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VARIOUS ARTISTS Refugees – An Anthology Of The Famous Charisma Label 1969-1978 (2009)

Refugees – Anthology Of The Famous Charisma Label 1969-1978 (2009)
Obscure Brit Experiments In Music Fusion

From a personal perspective… when I started looking beyond the radio at the dawn of the 70s, I began by investigating jazz, world music and obscure Brit pop. Oldsters remember that practically everything was obscure back in the late 60s/early 70s, and getting an “import” album in those days required ordering it from a hip record store (if your town was lucky enough to have one), waiting… and then paying nearly twice the price for something you had few details on, since the alternative music press was almost as anemic as routes for international vinyl exchange. So, plenty of the artists that were signed to the highly regarded Charisma label – who routinely combined varying aspects of pop, rock, jazz, English folk and fusion – were on my hit list; Bo Hansson, The Nice, Van Der Graaf Generator, Hawkwind and even String Driven Thing (whose domestic debut was a mainstay of department store cut-out bins). Alas, many of those once cherished vinyl albums are long gone from my collection now, victims of storage issues and changing musical tastes. As a result, I never replaced a lot of those great old albums with CD versions… so hearing some of the music on this cool, 2009 3CD collection is, for me, like stepping into a time machine. Click the cover art to better read the participants. Amazon’s got it, HERE.

MOJO PRESENTS Various Artists

MOJO PRESENTS… 2015 (2015) + Bonus

Mojo 2015MOJO Presents… 2015 (January, 2016)

The latest free CD from the January, 2016 issue of MOJO Magazine is a wrap up of the year’s “best music,” culled from some of MOJO’s favorite albums of the last year. Grain of salt not included. There’s also a print bonus included, along with Liner Note details, in comments. Find all 165 of MOJO‘s free CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

COURTNEY BARNETT Pedestrian At Best (3:50)
SLEATER-KINNEY Bury Our Friends (3:21)
NEW ORDER Restless (5:25)
SONGHOY BLUES Soubour (3:31)
GAZ COOMBES 20/20 (4:11)
BILL RYDER-JONES Two To Birkenhead (4:22)
JIM O’ROURKE Last Year (5:43)
JOHN GRANT Down Here (4:05)
MATTHEW E. WHITE Rock & Roll Is Cold (4:12)
SUFJAN STEVENS Should Have Known Better (5:05)
FATHER JOHN MISTY Bored In The USA (4:19)
LOW What Part Of Me (2:58)
JULIA HOLTER Feel You (4:07)
JOANNA NEWSOM Leaving The City (3:46)
JASON ISBELL If It Takes A Lifetime (3:41)

Capitol Blues Series Various Artists

CAPITOL BLUES #21: VARIOUS ARTISTS Kansas City Blues (1997)

Kansas City BluesKansas City Blues (1997)
The KC Connection…

The liner notes detail a post-depression Kansas rife with political corruption, illegal liquor, gambling and prostitution… and the music that sprang from the turmoil throughout the city’s clubs, juke joints and dives, culminating with this 40s war-time smorgasbord of blues, jump and jazz. Personally speaking, I wasn’t familiar with the names included here, so, as usual, the CBC booklet (included) is an essential part of understanding both the artists and era. But, even if you’re not a reader, the music should be stylistically familiar from a hundred old movies and documentaries of the times. That’s the great Jimmy Witherspoon with the Jay McShann & His Jazz-Men, and sax man Ben Webster sitting in with Walter Brown and Jay McShann’s Kaycee Stompers. 3CDs of KC-styled juke from a lost, bygone era of American blues. Thanks to ARTKoen for the .pdf liner notes. Check out the rest of the Capitol Blues Collection in the archives, HERE. Find Kansas City Blues at Amazon, HERE.

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JAY McSHANN’S KANSAS CITY STOMPERS
Moten Swing (2:57)
Come On Over To My House (2:52)
Trouble In Mind (2:53)
On The Sunny Side Of The Street (2:59)
JAY McSHANN & HIS JAZZ-MEN
Confessin’ The Blues (3:07)
Walkin’ Blues (3:21)
Hard Working Man Blues (3:20)
When I’ve Been Drinking (3:13)
Merry-Go-Round Blues (3:14)
Bad Tale Boogie (2:11)
McShann’s Boogie Blues (3:05)
JAY McSHANN
Everything Will Be All Right (2:47)
Pic’s Boogie (2:53)
Scotty’s (2:45)
Cover Up (2:11)
(Scotty Can Blow) Kicks (2:29)
JULIA LEE & HER BOYFRIENDS
Tonight’s The Night (3:03)
My Man Stands Out (2:15)
Do You Want It (2:33)
It Comes In Like A Lion (2:42)
BUS MOTEN & HIS MEN
When You Want Chili (2:56)
It’s Hard To Laugh Or Smile (2:50)
You’ll Wind Up On Top (2:45)
On The Gravy Train (2:19)
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JULIA LEE & HER BOYFRIENDS
Don’t Come Too Soon (3:00)
Ugly Papa (2:54)
Don’t Save It Too Long (The Money Song) (2:27)
After Hours Waltz (2:37)
BUS MOTEN & HIS MEN
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll (2:24)
Sugar Daddy Blues (2:39)
Gone (2:51)
Gotta Good Reason For Being Bad (2:18)
WALTER BROWN
Play The Blues (2:40)
What Evil Have I Done (3:05)
Gonna Play With Your Woman (2:09)
Work Don’t Bother Me (2:39)
TOMMY DOUGLAS
Goosed (2:17)
Jackson County Romp (2:41)
Mizzou’ (2:57)
Hot Sauce (3:03)
WALTER BROWN
Inform Me Baby (2:59)
Lyin’ Woman Blues (2:30)
Suppressin’ The Blues (2:20)
Hello and Goodbye (2:10)
JULIA LEE & HER BOYFRIENDS
You Ain’t Got It No More (2:48)
When Your Lover Has Gone (2:46)
Oh Chuck It (In A Bucket) (2:57)
Decent Woman Blues (2:41)
Dragging My Heart Around (2:59)
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TOMMY DOUGLAS
Kickapoo (2:25)
Tea For Tommy (2:58)
If You Don’t, Why Don’t You (2:20)
I Want You To Be My Guy (2:27)
Douglas Boogie (2:33)
The Killion (2:20)
Leaving Town Blues (2:31)
Lights Out (2:22)
BUS MOTEN & HIS MEN
Turn It Over (2:39)
That Did It (2:48)
Best Friend Blues (3:09)
Baby You Messed Up (2:21)
WALTER BROWN with JAY McSHANN’s KAYCEE STOOMPERS
You Better Leave My Gal Alone (2:44)
Lou, Cindy Lou (2:48)
Squabblin’ Woman (2:55)
I’m Gonna Get Married (2:22)
New Style Baby (2:38)
Let’s Love Awhile (2:59)
Nasty Attitude (2:56)
Slow Down Baby (2:56)
TIM KENNEDY
The Lady With The Black Dress On (3:09)
Sister Flat-Top (2:40)
It Ain’t No Use (2:20)
Jumpin’ Little Woman (2:37)

Capitol Blues Series Various Artists

CAPITOL BLUES #19: VARIOUS ARTISTS Jumpin’ Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin’ (1996)

Jumpin' Like MadJumpin’ Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin’ (1996)
Juke Box Music Of The 40s & 50s

According to Billy Vera’s liner notes, “The music herein does not neatly fit into any anally defined and accepted category… The sole reason for the existence of this album in FUN, although it also may be the hippest R&B compilation ever attempted.” The end result is a collection of juke box music from the late 40s and early 50s, featuring a slew of uncredited sax players (Dexter Gordon, Maxwell Davis & Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis) supporting the bevy of titled artists detailed below. No further explanation necessary. Thanks once again to ARTKoen for the .pdf liner notes (and before you bitch about it, two pages are missing. No big deal). Check out the rest of the Capitol Blues Collection in the archives, HERE. Find Jumpin’ Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin’ at Amazon, HERE.

Joe Turner Jumpin’ Tonight (aka Midnight Rockin’) (2:24)
Calvin Boze
Safronia B (2:23)
Ella Mae Morse
Cow Cow Boogie (3:14)
Lester Young
Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (3:12)
Jesse Price
Jump It With A Shuffle (2:48)
Kay Starr
Oh Babe! (2:28)
Cootie Williams Orchestra
Stingy Blues (3:02)
Babs’ Three Bips & A Bop
Oo-Pa-Pa-Da (2:54)
T-Bone Walker
Hypin’ Women Blues (2:49)
Nellie Lutcher
Fine Brown Frame (2:56)
Jesse Price
Baby, Let’s Be Friends (2:51)
Helen Humes
Be Baba Leba (2:42)
King Cole Trio
The Frim Fram Sauce (3:18)
Ella Mae Morse
Solid Potato Salad (2:57)
Ernie Andrews with Maxwell Davis Orchestra
Pork Chops And Mustard Greens (2:59)
Gene Ammons Quintet
Jack’s Town (3:01)
Betty Hall Jones
This Joint’s Too Hip for Me (2:33)
Lalo Guerrero
Marihuana Boogie (2:59)
Ike Carpenter Orchetra
Pachuko Hop (2:15)
Cootie Williams Orchestra
Juice Head Baby (3:09)
Jack ‘The Bear’ Parker
Cheap Old Wine And Whiskey (3:10)
Calvin Boze
Looped (2:22)
Jimmy Liggins
I Ain’t Drunk (2:25)
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Big Jay McNeely All That Wine Is Gone (2:56)
Louis Jordan
I Seen What’cha Done (2:41)
Jimmy Liggins
No More Alcohol (2:28)
Big Jay McNeely
Insect Ball (2:36)
Charles Brown
Gee! (3:08)
Ella Mae Morse with Don Raye
The House Of Blue Lights (2:54)
T-Bone Walker
The Hustle Is On (2:33)
Gene Ammons Quintet
Blowin’ Red’s Top (2:31)
Johnny Mercer & Cootie Williams
He Should’a Flip’d When He Flop’d (3:02)
Nellie Lutcher
He’s A Real Gone Guy (3:02)
Jessie Price
My Baby Done Left Me (3:02)
Lalo Guerrero
Chicas Patas Boogie (Oh Babe!) (2:56)
King Porter Orchestra
Chittlin’ Ball (2:28)
Cootie Williams Orchestra
Wrong Neighborhood (2:49)
Ella Mae Morse
Jumpin’ Jack (2:44)
Al Hibbler with Tab Smith Orchestra
Fat And Forty (3:05)
Joe Lutcher
No Name Boogie (2:55)
Gene Ammons Quintet
Concentration (2:25)
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson
Two Cats (4:20)
Peggy Lee
Yeah Yeah Yeah (2:15)
Louis Jordan
I’ll Die Happy (3:07)
Cootie Williams Orchestra
I May Be Easy, But I’m No Fool (3:08)
Ernie Andrews with Maxwell Davis Orchestra
Travelin’ Baby (2:31)
Calvin Boze
Blow Man Blow (2:28)
Jimmy Liggins
Boogie Woogie King (2:30)
Calvin Boze
Keep Your Nose Out Of My Business (3:04)
Jimmy Liggins
Talking That Talk (2:31)
Louis Prima with Sam Butera & the Witnesses
5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days (2:08)

ELVIS COSTELLO MOJO PRESENTS Various Artists

MOJO PRESENTS Costello: A Collection Of Unfaithful Music (2015) + A Bonus For Elvis Fans…

MOJO CostelloMOJO Presents: Costello – A Collection Of Unfaithful Music (2015)

A quick commercial break from our Capitol Blues Collection posts. The latest free CD from the year-ending December, 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is unlike any other MOJO comp, as it’s curated by Elvis Costello, and features material that wouldn’t neatly fit into any other kind of Unfaithful copy‘themed’ collection the magazine might concoct. It even includes a nod to his longtime partner/piano player, Steve Nieve. As a bonus, we’re including an .epub and .pdf file of EC’s just released autobiography, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (you know where to look for it). Click the image for a link to an Amazon hard cover version. For all 164 of MOJO‘s free CDs, dating back to 1997, go HERE.

