RANDY NEWMAN Johnny Cutler’s Birthday (1973) – Live-In-The-Studio Demos For Good Old Boys

Randy Newman Demo BoxJohnny Cutler’s Birthday (1973)
Live In The Studio: The Good Old Boys Demos

On February 1st, 1973, Randy Newman sat down with producer Russ Titelman to record demos for his 4th album, Good Old Boys – Newman’s acerbic crucifixion of the post-Depression South. These legendary studio-quality tapes show that Newman’s initial concept was very different from the album he would eventually end up with. They also capture Newman’s complete storyline – designed to include segues, sound effects and dialog – which Randy often comically details. At its heart, this is a Broadway show composer’s “backer’s demo,” an audition of songs, snippets and ideas… including some that wouldn’t make the final cut. All the more entertaining because the performance – just Randy at the piano – is so seemingly off-the-cuff. You can just imagine Titelman mentally checking off all of the lost consumer demographics (and airplay) when first hearing the song, “Rednecks.” These tapes are so good, they were added as bonus tracks to the 2002 reissue of Good Old Boys, HERE, at Amazon. There’s more Randy to be had HERE.

If We Didn’t Have Jesus


The Joke


My Daddy Knew Dixie Howell



Good Morning

Birmingham Redux

Doctor, Doctor

Albanian Anthem



AL KOOPER / MIKE BLOOMFIELD / STEVE STILLS Super Session (1968), The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1968) + Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68 (w/Johnny Winter 2003)

Super Session (1968)
The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969)
Fillmore East: The Lost Concert Tapes 12/13/68 (2003)
In 1968… Al Kooper Was On Fire

We’re unabashed Al Kooper fans around here. As a teen, Al was a staple of my growing musical diet. Since he dabbled in rock, soul, jazz, orchestration, horns and psychedelia, Kooper had already mastered the idea of “fusion” before many of his contemporaries… and in 1968, that concept was king. Speaking of 1968, this post is only a sampling of the albums, bands and configurations Kooper was simultaneously juggling that year. His record deal with Columbia Records was unprecedented, allowing him the latitude to pursue what seemed like every last one of his whims – from his horn-driven Blood Sweat & Tears debut, Child Is Father To The Man (HERE), to his psychedelic solo debut, I Stand Alone (HERE), to two of Columbia’s biggest selling albums of the time, Super Session & The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper. The brilliance of Super Session alone is just one of Kooper’s seminal accomplishments. Teaming up with flash guitarist Mike Bloomfield (a cohort with Koop in styling Bob Dylan’s ‘wild mercury sound’ of 1965/66) and a pre-CS&N, Steve Stills – the modern-day ‘super session’ was proven a valid and worthwhile concept… via sales. As an impressionable kid, my ears were opened wide by the stoic blues workouts, the rich Hammond explorations and two, count ’em, great cover songs, both spotlighting Stills – Donovan’s “Season Of The Witch” and Dylan’s “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” (stylistically, a precursor to Crosby Stills & Nash’s “Marrakesh Express”). Note that – despite all the name talent (including Harvey Brooks on bass), and that exquisite vocal arrangement – it’s drummer Eddie Hoh that steals the show on “It Takes A Lot To Laugh…” (and, if you listen closely, you can even hear Hoh adapting on the fly during these quickly captured recordings). This 2006 reissue features outstanding bonus tracks, too. As for The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper, the original 2LP release, recorded the same year, became an early blueprint for live jam albums, mixing covers and loose performances into an essential 60s stoner experience. Elvin Bishop and a young Carlos Santana appear. The 2003 issue of The Lost Concert Tapes, taped in ’68, continues the super session design, introducing Johnny Winter to his first New York concert crowd. Amazon’s got Super Session (HERE), Live Adventures (HERE) & Lost Concert Tapes (HERE).

Albert’s Shuffle (6:54)
Stop (4:19)
Man’s Temptation (3:25)
His Holy Modal Majesty (9:13)
Really (5:26)
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (3:30)
Season Of The Witch (11:08)
You Don’t Love Me (4:10)
Harvey’s Tune (2:11)
Albert’s Shuffle (2002 Remix Without Horns) (6:59) – Bonus Track
Season Of The Witch (2002 Remix Without Horns) (11:08) – Bonus Track
Blues For Nothing (4:15) – Bonus Track
Fat Grey Cloud (Live) (4:39) – Bonus Track

Opening Speech (1:35)
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) (5:34)
I Wonder Who (6:02)
Her Holy Modal Highness (9:00)
The Weight (4:01)
Mary Ann (5:19)
Together ‘Til The End Of Time (4:16)
That’s All Right (3:17)
Green Onions (5:21)
Opening Speech (1:29)
Sonny Boy Williamson (6:04)
No More Lonely Nights (12:20)
Dear Mr. Fantasy/Hey Jude (8:04)
Don’t Throw Your Love On Me So Strong (10:59)
Finale/Refugee (1:59)

Introductions (1:27)
One Way Out (4:21)
Mike Bloomfield’s Introduction Of Johnny Winter (0:59)
It’s My Own Fault (featuring Johnny Winter) (10:57)
59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) (6:16)
(Please) Tell Me Partner (10:12)
That’s All Right Mama (3:40)
Together Till The End Of Time (4:30)
Don’t Throw Your Love On Me So Strong (8:41)
Season Of The Witch (9:00)


GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR Live At Marble Arch (1976) + The Pink Parker (1977)

Side1Live At Marble Arch (1976)
A Promo Essential

Record companies in the late 70s knew how to rope in a writer’s allegiances when they sent out promotional recordings that couldn’t be had by any other means (in those ancient pre-internet days of yore). Graham Parker & The Rumour’s Live At Marble Arch, recorded in 1976 and issued by Phonogram Records, was such a sought-after underground favorite it ended up being quickly bootlegged for those non-journos aching for a taste of the promotional good life. Years later, this 10-song set – capturing Parker & The Rumour in all their folky/Morrison-esque/R&B/pub rock glory, and produced by Nick Lowe – was still so revered it ended up being reissued (in its entirety) on two GP collections, Vertigo (HERE) and That’s When You Know (HERE). Because the sonics on the original vinyl were so poor, I’ve opted to use one of the remastered CD versions for this post, which omits the tiresome introduction. This stuff is essential, stripped bare Parker/Rumour. Peruse the archives for some solo Rumour albums (as well as Brinsley Schwarz), HERE.

White Honey (3:11)
That’s What They All Say (3:52)
Back Door Love (3:29)
Back To Schooldays (3:00)
Silly Thing (3:22)
Chain Of Fools (3:12)
Don’t Ask Me Questions (5:41)
You Can’t Hurry Love (3:34)
Soul Shoes (3:36)
Kansas City (3:51)

frontThe Pink Parker (1977)
A Killer Single… plus

GP & The Rumour’s non-LP cover of The Trammps’ “Hold Back The Night,” along with “(Let Me Get) Sweet On You,” a single that would burn up the charts in the UK. Both tunes would eventually show up as bonus tracks on the 25th Anniversary reissue of Heat Treatment. The original EP was a popular pink vinyl collectible back in the day, with 2 live tracks culled from Marble Arch.

