Sunday, January 11, 2015

Various Artists - "Mihaleez's Rockin' Blues" (WAILCD 001)

 
Hey there! Is it already 'next year'? I guess so... 
And I guess as well that there's no better way for a first post than a handmade White Trash Soul party CD, right? I know it's been a while since the last WAX thing and it's been a little longer since a Greasy Soul and a Dirty R&B comp courtesy of yours truly have landed to your hard disks but you know, the lack of personal time, the work, blah-blah-blah... 
I'm sure some of you notice that I didn't used the "we" pronoun, right? That's because JP wants to make a pause for a little and I didn't blamed him to tell you the truth. There's a time when you want to do other things but I have to testify also his bitterness for the lack of comments on our posts. I mean for me it's OK, I don't care if someone wants to tell thanks or something else cause I'm doing it for my soul self satisfaction first, even if this sounds a little egotistical but I do understand JP's side cause it's always great to see how people reacts on your thoughts and posts...
Anyway, I want to thank him one more time for everything he did for WTS all these years and they were A LOT as you know. Keep the rocks rollin' buddy!
On our subject, WAIL it's the new WTS subsidiary. And since WAX was a baby that belongs to both of us I thought it was proper to use another trademark and logo. For the R&B/Soul sect of our tribe, I'm dead sure, everyone understands that I drew inspiration (aka ripped) Ace Record's idea from "Gaz's Rockin' Blues" well known compilation!!! I'm not cocky enough to put myself on the cover so my beloved Young Jessie took proudly place in it!
The procedure was the well known. No second thoughts or deep diggin' for THE obscure track even though I'm sure for some of you some toons may be 'obscure'. I was having a ball myself and what I wanted to listen that very moment, was being ripped too for your listening pleasure. Don't know if it's gonna work for you, but for me it was a blast!
You can have a preview in case you wanna know what's what by clicking the back-sleeve up there (I made it look like a long play - don't know if I succeed it was the first time without JP's magic hands). As usual share and dance freely! No fuckin' bootlegging's allowed!! This is strictly made by fan for fans shit!!!

Cheeers
Mihaleez

 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Let that boy rock and roll...

Ex- Jim Jones Revue Henri John Pierre Herbert dazzles the crowd at London St. Pancras with an impromptu performance on the public piano. A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!!




Thursday, December 4, 2014

R.I.P. Ian McLagan (12 May 1945 – 3 December 2014)



It's been a rough couple of days for the world of Rock & Roll... You really need me to tell you who Ian McLagan was?


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

R.I.P. Robert Henry "Bobby" Keys (December 18, 1943 – December 2, 2014)


"Bobby went down in a tub of Dom Perignon. Bobby Keys, so the story goes, is the only man who knows how many bottles of it it takes to fill a bath, because that’s what he was floating in. This was just before the second-to-last gig on the ’73 European tour, in Belgium. No sign of Bobby at the band assembly that day, and finally I was asked if I knew where my buddy was — there had been no reply from his hotel room. So I went to his room and said, Bob, we gotta go, we gotta go right now. He’s got a cigar, bathtub full of champagne and this French chick in with him. And he said, fuck off. So be it. Great image and everything like that, but you might regret it, Bob. The accountant informed Bobby afterward that he had earned no money at all on that tour as a result of that bathtub; in fact he owed. And it took me ten goddamn years or more to get him back in the band, because Mick was implacable, and rightly so. And Mick can be merciless in that way. I couldn’t answer for Bobby. All I could do was help him get clean, and I did."
— Keith Richards
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Farewell my friend... R.I.P. Midnight Rambler

This one hit me hard... VERY HARD. I'm totally devastated for a friend I never had the chance to talk to, face to face... Internet age, god bless his digital heart.
We have exchanged much more through the years than just links of cool rock & roll music... What I love the most about this blog thing shit is that I found some very good and interesting persons to communicate, even though I didn't know how they look like... And strangely enough I knew something was wrong the last months cause the posts on Sons of the Dolls spaced out, but I wasn't sure if it was something with health and I was afraid to ask...

On September the 6th on my post about the Babysitters documentary, we had the last quick chat.
"Hi Mihaleez, thanks for the link ! Very good words like always in WHITE TRASH SOUL!" had left me in the comments section and I replied, "Thanks man, without you I wouldn't have had some of the Babysitters stuff... the credit goes to you!". The credit goes to him in fact for a lot more than the Babysitters stuff... Hope he's gonna hang out up there with Johnny and Jerry. Cheers buddy!

