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

Brain-in-a-Box-PackagingBrain In A Box:
The Science Fiction Collection
(2000)
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
THE TORNADOES Telstar
JIMMY HASKELL & HIS ORCHESTRA Blast Off
THE MARKETTS Out Of Limits
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Have You Seen The Saucers
GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR Waiting For The UFO’s
HARRY NILSSON Spaceman
SPIRIT Space Child
SUBURBAN LAWNS Flying Saucer Safari
SOUL INC. UFO
JOE BENNETT & THE SPARKLETONES Rocket
WEBB WILDER Rocket To Nowhere
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS For Science
LOTHAR & THE HAND PEOPLE Machines
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)
VERNON GREEN & THE MEDALLIONS Rocket Ship
CHRIS CONNOR Radar Blues
ROKY ERICKSON Creature With The Atom Brain
KATHY MCCARTY Rocket Ship
PRELUDE After The Gold Rush

Disc 4 Incidental:LoungeDISC 4: INCIDENTAL/LOUNGE
RUSS GARCIA & HIS ORCHESTRA Frozen Neptune
LES BAXTER Lunar Rhapsody
FERRANTE & TEICHER Man From Mars
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)
PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA The Bringer Of War
SAMUEL J. HOFFMAN Theremin Solo
BILLY MURE Guitars In Space
RUSS GARCIA & HIS ORCHESTRA Nova (Exploding Star)
SUN RA Space Is The Place
RAYMOND SCOTT & HIS ORCHESTRA Twilight Zone
PERRY & KINGSLEY Cosmic Ballad
DICK HYMAN Moon Gas
RUSS GARCIA & HIS ORCHESTRA Monsters of Jupiter
JERRY GOLDSMITH She Likes Me
FRANK COE Tone Tales From Tomorrow
LEONARD NIMOY Alien
DAVID GARLAND/JOHN ZORN On Planet X

Disc 5 NoveltyDISC 5: NOVELTY
BUCHANAN & GOODMAN The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2)
LOUIS PRIMA Beep! Beep!
THE FIVE BLOBS The Blob
THE RAN-DELLS Martian Hop
LEONARD NIMOY Music To Watch Space Girls By
THE B-52s Planet Claire
THE DICKIES Gigantor
ELLA FITZGERALD Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer
THE REZILLOS Flying Saucer Attack
BILLY LEE RILEY & HIS LITTLE GREEN MEN Flyin’ Saucers Rock ‘N’ Roll
MOJO NIXON & HIS WORLD FAMOUS BLUE JAYS UFOs, Big Rigs & BBQ
JIMMY DURANTE We’re Going UFO’ing
THE RUBINOOS Surf Trek
THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS Mister Spaceman
SATELLITE SINGERS Meet Space Pilot Jones
SHEB WOOLEY The Purple People Eater
BUCK TRAIL Knocked Out Joint On Mars
BILL CARLISLE Tiny Space Man
BUCHANAN BROTHERS & THE GEORGIA CATAMOUNTS (When You See) Those Flying Saucers
PARLIAMENT Unfunky UFO
KIRBY STONE FOUR You Came From Outer Space

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Rubble Collection Volumes 11-20 (2008) – 10 More CDs Of Obscure Psychedelia

The Rubble Collection Vols 11-20The Rubble Collection, Vols 11-20 (2008)
Still Not Psyched?

Big thanks again to Potzorbie for posting this essential collection of psychedelia in Readers Links last year. These are Volumes 11-20 of The Rubble Collection. Yesterday we posted Volumes 1-10 (HERE). And again, because I’m lazy, the review comes from The All Music Guide. Find The Rubble Collection at Amazon, HERE. The second box in as many years of a truckload of obscure British psychedelia. Here are ten more CDs worth of serious rarities by some bands that barely scratched the surface of the British freakbeat scene during rock’s golden era, and a few who went on to other things. In all, there are 128 cuts here, all compiled and annotated by Phil Smee – of Perfumed Garden fame. While some of these acts, such as The Poets, The Human Instinct, Outer Limits, and Denny Laine left marks on the scene, as did mod bands such as les Fleur De Lys and The Buzz; many others came from the swamp and returned with only these few minutes of glory for all of their efforts. As one would imagine, this is a mixed bag, with some of this material being absolutely sublime, while some never should have been recorded at all, with the vast majority falling in between the two poles somewhere. Nonetheless, for those who have been bitten by the Nuggets bug, and procured the highly sought after Perfumed Garden volumes, this second set of Rubble will no doubt feed the jones in you like nothing else. Expensive at Amazon, HERE.

Adventures In The MistRubble 11: Adventures In The Mist
THE ACCENT Wind Of Change (2:04)
THE POETS Wooden Spoon (2:30)
FELIUS ANDROMEDA Cheadle Heath Delusions (2:45)
THE PLAGUE Looking For The Sun (2:37)
THE FAIRYTALE Listen To Mary Cry (2:05)
FIRE Treacle Toffee World (2:11)
THE ATTACK Colours Of My Mind (2:31)
THE CALIFORNIANS Follow Me (3:02)
THE FAIRYTALE Guess I Was Dreaming (3:03)
FELIUS ANDROMEDA Meditations (4:11)
THE SAUTERELLES Dream Machine (2:31)
THE ATTACK Lady Orange Peel (2:28)
THE POETS In Your Tower (2:34)
TURQUOISE Woodstock (3:35)
CHERRY SMASH Fade Away Maureen (3:24)
ICE Iceman (2:58)

Staircase To NowhereRubble 12: Staircase To Nowhere
BULLDOG BREED Portcullis Gate (2:34)
VIRGIN SLEEP Secret (2:23)
TINTERN ABBEY Vacuum Cleaner (3:07)
23RD TURNOFF Michelangelo (2:26)
HUMAN INSTINCT A Day In My Minds Mind (2:15)
EAST OF EDEN Northern Hemisphere (4:39)
WORLD OF OZ Peter’s Birthday (Black & White Rainbows) (2:57)
DENNY LAINE Catherine’s Wheel (3:16)
TINTERN ABBEY Beeside (3:27)
HUMAN INSTINCT Pink Dawn (1:59)
TIMEBOX Gone Is the Sad Man (3:44)
PEOPLE Glastonbury (2:31)
THE OUTER LIMITS Help Me Please (2:30)
WORLD OF OZ Like A Tear (3:12)
WARM SOUNDS Nite-Is-A-Comin’/Smeta Murgaty (5:46)

Freak Beat FantomsRubble 13: Freakbeat Fantoms
THE BUZZ You’re Holding Me Down (3:01)
LES FLEUR DE LYS Gong With A Luminous Nose (2:35)
THE BOY BLUES Take A Heart (2:48)
THE DEEJAYS Blackeyed Woman (2:32)
THE SOUTHERN SOUND Just The Same As You (1:54)
THE ACT Just A Little Bit (2:47)
THE FORCE FIVE Yeah, I’m Waiting (2:06)
DA ANSWER Just A Fear (3:17)
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION 9 ‘Til 5 (2:29)
ARIZONA SWAMP COMPANY Train Keeps Rollin’ (3:02)
THE SOUTHERN SOUND I Don’t Wanna Go (2:23)
THE ATTRACTION She’s A Girl (2:37)
THE GAME Help Me Mummy’s Gone (2:41)
THE BOY BLUES You Got What I Want (2:08)
FREAKBEAT FANTOMS Mazy (3:08)
GEORGE GALLAGHER & THE PATHFINDERS Dawn (2:41)

The Magic Rocking HorseRubble 14: The Magic Rocking Horse
ESPRIT DE CORPS If (Would It Turn Out Wrong) (2:56)
THE TRUTH Sueno (3:04)
OUR PLASTIC DREAM A Little Bit Of Shangri La (3:38)
RUPERT’S PEOPLE I Can Show You (2:39)
THE GROOVE The Wind (3:40)
CURIOSITY SHOPPE Baby I Need You (3:26)
THE GHOST The Castle Has Fallen (2:58)
NIRVANA June (2:40)
PINKERTON’S COLOURS Magic Rocking Horse (3:01)
BOEING DUVEEN & THE BEAUTIFUL SOUP Jabberwock (2:31)
RUPERT’S PEOPLE Dream On My Mind (3:22)
STRAWBERRY CHILDREN Love Years Coming (2:49)
SCIENCE POPTION You Got Me High (2:09)
OUR PLASTIC DREAM Encapsulated Marigold (2:20)
THE SYN Grounded (2:22)
THE SUB Ma Mari Huana (Germany) (4:49)

5000 Seconds Over ToylandRubble 15: 5,000 Seconds Over Toyland
NOAH’S ARK Paper Man (2:13)
MICKEY & TOMMY Nobody Knows Where You’ve Been (2:41)
THE ZIPPS When You Tell It, Tell It Well (3:10)
THE PRETTY THINGS Eagle’s Son (3:15)
HOUSE OF LORDS In The Land Of Dreams (3:05)
JOHN FITCH & ASSOCIATES Romantic Attitude (3:14)
TUESDAY’S CHILDREN Strange Light From The East (2:22)
JASON CREST Turquoise Tandem Cycle (3:37)
THE PRETTY THINGS Alexander (3:08)
JACKPOTS Jack In The Box (1:57)
THE SOUND BARRIER Groovin’ Slow (2:57)
RUPERT’S PEOPLE I’ve Got The Love (4:00)
THE WALLACE COLLECTION My Way Of Loving You (3:25)
STATE OF MICKEY & TOMMY With Love From 1 – 5 (2:59)
WONDERLAND Moscow (2:46)
THE PRETTY THINGS Blow Your Mind (3:36)

Glass Orchid AftermathRubble 16: Glass Orchid Aftermath
GARY WALKER & THE RAIN Francis (3:01)
JOHN BROMLEY & FLEUR DE LYS So Many Things (2:19)
THE LOVIN’ All You’ve Got (2:31)
THE CHASERS Inspiration (2:32)
ST. VALENTINES DAY MASSACRE Brother Can You Spare (2:56)
THE SEA-DERS Undecidedly (2:16)
THE DREAMS Softly, Softly (2:01)
THE ACE KEFFORD STAND Gravy Booby Jamm (3:24)
THE REMO FOUR Live Like A Lady (2:33)
THE EYES OF BLUE QIII (2:34)
THE SEA-DERS Thanks a Lot (2:21)
THE LOVIN’ Keep On Believing (2:34)
THE PRETTY THINGS Grey Skies (2:32)
CARRIAGE COMPANY Feel Right (2:40)
THE STACCATOS Butchers & Bakers (2:46)
MINT Love By Numbers (2:24)

A Trip In A Painted WorldRubble 17: A Trip In A Painted World
THE FOX Seek And You Find (2:24)
BARRIER Spot The Lights (3:00)
THE CALIFORNIANS Golden Apples (2:14)
OSCAR BICYCLE The Room Revolves Around Me (2:32)
GENTLE INFLUENCE Easy To Know (1:59)
ANDWELLA`S DREAM Sunday (3:07)
NEW GENERATION She’s A Soldier (2:55)
CHRISTOPHER COLT Virgin Sunrise (2:54)
THE LION TAMERS Light (2:36)
THE ACT The Remedies Of Doctor Brohnicoy (2:22)
THE FOX Hey! Mr Carpenter (2:37)
PHILAMORE LINCOLN Running By The River (2:27)
THE AFEX She’s Got The Time (2:28)
SPICE In Love (3:12)
NICKY JAMES Silver Butterfly (2:45)
WILD SILK Toymaker (2:58)

Rainbow Thyme WyndersRubble 18: Rainbow Thyme Wynders
THE ACID GALLERY Dance ‘Round The Maypole (2:42)
ARGOSY Imagine (2:47)
CALLUM BRYCE Love-Maker (2:48)
LYONS & MALONE Dr. Gentle (3:01)
THE FRUIT MACHINE The Wall (2:39)
ANDY FORRAY Dream With Me (2:39)
PREGNANT INSOMNIA Wallapaper (3:33)
RUSSELL MORRIS The Real Thing, Pts. 1-2 (6:11)
OCTOPUS The River (3:13)
DOOMSDAY MACHINE Ain’t Nobody Else (2:31)
INFANTES JUBILATE Exploding Galaxy (2:20)
STILL LIFE My Kingdom Cannot Lose (2:43)
DEE & QUOTUM Someday You’ll Need Someone (3:00)
ST. DAVID’S ROAD Strange Loves of Gwyneth (2:02)
OCTOPUS The Thief (3:37)
TIME MACHINE Turn Back Time/Bird In The Wind (5:21)

Eiderdown MindfogRubble 19: Eiderdown Mindfog
RAMESES & SELKET (In My) Mind’s Eye (2:34)
THE LIONS OF JUDAH Katja (3:45)
LYONS & MALONE She’s Alright (2:50)
THE MOVING FINGER Pain Of My Misfortune (2:29)
BARRIER Dawn Breaks Through (2:20)
CINNAMON QUILL Candy (2:48)
THE SCOTS OF ST. JAMES Timothy (2:51)
ICARUS The Devil Rides Out (2:22)
THE FOURMULA Honey Chile (2:30)
PORTOBELLO EXPLOSION We Can Fly (2:38)
RAMESES & SELKET Crazy One (3:11)
HAYDEN WOOD The House Beside The Mine (2:28)
THE SCOTS OF ST. JAMES Eiderdown Clown (2:16)
TOGETHER Memories Of Melinda (2:25)
PRICE & SHERIDAN Tracey Smith (2:06)
CYMBALINE Fire (2:39)

Thrice Upon A Time (Nothing Is Real)Rubble 20: Thrice Upon A Time (Nothing Is Real)
BLOSSOM TOES What On Earth (2:56)
THE APPLE Buffalo Billy Can (3:05)
SOFT MACHINE Love Makes Sweet Music (2:29)
BOEING DUVEEN & BEAUTIFUL SOUP Which Dreamed It (2:32)
DAVID Light Of Your Mind (2:52)
KATE Don’t Make A Sound (2:45)
ARGOSY Mr. Boyd (2:39)
THE BUMP Winston Built A Bridge (3:02)
ADJÉÈF THE POET lEEK! I’m A…Freak (2:49)
PANDEMONIUM The Sun Shines From His Eyes (2:46)
CHAPTER FOUR In My Life (2:17)
LES FLEUR DE LYS Mud In Your Eye (3:01)
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN Devil’s Grip (3:20)
BEAUTIFUL Walter’s Dream (3:40)
ART Supernatural Fairytales (3:34)
THE BEATSTALKERS Silver Tree Top School For Boys (2:08)

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Rubble Collection Volumes 1-10 (2007) – 10 CDs Of Uber-Obscure Psychedelia

The Rubble Collection Vols 1-10The Rubble Collection, Vols. 1-10 (2007)
Psyched Yet?

