Great Debuts…
THE EVERLY BROTHERS The Everly Brothers (1958)

Everly BrothersThe Everly Brothers (1958)
Phil & Don Say Hello…

Debuts don’t get much better. Energetic, concise, focused… with a fully formed sound and style seemingly destined for greatness. Certainly destined to influence a generation of future rockers on both sides of the pond. Would there have been a Beatles without the Everly Brothers? Sure… but they just wouldn’t have been as good. After a flop single for Columbia Records in 1956, and a year’s apprenticeship as songwriters for Acuff-Rose publishing, The Everly Brothers hit the ground running with this finely tuned mix of country, pop and rock ‘n’ roll – something they themselves once defined as “American skiffle.” The acoustic guitars provided the upbeat numbers with a percussive shuffle, buoyed by those elastic, skin-tight harmonies that have been echoed by emerging artists every single day in the 56 years since this record’s release. That these voices still sound fresh today is a testament to their greatness, with only the technology of the times hinting at its age, because their vocal stylings are still heard – intact and unchanged – on many a new “country” artist release. This album was, of course, only the beginning, as the Everly Bros. would join forces with Warner Bros. within a couple of years and release even bigger hits than this debut’s “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie.” We’ve got more Everlys in the archives, including: EB ’84 and Born Yesterday (HERE, both produced by Dave Edmunds). For those who like tributes, check out the 2013 release, The Chapin Sisters’ A Date With The Everly Brothers (HERE). Not sure why I couldn’t find a hard disc at Amazon (HERE).

This Little Girl of Mine (Ray Charles)
Maybe Tomorrow (Don Everly)
Bye Bye Love (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
Brand New Heartache (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
Keep a Knockin’ (Richard Penniman)
Be-Bop-A-Lula (Tex Davis/Gene Vincent)
Rip It Up (Robert Blackwell/John Marascalco)
I Wonder If I Care as Much (Don Everly)
Wake Up Little Susie (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
Leave My Woman Alone (Ray Charles)
Should We Tell Him (Don Everly)
Hey Doll Baby (Traditional)

WHITE NOISE An Electric Storm (1969)

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Quirky Psychedelia, Even By 1969’s Standards

I still remember the first time I heard White Noise’s An Electric Storm. I was simply confused. I was pretty sure I didn’t like it, but I was still listening to pop music at the time, so I was easily confounded by many things that didn’t fit into the conventional norm. Every now and again I would revisit An Electric Storm – with its simple, sing-along melodies, occasional musique concrete side tracks and cornucopia of moog effects – and, ever so slowly, found myself being won over by the curious fusion of music and anti-music. It was the Brit/60s psych song craft that first sunk its hooks in, while the expert synthesizer support proved itself to be head and shoulders above the imprecise noodling that found its way onto most albums of the era. These guys sounded like nerdy, knowledgable techs, with a sense of musical humour (with a u) and whimsical compositional characteristics (along with a touch of psychedelic Spike Jones) that had a way of lingering around your frontal lobe just waiting for you to catch up to the notion that you liked it and wanted to hear it again. Which is why, over the years, this LP became a quiet favorite, if still curious exercise in musical ingenuity, sounding quite unlike anything else I can recall. Though, “Your Hidden Dreams” isn’t too far removed from the haunting explorations of David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks collaborations (over two decades later, HERE). The All Music Guide posted an interesting history of this project (HERE), whose origins are based in the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop. An LP originally funded by Island Records’ Chris Blackwell. Find An Electric Storm at Amazon, HERE.

Love Without Sound (3:07)
My Game Of Loving (4:09)
Here Come The Fleas (2:15)
Firebird (3:05)
Your Hidden Dreams (4:59)
The Visitations (11:14)
The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell (7:26)

VIVIAN STANSHALL Sir Henry At Rawlinson End (1978) – Plus… Christmas At Rawlinson’s End (1975), Sir Henry At Ndidi’s Kraal (1984), Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead (1974), Teddy Boys Don’t Knit (1981)

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Far Stranger Than The Bonzos

FIRST POSTED IN 2007: Here’s a spoken word oddity (with musical interludes) from the late, great Bonzo Dog Band co-founder/madman Vivian Stanshall. More of an insane radio play than a musical offering, Sir Henry At Rawlinson End – Stanshall’s second solo release – has a larger history that spilled over into other Sir Henry serials, via CD, video and BBC performances. To be honest… this stuff is way over my Americanized head, and even though I’ve had it nestled on the CD shelf for decades, I’ve never understood it in the slightest. Which isn’t to say I don’t thoroughly enjoy it. I do. I just wish I knew why. Judging by what The All Music Guide has to say, I’m obviously not alone. “Essentially, a parody of British radio serials… tempered by the deflating sensibility of, say, Monty Python. Does it make sense? No. Is there a plot? No. Does it matter? Not a bit. Stanshall is superbly entertaining, a wordsmith who can trip from the sublime to the louche in the wink of an eye, from wicked puns to appalling jokes in a tale (of sorts) set in a country estate, and told in more accents than you can shake a stick at. The music (uncredited, but quite probably former bandmate Neil Innes) ranges from ’20s perky to neovillage brass band, making an apt accompaniment for the words. With Stanshall as your guide you’ll get thoroughly lost, but come the end, you really won’t care. So maybe, ultimately, it really is completely mad.” We’ve got two versions of Sir Henry At Rawlinson End, my original CD rip, which is sequenced as a continuous piece (52 minutes split into 2 sides), and a track-separated vinyl rip (courtesy of craigie), boasting excellent sound and a more easily accessible listening experience. Find Sir Henry At Rawlinson End at Amazon, HERE.

Aunt Florrie’s Waltz (3:48)
Interlewd (1:53)
Wheelbarrow (3:55)
Socks (6:01)
The Rub (7:59)
Nice ‘n’ Tidy (2:22)
Pigs ‘Ere Purse (0:42)
6/8 Hoodoo (2:38)
Smeeton (4:17)
Fool & Bladder (2:48)
Endroar (3:05)
The Beasht Inshide (2:14)
Junglebunny (4:03)
Rawlinsons & Maynards (1:58)
Papadumb (3:07)
Aunt Florrie’s Waltz II (1:16)

Part One (26:40)
Part Two (25:26)

Christmas At Rawlinson EndSir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal
Christmas At Rawlinson’s End: The Peel Sessions – December, 1975 (1975)
Sir Henry At Ndidis Karaal (1984)
An Unreleased BBC Performance And A Final Sir Henry CD

Two more illuminations of the Sir Henry saga. The first, Christmas At Rawlinson’s End, is an unreleased 1975 BBC performance (thanks to Winking Tiger for the share), while the second, Sir Henry At Ndidis Karaal, is the single track, 1999 CD issue (with the nifty Ralph Steadman cover art) of Viv’s 1983-84 recordings. I’d say more about all of this, but… I literally can’t. You’re on your own with this definitely mad, succinctly English story time fare. You can find Sir Henry At Ndidis Karaal at Amazon, HERE.

Christmas At Rawlinson End – The Peel Sessions
Christmas At Rawlinson End, Part 1 (10:44)
Christmas At Rawlinson End, Part 2 (8:44)
Christmas At Rawlinson End, Part 3 (7:36)
Christmas At Rawlinson End, Part 4 (13:21)

Sir Henry At Ndidi’s Kraal
Sir Henry At Ndidi’s Kraal (51:43)

Men Opening Umbrellas AheadTeddy Boys Don't Knit
Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead (1974)
Teddy Boys Don’t Knit (1981)
Musical Offerings… But Equally Perplexing

Viv’s first and third albums (the Sir Henry‘s being his second and last), and a bit more in line for those familiar with Stanshall via his contributions to the legendary Bonzo Dog Band. Still, while they are musical concoctions, they’re also wildly divorced from the realities of the music business, which is pretty much what fans have long-cherished Stanshall for – who’s probably best known to the masses as the introductory voice heard in Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells (we’ve got some rare Viv-related versions of Bells in the archives, HERE). As above, I’m not comfortable dissecting Viv’s work. I’ve always enjoyed it (especially the sometimes jam-oriented, Men Open Umbrellas Ahead, from my own post-Bonzo 70s days), but I’ve just never really understood why. Find Men (HERE) and Teddy Boys (HERE) at Amazon.

Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
Afoju Ti Ole Riran (Dead Eyes) (7:53)
Truck-Track (4:00)
Yelp, Bellow, Rasp Et Cetera (4:46)
Prong (1:02)
Redeye (5:21)
How The Zebra Got His Spots (4:55)
Dwarf Succulents (2:17)
Bout Of Sobriety (2:48)
Prong & Toots Go Steady (1:58)
Strange Tongues (6:43)
Baba Tunde (Single B-Side) (3:29)
Lakonga (Single A-Side) (5:06)

Teddy Boys Don’t Knit
King Kripple (2:59)
Slave Valse (4:48)
Gums (2:13)
Bewilderbeeste (3:01)
Calypso To Colapso (3:09)
The Tube (3:28)
Ginger Geezer (3:18)
The Cracks Are Showing (0:54)
Flung A Dummy (3:19)
Possibly An Armchair & Embodying Fresh Faced Boys (5:25)
Terry Keeps His Clips On (3:43)
Bass Macaw & Broken Bottles (3:03)
Nose Hymn (2:28)
Everyday, I Have The Blows (5:07)
Smoke Signals At Night (3:16)
Nouveau Riffe (3:41)

Search by date inside Readers Links (HERE) for a whole bunch of Bonzos (courtesy of George The Penguin & Muther), including: The Doughnut In Granny’s Greenhouse, Keynsham, Peel Sessions, Tadpoles (November 9, 2013), Pour L’Amour Des Chiens (May 17, 2014), Cornology Box Set (May 17, 2014) and “No Matter Who You Vote For, The Government Always Gets In” (May 17, 2014).

