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.
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
Years in activity :
|1984||SP MCA L33-1210 (US) (promo)||.||
One Bad Stud (Blasters) / Never Be you (Maria McKee)
|2004||MAXI RAUCOUS 145 (UK)||Trouble Bound (remix) / Trouble Bound (extended version)|
|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
|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 :
|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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