The Maze (1953)

TheMaze1953THE MAZE (1953) Veteran viewers of 50s movies will notice right away that some of this film’s framing tricks carry all the hallmarks of an early 3-D production. Yes, the one-time craze (television couldn’t duplicate) that died out in the 60s… before it died out again in the 10s. Director William Cameron Menzies is often credited with various technological advancements from his days in silent movies (he shot the burning of Atlanta sequence in Gone With The Wind), but his final two movies were Invaders From Mars (HERE) and The Maze. This spooky and atmospheric psychological thriller centers on a groom-to-be, Richard Carlson (The Magnetic Monster HERE, Riders To The Stars HERE, It Came From Outer Space HERE, and The Creature From The Black Lagoon), who mysteriously ends his engagement before leaving for his inherited castle in Scotland. His fiancé (Veronica Hurst, who, at certain angles, facially resembles Marilyn Monroe) doggedly follows him for an explanation… then things get weird. To try to explain how this plot climaxes would not do it justice, though… it’s the only aspect that (technically) elevates this old school drama to the ranks of “science fiction.” I would have loved to have been in the meeting when this idea was pitched to execs. EXCLAMATION-MARKED TAG LINE!: How Much Horror Can You Take! DIALOG ALERT: “Well, I’ve always mistrusted glib men before, but I’ll have to make an exception in your case.” Find The Maze at Amazon, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.


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THE WHO BBC Sessions (26-Track UK Version) +
Live At The BBC (Best Buy Bonus Disc) (2000)

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BBC Sessions 26 Track UK Version (2000)
BBC Sessions – Live At The BBC Best Buy Bonus Disc (2000)
Accept No Substitute

The Who’s BBC Sessions was initially issued in the US as a 25-track CD… and as a 26-track CD in the UK (adding the Everly Brothers cover, “Man With Money”). US retailer Best Buy also ponied up a bonus disc, BBC Sessions – Live At The BBC, that featured 7 addition songs (of mostly later vintage) and a Pete Townshend interview. It wouldn’t be until 2011 that the Japanese (God bless ’em) gathered it all together into a single 2CD package. I bought the original release from Best Buy for the bonus disc, and was roundly pissed when I learned about the missing track. So, what you get here is a hybrid… the full 26-track UK version and the US Best Buy Bonus Disc. What’s interesting about this collection is the abundance of deeper LP tracks the band played on the Beeb in the early days. Of course, that’s from a Yank’s perspective, who wasn’t privy to the earliest of The Who’s music back in the day. But, it still makes for a uniquely era-centric listen, as opposed to just another ‘hits’ gathering. As you’d expect from early BBC recordings, the sound quality isn’t much better than if it was coming out of your TV. Finding CDs in any configuration, however, is tough, as it seems to be out of print. I couldn’t find the Japanese version at Amazon, though, it’s surely around somewhere. They do have the 26-track UK version for just a few bucks (HERE), but the Best Buy stand-alone disc seems to now be a thing of the past.

BBC Sessions (UK 26 Track Version)
My Generation (Radio 1 Jingle) (0:59)
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (2:44)
Good Lovin’ (1:50)
Just You And Me, Darling (2:02)
Leaving Here (2:35)
My Generation (3:25)
The Goods Gone (3:00)
La La La Lies (2:26)
Substitute (3:31)
Man With Money (2:32)
Dancing In The Street (2:25)
Disguises (3:46)
I’m A Boy (2:40)
Run Run Run (3:18)
Boris The Spider (2:48)
Happy Jack (2:11)
See My Way (1:50)
Pictures Of Lily (2:35)
A Quick One (While He’s Away) (7:02)
Substitute (2) (2:14)
The Seeker (3:06)
I’m Free (2:25)
Medley: Shakin’ All Over/Spoonful (3:41)
Relay (5:17)
Long Live Rock (3:57)
Boris the Spider (Radio 1 Jingle) (0:10)

BBC Sessions – Live At The BBC (Best Buy Bonus Disc)
Pete Townsend Interview: Townshend Talks “Tommy” (2:09)
Pinball Wizard (2:22)
See Me, Feel Me (2:49)
I Don’t Even Know Myself (4:56)
I Can See For Miles (3:55)
Heaven And Hell (3:30)
The Seeker (3:07)
Summertime Blues (3:11)

Who’s Next (Deluxe, with Live At Young Vic, 1971 HERE)
Live At Leeds (2001 Deluxe, HERE)
Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut (4CD HERE)
Live At Hull (Official, HERE)
The Singles (1984/2011) (HERE)
Rarities 1966-1972, Vols. 1 & 2 (HERE)
Tommy (The London Symphony Orchestra, HERE)
Tommy (Original Soundtrack, HERE)

The Lifehouse Demos (2CD HERE)
The Lifehouse Chronicles (6CD HERE)
Live: The Fillmore 1996, Live: The Empire 1998, Live: Sadler’s Wells 2000, Live: La Jolla Playhouse 2001 (22/06/01 & 23/06/01), Live: BAM 1993 (all 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)

Rough Mix (HERE)

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 HILLBENDERS Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry (HERE)

THE WHO Live At Young Vic, April 26, 1971 – The Lifehouse Concert (2003 Officially Release Show)

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Officially Released, Though Only Partially

In 1971, as the grand vision of Pete Townshend’s post-Tommy Lifehouse project was falling apart around him, The Who taped this concert at the Young Vic, with the intention of possibly incorporating some of the as-yet-unheard material into a greater, more elaborate whole. As most now know, Lifehouse imploded… morphing into one of the greatest rock albums of all time, Who’s Next. For the 2003 Deluxe Edition of Who’s Next, this show was unearthed for a disc of extras. And, while the set was foolishly edited for time (deleting “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me Feel Me” and two covers, “Baby Don’t You Do It” and “Bony Moronie”), this distillation is still a ragged but fun snapshot of The Who in their prime. Hardly Leeds-worthy, mind you, as the band sounds rusty and/or tentative on much of the untested material, but it’s still hard to go wrong with The Who in 1971. I had originally planned to include the missing tracks (from half-assed bootlegs) for a Young Vic reconstruction, but the sound quality just wasn’t happening. But… the four omitted performances (bootleg versions, Who's Nextexcept “Bony Maronie” from Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B) are included for those of you burdened with that need to see the idea through. You’ll find everything else from the Deluxe Edition, too. Of course… we’ve got plenty of Who in the archives, including three Lifehouse related posts; The Lifehouse Chronicles (6CD HERE), The Lifehouse Demos (2CD HERE, from Chronicles), PETE TOWNSHEND’S Live: Sadler’s Wells 2000 (HERE, featuring a Lifehouse performance).. and lot’s more Townshend/Who HERE. Find Who’s Next (Deluxe Edition) at Amazon, HERE. PS: Just ignore our attention-hungry fake front cover.

1 WHO’S NEXT (w/ Bonuses)
Baba O’Riley (5:01)
Bargain (5:34)
Love Ain’t For Keeping (2:11)
My Wife (3:36)
The Song Is Over (6:18)
Getting In Tune (4:50)
Going Mobile (3:44)
Behind Blue Eyes (3:43)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (8:36)
Baby Don’t You Do It (New York Record Plant Session) (8:22)
Getting In Tune (New York Record Plant Session) (6:37)
Pure And Easy (New York Record Plant Session) (4:34)
Love Ain’t For Keeping (New York Record Plant Session) (4:07)
Behind Blue Eyes (New York Record Plant Session) (3:31)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (New York Record Plant Session) (8:49)

Love Ain’t For Keeping (2:58)
Pure And Easy (6:01)
Young Man Blues (4:48)
Time Is Passing (3:59)
Behind Blue Eyes (4:49)
I Don’t Even Know Myself (5:43)
Too Much Of Anything (4:21)
Getting In Tune (6:42)
Bargain (5:46)
Water (8:20)
My Generation (2:58)
Road Runner (3:14)
Naked Eye (6:22)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (8:51)

PLUS: The Bootleg Tunes For Completists
Pinball Wizard
See Me Feel Me
Baby Don’t You Do It
Bony Moronie (from Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B)

NICK LOWE The Collected Works Of Terry Modern, Tartan Horde & The Disco Bros. 1975-1977 “Bay City Rollers We Love You” + “Rollers Show” and more