Hold Back The Night (3:05)
(Let Me Get) Sweet On You (2:41)
White Honey (Live) (3:11) – From Live At Marble Arch
Soul Shoes (Live) (3:36) – From Live At Marble Arch


THE BEATLES Christmas Album (1970)

The Beatles Christmas Album (1970)
The Last Beatles Album

FROM 2011: I had just joined The Beatles Fan Club in early 1970 when, one day out of the blue, this arrived at my doorstep. No notice… it just showed up free of charge. Being new, I was clueless about the yearly Christmas messages they sent out, in the form of flexi-discs, and, unless I’m mistaken, the Official Fan Club dissolved not long after I got this (or maybe I just stopped paying dues after the band split by mid-70). But The Beatles Christmas Album, which I kept for decades before finally cashing it in, is all I remember about the whole fan club experience. Of course, these days the title has been bootlegged and expanded, and is now gettable as a padded 2CD download, which tends to show up around this time of year. This, however, is the original… and it contains at least a couple of hidden gems. “1967” is a lost slab of pure Beatles psychedelia – with a catchy dirge, “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” – alongside some stoned shenanigans. A fun, repeat-listen track that’s often forgotten, since most people only remember the Christmas Album as little more than the boys reading those dumb ‘thanks for buying our albums’ scripts year after year. But, do not miss “1968,” featuring John Lennon’s bitter tirade (disguised as a nursery rhyme) about the newly drawn line-in-the-sand between “two balloons called Jock and Yono” and his “beast friends.” The tension, and Lennon’s pointedness, is astounding, and you’ll quickly hear why The Beatles recorded their parts separately that year (for the first time). George introduces Tiny Tim to sing “Nowhere Man.” Jeez… even George was gettin’ pissy. By “1969,” Jock had chilled, and he and Yono submitted a typically meandering, but fun musical performance piece. Cherry-picking The BCA yields some fun results. Click the grey boxes at the top (or the Beatles’ names at the bottom) for tons more from The Fabs. You can find The Beatles Christmas Album at Amazon (HERE), but it’s hard to know if it’s legit or not, since Amazon openly sells bootlegs of this album, too.

1963 (5:03)
1964 (4:01)
1965 (6:25)
1966 (6:41)
1967 (6:12)
1968 (7:55)
1969 (7:45)


BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY Strange Man, Changed Man (1979) – With 10 Bonus Tracks

Strange Man, Changed Man (1979)
Muscular New Wave Power Rockers

UPGRADED: One of my favorite LPs from the giddy, what-might-happen-next years of the late 70s new wave. Bram Tchaikovsky (the band) rocked with a simple efficiency – all 4/4 strumming and recycled Mod technique. Bram Tchaikovsky (the man) formed the band after leaving The Motors. He lacked a definable vocal presence (note the curiously muted vocals, which tend to undercut the pop’s potential), so the band never made it beyond aficionados, despite an LP full of memorable material, like “Girl Of My Dreams.” But Bram (the band) had a muscular way with a pop arrangement, and their existence probably should have paid more dividends. They made three albums before calling it quits, but this 1979 debut album is the one that clicked. Big thanks to Zuiop for sending our way this [apparent approximation] of the 2011, online-only reissue, featuring 10 bonus EP and single tracks. Researching it isn’t easy, as the disc appears to only be available from an ex-band member’s website. The sound is good, though not noticeably different (from the 2007 version), but bonus details are scarce [now in comments]. The original CD is at Amazon, HERE.

Strange Man, Changed Man (4:01)
Lonely Dancer (4:01)
Robber (3:09)
Bloodline (3:48)
I’m The One That’s Leaving (3:28)
Girl Of My Dreams (4:09)
Nobody Knows (4:32)
Lady From The U.S.A. (3:30)
I’m A Believer (3:45)
Sarah Smiles (3:38)
Turn On The Light (2:49)

Bonus Tracks
Amelia (4:06)
Lullaby Of Broadway (3:18)
(Who Wants To Be A) Criminal (2:23)
Robber (3:19) – Live
Whiskey & Wine (3:32) – Live
Come Back (2:10)
Rock And Roll Cabaret (2:52)
Sarah Smiles (3:47)
Bloodline (4:58)
Turn On The Light (3:08)


YES Fragile (1971) & Close To The Edge (1972) and… The 2015 Stereo Remix Of Fragile By Steven Wilson

Fragile (1971/2003)
Close To The Edge (1972/2003)
Two Reasons To Quit Rehab

Drummer Bill Bruford should be bronzed and statued for his work on these releases alone. You’ll note the Fragile track, “Five Per Cent For Nothing,” compositionally credited to Bruford, though, in reality, it’s a band improv (minus singer Jon Anderson). The title is a cheeky reference to songwriting royalties, which drummers rarely get, and which caused an ongoing riff between the drummer and Anderson. I caught Bruford at a drum clinic once, and he told the story of how he argued for a songwriting credit on an improvisational piece of music that he didn’t even play on (I forget which tune [details now in comments]). His rationale was that his non-involvement completely altered the feel and outcome of the end result, making his decision to lay back as compositionally pertinent as the playing players. He, somehow, won that debate. Oft-ignored drummers around the world would surely attest that Bruford should be bronzed and statued for that, too. He’d soon find himself in King Crimson, a band far better suited for that kind of thought process. As for these two essential Yes albums… why is it, to this day, they always make me want to take drugs? Just say Yes! Amazon sellers have these excellent 2003 Elektra/Rhino reissues dirt cheap, HERE & HERE.

Roundabout (8:36)
Cans And Brahms (1:43)
We Have Heaven (1:40)
South Side Of The Sky (7:58)
Five Per Cent For Nothing (0:38)
Long Distance Runaround (3:30)
The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (2:42)
Mood For A Day (3:03)
Heart Of The Sunrise (11:33)
America (10:33) – Bonus Track
Roundabout [Early Rough Mix] (8:35) – Bonus Track

Close To The Edge (18:43)
And You And I (10:09)
Siberian Khatru (9:01)
America [Single Version] (4:13) – Bonus Track
Total Mass Retain [Single Version] (3:21) – Bonus Track
And You And I [Alternate Version] (10:18) – Bonus Track
Siberia [Studio Run-Through of “Siberian Khatru“] (9:20) – Bonus Track

Fragile RemixFRAGILE (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix) (1971/2015)
Another Reason To Quit Collecting

