Mostrando postagens com marcador Paul Kossof. Mostrar todas as postagens
Mostrando postagens com marcador Paul Kossof. Mostrar todas as postagens

13 de fev. de 2010


Pouco tenho a acrescentar a este post devido a hora que me chegou na toca.
Era noite, o velho Lobo com o saco cheio de tantos blogs de amigos deletados e ainda deletam quase metade do que tinha no 4shared mas não vou chorar não, vou comemorar e agradecer ao ZM por dividir conosco um "discaço" (palavras dele mesmo) que ele "comprou" na galeria do rock pra matar saudades; me deu ânimo pra postar e enquanto der continuarei postando.
Abaixo o encarte do disco, eu ouvi sim, e confesso, um "baita som", vale a pena baixar e como disse a Lucy, é postar e baixar,

"In a short, sweet life that lasted just 25 years, Paul Kossoff won both the admiration of fans amd the respect of his fellow guitarists. Uriah Heep's Mick Box was typical of the latter when he bemoaned the lack of distinctive guitarists on today's scene. "Back in the ‘70s there were so many great individuals and they all sounded different. Music is about making the hairs of your neck stand up: Paul could make you weep.”

Kossoff, born in London in 1950, had tasted fame with Free, a quartet of previously unknown young musicians who shot to the top of the Rock tree with a series of albums and singles that positively throbbed with bluesy emotion and feel. Unlike so many others of the period, Paul Rodgers (vocals), Andy Fraser (bass), Simon Kirke (drums) and Kossoff never let their musical ability become the be-all and end-all: if one note was all that was required, that was all they would play. Koss’s inspired, vibrato drenched lead work graced many classic tracks on albums from 1968’s “Tons Of Sobs” to 1973’s “Heartbreaker” – including of course 1970’s mega-hit ‘All Right Now’.

By “Heartbreaker”, Koss had become a bit-part player, drugs have eroded his ability to remain an integral member of a fast-fading group. Later in 1973 he released his first and only solo album “Back Street Crawler”, the title of which named his next band. BSC combined Kossoff’s unique talents with a predominantly American line-up of Tony Braunagel (drums) Terry Wilson (bass) and Mike Montgomery (keyboards). Ironically, the ex-Free member who’d been his first call, Texan John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick, was unavailable – he’d join the band later on Montgomery’s departure – while vocal duties fell to Terry Wilson-Slesser, a Brit who’d previously served with Beckett.

The album you hold here (in fact, the 320kbps/VBR ripping from ZM-Jazzrock, to SOM MUTANTE) captures Back Street Crawler live at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls in June 1975, three months before the release of their first album. This was entitled “The Band Plays On”, and they would do just that – but, sadly, without their leader. Paul Kossoff checked out of this life on a flight from Los Angeles to New York on 19 March 1976, his body weakened by sustained drug abuse.

The repertoire inludes ‘Molten Gold’, originally a standout of the solo “Back Street Crawler” set, plus the title track of its band-recorded sucessor. ‘It’s A Long Way Down To The Top’ was the title choosen for a proposed biography of Koss by David Clayton, whose Free Appreciation Society has kept the guitarist’s flame burning through the years (see below for address). No Free material is covered here, though gigs would typically end with ‘The Hunter’ as a nod to his previous colleagues.

Koss’s time with Back Street Crawler was, to use a footballing analogy, similar to George Best’s mid-1970s swansong with Fulham. Free were, like Manchester United, the dream team, yet the man’s skill and subtlety were bound shine through in any setting."

-- Michael Heatley

1. The Band Plays On (Wilson)
2. Sidekick To The Stars (Montgomery)
3. It’s A Long Way Down To The Top (Montgomery)
4. New York New York (Montgomery)
5. Train Song (Braunagel)
6. Survivor (Montgomery)
7. Stealing My Way (Kossoff, Montgomery, Slesser)
8. All The Girls Are Crazy (Montgomery)
9. Jason Blue (Montgomery)
10. Rock ‘n’ Roll Junkie (Montgomery)
11. Molten Gold (Kossoff)