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From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (Live Recording) - Elvis Presley 10/08/2007

Elvis standing as a colossus

High Wycombe in General 31/07/2007

Two hills and a main road

Mad Frank: Memoirs of a Life of Crime - Frankie Fraser, James Morton 28/07/2007

Mad Frankie's coming to get ya

Young Americans (Digitally Remastered) - David Bowie 21/07/2007

Lush

Everything that starts with B ... 09/07/2007

The Trouble With Brit Flicks

Hot Buttered Soul - Isaac Hayes 07/07/2007

Progressive soul from the original Mack Daddy

Hot Buttered Soul - Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes, he of the booming yet sultry monotone, made famous again in the late 90's as the voice of Chef in South Park, brought out this album in 1968. It was a good time to be recording in Memphis; Stax records were revitalised with a new pounding soul sound and later that year Elvis would record probably the greatest album of his career "From Elvis In Memphis" across town at American Studios. With this one album Hayes, previously a staff writer and arranger at Stax, set himself up as a genuine mack daddy, going on to record the theme tune for the 1971 blaxplotation "Shaft" and the later modestly titled Black Moses LP of 1974. Hot Buttered Soul also showed that soul and R&B, normally the preserve of the black musician, could also stretch out a jam and explore new territory, much as the progressive rock bands were doing at the time. Hayes brings all his talents as a studio arranger to maximum effect here. There are only 4 tracks on this record and it lasts over 45 minutes, two of the songs are way over 10 minutes long and yet I don't get any feeling of an artist being pretentious or self-important at all - if anything the production is very restrained. At a time when many bands were covering each others songs, Hayes came out with this opus taking material like Burt Bacharach's loungey pop of Walk On By and putting in a harder edged sound on it, whilst throwing in his own arrangements to good effect. Ad-libbing like "you really put the hurt on me, momma" goes along with ...

Promised Land - Elvis Presley 07/07/2007

Elvis not exactly back in the Promised Land

Axis: Bold As Love [Remastered] - Jimi Hendrix Experience (The) 10/06/2007

Just ask the Axis, he knows everything

Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin 21/04/2007

Way down inside..............

All About Me 20/03/2007

Come and meet Mr Pink

Long Cold Winter - Cinderella 03/03/2007

Cinderella = Rocker Fellas

Battle Of The River Plate (DVD) 03/02/2007

"Ha! What price snowballs now?"

Passover - Black Angels (The) 14/01/2007

You certainly should pass this over

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise 30/12/2006

Singalong cookie suprise

Climbing! - Mountain 09/12/2006

Sludge rock

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