MOJO Presents… Brain Damage (2014)

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The latest free CD from the December, 2014 issue of MOJO is subtitled “A Compendium Of Mind-Blowing Heavy Psych, Space Jams & Astral Chants.” Do you really need a hard sell? If The Coffin Daggers’ cool version of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” (below) doesn’t seal the deal, nothing will. This one’s a keeper. Find all 152 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, HERE. See the complete list, HERE.

THE COFFIN DAGGERS Interstellar Overdrive (8:33)
PONTIAK Ghosts (3:18)
ANTHROPROPHH Crow With Sore Throat (2:50)
FOXYGEN Star Power II: Star Power Nite (2:14)
THE WYTCHES Digsaw (3:19)
GOAT Gathering Of Ancient Tribes (6:13)
DEAD SKELETONS Dead Mantra (4:27)
GNOD Visions Of Load (8:25)
HOOKWORMS On Leaving (6:00)
HILLS Master Sleeps (8:54)
LAY LLAMAS We Are You (7:18)
WHITE MANNA Acid Head (7:21)
THEE OH SEES (Featuring Chris Woodhouse) Penetrating Eye (3:17)
ELECTRIC WIZARD Sadiowitch (4:08)

WILLIE NELSON Shotgun Willie (1973/2006) – Non-Existent 2CD Deluxe Edition

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Deluxe Edition That Doesn’t Exist, But Should…

The All Music Guide calls Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie (the 1973 debut for his new label, Atlantic Records), “possibly his finest album ever.” Whether or not you’re inclined to agree with that assessment is irrelevant, since the album ranks high with both hardcore and casual fans alike, regardless if they might consider it his “best.” So it’s hard to believe Nelson would record only two albums (this one, and Phases And Stages) before getting his walking papers from Atlantic, who apparently didn’t appreciate the weak sales and/or Willie’s re-tooling of the country music formula. Nelson would, of course, move on to christen his long relationship with Columbia Records with the release of another considered best, a popular recording, Red Headed Stranger. But Shotgun Willie is where it was all coming together for an artist that was discovering he was ill-suited for that country gentleman suit, brandishing artistic aspirations larger than any single musical category could contain. Fusing oil-and-water musical styles – outlaw country, blues, jazz, folk, Texas swing, and a hint of rock ‘n’ roll – all made for a genre-bending brew on Shotgun Willie – in a day when strait-jacketing territorial limits were still respected… and expected. Willie was having none of that, however, but he didn’t approach this period of growth with a wrecking ball – instead, he projected a casual ease that belied his hidden, even somewhat irreverent, agenda. The end result would help to change the course of country music in ways few had yet to envision. Of course, few could pull it off with such graceful panache, either, which helped to establish Willie as the one-of-a-kind sort he’s still considered today, even long after the ground-breaking years of country music’s expansion. What we have here, in this non-existent Deluxe Edition, is the original Shotgun Willie, along with the session outtakes that first appeared on 2006’s The Complete Atlantic Sessions… gathered together to give the listener a bigger-picture look at the bigger picture Willie was painting back in 1973. As always, we’ve got more Willie Nelson in the archives, including; the essential Teatro (with Emmylou Harris, HERE), Me And The Drummer (HERE), Willie Nelson & Family (HERE) and One For The Road (with Leon Russell, HERE). Find Shotgun Willie (the original) at Amazon, HERE, and Willie’s The Complete Atlantic Sessions, HERE.

Shotgun Willie (2:43)
Whiskey River (4:08)
Sad Songs And Waltzes (3:08)
Local Memory (2:22)
Slow Down Old World (2:56)
Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer) (2:38)
Devil In A Sleeping Bag (2:42)
She’s Not For You (3:16)
Bubbles In My Beer (2:35)
You Look Like The Devil (3:29)
So Much To Do (3:12)
A Song For You (4:28)
I Gotta Have Something I Ain’t Got (Outtake) (4:00)
I’m So Ashamed (Outtake) (1:58)
My Cricket & Me (Solo Outtake) (3:01)
Both Ends Of The Candle (Outtake) (3:03)
Slow Down Old World (Alternate Version) (2:55)
Under The Double Eagle (Outtake) (5:06)
So Much To Do (Alternative Version) (3:11)
My Cricket & Me (Band Outtake) (3:19)
Save Your Tears (Outtake) (3:29)
A Song For You (Alternative Version) (4:33)
Whiskey River (Alternative Version) (4:21)
I Drank All Our Precious Love Away (Outtake) (3:11)

THE PAUPERS Ellis Island (1968) – Psych/Folk Oddity

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Psych/Folk Oddity w/Post-BS&T Al Kooper Sitting In

An unheralded psychedelic favorite from The Paupers, featuring future Lighthouse founder (and Mike Bloomfield cohort), Skip Prokop. Ellis Island, the band’s second album, is an era-representative, fence-straddling fusion of electric psychedelia and hold-over folk tunes, typically given flowery strings and/or jazzy Carnaby Street window dressing arrangements. Al Kooper distinctively sits in on organ, most notably on the jammin’ “Numbers” (Prokop would later return the favor, performing on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper, HERE). The All Music Guide calls the LP’s opener, “South Down Road,” a psychedelic battle between Procol Harum and The Electric Prunes (with Procol coming out on top) and, typical of the times, there are off-beat stylistic sidetracks, like the comically country, “Another Man’s Hair On My Razor,” along with a few pensively pretentious folk offerings. It’s the fun, fuzz-laden jamming that makes Ellis Island worth hearing, however, while the folk/pop side lends this, the band’s final album, a bit of character (if less commercial appeal). Not for everybody, but for suckers of the era (like myself) a varied ride. Bassist Brad Campbell would later wind up playing with Janis Joplin. At Amazon, HERE.

South Down Road (8:30)
Cairo Hotel (4:10)
Cant Go On (3:35)
Another Man’s Hair On My Razor (4:15)
Numbers (5:33)
Oh That She Might (4:56)
Yes I Know (6:23)
Ask Her Again (4:00)
Juliana (2:49)
If I Call You By Some Name (2:52) – Bonus Track
Copper Penny (2:36) – Bonus Track
White Song (2:55) – Bonus Track

ZWEISTEIN Trip • Flip Out • Meditation (1970) – Bizarre 3-LP Box Set Of Krautrock/Musique Concrete Excess

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It’s A Good Thing I Wasn’t Exposed To This In 1970

Bizarre tales and outright invention surround one of the oddest major label albums ever released, 1970’s 3LP “krautrock”/musique concrete masterpiece-fiasco, Trip • Flip Out • Meditation, by Zweistein. For decades, the storyline of this album – reportedly recorded under the influence of acid? – included behind-the-scenes drama involving secret liaisons and a studio producer that would later be fired for his participation in aiding and abetting an albatross that was supposed to have been deleted within weeks… because, as the story goes, it sold under a hundred copies upon release. Turns out that almost none of those oft-repeated myths are true. One intrepid curiosity seeker tracked down Zweistein’s principle player, Suzanne Doucet, and published her first-hand account of the making of Trip • Flip Out • Meditation (HERE), which dispels much of history’s histrionics. Musically, however – if music is a term that can be applied here – fans of musique concrete, Faust, avant-garde, Krautrock and just plain irreverent noise-making might appreciate the collision of sped-up noises, slowed down toilets, poorly recorded sound effects, found sounds and an excessive amount of meandering that defines this 1970, 3LP anti-commercial behemoth. Uniquely interesting if, for nothing else, the album’s sheer audacity, coming from an era still informed by The Beatles, and coming from a major label (Phillips Records), who issued it with expensive, elaborate packaging that included a mirror on the front cover (it has since been re-issued on a limited edition CD, because… there’s a market for anything these days). Engineer Peter Kramper would go on to play keyboards with Amon Düül II. A lost piece of weirdness that the twisted among you just might be fascinated by. Find the CD at Amazon, HERE.

