Bottleneck Johnottleneck

SACD 23001 SACD / hybrid

All Around Man
It was by sheer coincidence we found Bottleneck John in September 2012 and for that we are very, very glad!

After a nice first meeting in my studio, everything was settled!
We had very similar ideas how to go about the album, and Bottleneck John made a great selection of songs and with a good variation.
On many tracks we also hear his blues brothers playing grand piano, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer, resonator & upright bass, percussion, fiddle, mandolin etc.

With a fantastic voice and great slide guitar playing on all his resonator guitars - just have a look below or in the CD-booklet!! - this album is Bottleneck John´s debut on Opus 3 Records.

We are fortunate to have a very unusual and unique blues album, with so much authenticity and inspiration from the first half of the 20th century, when many legendary blues musicians were active.

In the CD-booklet, you find a lot of background and history of both the songs and the instruments used on the album, which is not that usual nowadays.


 

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B.B.Driftwood

SACD 22112 SACD / hybrid

Southward Bound

He has filmed in Africa, he has a godfather in Havana, he spent four years recording with drummer Olle Romo and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) in London and Cannes and he has played with and been inspired by local musicians in the Caribbean and South America.

In a broad sense his music belongs to the blues genre and is a mix of soul , gospel , blues and country sometimes spiced with Cuban and Brazilian rythms. With his smoky vocals this becomes a very soulfull expression. His lyrics are drawn from his personal treasure chest of experience and deal with subjects like love, longing, loss and joy .


With these world class musicians by his side, all you can do ( as I did so many times during the recordings of Southward bound ) is sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the colours.

 

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Eric Bibb

SACD 22111 SACD / hybrid

Eric has been nominated!

Blues, Ballads & Work Songs has been nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award in the Folk Music category.

Eric's own website

Blues, Ballads and Work Songs

We are both privileged and delighted to release Eric's new album "Blues, Ballads & Work Songs", a further enhancement to Opus 3's association with Eric which goes back to 1977 when he was in effect 'discovered' with the success of his debut album "Rainbow People".

Other albums over the years have included in 1994 "Spirit & The Blues" which proved to be his breakthrough album with great success world-wide, and more recently "Just Like Love"

In this album the basic concept is to cover the complete range of traditional folk/blues songs which were an inherent part of his childhood up to the present time with his own inimitable compositions.

To quote Eric:'Blues, Ballads & Work Songs' is an album I have been working on for most of my life. Its release coincides with my 60th birthday and it celebrates the music that first inspired me to become a guitar-playing singer.
Being as passionate about writing songs as I am about singing and playing traditional material, I couldn't resist including the self-penned tunes at the end of the record. These newer songs, are the 'children' of the older ones.

As always we have strived to achieve the authentic sound which Eric has always loved and it may be of interest to note that the recordings were made using the very same Valve Stereo-Microphone as on his first album!

 

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Sticks & Stones

SACD 22102 SACD / hybrid

"Sticks & Stones"

Bluegrass Music is a form of American roots music and is a sub-genre of country music. It has mixed roots in Scottish, music of African-American and the English, Welsh and Irish traditional music.

Music however is a living thing´, constantly changing, evolving and influencing young contemporary creative musicians.  Bluegrass continues to inspire beyond the borders of the countries of its origins with a new band from Sweden adding another facet to the jewel of Bluegrass......Sticks & Stones. 

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Dan & the Electros

SACD 22091 SACD / hybrid

"It's Never Too Late"

"This a tribute and thanks from us to the groups, artists, musicians and writers who kept us sitting in front of our portable gramophones in our teenage-rooms breathlessly listening to the latest vinyl from England and USA"

The production and recording of this album is unique in the sense that it combines the delicate balance between the rather special sounds achieved during the period from 1954 - 1963 while at the same time taking advantage of contemporary recording techniques.

In order to achieve this we have, as far as possible, used the original instruments for example the Hammond Chord organ in the tracks where Johnny & the Hurricanes was the aim, and a Fender Stratocaster from 1962 with a Vox AC-30 original Amp from 1964 for the Shadows tracks. Also a UniVox organ from the 50´s where the Tornados song "Telstar" * was the inspiration.

The same philosophy applied to the microphones where we used RCA’s old classic ribbon microphone 44A from 1934 for all of the saxophones and also as "ambience" for the drums, STC 4038 for many guitars together with a couple of valve microphones, all from the 50´s.

However all of the efforts to achieve authenticity would have been to no avail without the creativity and superb musicianship of Bert Östlund. Not only has he written and composed all of the songs capturing the spirit of the era, but also made all of the arrangements as well as playing the guitars and keyboards, including the piano with thumb-tacks!
In addition to the bass and drums, we also have the renowned Pär Westling on Tenor and Baritone saxes on six of the tracks, authentic strings on two and vocals on further two tracks.

