domingo, 23 de mayo de 2010

·"Turn Left at Greenland!" - The Beatles

The 1964 Ed Sullivan shows in STEREO...


New York, 9 February 1964 (evening)

01 - Ed Sullivan Intro
02 - Intro
03 - All My Loving
04 - Till There Was You
05 - She Loves You
06 - Ed Sullivan Outro
07 - Intro
08 - I Saw Her Standing There
09 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
10 - Outro
11 - Ed Sullivan Outro

Miami, 16 February 1964 (evening)

12 - Ed Sullivan Intro
13 - Intro
14 - She Loves You
15 - This Boy
16 - Intro
17 - All My Loving
18 - Ed Sullivan Intro
19 - I Saw Her Standing There
20 - Outro
21 - From Me To You
22 - Intro
23 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
24 - Outro
25 - Ed Sullivan Outro

New York, 23 February 1964 (taped 9 February afternoon)

26 - Ed Sullivan Intro
27 - Intro
28 - Twist And Shout
29 - Please Please Me
30 - Ed Sullivan Outro
31 - Ed Sullivan Intro
32 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
33 - Outro
34 - Ed Sullivan Outro

Capitol mono single

35 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
36 - I Saw Her Standing There

·"Infiniment" - Jacques Brel

" a man's life, there are two important dates : his birth and his death. Everything we do in between is not very important."
- Jacques Brel

Jacques Romain Georges Brel (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter. Brel composed and recorded his songs almost exclusively in French, although he recorded a number of songs in Flemish. Brel's songs are not especially well known in the English-speaking world except in translation and through the interpretations of other singers, most famously Scott Walker and Judy Collins. Others who have sung his work in English include Marc Almond, Momus/Nick Currie, Beirut, David Bowie, Ray Charles, The Dresden Dolls, Gavin Friday, Alex Harvey, Terry Jacks, Alan Clayson, Barb Jungr, The Kingston Trio, Jack Lukeman, Amanda McBroom, Rod McKuen, Spencer Moody, Camille O'Sullivan, Dax Riggs, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield and Dave Van Ronk. In French-speaking countries, Brel is also remembered as an actor and director. Jacques Brel has sold over 25 million records worldwide, including over 12 million albums and singles in France and Belgium. Brel was born in Schaarbeek, Belgium, a district of Brussels, but lived half of his life in Paris. He died in Bobigny in the suburbs of Paris, of lung cancer, and is buried in the Marquesas Islands. Although his family did speak French, they were of Flemish descent, with some of the family originating from Zandvoorde, near Ypres. Brel's father was co-owner of a cardboard factory and Brel started his working life there, apparently destined to follow his father's footsteps. However, he had no interest in it and showed an interest in culture instead, joining the Catholic-humanist youth organisation Franche Cordée, where he sang and acted. At Franche Cordée he met Thérèse Michielsen ('Miche'). They married in 1950. In the early 1950s Brel achieved minor success in Belgium singing his own songs. A 78rpm record (La foire/Il y a) was released as a result. From 1954 Brel pursued an international singing career. He quit his job and moved to Paris, where he stayed at the Hotel Stevens and gave guitar lessons to artist-dancer Francesco Frediani to pay his rent. Jean Villard Gilles recognized his talent and hired him immediately for his cabaret "Chez Gilles". (Later, Gilles' successful song / poem La Venoge inspired Brel to write Le Plat Pays.) Frediani witnessed his first show at the Olympia as an "ouverture de rideau" act (i.e., while the public was entering and being seated). Brel had to change behind the bar. Bruno Coquatrix, the owner, invited him to come back. He carried on writing music and singing in the city's cabarets and music-halls, where on stage he delivered his songs with great energy. In January 1955 he supported in the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels the performances of the Belgian pop and variety pioneer Bobbejaan Schoepen. After some success his wife and daughters joined him from Belgium. By 1956 he was touring Europe and he recorded the song Quand on n'a que l'amour that brought him his first major recognition. He appeared in a show with Maurice Chevalier and Michel Legrand. By the end of the 1950s Miche and Brel's three daughters had returned to Brussels. From then on, he and his family led separate lives. Under the influence of his friend Georges Pasquier ('Jojo') and pianists Gérard Jouannest and Francois Rauber, Brel's style changed. He was no longer a Catholic-humanist troubadour, but sang grimmer songs about love, death, and the struggle that is life. The music became more complex and his themes more diverse, exploring love (Je t'aime, Litanies pour un Retour), society (Les Singes, Les Bourgeois, Jaurès), and spiritual concerns (Le Bon Dieu, Dites, Si c'était Vrai, Fernand). His work was not limited to one style. He was as proficient in funny compositions (Le Lion, Comment Tuer l'Amant de sa Femme...) as in more emotional ones (Voir un Ami Pleurer, Fils de..., Jojo). But he occasionally included parts in Dutch as in "'Marieke", and also recorded Dutch versions of a few songs such as Le Plat Pays (Mijn vlakke land), Ne me quitte pas (Laat Me Niet Alleen), Rosa, Les Bourgeois (De Burgerij) and Les paumés du petit matin (De Nuttelozen van de Nacht). A rather obscure single was uncovered only a few years ago having Brel singing in Dutch De apen (Les singes) and Men vergeet niets (On n'oublie rien). These two were included in the 16 CD box Boîte à Bonbons. Since his own command of Dutch was poor, most of his later Dutch interpretations were translated by Ernst van Altena, but De Apen by Eric Franssen, Men vergeet niets by well known Flemish artist Will Ferdy and Marieke was translated by Brel himself. He starred in the musical L'Homme de la Mancha (Man of La Mancha) which he also translated into French and directed. As an actor he gained fame playing opposite Lino Ventura in L'Emmerdeur and L'aventure, c'est l'aventure. In 1969 he took the lead role opposite Claude Jade in Mon oncle Benjamin. Le Far West, a comedy which he directed, co-wrote and appeared in, competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. In 1973 he embarked in a yacht, planning to sail around the world. When he reached the Canary Islands, Brel, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. He returned to Paris for treatment and later continued his ocean voyage. He was also a keen pilot and owned several small planes, including the eponymous 'Jojo'. In 1975 he reached the Marquesas Islands, and decided to stay, remaining there until 1977 when he returned to Paris and recorded his well-received final album. He died in 1978 at age 49 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, only a few yards away from painter Paul Gauguin.


