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

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An Unrehearsed Improvisational Psych Fest…

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

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

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

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

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The Universe’s Reply To NASA’s Voyager Disc

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

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


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

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

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Flashback (Deluxe Edition 2015)

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4th Time’s A Charm…

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

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

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

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One Of The New Wave’s More Credible Musicians

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

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

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

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Speaking Of Rejected Albums…

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

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

GEORGE HARRISON Somewhere In England (1980 Rejected Version) – Original Warner Bros. Sequencing

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George’s Pink Slipped LP, Sequenced According To The Original Artwork

Most fans know the story behind George Harrison’s Somewhere In England. He originally submitted his 9th solo LP to Warner Brothers in 1980, only to have it handed back to him as unsatisfactory. George was pissed, and anyone familiar with the guy’s history knows him as someone who doesn’t cotton much to being artistically dictated to (just ask Paul). Still… Harrison acquiesced, but only after making a mental note to not re-sign with the label after his next (and last) contracted LP (Gone Troppo). As fate would have it, the record company interference worked to Harrison’s advantage… in a sickening way, of course. While George was preparing new tracks to bolster this rejected LP’s commerciality, John Lennon was murdered. In response, Harrison took a backing track he had originally worked up for Ringo, “All Those Years Ago,” re-wrote the lyrics as a tribute (of sorts) to Lennon and his time with The Beatles, and included it on the new (and approved) Somewhere In England. The tune was a sizable hit. Harrison, being Harrison, also managed to get his digs in at WB with the album’s new lead off track, a bitter indictment of the music business entitled “Blood From A Clone.” What we have here is Harrison’s originally submitted music (as has been disseminated via the web, anyway). What’s different about this post is the sequencing. Famed Beatles bootleg experts, Vigotone, have etched this underground release in stone with their 1996 issue of this material… but, with a different running order. Since 1996, the album’s original artwork has surfaced in the form of uncut cover slicks, showing a completely different sequencing from Vigotone’s notable release (seen HERE). We’ve replicated the Warner artwork’s running order here, providing a fresh listen to one of George Harrison’s career-altering experiences with a major label. We’ve got way too much Beatles and George in the archives to list, so click HERE & HERE to peruse. Get the 2004 Somewhere in England remaster (with restored cover art) at Amazon, HERE.

Tears Of The World (4:00) #
Hong Kong Blues (2:57)
Unconsciousness Rules (3:34)
Save The World (4:56)
Baltimore Oriole (3:55)
Life Itself (4:22)
Sat Singing (4:27) #
Lay His Head (3:53) #
Writing’s On The Wall (4:02)
Flying Hour (4:35) #
Running Order As Per Warner Bros. Printed Artwork
# REMOVED BY GEORGE AT WARNER’S BEHEST

JIMMY ROGERS Chicago Blues Masters Volume Two (1995) – aka The Complete Shelter Records Sessions

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Reissue Of Rogers’ Shelter Records LP Sessions

It’s been said that if you don’t know what music’s on your shelves, then maybe you’ve got too much music. But then… you can never have too much music. So pick your poison. We first posted a bunch of the mid-90s Capitol Blues Collection releases way back in 2010, but I just recently came across another one sitting on the shelf that I missed completely. It’s a Jimmy Rogers collection called Chicago Blues Masters Volume Two. But, in reality, it’s the original session recordings for Rogers’ 1973 album for Leon Russell’s Shelter Records’, Gold-Tailed Bird. The 12-song Shelter album has never been reissued on CD, but in 1995 Capitol compiled three sessions, one produced by J.J. Cale and the other co-produced by Freddie King, for this addition to their Gold-Tailed BirdBlues Collection series. If you haven’t checked out the Collection releases before, you should. A couple of them are straight up compilations, but others are (like this one) remasters of some incredibly interesting sessions and releases; like the “Deluxe” version of Mississippi Fred McDowell’s I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll, a live 1970 Son House concert from the UK (Delta Blues & Spirituals) or the incredible live studio summit of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Rediscovered Blues). They’re all linked below. Find this excellent Jimmy Rogers disc at Amazon, HERE. Get others in the Capitol Blues Collection in the archives, including MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll (HERE), T-BONE WALKER The Complete Capitol / Black & White Recordings (3CD, HERE), SON HOUSE Delta Blues & Spirituals (Live in London, HERE), JOHN LEE HOOKER Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings, 1948-52 (3CD, HERE), SONNY TERRY Whoopin’ The Blues: The Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (HERE), LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE McGHEE Rediscovered Blues (2CD HERE) & AMOS MILBURN Blues, Barrelhouse & Boogie Woogie 1946-1955 (HERE).

