Cry Of The Werewolf (1944)

cryofthewerewolf01Cry Of The Werewolf (1944) a.k.a. Daughter Of The Werewolf Little known entry in the longstanding wolf/werewolf-related movie franchises, originally kickstarted by Universal, but picked up here by Columbia Pictures. A recap of the werewolf (& vampire) myth is neatly revisited by a museum tour guide in the movie’s opening 5 minutes. Made in 1944, Cry Of The Werewolf has all of the delicious atmospheric charm of the original (second wave) of monster movies, characterized by dramatic tension, film noir lighting and rousing original (though sometimes recycled) music. There are no real stars in this psychological whodunit, just gypsies, mythology and cinematic suggestion. Hard to imagine all of those Eastern Bloc accents aren’t meant to sound anything but suspicious, especially in 1944. The cigarette lighter-lit hallway scene is a treat. EXCLAMATION-MARKED TAG LINE!: When The Bells Toll At Midnight… Werewolves Prowl The Earth! DIALOG ALERT: “We will now proceed to the voodoo room.” Find Cry Of The Werewolf at Amazon, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.


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MOJO PRESENTS… Modern Life Is Rubbish (2015)

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The latest free CD from the May 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is a collection of modern “British angst,” featuring a slew of lesser known artists carrying on a grand and glorious British tradition (since the 70s, anyway) of indifference… with a shit attitude. Hit the archives to find all 157 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

Carl Barat & The Jackals Glory Days (3:40)
The Amazing Snakeheads
Where Is My Knife? (4:42)
Fat White Family
Cream Of The Young (4:04)
Nadine Shah
Stealing Cars (4:01)
Kate Tempest
Marshall Law (5:39)
Off Peak Dreams (3:16)
Devil Is A Liar
Kode9 & The Spaceape (2:55)
Bunkerpop (5:51)
Young Fathers
Rain Or Shine (3:49)
The Pop Group
Citizen Zombie (3:50)
Sleaford Mods
Under The Plastic & N.C.T. (3:17)
The Bohicas
To Die For (2:55)
Crushed Beaks
Rising Sign (2:23)
Menace Beach
Tastes Like Medicine (2:36)
Half Man Half Biscuit
Westward Ho! Massive Let Down (3:22)

JERRY GARCIA Bonus Tracks, Outtakes, Jams And Alternates – Nearly 5 Hours Of Bonus Jerry

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Almost 5 Hours Of Bonus Jerry

Anyone else miss the Record Clubs? For the addicted, hardcore, record-buying veteran, the RCA & Columbia Record Clubs were the best way (outside of five-finger discounts and promo mailing lists) to get your regular vinyl and plastic fixes… cheap (usually about $4 to $5 per CD, once you learned the ropes). Which, in the days of $15 discs, was the only way to go. Just before the last one went under in the mid-oughts (if memory serves), I was vigorously upgrading a lot of my collection with the latest remastered/bonus track releases being offered by the Clubs, including The Band, Airplane, Byrds, and others you may have seen on these pages. Jerry Garcia’s solo output is another such collection. His first five albums, Garcia, Compliments, Reflections, Cats Under The Stars (credited to The Jerry Garcia Band) and Run For The Roses, all lovingly re-issued by Rhino Records in 2004/2005, contained a plethora of cool bonus tracks. So I pulled these from the shelves for another in our series of Bonus Tracks gatherings. Of course, Garcia’s remasters have already been grouped together for a box set (All Good Things), with an additional disc of “Outtakes, Jams And Alternates,” so it only made sense to include those bonuses too – along with the limited edition All Good Things Redux bonus disc (available only to those who purchased the box online). Fanatics should already have all this, but the casual among you may find this four-hour and forty-five minute collection a worthy investment of your time. A few tracks here are listed as “Alternate Takes,” but are actually live studio demos, with count-ins and dialog. If you’re like me, you live for these kinds of rarities, and this set takes you right into the studio with Jerry and his pals performing lots of previously unheard and unreleased tunes. You know the drill… find our previous Bonus Tracks sets below. Hit the archives for oodles of Dead, HERE.

Sugaree (Alternate Take) (7:14) – Garcia (1972)
Loser (Alternate Take) (4:07) – Garcia (1972)
Late For Supper/Spidergawd/Eep Hour (Alternate Takes) (10:22) – Garcia (1972)
The Wheel (Alternate Take #1) (4:04) – Garcia (1972)
The Wheel (Alternate Take #2) (2:54) – Garcia (1972)
Study For “Eep Hour” (3:30) – Garcia (1972)
Dealin’ From The Bottom (Studio Jam) (1:25) – Garcia (1972)
Study For “The Wheel” (3:22) – Garcia (1972)
That’s A Touch I Like (3:40) – Compliments (1974)
Road Runner (4:10) – Compliments (1974)
It’s Too Late (4:28) – Compliments (1974)
I’ll Forget You (3:21) – Compliments (1974)
Tragedy (3:52) – Compliments (1974)
Think (4:12) – Compliments (1974)
I Know It’s A Sin (2:42) – Compliments (1974)
Lonesome Town (6:20) – Compliments (1974)
Cardiac Arrest (Studio Jam) (1:40) – Compliments (1974)
Back Home In Indiana (7:08) – Compliments (1974)

Mystery Train (Studio Jam) (5:13) – Reflections (1976)
All By Myself (Studio Jam) (4:10) – Reflections (1976)
Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie (3:13) – Reflections (1976)
You Win Again (2:26) – Reflections (1976)
Orpheus (16:45) – Reflections (1976)
Magnificent Sanctuary Band (3:51) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
I’ll Be With Thee (6:01) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
The Way You Do The Things You Do (5:01) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
Mighty High (3:05) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
Don’t Let Go (16:00) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
Down Home (Rehearsal Version) (1:50) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
Palm Sunday (Alternate Take) (2:24) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)

Fennario (5:27) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Alabama Getaway (3:24) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Tangled Up In Blue (6:20) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Simple Twist Of Fate (5:28) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Dear Prudence (5:56) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Valerie (Alternate Mix) (5:22) – Run For The Roses (1982)
I Saw Her Standing There (2:57) – All Good Things Redux (Bonus Disc) (2004)
Russian Lullaby (3:55) – All Good Things Redux (Bonus Disc) (2004)
T.L.E.O. Jam (9:12) – All Good Things Redux (Bonus Disc) (2004)
Visions Of Johanna (16:48) – All Good Things Redux (Bonus Disc) (2004)

Deal (Alternate Take) (3:24) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Let’s Spend The Night Together (Alternate Take) (3:17) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Mississippi Moon (Alternate Take) (2:47) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Lonesome Town (Acoustic Version) (4:57) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Catfish Town (Alternate Take) (6:18) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
I’ll Take A Melody (Alternate Take) (8:16) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
My Sisters And Brothers (7:09) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Hully Gully/Rockin’ Pneumonia (Studio Jam) (6:52) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Streamlined Cannonball (Studio Jam) (7:31) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Iko Iko (Studio Jam) (4:18) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Hey Bo Diddley/Hide Away (Studio Jam) (8:26) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Accidently Like A Martyr (5:04) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)

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TH’ FAITH HEALERS Lido (1992) Short-Lived Early 90s Alt/Kraut/Psych/Garage/Rock Practitioners

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Early 90s Alt(Kraut)Rock Anomalies…

Righteous UK noisemakers with one foot in th’ garage and th’ other foot dangling all over th’ psych/Kraut/stoner rock landscape. This is th’ only music I’ve ever owned by Th’ Faith Healers (they released two LPS and some singles), but I was drawn to their noisy reckless abandon and live-in-th’-studio garage simplicity. When you break down what they do, th’ honest truth is that they’re not all that unique and, in th’ end, are quite tuneless – as th’ melodies and vocals lack distinction or memorability. But Th’ Healers are smart enough to know all that, displacing th’ (predominately female) vocals in th’ mix to call more attention to their instrumental assault, accentuating th’ grunge. Th’ pounding cover of Can’s “Mother Sky” draws their Krautrock interests out into th’ open, while “Spin 1/2″ is essentially a nine-and-a-half minute climax to a song that barely even starts, it just climaxes. Don’t wait for any melodic invention and Th’ Faith Healers’ incessant devotion to th’ glorious garage just may win you over. Personally, I like their impudence. Find Lido, their debut album for pennies at Amazon, HERE.

This Time (5:09)
A Word Of Advice (6:23)
Hippy Hole (3:21)
Don’t Jones Me (6:19)
Reptile Smile (4:58)
Moona-Ina-Joona (3:15)
Love Song (5:39)
Mother Sky (4:17)
It’s Easy Being You (2:12)
Spin 1/2 (9:35)

HANNA-BARBERA Cartoon Classics & Wacky Sounds (2001) – 3CD Collection Of Themes & Sound Effects

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They Say A Gorilla Like Magilla Is Mighty Nice…

Adding to our growing list of cartoon music posts, this 3CD set from Rhino & The Cartoon Network features theme music, incidental asides and classic cartoon sound effects from the library of Hanna-Barbera, creators of Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, Josie & The Pussycats, Scooby Doo, Top Cat and many, many others. Most of these themes were composed by (various configurations of) William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Hoyt Curtin. Unfortunately, my hard copy of this set is lacking a booklet, so I can’t tell you much in the way of details. Fans of Hanna-Barbera however, already know how cool some of this theme music is. Alongside such stupidly catchy melodies as “The Magilla Gorilla Show (Main Theme)” and the insufferable “Open Up Your Heart And Let The Sunshine In,” there’s also some legitimately intriguing compositional work here that’s worthy of study. “Space Ghost,” with its eerie theremin work, was always a stoner favorite, while “Johnny Quest (Main Title)” is a rumbling jungle jivin’ blast of off-beat jazz. Personally, I was always big on Top Cat’s jazzy main theme, and there’s also plenty of post-war, 40s big band references buried within some of this material, too. You’ve probably got your own faves. For Flintstones fans, this set overdoses on various Flintstones family off-shoots, but since a majority of the tracks and themes barely reach 60 seconds each (aside from the lengthy “underscores” or incidental music), your Saturday morning-fueled attention span isn’t taxed beyond reason. That’s not to mention a disc full of sound effects. Of course, if you’re a cartoon music fanatic, you need to hit the archives, where you’ll find… Hal Willner’s incredible two-volume collection, Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958 & More Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1939-1957 (both HERE), That’s All Folks!: Cartoon Songs From Merrie Melodies & Looney Tunes and Bugs Bunny At The Symphony (HERE), Tex Avery Cartoons: Music From The Tex Avery Original Soundtracks, (HERE), The Music Of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights (HERE), Bugs Bunny On Broadway (HERE), our exclusive A Big Box Of Looney Tunes (HERE, 71 full-length Warner Bros. cartoon scores) and a couple of multi-artist cartoon tributes, Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits (HERE) and Gumby (HERE). Get this 3CD Hanna-Barbera collection for as little as $3 at Amazon, HERE.

