THE RESIDENTS 24 From The Residents (1972-2006)

1972Santa Dog1974Meet The Residents1976The Third Reich N Roll1977Fingerprince
1977The Beatles Play The Residents And The Residents Play The Beatles1978Duck Stab:Buster & Glen1979Eskimo1981Mark Of The Mole
1982The Tunes Of Two Cities1984George & James1985The Big Bubble1986Stars & Hank Forever
1988God In Three Persons1989The King & Eye1989The Mole Show Live In Holland1990Freak Show1992Our Finest Flowers1994Gingerbread Man1997Pollex Christi1998Wormwood
2001High Horses2002Demons Dance Alone2005Animal Lover2006Tweedles!
Santa Dog (1972) – EP
Meet The Residents (1974) – Unedited Stereo Version
The Third Reich ‘N’ Roll (1976) – Bonus Track Version
Fingerprince (1977) – Bonus Track Version
The Beatles Play The Residents And The Residents Play The Beatles (1977)
Duck Stab/Buster & Glen (1978)
Eskimo (1979) – Bonus Track Version
Mark Of The Mole (1981)
The Tunes Of Two Cities (1982) – Bonus Track Version
George & James (1984)
The Big Bubble: Part Four Of The Mole Trilogy (1985)
Stars & Hank Forever (1986) – Dutch Bonus Track Version
God In Three Persons (1988)
The King & Eye (1989)
The Mole Show Live In Holland (1989)
Freak Show (1990) – Special Edition Version
Our Finest Flowers (1992)
Gingerbread Man (1994)
Pollex Christi (1997)
Wormwood: Curious Stories From The Bible (1998)
High Horses (2001)
Demons Dance Alone (2002)
Animal Lover (2005) – Bonus Disc Version
Tweedles! (2006)

Frankly… I’ve always enjoyed The Residents more in theory than in practice. Their anti-music approach, lo-fi indignance and irreverent (and relentless) humor has long made fans and foes alike question their legitimacy, all while earning them a place in the pantheon of standard-bearing ‘Fuck You’ performance artists. Their tenacity is legendary, and after 40 years of myth making, they’ve proven just how far a joke can be taken. That’s is… if you even think it’s a joke. Because many don’t… and some swear at the altar of all things Residents. To illustrate my own intrigued ambivalence, many of these are from my own shelves (others from the hard drive), so I’ve enjoyed/endured their work for years, but couldn’t be bothered to listen to all of these before posting (so any rip issues will need to be reported). In this 24 title collection, you’ll find fucked up tributes to Elvis (The King And Eye), George Gershwin & James Brown (George & James), Hank Williams & John Philip Sousa (Stars & Hank Forever), numerous stabs at The Beatles, examples of their Mole obsession, fake movie scores, multi-media soundtracks… and even a greatest hits (Our Finest Flowers), as only The Residents can brutally mutate the concept. For the uninitiated, Wiki might help in breaking down what a lot of these albums are all about, conceptually (which helps in appreciating their twisted world view), so go HERE to read up on their history, with links to their discography. We’ve got one other Residents-related release in the archives, the Ralph Records 10th Anniversary Radio Special!, from 1982, hosted by Penn Jillette (HERE). Listen to a few randomly chosen examples below; “Breath And Length” from Meet The Residents, “The Booker Tease” from Duck Stab/Buster & Glen and “All Shook Up” from The King And Eye. Track Lists are in comments. Have fun.

MOJO Presents… It’s A Wonderfull Life (2014) – Compiled By Siouxsie Sioux & Steven Severin

FrontIt’s A Wonderfull Life (Nov. 2014)

The latest free CD from the November, 2014 issue of MOJO is subtitled “A Journey Into Sound, Compiled For MOJO By Siouxsie Sioux And Steven Severin,” and features a baffling array of music. It happens to be right up my alley, with lots of film & TV music, buoyed by seemingly disjointed selections ping-ponging from The Shadows to Bernard Hermann to Frank Sinatra to an exclusive track from Siouxsie & The Banshees. Though… I’m hard pressed to understand the connections or theme here, but it’s a great listen. No track is representative, so you get to hear a couple of oddities from a playlist of fun sore thumbs, below. Find all 151 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, HERE. See the complete list, HERE.

MARTY MANNING & HIS ORCHESTRA The Twilight Zone (2:07)
DMIITRI MITROPOULOS/NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Suite One: Romeo And Juliet/Montagues and Capulets (5:08)
THE SHADOWS Man Of Mystery (1:59)
LOTTE LENYA Surabaya-Johnny (4:23)
BARRY GRAY Zero G (2:30)
BUDDY MORROW & HIS ORCHESTRA The Perry Mason Theme (2:15)
FRANK SINATRA Night And Day (3:57)
THE JOHN BARRY SEVEN The James Bond Theme (1:45)
FRANK IFIELD Whiplash (1:38)
BERNARD HERRMANN Vertigo – Prelude And Rooftop (4:36)
FRANCIS POULENC Gymnopedie No. 1 (2:49)
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES Trust In Me (4:02)
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI A Night On Bare Mountain (7:20)
CLIFF EDWARDS AND THE DISNEY STUDIO CHORUS When You Wish Upon A Star (3:15)

GEORGE HARRISON The Apple Years 1968-75
An Unflattering Comparison Of The Old And New

Wonderwall

Regular readers here may already know that I’m not much of a sound nut. My ears haven’t been fully functional since a 1970 front row Black Sabbath concert experience and, compounding that with hundreds of shows over the years, I’m about as far removed from an audiophile as a music lover can get. So when I notice something unusual, it’s noticeable. I recently grabbed the new George Harrison box set, The Apple Years 1968-75, and was about to upgrade our last remastered MP3 version of Wonderwall Music (HERE, in the archives), when I decided to compare the two. And… I was surprised by the differences. As you can hear above, the brand new version (first on the player) is muted, and not nearly as bright as the previously released version. Now, granted… these are lowly MP3’s, and my ears, such as they are, are probably better suited to brighter mixes. So, I’m not sure if this is something that other oldsters will notice and/or complain about, or not. Personally speaking, I’m sticking with the older version, but I’d be curious to hear anyone else’s thoughts on these representative comparisons of “Ski-ing” (from Wonderwall Music) and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” (from Living In The Material World), below. Is it me? Is it the cheap MP3’s? Or is it a serious miscue?
Material

For interested fans, it should be noted that the 2014 Wonderwall Music contains three bonus tracks, two outtakes and an alternate mix of The Beatles’ “The Inner Light” (with some dialog), which was recorded by George at the Wonderwall sessions. Three reasons to get it.

CARL PERKINS Back On Top (4CD, 2000)

boxBack On Top (2000)
Bear Family Follow-Up Covering Carl’s 2nd Act

Another Bear Family collection that tracks the great Carl Perkins’ less illustrious, but no less entertaining years with Columbia Records (1968-1972), as well as all of his Mercury recordings from 1973 to 1975. Included are unreleased sessions, the complete NRBQ recordings (from Boppin’ The Blues, HERE), The E.P. Express (Perkins’ Elvis tribute), and a disc of demos. Four CDs that, when combined with The Classic Carl Perkins (HERE, in the archives) gives a pretty complete picture of the rockabilly great. Find Back On Top at Amazon, HERE.

1
Constantly (2:38)
Restless (2:44)
1143 (2:25)
Little Cowboy Suit (2:49)
Blue Suede Shoes (2:19)
Match Box (2:24)
Honey Don’t (2:50)
Turn Around (2:51)
Daddy Sang Bass (2:12)
That’s Right (2:47)
Boppin’ The Blues (2:24)
Your True Love (1:56)
Folsom Prison Blues (2:30)
Mean Woman Blues (2:09)
Take It Or Leave It (2:13)
Walk With Your Neighbour (2:49)
For Your Love (2:59)
Four Letter Word (2:29)
Soul Beat (2:12)
Baby, What Did You Do To Me (2:39)
Superfool (1:56)
Champaign, Illinois (3:01)
Riverboat Annie (2:55)
A Lion In The Jungle (2:25)
Power Of My Soul (3:00)
Brown Eyed Handsome Man (2:47)
C. C. Rider (You’re So Bad) (3:02)
I’m Gonna Set My Foot Down (1:58)
Boppin’ The Blues (with NRBQ) (2:45)
Sorry Charlie (with NRBQ) (4:00)
2
Allergic To Love (with NRBQ) (2:50)
Turn Around (with NRBQ) (3:03)
All Mama’s Children (with NRBQ) (1:58)
Step Aside (with NRBQ) (1:15)
Just Coastin’ (1:28)
My Son, My Sun (3:32)
State Of Confusion (2:50)
The Big City Sleeps (3:06)
True Love Is Greater Than Friendship (2:33)
What Every Little Boy Oughta Know (3:21)
Just As Long (2:26)
I’ll Fly Away (2:45)
Me Without You (3:55)
Always Be Mine (2:43)
Red Headed Woman (2:34)
Take Me Back To Memphis (3:22)
About All I Can Give Is Love (2:36)
You Won’t Have To Say You Love Me (2:19)
Cotton Top (2:25)
High On Love (2:29)
Always Be Mine (3:03)
Let Me Be The One You Love (3:06)
Baby’s Gone (2:36)
So Warm (2:54)
The Trip (4:06)
I Still Miss Someone (3:08)
The Last Letter (3:57)
Someday (2:57)
3
Help Me Dream (2:52)
Bless The Children (2:22)
You Tore My Heaven To Hell (2:31)
One More Loser Going Home (2:37)
Goin’ To Memphis (2:57)
Lord I Sinned Again Last Night (2:46)
Just As Long (2:19)
(Let’s Get) Dixiefried (2:57)
Honky Tonk Song (2:13)
Love Sweet Love (2:34)
Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town (2:41)
Never Look Back (2:50)
Sunday Dinner (3:00)
Sing My Song (2:27)
I Want To Be Your Man (2:26)
You’ll Always Be A Lady To Me (2:51)
Rise & Shine (2:26)
Mean, Mean Martha (2:26)
Low Class (2:42)
I Ain’t Mad (2:36)
The Ep Express (2:29)
Big Bad Blues (2:44)
Restless (2:50)
Honey Don’t (2:50)
Turn Around (2:51)
That’s Right (2:46)
Walk With Your Neighbor (2:50)
For Your Love (2:52)
Four Letter Word (2:22)
4
Cotton Top (2:53)
Good Times Are Just Around The Corner (2:20)
Born Equal (3:12)
Step It Up & Go (1:49)
The Big City Sleeps (3:37)
Bottoms Up (2:20)
Poor Boy Blues (2:32)
When You’re A Man On Your Own (2:06)
Take A Good Look At Me (3:04)
Restless (2:31)
The Bottom Of The Bottle (2:49)
Sorry Charlie (2:15)
Rise & Shine (2:19)
Wild Card (2:21)
So Wrong (3:06)
The Lord’s Fishing Hole (4:01)
Goin’ To Memphis (2:58)

CARL PERKINS The Classic Carl Perkins (5CD, 1990)

BoxThe Classic Carl Perkins (1990)
Essential Bear Family Retrospective

In typical Bear Family fashion, pretty much all you need from rockabilly great, Carl Perkins’ early years, covering his early Sun material (with previously unreleased outtakes), the equally vital Columbia material from 1958-1962, including single versions and alternate takes, and Decca sides from Nashville and London. An incredible collection of hits that inspired generations of rockers on both sides of the pond, especially the Beatles, who covered numerous Perkins 50s Sun compositions (“Matchbox,” “Honey Don’t,” “Sure To Fall,” “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby”) and b-sides (“Lend Me Your Comb”). This complete look at Carl’s late 50s/early 60s catalog is essential. Get Bear Family’s follow-up Perkins box, Back On Top, HERE. Find The Classic Carl Perkins at Amazon, HERE.

