dinsdag 14 september 2010

John The Revelator – Wild Blues 1970

John The Revelator – Wild Blues 1970

another great example of the dutch blues scene in the seventies, here later to be continued with The Blue Eyed Bluesband and The Shakey Sam Bluesband


album zip file here

John The Revelator – Wild Blues 1970

40 years of ramblin’, stringbending, slidin’ and wailing

 Back in 1966 when Eric Clapton delivered his heavily overdriven wailing blues licks on the “Beano” album with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the guitar world was completely shaken up. Legend has it that Eric put his hand flat on the controls of his Marshall combo, moved his hand to the right, setting all controls full power in the process.
Future Revelator singer and bassman Tom Huissen lived in London at the time that the blues scene triggered by Clapton’s trademark guitar work exploded.He became pals with Peter Green, Eric’s successor in the Bluesbreakers, and witnessed the first rehearsals of Pete’s then new band Fleetwood Mac.
 Immediately after returning in Holland Tom started to form a blues band modelled after Fleetwood Mac.Finding the right guys for the job was not too hard and the band started to rehearse with cheap guitars, old tube driven radios for amplifiers and a tyre lever for playing bottleneck guitar.
Early in 1969 the band adopted the name “John the Revelator” after the A Capella blues traditional by the great Son House.John the Revelator took off immediately and extensively started gigging the Dutch and European blues circuits that were thriving at the time.
After winning the prestigious Loosdrecht Jazz contest in 1970 record label Decca offered the band a recording contract resulting in the first album Wild Blues.This highly collectable record was re-released on CD in 2003.
In 1973 the popularity of the blues was decreasing and John the Revelator called it a day very appropriately at a local festival organised by the Dutch Red Cross.
Tom Huissen en lead guitarist Frans ten Kleij started a new band called Hellhound.Contrary to what the name suggest Hellhound was not a band of heavily tattooed leather clad boys playing funny guitars at ear splitting levels.The name was simply derived from the great Robert Johnson song “Hellhound on my trail”.The music of Hellhound still held a strong blues element and can best be described as symphonic blues.
In 1977 after continuous touring Hellhound packed it in.
Both Tom and Frans had a flirtation with other musicians and musical styles but as blood is thicker than water a new line up of John the Revelator was ready to hit the road again after five or six months.This line up recorded the indie album Empty Road back in 1981.Empty Road never got released on CD and nowadays is as much a collector’s item as its predecessor Wild Blues.
 In 1983 Cor Dijkhuizen, drummer to the present day joined the band.Again there was much touring and the occasional reshuffle of personnel.The whole musical history of the band is reflected on the 1989 CD ‘Bluesproof’, compiled because of the 20th anniversary of the band.All John the Revelator members past and present do their bit at the 20th anniversary concert where “Bluesproof” is presented to the public.It was during this gig that slide guitarist Paul Dammers decided to rejoin the band after an absence of almost 17 years.
Five years later in 1994 the album “Cahow” saw the light of day. Cahow is a collection of straight blues songs and named after a petrel from Bermuda thought to be extinct.
In 1997 a long overdue live album named “The Tamalone Bluestapes” was released.This album without any overdubs whatsoever contained most of the songs that proved to be live favourites over the years and perfectly reproduces the sweaty stompin’ blues drive typical for a Revelator gig.
In recent years John the Revelator has jammed with Peter Green, Snowy White,Chris Farlowe and a bunch of legendary Dutch blues guys some of which are featured on the album “Down in the Mud”.
They also joined in at the 35th anniversary of the band in 2004 which was recorded on DVD for release in 2007.
This gig again saw the return of present day keyboard wizard Erwin Aubroeck who played earlier with the band in the late eighties.
Now that the 40th anniversary is coming near, a new album is being recorded. It will be called “Underway” after an instrumental by Peter Green which is included on the album.For those who wanna hear some bits and pieces of the new album:click on the banner Underway. Release of the new album is planned for September 2009.
After playing all over Europe the band now for the first time will be touring Western Australia in November 2009 and play at the prestigious Bridgetown Blues Festival.
Tom Huissen- Lead Vocals & Bass Guitar
Frans ten Kleij- Leadguitar & Harmonica
Jos de Wilde- Slide Guitar
Charles van den Heuvel- Piano
Fred Huissen- Drums
Henno van Donselaar- Alto Sax
Charles van der Steeg- Tenor & Baritone Sax
01. John the Revelator  John The Revelator  0:46
02. I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You  James  3:02
03. Worried Dreams  King  5:41
04. Charlie’s Drive Inn  John The Revelator  1:39
05. Talk to Me, Baby  James  5:01
06. Personal Manager  King, Porter  4:35
07. Wild Blues  John The Revelator  1:37
08. Bleeding Heart  James  4:42
09. No Woman  John The Revelator  3:12
10. Homework  Clark, Perkins  3:05
11. Yeah   John The Revelator  3:03
12. Rockin’ Squirrel   John The Revelator  3:34
13. One Track Mind   John The Revelator  4:44
14. I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You [live]  James  3:22
15. Little Red Rooster [demo version]  Dixon  4:17
16. Worried Dreams [instrumental/demo version]  4:50