My condolences to Patrick's family. He will be missed...


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Rufus Thomas - "Do The Funky Chicken, STAX 24-bit Remasters" (CD, Concord/Universal - 2011)

Hey there! Everything's fine? I hope so. Sorry for slowing down a little bit, we're on a roll the last
months. Along with JP we 're in a hurry to catch Holidays with a new WAX like project and on top of this, I reconnected with my old pal Manos for a new printed zine! I'm firing on all cylinders as you can guess cause there's work to do too with my dayjob and the other blog, the one about Olympiacos basketball team...
Anyway, there's always a little time I suppose for an upload and a few words, right? So, that's my fave Rufus Thomas LP. I know there's maybe an argument here, but I don't care. For those who don't who Rufus was (shame on you), everything's included in this: A Memphis Soul legend, of the first rock & roll DJs ever and 'The Crown Prince of Dance'! Need more? He gave Stax its first hit record ("Cause I Love You" with daughter and later superstar Carla), the one actually made the Atlantic giant turn eyes down there and start a collaboration which is no hyperbole to say, changed the face of the music (at least in my mind).
And coincidentally this again was the first one after the break up with Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson's company. Having lost superstar and King of Soul, Otis Redding on a plane crash and all of its back catalog to Atlantic, Stax/Volt vice- prez Al Bell visioned a 'suicidal' to many then 28 LP release project for the company's resurrection. And the forgotten by the end of the 60s Rufus was back!
The 'house band' of Booker T and the MGs took place in the studio and guitar master Steve Cropper handled the production duties as well. Son Marvell with Isaac Hayes sat on the keyboards and the famous Memphis Horns with Ollie and the Nightingales were a full on back up fill.
From the opening same title song to the funky recreation of "Bear Cat" (originally the answer to Big Mama Thornton's, "Hound Dog") and all the bonus tracks in here, like the Eddie Floyd penned "Funky Mississippi" there's plenty of good time ass shakin' silliness! Yep the same one made the Ramones as brilliant... So fuck serious music, rock & roll's nothing else but fun,OK?

Yours Truly!

PS: Go ask Poison Ivy from where with Lux took the "Can your pussy Do the Dog?" inspiration...

Monday, November 10, 2014

Great Esquerita and Mighty Hannibal comic strips by Avi Spivak! Dig Kicksville Confidential #1, NOW!!!!

Heeeeeyyyyyyy, found these strips (quite late, I know shame on me - missed also BLOG TO COMM's review, strange things...) on the net and with no second thoughts took the credit card outta ma wallet and placed the order! I'm sure you'll have to do the same, cause trust me YOU NEED this one! And if the rest of this comic book is as cool as the following Esquerita and Hannibal strips, then can't wait for the second rumored issue... Avi Spivak of HUMAN BEING LAWNMOWER fame does the pencil and Billy Miller the storytelling! This is rock & roll history lads...
Pic taken from http://avispivak.blogspot.gr




Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chuck Berry - "..Berry Is On Top" (LP, Chess - 1959) {US Mono Original Pressing}


On the 18th day of the past October, Chuckster the man, the legend and the rock & roll himself touched the 88! He's just a year younger offa ma favorite team, he-he! Anyway, there's no reason at all to repeat ourselves or any other old cliché about HIM but there's always a good reason for a Chuck Berry post, right? RIGHT!
So, the other day JP mailed me he was busy ripping stuff a friend of his, gave him (btw, many thanks JF!!!). I asked about it and responded among others with this CLASSIC. For a minute the selfish lil' devil on my left shoulder told me to keep it for own pleasure (I mean, it's in fuckin' MONO!!!!) but the angel on the other side reminded me that we 're on a mission from God, so I gave up the idea (I'm Elwood, I always wanted to be Elwood but that's another story). To cut a long story short, this was Berry's third Chess long play - but technically an all the hits at this point gathering plus some more.
The great late Cub Koda once said "If you had to sweat all of Chuck Berry's early albums on Chess (and some, but not all, of his subsequent greatest-hits packages), this would be the one to own."
So what are you waiting for Chrissake? 