01- Jaurès
02- Ne Me Quitte Pas
03- Les Vieux
04- La Quête
05- On N'Oblie Rien
06- Le Plat Pays
07- Mathilde
08- Les Remparts de Varsovie
09- Amsterdam
10- J'Arrive
11- Ces Gens-Lá
12- Jef
13- Vesoul
14- Au Suivant
15- Madeleine
16- Les Bourgeois

·"Five Live" - The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including "For Your Love", "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" and "Heart Full of Soul". The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton as #4, Page as #9, and Beck as #14). A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, The Yardbirds were pioneers in the guitar innovation of the '60s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification, etc. The band's disintegration led to the formation of the rock band Led Zeppelin, by Jimmy Page in 1968. Originally named the Metropolitan Blues Quartet in 1962–63, the band formed in the London suburbs, out of the Kingston Art School, first performing as a backup band for Cyril Davies, and achieved notice on the burgeoning British rhythm and blues scene in September 1963 when they took over as the house band at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, succeeding the Rolling Stones. They drew their repertoire from the Chicago blues of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James. Original lead guitarist (Anthony) Top Topham left and was replaced by Eric Clapton in October 1963. Crawdaddy Club impresario Giorgio Gomelsky became the Yardbirds' manager and first record producer. Under Gomelsky's guidance the Yardbirds signed to EMI's Columbia label in February 1964. Their first album was "live", Five Live Yardbirds, recorded at the legendary Marquee Club in London. Blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II invited the group to tour England and Germany with him, a union that later engendered another live album. The quintet cut two singles, "I Wish You Would" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", before their third, "For Your Love", a Graham Gouldman composition, gave them their first major hit. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Clapton, at the time a blues purist, left the group in protest to join John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Anyway Clapton recommended Jimmy Page, a prominent young studio session guitarist, as his replacement. Page, uncertain about giving up his lucrative studio work and worried about his health, recommended in turn his friend Jeff Beck. Beck played his first gig with the Yardbirds only two days after Clapton's departure in May 1965. Five Live Yardbirds was remastered and expanded, though this featured here is the original version.


01- Too Much Monkey Business
02- Got Love If You Want It
03- Smokestack Lightning
04- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
05- Respectable
06- Five Long Years
07- Pretty Girl
08- Louise
09- I'm a Man
10- Here 'Tis

martes, 18 de mayo de 2010

"BBC Beatles Special" - The Beatles

Bill Kenwright presents "The Beatles at the Beeb"The programme's highlights are archive recordings, some not heard for more than four decades, but its pleasures were in the more ordinary moments of banter. And Kenwright linked it all smoothly, with an excitement that felt genuine ("We've only had a 30-second intro and already I'm in heaven..."). He extended a hand to the listener: "You and I are going to hear gems from the BBC archive," he promises. We listen to 60s presenters trying to sound groovy with their quirky questions. Brian Matthew came in for constant ribbing from the band; their aim, he said, was "to put me down in as good-natured a way as possible". Producers spoke of barely controlled mayhem, and sounded terrified. "They'd come to the studio and horse about," we learned. "They'd be lying on the floor – people getting locked in the toilets, fooling about." It all sounded like sweet, innocent japery. On-air at least, the wildest it got was the band going "baaa" when they heard the surname "Lamb". Really interesting.


Part 1 (54:49):

FROM US TO YOU #2 - MARCH 30,1964
01.From Us To You + Intro
02. I Wanna Be Your Man
03. Roll Over Beethoven
04. Love Me Do
05. I Saw Her Standing There
06. Happy Birthday Saturday Club
07. George Martin Special Promo spot
08. P.S. I Love You
09. Twist And Shout
10. Pop Go The Beatles Theme
11. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
12. The Hippy Hippy Shake
13. (Lay Down Your Arms) Soldier of Love
14. To Know Her Is To Love Her
15. The Honeymoon Song
16. Don’t Ever Change
17. Sure To Fall
18. I’ll Get You
19. This Boy

Part 2 (54:16):

