Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BOB DYLAN & JOHNNY CASH - Girl From The North Country

                                              In my opinion, Dylan never sounded better than on this recording.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Bob Dylan Shelter From the Storm

Nirvana Come As You Are (unplugged) HD

Lene Lovich - New Toy (1981) [HQ]

Your Elton, Marc Bolan post made me think of Lene Lovich with Thomas Dolby. Always loved this one.

The Band - This Wheel's on Fire (The Last Waltz)

This Wheel's on Fire

Neil Young & The Sadies with Garth Hudson - This Wheel's On Fire

Levon Helm - Wide River To Cross

Rick Danko, Jonas Fjeld, Eric Andersen - Blue River

T - Rex - Get It On

Check out Elton John miming on piano. Elton is also featured in Marc Bolan's film Born To Boogie, jamming on Children Of The Revolutiion and Tutti Frutti

Steppenwolf - Born to be wild 1969


Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today (Rare live extended version...*l...

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.

The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Angry Samoans - "Time Has Come Today"

Elizabethtown - Free Bird Scene HD

 From the movie Elizabethtown Ruckus cover Freebird ! From the movie Elizabethtown. The scene is a funeral reception, the band's drummer is the deceased's nephew. Rawk on! Ruckus !

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Joni Mitchell-Help Me

Bill Withers

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.

Joni Mitchell-Trouble Man

Joni Mitchell - Carey

My favorite track from one of my favorite albums. Love Joni Mitchell. This song features the great Steven Stills on guitar and bass.

Space Jazz - Earth, My Beautiful Home - Chick Corea, L. Ron Hubbard

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.

Many famous musicians came through Scientology then left. Al Jarreau was involved on and off for years. Burton Cummings, leader of the Canadian rock group The Guess Who, did a drug detox program at Scientology's Narconon in Los Angeles, then got out of Scientology as he found out more about it. I met him at a party Paul McCartney gave after the "Wings Over America" tour in 1976. Arguably the best electric bass player alive, Stanley Clarke, was involved for years both when in a group with Chick Corea, and afterward, but is no longer involved. Van Morrison did quite a bit of Scientology in San Francisco via my former roommate, rock pianist Nicky Hopkins, then after leaving he came out with the album No Guru, No Method, No Teacher. Apparently, it took Van a bit longer to realize, as Elvis Presley once stated, "that son-of-a-bitchin' group. All they want is my money." (And the celebrity bragging status he would give them.) Numerous musicians came into Scientology via Corea and left, often very unhappily, such as Corea's former Return To Forever members: percussionist Airto Moreira; Moreira's wife, vocalist Flora Purim; and guitarist Al Di Meola.
Famed jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo did more than leave - he filed a $21 million lawsuit against Scientology before his death. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright - Mad Dogs & Englishmen (August 1970 - Fill...

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Alternate Take)

                                           Really cooking version ...backed up by the Band with some hot guitar playing by Robby R.

JOE COCKER -With A Little Help From My Friends- 1969 Woodstock..

Joe Cocker - Darling Be Home Soon (Mad Dogs and Englishmen)

Grateful Dead & Stephen Stills - Black Queen (4-16-1983)


Norman was sort of a one hit wonder, but I like his other stuff too. Ry Cooder plays excellent mandolin on this one. Petaluma is a nice town btw, the street scenes for American Graffiti were shot there, standing in for Modesto in the 50s.

