MOJO PRESENTS… Beyond Saturn (2015)

Beyond-SaturnBeyond Saturn (June, 2015)

The latest free CD from the June 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is a collection of “15 mind-blowing cosmic tracks approved by Paul Weller.” Exactly what Jam/Style Council frontman Weller’s connection is to the sometimes spacey explorations exemplified by the likes of Sun Ra, Neu! and Charles Mingus… is something I’m not aware of, but so what? I’m always up for some cosmicity, so bring on the noise. Hit the archives to find all 158 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

Toy Motoring (4:32)
Syd Arthur
Ode (Summer Is Leaving Me Behind) (Amorphous Androgynous Remix) (4:07)
Sand Dance (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Reanimation) (7:04)
Panda Bear
Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker (3:06)
Negativland (9:33)
Public Service Broadcasting
Gagarin (3:46)
Ryley Walker
Same Minds (4:14)
Mulatu Astatke
Yekatit (3:53)
Basil Kirchin
Primitive London 2 (2:04)
Charles Mingus
Passions Of A Man (4:52)
Erland & the Carnival
Radiation (3:44)
Serpent Power
Lucifer’s Dreambox (6:41)
A Love Supreme (7:32)
Santo & Johnny
Sleep Walk (2:20)
Sun Ra And His Arkestra
Tapestry From An Asteroid (2:07)

THAT’LL BE THE DAY (1973) + STARDUST (1974) w/
David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds

THAT’LL BE THE DAY (1973) Part one of the well done, two-film story of Jim McClain (David Essex) and his quest for music fame and fortune (and more birds) in 50s working class Britain. Also features Ringo Starr (reprising his early years as a teddy boy), Keith Moon and Billy Fury. More of a character study than a music film (though, it has some cool music), That’ll Be The Day covers McClain’s early years as a shit, routinely cheating on, then leaving his wife with a new-born baby. Producer David Puttnam told MOJO Magazine that his original idea for this film was based on Harry Nilsson’s semi-autobiographical song, “1941,” about a child abandoned by his father, only to grow up and abandon his own. Thanks to JB for sharing this film with us. Part two, the excellent, Stardust, is below. Click the pages for readable pop ups of the latest MOJO magazine about the making of the movie. Find the DVD at Amazon, HERE.

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STARDUST (1974) This flick was a personal fave in the mid-70s, but I was suspicious of my fond and fading memories. What a surprise to see that it really is a solid film, with outstanding performances by David Essex and Adam Faith in a cautionary tale of a Beatle-esque band of British pals making it to the top. Fans of the era will spot all the cheeky references (“At least he didn’t say ‘turn left at Greenland'”) and familiar scenarios, but these now jaded eyes were relieved to find the film’s subtlety and nuance fully intact. Especially the way Faith, as the road manager, cuts quiet deals behind the band’s back to help make Essex a star (“fancy a drink?”). Dave Edmunds co-stars and supplies most of the original music and Keith Moon appears as the drummer of the fictitious Stray Cats. Nick Lowe even makes a cameo (see comments). The print is excellent. Find the DVD at Amazon, HERE. Dave Edmunds 2013 re-release of Subtle As A Flying Mallet now includes, as bonus tracks, his musical contributions to Stardust, HERE.

JOHN MAYALL The Turning Point (1969) w/ Jon Mark, Johnny Almond & Bonus Tracks

The Turning Point (1969)
An Old Dog’s Cool New Trick

FROM 2010: I originally heard this album a week before it was recorded… at my first ever concert, when John Mayall (advertised as John Mayall with “The Blues Crusade” HERE) opened for Creedence Clearwater Revival in July, 1969. I knew CCR from the radio (and my brother’s 8-track), which was why I dropped a top-tier $5.50 to be there. Mayall was only a name I’d heard, mostly in conjunction with Clapton, but his band on this night, featuring Jon Mark & Johnny Almond, left such an indelible impression that when I heard an FM free-form station playing this eventual live album (taped at The Fillmore in NYC, a week after I saw them), I was absolutely positive it was the exact same show. I was young, what did I know about touring set lists? What’s cool about The Turning Point, besides earning the veteran Mayall a rare FM radio hit with “Room To Move,” was that it was a completely fresh take on the blues, from a long time master, mentor and survivor. Mayall stripped his band down to a drummer-less four, creating, via Mark-Almond, a smooth, jazzy precursor to the FM folk/blues the duo would later specialize in after leaving this unit (you remember “The City,” right? HERE). The Point‘s overall, late-night vibe is the winning ingredient and those that have never experienced it are urged to give it a shot. Listen to the 9-1/2 minute “California” (below), if only to hear how fearless these guys were – an opening act playing slow-moving, unheard blues & jazz originals for a CCR crowd. From the sound of the response, and the one I still remember from 1969, Mayall’s Turning Point apparently won people over wherever they played. We’ve got more Mayall in the archives, including Live At Aragon Ballroom, Chicago and The Turning Point Soundtrack (both HERE) and the 1967 EP, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers With Paul Butterfield (HERE). Get this bonus track version of The Turning Point at Amazon, HERE.

The Laws Must Change (7:22)
Saw Mill Gulch Road
I’m Gonna Fight For You JB
So Hard To Share
Thoughts About Roxanne
Room To Move
Sleeping By Her Side
(5:10) – Bonus Track
Don’t Waste My Time
(4:55) – Bonus Track
Can’t Sleep This Night
(6:20) – Bonus Track

THE BEATLES Baby It’s You (1995), Free As A Bird (1995) & Real Love (1996) – Three CD Singles With Unreleased Tracks Available Nowhere Else!

So… you’ve got the 2009 remasters, the three Anthology releases, all the BBC Recordings and the slew of vinyl oddities that haven’t been re-issued on CD yet. All set? Not yet… not without these. In 1995-96, The Beatles released three Maxi-Singles promoting Live At The BBC and Anthology 1 & 2, each containing 3 unreleased tracks available nowhere else… not counting bootlegs & fan club releases, of course [*though, “Boys” and “I’ll Follow The Sun,” from Baby It’s You, surfaced years later on 2013’s Live At The BBC Volume Two]. Here they are, all together now in one 70MB swoop. Hear the wacky re-mix for “Yellow Submarine,” below. First posted in 2009. There’s plenty more Beatles in the archives, HERE. Find Baby, It’s You (HERE), Free As A Bird (HERE) and Real Love (HERE) at Amazon.

Baby It’s You (1995)

Baby It’s You (From Live At The BBC)
*I’ll Follow The Sun (BBC LiveNov 17, 1964) Previously Unreleased
Devil In Her Heart (BBC LiveJul 16, 1963) Previously Unreleased
*Boys (BBC LiveJun 17, 1963) Previously Unreleased


Free As A Bird (1995)

Free As A Bird (From Anthology 1)
I Saw Her Standing There (Take 9 – Feb 11, 1963) Previously Unreleased
This Boy (Incomplete Takes 12 & 13 – Oct 17, 1963) Previously Unreleased
Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (Nov 28, 1967) Fan Club Only LP Release


Real Love (1996)

Real Love (From Anthology 2)
Baby’s In Black (Hollywood Bowl – Aug 30 1965) Previously Unreleased
Yellow Submarine (New 1996 Mix – May/June, 1966) Previously Unreleased
Here, There & Everywhere (Take 7+13-Jun 16 1966) Previously Unreleased

CHEAP TRICK Live At The Joint 1995 (Unreleased)

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Unreleased Soundboard Gem

Originally an FM broadcast from The Hard Rock in Las Vegas, this high quality live set is said to be from the original feed, sans any annoying DJs or intermissions. Fans looking for a well-tuned snapshot of Cheap Trick, circa 1995, need look no further. There are some fun song selections, like CT’s slow burning version of Lennon’s “Cold Turkey,” not to mention a star-aligning take of “Magical Mystery Tour” that should immediately make you wonder why the tune isn’t a standard Beatles cover for any pop band. Besides a rewarding pass at “Don’t Be Cruel,” you should already know what else to expect. In 1995, Cheap Trick was in between labels and albums, but you wouldn’t even know what they were promoting by the set list, anyway. There’s more CT in the archives, including… Bun E’s Basement Bootlegs: Vols. 1 – 4 (6CDs, HERE), In Color + The Unreleased Steve Albini Sessions (2CDs HERE), The Essential Cheap Trick (2CDs HERE), Cheap Trick At Budokan – The Complete Concert (2CDs HERE) and the recalled solo LP from ROBIN ZANDER, Countryside Blvd. (HERE).

Introduction (0:10)
She’s Tight (3:23)
Girlfriend (4:39)
I Want You To Want Me (4:25)
Cold Turkey (7:25)
Heaven Tonight (5:55)
Magical Mystery Tour (4:42)
Band Introductions (0:31)
Don’t Be Cruel (3:45)
The Flame (6:04)
Ain’t That A Shame (4:59)
Surrender (4:18)
Voices (4:27)
Need Your Love (8:07)
Dream Police (3:53)
Goodnight (1:36)

BOBBY WHITLOCK Bobby Whitlock + Raw Velvet (1972) plus… A Rock ‘n’ Roll Autobiography (2010 pdf)

Bobby Whitlock (1972)
Raw Velvet (1972)
Rock’s Unsung Utility Man

Singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Bobby Whitlock was at the nexus of the fruitful creative union of Delaney And Bonnie & Friends and Eric Clapton’s Derek & The Dominoes. After putting in years as a session player for Stax Records (as well as being the first honky signed to the label), Whitlock was possibly the most influential member of both bands, fusing his Stax experience with Delaney & Bonnie’s southern gospel rock before being pinched by Derek for his blues-based Dominoes – where Whitlock’s personal style was nearly as dominate as Clapton’s. His first two solo albums were released in 1972, and fans of both D&B and D&TD should appreciate the common ground. You can clearly hear the Stax DNA in Whitlock’s horn-heavy “Back In My Life Again,” while the debut LP’s rootsy, gospel-based balladeering reflects his upbringing as the son of preacher man. Andy Johns produces. Admittedly, Bobby Whitlock‘s success rate is scattershot. I had it back in the day, but largely forgot about it over the years, typically opting for his work within the more dynamic LPs of his mates. The quick follow-up contains more of the same, with a new emphasis on more rockin’ riffs that work convincingly within Whitlock’s style. FrontHe even revisits the Dominoes’ “Tell The Truth,” albeit juiced with a sped up tempo. Many of the pals Whitlock supported over the years show up to support him on both of these sets, recently reissued on vinyl in 2013 (HERE & HERE), including Clapton, his fellow Dominoes, D&B, George Harrison (BW’s work went uncredited on All Things Must Pass) and many others. This rip comes from Where There’s A Will There’s A Way: The ABC-Dunhill Recordings, which remasters both LPs on a single disc. Find it at Amazon, HERE. Find lots of BW with D&B (HERE) and EC (HERE) in the archives.