Big thanks to Potzorbie for posting this essential collection of psychedelia in Readers Links last year. In fact, if you poke around in there, you’ll find other obscure multi-disc collections you just might enjoy. These are Volumes 1-10 of The Rubble Collection (find Volumes 11-20 HERE). Because I’m lazy, the following review comes from The All Music Guide. Find The Rubble Collection at Amazon, HERE. Originally appearing on LP from the Bam Caruso label in the 1980s, and then on CD on the Past & Present imprint in 2003, these first ten volumes (boxed) in The Rubble Collection were conceived and collected by Phil Smee. For fans of the Nuggets series, both the two American volumes and the British Nuggets, you won’t find a lot of overlap. The Nuggets comps were and are for people who want what was at least the stuff of legend, if not readily available. The collection here digs deep and are, for the most part, flawless in what they present. This set, and its companion, Volumes 11-20 (a separate box), are very different creatures. For starters, they dig a lot deeper into the hopelessly obscure 45s and tapes of Brit psychedelia, freakbeat, Mod, and pop. For every cut by Sharon Tandy & les Fleur de Lys, the Glass Menagerie, Pretty Things, and Flying Machine and the Clique, there is at least one to match from acts like Peter & the Blizzards, Skip Bifferty, Life ‘N’ Soul, and Factotums. You’re getting the idea. This is for the listener who wants to dig down and get virtually everything. There are some things missing here (the second box picked up a lot of that slack), and like other series’ that go down into the underbelly of the ’60s, some of what’s here is drek. But there are real gems, too – check out the Sharon Tandy cuts like “Hold On,” on disc nine, or the Velvett Fogg’s “Lady Caroline,” on disc ten, or Fairytale’s “Lovely People” that kicks off Volume Six. Then there’s the completely cracked and whacked, such as Dragonfly’s “Celestial Empire,” Orange Seaweed’s “Pictures in the Sky,” and Focus Three’s “10,000 Years Behind My Mind.” In 2007, Fallout in the U.K. reissued this box again, in a limited numbered (on the bottom) limited license, limited edition of 1000 copies at a more reasonable price than the previous version. Hard copies are very expensive at Amazon, HERE.

The Psychedelic SnarlRubble 1: The Psychedelic Snarl
WIMPLE WINCH Atmospheres (4:21)
THE MIRROR Faster Than Light (2:08)
CALEB Woman Of Distinction (2:33)
MARTIN CURE & THE PEEPS It’s All Over Now (2:39)
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS Always With Him (2:39)
THE MISUNDERSTOOD Never Had A Girl Like You Before (3:04)
THE OPEN MIND Cast A Spell (2:10)
THE DAKOTAS The Spider & The Fly (3:11)
WIMPLE WINCH Rumble On Mersey Square South (4:27)
THE OPEN MIND The Magic Potion (3:31)
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS Let’s Live For Today (2:49)
THE CRAIG I Must Be Mad (2:44)
UNIT 4+2 I Will (2:38)
HUSH Grey (2:28)
WIMPLE WINCH Save My Soul (3:02)
THE MINDBENDERS The Morning After (2:08)

Pop-Sike Pipe-DreamsRubble 2: Pop Sike, Pipe Dreams
THE MODE Eastern Music (2:21)
WIMPLE WINCH Marmalade Hair (2:54)
THE PARKING LOT World Spinning Sadly (2:58)
THE PRETTY THINGS Defecting Grey (4:21)
KEITH WEST Kid Was A Killer (2:26)
SHOTGUN EXPRESS Indian Thing (2:57)
EXECUTIVE Tracy Took A Trip (2:46)
WIMPLE WINCH Lollipop Minds (3:06)
THE TALISMEN You Break My Heart (2:04)
THE PRETTY THINGS Walking Through My Dreams (3:30)
BO STREET RUNNERS Love (2:54)
SONS OF FRED Sweet Love (2:51)
WIMPLE WINCH Bluebell Wood (3:27)
THE IDLE RACE Knocking Nails In My House (2:21)
THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP After Tea (3:14)
GORDON WALLER Rosecrans Blvd. (2:44)

Nightmares In WonderlandRubble 3: Nightmares In Wonderland
THE BRAIN Nightmares In Red (2:17)
FOCUS THREE 10,000 Years Behind My Mind (2:14)
THE PRETTY THINGS Talkin’ About The Good Times (3:37)
THE BAMBOO-SHOOT The Fox Has Gone To Ground (2:49)
WILD SILK Visions In A Plaster Sky (2:25)
MARK WIRTZ He’s Our Dear Old Weatheman (3:54)
THE LEMON TREE William Chalker’s Time Machine (2:31)
THE KOOBAS Barricades (4:59)
AQUARIAN AGE 10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box (3:41)
THE PRETTY THINGS Mr. Evasion (3:20)
EXECUTIVE Gardena Dreamer (3:07)
THE CHANCES ARE Fragile Child (2:25)
IPSISSIMUS Hold On (3:31)
EDWICK RUMBOLD Shades Of Grey (2:31)
PENNY PEEPS Model Village (2:49)
TOMORROW Revolution (3:43)

The 49 Minute Technicolour DreamRubble 4: The 49 Minute Technicolour Dream
JASON CREST Black Mass (4:50)
MIRAGE The Wedding Of Ramona Blair (2:17)
CALEB Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad (3:18)
KALEIDOSCOPE Flight From Ashiya (2:41)
CYMBALINE Matrimonial Fears (3:47)
THE FINDERS KEEPERS On The Beach (2:49)
THE CALIFORNIANS The Cooks Of Cake And Kindness (2:41)
RINGS & THINGS Strange Things Are Happening (2:32)
THE FOX Butterfly (3:29)
UNIT 4+2 3:30 A.M. (3:09)
KALEIDOSCOPE A Dream for Julie (2:48)
TEMPUS FUGIT Come Alive (2:43)
THE MISUNDERSTOOD Golden Glass (7:43)
MAGIC MIXTURE Moonbeams (3:58)

The Electric Crayon SetRubble 5: The Electric Crayon Set
THE POETS That’s The Way It’s Gotta Be (2:38)
THE ATTACK Anymore Than I Do (2:05)
THE FLIES I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone (2:41)
THE GAME Gotta Wait (2:19)
THE SCORE Please Please Me (2:45)
THE MARK FOUR I’m Leaving (3:36)
FIRE Father’s Name Was Dad (2:35)
GENE LATTER Mothers Little Helper (2:43)
THE GAME Gonna Get Me Someone (2:46)
THE FLIES House Of Love (2:17)
KEITH SHEILDS Hey Gyp (2:15)
THE ATTACK Try It (2:07)
THE POETS I Love Her Still (1:47)
DREAM POLICE Living Is Easy (3:37)
THE FAIRYTALE Run & Hide (2:33)
THE MARK FOUR Hurt Me (If You Will) (2:57)

The Clouds Have Groovy FacesRubble 6: The Clouds Have Groovy Faces
THE FAIRYTALE Lovely People (3:38)
THE KINSMEN Glashouse Green Splinter Red (3:18)
THE POETS I Am So Blue (2:45)
ICE Anniversary Of Love (3:12)
THE END Shades Of Orange (2:38)
TURQUOISE Tales Of Flossie Fillet (3:08)
PUDDING The Magic Bus (2:27)
THE ATTACK Neville Thumbcatch (3:02)
THE ACCENT Red Sky At Night (3:16)
THE ELASTIC BAND 8 1/2 Hours To Paradise (3:59)
THE ATTACK Created By Clive (2:36)
TWO AND A HALF Suburban Early Morning Station (3:25)
LIFE ’N’ SOUL Peacefully Asleep (3:49)
THE POETS I’ll Cry With The Moon (2:56)
FALLING LEAVES Beggars Parade (2:54)
TINKERBELL’S FAIRYDUST Twenty Ten (2:44)

Pictures In The SkyRubble 7: Pictures In The Sky
THE ORANGE SEAWEED Pictures In The Sky (3:00)
GLASS MENAGERIE You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice (2:26)
THE ORANGE MACHINE Real Life Permanent Dream (3:17)
THE CARNABYS Jump And Dance (2:39)
THE NEW FORMULA Harekrishna (4:14)
ONYX So Sad Inside (2:35)
THE FLYING MACHINE The Flying Machine (2:38)
THE PRIMITIVES You Said (2:22)
ONYX You Gotta Be With Me (2:35)
THE IVY LEAGUE My World Fell Down (2:52)
THE EPICS Blue Turns To Grey (2:54)
THE FACTOTUMS Cloudy (1:55)
THE KOOBAS You Better Make Up Your Mind (2:30)
ERKY GRANT & THE EARWIGS I’m A Hog For You (2:08)
THE PRIMITIVES Help Me (3:40)
VELVETT FOGG Within The Night (4:46)

All The Colours Of DarknessRubble 8: All The Colours Of Darkness
YELLOW Living A Lie (3:54)
SHARON TANDY & LES FLEUR DE LYS Hold On (3:09)
THE EYES OF BLUE Prodigal Son (5:26)
JASON CREST Here We Go ‘Round The Lemon Tree (3:00)
RICK PRICE & SHERIDAN Lamp Lighter Man (2:52)
JIGSAW Tumblin’ (3:33)
SKIP BIFFERTY On Love (2:38)
METHUSALAH High In The Tower Of Coombe (3:18)
THE NORMAN CONQUEST Upside Down (2:40)
JASON CREST A Place In The Sun (3:22)
DANTALIAN’S CHARIOT Madman Running Through The Field (4:08)
SHARON TANDY & LES FLEUR DE LYS Daughter Of The Moon (3:48)
MASHMAKHAN Days When We Are Free (3:05)
MIKE STUART SPAN Children Of Tomorrow (3:14)
SERENDIPITY I’m Flying (2:24)
SECONDHAND The World Will End Yesterday (3:47)

Plasic WildernessRubble 9: Plastic Wilderness
DRAGONFLY Celestial Empire (2:35)
PETER & THE BLIZZARDS You Know That I’ll Be There (1:58)
GROEP 1850 Mother No-Head (3:26)
THE TOWER Slow Motion Mind (2:20)
THE OUTSIDERS Do You Feel Alright? (3:27)
SHARKS & ME Buses (2:24)
SHORT 66 Good Weekend (3:04)
THE MOTIONS Wedding Of 100 Brides (2:35)
SANDY COAST Back To The City (2:52)
THE ZIPPS Lotus Love (2:52)
THE BUMBLE BEES Girl Of My Kind (1:51)
THE YOUNG ONES Mini Minnie (1:58)
ST. GILES SYSTEM Swedish Tears (3:50)
Q 65 So High I’ve Been, So Down I Must Fall (3:07)
SUPERSISTER A Girl Named You (3:16)
LES BAROQUES Such A Cad (2:29)
GOLDEN EARRING That Day (2:27)
GOLDEN EARRING Things Go Better (with Coca Cola) (2:37)

Professor Jordan's Magic Sound ShowRubble 10: Professor Jordan’s Magic Sound Show
ONYX Tamaris Khan (2:53)
GLASS MENAGERIE Frederick Jordan (3:16)
THE CLIQUE We Didn’t Kiss, Didn’t Love, But Now We Do (2:34)
THE MONTANAS A Step In The Right Direction (3:16)
FLORIBUNDA ROSE Linda Loves Linda (3:30)
VELVETT FOGG Lady Caroline (2:25)
TURNSTYLE Riding On A Wave (2:47)
KYTES Frosted Panes (2:14)
FRESH AIR Running Wild (3:50)
THE ORANGE SEAWEED Stay Awhile (2:26)
5 AM EVENT Hungry (2:27)
THE GAME Gotta Keep Moving (2:41)
GLASS MENAGERIE She’s A Rainbow (2:20)
THE NEW FORMULA Stay Indoors (4:15)
WRITING ON THE WALL Buffalo (3:15)
THE ORANGE MACHINE You Can All Join In (3:36)

MOJO Jack White Presents The Best Of Third Man Records (2014)

FrontJack White Presents The Best Of Third Man Records (Aug 2014)

The latest free CD from the August, 2014 issue of MOJO is as advert for Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records. It also happens to be one of MOJO‘s better and more diverse offerings of late. Find all 148 of MOJO‘s free CDs, HERE. See the complete list, HERE.

