THE BEATLES A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

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50 Years Later, An Argument For It Being Their Best!

Beatles fanatics are all familiar with the ‘Best Album’ debate. It’s a way to pontificate about the Fab Four, while simultaneously showing your pals what a know-it-all you are. Throughout the years, most of us have often re-assessed our opinions of The Beatles’ “best,” partly because at least four or five of them are pretty hard to argue against. Post 1967, the pick for many was Sgt. Pepper’s for its magical and timely cultural impact. Later, many found themselves drawn to The Beatles (White Album) for its double LP depth and jarring individuality. Personally, I’m not one who ever seriously considered Abbey Road, though, I understand its appeal with mainstream fans. Serious students have historically lingered around Rubber Soul for its sophisticated acoustic prowess, before switching to Revolver, for its druggy innovations and re-stylization of the entire pop format. Some might even choose Magical Mystery Tour, despite its patchwork, non-LP status. Naturally, I’ve settled on nearly all of those myself at one time or another. You probably have, too.

But, after decades of study, debate, discussion, hand-wringing and good old fashion repeated listening, I’ve finally come to realize that when I think of The Beatles, I think first of A Hard Day’s Night – the band’s first LP to fully shed their 50s influences, creating a music that was truly innovative and truly their own. It’s nearly impossible to trace A Hard Day’s Night‘s lineage. It sounds like The Beatles, and nothing that came before them. Credit its sheer exuberance and vitality… and the compositions, all by Lennon & McCartney for the first time. AHDN is littered with milestones – including the daring introduction of acoustic guitars into a successful beat group formula/fad that was already pre-figured to fail within six months. Still, it all seemed so easy… so effortless. Sheer talent captured on tape. The band never again made an overall album that was this joyous, this uplifting… and that atmosphere is still tangible 50 years later. Like many of the greatest albums ever made, A Hard Day’s Night has a consistent stylistic feel from start to finish. Its self-confidence is pure allure. It was an obvious peak, even in its day, though, no one ever imagined it would be only one of many.

It’s because of all the groundbreaking music that followed A Hard Day’s Night that the album is routinely overlooked as their best (or, qualified as the best of their “early LPs“). The album’s irresistible innocence is still ill-defined as pop candy when compared to The Beatles’ “important” cultural contributions, like “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “I Am The Walrus” or “A Day In The Life.” Yet… it’s A Hard Day’s Night that still rings true with a genuine spirit of discovery that greats like Revolver or Abbey Road could never match. Sgt. Pepper’s or Magical Mystery Tour might come close as creative adventures, but then… that’s why it’s always been impossible to decide. Is it The Beatles’ best album? It’s preposterous to suggest, of course. But, since you can hear it all below (in MONO), this might be a good reason to give A Hard Day’s Night another 30 minutes of your time. Just in case.

Find it at Amazon, HERE.

JETHRO TULL Carnegie Hall, N.Y. (1970) – The Complete Concert

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Prime Time Live Show… Plus

Originally released in the now out-of-print 25th Anniversary Boxed Set, disc two, Carnegie Hall, N.Y., captures Jethro Tull’s last gasp as a blues/rock band, just prior to morphing into conceptual medieval-prog-rockers. Despite the Jurassic baggage they carry around now as elder statesmen, they really were a great band back in the day. Especially live, and especially with keyboardist John Evan, who’s present here. With showy flute trills, on-stage gymnastics and sudden time shifts unusual for a “blues band,” Jethro Tull routinely pulled out all the stops and got famous for their efforts. Their 1972 double album, Living In The Past, featured two tracks (an additional 20 minutes) from this same concert that was not shoehorned into the Carnegie Hall, N.Y. disc. According to, by inserting “By Kind Permission Of” after “With You There To Help Me” and “Dharma For One” after “Reasons For Waiting,” you’ll have the entire Carnegie Hall concert in its proper running order (though, the song-specific dialog tends to muck up the flow). Hear why old guys with pony tails still talk reverently about Jethro Tull. The original box set is overpriced @ Amazon, HERE. Find more Tull in the archives, HERE.

Nothing Is Easy (6:06)
My God
With You There To Help Me (6:46)
A Song For Jeffrey (5:46)
To Cry You A Song (8:00)
Sossity, You’re A Woman (2:16)
Reasons For Waiting (3:55)
We Used To Know (3:18)
Guitar Solo (8:23)
For A Thousand Mothers (4:47)

Completing The Carnegie Hall Concert…
By Kind Permission Of
(10:10) – From Living In The Past
Dharma For One (9:58) – From Living In The Past

MOJO Presents… Death Disco (2014)

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The latest free CD from the May, 2014 MOJO Magazine is subtitled, “A Compendium Of Post-Punk Grooves,” and features tracks from Public Image LTD, Sonic Youth, The Fall, Throbbing Gristle and similar sonic troublemakers. I can honestly say I’ve never liked the majority of this era (except for some of the names I just mentioned), but what do I know? I still listen to Tony Conrad and have Metal Machine Music posted somewhere around here. Give a listen to the always satisfyingly obnoxious Pere Ubu, below. Find all 145 MOJO‘s HERE.

FELT Primitive Painters
ORANGE JUICE Simply Thrilled Honey
BUSH TETRAS Too Many Creeps
SONIC YOUTH Shaking Hell
PERE UBU 414 Seconds
THE FALL Loadstones
THE RAINCOATS Shouting Out Loud
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS Searching For Mr. Right

L.E.O. Alpacas Orgling (2006) – Calling All Electric Light Orchestra Disciples!

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A Tribute To The Tribute Kings, ELO

Anyone miss The Electric Light Orchestra? Apparently, power-popster Bleu McAuley and friends – including Mike Viola (Candy Butchers), Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish), Tony Goddess (Papas Fritas), Matt Mahaffey (Self) and members of Hanson – all miss ELO dearly. On L.E.O.’s Alpacas Orgling, all the elements are in place… the thick, affected cluster-harmonies, the busy string/synth arrangements, the addictive sugary pop melodies, that snapping drum sound… all designed to appear simplistic on the surface, but is – in reality – impossibly organized and arranged for maximum pop effect. A spot-the-influence album if there ever was one… just devoted solely to one influence, the Tribute King himself, Jeff Lynne. The style may be blatantly obvious but, oddly enough, this album is actually quite original, despite the unoriginal sheen (except maybe “Don’t Let It Go,” which “borrows” way too liberally, not unlike… well, not unlike an ELO album). It’s rare to hear an artist immerse himself so assuredly inside the work of another, but Bleu McAuley (a.k.a. James William McAuley, III), a Berkeley grad, lives life as himself outside of L.E.O., releasing numerous albums under his name (and with The Major Labels), since 1999, as well as touring in bands like Toad The Wet Sprocket, Hanson, John Mayer, Guster and others. He’s also got a new album available as, simply, Bleu, entitled To Hell With You. Listen to some of it (and order it) at Bandcamp, HERE. Find L.E.O.’s Alpacas Orgling at Amazon, HERE.

Overture (0:35)
Goodbye Innocence (3:53)
Ya Had Me Goin’ (3:12)
Distracted (4:20)
Make Me (3:02)
The Ol’ College Try (3:46)
Nothin’ Will Ever Change (4:15)
Don’t Let It Go (3:26)
Private Line (3:15)
Sukaz Are Born Every Minute (4:18)
Don’t Bring Me Down (1:57) – Bonus Track
Money & Music (2:44) – Bonus Track

THE LAST POETS Holy Terror (1994) + “Black And Strong (Homesick)” Maxi-CD – Produced By Bill Laswell

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Bill Laswell & Rap’s 60s Messengers

RE-UPPED FROM 2007 The Last Poets stirred the shit back in the late 60s – practically inventing modern rap while boldly confronting society’s unspoken black & white taboos. Armed with words, bongos and a bad attitude, they (unsurprisingly) managed to radicalized themselves to the outer edge of the mainstream… and nearly out of the business altogether. Minimized after a couple of decades on the movement’s sidelines, Bill Laswell brought together Umar Bin Hassan & Abiodun Oyewole (original members of The Last Poets) and backed them with his bass, his production and his small band of ultra-cool pals; Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Aiyb Dieng and Melle Mel. A lean crew by Laswell’s standards, and mean, too. Listen to the irresistible funk groove of “Homesick.” The words matter most, but the Laswell gang’s presence makes this album easily one of The Last Poets’ best. Out of print and cheap at Amazon (HERE), which is more criminal than downloading.

Invocation (2:01)
Homesick (8:20)
Black Rage (5:19)
Men-Tality (5:15)
Pelourinho (5:16)
Funk (6:06)
If We Only Knew (3:28)
Illusion Of Self (8:17)
Talk Show (5:32)
Black And Strong (Homesick) (11:29)
Last Rites (1:11)

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Maxi With Alternate Versions & Vocal Samples

Cool Maxi-CD (also issued on 12″ vinyl) featuring variations of Holy Terror‘s coolest groove, “Homesick” and “Black And Strong (Homesick).” Features the LP version of each, a radio edit and a 12-minute Bill Laswell ambient dub mix… along with isolated vocal samples, so you can get your Bill on and make mixes of your own. One of Laswell’s heaviest grooves. Still gettable at Amazon, HERE.