1 – Hanna Barbera Cartoon Classics
The Magilla Gorilla Show (Main Title) (1:10)
Peter Potamus (Main Title) (1:10)
Jonny Quest (Main Title) (1:53)
Meet The Flintstones (Main Title, 1965) (0:41)
Way Outs (1:21)
Open Up Your Heart And Let The Sunshine In (2:38)
Space Ghost (Main Title) (0:59)
The Man Called Flintstone (1:46)
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (Main Title) (1:32)
Dastardly & Muttley In Their Flying Machines (Stop That Pigeon) (1:15)
Scooby Doo, Where Are You? (Main Title) (1:04)
Josie & The Pussycats (Main Title) (1:03)
Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm (Main Title) (0:54)
The Flintstones Comedy Show (Main Title) (1:05)
The New Scooby Doo Movies (Main Titles) (1:05)
The Magilla Gorilla Show (Underscore) (7:26)
Peter Potamus (Curtin Calls) (1:03)
Jonny Quest (End Titles) (0:53)
Magilla Gorilla (End Titles) (0:58)

2 – Terrific Toon Tunes
Huckleberry Hound (Main Title ) (0:44)
Yogi Bear, 1958 (Syndicated Titles With Sub-Main Titles) (0:31)
Quick Draw McGraw (Main Title) (0:47)
Loopy De Loop, 1959 (Main Title, Underscore & End Titles) (2:13)
Car Hop Song (3:34)
Rise And Shine (Flintstone’s Theme, Main Title 1960) (0:44)
Yogi Bear (Main Title) (0:46)
Snagglepuss (Syndicated Titles With Sub-Main And End Titles) (0:31)
Yakky Doodle (Syndicated Titles With Sub-Main And End Titles) (0:31)
Top Cat (Main Title) (0:47)
Meet The Flintstones (Original Album Version, 1961) (1:47)
Wally Gator (Main Title With Sub-Main & End Titles) (0:37)
Touche Turtle (Main Title With Sub-Main & End Titles) (0:40)
Lippy The Lion & Hardy Har Har (Main Title With Sub-Main & End Titles) (0:40)
The Jetsons (Main Title) (1:00)
Quick Draw McGraw (Underscore & Syndicated End Titles) (6:42)
Yogi Bear (Underscore) (6:31)
Huckleberry Hound (End Titles) (0:46)
The Jetsons (End Titles) (0:48)

1 – Hanna Barbera Wacky Sounds
Hanna-Barbera’s Top Ten Famous Sound Effects (5:42)
Mutley Bites Dastardly On the Butt (0:07)
Jet Screamer’s Entrance (Judy Jetson’s Favorite Rock Star) (0:07)
Yogi Bear’s Noggin Klonks (0:07)
Fred Flintstone’s Hard Head Hit (0:07)
Whisker Pluck (0:06)
Fred Drops The Ball (0:07)
Gazoo Materializing (0:07)
Answering Machine Message: Fred Flintstone Message #1 (0:08)
Answering Machine Message: Quick Draw McGraw (El Kabong) (0:21)
Answering Machine Message: Fred Flintstone Message #2 (0:18)
Answering Machine Message: Snagglepuss Message (0:23)
Answering Machine Message: Fred Flintstone Stop Calling Message (0:28)
Birthday Greeting: Fred Flintstone Birthday #1 (0:23)
Birthday Greeting: Hokey Wolf: Not Selling Birthday (0:29)
Birthday Greeting: Fred Flintstone Birthday #2 (0:20)
Birthday Greeting: Quick Draw McGraw Birthday (0:35)
Birthday Greeting: Super Snooper & Blabber Mouse Birthday (0:26)
Boings: Boi-ee-oing; Sproing; Whistle & Boings (0:10)
Comic Caper: Emergency Wally Gator System (0:34)
Bowling: Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble (0:26)
Congratulations: Snagglepuss (0:24)
Congratulations: Fred Flintstone (0:30)
Crash (0:06)
Crunch, Crunch, Ding, Tinkle, Tinkle (0:08)
Door (Flintstone): Open; Slam and Rattle (0:06)
Double Takes: Bo-aa-be-oo-oo, Weee-Oooo (0:07)
Drums: Acrobatic Roll with Accents; Trip and Slide Down (0:21)
Explosions; Boom, Ka-Boom (0:12)
Comic Caper: Peter Potamus (0:43)
Falling Object Whistle (0:08)
Fight (Fred and Barney Fight) (0:06)
Fred’s Flintmobile (Start Up and Run) (0:25)
Get Well Message: Fred Flintstone (0:36)
Get Well Message: Quick Draw Mc Graw (0:28)
Head Shakes: De-do-dedee-do-dedee-do; Pingitty-pingitty-ping (0:07)
Hopping: Sproings; Pixie & Dixie (0:23)
Comic Caper: Snagglepuss (1:35)
Jetson’s Doorbell (0:07)
Jetson’s Entrance Tube: Arrive, Depart (0:07)
Jetson’s Phone Ring (0:06)
Jetson’s Robot Maid (Rosey) (0:19)
Jetson’s Space Capsule: Start; Run; In Flight; Pass By; Land And Stop (0:41)
Jetson’s Space Traffic (0:12)
Comic Caper: Fred Flintstone (2:07)
Kablam (0:06)
Knock on Fred’s Door (0:07)
Peeong (0:06)
Pops: Squish Pop, Pop Gun (0:07)
Ratchet (0:07)
Ricochet: Pchwong; Pchwaaa; Szwip-p; Whoof (0:14)
Comic Caper: Snooper and Blabber (1:12)
Running Gallop: Blop Gallop (0:10)
Running Feet: Short; Long (0:22)
Skids: Screech; Broken Skid (0:08)
Slides: Whistle Up And Down; Silly Slide Up (0:07)
Squeaks: Scratchy Squeaks; Little Zabark; Squeak Up (0:11)
Spins: Spin and Boing; Wind Whistle Spin (0:09)
Strrretcch (0:07)
Comic Caper: Hokey Wolf (1:30)
Thunk (0:07)
Tip Toe (0:06)
Twangs: Twang-g-g-g-g; Twa-a-a-a-a-nng (0:11)
Waheef And Poof (0:07)
Walking Feet (0:17)
Whizz Klonk (Here’s Your Paper, Mr. Flintstone) (0:06)
Wind Up and Zip (0:07)
Xylophone: Long Gliss Up (0:07)
Yabba-Dabba-Doo! (0:07)
Yogi’s Boink Walk (0:32)
Comic Caper: Quick Draw and Baba Looey (0:52)
Zip Scramble (Wind Whistle Scat) (0:06)
Zips: Zip In; Zip Out (0:06)
Zoom (Winnie Witch’s Broom) (0:06)
Finale (2:32)

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE Ragged Glory (2CD Deluxe Edition 2015)

Ragged Glory DeluxeRagged Glory (Deluxe Edition) (1990/2015)
To Paraphrase Voltaire… If It Didn’t Exist, It Would Be Necessary To Invent It.

A perennial favorite, 1990’s Ragged Glory is, as the title implies, brimming with raw, unbridled rock abandon. It’s Neil Young & Crazy Horse in Amps-To-11 mode, with stomping fury, memorably simple riffs and lingering feedback. In later years, Young’s ‘write-it/record-it/NEXT!’ modus operandi would leave a lot to be desired, with compositions often lacking in quality control, or… at least a bit of much-needed reflection – an issue that began to take root (for me, anyway) with 1995’s Mirror Ball (with Pearl Jam). So Ragged Glory stands as one of NY&CH’s last great studio outbursts (until Psychedelic Pill), boasting at least one timeless concert classic in “F*!#in’ Up.” For this faux Deluxe Edition, we’ve gathered some Ragged alternates and outtakes that have circulated from the CD single “Mansion On The Hill,” the “Over And Over” promo edit, and the bootlegged “Born To Run” rehearsal (no, not that “Born To Run”). If the acoustic recording of “Interstate” sounds like it’s from another time and place, it partly is. Neil first recorded it in 1985, with The International Harvesters, but the tune was never released. He gave it another shot in 1990, but its quiet nature found no place on Ragged Glory, so it remained in the can… until it was added as a bonus track to the vinyl version of 1996’s Broken Arrow (and “Big Time” CD single). The second disc contains tracks known well to fans, including the essential Ranch Rehearsals (one of our earliest posts at the old Never Get Out Of The Boat, HERE) – a fantastic sounding live precursor to Ragged Glory, false starts, miscues and all – and some live tracks from 1991’s Weld, recorded during the Ragged Glory Tour. The bad news is that each disc is 84 minutes. So, if you’re burning, you’ll have choices to make. There’s more NY in the archives, including The Complex Sessions (HERE), Living With War x 3 (HERE), A 2012 Crazy Horse Studio Jam and Live On Austin City Limits (both HERE), Psychedelic Pill (HERE) and the 37-1/2 minute jam, “Horse Back” (HERE), a strange Young-related oddity called The Lost Tapes (HERE), a couple Wormholes we probably shouldn’t be mentioning (HERE & HERE), A MOJO tribute to Harvest (HERE), the best album by Crazy Horse that isn’t Crazy Horse is ERIC AMBEL & ROSCOE’S GANG’s Loud & Lonesome (hear it all HERE), and, of course… String Theory (HERE). Find the original Ragged Glory at Amazon, HERE.

Country Home (7:05)
White Line (2:58)
F*!#in’ Up (5:55)
Over And Over (8:28)
Love To Burn (10:01)
Farmer John (4:15)
Mansion On The Hill (4:48)
Days That Used To Be (3:42)
Love And Only Love (10:18)
Mother Earth (Natural Anthem) (5:11)
Don’t Spook The Horse (7:36) – Mansion On The Hill (Maxi CD Single), 1990
Mansion On The Hill (Single Version) (3:22) – Mansion On The Hill (Maxi CD Single), 1990
Over And Over (Edit) (3:34) – Over And Over (Promo CD Single), 1990
Interstate (Recorded May 17, 1990) (6:22) – Broken Arrow (Vinyl Bonus)/ Big Time (CD Single), 1996
Mansion On The Hill (8:44) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
White Line (3:23) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
White Line (1:01) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
White Line (3:18) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Love To Burn (0:29) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Love To Burn (9:26) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Days That Used To Be (4:37) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Love And Only Love (9:57) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Born To Run (5:24) – 1990 Rehearsal (Unreleased)
Mansion On The Hill (Live) (6:14) – Weld (1991)
Farmer John (Live) (5:00) – Weld (1991)
Love To Burn (Live) (10:01) – Weld (1991)
Love And Only Love (Live) (9:17) – Weld (1991)
F*!#In’ Up (Live) (7:10) – Weld (1991)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Trilogy: New Africa 2 / Hard Cell / Beat Freaks (1985) – A 3CD Celluloid Collection featuring Material, Golden Palominos, Fela, Deadline, Time Zone, Tore Kunda, The Last Poets & more

VA-TrilogyNew Africa 2 / Hard Cell / Beat Freaks (1985)
A 3CD Celluloid Collection

An early CD compilation that gathers together three various artist LPs from the late, great Celluloid label… home of Bill Laswell and his pals, and one of the 70s/80s labels synonymous with trend-setting musical scenes in both New York and Africa. The track list below will give you a clue. There are probably newer, fresher remasters of this import collection out there somewhere, but this one’s off-the-shelf. We’ve got more from some of these great bands & artists in the archives already, like… MASSACRE Killing Time, Funny Valentine, Meltdown, Lonely Heart and Love Me Tender (HERE), THE GOLDEN PALOMINOS This Is How It Feels and Prison Of The Rhythm – The Remixes (HERE), oodles of BILL LASWELL (too much to list, HERE), THE LAST POETS Holy Terror and “Black And Strong (Homesick)” Maxi-CD (HERE) + ABIODUN OYEWOLE 25 Years and UMAR BIN HASSAN Be Bop Or Be Dead (both HERE), ANTON FIER Dreamspeed (HERE) and DEADLINE Dissident (HERE). Find the 3CD Trilogy compilation at Amazon, HERE.