This Year's Nick
It’s often been repeated that Nick Lowe first penned his 1975 tribute to The Bay City Rollers as a means of escaping his contract with United Artists Records. But, personally speaking, I’ve never completely bought into that notion (despite his claims). It’s true that he adopted a new moniker for his first Rollers-related 45 (Terry Modern), and a tongue-in-cheek band name (Tartan Horde, a direct reference to The Rollers’ Scottish fan base), but… he also injected his pop confection with a great deal of attention to detail (and it’s surely no coincidence that its pure pop style would be precisely what Nick Lowe would pursue – under his own name – in the next few years). When “Bay City Rollers We Love You” became a surprise hit in Japan, Nick was willing to record a follow-up for UA, too, so the music – while a distinct departure from his previous work with pub-rockers Brinsley Schwarz – was hardly the kind of “deal breaker” one might associate with contract tampering. Not like, oh… say, Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music, for instance (HERE). What we’ve gathered here is all of Nick Lowe’s Tartan Horde material, along with music concurrently recorded by “The Disco Bros.” (produced by future Rockpile partner, Dave Edmunds). But before you say, ‘Hey… there were only a couple singles…,” that’s true, but keep in mind that the Disco Bros./Tartan Horde EP issued in 1977 boasted different versions than those on the original 45s. Now you collector types can have it all. We’ve got lots more Nick Lowe, HERE.

Bay City Rollers We Love You:Rollers Theme (Instrumental) Liberty 45 LLR-20114 1976TARTAN HORDE 45 (1975)
“Bay City Rollers We Love You”
b/w “Rollers Theme (Instrumental)”

The picture sleeve on the left actually comes from a 1976 Japanese re-release, since almost no promotional effort went into the original 1975 45. After the song accidentally took off, it was repackaged for multiple countries and labels. “Bay City Rollers We Love You,” credited to ‘Terry Modern,’ was a pop-tastic paraphrasing of the “We Love You Beatles” fan refrain that greeted The Fab Four a decade before ‘Rollermania,’ and was as musically simplistic as The Rollers themselves. It’s backed with a fruity, synth-led instrumental version just begging for some Japanese teenage girl Karaoke action.

Let's Go To The DiscoTHE DISCO BROS. 45 (1976)
“Let’s Go To The Disco” b/w “Everybody Dance”

Not actually a part of the Bay City Rollers “tribute” singles, this Disco Bros. 45 from 1976 is included as a result of United Artists re-issuing this material with The Tartan Horde for a 1977 EP. The songs were penned by Nick Lowe (“Everybody Dance” is a co-write) and produced by Dave Edmunds, among the pair’s earliest work together. Oddly enough, the later EP would include a slightly different version of “Let’s Go To The Disco,” a song about another fad Nick was half-banking on breaking (it’s good to cover all your trending bases). Fortunately… he didn’t use a disco backbeat for this recording.

Rollers ShowTARTAN HORDE 45 (1977)
“Rollers Show” b/w “Allorolla Part 1”

The 1977 follow-up to “Bay City Rollers We Love You” didn’t have near the same impact with the kids – who were now two years older and moving on (even if Nick wasn’t). Fads are funny and fickle that way… so just as The Rollers themselves were about to implode, so went the viability of a franchise to cash-in on them. If Nick Lowe’s original intent was to get released from his record contract, this 45 precipitated that end result. Then… suddenly… Nick was off to a new life at Stiff Records (where “Rollers Show” would later appear on Jesus Of Cool and Pure Pop For Now People, HERE).

The Disco Bros.:The Tartan HordeTHE DISCO BROS./THE TARTAN HORDE EP (1977)
“Let’s Go To The Disco” & “Everybody Dance”
b/w “Bay City Rollers We Love You” & “Rollers Show”
Was the purpose of this 1977 re-issue of (The) Tartan Horde and The Disco Bros. material just one last stab at some additional sales? Hard to know. What’s most interesting about this Netherlands release, however, are the different versions that were used for both “Let’s Go To The Disco” and “Bay City Rollers We Love You.” The former sounds like the same recording, but with overdubs… or maybe formerly buried instruments were just mixed to the front. Hard to know that, too. Besides boasting a fuller production, you can clearly hear an accordion pumping along and soloing throughout Lowe’s “disco” anthem. Maybe Nick was sensing yet another upcoming trend… zydeco. “Bay City Rollers We Love You,” on the other hand, features an extra verse after the first 50 seconds (“I do what I like, I like to shang-a-lang…”) that wasn’t heard on the original 1975 UK. Collectors can also find an additional b&w version of this EP picture sleeve, too.

TALKING HEADS Live On Tour (1979) –
Rare ‘Warner Bros. Music Show’ Promo-Only Live LP

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Never Released Promo-Only Live LP

I wanted to get this up now because I noticed an inferior version floating around recently that would be best to avoid. That’s not to say that these files, ripped from 35-year old vinyl, don’t have issues of their own, but at least this is the real deal. This official (but officially unreleased) show was recorded at the Cleveland Agora on December 18, 1978, and issued as a “Warner Bros. Music Show” radio-only promo LP. A few of the tracks; “The Girls Want To Be With The Girls,” “Electricity” and “Found A Job,” made it onto The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads, but it’s surprising that in this era of box sets and bonus discs that the whole LP – or the entire Agora performance, for that matter – hasn’t found a digital home. Like our previous post, Jukes Live At The Bottom Line (HERE), this promo-only LP was so sought-after upon its release to radio (reportedly limited to under 1,000 copies), that it was heavily bootlegged from the start. It’s a partial show, capturing the last gasp of the Heads’ jittery, NYC-bred tension and minimalism, just prior to broadening their sound with African rhythms for 1979’s Fear Of Music. This is a decent rip worth re-getting if you’ve recently picked it up elsewhere. Hit the archives to find DAVID BYRNE’s The Catherine Wheel & My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (w/ENO) (HERE). Click some links for used LPs of Live On Tour at Amazon (HERE), though that sealed one for $19 is surely a boot.

A Side
The Big Country (5:48)
Warning Sign (4:30)
Artists Only (5:11)
The Girls Want To Be With The Girls (3:50)
The Good Thing (3:10)
Electricity (3:31)
B Side
New Feeling (4:31)
Found A Job (5:21)
Psycho Killer (7:06)
Take Me To The River (6:04)

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES Jukes Live At The Bottom Line (1976) – Vinyl Promo Live LP

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Ahhh, The Sweet Sound Of Exclusivity…

Just prior to getting sucked into the punk/new wave movement, and before fully understanding the UK’s pub rock scene – specifically Graham Parker & The Rumour – I was knee-deep into this fantastic, promo-only live LP from Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Jukes Live At The Bottom Line. Those were glorious days for industry insiders who coveted unreleased LPs like this one, long before the democratization of music by the internet. And, those of us lucky enough to have access to the perks of the trade, weren’t shy about letting others know about how cool we thought we were. Shortly after the release of Southside Johnny’s debut LP, this milestone surfaced at FM radio stations, and it went a long way in stoking national interest in The Jukes’ live prowess. I remember sitting second row at my first Southside performance, and I noticed a guy in front of me writing a review for the show in his notepad (the analog kind from the 70s). I peered over his shoulder and he was about five paragraphs deep into a stone-cold rave review for a concert that… hadn’t even started yet! So, I had to ask him, “How can you write all that stuff before the show?” And, like a kind of cinematic scribe I would one day strive to emulate, he didn’t even bother to look up from his notes when he advised, simply…”You’ll see.” Just then the lights went down and Johnny & The Jukes kicked off a balls out, no holds barred, R&R&R&B house party celebration, exactly as the sage prognosticator in front of me was predicting they would. You learn something from experiences like that. In this case, that there are some bands you can count on to deliver the goods night after night. The scribe knew it… and later that night, I knew it, too. This is a vinyl rip of the classic promo-only LP, and it sounds great, with just a few atmospheric pops in between the tracks (you’ll find the 2010 CD version, too). Ronnie Spector shows up for the encore. We’ve got one other Johnny in the archives, the excellent SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY w/ LABAMBA’S BIG BAND Grapefruit Moon: The Songs Of Tom Waits (HERE). You can still find a relatively inexpensive vinyl original of Jukes Live At The Bottom Line at Amazon (HERE), and the expensive, out-of-print 2010 CD reissue (HERE).

