DON “SUGARCANE” HARRIS Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues (1973 Unreleased Deluxe Edition) UPGRADED!

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Unreleased Deluxe Edition

UPGRADED! If you got this one back in 2010 when we originally posted it… get it again! Back when I was first turning on to electric violinists, there seemed to be but three big names in the field; Papa John Creach, Jean-Luc Ponty and Don “Sugarcane” Harris (with no disrespect, of course, to the Darol Angers and David LaFlammes of the world). Both Ponty and Harris worked within Zappa’s ranks, which is where I first heard both… and why electrified violinists still make me think of FZ to this day. Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues was recorded live at the Berliner Jazztage Festival in 1971, and is considered one of his best. Now, for the first time, we’re fattening the original LP with three, recently unearthed, unreleased outtakes from the same performance. An additional 25 minutes, creating this (now upgraded) fake Deluxe Edition. Our original post used a vinyl rip of Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues, but we’ve now upgraded those files, using the fantastic sounding 2010 CD reissue of this 1973 album, which boasts some additional minutes of introductions and audience response. It’s far superior to our original post and well worth your download time again. It’s music that’s ideal for those who straddle the jazz/rock/blues divide and pine for a unique approach, if only just to distinguish it all from the rest. Check out Harris’ mouth-watering band; Don “Sugarcane” Harris (electric violin, vocals), Volker Kriegel (guitar), Terje Rypdal (guitar), Wolfgang Dauner (piano), Neville Whitehead (bass) & Robert Wyatt (drums).

Liz Pineapple Wonderful (10:31)
Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues (15:22)
Song For My Father (10:53)
Where’s My Sunshine (12:37)
It’s Not My Fault (8:14) – Unreleased Bonus Track
Moog Solo (2:45) – Unreleased Bonus Track
Been Down So Long (13:39) – Unreleased Bonus Track

ANALOG BIRDS Anti-Presence (2014)
Brand New Other-Worldly Pop Release!

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New Music From One Of Our Favorites…

The first new music in nearly seven years from Analog Birds. Typical of the band’s mission statement, Anti-Presence is a swirling array of pop harmonies and shifting musical beds. A challenge, perhaps, for those who are easily satisfied by the radio, but for pop connoisseurs who crave original ideas, inventive vocal arrangements and a grab bag of stylistic invention, Analog Birds’ elaborately detailed obsessions are refreshingly unique. The 7-minute “Exit Visa” is a great example of the band’s compositional restlessness. Each song is constructed in such a way as to never seem settled, never rely on templates and never repeat itself on cue – pinballing from idea to idea and evolving from segment to segment. In short… you’ve never heard music quite like this before, and that fact alone should warrant 15 minutes of your time… especially if you’re the type that feels you’ve already heard it all before. Listen to the entire release via the Bandcamp player below, and score it for $2 (or more, if you’re the supportive type, in an array of formats – MP3 to ACC to FLAC, along with a digital booklet). We’ve got a lot of free Analog Birds posted in the archives (HERE), but you can also get it all at the band’s site, Mount Valley Manufacture (HERE), which boasts even more material from friends and bandmembers.

SANTANA Borboletta (1974)

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Admired By Some, Ignored By Many

You can spotlight virtually any of Santana’s early albums and be amazed at the invention and brilliance embedded in the group’s ever-evolving DNA. The band’s first brush with fame was followed by an explosion of exponential growth, as LPs like Caravanserai, Welcome, Lotus and the Carlos/John McLaughlin collaboration Love, Devotion, Surrender, found Santana moving away from the San Francisco Latin/psych rock embraced by the Woodstock crowd, full steam ahead into a jazzier, spacier, more spiritual world-rhythm compliment that was swiftly costing the band sales, airplay and fans. One of the albums that fared worst with the masses was also one of my hands-down favorites, 1974′s Borboletta – a fusion of Carlos Santana’s growing devotion to Miles Davis and John Coltrane (not to mention Flora Purim), with the band’s scaled back – almost laid back – afro-Latin percussion attack. For me, Borboletta‘s strength is what many perceived at its weakness… the songs. On the surface, the album’s vocal tracks (“Life Is Anew,” “Give And Take,” “One With The Sun,” “Practice What You Preach,” “Mirage”) came across as little more than framework shells, lacking distinctive progressions or colorful vocal characteristics. But, I found them instantly attractive back in the mid-70s and their smooth warmth, mixed with Carlos’ always awe-inspiring lead guitar work, sounded fresh and inviting to these ears. Of course, that could just be a reflection of my 40 years growing up with it, because it’s hard to imagine newbies being wowed by the simple, repetitive choruses and seemingly aimless jams. Still, Borboletta is an LP I’ve never tired of. There’s a 2014 vinyl reissue at Amazon, HERE. We’ve got more Santana in the archives, including MCMLXVIII (pre-fame recordings, HERE), 1978′s GIANTS, a vinyl-only release with Santana, Herbie Hancock & Lee Oscar (HERE), some live Santana on Fillmore: The Last Days (HERE) and MICHAEL SHRIEVE’s In Suspect Terrain (HERE). Also… a rare release from Carlos’ own Guts And Grace label, Sacred Sources, Vol. 1: Live Forever (HERE), featuring rare live tracks from Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Coltrane, Bob Marley and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Spring Manifestations (Sound Effects) (1:05)
Canto De Los Flores (3:47)
Life Is Anew (4:16)
Give And Take (5:47)
One With The Sun (4:23)
Aspirations (5:12)
Practice What You Preach (4:32)
Mirage (4:43)
Here And Now (3:02)
Flor De Canela (2:20)
Promise Of A Fisherman (8:06)
Borboletta (2:51)

THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC Górecki Symphony No. 3 – Live At Southbank Centre Royal Festival Hall, April 17, 2010 – Unreleased

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Get Some Culture, Whydoncha?

Government regulations dictate that we must set aside a percentage of our space to offer music that’s considered culturally relevant, in order to help educate the masses and wean people away from the evil influences of depravity and rock ‘n’ roll. So, here you go… a touch of class, in the form of the magnificently minimalist classical masterpiece, Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, also known as “The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.” When it comes to atmospheric and tangible melancholy, this roughly hour-long piece takes the cake. A slow, quiet exercise in restraint that forces the listener to lean in to fully grasp what’s going on, as Górecki’s deeply sensitive work is a long, quiet musical tease. I’ll spare you the details about the piece’s heavy subject matter (you can read about it at Wiki, HERE), but since this is one of the biggest selling contemporary classical works ever recorded, a little education won’t hurt when you’re at your next tuxedoed dinner party with the mayor. This is a unique, unreleased 2010 live performance by The London Philharmonic, conducted by Marin Alsop, but we’ve also got a 1994 CD version buried in the archives (a previous government-mandated requirement, HERE), posted when Górecki died in 2010. Find different versions of this work at Amazon, HERE.

GORECKI Symphony no.3 – I Lento – Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile (28:41)
GORECKI Symphony no.3 – II Lento e Largo – Tranquillissimo (8:57)
GORECKI Symphony no.3 – III Lento – Cantabile-Semplice (18:45)

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STAN RIDGWAY The Drywall Project / The Drywall Incident (1997)

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Stan Runs The Voodoo Down

Wall of Voodoo fans can rejoice in this 1997 Australian release, a 2CD “Deluxe Edition” (of sorts) of Stan Ridgway’s largely ignored 1995 release, Work The Dumb Oracle (issued under the group moniker, Drywall). Though Work The Dumb Oracle sank like a stone when his record company closed shop, musically the LP was a welcomed return to form for the Wall of Voodoo frontman, and was filled to the brim with his dryly detached sing-song monologues and churning industrialized rock. The bonus disc of previously unreleased instrumental music is more of the same strange brew. It’s tagged as “Incidental Music From The Drywall Incident,” but isn’t a soundtrack of any recognizable kind. As fans know, as distinctive as Ridgway’s vocals are, his driving, mechanical attack is equally fundamental to his overall sound, so this alt-viewpoint is a welcomed addition. The Drywall name and concept was a one-shot deal, until 10 years later when Stan released a 2005 follow-up, Barbecue Babylon. Find this rare Australian 2CD import at Amazon, HERE.

