Thursday, December 31, 2009

Passings: The Veteran Artists We Lost This Decade

Here is a list of some of the greats that we have lost over the last ten years.

  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  • Oliver
  • Dennis Danell (Social Distortion)
  • Pee Wee King
  • Ian Dury
  • Tommy Collins
  • Johnnie Taylor
  • Bobbi Martin
  • Benjamin Orr (Cars)
  • Tito Puente
  • Paul Young (Mick & the Mechanics)
  • Johnny Duncan
  • Jack Nitzche (Producer)
  • Julie London
  • Scott Smith (Loverboy)
  • Roebuck "Pop" Staples (Staple Singers)
  • Kirsty MacColl

  • Dale Evans
  • Glenn Hughes (Village People)
  • John Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas)
  • Joey Ramone
  • Perry Como
  • John Lee Hooker
  • John Hartford
  • Fred Neil
  • Chet Atkins
  • Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • George Harrison
  • Valorie Jones (Jones Girls)
  • Rufus Thomas
  • Peggy Lee
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Dee Dee Ramone
  • Robbin Crosby (Ratt)
  • John Entwistle (Who)
  • Rosemary Clooney
  • Alan Lomax (Music Historian)
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Derek Bell (Chieftans)
  • Jam Master Jay (Run-D.M.C.)
  • Ray Conniff
  • Lonnie Donegan
  • Zal Yanofsky (Lovin' Spoonful)
  • Joe Strummer (Clash)

  • Mickey Finn (T.Rex)
  • Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees)
  • Johnny Paycheck
  • Hank Ballard
  • Adam Faith
  • Edwin Starr
  • Earl King
  • Nina Simone
  • Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
  • June Carter Cash
  • Mickey Most (British 60's Record Producer)
  • Herbie Mann
  • Barry White
  • Celia Cruz
  • Erik Braun (Iron Butterfly)
  • Sam Phillips
  • Ed Townsend
  • Warren Zevon
  • Johnny Cash
  • Sheb Wooley
  • Slim Dusty (Australian Country Singer)
  • Robert Palmer
  • Bobby Hatfield (Righteous Brothers)
  • Arthur Conley
  • Don Gibson
  • Gary Stewart
  • Dave Dudley

  • Randy VanWarmer
  • Cornelius Bumpus (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan)
  • Doris Troy
  • Don Cornell
  • Edmund Sylvers (Sylvers)
  • J.J. Jackson (MTV VJ)
  • Jan Berry (Jan and Dean)
  • Ray Charles
  • Syreeta Wright
  • Ersel Hickey
  • Arthur Kane (New York Dolls)
  • Hunter Hancock (DJ)
  • Rick James
  • Charlie Waller (Country Gentlemen) 
  • Elmer Bernstein
  • Laura Branigan
  • Carl Wayne (The Move)
  • Ernie Ball (Guitar Equipment Maker)
  • Johnny Ramone
  • Izora Rhodes Armstead (Weather Girls)
  • Skeeter Davis
  • John Peel (BBC 1 DJ)
  • Dimebag Darrell Abbott (Pantera)
  • Son Seals
  • Artie Shaw

  • James Griffin (Bread)
  • Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane)
  • Jim Capaldi (Traffic)
  • Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers)
  • Tyrone Davis
  • Sammi Smith
  • Edward Patten (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
  • Joe Carter (Carter Family)
  • Jeremy Russell (Blue Cheer)
  • Danny Joe Brown (Molly Hatchet)
  • Bobby Short
  • John Fred Gourrier (John Fred & the Playboy Band)
  • Luther Vandross
  • Al Downing
  • Hedy West
  • Renaldo "Obie" Benson (Four Tops)
  • Long John Baldry
  • Little Milton Campbell
  • Vasser Clements
  • Robert Moog (inventor of the Moog Synthisizer)
  • Barry Cowsill (Cowsills)
  • R.L. Burnside
  • Clarence Gatemouth Brown  
  • Willie Hutch
  • Mike Gibbins (Badfinger)

