FRIDAY NIGHT DRIVE-IN MOVIE
The Alligator People (1959)


AlligatorpeopleTHE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE (1959) B-Movie & TV actress Beverly Garland (best known from My Three Sons) is looking good in this mystery/suspense/monster movie, as a newlywed whose husband vanishes on their honeymoon. She tells the story via flashbacks, while under a doctor’s care, telling how she was able to find him, in the midst of his turning into an alligator. It’s a scream-fest for Garland, who gets accosted by everything in this one (she once said: “I can scream with more variations, from shrill to vibrato, than any other girl in pictures”). Lon Chaney, Jr., then in the midst of his Slow Decline From Decent Film Roles Tour, plays a crazed, drunken, one-handed handyman, who has a penchant for shooting alligators and running them over with his truck. He’s actually more believable here than in most of his roles since, and including, The Wolf Man. The veteran George Macready (brilliant in Kubrick’s Paths Of Glory), is scraping the barrel’s bottom as well, and his over-dramatic monologuing is a treat. The soundtrack is a good one, featuring an electric violin for a creepy effect usually reserved for theremins. Get the short but authentic 2000 OST re-recording, HERE. TAG LINE: Her Honeymoon Turned Into A Nightmare Of Horror! DIALOG ALERT: “If the quicksand didn’t get you, the moccasins would. Then… then, there’s always the gators. Dirty, nasty, slimy things!” Find The Alligator People as cheap as $6 @ Amazon (HERE, in a box set with The Fly, The House Of The Damned and The Cabinet Of Caligari). New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.

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BATMAN: NELSON RIDDLE Batman And Robin (Original Television Soundtrack), NEAL HEFTI Batman Theme And 19 Hefti Bat Songs + THE SENSATIONAL GUITARS OF DAN & DALE (a.k.a. The Blues Project & Sun Ra’s Arkestra) Batman And Robin (1966)

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NELSON RIDDLE Batman And Robin (Original Television Soundtrack) (1966)
NEAL HEFTI Batman Theme And 19 Hefti Bat Songs (1966/2007)
THE SENSATIONAL GUITARS OF DAN & DALE Batman And Robin (1966)
(a.k.a. The Blues Project & Sun Ra’s Arkestra)
Holy 1966, Batman!

In 1966, Batmania was sweeping the country. The hit TV show was a colorful blast of glorious stupidity that even kids were able to appreciate for its tongue-in-cheek slapstick weirdness. With fame, of course, came merchandising… and here are three broad examples. The first is the show’s Original Television Soundtrack, featuring the horn-laced TV spy-rock, background lounge music and 60s “jazz” that most of us know from the series episodes. Original voices and dialog from Adam West, Burt Ward, the show’s villains and that iconic narrator, bring Nelson Riddle’s original arrangements back to life for those that were there and got caught up in the fun. The show’s famed theme song was written by Neal Hefti, who had his own album in 1966, Batman Theme And 11 Hefti Bat Songs (expanded with 8 bonus tracks in 2007). Hefti uses Bat-titles to give the illusion of a connection to the show itself, but this is an altogether different kind of session, anchored by the theme song, but filled out with a different kind of stylistic fuzz guitar jams. Merchandising fever was taken to the extreme, however, with the now-legendary 1966 LP credited to “The Sensational Guitars Of Dan & Dale,” a studio assemblage actually made up of members from Sun Ra’s Arkestra (including John Gilmore and Marshall Allen) and The Blues Project (Al Kooper denies being there, but nobody believes him) – it’s a loose jam LP produced by the great Tom Wilson (Highway 61 Revisited & Freak Out, among a million others) and paid for by a toy company. Pretty much proving that in the mid-60s, Tom Wilson could get away with murder. Listen to “Batman And Robin Over The Roofs,” below, and visit The All Music Guide (HERE) for a breakdown on who’s involved on the sessions and what they’re doing, as it needs to be understood to be fully appreciated. For another extremely cool Bat-cash-in, hit the archives and check out the Tom Wilson, Burt Ward & Frank Zappa rarity, The Boy Wonder Sessions, HERE. These Bat-tracks are vinyl rips, except the Neal Hefti re-issue, and you can find them at Amazon: HERE, HERE & HERE.

NELSON RIDDLE Batman And Robin (Original Television Soundtrack)
Batman Theme (2:37)
Batman Riddles The Riddler!/Hi Diddle Riddle (1:43)
Batusi A-Go! Go!/I Shouldn’t Wish To Attract Attention (1:38)
Two Perfectly Ordinary People/!!!! (0:46)
Holy Hole-In-The-Doughnut/Robin, You’ve Done It Again (2:00)
Batman Pows The Penguin/Aha, My Fine-Feathered Finks! (1:51)
To The Batmobile! (2:19)
Batman Blues (1:48)
Holy Flypaper (3:05)
Batman Thaws Mr. Freeze/That’s The Way The Ice-Cube Crumbles! (2:07)
Gotham City (2:03)
Zelda Tempts Batman/Must He Go It Alone???? (2:29)

NEAL HEFTI Batman Theme And 19 Hefti Bat Songs
Batman Theme (2:19)
Evil Plot to Blow up Batman (2:07)
Sewer Lady (2:15)
The Mafista (2:54)
Holy Diploma, Batman–Straight A’s (1:45)
Eivol Ekdol, the Albanian Genius (2:06)
The Batusi (2:16)
Just a Simple Millionaire (2:00)
My Fine Feathered Finks (2:30)
Mr. Freeze (2:26)
Jervis (2:09)
Batman Chase (1:55)
Gotham City Municipal Swing Band (Bonus Track) (2:36)
Senorita Boo Bam (Bonus Track) (2:34)
Honorable Batman (Bonus Track) (2:10)
Robin’s Egg Blue (Bonus Track) (2:05)
King Tut’s Tomb (Bonus Track) (2:09)
Mother Gotham (Bonus Track) (2:26)
Fingers (Bonus Track) (2:56)
Soul City (Bonus Track) (2:29)

THE SENSATIONAL GUITARS OF DAN & DALE Batman And Robin
(a.k.a. The Blues Project & Sun Ra’s Arkestra)

Batman Theme (2:11)
Batman’s Batmorang (2:46)
Batman And Robin Over The Roofs (6:42)
The Penguin Chase (2:39)
Flight Of The Batman (2:05)
Joker Is Wild (1:57)
Robin’s Theme (3:01)
Penguin’s Umbrella (2:59)
Batman And Robin Swing (2:38)
Batmobile Wheels (2:03)
The Riddler’s Retreat (2:07)
The Bat Cave (2:45)

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES 12 Inch Collection (2002) + 12 Inch Collection Vol. 2 (2003)

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12 Inch Collection Vol. 2 (2003)
Hall & Oates’ Rare 12″ Singles… And More

Typically available only as high-priced Japanese imports, this wide-ranging set of Hall & Oates’ extended mixes and dance floor variations is a pretty cool collection… for those whose guilty pleasures embrace the duo’s more commercial characteristics. I like these because they’re a great way to hear familiar hits in unfamiliar surrounds, sporting re-emphasized beats with vocals looped ‘n’ spliced into differing configurations. There are dub versions, club mixes, extended & UK mixes, previously unreleased tracks and more. “Out Of Touch (Extended Version)” (below) will give you the gist. Also thoughtfully included are both sides of H&O’s Christmas single, “Jingle Bell Rock.” These two sets will bring the 80s flashing back in full force (for better or worse). Visit our other Hall & Oates posts HERE. Find (Vol. 1) and Vol. 2 at Amazon, HERE & HERE.

