AUTRY...WE`VE COME A LONG WAY TOGETHER...BRITISH ARCHIVE OF COUNTRY MUSIC
This 20 track CD covers the years 1937 to 1942 when Gene was probably at the peak of his popularity both as a “silver screen cowboy” and “singing star”While much is made of his singing,and performing ,Gene`s songwriting ability was certainly overlooked,but on this outing his name is behind 13 of the songs.The distinctive Autry sound is very evident on every song here and its a treat to listen to it once again.Lovely fiddles and early steel guitar with rhythm section and guitars and sitting just behind the voice.You`ll love the easy listening songs with stories of lost love. cowboy sweethearts, nights on the lonesome trails and days on the never ending trails.As usual well presented,informative notes from Brian Golbey .It runs for 53 minutes and is available direct from the Archive Tel : 01304 205000 or at www.bacountrymusic.fsnet.co.uk
SONGS:We`ve come a long way together / Blue Montana Skies /There ain`t no use crying now / End of my roundup days / When I`m gone you`ll soon forget me / That little kid sister of mine / You waited too long / Little Pardner / I`m gonna round up my blues / I`m comin` home darling /There`s only one love in a lifetime / Sweethearts or Strangers / Angel Song / I guess I`ve been asleep / I`ll be true while you`re gone / Bible on the table / Don`t send me your love by mail / I don`t belong in your world / Sail along silv`ry moon / You are the light of my life
LISA O`KANE...AM I TOO BLUE...RAISIN` KANE MUSIC
Now heres a talent that recently exploded on the European scene with her first single release from her first album.”Little Black Cloud” was the song that started the ball rolling for Lisa O`Kane, taken from this album “Am I Too Blue”..The 1st single climbed to No 1 in just a few weeks,stayed at the top for 3,dropped to no 2 and stayed there for 4 weeks and has only just been replaced by her NEW single “My Sweet Love Ain`t Around” which is at NO 3 this week (24th Oct) and sure to reach No 1.The CD has 12 songs,the first and last written by Lisa while the remainder are basically covers,but with a difference .The song selection is great,Lucinda Williams poinent “Am I Too Blue” is followed by an exceptional cover of Hank Williams` “My Sweet Love Ain`t Around”.The folksy ballad Lovin` You Again is chased along by the fast paced K.T.Oslin song “Wall of Tears”,which in turn is followed by a gentle version of the John Prine ballad “All the Way With You”.Theres a haunting version of the Sandy Denny song “Like and Old Fashioned Waltz” which is contrasted in style by the old Bill Munroe classic” Old Cross Road is Waiting” Self financed and over a year in the making, this album was certainly worth that wait.The musicians are certainly never overstated, with mandolin, fiddle and acoustic instruments to the fore.The predominant feature on this CD is certainly Lisa`a voice,crisp and clear like a mountain spring,you could bottle it and sell it and they have done just that on this CD.Check out www.lisaokane.com or E-mail [email protected]
SONGS :Romance & Finance/Little Black Cloud/Am I Too Blue/My Sweet Love Ain`t Around/Pineola/Lovin`You Again/Wall of Tears/All the Way With You/Wanting Wanting You/Like an Old fashioned Waltz/The Valley.2.
DARREN BUSBY...YOU CAN`T WALK THIS ROAD ALONE...MJ MUSIC.
Here's another all British CD from the Mervyn J.Futter stable, and another “walk-away” winner.Theres 14 songs, running 49 + minutes.Theres 12 covers and 2 original songs written by Wayne Golden.Wayne also plays all the guitars, sings harmony with Maria Futter, plays drums and bass on all the tracks (except track 8), arranged all the songs and produces. The other musicians include Scott Newstead keyboards, Les Wright Steel guitar and Stuart Payne bass & drums on track 8. The songs are written by Hal Ketchum, Don Cook, Bob McDill, Bill Anderson, Rodney Crowell, Michael Martin Murphy, Merle Haggard, Eddie Raven, Bernie Taupin / Elton John song “Sad Songs and track 14 is “The American Trilogy”. The recording is top quality,well produced and overall a great listen.Darren`s voice wavers on the odd occasion but never detracts from the overall sound and quality.The future of country is certainly safe in this recent newcomers hands, and as a ballad singer he is outstanding.His warm personality endears him to his audiences and a bright future is promised .His single “If we can`t have forever” is at No 9 on the European Charts as I write.Come awards time I bet this CD is among the nominations and maybe the winners. It is available direct from www.mjmusicshop.co.uk
SONGS;You can`t walk this road alone--Old soldiers--This heart--When only love will do--You can`t take it with you--If we can`t have forever--The tips of my fingers--Loving all night--Land of enchantment--Only Heaven Knows--When the feeling goes away--Island--Sad Songs( say so much)--The American Trilogy.
