FRIDAY NIGHT DRIVE-IN MOVIE
I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957)


I_Was_A_Teenage_Werewolf-posterI WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957) Well-made teenage exploitation flick, starring a number of recognizable character actors who would go on to greater roles, including newcomer, Michael Landon (Bonanza, Little House On The Prairie) as Tony, the hot-head who just can’t keep from fighting; with authority, students, parents, his girlfriend… even himself. You gotta love the bongo-playing teen stereotypes (made when it was all still poppin’ fresh) and the jive-talking high schoolers and their cheesy rock ‘n’ roll. When a psychiatrist-hypnotist-scientist – who’s supposed to be helping Tony with his anger management issues – uses him as a guinea pig for his retrogressive experiments, the plot thickens. As does Tony’s hair… which (to quote Zevon) is perfect. Fine acting and direction, especially from veteran Whit Bissell (you’ll recognize him) as the mad scientist. The beat cop, Guy Williams, went on to head the Lost In Space clan, while the girl playing the screaming teen gymnast was a 1957 Playboy centerfold. Which is pretty amazing when you think about it… a teen movie in the prudish 50s employing a Bunny from Hef’s counter-cultural smut mag. EXCLAMATION-MARKED TAG LINE!: The Most Amazing Motion Picture Of Our Time! DIALOG ALERT: “The only hope for the human race is to hurl it back into its primitive norm, to start all over again. What’s one life compared to such a triumph?” You can’t find I Was a Teenage Werewolf on DVD at Amazon, only VHS, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.

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DAVID HIDALGO-MATO NANJI-LUTHER DICKINSON 3 Skulls And The Truth (2012) – Members of Los Lobos, Indigenous & The North Mississippi Allstars

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Three Guys Walk Into A Bar…

Blisteringly bluesy and raucous fusion of border town barroom rock and roll, boasting a spontaneous one-take vibe, as proffered by a band of seasoned vets… including Luther Dickinson (The North Mississippi All Stars), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) and Mato Nanji (of native-American rockers, Indigenous). 3 Skulls And The Truth delivers pretty much what you’d expect from a loose studio configuration fronted by a trio of guitarists, as they channel the frenzied energy of working man’s Tex-Mex rock, via a half-emptied bottle of Stevie Ray Vaughan with a ZZ Top chaser. The riffs are straight-up and boogie-simple, but the head-butting guitar dynamics make for a messy collision of trippy leads swirling throughout the mix. The kind of music you’d brave an across-the-border, all-night vampire’s bar/lair to hear. We’ve got some LOS LOBOS in the archives, including Colossal Head (HERE), Kiko + Kiko Live (HERE), Mt. Tabor Theater, Portland, OR 1999 (HERE), along with a bunch of Lobos offshoot projects (all HERE) including THE LATIN PLAYBOYS Dose, CESAR ROSAS Soul Disguise, HOUNDOG Houndog and LOS SUPER SEVEN Los Super Seven. Find 3 Skulls And The Truth at Amazon, HERE.

Have My Way With You (6:41)
I’m a Fool (4:24)
Make It Right (5:56)
Mississippi Clean (4:29)
Coming Home (5:48)
All I Know (4:07)
The Worldlly And The Devine (5:55)
Still Looking (6:15)
Cold As Hell (5:39)
The Truth Ain’t What it Seems (4:48)
Woke Up Alone (5:25)
Natural Comb (6:06)

THE NICE Live At The Fillmore East – December 1969 (2009)

The NiceLive At The Fillmore East – December 1969 (2009)
Nice!…

Here’s another band I initially missed out on when they were active. The Nice were, stylistically speaking, the organ-heavy precursor to the group that would eventually alert me to their existence, Emerson, Lake & Palmer. This 1969 live show at The Fillmore East is a great sounding, 2CD set that vividly captures the group’s prog dynamics, a blueprint of things to come in the 70s. Keyboardist Keith Emerson would carry his Hammond & Moog’s mixture of rock, jazz and classical music seamlessly into ELP less than a year later, becoming a household name in the process. So ELP fans that never took the time to trace their roots – besides King Crimson (Greg Lake) and Atomic Rooster (Carl Palmer) – will find plenty of common ground with The Nice. Two of the tracks from this previously unreleased show (“Hang On To A Dream” & “America”) first appeared on the posthumous 1971 Nice LP, Elegy. We’ve got Emerson, Lake & Palmer (the 2CD Deluxe Edition debut) in a Wormhole, HERE. Find The Nice’s Live At The Fillmore East – December 1969 at Amazon, HERE.

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Rondo (7:01)
Ars Longa Vita Brevis (13:48)
Little Arabella (6:24)
She Belongs To Me (13:18)
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Country Pie (6:15)
Five Bridges Suite (13:54)
Hang On To A Dream (7:30)
Intermezzo: Karelia Suite (12:30)
America (7:51)
War And Peace (5:21)

THE ZOMBIES The Decca Stereo Anthology (2002)

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World War Z, In Stereo…

Being a Yank, I missed out on The Zombies in the mid-60s. Save for a few singles, radio wasn’t much help in advising me how to allocate my allowance money as far as Colin Blunstone, Rod Agent, Chris White and friends were concerned. Which is why, in my old age, I’m now an easy mark for Zombies compilations. We’ve already got a good one in the archives, The EP Collection (HERE), and here’s another one, 2002′s 2CD The Decca Stereo Anthology. The band’s deep LP tracks make up for their lack of Top 40 hits (on both sides of the pond) and a handful of oddities and alt mixes round out this 48 track set. Check the archives for more from one of the UK’s more criminally under-appreciated exports, including their UK debut, Begin Here (expanded with 17 bonus tracks, HERE) and their psych classic (which wouldn’t have happened in the US were it not for Al Kooper’s intervention), Odessey and Oracle (with 10 bonus tracks, HERE) – plus… The Chrysanthemums’ 1989 song-for-song O&O tribute (courtesy of Miles over at Birds With Broken Wings, HERE). Find The Decca Stereo Anthology at Amazon, HERE.

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It’s Alright With Me (1:50)
She’s Not There (2:22)
You Make Me Feel Good (2:36)
Summertime (2:14)
Woman (2:25)
Leave Me Be (2:06)
Kind Of Girl (2:08)
Sometimes (2:05)
I’m Goin’ Home (1:48)
Road Runner (2:04)
Sticks And Stones (2:55)
Walking In The Sun (2:37)
I Don’t Want To Know (2:08)
Tell Her No (2:07)
What More Can I Do (1:37)
I Remember When I Loved Her (1:58)
I Want You Back Again (Alternate Take) (2:08)
Can’t Nobody Love You (2:13)
The Way I Feel Inside (1:48)
I Got My Mojo Working (3:34)
You Really Got A Hold On Me/Bring It On Home To Me (3:39)
I Can’t Make Up My Mind (2:33)
Work N’ Play (2:02)
I Want You Back Again (Single Version) (2:14)
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She’s Coming Home (2:35)
I Must Move (1:56)
Just Out Of Reach (2:06)
Remember You (Soundtrack Version) (2:08)
Nothing’s Changed (2:30)
I’ll Keep Trying (2:26)
Don’t Go Away (2:36)
Whenever You’re Ready (2:45)
How We Were Before (2:07)
I Love You (3:24)
If It Don’t Work Out (2:28)
I Know She Will (2:33)
Don’t Cry For Me (2:16)
Remember You (Single Version) (1:57)
Is This The Dream (2:45)
Indication (3:00)
I’ll Call You Mine (2:35)
Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself (2:28)
She Does Everything For Me (2:17)
Goin’ Out Of My Head (3:05)
Leave Me Be (Backing Track Take 1) (2:23)
Work N’ Play (Take 2 False Start – Take 3) (2:35)
Just Out Of Reach (Backing Track – Take 4) (1:53)
Whenever You’re Ready (Backing Track – Take 1) (3:10)

MATTHEW SWEET Goodfriend – Another Take On “Girlfriend” (Promo, 1992), Girlfriend (1991) + Girlfriend – The Superdeformed CD (Maxi w/ Demos, 1991)

Matthew-Sweet
Goodfriend – Another Take On Girlfriend Promo (1992)
Girlfriend (1991)
Girlfriend – The Superdeformed CD Maxi Single (1991)
The Evolution Of A Post…

Perusing the shelves again, I thought I’d put together a cool Matthew Sweet collection centered around his brilliant 1991 pop gem, Girlfriend, by adding the hard-to-find Maxi single, Girlfriend – The Superdeformed CD (with three unreleased demos) and the 1992 promo-only rarity, Goodfriend – Another Take On “Girlfriend” – an exquisite collection of demos, live tracks and two covers from Neil Young and John Lennon. Cool idea, huh? A little mini-tribute to Sweet’s early 90s sweet spot. Well… here it is! But, after putting it all together, I discovered that Columbia had the exact same idea 8 years ago, when they issued the 2CD Legacy Edition of Girlfriend, featuring this exact same collection of tracks. If I’d thought of it first, I’d say I was in the wrong business. Since I didn’t, and I’m not, Girlfriend Legacyyou end up with the original 1991/92 versions of the 2006 Legacy Edition. So it goes. We’ve got more from the great Matthew Sweet in the archives, including; MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS Under the Covers, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 (HERE), THE BANGLES Sweetheart Of The Sun (produced by Sweet) (HERE) and Matt’s cover of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?,” from 1995′s Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits (HERE). Find the remastered version of Girlfriend/Goodfriend at Amazon for as cheap as $5, HERE.

