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Willy DeVille


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Willy DeVille nasce come William Borsay a Stamford, nel Connecticut (assumerà il nome di Willy DeVille nel 1975). Sua nonna materna era un’irochese; inoltre, è di discendenza basca e irlandese. Per dirla con le sue parole, “Un po’ di questo e un po’ di quello; un vero cane randagio”[2] Lascia la scuola al suo decimo anno di studi [3]e inizia a frequentare il Lower East Side e il West Village, a Manhattan. “Sembrava che non facessi altro che girare senza meta. Volevo suonare, ma non mi sembrava di trovare l’ambiente giusto. C’erano parecchie band di rock psichedelico, ma non erano fatte per me”[4] In questo periodo, gli interessi di DeVille erano indirizzati principalmente verso il blues, e in particolar modo verso John P. Hammond, Muddy Waters e John Lee Hooker.[5][6]

DeVille lascia allora la sua band “Billy and the Kids” e prova a raggiungere Londra, in cerca di musicisti con le sue stesse idee, ma non riesce a trovarne. Torna quindi a New York, dopo due anni di assenza.[7] La sua band successiva, i “Royal Pythons” (“una gang trasformata in gruppo musicale”[8]) rimase un altro tentativo senza successo.

Dopo alcuni pellegrinaggi si ferma a San Francisco, dove forma un gruppo con il bassista Ruben Siguenza e il batterista Tom “Manfred” Allen. Il gruppo suona sotto i nomi di “Billy DeSade & the Marquis” e “The Lazy Eights” prima di trovare il nome “Mink DeVille”. Dopo un po’ di tempo DeVille porta la band a New York, dove viene assunto il chitarrista Louis X. Erlanger, le cui abilità nel campo degli arrangiamenti aiutano ulteriormente il processo di perfezionamento del sound del gruppo. Nel 1981, quando esce il quarto album dei “Mink DeVille”, Coup de Grâce, tutti i componenti originali del gruppo, escludendo Willy, se ne sono già andati. Nel 1987 DeVille inizia a registrare sotto il proprio nome.

DeVille ha recitato in due film negli anni ottanta, rivestendo prima il ruolo di un truffatore in “Va Banque” (1986) e poi di una guardia del corpo in “Homeboy“, nel 1988. Nel corso della sua vita ha sofferto a lungo di dipendenza da droga, cosa che ha danneggiato seriamente la sua carriera. Possedeva abitazioni a New Orleans e nel Mississippi.

Una sua canzone, Demasiado corazón, è stata scelta come sigla della trasmissione televisiva italiana Zelig.

Il suo gruppo, inoltre, ha suonato a lungo al CBGB, lo storico nightclub newyorkese in cui ebbe origine il punk rock intorno agli anni settanta. A New Orleans, luogo in cui si trasferì nel 1988, diede un contributo importante al tentativo di dare nuova importanza al R&B locale. I suoi testi profondi e i legami con i ritmi tipici della musica latina hanno portato alla definizione di un nuovo genere di musica, chiamata Ispanico-americana.[9] Ha raggiunto la notorietà in Europa, mentre non fu particolarmente conosciuto negli Stati Uniti.

Nel 1994 è ospite musicale in una puntata della trasmissione satirica Tunnel con Serena Dandini (dove poco tempo prima lo avevano preceduto i Nirvana) ed esegue Cadillac Walk, prestandosi poi per qualche istante ai siparietti scherzosi di Corrado Guzzanti, Adolfo Margiotta, Maurizio Crozza e Carla Signoris.

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Willy DeVille (August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter. During his thirty-five-year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later on his own, Deville created original songs rooted in traditional American musical styles. He worked with collaborators from across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and Eddie Bo. Latin rhythms, blues riffs, doo-wop, Cajun music, strains of Frenchcabaret, and echoes of early-1960s uptown soul can be heard in DeVille’s work.