Side A
Got To Get You Off My Mind (5:07)
Without Love (4:18)
Searchin’ (5:16)
Sweeter Than Honey (4:10)
Snatching It Back (3:12)
Side B
Little By Little (5:20)
It Ain’t The Meat (It’s The Motion) (3:14)
The Fever (6:00)
Havin’ A Party (7:13)
You Mean So Much To Me (5:26)

MOJO PRESENTS… David Gilmour & Friends (2015) w/ His Exclusive Cover Of “Here, There & Everywhere”

David Gilmour and FriendsDavid Gilmour & Friends (October, 2015)

The latest free CD from the October, 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine promotes their latest interview with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, who also offers up his (and son Joe’s) exclusive cover of The Beatles’ “Here There And Everywhere,” available nowhere else. Gilmour also appears with many of the disc’s other artists, including The Pretty Things, Phil Manzanera and Robert Wyatt. A good set in the MOJO series. As you know the archives hold all 162 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

DAVID CROSBY & GRAHAM NASH Don’t Dig Here (6:09)
ULVER Everybody’s Been Burned (3:25)
PHIL MANZERNA Sacred Days (3:57)
DAVID & JOE GILMOUR Here, There & Everywhere (3:12)
DAVID COURTNEY When Your Life Is Your Own (5:10)
BEN WATT The Levels (3:43)
STEVEN WILSON Lazarus (3:55)
ROBERT WYATT Forest (7:53)
DUNGEN Akt Dit (2:59)
BJ COLE The Interloper (6:10)
THE ORB Moon Quake 6 (4:21)
ORZIC TENTACLES Changa Masala (6:01)
THE PRETTY THINGS Old Man Going (5:21)

DICK CAMPBELL Sings Where It’s At (1965) w/ Mike Bloomfield & Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Ask Bob Dylan If Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

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Speaking Of Dick Campbell…

Dick Campbell was a low-level music veteran in 1965, when he penned a couple of songs modeled on Bob Dylan’s genre-bending electric conversion. Mercury Records (smelling a new trend) liked what they heard, enough to commission more anyway, and in two weeks Campbell came back with this set of songs, hired Dylan cohort Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield (with members of his Blues Band, drummer Sam Lay & organist Mark Naftalin) and bassist Peter Cetera (of The Exceptions, later of Chicago) to record this tribute/homage/parody/cash-in, clearly designed to ride the electric folk wave Dylan was currently cresting on. There have been plenty of artists over the years saddled by the press with the albatross title, “The New Dylan,” but Dick Campbell was actively courting the connection in 1965 (the same year Bob’s Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisted were released). Though… in Dick’s defense, many a well-traveled road’s been paved with early 60s singers/songwriters looking for a way – any way – into the music business. The merits of Sings Where It’s At will be strictly in the ear of the beholder… or among rabid Dylanologists, 60s fetishists and Paul Butterfield completists. This is a vinyl rip, so expect some crackling 60s ambiance. Six years later, Campbell would appear as a more nuanced composer and vocalist on (our previous post), Gary Usher’s lost album, Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt (HERE). Find Dick Campbell Sings Where It’s At @ Amazon, HERE.

The Blues Peddlers (2:55)
You’ve Got To Be Kidding (3:15)
Sandi (2:42)
The People Planners (2:41)
Aphrodite’s Child (3:23)
Despairs Cafeteria (2:59)
Approximately Four Minutes Of Feeling Sorry For D. C. (4:08)
Object Of Derision (2:40)
Where Were You (2:07)
Girls Named Misery (2:45)
Ask Me If I Care (2:36)
Don Juan Of The Western World (3:12)

GARY USHER Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (1971/2001) – Lost 1971 Album From The Drag & Surf King And Brian Wilson Co-Writer… w/ Curt Boetcher

Beyond A Shadow Of DoubtBeyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (1971)
Note-Perfect Demos For An Album Lost To Time

Absolutely gorgeous lost album from the great Gary Usher, best know for his surf and drag albums of the early 60s, his co-compositions with The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson (“In My Room,” among others), and production work for The Byrds (Younger Than Yesterday, also among others). In 1971, Usher began work on an album that would never see the light of day… at least until this collection of pre-production demos surfaced on a Japanese import in 2001. But calling these note-perfect recordings “demos” is completely misleading, as you can hear below. Quietly brilliant, Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt is elegantly simple and gains traction with each listen. I can’t help but believe that the end result here is actually more powerful in its simplicity than any over-arranged concoction Usher might have originally envisioned. Vocals are by Usher, co-writer Dick Campbell (who recounts the experience, HERE) and the great Curt Boetcher (please, no debates about the spelling of his name… he’s tried it at least three different ways himself), and many of the tunes wallow in sumptuous multi-tracked harmonies. “Slippin’,” “Sleepy Land” and “High N’ Dry” might have been lifted from Harry Nilsson’s The Point! or Nilsson Sings Newman, while the luscious “Ships” and “So Long” would sound right at home on a late 60s/early 70s Beach Boys album, besting the quality of some of those LP’s lesser tracks. My only beef with this collection is its sequencing, which places some of the better material later in the proceedings… so be patient when listening for the first time. Highly recommended for those who enjoy innocently positive lyricism and beautifully structured harmonies. We’ve got more Curt Boetcher (There’s An Innocent Face, The Ballroom, The Millennium, Sagittarius) in the archives, for those interested, HERE. Find Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt at Amazon, HERE.

Beyond A Shadow Of Doubt (3:04)
In The Land Of Change (1:50)
Grey, Soft Black And Blue (3:22)
Point Of View (2:48)
Dolky’s Verse (1:18)
Sleepy Land (3:06)
Butterflyin’ (2:20)
High N’ Dry (1:56)
Ships (4:21)
Bo & His Beard (1:00)
Everything Turns Out Right (3:16)
So Long (2:58)
Slippin’ (2:48)
We May Make It Yet (3:07)
Walk A Mile (2:17)
Beyond A Shadow Of Doubt (2:56)
In The Land Of Change (1:50)
Grey, Soft Black And Blue (2:02)
We May Make It Yet (3:07)
Walk A Mile (2:14)
Go Rocket Go (2:38)

BOBBY WHITLOCK & KIM CARMEL Other Assorted Love Songs (2003) – The Right-Hand Man To Delaney & Bonnie & Eric In The Dominos

Other Assorted Love SongsOther Assorted Love Songs (2003)
Acoustic Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs

Vocalist/Keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, right hand man in Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Eric Clapton’s Derek & The Dominos, retired from music to his Mississippi farm in the mid-70s, resurfacing only occasionally before reactivating his career two decades later with 1999’s It’s About Time. His 2003 follow-up, Other Assorted Love Songs (Live from Whitney Chapel), recorded with his wife, Kim (Coco) Carmel, brought his career full circle with his days in The Dominos. It’s a reflective acoustic guitar/piano performance that showcases Whitlock’s compositional work with Derek, as well as check-marking his session contributions to George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. I first sought this out because of the stone-cold rave review from All Music‘s Bruce Elder, which suggested that some of these renditions might be the tunes’ definitive performances. In the end, that assessment proved to be exaggerated, partly due to the primitive recording quality, but that takes nothing away from Whitlock’s powerfully emotive vocals on a handful of his timeless songs, like “Bell Bottom Blues,” “I Looked Away,” “Anyday,” “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad,” and others from the Dominos songbook. Carmel has a couple of lead turns, but generally falls in behind Whitlock with “ragged” harmonies, not-unlike Whitlock’s occasional role with Clapton. Despite some issues, I enjoyed hearing these tunes in a new setting, with a vocalist who still knows how to deliver them with meaning and relevance. Find more Bobby Whitlock in the archives, including his first two solo albums, 1972’s Bobby Whitlock and Raw Velvet (both reissued in 2013 as Where There’s A Will There’s A Way, HERE, with a .pdf of BW’s book, A Rock And Roll Autobiography); his work with DELANEY & BONNIE: On Tour With Eric Clapton (4CD Box, HERE), 1969’s Accept No Substitute and D & B Together (both HERE) and a video performance filmed in Copenhagen, December 10, 1969 w/Bobby, George Harrison & Eric Clapton (HERE) and, of course, some of his work in DEREK & THE DOMINOS: The Last Sessions (HERE). Whitlock also makes an appearance on the live, various artist release, In Their Own Words, Volume One (Live At The Bottom Line, HERE). Find Other Assorted Love Songs at Amazon for only $163.50, HERE.

