10. Rockpalast Nacht 3.-4.April 1982
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In Memory of Rick James - February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004
Rick James will open the 10th Rockpalast-Festival on April 3rd, 1982. His appearance in Essen will be his first in Europe and will present superb black American funk of the 80s. Even though Rick James - or James Johnson ( his original name ) - is known as part of the young generation of black American musicians, he's been a pro for more than 15 years . He was born a little more than 30 years ago in Buffalo, New York, and grew up with 7 brothers and sisters, but without a father. As in many other cases, his home was the ghetto of Buffalo, where one relies on himself and can move ahead only by being a little quicker and smarter than the others. To avoid having to sit in jail, he voluntarily joined the Marines, lying about his age to get in. Since this job didn't fulfill him either he exiled to Toronto and turned to music.
A short stint with Neil Young and the group 'Mynah Birds' is notable in that it
led Rick to 'Motown', the only record company in the USA that is still all black.
Motown has it's own history, featuring important and influential artists such as
Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and The
Supremes. Rick became an in-house composer and lyricist, and worked with the
Holland-Dozier-Holland Team that wrote numerous classics for the artists mentioned
Rick himself calls his music style 'Punk Funk' . One reason for this definition could be his line-ups that appear as bands in the band, such as 'Stone City Band', 'Punk Funk Horns' (brass), or 'Mary Jane Band' ( the singers ). That way, Rick James has all the musical combinations and styles at his disposal. Punk funk, basically, is Rich James through the lyricists, composers and multiple instrumentalists. The pieces that he writes include the development of the black music of the last ten years and their themes relating to the everyday realities on the streets.
Rick James has a lot leftover for the extroverted lifestyle and dedicating himself to the better things in life. "To have a good time!" However, he also writes about the hard and often inhumane life in the ghettos, expresses an opinion, and writes about the discrimination and unnecessary police brutality. Therein lies much of his success in the USA. "I am the poet from the street. The music that I write should go to the legs. The lines that I sing, I sing for understanding. And I want to tie both up forever in feelings." Rick James and how he sees himself.
"With Rick James' appearance, we achieved a plan that has long been plaguing us: The presentation of contemporary black music. Especially Europe lacks an adequate amount of live performances of this rich, varied and meaningful music. So, once again, we're throwing the first stone and present the most important black musician of 1981 amongst us here in Europe. Rick James opened the 10th Rocknacht and burned up with action, special effects, and, of course, with music. He stood on-stage for the first time in Europe and could not hear any difference between the spectators of his Punk-Funk-Show in Essen and from home." From: 10 Jahre Rockpalast.
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01. Intro (Albrecht Metzger) (1:36) 02. Stone City Band Hi (1:48) 03. Ghetto Life (4:34) 04. Big Time (5:04) 05. Gettin' It On (5:21) 07. Fire It Up (2:38) 08. Love Gun (4:57) 09. Guitar-Solo (3:56) 10. Gettin' It On (Reprise) (4:11) 11. Come Into My Life (11:20) 12. Standing On The Top (4:49) 13. Mary Jane (6:02) 14. Mary Jane March (2:55) 15. You And I (6:45) 16. Give It To Me Baby (7:58) 17. Super Freak (8:03) 18. Stone City Band Bye (2:00)
This Magic Moment/Dance With Me (1971) Warner Brother Come Get It (1978) Gordy 981 Burstin' Out Of L'Seven (1979) Gordy 984 Fire It Up (1979) Gordy 990 In'n'Out (1980) Gordy 991 Garden Of Love (1980) Gordy 995 3 Times In Love (1980) Gordy Street Songs (1981) Gordy 1002 Throwin Down (1982) Gordy 6005 Cold Blooded (1983) Gordy 6043 Reflections (1984) Gordy 6095 YOU (1985) Gordy Glow (1985) Motown ZL 72362 The Flag (1986) Motown ZL 72443 Wonderful (1988) Reprise 925659-1 Kickin' (1989) WEA Give It To Me Baby (1995) Motown Urban Rapsody (1997) Private I/Merc Street Songs - Deluxe Edition (2001) Motown Anthology (2002) Motown Gold (2005) Motown The Definitive Collection (2006) Motown Deeper Still (2007) MRI
Rick James - At Rockpalast (2005) Inakustik I'm Rick James! The Definitive DVD (2009) Hip-O/Motown/UMe
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Van Morrison will appear as second guest at the 10th Rockpalast-Festival on the 3rd
and 4th of April. A longed-for wish of the staff is fulfilled with his obligation
for this concert. Since the beginning of this program, Van Morrison has been at the
top of the list. Van Morrison was born George Ivan Morrison in Belfast on the 31st
of August, 1945. His mother was a jazz singer and his father had a large and choice
record collection, including many rare American jazz and blues records. With this
background, Van Morrison soon could play the saxophone, guitar, harmonica and piano.