Black And Strong (Homesick) album track (11:31)
Black And Strong (Homesick) radio edit (4:37)
Black And Strong (Homesick) ambient dub mix (12:13)
Homesick (album track) (8:22)
“I’m Coming Home…” vocal only edit (0:22)
“…Bang Bang Another Nigger Going To Jail” vocal only edit (0:52)
“Like Graffiti On The Walls Of Wall Street… Black And Strong” vocal only edit (0:26)
“Like Graffiti On The Walls Of Wall Street… (Black And Strong” vocal only edit (0:12)
“The Screams…” vocal only edit (2:22)
“I See A Slave…” vocal only edit (0:44)
“The Blood…” vocal only edit (1:58)
“I’m Coming Home…” vocal only edit (0:21)

CRAZY HOARSE Your Cheatin’ Heart Sutra (2014)

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The Unstoppable Killick Hinds…

We last visited the insanely prolific guitarist Killick Hinds (and friends) back in mid-2013, with the name-your-price Bandcamp release of Henry Kaiser & Killick Hinds’ Nikola Tesla High School (HERE) and our belated post of Pocketful Of Claptonite’s Ginger Baker Did Everything Eric Clapton Did, But Backwards And In High Heels (HERE). Since then, Killick and his like-minded pals have issued another 15 or 16 titles (it’s tough to keep track) from himself and his varied band configurations, Crazy Hoarse, Pocketful Of Claptonite and Thunder O(h)m!, to name a few. The latest, and the one I’m listening to at this moment, is Crazy Hoarse’s excellent, Your Cheatin’ Heart Sutra (hear it all below), a wild, across-the-board collection of left field constructs, improvisational guitar, syncopated rhythms and other-worldly atmospherics… and that’s just track #4 – “Altered Nations Have Pleasured Altars.” Hinds’ freewheeling, bottomless pit approach to music isn’t for everyone, but those who cherish rugged individualism and creativity over commerce just might find a kindred spirit in Killick’s multi-dimensional, ever-growing catalog. I like the guy… a lot. Partly because I never know what’s going to happen next, but also because of his high quality, impossible quantity and free-if-you-want-it attitude to distributing his music to any and all who might be interested. We’re not posting a download here, but you can get it all just as easily through Bandcamp HERE, or via the player below (for free, if you must, but a donation would be supportive), in your choice of 320, FLAC, ACC, Ogg, etc, etc. Visit Killick at his website (HERE), Tumblr (HERE) iTunes (HERE), YouTube (HERE) and Spotify (HERE). Hinds currently has (approx) 65 releases available at Bandcamp (HERE). Hear them all in their entirety… and take your pick.

THE DOORS L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions (1971/2012)

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Live In The Studio… For The Last Time

When I first heard about this release back in 2012, the information I read stated that these recordings were little more than remixes, or alternate takes, from the original masters. Which didn’t interest me much, since The Doors had been doing that for years with all of their studio albums. But… the truth is, these tracks are actually live studio recordings, capturing The Doors either rehearsing, running through, or laying down the tracks for their last album together, L.A Woman. There are pros and cons to all of this. The pro is hearing The Doors unvarnished, in the same room, performing most of L.A. Woman live (with warts and dubs) – what would be their bluesiest album to date. And, interestingly, you’ll realize how little post-production was used for the overall sound of the finished product. The con, as you might guess, is that Morrison isn’t always on his game. But when he is… he and the band convincingly assert themselves, and prove that their last stand was a valid one, and not some rose-colored, post-death memory. It’s cool to hear Morrison coming up with the idea of adding thunder to the beginning of “Riders Of The Storm” as the tapes are rolling (“Hey! That’s a good idea… thunder,” Morrison says… and thunder was dubbed onto this live take, probably because it would now sound naked without it.) You can find the vinyl release of The Workshop Sessions at Amazon, HERE. The same tracks were also issued on the 2CD set, L.A. Woman (40th Anniversary Edition), HERE. Don’t forget our massive, 31CD official live collection, HERE.

The Changeling (4:50)
Love Her Madly (3:57)
Cars Hiss By My Window (4:40)
L.A. Woman (8:49)
The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) (5:35)
Been Down So Long (5:06)
Riders On the Storm (9:08)
She Smells So Nice (3:23)
Rock Me (5:56)

Doors Perception BonusDoors More Bonus TracksWe’re partly posting The Workshop Sessions to draw attention to both of our newly revamped Doors bonus tracks collections in the archives. If you’ve just recently grabbed either (or both) of them… sorry. But, we’ve only just gotten around to upgrading the Perception Bonus Tracks @320 (HERE, adding two iTunes MP3-only tracks), and expanding More Studio Bonus Tracks to two discs (HERE), adding the L.A. Woman live material above, and tracks from Behind Closed Doors-The Rarities – both released since we first posted the bonuses back in 2009.

JEWEL Save The Linoleum (1995) – Promo-Only CD

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Awful, Bizarre Atlantic Promo CD

Personally? Can’t stand her. Which is why this promo-only release is such a great listen. Long before Jewel was embraced at radio, Atlantic Records sent out Save The Linoleum to promote her debut album, Pieces Of You. But later, the label attempted to “recall” this CD – as if that was even possible. One listen and you’ll hear why. In the opener, the non-LP “God’s Gift To Women,” Jewel pounds out a tuneless riff, references her “nice tits” and tosses in a “motherfucker” just for the heck of it. To intro the live track, “I’m Sensitive,” she insensitively tells an audience member to “shut up,” then apologizes cloyingly. The chorus to the abysmal “Race Car Driver,” features a vocal so curious, and so annoying, that we must collectively thank her for never revisiting it. This isn’t some clandestine live bootleg that happened to filter out. This was someone’s clumsy attempt to promote a new artist. Save The Linoleum (save for the two radio-friendly LP cuts) is like a bad accident that simply demands your attention. Amazon’s got some, HERE.

God’s Gift To Women

I’m Sensitive (Live Version)

Who Will Save Your Soul (LP Version)

Race Car Driver


I’m Sensitive (LP Version)

GENE KRUPA In Person (2014)

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Calling All Hep Cats

A release so new I can’t tell you a damned thing about it. My usual sources don’t even have it listed as existing yet, but it popped up online, I grabbed it, and haven’t stopped digging’ it since. So now – if you’re the type that’s so inclined – you can, too. What I can tell you is that it’s not a live show, as the cover suggests, and that only the first and last tracks have an audience. Despite that, these are live recordings, whether in the studio or in person, and Krupa, with a swinging brassy band, sounds great. There’s a variety of standards, a handful of ballads and a few showcases for Gene’s drum chops, which are mild by modern standards (of course), but which also laid the groundwork for every modern drummer that would follow. According to Amazon, Buddy Rich is on board for the three workout tracks, “Bernie’s Tune,” “Gene’s Blues” and “Drum Boogie.” MP3s are at Amazon, HERE, with a CD sure to follow. UPDATE: In the last week, these files were removed from Amazon. Is it a bootleg? Was it released prematurely? Does it even exist? It’s hard to say…

Sing Sing Sing (4:20)
Begin the Beguine (3:47)
Sometimes I’m Happy (3:37)
Yardbird Suite (5:38)
Bernie’s Tune (13:58)
Bird House (3:02)
Let Me Off Uptown (3:22)
Birds of a Feather (3:20)
Gene’s Blues (7:48)
If You Were the Only Girl In the World (4:47)
Mulligan Stew (3:59)
How High the Moon (3:17)
Margie (3:13)
The Way of All Flesh (2:50)
Drum Boogie (9:04)

JANIS JOPLIN Bonus Tracks And Rarities (6 Hours)

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Over Six Hours Of Janis & Big Brother

This project got a little out of hand. It began with the idea of compiling the bonus tracks from Janis’ Box Of Pearls reissue collection, still the last word on Joplin’s official catalog. Essentially, a CD’s worth of extras. But, I remembered that previous collections included different live tracks from some of the same shows used as bonuses. So, I started gathering old “bonuses” from albums like, Farewell Song, In Concert and the 3CD box set, Janis. But… there were more live tracks (from the same shows) scattered across other collections, too, including Janis (the 1975 soundtrack), The Essential Janis Joplin, and 2012′s The Pearl Sessions. Before I knew it… the idea grew to over six hours of officially released bonuses, rarities and live material. We’ve eliminated the numerous dupes among them and organized them chronologically (with a few exceptions), so as to group together the many mini-live sets from The Grande Ballroom, Frankfurt, Fillmore and the Festival Express Tour (as well as the many Cheap Thrills and Pearl outtakes), instead of leaving them scattered willy-nilly – as they have been all these years. Of course, full live albums have been issued in recent years for Winterland, Woodstock and Carousel Ballroom, but purging those bonuses would have defeated the purpose entirely, so you get them all… including the extra disc of outtakes from The Pearl Sessions, which is already (HERE) in the archives. There’s way too much contained within these extras to comment on, so view the track list below and be amazed by the mass of material that’s been floating around for decades. The track, “Happy Birthday John (Happy Trails),” is a recording Janis and band made for John Lennon’s birthday. Did I forget anything or get something wrong? Most certainly… I’m not a JJ expert. So feel free to note any corrections in comments. BTW; The cover pic has always been my favorite image of Joplin… Janis at her most attractive and appealing. We’ve got lots more Joplin in the archives, including… .. The Festival Express Tour bonus CD from Pearl (The Legacy Edition) (HERE), The Blues According To Janis Joplin (with The Typewriter Tape and San Francisco 1963, HERE), the Six Sides Of Janis Joplin promo (with the famed nude artwork, HERE), Box Of Pearls (her official catalog, HERE) and Boston Music Hall, 1969 (w/Johnny Winter, HERE). Get our other Bonus Track Collections, HERE.