Where There’s A Will (3:45)
Song For Paula (3:17)
A Game Called Life (4:15)
Country Life (3:06)
A Day Without Jesus (3:24)
Back In My Life Again (3:31)
The Scenery Has Slowly Changed (3:53)
I’d Rather Live The Straight Life (2:30)
The Dreams Of A Hobo (3:24)
Back Home In England (2:51)

Tell The Truth (3:51)
Bustin’ My Ass (3:32)
Write You A Letter (2:30)
Ease Your Pain (3:04)
If You Ever (3:18)
Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham (3:57)
You Came Along (3:05)
Think About It (3:09)
Satisfied (2:57)
Dearest I Wonder (3:49)
Start All Over (3:25)

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Here’s a pdf of Whitlock’s 2010 autobiography. You can get a hard copy at Amazon, where there’s a slew of 5-star reviews, HERE.

JOHN DEBNEY The Passion Of The Christ (2004), PETER GABRIEL Passion (1989) plus…
VARIOUS ARTISTS Passion-Sources (1989)

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JOHN DEBNEY – The Passion Of The Christ (2004)
PETER GABRIEL – Passion (1989)
Jesus, These Are Good Soundtracks

RE-UPPED FROM 2009 Despite the criticism leveled at director Mel Gibson, The Passion Of The Christ is the most fearless telling of the Passion Play ever filmed. Presented in subtitled Latin, Hebrew and ancient Aramaic languages, no crowd-drawing movie stars, and two bloody hours of Jesus getting the bejesus beat out of him (with an R rating, no less), all should have added up to a disaster at the box office. So give Gibson his props for having the balls to pony up 30 million of his own dollars to write and direct a movie that could have ended his directing career faster than an ugly drunk driving episode actually did. That same chutzpah characterized the film’s soundtrack, which was also co-produced by Mel. Score composer John Debneythe lightweight behind such movie music filler as Elf, The Hot Chick and Liar, Liar – shouldn’t have even been allowed anywhere near the set, much less entrusted with underscoring The Greatest Story Ever Told, yet somehow the pair responded with this, Oscar nominated gem – a spacey, unsettling, often neo-psychedelic swirl of Mid-East ethnicity, characterized by haunting, grieving, wailing choruses and darkly moving, quietly surreal, deftly nuanced rhythms.

But… credit where credit might be due. It’s possible Debney received some of his divine inspiration from Peter Gabriel’s majestic 1989 score for Martin Scorsese’s, The Last Temptation Of Christ, one of the first instances of indigenous regional music being used to backdrop the Nazarene’s life and death. It was groundbreaking, rooted as it was in the culture’s ethnic stew of Hebrew niguns, Middle Eastern snake-charming melodies and regional atmospherics – though, in Gabriel’s hands, it was far more rhythmic and percussion heavy. Passion was unique for its revelation that there’s more power to be unearthed in the music of ancient cultures than in any Hollywood orchestral concoction. And, as it stands, you’ll likely never hear another bombastic, Roman-ized fanfare introducing the Saviour again… and we have these two prominent scores to thank for that. Amazon has The Passion Of The Christ for as little as a penny (HERE), and Passion for as cheap as a buck (HERE).

The Olive Garden/Night Sky (1:57)
Bearing The Cross (3:43)
Jesus Arrested (4:37)
Peter Denies Jesus (1:59)
The Stoning (2:25)
Song Of Complaint (1:33)
Simon Is Dismissed (2:25)
Flagellation/Dark Choir/Disciples (5:54)
Mary Goes To Jesus (2:47)
Peaceful But Primitive/Procession (3:36)
Crucifixion (7:38)
Raising The Cross (2:13)
It Is Done (3:37)
Jesus Is Carried Down (4:40)
Resurrection (5:04)

The Feeling Begins (4:00)
Gethsemane (1:26)
Of These, Hope (3:55)
Lazarus Raised (1:26)
Of These, Hope (Reprise) (2:44)
In Doubt (1:33)
A Different Drum (4:40)
Zaar (4:53)
Troubled (2:55)
Open (3:27)
Before Night Falls (2:20)
With This Love (3:39)
Sandstorm (3:02)
Stigmata (2:28)
Passion (7:38)
With This Love (Choir) (3:21)
Wall Of Breath (2:29)
The Promise Of Shadows (2:13)
Disturbed (3:36)
It Is Accomplished (2:56)
Bread And Wine (2:19)

Passion – Sources
As the name implies, Passion – Sources is the water well of inspiration for Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack score to The Last Temptation Of Christ. Proving once again that if you want to do something right (or at least close), go to the source. Includes regional musics from the likes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar, Abdul Aziz El-Sayed and various Moroccan, Ethiopian and Middle Eastern musicians passing on what they’ve learned from the generations that came before them, dating back to the time of Christ. Still a bargain at Amazon, HERE.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party Shamas-Ud-Doha Bader-Ud-Doja (4:53)
Baaba Maal
Call To Prayer (3:54)
Shankar And The Epidemics
Sankarabaranam Pancha Nadai Pallavi (5:06)
Kudsi Erguner
Ulvi (1:37)
Hossam Ramzy
Fallahi (3:01)
Sabahiya (2:21)
Unknown Ethiopian Musicians
Tejbeit (2:45)
Mahmoud Tabrizi Zadeh
Prelude In Tchahargah (3:19)
Unknown Moroccan Musicians
Wedding Song (2:42)
Abdul Aziz El-Sayed
Magdelene’s House (2:48)
Yoky (2:08)
Nass El Ghiwane
Ya Sah (2:21)
Les Musiciens Du Nil
Al Nahla Al ‘Ali (2:57)
Antranik Askarian and Khatchadour Khatchaturian
Song Of Complaint (3:09)

BERNARD HERRMANN The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) – Limited Edition, In Stereo w/ Bonus Tracks

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Sci-Fi’s Definitive Music Score, circa 1951

LIMITED EDITION UPGRADE While he was composing one of science fiction’s greatest music scores, Bernard Herrmann had not yet conceived of The Outer Space Suite (later used in The Twilight Zone) or his visionary work with the great Alfred Hitchcock. Herrmann’s film career began in 1941 with Citizen Kane and ended in 1976 with Taxi Driver, which should tell you something about the guy’s depth and consistent quality. Composed in 1951, The Day The Earth Stood Still‘s sound and style touched virtually every sci-fi score that followed, even into 60s television shows like “Lost In Space.” (In fact, some of this music was actually used in the un-aired pilot for the show, before composer John Williams was brought in for the TV series.) Plenty of Herrmann’s patented tension-through-repetition style is evident, as is this music’s genre-defining Theremin work. It’s before-you-were-born music that can creep you out like nothing else. An all-time great that should be in any soundtrack collection. This is the Limited (to 1,200 copies) Edition offered in true stereo, with cool bonus tracks, where you can hear conductors Herrmann and Alfred Newman fine-tuning the sounds and effects. There’s more from the essential Bernard Herrmann in the archives, including Twilight Zone: The 40th Anniversary Collection (4CDs HERE), The Twilight Zone (Unreleased Box) – 51 Original Television Soundtrack Scores, 1959-1964 (7CDs HERE), The Twilight Zone (Conducted By Joel McNeely) (HERE) and Psycho x 3 (HERE). WATCH THE CLASSIC MOVIE, HERE. Find The Day The Earth Stood Still at Amazon, HERE.

Prelude/Outer Space/Radar (3:52)
Danger (0:25)
Klaatu (2:19)
Gort/The Visor And The Ray/The Telescope (2:28)
Escape (0:56)
Arlington (1:12)
Lincoln Memorial (1:32)
Nocturne/The Flashlight/The Robot/Space Control (6:02)
The Elevator/The Magnetic Pull/The Study/The Conference/The Jeweler (4:33)
Panic (0:46)
The Glowing/Alone/Gort’s Rage/Nikto/Captive/Terror (5:14)
The Prison (1:45)
Rebirth (1:37)
Departure (0:56)
Farewell (0:37)
Finale (0:39)
Solar Diamonds I & II (1:08) (Unused)
Outer Space (1:58) (Without Theremin Track)
The Magetic Pull (1:56) (Without Overlays)
The Visor And The Ray (2:17) (Separated Elements)
Discrete Theremin Tracks (5:39)
Studio Rehearsals And Outtakes (12:58)

MALLARD Mallard / In A Different Climate (1975-77) – Featuring Members of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band

Mallard & In A Different Climate (1975/1977)
A Thankless Captain Beefheart Called Them “A Bunch Of Quacks”

UPGRADED The only two releases from Mallard, a revamped version of The Magic Band, without the services of vocalist/leader Captain Beefheart. Features Mark Boston (Rockette Morton), Art Tripp (Ed Marimba) & Bill Harkleroad (Zoot Horn Rollo) – Mallard’s core trio – along with John French (Drumbo), John Thomas, Sam Galpin, John Bundrick and a few others. The band line-up changed, not just from LP-to-LP, but sometimes from track-to-track, as French left halfway through Mallard and Tripp was replaced before In A Different Climate. What you’ll hear are echoes of what made The Magic Band great; aggressive rhythms, halting time shifts, the patented guitar/marimba interplay… plus, some not-so-convincing stabs at crossover appeal. Vocalist Galpin, however, is a poor substitute for the good Captain – a role John French would inherit (and nail) in future Magic Bands into the new millennium. Includes a re-working of “Peon,” from Captain Beefheart’s Lick My Decals Off, Baby. The debut was reportedly financed by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. We first posted this back in 2009, but now have an upgrade @320 to offer, with many thanks to Slidewell. BONUS: We’ve also included an epub of John French’s book, Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic (ask Google what software you need to read it). This also provides an opportunity to remind you of some of the other rare Magic Band related material to be found in the archives, including… THE MAGIC BAND Back To The Front (HERE), The Peel Sessions July, 2004 & 21st Century Mirror Men (both HERE), JOHN FRENCH (a.k.a. Drumbo) O Solo Drumbo (HERE), ZOOT HORN ROLLO DrumboWe Saw A Bozo Under The Sea (HERE), CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND Trout Mask Replica, Trout Mask House Sessions + Grow Fins Promo Sampler (all HERE), I’m Going To Do What I Wanna Do (Live At My Father’s Place 1978) (HERE), Hoboism 1970-1981 (HERE, bootleg), The Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology (HERE), The Revenant Demos (1965-1967) (HERE), Bat Chain Puller, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), Dust Sucker & Son Of Dust Sucker (all HERE), The Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot (HERE in Readers Links, August 7, 2014) and for you gotta-have-it-alls, Live London ’74 – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974 & London 1974, featuring The “Tragic Band,” the Captain’s 1974 Magic Band replacements, (both HERE). This Mallard post is the 1995 reissue, which you can find at Amazon, HERE.