Mink DeVille was a house band at CBGB, the historic New York City nightclub where punk rock was born in the mid-1970s. DeVille helped redefine the Brill Building sound. In 1987 his song “Storybook Love” was nominated for an Academy Award. After his move to New Orleans in 1988, he helped spark the roots revival of classic New Orleans R&B. His soulful lyrics and explorations in Latin rhythms and sounds helped define a new musical style sometimes called “Spanish-Americana”.[1]

DeVille died of pancreatic cancer on August 6, 2009 in a New York hospital. He was 58 years old.[2][3][4] Although his commercial success waxed and waned over the years, his legacy as a songwriter has influenced many other musicians such as Mark Knopfler and Peter Wolf.

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Tim Buckley Anthology


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Timothy Charles Buckley III nacque a Washington, figlio di Elaine, un’italoamericana, e di Tim Charles Buckley Jr., un pluridecorato della seconda guerra mondiale con origini irlandesi. Trascorse l’infanzia ad Amsterdam, cittadina industriale dello Stato di New York, dove ebbe i primi contatti con la musica: la madre era una fan di Miles Davis e il padre della musica country. Nel 1956 la famiglia si trasferì a Bell Gardens in California.[6]

A tredici anni imparò a suonare il banjo e con il compagno di scuola Dan Gordon formò un gruppo ispirato al The Kingston Trio. Entrò nella squadra di football americanodella scuola, dove coprì il ruolo di quarterback. Durante uno scontro di gioco si ruppe le prime due dita della mano sinistra. Non riottenne mai l’uso completo delle dita, tanto che non poté più suonare il barré e ciò lo costrinse a usare accordi estesi. Durante il periodo delle scuole superiori conobbe Larry Beckett, autore della maggior parte dei testi dei suoi primi brani, e Jim Fiedler. Il 25 ottobre del 1965, a diciannove anni, sposò la compagna di scuola Mary Guibert, dalla quale, un anno più tardi, ebbe un figlio, Jeff Buckley, nato il 17 novembre 1966. Anche egli, negli anni novanta, sarebbe divenuto un musicista.

Finita la scuola iniziò a esibirsi in diversi club di Los Angeles. In uno di questi spettacoli venne notato da Jac Holzman, proprietario della Elektra Records, che lo mise sotto contratto, permettendogli di pubblicare nel dicembre del 1966 il suo primo LP, l’omonimo Tim Buckley. In supporto al disco cominciò un lungo tour negli Stati Uniti, durante il quale partecipò anche allo show televisivo di Johnny Carson.[7]

Nel 1967, ancora per l’Elektra, pubblicò Goodbye and Hello, disco fortemente influenzato dal folk rock di Bob Dylan e dal rock psichedelico in auge in quegli anni. L’album è considerato dalla critica il primo dei suoi capolavori.[8] I brani I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain e Once I Was verranno reinterpretati dal figlio Jeff durante il concerto in memoria del padre, tenutosi a New York il 26 aprile del 1991. Un altro brano, Morning Glory, verrà reinterpretato dalla band britannica This Mortal Coil nell’album del 1986 Filigree & Shadow. Anche a questo disco fece seguito un lungo tour, che giunse anche in Europa, dove si esibì per lo show radiofonico di John Peel.

Nel 1969 uscì il terzo album, Happy Sad, influenzato questa volta più dal jazz, in particolare da Miles Davis, con brani più dilatati rispetto al disco precedente. Anche questo lavoro è ben valutato dalla critica, nonostante lo scarso successo di vendite.[9]

Nello stesso anno rescisse il contratto con l’Elektra, passando alla Straight Records di Frank Zappa e del produttore Herb Cohen. Per questa etichetta pubblicò Blue Afternoon (1969). Nel 1970 uscì per l’Elektra l’album Lorca, che venne registrato contemporaneamente a Blue Afternoon.[10] Proprio Lorca è generalmente considerato dalla critica come l’album di passaggio fra il “periodo folk” di Goodbye and Hello e Happy Sad a quello “psichedelico” del successivo Starsailor.[11]