Act Like You Love Me (2:27)*
Broken Hearted Blues (3:44)*
Information Please (3:11)*
Back Luck Blues (2:55)*
Gold-Tailed Bird (3:57)*
Lonesome Blues (3:53)*
Brown-Skinned Woman (4:19)**
That’s All Right (3:07)**
You’re Sweet (3:24)**
Sloppy Drunk (3:35)**
Live At Ma Bee’s (3:36)**
House Rocker (2:17)**
Pretty Baby (3:20)**
You’re The One (4:27)**
Blues (Follow Me All Day Long) (3:46)
Slick Chick (2:41)
I Lost A Good Woman (3:20)
Dorcie Belle (2:31)
*Produced By J.J. Cale
**Produced By Freddie King & Jimmy Rogers

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YES

YES Close To The Edge (2013 Instrumental Mix)
Close To The Edge (The Alternate Album) (2013) – JUST ADDED: The Yes Album (2014 Instrumental Mix)

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An Instrumental Version? Sure, Why Not?

Have you ever wondered what Close To The Edge would sound like without the vocals? Frankly… the thought never crossed my mind, either. At least, not until it surfaced on the 2013 Blu-Ray reissue of Yes’ 1972 prog-rock classic. Meet the presumptive future of box sets. The Blu-Ray format allows room for 5.1 Surround mixes (from the original multi-tracks, in this case), alongside all manner of additions, including; a stereo remix, this Instrumental version, an Alternate Album demos set, needle-drop vinyl, bonus tracks, yada yada yada. All on two discs with lower packaging costs that (presumably) get passed on to the consumer. At Amazon, the cost is $29 (as cheap as $23), HERE. Old school boxers will probably die-hard before emotionally parting with their bulky, multi-disc collections – even as the graphics continue to require a magnifying glass to read – but the Blu-Ray format makes the most sense when it comes to storing entire collections in one place. We’ll see how it all plays out. But… just in case you were worried about not getting the opportunity to pay for Quadrophenia ever again… the future is here. We’ve also included The Alternate Album version of Close To The Edge for your amusement, featuring run-though and preliminary mixes. If you’re just looking for the simple original, like when you were a kid, you can find that, along with Fragile, HERE.

2013 INSTRUMENTAL MIX
Close To The Edge (18:41)
And You And I (10:13)
Siberian Khatru (8:58)
America (10:37) – Bonus Instrumental

THE ALTERNATE ALBUM
Close To The Edge (Early Assembly/Rough Mix) (17:41)
And You And I (Alternate Version) (10:17)
Siberia (Studio Run-Through of Siberian Khatru) (9:23)

JUST ADDED:
TYA_REMUS_spine_Layout 1The Yes Album (Instrumental Mix) (2014)

Thanks to lupineassassin for posting the 2014 Blu Ray instrumental mix of 1971’s The Yes Album. Throughly enjoyable, if you like this sort of thing. The only vocals on this new mix are the ones that kick off “I’ve Seen All Good People,” as you can hear below. Interesting, if only to better appreciate keyboardist Tony Kaye’s piano work, before he was replaced by Rick Wakeman (and his synths) for Yes’ next LP. Find The Yes Album Blu Ray (featuring even more bonuses and alternate mixes) at Amazon, HERE.

Yours Is No Disgrace (9:44)
Clap (3:17)
Starship Trooper (9:35)
I’ve Seen All Good People (7:00)
A Venture (3:33)
Perpetual Change (8:54)

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

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Hal Willner Teams Up With Fellow Multi-Artist Fanatic, Director Robert Altman…

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

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

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

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A Tribute To History’s Motherlode

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Hal Willner Week: VARIOUS ARTISTS Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill (1985) + September Songs – The Music Of Kurt Weill (1997)

Lost In The Stars - The Music Of Kurt WeillLost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill (1985)
The Weird World Of Weill

Most know the music of German composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) (and his sometime lyricist, Bertolt Brecht) only through his popular, whitewashed songs that have crossed-over from the stage… including various renditions of “Mack The Knife,” Frank Sinatra’s “September Song” or maybe The Doors’ heavily edited, “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar).” The more seasoned amongst you may be familiar with his dozens of stage works, like The Threepenny Opera, Lady In The Dark or Lost In The Stars, while it’s the hardcore who know Weill’s orchestral works, cantatas and film music. Hal Willner, along with another mind-bending array of artists, focuses mostly on Weill’s song craft for the 1985 tribute album, Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill. The guest list here is a blast, even if some of the stylistic representations are sometimes foreign to modern ears. Just some of the varied participants include Tom Waits, Sting, Todd Rundgren, John Zorn, Lou Reed, Van Dyke Parks, Henry Threadgill, Elliott Sharp and Carla Bley… with others, lingering in the background and away from the spotlight, including Steve Swallow, Branford Marsalis, Anton Fig, Jim Keltner, Fred Tackett, Kathy Dalton, Lester Bowie, Ellen Shipley, Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs), Dagmar Kraus (Slapp Happy), Charles K. Noyes, Fred Frith, Bobby Previte, The Uptown Horns… am I leaving a few dozen names out? Marianne Faithfull’s grand dame delivery is a natural fit with Weill’s unique brand of German expressionism, while John Zorn’s scattered smorgasbord approach to “The Little Lieutenant Of The Loving God” is delightfully untethered. I quite like Sting’s “Mack The Knife,” but Todd Rundgren’s contribution is a bit of a stylistic outcast… on an album of many stylistic collisions. We’ve got more of Hal Willner’s outstanding tribute work, HERE. Find Lost In The Stars at Amazon, HERE.

