THE ROLLING STONES: The Marquee Club Live In 1971, The Brussels Affair ’73, L.A. Friday (Live 1975), Some Girls Live In Texas ’78, Hampton Coliseum (Live 1981), Live At Leeds Roundhay Park 1982, Live At The Tokyo Dome Tokyo 1990, Light The Fuse: A Bigger Bang Tour Toronto Live 2005, Hyde Park Live 2013

Sticky Fingers LiveSticky Fingers Live (2015)
Sway (3:37)
Dead Flowers (4:14)
Wild Horses (4:42)
Sister Morphine (5:55)
You Gotta Move (3:38)
Bitch (4:27)
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (7:21)
I Got The Blues (4:30)
Moonlight Mile (4:41)
Brown Sugar (7:22)

The Marquee Club Live In 1971The Marquee Club Live In 1971 (2015)
Live With Me (4:17)
Dead Flowers (4:15)
I Got The Blues (3:35)
Let It Rock (2:32)
Midnight Rambler (9:52)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (4:58)
Bitch (4:11)
Brown Sugar (4:15)
I Got The Blues (Alternative Take 1) (4:12) – Bonus
I Got The Blues (Alternative Take 2) (3:52) – Bonus
Bitch (Alternative Take 1) (4:24) – Bonus
Bitch (Alternative Take 2) (4:18) – Bonus

Brussels coverThe Brussels Affair ’73 (2013)
Brown Sugar (3:56)
Gimme Shelter (5:33)
Happy (3:14)
Tumblin’ Dice (5:04)
Star Star (4:16)
Dancing With Mr. D (4:38)
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (5:03)
Angie (5:15)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (11:01)
Midnight Rambler (12:53)
Honky Tonk Women (3:12)
All Down The Line (4:21)
Rip This Joint (2:25)
Jumping Jack Flash (3:27)
Street Fighting Man (5:15)

L.A.Friday (Live 1975) (2013)
Honky Tonk Women (5:29)
All Down The Line (4:05)
If You Can’t Rock Me (3:25)
Get Off Of My Cloud (4:03)
Star Star (4:46)
Gimme Shelter (6:12)
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (4:25)
You Gotta Move (4:33)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (15:23)
Happy (3:59)
Tumbling Dice (5:24)
Band Intros (1:21)
It’s Only Rock N Roll (6:04)
Heartbreaker (5:03)
Fingerprint File (9:24)
Angie (5:18)
Wild Horses (7:25)
That’s Life (Billy Preston & The Rolling Stones) (3:17)
Outta Space (Billy Preston & The Rolling Stones) (4:05)
Brown Sugar (4:16)
Midnight Rambler (15:15)
Rip This Joint (2:06)
Street Fighting Man (4:06)
Jumping Jack Flash (6:58)
Sympathy For The Devil (10:22)

Some Girls Live - In Texas '78Some Girls Live In Texas ’78 (2014)
Let It Rock (2:13)
All Down The Line (3:57)
Honky Tonk Woman (3:38)
Star Star (3:48)
When The Whip Come Down (5:13)
Beast Of Burden (6:29)
Miss You (8:36)
Just My Imagination (6:40)
Shattered (4:45)
Respectable (3:23)
Far Away Eyes (5:51)
Love In Vain (4:54)
Tumbling Dice (4:39)
Happy (3:13)
Sweet Little 16 (3:12)
Brown Sugar (3:15)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (6:15)

Rolling StonesHampton Coliseum (Live 1981) (2013)
Under My Thumb (5:04)
When The Whip Comes Down (5:07)
Let’s Spend The Night Together (4:32)
Shattered (4:50)
Neighbours (4:23)
Black Limousine (3:28)
Just My Imagination (9:47)
Twenty Flight Rock (1:48)
Going To A Go Go (4:03)
Let Me Go (5:25)
Time Is On My Side (4:13)
Beast Of Burden (7:25)
Waiting On A Friend (5:55)
Let It Bleed (6:58)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (9:35)
Band Introductions (1:43)
Little T&A (3:59)
Tumbling Dice (4:49)
She’s So Cold (4:26)
Hang Fire (2:41)
Miss You (7:46)
Honky Tonk Women (3:43)
Brown Sugar (3:39)
Start Me Up (5:06)
Jumping Jack Flash (8:44)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (7:29)

coverLive at Leeds Roundhay Park 1982 (2013)
Under My Thumb (3:42)
When The Whip Comes Down (4:13)
Let’s Spend The Night Together (4:15)
Shattered (5:01)
Neighbours (4:11)
Black Limousine (3:41)
Just My Imagination (9:06)
Twenty Flight Rock (1:46)
Going To A Go-Go (3:48)
Let Me Go (4:25)
Time Is On My Side (3:44)
Beast Of Burden (8:55)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (11:04)
Band Intros (1:15)
Little T & A (3:31)
Angie (4:42)
Tumbling Dice (4:18)
She’s So Cold (4:05)
Hang Fire (2:48)
Miss You (8:31)
Honky Tonk Women (3:28)
Brown Sugar (3:45)
Start Me Up (5:28)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (6:53)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (7:18)

coverLive At The Tokyo Dome 1990 (2013)
Start Me Up (4:05)
Bitch (3:47)
Sad Sad Sad (3:46)
Harlem Shuffle (4:18)
Tumbling Dice (3:57)
Miss You (6:43)
Ruby Tuesday (3:20)
Almost Hear You Sigh (5:18)
Rock And A Hard Place (5:16)
Mixed Emotions (5:21)
Honky Tonk Women (5:01)
Midnight Rambler (10:32)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (7:45)
Can’t Be Seen (5:11)
Happy (4:13)
Paint It Black (4:07)
2000 Light Years From Home (6:49)
Sympathy For The Devil (7:59)
Gimme Shelter (6:29)
Band Introductions (1:39)
It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (4:26)
Brown Sugar (4:35)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (8:57)
Jumping Jack Flash (7:38)

coverLight The Fuse: A Bigger Bang Tour – Toronto Live 2005 (2013)
Rough Justice (4:15)
Live With Me (4:12)
19th Nervous Breakdown (5:57)
She’s So Cold (4:44)
Dead Flowers (4:18)
Back Of My Hand (5:10)
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (4:22)
Band Intros (3:29) Infamy (5:50)
Oh No, Not You Again (4:37)
Get Up, Stand Up (6:22)
Mr. Pitiful (3:29)
Tumbling Dice (4:42)
Brown Sugar (4:49)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (5:04)

coverHyde Park Live 2013 (2013)
Start Me Up (4:18)
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It) (4:47)
Emotional Rescue (5:54)
Street Fighting Man (5:23)
Ruby Tuesday (3:22)
Doom And Gloom (4:17)
Paint It Black (5:01)
Honky Tonk Women (6:59)
You Got The Silver (3:18)
Before They Make Me Run (4:33)
Miss You (7:19)
Midnight Rambler (11:55)
Gimme Shelter (7:16)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (4:54)
Sympathy For The Devil (6:47)
Brown Sugar (4:55)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (8:05)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (8:20)
Tumbling Dice (4:05)

PRINCE & 3rd Eye Girl “HARDROCKLOVER” (2015)

OCTOBER FACTION October Faction (1985) + The Second Factionalization (1986) w/ Chuck Dukowski, Joe Baiza, Greg Ginn, Henry Rollins, Tom Troccoli & others

October FactionThe Second Factionalization
October Faction (1985)
The Second Factionalization (1986)
Punk Improv…

Rarely do punk and improvisation travel in similar circles, but October Faction, a loose gathering of some of the underground heavies from SST Records, is a fun example of this rare (but not non-existent) phenomenon. October Faction is a 30 minute live jam recorded at The Stone in San Francisco, August 26, 1984. The single track segues from instrumental mayhem to vocalized “songs”… or, at least, vocalized “sections” that have been given song titles… probably after the fact, but I’m not well-versed on these guys’ collective catalogs to know one way or the other. The Second Factionalization is cut from the same cloth, this time featuring two 30-minute tracks recorded (mostly) live in the studio the following year. Hear an eight minute excerpt from the beginning of The Second Factionalization‘s “Pocahontas,” below. Henry Rollins shows up briefly, though, you wouldn’t know it without the liners. We’re lacking in SST material in the archives, but we do have Henry Rollins’ Wartime (1990’s Fast Food For Thought), HERE. Find October Faction (HERE) and The Second Factionalization (HERE), both cheap at Amazon.

I Don`t Mean Shit/Todo Para Mi/You, Me/Trail Of Tears/Ten Hour Drive/Gimme A Quarter, Twenty-Five Cents For The Bus/Bad Acid (31:01)

Pocahontas (33:19)
Sam (32:29)

Joe Baiza (guitar, vocals)
Chuck Dukowski (bass, vocals)
Greg Ginn (guitar)
Tom Troccoli (harp, vocals)
Greg Cameron (drums) (on October Faction)
Henry Rollins (percussion) (on October Faction)
Bill Stevenson (drums) (on The Second Factionalization)

STEWART COPELAND Talk Radio / Wall Street (1988) – 2 Short Film Scores From The Ex-Police Drummer

Talk:WallTall Radio/Wall Street (1987/1988)
The Ex-Police Drummer Hits His Cues…

I caught the film Talk Radio recently, for maybe the 3rd or 4th time. But it was my first time noticing that former Police drummer Stewart Copeland scored the music. Reason being, it’s buried in the mix of Oliver Stone’s multi-layered, multi-media 1987 film. Yet another Stone flick I’ve enjoyed a love/hate relationship with, as Eric Bogosian’s lead performance is a first-rate tour de force, but his character is so hatefully despicable it’s hard to fully appreciate his thespianism. Stone, on the other hand, is a filmmaker I’ve held in low regard for most of his career. He’s always had abilities, but was always too heavy-handed, obvious and forcefully opinionated for my tastes. Talk Radio may still be a tad obvious, but it might also be Stone’s most inventive and flawlessly executed direction to date – turning Bogosian’s stage show of a guy talking into a microphone into a fluid and engaging visual experience. Is there a bummer lurking in the midst of this score by Stewart Copeland… besides its brevity? Of course! For reasons that escape me, the soundtrack also features voices from the film (not on all tracks, thankfully), which fail to offer any tangible atmosphere… instead, only detracting from Copeland’s considerable ingenuity. Because the soundtrack is so short, the music has been paired with Copeland’s other under-the-radar film score for Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. Barely 15 minutes of music pepper each flick, so this dual-duty disc barely tops 30 minutes, which might be why it’s so obscure. Hearing more examples of Stewart Copeland’s swirling, deliciously inventive melodies and counterpointing, however, makes it easy to understand why Stu wasn’t taking any more of Sting’s horseshit about anything regarding music. We’ve also got Copeland’s essential solo debut (under his own name), The Rhythmatist, HERE. Find Talk Radio/Wall Street @ Amazon, HERE.

