The Return Of Dracula (1958)

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 2.19.07 PMTHE RETURN OF DRACULA (1958) – a.k.a. The Curse of Dracula a.k.a. The Fantastic Disappearing Man. Made long after the heyday of Bela Lugosi’s famed portrayal of The Count (HERE), The Return Of Dracula is a re-boot of the venerable blood-sucking franchise that was all-but-forgotten in the wake of Hammer Films’ British horror revival – specifically, Christopher Lee’s well-received, The Horror Of Dracula, released mere months after this American remake. The gorgeous print makes this a pleasure to watch, and – while it’s no substitute for the original(s) – it’s a well-made effort. This modern-day Dracula murders a random train passenger and assumes his identity to live amongst the dead man’s “Mayberry” family of the 50s. It’s more psychological than bloody, so it’s not unlike the original in that respect (though… there’s a 3-second color blood-gushing scene, an effect achieved when producers manually cut the clip into all existing B&W prints). Fine pacing, serious acting and appropriately creepy… in short, a fun view. The excellent music score is by Gerald Fried, known for his work in early Kubrick films (and, later, Star Trek‘s famed “fight music”). If you look closely, you’ll see that actress Norma Eberhardt (as Rachel Mayberry) has two different colored eyes, which is noticeable in a few wide-eyed close-ups. EXCLAMATION-MARKED TAG LINE!: The Most Terrifying Name in the History of the World Now Gives You The Most Horrifying Thrill In The History Of Motion Pictures! DIALOG ALERT: “Only this casing, this clumsy flesh, stands between you and me.” Find The Return Of Dracula at Amazon, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weird Scenes…

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

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

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

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

Laswell’s Spacey Road Trips To The Netherworld

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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More From Cat Stevens’ Wilderness Years

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

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

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

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One Of Stan’s Best Outings…

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

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

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

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Speaking Of Don “Sugarcane” Harris…

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

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

MOJO Presents… The Dreamers (2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FrontMalo (1972)
Blame The DNA…

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

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

DWIGHT YOAKAM (2000) (2000)
Stripped… Just As The Cover Advertises

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

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

MICHAEL GILES Progress, Circa 1978 (2002) – Brilliant Jazz/Prog Drummer For (You Know Who)

Progress, Circa 1978 (2002)
The Spiritual Sequel To McDonald & Giles

If, like me, you waited in vain for a follow-up to Ian McDonald & Michael Giles’ excellent (and only) 1971 LP, McDonald & Giles, you may find solace in these lost recordings from drummer Michael Giles. After his stint in Giles, Giles & Fripp, and his career-defining drum work on 1969′s In The Court Of The Crimson King (followed by the aforementioned McDonald & Giles), Michael left the touring life for session work, finishing these tapes in his spare time. Perhaps because of the UK’s reign of punk, also circa 1978, Progress didn’t see the light of day until 2002. While Progress offers a jazzier skew to Giles’ previous work, there is still plenty of that slightly psychedelic, wispy melodic airiness that was used so effectively within McDonald & Gilespre-prog framework. The Canterbury-style pop, which defined The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp is given a more mature setting here, while the prog interplay that dominated Crimson’s debut surfaces throughout. Bassist/brother Peter is also on board. For faith-keepers, Progress is a rewarding addendum to Michael Giles’ always stylish – but typically under-the-radar – instrumental and compositional work. Find the outstanding McDonald & Giles HERE (in Readers Links – Aug. 30, 2013). Hard copies of Progress are well over $100 at Amazon (HERE).

Sunrise (0:56)
Departure (3:14)
Rolling (3:48)
Daydream (1:01)
Moving (4:14)
Midsummer Day (6:01)
Progress (6:03)
Sunset (3:47)
Shunter (2:44)
Rocking (2:11)
Nightdream (2:08)
Arrival (6:09)

GIRL BROS. Girl Bros. (1998) – The Artists Formerly Known As Wendy & Lisa

Girl Bros. (1998)
From Prince’s Revolution… Via Producer Tchad Blake

Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman, also known as Wendy & Lisa from Prince’s Revolution, deliver their best album to date under the alias of Girl Bros. Tchad Blake produces. Contains plenty of dreamy vocals, slightly psychedelic whimsy and a dose of Blake’s bang & clang drum technique. Why their profile is so low on this release is curious (no names, no pics… and the moniker, Girl Bros., has long been their publishing company’s name), but the style is rich with texture and sincerity. This is the duo’s 4th album (the first and last using this name), not counting a couple of releases available only from their website. The duo even scored an under-the-radar Emmy nod in 2012 for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music” for the show, Touch. Find this one at Amazon, HERE. We’ve got lots of Prince (which means some more Wendy & Lisa) in the archives, HERE.

Reaching One (4:11)
Love & Trouble (3:30)
I Will (3:38)
All Nite (3:09)
Bring You Back (4:12)
I’ve Got A Big Bowl Of Cherries (3:14)
Uh-Uh, Don’t Look Down (4:33)
All I Wonder / Anyway (5:16)
If I Were Brave (2:45)
Jonathan (3:47)
Let’s Say (3:31)
I’ve Got No Strings (6:53)

NEW YORK DOLLS A Hard Night’s Day (1973/2000)

A Hard Night’s Day(2000)
Excellent 1973 Studio Performance

There are plenty of Dolls demos, boots and rarities around. Most of them suck. This is one of the best. Recorded in March 1973, A Hard Night’s Day features the original recording band – David Johansen, Johnny Thunders, Sylvain Sylvain, Arthur Kane & Jerry Nolan, live in the studio on 21 demos – a live gig, really – filled with chatter, raw, barely bar-worthy chops and a smattering of trashy 50s rock ‘n roll, taped just prior to The Dolls’ Todd Rundgren-produced debut. Live, sans production technique, just as The Dolls were meant to be heard. Even in the studio they managed to stir up shit, as you can only imagine from the off-mic altercation Johansen referees at the beginning of “Pills.” This is the 2000 Norton Records version, but these tapes have been released under a few different titles and labels. There’s more Dolls & Dolls-related stuff in the archives, including From Paris With Love (L.U.V.) (HERE), Live At The Fillmore East-December 28 & 29, 2007 and The Return Of The New York Dolls – Live From Royal Festival Hall, 2004 (both HERE), DAVID JOHANSEN Live It Up (HERE), JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS L.A.M.F. The Lost ’77 Mixes (HERE), Hurt Me (HERE), Stations Of The Cross & I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (both HERE). Find A Hard Night’s Day at Amazon, HERE.