1
Honky Tonk Gal (Babe) (Alternate Take) (1:54)
Movie Magg (Alternate Take) (2:08)
Honky Tonk Gal (LP Version) (1:59)
Movie Magg (Single Version) (2:12)
Turn Around (Alternate Take) (3:01)
Dialogue (with William Cantrell) (0:47)
Turn Around (Single Version) (3:01)
Let The Jukebox Keep Playing (LP Version) (2:54)
What You Doin’ When You’re Crying (LP Version) (2:54)
Let The Jukebox Keep On Playing (Single Version) (2:54)
You Can’t Make Love To Somebody (Alternate Take) (2:36)
Gone, Gone, Gone (Alternate Take) (2:58)
Gone, Gone, Gone (Single Version) (2:41)
Dixie Bop/The Perkins Wiggle (2:40)
Blue Suede Shoes (Take 1) (2:03)
Blue Suede Shoes (Take 2 – Master) (2:19)
Blue Suede Shoes (Take 3) (2:18)
Honey Don’t (Take 1) (2:11)
Honey Don’t (Take 2) (2:26)
Honey Don’t (Take 3 – Master) (2:53)
Tennessee (3:07)
Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (2:36)
All Mama’s Children (Alternate Take) (2:13)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby (Alternate Take) (2:16)
Boppin’ The Blues (Alternate Take) (2:35)
Put Your Cat Clothes On (Alternate Take) (2:49)
Boppin’ The Blues (Single Version) (2:52)
Only You (3:22)
You Can’t Make Love To Somebody (LP Version) (2:26)
Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo (2:35)
2
All Mama’s Children (Alternate Take w/False Start) (2:52)
All Mama’s Children (Single Version) (2:09)
Dixie Fried (LP Version) (2:43)
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby (LP Version #1) (1:58)
Put Your Cat Clothes On (LP Version) (2:43)
Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby (LP Version #2) (2:15)
Dixie Fried (Compilation, False Starts) (1:03)
Dixie Fried (Single Version) (2:28)
I’m Sorry, I’m Not Sorry (Single Version) (2:29)
That Don’t Move Me (Outtake) (2:10)
Lonely Street (LP Version) (2:47)
Drink Up And Go Home (Demo) (3:39)
Pink Pedal Pushers (Demo) (2:19)
The Way You’re Living Is Breaking My Heart (Demo) (3:06)
Take Back My Love (Demo) (3:39)
Somebody Tell Me (Demo) (4:22)
Instrumental #1 (Demo) (1:30)
Instrumental #2 (Demo) (1:35)
Red Wing (Demo) (2:22)
Down By The Riverside (Demo) (1:29)
Her Love Rubbed Off (LP Version) (2:22)
Caldonia (Outtake) (2:06)
You Can Do No Wrong (Outtake) (2:25)
Sweethearts Or Strangers (Alternate Take) (2:45)
Be Honest With Me (Outtake) (2:30)
Sweethearts Or Strangers (LP Version) (2:22)
Your True Love (Alternate Take – Original Tempo) (3:04)
Matchbox (Alternate Take) (2:30)
Your True Love (Single Version) (2:47)
Put Your Cat Clothes On (Alternate Take) (2:46)
3
Matchbox (Single Version) (2:11)
Put Your Cat Clothes On (LP Version) (2:54)
Keeper Of The Key (Outtake) (3:25)
Roll Over Beethoven (Outtake) (2:56)
Try My Heart Out (Outtake) (2:54)
That’s Right (Alternate Take) (2:48)
Forever Yours (Single Version) (2:40)
That’s Right (Single Version) (2:51)
Y.O.U. (LP Version) (2:40)
I Care (LP Version) (2:20)
Y.O.U. (Alternate Take) (3:20)
Pink Pedal Pushers (Alternate Take) (2:40)
Pink Pedal Pushers (LP Version) (2:29)
Lend Me Your Comb (Alternate Take) (1:58)
Look At That Moon (Outtake) (1:59)
Lend Me Your Comb (Single Version) (1:59)
Look At That Moon (Outtake) (2:21)
Glad All Over (Single Version) (1:46)
Tutti Frutti (LP Version) (2:07)
Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On (LP Version) (3:01)
That’s All Right (Mama) (LP Version) (3:36)
Where The Rio De Rosa Flows (LP Version) (3:06)
Shake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll (LP Version) (3:29)
Long Tall Sally (LP Version) (3:01)
I Got A Woman (LP Version) (3:14)
Hey, Good Lookin’ (LP Version) (2:44)
Sittin’ On Top Of The World (LP Version) (2:12)
Good Rockin’ Tonight (LP Version) (2:20)
4
Jive After Five (Single Version) (2:23)
Rockin’ Record Hop (Outtake) (2:21)
Pink Pedal Pushers (Single Version) (2:38)
Just Thought I’d Call (Outtake) (2:17)
Ready Teddy (LP Version) (2:06)
Jenny, Jenny (LP Version) (2:11)
You Were There (Outtake) (2:36)
Because You’re Mine (Outtake) (3:09)
Pop, Let Me Have The Car (Single Version) (2:46)
Levi Jacket (And A Long Tail Shirt) (Single Version) (2:15)
When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain (Outtake) (2:15)
Sister Twister (Single Version) (2:52)
Hambone (Single Version) (2:24)
This Life I Live (Single Version) (2:27)
Please Say You’ll Be Mine (Outtake) (2:18)
Honey, ‘Cause I Love You (Single Version) (2:20)
Y.O.U. (Single Version) (2:39)
I Don’t See Me In Your Eyes Anymore (Single Version) (2:46)
Highway Of Love (Single Version) (3:06)
Pointed Toe Shoes (Single Version) (2:02)
One Ticket To Loneliness (Single Version) (2:53)
The Drifter (Outtake) (2:51)
Too Much For A Man To Understand (Alternate Take) (2:35)
L-O-V-E-V-I-L-L-E (Single Version) (2:17)
5
Blue Suede Shoes (Outtake) (2:15)
Big Bad Blues (Single Version) (2:43)
Say When (Outtake) (2:30)
Lonely Heart (Single Version) (1:58)
A Love I’ll Never Win (Outtake) (2:54)
Let My Baby Be (Single Version) (2:30)
Monkey Shine (Single Version) (3:04)
Mama Of My Song (Single Version) (2:24)
One Of These Days (2:27)
I Wouldn’t Have You (2:13)
Help Me Find My Baby (Single Version) (1:57)
After Sundown (Single Version) (2:42)
For A Little While (Single Version) (2:32)
Just For You (Single Version) (2:41)
When The Right Time Comes (Outtake) (2:30)
The Fool I Used To Be (Single Version) (2:25)
Forget Me (Next Time Around) (Single Version) (2:39)
Hollywood City (Single Version) (2:11)
I’ve Just Got Back From There (Single Version) (2:16)
Too Much For A Man To Understand (Single Version) (2:47)
Turn Around (Outtake) (2:42)
The Unhappy Girls (Single Version) (2:42)
Someday, Somewhere, Someone Waits for Me (Outtake) (2:29)
Anyway The Wind Blows (Single Version) (2:19)

PETE TOWNSHEND The Lifehouse Demos (1970) – Not A Bootleg, Officially Released By Pete

The Lifehouse Demos (1970)
Pete Townshend’s “As Is” Masterpiece


FIRST POSTED IN 2007 The Lifehouse Demos might
have been recognized as the greatest solo album ever made… if Pete Townshend had released these performances when he secretly recorded them in 1970. Forget the eventually abandoned Lifehouse project’s reputation as an unfinished “failure,” and resist your natural temptation to compare these tapes to later, heroic Who recordings, and you’ll discover a stunning, fully realized, tour de force brimming with so much creativity, so much energy… so many guitars, that early landmark self-made LPs from contemporaries like Todd Rundgren or Paul McCartney simply pale by comparison.

Arranged and recorded by Pete at his inspirational zenith, these recordings are breathtaking. Not quietly acoustic Scoop-like demos, but fully fleshed out recordings. To hell with the Lifehouse “concept,” it’s Townshend’s multi-faceted performances that are revelatory. In Daltry’s hands these songs became anthems, in Townshend’s they become emotional anthems. His rudimentary drumming (like Todd’s & Paul’s) is Ringo-simple as he layers multiple guitars, vocals, keyboards and his groundbreaking “Baba O’Rileysequencer demos into an unheralded pop masterwork. For comparison, imagine 1970’s McCartney as a 3LP set, all with the quality of “Maybe I’m Amazed.” This music should be as historically revered as Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, also from 1970. Instead, these tapes just exist… largely unheard, except by the faithful. That the 25-year-old Townshend recorded most of this by himself, immediately following Tommy, just boggles the mind.

The 2000 6-CD box set,
Lifehouse Chronicles (HERE… the source of these demos, and ripped from the original discs), was well worth the Sterling until collector’s prices kicked in. It’s bursting with unused & rearranged material, string sessions, new re-mixes and a 2-CD live radio play. The first two CDs, however, are these sacred songs and glorious demos… “Pure And Easy,” “Bargain,” “Goin’ Mobile,” an endless array of now iconic material. It’s rare when you can pinpoint the exact moment of the very pinnacle of a great artist. For Pete Townshend, this moment is untouchable. Maybe… by anyone.

THE LIFEHOUSE DEMOS 1
Teenage Wasteland
Goin’ Mobile
Baba
O’Riley
Time Is Passing
Love Ain’t For Keeping
Bargain
Too Much Of Anything
Music Must Change
Greyhound Girl
Mary
Behind Blue Eyes
Baba
O’Riley (Instrumental)
Sister Disco

THE LIFEHOUSE DEMOS 2
I Don’t Know Myself
Put The Money Down
Pure And Easy
Getting In Tune
Let’s See Action
Slip Kid
Relay
Who Are You
Join Together
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Song Is Over

PETE TOWNSHEND Lifehouse Chronicles 6CD (2000)

Lifehouse Chronicles (2000)
The 1970 Demos Are Unbelievable!

