JACKIE DESHANNON Jackie DeShannon [released 24th August 2009]
CD: Known to her fans as "The Folk Album," this 1963 release (with a gorgeous cover) is also famous for being her debut album, but it's never been on CD! Arranged by the great Jack Nitzsche, it reveals a singer whose still nascent songwriting instincts are illustrated by her unerring choice of material (some great Dylan tunes here). Walkin' down the Line; Blowin' in the Wind; Jailer Bring Me Water; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right; Oh Sweet Chariot; Little Yellow Roses; 500 Miles; If I Had a Hammer; Baby, Let Me Follow You Down; Puff (The Magic Dragon); Betsy from Pike, and Sing Hallelujah. A star in the making!
JACKIE DESHANNON New Arrangement [released 24th August 2009]
CD: Jackie DeShannon's smoky vocals are irresistible and her songwriting deceptively catchy and simple; probe a little deeper and you will find many levels beneath the impossibly memorable melodies. Like, for instance, on the title cut to this 1975 album; not only does the album sport a "new arrangement" with an updated '70s sound, but the song's "new arrangement" refers to a woman's husband having an affair with another man! This is also the album that introduced Bette Davis Eyes to the world, a full six years before Kim Carnes' hit version; also includes (many with lyrics by John Bettis) Let the Sailors Dance; Boat to Sail; Sweet Baby Gene; Over My Head Again; Queen of the Rodeo; I Wanted It All; Murphy; Barefoot Boys and Barefoot Girls, and Dreamin' as One. An adult pop classic, out on CD for the first time with FIVE BONUS TRACKS: the unreleased Pure Natural Love; Deep into Paradise, and Somebody Turn the Music On from the sessions, and the single sides All Night Desire and Fire in the City.
JACKIE DESHANNON Me About You & To Be Free [released 24th August 2009]
CD: 1967 and 1970 albums from Jackie on a single CD, with a bonus track (a cover of Tim Hardin's Reason to Believe) to boot! Though it contains four original De- Shannon compostions (two co-penned with producer Jack Nitszche), Me About You is a bit of a homage to Jackie's fellow singer-songwriters of the day, with tunes by Carole Bayer Sager, JimmyWebb, John Sebastian and Van Dyke Parks among others; includes Me About You; I'm with You; I Keep Wanting You; Didn't Want to Have to Do It; What Ever Happened to Be Happy; Baby Close Its Eyes; Music Man; The Girl Song; Splendor in the Grass; Nobody's Home to Go Home To; Nicole; High Coin, and I'll Turn to Stone. To Be Free, meanwhile, is Jackie's follow-up to her smash Put a Little Love in Your Heart album, and it was another in the line of richlycrafted records she cut for Imperial; its repertoire of mostly originals includes Livin' on the Easy Side; What Was Your Day Like; Child of the Street; Sooner or Later; Mediterranean Sky; You Keep Me Hangin' On/Hurt So Bad; It's So Nice; Francoise; When Morning Comes Again; Brighton Hill, and Bird on the Wire. Includes the original trippy gatefold artwork!
THE STRAWBS Dancing To The Devil's Beat [released 17th August 2009]
CD: In celebration of the Strawbs 40th anniversary this year, Witchwood are proud to present, the much anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Broken Hearted Bride". 'Dancing to the Devils beat' is scheduled for release on the 17th of August, and sees an album of brand new material, with some of the strongest lyrical content included on a Strawbs album for some time. 'Dancing To The Devil's Beat' is a record of its time – in its production values, and in reflecting Strawbs' evolution from the folk club origins, through the hits, on to stadium rock, and now as one of Britain's best loved Heritage bands. Dave Cousins' lyrics convey the maelstrom of current political events – from the machinations of climate change, to greed and corruption in the public sector, and the dignity of the armed forces in combat. 'Pro Patria Suite' takes the listener before, during and after WW1, while 'Copenhagen' reflects tenderly on Strawbs recording with Sandy Denny in Denmark. The album introduces Oliver Wakeman to the band, eldest son of former member, Rick Wakeman. With Chris Tsangarides in the production seat again, the end result is another perfectly executed album of soon to be classic Strawbs material.
JERUSALEM Escalator [released 10th August 2009]
CD: Way back in 1971 – thanks to Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan's "sit back and let them combust" attitude to the production – Jerusalem, the extreme feral purveyors of the filthiest, most god awful cacophony ever heard in its day, recorded the roughest, nastiest, eardrum perforating album of that distant time. For a while Jerusalem shared stages with Supertramp, Mott the Hoople, Curved Air, Humble Pie and the like. Bill Hinde flattened thousands with his pulverising rhythm guitar while Bob Cooke played screaming lead and Lynden "Lungbuster" Williams gargled with razor blades and spat out the vocals. Like Motörhead before their time, or Punks avant-la-lettre, they disbanded in 1972. Bill Hinde died in a car crash in 1975 which tanked a potential full re-union in near or distant future. Lynden and Bob, the keepers of the flame, welcome you to revisit Jerusalem, and hope you'll enjoy the experience. They also promise not to keep you waiting another 40 years for the next album – as a matter of fact they're already in the studio working on a follow-up to "Escalator".