Friday, 29 May 2015

2015 - Out Of Our Inbox - Edition Six

Sarah Neufeld has a strong solo career developing alongside her familiar touring with Arcade Fire. Her violin orientated solo work looks set to expand further with this exciting and intriguing song from her forthcoming album (no release date set as yet). The track 'We've Got A Lot' features Sarah Neufeld on violin and vocals along with Jeremy Gara on drums, Colin Stetson on lyricon, and Hans Bernhard on bass. If you want to much information then it was recorded by Hans Bernhard and Corwin Fox, mixed by Mark Lawson and Hans Bernhard, and mastered by Harris Newman. Sarah is touring still with a few more dates to go, on her website HERE. Well this is a welcome development and if the plan was to fill us with expectation, it has worked!


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Meridian Lights are new to us and we are mightily impressed. Some background - Meridian Lights is Bradley Valentin and Yohimbe Sampson. They grew up creating and performing music in their homes with their families in their Bed-Stuy neighbourhood as a part of celebrating the greatest moments of life, maintaining optimism during its trials and music of course, served as an outlet for their own self expression.  

Yohimbe is a self-taught guitarist since a teen in popular Brooklyn rap-rock fusion band Game Rebellion. A neighbourhood party that turned into a jam session where Yohimbe grabbed a guitar and nobody dared to sing led Brad to step in, and they have not stopped playing together since.

Bradley; writing since a pre-teen, writes everything from short stories to poetry. He began singing in his mother’s church choir around the same time.  “At home I was introduced to many different genres and I always paid attention to the vocalist and their performance,” says Bradley. Their new ep “Meridian Lights”  fuses soul, world and electronica into an indie pop song set that touches on trial, optimism, love and some baby-making rhythms.

They have some live dates lined up as follows:

06/19-06/21 - Tonasket, WA - Culture Consciousness Festival
06/22 - Olympia, WA - Deadbeat Records
06/23 - Seattle, WA - The Funhouse @ El Corazon
06/24 - Seattle, WA - Seamonster
06/26 - Bellingham, WA - Cabin Tavern

We are pleased to preview the music on Beehive Candy, however get behind this incredible duo if you like what you here, this is wonderfully crafted music and a delight to listen to!

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And the excellent music just keeps on coming (budding DJ or what?)...

This time in the form of Suris. and we have lots of background info to share with you - Suris release their debut album ‘Leap’ this July/August with it’s first single ‘Riverman’ in June. Members, Lindsey and Dave Mackie have written, recorded and produced this song collection with additional help from Samantha Rowe (Jon Lord, Emmylou Harris and Alex Banks) and David Ord. Also included is a cover of Jimmy Webb’s ‘Do what you Gotta Do’.

Lead by Lindsey’s arresting voice, the songs are more dynamic, memorable and richly textured than her 2012 solo album ‘Plaques & Tangles’, yet seductive and at times unsettling landscapes still dominate. 

Fiercely independent, this Buckinghamshire based couple met while playing in different punk bands. They bring various touch points from the 70s and 80s to blend intricate guitar and piano textures with sweeping orchestration. No samples here, if whale song or crows are needed Lindsey records them herself . 

The Mackie’s musical collaboration began during their early marriage, they met whilst at the University of East Anglia. Starting as a recording adventure with only a four track cassette recorder, they created a sound which caught the attention of both Nigel Grainge at Ensign Records and most notably from David Munns at Polygram, but ultimately it was Lindsey’s voice that garnered the most interest, and she went on to win a Sky TV talent contest as a solo singer.

Just as the industry was beginning to take notice, the untimely death of her manager meant she lost her chief hustler and to further complicate the mix, she became pregnant. Two children later, the Mackies remain doggedly self-sufficient, instinctive and  passionately committed to the song. They finish off each other’s musical sentences, are multi- instrumentalists and, with a family and real life to skim off affectations , there’s little time or interest in ego.

Lindsey’s song-writing is intelligent, emotional and distinctive. Her performances range from the restrained cool of Absolute Zero to the uninhibited, underwater yowling of Scaur Bank. With Dave’s production skills Suris create, in their own space and time, a unique and enduring sound.

Check out just how good Suris are with the video below, this is a fabulous album with many strong songs, if you like 'Riverman' you will have to get the album when it's released!

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Tape Runs Out next, and a couple of impressive songs 'Friends' and 'Flowers'. Here's what the promo had to say - Tape Runs Out unashamedly display their edgy, refreshing pop-mindedness in these two tracks, with a potent elixir of guitars, hooks and the familiar soft hush of early 90s male vocals. This release includes the hallmark “Friends”, a layered jangle anthem sure to inspire dreaming and gazing, and the stand-out track “Flowers” is reminiscent of ‘Rock Action’ era Mogwai on ecstasy with a remarkable Cure-laced cool-down effect.

One of the most exciting bands to come out of Cambridge in recent times, Tape Runs Out have being enthralling audiences around England for the past two years.  Variously described as indie, shoegaze, dream pop and electronica, they have carved out their own sound by blending cleverly crafted melodies, melancholic ambience and dreamy reverb-tinged rhythms. Headed by Liam Goodrum-Bell, Tape Runs Out's music is infectious with a modern and unique twist, defying stereotypical trends with songs for those who love to absorb the music, as well as for the most intricate and scrupulous music lovers.

