May 2015 Archives

Blu-ray Review: Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued

16 unused Bob Dylan lyrics form the basis of a fascinating documentary about the attempt to turn them into songs.
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Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes from 1967 have, rightly, achieved legendary status over the years. His recordings with The Band, never meant for public consumption, eventually did make their way out, both in illegitimate and legitimate forms and have been the subject of much discussion ever since. It's no surprise then that when a box filled with 16 sets of unused lyrics from this period turned up, people took notice. With Dylan's blessing, producer T Bone Burnett and musicians Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes, Jim James from My Morning Jacket and Marcus Mumford from

DeepSoul: Gloria Jones - "Tainted Love"

Our final entry in DeepSoul's salute to pioneering female R&B artists spotlights a renaissance woman who spanned the R&B and glam rock genres.
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Generation X members fondly remember the 1981 Soft Cell New Wave hit "Tainted Love"; what few realized, however, was that it was a cover of a 1965 soul single. The still distinctive R&B stomper transcends its decade, sounding years ahead of the then-predominant Motown sound. Its singer, Gloria Jones, would later become a member of the burgeoning glam rock movement in the 1970s, joining T. Rex and embarking on a romance with lead singer Marc Bolan. Songwriter, singer, musician, and music supervisor for films--Jones has enjoyed a long career in the music business, but has seen her share of highs

'Elliott Smith - Heaven Adores You' DVD, Blu-Ray Release July 17

Documentary about the talented singer/songwriter makes its way to home video this summer...
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The documentary Elliott Smith - Heaven Adores You will make its move to home video on July 17 on Blu Ray, DVD, and a host of other digital formats. The film was directed by Nickolas Dylan Rossi and is billed as an intimate portrait of an incredibly talented singer/songwriter. It features interviews with a handful of those close to Smith and takes us to the three cities he spent most of his career: Portland, New York, and Los Angeles. Elliott Smith was an amazing talent as a singer/songwriter and increasingly as an arranger when his life was cut short at

Celebrating The Life Of B.B. King (1925-2015)

Celebrating the life and work of the blues icon who passed away at the age of 89....
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The world is mourning the loss and celebrating the life and legacy of BB King and I am joining that chorus with a heavy but thankful heart. He gave more than I can possibly sum up in his 89 years. We are all the richer for those gifts and it would be wrong to ask for any more but there was never going to be a day we would want to let him go. Too many of the greats were not appreciated in their own time. I take some comfort in the belief BB had some idea of just how

DeepSoul: Mary Wells - "You Beat Me to the Punch"

DeepSoul continues its salute to pioneering female R&B artists with a 1962 single by the First Lady of Motown.
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Who was the biggest female singer on the Motown label? Today, most fans would cite Diana Ross; however, the original diva was Mary Wells, a gifted singer who was sadly overshadowed by Ross and other artists. Sadly, she never equalled the success she experienced during her brief time on the label, fading into undeserved obscurity in the 1970s and 1980s. By her 1992 death, younger generations remained unaware of her earlier status as the "First Lady of Motown." She may best known for the 1964 hit "My Guy," but the catchy 1962 single "You Beat Me to the Punch"

CD Review: Otis Taylor - Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat

Otis Taylor's latest is a trance-blues work of art.
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Otis Taylor's 14th album, Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat is an interesting mix of trippy, psychedelic sounds and traditional blues. The 10 songs flow into one another, as if one long song, but never seem long and work individually. "Hey Joe" appears twice and is the main theme of the record, while Taylor's original, "Sunday Morning appears in three different forms, all distinctly different, yet tied together. It's a unique mix, but it works. The first "Hey Joe" uses a three-guitar attack, including Taylor, Warren Haynes, and Langhorne Slim with violin courtesy of Todd Edmunds and cornet from Taylor Scott. It

It Was A Beautiful Day

In which our hero breathes a sigh of relief, gives thanks for a new friend, and remembers miracles...
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Grammy-winner John Mellencamp once remarked what makes a medical emergency a minor one is when it happens to someone else. I've spent the past week making people laugh sharing a story about the way someone's irrepressible, mischievous grin drew me into a farce. The owner of that smirk is a new presence in my life who today was confronted with what could've been either a manageable health scare or an absolute tragedy. To my profound relief it was the former rather than the latter, and in the midst of that comfort I was struck by how much he's already come

Interview: Ides Of March, Survior Frontman Jim Peterik

The ides of March cofounder speaks about the band's 50th anniversary box set.
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Blinded by Sound had a chance to speak with Ides of March founding member, Jim Peterik, about the band's new 50th anniversary collection, as well as his career writing for other artists and his time with the group Survivor. He's had a long and varied musical career to say the least. Here's what he had to say. How did the box set come about? What was your involvement? Was it difficult to get all the tracks from the different labels? It's definitely home grown. We're our own record company and we found a distributor. It starts out in 1964 with

CD Review: The Ides of March - Last Band Standing

Chicago veterans release their definitive, 50th anniversary collection
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50 years ago, a group of teenagers from Berwyn, IL, comprised of Jim Peterik, Bob Bergland, Larry Millas and Mike Borch took their love of rock and roll and followed the lead of countless other teens during those glory years of rock and formed a band. Initially, they were named The Shondells, but not long after changed their name to The Ides Of March. By 1970, they had a massive hit single with "Vehicle" and were opening for the likes of Led Zeppelin. More success followed, but by 1973, the band had broken up, with Peterik going on to cofound