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.
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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.