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GOODFRIEND – ANOTHER TAKE ON “GIRLFRIEND” (Promo)
Divine Intervention (Recorded Acoustically At Home 9/8/92) (3:06)
Girlfriend (Recorded In London For BBC1 7/22/92) (2:53)
Day For Night (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (3:23)
Thought I Knew You (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (3:59)
Looking At The Sun (Recorded Acoustically At Home 9/8/92) (4:17)
Does She Talk (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (4:26)
You Don’t Love Me (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (6:51)
Someone To Pull The Trigger (Recorded In London For BBC1 7/22/92) (3:54)
I’ve Been Waiting (Recorded Live In Cleveland 3/26/92) (3:46)
Winona (Recorded Acoustically At Home 9/8/92) (4:32)
Girlfriend (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (4:07)
Cortez The Killer (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (6:30)
Isolation (Recorded Acoustically At Home 9/8/92) (3:02)

Girlfriend

GIRLFRIEND
Divine Intervention (5:37)
I’ve Been Waiting (3:37)
Girlfriend (3:40)
Looking At The Sun (4:17)
Winona (5:02)
Evangeline (5:08)
Day For Night (2:55)
Thought I Knew You (2:58)
You Don’t Love Me (5:23)
I Wanted To Tell You (4:31)
Don’t Go (3:27)
Your Sweet Voice (4:37)
Does She Talk? (3:28)
Holy War (3:26)
Nothing Lasts (3:34)

Girlfriend The Superdeformed CD

GIRLFRIEND – THE SUPERDEFORMED CD (Maxi)
Girlfriend (Album Version) (3:40)
Superdeformed (Demo) (4:10) – Previously Unreleased
Teenage Female (Demo) (3:56) – Previously Unreleased
Good Friend (Demo) (3:44) – Previously Unreleased

VARIOUS ARTISTS Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (4CD, 1998)

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Rhino’s Essential 4CD Garage Box

We’ve had some Nuggets chatter in Readers Links recently (along with a bunch of uploads, see below), prompting me to pull this one off the shelf… Rhino’s must-own Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 – an expanded 4CD version of a groundbreaking compilation, as curated by Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman and future Patti Smith Group guitarist, Lenny Kaye. The very first Nuggets, issued in 1972, was a 2LP collection of some of the mid-60s most sneering, attitude-ravaged psychedelic garage rock. These days, of course, a compilation of old music is nothing more than par for the course for record labels, so it’s hard for youngsters to fathom the impact Nuggets had in 1972. Nostalgia was still a relatively new phenomenon, and those old 60s 45s – even the hits – were largely lost to time and/or fashion. Nuggets was a minor punk revolution, that is largely credited with inspiring many of those that would carry the garage rock torch into the late 70s. Not only did Lenny Kaye’s liner notes practically coin the term ‘punk,’ but it re-opened the ears of those in search of a direction in the post-Beatles, Prog-heavy, Disco-comming 70s. The first disc of this 4CD box is a faithful recreation of the original 2LP set, while the remaining 3 discs offer an expanded look with even more essentials from the era. Practically every track has a story – from failed bands with legendary members, to writers making inroads before their time, to historic moments in time and space. This is a set that belongs in every collection, and one that spawned a slew of imitators over the years, including Pebbles, UK versions of the same concept, the 20 Volume Rubble Collection (HERE & HERE in the archives)… and a host of Nuggets follow-ups and reissues over the years. You can find a bunch of them in Readers Links (HERE), thanks to our many generous sharers. Search by date to find; 2001′s Nuggets 2: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond 1964-1969 (9/11/2014), 2005′s Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era, 1976-1995 (aka Nuggets 3 – 6/20/2013), 2007′s Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 (aka Nuggets 4 – 6/20/2013), 2009′s Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets: 1965-1968 (aka Nuggets 5 – 6/20/2013), Nuggets (12 Volume vinyl collection released from 1984-89) (9/14/2014), MINDROCKER The Complete Series – Volumes 1-13 (1/10/2014), Circus Days: Pop Psych Obscurities 1966-1972 (10/9/2013), Canterbury Tales – Nuggets from the Psychedelic Underground (6/14/2013). And in our archives; Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionery From The UK Underground 1965-69 (HERE), Ah Feel Like Ahcid – 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults (HERE), Insane Times – 25 British Psychedelic Artyfacts (HERE), among others. Find Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 at Amazon, HERE.

Volume 1
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)
THE STANDELLS Dirty Water
THE STRANGELOVES Night Time
THE KNICKERBOCKERS Lies
THE VAGRANTS Respect
MOUSE A Public Execution
THE BLUES PROJECT No Time Like The Right Time
THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT Oh, Yeah
THE SEEDS Pushin’ Too Hard
THE BARBARIANS Moulty
THE REMAINS Don’t Look Back
THE MAGICIANS An Invitation to Cry
THE CASTAWAYS Liar, Liar
13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS You’re Gonna Miss Me
COUNT FIVE Psychotic Reaction
THE LEAVES Hey Joe
MICHAEL AND THE MESSENGERS Romeo & Juliet
THE CRYAN’ SHAMES Sugar And Spice
THE AMBOY DUKES Baby Please Don’t Go
BLUES MAGOOS Tobacco Road
THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND Let’s Talk About Girls
THE MOJO MEN Sit Down, I Think I Love You
THE THIRD RAIL Run, Run, Run
SAGITTARIUS My World Fell Down
NAZZ Open My Eyes
THE PREMIERS Farmer John
THE MAGIC MUSHROOMS It’s-A-Happening

Volume 2
THE MUSIC MACHINE Talk Talk
THE DEL-VETTS Last Time Around
THE HUMAN BEINZ Nobody But Me
KENNY & THE KASUALS Journey To Tyme
THE SPARKLES No Friend Of Mine
THE TURTLES Outside Chance
THE LITTER Action Woman
THE ELASTIK BAND Spazz
THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND Sweet Young Thing
STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK Incense And Peppermints
THE BROGUES I Ain’t No Miracle Worker
LOVE 7 And 7 Is
THE OUTSIDERS Time Won’t Let Me
THE SQUIRES Going All The Way
THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT I’m Gonna Make You Mine
KIM FOWLEY The Trip
THE SEEDS Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
THE REMAINS Why Do I Cry
THE BEAU BRUMMELS Laugh, Laugh
THE NIGHTCRAWLERS The Little Black Egg
THE GANTS I Wonder
THE FIVE AMERICANS I See The Light
THE WOOLIES Who Do You Love?
THE SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)
THE MERRY-GO-ROUND Live
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Steppin’ Out
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND Diddy Wah Diddy
THE SONICS Strychnine
SYNDICATE OF SOUND Little Girl
BLUES MAGOOS (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet
MAX FROST AND THE TROOPERS Shape Of Things to Come

Volume 3
THE HOMBRES Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)
THE GOLLIWOGS Fight Fire
NEW COLONY SIX At the River’s Edge
THE DAILY FLASH Jack of Diamonds
LYME & CYBELLE Follow Me
THE CHOIR It’s Cold Outside
THE RARE BREED Beg, Borrow and Steal
SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET She’s About a Mover
THE MUSIC EXPLOSION Little Bit O’ Soul
THE “E” TYPES Put the Clock Back on the Wall
THE PALACE GUARD Falling Sugar
THE GESTURES Run, Run, Run
THE RATIONALS I Need You
THE HUMANE SOCIETY Knock, Knock
THE GROUPIES Primitive
THE SONICS Psycho
THE LYRICS So What!!
THE LOLLIPOP SHOPPE You Must Be a Witch
THE BALLOON Farm A Question of Temperature
MOUSE AND THE TRAPS Maid of Sugar Maid of Spice
THE UNIQUES You Ain’t Tuff
THE STANDELLS Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
THE MOJO MEN She’s My Baby
UNRELATED SEGMENTS Story of My Life
THE THIRD BARDO I’m Five Years Ahead of My Time
WE THE PEOPLE Mirror of Your Mind
THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT Bad Little Woman
THE MUSIC MACHINE Double Yellow Line
THE HUMAN EXPRESSION Optical Sound
THE AMBOY DUKES Journey to the Center of the Mind

Volume 4
THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In)
THE LEAVES Too Many People
THE BRIGANDS (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man
THE BARBARIANS Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl
SAM THE SHAM & THE PHARAOHS Wooly Bully
THE STRANGELOVES I Want Candy
THE KINGSMEN Louie Louie
THE KNICKERBOCKERS One Track Mind
THE WAILERS Out Of Our Tree
HARBINGER COMPLEX I Think I’m Down
THE DOVERS What Am I Going To Do
THE CHARLATANS Codine
THE MYSTERY TREND Johnny Was A Good Boy
CLEFS OF LAVENDER HILL Stop, Get A Ticket
THE MONKS Complication
THE SONICS The Witch
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES Get Me To The World On Time
THE OTHER HALF Mr. Pharmacist
RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS Open Up Your Door
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Just Like Me
WE THE PEOPLE You Burn Me Up And Down
THE LEMON DROPS I Live In the Springtime
FENWYCK Mindrocker
THE RUMORS Hold Me Now
THE UNDERDOGS Love’s Gone Bad
THE STANDELLS Why Pick On Me
THE ZAKARY Thaks Bad Girl
GONN Blackout Of Gretely
THE BEES Voices Green And Purple
DAVIE ALLAN & THE ARROWS Blues’ Theme

MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll (Deluxe Edition 1969/1995) + Six More Albums In The Capitol Blues Series

I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll (1969/1995)
Essential 1995 ‘Deluxe Edition’

This Capitol Blues series re-issue is actually an expanded version of Mississippi Fred McDowell’s 1969 album of the same name, adding 11 tracks (three previously unreleased) recorded at the original sessions. The other eight additional tracks were first released on Mississippi Fred McDowell: 1904-1972, just after Fred’s death. The original I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll was a wryly titled classic, McDowell’s first using an electric guitar, and it still stands as one of the more engaging Delta blues albums ever. Though he had been performing since the 20s/30s, McDowell wasn’t “discovered” until the mid-60s, and it was this material that brought his name to the masses. McDowell is probably best known for writing (though, it’s disputed) “You Got To Move,” immortalized in the modern era by The Rolling Stones. We’ve got more from the Capitol Blues Series in the archives, including T-BONE WALKER The Complete Capitol / Black & White Recordings (3CD, HERE), SON HOUSE Delta Blues & Spirituals (HERE), JOHN LEE HOOKER Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings, 1948-52 (3CD, HERE), SONNY TERRY Whoopin’ The Blues: The Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (HERE), LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE Rediscovered Blues (Live Jams) (HERE) & AMOS MILBURN Blues, Barrelhouse & Boogie Woogie 1946-1955 (HERE). Find I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll at Amazon, HERE.

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Baby Please Don’t Go (4:49)
Good Morning Little School Girl (4:28)
Kokomo Me Baby (3:02)
That’s All Right Baby (5:05)
Red Cross Store (4:06)
Everybody’s Down On Me (9:14)
61 Highway (4:45)
Glory Hallelujah (2:49)
Jesus Is On The Mainline (3:40)
Someday (4:33)

TWO
Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
(3:37)
Mortgage On My Soul (4:25)
Baby Let Me Lay Down (In Your Cool Iron Bed) (4:30)
Drop Down Mama (3:44)
Rap/Louise (8:18)
Somebody Keeps Callin‘ Me (3:33)
Eyes Like An Eagle (4:40)
My Baby She Gonna Jump And Shout (Previously Unreleased) (2:40)
Long Line Skinner (Previously Unreleased) (5:54)
Baby Please Don’t Go (Alternate) (Previously Unreleased) (3:08)

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CARLENE CARTER Musical Shapes (w/ Rockpile 1980) + Carlene Carter (w/ The Rumour 1978)


Musical Shapes (1980)
Carlene Carter (1978)
One With Rockpile, The Other With Graham Parker’s Rumour

Carlene Carter grew up in the family business, The Carter Family business. But, when it came time for her to leave the nest, after years on the road with mom (June Carter Cash), she flew the coup to the UK, hooking up with members of The Rumour – who would produce, arrange and perform on her debut album, Carlene Carter. They brought along friends, too, like boss Graham Parker and future husband, Nick Lowe. Parker composes “Between You And Me” while Bob Andrews & Brinsley Schwarz produce. By 1980, Carter was married to Lowe, and Rockpile was her backing band on the universally praised, Musical Shapes – given the trademark of cool by her new label, F-Beat Records (of Jake Riveria & Stiff Records fame). There are plenty of treats on both of these releases, including a delightful duet with Dave Edmunds on Musical Shapes‘ “Baby Ride Easy.” You gotta figure the fanatical Rockpile boys are responsible for talking her into covering step-dad Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire.” Check comments for Carter’s 1981 album, Blue Nun (with Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack & others). Carter’s LPs are out of print, but Carlene Carter (HERE) & Musical Shapes (HERE) are available as expensive two-fers @ Amazon.