Georgie Fame Lil’ Pony (2:30)
Johnny Cash
She Used To Love Me A Lot (3:21)
Gene Austin
Lonesome Road (2:26)
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Her Hair Was Red (2:39)
Otis Rush
It Takes Time (2:47)
Larkin Poe
Overachiever (3:34)
The Unthanks
Flutter (3:37)
Doc Watson
Tom Dooley (3:14)
Annette Hanshaw
Little White Lies (2:55)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Jubilee Street (6:32)
Ornette Coleman
Tears Inside (4:59)
Jack Teagarden
Guess I’ll Go Back Home This Summer (3:35)
Jesse Winchester
Ghosts (4:39)
Steve Nieve
The Birds Will Still Be Singing (4:38)
Hal Prince
It’s Over (2:35)

BEATLES MOJO PRESENTS Various Artists

MOJO PRESENTS Songs The Beatles Taught Us (2015) + 13 MORE Beatle-Related MOJOs

MOJO Songs The Beatles Taught UsSongs The Beatles Taught Us (2015)

The latest free CD from the November, 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is a collection of oldies that many of us first heard by The Beatles. Not a particularly unique MOJO freebie, but good to have if this stuff isn’t already in your collection. A reminder also of a time when a memorable song only needed about two minutes of your time. MOJO has issued a number of Beatles-related comps, so just click a cover below to visit our original posts. For all 163 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

The Isley Brothers Shout (Part One) (2:14)
Little Richard
Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey (Going Back To Birmingham) (2:04)
Larry Williams
Bad Boy (Junior Behave Yourself) (2:15)
Chuck Berry
Rock And Roll Music (2:30)
Carl Perkins
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby (1:53)
Barret Strong
Money (That’s What I Want) (2:32)
The Shirelles
Boys (2:08)
The Marvelettes
Please Mr. Postman (2:24)
Richie Barrett
Some Other Guy (2:17)
Ray Charles
Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:31)
Arthur Alexander
A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (1:55)
The Coasters
Searchin’ (2:47)
The Cookies
Chains (2:28)
Buddy Holly
Crying, Waiting, Hoping (2:02)
Anita Bryant
Till There Was You (2:08)

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MOJO PRESENTS Various Artists

MOJO PRESENTS… My Generation (2015)

MOJO My GenerationMy Generation (August, 2015)

The latest free CD from the August, 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is a celebration of the Mod roots of The Who, this month’s cover boys, who are currently in the midst of their final tour. And… unlike 1982’s “farewell” tour, over 30 years ago, it’s probably true this time. Subtitled “15 Tracks Of ’60s Beat-Filled Teenage Mod Angst,” My Generation is a fun (and still) fresh blast of rockin’ British energy, boasting material not typically found on other MOJO comps. Speaking of which… head to the archives to find all 160 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

The Pretty Things Don’t Bring Me Down (2:08)
The Bo Street Runners
I’m A Bo Street Runner (2:04)
Larry’s Rebels
It’s Not True (2:25)
The Mike Cotton Sound
Make Up Your Mind (2:37)
The Stormsville Shakers
Number One (2:25)
The Artwoods
Can You Hear Me (2:54)
The in Crowd
Stop! Wait A Minute (2:06)
John’s Children
But She’s Mine (1:56)
The Fleur De Lys
Wait For Me (2:23)
Golden Dawn
My Time (3:50)
Sons Of Adam
Mr. You’re A Better Man Than I (2:54)
Andy Ellison
Cornflake Zoo (2:00)
Katch 22
Major Catastrophe (2:25)
The Rockin’ Vickers
It’s Alright (2:12)
The Syndicats
Crawadaddy Simone (3:17)

MOJO PRESENTS Various Artists

MOJO PRESENTS… Modern Life Is Rubbish (2015)

Modern Life Is RubbishModern Life Is Rubbish (May, 2015)

The latest free CD from the May 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is a collection of modern “British angst,” featuring a slew of lesser known artists carrying on a grand and glorious British tradition (since the 70s, anyway) of rank indifference… with a shit attitude. Hit the archives to find all 157 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

Carl Barat & The Jackals Glory Days (3:40)
The Amazing Snakeheads
Where Is My Knife? (4:42)
Fat White Family
Cream Of The Young (4:04)
Nadine Shah
Stealing Cars (4:01)
Kate Tempest
Marshall Law (5:39)
Ghostpoet
Off Peak Dreams (3:16)
Kode9 & The Spaceape
Devil Is A Liar (2:55)
Lonelady
Bunkerpop (5:51)
Young Fathers
Rain Or Shine (3:49)
The Pop Group
Citizen Zombie (3:50)
Sleaford Mods
Under The Plastic & N.C.T. (3:17)
The Bohicas
To Die For (2:55)
Crushed Beaks
Rising Sign (2:23)
Menace Beach
Tastes Like Medicine (2:36)
Half Man Half Biscuit
Westward Ho! Massive Let Down (3:22)

HAL WILLNER IGGY POP NRBQ REM Various Artists

Hal Willner Bonus: VARIOUS ARTISTS Short Cuts (1993) – Robert Altman Film Soundtrack

Short CutsShort Cuts (1993)
Hal Willner Teams Up With Fellow Multi-Artist Fanatic, Director Robert Altman…

We’re wrapping up Hal Willner Week with a bonus post of this lesser know Willner production. It’s not a tribute album, but a soundtrack collaboration with filmmaker, Robert Altman – a kindred spirit when it comes to the concept of gathering together absurd numbers of talented people to breath the same air. Short Cuts is the 1993 soundtrack to Altman’s film of the same name and, while a bit off of the beaten path of Hal’s tribs, it still employs some of the same spirit of diversity. The core group here is fronted by Annie Ross, best known for her time in the 50s/60s jazz vocal group, Hendricks, Lambert & Ross (she also appears as a performer in the film itself). Willner’s fingerprints appear in the material selection and guest stars. “Conversations On A Barstool,” for instance, is written by Bono & The Edge (originally penned for Marianne Faithful), while “Punishing Kiss” is an Elvis Costello/Cait O’Riordan composition. NRBQ’s Terry Adams is an anchor in Ross’ backing band, but also collaborates with Iggy Pop on “Evil California (These Blues).” Four songs come from a previously unknown collaboration between famed songwriter Doc Pomus and Dr. John, while guests Bruce Fowler (The Mothers), Michael Stipe (REM), Roy Nathanson (The Jazz Passengers), Lenny Pickett (SNL), Anthony Coleman, Bobby Previte, Greg Cohen (and others) add to the rotating cast. Different from Willner’s other multi-artist creations, but hardcore music lovers may appreciate. PROGRAMMING NOTE: We weren’t able to gather together all the Willner tributes we were after (Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen and New Prohibition – A Musical History of Hemp, being two we missed), but we did get the bulk of them together these past 10 days. There’s also a very cool Hal production buried in a Wormhole that we can’t talk much about (HERE). Find all of our Hal Willner Week posts, HERE. Find Short Cuts at Amazon, HERE.

Open On Helicopters (Sound Effect) (0:51)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet
Conversation On A Barstool (5:46)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Steven Bernstein, Dave Tronzo
To Hell With Love (6:25)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet
Punishing Kiss (3:17)
Lori Singer/The Trout Quartet
DVORAK: Cello Concerto In B Minor (5:17)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet
Blue (4:48)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Iggy Pop, Anthony Coleman
Evil California (These Blues) (3:51)
Lori Singer
STRAVINSKY: Berceuse from The Firebird Suite (2:51)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet
A Thousand Years (4:27)
Lori Singer/The Trout Quartet
HERBERT: Cello Concerto No. 2, Opus 30 – First Movement (5:05)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Roy Nathanson
Imitation Of A Kiss (4:37)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Michael Stipe, Steven Bernstein, Dave Tronzo
Full Moon (4:00)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Dave Tronzo & Lori Singer
I Don’t Know You (6:12)
The Low Note Quintet
Nothing Can Stop Me Now (4:37)
Earthquake Into Low Note (Sound Effect) (0:20)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Lenny Pickett
Prisoner Of Life/I’m Gonna Go Fishin’ (7:06)
Thomas Tree & Cory J. Coppage
How Does She Do It So Quickly? (0:51)

BECK DAVID JOHANSEN ELVIS COSTELLO GARTH HUDSON HAL WILLNER MARIANNE FAITHFULL NICK CAVE PETRA HADEN RICHARD THOMPSON TODD RUNDGREN Various Artists

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS The Harry Smith Project: Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited (2006)

The Harry Smith Project Anthology Of American Folk Music RevisitedThe Harry Smith Project: Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited (2006)
A Tribute To History’s Motherlode

One of Hal Willner’s artistic habits (in later years) was to gather together participants and friends to stage live performances of the tribute albums he had earlier produced. For The Harry Smith Project: Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited, Willner skipped the studio process altogether and went straight to the stage, gathering this assortment of collaborators to pay tribute to Alan Lomax’s legendary and highly influential 1952 release, The Anthology of American Folk Music. The Harry Smith Project was originally released as a 2CD/2DVD set, which chronicled these live performances captured in Los Angeles, New York and London in 1999 and 2001. You shouldn’t need much of an introduction to the kind of music heard here… it’s the legendary roots Americana that laid the foundation for most of the music you’ve heard throughout your life, whether you ever heard the originals or not. Though, the participants here take their own stylistic liberties with some of the arrangements. I won’t recount the talents involved as you can see the list, and hear a couple of examples, below. Big thanks to Jeff Gee for sharing this 2006 set with us for Hal Willner Week. Those wanting Harry Smith’s original Anthology Of American Folk Music, can find it in (Son Of) Readers Links (HERE, dated today). Find more of Hal Willner’s incredible tribute work in the archives, HERE. Find the 2CD/2DVD Harry Smith Project box set at Amazon, HERE.