STEVE WEISBERG Mahagonny Songspiel (Intro) (0:48)
Accordion, Xylophone – Andrea Parkins
Banjo – Jeff Freidman
Bass – Mary Potter Newton
Drums – Jack Cook
Flute – Anders Bostron
Percussion – Ken Winokur, Mike Evans
Saxophone – Alan Chase
Saxophone – Les Arbuckle
Trombone – Lenny Peterson
Tuba – Jenny Palmer

STING and DOMINIC MULDOWNEY Ballad Of Mac The Knife (2:43)
Synthesizer – Dominic Muldowney
Bandoneon – Juan Mosalini
Banjo – Mark Peru
Piano – Kenny Kirkland
Saxophone – David Roach
Saxophone – Branford Marsalis
Saxophone – John Marle
Trumpet, Trombone – Mike Zwerin
Tuba – Kevin Morgan
Vocals – Sting

THE FOWLER BROTHERS with STANARD RIDGWAY Cannon Song (2:17)
Bass – Tom Fowler
Guitar, Banjo – Mike Miller
Piano – Ed Fowler
Saxophone, Flute – Steve Fowler
Saxophone – Albert Wing
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
Trombone – Phil Teele
Trumpet – Walt Fowler
Vocals – Stan Ridgway

MARIANNE FAITHFULL and CHRIS SPEDDING Ballad Of The Soldier’s Wife (4:21)
Guitar – Chris Spedding
Bass – Fernando Saunders
Drums – Anton Fig
Keyboards – Carter Catheart
Woodwind – Jim Cuomo
Vocals – Marianne Faithfull

VAN DYKE PARKS Johnny Johnson Medley (5:44)
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian
Drums – Jim Keltner
Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, English Horn – Marty Krystall
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin – Fred Tackett
Harmonica – David McKelvy
Harp – Katie Kirkpatrick
Saxophone, Flute – Steve Fowler
Synthesizer – Randy Kerber
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
Trumpet – Walt Fowler
Vocals – Kathy Dalton

HENRY THREADGILL The Great Hall (3:38)
Bass – Cecil McBee
Drums – Thurman Barker
French Horn – Gregory Williams, Vincent Chancey
Piccolo Flute – Lloyd McNeill
Saxophone – John Stubblefield
Trumpet – Lester Bowie, Stantan Davis
Tuba – Tony Underwood

RALPH SCHUCKETT with RICHARD BUTLER Alabama Song (4:24)
Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCracken, Jeff Layton, Joe Cato, Sid McGinnis
Bass – John Siegler
Chorus – George James, Joe Cerisano, John Leffler, Julie Eikenberg, Maria Vidal
Additional Vocals – Eric Troyer, Hal Willner, Ralph Schuckett, Rory Dodd
Drum Programming – Jimmy Bralower
Electric Guitar – Ira Siegal
Electronics, Synthesizer – John Petersen
Lead Vocals – Richard Butler
Lead Vocals – Bob Dorough
Lead Vocals – Ellen Shipley

ARMADILLO STRING QUARTET Youkali Tango (4:39)
Violin – Barry Socher
Cello – Armen Ksajikian
Viola – Raymond Tischer
Violin – Michelle Kikuchi Richards

JOHN ZORN The Little Lieutenant Of The Loving God (5:22)
Accordion – Guy Klucevsek
Clarinet, Saxophone, Celesta, Musical Saw – John Zorn
Drums, Timpani, Percussion – Bobby Previte
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Voice – Fred Frith
Harp – Carol Emanuel
Trombone – Jim Staley
Voice, Whistling, Electric Bass, Harpsichord – Luli Shioi

VAN DYKE PARKS Johnny’s Speech (1:44)
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Cello – Armen Ksajikian
Drums – Jim Keltner
Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, English Horn – Marty Krystall
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin – Fred Tackett
Harmonica – David McKelvy
Harp – Katie Kirkpatrick
Saxophone, Flute – Steve Fowler
Synthesizer – Randy Kerber
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
Trumpet – Walt Fowler

