Richard & Linda Thompson – Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}

Richard & Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}

Richard & Linda Thompson – Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}
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© 1979 Chrysalis Records | CCD 1247
Rock / Folk Rock / British Folk / British Folk Rock

1978’s First Light marked Richard & Linda Thompson’s first time in a recording studio after three years away from music, and it suggested they were still getting warmed up as performers; a year later, Sunnyvista found them in much stronger form and a significantly more upbeat frame of mind. Sunnyvista is the wittiest and most joyous album Richard & Linda made together; while several of Richard Thompson’s trademark meditations on romance at it’s least successful are on hand, “Why Do You Turn Your Back” manages to generate an unusually soulful groove, “Lonely Hearts” captures the melancholy country feel that First Light never quite caught, and “Traces of My Love” finds a winning warmth in its sadness.

Richard Thompson’s satirical eye gets an airing on the darkly witty title cut, and he displays his rarely aired politically conscious streak on the rabble-rousing “Borrowed Time” and “Justice in the Streets.” Linda Thompson’s vocals are in superb form on “Sisters,” a lovely duet with Anna McGarrigle. And you’d have to go back to Hokey Pokey to hear the Thompsons having as much fun as they do on the rollicking “Saturday Rolling Around” and the wildly passionate “You’re Going to Need Somebody.” With a big band of Fairport Convention and Albion Band associates and top UK session players on board, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Gerry Rafferty, and Glenn Tilbrook contributing vocals, Sunnyvista boasts the stylistic eclecticism of the Thompsons’ best work, with a healthy dose of added enthusiasm. Anyone who thinks Richard & Linda Thompson’s records are always depressing have obviously never heard Sunnyvista; if it isn’t quite as resonant as I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight and Pour Down Like Silver, it still boasts great songs, great singing, and you can play it at a party.

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Richard & Linda Thompson – Sunnyvista (1979) {Chrysalis CCD 1247}

Various Artists – Dr. L. Subramaniam Presents Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (1992-2000) {2CD Sony Music-Viji Records L2C 3008 2} (ft. Herbie Hancock}

Various Artists - Dr. L. Subramaniam Presents Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (1992-2000) {ft. Herbie Hancock}

Various Artists – Dr. L. Subramaniam Presents Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (1992-2000) {2CD Sony Music-Viji Records L2C 3008 2} (ft. Herbie Hancock}
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© 1992-2000 Sony Music / Viji Records | L2C 3008 2
Folk Music / Western Classical / Indian Classical / Fusion / Classical Crossover / World Music

Dr. Laxminarayana is renowened violinist and the father of three outstanding violin players namely Dr. L. Subramaniam, L. Shankar and L. Vaidyanathan. This music of this album is recorded in Dr. Laxminarayana Global Music Festival conduced in various countries from 1992 to 2000. The performances included in this album ranges from World Fusion to Roots and Folk to Western Classical & Indian Classical. Along with Dr. L. Subramaniam, Some stellar musicians have been participated in this festival including Herbie Hancock, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jie-Bing Chen etc. Enjoy.

Various Artists - Dr. L. Subramaniam Presents Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (1992-2000) {ft. Herbie Hancock}
Various Artists – Dr. L. Subramaniam Presents Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (1992-2000) {2CD Sony Music-Viji Records L2C 3008 2} (ft. Herbie Hancock}

Sandy Denny – 19 Rupert St (1967) {Witchwood Media WMCD 2053 rel 2011}

Sandy Denny - 19 Rupert St (1967) {Witchwood Media WMCD 2053 rel 2011}

Sandy Denny – 19 Rupert St (1967) {Witchwood Media WMCD 2053 rel 2011}
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© 1967, 2011 Witchwood Media | WMCD 2053
Folk / Acoustic / British Folk / Folk Rock

Although little Sandy Denny material was released prior to her first album as part of Fairport Convention (1969’s What We Did on Our Holidays), quite a few pre-Fairport recordings of the singer’s survive, though they usually weren’t made in the most technically sophisticated settings. This CD, recorded in the Glasgow home of folk singer Alex Campbell on August 5, 1967, was salvaged from a cassette and issued in 2011, when interest in Denny’s work had escalated to a point where even documents of rather lo-fi quality held enough interest to merit a commercial release. This is clearly a recording for serious Denny fans because of those technical limitations; even some of the other home recordings from the time that have found both official and bootleg release boast superior sound.

It should also be noted that some of the songs don’t feature Denny as sole vocalist, with Alex Campbell and Patsy Campbell (and even their two young boys) singing along with her on the least interesting tracks. The majority of it does spotlight Denny, however, and will be of interest to hardcore devotees, owing both to her habitually excellent singing and the presence of some songs not available in other versions. Among the most obscure are the traditional “The Leaves of Life,” likely learned from a Martin Carthy album; the similarly melancholy 16th century traditional tune “Balulalow”; “Trouble in Mind,” and “Fairy Tale Lullaby,” which John Martyn did on his first album. There are a few items more familiar to Denny followers, and these are the most enjoyable on the CD, and include Jackson Frank’s “Milk and Honey”; “Who Knows Where the Time Goes,” perhaps her most famous composition (and the only original number on this collection), and “She Moves Through the Fair,” which she’d sing in a much more fully produced version with Fairport on What We Did on Our Holidays. Even if this falls on the “for-fans-only” side of archival releases, Denny’s singing (and its suitability for haunting melodies in particular) can’t be faulted, and it’s sensitively packaged, with liner notes by the Strawbs’ Dave Cousins and annotation for each track.

