Widespread respect for Earl Hooker, one of the unsung giants of the blues, is long overdue, and his rather limited available discography belies a great original talent. P-Vine Japan has attempted to put this right with Blues Guitar: The Chief and Age Sessions 1959-1963, an intelligent and authoritative collection of Hooker's early-'60s heyday, containing instrumental classics such as "Blue Guitar" and "Blues in D Natural." Both sound quality and packaging supersede all previous reissues of this work and, as such, this release becomes perhaps the cornerstone of any Earl Hooker collection.
An odd compilation album of songs from Peter's first three PVK albums "In the skies", "Little dreamer" & "Whatcha gonna do". There are three recordings here that are of main interest though as they are either only available here or rarely available elsewhere. One is the opener "Apostle" which is different to the version on "In the skies" Although still very mellow, it has a more prominent lead part though I think this has more to do with the way both versions were recorded as opposed to Green not wanting the "In the skies" version to have one, and there's some ooh and aah backing vocals too.
~ John Fitzgerald
This compilation provides an interesting survey of 9 blues slide guitar players. Collected from various independent record labels and recorded over the period 1960 through 1993, all of these tracks have been previously released albeit on hard to find albums and CDs. It is great to have these tracks collected in one place.
The Moody Blues began a five-year hiatus in 1973, and one of the first results was the Hayward/Lodge team-up known as the Blue Jays. The pairing was logical – Hayward and Lodge's joining the group in 1966 had precipitated the change in their sound and helped put them on the path to the psychedelic/romantic rock that made the band a success. Along with Mike Pinder, they were the principal songwriters in the band and each had a solid record of commercial songs and hit singles, with Hayward having the advantage. They and the Blue Jays album were far and away the most successful of the hiatus activities by the group members…