LOU REED September Song (4:15)
Vocals, Guitar – Lou Reed
Bass – Fernando Saunders
Drum Programming – David Rosenberg
Drums – Eric Parker
Horns – The Uptown Horns
Keyboards – Peter Wood

CARLA BLEY with PHIL WOODS Lost In The Stars (6:10)
Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – Victor Lewis
Flute – Chris Hunter
French Horn – John Clarke
Oboe – Paul McCandless
Piano – Larry Willis
Saxophone – Phil Woods
Trombone – Tom Malone
Trombone – Dave Taylor
Trumpet – Randy Brecker

TOM WAITS What Keeps Mankind Alive? (2:10)
Accordion – William Schimmel
Bass – Greg Cohen
Banjo – Eddie Davis
Horns – The Uptown Horns
Percussion – Michael Blair
Vocals – Tom Waits

ELLIOTT SHARP Klops Lied (Meatball Song) (0:48)
Electric Bass, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Bass – Elliott Sharp
Drums – Bobby Previte
Drums – Charles K. Noyes
Vocals – Sussan Deihim

DAGMAR KRAUSE Surabaya Johnny (4:07)
Piano – Jason Osborn
Synthesizer – Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens
Vocals – Dagmar Krause

MARK BINGHAM Hurricane Introduction (1:00)
MARK BINGHAM With JOHNNY ADAMS and AARON NEVILLE Oh Heavenly Salvation (2:34)
Guitar – Mark Bingham
Backing Vocals – Germaine Bazzle, Jacqueline Jones, Stephanie Sieberth
Bass – Elton Heron
Contrabass, Clarinet – Kidd Jordan
Drums – Johnny Vidacovich
Guitar – Steve Masakowski
Guitar – John Mooney
Saxophone – Ralph Gibson
Vocals – Aaron Neville, Johnny Adams

TODD RUNDGREN with GARY WINDO Call From The Grave/Ballad In Which Macheath Begs All Men For Forgiveness (5:21)
All Instruments, Vocals – Todd Rundgren
Saxophone – Gary Windo

CHARLIE HADEN and SHARON FREEMAN Speak Low (4:22)
Bass – Charlie Haden
Bassoon – John Steinmetz
Clarinet, Oboe – Marty Krystall
Drums – Albert “Tootie” Heath
Flute – Steve Fowler
Piano – Sharon Freeman

VAN DYKE PARKS In No Man’s Land (0:51)
Bass – Buell Neidlinger
Drums – Jim Keltner
Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet [Bass], English Horn – Marty Krystall
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin – Fred Tackett
Harmonica – David McKelvy
Harp – Katie Kirkpatrick
Saxophone, Flute – Steve Fowler
Synthesizer – Randy Kerber
Trombone – Bruce Fowler
Trumpet – Walt Fowler
Vocals – Kathy Dalton

BONUS:
FrontSeptember Songs – The Music Of Kurt Weill (1994/1997)

Almost 10 years after the release of Lost In The Stars, Hal Willner coordinated a live concert performance (and video by director Larry Weinstein), paying further tribute to the music of Kurt Weill. Filmed in 1994, and issued on CD in 1997, Lou Reed reprises his performance from the studio project, as more names arrive for the live show, including William Burroughs, Anthony Coleman, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, The Persuasions and others. Buy a used CD (HERE) at Amazon, because the new ones are manufactured on demand.

Nick Cave with Spanish Fly Mack The Knife (4:54)
PJ Harvey
Ballad Of The Soldier’s Wife (4:26)
David Johansen, Ellen Shipley, Bob Dorough & Ralph Schuckett
Alabama Song (4:31)
Teresa Stratas
Youkali Tango (6:39)
Elvis Costello with Brodsky String Quartet
Lost In The Stars (3:57)
Lotte Lenya
Pirate Jenny (4:04)
Charlie Haden
Speak Low (5:30)
The Persuasions
Oh, Heavenly Salvation (3:37)
Betty Carter
Lonely House (7:32)
Teresa Stratas with Gerard Schwarz and The Chamber Sumphony
Surabaya Johnny (5:58)
Mary Margaret O’Hara
Fürchte Dich Nicht (4:25)
Lou Reed
September Song (7:51)
Bertolt Brecht
Mack The Knife (2:47)
William S. Burroughs with Anthony Coleman
What Keeps Mankind Alive? (2:46)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MOJO Presents… Physical Graffiti Redrawn (2015)

Physical Graffiti RedrawnPhysical Graffiti Redrawn (April, 2015)

The latest free CD from the April 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is a reboot of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, featuring a slew of lesser known artists tackling the 1975 2LP behemoth. Almost all the interpretations are somewhat faithful to Zep’s arrangements, but some personality does manage to float to the surface. Son Little’s “Trampled Underfoot” is pretty good, sounding more ‘natural’ than the original, while Max Jury’s pleasing reading of “Down By The Seaside” is a winner, too. Sun Kil Moon is always worth your time, but “Kashmir,” despite its conceptual ingenuity, falls flat. Hit the archives to find all 156 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