20. Introduction
21. From Us To You
22. Money (That’s What I Want)
23. Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
24. I Want To Hold Your Hand
25. Johnny B. Goode
TOP GEAR #1 - JULY 16, 1964
26. And I Love Her
27. I Feel Fine (false start)
28. I Feel Fine
TOP GEAR #2 - NOVEMBER 26, 1964
29. I’m A Loser
POP INN - APRIL 13, 1965
30. Interview
31. Ticket To Ride
32. The Beatles Interviewed by Denny Piercy
33. John Lennon Interviewed by Brian Matthew + I'm Down
34. Opening Theme + Intro
35. A Hard Day’s Night (by Peggy Lee)
36. All My Loving (by Matt Monro)
37. And I Love Him (by Lena Horne)
38. Wait (Frankie Vaughan)
39. Introduction
40. All Together On The Wireless Machine

lunes, 17 de mayo de 2010

·"The Very Best of..." - Bob Marley

Robert Nesta Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in the parish of St. Anns in Nine Miles, Jamaica to Norval Sinclair Marley and Cedella ‘Ciddy’ Malcom. Norval was a British Marine officer and Ciddy was a native Jamaican. Soon after his birth, Bob’s father left and had little contact with him although he did financially support his son. When Bob was five, his father took him to Kingston, Jamaica. It wasn’t until a year later that Bob saw his mother again. Soon after, he moved with his mother to Trenchtown, a section of Kingston notorious for it’s rough ghettoes. In 1961, at the age of sixteen, Bob released his first song, 'Judge Not', which did not do well. This did not discourage Bob. He continued to pursue a career in music and in 1965, he formed a group called ‘The Wailers’ with Bunny Livingstone (later known as Bunny Wailer) and Peter McIntosh (later known as simply Peter Tosh.) Bob acted as front man for the group and wrote most of the group’s material. The trio released ‘Simmer Down,’ ‘Rule Them Rudie’ and ‘It Hurts To Be Alone,’ all of which were hits in Jamaica. In 1966, Bob Marley married Rita Anderson, his long-term girlfriend. The next day he went to the United States and stayed long enough to gain financing for his next record. The next year Bob and Rita’s first child, Cedella, was born. Soon after, the Marleys set up their own recording label, Wail ‘N Soul ‘M Records, and produced a single, ‘Bend Down Low/Mellow Mood.’ That same year, the record label was ended. Their next child, David (Ziggy) was born in 1968. The Wailers continued to release singles without producing an album. The band formed another label, Tuff Gong, and finally reached a degree of success. By that time, the Wailers were famous in the Caribbean, but were unknown in the rest of the world. Finally in 1971, the Wailers got a break. Island Records forwarded them 8,000 pounds for the production of a full album. The Wailers were the first reggae band to receive so much money and to have access to the best recording studios. They produced two albums, ‘Catch a Fire’ and ‘Burnin’’, the latter which included ‘Get Up Stand Up’ and ‘I Shot the Sheriff.’ The Wailers began to extensively toured the United States and the United Kingdom and when Eric Clapton covered ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ the Wailers soared to instant fame. Soon after their success in the US, the band changed their name to Bob Marley and the Wailers and then released their next album, ‘Natty Dread.’ The album included the hit single ‘No Woman No Cry,’ perhaps their most popular song. Soon after, Bunny and Peter left to pursue solo careers and were replaced by new members. By 1976, reggae fever had swept the United States. Rolling Stone magazine named Bob Marley and the Wailers the ‘Band of the Year’ and ‘Rastaman Vibration’ rose to the top of the charts. On December 3 of 1976, an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley, his wife and the managers of the Wailers to keep him from playing at the Smile Jamaica concert in Kingston. His concert was scheduled for December 5 after a presidential candidate’s election rally, a presidential candidate who happened to be at odds with the US. Some people believe that the assassination attempt was executed by the US government, for fear that Marley’s performance would sway the vote. Despite receiving two gun shot wounds, Bob Marley performed anyway and then left for the UK. Bob Marley and the Wailers went on to produce their next album, ‘Exodus,’ in 1977. The release of this album propelled Bob to a international superstar. Later, in May of the same year, Bob found out that he had cancer in his toe. Doctors recommended that he have the toe removed, but Bob refused since this was against his Rastafarian beliefs. In July, the rest of the Exodus tour was canceled. In 1978, the band released another album, ‘Kaya.’ The group's songs went from protest anthems to love songs about ganja (marijuana), which is highly held by Rastafarians as a way to connect with Jah (God.) In April, Marley returned to Jamaica to perform in the One Love Peace Concert, and later that year he received a Peace Medal of the Third World from the United Nations. Bob Marley also traveled to Africa for the first time, making stops in Kenya, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. The band went on touring throughout the US and Europe and produced a few more albums, ncluding ‘Uprising.’ However, in 1980, Marley fell gravely ill. The cancer in his toe had spread upwards through his body and had infected his liver, stomach and brain. In September, Bob nearly fainted during a concert in New York City. The next day he collapsed while jogging through a park and was rushed to the hospital. The doctors revealed that the tumor in his brain had greatly enlarged and that Bob had less than a month to live. Bob wanted to continue the tour though, and he performed a spectacular show in Pittsburgh on September 22. Rita was not happy with his decision to spend his final days touring though, and the concert was canceled the next day. Bob then went to Miami where he was baptized at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church on November 4. Five days later, in a last attempt to save his life, Bob flew to a controversial treatment center in Germany with Rita. Three months later on May 11, 1981, Bob Marley died at the young age of 36. Bob Marley’s funeral was held in Jamaica on May 21, and hundreds of thousands of people attended, including the Prime Minister of Jamaica. Bob’s body was taken back to his birth place in Nine Miles where it now rests in a mausoleum.