The single is released on Ear to Ear Records (HERE), and in our ever humble and unassuming way, we simply say if you like anything folk pop come shoegaze with hooks that can really hook you then Tape Runs Out may well delight your fine ears!

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Freedom Fry we are reliably informed, is the combination of French songstress Marie Seyrat and Michigan-born musical chameleon Bruce Driscoll (also of Blondfire). The song we feature here has a pretty unique thing or two about it as Freedom Fry explain - “21” was recorded with the help of the audiences we had during the first three nights of our residency at The Echo in LA. The first night they provided the hand claps, the next the group vocals, and for the grand finale they gave us the most stretched out scream we’ve ever heard.

“21” is about feeling high on all the possibilities of a life that lies ahead. It’s about celebrating the time we're alive.
- Bruce & Marie

All Beehive Candy will add is just how old we are getting but hey! lets not get in the way of these annoyingly young people enjoying themselves... Actually it's a catchy, hooking song that will get inside your head, don't say we didn't warn you!

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Finally in this round up it's a case of "last but most definitely not least". Poema have released the new single 'Forget You in LA' and we are finding it massively addictive!

There's more to come as the promo tells us - Poema's new EP, Pretty Speeches, will be independently released on Friday, July 10. This EP marks the first project from the sister duo since parting with Tooth & Nail Records in early 2014.

The EP showcases a new direction for Poema which sees Elle & Shealeen Puckett experimenting with pop grooves and laid back guitar. "For this collection of songs we gave ourselves complete freedom. No boundaries, no time limits, and nothing to distract ourselves from pulling out the best material we could," reflects Poema's Elle Puckett. 

Recorded in the duo's adopted town of Nashville with producer Nolan Rossi, Pretty Speeches, is Poema's first release as an independent group.

So enjoy Poema's single as we start the countdown for July 10th with eager anticipation. Keep up to date with them on their website HERE. Failure to acquire 'Pretty Speeches' will render you uncool, you have been notified...

The Beatles - Decca Sessions 1962

Reloaded 29/May/2015 - another Beehive Candy favourite for so many reasons. The historical aspect speaks for itself, however musically it just makes me wonder what would have happened if Decca had signed them that day. Would the musical styling have altered and would Pete Best have remained on drums for example. All hypothetical I know however perhaps Decca's loss was everyone else's gain as things turned out. It all seems a long time ago now.

The Decca audition is the name given to the now-famous audition by The Beatles for Decca Records at their Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, before they reached international stardom. Decca's decision to reject the group is considered to be one of the biggest mistakes in music history.

Manager Brian Epstein made numerous trips to London to visit record companies with the hope of securing a record contract, but was rejected by many, including Columbia, Pye, Philips, and Oriole.

The Beatles were driven down to London by Neil Aspinall on New Year's Eve in 1961, for a Decca audition, but Aspinall lost his way, and the trip took ten hours. They arrived at 10 o'clock at night, and John Lennon said that they arrived "just in time to see the drunks jumping in the Trafalgar Square fountain." On 1 January 1962, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best were auditioned by Decca producer Tony Meehan (ex-drummer of the Shadows) performing a total of fifteen songs in just under one hour. All the material was selected by Epstein, who decided on a selection of covers that the band had performed in various clubs over the years, interspersed with three Lennon/McCartney originals. The Beatles later found out that Epstein had paid Meehan to produce the studio recordings.

Eventually, Decca Records rejected The Beatles, saying that "guitar groups are on the way out", although it has since been suggested that their work that day did not yet reflect their true potential, and the "guitar" comment may have been intended as a polite let down.
Decca instead chose The Tremeloes, who auditioned the same day as The Beatles, were local and would require lower travel expenses.
The Beatles went on to sign with EMI subsidiary Parlophone, after their 'comedy album' producer George Martin heard the Decca demos and decided to meet the band. In 2007, Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems released a CD version of The Decca Audition.

Source: Studio recording.

Sound Quality: Extremely good mp3 @320kbps.

Genre: The Beatles will do.

Set: Complete studio recording session

Track List:
  1. "Like Dreamers Do" (Lennon/McCartney)
  2. "Money (That's What I Want)" (Gordy/Bradford)
  3. "Till There Was You" (Meredith Wilson)
  4. "The Sheik of Araby" (Smith/Wheeler/Snyder)
  5. "To Know Her Is to Love Her" (Phil Spector)
  6. "Take Good Care of My Baby" (King/Goffin)
  7. "Memphis, Tennessee" (Chuck Berry)
  8. "Sure to Fall (In Love with You)" (Cantrell/Claunch/Perkins)
  9. "Hello Little Girl" (Lennon/McCartney)
  10. "Three Cool Cats" (Leiber/Stoller)
  11. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (Buddy Holly)
  12. "Love of the Loved" (Lennon/McCartney)
  13. "September in the Rain" (Warren/Dubin)
  14. "Bésame Mucho" (Consuelo Velázquez)
  15. "Searchin'" (Leiber/Stoller)
Band Line Up:

John Lennon: guitar, vocals, harmonica
Paul McCartney: bass, vocals
George Harrison: guitar, vocals
Pete Best: drums

Links: Official Site HERE.