Kent: Unpredictable (2:17)
Dietz: Just Come Right In Here, Denise (3:06)
Tlka: We Know Where You Live (3:51)
Tick: We Feel Too Much (2:47)
Trend: He Has Heart (3:11)
Bud’s Scam (2:52)
Are You With Me? (1:15)
Trading Begins (2:25)
The Tall Weeds (3:05)
Break-Up (Darian) (2:03)
Anacott Steal (2:54)
End Title Theme (1:15)

MOJO PRESENTS… My Generation (2015)

MOJO My GenerationMy Generation (August, 2015)

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

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

THE COOLIES dig..? (1986) Simon & Garfunkel Trib +
Doug – A Rock Opera And Comic Book (1988)

UPGRADED: Thanks to zuiop for helping us replace our ancient vinyl rips of The Coolies’ dig..? and Doug LPs with the 1995 2CD reissue, Take That You Bastards! For the CD set, the band included a handful of bonus tracks, including b-sides and unreleased material, while – curiously – omitting “Mrs. Robinson” from dig..? (fret not, we’ve put it back in). Some of the song title spellings are a bit different, too, which appears to be more an issue of quality control than design. The music itself, however, sounds great, so those who grabbed our original vinyl rips any time in the last 5 or 6 years are advised to upgrade. Find The Coolies’ Take That You Bastards! @ Amazon, HERE.

dig?dig..? (1986)
Simon & Garfunkel: A Weird Alternate View

Anyone remember satirical rockers, The Coolies? They were part of Danny Beard’s Atlanta-based DB Records (Swimming Pool Q’s, Guadalcanal Diary, Python, among others), and while The Coolies were never the highest profile outfit, two of their 80s albums did manage to survive my vinyl purges of the 90s. To give you an idea of their collective WTF career attitude, the band’s debut, dig..?, is a rocking, irreverent Simon & Garfunkel covers LP (with a dollop of Paul Anka anchored by a Lou Reed sample). These S&G bastardizations exude their own brand of ramshackle charm, via naked, aggressive, head-scratching arrangements – presumably recorded live in the studio. Not necessarily a classic, but a great diversion for those that like their concept albums with tongue in cheek.

Scarborough Fair (2:28)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:14)
59th St. Bridge (Feelin’ Groovy) (2:26)
I Am A Rock (4:04)
El Condor Pass (4:07)
Sounds Of Silence (4:35) – Bonus Track
Cecilia (2:30)
Homeward Bound (3:15)
The Only Living Boy In NY (4:38)
Richard Corey (4:04) – Bonus Track
Having My Baby (4:46)
Mrs. Robinson – Omitted from Take That You Bastards! but included here for your convenience

DougDoug (1988)
A Very Twisted Indie Rock Opera

Speaking of concepts… here’s The Coolies’ 1987 follow-up, Doug – a rock opera about a “skinhead who slays a transvestite short-order cook, makes a fortune by publishing the victim’s cookbook, falls prey to drug abuse and paranoia, and ultimately winds up back on the streets. OK then. As you’ll hear, The Coolies use similar tactics on this album as they did on the last one – parody & irreverence – sending up these original tunes with familiar stylistic elements pinched from The Who, Beach Boys and others. The overall production is much better than their debut (thanks to Brendan O’Brien, who also produced the three outtakes), making for a more rockin’ album, while the opening title track boasts the kind of Southern rock riffage the Pool Q’s (HERE, in the archives) were always so good at. The comic book that came with the original is also included.

Talkin’ Bout Doug (2:58)
Ice Cold Soul (2:51)
Pussy Cook (3:13)
Cook Book (3:16)
Shirts And Skins (2:31)
40 Foot Stretch (4:05)
Doug! (1:55)
Coke Light Ice (3:08)
The Last Supper (2:47)
Ain’t Gonna Eat No More (3:40)
Crack Pipe (Burnin’) (4:18)
Poverty (4:56)
Talkin’ Bout Doug (Reprise) (0:57)
Serious (3:06) – Bonus Track
Soul Side Of Your Mind (4:06) – Bonus Track
Done (3:32) – Bonus Track

BARRY McGUIRE This Precious Time (1965) – featuring the debut of The Mamas & The Papas

This Precious TimeThis Precious Time (1965)
Historic Debut Of The Mamas & The Papas…

Producer Lou Adler assembled a high-calibre studio band for former New Christy Minstrel Barry McGuire’s 1965 LP, This Precious Time. Stylistically bowing at the altar of the new electric Dylan, this LP includes John Phillips & P.F. Sloan (guitars), Joe Osborn (bass), Hal Blaine (drums), Steve Barri (percussion) and… the unsigned Mamas & Papas on background vocals. The All Music Guide summed this one up nicely: “A real lost artifact, Barry McGuire’s second album [really his third or fourth] actually has quite a bit of historical significance. After his mega-hit, “Eve Of Destruction,” McGuire was set to do a follow-up album, complete with some excellent P.F. Sloan songs. During the early sessions, The Mamas & The Papas had just come into town. Being old friends of McGuire’s from the folkie days (Barry was the lead voice on “Green, Green,” by the New Christy Minstrels), he invited the group to audition for producer Lou Adler. The rest is history, and this record is essentially The Mamas’ audition, as they sing backgrounds on virtually all of the record. It’s magnificent, too. Hits such as “Do You Believe In Magic,” “Yesterday,” and others work perfectly with McGuire’s gravely lead voice and The Mamas & Papas sweet harmonies. McGuire even cut “California Dreamin’,” and it’s the exact same track as the famous Mamas version, sans Denny Doherty’s lead vocal and Bud Shank’s flute solo. If you’re looking to find the real roots of The Mamas & The Papas, here it is.” We’ve also got the essential Mamas & Papas Complete Anthology box in the archives, HERE, as well as head Papa John Phillips’ 1970s solo LP, Pay Back & Follow (recorded with most of The Rolling Stones), HERE. This Precious Time was reissued in 2009 (as a two-fer with The World’s Last Private Citizen) and is at Amazon (HERE).

This Precious Time (2:50)
California Dreamin’ (2:39)
Let Me Be (2:35)
Do You Believe In Magic (2:16)
Yesterday (2:53)
Hang On Sloopy (4:04)
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (4:01)
Upon A Painted Ocean (2:57)
Hide Your Love Away (2:48)
I’d Have To Be Outta My Mind (3:45)
Child Of Our Times (3:24)
Don’t You Wonder Where It’s At (2:53)

GNOMIC RINKS A Tribute To KINGfuckin’CRIMSON (2011)

Gnomic RinksA Tribute To KINGfuckin’CRIMSON (2011)
Is It Real Or Is It Memorex?

From Gnomic Rinks’ Bandcamp page (HERE): “Debut release from Greenland’s last prog hope, Gnomic Rinks, entitled A Tribute To KINGfuckin’CRIMSON. Seven instrumental tracks cut from Crimson’s melodic/progressive cloth, mining grooves and space-age guitars, sometimes incorporating themes from KC’s own extensive catalog.” Released August, 2011. Download link in comments.

All Abuzz (6:51)
Walking On Air (5:54)
Only Four On The Floor (6:05)
Glass Tears (1:05)
2 And 2 (3:45)
I Talk To The Wind (4:17)
Bad Groove (13:04)

Porky’s Revenge (Soundtrack 1985) w/ Dave Edmunds, George Harrison, Carl Perkins, Jeff Beck & Bonus Trks!

Porky's RevengePorky’s Revenge (1985)
2004 Reissue Of A Leading Contender For The Best Soundtrack To The Worst Movie Award

Excellent and, more importantly, fun soundtrack to the teen sex romp, Porky’s Revenge. Curator Dave Edmunds got a bunch of his pals together to record new originals and covers for this set; including George Harrison, with a previously unreleased Dylan tune, “I Don’t Want To Do It,” Carl Perkins’ re-visit of “Blue Suede Shoes” (with Edmunds on guitar and at the dials), Willie Nelson’s “Love Me Tender,” Clarence Clemons’ righteous take on the “Peter Gunn Theme,” Jeff Beck’s cover of the classic, “Sleepwalk” and Robert Plant’s Crawling King Snakes’ “Philadelphia Baby.” Of course, Edmunds shines in all his roots-rockin’ glory on some solo offerings, including the infectious “High School Nights”… not to mention a b-side bonus track and a Perkins outtake of “Honey Don’t.” There’s lot’s more Dave Edmunds in the archives, including; Get It, Tracks On Wax 4, The College Radio Network Presents Dave Edmunds And Rockpile, Odds & Edmunds, ROCKPILE’s Seconds Of Pleasure and numerous releases as a session player/producer with Carlene Carter, Nick Lowe & The Flamin’ Groovies… not to mention his filmed performance in Stardust (along with That’ll Be The Day) for your viewing pleasure. ALL HERE. Get Porky’s Revenge at Amazon, HERE.

DAVE EDMUNDS High School Nights (3:12)
Do You Wanna Dance (2:33)
Sleepwalk (2:19)
I Don’t Want To Do It (2:55)
Stagger Lee (2:57)
Blue Suede Shoes (2:24)
Peter Gunn Theme (2:37)
Queen Of The Hop (2:16)
Love Me Tender (2:32)
Philadelphia Baby (2:18)
Porky’s Revenge (4:46)
Honey Don’t (2:48) – Bonus Track
Don’t Call Me Tonight (2:29) – Bonus Track

ELMORE JAMES & HIS BROOMDUSTERS The Classic Early Recordings: 1951-1956 (2007)

The Classic Early Recordings frontThe Classic Early Recordings: 1951-1956 (2007)
He’s Got Nothin’ On This, Baby…

Righteous 3CD collection of Elmore James’ various sides for many labels from the early to mid-50s. “Dust My Broom” is his signature tune, though… musical archeologists have also attributed the tune’s authorship to James’ mentor, Robert Johnson. This box features tons of outtakes and alternate recordings, making it a rich study for blues fans. The “King Of The Slide Guitar” was name checked by slide-enthusiast George Harrison on The Beatles’ Let It Be (“For You Blue”). Get The Classic Early Recordings: 1951-1956 at Amazon, HERE.

