TALKING HEADS Live On Tour (1979) –
Rare ‘Warner Bros. Music Show’ Promo-Only Live LP

Live On TourLive On Tour (1979)
Never Released Promo-Only Live LP

I wanted to get this up now because I noticed an inferior version floating around recently that would be best to avoid. That’s not to say that these files, ripped from 35-year old vinyl, don’t have issues of their own, but at least this is the real deal. This official (but officially unreleased) show was recorded at the Cleveland Agora on December 18, 1978, and issued as a “Warner Bros. Music Show” radio-only promo LP. Three tracks – “The Girls Want To Be With The Girls,” “Electricity” and “Found A Job” – made it onto The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads, but it’s surprising that in this era of box sets and bonus discs that the whole LP – or the entire Agora performance, for that matter – hasn’t found a digital home. Like our earlier post, Jukes Live At The Bottom Line (HERE), this promo-only LP was so sought-after upon its release to radio (reportedly limited to under 1,000 copies), that it was heavily bootlegged from the start. It’s a partial show, capturing the last gasp of the Heads’ jittery, NYC-bred tension and minimalism, just prior to broadening their sound with African rhythms for 1979’s Fear Of Music. This is a decent rip worth re-getting if you’ve recently picked it up elsewhere. Hit the archives to find DAVID BYRNE’s The Catherine Wheel & My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (w/ENO) (HERE). Click some links for used LPs of Live On Tour at Amazon (HERE), though that sealed one for $19 is surely a boot.

A Side
The Big Country (5:48)
Warning Sign (4:30)
Artists Only (5:11)
The Girls Want To Be With The Girls (3:50)
The Good Thing (3:10)
Electricity (3:31)
B Side
New Feeling (4:31)
Found A Job (5:21)
Psycho Killer (7:06)
Take Me To The River (6:04)

RICHARD THOMPSON BAND Live At The Bayou, Washington, DC – November 7th, 1988 UPGRADE!

The Bayou, Washington, DC – November 7th, 1988 (2nd Set) (2015 Upgrade)
The Complete Show, With Upgraded Sound….

Years ago we compiled a number of Richard Thompson collections containing 25 high-quality live and unreleased concerts, entitled the Five Live Box series. They’ve been some of our most consistently popular posts, and if you’re already a Richard Thompson disciple, you know why. One of the shows, from The Bayou in Washington, DC, was taped from WHFS-FM radio from an old friend of this blog (and our previous one, Never Get Out Of The Boat), Camarillo Brillo, who still hosts his own long-running blog of the same name (HERE). He’s better known on our READERS LINKS pages as “PhotoHop,” who continues to share a slew of rare, live and hard-to-find radio broadcasts (among other things) from his personal collection, stuff that’s not easily found anywhere else. This week he revisited his own off-air recording of The Richard Thompson Band’s 1988 show in Washington, DC – a broadcast he introduced to the web – to upgrade the sound and reinstate all the songs and stage banter, to post a complete late show Bayou performance for us here, which we thank him for immensely. Plus… it gives us an opportunity to plug the other 24 live shows in our five-strong, Five Live Box Richard Thompson marathon. Thanks again to PhotoHop for going back to the well for this welcomed upgrade. Find the Bayou gig in Five Live Box Volume Four (HERE), and check out all the boxes, HERE (or click any image below).
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THE BONZO DOG BAND (2007 Bonus Track Versions) Gorilla (1967), Donut In Granny’s Greenhouse (1968), Keynsham (1969), Tadpoles (1969), Let’s Make Up And Be Friendly (1972), No Matter Who You Vote… (1992), Complete BBC Recordings (2002), Wrestle Poodles… And Win! (2006) & Pour L’Amour Des Chiens (2007)

Gorilla (1967/2007)
The Donut In Granny’s Greenhouse (1968/2007)
Keynsham (1969/2007)
Tadpoles (1969/2007)
Let’s Make Up And Be Friendly (1972/2007)
No Matter Who You Vote For The Government Always Gets In EP (1992)
The Complete BBC Recordings (2002)
Wrestle Poodles And Win! (2006)
Pour L’Amour Des Chiens (2007)
The Sweet Essence Of Giraffe…

The collected works of the groundbreaking musical madness that is The Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band. Most first heard (and saw) the Bonzo’s when they appeared in The Beatles’ 1967 TV special, Magical Mystery Tour, performing “Death Cab For Cutie.” To explain what they do, however, is an exercise in futility, as they routinely mix disparate styles from UK vaudeville/dancehall tradition, 1920s jazz, psychedelic pop, bastardized lounge music, droll stiff upper wit, near avant-garde, and assorted musics that just don’t want to fit neatly into any categories. Squeezing tubas, trombones and penny whistles into standard rock instrumentation, The Bonzo’s proverbial kitchen sink approach was immortalized in “The Intro And The Outro” (hear it below), from their debut LP, Gorilla. They had a minor 1968 hit with “I’m The Urban Spaceman,” co-produced by Paul McCartney, and Neil Innes went on to form the outstanding Beatles parody band/film/franchise, The Rutles, along with Monty Python’s Eric Idle. 1972’s Let’s Make Up And Be Friendly was a reunion album undertaken after their 1970 split, though it doesn’t rank high with Bonzo aficionados, being that it was primarily a vehicle for only a couple of members. Most of the group reconvened again for a 1992 political EP, No Matter Who You Vote For the Government Always Gets In (Heigh Ho!), but the Bonzo’s guiding madman, Vivian Stanshall, would die in a house fire in 1995, so later re-formations would miss his essential vision and input, though… not for lack of trying. 2006’s double live set, Wrestle Poodles… And Win! and the 2007 studio reunion album, Pour L’Amour Des Chiens, were both actually highly entertaining excursions, even if the Bonzos weren’t quite as manic as their younger selves. For those that notice such things, the band never quite settled on their own name over the years, adopting a shortened version of their original moniker, “Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band” (with varying punctuation), so, for file tagging purposes, we stuck with whatever was on the album cover (maybe). Also, the song titles on Wrestling Poodles… were inexplicably abbreviated by the band themselves, so we went with their spellings there, too. Thanks to Maxxx for helping us find the elusive 2007 bonus track upgrade of Let’s Make Up And Be Friendly. Poke around in both Readers Links for various solo Roger Ruskin Spear and Neil Innes essentials, and you can find most of Vivian Stanshall’s discography (Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead, Christmas At Rawlinson’s End: The Peel Sessions – December, 1975, Sir Henry At Rawlinson End, Sir Henry At Ndidis Karaal and Teddy Boys Don’t Knit) already in the archives (HERE), if you have the moxy. Click the covers below for links to all the Bonzo’s product at Amazon.