The Drywall Project (Work The Dumb Oracle)
Back Towards Diamond Bar (2:08)
Police Call (5:19)
New Blue Mercedes (3:33)
Bel Air Blues (4:51)
Hell in a Handbasket (2:11)
Highway Song (4:58)
Mr. Smith (5:29)
Time Wave Zero (5:25)
Old Bent Coin (2:32)
My Exclusive Sex Club (2:46)
Triangle Head (2:55)
Big American Problem (7:09)

Incidental Music From The Drywall Incident
Blue Fog (3:51)
Confusion At The Alibi Room (1:46)
Violence And Murder (0:19)
The Drywall Incident (3:42)
Flight To Earth (3:03)
Riot In Dogtown (3:55)
Wexstun Burns The Money (2:39)
Downtown Doorbell (0:34)
Ivan’s Walk For Food (1:35)
Ridgway Trouble (0:53)
Bring Me The Head Of Jackie Lazar (2:07)
Pinkerton Weeps For Dummy (1:53)
SR Talks Gun Control (1:25)
Questions, Then? (3:40)
Drywall Is God (6:00)
The Visitors Are Here (1:55)
A Pencil For Jacob (1:23)
Grasso Gets Fired (2:14)
The Drywall Incident Demo (3:01)

RAINY DAY Rainy Day (1984) – Members of Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, Three O’Clock & The Bangles

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An Idea Hatched At A Green On Red Bar-B-Que

As I haven’t been getting out much (visiting other blogs), I’ve been relying on the kindness of strangers for some of the stuff I’ve been listening to recently. This album, posted by Zed in Readers Links (thanks), is a 1984 gathering of pals from L.A.’s so-called Paisley Underground, banding together for this obscure and quite rare album of 60s cover songs. The arrangements are solid, if a bit vocally dour, and often lean to the acoustic/folkie end of the spectrum… with hints of The Mamas And The Papas occasionally surfacing, thanks mostly to the voices of The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs (& Vicki Peterson) and founding Dream Syndicate member, Kendra Smith. Karl Precoda, of the Syndicate also appears, as do members of The Rain Parade, The Three O’Clock, and friends. The cover of Hendrix’s “Rainy Day, Dream Away” fares the best, probably because it’s the only truly psychedelic offering (and presumably the band’s namesake). Released the same year as The Bangles debut, which allows us to point you to the archives for more BANGLES Sweetheart Of The Sun (HERE), SUSANNA HOFFS & MATTHEW SWEET Under the Covers, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 (HERE) and THE DREAM SYNDICATE The Days Of Wine And Roses (HERE), The Day Before Wine And Roses: Live at KPFK, September 5, 1982 (HERE) and The Complete Live At Raji’s (HERE). Find Rainy Day at collector’s prices at Amazon, HERE.

I’ll Keep It With Mine (3:25) – Bob Dylan
John Riley (3:15) – The Byrds
Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (3:20) – Buffalo Springfield
Sloop John B. (4:23) – The Beach Boys
Soon Be Home (A Quick One While He’s Away) (4:09) – The Who
Holocaust (3:53) – Big Star
On The Way Home (2:53) – Buffalo Springfield
I’ll Be Your Mirror (2:36) – Velvet Underground & Nico
Rainy Day, Dream Away (11:33) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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

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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)
FRANK FAIRFIELD Duncan & Brady (4:19)

MORE LOONEY TUNES: Bugs Bunny At The Symphony (2010) + That’s All Folks! Cartoon Songs From Merrie Melodies & Looney Tunes (2001)

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Live Toon Lunacy

Continuing my Kindness Of Strangers Tour… many thanks go out to Harry for sending along these excellent additions to our growing library of cartoon music. 2010′s Bugs Bunny At The Symphony is a live performance/recording of The Sydney Symphony performing selections from various Merrie Melodies – something I would pay dearly to have personally experienced. Of course, you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming to The Nutcracker, but cue up some Warner Bros. cartoon soundtracks, themes and sound effects, and I’d be there in a heartbeat… a condition I blame entirely on my upbringing in front of the TV set. Of course, there’s nothing kiddie about this music, an amazingly elaborate mash-up of modern orchestral composition and well-known American song… that just happens to serve as the backdrop to a brilliant series of Marx Brothers and Keystone Cops styled animation. Here it is live in concert. Just listen to the crowd’s rousing response to the “Merrie Melodies Theme” in this stuffy symphony setting to understand how this music has infiltrated our collective psyches. We’ve got plenty more along these lines in the archives, including A Big Box Of Looney Tunes – Music Scores For 71 Full Length Warner Bros. Cartoons – 4 hours of cartoon soundtracks (HERE), The Carl Stalling Project: Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958 and More Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1939-1957, along with Bugs Bunny On Broadway (all HERE), RAYMOND SCOTT The Music Of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights & Tex Avery Cartoons: Music From The Tex Avery Original Soundtracks (HERE). Find Bugs Bunny At The Symphony at Amazon, HERE.

Dance Of The Comedians From “The Bartered Bride” (5:18)
The Warner Bros. Fanfare/Merrie Melodies Theme (0:49)
“Baton Bunny” (4:15)
“Rhapsody Rabbit” (6:22)
I Love To Singa Medley (6:38)
“Zoom And Bored” (6:22)
“The Rabbit Of Seville” (7:27)
Overture To “The Beautiful Galatea” (6:57)
“Tom And Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl” (5:55)
“Scooby-Doo’s Hall Of The Mountain King” (2:24)
“Bedrock Ballet” (2:19)
“A Corny Concerto” (8:02)
Excerpt From “Long-Haired Hare” (2:56)
“What’s Opera, Doc?” (7:07)
Merrie Melodies Theme/”That’s All Folks!” (1:03)

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More Rare Cartoon Scores & Excerpts

Released by Kid Rhino in 2001, That’s All Folks! Cartoon Songs From Merrie Melodies & Looney Tunes is a 2CD collection of music, voices and effects from various Warner Bros. toons, almost all of which are not included on our Big Box Of Looney Tunes from last month. Even though I’m a big fan of cartoon music, this collection zoomed totally under my radar this century, as I didn’t even know it existed until Harry sent it along last week. This collection includes a handful of complete scores, mixed with compilation tracks compiled from numerous cartoons. A companion, of sorts, to Hal Willner’s Carl Stalling Project releases, except there are lots of character voices and sound effects on this kid-geared release. Fortunately, when it comes to Looney Tunes, it doesn’t matter how old you are to enjoy it. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Book Revue (Complete Soundtrack) (7:02)
Bugs Bunny’s Greatest Hits (11:30)
Back Alley Oproar (Complete Soundtrack) (7:30)
Choral Classics (4:48)
Swingin’ Singers (13:17)
Katnip Kollege (Complete Soundtrack) (7:22)
What’s Opera, Doc? (Complete Soundtrack) (6:52)
Daffy And Porky: The Oddest Couple (6:46)
Looney ‘Toon Interludes (11:47)
Have You Got Any Castles? (Complete Soundtrack) (6:13)
Musical Moments (12:15)
Three Little Bops (Complete Soundtrack) (6:39)

VIC MIZZY COLLECTION: The Ghost And Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Shakiest Gun In The West (1968) + The Addams Family (1965)

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The Ghost And Mr. Chicken (1966)
The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
The Shakiest Gun In The West (1968)
As Comically Memorable And As Richly Colorful As Cartoon Music

More from the kindness of strangers that I’ve been enjoying lately… Our pal RobJam has posted some of the great Vic Mizzy’s work in Readers Links and, being a stone cold fan, I figured we’d post some up top for all to revel in. Mizzy has scored other soundtracks in his career besides The Addams Family TV show and a few Don Knotts classics, but those just happen to be among his most recognizable work… as well as great examples of what can be achieved in the hands of a seasoned vet. Mizzy’s Don Knotts flicks are a masterclass in colorful, animated scoring that are as essential to the overall films as, say, Carl Stalling’s music was to The Warner Bros. Looney Tunes franchise. Because, in ways, Mizzy’s music is similar in theme, structure and execution. He’s prone to incorporate well-known Americana themes (like “Camptown Races” or “He’s A Jolly Good Fellow”) into his original arrangements, while his distinctively bright, offbeat and memorable cues easily match Knotts’ range of emotional situations; from clueless joy and puppy love to humiliation, rejection or steely reserve. You can’t listen to these film’s main character themes without picturing Knotts ambling down the street in his jerky, tic-ridden, cartoony way. Mizzy’s peak era of the mid-60s found him liberally incorporating plucked electric guitars and garage rock beds into his more traditional stylings, all colored with flighty vibes and jazzy brass blasts to accentuate the action. If you’re a fan, you know all this already. If not… you might enjoy these three essential soundtrack wonders, courtesy of RobJam, who also donated Mizzy’s Castle horror score, The Night Walker, HERE. Note that The Reluctant Astronaut includes scans of the outstanding booklet about Mizzy’s work, while The Shakiest Gun… boasts a slew of bonus tracks. Find hard copies of The Ghost And Mr. Chicken (HERE), The Reluctant Astronaut (HERE) and The Shakiest Gun In The West (HERE) at Amazon. I was so smitten I grabbed the Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack, 4 of his films (including the 3 above) on 2 DVDs, for under $10 used at Amazon, HERE.