I Looked Away (3:02)
Keep On Growing (4:23)
Anyday (5:52)
He’s Gone (5:05)
All Things Must Pass (5:01)
Thorn Tree (Introduction) (2:37)
Thorn Tree In The Garden (3:08)
In The Middle Of The Night (6:52)
Bell Bottom Blues (6:06)
Good-Bye (4:37)
High On You (4:01)
Runnin’ Wide Open (6:08)
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (6:04)
Tell The Truth (5:39)

Enter The Wormhole #76 (Hey, No Diddling) – 6CDs

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GRATEFUL DEAD Dark Star 1972 (2015) – A 10-Hour Version Of The Dead’s Essential Space Voyage

Dark Star 1972Dark Star 1972 (2015)
To Boldly Go Where No Band Has Gone Before…

Leave it to an enterprising (but anonymous) Deadhead to put together a 10-hour version of the Grateful Dead’s epic space excursion, “Dark Star.” According to the original post, found over at, the seamless compilation includes “every Grateful Dead Dark Star jam from 1972 mixed into a singular 10 hour listening experience.” That’s the extent of the info, however, even if longtime fans of the composition won’t require much more. Non-Deadheads are invited to investigate as well, since the tune’s spacey, exploratory improvisation should appeal to others beyond the converted, from stoners to jazzers. FYI: The single file is over 570MB, and that’s at the original bit rate of only 128 – which is normally a deal breaker for my collecting habits, but it not only sounds pretty good, but actually might be kind of a necessity in this case. You can hear it all below to make up your own mind, but I’ve been digging on it all day (and am still only half way through). If the original poster ever upgrades this, we’ll find a way to post it. Of course, we’ve got oodles of Dead in the archives (too much to list, HERE), including John Oswald’s officially released 1995 2CD version of this idea, Grayfolded (HERE), and many cool live versions of “Dark Star,” courtesy of Henry Kaiser and friends, over HERE.

Dark Star 1972 (10:00:00)

EMITT RHODES “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” (2015)

How Can You Mend“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” (2015)
It Only Took 40-Some-Odd Years…

Depending on how you classify it, this is Emitt Rhodes first record release (under his own name, anyway) in over four decades. How fitting, then, that it’s a vinyl 45. The song is culled from the as-yet-to-be-released tribute album, To Love The Bee Gees – A Tribute To The Brothers Gibb, and found its way into stores as a red vinyl 7″ for Record Day, 2015. We still haven’t seen a posted mp3 of it anywhere, so we are forced to use an on-air file surreptitiously lifted from Todd-O-Phonic Todd over at WFMU. Despite the spoken intro, the sound and performance is good and clear and a pleasure to behold for those of us who grew up with the enigmatic and beleaguered Mr. Rhodes… who established so much good will with his debut pop records in the 60s and early-70s (find them all HERE), that people still pine for his talents today. The actual 45 features Chris Price’s “Please Read Me” on the flip (not included), who performed on Emitt’s track and is currently producing Rhodes’ long-awaited album. Thanks to our pal RS for this one. Only 1,000 of these red vinyl 45s were made and, as of today, there’s just one available at Amazon, HERE.

EMITT RHODES How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (3:08)

LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS Free Form Patterns (1968/2014) 3CD Reissue w/ 13th Floor Elevators Rhythm Section

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3CD Reissue, Including The Raw Sessions…

We’ve written before about that sliver in time when America’s aging bluesmen – faced with a new generation of kids getting rich on their licks and tricks – found themselves at another not-so-mythical crossroads. After decades of getting “royalty” shafted, some had to decide whether to stick to their pure-bred blues roots… or join the gold rush? The results were sometimes financially motivated, sometimes label dictated, but many of the old blues greats agreed to hook up with their younger brethren to record electrified albums of varying worth (some crass, some authentic), crafted solely for the mid-to-late 60s youth market. We’ve got some in the archives, including… MUDDY WATERS’ Fathers And Sons (HERE) and Electric Mud (HERE); HOWLIN’ WOLF’s The Howlin’ Wolf Album (HERE) and The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions (HERE); BO DIDDLEY’s The Black Gladiator (HERE); JOHN LEE HOOKER’s Free Beer And Chicken (HERE) and MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL’s I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll – Deluxe Edition, (notable, for our purposes here, as being his first with an electric guitar HERE)… not to mention John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat’s Hooker & Heat. But those are just a few examples capturing the old guard bending to the new will. Add to that list this obscure release from Lightnin’ Hopkins, recorded with Danny Thomas and Duke Davis of The 13th Floor Elevators (who were reportedly on acid during the sessions), Free Form Patterns – recorded in 1968 and reissued as a 3CD set in 2014. This collection is cool because – with only bass and drums accompaniment – it’s not some acid freak-out hybrid (like Bo Diddley’s, for instance), but is, instead, a relatively straightforward representation of Hopkins’ genuine blues style… just electrified. Discs 2 & 3 are the treat, capturing the actual (reconstructed) sessions – in order as it all happened – with story-telling and chatter interspersed with the (repeated) songs. A historically nifty addition. The track titling (and spelling) on this collection is a bit weird, while the “conversations” at the end of disc 3 are filler from another source. The only other Lightnin’ Hopkins we have in the archives is a very cool blues summit, featuring LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE: Rediscovered Blues (HERE). And even through there’s only a vague connection, you can find tons of 13th Floor Elevators HERE. Find Free Form Patterns at Amazon, HERE.

Mr. Charlie (7:06)
Give Me Time To Think (3:51)
Fox Chase (3:29)
Mr. Dittas’ Grocery Store (5:36)
Open Up Your Door (3:58)
Baby Child (3:37)
Cookings Done (3:50)
Got Her Letter This Morning (5:00)
Rain Falling (5:04)
Mini Skirt (3:04)
Black Ghost Blues (Bonus Track) (3:31)
Chat #1: “I’d Like To Get In Tune With The Boys” (0:50)
Song #1: Give Me Time To Think (3:51)
Chat #2: Harmonica Players (0:57)
Song #2: Mini Skirt (3:03)
Chat #3: Lelan “Is Billy A Hippy?” (0:55)
Song #3: Got Her Letter This Morning (4:57)
Chat #4: Drinking Chat #1 “No No, I Don’t Fool With Nothin’ But What I Fool With” (2:49)
Song #4: Mixed Up (Unreleased) (3:04)
Chat #5: Band Direction/Billy (2:36)
Song #5: (Mr. Dillon’s) Grocery Store Blues (5:35)
Chat #6: “You Know Mr. Dillon?” (0:50)
Fox Chase False Starts/Band Direction (5:09)
Song #6: Fox Chase (3:32)
Chat #7: Drinking Chat #2 “I’m The Best Person In The World When I’m Drinking” (3:37)
Song #7: Lord Have Mercy (Unreleased) (2:48)
Chat #8: Drinking Chat #3 “Don’t Think It Ain’t Got Something In It” (0:54)
Song #8: Rain Falling (5:02)
Chat #9: Argument Over Songs (4:48)
Song #9: Cooking’s Done (3:47)
Chat #10: “Sweet Lil’ Woman, But You Ain’t Got No Hair” and Chat (4:55)
Song #11: Mr. Charlie (7:07)
Song #12: Straw Hat (Unreleased) (6:50)
Chat #11: “They Got A 100 Songs” (0:48)
Song #13: Green Onions (Unreleased) (4:38)
Chat #12: Vietnam Song Snippet/Oh Oh Lyric (2:46)
Song/Chat: Poppa Was A Preacher Rehearsal/Chat (3:22)
Chat #13: “That Had The Feeling” Finishing Session (1:11)
Conversation #1: Trouble In Crackett TX (3:35)
Conversation #2: Whiskey On Prescription (2:18)
Conversation #3: Musician’s Hours: Tommy Hall/Stacy Sutherland (1:28)
Conversation #4: “Where’d You Pick Up The Name Lightnin’?” (13:49)
Conversation #5: “You Not Gonna Mess With Elmore (Nixon) Anymore?” (0:17)
Conversation #6: Centreville TX (4:07)
Conversation #7: Politics (8:45)

THE SMITHEREENS Play Tommy (2009) … plus Five MORE Tommy’s For Your Amusement

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What? You Still Don’t Have Enough Tommy’s?…

History has proven, via a plethora of Tommy covers, tributes and soundtracks, that re-imagining Pete Townshend’s classic rock opera is typically a job for the foolhardy. Even Townshend’s own numerous attempts have generally fallen short, for a variety of reasons. All of this is not to suggest that The Smithereens have overwhelmingly accomplished what stouter men have tried and failed to do… but they have managed to distill the essence of Tommy down to its bare necessities. By trimming the sprawling opus down to around 40 minutes, and by adopting The Who’s own mission statement (powerful rock, powerfully performed), The Smithereens have gotten a handle on what really makes Tommy tick. And… it’s not all that much different from The Who’s version, when you really get down to it. Turns out I like Tommy without the pomp & bloat, and if you resist the temptation to compare it to one of the world’s greatest bands, you might, too. Especially if the original Tommy got played out for you a long time ago. Fun artwork by William Stout (see comments for some rare and unseen artwork courtesy of Mr. Stout). There are a couple more nifty Smithereens tributes in the archives, including Meet The Smithereens! & B-Sides The Beatles (HERE). Find The Smithereens Play Tommy @ Amazon, HERE.