Gorilla (2007) FrontGORILLA 1967
Cool Britannia (0:58)
The Equestrian Statue (2:45)
Jollity Farm (2:28)
(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco (1:02)
Look Out, There’s A Monster Coming (2:54)
Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold (3:09)
Death Cab For Cutie (2:55)
Narcissus (0:21)
The Intro And The Outro (3:04)
Mickey’s Son And Daughter (2:43)
Big Shot (3:29)
Music For The Head Ballet (1:44)
Piggy Bank Love (3:03)
I’m Bored (3:05)
The Sound of Music (1:24)
My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies (Bonus Track) (3:00)
I’m Gonna Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight (Bonus Track) (2:02)
Ali Baba’s Camel (Early Version) (2:41)
On Her Doorstep Last Night (Bonus Track) (2:10)
Alley Oop (Bonus Track) (2:29)
Button Up Your Overcoat (Bonus Track) (2:54)
The Craig Torso Show (BBC Recording) (5:16)

The Donut In Granny's Greenhouse (2007) FrontTHE DOUGHNUT IN GRANNY’S GREENHOUSE 1968
We Are Normal (4:50)
Postcard (4:21)
Beautiful Zelda (2:24)
Can Blue Men Sing The Whites (2:48)
Hello Mabel (2:46)
Karma Sutra (0:40)
Humanoid Boogie (3:03)
The Trouser Press (2:19)
My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe (3:32)
Rockaliser Baby (3:29)
Rhinocratic Oaths (3:20)
Eleven Mustachioed Daughters (4:57)
Blue Suede Shoes (Previously Unreleased) (1:37)
Bang Bang (Previously Unreleased) (2:39)
Alley Oop (Girls Version) (2:31)
Canyons Of Your Mind (Single Version) (3:02)
Mr Apollo (German Version) (4:10)

Keynsham (2007) FrontKEYNSHAM 1969
You Done My Brain In (1:42)
Keynsham (2:22)
Quiet Talks And Summer Walks (3:23)
Tent (3:24)
We Were Wrong (2:32)
Joke Shop Man (1:23)
The Bride Stripped Bare (By The Batchelors) (2:39)
Look At Me I’m Wonderful (1:45)
What Do You Do? (3:12)
Mr Slaters Parrot (2:28)
Sport (The Odd Boy) (3:31)
I Want To Be With You (2:17)
Noises For The Leg (1:53)
Busted (5:48)
Are You Having Any Fun? (by Vivian Stanshall & Kilgaron) (2:35)
How Sweet To Be An Idiot (by Neil Innis) (2:50)
When Yuba Plays The Rumba On The Tuba (by Roger Ruskin Spear) (3:05)
The Young Ones (by Vivian Stanshall & Kilgaron) (3:16)
Witchi Tao To (by Topo D. Bil) (3:30)

Tadpoles (2007) FrontTADPOLES 1969
Hunting Tigers Out In ‘Indiah’ (3:05)
Shirt (4:26)
Tubas In The Moonlight (2:22)
Dr Jazz (2:39)
The Monster Mash (2:59)
I’m The Urban Spaceman (2:23)
Ali Baba’s Camel (3:31)
Laughing Blues (3:43)
By A Waterfall (Footlight Parade) (3:10)
Mr Apollo (4:20)
Canyons Of Your Mind (3:03)
Boo! (Previously Unreleased) (3:17)
Readymades (Bonus Track) (3:07)
Look At Me I’m Wonderful (BBC Recording) (2:51)
We Were Wrong (BBC Recording) (2:19)
The Craig Torso Christmas Show (BBC Recording) (7:14)

Lets Make Up And Be Friendly FrontLET’S MAKE UP AND BE FRIENDLY 1972
The Strain (3:22)
Turkeys (2:11)
King Of Scurf (4:59)
Waiting For The Wardrobe (2:47)
Straight From My Heart (3:07)
Rusty (Champion Thrust) (7:19)
Rawlinson End (9:06)
Don’t Get Me Wrong (4:54)
Fresh Wound (4:26)
Bad Blood (5:32)
Slush (2:18)
Sofa Head (Bonus Track) (3:11)
Jam (by Topo D Bil) (3:13)
I Love To Bumpity Bump (by Roger Ruskin Spear) (2:30)
Lie Down And Be Counted (by Neil Innis) (3:11)
The Bride Stripped Bare By ‘Bachelors’ (Early Version) (6:48)
No Matter Who You Vote For The Government Always Gets In (Demo) (4:10)
Suspicion (Bonus Track) (3:28)
Trouser Freak (Bonus Track) (2:50)

No Matter Who You Vote For The Government Always Gets In (Heigh Ho!) (3:17)
I’m The Urban Spaceman (2:23)
The Intro And The Outro (3:03)
Them (performed by Neil Innis) (2:50)

The Complete BBC Recordings FrontTHE COMPLETE BBC RECORDINGS (1967-1986) 2002
Do The Trouser Press (2:19)
Canyons Of Your Mind (3:09)
I’m The Urban Spaceman (2:38)
Hello Mabel (2:41)
Mr. Apollo (4:17)
Tent (2:37)
Monster Mash (3:13)
Give Booze A Chance (1:18)
We Were Wrong (2:21)
Keynsham (1:45)
I Want To Be With You (2:04)
Mickey’s Son And Daughter (2:39)
The Craig Torso Show (5:14)
Can Blue Men Sing The Whites? (2:39)
Look At Me I’m Wonderful (2:52)
Quiet Talks And Summer Walks (3:41)
We’re Going To Bring It On Home (4:32)
Sofa Head (3:17)
Canyons Of Your Mind (3:01)
I’m The Urban Spaceman (1:29)

Wrestle Poodles... And Win! FrontWRESTLE POODLES… AND WIN! 2006
Rule Britannia (0:36)
Hunting Tigers (3:19)
My Brother Makes The Noises (3:28)
Doorstep (1:49)
Little Sir Echo (2:39)
Ali Baba’s Camel (3:39)
Falling In Love Again (5:05)
Watermelon (2:19)
Lookout There’s A Monster Coming (3:40)
Whispering (1:54)
By A Waterfall (3:00)
Sheik Of Araby (2:23)
Hello Mabel (3:07)
Jollity Farm (3:08)
The Equestrian Statue (3:02)

Cool Britannia (0:51)
We Are Normal (2:19)
The Strain (4:30)
The Sound Of Music (1:50)
Exodus (1:23)
The Trouser Press (4:37)
My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe (4:00)
I’m Bored (3:13)
Sport (The Odd Boy) (2:30)
Mr Apollo (4:45)
Humanoid Boogie (3:37)
Tent (3:33)
Can Blue Men Sing The Whites (2:53)
Look At Me, I’m Wonderful (3:39)
San Francisco (1:10)
Rhinocratic Oaths (3:20)
Mr Slater’s Parrot (2:03)
Monster Mash (3:03)
Urban Spaceman (2:31)
Canyons Of Your Mind (3:14)