CIRCUIT JUDGE...LAY OFF THE POP...MJ MUSIC.
Still with MJ-Music stable and its a poinant release,the last from the popular trio CIRCUIT JUDGE. Pat Judge, son Craig and Stuart Payne travelled all over the country singing their own brand of popular country songs for the listener and the dancer.They found a special place in the Line dancers hearts,but never deserted the country style that Pat has performed for many years.Sadly his passing came just as this Cd was completed and ready for release.Pat only sings 3 of the songs,while Craig sings the rest and it`s a pity he has now retired from the scene due to his Dad`s passing, as he had a bright future as a vocalist.The trio play all the instruments used on the CD between them,with Pat & Craig singing and playing acoustic guitars,and Stuart Payne excelling by playing ALL the remaining instruments. Gemma Fairwearher and Maria Futter sings harmony. Its a Circuit Judge/Mervyn J.Futter production, and another CD that the British Country Scene can be proud of.Its available direct from www.mjmusicshop.co.uk
SONGS; I just want to dance with you-Don`t try to find me-Live Laugh Love -Meanwhile-Loving all night-Vertical Expression-Deep in the heart of texas -Husbands & Wives-Take these chains /the bottle let me down--His latest flame--Blame it on texas -- Southbound train.
ROGERS..THE WAY IT USED TO BE..SUNDOWN--TKO-MAGNUM RECORDS Heres
another in the Starburst Series, the 3rd of 3 albums by Kenny Rogers featuring
his early recordings originally out on Reprise Records late 60`s early 70`s.This
is basically the First Edition tracks recorded then with Kenny taking lead vocal
, including the chart hits ”Reuban James” ”Ruby” ”Somethings Burning”
and “She even woke me up to say goodbye”.The other 13 songs
include “Shine On Ruby Mountain”,”Sunshine”,”Tulsa
Turnaround”,and the title track “The Way it used to Be”
as well as other songs from the Reprise albums.This is Kenny as he made
the jump from being a New Christy Minstral to First Edition to Stardom
as a solo performer and these recordings are pivotal in his career.A fine
album with 17 tracks in all, running for nearly 50 minutes.Its not a country
album as such,more a Kenny Rogers & The First Edition album with
country influences, folky and progressive even for 1969/70.
OTHER SONGS...Run through your mind--Shadow in the corner of your mind--Sleep comes easy--Tell it all brother--Ticket to nowhere--Trying just as hard--We all got to help each other--What am I gonna Do--Where does Rosie Go.
Both the above CDs are available direct from Magnum Direct,Tel 01494-450606, or on the web at www.tkomagnum.co.uk.
STU STEVENS & MICK SMITH..WORDS OF YOUTH..ASH
This is Hal Ketchum`s 6th release which featureshis new single “Everytime I Look in your eyes” which also opens the CD of 15 songs.(The single will be included in the forthcoming Sylvester Stallone movie). All the songs are written by Hal who is now dubbed “the poet laureate of country music”.This is another winner for Hal and should increases his 15 top ten singles to date.The songs seem to follow a common thread,between the love of his wife,his children,his life,his relationships, his belief in God and his fellow man.You can`t fault the album in any way,its got strong songs,great musicians,great vocal,great production and should keep Hal on the charts for at least 4 singles.Loved the” Bo Diddley”effects on the title track “The King Of Love”,the sentiments in “God Makes Stars” (God makes them fall),the waltz tempo on “The Carpenter`s Way” where Guy Clark joins Hal for a duet. Great songs, great musicians, great production and a great voice, all come together for a great album. Hal should be up there with the award winners and getting his share of their accolades and with this CD he will be around for another 4 singles at least.Maybe next year will be his year,on the strength of this recording his time is not for away.
OTHER TRACKS...Run Loretto run--As long as you love me--On her won time--The ruby & the rose--Taking my time--The way she loves me--Evangeline--Prisoner of love--Too much of nothing--The skies over Dublin--The angel song.
EVANS...I`M COMIN` HOME..OSI RECORDS.
HILL...KEEP IT COUNTRY...RAM RECORDS.
BLUE..ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK..COUNTRY DISCOVERY RECORDS.