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David Johansen Old Dog Blue (3:52)
Steve Earle
Prison Cell Blues (3:50)
Wilco
James Alley Blues (4:25)
Beth Orton
Frankie (4:45)
Beck
Last Fair Deal Gone Down (3:34)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Sugar Baby (4:30)
Elvis Costello
The Butcher’s Boy (4:14)
David Thomas
Way Down The Old Plank Road (5:14)
Richard Thompson with Eliza Carthy
The Coo Coo Bird (4:17)
Ed Sanders
My Baby Done Left Me (2:43)
Nick Cave
John The Revelator (4:31)
Eric Mingus and Gary Lucas
Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting? (3:08)
Roswell Rudd with Sonic Youth
Dry Bones (10:07)
Garth & Maud Hudson
No Depression In Heaven (6:51)
Geoff Muldaur
K.C. Moan (6:36)
Gavin Friday with Maurice Seezer
When The Great Ship Went Down (5:36)
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Robin Holcomb A Lazy Farmer Boy (3:01)
Van Dyke Parks with Mondrian String Quartet
Sail Away Lady (3:01)
Geoff Muldaur
Poor Boy Blues (4:22)
Marianne Faithfull
Spike Driver Blues (2:47)
Lou Reed
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (7:30)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle with Elvis Costello
Ommie Wise Part 1 & 2 (What Lewis Did Last…) (8:11)
Gavin Friday
Fatal Flower Garden (6:32)
Bob Neuwirth with Eliza Carthy
I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground (5:32)
David Thomas
Fishing Blues (5:49)
Mary Margaret O’Hara
He Got Better Things For You (2:10)
Mocean Worker
Harry Goes A Courtin’ (The Mowo! Live Hootenanny Throw-Down) (3:45)
Robin Holcomb & Todd Rundgren
The House Carpenter (5:14)
Don Byron, Percy Heath & Bill Frisell
This Song Of Love (7:51)
Nick Cave
Shine On Me (2:59)
David Johansen
James Alley Blues (4:28)
Petra Haden
Single Girl, Married Girl (3:55)

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Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS That’s The Way I Feel Now Now – A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (1984)

That's The Way I Feel NowThat’s The Way I Feel Now – A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (1984)
The Original 2LP Version…

For all the non-students of jazz among us, That’s The Way I Feel Now Now is an eclectic introduction to Monk. Naturally, the selections tend to lean heavily towards Theo’s chosen instrument of construction, the piano, but in typical Willner and Friends fashion, there’s no limitations to the interpretations included here. Originally issued as a 2LP set, this album was later – unforgivably – reissued as an edited and abbreviated single CD. But, we’ve got ARTKoen (aka drfeelgoed), a longtime friend of this blog, to thank for this great rip of the original hard-to-find double album. Naturally, in the 80s, when I first heard this collection, I was partial to the rockier contingent here, like NRBQ, Eugene Chadborne’s Shockabilly, Chris Spedding & Peter Frampton and, even though he’s not in rock mode here, Joe Jackson. But, as the years progressed, along with my own musical edification, I realized that the true joys here are found in the more sensitive readings provided by Steve Lacy, Sharon Freeman and The Carla Bley Band, among others. It was here that I discovered that the background piano work on Frank Zappa’s “America Drinks And Goes Home” was partially lifted from Monk’s 1957 composition, “Ponnonica.” And, speaking of The Mothers, The Fowler Brothers (with Chester Thompson) kick off this collection, and are joined by a typically Willner-ian cross-section of unlikelys, from John Zorn to Donald Fagen & Steve Khan to Was (Not Was) to Todd Rundgren (the set’s weakest link). Find our other Hal Willner tributes HERE. Get the 2LP set (HERE) and abbreviated CD (HERE) at Amazon.

SIDE 1
BRUCE FOWLER Thelonious (0:48)
Bass – Tom Fowler
Drums – Chester Thompson
Trombone – Phil Teele
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
NRBQ & THE WHOLE WHEAT HORNS Little Rootie Tootie (4:09)
Bass – Joseph Spampinato
Drums – Tom Ardolino
Guitar – Al Anderson
Piano – Terry Adams
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Spring
Trombone – Donn Adams
DONALD FAGEN & STEVE KHAN Reflections (6:27)
Guitar – Steve Khan
Synthesizer – Donald Fagen
DR. JOHN Blue Monk (3:25)
Piano – Dr. John
THE CARLA BLEY BAND with JOHNNY GRIFFIN Misterioso (8:53)
Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Steve Slagle
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – Victor Lewis
French Horn – Vincent Chancey
Guitar – Hiram Bullock
Organ – Carla Bley
Percussion, Effects – Manolo Badrena
Piano – Kenny Kirkland
Tenor Saxophone – Johnny Griffin
Trombone – Gary Valente
Trumpet – Mike Mantler
Tuba – Bob Stewart
Vocals (The Voice Of Death) – Hal Willner

SIDE 2
BARRY HARRIS Pannonica (6:11)
Piano – Barry Harris
WAS (NOT WAS) Ba-Lue-Bolivar-Ba-Lues-Are (1:57)
Alto Saxophone – David McMurray
Flute – David Was
Guitar, Synthesizer – Don Was
Percussion – Larry Fratangelo
Tenor Saxophone – Michael Ward
Trombone – Jervonny Collier
Trumpet – Marcus Belgrave
Vocals – Sheila Jordan
Backing Vocals – Carol Hall, Donald Ray Mitchell, Harry Bowens, Sweet Pea Atkinson
MARK BINGHAM Brilliant Corners (2:28)
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – Joey Barron
Guitar – Brenden Harkein, John Scofield
Guitar – Mark Bingham
STEVE LACY & CHARLIE ROUSE Ask Me Now (8:03)
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
Tenor Saxophone – Charlie Rouse
SHARON FREEMAN Monk’s Mood (3:44)
Bass – Buster Williams
Drums, Percussion – Victor Lewis
French Horn – Gregory Williams, Vincent Chancey, Bill Warnick
French Horn – Willie Ruff
French Horn, Celesta – Sharon Freeman
Piano – Kenny Barron

SIDE 3
TODD RUNDGREN & GARY WINDO Four In One (3:04)
Alto Saxophone – Gary Windo
Synthesizer, Keyboards, Guitar, Drum Programming – Todd Rundgren
RANDY WESTON Functional (3:40)
Piano – Randy Weston
STEVE LACY & ELVIN JONES Evidence (3:37)
Drums – Elvin Jones
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
JOHN ZORN Shuffle Boil (3:02)
Drums, Timpani – M.E. Miller
Guitar, Vocals – Arto Lindsay
Noises, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – John Zorn
Piano, Organ, Celesta, Electronics – Wayne Horvitz
TERRY ADAMS & FRIENDS In Walked Bud (6:49)
Alto Saxophone – Pat Patrick
Bass – John Ore
Drums – Frankie Dunlop
Piano – Terry Adams
Trombone – Roswell Rudd
SHOCKABILLY Criss Cross (2:42)
Acoustic Guitar, Guitar – Eugene Chadbourne
Drums, Percussion – David Licht
Piano, Organ, Bass, Trombone, Percussion, Tapes – Mark Kramer
MARK BINGHAM Jackie-ing (3:04)
Bass – Steve Swallow
Bass Saxophone, Whistle – Ralph Carney
Clarinet – Don Davis
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Mars Williams
Drums – Joey Barron
Guitar – Brenden Harkein, John Scofield
Guitar – Mark Bingham
Trumpet – David Buck

SIDE 4
JOE JACKSON Round Midnight (6:33)
Bass – Bob Cranshaw
Bass Clarinet – Ken McIntyre
Cello – Enrique Orango, Muneer Abdul Fataah
Clarinet – Lawrence Feldman, Steve Slagle
Drums – Buddy Williams
Piano – Joe Jackson
Viola – Crystal Garner, Maxine Roach
Violin – Cheryl Hong, Karen Gilbert, Melanie Baker, Sandra Billingsles, Stan Hunt
BOBBY McFERRIN & BOB DOROUGH Friday The Thirteenth (2:43)
Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion – Dave Samuels
Vocals – Bob Dorough, Bobby McFerrin
CHRIS SPEDDING & PETER FRAMPTON Work (3:21)
Bass – Marcus Miller
Drums – Anton Fig
Guitar – Peter Frampton
Guitar – Chris Spedding
STEVE LACY Gallop’s Gallop (2:46)
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
DR. JOHN, STEVE SWALLOW & ED BLACKWELL Bye-Ya (4:48)
Alto Saxophone – Steve Slagle
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – Ed Blackwell
Piano – Dr. John
STEVE LACY & GIL EVANS Bemsha Swing (3:02)
Piano, Electric Piano – Gil Evans
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy

ALLEN GINSBERG DISPOSABLE HEROES OF HIPHOPRISY HAL WILLNER JOHN CALE LENNY PICKETT SONIC YOUTH Various Artists WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS

Hal Willner Week: ALLEN GINSBERG The Lion For Real (1989) + WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Dead City Radio (1990) & Spare Ass Annie & Other Tales (1993) + The Operator’s Manual (Rare Promo-Only Remixes)

FrontThe Lion For Real (1989)
“Living” Tributes To Two Beat Greats

Three examples of Hal Willner pursuing his own whims and passions. Using his own, personally made, spoken-word recordings of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, Willner gathered together some of his usual collaborators to bring the words and imagery of the two Beat Generation poets to life. Not as jam-packed with names as some of Willner’s previous tribs, all three are still acutely infused with Willner’s dedication to eccentricity. Marc Ribot, Lenny Pickett, Gary Windo, Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow (and others) pen and play the music behind Allen Ginsberg, while Sonic Youth, Chris Stein (Blondie), John Cale, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and Pickett back up the irascible William Burroughs on Dead City Radio. Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales, my favorite of the two Burroughs discs, is primarily soundtracked only by The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy. Find The Lion For Real (HERE), Dead City Radio (HERE) and Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales (HERE) at Amazon. All of our incredible Hal Willner Week posts are HERE.

ALLEN GINSBERG The Lion For Real (1989)
Scribble (0:48) Music by: Michael Blair
Complaint Of The Skeleton To Time (3:02) Music by: Gary Windo
Xmas Gift (1:49) Music by: Mark Bingham
To Aunt Rose (3:30) Music by: Marc Ribot
The Lion For Real (5:44) Music by: Gary Windo
Refrain (3:30) Music by: Michael Blair
The Shrouded Stranger (3:15) Music by: Marc Ribot
Gregory Corso’s Story (2:17) Music by: Bill Frisell
Cleveland, The Flats (2:59) Music by: R. Carney
The End (2:07) Music by: Marc Ribot
Stanzas Written At Night In Radio City (5:07) Music by: Lenny Pickett
Sunset (1:42) Music by: Lenny Pickett
Hum Bom! (4:02) Music by: Steve Swallow
Kral Majales (5:11) Music by: Mark Bingham
Guru (3:31) Music by: Steve Swallow
Ode To Failure (2:42) Music by: Michael Blair
C’mon Jack (2:42) Music by: Steve Swallow – CD Bonus Track

Dead City RadioSpare Ass Annie
Dead City Radio (1990)
Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales (1993)

WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Dead City Radio (1990)
William’s Welcome (What Are You Here For?) (2:04) Music by: Lenny Pickett w/ Sonic Youth
A Thanksgiving Prayer (2:22) Music by: The NBC Symphony Orchestra
Naked Lunch Excerpts/Dinner Conversation (7:16) Music by: The NBC Symphony Orchestra
Ah Pook The Destroyer/Brian Gysin’s All Purpose Bedtime Story (2:46) Music by: John Cale
After-Dinner Conversation/Where He Was Going (11:40) Music by: The NBC Symphony Orchestra
Kill The Badger! (2:46) Music by: Buryl Red
A New Standard By Which To Measure Infamy (1:48) Music by: Donald Fagen
The Sermon On The Mount 1 (Wsb Reads The Good Book) (1:30) Music by: Lenny Pickett
No More Stalins No More Hitlers (0:59) Music by: John Cale
The Sermon On The Mount 2 (1:22) Music by: Lenny Pickett
Scandal At The Jungle Hiltons (1:48) w/ Allen Ginsberg
The Sermon On The Mount 3 (1:17) Music by: Lenny Pickett
Love Your Enemies (1:13) Music by: John Cale
Dr. Benway’s House (0:40) Music by: Sonic Youth
Apocalypse (9:05) Music by: The NBC Symphony Orchestra
The Lord’s Prayer (0:46) Music by: Chris Stein/Introduced By Sonic Youth
Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eingestellt (2:28) Music by: Cheryl Hardwick & Lenny Pickett

WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales (1993)
Featuring Hal Willner & The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy
Interlude 1 (Wrinkled Earlobes Are A Sign Of Impending Heart Attacks) (0:23)
Spare Ass Annie (4:30)
Interlude 2 (This Is Insane) (0:20)
The Last Words Of Dutch Schultz (This Is Insane) (2:22)
Interlude 3 (The Vultures Are Gone And Will Never Come Back) (0:17)
Mildred Pierce Reporting 2 (Old Sarge) (2:05)
Dr Benway Operates (2:45)
Warning To Young Couples (Huntsmen’s Hounds) (2:13)
Did I Ever Tell You About The Man Who Taught His Asshole To Talk? (6:19)
Last Words With Ras I. Zulu (1:02)
A One God Universe (3:32)
Interlude 4 (Fletch Is Here) (0:36)
The Junky’s Christmas (15:54)
Words Of Advice For Young People (4:42)
Last Words With Michael Franti (0:47)

PROMO-ONLY BONUS:
FrontSpare Ass Annie And Other Tales: The Operator’s Manual (Promo 1993)
Rare Promo Only Radio CD

BIG thanks to narcosislabs for sharing this very rare, radio promotional CD for Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales, subtitled The Operator’s Manual. It features introductions to some of the material from the original CD release, along with rare remixes (available nowhere else), interviews with Hal Willner and Michael Franti (of The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy), promo jingles and more. Essentially an almost hour-long radio show (with extras) that should please anybody interested in William S. Burroughs, Hal Willner, or this album in particular. Many thanks narcosislabs. Act fast and you can still score one over at Amazon for only $5, HERE.
INTRO… Music Up (22:09)
INTRO “I had a…” (24:41)
INTRO “Welcome back to the CMJ…” (10:28)
PROMO “Next Week” (0:32)
PROMO “This Week” (0:32)
PROMO “Tonight” (0:33)
Words Of Advice For Young People (Mutatis Mutandis-Lemurs In the Mist-Interzone Mix) (8:43)
Words Of Advice For Young People (Interzone Radio Edit) (4:26)

HAL WILLNER HARRY PARTCH Various Artists

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Weird Nightmare – Meditations On Mingus (1992)

Weird Nightmare - Meditations On MingusWeird Nightmare – Meditations On Mingus (1992)
Weird Scenes Inside The Studio…

Probably my favorite of Hal Willner’s multi-artist extravaganzas, not only for its unique arrangements of the sometimes uber-bizarre music of the great jazz bassist/composer, Charles Mingus, but also for the twisted instrumentation that colors these recordings. Willner and his cohorts incorporated the mad, inexplicable musical instrument inventions of Harry Partch (we’ve got the amazing The World Of Harry Partch in the archives, HERE), and buffeted the weirdness with a bevy of dialog (culled from Mingus’ mad ramblings) spoken by the likes of Henry Rollins, Hubert Selby Jr, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, Chuck D. and others. Some of the Rolling Stones (and friends) show up on “Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me,” including Richards, Charlie Watts, Chuck Leavell and Bobby Keyes. There’s lots of jazz, naturally, but it’s all filtered through the likes of Don Byron, Bill Frisell, Bobby Previte, Don Alias, The Uptown Horns, Vernon Reid (Living Color), Henry Threadgill, Gary Lucas (The Magic Band) and others, twisting and mutating the originals with samples, spaciness, noir coloring and, as mentioned, the other-worldly stylistic accents provided by Harry Partch’s one-of-a-kind instrumentation. Just peruse the guest list below. We’ve got more from Hal Willner Week, HERE. Weird Nightmare is at Amazon, HERE.

Canon (Part 1) (3:20)
Didgeridoo, Trombone, Woof Flute – Art Baron
Electric Guitar – Gary Lucas
Cone Gongs, Marimba – Michael Blair
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Percussion – Don Alias
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Cloud Chamber Bowls – Greg Cohen

Meditations On Integration (3:47)
Banjo – Marc Ribot
Bass – Greg Cohen
Flute – Henry Threadgill
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Marimba/Eroica, Drums, Flapper – Michael Blair
Percussion, Cymbal – Don Alias
Harmonic Canon – Francis Thumm
Tuba – Art Baron

Canon (Part 2) (3:15)
Didgeridoo, Trombone, Wood Flute – Art Baron
Electric Guitar – Gary Lucas
Cone Gongs, Marimba – Michael Blair
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Percussion – Don Alias
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Cloud Chamber Bowls – Greg Cohen
Vocals – Robbie Robertson

Jump Monk (3:57)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Drums, Chinese Drum – Michael Blair
Electric Guitar – Gary Lucas
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Percussion, Timbales, Cowbell – Don Alias
Trombone – Art Baron

Weird Nightmare (3:07)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Flute – Henry Threadgill
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Marimba – Don Alias
Marimba/Eroica – Marc Ribot
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Cloud Chamber Bowls – Michael Blair
Great Bass, Trombone – Art Baron
Vocals, Harmonic Canon – Elvis Costello

Work Song (7:06)
Cone Gong, Bass – Greg Cohen
Adapted Guitar, Guitar – Bill Frisell
Marimba/Eroica, Clarinet – Don Byron
Chromelodeon II, Piano – Geri Allen
Cloud Chamber Bowls, Marimba/Eroica – Francis Thumm
Crychord, Drums – Michael Blair
Diamond Marimba, Hand Drums – Don Alias
Harmonic Canon, Tuba – Art Baron
Surrogate Kithara, Guitar – Vernon Reid

Self-Portrait In 3 Colors (3:29)
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Don Byron
Congas – Michael Blair
Adapted Guitar] – Greg Cohen
Guitar, Surrogate Kithara – Bill Frisell
Marimba – Don Alias
Marimba/Eroica – Francis Thumm
Trombone – Art Baron

Purple Heart (2:38)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Clarinet – Don Byron
Congas – Don Alias
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Brushes, Harmonic Canon, Cloud Chamber Bowls – Michael Blair
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Great Bass – Art Baron
Vocals – Henry Rollins

Tonight At Noon (5:31)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Drums – Charlie Watts
Saxophone – Crispin Cioe
Saxophone – Arno Hecht
Trombone – Bob Funk
Trumpet – Hollywood Paul Litteral

Gunslinging Bird (1:40)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Bata, Percussion – Don Alias
Drums, Chromelodeon II – Michael Blair
Guitar, Surrogate Kithara – Bill Frisell
Trombone – Art Baron
Vocals – Chuck D

Weird Nightmare Interlude (0:57)
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Reincarnation Of A Lovebird/Haitian Fight Song Montage (4:48)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Don Byron
Congas, Goblet Dumbek, Clappers – Don Alias
Drums, Whirley Tube, Chromelodeon II, Finger Cymbals, Clappers – Michael Blair
Sound Effects, Samples – Hal Willner
National Steel Bottleneck – Gary Lucas
Guitar, Surrogate Kithara – Bill Frisell

Open Letter To Duke (4:53)
Banjo – Tony Trischka
Harmonica – Howard Levy
Kazoo, Castanets, Spoons – Bobby Previte
Mandolin, Guitar – Barry Mitterhoff
Percussion, Washboard, Spoons – Susan Evans
Tuba – Bob Stewart
Violin – Kenny Kosek

The Shoes Of The Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers (2:37)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Bass Clarinet – Don Byron
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Great Bass – Art Baron
Vocals – Hubert Selby Jr.

Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me (6:48)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Drums – Charlie Watts
Piano – Chuck Leavell
Saxophone – Crispin Cioe
Saxophone – Arno Hecht, Bobby Keyes
Trombone – Bob Funk
Trumpet – Hollywood Paul Litteral
Vocals – Bernard Fowler
Guitar, Vocals – Keith Richards

Eclipse (7:15)
Bass Clarinet – Don Byron
Wood Flute, Didgeridoo, Great Bass, Trombone, Percussion, Cloud Chamber Bowls – Art Baron
Cone Gong, Crychord, Bass, Percussion – Greg Cohen
Guitar, Percussion – Bill Frisell
Marimba, Goblet Drum, Dumbetik, Clappers – Don Alias
Percussion – Francis Thumm
Percussion, Vocals – Hal Willner
Whirley Tube], Tibetan Cymbal, Bass Drum, Percussion – Michael Blair
Vocals – Diamanda Galás
Spoken Vocals – Leonard Cohen

Pithecanthropus Erectus (5:43)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Drums, Metals – Michael Blair
Sound Effects, Samples – Hal Willner
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Guitar, Keyboards/Sample – Robert Quine
Marimba/Eroica – Francis Thumm
Chair – Don Alias
Muted Trombone – Art Baron

Freedom (2:52)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Electric Guitar, Effects – Bill Frisell
National Steel Bottleneck – Gary Lucas
Humming – Ray Davies
Humming, Hand Drums, Timbales, Percussion – Don Alias
Humming, Drums, Chinese Drums, Timbales, Percussion, Marimba, A Two By Four – Michael Blair
Humming, Metal Slab, Trombone – Art Baron
Humming, Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Lead Vocals – Dr. John

Weird Nightmare (Reprise)
Bass – Greg Cohen
Flute – Henry Threadgill
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Marimba – Don Alias
Marimba/Eroica – Marc Ribot
Chromelodeon II – Francis Thumm
Cloud Chamber Bowls – Michael Blair
Great Bass, Trombone – Art Baron
Vocals, Harmonic Canon – Elvis Costello

HAL WILLNER Various Artists

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Amarcord Nino Rota (Remembering Nino Rota) (1981) – Music From The Films Of Federico Fellini

Amarcord Nino RotaAmarcord Nino Rota (1981)
The First Of Hal Willner’s Incredible Con-Fabs

Hal Willner’s first multi-artist tribute LP (that we know of, anyway) was his strange and alluring 1981 re-framing of the music of Nino Rota, noted composer for filmmaker Federico Fellini. If Italian avant guard film music isn’t weird enough for you, Willner steps it up a notch with the help of Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Chris Stein & Debby Harry (Blondie), Henry Threadgill, Branford & Wynton Marsalis and numerous others. This one’s jazzy, eccentric and off-kilter… pretty much what you’d expect from the participants, source material and Willner’s skewed musical sensibilities. We’ve got more from the great Hal Willner in the archives, HERE. Amarcord Nino Rota is going for collector’s prices at Amazon, HERE.