New Africa 2
Touré Kunda Casa Di Mansa (5:40)
Touré Kunda
Touré Kunda (3:47)
Dewgal (6:18)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa 70
Mr. Follow Follow (6:40)
Manu Dibango
Electric Africa (3:58)
Boat Peoples (7:07)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa 70
No Agreement (7:25)

Hard Cell
Time Zone World Destruction (5:08)
Legs (2:06)
Lightnin’ Rod & Jimi Hendrix
Doriella Du Fontaine (4:55)
Makossa Rock (4:07)
The Golden Palominos
Omaha (3:13)
1984 (4:07)
The Golden Palominos
Two Sided Fist (7:47)
The Golden Palominos
Boy (Go) (5:20)

Beat Freaks
D.ST Home Of Hip Hop (3:52)
The Last Poets
Get Movin’ (4:07)
Zulu Groove (4:16)
D. ST/Jalal
Mean Machine (4:43)
For A Few Dollars More (3:53)
Time Zone
The Wildstyle (4:59)
Change The Beat (3:45)
Tribe 2
What I Like (American Dreams) (6:12)
MegaMix II (Why Is It Fresh?) (4:59)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stormy Weather: The Music Of Harold Arlen (2003) – One More For Hal Willner Week

Stormy WeatherStormy Weather: The Music Of Harold Arlen (2003)
Unique Among Willner’s Illustrious Tribute LPs

A better-late-than-never addition to our Hal Willner Week series of multi-artist tribute albums, with big thanks to JeffGee for sending this gem our way. Stormy Weather: The Music Of Harold Arlen is actually the soundtrack to a 76-minute film that stylishly interprets Harold Arlen’s music with unusual (and somewhat controversial) visual presentations. Arlen (1905-1986) and his various writing partners, including Yip Harburg, Johnny Mercer and Ira Gershwin, among others, are perhaps best know for penning epic, smoldering staples of the America Songbook, from The Wizard Of Oz‘s “Over The Rainbow” to “One More For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” to this project’s title track(s), “Stormy Weather.” But, from the perspective of Broadway fanatics and film lovers, this album was successful primarily in just pissing off purists, as Hal Willner (and film director Larry Weinstein) took a sometimes skewed approach to the music that’s been etched in memories by the likes of Sinatra, Streisand and Garland. Let’s face it… The New York Dolls’ David Johansen isn’t going to fit in with many pre-conceived notions of what a Harold Arlen song should sound like, despite this collection’s more traditional interpretations from Rufus Wainwright, Shannon McNally or the great Jimmy Scott. Non-purists, on the other hand, might be drawn to the more outrageous of Arlen’s (and lyricist Ted Koehler’s) Minnie The Moocher offshoots, which deal descriptively with cocaine and opium use… where Johansen fits right in, covering “Kickin’ The Gong Around” (30s slang for Chinatown opium use). One unique aspect of this LP being a film soundtrack, is the inclusion of older artists and their recordings, including a rare recording by Arlen himself (“Last Night When We Were Young”) and The Boswell Sisters with The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra performing “The Wedding Of Minnie The Moocher” (with even more references to kickin’ the gong). For fun, we’ve included a video of Cab Calloway’s 1932 performance of the song that – though originally featured in a Bing Crosby movie – is so drug-laced it couldn’t pass television censors even now, over 80 years later. Find all of our Hal Willner Week posts, HERE. And… while it’s not totally related to Arlen, get one of my favorite “unreleased” live albums in the archives, AT&T Presents Stormy Weather, HERE. The hard disc of Stormy Weather: The Music Of Harold Arlen is selling for as little as $3 at Amazon, HERE.

Rufus Wainwright It’s Only A Paper Moon (4:43)
Shannon McNally
As Long As I Live (3:33)
Marc Anthony Thompson
I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues (6:09)
Debbie Harry
Stormy Weather/Ill Wind (Medley) (5:21)
Jimmy Scott
I Had A Love Once (2:54)
David Johansen
Kickin’ The Gong Around (3:26)
Harold Arlen
Last Night When We Were Young (3:12)
Hawksley Workman
I’ve Got The World On A String (3:46)
Mary Margaret O’Hara
Blues In The Night (4:44)
The Boswell Sisters with The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Minnie The Moocher’s Wedding Day (3:09)
Eric Mingus
Get Happy (3:43)
Sandra Bernhard
Come Rain Or Come Shine (3:06)
Rufus Wainwright
I Wonder What Became Of Me (3:37)
Ranee Lee
The Man That Got Away (4:06)
Mary Margaret O’Hara & Eric Mingus
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (2:55)
Jimmy Scott
Over The Rainbow (2:57)
Ranee Lee
Stormy Weather (4:25)

The great Cab Calloway strips any pretense from Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler’s “Kickin’ The Gong Around,” acting out the lyric’s coke-snortin’ shakes in 1932’s The Big Broadcast.

HENRY KAISER, MICHAEL MANRING & THE MERMEN Live At Don Quixote’s, November 8, 2014

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An Unrehearsed Improvisational Psych Fest…

Fun unreleased live performance by Henry Kaiser, Michael Manring and members of The Mermen, guitarist Jim Thomas and drummer Martyn Jones. This 2 hour, 45 minute performance is routinely billed as The Mermen (with HK & MM), but in reality – despite their illustrious surf/psychedelic roots – it’s Kaiser who’s the ringleader here. The Mermen have rarely, if ever, trafficked in the music of the Grateful Dead (and there’s a lot of Dead material here), while the song selection is a virtual overview of Kaiser’s live performance career, including his well-known affinity for improvisational vehicles like “Dark Star,” “Cortez The Killer,” “Ode To Billie Joe,” The Fishin’ Hole” and “Interstellar Overdrive,” as well as artists like Hendrix, Richard Thompson, Quicksilver, Peter Green and The Dead. So it’s only fitting that we’ve bestowed top billing on HK, though the guitar duties are righteously shared with Merman Jim Thomas, whose patented psych/surf edge rings loud and clear, especially during the night’s most obvious multi-level tribute, Hendrix’s “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be).” All instrumental, all covers and, reportedly, performed with no rehearsals, Live At Don Quixote’s International Music Hall – November 8, 2014 is a psych/improv treat. Pretty good sound throughout, though the quiet, 20-minute intro is a tad audience noisy (be patient). This show was heroically (and painstakingly) compiled by -M- using multiple sources, including his own, which he first posted at The Internet Archive. The two sets are broken into three discs @320. In the archives you’ll find a 1988 model of the Henry Kaiser Band performing an hour long live version of “Dark Star” (HERE), which is also at our growing blog dedicated exclusively to his many exploits, The Henry Kaiser Collection, HERE.

Intro Jam > (20:50)
Dark Star > (15:55)
Night Comes In > (6:05)
Cortez The Killer > (8:12)
Spanish Jam > (3:52)
Bass Solo > (6:25)
St. Stephen > (3:28)
Dark Star > (5:59)
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) > (2:33)
Dark Star > (6:23)
I’m So Glad (6:34)

Intro Jam > (9:16)
Cobra > (8:12)
Albatross > (4:55)
Ode To Billie Joe (15:05)
Morning Dew (6:53)
1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) > (12:04)
The Fishin’ Hole (7:48)
Third Stone From The Sun > (9:55)
Interstellar Overdrive (7:35)

HARRY PARTCH Delusion Of The Fury (1971) – 3LP Box Set / Including “The Instruments Of Harry Partch”

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The Universe’s Reply To NASA’s Voyager Disc

You need a book to explain the amazing Harry Partch. In post-Depression America he began to design and build his own instruments, based on microtonal scales and his own, invented octave system, in a bid to reject and re-tool the entire idea of composition and performance. Just don’t ask me any details about it all, because the theory behind it all is way over my head (talk to Wiki, HERE). In the ’20s he started to question the rules of music, in the ’30s he began to design and construct a series of uniquely tuned percussion instruments, in the ’40s he was performing his original works for roundly confounded listeners and by the ’50s and ’60s, he was recording his elaborate compositional constructs to sell via mail order. His name gained notoriety in the late 1960s, when Columbia Records got on board and released his works to a new (and open-eared) generation of music lovers weaned on FM excess and primed for Partch’s other-worldly sounds and futuristic instrument designs. Delusion Of The Fury was Partch’s final theater presentation, performed at the University of California in 1969, and released by Columbia in 1971, just two years before his death. The original 2LP set was bolstered by an amazing third, bonus disc, which featured Partch himself introducing many of his instruments, and explaining their genesis and history before offering a sample of its sound and purpose. Partch’s highly intellectualized professorial speaking voice, an amazing instrument in itself, was first heard by most on the 1969 Columbia LP, The World Of Harry Partch (HERE, in the archives). I owned a Quadrophonic copy back in the day, which served as my introduction to the man and his unique world view. Words fail me when it comes to describing his percussion-mad work, so you’ll have to rely on the samples provided below for a glimpse of another wholly original realm of musical invention. Repeated listenings, however, are highly suggested to get a better grasp of what Partch’s highly evolved ideas have to offer. Find the original vinyl at Amazon (HERE), but make sure you’re getting the 3rd bonus disc with your purchase. You can also get the 2010 vinyl reissue (HERE) and the CD remasters – with the 3 LPs spread across two different CD releases, Enclosure 6 (HERE) and Enclosure 7 (HERE).

Delusion Of The Fury LP 1
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Exordium – The Beginning Of A Web (10:46)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: Chorus Of Shadows (5:10)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: The Pilgrimage (4:16)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: Emergence Of The Spirit (3:32)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: A Son In Search Of His Father’s Face (6:02)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: Cry From Another Darkness (4:44)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: Pray For Me (3:02)
Delusion Of The Fury LP 2
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Sanctus – An Entr’acte (6:20)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: The Quiet Hobo Meal (2:59)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: The Lost Kid (2:52)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: Time Of Fun Together (8:08)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: The Misunderstanding (6:04)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: Arrest, Trial And Judgment (Joy In The Marketplace!) (4:43)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Pray For Me Again – A Strange Fear! (3:31)

Bonus LP 3 – The Instruments Of Harry Partch
Partch In Prologue/Adapted Viola (3:56)
Chromelodeon I Blo-Boy (2:30)
Adapted Guitar (1:06)
Kithara (1:11)
Harmonic Canon II (0:50)
Diamond Marimba (1:29)
Bass Marimba (1:24)
Cloud-Chamber Bowls (1:52)
Spoils Of War (1:59)
Marimba Eroica (3:57)
Surrogate Kithara (1:26)
Kithara II (1:23)
Boo (1:58)
Koto (1:15)
Harmonic Canon I (1:18)
Chromelodeon II (1:11)
Chromelodeons I & II (2:07)
Crychord (0:58)
Zymo-Xyl (1:44)
Mazda Marimba (1:38)
Gourd Tree & Cone Gong (1:51)
Eucal Blossom (1:14)
Quadrangularis Reversum (2:24)
Harmonic Canon III (The Blue Rainbow) (1:39)
Hand Instruments – Partch In Epilogue (3:03)

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.27.48 PMINTERACTIVE BONUS: Want To Spend Some Time In Harry Partch’s World? Go HERE, where you can see and play dozens of Partch’s instruments via your keyboard. It’s a guaranteed hoot! You’ll not only familiarize yourself with the look and sound of his baffling constructions, but you’ll also get an idea of how oddly appealing his alien ideas are. And… waste hours of your boss’ cubicle time – all in the name of musical edification.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Flashback (Deluxe Edition 2015)

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4th Time’s A Charm…

The original 1993 release of Joan Jett’s Flashback was a solid collection of hits, b-sides and rarities. But, for reasons known only to Ms. Jett, she decided to re-tool and re-release the album in 1998, dropping five songs – one, a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Star Star” (aka “Starfucker”) – and adding three others. So the two different versions seemed ripe for combining into another one of our fake “Deluxe Editions.” Hardcore types should already have most of this material, but casual fans might enjoy some of the cool covers and oddities gathered here, like Joan’s lesser known, 1979 b-side version of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (with the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones and Paul Cook, two years before the re-recorded worldwide hit), and her takes on Alice Cooper’s “Be My Lover,” Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel,” Berry’s “Louie Louie,” Springsteen’s “Light Of Day” and her re-write of the Pistols’ “EMI,” retitled “MCA.” The live version of her early Runaways hit, “Cherry Bomb,” features the band L7, and one of the 1998 CD additions, “Right ‘Til The End,” is a co-write with Jules Shear. For this faux, 25-track Deluxe Edition, we’ve used the 2007 CD-ROM remaster (for its far superior sound), adding the five deleted tracks from the 1993 version as bonuses. Hit the archives to find more Joan Jett, including; Evil Stig, with The Gits, HERE and THE RUNAWAYS, Japanese Singles Collection and Young And Fast (by The fake Runaways), HERE. Find Flashback at Amazon, HERE (1993 Version), HERE (1998 Version) and HERE (2007 Enhanced Version).