Seven Day Weekend
Who Are The Mystery Girls?
(There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown
Back In The USA
Looking For A Kiss
Jet Boy
It’s Too Late
Bad Detective
Lonely Planet Boy
Subway Train
Private World
Human Being
Don’t Start Me Talkin
Give Her A Great Big Kiss
Vietnamese Baby
Bad Girl
Personality Crisis

GRUPPO DI IMPROVVISAZIONE NUOVA CONSONANZA The Feed-Back (1970), Eroina (1971), Niente (1971) + Nuova Consonanza (1975) – Avant Garde Composers Collective w/ Ennio Morricone

The Feed-BackEroinaNienteNuova Consonanza
The Feed-Back (1970)
Eroina (1971)
Niente (1971)
Nuova Consonanza (1975)
Got Drugs?

Super groups come in all shapes and sizes. But few are as extraordinarily outside as the avant grade composers collective, Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Spearheaded in the 1960s by Italian film and classical composers Franco Evangelisti, Ennio Morricone & Egisto Macchi, the loose-knit “group” was enhanced by a revolving cast of like-minded compatriots, along with a foreigner or two, all hell-bent on exploring the envelope-stretching possibilities of the avant grade, musique concrete, noise, drum ‘n’ bass (before it had a trendy name) and pseudo jazz/rock. There’s no easy categorization handy for the weirdness they embraced in the late 60s and 70s (and beyond), but, curiously, they do have a distinctive style that forms an identifiable (anti-) musical thread throughout their many releases. Here are four seminal efforts that specialize in scraped strings, scratched piano wire, atonal instrumentation and disembodied beats. Personally, I’ve been smitten with these guys since the 80s, when I first stumbled onto them though my growing interest in Ennio Morricone (best known for his spaghetti westerns, but whose depth as a film composer is limitless… and still ongoing). And, while it’s difficult to explain Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza’s appeal, those who listen to noise music on a regular basis will no doubt hear the tangible quality inherent in their work. I won’t bother waxing poetic about the merits of avant-sound. You’re the type to either like it or not. Most don’t. But newbies are invited to give these guys a shot, since their sensibilities and experience rank them a cut above even the best of space voyagers, while their consistency and atmospheric control might even find favor with some non-believers. Try a few sound players below for a taste. Drugs not included. We’ve got more essential Ennio Morricone in the archives, including: A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West (all HERE), High (HERE) and Crime And Dissonance (HERE). You might also try John Zorn’s cool tribute, The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays The Music Of Ennio Morricone (HERE). Find these Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza releases at Amazon, The Feed-Back (HERE), Eroina (HERE), Niente (HERE) and Nuova Consonanza (HERE).

The Feed-Back (6:46)
Quasar (5:50)
Kumalo (14:18)

Warum (2:07)
Raptus (3:44)
Aghi (2:40)
Haschich (3:18)
Eroina (5:08)
Metedrina (5:18)
Oppio (2:47)
Stridori (4:02)
Haschich #2 (3:18)
Danger (2:05)
Haschich #3 (3:44)
Orgasmo (2:13)

Niente (6:08)
Hei! (1:43)
Sieben (2:07)
Bambù (2:04)
Natale A Detroit (1:34)
Con Moto (2:08)
Cronometro (2:54)
Antimilitarismo (2:03)
Down (1:41)
Mattatoio (3:37)
Bali (2:46)
Padroni Delle Ferriere (3:06)
Bambù #2 (3:13)
Renitenza (2:31)
Toms (1:27)
Sieben #2 (2:03)

Settimino (19:46)
Eflot (11:16)
Soup (7:37)
Scratch (10:46)

DWIGHT TWILLEY Soundtrack (2011)

FrontSoundtrack (2011)
Welcome Back…

Damn fine return-to-form 2011 release from Dwight Twilley, recalling his 70s power pop glory years. No easy feat for aging posters, as we’ve all learned by now. Sadly, Soundtrack has gone largely ignored, which is kind of fitting for a talented guy who’s been saddled with more than his share of bad career breaks and corporate apathy over the years. This album, along with 2010′s Green Blimp, finds DT reconnecting with his roots in a genuinely sincere way, not as a nostalgia trip like many rockers have been reduced to. Not surprisingly, the songs here were originally written with a career documentary in mind, which is why the lyrical subject matter skews more personal and retrospectively than much of his work. Susan Cowsill guests. We’ve got more Dwight Twilley in the archives, including his covers tribute, The Beatles (Deluxe Edition) (HERE), Sincerely and Twilley Don’t Mind (both HERE)… and check the comments of the same post for DT’s Between The Cracks (Rarities 1), 47 Moons and a boot, Tulsa Girl, plus Phil Seymour’s debut. Dwight also appears 1996′s Come And Get It – A Tribute To Badfinger, also in the archives (HERE). Find Soundtrack at Amazon, HERE.

You Close Your Eyes (4:15)
Bus Ticket (3:39)
Tulsa Town (4:15)
Skeleton Man (4:35)
My Life (4:01)
God Didn’t Do It (4:22)
Out In The Rain (3:51)
Soundtrack (4:36)
The Lonely One (4:22)
The Cards Will Fall (3:59)
Good Things Come Hard (4:05)
The Last Time Around (5:31)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection (2000)

Brain-in-a-Box-PackagingBrain In A Box:
The Science Fiction Collection
Space Age Fun In A Box

A project like this, with a broad cross-section of material spanning decades, styles and tastes (with an elaborate 3-D box cover no less) is enough to make you pine for the days when the record industry ruled the world… financing multi-disc projects (like this) with the fingerprints of a fan-boy and the licensing clout of a corporation. Brain In A Box is a love letter to science fiction music, in all it’s permeated forms; serious film scores, colorful TV theme songs, sci-fi themed pop music, comic foolishness and serious weirdness. There’s a little bit of everything here… and it’s a fun listen from start to finish. As a collection, it’s as skitzo as it gets; Bernard Herrmann to Ferrante & Teicher to Sun Ra to Webb Wilder to Ella Fitzgerald to The Rubinoos to The Jetsons. Not disparate enough for you? How about Parliament to Lothar And The Hand People to T Bone Burnett to Leonard Nimoy to The Outer Limits? While the track list – on paper – may seem far too impossibly diverse for consumption, the fact is that Brain In A Box is a wonderfully nostalgic trip with enough side avenue detours to keep you guessing what could possibly be next. Peruse the track list below, or better yet… don’t, and just take the train if you have even the slightest interest in sci-fi and its distant associations. For the more serious students, we’ve got some stuff in the archives that may interest you, including; The Twilight Zone – The 40th Anniversary Collection (4CD Box HERE), BERNARD HERRMANN The Day The Earth Stood Still (HERE), DOMINIC FRONTIERE The Outer Limits (Television Soundtrack HERE), HERMAN STEIN This Island Earth (HERE), 2001: A Space Odyssey (HERE), DANNY ELFMAN Mars Attacks (HERE), JERRY GOLDSMITH Seconds (HERE) and way too many other related posts to list. Find used copies of Brain In A Box at Amazon for $75-$125, HERE.