Pour LAmour Des Chiens FrontPOUR L’AMOUR DES CHIENS 2007
Pour L’Amour Des Chiens (1:02)
Let’s All Go To Mary’s House (2:42)
Hawkeye The Gnu (3:16)
Making Faces At The Man In The Moon (2:20)
Fiasco (0:20)
Purple Sprouting Broccoli (3:11)
Old Tige (4:20)
Wire People (1:58)
Salmon Proust (0:46)
Democracy (3:27)
I Predict A Riot (4:41)
Scarlet Ribbons (4:29)
Paws (0:29)
And We’re Back (0:06)
Stadium Love (3:25)
Mornington Crescent (2:41)
L’Essence D’Hooligan (0:27)
Early Morning Train (3:09)
My Friends Outside (4:37)
For The Benefit Of Mankind (2:31)
Beautiful People (2:44)
Ego Warriors (3:56)
Cockadoodle Tato (0:15)
Tiptoe Through The Tulips (3:54)
Sweet Memories (3:36)
Sudoku Forecast (0:18)
Now You’re Asleep (4:59)
Jean Baudrillard (0:51)

THE HOLLIES Stay With The Hollies (1964) + In The Hollies Style (1964) – Their First Two…

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Stay With The Hollies (1964)
In The Hollies Style (1964)
In The Hollies Style?

A snapshot of UK music scene, circa 1964. Beatlemania was in full force and slow-footed record company executives – all lacking the esteemed foresight of George Martin – were quickly invading the British Isles looking for anybody with the same haircuts, Mersey beat and, hopefully, marketability of The Fab Four. It would be easy to saddle many of those that followed in The Beatles’ wake as “imitators,” but that’s not entirely fair. Setting aside those whose music was rooted in differing styles, some of the bands that appeared to mimic The Beatles were partially the products of their environment – covering the same songs, drinking the same water, breathing the same air, as it were. Of course, The Beatles’ astounding success “clarified” what was marketable for many a new band (though, to be honest, some were just blatant copycats). But, like Lennon & McCartney, The Hollies’ Allan Clarke and Graham Nash began as a duo, aping the Everlys and 50s skiffle. By the time the 60s rolled around, they had followed similar stylistic back roads to arrive at some of the same places (like the Cavern Club), boasting a Mersey sound (via Manchester roots) with the backbeats, song bag and chirpy upbeat harmonies synonymous with the fab fad. The Hollies did have individualistic traits, however, even if they were well-disguised on these first two LPs. Graham Nash also proves himself to be one of the greatest harmonizers of the movement right out of the box, giving them the right to use the title “Hollies’ style” on their second 1964 release. Naturally, the band’s debut had a different track configuration by the time it reached the US (and In The Hollies Style didn’t even make the crossing at all). It wouldn’t be until the following year when the band would crack the States with Graham Gouldman’s “Look Through Any Window” (more on him HERE). Personally, I’ve always been more in tune with the psychedelic Hollies, but these two time capsule jukeboxes are still a worthy diversion, from a band that would go on to better define themselves (numerous times, in fact) over the course of the 60s and 70s. Find The Hollies’ 30th Anniversary Collection (HERE), and find the excellent tribute disc, Sing Hollies In Reverse (HERE). Get the BGO versions (or others) of Stay With The Hollies (HERE) and In The Hollies Style (HERE) at Amazon.

Stay With The Hollies
I’m Talking About You (2:11)
Mr. Moonlight (2:10)
You Better Move On (2:49)
Lucille (2:30)
Baby Don’t Cry (2:10)
Memphis (2:37)
Stay (2:14)
Rockin’ Robin (2:21)
Whatcha Gonna Do ‘Bout It (2:21)
Do You Love Me (2:14)
It’s Only Make Believe (3:19)
What Kind Of Girl Are You (3:05)
Little Lover (2:04)
Candy Man (2:28)

In The Hollies Style
Nitty Gritty/Something’s Got A Hold On Me (4:10)
Don’t You Know (1:58)
To You My Love (2:09)
It’s In Her Kiss (2:17)
Time For Love (2:33)
What Kind Of Boy (2:38)
Too Much Monkey Business (2:29)
I Thought Of You Last Night (2:19)
Please Don’t Feel Too Bad (2:27)
Come On Home (1:54)
You’ll Be Mine (2:04)
Set Me Free (2:24)

THE WHO BBC Sessions (26-Track UK Version) +
Live At The BBC (Best Buy Bonus Disc) (2000)

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BBC Sessions 26 Track UK Version (2000)
BBC Sessions – Live At The BBC Best Buy Bonus Disc (2000)
Accept No Substitute

The Who’s BBC Sessions was initially issued in the US as a 25-track CD… and as a 26-track CD in the UK (adding the Everly Brothers cover, “Man With Money”). US retailer Best Buy also ponied up a bonus disc, BBC Sessions – Live At The BBC, that featured 7 addition songs (of mostly later vintage) and a Pete Townshend interview. It wouldn’t be until 2011 that the Japanese (God bless ’em) gathered it all together into a single 2CD package. I bought the original release from Best Buy for the bonus disc, and was roundly pissed when I learned about the missing track. So, what you get here is a hybrid… the full 26-track UK version and the US Best Buy Bonus Disc. What’s interesting about this collection is the abundance of deeper LP tracks the band played on the Beeb in the early days. Of course, that’s from a Yank’s perspective, who wasn’t privy to the earliest of The Who’s music back in the day. But, it still makes for a uniquely era-centric listen, as opposed to just another ‘hits’ gathering. As you’d expect from early BBC recordings, the sound quality isn’t much better than if it was coming out of your TV. Finding CDs in any configuration, however, is tough, as it seems to be out of print. I couldn’t find the Japanese version at Amazon, though, it’s surely around somewhere. They do have the 26-track UK version for just a few bucks (HERE), but the Best Buy stand-alone disc seems to now be a thing of the past.