The powers-that-be have latched on to a new way to sell old music, and it’s proving to be an effective means to an end. With the advent of the Audio DVD, and the popularity of home audiophile Surround systems, and the rise of the superstar re-mixer, the industry has a new tool/twist to tweak the past for the future. It may be fashionable for the hardcore collector to bemoan this practice, but the truth is, anyone who complains about it is really only complaining about their own obsessions with having everything by their favorite artist, and the fact that they must now acquire a new product. And, while it’s true that the industry knows this, and preys on it, there is also a genuine need for old music to be repackaged for new generations, just like Tide must be “new and improved” every other year for supermarket shelves. Besides… the truth is that those who complain the loudest, those who are most passionate and collector-oriented, are the very same people who know how to circumvent the system and get it for free anyway. So, shut your pie hole and enjoy the “new and improved” Tide… Yes. Oh yeah… and for those not impressed with superstar re-mixers, there’s the old standby method to separate you from your money – a new round of bonus tracks. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Roundabout (8:33)
Cans And Brahms (1:40)
We Have Heaven (1:40)
South Side Of The Sky (8:01)
Five Per Cent Of Nothing (0:36)
Long Distance Runaround (3:32)
The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (2:38)
Mood For A Day (2:58)
Heart Of The Sunrise (11:39)
Roundabout (Early Mix Of Rehearsal Take) (8:09) – Bonus Track
We Have Heaven (Full Version, Steven Wilson Mix) (2:22) – Bonus Track
South Side Of The Sky (Early Version, Steven Wilson Mix) (5:13) – Bonus Track
All Fighters Past (Steven Wilson Mix) (2:32) – Bonus Track
Mood For Another Day (Previously Unreleased Take) (3:04) – Bonus Track
We Have Heaven (A capella, Steven Wilson Mix) (2:01) – Bonus Track


The Music Of Frank Zappa (Phase Three) – Covers, Tributes, Homages, Memorials, Respect and more…

As fans and followers know, there is a seemingly endless array of tribute albums dedicated to the music of the late, great Frank Zappa. I started posting some of them back in 2010, just to share some of what was sitting on my shelves (The Music Of Frank Zappa, Phase One, HERE) and, since then, readers have contributed more to the cause, necessitating further gatherings of these uniquely entertaining interpretations of the master’s voice (Phase Two, HERE). As previously suggested, Phase Three is still just the tip of the iceberg. The goal is not to corral them all, that would be a Herculean task we’re not really prepared for. Instead, this is just another occasional blast of music that should be enjoyed for its evolving flexibility. Since Frank routinely re-arranged his own music throughout his career, hearing these re-considered variations isn’t all that different from hearing Frank’s own re-inventions for a different ensemble of his own. Some are wonderful, some not so, some are what they are. But those of us who know his music typically enjoy the process regardless of the end result. Thanks to the many that have contributed to the 3 Phases. Click the covers to find these at Amazon (when available). Track Lists In Comments.

Black Water – Alexei Aigui and Dietmar Bonnen Play The Music Of Frank Zappa (2003)
A collection of piano and violin duets that range from the painfully simplistic beginnings (and eventual evolution) of “How Could I Be Such A Fool,” to the more complexed arrangement accorded to “The Sheik Yerbouti Tango.” There’s another tribute from pianist Dietmar Bonnen, 1994’s semi-operatic On No, posted in Phase Two.

A Pungent Steaming AffairBOGUS POMP
A Pungent Steaming Affair (2001)
A 2001 live album from St. Petersburg, Florida’s Bogus Pomp, a collective that has been mining Frank’s music for decades, often with supporting FZ players like The Persuasions or – in the case of this set – vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock in tow. Founder/guitarist Jerry Outlaw got his start in the outrageous, extreme industrial/metal band, The Genitorturers, before branching out to follow his heart’s muse, performing intricate recreations of Zappa’s more complicated material. Thanks to Steveshark for the share.

It's Only Country Bt I Like ItCABALLERO REYNALDO
The Grand Kazoo Selection – It’s Only Country But I Like It (2015)
By themselves, Caballero Reynaldo can fill an entire blog with their releases dedicated to FZ, and a Google image search of his name will provide a slew of similar looking FZ/Mothers covers featuring his interpretations of Frank’s music. I’d never heard any of them previously, but Steveshark was kind enough to send this one – a twisted country/Spanish, music/kazoo take on a cross-section of Frank’s work – for inclusion here. Strange, funny and different, which by itself should merit some attention for its playful and loving irreverence.

Frank Zappa's Hot Licks (And Funny Smells)COLIN TOWNS + NDR BIGBAND
Frank Zappa’s Hot Licks (And Funny Smells) (2005)
A complicated, 18-piece horn-heavy approach to FZ’s late 60s/early 70s music (and then some) that should please those who enjoy detailed re-interpretations of Zappa’s more colorful and complex compositions. Colin Towns + NDR BigBand offer inventive and invigorating performances that merit repeated revisits. Thanks to both Miles and Zed for passing this one along to us, and you.

Return Of The Son Of...DWEEZIL ZAPPA
Return Of The Son Of… (2010)
You’ve gotta love the Dweez’s dedication to dad’s legacy, which has done far more than The Zappa Family Trust ever did to keep Frank’s music alive and kicking in the 21st Century. Some of us still remember the first time we heard the 15 year-old progeny when he appeared on Vol. 3 of You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, playing lead on “Sharleena.” The performance was more flashy than substantial, which only highlights how far he’s come in the 30 years since 1984. Via Zappa Plays Zappa, his ongoing touring unit, Dweezil pays tribute to his father on a nightly basis with intricately accurate arrangements (and some intensely personal lead playing) that no FZ fan should be able to find fault with. This double disc of lengthy selections follows a road less traveled, with reinterpretations of rarely covered works like “Billy The Mountain,” “Magic Finger,” “The Deathless Horsie” and “Andy.” Thanks to Maxxx for this one.

48 Fugues For Frank: A Homage To Frank Zappa (2014)
Not a Zappa covers album, but a series of piano fugues composed by “Australia’s premier concert pianist,” Michael Kieran Harvey. Such as it is, this set is a sore thumb addition here, since it doesn’t include any of FZ’s actual compositions, though… the solo piano work is both lively and articulate. Besides, if you were told that Frank wrote it all, you might actually buy into the idea. Thanks to Miles for this entertain homage.

Sheik Yer Zappa (2014)
Recorded live on tour in 2011, Stefano Bollani’s five piece outfit (Rhodes/piano, vibes, trombone, double bass & drums) is a boisterous and exciting instrumental collection of FZ’s work (with a few Bollani originals tossed in). I like these guys, primarily for the energetic, live-in-your-face recorded sound and The Grand Wazoo-era choice of material, a favorite period of mine.

Frank Zappa: 200 Motels – The Suites (2015)
A fun and totally viable live recording of Frank’s orchestral work, 200 Motels, recorded live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic & Master Chorale, with guest performances by Diva Zappa and Michael Des Barres, and co-produced by Gail Zappa and Frank Filipetti. It’s “the first public performance of the songs by the same orchestra way back in May 1970, then conducted by Zubin Mehta at UCLA’s Royce Hall,” and is FZ’s 101st album, so all that hooey about Frank’s “last” release being last year’s Dance Me This was just that, hooey. A major work and a major undertaking that fares surprisingly well, despite the lack of FZ, Flo & Eddie and the 60s/70s ambience.

Salute Zappa! (2003)
A various artists collection… which means, a various quality collection, but don’t let that deter you. The variety and contrasting interpretations may be scattered and across-the-board, but that’s part of the appeal, too. If one artist’s attempt doesn’t float your boat, another is right around the corner. I’ve heard some “bad” FZ/VA collections over the years, and I’d have to say that this one is fairly decent, and fairly obscure.

