Thursday, March 31, 2022

The Frankie Miller Band: The Rock 1975


Frankie is one of the legends of the British music scene, with a powerful voice that has drawn

numerous comparisons. His distinctive voice and song writing ability have earned him the respect of his peers and that is reflected in the number of world renowned artists, including Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Cher, The Everly Brothers and Ray Charles, who have covered his songs.

Frankie was born on 2nd November 1949 in the east end of Glasgow and first became aware of the

power of Rock and R&B through his mother’s record collection. She had a fondness for Ray Charles while his older sisters introduced him to Little Richard and Elvis Presley. He identified instinctively with Little Richard’s flamboyant aggression.

“The music was alive, exciting, I loved it. I realised later that I could get my own aggression out

through music. R&B and Soul Music, I just knew, was what I really loved“. Frankie started writing songs at the age of nine after being given a guitar by his parents. He composed a song called “”But I Do” which caused tears of laughter amongst his family members but Frankie was to remain undeterred…
Frankie then met up with Ex Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower, Ex Jethro Tull drummer

Clive Bunker and bassist Jimmy Dewar who had just left Stone The Crows. Together they formed one Rock’s first “supergroups” – Jude. Despite a number of college gigs in the London area, Jude never made it to the recording studio and also, sadly split.


After the demise of Jude, Frankie signed a solo contract with Chrysalis in 1972 and recorded his first

album “Once in a Blue Moon” using ‘Pub Rockers’ Brinsley Schwarz as his backing band. Material wise the album showcased Frankie’s skills as a well above average song writer and “I Can’t Change It” was accorded what must have been for Frankie, the ultimate compliment when Ray Charles covered it on his album “Brother Ray Is At It Again”.

During 1974, without a band or hit record to his name, Frankie helped his good friend Phil Lynott to

write, perform and record a track for Thin Lizzy’s “Night Life” album.
This turned out to be the classic “Still in Love with You” which became one of the highlights of Thin Lizzy’s shows for years to come. A brief collaboration with progressive rockers Procul Harum saw Frankie front them at The London Rainbow Farewell Show during which he featured songs from Highlife including “Shoo Rah Shoo Rah”, “Brickyard Blues” and “The Devil Gun”.

The BBC filmed a documentary in 1999 called “Stubborn Kinda Fella” to mark his amazing progress. In this documentary, Rod Stewart stated that Frankie “was the only white singer to have brought a tear” to his eye.

2006 saw the release of Long Way Home featuring tracks from the aforementioned project. Upon its

release,the album received 5 star reviews fromcritics. September 30th 2016 saw the release of Frankie Millers Double Take, a 17 track album full of duets with other stars including Elton John, Rod Stewart and Willie Nelson. So … may be that after all of the twists and turns that fate can bring, the best times for Frankie Miller may still be yet to come!



The Rock is the third album from Frankie Miller, and the only one officially credited to The Frankie Miller Band. The album features backing from The Memphis Horns and The Edwin Hawkins Singers.

The album was recorded in sight of the prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco, Miller commented that it was only music that had saved him that kind of fate and dedicated the song, The Rock, to the plight of prisoners, a reference to his second cousin Jimmy Boyle.
Already hailed as one of the finest Scottish soul singers of the 70s, Frankie Miller was despatched to San Francisco to record his third album with producer Elliot Mazer and a band that included guitarist Henry McCullough and keyboard player Mick Weaver from the Grease Band.

The Rock’s underlying Stax feel proved what a great singer/songwriter Miller was with the Memphis Horns kicking (br)ass and the Edwin Hawkins Singers laying down backing vocals on the brilliant A

Fool In Love. Ain’t Got No Money was covered by Bob Seger and Cher, but Miller’s inability to hold on to his band for any period of longevity denied him the success he deserved."Ain't Got No Money" became the album’s most covered song with notable versions from Cher, Chris Farlowe and Bob Seger. The song, "Drunken Nights in the City", was written for his late-night drinking buddy Jimmy Johnstone, the former (Celtic FC) Scottish footballer. Etta James covered the song A Fool in Love for her 1990 album, Stickin' to My Guns. "A Fool in Love" was also covered by UFO.

"The Rock" is in the list with the 30 best British Blues Rock albums ever.
(The 30 best British Blues Rock albums ever. Visit the site HERE.)