  • Janette Carter (Carter Family)
  • Lou Rawls
  • Wilson Pickett
  • Bill Cowsill (Cowsills)
  • Charlie Hodge (Guitarist for Elvis Presley)
  • Buck Owens
  • King Floyd
  • Bonnie Owens
  • Gene Pitney
  • June Pointer (Pointer Sisters)
  • Desmond Dekker (Desmond Dekker & the Aces)
  • Billy Walker
  • Johnnie Wilder, Jr. (Heatwave)
  • Freddie Garrity (Freddie & the Dreamers)
  • Duane Rolland (Molly Hatchett)
  • Johnny Grande (Bill Haley & the Comets)
  • Arif Marden (Producer)
  • Billy Preston
  • Milan Williams (Commodores)
  • Jumpin' Gene Simmons
  • Bruce Gary (The Knack)
  • Arthur Lee (Love)
  • Johnny Duncan
  • Barbara George
  • Freddy Fender
  • Paul Mauriat
  • Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd)
  • Ruth Brown
  • Gerald LeVert (LaVert)
  • Ahmet Ertegun (Founder of Atlantic Records)
  • Georgia Gibbs
  • James Brown

  • Del Reeves
  • Pookie Hudson (Spaniels)
  • Denny Doherty (The Mamas & the Papas)
  • Billy Henderson (Spinners)
  • Frankie Laine
  • Barbara McNair
  • Joe Hunter (Funk Brothers)
  • Donnie Brooks
  • Ian Wallace (King Crimson)
  • Brad Delp (Boston)
  • Hy Weiss (Owner Old Town Records, Producer)
  • Henson Cargill
  • Luther Ingram
  • Don Ho
  • Zola Taylor (Platters)
  • Bobby "Boris" Pickett
  • Ken Albers (Four Freshman)
  • Hilly Kristal (Owner of CBGBs)
  • George McCorkle (Marshall Tucker Band)
  • Hank Medress (The Tokens)
  • Freddie Scott
  • Bill Pinkney (Drifters)
  • Lee Hazlewood
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Tommy Makem (Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem)
  • Dale Houston (Dale & Grace)
  • Porter Wagoner
  • Robert Goulet
  • Teresa Brewer
  • Nicky James (Moody Blues)
  • Hank Thompson
  • Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
  • Ike Turner
  • Joe Ames (Ames Brothers)
  • Dan Fogelberg

  • John Stewart (Kingston Trio)
  • Jeff Salen (Tuff Darts)
  • Rod Allen (Fortunes)
  • Charlie Ryan
  • Buddy Miles (Band of Gypsies, Electric Flag)
  • Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five)
  • Freddie Bell
  • Sean Levert
  • Norman "Hurricane" Smith
  • Danny Federici (E-Street Band)
  • Paul Davis
  • Al Wilson
  • Eddy Arnold
  • Jerry Wallace
  • Jim Hager (Hager Brothers)
  • Jerry Wexler (Producer)
  • Utah Phillips
  • Danny Davis (Nashville Brass)
  • Bo Diddley
  • Artie Traum
  • Jo Stafford
  • Earl Lee Nelson (Bob & Earl, Hollywood Flames)
  • Jerry Reed
  • Erik Darling (The Darlings)
  • Gilbert Moorer (Esquires)
  • Pervis Jackson (Spinners)
  • Ronnie Drew (Dubliners)
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Charlie Walker
  • Nappy Brown
  • Cherry Smith (Wailers)
  • Cliff Nobles
  • Levi Stubbs (Four Tops)
  • Nick Reynolds (Kingston Trio)
  • Dee Dee Warwick
  • Russ Hamilton
  • Neil Hefti
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Dennis Yost (Classics IV)
  • Odetta
  • Rick Wright (Pink Floyd)
  • Eartha Kitt

  • Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Jon Hager (Hager Brothers)
  • John Martyn
  • Dave Dee (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich)
  • Ron Asheton (Stooges)
  • Lux Interior (Cramps)
  • Gerry Niewood (Chuck Mangione)
  • Estelle Bennett (Ronettes)
  • Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley)
  • Ellie Greenwich
  • Hank Locklin
  • Eddie Bo
  • Jimmy Boyd
  • Vern Gosdin
  • Randy Cain (Delfonics)
  • Nancy Overton (Chordettes)
  • Travis Edmonson (Bud & Travis)
  • Fayette Pinkney (Three Degrees)
  • Sky Saxon (Seeds)
  • Barry Beckett (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section)
  • Koko Taylor
  • Huey Long (Ink Spots)
  • Michael Jackson
  • John Dawson (New Riders of the Purple Sage)
  • Danny McBride (Sha Na Na)
  • Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon)
  • Larry Knechtel (Bread)
  • Mike Seeger
  • Billy Lee Riley
  • Johnny Carter (Flamingos, Dells)
  • Willy DeVille
  • Jake Drake-Brockman (Echo & the Bunnymen)
  • Les Paul
  • Mary Travers (Peter Paul & Mary)
  • Norton Buffalo (Steve Miller Band)
  • Al Martino
  • Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer)
  • Al Alberts (Four Aces)
  • Tim Hart (Steeleye Span)
  • Eric Woolfson (Alan Parsons Project)
  • Liam Clancy (Clancy Brothers)



Jagger to Talk to Wood on Health and Stones Tour, Marky Ramone Releasing Single with Misfits' Michael Graves, more

There are reports that Mick Jagger and Ron Wood are going to meet in the new year to discuss Wood's health and to determine if he is up to a full Rolling Stones touring schedule.

