Australian record label AIM specializes in reissues, largely focusing on American R&B, blues, zydeco, jazz and rock. This collection of tracks by the famed British blues-rock vocalist, Eric Burdon, is divided into studio and live recordings during his post-Animals and WAR period. As noted in the comprehensive liner notes, the program features live material recorded in 1976 at Los Angeles' Roxy venue and 1980s' studio tracks intended for a film titled Comeback. Ultimately, the material highlights Burdon's powerful vocal delivery and genuine feeling for blues music. He belts it all out with gusto and verve, over thrashing boogie grooves, blaring rock guitars and solid backbeats. On the downside, many of the performances fail to leave a lasting impression, based as they are on weak compositions. However, Burdon's mighty presence overcomes some of the lackluster material. Highpoints include the suggestive "Who Gives A F**K, and a few hard-driving numbers blessed with memorable hooks. And while Burdon's post-Animals career might seem a bit sketchy to some, this outing is a valuable chronicle of his work in the 1970s and 1980s.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.