The Jam Band Tribute2VARIOUS ARTISTS
The Jam Band Tribute To Frank Zappa (2002)
This one’s been floating around for a long time and, to this day, I still haven’t taken the time to really dig into what the story is behind The Jam Band Tribute To Frank Zappa. And, since I’m now on deadline, some 13 years later, I probably should hit Google to tell you something about it, but I didn’t have the time… so let’s just call this a “Mystery Disc,” and if you want to add something in comments about it, you’re invited to.

Don’t forget “The Music Of Frank Zappa, Phase One” (HERE) and “Phase Two (HERE).


CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be (1989) w/ Bonus Tracks

The Big ProblemThe Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be (1989)
File Under: Actors Making Oddly Entertaining Music

There’s no shortage of actors who venture into a secondary career of music-making. Some simply love music more than their chosen profession, while others are just taking advantage of the opportunity for a vanity project. Then, there are the true misfits. Vincent Gallo is my favorite actor/musical outsider (check out some of his work HERE), but perhaps one of the more famously engaging albums in the narrow actor/musician genre is by Crispin Glover (aka Back To The Future‘s George McFly, among other quirky roles). Glover’s 1989 album The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be, is a bizarre manifesto, drenched in the production/performance style of producers Barnes and Barnes (of “Fish Heads”/Dr. Demento fame), which features various stylistic genres, some spoken work poetry, twisted/near-psychotic artwork and a big question, or “problem,” whose solution is supposed to be wrapped up somewhere within the LP’s lyrics and art. Glover famously printed his home phone number on the sleeve, inviting anyone who could figure out the riddle to call him. “All word and lyrics point toward THE BIG PROBLEM. The solution lay within the title: LET IT BE. Crispin Hellion Glover wants to know what you think these nine things have in common. Call (213) 464-5053.” In all the interviews I’ve seen and read with the guy (not that many, actually), I’ve never heard him address if the “solution” was ever arrived at… or, how much grief he caused himself by publicizing his (since discontinued) digits. Still, concept aside, the music itself is delightfully strange (except for the sore thumb rap track about masturbation), though, I’m partial to his spoken word/accompaniment pieces, the seven-part “Selected Readings From Oak Mot,” which this Restless Records CD extends via three bonus tracks, which first appeared on the 1989 cassette version. The writer over at The All Music Guide noted that the song, “Never Say Never To Always,” was “soothing” and “actually pretty good” (he’s right), though it doesn’t appear he was aware the tune was a Charles Manson cover. Find Crispin Clover’s only album at Amazon, HERE.

Overture (0:36)
Selected Readings From Rat Catching (3:53)
New Clean Song (2:17)
Auto-Manipulator (4:02)
Clowny Clown Clown (2:55)
Getting Out Of Bed (2:38)
These Boots Are Made For Walking (4:04)
The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze (3:37)
Never Say Never To Always (0:57)
Selected Readings From Oak Mot, Pt. I (6:03)
Selected Readings From Oak Mot, Pt. II (2:04)
Selected Readings From Oak Mot, Pt. III (3:24)
Selected Readings From Oak Mot, Pt. IV (0:25)
Selected Readings From Oak Mot, Pt. V (2:13) (Bonus Track)
Selected Readings From Oak Mot, Pt. VI (2:29) (Bonus Track)
Selected Readings From Oak Mot, Pt. VII (1:15) (Bonus Track)


KIM FOWLEY The Day The Earth Stood Still (1970)

Kim Fowley FrontThe Day The Earth Stood Still (1970)
You Make The Call…

There are surely better examples of the debatable merits of the infamous Kim Fowley – writer, producer, Sunset Strip denizen, second-rate recording artist, and wild man impressario/manager (of The Runaways, among others). The Day The Earth Stood Still, from 1970, just happens to be one of the few that I picked up early on, before better judgement and a critical ear kicked in to convince me that my time might be better spent on other pursuits. But, that doesn’t mean to suggest that Fowley and his “art,” for lack of a better term, is without substance… or entertainment value. One just needs to filter his output through a series of mental strainers. Is it… Low-concept performance art? Talentless wannabe-ism? Ahead-of-his-time punk expressionism? Incidentally brilliant? Painstakingly stupid? The truth is… that Kim Fowley’s work can be all of the above, and then some, because his value and viability resides in the ear of the beholder. Those craving professionalism will probably ignore his efforts, while others needing a dose of anti-consumerism might be drawn to his audacity. Some will get the joke (if there is one), and some won’t. This same dichotomy has played out plenty of times since the late 60s, via niche acts that required only a cult following to grasp their ‘tude to survive. These days, the underground/DIY music industry is based on this philosophy, but in Fowley’s day, it was still just a root concept looking for validation. So, in that respect, Fowley was a trailblazer, even if he was just shamelessly re-mixing elements of The Velvets, Doors and Stooges (among others) into his audio assaults. So… find your fence and pick a side, because there’s no room on the pointy fence tops for squatters who can’t decide if Fowley is for real or not. He is if you want him to be. His wiki bio (HERE) is a testament to his perseverance. We’ve got some scattered Kim Fowley work in the archives (HERE). The Day The Earth Stood Still is expensive at Amazon, HERE.

Cadillac (2:59)
Pray For Rain (2:12)
Night Of The Hunter (2:15)
The Frail Ocean (2:06)
Vision Of Motorcycles (3:33)
The Man Without A Country (4:57)
Prisoner Of War (0:30)
I Was A Communist For The FBI (1:53)
Birth Of A Nation (3:21)
Long Live Rock ‘n Roll (2:15)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1:53)
Is American Dead (8:11)


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David Bowie ROGER WATERS Soundtracks

VARIOUS ARTISTS When The Wind Blows (Soundtrack 1986) – w/ Roger Waters Mini Opera + David Bowie EP

When The Wind Blows (1986)
Featuring Roger Waters’ Lost Mini-Opera

Roger Waters uses his first film scoring gig (outside of Pink Floyd) to pen a 24-minute, one-act play for the UK indie film, When The Wind Blows. This was recorded circa Radio KAOS, though, stylistically, it all seems like a throwback to his conceptual work with Pink Floyd. Not in the same league, of course, but many of the elements are there. “Towers Of Faith” segues from dreamy acoustic picking to harsh, stinging leads, with improv vocal gymnastics, all wrapped in some vague concept about war, a When The Wind Blows EPrecurring Waters theme. It’s my fault for not knowing the storyline, as I often let “concepts” reside in the background when listening to certain albums. In Waters’ case, The Final Cut was the last time I even tried to comprehend his lyrical obsessions. Still, this is a fine chance to study some of Waters’ more obscure sermonizing. “The Attack” is a pretty cool industrial-lite noise collage. David Bowie offers up an original song, too, and, thanks to altoid, we’ve now added the EP, with three versions of the title tune. Find When The Wind Blows at Amazon, HERE.