Disc 1 Movie ThemesDISC 1: MOVIE THEMES
Science Fiction/Double Feature
(from The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Introduction From “Also Sprach Zarathustra”
(from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
Main Titles/Overture (from Forbidden Planet)
Prelude/Outer Space/Radar (from The Day The Earth Stood Still)
Visitors From Space (from It Came From Outer Space)
Main Titles (from Creature From The Black Lagoon)
Main Theme (from The Incredible Shrinking Man)
Main Title/Credits (from The Time Machine)
Main Title (from Them!)
Prelude (from The Thing)
Main Title (from First Men On The Moon)
Main Title (from The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms)
Radio Announcement (from Fantastic Voyage)
Main Title Sound Effects Suite (from Fantastic Voyage)
Main Title (from Planet Of The Apes)
Desert Trip (from The Andromeda Strain)
The Conversation (from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind)
Ripley’s Rescue (from Aliens)
Three Million Light Years From Earth (from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)
Robo vs. Ed-209 (from Robocop)
Main Title (from Robocop)
Trust Me (from Terminator 2: Judgement Day)
The Mine (from Outland)
Main Title/Introduction (from War Of The Worlds)
Main Title (from Predator)
Main Title (from The Fly)
Main Title (from Mars Attacks)
Anything Is Possible (from The Matrix)

Disc 2 TV ThemesDISC 2: TV THEMES
Main Title (from The Twilight Zone)
Main Title (from Lost In Space)
Theme (from My Favorite Martian)
Dr. Who (from Dr. Who)
Theme (from The Jetsons)
Main Title (from The Time Tunnel)
Fear (from One Step Beyond)
Control Voice Introduction (from The Outer Limits)
Main Title (from The Outer Limits)
Theme (from Men Into Space)
Theme (from The Thunderbirds)
Theme (from Stingray)
Theme (from Astroboy)
Main Title (from Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea)
Main Title (from Land Of The Giants)
Main Title/Closing Theme – (from Star Trek)
Theme (from Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Main Title (from V: The Series)
Main Title (from Babylon 5)
Treehouse of Horror I (Kang & Kodos Medley) (From The Simpsons)
Main Title (from The X-Files)
Changing Channels

Disc 3 PopDISC 3: POP
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Have You Seen The Saucers
SPIRIT Space Child
SUBURBAN LAWNS Flying Saucer Safari
WEBB WILDER Rocket To Nowhere
STAN RIDGWAY Beyond Tomorrow
MILTON DELUGG Theme For The Creature From Under The Sea
T BONE BURNETT Humans From Earth
THE VENTURES Fear (from One Step Beyond)
ROKY ERICKSON Creature With The Atom Brain
PRELUDE After The Gold Rush

Disc 4 Incidental:LoungeDISC 4: INCIDENTAL/LOUNGE
LES BAXTER Lunar Rhapsody
FRANK COMSTOCK On The Dark Side Of The Moon
LES BAXTER Saturday Night On Saturn
ATTILIO MINEO Welcome To Tomorrow
DICK HYMAN Space Reflex (Blues In 5/4)
BILLY MURE Guitars In Space
SUN RA Space Is The Place
PERRY & KINGSLEY Cosmic Ballad
FRANK COE Tone Tales From Tomorrow

Disc 5 NoveltyDISC 5: NOVELTY
BUCHANAN & GOODMAN The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2)
LEONARD NIMOY Music To Watch Space Girls By
THE B-52s Planet Claire
ELLA FITZGERALD Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer
THE REZILLOS Flying Saucer Attack
SATELLITE SINGERS Meet Space Pilot Jones
SHEB WOOLEY The Purple People Eater
BUCK TRAIL Knocked Out Joint On Mars
KIRBY STONE FOUR You Came From Outer Space

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ralph Records 10th Anniversary Radio Special! (1982) – w/ Host Penn Jillette

FrontRalph Records 10th Anniversary Radio Special! (1982/1998)
Penn Jillette… Meet Ralph Records

The story goes that Ralph Records (home of unsellable music from the likes of The Residents, Snakefinger, Tuxedomoon, Fred Frith and others) hired magician Penn Jillette (the talkative half of Penn & Teller) and locked him in a motel room across the street from their corporate headquarters for six days in 1982 (the Bentley Motor Inn, as pictured with a young Penn on the cover). Jillette was given daily shipments of Ralph’s records and tasked to record his thoughts on all the weirdness he was experiencing (he says) for the first time (this, despite his long-standing support for outsider music). After six days, Ralph edited the 50 hours of Penn’s recordings, added snippets of the music being reviewed, and created the Ralph Records 10th Anniversary Radio Special! If this doesn’t whet your appetite for something out of the ordinary, what will? Truth is… this will surely appeal more to hardcore Penn fans than Ralph-ers who already know and own this music, since the focus here is on the verbose Mr. J, who says he doesn’t even like a lot of what he’s hearing. Which makes for an ass-backwards way to promote a record company. Penn’s game on Day One, but Day Two finds him befuddled. At the end of Day Three he’s ranting about trying to tap his “foot to wind,” and on Day Four he’s revolting, refusing to even listen any longer. By Day Five Penn has seen the light and on Day Six, he thinks Ralph is the “best label in the world.” Tidy. The original 1982 double LP release of Ralph Records 10th Anniversary Radio Special! featured a 4th side not included on this 1999 CD re-issue, entitled “10 Years In 20 Minutes,” a bonus track that was not actually connected to the Penn project. I couldn’t find any copies of this ancient artifact at Ebay or Amazon.