Nel 1970 realizzò e diede alle stampe Starsailor, disco più vicino alla sperimentazione, considerato da molti critici il suo massimo capolavoro e indubbiamente uno dei più ardui esperimenti sul canto mai realizzati.[12]In questo album è presente il brano Song to the Siren, probabilmente il più famoso di Buckley, la cui reinterpretazione della band inglese This Mortal Coil sull’album It’ll End in Tears del 1984 riscuoterà notevole successo. Il brano verrà inoltre reinterpretato nel 2002 da Robert Plant sul suo album Dreamland, nel 2009 da John Frusciante su The Empyrean e nel 2010 da Sinéad O’Connor.

In seguito allo scarso successo commerciale dei suoi dischi, dopo la pubblicazione di Starsailor Buckley sospese temporaneamente l’attività musicale, cadendo preda della depressione e sviluppando una dipendenza per l’alcool e le droghe. Inoltre, si dedica ad altre attività, come il cinema, scrivendo sceneggiature e recitando nel film mai uscito Why?, di Victor Stoloff.[13]

Nel 1972 vi fu il ritorno sulle scene con l’album Greetings from L.A., che virò il suono verso il funk,[14] a cui fecero seguito nel 1973 Sefronia e nel 1974 Look at the Fool, due album considerati dalla critica come il punto più basso della sua produzione.[15][16]

Tim Buckley morì la sera del 29 giugno 1975 a Santa Monica, in California, per overdose di eroina e alcool.[17]

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Tim Buckley was born in Washington, D.C. on St. Valentine’s Day, to Elaine (née Scalia), an Italian American, and Timothy Charles Buckley Jr., a highly decoratedWorld War II veteran who was the son of Irish immigrants from Cork. He spent his early childhood in Amsterdam, New York, an industrial city approximately 40 miles northwest of Albany; at five years old he began listening to his mother’s progressive jazz recordings, particularly Miles Davis.

Buckley’s musical life began in earnest after his family moved to Bell Gardens in southern California in 1956. His grandmother introduced him to the work of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, his mother to Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland and his father to the country music of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.[1] When the folk music revolution came around in the early 1960s, Buckley taught himself the banjo at age 13, and with several friends formed a folk group inspired by the Kingston Trio that played local high school events.[2]

During his initial high school years, Buckley was a popular and engaged student; he was elected to numerous offices, played on the baseball team and quarterbacked the football team.[3] During a football game he broke the first two fingers on his left hand, permanently damaging them. He later said that the injury prevented him from playing barre chords. This disability may have led to his use of extended chords, many of which don’t require barres.[4]

Buckley attended Loara High School in Anaheim, California,[5] which left him disillusioned. He quit football and cut classes regularly, focusing most of his attention on music instead. He befriended Larry Beckett, his future lyricist, and Jim Fielder, a bass player with whom he formed two separate musical groups, The Bohemians, who initially played popular music,[6] and The Harlequin 3, a folk group which regularly incorporatedspoken word and beat poetry into their gigs.[1]

In 1965, during French class, Buckley met Mary Guibert, one grade his junior. Their relationship inspired some of Buckley’s music, and provided him time away from his turbulent home life. His father had become unstable, angry and occasionally violent in his later years. He had suffered a serious head injury during the war; that, along with a severe work-related injury, was said to have affected his mental balance.[7]

Buckley and Guibert married on October 25, 1965, as Guibert believed she was pregnant.[3] The marriage angered Mary’s father and he did not attend the wedding; Buckley’s father attended, but joked to the priest, “I give it six months”. Shortly after the wedding Mary realized that she was not pregnant after all.