Record 1
In: Beginning/Analysis Of Tune/To Hear Inside/A Very Simple Tune (20:39)
Out: Misty Tour/Water Sound/Television/Organ Dreams (A Very Simple Song) (16:53)
Record 2
Wrong: Children’s Golden Garden/To Become A Child (18:26)
Right: Everything Returns/Indian Child/The Theory Of Relativity (18:31)
Record 3
Point: Atomical Fantasy/Incarnation/Childhood’s Church/Life Train/Dream Of Love And Death (18:48)
Circle: Verdi’s Soul/Mind Beat/Himalaya’s Way/Heaven Bridge/Out Of Time/Atomical Fade Out (17:05)

THE SONS OF CHAMPLIN Minus Seeds And Stems

Minus Seeds And Stems (1972)
Self-Released Vinyl Oddity

FIRST POSTED IN 2011: The Sons Of Champlin never had an easy go of it. They were one of the original west coast, jazz/R&B psychedelic jam bands, and were regular denizens of the Fillmore and Winterland. But their inadvertent head-butting with record companies proved to be their early undoing. The band’s 1967 debut was canned when an exploratory single failed to chart (the album was eventually released in 1999 as Fat City), and it took the band another 2 years to get a second chance, via Capitol Records. But, their double album debut, Loosen Up Naturally, created a ruckus when an obscenity was discovered in the cover art, necessitating a recall. Even after the band split up in late 1970, Capitol’s lawyers hauled them back into the studio to complete their third contracted LP, Follow Your Heart. After which, in 1972, The Sons (having temporarily shortened their name) got fed up with dealing with lawyers and record companies (or the lawyers and record companies got fed up dealing with them) and decided to self-release this extremely rare vinyl obscurity, Minus Seeds And Stems – a gathering of (mostly) live jams from Winterland and beyond. It’s a strange LP – filled with short, 1 & 2 minute passages tying together a handful of tunes and jams. It’s never been on CD, not surprising since most of The Sons’ releases that have been are out of print anyway. Though, it was re-issued on vinyl in 1993. Not for everybody, but a real curio. Couldn’t even find one at Amazon. Check (Son Of) Readers Links for a bunch more Sons.

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (6:00)
You Don’t Love Me No Mo (3:08)
Nice Time Being (1:50)
Miles Around You (5:38)
What Are We Doing Here (0:57)
Lucille (1:26)
Beer Barrel Polka (0:41)
Yo Mama (1:19)
Uncle Mergetroid (3:12)
Chico Smoke El Ropo (1:38)
Instantaneous Instrumental Jam or Do Watcha Wanna Do (2:22)
Get High (Piano Solo Excerpt) (0:58)
Hey Children (1:03)
Hag Backwards (Inside Outside) (0:28)
Beggin‘ You Baby (7:36)

LOS LOBOS Radio (Streaming Albums)

At Los Lobos Radio you can select from many an LL album and hear them in their entirety. Click HERE for a pop up version, so as to listen while surfing. We’ve got oodles of Lobos in the archives, HERE.

TONY CONRAD Joan Of Arc (1968/2006) + JOHN CALE, TONY CONRAD, ANGUS MACLISE, LA MONTE YOUNG, MARIAN ZAZEELA Inside The Dream Syndicate, Vol I: Day Of Niagara (1965) (2000)

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Minimalism, Schminimalism

This is minimalist Tony Conrad’s 64 minute “Joan Of Arc,” originally recorded for Piero Heliczer’s 11-minute 1968 film of the same name. It took decades for technology to catch up to it so it could be released. Recommended only to those who are interested in the sound of a droning, hour-long pump organ. Yes… those/we people do exist. Hear it below. Find more Tony Conrad in the archives, HERE. Find Joan of Arc at Amazon, HERE.

Joan Of Arc (1:04:38)

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It’s Officially Minimalism When It Takes Five People To Collectively Make The Same Droning Racket Of One

From the legendary mid-60s noise-making collective that inspired everybody from Faust to Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music. I’m not inclined to wax poetic about migraine-inducing minimalism, because I don’t take it as seriously as the snooty “scholars” do. I just enjoy the drug-laden audacity of it all. Others won’t. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Inside The Dream Syndicate, Volume I: Day Of Niagara (1965) (30:54)


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FRIPP & ENO Healthy Colours I-IV – The Abandoned Fripp & Eno (1979)

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Recorded For A 3rd LP, Then Abandoned

After recording two LPs of groundbreaking sonic experiments together, 1973’s (No Pussyfooting) and 1975’s Evening Star, Fripp & Eno reconvened in 1979 for a third go-round, with decidedly different results. Their sessions for the 4-part, 22-minute recording, “Healthy Colours,” was a beat and loop oriented concoction littered with voices, effects and samples, stylistically recalling (but pre-dating) Brian Eno’s work with David Byrne on 1981’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (HERE in the archives). The four, roughly 5-minute sections were slated for a follow-up album that would never materialize, after which Fripp went on to complete his solo album, Exposure, and Brian Eno went back to producing Talking Heads (and a thousand other projects). These (once again) groundbreaking tapes ended up just sitting in the can… at least until 1994, when they were finally issued as part of a convoluted “best-of,” The Essential Fripp & Eno. I just thought I’d break these prescient sessions out on their own for a little attention (with a fake cover, no less) for any and all who might be interested in an example of what the past’s buried future of looped effects music sounds like. We’ve got more Brian Eno in the archives, including; Kite Stories (HERE) 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). Find The Essential Fripp & Eno at Amazon, HERE.

Healthy Colours I (5:38)
Healthy Colours II (5:42)
Healthy Colours III (5:33)
Healthy Colours IV (5:44)

TODD RUNDGREN Runt (1970) + Runt: The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren (1971) – w/ The Rare Runt Mispress

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Bonuses Includes The Long-Lost Alternate Versions From The Mispressed Runt

Excellent two-fer of Todd’s first solo albums, bolstered with some very cool bonus tracks. If you want to get technical about crediting, “Runt” was actually the name of Todd’s band at the time, a trio featuring Tony and Hunt Sales (sons of Soupy, and accredited rockers in their own right, via Paris, Iggy Pop and Tin Machine). But, that’s hardly pertinent, as Runt (the album) is as Todd as Todd gets. One of the reasons record collectors gravitated to Todd and Runt early on, however, was because of a mispressing that sent about 5,000 copies of an alternate 12 track version of Runt into the record stores in the early 70s. Which is why this re-issue is so cool, as it includes all eight of the alternate versions & mixesFront from the (semi) accidental release, including two tracks not even on the original first pressing. Runt: The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren, Todd’s first official solo album from a year later (though still including the Sales brothers, and others) shows a bit more of Todd’s piano balladeering side while boasting one of his all-time greats, “Be Nice To Me.” The bonuses aren’t quite as momentous – three 1971 live tracks from WMMR, and a 1972 performance from Carnegie Hall – but who’s complaining? There’s more Todd in the archives… (the essential) The Todd Rundgren Radio Show promo LP (HERE), the 2CD Singles (HERE), Liars (HERE), Back To The Bars (HERE), Todd & The Hello People Live at Ultrasonic Studios, May 2, 1972 (HERE), Deface The Music & Deface The Music Tour (HERE), Oblivion (HERE), Todd’s production of Shaun Cassidy’s Wasp (featuring Utopia, HERE) and Hall & Oates War Babies (again with Utopia, HERE)… plus a Todd tribute album (HERE). Find this Edsel two-fer at Amazon, HERE. NOTE: A stand-alone 2CD set of Runt & The Alternate Runt was finally released by Edsel just a few weeks ago, HERE, at Amazon.

RUNT (1970)
Broke Down And Busted (4:36)
Believe In Me (2:04)
We Gotta Get You A Woman (3:10)
Who’s That Man? (3:03)
Once Burned (2:10)
Devil’s Bite (3:55)
I’m In The Clique (4:59)
There Are No Words (2:13)
Baby Let’s Swing/The Last Thing You Said/Don’t Tie My Hands (5:29)
Birthday Carol (9:16)
Broke Down And Busted (Intro: There Are No Words) (4:59) - Bonus Track
Believe In Me (Alternate Mix) (2:02) - Bonus Track
We Gotta Get You A Woman (Alternate Mix) (3:08) - Bonus Track
Hope I’m Around (Early Version) (4:29) - Bonus Track
Devil’s Bite (Alternate Mix) (3:59) - Bonus Track
Baby Let’s Swing (Full Length Song) (3:26) - Bonus Track
Say No More (3:09) - Bonus Track
Birthday Carol (Alternate Mix) (9:11) - Bonus Track

Long Flowing Robe (3:28)
The Ballad (Denny & Jean) (3:07)
Bleeding (3:59)
Wailing Wall (3:06)
The Range War (2:39)
Chain Letter (5:04)
A Long Time, A Long Way to Go (2:14)
Boat On The Charles (4:28)
Be Nice To Me (3:25)
Hope I’m Around (4:54)
Parole (4:20)
Remember Me (0:55)
Broke Down And Busted (Live at Carnegie Hall, 8th June 1972) (4:59) - Bonus Track
Believe In Me (Live Broadcast on WMMR-FM, 30th June 1971) (2:21) - Bonus Track
Be Nice To Me (Live Broadcast on WMMR-FM, 30th June 1971) (3:32) - Bonus Track
Hold Me Tight (Live Broadcast on WMMR-FM, 30th June 1971) (2:38) - Bonus Track

Great Debuts…
BILLY FURY The Sound Of Fury (1960)

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One Of The Best, All-Original UK Rock LPs Ever!

Other early UK rockers may have gotten the lion’s share of the fame (Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele), but it was Billy Fury who produced what is considered by many to be one of England’s finest rock records of the era, 1960’s The Sound Of Fury. What set Fury apart from the majority of the post-Elvis face-stars was his compositional chops, penning The Sound Of Fury‘s mix of taunt rockers and smoldering ballads entirely himself. Sure… Elvis had already mastered this sound years before, and Fury’s style and delivery was clearly derivative of The King. But, since the UK didn’t have a King (of rock ‘n’ roll, anyway), Fury rose to the occasion, as his good looks earned him film star status in the UK, as well. Only the Brits will recognize Fury’s guitar player, Joe Brown, but on drums was Andy White, the historical footnote who would later be hired by George Martin to sit in for Ringo Starr during the recording of The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do.” Find The Sound Of Fury At Amazon, HERE.