What Good Can Drinkin’ Do (1962) (2:44) – Janis
Trouble In Mind (with Jorma Kaukonen, 1965) (3:04) – Janis
Hesitation Blues (with Jorma Kaukonen, 1965) (4:03) – Janis
Women Is Losers (Live At The Avalon Ballroom – Dec 9, 1966) (5:06) – Janis
Down On Me (Single Version) (1967) (2:03) – Janis
Coo Coo (Single) (1967) (1:59) – Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin
The Last Time (Single) (1967) (2:17) – Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin
Call On Me (Alternate Take) (1967) (2:42) – Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin
Bye, Bye Baby (Alternate Take) (1967) (2:39) – Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin
Amazing Grace/Hi Heel Sneakers (Live At The Matrix, SF, CA – Jan 31, 1967) (2:36) – Farewell Song
Call On Me (Live At The Avalon Ballroom – Mar 17, 1967) (3:34) – Janis
Ball And Chain (Live At The Monterey International Pop Festival, Afternoon – June 17, 1967) (8:05) – Janis
Down On Me (Monterey Pop, June 17, 1967) (3:27) – Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967
Combination Of The Two (Monterey Pop, June 17, 1967) (5:23) – Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967
Harry (Monterey Pop, June 17, 1967) (0:37) – Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967
Road Block (Monterey Pop, June 17, 1967) (6:18) – Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967
Ball And Chain (Monterey Pop, June 17, 1967) (8:15) – Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967
Catch Me Daddy (Studio Outtake From Cheap Thrills Sessions, Take 1) (1968) (4:53) – Janis
Farewell Song (Studio Outtake From Cheap Thrills Sessions, Take 3) (1968) (4:21) – Janis
Summertime (Studio Outtake From Cheap Thrills Sessions, Take 1) (1968) (4:04) – Janis

Misery’n (Studio Outtake From Cheap Thrills Sessions, Alternate Version) (1968) (4:07) – Janis
Easy Once You Know How (Studio Outtake) (1968) (3:54) – Rare Pearls
It’s A Deal (Studio Outtake) (1968) (2:19) – Rare Pearls
Roadblock (Studio Outtake) (1968) (5:33) – Cheap Thrills
Flower In The Sun (Studio Outtake) (1968) (3:05) – Cheap Thrills
Catch Me Daddy (Live At The Grande Ballroom, Detroit – Mar 2, 1968) (5:32) – Cheap Thrills
Magic Of Love (Live At The Grande Ballroom, Detroit – Mar 2, 1968) (3:58) – Cheap Thrills
Down On Me (Live At The Grande Ballroom, Detroit – Mar 2, 1968) (3:07) – In Concert
Piece Of My Heart (Live At The Grande Ballroom, Detroit – Mar 2, 1968) (4:09) – In Concert
Flower In The Sun (Live At Winterland, San Francisco – Apr 12, 1968) (3:12) – The Essential Janis Joplin
Farewell Song (Live At Winterland, San Francisco – Apr 12, 1968) (4:58) – The Essential Janis Joplin
Bye, Bye Baby (Live At Winterland, San Francisco – Apr 12, 1968) (4:27) – In Concert
Road Block (Live At The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco – June 23, 1968) (3:00) – In Concert
Flower In The Sun (Live At The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco – June 23, 1968) (3:04) – In Concert
Summertime (Live At The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco – June 23, 1968) (4:46) – In Concert
Harry (Columbia Studios, June, 1968) (0:58) – Farewell Song
Raise Your Hand (Live On The Ed Sullivan Show – Mar 19, 1969) (2:28) – The Essential Janis Joplin
Maybe (Live On The Ed Sullivan Show – Mar 19, 1969) (4:07) – Janis
Dear Landlord (Session Outtake) (1969) (2:33) – I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Maybe (Live In Amsterdam, Holland – Apr 1, 1969) (4:01) – Rare Pearls
Albert Hall Interview (London, Apr 21, 1969) (1:18) – Janis (Soundtrack)

Raise Your Hand (Live In Frankfurt, West Germany – Apr 12, 1969) (3:44) – Farewell Song
Ball And Chain (Live In Frankfurt, West Germany – Apr 12, 1969) (5:16) – Janis (Soundtrack)
Maybe (Live In Frankfurt, West Germany – Apr 12, 1969) (4:08) – Janis (Soundtrack)
Summertime (Live In Frankfurt, West Germany – Apr 12, 1969) (4:45) – Janis (Soundtrack)
To Love Somebody (Live At The Woodstock, Aug, 1969) (5:15) – The Essential Janis Joplin
Kozmic Blues (Live At The Woodstock, Aug, 1969) (5:06) – The Essential Janis Joplin
Summertime (Live At The Woodstock, Aug, 1969) (5:04) – I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Piece Of My Heart (Live At The Woodstock, Aug, 1969) (6:32) – I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Raise Your Hand (Live At The Fillmore, San Francisco – Oct 5, 1969) (5:16) – Rare Pearls
Bo Diddley (Live At The Fillmore, San Francisco – Oct 5, 1969) (6:13) – Rare Pearls
All Is Loneliness (Live At The Fillmore, San Francisco – Apr 4, 1970) (5:46) – In Concert
Ego Rock (Live At The Fillmore, San Francisco – Apr 4, 1970) (8:03) – In Concert
One Night Stand (w/ The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Prod By Todd Rundgren 3/28/70) (3:08) – Farewell Song
One Night Stand (w/ The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Version 2, Alternate Take) (1970) (3:06) – Janis
Move Over (Live On The Dick Cavett Show, June 25, 1970) (4:18) – Janis (Soundtrack)
Dick Cavett TV Interview (Live On The Dick Cavett Show, June 25, 1970) (4:17) – Janis (Soundtrack)

Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) (June 28, 1970 – Festival Express Tour) (8:13) – Janis
Tell Mama (June 28, 1970 – Festival Express Tour) (6:37) – The Pearl Sessions
Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) (July 4, 1970 – Festival Express Tour) (6:52) – Pearl
Little Girl Blue (July 4, 1970 – Festival Express Tour) (3:56) – Pearl
Cry Baby (July 4, 1970 – Festival Express Tour) (6:30) – Pearl
Tell Mama (July 4, 1970 – Festival Express Tour) (6:32) – Pearl
Half Moon (Live From “The Dick Cavett Show” Aug 3, 1970) (4:08) – The Pearl Sessions
Port Arthur High School Reunion (KJAC TV, Port Arthur, Texas – Aug 13, 1970) (1:44) – Janis (Soundtrack)
Happy Birthday, John (Happy Trails) (1970) (1:08) – Janis
Mercedes Benz (Longer Spoken Word Intro) (1970) (2:12) – Janis
Me And Bobby McGee (Mono Single Master) (1970) (4:09) – The Pearl Sessions
Half Moon (Mono Single Master) (1970) (3:54) – The Pearl Sessions
Cry Baby (Mono Single Master) (1970) (3:58) – The Pearl Sessions
Get It While You Can (Mono Single Master) (1970) (3:28) – The Pearl Sessions
Move Over (Mono Single Master) (1970) (3:41) – The Pearl Sessions
A Woman Left Lonely (Mono Single Master) (1970) (3:30) – The Pearl Sessions

Overheard In the Studio… (1970) (0:40) – The Pearl Sessions
Get It While You Can (Take 3) (1970) (3:39) – The Pearl Sessions
Overheard In the Studio… (1:40) (1970) – The Pearl Sessions
Get It While You Can (Take 5) (1970) (3:45) – The Pearl Sessions
Overheard In the Studio… (2:31) (1970) – The Pearl Sessions
Move Over (Take 6) (1970) (4:05) – The Pearl Sessions
Move Over (Take 13) (1970) (4:37) – The Pearl Sessions
Move Over (Take 17) (1970) (4:07) – The Pearl Sessions
Me And Bobby McGee (Demo Version) (1970) (4:47) – The Pearl Sessions
Me And Bobby McGee (Take 5) (1970) (4:50) – The Pearl Sessions
Cry Baby (Alternate Version) (1970) (4:57) – The Pearl Sessions
A Woman Left Lonely (Alternate Vocal) (1970) (3:35) – The Pearl Sessions
Overheard In the Studio… (1970) (2:29) – The Pearl Sessions
My Baby (Alternate Take) (1970) (3:55) – The Pearl Sessions
Overheard In the Studio… (1970) (2:34) – The Pearl Sessions
Get It While You Can (Take 3) (1970) (3:32) – The Pearl Sessions
My Baby (Alternate Version) (1970) (3:59) – The Pearl Sessions
Pearl (Instrumental) (1970) (4:27) – The Pearl Sessions
Mercedes Benz (Remix) (2003) (3:46) – The Essential Janis Joplin

Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin (1967/1999), Cheap Thrills (1968/1999), I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969/1999), Pearl (1970/1999), In Concert (1972), Janis (Original Soundtrack, 1975), Farewell Song (1983), Janis (3CD Box Set, 1993), Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967 (1997), Rare Pearls (From Box Of Pearls, 1999), The Essential Janis Joplin (2003) and The Pearl Sessions (2012)

FlexiJanis (1971)
The First Of Many Post-Death Rarities

Not really worthy of addition to the above collection (since the sound quality is bad, at best, and only for the curious), this rare flex-disc was part of David Dalton’s bio, Janis (Simon & Shuster Publishing, 1971). These files are grouped together with Part 5 of the bonus collection. Nine minutes in length, but not very good. But, since I’ve got it… you get it, too. There are better versions of the Austin material, HERE.