Back On The Pavement
She’s Long And She’s Lean
Road To Morrocco
One Day Once
Desperados Waiting For A Train
A Piece Of Me
Reign Of Pain
South Of The Valley
Winged Tuskadero
Green Coyote
Your Face On Someone Else
Mama Squeeze
Old Man Grey
Texas Weather
Big Foot

THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH Cosmic Truth (1975) – Norman Whitfield’s Psych Lab

Cosmic Truth (1975)
Norman Whitfield’s Psych Lab

The common knock on The Undisputed Truth is that they were the sorry step child to The Temptations. Truth be told, musically anyway, Undisputed’s sound was often more akin to the spaced psychedelia of early Parliament/Funkadelic. But, those with finely tuned ears will immediately recognize The Temps’ songwriting and production styles, courtesy of one of the original brick layers of the Motown sound, and one of the greatest 60s songwriters ever, Norman Whitfield. What Whitfield did for The Temps in the late 60s, he also did for The Truth in the early 70s – expanding the perimeters of modern soul to encompass highly stylized rock, funk and psychedelia. The bands even shared some of the same material (it was The Truth who first recorded Whitfield’s “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”). It’s been said that producer Whitfield used the band (his studio creation) as lab rats to experiment with new sounds, more guitars and spacier constructs, and Cosmic Truth is a great example of his vision. The Truth’s take on the Temps’ “(I Know) I’m Losing You” shows how Whitfield could stretch a song’s root components to the breaking point, infusing extended guitar solos and jazzy interludes, while reinventing vocal arrangements from the ground up. The fuzz bass and stinging guitar work in “1990” are worthy examples, and the soulful take on Neil Young’s “Down By The River” (the LP’s only non-Whitfield composition) is worth a listen, too. Speaking of NORMAN WHITFIELD… hit the archives for more of his work, including his first two productions for ROSE ROYCE, Car Wash and Rose Royce II (HERE), THE TEMPTATIONS Psychedelic Soul 2CD (HERE, w/Rare Extended Mixes) and 1969’s Puzzle People & 1970’s Psychedelic Shack (HERE). Find Cosmic Truth on vinyl at Amazon, HERE.

Earthquake Shake (5:54)
Down By The River (6:35)
UFO’s (4:18)
Lil’ Red Ridin‘ Hood (4:02)
Squeeze Me, Tease Me (3:53)
Spaced Out (3:11)
Got To Get My Hands On Some Lovin (2:36)
1990 (4:02)
(I Know) I’m Losing You (6:52)

THE LEMON PIPERS Green Tambourine (1968)

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Bubblegum With An Edge

Unlike the majority of bubblegum bands, The Lemon Pipers’ albums are actually quite good, not least because they were one of the few bubblegum bands who were a proper band with their own songwriters (although outside writer/producers did provide the two hits, the inescapable “Green Tambourine” and the actually even better “Rice Is Nice,” a sweet, harp-laden depiction of a wedding day). Even the album tracks are pretty groovy, like the Cat Stevens-like character sketches “Shoeshine Boy” and “The Shoemaker Of Leatherwood Square,” which effectively use trippy string sections and playful harmonies. The snottier folk-rock of “Ask Me If I Care” and the far-out “Fifty Year Void,” to say nothing of the nine-minute freak out “Through With You,” give Green Tambourine a harder edge than most bubblegum albums, though it’s still closer to, say, The Cyrkle than Cream. Seek it out, bubblegum snobs: you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised.” – The All Music Guide. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Rice Is Nice (2:12)
Shoeshine Boy (3:29)
Turn Around Take A Look (2:48)
Rainbow Tree (2:26)
Ask Me If I Care (3:11)
Stragglin’ Behind (2:38)
Green Tambourine (2:29)
Blueberry Blue (2:30)
The Shoemaker Of Leatherwear Square (2:04)
Fifty Year Void (5:46)
Through With You (9:07)

R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders (1974) +
R. Crumb’s Music Sampler (2005)

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R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders (1974)
R. Crumb’s Music Sampler (2005)
Dust Off That Zoot Suit, Grab Your Gal… And Don’t Forget The Reefer

Two more from the great 60s underground cartoonist, R. Crumb, and his merry band of 78RPM-lovin’, musical saw-playing, ragtime/country/swing heads. A loosely organized group of like-minded players that have – since the 70s – almost single-handedly kept the tradition of scratchy, old timey, Prohibition-era folk & Americana music alive for generations born too late to experience it first hand. For years, we’ve had two of the Serenaders’ releases in the archives, 1976’s Chasin’ Rainbows (originally released on vinyl as Number Two) and 1978’s Singing In The Bathtub (aka Number Three) – both HERE – so it’s about time we posted the group’s irresistible 1974 debut, R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders (aka Number One), along with R. Crumb’s Music Sampler, a very cool, 2005 promo-only, career-overview compilation CD (with rarities, originally issued with The Robert Crumb Handbook) – a set we first grabbed over four years ago from our pal, The Record Fiend (HERE). Both are worthy investments of your time if you, in any way, appreciate the collision of musical genres that produced this 1920s-styled fusion of roots Americana. Hear some examples below. Unless I’m mistaken, this post, along with our previous one, completes the group’s LP discography – though there was a 1978 78RPM single of “My Girl’s Pussy”/”Christopher Columbus” (half of which appears on the sampler, and later issued as a 2-song CD HERE). Many thanks to Slidewell for passing his debut vinyl rip our way, which is currently going for a mere $100 at Amazon, HERE.

Laughing Rag (2:28)
True Blue Lou (3:08)
Little Rascal Medley (2:58)
Willie The Chimney Sweeper (3:01)
Kiwi Bump (2:53)
Cuckoo Waltz (3:09)
Sweet Lorraine (3:17)
I’m Gonna Get It (3:49)
Lucille (2:59)
I Had But Fifty Cents (2:45)
Down In Jungle Town (2:30)
Get A Load Of This (3:02)
Cheap Suit Special (3:27)
I’ll See You In My Dreams (2:50)

R. Crumb And His Keep-On-Truckin’ Orchestra, 1972
River Blues (3:25)
Wisconsin Wiggles (3:20)
R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders, 1974
Get A Load Of This (3:00)
Cheap Suit Special (3:20)
My Girl’s Pussy (3:33)
Suits’ Crybaby Blues (3:07)
R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders – Radio Broadcast, 1998
Fine Artiste (3:09)
Hula Medley (4:18)
Wild Horse (2:18)
Three-In-One Two-Step (2:09)
Creole Belles (2:48)
Georgia Camp Meeting (2:46)
Les Primitifs Du Futur, 1999
Cruelle Tendresse (2:59)
Valse D’Amour (3:05)
Fiddlin’ Ian McCamy Quartette, 1997
Mazurkas (3:12)
Schottische (2:05)
The Crumb Family – Live Performance, 2003
In The Pines (3:06)
St. James Infirmary (3:33)
Little Buttercup (2:30)
Baby Face (2:29)

GORDON’S WAR (Soundtrack 1973) – Blaxploitation Soundtrack From An Unexpected Source

Gordon's WarGordon’s War (1973)
By Andy Badale, a.k.a. Angelo Badalamenti….

For 70s blaxploitation, this stuff is surprisingly cohesive. As you would expect, Gordon’s War – a Paul Winfield vehicle directed by Ossie Davis, about a Vietnam vet fighting drugs and dealers in his old neighborhood – is filled to the brim with the genre’s characteristic attributes; driving funk, soulful vocals, wah-wah guitars and a powerful brass section. The score, largely by Andy Badale (& Al Elias), with the studio band, Badder Than Evil, packs a punch… with a professional sheen that might make your ears stand at attention. The twist here is the identity of Andy Badale, better known to soundtrack fans as Angelo Badalamenti, famed co-composer of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks music, not to mention over a hundred other film and television productions. Badale/Badalamenti had already cut his teeth in the 60s as a psych LP producer and composer, but 1973’s Gordon’s War was one of his earlier high-profile gigs, and he nails the blaxploitation genre with ease. Of course, it helps to have some soulful singers in tow (Barbara Mason, New Birth & Sister Goose And The Ducklings), but the studio band, Badder Than Evil, is actually Badalamenti, Elias and friends. And, while seasoned blaxploitation fans might notice this album’s slick, above-average production values, it probably won’t set off any honky alarms, as the music grooves and funks with the best of them. Maybe not on par with some of the style’s more established entities, but a treat for those who enjoy the likes of Across 110th Street (HERE), Black Caesar & Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (both HERE), Foxy Brown & The Mack (both HERE), Superfly (Deluxe, HERE) or even The Black Gestapo (HERE) & Blacula (HERE), all found in our archives. Also check out Can You Dig It? The Music and Politics of Black Action Films 1969-75 (HERE). We’ve got a bunch of Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks work in the archives, including the original Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me, Season 2 Music And More and the huge online collection, Twin Peaks Archive (all HERE), and a couple of semi-Peak-related, Badalamenti co-productions for JULEE CRUISE, Floating Into The Night & The Voice Of Love (both HERE). Find Gordon’s War on vinyl at Amazon, HERE.

Barbara Mason Child Of Tomorrow (3:43)
Badder Than Evil
Just Plain Luther (3:56)
Badder Than Evil
He’ll Be There (5:04)
Badder Than Evil
Roberta’s Theme (2:37)
Badder Than Evil
Harlem Dreams (5:01)
New Birth
Come On And Dream Some Paradise (4:05)
Badder Than Evil
Tell That Man To Go To Hell (5:09)
Badder Than Evil
Child Of Tomorrow (1:20)
Sister Goose And The Ducklings
Super Shine #9 (2:45)
Badder Than Evil
Hot Wheels (The Chase) (3:02)
Barbara Mason
Child Of Tomorrow (2:03)

HAROLD AND MAUDE Soundtrack (1971/2008) – Limited Edition/One Of Cat Stevens’ Best

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As Winning A Soundtrack As There Is…

Unbelievably, the soundtrack to the charmingly eccentric Hal Ashby film, Harold And Maude, never saw release back in its day. Cat Stevens’ collection of tunes was an essential element to the film’s easygoing affability… so essential, it was even worked into the script, when stars Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort gathered around a piano to sing a makeshift version of “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out.” In 1972, Cat’s label did release a Stevens album entitled Harold And Maude in Japan – featuring most of the songs from the soundtrack (along with others). But, it wasn’t until the film’s original music supervisor, Cameron Crowe, took it upon himself to release a limited edition vinyl box in 2008 – with a 7″ 45, additional outtakes and 36 page booklet – that the soundtrack finally got its proper due. Before you mention it, there was another version floating around, entitled Harold And Maude The Soundtrack (with a plain, line art flower cover), that covered most (but not all) of the basics – including three classical pieces that were heard in limited form in the film. But, I’ve never tracked its roots and am not even sure it’s legit. In the end… this is the only version you need (limited to 2,500 copies and only $600 at Amazon, HERE), as it delivers on the movie’s flighty tone with quality remastering, quiet demos and alt versions that continue the score’s winning appeal. There’s more Cat in the archives, including Live At KCET Studios – August 6, 1971 (HERE), YUSUF ISLAM Footsteps In The Light (Cat’s Muslim music from 1981-2006, HERE) and Night Of Remembrance – Live At The Royal Albert Hall (in 2004, HERE).