Day One (12:10)
Day Two (12:00)
Day Three (11:53)
Day Four (12:28)
Day Five (12:11)
Day Six (12:29)

MOJO Presents: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Live 1974 Sampler (2014)

FrontCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Live 1974 Sampler (Sept 2014)

The latest free CD from the September, 2014 issue of MOJO is as co-promotion for MOJO‘s 250th issue interview with each member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, busy promoting their latest live box set, CSNY 1974. It’s a five track, 20 minute plus sampler from the box. Perhaps we can use this opportunity to plug our C, C&N, CS&N and CPR hidden archive posts, HERE. Find all 149 of MOJO‘s free CDs, HERE. See the complete list, HERE.

Almost Cut My Hair (6:47)
Change Partners (3:28)
Pre-Road Downs (3:18)
Only Love Can Break Your Heart (3:18)
Carry Me (4:43)

STOMU YAMASHTA’S GO: Go (1976), Go Too (1977) + Live From Paris (1976/2005) – w/ Steve Winwood, Michael Shrieve, Al Di Meola, Klaus Shultz & others

Go (1976)
Go Too (1977)
Live From Paris (1976/2005)
From The Age Of Super Groups…

Not unlike Ginger Baker’s Air Force (HERE), Stomu Yamashta was super-grouping his way into the mid-70s jazz/rock/electronic/world beat sweepstakes with a cast of heavy, seemingly mis-picked friends (including Traffic’s Steve Winwood, Santana’s brilliant drummer Michael Shrieve, guitarist extraordinaire Al Di Meola and German electronic guru, Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream) to create a bustling, heady, stylistic fusion that defied easy categorization. Yamashta’s Go (1976) and Go Too (1977), pressure-cooked Winwood’s flighty vocals, elaborate female choruses and Klaus Schultz’s disembodied electronic coloring, into an otherworldly potpourri that managed to stand out in an era already reeling from prog excess, disco madness and the simmering punk onslaught. It’s all in the grooves of the unit’s two studio albums from 1976-77, and the sizzling, long-delayed live CD, Live From Paris, recorded on the 1976 tour with Al Di Meola. For fans of the original Go, take note that Island Records accidentally switched the A & B sides back in the day, a mistake that has never been corrected… until the 2005 live album sequenced the material in its intended order. Hit the archives to find more from STEVE WINWOOD: Live At BBC Maida Vale Studios June 17, 2010 (HERE), TRAFFIC: Heaven Is In Your Mind (HERE), Last Exit, John Barleycorn Must Die, The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys & Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory (all HERE), BLIND FAITH: Blind Faith (Deluxe, HERE), THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP: The Second Album (HERE) and MICHAEL SHRIEVE: In Suspect Terrain (HERE), SANTANA: Borboletta (HERE), MCMLXVIII (HERE) & Fillmore: The Last Days (HERE). Search Amazon to find Go (HERE), Go Too (HERE) and Live From Paris (HERE).

Solitude (2:36)
Nature (2:33)
Air Over (2:26)
Crossing The Line (5:07)
Man Of Leo (1:58)
Stellar (2:26)
Space Theme (3:44)
Space Requiem (3:34)
Space Song (1:50)
Carnival (2:49)
Ghost Machine (2:10)
Surfspin (2:27)
Time Is Here (2:55)
Winner/Loser (4:18)

Prelude (3:03)
Seen You Before (6:16)
Madness (5:59)
Mysteries Of Love (6:47)
Wheels Of Fortune (5:36)
Beauty (5:11)
You And Me (6:59)
Ecliptic (2:25)

Space Song (2:35)
Carnival (1:17)
Wind Spin (8:17)
Ghost Machine (3:43)
Surf Spin (1:43)
Time Is Here (7:39)
Winner Loser (5:09)
Solitude (1:59)
Nature (3:26)
Air Voice (0:58)
Crossing The Line (7:45)
Man Of Leo (14:19)
Stellar (1:23)
Space Requiem (3:17)

THE DOORS Rock Is Dead Sessions – Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA – February 25th, 1969

FrontRock Is Dead Sessions – Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA – February 25th, 1969 (1969)
Fly On The Wall Studio Session

Back in the late 90s and early 00′s, The Doors began peppering their reissues and box sets with unheard bonus tracks from their taped archives. Tracks like “Woman Is The Devil,” “Whiskey, Mystics And Men” and “Mystery Train” made the rounds on various collections and into The Doors canon. What many didn’t realize, however, is that all those tracks, as well as a few others, came from one live session The Doors taped at Sunset Sound in Hollywood on February 25th, 1969. The band was working on The Soft Parade at the time, when they took a break to go to a Mexican restaurant for dinner, beer and tequila, before heading back to the studio to record these unvarnished performances. The officially released takes from this session have been properly tweaked for release, so these raw, original versions don’t have the same sound and power of the official ones you’re more familiar with, but you’ll get the idea what it’s like to be in on a Doors studio session… warts and all. As usual, we’ve got plenty more Doors in the archives (including over 32 hours of officially released live recordings) all listed and linked below.

Love Me Tender/”Save The Whole World” (2:40)
Rock And Roll Is Dead (Part 1) (10:18)
Woman Is A Devil (6:19)
“No Impablimations… Let’s Roll!” (2:39)
Boogie All Night Long/Rap (4:15)
“No Impablimations…” (0:41)
Rock And Roll Woman (5:20)
Queen Of The Magazines/”Madison” (Fragment) (4:02)
Wipe Out/Pipeline (1:11)
Naked Woman (Jim Talking) (1:38)
Naked Woman Jam (1:41)
Rock Me (3:21)
Mystery Train/Train Jam/”Big Black Train” (4:28)
“A Little Piece” (2:13)
“I Could Not Help Myself” (0:56)
“Rock And Roll Is Dead” (Part 2) (1:54)
“We Had Some Good TImes But They’re Gone” (3:01)
“The Death Of Rock” (Conclusion) (1:54)
Final Words (1:27)
Roadhouse Blues (Vocal Vamp Fragment) (0:23)
Seminary School (Playback Over Bit Of Track) (0:32)
Talk (0:29)
Seminary School/Whiskey, Mystics And Men (Full Take) (3:49)
Whiskey, Mystics And Men (With Petition Intro) (3:39)

THE DOORS Live Buyer’s Guide (Over 32 Hours, 32 Discs, All Official) HERE
- Alive She Cried (1983)
- Live At The Hollywood Bowl (1968/1987)
- In Concert (2CD 1991)
- The Doors Box Set (4CD 1997)
- Live In Detroit (2CD 1970/2000)
- Live At The Aquarius Theatre: The First Performance (2CD 1969/2001)
- Live At The Aquarius Theatre: The Second Performance (2CD 1969/2001)
- Backstage And Dangerous: The Private Rehearsal (2CD 1969/2002)
- Live In Philadelphia ’70 (2CD 1970/2006)
- Live In Boston (3CD 1970/2007)
- Live At The Matrix (2CD 1967/2008)
- Live In Pittsburgh (1970/2008)
- Live In New York (6CD 1970/2009)
- Live In Vancouver 1970 (2CD 1970/2011)
- Live At The Bowl ’68 (1968/2012)
THE DOORS Isle Of Wight Festival – August 30, 1970 HERE
THE DOORS 13 Instrumentals (1967-1970) HERE
THE DOORS L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions (1971/2012) HERE
THE DOORS Perception Bonus Tracks (2006) HERE
THE DOORS More Studio Bonus Tracks (1965-2013) HERE
THE DOORS The Doors (1967) – Remixed/Proper Speed HERE

(10cc’s) GRAHAM GOULDMAN’S HEART FULL OF SONGS Live! (2014) – Outstanding Fan Club CD!

