In my opinion, Dylan never sounded better than on this recording.
Happy New Year everyone!!!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
And here's the live 15 minute space jam rendition. I had a friend who sewed costumes for these guys way back in 1969. Bragged about having close encounters of the second kind with Wille. Ah the Glory Days.
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My favorite vocalists of all time are Marvin Gaye, Elvis, Otis Redding, Dean Martin and Bill Withers. Bill Withers is finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, way too late, the most underrated performer of them all. Long time Navy veteran, aircraft assembly worker, the guy exuded "honest, humble and real."
He hasn't played in decades, the above is a touching tribute he wrote for Celtic great Bill Russell. Word is Withers might play at his own induction ceremony. I hope he does.
In my younger days, as a big Sci-Fi fan, I read a lot of L.Ron Hubbard's Space Opera pulp fiction. Ron's Scientology 'religion' is also very entertaining pulp fiction. A former girlfriend who palimonied herself into 8 million bucks joined Ron's 'cult' and was separated form a healthy fraction of her ill gotten lucre. She's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, though she did eventually wise up and split the Scientology scene.
Chick Corea needs a fucking psych evaluation.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Really cooking version ...backed up by the Band with some hot guitar playing by Robby R.
Was this a Canadian TV show ? Don't recognize the MC but he's typical of the time, introduces these nutty kids with the crazy name, really kookoo, but they're making a lot of dough'. No disrespect to Steven Stills, he did some good stuff, but Neil blows him out of the water. Mr. Soul is a much better song IMNSHO. I'm a big Neil Young fan. Y ? Hell yeah ! CSN ? Not so much ( with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard, blah, blah, blah... blah )
Do believe Steven Stills was on guitar mostly on the original studio version. Neil Young was absent, David Crosby was present. Too bad.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Stumbled across this one. Mark Ryden was at Palomar J.C. when Robert and I were taking art classes there in the early 80s. Never really got to know him, but he was a talented standout. I remember seeing photos of a black 60's Lincoln Continental that Mark had airbrushed with his spooky cartoonish characters - it was really well done. He became quite a success, in Japan especially apparently, had some books published, has done really well. Congratulations Mark.
Hang in there on this one...a personal fave from back in the day. The whole Cottonwoodhill LP is very worth checking out if you have thirty minutes to float downstream.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Was lucky to see X in 1980 at The Skeleton Club downtown San Diego with The Blasters and Top Jimmy & The Rhythm Pigs. Without doubt X put on the most intense show. My only problem with X is that I have to crank up the ol' steerio to eleven. Every time. Not good on the old ears.
Friday, December 19, 2014
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Not my favorite band - they're nowhere near as good as Grohl's former band Nirvana - but they do a great live cover of God Save The Queen starting at 4:00n in.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
As my mom is on her final jet path, I have been thinking a bit about her music. My first memory of singing with her was at the Unitarian Church, holding hands, singing We Shall Overcome. She was a big civil rights person. I remember her loving Doris Day, Que Sera Sera, Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand. She loved the Doors from the beginning. Took me to my first concert, HemisFair 68 in San Antonio, to see a serious hard rock band whose name now escapes me. Later went to see the Dead with her in San Francisco. My mother, Adelle Roberts Sommers Fisher Manfred Rosenberg was Kiss's first agent and maintained great relations with the band for years. Took me to a commune to hear the band Spirit in Flesh in 1969 on some bus junket with Rolling Stone magazine. Later she got really into country music. Will miss her.
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Understand that this is just my opinion and that these guys are still better than I will ever be. But my top, er bottom eleven:
#11 - Ron Wood - Thin tone, uninteresting playing. Decent with Faces, if unspectacular.
Ry Cooder - bit of a bore. Occasionally brilliant but rarely so.
David Lindley - tough to sound good when you are playing with a whiner like Jackson Browne. Great on bazouki and zither I am sure but pretty somnambulant overall.
Eric Clapton - Great in Cream, mostly sucked when he got straight. Great singer, now he sounds like a guy playing like Eric Clapton.
Robbie Robertson - can find every sour note on the fretboard.
Bob Weir - used to think he was great, and he was on the cowboy songs, doesn't sound near as good once you've come down. Skills have diminished greatly with age and ...
Buddy Guy - godlike with Junior, lost it somewhere along the way.
David Gilmour - playing the same riff for 40 years.
Warren Haynes - snore.
Jeff Beck - couldn't hold Roy Buchanan's pick. Fusion period was great but music mostly lacks heart and feeling.
Jimmy Page - don't get me started...
Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Featuring Miss Nelson and Bruce. Interesting.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Many great versions of this classic. Picked the original and a cool rendition by DY.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Love Stravinsky...Barenboim and crew really kill "The Rite...." in this performance.
Prog Rock, sort of ELP-y and Yes-y.
The Soulbenders changed their name to Phlegathon. They were very popular and opened for bands like The MC5 and The Byrds. Go here for the story. http://www.60sgaragebands.com/soulbenders.html
60 years ago today Sammy lost his eye in the car accident in San Bernardino. Should have worn his mezuzah.