Dust My Broom (2:48)
Please Find My Baby (Version 1) (3:05)
Hawaiian Boogie (Version 1) (2:40)
Please Find My Baby (Version 2) (3:09)
Hand In Hand (2:53)
Long Tall Woman (2:57)
Rock My Baby Right (2:51)
One More Drink (Take 1) (3:06)
My Baby’s Gone (2:24)
One More Drink (Take 2) (3:17)
Lost Woman Blues a.k.a. Please Find My Baby (Version 3) (3:17)
I Believe (3:18)
I Held My Baby Last Night (3:32)
Baby What’s Wrong (2:54)
Sinful Woman (2:53)
Round House Boogie a.k.a. Sax Symphonic Boogie (Inst) (2:47)
Dumb Woman Blues (3:12)
Sax-Ony Boogie (Inst) (2:37)
Kicking The Blues Around a.k.a. Flaming Blues (2:57)
I May Be Wrong (2:52)
Sweet Little Woman (3:00)
Early In the Morning (2:50)
Can’t Stop Lovin’ (2:26)
Hawaiian Boogie (Version 2) (2:21)
Make A Little Love (2:52)
My Best Friend (Take 1) (2:48)
Make My Dreams Come True (Take 2) (2:46)
Make My Dreams Come True (Take 3) (0:57)
Make My Dreams Come True (Take 4) (2:48)
Make My Dreams Come True (Take 7) (2:43)
Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 1) (2:31)
Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 2) (2:40)
Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 3) (2:49)
Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 4) (0:58)
Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 5) (2:36)
Strange Kinda Feeling (Take 6) (2:43)
Dark And Dreary (Take 1) (0:28)
Dark And Dreary (Take 2) (3:30)
Dark And Dreary (Take 4) (2:49)
Quarter Past Nine (3:32)
Where Can My Baby Be (Take 1) (0:20)
Where Can My Baby Be (Take 8) (2:59)
Where Can My Baby Be (Take 9) (2:58)
Please Come Back To Me (Sho’ Nuff I Do) (3:01)
Session Talk & False Start/Sho’ Nuff I Do (1:32)
Sho’ Nuff I Do (Alternate Take) (2:47)
Sho’ Nuff I Do (2:53)
1839 Blues (3:17)
I Got A Strange Baby (False Start & Chat) (1:03)
Canton Mississippi Breakdown (Instrumental) (2:41)
Standing At The Crossroads (2:50)
Late Hours At Midnight (2:47)
Happy Home (2:47)
Sunny Land (3:19)
The Way You Treat Me a.k.a. Mean And Evil (2:15)
No Love in My Heart (2:25)
Dust My Blues (3:12)
I Was A Fool (2:53)
Blues Before Sunrise (2:46)
Good Bye (Baby) (3:00)
So Mean To Me (Take 2) (2:39)
So Mean To Me (Take 3) (2:37)
So Mean To Me (Take 4) (2:30)
Chat & False Start Wild About You Baby (1:01)
Wild About You (3:21)
Wild About You (Baby) (2:42)
Elmo’s Shuffle (Take 3) (Instrumental) (3:11)
Elmo’s Shuffle (Take 4) (2:57)
Elmo’s Shuffle (Take 5) (2:36)
Long Tall Woman (3:41)
Long Tall Woman (2:53)

BIG STAR Thank You Friends: The Music Of Big Star, Alex Chilton And Chris Bell (2012) – Extremely Rare Publisher’s Promo Disc

Big Star Thank You FriendsThank You Friends: The Music Of Big Star, Alex Chilton And Chris Bell (2013)
Very Limited Promo-Only Collection

Fantastic – and fantastically rare – promo-only publishing disc featuring the music of Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and Big Star. In the wake of the 2012 Big Star film documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me (and 2009 multi-disc box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky), Omnivore Music Publishing issued this very limited CD release to spark commercial/media interest in Big Star’s music. The message being, if Big Star’s “In The Street” can successfully anchor a prime time TV sitcom like That 70s Show, think what it could do for your project. Speculation is that this disc – boasting a host of upgraded mixes and alternative versions (probably culled from the box set, though I haven’t compared) – was produced in quantity in the low hundreds. So, if you stumble on one somewhere, grab it. Even for Big Star students, this a great one-disc collection, but its sumptuous mix of hits, alternates and remastered sound has turned it into a BS go-to disc for me. Major thanks to our good pal RS for the rip. We’ve also got Big Star’s Ardent Studio Session outtakes (HERE) and Nobody Can Dance (studio rehearsals) (HERE) in the archives. Find Keep An Eye On The Sky at Amazon (HERE) if you’re the all-encompassing collector type.

BIG STAR In The Street (Movie Mix) (2:57)
BIG STAR When My Baby’s Beside Me (Alternate Mix) (3:25)
BIG STAR Don’t Lie To Me (Alternate Mix) (2:57)
BIG STAR September Gurls (Movie Mix) (2:46)
BIG STAR O My Soul (Demo) (3:40)
BIG STAR Thirteen (Alternate Mix) (2:46)
BIG STAR The Ballad Of El Goodo (Alternate Mix) (4:30)
ALEX CHILTON The EMI Song (Smile For Me) (4:03)
ALEX CHILTON Free Again (Stereo Mix/Alternate Vocal) (2:58)
ALEX CHILTON All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain (3:23)
CHRIS BELL I Am The Cosmos (Movie Mix) (3:57)
BIG STAR Big Black Car (Rough Mix) (3:40)
BIG STAR For You (Movie Mix) (2:44)
CHRIS BELL with Keith Sykes (Stay With Me (Movie Mix) (2:47)
ROCK CITY Try Again (Movie Mix) (3:37)
ALEX CHILTON Come On Honey (3:35)
BIG STAR My Life Is Right (Alternate Mix) (3:31)
BIG STAR Thank You Friends (Movie Mix) (3:09)

ORNETTE COLEMAN x 4: Free Jazz (1961), Town Hall, 1962 (1965), Hidden Man & Three Women (1996)

Free Jazz BonusTown Hall
Free Jazz (1961)
Town Hall, 1962 (1965)
The Early Groundbreaking Years…

1961’s Free Jazz put the world on notice that altoist Ornette Coleman wasn’t about to recognize any musical limitations. Coleman put together a double quartet; Ornette (sax), Don Cherry (trumpet), Scott La Faro (bass) and Billy Higgins (drums) – in the left channel – Eric Dolphy (clarinet), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Charlie Haden (bass) and Ed Blackwell (drums), in the right. All improvising simultaneously, with no charts, no melodies and no idea what might come of it all. Which is illustrated nicely by this CD edition’s 17-minute bonus track, “First Take,” where some of the ideas and constructs are being formulated on the fly before the original releases’ 37 minute explosion. The 1962 live Town Hall performance finds Coleman fronting a trio – with David Izenzon (bass) and Charles Moffett (percussion) – and bringing along a string quartet (for one track), before breaking into the 23m free-for-all, “The Ark.” Originally issued by ESP Disk in 1965. Find Free Jazz (HERE) and Town Hall, 1962 (HERE) @ Amazon.

Free Jazz (37:08)
First Take (17:03) – Bonus Track

Doughnut (9:35) – Trio
Sadness (4:24) – Trio
Dedication To Poets And Writers (9:20) – String Quartet
The Ark (23:53) – Trio

Hidden ManThree Women
Sound Museum/Hidden Man (1996)
Sound Museum/Three Women (1996)
Conceptually Constructive Until The End…

For what appears to be Ornette Coleman’s last studio albums, the long-standing maverick released two different albums, consisting of two different versions of the same original material. Geri Allen (piano), Charnett Moffett (bass) and Denardo Coleman (drums) – essentially a new generation of players – bring Coleman’s compositional work to life in melodic living color. Three Women even features a vocal track featuring Lauren Kinhan and Chris Walker. Maybe better suited for listeners who enjoy the subtle (or not) differences in approaches and choices available to a group of interacting players, but throughly accessible to relative newbies, too. Hear both versions of the title track, “Sound Museum,” below. Get Hidden Man (HERE) and Three Women (HERE) @ Amazon.

Sound Museum (6:17)
Monsieur Allard (2:57)
City Living (3:21)
What Reason (4:20)
Home Grown (3:08)
Stopwatch (2:25)
Women Of The Veil (4:41)
P.P. (Picolo Pesos) (2:51)
Biosphere (3:11)
Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (4:10)
European Echoes (3:18)
What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Variation) (4:39)
Mob Job (3:11)
Macho Woman (2:18)

Sound Museum (4:54)
Monsieur Allard (2:48)
City Living (3:31)
What Reason (4:59)
Home Grown (3:23)
Stopwatch (2:27)
Don’t You Know By Now (4:23)
P.P. (Picolo Pesos) (3:23)
Women Of The Veil (4:48)
Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (4:14)
Biosphere (4:23)
European Echos (4:57)
Mob Job (4:22)
Macho Woman (2:41)

THE MOVE Anthology 1966-1972 (2008)
+ more from The Idle Race, Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Orchestra, and more!

Move AnthologyAnthology 1966-1972 (2008)
On Paper, This Union Probably Shouldn’t Have Worked…

Fantastic 4CD box set capturing the mad, glorious psychedelia that was The Move. Virtually ignored in America, the band that spawned Roy Wood and Electric Light Orchestra was one of the most fascinating, resourceful and experimental pop outfits – outside of The Beatles – ever exported by the Brits. They were one of only a handful of 60s psych bands that actually created instead of copied, and they could make your head swim with a sumptuous mix of melody, invention and orchestration. Like most Yanks, I came to The Move’s party well after it had been busted up, intrigued by Roy Wood’s wonderfully diverse solo catalog, and motivated by Electric Light Orchestra’s grand pop majesty. It was a marriage that, to this day, still seems quite improbable on paper. As a result, save for a couple of their albums, these ears have no allegiance to any particular versions or running orders, so this box satisfies most of my needs for classic tracks, studio oddities, live material and buried treasures (the acoustic take of “Flowers In The Rain” is a marvel). Lord knows what kind of sorcery was used to revitalize the Live At The Marquee tapes [though, there’s now some info in comments]. Listen for how garbled the between song patter compares to the background harmonies, sounding exactly as one would imagine Roy Wood fronting ELO might sound like. But then… what do I know? I’ve always thought that “Do Ya!” was equally as iconic as “Louie Louie.” Maybe Jeff Lynne thought so, too, since he resurrected the muscular riff for ELO’s New World Record years later. We’ve got lots more from Move/ELO family in the archives, including… THE IDLE RACE The Birthday Party (HERE); THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: A New World Record (HERE), Out Of The Blue (HERE), The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) (HERE), the remastered Zoom (HERE), and a 5 hour collection of Bonus Tracks (HERE); ROY WOOD’s Introducing Eddie & The Falcons & Mustard (HERE) and 1999’s Exotic Mixture: Best Of Singles A’s & B’s (HERE); JEFF LYNNE’S 2012 Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra (re-recorded versions) and his first solo album in 12 years, Long Wave (both HERE)… and some cool related stuff, including the 2001 ELO reboot, THE ORCHESTRA No Rewind with Parthenon Huxley (HERE), a cool original tribute L.E.O. Alpacas Orgling (HERE) and an expansive 2CD various artists tribute, Lynne Me Your Ears – A Tribute To The Music Of Jeff Lynne (HERE). Find The Move’s Anthology 1966-1972 at Amazon, HERE.