01- Buffalo Soldier
02- One Love (People Get Ready)
03- Could You Be Loved
04- No Woman, No Cry
05- Three Little Birds
06- Coming In From The Cold
07- Sun Is Shining vs. Funkstar D
08- Jamming
09- Easy Skanking
10- Punky Reggae Party
11- Redemption Song
12- Is This Love
13- Exodus
14- Stir It Up
15- Waiting In Vain
16- I Shot The Sheriff
17- Get Up, Stand Up

·"La Gardela" - Nelly Omar

Her diction, her phrasing, her technical perfection, her good taste, in other words, her interpretative quality makes of Nelly Omar (born Nilda Elvira Vattuone - September 10, 1911) an example and the paradigm of a singer, who today when she is nearly ninety years old, keeps on pleasing us with her still fresh voice. She was born in the city of Guaminí, west of the province of Buenos Aires, an agricultural and cattle area with large estancias. In one of them, "La atrevida", his father (Marcos Vattuone) worked as foreman. She inherited the craft of singing from her father that was guitar strummer. She had several brothers and sisters, but only two women followed her steps: Elena, called Gory, who later became the wife of the poet Julián Centeya, and Nélida. Nelly herself has said that her father was an acquaintance of Carlos Gardel and, that on several occasions, when he visited the city of Buenos Aires, they went together to the horse races. "When in 1918 Gardel with José Razzano came to town, my father and other neighbors were who sold the admission tickets and organized the presentation of the duo. The theater was crowded. Later they came home. We, my brothers, my sisters and I, watched everything through a window. My father, like a good Italian of then, did not allow us to mingle with adults. But his image remained in my memory. Gardel, fat and his straightened hair with a central parting." In 1924 Nelly was already in Buenos Aires. She went for an audition to complete the cast for the folk outfit "Cenizas del fogón", and she was accepted at once. The outfit played on Radio Rivadavia, and besides singing, our girl had brief performances as actress. During the years 1932 and 1933, on the same broadcasting and also on other radios located at the same building (Radio Mayo and Splendid), she appeared together with her sister Nélida to sing as a duo. "We sang country tunes, mainly from the province of Buenos Aires: milongas, estilos, songs. But I also sang tangos as soloist." As a curiosity we can highlight that the girls exchanged their names, our Nilda became Nélida, more precisely Nelly, and Nélida adopted her sister Nilda´s name. Soon thereafter she joined another group of similar features: "Cuadros Argentinos". A radio theater play on Radio Stentor that, after its end, was performed on different stages in neighborhoods and country towns. "This group was led by the brothers Julio and Alfredo Navarrine, and by Antonio Molina as well. I married the latter in 1935, but it was an unfortunate mistake. I was married eight years and I ought to have broken up after the first two months, but the affection for my mother-in-law, a second mother for me, prevented me from doing so." Her presentations went on and her popularity was evidenced in 1937, when a great radio-phonic poll organized by the Caras y Caretas magazine recognized her as the best national female singer. In 1938, when she appeared at a cinema in the locality of Valentín Alsina, the announcer had the bad taste of calling her "La Gardel con polleras" (A Gardel with skirt), and through a long time and up to the present, the lack of imagination and the triviality of the announcers, keep repeating this somewhat unhappy nickname. Then the time of splendor of our artist came when she appeared on the most important radios accompanied by the leading artists of the period, like Libertad Lamarque and Agustín Magaldi, among others. The ideas and the scripts of her programs were created by Enrique Cadícamo and Homero Manzi, with the latter she began a sentimental relationship which lasted several years. Some people say that the lyrics of the tango "Ninguna" are inspired in her. She finally recorded for the Odeon label in 1946, on Francisco Canaro´s recommendation. She committed to disc ten numbers: on January 28, "Adiós pampa mía" and "Canción desesperada"; on October 8: "El Morocho y el Oriental (Gardel-Razzano)" and "Rosas de otoño"; on March 26, the following year: "Sentimiento gaucho" and "Sus ojos se cerraron"; on May 28: "Déjame no quiero verte nunca más" and "La canción de Buenos Aires"; and finally, on October 22, her two remarkable hits: "Desde el alma" and "Nobleza de arrabal", the latter with lyrics by Homero Manzi. That same year, the Society of Authors and Composers paid homage to her at a night local called "Novelty"; they bestowed a medal on her and she was renamed "La voz dramática del tango". Talking of her career, Nelly confessed that she does not like to beg, "to go around knocking doors. I would feel quite badly if I knew that I am singing because of a favor. Only once in my lifetime someone helped me, so as I would be allowed to appear on Radio Splendid. It was Evita, and it was not because I asked her. She did not understand why I was not given a space. She liked my singing and even more that I sang our music. I thanked her by recording the milonga "La descamisada" and the march "Es el pueblo"." During the remaining time of the Peronist government, Nelly Omar sang at the big popular celebrations that the government organized. «I never had anything to do with politics, I took part because I was Peronist, fond of Perón and Evita.» When the coup d´état that overthrew General Perón in 1955 called "Revolución Libertadora" took place, all the artists that had supported the overthrown government saw their possibilities of work cancelled, among them was Nelly Omar who was banned nearly for 30 years. At those difficult times she went to Uruguay and later to Venezuela. In 1966 she briefly appeared on television and only in the late 70s and in the early 80s she recorded with the guitarists Roberto Grela, José Canet and later with the orchestra of Alberto Di Paulo. In December 1997, being she 86 years old and with a clear incredibly young voice, with the dignity of the great ones, she recorded a compact disc including some pieces recorded for the first time: "Comme il faut" by Arolas with lyrics by Gabriel Clausi, and other two, with lyrics of who had been his last partner in life, Héctor Oviedo: "La piel de vivir" and "Por la luz que me alumbra". The guitars of Bartolomé Palermo and Paco Peñalba accompanied her.