Comments: I have sourced a reasonable amount of the information regarding this recording from Wikipedia, and although these recordings have been in circulation for decades, with some 'semi official' releases of the material often minus the Lennon/McCartney material, this is by far the best audio copy of the sessions I have heard, and is complete.

Some of the sessions were also released as a series of bootleg 'promo' singles on coloured vinyl back in 1976, along with full colour picture sleeves on 'Deccagone records'.

Reloaded - 29/May/2015 - download link in comments. 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Quality Not Quantity - Planet Earth Reports Fine Music

The story goes thus for Harts - laying all the instruments, writing all the songs and even recording and producing everything single handedly, the Aussie "one-man music making machine", virtuoso guitarist, songwriter & producer, Darren Hart has been hard at work recording and producing a brand new EP, titled 'Breakthrough'. He's touring Australia & New Zealand in June & July, listen to the featured track below and go buy some tickets - exceptional 70's rock is now in safe young hands & funk has won a reprieve, marvellous music!

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The low down for Ambassadeurs - 'Breathe' (feat. Folly Rae) is the next track to be unveiled from ‘Patterns’, the debut album from the much-championed UK electronica artist, Ambassadeurs (aka Mark Dobson). The 12 track release will be available to download from 29 June on his own Lost Tribe Records imprint, preceded by a Spotify ‘First Listen’ from 1 June. ‘Looking At You’ will be released as a single on 10 July. Electronica seems to mean different things to different folk however from what we receive at Beehive Candy, I think it fair to say it's a crowded market. So to say Ambassadeurs is a stand out act hopefully emphasises just how impressed we are with this music.

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We have been informed that 'Aussie folk pop singer/songwriter Meg Sampson is stoked to be doing what she does'. Now listen up Australia! You keep sending us great music and that's fine, but don't start getting clever and using your own slang, otherwise it will be 'up the apple and pears to Bedfordshire' for all our Cockney fans and then what? OK for us sensitive people from the other side of the planet 'stoked' I am informed means 'to be quite happy with'. Now everyone calm down there is no need to get cranky or crook. As regards Meg Sampson, she is heaps stella! Music please...

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Whilst we allow Australia to ride rampantly here on 'Quality Not Quantity' we might as well address Mia Milan who has been crafting her skills in Europe as the following confirms - Australian Pop artist Mia Milan: if you haven’t heard of her- you soon will! She’s been singing, recording & writing all throughout Europe for the last few years defining her unique pop style! What hits you about her music is her solid nod to retro, her ‘young girl out in the world’ lyrics and her powerful pop sound. Mia Milan is well on her way to setting her own benchmark of cool on the global pop scene and wraps it all up with her pop star quality of the new generation.

Reality is, we all come from Earth, it's a messed up place, however sometimes a breath of musical
'fresh air' does us all good and fine old 'pop' music is often just the remedy! This is a worthy example of the finest of pop with a quirky lilt, enjoy.

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Finally a few words about Turtle - Glaswegian producer and songwriter Jon Cooper aka Turtle is excited to share a brand new video for his single 'The Floor', taken from his second EP 'Colours' - out now on Beatnik Creative. ‘The Floor’ opens the five track EP in style, introducing Turtle’s distinctive vocals over alluring guitar hooks and rising, dreamlike synths. Constantly building, emerging beats propel the track to a motorik climax with Cooper’s vocals enveloping within blissful sounds and rhythm.

It's a fine piece of music to say the least, so we are more than happy to share the video. The audio tracks follow, give the guy your support, this is an excellent E.P.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Jeff Beck Group - BBC Sessions 1967 - 1971

Reloaded 27/May/2015 - I wanted to feature this set of sessions recorded for BBC radio again for a couple of reasons. Firstly because it is so easy to forget the impact on pop, rock, blues and other genres, Jeff Beck had back then. He was respected by his counterparts and was not afraid to push the boundaries. Secondly Jeff Beck was a driving force for many other artists, witnessed by those around him on these sessions alone. It's all a long time ago now, but recognition for Jeff's musical legacy should I think be acknowledged.

This is a selection of recordings from The Jeff Beck Group, which were recorded as sessions for the BBC (Radio One), from 1967 to 1971. This is not the complete set of songs performed by the band for the BBC, however it does represent a very good flavour of the material the band were performing live at that time.
 
The audio quality of tracks one to nine are notably better quality than track ten to seventeen however the latter tracks include some classic material, along with off air comments and introduction from DJ John Peel. I have separated the material into two files along the above lines.

There were two versions of the Jeff Beck Group the first existing from 1966 through to 1969, and the latter group (with different musician line up) from 1970 to 1972. With the exception of two songs (which were probably from a longer 'in concert' performance) this material is from the original band line up.

Source: BBC transcription discs and off air recordings.

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@320kbps.

Genre: Rock, Blues Rock.

Set: Various BBC Radio Sessions.

Session Lists:

1. Hi-Ho Silver Lining
2. I'm Losing You

Saturday Club – 7th March 1967 – From Radio Transcription LP 

3. Rock My Plimsol
4. The Tallyman

Saturday Club – 4th July 1967 – From Radio Transcription LP

5. Hi-Ho Silver Lining
6. Shapes Of Things
7. Rock My Plimsol

Top Gear 17th September 1968 – From Radio Transcription LP.