Side One
Don’t Be Shy (2:55)
On The Road To Find Out (5:08)
I Wish, I Wish (3:46)
Miles From Nowhere (3:34)
Tea For The Tillerman (1:01)
I Think I See The Light (3:57)
Side Two
Where Do The Children Play? (3:50)
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (2:45)
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (Banjo Instrumental) (0:24)
Trouble (2:49)
Don’t Be Shy (Alternate Version) (3:02)
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (Instrumental Version) (2:32)
Bonus 7″ 45
Don’t Be Shy (Demo Version) (2:38)
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (Alternate Version) (2:56)

THE BEACH BOYS Stack-o-Tracks, Volume 2 (2015) – More Instrumental Beach Boys

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Bootleg Follow-Up To The Original 1968 Curio…

The Beach Boys’ 1968 LP, Stack-o-Tracks, would have been fully celebrated in a new millennium that prizes outtakes and remixes of favored and familiar material. But, in the late 60s, it was nothing but a miserably selling curio that was famous primarily for being the first Beach Boys album on Capitol to go out of print. Surely for lack of interest, but even the idea itself – America’s biggest rock vocal group releasing instrumental versions of their hits – didn’t make sense to the record buying public, who were already moving away from the Boys, even as they were hitting a new creative stride. So… the LP bombed, only to be embraced by a new generation (a few generations later), and an industry that finally caught on to the dollar potential in re-constructing old music. What we have here is a bootleg sequel, comprised of instrumental backing tracks – in various stages of development – culled from hundreds of hours of available Beach Boys recordings that have surfaced over the years. These files are tagged 2015, but I don’t really know when this boot originally surfaced. No matter. [Actually, this collection’s origins are now detailed in comments, thanks to 3410.] You’ll get the gist quick enough, though, if the title (now a catch-all catch-phrase for vocally stripped recordings) didn’t already give it away. Of course… we’ve got the original 15-track Stack-o-Tracks, featuring 3 additional bonus tracks from a two-fer reissue, (HERE), a Japanese-only release entitled Instrumental Hits (HERE, a vocal-free BB collection of songs that never had vocals to begin with). And then there’s the flip side of the coin…. the famed instrument-free, a cappella version of Pet Sounds (HERE, historically, our most popular post), and more Beach Boys, boxes, tributes and solo projects than you can shake a stick at, all HERE.

In The Back Of My Mind (#1) (2:18)
Guess I’m Dumb (3:09)
The One You Can’t Have (2:01)
Girl, Don’t Tell Me (2:51)
Drive-In (2:12)
Don’t Back Down (2:06)
Sandy (2:45)
Summer Means New Love (2:04)
Kiss Me, Baby (3:00)
Caroline, No (2:41)
The Little Girl I Once Knew (2:49)
We’ll Run Away (2:04)
I Do (2:15)
Good Vibrations (5:14)
Friends (2:35)
Help Me, Ronda (3:10)
Let Him Run Wild (2:39)
California Girls (3:02)
In The Back Of My Mind (#2) (2:17)
I’m So Young (2:27)
Bobby Left Me (2:35)
Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Piano) (2:23)
Diamond Head (3:41)
Jingle Bells (2:38)

PRINCE & THE NPG ORCHESTRA Kamasutra (1997) – Crystal Ball Bonus CD

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Prince’s Wedding Music…

Recorded from 1994-1996, during Prince’s unbelievably prolific Gold Experience years, Kamasutra adds yet another creative layer to fathom when considering Prince’s talents, aspirations and productivity. How is it even possible that he was able to compose, rehearse, perform, and record as much music as he did during the mid-90s? Not just his own albums, mind you, but additional releases and material for his (soon to be ex) wife, Mayte, his band, NPG, and tons of 12-inchers, re-mixes, promo-only variations, unreleased vault material… it’s just mind-boggling when you take the time to check it out (and you can, HERE). Kamasutra is another off-beat pursuit from Prince. All instrumental music written and recorded for his 1996 wedding, which also doubled as a choreographed dance piece for Mayte and the short-lived New Power Generation Dance Company tour of 1997. As a result, this isn’t typical Prince music, and can’t be listened to with typically pre-conceived expectations. And, to be honest, while it’s never been a go-to P disc for me, that shouldn’t suggest Kamasutra lacks merit or ingenuity… just because it doesn’t funk. Some of the music is lush, jazzy and/or orchestral (including a real orchestra), while other selections are inventive constructions (like “Cutz,” using a sample of scissors for its rhythmic bed). It was originally released as a cassette on the first anniversary of Prince’s marriage, and was also included as the 5th (bonus) disc to those who purchased Crystal Ball online. Personally, I’m always on board when Prince goes off the reservation. He’s never been afraid to commit to grand, non-commercial, elaborate or personal ideas – like his solo piano album, One Nite Alone… (HERE), acoustic album, The Truth (HERE), improv jazz dabblings (N*E*W*S) or salsa asides (Madhouse) – and, as fans know, that’s just the tip of the iceberg of web-only releases, soundtracks, protégé LPs, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. When listening to some artists, it’s almost as entertaining to hear a swing-and-a-miss as it is to hear a hit, and Prince (on a few of his “side projects”) can sometimes fall into that category. So, for some, Kamasutra will require open ears and an open mind to appreciate fully. Includes the cassette’s liner notes. I couldn’t even find the 5CD version of Crystal Ball at Ebay or Amazon, HERE, so it might be time to sell mine (if the special “ball” jewel case wasn’t cracked). Find MUCH more P, HERE.

The Plan (2:03)
Kamasutra (11:50)
At Last… “The Lost Is Found” (3:39)
The Ever Changing Light (3:00)
Cutz (3:04)
Serotonin (0:47)
Promise/Broken (3:46)
Barcelona (2:18)
Kamasutra/Overture #8 (3:13)
Coincidence Or Fate? (3:23)
Kamasutra/Eternal Embrace (4:02)

RIDERS IN THE SKY Always Drink Upstream From The Herd (1995) + Public Cowboy #1: The Music Of Gene Autry (1996)

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Always Drink Upstream From The Herd (1995)
Public Cowboy #1: The Music Of Gene Autry (1996)
Yodel Ay Hee Hoo

Who doesn’t like themselves some highly stylized, beautifully rendered, note-perfect, Texas Swing-infused cowboy music? Well… plenty of people, actually, but that’s their loss. The glorious Riders In The Sky have always been more Prairie Home Companion than raw Americana – steeped as they are in misty-colored nostalgia – but it’s all lovingly realized, just the same. For connoisseurs, hit the archives for some Texas Playboys music, including BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS For The Last Time (HERE), THE ORIGINAL TEXAS PLAYBOYS Under The Direction Of Leon McAuliffe (HERE) and MERLE HAGGARD A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills) (HERE). Find Always Drink Upstream From The Herd (HERE) and Public Cowboy #1: The Music Of Gene Autry (HERE) at Amazon.

Riding The Winds Of The West (2:14)
The Texas Polka (2:08)
Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle (4:19)
After You’ve Gone (3:24)
The Trail Tip Song (3:00)
Desert Serenade (2:58)
Rawhide (2:08)
The Whispering Wind (4:02)
The First Cowboy Song (2:43)
Idaho (2:59)
The Running Gun (2:41)
Cattle Call (2:50)

Back In The Saddle Again (3:59)
Sioux City Sue (2:39)
Mexicali Rose (2:48)
You Are My Sunshine (3:24)
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You ? (3:40)
Can’t Shake The Sands Of Texas From My Shoes (2:56)
That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine (3:51)
Be Honest With Me (2:21)
Blue Canadian Rockies (2:45)
Lonely River (3:03)
South Of The Border (3:13)
Ridin’ Down The Canyon (4:16)

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL: SHONEN KNIFE Osaka Ramones – A Tribute To Ramones (2011), THE HEADBANGERS Meet The Headbangers (2008) & THE HOTLINES The Return Of… The Hotlines (2011)

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SHONEN KNIFE Osaka Ramones – A Tribute To Ramones (2011)
THE HEADBANGERS Meet The Headbangers (2008)
THE HOTLINES Return Of… The Hotlines (2011)
Just ‘Cause The Ramones Are All Dead, Doesn’t Change Your Need For An Occasional Fix…

Their impact was formidable, and it wasn’t just in the narrow field of punk. The Ramones’ attitude and one-note aesthetic managed to infiltrate all manner of music and media, giving credence to the concept of incessant consistency… critics and fashion be damned. They embodied a purity of essence that was admired by die-hards, yet simultaneously second-guessed by those who quickly tired of the “latest” trends, all while questing for the “newest” ones. Throughout it all, The Ramones stood static… with a dogged, pit-bull tenacity they took to their collective graves. God bless ’em. Here are a few bands that took a cue or two from the masters. Shonen Knife aren’t in the same league as The Ramones, but that didn’t stop them from paying tribute to their influences. What they lack in power they make up for in simplicity, but the end result is a pop/punk-lite hybrid that skateboards around Blondie’s new-wave netherworld more than The Ramones’ hard garage roots. When it comes to brutal simplicity, however, The Headbangers take the cake. Counting off 1-2-3-4 on virtually every take – often two or three times a tune – The Headbangers are so monotonously, consistently, relentlessly dedicated to their source of inspiration, they manage to make The Ramones themselves sound positively technicolor in the process. Their riffage is powerful and dynamic, though, while their lyrics are maddeningly sophmoronic (note: not a real word). They’re bombastically entertaining (for a while), but what they’re missing is that 50s born, surf/pop heart that’s always been at the core of The Ramones’ musical philosophy. That’s where The Hotlines come in. Purporting to mix the music of The Ramones with the harmonies of The Beach Boys, The Return Of… The Hotlines has fun with the idea, even if it they only tap the concept instead of immersing themselves in the extremes. Pop and punk mixed with punk and pop, this EP expands on neither idea outside of what’s expected, but it still works for fans of the genre(s). If you’re a confirmed purest, we’ve got plenty of the real deal in the archives, including the 3CD set Bonus Tracks 1976-1984 (HERE), Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket To Russia, Road To Ruin, It’s Alive, End Of The Century, Pleasant Dreams, Subterranean Jungle & Too Tough To Die (the bonus track reissue series, HERE), the boys’ covers album, Acid Eaters (HERE), Live January 7, 1978 At The Palladium, NYC (HERE), Joey’s Christmas Spirit… In My House (HERE), and their final show, We’re Outta Here! (HERE)… as well as a MOJO Tribute (HERE). Go to Amazon to get Shonen Knife (in a variety of covers, HERE), The Headbangers (out of stock, HERE) and The Hotlines (vinyl only, HERE).