BBC Sessions (UK 26 Track Version)
My Generation (Radio 1 Jingle) (0:59)
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (2:44)
Good Lovin’ (1:50)
Just You And Me, Darling (2:02)
Leaving Here (2:35)
My Generation (3:25)
The Goods Gone (3:00)
La La La Lies (2:26)
Substitute (3:31)
Man With Money (2:32)
Dancing In The Street (2:25)
Disguises (3:46)
I’m A Boy (2:40)
Run Run Run (3:18)
Boris The Spider (2:48)
Happy Jack (2:11)
See My Way (1:50)
Pictures Of Lily (2:35)
A Quick One (While He’s Away) (7:02)
Substitute (2) (2:14)
The Seeker (3:06)
I’m Free (2:25)
Medley: Shakin’ All Over/Spoonful (3:41)
Relay (5:17)
Long Live Rock (3:57)
Boris the Spider (Radio 1 Jingle) (0:10)

BBC Sessions – Live At The BBC (Best Buy Bonus Disc)
Pete Townsend Interview: Townshend Talks “Tommy” (2:09)
Pinball Wizard (2:22)
See Me, Feel Me (2:49)
I Don’t Even Know Myself (4:56)
I Can See For Miles (3:55)
Heaven And Hell (3:30)
The Seeker (3:07)
Summertime Blues (3:11)

Who’s Next (Deluxe, with Live At Young Vic, 1971 HERE)
Live At Leeds (2001 Deluxe, HERE)
Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut (4CD HERE)
Live At Hull (Official, HERE)
The Singles (1984/2011) (HERE)
Rarities 1966-1972, Vols. 1 & 2 (HERE)
Tommy (The London Symphony Orchestra, HERE)
Tommy (Original Soundtrack, HERE)

The Lifehouse Demos (2CD HERE)
The Lifehouse Chronicles (6CD HERE)
Live: The Fillmore 1996, Live: The Empire 1998, Live: Sadler’s Wells 2000, Live: La Jolla Playhouse 2001 (22/06/01 & 23/06/01), Live: BAM 1993 (all HERE)
All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (HERE)
Twenty (a.k.a. Scoop 4) (HERE)
Psychoderelict (Censored Dialogue) + Psychoderelict (Without Dialogue) (Both HERE)
Empty Glass (HERE)
Bonus Tracks 2006 (HERE)
The Meher Baba LPs: Happy Birthday, I Am + With Love (All HERE)
The Oceanic Concerts, A Benefit For Maryville Academy + Magic Bus–Live From Chicago (All HERE)

Rough Mix (HERE)

MOJO Presents: The Route To Quadrophenia (HERE)
MOJO Presents: The Who Jukebox (HERE)
MOJO Presents: The Who Covered (HERE)
PETRA HADEN Sings: The Who Sell Out (a cappella, HERE)
THE HILLBENDERS Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry (HERE)

THE WHO Live At Young Vic, April 26, 1971 – The Lifehouse Concert (2003 Officially Release Show)

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Officially Released, Though Only Partially

In 1971, as the grand vision of Pete Townshend’s post-Tommy Lifehouse project was falling apart around him, The Who taped this concert at the Young Vic, with the intention of possibly incorporating some of the as-yet-unheard material into a greater, more elaborate whole. As most now know, Lifehouse imploded… morphing into one of the greatest rock albums of all time, Who’s Next. For the 2003 Deluxe Edition of Who’s Next, this show was unearthed for a disc of extras. And, while the set was foolishly edited for time (deleting “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me Feel Me” and two covers, “Baby Don’t You Do It” and “Bony Moronie”), this distillation is still a ragged but fun snapshot of The Who in their prime. Hardly Leeds-worthy, mind you, as the band sounds rusty and/or tentative on much of the untested material, but it’s still hard to go wrong with The Who in 1971. I had originally planned to include the missing tracks (from half-assed bootlegs) for a Young Vic reconstruction, but the sound quality just wasn’t happening. But… the four omitted performances (bootleg versions, Who's Nextexcept “Bony Maronie” from Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B) are included for those of you burdened with that need to see the idea through. You’ll find everything else from the Deluxe Edition, too. Of course… we’ve got plenty of Who in the archives, including three Lifehouse related posts; The Lifehouse Chronicles (6CD HERE), The Lifehouse Demos (2CD HERE, from Chronicles), PETE TOWNSHEND’S Live: Sadler’s Wells 2000 (HERE, featuring a Lifehouse performance).. and lot’s more Townshend/Who HERE. Find Who’s Next (Deluxe Edition) at Amazon, HERE. PS: Just ignore our attention-hungry fake front cover.

1 WHO’S NEXT (w/ Bonuses)
Baba O’Riley (5:01)
Bargain (5:34)
Love Ain’t For Keeping (2:11)
My Wife (3:36)
The Song Is Over (6:18)
Getting In Tune (4:50)
Going Mobile (3:44)
Behind Blue Eyes (3:43)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (8:36)
Baby Don’t You Do It (New York Record Plant Session) (8:22)
Getting In Tune (New York Record Plant Session) (6:37)
Pure And Easy (New York Record Plant Session) (4:34)
Love Ain’t For Keeping (New York Record Plant Session) (4:07)
Behind Blue Eyes (New York Record Plant Session) (3:31)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (New York Record Plant Session) (8:49)

Love Ain’t For Keeping (2:58)
Pure And Easy (6:01)
Young Man Blues (4:48)
Time Is Passing (3:59)
Behind Blue Eyes (4:49)
I Don’t Even Know Myself (5:43)
Too Much Of Anything (4:21)
Getting In Tune (6:42)
Bargain (5:46)
Water (8:20)
My Generation (2:58)
Road Runner (3:14)
Naked Eye (6:22)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (8:51)

PLUS: The Bootleg Tunes For Completists
Pinball Wizard
See Me Feel Me
Baby Don’t You Do It
Bony Moronie (from Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B)

NICK LOWE The Collected Works Of Terry Modern, Tartan Horde & The Disco Bros. 1975-1977 “Bay City Rollers We Love You” + “Rollers Show” and more

This Year's Nick
It’s often been repeated that Nick Lowe first penned his 1975 tribute to The Bay City Rollers as a means of escaping his contract with United Artists Records. But, personally speaking, I’ve never completely bought into that notion (despite his claims). It’s true that he adopted a new moniker for his first Rollers-related 45 (Terry Modern), and a tongue-in-cheek band name (Tartan Horde, a direct reference to The Rollers’ Scottish fan base), but… he also injected his pop confection with a great deal of attention to detail (and it’s surely no coincidence that its pure pop style would be precisely what Nick Lowe would pursue – under his own name – in the next few years). When “Bay City Rollers We Love You” became a surprise hit in Japan, Nick was willing to record a follow-up for UA, too, so the music – while a distinct departure from his previous work with pub-rockers Brinsley Schwarz – was hardly the kind of “deal breaker” one might associate with contract tampering. Not like, oh… say, Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music, for instance (HERE). What we’ve gathered here is all of Nick Lowe’s Tartan Horde material, along with music concurrently recorded by “The Disco Bros.” (produced by future Rockpile partner, Dave Edmunds). But before you say, ‘Hey… there were only a couple singles…,” that’s true, but keep in mind that the Disco Bros./Tartan Horde EP issued in 1977 boasted different versions than those on the original 45s. Now you collector types can have it all. We’ve got lots more Nick Lowe, HERE.

Bay City Rollers We Love You:Rollers Theme (Instrumental) Liberty 45 LLR-20114 1976TARTAN HORDE 45 (1975)
“Bay City Rollers We Love You”
b/w “Rollers Theme (Instrumental)”
The picture sleeve on the left actually comes from a 1976 Japanese re-release, since almost no promotional effort went into the original 1975 45. After the song accidentally took off, it was repackaged for multiple countries and labels. “Bay City Rollers We Love You,” credited to ‘Terry Modern,’ was a pop-tastic paraphrasing of the “We Love You Beatles” fan refrain that greeted The Fab Four a decade before ‘Rollermania,’ and was as musically simplistic as The Rollers themselves. It’s backed with a fruity, synth-led instrumental version just begging for some Japanese teenage girl Karaoke action.