Gaseous Globe (0:16)
Main Title (2:07)
Luther Has A Scoop (0:36)
Laugh’s On Luther (1:34)
The Bashful One (1:39)
Kelsey’s Tale (1:23)
Twenty Years Ago (0:22)
Super S’Luther (3:09)
Clock Watchers (3:12)
Oh, Chute (1:18)
Rickety Tik Phono (0:12)
Creepy Jeepers (2:47)
The Haunted Organ (1:02)
Hero To The Ladies (0:20)
Hero’s Picnic (2:07)
Picnic Table (1:05)
The Speech Is Over (1:01)
Alma Matters (4:11)
Back To The Mansion (0:57)
Chick-Napped (3:39)
Plucky Chicken (1:32)
The Wedding And Finale (0:57)
The When In Southern California, Visit Universal City Studios (0:23)

Main Title (2:43)
Jeepers (0:45)
Age of Descent – Buck Up (0:54)
The Send Off – Flight Shrubbed (2:06)
N.A.S.A. (1:09)
On the Double (0:53)
Donelli’s Man Fleming (0:53)
Long Distance – Short Change – Say Cheese (1:50)
Wishful Thinking (1:19)
Homecoming (0:35)
Stars and Stripes Forever (1:03)
A Real Swinger (2:15)
The Imposter (0:57)
Flight Fright – Rear, March (1:51)
A Couple of Losers (2:24)
Depth Charge (1:34)
Jetisoned (1:51)
Over the Top – Atta Boy, Roy (3:39)
Fly Guy – Getting Settled (2:26)
Crackers Away (1:18)
All Fouled Up (3:32)
Aloha Oi (1:42)
End Title (0:51)
End Cast (0:31)
Kiddleland Rocket Ride (2:03) – Bonus Track
Roy & Ellie at Kiddieland (2:12) – Bonus Track
Kiddieland – Back to Work (1:59) – Bonus Track
The Space Song (0:36) – Bonus Track
1967 Special Featurette & Interview Promo (12:00) – Bonus Track

Emblem (0:21)
Westward Ho (1:38)
Scared Stiff (2:47)
Posse Pursue Penny (1:55)
Stranger in Town (0:30)
New Penny (0:41)
Done and Done-in (0:41)
Faint Heart (1:13)
Penny’s Plan (2:13)
Wagons West! (2:10)
Campfire Guitar (1:44)
Hot Shots (2:02)
Indian Fighter (1:38)
New Duds (2:09)
Duel Purpose (0:25)
Seven Shooter (1:39)
The Tooth Hurts (1:00)
The Tooth Will Cut (0:47)
Mirage Montage (2:47)
Long Arm of the Squaw (2:14)
An Honorary Indian (1:10)
Penny Puncher (1:06)
End Credits (0:32)
Bad Penny (0:14) – Bonus Track
String Quartet Source (0:53) – Bonus Track
Tom Tom Drum Source (1:28) – Bonus Track
Tom Tom Drum Source (2:26) – Bonus Track
Radio Spot #1 (1:01) – Bonus Track
Radio Spot #2 (1:00) – Bonus Track
Radio Spot #3 (0:31) – Bonus Track
Radio Spot #4 (0:29) – Bonus Track
THE WILBURN BROTHERS “The Shakiest Gun in the West” (2:14) – Bonus Track

Am6YkOriginal Music From The Addams Family (1965)
Despite The Misleading Title…

The “official soundtrack” to The Addams Family is a bit of a cheat. In reality, it’s not a collection of Vic Mizzy’s original episodic cues from the show, but a recreation of the themes and melodies written for the series, and recorded after the fact in the studio specifically for this LP release. And, while this may be a disappointment to those who vividly remember the show’s actual (quite short) musical cues, this LP is still a fun example of Mizzy’s inspired musical ideas concocted for the show. The 60s-era characteristics are in abundance, with jazzy undercurrents, scat vocals and full length session performances replacing the abbreviated and tinny selections we remember emanating from those Magnavox 1″ TV speakers. This is the 1991 CD version of the 1965 LP release, HERE at Amazon.

The Addams Family: Main Theme (2:00)
Uncle Fester’s Blues (2:15)
Gomez (2:02)
Morticia’s Theme (2:42)
Lurch’s Theme (2:15)
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Tombstones (2:26)
Thing (2:00)
Laugh? I Thought I’d Die! (2:39)
On Shroud No. 9 (2:26)
The Addams House (1:38)
Hide And Shriek (2:40)
The Anxiety Tango (2:06)
The Addams Family: Main Theme (Vocal) (0:53)

RANDY BACHMAN & BURTON CUMMINGS The Thunderbird Trax (2006) The Guess Who Bandmates

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Officially Released Demos From The Ex-Bandmates

More from the kindness of strangers (meaning: rarities found in Readers Links). This post isn’t the best place to start if you’re just now getting curious about Burton Cummings and/or Randy Bachman, as these tapes, by the former Guess Who bandmates, are but long-lost demos never intended for public consumption. But, fans will find some interest in these rare 1987 recordings… and the story that goes along with their eventual release. Both Cummings and Bachman were pretty much at career lows at this point in time, but were still communicating and working together, albeit, outside the public eye – and this collection was written and recorded by the pair (with a drum machine) in Bachman’s toolshed in 1987. Then… promptly forgotten about, until almost 18 years later when Burt decided to sell a cherished ’57 Thunderbird that Randy was lusting after. After buying it from Burt, and getting the classic car restored, Bachman was “given a bag of junk stuff that was in the car: pencils, manuals, tire gauge, old registration and a tape.” The “tape” was this collection of homemade demos. The duo dubbed it The Thunderbird Trax, pressed up CD copies and has been selling it at shows (and through their website) since 2006. Musically, The Thunderbird Trax is more fascinating than essential, but the stylistic spirit of the old Guess Who is present, even if the entire band vibe isn’t. Many thanks to Thomas for posting this rarity in Readers Links. Of course, as regulars around here know, we love The Guess Who, and have tons to choose from if you’re interested, including THE GUESS WHO: Canned Wheat & American Woman (both HERE), Share The Land & The Way They Were (both HERE), So Long, Bannatyne (HERE), Rockin’ (HERE), Artificial Paradise (HERE), #10 (HERE), Road Food (HERE), Live At The Paramount (HERE), Live At Electric Ladyland, 1975 (HERE) – as well as RANDY BACHMAN & BURTON CUMMINGS: Jukebox (HERE) and solo BURTON CUMMINGS: Up Close And Alone (HERE), live at Massey Hall (HERE), Heart & Sweet Sweet (both HERE), June 16, 1977 The Bottom Line (HERE) and an unusual Canadian rarity with A Guess Who connection from SCRUBBALOE CAINE Round One (HERE).

American Dream (5:06)
In Your Eyes (3:46)
Yo Te Amo (6:08)
Just About Sane (3:36)
Martyr (3:05)
Something About That Woman (5:20)
Saturday’s Gloom (3:18)
Another One (5:36)


BRIAN ENO Kite Stories (1999)

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A Digital Chill Pill

I haven’t been getting out much, so most of what I’ve been listening to lately (and am posting this week) has come from the kindness of strangers on this blog… links found in Readers Links and in the comments of various posts. This gem was originally uploaded by Kwai Chang years ago, but I just got around to listening to it. Not available commercially (except directly from Eno, and the CD edition is long gone), Kite Stories is “three studies for an installation at the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, 1999.” Part of Eno’s Installation Soundtrack Series. Mesmerizingly soothing, this is one you’ll put on loop and just plain forget to stop, at least until it chills your battered psyche enough to prepare you to face the outside world again. Which may be never. Thanks Kwai Chang. We’ve got more Eno in the archives, including Textures (HERE), Eno Box I: Instrumentals + Eno Box II: Vocals (both HERE), My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (with David Byrne, HERE) and 2011′s Drums Between The Bells (buried in a Wormhole, HERE).

Kites I (8:06)
Kites II (7:34)
Kites III (14:30)

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

41n4dPP4jpLFIRST POSTED IN 2011: The Brits must think we’re daft for dragging these mangled, reverb-laden old Capitol Records releases back from oblivion and into the digital age. For youngsters not acquainted with the peculiarities of Beatlemania in America, Capitol Records took George Martin’s original tapes and doused them in reverb, then chopped the British albums into smaller differing configurations, all to squeeze a few extra sales out of a fad that was practically guaranteed to expire before the last lunch box or bubblegum card could roll off the assembly line. That’s how the The Beatles’ UK debut morphed into their 5th LP in the States, how The Beatles’ Second Album ended up being almost a ‘covers’ album, and how Capitol was able to squeeze out five Beatles albums in 1965 alone, Beatles ’65 (actually issued in December ’64), The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help! and Rubber Soul. For disciples, there are oddities to be found buried in these digital grooves; the false start on “I’m Looking Through You,” the original score music from Help! (first time on CD) and – it should probably be mentioned to those that think about these things – the mono on these first issue discs are “folded down,” 51JN6M0E24La combination of two stereo tracks into one. These are NOT the new 2014 re-issues that inexplicably used 2009 remastered files instead of the original Capitol masters we all remembered. These are the 2004 & 2006 box sets, The Capitol Albums Vol. 1 & 2 that were “compiled from the original U.S. master tapes.” For all their faults, Capitol did do one thing right for the new millennium crowd… they fit both stereo and mono versions on the same disc. A Hard Day’s Night is not included in the first Capitol box, as it was originally issued on United Artists Records – though Something New closely approximates it. So… why is it we Yanks seem to be clinging to these clearly inferior versions, oh-so-many decades later? Well, truth is… we’re not. Capitol was merely filling a minor marketing void with these re-issues, so except for those rabid collectors that just must have it all, there’s really only one reason all this stuff could hold any interest for the average Joe… memories. Those misty, water-colored memories of the way we were. Personally, I just wanted those nifty cover reproductions. Of course, we’ve got dozens of Beatles-related posts hiding in the archives… just click HERE. You can still get the 2004 & 2006 Capitol boxes at Amazon, HERE & HERE. File Under: The Beatles – Pop Rock, Vocal Group.

