it has surpassed even its own high standards. The At The Louisiana Hayride set is a 20-CD set comprised of 559 tracks from 167 different artists from 1948 to 1960 and a lavish 224-page hardback book (LP sized) full of photos and memorabilia. Most of the tracks have not been heard since they were first broadcast, and many of the photos have never been seen outside the radio station's walls, let alone published.

 

Press - Various - At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - Jeff Burger
As I mentioned in a recent review of Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts, Germany’s Bear Family label is renowned for its over-the-top archival box sets. You may practically have to rob a bank to afford some of them, but they’re almost invariably worth every penny, thanks to excellent remastering, extensive and meticulously researched liner notes, imaginative packaging, and—last but not least—fine and mind-bogglingly comprehensive programs.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - Restless and Real
In the end, there was and is nobody else quite like Woody Guthrie. When I listen to his music, I get the same feeling as when I read or see Shakespeare performed - that it is hard to believe that someone actually wrote those songs. They've become so deeply interwoven in our consciousness, our words, beliefs, desired actions as they play out in the world we see around us that it doesn't seem possible that they originated from a single person.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - FROOTS, UK
The package contains two twelve-by- twelve-inch hardbacks. These contain essays, historical analysis and come copiously illustrat- ed and full of photos courtesy of David Gahr, Jim Marshall and others. The books not only detail the history of the galas but really add to a canon which, until Joe Klein’s 1981 biogra- phy Woody Guthrie – A Life, took up next to no room on a bookshelf. Bear Family’s boxed set takes Guthrie’s legacy into new space.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - Mother Jones
Dylan buffs can also check out the three-CD Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts, combining two all-star events celebrating the folk icon that were held at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1968 and the Hollywood Bowl in 1970. Given the enormous influence Guthrie had on the young Dylan in his earliest incarnation, Bob was a logical participant, but his three-song ’68 segment signified more than that: It was his first public appearance since a 1966 motorcycle accident and he was backed by The Band, still to release their debut.

 

Press - Jerry Lee Lewis I Can't Seem To Say Goodby (LP, 180gram Vinyl) - Simon Nott
.This Sixty years in the making - and worth waiting for! For the first time in more than a generation there are two entirely new vinyl Jerry Lee Lewis Sun LPs to celebrate! Whilst many of the song titles may be well known, each album features no fewer than fourteen recordings which, until now, have never been pressed onto vinyl.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - relix
The passing of Woody Guthrie in October 1967, just as the great folk revival of the early ‘60s gave way to the rock revolution, left an enormous gap in the American music landscape—there wasn’t a singer-songwriter out there who didn’t acknowledge Guthrie’s influence.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - globalist ITWoody Guthrie, il sogno dell'altra America che continua In un sontuoso cofanetto escono per la Bear Family i dischi tributo del 1968 e del 1970: tre cd, due libri. Per celebrare il menestrello che con una chitarra "ammazzava" ogni forma di fascismo di Rock Reynolds D’accordo,

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - globalist ITWoody Guthrie, il sogno dell'altra To say that this box set from the Bear Family is comprehensive, would be like saying the Rockefeller family can spare a dime. Or as Ed McMahon used to say to Johnny Carson, “Everything you would want to know is in there!” I would say if you can’t hear, read, or see it in this set friend, you really don’t need to.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - Folk Roots/Folk Branches
VARIOUS ARTISTS Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts – Carnegie Hall 1968, Hollywood Bowl 1970 Bear Family Records woodyguthrie.org Woody Guthrie, one of the most important, iconic and influential of 20th century folksingers, songwriters, authors, activists, and social commentators died 50 years ago this month on October 3, 1967. Woody was 55 when he died after spending 13 years in hospitals due to Huntington’s disease, a hereditary neurological disease. Woody left an extraordinary body of work created in a remarkably brief career. It used to be said that he wrote about 1,000 songs. Now thanks to the archival work of Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, we know that he wrote about 3,000 songs