Train Rap With Bonnie Bramlett (Festival Express Tour, 1970) (0:53)
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Austin, 1963) (2:34)
St. James Infirmary (Austin, 1963) (3:04)
Walk Right In (Austin, 1963) (2:01)
Vamp On Time (Calgary, Festival Express Tour, July 4th, 1970) (1:14)

Wormhole #70 (Have Two J’s)

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JANIS JOPLIN The Blues According To Janis Joplin: Early Performances 1963-1965 (1975) +
The Typewriter Tape (1964) & San Francisco, 1963

The Blues According To JanisThe Blues According To Janis Joplin: Early Performances 1963-1965 (1975)
Janis Joplin’s Eerily Authentic 30s Blues…

Raw, acoustic post-WWI American blues, as recorded by Janis Joplin, circa 1963-65. This is the real deal. The roots music that would inform her later work is performed here with a frighteningly authentic, scratchy 78RPM quality that’s nothing short of amazing. The kind of music you’d imagine R. Crumb listening to while illustrating Janis for the Cheap Thrills album cover. On these early 60s live recordings, Joplin can be heard completely ignoring the British Invasion and, instead, belting out the music of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Bill Broonzy and others – backed mostly by an acoustic guitar and harmonica – in front of a small barroom crowd. Some of these eerie and searing recreations sound like they were excised from some prohibition-era documentary soundtrack – especially the four tracks from 1965, with Janis fronting The Dick Oxtot Jazz Band in San Francisco. Hardcore fans might know this material from the multi-disc Joplin bootleg, Blow All My Blues Away, but those were inferior, unofficial recordings… and some were mastered at the wrong speed. These tapes were actually released by Columbia Records in 1975, as the second disc of the 2LP film soundtrack, Janis – subtitled “Early Performances” (pictured below). Back in the 70s, many simply ignored these raw coffeehouse tapes, but a fresh listen will reveal just how accurately Joplin (and friends, with the accidental assistance of the sketchy sound quality) captured the nuance and atmosphere of the 20s and 30s music that influenced her entire approach to music. Listen below. “Mary Jane” is actually a Joplin original, as are the compositions, “What Good Can Drinkin’ Do,” Janis“No Reason For Livin’” and “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” We’ve got more of her work in this raw vein – The Typewriter Tape, with Jorma Kaukonen, and some of Joplin’s San Francisco performances, from 1963. There’s plenty more Janis in the archives, too, including the Six Sides Of Janis Joplin promo (with the famed nude artwork, HERE)… The Festival Express Tour live bonus disc (HERE), from Pearl (The Legacy Edition)… The Pearl Sessions (HERE) and Boston Music Hall, December 1969, with Johnny Winter (HERE). We’ve got a bunch more JJ coming this week, too.

Trouble In Mind (1:36)
What Good Can Drinkin’ Do (2:41)
Silver Threads And Golden Needles (2:26)
Mississippi River (2:29)
Stealin’ (1:50)
No Reason For Livin’ (1:59)
*Black Mountain Blues (4:27)
*Walk Right In (2:04)
*River Jordan (3:50)
*Mary Jane (2:09)
Kansas City Blues (1:46)
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (2:56)
See See Rider (2:08)
San Francisco Bay Blues (1:48)
Winin’ Boy (1:54)
Careless Love (3:05)
I’ll Drown In My Own Tears (1:41)
Recorded in Austin, TX, 1962-64
*Recorded with The Dick Oxtot Jazz Band, San Francisco, CA, 1965

Janis Joplin 1963San Francisco, 1963 (1963)
More raw blues recorded not long after Janis landed in San Francisco, barely three years after she finished high school. Including a cover of Huddie Ledbetter’s (now politically incorrect) anti-racism/anti-classism composition, “Bourgeoise Blues.” “Leaving This Morning” is a Ma Rainey tune from the late 20s, while “Careless Love” is a jazz/blues standard covered by Bessie Smith, among others. “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy” (which you can hear on the player above) is a Joplin original.

Leaving This Morning (KC Blues) (2:01)
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (2:41)
Careless Love (4:03)
Bourgeoise Blues (2:27)
Black Mountain Blues (3:29)
Gospel Ship (1:45)
Stealin’ (2:02)

The Typewriter TapeThe Typewriter Tape (1964)
In an online interview, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen verified that he and Janis made these recordings in June, 1964, at the place he shared with his ex-wife, who can be heard typing a letter in the background. Not at his mother’s home, as is often reported. This was a rehearsal for an upcoming coffeehouse show by the duo. The arrangement for “Trouble In Mind” probably comes from Big Bill Broonzy’s late-50s recording, though the song itself dates back to the 1920s.

Typewriter Talk (0:44)
Trouble In Mind (3:01)
Black Train Blues (2:32)
Kansas City Blues (False Start) (0:18)
Kansas City Blues (3:13)
Hesitation Blues (4:11)
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (4:35)
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (4:01)

Wormhole #69 (CCRevived)

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DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS Copenhagen, December 10, 1969 (45 Min Danish TV Broadcast) w/ George Harrison, Eric Clapton & The Future Dominos

Excellent 45 minute live show capturing the great Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, featuring George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Derek’s future Dominos – as broadcast on Danish television in 1969. Taped just days after the recording of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends – On Tour with Eric Clapton. Clapton sings lead on “I Don’t Know Why.” Line up includes; Delaney & Bonnie, Eric, George, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Bobby Whitlock, Billy Preston, Jim Price, Bobby Keys, Rita Coolidge & Tex Johnson. A great show, which also provides us the opportunity to point you to all the Delaney & Bonnie in the archives; Accept No Substitute (1969) and D&B Together (1972), (both HERE), On Tour With Eric Clapton (4CD Deluxe Box, HERE), Live At A&R Recording Studios, July 22, 1971, with Duane & Gregg Allman (HERE) and Bonnie Bramlett’s, Piece Of My Heart – 1969-1978 (HERE).

Poor Elijah
I Don’t Know Why
Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way
My Baby Specializes
I Don’t Want To Discuss It
That’s What My Man Is For
Comin’ Home
Encore: Tutti Frutti/The Girl Can’t Help It/Long Tall Sally/Jenny Jenny

BONUS CLIP: A live appearance on the BBC’s The Price Of Fame, featuring Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton, Dave Mason & Bobby Whitlock, performing a fantastic acoustic version of “Poor Elijah.”

LITTLE AXE The Wolf That House Built (1994)

The Wolf That House Built (1994)
The Blues Re-Imagined

I never understood why Little Axe isn’t more appreciated. After an apprenticeship that included playing the blues (at age 10), charting the course of rap (as part of the Sugarhill crew) and embracing avant/house/electronica as part of Adrian Sherwood’s Tackhead, guitarist Skip McDonald came full circle when he adopted the name Little Axe and dedicated himself to re-shaping the blues for the 21st century. With Sherwood’s help, Little Axe (the band) has crafted this re-examination of his roots, using loops, house effects and disembodied voices to create an ambient/house/blues fusion that’s both groovin’ and inventive. Since this excellent debut, Little Axe has continued in this vein over the course of a half-dozen, outside-the-box albums that have, sadly, been largely ignored. This one shouldn’t be. Find it dirt cheap at Amazon, HERE.

Ride On (5:24)
The Time Has Come (5:05)
Crossroads (6:37)
Never Turn Back Parts 1 & 2 (7:21)
Another Sinful Day (4:07)
Out In The Rain And Cold (4:37)
Crossfire (4:32)
Wolf’s Story (4:23)
Hear My Cry (7:04)
Dayton (6:12)
Falling Down (4:28)
Wake The Town (3:55)

JERRY STAHL So Ends My Hollywood Minute (2000)

So Ends My Hollywood Minute (2000)
Raw Tales Of The Junkie Life

Speaking of author Jerry Stahl… (see Mitchell Froom’s The Key Of Cool, HERE). So Ends My Hollywood Minute is an extremely rare CD issued in limited quantities (possibly in the hundreds) by L.A. lowlife chronicler, Jerry Stahl, best known for his books Perv, The Heroin Chronicles and Permanent Midnight – which was made into a movie starring Ben Stiller as the junkie/author writing for a TV sitcom (Alf). This CD is a collection of readings by Stahl, with loops and atmospherics by “The Getdown Syndrome,” which seems to include guitarist Jason Ross of Seven Mary Three. It’s funny, weird, dry and bizarre. Stahl’s only “solo” release (he has also worked with Lydia Lunch), this CD was issued by the same regional indie that put out Lunch’s rare 2CD set, Matrikamantra, which you can find in the archives (HERE). Not cheap over at Amazon, HERE.

