Jim’s new album ”Therapy” is now out
There you will read :
"Hi everyone, welcome to my website. As a dyed in the wool ‘technophobe’ this is a rare concession to technology. I don't really use computers, except in the recording process (which is done by the engineers), I don’t use email or even have a mobile phone, in fact where I live, the mail is still delivered by carrier pigeon!
My guess is that most of you who are looking at this may know more about me than I know about myself, but just in case I've jotted some stuff down to enlighten the uninitiated. The reason I have adopted this website approach, for now at least, is that every time I have spoken to a record company about putting my music out there, it always seems to be inexorably linked with touring, which is a great consumer of time, energy and of course money, in other words, a great obstacle. "
Congratulations to Jim, your fans wordlwide are enthusiastic !!!
10th June 2007
ROD FOX + WENDY EVANS, HEREFORD ENGLAND wrote to us today
A QUICK NOTE TO ALL JIM LEA FANS
"JUST A QUICK NOTE TO ALL JIM LEA FANS OUT THERE...
PLEASE CHECKOUT THIS SITE...
Visit the Jim Lea webshop to buy his latest CD "Therapy" available as download and CD now!
WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE DOWNLOAD CHART FOR INDIE ARTISTS THROUGH EMUSU .
YOU WILL FIND JIM HOLDING THE TOP 15 PLACES IN THIS WEEKS DOWNLOAD CHART. GREAT TO SEE THE MASTER BACK WHERE HE BELONGS NOT ONLY AT No 1 ...BUT THE WHOLE TOP 15...FANTASTIC. MOST OF THE TRACKS ARE AVAILABLE ON JIMS NEW DOWNLOAD ITEM. IT IS JIM LEA REPLUGGED AT THE ROBIN .... CHECK IT OUT NOW!!!!!!!!"
Thanks a lot to Rod and Wendy for this info !!! :-) K.O.R. !!!
DOWNLOAD ALL TRACKS from Therapy
Title: Jim Whild Lea
1. Cine World
2. Could God Be A Woman
3. Dead Rock UK
4. Great Big Family
5. Heaven Can Wait
6. I Wanna Go Out In Style
7. Let Me Be Your Therapy
9. The Smile Of Elvis
10. Time And Emotion
THANKS for this great NEWS to Rudolf Schubert !!!
Jim Lea – A potted history
1949. Born James Whild Lea on 14 June. From a very young age shows a natural insightful artistic talent. Family background of musical ancestors genetically passed on natural musical ability.
1959. Aged 10, begins playing the violin.
1960. Passes violin exams with distinction and comes top of the class at school.
1961. Aged 12, joins the Staffordshire Youth Orchestra where he becomes part of "a wall of sound''
1962. Aged 13, buys first guitar and nine months later buys first bass guitar and plays in first band.
1963. The beat boom arrives and Jim is in heaven.
1965. Aged 15, applies to art colleges around the country. Sees the 'N Betweens’ play at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
1966. Aged 16 applies for job as bass player with the 'N Betweens. Application is accepted and so leaves school immediately. Becomes musical arranger for the band and turns professional. Later is informed, by Dave Hill, that the group is changing personnel and that Noddy Holder is to replace guitarist Mick Marson and singer Johnny Howells is leaving to form his own band. There is a suggestion to replace Johnny with Robert Plant but it is never followed up. Noddy Holder becomes lead vocalist. The line up is now:- Don Powell, Dave Hill, Jim Lea and Noddy Holder. The material the band plays live are covers of soul, motown, blues, but no top 20 material. Jim becomes musical arranger for the band creating a wall of sound.
1966. December, the band sign to EMI. "You better run" is their first single produced by Kim Fowley. The band becomes popular in the West Midlands.
1967. Everyone climbs on the flower power bandwagon. The band starts playing Frank Zappa and the Mothers and other west coast material.
1968. The band has a stint in Grand Bahama and return after 3 months completely broke, but bonded as a unit. Jim begins to play violin on
stage. Band began playing further afield in the UK from Scotland to London.
