Monday, April 28, 2008


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1969 on A&M Records.
Format: Mp3

Bit Rate: 320kbps
Produced By: Andy Johns
Executive Producer: Chris Wright
Assistant Engineer: Robin Black
Recorded At: Morgan Studios, London, England 1969
Album Cover: Tom Wilkes
It’s Only Love
Dear Jill
Walk On The Water
The Modern Alchemist
See My Way
Summer Day
Change Song
Ain’t Ya Comin’ Home?
Mick Abrahams – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Jack Lancaster – Sax
Andy Pyle – Bass
Ron Berg – Drums
WEBSITE(S): Official Site Wikipedia Site
A quirky detour of late-'60s British progressive/blues rock, Blodwyn Pig was founded by former Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams, who left Tull after the This Was album. Abrahams was joined by bassist Andy Pyle, drummer Ron Berg, and Jack Lancaster, who gave the outfit their most distinctive colorings via his saxophone and flute. On their two albums, they explored a jazz/blues/progressive style somewhat in the mold of (unsurprisingly) Jethro Tull, but with a lighter feel. They also bore some similarities to John Mayall's jazzy late-'60s versions of the Bluesbreakers, or perhaps Colosseum, but with more eclectic material.
Both of their LPs made the British Top Ten, though the players' instrumental skills were handicapped by thin vocals and erratic (though oft-imaginative) material. The group were effectively finished by Abrahams' departure after 1970's Getting to This. They briefly reunited in the mid-'70s, and Abrahams was part of a different lineup that reformed in the late '80s; they have since issued a couple of albums in the 1990s. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
By Yours Truly
This is simply put, a great album that has stood the test of time. For whatever reason it still sounds like it could've been released in the past year. Songs like Dear Jill, with it's beautiful guitar and Walk on The Water are just well written songs that have aged extremely well. There is not a bad tune on this Lp and I'd be hard pressed to not include it in the top 100 albums of the 60's/ 70's. This one comes with a 100% refund on your purchase price. If not completely satisfied just leave a not telling me what you don't like about it.
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Friday, April 25, 2008