I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Saw Her Standing There
This Boy
It Won’t Be Long
All I’ve Got To Do
All My Loving
Don’t Bother Me
Little Child
Till There Was You
Hold Me Tight
I Wanna Be Your Man
Not A Second Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JOHN LENNON, YOKO ONO, FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS Live At The Fillmore East, June 5, 1971

Live At The Fillmore East
June 5, 1971
Lennon’s Mix & Zappa’s Mix, Side By Side

FROM 2010: It stands as John Lennon’s most daring live performance. The night he and Yoko Ono stepped onstage with Frank Zappa’s Mothers during the final days of the Fillmore East. Lennon released the tapes on Sometime in New York City in 1972. Zappa re-edited the material 20 years later for his own Playground Psychotics. Both mixes differ and have their own strengths. Still, either version of Lennon & The Mothers’ hair-raising opening, the Cavern Club-era cover of “Well (Baby Please Don’t Go),” must be considered one of John Lennon’s finest live recordings (acting as a reminder of how good Lennon was with a great band behind him). Yoko detractors routinely dismiss this entire show because of her equal presence. Instead… it might be her shining hour, and maybe Lennon and Ono’s live high-water mark, filled with sounds most people had never heard before… including improvisational adventures via Lennon’s noise-making and Yoko’s two-ton balls. It would be decades before Sonic Youth and Yamatsuka Eye would make this show’s raw guitar feedback and genre-shattering vocals appear cool, though… this history witnessing crowd seemed to get it OK. Say what you will about the credibility of their experimentations together, John & Yoko’s antics introduced millions of teens to their very first taste of mind-altering anti-music with “Revolution #9,” and then got weirder after that. Lennon’s artistic revenge (HERE) for Zappa’s We’re Only In It For The Money (HERE).

LENNON’S MIX (Sometime In New York City 1972)
Well (Baby Please Don’t Go) (4:40)
Jamrag (5:36)
Scumbag (4:28)
Au (8:02)

ZAPPA’S MIX (Playground Psychotics 1992)
Well (4:43)
Say Please (0:57)
Aaawk (2:59)
Scumbag (5:54)
A Small Eternity With Yoko Ono (6:07)

JIMI HENDRIX The Winterland Reels (1968)

The Winterland Reels (1968)
6 Complete Shows Over 3 Nights

From 2010: The original Experience, captured live at Winterland, October 10-12, 1968. These are the raw reels, later plundered for the Ryko release(s), Live At Winterland, as well as various Hendrix collections over the years. What you’ll hear over these 6-1/2 hours is all the music, patter, tuning, miscues and triumphs that took place during Hendrix’s three-day residency at the famed venue. The sound is raw but good, with plenty of tweaking and balancing happening on the fly. Note that because the tapes ran out during the early, Oct. 11 show, an audience bootleg was used for three songs to complete the set. As experienced fans know, the Experience wasn’t always at their peak, and Winterland is no exception. Between the 20 minute jams, drum & bass solos and Jimi’s growing intolerance for “the hits,” there are rushed performances, boring indulgences and plenty of out of tune moments. But… it’s a rare chance to hear three straight days of prime Experience. And how often does one get a chance to experience that? Hear “Manic Depression” from the Oct. 12 late show, below. We’ve got tons of Henrix in the archives, including… Blue Wild Angel (Isle Of Wight 1970, HERE), First Rays Of The New Rising Sun (HERE), Jimi By Himself: The Home Recordings (HERE), Studio ’69 (15 CDs of outtakes, HERE), Jimi Plays Monterey (HERE), South Saturn Delta (HERE), The Complete Are You Experienced (HERE), The L.A. Forum Concert (HERE), The Rainbow Bridge Concert (HERE), The Voodoo Chile Sessions (HERE), Winterland – the commercially produced 5CD box set of the above Reels (HERE), Jimi Hendrix Speaks (maybe his last audio interview, HERE), BBC Sessions (HERE) and Sacred Sources, Vol. 1 Live Forever (a 1993 CD produced by Carlos Santana that features some live Hendrix, HERE).

OCTOBER 10, 1968 (Early Show)
Intro (3:29)
Are You Experienced (7:37)
Voodoo Child (slight return) (7:38)
Red House (14:52)
Foxy Lady (6:15)
Like A Rolling Stone (9:48)
Star Spangled Banner (5:29)
Purple Haze/Outside Woman Blues (6:07)

OCTOBER 10, 1968 (Late Show)
Intro (2:42)
Tax Free (13:34)
Lover Man (4:28)
Sunshine Of Your Love (9:10)
Hear My Train A Comin(14:04)
Killing Floor (w/ Jack Casady on bass) (9:19)
Hey Joe (w/ Jack Casady on bass) (5:32)
Star Spangled Banner (7:34)
Purple Haze (7:28)

OCTOBER 11, 1968 (Early Show)
Intro (5:24)
Are You Experienced (w/ Virgil Gonsales on flute) (17:56)
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (8:15)
Red House (11:38)
Foxy Lady (Audience Tape) (6:06)
Star Spangled Banner (Audience Tape) (6:33)
Purple Haze (Audience Tape) (6:03)

OCTOBER 11, 1968 (Late Show)
Intro (2:19)
Tax Free (20:32)
Spanish Castle Magic (11:05)
Like A Rolling Stone (w/ Herbie Rich on organ) (11:35)
Lover Man (w/ Herbie Rich on organ) (6:11)
Hey Joe (w/ Herbie Rich on organ) (5:14)
Fire (w/ Herbie Rich on organ) (4:44)
Foxy Lady (w/ Herbie Rich on organ) (5:14)
Purple Haze (6:00)

OCTOBER 12, 1968 (Early Show)
Intro (3:41)
Fire (3:48)
Lover Man (5:37)
Like A Rolling Stone (12:14)
Foxy Lady (7:30)
Drum & Bass Jam (8:58)
Tax Free (9:06)
Hey Joe (7:12)
Purple Haze (3:40)
Wild Thing (3:39)

OCTOBER 12, 1968 (Late Show)
Intro (1:32)
Foxy Lady (9:31)
Manic Depression (5:55)
Sunshine Of Your Love (9:07)
Little Wing (4:41)
Spanish Castle Magic (7:07)
Red House (12:09)
Voodoo Child (slight return) (7:03)
Star Spangled Banner (4:57)
Purple Haze (7:45)

THE CHRYSANTHEMUMS Odessey And Oracle (1989) + THE ZOMBIES Odessey And Oracle (1968)

THE CHRYSANTHEMUMS Odessey And Oracle (1989/2011)
THE ZOMBIES Odessey And Oracle (1968/2004)
Odessey And Oracle x 2

You could say The Chrysanthemums were ahead of their time when, in 1989, they decided to record a song-for-song remake of the commercially obscure Zombies 1968 psych classic, Odessey And Oracle. Except… there never really was a “time” for The Chrysanthemums – a band of beloved indies that never rose above the level of “inspired cult geniuses” in the hearts and minds of their small and adoring fan base. Following a parody of The Peel Sessions, 1988′s 12″ EP, The XXX Sessions (which featured lyrics etched into the vinyl’s b-side), and that year’s 2LP, Little Flecks Of Foam Around Barking, an elaborate and bizarre pop parody of lyrically elevated prog/concept albums, The Chrysanthemums taking on The Zombies seemed almost par for the course… for them, anyway. Their version of Odessey And Oracle is a grab bag of alt musical styles ranging from sly psych to lo-fi pop, all delivered with an obvious love of the source material… despite their desire to re-imagine the original. Thankfully, The ‘Mums don’t do a hatchet job on what made The Zombies’ experiment so imaginative in the first place, opting instead to scale back the whimsy and focus on the essence of the material’s melodic charms. This 2011 Remastered Edition (of the 1989 original LP) features five bonus Zombies covers, a couple of which (“Is This The Dream” and “She Does Everything For Me”) are top-shelf standouts. And… so you don’t have to go hunting around in the archives for it, we’re also including the Deluxe Edition of The Zombies’ 1968 masterwork, with 10 (count ‘em) bonus tracks. Big, big thanks go out to Miles over at Birds With Broken Wings (HERE) for sending The Chrysanthemums our way. If you’re not already hanging out at Miles’ place, he posts some of the more enlightened music commentary found on the web. Thanks Miles. Find The Zombies O&O at Amazon (HERE), along with The Chrysanthemums’ O&O (HERE), but make sure you score an original CD from one of the sellers, as Amazon-proper is only offering a CD-R version these days. We’ve got more Zombies in the archives, including Begin Here (HERE) and The EP Collection (HERE). AND, check comments… narcosislabs was kind enough to post the bulk of The Chrysanthemums discography… just for you. Thanks narcosislabs.

