GRAEME EDGE BAND Paradise Ballroom [released 27th July 2009]
Founder member and drummer of THE MOODY BLUES, GRAEME EDGE recorded his second classic album in 1976 whilst the MOODY BLUES were on a sabbatical. Teaming up with ADRIAN and PAUL GURVITZ, EDGE followed on from his debut solo album KICK OFF YOUR MUDDY BOOTS (also released by ESOTERIC RECORDINGS this month) with another fine effort, leading some to cite his two solo albums as the finest solo album by any MOODY BLUES member of the 1970s. Unavailable on CD for many years, this Esoteric Recordings release has been re-mastered from the original master tapes and includes a lavishly illustrated booklet and essay.
GRAEME EDGE BAND Kick Off Your Muddy Boots [released 27th July 2009]
Founder member and drummer of THE MOODY BLUES, GRAEME EDGE recorded this classic album in 1975 whilst the MOODY BLUES were on a sabbatical. Teaming up with ADRIAN and PAUL GURVITZ as the core of his band, KICK OFF YOUR MUDDY BOOTS was a fine effort (cited by some as the finest solo album by any MOODY BLUES member of the 1970s) and featured a guest appearance by GINGER BAKER on the song GEW JANNA WOMAN. Unavailable on CD for many years, this Esoteric Recordings release has been re-mastered from the original master tapes and includes the non-album track WE LIKE TO DO IT (issued as a single in 1975) as a bonus track.
GEORGE & GWEN McCRAE Together [released 27th July 2009]
When Rock Your Baby took the global charts by storm in the summer of 1974, it brought wide recognition to T.K Records and instant acclaim for George McCrae. His wife Gwen, who had already tasted chart success on Columbia in 1970, joined him in Henry Stones Miami empire, and her 1975 hit with Rockin Chair prompted Stone to record the couple on an album of duets. Together was an obvious title, and Winners Together Losers Apart, an appropriate hit 45 in spring 1976. The album contains a vibrant mix of beat and beat-ballads, mainly from the illustrious pen of Clarence Reid, who also produced the sessions with Steve Alaimo. The band is a virtual whos who of Miami maestros, featuring guitarists such as Joey Murcia and Snoopy Dean and keyboards by Latimore, Timmy Thomas and Ray Martinez, and with Mike Lewis leading the horn section. This release also features special bonus solo tracks by George, including I Aint Lyin/You Got to Know, an in-demand US and UK hit 45 from 1975, the collectable Everytime You Say Goodbye from 1984, and club hit Do Something from 1995.
ERIC BURDON Mirage [released 27th July 2009]
Recorded in Los Angeles in 1973, MIRAGE was one of the finest albums of the 1970s by ANIMALS front man ERIC BURDON. The soundtrack for a proposed United Artists film with the Vietnam War as its subject matter, the music recorded by Burdon such as Dragon Lady, River of Blood, Mind Arc and Driftin / Geronimos Last Stand was some of the finest of his career. Exploring the genres of rock, psychedelia and African beats, the sessions also saw Burdon record the song Mirage, written by JIMI HENDRIX on the night he died. Sadly, first the film and latterly a proposed double album release by Atlantic Records were shelved and the Mirage album and sessions were consigned to the archives. This CD release on Esoteric Recordings makes for the albums CD debut in the UK.
SWEETWATER Sweetwater [released 27th July 2009]
Sweetwater were an unusual 8 piece aggragation whose budding career was cruelly cut short by tragedy… formed out of coffee house jams in LA under the benign eye of Roger McGuinn's sometime cowriter Harvey Gerst, Sweetwater played a fresh and happening fusion of Psychedelia, Jazz and Classical music; in some ways a West Coast equivalent to Chrysalis… Their first album, produced by the great Dave Hassinger, established them as a force to be reckoned with, and landed them tours with The Doors and Eric Burdon and The Animals, and in time the coveted opening slot on the Woodstock festival (though they ended up going on later thanks to backstage shenanigans In December 1969 it all came skidding to a halt, as 20 year old singer Nansi Nevins was involved in a serious car smash, which left her in a coma with severe brain trauma and damaged vocal cords, necessitating years of therapy…though the group continued, it just wasn't the same… There was even a 1999 TV movie telling their story, concentrating on their tragedy…here instead we go back to their 1968 debut, when the world was at their feet! A record that could only have been made in LA in 1968…yet which has echoes of so much else…you'll love it!
STEVE SWINDELLS Fresh Blood [released 27th July 2009]
ATOMHENGE, the home of HAWKWINDs catalogue from 1976 1997, continue their series of reissues with the solo album by HAWKLORDS keyboard player STEVE SWINDELLS. Recorded in 1980 for ATCO Records, the album featured Steves version of SHOT DOWN IN THE NIGHT (a hit for HAWKWIND) and musical contributions from HAWKWIND members SIMON KING and HUW LLOYD-LANGTON with former VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR bassist NIC POTTER also contributing. The album was a powerful work which promised much in commercial terms but failed to chart in the UK (despite radio play). Long sought after by HAWKWIND fans, the album is now finally available on CD for the first time on ATOMHENGE.