BLACK MILK Brain (4:27)
JOHN & TOM Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (2:23)
THE GORIES Train Kept A Rollin’ (2:13)
POKEY LAFARGE Central Time (2:57)
MICAAEL KIWANUKA You’ve Got Nothing To Lose (3:14)
THE RACONTEURS Broken Boy Soldier (3:00)
THE WHITE STRIPES The Hardest Button To Button (3:32)
ROCKFIRE FUNK EXPRESS People Save The World (3:30)
THE DEAD WEATHER Blue Blood Blues (3:22)
GIBBY HAYNES You Don’t Have To Be Smart (1:38)
KELLEY STOLTZ Are You My Love (3:22)
DUANE Postcard From Hell (2:43)
THE HADEN TRIPLETS Slowly (3:33)
FRANK FAIRFIELD Duncan & Brady (4:19)

THE BLUES, PART II: BIG BILL BROONZY Good Time Tonight, BLIND BOY FULLER East Coast Piedmont Style, LEADBELLY King Of The 12-String Guitar, JOSH WHITE Blues Singer (1932-1936), LONNIE JOHNSON Steppin’ On The Blues, WILLIE DIXON The Big Three Trio (Columbia/Legacy 1990-1996)

BluesBIG BILL BROONZY Good Time Tonight (1990)
BLIND BOY FULLER East Coast Piedmont Style (1991)
JOSH WHITE Blues Singer (1932-1936) (1996)
LEADBELLY King Of The 12-String Guitar (1991)
LONNIE JOHNSON Steppin’ On The Blues (1990)
WILLIE DIXON The Big Three Trio (1990)
Start An Old Blues Collection (Part II)

Part II of a slew of off-the-shelf blues discs issued by Columbia/Legacy around 1990 & 1991. Part I (HERE) included six various artist collections, while this post features dedicated discs to six early blues greats, Willie Dixon, Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy, Josh White, Lonnie Johnson & Blind Boy Fuller. Most of this stuff comes from the 30s & 40s, with some 20s & 50s material mixed in. Click the covers for links to Amazon to grab hard copies cheap.

FrontBIG BILL BROONZY Good Time Tonight
I Can’t Be Satisfied (2:48)
Long Tall Mama (2:50)
Worrying You Off My Mind – Part I (3:07)
Too Too Train Blues (2:54)
Come Home Early (3:02)
Hattie Blues (2:46)
I Want My Hands On It (2:56)
Made A Date With An Angel (3:01)
Horny Frog (3:12)
I Believe I’ll Go Back Home (2:28)
Good Time Tonight (2:33)
Flat Foot Susie With Her Flat Yes Yes (3:00)
W.P.A. Rag (2:50)
Going Back To Arkansas (2:53)
It’s A Low Down Dirty Shame (2:57)
Too Many Drivers (2:37)
Woodie Woodie (2:57)
Whiskey And Good Time Blues (2:55)
Merry-Go-Round Blues (2:44)
You’ve Got To Hit The Right Lick (2:50)

FrontBLIND BOY FULLER East Coast Piedmont Style
Rag, Mama, Rag (3:07)
Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind (3:16)
My Brownskin Sugar Plum (3:02)
I’m A Rattlesnakin’ Daddy (3:08)
I’m Climbin’ On Top Of The Hill (3:20)
Baby, I Don’t Have To Worry (‘Cause That Stuff Is Here) (3:06)
Looking For My Woman (3:11)
Ain’t It A Cryin’ Shame? (3:06)
Walking My Troubles Away (2:57)
Sweet Honey Hole (2:50)
Somebody’s Been Playing With That Thing (3:18)
Log Cabin Blues (3:21)
Keep Away From My Woman (3:15)
Cat Man Blues (3:07)
Untrue Blues (2:52)
Black And Tan (3:23)
Big Leg Woman Gets My Pay (2:46)
You’ve Got Something There (2:48)
I’m A Stranger Here (2:57)
Evil Hearted Woman (3:04)

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THE BLUES, PART I: Legends Of The Blues Volume 2; RAUNCHY BUSINESS: Hot Nuts & Lollypops; The Beauty Of The Blues; PREACHIN’ THE GOSPEL: Holy Blues; GOOD TIME BLUES: Harmonicas Kazoos Washboards & Cow Bells; THE SLIDE GUITAR: Bottles, Knives & Steel (Columbia/Legacy 1990-1991)

Blues
Good Time Blues: Harmonicas, Kazoos, Washboards & Cow-Bells (1991)
Preachin’ The Gospel: Holy Blues (1991)
Legends Of The Blues, Volume Two (1991)
The Beauty Of The Blues (1991)
Raunchy Business: Hot Nuts & Lollypops (1991)
The Slide Guitar: Bottles, Knives & Steel (1990)
Start An Old Blues Collection, Whydoncha? (Part I)

While putting together a recent post about a certain heavy rock band, I hit the shelves to research some old blues recordings. As a result, I’ve been wallowing in a ton of pre- and post-WWII blues issued by Columbia/Legacy in 1990 and 1991 (and beyond). Here are six of the twelve 12 discs I had sitting on my shelf (the other six will come tomorrow in Part II). A hefty various artists assortment of the roots of modern blues… and rock ‘n roll, as it turns out. There are a few themed discs, including Raunchy Blues, which specializes in the sexually suggestive double-entendre records of the era (for fans of this blues sub-genre, Potzorbie just posted a dozen racy collections in Readers Links – dated May 1). I could go on about the music and artists on these sets, but… you’re either interested or you’re not. Tomorrow’s post (HERE) features full discs dedicated to Willie Dixon, Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy, Josh White, Lonnie Johnson & Blind Boy Fuller. I’m pretty sure there were a few other releases in Columbia’s “Roots ‘N’ Blues” series, but this is what I still had on my shelves. Peruse the track listings below. Click the covers for links to Amazon to purchase these collections pretty cheap.

Good Time BluesGood Time Blues: Harmonicas, Kazoos, Washboards & Cow-Bells
Mississippi Jook Band – Hittin’ The Bottle Stomp (2:39)
Mississippi Jook Band – Skippy Whippy (2:50)
The Memphis Jug Band – Mary Anna Cut Off (3:05)
The Memphis Jug Band – Gator Wobble (2:42)
Son Becky – Mistreated Washboard Blues (2:41)
Charlie Burse & His Memphis Mudcats – Baby You Win (2:51)
Charlie Burse & His Memphis Mudcats – Oil It Up And Go (2:44)
Georgia Browns – Tampa Strut (2:58)
Georgia Cotton Pickers – Diddle-Da-Diddle (3:02)
Georgia Cotton Pickers – She’s Coming Back Some Cold Rainy Day (3:08)
Big Joe & His Washboard Band – If You Take Me Back (2:47)
Big Joe & His Washboard Band – I’m Through With You (2:35)
Big Joe & His Washboard Band – When You Said Goodbye (2:42)
Big Joe & His Washboard Band – I Love You Baby (3:01)
Buddy Moss – Struggle Buggie (2:44)
Buddy Moss – I’m Sittin’ Here Tonight (2:48)
Mississippi Jook Band – Dangerous Woman (2:46)
Mississippi Jook Band – Barbecue Bust (2:42)
Peter Chatman – Diggin’ My Potatoes No.2 (2:53)
Sonny Terry & Jordan Webb – Touch It Up And Go (2:25)
Bernice Edwards – Ninth Street Stomp (3:27)

Preachin' The BluesPreachin’ The Gospel: Holy Blues
Blind Willie Johnson – Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time (3:23)
Blind Willie Johnson – I’m Gonna Run The City Of Refuge (3:25)
Washington Phillips – Denomination Blues – Part 1 (3:11)
Washington Phillips – Denomination Blues- Part 2 (2:41)
Arizona Dranes – God’s Got A Crown (3:00)
Arizona Dranes – He Is My Story (3:15)
Josh White – Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed (3:06)
Josh White – While The Blood Runs Warm In Your Veins (3:05)
Elder Charlie Beck – Drinking Shine (3:12)
Reverend Gary Davis – Lord, I Wish I Could See (3:06)
Jessie May Hill – Untitled (2:51)
Jessie May Hill – Sunshine In The Shadows (2:48)
Washington Phillips – You Can’t Stop A Tattler – Part 1 (2:54)
Washington Phillips – You Can’t Stop A Tattler – Part 2 (2:49)
Rev. Johnny Blakey – King Of Kings (3:17)
Rev. Johnny Blakey – Jesus Was Here On Business (3:09)
The Blue Chips – Crying Holy Unto The Lord (2:49)
The Blue Chips – Stay On The Right Side Of The Road (2:45)
Sister O.M. Terrell – The Bible’s Right (2:51)
Sister O.M. Terrell – I’m Going To That City (2:51)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS State Of The Union (2CD Version)

State of the Union(1996)
146 Artists x 1 Minute = 2 CDs

State Of The Union was a unique LP organized by avant-guitarist Elliott Sharp and released in 1982. It was later expanded for CD release in 1992 and became well-known in outsider circles for its unique concept; a superstar gathering of experimentalists performing 1 minute compositions. This post however, is the extremely rare 2CD version released in 1996, featuring even more artists and 146 tracks. Just check out the folks involved for an idea of what kind of madness you might expect – John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, John Lurie, Marc Ribot, Hal Willner… the list goes on. The liners suggest using random shuffle when playing. Available @ Amazon (HERE), where there’s also an even rarer, new millennium 3CD sequel, State Of The Union 2.001 (HERE).

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JOHN DUNCAN Hymn

TRICIA WORDEN Dear Friend
UI Life Is Shorter
QUEEN ESTHER Politica
PAINKILLER Ayurveda
PENNY ARCADE America, It Was A Beautiful Idea
CHRIS HASKETT Indians Not Taxed And Others
ANNE ELLIOTT Not Me
BARDEVANSPUGLIESE Covalence
STEVE PICCOLO The Traveler
CIRCUIT REDUX Prolongate
JARON LANIER Through A Tube
MAGGIE ESTEP Why I Don’t Like Wyoming
FRANK ROTHKAMM Kitsch
HAPPY BOY Hogswash
J.F. COLEMAN Subsector A
REBECCA MOORE Rude Awkening Pt. 2
ALLEN GINSBERG Sin Capish
PAUL DEMARINIS A Voice In The Forest
LENNY KAYE Outskirts Of Beatrice
NORMAN YAMADA 9.1.95
DJ SPOOKY Vorticities
MARK HELIAS Laying Into The People
MATTHEW OSTROWSKI Procrustics
MARK DE GLE ANTONIO Van Tatum
PHARMACY LOUNGE Building A Compound
TRACIE MORRIS Prelude To A Kiss
ANDREA PARKINS Dipthong
HAKIM BEY Ghazal By Mawlana Jalaloddin Rumi
REED GHAZALA Blue Ox
SIM CAIN The Tormentrix
CAMERON ALLEN & AHRIN MISHAN Our Life Is Rounded With Sleep
MACHINE GUN Woke Up With Leather
EBON FISHER Circulate All Sensation
HOUND The Writer
LAUREN WEINGER Place Study #3
DJ OLIVE Nontheory
DAVID WEINSTEIN Non-Verbal News
BARBARA BARG Hey George
BORBETOMAGUS & VOICE Westworld
SOLDIER STRING QUARTET Patchwork Quilt For Those Now Gone
MARGOT MIFFLIN Backlash
KRACKHOUSE The Whole World Turned Upside Down
IKUE MORI Frankspeech/ Tongue & Groove
ANTHONY COLEMAN Patches ’91
GOD IS MY CO-PILOT Role Model
LOUIS V. VIERK & NGONENI Nkosi Sikelel ‘i Afrika
MARC RIBOT Motherless Child
VICKIE STANBURY American Spit Poems
GENKEN MONTGOMERY Keystone Model CC-16
JOHN ZORN & YAMATSUKE EYE Cowlick Pussyman
DAVID FULTON Overture For The 90′s
NICHOLAS COLLINS Tropical Boubou
MARC SLOAN Murk
JOHN LURIE Good Morning Dear
FELIPE ORREGO One Minute
JOHN GREAVES & PETER BLEGVAD Like A Baby
DIANA MECKLEY A Small Motion
BILL OBRECHT Cornered
PULSALLAMA May
BARTOK LIEBERMAN As Told To Andrew Zev Weinstein
MICHAEL BOOM Misery Loop
SQUAT THEATRE Mr. Dead & Mrs. Free
A.C. CHUBB Rough Translations Will Be Provided For The Ancients
GERRY LINDAHL What’s To Come
ARTO LINDSAY & TONI NOUGUEIRA Due Pay To
SOCIAL CLIMBERS Standing In The Need Of Prayer
SONOREXIA F Troop
TIM WRIGHT My Town
SPALDING GRAY Address
THI-LINH LE No Regrets

