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 in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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