12″ Collection
Out Of Touch (Extended Version) (7:39)
Say It Isn’t So (Special Extended Dance Mix) (6:44)
Possession Obsession (Special Mix) (6:31)
Family Man (Extended Dance Mix) (5:45)
Private Eyes (UK Mix) (3:09)
Dance On Your Knees (Extended Version) (6:40)
One On One (Club Mix) (5:32)
Everything Your Heart Desires (54th Street Extended Remix) (9:14)
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid (Special New Mix) (5:28)
Everytime You Go Away (Remix Version) (5:08)
I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (HOAX Remix) (7:06)

12″ Collection Vol. 2
Maneater (Extended Club Mix) (5:59)
I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (Extended Club Mix) (6:05)
Kiss On My List (Previously Unreleased Mix) (5:38)
Adult Education (Special Extended Mix) (7:03)
Your Imagination (Disco Remix) (5:39)
Method Of Modern Love (Extended Mix) (7:48)
Out Of Touch (Dub Version) (7:19)
Missed Opportunity (Unlimited Mix) (6:58)
Downtown Life (Downtown Remix) (7:29)
I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (The Ben Liebrand Remix) (6:25)
Jingle Bell Rock (Daryl’s Version) (2:06)
Jingle Bell Rock (John’s Version) (2:07)

DARYL HALL/JOHN OATES War Babies (1974) Produced By Todd Rundgren, With Utopia

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Hall & Oates & Todd & Utopia

Atlantic Records producer/mogul Arif Mardin just didn’t know what to think. After the critical success of Abandon Luncheonette, Hall & Oates unexpectedly decided to make a bee-line away from the soulful Philly sound they so easily embodied, only to hook up with Todd Rundgren and Utopia for their strange third LP, War Babies. Rocked out and brimming with synthesizers, druggy song titles and sound effects, War Babies fell flat, sales-wise, and became largely disenfranchised from the group’s oeuvre after they moved to RCA for the next album. War Babies isn’t a bad album… far from it. It was just a jarring about-face that missed its mark, despite its overly adventurous nature. The first side features synthesized variations of Hall & Oates’ strengths, both vocally and compositionally. But, as the album progresses, Todd Rundgren’s stylistic characteristics begin to dominate, which, as fans know, is typical of Rundgren-produced LPs. Credit Daryl Hall for being one of the few vocalists to stand toe-to-toe with Todd’s “Rungrenization” and come out with his own style (relatively, though not completely) intact. I’ve always liked War Babies, but then… I’ve always liked Rundgren. H20 fans looking for more of what made Abandoned Luncheonette so special just went elsewhere. The bizarre “Screaming Through December” might explain why, displaying over-the-top balladeering intercut with Utopian space prog all in the same tune. We’ve got more Hall – Sacred Songs (HERE) and 3 Hearts In The Happy Ending Machine (HERE) – and Hall & Oates – Abandoned Luncheonette (HERE) and H20 (HERE) – in the archives. Tomorrow we’ve got two volumes of their 12″ singles coming. Find War Babies at Amazon, HERE.

Can’t Stop The Music (He Played It Much Too Long) (2:51)
Is It A Star (4:42)
Beanie G. And The Rose Tattoo (3:02)
You’re Much Too Soon (4:09)
70′s Scenario (4:00)
War Baby Son Of Zorro (4:10)
I’m Watching You (A Mutant Romance) (4:27)
Better Watch Your Back (4:16)
Screaming Through December (6:35)
Johnny Gore And The C Eaters (5:18)

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JIM CARROLL Praying Mantis (1991)

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Spoken Word From The Late Singer

I had this posted years ago but, for some reason, it went by the wayside. Spoken word from the late, great poet/rocker Jim Carroll, recorded live at St. Mark’s Church, in New York City. Most know him for his new wave anthem, “People That Died,” while others know his literary work, including The Basketball Diaries – his tales of life and drugs in NYC. This spoken work disc is worth owning just for Carroll’s “Tiny Tortures” – a recollection of JC’s one night as a 17-year-old performance artist, and a wickedly astute look at “performance art” in general. Hear it below. Carroll died of a heart attack in 2009.

Fragment: Little N.Y. Ode (0:24)
A Day At The Races (4:23)
Times Square’s Cage (2:05)
A Child Growing Up With The Sun (1:54)
Tiny Tortures (11:25)
To The National Endowment Of The Arts (1:48)
Terrorist Trousers (2:36)
Monologue: The Loss Of American Innocence (13:42)
For Elizabeth (2:33)
Sampling Nietzsche (0:33)
Just Visiting (5:51)
Praying Mantis (1:22)

T BONE BURNETT Tooth Of Crime (2008)

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T Bone’s Detached Retinas

The most recent solo album from T Bone Burnett, 2008′s Tooth Of Crime, is another sterling example of his wiry, unsettling musical visions outside the popular Americana he often sculpts/produces for his friends and soundtracks. Solo Burnett is a unique animal these days, and I’m fascinated by his easy-going uneasiness – a kind of half-spoken, image-heavy, world-weary cynicism. A style also prominent on his previous LP – that one, his first in 14 years – The True False Identity (in the archives, HERE). In a way, Burnett has artistically remade himself for the 21st century, like Tom Waits did beginning with Swordfishtrombones, abandoning his well-known, cinematic calling card to follow his more idiosyncratic whims. Given Burnett’s expansive experience, via soundtracks and collaborators, his sonic gene pool is that much more interestingly diverse. In the case of Tooth Of Crime, the songs began life as accompaniment for a 1996 Sam Shepard play, and there are some cool players involved to augment the music, including former partner (and ex-wife) Sam Phillips, Marc Ribot, Jon Brion, Jim Keltner and others. A few examples below will give you a taste, though… probably not the big picture. If there even is one. Find Tooth Of Crime at Amazon, HERE.

Anything I Say Can And Will Be Used Against You (4:03)
Dope Island (4:16)
The Slowdown (4:43)
Blind Man (1:22)
Kill Zone (4:19)
The Rat Age (5:30)
Swizzle Stick (5:11)
Telepresence (Make The Metal Scream) (3:06)
Here Come The Philistines (3:33)
Sweet Lullaby (3:24)

TODD RUNDGREN AND THE HELLO PEOPLE Ultrasonic Studios, May 2, 1972

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Speaking Of Todd…

A well-known Todd Rundgren bootleg from 1972, capturing Todd live in Ultrasonic Studios (for an FM radio broadcast) with his backing band at the time, The Hello People – a musical/mime act from the late 60s with numerous LPs of their own to their credit. This taping was a real chatty affair, with sonics that aren’t as perfect as they could be, but it’s fun… and different – taking place just after the release of Todd’s Something/Anything? Rundgren’s vocal high end seems to have abandoned him on this day, while “Piss Aaron” is comically worthless, as TR attempts to make it palatable for the FCC. The Hello People perform a couple of their own tunes, including the likable “Feels So Good To Be Alive.” The cover art is an homage to the original bootleg cover (HERE). Listen below to Todd’s “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” and the uber-bizarre “Mad Red Ant Lady” for an overall taste of what goes on here. If nothing else, this will point you to our other TR & Utopia posts, including (the essential) The Todd Rundgren Radio Show promo LP (HERE), the 2CD Singles (HERE), Liars (HERE), Back To The Bars (HERE), Deface The Music & Deface The Music Tour (HERE), Oblivion (HERE), Shaun Cassidy’s Wasp (produced by Todd, featuring Utopia) (HERE), and a Todd tribute album (HERE).