THE CHRYSANTHEMUMS Odessey And Oracle (1989/2011)
Care Of Cell 44 (3:28)
A Rose For Emily (4:24)
Maybe After He’s Gone (2:57)
Beechwood Park (2:15)
Brief Candies (2:55)
Hung Up On A Dream (2:20)
Changes (3:15)
I Want Her She Wants Me (2:55)
This Will Be Our Year (2:07)
Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914) (2:13)
Friends Of Mine (2:04)
Time Of The Season (5:25)
I Must Move (2:15) - Bonus Track
Indication (2:39) - Bonus Track
Remember You (1:56) - Bonus Track
Is This The Dream (3:19) - Bonus Track
She Does Everything For Me (9:55) - Bonus Track

THE ZOMBIES Odessey And Oracle (1968/2004)
Care Of Cell 44 (3:54)
A Rose For Emily (2:17)
Maybe After He’s Gone (2:32)
Beechwood Park (2:42)
Brief Candles (3:28)
Hung Up On A Dream (3:00)
Changes (3:17)
I Want Her She Wants Me (2:51)
This Will Be Our Year (2:07)
Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914) (2:45)
Friends Of Mine (2:15)
Time Of The Season (3:32)
Ill Call You Mine (2:37) - Bonus Track
Imagine The Swan (3:14) - Bonus Track
Conversation Off Floral Street (2:43) - Bonus Track
If It Dont Work Out (Overdubbed) (2:27) - Bonus Track
Dont Cry For Me (Overdubbed) (2:13) - Bonus Track
Smokey Day (2:23) - Bonus Track
She Loves The Way They Love Her (3:00) - Bonus Track
Time Of The Season (Uk Mono Mix) (3:30) - Bonus Track
Ill Call You Mine (Overdubbed) (2:37) - Bonus Track
Imagine The Swan (Stereo Mix 2) (3:11) - Bonus Track

5054227003271_1-1.170x170-75Speaking of Miles, Birds With Broken Wings and The Zombies…

Miles just posted a Zombies album over at Birds With Broken Wings that you DON’T have, entitled Conversations Off Floral Street… Read about it and get it THERE.

JIM WHITE Where It Hits You (2012) + (The Mysterious Tale Of How I Shouted) Wrong-Eyed Jesus (1997) & Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus (Video 2005)

Where It Hits You (2012)
Mystically Distant, Yet Wryly Knowing

Being an old guy, I don’t always find the time to devote to newer artists. I think it has something to do with a stubborn belief that 20 (or 30) somethings don’t have a lot to tell me that I haven’t already considered… whether that’s actually true or not. But one of the few new millenium artists I’m consistently wowed by is Jim White. His music is filled with dreamy atmospherics, colored by sparsely utilized mandolins, violins and banjos (not in any bluegrass kind of way), often drenched in detached, mystical strangeness. Dreamy, near-mystical excursions that might require a certain mind-mood to appreciate. He’s a poet in the true sense of the word, offering a mix of wry, all-knowing vocals fueled by casual backwoods wisdom. I’ve been listening to the guy for years and am already pre-sold on his curious style and random instrumentation, so it might take the uninitiated a few spins to digest his curious habits. This is one artist who clearly benefits from repeated listens, as his records reveal little hidden miracles of mood and language. We posted his wonderful 2001 release, No Such Place, a few years back (HERE – check out that album’s “The Wound That Never Heals” for an eye-opener of a tale), and should probably post his debut, (The Mysterious Tale Of How I Shouted) Wrong-Eyed Jesus!, which is where most who know him, know him from (aw, hell… it’s below). Personally I’d recommend the same path I took, grabbing the earlier albums first, but… that’s just how I came to appreciate him. Your own path might be equally rewarding. Find Where It Hits You at Amazon, HERE.

Chase The Dark Away (5:31)
Sunday’s Refrain (5:00)
The Way Of Alone (5:46)
State Of Grace (5:19)
Infinite Mind (3:23)
What Rocks Will Never Know (5:04)
Here We Go (3:04)
My Brother’s Keeper (7:22)
That Wintered Blue Sky (5:51)
Epilogue To A Marriage (6:50)
Why It’s Cool (5:02)

Wrong Eyed JesusWrong-Eyed Jesus! (1997)
The Strange Debut…And Equally Strange Film

Because I’m lazy, I’ve cribbed this text about White’s debut from our earlier Jim White post. JW’s 1997 debut, Wrong Eyed Jesus! – a loosely conceptual partner to White’s bizarre, swamp-infested two-hour video, Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus (below, while it lasts) – is a meandering, ramshackle set of pseudo-spiritual, country folk dreams that’s both unique and intriguing, but so purposely Searchingdiffused that it takes several listens for White’s storytelling strengths to become apparent. His surreal blend of fragile acoustics & drifting melodies may not initially make much sense… but, just give him a little space and time and you’ll be quietly mesmerized by what floats to the surface. A word of warning… if you just listen to the streaming players once and move on, you’ll miss the magic. As for the 2005 video (David Byrne calls it “beautiful, dark and weird stuff”), give it a few minutes to take hold… like White’s music. Includes music from The Handsome Family, 16 Horsepower & David Johansen. Find Wrong-Eyed Jesus! at Amazon, HERE, and the DVD, Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus, HERE.

Book Of Angels (4:56)
Burn The River Dry (5:00)
Still Waters (6:37)
When Jesus Gets A Brand New Name (5:18)
Sleepy-Town (5:39)
A Perfect Day To Chase Tornados (6:07)
Wordmule (4:29)
Stabbed In The Heart (4:27)
Angel-Land (5:27)
Heaven Of My Heart (4:35)
The Road That Leads To Heaven (9:06)

ANALOG BIRDS Don’t Let It Slow You Down (2004) – And… A New 2014 Mini-Album Coming This Month!

Analog Birds - Dont Let it Slow You Down Cover ArtDon’t Let It Slow You Down (2004)
Humble Pop Beginnings From Our Favorite Unsigned Band

Good news for Analog Birds (and Asa Milbankx) fans. The unique and eclectic pop outfit is preparing a new release this month. Regular readers here know that we’ve been big fans since accidentally stumbling on their website a little over two years ago (Mount Valley, HERE) and re-posting a number of their very cool and very engaging exercises in harmony and invention; including the highly recommended Analog Birds release, Musique Concrete (HERE), and the equally recommended Simple Shapes + Patterns by The Latters (actually solo Asa Milbankx, HERE), along with an assortment of single releases. We’ve already posted a chunk of their catalog, but thought we’d offer some more in anticipation of the new release… going back 10 years for this one, Don’t Let It Slow You Down. The recording, as should probably be expected from a young, 2004 band, is relatively primitive compared to the group’s more recent work. But their often surreal approach to pop music is a characteristic that was intact in the earliest of Analog Birds’ music. Throughout this release, harmonies, grooves and patterns seem to come out of nowhere, songs are apt to begin one way, only to morph and end another way altogether, while instrumentation refuses to fall in line with anything conventionally familiar… more or less a band trademark. For pop-smart listeners, weaned on the invention of the 60s, when anything might happen next, these guys might be right up your alley. These decade-old recordings may be tentative first steps, but Analog Birds is an outfit that would eventually (if quietly, in their small corner of the web) evolve into savvy popsters with an able command of the studio – evidenced on the recordings linked above. Watch for their new mini-album, Anti-Presence, this month. Find Analog Birds at Facebook, HERE.

Is It Slowing Down? (3:04)
Beanie! (2:31)
Green City (3:47)
Through The Woods (3:00)
Window Mountain Man (4:03)
Cheapest Shot (2:23)
Symbol Minded (3:05)
Sleep Project (3:32)
Who’s Fearless (7:46)

GRAHAM GOULDMAN And Another Thing… (2002) + The Graham Gouldman EP (2006)

FrontAnd Another Thing… (2002)
The Follow Up To Gouldman’s 1968 Debut

Outstanding under-the-radar sophomore solo release from 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, coming nearly 35 years after his debut. GG’s 1968 introduction, The Graham Gouldman Thing, was a calling card from a little-known songwriter whose talents wove an invisible thread through the British Invasion, via his songs for The Yardbirds, Hollies, Herman’s Hermits and others. Gouldman’s career got “sidetracked,” however, by his tenure in 10cc, not to mention his soundtrack work (Animalympics) and the myriad of side projects he’s been involved in… before, during and after 10cc. There’s a beautiful simplicity to And Another Thing… that serves its style and mood well. Lots of acoustics, with an emphasis on melody, warm harmonies and uncomplicated musical beds, with none of the self-conscious cleverness that could sometimes undermine 10cc’s pop pageantry. There are echoes of Gouldman’s stylistic contributions to 10cc, of course, but And Another Thing… is more intimate and, as a result, more memorable. Aged, but not tired. Studied, yet fresh. A veteran exercising an unparalleled melodic touch. You should read this guy’s resume some day… everything from Kasenatz/Katz to lost solo singles to producing The Ramones. If there’s anybody primed and ready for a career-encompassing box set, it’s Graham Gouldman. We’ve got more from him in the archives, including The Graham Gouldman Thing (HERE) and his latest, 2012′s winning Love And Work (HERE). Check out our archival post of Herman’s Hermits‘ 1967, Blaze (HERE) for a bunch of Gouldman-penned bonus tracks. And, of course, tons of 10cc (HERE). Hard copies of And Another Thing… are bargain priced at Amazon, HERE.