That’s Love (1:49)
My Advice (2:06)
Phone Call (2:44)
You Don’t Know (2:29)
Turn My Back On You (2:25)
Don’t Say It’s Over (1:55)
Since You’ve Been Gone (2:25)
It’s You I Need (1:48)
Alright, Goodbye (2:07)
Don’t Leave Me This Way (2:45)

The Music Of Frank Zappa (Phase Two) – w/ New Additions, Not A Speck Of Cereal!

A few years back we posted The Music Of Frank Zappa (HERE), featuring 19 diverse albums by artists from all over the world covering FZ’s music. The post started getting a little too big to manage, however, so we’ve now begun “Phase Two.” The great thing about many of these high quality tributes is that the concept of re-interpreting Zappa’s music is not far removed from what Zappa routinely did himself – re-arrange his own work based on the shifting personnel of his bands. Fans are used to hearing these songs in all sorts of arrangements, tempos and styles, so many of these renditions just seem like Zappa from yet another angle. Sure, you miss the master’s voice – both his lyrical improvisations on guitar as well as his actual monotone – but if you’re already into FZ’s material, there’s plenty here to enjoy. Especially since these artists typically apply looser, more free-wheeling standards than Frank himself. As a result, some of Zappa’s machine-like rigidity has been replaced by warmer surrounds. Click the covers for links to Amazon (if available). Virtually all are out of print and most can’t even be found from private sellers. Thanks to Plop, Roy Rocket and RobJam for their contributions. A tasty cross-section, indeed. Track listings are in Comments.

Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa (1995)
Solid, 12-piece ensemble playing from an Italian big band that peeks into the jazzier corners of Zappa’s catalog. The band is not as overtly brassy as, say, Ed Palmero’s Big Band, and they provide a well-balanced assault that’s (generally) faithful to many of FZ’s arrangements, just add improv. Listen to the cool rendition of “Uncle Meat,” below.

Plays Zappa (2000)
A Swedish outfit that takes a bold approach to Zappa’s catalog by confronting, head-on, the biggest hurdle in covering FZ’s music… the vocals. Yeah, the music is difficult… but FZ’s vocal attitude is near impossible to replicate. Bohuslan uses a ball-busting female vocalist, live on stage, which works fine on material like “Zomby Wolf” (which Frank didn’t originally sing), but stuff like “More Trouble Every Day” suffers from the gender switch. There’s plenty of instrumental stuff here, too.

Play The Music Of Frank Zappa – Say Cheese And Thank You (1994)
The band’s debut. The sound quality sounds budget-crunched, but the playing is decent. The Muffins have steadily released albums of FZ’s music (I’m a Mulm man, myself), but this one is unique as it features 22, relatively short, pieces that race through FZ’s career at a quick clip. The vocals have German lilt. Listen to “In France,” below.

Feel The Food – The Muffin Men Play Uncle Frank Live (1998)
Recorded live, during the band’s European tours of 1993-1995. Original FZ vocalist Ike Willis appears on this one, lending authenticity to the band’s overall sound. “Bamboozled By Love.”

Insanity Sauce (1996)
I’d never heard Sheik Yerbouti before, but they can expertly approximate Zappa’s mid-to-late 70s sound with ease. The vocals are satisfying, which is high praise in Zap Trib circles, where it’s a given that no one can nail Zappa’s distinct tenor & attitude. The arrangements stray on occasion, but even tribute bands have gotta stretch sometimes – less you come off like Mark Walburg in Rock Star. “Crew Slut” is a fair vocal acid test, but the instrumentals rock, too.

Confetti Music (2001)
Another from the German Zappa contingent, Sheik Yerbouti. These guys have many other albums out saluting Zappa’s work (some are private releases), including Torture Time Now, Unverschamtheit – Volume 1, Ouch Patrol (w/ Napoleon Murphy Brock) and various contributions to the various artists Zappanale series. HearCarolina Hardcore Ecstacy

Zappe Zappa (1998)
Expert realization of some of Frank’s more challenging avant and jazz work (with a little of everything else, of course). Check out the song titles to satisfy your need for tight, live renditions of difficult stuff like “The Purple Lagoon,” “Dupree’s Paradise,” “Sinister Footwear” and others. Hear “Yo Mama.”

The Music Of Frank Zappa - Absolutely Live (2001)
Also routinely referred to as Live At Leeds, Zappatistas perform a lively cross-section of FZ’s catalog, from instrumental versions of “Harry You’re A Beast” to lengthy takes on “Big Swifty” and “The Grand Wazoo” (which clocks in at nearly 23 minutes). Lots of interplay between the musicians and punctuating horns a-plenty. Listen to “Sofa No. 1.”

Eating The Astoria (2000)
The first authentic Zappa tribute band. The Grandmothers were formed in 1980, and was made up of former – many bitter – ex-Mothers, including Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston and Bunk Gardner, along with some young European blood to give the band its post-2000 kick. Like ‘em or not, give them their due, they fought the Zappa Family Trust for the right to exist and (eventually) won. According to Eugene Chadbourne, Black lost interest in the project in 2002 and Preston became the band’s leader by default. You can hear Black get his digs in early when he’s introducing the band. Hear Sleeping In A Jar.”

Eddy Loves Frank (2008)
Former Zappa alumni, saxophonist Ed Palermo’s big band arrangements of FZ’s work just keep getting better and better. This one is from 2008 and, as usual, Ed and the boys don’t shy away from the challenging stuff, tackling “Dupree’s Paradise” and “Echidna’s Arf (Of You)” alongside jazzier types like “Let’s Move To Cleveland” and “Night School.” Thanks to RobJam for posting this in Readers’ Links (HERE). Listen to “Regyptian Strut.”

Oh No! Not Jazz!! (2014)
The latest from the Ed Palermo Big Band is a double disc set, with CD1 focused completely on material from the master. Includes a lot of stuff from the late 60s, like “The Uncle Meat Variations,” “Little Umbrellas,” “The Dog Breath Variations,” “Chunga’s Revenge” and “Lumpy Gravy.” Roxy-era vocalist, Napoleon Murphy Brock, shows up for an 11 minute “Inca Roads.”

BBC Proms Festival, Royal Albert Hall – July 31st, 2013 (2014)
Thanks to Roy Rocket for posting the following two BBC shows in Readers’ Link, the first featuring The Aurora Orchestra performing two numbers, “G-Spot Tornado” and a 22 minute version of “Greggery Peccary,” which is more entertaining here than I remember from Frank’s original. Excellent quality as it was broadcast on the BBC.

Royal Festival Hall – October 29, 2013 (2014)
Thanks again to Roy Rocket for this amazing recording of a live performance of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels. As fans know, this work was originally banned from performance in the UK, so this 2013 return is a vindication for FZ’s work, once deemed too “pornographic” for UK ears. Sanctioned by the Zappa Family Trust (daughter Diva plays one of the groupies) this is a unique orchestral recording of one of Frank’s more difficult works. The sound is great, though, fans will immediately miss the high energy shenanigans of Flo & Eddie, as this performance’s vocals are tame and “rehearsed” by comparison. Regardless… the quality is excellent, though, unfortunately, we can’t post a streaming player, since the performance is an uninterrupted hour and 40 minutes. Also includes 20 minutes of the BBC’s introduction and wrap up. Thanks Roy.

“Shut Up And Make A Jazz Noise Here” (2003)
Thanks once again to Roy Rocket for this very cool 2003 live recording of a 25 minute montage of Frank’s music played by members of his some of FZ’s last touring band. Includes Tommy Mars (keys), Arthur Barrow (bass), 
Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Albert Wing (tenor sax), 
Bruce Fowler (trombone), 
Walt Fowler (trumpet, flugelhorn) & 
Kurt McGettrick (baritone Sax, bass clarinette, flute)
. A radio broadcast from the BBC and very rare. Hear it all below.

Lemme Take You To The Beach (2005)
Thanks to RobJam for posting this hard to find and very cool various artists collection of Frank Zappa’s music, all given a surf spin. Inspired and sensible, since many of Frank’s early compositions skirted the surf zone, while many others seem tailor made for an adaption. But, the organizers of this release went beyond the obvious choices to include outside selections like “Mr. Green Genes,” “Baby Snakes” and “Jewish Princess.” Listen to the surf-perfect, “Lumpy Gravy,” below.

Oh No (1994)
Short but sweet collection of semi-operatic selections from respected pianist, avant grade composer and ensemble leader, Dietmar Bonnen, who leads a three-piece piano/violin/guitar gathering, with vocalist Consuelo Sanudo. Enough to make your eyebrows arch, but with enough variety and humor to make the atmosphere less stuffy Listen below to “Oh No!