LA Tami (3:26)
Pipe To The Head (3:14)
Dad’s Balls (2:51)
Pipe II (3:31)
Dagmar (3:26)
LA Tanya (2:33)
Pipe III (2:57)
Meat/Varnish (5:06)
Don’t Call Him Larry (5:12)
Inside Miss LA (2:12)

Video – THE MONKEES 33-1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (TV Special 1969) w/ Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & Trinity, The Buddy Miles Express, Little Richard & others.

33I mentioned this 1969 NBC television special in a previous post, realizing that I hadn’t seen it in 45 years. Thank the lord for YouTube. Now you can watch this entire, very strange broadcast, which stars Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger & The Trinity – playing a major role in the proceedings – along with Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard & Fats Domino. There’s too much weirdness to detail, but about 28 minutes in, after the Auger/Driscoll jam, “Come On Up” (which features some Zappa-esque strobe video editing) – as the scheming, Rance Muhammitz-style voice over talks about brainwashing the Monkees – I began to notice the numerous similarities to Frank Zappa’s 1971 film, 200 Motels. Even the stage set up for the must see, 9 minute, cast freak-out version of “Listen To The Band” (which includes The Buddy Miles Express) resembles Zappa’s 200 Motels stage set-up. FZ was a fan (he appeared in their movie, Head, and in an episode of their TV show, “The Monkees Blow Their Minds,” HERE). All that aside, there’s some wickedly oddball stuff here – the first of 3 proposed Monkees television specials. Immediately after filming, however, Peter Tork bought out his contract – meaning he paid money not be a Monkee any more – and NBC eventually dropped plans for any follow-up specials. There’s a d/l link in comments in case this YouTube version goes away, and we’ve got more Monkees in the archives… Head (HERE) and the now out-of-print 3CD, Headquarters Sessions (HERE).

Micky Dolenz & Julie Driscoll I’m a Believer
Peter Tork I Prithee (Do Not Ask For Love)
Michael Nesmith Naked Persimmon (The Only Thing I Believe Is True)
Davy Jones Goldilocks Sometime
The Monkees Wind Up Man, Darwin
Paul Arnold & The Moon Express Only The Fittest Shall Survive
The Monkees I Go Ape
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity Come On Up
Medley: The Monkees At The Hop
Fats Domino I’m Ready
Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
Little Richard Tutti Frutti
We Three & The Monkees Shake A Tail Feather
Fats Domino Blue Monday
The Monkees Little Darlin’
Little Richard Long Tall Sally
Jerry Lee Lewis Down The Line
The Clara Ward Singers Them Bones
Davy Jones A String For My Kite
Peter Tork Solfeggietto (Bach)
The Monkees & Entire Cast Listen To The Band
Peter Tork California Here It Comes (End Titles)

40th Anniversary Edition Bonus Tracks (2008)

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Slim Pickin’s From CCR’s Vaults

Apparently, there wasn’t much in the way of extras to choose from when CCR overhauled their catalog back in 2008, as only half of these 22 bonus tracks are studio outtakes. The other half are live tracks, spread haphazardly across six original reissues (their seventh and last, Mardi Gras, contained no extras). I say haphazardly because material from the same 1971 Berlin show surfaces on Green River (1969) and Willy & The Poor Boys (1969), while songs recorded in Stockholm the same year are just tossed onto Bayou Country (1968) and Green River. Two outtakes from the group’s bootlegged jam session with Booker T. & The MG’s are inexplicably split between Willy and Cosmo’s Factory. But, what’s worse about this random distribution, is that the sound on some of these live recordings is frustratingly distorted and – most egregiously – 9 of the 11 come from 1971, after Tom Fogerty had left the band and CCR was reduced to a trio. The band doesn’t sound bad as a trio, but that’s not the point. All of this suggests the compilers either had very little to work with… or just didn’t care one way or the other. Also included is, hands-down, the strangest CCR record ever released – a rare promotional 45, “45 Revolutions Per Minute.” Which I can only compare to (maybe) 33-1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee – as it’s CCR’s bizarre attempt at stoned comedy. Of course, having said all of the above, there are still some cool outtakes and performances to be found in this 90-minute collection. It’s just too bad the selection and sequencing wasn’t as considered as it should have been. Thanks to one of our readers who originally sent us these tracks, some of which I thought were corrupt… so I replaced them with higher quality 320 files. I was wrong… the issue was in CCR’s original tapes. Find the 7CD, 40th Anniversary Box Set, featuring the original albums and these 22 bonus tracks, at Amazon, HERE. All of our other Bonus Tracks collections (13 of ‘em) are HERE.

Call It Pretending (2:09)
Before You Accuse Me (1968 Outtake) (3:25)
Ninety-Nine And A Half (Live At The Fillmore, 03/14/69) (3:48)
Susie Q (Live At The Fillmore, 03/14/69) (11:45)
Bootleg (Alternate Take) (5:46)
Born On The Bayou (Live In London, 09/28/71) (4:46)
Proud Mary (Live In Stockholm, 09/21/71) (2:49)
Crazy Otto (Live At The Fillmore, 03/14/69) (8:49)
Broken Spoke Shuffle (2:39)
Glory Be (2:49)
Bad Moon Rising (Live In Berlin, 09/16/71) (2:08)
Green River-Susie Q (Live In Stockholm, 09/21/71) (4:28)
Lodi (Live In Hamburg, 09/17/71) (3:20)
Fortunate Son (Live in Manchester, 09/01/71) (2:15)
It Came Out Of The Sky (Live in Berlin, 09/16/71) (3:28)
Down On The Corner (Jam With Booker T. @ Fantasy Studios) (2:48)
Travelin’ Band (Remake Take) (2:15)
Up Around The Bend (Live In Amsterdam, 9-10-71) (2:42)
Born On The Bayou (With Booker T. & The MGs @ Fantasy Studios, 1970) (5:58)
45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 1) (3:18)
45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 2) (7:20)
Hey Tonight (Live In Hamburg, 1971) (2:30)

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

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

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

GEORGE HARRISON Beware of ABKCO! (1970/1994) – The All Things Must Pass Demos

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The All Things Must Pass Demos

Actually, I thought this was already posted here… years ago. Oh, well. On May 27, 1970, a month after Paul McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles, George Harrison recorded these demos for his first “real” solo album, All Things Must Pass. Why these tapes are legendary is two-fold. First, the sound is excellent. Just George and a guitar (with occasional bass) playing his new songs for Phil Spector. Second, just its very nature… unplugged. As great as All Things Must Pass is, even its staunchest supporters confess that Phil Spector’s co-production is criminally overbearing. Hey… it’s his trademark. Of course, not everything here is brilliant. Some of these songs are only bare ideas and half would never even be officially recorded. But, some of this session sounds so good that two of these tracks were bonus additions to the 2001 All Things Must Pass reissue. There’s also compositional evidence of George’s recent work with Bob Dylan. For those baffled by the title, ABKCO refers to the company owned by Allen Klein, The Beatles’ manager for a brief time (and the straw that broke the camel’s back when Paul balked at retaining him). By 1970, however, George had finally seen the light, too, as he dismissively name drops ABKCO in “Beware of Darkness.” This is yet another bootleg that’s openly sold at Amazon (HERE), marking another industry turnaround in online bootleg acceptance and availability. There’s more George in the archives, including Wonderwall Music (HERE) and George Harrison WAS The Beatles – all of George’s official Beatles tunes on one CD, HERE.

Run Of The Mill
Art of Dying
Everybody, Nobody
Window, Window
Beautiful Girl
Beware of Darkness
Let It Down
Tell Me What Happened To You
Hear Me Lord
Nowhere To Go (Dylan/Harrison)
Cosmic Empire
Mother Divine
I Don’t Wanna Do It (Dylan)
If Not For You (Dylan)

THE RAMONES We’re Outta Here! (1997) – The Final Concert!

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Say Goodnight, Gracie.

The Ramones’ final concert, recorded August 6, 1996, wasn’t really all that different from the 2,262 shows that preceded it… in spirit anyway. This show, eulogized on a double disc the following year, includes a bunch of like-minded pals along for the ride, paying and playing their respects for one of rock’s most dedicated, gun-sticking rock ‘n roll mainstays. Dee Dee Ramone shows up, along with members of Soundgarden, Motorhead and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, among others. But the two-minute wonders themselves are, to mis-quote David Byrne, the same as they ever were. And that’s OK. We’ve got more Ramones in the archives, including the first nine albums (Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket To Russia, Road To Ruin, It’s Alive, End Of The Century, Pleasant Dreams, Subterranean Jungle and Too Tough To Die), the Bonus Tracks collection, Acid Eaters and another live show, Jan 7, 1978 At The Palladium, NYC – along with a few Ramones-related oddities – all HERE. Find We’re Outta Here at Amazon, HERE, which includes a video documentary with clips from the concert.