You Stole My Love (3:13)
Walking With Angels (5:24)
Dancing Days (3:56)
Just Another Day (4:07)
Sometimes (3:54)
There Was A Day (3:46)
Heart Full Of Soul (3:15)
Ready To Go Home (4:28)
Single Tonight (4:03)
Walkin’ Away (3:23)
Can Anybody See You (4:10)
What Became Of 10cc? (0:37)

The Graham Gouldman EPThe Graham Gouldman EP (2006)
Fake, But Fantastic

On the 2006 10cc hits collection, Greatest Hits… And More, the band’s current caretaker, and sole original member, included four re-recordings of his classic 60s compositions written for Herman’s Hermits (“No Milk Today”), The Yardbirds (“Heart Full Of Soul” & “For Your Love”) and The Hollies (“Bus Stop”). We came across them when putting together our 10cc Bonus Tracks & Rarities collection (HERE) and can’t stop playing them, so we broke them out for a faux bonus EP here. “Heart Full Of Soul” appeared on And Another Thing…, while Graham’s original versions of the others can be found on 1968′s The Graham Gouldman Thing (HERE). Cool updates for fans of the era.

No Milk Today (3:13)
For Your Love (2:35)
Bus Stop (3:26)
Heart Full Of Soul (3:16)

ZEPPELIN TOOK MY BLUES AWAY Trading Cards – An Illustrated History Of Copyright Indiscretions! …plus 25 Track Various Artists Collection

#0 Zeppelin Took My Blues Away FrontThey’re one of rock’s greatest bands. They’re also one of rock’s worst… when it comes to properly crediting their sources of inspiration. Led Zeppelin’s many incidents of copyright infringement are legendary. There are those who have called it outright theft, and have sworn in a court of law that Led Zeppelin (primarily Jimmy Page and Robert Plant) have repeatedly taken credit for writing music that wasn’t their’s to take credit for. And, many of those cases have been vindicated. Of course… this is not to take away from Led Zeppelin’s greatness; the amazing arrangements, renditions, covers, interpretations, performances and history they’ve created and been a part of. But, the truth is they’ve become rich partly from royalties they were never entitled to. Jimmy Page was uncharacteristically candid on the subject when he spoke to Guitar Player Magazine in 1993, downplaying his own culpability while simultaneously throwing his partner, Robert Plant, under the bus. “I always tried to bring something fresh to anything that I used. I always made sure to come up with some variation. In fact, I think in most cases, you would never know what the original source could be. Maybe not in every case – but in most cases. So most of the comparisons rest on the lyrics. And Robert was supposed to change the lyrics, and he didn’t always do that – which is what brought on most of the grief. They couldn’t get us on the guitar parts of the music, but they nailed us on the lyrics. We did, however, take some liberties (laughs), I must say.” Note that Page says, “Robert was supposed to change the lyrics…” which might accidentally say a lot more about their process than Page intended.

Trading Card #1 is below, to illustrate what you’ll find with each card. Click for a pop-up enlargement. Streaming players of the songs are provided for comparisons. Collect Them All! (plus a bonus card)!

TRADING CARD #1: Jake Holmes (Click For A Pop-Up Enlargement)
#1 JAKE HOLMES#1.1Dazed And Confused

LED ZEPPELIN “Dazed And Confused” 1969

JAKE HOLMES “Dazed And Confused” 1967


click a title, any title
#1 JAKE HOLMESDazed And Confused
#2 BERT JANSCH Black Mountain Side
#3 HOWLIN’ WOLFHow Many More Times
#4 ANNE BREDONBabe I’m Gonna Leave You
#5 WILLIE DIXONWhole Lotta Love
#6 HOWLIN’ WOLFThe Lemon Song
#7 WILLIE DIXONBring It On Home
#8 BUKKA WHITEHats Off To (Roy) Harper
#9 BOB MOSLEYSince I’ve Been Loving You
#10 BERT JANSCHBron-Y-Aur-Stomp
#11 RANDY CALIFORNIAStairway To Heaven
#12 MEMPHIS MINNIEWhen The Levee Breaks
#15 RITCHIE VALENSBoogie With Stu
#16 BLIND WILLIE JOHNSONNobody’s Fault But Mine
#17 DAVY GRAHAMWhite Summer
#18 SLEEPY JOHN ESTESThe Girl I Love She Got Long Wavy Black Hair

FrontZeppelin Took My Blues Away (2014)
25 Tracks Led Zeppelin Took To The Bank

Many of these tracks, which form the basis for quite a number of Led Zeppelin’s earlier recordings, have found their way onto “Roots Of” Zep collections before, so this gathering is nothing new. Many already know this story, and these songs, but those that haven’t stayed abreast of the decades of abuse Zep has endured for their costly “borrowing” from others just might be shocked at what they hear on this collection. Of course, musicians borrow from each other all the time. Zeppelin were just way too blatant about it, and way too often took the credit (and royalties) for themselves. And, depending on how you slice it, this is only the half of it. On its own, this is a fun, mostly old blues collection made up of all the original songs heard on these pages… with a strangely familiar twist.

JAKE HOLMES Dazed And Confused (3:48)
BERT JANSCH Blackwaterside (3:45)
HOWLIN’ WOLF No Place To Go (a.k.a. How Many More Years) (2:53)
ALBERT KING The Hunter (2:46)
JOAN BAEZ Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You (2:39)
MUDDY WATERS You Need Love (2:43)
SMALL FACES You Need Loving (4:00)
HOWLIN’ WOLF Killing Floor (2:49)
ROBERT JOHNSON Travelling Riverside Blues (2:39)
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON Bring It On Home (2:38)
BUKKA WHITE Shake ‘Em On Down (3:02)
MOBY GRAPE Never (6:15)
BERT JANSCH The Waggoner’s Lad (3:26)
KANSAS JOE McCOY & MEMPHIS MINNIE When The Levee Breaks (3:11)
SPIRIT Taurus (2:37)
SLEEPY JOHN ESTES Drop Down Mama (3:12)
BLIND BOY FULLER I Want Some Of Your Pie (2:45)
JOSH WHITE Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed (a.k.a. In My Time Of Dying) (3:06)
RITCHIE VALENS Ooh, My Head (1:47)
BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine (3:11)
SLEEPY JOHN ESTES The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair (2:58)
BOBBY PARKER Watch Your Step (2:44)

THANKS: The “Zeppelin Took My Blues Away” Trading Cards are a new twist, but the information is not new. The band’s history of infringement – real and imagined – is well-documented, and thanks must go to numerous informational sources for the help, including The Led Zeppelin Home Page, Wiki, ASCAP, Turn Me On Dead Man, Perfect Sound Forever, Now That’s What I Call Bullshit and a few other places. And, of course… many apologies to R. Crumb, as we’ll as William Stout, whose illustrations on this post are from his book, Legends Of The Blues, available HERE (and autographed). Some details may change with the 2014 re-issues still coming out. We’ll update as we can. Frankly, I’m mostly interested in who sees the humor in all this and who gets their panties in a twist… like some did on the Neil Young String Theory post (HERE).

SQUEEZE Live At Newcastle City Hall – November 25, 2010 (BBC) + The Complete BBC Sessions (2008)

FrontLive At Newcastle City Hall (2010)
Live On The BBC

The on again/off again, new millennium Squeeze did something kinda strange in 2010. For their first studio album in well over a decade, they decided to re-record their greatest hits, note-for-note, for a new CD release, Spot The Difference. While there might have been business/financial reasons for the concept (not owning, or earning any royalties on, their original masters, perhaps) the project did provide them a valuable service when they hit the road that year, as the studio refresher course gave the band a new-found exuberance and dedication to their past catalog. This unreleased live show is proof positive, and is even a bit of a rarity in that it captures Squeeze during the brief, few month period when Steve Nieve (of Costello’s Attractions) was the group’s touring keyboardist. The opening track’s audience sing-along may not be the best example of this set’s setlist, but it does capture the show’s fun energy and intimacy quite well. We’ve got more Squeeze in the archives, including the 2CD Deluxe Edition of Argybargy, 1990′s A Round And A Bout (both HERE), the 1985 reunion album, Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (HERE) and Glenn Tilbrook’s The Completely Acoustic Glenn Tilbrook (a rare 2001 bonus disc, HERE). Go to Amazon for Squeeze’s re-recorded hits collection, Spot The Difference, HERE.

