Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. A white, teenage harmonica player from Chicago’s south side, Paul learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and ability with such a gifted young acolyte.

The interracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band, featuring the twin guitar sound of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, the rhythm section of Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold and the keyboards of Mark Naftalin, added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated worldwide interest in the blues. The band’s first LP, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band released on Elektra Records in 1965, was named “#11 Blues Album of All Time” by Downbeat.

The only artist to perform at The Newport Folk Festival in 1965, The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969, Paul would continue to break new ground in the blues and to stand up for racial equality until his death at age 44 in 1987 of a drug overdose. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his band mates and those closest to him, HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time.

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Journey to the Heart

Music of our Heart, We are one

Reflections of the heart

Right from the very start

Our faith will never be undone

It is Sunday and all is still in the house. I listen in spiritual appreciation to Kitaro’s newest CD, Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 5. The next leg of the journey commences.

I am rewarded with a new tapestry of sounds and sensations. It is the perfect backdrop as I prepare my soul to renew my lector assignment at the 11:30 mass. I have been absent from God’s altar for 113 days and I’m eager to renew my stewardship in Christ’s teachings.

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter and the readings support the Gospel according to John, 20:19-31. “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

A gift included with Kitaro’s CD is  Journey to the Heart III, “Music for Healing”. A sampler CD that ties the journey together starting the initial track “Tabiji” from Kitaro’s An Ancient Journey.

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Gov’t. Mule To Release 10th Studio Album, “Revolution Come…Revolution Go”

Gov’t Mule has announced the release of their anticipated 10th studio album Revolution Come… Revolution Go out June 9th on Fantasy Records. Steeped in the roots and mystique of rock, blues, soul, jazz and country, Revolution Come… Revolution Go enriches Gov’t Mule’s distinguished legacy with cleverly crafted songs, intelligent and timely lyrical commentary, and downright incendiary playing, while the depth and breadth of the band’s stunning songwriting are displayed with full force.


“Revolution Come… Revolution Go” is also available on other media including an 180-grade double gatefold vinyl which includes a download of the Deluxe Record which features 6 Bonus Tracks.

Pre-sales for the new record are now available, including instant downloads of the first two singles “Sarah, Surrender” and “Stone Cold Rage” in the Gov’t. Mule Webstore, on iTunes and through Amazon. Be sure to check out all the new offerings in the Webstore as you can get exclusive access to a listening party in New York City, VIP Meet & Greets, Signed Guitars, Drums and more!

Elton John Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day

To commemorate the 10th Record Store Day, Elton will serve as the first-ever worldwide Record Store Day Legend and release an expanded, double-vinyl version of his first live album.

Happy 10th birthday to Record Store Day. I love record stores, I can go to the record store in Vegas and spend three hours in there. Just the smell of it, the looking at it, the wonder of it, the memories. I love vinyl so much; the tactile nature, the ritual of it, looking at the sleeve…especially with the old albums and the liner notes – who played on them, the process of putting it on, the needle going on and the sound coming out. And it DOES sound better, I know it does! It’s just the wonder of having vinyl. – Elton John

17.11.70+ has been remastered by Bob Ludwig and will be released as a two-LP set on 180gsm vinyl exclusively through independent record stores on Record Store Day, April 22.

17-11-70+ reinstates seven further songs from the concert and thus it is, at last, the most complete edition of the show available in any format. The version of Amoreena  has never been released on vinyl. See the full track listing below.

17.11.70+ track listing:
A1   Take Me To The Pilot
A2  Honky Tonk Women
A3  Sixty Years On
A4  Can I Put You On

B1  Bad Side Of The Moon
B2 Burn Down The Mission (Incl. My Baby Left Me / Get Back)

C1   Indian Sunset*
C2  Amoreena**
C3  Your Song*

D1   Country Comfort*
D2  I Need You To Turn To*
D3  Border Song*
D4  My Father’s Gun*

* Previously unreleased bonus track
** Newly remixed bonus track

Museum of Pop Culture – Pop Conference, April 20th-23rd, 2017

Wishing that I had the money and time to travel to Seattle, Washington this year for the Museum of Pop Culture, Pop Conference. My favorite music museum coupled with the premier music journalists conference! Voila 😉

Pop Conference 2017 kicks off with Artist Interview: A Conversation with David Byrne. This year’s conference theme is “Sign O’ the Times: Music and Politics” and Byrne will discuss his critically acclaimed musical Here Lies Love, which traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

I’m never quite sure what the event accomplishes, especially with this year’s theme, exclusive of the fact it is one of the largest music journalism conclaves where opinions abound from writers profound.

I identify with this event as an amateur music journalist. I keep hoping when I get to retirement I can join this nucleus and have authored a music book. I have the Pop Conference speaker objective, esoteric as that may be, on my bucket list.

 

 

Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai, Volume 5 – Kitaro

I prepare within the music of our heart for the next leg of the sacred journey with Kitaro to Ku-Kai. My soul is yearning to experience the universal peace brought by the bells resounding across the sacred temples.

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To Be Released On April 21st, 2017
Formats: CD / Digital Download

Available for Pre-Order

Kitaro’s Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Volume 5 follows the highly acclaimed Volumes 1 through 4 of the series, all of which have earned Grammy nominations.

The Ku-Kai series concept arose after the global events on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. Kitaro was traveling on a jet from Japan to Los Angeles when the transcontinental flight was diverted to Hawaii for five days due to the tragedy. It was during this time of disbelief and uncertainty that Kitaro envisioned the Ku-Kai series as a means of uniting the world through music embracing his frequently referenced universal message of peace.

The Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai series is an earthly voyage that transports the listener to Shikoku, Japan. It pays homage to the beloved Buddhist holy man Ku-Kai who traveled the 750 mile long pilgrimage to the 88 sacred temples on the island over 1100 years ago. Each track on the album revolves around an audio sample of the bell sound from each temple. With these bell sounds, Kitaro distils their essences with inspired musical interpretations.

Tracklist:

01. Soul From Ocean
02. Breath Of Light
03. Reflection Of The Heart
04. Wave Rotation
05. Time And Space Cry
06. Sea Of Clouds
07. Floating Lotus Flower
08. Wind Invitation
09. Journey For Nirvana
10. Water Miracle

The Doors – 50th Anniversary Album Re-Issue

 

50 years ago in 1967, The Doors broke through to the other side for the first time with its eponymous début on Elektra Records. The Doors would go on to sell millions of copies and made stars of John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison. Today, the album is widely considered to be one of the all-time classic rock and roll debuts.

To celebrate this landmark recording’s 50th anniversary, the band has released THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION.

Packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book, THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes a remastered version of the album’s original stereo mix, available on CD for the first time in a decade and remastered for the first time in nearly 30 years. The album’s original mono mix was also remastered for this set and is making its CD début here. An LP-version of the mono mix is also included. The third disc features live performance from The Matrix in San Francisco recorded just weeks after The Doors was released. Music journalist David Fricke provides detailed liner notes for the set, which includes a selection of rare and previously unseen photographs.

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THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION offers a rare opportunity to hear the band on the verge of superstardom with live performances recorded during a March 7, 1967 show at the Matrix in San Francisco. The Matrix recordings heard on this deluxe edition were sourced from the recently discovered, original tapes, previously thought to be lost. The Matrix recordings originally released in 2008 were from a third-generation source, so the sound quality of the versions debuting here is second to none.

Packed with electrifying performance, the disc has live versions of eight tracks on The Doors, including “Twentieth Century Fox,” “The Crystal Ship” and “Back Door Man.”