Amarcord (7:50)
Piano – Jaki Byard
Interlude From Juliet Of The Spirits (0:36)
Vibraphone – Dave Samuels
(11:38)
Organ, Glockenspiel – Carla Bley
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – D. Sharpe
Euphonium – Joe Daley
Piano – Arturo O’Farrill
Saxophone – Gary Windo
Trombone – Gary Valente
Trumpet – Michael Mantler
Tuba – Earl McIntyre
Woodwind – Courtenay Wynter

Themes From “La Dolce Vita” And “Juliet Of The Spirits” (2:22)
Vibraphone – Dave Samuels
Juliet Of The Spirits (4:42)
Guitar – Bill Frisell
La Dolce Vita Suite (7:24)
a) Introduction
French Horn, Piano – Sharon Freeman
Steel Drums – Francis Haynes

b) Notturno
Conductor – Muhal Richard Abrams
Bass – Fred Hopkins
Drums – Warren Smith
Flute – Henry Threadgill
French Horn – Sharon Freeman
Piano – Amina Claudine Myers
Saxophone, Clarinet – Bobby Eldridge
Trombone – Emmet McDonald
Trumpet – Claudio Roditi
Vibraphone – Jay Hoggard

c) Interlude
French Horn, Piano – Sharon Freeman
Steel Drums – Francis Haynes

d) Valzer (Parlami Di Me)
Accordion, Percussion – Charles Rocket
Guitar – Chris Stein
Keyboards – Michael Sahl
Drums – Lenny Ferrari
Engineer – Ken Hahn
Vocals – Deborah Harry

Satyricon (5:31)
Accordion, Percussion – Charles Rocket
Guitar, Penny Whistle, Double Ocarina, Shanai, Claves – David Amram
Bass – Victor Venegas
Drums – Lenny Ferrari
Flute – Jerry Dodgion
Percussion – Steve Berrios

Roma (4:42)
Saxophone, Gong – Steve Lacy
Medley: The White Sheik, I Vitelloni, Il Bidone, The Night Of Cabiria (8:52)
Conductor – William Fischer
Bass – Ron Carter
Drums – Wilbert Fletcher
Piano – Kenny Barron
Saxophone – George Adams
Trumpet – Wynton Marsalis
Woodwind – Branford Marsalis

La Strada (3:09)
Piano – Jaki Byard

HAL WILLNER Various Artists

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Stay Awake: Various Interpretations Of Music From Vintage Disney Films (1990)

Stay AwakeStay Awake: Various Interpretations Of Music From Vintage Disney Films
Hal Willner Turns Disney On Its Mouse Ears…

For his take on the ingrained-from-youth music of classic Disney movies, Hal Willner assembled maybe his most eclectic gathering of greats for a series of short interpretations (many fused into medleys) that, at times, pay honorable homage to the timeless Disneyhouse melodies of yore, while, at other times, turning the music on its mouse ears for something quite new and unique. With names like Sun Ra, Ringo Starr, Arron Neville, Ken Nordine, NRBQ, Harry Nilsson, Los Lobos, The Roches, Bill Frisell, The Replacements, Sinead O’Conner, Syd Straw, James Taylor, Herb Alpert, David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter), Garth Hudson (The Band), Was (Not Was), Bonnie Raitt and many, many others, it’s hard to imagine a more unlikely gathering on a more unlikely project. Still, it’s a favorite among Willner-ites who appreciate the quickly evolving melodies and musical costume changes that leave little time to appreciate the depth of one track before the next takes hold. From Ringo Starr’s “When You Wish Upon A Star” (in his best “Goodnight”/White Album warble) to Tom Waits’ frightening “Heigh Ho (The Dwarfs Marching Song)” to James Taylor’s winsome “Second Star To The Right,” you’ll develop a whole new appreciation for music that’s been lingering around your ears all your life. As you can see below, you need an encyclopedia to keep track of all the high-profile talent (and low) that’s involved. Find all of our Hal Willner related projects, HERE, and get Stay Awake at Amazon, HERE.

1. OPENING MEDLEY (9:02)
a) KEN NORDINE w/BILL FRISELL & WAYNE HORVITZ Hi Diddlee Dee Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me)
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Vocals – Ken Nordine
Piano, Synthesizer – Wayne Horvitz
Voice – Ken Nordine
b) NATALIE MERCHANT, MICHAEL STIPE, MARK BINGHAM and THE ROCHES Little April Shower
Banjo – Mark Bingham
Cello – Jackie Mullen
Clarinet, Ocarina, Voice – Ralph Carney
Harp – Rachel Van Vjorhees
Marimba, Percussion, Drums – Michael Blair
Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Lenny Pickett
Vocals – Michael Stipe, Natalie Merchant, The Roches
c) LOS LOBOS I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)
Acoustic Guitar, Accordion, Backing Vocals – David Hildalgo
Baritone Saxophone – Steve Berlin
Bass – Conrad Lozano
Lead Vocals, Cuatro – Cesar Rosas
Percussion – Alex Neciosup Acuna
Varrana – Louis Perez

2. BONNIE RAITT and WAS (NOT WAS) Baby Mine (3:14)
Backing Vocals – Arnold McCuller, Sir Harry Bowens, Sweet Pea Atkinson
Bass – John Patitucci
Drums – Jim Keltner
Flute – David Was
Guitar – Paul Jackson Jr.
Horns – The Uptown Horns
Keyboards – Luis Resto
Saxophone – Steve Berlin
Synthesizer – Don Was
Vocals, Guitar – Bonnie Raitt

3. TOM WAITS Heigh Ho (The Dwarfs Marching Song) (3:35)
Bass – Larry Taylor
Effects – Val Kuklowsky
Guitar – Marc Ribot
Keyboards – Mitchell Froom
Optigon Programming – Tchad Blake
Vocals – Tom Waits

4. MEDLEY TWO (7:47)
a) SUZANNE VEGA Stay Awake
Vocals – Suzanne Vega
b) BILL FRISELL and WAYNE HORVITZ Little Wooden Head
Guitar, Banjo – Bill Frisell
Synthesizer – Wayne Horvitz
c) SYD STRAW Blue Shadows On The Trail
Guitar, Mandolin – John Jorgenson
Harmonica – Tommy Morgan
Steel Guitar – Jaydee Maness
Vocals – Syd Straw

5. MEDLEY THREE (5:57)
a) BUSTER POINDEXTER and THE BANSHEES OF BLUE Castle In Spain
Bass – Tony Garnier
Drum Programming – Jimmy Bralower
Drums – Tony Machine
Guitar – Brain Koowin
Horns – The Uptown Horns
Percussion – Fred Walcott
Piano – Charles Giordano
Vocals – Buster Poindexter, Ivy Ray
b) YMA SUMAC I Wonder
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian, Christine Ermacoff, Dennis Karmazyn, Raphael Kramer
Chimes, Cymbal, Timpani – Michael Blair
Concertmaster – Gerald Vinci
Conductor – Lennie Niehaus
French Horn – Richard Perissi, Richard Todd
Harp – Catherine Ann Gotthoffer
Reeds – Donald Ashworth, Marty Krystall, R. Langinger
Viola – Alan De Veritch, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Myra Kestenbaum, Pamela Goldsmith
Violin – Bruce Dukoff, Don Palmer*, Haim Shtrum, Henry Ferber, Israel Baker, Peter Kent (2), Ralph Morrison, Reg Hill, Robert Sushel, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov
Vocals – Yma Sumac

6. AARON NEVILLE Mickey Mouse March (2:14)
Keyboards – Dr. John
Vocals – Aaron Neville

7. MEDLEY FOUR (15:15)
a) GARTH HUDSON Feed The Birds
Cymbal – Jay Rubin
Harmonica – Jorge Mirkin
Keyboards, Synthesizer, Accordion – Garth Hudson
Macintosh Sequencing – Steve Deutch
b) NRBQ Whistle While You Work
Bass, Backing Vocals – Joey Spampinato
Drums, Percussion – Tom Ardolino
Guitar – Al Anderson
Keyboards, Vocals – Terry Adams
c) BETTY CARTER I’m Wishing
Bass – Ira Noel Coleman
Drums – Troy Davis
Piano – Stephen Scott
Saxophone – Donald Braden
Vocals – Betty Carter
d) THE REPLACEMENTS Cruella De Ville
Bass, Backing Vocals – Tommy Stinson
Drums – Chris Mars
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Slim Dunlap
Guitar, Vocals – Paul Westerberg
e) BILL FRISELL and WAYNE HORVITZ Drumbo And Timothy
Guitars – Bill Frisell
Synthesizer – Wayne Horvitz

8. SINÉAD O’CONNOR Someday My Prince Will Come (1:08)
Guitar – Andy Rourke
Vocals – Sinéad O’Connor

9. MEDLEY FIVE (8:09)
a) SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA Pink Elephants On Parade
Baritone Saxophone – Kenny Williams
Bass – Pat Patrick
Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone – Elo Omo
Bassoon – James Jackson
Drums – Aveeayl Ra Amen, Buster Smith, Tom Hunter
Flute, Alto Saxophone – Marshall Allen
French Horn – Vincent Chauncey
Guitar – Bruce Edwards
Piano – Sun Ra
Tenor Saxophone – John Gilmore
Trombone – Tyrone Hill
Trumpet – Fred Adams, Martin Banks, Michael Ray
Violin – Owen Brown Jr.
Vocals – Art Jenkins, T.C. III
b) HARRY NILSSON Zip-A-Dee-Dah
Accordion – T. Bone Wolk
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian, Christine Ermacoff, Dennis Karmazyn, Raphael Kramer
Drums – Jim Keltner
Electric Guitar – Arto Lindsay
French Horn – Calvin Smith, Richard Perissi, Richard Todd
Guitar – Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett
Harp – Catherine Ann Gotthoffer
Percussion – Emil Radocchia, Ken Watson
Brushes, Washboard, Frame Drum, Tambourine – Michael Blair
Piano – Terry Adams
Reeds – Robert Tricarico, Donald Ashworth, Gary Foster, Marty Krystall, Robert Langinger
Synthesizer – Peter Scherer
Trombone – John Johnson, Richard Nash, Lloyd Ulyate
Trumpet – Anthony Terran, Charles Findley, Warren Luening
Viola – Alan De Veritch, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Myra Kestenbaum, Pamela Goldsmith
Violin – Bruce Dukoff, Don Palmer, Haim Shtrum, Henry Ferber, Israel Baker, Peter Kent, Ralph Morrison, Reg Hill, Robert Sushel, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov
Vocals – Harry Nilsson
Chorus – Ann White, Bobbi White, Carol Lombard, Debbie Hall, Diana Lee, Donna Davidson, Jackie Ward-Smith, Melissa Mackay, Sally Stevens, Sandra Hall, Susan Ives, Susan McBride

10. JAMES TAYLOR Second Star To The Right (4:01)
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Mark Bingham
Bass – Steve Swallow
Guitar – John Scofield
Piano – Don Grolnick
Tenor Saxophone – Branford Marsalis
Vocals – The Roches
Vocals – Michael Blair
Vocals, Guitar, Whistle – James Taylor

11. PINOCCHIO MEDLEY (5:46)
a) KEN NORDINE with BILL FRISELL and WAYNE HORVITZ Desolation Theme
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Keyboards – Wayne Horvitz
Voice – Ken Nordine
b) RINGO STARR with HERB ALPERT When You Wish Upon A Star
Acoustic Guitar – Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian, Christine Ermacoff, Dennis Karmazyn, Raphael Kramer
Drums – Jim Keltner
Electric Guitar – Bill Frisell
French Horn – Calvin Smith, Richard Perissi, Richard Todd
Harp – Catherine Ann Gotthoffer
Percussion – Emil Radocchia, Ken Watson
Piano – Terry Adams
Reeds – Robert Tricarico, Donald Ashworth, Gary Foster, Marty Krystall, Robert Langinger
Trombone – John Johnson, Richard Nash, Lloyd Ulyate
Trumpet – Anthony Terran, Charles Findley, Warren Luening
Trumpet – Herb Alpert
Viola – Alan De Veritch, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Myra Kestenbaum, Pamela Goldsmith
Violin – Bruce Dukoff, Don Palmer, Haim Shtrum, Henry Ferber, Israel Baker, Peter Kent, Ralph Morrison, Reg Hill, Robert Sushel, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov
Vocals – Ringo Starr
Chorus – Ann White, Bobbi White, Carol Lombard, Debbie Hall, Diana Lee, Donna Davidson, Jackie Ward-Smith, Melissa Mackay, Sally Stevens, Sandra Hall, Susan Ives, Susan McBride
Whistle – Harry Nilsson