The Frankie Miller Band – The Rock
Label: Eagle Records – EAMCD152, Eagle Records – GAS 0000152 EAM
Format:    CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered 2003
Released: 1975    
Genre: Rock
Style: Blues Rock, Classic Rock



01. A Fool In Love    3:02
02. The Heartbreak    4:01
03. The Rock    3:32
04. I Know Why The Sun Don't Shine    5:59
05. Hard On The Levee    3:15
06. Ain't Got No Money    2:53
07. All My Love To You    5:35
08. I'm Old Enough    4:50
09. Bridgeton    4:45
10. Drunken Nights In The City    3:51

Bonus Tracks
11. Hard On The Levee (Live)    3:30
12. Sail Away (Live)  (Written-By – Newman)  5:15
13. Drunken Nights (Live)    5:29
14. Walking The Dog (Live)  (Written-By – Thomas)  6:11



Frankie Miller - vocals, rhythm guitar
Henry McCullough - lead guitar, backing vocals
Mick Weaver - keyboards
Chrissy Stewart - bass guitar
Stu Perry - drums, percussion
James Dewar - backing vocals
The Memphis Horns - horn section
The Edwin Hawkins Singers - backing vocals
Written-By – Fraser(tracks: 1, 4, 11), Miller (tracks: 1 to 11 & 13)



I'll tell you a story about a night in the town
It started off drinking and fighting.
By the time I was through,
I'd near worn out my shoes,
I had visited every known dive.


All the lights in the alley,
Fall dim on the ground, When your trying to see your
Way home.
And the all night ladies,
In their perfume so fine,
Wont leave a poor boy alone.


You know the paths of the gambler
Are kneeded too thin,
When the cards are all spread on the floor.
The six and the seven,
I needed to win,
And you can't call the bluff any more.

So you stand to your feet,
And you figure discretely,
The best way to pay what you owe.
And she hands you a line,
Tells you thanks for the time,
'You might have brought brains to the show.'


Drunken nights on the city,
Are showing their toes,
They'll take you for all that you owe.
You can't judge a book,
And you can't judge a crook,
Down where the buffalo go.
By early the next morning,
I rose up to tight,
My eyes were as red as the light.
My pockets were empty,
And so was my heart,
And I promised to put things right.


So I went to the preacher,
I fell on my knees,
I asked the preacher,
To right all my wrongs,
But he just shook his head,
And looked sorry when he said,
'You've been on the streets far too long'

MP3 @ 320 Size: 145 MB
FLAC  Size: 375 MB

Frankie Miller: The Very Best Of  (1993) HERE

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Creedence Clearwater Revival: (6 CD Box Set) Compilation, Club Edition 2001


As the tumultuous 1960s crashed into the '70s, few American bands could match the fevered output, unified vision, and consistent hit-making ability of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Despite hailing from

Northern California, bandleader John Fogerty rooted his imagination in the Deep South, fusing vivid Southern imagery with a distinctive brand of rock & roll that combined swamp pop, blues, R&B, and country. Viewed as outliers in the Bay Area's overwhelmingly psychedelic music scene, CCR's punchy roots rock delivery, blue-collar work ethic, and comparative sobriety helped them quickly surpass their peers and become one of the most prolific and popular bands in the country.

In 1969 alone they produced three major albums, headlined the Woodstock Festival, and

introduced iconic songs like "Proud Mary" and "Fortunate Son" into the cultural lexicon. The latter of the two went on to become one of the defining protest songs of the Vietnam War, followed closely by "Run Through the Jungle" and "Bad Moon Rising," which, while not written about the war, nonetheless tapped into the nation's zeitgeist and had a similar resonance.

Their creative and commercial success peaked with 1970's Cosmo's Factory, a rock solid chart-topper that housed massive hits like "Up Around the Bend" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door." Like many great bands, CCR's star burned brightly for a relatively short period before in-fighting and contention

led to their breakup in 1972. In spite of ongoing feuds and protracted legal battles with their record label, the band's legacy grew over the following decades as their music became a definitive touchstone of American classic rock. Their 1976 anthology Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits remains a ubiquitous chart staple well into the 21st century.

In 1959, while attending Portola Junior High School in El Cerrito, California, classmates John Fogerty (vocals, guitar), Stu Cook (bass), and Doug Clifford (drums) began playing together as the Blue

Velvets, cutting their teeth on early rock instrumentals and the jukebox hits of the era. They later became a quartet with the addition of John's older brother, Tom Fogerty (guitar, vocals), and released a handful of independent singles to local radio. In 1964 the Blue Velvets joined the roster of San Francisco's Fantasy Records, a label which at that point was primarily known for jazz artists like Vince Guaraldi and Dave Brubeck.