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1976 on Mercury Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320kbps
Produced By: Mike Greene
Production Assistant: Antonio Reale
Engineered By: Antonio Reale
Recorded & Mastered At: The Sound Pit, Atlanta, Georgia
Album Cover: Ron Vallani
String Arranger / Conductor: Skip Lane
Midnight Mirage
Down To The Wire
Jay Bluweesie
Perfect Smile
Adobe Hideaway
I Need A Love
Smile To Me
Circles Round The Sun
All song written by Mike Greene
Mike Greene – Keyboards, Saxophones, Flutes
Rande Powell – Drums, Percussion
David Michael – Guitars
Michael Holbrook – Bass
I surfed for about a half hour and couldn’t find a thing about this band. A couple sites selling their albums but no info……Mike Greene is a fairly common name.
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This is a nice, easy to listen to album. Kinda jazzy and light. All the musicians know their craft and do a very good job playing together as a tight ensemble. I’ve played this album since I bought it in the late 70’s and it’s still a satisfying listening experience today. I don’t have a whole lot else to say about it. Give it a listen and see if you want to hear it again after you’ve played it thru once. I’d be surprised if you don’t find it a nice addition to your musical collection. Just another one more of those bands that fell in between the cracks and deserves a chance to be heard.
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Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1971 on Reprise Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320kbps
Produced By: Travis Rivers
Engineered By: Charles Tallent
Assistant Engineer: J. Ranellucci
Recorded At: Jack Clement Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Album Cover: Marshall Fallwell, Jr.
Temptation Took Control Of Me And I Fell
There Is No End
Soul Of Sadness
I’ll Be Long Gone
Bring Me Home
Tonight The Sky’s About To Cry
Seven Bridges Road
Lo And Behold
Deliver Me
Tracy Nelson – Vocals, Keyboards
Guitar – Robert James Cardwell, John Cameron Andrews
Keyboards – Andrew James Mahon
Bass Guitar – Tim Drummond
\Percussion – Karl Himmel
Fiddle – John Gimble, Sammy Dodge
Dobro – Ben Keith
BRING ME HOME Just Sends Me..., February 2, 2008
By Gregory Callahan - (Amazon Customer Review)
Song for song, BRING IT HOME is just about my favorite Mother Earth album--at least among those records featuring the great Tracy Nelson as their sole vocalist. The very first two albums LIVING WITH THE ANIMALS and MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE have a very special place in my heart, precisely because they, like the Big Brother and Jefferson Airplane albums of the late '60s, are collective efforts DESPITE the presence of a major female vocal talent who could be (and often was) the focus. In other words, those first two ME albums have a true hppie, communal feel that captures the spirit of the era. By BRING ME HOME, Tracy and the group had moved to Nashville and entered a completely new phase.
Being a Tracy Nelson fan, I could scarcely complain that Tracy was now fronting the band exclusively and, in fact, never did. Its predecessor SATISFIED was actually the first record to feature Tracy as the sole vocalist, and that was a fine record too (if a little on the brief side), but BRING ME HOME came about after a label switch, had many more upbeat tunes and just seemed tighter and more dynamic a set overall. There may be a certain irony that the very earliest Mother Earth albums, with one or two other vocalists, actually feature enough vocal highlights on Tracy's part to satisfy Tracy devotees as well. They include: the first recorded version of her signature song "Down So Low" (later recorded by artists like Linda Ronstadt, Etta James and Maria Muldaur); the song that inspired the band's name Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth," and Tracy's powerfully moving version "I Need Your Love So Bad"--all are just plain killer tunes. In fact, anyone listening to them now would have to wonder why she was not as big a name as Janis or Grace (or bigger for that matter).
BRING ME HOME had its share of showstoppers as well--including the rowsing "Temptation Took Control Of Me (And I Fell), Tracy's knock out version of Boz Scaggs' "I'll Be Long Gone", the gospel inspired "Bring Me Home" and "Deliver Me." There are beautiful slower tempo moments too, like Tracy's own composition "Soul of Sadness" (as moving in its way as the earlier "Down So Low") and a classic reading of the Eric Kaz tune "Tonight The Sky's About to Cry." She assays classics like "Seven Bridges Road" and James Taylor's "Lo and Behold" and makes them pretty much her own. I just about cried tears of joy when this record was finally re-released on CD. So many of the tracks had appeared on the earlier Warners anthology THE BEST OF TRACY NELSON/MOTHER EARTH. But that compilation was released in the mid-90s and I feared that the complete Mother Earth albums would never come out on CD. Thank heavens for revival companies like Wounded Bird (and Rhino and Collectors Choice)! Nearly all of Tracy Nelson's catalog--solo AND with Mother Earth--had been released on CD at some point or other. Not all of it remains in print now however, so I recommend picking up what's out there. And BRING ME HOME is not a bad place to start. For many listeners, in fact, it may be the PERFECT place to start.
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Sunday, April 20, 2008


With all the time I spend online, particulary searching music blogs for old and new stuff, I don't know how I Managed to miss this bit of info, but I did until just yesterday. Sunday, September 9th, 2007 Hughie was at home, taking a nap in his easy chair as us 55 year old guys are inclined to do from time to time and he never woke up again.
It was late spring or possibly summer, 1975 when I first heard of The Outlaws. Their self titled, debut album was a knockout and many a day that summer you'd hear it blasting from my car speakers. Their debut album was one of the stronger first efforts I've ever had the pleasure to hear and even today it still stands as one of the best examples of the Southern rock genre.
They were known as the Florida Guitar army because of their fantastic guitar pickin' line-up which along with Hughie consisted of Billy Jones (who has also passed on) and Henry Paul. All 3 gentlemen had their own guitar style and each could write a great rock n roll tune, making them a formidable ensemble.
I got to see them once live, in 1978 and back in those days, with festival seating, you could get as close as you could get so I made it my business to stand right in front of the man. Back in those days you could also photograph the band and being a photographer of sorts I have a pic of Hughie on my den wall overlooking my album collection that I took at that concert. Hard to accept the fact that it's been 30 years since that concert. If I can find the time I'll scan the pic and put it up here
Although they put out a number of excellent releases, the first one is forever near and dear to my heart and to honor the man who wrote so many of their great tunes and who in no small part was The Outlaws, I'm offering up a share of their debut album. If by some cruel twist of fate you've never heard any Outlaws music or you were too young to be around in the days when it was happening and you love great guitar picking and fantastic harmony vocals then I'd highly suggest you start by listening to their debut album and go from there......
Rest In Peace Hughie and thanks for the music that always made me feel good to be alive.

Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1975 on Arista Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: Variable Bit Rate (approx. 220)
Produced By: Paul A Rothchild
Engineered By: Fritz Richmond
Recorded At: Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, California, March 1975
Album Cover: Janet Mager
There Goes Another Love Song
Song For You
Song In The Breeze
It Follows From Your Heart
Cry No More
Stay With Me
Keep Prayin’
Knoxville Girl
Green Grass & High Tides
Hughie Thomasson – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Billy Jones – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Henry Paul – Vocals, Guitar
Frank O’Keefe – Bass
Monte Yoho – Drums
J.D. Souther – Harmony Vocals on “It Follows From Your Heart”
WEBSITE(S): Official Site Wikipedia Site The Early Years
Definitive Southern Rock, April 28, 2003
Edward H. Welbon "epiphenomenalist" (Austin, Tx United States) - (Amazon Customer Review)
It's all subjective of course but I've always thought that the Outlaws were the penultimate southern rock act. For me the beautiful, melodic guitar work,and vocal harmonies are what souther rock is about. That's not to say that I don't like Pure Prairie League, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Allman Brothers (with Duane), The Band, Little Feat or the many other great southern rock acts - I will always enjoy the music made by these and other southern rock acts. But if I were stranded on a desert island, the Outlaws debut album is one that would show up the short list of what I wanted. Somewhere near the Outlaws in that list I'd probably also have the Drive-By Truckers album "Southern Rock Opera" just to remind me of my heritage and perhaps the Massive Attack album "Mezzanine" to add some balance to that remembrance but then, that's another matter. 8-)
Southern Rock Defined - 10 stars!!!, July 21, 2006
Dr. Johnny Fevre (Largo, Florida USA) - (Amazon Customer Review)
I had been a fan of the Outlaws since this album was released in 1975 but it wasn't until I saw them in concert at the St. Petersburg Bayfront Center on New Years eve in 1977-8 (I still have the ticket stub) that I became rabid. They never received the same airplay that Lynyrd Skynrd and Marshall Tucker enjoyed except perhaps here in the Tampa Bay area. This was truly a shame as this is quite simply the some of the best music of the genre. The vocal harmonies comparison to the Eagles is inevitable but this too, is not a logical comparison. The music is just too different to compare. From the opening licks on There Goes Another Love Song until the last chords of GG&HT Forever, the beat is non-stop and the guitar playing is quite simply, and there's no other way to put it, AWESOME. Hughie Thomasson, Billy Jones (RIP), and Henry Paul have a way of making you pull out your air guitar and jamming along side them, or wishing you actually knew how to play. The softer sounds of It Follows From Your Heart and Song in the Breeze compliment the harder edge signature songs and no one is immune from toe tapping to Waterhole and Knoxville Girl. I have listened to this album as much or more than any other in my significant collection and I never tire of it. If you've never heard the music, listen to the Amazon clips but they certainly don't do the music justice. If you only buy one Outlaws album, this should be it.
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Sunday, April 13, 2008


If you're expecting an unbiased, editorial style review of this band and their music then you're going to be solely disappointed with what's here. I love this band. I loved them from the first time I heard "Take The Highway" in 1973 and I still play their music frequently when I need an upper. This was one of the most talented and prolific emsembles to come out of the '70's music explosion and on 13 studio albums released between 1973 and the end of '83 there is 100 or so tunes, all of which are individual jewels.
I've been fortunate to see this band live over a dozen times during the '70's. It was an annual thing for a number of years as they would come to play at the old dome on the Grand Valley State college campus every summer. Myself and a buddy would get there early in the afternoon and wait for the equipment trucks to roll in. We'd ask if we could help and always got a "Sure thing, partner!" More than once we got to sit inside and listen during sound checks before going outside to get in line with our tickets for the show. Some of the best times I had in those days was standing up in front of Toy and Tommy Caldwell watching those boys pick and grin.
This wasn't a band with one star, it was a true ensemble. Doug Gray's voice is unmistakeable for anyone else and the power behind it was awesome. I can remember in concert having him let out a hollar and not be anywhere close to a mic and still hear it loud and clear. Doug Gray was the voice of MTB period. Doug still fronts the band even today and although it's still called The Marshall Tucker Band it's more the Doug Gray Band these days.
Toy Caldwell was the song writer and guitar picker extrordinaire. Toy wrote the bulk of MTB's tunes with occasional help from George Caldwell and the other boys, but it was Toy's guitar playing that did most of the talking for him. He had an awesome picking style, using his thumb and it was amazing to watch the things he could do not even using a guitar pick. Toy Caldwell went to sleep at his home on the night of February 25, 1993, never to awaken again.
Tommy Caldwell was a hero of mine too. Being a bass player of sorts in my younger days I would judge a band on the talent of their bass player and MTB had a bassist who kept the band moving all the time. He would play with such intensity that the sweat would just be pouring off him, particulary on the longer jams that they were famous for in their live shows. When he died in April of 1980 in a car accident it was a sad day in my world. The first piece of the original band was gone and although his replacement, Franklin Wilkie did a good job, he wasn't Tommy. If there is a heaven those two brothers are up there putting on a heckuva show every Saturday night.
Paul Riddle played drums for MTB and no matter what type of tune they were playin', Jazzy, swinging or out and out rockin' he was right there with style and feeling pushing the boys up front with his two hands and two feet pumping away like a well oiled machine.
George McCorkle was the strong, silent one for the band. He was just always there playing great rhythm guitar, either acoustic or electric, behind Toy's lead work. George also wrote a number of tunes for the band and one of them, Searching for a Rainbow was a large hit for MTB. George succumbed to cancer last summer, July 2007, and went to join the brothers for those saturday night shows.
Last but certainly not least there was Jerry Eubanks. The man who created a large part of that famous Tucker sound with his excellent Sax and Flute work. Always melodic and always moving, his playing helped MTB stand out head and shoulders above most of the music being created at the time.
This was the original band. Doug Gray continues to front the MTB in the new millenium and the quality of the music is still excellent. They just released a new album in 2007 Called The Next Adventure which is certainly worth owning.
What we have here now is the MTB discography from their 1st album in 73 thru Greetings From South Carolina in 1983. After Greetings the band effectively broke up and only Jerry and Doug went on under the MTB moniker with a variety of excellent southern musicians filling the spots left by Toy, Paul, George and Franklin. If you're new to MTB I'd suggest going chronologically and see where that takes you. I hope you enjoy the music as much as I have and still do......