WHITE DENIM Custard Pie
 (4:08)
BLACKBERRY SMOKE The Rover
 (6:15)
MIRACULOUS MULE In My Time Of Dying (4:25)

THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT Houses Of The Holy (3:49)
SON LITTLE Trampled Under Foot (3:53)

SONGHOY BLUES Kashmir
 (5:06)
SYD ARTHUR In The Light (8:26)
LAURA MARLING Bron-Yr-Aur (1:25)

MAX JURY Down By The Seaside (4:39)

MICHAEL KIWANUKA Ten Years Gone (4:44)
DUKE GARWOOD Night Flight
 (4:41)
ROSE WINDOWS The Wanton Song (5:09)

KITTY, DAISY AND LEWIS Boogie With Stu
 (2:57)
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER Black Country Woman (3:31)
SUN KIL MOON Sick Again (5:22)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Strada (3:09)
Piano – Jaki Byard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRATEFUL DEAD/JOHN OSWALD Grayfolded: Transitive Axis & Mirror Ashes (1995/1996)

GrayfoldedGrayfolded: Transitive Axis & Mirror Ashes (1995/1996)
The Ultimate “Dark Star”

Experimentalist John Oswald’s famed two-volume deconstruction/reconstruction of live performances of the Grateful Dead’s magnum space opus, “Dark Star.” Oswald plumbed the depths of the Dead’s archival tapes to cherry pick performance portions from numerous live gigs (1969-1996) to originally create two individual CDs, Transitive Axis and Mirror Ashes, which were later packaged together as this 2CD set, titled Grayfolded. You’d need a wall sized schematic to break down the sources of Oswald’s laboriously stitched together Frankenstein, which, thankfully, was included in the 2-disc package (click the images below for a pop-up view). This is the ultimate space trip, over 106 minutes, and has been a favorite of even the most discerning Deadheads since it first surfaced in the mid-90s. Mirror Ashes now includes the “hidden track” that begins the disc (thanks to hungrypirate). There’s more Dead (and family & friends) in the archives (below). Find Grayfolded at Amazon, HERE.

GRAYFOLDED: Part One: Transitive Axis (59:59)
Novature (Formless Nights Fall) Grateful Dead (1:20)
Pouring Velvet (2:58)
In Revolving Ash Light (17:00)
Clouds Cast (7:13)
Through (8:52)
Fault Forces (6:19)
The Phil Zone (4:46)
La Estrella Oscura (9:33)
Recedes (Well We Can) (1:57)

GRAYFOLDED: Part Two: Mirror Ashes (46:46)
(Hidden Track) (2:57)
Transilence (0:45)
73rd Star Bridge Sonata (14:25)
Cease Tone Beam (13:27)
The Speed Of Space (9:24)
Dark Matter Problem / Every Leaf Is Turning (7:15)
Foldback Time (1:33)
Transitive Axis
Mirror Ashes
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NEED MORE DEAD AND DEAD-RELATED STUFF?
GRATEFUL DEAD Fillmore West, 1969 The Complete Recordings (2005) HERE
GRATEFUL DEAD Fillmore West, 1969 Bonus Disc (2005) HERE
GRATEFUL DEAD & MERL SAUNDERS The Twilight Zone (TV Soundtrack 1985) HERE
GRATEFUL DEAD Wake Of The Flood Studio Outtakes (1973) HERE
GRATEFUL DEAD Spring 1990 (18CD Box Set, 2012) HERE
GRATEFUL DEAD May 1977 (14CD Box Set, 2013) HERE
GRATEFUL DEAD France, 1971 (Unreleased) HERE
FURTHUR September 18, 2009 (3 Hour Streaming Show) HERE
RHYTHM DEVILS The Apocalypse Now Sessions (1979) HERE
GRATEFUL DEAD Live At Giza (The Pyramids) (Boot 1978) HERE
MERL SAUNDERS & JERRY GARCIA Live At Keystone, Volume I (1988), Live At Keystone, Volume II (1988), Keystone Encores (1988) & Well-Matched (1996) HERE
THE HENRY KAISER BAND Dark Star – Live At Slims San Francisco 12.15.88 HERE
DAVID MURRAY OCTET Dark Star [The Music Of The Grateful Dead] (1996) HERE
BILL KREUTZMANN Mahalo (Privately Released 2003) HERE
FURTHUR Live From Abbey Road (2011) HERE
DAVID & THE DORKS Live At The Matrix (1970) HERE
JOE GALLANT & ILLUMINATI Blues For Allah Project (1996) HERE
THE PERSUASIONS Might As Well… The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead (2000) HERE
NED LAGIN Seastones (1975) HERE
VARIOUS ARTISTS Fillmore: The Last Days (1972) HERE