Overture/It’s A Boy (5:05)
Amazing Journey/Sparks (6:48)
Eyesight To The Blind (2:11)
Christmas (3:24)
Acid Queen (3:29)
Pinball Wizard (3:03)
Go To The Mirror (3:31)
Tommy, Can You Hear Me? (1:07)
Sensation (2:25)
I’m Free (2:32)
We’re Not Gonna Take It/See Me Feel Me (7:49)

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THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tommy (HERE), THE WHO Tommy (Original Soundtrack) (HERE), THE WHO Live At Leeds (Deluxe) (HERE), THE WHO Live At Hull (actually discs 3 & 4 of the Live At Leeds Super Deluxe Edition, HERE), THE HILLBENDERS Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry (HERE).

CHARLIE WATTS The Charlie Watts – Jim Keltner Project (2000) – The Stones’ Drummer At His Best!

Project FrontThe Charlie Watts – Jim Keltner Project (2000)
Speaking Of Great Drummers…

If there was ever any question about the coolness quotient of Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts, look no further than this release from Watts and drummer/producer Jim Keltner. Over the years, Charlie has quietly issued over a half-dozen quality, but low-selling, albums dedicated to his first musical love, 50s jazz. But this album is unlike anything Watts has ever dabbled in, and it easily stands as the hippest, most far-reaching Stones-related solo release ever. The titles (name-checking a host of jazz greats) might look like just another jazz-fest, but that assumption is wrong. Instead, Watts, along with session drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner (whose credits are impossible to reproduce), has crafted a vital and eclectic drum-fest fusion of world beat, Afro-techno, East Indian and blues… and, yes, even a little jazz. Instead of emulating the styles of the title characters, Watts/Keltner use the names merely as a launching pad for something far more contemporary. And, while other artists (of lesser stature) have worked in these genres for years, hearing Watts (then 60, now 74) jumping head-first into a new sonic arena is exhilarating. Highly recommended for drums fans, as the rhythms dominate this collaboration of two greats… both better known for their backbeats than beat extremes. Big thanks to Chris for first posting this in (Son Of) Readers Links… just one more example of the unbelievable shares from our more generous readers awaiting your discovery. Of course, we’ve got TONS of Stones in the archives, HERE. Find The Charlie Watts – Jim Keltner Project (unbelievably cheap) at Amazon, HERE.

Shelly Manne (2:53)
Art Blakey (5:17)
Kenny Clarke (3:22)
Tony Williams (11:39)
Roy Haynes (4:09)
Max Roach (4:03)
Airto (6:20)
Billy Higgins (4:34)
Elvin Suite (12:17)

MICHAEL GILES The Adventures Of The Michael Giles Mad Band (2009) – King Crimson’s Original Drummer

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Mad Indeed…

Exquisite improvisational experiments from guitarist Daniel Pennie, percussionist Adrian Chivers, and founding King Crimson drummer Michael Giles, collectively known as The Michael Giles Mad Band. The Adventures Of… is a delightfully freeform, percussion infested treat… exactly what one would hope for from a renown drummer who still hasn’t tired of finding new ways to bend a kit to his will. The Mad Band’s debut has a simple mission statement, music “without composition, arrangements, rehearsal or great expectations,” and delivers on that promise with lively, invigorating success. Though… the dedication to improvisation and complete lack of any melodic foothold may be too much for some. (One time Crimson contributor) Keith Tippett would join the band for their second album, In The Moment, and for the outstanding 4-part YouTube video concert, Live At Chapel Arts, which you can watch below. We’ve got another cool Michael Giles release in the archives, 2002’s Progress, Circa 1978 (HERE), his first solo release since 1970’s well-received McDonald & Giles. Find The Adventures Of The Michael Giles Mad Band (not cheap) at Amazon, HERE.

Space And Time (7:38)
In The Key Of X (3:32)
Piano Tuning For Beginners (4:50)
The Bitch (6:22)
Handle With Care (1:45)
Perverse Gear (6:40)
Cosmic Collusion (3:55)
Nomadsland (6:06)
High Level Meeting (2:56)
Flirting With Flams (1:54)
Diminished Responsibility (3:13)
In The Key Of Why (1:58)
Spellbound (2:42)

“THE BEACH BOYS” Fun, Fun, Fun (First Draft)

I get a kick out of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show musical parodies. This one, with Kevin Bacon, offers up a “first draft” of The Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun”… which is, ridiculously, all about “the hamburger stand.” See a few more Fallon parodies in the archives, HERE.

CHET ATKINS & LES PAUL Chester & Lester (Expanded Edition 1977)

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Two Legends Havin’ Fun Doin’ What They Do

The legendary Les Paul was in his 60s and retired when country great Chet Atkins lured him into the studio for the first time in a decade for this blissful collection of instrumental standards. It’s all one could ask for from two guitar masters who have no illusions about getting radio play, and no intentions of making a run for the charts. It’s almost entirely live in the studio, punctuated with occasional, back-and-forth vocal bantering and joking between the two friends, making this swinging musical dialog a repeat listening treat. As a whole, it’s a Sunday morning reflection, as opposed to a Saturday night hootenanny. “Do you know Mel Bay?,” Lester asks Chester during the fade out of “Out Of Nowhere.” “Mel Bay… yeah, sells guitar books,” Chester replies. “Well, let’s send for it,” jokes Lester, as they both break into laughter. A more heart-warming pairing, or delightful LP, is hard to imagine. This bonus track reissue is @ Amazon, HERE.

It’s Been A Long, Long Time (3:34)
Medley: Moonglow/Picnic (Theme From ‘Picnic’) (4:45)
Caravan (3:19)
It Had To Be You (3:35)
Out Of Nowhere (3:15)
Avalon (6:33)
Birth Of The Blues (3:07)
Someday Sweetheart (3:23)
Deed I Do (2:32)
Lover Come Back To Me (2:43)
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise (2:21) – BONUS TRACK
You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me (2:50) – BONUS TRACK
Caravan (Alternate Version) (3:17) – BONUS TRACK
Medley: Moonglow/Picnic (Theme From ‘Picnic’) (Rehearsal Version) (5:21) – BONUS TRACK

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BRUCE PALMER (Buffalo Springfield) The Cycle Is Complete (1971) – Two Very Different Versions Of The Bassist’s Only Solo Album

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The Cycle Is Complete (Vinyl) (1971)
The Cycle Is Complete (CD) (2010)
Two Vastly Different Versions Of The Same Album