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LUCIUS SHEPPARD Love Letters To My Sister In Prison
ZEENA PARKINS Guilty
BABYTOOTH Polynation
EDWIN TORRES Red Light
HEIMLICH MANEUVER Vom Gewissen
BAD BEHAVIOR Lifesaver
LUKAS LIGETI Bane Of Black Ink
CHRIS COCHRANE Always Broke
JOSEPH TRUMP Status Extremis
JACK WOMACK American Society Thus
GARY HINESLEY Cordless Phones Are A Bummer
JUDY DUNAWAY Shit
F.I.B. 60 Seconds
RUN ON Pooch
LYNNE TILLMAN & DAVE HOFSTRA Profane 32
MICHAEL LOWENSTERN A Chance Meeting
CYRANI Kick The Pain
DAVID GREENBERGER Dinosaur Lecture
SEVEN KINGS The Neighborhood
THEO BLECKMANN Channel Surfing
KATIE O’LOONEY Heated
KURT RALSKE Kingdom
ANNIE GOSFIELD The Scrap Metal Theme
MINUS Permuter
PETER SHERER Green As Mold
FRANK PAHL One Possible Way To Dance The Blue Moon Shuffle
MARK TRAYLE Full Newton With Raffle
JENIFER BERMAN Hit The Power
DIGITALIS Free Will (Excerpt)
CHRISTINA WHEELER Struthious
JON GIBSON Running Commentary (A-Z) [Excerpts]
DIM SUM CLIP JOB Harmolodic Jeopardy
TOM SCHMIDT As Long As You’re Inside
MARS WILLIAMS & KEN VANDERMARK Cinghiale
TONY MAIMONE & YUVAL GABAY Communion
MICHAEL PUGLIESE Sound Scripts #2
TWISTED TUTU Touchtone Tony
TIMBER Rubber Room
PHILORENE Law
ROGER KLEIER Fanfare For The Cognitive Elite
KARTHIK SWAMINATHAN Zooper X Press
SYD STRAW What I Heard
DAVID LINTON Land Du Lack
PAMELA Z State
GRAFTED MEDIA DEVIL A Minute To Pray
MOFUNGO Down He Looked, At Her Pocketbook
HENRY KAISER Moosylvania Perestroika Guitar Solo
MAD ARAB The Cold Silent Treatment
DAVID SHEA Quiet Please!
ALEX NOYES Vocalize
WANDA PHIPPS & JONATHAN MARON Marching To Euphoria
MICHELLE KINNEY An Arrival
BRAIN KARL Inspirational Message
LEE ANN BROWN & SARAH BOYD BLAIR The Of A The
A THOUSAND TINY FINGERS Ready, Set, Shred
LESLIE ROSS A New World Sympathy
HAL WILLNER Jerry’s Hymn Of The Republic
SHELLEY HERSH Hallucinogen
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY Disc Composition #23
ADELE BERTEI Baal
IVAN KUPALA Discoration Of Independence
CHARLES K. NOYES Discrepancies
CHRIS VINE Terminal Activity
TULI KUPFERBERG A Rant
SUE HANEL Agenda
BUTCH MORRIS & JESSICA HAGEDORN Crayon Bondage
F.A. NETTELBECK & WAYNE HORVITZ Beer Notation
MARTIN BISI & VICTORIA GALVEZ BISI Bear Dance
MELODY SUMNER The Time Is Now
MARINA LA PALMA World Whirl
BOB HOLMAN & VITO RICCI Panic DJ’s State Of The Union
ARTLESS TIME BAND Cherry Blossom
FRED FRITH& TINA CURRAN I’m Still Here And I Know What Time It Is
PATRICK SUMNER Precious Chemicals And Dice
HI-SHERIFFS OF BLUE hmz

THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tommy
(w/ The Who, Rod Stewart, Merry Clayton, Ringo Starr, Richie Havens, Steve Winwood & others) (1972)

41M2R01CQ9LTommy (1972)
Pete’s Money Machine.

I actually considered (for just a moment) gathering together all the Tommys that had been released under Pete Townshend’s guidance over the years. The original, the movie soundtrack, Broadway, Deluxe versions, stage shows (yeah, there was even an ‘understudy cast’ release), etc, etc. Then I thought better of the idea. The idea of listening back-to-back to, maybe, a dozen different Tommys was the notion-killer. So, instead, here’s the London Symphony Orchestra’s version of Tommy, first released on Ode Records in 1972, featuring The Who, Rod Stewart, Merry Clayton, Ringo Starr, Richie Havens and Maggie Bell, among others. It’s actually an OK rendition, as long as you can separate it from The Who’s original, which isn’t hard to do. At the time of its release (in an elaborate 2-LP box with libretto) it just seemed like so much overblown nonsense to me. But hearing it again, almost 40 years later, it’s easier to appreciate the inventive orchestrations and the lively mix of talent – though, it should be noted that the lead vocals are pretty much lacking across the board. So, it’s no substitute for the original (or the Live At Leeds version, HERE. We’ve also got a Live At Hull version in our first Wormhole, HERE), but it’s a strange ride that was actually kinda fun to hear in my old age… for probably the last time. Tommy is available @ Amazon HERE.

Overture (3:14)
It’s A Boy (Sandy Denny) (2:28)
1921 (Steve Winwood) (1:55)
Amazing Journey (Pete Townshend) (6:35)
Sparks (3:21)
Eyesight For The Blind (Richie Havens) (2:30)
Christmas (Steve Winwood) (4:42)
Cousin Kevin (John Entwistle) (4:23)
The Acid Queen (Merry Clayton) (3:48)
Underture (4:38)
Do You Think It’s Alright? (Maggie Bell) (0:31)
Fiddle About (Ringo Starr) (1:25)
Pinball Wizard (Rod Stewart) (3:47)
There’s A Doctor I’ve Found (Steve Winwood) (2:47)
Go To The Mirror (Steve Winwood) (1:47)
Tommy, Can You Hear Me? (Maggie Bell) (1:51)
Smash The Mirror (Maggie Bell) (1:26)
I’m Free (Roger Daltry) (2:32)
Miracle Cure (0:12)
Sensation (Roger Daltry) (2:37)
Sally Simpson (Pete Townshend) (5:13)
Welcome (Roger Daltry) (4:43)
Tommy’s Holiday Camp (Ringo Starr) (2:22)
We’re Not Gonna Take It (Roger Daltry) (5:29)
See Me, Feel Me (Finale from We’re Not Gonna Take It) (Roger Daltry) (3:05)

VARIOUS ARTISTS: AT&T Presents Stormy Weather (1998) – Unreleased Live Album w/Stevie Nicks, Bjork, Gwen Stefani, Joni Mitchell & others

stormyfrontAT&T Presents Stormy Weather (1998)
Brilliant Unreleased Live Album

This one’s a personal favorite that I occasionally move up to the top, just because it’s obscure enough that people rarely seek it out. Recorded live with a full orchestra at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, Stormy Weather features the 90s top female performers singing lavishly arranged torch songs. Sure, the idea of Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow and Bjork taking a live stab at the works of Gershwin, Van Heusen and… Costello? could be a recipe for disaster. And, the fact that this concert was never commercially released might suggest exactly that. (It was mailed out free to potential AT&T customers.) But, somehow… against all the odds, this one hits all its marks. Eagle Don Henley’s pin-drop perfect production, a program of cliche-free material, Mark Isham’s fine trumpet work and some stunning vocal performances combine to make Stormy Weather a laid back, late night groove. Highlights include Stefani’s confident reading of Elvis Costello’s Wee Small Hours homage, “Almost Blue,” stormybackPaula Cole’s gorgeous “You’ve Changed” (putting even Natalie Cole, the program’s standard torch-bearer, on notice) and Sandra Bernhard’s show-stealing cover of Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?” Full of lush atmospherics and a respectful dignity no one had any right to expect from this bunch, Stormy Weather is that rare idea that looks dumb on paper, but ends up smelling like a rose. A barely known rarity, and used ones go for under a buck @ Amazon, HERE.

Gwen Stefani – Almost Blue
Paula Cole – You’ve Changed
Shawn Colvin – But Beautiful
Trisha Yearwood – Good Guy
Sandra Bernhard – Is That All There Is?
Sheryl Crow – Good Morning Heartache
Natalie Cole – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Stevie Nicks – At Last
Bjork – Gloomy Sunday
Joni Mitchell – Stormy Weather

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Gospel Truth: The Gospel Soul And Funk Of Stax Records (2010)

FrontThe Gospel Truth: The Gospel Soul And Funk Of Stax Records (2010)
Word!

For those of us whose childhoods were spent without the benefit of exposure to gospel rock ‘n soul acts like The Rance Allen Group or The Sons Of Truth, here is your salvation. A righteous 2010 collection of Stax Records’ often under-the-radar, early to mid-70s attempts to save the world’s soul, one rocking’ gospel/R&B record at a time, via their spiritual label imprint, Gospel Truth Records. This is essential listening, stylistically cut from the late-60s Motown cloth, heavy on the funky wahs and live, big beat studio sound more associated with Norman Whitfield or Johnnie Taylor than some angelic Sunday sing-alongs. When I first scored this now-gone post (from Jillem, thanks), I put it on for a couple of minutes just to get a taste of it, but ended up shirking my other responsibilities to listen to all 80 minutes. Give the first two tracks a try and see if you’re not hooked, too. That’s Al Kooper’s “Brand New Day” fittingly covered by The Staple Singers. Find this one at Amazon, HERE.

THE SONS OF TRUTH Son Of The Deacon (5:27)
CLARENCE SMITH Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (5:17)
THE MARION GAINES SINGERS Do Your Thing (5:39)
JACQUI VERDELL We’re Gonna Have A Good Time (2:58)
THE STAPLE SINGERS Brand New Day (3:45)
THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP Talk That Talk (Pt 1) (4:23)
JOSHIE JO ARMSTEAD I Got The Vibes (2:16)
ANNETTE THOMAS You Need A Friend (2:55)
THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP (There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown (2:48)
THE HOWARD LEMON SINGERS Let Me Come Home (9:03)
THE MARION GAINES SINGERS It Will Soon Be Over (2:44)
THE SONS OF TRUTH I Don’t Know Where We’re Headed (3:05)
LOUISE McCORD Got To Get A Move On (3:50)
THE STAPLE SINGERS When Will We Be Paid For What We Did (2:35)
THE 21st CENTURY If The Shoe Fits, Wear It (3:22)
CHARLES MAY & ANNETTE MAY THOMAS Keep My Baby Warm (3:49)
CLARENCE SMITH I Just Keep On Trying (3:15)
JOSHIE JO ARMSTEAD Stumblin’ Blocks And Steppin’ Stones (4:17)
THE MARION GAINES SINGERS You Can’t Stop Me Now (2:35)
THE STAPLE SINGERS Name The Missing Word (4:01)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ah Feel Like Ahcid – 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults (2007)

FrontAh Feel Like Ahcid – 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults (2007)
Sweet, Sweet Psych For Your Psyche

Psychedelia is the only musical genre where I just… don’t… care… who the artist is. They can be famed chart-toppers, unknown critics faves or total zeros for all I care. As long as they’re able to evoke that oh-so-brief era when music was blindly shooting off into unknown territories – fueled by innocence, incense, drugs and record company money. As it happens, I often enjoy the worst of psychedelia almost as much as the best of it. So, I’m not the best judge of these characters, since I’m easily swayed by all of the outdated characteristics – Indian-atmospherics, fuzzed leads, simplistic child-like melodies or fumbling rhythm sections. Bring it on! Careful when listening to this one, however… halfway through the Steve Miller Band track, sometimes subtitled “(Psychedelic BB),” you’ll mistakenly think the following Beach Boys tune has already started. We’ve got a few of these kinds of collections in the archives, if this one isn’t enough for you, including; Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionery From The UK Underground 1965-69 (HERE), Growing Slowly Insane – 14 Psychedelic Unknowns (HERE), Insane Times – 25 British Psychedelic Artyfacts (HERE), Psychedelic Jazz – 16 Smoking Tunes (HERE), Space Box: Space, Krautrock & Acid Trips (HERE) and White Lace & Strange (Heavy Psych And Power Fuzz From The USA 68-72) (HERE)… not to mention a slew of other V/A’s that skirt the issue (just look to the right hand column for a full list). So stock up. Drugs not included. Find Ah Feel Like Ahcid – 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults at Amazon, HERE. For those interested in more, we’ve got T.I.M.E.’s Smooth Ball (HERE), more Captain Beefheart (HERE) and more Beach Boys (HERE).

