Truth and Janey – Erupts! 2-LP (ROCK/LION050-V-1)

Truth and Janey - Erupts LPTruth and Janey – Erupts! 2-LP (ROCK/LION050-V-1). Gatefold cover double  vinyl album reissue of classic 1976 concert album from Iowa’s legendary hard rock group led by guitarist BillyLee Janey. Completely remastered for vinyl and including two bonus tracks not available on the compact disc release. A real barnstormer of an album that ranks up there with the other classic 70s era double live monsters. Essential! Limited edition of 100 on Red Vinyl also available!

 

Side One:

  1. No Rest for the Wicked (5:18)
  2. One Down One to Go (4:40)
  3. White Bread (5:17)
  4. My Mind (7:13)

Side Two:

  1. Hard Road (5:23)
  2. Under My Thumb (4:10)
  3. Around and Around (4:01)
  4. Ain’t No Tellin (4:23)

Side Three:

  1. The Light (3:46)
  2. Birth of the Heart (9:19)
  3. Universal Light (6:41)

Side Four:

  1. A Child (2:40)
  2. Building Walls (3:09)
  3. As I Am (5:01)
  4. Tunnel of Tomorrow (8:07)

BillyLee Janey Iowa Blues Hall of Fame induction Oct 13th

Iowa Blues Hall of FameOctober 13th will be a great evening of celebrating the history of the blues in Iowa, preserving the blues in America. At 7pm the downtown Des Moines, Iowa Marriott is hosting the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony followed by a Raise the Roof fundraiser for the Blues Hall of Fame to be built in Memphis, TN.

Founded in 1999, the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame mission is to recognize and honor the Iowa Blues heritage. This year one of the inductees includes Rockadrome label recording artist Billylee Janey. BillyLee is well known among label followers, record collectors and guitar players for heading up the classic 70s hard rock group, Truth and Janey. The Vintage arm of the label has reissued Truth and Janey’s collector favorite 1976 debut album on both CD and LP as well has classic concert recordings from the era. Janey has also released four top shelf classic rock and blues solo albums on the Rockadrome label, the latest being last year’s “No Saints Ringin’ the Bells”.

You can find more information about the fundraiser, other performing artists and further event information here: http://cibs.org/2012/09/iowa-blues-hall-of-fame-raises-the-roof-for-memphis/

Billylee Janey new CD highly recommended by BluesRevue.com

Billylee Janey No Saints CDBillylee Janey never ceases to impress me. No Saints Ringin’ The Bells, his fifteenth release, is innovative, psychedelic, and, at times, reminiscent of his Truth & Janey days. The album is composed of fifteen original songs, a haunting cover of Russian folk song, “Dark Eyes,” and  a mini-version of Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King.”

There’s this funky little song called “Broken Arrow” that Janey fills with lots of great unexpected aural treats. This one brings a smile to my face every time. And before that smile can even  reset, “Lord of the Strings,” an amazing instrumental, kicks in, fusing surf rock and blues together for an amazing listen. It’s sheer back-to-back pleasure.

Janey breaks out his axe and throws down some great delta blues groove on “Delta Man.” It is a composite of legendary Mississippi bluesmen such as Son House, who continues  “singing the blues,” “singing the truth,” and “living the life of Hell.” This favorite features his son, Bryce Janey, on acoustic guitar. “Sweet Seventeen,” another track featuring Bryce Janey on acoustic, is a stand-out song as well. This is a beautifully sad, heartfelt song. It has such a lovely melody that I keep going back for repeated listens.

As the title implies, the saints aren’t ringing the bells, because maybe they’re all off playing guitar. That’s just a gut feeling. This one is highly recommended for those who like their blues plugged in.

By Phillip Smith (a contributing writer at BluesWax)

Link to article: http://bluesrevue.com/2011/11/billylee-janey-no-saints-ringin-the-bells-11-04-11/#

New releases from Rockadrome now available!

Two new releases from the Rockadrome label are now available in our shop at www.rockadromestore.com

Pussy Invasion CDPussy – Invasion CD (ROCK040-V-2). Collection of tracks from this early 70s post-Jerusalem UK hard rock group also managed and produced by Ian Gillan (Deep Purple). Includes songs from their lone single for the Deram label plus 14 other previously unreleased recordings!