In an attempt to compete with the burgeoning British invasion, label co-founder Max Weiss urged them to change their name to the Golliwogs. Despite releasing a number of singles over the next few years,

their early efforts yielded little attention and in 1966 John Fogerty and Doug Clifford were drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces. Fogerty's time in the Army Reserves proved to be somewhat transformative in terms of shaping both his creative vision and political views and in 1967, he and his bandmates gladly abandoned the unfortunate Golliwogs moniker in favor of the more eclectic Creedence Clearwater Revival. By then Saul Zaentz had bought out Fantasy's original partners and promptly offered the newly minted CCR a contract, albeit one that would later come back to haunt them.

The group released their eponymous debut album in May 1968. Although it bore a few sonic traces of the psychedelic era, it served to introduce the fiery delivery, tight arrangements, and Southern musical

influences that would become CCR's hallmark. It also gave them their first hit in "Suzie Q," a sprawling cover of Dale Hawkins' 1957 rockabilly song which found its way into the Top 40 in November of that year. The album also cemented John Fogerty's all-encompassing role as the band's frontman, chief songwriter, lead guitarist, producer, and arranger. Having had their first taste of success, CCR entered their peak period a few months later with the release of Bayou Country, their breakout second album.

The first of three LPs released in 1969, Bayou Country reached number seven on the pop charts

and was certified platinum thanks in large part to lead single "Proud Mary"
and its swampy B-side "Born on the Bayou." With its catchy tune, Mississippi River imagery, and themes of escape, "Proud Mary" was an immediate hit and went on to become one of CCR's most enduring songs. Of the many covers it inspired, it was Ike & Tina Turner's revved-up 1971 soul rendition that did nearly as well as CCR's, earning the duo a Grammy Award. Riding a wave of newfound momentum, CCR

released their third album, Green River, in August 1969, giving them their first chart-topper and adding two more Top Five singles -- the jaunty but foreboding "Bad Moon Rising" and the twangy "Green River" -- to their growing clutch of hits.

They also toured relentlessly in support of it and were one of the headlining acts at the Woodstock Festival in Upstate New York that summer, although Fogerty deemed their set unworthy of inclusion on the live album and asked that it be omitted. Completing this remarkable year, CCR released their fourth

album, Willy and the Poor Boys, in November. The harmony and groove-filled "Down on the Corner" gave them yet another Top Five hit, but it was Fogerty's gutsy protest song "Fortunate Son" that made a more lasting statement. Arriving at the zenith of America's involvement in the Vietnam War, "Fortunate Son" became one of the defining anthems of the anti-war movement and has retained that status through subsequent decades. In 2013, the Library of Congress added it to their National Recording Registry for its cultural and historical significance.

At the dawn of the 1970s, CCR were at their commercial peak, riding a string of hit albums and singles that had placed them in the upper echelon of American rock music. Without pausing for reflection, they

kicked off January 1970 with the double A-side of "Travelin' Band" and "Who'll Stop the Rain," appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine the following month. Two more instant CCR classics, "Up Around the Bend" and "Run Through the Jungle," appeared a few months later as the group headed to Europe for their first international tour. With four more hit songs already on the charts, "Lookin' Out My Back Door" and "Long as I Can See the Light" helped turn the band's fifth album, Cosmo's Factory, into a massive success, sitting at number one for a nine-week stint in late 1970.

By then, CCR had caught on globally as well, with the album also topping charts in Australia, the U.K.,

and parts of Europe. They ended the year with yet another album, Pendulum, which yielded a pair of Top Ten hits in "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Hey Tonight." It also marked the first time CCR had made a record containing entirely original material, though the influence of their R&B and blues heroes remained, especially that of Booker T. & the M.G.'s, with whom they had recently jammed. It was also the final record to include the group's original lineup as a disgruntled Tom Fogerty departed in

February 1971. The price paid for Fogerty's unyielding control of CCR's affairs and creative vision was growing dissent among the other bandmembers. After Tom's departure, they carried on wearily as a trio with John reluctantly agreeing to cede some creative control to his remaining bandmates.

