This double-CD second round of 1969-vintage live King Crimson shows is less compelling than the first, although it does offer a few things not evident on the first release - a Michael Giles drum solo and flute and sax solos by Ian McDonald. The material, of course, overlaps the earlier volume, since their sets were limited to a relatively narrow repertoire, and some songs ("I Talk to the Wind," "Epitaph") have deliberately been left off because of limitations in their equipment at this stage of their careers, playing a pair of English jazz clubs in mid-1969. It seems that without voltage regulators, as the band played ever louder or more lights were put on during the show, the voltage to the band's instruments would drop, which threw the Mellotron increasingly out of tune…
The seemingly bottomless record collection of Nick Saloman from the Bevis Frond has spawned the third in an ongoing series of albums collecting obscure instrumental tracks from the '60s and '70s, and while many of these songs support the popular notion that the hipper and more interesting rock artists of the day were fond of vocal numbers, there are some fun and exciting tunes to be found on this set. Roaring Blue draws its title from the lead-off track, a swinging dance tune by the Sound of Jimmy Nicol, featuring the drummer who briefly replaced an ailing Ringo Starr during a tour in 1964 (this may explain why Nicol's drums are so far up in the mix), while members of the long-running U.K. pop band Blue Mink appear on the track "Beat Party" under the pseudonym the Underground, and John McLaughlin adds guitar licks to "Trans-Love Airways" by Big Jim Sullivan.
The soundtrack to a smoky late night bar in Chicago, or a hot Sunday afternoon down at the Popcorn. If you feel the cold sweat of soul, and the cool chills of haunted crooners singing out their final swansong, or the sinful shakes of R&B in it's twilight years, then you have a bad case of Slow Grind Fever! This is a collection of haunting, hungry, heartbroken humdingers full of swing, sway and sleaze. With obscure B-sides sitting next to some of these great artists' last outings on wax. –Stag-O-Lee Records
CPO’s George Onslow complete Piano Trios series demonstrates that the rediscovery of this virtuosic, dramatically expressive, emotionally intimate, and finely crafted music is long overdue. Of volume two Gramophone said the performances by Trio Cascades were “spirited and expressive.”