Durango 95 (1:27)
Teenage Lobotomy (1:30)
Psycho Therapy (2:11)
Blitzkrieg Bop (1:36)
Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio (3:00)
I Believe In Miracles (2:42)
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (1:16)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1:50)
I Wanna Be Sedated (2:04)
Spider-Man (2:11)
The KKK Took My Baby Away (2:12)
I Just Want To Have Something To Do (2:09)
Commando (1:21)
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (1:46)
Rockaway Beach (2:11)
Pet Sematary (3:02)
The Crusher (2:09)
Love Kills (1:59)
Do You Wanna Dance? (1:28)
Someone Put Something In My Drink (2:32)
I Don’t Want You (2:01)
Wart Hog (1:33)
Cretin Hop (1:22)
R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (1:17)
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (1:40)
Pinhead (2:57)
53rd & 3rd (1:56)
Listen To My Heart (1:19)
We’re A Happy Family (1:59)
Chinese Rocks (2:32)
Beat On The Brat (2:16)
Any Way You Want It (3:13)

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND Trout Mask Replica (1970), Trout Mask House Sessions (1969) + Grow Fins Promo Sampler (1999)

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Trout Mask Replica (1970)
Trout Mask House Sessions (1969/1999)
The Legend… And The Birth Of A Legend

There’s no shortage of boundary-stretching music. Never has been. But what Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band achieved in 1969-70 was nothing short of truly original – creating a unique, whole other sound that had little-to-no precedent in modern music. While Don Van Vliet’s guttural vocal style bastardized the blues, and his formless honks and sax squeaks were an obvious parody of the avant grade, it was impossible to trace a lineage for the music his Magic Band was inventing – through repetition and painstaking, year-long, dictatorial rehearsal sessions. Their sound never really made much sense, never fit into any convenient categories, and never took its cues from any other artists. Trout Mask Replica sounded as if it landed directly from another planet. A fully formed vision, that only made sense within its own self-created rules. Outsiders were forced either to accept it or reject it. With no middle ground offered… and the uninterested were invited to go fuck themselves. It stands to reason that this kind of union could never last… and it wouldn’t. Not with this energy, intensity and line-up, and certainly not with this inexplicable force. That was Trout Mask Replica… and, if you never “got it,” don’t sweat it. Most never did, and never even missed it. Music this different, by its very nature, is going to leave behind large numbers of listeners who don’t have the tenacity to suss out its merits. Time takes time. Oddly enough, time hasn’t made TMR any easier for the uninitiated to digest. Most groundbreaking music eventually gets eclipsed by the evolution of normality. Not here. In this case, time takes more time. As for the Trout Mask House Sessions – disc 2 (and some of 3) of the Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982), 5CD CB&TMB box set – it’s a rare glimpse behind the curtain of mystery. In fact, one of the most mysterious of curtains, both sainted and shit on by participants over the years via interviews and books. Now you can hear it for yourself. The sonic quality – with fly-on-the-wall house instrumentals and background dialog – might remind those with extreme tastes of The Faust Tapes, as it’s all so gloriously random, messy and out-of-touch – despite the strict, syncopated structure these sessions would eventually produce. For fans, it’s a unique peek inside. Find TMR at Amazon (HERE).

Frownland (1:41)
The Dust Blows Forward ‘n The Dust Blows Back (1:53)
Dachau Blues (2:22)
Ella Guru (2:27)
Hair Pie: Bake 1 (4:59)
Moonlight On Vermont (3:59)
Pachuco Cadaver (4:40)
Bills Corpse (1:49)
Sweet Sweet Bulbs (2:21)
Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish (2:26)
China Pig (4:03)
My Human Gets Me Blues (2:47)
Dali’s Car (1:27)
Hair Pie: Bake 2 (2:23)
Pena (2:34)
Well (2:08)
When Big Joan Sets Up (5:19)
Fallin’ Ditch (2:08)
Sugar ‘n Spikes (2:30)
Ant Man Bee (3:57)
Orange Claw Hammer (3:35)
Wild Life (3:10)
She’s Too Much For My Mirror (1:41)
Hobo Chang Ba (2:02)
The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica) (2:05)
Steal Softly Thru Snow (2:19)
Old Fart At Play (1:51)
Veteran’s Day Poppy (4:32)

(Untitled 1) (4:59)
(Untitled 2) (8:19)
Hair Pie: Bake 1 (5:04)
Hair Pie: Bake 2 (2:45)
(Untitled 5) (1:05)
Hobo Chang Ba (2:02)
(Untitled 7) (1:58)
Hobo Chang Ba (Take 2) (3:09)
Dachau Blues (2:06)
Old Fart At Play (1:23)
(Untitled 11) (1:01)
Pachuco Cadaver (4:08)
Sugar N Spikes (2:40)
(Untitled 14) (1:01)
Sweet Sweet Bulbs (2:31)
Frownland (Take 1) (2:52)
Frownland (1:52)
(Untitled 18) (1:11)
Ella Guru (2:33)
(Untitled 20) (0:09)
She’s Too Much For My Mirror (1:30)
(Untitled 22) (0:36)
Steal Softly Through Snow (2:22)
(Untitled 24) (1:52)
My Human Gets Me Blues (2:54)
(Untitled 26) (1:06)
When Big Joan Sets Up (4:33)
(Untitled 28) (0:05)
(Untitled 29) (0:57)
China Pig (4:15)
Blimp (5:10)
Herb (1:07)
Septic Tank (0:51)
Overdub (5:28)

Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982) Sampler (1999)
Promo-Only Taste

I was excited about, and immediately purchased, the Magic Band-concocted 5CD box set, Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982), when it was first released in 1999. Those days were practically pre-internet, remember, and rarities from the grand Captain and his mates were in high demand from fans who had long-missed his presence. But… I was pretty disappointed by the whole affair. Some of it was great – the disc of early demos (in the archives, HERE), and the Trout Mask House Sessions (above), were both vital pieces of history that no fan(atic) should be without. The videos on the multi-media disc were cool, too. But much of the remaining package was filled with live material that ran the sonic gamut from fair to challenged, which made for uneasy listening of music that wasn’t that easy to listen to in the first place. This 1CD sampler cherry picks some of the “better” live tracks from the box for those that don’t have the time or patience for a multi-disc bootleg. A promo oddity for the curious, but uncommitted. You can actually find this rarity at Amazon (HERE), but it’s as expensive as the entire box (HERE).

Obeah Man (Demo) (2:49)
Just Got Back From The City (Demo) (1:56)
Here I Am I Always Am (Demo) (2:35)
Plastic Factory (Demo) (2:53)
Electricity (Live) (3:42)
Sure Nuff N Yes I Do (Live) (3:00)
Hair Pie Bake 1 (House) (5:04)
Hobo Chang Ba (House) (2:02)
Old Fart At Play (House) (1:23)
Pachuco Cadaver (House) (4:08)
Sugar N Spikes (House) (2:40)
My Human Gets Me Blues (House) (2:54)
When Big Joan Sets Up (Live) (4:33)
Woe Is Uh Me Bop (Live) (2:46)
Bellerin’ Plain (Live) (3:26)
Black Snake Moan (Phone) (1:04)
Grow Fins (Live) (5:13)
One Red Rose That I Mean (Live) (1:48)
Harp Boogie II (Radio) (0:56)
Natchez Burning (Radio) (0:46)
Click Clack (Live) (2:53)
Orange Claw Hammer (Radio) (4:39)
Vampire Suite (Various) (3:49)
Evening Bell (Worktape) (0:57)
Evening Bell (Worktape) (2:18)
Flavor Bud Living (Live) (1:17)

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART Hoboism (1970-1981), HERE
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART The Dust Blows Forward (An Anthology), HERE
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART The Revenant Demos (1965-1967), HERE
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART/FRANK ZAPPA The History & Collected Improvisations of FZ & CB, HERE
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND Bat Chain Puller, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), HERE
THE MAGIC BAND 21st Century Mirror Men, HERE
THE MAGIC BAND Peel Sessions July, 2004, HERE
MALLARD Mallard & In A Different Climate, HERE
JOHN FRENCH (a.k.a. Drumbo) O Solo Drumbo, HERE

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

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

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

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

Various Artists THE BIG LEBOWSKI – The Complete Soundtrack (Unofficial 1998)

FrontThe Big Lebowski
(The Complete Soundtrack)
“I Hate The Fuckin’ Eagles, Man…”

Sure… you can always get the official soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ cult movie milestone, The Big Lebowski… but it’s abbreviated, and missing half of the music that helped to make the film – and T Bone Burnett’s glorious sonic gathering – such an essential cultural experience. So we took a cue from the community of fanatics who have penned essays, started blogs and created entire websites – compiling numerous variations of the film’s musical landscape – to bring you this nearly two-hour collection, in the order in which it all appears in the film (we think). Including… full versions of songs that only merited a brief moment of screen time, score composer Carter Burwell’s “Technopop (Wie Glauben)” (from the movie’s psuedo-Kraftwerk band, Autobaun), classical cues and both renditions of “Viva Las Vegas” – one comically credited to “Big Johnson,” a.k.a. ZZ Top. Not to mention such left field oddities as the Monks’ “I Hate You,” Captain Beefheart’s “Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles” and Townes Van Zandt’s cover of the Stones’ “Dead Flowers.” Listening to The Complete Soundtrack will finally allow you to safely re-live The Big Lebowski in your car, bringing to mind classic scenes like… a stoned Dude driving headfirst into a dumpster to CCR’s “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” Jesus dropping pins to the Gipsy Kings’ “Hotel California,” and a hallucinatory montage backdropped by (Kenny Rogers &) The First Edition singing “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).” (Fun Fact: That’s Glen Campbell on backwards guitar.) Even the Mussorgsky excerpt from “Pictures At An Exhibition” will immediately recall that nightmarish dance recital that can never be mentally erased. All in all, a great listen for fans of the movie, and a uniquely oddball gathering for those that have yet to abide, or imbibe. To quote Bob, “Oh, what a wonderful feeling.” The official half-soundtrack’s @Amazon, HERE.