Broke Down And Busted (5:28)
Georgia Swing (3:42)
Outside Love (5:56)
Piss Aaron (4:27)
A Dream Goes On Forever (2:33)
I Saw The Light (3:40)
It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference (4:44)
Feels So Good To Be Alive (4:14)
Mad Red Ant Lady (9:02)
Blaze (3:45)
Lady On A Terrace (5:26)
Slut (3:19)

LEWIS TAYLOR The Lost Album (2005/2006) – Brian Wilson & Todd Rundgren Fans Apply Here

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Brian Wilson & Todd Rundgren Fans Apply Here

When Lewis Taylor’s name first cropped up on this blog a few weeks ago, I thought everyone was talking about someone other than the Lewis Taylor that’s been sitting on my shelf since the late-oughts. The idea that this Lewis Taylor – a blue-eyed soulster moonlighting as a one-man pop band – was also responsible for a tribute to Captain Beefheart’s legendary exercise in anti-music, Trout Mask Replica (below), simply did not compute. Funny enough, Taylor’s 2005 release, The Lost Album, isn’t his typical stock-in-trade either, because in the UK he’s best known for singing nuanced soul/pop, of the caucasian variety. So this album – an homage to the harmonic delicacies of The Beach Boys and Todd Rundgren – should be recognized as yet another stylistic detour for Lewis. What makes The Lost Album so rewarding is that it’s not one of those rewritten riffs records… the spot-the-influence kind that some show-off popsters like to prove they can easily do. Instead, this is a living, breathing embodiment of an era-specific music that Taylor retro-fits like he was born to it. The dense harmonies of the note-perfect Brian Wilson homage, “Let’s Hope Nobody Finds Us” (notwithstanding), recreates the sound of The Beach Boys, but it’s the nuanced lyrics that brilliantly capture the intimate isolation found in Brian Wilson’s root DNA. Elsewhere, Todd Rundgren’s compositional characteristics can be clearly discerned in Taylor’s (and co-writer Sabina Smyth’s) melodic twists. The Lost Album was first issued in the UK in 2005, but the 2006 US version (this one) omitted one of the original’s sweeter tracks, “Send Me An Angel,” in favor of three demo bonus tracks. Curious, since the demos are more in line with Taylor’s white soul stylings, as opposed to this LP’s pop premise. So, for completists, we’ve also included the missing track. Allow a few repeat listens to the tracks below and see if this gorgeous work doesn’t find a place in your heart. Taylor performs every note, by the way. Find The Lost Album at Amazon, HERE.

Listen Here (4:17)
Hide Your Heart Away (4:54)
The Leader Of The Band (4:30)
Yeah (4:47)
Please Help Me If You Can (4:20)
Let’s Hope Nobody Finds Us (4:42)
New Morning (5:45)
Say I Love You (4:43)
See My Way (4:02)
One More Mystery (4:44)
Lost (1:44)
Lucky (acoustic) (4:59) – Bonus Track
Track (acoustic) (4:12) – Bonus Track
Song (acoustic) (2:21) – Bonus Track
ADDED BONUS: Send Me An Angel (4:49) – From the 2005 UK Edition of The Lost Album

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Taylor’s Stillborn Unreleased Beefheart Tribute

An unreleased project that was abandoned by Lewis Taylor for reasons unknown. Just as mysterious… is as why a blue-eyed soulster would even embark on covering one of music’s more difficult albums in the first place? Regardless, the legend is that Taylor only got half-way through the tribute before moving on to something else. There’s not a lot of info about this project to be found (including what year it was even made), and it should be noted that the only current online source for these tracks are bit-rated @160. The last two tracks (which happen to be @256) are considered by many to be out-fakes. And, the sound/style would suggest that’s true. Thanks to Matthew Best for originally posting this on our Capt. Beefheart/Trout Mask Replica post (HERE). A fascinating exercise from someone you’d least expect it from.

Frownland (1:52)
The Dust Blows Forward n The Dust Blows Back (2:07)
Dachau Blues (2:00)
Spoken (0:32)
Ella Guru (2:28)
Hair Pie Bake 1 (2:28)
Moonlight On Vermont (3:49)
Pachuco Cadaver (4:41)
Bill’s Corpse (1:52)
Sweet Sweet Bulbs (2:22)
Steal Softly Thru Snow (2:19)
My Human Gets Me Blues (2:48)
Hair Pie Bake 2 (2:21)
Bills Corpse (Extended) (2:58) – Out-fake?
The Dust Corpse (3:56) – Out-fake?

TONY MOLINA Dissed And Dismissed (2013) – The 12 Minute Pop LP

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12 Songs, 12 Minutes

Exy posted this a couple of weeks ago and got nary a comment for his trouble. But, Tony Molina’s Dissed And Dismissed is so tailor-made for this disposable music age, that it seemed appropriate to re-seed it for those who overlooked it. Molina, a veteran of indie bands like Ovens, Dystrophy, Caged Animal and Violent Change, charges hard through 12 songs in approximately 12 minutes, channeling the likes of Big Star, Teenage Fanclub and Guided By Voices (covering their “Wondering Boy Poet”) in the process. His raw, power pop approach – recorded live in the studio – strips his tunes of “non-essentials,” leaving only assorted variations of a riff, chorus, lead and hook. Then he’s out! Ranging from 42 seconds to a minute-32, each track is over before most tunes have even broken the intro barrier. True… it’s kind of like listening to Amazon samples of some lost raw pop album, but it’s still a fun exercise that challenges the way we’re all accustomed to hearing pop composition. Will you like it? Well… it won’t take long to find out, will it? Originally released in 2013, the initial pressing sold out and Dissed And Dismissed has just been reissued on vinyl at Amazon, HERE.

Nowhere To Go (0:48)
Change My Ways (1:12)
Can’t Believe (1:03)
Tear Me Down (0:44)
Nothing I Can Do (1:04)
Sick Ass Riff (0:26)
See Me Through (0:42)
Don’t Come Back (1:32)
Spoke Too Soon (0:42)
The Way Things Are (1:03)
Wondering Boy Poet (0:47)
Walk Away (1:25)

IRON BUTTERFLY Bonus Tracks & Rarities (1967-71) + The Galaxy Club, Los Angeles, CA 1967

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Some Actual Bonuses Would Have Helped…

Truth is… the sometimes-lumbering psych/metal monsters, Iron Butterfly, have only issued two bonus tracks across their seven album catalog. Three, if you count the 45 edit of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” found on the 1995 Deluxe Edition, and four if you count that reissue’s 18:51 “bonus” live version… which is, in reality, not a bonus at all, but from their 1970 live album, Live. At least they didn’t bullshit the Deluxe consumers… the back cover does state, “(Live Version),” which is “technically” accurate. So, in order to fill-out this non-existent bonus tracks idea, we’ve bolstered this post with four, poorly-ripped, non-LP 45s, a rare 8:20 edit of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” from the Manhunter soundtrack, bootleg live recordings of three 1967 compositions the band never officially recorded/released… and a few miscellaneous oddities. The 45 version of “Possession” is an earlier recording of the Heavy track, while “Evil Temptation” is an instrumental from 1968, but released only as a B-side in 1970. The vocal version of the tune is one of the three bootleg cuts recorded at the Galaxy in LA, circa November, 1967 (with the original Butterfly line-up, see below). While the non-LP 45, “Silly Sally,” written by Mike Pinera, wound up being the band’s last gasp (before re-forming in 1975), and is unlike anything else in the group’s catalog. The 45 rips notwithstanding, the sonics here are inexplicably thin, even the official Ball CD bonus tracks – one of which, “To Be Alone,” sounds almost like a lost prog cousin to Jethro Tull’s A Passion Play… 4 years in the future. We’ve got most of the band’s catalog buried in a wormhole (HERE), including Heavy, In-A-Gadda-da-Vida, Ball, Live, Metamorphosis and the 2CD Rhino Handmade live set, Fillmore East 1968. Find all of our other (real) bonus track collections, HERE.