The marriage was tumultuous, and Buckley quickly moved out, but Mary soon became pregnant. After several months, Buckley found himself neither willing nor able to cope with marriage and impending fatherhood. From then on he and Mary only saw each other sporadically. They divorced in October 1966, about a month before their son Jeffrey Scott was born.[8]

By then, he and lyricist/friend Beckett had written dozens of songs; several were to appear on Tim’s debut album, Tim Buckley. “Buzzin’ Fly”, was also written during this period, and was featured on Happy Sad, his 1969 LP.[8]

Buckley’s ill-conceived college career at Fullerton College lasted only two weeks in 1965;[2][3] Buckley dropped out and dedicated himself fully to his music and to playing L.A. folk clubs. During the summer of 1965 he played regularly at a club co-founded by Dan Gordon. Later in the year he played various Orange County coffeehouses, such as the White Room in Buena Park, and the Monday night hootenannies at the famed Los Angeles Troubadour.[9] That year Cheetah Magazine deemed Buckley an up-and-comer, one of “The Orange County Three”, along with Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne.[1]

In February 1966, following a gig at L.A.’s It’s Boss, The Mothers of Invention‘s drummer Jimmy Carl Black recommended Buckley to Mothers manager, Herb Cohen. Cohen saw potential in Tim[2] and landed him an extended gig at the Nite Owl Cafe in Greenwich Village. Buckley’s new girlfriend, Jainie Goldstein, drove him cross-country to New York in her VW bug.[7] While living in the Bowery with Jainie, Buckley ran into Lee Underwood, and asked him to play guitar for him. From there, they became lifelong friends and collaborators.

Under Cohen’s management, Buckley recorded a six song demo acetate disc, which he sent to Elektra records owner Jac Holzman,[1][6] who offered him a recording contract.

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Eric Burdon – Spill The Wine (Live at Lugano, 2006)



Eric Victor Burdon (Newcastle upon Tyne, 11 maggio 1941) è un cantante inglese. È noto per essere stato il leader degli Animals e, in seguito, del gruppo funk War, per poi condurre una carriera solista. È stato inserito al 57º posto nella Lista dei 100 migliori cantanti secondo Rolling Stone
Nel 1963, Burdon si unì al gruppo Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, fondato dal tastierista Alan Price, il quale cambiò il nome in The Animals, per via delle loro performance, selvagge per quei tempi. Il gruppo fu tra i rappresentanti della cosiddetta British invasion, assieme a Beatles, Who, Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five e Kinks. Gli Animals divennero noti soprattutto grazie al singolo The House of the Rising Sun e ad altri brani come I’m Crying, It’s My Life, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood e We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place. La band si scioglie prematuramente nel 1966.

Poco dopo, Burdon assieme al batterista Barry Jenkins formò un nuovo progetto chiamato Eric Burdon & The Animals (da altri chiamato “Eric Burdon and The New Animals”) che rimase in attività fino al 1969, quando Eric si trasferì a San Francisco per formare i War (inizialmente denominati “Eric Burdon and War”), una formazione di estrazione multietnica dedita a una miscela tra funk, R&B, jazz e latin. La band esordì con Eric Burdon Declares “War”, che contiene singoli come Tobacco Road e Spill the Wine. Durante una tournée, il cantante ebbe un attacco di asma e gli altri membri dovettero gestire le restanti tappe senza di lui.

Burdon lasciò i War per collaborare con il cantante blues Jimmy Witherspoon, incidendo l’album Guilty! (1971) e intraprendendo una carriera solista con la creazione di una band autoreferenziale, la Eric Burdon Band, che pubblicò Sun Secrets (1974) e Stop (1975). Nel 1975 si riunì momentaneamente con gli Animals pubblicando un nuovo disco, Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted (1977).

Nel 1990 Burdon incise la canzone No Man’s Land insieme a Tony Carey e Anne Haigis.

Nel 1994 Eric e gli altri componenti degli Animals vennero ammessi alla Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Accanto alla sua carriera musicale, Burdon ha partecipato saltuariamente ad alcune pellicole cinematografiche, ad esempio nel film The Doors, ove fa una breve apparizione nel ruolo di un manager.