You’re The One I Need (2:03)
I Can’t Hear You No More (2:51)
Is It True (2:04)
Respectable (2:28)
Night Of Fear (Alternate Version) (2:28)
Disturbance (Undubbed Alternate Version) (2:03)
I Can Hear The Grass Grow (Full-Length Version) (3:18)
Move (2:08)
Wave The Flag And Stop The Train (2:58)
(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree (Original Stereo) (2:59)
Flowers & Lemon Tea (Tony Visconti Talks To The Players…) (1:08)
Flowers In The Rain (2:29)
Cherry Blossom Clinic (Enhanced Stereo) (2:31)
Vote For Me (2:51)
Fire Brigade (Early Piano Version Rough Mix) (2:26)
Useless Information (2:57)
Yellow Rainbow (Enhanced Stereo) (2:43)
Kilroy Was Here (Enhanced Stereo) (2:43)
Fire Brigade (2:23)
The Girl Outside (Alternate Take) (3:00)
Mist On A Monday Morning (Enhanced Stereo) (2:31)
Flowers In The Rain (Acoustic Version Rough Mix) (2:35)
Simple Simon (Backing Track Take 6 Rough Mix) (2:06)

Move Bolero (0:19)
It’ll Be Me ( 2:41)
Too Much In Love (2:32)
Flowers In The Rain (2:28)
Fire Brigade (2:31)
Stephanie Knows Who (3:10)
Somethin‘ Else (2:21)
So You Want To Be A Rock’n’Roll Star (3:13)
The Price Of Love (4:44)
Piece Of My Heart (4:07)
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher (4:04)
Sunshine Help Me (6:55)

Somethin‘ Else (EP Version) (2:33)
Sunshine Help Me (EP Version) (5:19)
Wild Tiger Woman (UK Single Edit) (2:35)
Omnibus (Enhanced Stereo) (3:53)
Blackberry Way (3:42)
A Certain Something (Piano Version Rough Mix) (3:53)
Curly (2:46)
Second Class (She’s Too Good For Me) Part 1 (1:28)
Second Class (She’s Too Good For Me) Part 2 (2:15)
Beautiful Daughter (Reduced Mix) (2:37)
This Time Tomorrow (3:43)
Hello Susie (Abridged) (3:34)
Don’t Make My Baby Blue (6:16)
The Last Thing On My Mind (7:37)
Open My Eyes (Live at the Fillmore West 1969) (6:50)

I Can Hear The Grass Grow (Live at the Fillmore West 1969) (10:04)
Brontosaurus (US Promo Edit) (3:18)
When Alice Comes Back To The Farm (3:43)
Turkish Tram Conductor Blues (Take 5 Rough Mix) (4:53)
Feel Too Good (8:16)
Lightnin‘ Never Strikes Twice (3:13)
Ella James (3:14)
Tonight (US Edited Version) (2:55)
Do Ya (Edited Version) (3:14)
Chinatown (3:08)
California Man (3:37)
The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Lettuce (1:19)

DAVID CROSBY Van Cortlandt: Alternate Tunings & Nautical Themes (2000)

Van Cortlandt: Alternate
Tunings & Nautical Themes
A Deeper Look Into David Crosby

Most have already made up their minds about the most notorious of the CSN&Y clan – though, it’s often only through the few high-profile songs he’s managed to squeeze onto any given C&N, CS&N or CSN&Y album. Or worse… via his well-known public escapades. Comparing the individual merits of Crosby, Stills, Nash or Young, however, is futile. A classic apples and oranges debate. I’m a Crosby man, myself, and this set might help explain why. Alternate tunings are a major source of David Van Cortlandt Crosby’s unique style, giving much of his work a floating, dream-like quality. Even when he rocks, his music often takes on a stoned, lazy vibe – a purposeful one, as this comp should illustrate. His fearless use of silence and space, especially live, is dramatic. Personally, I’ve never tired of Crosby’s narrative in “Laughing,” which details his failed attempts to find ‘truth,’ only to finally discover it in the laughter of a child. The song’s twist comes when he finds, but fails to recognize that discovery as truth. The electric version (with Jerry Garcia) opens this comp, while the shockingly naked live version closes. Then there’s “Almost Cut My Hair,” a seemingly ridiculous ode to fashion that is, in reality, a serious line drawn in the sand. “I’m not giving in an inch to fear,” Crosby wails, and his words ring as substantive as any anti-war declaration. But, the main reason for this re-examination is just the sheer beauty of the music; “Lee Shore,” “Traction In The Rain,” “Song With No Words,” “The Wall Song,” are all sincere and brilliantly executed observations that have advanced Californian folk music beyond its precedents. This set picks up after DC’s tenure in The Byrds and was made in 2000, pre-internet and before the recent rash of demo and outtake releases. A glaring omission is his work with CPR. There’s a LOT more essential Crosby in the archives, HERE.

Laughing (5:23) (C)
Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves) (5:56) (C)
Cowboy Movie (8:09) (C)
Traction In The Rain (3:44) (C)
I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here (1:21) (C)
Guinnevere (demo) (4:48) (C)
Where Will I Be? (3:23) (C&N)
Page 43 (2:56) (C&N)
In My Dreams (5:13) (CS&N)
Music Is Love (3:21) (C)
Rusty And Blue (7:09) (Live) (C)
Till It Shines On You (5:40) (Live) (C)
Deja Vu (10:27) (Live) (C)
Triad (6:14) (Live) (CSN&Y)

Almost Cut My Hair (unedited version) (8:50) (CSN&Y)
What Are Their Names? (2:42) (C)
Orleans (1:58) (C)
Hero (4:50) (Live) (C)
Whole Cloth (4:34) (C&N)
Lee Shore (4:49) (Live) (C&N)
The Wall Song (4:26) (C&N)
Tampalpais High (At About 3) (3:31) (C)
Games (3:59) (C&N)
Tracks In The Dust (4:48) (C)
Homeward Through The Haze (4:21) (CSN&Y)
Long Time Gone (5:58) (Live) (CSN&Y)
Wooden Ships (10:43) (Live) (C)
Laughing (4:35) (Live) (C&N)

THE O’JAYS Back Stabbers (1972)

frontBack Stabbers (1972)
Philly Soul…

A breakthrough release not only for the long-standing O’Jays, but an album that helped to put Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International Records on the map. Fueled mostly by Gamble & Huff tunes, including “Love Train” (the basis for TV’s Soul Train theme song), Back Stabbers is all you’d need to hand an alien being to explain the Philly Soul sound – a sensuously sweet mix of soulful harmonies, sweeping strings, persistently inviting rhythms and note-perfect arrangements. Speaking of Gamble & Huff, we’ve got a great, promo-only comp, I Love Music: The Songs Of Gamble & Huff, in the archives (HERE), along with the 3CD box, The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (HERE). At Amazon (HERE) a download is $9.99, but you can get the hard disc – new – for under $6, and additional MP3 files are tossed in for free. Go figure.

When The World’s At Peace (5:21)
Back Stabbers (3:08)
Who Am I (5:13)
(They Call Me) Mr. Lucky (3:20)
Time To Get Down (2:52)
992 Arguments (6:08)
Listen To The Clock On The Wall (3:47)
Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind Of People (3:37)
Sunshine (3:43)
Love Train (2:59)

LITTLE WALTER The Essential Little Walter (1993)

FrontThe Essential Little Walter (1993)
More From The Blues Shelf

Apparently, I was buying a lot of blues back in 1993, as you might tell from a previous Muddy & Wolf post (HERE), I guess because Chess was releasing a lot of it that year. The Essential Little Walter collects the best from the blues harpist’s career, with remastered sound (as of ’93) and a nifty informative booklet. Most of these tracks are the original 45 versions, mixed with a handful of previously unreleased tracks, providing all you need if you’re just looking to get your feet wet with Walt. 2CDs, 46 tracks and lots of stompin’ Chicago blues. We’ve got a lot of blues buried in the archives, but you can start with the Capitol Blues Series (HERE) before progressing to a bunch of blues-based comps (HERE & HERE). Find The Essential Little Walter at Amazon, HERE.

Juke (Single Version) (2:46)
Can’t Hold Out Much Longer (Single Version) (3:01)
Boogie (3:02)
Blue Midnight (Alt.) (3:03)
Mean Old World (Single Version) (2:55)
Sad Hours (Single Version) (3:13)
Don’t Need No Horse (3:16)
Tell Me Mama (Single Version) (2:49)
Off The Wall (Single Version) (2:52)
Quarter To Twelve (Single Version) (3:13)
Blues With A Feeling (Single Version) (3:08)
Too Late (Single Version) (2:42)
Fast Boogie (2:53)
Lights Out (Single Version) (2:46)
Fast Large One (2:51)
You’re So Fine (Single Version) (3:05)
Oh Baby (Single Version) (2:46)
I Got To Find My Baby (Single Version) (2:49)
Last Night (First Version) (2:55)
You Better Watch Yourself (Single Version) (3:05)
Mellow Down Easy (Single Version) (2:43)
My Babe (Single Version) (2:42)
Roller Coaster (Single Version) (2:54)
Little Girl (3:04)

Hate To See You Go (Single Version) (2:19)
Boom, Boom Out Goes The Light (Single Version) (2:51)
It Ain’t Right (Single Version) (2:55)
It’s Too Late Brother (Single Version) (2:42)
Just A Feeling (Single Version) (2:54)
Ah’w Baby (2:54)
I’ve Had My Fun (2:14)
Confessin’ The Blues (Single Version) (3:04)
Key To The Highway (Single Version) (2:46)
Walkin’ On (2:37)
You Gonna Be Sorry (Someday Baby) (Alt.) (3:08)
Crazy Mixed Up World (Single Version) (2:01)
Worried Life (2:42)
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Single Version) (2:50)
Back Track (Single Version) (2:50)
Blue And Lonesome (Single Version) (2:56)
I Don’t Play (Single Version) (2:19)
As Long As I Have You (Single Version) (2:40)
Just Your Fool (Single Version) (2:25)
Up The Line (Single Version) (2:08)
Southern Feeling (2:59)
Dead Presidents (Single Version) (2:50)

GRATEFUL DEAD 30 Trips Around The Sun (2015) – 50th Anniversary 80-CD Box Set – Numbered/Limited

Dead 30 TripsThe Grateful Dead are celebrating their 50th Anniversary in style… by releasing an 80CD box set, 30 Trips Around The Sun, with 73 hours of music, 30 unreleased live shows (one for each year from 1966 to 1995), a gold-colored 7-inch featuring “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” 1965/”Box Of Rain” Soldier Field, Chicago, 7/9/95 and a 288-page book, all housed in a limited edition (6,500) box set… all for a mere $699.98. There’s a UBS Drive limited to 1,000 available, too. Details and pre-ordering (act fast) is HERE. Visit our archives for more Dead, HERE.

BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS For Your Dance Party! Rock With Bill Haley And The Comets (The Essex EPs 1951-54) – Pre- “Rock Around The Clock”

For Your Dance Party! Rock With Bill Haley And The Comets (1951-54)
The Essex EPs: Bill Haley’s Early Black & White Fusion

In the early 50s, before Elvis made his impact on the world’s future, Bill Haley and The Comets were already barreling ahead with what would forever be re-defined as rock and roll. A close listen to these early Essex EPs – released in 1953 and 1954, with some tracks recorded years earlier – will illustrate that Bill and the boys were clearly getting their rockin’ inspiration from an evolving fusion of 50s race records and 40s Texas Swing. The earliest of these recordings, dating from 1951 (the fourth released EP of the For Your Dance Party collection) boasts the most obvious R&B influences, best exemplified by Haley’s cover of “Rocket 88” (by Jackie Brenston, fronting Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm – hear the original HERE), which many have called the “first” rock and roll record (as if that could even be pinpointed). Haley’s work carried the hillbilly swing of his professional roots (“Stop Beatin’ Round The Mulberry Bush”) and 40s big band (“Chattanooga Choo Choo”), but Bill and his Comets were re-defining their style on the fly, accenting the slapping bass and frat-boy energy long before “Rock Around The Clock.” And… “Rock This Joint” is essentially an early version of what would become The Comets’ breakthrough hit. Haley was in his late twenties at this time, but he was already looking like an uncool old man, with his big, lumbering frame, blind eye and outdated kiss-curl, so it’s no surprise the charismatic Elvis would quickly assume the throne as The King Of Rock And Roll – despite the fact that Haley first held that very moniker. You can’t dispute the genuine authenticity of Haley’s vision, though, and these Essex EPs capture the rocket-quick evolution of rock and roll’s original development, and its clear lineage to both country and R&B. The vinyl is long gone, but CD versions are at Amazon, like The Best Of Bill Haley And His Comets 1951-1954 (HERE) or The Birth Of A Legend (HERE).

ESSEX EP-102 (1953)
Rock The Joint (2:13)
Rockin’ Chair On The Moon (2:50)
Crazy, Man, Crazy (2:38)
Pat-A-Cake (2:19)

ESSEX EP-117 (1954)
Live It Up (2:51)
Farewell, So Long, Goodbye (2:18)
Real Rock Drive (2:18)
Fractured (2:09)

ESSEX EP-118 (1954)
Stop Beatin’ Round The Mulberry Bush (2:23)
Watcha Gonna Do (2:29)
I’ll Be True (2:05)
Juke Box Cannonball (2:17)

ESSEX EP-119 (1954)
Chattanooga Choo Choo (2:14)
Green Tree Boogie (2:48)
Dance With A Dolly (2:29)
Rocket 88 (2:30)

THE KINKS Face To Face (1966), Something Else By The Kinks (1967), Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) (1969) & Muswell Hillbillies (1971) – Deluxe Editions

Face To FaceSomething Else
ArthurMuswell Hillbillies
Face To Face (Deluxe Edition) (1966)
Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition) (1967)
Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) (Deluxe Edition) (1969)
Muswell Hillbillies (Deluxe Edition) (1971)
2011 Kinks Reissues

Someone suggested some Deluxe Kinks, so, without essay, here’s what I’ve got on hand. Don’t forget our longstanding 3CD version of The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, in the archives (HERE). We got some more from the Davies brothers buried in the bowels, including: The Complete Live At The Hippodrome – July 14, 1974 (HERE), their 1996 finale, To The Bone and To The Bone – The Rehearsals (HERE), The Kinks At The BBC (5CD Box, HERE) as well as Dave Davies’ 1980 debut, AFL1-3603 (HERE) and The Aschere Project, Two Worlds (HERE). You’ll also find a MOJO tribute CD from 2006, The Modern Genius Of Ray Davies (HERE). Find these four at Amazon: Face To Face (HERE), Something Else (HERE), Arthur (HERE) & Muswell Hillbillies (HERE).

Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition)
David Watts (mono) (2:33)
Death Of A Clown (mono) (3:06)
Two Sisters (mono) (2:03)
No Return (mono) (2:03)
Harry Rag (mono) (2:18)
Tin Soldier Man (mono, first two notes missing, no backing vocals) (2:50)
Situation Vacant (mono) (3:20)
Love Me Till The Sun Shines (mono) (3:19)
Lazy Old Sun (mono) (2:50)
Afternoon Tea (mono) (3:27)
Funny Face (mono) (2:18)
End Of The Season (mono) (2:59)
Waterloo Sunset (mono) (3:17)
Act Nice And Gentle (mono) (2:39)
Mr. Pleasant (mono) (2:59)
Susannah’s Still Alive (mono) (2:21)
Autumn Almanac (mono) (3:10)
Harry Rag (mono, alternate mix) (2:14)
David Watts (mono, alternate mix) (2:32)
Afternoon Tea (mono, alternate mix with tone pedal guitar) (3:17)
Sunny Afternoon (BBC version) (2:52)
Autumn Almanac (BBC version) (3:05)
Mr Pleasant (BBC version) (2:48)
Susannah’s Still Alive (BBC version) (2:14)
David Watts (BBC version) (2:10)
Love Me Till The Sun Shines (BBC version) (2:19)
Death Of A Clown (BBC version) (2:45)
Good Luck Charm (BBC version) (1:17)
Harry Rag (BBC version) (2:27)
Little Woman (mono backing track) (2:13)
David Watts (2:43)
Death Of A Clown (3:17)
Two Sisters (2:04)
No Return (2:04)
Harry Rag (2:19)
Tin Soldier Man (2:55)
Situation Vacant (3:18)
Love Me Till The Sun Shines (3:26)
Lazy Old Sun (2:48)
Afternoon Tea (3:28)
Funny Face (2:30)
End Of The Season (3:02)
Waterloo Sunset (3:24)
Susannah’s Still Alive (2:22)
Autumn Almanac (3:19)
Sand On My Shoes (3:11)
Afternoon Tea (alternate version) (3:45)
Mr Pleasant (alternate version) (3:22)
Lazy Old Sun (alternate vocals) (3:15)
Funny Face (alternate version) (2:42)
Afternoon Tea (alternate mix with tone pedal guitar) (3:20)
Tin Soldier Man (alternate backing track) (3:06)

Face To Face (Deluxe Edition)
Party Line (mono) (2:38)
Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home (mono) (2:36)
Dandy (mono) (2:15)
Too Much On My Mind (mono) (2:33)
Session Man (mono) (2:23)
Rainy Day In June (mono) (3:20)
A House In The Country (mono) (3:09)
Holiday In Waikiki (mono) (2:55)
Most Exclusive Residence For Sale (mono) (2:51)
Fancy (mono) (2:32)
Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (mono) (3:21)
You’re Looking Fine (mono) (2:54)
Sunny Afternoon (mono) (3:41)
I’ll Remember (mono) (2:33)
Dead End Street (mono) (3:24)
Big Black Smoke (mono) (2:35)
This Is Where I Belong (mono) (2:27)
She’s Got Everything (mono) (3:11)
Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (mono, alternate take) (3:22)
Dead End Street (mono, original unreleased version) (2:56)
Party Line (2:38)
Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home (2:36)
Dandy (2:14)
Too Much On My Mind (2:32)
Session Man (2:14)
Rainy Day In June (3:20)
A House In The Country (3:08)
Holiday In Waikiki (2:50)
Most Exclusive Residence For Sale (2:58)
Fancy (2:31)
Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (3:20)
You’re Looking Fine (2:52)
Sunny Afternoon (3:40)
I’ll Remember (2:33)
This Is Where I Belong (2:46)
Big Black Smoke (2:51)
She’s Got Everything (3:10)
You’re Looking Fine (alternate stereo mix) (2:53)
Sunny Afternoon (alternate stereo mix) (3:49)
Fancy (alternate stereo mix) (2:57)
Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (alternate stereo mix) (3:22)
Dandy (alternate stereo mix) (2:15)

Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) (Deluxe Edition)
Victoria (mono) (3:44)
Yes Sir, No Sir (mono) (3:50)
Some Mother’s Son (mono) (3:27)
Drivin’ (mono) (3:16)
Brainwashed (mono) (2:38)
Australia (mono) (6:47)
Shangri-La (mono) (5:23)
Mr Churchill Says (mono) (4:45)
She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (mono) (3:10)
Young And Innocent Days (mono) (3:24)
Nothing To Say (mono) (3:11)
Arthur (mono) (5:29)
Plastic Man (mono) (3:04)
This Man He Weeps Tonight (mono) (2:43)
Mindless Child Of Motherhood (mono) (3:10)
Creeping Jean (mono) (3:19)
Lincoln County (mono) (3:13)
Hold My Hand (mono) (3:21)
Victoria (mono, with BBC overdubs) (3:36)
Mr Churchill Says (mono, with BBC overdubs) (3:38)
Arthur (mono, with BBC overdubs) (3:17)
Victoria (3:40)
Yes Sir, No Sir (3:47)
Some Mother’s Son (3:26)
Drivin’ (3:20)
Brainwashed (2:35)
Australia (6:48)
Shangri-La (5:21)
Mr Churchill Says (4:43)
She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (3:08)
Young And Innocent Days (3:22)
Nothing To Say (3:09)
Arthur (5:29)
Plastic Man (3:03)
This Man He Weeps Tonight (2:39)
Drivin’ (alternate stereo mix) (3:16)
Mindless Child Of Motherhood (3:10)
Hold My Hand (3:15)
Lincoln County (3:23)
Mr Shoemaker’s Daughter (2009 remix) (3:07)
Mr Reporter (2009 remix, lead vocals by Dave) (3:36)
Shangri-La (backing track) (5:29)