THE SPOILS OF WAR The Spoils Of War (1969) – Lost, Lovingly Sub-Par Psychedelia

FrontThe Spoils Of War (1969)
Lovingly Sub-Par Psychedelia

Downloading opened up a whole other world of psychedelic music (a primary interest, having come of age during the era) that I had never even heard of, much less actually heard. The Spoils Of War was one of my first downloads back in the mid-00s, the first of hundreds of long-lost psychedelic albums that provided a rude (but welcomed) awakening about the extent of my musical knowledge. 1969’s The Spoils Of War is a bit of an enlightened mess, characterized by bouts of silence, electrically overloaded effects, workable jazz/rock jams, sped up vocals, amateurish avant-grade, Airplane-syled fuzz guitars, flighty vocals, flute-driven things, Mothers-inspired beat combo racketeering, jazzy horns and involved arrangements, all obviously recorded on a shoestring… and with absolutely no commercial potential. The melodies aren’t very memorable, and some of it sounds like it was made up in the studio (though the arrangements and instrumentation belie that), but… for those who are inexplicably drawn to the genre, and are – like myself – not all that discerning a psych listener (any psych will do), there are moments here that may strike your fancy. I suspect The Spoils Of War isn’t that good, but it is relatively original, uniquely unexpected and off-the-beaten path, which is what true psych was supposed to be all about… I think. Regardless, everybody has their own psych tolerance levels. I like it all, good, bad and indifferent. You may have more elevated needs, so try The Spoils Of War at your own risk. It’s at Amazon, HERE.

Walk In, Walk Out (7:58)
First Love, Last Love (3:59)
E-Thing (7:57)
You’re The Girl (3:20)
Now Is Made In America (5:28)
Rit Yellow Of The Sun (5:00)
The Crimson Uniform/Jena’s Score (4:47)
The Record Rejects/After The Party/Lonesome Is A Truer Word/The End (4:44)
What Happens Now/Now Is Made In America/Henry T. Joseph (8:58)
Void Of Misery/The Greyness Moves In Quietly (9:02)
Susan Never Smiles/Remembering (3:53)
Ring, Magic Telephone, Ring (3:09)
Victoria Falls (0:41)

VARIOUS ARTISTS American Clave (1993) – Fantastic 2CD Box From Kip Hanrahan’s American Clave Label

American ClaveAmerican Clave (1993)
Kip Hanrahan’s All-Star Smorgasbord…

A great 2CD compilation from producer/artist Kip Hanrahan’s American Clave label, recorded from 1980 to 1992. Fantastically realized ideas with no barriers between jazz, rock, soul and experimental forms. Like super producer Bill Laswell, Hanrahan uses a vast array of talented pals to realize his visions – when recording his own material or producing the ideas of others. The back cover sums up this 2CD box set nicely; “An anthology of musics (sequences of angers, passions, sexualities made audible and intelligible by music) formed by the labor of Kip Hanrahan, Jack Bruce, Astor Piazzolla, Allen Toussaint, Don Pullen, David Murray, Paul Haines, Milton Cardona, Ishmael Reed, Steve Swallow, Taj Mahal, Sting, Andy Gonzalez, Arto Lindsay, Bobby Womack, Robert Wyatt, Lester Bowie, George Cartywright… and others informed by, but irreverent of, expected form; but informed by and not irreverent of passionate cause and intent…” While each track’s main artist is listed below, you really need the liner notes to fully appreciate who else is on board. We’ve got four pages you can check out below to give you the broad strokes, but there’s more going on than meets the ear. For instance, though credited to Kip Hanrahan, the gorgeous “Make Love 2″ (with David Murray on sax) is a haunting Jack Bruce/Peter Brown composition (with Jack on lead vocals) that one can easily imagine in Cream’s trio format. Hanrahan made regular use of Bruce’s talents over the years, long after the spotlight stopped shining in his direction. The material comes form various American Clave releases, including three highly recommended examples we’ve got in the archives from the brilliant Astor Piazzolla; Tango: Zero Hour, The Rough Dancer And The Cyclical Night (Tango Apasionado) and La Camorra (all HERE) and the great multi-artist 2CD con-fab from Paul Haines/Kip Hanrahan, Darn It! (HERE). Find this 1993 2CD American Clave compilation at Amazon, HERE.