FrontLive! (2014)
Stellar Fan Club CD Not Found In Stores

I mentioned earlier this week that, like many of us, I don’t have much interest in classic bands, with dwindling original members, who are reduced to working the road for nostalgia (or worse, rent money). But… I’ll eat those words when it comes to Graham Gouldman’s ongoing stewardship of the new millennium 10cc. Co-founders Kevin Godley, Lol Creme & Eric Stewart may be gone, but the 10cc brand lives on via Gouldman’s touring version of the band, curated best-ofs and the odd CD release – like The Best Of 10cc Live, a UK newspaper giveaway (HERE, in the archives), and this outstanding collection of unplugged recordings, entitled Live! – a fan club-only disc (only sold at shows) credited to “Graham Gouldman’s Heart Full Of Songs.” In reality, this is the touring “10cc,” and the idea for this collection sprang from the acoustic portion of 10cc’s live shows. But what should be immediately apparent on first listen is Gouldman and band’s perfectionist dedication to tightly woven harmonies and subtly intricate instrumentation. The songs are warm and inviting, yet meticulously performed and recorded… not for the purpose of re-creating old recordings, but to offer a new, sideways view of some long-familiar material. And, the truth is, in Gouldman’s hands, these songs have never sounded better outside the recording studio. While some of 10cc’s monster hits might be played out for the average fan, listen to the impossibly delicate, studio quality harmonies on “The Things We Do For Love,” below, for an example of the tenderness and grace Gouldman & Co. bring to this material. The insanely detailed a cappella version of “Donna” is a standout, too. 10cc fans that can’t (or won’t) find the joy in these pleasing re-inventions are probably just too cynical for their own good. Top notch and recommended. We’ve got more Graham Gouldman in the archives, including his 3 solo albums, 1968′s The Graham Gouldman Thing (HERE) and 2002′s And Another Thing… (HERE) and 2012′s Love And Work (HERE). As well as… 10CC Bonus Tracks & Rarities (4 hours worth, HERE), Windows In The Jungle & the unreleased Live In Santa Monica, 1975 (both HERE), plus GODLEY & CREME: Consequences, L, Freeze Frame, Ismism, Birds Of Prey, The History Mix Vol. 1, Snack Attack EP & Goodbye Blue Sky (all HERE) and HOTLEGS Thinks: School Stinks and You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Think Of It – The Complete Sessions 1970-1971 (HERE).

Pamela Pamela (2:16)
Heart Full Of Soul (3:00)
Good Morning Judge (3:00)
No Milk Today (3:13)
Sunburn (2:54)
Love’s Not For Me (2:45)
The Halls Of Rock ‘n’ Roll (3:16)
Look Through Any Window (2:37)
Daylight (3:29)
Bus Stop (3:15)
Dancing Days (3:51)
Bridge To Your Heart (3:50)
I’m Not In Love (3:40)
Ariella (3:39)
Ready To Go Home (4:43)
The Things We Do For Love (3:43)
Memory Lane (2:22)
For Your Love (2:31)
Donna (2:57)
Dreadlock Holiday (4:49)

JOHNNY WINTER AND Live (1971) & Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70 (2010) – R.I.P. 7/16/14

Live (1971)
Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70 (1970/2010)
White Hot Blues

JOHNNY WINTER PASSED YESTERDAY, HE WAS 70 YEARS OLD. WE FIRST POSTED THESE IN 2011. Two scorching live albums from Johnny Winter’s highly combustible band, And, featuring Rick Derringer. The first, from 1971, is a teenage classic, fusing blues and rock (and rock and roll) like few albums before it. I was hardly a blues purist when Live was heating up my turntable back in the day. I knew he was playing blues, but Winter always came across like a madman rocker to me. Alien, mysterious, screaming half the time, while his leads were manic and ripping – generally sounding uncorked and uncontrollable – with a recklessness most players lacked, or couldn’t maintain. Of course, vinyl LPs had their limitations, so the newly released Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70 gives you the bigger picture with the expanded playing time. The first live album was about 40 minutes. For the new one, over 40 minutes is devoted to just two lengthy excursions, “It’s My Own Fault” (22:25) and “Mean Town Blues” (18:08). I’ll decline comparing the two, since I was married to the first live LP for decades. Want to hear some early JW? Listen to Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper introduce Winter to New York on Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68 (HERE in the archives). Find Live (HERE) and Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70 (HERE) at Amazon.

Good Morning Little School Girl (4:35)
It’s My Own Fault (11:52)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (4:25)
Rock And Roll Medley (6:44)
Mean Town Blues (8:58)
Johnny B. Goode (3:22)

Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70
Guess I’ll Go Away (4:39)
Good Morning Little School Girl (4:38)
Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo (4:48)
It’s My Own Fault (22:25)
Highway 61 Revisited (7:31)
Mean Town Blues (18:08)
Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (4:31)

JOHNNY WINTER Second Winter (Deluxe 1969/2004) w/ Live At Royal Albert Hall 4/17/70 + The Woodstock Experience (1969/2009) w/ Johnny Winter (1969)

Second Winter (1969/2004)
The Woodstock Experience w/ Johnny Winter (1969/2009)
More Winter

We posted some live Johnny Winter last week and it sparked some discussion about some other live Winter, so here are a couple of great offerings… both with bonus studio albums. The 2CD Legacy Edition of Second Winter, comes with a live Royal Albert Hall gig from April, 1970. A well recorded and rippin’ 72 minute show. The Woodstock Experience, on the other hand, is one of those repackaging opportunities that came with the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock. A number of artists had their complete festival appearances bundled with a studio album from the era, just like this one. What’s cool about Winter’s set is that this is the first time any of his live Woodstock material (save one track) has ever been released. The band line-up features Tommy Shannon & John Turner 418f-EcW2JL._SL500_AA280_(who would later become Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble), and brother Edgar sits in on organ for some of the show. The All Music Guide calls this performance, “an indispensable entry in Johnny Winter’s catalog.” Coupled with his remastered 1969 Columbia debut, Johnny Winter, and you’ve got a handy little blast of primetime Winter. We’ve got a bootleg live show from Boston featuring Johnny Winter and Janis Joplin, too (HERE). Amazon’s got Second Winter (Legacy Edition, HERE) and The Woodstock Experience w/ 1969′s Johnny Winter (HERE).