01- La Guitarrita
02- Sigo Queriéndote Igual
03- Corazón De Oro
04- Santa Milonguita
05- El Estrellero
06- Misterio y Canción
07- Tapera
08- Campo Afuera
09- Derecho Viejo
10- Para Un Adiós
11- Casualidad y Amor
12- Las Cuatro Respuestas
13- Milonga De Los Fortines
14- Tango Argentino
15- Guitarra De Echeverria
16- Duelo Criollo
17- Serenata Gaucha
18- Monte Criollo
19- Por El Camino
20- Antes
21- Margaritas
22- Las Cosas Que No Te Dije
23- Intriga y Pasión
24- Me Besó y Se Fue

Bonus Tracks:

25- Tu Vuelta
26- Pacencia
27- Pa' Dumensil
28- Sur
29- Parece Mentira
30- Amar y Callar
31- El Adiós de Gabino Ezeiza
32- Rosas de Abril
33- La Pulpera de Santa Lucía
34- Betinotti
35- Vamos, Vamos Zaino Viejo

domingo, 9 de mayo de 2010

·"The Complete BBC Sessions Vol. 10" - The Beatles



·"Non Ho L'Età" - Gigliola Cinquetti

Gigliola Cinquetti (born 20 December 1947, Verona, Veneto) is an Italian singer, TV presenter and journalist. At the age of 16 she won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1964 singing "Non Ho L'Età" ("I'm Not Old Enough"), with music composed by Nicola Salerno and lyrics by Mario Panzeri. Her victory enabled her to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 1964 with the same song, and she went on to claim her country's first ever victory in the event. This became an international success, even entering UK Singles Chart, traditionally unusual for Italian material. It sold over three million copies, and was awarded a platinum disc in August 1964. In 1966, she recorded "Dio, come ti amo" ("God, How I Love You"), which became another worldwide hit.She returned to fame in Eurovision Song Contest 1974, again representing Italy. Performing the song "Sì" ("Yes"), the music and lyrics of which were written by Mario Panzeri, Daniele Pace, Lorenzo Pilat and Carrado Conti, she finished second behind "Waterloo", sung by Sweden's ABBA. According to author and historian, John Kennedy O'Connor's, The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, the live telecast of her song was banned in her home country by the Italian national broadcaster RAI, as the event partially coincided with the campaigning for the 1974 Italian referendum on divorce which was held a month later in May. RAI censored the song because of concerns that the name and lyrics of the song (which constantly repeated the word 'Sì') could be accused of being a subliminal message and a form of propaganda to influence the Italian voting public to vote 'Yes' in the referendum. The song remained censored on most Italian state TV and radio stations for over a month. An English language version of the song, "Go (Before You Break My Heart)", reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1974. One of her other songs, "Alle Porte del Sole" (released in 1973), was re-recorded in English (as "Door of the Sun") and Italian by Al Martino, two years after its initial release, and reached #17 on Billboard's Hot 100 in the United States. Cinquetti's own English version of the song was released as a single by CBS Records in August 1974, with her original 1973 Italian version on the B-side. Cinquetti went on to co-host the Eurovision Song Contest 1991 with Toto Cutugno, who had brought the event to Italy with his victory in Zagreb the previous year - the country's first win in the contest since her own twenty-six years earlier. In the 1990s she became a professional journalist and TV presenter, and she currently hosts the current affairs programme Italia Rai on RAI International.


01- Dio Come Ti Amo
02- Rosa Nera
03- Mille Anni
04- Piccola Città
05- Grazie Amore
06- Ho Il Cuore Tenero
07- Non Ho L'Età
08- Guando M'Innamoro
09- Sera
10- Domagne, Domagne
11- Una Storia d'Amore
12- Tutte Meno Una