At the age of 15, he left school and played in different bands.
In 1967, Van Morrison debuted as a solo artist. He released 'Brown-Eyed Girl', a song which was very popular in the USA. Shortly afterwards, Morrison had to start all over; his partner, Bert Berns, died. Sporadic appearances and tours followed. Finally, Van Morrison released 'Astral Weeks'; this album is a classic in rock music. Van Morrison recorded this album with the musicians from 'Modern Jazz Quartett'. With this combination, he was able to blend his voice with the arrangements and the music in such a way that he achieved an intensity which had been unknown to him before. The next steps were the forming of his own production company, which allowed him to work as his own producer, and the formation of his own group: 'Caledonia Soul Orchestra' - a big-band style group with integrated string musicians, that otherwise played at the Oakland Symphony Orchestra.
In 1973, Van Morrison and CSO went on a US and European tour and made one of the greatest live LPs ever: 'It's Too Late To Stop Now'. His influences were also noticeable in the picking of a title for this tour. Along with his own compositions, he sang standards from, i.e., Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Willie Dixon. Later on, Van Morrison changed the 'Caledonia Soul Orchestra' to 'Caledonia Soul Express' (without the strings), so that finally, after some years, he could spontaneously gather a small group together to play. Van Morrison first started touring again in 1978. He still doesn't play often, but he has a solid group of musicians in the band, that, along with him, always guarantees great concerts.
Van Morrison doesn't have much time for publicity. He is hard to get to and is
reserved; most interviews are refused. His reason: "You can find what I have to say
in my songs - I have nothing to add". He describes his art of writing as "Stream of
Consciousness Writing", meaning, more or less: Not consciously write about a theme,
but to release what is in him.
Van Morrison plays a fantastic, intense concert with encores. He says that he
didn't know what he was looking for at a rock'n'roll concert, but his audience knew
it. "The whole Rockpalast team drove to Amsterdam to see an appearance (from
Morrison). Questioned after a rehearsal in Essen, his agent/manager answered: Very
little will happen there. Van goes on-stage just to appear.
What is Van Morrison actually doing ?
Rockpalast Club Info 11 May, 1997 - Uwe Schmalz
Van 'The Man'. Unconventional, odd, silly, unpredictable on-stage. At the
Rockpalast Festival in 1982 in Essen hissing and begging, he led a sold-out
Grugahalle quickly through the musical styles. And this, after Rick James warmed up
the audience with great funk music and before the legendary Kinks blessed the
impatiently waiting rock fans with 'Give The People What They Want'. A moving
concert. A classic appearance.
After his appereance at the Midem in Cannes on 26.01.1984, wich was recorded by Rockpalast, Van Morrison was third time guest at the Rockpalast Christmas Special 1998. Some Pictures are in the Picture archive of the Rockpalast Archiv! One year later he played at Loreley Open Air there are also Pictures in the archive.