FLASHBACK (1998/2007)
Real Wild Child (1:36) #
Hide & Seek (2:41)
Indian Giver (3:07)
I Hate Long Good-Byes (2:27)
Cherry Bomb (4:01) - Live with L7
Fantasy (4:17)
Light Of Day (3:32)
Gotcha (3:01)
She Lost You (2:57)
MCA (EMI) (3:16)
Rebel, Rebel (4:11)
Be My Lover (2:58)
Bring It On Home (3:24)
Play With Me (3:19)
Activity Grrrl (3:36)
Heartbeat (3:13)
Bad Reputation (3:03) - Live 2/4/81 #
Black Leather (4:00)
I Love Rock N’ Roll (3:00) - Early 1979 B-Side version with the Sex Pistols
Right ‘Til The End (3:22) #
Summertime Blues (2:16)
Louie, Louie (2:57)
Star Star (3:58)
Stand Up For Yourself (3:53)
Call Me Lightning (2:25)
# Not Included On The 1993 Version

STEVE NAÏVE It’s Raining Somewhere (Contemplative Jazz) (1996) – a.k.a. STEVE NIEVE of The Attractions

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One Of The New Wave’s More Credible Musicians

Steve Nieve, the longtime pianist/arranger of Elvis Costello’s Attractions, was always a cut above the rest. It became glaringly obvious after Costello’s second pop/punk album, This Year’s Model, that it was Nieve that was partly responsible for facilitating Costello’s genre-bending moves to more elaborate forms of music, beginning with Armed Forces – and the pre-album preview of an early Nieve piano showcase, “Accidents Will Happen.” It’s why the guy was always around whenever Costello wanted to concoct a new angle, since he could handle anything thrown his way – from pile-driving rock to country weepers to cultured, semi-classical asides. About the only thing Nieve hasn’t been able to do, is transition his talents as a sideman into a career as a frontman. He spearheaded an Attractions solo album, Mad About The Wrong Boy, which included a solo Nieve EP (both HERE, in the archives), but neither stuck. His solo work has remained largely under the radar, and even a co-billing star turn, like the outstanding 1996 5CD live duets box with Elvis, Costello & Nieve (HERE, in the archives), has only managed to solidify his position as a right-hand man, rather than paving the way for something more personally high-profile. I’ve always liked It’s Raining Somewhere, Nieve’s solo LP for Knitting Factory Records (billed as Steve Naïve, the pronunciation of his Nieve alias). Four somber pieces, that drift and evolve like the “contemplative jazz” subtitle it sports. Longstanding fans of Costello & Nieve’s ‘new wave and beyond’ history might not be amused, but those who enjoy Steve’s tremendous talents should appreciate its merits. Find tons of Steve (with Elvis) in the archives, including Live At The El Mocombo (1978), Live At Hollywood High (1978), Rockpalast ’78, Costello’s The Rhino Bonus Disc Series (17CDs), and The Great Unknown (11CD rarity collection), all HERE. Find It’s Raining Somewhere on hard disc at Amazon, HERE.

Before (16:11)
The Time (11:09)
The World (10:26)
Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair (10:07)

THE BEE GEES A Kick In The Head Is Worth Eight In The Pants (1973) – Rejected, Unreleased Album

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Speaking Of Rejected Albums…

We often respond to rejected albums in a funny way. Hearing something deemed “unworthy” – sometimes decades after it was originally measured against an artist’s more successful work – it’s easy to think, ‘Hey… this isn’t so bad, what was the issue, anyway?’ The truth is, however, that it’s difficult to comparatively “judge” a work after the fact. Times change, we change, and rarely is anything as it was. Except, maybe, the music itself. It’s kinda like when veteran artists find new life by returning to their old styles (maybe with the help of nostalgic super-producers, like Rick Rubin). Styles once commercially “rejected” by the public-at-large, as the times (and listeners) were a-changin’. Yesterday’s tired ideas, on the other hand, sometimes become “classic” – even desirable – either by oldsters looking for a taste of their past, or youngsters who missed it all the first time around. Personally speaking, I had already moved on from The Bee Gees by 1973, which was more about my attention span than the trio’s talents or merits. But now, hearing (the so-called) A Kick In The Head Is Worth Eight In The Pants, over 40 years later; Hey… this isn’t so bad. What was the issue, anyway? Well… in bean counter parlance, it wasn’t hit-oriented, which was surely the criteria used to reject it. A point proven by the flatlined response to “Elisa” and “Wouldn’t I Be Someone” b/w “King & Country,” three songs released ahead of this intended LP, which would all find a future home on the box set, Tales From The Brothers Gibb (along with “It Doesn’t Matter Much To Me,” re-recorded in 1974). The rest of this album remained in the vaults gathering dust since its inception, around the time of 1973’s Life In A Tin Can (after To Whom It May Concern and before Mr. Natural). These files come from Philip Cohen, who originally posted the highest quality versions yet heard of these tracks. The cover, by the way, is in no way official, and comes from a low-quality foreign bootleg. But, if you still like your BGs “classic,” we’ve got tons more in the archives, including Bee Gees’ 1st – Mono/Stereo Deluxe Edition (HERE)… and check the comments there for Deluxe Versions of Horizontal, Idea and Odessa, as well as To Whom It May Concern. We’ve also got Cucumber Castle and Robin Gibb’s solo LP, Robin’s Reign (HERE), where you can watch the BGs psych movie, Cucumber Castle in comments, and THE BEE GEES Sing And Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs, their debut from 1965 (HERE), and again, in comments, grab the 2CD Brilliant From Birth.

Elisa (2:51)
Wouldn’t I Be Someone (5:42)
A Lonely Violin (3:14)
Losers And Lovers (3:16)
Home Again Rivers (3:16)
Dear Mr. Kissinger (4:07)
Jesus In Heaven (3:26)
Harry’s Gate (3:31)
Rocky L.A. (3:54)
Castle In The Air (3:45)
Where Is Your Sister (3:11)
It Doesn’t Matter Much To Me (4:32)
King And Country (5:22) (Life)
Am I Wasting My Time (3:02)

GEORGE HARRISON Somewhere In England (1980 Rejected Version) – Original Warner Bros. Sequencing

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George’s Pink Slipped LP, Sequenced According To The Original Artwork

Most fans know the story behind George Harrison’s Somewhere In England. He originally submitted his 9th solo LP to Warner Brothers in 1980, only to have it handed back to him as unsatisfactory. George was pissed, and anyone familiar with the guy’s history knows him as someone who doesn’t cotton much to being artistically dictated to (just ask Paul). Still… Harrison acquiesced, but only after making a mental note to not re-sign with the label after his next (and last) contracted LP (Gone Troppo). As fate would have it, the record company interference worked to Harrison’s advantage… in a sickening way, of course. While George was preparing new tracks to bolster this rejected LP’s commerciality, John Lennon was murdered. In response, Harrison took a backing track he had originally worked up for Ringo, “All Those Years Ago,” re-wrote the lyrics as a tribute (of sorts) to Lennon and his time with The Beatles, and included it on the new (and approved) Somewhere In England. The tune was a sizable hit. Harrison, being Harrison, also managed to get his digs in at WB with the album’s new lead off track, a bitter indictment of the music business entitled “Blood From A Clone.” What we have here is Harrison’s originally submitted music (as has been disseminated via the web, anyway). What’s different about this post is the sequencing. Famed Beatles bootleg experts, Vigotone, have etched this underground release in stone with their 1996 issue of this material… but, with a different running order. Since 1996, the album’s original artwork has surfaced in the form of uncut cover slicks, showing a completely different sequencing from Vigotone’s notable release (seen HERE). We’ve replicated the Warner artwork’s running order here, providing a fresh listen to one of George Harrison’s career-altering experiences with a major label. We’ve got way too much Beatles and George in the archives to list, so click HERE & HERE to peruse. Get the 2004 Somewhere in England remaster (with restored cover art) at Amazon, HERE.

Tears Of The World (4:00) #
Hong Kong Blues (2:57)
Unconsciousness Rules (3:34)
Save The World (4:56)
Baltimore Oriole (3:55)
Life Itself (4:22)
Sat Singing (4:27) #
Lay His Head (3:53) #
Writing’s On The Wall (4:02)
Flying Hour (4:35) #
Running Order As Per Warner Bros. Printed Artwork

JIMMY ROGERS Chicago Blues Masters Volume Two (1995) – aka The Complete Shelter Records Sessions

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Reissue Of Rogers’ Shelter Records LP Sessions

It’s been said that if you don’t know what music’s on your shelves, then maybe you’ve got too much music. But then… you can never have too much music. So pick your poison. We first posted a bunch of the mid-90s Capitol Blues Collection releases way back in 2010, but I just recently came across another one sitting on the shelf that I missed completely. It’s a Jimmy Rogers collection called Chicago Blues Masters Volume Two. But, in reality, it’s the original session recordings for Rogers’ 1973 album for Leon Russell’s Shelter Records’, Gold-Tailed Bird. The 12-song Shelter album has never been reissued on CD, but in 1995 Capitol compiled three sessions, one produced by J.J. Cale and the other co-produced by Freddie King, for this addition to their Gold-Tailed BirdBlues Collection series. If you haven’t checked out the Collection releases before, you should. A couple of them are straight up compilations, but others are (like this one) remasters of some incredibly interesting sessions and releases; like the “Deluxe” version of Mississippi Fred McDowell’s I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll, a live 1970 Son House concert from the UK (Delta Blues & Spirituals) or the incredible live studio summit of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Rediscovered Blues). They’re all linked below. Find this excellent Jimmy Rogers disc at Amazon, HERE. Get others in the Capitol Blues Collection in the archives, including MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll (HERE), T-BONE WALKER The Complete Capitol / Black & White Recordings (3CD, HERE), SON HOUSE Delta Blues & Spirituals (Live in London, HERE), JOHN LEE HOOKER Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings, 1948-52 (3CD, HERE), SONNY TERRY Whoopin’ The Blues: The Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (HERE), LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE Rediscovered Blues (2CD HERE) & AMOS MILBURN Blues, Barrelhouse & Boogie Woogie 1946-1955 (HERE).

Act Like You Love Me (2:27)*
Broken Hearted Blues (3:44)*
Information Please (3:11)*
Back Luck Blues (2:55)*
Gold-Tailed Bird (3:57)*
Lonesome Blues (3:53)*
Brown-Skinned Woman (4:19)**
That’s All Right (3:07)**
You’re Sweet (3:24)**
Sloppy Drunk (3:35)**
Live At Ma Bee’s (3:36)**
House Rocker (2:17)**
Pretty Baby (3:20)**
You’re The One (4:27)**
Blues (Follow Me All Day Long) (3:46)
Slick Chick (2:41)
I Lost A Good Woman (3:20)
Dorcie Belle (2:31)
*Produced By J.J. Cale
**Produced By Freddie King & Jimmy Rogers

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YES Close To The Edge (2013 Instrumental Mix)
Close To The Edge (The Alternate Album) (2013) – JUST ADDED: The Yes Album (2014 Instrumental Mix)

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An Instrumental Version? Sure, Why Not?

Have you ever wondered what Close To The Edge would sound like without the vocals? Frankly… the thought never crossed my mind, either. At least, not until it surfaced on the 2013 Blu-Ray reissue of Yes’ 1972 prog-rock classic. Meet the presumptive future of box sets. The Blu-Ray format allows room for 5.1 Surround mixes (from the original multi-tracks, in this case), alongside all manner of additions, including; a stereo remix, this Instrumental version, an Alternate Album demos set, needle-drop vinyl, bonus tracks, yada yada yada. All on two discs with lower packaging costs that (presumably) get passed on to the consumer. At Amazon, the cost is $29 (as cheap as $23), HERE. Old school boxers will probably die-hard before emotionally parting with their bulky, multi-disc collections – even as the graphics continue to require a magnifying glass to read – but the Blu-Ray format makes the most sense when it comes to storing entire collections in one place. We’ll see how it all plays out. But… just in case you were worried about not getting the opportunity to pay for Quadrophenia ever again… the future is here. We’ve also included The Alternate Album version of Close To The Edge for your amusement, featuring run-though and preliminary mixes. If you’re just looking for the simple original, like when you were a kid, you can find that, along with Fragile, HERE.

Close To The Edge (18:41)
And You And I (10:13)
Siberian Khatru (8:58)
America (10:37) – Bonus Instrumental

Close To The Edge (Early Assembly/Rough Mix) (17:41)
And You And I (Alternate Version) (10:17)
Siberia (Studio Run-Through of Siberian Khatru) (9:23)

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Thanks to lupineassassin for posting the 2014 Blu Ray instrumental mix of 1971’s The Yes Album. Throughly enjoyable, if you like this sort of thing. The only vocals on this new mix are the ones that kick off “I’ve Seen All Good People,” as you can hear below. Interesting, if only to better appreciate keyboardist Tony Kaye’s piano work, before he was replaced by Rick Wakeman (and his synths) for Yes’ next LP. Find The Yes Album Blu Ray (featuring even more bonuses and alternate mixes) at Amazon, HERE.