Competing with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay for creative space within Buffalo Springfield, it’s not surprising that bassist Bruce Palmer never wrote or sang any material for the short-lived super-group (before they knew they were super). Post Springfield, after years of dealing with pot busts and Canadian deportation issues, Palmer would eventually channel his individuality into his only solo album, The Cycle Is Complete – an esoteric, meandering, slightly psychedelic instrumental LP featuring 4 folky/jazzy, multi-layered jam improvisations, backed by members of the 60s group Kaleidoscope… and funkster Rick James (before he knew he was Rick James). The All Music Guide, giving it 4-1/2 stars, posits “the end result is something along the lines of latter-era Traffic and the psychedelic soul of Rotary Connection.” But that description suggests coherence, which Cycle rarely trafficks in. The album was, as you might imagine, totally ignored back in the day. In 2010, Collector’s Choice would re-issue the LP on compact disc, but… in a vastly different form, featuring totally different mixes for much of the material – while substituting around 11 minutes of the LP with unreleased material. Julian Cope’s Head Heritage explains: “The majority of the album consists of a pair of tracks cut from the same hours-long cloth of improvisation that was excerpted and stitched together into two sprawling instrumentals, “Alpha-Omega-Apocalypse” and “Oxo.” However, both of these tracks on the CD reissue do not match those found on the original Verve-Forecast album. Although “Oxo,” from the original album, is present in its entirety on the CD, it’s as the final 7 minutes of “Alpha-Omega-Apocalypse,” while conversely: “Alpha-Omega-Apocalypse” (from approximately 4:20-9:00) is used as the first 4:40 minutes of the CD version of “Oxo.” Outside of these two overlapping transpositions, about 11 minutes of previously unreleased material is present on the CD version while much of the album version of “Alpha-Omega-Apocalypse” (remains) unique to the LP. So, The Cycle Is Complete on CD is not…complete.” Further… the CD’s liner notes offer no explanation for the missing/additional music (though the track times are relatively similar). Palmer would disappear from the radar after this album’s release, resurfacing in the 80s for a brief time with Neil and a couple different Springfield revival bands in the 90s. Too bad… he had a lot to offer creatively, which both of these albums make clear. Hear the CD version of “Interlude,” below. Find both versions of The Cycle Is Complete – Vinyl (HERE) & CD (HERE) – at Amazon.

Alpha-Omega-Apocalypse (16:43)/(16:42)
Interlude (1:58)/(1:58)
Oxo (7:08)/(7:57)
Calm Before The Storm (9:55)/(10:12)
Timing = (Vinyl)/(CD)

MOJO PRESENTS… Life Companion – 15 Tracks That Shaped Keith Richards (2015)

MOJO Life CompanionLife Companion – 15 Tracks That Shaped Keith Richards (September, 2015)

The latest free CD from the September, 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is a tribute to The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, who has a new solo album out. Instead of going for a straight blues comp, which might be expected when one 20/20s Keith Richards career in hindsight, this comp seems more reflective of what was actually on his record player back in the day…. back when he was subliminally laying the groundwork for what would become the longest-standing rock ‘n’ roll band ever. Includes music from Scotty Moore (Elvis’ guitar man), Jimmy Reed, Buddy Holly, The Coasters, The Everly Brothers, Muddy Waters and more. As you should already know… you can head to the archives to find all 161 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

Scotty Moore Trio Have Guitar Will Travel (1:59)
Chuck Berry
Little Queenie (2:39)
Little Richard
Lucille (2:23)
Bo Diddley
Diddley Daddy (2:25)
Buddy Guy
First Time I Met The Blues (2:16)
Pat Hare
I’m Gonna Murder My Baby (3:09)
Muddy Waters
Rollin’ Stone (3:05)
Jimmy Reed
Bright Lights Big City (2:34)
The Coasters
Poison Ivy (2:39)
Fats Domino
Blue Monday (2:14)
Jay McShann
Confessin’ The Blues (2:49)
The Everly Brothers
All I Have To Do Is Dream (2:21)
Buddy Holly
Learning The Game (1:59)
Sanford Clark
Son-Of-A-Gun (2:33)
Hoagy Carmichael
The Nearness Of You (3:21)

THE BEATLES: THE CAPITOL ALBUMS VOLS. 1 & 2 (Original US Albums 2004/2006) – Meet The Beatles, The Beatles’ Second Album, Something New, Beatles ’65, The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help!, Rubber Soul

41n4dPP4jpLNOW INCLUDING THE TRUE MONO 2nd PRESSINGS OF RUBBER SOUL & BEATLES VI ! NOTE: These are NOT the 2014 re-issues that inexplicably used 2009 remastered files instead of the original, very different, Capitol masters we all remembered. These are the Capitol/Apple 2004 & 2006 box sets that were “compiled from the original U.S. master tapes.” The Brits must think we’re daft for dragging these mangled, reverb-laden old Capitol Records releases back from oblivion and into the digital age. For youngsters not acquainted with the peculiarities of Beatlemania in America, Capitol Records took George Martin’s original tapes and doused them in reverb, then chopped the British albums into smaller, differing LP configurations, all to squeeze a few extra albums, and a lot more sales, out of a fad that was practically guaranteed to expire before the last lunch box or bubblegum card could roll off the assembly line. That’s how the The Beatles’ UK debut morphed into their 5th LP in the States, how The Beatles’ Second Album ended up being almost a ‘covers’ album, and how Capitol was able to squeeze out five Beatles albums in 1965 alone, Beatles ’65 (actually issued in December ’64), The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help! and Rubber Soul. For disciples, there are oddities to be found buried in these digital grooves; like the false start on “I’m Looking Through You” and the original score music from Help! (first time on CD). It should be noted that the first pressing of Beatles VI and Rubber Soul were marred by using “folded down” mono versions, 51JN6M0E24Lby lazily “folding” two stereo tracks into one. But the 2nd pressings of the Vol. 2 box corrected that stupidity. We’ve now got both mono versions for those LPs available. For all their faults, Capitol did do one thing right for the new millennium crowd… they fit both stereo and mono versions onto one disc. Something that would have been nice for the 2009 reissues, but there was too much money involved to allow that to happen. A Hard Day’s Night is not included in the first Capitol box, as it was originally issued on United Artists Records – though Something New closely approximates it. As for Yesterday And Today and Revolver, I’m not really sure of the reasoning for leaving them out. So… why is it we Yanks seem to be clinging to these clearly inferior versions, oh-so-many decades later? Well, truth is… we’re not. Capitol was merely filling a minor marketing void with these re-issues, so except for those rabid collectors that just must have it all, there’s really only one reason all this stuff could hold any interest for the average Joe… memories. Those misty, water-colored memories of the way we were. Personally, I like the nifty cover reproductions. Of course, we’ve got dozens of Beatles-related posts hiding in the archives… just click HERE. You can get the 2004/2006 Capitol boxes at Amazon, HERE & HERE. File Under: The Beatles – Pop Rock, Vocal Group.
I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Saw Her Standing There
This Boy
It Won’t Be Long
All I’ve Got To Do
All My Loving
Don’t Bother Me
Little Child
Till There Was You
Hold Me Tight
I Wanna Be Your Man
Not A Second Time

Roll Over Beethoven
Thank You Girl
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Devil In Her Heart
You Can’t Do That
Long Tall Sally
I Call Your Name
Please Mr.Postman
I’ll Get You
She Loves You

I’ll Cry Instead
Things We Said Today
Any Time At All
When I Get Home
Slow Down
Tell Me Why
And I Love Her
I’m Happy Just to Dance With You
If I Fell
Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand

No Reply
I’m A Loser
Baby’s In Black
Rock And Roll Music
I’ll Follow The Sun
Mr. Moonlight
Honey Don’t
I’ll Be Back
She’s A Woman
I Feel Fine
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

Love Me Do
Twist And Shout
Anna (Go To Him)
Ask Me Why
Please Please Me
PS I Love You
Baby It’s You
A Taste Of Honey
Do You Want To Know A Secret

Kansas City
Eight Days A Week
You Like Me Too Much
Bad Boy
I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party
Words Of Love
What You’re Doing
Yes It Is
Dizzy Miss Lizzie
Tell Me What You See
Every Little Thing

The Night Before
From Me To You Fantasy (Instrumental)
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
I Need You
In The Tyrol (Instrumental)
Another Girl
Another Hard Day’s Night (Instrumental)
Ticket To Ride
The Bitter End / You Can’t Do That (Instrumental)
You’re Gonna Lose That Girl
The Chase (Instrumental)

I’ve Just Seen A Face
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
You Won’t See Me
Think For Yourself
The Word
It’s Only Love
I’m Looking Through You
In My Life
Run For Your Life

TITO & TARANTULA Tarantism Remastered (1997/2015) & Lost Tarantism (2015) + THE PLUGZ Electrify Me (1978), Better Luck (1981) + PSYCHOTIC AZTECS Santa Sangre (1998)

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Lost Tarantism (2015)
Rock & Boogie Blues: Mexicali Style

UPDATED: My first dose of Tito & Tarantula was seeing the crazed, south of the border barroom scene in the Robert Rodriguez (& Quinten Tarantino) flick, From Dusk Till Dawn (watch below). The band performed two songs, a raging “Angry Roaches” and the hypnotically sultry “After Dark,” receiving equal screen time with a ravishing Selma Hayek. Tito Larriva’s history in the music biz dates back to 70s punkers, The Plugz, and Mex-roots rockers, The Cruzados. His acting career has helped to draw attention to the obscure, but outrageously cool, Tito & Tarantula, mixing Texas boogie blues rock with a Mexicali aesthetic. He’s also been a regular in other Rodriquez films, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico and that cool Machete trailer from the Grindhouse project. Rodriguez, a hot-shot guitarist in his own right (check out the incredible Chingon, HERE), co-produces this self-released debut. Lost Tarantism is a brand new 2015 studio album made up of compositions penned during the original Tarantism sessions, but left unfinished. They’re now dusted off and re-recorded, 18 years later. We’ve got more Tito & Tarantula in the archives, including Back Into The Darkness, Hungry Sally & Other Killer Lullabies, Little Bitch & Andalucia (all HERE). Find Tarantism Remastered (HERE) and Lost Tarantism (HERE) @ Amazon.