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Frank You, Thank! – Tributo Italiano a Frank Zappa, Vol. 1 (1999)
VARIOUS ARTISTS Frank You, Thank! – Tributo Italiano a Frank Zappa, Vol. 2 (2003)
Two handsome collections of varied Italian-based performances, cutting a wide swath through FZ’s catalog of compositions. Frankly, I don’t know many of these artists, but a couple, Harmonia Ensemble and Ricardo Fassi Tankio Band, already have full album offerings in our Phase 1 and Phase 2 collections. Lots of interesting and unique arrangements worth your time, so dive in. Listen below to Vol. 1‘s “Tryin’ To Grow A Chin“, by Ella Guru, and Vol. 2‘s exciting take on “RDNZL,” by Orchestra Spaziale.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND I’m Going To Do What I Wanna Do (Live At My Father’s Place 1978) (2000)

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Best Live Beef Money Can Buy

FIRST POSTED IN 2007 There’s no shortage of live Captain Beefheart floating around. Quality live Captain Beefheart is another matter. By virtue of its outstanding sound quality, this Rhino Handmade 2000 release stands as the best overall concert recording you can find of the good Captain and one of his Magic Bands. Recorded November 11th, 1978 for a radio broadcast on WLIR in New York, this complete, 85 minute show features the ’78 version of The Magic Band, with Jeff Moris Tepper on guitar and Bruce Fowler, late of the Mothers, on trombone. They were on the road to promote the Captain’s return-to-form LP, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (HERE, in the archives). How good do they sound? Note the slow, flawless fade-out they execute on the opening number, “Tropical Hot Dog Night.” After that, it’s a satisfying mix of old, new and obscure with Van Vliet sounding musically at home after his two misguided commercial albums for Mercury Records. Listen for the hula part in “Safe As Milk,” below. The limited edition run sold out long ago, so your disc options now are Ebay, Amazon (HERE) and a boatload of money. Find tons of Captain Beefheart, The Magic Band & solo albums in the archives, HERE.

Tropical Hot Dog Night
Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man
Owed T’Alex
Dropout Boogie
Harry Irene
Abba Zaba
Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles
Old Fart At Play
Ice Rose
Moonlight On Vermont
The Floppy Boot Stomp
You Know You’re A Man
Bat Chain Puller
When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy
Veteran’s Day Poppy
Safe As Milk
Suction Prints

PINK FLOYD “Louder Than Words” from The Endless River (2014)

61CkrvbFPHL._SL1500_Personally, I kind of like the idea of this album, a resurrection of some of the final recordings of the late Rick Wright from 1994’s The Division Bell. Mostly instrumental, a tribute of sorts. Regardless of its merits, or whether it fulfills any lofty expectations of what certain listeners might expect from Pink Floyd, its concept seems to come from a good place. David Gilmour is on record as saying this is probably the last from “Pink Floyd,” which I’m OK with. That Roger Waters remains on the sidelines is also OK with me, though I know there are those that would disagree. But, the fact that Gilmour’s wife penned the lyrics is surely a kick in the nuts to Waters (who once fired Wright from Pink Floyd). This player won’t last long, but you can check Readers Links for a disguised MP3 (thanks Andrew). The Endless River hits Amazon, Nov 10th (HERE).

THE MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF THE OINGO BOINGO Forbidden Zone Soundtrack (1980 w/ Bonus Tracks) + The Pre-Signing Demo EP (1979)


FrontForbidden Zone (1980)
Danny Elfman & Oingo Boingo Say Hello

The debut from Danny Elfman, soundtracking the 1980 family movie project, Forbidden Zone, and illustrating just how bizarre, not to mention fully formed, (The Mystic Knights Of The) Oingo Boingo were for their first recording sessions. Though, the truth is, The Mystics had been hard-wiring an outrageous performance art stage show in various LA watering holes for years prior to this, paving the way for the insanity of this “debut” LP – a mixture of 30s-styled hot jazz (vocal additions by Cab Calloway & The Kipper Kids), musical theater, instrumental quirkiness (at times recalling The Residents), child-like sing-alongs, off-kilter synth-pop and even a little rock and roll, all ping-ponging around as if trapped in some alternate universe particle accelerator. Having never seen the movie (directed by Richard Elfman, Danny’s brother), I can’t make much sense of the soundtrack, but that’s not necessarily necessary to appreciate Elfman & band’s musical and stylistic free-for-all. Contains only snatches of what Oingo Boingo would eventually become (primarily the title track), but Forbidden Zone primed the world (at least those that heard it) for Elfman’s strange world view, as well as his eventual conversion into one of Hollywood’s more in-demand film composers. There have been a few different issues of this soundtrack released over the years, with different track listings and bonuses. We’re offering the 1990 CD, and have included, à la carte, two additional bonuses, “Pico and Sepulveda” and “La Petite Tonkinoise,” from an earlier release. We’ve got some more Elfman and Boingo in the archives, including; Oingo’s swan song, Boingo with the cassette bonus track, “Helpless” (HERE), a 12″ of “Weird Science” Extended Dance Mixes (HERE) and Elfman’s film scores for Mars Attacks, Men In Black and Planet Of The Apes (HERE). For the ultimate Danny-blast, go to Readers Links and grab Al Smithee’s post of The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, the complete 17CD boxed collection of the duo’s essential collaborations (HERE, dated Sept 6, 2014). Find Forbidden Zone at Amazon, HERE.

Forbidden Zone (2:52)
“Hercules” Family Theme (1:50)
Some Of These Days (Vocals: Cab Calloway, The Kipper Kids) (2:55)
Journey Through The Intestines (0:56)
Squeezit’s Vision Of His “Sister” (0:35)
Queen’s Revenge (Vocals: Marie-Pascal Elfman, Susan Tyrrell) (2:33)
Factory (1:00)
Love Theme – Squeezit And The Chickens (0:45)
Flash And Gramps (0:59)
Squeezit The Moocher (Minnie The Moocher) (Vocals: Toshiro Baloney) (4:50)
Alphabet Song (2:02)
Cell 63 (1:21)
Witch’s Egg (Vocals: Susan Tyrrell) (2:24)
Yiddishe Charleston (Vocals: R. Yossele Elfman, Susan Tyrrell) (1:34)
Bim Bam Boom (Vocals: The Kipper Kids, Miguelito Valdez) (1:55)
Chamber Music (2:02)
Pleure (Vocals: Marie-Pascal Elfman) (0:40)
Battle Of The Queens (3:08)
Love Theme – King And Queen (1:15)
Finale (3:25)
Pico And Sepulveda (Bonus Track) (2:27)
La Petite Tonkinoise (Bonus Track) (2:23)

FrontDemo EP (1979)
Pre-Contract EP, With Individual Hand Painted Covers

In an attempt to get signed (it worked), Oingo Boingo shortened their name and pressed up 130 copies of Demo EP, featuring four tracks – including an extended (and more dynamic) rendition of “Forbidden Zone,” from the above soundtrack – which caught the attention of I.R.S. Records, who were so impressed they released an official version of it (albeit with different tracks, and without “Forbidden Zone”). Musically, Oingo Boingo’s hyperactive, ska-soaked newer-wave was not all that far removed from the rigid-rock one might associate with Devo, though The Boingo’s were obviously far more advanced. Hardly “demos,” these four tracks are impressively exciting, so it’s little surprise they got scooped up by a record label. You can only find the I.R.S. version of Demo EP at Amazon, HERE.

Ain’t This The Life (3:38)
Only A Lad (4:16)
Forbidden Zone (4:00)
I’m So Bad (3:53)


Seeing them here, The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo seem like they were designed specifically for The Gong Show, so it’s no shock they won. A small taste of The Mystics live madness.

YOUR EXOTIC PRINCE Speak Up (Year Unknown) – Junk Shop Curio That Sun Ra Fans Will Appreciate

Speak Up (Year Unknown)
Who, What, When And Why?

First posted at WFMU in 2008 by Doug Schulkind (HERE), Your Exotic Prince’s Speak Up is a lost, thrift store, crate-diving find that has no discernible history or background. Schulkind asked his readers for help, but the only connection offered in WFMU’s comments for this other-worldly jazz/rock curio was a suggestion that Y.E. Prince was none other than the junkie guitarist/band leader of Art Jackson’s Atrocity (HERE, in the archives). Musically, Speak Up is (to paraphrase Schulkind’s accurate assessment) a twisted amalgamation of Sun Ra’s Arkestra and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, characterized by gloriously sloppy live performances of Saturn-inspired big band blues and jazz arrangements. The primitive and information-free cover art, coupled with the music’s inexplicably truncated tracks (it’s the LP’s original grooves that are cut-off, not these files), just makes the album that much more seductively mysterious. Regardless, Sun Ra fans will be pleased, if perplexed by the impenetrable riddle of its very existence. Short, strange and “exotic,” indeed. Hear two examples below…

Concert For My Lady (3:19)
Eastward I Traveled (4:21)
Speak Up (4:19)
Wisters Rapasady (3:43)
I Am In The Wine (4:22)
Drums In Passion (4:29)

HOWLIN’ WOLF The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions (1971/2003) 2CD Deluxe Edition w/ Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts & others

FrontThe London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions (1971)
The Wolf Meets His Progeny