SECOND WINTER (Legacy Edition)
Memory Pain (5:31)
I’m Not Sure (5:21)
The Good Love (4:43)
Slippin’ And Slidin’ (2:44)
Miss Ann (3:40)
Johnny B. Goode (2:47)
Highway 61 Revisited (5:09)
I Love Everybody (3:48)
Hustled Down In Texas (3:32)
I Hate Everybody (2:34)
Fast Life Rider (7:04)
Early In The Morning (3:49)
Tell The Truth (Instrumental) (4:30)
Help Me (4:59)
Johnny B. Goode (3:41)
Mama Talk To Your Daughter (5:16)
It’s My Fault (12:00)
Black Cat Bone (5:38)
Mean Town Blues (11:13)
Tobacco Road (11:05)
Frankenstein (9:11)
Tell The Truth (9:08)

I’m Yours And I’m Hers (4:32)
Be Careful With A Fool (5:17)
Dallas (2:49)
Mean Mistreater (3:55)
Leland Mississippi Blues (3:31)
Good Morning Little School Girl (2:46)
When You Got A Good Friend (3:42)
I’ll Drown In My Tears (4:47)
Back Door Friend    2:57)
Mama, Talk To Your Daughter (5:05)
Leland Mississippi Blues (4:58)
Mean Town Blues (10:55)
You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now (14:45)
I Can’t Stand It (With Edgar Winter) ( 6:10)
Tobacco Road (With Edgar Winter) (10:41)
Tell The Truth (With Edgar Winter) (6:51)
Johnny B. Goode ( 5:36)

DEVO This Is The Devo Box (2008) – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978), Duty Now For The Future (1979), Freedom Of Choice (1980), New Traditionalists (1981), Oh, No! It’s Devo (1982), Shout (1984) & Dev-O Live (1980/1999)

03 devo-box-no-obiQ: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)
Duty Now For The Future (1979)
Freedom Of Choice (1980)
New Traditionalists (1981)
Oh, No! It’s Devo (1982)
Shout (1984)
Dev-O Live (1980/1999)
The Evolution Of De-Evolution

Back in the day, I enjoyed Devo as much as the next guy, owning a handful of albums and seeing them 2 or 3 times before my interest petered out at some point in the mid-80s. However, I rarely went back to them in later years and these days, save for the odd appearance of some of their music on TV, rarely hear them anymore and haven’t even listened to one of their albums since last century. So, taking the time to wallow in Devo this month has been a fun, and long overdue, flashback. This Is The Devo Box is the collection of 2008 Japanese reissues of the band’s first six studio albums, along with a live set, Dev-O Live, that began life as a 1981 EP before being turned into a 16-track promo-only LP (The Warner Brothers Music Show) then, later in 1999, a 22-track Rhino Handmade reissue, featuring both the EP and the full show the EP’s contents came from (recorded live at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater on August 16, 1980). Having never heard it before, Dev-O Live was this box’s left field surprise for me, a reminder of what a tight act Devo was in person. Robotic, yes… but with a human element that didn’t always successfully translate to their studio albums. Get the (quite expensive) box set at Amazon, HERE, and click the covers for Amazon links to the individual albums.

covers4u.netQ: ARE WE NOT MEN? A: WE ARE DEVO!
Uncontrollable Urge (3:09)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (2:40)
Praying Hands (2:47)
Space Junk (2:14)
Mongoloid (3:43)
Jocko Homo (3:41)
Too Much Paranoias (1:56)
Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy) (4:55)
Come Back Jonee (3:46)
Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin’) (2:39)
Shrivel Up (3:05)

Duty Now for the Future

Devo Corporate Anthem (1:16)
Clockout (2:46)
Timing X (1:12)
Wiggly World (2:44)
Blockhead (2:59)
Strange Pursuit (2:45)
S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain) (4:31)
Triumph Of The Will (2:19)
The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize (2:42)
Pink Pussycat (3:12)
Secret Agent Man (3:38)
Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA (6:07)
Red Eye (2:51)

Girl U Want (2:58)
It’s Not Right (2:22)
Whip It (2:38)
Snowball (2:29)
Ton O’ Luv (2:30)
Freedom Of Choice (3:31)
Gates Of Steel (3:28)
Cold War (2:31)
Don’t You Know (2:15)
That’s Pep! (2:17)
Mr. B’s Ballroom (2:47)
Planet Earth (2:46)

Through Being Cool (3:15)
Jerkin’ Back And Forth (3:05)
Pity You (2:47)
Soft Things (3:27)
Going Under (3:28)
Race Of Doom (3:43)
Love Without Anger (2:37)
The Super Thing (4:20)
Beautiful World (3:35)
Enough Said (3:27)
Working In The Coal Mine (2:50)

Oh No It's Devo

Time Out For Fun (2:48)
Peek-A-Boo! (3:01)
Out Of Sync (3:34)
Explosions (3:03)
That’s Good (3:27)
Patterns (2:59)
Big Mess (2:44)
Speed Racer (2:39)
What I Must Do (2:34)
I Desire (3:14)
Deep Sleep (3:25)


Shout (3:16)
The Satisfied Mind (3:08)
Don’t Rescue Me (3:07)
The 4th Dimension (4:24)
C’mon (3:18)
Here To Go (3:18)
Jurisdiction Of Love (3:00)
Puppet Boy (3:10)
Please Please (3:04)
Are You Experienced? (3:10)