Let's Go To The DiscoTHE DISCO BROS. 45 (1976)
“Let’s Go To The Disco” b/w “Everybody Dance”
Not actually a part of the Bay City Rollers “tribute” singles, this Disco Bros. 45 from 1976 is included as a result of United Artists re-issuing this material with The Tartan Horde for a 1977 EP. The songs were penned by Nick Lowe (“Everybody Dance” is a co-write) and produced by Dave Edmunds, among the pair’s earliest work together. Oddly enough, the later EP would include a slightly different version of “Let’s Go To The Disco,” a song about another fad Nick was half-banking on breaking (it’s good to cover all your trending bases). Fortunately… he didn’t use a disco backbeat for this recording.

Rollers ShowTARTAN HORDE 45 (1977)
“Rollers Show” b/w “Allorolla Part 1”
The 1977 follow-up to “Bay City Rollers We Love You” didn’t have near the same impact with the kids – who were now two years older and moving on (even if Nick wasn’t). Fads are funny and fickle that way… so just as The Rollers themselves were about to implode, so went the viability of a franchise to cash-in on them. If Nick Lowe’s original intent was to get released from his record contract, this 45 precipitated that end result. Then… suddenly… Nick was off to a new life at Stiff Records (where “Rollers Show” would later appear on Jesus Of Cool and Pure Pop For Now People, HERE).

The Disco Bros.:The Tartan HordeTHE DISCO BROS./THE TARTAN HORDE EP (1977)
“Let’s Go To The Disco” & “Everybody Dance”
b/w “Bay City Rollers We Love You” & “Rollers Show”
Was the purpose of this 1977 re-issue of (The) Tartan Horde and The Disco Bros. material just one last stab at some additional sales? Hard to know. What’s most interesting about this Netherlands release, however, are the different versions that were used for both “Let’s Go To The Disco” and “Bay City Rollers We Love You.” The former sounds like the same recording, but with overdubs… or maybe formerly buried instruments were just mixed to the front. Hard to know that, too. Besides boasting a fuller production, you can clearly hear an accordion pumping along and soloing throughout Lowe’s “disco” anthem. Maybe Nick was sensing yet another upcoming trend… zydeco. “Bay City Rollers We Love You,” on the other hand, features an extra verse after the first 50 seconds (“I do what I like, I like to shang-a-lang…”) that wasn’t heard on the original 1975 UK. Collectors can also find an additional b&w version of this EP picture sleeve, too.

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES Jukes Live At The Bottom Line (1976) – Vinyl Promo Live LP

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Ahhh, The Sweet Sound Of Exclusivity…

Just prior to getting sucked into the punk/new wave movement, and before fully understanding the UK’s pub rock scene – specifically Graham Parker & The Rumour – I was knee-deep into this fantastic, promo-only live LP from Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Jukes Live At The Bottom Line. Those were glorious days for industry insiders who coveted unreleased LPs like this one, long before the democratization of music by the internet. And, those of us lucky enough to have access to the perks of the trade, weren’t shy about letting others know about how cool we thought we were. Shortly after the release of Southside Johnny’s debut LP, this milestone surfaced at FM radio stations, and it went a long way in stoking national interest in The Jukes’ live prowess. I remember sitting second row at my first Southside performance, and I noticed a guy in front of me writing a review for the show in his notepad (the analog kind from the 70s). I peered over his shoulder and he was about five paragraphs deep into a stone-cold rave review for a concert that… hadn’t even started yet! So, I had to ask him, “How can you write all that stuff before the show?” And, like a kind of cinematic scribe I would one day strive to emulate, he didn’t even bother to look up from his notes when he advised, simply…”You’ll see.” Just then the lights went down and Johnny & The Jukes kicked off a balls out, no holds barred, R&R&R&B house party celebration, exactly as the sage prognosticator in front of me was predicting they would. You learn something from experiences like that. In this case, that there are some bands you can count on to deliver the goods night after night. The scribe knew it… and later that night, I knew it, too. This is a vinyl rip of the classic promo-only LP, and it sounds great, with just a few atmospheric pops in between the tracks (you’ll find the 2010 CD version, too). Ronnie Spector shows up for the encore. We’ve got one other Johnny in the archives, the excellent SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY w/ LABAMBA’S BIG BAND Grapefruit Moon: The Songs Of Tom Waits (HERE). You can still find a relatively inexpensive vinyl original of Jukes Live At The Bottom Line at Amazon (HERE), and the expensive, out-of-print 2010 CD reissue (HERE).

Side A
Got To Get You Off My Mind (5:07)
Without Love (4:18)
Searchin’ (5:16)
Sweeter Than Honey (4:10)
Snatching It Back (3:12)
Side B
Little By Little (5:20)
It Ain’t The Meat (It’s The Motion) (3:14)
The Fever (6:00)
Havin’ A Party (7:13)
You Mean So Much To Me (5:26)

MOJO PRESENTS… David Gilmour & Friends (2015) w/ His Exclusive Cover Of “Here, There & Everywhere”

David Gilmour and FriendsDavid Gilmour & Friends (October, 2015)

The latest free CD from the October, 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine promotes their latest interview with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, who also offers up his (and son Joe’s) exclusive cover of The Beatles’ “Here There And Everywhere,” available nowhere else. Gilmour also appears with many of the disc’s other artists, including The Pretty Things, Phil Manzanera and Robert Wyatt. A good set in the MOJO series. As you know the archives hold all 162 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

DAVID CROSBY & GRAHAM NASH Don’t Dig Here (6:09)
ULVER Everybody’s Been Burned (3:25)
PHIL MANZERNA Sacred Days (3:57)
DAVID & JOE GILMOUR Here, There & Everywhere (3:12)
DAVID COURTNEY When Your Life Is Your Own (5:10)
BEN WATT The Levels (3:43)
STEVEN WILSON Lazarus (3:55)
ROBERT WYATT Forest (7:53)
DUNGEN Akt Dit (2:59)
BJ COLE The Interloper (6:10)
THE ORB Moon Quake 6 (4:21)
ORZIC TENTACLES Changa Masala (6:01)
THE PRETTY THINGS Old Man Going (5:21)

DICK CAMPBELL Sings Where It’s At (1965) w/ Mike Bloomfield & Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Ask Bob Dylan If Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