maandag 13 september 2010

The Chambers Brothers - People Get Ready (Live Blues Soul 1964 Ash Groove LA)

Chambers Brothers - People Get Ready

Prior to their smash hit "The Time Has Come Today" on Columbia in 1967, the Chambers Brothers had recorded for second-tier labels such as Folkways and Vault. Although they had something of a following among folk music enthusiasts, it is interesting to note that their use of amplification was not an issue with this particular audience as it had been with Bob Dylan. Was an exception made for them on account of their background? It's hard to say, but they were apparently well received at the 1965 Folk Festival. Perhaps the fact that the utilization of electric instruments did not seem to have an adverse effect on their magnificent, gospel-derived group singing had something to do with it.

Like a lot of other contemporary (but mostly white) groups, the Chambers Brothers display a Jimmy Reed influence with the inclusion of "Yes, Yes, Yes" (a retitled version of "Goin' Upside Your Head") and "You've Got Me Running." Even the version of Johnnie Taylor's "You Can Run" is done in the bluesman's characteristic style. "Reconsider Baby," is, of course, a nod to Lowell Fulson, while the rock rendition of "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess predates Big Brother & the Holding Company's version by at least a couple of years. Early soul is represented by covers of the Impressions' "People Get Ready" (written by Curtis Mayfield), Barrett Strong's "Money" (written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford), the Isley Brothers' "Your Old Lady," and the Valentinos' "It's All Over Now" (written by Bobby and Shirley Womack). "Tore Up" is a fine take on the Hank Ballard classic, and "Hooka Tooka," while probably inspired by Chubby Checker's hit version from the previous year, demonstrates an indirect folk music influence since the song is a member of the "Green Rocky Road" family. "Call Me" is the only track that is not a cover (with songwriting credits going to Joe and Willie), and, while a good tune, is at least slightly indebted to the sound of the early Isleys, although that's definitely not a bad thing. And one can't help but notice the prominent cowbell and think about how that same instrument would also be used to similar effect on "The Time Has Come Today."

1. Yes, Yes, Yes
2. Tore Up
3. Reconsider Baby
4. You've Got Me Running
5. People Get Ready
6. Money (That's What I Want)
7. You Can Run (But You Can't Hide)
8. Hooka Tooka
9. Call Me
10. Summertime
11. Your Old Lady
12. It's All Over Now

maandag 6 september 2010

Bintangs - Travelling In The U.S.A. (1970 )

Bintangs - Travelling In The USA
01 - Travelling In The U.S.A
02 - In The Past
03 - Is A Blue Bird Blue
04 - He Didn't Want Go Home
05 - Rock It Little Bastard
06 - I'm Gonna Let You Down
07 - Agnes Grey
08 - Ridin' On The L & N


Bintangs - I'm On My Own Again (1969-72)(2 cd)

A Dutch R&B (rock) band, originated 1961 in Beverwijk, North-Holland province, and which has settled in IJmuiden, a town nearby. The band still existst and is one of the oldest in the world.

The name ‘Bintangs’ is the Malayan word for ‘stars’. Initially the band plays rock ‘n ‘roll, but later switches to old-fashioned rhythm & blues. The Bintangs, who achieved fame with their legendary live shows, has had more than forty different line-ups.

Website: http://www.bintangs.nl/

CREDITS :This post is from <ChrisGoesRock>, many many thanks to him
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The Bintangs from Beverwijk were originally named Rocket Dynes and Black Phantoms. They didn't only become known for their rough, smoky Hoogoven-born sound, but also for their great number of line-up changes. In the 60's, especially in the province of Noord-Holland, they had a firm following, which, in the cities of Beverwijk and Haarlem, manifested itself in posters plastered on many walls and even a gigantic gas tank with their name painted on it. Once at the Kennemer Theater, which was the place for open-air appearances at the time, the whole floor was crushed and demolished into pieces by the over-enthusiastic fans. Despite this, the Bintangs (Malay for "stars") remained one of the most underrated groups in the Netherlands.