SHONEN KNIFE Osaka Ramones – A Tribute To Ramones
Blitzkrieg Bop (2:14)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (2:23)
We Want The Airwaves (3:28)
She’s The One (2:19)
Rockaway Beach (2:09)
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (3:07)
Scattergun (2:35)
Psycho Therapy (2:30)
The KKK Took My Baby Away (2:34)
We’re A Happy Family (2:35)
Chinese Rocks (2:28)
Beat On The Brat (2:36)
Pinhead (2:28)

THE HEADBANGERS Meet The Headbangers
Baby My Girl (2:34)
I Know Is True (2:14)
Back My Place (2:18)
Why I Wanna Know (2:08)
Dream Baby (2:45)
I Wanna Stay In My Home (3:49)
I Gotta Way (2:26)
Gladden You (3:07)
Planet Of (1:15)
Ain’t Had No Fun (1:55)
Glad Not To Be You (2:12)
Get Lost (2:55)
Ready For Fun (2:26)
You Don’t Know How To Play Rock ‘N’ Roll (2:14)

THE HOTLINES The Return Of… The Hotlines
Song For All The Girls (3:17)
Leave It Behind (2:51)
Bye Bye Baby (2:22)
Cross My Heart (3:23)
Shake It (2:57)
Go Little Ghoulie (2:33)

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)
Off Peak Dreams (3:16)
Kode9 & The Spaceape
Devil Is A Liar (2:55)
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)

JERRY GARCIA Bonus Tracks, Outtakes, Jams And Alternates – Nearly 5 Hours Of Bonus Jerry

Grateful DeadBonus Tracks, Outtakes, Jams And Alternates
Almost 5 Hours Of Bonus Jerry

Anyone else miss the Record Clubs? For the addicted, hardcore, record-buying veteran, the RCA & Columbia Record Clubs were the best way (outside of five-finger discounts and promo mailing lists) to get your regular vinyl and plastic fixes… cheap (usually about $4 to $5 per CD, once you learned the ropes). Which, in the days of $15 discs, was the only way to go. Just before the last one went under in the mid-oughts (if memory serves), I was vigorously upgrading a lot of my collection with the latest remastered/bonus track releases being offered by the Clubs, including The Band, Airplane, Byrds, and others you may have seen on these pages. Jerry Garcia’s solo output is another such collection. His first five albums, Garcia, Compliments, Reflections, Cats Under The Stars (credited to The Jerry Garcia Band) and Run For The Roses, all lovingly re-issued by Rhino Records in 2004/2005, contained a plethora of cool bonus tracks. So I pulled these from the shelves for another in our series of Bonus Tracks gatherings. Of course, Garcia’s remasters have already been grouped together for a box set (All Good Things), with an additional disc of “Outtakes, Jams And Alternates,” so it only made sense to include those bonuses too – along with the limited edition All Good Things Redux bonus disc (available only to those who purchased the box online). Fanatics should already have all this, but the casual among you may find this four-hour and forty-five minute collection a worthy investment of your time. A few tracks here are listed as “Alternate Takes,” but are actually live studio demos, with count-ins and dialog. If you’re like me, you live for these kinds of rarities, and this set takes you right into the studio with Jerry and his pals performing lots of previously unheard and unreleased tunes. You know the drill… find our previous Bonus Tracks sets below. Hit the archives for oodles of Dead, HERE.

Sugaree (Alternate Take) (7:14) – Garcia (1972)
Loser (Alternate Take) (4:07) – Garcia (1972)
Late For Supper/Spidergawd/Eep Hour (Alternate Takes) (10:22) – Garcia (1972)
The Wheel (Alternate Take #1) (4:04) – Garcia (1972)
The Wheel (Alternate Take #2) (2:54) – Garcia (1972)
Study For “Eep Hour” (3:30) – Garcia (1972)
Dealin’ From The Bottom (Studio Jam) (1:25) – Garcia (1972)
Study For “The Wheel” (3:22) – Garcia (1972)
That’s A Touch I Like (3:40) – Compliments (1974)
Road Runner (4:10) – Compliments (1974)
It’s Too Late (4:28) – Compliments (1974)
I’ll Forget You (3:21) – Compliments (1974)
Tragedy (3:52) – Compliments (1974)
Think (4:12) – Compliments (1974)
I Know It’s A Sin (2:42) – Compliments (1974)
Lonesome Town (6:20) – Compliments (1974)
Cardiac Arrest (Studio Jam) (1:40) – Compliments (1974)
Back Home In Indiana (7:08) – Compliments (1974)

Mystery Train (Studio Jam) (5:13) – Reflections (1976)
All By Myself (Studio Jam) (4:10) – Reflections (1976)
Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie (3:13) – Reflections (1976)
You Win Again (2:26) – Reflections (1976)
Orpheus (16:45) – Reflections (1976)
Magnificent Sanctuary Band (3:51) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
I’ll Be With Thee (6:01) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
The Way You Do The Things You Do (5:01) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
Mighty High (3:05) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
Don’t Let Go (16:00) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
Down Home (Rehearsal Version) (1:50) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)
Palm Sunday (Alternate Take) (2:24) – Cats Down Under The Stars (1978)

Fennario (5:27) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Alabama Getaway (3:24) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Tangled Up In Blue (6:20) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Simple Twist Of Fate (5:28) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Dear Prudence (5:56) – Run For The Roses (1982)
Valerie (Alternate Mix) (5:22) – Run For The Roses (1982)
I Saw Her Standing There (2:57) – All Good Things Redux (Bonus Disc) (2004)
Russian Lullaby (3:55) – All Good Things Redux (Bonus Disc) (2004)
T.L.E.O. Jam (9:12) – All Good Things Redux (Bonus Disc) (2004)
Visions Of Johanna (16:48) – All Good Things Redux (Bonus Disc) (2004)

Deal (Alternate Take) (3:24) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Let’s Spend The Night Together (Alternate Take) (3:17) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Mississippi Moon (Alternate Take) (2:47) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Lonesome Town (Acoustic Version) (4:57) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Catfish Town (Alternate Take) (6:18) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
I’ll Take A Melody (Alternate Take) (8:16) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
My Sisters And Brothers (7:09) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Hully Gully/Rockin’ Pneumonia (Studio Jam) (6:52) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Streamlined Cannonball (Studio Jam) (7:31) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Iko Iko (Studio Jam) (4:18) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Hey Bo Diddley/Hide Away (Studio Jam) (8:26) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)
Accidently Like A Martyr (5:04) – All Good Things: Outtakes, Jams And Alternates (2004)

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TH’ FAITH HEALERS Lido (1992) Short-Lived Early 90s Alt/Kraut/Psych/Garage/Rock Practitioners

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Early 90s Alt(Kraut)Rock Anomalies…

Righteous UK noisemakers with one foot in th’ garage and th’ other foot dangling all over th’ psych/Kraut/stoner rock landscape. This is th’ only music I’ve ever owned by Th’ Faith Healers (they released two LPS and some singles), but I was drawn to their noisy reckless abandon and live-in-th’-studio garage simplicity. When you break down what they do, th’ honest truth is that they’re not all that unique and, in th’ end, are quite tuneless – as th’ melodies and vocals lack distinction or memorability. But Th’ Healers are smart enough to know all that, displacing th’ (predominately female) vocals in th’ mix to call more attention to their instrumental assault, accentuating th’ grunge. Th’ pounding cover of Can’s “Mother Sky” draws their Krautrock interests out into th’ open, while “Spin 1/2″ is essentially a nine-and-a-half minute climax to a song that barely even starts, it just climaxes. Don’t wait for any melodic invention and Th’ Faith Healers’ incessant devotion to th’ glorious garage just may win you over. Personally, I just like their impudence. Find Lido, their debut album, for pennies at Amazon, HERE.

This Time (5:09)
A Word Of Advice (6:23)
Hippy Hole (3:21)
Don’t Jones Me (6:19)
Reptile Smile (4:58)
Moona-Ina-Joona (3:15)
Love Song (5:39)
Mother Sky (4:17)
It’s Easy Being You (2:12)
Spin 1/2 (9:35)

HANNA-BARBERA Cartoon Classics & Wacky Sounds (2001) – 3CD Collection Of Themes & Sound Effects

FrontCartoon Classics & Wacky Sounds (2001)
They Say A Gorilla Like Magilla Is Mighty Nice…

Adding to our growing list of cartoon music posts, this 3CD set from Rhino & The Cartoon Network features theme music, incidental asides and classic cartoon sound effects from the library of Hanna-Barbera, creators of Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, Josie & The Pussycats, Scooby Doo, Top Cat and many, many others. Most of these themes were composed by (various configurations of) William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Hoyt Curtin. Unfortunately, my hard copy of this set is lacking a booklet, so I can’t tell you much in the way of details. Fans of Hanna-Barbera however, already know how cool some of this theme music is. Alongside such stupidly catchy melodies as “The Magilla Gorilla Show (Main Theme)” and the insufferable “Open Up Your Heart And Let The Sunshine In,” there’s also some legitimately intriguing compositional work here that’s worthy of study. “Space Ghost,” with its eerie theremin work, was always a stoner favorite, while “Johnny Quest (Main Title)” is a rumbling jungle jivin’ blast of off-beat jazz. Personally, I was always big on Top Cat’s jazzy main theme, and there’s also plenty of post-war, 40s big band references buried within some of this material, too. You’ve probably got your own faves. For Flintstones fans, this set overdoses on various Flintstones family off-shoots, but since a majority of the tracks and themes barely reach 60 seconds each (aside from the lengthy “underscores” or incidental music), your Saturday morning-fueled attention span isn’t taxed beyond reason. That’s not to mention a disc full of sound effects. Of course, if you’re a cartoon music fanatic, you need to hit the archives, where you’ll find… Hal Willner’s incredible two-volume collection, Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958 & More Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1939-1957 (both HERE), That’s All Folks!: Cartoon Songs From Merrie Melodies & Looney Tunes and Bugs Bunny At The Symphony (HERE), Tex Avery Cartoons: Music From The Tex Avery Original Soundtracks, (HERE), The Music Of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights (HERE), Bugs Bunny On Broadway (HERE), our exclusive A Big Box Of Looney Tunes (HERE, 71 full-length Warner Bros. cartoon scores) and a couple of multi-artist cartoon tributes, Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits (HERE) and Gumby (HERE). Get this 3CD Hanna-Barbera collection for as little as $3 at Amazon, HERE.