GOLD DISC 1
Milton Cardona Salute To Elegua (1:09)
Astor Piazzolla
Tanguedia III (4:39)
Kip Hanrahan
“…when I lose myself in the darkness of love, no, this lLove…” (5:37)
Kip Hanrahan
“…she turned so that a third of her face was in this fuckin’ beautiful half-light…” (4:31)
Conjure
‘Sputin (5:03)
David Murray
Jes’ Grew (4:03)
Kip Hanrahan
Make Love 2 (4:28)
Astor Piazzolla
Ah, Intruder (Female) (6:16)
Astor Piazzolla
Prelude To The Cyclical Night (Part One) (0:47)
Kip Hanrahan
The First And Last To Love Me (2, December) (4:36)
Milton Cardona
Ebioso (2:28)
Conjure
The Author Reflects On His Thirty-Fifth Birthday (5:02)
Paul Haines
Curtsy (5:20)
Kip Hanrahan
At The Moment Of The Serve (excerpt) (2:00)

RED DISC 2
Kip Hanrahan Meaning A Visa (excerpt) (1:09)
Kip Hanrahan
Two (Still In Half Light) (6:45)
Astor Piazzolla
Soledad (7:51)
Lester Bowie
Fool-ology (The Song) (6:07)
Kip Hanrahan
A Lover Divides Time (To Hear How It Sounds) (excerpt) (1:16)
Kip Hanrahan
India Song (4:16)
Paul Haines
Poem For Gretchen Ruth (0:48)
DNA
New Fast (1:14)
Kip Hanrahan
Velasquez (2:39)
Paul Haines
There Aren’t These Things (4:11)
Astor Piazzolla
Leijias’s Game (2:23)
Kip Hanrahan
Shadow Song (Mario’s In) (4:10)
Kip Hanrahan
Geography (5:14)
Astor Piazzolla
Prelude To The Cyclical Night (Part Two) (0:52)
Gold Disc1.Red Disc2

THE BAND Bonus Tracks (2000-2001 Remasters)

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Nearly Three Hours Of Extras…

From The Band’s 2000-01 reissue series comes this nearly three-hour set of bonus tracks, culled from the eight albums made before the original line-up would call it a day; Music From Big Pink, The Band, Stage Fright, Cahoots, the live Rock Of Ages (including three tracks with Bob), Moondog Matinee, Northern Lights – Southern Cross and Islands. Lots of great material. Find the rest of our Bonus Tracks Series below. We’ve got some Band and Band-related stuff in the archives, including A Musical History (5CD Box HERE), GARTH HUDSON Our Lady Queen Of The Angels, from 1980 (HERE), LEVON HELM & RICK DANKO Starry Night, Portland – January 28, 1983 (HERE) and THE LEVON HELM BAND The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volumes 1, 2 & 3 (HERE).

1
Yazoo Street Scandal (Outtake) (4:02) – Music From Big Pink (1968)
Tears Of Rage (Alternate Take) (5:32) – Music From Big Pink (1968)
Katie’s Been Gone (Outtake) (2:47) – Music From Big Pink (1968)
If I Lose (Outtake) (2:30) – Music From Big Pink (1968)
Long Distance Operator (Outtake) (3:58) – Music From Big Pink (1968)
Lonesome Suzie (Alternate Take) (3:01) – Music From Big Pink (1968)
Orange Juice Blues (Blues For Breakfast) (Outtake – Demo) (3:40) – Music From Big Pink (1968)
Key To The Highway (Outtake) (2:28) – Music From Big Pink (1968)
Ferdinand The Imposter (Outtake/Demo) (4:00) – Music From Big Pink (1968)
Get Up Jake (Outtake­ – Stereo Mix) (2:18) – The Band (1969)
Rag Mama Rag (Alternate Vocal Take­ – Rough Mix) (3:05) – The Band (1969)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Alternate Mix) (4:16) – The Band (1969)
Up On Cripple Creek (Alternate Take) (4:55) – The Band (1969)
Whispering Pines (Alternate Take) (5:07) – The Band (1969)
Jemima Surrender (Alternate Mix) (3:49) – The Band (1969)
King Harvest Has Surely Come (Alternate Performance) (4:29) – The Band (1969)
Daniel and the Sacred Harp (Alternative Take) (5:02) – Stage Fright (1970)
Time To Kill (Alternate Mix) (3:26) – Stage Fright (1970)
The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show (Alternative Mix) (3:05) – Stage Fright (1970)
Radio Commercial (1:06) – Stage Fright (1970)