MUSICAL SHAPES
Cry (2:06)
Madness (3:01)
Baby Ride Easy (3:20)
Bandit Of Love (2:13)
I’m So Cool (2:35)
Appalachian Eyes (2:57)
Ring Of Fire (3:06)
Too Bad About Sandy (2:59)
Foggy Mountain Top (2:39)
That Very First Kiss (3:05)
Too Drunk (To Remember) (3:02)
Too Proud (3:32)
Produced by Nick Lowe
Carlene Carter – piano
Dave Edmunds – guitar, backing vocals
Billy Bremner – guitar
Nick Lowe – bass
Terry Williams – drums
John McFee – guitar
Johnny Ciambotti – bass


CARLENE CARTER
Love Is Gone
(2:41)
Smoke Dreams (3:08)
Between You And Me (2:51)
I Once Knew Love (3:39)
I’ve Been There Before (2:49)
Never Together (But Close Sometimes) (2:20)
Mr. Moon (2:36)
Alabama Morning (3:40)
Slow Dance (3:44)
Who Needs Words (2:35)
Produced By Bob Andrews & Brinsley Schwarz
Carlene Carter – vocals, piano, backing vocals

Andrew Bodnar – bass
Steve Goulding – drums
Brinsley Schwarz – electric, acoustic, and slide guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Bob Andrews – piano, backing vocals, percussion, organ, electric piano, bass
Nick Lowe – bass, backing vocals
Graham Parker – acoustic guitar, backing vocal
Terry Williams – drums


DAN HICKS & HIS HOT LICKS Original Recordings (1969/1991)

Original Recordings (1969/1991)
Forgotten Pre-Rock Americana

After getting a number of comments about the
beloved Dan Hicks on our Blue Thumb Records post (All Day Thumbsucker Revisited: The History Of Blue Thumb Records, HERE), our pal Coffee Messiah was kind enough to send along this long-lost favorite for us all to enjoy. Original Recordings is the out-of-print, 1991 set of Hicks & Licks’ early recordings from 1969. The motley crew’s shufflin’, post-war, acoustic folk & jazz/blues stew was an anomaly in San Franpsychedelica in the late 60s, but somehow Hicks’ witty repartee and tongue-in-cheek sophistication easily won over the young heads’ hearts and minds. That gypsy bluegrass violin work made it easy, and it’s used to amazing effect on one of Hicks’ high water marks, the slow burning, “I Scare Myself.” You can find it at Amazon (HERE) – at collector’s prices – but the music itself is still a valued taste of forgotten, pre-rock Americana.

Canned Music (4:05)
How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away (2:39)

I Scare Myself (5:18)

Shorty Takes A Dive (3:12)

Evenin’ Breeze (3:56)

Waiting For The 103 (3:44)
Shorty Falls In Love (3:23)
Milk Shakin’ Mama (4:10)
Slow Movin’ (3:10)
It’s Bad Grammar, Baby (2:32)
Jukies’ Ball (5:12)

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R.E.M. Monster (1994) + 5 Maxi-Singles + “Songs That Are Live” Promo Maxi (1994-1995) – 17 LIVE TRACKS

What's The Frequency, Kenneth?Bang And BlameCrush With Eyeliner
Strange CurrenciesTongueSongs That Are Live
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? Maxi Single (1994)
Bang And Blame Maxi Single (1994)
Crush With Eyeliner Maxi Single (1994)
Strange Currencies Maxi Single (1995)
Tongue Maxi Single (1995)
Songs That Are Live (Promo Only) (1995)
The Monster Singles + 17 Live Tracks

I was perusing the shelves when I noticed that I apparently went R.E.M. crazy in 1994/95, scoring all of the band’s Maxi-Singles released in support of 1994′s Monster. I was only a casual R.E.M. fan, at best, so I can’t always explain what I find on my own shelves these days, but… here they are for any and all interested. Five Maxi’s, each containing three unreleased live tracks – including 12 songs (almost the entire show) from a November, 1992 Greenpeace benefit at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia… in order, as it turns out, missing only two songs; the set-opening version of “Drive” (they performed that one twice), and the next-to-next-to-last encore, “Love Is All Around” (a Troggs cover). Hear R.E.M.’s live cover of Iggy Pop’s “Funtime,” below. The Tongue Maxi boasts three performances from a 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance, while the promo-only Songs That Are Live duplicates two tracks from the retail Maxi’s, but also includes two unreleased 1995 Detroit recordings. In 2014, Warners would gather all of this material together for a digital-only compilation, Complete Warner Bros. Rarities 1988-2011 (HERE, at Amazon). But… those interested in Monster (below), and the Maxi’s that accompanied it, need look no further than here. We’ve got one other R.E.M. in the archives, Live At The Olympia In Dublin – 39 Songs (HERE). We’ve also got the Hindu Love Gods one-off 1990 album, made up of 3/4ths of R.E.M. and Warren Zevon (plus the rare HLG 45, “Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight”, HERE). R.E.M. also appears on a couple of tribute comps in the archives, Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson (HERE) and MOJO‘s Syd Barrett tribute, The Madcap Laughs Again! (HERE).

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (Maxi Single)
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (4:00)
Monty Got A Raw Deal (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:22)
Everybody Hurts (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (5:42)
Man On The Moon (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (5:23)

Bang And Blame (Maxi Single)
Bang And Blame (4:52)
Losing My Religion (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (5:25)
Country Feedback (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (5:03)
Begin The Begin (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (3:48)

Crush With Eyeliner (Maxi Single)
Crush With Eyeliner (4:42)
Fall On Me (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (3:23)
Me In Honey (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:19)
Finest Worksong (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:09)

Strange Currencies (Maxi Single)
Strange Currencies (3:53)
Drive (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:17)
Funtime (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (2:16)
Radio Free Europe (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:43)

Tongue (Maxi Single)
Tongue (4:13)
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (Saturday Night Live, November 12, 1994) (4:06)
Bang And Blame (Saturday Night Live, November 12, 1994) (4:54)
I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (Saturday Night Live, November 12, 1994) (3:50)

Songs That Are Live (Promo Only)
Crush With Eyeliner (Live In Detroit, June 6, 1995) (4:56)
Tongue (Live In Detroit, June 7, 1995) (4:35)
I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (Saturday Night Live, November 12, 1994) (3:50)
Country Feedback (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:44)

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Maybe not one of the band’s more lauded releases, Monster still contains some solid material, including a personal fave, “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?,” interesting for its source reference, if nothing else. The title comes from a bizarre (and ultimately fatal) incident involving CBS newsman Dan Rather, who was mugged in New York City, while repeatedly being asked, “What is the frequency, Kenneth?” The episode was so cinematic and odd that many doubted Rather’s story, and even Rather himself, until the mystery was finally solved years later, vindicating Rather and verifying his account. The perp would later be arrested and convicted for killing an NBC stage hand outside The Today Show… so, obviously, the guy had serious issues with the media. He was sentenced to 25 years for murder… but paroled after only six. Monster is as cheap as a penny at Amazon, HERE.

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (4:00)
Crush With Eyeliner (4:39)
King Of Comedy (3:41)
I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (3:28)
Star 69 (3:09)
Strange Currencies (3:53)
Tongue (4:13)
Bang And Blame (5:31)
I Took Your Name (4:03)
Let Me In (3:28)
Circus Envy (4:16)
You (4:54)

U2

U2 Songs Of Innocence (2014) – Released Hours Ago


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First New Album In 5 Years

Look who just released their new album… for free, via iTunes. Songs Of Innocence is U2′s first in 5 years. According to U2.com, the album was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles, and its 11 tracks were largely produced by Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder, with Declan Gaffney and Flood also contributing to the production. Songs Of Innocence will be released physically on Oct. 14 with a 24-page booklet. A deluxe edition with four additional tracks and an acoustic session of album tracks will also be released that day. You know where to look.

The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (4:15)
Every Breaking Wave (4:12)
California (There Is No End to Love) (4:00)
Song for Someone (3:47)
Iris (Hold Me Close) (5:20)
Volcano (3:14)
Raised By Wolves (4:06)
Cedarwood Road (4:25)
Sleep Like a Baby Tonight (5:02)
This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now (5:05)
The Troubles (4:46)

THE WHO The Singles (1984/2011)

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93 Minutes Of Mono 7-Inchers And Alt Mixes

Originally released on LP back in 1984, The Singles was a somewhat half-assed collection of Who tracks that didn’t seem to make much sense. It’s rebirth, in 2011, as an expanded SHM/SACD (a single disc with over 90 minutes), is more logical. Most of the 26 tracks are in mono, with a few scattered odds, sods and/or alternate mixes, making The Singles now worthy of its being. It appears to be The Who’s UK 7″ output and isn’t quite complete complete, but it’s pretty close. No lame B’s, so it’s a fun, hit-filled listen. Posting this also allows us the opportunity to plug our archived Who and Pete Townshend posts (listed below). Find The Singles at Amazon, HERE.