SONS OF THE PIONEERS Tumbling Tumbleweeds (2:42)
BOB D. The Man In Me (3:08)
ESQUIVEL Mucha Muchacha (2:22)
MONKS I Hate You (3:35)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles (2:54)
GIPSY KINGS Hotel California (5:47)
BOOKER T & THE MG’S Behave Yourself (3:55)
MEREDITH MONK Walking Song (2:56)
PIERO PICCIONI Traffic Boom (3:16)
DEAN MARTIN Standing On The Corner (2:50)
ELVIS COSTELLO My Mood Swings (2:10)
MUSSORGSKY Pictures At An Exhibition (2:20)

SANTANA Oye Como Va (4:18)
YMU SUMAC Ataypura (3:03)
HENRY MANCINI Lujon (2:38)
THE FIRST EDITION Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (3:21)
TEO USUELLI Piacere Sequence (5:26)
DOMINIC FRONTIERE & ALAN ALCH Branded (Theme Song) (0:56)
THE EAGLES Peaceful Easy Feeling (4:19)
BIG JOHNSON Viva Las Vegas (4:48)
NINA SIMONE I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good (4:07)
CARTER BURWELL Dick On A Case (2:38)
MOONDOG (WITH ORCHESTRA) Stamping Ground (5:11)
CARTER BURWELL Technopop (Wie Glauben) (3:21)
TOWNES VAN ZANDT Dead Flowers (4:46)
THE RUSTAVI CHOIR We Venerate Thy Cross (2:04)
SHAWN COLVIN Viva Las Vegas (4:52)


THE DOORS Isle Of Wight Festival – August 30, 1970

Isle Of Wight Festival – August 30, 1970

RE-UPPED We’ve revamped our previous post, using a (slightly) superior and more complete bootleg of The Doors’ performance at The Isle Of Wight festival, August 30th, 1970. In addition, we’ve added two bonus tracks… officially released versions of “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” from the soundtrack to 2010′s When You’re Strange, and “When The Music’s Over,” from the 1995 compilation CD, Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970. As for the overall show itself, the word has always been that The Doors thought it was a lethargic performance. Since they’re running out of shows to issue, however, expect to see it officially released sometime in the future. There’s LOTS more Doors in the archives, HERE.

Introduction (0:18)
Back Door Man (4:18)
Break On Through (To The Other Side) (4:54)
When The Music’s Over (13:32)
Ship Of Fools (7:38)
Roadhouse Blues (6:08)
Light My Fire (14:22)
The End (18:19)

Break On Through (To The Other Side) (4:48) – When You’re Strange (2010)
When The Music’s Over (11:28) – Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 (1995)

SYD BARRETT An Introduction To Syd Barrett (2010) JUST ADDED: 20 Minute D/L Only Track “Rhamadan”

FrontAn Introduction To Syd Barrett (2010)
A Slim But Solid Career Overview

Originally a 2010 CD release, then a 2011 2LP Record Day vinyl issue, An Introduction To Syd Barrett delivers exactly what the title promises – which I can attest to, since I’ve never been what you’d call a Barrett disciple. I first came to Pink Floyd after his tenure, so his early work with them never resonated with me like it does with those that followed PF when a groundbreaking Barrett was calling the shots. Likewise, I never truly followed his solo career, either. I’ve heard all his albums… but that’s about the extent of it. I don’t know about you, but in the late 60s and early 70s there were so many musical listening distractions, if one artist didn’t make an immediate, positive impression, there were plenty of others to turn one’s attention to. That’s what went down with me and Syd. My overall disinterest in solo Syd is even more curious given my longtime appreciation for Kevin Ayers (HERE), as both share some general characteristics. But this collection, purported to be the only Barrett career retrospective with both Pink and Syd recordings, hits the spot – striking a balance between weirdness and whimsy that serves non-fans, like myself, well. Find An Introduction To Syd Barrett on CD, HERE, and on vinyl, HERE, at Amazon. JUST ADDED: The iTunes/CD bonus download, and previously unreleased 20-minute instrumental track, “Rhamadan,” now available on the D/L page.

Arnold Layne (2:56)
See Emily Play (2:55)
Apples And Oranges (3:08) (Stereo Version)
Matilda Mother (3:58) (2010 Mix)
Chapter 24 (3:38)
Bike (3:25)
Terrapin (5:08)
Love You (2:29)
Dark Globe (2:01)
Here I Go (3:21) (2010 Remix)
Octopus (3:56) (2010 Mix)
She Took A Long Cool Look (1:49) (2010 Mix)
If It’s In You (2:26)
Baby Lemonade (4:07)
Dominoes (4:05) (2010 Mix)
Gigolo Aunt (5:46)
Effervescing Elephant (1:54)
Bob Dylan Blues (3:09)
JUST ADDED: Rhamadan (20:09) – CD/iTunes Download-Only Bonus Track

KEVIN AYERS Songs For Insane Times – An Anthology 1969-1980 (2008)

FrontSongs For Insane Times – An Anthology 1969-1980 (2008)
A True Brit Eccentric

I’d be the first to confess that I never fully understood my own interest in Kevin Ayers. I stumbled on him back in 1971-2, following up on him after tripping over his tenure in Soft Machine, and quickly picked up a series of albums, including Joy Of A Toy, Bananamour, Confessions Of Dr. Dream & June 1, 1974 (with Eno, Nico & John Cale). But, none of my friends ever liked him, and I was always at a loss to explain why I did. He pretty much spoke his lyrics, instead of singing them, and his melodies were often vague and meandering, kind of like he’d just made everything up not long before the tapes started rolling. But, I felt an indescribable affinity for the guy, whose music rewards repeated listeners with an offbeat, ramshackle charm that defies easy categorization. The polar opposite of the kind of radio star who was trying to appeal to the masses with tried-and-true musical compromise. I think the last album I bought from him was 1976′s Yes We Have No Mananas, and since he was one of those artists that didn’t get upgraded to CDs in my collection, I haven’t really listened to the guy since the 70s or very early 80s. Which is why this 4CD anthology is tailored made for lost fans like me, offering up the best of Ayers’ quirky catalog – which I still find engaging to this day – even as my memory cells can’t recall much of the very same material I spent years listening to. This collection covers Ayers’ solo work from 1969′s Joy Of A Toy to 1980′s That’s What You Get Babe, including a bunch of non-LP 45s and a previously unreleased concert from 1973. Give a listen below to some of Ayers’ smokey, folky, sometimes loungey psych appeal, below. Be forewarned… he’s an acquired taste that many never acquired. But those that did will surely find time for this compilation. Retails for about $50 at Amazon, HERE, but someone had a used copy for $18, which I might get myself if someone else doesn’t.

Town Feeling (4:54)
Song For Insane Times (4:04)
Girl On A Swing (2:52)
The Lady Rachel (5:21)
Stop This Train (Again Doing it) (6:09)
Eleanor’s Cake (Which Ate Her) (2:56)
Religious Experience (Singing A Song In The Morning) (Featuring Syd Barrett) (4:47)
Soon Soon Soon (3:24)
Rheinhardt & Geraldine/Colores Para Delores (5:41)
May I? (4:03)
Clarence In Wonderland (2:09)
The Oyster And The Flying Fish (2:40)
Shooting At The Moon (5:50)
Butterfly Dance (3:46)
Gemini Child (3:17)
Stars (3:33)
There Is Loving/Among Us/There Is Loving (7:22)

Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes (3:22)
Song From The Bottom Of A Well (4:38)
Oh My (3:01)
Margaret (3:20)
Whatevershebringswesing (8:14)
Decadence (8:06)
Oh! Wot a Dream (2:51)
Don’t Let It Get You Down (4:01)
Interview (4:46)
Caribbean Moon (3:04)
The Up Song (3:18)
The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Irreversible Neural Damage (6:47)
It Begins With a Blessing/Once I Awakened/But It Ends With A Curse (8:19)
See You Later (4:42)
Ballbearing Blues (0:56)