Introduction (0:38)
Black Coffee In Bed (6:53)
Take Me I’m Yours (3:47)
Annie Get Your Gun (4:06)
Loving You Tonight (4:03)
When The Hangover Strikes (4:31)
It’s So Dirty (3:20)
Up The Junction (3:09)
If It’s Love (3:48)
The Knack (4:37)
Model (3:57)
Labelled With Love (4:46)
Hourglass (4:18)
Tempted (5:36)
Cool For Cats (3:28)

FrontThe Complete BBC Sessions (2008)
The Rest Of The BBC Shows

Very satisfying BBC collection from everybody’s favorite power pop/new wavers. I had initially ignored this 2CD set when it first surfaced, perhaps not wanting to endure more substandard BBC recordings or yet another round of live covers. But The Complete BBC Sessions is a surprising treat, primarily for its crisp sound, but also for the focus on Squeeze’s glory years, from 1977 to 1984 (U.K. Squeeze to Some Fantastic Place). The track selection is deep, featuring more than just the familiar hits… but even the well-known choices are given a twist, with faves like “Pulling Mussels (From A Shell), “Take Me I’m Yours” and “Up The Junction” showing up via acoustic renditions. The Complete BBC Sessions runs the gamut from the infectiously innocent early material to the smartly nuanced gems crafted by a band of vets. It’s going for collector’s prices at Amazon, HERE.

Cat On A Wall (3:26)
Model (5:14)
All Fed Up (3:54)
Sex Master (2:39)
Bang Bang (2:02)
Ain’t It Sad (3:40)
I Must Go (2:04)
The Knack (3:44)
Onto The Dance Floor (3:41)
Elephant Girl (3:24)
I Can’t Hold On (3:28)
The Apple Tree (4:59)
She Doesn’t Have To Shave (3:12)
Footprints In The Frost (3:09)
Is That Love? (2:14)
Melody Motel (3:51)
Take Me I’m Yours (3:13)
Up The Junction (2:44)
Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)/Labelled With Love (7:23)
Tempted (3:51)
Third Rail (3:41)
Cold Shoulder (5:55)
Loving You Tonight (4:55)
Some Fantastic Place (4:37)
Third Rail (3:30)
Hourglass (4:00)
Tempted (4:16)
Some Fantastic Place (4:08)
Tempted (4:04)

THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE ALL Greetings From Planet Love (1997) – Andrew Gold’s Psychedelic LP

Greetings From Planet Love (1997)
Andrew Gold’s Great/Fake Psychedelic LP

Released in 1997, 70s popster Andrew Gold sings and performs almost every note on Greetings From Planet Love – a faux 1967 album anchored by Beach Boys harmonies, Beatles experimentation and a plethora of recognizable nods to The Kinks, Byrds, Dylan, Monkees, Doors & others. 10cc’s Graham Gouldman (Gold’s co-hort in the band, Wax UK) also joins in the fun on this loving and entertaining spot-the-influence tribute. There are a couple of sore thumbs – including the (excellent, but post-’67 sounding) 10cc ringer, “King of Showbiz,” and an unhealthy reliance on less inventive, outright parody near the end of the collection. But, fans of the Wilson Brothers, and 1967 in general, will have a blast with the attention to detail and mixing & matching of styles and characteristics. The short, transitional segues add to the “conceptual” feel of the era. Listen to Gold’s as-good-as-any-Beach Boys homage, “Love Tonight,” below, a step up from his 30 year-old hit, “Thank You For Being A Friend.” The awful cover art couldn’t have helped sales. Andrew Gold passed away in 2011. Read more about the project at AMG, HERE. Find a rare hard copy at Amazon, HERE.

Greetings From Planet Love (0:35)
Rainbow People (2:46)
Love Tonight (5:46)
Chasing My Tail (2:29)
Swirl (1:19)
Tuba Rye And Will’s Son/Balloon In The Sky (3:44)
King Of Showbiz (4:12)
Whirl (0:58)
Freelove Baby (2:44)
Groovy Party At Jimmy’s Magic Pad (2:29)
It’s Beautiful (0:52)
Wink Of The Third Eye (2:00)
It Has No Eyes But Sight (0:55)
Twirl (0:58)
Space And Time (3:24)
Time Is Standing Still (4:48)
Ride The Snake (1:47)
Mr. Plastic Business Man (4:14)
Ccosmicc CCarnivall (0:32)
Tomorrow Drop Dead

CARL WILSON Carl Wilson (1981), Youngblood (1983), Long Promised Road (Promo 1999), CARL (Comp)

Cherished rockers die every day. Most just get a shrug of the shoulders from many of us, though… there are some passings that have an effect. I felt really bad when Carl Wilson died. I wasn’t what you’d call a fanatic, but I’ve always loved The Beach Boys and always admired Carl’s prime BB years, especially when he stepped up in the late 60s/early 70s with some brilliant material, just as brother Brian was heading into retreat. Carl’s productions (“Sail On Sailor”), compositions (“Long Promised Road”) and studio creations (“Feel Flows”) are among the group’s finest, Brian be damned. It was also Carl who stood up to The Beach Boys’ “oldies faction,” actually leaving his own band in the early 80s to move forward artistically… simply because the band collectively refused to leave the past. Carl’s two solo albums, 1981′s Carl Wilson and 1983′s Youngblood, are smart efforts, produced with purely commercial intent by James William Guercio and the Doobie Brothers’ Jeff Baxter (respectively), but the material is far removed from Carl’s work with The Beach Boys, and most of the consumer complaints centered around the albums’ trendy production and sub-quality co-compositions. Yet… when all else failed, there was always Carl’s voice. So here’s a small Carl Wilson collection for your approval. One album not included here is the Beckley-Lamm-Wilson release, 1999′s Like A Brother – a solid, if largely forgotten, project from the expatriate America/Chicago/Beach Boys members. We’ve got more Beach Boys in the archives, including The Smile Sessions box set (HERE), Instrumental Hits (HERE), The Big Beat 1963 (HERE), 1968′s Stack-O-Tracks (HERE), “Here Comes The Night” Disco 12″ (HERE) and Pet Sounds (a cappella) (HERE).

Carl+Wilson+-+Long+Promised+Road+-+CD+ALBUM-150916Long Promised Road (1999)
The Rare Promo-Only Tribute
A promo CD that was given away to attendees of the Carl Wilson Benefit Concert, held in LA in 1998 (though, it’s dated 1999). A few copies were also sold to benefit the American Cancer Society. The CD, which came in only a plastic sleeve with inserts, is extremely rare. The only other hard copy I’ve seen was selling online for £175. The disc contains some of Carl’s high-profile compositions as a Beach Boy, including two songs co-written with Randy Bachman for Keepin’ The Summer Alive, alongside material from his two 80s solo albums.

Long Promised Road (3:35) – Surf’s Up
Feel Flows (4:50) – Surf’s Up
Trader (5:06) – Holland
Full Sail (2:58) – L.A. (Light Album)
Goin’ South (3:18) – L.A. (Light Album)
Keepin’ The Summer Alive (3:43) – Keepin’ The Summer Alive
Living With A Heartache (4:06) – Keepin’ The Summer Alive
Hold Me (4:09) – Carl Wilson
Hurry Love (4:50) – Carl Wilson
Heaven (4:30) – Carl Wilson
What More Can I Say? (3:26) – Youngblood
Givin’ You Up (4:43) – Youngblood
One More Night Alone (3:07) – Youngblood
Rockin’ All Over The World (3:00) – Youngblood
What You Do To Me (3:58) – Youngblood
Of The Times (4:08) – Youngblood
It’s Gettin’ Late (3:27) – The Beach Boys
Maybe I Don’t Know (3:54) – The Beach Boys
Where I Belong (2:58) – The Beach Boys

CarlCARL (1998)
The Personal Compilation

After his death in 1998, I put together a comp for a pal who was curious why I was obsessing over Carl’s passing. The idea was to spotlight Carl’s productions, compositions & that wondrous voice, via his work with The Beach Boys. It’s not meant to be definitive, complete or even historically accurate, as it’s just a collection of material where Carl shines, whether taking the reigns himself (“Trader”), singing lead on Brian’s compositions (who cried when first hearing Carl sing “God Only Knows”) or helping out brother Dennis’ skeletal creations (“Baby Blue”). All in all, I’d recommend this one for the Carl-curious, as it has a lot of familiar material by one of America’s great bands (not to mention a who’s who of session players). Repeated listens will reveal Carl’s compositional characteristics, and that’s where the real appreciation begins. Listen to “All This Is That,” above, to hear one of those hidden Beach Boys miracles you sometimes forget about.

KOMA (0:12)
Long Promised Road (3:35) #*
Feel Flows (4:47) #*
Sail On, Sailor (3:22) #
Cool, Cool Water (1:14)
Surf’s Up (4:12)
Trader (5:05) #*
God Only Knows (2:50)
All This Is That (4:00) #*
Darlin’ (2:14)
It’s Gettin’ Late (3:27) *
Let The Wind Blow (2:21)
Baby Blue (3:18)
You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone (3:27) #
Marcella (3:52) #
Our Sweet Love (2:39) *
I Can Hear Music (2:37) #
*Written, #Produced and many vocals by Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson (1981)
Youngblood (1983)
The Solo Albums

If you can fight past the production, which is very much of its time, you’ll find both of Carl Wilson’s solo albums have their moments. It’s just a strange sensation to hear one of the architects of The Beach Boys’ sound purposely side-stepping his own legacy to write for a new generation of listeners. Carl left the band over the idea that The Beach Boys could please their fans and attract new ones. When these albums failed to make their marks, the experiment failed, and Wilson would eventually return to the fold, rarely to venture outside the safety of the band again. Which is a shame. His talents deserved much more, if only because he had the balls to take the road less traveled. Carl Wilson was mostly co-written with Mynra Smith Schilling, but the end result generally lacks adhesive distinction. Youngblood introduces some spirited E-Street sax work to the mix to “update” the overall sound, which, of course, only ends up sounding more dated than ever. Listen above to the simply lovely “Heaven” and Youngblood‘s rockin’, “Time.”