However, even this attempt at democracy was somewhat heavy-handed; rather than simply allowing Cook and Clifford a little more artistic input, he insisted that each member now write and sing his own material to be split evenly on future albums. Their first release as a trio was Fogerty's "Sweet Hitch-Hiker," an energetic rocker that proved to be CCR's final Top Ten hit. Cook's bluesy B-side, "Door to 

Door," made little impact. When their seventh album, Mardi Gras, was finally released in early 1972, it was maligned by critics as uneven and lacking cohesion, though the group's momentum still helped it achieve a number 12 chart placement. The growing frustration over the band's direction and its lousy contract with Fantasy continued to mount and, following a grueling two-month tour, CCR called it quits in October of that year. For an impressive five-year period, they had performed at the top of their game, leaving behind a deep catalog of studio albums and hit songs, all of which fell under the ownership of Fantasy Records.


CCR certainly weren't the first rock band to attach themselves to an unfavorable record contract, but the bitter legal battles between Fantasy owner Saul Zaentz and John Fogerty unfortunately become a part of CCR's post-breakup mythology, stretching all the way into the 2000s when Zaentz finally sold Fantasy

to the Concord label which attempted to restore some contractual goodwill with the band. Starting in the mid'-70s, in order to deny them any more royalties, Fogerty rebuked the label by refusing to play any of his CCR material live. After the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and his solo career saw a late-'90s revival, he softened his stance and re-embraced his old catalog, much to the delight of longtime fans.

Tom Fogerty died in 1990 having mounted a moderately successful solo career and in 1995, Cook and
Clifford launched the Fogerty-less Creedence Clearwater Revisited with various guest singers in order

to take the old catalog on the road. A proper reunion never materialized, though CCR have remained an iconic band with a multi-generational fan base thanks to a steady succession of archival releases and compilations. In 2019, their Live at Woodstock set finally saw the light of day in honor of the festival's 50th anniversary.
[Artist Biography by Timothy Monger]


Doug Clifford – drums, percussion, backing and occasional lead vocals (1959–1972)
Stu Cook – bass guitar, backing and occasional lead vocals, keyboards (1959–1972)
John Fogerty – lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards, harmonica, saxophone (1959–1972)
Tom Fogerty – rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals (1960–1971; died 1990)


Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Label: Fantasy – 6CCRCD-4434-2
Format:    Box Set, Club Edition 6 x CD, Compilation, Club Edition
Country: US
Released: 2001
Genre: Rock, Blues, Pop
Style: Blues Rock, Pop Rock, Classic Rock


DISC 1. 1961 - 1867 PRE - CREEDENCE 1:03:00  


01. Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets –Come On Baby    2:13
02. Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets –Oh My Love    1:57
03. Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets –Have You Ever Been Lonely    2:17
04. Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets –Bonita    1:41
05. The Golliwogs –Don't Tell Me No Lies    1:53
06. The Golliwogs –Little Girl (Does Your Mama Know)    2:36
07. The Golliwogs –Where You Been    2:40
08. The Golliwogs –You Came Walking    2:01
09. The Golliwogs –You Can't Be True (First Version)    2:45
10. The Golliwogs –You Got Nothin' On Me    2:36
11. The Golliwogs –I Only Met You Just An Hour Ago    2:07
12. The Golliwogs –Brown-Eyed Girl    2:33
13. The Golliwogs –You Better Be Careful    2:36
14. The Golliwogs –Fight Fire    2:33
15. The Golliwogs –Fragile Child    2:37
16. The Golliwogs –She Was Mine    2:18
17. The Golliwogs –Gonna Hang Around    2:26
18. The Golliwogs –Try Try Try    2:11
19. The Golliwogs –Instrumental #1    2:58
20. The Golliwogs –Little Tina    2:27
21. The Golliwogs –Walking On The Water    3:07
22. The Golliwogs –You Better Get It Before It Gets You    3:38
23. The Golliwogs –Tell Me    4:03
24. The Golliwogs –You Can't Be True (Second Version)    2:46
25. Unknown Artist –    Action USA Promotional Spot    1:03

MP3 @ 320 Size: 151 MB
FLAC  Size: 313 MB

DISC 2. 1967-1969  1:10:20


01. Call It Pretending    2:07
02. I Put A Spell On You    4:31
03. The Working Man    3:03
04. Susie Q    8:36
05. Ninety-Nine And A Half    3:37
06. Get Down Woman    3:07
07. Porterville    2:20
08. Gloomy    3:48
09. Walk On The Water    4:39
10. Born On The Bayou    5:13
11. Bootleg    2:59
12. Graveyard Train    8:36
13. Good Golly Miss Molly    2:40
14. Penthouse Pauper    3:36
15. Proud Mary    3:05
16. Keep On Chooglin'    7:40