1969. Band sign to Fontana Records and the name is changed to ‘Ambrose Slade’. An album is recorded called ‘Beginnings’. The record company encourages them to write their own original material. The band is spotted by Chas Chandler, former member of the Animals and former manager/producer for Jimi Hendrix. Chas signs Ambrose Slade and also encourages them to write original material. Jim writes "How does it feel" at home on an old out of tune piano with half of the keys not working, but decides it is not suitable for the power of the band. Chas decreed that he would pay for one of the band to have a phone so he could communicate easier with them - telephones in houses weren't the norm in those days - he elected Jim.
1970. The band adopts a skinhead image and change their name to ‘Slade’. The first few singles flop due to adverse reaction against the skinhead image from the music press. The first album is released and the band carry on working live and build a reputation as a powerful live act. The first hit single now becomes inevitable due to the excellent live reviews. For the first time Jim is putting money in his pocket from shows.
1971. "Get down and get with it" enters the UK top 20 singles chart. Chas insists the band quickly write a follow up and so Jim and Noddy begin a song writing partnership. The next single features Jim on violin and rockets to number one and a string of powerful number one hit singles follow.
1972. Slade play the Lincoln festival, they steal the show and cement reputation as a premier league live act. Slade are the biggest chart act in Britain at the time and all live tours sell out.
1973. Slade sell out Earls Court, London and the band sets sights on America. Jim starts piecing together, in his head, what will become Slade’s hit "Merry Christmas Everybody" in an American Hotel shower. The Christmas idea came from a chance jibe from his mother in law when she suggested that Bing Crosby’s White Christmas was more popular than any Slade record.
1974. The band shoot the movie "Slade in Flame" where Jim admits he actually played himself rather than the film character.
1976. The band move to New York City. Later in the year, the band returns home to the birth of punk.
1977. Three lean years follow and Jim forms record company with his brother Frank and makes records under the name of the ‘Dummies’ which get radio attention, Slade can’t get arrested but still continue recording and playing live.
1980. Heavy metal has a new popularity in Britain and in that year the Reading Festival carries many rock acts. Slade are added to the bill at the last minute as a replacement for Ozzie Osbourne and steal the show. In the winter of that year they are back with sell out tour, a top ten single and a hit album.
1981. Monsters of Rock Festival at Donnington, Slade steal the show once again. Jim moves into record production also produces Slade recordings.
1983. More hit singles follow, American band, Quiet Riot, have a number one in the USA with "cum on feel the noise".
1984. First chart successes with a single and album in America. Jim unfortunately becomes ill after only one gig with Ozzie Osbourne on tour in America. The band has to return home and never play live again in that guise.
1985. With the band off the road Jim decided to dedicate his time to his family. He also gets in to more song writing which begins to branch out in different directions away from Slade. This material is put on the back burner. Slade continue recording albums.
1991. The last hit single ‘Radio Wall of Sound’ is written and produced by Jim.
1992. The last single, ‘Universe’ is written and produced by Jim.
1993. Slade 2 is formed but Jim and Nod are no longer willing to remain in that side of the music business. Jim enters into the property business.
1997. Jim attends college to study psychology.
1998. Jim begins writing and recording again, but it remains in the cupboard as he is unsure of the vehicle to get it out to the public.
2000. Jim puts absolutely everything on hold for a couple of years to help his mother care for his ailing father.
2002. Jim's father dies in November. Jim plays a charity show at the Robin Hood club in Bilston, West Midlands. It is no surprise that it's a high octane,
high volume, wall of sound of a gig, but a big surprise that he plays guitar, not bass, that he sings, which he had never done before, and that he talks at length to the crowd between numbers instead of being his normal shy self .He plays with two musicians, that he didn't know, and the gig is based on a jam session that he calls ‘Jim Jam’.
2003. Jim is asked to play live again but he declines to do so, asked what he was going to do he replied "I'm going to make an album and it will be Therapy."