The late 60s and early 70s brought a rash of releases pairing English superstars with their American rock and blues mentors. To name just a few of them… Sonny Boy Williamson And The Yardbirds (1966), The London Muddy Waters Sessions (1972), The London Check Berry Sessions (1972), The London Bo Diddley Sessions (1973), and even a more obscure offering from sax man Eddie Harris (with Jeff Beck & Steve Winwood), E.H. In The U.K. (1974), that VSOP kindly posted in Readers Links (HERE, dated Sept. 29, 2014). And, of course, this spearheading set from 1971, The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions. Largely coordinated by Eric Clapton in May, 1970, the sessions included Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ian Stewart, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann and Wolf’s right hand man, Hubert Sumlin. Not everybody played on every track (Steve Winwood and Phil Upchurch contributed overdubs after the initial sessions), so it’s a mix-and-match gathering of greats tackling some of The Wolf’s legendary blues sides from the 50s. Over the years, this collection has gotten its fair share of criticism, primarily from blues purists, but no more so than by Clapton himself, as Wolf wasn’t in the best of health and the fusion of these legends was deemed less than explosive. But teenagers of the early 70s took to this summit like ducks to water, and the original release opened the floodgates for those who had yet to follow their rock gods’ bread crumbs back to Wolf’s early catalog. Many youngsters got their first real taste of Howlin’ Wolf through these sessions and, as a result, won’t hear any of the heresy sometimes associated with it. This Deluxe Edition features a disc of outtakes and alternate versions (including 3 long-lost tracks from the 1974, London Revisited edition). We’ve got lots more Wolf in the archives, including; Moanin’ In The Moonlight – The Definitive Remastered Edition (HERE), Ain’t Gonna Be Your Dog – Chess Collectibles, Vol. 2 (HERE) Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 (HERE), Live In Europe 1964 (HERE), Memphis Days, Vols. 1 & 2 (Freshly Upgraded, HERE), The Howlin’ Wolf Album (1969, HERE) and The Chess Box (HERE). Find the 2CD Deluxe of The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions at Amazon, HERE.

Rockin’ Daddy (3:47)
I Ain’t Superstitious (3:32)
Sittin’ On Top Of The World (3:53)
Worried About My Baby (2:58)
What A Woman! (3:04)
Poor Boy (3:06)
Built For Comfort (2:11)
Who’s Been Talking? (3:04)
The Red Rooster (False Start And Dialog) (1:59)
The Red Rooster (3:58)
Do The Do (2:22)
Highway 49 (2:48)
Wang Dang Doodle (4:32)
Goin’ Down Slow (Bonus Track From London Revisited) (5:56)
Killing Floor (Bonus Track From London Revisited) (5:17)
I Want To Have A Word With You (Bonus Track From London Revisited) (4:06)
Worried About My Baby (Rehearsal Take) (4:33)
The Red Rooster (Alternate Mix With Alternate Piano) (4:04)
What A Woman! (A/K/A Commit A Crime) (Alternate Take) (5:12)
Who’s Been Talking? (Alternate Take With False Start & Dialogue) (5:52)
Worried About My Baby (Alternate Take With False Start & Dialog) (3:45)
I Ain’t Superstitious (Alternate Take) (4:12)
Highway 49 (Alternate Take) (3:41)
Do The Do (Extended Alternate Take) (5:46)
Poor Boy (Alternate Lyrics/Mix) (4:29)
I Ain’t Superstitious (Alternate Mix) (3:55)
What A Woman! (A/K/A Commit A Crime) (Alternate Mix With Organ Overdub) (3:12)
Rockin’ Daddy (Alternate Mix) (3:58)

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Just Like Us! (1965)

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Paul Revere Dies At Age 76

Not their first album, but arguably their first essential one. Due to the dumb outfits and star-making TV tie-in to Where The Action Is (Dick’s Clark’s updated American Bandstand offshoot), Paul Revere & The Raiders have sometimes been dismissed as a real rock ‘n’ roll band. But the truth is… they were the working definition of the phrase. Despite their crowd-pleasing mission statement and show-bizzy accoutrements, they were also one of America’s better manifestations of the second British Invasion, with enough good-natured humor to wear that influence – literally – on their sleeves. Before fame and egos set in, The Raiders were a democratic band of rockers inspired by The Animals and The Stones, and they fueled that brand of white boy R&B with a genuine get-up-and-go drive the originators themselves sometimes lacked. They were also a party band (until balladry and psychedelia altered the equation), and group leader Paul Revere kept that tradition alive for five decades, until his final performances in the last year of his life. Just Like Us! is a transitional album, culturally speaking, and some of the material carries the residue of the early 60s into the new era of rock and roll, often punctuated by the band’s shouted proclamations and live-in-the-studio energy – courtesy of producer Terry Melcher (The Byrds), whose direction and influence would graduate to co-writing some of the band’s later songs. They made better albums, and had bigger hits over the next few years, but this is where Paul Revere & The Raiders solidified their sound and style for teenage television audiences of the mid-60s. A fun, if somewhat goofy, response to the new revolution that was brewing in the hearts and minds of a new generation. Perhaps more importantly – and surely how he’d like to best be remembered – Paul Revere and his Raiders were a good time, or a “good thing,” as the song says… and they still are. Find this one @ Amazon, HERE.

Steppin’ Out (2:34)
I’ll Be Doggone (2:51)
Out Of Sight (2:59)
Baby, Please Don’t Go (2:33)
I Know (3:10)
Night Train (2:56)
Just Like Me (2:35)
Catch The Wind (2:13)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (3:18)
I’m Cryin’ (3:08)
New Orleans (3:05)
Action (1:30)
Ride Your Pony (Previously Unissued) (2:47)
Just Like Me (Alternate Album Mix Without Background Vocals, Mono) (2:37)
B.F.D.R.F. Blues (Mono Single) (5:08)

HOWLIN’ WOLF Memphis Days – The Definitive Edition, Vols. 1 & 2 – UPGRADED!

Memphis Days – The Definitive Edition, Vols. 1 & 2
The Wolf’s First Recordings For Sun Records, 1951/1952

UPGRADED 2009 POST! After decades of listening to Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits, sometimes you just gotta go directly to the source. For Chester Burnett, this is where it all began – in Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios, circa 1951/1952, where a.k.a. Howlin’ Wolf first cut these raw, downright scary blues sides. The All Music Guide calls Wolf’s performances here “utterly demonic,” featuring “the amp on 11 guitar work of Willie Johnson and cave-man drumming of Willie Steele.” Chester’s howlin’ blues is still an earful today, so just imagine what the punters back in the 50s must have thought. Another example of Sam Phillips’ unmatched ability to see the future… and his total lack of business sense to get stinking rich from his visions. There’s more Wolf in the archives (HERE). Vol. 1 (HERE) and Vol. 2 (HERE) are at Amazon.

Memphis Days – The Definitive Edition, Vol. 1
Oh Red (Take 1) (2:46)
My Last Affair (Take 1) (3:05)
Come Back Home (Take 1) (2:37)
California Boogie (3:00)
California Blues (2:58)
Look-A-Here Baby (2:11)
Smile At Me (2:06)
My Baby Walked Off (3:01)
DrinkinCv Wine (Cv Wine Blues) (3:08)
My Troubles And Me (3:18)
Chocolate Drop (2:43)
Mr. Highway Man (Cadillac Daddy) (2:28)
Bluebird Blues (2:50)
Color And Kind (3:12)
(Everybody’s) In The Mood (3:00)
Dorothy Mae (Number 2) (2:39)
I Got A Woman – Sweet Woman (3:29)
Decoration Day Blues (3:17)
(Well) That’s All Right (3:03)
How Many More Years (2:51)
Baby Ride With Me (Ridin‘ In The Moonlight) (2:56)

Memphis Days – The Definitive Edition, Vol. 2
Baby Ride With Me (Ridin‘ in the Moonlight) (2:44)
How Many More Years (2:43)
Moanin‘ at Midnight (2:57)
Howlin‘ Wolf Boogie (2:39)
Wolf Is at Your Door (3:01)
Mr. Highway Man (2:49)
Getting Old and Grey (2:39)
Worried All the Time (3:09)
Saddle My Pony (Gonna Find My Baby Out In World Somewhere) (2:34)
Oh, Red! (2:38)
My Last Affair (2:59)
Come Back Home (Take 2) (2:35)
Dorothy Mae (2:45)
Oh, Red! (Take 2) (2:42)
Come Back Home (Take 3) (2:12)
How Many More Years (2:32)
How Many More Years (2:30)
Baby Ride With Me (Ridin‘ in the Moonlight) (2:38)
Baby Ride With Me (Ridin‘ in the Moonlight) (2:35)

Bombay The Hard Way Guns, Cars & Sitars (1999) – UPGRADED

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Guns, Cars & Sitars
Psychedelic Indian Brownsplotation

UPGRADED 2009 POST: A perfect mixture of nu-beats and actual 60s/70s Indian soundtrack music – originally produced for low-budget action, B-movie brownpoitation flicks… Bollywood style. A combo of old and new that seamlessly fuses psychedelic Shaft, hip hop, 70s soul, sound bites and Munster muzak with looped hypnotics and plenty of soundtrack space. The sitar work ingeniously sets the album’s tone and the funky undercurrents give it that timeless, retro Tarantino vibe. AMG sums it up nicely, saying it showcases how the Americans and the Italians may have invented the noir and cheap thrill movie soundtrack, but the Indians took it to a whole different level.” Dan The Automator remixes, using DJ Shadow drum samples to bolster the sound. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Bombay 405 Miles
The Good, The Bad, And The Chutney
My Guru
Ganges A Go-Go
The Great Gambler
Professor Pyarelal
Fists Of Curry
Punjabis, Pimps & Players
Inspector Jay From Dehli
Theme From Don
Fear Of A Brown Planet
Uptown Bollywood Nights
Kundan’s Hideout
Swami Safari