Hold Me (4:09)
Bright Lights (3:54)
What You Gonna Do About Me (4:31)
The Right Lane (5:24)
Hurry Love (4:50)
Heaven (4:30)
The Grammy (3:10)
Seems So Long Ago (5:01)

What More Can I Say (3:26)
She’s Mine (3:11)
Givin’ You Up (4:43)
One More Night Alone (3:07)
Rockin’ All Over The World (3:00)
What You Do To Me (3:58)
Young Blood (2:43)
Of The Times (4:08)
Too Early To Tell (2:50)
If I Could Talk To Love (4:14)
Time (3:02)

RICHARD LLOYD Stock Audio (Ex-Television, 2012)

Richard Lloyd Stock Audio2Stock Audio (2012)
(Sort Of) Unreleased Music From The Ex-TV Star

RE-UPPED, FROM 2012: Those involved in video production and content licensing know all about “stock audio.” It’s music that has been created (or legally cleared) for use as background music for videos, films, television and various multi-media projects. We hear it all the time but don’t often think much about it. Ex-Television guitarist, Richard Lloyd, has produced some stock music himself. It’s not just instrumental background rumblings either, as much of this material comes in the form of structured song composition with vocals. As far as I know, none of this material has ever been on any album and seems to have first been made available this year, 2012 – though, we have no idea when it was actually recorded. Listen to two examples below, the driving instrumental “We Will Climb” and the Television/Big Star/Twilley-esque, “Want You To Stay.” This is some excellent stuff and requires no video embellishment for your entertainment pleasure. We’ve got a similar project from Eno in the archives called Textures (HERE). NOTE: This is the first time this music has been “offered” outside of the industry, so act fast… it may not last long. Find bonus track versions of Television’s Marquee Moon (1977) and Adventure (1978) HERE in the archives.

Want You (3:21)
Murder Boogie (5:36)
We Will Climb (6:34)
Diogenes (1:36)
Want You To Stay (3:03)
Tasting Quicksand (2:01)
Pull (4:13)

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)

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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DELBERT & GLEN Blind, Crippled & Crazy (2013) – The Great Delbert McClinton…

51F9coH-DgL._SY300_Blind, Crippled & Crazy (2013)
40 Years After

Texas roadhouse blues doesn’t get any better than the 50 year career of the great Delbert McClinton. Though already a bar band vet before he ever entered a recording studio, McClinton, along with Glen Clark, helped outline the blueprints of the genre with their debut LPs in 1972/73, Delbert & Glen and Subject to Change. Both are worthy of your time and attention, if you can find them. Fast cut to over four decades later, and Delbert and Glen have re-teamed for another go with 2013′s Blind, Crippled & Crazy. And, what’s truly amazing is they haven’t lost a step, picking up exactly where they left off in the 70s with an LP that wallows in the glory of their classic mix of soulful, honky tonkin’, rockin’, country, R&B, roadhouse blues. Bar band originals, save for one outsider track, “More And More, Less And Less,” which sounds like a re-write of Dylan’s “Things Have Changed.” The streaming player will give you the skinny, and we’ll point you to one other brilliant Delbert McClinton solo release in the archives, the outstanding Genuine Cowhide (HERE, with one of the 70s best album covers. Remember album covers?). Find Blind, Crippled & Crazy at Amazon, HERE.

Been Around A Long Time (3:34)
Whoever Said It Was Easy (2:52)
Oughta Know (3:06)
World Of Hurt (3:41)
More And More, Less And Less (2:52)
Just When I Need You The Most (3:17)
Somebody To Love You (4:08)
Sure Feels Good (4:22)
Tell My Mama (3:11)
Peace In The Valley (2:48)
Good As I Feel Today (3:07)
If I Could Be Your Lover (2:43)

TROUBLE FUNK Droppin’ Bombs – The Definitive Trouble Funk (1999)

FrontDroppin’ Bombs
The Definitive Trouble Funk
Long Gone Go Go

A solid 2CD anthology from the kings of Washington, DC’s 80s Go Go scene, Trouble Funk. For those not familiar, Go Go was a home-schooled black movement, born in a black town and run locally by black artists and managers. The pre-rap sub-genre never caught on nationally since neither rock radio or MTV were playing any black music (except for, after much hand-wringing, “Billie Jean”). Not that it would have had much chance of survival, anyway. The format was massively percussive, anchored by horn sections, with call-and-response vocal interaction largely substituting for the melodies. Live, the stuff was like a marathon, with beats and rhythms often lasting up to an hour without a break. The locals lived it and loved it, but the music didn’t translate well to vinyl, or outside D.C., for that matter. This two-disc comp is Trouble Funk’s best, but for a broader view, visit the archives for a few of our other Go Go posts, the essential 1985 various artist compilation, Go Go Crankin’ (HERE), with Trouble Funk, Chuck Brown And The Soul Searchers, Redds And The Boys, Experience Unlimited, Slim and Mass Extension and the equally essential Trouble Funk Live (HERE), from 1981. For Henry Rollins’ white boy take on Go Go, check out Wartime’s Fast Food For Thought (HERE). Get Droppin’ Bombs – The Definitive Trouble Funk at Amazon, HERE.

Don’t Touch That Stereo (5:58)
Pump Me Up (6:35)
Drop The Bomb (5:58)
Don’t Try To Use Me (6:15)
Trouble Funk Express (6:42)
Hey Fellas (7:14)
Supergrit (10:13)
So Early In The Morning (7:05)
Freaky Situation (4:01)
Let’s Get Small (5:35)
Say What (5:15)
E Flat Boogie (8:50)
Still Smokin’ (5:10)
Good To Go (8:07)
I’m Chillin’ (feat. Kurtis Blow) (12″ Club Remix) (5:53)

BIG MAMA THORNTON Hound Dog – The Peacock Recordings (1992)

Hound Dog The Peacock Recordings (1992)
Greasy Blues And R&B

Unless you’re the hardcore type, this collection of Big Mama Thornton’s work from the 50s might be all you’ll need. Elvis Presley may have introduced her name to the white people of the world, but “Hound Dog” – a contested Leiber & Stoller tune – was no obscure curio. It spent seven weeks atop Billboard’s R&B charts in 1953, proving that Thornton was making a name for herself years before Presley’s re-make took the country by storm. It’s funny now to realize that Elvis, the game-changer that made middle America so nervous, was tamed compared to what was happening in Thornton’s world of R&B. Who thought twice about what Elvis was singing about on “Hound Dog?” Thornton’s rendition, however, is totally about sex… so you didn’t see her on Sullivan, even from the waist up. For all the shit thrown at the likes of Pat Boone for the wholesale white-washing of black music, Elvis was doing pretty much the same thing. Just better. I’ve personally still never heard a singular BMT album, but this collection of material from 1951-1957 is a good place to start for anyone interested. Johnny Otis is here, too. Under $3 @ Amazon, HERE.

Hound Dog (2:52)
My Man Called Me (2:41)
I Smell A Rat (1:46)
They Call Me Big Mama (2:05)
You Don’t Move Me No More (2:44)
Let Your Tears Fall Baby (2:46)
Rock-A-Bye Baby (2:38)
Yes, Baby (2:53)
How Come (2:34)
Nightmare (2:54)
Stop A-Hoppin‘ On Me (2:29)
Just Like A Dog (2:49)
Walking Blues (3:01)
The Big Change (2:46)
Hard Times (2:13)
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh (2:45)
The Fish (2:43)
I’ve Searched The Whole World Over (2:39)


THE TEMPTATIONS The Temps In The Motown Studios (1965-1972)

The Temps In The Motown Studios (1965-72)
A Cappella Temps

Maybe it’s not as classic as our Beach Boys Pet Sounds a cappella post (HERE), but it’s cool, nonetheless. 15 original performances from 1965 to 1972, stripped of all instrumentation, leaving only the vocal mastery of The Temptations. There’s the occasional can leakage and some primitive technique, but overall it’s a pretty clean vocals-only album that just might hit the spot. Unreleased rip from the Get Ready DVD, HERE. We’ve got more Temps in the archives, including a great 2CD comp, Psychedelic Soul (HERE), and two classics, Puzzle People and Psychedelic Shack (HERE).

Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)
Cloud Nine
I Can’t Get Next To You
Runaway Child, Running Wild
I Wish It Would Rain
(I Know) I’m Losing You
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
You’re My Everything
Get Ready
My Girl
Don’t Look Back
My Baby
The Way You Do The Things You Do