Pete Townshend’s 2000 6CD online-only box set, Lifehouse Chronicles, has apparently gone out of print. It’s no longer available on Pete’s website, anyway. We posted the first 2 CDs (consisting of those glorious demos) back in ’07. You can read the sell job HERE and listen to four tracks below (“Goin‘ Mobile,” “Bargain,” “Pure And Easy” and “Let’s See Action”). Here’s the entire box. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

1 – DEMOS
Teenage Wasteland
Going Mobile
Baba O’Riley
Time is Passing
Love Ain’t for Keeping
Bargain
Too Much of Anything
Music Must Change
Greyhound Girl
Mary
Behind Blue Eyes
Baba O’Riley (Instrumental)
Sister Disco

2 – DEMOS CONTINUED
I Don’t Even Know Myself
Put the Money Down
Pure And Easy
Getting in Tune
Let’s See Action
Slip Kid
Relay
Who Are You
Join Together
Won’t Get Fooled Again
The Song Is Over

3 – THEMES & EXPERIMENTS
Baba M1 (O’Riley 2nd Movement 1971)
Who Are You (Gateway Remix – From Shepherds Bush Empire 1998)
Behind Blue Eyes (New version 1999)
Baba M2 (2nd Movement Part 1 1971)
Pure and Easy (Original Demo Reworked 1999)
Vivaldi ((Baba M5 on Psychoderelict) with Hame 1999)
Who Are You (Live and Uncut at the Shepherds Bush Empire 1998)
Hinterland Rag (Piano Rag for Three Hands – Yamaha Disklavier 1999)
Pure and Easy (New Version 1999)
Can You Help the One You Really Love? (Demo 1999)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (Live and Uncut at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire 1998)

4 – ARRANGEMENTS & ORCHESTRATIONS
Townshend: One Note – Prologue
Purcell: Fantasia Upon One Note (Quick Movement)
Townshend: Baba O’Riley
Scarlatti: Sonata K:212
Townshend: Tragedy
Corrette: No. 4 Aria
Corrette: No. 2 Giga
Corrette: No. 6 in D Minor
Corrette: No. 3 Adagio and Allegro
Townshend: Hinterland Rag
Scarlatti: Sonata K:213
Purcell: The Gordian Knot Untied
—Overture
—Allegro
—Air
—Rondean Minuet
—Air
—Jig
—Chaconne
—Air
—Minuet
—Overture (Reprise)
Townshend: Tragedy Explained
Townshend: One Note – Epilogue
Purcell: Fantasia Upon One Note

5 – RADIO PLAY Part 1
6 – RADIO PLAY Part 2

STEPHEN STILLS & MANASSAS MusikLaden Live (1972) – Hear & Watch The Entire Show

MusikLaden Live (1972)
Excellent Soundstage Performance

FIRST POSTED IN 2007 In 1972, with an already embarrassingly rich resume (Buffalo Springfield, Super Session (HERE), CSN&Y), Stephen Stills’ finest hour was still to come. Along with ex-Byrd/Burrito Chris Hillman, Stills co-founded Manassas and issued a 2LP declaration of independence (HERE, in the archives) that was called “a sprawling masterpiece” by the All Music Guide. Manassas was barely 6 months old when they convened at the film studios of Germany’s Radio Bremen to record this excellent 35+ minute live performance for the TV show, MusikLaden. Released on DVD in 2000 (reportedly, the only visual documentation of the band), this audio version of MusikLaden Live captures Manassas, with no audience, expertly fusing Stills’ musical passions (blues rock, Latin & country) into a distinctively potent blend. Note this set’s suite of songs, beginning with “Song Of Love” and running uninterrupted through to “Jet Set (Sigh).” Instead of concluding the run as originally recorded on the LP (with “Anyway”), Stills throws the band a live curve ball (you can actually see and hear the momentary confusion at the 20:45 mark) and, in front of the rolling cameras, kicks off an extended jam instead (at 22:00). The DVD is worth owning just to see Stills’ short-lived Manassas in performance mode, something most of us never got the opportunity to experience. Find the DVD at Amazon, HERE. Watch the entire show, below. MP3’s in comments.

Bound To Fall
It Doesn’t Matter

Hide It So Deep

Song Of Love

Rock & Roll Crazies/Cuban Bluegrass/Jet Set (Sigh)/Jam

The Treasure

WHO

THE WHO “Be Lucky” – First New Who In 8 Years


Produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Wilko Johnson, Roger Daltry). To be included in the 2014 best-of, The Who Hits 50, 1CD (HERE) and 2CD (HERE) versions are at Amazon, October 27th. MP3 (made from above video) HERE.

STEVE FERGUSON & THE MIDWEST CREOLE ENSEMBLE Jack Salmon & Derby Sauce (1992), Mama U-Seapa (1996), Mo Ho Criollo: Live At Air Devils Inn (1999) + Morning Prayer (w/ Richard Mattingly 2001) – 4 From NRBQ’s Original Guitarist & Co-Founder

FrontFrontFrontFront
Jack Salmon & Derby Sauce (1992)
Mama U-Seapa (1996)
Mo Ho Criollo: Live At Air Devils Inn (1998)
STEVE FERGUSON & RICHARD MATTINGLY Morning Prayer (2001)
The Evolution Of NRBQ’s Guitarist And Co-Founder

Absolutely fascinating array of solo albums from the criminally under-valued Steve Ferguson, guitarist and co-founder of NRBQ. Ferguson left the band he and Terry Adams created after only two albums, 1969’s NRBQ and 1970’s Boppin’ The Blues (HERE, in the archives), and mysteriously went underground, playing in local ensembles and, on occasion, informally with his Q pals. But Ferguson’s profile was enhanced in 1991 as a driving force behind Johnnie B. Bad (in comments, thanks to Steve626), the debut album by Chuck Berry’s piano player, Johnnie Johnson, before releasing his own solo LP, 1992’s Jack Salmon & Derby Sauce – a likable roots/rhythm & creole outing that would have benefitted from a bigger budget and more aggressive production. Ferguson’s follow-up, in 1996, might be his shining hour. Mama-U-Seapa is an infectious, shuffling, stewy gumbo of hoo doo/Cajun rock that emerged fully formed and ready to please. Ferguson and his band, The Midwest Creole Ensemble moved the party to a live setting for Mo Ho Criollo: Live At Air Devils Inn, stretching their creole blues to the 15 minute mark for a small but appreciative crowd. The 4th album in this collection might be Ferguson’s most interesting – a series of mesmerizing acoustic cantles and morning prayers, recorded with Richard Mattingly, that’s about as far removed from his past work as imaginable. Personally, I love the heartfelt and slightly mystical psychedelic acoustic/spoken word ambiance, though others may be roundly turned off by the religiousness of it all, which would be a shame. But… I’m a heathen, so what do I know? Hit the archives for a bunch of NRBQ (HERE and HERE). You can find Jack Salmon & Derby Sauce (HERE) and Mama U-Seapa (HERE) at Amazon.

Our pal Yotte, who runs the outstanding Sun Ra resource, Adventure-Equation (HERE), sent us these great rarities years ago to share with you, which we’re now just getting around to. Unfortunately, just this week, the powers-that-be have put the screws to Adventure-Equation, effectively shutting down one of the web’s most essential and satisfying labors of love.

JACK SALMON & DERBY SAUCE (1992)
Hot Walker Blues (4:17)
You Don’t Like Your Monster (6:25)
Soul Waltz (5:53)
Jack Salmon & Derby Sauce (4:35)
Hi Di Ho (4:44)
Okie McDokie (3:59)
We Be Go (4:03)
I Stand Accused (6:03)
You Snooze You Lose (5:49)
Jack Samon & Derby Sauce (tag) (0:45)
Hi Di Ho (Live from Mountain Stage) (9:03)


MAMA U-SEAPA (1996)
Fight Like You Talk (5:46)
Shake & Bake (5:10)
Hoo Doo Lovin’ (6:02)
Right String Baby, Wrong Yo-Yo (3:16)
Hey Little Brother (3:12)
Cops & Robbers (7:38)
Coo Cha (2:54)
Lyin’ Cheatin’ Blues (7:11)
You Hung The Moon (4:17)
Pig Latin Love Song (4:06)
Jungle Love (5:59)


MO HO CRIOLLO: LIVE AT AIR DEVILS INN (1998)
Pig Latin Love Song (4:26)
You Can’t Fool Me (9:05)
Lyin’ Cheatin’ Blues (8:41)
Shake & Bake (7:31)
Hotwalker Blues (6:12)
Done Got Used To Doin’ Without (6:03)
Years & Tears (15:20)
Hi Di Ho (14:01)


MORNING PRAYER (2001)
The Seven Cantles Of Morning Prayer I (7:59)
The Seven Cantles Of Morning Prayer II (6:43)
The Seven Cantles Of Morning Prayer III (2:53)
The Seven Cantles Of Morning Prayer IV (4:19)
The Seven Cantles Of Morning Prayer V (7:33)
The Seven Cantles Of Morning Prayer VI (3:29)
The Seven Cantles Of Morning Prayer VII (4:27)

NRBQ &… CARL PERKINS Boppin’ The Blues (1970), SKEETER DAVIS She Sings, They Play (1985), CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO Lou And The Q (1986) – Plus… 9 More NRBQ Greats

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CARL PERKINS & NRBQ Boppin’ The Blues (1970)
SKEETER DAVIS & NRBQ She Sings, They Play (1985)
NRBQ & CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO Lou And The Q (1986)
Three From NRBQ & Friends

Three collaborations from the great NRBQ and some of their pals; legendary rocker Carl Perkins, legendary country singer Skeeter Davis and legendary wrestler-slash-NRBQ “manager,” Captain Lou Albano. The 1970 union with rockabilly great Carl Perkins makes the most sense on paper, as the Q & Carl offer up some early rock ‘n’ roll stylings befitting them both. Only half of the tracks are actual collaborations, however, while the other half are NRBQ-only recordings, which is a good thing, of course, but not exactly what’s advertised. The album with Skeeter Davis is actually the most successful pairing here, as NRBQ falls in behind the country songstress with ease, supporting her with an atypical, but easy-going country style, with a pop/bar band twist. But, long time fans will no doubt be drawn to the big dumb lunacy of the meeting-of-the-minds between NRBQ and Captain Lou Albano – an old school pro-wrestling trash-talker with a penchant for bad jokes, profanity and drunken crowd-rousing… which seems right at home with the Q-boys. In reality, Albano only ‘sings’ on a few numbers (though, barking might be a better description), as he mostly monologues in between tracks with the kind of motor-mouth showmanship you can probably imagine. Still, it’s a fun (mostly live) diversion that finds NRBQ writing the guy a theme song and revisiting their infectious, “Me And The Boys,” from 1980’s Tiddly Winks (below). We’ve got NRBQ’s outstanding Grooves In Orbit, HERE. Find the Q & Skeeter (HERE) and Q & Captain Lou (HERE) at Amazon. Couldn’t find Boppin’ The Blues there, for some reason.