I Can’t Explain (Original Mono Version) (2:05)
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (Original Mono Version) (2:40)
My Generation (Original Mono Version) (3:17)
Substitute (Original Mono Version) (3:48)
I’m A Boy (Original Mono Version) (2:40)
Happy Jack (Original Mono Version) (2:10)
Pictures Of Lily (Alternate Mono Version From ‘Direct Hits’) (2:44)
The Last Time (Original Mono Version) (2:53)
I Can See For Miles (Original Mono Single Version) (4:04)
Dogs (Original Mono Version) (3:06)
Magic Bus (Alternate Mono Version From ‘The Singles LP’) (4:35)
Pinball Wizard (Original Version) (3:03)
See Me, Feel Me (Edited Single Version Of ‘We Are Not Gonna Take It’) (3:23)
The Seeker (Original Version) (3:12)
Summertime Blues (Original Live Version) (3:23)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (Edited Single Version) (3:38)
Let’s See Action (Original Version) (3:58)
Join Together (Original Version) (4:23)
Relay (Original Version) (3:55)
Long Live Rock (Alternate Version From ‘The Ultimate Collection’) (3:56)
5:15 (Remixed Version From ‘Quadorophenia’ Soundtrack) (4:52)
Squeeze Box (Original Version) (2:42)
Who Are You (Edited Single Version) (5:09)
You Better You Bet (Original Full-Length Version) (5:36)
Don’t Let Go The Coat (Original Version) (3:43)
Athena (Original Version) (3:49)

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES…
THE WHO
Live At Leeds (2001 Deluxe, HERE)
Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut (4CD HERE)
Live At Hull (Official, HERE)
Rarities 1966-1972, Vols. 1 & 2 (HERE)
Tommy (The London Symphony Orchestra, HERE)
PETE TOWNSHEND
The Lifehouse Demos (Official 2CD, HERE)
The Lifehouse Chronicles (6CD, HERE)
All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (HERE)
Twenty (a.k.a. Scoop 4) (HERE)
Psychoderelict (Censored Dialogue) + Psychoderelict (Without Dialogue) (Both HERE)
Empty Glass (HERE)
Bonus Tracks 2006 (HERE)
The Meher Baba LPs: Happy Birthday, I Am + With Love (All HERE)
The Oceanic Concerts, A Benefit For Maryville Academy + Magic Bus–Live From Chicago (All HERE)
Live: The Fillmore 1996, Live: The Empire 1998, Live: Sadler’s Wells 2000, Live: La Jolla Playhouse 2001, Live: BAM 1993 (All HERE)
PETE TOWNSHEND & RONNIE LANE
Rough Mix (HERE)
TRIBUTES…
MOJO Presents: The Route To Quadrophenia (HERE)
MOJO Presents: The Who Jukebox (HERE)
MOJO Presents: The Who Covered (HERE)
PETRA HADEN Sings: The Who Sell Out (a cappella, HERE)

THE BLUE HAWAIIANS Live At The Lava Lounge (1995) & Live At The Lava Lounge 2 (2005)

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Live At The Lava Lounge 2 (2005)
Ice Cool Retro

Two excellent live releases from L.A. surf denizens, The Blue Hawaiians. Their 1995 release, Live At The Lava Lounge, captures the Hawaiians’ beloved style – tapping into the “essence of 50s glam, authentic Elvis swagger, retro-exotica surf and b&w noir” (to quote myself), that should register with guitar band fans of the 50s/60s. The Hawaiians sometimes have a whiff of camp-appeal, but generally sound like a working surf band with an edge, winning over modern listeners with choice, offbeat covers like Tom Waits’ “Jockey Full Of Bourbon.” Ten years later, the band would revisit The Lava Lounge with an even better twist on their long-standing formula – extending their performances up to the 15 minute mark and pulling out all their instrumental chops for glorious, powerhouse renditions that benefit from the improvisation and give-and-take interplay. We’ve also got the band’s highly recommended 1999 studio album, Savage Night, in the archives, HERE. Fans of the era may also enjoy The Blue Stingrays (featuring some of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, HERE) and Spy-Fi (HERE). Amazon’s got Live At The Lava Lounge (HERE) and Live At The Lava Lounge 2 (HERE).

LIVE AT THE LAVA LOUNGE (1995)
The Wipe Out (3:13)
Pipeline/Endless Sleep (4:55)
Surfin’ Tragedy (3:31)
A Cheat (6:01)
Latinia (3:40)
Apache (3:22)
Red Top (2:24)
Jockey Full Of Bourbon (3:45)
Baja (3:47)
Caravan (6:04)
Theme For Young Lovers (2:40)
Jet Black (2:43)
Soul Surfer (3:22)
Jack The Ripper (4:36)
Slave Girl (3:09)
The Jester (3:19)
Dick Tracy (5:19)

LIVE AT THE LAVA LOUNGE 2 (2005)
My Favorite Martian (9:24)
Deadman’s (5:31)
Swingin’ Hula Girl/Women In Chains (7:09)
Our Man Flint (3:10)
Human Jungle (6:14)
Highlife (6:41)
Banzai Pipeline (6:33)
Beat Girl (2:35)
Dick Tracy (15:26)
Hot Rods To Honolulu (4:23)
Experiment In Terror (11:04)

R. CRUMB & HIS CHEAP SUIT SERENADERS Chasin’ Rainbows (1976/1993) & Singing In The Bathtub (1978/1993)


Chasin’ Rainbows (1976/1993)
Singing In The Bathtub (1978/1993)
Kinda Makes You Wanna Hit A Back Alley Speakeasy

There’s something sacrilegious about hearing the 1920s music of R. Crumb (famed comic artist) And His Cheap Suit Serenaders on compact disc. After all, when this group of geek misfits first surfaced in the early 70s, their style of loose, Prohibition-era music was actually first pressed on 78rpm records, as a novelty, perhaps, but still befitting the atmosphere of the times. A true connoisseur of this era would likely judge our modern plastic equivalents – and their pristine sound – antithetical to the spirit of the music. And, they’d probably be right. Chasin’ Rainbows and Singing In The Bathtub are R. Crumb’s second and third albums, not-so-originally titled #2 & #3 when first issued on 33rpm vinyl in the mid-70s. These MP3 downloads, however, are from the 1993 CDs reissued by Shanachie Records. 78s, 33-1/3rds, CDs, MP3s… step by step we get further and further from the essence. As a dumb young rocker in the 70s, this all seemed like little more than cornball novelty music, with tap-happy banjos, wheezing rhythms and singing saw solos. In reality, this is an amalgamation of blues, dixieland and immigrant-inspired Americana, a music – and a time – that is lost (along with 78s themselves) to all but directors of period cinema and the true enthusiasts. There are surely finer practitioners of this lost art, but Robert Crumb and the boys do an admirable job. Hear some examples below. Zoot suits and reefer not included. You can find both Chasin’ Rainbows (HERE) and Singing In The Bathtub (HERE) at Amazon.

Chasin Rainbows
Alabama Jubilee (2:42)
Chasin’ Rainbows (3:19)
Fine Artiste Blues (3:07)
Hula Medley (4:06)
I Want A Little Girl (3:25)
Persian Rug (4:00)
Mysterious Mose (3:18)
Crying My Blues Away (3:32)
She Lived Down By The Firehouse (3:17)
Diane (3:03)
Make My Cot Where The Cot-Cot-Cotton Grows (3:34)
Moana March (3:07)

Singing In The Bathtub
Singing In The Bathtub (3:12)
Chile Blues (2:19)
Dream Of Heaven (2:57)
Suits Crybaby Blues (3:06)
Collier Medley: Ben Hur March & Napoleon March (3:18)
Shopping Mall (2:17)
Yearning And Blue (3:24)
Hula Girl (2:20)
Pedal Your Blues Away (2:47)
La Gima Polka (2:00)
Sing Song Girl (3:48)
Home (4:07)
My Gal Sal (2:59)
Hano Hano Hawaii (3:34)

MARC RIBOT Y LOS CUBANOS POSTIZOS (The Prosthetic Cubans) (1998) & Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining) (2002)


(The Prosthetic Cubans) (1998)
Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining) (2002)
Avant Guitarist Starts A Cuban Revolution

Ribot is best known as a downtown, avant garde jazz player with The Lounge Lizards and John Zorn, as well as his more noticeable appearances via albums & tours with Elvis Costello and Tom Waits. In 1998, however, Ribot somehow got himself signed to Atlantic Records and recorded this breakout fusion of live-in-the-loft, downtown small-combo Cubano music. Stand-up bass, wood blocks and assorted percussion punctuate the band’s Latin urgency and Ribot’s aggressively angular guitar work is both inspiring and infectious. When Ribot easily makes his guitar sound like steel drums, you know you’re in the presence of a master. I had the pleasure of catching these guys in a small club around the turn of the century and wasn’t necessarily surprised that Ribot & Co. live sounds exactly like their debut, (The Prosthetic Cubans), at Amazon (HERE). The 2002 follow-up/finale, Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining), is cut from the same cloth (HERE). We’ve got some of Ribot’s difficult music, Yo! I Killed Your God, in the archives, HERE. Check out Ribot’s work on John Zorn Plays The Music Of Ennio Morricone, HERE.

(THE PROSTHETIC CUBANS)
Aurora En Pekin (5:31)
Aqui Como Alla
(4:52)
Como Se Goza En El Barrio (3:30)
Postizo (4:56)
No Me Llores Mas (5:40)
Los Teenagers Bailan Changui (4:50)
Fiesta En El Solar (5:06)
La Vida Es Un Sueno (3:30)
Esclavo Triste (6:07)
Choserito Plena (2:47)

MUY DIVERTIDO! (Very Entertaining)
Dame Un Cachito Pa’Huele (3:15)
Las Lomas De New Jersey (4:37)
El Gaucho Rojo (5:56)
Obsesion (4:20)
El Divorcio (3:44)
Se Formo El Bochinche (4:30)
Baile Baile Baile (4:04)
No Puedo Freinar (4:31)
Jaguey (4:33)
Carmela Dame La Llave (3:14)

THE BEATLES Backwards/Sdrawkcab

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Just Saving You The Trouble

FIRST POSTED IN 2009: Something for all you drug users and/or conspiracy theorists out there. 23 tracks from seltaeB ehT, recorded backwards, so you can bliss out, dissect its contents, search for clues or just get your chops in order for Rock Band. Funny enough, The Beatles began playing backwards games early on – in 1963 – when the band’s merchandising arm was christened “Seltaeb.” By 1965, the boys were experimenting with the concept in their music (“Rain” was probably the first prominent use of backwards recording in pop music). It didn’t take long for John Lennon to embrace the concept fully, leading to Sgt. Pepper’s’ and The White Album’s use of more sophisticated shenanigans, some fueling the Paul Is Dead rumors. As for “Revolution #9,” it was such a sonic jumble to begin with that this backwards version just sounds like a remix. So… what’s the purpose? There is none. If you’ve seen this artwork in less creative surrounds, now you know where it originated.

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New Releases…. Beatles, Prince, Crimson, Dead, Coltrane, Harrison, Python, Faithfull, Zep and more

It’s that time of year again. Here are a bunch of upcoming releases that may be of interest. If nothing else, it will alert you to start checking the download sites and torrents in the next month. Click the covers or the links to pre-order (and lock in the lowest price), or just see the track listings and details. In no particular order, here’s what to look for in the coming months…

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BOB The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 – Nov. 11th, $149.98 HERE
6CD Box – The definitive chronicle of Dylan’s legendary 1967 sessions with The Band.
THE BEATLES The Beatles In Mono – Sept 9th, $374.98 HERE
14LP Vinyl. All LPs up to The White Album + 3LP Mono Masters (non-LP). Available individually, too
KING CRIMSON Starless – Oct. 28th, $225.98 HERE
27CD Box Set. Limited Pressing. Includes 2 DVD-A & 2 Blu-Ray Discs in 5.1. 12″ Box.
GRATEFUL DEAD Spring 1990 (The Other One) – $239.98 HERE
23CD Box – Limited To 9,000. Follow the link to listen to samples.

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LOST ON THE RIVER: THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES – Nov. 11th, $13,98 HERE
Lost lyrics by Bob Dylan, new music from Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, T Bone Burnett & friends.
JOHN COLTRANE Offering: Live At Temple University (1966) – Sept. 23, $23.49 HERE
2CD Set w/ Alice Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders & Rashied Ali.
PRINCE/3rd EYE GIRL PLECTRUMELECTRUM – Sept. 30th, 18.98 HERE
P’s first new release under his new deal with Warner Brothers.
PRINCE Art Official Age – Sept. 30th, $18.99 HERE
Another WB release, and a Deluxe Purple Rain is on the way. A sign of the new times.