A source told Britain's Daily Express "Mick and Ronnie will talk things through in the New Year. They are old friends and Mick will obviously do everything he can to help him. But when it comes to the Stones, Mick has a real eye for detail and always ensures things run like clockwork. He'll need to be convinced that Ronnie is still up to the job. Hopefully everything will work out, as it would break Ronnie's heart if the Stones had to perform without him."

Marky Ramone's new group, Blitzkrieg, will release their first single in January via iTunes.  When We Were Angels includes vocals by former Misfit Michael Graves and was recorded to mark the fifth anniversary of the his Sirius/XM radio show, also called Blitzkrieg.  The song premiered last week on New York's WRXP morning show with hosts Matt Pinfield and Leslie Fram.

The top selling album of the decade in Britain was James Blunt's Back to Bedlam followed by Dido's No Angel (which was actually released in 1999) and Amy Whinehouse's Back to Black.  The only album by a veteran act to make the top ten was 1 by the Beatles, which came in at number six.

Grand Old Opry historian Brian Fay has an interesting article over at his Fayfare's Opry Blog. Last year, there were 199 Opry shows and Little Jimmy Dickens led the way with 145 appearances.  He was followed by comedien Mike Snider with 121, the Whites with 108, Connie Smith with 98 and Bill Anderson and Jimmy C. Newman with 96. 

More interesting are the members with the least appearances, including Garth Brooks, Tom T. Hall, Alan Jackson, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Jeannie Pruett, Randy Travis and a few others who didn't sing once in the grand hall.  Also in the hall of shame are George Jones (1 appearance), Reba McEntire (1), Emmylou Harris (2), Roy Clark (3), Loretta Lynn (3) and Ronnie Milsap (3). 

The 85-year-old mother of Haward and David Bellamy (aka the Bellamy Brothers) passed away on Christmas eve at the brother's ranch in Darby, Florida.  Fans can send their condolences to

Neil Young and Burton Cummings To Be Made Officers of the Order of Canada

Neil Young and Burton Cummings are to be made Officers of the Order of Canada.  The announcement was made on Wednesday by Governor General MichaĆ«lle Jean. 

The Order of Canada is given annually by the Governor General-in-Council on behalf of the Queen of Canada (who also happens to be the Queen of England) to recognize the achievement of outstanding merit or service by Canadians within their particular fields.  The designation of Officer is the second highest that can be attained, with only the Companions of the Order of Canada being reserved for those who have demonstrated the highest degree of merit.  Musicians who have attained this highest of awards include Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Anne Murray and Celine Dion. 

Both Young and Cummings had previously received the Members of the Order of Canada which is one step below their new honor. 

The official announcement contains the following statements about the men:
Burton Cummings, O.C., O.M.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. and Winnipeg, Manitoba
Officer of the Order of Canada
For his contributions as a musician, singer and songwriter, both with the Guess Who and as a solo artist, as well as for his support of numerous fundraising initiatives across Canada.

Neil Young, O.C., O.M.
La Honda, California, U.S.A. and Winnipeg, Manitoba
Officer of the Order of Canada
For his contributions as one of Canada’s greatest musical talents whose unique voice and iconic songs have influenced generations of musicians, and for his support of educational and charitable organizations.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Best of 2009: Vintage Vinyl News, Our Favorite Albums of the Year

Last year, when we entered the "best of" fray for the first time, we did it with much trepidation, because we had only heard a small fraction of the thousands of albums released during the year.  That's why we call this our "favorites" and not the absolute best albums released during 2009.  We'll totally admit, the list represents our particular take on music in the genres that appeal to our tastes (we still don't totally understand the Flaming Lips at times) but you should still see a fairly wide range of music styles.

Because this site does concentrate on the veteran artists who have been recording for 25 years or more, we will make our choices on two different lists.  The first, the veterans, represents new recordings by artists that the site covers on a daily basis.  The second list, the modern artists, presents our favorite recordings by today's artists who, if they keep recording music of this quality, will become working veteran artists down the line.