THE BALLOON FARM A Question Of Temperature (2:39)
THE THIRD BARDO Five Years Ahead Of My Time (2:14)
THE BOOK OF CHANGES I Stole The Goodyear Blimp (2:22)
FIRST CREW TO THE MOON The Sun Lights Up The Shadows Of Your Mind (2:19)
SRC Up All Night (3:06)
MORNING DEW Crusader’s Smile (2:48)
THE FALLEN ANGELS Mother’s Homesick Too (2:23)
THE HUMAN BEINZ April 15th (6:55)
KIM FOWLEY Bubblegum (2:28)
T.I.M.E. Tripping Into Sunshine (3:07)
THE STEVE MILLER BAND The Beauty Of Time Is That It’s Snowing (5:19)
THE BEACH BOYS Never Learn Not To Love (2:31)
CHRIS & CRAIG Isha (2:17)
THE RAIK’S PROGRESS Sewer Rat Love Chant (2:38)
MOTHER TUCKER’S YELLOW DUCK One Ring Jane (4:23)
MAD RIVER Wind Chimes (7:10)
GANDALF Can You Travel In The Dark Alone (3:05)
HOUR GLASS Bells (2:25)
FOOD Forever Is A Dream (4:06)
DAVID AXELROD Urizen (4:00)
THE COMMON PEOPLE Soon There’ll Be Thunder (2:21)
FARGO Sunny Day Blue (2:30)
QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE Bears (2:09)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND Ah Feel Like Ahcid (3:05)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Roots & Rhythm – A Black History Month Celebration (2014) – Free Album Download, Courtesy Of Concord Records

Roots & RhythmRoots & Rhythm (2014)
A Free Collection From Concord

For the price of your email address, Concord Records will give you this free, 320kps, 13-track Black History Month Celebration collection, featuring music from Isaac Hayes, Miles Davis, Booker T, Harvey Mason, George Duke and others. Just click the cover (or HERE) to access. Thanks to Johnny Pierre for sending us this freebie link.

Isaac Hayes Hung Up On My Baby (6:19)
Dianne Reeves & Sean Jones I Want You (4:57)
The Dramatics Get Up And Get Down (3:12)
James Booker All Around The World (3:36)
Allen Toussaint Certain Girl Medley: A Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller/Working In The Coal Mine (3:15)
Kris Bowers & Chris Turner WonderLove (6:45)
Roberto Fonseca 80′s (6:26)
The Miles Davis Quintet If I Were A Bell (8:10)
Harvey Mason Chameleon (6:59)
Side Effect Keep That Same Old Feeling (7:01)
Booker T., Poncho Sanchez & Sheila E. 66 Impala (3:55)
George Duke Missing You (5:45)
24-Carat Black Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth (3:43)

V/A Psychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves (Chess Records 2005)

FrontPsychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves (2005)
Fusion By Any Other Name…

On one hand, it’s easy to quibble about the authenticity of the “psychedelia” Chess Records released in the early-70s – an obvious attempt to tinker with tradition and broaden their appeal to the youth market. Yet, on the other hand, decades removed from the times (and the drugs) that first inspired the movement, most of this music ends up sounding just as psychedelic, or at least just as adventurous, as its source influences anyway. In my teens, I seem to remember being pickier about what I perceived as “cool” and “uncool,” but these days I’m not as particular about the awkward fusion of cross-generational vogue offered in this collection. Hearing an ancient bandleader like Woody Herman (and his ever-changing youth clinic, The Thundering Herd) take on The Temptations and The Isley Brothers is actually a fun ride… as long as you’re not inclined to compare the results to the originals. And sure… Rotary Connection’s “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” isn’t Cream, but the psych/vocal outfit’s arrangement is still a unique interpretation in its own right. Some of the jazzier material here trafficks in that chicka-wah sound that would become – in later years – synonymous with lazy soundtrack funk, but there were also plenty of artists that knew instinctively how to make the idea groove. Psychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves offers fusionary examples from Solomon Burke, Ramsey Lewis and The Soulful Strings, kneading jazz & blues and synths & horns into concoctions that have their place on the food chain. And, while John Klemmer’s more traditional jazz reading of Hendrix’s “Third Stone From The Sun” sounds like muzak next to the original’s other-worldly construct, the root ideas really aren’t all that far apart. Check the archives to find Chess’ Frankensteinian experiments with Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf (HERE), as well as Bo D’s The Black Gladiator (HERE). Psychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves is at Amazon, (HERE).

ROTARY CONNECTION Tales Of Brave Ulysses (4:34)
PHIL UPCHURCH Crosstown Traffic (3:54)
WOODY HERMAN & HIS THUNDERING HERD I Can’t Get Next To You (2:54)
MARLINA SHAW Woman Of The Ghetto (6:00)
DOROTHY ASHBY Afro-Harping (3:01)
THE SOULFUL STRINGS Listen Here (Single Version) (3:00)
RAMSEY LEWIS Do Whatever Sets You Free (8:00)
SOLOMON BURKE Thanks I Needed That (4:07)
REUBEN WILSON Tight Money (5:13)
WOODY HERMAN It’s Your Thing (3:03)
JOHN KLEMMER Third Stone From The Sun (4:10)
SOLOMON BURKE Everlasting Love (4:13)
BODIDDLEY Bad Trip (5:54)
MUDDY WATERS Tom Cat (3:39)
THE SOULFUL STRINGS I Wish It Would Rain (Single Version) (2:58)
RAMSEY LEWIS Les Fleurs (5:12)
ROTARY CONNECTION I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (5:42)

MOJO Presents… The Bad Seeds Jukebox (2014)

FrontThe Bad Seeds Jukebox (Feb 2014)

The latest free CD from the February, 2014 MOJO Magazine is a tribute to the interests of Nick Cave, compiled by Nick & The Seeds. Truly strange cross-section of artists, ranging from Moondog to Betty Davis to Max Roach to Alan Vega, Alex Chilton & Ben Vaughn to one of my faves, The Dirty Three (featuring Bad Seen violinist, Warren Ellis). Overall, an excellent and entertaining listen. Find all 142 MOJO‘s HERE.

THURSTON MOORE Benediction (5:12)
KAREN DALTON Something On Your Mind (3:21)
ALAN VEGA, ALEX CHILTON & BEN VAUGHN Lover of Love (5:00)
MAX ROACH (featuring Abbey Lincoln) Driva’Man (5:13)
MOONDOG (with London Brass & London Saxophonic) Bumbo (2:21)
ELSE TORP & CHRISTOPHER BOWERS BROADBENT My Heart’s in the Highlands (8:29)
BILL CALLAHAN One Fine Morning (8:40)
DIRTY THREE Everything’s Fucked (5:30)
SHILPA RAY Lessons from Lorena (4:17)
XYLORIS WHITE Darvish Two (5:41)
MARTIN REV Mari (4:22)
ADRIAN YOUNG PRESENTS VENICE DAWN Something About April (5:01)
THE CALLAS Anger (2:35)
BETTY DAVIS They Say I’m Different (4:09)
CHAIND & HIS AFRICAN PERCUSSION SAFARI Torture of the Mau Mau (2:15)

V/A This Is Soul (1968/2007) Reissue w/ 17 Bonus Tracks

FrontThis Is Soul (1968/2007)
Atlantic Vault Sampler From The 60s

A great Atlantic soul collection first released in 1968, made even greater for the new millennium by Rhino’s 2007 CD update. The original LP was my introduction to a lot of great music when I first scored a copy in 1969, and this refurbished reissue adds 17 more glorious soul/R&B tracks to the mix (after the original 12, thank you Rhino). This set might carry more weight with those that grew up with it, but it’s a winning collection even for those that didn’t. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

WILSON PICKETT Mustang Sally (3:06)
CARLA THOMAS B-A-B-Y (2:54)
ARTHUR CONLEY Sweet Soul Music (2:18)
PERCY SLEDGE When A Man Loves A Woman (2:50)
SAM & DAVE I Got Everything I Need (2:55)
BEN E. KING What Is Soul? (2:19)
OTIS REDDING Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (2:40)
EDDIE FLOYD Knock On Wood (3:03)
SOLOMON BURKE Keep Looking (2:38)
ARETHA FRANKLIN I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (2:41)
PERCY SLEDGE Warm And Tender Love (3:19)
WILSON PICKETT Land Of 1000 Dances (2:24)
Bonus Tracks
SAM & DAVE Hold On I’m Coming (2:34)
THE BAR-KAYS Soul Finger (2:20)
KING CURTIS Memphis Soul Stew (2:54)
OTIS REDDING Hard To Handle (2:19)
ARETHA FRANKLIN Save Me (2:16)
ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS Tighten Up (3:10)
WILSON PICKETT Funky Broadway (2:35)
OTIS REDDING & CARLA THOMAS Tramp (2:58)
THE MAD LADS Get Out Of My Life (3:12)
BARBARA LYNN You’re Losing Me (2:16)
SOUL BROTHERS SIX Some Kind Of Wonderful (2:38)
JEANNE & THE DARLINGS Soul Girl (2:28)
ARTHUR CONLEY Funky Street (2:21)
EDDIE FLOYD Big Bird (2:58)
SOUL CLAN Soul Meeting (3:35)
JOHNNY TAYLOR Ain’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) (3:07)
OTIS REDDING (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (2:39)

V/A – THE WRECKING CREW We Got Good At It – The Anthology (1962-1971) (2013)

frontWe Got Good At It – The Anthology (1962-1971) (2013)
Don’t Even Consider Not Getting This!

Absolutely phenomenal fan-made 4CD collection of material that successfully makes the case for the untouchable greatness of The Wrecking Crew, that loose consortium of West Coast musicians hired to create the backing tracks of more hit records from the early-to-late 60s than you can even remember. These were the go-to guys relied upon by producers like Phil Spector (to create the famed Wall of Sound) and Brian Wilson (to re-invent the idea of rock itself), all while remaining largely anonymous to the outside world. Regular readers of liner notes now know many of the quietly legendary members of The Wrecking Crew; Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Carol Kaye, Larry Knechtel, Leon Russell, Jim Gordon, Earl Palmer, Glen Campbell, James Burton, Jimmy Bond and a dozen others – some managing to carve out careers for themselves, while all are a major facet of your youthful listening experience… whether you knew it or not.

Denny Tedesco, son of Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, is currently wrapping up the financing (via Kickstarter until Dec. 20th, HERE) to ready the release of a film that is already getting rave reviews from everyone who has seen an advance of it. And this 4CD collection is the – totally unofficial – soundtrack that captures the highlights of The Wrecking Crew’s unbelievable resume of sessions and artists, even including audio snippets from band members and some rare recordings. Just click the back cover, below, for a mind-blowing romp through your early 60s memory banks – from “The Lonely Surfer” to “Be My Baby” to “California Girls” to “The Pink Panther Theme” to “These Boots Are Made For Walking” to “Kicks” to “That’s Life” to “The Beat Goes On” to “I Think I Love You” to “Valleri”… an impossible collection of unforgettable sessions for artists including The Association, Beach Boys, Mancini, Byrds, Elvis, Fifth Dimension, Sinatra, Jan & Dean, Neil Diamond, The Mamas & Papas,kickstarter The Monkees, Sam Cooke, Simon & Garfunkel… literally, to name only a few (not to mention television theme music ranging from Hawaii Five-O to Batman to Mission Impossible). Great artwork and liner notes are included. Get this one while you can, as it may not be long for this world, even as it may never see an equivalent commercial release, due to the nightmare of rights and multi-label licensing. And… while you’re listening to this essential collection, head over to Kickstarter (click the image –>) and read about – and support – the film project, which is almost two decades in the making.

