Records of the Month – Rock and Blues – May 2021
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Our musical elves have sifted through thousands of archives of rock music and listened to hours upon hours of albums to bring you 3 incredible records this month for your rock vinyl subscription! Not only that, but a dedicated team of historians tried their absolute best to give you a little background on each rock & blues album! All part of a day’s work here at Vinyl Wings!
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Cosmo’s Factory, 1970
Cosmo’s Factory was Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)’s 5th studio album in a mere two years. By this point the band were in full swing, having proven their ability to produce hit after hit.
In 1969 alone, they reached the Top 10 in the Billboard charts with Fortunate Son, Proud Mary, Green River and Bad Moon Rising.
While Cosmo’s Factory offers a strong core of hit-material through tunes like Travelin’ Band, Who’ll Stop the Rain and Up Around the Bend, our highlight on the album are the two long jams at the beginning and end.
The middle section of Ramble Tamble takes on a direction of it’s own stopping just short of prog rock territory, while their cover of Marvin Gaye‘s Heard it Through the Grapevine gives listeners the treat of hearing a confident band not afraid to jam and see where it takes them.
Our favourite tune on the album has to be Run Through the Jungle – a dark, menacing groove which no one could deliver the way that John Fogerty does! A must-have Creedence Clearwater Revival album and certainly a treasure in any rock collection!
Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper / Stephen Stills
Super Session, 1968
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Super Session was the initiative of Al Kooper who was frustrated that no producer was able to properly capture the sound and talent of his friend Mike Bloomfield, the two of who had collaborated on Dylan’s landmark Highway 61 Revisited album.
Al Kooper booked two days of studio time, brought in some additional guys and just let everyone jam.
On the second day, it transpired that while the band was asleep Bloomfield had disappeared, leaving behind only a concisely worded note – “couldn’t sleep, bye”.
After an initial scramble, Al Kooper managed to get Stephen Stills on board who was happy to participate as Buffalo Springfield had recently disbanded and Crosby, Stills & Nash hadn’t been formed yet.
The first side of the album features the Bloomfield/Al Kooper jams and the second features those with Stills/Al Kooper.
Whilst we do wish we could have heard the 3 of them play together, the record is simply sensational and not dissimilar to the Blue Note model in that it brought individual stars together and simply let them play, committing the results to tape.
A Super Session indeed!
Allman Brothers Band
Seven Turns, 1990
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Whilst the Allman Brothers Band’s break-up in the beginning of the 80s was disappointing, it wasn’t exactly a surprise given their latest album flops at the time.
After a 9-year recording hiatus, during which both guitarists Greg Allman and Dicky Betts pursued their own solo careers, the band had had enough time to regroup, write some new material and attempt a comeback.
Following a 20th-anniversary Allman Brothers Band tour in 1989 which brought in some new musical blood in the form of guitarist Warren Haynes and pianist Johnny Neel, the band had a built a solid foundation for a new album.
The riff-heavy opening Good Clean Fun reminds us of Statesboro Blues, the opening tune to the band’s famous Live at Fillmore East album and is in fact the only co-writer credit for Greg Allman.
Overall, the tunes on the album are a welcome return to the old blues rock formula that had proven to be so successful for the Allman Brothers Band in the past.