Michael Burks

Michael Burks - Make It Rain (2001)  Music

Posted by Designol at April 11, 2018
Michael Burks - Make It Rain (2001)

Michael Burks - Make It Rain (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 95 Mb | 00:56:42
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4878

After nearly 20 years as a performer, Michael Burks finally issued this debut disc, and his years of practical blues experience are evident on every track. While some of the guitar pyrotechnics may be more technique than substance, it cannot be denied that this fellow can tear up his ax. He sets the stakes on the muscular opener, "Hit the Ground Running," and maintains the intensity level through moodier tunes like "Beggin' Business." While his vocals are not stellar, he has a rich, gritty quality to his singing that is nicely matched to his guitar playing.

Michael Burks - Iron Man (2008)  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 6, 2016
Michael Burks - Iron Man (2008)

Michael Burks - Iron Man (2008)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 454 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4923 | Time: 01:00:20

Michael Burks' third release on Alligator Records, Iron Man, is as close to being a live album as you can get from a studio performance. This could be attributed to Burks using his seasoned road band on this date instead of the Memphis studio musicians used previously on Make It Rain and I Smell Smoke. Alongside Burks' searing Flying V strut, Wayne Sharp's greasy Hammond B-3 dominates this set, reveling in soul and rock influences, including a cover version of Free's "Fire and Water," a definite nod to the blues-rock audience Burks has gained over his 30-plus years on the road. While Iron Man is an overall inspired modern electric blues disc, a few missteps hamper the session. "Ashes in My Ashtray," penned by Chicago bluesman Jimmy Johnson, would have made a better instrumental in this particular case, as the lyrics get in the way of an intense Burks guitar performance.

Michael Burks - I Smell Smoke (2003)  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 30, 2016
Michael Burks - I Smell Smoke (2003)

Michael Burks - I Smell Smoke (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 392 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Alligator Records | # ALCD 4892 | Time: 00:51:46

A continuation of the sound established on his Alligator debut, I Smell Smoke is even more impressive than its much-heralded predecessor. While vocally Michael Burks still invites comparison to Albert King, especially on gospel-fried ballads like "Lie to Me" (the Flying V guitar he sports on this album's cover shot further reinforces the similarities between the two artists), his guitar work has become more electrified and confident. With a tone sounding at times like Eric Clapton's psychedelic work in Cream and a rugged four-piece band supporting him, this is a tough, uncompromising contemporary blues/blues-rock/R&B album that doesn't pull punches. Co-produced and mixed by veteran Jim Gaines, the sound is professional but not polished, with Burks' strong persona commanding attention. However, the songs – which are far above average – are as important as the performance. Mostly written by outside sources, Burks avoids the crowd-pleasing covers that populate his live shows, instead digging into obscure tunes such as Latimore's "Let the Doorknob Hit You," delivering them with his gutsy punch.

Michael Burks - I'm A Bluesman (2016)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at July 31, 2016
Michael Burks - I'm A Bluesman (2016)

Michael Burks - I'm A Bluesman
Electric Blues, Blues Rock | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 50:26 min | 123 MB + 5% Recovery
Label: Iron Man Music | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 2016

It is with great pleasure that Iron Man Records proudly presents “I’m A Bluesman” by the late and beloved Michael “Iron Man” Burks. The recording is very representative of the talents that firmly established Michael in the blues circuit as he was obviously destined for stardom. Just sample a few of the clips and It won't take long to understand why he became an international blues star.