Iron Butterfly For Ban Roll On (1:02) Unreleased Commercial Advertisement, 1968
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Single Version) (2:54) In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Deluxe Edition), 1968/1995
Don’t Look Down On Me (Non-LP 45) (2:21) A-Side of “Possession,” 1968
Possession (Early Version) (Non-LP 45) (2:50) B-Side of “Don’t Look Down On Me,” 1968
I Can’t Help But Deceive You Little Girl (Bonus) (3:34) Non LP A-Side of “To Be Alone”/Ball (Expanded), 1969/1999
To Be Alone (Bonus) (3:05) Non LP B-Side of “I Can’t Help But Deceive You Little Girl”/Ball (Expanded), 1969/1999
Ball Radio Advertisement (1:05) Unreleased, 1969
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Live Version) (18:51) Live, 1970/In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Deluxe Edition), 1995
Evil Temptation (Instrumental) (Non-LP 45) (2:26) B-Side of “Possession,” 1970
Butterfly Bleu (Edit) (8:54) Original Version On Metamorphosis, 1970
Talkbox Solo From Butterfly Bleu (45 Edit) (3:51) B-Side of “Silly Sally” (European), 1970/1971
Silly Sally (Non-LP 45) (2:08) A-Side of “Stone Believer,” 1971
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Edit) (8:20) Manhunter (Original Soundtrack), 1986
It’s Up To You (2:58) Unrecorded Composition, The Galaxy Club, Los Angeles, CA 1967 (Bootleg)
Gloomy Day To Remember (2:46) Unrecorded Composition, The Galaxy Club, Los Angeles, CA 1967 (Bootleg)
(Got To Ignore) Evil Temptation (6:39) Unrecorded Vocal Version, The Galaxy Club, Los Angeles, CA 1967 (Bootleg)

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Raw… Sonically And Stylistically

The quality is pretty raw, but the music is surprisingly engaging. I usually can’t stand bootleg quality material, but hearing this early line-up of Iron Butterfly – Doug Ingle, Ron Bushy, Jerry Penrod, Danny Weis & Daryl DeLoach (yeah… ignore this boot’s cover photo) – is something of a revelation, as the band hadn’t yet become the heavy, Jurassic monsters they would soon evolve into – especially after Erik Braunn/Braunn/Braun and Lee Dorman joined the ranks, post-Heavy. Some of this stuff sounds like some garage-punk offspring of The Seeds (check out “Gentle As It May Seem,” below), with a surprising amount of energy and freewheeling abandon. I’m not a Butthead, by any stretch, but I found this to be entertaining, despite the sonics. These songs would wind up on Heavy (1968) and Ball (1969), with 3 (*) never finding an official release.

Real Fright (2:38)
Possession (5:32)
Filled With Fear (4:47)
Fields Of Sun (3:32)
It’s Up To You (2:58)*
Gloomy Day To Remember (2:46)*
(Got To Ignore) Evil Temptation (6:39)*
So-Lo (4:03)
Gentle As It May Seem (4:04)
Lonely Boy (5:58)
Iron Butterfly Theme (7:07)
You Can’t Win (4:36)

Wormhole #71 (Louis CK)

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BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS Catch A Fire (1973) – Marley’s Previously Unreleased Jamaican Version

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Bob Marley’s Original Jamaican Recordings… Before Chris Blackwell Had His Say…

Island Records’ Chris Blackwell was a visionary. No dispute. He alone saw the worldwide potential in Bob Marley’s Wailers and, like Brian Epstein with The Beatles, took a hands-on approach to cleaning up Marley’s act to introduce him to the rest of the world. Marley had been recording and performing for years in Jamaica and was no rookie, but Blackwell knew that wouldn’t be enough. So he tinkered with Marley’s formula – already fully realized, but lacking in the sophistication that Blackwell would provide. BMW’s 1973 debut for Island, Catch A Fire, was the result, and it is lauded to this day. But… what of the original, Marley-produced material that Blackwell had to work with? This is it! The first, Jamaican version of Bob Marley’s major label debut – more raw, more naked and more indicative of Marley’s vision… or limitations, depending on how you hear it. These tapes sat in the can for nearly 30 years before being combined with the better-known 1973 Island release for the 2001 Deluxe Edition of Catch A Fire. Here’s the music – in its original form – that gave Chris Blackwell visions of the future, and the world one of its most credible musicians. There’s more Marley in the archives, including… Live At Leeds (HERE), Live At The Roxy (HERE), The Record Plant, December, 1973 and Exodus “Scratch” Demos, 1977 (both HERE), BILL LASWELL/BOB MARLEY Dreams Of Freedom: Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub (HERE) and VARIOUS ARTISTS Sacred Sources, Vol. 1: Live Forever (HERE). Find the Catch A Fire Deluxe Edition, with the original Jamaican tapes, at Amazon, HERE.

Concrete Jungle (4:16)
Stir It Up (3:40)
High Tide Or Low Tide (4:45)
Stop That Train (3:55)
400 Years (3:03)
Baby We’ve Got A Date (Rock It Baby) (4:05)
Midnight Ravers (5:09)
All Day All Night (3:29)
Slave Driver (2:57)
Kinky Reggae (3:45)
No More Trouble (5:16)

THE DAVID JOHANSEN GROUP Live (1978/1993)

LiveLive (1978/1993)
Post-Dolls Fresh

I was a proud owner of The David Johansen Group’s original promo-only Live LP. Recorded at The Bottom Line, July 21, 1978, it was expanded 15 years later for this CD release. What’s cool about these recordings is that even while Johansen was attempting to move past his past, into greener, more commercial territory, his signature pre-punk/50s glam, bash & pop persona was still fully intact live. You can take the Doll out of the trash, but you can’t take the trash out of the Doll, or some such horseshit. The set list is Dolls-intensive, with some gloriously messy soul sides, “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “Reach Out.” It doesn’t hurt that ex-mates Johnny Thunders and Syl Sylvain show up, too. This is a good one. Loud, raucous & fun. There’s more Dolls & Dolls-related stuff in the archives, including A Hard Night’s Day (outstanding 1973 studio performance, HERE), From Paris With Love (L.U.V.) (HERE), Live At The Fillmore East-December 28 & 29, 2007 and The Return Of The New York Dolls – Live From Royal Festival Hall, 2004 (both HERE), DAVID JOHANSEN Live It Up (HERE), JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS L.A.M.F. The Lost ’77 Mixes (HERE), Hurt Me (HERE), Stations Of The Cross & I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (both HERE). Find Live at Amazon, HERE.

Cool Metro
Looking For A Kiss
Not That Much
Funky But Chic
Donna
Build Me Up Buttercup
I’m A Lover
I Found A Love
Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
The Girl Don’t Come
Frenchette
Lonely Tenement
Girls
Personality Crisis
It’s A Heartache
Personality Crisis (End Of)
Love Child
Babylon

THE KINKS Are The Village Green Preservation Society (3CD Special Deluxe Edition 1968)

Are The Village Green
Preservation Society
(1968)

3CDs Of Ray Davies’ Spectacular Failure

No less an authority than Pete Townshend calls it “Ray Davies’ masterwork… his Sgt. Pepper.” It took two years to complete and was released in Europe, withdrawn, then re-released with different songs a month later. Unfortunately, it came out around the same time as Beggar’s Banquet, Electric Ladyland, Led Zeppelin and The White Album, and was just plain out of step with the times. To top it off, The Kinks were still “barred” from playing in the USA, so promotion in the States was almost non-existent. All of this explains why the liner notes for this 2004, 3CD Deluxe Edition refer to The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society as “pop music’s best kept secret.” It’s daring, folky, very British, non-commercial, off-kilter and – with its use of nostalgic themes – even a bit experimental. Of more concern to fans, however, Village Green was a distinct departure from the band’s hit single/garage band roots. In retrospect, it’s not all that surprising it failed to chart anywhere in the world. Still… it remains one of The Kinks’ great works. While this 3CD re-issue is a might overblown (with the requisite rarities and both stereo & mono mixes), it’s still a treat to get lost in the details of the elaborate world Ray Davies stitched together from his memory and imagination. It may take a few spins to appreciate its strangeness (it did then, too), but it’s well worth the investment. We’ve got more Kinks in the archives, including, The Kinks At The BBC (5CDs HERE), To The Bone & To The Bone – The Rehearsals (HERE), DAVE DAVIES’ The Aschere Project: Two Worlds (HERE) and debut solo LP, AFL1-3603 (HERE). This 2003 version of Village Green (HERE) is out of print, but the same music was reissued as a different “Deluxe Edition” (HERE) in 2009.