8. Going Down
9. Got The Feeling

With vocalist Alex Ligertwood, keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Clive Chaman. BBC 1971 - From Radio Transcription LP

10. Becks Bolero
11. You’ll Never Go To heaven
12. You Shook Me
13. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

Top Gear 1st November 1967 - From Radio Broadcast 5th November 1967.

14. You Shook Me
15. Shapes Of Things
16. Mothers Old Rice Pudding
17. Sweet Little Angel

Top Gear 17th September 1968 - From Radio Broadcast 29th September 1968. 

Line Up:

Jeff Beck
Rod Stewart
Ron Wood
Mickey Waller
Dave Ambrose
Aynsley Dunbar
Website: Official HERE.

Comments:

One of the reasons that bands were invited to perform sessions for the BBC during the 1960's and 1970's was due to the restricted 'needle time' that existed in the UK at the time. By undertaking 'live sessions' it enabled the BBC to provide more popular music performances, and get around the rediculous limitations placed on them by the 'Performance Rights' authorities. These crazy restrictions were also in part the reason that Offshore 'pirate' Radio took off in the 1960's and 70's. The legacy however has ironically given us high quality live performance recordings of bands from The Beatles through to The Yardbirds.

Reloaded - 27/May/2015 - download link in comments. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Rolling Stones - BBC Sessions 1963 - 1965

Reloaded 26/May/2015 - Another very popular rarity that remains searched after regularly amongst collectors of Rolling Stones material. This recording was seeded close to the original 'release' and the audio reflects that and is very clean and highly enjoyable. It remains a must have for anyone who remembers the raw energy the Stones had, that set them apart from so many right from the start.

Beat Beat Beat at the Beeb is probably the most comprehensive selection of The Rolling Stones BBC Sessions from 1963 to 1965 although many other bootleg compilations have surfaced, including 'Get Satisfaction If You Want' and 'Crackin Up'.

There is a question mark over the absolute accuracy of the dates of shows or recordings however Beat Beat Beat has a reputation for being well researched so are probably pretty accurate.

The cover art displayed is apparently from a rare 10inch German album version. As regards the actual performances themselves, then this is wonderful material, showing off a highly energetic and youthful band, that in the interview ponder whether they have a few more years in them, if only they had known.

Source: Various including BBC transcription discs and off air recordings.

Sound Quality: Predominately very good mono/stereo mp3@192kbps.

Genre: Rock, rock and roll, blues-rock, rhythm and blues, blues.

Set: Various BBC Radio Sessions.

Session Track List:


CD One: Saturday Club, October 26, 1963

1. Come On
2. Memphis Tennessee
3. Roll Over Beethoven

Saturday Club, February 8, 1964

4. Ain't That Loving You Baby
5. Don't Lie To Me
6. Mona
7. Walking The Dog
8. Bye Bye Johnny
9. I Wanna Be Your Man
10. You Better Move On

Saturday Club, March 8, 1964

11. Roll Over Beethoven
12. Beautiful Delilah
13. Route 66
14. Cops and Robbers
15. You Better Move On
16. Mona

The Joe Loss Show, April 10, 1964

17. Hi-Heeled Sneakers
18. Little By Little
19. I Just Wanna Make Love To You
20. I'm Moving On

Saturday Club, April 18, 1964

21. Not Fade Away
22. Walking The Dog
23. I Just Wanna Make Love To You
24. Beautiful Delilah
25. Hi-Heeled Sneakers
26. Carol
   
CDTwo: Saturday Club, June 6, 1964

1. Down In The Bottom: aka Meet Me In The Bottom
2. You Can Make It If You Try
3. Route 66
4. Confessin' The Blues
5. Down The Road Apiece

The Joe Loss Show, July 17, 1964

6. It's All Over Now
7. If You Need Me
8. Confessin' The Blues
9. Carol
10. Mona

BBC Top Gear, July 23, 1964

11. Around and Around
12. If You Need Me
13. I Can't Be Satisfied
14. Crackin' Up

Rhythm and Blues, October 31, 1964

15. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (fades at 3:42)

BBC Top Gear, March 6, 1965

16. Down The Road Apiece
17. Interview
18. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
19. The Last Time

The Rolling Stones Special, August 30, 1965

20. Mercy Mercy
21. Oh Baby We Got A Good Thing Going
22. The Spider And The Fly
23. Satisfaction

Saturday Club, September 18, 1965

24. Cry To Me
25. Fannie Ma

Website: Official HERE.

Comments:

Generally the audio quality is very good considerning the age of the material and the possibility that some is sourced from later generation copies. That said a reasonable amount of the recordings made it to BBC transcription CD's circulated to the Westwood One radio network.

Reloaded - 26/May/2015 - download links (two) in comments.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Quality Not Quantity - A Few More Good Ones

We are advised that - Scenic Void is a music project based out of Chicago, IL intent on releasing its debut EP in May of 2015. Fronted by eclectic and multi-talented musician, Patrick Jennings, he is presenting a thrilling sound with subtle intricacy; a meticulously crafted, emotionally driven dream rock EP. The Scenic Void EP was made available May 5th via Dancing Berries Music and will be playing shows around the Chicago area in support of the new release.

We say - It's a goody! Nice vibe, fine songs and some excellent guitar work.