YesVintage Vinyl News Top 10 Albums of 2009 by Veteran Artists
  1. Yes - Pet Shop Boys - After a few years of diversifying their style and sound, the Pet Shop Boys are back to what they do best, great synth-pop.  From the opening bounce of Love Etc. to the huge dance hit Did You See Me Coming and through the ambient closer Legacy, this is an album without a bad track and enough variety to keep us coming back.

  2. The Kinks Choral Collection - Ray Davies & the Crouch End Festival Chorus - What sounded like a horrible idea turned out to be one of the most beautiful albums of the decade.  Ray Davies takes many of the Kinks classics and performs them with a regular band backed by a large choir.  With only one or two missteps, the choir blends beautifully with the music and doesn't sound in the least contrived.  The gems of the collection are a cycle of songs from the Village Green Preservation Society album and the openers, Days and Waterloo Sunset.

  3. Under the Covers, Volume 2 - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs - Yes, it's an covers album.  What makes this so good is that it is flat out fun.  Sweet and Hoffs pick sixteen songs from the 70's ranging from the Dead's Sugar Magnolia to Bread's Everything I Own and gives them fairly dead on readings.  Highlights include their takes on Fleetwood Mac's Second Hand News, Mott the Hoople's All the Young Dudes and an excellent version of Rod Stewart's Maggie May sung by Hoffs.  This is a great album to put on in your car and turn up loud on a hot summer day.

  4. Together Through Life - Bob Dylan - Dylan has had an amazing run this decade with Love & Theft, Modern Times and this year's Together Through Life (we'll consider Christmas in the Heart as just an aberration).  This one is messy, spontaneous and is the most alive Dylan has sounded in a long, long time.  Based around the sound of New Orleans and the blues, there are some great songs to add to the Dylan canon such as Beyond Here Lies Nothin', Life is Hard and Forgetful Heart.

  5. Songs From Lonely Avenue - Brian Setzer Orchestra - When Brian Setzer assembled his big band, it was the beginning of what would peak in the mid-90's as the Swing Revival.  Unfortunately, this superb group of musicians got caught in the fast burnout of the fad and have been written off by too many.  With Setzer on sizzling guitar and one of the tightest bands around, they've continued to make some great albums, including their latest.  Songs From Lonely Avenue is described as the soundtrack to an unmade noir film, and you can hear how it would fit but, more important, it is a fantastic album performed by some of the best musicians in the business.

  6. Preliminaires - Iggy Pop - Another total surprise of the year, the normally hard rocking Pop recording an album based on the jazzy sound of European pop.  The opening cut, Les Feuilles Mortes, starts with a small combo and Iggy talking in French.  It's not until you're a third of the way into the track that you realize that the song is Autumn Leaves and Pop is going to finish it out as a crooner.  There are surprises throughout this album of very unusual material.

  7. Secret, Profane and Sugarcane - Elvis Costello - The combination of Costello and producer T-Bone Burnett had us hoping for another Raising Sand, but the album fell short.  It's not that it isn't a great album, but our expectations were so high that it ended up somewhat disappointing.  There are still some great tracks here, including our favorite of the year, Complicated Shadows, the rather bawdy Sulphur to Sugarcane and the Emmylou Harris duet The Crooked Line.

  8. Twang - George Strait - There is nobody in country music more reliable than Strait, and this one lives right up to the billing.  It's filled with the type of country that few still perform, much less turn into radio hits.  While the first single, Living for the Night was a standard Strait ballad, the title song kicks it into old style country and the album closer, El Rey, even takes him in the direction of Mariachi music.

  9. High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project - Loudon Wainwright III - The third big surprise of 2009.  Loudon Wainwright III recorded two discs of music recorded in the 20's by country singer and all around hellraiser Charlie Poole, along with a few original compositions in the Poole style.  Don't be scared away by the almost century old music.  The updating gives the tracks a modern sound even though the structure of the songs still retain the feel of their original days.

  10. Chickenfoot - Chickenfoot - This one is simple.  It's the music Van Halen would have recorded if what's left of Van Halen wasn't so full of itself.  This is pure, simple, driving rock and roll played by a group of veterans (Sammy Hagar, Mark Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith) that certainly have the experience to pull it off.

