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Sakis Dovolis Trio – Cross The Line (2018)

  El "bluesman" Louisiana Red llegó a decir sobre nuestro invitado de hoy, Sakis Dovolis, que era el Stevie Ray Vaughan griego. Hoy intentaremos comprobar la veracidad de esa afirmación. Sakis Dovolis procede de la ciudad de Kozani, situada en el norte de Grecia. A los nueve años comienza a recibir clases de música y con quince se decanta por la guitarra eléctrica. Sus estudios musicales continúan   en la Universidad de Arta   obteniendo una licenciatura en  armonía y contrapunto. Participa en varias bandas, la más destacada Bluesbone, junto a  Eri Kourmpali (guitarra),  Panagiotis Paraskevas (bajo) y George Vasiliadis (batería). El grupo llega a publicar un CD con seis temas, "Blues Feelings". En 2014 Sakis funda su propio grupo, Sakis Dovolis Trio. Cuatro años más tarde edita su primer disco, "Cross The Line". Dovolis ha colaborado con los  guitarristas de blues de Grecia, Elias Zaikos y Nick Dounousis, y con la leyenda del blues Louisiana Red. En 2020 p

BODKIN - Bodkin (1972)

Nuevamente nos encontramos ante el caso de una banda con una calidad excepcional, que graba un disco muy bueno y que no llegan a triunfar. En el rock como en la vida real a demás de ser bueno hay que tener suerte.

La banda es escocesa fundada a principios de los setenta y liderada por Doug Rome´s, un excepcional teclista de 21 años que nada tenía que envidiar a gente como Jon Lord , Keith Emerson o Ken Hensley. Lo cierto es que no tengo más datos sobre el grupo, espero vuestra colaboración.

El disco se grabó en 1.972 pero tardó treinta años en salir a la luz. El sonido que encontramos es el típico de bandas como Atomic Rooter, Collosseum o incluso Deep Purple. La grabación se abre con un extenso tema de 18 minutos dividido en dos partes, en el Doug desarrolla todo su potencial. El tercer tema "Aunty Mary´s  Trashcan" rebosa calidad por los cuatro costados y contiene un gran riff de guitarra. El disco lo cierran "Aftur Yur Lumber" y "Plastic Man" donde continua la pirotecnia del organo Hammond.


1.-Three Days After Death Part. 1
2.- Three Days After Death Part.2
3.- Aunty Mary´s Trashcan
 4.- After Your Lamber
5.- Plastic Man


Bill Anderson : bajo
Zeik Hume : voz
Mick Riddel: guitarra
Doug Rome - Hammond
Dick Sneddon: batería

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  1. Estoy de acuerdo contigo en que es un álbum único y vibrante, pero creo que la producción y grabación del disco deja mucho que desear. Banda oscura donde el hammond arrecia y barre con todo. Si qieres puedes leer la reseña que hago en mi blog.

    1. Será un placer leer tu reseña. Saludos

    2. Gran trabajo en tu blog "Las tierras altas del progresivo". Si no te importa incluyo en mis blog favoritos. un saludo.

    3. Gracias por tus palabras. Estas invitado

  2. Por supuesto tu blog es apabullante. Tienes una cultura tremenda dentro del rock y en particular del progresivo. Dominas las decadas más prolificas de la historia del rock. Tengo mucho que aprender todavía

  3. On the Comet Records website, were you can purchase this self-titled Bodkin LP, it says "File close to Black Sabbath." This music had no similarities to the heavy metal godfathers' recordings. The only thing that was comparable was the inference to Satanism with the burning cross and the offertory head of a ram. What you will find most intriguing besides the music however is how the LP was packaged. The sleeve the album comes housed in has so many folds you will think that you are doing origami. The album cover actually folds out into what you see pictured here, and it is quite large. You can use it as a poster if you wish because the actual LP has its own self-contained sleeve built around the poster. There is no doubt that this is one of the more unusual LP's I have had the pleasure to listen to and enjoy from the label since I started covering their product in 2000.