CARL PERKINS & NRBQ
All Mama’s Children (2:02)
Turn Around (3:05)
Tina (1:21) NRBQ ONLY
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard (1:42) NRBQ ONLY
Sure To Fall (2:20) NRBQ ONLY
Flat Foot Flewzy (4:44) NRBQ ONLY
Sorry Charlie (4:01)
Step Aside (1:18)
Rip It Up (1:54) NRBQ ONLY
Allergic To Love (2:46)
On The Farm (2:35) NRBQ ONLY
Boppin’ The Blues (2:46)
Just Coastin’ (1:35) CARL PERKINS ONLY


SKEETER DAVIS & NRBQ
Things To You (3:04)
Everybody Wants A Cowboy (2:33)
I Can’t Stop Loving You Now (3:05)
Heart To Heart (2:34)
Ain’t Nice To Talk Like That (2:36)
Everybody’s Clown (1:52)
Someday My Prince Will Come (2:49)
How Many Tears (2:10)
You Don’t Know What You Got Til You Lose It (3:26)
Roses On My Shoulder (2:47)
Temporarily Out Of Order (2:51)
May You Never Be Alone (2:55)


NRBQ & CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO
The Captain’s Roll Call (0:29)
Captain Lou (2:33)
Tiddly Winks Radio Ad (1:04)
Me And The Boys (3:30)
La Vie En Rose (1:11)
Lou Interview (3:31)
Boardin’ House Pie (3:01)
Terry And The Raccoon (1:22)
Introductions (1:08)
Want You To Feel Good Too (5:17)
Micheal Row The Boat Ashore (2:46)
It Was A Accident (3:49)
Don’t She Look Good (3:12)
Tiddly Winks TV Spot (1:02)
One Time (0:40)
Hidden Track (0:29)

MORE NRBQ…
I’ve got ‘em… you love ‘em… so here they are. Nine more from the world’s greatest bar band. You know where to find them. Click on the covers for links to Amazon’s reissues and hard copies. SCRAPS (1972), WORKSHOP (1973), AT YANKEE STADIUM (1978), KICK ME HARD – THE DELUXE EDITION (1979/1989), TIDDLY WINKS (1978), UNCOMMON DENOMINATORS (1987 Rounder-Era Compilation), WILD WEEKEND (1989), HONEST DOLLAR (1992 Live Compilation), LUDLOW GARAGE 1970 (2006).
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Birds With Broken Wings: Musings Of Miles

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Take this moment to visit and bookmark Birds With Broken Wings (HERE), a favorite blog of ours curated by Miles Mellough who, after 7 years, is calling it a day. Miles and I both began blogging at roughly the same time back in 2007, and I immediately gravitated to his unique approach to sharing. Over the years, Birds With Broken Wings would rarely posts albums… any two-bit blog can do that (ahem). Instead, Miles would dig deep into a given artist’s catalog to present a creatively constructed and thoughtfully chosen musical overview – compilations dictated by artistic merit over commercial appeal – accompanied by detailed and intelligent commentary that consistently gave his readership an insight into what makes an artist’s work worthy of attention. He covered it all… from icons like Sun Ra, Van Morrison or Zappa (his extensive Project/Object series, HERE, is unrivaled), to under-appreciated greats like Ben Sidran, Alan Price or Annette Peacock, to out-of-context unknowns like Jess Roden, Alan Gerber or Chris Youlden… and a thousand points in-between. Miles didn’t just string together a bunch of random tracks. Instead, he spent an inordinate amount of time developing themes, properly mixing and matching material and adjusting levels and fades, to create first-rate, one-of-a-kind comps on a wide array of topics. As for his extensive commentaries, Miles’ expertise might best be exemplified by two Taj Mahal essays from 2011 (HERE & HERE), which included four volumes of shared music encapsulating Taj Mahal’s musical career. When Taj himself came across the posts, he didn’t call his lawyers. Instead… he called Sony Legacy, who were putting together a 2CD set of rarities, along with a 15CD career box set, and hired Miles to write the liner notes. It’s that kind of understanding of an artist’s work, and his ability to translate it into words, that typifies Miles’ approach over at Birds With Broken Wings – which boasts over 300 posts that are guaranteed to educate and illuminate… even us musical know-it-alls (that actually don’t).

Miles has been a good friend to this blog, offering numerous insights and anecdotes in our comments section over the years (always appreciated), even sending us a few obscure albums he thought might be better appreciated on this blog. Birds With Broken Wings will remain briefly in place, but the files will no longer be re-upped, so you shouldn’t waste any time making it a regular part of your musical edification regimen… while you can. You’ll not only discover artists you probably should have known about decades ago, but you’ll also find yourself growing into a more knowledgable and discerning listener in the process.

Thanks Miles.

CHAD STUART AND JEREMY CLYDE Of Cabbages And Kings (1967) + The Ark (1968) – UPGRADED

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Of Cabbages And Kings (1967)
The Ark (1968)
Let’s Score Some Drugs

If Of Cabbages And Kings represented the downside of psychedelia (the triumph of style over substance), then The Ark illustrated the genre’s promise (as an additional color palette for more established formats). Both albums are typical of the glorious excess of the mid-to-late 60s, where whimsy and experimentation often overrode restraint and common sense. But, those of us who were weaning during this period wouldn’t have it any other way, and I – personally speaking – always lose my critical perspective in the presence of psychedelic music, both good and bad. These are the Japanese bonus track versions featuring mono single additions, for which we thank Don from Oregon for supplying, allowing us to upgrade this post after too many years. For fanatics, Sundazed has re-released these titles with fewer (and different) bonuses. Speaking of titles, we went with the more common spelling of The Ark (like the LP’s song title, as opposed to the album’s cover, The Arc). I’ll also point out the curious fate of “Sister Marie,” a Darrel Morrow tune covered in 1968 by Chad & Jeremy, Nilsson and the Gary Usher/Curt Boettcher psych project, Sagittarius: Present Tense (HERE). Morrow must have thought he was the hottest commodity of the era with (at least) three artists clamoring for his tune. But, not one of those cover versions ever made it to an album, as two were relegated to lost b-side status, and all three had to wait for the CD era to even be heard by most fans. Amazon has both Of Cabbages And Kings (HERE) and The Ark (HERE).

OF CABBAGES AND KINGS
Rest In Peace (6:48)
The Gentle Cold Of Down (3:54)
Busman’s Holiday (3:25)
Can I See You (3:51)
Family Way (2:48)
I’ll Get Around To It When And If I Can (2:43)
Prologue (5:50)
Decline (4:11)
Editorial (2:56)
Fall (8:33)
Epilogue (5:10)
Rest In Peace (Mono Single Version) (3:21) – Bonus Track
Family Way (Mono Single Version) (2:49) – Bonus Track
Editorial (Mono Single Version) (2:58) – Bonus Track


THE ARK
The Emancipation Of Mr. X (2:21)
Sunstroke (4:10)
The Ark (4:52)
The Raven (1:30)
Imagination (2:48)
Painted Dayglow Smile (3:29)
Pipe Dream (3:35)
Transatlantic Trauma 1966 (3:21)
Sidewalk Requiem, Los Angeles, June 5th And 6th (3:05)
Pantheistic Study for Guitar And Large Bird (3:36)
Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course (3:20)
You Need Feet (4:32)
Painted Dayglow Smile (Mono Single) (2:32) – Bonus Track
Sister Marie (Mono Single) (3:03) – Bonus Track
You Need Feet (Mono Single) (3:00) – Bonus Track
Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course (Mono Single) (3:25) – Bonus Track

Great Debuts…
ROY ORBISON Sings Lonely And Blue (1961)

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The Birth Of A Legend

After struggling as an ill-suited rockabilly singer at Sun Records, Roy Orbison had a vision. A blend of symphonic rock and doo-wop, marked by deeply emotional ballads, brooding lyrics and lushly dense strings, all designed to underscore Roy’s impeccably distinctive operatic vocal delivery. It was all quite new, in its own way, and as significant an album as Sinatra’s In The Wee Small Hours for its effective use of the Long Playing format for thematic expression. Sings Lonely And Blue was bold, original and, above all, convincing… in a way that rock ‘n’ roll had already ceased to be – rising above a musical landscape populated by vanilla ‘face stars’ in the years after Elvis got drafted, Jerry Lee got ostracized, Buddy Holly got killed and Little Richard got religion. It took multiple sessions and almost a year to complete, while the album’s close mic recording technique and succinct stereo separation made it an early favorite of a growing audiophile movement. A few singles, including “Only The Lonely,” heralded Orbison’s arrival on Monument Records, with just enough lead time to allow Sam Phillips to compile some of Roy’s late 50s Sun recordings for what would technically be his first album, Roy Orbison At The Rock House. But Sings Lonely And Blue is the true birth of Orbison’s legend. Half of the songs were written or co-written by Roy, and are easily identified by the titles; “Only The Lonely,” “Blue Avenue,” “Come Back To Me (My Love),” “Blue Angel,” “I’m Hurtin'”… you get the gist. This is the 2006 remastered version of Sings Lonely And Blue, with 4 bonus tracks. Find it at Amazon, HERE. Want another Great Debut? Find BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETS The “Chirping” Crickets (1957), HERE.

Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel) (2:28)
Bye-Bye, Love (2:16)
Cry (2:44)
Blue Avenue (2:22)
I Can’t Stop Loving You (2:46)
Come Back To Me (My Love) (2:30)
Blue Angel (2:54)
Raindrops (1:55)
(I’d Be) A Legend In My Time (3:11)
I’m Hurtin’ (2:45)
Twenty-Two Days (3:10)
I’ll Say It’s My Fault (2:24)
Uptown (2:10) – Bonus Track
Pretty One (2:21) – Bonus Track
Here Comes That Song Again (2:47) – Bonus Track
Today’s Teardrops (2:12) – Bonus Track

GRATEFUL DEAD Fillmore West, 1969 The Complete Recordings + Bonus Disc (2005) – UPGRADED!