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Don Randi ”We Welcomed The Rock And Roll…”
CHRIS MONTEZ Let’s Dance
SHELLEY FABARES Johnny Angel
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS The Lonely Bull
THE MARKETTS Balboa Blue
Carol Kaye ”I Got More Money In Three Hours…”
SAM COOKE Twistin’ The Night Away
THE ROUTERS Let’s Go (Pony)
THE CRYSTALS He’s A Rebel
NAT ‘KING’ COLE Ramblin’ Rose
BOBBY VEE The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
THE EVERLY BROTHERS Nancy’s Minuet
DARLENE LOVE (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry
JAN & DEAN Surf City
THE CRYSTALS Da Doo Ron Ron
SAM COOKE Another Saturday Night
Bill Pittman ”The Money Was Important…”
JACK NITZSCHE The Lonely Surfer
WAYNE NEWTON Danke Schoen
THE CRYSTALS Then He Kissed Me
NINO TEMPO & APRIL STEVENS Deep Purple
RICKY NELSON Fools Rush In
THE RONETTES Be My Baby
Tommy Tedesco ”I Thought I Was A 13-Year Old…”
THE DE-FENDERS Taco Wagon [Mono]
THE MARKETTS Out Of Limits
THE RIP CHORDS Hey Little Cobra
HENRY MANCINI The Pink Panther Theme
THE RONETTES Baby I Love You
Hal Blaine ”We Practice A Lot During The Day…”
JAN & DEAN The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)
THE BEACH BOYS I Get Around
DEAN MARTIN Everybody Loves Somebody
THE RONETTES Walking In The Rain
JAN & DEAN The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review And Timing Association
Al Kasey ”Only A Certain Group Of Guys Can Do That…”

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Carol Kaye ”It Was Swimming All The Time…”
THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS This Diamond Ring
HAL BLAINE Topsy ’65
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS A Taste Of Honey
THE BYRDS Mr. Tambourine Man
SONNY & CHER I Got You Babe
Tommy Tedesco ”Beach Boy Pick…”
THE BEACH BOYS California Girls
THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS Unchained Melody
BARRY MCGUIRE Eve Of Destruction
GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS Everybody Loves A Clown
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS Spanish Flea
PETULA CLARK My Love
Earl Palmer ”We’d Do An Album A Day…”
THE T-BONES No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)
BOB LIND Elusive Butterfly
NANCY SINATRA These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS California Dreamin’
NEAL HEFTI Batman Theme
Don Randi ”Anybody Could Do Five Or Six Different Things…”
CHER Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS Sure Gonna Miss Her
JOHNNY RIVERS Secret Agent Man
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Kicks
THE BEACH BOYS Sloop John B
Carol Kaye ”Nobody Thought That Was Going To Last…”
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS Monday Monday
FRANK SINATRA Strangers In The Night
IKE & TINA TURNER River Deep-Mountain High
ROGER WILLIAMS Born Free
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS I Saw Her Again Last Night
Earl Palmer ”If It’s Beneath You, Don’t Play It…”

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Bill Pittman ”Salivating To Do This Work…”
THE BEACH BOYS God Only Knows
THE SANDPIPERS Guantanamera
JOHNNY RIVERS Poor Side Of Town
BOBBY DARIN If I Were A Carpenter
FRANK SINATRA That’s Life
THE BEACH BOYS Good Vibrations
Plas Johnson, Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine And Carol Kaye ”We All Used To…”
SONNY & CHER The Beat Goes On
THE MONKEES Mary, Mary
NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD Summer Wine
SAGITTARIUS My World Fell Down [Single Version]
HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS Casino Royale
Earl Palmer ”They Wanted To Sit Around And Watch…”
THE ASSOCIATION Windy
SCOTT MCKENZIE San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
THE 5TH DIMENSION Up, Up And Away
THE GRASS ROOTS Let’s Live For Today
SIMON & GARFUNKEL Fakin’ It
THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS Creeque Alley
Carol Kaye ”Glen Came Up With Great Ideas…”
GLEN CAMPBELL Gentle On My Mind
THE ASSOCIATION Never My Love
JOHNNY RIVERS Summer Rain
LOVE The Daily Planet
NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD Some Velvet Morning
THE FIRST EDITION Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)
LALO SCHIFRIN Mission Impossible
Tommy Tedesco ”Gimme My Money And I Got Lost…”

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Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer, Carol Kaye And Tommy Tedesco ”Most Of Us Were So Fortunate…”
SIMON & GARFUNKEL Mrs Robinson
SPANKY & OUR GANG Like To Get To Know You
THE MONKEES Valleri
RICHARD HARRIS MacArthur Park
THE GRASS ROOTS Midnight Confessions
Bill Pittman ”You Leave The House At 7 O’Clock…”
MASON WILLIAMS Classical Gas
MAMA CASS Dream A Little Dream Of Me
ELVIS PRESLEY A Little Less Conversation
THE BEACH BOYS Busy Doin’ Nothin’
Carol Kaye And Glen Campbell ”How ‘Bout This…”
GLEN CAMPBELL Wichita Lineman
TOMMY ROE Dizzy
THE 5TH DIMENSION Aquarius-Let The Sunshine In
BOBBY SHERMAN Little Woman
THE VENTURES Hawaii Five-O
NILSSON Everybody’s Talkin’
THE 5TH DIMENSION Wedding Bell Blues
Hal Blaine ”If You Love Your Work It’s Not Work…”
SIMON & GARFUNKEL The Only Living Boy In New York
MARK LINDSAY Arizona
NEIL DIAMOND Cracklin’ Rosie
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY I Think I Love You
THE 5TH DIMENSION One Less Bell To Answer
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)
CHER Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves
Hal Blaine ”It’s That Simple…”

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MOJO PRESENTS 2013 – The Best Of The Year (2013)

frontMOJO Presents: 2013 – The Best Of The Year (Jan 2014)

The latest free CD from the January, 2014 MOJO Magazine is an editorial board selection of various artists representing the best tracks from 2013. This is the kind of freebie CD that most magazines traffic in, so it lacks any of MOJO‘s usual themes or uniqueness. Though, for some of us that remain out of touch with what the rest of the music world is up to, this will serve as a quick cheat sheet. Find all 141 MOJO‘s HERE.

PRIMAL SCREAM 2013
JOHN GRANT Glacier
GOLDFRAPP Annabel
PHOSPHORESCENT Song For Zula
CHARLES BRADLEY Victim Of Love
BILL CALAHAN The Sing
JULIA HOLTER Hello Stranger
DEERHUNTER Monomania
JOHN MURRY The Ballad Of The Pajama Kid
MARK KOZALEK & JIMMY LAVALLE Gustavo
FOXYGEN San Francisco
VILLAGERS Earthly Pleasure
LOW Just Make It Stop
ROY HARPER January Man
BILLY BRAGG Goodbye, Goodbye

MOJO PRESENTS 20 From 20 (2013)

20From20MOJO Presents: 20 From 20 (Dec 2013)

The latest free CD from the Dec, 2013 MOJO Magazine celebrates the mag’s 20th anniversary with a various collection of 20 tracks from 20 artists. Nothing unusual here, but a solid gathering of modern indie rock, if you like this sort of thing. I’m always up for Teenage Fanclub, and 1995′s Sparky’s Dream” is represented here, as is a contribution from The Raconteurs’ debut album. Hear them both below. Find all 140 MOJO‘s HERE.

ARTIC MONKEYS Teddy Picker (2:40)
THE BLACK KEYS Set You Free (2:44)
TEENAGE FANCLUB Sparky’s Dream (3:12)
THE RACONTEURS Steady, As She Goes (3:33)
MIDLAKE Roscoe (4:40)
MERCURY REV Opus 40 (5:01)
FLEET FOXES Sun It Rises (2:41)
PALACE BROTHERS (I Was Drunk At The) Pulpit (3:48)
BILL FEY Be At Peace With Yourself (3:00)
MY MORNING JACKET Golden (4:28)
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS Johnny Appleseed (4:01)
JACK WHITE Take Me With You When You Go (4:04)
JOHN GRANT Marz (3:38)
AIMEE MANN Save Me (4:31)
RY COODER & ALI FARKA TOURE Soukora (6:00)
BJORK Mouth’s Cradle (3:59)
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE My Girls (5:36)
BOARDS OF CANADA Roygbiv (2:22)
CORNERSHOP Candyman (3:48)
ERIC MATTHEWS Fanfare (2:51)

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World Ever! (2010) & The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World, Volume 2 (2012)

Rarest Rockabilly EverRarest Rockabilly Volume 2
The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World Ever! (2010)
The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World, Volume 2 (2012)
Go Cat, Go

Not being a 45 hound, all of this obscure rockabilly from the dawn of rock is new to me. Of course, the style isn’t… lots of Elvis wannabes with some scattered country artists dipping their toes into the new fangled electric genre fusion of country and rock ‘n’ roll. For both song and sound quality, Volume 1 gets the edge over Volume 2. But, if you’re at all into the roots of modern rock music, this is a fun ride – and over 55 years later it’s easy to leave any critical judgement at the door. It is what it is… in all its bandwagon-hopping glory. Find Volume 1 (HERE) and Volume 2 (HERE) at Amazon.

The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World Ever!
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AL EPP & THE PHAROAHS Breaking My Heart (2:18)
WALTER BROWN Alley Cat (1:51)
GLEN HONEYCUTT Rock All Night (2:03)
MAX ALEXANDER & HANK HARRAL Little Rome (2:14)
JIMMY PATTON Yah I’m Movin (2:12)
JIMMIE JOHN Solid Rock (2:00)
F DEE JOHNSON Be My Baby (1:46)
DON WOODY Barking Up The Wrong Tree (2:19)
THE CHAVIS BROTHERS So Tired (2:01)
DON FEGER Date On The Corner (2:04)
CARL MANN Gonna Rock N Roll Tonight (1:55)
JIMMY LLOYD You’re Gone Baby (2:00)
MIKE WAGGONER Coming Up (2:11)
JOEY CASTLE That Ain’t Nothin’ But Right (2:33)
JAY B LOYD I’ll Be Alright (2:38)
RILEY CRABTREE She Loves Me Better (2:01)
TOMMY LAM Speed Limit (2:12)
MARVIN RAINWATER Hot And Cold (2:11)
AL URBAN Won’t You Yell Me Her Name (2:04)
DINKY HARRIS & THE SPADES She Left Me Cryin’ (1:55)
KENNY OWENS I Got The Bug (1:57)
JIMMY PATTON Oakies In The Pokie (2:31)
CHARLES SENNS Gee Whiz Liz (2:31)
DON WILLIS Boppin’ High School Baby (2:33)
GLENN BOND When My Baby Passes By (1:50)
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NAT COUTY Woodpecker Rock (2:02)
GENE BROWN Big Door (2:17)
ELROY DIETZEL & THE RHYTHM BANDITS Teenage Ball (2:02)
CURTIS LONG Going Out On The Town (2:17)
ROCKY DAVIS Hot Rod Baby (3:02)
BENNY JOY Little Red Book (2:02)
BENNY INGRAM Jello Sal (2:19)
BILL FLAGG Go Cat Go (1:57)
JIM OERTLING Old Moss Back (2:11)
JOHNNY EDWARDS & THE WHITECAPS Rock N Roll Saddles (1:54)
DENNIS VOLK You’re The One (2:17)
LEE COLE Cool Baby (2:16)
WALLY WILLETTE Pink Elephants (1:54)
RIC CARTEY & THE JIVATONES Scratching On My Screen (2:30)
LUKE MCDANIEL My Baby Don’t Rock (2:00)
CLYDE OWENS & THE MOONLIGHT RAMBLERS Swing It Little Katy (2:05)
RAY MCCOY I Need It (1:58)
MAYLON HUMPHRIES Worried About You Baby (2:49)
LARRY DOWD Blue Swinging Mama (2:05)
BOBBY ROBERTS Big Sandy (1:56)
WALLY HUGHES Convertible Car (2:10)
BOB DEWITT Annie Mae (2:51)
BOB HICKS AND THE FENDERS Rock Baby Rock (1:57)
BUDDY BURKE That Big Old Moon (2:28)
BILL ALLEN Please Give Me Something (2:14)

The Rarest Rockabilly Album In The World, Volume 2
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ERSEL HICKEY Going Down The Road (1:50)
THE ROXTERS So Long (2:11)
MIKE CUSHMAN Me And My Guitar (2:17)
CURTIS GORDON Draggin’ (1:47)
RIO ROCKERS Mexicali Baby (2:14)
LARRY DONN Honey Bun (1:58)
WALTER BROWN Jelly Roll Rock (2:14)
GENE WATSON My Rockin’ Baby (2:47)
BUD LANDON Six Mile Climb (2:31)
WHITEY PULLENS Walk My Way Back Home (2:20)
PAUL SEIPP Little Gray Shack (2:17)
CHUCK HIGGINS Too Smart (2:49)
JIMMY STEWART & THE NIGHTHAWKS Rock On The Moon (1:53)
RAY VERNON I’m Counting On You (2:08)
THE RHYTHM ROCKERS Thinkin’ Bout You (2:24)
JIMMY PATTON Love Come Back To Me (1:55)
DON FEGER Don’t Be Mad (2:23)
JIMMIE PIPER Don’t Play Around With My Heart (1:48)
HOLLIS CHAMPION Long Gone Lonesome Blues (1:51)
TYRONE SCHMIDLING You’re Gone But I’m Left (2:01)
REX ELLIS Bop Hop Jamboree (1:49)
CLIFF BLAKELY I Want To Be With You (2:09)
WILLIE WARD I’m A Madman (2:21)
BILL LAWRENCE With The Coins Hey Baby (2:11)
JIMMY WAGES Heartbreakin’ Love (2:15)
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SKEETS MCDONALD You Oughta See Grandma Rock (2:02)
DEACON & THE ROCK N ROLLERS Rockin’ On The Moon (1:45)
FAT DADDY Holmes Chicken Rock (1:59)
STOLZ BROTHERS Rock N Roll Riot (1:57)
FRANK TRIOLO Ice Cream Baby (1:59)
CURTIS GORDON Sitting On Top Of The World (1:55)
LARRY TERRY Hep Cat (2:12)
HAL PAYNE Honky Tonk Stomp (2:06)
JERRY ARNOLD High Classed Baby (2:28)
ROD WILLIS The Cat (2:15)
JIM MURPHY & THE ACCENTS I’m Gone Mama (2:06)
DON WADE Oh Love (1:50)
AL URBAN Gonna Be Better Times (2:20)
PAUL WHEATLEY I’m Not Movin’ (2:10)
THE CHAVIS BROTHERS Love Me Baby (2:25)
TOM JAMES Track Down Baby (2:41)
PAT CUPP Do Me No Wrong (2:24)
BILLY PRAGAR Do It Bop (2:10)
JESSE STEVENS Mama Mama (1:56)
GENE WATSON Drummer Boy Rock (2:51)
JIMMY FORD Don’t Hang Around Me Anymore (3:06)
SONNY COLE I Dreamed I Was Elvis (2:19)
TOMMY BELL Swamp Girl (2:13)
JOE CLAY Slipping Out & Sneaking In (2:08)
JOEY MICHAELS Sixteen Cats (1:52)