This is the most complete summary of the group's members: Drums: Nono Piepelenbos (59) Rob Wijsters (59-60) Fred Maas (60) Gerry Ottenvanger (60) Leo van Olfen (60) Jimmy Jansen (60-63) Henk van Besu (63-66) Peter de Leeuwe (66-67, ex-Hottlets & Moans, to Los Zomos & Ekseption) Frans Kroon (67, ex-Hamlets) Henk van Norden (67-68) Hermke Klaasen (68, ex-Blues Vocation) Harry Schierbeek (68, to Kraayeveld) Aad Hooft (68-74, to Oscar Benton) Harry Schierbeek (74).

Guitar: Klaas Holtkamp (59-60, ex-Sky Rockets) Meine Fernhout (59-68, ex-Garred Boys) Piet Maas (60-62) Peter de Leeuwe (65, ex-Hottlets, to Moans and back as drummer) Jan Wijte (65-66 and 69-70) Gus Pleines (68-69) Rob van Donselaar (70-74, to Benton) Jack van Schaik (74).

Solo Guitar: Arthy Kraayeveld (59-68, ex-Garred Boys) Jan Wijte (68-69) Arthy (69-70, then to Kraayeveld) Jan Wijte (70-72) Rob ten Bokum (72-74, ex-Panda, to Blue Eyed Bluesband) Jaap Castricum (74-75, to Dais and Arthy Kraayeveld) Ben de Bruin (75, ex-Rob Hoeke and Flash & Dance Band), Albert Schiebeek (ex-Kraayeveld).

Keyboards: Jan Wijte (67-69) Rob van Donselaar (69-74) Jaap Castricum (74-75). Bass: Frank Kraayeveld (69-70, ex-Sky Rockets) James Schab (60-62) Ronald Krom (70-74, ex-Turquoise) Frank Kraayeveld (74).

Vocals: Arthy (59-60, 62-64, 67-68 & 74) Rob Wijsters (60-62) Wil Nimisz (64-66) Gus Pleines (66-72, ex-Hottlets) James Walker (67) Frank Kraayeveld (67-70) Nico Taihutu (68, ex-Blues Vocation, to Uzi) Rob Kruisman (72-74, ex-Panda and Modesty Blaise, to Supersister), Gus (74). Harmonica: Wil Nimisz (64-66) Gus Pleines (66-67, 68-72 and 74) Jan Wijte (67-68).

Flute: Jan Wijte (66-72, to Cockney Pride) Charles van der Steeg (72-74, ex-John the Revelator) Rob Kruisman (72-74). Diversen: Fred Maas (perc, 60-62) Bill Tromp (perc, 60-62) Rob van Donselaar (steel, 69-70) Charles van der Steeg (s, 72-74, to Cuby & The Blizzards) Rob Kruisman (s, 72-74)

To listen,
Disc 1 find here 

Disc 1:
01. I'm on my own again
02. Down south blues
03. Travelin' in the U.S.A.
04. Hound is on the run
05. Riding on the L and N
06. In the past
07. It's all over now
08. Little by little
09. Agnes grey
10. Rock it little bastard
11. Smokestack lightning
12. The bride
13. The dying of Mister Fernandez
14. He didn't wanna go home
15. Is a blue bird blue
16. I'm gonna let you down
17. Mona Lisa
18. Saint Louis blues
19. Too much
20. Well then it's all right

Disc 2 find here

Disc 2:
21. One hundred pounds
22. Louisiana blues
23. A losing battle
24. Still a fool
25. Blues with a feeling
26. My babe
27. Blues on the ceiling
28. Lion tamer
29. (selectie)
30. Hello goodbye
31. You got love
32. We're gonna make it
33. Be rolling
34. Chicky jamboree
35. You can't judge a book by looking at the cover
36. Mustang driver
37. Take me down
38. Jambalaya
39. Lunatic
40. Wilo manger

Bintangs - Rockfield Beauties [1982 Lark Records]

Bintangs - Rockfield Beauties

1-1 Cold War Generation

1-2 Agnes Grey

1-3 Do John

1-4 Hobo Man

1-5 Insight, Inside Out

2-1 Bayou Woman

2-2 Handmade High-Heeled Flesh-Colored Boots

2-3 Open & Busted

2-4 Gone Dead Train

2-5 New Orleans, New Orleans

2-6 Travelin' Mood

another vinyl rip [audition 2.0]