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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gent Jazz Festival 2008

Well, it's been a while since my previous post... These last couple of weeks there's a lot of festivals and stuff going on. So rather than writing about music I've preferred actually enjoying it live!
One of my all-time favourites is the Gent Jazz Festival (formerly known as Blue Notes Records Festival). Some of the gigs I enjoyed most were by Stefano Di Battista Quartet, The Herbaliser, Marcus Miller, The Neville Brothers, Cocorosie and Soil & "PIMP" Sessions...

I've looked up some music by some of the forementioned bands and artists. You should check them out in the comments section.

The Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon (1989 - R&B)
The Neville Brothers, an R&B, soul and jazz group, was formed in 1976 in New Orleans, LA.
Yellow Moon is a 1989 album by The Neville Brothers. It features their biggest hit Yellow Moon. The Neville Brothers made a bid for pop/rock stardom with this well-produced album for A&M, their first under a new pact with the label inked in the late '80s. It was certainly as solid as any they cut for A&M; the vocals were both nicely arranged and expertly performed, the arrangements were basically solid, and the selections were intelligently picked and sequenced. The album charted and remained there for many weeks, while the Nevilles toured and generated lots of interest. It didn't become a hit, but it did respectably and represents perhaps their finest overall pop LP.

Marcus Miller - Free (funk - 2007)

Soil & "PIMP" Sessions - Discography
Insane party jazz by a Japanese combo (see photo). They label their music as 'Death Jazz'.

Links are in the comments section. Thanks to the original uploaders.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper (Heavy Prog - 2008)

Check out the long awaited new album of 70's heavy prog legends Uriah Heep. Keep rockin'!
Link in comments...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (1978 - progressive rock)

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds was a 1978 concept album by Jeff Wayne and others, retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. The War of the Worlds (1898), by H. G. Wells, is an early science fiction novel which describes an invasion of England by aliens from Mars. It is one of the earliest and best-known depictions of an alien invasion of Earth, and has influenced many others, as well as spawning several films and radio dramas, and a television series based on the story. The 1938 radio broadcast directed and narrated by Orson Welles caused public outcry against the episode, as many listeners believed that an actual Martian invasion was in progress, a notable example of mass hysteria.

This 2007 release of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version contains a limited edition 7 disc set of the famous rock musical. Like the regular edition it features the original album on the first two CDs. In addition there is one disc of remixes, and 3 CD's of unreleased material of various outtakes and the actors reading from the unabridged script. There is a DVD which features a making of documentary and new interviews with Jeff Wayne.

Some facts...
The album was recorded on 48 tracks.
The War of the Worlds stars Richard Burton as the narrator-protagonist, Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues), Phil Lynott, Julie Covington, David Essex and Chris Thompson.
Forever Autumn, The Eve of the War, Thunder Child, and The Spirit of Man are the most recognised individual songs on the album. In fact, if you were born or grew up during the seventies, you might be able to recognize the classic The Eve of the War, which even today gets considerable airplay on classic rock stations.
Forever Autumn was a UK Top 5 single, sung by Justin Hayward. The album itself spent 290 weeks in the UK album charts. It was in the top 10 in 22 countries and reached number 1 in 11 countries.

This comprehensive collector's edition might interest fans of classic progressive rock in general. People who like Alan Parson's, Rick Wakeman's or ELO's music will love this.
The links are in the comments section.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

GORE (avant garde/prog noise 1986-1996)

About 20 years ago this Venlo based trio left a considerable impression on the progressive music press in their native country Holland. But I guess a few years later people gave up on them. That might be the reason why very little information about the band is available on the web. Nevertheless, their music still deserves some attention.

How would one even begin to describe the sound of GORE? I would say: the ideal horror soundtrack – heavy and grim – driven by monolithic guitars, bass and drums... Yet at times quite complex (the
unique time signatures of their music found favour with the proto-math rock scene in the USA). Some claim that GORE's sound would have influenced bands like Melvins, Helmet and Godflesh.

Gore broke up in '88 but were resurrected in 1992. Further albums Lifelong Deadline (1992) and Mest/694'3" (1996) followed but apparently couldn’t hold a candle to Gore’s 80s output.

For those who want to check out the band's unique music, I've located links to some of GORE's early albums: Hart Gore (1986), Mean Man's Dream (1987),
Gore Live (1987) and Wrede (A Cruel Peace) (1988). The first three are vinyl rips.
Although the music is exclusively instrumental, GORE's first three albums all contained lyric sheets – meant to add a horrorshow element to the music and make it all the more ominous and hardcore. However, these lyric sheets are not included in the links.
See: comments.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Check out Muxtape!