1 – Hanna Barbera Cartoon Classics
The Magilla Gorilla Show (Main Title) (1:10)
Peter Potamus (Main Title) (1:10)
Jonny Quest (Main Title) (1:53)
Meet The Flintstones (Main Title, 1965) (0:41)
Way Outs (1:21)
Open Up Your Heart And Let The Sunshine In (2:38)
Space Ghost (Main Title) (0:59)
The Man Called Flintstone (1:46)
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (Main Title) (1:32)
Dastardly & Muttley In Their Flying Machines (Stop That Pigeon) (1:15)
Scooby Doo, Where Are You? (Main Title) (1:04)
Josie & The Pussycats (Main Title) (1:03)
Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm (Main Title) (0:54)
The Flintstones Comedy Show (Main Title) (1:05)
The New Scooby Doo Movies (Main Titles) (1:05)
The Magilla Gorilla Show (Underscore) (7:26)
Peter Potamus (Curtin Calls) (1:03)
Jonny Quest (End Titles) (0:53)
Magilla Gorilla (End Titles) (0:58)

2 – Terrific Toon Tunes
Huckleberry Hound (Main Title ) (0:44)
Yogi Bear, 1958 (Syndicated Titles With Sub-Main Titles) (0:31)
Quick Draw McGraw (Main Title) (0:47)
Loopy De Loop, 1959 (Main Title, Underscore & End Titles) (2:13)
Car Hop Song (3:34)
Rise And Shine (Flintstone’s Theme, Main Title 1960) (0:44)
Yogi Bear (Main Title) (0:46)
Snagglepuss (Syndicated Titles With Sub-Main And End Titles) (0:31)
Yakky Doodle (Syndicated Titles With Sub-Main And End Titles) (0:31)
Top Cat (Main Title) (0:47)
Meet The Flintstones (Original Album Version, 1961) (1:47)
Wally Gator (Main Title With Sub-Main & End Titles) (0:37)
Touche Turtle (Main Title With Sub-Main & End Titles) (0:40)
Lippy The Lion & Hardy Har Har (Main Title With Sub-Main & End Titles) (0:40)
The Jetsons (Main Title) (1:00)
Quick Draw McGraw (Underscore & Syndicated End Titles) (6:42)
Yogi Bear (Underscore) (6:31)
Huckleberry Hound (End Titles) (0:46)
The Jetsons (End Titles) (0:48)

1 – Hanna Barbera Wacky Sounds
Hanna-Barbera’s Top Ten Famous Sound Effects (5:42)
Mutley Bites Dastardly On the Butt (0:07)
Jet Screamer’s Entrance (Judy Jetson’s Favorite Rock Star) (0:07)
Yogi Bear’s Noggin Klonks (0:07)
Fred Flintstone’s Hard Head Hit (0:07)
Whisker Pluck (0:06)
Fred Drops The Ball (0:07)
Gazoo Materializing (0:07)
Answering Machine Message: Fred Flintstone Message #1 (0:08)
Answering Machine Message: Quick Draw McGraw (El Kabong) (0:21)
Answering Machine Message: Fred Flintstone Message #2 (0:18)
Answering Machine Message: Snagglepuss Message (0:23)
Answering Machine Message: Fred Flintstone Stop Calling Message (0:28)
Birthday Greeting: Fred Flintstone Birthday #1 (0:23)
Birthday Greeting: Hokey Wolf: Not Selling Birthday (0:29)
Birthday Greeting: Fred Flintstone Birthday #2 (0:20)
Birthday Greeting: Quick Draw McGraw Birthday (0:35)
Birthday Greeting: Super Snooper & Blabber Mouse Birthday (0:26)
Boings: Boi-ee-oing; Sproing; Whistle & Boings (0:10)
Comic Caper: Emergency Wally Gator System (0:34)
Bowling: Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble (0:26)
Congratulations: Snagglepuss (0:24)
Congratulations: Fred Flintstone (0:30)
Crash (0:06)
Crunch, Crunch, Ding, Tinkle, Tinkle (0:08)
Door (Flintstone): Open; Slam and Rattle (0:06)
Double Takes: Bo-aa-be-oo-oo, Weee-Oooo (0:07)
Drums: Acrobatic Roll with Accents; Trip and Slide Down (0:21)
Explosions; Boom, Ka-Boom (0:12)
Comic Caper: Peter Potamus (0:43)
Falling Object Whistle (0:08)
Fight (Fred and Barney Fight) (0:06)
Fred’s Flintmobile (Start Up and Run) (0:25)
Get Well Message: Fred Flintstone (0:36)
Get Well Message: Quick Draw Mc Graw (0:28)
Head Shakes: De-do-dedee-do-dedee-do; Pingitty-pingitty-ping (0:07)
Hopping: Sproings; Pixie & Dixie (0:23)
Comic Caper: Snagglepuss (1:35)
Jetson’s Doorbell (0:07)
Jetson’s Entrance Tube: Arrive, Depart (0:07)
Jetson’s Phone Ring (0:06)
Jetson’s Robot Maid (Rosey) (0:19)
Jetson’s Space Capsule: Start; Run; In Flight; Pass By; Land And Stop (0:41)
Jetson’s Space Traffic (0:12)
Comic Caper: Fred Flintstone (2:07)
Kablam (0:06)
Knock on Fred’s Door (0:07)
Peeong (0:06)
Pops: Squish Pop, Pop Gun (0:07)
Ratchet (0:07)
Ricochet: Pchwong; Pchwaaa; Szwip-p; Whoof (0:14)
Comic Caper: Snooper and Blabber (1:12)
Running Gallop: Blop Gallop (0:10)
Running Feet: Short; Long (0:22)
Skids: Screech; Broken Skid (0:08)
Slides: Whistle Up And Down; Silly Slide Up (0:07)
Squeaks: Scratchy Squeaks; Little Zabark; Squeak Up (0:11)
Spins: Spin and Boing; Wind Whistle Spin (0:09)
Strrretcch (0:07)
Comic Caper: Hokey Wolf (1:30)
Thunk (0:07)
Tip Toe (0:06)
Twangs: Twang-g-g-g-g; Twa-a-a-a-a-nng (0:11)
Waheef And Poof (0:07)
Walking Feet (0:17)
Whizz Klonk (Here’s Your Paper, Mr. Flintstone) (0:06)
Wind Up and Zip (0:07)
Xylophone: Long Gliss Up (0:07)
Yabba-Dabba-Doo! (0:07)
Yogi’s Boink Walk (0:32)
Comic Caper: Quick Draw and Baba Looey (0:52)
Zip Scramble (Wind Whistle Scat) (0:06)
Zips: Zip In; Zip Out (0:06)
Zoom (Winnie Witch’s Broom) (0:06)
Finale (2:32)

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE Ragged Glory (2CD Deluxe Edition 2015)

Ragged Glory DeluxeRagged Glory (Deluxe Edition) (1990/2015)
To Paraphrase Voltaire… If It Didn’t Exist, It Would Be Necessary To Invent It.

A perennial favorite, 1990’s Ragged Glory is, as the title implies, brimming with raw, unbridled rock abandon. It’s Neil Young & Crazy Horse in Amps-To-11 mode, with stomping fury, memorably simple riffs and lingering feedback. In later years, Young’s ‘write-it/record-it/NEXT!’ modus operandi would leave a lot to be desired, with compositions often lacking in quality control, or… at least a bit of much-needed reflection – an issue that began to take root (for me, anyway) with 1995’s Mirror Ball (with Pearl Jam). So Ragged Glory stands as one of NY&CH’s last great studio outbursts (until Psychedelic Pill), boasting at least one timeless concert classic in “F*!#in’ Up.” For this faux Deluxe Edition, we’ve gathered some Ragged alternates and outtakes that have circulated from the CD single “Mansion On The Hill,” the “Over And Over” promo edit, and the bootlegged “Born To Run” rehearsal (no, not that “Born To Run”). If the acoustic recording of “Interstate” sounds like it’s from another time and place, it partly is. Neil first recorded it in 1985, with The International Harvesters, but the tune was never released. He gave it another shot in 1990, but its quiet nature found no place on Ragged Glory, so it remained in the can… until it was added as a bonus track to the vinyl version of 1996’s Broken Arrow (and “Big Time” CD single). The second disc contains tracks known well to fans, including the essential Ranch Rehearsals (one of our earliest posts at the old Never Get Out Of The Boat, HERE) – a fantastic sounding live precursor to Ragged Glory, false starts, miscues and all – and some live tracks from 1991’s Weld, recorded during the Ragged Glory Tour. The bad news is that each disc is 84 minutes. So, if you’re burning, you’ll have choices to make. There’s more NY in the archives, including The Complex Sessions (HERE), Living With War x 3 (HERE), A 2012 Crazy Horse Studio Jam and Live On Austin City Limits (both HERE), Psychedelic Pill (HERE) and the 37-1/2 minute jam, “Horse Back” (HERE), a strange Young-related oddity called The Lost Tapes (HERE), a couple Wormholes we probably shouldn’t be mentioning (HERE & HERE), A MOJO tribute to Harvest (HERE), the best album by Crazy Horse that isn’t Crazy Horse is ERIC AMBEL & ROSCOE’S GANG’s Loud & Lonesome (hear it all HERE), and, of course… String Theory (HERE). Find the original Ragged Glory at Amazon, HERE.