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Dark and dreamy duo Ultra Violent Rays will digitally release their next single, "Wish," on May 26. The duo of Cooper Gillespie (vocals and bass) and Greg Gordon (drums and sequences) create a fresh and layered sound that does have a strong hint of 'Siouxsie Sioux' in her more ethereal vocal renditions (our words - getting a bit creative here). Others have also mentioned Joy Division and Portishead as references, however we reckon Ultra Violent Rays have enough of their own talent going and are definitely worth your ears.

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First the pedigree -  Atlanta born and Brooklyn fancy singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Kervin is internationally recognised as a soloist, guest artist, composer, and band leader by Downbeat Student Music Awards, the Jazz Education Network Composition Award, and research grants in vocal pedagogy from the Magellan Program. She has performed with great artists such as Jon Hendricks, the Manhattan Transfer, Ben Folds, the Fort Worth Symphony, and Afro Blue.

We can add that Sarah is excited to begin a new partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation to advocate for domestic violence awareness. More about 'JHF' HERE. The new album 'Into the City' is out in June 2015 with proceeds to benefit the foundation, and we at Beehive Candy think it will do very well as the whole album is just so good! Available from CD Baby HERE, and itunes.

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From Australia we are told artist - KIT is a mixture of Adele and Aretha Franklin in a soul infused fire of honest pop. Originally from Bega from country New South Wales, she displays great strength and confidence on stage whilst showcasing her passionate, vibrant personality. Having played well over 600 live shows, she is ready to release her debut single. KIT’s featured single Goodbye showcases her ability to demonstrate a strong soul vocal performance when accompanied by contemporary instrumentation.

We say pay attention world, another fine talent that stands out from the massive musical crowd!
 “Goodbye” by KIT will be released 12th June 2015.

The Rolling Stones - Handsome Girls (USA) 1978.

Reloaded 24/May/2015 By popular request and a firm favourite for Rolling Stones rarities collectors, however we would like to point out that CD1 and 2 are within the official King Biscuit archives and will be deleted from this site once we have given a little time for the Stones completest fans who have requested this famous bootleg. Full artwork of the original packaging is included

This is a four CD box set bootleg of The Rolling Stones that was circulated originally on The Swingin' Pig label (TSP-CD-200) and in 1998 on the Dandelion label as part of their 'The Classic Rolling Stones Collection' (DL030 - DL033). The first two CD's include the entire Forth Worth show (which is also in the King Biscuit archives). CD's 3 and 4 have pretty much every song broadcast from the 1978 tour plus a few soundboard recordings that never made it to air. This version is sourced from the 'Dandelion' label boxed set and the audio quality is so good, it is of little surprise that mainstream bootleggers cashed in on the material (we of course do not!).

The Rolling Stones' US Tour 1978 took place during June and July 1978, immediately following the release of the group's 1978 album Some Girls (hence the bootlegs 'Handsome Girls' title). Like the 1972 and 1975 U.S.A. tours, Bill Graham was the tour promoter. One opening act was Peter Tosh, who was sometimes joined by Jagger for their duet "Don't Look Back". The tour used a stripped back, minimal stage show compared to the previous Tour of the Americas '75 and Tour of Europe '76, possibly due to the emergence of the punk rock scene and its emphasis solely on music and attitude rather than presenting a grandiose stage extravaganza.

From Wikipedia - The tour is widely believed among fans to be one of the band's greatest, largely because it was in many ways back to basics both in musical and visual terms. It meant a return to a mixture of classic Stones numbers ("Tumbling Dice," "Star Star," "Happy," "Street Fighting Man", etc.) mixed with blues numbers and Chuck Berry covers, as well as including a large number of songs from then newly released Some Girls LP. It was the first tour featuring songs written with Ron Wood as an official member of the Rolling Stones, and his contributions from this period are considered by many Stones fans as some of his greatest with the band. While no live album was released from this tour, a fair amount of bootleg releases showcases its musical qualities, most notably the multi-show King Biscuit Flower Hour FM recording mostly known as "Handsome Girls."

Guest artists that played with the Stones during individual shows included Linda Ronstadt, Sugar Blue, Doug Kershaw, Bobby Keys and Nicky Hopkins. Other opening Acts included Van Halen, Journey, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and the Doobie Brothers. 

Source: Pre FM Soundboard.

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@320kbps.

Genre: Rock, blues, blues rock, rhythm and blues, rock and roll.

Set: Full set Fort Worth TX, plus many extras.

Set List:

CD 1 - Fort Worth, Texas - 18th July 1978.
1. Let It Rock
2. All Down The Line
3. Honky Tonk Women
4. Starf---er
5. When The Whip Comes Down
6. Beast Of Burden
7. Miss You
8. Just My Imagination
9. Shattered
10. Respectable
11. Far Away Eyes
12. Love In Vain
13. Tumbling Dice
14. Happy

CD 2 - Fort Worth, 18th July 1978.