Yours Is No Disgrace (9:44)
Clap (3:17)
Starship Trooper (9:35)
I’ve Seen All Good People (7:00)
A Venture (3:33)
Perpetual Change (8:54)

Hal Willner Bonus: VARIOUS ARTISTS Short Cuts (1993) – Robert Altman Film Soundtrack

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Hal Willner Teams Up With Fellow Multi-Artist Fanatic, Director Robert Altman…

We’re wrapping up Hal Willner Week with a bonus post of this lesser know Willner production. It’s not a tribute album, but a soundtrack collaboration with filmmaker, Robert Altman – a kindred spirit when it comes to the concept of gathering together absurd numbers of talented people to breath the same air. Short Cuts is the 1993 soundtrack to Altman’s film of the same name and, while a bit off of the beaten path of Hal’s tribs, it still employs some of the same spirit of diversity. The core group here is fronted by Annie Ross, best known for her time in the 50s/60s jazz vocal group, Hendricks, Lambert & Ross (she also appears as a performer in the film itself). Willner’s fingerprints appear in the material selection and guest stars. “Conversations On A Barstool,” for instance, is written by Bono & The Edge (originally penned for Marianne Faithful), while “Punishing Kiss” is an Elvis Costello/Cait O’Riordan composition. NRBQ’s Terry Adams is an anchor in Ross’ backing band, but also collaborates with Iggy Pop on “Evil California (These Blues).” Four songs come from a previously unknown collaboration between famed songwriter Doc Pomus and Dr. John, while guests Bruce Fowler (The Mothers), Michael Stipe (REM), Roy Nathanson (The Jazz Passengers), Lenny Pickett (SNL), Anthony Coleman, Bobby Previte, Greg Cohen (and others) add to the rotating cast. Different from Willner’s other multi-artist creations, but hardcore music lovers may appreciate. PROGRAMMING NOTE: We weren’t able to gather together all the Willner tributes we were after (Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen and New Prohibition – A Musical History of Hemp, being two we missed), but we did get the bulk of them together these past 10 days. There’s also a very cool Hal production buried in a Wormhole that we can’t talk much about (HERE). Find all of our Hal Willner Week posts, HERE. Find Short Cuts at Amazon, HERE.

Open On Helicopters (Sound Effect) (0:51)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet
Conversation On A Barstool (5:46)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Steven Bernstein, Dave Tronzo
To Hell With Love (6:25)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet
Punishing Kiss (3:17)
Lori Singer/The Trout Quartet
DVORAK: Cello Concerto In B Minor (5:17)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet
Blue (4:48)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Iggy Pop, Anthony Coleman
Evil California (These Blues) (3:51)
Lori Singer
STRAVINSKY: Berceuse from The Firebird Suite (2:51)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet
A Thousand Years (4:27)
Lori Singer/The Trout Quartet
HERBERT: Cello Concerto No. 2, Opus 30 – First Movement (5:05)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Roy Nathanson
Imitation Of A Kiss (4:37)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Michael Stipe, Steven Bernstein, Dave Tronzo
Full Moon (4:00)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Dave Tronzo & Lori Singer
I Don’t Know You (6:12)
The Low Note Quintet
Nothing Can Stop Me Now (4:37)
Earthquake Into Low Note (Sound Effect) (0:20)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Lenny Pickett
Prisoner Of Life/I’m Gonna Go Fishin’ (7:06)
Thomas Tree & Cory J. Coppage
How Does She Do It So Quickly? (0:51)

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS The Harry Smith Project: Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited (2006)

The Harry Smith Project Anthology Of American Folk Music RevisitedThe Harry Smith Project: Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited (2006)
A Tribute To History’s Motherlode

One of Hal Willner’s artistic habits (in later years) was to gather together participants and friends to stage live performances of the tribute albums he had earlier produced. For The Harry Smith Project: Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited, Willner skipped the studio process altogether and went straight to the stage, gathering this assortment of collaborators to pay tribute to Alan Lomax’s legendary and highly influential 1952 release, The Anthology of American Folk Music. The Harry Smith Project was originally released as a 2CD/2DVD set, which chronicled these live performances captured in Los Angeles, New York and London in 1999 and 2001. You shouldn’t need much of an introduction to the kind of music heard here… it’s the legendary roots Americana that laid the foundation for most of the music you’ve heard throughout your life, whether you ever heard the originals or not. Though, the participants here take their own stylistic liberties with some of the arrangements. I won’t recount the talents involved as you can see the list, and hear a couple of examples, below. Big thanks to Jeff Gee for sharing this 2006 set with us for Hal Willner Week. Those wanting Harry Smith’s original Anthology Of American Folk Music, can find it in (Son Of) Readers Links (HERE, dated today). Find more of Hal Willner’s incredible tribute work in the archives, HERE. Find the 2CD/2DVD Harry Smith Project box set at Amazon, HERE.

David Johansen Old Dog Blue (3:52)
Steve Earle
Prison Cell Blues (3:50)
James Alley Blues (4:25)
Beth Orton
Frankie (4:45)
Last Fair Deal Gone Down (3:34)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Sugar Baby (4:30)
Elvis Costello
The Butcher’s Boy (4:14)
David Thomas
Way Down The Old Plank Road (5:14)
Richard Thompson with Eliza Carthy
The Coo Coo Bird (4:17)
Ed Sanders
My Baby Done Left Me (2:43)
Nick Cave
John The Revelator (4:31)
Eric Mingus and Gary Lucas
Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting? (3:08)
Roswell Rudd with Sonic Youth
Dry Bones (10:07)
Garth & Maud Hudson
No Depression In Heaven (6:51)
Geoff Muldaur
K.C. Moan (6:36)
Gavin Friday with Maurice Seezer
When The Great Ship Went Down (5:36)
Robin Holcomb A Lazy Farmer Boy (3:01)
Van Dyke Parks with Mondrian String Quartet
Sail Away Lady (3:01)
Geoff Muldaur
Poor Boy Blues (4:22)
Marianne Faithfull
Spike Driver Blues (2:47)
Lou Reed
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (7:30)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle with Elvis Costello
Ommie Wise Part 1 & 2 (What Lewis Did Last…) (8:11)
Gavin Friday
Fatal Flower Garden (6:32)
Bob Neuwirth with Eliza Carthy
I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground (5:32)
David Thomas
Fishing Blues (5:49)
Mary Margaret O’Hara
He Got Better Things For You (2:10)
Mocean Worker
Harry Goes A Courtin’ (The Mowo! Live Hootenanny Throw-Down) (3:45)
Robin Holcomb & Todd Rundgren
The House Carpenter (5:14)
Don Byron, Percy Heath & Bill Frisell
This Song Of Love (7:51)
Nick Cave
Shine On Me (2:59)
David Johansen
James Alley Blues (4:28)
Petra Haden
Single Girl, Married Girl (3:55)

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS That’s The Way I Feel Now Now – A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (1984)

That's The Way I Feel NowThat’s The Way I Feel Now – A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (1984)
The Original 2LP Version…

For all the non-students of jazz among us, That’s The Way I Feel Now Now is an eclectic introduction to Monk. Naturally, the selections tend to lean heavily towards Theo’s chosen instrument of construction, the piano, but in typical Willner and Friends fashion, there’s no limitations to the interpretations included here. Originally issued as a 2LP set, this album was later – unforgivably – reissued as an edited and abbreviated single CD. But, we’ve got ARTKoen (aka drfeelgoed), a longtime friend of this blog, to thank for this great rip of the original hard-to-find double album. Naturally, in the 80s, when I first heard this collection, I was partial to the rockier contingent here, like NRBQ, Eugene Chadborne’s Shockabilly, Chris Spedding & Peter Frampton and, even though he’s not in rock mode here, Joe Jackson. But, as the years progressed, along with my own musical edification, I realized that the true joys here are found in the more sensitive readings provided by Steve Lacy, Sharon Freeman and The Carla Bley Band, among others. It was here that I discovered that the background piano work on Frank Zappa’s “America Drinks And Goes Home” was partially lifted from Monk’s 1957 composition, “Ponnonica.” And, speaking of The Mothers, The Fowler Brothers (with Chester Thompson) kick off this collection, and are joined by a typically Willner-ian cross-section of unlikelys, from John Zorn to Donald Fagen & Steve Khan to Was (Not Was) to Todd Rundgren (the set’s weakest link). Find our other Hal Willner tributes HERE. Get the 2LP set (HERE) and abbreviated CD (HERE) at Amazon.

BRUCE FOWLER Thelonious (0:48)
Bass – Tom Fowler
Drums – Chester Thompson
Trombone – Phil Teele
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
NRBQ & THE WHOLE WHEAT HORNS Little Rootie Tootie (4:09)
Bass – Joseph Spampinato
Drums – Tom Ardolino
Guitar – Al Anderson
Piano – Terry Adams
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Spring
Trombone – Donn Adams
DONALD FAGEN & STEVE KHAN Reflections (6:27)
Guitar – Steve Khan
Synthesizer – Donald Fagen
DR. JOHN Blue Monk (3:25)
Piano – Dr. John
Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Steve Slagle
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – Victor Lewis
French Horn – Vincent Chancey
Guitar – Hiram Bullock
Organ – Carla Bley
Percussion, Effects – Manolo Badrena
Piano – Kenny Kirkland
Tenor Saxophone – Johnny Griffin
Trombone – Gary Valente
Trumpet – Mike Mantler
Tuba – Bob Stewart
Vocals (The Voice Of Death) – Hal Willner

BARRY HARRIS Pannonica (6:11)
Piano – Barry Harris
WAS (NOT WAS) Ba-Lue-Bolivar-Ba-Lues-Are (1:57)
Alto Saxophone – David McMurray
Flute – David Was
Guitar, Synthesizer – Don Was
Percussion – Larry Fratangelo
Tenor Saxophone – Michael Ward
Trombone – Jervonny Collier
Trumpet – Marcus Belgrave
Vocals – Sheila Jordan
Backing Vocals – Carol Hall, Donald Ray Mitchell, Harry Bowens, Sweet Pea Atkinson
MARK BINGHAM Brilliant Corners (2:28)
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – Joey Barron
Guitar – Brenden Harkein, John Scofield
Guitar – Mark Bingham
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
Tenor Saxophone – Charlie Rouse
SHARON FREEMAN Monk’s Mood (3:44)
Bass – Buster Williams
Drums, Percussion – Victor Lewis
French Horn – Gregory Williams, Vincent Chancey, Bill Warnick
French Horn – Willie Ruff
French Horn, Celesta – Sharon Freeman
Piano – Kenny Barron

Alto Saxophone – Gary Windo
Synthesizer, Keyboards, Guitar, Drum Programming – Todd Rundgren
RANDY WESTON Functional (3:40)
Piano – Randy Weston
STEVE LACY & ELVIN JONES Evidence (3:37)
Drums – Elvin Jones
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
JOHN ZORN Shuffle Boil (3:02)
Drums, Timpani – M.E. Miller
Guitar, Vocals – Arto Lindsay
Noises, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – John Zorn
Piano, Organ, Celesta, Electronics – Wayne Horvitz
TERRY ADAMS & FRIENDS In Walked Bud (6:49)
Alto Saxophone – Pat Patrick
Bass – John Ore
Drums – Frankie Dunlop
Piano – Terry Adams
Trombone – Roswell Rudd
SHOCKABILLY Criss Cross (2:42)
Acoustic Guitar, Guitar – Eugene Chadbourne
Drums, Percussion – David Licht
Piano, Organ, Bass, Trombone, Percussion, Tapes – Mark Kramer
MARK BINGHAM Jackie-ing (3:04)
Bass – Steve Swallow
Bass Saxophone, Whistle – Ralph Carney
Clarinet – Don Davis
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Mars Williams
Drums – Joey Barron
Guitar – Brenden Harkein, John Scofield
Guitar – Mark Bingham
Trumpet – David Buck

JOE JACKSON Round Midnight (6:33)
Bass – Bob Cranshaw
Bass Clarinet – Ken McIntyre
Cello – Enrique Orango, Muneer Abdul Fataah
Clarinet – Lawrence Feldman, Steve Slagle
Drums – Buddy Williams
Piano – Joe Jackson
Viola – Crystal Garner, Maxine Roach
Violin – Cheryl Hong, Karen Gilbert, Melanie Baker, Sandra Billingsles, Stan Hunt
BOBBY McFERRIN & BOB DOROUGH Friday The Thirteenth (2:43)
Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion – Dave Samuels
Vocals – Bob Dorough, Bobby McFerrin
Bass – Marcus Miller
Drums – Anton Fig
Guitar – Peter Frampton
Guitar – Chris Spedding
STEVE LACY Gallop’s Gallop (2:46)
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
Alto Saxophone – Steve Slagle
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – Ed Blackwell
Piano – Dr. John
STEVE LACY & GIL EVANS Bemsha Swing (3:02)
Piano, Electric Piano – Gil Evans
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy

Hal Willner Week: ALLEN GINSBERG The Lion For Real (1989) + WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Dead City Radio (1990) & Spare Ass Annie & Other Tales (1993) + The Operator’s Manual (Rare Promo-Only Remixes)

FrontThe Lion For Real (1989)
“Living” Tributes To Two Beat Greats

Three examples of Hal Willner pursuing his own whims and passions. Using his own, personally made, spoken-word recordings of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, Willner gathered together some of his usual collaborators to bring the words and imagery of the two Beat Generation poets to life. Not as jam-packed with names as some of Willner’s previous tribs, all three are still acutely infused with Willner’s dedication to eccentricity. Marc Ribot, Lenny Pickett, Gary Windo, Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow (and others) pen and play the music behind Allen Ginsberg, while Sonic Youth, Chris Stein (Blondie), John Cale, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and Pickett back up the irascible William Burroughs on Dead City Radio. Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales, my favorite of the two Burroughs discs, is primarily soundtracked only by The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy. Find The Lion For Real (HERE), Dead City Radio (HERE) and Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales (HERE) at Amazon. All our Hal Willner Week posts are HERE.