DAVID BOWIE – When The Wind Blows (3:36)
HUGH CORNWELL – Facts And Figures (4:19)
GENESIS – The Brazilian (4:51)
SQUEEZE – What Have They Done (3:39)
PAUL HARDCASTLE – The Shuffle (4:17)
– The Russian Missile (0:10)
Towers Of Faith (7:00)
– Hilda’s Dream (1:36)
– The American Bomber (0:12)
– The Anderson Shelter (1:09)
– The British Submarine (0:14)
– The Attack (2:53)
– The Fall Out (2:04)
– Hilda’s Hair (4:20)
– Folded Flags (4:49)

DAVID BOWIE “When The Wind Blows” EP
When the Wind Blows (3:32)
When the Wind Blows (Extended Mix) (5:35)
When The Wind Blows (Instrumental) (3:46)


UPDATED – ROGER McGUINN Complete Folk Den Recordings (1995-2015) – The Former Byrd’s 20-Year Long Online Project – 243 Songs, 12 Hours Of Music!

The Complete Folk Den Recordings (1995-2015)
20 Years Of Monthly Releases! 243 Historic Folk Songs (12 Hours) Courtesy Of The Former Byrd

UPDATED TO DECEMBER, 2015: Each month, since 1995, Roger McGuinn has been sharing free downloads of his personal recordings of mountain music, sea shanties, chain gang songs, cowboy tunes and southern spirituals on his website, The Folk Den (HERE). Essentially, the project is his own history of folk music’s evolution over the last few centuries, and each post features personal anecdotes about the composition’s history and/or his first introduction to it – often with lyrics and chord progressions. It’s a mighty impressive project – both musically and personally – though, it should be noted that the bit rate is a bit wanting (usually 128 to 192, sometimes even lower) and the fidelity is not always studio quality. But… Roger’s monthly dedication to the project – for 20 years – is what should be front and center. You can download all 243 songs directly from The Folk Den… one at a time, or you can conveniently grab them all here. I kinda hate to say this, but you’re better off getting them here. The tags on Roger’s original files are a total mess; unnumbered, unorganized and typically misnamed. We’ve spent some time fixing all those issues and we’ve included all the artwork (when available) and Roger’s recollections, all fit snugly in the “lyrics” section of each MP3’s file (if you know how to access your mp3’s innards). McGuinn would later re-record some of this material for a 4CD box set in 2005, The Folk Den Project, HERE, to mark the project’s 10th anniversary. There’s also a 2001 single CD version called Treasures From The Folk Den, HERE. This complete, web-only, 20-year collection of monthly releases now brings you up to Dec, 2015. Thanks Roger. Visit The Folk Den (HERE) for future monthly releases.

Old Paint (2:42)
Virgin Mary (1:51)
The Argoanut (2:17)
John Riley (3:49)
To Morrow (1:59)
Easter (1:55)
Springfield Mountain (2:28)
Buffalo Skinners (4:15)
New York Girls (2:14)
Cold Coast Of Greenland (1:59)
Boatman (3:01)
Lost Jimmy Whelan (2:14)
Golden Vanity (2:34)
What Child Is This (2:31)
Bobbi From Chi (Tribute To Bob Gibson) (1:53)
In The Evenin‘ (2:26)
Alberta (2:57)
Sailor Lad (1:45)
Brisbane Ladies (3:02)
Wayfaring Stranger (3:08)
East Virginia (2:48)
This Train (1:30)
South Australia (3:15)
Go To Sea Once More (3:28)
Wild Goose (1:36)
Wagoner’s Lad (3:04)
Mary Had A Baby (2:04)
Cold Cold Coast Of Greenland (1:59)
Brandy Leave Me Alone (2:14)
Finnegan’s Wake (2:32)
Bound To Australia (3:14)
Handsome Cabin Boy (3:23)
James Alley Blues (3:11)
Pushboat (3:09)
John Henry (1:42)
Home On The Range (3:28)
Mighty Day (2:31)
John The Revelator (2:27)
Bonny Ship The Diamond (2:37)

Brazos River (2:18)
900 Miles (2:48)
Old Texas (2:04)
Blood Red Roses (3:26)
Alabama Bound (2:31)
Liverpool Gals (3:06)
Get Along Little Dogies (3:03)
Trouble In Mind (2:34)
Sail Away Lady (2:10)
Fair Nottamun Town (3:34)
Ain‘ No Mo’ Cane On De Brasis (3:43)
I Saw Three Ships (2:06)
Auld Lang Syne (2:18)
Greenland Whale Fisheries (1:57)
Dink’s Song (3:01)
Lilly of the West (3:13)
Kilgary Mountain (3:02)
Willie Moore (3:33)
Star Spangled Banner (3:52)
The Cruel War (4:17)
Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase (4:10)
Coffee Grows On White Oak Trees (2:43)
Makes Long Time Man Feel Bad (3:14)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (4:01)
Stewball (2:14)
The Riddle Song (1:24)
Catch The Greenland Whale (2:35)
The Colorado Trail (2:44)
House Of The Rising Sun (2:36)
The Water Is Wide (2:19)
Nancy Whiskey (3:00)
Bring Me A Little Water, Sylvie (3:10)
Streets Of Laredo (2:14)
American For Me (4:17)
Battle Hymn of the Republic (3:38)
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (2:00)
Waltzing Matilda (4:44)
Spanish Is The Loving Tongue (2:44)
Roddy McCorley (3:52)
Rock Island Line (1:57)
Michael Row The Boat Ashore (2:41)
Tarrytown (2:52)
All My Trials (3:33)
Delia’s Gone (3:02)
Railroad Bill (2:43)
Wildwood Flower (3:03)
I Am A Pilgrim (3:21)
Away In A Manger (2:49)

When The Saints Go Marching In (4:03)
St James Infirmary (3:34)
Pretty Saro (2:11)
Wild Mountain Thyme (2:52)
12 Gates To The City (3:17)
Squid Jiggling Ground (3:02)
He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands (2:53)
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie (1:34)
Shenandoah (4:27)
Banks of Ohio (4:13)
Heave Away (2:37)
We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1:57)
The Gallows Polls (2:43)
Silver Dagger (3:50)
Drunken Sailor (2:38)
Ezekiel Saw A Wheel (3:21)
Whistling Gypsy (3:20)
Salty Dog Blues (1:47)
Down By The Riverside (3:14)
Haul Away Joe (3:30)
Oh Freedom (3:43)
Spanish Ladies (3:10)
The John B’s Sails (3:28) w/ The Rock Bottom Remainders
The First Noel (3:20)
Cindy (1:47)
Let the Bullgine Run (3:06)
Follow The Drinking Gourd (2:46)
Wanderin’ (3:28)
So Early in the Spring (3:29)
Old Riley (1:50)
On Top Of Old Smokey (2:52)
Erie Canal (3:09)
Red River Valley (2:55)
There’s A Hole In The Bucket (3:01)
Oh Mary Don’t You Weep (2:12)
Children Go Where I Send Thee (5:40)
Ruben Ranzo (2:19)
St. Clair’s Defeat (4:53)
Mary Had A Little Lamb (3:30)
Wade In The Water (3:07)
Greensleeves (5:13)
Molly Malone (3:42)
Pretty Polly (2:29)
Katie Morey (2:40)
Every Time I Feel The Spirit (2:42)
Perry’s Victory (2:37)
Whup Jamboree (2:40)
Housewife’s Lament (3:27)
Joy To The World (3:08)