After Dark (3:44)
Smiling Karen (3:58)
Slippin‘ And Slidin‘ (3:43)
Strange Face (5:38)
Angry Cockroaches (4:39)
Back To The House (That Love Built) (4:32)
Jupiter (6:08)
Sweet Cycle (4:58)
Flying In My Sleep (3:58)
Killing Just For Fun (4:23)
Torquay (from the Motion Picture From Dusk Til Dawn) (2:45) – Bonus Track
White Train (from the Motion Picture Desperado) (5:31) – Bonus Track

When To Let It Go (3:58)
Back To Mexico (4:26)
Jokes On Me (4:14)
Damn Good Day To Die (4:03)
Cry In The Night (4:06)
See You On The Way Down (4:57)
Navajo In A UFO (4:24)
Wild Love (3:35)
You Don’t Scare Me (4:13)
Gimme Respect (4:14)
To Paradise (3:51)
In My Arms Tonight (4:56)


THE PLUGZ Electrify Me (1978)
THE PLUGZ Better Luck (1981)
PSYCHOTIC AZTECS Santa Sangre (1998)
Just A Tip Of The Tito Iceberg

Here’s a small sampling of some earlier work from Tito Larriva. The Plugz are largely considered one of the very first LA punk bands, though, their early spiky take on raw, ragged rock (now) pales in intensity to what would follow. It’s still effective, though. Electrify Me was their 1978 debut, but I’m often drawn to 1981’s Better Luck, as the band widened their horizons beyond punk, while keeping much of the spike. If you ever give one of those music ‘Blindfold Tests,’ “Red Eye #9′”s a must use – as unknowing listeners will be totally confused by the Roger McGuinn vocals and Monkees production. The Psychotic Aztecs’ Santa Sangre, from 1998, is defined more by the darker, heavier, more ethnic edge Larriva’s work developed in later years – the kind of stuff that initially drew me to the guy in the first place. Electrify Me (HERE) goes for big bucks at Amazon, if you’re looking for a hard copy. You won’t have any better luck with Better Luck (HERE), which is also rare. You can still find The Psychotic Aztecs cheap, (HERE).

THE HILLBENDERS Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry (2015) – The Who’s Classic… Bluegrass Style

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You Say You Don’t Have Enough Tommy’s

A self-explanatory new version of The Who’s Tommy, performed in a welcoming relaxed bluegrass style. It’s way too easy to debate the pros or cons of this idea, but it’s actually a fun listen, and works (for me, anyway) because vocalist Nolan Lawrence manages to deliver a viable and appropriate alternative to Roger Daltry’s iconic vocals with relative ease. The five-piece band is no stranger to covering pop material (their 2012 debut featured The Romantics’ “Talking In Your Sleep”), so these guys may just be frustrated rockers hiding out on a backwoods porch… in plain view. But, no matter. It’s there is you’re curious, or if you don’t have enough Tommy’s on the shelf already. This one, however, does happen to be better than a bunch of those that are already available. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Overture (3:49)
Captain Walker (1:41)
1921 (2:20)
Amazing Journey (3:00)
Sparks (2:50)
Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) (2:05)
Christmas (4:11)
Cousin Kevin (3:39)
The Acid Queen (3:15)
Do You Think It’s Alright (0:26)
Fiddle About (1:19)
Pinball Wizard (3:43)
There’s A Doctor (0:22)
Go To The Mirror (2:58)
Tommy, Can You Hear Me (0:56)
Smash The Mirror (1:19)
Sensation (2:20)
Miracle Cure (0:13)
Sally Simpson (3:35)
I’m Free (1:58)
Welcome (3:39)
Tommy’s Holiday Camp (0:48)
We’re Not Gonna Take It/See Me, Feel Me (5:24)

WILCO Star Wars (2015)

WilcoStar Wars (2015)
A Freebie From Wilco…

Last month Wilco gave away their new 11-song album, Star Wars (@256), for anyone willing to supply an email address. Nice fellas. Thanks to The Chairman for the tip.

THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Freaky Styley (1985) + The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987) + Demos And Raw Tapes: Uplift Mofo Party Plan Sessions (1987)

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Freaky Styley (The Definitive Remaster) (1985/2003)
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (Japanese SHM Reissue) (1987/2009)
Audaciously Funky Brilliance…

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were firing on all cylinders by 1987, crafting a minor funk/rock/metal masterpiece with The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, their third LP, and – for my money – a powerful and convincingly original “fusion” album cut from its own cloth… seemingly oblivious to what was fashionably going on around them in the mid-80s. And, with all due respect to Chad Smith, who would join the Peppers’ ranks after this release, drummer Jack Irons is simply on fire here. This unit’s previous effort, 1985’s undeniably funky Freaky Styley, set the stage for it, boasting production from Funkadelic’s George Clinton (and support of former James Brown tribesmen, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley), in a loose, groovy, smoke-filled, weed party of a gathering that would be completely unrecognizable to the hordes of later RHCP fans that would surface in the 90s and beyond. “Hollywood (Africa)” – a reworking of the famed Meters track “Africa” – is simply one of the coolest, funkiest white boy concoctions ever produced. That it came from California surf punks like the Peppers in the first place is a testament to something, whatever that may be. The band would never be the same after these two releases, finding MTV and worldwide success, while losing both guitarist Hillel Slovak (to heroin) and drummer Jack Irons. But, for some of us, stuck in our own past perhaps (but quite content there), it never got better than this. Find reissues of Freaky Styley (HERE) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (HERE) at Amazon.

Jungleman (4:09)
Hollywood (Africa) (5:04)
American Ghost Dance (3:51)
If You Want Me To Stay (4:07)
Nevermind (2:48)
Freaky Styley (3:40)
Blackeyed Blonde (2:41)
The Brothers Cup (3:28)
Battleship (1:54)
Lovin’ And Touchin’ (0:37)
Catholic School Girls Rule (1:56)
Sex Rap (1:55)
Thirty Dirty Birds (0:15)
Yertle The Turtle (3:47)
Nevermind (Demo) (2:17) – Bonus Track
Sex Rap (Demo) (1:37) – Bonus Track
Freaky Styley (Original Long Version) (8:49) – Bonus Track
Millionaires Against Hunger (Previously Unreleased) (3:27) – Bonus Track

Fight Like A Brave (3:54)
Funky Crime (3:01)
Me And My Friends (3:09)
Backwoods (3:08)
Skinny Sweet Man (1:17)
Behind The Sun (4:41)
Subterranean Homesick Blues (2:35)
Party On Your Pussy (3:16)
No Chump Love Sucker (2:42)
Walkin’ On Down The Road (3:50)
Love Trilogy (2:42)
Organic Anti-Beat Box Band (4:11)
Behind The Sun (Instrumental Demo) (2:56) – Bonus Track
Me And My Friends (Instrumental Demo) (1:55) – Bonus Track

frontDemos And Raw Tapes: Uplift Mofo Party Plan Sessions (1987)
Sizzling Live/Unreleased Studio Instrumentals

A collection of live studio takes from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Great sound and lots of action. “Fire” features vocals, but the rest of the tracks are sizzling live-in-the-studio instrumentals. Two tracks (included above) were first used for the 2003 reissue of The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (“Behind The Sun” & “Me And My Friends”), and were already omitted when I got this set years ago.