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - themortonreport.com
The Germany-based Bear Family label doesn’t tend to put words like “ultimate” and “super deluxe” in the titles of its box sets, but if any record company should be entitled to employ such adjectives, it’s this one. Its boxes are typically lavishly packaged, often with hardcover books, and mind-bogglingly comprehensive. They’re not cheap, but none of them will leave you complaining about audio quality or a lack of extras, and certainly not about missing tracks.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - ink19
If ever a time needed the wisdom and enthusiasm of Woody Guthrie, it is now. The things that Woody wrote about – the power of people joined together in strife, the need for compassion for all, and the call for judgement of our leaders, well, no time like the present. When Guthrie wrote “This Land is Your Land”, “Do Re Mi” or “Pretty Boy Floyd” – and literally thousands more – he etched the conscience of America into history. Hell, he wrote “Old Man Trump” about our President’s father. Woody knew.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - the second disc
Bound for Glory: Dylan, Baez, Paxton, Havens, Collins Celebrate Woody Guthrie on New Bear Family Box NOVEMBER 8, 2017 BY JOE MARCHESE LEAVE A COMMENT BUY NOW FROM AMAZON.COM Bob Dylan once said that, upon hearing Woody Guthrie’s songs, “it was like I had been in the dark and someone had turned on the main switch of a lightning conductor.” Steve Earle opined that “Woody is my hero of heroes and the only person on earth that I will go to my grave regretting that I never met.” No less a literary eminence than John Steinbeck noted, “Woody is just Woody,” before explaining, “Harsh voiced and nasal, his guitar hanging like a tire iron on a rusty rim, there is nothing sweet about Woody, and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings. But there is something more important for those who will listen.

 

Press - Jerry Lee Lewis In The Beginning (LP, 180gram Vinyl) - pure vintageJERRY LEE LEWIS In the beginning

Album vinyle 180 g publié fin juin 2017 chez BEAR FAMILY. Avec 14 morceaux des archives du label SUN publiés pour la première fois en vinyle. IR be me (Take 3), Put me down (Take 5), Great balls of fine (Version 1 take 6)... et d'autres alternates. Le second volume sortira en septembre 2017.

 

Presse - Various - Cree Records Doing Our Thing - More Soul From Jamdown - Blues & Rhythm, November 2017
DOING OUR THING: More Soul From Jamdown 1970-1982 Cree CCD 1206 (42:19) How you define this CO depends on how you listen to it. A reggae album? Well, that reggae rhythm chop Is prominent on atl the tracks. A soul set? Every tracks has at the least a strong connection with American soul music.

 

Press - Various At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - That Nashville Sound
Truly Historic Box Set At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight Features Previously Unheard Recordings From Hank Sr, Elvis, Cash & More

 

Press - Various At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - Country Rebel
UNRELEASED RECORDING OF HANK WILLIAMS PERFORMING 'JAMBALAYA' SURFACES ON NEW BOX SET

 

Press - Various At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - Wideopencountry
Unearthed Live Recording of Hank Williams’ ‘Jambalya’ Will Take You Back in Time

 

Press - Various At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - Vintage Vinyl News
Broadcast by Shreveport, Louisiana’s KWKH-AM from 1948-1960, Hayride stood as the chief rival to the now better-known Grand Ole Opry. While the Opry favored established Nashville stars, Hayride offered headliners and newcomers alike an opportunity to perform. It was this policy that led Hayride to say “yes” to a young singer from Tupelo, Mississippi after the Opry said “no.” That singer, Elvis Presley, debuted on the show in October 1954 and later made his first TV appearance on the television version in March 1955.

 

Press - Various At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - rollingstone.com
Hear Hank Williams' Rare Live 'Jambalaya' From Massive New Box Set
'At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight' is 20-CD collection of live tracks from Elvis, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Kitty Wells and more

 

Press - Various At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - innocentwords.com
Louisiana Hayride’ 20-CD Box Set From Bear Family Coming October 20 Featuring Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and more

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - the art desk
Woody Guthrie: 'The true voice of the American spirit'
Fifty years on from his death, a box set celebrates the folk singer hailed by Bob Dylan

 

PressA pioneer of country soul but known more for his deep vocal delivery, Sledge will be forever known for his hit,'When a Man Loves a Woman', the source of more kara-oke gurning than any other song known to man. This LP was originally released in 1967

 

Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style - musikreviews
Sie gelten als die berühmteste Rhythmus-Section in der Geschichte des Reggae, dieser jamaikanische Schlagzeuger Lowell Dunbar alias SLY & der ebenfalls aus Jamaika stammende Keyboarder und Bassist Robert Shakespeare alias ROBBIE, weil es niemanden außer ihnen gelang, mit solcher Perfektion jamaikanischen Reggae, amerikanischen Rhythm‘n‘Blues und britischen Soul zu einem einzigartigen tanzbaren Mix zu vereinen.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - allaboutjazz.com
Tribute concerts are often a mixed bag, especially if the idea is to bring a group of stars together to pay homage to an influential musical figure. The recent tribute to the wonderful singer, Tony Bennett, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 (Columbia, 2016) is a sad case in point. There is no shortage of stars on that particular album, but the aesthetic understanding of Bennett's music is so limited that it reduces rather than expands the scope of his musical legacy. A good tribute does the opposite of this. It shows the many aspects of an artist and paints a nuanced portrait that goes beyond the easy clichés. It shows the connection between the artist's own story and the musical narrative that he or she has helped to build.

 

Presse - Next Stop Is Vietnam

Press - Spiegel Online

Vergeblich hatte der Mann auf der Bühne versucht, die Aufmerksamkeit des Publikums zu erregen. Statt Country Joe McDonalds Gesang zuzuhören, unterhielten sich die Besucher des legendären Woodstock-Festivals am 15. August 1969. Plötzlich erschallte ein Befehl aus den Lautsprechern. "Gebt mir ein F!", schrie Country Joe in die Menge. "F", tönte es aus Tausenden Kehlen zurück. "Gebt mir ein U!", ging es weiter. "U", lautete die Antwort. Zum Schluss forderte der Sänger noch ein "C" und ein "K".

"Was ergibt das?", fragte Country Joe. Der Schweiß lief ihm mittlerweile trotz seines aufgeknöpften Uniformhemds in Strömen herunter. "Fuck!", kam es zurück. "Was ergibt das?", rief Joe lauter. "FUCK!", schrien die rund 300.000 Besucher.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - exclaim.ca
Woody Guthrie died in late 1967. Soon after, two tribute concerts were planned: one in 1968 in New York, and one in 1970 in Los Angeles.

Bear Family, who has always done excellent archival work, has released those two albums in a handsome boxed set. The tributes were done at just the right time, that brief period between mourning his loss and the development of a cynical marketing of memory. Woody Guthrie seems to be revived every decade or so, be it Bruce Springsteen singing him for Obama's inauguration, the Billy Bragg/Wilco albums, or the recent uncovering of a song he wrote about Trump's father.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - youtube
“Woody Guthrie & Songs for Social Change” was one of the Panels at the Annual Americana Music Conference and Festival in Nashville from September 12-17, 2017. This is always a great Conference with amazing panels and showcase performances.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - cbc.ca
Folk artist Woody Guthrie's influence can still be felt in music today. While Guthrie's music entered many homes over the years,

 

Press - Various - At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - thevinyldistrict
VIA PRESS RELEASE | Featuring more than 25 hours of music, this unprecedented collection comes packed in an LP-sized package complete with a 224-page hardcover book with rare performances from stars like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Kitty Wells, George Jones, and Webb Pierce, as well as a previously unknown Hank Williams recording.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - no depression
Bear Family Records is releasing a deluxe 3-CD set that contains an additional 20 tracks and interviews with Collins, Elliott, Arlo, Country Joe McDonald, Phil Ochs, Paxton, and Seeger. Also included are 240 pages of notes, essays, photos, and reproductions of the concert book along with lyrics and notations. While I still have the original vinyl release, this gem of a set adds so much more detail on a life that was at the foundation of roots music. How much better can you get than Guthrie's songs performed by the elite folksingers of their day who also had the good fortune to have known him?

 

The 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence

The ASRC is pleased to announce that Bear Family's book with Tony Russell, The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp, has won a Certificate of Merit in the 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Country Music.

 

The 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence

The ASRC is pleased to announce that Bear Family's book with Tony Russell, The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp, has won a Certificate of Merit in the 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Country Music.