#1 (Stereo Mix + Bonus Tracks)
The Village Green Preservation Society
Do You Remember Walter
Picture Book
Johnny Thunder
Last Of The Steam Powered Trains
Big Sky
Sitting By The Riverside
Animal Farm
Village Green
Starstruck
Phenomenal Cat
All Of My Friends Were There
Wicked Annabella
Monica
People Take Pictures Of Each Other
Mr. Songbird [from 12 Track Edition]
Days [from Single]
Do You Remember Walter [Original Stereo Mix]
People Take Pictures Of Each Other [Original Stereo Mix]

#2 (Mono Mix + Bonus Tracks)
The Village Green Preservation Society [Mono]
Do You Remember Walter [Mono]
Picture Book [Mono]
Johnny Thunder [Mono]
Last Of The Steam Powered Trains [Mono]
Big Sky [Mono]
Sitting By The Riverside [Mono]
Animal Farm [Mono]
Village Green [Mono]
Starstruck [Mono]
Phenomenal Cat [Mono]
All Of My Friends Were There [Mono]
Wicked Annabella [Mono]
Monica [Mono]
People Take Pictures Of Each Other [Mono]
Days
Mr. Songbird
Polly
Wonderboy
Berkeley Mews
Village Green [No Strings Version]

#3 (Rarities)
Village Green [orchestra overdub]
Misty Water [stereo]
Berkeley Mews [stereo]
Easy Come, There You Went [stereo]
Polly [stereo]
Animal Farm [alternate stereo mix]
Phenomenal Cat [mono instrumental]
Johnny Thunder [stereo remix]
Did You See His Name?
Mick Avory’s Underpants
Lavender Hill
Rosemary Rose
Wonderboy
Spotty Grotty Anna
Where Did My Spring Go?
Groovy Movies
Creeping Jean
King Kong
Misty Water [mono]
Do You Remember Walter? [BBC session remix]
Animal Farm [BBC session remix]
Days [BBC session remix]

 

THE ROLLING STONES Exile On Main St. Promo Flexi-Disc (1972) w/Rare “Exile On Main Street Blues” + Exile On Main St. (Deluxe Edition) (2010)

Exile On Main St. Flexi1Exile On Main St. Promo Flexi-Disc (1972)
Includes The Rare “Exile On Main Street Blues”

The April 29, 1972 issue of the UK’s New Musical Express offered this promotional flexi-disc to announce the arrival of the new Rolling Stones 2LP, Exile On Main St. The label reads “M. Jagger with piano accompaniment introduces excerpts from their forthcoming double album…” What that means is that you get to hear Mick (and a pianist, Nicky Hopkins? Ian Stewart? Billy Preston?) performing an off-the-cuff blues number that name checks 7 or 8 song titles from the album (including the great line, “Come on Virginia, let’s shoot some dimes”). NMEDubbed “Exile On Main Street Blues” by future bootleggers, the cool quickie appears in three segments between LP snippets of “All Down The Line,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Shine A Light” and “Happy.” The flexi has never been officially released in any other format, and it also has a B-side – a track each from Curved Air (“Phantasmagoria”) and Fanny (“Blind Alley”) – not included. NOTE: We’ve posted a slightly longer bootleg version in comments. Just as The Stones used this to promote the availability of the 2LP Exile On Main St., we’re using it to promote the availability of the 2CD Exile On Main St. (Deluxe Edition). Only seems fitting. It’s unfortunate that the Deluxe Edition didn’t bother to include this flexi rarity with the freshly remastered 2010 version’s other bonus tracks. Hear it all below.

Exile On Main St. (Featuring All Down The Line, Tumbling Dice, Shine A Light, Happy) (6:22)

FrontExile On Main St. (Deluxe Edition) (1972/2010)
The original was a gloriously muddy mess, with lyrical content that was abjectly foreign to many a white suburban teenager still wrestling with social dilemmas like bra hooks and acne. In this modern, instantly disposable, consumer/product age, gone are the days when one actually lived with a vinyl investment for a period of time. Since chucking it in the digital trash bin and moving on to the next album wasn’t a considered option. It was a time when listeners could allow an album the time to fester in your psyche, perhaps to better understand its nuance and merits. In my case, I actually “hated” Exile for nearly a year… before (very) slowly wising up that it was one of the greatest albums ever made. The 2010 Deluxe reissue addresses the muffled sound head on, with great success. And it’s about time. The bonus tracks are a mixed bag, as most of them are heavily overdubbed tracks that contain only some of the era’s sonic characteristics. But… it’s still better to have them than not. Find it for as little as $5 at Amazon, HERE. (Thanks to this instantly disposable age, people have already moved on.) Check out our voluminous Stones archives (way too much to list), HERE.
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Rocks Off (4:33)
Rip This Joint (2:23)
Shake Your Hips (2:59)
Casino Boogie (3:35)
Tumbling Dice (3:47)
Sweet Virginia (4:27)
Torn And Frayed (4:18)
Sweet Black Angel (2:58)
Loving Cup (4:26)
Happy (3:05)
Turd On The Run (2:38)
Ventilator Blues (3:25)
I Just Want To See His Face (2:54)
Let It Loose (5:19)
All Down The Line (3:50)
Stop Breaking Down (4:35)
Shine A Light (4:17)
Soul Survivor (3:49)
2
Pass The Wine (Sophia Loren) (4:54)
Plundered My Soul (3:59)
I’m Not Signifying (3:55)
Following The River (4:52)
Dancing In The Light (4:22)
So Divine (Aladdin Story) (4:33)
Loving Cup (Alternate Take) (5:25)
Soul Survivor (Alternate Take) (3:59)
Good Time Women (3:21)
Title 5 (1:48)

BOB MOULD Live At Cabaret Metro, Chicago, 1989

Bob Mould Metro ChicagoLive at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Il., May 14th, 1989 (1989/2014)
Bob And A Great Band, Live…

The great Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar) recorded live at one of his favorite haunts, Chicago’s Cabaret Metro, in support of his 1989 debut solo album, Workbook. Despite the bootleg look of the fake front cover posted here, this is actually the second disc from the officially released 2CD Workbook 25 reissue. Great electric show to offset Workbook‘s comparatively lightened style, with a great band backing Mould, including Chris Stamey (The dB’s) on guitar, Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) on bass and Anton Fier (Golden Palominos) on drums. Includes all of Workbook, some Hüsker Dü material and a moody cover of Richard Thompson’s “Shoot Out The Lights.” This also provides an opportunity to point you to our massive Sugar post, which includes Copper Blue (1992), Beaster (1993), File Under: Easy Listening (1994), Besides (1995), our own concoction, Asides & B-Sides Besides Besides (1992-1995) and the out of print Ryko live bonus disc, The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes (1994)… all HERE. Oh… and don’t forget this, HERE. Find Workbook 25 at Amazon, HERE.

Sunspots (2:14)
Wishing Well (4:32)
Compositions For The Young And Old (4:21)
Heartbreak A Stranger (5:34)
Dreaming, I Am (3:40)
If You’re True (4:34)
Poison Years (5:44)
Sinners And Their Repentances (4:53)
Lonely Afternoon (3:58)
Brasilia Crossed With Trenton (7:02)
See A Little Light (3:31)
Whichever Way The Wind Blows (7:13)
All Those People Know (3:03)
Shoot Out The Lights (5:59)
Hardly Getting Over It (4:49)
Celebrated Summer (4:20)
Makes No Sense At All (3:25)

Jefferson Airplane THING (1968)

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THING (1968)
Grain Of Salt Not Included…

In 1968, Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden commandeered the recording sessions for the group’s follow-up to After Bathing At Baxter’s, infusing a new-found, drug-drenched, free-form chaos to the Airplane’s evolving modus operandi. Under Dryden’s leadership, the recording studio became a pharmaceutical playhouse for the band, who collectively indulged every half-baked idea and ill-conceived whim that presented itself, resulting in a form-less, song-free collection of musique concrète and jams. At least one of the titles offers a clue, “A Small Package Of Value Will Come To You, Shortly” – the most obvious reference to the non-musical comings-and-goings in the studio. Frank Zappa and some Mothers were in-house, feeding the anti-commercial atmosphere, performing an improvised piece with Grace Slick entitled, “Would You Like A Snack” (they are also heard in the bizarre, “The Saga Of Sydney Spacepig”). Drummer Dryden orchestrated the entire first side “suite” of radio unfriendly madness, while side two is composed of two lengthy jams. When it was delivered to RCA Records (titled, THING) the LP immediately created problems between the band and label, making it as far as production before wiser corporate heads pulled the plug – forcing the band back into the studio to “get serious.” Crown Of Creation would rise from the ashes to take its place, but not before Spencer Dryden’s presence in the band would be severely diminished… and he would exit the Airplane after the following year’s Volunteers. Partly because of the backlash produced by this project. As weird as this LP is, the mono version is even stranger and is highly coveted… but is impossible to find. Click the covers for pop-ups. Thanks to 1968er for the font. Listen below to all of Side A & Side B, and hear what might have been… and now is.