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The Birth Of An Art Form On 10 CDs

One of our earliest posts, from 2007. 10 CDs containing “every note” played by the Grateful Dead at The Fillmore West from February 27 to March 2, 1969. This 2005 internet-only release was limited to 10,000 hard copies, which the Dead sold on their website for an unbelievable $75. Of course, at that price, it pre-sold out before it even officially went on sale. Which makes you wonder if the Dead simply underestimated its appeal or grossly under-priced it just to be good to their ever-devoted fans. Obviously the latter… though, it’s probably a bit of both. These are the original 16 track recordings (state of the art in ‘69) that spawned the measly 1969 double LP, Live/Dead, the album that introduced the Dead’s live group dynamic on record. The Complete Recordings, however, is something else altogether. An indispensable document of the Dead’s evolution from a trippy country blues band into rock’s premier exploratory improvisers. They’d been toying with the blues/jazz/free-form concept for years, but in 1969 – and particularly here – it all came together. The lineup: Pigpen, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Tom Constanten. We’ve been meaning to upgrade this post for years, and are now able to, thanks to Don From Oregon. Hear Disc 7’s 24 minute “Turn On Your Love Light,” below. We’ve got more Dead in the archives, HERE. Find used hard copies (maybe even my old one) at Amazon, HERE. Track Listings in are in Comments.


PLUS… THE BONUS DISC
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Because 10
CDs For $75 Wasn’t Good Enough

Here’s the bonus disc that came with the box set, Fillmore West, 1969 – The Complete Recordings. It contains almost 80 minutes of unreleased recordings from The Carousel Ballroom/Fillmore West, 1968 to 1970, kicking off with a 30 minute plus “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” (from The Fillmore East, actually) and ending with a fragile, 1970 version of “High Time,” which you can hear below.

Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) (The Fillmore East, June 14, 1968)
He Was A Friend Of Mine (June 8, 1969)
China Cat Sunflower (June 8, 1969)
New Potato Caboose (June 8, 1969)
China Cat Sunflower (February 7, 1970)
I Know You Rider (February 7, 1970)
High Time (February 7, 1970)

DAVID HIDALGO-MATO NANJI-LUTHER DICKINSON 3 Skulls And The Truth (2012) – Members of Los Lobos, Indigenous & The North Mississippi Allstars

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Three Guys Walk Into A Bar…

Blisteringly bluesy and raucous fusion of border town barroom rock and roll, boasting a spontaneous one-take vibe, as proffered by a band of seasoned vets… including Luther Dickinson (The North Mississippi All Stars), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) and Mato Nanji (of native-American rockers, Indigenous). 3 Skulls And The Truth delivers pretty much what you’d expect from a loose studio configuration fronted by a trio of guitarists, as they channel the frenzied energy of working man’s Tex-Mex rock, via a half-emptied bottle of Stevie Ray Vaughan with a ZZ Top chaser. The riffs are straight-up and boogie-simple, but the head-butting guitar dynamics make for a messy collision of trippy leads swirling throughout the mix. The kind of music you’d brave an across-the-border, all-night vampire’s bar/lair to hear. We’ve got some LOS LOBOS in the archives, including Colossal Head (HERE), Kiko + Kiko Live (HERE), Mt. Tabor Theater, Portland, OR 1999 (HERE), along with a bunch of Lobos offshoot projects (all HERE) including THE LATIN PLAYBOYS Dose, CESAR ROSAS Soul Disguise, HOUNDOG Houndog and LOS SUPER SEVEN Los Super Seven. Find 3 Skulls And The Truth at Amazon, HERE.

Have My Way With You (6:41)
I’m a Fool (4:24)
Make It Right (5:56)
Mississippi Clean (4:29)
Coming Home (5:48)
All I Know (4:07)
The Worldlly And The Devine (5:55)
Still Looking (6:15)
Cold As Hell (5:39)
The Truth Ain’t What it Seems (4:48)
Woke Up Alone (5:25)
Natural Comb (6:06)

THE NICE Live At The Fillmore East – December 1969 (2009)

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Nice!…

Here’s another band I initially missed out on when they were active. The Nice were, stylistically speaking, the organ-heavy precursor to the group that would eventually alert me to their existence, Emerson, Lake & Palmer. This 1969 live show at The Fillmore East is a great sounding, 2CD set that vividly captures the group’s prog dynamics, a blueprint of things to come in the 70s. Keyboardist Keith Emerson would carry his Hammond & Moog’s mixture of rock, jazz and classical music seamlessly into ELP less than a year later, becoming a household name in the process. So ELP fans that never took the time to trace their roots – besides King Crimson (Greg Lake) and Atomic Rooster (Carl Palmer) – will find plenty of common ground with The Nice. Two of the tracks from this previously unreleased show (“Hang On To A Dream” & “America”) first appeared on the posthumous 1971 Nice LP, Elegy. We’ve got Emerson, Lake & Palmer (the 2CD Deluxe Edition debut) in a Wormhole, HERE. Find The Nice’s Live At The Fillmore East – December 1969 at Amazon, HERE.

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Rondo (7:01)
Ars Longa Vita Brevis (13:48)
Little Arabella (6:24)
She Belongs To Me (13:18)
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Country Pie (6:15)
Five Bridges Suite (13:54)
Hang On To A Dream (7:30)
Intermezzo: Karelia Suite (12:30)
America (7:51)
War And Peace (5:21)

THE ZOMBIES The Decca Stereo Anthology (2002)

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World War Z, In Stereo…

Being a Yank, I missed out on The Zombies in the mid-60s. Save for a few singles, radio wasn’t much help in advising me how to allocate my allowance money as far as Colin Blunstone, Rod Agent, Chris White and friends were concerned. Which is why, in my old age, I’m now an easy mark for Zombies compilations. We’ve already got a good one in the archives, The EP Collection (HERE), and here’s another one, 2002’s 2CD The Decca Stereo Anthology. The band’s deep LP tracks make up for their lack of Top 40 hits (on both sides of the pond) and a handful of oddities and alt mixes round out this 48 track set. Check the archives for more from one of the UK’s more criminally under-appreciated exports, including their UK debut, Begin Here (expanded with 17 bonus tracks, HERE) and their psych classic (which wouldn’t have happened in the US were it not for Al Kooper’s intervention), Odessey and Oracle (with 10 bonus tracks, HERE) – plus… The Chrysanthemums’ 1989 song-for-song O&O tribute (courtesy of Miles over at Birds With Broken Wings, HERE). Find The Decca Stereo Anthology at Amazon, HERE.

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It’s Alright With Me (1:50)
She’s Not There (2:22)
You Make Me Feel Good (2:36)
Summertime (2:14)
Woman (2:25)
Leave Me Be (2:06)
Kind Of Girl (2:08)
Sometimes (2:05)
I’m Goin’ Home (1:48)
Road Runner (2:04)
Sticks And Stones (2:55)
Walking In The Sun (2:37)
I Don’t Want To Know (2:08)
Tell Her No (2:07)
What More Can I Do (1:37)
I Remember When I Loved Her (1:58)
I Want You Back Again (Alternate Take) (2:08)
Can’t Nobody Love You (2:13)
The Way I Feel Inside (1:48)
I Got My Mojo Working (3:34)
You Really Got A Hold On Me/Bring It On Home To Me (3:39)
I Can’t Make Up My Mind (2:33)
Work N’ Play (2:02)
I Want You Back Again (Single Version) (2:14)
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She’s Coming Home (2:35)
I Must Move (1:56)
Just Out Of Reach (2:06)
Remember You (Soundtrack Version) (2:08)
Nothing’s Changed (2:30)
I’ll Keep Trying (2:26)
Don’t Go Away (2:36)
Whenever You’re Ready (2:45)
How We Were Before (2:07)
I Love You (3:24)
If It Don’t Work Out (2:28)
I Know She Will (2:33)
Don’t Cry For Me (2:16)
Remember You (Single Version) (1:57)
Is This The Dream (2:45)
Indication (3:00)
I’ll Call You Mine (2:35)
Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself (2:28)
She Does Everything For Me (2:17)
Goin’ Out Of My Head (3:05)
Leave Me Be (Backing Track Take 1) (2:23)
Work N’ Play (Take 2 False Start – Take 3) (2:35)
Just Out Of Reach (Backing Track – Take 4) (1:53)
Whenever You’re Ready (Backing Track – Take 1) (3:10)

MATTHEW SWEET Goodfriend – Another Take On “Girlfriend” (Promo, 1992), Girlfriend (1991) + Girlfriend – The Superdeformed CD (Maxi w/ Demos, 1991)

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Girlfriend (1991)
Girlfriend – The Superdeformed CD Maxi Single (1991)
The Evolution Of A Post…

Perusing the shelves again, I thought I’d put together a cool Matthew Sweet collection centered around his brilliant 1991 pop gem, Girlfriend, by adding the hard-to-find Maxi single, Girlfriend – The Superdeformed CD (with three unreleased demos) and the 1992 promo-only rarity, Goodfriend – Another Take On “Girlfriend” – an exquisite collection of demos, live tracks and two covers from Neil Young and John Lennon. Cool idea, huh? A little mini-tribute to Sweet’s early 90s sweet spot. Well… here it is! But, after putting it all together, I discovered that Columbia had the exact same idea 8 years ago, when they issued the 2CD Legacy Edition of Girlfriend, featuring this exact same collection of tracks. If I’d thought of it first, I’d say I was in the wrong business. Since I didn’t, and I’m not, Girlfriend Legacyyou end up with the original 1991/92 versions of the 2006 Legacy Edition. So it goes. We’ve got more from the great Matthew Sweet in the archives, including; MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS Under the Covers, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 (HERE), THE BANGLES Sweetheart Of The Sun (produced by Sweet) (HERE) and Matt’s cover of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?,” from 1995’s Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits (HERE). Find the remastered version of Girlfriend/Goodfriend at Amazon for as cheap as $5, HERE.