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Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941) is an English singer-songwriter best known as a member and vocalist of rock band the Animals and the funk band War[2] and for his aggressive stage performance. He was ranked 57th in Rolling Stone’s list The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Burdon was lead singer of the Animals, formed during 1962 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The original band was the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which formed in 1958 they became The Animals shortly after Burdon joined the band. The Animals combined electric blues with rock and in the USA were one of the leading bands of the British Invasion. Along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, and the Kinks, the group introduced British music and fashion. Burdon’s powerful voice can be heard on the Animals’ singles “The House of the Rising Sun”, “Sky Pilot”, “Monterey”, “I’m Crying”, “Boom Boom”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, “Bring It On Home to Me”, “Baby Let Me Take You Home”, “It’s My Life”, “We Gotta Get out of This Place”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, and “See See Rider”.

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GENESIS | Live at Wembley (England, 1987)


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I Genesis sono un gruppo progressive rock britannico, cresciuto e affermatosi all’interno del vasto movimento del rock progressivo. Sono considerati una delle band più importanti e innovative della storia del rock.

Durante la loro carriera, hanno venduto più di 150 milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo, inserendosi nella lista dei trenta artisti di maggior successo commerciale di tutti i tempi.

Nel corso della propria storia il gruppo ha subito diversi cambiamenti di formazione, mantenendo tuttavia inalterata la presenza di Tony Banks (alle tastiere) e Mike Rutherford (al basso e alle chitarre). Le formazioni più celebri e riconosciute sono due: la prima, quella dell’affermazione negli anni settanta, comprendeva Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett e Peter Gabriel; la seconda, quella degli anni ottanta e novanta, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford e Tony Banks, con il costante supporto, durante i live, di Daryl Stuermer (chitarra elettrica e basso) e Chester Thompson (batteria e percussioni), che tuttavia non divennero mai membri ufficiali del gruppo. Quest’ultima formazione è anche la più longeva e quella che ha ottenuto il maggior successo commerciale. Nel corso del tempo hanno poi fatto parte della band molti musicisti provenienti da diverse esperienze musicali.

Abili esecutori e abilissimi compositori, i Genesis vantano anche una larga produzione di materiale dal vivo, testimoniata da numerosi album live, sia ufficiali che bootleg.

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Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups throughout its history, of which eleven musicians became full time members. Its most recent formation comprised two founding members — keyboardist Tony Banks and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford — and drummer/singer Phil Collins, who joined in 1970. Genesis are one of the best selling music artists of all time with approximately 130 million records sold worldwide.[2] They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Formed by five pupils at Charterhouse School, Genesis were initially regarded as a “pop experiment” as evident by their debut album, From Genesis to Revelation(1969).[3] They evolved into a progressive rock band with Trespass (1970) and Nursery Cryme (1971), which showcased longer tracks, fantasy inspired lyrics, and complex song structures and instrumentation – the latter featured the debut of Collins on drums and new lead guitarist Steve Hackett. Their success continued withFoxtrot (1972), which features the 23-minute track “Supper’s Ready“, and Selling England by the Pound (1973). Genesis concerts during this time became theatrical experiences with stage design, pyrotechnics, story telling, and singer Peter Gabriel wearing make-up and costumes. In 1975, after touring in support of their doubleconcept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974), Gabriel left the band. Collins would handle drums, percussion, drum machine (starting in 1980) and lead vocals on their subsequent studio albums, of which three more were released in the 1970s: A Trick of the Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1976), and …And Then There Were Three… (1978). The single “Follow You Follow Me” from the latter was a major international success and represented a change in their musical direction, becoming more pop-oriented and commercially accessible.

In 1980, Genesis scored their first UK No. 1 album with Duke (1980). Their commercial success grew with further UK No. 1 albums Abacab (1981) and Genesis (1983), which coincided with Collins’s increasing popularity as a solo artist. The band peaked with Invisible Touch (1986), their best-selling album, from which all five singles released entered the top five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, with “Invisible Touch” reaching the No. 1 spot. In 1991, after a five-year break, Genesis continued their mainstream success with We Can’t Dance (1991), which contained the worldwide hit single “I Can’t Dance“. In 1996, Collins departed the band, which led to Ray Wilsontaking his place on vocals. Wilson, Banks and Rutherford released Calling All Stations (1997), which sold well in Europe but peaked at No. 53 in the U.S., their lowest charting album since 1974. Following a European tour in 1998, the band went on hiatus.