·"Bluejean Bop" - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps

Vincent Eugene Craddock (February 11, 1935–October 12, 1971), better known as Gene Vincent, was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on February 11, 1935. His early musical influences included country, rhythm and blues and gospel music. He showed his first real interest in music while his family lived in Munden Point, Virginia, near the North Carolina line, where they ran a country store. He received his first guitar as a gift from a friend at the age of 12. His father, Ezekiah Jackson Craddock, volunteered to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and patrolled American coastal waters to protect Allied shipping against German U-boats during World War II. His mother, Mary Louise Craddock, maintained a general store at Munden Point. Craddock's parents moved the family and opened a new general store and sailor's tailoring shop in Norfolk. Having spent his youth in the Norfolk area, Craddock decided to pursue the life of a sailor. He dropped out of school at age 17 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1952. Craddock's parents signed the required forms allowing him to join the Navy. He completed basic training and joined the fleet as a destroyerman on USS Chukawan, although he did spend a two week training period on USS Amphion before returning to the Chukawan. He proved to be a good sailor while deployed at sea, but gained a reputation as a trouble-maker while on liberty ashore. Craddock never saw combat, but completed a Korean War deployment. He sailed home from Korean waters aboard battleship USS Wisconsin, but was not part of the ship's company. Craddock planned a long career in the U.S. Navy and, in 1955, used his $612 dollar reenlistment bonus to buy a new Triumph motorbike. In July 1955, while in Norfolk, he was involved in a severe motorcycle accident that shattered his left leg. He refused to have it amputated. The leg was saved, but left him with a permanent limp and chronic pain for the rest of his life. He spent was in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital and was medically discharged from the Navy shortly thereafter. Craddock became involved in the local music scene in Norfolk. He changed his name to Gene Vincent and formed a rockabilly band called the Blue Caps (a term used in reference to enlisted sailors in the U.S. Navy). The band included Willie Williams on rhythm guitar, Jack Neal on upright bass, Dickie Harrell on drums, and the innovative and influential lead guitarist, Cliff Gallup. Departing from traditional naming conventions, he and his band are named "Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps", not "...the Blue Caps" as often stated. Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps soon gained a reputation playing in various country bands in his native Norfolk, Virginia. There, they won a talent contest organized by local radio DJ "Sheriff Tex" Davis, who became his manager. In 1956 he wrote "Be-Bop-A-Lula", No. 102 on Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time" list. Local radio DJ "Sheriff Tex" Davis arranged for this to be demoed and this secured him a contract with Capitol Records. He signed a publishing contract with Bill Lowery of The Lowery Group of music publishers in Atlanta, Georgia. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" was not on Vincent's first album and was picked by Capitol producer Ken Nelson as the B side of his first single. Prior to the release of the single, Lowery pressed promotional copies of "Be-Bop-A-Lula" and sent them to radio stations throughout the country. By the time Capitol released the single, "Be-Bop-A-Lula" had already gained attention from the public and radio DJs. The song was picked up and played by other U.S. radio stations (obscuring the original "A-side" song), and became a hit and launched Vincent as a rock 'n' roll star. After "Be-Bop-A-Lula" became a hit (peaking at No. 7 and spending 20 weeks on the Billboard Pop Chart), Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps were unable to follow it up with the same level of commercial success, but released critically-acclaimed songs like "Race With The Devil" (No. 96 in Billboard) and "Bluejean Bop" (No. 49). That year, Vincent was reportedly convicted of public obscenity and fined $10,000 by the state of Virginia for his live performance of the erotic song, "Woman Love", although this is now believed to have been a rumor, possibly started by his manager. The group had another hit with 1957's "Lotta Lovin'" (highest position No. 13 and spending 19 weeks in the charts). Gene Vincent was awarded Gold Records for 2 million sales of Be-Bop-A-Lula and 1.5 million sales of Lotta Lovin'. The same year he toured the east coast of Australia with Little Richard and Eddie Cochran, drawing audiences totaling 72,000 to their Sydney Stadium concerts. Vincent also became one of the first rock stars to star in a film, The Girl Can't Help It with Jayne Mansfield. His 1956 top ten hit with his Blue Caps, "Be-Bop-A-Lula", is considered a significant early example of rockabilly. He is a member of the Rock and Roll and Rockabilly Halls of Fame.


01- Bluejean Bop
02- Jezebel
03- Who Slapped John?
04- Ain't She Sweet
05- I Flipped
06- Waltz of the Wind
07- Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back
08- Wedding Bells (Are Breaking up That Old Gang of Mine)
09- Jumps, Giggles and Shouts
10- Lazy River
11- Bop Street
12- Peg O' My Heart
13- Race With the Devil
14- Be-Bop-A-Lula
15- Woman Love
16- Crazy Legs
17- Gonna Back up Baby
18- Well, I Knocked Him, Bim Bam

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·"The Complete BBC Sessions Vol. 9" - The Beatles