From Wiki: ...Davis nearly died in an automobile accident on November 19, 1954, in San Bernardino, California, as he was making a return trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. In 1953, he had struck up a friendship with comedian and host Eddie Cantor, who gave him a mezuzah. Instead of putting it by his door, as a traditional blessing, Davis would wear it around his neck as a good luck charm. The only time he forgot it, one night in 1954, he crashed his car on the way to a gig in California. The accident occurred at a fork in U.S. Highway 66 at Cajon Boulevard and Kendall Drive (34.2072°N 117.3855°W). Davis lost his left eye to the bullet-shaped horn button (a standard 1954-55 Cadillac feature) as a result. His friend, actor Jeff Chandler, offered one of his own eyes if it would keep Davis from total blindness. The offer was not needed.Davis wore an eye patch for at least six months following the accident. He appeared on What's My Line? wearing the patch. Later, he was fitted for a glass eye, which he wore for the rest of his life.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Jimi Hendrix Experience lip-syncing on the Belguim TV ( BRT ) show Tienerklanken ( Dutch = Teen Sounds ). Stone Free is a great alternate version recorded at Pye Studios London, October 1966. Hey Joe was released in England December 1966 and was evidently recorded at the same session, with backing vocals by English girl group The Breakaways - it sounds to me like the version on Are You Experienced. It was released in the US May 1st 1967 as a single b/w '51st Anniversary.
Vocals by the great Tracy Nelson, featuring Michael Bloomfield on guitar.
Poster by the late, great
I remember seeing L.A. band Smokestack Lightning on the same bill with Flamin' Groovies and Jefferson Airplane - at Fillmore West ? - they put on a good show.
Go here for the Mad River Story http://www.harbydarmusic.com/mad-river/
From the rare Berkeley EP. Mad River was one of the San Francisco band names often seen on Avalon and Winterland posters. I wore out my copy of their eponymous first LP.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Michael Bloomfield, solo acoustic. This was recorded two weeks before his unfortunate passing. He was sitting in that night with the Sir Douglas Quintet at the Catalyst club in Santa Cruz. 1/31/81. The last time I personally saw him was at the Tribal Stomp in 1978. One of my musical heroes.
supposedly what Steve Jobs was tripping on, 250 mg. nothing special imho but larger than the later disco doses.
The music is a rather difficult listen.
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The Who cover Johnny Kidd and the Pirates Shakin' All Over at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. The Pirates were the model for Led Zep's and the Who's power trio plus vocalist lineups.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Wanda Jackson and Jack White tear it up.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Apparently Taste borrowed the drum kit from ' Blossom Toes '.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
English guitarist Jeff Beck recorded "You Shook Me" with the first Jeff Beck Group line-up during the sessions for the Truth album in May 1968. Beck's hard rock arrangement has been called "bone-pounding" and was a highlight of their live performances with "dynamic interplay between Jeff's guitar and Rod's [Rod Stewart's] voice". Beck utilized fuzz-box and wah-wah pedal guitar effects for his extensive fills around Stewart's vocals as well as his solo. The song concludes with guitar-amplifier feedback, which Beck described in the Truth liner notes "Last note of song is my guitar being sick — well so would you if I smashed your guts for 2:28". Beck biographer Martin Power added "Jeff's solo at the end of 'You Shook Me' indeed lived up to his claim, vomiting all over Rod's shoes at the conclusion".
For the recording, studio session musician John Paul Jones (who played bass on "Beck's Bolero" and the Yardbirds' "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago") contributed the organ part, which he would do later for Led Zeppelin's version. Although Columbia distributed a promotional 45 rpm "demonstration record" of "You Shook Me", a single was not released to the general public. The song is included on Truth and several Jeff Beck compilations.
You Shook Me started as "Blue Guitar" a slide-guitar blues instrumental recorded by Earl Hooker on May 3, 1961 for Chief Records. The instrumental was just a 'warm-up' song "loosely fashioned on earlier Hooker songs" which was recorded unbeknownst to Hooker and released in 1962 on Age Records as "Blue Guitar".
Leonard Chess, owner of Chess Records, liked the song and suggested that Muddy Waters overdub a vocal track on top of Blue Guitar. On June 27, 1962 that's exactly what Muddy did, and the record was released as You Shook Me, with lyrics credited to Willie Dixon and J.B. Lenoir.
Boyhood pals Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page first heard the song, reportedly, on a 1963 Pye Records 4-song EP.
You Shook Me was covered by The Jeff Beck Group with vocals by Rod Stewart five months prior to Led Zeppelin's well known version on their first album.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
The first and only single released by the first band of Cork Marchesi, leader of Fifty Foot Hose. The Ethix were Marchesi's first group, an R&B band, and Bad Trip was an experimental recording they made at Marchesi's mother's house. Cork put the four band members in four different rooms and asked them to play exactly 2:36 of whatever they felt like playing. Marchesi recorded each room, mixed the tracks, and the resulting tape was released as this single.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Lip synced as usual. Had not seen this one before now.
American Bandstand, not sure but sounds live.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Steve'n'Seagulls ! Great band, great band name ! Here they cover Iron Maiden's song about the Charge Of The Light Brigade in the Crimean War. Finnish guys playing a song about fighting Russians, makes sense. The only other Finnish pop musician I know of is Jorma Kaukonen. Here they cover Iron Maiden's song about the charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War. Purists might be put off by these guys but I really like em. American Indians might not approve either, but I even like the war bonnet. Funny but they are so tight. Especially the Jimi Hendrix of banjo players.