Ten Years After – A space in time (Epic #311)

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Ten Years After – A space in time (1971)

Continuing the Jemtunes mini series about Ten Years After, here’s A space in Time from 1971. Epic 2017 features not quite every Ten Years After album – but certainly the eight in my book that really count.

A Space in Time, the sixth studio album saw a departure from Deram, this one being released by Chrysalis Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in America. A departure also in style from their previous albums, A Space in Time is less ‘heavy’ than previous albums and includes more acoustic guitar, perhaps influenced by the success of Led Zeppelin who were mixing acoustic songs with heavier numbers.

“Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘n’ Roll You” charted as a single in the USA, peaking at No. 61.

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Plant & Page – No Quarter (Epic 2017 #230)

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Plant & Page – No Quarter (1994)

OK you lucky lot. Today you’re getting eight episodes of ‘Epic’ all on the same day; essentially because I’m away for a week with no possibility of updating blogs etc.

And the final episode, bringing us up to date before my next posting on Saturday 19 August is ‘No Quarter’, a live album by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, released by Atlantic Records on 14 October 1994. The long-awaited reunion between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant occurred on a 90-minute “UnLedded” MTV project, recorded in Morocco, Wales, and London.

In addition to acoustic numbers, the album features a reworking of Led Zeppelin classics featuring a Moroccan string band and Egyptian orchestra supplementing a core group of rock and roll musicians, along with four Middle-Eastern and Moroccan-influenced songs: “City Don’t Cry”, “Yallah” (or “The Truth Explodes”), “Wonderful One”, and “Wah Wah”.

The album was #4 on debut on the Billboard’s Pop Albums chart.

Several years later, Plant reflected on the collaboration very positively:

The will and the eagerness with Unledded were fantastic and [Page] was really creative. Jimmy and I went in a room and it was back. His riffs were spectacular. To take it as far as we did, and the tour we did – it’s one of the most ambitious and mind altering experiences.

 

Ben Harper – Both sides of the gun (Epic #103)

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Ben Harper – Both sides of the gun (2006)

Released as a double album, the title suggests the two sides of Harper’s musical nature. The first disc (“White”) is made of mostly acoustic and string-driven songs hinted at on the last track (“She’s Only Happy In The Sun”) of Harper’s previous album Diamonds on the Inside. The second disc (“Black”) is made up of the more rock and upbeat material and touching on genres such as hard rock, funk and gospel.

The album saw Harper playing the majority of the instruments on both discs; an approach that he had rarely used on his previous albums. However, the Innocent Criminals would appear on a few tracks whilst his later band, Relentless7, would appear together for the first time on “Serve Your Soul”, the last track on the second disc.

The album became Harper’s first US top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 200 album charts, entering and peaking at number seven on its release. To date, it is his highest album entry in that chart.

Cold Specks – I predict a graceful expulsion (Epic 2017 #040)

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Cold Specks – I predict a graceful expulsion (2012)

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Cold Specks is the stage name of singer-songwriter Ladan Hussein, who was previously known as Al Spx.  Her music has been described as doom-soul. The name Cold Specks is taken from a line in James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’…

Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness..

This, her debut album, was released on May 21, 2012, on Mute Records and Arts & Crafts in Canada.

Antonio Banderas – Cancion del mariachi (Leaping Ahead #152)

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[Song from a Spanish artiste]

From the soundtrack to Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Desperado’, this was performed by Los Lobos and Antonio Banderas. The album track “Mariachi Suite” by Los Lobos was awarded a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the 1995 Grammy Awards.