1. Sweet Little Sixteen
2. Brown Sugar
3. Jumping Jack Flash
Alternate Versions:
4. All Down The Line
5. Honky Tonk Women
6. Starf-cker
7. When The Whip Comes Down
8. Beast Of Burden
9. Shattered
10. Far Away Eyes
11. Jumping Jack Flash

CD 3.
1. Let It Rock (Detroit, MI - 7/6/78)
2. All Down The Line (Houston, TX - 7/19/78)
3. Honky Tonk Women (Houston, TX - 7/19/78)
4. Star Star (Houston, TX - 7/19/78)
5. When The Whip Comes Down (Detroit, MI - 7/6/78)
6. Lies (Houston, TX - 7/19/78)
7. Miss You (Detroit, MI - 7/6/78)
8. Beast Of Burden (Houston, TX - 7/19/78)
9. Shattered (Memphis, TN - 6/28/78)
10. Respectable (Houston, TX - 7/19/78)
11. Just My Imagination (Detroit, MI - 7/6/78)
12. Far Away Eyes (Lexington, KY - 6/29/78)
13. Tumbling Dice (Detroit, MI - 7/6/78)
14. Happy (Detroit, MI - 7/6/78)

CD 4.
1. Hound Dog (Memphis, TN - 6/28/78)
2. Sweet Little Sixteen (Houston, TX - 7/19/78)
3. Brown Sugar (Houston, TX - 7/19/78)
4. Jumpin' Jack Flash (Houston, TX - 7/19/78)
5. Miss You (Lexington, KY - 6/29/78)
6. Lies (Lexington, KY - 6/29/78)
7. Beast Of Burden (Lexington, KY - 6/29/78)
8. Shattered (Lexington, KY - 6/29/78)
9. Just My Imagination (Lexington, KY - 6/29/78)
10. Respectable (Lexington, KY - 6/29/78)
11. Sweet Little Sixteen (Lexington, KY - 6/29/78)

Reloaded 24/May/2015 - download link in comments.
 
Website: Official HERE.

Reloaded 24/May/2015 - download links (two) in comments.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Tower Of Power - Ultrasonic Studios 1974

Reloaded 23/May/2015 - Beehive Candy may at times feel, less a labour of love and more a chore, when it comes to replacing our many lost files. However when we are reminded of fantastic performances such as this one and the musical diversity it adds to this site, it does make the whole replacement thing, seem a far more worthwhile project.

A fine and funky concert complete with the full power house of rhythm is captured here on this recording of Tower Of Power and fit for 'Bumpsters' everywhere! 

Recorded with an appreciative audience at Ultrasonic Studios Hempstead, NY, USA back on May 14th, 1974 this is a superb example of the band who continue to impress and perform today.

Some background from Wikipedia here that covers up to the time of this concert - The roots of the band go back to the summer of 1968, when tenor saxophonist/vocalist Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka, who played baritone sax. Castillo had played in several bands, but it was Castillo's father, who told his son to "hire that guy" after a home audition. Together, they would become the backbone of Tower of Power. Within months, the group, known as the Motowns at the time, would begin playing various "gigs" around Oakland and Berkeley, their soul sound relating to both minority and rebellious listeners.

By 1970, the now renamed Tower of Power (including trumpet/arranger Greg Adams, first trumpet Mic Gillette, first saxophone Skip Mesquite, Francis "Rocco" Prestia on bass, Willie Fulton on guitar, and drummer David Garibaldi) signed a recording contract with Bill Graham's San Francisco Records and released their first album, East Bay Grease. Rufus Miller performed most of the lead vocals on this debut album which included the single Sparkling In The Sand, which received airplay on famed Bay Area soul station KDIA.

Augmented by percussionist/conga/bongo player Brent Byars, guitarist Bruce Conte and keyboardist Chester Thompson, Tower of Power moved to Warner Bros. Records. With Rick Stevens now singing lead, 1972's Bump City would give the band its first national exposure. This album included "You're Still a Young Man", which peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Emilio Castillo, who co-wrote and sang lead on "You're Still a Young Man," told Songfacts that the song was based on a true story concerning a former girlfriend who was six years older than him. Though not released as a single, "Down to the Nightclub" received heavy airplay on West Coast FM stations and several AM stations. Both songs still get substantial airplay on oldies radio and remain fan favorites.

Tower of Power, released in the spring of 1973, the third album for the band, now featured Lenny Williams on lead vocals and Lenny Pickett on first saxophone. This was the group's most successful album. It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and was RIAA certified as a gold record (for sales in excess of 500,000 copies). The album also spawned their most-successful single "So Very Hard To Go". Although the single peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, it landed in the Top 10 on the surveys of many West Coast Top 40 radio stations, hitting number 1 on many of them. The album also charted two other singles on the Billboard Hot 100, "This Time It's Real" and "What Is Hip?" The latter is possibly their most enduring song.

1974's Back to Oakland spawned another hit, "Don't Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)", that reached number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, plus "Time Will Tell", which charted at number 69.


Source: Soundboard (Pre-FM master recording). 

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@320kbps. 

Genre: Soul, funk, R&B, jazz.

Set: Full Set. 

Set List:

CD One.
1. Intro
2. Oakland Stroke
3. Squib Cakes
4. This Time It's Real
5. Soul Vaccination
6. You're Still A Young Man
7. Clean Slate
8. So Very Hard To Go
9. Get Your Feet Back On The Ground

CD Two.
1. Time Will Tell
2. Man From The Past
3. Down To The Nightclub
4. Just When We Start Makin' It
5. Knock Yourself Out
6. What Is Hip?
7. Outro

Web: Official HERE.

Reloaded 23/May/2015 - download in comments.