JOHNNY THUNDERS Stations Of The Cross (1982/1990) & VARIOUS ARTISTS I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (1995)


JOHNNY THUNDERS Stations Of The Cross (1982/1990)
V/A I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (1995)
Two Ways To Remember A Proud Junkie Punk

Here are a couple of off-the-shelf irregulars that just might fit your portly collection. The various artists tribute, I Only Wrote This Song For You, includes most of the New York Dolls (David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Arthur Kane), ex-bandmates (Walter Lure), like-minded types (The Ramones, Wayne Kramer), strange bedfellows (The Screwballs: Wayne County & Glen Matlock) and one genuine surprise (Los Lobos). It’s not all punk, in fact, the ex-Dolls are the most sentimental of the bunch here, but there are some interesting interpretations that Thunders fans may enjoy (that guy from Hanoi Rocks has two solid covers). Stations Of The Cross, a September 30, 1982 Johnny Thunders live show, is a whole different memory to wrap your arms around. Thunders is proudly still using and is a chatterbox about it throughout the show, dedicating songs to Sid Vicious and King Henry, among others. In fact, a latter re-issue of this disc would remove a lot of Thunders’ tongue wagging. You might notice there are a few “dub” versions included. Veteran listeners know that that only means someone couldn’t be bothered to make it to the mic for that particular song. That’s ok, it’s all good. Above all, despite its flaws, Stations Of The Cross (HERE, at Amazon), released in different editions over the years (the pic above is this version), is probably a pretty good representation of what it was actually like to stand in front of a breathing Johnny Thunders, circa 1982. For better and worse, of course. I Only Wrote This Song For You (HERE, at Amazon) fell out of print, but was reissued in 2004 with a new running order and two added tracks from Marc Almond and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. There’s more Thunders in the archives; L.A.M.F. The Lost ’77 Mixes (HERE) and JT’s largely acoustic album, Hurt Me (HERE).


STATIONS OF THE CROSS (LIVE)
Pipeline (2:36)
In Cold Blood
(2:50)
Just Another Girl (4:19)
Too Much Junkie Business (2:58)
Sad Vacation (4:07)
Who Needs Girls?
(4:48)
Do You Love Me? (3:05)
So Alone (6:17)
Seven Day Weekend (3:38)
Chinese Rocks (2:56)
Reentry Interlude (1:55)
Voodoo Dub (1:54)
Surfer Jam (2:05)
Just Because I’m White (4:55)
One Mind (Dub) (2:57)
Little London Boys (2:26)
Stepping Stone (1:55)
I Don’t Mind Mr. Kowalski (1:25)
Creature from E.T. Rap (3:50)
Rather Be with the Boys (2:17)
Wipeout (2:18)

I ONLY WROTE THIS SONG FOR YOU
PATTI PALLADIN Leave Me Alone (Chatterbox)
(3:01)
MICHAEL MONROE Disappointed In You (3:57)
ARTHUR “KILLER” KANE In Cold Blood (Not In Vain) (3:24)
WAYNE KRAMER Children Are People Too (5:05)
DAVID JOHANSEN Some Hearts (4:09)
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN Society Makes Me Sad (5:04)
ALISON GORDIE Just Another Girl (4:19)
FILTY LUCRE Can’t Kick (3:36)
WILLIE DEVILLE You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory (3:43)
DIE TOTENHOSEN Diary Of A Lover
(4:11)
THE RAMONES I Love You (2:22)
WALTER LURE AND THE WALDOS Let Go (2:13)
MICHAEL MONROE So Alone (6:08)
LOS LOBOS Alone In A Crowd (2:57)
THE SCREWBALLS Help The Homeless (7:49)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Sing Hollies In Reverse (1995)

singholliesSing Hollies In Reverse (1995)
Really… A Good Tribute Album!

Tribute albums are, by nature, hit and miss affairs. Rarely are all the bands well-chosen and some even have a hard time successfully deciding whether to be true to the original or to give it their own spin. More often than not, it’s just the sheer variety of the artists involved that can undermine any collection’s cohesiveness. Which is why this tribute to the under-appreciated Hollies is such a gem. Sing Hollies In Reverse features 21 contributions from some of indie pop’s finest, including Mitch Easter, Wondermints, Tommy Keene, E & Jon Brion, tackling a largely forgotten catalog of Beatley pop and lite psychedelia that hasn’t been bled dry by oldies stations and advertising agencies (yet). The Posies’ “King Midas In Reverse” is reverently rich in pop shimmer while Material Issue’s “Bus Stop” is given a 60s garage treatment. The Loud Family plays “Look Through Any Window” as a psych dirge (until near the end) while “Pay You Back With Interest” could well be Mitch Easter’s finest recording. There are plenty of other nice surprises along the way to discovering some great new pop artists and re-discovering some great old pop songs. A tribute album you’ll listen to all of… for a change. A mere $3 to $6 at Amazon (HERE) and worth the investment. If you’ve got a taste for the real thing, visit a Wormhole, HERE.


THE POSIES – King Midas In Reverse
TOMMY KEENE – Carrie Anne
THE LOUD FAMILY – Look Through Any Window
STEVE WYNN & ERIC AMBEL – The Air That I Breathe
MITCH EASTER – Pay You Back With Interest
CUB – You Know He Did
KRISTIAN HOFFMAN – I’m Alive
FLAMINGOES
– Water On The Brain
E – Jennifer Eccles
THE JIGSAW SEEN – On A Carousel
JOHN EASDALE – Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress
BILL LLOYD – Step Inside
LOSERS LOUNGE – After The Fox
WONDERMINTS
– You Need Love
THE SNEETCHES – So Lonely
CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS – I Can’t Let Go
CARLA OLSON – Touch
ANDREW – Heading For A Fall
MATERIAL ISSUE – Bus Stop
SHAKIN
‘ APOSTLES – Dear Eloise
JON BRION – Sorry Suzanne

MOJO PRESENTS Johnny Cash… And Friends (2013)

FrontMOJO Presents:
Johnny Cash… And Friends
(Oct 2013)

The latest free CD from the October, 2013 MOJO Magazine is a cool tribute to Johnny Cash, featuring a cross-section of friends, influences and the influenced. Noteworthy as an out-of-the-ordinary collection of tunes not already spread across a dozen other MOJOs. I like the old country stuff myself, since most of it is missing from my collection. Nick Cave’s contribution is a stand out… and Charlie Rich’s “Lonely Weekends” is a dead ringer for Elvis. Find all 138 MOJO‘s HERE.

JERRY LEE LEWIS Lovin’ Up A Storm (1:50)
JOHNNY CASH Transfusion Blues (2:30)
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS Wanted Man (5:26)
NICK LOWE Indian Queens (3:39)
BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY New Whaling (5:30)
TOWNES VAN ZANDT If I Needed You (3:40)
GEORGE JONES Seasons Of My Heart (2:07)
MERLE TRAVIS Dark As A Dungeon (2:45)
LEFTY FRIZZELL The Long Black Veil (2:57)
KITTY WELLS As Long As I Live (2:31)
JUNE CARTER Jukebox Blues (2:15)
WILLIE NELSON Half A Man (2:25)
HANK SNOW I’ve Been Everywhere (2:44)
CHARLIE RICH Lonely Weekends (2:07)
WAYLON JENNINGS Never Again (2:04)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Swampbilly Shindig (2013)

FrontSwampbilly Shindig (2013)
Strange Brew

Kind of a odd combination of country, blues, early R&R and cajun know-how, but I enjoyed the seemingly inexplicable connections so, who knows, you might, too. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

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CLARENCE GARLOW Bon Ton Roula (3:15)
JERRY LEE LEWIS Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (1:59)
GENE SIMMONS Drinkin’ Scotch (3:04)
CLIFTON CHENIER Ay-Te Te Fee (2:43)
LEE DORSEYOn Your Way Down (3:43)
LEFTY FRIZZELL The Long Black Veil (3:06)
LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS Mojo Hand (3:03)
MAC REBENNACK Storm Warning (2:51)
JIMMY REED Bright Lights, Big City (2:40)
MALCOLM YELVINGTON Have Myself a Ball (1:48)
JOE SIMON Let’s Do it Over (2:20)
JOHN LEE HOOKER Trouble Blues (2:46)
SLEEPY LEBEEF Honky-Tonk Hardwood Floor (2:20)
JOHNNY CASH I Heard That Lonesome Whistle (2:24)
THE STAPLE SINGERS This May Be the Last Time (2:06)
BOBBY MARCHAN All in My Mind (3:09)
ALBERT KINGI Get Evil (3:56)
CARL PERKINS Lend Me Your Comb (1:57)
JIMMY DONLEY Loving Cajun Style (1:52)
LITTLE RICHARD Chicken Little Baby (1:44)
HANK WILLIAMS I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (2:29)
RAY SMITH Rockin’ Robin (2:25)
ELMORE JAMES Shake Your Moneymaker (2:35)
MEMPHIS SLIM Rockin’ The House (Beer Drinkin’ Woman) (2:07)
ROSCO GORDON No More Doggin’ (3:09)
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WILBERT HARRISON Let’s Stick Together (2:46)
ELMORE JAMES It Hurts Me Too (3:19)
IRMA THOMAS It’s Raining (2:03)
ESKEW REEDER Green Door (2:48)
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS Every Beat Of My Heart (2:02)
THE SWAN SILVERTONES Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep (2:49)
HANK WILLIAMS Honky Tonkin’ (2:46)
ALBERT KING Let’s Have A Natural Ball (2:54)
JIMMY DONLEY Born To Be A Loser (2:48)
ALLEN TOUSSAINT Happy Times (2:09)
CHARLIE FEATHERS Bottle To The Baby (2:22)
JERRY LEE LEWIS Ubangi Stomp (1:48)
JIMMY REED Big Boss Man (2:46)
JOHN LEE HOOKER No Shoes (2:25)
LEE DORSEY Holy Cow (2:32)
ARTHUR CRUDUP Rock Me Mama (2:59)
CHAMPION JACK DUPREE Shim, Sham, Shimmy (2:45)
DR. HORSE Salt Pork, West Virginia (2:55)
HUEY PIANO SMITH Little Liza Jane (2:11)
J.B. LENIOR Do What I Say (2:00)
WILLIE NELSON Night Life (2:33)
THE FLATLANDERS One Day At A Time (3:45)
LITTLE RICHARD Rice, Red Beans And Turnip Greens (2:33)
THE STAPLE SINGERS I’m So Glad (2:13)
RAY HARRIS Love Dumb Baby (3:00)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Hear No Evil – A Tribute To The Monkees (1992), Come And Get It – A Tribute To Badfinger (1996) & For The Love Of Todd – A Tribute To Todd Rundgren (1997)


Hear No Evil – A Tribute To The Monkees(1992)
Come And Get It – A Tribute To Badfinger (1996)
For The Love Of Todd – A Tribute To Todd Rundgren (1997)
If You Can’t Find A Favorite Artist Among These, You Don’t Like Alt Pop

From an oft-neglected corner of the library comes these three, budget conscious pop tributes to The Monkees, Badfinger and Todd Rundgren. Yeah, there are plenty of unknown names here, and an equal number of suspect readings of the indelible pop material that’s covered. But, can you really pass up the opportunity to hear such obscure pop concepts as Mitch Easter’s “International Feel,” The Plimsouls‘ “Suitcase” or Peter Holsapple’s dirgey psych slap at “You Just May Be The One?” Of course not. Because I know you can’t wait, those three appetizing teasers are posted below for all to hear. If you must advance further, and can’t live without experiencing The Knack’s “No Matter What,” Vulgar Boatman’s “The Kind Of Girl I Could Love” or Parthenon Huxley’s “There Goes My Inspiration,” you’ll need to navigate a few links & timers. Find these obscure tribs to The Monkees (HERE), Badfinger (HERE) and Todd (HERE) @ Amazon.