HAL WILLNER IGGY POP MARIANNE FAITHFULL Various Artists

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Closed On Account Of Rabies – Poems And Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe (1997) w/ Iggy Pop, Dr. John, Debby Harry, Marianne Faithfull & others

PoeClosed On Account Of Rabies – Poems And Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe (1997)
The Bone-Chilling Madness Of Poe…

Closed On Account Of Rabies – Poems And Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe is unique in Hal Willner’s ongoing series of tribute albums. Most of the “music” found here is of the atmospheric, musique concrete variety, punctuated by sounds and effects, most of which are created by Willner himself. So there’s not much in the way of an all-star core of backing musicians here that typifies most of his other tribs. Some names do pop up, like guitarists Wayne Kramer of the MC5 (“The Raven” & “The Masque Of The Red Death”), Chris Spedding (“Ulalume”) and Marc Ribot (“Berenice”), who all provide mostly ominous screeching and scraping to heighten Poe’s tales of madness and death. But, there are a few musical excursions, too, like two sore-thumb tracks from ex-Fug, Ed Sanders, and the un-Edgar-ish, but still entertaining, “The City And The Sea,” from Deborah Harry (Blondie) and The Jazz Passengers. So the bulk of Closed On Account Of Rabies emphasizes the bone-chilling words and ideas behind some of Poe’s most extreme work. And if, like me, you haven’t bothered with Poe since high school, then this 2CD set of effectively fun readings might remind you why the guy was always held in such high regard… outside of those campy Vincent Price movies. These dramatic renditions chronicling Poe’s obsessions of murder, paranoia and haunting guilt will illustrate why so many thought it was Poe himself who might be mad (he wasn’t… in fact he was quite the literary groundbreaker). Iggy Pop does a first-rate job on Poe’s classic “The Tell-Tale Heart,” while Dr. John’s nearly 28 minute reading of “Berenice” is both strange, slightly psychedelic and generally confounding, but just as mesmerizing as Edgar’s more succinct works. Ken Nordine’s low-pitch rumble of a voice is a natural in these surrounds, but… how your so-called collection has withstood the scrutiny of your peers without the inclusion of Christopher Walken’s reading of “The Raven” is for you to explain. Cool artwork by Ralph Steadman. Find all of our Hal Willner related posts, HERE. You’ll find Closed On Account Of Rabies going for collector’s prices at Amazon, HERE.

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Marianne Faithfull Alone (1:30)
Christopher Walken
The Raven (8:30)
Iggy Pop
The Tell-Tale Heart (14:26)
Ken Nordine
The Conqueror Worm (3:01)
Diamanda Galas
The Black Cat (37:01)
Gavin Friday
For Annie (5:21)
Ed Sanders
To Helen (2:29)
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Ed Sanders The Haunted Palace (5:42)
Jeff Buckley
Ulalume (6:13)
Dr. John
Berenice (27:42)
Deborah Harry and The Jazz Passengers
The City And The Sea (8:04)
Marianne Faithfull
Annabel Lee (2:25)
Gabriel Byrne
The Masque Of The Red Death (18:13)
Abel Ferrara
The Raven (excerpt) (1:56)

HAL WILLNER Various Artists

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Rogue’s Gallery + Son Of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys (2006/2013)

RoguesSon Of Rogues
Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys (2006)
Son Of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys (2013)
Two More All-Star Editions, Four CDs Of Music, Produced By The Great Hal Willner…

Hal Willner’s tribute compilations are the stuff of legend, fusing a stunning array of disparate artists, from differing fields of arts, all brought together to create exciting, one-of-a-kind collaborations that just wouldn’t/couldn’t exist without Willner’s vision. His chosen subject matter has historically been a step to the left of the mainstream, including uniquely thoughtful tributes to the music of Nino Rota, Thelonious Monk, Kurt Weill, Charles Mingus (all coming up),along with numerous other off-beat concepts. His Rolodex of talented artists is beyond compare, and those who like hearing unusual artists doing unusual things in unusual settings are advised to investigate this, and other upcoming posts. 2006’s Rogue’s Gallery, and the even more diverse 2013 follow-up, Son Of Rogue’s Gallery (both subtitled Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys), are as self-explanatory as they are hard to define. The source material is as described, but in the hands of such a ramshackle gathering of artists, the results are anything but expected. Just peruse the list below for another of Willner’s eye-opening gathering of greats. The first 2CD edition, from 2006, is a tad conventional by Willner’s standards, as individual artists tackle a cross-section of material loosely fitting within the pirate/sea chantey genres. The 2013 follow-up is more akin to Willner’s past work, pairing un-pairable artists like Patti Smith with Johnny Depp, Tom Waits with Keith Richards, Petra Haden with Lenny Pickett, Tim Robbins with Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs… you get the idea. The who’s who ranges from Zappa (“Wedding Dress Song/Handsome Cabin Boy) to Van Dyke Parks (“Greenland Whale Fisheries”) to Dr. John (“In Lure Of The Tropics) to magician Ricky Jay, artist Ralph Steadman and actress Angelica Huston… diversity that makes for a surprising turn around every corner. A fun idea, delivered with imagination and anti-commercial chutzpah. BTW: The Petra Haden/Lenny Pickett contribution, “Sunshine Life For Me,” is actually a George Harrison pirate tune. We’ve got more Willner tributes in the archives (HERE), as well as Hal’s only solo album, 1998’s Whoops, I’m An Indian. Find Rogue’s Gallery (HERE) and Son Of Rogue’s Gallery (HERE) at Amazon.

ROGUE’S GALLERY: PIRATE BALLADS, SEA SONGS & CHANTEYS
DISC 1
BABY GRAMPS Cape Cod Girls (7:14)
Banjo – Philip Morgan
Flute, Violin – Eyvind Kang
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Backing Vocals – Akron/Family, Dana Janssen, Miles Seaton, Ryan Vanderhoof, Seth Olinsky

RICHARD THOMPSON Mingulay Boat Song (4:13)
Accordion – Michael Thompson
Bass – Davey Fallagher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar – Doug Pettibone, Val McCallum
Percussion – Debra Dobkin
Violin – Richard Greene

JOHN C. REILLY My Son John (1:38)
Accordion – Neil Larsen
Backing Vocals – Loudon Wainwright III
Bass, Backing Vocals – Davey Fallagher
Drums, Backing Vocals – Pete Thomas
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Val McCallum
Violin – Richard Greene

NICK CAVE Fire Down Below (2:50)
Accordion – Kate St. John
Bass, Backing Vocals – Rory McFarlane
Drums, Backing Vocals – Andy Newmark
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Leo Abrahams
Percussion, Backing Vocals – Martyn Barker
Strings – Warren Ellis
Backing Vocals – Hal Willner, Lee Ann Brown, Martin Brumbach, Mocean Worker, Tony Torn, Vera Beren

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III Turkish Revelry (4:21)
Violin – Richard Greene
THREE PRUNED MEN Bully In The Alley (2:30)
Accordion – Maurice Seezer
Backing Vocals – Gavin Friday, Guggi
Bass – Tony Molloy
Drums, Percussion – Robbie Cesserly
Guitar – Anto Drennan
Strings – Zoe Conway
Vocals – Dave – ID Busarus

BRYAN FERRY The Cruel Ship’s Captain (3:35)
Banjo – Peter Stanley
Bass – Rory McFarlane
Drums – Andy Newmark
Oboe – Kate St. John
Percussion – Martyn Barker
Violin – Warren Ellis

ROBIN HOLCOMB Dead Horse (2:54)
Bass – Dana Janssen
Drums – Ryan Vanderhoof
Guitar – Bill Frisell, Miles Seaton, Seth Olinsky
Keyboards – Wayne Horvitz
Violin – Eyvind Kang

BILL FRISELL Spanish Ladies (2:22)
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Loops – Hal Willner

JOSEPH ARTHUR Coast Of High Barbary (4:02)
Bass, Backing Vocals – Dom Richards
Drums, Backing Vocals – Jim White
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Rainy Orteca
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Ed Pastorini
Trombone, Backing Vocals – Arthur Baron
Violin, Backing Vocals – Joan As Police Woman

MARK ANTHONY THOMPSON Haul Away Joe (4:10)
Bass – Dom Richards
Drums – Jim White
Guitar – Rainy Orteca
Harmonium – Ed Pastorini
Strings – Joan As Police Woman
Tin Whistle, Didgeridoo – Arthur Baron

DAVID THOMAS Dan Dan (0:50)
Bass – Rory McFarlane
Drums – Andy Newmark
Guitar – Keith Moliné, Leo Abrahams
Oboe, Accordion – Kate St. John
Strings – Warren Ellis

STING Blood Red Roses (2:44)
Accordion – Michael Thompson
Drums, Backing Vocals – Pete Thomas
Violin – Richard Greene
Backing Vocals – Davey Fallagher, Debra Dobkin, Doug Pettibone, Greg Prestopino, Val McCallum

TEDDY THOMPSON Sally Brown (2:54)
Guitar, Vocals – Teddy Thompson
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT & KATE McGARRIGLE Lowlands Away (3:25)
Harmonium – Ed Pastorini
Violin – Joan As Police Woman

GAVIN FRIDAY Baltimore Whores (4:40)
Accordion, Piano – Maurice Seezer
Bass – Tony Molloy
Drums, Percussion – Robbie Cesserly
Guitar – Anto Drennan
Strings – Zoe Conway

ELIZA CARTHY Rolling Sea (4:49)
Bass, Backing Vocals – Rory McFarlane
Drums, Backing Vocals – Andy Newmark
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Leo Abrahams
Oboe, Accordion – Kate St. John
Percussion, Backing Vocals – Martyn Barker
Strings, Backing Vocals – Warren Ellis
Accordion, Backing Vocals – Tim Van Eyken
Backing Vocals – Ed Harcourt, Ralph Steadman, Robyn Hitchcock

MARTIN CARTHY & THE UK GROUP The Mermaid (2:23)
With Eliza Carthy, Norma Waterson
Vocals – Andy Newmark, Jenni Muldaur, Kate St. John, Leo Abrahams, Martyn Barker, Rory McFarlane, Tim Van Eyken, Warren Ellis

BOB NEUWIRTH Haul On The Bowline (1:29)
Accordion – Michael Thompson
Drums – Pete Thomas
Violin – Richard Greene

BONO A Dying Sailor To His Shipmates (4:44)
Accordion – Maurice Seezer
Cello – Eric Jacobsen
Viola – Nicholas Cords
Violin – Johnny Gandelsman
Violin – Jenny Scheinman

LUCINDA WILLIAMS Bonnie Portmore (3:36)
Bass – Rory McFarlane
Fiddle – David Coulter
Flugelhorn – Terry Edwards

RICHARD GREENE & JACK SHIT Shenandoah (2:58)
Accordion – Neil Larsen
Bass – Davey Fallagher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar – Val McCallum

MARY MARGARET O’HARA The Cry Of Man (3:06)
Bass – Rory McFarlane
Flugelhorn – Terry Edwards
Harmonica – Stan Ridgway
Oboe, Accordion, English Horn – Kate St. John
Percussion – Joe Berardi
Piano – Pietra Wextun
Saw – David Coulter