Side A (17:53)
Intro (Kaukonen) (1:21)
A Small Package Of Value Will Come To You, Shortly (Dryden/Blackman/Thompson) (1:33)
Ribump Ba Bap Dum Dum (Dryden/Goodwin) (1:24)
Would You Like A Snack (Zappa/Slick) (2:34)
The Saga Of Sydney Spacepig / Chushingura (Dryden/Dryden) (11:02)


Side B (20:40)
Spare Chaynge (Casady/Dryden/Kaukonen) (9:11)
Thing (Casady/Dryden/Kaukonen/Kantner) (11:28)

FLAMING LIPS Flaming Side Of The Moon (2014) – New Release, Streaming


Apparently, the new Flaming Lips album being released on Warners today should be played simultaneously with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, as well as the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz (no joke), for maximum effect. Some folks are using Spotify to do just that. Hear it all above.

JAY FERGUSON All Alone In The End Zone (1976)

FrontAll Alone In The End Zone (1976)
A Californian Take On Spirit & Jo Jo Gunne

A few months back we posted a rare Superstars Radio Network live promo LP (HERE) and some folks were lamenting the lack of Jay Ferguson’s solo albums online. So… better late than never, here’s the debut solo release from the former mainstay of Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne, All Alone In The End Zone. Credit Ferguson with having his nose to the commercial grindstone for his first official outing. The playing is studio session tight – at least compared to the anything-might-happen spirit of Spirit – but, considering who’s involved, it’s no wonder. Bill Szymczyk produces and the session roster includes the likes of Joe Walsh and Joe Vitale, queuing up a kind of Californian boogie version of Jo Jo Gunne, with a little more sheen and a little less bombast. Ferguson’s piano work is top-notch and the songs – while clearly of their time – still have a vitality that original fans will fondly remember. Newcomers, on the other hand, may not get the gist. In my radio market, “Snakes On The Run” and Jay’s cover of Traffic’s “Medicated Goo” got a lot of airplay, so they’ve always stuck with me. “Madam Doktor,” on the other hand, offers some of Spirit’s bouillabaisse approach, with some recognizable musical touches, like Joe Walsh’s distinctive slide work. Find our Spirit catalog and Bonus Track post (HERE) along with Jo Jo Gunne’s first three LPs (HERE). All Alone In The End Zone is at Amazon, HERE.

Snakes On The Run (3:35)
Turn It Up (3:52)
Medicated Goo (3:37)
Madam Doktor (3:27)
All Alone In The End Zone (4:58)
Cinnamon City (5:00)
To The Island (3:37)
Hit And Run (3:20)
Everybody Goes From Here (3:05)
Time And Time Again (5:46)

PETE TOWNSHEND The Meher Baba LPs: Happy Birthday (1970), I Am (1972) & With Love (1976)

PTPete Townshend’s rarest official releases, issued between 1970 and 1976 to celebrate his spiritual mentor, Meher Baba. Originally, only about 2,500 of each of these Lps were pressed on the Universal Spiritual League label (and later re-issued on the Meher Baba Organization label). Out of print for decades, they were gathered into a 2CD set and made available at Townshend’s Eel Pie website. Each release features Townshend’s demo work from the Lifehouse sessions and his first solo album, Who Came First, along with the music of friends and fellow converts, Ronnie Lane, Ron Geesin, Mike Da Costa, Billy Nichols and others. With the spoken word segments, chants, random sitar backing and instrumental offerings, you’ll get your share of psychedelic moments from these LPs – along with some great work from Townshend in his prime. Ancient shares, thanks to whomever. There’s plenty more Townshend in the archives, HERE.



Happy Birthday (1970)
Content (2:56) – Pete Townshend, words by Maud Kennedy
Evolution (6:06) – words and music: Ronnie Lane, peformed w/ Pete Townshend
Day Of Silence (2:47) – words and music: Pete Townshend
Allan Cohen Speaks (2:17) – Meher Baba’s Universal Players, Sitar: Vytas Serelis
Mary Jane (2:34) – words: Michael Westlake, music: Pete Townshend
Allan Cohen Speaks (0:23) – Meher Baba’s Universal Players, words: Meher Baba
The Seeker (4:34) – words and music: Pete Townshend
Begin The Beguine (4:46) – by Cole Porter, peformed by Pete Townshend
With A Smile Up His Nose… (3:43) – instrumental, music by Ron Geesin
The Love Man (4:58) – words and music: Pete Townshend
Meditation (
9:54) – poem by Mike Da Costa

I Am (1972)
Forever’s No Time at All (3:06) – Billy Nicholls, Katie Mclnnerney, Caleb Quaye
How To Transcend Duality And Influence People (1:20) – poem: Mike Da Costa
Affirmation (3:52) – Mike Da Costa
Baba O’Riley (9:49) – instrumental by Pete Townshend
This Song Is Green (2:54) – Billy Nicholls
Everywhere I Look This Morning (4:49) – Hank Mindlin
Dragon (4:54) – David Hastilow
O’Parvardigar (
6:48) – Meher Baba’s Universal Prayer, music: Pete Townshend

With Love (1976)
Hail Avatar Meher Baba (0:34) – Last Qawali Group
Give It Up (4:10) – Billy Nicholls – Steve Humphries
Without Your Love (1:50) – Billy Nicholls
His Hands (2:08) – Pete Townshend
Just For A Moment (2:55) – Ronnie Lane – Ronnie Wood
Baba Blues (1:59) – Lol Benboiu
Meher (3:10) – Paul Edgar Wyld
Contact (2:08) – Peter Hope-Evans
Gotta Know Ya (3:16) – Billy Nicholls – Steve Humphries
Sleeping Dog (2:57) – Pete Townshend
All God’s Mornings (3:23) – Sidney Jordan
Lantern Cabin (
4:05) – Pete Townshend

THE BEATLES A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

A Hard Days NightA Hard Day’s Night (1964)
50 Years Later, An Argument For It Being Their Best!

Beatles fanatics are all familiar with the ‘Best Album’ debate. It’s a way to pontificate about the Fab Four, while simultaneously showing your pals what a know-it-all you are. Throughout the years, most of us have often re-assessed our opinions of The Beatles’ “best,” partly because at least four or five of them are pretty hard to argue against. Post 1967, the pick for many was Sgt. Pepper’s for its magical and timely cultural impact. Later, many found themselves drawn to The Beatles (White Album) for its double LP depth and jarring individuality. Personally, I’m not one who ever seriously considered Abbey Road, though, I understand its appeal with mainstream fans. Serious students have historically lingered around Rubber Soul for its sophisticated acoustic prowess, before switching to Revolver, for its druggy innovations and re-stylization of the entire pop format. Some might even choose Magical Mystery Tour, despite its patchwork, non-LP status. Naturally, I’ve settled on nearly all of those myself at one time or another. You probably have, too.

