May 08

Girls In Airports – Fables (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 38:05 minutes | 747 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Edition Records

Copenhagen group Girls in Airport is in fine form on Fables, its fourth release, and first on the Edition Records label. There are fewer big tunes than before although the band’s trademark melodic hooks and rhythmic drive, its understated lyricism and hypnotic grooves are all present in abundance. What’s been brought into sharper focus is the emotional currency in the writing and a narrative thread that seems to flow through these nine compositions. Significantly too, the percussive bite that Victor Dybbroe brought to Migration (Gateway Music, 2011) and Kaikoura (Gateway Music, 2013) contributes greatly to an intoxicating fusion of meditative lyricism and shamanistic funk.

Tracklist
1. Fables
2. Sea Trail
3. Randall’s Island
4. Mammatus
5. Aftentur
6. Aeiki
7. Dovetail
8. Yola
9. Episodes

Musicians
Martin Stender – saxophone
Lars Greve – saxophones, clarinets
Mathias Holm – keyboards
Victor Dybbroe – percussion
Mads Forsby – drums

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May 08

Graham Nash – Wild Tales (1973/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:31:30 | 1,07 GB | Genre: Folk Rock, Soft Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Atlantic Records
Recorded: Rudy Records, San Francisco, CA

Graham Nash’s second solo effort has been overshadowed by his harmonic heroics as a senior partner in the various Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young configurations. After being lured from the Hollies — where his latter contributions were criminally unappreciated (see, or rather hear Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse) — it was Nash who had come up with most of the CSN(Y) hit singles, including “Marrakesh Express,” “Our House,” and “Teach Your Children.” His 1971 debut, Songs for Beginners, was likewise filled with inspired moments such as “I Used to Be a King,” “Chicago/We Can Change the World,” and “Sleep Song.” Topping those efforts would have been superhuman. Such is the way that Wild Tales has been eclipsed and overlooked by enthusiasts of his previous endeavors. Nash gathered a core aggregate of musicians, many of whom were loosely connected to the CSNY family. These include: Johnny Barbata (drums), Tim Drummond (bass), David Lindley (guitar), and Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar/dobro), and, of course David Crosby (vocals). Also making guest shots were Dave Mason (12-string guitar), Joe Yankee (aka Neil Young) (acoustic piano), and Joni Mitchell (vocals). Together, they animate Nash’s slice-of-life compositions. Musically, Nash retains much of the whimsy that drew folks to his earlier songs. Likewise, the subject matter ranges from political (“Oh Camil” and “Prison Song”) to the emotionally naked “Another Sleep Song” and “I Miss You.” Nash would bring several of these tunes back to the CSNY fold for their 1974 tour — including the up-tempo rocking title track, as well as the folkie “Prison Song.” It would be another seven years after Wild Tales before Nash would issue his next solo album, Earth & Sky — which fared as poorly at its predecessor. –Lindsay Planer

Tracklist:
1 Wild Tales 2:18
2 Hey You (Looking At The Moon) 2:14
3 Prison Song 3:10
4 You’ll Never Be The Same 2:48
5 And So It Goes 4:48
6 Grave Concern 2:45
7 Oh! Camil (The Winter Soldier) 2:51
8 I Miss You 3:04
9 On The Line 2:35
10 Another Sleep Song 4:43

Personnel:
Graham Nash: acoustic guitar (4,7), electric rhythm guitar (1,2,6), electric piano (3,10), piano (8,9), harmonica (3,7,9), vocals
Johnny Barbata: drums (1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10)
Joel Bernstein: acoustic guitar (2,10)
David Crosby: vocals (3,5,9)
Tim Drummond: bass
Harry Halex: electric piano (5), acoustic guitar (9)
Stanley Johnston: voice montage (6)
Ben Keith: pedal steel guitar (2,4,5,9), dobro (10)
David Lindley: electric slide guitar (1,6), mandolin (3)
David Mason: twelve-string guitar (7)
Joni Mitchell: vocal (10)
Joe Yankee (a pseudonym for Neil Young): acoustic piano (5)