Dev-O Live

Freedom Of Choice Theme Song (2:46)
Whip It (2:53)
Girl U Want (2:56)
Gates Of Steel (3:28)
Be Stiff (2:56)
Planet Earth (2:46)
Freedom Of Choice Theme Song (2:52)
Whip It (2:46)
Snowball (2:50)
It’s Not Right (2:26)
Girl U Want (3:01)
Planet Earth (2:37)
S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain) (4:06)
Secret Agent Man (3:26)
Blockhead (3:26)
Uncontrollable Urge (3:17)
Mongoloid (3:29)
Be Stiff (3:01)
Gates Of Steel (3:28)
Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA (7:20)
Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy) (4:31)
Come Back Jonee (3:40)

THE ORCHESTRA No Rewind (2001) – Parthenon Huxley And The Refurbished Electric Light Orchestra

FrontNo Rewind (2001)

Would it be sacrilegious to suggest that the Electric Light Orchestra offshoot band, The Orchestra (comprising new blood and a few former members), was an equally true representation of ELO as Jeff Lynne’s last official version of the band? You make the call! The history of ELO is a convoluted one, and includes an officially sanctioned heir, ELO Part II, and its unofficial followup, The Orchestra. In 2001, Jeff Lynne released Zoom, ELO’s last original LP (though, in reality, it was a Lynne solo album from start to finish). That same year, awash in a series of lawsuits over their moniker, came The Orchestra – a new version of ELO (or, more accurately, ELO Part II) with new members… including the great Parthenon Huxley as one of the band’s frontmen. Lynne’s Zoom was a first-rate offering (find it in the archives, HERE), but it was a subdued effort whose production was heavily influenced by his work with George Harrison and The Traveling Wilburys. The Orchestra’s sole studio release, on the other hand, was a highly animated pop record that fully embraced the adventurism and youthful enthusiasm often missing from ELO’s last recorded efforts. Rich pop harmonies, inventive string arrangements and smart, catchy tunes all added up to a viable new version of the ELO franchise. Which the public roundly ignored, having little interest in an “imitation” of a great band (that hadn’t even had any real hits since the mid-80s). And while I’m the first to admit to a diminished interest in refurbished groups that exist primarily to tour and pay the mortgages of less distinguished members, The Orchestra is one of those rare times when the idea seemed viable. Credit Huxley with helping to revitalize a distinctive style, through there are still bound to be loyalists who view No Rewind as little more than a Memorex moment. Big thanks to George The Penguin for sharing this original 2001 issue (reissued a couple of times since, with alternate covers). Of course, we’ve got lots of related releases in the archives, including Parthenon Huxley’s 1995 CD, P. HUX Deluxe (HERE), THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: A New World Record (HERE), Out Of The Blue (HERE), The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) (HERE) and a 5 hour collection of Bonus Tracks (HERE). Plus JEFF LYNNE’S 2012 Mr. Blue Sky-The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra (re-recorded versions) and his first solo album in 12 years (covers), Long Wave (HERE). Find No Rewind @ Amazon, HERE.

Jewel & Johnny (3:56)
Say Goodbye (4:26)
No Rewind (4:08)
Over London Skies (4:33)
Twist And Shout (6:34)
Can’t Wait To See You (3:28)
If Only (4:38)
I Could Write A Book (3:13)
Let Me Dream (4:01)
Before We Go (6:36)

MIKE OLDFIELD Tubular Bells (18 Variations) UPDATED: More Versions Added!

And you thought Pete Townshend was guilty of milking Tommy. Mike Oldfield, while forever releasing new material, has revisited his creative high water mark routinely for the past 4 decades, though… he’s now on record as not wanting to record a Tubular Bells IV. Since the original was never bettered, it’s probably just as well. Have you ever listened to a dozen variations of Tubular Bells back-to-back? It’s a trip. Here are a majority of Oldfield’s Tubular revisits, including a live bootleg, Tubular Bells I-III, assorted single releases and various mixes of the original, upgraded technologically since 1973. I cheated on one of the posts. Instead of the Surround Sound mixes offered with the 3CD, 2009 Deluxe Edition (which would have taken way too many links), you instead get the demo disc from the 5CD Amazon Exclusive version ( HERE). If you’re a completist, you’re on your own from here. There are plenty of other repackagings that aren’t included – like an ancient picture disc, The Best Of Tubular Bells, the remastered 25th Anniversary Edition, The Complete Tubular Bells (30th Anniversary Edition), the non-Oldfield piano ensemble release, Tubular Bells 4, various reissue boxes and newer audiophile vinyl. You get the gist. Click some of the covers for links to Amazon.

Tubular Bells (1973)
The original. You can’t go wrong.

Tubular Bells (Part One) (25:31)
Tubular Bells (Part Two) (23:20)



The Orchestral Tubular Bells (1975)
Quite a dramatic interpretation from arranger/conductor David Bedford. Maybe the work’s second best rendition.

The Orchestral Tubular Bells (Part One) (26:30)
The Orchestral Tubular Bells (Part Two) (24:30)


Tubular Bells II (1992)
Sentinel (8:08)
Dark Star (2:16)
Clear Light (5:48)
Blue Saloon (3:00)
Sunjammer (2:33)
Red Dawn (1:50)
The Bell (7:00)
Weightless (5:43)
The Great Plain (4:48)
Sunset Door (2:24)
Tattoo (4:15)
Altered State (5:13)
Maya Gold (4:01)
Moonshine (1:42)

US FrontThe Bell (US Single) (1993)
The Bell (edit) (4:08)
Sentinel Restructure (Trance MIx) (Tommy Musto) (5:44)
Sentinel Restructure (Satoshi Tomii Interpretation) (7:43)
Sentinel Restructure (Global Lust MIx) (Mark Lewis) (5:57)
Sentinel Restructure (Nobel Prize Mix) (The Orb) (14:28)
Sentinel Restructure (Tubular Beats) (Tommy Musto) (4:12)


UK FrontThe Bell (UK Single) (1993)
The Bell (Live MC John Gordon Sinclair) (4:21)
The Bell (MC Billy Connolly) (3:31)
The Bell (MC Otto – German Version) (3:30)
The Bell (MC Strolling Player) (5:02)
The Bell (Instrumental Version) (3:31)



German FrontThe Bell (German Single) (1993)
The Bell (MC Viv Stanshall) (3:30)
The Bell (MC Otto – English Version) (3:30)
The Bell (MC Otto – German Version) (3:30)



Spanish FrontThe Bell (Spanish Single) (1993)
The Bell (MC Carlos Finally) (3:31)





Australian FrontThe Bell (Australian Single) (1993)
The Bell (MC Viv Stanshall) (3:31)
The Bell (MC Billy Connolly) (3:30)
Sentinel Restructure (Trance Mix) (5:43)