ANGELO BADALAMENTI & DAVID LYNCH Twin Peaks (1990), Fire Walk With Me (1992), Season Two Music And More (2007) & Twin Peaks Archive (2012)

Twin Peaks (1990)
Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Twin Peaks – Season 2 Music And More (2007)
Twin Peaks Archive
Get Detached

Like his movies, director David Lynch likes his music cool and detached, and his longtime collaboration with composer Angelo Badalamenti is a perfect union for both parties. Badalamenti’s use of atmospheric surrounds, sparse beats, computer jazz and spooky, disembodied vocals has helped to convincingly soundtrack Lynch’s other-world imaginations, beginning with the 1990 debut of his uber-weird TV show, Twin Peaks. Since then, the Lynch & Badalamenti franchise has branched out into movies (Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me), additional soundtrack music (Season Two Music And More) and – more recently – an expansive website for the David Lynch Music Company, where Twin Peaks music rarities - most of which have never appeared on the previous albums – are being offered for sale. We’ve now got all 212 tracks (almost 10 hours) from the Twin Peaks Archive, below. Visit this guy (HERE) for his elaborate series of fan covers for all of the Archive tracks. Hit the archives for more from Lynch, Badalamenti and vocalist Julee Cruise, Floating Into The Night (1989) and The Voice Of Love (1993), HERE. Click the covers for Amazon links.

Twin Peaks Theme (5:06)
Laura Palmer’s Theme (4:52)
Audrey’s Dance (5:18)
The Nightingale (4:56)
Freshly Squeezed (3:49)
The Bookhouse Boys (3:30)
Into The Night (4:44)
Night Life In Twin Peaks (3:27)
Dance Of The Dream Man (3:42)
Love Theme From Twin Peaks (5:04)
Falling (5:24)


Theme From Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me (6:46)
The Pine Float (4:04)
Sycamore Trees (3:58)
Don’t Do Anything (I Wouldn’t Do) (7:21)
A Real Indication (5:38)
Questions In A World Of Blue (4:54)
The Pink Room (4:06)
The Black Dog Runs At Night (1:49)
Best Friends (2:17)
Moving Through Time (6:45)
Girl Talk/Laura Palmer’s Theme/Falling (5:30)
The Voice Of Love (3:53)

Love Theme Intro (6:42)
Shelly (2:18)
New Shoes (3:48)
High School Swing (1:52)
Hayward Boogie (2:16)
Blue Frank (5:12)
Audrey’s Prayer (2:11)
I’m Hurt Bad (2:31)
Cop Beat (1:56)
Harold’s Theme (1:43)
Barbershop (1:26)
Night Bells (2:47)
Just You (3:36)
Drug Deal Blues (3:08)
Audrey (2:27)
Josie And Truman (4:32)
Hook Rug Dance (2:25)
Packards’ Vibration (2:39)
Half Heart (5:31)
Laura’s Dark Boogie (5:02)
Dark Mood Woods/The Red Room (9:01)
Love Theme Farewell (2:35)

1. Deer Meadow Shuffle (5:20)
2. Deer Meadow Shuffle (Film Version) (4:39)
3. Just You (Instrumental Baritone Guitar) (1:10)
4. Twin Peaks Theme (Alternate Version) (1:51)
5. Annie and Cooper (2:09)
6. Nightsea Wind (5:25)
7. Freshly Squeezed (Bass Clarinet) (5:09)
8. Twin Peaks Theme (Nostalgia Version) (2:25)
9. Twin Peaks Theme (Harp and Guitar) (0:46)
10. Twin Peaks Theme (Solo Rhodes) (5:35)
11. Mysterioso #2 (4:44)
12. Mysterioso #2 (Film Version) (3:27)
13. Mysterioso #1 (5:07)
14. Mysterioso #1 (Film Version) (3:06)
15. Love Theme (Alternate Version) (5:02)
16. Love Theme (Solo Rhodes) (3:30)
17. Americana (0:52)
18. James Hurley (Outtake) (1:17)
19. Mister Snooty (3:02)
20. Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version) (3:39)
21. Picking On Country (RR Tune No. 3) (2:07)
22. I’m Hurt Bad (Industrial Symphony No. 1 Version) (2:18)
23. Western Ballad (RR Tune No. 5) (2:46)
24. Preparing for M.T. Wentz (1:41)
25. Secret Country (RR Tune No. 2) (3:01)
26. Dark Mood Woods (Full Version) (4:29)
27. RR Swing (2:00)
28. Great Northern Piano Tune #1 (1:14)
29. Great Northern Piano Tune #2 (Truman and Josie) (1:13)
30. Great Northern Piano Tune #3 (3:30)
31. Twin Peaks Theme (Solo Piano) (1:24)
32. Girl Talk (2:07)
33. Birds In Hell (4:22)
34. Audrey’s Prayer (Clarinet & Synth) (2:13)
35. Audrey’s Prayer (Synth Version) (2:15)
36. Freshly Squeezed (Solo Vibraphone) (1:41)
37. The Norwegians (1:20)
38. Sneaky Audrey (1:29)
39. Miss Twin Peaks (Piano Rehearsal) (1:03)
40. Miss Twin Peaks Theme (1:39)
41. Lucy’s Dance (1:32)
42. Lana’s Dance (1:16)
43. Miss Twin Peaks (Finale) (1:26)
44. Sycamore Trees (Instrumental) (4:11)
45. South Sea Dreams (1:27)
46. Hula Hoppin (0:57)
47. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano And Rhodes) (5:01)
48. Owl Cave (2:57)
49. Half Speed Orchestra 1 (Stair Music-Danger Theme) (2:36)
50. Half Speed Orchestra 2 (Dark Forces) (2:01)
51. Half Speed Orchestra 3 (Windom Earle’s Motif) (1:42)
52. Slow Speed Orchestra 1 (24 Hours) (8:12)
53. Slow Speed Orchestra 2 (Unease MotifThe Woods) (3:28)
54. Slow Speed Orchestra 3 (Black Lodge Rumble) (6:52)
55. James Visits Laura (1:32)
56. Harold’s Theme (Josie’s Past) (4:45)
57. Harold’s Theme (The Living Novel) (3:27)
58. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Ethereal Pad Version) (1:10)
59. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Ghost Version) (1:49)
60. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Letter From Harold) (1:36)
61. Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Sax) (3:19)
62. Solo Percussion 1 (3:40)
63. Solo Percussion 2 (Grady’s Waltz) (1:43)
64. Solo Percussion 3 (2:32)
65. Audrey’s Dance (Percussion And Clarinets) (5:19)
66. Northwest Gulch (3:06)
67. Dance Of The Dream Man (Drums And Bass) (3:39)
68. Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Bass) (2:04)
69. Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Clarinet) (3:14)
70. Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Clarinet 2) (3:04)
71. Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Flute) (3:16)
72. Just You (Instrumental) (3:36)
73. The Bookhouse Boys (5:13)
74. The Bookhouse Boys (Solo Guitar) (1:09)
75. Earle’s Theme (1:12)
76. Half Speed 5 (Leo’s Theme) (2:59)
77. Hank’s Theme (1:01)
78. Hank’s Theme 2 (0:31)
79. Invitation To Love (Lover’s Dilemma) (2:08)
80. Invitation To Love (Bumper) (0:08)
81. Invitation To Love Theme (0:50)
82. Lana’s Theme (0:57)
83. Horne’s Theme (1:40)
84. Wheeler’s Theme (1:52)
85. Freshly Squeezed (Clarinet) (5:20)
86. Freshly Squeezed (Complete Version) (5:19)
87. Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Solo Bass) (3:19)
88. Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version) (3:42)
89. Freshly Squeezed (Flute) (5:22)
90. Freshly Squeezed (Mid-Tempo Version) (1:43)
91. Freshly Squeezed (Solo Bass Clarinet) (4:27)
92. Freshly Squeezed (Solo Clarinet) (4:25)
93. Freshly Squeezed (Solo Flute) (4:28)
94. Josie And Jonathan (The Mill Deal) (2:03)
95. The Mill Deal (1:27)
96. The Mill Fire (0:54)
97. Back To Fat Trout (Unease Motif-The Woods) (2:52)
98. Behind The Mask (2:27)
99. Circumference Of A Circle (11:10)
100. It’s Your Father (3:46)
101. Jacques’ Cabin – The Train Car (4:09)
102. Laura Visits Harold (3:17)
103. Phillip Jeffries (2:09)
104. Teresa’s Autopsy (2:37)
105. Fire Walk With Me (Saxophone) (6:47)
106. Wash Your Hands (3:02)
107. Dark Mood Woods (Studio Version) (9:50)
108. One Eyed Jack’s Parlour Music (2:53)
109. Twin Peaks Christmas Greeting (0:12)
110. Dance of the Dream Man (Fast Soprano Clarinet) (3:40)
111. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Baritone Guitar Punctuation) (4:52)
112. Leo Returns (4:06)
113. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Caroline) (1:13)
114. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Clarinet Bridge) (0:21)
115. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Clarinet Strings Bridge) (0:20)
116. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Dark Synth) (2:15)
117. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Letter from Harold) (1:18)
118. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK1 (1:06)
119. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK2 (1:07)
120. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK3 (1:12)
121. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK4 (1:13)
122. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano B) TK1 (0:55)
123. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano B) TK2 (1:33)
124. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano Bridge) (0:20)
125. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Solo Piano) (4:12)
126. Laura Palmer’s Theme (Vibraphone) (4:16)
127. Abstract Mood (3:07)
128. Abstract Mood (Slow Speed) (5:00)
129. Slow Speed Orchestra 4 (White Lodge Rumble) (12:12)
130. Audrey’s Prayer (Flute) (1:47)
131. Harold’s Theme (Harpsichord) (0:52)
132. Audrey’s Dance (Clean) (5:15)
133. Audrey’s Dance (Drums and Bass) (5:11)
134. Audrey’s Dance (Solo Rhodes) (5:15)
135. Audrey’s Dance (Synth and Vibraphone) (1:05)
136. Audrey’s Dance (Clean Fast) (3:39)
137. Audrey’s Dance/Dance of the Dream Man (Saxophone) (3:39)
138. Audrey’s Dance/Dance of the Dream Man (Clarinet) (3:36)
139. Audrey’s Dance/Dance of the Dream Man (Flute) (3:38)
140. Sneaky Audrey (Audrey’s Investigation) (1:53)
141. Sneaky Audrey (Solo) (0:50)
142. Sneaky Audrey (Alternate) (1:28)
143. One Armed Man Theme (Solo Clarinet Improvisation) (4:56)
144. Great Northern Big Band (1:30)
145. Wedding Hymn (0:32)
146. Wedding Song #1 (1:52)
147. Wedding Song #2 (‘Stranger Nights’) (1:12)
148. Wedding Song #3 (Accordian) (1:01)
149. Attack of the Pine Weasel (2:12)
150. Great Northern Piano Tune #4 (2:55)
151. Twin Peaks Theme (Harp) (1:02)
152. Ben’s Battle (1:53)
153. Ben’s Battle (Solo Percussion) (1:53)
154. Ben’s Battle (Solo Flute) (1:39)
155. Ben’s Battle (Solo Trumpet) (0:57)
156. Ben’s Lament (1:37)
157. Half Speed Orchestra 4 (Dugpas) (1:28)
158. Half Speed Orchestra 6 (Bob’s Dance/Back to Missuola) (1:10)
159. Half Speed Orchestra 7 (1:26)
160. The Culmination (4:16)
161. Distant Train (1:35)
162. Laura’s Dark Boogie (Clean) (5:03)
163. The Red Room (5:34)
164. Love Theme (Dark) (2:27)
165. James & Evelyn (3:28)
166. Evelyn’s Mourning (1:20)
167. Evelyn’s Mourning (Extended) (2:20)
168. La Speranza (1:38)
169. Trail Mix (9:27)
170. Dark Intro #1 (2:11)
171. Dark Intro #2 (0:53)
172. Dark Intro #3 (2:13)
173. Dark Intro #4 (2:15)
174. Dark Intro #5 (2:14)
175. Dark Intro #6 (2:28)
176. The Mill Durge (0:30)
177. Packard’s Theme (2:22)
178. Jean Renault’s Theme (Solo Bass Clarinet) (4:36)
179. One Eyed Jack’s Country (2:37)
180. Dick Tremayne’s Swing (1:47)
181. Llama Country (2:40)
182. ‘Such Stuff as Dreams are Made of’ (0:17)
183. Earle’s Theme (Audrey’s Walk) (0:34)
184. Leo Attacks Bobby (0:39)
185. The Pink Room (Extended Version) (6:44)
186. Half Heart (Solo) (5:28)
187. Dance of the Dream Man (Original) (3:37)
188. Great Northern Piano Tune #2 (Full Version) (2:13)
189. One Armed Man’s Theme & Jean Renault’s Theme (TV Mix) (2:07)
190. Audrey (TV Version) (2:23)
191. Voice of Love (Slow) (4:02)
192. Log Lady Presence (1:03)
193. Love Theme (Light) (1:39)
194. Wheeler’s Theme (TK 2) (1:22)
195. Solo Percussion 4 (1:29)
196. Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version 2 Clean) *partial (1:31)
197. Solo Percussion (Arbitrary Cymbals) (1:13)
198. You Killed Mike (1:56)
199. Falling into Love Theme (Demo) (2:35)
200. Love Theme Slower and Darker (Demo) (3:25)
201. Slow Cool Jazz (Demo) (5:15)
202. Chinese Theme (Demo) (1:19)
203. Wide Vibrato Augmented Chords (Demo) (1:26)
204. Night Walk (Demo) (0:34)
205. Low Wide and Beautiful (Demo) (2:08)
206. Wide Vibrato Mood to Falling (Demo) (1:51)
207. Love Theme to Falling (Demo) (1:27)
208. Love Theme Light (Demo) (0:39)
209. Questions in a World of Blue (Demo) (5:22)
210. Love Theme from ‘On The Air’ (Take 4) (1:28)
211. Love Theme from ‘On The Air’ (Slow Jazz Version) (7:09)
212. Love Theme from ‘On The Air’ (Clarinet Strings) (2:25)