Friday, 22 May 2015

2015 - Out Of Our Inbox - Edition Five

What a way to start this round up of some fine music that has come our way in the last few days. Have you ever listened to a song and half way through your already wanting to listen to it again? Tamara Williamson had that very effect on me this week. I was also puzzled by the fact I had never heard any of her material before, simply because it is just so good! Much as some in the music industry berated the emergence of file sharing and downloading, the reality is artist's like Tamara can be discovered anywhere around the world with just a little exposure. Well Beehive Candy are happy to assist when music this good comes our way.

Tamara had this to say regarding her latest album, 'Sister, Mother, Daughter, Wife' - The importance of this album is paramount for me as it helped me work through some of the tougher ideas I've faced and helped me start living outside of the bubble I had created for myself.

Every song on the album explores a different women's story that I felt needed to be heard. The album was first conceptualised when I discovered the story of Victoria while listening to CBC Radio. 
I'm thankful for the help of Mitchell Girio for producing and Richard G. Benoit for Mastering this collection of songs. Also, Morgan Doctor, Mitchell Girio, Kevin Hearn and Garen Graves for playing on the album. Hope these stories connect with you as they did with me.

Two songs featured from a remarkable album.

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Far In The Maples are gearing up for the release on July 14, 2015, of the album Skywork. This was produced by Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone) at Lakehouse Studios in Asbury Park, to 'showcase song-oriented music that’s both honest and contemporary with a classic timelessness, from an infectious new band driven by songbird Regina Conroy and multi-instrumentalist Reshy P'.

We are reliably informed of the following - Turning the celebrated, swingin’ sound of the Jersey Shore inside out, Far In The Maples is poised to cast a new seaside musical legacy built upon the nuances of internal emotion with unexpected soundscapes, unforgettable melodies and the sweetly understated vocals of its alluring lead songstress through its debut album, Skywork (Refrost Records/AWAL).

They could have just said this is a really bright, uplifting, collection of songs, but I guess you have to get noticed anyway you can these days, quoting some more - Regina’s love for great American singer-songwriters like Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin, Avril Lavigne, and Michelle Branch, with Reshy’s wide-ranging leanings from punk to electronica, inspired by Billy Talent, Millencolin, Sum 41, Owl City, Paramore, and beyond. It's a very strong debut, so if you love the 'celebrated swingin' sound of Jersey Shore', you will love this! Website HERE.

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Now if your a regular visitor to this place you will know that I'm often tempted by the suggestion of well mixed up genres. So tell me that Old House Playground 'is a three piece contemporary blues/alt-rock band with roots in the song writing culture of traditional Greek folk music' and I will be intrigued, particularly as I know nothing much about traditional Greek folk music.

So the story goes - In 2009, Tryfon Lazos (vocals, guitars) and Andreas Venetantes (drums, percussion) together with bass player Conor Loughran moved from Athens to Manchester to experiment with new musical paths and forms of expression.

Inspired by the likes of Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, Nick Cave and Greek artists Psarantonis, and Marcos Vamvakaris together with analog sounds and street musicianship, Old House Playground met producer/musician Chris Evans, with whom they would record their first album God Damn That Gold. A couple of months before the recordings took place, Conor left the band, with Tryfon and Andreas continuing as a duo. The album was released in June 2012 by the independent label Evening Economies/Fat Bob Records and accompanied by an extended UK tour. From working men’s clubs and mainstream pubs to the Dalston hipster playground, the response was overwhelming.

I would struggle to put it better than the following so lets just repeat it - “They've got the deep, gravelly lo-fi blues with a bit of old-time swing and rockabilly on the side - imagine a pared down Bedlam Six fronted by a young hybrid of Jack White and Nick Cave. His lyrics are dark, twisted stories with a certain literary flair” - Cath Aubergine, Manchester Music.

Website HERE. Great song below and more on their web place.

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Next up Survival Guide. Taking the short cut to what Survival Guide are all about here's someone elses words - Survival Guide is the compelling artistic endeavor featuring California vocalist and keyboardist Emily Whitehurst. Her music falls somewhere between indie rock and electronic, always with descriptive, storytelling lyrics, strong vocals and a sprinkle of pop. After supporting Joan Jett, performing at First City Festival 2014 (Beck, The National, Phantogram) and recording a freshman full-length album, Survival Guide was named one of the Top 12 Bay Area Bands of 2014 by San Francisco's premier rock radio station, Live 105. 

The upcoming album (now actually released), entitled "Way to Go", conjures feelings of a dark modern fairytale and showcases Whitehurst's vocal range and talent, following two previously released 7" vinyl singles, "Hot Lather Machine" and "Wildcat", released on San Francisco's Side With Us Records.

A really fine album that matches the expectation aroused by the comments above You can find out more HERE on their website.
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Slightly Stoopid recently began streaming “One Bright Day” from their upcoming album, Meanwhile… Back at the Lab (to be released June 30th through the band’s label, Stoopid Records). This perfect summer jam features band friend and Grammy Award winner Angela Hunte (best known for co-writing “Empire State of Mind,” with Alicia Keys and Jay Z). Slightly Stoopid is McDonald, Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals), Ryan “Rymo” Moran (drums), Oguer “OG” Ocon (percussion), Daniel “Dela” Delacruz (saxophone), Paul Wolstencroft (keyboards), Andy Geib (trumpet, trombone) with special guest and “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars) on saxophone.