ALLEN GINSBERG The Lion For Real (1989)
Scribble (0:48) - Music by: Michael Blair
Complaint Of The Skeleton To Time (3:02) - Music by: Gary Windo
Xmas Gift (1:49) - Music by: Mark Bingham
To Aunt Rose (3:30) - Music by: Marc Ribot
The Lion For Real (5:44) - Music by: Gary Windo
Refrain (3:30) - Music by: Michael Blair
The Shrouded Stranger (3:15) - Music by: Marc Ribot
Gregory Corso’s Story (2:17) - Music by: Bill Frisell
Cleveland, The Flats (2:59) - Music by: R. Carney
The End (2:07) - Music by: Marc Ribot
Stanzas Written At Night In Radio City (5:07) - Music by: Lenny Pickett
Sunset (1:42) - Music by: Lenny Pickett
Hum Bom! (4:02) - Music by: Steve Swallow
Kral Majales (5:11) - Music by: Mark Bingham
Guru (3:31) - Music by: Steve Swallow
Ode To Failure (2:42) - Music by: Michael Blair
C’mon Jack (2:42) - Music by: Steve Swallow – CD Bonus Track

Dead City RadioSpare Ass Annie
Dead City Radio (1990)
Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales (1993)

WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Dead City Radio (1990)
William’s Welcome (What Are You Here For?) (2:04) - Music by: Lenny Pickett w/ Sonic Youth
A Thanksgiving Prayer (2:22) - Music by: The NBC Symphony Orchestra
Naked Lunch Excerpts/Dinner Conversation (7:16) - Music by: The NBC Symphony Orchestra
Ah Pook The Destroyer/Brian Gysin’s All Purpose Bedtime Story (2:46) - Music by: John Cale
After-Dinner Conversation/Where He Was Going (11:40) - Music by: The NBC Symphony Orchestra
Kill The Badger! (2:46) - Music by: Buryl Red
A New Standard By Which To Measure Infamy (1:48) - Music by: Donald Fagen
The Sermon On The Mount 1 (Wsb Reads The Good Book) (1:30) - Music by: Lenny Pickett
No More Stalins No More Hitlers (0:59) - Music by: John Cale
The Sermon On The Mount 2 (1:22) - Music by: Lenny Pickett
Scandal At The Jungle Hiltons (1:48) - w/ Allen Ginsberg
The Sermon On The Mount 3 (1:17) - Music by: Lenny Pickett
Love Your Enemies (1:13) - Music by: John Cale
Dr. Benway’s House (0:40) - Music by: Sonic Youth
Apocalypse (9:05) - Music by: The NBC Symphony Orchestra
The Lord’s Prayer (0:46) - Music by: Chris Stein/Introduced By Sonic Youth
Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eingestellt (2:28) - Music by: Cheryl Hardwick & Lenny Pickett

WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales (1993)
Featuring Hal Willner & The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy
Interlude 1 (Wrinkled Earlobes Are A Sign Of Impending Heart Attacks) (0:23)
Spare Ass Annie (4:30)
Interlude 2 (This Is Insane) (0:20)
The Last Words Of Dutch Schultz (This Is Insane) (2:22)
Interlude 3 (The Vultures Are Gone And Will Never Come Back) (0:17)
Mildred Pierce Reporting 2 (Old Sarge) (2:05)
Dr Benway Operates (2:45)
Warning To Young Couples (Huntsmen’s Hounds) (2:13)
Did I Ever Tell You About The Man Who Taught His Asshole To Talk? (6:19)
Last Words With Ras I. Zulu (1:02)
A One God Universe (3:32)
Interlude 4 (Fletch Is Here) (0:36)
The Junky’s Christmas (15:54)
Words Of Advice For Young People (4:42)
Last Words With Michael Franti (0:47)

FrontSpare Ass Annie And Other Tales: The Operator’s Manual (Promo 1993)
Rare Promo Only Radio CD

BIG thanks to narcosislabs for sharing this very rare, radio promotional CD for Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales, subtitled The Operator’s Manual. It features introductions to some of the material from the original CD release, along with rare remixes (available nowhere else), interviews with Hal Willner and Michael Franti (of The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy), promo jingles and more. Essentially an almost hour-long radio show (with extras) that should please anybody interested in William S. Burroughs, Hal Willner, or this album in particular. Many thanks narcosislabs. Act fast and you can still score one over at Amazon for only $5, HERE.
INTRO… Music Up (22:09)
INTRO “I had a…” (24:41)
INTRO “Welcome back to the CMJ…” (10:28)
PROMO “Next Week” (0:32)
PROMO “This Week” (0:32)
PROMO “Tonight” (0:33)
Words Of Advice For Young People (Mutatis Mutandis-Lemurs In the Mist-Interzone Mix) (8:43)
Words Of Advice For Young People (Interzone Radio Edit) (4:26)

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill (1985) + September Songs – The Music Of Kurt Weill (1997)

Lost In The Stars - The Music Of Kurt WeillLost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill (1985)
The Weird World Of Weill

Most know the music of German composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) (and his sometime lyricist, Bertolt Brecht) only through his popular, whitewashed songs that have crossed-over from the stage… including various renditions of “Mack The Knife,” Frank Sinatra’s “September Song” or maybe The Doors’ heavily edited, “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar).” The more seasoned amongst you may be familiar with his dozens of stage works, like The Threepenny Opera, Lady In The Dark or Lost In The Stars, while it’s the hardcore who know Weill’s orchestral works, cantatas and film music. Hal Willner, along with another mind-bending array of artists, focuses mostly on Weill’s song craft for the 1985 tribute album, Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill. The guest list here is a blast, even if some of the stylistic representations are sometimes foreign to modern ears. Just some of the varied participants include Tom Waits, Sting, Todd Rundgren, John Zorn, Lou Reed, Van Dyke Parks, Henry Threadgill, Elliott Sharp and Carla Bley… with others, lingering in the background and away from the spotlight, including Steve Swallow, Branford Marsalis, Anton Fig, Jim Keltner, Fred Tackett, Kathy Dalton, Lester Bowie, Ellen Shipley, Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs), Dagmar Kraus (Slapp Happy), Charles K. Noyes, Fred Frith, Bobby Previte, The Uptown Horns… am I leaving a few dozen names out? Marianne Faithfull’s grand dame delivery is a natural fit with Weill’s unique brand of German expressionism, while John Zorn’s scattered smorgasbord approach to “The Little Lieutenant Of The Loving God” is delightfully untethered. I quite like Sting’s “Mack The Knife,” but Todd Rundgren’s contribution is a bit of a stylistic outcast… on an album of many stylistic collisions. We’ve got more of Hal Willner’s outstanding tribute work, HERE. Find Lost In The Stars at Amazon, HERE.

STEVE WEISBERG Mahagonny Songspiel (Intro) (0:48)
Accordion, Xylophone – Andrea Parkins
Banjo – Jeff Freidman
Bass – Mary Potter Newton
Drums – Jack Cook
Flute – Anders Bostron
Percussion – Ken Winokur, Mike Evans
Saxophone – Alan Chase
Saxophone – Les Arbuckle
Trombone – Lenny Peterson
Tuba – Jenny Palmer

STING and DOMINIC MULDOWNEY Ballad Of Mac The Knife (2:43)
Synthesizer – Dominic Muldowney
Bandoneon – Juan Mosalini
Banjo – Mark Peru
Piano – Kenny Kirkland
Saxophone – David Roach
Saxophone – Branford Marsalis
Saxophone – John Marle
Trumpet, Trombone – Mike Zwerin
Tuba – Kevin Morgan
Vocals – Sting

Bass – Tom Fowler
Guitar, Banjo – Mike Miller
Piano – Ed Fowler
Saxophone, Flute – Steve Fowler
Saxophone – Albert Wing
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
Trombone – Phil Teele
Trumpet – Walt Fowler
Vocals – Stan Ridgway

MARIANNE FAITHFULL and CHRIS SPEDDING Ballad Of The Soldier’s Wife (4:21)
Guitar – Chris Spedding
Bass – Fernando Saunders
Drums – Anton Fig
Keyboards – Carter Catheart
Woodwind – Jim Cuomo
Vocals – Marianne Faithfull

VAN DYKE PARKS Johnny Johnson Medley (5:44)
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian
Drums – Jim Keltner
Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, English Horn – Marty Krystall
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin – Fred Tackett
Harmonica – David McKelvy
Harp – Katie Kirkpatrick
Saxophone, Flute – Steve Fowler
Synthesizer – Randy Kerber
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
Trumpet – Walt Fowler
Vocals – Kathy Dalton

HENRY THREADGILL The Great Hall (3:38)
Bass – Cecil McBee
Drums – Thurman Barker
French Horn – Gregory Williams, Vincent Chancey
Piccolo Flute – Lloyd McNeill
Saxophone – John Stubblefield
Trumpet – Lester Bowie, Stantan Davis
Tuba – Tony Underwood

Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCracken, Jeff Layton, Joe Cato, Sid McGinnis
Bass – John Siegler
Chorus – George James, Joe Cerisano, John Leffler, Julie Eikenberg, Maria Vidal
Additional Vocals – Eric Troyer, Hal Willner, Ralph Schuckett, Rory Dodd
Drum Programming – Jimmy Bralower
Electric Guitar – Ira Siegal
Electronics, Synthesizer – John Petersen
Lead Vocals – Richard Butler
Lead Vocals – Bob Dorough
Lead Vocals – Ellen Shipley

Violin – Barry Socher
Cello – Armen Ksajikian
Viola – Raymond Tischer
Violin – Michelle Kikuchi Richards

JOHN ZORN The Little Lieutenant Of The Loving God (5:22)
Accordion – Guy Klucevsek
Clarinet, Saxophone, Celesta, Musical Saw – John Zorn
Drums, Timpani, Percussion – Bobby Previte
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Voice – Fred Frith
Harp – Carol Emanuel
Trombone – Jim Staley
Voice, Whistling, Electric Bass, Harpsichord – Luli Shioi

VAN DYKE PARKS Johnny’s Speech (1:44)
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian
Drums – Jim Keltner
Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, English Horn – Marty Krystall
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin – Fred Tackett
Harmonica – David McKelvy
Harp – Katie Kirkpatrick
Saxophone, Flute – Steve Fowler
Synthesizer – Randy Kerber
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
Trumpet – Walt Fowler

LOU REED September Song (4:15)
Vocals, Guitar – Lou Reed
Bass – Fernando Saunders
Drum Programming – David Rosenberg
Drums – Eric Parker
Horns – The Uptown Horns
Keyboards – Peter Wood

CARLA BLEY with PHIL WOODS Lost In The Stars (6:10)
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – Victor Lewis
Flute – Chris Hunter
French Horn – John Clarke
Oboe – Paul McCandless
Piano – Larry Willis
Saxophone – Phil Woods
Trombone – Tom Malone
Trombone – Dave Taylor
Trumpet – Randy Brecker