FarVintage Vinyl News Top 10 Albums of 2009 by Modern Artists
  1. Far - Regina Spektor - Our overall favorite album of 2009 is quirky, at times unsettling and overall wonderful.  Spektor's formal training in classical music shows through in her piano arrangements and some of the song structures but it doesn't stop her from embellishing the music with her own mouth rhythms, strange instrumentation and odd interludes.  On first hearing, the album can sound almost dissonant at times but further listening shows just how well structured and memorable is her writing.

  2. A Strange Arrangement - Mayer Hawthorne - Hawthorne has the voice, both regular and falsetto, to pull off a magnificent facsimile of 70's soul.  His admiration for the genre has allowed him to write all new material that reflects the style of the time and his crack band recreates the soulful arrangements perfectly.

  3. Give Up the Ghost - Brandy Carlile - Mark our words.  One of these days the award givers and the general public are going to realize what an immense talent this woman is.  Give Up the Ghost is possibly an even better album than 2007's The Story, which was a brilliant mix of songwriting and style.

  4. High Hopes and Heartbreaks - Brooke White - Yes, this is the Brooke White from American Idol.  Her debut album is wonderful return to the singer-songwriters of the seventies.  These finely crafted songs should have been all over the radio and charts.  Are you listening radio programmers?

  5. It's Not You, It's Me - Lily Allen - Forget the tabloid reports, Allen's second album is nearly as good as her first.  The thing about Lily is that her totally unassuming style of writing has actually produced some of the most biting, clever lyrics of the decade.  Who else could write a farewell song to George Bush with the bouncy pop sounds of the seventies and call it Fuck You.

  6. Wishful Thinking - Hot Club of Cowtown - Everyone thought that the Willie Nelson/Asleep at the Wheel Album Willie and the Wheel would be the best in Western Swing.  They were wrong.  The Hot Club of Cowtown sows up that honor with this album that not only covers the swing genre but ventures out into a bit of old-time jazz.  This is their first album since they reformed and we're hoping that it proved to them that they need to keep recording for a long time.

  7. Blacksummer'snight - Maxwell - Here's another artist who didn't record for much of the decade but came back with a great album.  In a world filled with hip-hop and rap, Maxwell proved that its still possible to make a smooth R&B album AND get the public to buy it.

  8. Middle Cyclone - Neko Case - They label her Americana, but we think she's just a good all-around artist.  Middle Cyclone includes a few more upbeat songs than her previous albums but there is still plenty of plaintiff ballads to keep her fans happy.  Particularly good is a cover of Nilsson's Don't Forget Me.

  9. Wait for Me - Moby - We've been waiting for Moby to return to the heights of his album Play.  This isn't it, but it's the closest he's come this decade.  The album is filled almost exclusively with ambient songs with vocals contributed by a variety of female vocalists.  The sound of Play is here.  It just falls a little short on the quality of the songs.

  10. Amanda Leigh - Mandy Moore - Her 2007 album, Wild Hope, was a revelation.  It showed that a former teen pop star could transition to very serious folk-rock-pop sounds.  Amanda Leigh continues that trend, with the exception of the 80's pop tinged I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week, with an album of sophisticated writing and arranging.  The albums opener, Merrimack River, is a particularly beautiful piece of writing while Pocket Philosopher will make you think you are listening to a newly discovered Burt Bacharach song.

    Michael Jackson's Thriller Video Added to National Film Registry

    The video for Michael Jackson's Thriller was groundbreaking when first released on December 2, 1983.  The music video industry was still in its infancy yet along came Jackson and director John Landis to take it to a whole new level.  This was not the three minute promotional video that played all day long on MTV, but a 14-minute short film with full storyline and closing credits.  The choreography by Jackson and Michael Peters greatly improved on their already groundbreaking work on the Beat It video and the film even had additional, orchestrated music by Elmer Bernstein.  To this day, it is still regarded as the highpoint of music videos.

    The Thriller video has been selected to go into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress' National Film Preservation Board.  The selected films are deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and are to be "preserved for all time."  Over the course of the year, hundreds of films are nominated by the general public and members of the National Film Preservation Board and the Library of Congress' film staff narrow the list down to 25 inductees.

    Also making it in this year is The Muppet Movie from which came the number 25 hit Rainbow Connection as performed by Kermit the Frog (aka Jim Henson).

    Non-music oriented films included Dog Day Afternoon, Jezebel, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Mark of Zoro, Mrs. Miniver, Pillow Talk and Once Upon a Time in the West.  To see the full list, go to the Library of Congress website (note that this is a PDF file so you will need Adobe Reader).