This Little Light Of Mine (3:43)
House Carpenter (3:17)
The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry (3:13)
Glory Glory (2:42)
The Butcher’s Boy (2:54)
King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O (4:10)
The Coo Coo (2:45)
Sugar Baby (3:23)
Fair And Tender Ladies (2:56) – w/ Gene Clark
The Ballad Of The Boll Weevil (4:16) – w/ Barry McGuire
Old Blue (2:34)
O Come All Ye Faithful (4:15)
Away Rio (3:21)
Old Joe Clark (3:25)
Blow The Man Down (3:07)
Cripple Creek (2:00)
Come And Go With Me (2:55)
I Know Where I’m Going (2:30)
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (3:48)
Skip To My Lou (2:43)
Darlin’ Corey (2:57)
Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho (3:05)
500 Miles (3:39)
Go Tell It On The Mountain (3:19)
No Payday In Detroit (2:00)
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (3:27)
My Home Across The Smokey Mountains (3:38)
Old Plank Road (2:44)
Dry Bones (3:01)
A Roving (2:17)
Old Chisholm Trail (2:24)
When I First Came To This Land (2:44)
Drill Ye Tarriers (3:02)
I’ll Fly Away (3:39)
Frozen Logger (3:22)
Christmas Is Coming (2:10)
Take This Hammer (2:44)
Randy Dandy Oh (2:50)
She Never Will Marry (3:47)
Black Mt. Rag / Soldier’s Joy (1:59)
Big Rock Candy Mountain (2:49)
All The Pretty Little Horses (2:59)
I’m On My Way (2:14)
Whoa Back Buck (2:44)
Rolling Down To Old Maui (3:06)
Pay Me My Money Down (2:07)
The Bears Went Over The Mountain (2:04)
Back To Sea (2:44)

Barbara Allen (2:31)
Henry Martin (4:02)
Polly Vaughn (3:04)
The Squirrel (1:27)
To Welcome Poor Paddy Home (2:48)
Leave Her Johnny Leave Her (2:41)
Paul & Silas (2:20)
The Coast of Peru (2:43)
Bury Me Not On The Lone Prarie (5:14)
Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair (3:00)
The Cobbler (2:50)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (3:28)
Eddystone Light (1:52)
Titanic (2:31)
Paddy West (2:55)
Let My People Go (3:37)
Down In The Valley (2:39)
When Jones’s Ale Was New (2:58)
Jacob’s Dream (2:17)
Isn’t It Grand? (2:13)
Give Me Oil In My Lamp (2:38)
Darling Clementine (2:20)
Away With Rum (2:24)
We Three Kings (2:47)
John Hardy (3:14)
Banks Of Newfoundland (3:09)
The Moonshiner (1:46)
Swing Low Sweet Chariot (2:47)
Early One Morning (2:22)
We Are Crossing The Jordan River (3:41)
I’ve Been Working On The Railroad (1:47)
I Heard The Voice Of Jesus (2:35)
Jimmy Brown (3:11)
Swannanoa Tunnel (3:39)
She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain (2:01)
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (1:57)
The Month Of January (3:22)
Winter’s Almost Gone (3:41)
Engine 143 (3:44)
The Lazy Farmer Boy (2:42)
Take A Drink On Me (2:11)
Peg & Awl (2:11)
Hard Times Of Old England (2:45)
Tell Ole Gil (3:37)
Risselty Rosselty Now Now Now (1:48)
Henry Lee (3:56)
Little Moses (3:21)
The Cherry Tree Carol (4:20)

The Ash Grove (3:15)
Paddy And The Whale (2:04)
The Crawdad Song (2:47)
The Rainbow (3:38)
Acres Of Clams (3:50)
The Yellow Rose Of Texas (2:44)
The Eclipse (3:00)
Cold Rain And Snow (3:14)
The Blackest Crow (3:19)
Nine Pound Hammer (1:46)
There’s A Meetin’ Here Tonight (2:00)
Angels We Have Heard On High (3:26)


GLENN TILBROOK The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook + The Completely Acoustic Glenn Tillbrook (Squeeze)

The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook DeluxeThe Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook (2001)
2CD Faux Deluxe With Scattered Bonus Tracks And A Very Cool Out Of Print Bonus Disc

There have been at least 4 (maybe 5) subtly different versions of The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook, the debut solo album from the on-and-off Squeeze frontman. The standard 12-track album has also had an import release featuring a very cool bonus disc, The Completely Acoustic Glenn Tilbrook, which we’ve had posted in the archives since 2010. Other versions of the album, both domestic and foreign, have shuffled various configurations of five bonus tracks, which we’ve gathered together here for this faux Deluxe Edition (see our other Deluxe concoctions, below). This is Tilbrook’s first without longtime writing partner Chris Difford, but it was largely embraced by fans who had sometimes questioned the viability of the previous couple of Squeeze offerings. Before you email me about weird edit/skip near the beginning of “Up The Creek,” that is apparently the way its supposed to sound. I have the CD, but downloaded another version to check it… and it was exactly the same.The Completely Acoustic Glenn Tilbrook Disc The bonus track, “One Dark Moment (Acoustic Version),” is the same that appears on The Completely Acoustic Glenn Tillbrook bonus disc (but I left it intact to avoid any more emails), while the piano version of “Parallel World” is a gorgeous addition that began as an EP bonus before making it to the 2005 Japanese CD (thanks to kouzie for getting it to us). There’s a lot more Tilbrook & Squeeze in the archives, HERE (including the “non-Squeeze” LP, Difford & Tilbrook, HERE). The Completely Acoustic Glenn Tilbrook is long gone, but The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook is at Amazon, HERE.

The Incomplete Glenn Tillbrook
This Is Where You Ain’t (4:07)
Observatory (3:56)
Parallel World (3:46)
Morning (4:44)
One Dark Moment (3:38)
G.S.O.H. Essential (4:12)
Up the Creek (3:14)
Other World (4:26)
Interviewing Randy Newman (4:06)
You See Me (3:14)
I Won’t See You (3:57)
We Went Thataway (4:45)
One Dark Moment (Acoustic Version) (3:13) – Bonus Track
This Is Where You Ain’t (“Now That’s What I Call Now, Mate” Version) (4:05) This Is Where You Ain’t EP
Sunday Breakfast Treat (3:14) This Is Where You Ain’t EP
By The Light Of The Cash Machine (2:31) Parallel World EP
Parallel World (Piano Version) (4:10) Parallel World EP

Bonus Disc – The Completely Acoustic Glenn Tillbrook
Morning (4:13)
I Won’t See You (3:30)
This Is Where You Ain’t (3:36)
Interviewing Randy Newman (3:50)
Observatory (3:29)
One Dark Moment (3:13)
Other World (3:22)
Parallel World (3:27)
G.S.O.H. Essential (2:59)

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MATT GROENING Life In Hell: How To Be A Feisty Rock Critic (1986)

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MOJO PRESENTS Various Artists

MOJO PRESENTS… 2015 (2015) + Bonus

Mojo 2015MOJO Presents… 2015 (January, 2016)

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

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


LOU REED’S METAL MACHINE TRIO The Creation Of The Universe (2008)