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Speaking Of Dick Campbell…

Dick Campbell was a low-level music veteran in 1965, when he penned a couple of songs modeled on Bob Dylan’s genre-bending electric conversion. Mercury Records (smelling a new trend) liked what they heard, enough to commission more anyway, and in two weeks Campbell came back with this set of songs, hired Dylan cohort Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield (with members of his Blues Band, drummer Sam Lay & organist Mark Naftalin) and bassist Peter Cetera (of The Exceptions, later of Chicago) to record this tribute/homage/parody/cash-in, clearly designed to ride the electric folk wave Dylan was currently cresting on. There have been plenty of artists over the years saddled by the press with the albatross title, “The New Dylan,” but Dick Campbell was actively courting the connection in 1965 (the same year Bob’s Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisted were released). Though… in Dick’s defense, many a well-traveled road’s been paved with early 60s singers/songwriters looking for a way – any way – into the music business. The merits of Sings Where It’s At will be strictly in the ear of the beholder… or among rabid Dylanologists, 60s fetishists and Paul Butterfield completists. This is a vinyl rip, so expect some crackling 60s ambiance. Six years later, Campbell would appear as a more nuanced composer and vocalist on (our previous post), Gary Usher’s lost album, Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt (HERE). Find Dick Campbell Sings Where It’s At @ Amazon, HERE.

The Blues Peddlers (2:55)
You’ve Got To Be Kidding (3:15)
Sandi (2:42)
The People Planners (2:41)
Aphrodite’s Child (3:23)
Despairs Cafeteria (2:59)
Approximately Four Minutes Of Feeling Sorry For D. C. (4:08)
Object Of Derision (2:40)
Where Were You (2:07)
Girls Named Misery (2:45)
Ask Me If I Care (2:36)
Don Juan Of The Western World (3:12)

GARY USHER Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (1971/2001) – Lost 1971 Album From The Drag & Surf King And Brian Wilson Co-Writer… w/ Curt Boetcher

Beyond A Shadow Of DoubtBeyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (1971)
Note-Perfect Demos For An Album Lost To Time

Absolutely gorgeous lost album from the great Gary Usher, best know for his surf and drag albums of the early 60s, his co-compositions with The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson (“In My Room,” among others), and production work for The Byrds (Younger Than Yesterday, also among others). In 1971, Usher began work on an album that would never see the light of day… at least until this collection of pre-production demos surfaced on a Japanese import in 2001. But calling these note-perfect recordings “demos” is completely misleading, as you can hear below. Quietly brilliant, Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt is elegantly simple and gains traction with each listen. I can’t help but believe that the end result here is actually more powerful in its simplicity than any over-arranged concoction Usher might have originally envisioned. Vocals are by Usher, co-writer Dick Campbell (who recounts the experience, HERE) and the great Curt Boetcher (please, no debates about the spelling of his name… he’s tried it at least three different ways himself), and many of the tunes wallow in sumptuous multi-tracked harmonies. “Slippin’,” “Sleepy Land” and “High N’ Dry” might have been lifted from Harry Nilsson’s The Point! or Nilsson Sings Newman, while the luscious “Ships” and “So Long” would sound right at home on a late 60s/early 70s Beach Boys album, besting the quality of some of those LP’s lesser tracks. My only beef with this collection is its sequencing, which places some of the better material later in the proceedings… so be patient when listening for the first time. Highly recommended for those who enjoy innocently positive lyricism and beautifully structured harmonies. We’ve got more Curt Boetcher (There’s An Innocent Face, The Ballroom, The Millennium, Sagittarius) in the archives, for those interested, HERE. Find Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt at Amazon, HERE.

Beyond A Shadow Of Doubt (3:04)
In The Land Of Change (1:50)
Grey, Soft Black And Blue (3:22)
Point Of View (2:48)
Dolky’s Verse (1:18)
Sleepy Land (3:06)
Butterflyin’ (2:20)
High N’ Dry (1:56)
Ships (4:21)
Bo & His Beard (1:00)
Everything Turns Out Right (3:16)
So Long (2:58)
Slippin’ (2:48)
We May Make It Yet (3:07)
Walk A Mile (2:17)
Beyond A Shadow Of Doubt (2:56)
In The Land Of Change (1:50)
Grey, Soft Black And Blue (2:02)
We May Make It Yet (3:07)
Walk A Mile (2:14)
Go Rocket Go (2:38)

BOBBY WHITLOCK & KIM CARMEL Other Assorted Love Songs (2003) – The Right-Hand Man To Delaney & Bonnie & Eric In The Dominos

Other Assorted Love SongsOther Assorted Love Songs (2003)
Acoustic Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs

Vocalist/Keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, right hand man in Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Eric Clapton’s Derek & The Dominos, retired from music to his Mississippi farm in the mid-70s, resurfacing only occasionally before reactivating his career two decades later with 1999’s It’s About Time. His 2003 follow-up, Other Assorted Love Songs (Live from Whitney Chapel), recorded with his wife, Kim (Coco) Carmel, brought his career full circle with his days in The Dominos. It’s a reflective acoustic guitar/piano performance that showcases Whitlock’s compositional work with Derek, as well as check-marking his session contributions to George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. I first sought this out because of the stone-cold rave review from All Music‘s Bruce Elder, which suggested that some of these renditions might be the tunes’ definitive performances. In the end, that assessment proved to be exaggerated, partly due to the primitive recording quality, but that takes nothing away from Whitlock’s powerfully emotive vocals on a handful of his timeless songs, like “Bell Bottom Blues,” “I Looked Away,” “Anyday,” “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad,” and others from the Dominos songbook. Carmel has a couple of lead turns, but generally falls in behind Whitlock with “ragged” harmonies, not-unlike Whitlock’s occasional role with Clapton. Despite some issues, I enjoyed hearing these tunes in a new setting, with a vocalist who still knows how to deliver them with meaning and relevance. Find more Bobby Whitlock in the archives, including his first two solo albums, 1972’s Bobby Whitlock and Raw Velvet (both reissued in 2013 as Where There’s A Will There’s A Way, HERE, with a .pdf of BW’s book, A Rock And Roll Autobiography); his work with DELANEY & BONNIE: On Tour With Eric Clapton (4CD Box, HERE), 1969’s Accept No Substitute and D & B Together (both HERE) and a video performance filmed in Copenhagen, December 10, 1969 w/Bobby, George Harrison & Eric Clapton (HERE) and, of course, some of his work in DEREK & THE DOMINOS: The Last Sessions (HERE). Whitlock also makes an appearance on the live, various artist release, In Their Own Words, Volume One (Live At The Bottom Line, HERE). Find Other Assorted Love Songs at Amazon for only $163.50, HERE.

