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That time I asked Buddy Miles how Carlos Santana rated compared to Jimi Hendrix

Published January 9, 2017 by Sherry Carroll



By Steve Newton

Everybody knows that it’s dumb to try and compare guitar players, and figure out who’s “best”.

But that didn’t stop me from asking Buddy Miles, when I interviewed him back in 2001, how he thought Carlos Santana rated compared to Jimi Hendrix. He’d recorded albums with both guitar legends in the seventies, so I figured he’d be as good a judge as any.

I also asked Buddy if there were any guitarists that he hadn’t played with that he wished he could, and his answer to that caught me a little off guard.

Have a listen:

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Published January 7, 2017 by Sherry Carroll

Rick Wakeman just released DVD and CD/DVD sets of the original series called Gastank, a unique show aired in the U.K. on channel 4 back in 1982-1983. It featured Wakeman interviewing a host of musical artists as diverse as Steve Hackett, Ian Paice, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle, Eric Burdon, and Godley and Crème, then […]

via Rick Wakeman & Tony Ashton’s Gastank — Douglas Harr’s Media Blog

Published January 7, 2017 by Sherry Carroll

‘[Hearing The Animals] was a revelation … the first records with full blown class consciousness … the chorus of, ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’ where working stiffs are looking for a better life can be heard in all my albums … That’s every song I’ve ever written. That’s all of them. I’m not […]

via The Animals : We Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Template for every Bruce Springsteen song!) — The Immortal Jukebox

Love Is…

Published January 6, 2017 by Sherry Carroll

Love Is is a double album by Eric Burdon and The Animals which was released in 1968 in both the United Kingdom and United States. It was the last album released before The Animals’ second dissolution in 1969. An edited version of the track “Ring of Fire” was released as a single and peaked at […]

via Eric Burdon & The Animals – Love Is — GRANAZI

Music for a Friday Night

Published July 12, 2015 by Sherry Carroll

Thoughts by Mello-Elo

Right, I’m kicking off the evening with a classic. This is a song that brings back fond memories of me dancing to my dad’s guitar as he sang this song to us. I was the go-go girl and my brother accompanied my dad on guitar whilst my mum was the back-up singer and sometimes the percussionist! Fun around the BBQ or as we called it – the braai!
Hope you enjoy it!

The house of the Rising Sun

Another song comes to mind…

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Please join me around the fire. What would you like to hear?

Image from patheos.com

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(June 7, 2015): Jimmy Witherspoon & Eric Burdon – The Laws Must Change

Published June 29, 2015 by Sherry Carroll

Once Was A Note

From the 1971 album, Guilty! This collaboration between Witherspoon and Burdon followed Burdon’s two LPs with War as Witherspoon’s introduction of the one live tune on the album — “Goin’ Down Slow” (with the San Quentin Prison Band) — makes clear.  The album was remastered and reissued in 1976 as Black & White Blues. This is a cover of the Mayall song off The Turning Point.

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Rocks In The Attic #392: The Animals – ‘The Animals’ (1964)

Published May 26, 2015 by Sherry Carroll

Vinyl Stylus

RITA#392On opening track, Story Of Bo Diddley, it’s highly amusing that Eric Burdon refers to Richmond in Surrey as the deep south. Why not, eh? That would make the Animals hometown of Newcastle Upon Tyne equal to Chicago, wouldn’t it? They’d probably like that, given their love of Chicago blues.

Of all the British Invasion groups of the ‘60s, the Animals always get classified as a second-tier group. They didn’t come bursting out of the starting gates with their own compositions, like the Kinks or the Who, and unlike their closest rivals the Rolling Stones, they never made the leap from blues copyists to writing their own songs.

It’s a shame that they’ll forever be linked with House Of The Rising Sun rather than something of their own making. They deserve some respect for the arrangement of that song though, which takes the song somewhere special. In Dylan’s hands…

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House of the Rising Sun – The Animals

Published May 26, 2015 by Sherry Carroll

The Beatkeeper

When I was in high school I took a college-level music theory class. It was hard as fuck. Especially because, as I’ve said before, I love music, but I don’t have a natural talent for it. So interpreting notes and naming chords in front of the class caused a lot of anxiety. Because I sucked so hard at it, I worked harder, and passed it in the end.

One of the things I’ll never forget, though, is one of the assignments I had for the music appreciation class I was taking simultaneously. I had to choose an artist and write about them – their members, songs, impact, etc. I chose The Animals.

That served me well in the end, because for the theory class I had to arrange a piece of music for an orchestra. I chose “House of the Rising Sun.”

Just as with many other white musicians of their…

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