Muswell Hillbillies (Deluxe Edition)
20th Century Man (5:58)
Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (3:32)
Holiday (2:40)
Skin And Bone (3:39)
Alcohol (3:35)
Complicated Life (4:08)
Here Come The People In Grey (3:46)
Have A Cuppa Tea (3:45)
Holloway Jail (3:28)
Oklahoma U.S.A. (2:39)
Uncle Son (2:33)
Muswell Hillbilly (5:01)
Lavender Lane (3:48)
Mountain Woman (3:08)
Have A Cuppa Tea (alternate version) (3:33)
Muswell Hillbilly (shortened edit) (3:50)
Uncle Son (alternate version) (2:44)
Kentucky Moon (3:56)
Nobody’s Fool (demo version) (2:28)
20th Century Man (alternate instrumental take) (3:02)
20th Century Man (shortened edit) (5:04)
Queenie (instrumental backing track) (3:43)
Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (BBC version) (3:48)
Holiday (BBC version) (3:08)
Skin And Bone (BBC version) (2:34)

MOJO PRESENTS… The Roots Of Fleetwood Mac (2015)

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The latest free CD from the July, 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is a top-notch blues and R&B collection that could have easily been used for dozens of 60s Brit bands, but it’s a smartly sequenced collection just the same. A lot of unfamiliar stuff for me, which is a treat, while most of the artists I’ve already got are buried in box sets, nearly as forgotten. The Fabian inclusion is inspired, and how it’s possible to ever hear The Kingston Trio the same way after that Christopher Guest movie, I’ll not understand. There are too many individual highlights to pick one (if DivShare was working you’d see half of it streaming), so you get Otis Rush’s amazing “So Many Roads.” Another in a recent string of strong MOJO‘s. Hit the archives to find all 159 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

Freddie King San Ho Zay (2:36)
Elmore James
Shake Your Moneymaker (2:31)
Buster Brown
Doctor Brown (2:55)
Otis Rush
So Many Roads (3:10)
Howlin’ Wolf
No Place To Go (2:50)
Eden Kane
Well I Ask You (2:11)
Little Walter
Last Night (2:43)
Tiger (2:28)
Buddy Holly
Rave On (1:47)
The Kingston Trio
Greenback Dollar (2:49)
Little Willie John
Need Your Love So Bad (2:13)
Jimmy Rogers with His Rocking Four
The World Is In A Tangle (2:55)
Eddie Boyd
Five Long Years (2:40)
Elmore James
Coming Home (2:24)
Robert Johnson
Hellhound On My Trail (2:37)

MILES DAVIS QUINTET Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (2011)

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Miles During One Of His Many Peaks…

Brilliant 3CD/1DVD set capturing Miles Davis’ second great Quintet – one of the world’s finest (ever) ensembles – featuring the incredible line-up of Herbie Hancock (keys), Wayne Shorter (sax), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums). Great sound and production, and some of the freshest, most driving modern bop you’ll ever hear, as Miles and friends confidently stretch the idiom into different shapes and sizes, infusing elements of free jazz into the mix of – often connected – compositions, igniting an intensity within the group interplay that is second-to-none. The repetition of compositions from the various shows represented here is what really illustrates the Quintet’s vitality and experimental nature, as tunes get altered, skewed and built on with each performance, providing the listener with detailed snapshots of the band’s instant creativity in action. These sets provided a rousing kick-off to the Miles series of bootleg boxes (which continues with the mid-July, 4CD release of Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4, HERE). Big thanks to Slidewell for this share, which also includes audio of the box set’s DVD content, something I didn’t have and am thankful for. Just click for Vol. 2 (HERE) and Vol. 3 (HERE), as well as MILES of Miles from the archives, below. Find Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 at Amazon, HERE.

1 – Konigin Elizabethzaal, Belgium, October 28, 1967
Agitation (5:27)
Footprints (9:38)
‘Round Midnight (7:38)
No Blues (11:16)
Riot (3:40)
On Green Dolphin Street (8:26)
Masqualero (8:53)
Gingerbread Boy (5:56)
The Theme (1:16)

2 – Tivoli Gardens, Denmark, November 2, 1967 & Salle Pleyel, France, November 6, 1967
Agitation (6:15)
Footprints (9:01)
‘Round Midnight (7:17)
No Blues (14:41)
Masqualero (10:01)
Agitation (6:36)
Footprints (10:35)

3 – Salle Pleyel, France, November 6, 1967
‘Round Midnight (8:07)
No Blues (13:01)
Masqualero (10:10)
I Fall In Love Too Easily (10:34)
Riot (3:39)
Walkin’ (9:01)
On Green Dolphin Street (9:05)
The Theme (8:23)

4 – DVD Content
Stadthalle, Germany, November 7, 1967 & Konserthuset, Sweden, October 31, 1967
Introduction (1:00)
Agitation (6:43)
Footprints (6:03)
I Fall In Love Too Easily (11:33)
Gingerbread Boy (5:24)
The Theme (0:28)
Intro (0:26)
Agitation (6:57)
Footprints (9:07)
‘Round Midnight (8:31)
Gingerbread Boy (7:36)
The Theme (1:37)


MILES DAVIS & GIL EVANS The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (HERE)
MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE The Complete Columbia Recordings (HERE)
MILES DAVIS Agharta, Black Beauty, Dark Magus & Pangaea (HERE)
MILES DAVIS Ascenseur pour l’Échafaud (HERE)
MILES DAVIS Deep Brew Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (Bitches Brew Outtakes) (HERE)
MILES DAVIS In Person Friday & Saturday Night At The Blackhawk, Complete (HERE)
MILES DAVIS Kind Of Blue… plus (HERE)
MILES DAVIS Live At The Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It’s About That Time (HERE)
MILES DAVIS Live At The Fillmore East, March 6, 1970 – Unreleased (HERE)
MILES DAVIS Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3 (HERE)
MILES DAVIS QUINTET Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2 (HERE)
MILES DAVIS QUINTET Miles Davis Quintet 1965-’68 (HERE)
MILES DAVIS Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-1964 (HERE)
MILES DAVIS The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (HERE)
MILES DAVIS The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (HERE)
MILES DAVIS The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions (HERE)
MILES DAVIS The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (HERE)
MILES DAVIS The Complete On The Corner Sessions (HERE)
VARIOUS ARTISTS The Hot Spot Soundtrack (HERE)
BILL LASWELL Panthalassa:The Music Of Miles Davis 69-74 + Panthalassa:The Remixes (HERE)
YO MILES! (w/ Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith) Live At The Fillmore, October 21, 1999 (HERE)

MILES DAVIS QUINTET Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2 (2013)

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Miles’ Pre-Brew Transformations

Three live shows from 1969 catching Miles in mid-morph, yet another in an unending series of transitional phases throughout Davis’ career. The two Festival Mondial du Jazz d’Antibes performances were captured a month before Miles went into the studio to record Bitches Brew – so the song selection draws from albums like, In A Silent Way & Nefertiti – featuring a scaled down Quintet (“scaled down” compared to the larger electric ensembles that would follow in the 70s). Miles’ ever-changing line-up, features Wayne Shorter (sax), Chick Corea (electric piano), Dave Holland (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums), with only Shorter (along with some of his brilliant compositional work) being carried over from past Quintets. This particular line-up was never recorded in the studio, so this set is the first official release from this gathering, sometimes referred to as the “third quintet.” “The Newport Jazz Festival In Europe” show from November 1969, snapshots Miles 3 months after the Bitches Brew sessions we’re recorded, but months before the heavily edited LP would hit the marketplace, so the Quintet’s performance is an early look at a composition designed, by nature, to be ever-evolving. An excellent 3CD/1DVD collection with solid sound. We don’t have the DVD content, but we do have Vol. 1 (HERE) and Vol. 3 (HERE) of the Bootleg Series already up… and LOTS more Miles, HERE. Find Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2 at Amazon, HERE.

1 – Festival Mondial du Jazz d’Antibes, July 25, 1969
Introduction By Andre Francis (0:28)
Directions (6:06)
Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (9:10)
Milestones (13:53)
Footprints (11:38)
‘Round Midnight (8:59)
It’s About That Time (9:24)
Sanctuary (4:16)
The Theme (0:54)

2 – Festival Mondial du Jazz d’Antibes, July 26, 1969
Introduction By Andre Francis (0:27)
Directions (6:18)
Spanish Key (10:37)
I Fall In Love Too Easily (2:55)
Masqualero (8:28)
Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (8:47)
No Blues (13:35)
Nefertiti (8:51)
Sanctuary (3:33)
The Theme (0:48)

3 – “The Newport Jazz Festival In Europe,” November 5, 1969
Introduction By George Wein (0:32)
Bitches Brew (14:39)
Paraphernalia (9:20)
Nefertiti (10:03)
Masqualero (Incomplete) (8:03)
This (6:18)

MILES DAVIS Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3 (1970/2014)

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Bitches Brew-Era Miles

Miles Davis’ four night stand at the Fillmore East in New York, June 17-20, 1970. Portions of this music have been previously issued, in 1970, as Miles At Fillmore, but like Bitches Brew itself, that 2LP set was a heavily edited, cut-and-paste affair – by Miles and producer Ted Macero – that reflected the duo’s groundbreaking approach to re-presenting their live studio (and concert) jams. Don’t be misled by the “Bootleg” in the title, as these are top notch recordings – all four Fillmore shows, unedited, with a few bonuses culled from an April 11th Fillmore West performance (of lesser sonic quality) to round out the discs. The band is as legendary in their own way as Miles’ previous ensembles; Chick Corea (electric piano), Keith Jarrett (organ), Dave Holland (bass), Airto Moreira (percussion), Jack DeJohnette (drums) and Steve Grossman (sax), so I won’t bore you with a breakdown of their collective brilliance, except to say that if you’re unfamiliar with what Miles and his pals were achieving in late sixties and beyond, you’ve got some catching up to do. Fortunately… we got plenty in the archives to help with that endeavor, including numerous Bitches Brew related offerings; The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (4CDs, HERE), Black Beauty – Miles Davis At Fillmore West (HERE), Deep Brew, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (Bitches Brew outtakes, HERE), Live At The Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It’s About That Time (HERE), The Cellar Door Sessions (6CDs, HERE) and Fillmore East – March 6, 1970 (unreleased, HERE). Of course… that’s just the tip of our Miles iceberg, so go HERE for all the rest. NOTE: Vol. 1 (HERE) & Vol. 2 (HERE) of Miles’ Bootleg Series are up, too. Find Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3 at Amazon, HERE.