Take The Highway
Can’t You See
Losing You
Hillbilly Band
See You Later, I’m Gone
My Jesus Told Me So
AB’s Song

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A NEW LIFE - 1974
A New Life
Southern Woman
Blue Ridge Mountain Sky
Too Stubborn
Another Cruel Love
You Ain’t Foolin’ Me
24 Hours At A Time
Fly Eagle Fly
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This Ol’ Cowboy
Low Down Ways
In My Own Way
How Can I Slow Down
Where A Country Boy Belongs
Now She’s Gone
Try One More Time
24 Hours At A Time
Everyday (I Have The Blues)
Take The Highway

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Fire On The Mountain
Searchin’ For A Rainbow
Walkin’ And Talkin’
Bob Away My Blues
Keeps Me From All Wrong
Bound And Determined
Can’t You See
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Long Hard Ride
Property Line
Am I The Kind Of Man
Walkin’ The Streets Alone
Windy City Blues
Holding On To You
You Say You Love Me
You Don’t Live Forever

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Fly Like An Eagle
Heard It In A Love Song
I Should Have Never Started Lovin’ You
Life In A Song
Desert Skies
Never Trust A Stranger
Tell It To The Devil
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I’ll Be Loving You
Love Is A Mystery
Singing Rhymes
Dream Lover
Everybody Needs Somebody
Change Is Gonna Come
Asking Too Much Of You

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Running Like The Wind
Last Of The Singing Cowboys
Answer To Love
Unto These Hills
Melody Ann
My Best Friend
Pass It On

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TENTH - 1980
It Takes Time
Without You
See You One More Time
Cattle Drive
Gospel Singin’ Man
Save My Soul
Sing My Blues
Foolish Dreaming

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Rumors Are Raging
Tonight’s The Night (For Making Love)
Love Some
Something’s Missing In My Life
This Time I Believe
Tell The Blues To Take Off The Night
Special Someone
The Time Has Come
Ride In Peace
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Reachin’ For A Little Bit More
If You Think You’re Hurtin’ Me (Girl You’re Crazy)
Even A Fool Would Let Go
Sea, Dreams & Fairy Tales
Any Way The Wind Blows Rider
Mr. President
Sweet Elaine
Ace High Love

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JUST US - 1983
Stay A Step Ahead
Time Don’t Pass By Here
Long Island Lady
A Place I’ve Never Been
Wait For You
When Love Begins To Fade
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Carolina Sunset
Good ’Ole Hurting Song
If I Could Only Have My Way
I May Be Easy But You Make It Hard
Closer To Jesus
Blood Red Eagle
Shot Down Where You Stand
Feel A Drunk Comin’ On
Bags Half Packed
Rollin’ River
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Sunday, April 06, 2008