DISC 2
JACK SHIT Boney Was A Warrior (1:55)
Accordion – Neil Larson
Bass, Vocals – Davey Fallagher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar, Vocals – Val McCallum

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III Good Ship Venus (3:15)
Accordion – Neil Larson
Bass – Davey Fallagher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar – Val McCallum
Violin – Richard Greene

WHITE MAGIC Long Time Ago (2:35)
Harmonium – Ed Pastorini
Trombone – Art Baron
Violin – Joan As Police Woman
Vocals – Douglas Shaw, Mira Billotte

NICK CAVE Pinery Boy (3:15)
Bass – Rory McFarlane
Drums – Andy Newmark
Guitar – Leo Abrahams
Oboe, Accordion – Kate St. John
Percussion – Martyn Barker
Strings – Warren Ellis

BRYAN FERRY with ANTONY Lowlands Low (2:35)
Banjo – Peter Stanley
Bass – Rory McFarlane
Drums – Andy Newmark
Oboe – Kate St. John
Percussion – Martyn Barker
Violin – Warren Ellis

AKRON/FAMILY One Spring Morning (5:25)
Bass, Vocals – Miles Seaton
Drums, Percussion, Banjo, Vocals – Dana Janssen
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Guitar, Vocals – Ryan Vanderhoof, Seth Olinsky
Violin – Eyvind Kang

MARTIN CARTHY & FAMILY Hog-Eye Man (2:44)
Accordion – Tim Van Eyken
Drums – Andy Newmark
Percussion – Martyn Barker
Violin, Vocals – Eliza Carthy
Vocals – Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson

RICKY JAY and RICHARD GREENE The Fiddler (1:34)
Vocals – Ricky Jay
Violin – Richard Greene

ANDREA COOR Caroline And Her Young Sailor Bold (3:58)
Backing Vocals – Zoe Conway
Engineer – Dave Slevin

JOHN C. REILLY Fathom The Bowl (3:44)
Accordion – Neil Larsen
Backing Vocals – Loudon Wainwright III
Bass, Backing Vocals – Davey Fallagher
Drums, Backing Vocals – Pete Thomas
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Val McCallum
Violin – Richard Greene

DAVID THOMAS What Do We Do With A Drunken Sailor (3:44)
Bass – Rory McFarlane
Drums – Andy Newmark
Guitar – Leo Abrahams
Guitar – Keith Moliné
Percussion – Martyn Barker
Saxophone – Kate St. John
Strings – Warren Ellis

ED HARCOURT Farewell Nancy (6:06)
Bass – Rory McFarlane
Drums – Andy Newmark
Guitar – Leo Abrahams
Oboe, Accordion – Kate St. John
Percussion – Martyn Barker
Strings – Warren Ellis

STAN RIDGWAY Hanging Johnny (3:28)
Backing Vocals – Mary Margaret O’Hara
Bass – Rory McFarlane
English Horn – Kate St. John
Drums – Joe Berardi
Flugelhorn – Terry Edwards
Percussion – Mocean Worker
Piano – Pietra Wextun
Violin – David Coulter

BABY GRAMPS Old Man Of The Sea (5:18)
Flute, Violin – Eyvind Kang
Tin Whistle – Philip Morgan

VAN DYKE PARKS Greenland Whale Fisheries (4:41)
Accordion, Backing Vocals – Michael Thompson, Neil Larson
Backing Vocals – Greg Prestopino
Bass, Backing Vocals – Davey Fallagher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Fiddle, Backing Vocals – Richard Greene
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Doug Pettibone, Val McCallum
Saxophone, Backing Vocals – Steve Berlin
Vocals, Mandolin, Mandolin [Mandola] – Matt Cartsonis

STING Shallow Brown (2:30)
Keyboards, Electronics – Mocean Worker
Backing Vocals – Davey Fallagher, Debra Dobkin, Greg Prestopino, Val McCallum

JOLIE HOLLAND The Grey Funnel Line (4:53)
Backing Vocals – Mary Margaret O’Hara, Richard Strange
Bass – Rory McFarlane
Drums – Joe Berardi
Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele – David Coulter
Flugelhorn – Terry Edwards
Oboe, Accordion, English Horn – Kate St. John

JARVIS COCKER A Drop Of Nelson’s Blood (7:10)
Bass – Steve Mackey
Drums – Ross Orton
Guitar – Richard Hawley

LOU REED Leave Her Johnny (5:30)
Backing Vocals – Antony
Bass – Rob Wasserman
Cello – Jane Scarpantoni

RALPH STEADMAN Little Boy Billee (5:34)
Backing Vocals – Jenni Muldaur
Bass, Backing Vocals – Rory McFarlane
Drums, Backing Vocals – Andy Newmark
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Leo Abrahams
Oboe, Accordion – Kate St. John
Percussion, Backing Vocals – Martyn Barker
Strings, Backing Vocals – Warren Ellis
Vocals, Guitar – Robyn Hitchcock
Vocals, Piano – Ed Harcourt

SON OF ROGUE’S GALLERY: PIRATE BALLADS, SEA SONGS & CHANTEYS
DISC 1
SHANE MacGOWAN Leaving Of Liverpool (4:01)
Accordion – Rob Burger
Acoustic Guitar – Tony Gilkyson
Backing Vocals – Ed Pastorini, Jen Turner, Jenni Muldaur, Max Bragg
Bass – David Piltch, Greg Cohen
Drums – Casey Waits
Guitar – Nels Cline
Guitar [Solo 1] – Gore Verbinski
Guitar [Solo 2] – Johnny Depp
Horn – Jody Espina, Pablo Calogero, Sal Cracchiolo
Mixed By – Martin Brumbach
Violin – Richard Greene
Vocals – Shane MacGowan

ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 Sam’s Gone Away (2:45)
Bass, Vocals – Scott McCaughey
Drums, Vocals – Ben Rieflin
Guitar – Peter Buck
Vocals – Charlie Francis
Vocals, Guitar, Piano – Robyn Hitchcock

BETH ORTON Bamboo (River Come Down) (6:18)
Bass – David Piltch
Drums – Danny Frankel
Guitar – Val McCallum
Slide Guitar – Greg Liesz
Strings – Darrin McCann, Larry Corbett
Vocals – Beth Orton

SEAN LENNON and CHARLOTTE KEMP MUHL with JACK SHIT Row Bullies Row (4:08)
Accordion – Neil Larsen
Bass – Davey Faragher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar – Val McCallum
Other – Jon Brion
Vocals – Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Sean Lennon

TOM WAITS with KEITH RICHARDS Shenandoah (4:03)
Acoustic Guitar – Marc Ribot
Violin – Debbie Dibbley
Vocals – Tom Waits
Vocals, Electric Guitar, Bouzouki – Keith Richards

IVAN NEVILLE Mr. Stormalong (4:06)
Bass – James Singleton
Drums – Raymond Weber
Piano, Vocals – Ivan Neville
Sampler – Hal Willner

IGGY POP with A HAWK AND A HACKSAW Asshole Rules The Navy (2:04)
Accordion – Heather Trost, Jeremy Barnes
Vocals – Iggy Pop

MACY GRAY with JACK SHIT and ZOUX Off To Sea Once More (5:02)
Bass – Davey Faragher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar – Val McCallum
Keyboards – Neil Larson, Zoux
Sampler – Hal Willner
Strings – Emily Moore, Marian Mayer, Mary Virginia Murphy, Matthew Witmer
Vocals – Macy Gray

ED HARCOURT The Ol’ OG (3:27)
Vocals, Guitar – Ed Harcourt
SHILPA RAY with NICK CAVE and WARREN ELLIS Pirate Jenny (7:31)
Strings – Scaliwag String Quartet
Violin – Warren Ellis
Vocals, Harmonium – Shilpa Ray
Vocals, Piano – Nick Cave

PATTI SMITH and JOHNNY DEPP The Mermaid (2:25)
Bass, Baritone Guitar – Bruce Witkin
Guitar, Drums – Johnny Depp
Vocals – Patti Smith

CHUCK E. WEISS Anthem For Old Souls (4:31)
Acoustic Guitar – Tony Gilkyson
Bass – David Piltch, Greg Cohen
Celesta – Steve Weisberg
Drums – Casey Waits
Guitar – Nels Cline
Violin – Richard Greene
Vocals – Chuck E. Weiss

ED PASTORINI Orange Claw Hammer (3:18)
Written By – Don Van Vliet
Vocals – Ed Pastorini

THE AMERICANS Sweet And Low (3:30)
Banjo – Zac Sokolow
Bass – Davey Faragher
Bass – Jacob Faulkner
Drum – Pete Thomas
Guitar – Val McCallum
Guitar, Vocals – Patrick Ferris
Keyboards – Zoux
Keyboards – Neil Larsen

ROBIN HOLCOMB and JESSIKA KENNYYe Mariners All (4:25)
Bass, Vocals – Miles Seaton
Drums, Percussion, Banjo, Vocals – Dana Janssen
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Guitar, Vocals – Ryan Vanderhoof, Seth Olinsky
Keyboards – Wayne Horvitz
Violin – Eyvind Kang
Vocals – Jessika Kenny, Robin Holcomb

GAVIN FRIDAY and SHANNON McNALLY Tom’s Gone To Hilo (4:51)
Accordion – Maurice Seezer
Bass – Tony Molloy
Didgeridoo – Art Baron
Drums, Percussion – Robbie Cesserly
Guitar – Anto Drennan
Vocals – Gavin Friday, Shannon McNally
Penny Whistle, Violin – Zoe Conway

KENNY WOLLESEN and THE HIMALAYAS Bear Away (5:36)
Banjo – Jesse Harris
Bass – Jesse Murphy
Bass, Drum – Kenny Wollesen
Drums – Dalius Noujo, Daniel Jodocy, Gerald Clever
Guitar – On Davis, Tony Scherr
Vocals – Baye Kouyate
Organ – Brian Mitchell
Percussion – Jennifer Harris, Tim Kieper
Saxophone – Jessica Lurie, Jonathon Haffner, Welf Dorr
Saxophone – Stefan Zeniuk
Saxophone – Doug Wieselman, Nick Gianni
Trombone – Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, Richard Marriott
Trumpet – Mike Irwin, Peck Allmond, Sarah Wilson
Trumpet – Mike Williams
Tuba – Jesse Dulman
Voice – Chantal Ughi, Kate Fenner, Michelle Casillas, Monica Frisell

DISC 2
FRANK ZAPPA/MOTHERS OF INVENTION Wedding Dress Song/Handsome Cabin Boy (2:36)
Drums – Jimmy Carl Black
Guitar, Bass – Frank Zappa
Keyboards – Don Preston
Marimba, Vibraphone – Art Tripp

MICHAEL STIPE and COURTNEY LOVE with JACK SHIT Rio Grande (2:47)
Bass – Davey Faragher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar – Val McCallum
Keyboards – Neil Larsen
Vocals – Courtney Love, Michael Stipe

MARC ALMOND Ship In Distress (2:30)
Bayan – Igor Outkine
Vocals – Marc Almond

DR. JOHN In Lure Of The Tropics (5:02)
Drums – Raymond Weber
Sampler – Hal Willner
Voice – Mac Rebennack
Woodwind – Doug Wieselman

TODD RUNDGREN Rolling Down To Old Maui (3:46)
All Instruments, Vocals – Todd Rundgren
DAN ZANES with BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE Jack Tar On Shore (3:10)
Drums – Justin Peroff
Guitar – Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg
Guitar, Vocals – Dan Zanes
Piano – Brenden Canning