Could this be the new hype for sharing music on the internet? Fans of LastFM might like this website!

Muxtape lets you upload mp3 files to make your very own mix tape online. Here's an idea: create an account for a friend or a loved one, dedicate your very own mix tape and send the url to that special one...
Music makes the world go round, I guess!

I'm curious for your comments.

Check out: my own mix tape

Friday, December 28, 2007

A New Year present from The Juicy Fruits…

It's been nearly a year since The Juicy Fruits took its first steps in the world of blogging. With a little help from fellow bloggers from all over the globe many music lovers found their way to this blog.

With around average 500 visits a week, it all makes things worthwile. So thanks for your visits and comments. Stick around during the next year, keep visiting TJF and tell your friends…

Anyway, to celebrate one year of TJF I've put together a little compilation of some of the best songs from the past year, featuring rock bands like Marillion, Porcupine Tree and Vintersorg, alongside some indie stuff by The Good, the Bad And the Ugly, Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys and some electronica (Air, Menomena)…

Check it out! I hope you'll like it…
Link in comments…

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Best album of 2007 - Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao

Okay, the next review may seem a bit 'out of character', considering the nature of previous album reviews and recommendations you've been presented with on TJF. But what the hell…

Mayhem is considered one of the most controversial bands in the history of rock, especially due to the vast number of urban legends surrounding their early years. Much controversy has followed the various murders, suicides and other forms of violence involving the band in the early years.

Over time Mayhem has evolved through a variety of black metal styles, delving at times into areas of dark avant-garde industrial and electronica.
In 2007 the legendary pioneers of black metal, the self-proclaimed best band in the world, have yet again amazed friend and foe with the chilling album Ordo Ad Chao.
I can't think of a lot of recent black metal albums that sound different from those released about ten years ago (apart from old-time favourites Mayhem and of course Satyricon, the most avant-garde BM band ever)… The rest of them have all become a bit too bombastic for my taste, a bit too mainstream as well.
That's just why Mayhem's most recent work is such a surprise. The minimalistic, low-fi production value takes the listener back to the olden days, when black metal was still very underground. Though technically a lot more improved, the band sounds a lot more basic than on their previous albums. The grim atmosphere, the complex song structures and phenomenal rhytm section is reminiscent of Mayhem's first full album called De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.

So, if you're into some old-school BM, you might get used to the new (old) sound of Mayhem? If you're not, then there's plenty of other stuff on this blog.

Check the comments for a link to this album…

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Looking back on the musical year

The year has nearly ended. A good time to look back on what have been 12 exciting months musically (and otherwise)…

In 2007 I've been mostly (re)discovering some old (progressive) rock bands like Flairck and Trace, old and new jazz, funk and soul. Check out the many album reviews I've posted in the past 12 months and you'll know what I mean.
Some of my favourite new releases have been Justice - Cross (hailed as the next Daft Punk), Eric Truffaz - Archangelsk (Miles Davis meets indie rock) alongside great albums by Porcupine Tree (art rock), Chick Corea & Bela Fleck (jazz/fusion) and a surprising release by black metal gods Mayhem…

Best rock albums of 2007 (classic/post/indie/progressive rock and metal)
1. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
2. Dream Theatre - Systematic Chaos
3. Van Der Graaf Generator - Real Time

Best electronic albums of 2007
1. Justice - †
2. Air - Pocket Symphony
3. Daft Punk - Alive 2007

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden (2007 / rock)

It would seem 70's rock music is back… Well, the mainstream classic rock style anyway. The legendary Eagles decided to cash in on that.

With 'Long Road…', a 2 CD effort, the band doesn't seem to succeed in capturing the atmosphere of their wonder years (e.g. 'Hotel California'). Although most of the tracks on this album are well crafted (as you would expect from a bunch of guys with over 40 years of experience behind them), they somehow lack spirit.
If I have to pick out one song that really stands out on this album, it definitively would be 'Waiting in the Weeds'. A typical Eagles ballad: it'll cut you like a knife but you'll still be coming back for more…

In conclusion: this album - although a nice treat for fans of smooth classic rock - won't raise a lot of eyebrowes. Well, better next time I guess…

So, even really good background music still is what it is…