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Some of us have been waiting 20-plus years for PARIS to re-emerge from the mists, with good reason. This is a phenomenal album!

A brief recap: Bob Welch leaves Fleetwood Mac and forms a Zep-like hard rock band with Tull's Glenn Cornick & drummer Thom Mooney. The stated intention is "to rock, but with depth", and that they do - in spades. Rumored to have been produced by Page himself under a pseudonym (bear in mind there are MANY untrue rumors regarding Page and this might be one). The rumor probably got started after somebody heard the album, which has the Zep production sound down to a T. Too bad Bob Welch didn't go further with this, because he turns out to be an outstanding heavy-rock songwriter (his lyrics are far better than Plant's); the tracks on PARIS are short but skillfully crafted, and powered by ear-grabbing heavy riffs and stick-to-your-frontal-lobe melodies. "Nazarene", "Black Book", "Red Rain" and "Beautiful Youth" - great songs all - are just four random reasons to buy this. Plus that ever-present streak of erudite cheekiness that Welch has always brought to his music is of course present as well. A stone classic too long neglected...

Glenn Cornick (bass, keyboards)
Thom Mooney (drums)
Bob Welch (guitar, vocals)

01. Black Book (Welch) 3.02
02. Religion (Welch) 5.16
03. Starcage
(Welch) 3.49
04. Beautiful Youth
(Welch) 3.31
05. Nazarene
(Welch) 3.52
06. Narrow Gate
(Welch) 6.40
07. Solitaire
(Welch) 4.00
08. Breathless
(Welch) 3.17
09. Rock Of Ages
(Welch) 3.07
10. Red Rain
(Welch) 3.18

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They are an American band, resident in Britain since late 1969.  Daddy Longlegs were brought together two years earlier, however, by a wealthy backer from Chicago looking for the best rock talent in the Sates.  He found Kurt Palmaki, the bass player, working in New York's Electric Circus who was asked to play as many rhythms as he could using only two notes.  Kurt got the job when he passed the 20 mark.  Clif Carson, the drummer was discovered on the West Coast, selling the Berkeley Barb in the streets.  His previous work with Chicago Slim's Blues Band got him the gig with Daddy Longlegs.  Steve Hayton, the group's original lead guitarist was found picking Indian ragas for his dinner in a San Francisco curry house.  Like many urban Americans, the band reacted agsanst the neurotic state of city life by moving to a farm in update New York, gradually fitting their music together and developing the feel of American country life.  Later in their career they wainly tried to make the band work in New York before moving out to New Mexico.  Then came their move to England.  Moe Armstrong joined the band towards the summer of last year.  A strange mixture of hillbilly and freak, Moe gave the band a feeling of humour and warmth, a feeling which has persisted even after Moe's departure back to the States with his wife Joanie.  Today he runs a puppet show in New Mexico.  Steve Hayton left the band toward the end of last year, to be repalced with another American, Gary Holderman, at one time the guitarist for Roy Orbison and Bobby Vee.  He was on the verge of accepting a job with Pacific Gas and Electric when he got the call to join Longlegs.  A fourth member, Pete Arnesen on piano was added late last year."

Peter Arnensen (keyboards, vocals)
Clif Carrison (drums, percussion)
Steve Hayton (guitar)
Gary Holderman (vocals, guitar)
Kurt Palomaki (bass, vocals)

01. Rubber Tyre (Arnesen) 2.44
02. Double Decker (Palmomaki) 1.53
03. Please Believe Me (Arnesen/Dean) 3.30
04. Lonely Way (Arnesen/Dean) 3.52
05. Sweet Louise (Arnesen/Dean) 2.52
06. Wheeling And Dealing (Holderman) 5.04
07. Rusty Door (Holderman/Palomaki/Carrison) 3.56
08. Gambling Man (Palomaki) 2.42
09. Clara Bell (Holderman) 3.36
10. Night Shift (Clarrison) 2.49
11. Moog (Arnesen) 3.40
12. Boogie (Traditional) 5.02

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Skip James made his original reputation with 17 recordings that he cut during February 1931, when he was 28. Although fluent on both the guitar and (to a lesser extent) the piano, James was most notable for his storytelling lyrics, his haunting high-pitched voice, and his distinctive interpretations of the Delta blues.

James was rediscovered 33 years after his early recordings, in time to appear at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. He was quite active during 1964-1966, making the music on this solo CD (his last record) three years before his death in 1969.

One can easily hear the influence that Skip James' music had on the then flourishing folk music movement, and he still sang his country blues with great intensity.

Skip James (guitar, vocals, piano)

01. Good Road Camp Blues (James) 3.47
02. Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues (James) 3.20
03. Devil Got My Woman (James) 5.10
04. Look At The People
Standing At The Judgement (James) 2.58
05. Worried Blues (James) 5.55
06. 22-20 Blues (James/Johnson) 3.50
07. Mistreating Child Blues (James) 3.54
08. Sickbed Blues (James) 4.05
09. Catfish Blues (James) 4.35
10. Lorenzo Blues (James) 4.17
11. Careless Love (Handy/Koenig/Williams) 3.59
12. Illnois Blues (James) 3.15

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