Country Home (7:05)
White Line (2:58)
F*!#in’ Up (5:55)
Over And Over (8:28)
Love To Burn (10:01)
Farmer John (4:15)
Mansion On The Hill (4:48)
Days That Used To Be (3:42)
Love And Only Love (10:18)
Mother Earth (Natural Anthem) (5:11)
Don’t Spook The Horse (7:36) – Mansion On The Hill (Maxi CD Single), 1990
Mansion On The Hill (Single Version) (3:22) – Mansion On The Hill (Maxi CD Single), 1990
Over And Over (Edit) (3:34) – Over And Over (Promo CD Single), 1990
Interstate (Recorded May 17, 1990) (6:22) – Broken Arrow (Vinyl Bonus)/ Big Time (CD Single), 1996
Mansion On The Hill (8:44) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
White Line (3:23) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
White Line (1:01) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
White Line (3:18) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Love To Burn (0:29) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Love To Burn (9:26) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Days That Used To Be (4:37) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Love And Only Love (9:57) – The Ranch Rehearsals (1990 Unreleased)
Born To Run (5:24) – 1990 Rehearsal (Unreleased)
Mansion On The Hill (Live) (6:14) – Weld (1991)
Farmer John (Live) (5:00) – Weld (1991)
Love To Burn (Live) (10:01) – Weld (1991)
Love And Only Love (Live) (9:17) – Weld (1991)
F*!#In’ Up (Live) (7:10) – Weld (1991)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Trilogy: New Africa 2 / Hard Cell / Beat Freaks (1985) – A 3CD Celluloid Collection featuring Material, Golden Palominos, Fela, Deadline, Time Zone, Tore Kunda, The Last Poets & more

VA-TrilogyNew Africa 2 / Hard Cell / Beat Freaks (1985)
A 3CD Celluloid Collection

An early CD compilation that gathers together three various artist LPs from the late, great Celluloid label… home of Bill Laswell and his pals, and one of the 70s/80s labels synonymous with trend-setting musical scenes in both New York and Africa. The track list below will give you a clue. There are probably newer, fresher remasters of this import collection out there somewhere, but this one’s off-the-shelf. We’ve got more from some of these great bands & artists in the archives already, like… MASSACRE Killing Time, Funny Valentine, Meltdown, Lonely Heart and Love Me Tender (HERE), THE GOLDEN PALOMINOS This Is How It Feels and Prison Of The Rhythm – The Remixes (HERE), oodles of BILL LASWELL (too much to list, HERE), THE LAST POETS Holy Terror and “Black And Strong (Homesick)” Maxi-CD (HERE) + ABIODUN OYEWOLE 25 Years and UMAR BIN HASSAN Be Bop Or Be Dead (both HERE), ANTON FIER Dreamspeed (HERE) and DEADLINE Dissident (HERE). Find the 3CD Trilogy compilation at Amazon, HERE.

New Africa 2
Touré Kunda Casa Di Mansa (5:40)
Touré Kunda
Touré Kunda (3:47)
Dewgal (6:18)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa 70
Mr. Follow Follow (6:40)
Manu Dibango
Electric Africa (3:58)
Boat Peoples (7:07)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa 70
No Agreement (7:25)

Hard Cell
Time Zone World Destruction (5:08)
Legs (2:06)
Lightnin’ Rod & Jimi Hendrix
Doriella Du Fontaine (4:55)
Makossa Rock (4:07)
The Golden Palominos
Omaha (3:13)
1984 (4:07)
The Golden Palominos
Two Sided Fist (7:47)
The Golden Palominos
Boy (Go) (5:20)

Beat Freaks
D.ST Home Of Hip Hop (3:52)
The Last Poets
Get Movin’ (4:07)
Zulu Groove (4:16)
D. ST/Jalal
Mean Machine (4:43)
For A Few Dollars More (3:53)
Time Zone
The Wildstyle (4:59)
Change The Beat (3:45)
Tribe 2
What I Like (American Dreams) (6:12)
MegaMix II (Why Is It Fresh?) (4:59)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Stormy Weather: The Music Of Harold Arlen (2003) – One More For Hal Willner Week

Stormy WeatherStormy Weather: The Music Of Harold Arlen (2003)
Unique Among Willner’s Illustrious Tribute LPs

A better-late-than-never addition to our Hal Willner Week series of multi-artist tribute albums, with big thanks to JeffGee for sending this gem our way. Stormy Weather: The Music Of Harold Arlen is actually the soundtrack to a 76-minute film that stylishly interprets Harold Arlen’s music with unusual (and somewhat controversial) visual presentations. Arlen (1905-1986) and his various writing partners, including Yip Harburg, Johnny Mercer and Ira Gershwin, among others, are perhaps best know for penning epic, smoldering staples of the America Songbook, from The Wizard Of Oz‘s “Over The Rainbow” to “One More For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” to this project’s title track(s), “Stormy Weather.” But, from the perspective of Broadway fanatics and film lovers, this album was successful primarily in just pissing off purists, as Hal Willner (and film director Larry Weinstein) took a sometimes skewed approach to the music that’s been etched in memories by the likes of Sinatra, Streisand and Garland. Let’s face it… The New York Dolls’ David Johansen isn’t going to fit in with many pre-conceived notions of what a Harold Arlen song should sound like, despite this collection’s more traditional interpretations from Rufus Wainwright, Shannon McNally or the great Jimmy Scott. Non-purists, on the other hand, might be drawn to the more outrageous of Arlen’s (and lyricist Ted Koehler’s) Minnie The Moocher offshoots, which deal descriptively with cocaine and opium use… where Johansen fits right in, covering “Kickin’ The Gong Around” (30s slang for Chinatown opium use). One unique aspect of this LP being a film soundtrack, is the inclusion of older artists and their recordings, including a rare recording by Arlen himself (“Last Night When We Were Young”) and The Boswell Sisters with The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra performing “The Wedding Of Minnie The Moocher” (with even more references to kickin’ the gong). For fun, we’ve included a video of Cab Calloway’s 1932 performance of the song that – though originally featured in a Bing Crosby movie – is so drug-laced it couldn’t pass television censors even now, over 80 years later. Find all of our Hal Willner Week posts, HERE. And… while it’s not totally related to Arlen, get one of my favorite “unreleased” live albums in the archives, AT&T Presents Stormy Weather, HERE. The hard disc of Stormy Weather: The Music Of Harold Arlen is selling for as little as $3 at Amazon, HERE.

Rufus Wainwright It’s Only A Paper Moon (4:43)
Shannon McNally
As Long As I Live (3:33)
Marc Anthony Thompson
I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues (6:09)
Debbie Harry
Stormy Weather/Ill Wind (Medley) (5:21)
Jimmy Scott
I Had A Love Once (2:54)
David Johansen
Kickin’ The Gong Around (3:26)
Harold Arlen
Last Night When We Were Young (3:12)
Hawksley Workman
I’ve Got The World On A String (3:46)
Mary Margaret O’Hara
Blues In The Night (4:44)
The Boswell Sisters with The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Minnie The Moocher’s Wedding Day (3:09)
Eric Mingus
Get Happy (3:43)
Sandra Bernhard
Come Rain Or Come Shine (3:06)
Rufus Wainwright
I Wonder What Became Of Me (3:37)
Ranee Lee
The Man That Got Away (4:06)
Mary Margaret O’Hara & Eric Mingus
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (2:55)
Jimmy Scott
Over The Rainbow (2:57)
Ranee Lee
Stormy Weather (4:25)

The great Cab Calloway strips any pretense from Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler’s “Kickin’ The Gong Around,” acting out the lyric’s coke-snortin’ shakes in 1932’s The Big Broadcast.

HENRY KAISER, MICHAEL MANRING & THE MERMEN Live At Don Quixote’s, November 8, 2014

Live At Don Quixote's International Music Hall FrontLive At Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, November 8, 2014 (2014)
An Unrehearsed Improvisational Psych Fest…

Fun unreleased live performance by Henry Kaiser, Michael Manring and members of The Mermen, guitarist Jim Thomas and drummer Martyn Jones. This 2 hour, 45 minute performance is routinely billed as The Mermen (with HK & MM), but in reality – despite their illustrious surf/psychedelic roots – it’s Kaiser who’s the ringleader here. The Mermen have rarely, if ever, trafficked in the music of the Grateful Dead (and there’s a lot of Dead material here), while the song selection is a virtual overview of Kaiser’s live performance career, including his well-known affinity for improvisational vehicles like “Dark Star,” “Cortez The Killer,” “Ode To Billie Joe,” The Fishin’ Hole” and “Interstellar Overdrive,” as well as artists like Hendrix, Richard Thompson, Quicksilver, Peter Green and The Dead. So it’s only fitting that we’ve bestowed top billing on HK, though the guitar duties are righteously shared with Merman Jim Thomas, whose patented psych/surf edge rings loud and clear, especially during the night’s most obvious multi-level tribute, Hendrix’s “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be).” All instrumental, all covers and, reportedly, performed with no rehearsals, Live At Don Quixote’s International Music Hall – November 8, 2014 is a psych/improv treat. Pretty good sound throughout, though the quiet, 20-minute intro is a tad audience noisy (be patient). This show was heroically (and painstakingly) compiled by -M- using multiple sources, including his own, which he first posted at The Internet Archive. The two sets are broken into three discs @320. In the archives you’ll find a 1988 model of the Henry Kaiser Band performing an hour long live version of “Dark Star” (HERE), which is also at our growing blog dedicated exclusively to his many exploits, The Henry Kaiser Collection, HERE.

Intro Jam > (20:50)
Dark Star > (15:55)
Night Comes In > (6:05)
Cortez The Killer > (8:12)
Spanish Jam > (3:52)
Bass Solo > (6:25)
St. Stephen > (3:28)
Dark Star > (5:59)
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) > (2:33)
Dark Star > (6:23)
I’m So Glad (6:34)

Intro Jam > (9:16)
Cobra > (8:12)
Albatross > (4:55)
Ode To Billie Joe (15:05)
Morning Dew (6:53)
1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) > (12:04)
The Fishin’ Hole (7:48)
Third Stone From The Sun > (9:55)
Interstellar Overdrive (7:35)

HARRY PARTCH Delusion Of The Fury (1971) – 3LP Box Set / Including “The Instruments Of Harry Partch”

Delusion Of The FuryDelusion Of The Fury (1969/1971)
The Universe’s Reply To NASA’s Voyager Disc

You need a book to explain the amazing Harry Partch. In post-Depression America he began to design and build his own instruments, based on microtonal scales and his own, invented octave system, in a bid to reject and re-tool the entire idea of composition and performance. Just don’t ask me any details about it all, because the theory behind it all is way over my head (talk to Wiki, HERE). In the ’20s he started to question the rules of music, in the ’30s he began to design and construct a series of uniquely tuned percussion instruments, in the ’40s he was performing his original works for roundly confounded listeners and by the ’50s and ’60s, he was recording his elaborate compositional constructs to sell via mail order. His name gained notoriety in the late 1960s, when Columbia Records got on board and released his works to a new (and open-eared) generation of music lovers weaned on FM excess and primed for Partch’s other-worldly sounds and futuristic instrument designs. Delusion Of The Fury was Partch’s final theater presentation, performed at the University of California in 1969, and released by Columbia in 1971, just two years before his death. The original 2LP set was bolstered by an amazing third, bonus disc, which featured Partch himself introducing many of his instruments, and explaining their genesis and history before offering a sample of its sound and purpose. Partch’s highly intellectualized professorial speaking voice, an amazing instrument in itself, was first heard by most on the 1969 Columbia LP, The World Of Harry Partch (HERE, in the archives). I owned a Quadrophonic copy back in the day, which served as my introduction to the man and his unique world view. Words fail me when it comes to describing his percussion-mad work, so you’ll have to rely on the samples provided below for a glimpse of another wholly original realm of musical invention. Repeated listenings, however, are highly suggested to get a better grasp of what Partch’s highly evolved ideas have to offer. Find the original vinyl at Amazon (HERE), but make sure you’re getting the 3rd bonus disc with your purchase. You can also get the 2010 vinyl reissue (HERE) and the CD remasters – with the 3 LPs spread across two different CD releases, Enclosure 6 (HERE) and Enclosure 7 (HERE).