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May 08

Graham Nash – This Path Tonight (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:45 minutes | 832 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | Label: Blue Castle Records

This Path Tonight is the new studio album and collection of 10 original songs from Graham Nash. Produced by Shane Fontayne, this is Nash’s first solo record of new music in fourteen years. The album is one of reflection and transition of a singer-songwriter whose career (the Hollies, CSN, CSNY) has spanned more than five decades and counting.

“What a pleasure it was recording this album,” says Graham Nash. “Shane and I had written 20 songs in a month and recorded them in eight days. The music has a different feel to my earlier albums although I hear echoes of each one. This journey of mine was one of self-discovery, of intense creation, of absolute passion.”

Tracklist:
01 – This Path Tonight
02 – Myself At Last
03 – Cracks In The City
04 – Beneath The Waves
05 – Fire Down Below
06 – Another Broken Heart
07 – Target
08 – Golden Days
09 – Back Home
10 – Encore

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May 08

Grand Funk Railroad – Closer To Home (1970/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 44:54 minutes | 2,04 GB | Genre: Hard Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | Label: Capitol Records

Closer to Home is the third studio album by Grand Funk Railroad, originally released in 1970 by Capitol Records. Produced by Terry Knight, the album reached RIAA gold record status in 1970, making it Grand Funk’s third gold record in one year. The album featured three singles, “Nothing is the Same”, “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)”, and “Mean Mistreater”. Closer to Home was the album that really helped Grand Funk Railroad break through to a level of commercial success that put them on the same level as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

Closer to Home, the trio’s third album, was the record that really broke them through to the commercially successful level of metal masters such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Rather than rushing headlong into their typical hard, heavy, and overamplified approach, Grand Funk Railroad began expanding their production values. Most evident is the inclusion of strings, the acoustic opening on the disc’s leadoff cut, “Sins a Good Man’s Brother,” as well as the comparatively mellow “Mean Mistreater.” But the boys had far from gone soft. The majority of Closer to Home is filled with the same straight-ahead rock & roll that had composed their previous efforts. The driving tempo of Mel Schacher’s viscous lead basslines on “Aimless Lady” and “Nothing Is the Same” adds a depth when contrasted to the soul-stirring and somewhat anthem-like “Get It Together.” The laid-back and slinky “I Don’t Have to Sing the Blues” also continues the trend of over-the-top decibel-shredding; however, instead of the excess force of other bands, such as MC5, Grand Funk Railroad are able to retain the often-elusive melodic element to their heavy compositions.

Tracklist:
01 – Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother
02 – Aimless Lady
03 – Nothing Is The Same
04 – Mean Mistreater
05 – Get It Together
06 – I Don’t Have To Sing The Blues
07 – Hooked On Love
08 – Closer To Home (I’m Your Captain)

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May 08

Grand Funk Railroad – Shinin’ On (1974) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 33:52 minutes | Scans included | 1,37 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 688 MB
Genre: Hard Rock

After racking up their biggest success to date with We’re an American Band, Grand Funk Railroad decided to keep a good thing going by retaining Todd Rundgren as their producer and continuing to push their sound in a pop/rock direction. The end result has its moments but is not as strong as We’re an American Band. Although the songs are tight and benefit from a strong performance by the group, the material simply isn’t as inspired this time out: songs like “Please Me” and “Getting Over You” are energetic but lack the infectious hooks and clever arrangement touches that would make them stick in the listener’s memory. Shinin’ On’s best songs are the ones that became its single releases: the title track infuses its hard-driving, spacy rock groove with some surprisingly ethereal vocal harmonies and the cover of “The Loco Motion” turns this dance classic on its ear with a stomping beat and a screeching guitar lead from Mark Farner. Other tracks make up for their lack of hooks by experimenting with the group’s sound in interesting ways: “Mr. Pretty Boy” is a creepy slow blues that features an atmospheric Mellotron backing and “To Get Back In” is a full-fledged soul song built on thick combination of organ and horns. In the end, Shinin’ On is too unfocused and uneven to win over non-fans but Grand Funk Railroad fans will find plenty to enjoy on this album.