The Creation of The UniverseThe Creation Of The Universe (2008)
Speaking Of Lou…

Except for Lulu, Lou Reed’s 2013 spoken word collaboration with Metallica, The Creation Of The Universe – credited to Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio – stands as the Velvet Underground frontman’s last released album during his lifetime. And… there’s some odd goings on surrounding it. Musically, this 2CD live performance, featuring Reed, Ulrich Krieger and Sarth Calhoun (guitar, sax and electronics), claims a lineage to Lou’s legendary 1975 anti-music outburst, Metal Machine Music (HERE). It’s an improvised and form-free wall of sound that drifts between ambient soundscapes and balls out free-noise, spread across two nights and nearly two hours. Compared to Metal Machine Music, however, The Creation Of The Universe is practically “ambient” (not really), as it ventures nowhere near the unlistenable perimeters of its namesake. But, as an overall sound experiment, it works quite well for those listeners accustomed to improvised exploration and tolerable extremes. What’s so very strange about this set is its digital footprint. The 2008 2CD release is currently out-of-print, but sells from $200 to $700 used at Amazon (HERE… though, one guy has it for $38 (HERE), so collectors might want to scoop it up fast). If you go to The All Music Guide just to read about it, you’ll get an unusual warning page (one that I’ve never seen) that reads, “Due to label restrictions, we are no longer permitted to display this information on AllMusic” (HERE). But even Lou’s own website, which offers this music in four different “Get It Now” purchase options (HERE), informs consumers that “This offer is currently unavailable. It may, or may not become available at a later date” (despite streaming the entire album. So… exactly why this live performance is shrouded in such hard-to-get mystery is as curious as the music itself. Hear it for yourself, and hit the archives for more Lou-related posts, HERE.

The Creation Of The Universe Night 1
Track 1 (36:33)
Track 2 (18:24)
The Creation Of The Universe Night 2
Track 1 (26:52)
Track 2 (28:57)

Click HERE for a pop up window to listen to The Creation Of The Universe in its entirety.


LOU REED Rock N Roll Animal: The Complete Concert – The 1973 Academy Of Music Performance (1973/2015)

Rock N Roll Animal_ The Complete ConcertRock N Roll Animal: The Complete Concert (1973/2015)
Because It Needed To Be Done…

Lou Reed’s complete Academy Of Music Concert from December 21, 1973, which was first issued (in part) on 1974’s Rock N Roll Animal. Further excerpts from the show found their way onto 1975’s Lou Reed Live. So, between both albums, the entire show has been officially released, but not in its original sequence, which this excellent fan-made concoction does for the first time. Why Lou’s label hasn’t thought of this yet is clearly an oversight, but if they did, they would probably have created a 45 to help promote it, which the compiler here has thoughtfully already done – including exclusive, edited versions of “Sweet Jane” b/w “Rock N Roll.” The only thing missing is a bio and 8×10. Lou’s backing band for this show is killer, bringing some much-needed power and energy to Reed’s well documented slacker indifference. Four of the five players would later form the core of Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare band – Steve Hunter & Dick Wagner (guitars), Prakash John (bass), Ray Colcord (keyboards) and Pentti “Whitey” Glan (drums). This is the first time this nearly 90-minute, properly-sequenced “Complete Concert” (and the 45 edits) has been online, for which we are grateful to the original creator. We’ve got more Lou in the archives, HERE.

Intro/Sweet Jane (8:01)
How Do You Think It Feels (3:44)
Caroline Says I (3:52)
I’m Waiting For The Man (3:41)
Lady Day (3:44)
Heroin (13:17)
Vicious (5:59)
Satellite Of Love (5:59)
Walk On The Wild Side (4:44)
Oh, Jim (10:39)
Sad Song (7:31)
White Light/White Heat (5:11)
Rock N Roll (10:09)

Sweet Jane [Single Version] (4:30)
Rock ‘N’ Roll [Single Version] (4:17)


THE ROLLING STONES IN MONO – The Complete London/Decca Studio Recordings (1964-1971)

Some of you may remember the short-lived, but much loved music blog, And Your Bird Can Swing, whose curator, Blank Frank, is still kicking up dust around the web with occasional contributions and custom creations. One of which he has kindly sent our way to share with you. A complete collection of The Rolling Stones in mono, from their 1964 debut, to 1971’s Sticky Fingers, with some thoughtful additions (necessitating a few faux “Deluxe Editions”) and bonus tracks. “This has been something that I’ve wanted to see for a long time,” Blank Frank relates. “I finally got tired of waiting and made it myself.” With our collective thanks, I’ll let Blank Frank detail the contents…

This is The Complete London/Decca Studio Recordings presented in mono – not re-channeled stereo – sounding the way they were meant to be played… on the radio or in a club! I liked the idea of having every mono RS LP, and their two greatest hits collections, Big Hits [High Tide And Green Grass] and Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), are included because they were both great stand-alone LPs, not just collections of songs. This series also has a few extra albums. The second LP is a recreation of Around And Around, the great German collection, and includes all of the 1963-64 tracks that weren’t on LPs or greatest hits sets. [High Tide and Green Grass] pretty closely follows the UK version, with a few alterations. But, maybe the strangest addition here is Stone Age, which now collects all of the B-sides, USA tracks and other leftovers from 1965-66. I know “Sittin’ On A Fence” and the other USA Flowers tracks came out in 1967, but I’m pretty sure they pre-date Aftermath. Regardless, they puzzle together just fine this way, staying pretty close to chronological sequence. Through The Past, Darkly is unique in that it uses only the mono single mixes, including “Ruby Tuesday,” since ABKCO has always substituted a “fold-down” masquerading as a true mono master. It, too, closely follows the UK version, only removing duplicates and adding in more 1967-70 unique single mixes and edits. “Cocksucker Blues” is included at the end only because it really didn’t fit anywhere else. It’s only right to have some bonus 45s, too. The first is the band’s never-released 2nd single, “Fortune Teller,” while the Bill Wyman/Stones 45, “In Another Land” (which is barely different from the mono Their Majesties Satanic Request version), fits here best… not on TTP,D. Trust me, I tried it! Finally, the really hard to find (for me, anyway) original mono mix of the “Brown Sugar” single is here, too. All this material is officially released (no boots or Metamorphosis demos & rejects), and is mostly culled from Prof. Stoned or MFSL needle drops, with a good part of it coming from the latest ABKCO reissues. What I had and liked the sound of, is what I went with. – Blank Frank

The Rolling Stones 1964THE ROLLING STONES
Route 66 (2:20)
I Just Want to Make Love to You (2:17)
Honest I Do (2:09)
I Need You Baby (3:34)
Now I’ve Got a Witness (2:29)
Little By Little (2:38)
I’m a King Bee (2:35)
Carol (2:33)
Tell Me (4:05)
Can I Get a Witness (2:56)
You Can Make It If You Try (2:00)
Walking the Dog (3:08)

Around And Around (Deluxe)AROUND AND AROUND (Deluxe Edition)
Around And Around (3:05)
Good Times, Bad Times (2:30)
Empty Heart (2:37)
Confessin’ The Blues (2:48)
Not Fade Away (1:47)
Bye Bye Johnny (2:09)
You Better Move On (2:41)
I Wanna Be Your Man (1:44)
2120 South Michigan Avenue (2:07)
If You Need Me (2:03)
Poison Ivy (Version 2) (2:06)
I Want To Be Loved (1:52)
Stoned (2:09)
Money (2:31)
Little By Little (2:39)
Surprise Surprise (2:30)
How Many Times (1:57)