Delusion Of The Fury LP 1
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Exordium – The Beginning Of A Web (10:46)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: Chorus Of Shadows (5:10)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: The Pilgrimage (4:16)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: Emergence Of The Spirit (3:32)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: A Son In Search Of His Father’s Face (6:02)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: Cry From Another Darkness (4:44)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act I: Pray For Me (3:02)
Delusion Of The Fury LP 2
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Sanctus – An Entr’acte (6:20)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: The Quiet Hobo Meal (2:59)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: The Lost Kid (2:52)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: Time Of Fun Together (8:08)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: The Misunderstanding (6:04)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Act II: Arrest, Trial And Judgment (Joy In The Marketplace!) (4:43)
A Ritual Of Dream And Delusion: Pray For Me Again – A Strange Fear! (3:31)

Bonus LP 3 – The Instruments Of Harry Partch
Partch In Prologue/Adapted Viola (3:56)
Chromelodeon I Blo-Boy (2:30)
Adapted Guitar (1:06)
Kithara (1:11)
Harmonic Canon II (0:50)
Diamond Marimba (1:29)
Bass Marimba (1:24)
Cloud-Chamber Bowls (1:52)
Spoils Of War (1:59)
Marimba Eroica (3:57)
Surrogate Kithara (1:26)
Kithara II (1:23)
Boo (1:58)
Koto (1:15)
Harmonic Canon I (1:18)
Chromelodeon II (1:11)
Chromelodeons I & II (2:07)
Crychord (0:58)
Zymo-Xyl (1:44)
Mazda Marimba (1:38)
Gourd Tree & Cone Gong (1:51)
Eucal Blossom (1:14)
Quadrangularis Reversum (2:24)
Harmonic Canon III (The Blue Rainbow) (1:39)
Hand Instruments – Partch In Epilogue (3:03)

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.27.48 PMINTERACTIVE BONUS: Want To Spend Some Time In Harry Partch’s World? Go HERE, where you can see and play dozens of Partch’s instruments via your keyboard. It’s a guaranteed hoot! You’ll not only familiarize yourself with the look and sound of his baffling constructions, but you’ll also get an idea of how oddly appealing his alien ideas are. And… waste hours of your boss’ cubicle time – all in the name of musical edification.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Flashback (Deluxe Edition 2015)

Flashback DeluxeFlashback (Deluxe Edition) (2015)
4th Time’s A Charm…

The original 1993 release of Joan Jett’s Flashback was a solid collection of hits, b-sides and rarities. But, for reasons known only to Ms. Jett, she decided to re-tool and re-release the album in 1998, dropping five songs – one, a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Star Star” (aka “Starfucker”) – and adding three others. So the two different versions seemed ripe for combining into another one of our fake “Deluxe Editions.” Hardcore types should already have most of this material, but casual fans might enjoy some of the cool covers and oddities gathered here, like Joan’s lesser known, 1979 b-side version of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (with the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones and Paul Cook, two years before the re-recorded worldwide hit), and her takes on Alice Cooper’s “Be My Lover,” Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel,” Berry’s “Louie Louie,” Springsteen’s “Light Of Day” and her re-write of the Pistols’ “EMI,” retitled “MCA.” The live version of her early Runaways hit, “Cherry Bomb,” features the band L7, and one of the 1998 CD additions, “Right ‘Til The End,” is a co-write with Jules Shear. For this faux, 25-track Deluxe Edition, we’ve used the 2007 CD-ROM remaster (for its far superior sound), adding the five deleted tracks from the 1993 version as bonuses. Hit the archives to find more Joan Jett, including; Evil Stig, with The Gits, HERE and THE RUNAWAYS, Japanese Singles Collection and Young And Fast (by The fake Runaways), HERE. Find Flashback at Amazon, HERE (1993 Version), HERE (1998 Version) and HERE (2007 Enhanced Version).

FLASHBACK (1998/2007)
Real Wild Child (1:36) #
Hide & Seek (2:41)
Indian Giver (3:07)
I Hate Long Good-Byes (2:27)
Cherry Bomb (4:01) – Live with L7
Fantasy (4:17)
Light Of Day (3:32)
Gotcha (3:01)
She Lost You (2:57)
MCA (EMI) (3:16)
Rebel, Rebel (4:11)
Be My Lover (2:58)
Bring It On Home (3:24)
Play With Me (3:19)
Activity Grrrl (3:36)
Heartbeat (3:13)
Bad Reputation (3:03) – Live 2/4/81 #
Black Leather (4:00)
I Love Rock N’ Roll (3:00) – Early 1979 B-Side version with the Sex Pistols
Right ‘Til The End (3:22) #
Summertime Blues (2:16)
Louie, Louie (2:57)
Star Star (3:58)
Stand Up For Yourself (3:53)
Call Me Lightning (2:25)
# Not Included On The 1993 Version

STEVE NAÏVE It’s Raining Somewhere (Contemplative Jazz) (1996) – a.k.a. STEVE NIEVE of The Attractions

FrontIt’s Raining Somewhere (1996)
One Of The New Wave’s More Credible Musicians

Steve Nieve, the longtime pianist/arranger of Elvis Costello’s Attractions, was always a cut above the rest. It became glaringly obvious after Costello’s second pop/punk album, This Year’s Model, that it was Nieve that was partly responsible for facilitating Costello’s genre-bending moves to more elaborate forms of music, beginning with Armed Forces – and the pre-album preview of an early Nieve piano showcase, “Accidents Will Happen.” It’s why the guy was always around whenever Costello wanted to concoct a new angle, since he could handle anything thrown his way – from pile-driving rock to country weepers to cultured, semi-classical asides. About the only thing Nieve hasn’t been able to do, is transition his talents as a sideman into a career as a frontman. He spearheaded an Attractions solo album, Mad About The Wrong Boy, which included a solo Nieve EP (both HERE, in the archives), but neither stuck. His solo work has remained largely under the radar, and even a co-billing star turn, like the outstanding 1996 5CD live duets box with Elvis, Costello & Nieve (HERE, in the archives), has only managed to solidify his position as a right-hand man, rather than paving the way for something more personally high-profile. I’ve always liked It’s Raining Somewhere, Nieve’s solo LP for Knitting Factory Records (billed as Steve Naïve, the pronunciation of his Nieve alias). Four somber pieces, that drift and evolve like the “contemplative jazz” subtitle it sports. Longstanding fans of Costello & Nieve’s ‘new wave and beyond’ history might not be amused, but those who enjoy Steve’s tremendous talents should appreciate its merits. Find tons of Steve (with Elvis) in the archives, including Live At The El Mocombo (1978), Live At Hollywood High (1978), Rockpalast ’78, Costello’s The Rhino Bonus Disc Series (17CDs), and The Great Unknown (11CD rarity collection), all HERE. Find It’s Raining Somewhere on hard disc at Amazon, HERE.

Before (16:11)
The Time (11:09)
The World (10:26)
Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair (10:07)

THE BEE GEES A Kick In The Head Is Worth Eight In The Pants (1973) – Rejected, Unreleased Album

A Kick In The Head Is Worth Eight In The PantsA Kick In The Head Is Worth Eight In The Pants (1973)
Speaking Of Rejected Albums…

We often respond to rejected albums in a funny way. Hearing something deemed “unworthy” – sometimes decades after it was originally measured against an artist’s more successful work – it’s easy to think, ‘Hey… this isn’t so bad, what was the issue, anyway?’ The truth is, however, that it’s difficult to comparatively “judge” a work after the fact. Times change, we change, and rarely is anything as it was. Except, maybe, the music itself. It’s kinda like when veteran artists find new life by returning to their old styles (maybe with the help of nostalgic super-producers, like Rick Rubin). Styles once commercially “rejected” by the public-at-large, as the times (and listeners) were a-changin’. Yesterday’s tired ideas, on the other hand, sometimes become “classic” – even desirable – either by oldsters looking for a taste of their past, or youngsters who missed it all the first time around. Personally speaking, I had already moved on from The Bee Gees by 1973, which was more about my attention span than the trio’s talents or merits. But now, hearing (the so-called) A Kick In The Head Is Worth Eight In The Pants, over 40 years later; Hey… this isn’t so bad. What was the issue, anyway? Well… in bean counter parlance, it wasn’t hit-oriented, which was surely the criteria used to reject it. A point proven by the flatlined response to “Elisa” and “Wouldn’t I Be Someone” b/w “King & Country,” three songs released ahead of this intended LP, which would all find a future home on the box set, Tales From The Brothers Gibb (along with “It Doesn’t Matter Much To Me,” re-recorded in 1974). The rest of this album remained in the vaults gathering dust since its inception, around the time of 1973’s Life In A Tin Can (after To Whom It May Concern and before Mr. Natural). These files come from Philip Cohen, who originally posted the highest quality versions yet heard of these tracks. The cover, by the way, is in no way official, and comes from a low-quality foreign bootleg. But, if you still like your BGs “classic,” we’ve got tons more in the archives, including Bee Gees’ 1st – Mono/Stereo Deluxe Edition (HERE)… and check the comments there for Deluxe Versions of Horizontal, Idea and Odessa, as well as To Whom It May Concern. We’ve also got Cucumber Castle and Robin Gibb’s solo LP, Robin’s Reign (HERE), where you can watch the BGs psych movie, Cucumber Castle in comments, and THE BEE GEES Sing And Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs, their debut from 1965 (HERE), and again, in comments, grab the 2CD Brilliant From Birth.

Elisa (2:51)
Wouldn’t I Be Someone (5:42)
A Lonely Violin (3:14)
Losers And Lovers (3:16)
Home Again Rivers (3:16)
Dear Mr. Kissinger (4:07)
Jesus In Heaven (3:26)
Harry’s Gate (3:31)
Rocky L.A. (3:54)
Castle In The Air (3:45)
Where Is Your Sister (3:11)
It Doesn’t Matter Much To Me (4:32)
King And Country (5:22) (Life)
Am I Wasting My Time (3:02)