Tracklist:
01. Shinin’ On
02. To Get Back In
03. The Loco-Motion
04. Carry Me Through
05. Please Me
06. Mr. Pretty Boy
07. Getting’ Over You
08. Little Johnny Hoker

DSD flat transferred from U.S. original analogue master tapes.
Edited in DSD by Manabu Matsumura at Universal Music Studios, Tokyo, in 2014.

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May 08

Grand Funk – We’re An American Band (1973) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2014] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:00 minutes | Scans included | 1,62 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 829 MB
Genre: Hard Rock

Having made several changes in their business and musical efforts in 1972, Grand Funk Railroad made even more extensive ones in 1973, beginning with their name, which was officially truncated to “Grand Funk.” And keyboardist Craig Frost, credited as a sideman on Phoenix, the previous album, was now a full-fledged bandmember, filling out the musical arrangements. The most notable change, however, came with the hiring of Todd Rundgren to produce the band’s eighth album. Rundgren, a pop/rock artist in his own right, was also known for his producing abilities, and he gave Grand Funk exactly what they were looking for: We’re an American Band sounded nothing like its muddy, plodding predecessors. Sonically, the record was sharp and detailed and the band’s playing was far tighter and more accomplished. Most important, someone, whether the band or Rundgren, decided that gruff-voiced drummer Don Brewer should be employed as a lead singer as often as guitarist Mark Farner. Brewer also contributed more as a songwriter, and the results were immediate. The album’s title song, an autobiographical account of life on the road written and sung by Brewer, was released in advance of the album and became a gold-selling number one hit, Grand Funk’s first really successful single. Despite the band’s previous popularity, for many, it must have been the first Grand Funk record they either heard or bought. Elsewhere on the album, Farner contributed his usual wailing vocals and guitar, singing of his heartfelt, if simpleminded, political concerns. But We’re an American Band really belonged to Brewer and Rundgren, and its success constituted a redefinition of Grand Funk that came just in time.

Tracklist:
01. We’re An American Band
02. Stop Lookin’ Back
03. Creepin’
04. Black Licorice
05. The Railroad
06. Ain’t Got Nobody
07. Walk Like A Man
08. Loneliest Ride

DSD flat transferred from US original analogue master tapes.
Edited in DSD by Manabu Matsumura at Universal Music Studios, Tokyo, in 2014.

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May 08

Grand Funk – We’re an American Band (1973/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:15 minutes | 1,62 GB | Genre: Hard Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | Label: Capitol Records

Chart History/Awards
– Reached #2 on the Billboard 200.
– “We’re an American Band” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
– Included on the National Association of Recording Merchandisers’ “Definitive 200 Albums of All Time.”

We’re an American Band is the beloved 1973 classic by Grand Funk. Their genre-bending blend of funk, heavy rock and boogie led to their emergence as one of music’s most iconic rock bands. The album would be certified Platinum by the RIAA and includes the band’s massive hit singles “We’re an American Band” and “Walk Like a Man.” We’re an American Band is included on the National Association of Recording Merchandisers’ “Definitive 200 Albums of All Time.”

Tracklist:

1 – We’re an American Band – 3:26
2 – Stop Lookin’ Back – 4:52
3 – Creepin’ – 7:02
4 – Black Licorice – 4:45
5 – The Railroad – 6:12
6 – Ain’t Got Nobody – 4:26
7 – Walk Like a Man (You Can Call Me Your Man) – 4:04
8 – Loneliest Rider – 5:28

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