The Eggplant That Ate Chicago

Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky (PSK Remastered)

"I actually played the lead guitar parts on Spirit, using a 61-62 SG Les Paul, a 68 Marshall Plexi 100w half stack and a home-made overdrive box in front of the Marshall. Regarding the 'beep beeps' as I call them, when the producer asked me to play some fills in between the verses, as a joke I said how about something spacey like this and I did the pickup switch/string bending thing. I saw him stand up in the control booth and he said "that's it! let's record that!" so we did. (There was no slide involved, just my fingers, and I used the bridge humbucker and the pickup switch). The fuzz part is Norman with a built-in overdrive circuit built into his Tele pickguard."
"I've been asked a lot over the years how I did the 'beep beep' guitar parts on Spirit, so for any guitar players out there who would like to learn how, try the following: Using a 2-pickup Gibson, set the neck pickup volume to zero, bridge pickup volume to max, with the pickup switch in the middle position (with Gibson wiring this gives you silence in the middle position). Do a string bend, picking the B & E strings together with one hit, just ahead of the beat, then use the pickup switch to kick in the bridge pickup in triplets (6 per bar) as you let the B string bend down two frets."
"I mainly used two positions on Spirit, which is in the key of A. For the low position, fret a stationary C note (8th fret) on the E string while bending the B string up to an A note for your starting-position, then pick the two strings together once while the guitar is silent and work the pickup switch as you let the A note bend downwards to a G. For the high position, do the same thing at the 15th fret holding a stationary high G note on the E string while bending down from E to D on the B string."
"I must give credit to Jimi Hendrix as my inspiration for this technique (as well as for the double-string riffs I did at the beginning of the Spirit solo tail section). I saw him perform live in a small club in Madison, Wisconsin and loved the way he used his Strat pickup switch to create staccato feedback on songs like Voodoo Child. The difference is, on a Gibson you can start from silence and create the on/off effect, which worked well with the downward string bending thing I did on Spirit."

Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth / Mr Soul

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 )

For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield - Live @ Monterrey 1967 (Intro...

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

Muppet Show - For What's it's Worth

Both pretty decent if you ask me. Nice flute, Cher.  Have a question for you. How much Neil Young guitar is on the Springfield version, thought I could tell but now I'm not so sure? How much Stills lead is on the cut?

Quintessence - 01 - Giants (by EarpJohn)

Jigsaw - Dr. West's Medicine Show & Junk Band

Sweet Smoke - The Soft Parade

kind of a neat stereophonic mix near the end.

Incarnation by Mark Ryden

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.

Michel Polnareff - Time Will Tell (1966)

Who knows where the time goes - Fairport Convention

Trees - Fool

                                               One of the very best UK folk psych bands from the early 1970's.

Brainticket - There's a Shadow Watching You

                                           They made 3 fine LP's "Cottonwoodhill", "Psychonaut", and "Celestial Ocean", in the early 70's. 

Brainticket - Places Of Light [Cottonwoodhill] 1970

                                                 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.

Inara George - Fools In Love

                                               Lowell's daughter. In keeping with Blue's Karen Mantler (Carla Bley's daughters) post. The seeds don't fall far.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Ramones 1975 live arturo's loft.

Ramones ! 1975 ! The other band as tight, as intense, as X. Maybe even more. RIP Ramones.

X - Breathless (David Letterman 1983)

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.

Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs - Obviously Five Believers

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb

Live ! Wet seats in the house !

We Five- You Were On My Mind 1965

Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought The Law(1966)

Origin of " Louie Louie " - 3 versions. Wailers, Richard Berry, Little Bill

The Sonics - Psycho a Go-Go

The Sonics - Louie Louie

Louie Louie - The Kingsmen (HQ)

Sam the Sham the Pharaos - Wooly Bully

SAM THE SHAM & THE PHAROAHS - 1966 - "Lil' Red Riding Hood" - 2012 Video...

Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Residents - N-er-gee (Crisis Blues)

The Residents - Santa Dog (1972)

Motorhead - Overkill (live) Full HD

Johnny Hit and Run Pauline X Live

Foo Fighters - Medley [LIVE] at the MTV EMAS 2007 HD

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.

Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen (Studio)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Born in the USA (2013)

Glad I found this, saw it last year on cable and was really impressed. Never saw Neil Young get so worked up ! Go Neil !  

Nils Lofgren - "Keith Don't Go"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Radicals - You've got the music in you

A very big fave.

Doors - Touch Me, Mono 1968 Elektra 45 record.

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.