 

Press - The Platters - Rock - Vive Le Rock
THE PLATTERS ROCK (Bear Family) Their rocking back catalogue. 8/10 Another in the on-going 'Rocks' series with a surprising entrant. The Platters are already firmly en-sconced as a legendary act in rock 'n' roll history, but strangely with records that were from that golden mid to late '50s but were not rock 'n' roll. 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender' are just two songs that have made them the most popular vocal act in music history.

 

Press - Various - SUN Records Great Drums At Sun - modern drummer
As Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison were defining rock ’n’ roll’s first wave at Memphis’s Sun Studios in the 1950s, a group of shadow-figure drummers led by J.M. Van Eaton and W.S. Holland were forming the bedrock of rock ’n’ roll drumming on the hundreds of songs released by Sam Phillips’ in-house Sun Records label.

 

Press - Various - SUN Records Great Drums At Sun - seaoftranquility
As Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison were defining rock ’n’ Take note, it takes more than a great vocalist to make a great song. The underlying musicians are just as important as the front man (or woman) but it is often the singer that is thrusted into the limelight. Here we have a new disc brought to us by the good folks at Bear Family Productions.

 

Press - Jerry Lee Lewis In The Beginning (LP, 180gram Vinyl) - UK Rock'n'Roll Magazine
So much so that when I listen to them now they sound fresh. Some going when they were recorded over sixty years ago. My favourite track has to be his reworking of the Hank Williams standard "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You". Mr Lewis was once quoted when speaking of Hank Williams, "I felt something when I listened to that man. I felt something different". Well the same can now be said of you Mr Lewis.
I can't recommend this release highly enough.

 

Press - Tennessee Ernie Ford - Portrait Of An American Singer - Vintage Rock Issue 31
Tennessee Ernie Ford was a middle of the road TV showman when
he released the album bearing the title of his biggest hit. But many
of the early-50s tracks within its grooves actually revealed an underrated album of earthy, groundbreaking boogie. Jack Watkins hauls Sixteen Tons for another spin.

 

Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - NewsOKBear Family’s comprehensive three-CD box set "Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts," due out on Sept. 22, pays homage to Guthrie who died Oct. 3, 1967, at the age of 55 from complications of Huntington's disease. Cover image provided

 

Press - Arthur „Big Boy" Crudup - Rocks - Hyperbolium
Arthur Crudup is most widely remembered as the writer of Elvis Presley’s first single, “That’s All Right,” and the later B-side “My Baby Left Me.” But by the time Presley waxed these sides in the mid-50s, Crudup had already quit the recording business in disgust. Crudup was denied a share of the royalties his songwriting and recordings had generated, and after years of subsisting on low wages for sessions and performances, he’d had enough of enriching others. He eventually returned to recording and performing, continuing on into the 1970s, but even with legal help, he was never able to claim the royalties for the songs that had launched others onto the charts.

 

Press - Arthur „Big Boy" Crudup - Rocks - Mojo
Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup **** Rocks
BEAR FAMILY. CD/DL He didn't start playing until he was around 30, but Crudup's influence was immense, writing That's All Right and My Baby Left Me, both picked up by Elvis. Rocks is a perfect, blues-rockin' introduction. GB

 

Presse - The Platters - Rock - UK Rock'n'Roll Magazine
Formed in Los Angeles in 1952 the name came from a suggestion by original member and bass vocalist Herb Reed. Signed to Federal Records and managed by A & R man Ralph Bass the band had limited success in the record market and their eight recorded tracks would see only minor success.

 

Press - The Platters - Rock - vintage rock
The Platters were, without doubt, one of the biggest selling vocal groups of the rock'n'roll era on both sides of the Atlantic. Famed for both their ballads and the singing of lead vocalist Tony Williams, they cut their share of uptempo dance numbers, and Germany's Bear Family h

 

Presse - The Platters - Rock - no depression
Like many of rock ‘n’ roll’s founding acts, the decades have largely reduced the Platters’ memory to their hits - “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” But, also like many of their colleagues, there was a great deal more to the Platters catalog than these iconic singles. Bear Family’s generous thirty track collection explores beyond the group’s familiar ballads, and focuses on mid- and uptempo tracks from the Mercury years of 1955-1962.