Sandy Denny – 19 Rupert St (1967) {Witchwood Media WMCD 2053 rel 2011}

Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice (2008) {2CD Cooking Vinyl COOKCD452X}

Billy Bragg - Mr. Love & Justice (2008) {2CD Cooking Vinyl COOKCD452X}

Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice (2008) {2CD Cooking Vinyl COOKCD452X}
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© 2008 Billy Bragg / Cooking Vinyl | COOKCD452X
Rock / Alternative Folk / Folk / Folk Rock / Singer/Songwriter

It’s both significant and troubling that Billy Bragg’s best albums since releasing Talking with the Taxman About Poetry in 1986 were the two Mermaid Avenue volumes, in which Bragg set Woody Guthrie’s unpublished lyrics to new music with Wilco serving as his collaborators and backing band, suggesting that this former one-man band suddenly needed plenty of help to communicate with his audience. Bragg sounded confident and all but unbeatable on his first few albums in the ’80s, but political and creative uncertainty have dominated much of his work since then. Which is why Mr. Love & Justice is a pleasant and encouraging surprise – while hardly perfect, it’s easily Bragg’s best and most consistent solo effort since Don’t Try This at Home, and finds him coming to terms with maturity and the changing face of the world, two bugaboos that have been dogging his muse for some time.

Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice (2008) {2CD Cooking Vinyl COOKCD452X}

Väsen – Live på Gamla Bion (2014) {CD+DVD5 NTSC NorthSide NSD6098}

Vasen - Live pa Gamla Bion (2014) {CD+DVD5 NTSC NorthSide NSD6098}

Väsen – Live på Gamla Bion (2014) {CD+DVD5 NTSC NorthSide NSD6098}
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© 2014 NorthSide / Väsen and East Side | NSD6098
Folk / Nordic Folk / Sweden / Acoustic Trio

Recorded live in Sweden on 24 July, 2014, this 2-disc set (video DVD and audio CD) captures the trio during their 25th Anniversary tour. The concert includes material from their “Mindset” collection plus some old favorites.

Both discs contain the full, two-set performance. The DVD also features interview footage. (DVD is Swedish with English subtitles optional, format is NTSC playable worldwide, 16:9 aspect ratio, running time is just over 90 minutes).

Väsen has been many times to Gamla Bion in Örsundsbro (the old cinema) during the 25 years we have played together. It’s the amazing acoustics, nice audience and the warm atmosphere that always brings us back. We have also felt very welcomed by the enthusiastic association running the cinema. The idea for this recording came a few years ago, during Väsen’s bicycle tour, when we were resting our legs outside the cinema, chatting with Eva Eldh, one of the organizers.

– You should make a live recording here at the cinema, Eva said.
– Yes, and you should make a film documentary about the place, Väsen said.

The ideas were planted and after some intense calling and organizing at the beginning of the summer, a film team and a sound engineer stood ready for Väsen’s concert at the cinema 14th of July 2014. Thanks to many supportive and generous people we could make this happen! The audience showed up and we captured a concert we’d like to share with people who couldn’t come. Hope you like it!

Vasen - Live pa Gamla Bion (2014) {CD+DVD5 NTSC NorthSide NSD6098}

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Imandra Lake – Seesamseesam (2010) {Seksound SEKS030}

Imandra Lake - Seesamseesam (2010) {Seksound SEKS030}

Imandra Lake – Seesamseesam (2010) {Seksound SEKS030}
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© 2010 Seksound | SEKS030
Folk / Alternative / Doom Folk / Sadcore / Shoegaze / Slowcore / Indie / Estonia

It’s little surprise that the debut album from Imandra Lake sounds rather like the band that spawned it – both Rein Fuks and Eve Komp are longtime members of Pia Fraus, and the same sense of sweetly tuneful shoegaze (as opposed to full sonic violence) carries over to Seesamseesam. With its linguistic focus fully on the performers’ native Estonian, there’s a slight statement of purpose at work, but given the sonic style’s emphasis on music and harmonies over lyrical straightforwardness it’s more of a sidestep – and above all else, it still sounds lovely.

The opening “Öö Laul” may begin with what sounds like autoharp or ukulele but within a few seconds it’s all rich woozy feedback and often enveloping half-sighed singing, so if it’s business as usual in ways it’s still thoroughly enjoyable. From there the bandmembers make their way across 11 songs all told, steering clear of overt electronic/dance fusions in favor of rock arrangements and playing everything themselves. There are all sorts of now classic tropes at work – not for nothing does “Ilus Aeg” start off with a slightly slower version of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” drums as swathed with the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey” echo, followed later in the song by none-more-Kevin Shields guitar tones – but if the reference points are clear, the resultant efforts still sound good (the song in question has a stately roll to it, emphasized by a deep-as-hell bassline). There’s also a regular emphasis on acoustic instrumentation, as can be heard on the heavily drone-touched “Ole Mu Laev.” Above all their singing, constantly harmonized throughout, has its own take on dream pop’s possibilities, a little more clear, airy, and – perhaps strange to say – restrained than many of its contemporaries.

Personnel:
Rein Fuks – Drums / Bass / Guitar / Metallophone / Synth / Percussion / Trumpet / Flute / Ukulele / Vocals
Eve Komp – Synth / Piano / Metallophone / Clarinet / Vocals
Margus Voolpriit – Drums

tracklist:
01 – Oo Laul
02 – Liugle Liugle
03 – Ilus Aeg
04 – Majades
05 – Vajun
06 – Ole Mu Laev
07 – Kulm
08 – Puhangus
09 – Seesam
10 – Rabajarv
11 – Igane

Imandra Lake - Seesamseesam (2010) {Seksound SEKS030}
Imandra Lake - Seesamseesam (2010) {Seksound SEKS030}
Imandra Lake – Seesamseesam (2010) {Seksound SEKS030}