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GOODFRIEND – ANOTHER TAKE ON “GIRLFRIEND” (Promo)
Divine Intervention (Recorded Acoustically At Home 9/8/92) (3:06)
Girlfriend (Recorded In London For BBC1 7/22/92) (2:53)
Day For Night (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (3:23)
Thought I Knew You (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (3:59)
Looking At The Sun (Recorded Acoustically At Home 9/8/92) (4:17)
Does She Talk (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (4:26)
You Don’t Love Me (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (6:51)
Someone To Pull The Trigger (Recorded In London For BBC1 7/22/92) (3:54)
I’ve Been Waiting (Recorded Live In Cleveland 3/26/92) (3:46)
Winona (Recorded Acoustically At Home 9/8/92) (4:32)
Girlfriend (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (4:07)
Cortez The Killer (Recorded Live At San Diego State 8/28/92) (6:30)
Isolation (Recorded Acoustically At Home 9/8/92) (3:02)

Girlfriend

GIRLFRIEND
Divine Intervention (5:37)
I’ve Been Waiting (3:37)
Girlfriend (3:40)
Looking At The Sun (4:17)
Winona (5:02)
Evangeline (5:08)
Day For Night (2:55)
Thought I Knew You (2:58)
You Don’t Love Me (5:23)
I Wanted To Tell You (4:31)
Don’t Go (3:27)
Your Sweet Voice (4:37)
Does She Talk? (3:28)
Holy War (3:26)
Nothing Lasts (3:34)

Girlfriend The Superdeformed CD

GIRLFRIEND – THE SUPERDEFORMED CD (Maxi)
Girlfriend (Album Version) (3:40)
Superdeformed (Demo) (4:10) – Previously Unreleased
Teenage Female (Demo) (3:56) – Previously Unreleased
Good Friend (Demo) (3:44) – Previously Unreleased

VARIOUS ARTISTS Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (4CD, 1998)

FrontNuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (1972/1998)
Rhino’s Essential 4CD Garage Box

We’ve had some Nuggets chatter in Readers Links recently (along with a bunch of uploads, see below), prompting me to pull this one off the shelf… Rhino’s must-own Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 – an expanded 4CD version of a groundbreaking compilation, as curated by Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman and future Patti Smith Group guitarist, Lenny Kaye. The very first Nuggets, issued in 1972, was a 2LP collection of some of the mid-60s most sneering, attitude-ravaged psychedelic garage rock. These days, of course, a compilation of old music is nothing more than par for the course for record labels, so it’s hard for youngsters to fathom the impact Nuggets had in 1972. Nostalgia was still a relatively new phenomenon, and those old 60s 45s – even the hits – were largely lost to time and/or rapidly changing fashion. Nuggets was a minor punk revolution, that is largely credited with inspiring many of those that would carry the garage rock torch into the late 70s. Not only did Lenny Kaye’s liner notes practically coin the term ‘punk,’ but it re-opened the ears of those in search of a direction in the post-Beatles, Prog-heavy, Disco-comming 70s. The first disc of this 4CD box is a faithful recreation of the original 2LP set, while the remaining 3 discs offer an expanded look with even more essentials from the era. Practically every track has a story – from failed bands with legendary members, to writers making inroads before their time, to historic moments in time and space. This is a set that belongs in every collection, and one that spawned a slew of imitators over the years, including Pebbles, UK versions of the same concept, the 20 Volume Rubble Collection (HERE & HERE in the archives)… and a host of Nuggets follow-ups and reissues over the years. You can find a bunch of them in Readers Links (HERE), thanks to our many generous sharers. Search by date to find; 2001’s Nuggets 2: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond 1964-1969 (9/11/2014), 2005’s Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era, 1976-1995 (aka Nuggets 3 – 6/20/2013), 2007’s Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 (aka Nuggets 4 – 6/20/2013), 2009’s Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets: 1965-1968 (aka Nuggets 5 – 6/20/2013), Nuggets (12 Volume vinyl collection released from 1984-89) (9/14/2014), MINDROCKER The Complete Series – Volumes 1-13 (1/10/2014), Circus Days: Pop Psych Obscurities 1966-1972 (10/9/2013), Canterbury Tales – Nuggets from the Psychedelic Underground (6/14/2013). And in our archives; Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionery From The UK Underground 1965-69 (HERE), Ah Feel Like Ahcid – 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults (HERE), Insane Times – 25 British Psychedelic Artyfacts (HERE), among others. Find Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 at Amazon, HERE.

Volume 1
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)
THE STANDELLS Dirty Water
THE STRANGELOVES Night Time
THE KNICKERBOCKERS Lies
THE VAGRANTS Respect
MOUSE A Public Execution
THE BLUES PROJECT No Time Like The Right Time
THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT Oh, Yeah
THE SEEDS Pushin’ Too Hard
THE BARBARIANS Moulty
THE REMAINS Don’t Look Back
THE MAGICIANS An Invitation to Cry
THE CASTAWAYS Liar, Liar
13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS You’re Gonna Miss Me
COUNT FIVE Psychotic Reaction
THE LEAVES Hey Joe
MICHAEL AND THE MESSENGERS Romeo & Juliet
THE CRYAN’ SHAMES Sugar And Spice
THE AMBOY DUKES Baby Please Don’t Go
BLUES MAGOOS Tobacco Road
THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND Let’s Talk About Girls
THE MOJO MEN Sit Down, I Think I Love You
THE THIRD RAIL Run, Run, Run
SAGITTARIUS My World Fell Down
NAZZ Open My Eyes
THE PREMIERS Farmer John
THE MAGIC MUSHROOMS It’s-A-Happening

Volume 2
THE MUSIC MACHINE Talk Talk
THE DEL-VETTS Last Time Around
THE HUMAN BEINZ Nobody But Me
KENNY & THE KASUALS Journey To Tyme
THE SPARKLES No Friend Of Mine
THE TURTLES Outside Chance
THE LITTER Action Woman
THE ELASTIK BAND Spazz
THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND Sweet Young Thing
STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK Incense And Peppermints
THE BROGUES I Ain’t No Miracle Worker
LOVE 7 And 7 Is
THE OUTSIDERS Time Won’t Let Me
THE SQUIRES Going All The Way
THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT I’m Gonna Make You Mine
KIM FOWLEY The Trip
THE SEEDS Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
THE REMAINS Why Do I Cry
THE BEAU BRUMMELS Laugh, Laugh
THE NIGHTCRAWLERS The Little Black Egg
THE GANTS I Wonder
THE FIVE AMERICANS I See The Light
THE WOOLIES Who Do You Love?
THE SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)
THE MERRY-GO-ROUND Live
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Steppin’ Out
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND Diddy Wah Diddy
THE SONICS Strychnine
SYNDICATE OF SOUND Little Girl
BLUES MAGOOS (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet
MAX FROST AND THE TROOPERS Shape Of Things to Come

Volume 3
THE HOMBRES Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)
THE GOLLIWOGS Fight Fire
NEW COLONY SIX At the River’s Edge
THE DAILY FLASH Jack of Diamonds
LYME & CYBELLE Follow Me
THE CHOIR It’s Cold Outside
THE RARE BREED Beg, Borrow and Steal
SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET She’s About a Mover
THE MUSIC EXPLOSION Little Bit O’ Soul
THE “E” TYPES Put the Clock Back on the Wall
THE PALACE GUARD Falling Sugar
THE GESTURES Run, Run, Run
THE RATIONALS I Need You
THE HUMANE SOCIETY Knock, Knock
THE GROUPIES Primitive
THE SONICS Psycho
THE LYRICS So What!!
THE LOLLIPOP SHOPPE You Must Be a Witch
THE BALLOON Farm A Question of Temperature
MOUSE AND THE TRAPS Maid of Sugar Maid of Spice
THE UNIQUES You Ain’t Tuff
THE STANDELLS Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
THE MOJO MEN She’s My Baby
UNRELATED SEGMENTS Story of My Life
THE THIRD BARDO I’m Five Years Ahead of My Time
WE THE PEOPLE Mirror of Your Mind
THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT Bad Little Woman
THE MUSIC MACHINE Double Yellow Line
THE HUMAN EXPRESSION Optical Sound
THE AMBOY DUKES Journey to the Center of the Mind

Volume 4
THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In)
THE LEAVES Too Many People
THE BRIGANDS (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man
THE BARBARIANS Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl
SAM THE SHAM & THE PHARAOHS Wooly Bully
THE STRANGELOVES I Want Candy
THE KINGSMEN Louie Louie
THE KNICKERBOCKERS One Track Mind
THE WAILERS Out Of Our Tree
HARBINGER COMPLEX I Think I’m Down
THE DOVERS What Am I Going To Do
THE CHARLATANS Codine
THE MYSTERY TREND Johnny Was A Good Boy
CLEFS OF LAVENDER HILL Stop, Get A Ticket
THE MONKS Complication
THE SONICS The Witch
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES Get Me To The World On Time
THE OTHER HALF Mr. Pharmacist
RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS Open Up Your Door
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Just Like Me
WE THE PEOPLE You Burn Me Up And Down
THE LEMON DROPS I Live In the Springtime
FENWYCK Mindrocker
THE RUMORS Hold Me Now
THE UNDERDOGS Love’s Gone Bad
THE STANDELLS Why Pick On Me
THE ZAKARY Thaks Bad Girl
GONN Blackout Of Gretely
THE BEES Voices Green And Purple
DAVIE ALLAN & THE ARROWS Blues’ Theme

MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll (Deluxe Edition 1969/1995) + Six More Albums In The Capitol Blues Series

I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll (1969/1995)
Essential 1995 ‘Deluxe Edition’

This Capitol Blues series re-issue is actually an expanded version of Mississippi Fred McDowell’s 1969 album of the same name, adding 11 tracks (three previously unreleased) recorded at the original sessions. The other eight additional tracks were first released on Mississippi Fred McDowell: 1904-1972, just after Fred’s death. The original I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll was a wryly titled classic, McDowell’s first using an electric guitar, and it still stands as one of the more engaging Delta blues albums ever. Though he had been performing since the 20s/30s, McDowell wasn’t “discovered” until the mid-60s, and it was this material that brought his name to the masses. McDowell is probably best known for writing (though, it’s disputed) “You Got To Move,” immortalized in the modern era by The Rolling Stones. We’ve got more from the Capitol Blues Series in the archives, including T-BONE WALKER The Complete Capitol / Black & White Recordings (3CD, HERE), SON HOUSE Delta Blues & Spirituals (HERE), JOHN LEE HOOKER Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings, 1948-52 (3CD, HERE), SONNY TERRY Whoopin’ The Blues: The Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (HERE), LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE Rediscovered Blues (Live Jams) (HERE) & AMOS MILBURN Blues, Barrelhouse & Boogie Woogie 1946-1955 (HERE). Find I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll at Amazon, HERE.

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Baby Please Don’t Go (4:49)
Good Morning Little School Girl (4:28)
Kokomo Me Baby (3:02)
That’s All Right Baby (5:05)
Red Cross Store (4:06)
Everybody’s Down On Me (9:14)
61 Highway (4:45)
Glory Hallelujah (2:49)
Jesus Is On The Mainline (3:40)
Someday (4:33)

TWO
Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
(3:37)
Mortgage On My Soul (4:25)
Baby Let Me Lay Down (In Your Cool Iron Bed) (4:30)
Drop Down Mama (3:44)
Rap/Louise (8:18)
Somebody Keeps Callin‘ Me (3:33)
Eyes Like An Eagle (4:40)
My Baby She Gonna Jump And Shout (Previously Unreleased) (2:40)
Long Line Skinner (Previously Unreleased) (5:54)
Baby Please Don’t Go (Alternate) (Previously Unreleased) (3:08)

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CARLENE CARTER Musical Shapes (w/ Rockpile 1980) + Carlene Carter (w/ The Rumour 1978)


Musical Shapes (1980)
Carlene Carter (1978)
One With Rockpile, The Other With Graham Parker’s Rumour

Carlene Carter grew up in the family business, The Carter Family business. But, when it came time for her to leave the nest, after years on the road with mom (June Carter Cash), she flew the coup to the UK, hooking up with members of The Rumour – who would produce, arrange and perform on her debut album, Carlene Carter. They brought along friends, too, like boss Graham Parker and future husband, Nick Lowe. Parker composes “Between You And Me” while Bob Andrews & Brinsley Schwarz produce. By 1980, Carter was married to Lowe, and Rockpile was her backing band on the universally praised, Musical Shapes – given the trademark of cool by her new label, F-Beat Records (of Jake Riveria & Stiff Records fame). There are plenty of treats on both of these releases, including a delightful duet with Dave Edmunds on Musical Shapes‘ “Baby Ride Easy.” You gotta figure the fanatical Rockpile boys are responsible for talking her into covering step-dad Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire.” Check comments for Carter’s 1981 album, Blue Nun (with Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack & others). Carter’s LPs are out of print, but Carlene Carter (HERE) & Musical Shapes (HERE) are available as expensive two-fers @ Amazon.