1 – Fillmore East, June 17, 1970
Introduction (0:05)
Directions (10:24)
The Mask (11:04)
It’s About That Time (10:45)
Bitches Brew (13:42)
The Theme (0:41)
Paraphernalia (BONUS Fillmore West, April 11, 1970) (11:03)
Footprints (BONUS Fillmore West, April 11, 1970) (11:13)

2 – Fillmore East, June 18, 1970
Directions (10:10)
The Mask (11:30)
It’s About That Time (12:04)
Bitches Brew (11:58)
The Theme (1:30)
Spanish Key (Encore) (10:21)
The Theme (Encore) (0:28)

3 – Fillmore East, June 19, 1970
Directions (12:50)
The Mask (10:01)
It’s About That Time (11:28)
I Fall In Love Too Easily (1:48)
Sanctuary (3:25)
Bitches Brew (12:38)
The Theme (0:44)
Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (BONUS Fillmore West, April 11, 1970) (13:21)

4 – Fillmore East, June 20, 1970
Directions (10:49)
The Mask (11:15)
It’s About That Time (11:04)
I Fall In Love Too Easily (1:21)
Sanctuary (3:21)
Bitches Brew (9:40)
Willie Nelson (9:21)
The Theme (0:37)

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS Crimson & Clover (1969) & Cellophane Symphony (1969)

Crimson & Clover (1969)
Cellophane Symphony (1969)
Not Your Father’s Shondells

I’ve always loved psychedelic albums by artists that aren’t known for their work in the field. Sometimes, they laughably contain all of the clichés that helped to kill the genre in the first place. Other times, they are hidden treasures by bands that knew full well what they were doing… even if their audience didn’t. Tommy James & The Shondells are among the latter. TJ didn’t invent psych-pop, but he certainly epitomized the style with “Crimson & Clover,” as sure a hit song if ever one was written, regardless of the generation. And, as it was the norm to have a similar follow-up in your back pocket, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” proved James (who co-wrote all but one) had studied, compositional chops. The song’s sweet, soulful/pop sound may even have helped shaped Prince’s musical make-up as much as James Brown and Jimi Hendrix (P covered TJ just a few years back). Still, there are moments on these two 1969 albums that you begin to completely forget who you’re listening to. By Cellophane Symphony, the band is replicating a 10 minute super jam between Pink Floyd and Deep Purple (with a hint of Duane Eddy)… for the lead off track. The group’s live-in-the-studio ambiance is smartly captured and is, more importantly, organically realized by a veteran band with a big bag of tricks. Think of these two albums as one big psychedelic double album (that would’ve made a better single album) and you’ll hear how it all fits in with the times. From 2009 source material, find a two-fer of Crimson & Clover and Cellophane Smyphony at Amazon, HERE.

Crimson & Clover
Crimson & Clover (5:32)
Kathleen McArther (2:41)
I Am A Tangerine (3:34)
Do Something To Me (3:19)
Crystal Blue Persuasion (4:01)
Sugar On Sunday (3:22)
Breakaway (2:45)
Smokey Roads (2:50)
I’m Alive (3:14)
Crimson & Clover (Reprise) (1:00)

Cellophane Symphony
Cellophane Symphony (9:38)
Makin‘ Good Time (2:37)
Evergreen (2:07)
Sweet Cherry Wine (4:20)
Papa Rolled His Own (1:47)
Changes (5:36)
Loved One (3:41)
I Know Who I Am (3:53)
The Love Of A Woman (4:28)
On Behalf Of The Entire Staff & Management (3:57)

ROBERT PALMER Best Of Both Worlds – The Robert Palmer Anthology (1974-2001) 3CD Deluxe ‘Addition’

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Excellent Multi-Label Anthology

UPGRADED A chronicle of Robert Palmer’s wonderfully erratic career, including his funky sides with Little Feat & The Meters, cosmo-World Music for Island Records and his mega-fame hits via MTV & Power Station. This 2CD collection has it all, covering Palmer’s undervalued 20 year stretch of musical invention from 1974-1994, with a few new millenia bonuses to explain the title. I’ve heard, known and owned many of these tracks over the years, but hearing them all back-to-back is a revelation. Despite his top-notch material, expressive 70s vocal chops and aching 80s cool, it requires an expansive collection like this to truly appreciate some of Palmer’s outside-the-box choices (his interpretations are some of his best work). It’s easy to bitch about the curious inclusion of remixed hits (from the compilations Addictions Volumes 1 & 2), but what are you gonna do? [Note: we did it… below.] Early in his career, Palmer wasn’t much of a sales machine, so most know him only from his 80s video successes. That’s unfortunate, because there’s a whole world of Robert Palmer before MTV, and this collection provides a great opportunity to re-investigate his wild variety and consistent excellence. We’ve got some live Palmer in the archives, Live At The BBC (1983/2010) and Nijmegen, Netherlands – 10/15/80 (FM Broadcast), both HERE. Find the original 2CD Best Of Both Worlds at Amazon, HERE.

THE DELUXE “ADDITION” More than a few have expressed dismay that Best Of Both Worlds contains a number of remixed versions of Palmer’s classic material, culled largely from RP’s history-updating collections, Addictions 1 & 2 (HERE & HERE). In and of themselves, the Addictions collections are quite cool, as Palmer details in the liners notes his reasoning for tinkering with past work, and as added CDs in any RP collection, they’re great to have. But, Palmer took his addictions a step too far (for some) when he used those altered versions on the Best Of Both Worlds anthology. So thanks to Allen B. who suggested an alternative… which was to gather together the original versions for this Deluxe “Addition,” to actually have the best of both worlds. Since we like to tinker with history around here, too, this becomes another in our series of fake Deluxe Editions, which you can sample below. Thanks Allen B.

Sailin’ Shoes (2:42)
Hey Julia (2:25)
Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley (4:47) (Remix)
How Much Fun (3:08)
Give Me An Inch (3:01) (Remix)
Pressure Drop (5:23)
Trouble (3:03)
Which Of Us Is The Fool (3:23)
Spanish Moon (6:00)
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) (2:35)
Some People Can Do What They Like (4:11)
You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming (4:00) (Remix)
Every Kinda People (3:26) (Remix)
Best Of Both Worlds (4:12) (Remix)
Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) (3:13) (Remix)
Jealous (3:17)
Can We Still Be Friends? (3:40) (Remix)
I Dream Of Wires (4:37)
Not A Second Time (2:52)
Some Guys Have All The Luck (3:10)
Pride (3:31)
What Do You Care (2:23) (Live In London 1980)

You Are In My System (5:02) (Revoiced)
Some Like It Hot (5:07) – The Power Station
Get It On (Bang A Gong) (3:40) (Single Version w/ Intro Edit) – The Power Station
Addicted To Love (4:27) (Remix)
Hyperactive (5:12)
I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On (3:38)
Sweet Lies (From The Movie Sweet Lies) (3:11)
She Makes My Day (4:24)
Early In The Morning (4:02) (Single Version)
Simply Irresistible (4:17)
You’re Amazing (3:19) (Remix/Edit)
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (3:28) – with UB40
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song)/I Want You (3:56) (Single Edit Version)
Want You More (4:10)
Know By Now (4:13)
Stone Cold (4:33)
Milkcow’s Calf Blues (2:24)
Johnny And Mary (3:16) (Live At The Apollo, 2000)
Riptide (2:17) (Live At The Apollo, 2000)
Looking For Clues (3:44) (Live At The Apollo, 2000)

3 – DELUXE “ADDITION” (Original Versions)
Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley (4:23)
Give Me An Inch (3:17)
You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming (3:17)
Every Kinda People (3:14)
Best Of Both Worlds (4:11)
Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) (3:12)
Can We Still Be Friends? (3:38)
Looking For Clues (4:08)
Johnny And Mary (3:56)
What Do You Care? (2:46)
You Are In My System (4:25)
Get It On (Bang A Gong) (5:30) – The Power Station
Riptide (2:28)
Addicted To Love (3:56)
Early In The Morning (4:42)
You’re Amazing (3:51)
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song)/I Want You (5:51)

Stripped DeluxeSugar Cane's Got The BluesThe Gold Experience (Deluxe)
Shotgun Willie DeluxeFlashback DeluxeRagged Glory Deluxe

PRINCE Baltimore (2015) – The New Digital Single And The Story Behind It

CHANHASSEN, Minn. – As dusk fell over Minnesota on Wednesday, many watched details surrounding Freddie Gray’s death unfold, while a message resounded from Paisley Park’s soundstage. Prince sat at his electric keyboard on the far right of the intricately lit stage. The rest of the venue was dark, mostly. Purple light filtered softly along the venue’s perimeters. Adding to an already calming ambiance, the scent of lavender flirted with pleasant hints of sandalwood in the air.

Earlier, afternoon errand-runs were highlighted by an invitation to sit in on “rehearsal.” A man who introduced himself as “Anthony” escorted me to the back of the arena. The view was hazy but exquisite in its own right. Guided to sit on a plush purple sofa, here, I was free of expectation. An earth-toned hat covered the legend’s Afro almost completely. The cap matching a vest he wore over a foiled-silver ensemble set in a slate gray silky material. Either way he was fitted for work or play. Play to Mr. Nelson these days might mean a quick break from the studio to watch his DVR-ed episodes of “New Girl” in the kitchen, or a seated moment to email a funny meme to a friend, and just maybe a swift bike ride around Chanhassen, Minn. He and 3rdEyeGirl began their “rehearsal” on stage. “From the top,” he said. “With a little more life.” He instructed Ida Nielson on bass, Hanna Welton on drums, Donna Grantis on guitar. Welton’s husband, Joshua, who played a significant role in the production of the 2014 album release “Art Official Age,” at a separate board, opposite Prince.

“Nobody got in nobody’s way,” The Purple One began to sing. “So I guess you could say it was a good day. At least a little better than the day in Baltimore. Does anybody hear us pray? For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray Peace is more than the absence of war…” After the first verse, it became abundantly clear this was more performance than “rehearsal.” The sound men, technicians and myself quietly watching a live recording of a freshly penned song. “Are we gonna see another bloody day? We’re tired of cryin’ and people dyin’. Let’s take all the guns away. Absence of war – you and me. Maybe we can finally say ‘enough is enough.’ It’s time for love. It’s time to hear, it’s time to hear, the guitar play!” While still seated at the keyboard, Prince then played a tear-evoking electric guitar solo for the remainder of the song.

Moved, I quickly wiped an eye as he walked over. “Come with me,” he said. After leading me inside Studio B he motioned to a red sofa. Peering up I asked, “What’s it called?” “Baltimore,” he replied. Then he reached for a sip of Blk Water, an alkaline-infused, mineral water for the particularly health conscious. “With everything going on there this week, I had a lot I needed to get out,” Prince said. He then segued into a brief discussion about Joni Mitchell’s health scare. “That news this week, and what’s happening in Baltimore,” he paused, “well, you know.” Prince is perhaps one of Joni Mitchell’s biggest fans. Recently I learned “Court & Spark,” Mitchell’s 1974 album release, is one of the artist’s top five favorite albums of all time. You may remember the reference to the folk legend in The Ballad of Dorothy Parker on his 1987 release “Sign O’ the Times.” ‘Oh, my favorite song’ she said. And it was Joni singing ‘Help me I think I’m falling’.” In a healthy display of emotion, he looked at the studio floor for a second. Fighting tears of his own, Prince politely excused himself to serve water for the both of us. Even in a fleeting moment of sadness, Prince remains magical. More so in his mourning over Joni’s condition. Further in his desire for justice, and overall concern for humanity. Unpleasant times often prod to be channeled into creative expression. Hence, Prince and 3rdEyeGirl’s “Baltimore.”

