Pink Floyd – Relics (Epic 2017 #202)

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Pink Floyd – Relics (1971)

Relics (aka ‘A Bizarre Collection of Antiques & Curios’) is a 1971 compilation album by Pink Floyd. The album was released in the UK on 14 May 1971 and in the United States on the following day. Initially released by Starline, the compilation was reissued by Music for Pleasure in the United Kingdom; Harvest and Capitol distributed the album in the United States. A remastered CD was released in 1996 with a different album cover, picturing a three-dimensional model based on the sketch drawn by drummer Nick Mason for the initial release.

The release of Relics occurred because the band’s record company, EMI, were concerned that they had gone into the studio to record what would become Meddle (look out for Epic #210, coming on 29 July) without any songs or ideas, effectively starting from scratch. This, combined with their ever-increasing touring schedule, made EMI realise that no new product would be released for some time, possibly not until well over a year after completing their previous album, Atom Heart Mother (featured in Epic #212, due for publication on 31st July).

In order to issue some more “product” for fans, they decided to release a budget priced LP on their Starline label, combining early singles, B-sides, album tracks and one unreleased number, “Biding My Time”. The compilation contains material from the first three albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Epic #211, due on 30th July), A Saucerful of Secrets (to be featured in Epic #215 on 3rd August) and More (Epic #214, due on 2nd August).

Anders Osborne – American Patchwork (Epic 2017 #197)

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Anders Osborne – American Patchwork (2010)

Grammy-award winning guitarist/singer/songwriter Anders Osborne blends blues, rock and roll and New Orleans funk and R&B to create a distinctive genre-bending style that has captivated music fans and fellow performers alike. He wrote “Watch The Wind Blow By,” a No.1, million-selling country hit for Tim McGraw and two tracks on bluesman Keb’ Mo’s Grammy-winning album Slow Down. American Patchwork is an intensely soulful album, ranging from gentle ballads to burning rockers, including some truly amazing guitar playing. Galactic’s Stanton Moore and Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan guest.

Omar – Blues bag (Epic 2017 #193)

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Omar – Blues Bag (1991)

Omar Kent Dykes (born Kent Dykes, 1950, McComb, Mississippi, United States) is an American blues guitarist and singer, living in Austin, Texas. In 1973 he formed the band, Omar & the Howlers. The band plays electric Texas blues, rock and roll and blues-rock. Dykes has also had a successful career as a solo artist, and regularly toured European countries.

Among his solo albums are Blues Bag from 1991, and Muddy Springs Road from 1994

Mountain – Avalanche (Epic 2017 #180)

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Mountain – Avalanche (1974)

Mountain formed on Long Island, New York in 1969 and originally comprised vocalist and guitarist Leslie West, bassist/vocalist Felix Pappalardi, keyboardist Steve Knight and drummer N. D. Smart, the band broke up in 1972 but reformed in 1973 and has frequently reunited ever since.

Best known for their cowbell-tinged song “Mississippi Queen”, as well as for their performance at the famous Woodstock Festival in 1969, Mountain is one of many bands to be commonly credited as having influenced the development of heavy metal music in the 1970s.

Avalanche was the band’s 4th studio album and the first after the 1973 reformation. It featured the return of drummer Corky Laing, was the band’s only recording with guitarist David Perry, and the final album to feature bassist/producer Felix Pappalardi.

‘Last of the sunshine days’ is the final track on the album and, to this day, remains one of my favourite R&B (12 bar) tunes of all time; it’s certainly up there in the top 10 (where it’s always been and probably always will be). To my mind, this is everything a 12-bar stomper should be; right down to the closing simper from Leslie West…

….mmmmm. That’s for John. For the doctor; for the doctor…

John Mayall – The Blues Alone (Epic 2017 #173)

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John Mayall – The Blues Alone (1967)

The Blues Alone is a 1967 electric blues album recorded by John Mayall on which he recorded all the parts himself, with the exception of percussion which was provided by longtime collaborator Keef Hartley.

The cover art and the original LP sleeve design are by John Mayall. Sleeve notes, including track notes, were written by noted DJ John Peel. And this is what he said about the album’s concept…

I was featuring his LP A Hard Road on the air and was amazed that, in addition to writing 8 of the 12 numbers on the record, playing 5 [sic] and 9 string guitar, organ, piano, harmonica and singing, he had written the sleeve notes and painted the portrait of the group on the front cover. With this new LP he has carried all of this to its logical conclusion and has produced a record featuring no other musician than himself except for the occasional aid of his drummer Keef Hartley.