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GEORGE HARRISON The Apple Years – Sept. 23rd, $124.98 HERE
7CD + 1DVD, From Wonderwall Music to Extra Texture. Also sold individually.
MONTY PYTHON Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection – Sept. 30th, $136.99 HERE
9CD Box collecting all of Monty Python’s albums in one place, plus a bonus 7″.
THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL – Sept. 9th, $59.95 HERE
6DVD Box. 96 full length performances from the 70s/80s, From Todd to Bootsy. Too many to list.
FRIPP & ENO Live in Paris 28.05.75 – Sept 23, $34.47 HERE
3CD set. No other info yet.

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LED ZEPPELIN IV (Deluxe Edition) – Oct. 28th, $16.99 HERE
The second batch of 2CD Zep reissues also includes Houses Of The Holy, HERE.
BLOOMFIELD, KOOPER, STILLS Super Session (Hybrid Multichannel) – Sept. 9th, $31.47 HERE
5.1 Surround Sound mix produced by Al Kooper.
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 To 1972 – Nov. 11th, $58.98 HERE
4CD Lick My Decals Off Baby, The Spotlight Kid, Clear Spot and a 4th disc of rarities.
MARIANNE FAITHFULL Give My Love To London – Oct. 7th, $35.47 HERE
2CD set. Lots of collaborators. Video trailer with samples, HERE.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE 51 Original Television Soundtrack Scores (1959-1964) – UNRELEASED 7CD BOX + Watch “The Four Of Us Are Dying” (1960)

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Unofficial Box Of Music Scores From 51 Episodes

Submitted for your approval… 51 soundtrack scores from The Twilight Zone, culled by fans from isolated music tracks found on DVD versions of the venerable television classic. Connoisseurs of the original series know about the talent involved in the music of The Twilight Zone, including composers Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Steiner and Nathan Van Cleave, among others. Years ago we posted the must-have 4CD collection of scores (HERE) that was released in 1999. This unauthorized compilation, however, is an altogether different series of original soundtracks – 7 discs worth – none of which have been commercially released on CD. The wide variety of styles and atmospheres is nothing short of amazing (especially considering that most of this was penned for a weekly TV show), and the tangible unease and paranoia this music can produce is a testament to the talent involved… not to mention the impact of the series on our young, pliable psyches. Some of the titles below lack a composing credit, as the soundtracks were assembled from “stock” music cues found in the CBS Music Library. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s just some drab elevator music producers found gathering dust in the back room. Many of the cues were often penned by some of the series’ regular contributors. For instance, Jerry Goldsmith’s “Back There” wound up in the “stock” soundtracks of both “Death Ship” and “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet.” In fact, even The Twilight Zone‘s iconic theme music, written by Marius Constant, is actually a combination of two, avant-garde stock cues that were culled from the CBS Library. Don’t be put off by the occasional volume shift, which occurs when the music moves behind the (missing) dialog to the background. We’ve got more Twilight Zone music in the archives, including the aforementioned 4CD set, The 40th Anniversary Collection (HERE), THE GRATEFUL DEAD’s The Twilight Zone (1985, HERE) and yesterday’s Twilight perfecta; BERNARD HERRMANN The Twilight Zone (1999, Re-recordings conducted By Joel McNeely), JERRY GOLDSMITH The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1993, Expanded) and DENNIS McCARTHY The Twilight Zone: Music From The (1985) Television Series (all HERE).

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VAN CLEAVE What You Need (Air Date 12/25/59) (11:32)
JERRY GOLDSMITH The Four Of Us Are Dying (Air Date 1/1/60) (17:21)
Third From The Sun (Air Date 1/8/60) (11:12)
LUCIAN MORAWECK The Purple Testament (Air Date 2/12/60) (12:57)
RENE GARRIGUENC The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street (Air Date 3/4/60) (11:08)
A Nice Place To Visit (Air Date 4/15/60) (6:32)
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JERRY GOLDSMITH Nightmare As A Child (Air Date 4/29/60) (12:46)
The Man In The Bottle (Air Date 10/7/60) (7:47)
BERNARD HERRMANN Eye Of The Beholder (Air Date 11/11/60) (5:34)
A Most Unusual Camera (Air Date 12/16/60) (6:24)
Twenty-Two (Air Date 2/10/61) (10:36)
The Odyssey Of Flight 33 (Air Date 2/24/61) (10:28)
The Prime Mover (Air Date 3/24/61) (3:13)
The Rip Van Winkle Caper (Air Date 4/21/61) (9:31)
The Mind And The Matter (Air Date 5/2/61) (5:21)
Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up (Air Date 5/26/61) (5:50)
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The Grave (Air Date 10/27/61) (3:44)
VAN CLEAVE The Midnight Sun (Air Date 11/17/61) (7:57)
Death’s-Head Revisited (Air Date 11/10/61) (5:13)
WILLIAM LAVA Once Upon A Time (Air Date 12/15/61) (10:15)
Nothing In The Dark (Air Date 1/5/62) (11:12)
ROBERT DRASNIN The Hunt (Air Date 1/26/62) (11:10)
Showdown With Rance McGrew (Air Date 2/2/62) (7:21)
Kick The Can (Air Date 2/9/62) (10:07)
TOMMY MORGAN The Last Rites Of Jeff Myrtlebank (Air Date 2/23/62) (8:17)
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The Fugitive (Air Date 3/9/62) (6:35)
BERNARD HERRMANN Little Girl Lost (Air Date 3/16/62) (13:22)
The Little People (Air Date 3/30/62) (9:14)
TOMMY MORGAN Hocus-Pocus And Frisby (Air Date 4/13/62) (4:00)
The Dummy (Air Date 5/4/62) (4:54)
The Changing Of The Guard (Air Date 6/1/62) (6:21)
In His Image (Air Date 1/3/63) (7:38)
Valley Of The Shadow (Air Date 1/17/63) (9:48)
He’s Alive (Air Date 1/24/63) (12:52)
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Death Ship (Air Date 2/7/63) (11:13)
VAN CLEAVE Jess-Belle (Air Date 2/14/63) (22:21)
FRED STEINER Miniature (Air Date 2/21/63) (12:32)
Printer’s Devil (Air Date 2/28/63) (13:40)
No Time Like The Past (Air Date 3/7/63) (13:16)
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FRED STEINER I Dream Of Genie (Air Date 3/21/63) (13:25)
The New Exhibit (Air Date 4/4/63) (13:06)
Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville (Air Date 4/11/63) (6:26)
The Incredible World Of Horace Ford (Air Date 4/18/63) (9:38)
RENE GARRIGUENC In Praise Of Pip (Air Date 9/27/63) (5:35)
VAN CLEAVE Steel (Air Date 10/4/63) (5:04)
VAN CLEAVE A Kind Of Stopwatch (Air Date 10/18/63) (5:57)
BERNARD HERRMANN Ninety Years Without Slumbering (Air Date 12/20/63) (12:18)
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RENE GARRIGUENC Spur Of The Moment (Air Date 2/21/64) (6:21)
NATHAN SCOTT A Young Man’s Fancy (Air Date 5/11/64) (10:14)
JEFF ALEXANDER Come Wander With Me (Air Date 5/22/64) (11:46)
The Bewitchin’ Pool (Air Date 6/19/64) (9:26)

ONE OF THE ZONE’S BEST…

THE FOUR OF US ARE DYING (Air Date: January 1st, 1960)
Written By Rod Serling (Based On A Story By George Clayton Johnson). Music By Jerry Goldsmith

The brilliance of The Twilight Zone, kick-starting the 1960s in grand style. There’s so much to take in during The Four Of Us Are Dying – the story of a guy who can change his face at will – that it’s hard to know where to start. Start, then, at the beginning, with Rod Serling’s brilliant opening monologue, referring to protagonist Archie Hammer as “a cheap man, a nickel-and-dime man, with a cheapness that goes past the suit and the shirt; a cheapness of mind, a cheapness of taste, a tawdry little shine on the seat of his conscience, and a dark-room squint at a world whose sunlight has never gotten through to him.” Note the elaborate set that mimics the floating, bar-hopping neon of old movies, the cool, jazz-era dialog, noted character actors (including Beverly Garland & Ross Martin, to name two), and the inventive set-up and camera work that captures Archie’s face-changing abilities. And, of course, there’s Jerry Goldsmith’s outstanding, seedy hotel-strip jazz score. If you’re able to suspend your disbelief, this Zone has it all, and goes a long way in explaining what set the series apart from the rest of TV at the dawn of the 60s. The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series 24 disc blu-ray is a bargain @ $150 (HERE) at Amazon.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE The Twilight Zone (Bernard Herrmann, 1999), The Twilight Zone: The Movie (Jerry Goldsmith, 1983), The Twilight Zone: Music From The Television Series (Dennis McCarthy, 1985)

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BERNARD HERRMANN The Twilight Zone (Conducted By Joel McNeely) (1999)
JERRY GOLDSMITH The Twilight Zone: The Movie (Expanded) (1983)
DENNIS McCARTHY The Twilight Zone: Music From The Television Series (1985)
Speaking Of The Twilight Zone

Three alternate takes from another dimension of Twilight Zone music. The first is a tribute to the compositional work of the great Bernard Herrmann (famed score composer of everything from Citizen Kane to Taxi Driver, including numerous Alfred Hitchcock films). A 2CD set of modern re-recordings of Bernard’s work for the series, as conducted by longtime disciple, Joel McNeely (we’ve got his re-recording of Herrmann’s Psycho in the archives, HERE). It’s an excellent set that modernizes the sonic tone of many lost soundtracks, with a generally faithful obedience to the master’s originals. Also includes variations of Herrmann’s original opening theme music, later replaced by Marius Constant’s now-iconic opening (do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do). The now-legendary Jerry Goldsmith was a regular composer for the original 60s television series early in his career, so he was a natural choice to score John Landis’ 1983 Twilight Zone movie (the film that killed actor Vic Morrow). Includes his new score for “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet” (the one with the gremlin of the wing of an airplane), as the TV version only contained a few of his cues lifted from other episodes. Our third offering is the least representative of the original series’ music, as it comes from the 1985 TV re-boot of The Zone, written by Dennis McCarthy – the respected composer of such sci-fi franchises as V, Star Trek: The Next Generation & Deep Space Nine & others. The overall sound and style is a purposeful update and lacks much of the nuance and flavor of the original series composers. Those who grew up with the 1985 series – and not inclined to compare – may enjoy. We’ve got more Twilight Zone music (as well as other projects from Bernard Hermann and Jerry Goldsmith) in the archives, including original 60s recordings from The Twilight Zone – The 40th Anniversary Collection (4CDs HERE), THE GRATEFUL DEAD’s The Twilight Zone (1985, HERE), BERNARD HERRMANN’S Psycho (HERE) & The Day The Earth Stood Still (HERE) and JERRY GOLDSMITH’s Seconds (HERE) & A Patch Of Blue (HERE).