MUSICAL SHAPES
Cry (2:06)
Madness (3:01)
Baby Ride Easy (3:20)
Bandit Of Love (2:13)
I’m So Cool (2:35)
Appalachian Eyes (2:57)
Ring Of Fire (3:06)
Too Bad About Sandy (2:59)
Foggy Mountain Top (2:39)
That Very First Kiss (3:05)
Too Drunk (To Remember) (3:02)
Too Proud (3:32)
Produced by Nick Lowe
Carlene Carter – piano
Dave Edmunds – guitar, backing vocals
Billy Bremner – guitar
Nick Lowe – bass
Terry Williams – drums
John McFee – guitar
Johnny Ciambotti – bass


CARLENE CARTER
Love Is Gone
(2:41)
Smoke Dreams (3:08)
Between You And Me (2:51)
I Once Knew Love (3:39)
I’ve Been There Before (2:49)
Never Together (But Close Sometimes) (2:20)
Mr. Moon (2:36)
Alabama Morning (3:40)
Slow Dance (3:44)
Who Needs Words (2:35)
Produced By Bob Andrews & Brinsley Schwarz
Carlene Carter – vocals, piano, backing vocals

Andrew Bodnar – bass
Steve Goulding – drums
Brinsley Schwarz – electric, acoustic, and slide guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Bob Andrews – piano, backing vocals, percussion, organ, electric piano, bass
Nick Lowe – bass, backing vocals
Graham Parker – acoustic guitar, backing vocal
Terry Williams – drums


DAN HICKS & HIS HOT LICKS Original Recordings (1969/1991)

Original Recordings (1969/1991)
Forgotten Pre-Rock Americana

After getting a number of comments about the
beloved Dan Hicks on our Blue Thumb Records post (All Day Thumbsucker Revisited: The History Of Blue Thumb Records, HERE), our pal Coffee Messiah was kind enough to send along this long-lost favorite for us all to enjoy. Original Recordings is the out-of-print, 1991 set of Hicks & Licks’ early recordings from 1969. The motley crew’s shufflin’, post-war, acoustic folk & jazz/blues stew was an anomaly in San Franpsychedelica in the late 60s, but somehow Hicks’ witty repartee and tongue-in-cheek sophistication easily won over the young heads’ hearts and minds. That gypsy bluegrass violin work made it easy, and it’s used to amazing effect on one of Hicks’ high water marks, the slow burning, “I Scare Myself.” You can find it at Amazon (HERE) – at collector’s prices – but the music itself is still a valued taste of forgotten, pre-rock Americana.

Canned Music (4:05)
How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away (2:39)

I Scare Myself (5:18)

Shorty Takes A Dive (3:12)

Evenin’ Breeze (3:56)

Waiting For The 103 (3:44)
Shorty Falls In Love (3:23)
Milk Shakin’ Mama (4:10)
Slow Movin’ (3:10)
It’s Bad Grammar, Baby (2:32)
Jukies’ Ball (5:12)

REM

R.E.M. Monster (1994) + 5 Maxi-Singles + “Songs That Are Live” Promo Maxi (1994-1995) – 17 LIVE TRACKS

What's The Frequency, Kenneth?Bang And BlameCrush With Eyeliner
Strange CurrenciesTongueSongs That Are Live
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? Maxi Single (1994)
Bang And Blame Maxi Single (1994)
Crush With Eyeliner Maxi Single (1994)
Strange Currencies Maxi Single (1995)
Tongue Maxi Single (1995)
Songs That Are Live (Promo Only) (1995)
The Monster Singles + 17 Live Tracks

I was perusing the shelves when I noticed that I apparently went R.E.M. crazy in 1994/95, scoring all of the band’s Maxi-Singles released in support of 1994’s Monster. I was only a casual R.E.M. fan, at best, so I can’t always explain what I find on my own shelves these days, but… here they are for any and all interested. Five Maxi’s, each containing three unreleased live tracks – including 12 songs (almost the entire show) from a November, 1992 Greenpeace benefit at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia… in order, as it turns out, missing only two songs; the set-opening version of “Drive” (they performed that one twice), and the next-to-next-to-last encore, “Love Is All Around” (a Troggs cover). Hear R.E.M.’s live cover of Iggy Pop’s “Funtime,” below. The Tongue Maxi boasts three performances from a 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance, while the promo-only Songs That Are Live duplicates two tracks from the retail Maxi’s, but also includes two unreleased 1995 Detroit recordings. In 2014, Warners would gather all of this material together for a digital-only compilation, Complete Warner Bros. Rarities 1988-2011 (HERE, at Amazon). But… those interested in Monster (below), and the Maxi’s that accompanied it, need look no further than here. We’ve got one other R.E.M. in the archives, Live At The Olympia In Dublin – 39 Songs (HERE). We’ve also got the Hindu Love Gods one-off 1990 album, made up of 3/4ths of R.E.M. and Warren Zevon (plus the rare HLG 45, “Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight”, HERE). R.E.M. also appears on a couple of tribute comps in the archives, Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson (HERE) and MOJO‘s Syd Barrett tribute, The Madcap Laughs Again! (HERE).

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (Maxi Single)
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (4:00)
Monty Got A Raw Deal (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:22)
Everybody Hurts (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (5:42)
Man On The Moon (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (5:23)

Bang And Blame (Maxi Single)
Bang And Blame (4:52)
Losing My Religion (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (5:25)
Country Feedback (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (5:03)
Begin The Begin (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (3:48)

Crush With Eyeliner (Maxi Single)
Crush With Eyeliner (4:42)
Fall On Me (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (3:23)
Me In Honey (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:19)
Finest Worksong (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:09)

Strange Currencies (Maxi Single)
Strange Currencies (3:53)
Drive (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:17)
Funtime (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (2:16)
Radio Free Europe (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:43)

Tongue (Maxi Single)
Tongue (4:13)
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (Saturday Night Live, November 12, 1994) (4:06)
Bang And Blame (Saturday Night Live, November 12, 1994) (4:54)
I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (Saturday Night Live, November 12, 1994) (3:50)

Songs That Are Live (Promo Only)
Crush With Eyeliner (Live In Detroit, June 6, 1995) (4:56)
Tongue (Live In Detroit, June 7, 1995) (4:35)
I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (Saturday Night Live, November 12, 1994) (3:50)
Country Feedback (Live At The 40 Watt Club, November 19, 1992) (4:44)

MonsterMonster (1994)

Maybe not one of the band’s more lauded releases, Monster still contains some solid material, including a personal fave, “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?,” interesting for its source reference, if nothing else. The title comes from a bizarre (and ultimately fatal) incident involving CBS newsman Dan Rather, who was mugged in New York City, while repeatedly being asked, “What is the frequency, Kenneth?” The episode was so cinematic and odd that many doubted Rather’s story, and even Rather himself, until the mystery was finally solved years later, vindicating Rather and verifying his account. The perp would later be arrested and convicted for killing an NBC stage hand outside The Today Show… so, obviously, the guy had serious issues with the media. He was sentenced to 25 years for murder… but paroled after only six. Monster is as cheap as a penny at Amazon, HERE.

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (4:00)
Crush With Eyeliner (4:39)
King Of Comedy (3:41)
I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (3:28)
Star 69 (3:09)
Strange Currencies (3:53)
Tongue (4:13)
Bang And Blame (5:31)
I Took Your Name (4:03)
Let Me In (3:28)
Circus Envy (4:16)
You (4:54)

U2

U2 Songs Of Innocence (2014) – Released Hours Ago


FrontSongs Of Innocence (2014)
First New Album In 5 Years

Look who just released their new album… for free, via iTunes. Songs Of Innocence is U2’s first in 5 years. According to U2.com, the album was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles, and its 11 tracks were largely produced by Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder, with Declan Gaffney and Flood also contributing to the production. Songs Of Innocence will be released physically on Oct. 14 with a 24-page booklet. A deluxe edition with four additional tracks and an acoustic session of album tracks will also be released that day. You know where to look.

The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (4:15)
Every Breaking Wave (4:12)
California (There Is No End to Love) (4:00)
Song for Someone (3:47)
Iris (Hold Me Close) (5:20)
Volcano (3:14)
Raised By Wolves (4:06)
Cedarwood Road (4:25)
Sleep Like a Baby Tonight (5:02)
This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now (5:05)
The Troubles (4:46)

THE WHO The Singles (1984/2011)

FrontThe Singles (1984/2011)
93 Minutes Of Mono 7-Inchers And Alt Mixes

Originally released on LP back in 1984, The Singles was a somewhat half-assed collection of Who tracks that didn’t seem to make much sense. It’s rebirth, in 2011, as an expanded SHM/SACD (a single disc with over 90 minutes), is more logical. Most of the 26 tracks are in mono, with a few scattered odds, sods and/or alternate mixes, making The Singles now worthy of its being. It appears to be The Who’s UK 7″ output and isn’t quite complete complete, but it’s pretty close. No lame B’s, so it’s a fun, hit-filled listen. Posting this also allows us the opportunity to plug our archived Who and Pete Townshend posts (listed below). Find The Singles at Amazon, HERE.

