Out now: Roy Thompson & The Mellow Kings - 20 Days

posted January 19th, 2016

Out now: Roy Thompson & The Mellow Kings - 20 Days Roy Thompson & The Mellow Kings is a Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues band from France. The six musicians are all experienced veterans from the Rockin' Scene and well versed in roots, blues and rock'n'roll .

After several years in Canada, where in 2003 Roy Thompson set up a band called Roy Thompson & His Royal Acadians and some tours in Canada, USA and Europe Roy decided to go back to Europe in 2005 and founded The Mellow Kings in 2010. Their influences range from Blues to Rhythm & Blues, from Swing to Rockin' 50's/early 60's sounds. Songs by artists such as Ike Turner, Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker, Larry Williams, Little Richard, Young Jessie, Junior Watson, Bobby Blue Bland and the Memphis sound, Freddie King, Johnny Otis, Guitar Junior and the Louisiana Style are in the Mellow Kings' live repertoire as well as many self-penned tunes.

In 2012 they released their first album Back On Tracks which was released by Sleazy Records out of Spain. Promoting that album they played all the big festivals such as the Rockin’ Race in Spain, Rhythm Riot in England, Live & Jive Festival in Sweden, Cahors Blues Festival in France, Rock n Roll Festival in Disneyland Paris, Tremblay Blues in Paris, American Festival in Tours, the Rockin’ Horse Festival in Limoges, Blues en Loire in France, the Moondogs Festival and the Summer Jamboree in Italy, Let’s Get Wild Festival in Germany and The Firebirds Festival in Leipzig and gigs in Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, England, Sweden and Spain... a huge tour in Europe backing up Gizzelle, the California Soul Diva from Los Angeles, in November 2013, July 2014 and August 2015 + Turnhout Festival in Belgium, Vintage Roots Festival in Milano, Festi Jump Blues in France, and Get Rhythm Go Wild in Germany. You get the idea...

In the meantime new recordings were made which are being released on German based Stag-O-Lee in January 2016. The title of the album is 20 Days and it features tunes by Mike Pedicin, Little Richard, Bobby Bland, Aaron Neville, Otis Blackwell as well as a number of band compositions. In general the sound of the new album could be filed under New Breed – a kinda new genre that defines the music made between the late 50s and early 60s when Rhythm & Blues slowly morphed into Soul.

It is a rockin' record with lots of sizzlin' guitars, great piano work and a powerful sax! The band's masterpiece so far. Go check it out!

Out now: Jungle Jive and Slow Grind Fever 5

posted January 18th, 2016

Out now: Jungle Jive and Slow Grind Fever 5 Due to constant illness und hospital stays we had to neglect our website. Sorry about that. More news to follow soon. Here are two new Stag-O-Lee releases:

Jungle Jive – Voodoo Exotica Jungle Swing 10“
Inspired by the call of the wild and the primitive beat, from the deepest jungle to the far-off Orient... This collection of voodoo exotica comes from the vaults of Swingin’ Dick’s 78 Social. Renown the world over as “The Original Gramophone Operative”, Swingin’ Dick shares his collection of shellac shaking phonographic 78rpm records for your edification. Join the enigmatic Dick as he spins his unique brand of Jungle Swing & Tribal Rhythms, 10 inches at a time!
Many of these sides are either unissued promo pressings or see their first inclusion on compilation here. Recorded directly from their battered 78 platters and remastered for your aural satisfaction, it’s time to embrace the hiss and crackle of authentic Swing records from the Thirties and Forties.
With jazz hotter than the Tropics, packed with the essence of both The Rhythm & The Blues, these tunes will have you swingin’ and swayin’ till you start sweatin’ !
The Sleeve is inspired by the vintage Schellack covers.

Slow Grind Fever – Vol. 5 LP
Welcome once more to Slow Grind Fever, the soundtrack to Melbourne’s smokiest slow dance party, where we play moody mid-century slow burners for the indolent and the aroused. If you’re ever in town on the last Saturday of the month, do come visit us. Listening to the albums is nice, but when you’re up there all wrapped up in the smoke and the smells and the sizzle of the records, there’s nothing quite like it.
Slow Grind Fever Vol. 5 was again compiled by SGF mastermind Richie1250 from Melbourne sharing sides with his DJ-sidekick Pierre Baroni. Expect the best in Slow Dance!
Volume 6 plus the CD-version of 5+6 coming soon.

Back in the saddle!

posted September 8th, 2015

Back in the saddle! Last post from March 11 - what a bummer. Believe it or not, I have been in hospital for most of the last 5 months. And as Stag-O-Lee is a one man operation the work came to (almost) a standstill. To all of you who placed orders in the meantime - it's going to take a while. I am extremely sorry about this!

A few records still were released and shipped by friends and family:

Earl Zinger & Don Rogall - In The Backroom CD
The two 10"-es plus 3 bonustracks. Killer 50s-style dancefloor tunage. In a nice digipak.

Marcel Bontempi - Witches, Spiders, Frogs & Holes/Demos And Recordings 2009-2014  LP+7"/CD
21 amazing tunes – 14 taken from his various 7“-releases on Witchcraft, Sleazy, Stag-O-Lee, Migraine and Squoodge (which are mostly sold-out) and 7 tunes previously unreleased!!!! The vinyl version comes as LP plus 7“ packaged in a nice gatefold-sleeve while the CD will feature a digipak with 16-page booklet. Both will have extensive liner notes and track-by-track info by Darren Ross, as well as lots of photos, 7“-covers and memorabilia. Artwork by Mr. Bontempi himself, of course.

Taboo - Journey To The Centre Of The Song  10"
Celebrating one song at a time, and it’s many guises and interpretations. In this case the classic Tabu - written by Margarita Lecuona (also responsible for Babalu, a classic as well).

There is more in the works - stay tuned!

In the works: Taboo!

posted March 11th, 2015

In the works: Taboo! Starting next month: Stag-O-Lee presents a new series called Journey To The Centre Of The Song, celebrating one song at a time, and it’s many guises and interpretations.

In this case the classic Tabu - written by Margarita Lecuona (also responsible for Babalu, a classic as well). She was a cousin of the famous Cuban composer and pianist Ernesto Lecuona. Tabú (also recorded as Tabou, Tabu, and Taboo) is a jazz and popular music standard which was first recorded by Cuarteto Machin in 1934 and later made popular by The Lecuona Cuban Boys and others.

The afore mentioned guises and interpretations span genres from Charles Blackwell’s upbeat surf’strumental shaker to the brassy exotic tones of Tito Rivera, from the cumbian island sounds of Cyril Diaz to Sylvie Mora’s silky smooth popcorn rendition. Completing the record with Arthur Lyman’s crazy voodoo lounge version that evokes visions of palm trees and sun-drenched white sand.

9 versions in total on a great 10“ - vinyl only.

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