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01 Go To The Place In Your Mind (3'45'') 02 Into The Mystic (2'45'') 03 Moondance (2'00'') 04 Wavelength (3'20'') 05 Full Force Gale (2'05'') 06 Bright Side Of The Road (3'05'') 07 It's All In The Game (5'40'') 08 She Gives Me Religion (4'05'') 09 Northern Muse (Solid Ground) (3'10'') 10 Vanlose Stairway (4'20'') 11 Help Me (4'35'') 12 Love To You (2'45'') 13 Celtic Ray (3'00'') 14 Dweller On The Treshold (4'20'') 15 Satisfied (4'35'') 16 Cleaning Windows (4'20'') 17 Summertime In England (9'50'') 18 Scandinavia (5'30'')
Blowin Your Mind (1967) Bang BLPS 218 This Is Where I Came In (1967) Bang erschien 1977 T.B.Sheets (1967) Bang erschien 1977 Astral Weeks (1968) Warner 46024 Moon Dance (1969) Warner His Band And The Street Choir (1970) Warner 46066 Tupelo Honey (1971) WEA St. Dominic's Preview (1972) Warner 46172 Hard Nose The Highway (1973) Warner Veedon Fleece (1974) Warner It's Too Late To Stop Now (1975) Warner live A Period Of Transition (1977) Warner Wavelength (1978) Warner Into The Music (1979) Mercury 6304508 Common One (1980) Mercury 6302021 Beautiful Vision (1982) Mercury 6302122 Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart(1983) Polydor Live At The Grand Opera House (1984) Mercury 813336 Live Belfast A Sense Of Wonder (1984) Polydor No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986) Mercury Poetic Champions Compose (1987) Mercury Irish Heartbeat (1988) Mercury Avalon Sunset (1989) Polydor 839262 Enlightment (1990) Polydor Hymns To The Silence (1991) Mercury Too Long In Exile (1993) Polydor 521290 No Prima Donna (1993) Polydor A Night In San Fransicisco (1994) Polydor 521290 Live Days Like This (1995) Polydor/Atlas 3145273072 How Long Has This Been Going On (1995) Verve/Motor Tell Me Something - The Songs Of Mose Allison (1996) Verve/Motor The Healing Game (1997) Polydor 537 101-2/-4 The Philosophers Stone 71-88 (1998) Exile/Polydor 531789.2 Back On Top (1999) Virgin The Skiffle Session - Live in Belfast 1998 (2000) Virgin 8483072 m.L.Donegan, C.Barber You Win Again (2000) Virgin 8502582 m. Linda Lewis Down The Road (2002) Polydor What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003) BlueNote/Capitol Magic Time (2005) Universal Pay The Devil (2006) Polydor/Universal At The Movies (2007) EMI Greatest Hits Vol.3 (2007) Exile/EMI Still On Top - Greatest Hits (2008) Universal Keep It Simple (2008) Exile/Polydor/Universal Astral Weeks Live (2009) EMI - live at the Hollywood Bowl 2008 Born To Sing: No Plan B (2012) EMI Duets: reworking The Catalog (2015) Sony The Essential (2015) Sony 2CD Keep Me Singing (2016) Universal
Live At Montreux 1980/1974 (2006) Eagle Rock The Glorious Decade (2014) inakustik
When That Rough God Goes Riding - von Greil Marcus
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Van Morrison - Midem Cannes 26.01.1984
THE Kinks belong to the first generation of rock bands, and were formed in 1964. Their third single, called 'You Really Got Me', was Nr. 1 in England, Nr. 3 in the USA, and today is still one of the best rock songs that there are. This song was the beginning of a series of at least 15 more hits that stopped only at the end of the '60s. In the '70s, Ray Davies, who wrote 99% of the pieces for the Kinks brought concepts to reality, after many attempts. First, he busied himself with his hate-love for the old established English lifestyle, then later on, with his negative experiences in the music industry. Actually, Ray Davies wanted to make movies. His attempts in this direction did not turn out like he had thought they would. Deletions in his scripts and budget cuts led to the fact that Davies was never in agreement with the results. So, he returned to music and made records with film musicians.
In 1976/77, as a new way of listening to music brought itself to life, songs from The Kinks understandably belonged to the repertoire of many groups. This appearance, along with his own conceptions of rock music, also brought Ray Davies to writing songs again. Since then, he has never looked back and once again has fun playing electric guitar and really communicating with the audience.
Today, The Kinks are one of the most successful international bands. At live appearances, they have no problem playing their old songs and showing that really good songs never get old. Or, as Ray Davies himself once said: "Rock bands come and rock bands go. But rock'n'roll will always live on".