The band was formed immediately after the break-up of Jerusalem by its founding members Paul Dean & Ray Sparrow along with Bob Cooke, who was eventually replaced by Brian Goff. They made the decision not to continue with the name Jerusalem out of respect for what Jerusalem was all about at that time in musical history, after all Jerusalem was a one-off moment in time creation and could never be recreated. Although the musical direction of Pussy was very different to Jerusalem, which is surprising as Paul was the main writer for both bands (although his liking for riffs is still prominent in places), they continued to keep that raw, no rules edge which set them apart from many of the bands of the period

Gillan was far more proactive with Pussy and was actually responsible for many backing vocals on the songs (also played piano on Feline Woman version 2, some percussion and came up with the idea for ‘Place in the Sky’). Pussy were a good-time band with no pretensions of being super musicians or technical geniuses. If it seemed like fun it was worth a try, which explains a lot about their sound and direction. On stage anything could happen, no rules of course! They gigged all over the UK and Germany as a main and support act, very much in the same way as Jerusalem had done.

After the disbanding of Jerusalem – (the rumors over the years said there was a second unreleased Jerusalem album – this is not true – it was actually the Pussy album) – Decca (Deram Label) decided to continue the Jerusalem contract for Pussy. The first and only Pussy release on Deram was a single entitled ‘Feline Woman’. The recordings found here represent what was to be the Pussy debut album plus other various tracks all recorded between 1972 and 1973. Official U.S. release date is OCTOBER 11, 2011.

Billylee Janey No Saints CDBillylee Janey – No Saints Ringin’ the Bells CD (ROC037-2).  Latest 2011 classic rock and blues guitar release from legendary Iowa Rock Hall of Fame guitarist who has been bending strings since the late 60s and released his first single in the early 70s with his hard rock band, Truth and Janey. Billylee stretches out here with a wonderful collection of 17 tracks including several extended classic blues rock guitar jams and an enduring variety of songs that even further showcase his tremendous talent and style. This is his fourth solo release for the Rockadrome label and another strong album that anyone and everyone who digs classic rock guitar and blues should be checking out. Official U.S. release date is OCTOBER 11, 2011.

Billylee Janey – No Saints Ringin’ the Bells CD (ROCK037-2)

Billylee Janey No Saints CDBillylee Janey – No Saints Ringin’ the Bells CD. Latest 2011 classic rock and blues guitar release from legendary Iowa Rock Hall of Fame guitarist who has been bending strings since the late 60s and released his first single in the early 70s with his hard rock band, Truth and Janey. Billylee stretches out here with a wonderful collection of 17 tracks including several extended jams and an enduring variety of songs that even further showcase his tremendous talent and style. This is his fourth solo release for the Rockadrome label and another strong album that anyone and everyone who digs classic rock guitar and blues should be checking out.  [Read more…]

Billylee Janey new album audio sneak peek!

Billylee JaneyLegendary Iowa Rock Hall of Fame guitarist Billylee Janey has been bending strings since the late 60s and released his first single in the early 70s with his hard rock band, Truth and Janey. Since, he’s released over 15 albums and had guest appearances on many more, been elected to the Iowa Rock Hall of Fame, received a Grammy entry mention, appeared on stage with Buddy Guy and Little Ed, was featured in Bo Diddley’s backing band for shows in 2000 and appeared at BB Kings in Memphis, Buddy Guy’s Legends during Chicago blues fest and the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest along with over 600 major shows in the USA and Canada. His recordings with 70s rock band Truth and Janey have been re-released to great acclaim on compact disc and vinyl by the Rockadrome label, been featured in several books on 70s hard rock and have achieved cult status and are one of the label’s best selling Artists. Billylee continues to write and release new material in the blues and classic rock genres, teach guitar and play gigs almost non-stop. Up next for Billylee is his fourth release for the Rockadrome label, “No Saints Ringin’ the Bells”, which will hit the streets in the late Spring of 2011.

Here’s an audio sneak peek at some tracks from the upcoming album! (60 sec clips – www quality)

Billylee Janey – Eagle Fly (from the forthcoming No Saints Ringin’ the Bells CD)

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Billylee Janey – Man and a Horse Dark Night (from the forthcoming No Saints Ringin’ the Bells CD)

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Billylee Janey – Lord of Strings (from the forthcoming No Saints Ringin’ the Bells CD)

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Billylee Janey – Gypsy Blood (from the forthcoming No Saints Ringin’ the Bells CD)

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Billylee Janey – Killin the Blues (from the forthcoming No Saints Ringin’ the Bells CD)

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Billylee Janey – Sweet Seventeen (from the forthcoming No Saints Ringin’ the Bells CD)

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