I Can’t Explain (Original Mono Version) (2:05)
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (Original Mono Version) (2:40)
My Generation (Original Mono Version) (3:17)
Substitute (Original Mono Version) (3:48)
I’m A Boy (Original Mono Version) (2:40)
Happy Jack (Original Mono Version) (2:10)
Pictures Of Lily (Alternate Mono Version From ‘Direct Hits’) (2:44)
The Last Time (Original Mono Version) (2:53)
I Can See For Miles (Original Mono Single Version) (4:04)
Dogs (Original Mono Version) (3:06)
Magic Bus (Alternate Mono Version From ‘The Singles LP’) (4:35)
Pinball Wizard (Original Version) (3:03)
See Me, Feel Me (Edited Single Version Of ‘We Are Not Gonna Take It’) (3:23)
The Seeker (Original Version) (3:12)
Summertime Blues (Original Live Version) (3:23)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (Edited Single Version) (3:38)
Let’s See Action (Original Version) (3:58)
Join Together (Original Version) (4:23)
Relay (Original Version) (3:55)
Long Live Rock (Alternate Version From ‘The Ultimate Collection’) (3:56)
5:15 (Remixed Version From ‘Quadorophenia’ Soundtrack) (4:52)
Squeeze Box (Original Version) (2:42)
Who Are You (Edited Single Version) (5:09)
You Better You Bet (Original Full-Length Version) (5:36)
Don’t Let Go The Coat (Original Version) (3:43)
Athena (Original Version) (3:49)

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES…
THE WHO
Live At Leeds (2001 Deluxe, HERE)
Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut (4CD HERE)
Live At Hull (Official, HERE)
Rarities 1966-1972, Vols. 1 & 2 (HERE)
Tommy (The London Symphony Orchestra, HERE)
PETE TOWNSHEND
The Lifehouse Demos (Official 2CD, HERE)
The Lifehouse Chronicles (6CD, HERE)
All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (HERE)
Twenty (a.k.a. Scoop 4) (HERE)
Psychoderelict (Censored Dialogue) + Psychoderelict (Without Dialogue) (Both HERE)
Empty Glass (HERE)
Bonus Tracks 2006 (HERE)
The Meher Baba LPs: Happy Birthday, I Am + With Love (All HERE)
The Oceanic Concerts, A Benefit For Maryville Academy + Magic Bus–Live From Chicago (All HERE)
Live: The Fillmore 1996, Live: The Empire 1998, Live: Sadler’s Wells 2000, Live: La Jolla Playhouse 2001, Live: BAM 1993 (All HERE)
PETE TOWNSHEND & RONNIE LANE
Rough Mix (HERE)
TRIBUTES…
MOJO Presents: The Route To Quadrophenia (HERE)
MOJO Presents: The Who Jukebox (HERE)
MOJO Presents: The Who Covered (HERE)
PETRA HADEN Sings: The Who Sell Out (a cappella, HERE)

THE BLUE HAWAIIANS Live At The Lava Lounge (1995) & Live At The Lava Lounge 2 (2005)

FrontFront2Live At The Lava Lounge (1995)
Live At The Lava Lounge 2 (2005)
Ice Cool Retro

Two excellent live releases from L.A. surf denizens, The Blue Hawaiians. Their 1995 release, Live At The Lava Lounge, captures the Hawaiians’ beloved style – tapping into the “essence of 50s glam, authentic Elvis swagger, retro-exotica surf and b&w noir” (to quote myself), that should register with guitar band fans of the 50s/60s. The Hawaiians sometimes have a whiff of camp-appeal, but generally sound like a working surf band with an edge, winning over modern listeners with choice, offbeat covers like Tom Waits’ “Jockey Full Of Bourbon.” Ten years later, the band would revisit The Lava Lounge with an even better twist on their long-standing formula – extending their performances up to the 15 minute mark and pulling out all their instrumental chops for glorious, powerhouse renditions that benefit from the improvisation and give-and-take interplay. We’ve also got the band’s highly recommended 1999 studio album, Savage Night, in the archives, HERE. Fans of the era may also enjoy The Blue Stingrays (featuring some of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, HERE) and Spy-Fi (HERE). Amazon’s got Live At The Lava Lounge (HERE) and Live At The Lava Lounge 2 (HERE).

LIVE AT THE LAVA LOUNGE (1995)
The Wipe Out (3:13)
Pipeline/Endless Sleep (4:55)
Surfin’ Tragedy (3:31)
A Cheat (6:01)
Latinia (3:40)
Apache (3:22)
Red Top (2:24)
Jockey Full Of Bourbon (3:45)
Baja (3:47)
Caravan (6:04)
Theme For Young Lovers (2:40)
Jet Black (2:43)
Soul Surfer (3:22)
Jack The Ripper (4:36)
Slave Girl (3:09)
The Jester (3:19)
Dick Tracy (5:19)

LIVE AT THE LAVA LOUNGE 2 (2005)
My Favorite Martian (9:24)
Deadman’s (5:31)
Swingin’ Hula Girl/Women In Chains (7:09)
Our Man Flint (3:10)
Human Jungle (6:14)
Highlife (6:41)
Banzai Pipeline (6:33)
Beat Girl (2:35)
Dick Tracy (15:26)
Hot Rods To Honolulu (4:23)
Experiment In Terror (11:04)

R. CRUMB & HIS CHEAP SUIT SERENADERS Chasin’ Rainbows (1976/1993) & Singing In The Bathtub (1978/1993)


Chasin’ Rainbows (1976/1993)
Singing In The Bathtub (1978/1993)
Kinda Makes You Wanna Hit A Back Alley Speakeasy

There’s something sacrilegious about hearing the 1920s music of R. Crumb (famed comic artist) And His Cheap Suit Serenaders on compact disc. After all, when this group of geek misfits first surfaced in the early 70s, their style of loose, Prohibition-era music was actually first pressed on 78rpm records, as a novelty, perhaps, but still befitting the atmosphere of the times. A true connoisseur of this era would likely judge our modern plastic equivalents – and their pristine sound – antithetical to the spirit of the music. And, they’d probably be right. Chasin’ Rainbows and Singing In The Bathtub are R. Crumb’s second and third albums, not-so-originally titled #2 & #3 when first issued on 33rpm vinyl in the mid-70s. These MP3 downloads, however, are from the 1993 CDs reissued by Shanachie Records. 78s, 33-1/3rds, CDs, MP3s… step by step we get further and further from the essence. As a dumb young rocker in the 70s, this all seemed like little more than cornball novelty music, with tap-happy banjos, wheezing rhythms and singing saw solos. In reality, this is an amalgamation of blues, dixieland and immigrant-inspired Americana, a music – and a time – that is lost (along with 78s themselves) to all but directors of period cinema and the true enthusiasts. There are surely finer practitioners of this lost art, but Robert Crumb and the boys do an admirable job. Hear some examples below. Zoot suits and reefer not included. You can find both Chasin’ Rainbows (HERE) and Singing In The Bathtub (HERE) at Amazon.

Chasin Rainbows
Alabama Jubilee (2:42)
Chasin’ Rainbows (3:19)
Fine Artiste Blues (3:07)
Hula Medley (4:06)
I Want A Little Girl (3:25)
Persian Rug (4:00)
Mysterious Mose (3:18)
Crying My Blues Away (3:32)
She Lived Down By The Firehouse (3:17)
Diane (3:03)
Make My Cot Where The Cot-Cot-Cotton Grows (3:34)
Moana March (3:07)

Singing In The Bathtub
Singing In The Bathtub (3:12)
Chile Blues (2:19)
Dream Of Heaven (2:57)
Suits Crybaby Blues (3:06)
Collier Medley: Ben Hur March & Napoleon March (3:18)
Shopping Mall (2:17)
Yearning And Blue (3:24)
Hula Girl (2:20)
Pedal Your Blues Away (2:47)
La Gima Polka (2:00)
Sing Song Girl (3:48)
Home (4:07)
My Gal Sal (2:59)
Hano Hano Hawaii (3:34)

MARC RIBOT Y LOS CUBANOS POSTIZOS (The Prosthetic Cubans) (1998) & Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining) (2002)


(The Prosthetic Cubans) (1998)
Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining) (2002)
Avant Guitarist Starts A Cuban Revolution

Ribot is best known as a downtown, avant garde jazz player with The Lounge Lizards and John Zorn, as well as his more noticeable appearances via albums & tours with Elvis Costello and Tom Waits. In 1998, however, Ribot somehow got himself signed to Atlantic Records and recorded this breakout fusion of live-in-the-loft, downtown small-combo Cubano music. Stand-up bass, wood blocks and assorted percussion punctuate the band’s Latin urgency and Ribot’s aggressively angular guitar work is both inspiring and infectious. When Ribot easily makes his guitar sound like steel drums, you know you’re in the presence of a master. I had the pleasure of catching these guys in a small club around the turn of the century and wasn’t necessarily surprised that Ribot & Co. live sounds exactly like their debut, (The Prosthetic Cubans), at Amazon (HERE). The 2002 follow-up/finale, Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining), is cut from the same cloth (HERE). We’ve got some of Ribot’s difficult music, Yo! I Killed Your God, in the archives, HERE. Check out Ribot’s work on John Zorn Plays The Music Of Ennio Morricone, HERE.

(THE PROSTHETIC CUBANS)
Aurora En Pekin (5:31)
Aqui Como Alla
(4:52)
Como Se Goza En El Barrio (3:30)
Postizo (4:56)
No Me Llores Mas (5:40)
Los Teenagers Bailan Changui (4:50)
Fiesta En El Solar (5:06)
La Vida Es Un Sueno (3:30)
Esclavo Triste (6:07)
Choserito Plena (2:47)

MUY DIVERTIDO! (Very Entertaining)
Dame Un Cachito Pa’Huele (3:15)
Las Lomas De New Jersey (4:37)
El Gaucho Rojo (5:56)
Obsesion (4:20)
El Divorcio (3:44)
Se Formo El Bochinche (4:30)
Baile Baile Baile (4:04)
No Puedo Freinar (4:31)
Jaguey (4:33)
Carmela Dame La Llave (3:14)

THE BEATLES Backwards/Sdrawkcab

Sdrawkcab
Just Saving You The Trouble

FIRST POSTED IN 2009: Something for all you drug users and/or conspiracy theorists out there. 23 tracks from seltaeB ehT, recorded backwards, so you can bliss out, dissect its contents, search for clues or just get your chops in order for Rock Band. Funny enough, The Beatles began playing backwards games early on – in 1963 – when the band’s merchandising arm was christened “Seltaeb.” By 1965, the boys were experimenting with the concept in their music (“Rain” was probably the first prominent use of backwards recording in pop music). It didn’t take long for John Lennon to embrace the concept fully, leading to Sgt. Pepper’s’ and The White Album’s use of more sophisticated shenanigans, some fueling the Paul Is Dead rumors. As for “Revolution #9,” it was such a sonic jumble to begin with that this backwards version just sounds like a remix. So… what’s the purpose? There is none. If you’ve seen this artwork in less creative surrounds, now you know where it originated.

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Ynop A Gid I
Llih Eht No Loof Eht
Enif Leef I
Reverof Sdleif Yrrebwarts
Seiggip
Rehtegot Emoc
Yrc Ybab Yrc
Gniylf
Niar
Swonk Reven Worromot
Sdnomaid Htiw Yks Eht Ni Ycul
Gnol Gnol Gnol
Nos s’erutan Rehtom
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Nus eht Semoc Ereh
Efil eht Ni Yad A
Esrevinu eht Ssorca
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