In 2006, Banks, Rutherford and Collins reunited for the 2007 Turn It On Again Tour, which included a free concert in Rome that was attended by 500,000 people. The future of the band remains uncertain; Collins stated that he was retiring from the music industry in 2011 but has since indicated he is considering a return,[4] whilst Banks indicated that Genesis had come to an end during an interview in 2012.[5] In 2014, Gabriel, Banks, Rutherford, Collins, and Hackett reunited for a BBC documentary,Genesis: Together and Apart.[6]

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Phil Collins – En Concert Complet a (Paris 2004)


Philip David Charles Collins (Londra, 30 gennaio 1951) è un cantautore, polistrumentista e musicista britannico, noto sia come solista sia come componente dello storico gruppo dei Genesis.

Collins è uno dei tre artisti (insieme a Paul McCartney e Michael Jackson), ad aver venduto oltre 150 milioni di album in tutto il mondo sia come solisti che come membri principali di una band[1].

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Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951),[6] is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock group Genesis, and he also gained worldwide fame as a solo artist.

Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, singing the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, ranged from the atmospheric “In the Air Tonight“, dance-rock of “Sussudio“, piano-driven power balladAgainst All Odds“, to the political and religious connotations of “Another Day in Paradise“. Collins has been described by AllMusic as “one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the ’80s and beyond”.[1]

Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group’s drummer and became their lead vocalist in 1975 following the departure of the original lead singer Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. Collins’s total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million.[7] Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work.[8][9][10] He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.[11][12] Collins was listed at number 22 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time”.[13]

Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band.[14] During his most successful period as a solo artist between 1981 and 1990, Collins had three UK number-one singles and seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, as well as a U.S. number one with Genesis in 1986. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist.[15] In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the “Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists”.[16] Although one of the world’s best-selling recording artists and a highly respected drummer, Collins has garnered significant criticism over the years from music journalists and fellow artists. He announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on his family life,[17][18] though he continued to write songs and in 2013 he said he was considering a return to the music industry.[19]

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The Animals – The Animals (US Album – 1964) Full Album


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Gli Animals sono stati una rock band britannica degli anni sessanta originaria di Newcastle.

Formatosi a Newcastle-upon-Tyne tra il 1962 e il 1963 dal nascente sodalizio di Eric Burdon con gli Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, il gruppo iniziò ad esibirsi nei locali del circondario; a seguito del discreto successo ottenuto e grazie ai buoni uffici di Giorgio Gomelsky, manager degli Yardbirds, nel 1964 la formazione si trasferì aLondra, giusto in tempo per essere inserita nel novero della nascente corrente di gruppi passata alla storia come British invasion. Dopo le prime esibizioni, che vedevano in repertorio diversi brani del repertorio R&B e blues classico nonché di artisti come Jimmy Reed e John Lee Hooker, il gruppo riuscì a pubblicare il suo primo singolo, una versione rock di Baby, Let Me Follow You Down reintitolata per l’occasione Baby Let Me Take You Home.

Nel giugno del 1964 gli Animals pubblicano la loro prima hit, intitolata House of the Rising Sun e caratterizzata da arrangiamenti in cui spicca l’organo Vox Continentalsuonato da Alan Price. Il brano, un pezzo folk tradizionale (la prima versione registrata esistente è quella di Alger “Texas” Alexander e risale al 1928), è stato oggetto di numerose controversie per quanto riguarda il suo riarrangiamento nella versione odierna: ciò è dovuto al fatto che in quello stesso periodo diversi artisti come Bob Dylaned il chitarrista blues Josh White avevano nel proprio repertorio questo pezzo.