"The preparations are going on. The Kinks, as true Englishmen, absolutely could
not live with the thought of having to stay in Essen from Wednesday night until
early Sunday, and so, flew back to London on Thursday. This again meant problems for
the production and for Jo and Tom Bullmann, our group leader. Ray Davies, who
arrived at rehearsal after flying non-stop from Australia with only two hours of
sleep in three days, couldn't afford to take time for a break and hadn't even had
time to shave off his beard. Before his appearance, he gave a memorable interview,
and he and his fellow guitarist showed that good rock'n'roll really isn't a question
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01 Around The Dial (7'00'') 02 The Hardway (2'30'') 03 Where Have All The Good Times Gone (2'10'') 04 Captain America Calling (Catch Me Now, I'm Falling) (3'10'') 05 Come On Now (2'40'') 06 Destroyer (4'20'') 07 Yo,Yo (6'50'') 08 Lola (5'55'') 09 Dead End Street (2'15'') 10 Add It Up (3'20'') 11 Low Budget (6'15'') 12 Art Lover (3'45'') 13 Back To Front (5'15'') 14 A Gallon Of Gas (4'30'') 15 Celluloid Heroes (7'45'') 16 Till The End Of The Day (3'20'') 17 Bernadette (4'00'') 18 All Day And All Of The Night (4'55'') 19 Give The People What The Want (4'45'') 20 Pressure (2'08'') 21 You Really Got Me (4'10'') 22 Stop Your Sobbing / David Watts (3'10'')
The Kinks (1964) Pye 202035 In Germany (1965) Vogue LDVS 17077 The Kink Kontroversy (1966) PYE Face To Face (1966) Pye 200731 Live At Kelvin Hall (1967) Pye 202037 Something Else By The Kinks (1967) PYE The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (1968) PYE Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The Britisch Empire (1969) PYE Part One - Lola Versus Powerman And The Money Goround (1971) PYE Percy (1971) PYE Soundtrack Muswell Hillbillies (1971) RCA Everybody's In Showbiz... (1972) RCA 2628008 Great Lost Kinks Album (1973) Reprise MS 2127 Preservation Act 1 (1973) RCA Preservation Act 2 (1974) RCA Soap Opera (1975) RCA LPL 1-5081 Schoolboys In Disgrace (1976) Arista Sleepwalker (1977) Arista 201119 Misfits (1979) Arista 201126 Low Budget (1979) Arista 201146 One For The Road (live) (1980) Arista 300934 Give The People What They Want (1981) Arista 203943 State Of Confusion (1983) Arista Word Of Mouth (1984) Arista 206685 Think Visual (1986) Metronome The Road (1987) London 828081 UK Jive (1989) London 828165 Phobia (1993) Columbia 472489 1 To The Bone (1997) Guardian/EMI 7243 8 56572 21 Singles Collection/Waterloo Sunset (1997) Castle The BBC Sessions 64-77 (2001) Sanctuary SANDD010 The Ultimate Collection (2002) Sanctuary/Zomba The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2004) Sanctuary 3-CD-Box Picture Book (2009) Universal 6 CDs Kinks In Mono (2012) Universal 10 CD Box-Set The Kinks At The BBC (2012) Universal 5CD+1DVD Lola Versus Powerman And The Money Goround (2014) Sony Soundtrack Percy 2CD Deluxe The Anthology 1964-1971 (2015) BMG/Sony 5 CDs + Vinyl Single
The Kinks EP (2002) Classic Entertainment UK Return To Waterloo/Come Dancing With The Kinks (2004) Eagle Vision Kinks Independent Critical Review (2005) Soulfood 2DVD Set Collector's Rarities: The Live Broadcasts (2006) Classic Rock The Kinks - Videobiography (2007) Soulfood (2 DVDs + Buch) The Kinks - Live! (2007) SPV You Really Got Me - The Story Of The Kinks (2010) Voiceprint/ABC
The Kinks - Part One - You Really Got Me
The Kinks Greatest Songs
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The Kinks Homepage Great site with infos, discography, links, tabs etc.