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Endless Highway (Early Studio Take) (3:46) – Cahoots (1971)
When I Paint My Masterpiece (Alternate Take) (3:58) – Cahoots (1971)
Bessie Smith (Outtake) (4:18) – Cahoots (1971)
Don’t Do It (Outtake – Studio Version) (3:54) – Cahoots (1971)
Radio Commercial (1:04) – Cahoots (1971)
Loving You (Is Sweeter Than Ever) (Previously Unreleased) (3:29) – Rock Of Ages (1972)
I Shall Be Released (Previously Unreleased) (4:04) – Rock Of Ages (1972)
Up On Cripple Creek (Previously Unreleased) (4:39) – Rock Of Ages (1972)
The Rumor (Previously Unreleased) (5:03) – Rock Of Ages (1972)
Rockin’ Chair (Previously Unreleased) (4:07) – Rock Of Ages (1972)
Time To Kill (Previously Unreleased) (4:07) – Rock Of Ages (1972)
Down In The Flood (Previously Unreleased) (5:26) – Rock Of Ages (1972)
When I Paint My Masterpiece (w/Bob) (Previously Unreleased) (4:18) – Rock Of Ages (1972)
Don’t Ya Tell Henry (w/Bob) (Previously Unreleased) (4:39) – Rock Of Ages (1972)
Like A Rolling Stone (w/Bob) (Previously Unreleased) (5:25) – Rock Of Ages (1972)

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Didn’t It Rain (Outtake) (3:16) – Moondog Matinee (1973)
Crying Heart Blues (Outtake) (3:29) – Moondog Matinee (1973)
Shakin’ (Outtake) (3:32) – Moondog Matinee (1973)
What Am I Living For (Outtake) (5:04) – Moondog Matinee (1973)
Going Back To Memphis (Outtake) (5:02) – Moondog Matinee (1973)
Endless Highway (Studio Version) (5:09) – Moondog Matinee (1973)
Twilight (Early Alternate Version) (3:13) – Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)
Christmas Must Be Tonight (Alternate Version) (3:01) – Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)
Twilight (Single Version) (3:17) – Islands (1977)
Georgia On My Mind (Alternate Take) (3:51) – Islands (1977)

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SURRENDER TO THE AIR Surrender To The Air (1996) w/ Members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Phish, Marc Ribot, John Medeski & others

surrrendertotheairSurrender To The Air (1996)
Got Noise?

The one-off 1996 brainchild of Phish guitarist, Trey Anastasio, features members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Marc Ribot, John Medeski, Jon Fishman (and friends) diving headfirst into a nearly uninterrupted set of free-form noise making. Not as manic as some improvisational endeavors of this kind, but still pretty much structure-free, throughout. The purpose here seems to be exploratory, as opposed to incendiary, which is why I often come back to this release, while other, more celebrated collisions of sound remain on the shelf. You gotta love the line-up; Marshall Allen, Damon Choice & Michael Ray (Sun Ra’s Arkestra), downtown jazzers Marc Ribot & John Medeski, Kofi & Oteil Burbridge (Col. Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit), Trey Anastasio & Jon Fishman (Phish), James Harvey (Apfelbaum And The Hieroglyphics Ensemble) and Phish friend, Bob Gullotti. The original CD is out of print and going for a penny (not surprisingly) at Amazon, HERE. Don’t buy it “new,” however, as it’s only sold as an on-demand CD-R. Grab the 1¢ original, instead.

Intro (1:49)
And Furthermore (7:18)
We Deflate (7:15)
And Furthermore (7:06)
Down (2:52)
Intro (2:01)
And Furthermore (4:12)
And Furthermore (11:10)
Out (5:38)

SURRENDER TO THE AIR
Marshall Allen: saxophone
Trey Anastasio: guitar
Kofi Burbridge: flute
Oteil Burbridge: bass
Damon R. Choice: vibraphone
Jon Fishman: drums
Bob Gullotti: drums
James Harvey: trombone
John Medeski: organ
Michael Ray: trumpet
Marc Ribot: guitar

THE YOUNGBLOODS Earth Music (1967)

FrontEarth Music (1967)
Quietly Prescient…

Found this at my local pawn shop the other day for 25¢, the sophomore release from The Youngbloods. It’s barely a half hour-long, but with three original Jesse Colin Young compositions (including the excellent, “All My Dreams Blue”) and first-rate covers of The Holy Modal Rounders’ “Euphoria” and Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe” (later made famous by Rod Stewart), it’s as good as their debut (released the same year), which featured their better-late-than-never 1969 hit, “Get Together.” The vocal harmonies of lead singers Young and Jerry Corbitt have always been underrated, but Earth Music also boasts some quietly prescient offerings, like Young’s bluesy vocal turn on “I Can Tell” (a performance tailor-made for Janis Joplin) and the American Beauty/Dead-like “Sugar Babe” (a co-write with Jackie Lomax), further illustrating how The Youngbloods were ahead of the curve on upcoming trends. Felix Pappalardi co-produces. This is a 1988 French pressing on Edsel, which you can find at Amazon, HERE.

Euphoria (2:17)
All My Dreams Blue (3:10)
Monkey Business (2:53)
Dreamer’s Dream (3:36)
Sugar Babe (2:14)
Long & Tall (4:05)
I Can Tell (4:31)
Don’t Play Games (2:15)
The Wine Song (2:45)
Fool Me (3:00)
Reason To Believe (2:24)