MONKEES TRIBUTE
DEACON LUNCHBOX The Day We Fall In Love
CHANT Take A Giant Step
BOB RUPE BAND St. Matthew
BIG FISH ENSEMBLE Last Train To Clarksville
MAGNAPOP Pleasant Valley Sunday
MITCH EASTER Valleri
PAT JOHNSON AND THE WELLSPRINGS OF HOPE The Door Into Summer
THE DIGGERS Circle Sky
PETER HOLSAPPLE You Just May Be The One
ANNE RICHMOND BOSTON Mr. Webster
DOLL SQUAD Let’s Dance On
OPIUM HELLO Sweet Young Thing
VULGAR BOATMEN The Kind Of Girl I Could Love
THOSE BIG BELT BUCKLES What Am I Doing Hangin‘ Round?
CRUISIN A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
LIVE BAIT Randy Scouse Git
ROCKABILLY ROCKETS Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day
BOISE AND MOSS WITH A SIDE OF HAMM Gonna Buy Me A Dog
MULTI-COLOR HOUSE You Told Me
MAN SIZE JOB Daydream Believer
FLYING SUBS (Theme From) The Monkees

BADFINGER TRIBUTE
ADRIAN BELEW Come And Get It
P. HUX Perfection
THE LOUD FAMILY We’re For The Dark
COTTON MATHER Flying
BRAD JONES It’s Over
THE KNACK No Matter What
20/20 Day After Day
CHRIS VON SNEIDERN Midnight Caller
AIMEE MANN Baby Blue
BILL LLOYD Lonely You
COCKEYED GHOST Name Of The Game
CHERRY TWISTER It Had To Be
THE SOLTEENS Know One Knows
DWIGHT TWILLEY I Can’t Take It
THE PLIMSOULS Suitcase
THE ROOKS Get Away
CIRCLE SKY Just A Chance
ERIK VOEKS I’ll Be The One
WALTER CLEVENGER Better Days
PARANOID LOVESICK Icicles
AL KOOPER Maybe Tomorrow
LON & DERREK VAN EATON Apple Of My Eye

TODD RUNDGREN TRIBUTE
MITCH EASTER International Feel
VIRAL SATELLITE Long Flowing Robe
BEN McMURTRIE Healer
JAMIE HOOVER Izzat Love?
GREG JENNINGS The Fire Of Mind
ROCKET SCIENTISTS Too Far Gone
THE GUILD Couldn’t I Just Tell You
MISSY MILLER Compassion
MITCH COOPER Hello, It’s Me
FRED FROOM Pretending To Care
PARTHENON HUXLEY There Goes My Inspiration
RUNROY GOLDBERG Lucky Guy
DON DIXON Broke Down And Busted
VAN COOPER Torch Song
DAVID MELBYE The Wheel
KEN GULLAC AND KIRK CARLSON You Cried Wolf
KENNY COLLINS Cliche
WOODS Slut
NATE KENERLY Love Of The Common Man
BILL LLOYD I Don’t Want To Tie You Down
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VARIOUS ARTISTS Memphis Swamp Jam (1969) w/ Fred McDowell, Piano Red, Booker White, Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Nathan Beauregard & others

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A Blue Thumb Blues Collection

An album that opened a lot windows for me when I found this 1969 2LP Blue Thumb set in the Woolco cutout bins for 33¢ (the same place I found copies of John Lennon’s Two Virgins for the same price). I wasn’t a blueshead yet, but I figured it was a smart bargain to gamble on. Little did I know how many artists I would discover in the process. This wasn’t a gathering of the blues greats I did (somewhat) know of, guys like Hooker & Waters. This album featured some of the lesser known second stringers… the guys without the record company backing that came along with the high-profile endorsements of The British Invasion. I remember being absolutely mesmerized by Piano Red, and looked for years for an entire album of his work, which back in the early 70s was virtually impossible. Nathan Beauregard’s 10 minute “Nathan’s Bumble Bee Blues” is a standout. I can’t recall where I scored this vinyl rip, though it was most likely from our pal, The Record Fiend (HERE). Find the actual vinyl at Amazon, (HERE). Speaking of Blue Thumb, we’ve got the essential set, All Day Thumbsucker Revisited: The History Of Blue Thumb Records in the archives, (HERE).

BOOKER WHITE Christmas Eve Blues (5:03)
BOOKER WHITE Columbus, Miss. Blues (3:27)
BOOKER WHITE Sad Day Blues (4:07)
PIANO RED Mobile Blues (3:15)
PIANO RED Abel Street Stomp (3:10)
NATHAN BEAUREGARD Nathan’s Bumble Bee Blues (10:21)
NATHAN BEAUREGARD ‘Bout A Spoonful (3:18)
SLEEPY JOHN ESTES Need More Blues (3:09)
SLEEPY JOHN ESTES President Kennedy Stayed Away Too Long (4:13)
FRED McDOWELL & JOHNNY WOODS Shake ‘Em On Down (2:58)
FRED McDOWELL & JOHNNY WOODS Fred’s Blues (4:38)
FRED McDOWELL & JOHNNY WOODS Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning (3:28)
NAPOLEON STRICKLAND Back Water Rising (1:50)
NAPOLEON STRICKLAND Other’s Piece (2:16)
NAPOLEON STRICKLAND Shimmy She Wobble (2:24)
FURRY LEWIS Judge Boushay Blues (5:37)
FURRY LEWIS Walking Blues (5:37)
R.L. WATSON & JOSIAH JONES Memphis Rag (1:57)
R.L. WATSON & JOSIAH JONES St. Louis Blues (3:01)
R.L. WATSON & JOSIAH JONES Praying On The Old Camp Ground & Lonesome Blues (2:17)

MOJO PRESENTS Sub Pop Silver Jubilee (2013)

FrontMOJO Presents:
Sub Pop Silver Jubilee
(Sept 2013)

The latest free CD from the September, 2013 MOJO Magazine is a tribute to Sub Pop Records… MOJO’s second trib to the indie label (their first from 2008, Sub Pop 300!, is HERE). Includes a cross-section of familiar Sub Pop types, including Mudhoney, J Mascis, Low and others. To be honest, I haven’t really listened to it yet, but because I’ve always liked the name Pissed Jeans, I’ve included their track on the streaming player. Find all 137 MOJO‘s HERE.

MUDHONEY No One Has (3:23)
THE U-MEN Gila (2:16)
METZ Wet Blanket (3:52)
ROSE WINDOWS Native Dreams (6:17)
SHABAZZ PALACES Recollections Of The Wraith (Remixed By The Helio Sequence) (3:47)
DAUGHN GIBSON The Sound Of Law (2:52)
KING TUFF Anthem (3:31)
J MASCIS Not Enough (3:11)
THE BAPTIST GENERALS Dog That Bit You (3:41)
LOW On My Own (5:39)
CHAD VANGAALEN Molten Light (2:52)
THE GUTTER TWINS God’s Children (4:57)
CLIPPING (Feat Baseck) Bout.That (3:54)
PISSED JEANS Health Plan (2:17)
MUDHONEY I Don’t Remember You (2:34)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Essential Interpretations (1997)

Essential InterpretationsEssential Interpretations (1997)
Stars On EMI

Remember EMI’s Essential Series? To celebrate their 100th anniversary, the label issued a series of, what looked to be, run of the mill greatest hits collections, for the likes of label artists like Blondie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran and others. What wasn’t immediately noticeable on the packaging, however, was that the releases were spiked with offbeat rarities – outtakes, alternate mixes and live shows were routinely sprinkled into the track lists to make them pretty unique, and desirable to the fan base. Another oddity that came out of the Essential series is this collection, Essential Interpretations, a generous 2CD collection of classic tracks as re-wired by modern artists. There are a lot of lesser known types included, but you can also marvel at World Party covering The Beatles’ “Martha My Dear,” Sparklehorse and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke reworking Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and Foo Fighters taking a swing at Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.” Nice to see a couple of Stranglers tunes getting covered, too, and…oh yeah, that’s Belinda Carlisle (The Go Go’s) tackling The Sex Pistols’ “Submission.” It’s not a must-own set, but it’s got some fun stuff, and the expensive tri-fold package goes for as little as a penny at Amazon, HERE.

JOHN BUTLER Ode To Billy Joe (4:59) – originally by Bobbie Gentry
BELINDA CARLISLE & RADIATOR Submission (3:05) – originally by The Sex Pistols
CECIL When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman (4:56) – originally by Dr. Hook
DUBSTAR Jealousy (3:29) – originally by The Pet Shop Boys
FELINE The Air That I Breathe (5:53) – originally by The Hollies
FOO FIGHTERS Baker Street (5:36) – originally by Gerry Rafferty
FUN LOVING CRIMINALS We Have All The Time In The World (2:42) – originally by Louis Armstrong
GLUEBOUND Where Did Our Love Go (3:57) – originally by Diana Ross & The Supremes
JESUS JONES Go Buddy Go (3:27) – originally by The Stranglers
KENICKIE featuring ERROL BROWN It Started With A Kiss (4:57) – originally by Hot Chocolate
MY LIFE STORY Duchess (3:13) – originally by The Stranglers

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OCTOPUS Starman (3:59) – originally by David Bowie
MIKE SCOTT Why Should I Love You (5:03) – originally by Kate Bush
SPARKLEHORSE featuring THOM YORKE Wish You Were Here (6:58) – originally by Pink Floyd
SUPERNATURALS You’re My Best Friend (4:02) – originally by Queen
TERRORVISION Forever And Ever (2:58) – originally by Slik
ROBBIE WILLIAMS Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (3:02) – originally by Ella Fitzgerald
WHITE TOWN Rhinestone Cowboy (3:13) – originally by Glen Campbell
WHITE BUFFALO Ziggy Stardust (3:09) – originally by David Bowie
WIRELESS See Emily Play (4:07) – originally by Pink Floyd
WORLD PARTY Martha My Dear (2:25) – originally by The Beatles
MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG Do Wah Diddy Diddy (3:01) – originally by Manfred Mann

VARIOUS ARTISTS Infinite Zero Promo-CD 95.Zero.3 (1995)

Infinite Zero PromoPromo-CD 95.Zero.3 (1995)
Some People Are Strange

A cool promo CD from the short-lived but much beloved indie offshoot of Rick Rubin’s American Recordings, Infinite Zero (co-run by Henry Rollins). This disc doesn’t boast anything unusual in nature, like unreleased recordings or alt mixes – and the Iceberg Slim track is even criminally edited (get the original Infinite Zero release Reflections HERE) – but it’s still a fun gathering of off-the-beaten-path artists and groundbreakers.

JAMES WHITE AND THE BLACKS Twice Removed (3:05)
DEVO Secret Agent Man (3:39)
GANG OF FOUR Natural’s Not It (3:09)
ICEBERG SLIM Broadway Sam (Excerpt) (3:36)
MATTHEW SHIPP Circular Temple (6:28)
ALAN VEGA The Pleaser (4:57)
TOM VERLAINE Without A Word (3:19)
JAMES WHITE AND THE BLACKS Contort Yourself (6:16)
JAMES WHITE AND THE BLACKS White Savages (4:51)
GANG OF FOUR What We All Want (4:58)
GANG OF FOUR Cheeseburger (4:07)
ALAN VEGA Jab Gee (4:00)
ALAN VEGA Bad Scene (4:02)

MOJO PRESENTS We’re With The Beatles (2013)

We're With The BeatlesMOJO Presents:
We’re With The Beatles
(August 2013)

The latest free CD from the August, 2013 MOJO Magazine is a remake/tribute to The Beatles second album (in the UK), With The Beatles. Some unusual names pop up, including Ian McNabb (Icicle Works), Will Sergeant (Echo & The Bunnymen) and Chris Difford (Squeeze), whose acoustic reading of “All My Loving,” with Arcelia, proves that McCartney could have easily gone the “And I Love Her” route even earlier if he had desired. (For free downloads, visit Arcelia HERE.) As for some of the others, Wreckless Eric, Sara Lowes, The View and Pete Molinari at least sound like they were inspired by The Beatles. Some cool covers… some misses. Find all 136 MOJO‘s HERE.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX It Wont’t Be Long (3:16)
IAN McNABB (featuring THOMAS McCONNELL) All I’ve Got to Do (3:00)
CHRIS DIFFORD (featuring ARCELIA) All My Loving (2:56)
EVA PETERSEN (featuring WILL SERGEANT) Don’t Bother Me (4:22)
WRECKLESS ERIC & JAMES NICHOLLS Little Child (2:07)
TAKEN BY TREES Till There Was You (2:43)
MAMA ROSEN (featuring MICK COLLINS & MATT VERTA-RAY) Please Mister Postman (2:27)
THE VIEW Roll Over Beethoven (2:43)
SARA LOWES Hold Me Tight (2:34)
JACCO GARDNER You Really Got a Hold On Me (3:19)
PETE MOLINARI I Wanna Be Your Man (2:17)
TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH-LOU Devil in Her Heart (2:28)
MAGIC ARM Not a Second Time (3:22)
KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS Money (That’s What I Want) (2:42)

MOJO PRESENTS Uncovered – 15 Tracks As Re-Cut By The Rolling Stones (2013)

frontMOJO Presents Uncovered (July 2013)

The latest free CD from the July, 2013 MOJO Magazine. Another ‘roots of’ type release (they just did The Roots Of The Rolling Stones in August, 2012) featuring a lot of familiar names; Muddy, Howlin’, Bo, Chuck, etc. You should have most of the old blues guys, but the ancient files from the likes of Jay McShann (1941), Nat King Cole (1946), Hank Snow (1950) and The Will Bradley Trio (1940) make this a worthwhile score. Find all 135 MOJO‘s HERE.

FREDDY CANNON Tallahassee Lassie
EDDIE COCHRAN Twenty Flight Rock
CHUCK BERRY Around And Around
HANK SNOW I’m Moving On
BO DIDDLEY Who Do You Love
LARRY WILLIAMS She Said “Yeah”
MUDDY WATERS Mannish Boy
SOLOMON BURKE Cry To Me
BUDDY HOLLY Learning The Game
NAT KING COLE Route 66
BOOGALOO & HIS GALLANT CREW Cops And Robbers
WILL BRADLEY TRIO Down The Road A Piece
JAY McSHANN Confessin’ The Blues
MUDDY WATERS I Just Want To Make Love To You
HOWLIN’ WOLF The Red Rooster

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