Backwoods (3:25)
Instrumental 1 (0:57)
Party On Your Pussy (4:24)
Instrumental 2 (1:48)
Instrumental 3 (2:50)
Instrumental 4 (2:19)
Instrumental 5 (1:02)
Instrumental 6 (2:17)
Blues For Meister (2:58)
Walkin‘ On Down The Road (3:57)
Instrumental 7 (4:30)
Love Trilogy (2:46)
Organic Anti-Beat Box Band (3:59)
Fire (w/vocals) (2:08)
Instrumental 8 (1:21)
Party On Your Pussy (Take 2) (3:34)
Subterranean Homesick Blues (2:32)
Funky Crime (3:10)
Backwoods (Take 2) (3:15)
Fight Like A Brave (4:00)
No Chump Love Sucker (2:51)
Skinny Sweaty Man (1:19)

VELVERT TURNER GROUP Velvert Turner Group (1972) – A Convincing Hendrix Disciple / 2CD RE-UP

Velvert Turner GroupVelvert Turner Group (1972/2011)
Is There A Hendrix In The House?… Times Two!

UPGRADED! Recorded in 1972 and self-produced by the title guitarist/vocalist, Velvert Turner Group draws its inspiration from VT’s obvious (and reportedly personal) mentor, Jimi Hendrix, circa 1970 – the final year of Jimi’s life. Turner routinely appropriates Hendrix’s guitar stylings and, especially, his vocal phrasing, most noticeably on the tracks “Three O’Clock Train,” “Talkin’ Bout My Baby” and “‘Xcuse Me, Gentlemen (The Fall Of Atlantis).” Turner’s non-Hendrixian music is actually rather unique, if somewhat tough to fully embrace, and relatively interesting in a pop/jam free-wheeling 70s sort of way. Not necessarily “essential,” but a fun artifact of an era when the void left by Hendrix’s departure from this plane of existence was tangible and heartfelt. Big thanks to JackH for supplying this new, 2CD limited edition (1,000) remaster from 2011, which not only upgrades the overall sound of our old vinyl rip, but includes “both original mixes” of the album. Find the 2011 2CD reissue of Velvert Turner Group at Amazon, HERE.

1 – Rock Mix
Madonna (Of The Seven Moons) (3:40)
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Baby (4:00)
Country Chicken (2:48)
Strangely Neww (5:15)
Scarlet Warrior (3:34)
Three O’Clock Train (5:09)
Just Look And See (4:23)
‘Xcuse Me Gentlemen (The Fall Of Atlantis) (4:27)
(Love Rides…) The Slow Swirling Seas (3:36)
Freedom (5:50)

2 – Soul Mix
Madonna (Of The Seven Moons) (3:33)
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Baby (4:01)
Country Chicken (2:51)
Strangely Neww (5:00)
Scarlet Warrior (3:39)
Three O’Clock Train (5:09)
Just Look And See (4:25)
‘Xcuse Me Gentlemen (The Fall Of Atlantis) (4:40)
(Love Rides…) The Slow Swirling Seas (3:45)
Freedom (5:53)

DREAM SYNDICATE The Days Of Wine And Roses (1982) – Unreleased 2015 2CD Deluxe Edition

The Days Of Wine And Roses DeluxeThe Days Of Wine And Roses (2001/2015)
Velvets For The Rest Of Us

UPGRADED 2009 POST: I may get my Pontification License revoked for stating this, but I’ve always liked the idea of The Velvet Underground more than much of their actual music. Yeah, I know… as sacrilegious as it is to suggest, VU had a few too many fractious elements for my tastes, though… I still own and enjoy a couple of their early LPs. So why then is The Dream Syndicate’s The Days Of Wine And Roses one of my all time favorites? After all, it’s essentially a distillation of The Velvet’s three chord banging, incessant rhythms and slacker, monotone vocals. Any VU fan would probably consider the album a two-bit rip off… or worse, since it lacks VU’s dangerous sex and drug themes. And, they’re probably right. But, The Dream Syndicate still manages to stretch The Velvets’ DIY simplicity into a debut that captures all the droning, disengaged desperation that made screeds like “Heroin” or “Waiting For The Man” so essential.

What we have here is an upgrade from our 2009 post, featuring the new 2015 remaster (with all new bonus tracks), combined with the completely different set of bonuses from the 2001 reissue. So we’re calling this a “Deluxe Edition,” though our savvier readers will already know what we’re up to (as our 8 previous “Deluxe” posts, below, should confirm). Hit the archives for more from The Dream Syndicate, including The Day Before Wine And Roses: Live at KPFK, September 5, 1982 (A pre-LP live radio performance, HERE) and The Complete Live At Raji’s (2CD HERE). Go to Amazon to find the 2001 CD (HERE) and 2015 remaster (HERE) of The Days Of Wine And Roses.

1 – The Original Album (2015 Remaster)
Tell Me When It’s Over (3:32)
Definitely Clean (3:30)
That’s What You Always Say (3:13)
Then She Remembers (4:08)
Halloween (6:10)
When You Smile (4:16)
Until Lately (6:51)
Too Little, Too Late (3:28)
The Days of Wine and Roses (7:34)

2 – 2015 & 2001 Bonus Tracks
Is It Rolling, Bob? (1:23) – Bonus Track
A Reason (4:07) – Bonus Track
Still Holding On To You (6:47) – Bonus Track
Armed With An Empty Gun (5:40) – Bonus Track
Like Mary (8:34) – Bonus Track
Outside The Dream Syndicate (10:43) – Bonus Track
Sure Thing (4:02) Down There EP Version
That’s What You Always Say (4:23) Down There EP Version
When You Smile (3:10) Down There EP Version
Some Kinda Itch (5:32) Down There EP Version
Too Little, Too Late (3:40) – Rehearsal
Definitely Clean (3:36) – Rehearsal
That’s What You Always Say (3:58) 15 Minutes Version
Last Chance for You (2:40) 15 Minutes Version

Stripped DeluxeSugar Cane's Got The BluesThe Gold Experience (Deluxe)Kooper Deluxe
Shotgun Willie DeluxeFlashback DeluxeRagged Glory DeluxeBest Of Both Worlds Deluxe

KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW Kamikaze Ground Crew (1985)

Kamikaze Ground CrewKamikaze Ground Crew (1985)
Juggling A Host Of Styles And Influences…

Fun debut from the Kamikaze Ground Crew, a loose conglomerate of performers and players that first emerged from the orchestra pit of the juggling/performance art troupe, The Flying Karamazov Brothers. Those who know the Karamazovs from 70s/80s television, remember well the troupe’s expertly irreverent performances with great fondness. And, while their instrumental accompaniment was generally backgrounded, the musical punctuation always managed to add a colorful dimension and circus-like atmosphere to the mile-a-minute showmanship. The Kamikaze Ground Crew picks up where the Karamazov Brothers’ musical pit-crew left off, incorporating klezmer, vaudeville, gypsy-chic, ethnic folk music, three-penny opera, jazz and German beer hall oom-pah into an eclectic musical gumbo. Hear the overture from their 1985 debut, below, for a taste of the proceedings, while the Flying Karamazov Brothers video at the bottom will offer a reminder of the entertaining roots of this long running musical outfit – which, over the course of around a half-dozen LPs, has included the likes of Steven Bernstein (The Lounge Lizards, Sex Mob) and Peter Apfelbaum (Carla Bley, The Hieroglyphic Ensemble), among others. Find Kamikaze Ground Crew at Amazon, HERE.

Overture: The Phoenix/Jungle Interlude/Ituri Circus/The New Chumleighland March (4:06)
Alabama Song (3:07)
Wendy’s (2:30)
Fanfare (0:21)
Teddy Bears’ Picnic (2:50)
Fanfare – ‘5’ (1:15)
Blue Wheels (4:35)
Stupid Song (1:01)
Wa-Wa-Wa (3:05)
Rearranging The Deckchairs On The Titanic (2:30)
Grushome (The Cannonball Juggler) (3:14)
Fanfare (0:15)
What? (2:12)
Desert Funk (4:35)
Thunder And Blazes (2:55)
Turn Your Lights Off (3:13)

Enjoy a taste of The Flying Karamazov Brothers, who are to juggling what Penn & Teller are to magic. I posted this just as a reference reminder, but ended up watching the entire show myself.