·"Swing Guitar Masterpieces" - Oscar Alemán

Oscar Marcelo Alemán (February 20, 1909 – October 14, 1980) was an Argentine jazz guitarist. He was of Afro Argentine descent. Oscar Marcelo Alemán, talented singer, dancer, entertainer, and guitarist, was born in Chaco province, in Northern Argentina, on February 20, 1909. At the age of six, he was dancing and singing with his family's folk ensemble, the Moreira Sextet, playing the cavaquinho, a Brazilian ukelele before taking up the guitar. By the age of ten, after his mother had died and father had committed suicide, he found himself an orphan working sporadically as a dancer and musician on the streets of Santos, in Brazil. Alemán played two guitars - mostly the d-hole Selmer Maccaferri (also played by Django Reinhardt), and a National Style 1 tri-cone resonator guitar. In 1924 Alemán met and began working with Brazilian guitarist Gaston Bueno Lobo. The duo was signed to the prestigious Argentine RCA Victor label and performed under the name Los Lobos. On occasion, they would add violinist Eleven Verdure and recorded under the name Trio Victor. In the 1930s, having discovered American Jazz via Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti, Alemán moved to Paris where he was immediately hired by Josephine Baker to lead her band, the Baker Boys, at the Cafe de Paris. This provided him an incredible opportunity to play regularly with American Jazz musicians who would come to see Josephine and sit in with her band. Alemán later formed his own nine-piece band which would play nightly at the Le Chantilly, not far from venues where Django Reinhardt and his partner violinist Stephane Grappelli would perform with their famous ensemble Quintette du Hot Club de France. Although these two geniuses of the guitar never recorded together, they became close friends. In 1939, jazz critic Leonard Feather visited Paris. He returned to America raving about his new "discovery" and stated, "Alemán has more swing than any other guitarist on the continent." Due to the WW II, Alemán relocated to Buenos Aires in the early '40s and continued to record and perform with both a swing quintet, as well as with a nine-piece orchestra. In 1972 at age 63, Alemán recorded a new album which met rave reviews and helped re-launch his career with the reissue of many of his previous recordings, along with concert dates and television appearances. He continued to teach and perform in Buenos Aires until his death in 1980,at 71 years old.


01- Nobody's Sweetheart
02- Russian Lullaby
03- Just a Little Swing
04- Jeeper Creepers
05- Sweet Georgia Brown
06- In the Mood
07- Man of Mine
08- I've Got Rhythm
09- Begin the Beguine
10- Tico Tico No Fuba
11- Caminos Cruzados (Malagueña)
12- Scartunas
13- Stardust
14- Honeysuckle Rose
15- Lady Be Good
16- Boogie Woogie Jam
17- Who's Sorry Now
18- Swingin' on a Star
19- Melancolia
20- Sentimental Journey
21- Cómo te Llamas
22- Buggle Call Rag
23- Darktown Strutter's Ball
24- Blue Skies
25- Twelfth Street Rag
26- Swanee River
27- Vieni Sul Mar
28- Delicado
29- Mia Casita Pequeñita