    Van Morrison is a New Father, Lars Ulrich Says He is Suffering Hearing Loss, more

    Van Morrison is a new father.  The 64-year-old legend and his girlfriend and manager Gigi Lee are the proud parents of George Ivan Morrison III, born on Monday.

    The Van Morrison website posted that “Van III is the spitting image of his dad and is a dual citizen of both Northern Ireland/United Kingdom and the United States of America.”

    Lars Ulrich of Metallica says that he is suffering from tinnitus, which he described to CNN as a "constant ringing in the ears. It never sort of goes away. It never just stops."

    The drummer said he first noticed the problem back in 1988.  "I would fall asleep often with the television on, and I would wake up in the middle of the night to go turn the TV off. Except it wasn’t actually on. When I realized that I was doing that frequently, actually getting up to turn the TV off that was not on to begin with, I realized that maybe I had some issues."

    Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley will be on hand at Graceland for the kickoff of the year-long Elvis Presley 75th Birthday celebration.  The January 8 event starts at 9:30 AM and will include a proclamation making it Elvis Presley day in Memphis and Shelby County.

    Rowland S. Howard, the guitarist for the 70's Australian band Boys Next Door (with Nick Cave) who later became known as the Birthday Party, has passed away from cancer at the age of 50.   He had been waiting for a liver transplant and had been playing up until early December.
    After the Birthday Party broke up in 1983, Howard played with Crime & the City Solution, occasionally collaborated with Cave's group the Bad Seeds and recorded solo.

    TourTV and LiveStream will be teaming up on New Year's Eve to stream Paul Rodger's New Year's Eve Live '07, recorded three years ago at the El Dorado Showroom in Reno, Nevada.  The broadcast starts at 11 PM EST and is filled with some of his best known songs from Free and Bad Company.

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Preview: Live Bootleg Series, Volume 6 - Johnny Winter

    Live Bootleg Series Volume 6 (Original Recording Remastered)Artist: Johnny Winter
    Title: Live Bootleg Series, Volume 6
    Release Date: January 12, 2010
    Label: Friday Music
    Format(s): CD, MP3

    Johnny Winter dips into his concert archives for the sixth edition of the Live Bootleg Series.
    RED, HOT and SMOKIN' are only some of the words to describe the Live Bootleg Series Volume 6, the latest hand-picked collection of super rarities from the master blues rocker Johnny Winter's own archives. This Billboard Magazine Blues charting, artist produced and authorized series has been critically acclaimed since the Live Bootleg Series Volume One (FRM 1064) appeared over a year ago. Right in time for the New Year, this new edition will truly be one of the more anticipated releases for 2010.
    Track List:
    • Introduction
    • Sen-Sa-Shun
    • Johnny Guitar
    • Blackjack
    • She Likes To Boogie Real Low
    • White Line Blues
    • It's My Own Fault

    Chart Watch Britain: December 27, 2009

    Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current British music charts. Chart highlights:
    • There's very little movement on the British charts in the week after Christmas and no new releases by veteran artists charting.  The biggest news is that Britain is the first country where Susan Boyle has dropped from number one which is taken over by Michael Buble.
    • Journey moves up 9 to 7 on the Singles chart with Don't Stop Believin' and 10 to 7 on the Rock Album chart with the Greatest Hits set. 
    • Rod Stewart holds steady at number 13 on the Album chart, giving him the highest charting album by a veteran artist.  Absolutely Queen, last weeks high charter, falls 12 to 14.
    Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) is a new entry. (R) is a re-entry. Grayed charts were not available for update at time of publication.

    SoulbookTop 100 British Albums

    Don't Stop Believin' b/w Natural Thing  Top 100 British Singles
    • #1 (2) - The Climb - Joe McElderry
    • #2 (1) - Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
    • #3 (3) - Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
    • #4 (7) - 3 Words - Cheryl Cole Featuring
    • #5 (5) - Starstrukk - 3OH!3 Featuring Katy Perry
    • #7 (9) - Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
    • #12 (18) - Fairytale of New York - Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl
    • #32 (14) - December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) - George Michael
    • #34 (41) - Last Christmas - Wham
    • #35 (45) - Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
    • #40 (63) - Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea
    • #41 (96) - Must Be Santa - Bob Dylan
    • #47 (56) - Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
    • #50 (61) - Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
    • #54 (32) - Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen & the Muppets
    • #62 (64) - Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston
    • #70 (80) - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
    • Please Note that numbers 76 through 100 are not available at this time.
    The R&B, Rock and Dance Charts are after the cut.