Michael Burks - From The Inside Out (1999)  Music

Posted by countryfreak at May 7, 2010
Michael Burks - From The Inside Out (1999)

Michael Burks - From The Inside Out (1999)
Easy CD-DA Rip | FLAC (Images) + CUE, NO LOG | 294 MB | Covers Included
Genre: Blues | Label: Vent | Catalog Number: VR-30014 | Release Date: 1999 | RAR 5% Rec. | RS.com

Michael "Iron Man" Burks - Show Of Strength (2012)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Aug. 24, 2012
Michael "Iron Man" Burks - Show Of Strength (2012)

Michael "Iron Man" Burks - Show Of Strength (2012)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 474 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 202 MB | Covers included
Genre: Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Alligator Records (ALCD 4951)

On May 6th, 2012, Michael Burks was returning from a European tour while his wife, Bobbie, awaited him at home. Michael never arrived; he died on May 6th of heart failure, at a mere 54 years old. It's a tragic and untimely end to a bluesman who was in his prime, as evidenced by the impassioned performance and superior songs on his fourth Alligator studio waxing. Burks' husky build was mirrored in his similarly styled vocals and meaty guitar tone, all of which are in full force throughout these dozen tracks. Like his previous disc, this features his road band whose keyboard player, Wayne Sharp, is a major component of Burks' soulful sound.
VA - Alligator Records 35X35: 35 songs, 35 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music (2006)

VA - Alligator Records 35X35: 35 songs, 35 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music (2006)
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 1,03 Gb | Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 90 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Blues Rock | Alligator Records #ALCD120/21

After 35 years and the release of over 2800 contemporary blues tracks, it's safe to say that Bruce Iglauer's Alligator Records is the world's premier blues label, particularly if sheer numbers are factored in, and while the label's releases tend to sound mind-numbingly similar sometimes, this two-disc overview of Alligator's history shows how much raw vitality the blues still has in its tank. Alligator Records 35X35, arranged chronologically and featuring a selection drawn from each of the artist's debut albums with Alligator, gets rolling right where it all began, with Hound Dog Taylor's "She's Gone" from 1971, and marches through to 2004, closing the second disc with a stunning version of "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (here called "A Dying Man's Plea") by the great Mavis Staples, who makes clear the deep affinity of gospel to the blues, or vice versa, since the two forms philosophically complete each other, the way Saturday marches straight into Sunday.

Morgan Burks Collection LR Presets, Actions and Tools  Graphics

Posted by angus77 at Feb. 21, 2018
Morgan Burks Collection LR Presets, Actions and Tools

Morgan Burks Collection LR Presets, Actions and Tools
LRTemplate | Photoshop ATN | PNG | 7 MB

VA - Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection (2011)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Feb. 4, 2018
VA - Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection (2011)

VA - Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection (2011)
2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 1,08 Gb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 381 Mb
Full Scans (PNG) ~ 147 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Modern Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Alligator Records #ALCD 125/26

Starting with its 20th anniversary in 1991, every five years brings another double Alligator collection, and 2011 was no exception. While the 35th edition –released in 2006 – logically featured 35 songs, the compilers couldn't quite squeeze 40 onto this 40th anniversary disc, even though owner Bruce Iglauer does admit to fading a few endings off prematurely in order to maximize the list, which hits 38 selections. The trick with these albums is to both pay tribute to the label's storied past while including enough recent acts to connect the dots between the house-rocking music Iglauer built his company on, and the more modern yet still roots-based sounds he's released during the last five years. He does an excellent job here, mixing not just old and new, but male and female musicians who have recorded for Alligator over the decades.
VA - 17th Annual Blues Masters At The Crossroads: 6 Performance Collection (2015) [DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC]

VA - 17th Annual Blues Masters At The Crossroads: 6 Performance Collection (2015)
6CD Box Set | DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 323:57 min | 8,26 GB
FLAC Stereo (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 323:57 minutes | 6,32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet(s)

Blues Masters at the Crossroads. A global audience returns year-after-year to worship the blues at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. For the first time Analogue Productions presenting six sets recorded live in 2014 at Blues Masters at the Crossroads October 17-18. And it's the first live blues concert recorded entirely in Direct Stream Digital. Includes the sets by Rip Lee Pryor, Moreland & Arbuckle, Joe Beard+Lazy Lester, George Brock, Marquise Knox and his band, Sonny Green, and none-other than the soul-blues belter Mighty Sam McClain.