TOM WAITS What Keeps Mankind Alive? (2:10)
Accordion – William Schimmel
Bass – Greg Cohen
Banjo – Eddie Davis
Horns – The Uptown Horns
Percussion – Michael Blair
Vocals – Tom Waits

ELLIOTT SHARP Klops Lied (Meatball Song) (0:48)
Electric Bass, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Bass – Elliott Sharp
Drums – Bobby Previte
Drums – Charles K. Noyes
Vocals – Sussan Deihim

DAGMAR KRAUSE Surabaya Johnny (4:07)
Piano – Jason Osborn
Synthesizer – Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens
Vocals – Dagmar Krause

MARK BINGHAM Hurricane Introduction (1:00)
MARK BINGHAM With JOHNNY ADAMS and AARON NEVILLE Oh Heavenly Salvation (2:34)
Guitar – Mark Bingham
Backing Vocals – Germaine Bazzle, Jacqueline Jones, Stephanie Sieberth
Bass – Elton Heron
Contrabass, Clarinet – Kidd Jordan
Drums – Johnny Vidacovich
Guitar – Steve Masakowski
Guitar – John Mooney
Saxophone – Ralph Gibson
Vocals – Aaron Neville, Johnny Adams

TODD RUNDGREN with GARY WINDO Call From The Grave/Ballad In Which Macheath Begs All Men For Forgiveness (5:21)
All Instruments, Vocals – Todd Rundgren
Saxophone – Gary Windo

Bass – Charlie Haden
Bassoon – John Steinmetz
Clarinet, Oboe – Marty Krystall
Drums – Albert “Tootie” Heath
Flute – Steve Fowler
Piano – Sharon Freeman

VAN DYKE PARKS In No Man’s Land (0:51)
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Drums – Jim Keltner
Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet [Bass], English Horn – Marty Krystall
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin – Fred Tackett
Harmonica – David McKelvy
Harp – Katie Kirkpatrick
Saxophone, Flute – Steve Fowler
Synthesizer – Randy Kerber
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
Trumpet – Walt Fowler
Vocals – Kathy Dalton

FrontSeptember Songs – The Music Of Kurt Weill (1994/1997)

Almost 10 years after the release of Lost In The Stars, Hal Willner coordinated a live concert performance (and video by director Larry Weinstein), paying further tribute to the music of Kurt Weill. Filmed in 1994, and issued on CD in 1997, Lou Reed reprises his performance from the studio project, as more names arrive for the live show, including William Burroughs, Anthony Coleman, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, The Persuasions and others. Buy a used CD (HERE) at Amazon, because the new ones are manufactured on demand.

Nick Cave with Spanish Fly Mack The Knife (4:54)
PJ Harvey
Ballad Of The Soldier’s Wife (4:26)
David Johansen, Ellen Shipley, Bob Dorough & Ralph Schuckett
Alabama Song (4:31)
Teresa Stratas
Youkali Tango (6:39)
Elvis Costello with Brodsky String Quartet
Lost In The Stars (3:57)
Lotte Lenya
Pirate Jenny (4:04)
Charlie Haden
Speak Low (5:30)
The Persuasions
Oh, Heavenly Salvation (3:37)
Betty Carter
Lonely House (7:32)
Teresa Stratas with Gerard Schwarz and The Chamber Sumphony
Surabaya Johnny (5:58)
Mary Margaret O’Hara
Fürchte Dich Nicht (4:25)
Lou Reed
September Song (7:51)
Bertolt Brecht
Mack The Knife (2:47)
William S. Burroughs with Anthony Coleman
What Keeps Mankind Alive? (2:46)

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Weird Nightmare – Meditations On Mingus (1992)

Weird Nightmare - Meditations On MingusWeird Nightmare – Meditations On Mingus (1992)
Weird Scenes Inside The Studio…

Probably my favorite of Hal Willner’s multi-artist extravaganzas, not only for its unique arrangements of the sometimes uber-bizarre music of the great jazz bassist/composer, Charles Mingus, but also for the twisted instrumentation that colors these recordings. Willner and his cohorts incorporated the mad, inexplicable musical instrument inventions of Harry Partch (we’ve got the amazing The World Of Harry Partch in the archives, HERE), and buffeted the weirdness with a bevy of dialog (culled from Mingus’ mad ramblings) spoken by the likes of Henry Rollins, Hubert Selby Jr, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, Chuck D. and others. Some of the Rolling Stones (and friends) show up on “Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me,” including Richards, Charlie Watts, Chuck Leavell and Bobby Keyes. There’s lots of jazz, naturally, but it’s all filtered through the likes of Don Byron, Bill Frisell, Bobby Previte, Don Alias, The Uptown Horns, Vernon Reid (Living Color), Henry Threadgill, Gary Lucas (The Magic Band) and others, twisting and mutating the originals with samples, spaciness, noir coloring and, as mentioned, the other-worldly stylistic accents provided by Harry Partch’s one-of-a-kind instrumentation. Just peruse the guest list below. We’ve got more from Hal Willner Week, HERE. Weird Nightmare is at Amazon, HERE.

Canon (Part 1) (3:20)
Didgeridoo, Trombone, Woof Flute – Art Baron
Electric Guitar – Gary Lucas
Cone Gongs, Marimba – Michael Blair
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Percussion – Don Alias
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Cloud Chamber Bowls – Greg Cohen

Meditations On Integration (3:47)
Banjo – Marc Ribot
Bass – Greg Cohen
Flute – Henry Threadgill
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Marimba/Eroica, Drums, Flapper – Michael Blair
Percussion, Cymbal – Don Alias
Harmonic Canon – Francis Thumm
Tuba – Art Baron

Canon (Part 2) (3:15)
Didgeridoo, Trombone, Wood Flute – Art Baron
Electric Guitar – Gary Lucas
Cone Gongs, Marimba – Michael Blair
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Percussion – Don Alias
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Cloud Chamber Bowls – Greg Cohen
Vocals – Robbie Robertson

Jump Monk (3:57)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Drums, Chinese Drum – Michael Blair
Electric Guitar – Gary Lucas
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Percussion, Timbales, Cowbell – Don Alias
Trombone – Art Baron

Weird Nightmare (3:07)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Flute – Henry Threadgill
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Marimba – Don Alias
Marimba/Eroica – Marc Ribot
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Cloud Chamber Bowls – Michael Blair
Great Bass, Trombone – Art Baron
Vocals, Harmonic Canon – Elvis Costello

Work Song (7:06)
Cone Gong, Bass – Greg Cohen
Adapted Guitar, Guitar – Bill Frisell
Marimba/Eroica, Clarinet – Don Byron
Chromelodeon II, Piano – Geri Allen
Cloud Chamber Bowls, Marimba/Eroica – Francis Thumm
Crychord, Drums – Michael Blair
Diamond Marimba, Hand Drums – Don Alias
Harmonic Canon, Tuba – Art Baron
Surrogate Kithara, Guitar – Vernon Reid

Self-Portrait In 3 Colors (3:29)
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Don Byron
Congas – Michael Blair
Adapted Guitar] – Greg Cohen
Guitar, Surrogate Kithara – Bill Frisell
Marimba – Don Alias
Marimba/Eroica – Francis Thumm
Trombone – Art Baron

Purple Heart (2:38)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Clarinet – Don Byron
Congas – Don Alias
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Brushes, Harmonic Canon, Cloud Chamber Bowls – Michael Blair
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Great Bass – Art Baron
Vocals – Henry Rollins

Tonight At Noon (5:31)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Drums – Charlie Watts
Saxophone – Crispin Cioe
Saxophone – Arno Hecht
Trombone – Bob Funk
Trumpet – Hollywood Paul Litteral

Gunslinging Bird (1:40)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Bata, Percussion – Don Alias
Drums, Chromelodeon II – Michael Blair
Guitar, Surrogate Kithara – Bill Frisell
Trombone – Art Baron
Vocals – Chuck D

Weird Nightmare Interlude (0:57)
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Reincarnation Of A Lovebird/Haitian Fight Song Montage (4:48)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Don Byron
Congas, Goblet Dumbek, Clappers – Don Alias
Drums, Whirley Tube, Chromelodeon II, Finger Cymbals, Clappers – Michael Blair
Sound Effects, Samples – Hal Willner
National Steel Bottleneck – Gary Lucas
Guitar, Surrogate Kithara – Bill Frisell

Open Letter To Duke (4:53)
Banjo – Tony Trischka
Harmonica – Howard Levy
Kazoo, Castanets, Spoons – Bobby Previte
Mandolin, Guitar – Barry Mitterhoff
Percussion, Washboard, Spoons – Susan Evans
Tuba – Bob Stewart
Violin – Kenny Kosek

The Shoes Of The Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers (2:37)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Bass Clarinet – Don Byron
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Great Bass – Art Baron
Vocals – Hubert Selby Jr.

Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me (6:48)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Drums – Charlie Watts
Piano – Chuck Leavell
Saxophone – Crispin Cioe
Saxophone – Arno Hecht, Bobby Keyes
Trombone – Bob Funk
Trumpet – Hollywood Paul Litteral
Vocals – Bernard Fowler
Guitar, Vocals – Keith Richards

Eclipse (7:15)
Bass Clarinet – Don Byron
Wood Flute, Didgeridoo, Great Bass, Trombone, Percussion, Cloud Chamber Bowls – Art Baron
Cone Gong, Crychord, Bass, Percussion – Greg Cohen
Guitar, Percussion – Bill Frisell
Marimba, Goblet Drum, Dumbetik, Clappers – Don Alias
Percussion – Francis Thumm
Percussion, Vocals – Hal Willner
Whirley Tube], Tibetan Cymbal, Bass Drum, Percussion – Michael Blair
Vocals – Diamanda Galás
Spoken Vocals – Leonard Cohen

Pithecanthropus Erectus (5:43)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Drums, Metals – Michael Blair
Sound Effects, Samples – Hal Willner
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Guitar, Keyboards/Sample – Robert Quine
Marimba/Eroica – Francis Thumm
Chair – Don Alias
Muted Trombone – Art Baron

Freedom (2:52)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Electric Guitar, Effects – Bill Frisell
National Steel Bottleneck – Gary Lucas
Humming – Ray Davies
Humming, Hand Drums, Timbales, Percussion – Don Alias
Humming, Drums, Chinese Drums, Timbales, Percussion, Marimba, A Two By Four – Michael Blair
Humming, Metal Slab, Trombone – Art Baron
Humming, Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Lead Vocals – Dr. John

Weird Nightmare (Reprise)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Flute – Henry Threadgill
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Marimba – Don Alias
Marimba/Eroica – Marc Ribot
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Cloud Chamber Bowls – Michael Blair
Great Bass, Trombone – Art Baron
Vocals, Harmonic Canon – Elvis Costello

MOJO Presents… Physical Graffiti Redrawn (2015)

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The latest free CD from the April 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is a reboot of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, featuring a slew of lesser known artists tackling the 1975 2LP behemoth. Almost all the interpretations are somewhat faithful to Zep’s arrangements, but some personality does manage to float to the surface. Son Little’s “Trampled Underfoot” is pretty good, sounding more ‘natural’ than the original, while Max Jury’s pleasing reading of “Down By The Seaside” is a winner, too. Sun Kil Moon is always worth your time, but “Kashmir,” despite its conceptual ingenuity, falls flat. Hit the archives to find all 156 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

MIRACULOUS MULE In My Time Of Dying (4:25)

SON LITTLE Trampled Under Foot (3:53)

SYD ARTHUR In The Light (8:26)
LAURA MARLING Bron-Yr-Aur (1:25)

MAX JURY Down By The Seaside (4:39)

MICHAEL KIWANUKA Ten Years Gone (4:44)
ROSE WINDOWS The Wanton Song (5:09)

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER Black Country Woman (3:31)
SUN KIL MOON Sick Again (5:22)

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Amarcord Nino Rota (Remembering Nino Rota) (1981) – Music From The Films Of Federico Fellini

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The First Of Hal Willner’s Incredible Con-Fabs

Hal Willner’s first multi-artist tribute LP (that we know of, anyway) was his strange and alluring 1981 re-framing of the music of Nino Rota, noted composer for filmmaker Federico Fellini. If Italian avant guard film music isn’t weird enough for you, Willner steps it up a notch with the help of Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Chris Stein & Debby Harry (Blondie), Henry Threadgill, Branford & Wynton Marsalis and numerous others. This one’s jazzy, eccentric and off-kilter… pretty much what you’d expect from the participants, source material and Willner’s skewed musical sensibilities. We’ve got more from the great Hal Willner in the archives, HERE. Amarcord Nino Rota is going for collector’s prices at Amazon, HERE.