Durante i loro primi anni, sotto la direzione del produttore Mickie Most, gli Animals ricorsero di frequente alla pubblicazione su 45 giri di cover di canzoni pop, come Bring It On Home to Me di Sam Cooke e Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood di Nina Simone. Discorso differente invece per gli LP, caratterizzati da sonorità molto più vicine alblues ed al R&B: esempi ne sono brani come Boom Boom di John Lee Hooker e I Believe to My Soul di Ray Charles. Fu proprio in quel periodo che si definì il sound caratteristico del gruppo incentrato sulla voce potente e profonda di Burdon e su un uso delle tastiere più esteso rispetto a quello delle chitarre.

Dal maggio del 1965 il gruppo iniziò a disgregarsi: Price abbandonò a causa di motivi musicali, vista la sua intenzione di dedicarsi alla carriera solista, nonché personali (si dice che avesse paura degli aerei). Alan Price fu sostituito da Dave Rowberry prima della registrazione dei brani We’ve Got to Get Out of This Place and It’s My Life. Nel febbraio del 1966 Steel abbandonò il gruppo e venne sostituito da Barry Jenkins; in quello stesso periodo vide la luce l’ultima hit del gruppo, una cover della canzone Don’t Bring Me Down di GoffinKing. Il colpo di grazia giunse solo alcuni mesi dopo, quando la band decise di sciogliersi a causa di problemi finanziari dovuti alla cattiva gestione del manager Mike Jeffery.

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The Animals were a British band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne during the early part of the decade. The band moved to London upon finding fame in 1964. The Animals were known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature song and transatlantic No.1 hit single, “The House of the Rising Sun“, as well as by hits such as “We Gotta Get out of This Place“, “It’s My Life“, “I’m Crying” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood“. The band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm and blues-oriented album material. They were known in the US as part of the British Invasion.

The Animals underwent numerous personnel changes in the mid-1960s and suffered from poor business management. Under the name Eric Burdon and the Animals, the much-changed act moved to California and achieved commercial success as a psychedelic and hard rock band with hits like “San Franciscan Nights“, “When I Was Young” and “Sky Pilot“, before disbanding at the end of the decade. Altogether, the group had ten Top Twenty hits in both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100.

The original lineup had brief comebacks in 1975 and 1983. There have been several partial regroupings of the original era members since then under various names. The Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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The best of Van Morrison



George Ivan “Van” Morrison (Belfast, 31 agosto 1945) è un cantante, polistrumentista e paroliere proveniente dall’Irlanda del Nord; suona diversi strumenti tra i quali chitarra, armonica a bocca, tastiere, sassofono e occasionalmente anche la batteria.

Dopo gli esordi blues rock con i Them, Morrison intraprese una carriera solista in bilico tra la passione giovanile per la musica nera, una forte vena sperimentale (che lo ha portato a sconfinare spesso in territori jazz) e uno stretto legame con la musica tradizionale della sua terra d’origine[1][2]. A rendere unico il suo stile contribuiscono la sua caratteristica vocalità[3] e una intensa poetica che abbraccia musica e parole in modo altamente espressivo.

La rivista Rolling Stone lo classifica quarantaduesimo nella sua lista dei cento migliori artisti di sempre[4] nonché ventiquattresimo in quella dei cento migliori cantanti[5]. Le sue esibizioni dal vivo, al suo meglio, sono state definite come mistiche e trascendenti.

Inoltre due suoi album, Astral Weeks e Moondance, compaiono nella lista dei 500 migliori album di sempre, ancora secondo Rolling Stone.

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George Ivan “Van” Morrison, OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. Some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed. He has received six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Known as “Van the Man” to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic “Gloria”. His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. After Berns’ death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968.[1] Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially a poor seller; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist,[2] and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.

Much of Morrison’s music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)”, “Domino” and “Wild Night”. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One.[3][4] The two strains together are sometimes referred to as “Celtic Soul”

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