VELVERT TURNER GROUP Velvert Turner Group (1972) – A Convincing Hendrix Disciple

FrontVelvert Turner Group (1972)
Is There A Hendrix In The House?

This month I’m digging into my hard drives to retrieve some of the long-lost music I had once been searching for, but never even came close to owning until discovering the bountiful blessings of the web at the turn of the century. This one is from the Velvert Turner Group, recorded in 1972 and self-produced by guitarist/vocalist Turner. Sounding quite like Jimi Hendrix (circa 1970, the final year of his life), Turner often appropriates Jimi’s guitar stylings and, especially, his vocal phrasing, most noticeably on “Three O’Clock Train,” “Talkin’ Bout My Baby” and “‘Xcuse Me, Gentlemen (The Fall Of Atlantis).” Turner’s non-Hendrixian music is unique, if somewhat hard to fully embrace, but still interesting in a pop/jam free-wheeling 70s sort of way. Not essential, but a fun artifact of an era when the void left by Hendrix’s departure from this plane of existence was tangible and heartfelt. Find Velvert Turner Group at Amazon, HERE.

Madonna (Of The Seven Moons) (3:40)
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Baby (4:00)
Country Chicken (2:48)
Strangely Neww (5:15)
Scarlet Warrior (3:34)
Three O’Clock Train (5:09)
Just Look And See (4:23)
‘Xcuse Me, Gentlemen (The Fall Of Atlantis) (4:27)
(Love Rides…) The Slow Swirling Seas (3:36)
Freedom (5:50)

THE FUGS First Album (1965/1994) – Expanded Version w/ 11 Bonus Tracks

FrontFirst Album (1965/1994)
Fug It!

I was first primed for The Fugs by the sloppy combo offerings of The Mothers Of Invention – replete with droning off-key vocals, rudimentary instrumentation and dripping cynicism. In reality, though, Frank Zappa was only slumming when he trafficked in amateurism and gang-foolery, while The Fugs were operating at the height of their limited abilities. A fresh, 21st Century listen to The Fugs, however, brings a new perspective to their live, one-take, bongo-driven, folk/beat poetry and ‘fug it’ attitude. It’s like listening in on a stoned 60s frat boy jug band, going on about everything from the CIA to monkey sex to LSD, with a spontaneously fun, free-form looseness that’s actually kind of admirable in this computer/music age. The Fugs’ debut is a result of two recording sessions with Folkways Records (with the help of legendary musicologist, Harry Smith) and it’s surprising – even today – that it even got released. And, while it’s tempting to dismiss them as pure novelty, especially given their apparent lack of seriousness, that would be a mistake. Listen to the sentiment behind “Nothing,” for instance, as The Fugs collectively bemoan everything as “nothing”… from the world’s great books to the church to Times Square, including Harry Smith, Folkways, social anthropology, 1965 and… Averell Harriman. It’s a legitimate, anti-social existentialist rant, as pertinent as John Lennon’s angst-ridden “I don’t believe in…” primal screaming from 5 years in the future, except funnier. This expanded version with 11 bonuses is at Amazon, HERE.

Slum Goddess (1:59)
Ah, Sunflower Weary Of Time (2:15)
Supergirl (2:19)
Swinburne Stomp (2:50)
I Couldn’t Get High (2:08)
How Sweet I Roamed From Field To Field (2:11)
Carpe Diem (5:09)
My Baby Done Left Me (2:18)
Boobs A Lot (2:13)
Nothing (4:16)
We’re The Fugs (1:27)
Defeated (3:25)
The Ten Commandments (3:02)
CIA Man (2:54)
In The Middle Of Their 1st Session, The Fugs Sign The Worst Contract Since Leadbelly’s (2:51)
I Saw The Best Minds Of My Generation Rock (4:52)
Spontaneous Salute To Andy Warhol (1:24)

War Kills Babies (1:41)
The Fugs National Anthem (1:16)
The Fugs Spaghetti Death (No Redemption No Redemption) (3:57)
The Rhapsody Of Tuli (8:35)

THE RESIDENTS 24 From The Residents (1972-2006)

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

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

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

FrontIt’s A Wonderfull Life (Nov. 2014)

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

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

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


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

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

CARL PERKINS Back On Top (4CD, 2000)

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

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

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