They asked us if we like to share the song, we listened, we liked, we very nearly danced until my frightening sense of rhythm pinned me back in the chair. Upbeat and so shared as requested.


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I am going to shamelessly copy and paste the words of another writer (again) to get across the background to the exceptional Ella Squirrell.

'Ella Squirrell grew up surrounded by creativity in the beautiful town of Bridport in Dorset. She has always felt at one with the natural world, returning to nature as a comfort in her song-writing. She has recently spent six months living and working in London, after discovering it to be a great base for music, and has returned to Dorset with a wealth of experience.

Ella picked up her first instrument aged 10. She copied folk songs on an Irish penny whistle, before moving on to the guitar when she was 11. Her dad is a professional musician, playing mandolin in a trio folk band, and he fully encouraged Ella’s musical growth. He taught Ella the basics before she started teaching herself by taking inspiration from other songs.

Ella recalls writing her first successful song aged 15. She started with just 3 lines and the stepped away from it for a while. When she came back to it, the words began to flow, with a little help from her poet mom. She taught Ella to be brave with words, combining senses and placing the listener in the atmosphere and experience of the writer. This gave Ella the confidence to write her own songs.

Song-writing is a cathartic process for Ella. She sees it as the best outlet for strong emotions, whether she is feeling down or feeling really happy. Allowing herself to be honest in her song-writing is the key to her creativity.

Ella has followed in her dad’s folk footsteps, but with a modern pop twist. She is always learning from other musicians, and believes collective song-writing and collaboration is key for musical growth. She meets musicians at open mic nights and is constantly inspired by their work and attitude.

It is no surprise Ella loves collaboration as she grew up partaking in spontaneous jam sessions with family and friends in the creative bubble of Bridport. She gained most of her skills in this way, having never studied music. She doesn’t read or write music; her melodies exist in her head, inspired by what she hears around her, and she teases them out into reality'.

OK edited highlights and I know the town of Bridport in Dorset very well and would concur it does seem to have something in the water that gets the best out of people musically. Also well done whoever wrote the press release for not mentioning a certain Polly Jean Harvey who also of course hails from Bridport, that must have been quite tempting, so there I have. I would add as an aside West Dorset is a beautiful part of England however as this is not a travel guide what about the music? Excellent, absorbing, just listen and enjoy it. Website HERE.

A couple of live dates:

27th May2015
The Jam House, Birmingham
The Launch Pad - a regular showcase of some of artists that the Jam House considers "ones to watch".

4th July 2015
Big Mix Music Festival, Lyme Regis
The Big Mix is Lyme’s own youth music festival by the sea,


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Walkabouts - Live in Holland 2005.

Reloaded 20/May/2015 - I just wanted to highlight this concert and of course the band again. Call me slow on picking up on things, but I only recently discovered that they also had a side project 'Chris and Carla' and there is another source of great music to listen too. Superb band I thoroughly recommend checking them out, if you have not yet done so.

I was trying to remember when and how I first came across Seattle's The Walkabouts and after I had just about given up and was going to introduce this concert by saying I could not remember how and when, a little light came on somewhere in the memory as I recalled quite clearly that one of their songs had been included on an Uncut magazine sampler CD, some years ago, (and for the record the promotion worked as I went on to buy many of their albums).

Having formed back in 1984, the band have toured Europe on a good number of occasions. This is a really good quality soundboard recording of the band that has has a little further mixing and editing to a very high standard. Performing live at 013 in Tilburg, Holland back on August 28th 2005, this is The Walkabouts.

Source: Soundboard

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@224 - 320kbps.

Genre: Indie rock, Alt. country, Country rock.

Set: Full Set.

Set List:

01. F Your Fear
02. Coming Up For Air
03. Devil In The Details
04. Jack Candy
05. Whisper
06. Train to Mercy
07. Acetylene
08. Before This City Wakes
09. Northsea Train
10. Stir the ashes
11. Blue Head Flame
12. Kalashnikov
13. Grand Theft Auto
14. The Light Will Stay On
15. Have You Ever Seen The Morning
16. Snake Mountain Blues
17. The Last Ones

Band Line Up:

Chris Eckman - guitar, vocals
Carla Torgerson - guitar, vocals
Terri Moeller - drums
Michael Wells - bass
Glenn Slater - keyboards

Links: MySpace site HERE. Fan Site HERE.

Comments:

Background information on the band from Wikipedia: The Walkabouts are an American rock band formed in Seattle in 1984. The core members are vocalist Carla Torgerson and vocalist and songwriter Chris Eckman. Although the rest of the line-up has changed occasionally, for most of the time the other members have been Michael Wells, Glenn Slater and Terri Moeller.
The band draws inspiration from folk and country music, particularly Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young and Johnny Cash, but also from other types of artists and musical styles such as Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen, French chanson and Jacques Brel. Their sound is typically rich, with string arrangements and keyboards in addition to the standard rock instruments. In reviews the band's music is often described as melancholic or mellow, while Eckman's lyrics, concerning such themes as human relations, loneliness and restlessness, are often emphasized as poetic.
The Walkabouts have achieved commercial success and a strong fanbase in Europe, where they have done promotion and extensive touring since early 1990s. They have occasionally even made it high on the record charts in countries such as Greece and Norway.

Reloaded 20/May/2015 - download link in comments.