SLADE - OLD AND NEW:
of Slade has a new solo album available. It can be checked out and purchased at his website: www.jimleamusic.com.
In related news, Slade fans will continue to see album re-issues coming their way.
From: www.unionsquaremusic.co.uk/slade - "
Reissue and compilations specialist Union Square Music is delighted to announce that it has acquired an exclusive license to reissue all of Slade's original studio albums plus a number of exclusive compilations."
Friday, February 02, 2007
CLASSIC ROCK NEWS
Ex-Slade bassist and songwriter Jim Lea has released a new solo album,
via his website, www.jimleamusic.com
Tracks include God Could Be A Woman, Dead Rock UK and Heaven Can Wait.
An album by a Lord of Noize
Plastic bag blog by Owen from London, Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Music for Pleasure
I`ve been mulling things over and, all thing considered, 2007 should be good for music - at least for me. Let`s count `em...
`Therapy` by James Whild Lea, aka Jim Lea of SLADE! An album by a Lord of Noize already released this year and it`s only January!
`Therapy` - James Whild Lea
I had to log-on this morning to try Jim Lea`s website again to see whether I could download his new album and voila! Instant music, instantly burned to disc and copied onto iPey for listening on-the-go. I was so happy doing this that I forgot to go to work... Well, I can`t be expected to remember everything.
This is a good album, 13 tracks and all with a dense, full sound and crisp production. He`s not trying to do SLADE by the back door, this is original and thoughtful work (although he includes his version of `Universe`, SLADE`s last single which he wrote). It`s a mature rock album. Lots of rock guitars thrashing but combined with orchestral backings - lots of music and only his voice (I don`t think there are any backing vocals).
There are lots of hints of various influences - the Beatles and Oasis (he out-Liam`s Liam!) and even a hint of the Beach Boys in there. It`s a delight to listen to.
Favourite tracks at the moment include:
`Dead Rock UK` - I love it when Jim lists dead pop stars that Marc gets the honorific of "Mr Bolan", a nice nod of respect to an old rival.
`Great Big Family` - this should be a single.
`Why Is Youth Always Wasted On The Young` - the age-old question!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
James Whild Lea - Therapy
And the angels rejoiced and sang hosannahs in three-part harmony. I have looked on the face of a Lord of Noize and he was good. I have heard the voice of a Lord of Noize and he was good.
James Whild Lea has released his first solo album 15 years after leaving SLADE and it is good. `Therapy` by James Whild Lea.
Well, from the short clips on his website it sounds good but I`ve yet to hear a full song. I have no doubt that all the songs are excellent, of course. They couldn`t be anything else. Loud, brash, guitar-driven rock music that brought a tear to my eye. O yes, I`m going to enjoy this!
K.O.R. - Ilpo
James Whild Lea reminds us that
song writing is not a lost art.
There really is something to be said for not reading the press release before listening to an album. Who knew James Whild Lea was in 70s nightmares, Slade? I imagine a lot of people actually; but listening to the album with absolutely no preconceptions allows you to enjoy a record on its merits, and enjoy it you will.
Therapy is Jim Lea’s first solo album since the early 90s, the man who was responsible for penning Slade’s hits back in the day, old enough to be your dad, but that is not immediately obvious from listening to the record. Wonderfully crafted songs, it is an album in the true sense.
Moving effortlessly from the power ballad “Universe” which lives up to its expansive name, and “The Smile Of Elvis”, which, if a little sentimental, has the best use of oboe on a rock album since Sufijan Stevens, to the grunge apery of “Deadrock U.K.” this is a chameleon of an album. Lyrically it can be a little frustrating, “Why Is Youth Always Wasted On The Young”, is all a little bit obvious, and the “rap” on “Could God Be A Woman” is dubious, but the tunes and schmaltzy strings is catchy enough to override any doubts raised.
Read the whole review under:
THANKS for sending the link to us to Rudolf Schubert !