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1976 on Asylum records.
Bit Rate: 256 Kbps
Format: Mp3
Produced By: Peter Asher
Engineered By: Val Garay, Greg Ladanyi
Recorded & Mixed At: The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California
Cover Art: Lorrie Sullivan, concept by J.D. Souther
All strings, horns and woodwinds arranged and conducted by David Campbell
Banging My Head Against The Moon
If You Have Crying Eyes
Your Turn Now
Faithless Love
Baby Come Home
Simple Man, Simple Dream
Silver Blue
Midnight Prowl
Doors Swing Open
Black Rose
All songs written by J.D. Souther
John David Souther - Vocals, Guitars, Congas
Guitar - Danny Kootchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Glenn Frey, Andrew Gold
Keyboards - Andrew Gold, Peter Asher
Bass - Paul Stallworth, Kenny Edwards
Drums - Jim Keltner, Russell Kunkel, Mike Botts
Background Vocals - David Crosby, Art Garfunkel, Andrew Gold, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Asher
Violin - Charles Veal, Rovbert Dubow, Haim Shtrum & John Wittenberg
Viola - David Campbell, Charles Veal
Cello - Dennis Karmazyn, Ray Kelly
Double Bass - James Bond
Flute - Don Menza, Earl Dumler
Oboe - Earl Dumler
French Horn - David Duke
By (London, England)
Clearly Souther's best and most dense album, it also illustrates why Souther never became a full member of the Eagles and that insiders' assumptions about Souther 'just not being a group person' were widely justified at the time. He presents himself at the peak of his writing ability and, supported by Peter Asher's sensitive production, also in full creative control. In spite of numerous cameo appearences (by Andrew Gold, David Crosby and the Eagles) the album failed commercially like on most other instances Souther decided against the role of the man in the background. Many of the songs feature re-recorded (and better) versions of songs he had previously recorded with Linda Ronstadt, others (like the irresistable Doors Swing Open) are clearly meant for his own use, so unapplicable are they to the Eagles' or Ronstadt's patterns. There is a commodity of patience and density here which gives the album the taste of a burried treasure, a yet largely undiscovered classic. The recent re-issue on CD might enhance that reading of his work, even though other notable attempts (such as his last full-scale album Home By Dawn, which was only re-released in Japan, and is not available elsewhere, not even on Amazon) seemed to be denied this kind of slow appreciation. Highly recommendable.
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Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1972 on Asylum records.
Bit Rate: 256 Kbps
Format: Mp3
Produced By: J.D.Souther & Fred Catero
Engineered By: Fred Catero, larry Cox, Peer Granet
Recorded At: Pacific Recorders, San Mateo, California; Wally Heiders, Los Angeles, California
Cover Art: Frank Laffitte
The Fast One
Run Like A Thief
Jesus In 3/4 Time
Kite Woman
Some People Call It Music
White Wing
It's The Same
How Long
Out To Sea
John David Souther - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass
Guitar - Ned Doheny, Glenn Frey, Wayne Perkins
Keyboards - David Jackson, Gary Mallabar
Vibes - Gary Mallabar
Bass - Bryan Garofalo, David Jackson, Mike Bowden
Drums - Gary Mallabar, Mickey McGee, John Barbata
Harp- Joel Tepp
Fiddle - Gib Guilbeau
By (London, England)
Souther's first solo album, which coincided with the release of the first Eagles album, but offers a much more mature and poetic take on the early 70's Southern California scene, a kind of inward-looking alternative to the Eagles' evolving wide-screen lyricism. Souther is more sharp-edged and less compromising, even though the escapism theme is just as present here as it is in the work of his more privileged Troubadour peers. He re-records Kite Woman, a track which he first recorded with Glenn Frey on their Longbranch Pennywhistle album three years earlier (the album has not been re-released on CD, but the vinyl original runs at about US$100 at well-stocked Greenwich Village Record stores and is otherwise almost impossible to find), and it is here that it becomes most apparent what Souther is doing: he tunes things down, takes some of the country-rock elements and tempo out and thus creates a somewhat deeper texture which is so close to modern singer-/songwriter standards that it almost seems as if Souther was a victim of his own talent since his offerings would remain underestimated throughout his career. Other outstanding tracks include Out To Sea, Some People Call It Music (a song which delivers an elbaborate shift throughout his entire range of muscial expression), and the closing track Lullaby. This is a quality effort altogether which illustrates how far ahead of most of his contemporaries and how close to perfection Souther was even then.
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