But, after decades of study, debate, discussion, hand-wringing and good old fashion repeated listening, I’ve finally come to realize that when I think of The Beatles, I think first of A Hard Day’s Night – the band’s first LP to fully shed their 50s influences, creating a music that was truly innovative and truly their own. It’s nearly impossible to trace A Hard Day’s Night‘s lineage. It sounds like The Beatles, and nothing that came before them. Credit its sheer exuberance and vitality… and the compositions, all by Lennon & McCartney for the first time. AHDN is littered with milestones – including the daring introduction of acoustic guitars into a successful beat group formula/fad that was already pre-figured to fail within six months. Still, it all seemed so easy… so effortless. Sheer talent captured on tape. The band never again made an overall album that was this joyous, this uplifting… and that atmosphere is still tangible 50 years later. Like many of the greatest albums ever made, A Hard Day’s Night has a consistent stylistic feel from start to finish. Its self-confidence is pure allure. It was an obvious peak, even in its day, though, no one ever imagined it would be only one of many.

It’s because of all the groundbreaking music that followed A Hard Day’s Night that the album is routinely overlooked as their best (or, qualified as the best of their “early LPs“). The album’s irresistible innocence is still ill-defined as pop candy when compared to The Beatles’ “important” cultural contributions, like “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “I Am The Walrus” or “A Day In The Life.” Yet… it’s A Hard Day’s Night that still rings true with a genuine spirit of discovery that greats like Revolver or Abbey Road could never match. Sgt. Pepper’s or Magical Mystery Tour might come close as creative adventures, but then… that’s why it’s always been impossible to decide. Is it The Beatles’ best album? It’s preposterous to suggest, of course. But, since you can hear it all below (in MONO), this might be a good reason to give A Hard Day’s Night another 30 minutes of your time. Just in case.

Find it at Amazon, HERE.

JETHRO TULL Carnegie Hall, N.Y. (1970) – The Complete Concert

frontCarnegie Hall, N.Y. (1970)
Prime Time Live Show… Plus

Originally released in the now out-of-print 25th Anniversary Boxed Set, disc two, Carnegie Hall, N.Y., captures Jethro Tull’s last gasp as a blues/rock band, just prior to morphing into conceptual medieval-prog-rockers. Despite the Jurassic baggage they carry around now as elder statesmen, they really were a great band back in the day. Especially live, and especially with keyboardist John Evan, who’s present here. With showy flute trills, on-stage gymnastics and sudden time shifts unusual for a “blues band,” Jethro Tull routinely pulled out all the stops and got famous for their efforts. Their 1972 double album, Living In The Past, featured two tracks (an additional 20 minutes) from this same concert that was not shoehorned into the Carnegie Hall, N.Y. disc. According to Setlist.fm, by inserting “By Kind Permission Of” after “With You There To Help Me” and “Dharma For One” after “Reasons For Waiting,” you’ll have the entire Carnegie Hall concert in its proper running order (though, the song-specific dialog tends to muck up the flow). Hear why old guys with pony tails still talk reverently about Jethro Tull. The original box set is overpriced @ Amazon, HERE. Find more Tull in the archives, HERE.

Nothing Is Easy (6:06)
My God
(11:11)
With You There To Help Me (6:46)
A Song For Jeffrey (5:46)
To Cry You A Song (8:00)
Sossity, You’re A Woman (2:16)
Reasons For Waiting (3:55)
We Used To Know (3:18)
Guitar Solo (8:23)
For A Thousand Mothers (4:47)

Completing The Carnegie Hall Concert…
By Kind Permission Of
(10:10) – From Living In The Past
Dharma For One (9:58) – From Living In The Past

MOJO Presents… Death Disco (2014)

MOJO Death DiscoDeath Disco (May 2014)

The latest free CD from the May, 2014 MOJO Magazine is subtitled, “A Compendium Of Post-Punk Grooves,” and features tracks from Public Image LTD, Sonic Youth, The Fall, Throbbing Gristle and similar sonic troublemakers. I can honestly say I’ve never liked the majority of this era (except for some of the names I just mentioned), but what do I know? I still listen to Tony Conrad and have Metal Machine Music posted somewhere around here. Give a listen to the always satisfyingly obnoxious Pere Ubu, below. Find all 145 MOJO‘s HERE.

FELT Primitive Painters
ORANGE JUICE Simply Thrilled Honey
BUSH TETRAS Too Many Creeps
SONIC YOUTH Shaking Hell
KLEENEX Ain’t You
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD Deeper Water
THE NIGHTINGALES Dumb & Drummer
PERE UBU 414 Seconds
THE FALL Loadstones
THE RAINCOATS Shouting Out Loud
THE MONOCHROME SET Fun For All The Family
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS Searching For Mr. Right
CABARET VOLTAIRE Sly Doubt
THROBBING GRISTLE Hot On The Heels Of Love
THE DURUTTI COLUMN A Silence

L.E.O. Alpacas Orgling (2006) – Calling All Electric Light Orchestra Disciples!

FrontAlpacas Orgling (YEAR)
A Tribute To The Tribute Kings, ELO

Anyone miss The Electric Light Orchestra? Apparently, power-popster Bleu McAuley and friends – including Mike Viola (Candy Butchers), Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish), Tony Goddess (Papas Fritas), Matt Mahaffey (Self) and members of Hanson – all miss ELO dearly. On L.E.O.’s Alpacas Orgling, all the elements are in place… the thick, affected cluster-harmonies, the busy string/synth arrangements, the addictive sugary pop melodies, that snapping drum sound… all designed to appear simplistic on the surface, but is – in reality – impossibly organized and arranged for maximum pop effect. A spot-the-influence album if there ever was one… just devoted solely to one influence, the Tribute King himself, Jeff Lynne. The style may be blatantly obvious but, oddly enough, this album is actually quite original, despite the unoriginal sheen (except maybe “Don’t Let It Go,” which “borrows” way too liberally, not unlike… well, not unlike an ELO album). It’s rare to hear an artist immerse himself so assuredly inside the work of another, but Bleu McAuley (a.k.a. James William McAuley, III), a Berkeley grad, lives life as himself outside of L.E.O., releasing numerous albums under his name (and with The Major Labels), since 1999, as well as touring in bands like Toad The Wet Sprocket, Hanson, John Mayer, Guster and others. He’s also got a new album available as, simply, Bleu, entitled To Hell With You. Listen to some of it (and order it) at Bandcamp, HERE. Find L.E.O.’s Alpacas Orgling at Amazon, HERE.

Overture (0:35)
Goodbye Innocence (3:53)
Ya Had Me Goin’ (3:12)
Distracted (4:20)
Make Me (3:02)
The Ol’ College Try (3:46)
Nothin’ Will Ever Change (4:15)
Don’t Let It Go (3:26)
Private Line (3:15)
Sukaz Are Born Every Minute (4:18)
Don’t Bring Me Down (1:57) – Bonus Track
Money & Music (2:44) – Bonus Track

THE LAST POETS Holy Terror (1994) + “Black And Strong (Homesick)” Maxi-CD – Produced By Bill Laswell

coverHoly Terror (1994)
Bill Laswell & Rap’s 60s Messengers

RE-UPPED FROM 2007 The Last Poets stirred the shit back in the late 60s – practically inventing modern rap while boldly confronting society’s unspoken black & white taboos. Armed with words, bongos and a bad attitude, they (unsurprisingly) managed to radicalized themselves to the outer edge of the mainstream… and nearly out of the business altogether. Minimized after a couple of decades on the movement’s sidelines, Bill Laswell brought together Umar Bin Hassan & Abiodun Oyewole (original members of The Last Poets) and backed them with his bass, his production and his small band of ultra-cool pals; Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Aiyb Dieng and Melle Mel. A lean crew by Laswell’s standards, and mean, too. Listen to the irresistible funk groove of “Homesick.” The words matter most, but the Laswell gang’s presence makes this album easily one of The Last Poets’ best. Out of print and cheap at Amazon (HERE), which is more criminal than downloading.

Invocation (2:01)
Homesick (8:20)
Black Rage (5:19)
Men-Tality (5:15)
Pelourinho (5:16)
Funk (6:06)
If We Only Knew (3:28)
Illusion Of Self (8:17)
Talk Show (5:32)
Black And Strong (Homesick) (11:29)
Last Rites (1:11)

BONUS:
Black And Strong (Homesick)“Black And Strong (Homesick)” (1995)
Maxi With Alternate Versions & Vocal Samples

Cool Maxi-CD (also issued on 12″ vinyl) featuring variations of Holy Terror‘s coolest groove, “Homesick” and “Black And Strong (Homesick).” Features the LP version of each, a radio edit and a 12-minute Bill Laswell ambient dub mix… along with isolated vocal samples, so you can get your Bill on and make mixes of your own. One of Laswell’s heaviest grooves. Still gettable at Amazon, HERE.