 

Press - Tages - Studio (180g Vinyl & DVD) - http://www.brooklynvegan.com
The 50 best psychedelic rock albums of the Summer of Love...
They could have been bigger than the Beatles. Well of course not, but they were the biggest and best pop band to come out of Sweden in the ‘60s. Before this record they were a straight up beat pop rock and roll band, having released two albums in Sweden that were huge hits there.

 

The Knoxville Sessions Finalists for the 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Winners will be announced in September 2017, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in May 2018, during ARSC’s annual conference. Additional information about the conference and the ARSC Awards for Excellence can be found at www.arsc-audio.org.

 

Press - Tages - Studio (180g Vinyl & DVD) - mojo

 

Press - Various - SUN Records Great Guitars At Sun - Music Street Journal
Various Artists Great Guitars at Sun Review by Gary Hill I reviewed another of these compilations in the last issue of Music Street Journal.

 

Press - Various - SUN Records Great Guitars At Sun - seaoftranquility
You can think of this as a companion disc to Great Drums at Sun which I recently reviewed. Great Guitars at Sun features tracks by such luminaries as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Howlin' Wolf, Dick Penner and many others. As you may have surmised the guitar is the focus this time and as such this is quite the rocking album.

 

Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style - Goldmine
There are no words for how magnificent this collection is – eight solid Taxi discomixes that dig into the studio’s late seventies fascination with American soul and disco, spreading out across “Fever” (Marcia Griffiths), “Break Your Promise” (Barry Biggs), “Show and Tell” (Ken Boothe),“Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” (Home T-Y) and “Inner City Blues” (Delroy Wilson)…. So titles and artists alone let you know what you’re in for, and with “Rainy Night,” at a mere 6.54, the shortest track in sight, you can imagine the rest. Or feel it in the pit of your stomach.

 

Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style - reggaeville.com
Bear Family Records outta Germany, worldwide known for their high quality reissues of vintage music, releases their first Reggae album this month via their sublabel Cree Records: Sly & Robbie Present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style 1978 - 1987

 

Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - Rhythms Magazine
GEORGE JONES BIRTH OF A LEGEND Bear Family COUNTRY

Bear Family have already released box sets detailing the '60s career of country great George Jones. For their first box set release of 2017, the label has finally gone back to the early years on Starday and Mercury with a 6 CD set. Over the last 40 years this has been the most requested box set for Bear Family. Due to the difficulty in locating many of these early recordings this has been a set 20 years in the making!

 

Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - Country Music People
GEORGE JONES Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete any And Mercury Recordings 1954-1961 ****

6 CDs - 200 tracks - 174 pages hardcover book Producer: Various Bear Family 7:38:00
This six CD boxed set is one of Bear Family's most requested sets ever. Charting the beginning of the greatest career in country music, it includes all of Jones' classic early recordings including Why Baby Why, White Lightning, Window Up Above, and 22 more charted hits. It also includes the Thumper Jones rockabilly single and duets with Janette Hicks, Bobbie Ellison, Margie Singleton, and Virginia Spurlock and comes with a whopping 174 page book and a newly researched biography and discography. Bear Family first started working on this discography more than 20 years ago and have spent goodness knows how many man hours figuring out who owned what and making sense of tapes logs and session contracts.

 

Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - Oldiemarkt
This exhaustive anthology offers a fascinating overview of Jones' progression as he graduated to Mercury, especially his mastery of the heart-tearing ballad ("Cup Of Loneliness"; "Colour Of The Blues"; the majestic "The Window Up Above"). Legendary names like Grady Martin, Hank Garland and Buddy Emmons are at hand to shape the music, from rockabilly to honkY-tonk, and there's alsothe first appearance

 

Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style - Mojo Magazine
Present Taxi Gang In Disco Mix Style 1978-1987 CREE. CD/DL/LP Sublime Sly & Robbie pop reggae and lovers rock mixes. This selection taken from Sly & Robbie's Kingston-based Taxi label is top notch from start to finish with the Rhythm Twins driving disco and soul covers by Delroy Wilson, Marcia Grif-fiths et al. The latter's take on Fever is slinky and jazz-tinged, although Griffiths is

 
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