This version was recorded live with Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson on the 1997 album “VH1 Storytellers”. The song was written and originally recorded by actor Stan Jones in 1948. He said that being a twelve-year old he heard a story about doomed ghost cowboys forced to chase the Devil’s cattle forever. There are more than 50 versions of the song in different languages. Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry and Johnny Cash all recorded their versions of this track, and it became a cowboy standard. Johnny Cash’s version peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart…

8/10 … Toccata Electronica is possibly the most stunning bootleg of Kraftwerk ever ‘released’. Comprising of rare and different remixes of many well known Kraftwerk songs. This bootleg first surfaced in 1995 as a CD with professional looking packaging and high quality audio. Different pressings including differing artwork and CD labels are in circulation however the front cover is usually the one shown here above…

6/10 … I have to be honest, I’m not a disco fan. It’s one of the few music styles that I have never got into. For me, the music usually is too simple, kind of feels like it’s made to be sold with a McDonalds menu. It lacks soul! So with that said, I probably shouldn’t review this kind of release, but hey, the music is made to old school porn, of course it then got my attention. And I kind of like it, but I have the same problems with this as with other disco releases, although this one being a darker kind of disco. But it’s again, too simple and have no real identity and again, soul. I prefer his “Mind Warp” (1982) record. So I will not buy this one, but if someone puts it on, I will not throw things at them either.

I want to highlight a prison work song, and I chose one of my favourite “Rosie”. It was recorded in 1947, but released on vinyl for the first time in 1958. All credits to those men from Mississippi State Penitentiary’s Parchman work camp who were recorded singing this song. Thanks also to Alan Lomax for collecting this song, as he have done with his many field recording. I can really hear the blood, sweat and pain from these men, and a not such a far fetched hunch is that several of them where innocent.

9/10 … By 1976, Herbie Hancock was a true rock star. He had established himself as a huge talent during his Blue Note career in the 1960s before joined the legendary second Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. That in turn led to Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, and Bitches Brew, and the rock and jazz worlds melded into a delicious fusion cocktail…

9/10 … King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band is rightfully one of the most celebrated of all New Orleans jazz bands. Their recordings from 1923 were groundbreaking. Not only were they the recording debuts of Oliver, Louis Armstrong and clarinetist Johnny Dodds but they are definitive examples of ensemble-oriented classic New Orleans jazz, certainly ranking as the most exciting and advanced jazz recordings up to that point in time…