Raw & simple - the style that found Bo Diddley at his very best!
Full track review at Pig River Records.
Howlin’ Wolf’s self titled second album, which has come to be known as ‘The Rockin’ Chair Album’, was originally released by Chess Records as a collection of 6 singles recorded between 1960 and 1962 and since then it has taken on a life of it’s own and become arguably Howlin’ Wolf’s best known and best loved album. This is curious considering that the album was not originally released as an album at all in the traditional sense of the word. It was more like a best of in a lot of respects, and bearing in mind that these tracks were recorded in separate sessions and in different months and even years in some cases, it is interesting to note the changing nature of the recordings themselves – particularly relevant between the opening two tunes, ‘Shake For Me’ and ‘The Red Rooster’. Continue Reading…
Washington Phillips was a Texan gospel singer who recorded the tracks that would go on to make up ‘What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?’ between 1927-1929, however it was not until 2005 that these tracks were brought together as an album and released by Mississippi Records as such. Since the release of this record Phillips has gone from relative obscurity to something of a deserved cult figure who’s work has been covered by Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), and also used by highly influential Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood as part of his score for the major motion picture, ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’, released in 2011. Continue Reading….