My Generation of Sun. 30 April: Renaissance Illusion * The Night Train: Rare R&B, USA 1953-1962 [Ed’s Show, 2017-18]

NEW SHOW: Renaissance Illusion incl. Radio 68 talks to Jim McCarty  * The Night Train: Rare R&B, USA 1953-1962  ** REPEATED:   Chuck Berry Blues & Covers **  [Ed’s Show, 2017-18,  30 April] **


 RENAISSANCE ILLUSION: Through The Fire with exclusive comments by Jim McCarty *  ‘Through The Fire’ is re-released  on Angel Air. Thanks to Angel Air and Jim McCarty + THE YARDBIRDS Mystery Of Being (Birdland, 2003) ** FAMOUS but FORGOTTEN:  RUPERTS PEOPLE, THE ROYAL GUARDSMEN, THE SHAKE-SPEARS ** AND ALSO: American Beat Groups THE KNICKERBOCKERS, THE AU GO- GOs + THE EVERLY BROS.,  TJENS COUTER  **

SPECIAL: ‘HE NIGHT TRAIN Route 1′  with Little Willie John, Jessie Mae, Fluffy Hunter ,  Honey Brown, Sugar Boy Williams McKinley Mitchell, Danny Cobb; Jerry McCain , Annie Laurie  ** KEEPERS OF THE BLUES FLAME:  Poppa Chubby (The Catfish, EarMusic / Verycords); The  Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band  (Thrity Tigers Records); Scott H. Biram (Bloodshot Records) **  Thanks to V2 Records Belgium, Verycords / EarMusic, Bloodshot Records and Thirty Tigers Records

3 MY GENERATION (repeated)
:  CHUCK BERRY COVERS with The Dave Clark 5, The Kinks, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Dave Berry, The Beatles Live BBC,  The Rolling Stones (live), The Beach Boys,  Buddy Holly, The Hollies, Elvis, Ronnie Lane, The Youngbloods,  Eddy Mitchell, Mick Abrahams,  Vince Taylor,  Albert Lee, 13th Floor Elevators.

SPECIAL:  CHUCK BERRY & His Cover Boys: Chuck Berry plays the blues for you ** CHUCK BERRY BLUES COVERS by Nina Simone, The Electric Blues Duo feat. Colin  Hodgkinson, Humble Pie, The Ivy League, Jerry Garcia , The Downliners Sect, Gary Fletcher, Emanuele Fizotti & Melody Makers.

 SHOW Brussels 12 noon till 12 midnight      London 11 a.m. till 11 p.m.
 My Generation new show:  Renaissance Illusion 12:00 * 16:00 * 20:00 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
 Blueside new show: The Night Train 13:00  * 17:00  * 21:00 hrs 12 noon, 4 p.m.,  8 p.m.
My Generation repeated: Chuck Berry covered 14:00  * 18:00  * 22:00 hrs 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 9 p.m.
Blueside repeated:  Chuck Berry blues & blues covers 15:00  * 19:00  * 23:00 hrs 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.
Ends 24:00 hrs Ends 11 p.m.















Radio 68 interview with Jim McCarty commenting on this album!
Mijn recensie / My Review:
“In 1992 the YARDBIRDS were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and JIM McCARTY, the band’s drummer, has experienced fame and fortune since the band split back in 1968 with firstly RENAISSANCE, SHOOT, ILLUSION, BOX OF FROGS and STAIRWAY. Having recorded solo albums in the 90’s, Jim decided in 2000 to form RENAISSANCE ILLUSION with his former band mates JANE RELF, LOUIS CENNAMO and JOHN HAWKEN, who had all been in the bands Renaissance and Illusion with him, to record a new album: Through The Fire (2001). Album long out of print now re-released with two previously unheard bonus tracks”.

THE NIGHT TRAIN Route 1 (Various Artists)

“De albumtitel is ontleend aan de hit van James Brown die de avond opent. Meteen de enige echte hit, want Jasmine Records belicht minder bekende kantjes van kleppers als Muddy Waters (‘Trouble No More’), John Lee Hooker of Billy Boy Arnold  (‘Rockin’ Itis’). Het gros van deze ‘dance floor fillers’ is zelfs nooit uit de schaduw getreden, tenzij in Mod-kringen en gespecialiseerde clubs. Het wemelt van onbekende artiesten met heerlijk duistere singles op even duistere labels. Soms penden ze hun nummers zelf,  zoals de heftige mambo ‘My Isabella’ door Danny Cobb (over wie niets bekend is! ) of Honey Brown. Soms luisterden ze naar hun labelbaas, zoals de even onbekende Jessie Mae en haar ruweplankenrocker ‘Don’t Freeze On Me’. Jivend kan je ook genieten van gekruide metaforen, zoals ‘Walk Right In, Walk Right Out’ voor een vluggertje. Uitgeput? Dan heb je aan  één (1) tegel genoeg met Dee Irwin of Annie Laurie. Info:   © Eddy Bonte

CHUCK BERRY (R.I.P. 18 March 2017)

THE COVERS: The problem with Chuck Berry is not to find out who covered him, but rather who didn’t! Just about anyone found something to his liking in Berry’s huge and versatile song-book, from straight R&R to typical late fifties R&B, lap steel  blues (e.g. Ingo) and country-tinged tunes like ‘You Never Can Tell’.  Anyone, from Bobby Rydell to Ronnie Lane, from Johnny Winter to Nina Simone.
CHUCK BERRY’s BLUES: Indiscriminately linked to fifth gear rock’n’roll, Chuck Berry is, in fact, a true R&B artist and a very fine blues guitar player as well, excelling on lap steel.

“Even a ubiquitous figure like Chuck Berry has neglected gems gathering spider-webs in remote corners of his catalogue. The duck-walking legend, who developed the basic vocabulary of rock guitar, began his career at Chicago’s Chess Records, in the company of B.B. King, Willie Dixon and countless other ferocious blues musicians. From his very first sessions, Berry would do more than just high-octane jumps like “Maybelline” and “Johnny B. Goode” — the B-sides of his singles were often slow, weepy blues numbers.  (…) Berry wasn’t a go-for-the-gut blues singer like King or Howlin’ Wolf. His vocals are slicker and more urbane, with traces of Charles Brown and irreverent hipster jive. But as his lumbering original  ‘Wee Wee Hours’demonstrates, Berry doesn’t have to bellow to summon that old-timer’s authority. It comes naturally as he rolls along, singing with a compelling last-set weariness. He sounds like he grew up in nightclubs”. (Adapted from:

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