This week’s turmoil, marked by protests following the violent riots in Baltimore, is still only days old. President Barack Obama this week announced the deaths of black men by police as a “slow-rolling crisis.” The private recording inside Paisley Park is certainly not the first time Prince has weaved social commentary into a performance, or even a brief appearance. With a poignant a five-second sound bite Prince rocked this year’s Grammy’s. “Like books and Black lives, albums still matter,” he announced before presenting Album of the Year. The Afro set round, free and proud that night. The sight alone surely had black and brown folks across the country raising power fists from their sofas in solidarity. He stood in a glazed, bright orange, silky-fit to boot. Women swooned, viewers at home rooted on, hearts sang across the world, as Twitter erupted in mainly cathartic response. No guitar.

Prince’s approach to conveying this sort of commentary, however, varies. At the 2013 Billboard Awards during 3rdEyeGirl’s performance of “FixUrLifeUp” the words “Gun Control” were the projected backdrop. This particular night the “Purple Yoda,” as he’s endearingly known to some, was “featured” on lead guitar. Controversy, Free, When Will We B Paid, Dreamer, Ol’ Skool Company. All among plenty of songs recorded over the years denoting Prince’s stance on a variety of societal issues — stance often left open to listener interpretation. These days it seems “His Royal Badness” is taking a more direct approach to combat an often silent, yet dangerous, nemesis — One that seems glumly hovered over the Black Lives Matter movement. Indifference.

Back on the purple sofa, the definition of “indifference” was among an array of multimedia imagery Prince invited me to preview on the soundstage projector screen. “Noun. Lack of interest, concern, or sympathy: she shrugged, feigning indifference.” The words faded to blue, a new image appeared on the screen. An audio-visual technician in from Montreal led the preview referring to Mr. Nelson as “sir.” The man took notes and feedback earnestly. We viewed approximately 25 bright, distinctive, thought-provoking images.

Prince, 3rdEyeGirl, and crew have been investing at least their latest spring hours recording and rehearsing. The recent rehearsals, I’m told, are to prepare for upcoming, unannounced tours in the United States and abroad. Anticipate “Baltimore” as a likely inclusion. “We’re going to talk to Jay-Z and his people about streaming it on ‘Tidal’,” he shared with a nod. “This is first time we have ever recorded a song live on the soundstage,” Prince added, as we walked toward the studio’s parking lot. A proud yet modest smile complemented his shy eyes.

Few can comfortably ignore the current upheaval denouncing chronic cases of police brutality across the country anymore. Whether your thoughts are with Michael Brown, Freddie Gray — let alone anyone who’s faced senseless violence, or not at all — Prince’s are.

Story Courtesy Of KMSP-TV Minneapolis/St. Paul

JOHN LENNON In His Own Write (1964)

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“The Writing Beatle”

Here’s a .pdf of John Lennon’s 1964 book of wit and wisdom, In His Own Write, featuring an introduction by Paul McCartney. Those who remember it from back in the day recall being confused by the silly wordplay and bizarre imagery, which for many a 10-year old hypnotized by The Beatles, seemed from another world. Some scribes, then and now, have tripped over themselves to suggest that Lennon’s writings contain deeper meanings and/or philosophical insight… which surely made Lennon laugh to no end. The first solo project from any Beatle, published a month after they landed in America. Ask Google for the free software you need to read .pdf files. Sorry, but couldn’t find JL’s 1965 follow-up, A Spaniard In The Works. There are plenty of different editions of In His Own Write to be found at Amazon, HERE.
The Wrestling Dog

BJÖRK GUDMUNDSDOTTIR Björk (1977) – An 11-Year Old Björk’s Icelandic Debut Album

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Pre-Fame… Pre-Puberty

FIRST POSTED IN 2007: As a predictably precocious 11-year-old, the already savvy Björk Gudmundsdottir (a.k.a. Björk) landed herself a recording contract singing Icelandic versions of popular tunes. Including “Alfur Ut Ur Hol,” which, except for the harsh dialect, is a faithful rendition of The Beatles’ “The Fool On The Hill.” She even earned a platinum record for her efforts (…um… an Icelandic platinum record, that is). Since her post-puberty fame in The Sugarcubes, however, it seems there still aren’t enough Björk’s to go around, as they’ve been trading at collector’s prices ever since. What does Björk at 11 sound like? In a word… adorable. But, you can hear for yourself, below. Ten tracks of child-like wonder from a future Icelandic icon, recorded in 1977. Extremely expensive at Amazon, HERE.


Alta Mira

Johannes Kjarval

Fusi Hreindyr



Alfur Ut Ur Hol (The Fool On The Hill)



JOHN & YOKO Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band (1970) and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)

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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
All Those Years Ago…

Personally, I’ve always preferred John Lennon in ‘fuck you’ mode. It rarely made for his best “music,” but for raw attitude, Lennon was second-to-none when it came to challenging expectations. And… no one brought out that side of him like Yoko Ono. When it came to The Beatles at the end of the 60s, Lennon grumbled and played along. When it came to Apple’s business, he looked the other way. But, when it came to Yoko Ono, Lennon was routinely up on his hind legs, ready to take on his mates, the press, the puritanical establishment, even his fans, who have all experienced some degree of Lennon’s wrath as it pertains to Yoko. We all know about Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, his first solo album after the demise of The Beatles, which found him shedding his skin and disowning his past. Many, including myself, still consider it his best work – so at this point, there’s not much else to say about it…except that this 2010 remix and remaster by Yoko Ono serves Lennon’s legacy well. Yoko’s Plastic Ono Band, on the other hand, is ripe for reevaluation. It’s nowhere near as outrageous as it was once considered, as those who carried forth the anti-music movement she was once a part of (before hooking up with Lennon) have long surpassed her anti-commercial extremes decades ago. So now, 45 years later, maybe Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band can finally be heard for what it is…wanton expressionism. And if intense, ear-splitting venting isn’t your thing, so be it. But, wasn’t that kinda why you liked punk in the first place? (It certainly wasn’t for Sid’s bass lines.) Besides… how often do you get to hear the great Ringo Starr in avant-garde surrounds? John Lennon, Klaus Voormann & Ringo are the entire band here, and the racket they make is seismic, considering that half of them were working on Abbey Road the year before. Other musicians appear, notably jazz legends Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden (on the track “AOS,” from a 1968 Albert Hall rehearsal tape with Yoko), but the bulk of Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, and its nearly 25 minutes of bonus material, is John & Yoko adopting an in-your-face, take-it-or-leave-it stance. Most decided to leave it…for obvious reasons. And, despite the loud, often obnoxious, anti-Yoko chorus that thrives only to rebuke her work, it’s their loss. And… they’ll never know why. We’ve got more from John & Yoko in the archives, including Plastic Ono Band Sessions (outtakes, HERE), “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” (HERE), Live At The Fillmore East, June 5, 1971 (with The Mothers Of Invention, HERE) and Live Peace In Toronto 1969 (HERE). Plus plenty more from JOHN (HERE) & YOKO (HERE). Find both Plastic Ono Band CDs at Amazon, HERE & HERE.

Why (5:37)
Why Not (9:55)
Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City (5:40)
AOS (7:07)
Touch Me (4:42)
Paper Shoes (7:30)
Open Your Box (Bonus Track) (7:38)
Something More Abstract (Bonus Track) (0:47)
The South Wind (Bonus Track) (16:39)

Mother (5:37)
Hold On (1:52)
I Found Out (3:38)
Working Class Hero (3:51)
Isolation (2:52)
Remember (4:37)
Love (3:24)
Well Well Well (6:00)
Look At Me (2:56)
God (4:11)
My Mummy’s Dead (0:59)
Power To The People (Bonus Track) (3:23)
Do The Oz (Bonus Track) (3:08)

THE BEATLES Ringo Starr & His Beatles (2015) – Ringo’s Collected Work As A Beatle

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For Mr. Richard Starkey Of Liverpool, England…Opportunity Knocks!

Pete kicked it off in (Son Of) Readers Links with a Ringo comp… similar to two previous comprehensive Beatles collections we’ve posted for both Lennon (HERE) and Harrison (HERE) in the past. I’ve been meaning to get a Ringo set up for years, and since his lead-singing and songwriting turns won’t even fill a vinyl LP, it should’ve been an easy enough task. For Ringo Starr & His Beatles (Pete’s original title, btw), I’ve erred on the side of inclusion, but not to the point of weighing down the concept. So, the group co-write “Flying” makes its third appearance across these collections, while “12-Bar Original,” from Anthology 2, was deemed unworthy. An instrumental “This Boy” from A Hard Day’s Night might have been a nice touch, but the whole shebang would have been naked without Ringo’s only recorded drum solo – so “The End” provides a fitting conclusion, forcing every other track into chronological order, including the Anthology 3 Lennon/McCartney outtake, “If You’ve Got Trouble” (originally envisioned for Help!). I could write a thesis on Ringo’s drumming contribution to the Beatles’ sound, especially the experimental, psychedelic years, 1966-68, when Ringo stoically resisted any temptation to freak-out, keeping it steady regardless of how drugged-up his musical accompaniment became. His was the consistent unwavering ingredient throughout The Beatles’ recorded output. It’s a study in restraint, and another distinctly characteristic element in the band’s arsenal, as if they needed another. I’m fascinated by his fills… the lazy psychedelic ones, especially. Ringo himself explains his curious appeal on another post, “A Major Demonstration Of My Drum Work” (HERE), where he cops to being a left-hander playing as a righty. The one-take “Boys” made it to another Beatles comp, the First Takes EP, HERE. 2009 source material. Thanks Pete.

Boys (2:26)
I Wanna Be Your Man (2:00)
Matchbox (1:59)
Honey Don’t (2:58)
If You’ve Got Trouble (Take 1) (2:48)
Act Naturally (2:30)
What Goes On (2:49) (Lennon/McCartney/Starkey)
Yellow Submarine (2:39)
With A Little Help From My Friends (2:44)
Flying (2:16) (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey)
Don’t Pass Me By (3:51) (Starkey)
Good Night (3:14)
Octopus’s Garden (2:51) (Starkey)
The End (2:22)