·"The Essential SRV " - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan (born Stephen Ray Vaughan; October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. Stephen Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1954 at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas to Jim and Martha Vaughan. His brother, Jimmie Vaughan, is three years older. At age 7, Vaughan acquired his first guitar, a Sears toy guitar with only three strings. Among the first songs that he learned to play were hits by The Nightcaps, a Texas garage rock band that had a national hit in 1962 with "Wine, Wine, Wine." In 1963, Vaughan got his first electric guitar, a hand-me-down from his brother.Jimmie Vaughan's friend, Doyle Bramhall, heard Stevie Ray Vaughan playing a song called "Jeff's Boogie" by The Yardbirds, and was impressed. Bramhall would help Vaughan’s singing and songwriting development. In 1967, Vaughan’s first band, The Chantones, played an outdoor show at Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas and began to advance beyond school dances and private parties. During the summer of 1970, after falling into a barrel of grease while working for a fast food restaurant, Vaughan quit his job, formed his first relatively long-lasting band, Blackbird, and devoted his working life to music. In 1971, Vaughan made his first studio recording, sitting in with a high school band called A Cast of Thousands for a compilation album named A New Hi. The two songs that were on the album showcased Vaughan's early burgeoning talent. During Christmas vacation, he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin, Texas with Blackbird. Their home base was a nightclub on the outskirts of town called the Soap Creek Saloon. In late 1972, he joined a rock band called Krackerjack, but quit a few months later when the lead singer decided that the band should wear theatrical makeup on stage. In March 1973, Marc Benno added Vaughan to his band the Nightcrawlers, which was recording an album in Hollywood for A&M Records. The recording featured Doyle Bramhall on the drums, along with the beginning of a songwriting partnership with Vaughan. The album was not released, however, and the band traveled back to Texas. A year later, he found a battered 1963 Fender Stratocaster at a music store in Austin. It would remain as his favorite guitar for the rest of his life. In late December 1974, Vaughan joined a popular Austin band, Paul Ray & the Cobras, averaging approximately five shows a week. The Cobras released a record and won "Band of the Year" in an Austin music poll. Three years later, Vaughan left the Cobras and formed Triple Threat Revue with vocalist Lou Ann Barton, W. C. Clark on bass guitar, Mike Kindred on keyboards, and Freddie "Pharaoh" Walden on drums. Later, Jackie Newhouse replaced W. C. Clark on bass and Chris Layton replaced Walden on drums. Vaughan and Lou Ann renamed the band Double Trouble, though Barton left in 1980 to sing for Roomful of Blues. On December 23, 1979, Vaughan and Lenora "Lenny" Bailey were married between sets at the Rome Inn nightclub in Austin. Tommy Shannon, the former bassist in Krackerjack, replaced Jackie Newhouse in 1981. In July, the band played a music festival in Manor, Texas and a videotape of the performance was given to Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts. Double Trouble then played a private party for The Rolling Stones at New York's Danceteria nightclub. On July 17, 1982, Vaughan and Double Trouble played the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the first unsigned act to perform at the event. A few in the audience started booing the loud band throughout their performance since the event was predominately acoustical music. Vaughan later met David Bowie and jammed with Jackson Browne after the show, during an after party which lasted for hours into the morning. Bowie asked Vaughan to play lead guitar on his new album Let's Dance. The album became Bowie's best-selling album of his career. Bowie also invited Vaughan to go on his Serious Moonlight Tour, but Vaughan declined. Browne offered Vaughan time in his recording studio in Los Angeles free of charge, and the band accepted the offer in November 1982. In the spring of the following year, music producer John Hammond heard a tape of the band's Montreux performance, and got the band a recording contract with Epic Records. Hammond is credited with discovering Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, among others. On June 13, 1983, the recordings in Browne's studio morphed into Texas Flood, Vaughan and Double Trouble's debut album, and was released to glowing reviews, selling over half a million units. Along with making an appearance on Austin City Limits, readers of Guitar Player magazine voted Vaughan as "Best New Talent" and "Best Electric Blues Guitar Player", with Texas Flood as "Best Guitar Album". On May 15, 1984, Couldn't Stand the Weather was released and hit number 31 on the Billboard charts. In October 1984, Vaughan and Double Trouble performed at Carnegie Hall. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Vaughan brought along an all-star supporting band, including Dr. John on keyboards and his brother, Jimmie, on guitar, who wore custom tailored velvet mariachi suits. His wife and parents flew in from Texas to share in his triumph. In November 1984, Vaughan won "Entertainer of the Year" and "Instrumentalist of the Year" at the National Blues Awards in Memphis, Tennessee. On September 30, 1985, the band's third album, Soul to Soul, was released, featuring new band member, Reese Wynans, on keyboards. It became their third gold album and went to number 34 on the Billboard charts. In July 1986, the band recorded shows in Austin and Dallas for their fourth album, Live Alive. On August 27, 1986, Vaughan's father, Big Jim Vaughan, died of Parkinson's disease. In late September 1986, Vaughan collapsed in Ludwigshafen, Germany from years of substance abuse, and he would later join Alcoholics Anonymous. Vaughan struggled through two more concerts, though the last thirteen dates on the tour were canceled while Vaughan was admitted to a hospital in London. He emerged clean and sober in Atlanta, Georgia. Tommy Shannon also came out clean and sober while in Austin. Live Alive was released on November 15, 1986. In the spring of 1987, MTV broadcast the band’s show in Daytona Beach, Florida as part of its spring break coverage. Vaughan also appeared in the movie Back to the Beach, performing "Pipeline" with Dick Dale. He also appeared on B.B. King’s Cinemax television special with Eric Clapton, Albert King, Phil Collins, Gladys Knight, Paul Butterfield, Chaka Khan, and Billy Ocean. Later that year, Vaughan filed for divorce from Lenny. In 1988, Vaughan appeared with Stevie Wonder on an MTV special called Characters. Double Trouble also headlined a concert at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The show, featuring jams with Katie Webster, Albert Collins, and B.B. King, was filmed for a Showtime special called Coast to Coast. Vaughan's divorce from Lenny was finalized toward the end of the year. On January 23, 1989, the band performed at an inauguration party in Washington, D.C. for George H. W. Bush. The band's fifth album, In Step, was released in June, and went on to win a Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Recording". In the spring of 1990, Vaughan and his brother recorded an album together, one that would feature the music they had grown up with. They recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis and were produced by Nile Rodgers. The brothers agreed to name it Family Style. That summer, Vaughan and Double Trouble went on tour with British soul singer Joe Cocker, touring places like Alaska and the Benson & Hedges Blues Festival. To complete the summer portion of the "In Step" tour, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played two shows on August 25 and 26 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI, while on tour with Eric Clapton. For travel to the next venue, the tour manager reserved four helicopters to circumvent congested highway traffic. In very dense fog, the helicopters, not certified for flight under instrument flight rules (IFR), lifted off at 12:40 A.M. Just past the lift-off zone was a 300-foot hill. Vaughan's helicopter pilot was unfamiliar with the area and did not climb to sufficient altitude immediately after take-off. Vaughan's helicopter crashed into the hill. According to the findings reported by the National Transportation Safety Board, the causes of the accident were determined to be inadequate planning by the pilot and failure to attain sufficient altitude to clear an obstacle.[12] Fog and haze, as well as the rising terrain, were listed as contributing factors. All occupants, including Vaughan, the pilot, and three members of Eric Clapton's travel group, were killed on impact. On August 31, 1990, funeral services were held for Vaughan at Laurel Land Memorial Park in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. Brother Jimmie, mother Martha, and girlfriend Janna were in attendance. Among the mourners were Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and Nile Rodgers. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,[2] and Classic Rock Magazine ranked him #3 in their list of the 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes in 2007.


01- Hard to Be
02- Ain't Gone 'N' Give You Up On Your Lo'
03- Scuttle Buttin'
04- Lenny
05- Lovestruck Baby
06- Superstition (live)
07- Change It
08- Little Wing
09- Cold Shot
10- Brothers
11- Taxman
12- Texas Flood
13- The House is Rockin'
14- Pride and Joy
15- Tightrope
16- Long Way From Home