I Looked Away (3:02)
Keep On Growing (4:23)
Anyday (5:52)
He’s Gone (5:05)
All Things Must Pass (5:01)
Thorn Tree (Introduction) (2:37)
Thorn Tree In The Garden (3:08)
In The Middle Of The Night (6:52)
Bell Bottom Blues (6:06)
Good-Bye (4:37)
High On You (4:01)
Runnin’ Wide Open (6:08)
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (6:04)
Tell The Truth (5:39)

Enter The Wormhole #76 (Hey, No Diddling) – 6CDs

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GRATEFUL DEAD Dark Star 1972 (2015) – A 10-Hour Version Of The Dead’s Essential Space Voyage

Dark Star 1972Dark Star 1972 (2015)
To Boldly Go Where No Band Has Gone Before…

Leave it to an enterprising (but anonymous) Deadhead to put together a 10-hour version of the Grateful Dead’s epic space excursion, “Dark Star.” According to the original post, found over at, the seamless compilation includes “every Grateful Dead Dark Star jam from 1972 mixed into a singular 10 hour listening experience.” That’s the extent of the info, however, even if longtime fans of the composition won’t require much more. Non-Deadheads are invited to investigate as well, since the tune’s spacey, exploratory improvisation should appeal to others beyond the converted, from stoners to jazzers. FYI: The single file is over 570MB, and that’s at the original bit rate of only 128 – which is normally a deal breaker for my collecting habits, but it not only sounds pretty good, but actually might be kind of a necessity in this case. You can hear it all below to make up your own mind, but I’ve been digging on it all day (and am still only half way through). If the original poster ever upgrades this, we’ll find a way to post it. Of course, we’ve got oodles of Dead in the archives (too much to list, HERE), including John Oswald’s officially released 1995 2CD version of this idea, Grayfolded (HERE), and many cool live versions of “Dark Star,” courtesy of Henry Kaiser and friends, over HERE.

Dark Star 1972 (10:00:00)

EMITT RHODES “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” (2015)

How Can You Mend“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” (2015)
It Only Took 40-Some-Odd Years…

Depending on how you classify it, this is Emitt Rhodes first record release (under his own name, anyway) in over four decades. How fitting, then, that it’s a vinyl 45. The song is culled from the as-yet-to-be-released tribute album, To Love The Bee Gees – A Tribute To The Brothers Gibb, and found its way into stores as a red vinyl 7″ for Record Day, 2015. We still haven’t seen a posted mp3 of it anywhere, so we are forced to use an on-air file surreptitiously lifted from Todd-O-Phonic Todd over at WFMU. Despite the spoken intro, the sound and performance is good and clear and a pleasure to behold for those of us who grew up with the enigmatic and beleaguered Mr. Rhodes… who established so much good will with his debut pop records in the 60s and early-70s (find them all HERE), that people still pine for his talents today. The actual 45 features Chris Price’s “Please Read Me” on the flip (not included), who performed on Emitt’s track and is currently producing Rhodes’ long-awaited album. Thanks to our pal RS for this one. Only 1,000 of these red vinyl 45s were made and, as of today, there’s just one available at Amazon, HERE.

EMITT RHODES How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (3:08)

LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS Free Form Patterns (1968/2014) 3CD Reissue w/ 13th Floor Elevators Rhythm Section

Free Form Patterns BoxFree Form Patterns (1968/2014)
3CD Reissue, Including The Raw Sessions…

We’ve written before about that sliver in time when America’s aging bluesmen – faced with a new generation of kids getting rich on their licks and tricks – found themselves at another not-so-mythical crossroads. After decades of getting “royalty” shafted, some had to decide whether to stick to their pure-bred blues roots… or join the gold rush? The results were sometimes financially motivated, sometimes label dictated, but many of the old blues greats agreed to hook up with their younger brethren to record electrified albums of varying worth (some crass, some authentic), crafted solely for the mid-to-late 60s youth market. We’ve got some in the archives, including… MUDDY WATERS’ Fathers And Sons (HERE) and Electric Mud (HERE); HOWLIN’ WOLF’s The Howlin’ Wolf Album (HERE) and The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions (HERE); BO DIDDLEY’s The Black Gladiator (HERE); JOHN LEE HOOKER’s Free Beer And Chicken (HERE) and MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL’s I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll – Deluxe Edition, (notable, for our purposes here, as being his first with an electric guitar HERE)… not to mention John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat’s Hooker & Heat. But those are just a few examples capturing the old guard bending to the new will. Add to that list this obscure release from Lightnin’ Hopkins, recorded with Danny Thomas and Duke Davis of The 13th Floor Elevators (who were reportedly on acid during the sessions), Free Form Patterns – recorded in 1968 and reissued as a 3CD set in 2014. This collection is cool because – with only bass and drums accompaniment – it’s not some acid freak-out hybrid (like Bo Diddley’s, for instance), but is, instead, a relatively straightforward representation of Hopkins’ genuine blues style… just electrified. Discs 2 & 3 are the treat, capturing the actual (reconstructed) sessions – in order as it all happened – with story-telling and chatter interspersed with the (repeated) songs. A historically nifty addition. The track titling (and spelling) on this collection is a bit weird, while the “conversations” at the end of disc 3 are filler from another source. The only other Lightnin’ Hopkins we have in the archives is a very cool blues summit, featuring LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE: Rediscovered Blues (HERE). And even through there’s only a vague connection, you can find tons of 13th Floor Elevators HERE. Find Free Form Patterns at Amazon, HERE.

Mr. Charlie (7:06)
Give Me Time To Think (3:51)
Fox Chase (3:29)
Mr. Dittas’ Grocery Store (5:36)
Open Up Your Door (3:58)
Baby Child (3:37)
Cookings Done (3:50)
Got Her Letter This Morning (5:00)
Rain Falling (5:04)
Mini Skirt (3:04)
Black Ghost Blues (Bonus Track) (3:31)
Chat #1: “I’d Like To Get In Tune With The Boys” (0:50)
Song #1: Give Me Time To Think (3:51)
Chat #2: Harmonica Players (0:57)
Song #2: Mini Skirt (3:03)
Chat #3: Lelan “Is Billy A Hippy?” (0:55)
Song #3: Got Her Letter This Morning (4:57)
Chat #4: Drinking Chat #1 “No No, I Don’t Fool With Nothin’ But What I Fool With” (2:49)
Song #4: Mixed Up (Unreleased) (3:04)
Chat #5: Band Direction/Billy (2:36)
Song #5: (Mr. Dillon’s) Grocery Store Blues (5:35)
Chat #6: “You Know Mr. Dillon?” (0:50)
Fox Chase False Starts/Band Direction (5:09)
Song #6: Fox Chase (3:32)
Chat #7: Drinking Chat #2 “I’m The Best Person In The World When I’m Drinking” (3:37)
Song #7: Lord Have Mercy (Unreleased) (2:48)
Chat #8: Drinking Chat #3 “Don’t Think It Ain’t Got Something In It” (0:54)
Song #8: Rain Falling (5:02)
Chat #9: Argument Over Songs (4:48)
Song #9: Cooking’s Done (3:47)
Chat #10: “Sweet Lil’ Woman, But You Ain’t Got No Hair” and Chat (4:55)
Song #11: Mr. Charlie (7:07)
Song #12: Straw Hat (Unreleased) (6:50)
Chat #11: “They Got A 100 Songs” (0:48)
Song #13: Green Onions (Unreleased) (4:38)
Chat #12: Vietnam Song Snippet/Oh Oh Lyric (2:46)
Song/Chat: Poppa Was A Preacher Rehearsal/Chat (3:22)
Chat #13: “That Had The Feeling” Finishing Session (1:11)
Conversation #1: Trouble In Crackett TX (3:35)
Conversation #2: Whiskey On Prescription (2:18)
Conversation #3: Musician’s Hours: Tommy Hall/Stacy Sutherland (1:28)
Conversation #4: “Where’d You Pick Up The Name Lightnin’?” (13:49)
Conversation #5: “You Not Gonna Mess With Elmore (Nixon) Anymore?” (0:17)
Conversation #6: Centreville TX (4:07)
Conversation #7: Politics (8:45)

