Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bye Bye Blues - Oscar Aleman

Jimmy Rosenberg & Frank Vignola - Besame mucho

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo - Woodstock Medley

Forgive me. Had to post one more Frank Vignola video. Perfect sound on this one. Oh yeah, I nominate Vignola as one of the top ten best guitarists ( along with Jimmy Rosenberg ).

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo- A Little Zappa, A Little Mozart

Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill and Jerry Douglas -...

Frank Vignola - Sweet Georgia Brown - Wynton Marsalis Quintet Featuring ...

Frank Vignola's Hot Club - Gypsy Mania

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo "Tico Tico / Apache"

Friday, November 28, 2014

Bottom eleven

I was thinking about the most overrated guitarists out there. People talk about them in hallowed terms but I personally don't get it. You may love them, you may like them, I may do the same or even despise them, who cares? I just don't think they are top shelf in my cabinet.

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...

Hawkwind - Sputnik Stan

Jerry Engler And The Four Ekkos - Sputnik (Satellite Girl)

Honey and the Bees Band - Psychedelic Woman

Ghana psych


Zimbabwean music, South African dancers. Excellent.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Rolling Stones-Citadel (In Psychedelic Colour)

                                            Inspired by Bruce Haack & Mr Rogers. :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Homer Harris - Atomic Bomb Blues

Muddy on guitar, 1947.

Mr Rogers Neighborhood with Bruce Haack & Miss Nelson Part 2 of 3

Bruce Haack - Stand Up Lazarus (Electric Lucifer Book Two)

Bruce Haack - Electric to Me Turn

Motorcycle Ride + Nothing To do....ROCK !

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In

Bruce Haack - Motorcycle Ride + Nothing To Do (1968)

Featuring Miss Nelson and Bruce. Interesting.

Hearts to cry - Frumious Bandersnatch

'Baby Please Don't Go - Original' BIG JOE WILLIAMS (1935) Delta Blues Gu...

Mississippi Fred McDowell - You gotta move

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Le Sacre du Printemps - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Barenboim


Love Stravinsky...Barenboim and crew really kill "The Rite...." in this performance.

20th CENTURY ZOO - Bullfrog (1968) RARE PSYCH/ROCK.wmv

PHLEGETHON prelude to an odyssey (great prog heavy organ psych)

Prog Rock, sort of ELP-y and Yes-y.

PHLEGETHON - you´re no good - (heavy organ psych fuzz)

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.

Pleasure Seekers - What a Way To Die

60's girl band from Detroit. Rockin'.


Sammy Davis Jr.

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.

Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" - Paul Paray conducts the Detroit...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Message To Pretty

Saturday night, Leslie, Chip and I get to hear Mike Randle, Johnny Echols, Rusty, Dave, Green, the whole Love crew at the Casbah. Ya baby!

Hey Joe - Band of Joy

Robert Plant and John Bonham's pre-Led Zep band... another cover of Hey Joe, which must be the most covered song. Ever.

The Leaves- Hey Joe

LIVE not synced ! Great cover !

The SoulBenders "7&7 Is" (1968) Michigan Garage Rock

The SoulBenders "Hey Joe" (1967) Michigan Garage Rock

Jimi Hendrix ULTRA-RARE Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix - 51st Anniversary (With Lyrics)

B side of Hendrix's 'Hey Joe' single, released May 1st 1967 in the U.S..

Jimi Hendrix Stone Free & Hey Joe Tienerklanken TV show (1967)

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.

Ego Rock

w/Nick Gravenites

Wishing Well - Bobby Bland (Duke)

The Guitar Gods - Duane Allman & Dickey Betts ABB - "Whipping Post"

Tracy Nelson - Down So Low

"Mother Earth" by Mother Earth w/ good audio quality

Vocals by the great Tracy Nelson, featuring Michael Bloomfield on guitar.

Poster by the late, great
Greg Irons.

Grateful Dead - Smokestack Lightning (2/19/1971)

Smokestack Lightnin' - Smokestack Lightnin' (1969)

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.

Mad River - "A Gazelle" & "Orange Fire", 1967 Berkeley 33rpm EP, rare

Go here for the Mad River Story

Avalon Ballroom November/10-12/1967, The Youngbloods/Mad River Artist Chris Johnson

Mad River - "Windchimes", 1967 Berkeley 33rpm EP, rare

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

Come on in my kitchen

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.

Clear Light - Street Singer

Gloomy psychedelic rock from Los Angeles, 1966. Clear Light was an early term for a form of LSD placed on a gelatin wafer called windowpane, or so I am led to believe. This acid is 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.

The Beacon Street Union - Mystic Mourning

Smoke - My Friend Jack

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Joe Walsh - Analog Man (Live)

                                         Saw this on the Blue Heron Blast site and noticed that Blue had not posted it here. Such a great song, I couldn't resist!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pearls Before Swine - Space

Tom Rapp from Pearls Before Swine. Had seen the album covers but never heard them before listening to Robert's recent post. The lisp is due to a cleft palate. Good stuff, I want to find and listen to more of his work.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Byrds - "Eight Miles High" Live at the Filmore- 9/23/70

John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat - Boogie Chillen No. 2

John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillen original 1948 version

Little Walter My Babe

Wanda Jackson - Real Cool (Cool Love)

Wanda Jackson - Hard Headed Woman

Wanda Jackson w/Jack White - "Shakin' All Over" 1/20 Letterman (TheAudio...

Wanda Jackson and Jack White tear it up.

The Guess Who - Shakin' All Over ~ Skeleton Dance

The Starfires - Linda

The Twiliters - Shakin' All Over

The Twiliters were a 60's garage band from Plattsburgh NY.

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over

Here's the original - later covered by Chad Allen and The Expressions AKA The Guess Who.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Magic Sam ~ All Your Love and Lookin' Good

Magic Sam playing Hooker's guitar in Europe, 1969.

Lightnin' Hopkins - Rock Me Mama

The harp player is Jeff Carp. He's on Is You Ever Seen A One-eyed Woman Cry too. Excellent.


Blue Guitar - Earl Hooker (1953)

Led Zeppelin - You Shook Me (Deluxe Edition) (2014)

Jeff Beck -You Shook Me, Blues Deluxe (take 2)

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".[15] 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".[16] 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".[17]
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.[5] 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.

Muddy Waters - You Shook Me

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

Pearls before swine - Another time

"What's Become of the Baby?"

Let me tell you 'bout phadra...

Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron (Full Album)

Original lineup from 1967. Doesn't get much weirder than this.

Help I'm A Rock

Easy Rider

Italian style. Mangia...

THE ETHIX - Bad Trip

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.