KATEY RED and BIG FREEDIA with AKRON/FAMILY Sally Racket (2:57)
Bass – James Singleton
Bass, Vocals – Miles Seaton
Drums, Percussion, Banjo, Vocals – Dana Janssen
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Guitar, Vocals – Ryan Vanderhoof, Seth Olinsky
Human Beatbox – Raymond Weber
Organ – Ivan Neville
Violin – Eyvind Kang
Vocals – Big Freedia, Katey Red

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE Wild Goose (6:10)
Drums – Justin Peroff
Harmonica – Andrew Whiteman
Organ – Brenden Canning
Trumpet – Charles Spearin
Vocals – Kevin Drew, Lisa Lobsinger

MARIANNE FAITHFULL with KATE & ANNA McGARRIGLE Flandyke Shore (3:10)
Accordion – Gil Goldstein
Bass – Greg Cohen
Bass Clarinet – Doug Wieselman, Lenny Pickett
Drums – Jim White
Electric Piano – Steve Weisberg
Guitar – Barry Reynolds, Marc Ribot
Piano, Organ – Rob Burger
Tenor Saxophone – Marty Ehrlich
Vocals – Anna McGarrigle, Kate McGarrigle, Marianne Faithfull

RICKY JAY The Chantey Of Noah And His Ark (Old School Song) (6:18)
Bass – Davey Faragher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar – Val McCallum
Organ – Neil Larsen
Percussion – Jon Brion
Sampler – Hal Willner
Violin – Richard Greene
Vocals – Ricky Jay

MICHAEL GIRA Whiskey Johnny (2:17)
Bass – Dom Richards
Clarinet – Doug Wieselman
Drums – Jim White
Guitar – Rainy Orteca
Piano – Ed Pastorini
Trombone – Art Baron
Violin – Joan Wasser

PETRA HADEN with LENNY PICKETT Sunshine Life For Me(3:44)
Bass – Davey Faragher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar, Vocals – Val McCallum
Keyboards – Neil Larsen, Zoux
Saxophone – Lenny Pickett
Vocals – Petra Haden

JENNI MULDAUR Row The Boat Child (2:35)
Organ – Chris Brown
Strings – Scaliwag String Quartet
Vocals – Jenni Muldaur

RICHARD THOMPSON with JACK SHIT General Taylor (3:53)
Accordion, Vocals – Michael Thompson
Bass – Davey Faragher
Drums, Vocals – Pete Thomas
Guitar – Doug Pettibone
Guitar, Vocals – Richard Thompson, Val McCallum
Percussion, Vocals – Debra Dobkin
Violin – Richard Greene

TIM ROBBINS with MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS Marianne (4:21)
Bass – Davey Faragher
Drums – Pete Thomas
Guitar – David Robbins, Val McCallum
Keyboards – Neil Larsen, Zoux
Vocals – Jamie Drake, Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs
Vocals, Guitar – Tim Robbins

KEMBRA PFAHLER Barnacle Bill The Sailor (3:31)
Drums – Jim White
Guitar – Joan Wasser, Rainy Orteca
Keyboards – Ed Pastorini
Sampler – Hal Willner, JG Thurwell
Tin Whistle, Didgeridoo – Art Baron
Vocals – Antony, Joseph Arthur, Kembra Pfahler

ANJELICA HUSTON Missus McGraw (5:09)
Strings – Scaliwag String Quartet
Vocals – Anjelica Huston

IGGY POP and THE ELEGANT TOO The Dreadnought (2:32)
Drums, Percussion, Programmed By, Vocals – Phil Hernandez
Guitar, Keyboards, Programmed By, Vocals – Chris Maxwell
Vocals – Iggy Pop

MARY MARGARET O’HARA Then Said The Captain To Me (Two Poems Of The Sea) (1:49)
Accordion – Kate St. John
Bass – Rory McFarland
Flugelhorn – Terry Edwards
Percussion – Joe Berardi
Saw – David Coulter
Vocals – Mary Margaret O’Hara

David Bowie JIMI HENDRIX JOHN CALE NILS LOFGREN NRBQ RICHARD THOMPSON Sugar Various Artists

VARIOUS ARTISTS Medium Rare (1993) – w/ Rarities From Bowie, Sugar, Thompson, Cale, NRBQ & others

mrareMedium Rare (1993)
Promo-Only Ryko Rarities CD…

Cool Ryko release designed to promote the label’s (once) impressive array of artists and releases, boasting oddities in the form of demos, live tracks, b-sides and alternate mixes. Since this was first issued over 20 years ago, in 1993, some of these tracks have since re-surfaced on various reissues as bonus tracks… but not all of them. So this collection is a nice one to have. Find Medium Rare at Amazon, HERE.

Sugar JC Auto (Live) (6:03)
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) (Live) (6:26) – Recorded Live At Winterland, Oct. 1968
Richard Thompson
Skull And Crossbones (Live) (4:00) – Recorded Live At Park West, Chicago, March, 1985
Chris Bell
Make A Scene (Alternate Mix) (4:11)
Nils Lofgren
Misery (Demo Version) (4:46)
John Cale
You Know More Than I Know (Live) (3:15) – Unreleased In The US
June Tabor & The Oyster Band
Susie Clelland (Live) (5:10) – From The Public Radio program, Mountain Stage
John & Mary
Rags Of Flowers (Live) (3:16)
Marty Willson-Piper
New York Buddah (Promo B-Side) (7:10)
Mouth Music
He Mandu (Mother Mix) (6:10)
David Bowie vs 808 State
Sound & Vision (808 Giftmix) (4:00) – From the Rykodisc single “Sound & Vision”
NRBQ
Music, Music, Music (Live) (2:28)
John Trudell
Look At Us (Peltier AIM Song) (6:00) – Unreleased In The US

MOJO PRESENTS Various Artists

MOJO Presents… Change The Beat (2015)

Change The BeatChange The Beat (March, 2015)

The latest free CD from MOJO Magazine is a funky, wiry, nervous stash of late 70s/early 80s, New York City post-punk beats… that still manages to sound alive and breathing over 40 years later. Forget the “Madonna” tie-in MOJO uses to connect the dots to their cover story. She was just there, and had nothing to do with the vitality of this street-level beat-meistering. 14 tracks from Bush Tetras, James Chance, Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield, Arthur Russell, ESG and others. PROGRAMMING NOTE: “Coup,” by 23 Skidoo, sounds flawed, with a few stutters and drop-outs, but that’s the way the track was originally released back in the day. Hit the archives to find all 155 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

23 Skidoo – Coup (4:13)
ESG
– Erase You (4:04)
Bush Tetras
– You Can’t Be Funky (2:41)
Delta 5
– Triangle (3:14)
James White And The Blacks
– Sax Maniac (7:30)
Arthur Russell
– Hop On Down (6:01)
Screamin’ Rachael
– My Main Man (6:02)
Maximum Joy
– White & Green Place (Extraterrestrial Mix) (5:32)
Funkadelic
– Icka Prick (4:06)
Curtis Mayfield
– Tell Me, Tell Me (How Ya Like To Be Loved) (6:17)
Chaz Jankel
– 3,000,000 Synths (4:43)
Section 25
– Program For Light (4:00)
Judy Nylon
– The Dice (3:42)
Singers & Players
– Make A Joyful Noise (6:02)

Various Artists

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Voyager Golden Record: The Sounds Of Earth (1977) – Out Of This World Music!

Voyager-Golden-RecordThe Voyager Golden Record: The Sounds Of Earth (1977)
The Earth Says Howdy

You could call it Earth’s rarest record… except it’s as far from Earth as anything man-made has ever been, currently hurtling through interstellar space aboard both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, with an included stylus, needle, (typically confusing stereo) instructions, an unspecified destination and a far-flung mission to introduce ourselves to everyone – anyone – hanging out in the universe. I miss this kind of forward thinking, which has more recently been supplanted by partisan rancor and criminal nearsightedness. I also miss Carl Sagan, the famed astronomer who chaired the committee that was tasked to compile this nearly two-hour introduction to the voices, sounds, images, inhabitants and music of planet Earth… or what Frank Zappa might have called, “the best of what the 20th Century has to offer.” Sagan dismissed the tunnel-vision hacks who wanted to showcase only Western music, navigated the puritanical mindset that balked at his plans to include nude images of a man and woman, and still managed to forge this fascinating and intelligent compilation – featuring greetings in 55 languages (including whales) and music from Pygmies, symphony orchestras, Navajo Indians and Chuck Berry, alongside a taste of anything and everything in between. A fun and imaginative listen, to say the least. The Beatles were invited, too (“Here Comes The Sun”), but some dim-witted pinhead at EMI saidSounds Of Earth no… for reasons that will still be confounding aliens 40,000 years from now when Voyager 1 flies within 1.6 light-years of Gliese 445. For those wanting to actually see the rarest of gold records (gold-plated copper, to be precise, with an aluminum cover and “an ultra-pure sample of the isotope uranium-238”), there’s a copy on display at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. For anyone holding out for a remastered edition… don’t hold your breath.

Greetings From The Secretary General Of The UN, Kurt Waldheim (0:47)
Greetings In 55 Languages (4:25)
UN Greetings/Whale Greetings (4:06)
The Sounds Of Earth (12:27)
Munich Bach Orchestra BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F, First Movement (Germany) (4:48)
Court Gamelan of Pura Paku Alaman
Puspawarna (Kinds Of Flowers) (Indonesia) (4:52)
Tchenhoukoumen (Senegal) (2:13)
Pygmy Girls Initiation Song (Zaire) (1:01)
Morning Star/Devil Bird (Aborigine Songs) (Australia) (1:31)
Antonio Maciel y Las Aguilillas with El Mariachi México de Pepe Villa
El Cascabel (Mexico) (3:25)
Chuck Berry
Johnny B. Goode (United States) (2:44)
Men’s House Song (New Guinea) (1:26)
Goro Yamaguchi
Tsuru No Sugomori (Crane’s Nest) (Japan) (5:09)
Arthur Grumiaux
BACH: Gavotte En Rondeaux, Partita No. 3 In E Major For Violin (Germany) (3:02)
Bavarian State Opera
MOZART: The Magic Flute, Queen Of The Night, Aria No. 14 (Austria) (2:58)
Georgian State Ensemble
Tchakrulo (Georgia SSR, Soviet Union) (2:29)
Panpipes and Drums (Peru) (0:57)
Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven
Melancholy Blues (United States) (3:11)
Kamil Jalilov
Mugam (Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union) (2:38)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
STRAVINSKY: Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance (Russia/France) (4:37)
Glenn Gould
BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, No.1 (Canada/Germany) (4:51)
The Philharmonia Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5, First Movement (Germany) (8:53)
Valya Balkanska
Izlel Je Delyo Hagdutin (Bulgaria) (5:05)
Navajo Night Chant (Native American) (1:02)
David Munrow and The Early Music Consort Of London
The Faerie Round (United Kingdom) (1:20)
Melanesian Panpipes (Solomon Islands) (1:18)
Wedding Song (Peru) (0:43)
Kuan P’ing hu
Liu Shui (Flowing Streams) (China) (7:49)
Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar
Jaat Kahan Ho (India) (3:40)
Blind Willie Johnson
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (United States) (3:25)
Budapest String Quartet
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13 In B Flat, Opus 130 (Germany) (6:47)