After The Show (2:39)
Thank You Very Much (3:03)
Observations (4:24)
Toujours la Voyage (7:58)
Diminished But Not Finished (1:57)
Farewell Again (Another Dawn) (3:15)
Yes I Do (3:15)
Love’s Gonna Turn You Round (4:54)
Ballad Of Mr. Snake (2:09)
Blue (6:28)
Ballad Of A Salesman Who Sold Himself (4:31)
A View From The Mountain (6:18)
Beware Of The Dog II (6:01)
Hat Song (1:18)
Mony, Money, Money (3:14)
Super Salesman (5:04)
Where Do The Stars End? (3:02)

4 ‘After The Show’ Live At The Queen Elizabeth Hall 1973
Banana Introduction (3:10)
Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes (3:58)
Interview (7:51)
Whatevershebringswesing (7:23)
Oh! Wot A Dream (3:48)
Shouting In A Bucket Blues (5:17)
Caribbean Moon (3:34)
Don’t Let It Get You Down (4:47)
We Did It Again (11:24)
Why Are We Sleeping? (16:05)
After The Show (3:31)

TONY CONRAD Early Minimalism Volume One (Promo, 1997)

FrontEarly Minimalism Volume One (1997)
Just A Promotional Taste Of The Extreme…

I missed out on the 4CD box set of Tony Conrad’s Early Minimalism Volume One when it was first issued in 1997. Maybe purposefully… because as much as I enjoy Conrad’s explorations into unstructured sound and grating drone music, there are, in fact, only so many notes the ear can hear in the course of an evening (source: Amadeus, 1984), and Conrad tends to use up his allotment pretty quickly. For many, this 1CD promotional disc will more than ably get the point across, in shortened edits that only appear to be edits because the liner notes say they are edits – not because you happen to notice the missing 57 minutes of screeching, barely fluctuating, multiple violins. All flippancy aside, Conrad’s endurance tests are a marvel and, those whose ears are attuned to alternate experiences are invited to check out what he’s been inflicting on the unsuspecting since the early 60s… traveling in the same circles with the likes of LaMonte Young, John Cale and John Cage. This promo-only CD does contain one, full-length example of Conrad’s excess, the 53+ minute, “April 1965.” Keep the Bufferin on standby. We’ve got one other Tony Conrad release in the archives, Tony Conrad with Faust Outside The Dream Syndicate (HERE). Find the Early Minimalism Volume One box set at Amazon, HERE.

Four Violins (1964) (Edit # 1) (3:08)
Early Minimalism: April 1965 (Edit) (5:12)
Four Violins (1964) (Edit # 2) (3:08)
Early Minimalism: June 1965 (Edit) (3:03)
Early Minimalism: May 1965 (Edit) (4:52)
Early Minimalism: April 1965 (Complete Version) (53:37)

FAUST Untitled (Limited Edition Of 1,000 – 1996) + You Know FaUSt (1996)

Untitled (1996)
You Know FaUSt (1996)
Faust, On The Comeback Trail

When their first LP in nearly 20 years, 1995′s Rein (characterized by alternating bouts of silence and atmospheric nature sounds), disappointed virtually anybody familiar with their oeuvre, Faust finally got down to the business of resurrecting their long-dormant legacy. It began with a 25th anniversary CD, limited to 1000 copies, of remixed old tracks and new live offerings entitled, Untitled. Good luck finding a hard copy. Amazon’s got it listed (HERE), but no one’s selling. For the masses, it took 1996′s You Know FaUSt, to set the record straight – a return-to-form release that recalls the group’s early days of cranking up the machinery and just having at it. Formless compositions, ramshackle rhythms, pointless sound effects, cryptic German dialog, and no discernible rhyme or reason for fade-ins, lingering residue or abrupt finishes. In short, everything we’ve come to know and love about Faust from the early-70s Wumme years. No, it’s not as mind-bending as it all once was – this was over two decades later, after all – but it’s all just as inexplicably entertaining. That is… if Krautrock was ever your thing in the first place. Find You Know FaUSt At Amazon, HERE. And visit our Faust-heavy archives for The Wumme Years 1970-73: Faust, So Far, The Faust Tapes, 71 Minutes & BBC Sessions+ (HERE), Faust IV (Deluxe Edition) (HERE), Faust V (Promo Only Cassette) (HERE), the excellent Patchwork 1971-2002 (HERE), Williamsburg Music Hall, 2009 (HERE) and Tony Conrad with Faust Outside The Dream Syndicate (HERE).

Not Nearest By (5:41) – 1972. Remixed 1996
Komm Mit (4:20) – 1971. Remixed 1996
A 70′s Event (11:51) – Recorded Live, 1974. Remixed 1996
Sad Skin Two (2:35) – Recorded Live, 1995. Remixed 1996
Expecting S. In Love (3:16) – Recorded Live, 1996
Fastened 60/60 (1:59) – Recorded Live, 1996

Hurricane (4:15)
Tenne Laufen (0:14)
C Pluus (7:06)
Irons (0:21)
Cendre (2:05)
Sixty Sixty (2:53)
Winds (0:31)
Liebeswehen 2 (4:51)
Elektron 2 (1:11)
Ella (2:02)
Men From The Moon (1:59)
Der Pfad (0:54)
Noizes From Pythagoras (0:37)
Na sowas (14:36)
L’oiseau (2:53)
Hüttenfreak (0:31)
Teutentango (6:59)

Four Random Posts:
FATS DOMINO Teenageparty With Mr. Domino (1962)
FAT MATTRESS Fat Mattress (1969)
DAVID HOLMES Let’s Get Killed (1997)
THE LEFT BANKE Walk Away Renee (1967)

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FATS DOMINO Teenageparty With Fats Domino (1962)
FAT MATTRESS Fat Mattress (1969)
DAVID HOLMES Let’s Get Killed (1997)
THE LEFT BANKE Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina (1967)
Four I’ve Been Meaning To Write About, But Still Haven’t…

Every so often, I’ll upload some stuff I’ve been listening to, with the intention of writing something up about it all to share. Then… I never get around to it, and the links just sit there, lingering and/or dying. So, even though I still haven’t written anything up about these, I’m throwing them up against the wall for anybody who wants to investigate them. The Fats Domino vinyl-only release was one I saw written up in an old MOJO Magazine, and it intrigued me enough me to track it down (at Uncle Gil’s cool digs, HERE). Despite the cover and title, it’s not a live release, but it’s a great gathering of tracks, nonetheless, including “Blue Monday.” ……As for Fat Mattress, I had a new millennium hankering to relive the experience of listening to my old Atco vinyl of bassist-turned-frontman Noel Redding’s moonlighting gig from Jimi Hendrix’s Experience. But, what I had on the hard drive was the expanded and refurbished edition. It was pretty much how I remembered it, encompassing some of the first & worst compositional characteristics of the psychedelic era. Proving once again that when psych music had no discernible roots of its own to embellish, it sounded pasty, like this (though… I had forgotten the Traffic influence these guys displayed). ……I’ve got a few excellent David Holmes CDs, and Let’s Get Killed is a cool one. Heavy on the cinematic tip, with lots of disembodied dialog, acid grooves and atmosphere. If you’ve never heard the guy, he’s a rewarding trip…… Finally, the debut from The Left Banke continues my latest hobby of revisiting original albums I never owned by bands I know well via singles, best-of’s or box sets. If baroque/psych-lite is up your alley, look no further. THERE… I’ve put these off for months and have now wrapped them all up in a single post in 10 minutes. That’s progress. Click the covers for links to Amazon. Hear some samples below.

What A Party! (1:49)
Please Don’t Leave (2:38)
I’m Walking (2:00)
I Want You To Know (1:58)
My Real Name (2:08)
Blue Monday (2:19)
Country Boy (2:17)
It Keeps Raining (2:41)
Rockin’ Bicycle (2:00)
Bo Weevil (2:04)

All Night Drinker (3:14)
I Don’t Mind (3:50)
Bright New Way (3:51)
Petrol Pump Assistant (3:03)
Mr.Moonshine (4:05)
Magic Forest (3:05)
She Came In The Morning (4:01)
Everything’s Blue (2:47)
Walking Through A Garden (3:27)
How Can I Live? (4:29)
Naturally (Single A-Side, 1969) (3:06)
Iridescent Butterfly (Single B-Side, 1969) (3:45)
Magic Forest (Single Version) (2:59)
Little Girl In White (4:11)
Eric The Red (2:56)
Black Sheep Of The Family (Single B-Side, 1970) (4:35)
Hall Of Kings (5:34)
Which Way To Go (Unreleased Jim Cleverton solo single) (3:05)

Listen (0:50)
My Mate Paul (5:14)
Lets Get Killed (7:28)
Gritty Shaker (6:40)
Head Rush On Lafayette (1:21)
Rodney Yates (6:24)
Radio 7 (5:50)
The Parcus & Madder Show (0:51)
Slashers Revenge (4:47)
Freaknik (6:45)
Caddell Returns (5:43)
Don’t Die Just Yet (6:33)
For You (1:00)

Pretty Ballerina (2:36)
She May Call You Up Tonight (2:19)
Barterers And Their Wives (2:57)
I’ve Got Something On My Mind (2:47)
Let Go Of You Girl (2:53)
Evening Gown (1:45)
Walk Away Renee (2:42)
What Do You Know (2:58)
Shadows Breaking Over My Head (2:33)
I Haven’t Got The Nerve (2:13)
Lazy Day (2:24)