Groupe Rockabilly US formé en 1979 à Downey (Californie) à l'instigation des frères Phil Alvin (né le 6 Mars 1953 à Downey) et Dave Alvin avec John Bazz, Bill Bateman et Gene Taylor. Au début des années 1980, Lee Allen le célèbre saxophoniste sera enrôlée dans la formation, puis se fera remarquer par Joe Doe qui le fera signer sur le label New Wave du californien Slash. Il fera une carrière solo qui ne sera jamais couronné de succès. Le groupe se sépare quelques années plus tard puis se reforme en 1994.
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The all-American roots music band, the Blasters were principally brothers Dave and Phil Alvin whose first-hand experience with blues masters shaped their sound and turned them both into contemporary singer/songwriters whose interest in roots rock has never waned.
The brothers, along with Bill Bateman on drums and John Bazz on bass, grew up in Downey California, in the shadow of Disneyland. Their musical education involved hanging out with musicians like Lee Allen, Marcus Johnson, and T-Bone Walker, all of whom tipped the band to the ways of blues and R&B. Ironically, by the time they were ready to work in Los Angeles clubs, the punk rock explosion was in full swing, and they found an audience for their rough-and-ready sound among the punks, particularly fans of X with whom they frequently shared the bill. American Music (1980) was a collection of roots covers and like-minded originals. Followed by The Blasters (1981, Slash), the band had added veteran pianist Gene Taylor, baritone saxophonist Steve Berlin and mentor Allen on tenor sax. Amazingly, the album reached number 36 on the charts. In 1982, they recorded the live EP, Over There for Slash, followed by 1983's Non-Fiction. Less focused on rockabilly revivalism, Dave Alvin had become the band's chief cook and songwriter. Berlin had since left the fold to join Los Lobos. Hard Line in 1985 was even more polished and featured the work of Ry Cooder and John Mellencamp; the latter's song "Colored Lights" was written and produced by him especially with the band in mind. The band called it a day after that, though several years later Phil Alvin reformed the group as a live act without Dave.
After joining X for a brief spell, Dave launched a career as a prolific solo recording artist; Phil released one solo album before heading back to school to pursue post-graduate work in mathematics. Taylor is also a solo recording artist. In spring 2002 the original Blasters lineup -- the Dave and Phil Alvin, Bazz, Bateman, and Taylor -- reunited for a series of six reunions shows in California. A live album resulted, Trouble Bound, which featured recordings from the group's two performances at House of Blues in Hollywood. Another round of reunion shows produced a second live set, The Blasters Live: Going Home, and a home video of the same show was released concurrently. With the group back in the public eye, in 2005 Phil Alvin's edition of the Blasters - featuring Phil, John Bazz on bass, Keith Wyatt on guitar and Jerry Angel on drums - finally released a long-promised studio album, 4-11-44. Fun on a Saturday Night, this time featuring Phil Alvin, Bazz, Bateman, and Taylor, but with Keith Wyatt on guitar instead of Dave Alvin, appeared from Rip Cat Records seven years later in 2012.

Talents : Phil Alvin : vocal, Guitar - Dave Alvin : Guitar - John Bazz : Bass - Bill Bateman : Drums - Gene Taylor : Piano - In 2010 : Phil Alvin : vocal, Guitar - John Bazz : Bass - Keith Wyatt : Guitar - Jerry Angel : Drums

Style musical : Roots Rock, Rock 'n' Roll, College Rock

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Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

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2004 MAXI RAUCOUS 145 (UK) Trouble Bound (remix) / Trouble Bound (extended version)