Black And Strong (Homesick) album track (11:31)
Black And Strong (Homesick) radio edit (4:37)
Black And Strong (Homesick) ambient dub mix (12:13)
Homesick (album track) (8:22)
“I’m Coming Home…” vocal only edit (0:22)
“…Bang Bang Another Nigger Going To Jail” vocal only edit (0:52)
“Like Graffiti On The Walls Of Wall Street… Black And Strong” vocal only edit (0:26)
“Like Graffiti On The Walls Of Wall Street… (Black And Strong” vocal only edit (0:12)
“The Screams…” vocal only edit (2:22)
“I See A Slave…” vocal only edit (0:44)
“The Blood…” vocal only edit (1:58)
“I’m Coming Home…” vocal only edit (0:21)

CRAZY HOARSE Your Cheatin’ Heart Sutra (2014)

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The Unstoppable Killick Hinds…

We last visited the insanely prolific guitarist Killick Hinds (and friends) back in mid-2013, with the name-your-price Bandcamp release of Henry Kaiser & Killick Hinds’ Nikola Tesla High School (HERE) and our belated post of Pocketful Of Claptonite’s Ginger Baker Did Everything Eric Clapton Did, But Backwards And In High Heels (HERE). Since then, Killick and his like-minded pals have issued another 15 or 16 titles (it’s tough to keep track) from himself and his varied band configurations, Crazy Hoarse, Pocketful Of Claptonite and Thunder O(h)m!, to name a few. The latest, and the one I’m listening to at this moment, is Crazy Hoarse’s excellent, Your Cheatin’ Heart Sutra (hear it all below), a wild, across-the-board collection of left field constructs, improvisational guitar, syncopated rhythms and other-worldly atmospherics… and that’s just track #4 – “Altered Nations Have Pleasured Altars.” Hinds’ freewheeling, bottomless pit approach to music isn’t for everyone, but those who cherish rugged individualism and creativity over commerce just might find a kindred spirit in Killick’s multi-dimensional, ever-growing catalog. I like the guy… a lot. Partly because I never know what’s going to happen next, but also because of his high quality, impossible quantity and free-if-you-want-it attitude to distributing his music to any and all who might be interested. We’re not posting a download here, but you can get it all just as easily through Bandcamp HERE, or via the player below (for free, if you must, but a donation would be supportive), in your choice of 320, FLAC, ACC, Ogg, etc, etc. Visit Killick at his website (HERE), Tumblr (HERE) iTunes (HERE), YouTube (HERE) and Spotify (HERE). Hinds currently has (approx) 65 releases available at Bandcamp (HERE). Hear them all in their entirety… and take your pick.

THE DOORS L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions (1971/2012)

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Live In The Studio… For The Last Time

When I first heard about this release back in 2012, the information I read stated that these recordings were little more than remixes, or alternate takes, from the original masters. Which didn’t interest me much, since The Doors had been doing that for years with all of their studio albums. But… the truth is, these tracks are actually live studio recordings, capturing The Doors either rehearsing, running through, or laying down the tracks for their last album together, L.A Woman. There are pros and cons to all of this. The pro is hearing The Doors unvarnished, in the same room, performing most of L.A. Woman live (with warts and dubs) – what would be their bluesiest album to date. And, interestingly, you’ll realize how little post-production was used for the overall sound of the finished product. The con, as you might guess, is that Morrison isn’t always on his game. But when he is… he and the band convincingly assert themselves, and prove that their last stand was a valid one, and not some rose-colored, post-death memory. It’s cool to hear Morrison coming up with the idea of adding thunder to the beginning of “Riders Of The Storm” as the tapes are rolling (“Hey! That’s a good idea… thunder,” Morrison says… and thunder was dubbed onto this live take, probably because it would now sound naked without it.) You can find the vinyl release of The Workshop Sessions at Amazon, HERE. The same tracks were also issued on the 2CD set, L.A. Woman (40th Anniversary Edition), HERE. Don’t forget our massive, 31CD official live collection, HERE.

The Changeling (4:50)
Love Her Madly (3:57)
Cars Hiss By My Window (4:40)
L.A. Woman (8:49)
The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) (5:35)
Been Down So Long (5:06)
Riders On the Storm (9:08)
She Smells So Nice (3:23)
Rock Me (5:56)

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Doors Perception BonusDoors More Bonus TracksWe’re partly posting The Workshop Sessions to draw attention to both of our newly revamped Doors bonus tracks collections in the archives. If you’ve just recently grabbed either (or both) of them… sorry. But, we’ve only just gotten around to upgrading the Perception Bonus Tracks @320 (HERE, adding two iTunes MP3-only tracks), and expanding More Studio Bonus Tracks to two discs (HERE), adding the L.A. Woman live material above, and tracks from Behind Closed Doors-The Rarities – both released since we first posted the bonuses back in 2009.

JEWEL Save The Linoleum (1995) – Promo-Only CD

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Awful, Bizarre Atlantic Promo CD

Personally? Can’t stand her. Which is why this promo-only release is such a great listen. Long before Jewel was embraced at radio, Atlantic Records sent out Save The Linoleum to promote her debut album, Pieces Of You. But later, the label attempted to “recall” this CD – as if that was even possible. One listen and you’ll hear why. In the opener, the non-LP “God’s Gift To Women,” Jewel pounds out a tuneless riff, references her “nice tits” and tosses in a “motherfucker” just for the heck of it. To intro the live track, “I’m Sensitive,” she insensitively tells an audience member to “shut up,” then apologizes cloyingly. The chorus to the abysmal “Race Car Driver,” features a vocal so curious, and so annoying, that we must collectively thank her for never revisiting it. This isn’t some clandestine live bootleg that happened to filter out. This was someone’s clumsy attempt to promote a new artist. Save The Linoleum (save for the two radio-friendly LP cuts) is like a bad accident that simply demands your attention. Amazon’s got some, HERE.

God’s Gift To Women
Intro…

I’m Sensitive (Live Version)

Who Will Save Your Soul (LP Version)

Race Car Driver

Flower

I’m Sensitive (LP Version)

GENE KRUPA In Person (2014)

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Calling All Hep Cats

A release so new I can’t tell you a damned thing about it. My usual sources don’t even have it listed as existing yet, but it popped up online, I grabbed it, and haven’t stopped digging’ it since. So now – if you’re the type that’s so inclined – you can, too. What I can tell you is that it’s not a live show, as the cover suggests, and that only the first and last tracks have an audience. Despite that, these are live recordings, whether in the studio or in person, and Krupa, with a swinging brassy band, sounds great. There’s a variety of standards, a handful of ballads and a few showcases for Gene’s drum chops, which are mild by modern standards (of course), but which also laid the groundwork for every modern drummer that would follow. According to Amazon, Buddy Rich is on board for the three workout tracks, “Bernie’s Tune,” “Gene’s Blues” and “Drum Boogie.” MP3s are at Amazon, HERE, with a CD sure to follow. UPDATE: In the last week, these files were removed from Amazon. Is it a bootleg? Was it released prematurely? Does it even exist? It’s hard to say…

Sing Sing Sing (4:20)
Begin the Beguine (3:47)
Sometimes I’m Happy (3:37)
Yardbird Suite (5:38)
Bernie’s Tune (13:58)
Bird House (3:02)
Let Me Off Uptown (3:22)
Birds of a Feather (3:20)
Gene’s Blues (7:48)
If You Were the Only Girl In the World (4:47)
Mulligan Stew (3:59)
How High the Moon (3:17)
Margie (3:13)
The Way of All Flesh (2:50)
Drum Boogie (9:04)