BERNARD HERRMANN The Twilight Zone (Re-recordings)
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Main Title (1:25)
Where Is Everybody? (15:47)
Walking Distance (19:30)
The Lonely (14:26)
Eye Of The Beholder w/Twilight Zone Theme (2nd Revision) (11:03)
End Title (1:22)
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New Twilight Zone Theme Opening (0:44)
Little Girl Lost (16:04)
Living Doll (12:18)
Ninety Years Without Slumbering (13:02)
New Twilight Zone Theme Closing (1:15)

JERRY GOLDSMITH Twilight Zone: The Movie
Main Title – Twilight Zone Theme (0:48)
Time Out (8:01)
Kick The Can (15:47)
It’s A Good Life (12:41)
Nightmare At 20,000 Feet (10:01)
Overture (Twilight Zone Theme and End Title) (6:03)
Nights Are Forever (Sung by Jennifer Warner) (3:37)
Anesthesia (Sung by Joseph Williams) (3:04)
Time Change/Questions/The Ledge (“Time Out” album edit) (3:04)
Young Again/Take Me With You/A New Guest (“Kick The Can” alternate segments) (5:03)
Cartoon Monster/That’s All, Ethel (“It’s A Good Life” album edit) (4:30)
Cartoon Music (“It’s A Good Life”) (1:28)
On The Wing/A Face In The Window/Twilight Zone Theme (“Nightmare At 20,000 Feet” album edit) (4:58)

DENNIS McCARTHY The Twilight Zone – Music From The Television Series
The Dead Earth (2:33)
Phantoms Of The Earth (4:13)
Rebirth Of The Earth (1:59)
The Family/The Nightmare Begins (2:06)
Welcome To The ‘Nam (3:06)
Roads Not Taken (3:55)
The Return Home (1:32)
The Meld/Finale (2:09)
Opening/Snooping Around (3:34)
Wonderment (2:28)
The Power Of God/Finale (3:38)
Rebirth Of The Future (4:03)
Thoughts Of A Lonely Man (3:11)
Betrayal And Guilt (3:06)
The Song Of The Stars/Finale (1:45)

VINCENT GALLO The Brown Bunny Soundtrack (2004) – Music By John Frusciante

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Weird Scenes…

Roger Ebert famously called The Brown Bunny the worst movie in the history of The Cannes Film Festival. An opinion he would later revise after director/actor Vincent Gallo re-cut the film, losing nearly a quarter of its two-hour run time in the process. Gallo’s indie art house flick, the follow-up to his amazing Buffalo 66, became notorious… less for its merits, and more for the graphic blow job he gets from actress Chloe Sevigny. A real blow job, as it turns out (see for yourself, HERE, if you dare). Sadly, The Brown Bunny‘s soundtrack features no music from Gallo himself, who has been a most unusual recording artist since the early 80s. Personally, I’m fascinated by his inexplicably unique approach to music and anti-music. We’ve got examples of both in the archives; Gallo’s solo debut, When, and the Buffalo 66 soundtrack (both HERE, where you can read more about how downright bizarre the guy is), plus his 1982 avant-noise release as Bohack (HERE). When I first heard The Brown Bunny‘s haunting opening track, “Come Wander With Me,” I was sure the female vocalist was Vincent Gallo (it’s actually actress Bonnie Beecher), because the movie tough guy has an alarmingly feminine singing voice. I was further confused by how strangely familiar the song was, like it was out of my distant past. It was. The recording comes from a 1964 Twilight Zone episode of the same name…. and its moody melancholy is Gallo incarnate. Mind sufficiently blown. Between jazzer Ted Curson’s “Tears For Dolphy,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “Beautiful” and about 20 minutes from ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist, John Frusciante, The Brown Bunny adds up to an offbeat soundtrack as offbeat as Gallo himself. Not for everyone, but something a little out of the ordinary for those who roll that way. You know who you are. Find The Brown Bunny at Amazon (HERE), along with s 2014 vinyl reissue made from Gallo’s master tapes (HERE).

JEFF ALEXANDER Come Wander With Me (2:58)
TED CURSON Tears For Dolphy (8:32)
JACKSON C. FRANK Milk And Honey (3:39)
GORDON LIGHTFOOT Beautiful (3:25)
MATISSE / ACCARDO QUARTET Smooth (3:59)
JOHN FRUSCIANTE Forever Away (6:43)
JOHN FRUSCIANTE Dying Song (3:46)
JOHN FRUSCIANTE Leave All The Days Behind (1:58)
JOHN FRUSCIANTE Prostitution Song (3:07)
JOHN FRUSCIANTE Falling (4:47)

BILL LASWELL / SANTANA / BOB MARLEY / MILES DAVIS – Divine Light: Music From Illuminations & Love Devotion Surrender (2001), Dreams Of Freedom: Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub (1997), Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974 (1998) + Panthalassa: The Remixes (1999)

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Divine Light: Music From Illuminations & Love Devotion Surrender (2001)
Dreams Of Freedom: Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub (1997)
Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974 (1998)

Laswell’s Spacey Road Trips To The Netherworld

UPDATED: While thumbing through the ol’ wall of CDs, I stumbled across Bill Laswell’s “Deconstruction & Mix Translation” of Carlos Santana’s music from Illuminations and Love Devotion Surrender – a disc I’ve owned since 2001, but completely forgot about when posting Laswell’s cool remixes of Miles Davis and Bob Marley back in 2010. So… here’s an updated post.

Mega-cool ambient/dub reconstructions from ace producer Bill Laswell. His credentials need no verification and his catalog of pro-creative utilization of sound is unparalleled, but these projects have to rank high in Laswell’s personal pantheon. The Miles disc is especially rewarding, as Laswell delves deep into the multi-colored, multi-track master tapes to reveal lost sounds and effects buried beneath the sometime noisy cacophony of Davis’ jam sessions. Many of Miles’ originals were studio creations in themselves, often live, but often cut-and-pasted together to form something just short of unattainable in real life. Laswell takes it a step further with a dark, moody, downright spooky bent. Hidden nuance found buried in the session tapes are sometimes pushed to the fore, creating something both surreal and unusual. I can’t help but imagine the ever-curious Miles would approve. The Marley disc is created in the same manner, with the emphasis on the dub, naturally, and Laswell offers some additional sounds from his stable of talent, Aiyb Dieng and Tetsu Inoue, to push Marley’s original work to ambient/dub extremes. The Santana re-imagination uses only the original master tapes from Carlos’ 1973-74 collaborations with John McLaughlin and Alice Coltrane (with Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Michael Shrieve, Jan Hammer, Tom Coster and many others). There’s less ambience (and no dub) here, as Laswell works to reconcile two stylistically different LPs from Santana’s catalog. Some scoff at tinkering with the past like this. But the past is already available in multiple forms, these re-visits only add to the variety of tone and texture, opening up new worlds using the most cherished of root sources as guides. Find them all cheap at Amazon, Miles (HERE), Marley (HERE) and Santana (HERE).


Divine Light
Angel Of Air/Angel Of Water (11:19)
A Love Supreme (6:49)
Illuminations (4:31)
The Life Divine (6:45)
Naima (4:05)
Angel Of Sunlight (14:50)
Bliss: The Eternal Now (5:51)
Meditation (1:58)
Bliss: The Eternal Now – Return (4:04)


Dreams Of Freedom
Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock) (10:19)
No Woman No Cry (4:11)
The Heathen (8:38)
Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) (5:59)
Waiting In Vain (4:40)
So Much Trouble In The World (4:50)
Exodus (8:57)
Burnin’ And Lootin’ (4:10)
Is This Love (4:32)
One Love (People Get Ready) (4:13)
Midnight Ravers (6:19)


Panthalassa
In A Silent Way/Shhh Peaceful/It’s About That Time (15:20)
Black Satin/What If/Agharta Prelude Dub (16:06)
Rated X/Billy Preston (14:34)
He Loved Him Madly (13:40)

BONUS:
Panthalassa: The Remixes (1999)
Here’s the 1999 compendium, Panthalassa: The Remixes, featuring re-re-visualizations by Laswell, King Britt & Philip Charles, Doc Scott, DJ Cam and Jamie Myerson. ALSO INCLUDED: The rare bonus track remix from DJ Krush, only available on the vinyl version and promotional CD.

 

 

Sssh (Sea4 Miles Remix) (Remixed By King Britt & Philip Charles) (10:28)
Rated X (Remixed By Doc Scott) (6:41)
In A Silent Way (Remixed By DJ Cam) (5:05)
On The Corner (Subterranean Channel Mix) (Remixed By Bill Laswell) (16:42)
Rated X (Remixed By Jamie Meyerson) (8:02)
Black Satin/On The Corner (Remixed By DJ Krush) (6:20) – Bonus Track

JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON 3 Hours Past Midnight (1955-59) + Johnny Guitar Watson Sampler (1994)

3 Hours Past Midnight (1986)
Sampler (1994)
Two Sides Of Johnny Guitar Watson

The 1956 single, and the title track of this single disc Ace Records compilation, 3 Hours Past Midnight, is reportedly the song that inspired drummer Frank Zappa to pick up a guitar. You can hear echoes of Frank’s early, Ruben-esque, remedial blues passion peppered throughout Watson’s late 50s guitar-driven R&B – a lively, jumpin’ blues sound that Watson The Showman often punctuated with stagey guitar gymnastics (playing behind his back, with his teeth, etc.) that would later seem fresh and new when Hendrix did it 10 years later. And, while there are surely more sprawling compilations chronicling Watson’s early years, for newcomers, this 1986 set should suffice just fine. For those that remember Watson from his 70s reincarnation as a disco-funky superman lover (“A Real Mother For Ya,” “Gangster Of Love”), we’ve included a cool little 6-track, 30-minute promo sampler CD that hits all the high notes without all the excess. Released in 1994, two years before Watson’s death, Sampler is a rarity designed to draw attention to the Collectables Records’ reissue series. Hard core fans won’t need it, but for those who are just curious this is the perfect place to start. Find 3 Hours Past Midnight at Amazon, HERE.