Albums

1980 CD HIGHTONE 8036 (US) AMERICAN MUSIC - American Music / Real Rock Drive / Barefoot Rock / I Don't Want To / Marie Marie / I Wish You Would / She Ain't Got The Beat / Flattop Joint / Crazy Baby / Never No Mo' Blues / Buzz Buzz Buzz / She's Gone Away / Barn Burning / 21 Days In Jail / Love 24 Hours A Day / I Fell In Love / So Glad / Ashamed Of Myself / Lone Wolf
1981 CD WOUNDED BIRD 3680 (US) THE BLASTERS - Marie Marie / No Other Girl / I'm Shakin' / Border Radio / American Music / So Long Baby Goodbye / Hollywood Bed / Never No More Blues / This Is It / Highway 61 / I Love You So / Stop The Clock
10/1982 LP 12" SLASH 23735 (US) OVER THERE - LIVE AT THE VENUE, LONDON - High School Confidential / Rock Boppin' Baby / Keep A Knockin' / I Don't Want To / Go! Go! Go! / Roll 'Em Pete
1983 CD WOUNDED BIRD WOU3818 (US) NON FICTION - Red Rose / Barefoot Rock / Bus Station / One More Dance / It Must Be Love / Jubilee Train / Long White Cadillac / Fool's Paradise / Boomtown / Leaving / Tag Along
1985 CD WOUNDED BIRD WOU2509 (US) HARD LINE - Trouble Bound / Just Another Sunday / Hey, Girl / Dark Night / Little Honey / Samson And Delilah / Colored Lights / Help You Dream / Common Man / Rock And Roll Will Stand
1986 CD SLASH 2-25481 (US) UNSUNG STORIES - PHIL ALVIN - Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn / Next Week Sometime / The Ballad Of Smokey Joe / Death In The Morning / The Old Man Of The Mountain / Daddy Rollin' Stone / Titanic Blues / Brother Can You Spare A Dime / Collins Cave / Gangster's Blues
03/1991 CD SLASH 2-26451 (US) THE BLASTERS COLLECTION - Marie Marie / No Other Girl / I'm Shakin' / Border Radio / American Music / So Long Baby Goodbye / Hollywood Bed / Roll 'Em Pete / Red Rose / Long White Cadillac / Boomtown / Common Man / Justine / Trouble Bound / Little Honey / Samson And Delilah / Dark Night / Cry For Me / Kathleen / Help You Dream
10/1994 CD HIGHTONE 8056 (US) COUNTY FAIR - County Fair/ Wreck Your V-8 Ford / The Blue Line / That Thing / Turnin' Blues Into Gold / Starlight / Keep In Touch / What's The Reason (I'm Not Pleasing You?) / She Loves So Good / Callin' Corrine / The Terror / Oh, Doctor / Mr. Satellite Man / Low Down Rhythm / Danny Boy's Mourning Sunset:The Old Rugged Cross/Ankh/Didn't He ... / Didn't He Ramble
09/1997 CD PRIVATE MUSIC 01005821382 (US) AT HOME - Marie Marie / American Music / One Bad Stud / So Long Baby, Good-Bye / 4-11-44 / Slip Of The Tongue / Rebound / Just To Be With You
03/2002 2 CD RHINO 78345 (US) TESTAMENT - THE COMPLETE SLASH RECORDINGS (1981-1985) :
CD 1 : Marie Marie / No Other Girl / I'm Shakin' / Border Radio / American Music / So Long Baby Goodbye / Hollywood Bed / Never No Mo' Blues / This Is It / Highway 61 / I Love You So / Stop The Clock / Red Rose / Barefoot Rock / Bus Station / One More Dance / It Must Be Love / Jubilee Train / Long White Cadillac / Fool's Paradise / Boomtown / Leaving / Tag Along / Justine / Flattop Joint / Leave My Money Alone / One Bad Stud / Blue Shadows
CD 2 : Trouble Bound / Just Another Sunday / Hey, Girl / Dark Night / Little Honey / Samson And Delilah / Colored Lights / Help You Dream / Common Man / Rock & Roll Will Stand / Can't Stop Time / Cry For Me / Kathleen / High School Confidential [live, 1982] / What Will Lucy Do ? [live, 1982] / Crazy Baby [live 1982] / Got Love If You Want It [live 1982] / Rock Boppin' Baby [live 1982] / Walkin' With Mr. Lee [live 1982] / Keep A Knockin' [live 1982] / I Don't Want To Go [live 1982] / Go, Go, Go! [live 1982] / Roll 'Em Pete [live 1982] / Take Out Some Insurance [live 1985]
10/2002 CD HIGHTONE 8148 (US) TROUBLE BOUND - Red Rose / Trouble Bound / Long White Cadillac / Cryin' For My Baby / I'm Shakin' / Blue Shadows / Help You Dream / Common Man / Hollywood Bed / Too Tired / I Wish You Would / Sadie's Back In Town / Dark Night / So Long Baby Goodbye / American Music / One Bad Stud / Marie Marie
02/2004 CD EVANGELINE GELD-4079 (UK) THE BLASTERS LIVE - GOING HOME - Marie Marie / Real Rock Drive / Border Radio / Crazy Baby / Help You Dream / Have Mercy Baby / No Other Girl / Don't You Lie To Me / So Long Baby Goodbye / Red Headed Woman / Wandering Eye / American Music / One Bad Stud / J.B. Lenoir Jam / All Your Love / Flip Flop & Fly
10/2004 CD EVANGELINE GEL-4083 (UK) 4-11-44 - Daddy Rollin' Stone / 4-11-44 / Rebound / It's All Your Fault / Julie / Dry River / Your Kind Of Love / Love Is My Business / Slip Of The Tongue / Precious Memories (The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised) / Boneyard (Dick Tracy Theme) / Window Up Above / Just To Be With You / Fire Of Love
05/2011 CD ROCKBEAT 3004 (US) LIVE 1986 - Rock And Roll Will Stand / Trouble Bound / Jubilee Train / Mystery Train / Just Another Sunday / I Don't Want To / Somebody Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man / Help You Dream / Crazy Baby / I'm Shakin' / Border Radio / Dark Night / Off The Wall / Red Rose / American Music / Long White Cadillac / Marie Marie
02/2012 2 CD DARK PEAK FLOATM 6130 (US) AMERICAN MUSIC / TROUBLE BOUND :
CD 1 : American Music / Real Rock Drive / Barefoot Rock / I Don't Want To / Marie Marie / I Wish You Would / She Ain't Got The Beat / Flattop Joint / Crazy Baby / Never No Mo' Blues / Buzz Buzz Buzz / She's Gone Away / Barn Burning / 21 Days In Jail / Love 24 Hours A Day / I Fell In Love / So Glad / Ashamed Of Myself / Lone Wolf
CD 2 : Red Rose / Trouble Bound / Long White Cadillac / Cryin' For My Baby / I'm Shakin' / Blue Shadows / Help You Dream / Common Man / Hollywood Bed / Too Tired / I Wish You Would / Sadie's Back In Town / Dark Night / So Long Baby Goodbye / American Music / One Bad Stud / Marie Marie
07/2012 CD RIP CAT 1108 (US) FUN ON A SATURDAY NIGHT - Well Oh Well / Jackson / Breath Of My Love / Fun On Saturday Night / No More Nights By Myself / Love Me With A Feeling / I Don't Want Cha / Please Please Please / Rock My Blues Away / Penny / The Yodeling Mountaineer / Maria Maria

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