Amarcord (7:50)
Piano – Jaki Byard
Interlude From Juliet Of The Spirits (0:36)
Vibraphone – Dave Samuels
Organ, Glockenspiel – Carla Bley
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – D. Sharpe
Euphonium – Joe Daley
Piano – Arturo O’Farrill
Saxophone – Gary Windo
Trombone – Gary Valente
Trumpet – Michael Mantler
Tuba – Earl McIntyre
Woodwind – Courtenay Wynter

Themes From “La Dolce Vita” And “Juliet Of The Spirits” (2:22)
Vibraphone – Dave Samuels
Juliet Of The Spirits (4:42)
Guitar – Bill Frisell
La Dolce Vita Suite (7:24)
a) Introduction
French Horn, Piano – Sharon Freeman
Steel Drums – Francis Haynes

b) Notturno
Conductor – Muhal Richard Abrams
Bass – Fred Hopkins
Drums – Warren Smith
Flute – Henry Threadgill
French Horn – Sharon Freeman
Piano – Amina Claudine Myers
Saxophone, Clarinet – Bobby Eldridge
Trombone – Emmet McDonald
Trumpet – Claudio Roditi
Vibraphone – Jay Hoggard

c) Interlude
French Horn, Piano – Sharon Freeman
Steel Drums – Francis Haynes

d) Valzer (Parlami Di Me)
Accordion, Percussion – Charles Rocket
Guitar – Chris Stein
Keyboards – Michael Sahl
Drums – Lenny Ferrari
Engineer – Ken Hahn
Vocals – Deborah Harry

Satyricon (5:31)
Accordion, Percussion – Charles Rocket
Guitar, Penny Whistle, Double Ocarina, Shanai, Claves – David Amram
Bass – Victor Venegas
Drums – Lenny Ferrari
Flute – Jerry Dodgion
Percussion – Steve Berrios

Roma (4:42)
Saxophone, Gong – Steve Lacy
Medley: The White Sheik, I Vitelloni, Il Bidone, The Night Of Cabiria (8:52)
Conductor – William Fischer
Bass – Ron Carter
Drums – Wilbert Fletcher
Piano – Kenny Barron
Saxophone – George Adams
Trumpet – Wynton Marsalis
Woodwind – Branford Marsalis

La Strada (3:09)
Piano – Jaki Byard

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Stay Awake: Various Interpretations Of Music From Vintage Disney Films (1990)

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Hal Willner Turns Disney On Its Mouse Ears…

For his take on the ingrained-from-youth music of classic Disney movies, Hal Willner assembled maybe his most eclectic gathering of greats for a series of short interpretations (many fused into medleys) that, at times, pay honorable homage to the timeless Disneyhouse melodies of yore, while, at other times, turning the music on its mouse ears for something quite new and unique. With names like Sun Ra, Ringo Starr, Arron Neville, Ken Nordine, NRBQ, Harry Nilsson, Los Lobos, The Roches, Bill Frisell, The Replacements, Sinead O’Conner, Syd Straw, James Taylor, Herb Alpert, David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter), Garth Hudson (The Band), Was (Not Was), Bonnie Raitt and many, many others, it’s hard to imagine a more unlikely gathering on a more unlikely project. Still, it’s a favorite among Willner-ites who appreciate the quickly evolving melodies and musical costume changes that leave little time to appreciate the depth of one track before the next takes hold. From Ringo Starr’s “When You Wish Upon A Star” (in his best “Goodnight”/White Album warble) to Tom Waits’ frightening “Heigh Ho (The Dwarfs Marching Song)” to James Taylor’s winsome “Second Star To The Right,” you’ll develop a whole new appreciation for music that’s been lingering around your ears all your life. As you can see below, you need an encyclopedia to keep track of all the high-profile talent (and low) that’s involved. Find all of our Hal Willner related projects, HERE, and get Stay Awake at Amazon, HERE.

a) KEN NORDINE w/BILL FRISELL & WAYNE HORVITZ Hi Diddlee Dee Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me)
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Vocals – Ken Nordine
Piano, Synthesizer – Wayne Horvitz
Voice – Ken Nordine
Banjo – Mark Bingham
Cello – Jackie Mullen
Clarinet, Ocarina, Voice – Ralph Carney
Harp – Rachel Van Vjorhees
Marimba, Percussion, Drums – Michael Blair
Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Lenny Pickett
Vocals – Michael Stipe, Natalie Merchant, The Roches
c) LOS LOBOS I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)
Acoustic Guitar, Accordion, Backing Vocals – David Hildalgo
Baritone Saxophone – Steve Berlin
Bass – Conrad Lozano
Lead Vocals, Cuatro – Cesar Rosas
Percussion – Alex Neciosup Acuna
Varrana – Louis Perez

2. BONNIE RAITT and WAS (NOT WAS) Baby Mine (3:14)
Backing Vocals – Arnold McCuller, Sir Harry Bowens, Sweet Pea Atkinson
Bass – John Patitucci
Drums – Jim Keltner
Flute – David Was
Guitar – Paul Jackson Jr.
Horns – The Uptown Horns
Keyboards – Luis Resto
Saxophone – Steve Berlin
Synthesizer – Don Was
Vocals, Guitar – Bonnie Raitt

3. TOM WAITS Heigh Ho (The Dwarfs Marching Song) (3:35)
Bass – Larry Taylor
Effects – Val Kuklowsky
Guitar – Marc Ribot
Keyboards – Mitchell Froom
Optigon Programming – Tchad Blake
Vocals – Tom Waits

4. MEDLEY TWO (7:47)
a) SUZANNE VEGA Stay Awake
Vocals – Suzanne Vega
b) BILL FRISELL and WAYNE HORVITZ Little Wooden Head
Guitar, Banjo – Bill Frisell
Synthesizer – Wayne Horvitz
c) SYD STRAW Blue Shadows On The Trail
Guitar, Mandolin – John Jorgenson
Harmonica – Tommy Morgan
Steel Guitar – Jaydee Maness
Vocals – Syd Straw

5. MEDLEY THREE (5:57)
Bass – Tony Garnier
Drum Programming – Jimmy Bralower
Drums – Tony Machine
Guitar – Brain Koowin
Horns – The Uptown Horns
Percussion – Fred Walcott
Piano – Charles Giordano
Vocals – Buster Poindexter, Ivy Ray
b) YMA SUMAC I Wonder
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian, Christine Ermacoff, Dennis Karmazyn, Raphael Kramer
Chimes, Cymbal, Timpani – Michael Blair
Concertmaster – Gerald Vinci
Conductor – Lennie Niehaus
French Horn – Richard Perissi, Richard Todd
Harp – Catherine Ann Gotthoffer
Reeds – Donald Ashworth, Marty Krystall, R. Langinger
Viola – Alan De Veritch, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Myra Kestenbaum, Pamela Goldsmith
Violin – Bruce Dukoff, Don Palmer*, Haim Shtrum, Henry Ferber, Israel Baker, Peter Kent (2), Ralph Morrison, Reg Hill, Robert Sushel, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov
Vocals – Yma Sumac

6. AARON NEVILLE Mickey Mouse March (2:14)
Keyboards – Dr. John
Vocals – Aaron Neville

7. MEDLEY FOUR (15:15)
a) GARTH HUDSON Feed The Birds
Cymbal – Jay Rubin
Harmonica – Jorge Mirkin
Keyboards, Synthesizer, Accordion – Garth Hudson
Macintosh Sequencing – Steve Deutch
b) NRBQ Whistle While You Work
Bass, Backing Vocals – Joey Spampinato
Drums, Percussion – Tom Ardolino
Guitar – Al Anderson
Keyboards, Vocals – Terry Adams
c) BETTY CARTER I’m Wishing
Bass – Ira Noel Coleman
Drums – Troy Davis
Piano – Stephen Scott
Saxophone – Donald Braden
Vocals – Betty Carter
d) THE REPLACEMENTS Cruella De Ville
Bass, Backing Vocals – Tommy Stinson
Drums – Chris Mars
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Slim Dunlap
Guitar, Vocals – Paul Westerberg
e) BILL FRISELL and WAYNE HORVITZ Drumbo And Timothy
Guitars – Bill Frisell
Synthesizer – Wayne Horvitz

8. SINÉAD O’CONNOR Someday My Prince Will Come (1:08)
Guitar – Andy Rourke
Vocals – Sinéad O’Connor

9. MEDLEY FIVE (8:09)
a) SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA Pink Elephants On Parade
Baritone Saxophone – Kenny Williams
Bass – Pat Patrick
Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone – Elo Omo
Bassoon – James Jackson
Drums – Aveeayl Ra Amen, Buster Smith, Tom Hunter
Flute, Alto Saxophone – Marshall Allen
French Horn – Vincent Chauncey
Guitar – Bruce Edwards
Piano – Sun Ra
Tenor Saxophone – John Gilmore
Trombone – Tyrone Hill
Trumpet – Fred Adams, Martin Banks, Michael Ray
Violin – Owen Brown Jr.
Vocals – Art Jenkins, T.C. III
Accordion – T. Bone Wolk
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian, Christine Ermacoff, Dennis Karmazyn, Raphael Kramer
Drums – Jim Keltner
Electric Guitar – Arto Lindsay
French Horn – Calvin Smith, Richard Perissi, Richard Todd
Guitar – Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett
Harp – Catherine Ann Gotthoffer
Percussion – Emil Radocchia, Ken Watson
Brushes, Washboard, Frame Drum, Tambourine – Michael Blair
Piano – Terry Adams
Reeds – Robert Tricarico, Donald Ashworth, Gary Foster, Marty Krystall, Robert Langinger
Synthesizer – Peter Scherer
Trombone – John Johnson, Richard Nash, Lloyd Ulyate
Trumpet – Anthony Terran, Charles Findley, Warren Luening
Viola – Alan De Veritch, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Myra Kestenbaum, Pamela Goldsmith
Violin – Bruce Dukoff, Don Palmer, Haim Shtrum, Henry Ferber, Israel Baker, Peter Kent, Ralph Morrison, Reg Hill, Robert Sushel, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov
Vocals – Harry Nilsson
Chorus – Ann White, Bobbi White, Carol Lombard, Debbie Hall, Diana Lee, Donna Davidson, Jackie Ward-Smith, Melissa Mackay, Sally Stevens, Sandra Hall, Susan Ives, Susan McBride

10. JAMES TAYLOR Second Star To The Right (4:01)
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Mark Bingham
Bass – Steve Swallow
Guitar – John Scofield
Piano – Don Grolnick
Tenor Saxophone – Branford Marsalis
Vocals – The Roches
Vocals – Michael Blair
Vocals, Guitar, Whistle – James Taylor

Guitar – Bill Frisell
Keyboards – Wayne Horvitz
Voice – Ken Nordine
b) RINGO STARR with HERB ALPERT When You Wish Upon A Star
Acoustic Guitar – Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian, Christine Ermacoff, Dennis Karmazyn, Raphael Kramer
Drums – Jim Keltner
Electric Guitar – Bill Frisell
French Horn – Calvin Smith, Richard Perissi, Richard Todd
Harp – Catherine Ann Gotthoffer
Percussion – Emil Radocchia, Ken Watson
Piano – Terry Adams
Reeds – Robert Tricarico, Donald Ashworth, Gary Foster, Marty Krystall, Robert Langinger
Trombone – John Johnson, Richard Nash, Lloyd Ulyate
Trumpet – Anthony Terran, Charles Findley, Warren Luening
Trumpet – Herb Alpert
Viola – Alan De Veritch, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Myra Kestenbaum, Pamela Goldsmith
Violin – Bruce Dukoff, Don Palmer, Haim Shtrum, Henry Ferber, Israel Baker, Peter Kent, Ralph Morrison, Reg Hill, Robert Sushel, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov
Vocals – Ringo Starr
Chorus – Ann White, Bobbi White, Carol Lombard, Debbie Hall, Diana Lee, Donna Davidson, Jackie Ward-Smith, Melissa Mackay, Sally Stevens, Sandra Hall, Susan Ives, Susan McBride
Whistle – Harry Nilsson