    One of the unjustly neglected British bands of progressive rock , which released one album and sank into oblivion . BODKIN Group was formed in Scotland in 1970 , when musicians from different villages of Scotland decided to team up and play the music they liked . Despite the age difference, they all shared a love for progressive rock . Prior to that, only the drummer Dick Sneddon had in his broad background in the music world - he played in a variety of bit - groups , performed in Germany in the famous "Star Club " . He joined the band in the last turn , when BODKIN looking for a new drummer. Since 1970 , the band toured constantly on universities , rock clubs and halls of the United Kingdom, where on Fridays and Saturdays youth come to dance and have fun. At first, their repertoire were blues number, then the band's music has become more difficult and complicated. The most memorable event was a concert at the College of Art in Aberdeen in 1971, where they played with WISHBONE ASH. Music occupied an important place in their lives, because of several musicians even had to get a divorce . In the two years up to record their only album, the band tried to buy the more expensive and high-quality equipment , as the musicians were unhappy with their sound and tried to improve it in every way. There was no money , but the number of fans grew, and it spodviglo group to take part in the competition of young rock bands the UK, conducted by the magazine "The New Musical Express". They easily passed the qualifying round and advanced to the finals with the second result . They were sure to win . However, in contrast to the pre-contest in the finals instead of their instruments musicians were playing instruments other firms , so the group was not able to show their unique sound . Moreover, their speech is literally shocked the judges : Guitarist removed from their heavy guitar riffs , and the organist savaged his " Hammond " for certain sound effects. As a result of this talented group was not even given finish his speech.

  4. A failure in the competition are not confused group, on the contrary, now more than ever it was determined to record an album of his music . They signed a contract with West Records, which in 1972 released the first and only album, a limited edition of 100 copies for sale to fans at concerts. The famous disc jockey John Peel also received a copy of the album. Recalls drummer Dick Sneddon , " We recorded the album in one take . The studio was very cold and we had to play as soon as possible to keep warm. Our organist could easily play at once on five bodies ." If collectors are now hunting for this album and are ready to spread for him a fabulous price , then in 1972 , the band seemed no one was needed . Musicians continued to play , but their families have demanded more attention, and the lack of popularity forced them to break up . Many members of the group went on to play in other local groups.

    At the moment, most of the musicians BODKIN continue to enjoy a quiet life in his Scottish villages. Guitarist Mick Riddell engaged in gardening , bassist Bill Anderson has since switched from bass to guitar and became a professional musician. The most difficult fate befell the organist Doug Roam : he became a miner in South Africa.

    Listening to this album today , do not understand how so talented musicians could stay completely unnoticed. The whole album is based on the continued roll calls Organ Hammond and heavy guitars, despite the length of some songs , the album never becomes monotonous , full of emotion , and most of this " drive" . The first side of the plate is a composition "Three Days after Death" in two parts. This article was written under the impression of a mini- bus accident , witnessed by the whole group was returning from a concert late at night. The first part begins with a powerful solo alternate Hammond and the guitar , which is gradually transformed into a peaceful and spiritual vocal line , and then followed by incendiary parties to Hammond and the guitar. It seemed , nothing special, but everything is done creatively and tastefully . The second part of the song begins with a
    quiet, Hammond,and then returned to the theme from the first movement, played in a new way , but also aggressive and
    tough. Torment Hammond is replaced by vocalist singing a sad , soulful guitar that accompanies the game , reminiscent of WISHBONE ASH. Then again shows class organist , playing at exorbitant rates . "Aunty Mary's Trashcan" also begins with the classic theme on the organ , followed by a party of vocalist and guitarist and organist again " come off " in the alternate soloed . Indeed, such a wild solo on this track , it was rare to hear at the time. And the organist is just superb. And it is an album of musicians from the Scottish heartland . Other tracks on the album are also good !


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