THE SMITHEREENS Play Tommy (2009) … plus Five MORE Tommy’s For Your Amusement

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What? You Still Don’t Have Enough Tommy’s?…

History has proven, via a plethora of Tommy covers, tributes and soundtracks, that re-imagining Pete Townshend’s classic rock opera is typically a job for the foolhardy. Even Townshend’s own numerous attempts have generally fallen short, for a variety of reasons. All of this is not to suggest that The Smithereens have overwhelmingly accomplished what stouter men have tried and failed to do… but they have managed to distill the essence of Tommy down to its bare necessities. By trimming the sprawling opus down to around 40 minutes, and by adopting The Who’s own mission statement (powerful rock, powerfully performed), The Smithereens have gotten a handle on what really makes Tommy tick. And… it’s not all that much different from The Who’s version, when you really get down to it. Turns out I like Tommy without the pomp & bloat, and if you resist the temptation to compare it to one of the world’s greatest bands, you might, too. Especially if the original Tommy got played out for you a long time ago. Fun artwork by William Stout (see comments for some rare and unseen artwork courtesy of Mr. Stout). There are a couple more nifty Smithereens tributes in the archives, including Meet The Smithereens! & B-Sides The Beatles (HERE). Find The Smithereens Play Tommy @ Amazon, HERE.

Overture/It’s A Boy (5:05)
Amazing Journey/Sparks (6:48)
Eyesight To The Blind (2:11)
Christmas (3:24)
Acid Queen (3:29)
Pinball Wizard (3:03)
Go To The Mirror (3:31)
Tommy, Can You Hear Me? (1:07)
Sensation (2:25)
I’m Free (2:32)
We’re Not Gonna Take It/See Me Feel Me (7:49)

TommyTommy OSTcoverLive At HullTommy A Bluegrass Opry
THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tommy (HERE), THE WHO Tommy (Original Soundtrack) (HERE), THE WHO Live At Leeds (Deluxe) (HERE), THE WHO Live At Hull (actually discs 3 & 4 of the Live At Leeds Super Deluxe Edition, HERE), THE HILLBENDERS Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry (HERE).

CHARLIE WATTS The Charlie Watts – Jim Keltner Project (2000) – The Stones’ Drummer At His Best!

Project FrontThe Charlie Watts – Jim Keltner Project (2000)
Speaking Of Great Drummers…

If there was ever any question about the coolness quotient of Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts, look no further than this release from Watts and drummer/producer Jim Keltner. Over the years, Charlie has quietly issued over a half-dozen quality, but low-selling, albums dedicated to his first musical love, 50s jazz. But this album is unlike anything Watts has ever dabbled in, and it easily stands as the hippest, most far-reaching Stones-related solo release ever. The titles (name-checking a host of jazz greats) might look like just another jazz-fest, but that assumption is wrong. Instead, Watts, along with session drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner (whose credits are impossible to reproduce), has crafted a vital and eclectic drum-fest fusion of world beat, Afro-techno, East Indian and blues… and, yes, even a little jazz. Instead of emulating the styles of the title characters, Watts/Keltner use the names merely as a launching pad for something far more contemporary. And, while other artists (of lesser stature) have worked in these genres for years, hearing Watts (then 60, now 74) jumping head-first into a new sonic arena is exhilarating. Highly recommended for drums fans, as the rhythms dominate this collaboration of two greats… both better known for their backbeats than beat extremes. Big thanks to Chris for first posting this in (Son Of) Readers Links… just one more example of the unbelievable shares from our more generous readers awaiting your discovery. Of course, we’ve got TONS of Stones in the archives, HERE. Find The Charlie Watts – Jim Keltner Project (unbelievably cheap) at Amazon, HERE.

Shelly Manne (2:53)
Art Blakey (5:17)
Kenny Clarke (3:22)
Tony Williams (11:39)
Roy Haynes (4:09)
Max Roach (4:03)
Airto (6:20)
Billy Higgins (4:34)
Elvin Suite (12:17)

MICHAEL GILES The Adventures Of The Michael Giles Mad Band (2009) – King Crimson’s Original Drummer

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Mad Indeed…

Exquisite improvisational experiments from guitarist Daniel Pennie, percussionist Adrian Chivers, and founding King Crimson drummer Michael Giles, collectively known as The Michael Giles Mad Band. The Adventures Of… is a delightfully freeform, percussion infested treat… exactly what one would hope for from a renown drummer who still hasn’t tired of finding new ways to bend a kit to his will. The Mad Band’s debut has a simple mission statement, music “without composition, arrangements, rehearsal or great expectations,” and delivers on that promise with lively, invigorating success. Though… the dedication to improvisation and complete lack of any melodic foothold may be too much for some. (One time Crimson contributor) Keith Tippett would join the band for their second album, In The Moment, and for the outstanding 4-part YouTube video concert, Live At Chapel Arts, which you can watch below. We’ve got another cool Michael Giles release in the archives, 2002’s Progress, Circa 1978 (HERE), his first solo release since 1970’s well-received McDonald & Giles. Find The Adventures Of The Michael Giles Mad Band (not cheap) at Amazon, HERE.

Space And Time (7:38)
In The Key Of X (3:32)
Piano Tuning For Beginners (4:50)
The Bitch (6:22)
Handle With Care (1:45)
Perverse Gear (6:40)
Cosmic Collusion (3:55)
Nomadsland (6:06)
High Level Meeting (2:56)
Flirting With Flams (1:54)
Diminished Responsibility (3:13)
In The Key Of Why (1:58)
Spellbound (2:42)

“THE BEACH BOYS” Fun, Fun, Fun (First Draft)

I get a kick out of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show musical parodies. This one, with Kevin Bacon, offers up a “first draft” of The Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun”… which is, ridiculously, all about “the hamburger stand.” See a few more Fallon parodies in the archives, HERE.