MP3 @ 320 Size: 167 MB
FLAC  Size: 445 MB

DISC 3.    1969  1:04:22


01. Green River    2:34
02. Commotion    2:42
03. Tombstone Shadow    3:37
04. Wrote A Song For Everyone    4:57
05. Bad Moon Rising    2:19
06. Lodi    3:10
07. Cross-Tie Walker    3:17
08. Sinister Purpose    3:20
09. The Night Time Is The Right Time    3:07
10. Down On The Corner    2:45
11. It Came Out Of The Sky    2:54
12. Cotton Fields    2:54
13. Poorboy Shuffle    2:27
14. Feelin' Blue    5:03
15. Fortunate Son    2:19
16. Don't Look Now (It Ain't You Or Me)    2:09
17. The Midnight Special    4:11
18. Side O' The Road    3:23
19. Effigy    6:31

MP3 @ 320 Size: 154 MB
FLAC  Size: 444 MB




Left a good job in the city,
Workin' for the man ev'ry night and day,
And I never lost one minute of sleepin',
Worryin' 'bout the way things might have been.

Big wheel keep on turnin',
Proud Mary keep on burnin',
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis,
Pumped a lot of 'pane down in New Orleans,
But I never saw the good side of the city,
'Til I hitched a ride on a river boat queen.

Big wheel keep on turnin',
Proud Mary keep on burnin',
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

If you come down to the river,
Bet you gonna find some people who live.
You don't have to worry 'cause you have no money,
People on the river are happy to give.

Big wheel keep on turnin',
Proud Mary keep on burnin',
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.


Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.
(Designer: GOTLIB)

DISC 4.    1970  1:15:13


01. Ramble Tamble    7:11
02. Before You Accuse Me    3:25
03. Travelin' Band    2:08
04. Ooby Dooby    2:06
05. Lookin' Out My Back Door    2:32
06. Run Through The Jungle    3:06
07. Up Around The Bend    2:39
08. My Baby Left Me    2:17
09. Who'll Stop The Rain    2:28
10. I Heard It Through The Grapevine    11:06
11. Long As I Can See The Light    3:33
12. Pagan Baby    6:25
13. Sailor's Lament    3:47
14. Chameleon    3:05
15. Have You Ever Seen The Rain ?    2:39
16. (I Wish I Could) Hideaway    3:53
17. Born To Move    5:39
18. Hey Tonight    2:43
19. It's Just A Thought    3:45

MP3 @ 320 Size: 179 MB
FLAC  Size: 512 MB

DISC 5.    1970 (Studio & Live), 1972  1:18:17


01. Molina    2:41
02. Rude Awakening #2    6:19
03. 45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 1)    3:13
04. 45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 2)    7:11
05. Lookin' For A Reason    3:25
06. Take It Like A Friend    3:01
07. Need Someone To Hold    2:59
08. Tearin' Up The Country    2:13
09. Someday Never Comes    3:59
10. What Are You Gonna Do    2:51
11. Sail Away    2:25
12. Hello Mary Lou    2:11
13. Door To Door    2:07
14. Sweet Hitch-Hiker    2:59
15. Born On The Bayou    5:17
16. Green River    3:24
17. Tombstone Shadow    3:42
18. Don't Look Now (It Ain't You Or Me)    2:25
19. Travelin' Band    2:07
20. Who'll Stop The Rain    2:37
21. Bad Moon Rising    2:23
22. Proud Mary    3:30
23. Fortunate Son    2:25
24. Commotion    2:36

MP3 @ 320 Size: 186 MB
FLAC  Size: 527 MB

DISC 6.    1970-1971 (Live)  1:10:21


01. The Midnight Special    3:48
02. The Night Time Is The Right Time    3:25
03. Down On The Corner    2:49
04. Keep On Chooglin'    9:12
05. Born On The Bayou    5:04
06. Green River / Susie Q    4:21
07. It Came Out Of The Sky    3:31
08. Door To Door    2:03
09. Travelin' Band    2:11
10. Fortunate Son    2:31
11. Commotion    2:29
12. Lodi    3:25
13. Bad Moon Rising    2:15
14. Proud Mary    2:58
15. Up Around The Bend    2:43
16. Hey Tonight    2:27
17. Sweet Hitch-Hiker    3:05
18. Keep On Chooglin'    13:33

MP3 @ 320 Size: 170 MB
FLAC  Size: 479 MB