Monday, October 27, 2014

New York Dolls - "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This" (LP, Roadrunner - 2006)


At the time of "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This" release, I had with my buddies still the zine and I got in contact with Kevin K for an interview. Among the other stuff we discussed, I couldn't resist myself to ask him 'bout the new then New York Dolls line up and album... He answered to have a listen to it before proceed, but it was good one though even if he doesn't liked the idea of a "New York Dolls" stamp on it without Johnny, Jerry and Killer Kane. "A Las Vegas Dolls title it would have fit more I think..." Kevin told me and I laughed quite loudly as I remember.
I have bought the CD a few weeks before the concert with the Sex Pistols here in Greece and it was very good indeed just as good they were on stage and for sure better than Johnny Lydon's sad caricatures...
So, after all these years I'm having the same opinion about it: A very cool record, perhaps the better one of the many comebacks we witnessed at the time (do you remember the crappy Stooges' "Weirdness"..?) and definitively equal with the Rolling Stones "A Bigger Bang" for instance which I though of it as a descent record too. But just like in Stones case, adds nothing to the myth both the bands have.
Anyway, so why we bother posting it? Because it sounds superlative on vinyl, especially if the rip comes from Jean Philippe's hands and it contains as well the last recorded music by Bo Diddley, no less... Dig!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Damned - "The Peel Sessions of 30th Nov 1976 & 10th May 1977" (12" EPs, BBC Enterprises/Strange Fruit - 1986/1987)



"The Damned and the Mopeds were punks from a strictly rock 'n' roll background, without the glam bit. Which is where I come from. It's got free spirit and a lack of worry that I like."

Billy Childish

PS: Legendary Sessions, by the most legendary Brit rock & roll DJ with one of the best punk rock bands of the era. Strong sizzling sets of a gang at its most ferocious peak, just before to become some goth caricatures... "Neat,Neat,Neat" - "New Rose" - "Stab Your Back" - "I Fall" - "Fan Club", they're all here!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion! - "Orange" (CD, Crypt - 1994)


Ahhhhh, The Blues Explosion! Still much controversy about them, right? OK right from the start, I dig them and I dig them A LOT! They're in many ways responsible for the younger generations to turn their heads into black music again (rock & roll, blues, funk, soul etc). And they were awfully sexy once upon a time... Actually just as sexy and raunchy will get black music, which is again, A LOT! Hmmmm, come to think of it, actually ONLY black music is sexy but anyway, I think you got it!

So, purists are fuckin' jerks - period! They always were. They're nazis in everything and their thinking is similar if not the identical to those bastards but life and art luckily had taught us that without mixing bloods, no wonder's going to happen and those stupid "purists" attacked/accused the Blues Explosion in the beginning at least, for not being "authentic". Andre Williams, R.L. Burnside and Rufus Thomas though had no problems as history proved just like Bo, Muddy or Chuck had no problems for the Rolling Stones back in the 60s.

Nevertheless I'm still scratching my head in oddity with this record... I mean, is sooooooooo brilliant but quite extremist as well for people like Tim Warren, don't you think (here as you can see for yourself in the original Crypt jacket and not the lame aluminum of Matador!)? With "Orange" the Blues Explosion added scratches and dance beats to their "Meters going Stones having James Brown and Lux Interior" formula with an enormously marvelous end result! Still fresh, neat and funky as fuck as it was 20 years back when at first came out... This is Blues Power!!!



Friday, September 19, 2014

The Jam - "Zoo 5-track EP" (Promo CD, Polygram Greece - 1999)


















It took me a little to actually like Paul Weller, you know I'm a huge Clash fan ("They got Burton suits, Ha! you think it's funny... Turning rebellion into money"), but it was a prescribed route actually... The Small Faces and The Who influences, the American Soul/R&B worships, the Mod ethos and The Kinks totally British pop sensibilities... You know, I fell in the end (sorry Joe).
Once in a conversation we had with Brian Young (where are you man?) for the upcoming then 'Good Vibrations' movie, he wrote me this:

"The punk bands lied a lot more and made a lot of promises they never kept - or intended to..in fact for me the only punk I ever saw put his money where his mouth was - was Paul Weller who bankrolled several indie bands/labels/publications...but then Weller wasn't a spoilt rich brat like most of the so called punk spokesmen....oh and live the Jam could wipe the floor with all the other UK punk bands..believe me. Their singles are pretty flawless...."


I remember taking Joe Strummer's side and setting up a 'controversy' just to drag Brian more into this and tell me more of his brilliant memoirs (this guy must write a book, he's a great storyteller!!!) than anything else, he-he. Anyway, that's an official digipack Promo-CD from 1999, given away with the now defunct (and MOJO equivalent) ZOO magazine. It doesn't have something rare within its digital grooves, but I guess the existence of such a thing it's quite rare by itself, right?! And it has five of the best Jam songs ever as well.