3 Hours Past Midnight
Hot Little Mama (2:49)
Ruben (2:19)
I Love To Love You (2:46)
Someone Cares For Me (2:59)
Too Tired (2:44)
Oh Baby (2:44)
The Bear (2:45)
One More Kiss (2:28)
Those Lonely Lonely Nights (3:00)
She Moves Me (2:52)
Give A Little (2:56)
Ain’t Gonna Hush (2:33)
Motor Head Baby (2:14)
I’m Gonna Hit That Highway (3:19)
Love Me Baby (3:48)
Three Hours Past Midnight (3:28)

Sampler
A Real Mother For Ya (5:04)
Superman Lover (5:43)
Love Jones (4:46)
Giant (3:47)
Lover Jones (5:25)
Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty (5:13)

ZOOT HORN ROLLO We Saw A Bozo Under The Sea (2001) – Only Solo LP From Capt. Beefheart Guitarist

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The Welcomed Return Of Rolling Stone‘s 62nd Greatest Guitarist Of All Time…

After years of lunacy and retreat, Zoot Horn Rollo, a.k.a. Bill Harkleroad, the ex-guitarist of Capt. Beefheart’s Magic Band and Mallard, released his first and only solo album in 2001, We Saw A Bozo Under The Sea. It’s an outstanding, off-kilter, jazz fusion-oriented collaboration with drummer Gregg Bendian that illustrates Harkleroad’s dedication to his art and legacy. As the architect of some of rock’s most enduringly bizarre guitar licks – via Trout Mask Replica, Lick My Decals Off Baby and Clear Spot, to name a few – Rollo all but left the music business after his stint with The Magic Band’s brief post-Beefheart gathering, Mallard. But after penning a book about his years with Beefheart and beyond (Lunar Notes, HERE at Amazon), it took the advent of a new century before Rollo would/could re-emerge – intact – to release this stand out album. Instead of milking his legacy (he turned down a spot in The Magic Band’s new millennium reunions), Rollo went his own route… with stellar results. Fans of Beefheart (and Zappa) will only hear faint traces of the stylistic characteristics that made Rollo’s rep, but the syncopated vibes, sometimes jagged riffage and overall non-commercial approach should find favor with those who appreciate an artist charting his own course. Lunar NotesMany thanks to Zed for posting this in Readers Links a while back. And, of course, we’ve got plenty of Rollo-related releases for your dancing and dining pleasure in the archives, including: CAPT. BEEFHEART Trout Mask Replica and Trout Mask House Sessions (HERE), The Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot (HERE in Readers Links, August 7, 2014), The Dust Blows Forward (2CD compilation, HERE) and MALLARD Mallard/In A Different Climate (HERE). Poke around for more Beefheart and a bunch of 21st century Magic Band, too. Gregg Bendian fans can find his 1999 duet tribute to John Coltrane with Nels Cline in the archives, NELS CLINE/GREGG BENDIAN Interstellar Space Revisited (HERE). Find Zoot Horn Rollo’s We Saw A Bozo Under The Sea at Amazon (HERE).

Got A Buzz On (5:29)
Relocating Dirt – Life’s Work (0:57)
Miniature Mojo (6:26)
Cowboy Coffee (6:23)
Dancin’ With The Doorknob (4:55)
Temporary Tattoo (3:45)
John’s Eyes (5:28)
Solo Below (4:30)
Still Living With Mom (0:58)
Detective Charlo (4:55)
Church Of The Mowed Lawn (5:00)
Don’s Secret (5:20)
Nice Patina (5:34)
Elvis Beans (1:32)

YUSUF ISLAM (Cat Stevens) & FRIENDS Night Of Remembrance – Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2004)

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More From Cat Stevens’ Wilderness Years

Here’s a follow-up to an earlier post of the non-secular music of Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, who turned his back on popular music in the late 70s to devote his time and energies to his religious conversion. The spiritual re-boot didn’t completely silence his musical desires, however, so in the mid-90s Yusuf returned, tapping into a new source of inspiration, via world music and the teachings of Islam. Our previous post, a compilation of Yusuf’s Islamic music, Footsteps In The Light (HERE), is a fantastic place to start if you’re curious about the artist’s wilderness years, but this live release is an intriguing listen, as well. Recorded years before Yusuf would return to pop music in 2006, this live set features a variety of friends and voices, and is often just as illuminating as Footsteps… for those who are interested in something off-the-beaten-path, of course. About the only downside to this concert is the inclusion of an American “rap” group, Native Deen, who may lyrically jive with the proceedings and teachings of the faith, but musically are the sorest of thumbs. Fortunately, though, their contributions are short (and easy jettisoned). But… credit Yusuf for not being a musical snob, at least, as he opens himself and his audience to differing styles of expression. In fact, the gathering is a worldly affair, with musicians from all over the orb, including Zain Bhikha, Khalid Belrhouzi, Faeeza Malinga and others who comprise the title’s ‘Friends.’ There’s also a 2CD version of the show (available at Amazon, HERE), but the second disc is devoted to the prayers and speeches, sans music, given throughout the show. You get just the music with this post. Check the archives for the outstanding “Best Of” Yusuf’s wilderness years, Footsteps In The Light (HERE) and find a taste of the old Cat via a 1971 live radio show, KCET Studio: August 6, 1971 (HERE).

Introduction (2:17)
I Look, I See (4:01)
Praise To The Prophet (4:01)
Selawat (3:30)
Al Fatiha (0:32)
God Is The Light (3:56)
Children’s Ideas For Peace (1:44)
Native Deen Introduction (1:33)
Intentions (4:14)
Madad (3:44)
Nkosi Sikelel Afrika (2:57)
Our World (4:44)
Tala ’’Al-Badru ’’Alayna I (3:15)
Drug Free (2:19)
Save Me (5:27)
A World Of Thanks (1:58)
Peace Train ’03 (4:22)
Tala ’’Al-Badru ’’Alayna II (3:47)

STAN RIDGWAY Anatomy (1999) – Ex-Wall Of Voodoo

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One Of Stan’s Best Outings…

This above-average solo release from the ex-Wall Of Voodoo frontman finds Stan Ridgway monkeying with his sonic palate a bit, introducing a few new textures and atmospheres into his repertoire. The expansion is best exemplified by the album’s opening tune, “Mission Bell,” a dreamy, sensitive, acoustic-based tune that might be some of Ridgway’s most accessible work. It didn’t help him on the charts, though it’s doubtful that was ever the aim, but the tune’s vocal double-tracking and softened musical approach illustrates Ridgway’s move to broaden his worldview. The rest of the album offers a potpourri of styles and textures, with reminders of Ridgway’s long-standing techno-leanings, a little psych tinkering, a hint of C&W (via The Twilight Zone) and plenty of tongue-in-cheek (maybe not) weirdness (including a jazzy cover of Merle Travis’ “Sixteen Tons”). All delivered in Stan’s patented, half-spoken style. A winner for long-time fans and probably a really good entry point for newbies, too. The original release of Anatomy also included three CD-ROM live tracks (and a website link for three more), but we’ve never heard those. Get Stan’s double-disc Drywall Project/Drywall Incident (HERE) in the archives. Find Anatomy at Amazon, HERE.

Mission Bell (5:02)
Deep Blue Polka Dot (4:38)
Train Of Thought (4:15)
Murray’s Steakhouse Story (1:06)
Susie Before Sunrise (4:02)
Sweet Pig Alley (1:13)
Valerie Is Sleeping (3:03)
Mickey The Priest (2:18)
Mama Had A Stove (3:39)
Whistle For Louise (4:26)
Picasso’s Tear (4:17)
Sixteen Tons (6:48)

PURE FOOD AND DRUG ACT Choice Cuts (1972) w/ Harvey Mandel & Don “Sugarcane” Harris

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Speaking Of Don “Sugarcane” Harris…

In the wake of posting our upgraded, “faux-Deluxe Edition” of Don “Sugarcane” Harris’ Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues, we thought we’d dig up this cool, long-ignored, sole 1972 release from Pure Food And Drug Act, a transitory blues/rock outfit featuring Harris, guitarist Harvey Mandel and supporting players that would eventually move on to greener pastures with the likes of Tower Of Power, Richard Greene and John Mayall. Mostly recorded live in Seattle, Choice Cuts manages to capture the group’s unique improvisatory skills in full glory, though… it sank like a stone back in the day. Not an essential release, perhaps, but a fun one for those who miss the rock/jazz/blues experiments of the late 60s/early 70s. PFDA’s version of “Eleanor Rigby” (listen below) will give you an idea. The LP’s opening introduction is a humorous Dylan-esque live tune about Pure Food And Drug Act, Frontby a fellow musician friend. The pic above is the original 1972 artwork, but this 2002 reissue actually sports an updated (and unattractive) new cover that spotlights the individual players involved. We’ve got more Sugarcane in the archives, including Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues (HERE, our exclusive, unreleased Deluxe Edition) and 1973′s Flashin’ Time (HERE), as well as some other releases featuring Sugarcane’s work; John Lee Hooker’s 1974 LP, Free Beer And Chicken (HERE) and John Mayall’s USA Union: Live At The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago 1970 (HERE). Choice Cuts is going for $50 – $150 at Amazon these days, HERE.

Introduction: Jim’s Message (1:44)
My Soul’s On Fire (4:13)
‘Till The Day I Die (7:08)
Eleanor Rigby (11:49)
A Little Soul Food (4:04)
Do It Yourself (4:21)
Where’s My Sunshine? (8:54)
What Comes Around Goes Around (4:21)

MOJO Presents… The Dreamers (2014)

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The latest free CD from the October, 2014 issue of MOJO is a 15 track collection of “Kate Bush-inspired dream pop,” which is totally outside my field of knowledge. So, it surely says more about me than this collection, that this is the first time in MOJO history I don’t recognize the name of a single artist listed here. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying MOJO’s 150th. Find all 150 of MOJO‘s free CDs, HERE. See the complete list, HERE.

PINKUNOIZU Great Pacific Garbage Patch (6:32)
HALEY BONAR Last War (3:58)
CONNAN MOCKASIN Do I Make You Feel Shy? (3:10)
CARIBOU Can’t Do Without You (3:54)
THE WAR ON DRUGS Red Eyes (4:57)
WHE Shriek (3:38)
POLICA You Don’t Own Me (3:15)
I BREAK HORSES Denial (3:37)
LIA ICES Thousand Eyes (4:02)
JULIA HOLTER Don’t Make Me Over (3:03)
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF Mountains Crave (3:34)
SMOKE FAIRIES Your Own Silent Movie (3:18)
NITE JEWEL In the Dark (4:18)
SNOWBIRD Porcelain (3:58)
HAIKU SALUT Sounds Like There’s a Pacman Crunching at Your Heart (4:56)

THE KINKS Face To Face (1966), Something Else By The Kinks (1967), Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) (1969) & Muswell Hillbillies (1971) – Deluxe Editions

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Face To Face (Deluxe Edition) (1966)
Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition) (1967)
Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) (Deluxe Edition) (1969)
Muswell Hillbillies (Deluxe Edition) (1971)
2011 Kinks Reissues

Someone suggested some Deluxe Kinks, so, without essay, here’s what I’ve got on hand. Don’t forget our longstanding 3CD version of The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, in the archives (HERE). We got some more from the Davies brothers buried in the bowels, including: The Complete Live At The Hippodrome – July 14, 1974 (HERE), their 1996 finale, To The Bone and To The Bone – The Rehearsals (HERE), The Kinks At The BBC (5CD Box, HERE) as well as Dave Davies’ 1980 debut, AFL1-3603 (HERE) and The Aschere Project, Two Worlds (HERE). You’ll also find a MOJO tribute CD from 2006, The Modern Genius Of Ray Davies (HERE). Find these four at Amazon: Face To Face (HERE), Something Else (HERE), Arthur (HERE) & Muswell Hillbillies (HERE).

Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition)
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David Watts (mono) (2:33)
Death Of A Clown (mono) (3:06)
Two Sisters (mono) (2:03)
No Return (mono) (2:03)
Harry Rag (mono) (2:18)
Tin Soldier Man (mono, first two notes missing, no backing vocals) (2:50)
Situation Vacant (mono) (3:20)
Love Me Till The Sun Shines (mono) (3:19)
Lazy Old Sun (mono) (2:50)
Afternoon Tea (mono) (3:27)
Funny Face (mono) (2:18)
End Of The Season (mono) (2:59)
Waterloo Sunset (mono) (3:17)
Act Nice And Gentle (mono) (2:39)
Mr. Pleasant (mono) (2:59)
Susannah’s Still Alive (mono) (2:21)
Autumn Almanac (mono) (3:10)
Harry Rag (mono, alternate mix) (2:14)
David Watts (mono, alternate mix) (2:32)
Afternoon Tea (mono, alternate mix with tone pedal guitar) (3:17)
Sunny Afternoon (BBC version) (2:52)
Autumn Almanac (BBC version) (3:05)
Mr Pleasant (BBC version) (2:48)
Susannah’s Still Alive (BBC version) (2:14)
David Watts (BBC version) (2:10)
Love Me Till The Sun Shines (BBC version) (2:19)
Death Of A Clown (BBC version) (2:45)
Good Luck Charm (BBC version) (1:17)
Harry Rag (BBC version) (2:27)
Little Woman (mono backing track) (2:13)
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David Watts (2:43)
Death Of A Clown (3:17)
Two Sisters (2:04)
No Return (2:04)
Harry Rag (2:19)
Tin Soldier Man (2:55)
Situation Vacant (3:18)
Love Me Till The Sun Shines (3:26)
Lazy Old Sun (2:48)
Afternoon Tea (3:28)
Funny Face (2:30)
End Of The Season (3:02)
Waterloo Sunset (3:24)
Susannah’s Still Alive (2:22)
Autumn Almanac (3:19)
Sand On My Shoes (3:11)
Afternoon Tea (alternate version) (3:45)
Mr Pleasant (alternate version) (3:22)
Lazy Old Sun (alternate vocals) (3:15)
Funny Face (alternate version) (2:42)
Afternoon Tea (alternate mix with tone pedal guitar) (3:20)
Tin Soldier Man (alternate backing track) (3:06)

Face To Face (Deluxe Edition)
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Party Line (mono) (2:38)
Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home (mono) (2:36)
Dandy (mono) (2:15)
Too Much On My Mind (mono) (2:33)
Session Man (mono) (2:23)
Rainy Day In June (mono) (3:20)
A House In The Country (mono) (3:09)
Holiday In Waikiki (mono) (2:55)
Most Exclusive Residence For Sale (mono) (2:51)
Fancy (mono) (2:32)
Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (mono) (3:21)
You’re Looking Fine (mono) (2:54)
Sunny Afternoon (mono) (3:41)
I’ll Remember (mono) (2:33)
Dead End Street (mono) (3:24)
Big Black Smoke (mono) (2:35)
This Is Where I Belong (mono) (2:27)
She’s Got Everything (mono) (3:11)
Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (mono, alternate take) (3:22)
Dead End Street (mono, original unreleased version) (2:56)
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Party Line (2:38)
Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home (2:36)
Dandy (2:14)
Too Much On My Mind (2:32)
Session Man (2:14)
Rainy Day In June (3:20)
A House In The Country (3:08)
Holiday In Waikiki (2:50)
Most Exclusive Residence For Sale (2:58)
Fancy (2:31)
Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (3:20)
You’re Looking Fine (2:52)
Sunny Afternoon (3:40)
I’ll Remember (2:33)
This Is Where I Belong (2:46)
Big Black Smoke (2:51)
She’s Got Everything (3:10)
You’re Looking Fine (alternate stereo mix) (2:53)
Sunny Afternoon (alternate stereo mix) (3:49)
Fancy (alternate stereo mix) (2:57)
Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (alternate stereo mix) (3:22)
Dandy (alternate stereo mix) (2:15)

Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) (Deluxe Edition)
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Victoria (mono) (3:44)
Yes Sir, No Sir (mono) (3:50)
Some Mother’s Son (mono) (3:27)
Drivin’ (mono) (3:16)
Brainwashed (mono) (2:38)
Australia (mono) (6:47)
Shangri-La (mono) (5:23)
Mr Churchill Says (mono) (4:45)
She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (mono) (3:10)
Young And Innocent Days (mono) (3:24)
Nothing To Say (mono) (3:11)
Arthur (mono) (5:29)
Plastic Man (mono) (3:04)
This Man He Weeps Tonight (mono) (2:43)
Mindless Child Of Motherhood (mono) (3:10)
Creeping Jean (mono) (3:19)
Lincoln County (mono) (3:13)
Hold My Hand (mono) (3:21)
Victoria (mono, with BBC overdubs) (3:36)
Mr Churchill Says (mono, with BBC overdubs) (3:38)
Arthur (mono, with BBC overdubs) (3:17)
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Victoria (3:40)
Yes Sir, No Sir (3:47)
Some Mother’s Son (3:26)
Drivin’ (3:20)
Brainwashed (2:35)
Australia (6:48)
Shangri-La (5:21)
Mr Churchill Says (4:43)
She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (3:08)
Young And Innocent Days (3:22)
Nothing To Say (3:09)
Arthur (5:29)
Plastic Man (3:03)
This Man He Weeps Tonight (2:39)
Drivin’ (alternate stereo mix) (3:16)
Mindless Child Of Motherhood (3:10)
Hold My Hand (3:15)
Lincoln County (3:23)
Mr Shoemaker’s Daughter (2009 remix) (3:07)
Mr Reporter (2009 remix, lead vocals by Dave) (3:36)
Shangri-La (backing track) (5:29)

Muswell Hillbillies (Deluxe Edition)
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20th Century Man (5:58)
Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (3:32)
Holiday (2:40)
Skin And Bone (3:39)
Alcohol (3:35)
Complicated Life (4:08)
Here Come The People In Grey (3:46)
Have A Cuppa Tea (3:45)
Holloway Jail (3:28)
Oklahoma U.S.A. (2:39)
Uncle Son (2:33)
Muswell Hillbilly (5:01)
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Lavender Lane (3:48)
Mountain Woman (3:08)
Have A Cuppa Tea (alternate version) (3:33)
Muswell Hillbilly (shortened edit) (3:50)
Uncle Son (alternate version) (2:44)
Kentucky Moon (3:56)
Nobody’s Fool (demo version) (2:28)
20th Century Man (alternate instrumental take) (3:02)
20th Century Man (shortened edit) (5:04)
Queenie (instrumental backing track) (3:43)
Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (BBC version) (3:48)
Holiday (BBC version) (3:08)
Skin And Bone (BBC version) (2:34)

MALO Malo (1973) – w/ Carlos’ Brother, Jorge Santana

FrontMalo (1972)
Blame The DNA…

Excellent debut release from Malo, featuring Jorge Santana – guitar-playing brother of Carlos – as well as a former member (or two) of Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues Band. The stylistic crossover between brothers Carlos and Jorge is pretty evident from the get-go – the percolating Latin rhythms, ethnically laced pop vocals and searing guitar work, to name a few characteristics. But, what set Malo (ever-so-slightly) apart, was the quality material, performances and the Top 20 hit, “Suavecito,” which all helped to override the expected (though not-unwarranted) wails of unoriginality. Blame the DNA, because Malo is as intoxicating as early Santana, with intricate arrangements, well-integrated horns and an unquestionable level of musicianship. Besides, Carlos had already embraced newer, jazzier extremes by the time this LP was released in 1972, so fans of the Santana “style” could still be satisfied via Malo. Jorge would record (maybe) three more albums with Malo – who would continue as a working unit into the new millennium without him. A few solo albums followed, including one with brother Carlos, but his profile has always been frustratingly low, probably no more frustrating than to Jorge himself. Many thanks to one of our readers, Joerg, for sharing this with us. We’ve got more (Carlos) Santana in the archives, including Borboletta (HERE), MCMLXVIII (pre-fame recordings, HERE), 1978′s GIANTS, a vinyl-only release with Santana, Herbie Hancock & Lee Oscar (HERE) and some live Santana and Malo on Fillmore: The Last Days (HERE). The 90s CD version of Malo is available used at Amazon, HERE, but is being re-issued in mid-September, though there’s no word yet on bonuses. Pre-order HERE.

Pana (6:52)
Just Say Goodbye (7:51)
Cafe (7:20)
Nena (6:30)
Suavecito (6:36)
Peace (9:18)

DWIGHT YOAKAM dwightyoakamacoustic.net (2000)

Frontdwightyoakamacoustic.net (2000)
Stripped… Just As The Cover Advertises

From The All Music Guide: At first glance, dwightyoakamacoustic.net might look like a simple re-recorded greatest-hits album that’s pleasant but unnecessary. However, the spontaneity and depth of these performances should give any Yoakam fan pause before dismissing it out of hand. Other than the fact that it has no discernible connection to the Internet, the album is exactly what the title promises: aside from one electric-guitar overdub, it’s nothing but Yoakam and an acoustic guitar the whole way through. This ultra-stripped-down setting gives Yoakam a chance to establish an intimacy of performance that relies simply on the expressiveness of his voice and his ability to fill up space with compelling guitar work. To a certain extent, Yoakam could be handicapped by the familiarity of most of these songs, but revisiting one’s back catalog is certainly not without precedent; outlaw country’s biggest stars frequently re-recorded old favorites to reflect their changing sounds. Without much to concentrate on other than emotive power in Yoakam’s voice, the heartbreaking ballads are that much more affecting, culminating in the a cappella, album-closing rendition of the once uptempo “Guitars, Cadillacs.” The approach also helps evoke the wide-open spaces of songs like “Bury Me” and “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.” Not everything here is revelatory – in the end, some songs are merely pleasant – but overall, dwightyoakamacoustic.net is a left-field success, a testament to the richness of Yoakam’s back catalog and his skill as an interpreter. Inexpensive at Amazon, HERE.

Bury Me (3:13)
1,000 Miles (4:02)
Little Sister (3:21)
Please, Please Baby (2:06)
It Won’t Hurt (4:01)
I’ll Be Gone (2:30)
Johnson’s Love (4:25)
Little Ways (2:57)
This Drinkin’ Will Kill Me (2:45)
Nothing’s Changed Here (3:00)
Throughout All Time (2:58)
Sad, Sad Music (2:11)
It Only Hurts When I Cry (2:28)
Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses) (3:48)
The Distance Between You And Me (2:06)
A Thousand Miles From Nowhere (3:14)
Two Doors Down (4:38)
Readin’, Rightin’, Rt. 23 (4:08)
If There Was A Way (2:33)
Fast As You (3:56)
Home For Sale (3:01)
A Long Way Home (2:52)
Lonesome Roads (2:49)
Things Change (3:08)
Guitars, Cadillacs (1:50)