*This track is dedicated to the Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang: "The Fuglesang Song"

Check out Bert Östlund's stunning record Pathfinder, also with Opus3 Records!  

 

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Eric Bibb

SACD 7723 SACD / hybrid

 

Rainbow People

For all of you who have been following my music, “Rainbow People” will give you an idea of how far I’ve come on my musical journey. For me, musical ideas are like children; for those of you who are hearing me for the first time, you might want to have a listen to some of my recent work to hear how the children of the Rainbow People have grown.

2000 Just Like Love
1997 Good Stuff
1994 Spirit and the Blues

Rainbow People is also available in vinyl

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Peder af Ugglas

SACD 22072 SACD / hybrid

Read more about Peder on his own homepage

Beyond

Peder is back again! In his own write with his own music.

On this album Peder brings his musical mind to the frontier. There are twelve soulful songs that does not need lyrics

All of them featuring Peder af Ugglas' suberb technique on the piano, on the organ, on the guitar - slide or no slide -, on the pots in the kitchen accompanied by a ...clock!

This album will set a standard, We are sure. Listen to it and you'll know what we mean.

 

 Anders Åslund - Webmaster

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East

SACD 22061 SACD / hybrid

 

 

Pathfinder

Quote from HiFi+, UK
- "A guitar is a guitar is a guitar? Wrong-o! Each instrument has its own sound and its own soul. Seventeen (!) different types of guitars in a studio, up to five guitars a track, 45 days of recording, mixing and mastering – and every single note is worth the time and effort!

Listen two, three times, and you will realize that Bert "East" Östlund is a superb musician who really works miracles.
A masterpiece!"

The breadth and range of styles, techniques and genre of Pathfinder makes it a unique guitar album in the sense that it cannot be labelled……..though  perhaps ‘the complete guitar album’ could be considered even though this was not the original aim.

Bert “East” Östlund’s musical journey takes us not only to Detroit and Nashville in the USA and Newcastle in England but also to Rio and Paris!

The music has all been composed and arranged by ‘East’ himself with music of outstanding quality and featuring his considerable collection of guitars both acoustic and electric and where the Telecaster and Strat play leading roles. 

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Peder af Ugglas

SACD 22042 SACD / hybrid

Read more about Peder on his own homepage

Autumn Shuffle

Quote from Svenska Dagbladet

  "The opening bars remind us of Ry Cooder's version of Dark End of the Street. Soon the melody undergoes a change, but with the same very rich and lyrical slide-tone, the same richly charged beauty.

  Also Peder af Ugglas moves equally unerringly and tastefully between the various styles.  He develops a blues-saturated tonal picture in Wino's Dance without slide.  With the electric slide, smartly used wah wah-pedal and heavy organ-chords he performs a freely flowing blues in Central South. Otherwise he moves freely between delta-blues and Gospel, occasionally spiced with New Orleans.

  But af Ugglas guitar playing puts music at the centre.  The tone is warm and full, sometimes rich, his solos precisely expressive, and the Spanish guitar in Passion is so soft and passionate that time stands still.  Then the supreme moment is near."

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Eric Bibb

SACD 22002 SACD / hybrid

Just Like Love
We are pleased to present, Just Like Love, the latest 
Opus 3 recording of Eric Bibb.

Since Eric´s breakthrough album on Opus 3, Spirit & The Blues in 1994, and the highly acclaimed follow up album Good Stuff, Sunday Times album of the year 1997 (UK) he has also made two studio CD´s and a live recording on other labels  -  Link to Eric Bibb´s website  www.ericbibb.com



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Tiny Island
CD19603
SACD 19824   SACD / Hybrid
Tiny Island
On this, Tiny Islands debut CD they play instrumental music with ingredients from near and far  -  warm island breezes, a trace of oriental spice and Nordic mood. All the music has been composed by members of the band with the exception of one piece by Taj Mahal.

One possible way of having a conception of Tiny Island´s music is to consider the members of the band and their instrumentation.

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Eric Bibb & Needed Time

LP 19603
SACD 19623  SACD / Hybrid
Good Stuff
A must! - Eric Bibb's acoustic blues/gospel goes straight 
to the heart. Calmly and dexterously Eric Bibb, together with the superlative group Needed Time, give listeners 14 good reasons to continue wandering in Lonesome Valley (track 1. on CD 19401)

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Eric Bibb and Needed Time
CD19421
SACD 19421  SACD / hybrid
LP 19401
Spirit & The Blues

Spirit & The Blues  is a real odyssey of Eric's music. Here we find everything from black Mississippi blues to spirituals, ballads, country and even reggae - sometimes with an almost electrified swing, but guaranteed unplugged in the finest Opus 3 tradition!


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Thérèse Juel
CD7917
CD 7917
Levande

Thérèse Juel has a way of making these ballads all her own, in a variety of styles and arrangements. The superb accompaniment ranges from members of the classical Stockholm Guitar Quartet to the  fusion group Kornet.
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