Tubular Bells III (1998)
The Source Of Secrets (5:35)
The Watchful Eye (2:10)
Jewel In The Crown (5:45)
Outcast (3:50)
Serpent Dream (2:53)
The Inner Child (4:42)
Man In The Rain (4:03)
The Top Of The Morning (4:26)
Moonwatch (4:25)
Secrets (3:20)
Far Above The Clouds (5:30)

FrontThe Millennium Bell (1999)
Peace On Earth (Camilla Darlow – The London Handel Choir) (4:10)
Pacha Mama (Nicola Emmanuel & David Serame) (4:06)
Santa Maria (Camilla Darlow – The London Handel Choir) (2:44)
Sunlight Shining Through Cloud (The Grant Gospel Choir) (4:33)
The Doge’s Palace (The London Session Orchestra) (3:07)
Lake Constance (The London Session Orchestra) (5:17)
Mastermind (Gota Yashiki) (3:04)
Broad Sunlit Uplands (The London Session Orchestra) (4:03)
Liberation (Miriam Stockley – The London Handel Choir) (2:38)
Amber Light (Nicola Emmanuel & David Serame – Miriam Stockley) (3:43)
The Millennium Bell (Nicola Emmanuel & David Serame – Miriam Stockley) (7:38)

Tubular Bells 2003 (2003)
Introduction (5:52)
Fast Guitars (1:04)
Basses (0:47)
Latin (2:19)
A Minor Tune (1:21)
Blues (2:40)
Thrash (0:44)
Jazz (0:48)
Ghost Bells (0:31)
Russian (0:44)
Finale (8:33)
Harmonics (5:12)
Peace (3:31)
Bagpipe Guitars (3:08)
Caveman (4:33)
Ambient Guitars (5:10)
The Sailor’s Hornpipe (1:45)

FrontTubular Bells 2003 Introduction (2003)
Introduction (Radio Edit) (3:43)





Mike+Oldfield+-+Tubular+Bells+Super+Deluxe+Edition+-+BOX+SET-471981Tubular Bells
(3CD Deluxe Edition)

This Deluxe Edition is missing the 3rd DVD disc, a surround sound mix of Tubular Bells that would take a dozen links to post. Sorry… I don’t have the patience for that. Besides, that’s why God invented Google. Instead, we’ve cheated and replaced the surround mix with rare demos that were originally included in Tubular Bells (The Amazon Exclusive) box set. You get 2009 stereo mixes, a new remix of the original and the demos.
The 2009 Stereo Mixes
Tubular Bells (Part One) (26:01)
Tubular Bells (Part Two) (23:17)
Mike Oldfield’s Single (Theme From Tubular Bells) (3:56)
Sailor’s Hornpipe (Viv Stanshall Version) (2:48)

The Original 1973 Stereo Album Mix
Tubular Bells (Part One) (25:30)
Tubular Bells (Part Two) (23:18)

Tubular Bells (The Demos)
from Tubular Bells (The Amazon Exclusive Box Set)
Tubular Bells (Long) (22:55)
Caveman Lead-In (2:44)
Caveman (5:06)
Peace Demo A (7:01)
Peace Demo B (4:22)
Tubular Bells (Part One) (Rough First Mix) (25:13)

FrontThe Bell Is Back (The Original Theme To The Exorcist) (2009)
Tubular Bells (Original Theme From The Exorcist) (3:17)





frontTubular Beats (2013)
Let There Be Light (York Remix) (7:35)
Far Above The Clouds (York Remix) (7:28)
Ommadawn (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (10:16)
Guilty (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (7:53)
Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (10:39)
To France (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix) (3:35)
North Star (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (4:06)
Moonlight Shadow (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix) (3:32)
Guilty (York & Mike’s Electrofunkremix) (4:53)
Tubular Bells 2 (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (7:53)
Never Too Far (with Tarja Turunen) (8:46)

Tubular Bells – Live From Queen Elizabeth Hall, June 25, 1973 (1973)
A bootleg, with bootleg quality, so this might be one of the last you should grab. But, it does feature Mick Taylor on guitar, on one of his first post-Stones ventures.

Tubular Bells (Part One) (28:39)
Tubular Bells (Part Two) (24:40)

OWSLEY Owsley (1999) + The Original 1997 Independent Version

OwsleyOwsley (1999)

FIRST POSTED IN 2010: I was saddened to read about the death of Will Owsley on April 30th. The guitarist is best known for his two, pure and genuine power pop albums – this self-titled effort being his first major label solo release – and for his earlier work in the excellent pop outfit, The Semantics. Since pop rarely pays well, Oswley made ends meet working for Amy Grant and doing session work for the likes of Faith Hill, Michael McDonald and Charlotte Church (among others), but one listen to 1999′s Owsley, should illustrate pretty quickly where the guy’s heart was. AMG states that Owsley is “about as ideal as pop solo debuts get.” And… all it should take is one listen to confirm that. Find both of Owsley’s solo albums at Amazon, Owsley (HERE) and 2004′s The Hard Way, (HERE). Check the archives for two posts from The Semantics, their sole LP from 1996, Powerbill (HERE) and some rare, unreleased demos (HERE).

Oh No The Radio (5:01)
I’m All Right (3:06)
Coming Up Roses (4:03)
Good Old Days (3:29)
The Sky Is Falling (3:47)
Sentimental Favorite (3:29)
Zavelow House (3:42)
Sonny Boy (4:23)
The Homecoming Song (3:00)
Uncle John’s Farm (2:38)
Class Clown (5:48)

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The Original Indie Release

Big thanks to George The Penguin for sharing this uber-rare, original release of Owsley, issued independently two years before being remixed by Tom Lord-Alge and re-released on Giant Records in 1999. Mixed primarily by Semantics co-hort Millard Powers (we’ve got some solo Powers, HERE), this earlier version has only a slightly different tone and feel, and isn’t mixed for radio like the later version. Besides the original mix, the running order is different and contains one song that didn’t make it to the 1999 version, “Mess With Me” (which was replaced by two newer tunes, “I’m Alright” and “The Sky Is Falling”). This CD has been notoriously hard to find, and for that we should all thank George The Penguin heartily.

The Homecoming Song (2:56)
Coming Up Roses (3:53)
Good Old Days (3:28)
Uncle John’s Farm (3:10)
Sentimental Favorite (3:26)
Oh No The Radio (4:57)
Zavelow House (3:32)
Sonny Boy (4:22)
Class Clown (3:31)
Mess With Me (5:00)