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (5:01)
Down Home Girl (4:14)
You Can’t Catch Me (3:37)
Time Is On My Side (Guitar Intro) (2:58)
What A Shame (3:06)
Grown Up Wrong (2:06)
Down The Road Apiece (2:54)
Under The Boardwalk (2:45)
I Can’t Be Satisfied (3:26)
Pain In My Heart (2:10)
Off The Hook (2:34)
Susie Q (1:50)

She Said Yeah (1:36)
Mercy, Mercy (2:47)
Hitch Hike (2:26)
That’s How Strong My Love Is (2:26)
Good Times (2:00)
Gotta Get Away (2:08)
Talkin’ ‘Bout You (2:32)
Cry To Me (3:10)
Oh Baby (2:10)
Heart Of Stone (2:51)
The Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man (3:08)
I’m Free (2:24)

Mother’s Little Helper (2:48)
Stupid Girl (2:58)
Lady Jane (3:12)
Under My Thumb (3:26)
Doncha Bother Me (2:41)
Goin’ Home (11:19)
Flight 505 (3:28)
High And Dry (3:09)
Out Of Time (5:18)
It’s Not Easy (2:56)
I Am Waiting (3:16)
Take It Or Leave It (2:53)
Think (3:17)
What To Do (2:30)

Big Hits (Deluxe)BIG HITS [HIGH TIDES AND GREEN GRASS] (Deluxe Edition)
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? (2:34)
Paint It, Black (3:44)
It’s All Over Now (3:28)
The Last Time (3:42)
Play With Fire (2:14)
Tell Me [Single Version] (2:37)
Come On (1:48)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (3:43)
Get Off Of My Cloud (2:54)
As Tears Go By (2:45)
19th Nervous Breakdown (3:57)
Out Of Time (US. Version) (3:44)
Time Is On My Side (2:52)
Little Red Rooster (3:05)

Stone Age (Deluxe)STONE AGE (Deluxe Edition)
Congratulations (2:28)
I’ve Been Lovin’ You Too Long (2:52)
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (3:01)
One More Try (1:58)
Gotta Get Away (2:07)
The Spider And The Fly (3:38)
The Singer Not The Song (2:22)
Look What You’ve Done (2:18)
Sad Day (3:02)
Blue Turns To Grey (2:29)
Con Le Mie Lacrime (2:46)
Long Long While (3:01)
Who’s Driving Your Plane? (3:14)
Sittin’ On A Fence (3:05)
My Girl (2:42)
Ride On Baby (2:58)

Yesterday’s Papers (2:21)
My Obsession (3:22)
Back Street Girl (3:26)
Connection (2:14)
She Smiled Sweetly (2:46)
Cool, Calm And Collected (4:18)
All Sold Out (2:16)
Please Go Home (3:16)
Who’s Been Sleeping Here (3:50)
Complicated (3:17)
Miss Amanda Jones (2:50)
Something Happened To Me Yesterday (4:58)

Sing This All Together (3:46)
Citadel (2:47)
In Another Land (3:15)
2000 Man (3:08)
Sing This All Together (See What Happens) (7:57)
She’s A Rainbow (4:36)
The Lantern (4:25)
Gomper (5:09)
2000 Light Years From Home (4:46)
On With The Show (3:43)

Sympathy For The Devil (6:31)
No Expectations (4:05)
Dear Doctor (3:30)
Parachute Woman (2:26)
Jig-saw Puzzle (6:22)
Street Fighting Man (3:22)
Prodigal Son (3:00)
Stray Cat Blues (4:43)
Factory Girl (2:13)
Salt Of The Earth (4:56)

Through The Past Darkly (Deluxe)THROUGH THE PAST, DARKLY (Big Hits Vol. 2) (Deluxe Edition)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Single) (3:38)
2000 Light Years From Home (Single) (4:45)
Let’s Spend The Night Together (Single) (3:26)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Single) (4:50)
We Love You (Single) (4:36)
Street Fighting Man (Single) (3:08)
She’s A Rainbow (Single) (4:12)
Ruby Tuesday (Single) (3:14)
Dandelion (Single) (3:48)
Child Of The Moon (rmk) (Single) (3:12)
Honky Tonk Women (Single) (2:59)
Cocksucker Blues (3:28)

Gimme Shelter (4:31)
Love In Vain (4:19)
Country Honk (3:05)
Live With Me (3:32)
Let It Bleed (5:27)
Midnight Rambler (6:51)
You Got The Silver (2:51)
Monkey Man (4:10)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (7:27)

Brown Sugar (3:47)
Sway (3:51)
Wild Horses (5:41)
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking? (7:10)
You Gotta Move (2:33)
Bitch (3:35)
I Got The Blues (3:53)
Sister Morphine (5:30)
Dead Flowers (4:03)
Moonlight Mile (5:52)

Fortune Teller (2:19)
Poison Ivy (Version 1) (2:36)
In Another Land (Single Version) (2:53)
The Lantern (Single Version) (4:26)
Brown Sugar (Single Version) (3:52)
Bitch (Single Version) (3:38)
Let It Rock (Single Version) (2:36)


THE FACES & ROD STEWART Last Step (1998) – Ohh La La Outtakes & More From 1973-1974

Faces Last StepLast Step (1998)
Grab Bag Boot With Ohh La La Outtakes & More

Generally high-quality boot featuring outtakes and alt mixes from Rod Stewart & The Faces’ final album together, 1973’s Ohh La La. I get a kick hearing bands working out material I had already memorized over 40 years ago, so the first half of this well-recorded, crisp sounding boot (on the Tendolar label) is a joy to have. The rest of the material is a mixed bag of b-sides and live tracks that is just as hit and miss as that sounds. Take note that the original release’s liners contained some inaccurate information regarding the sources for some of these tracks, so take the details below with a grain of salt. Some of this stuff showed up on an officially released box set, but this gives us an opportunity to point you to the archives for more Stewart & Faces material, including; THE FACES Five Guys Walk Into A Bar… Box Set and ROD STEWART Reason To Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings Box Set (both HERE). You can also find some of one or the other’s work on THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tommy (HERE), LONG JOHN BALDRY It Ain’t Easy (Expanded) (Half produced by Rod, HERE) and 2014’s MOJO Presents… Small Faces & Friends (HERE).

My Fault (3:05)
Flags & Banners (1:59)
Ooh La La (2:26)
Glad And Sorry (2:43)
Silicone Grown (3:06)
Cindy Incidentally (2:37)
If I’m On The Late Side (2:33)
Borstal Boys (2:47)
Just Another Honky (1:53)
Don’t Forget To Tell Him (4:13)
You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (4:37)
Pool Hall Richard (4:23)
I Can Feel The Fire (5:05) – From The Faces Last Concert
You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (6:36) – From The Faces Last Concert
Medley: You Wear It Well/Maggie Mae (9:12) – From The Faces Last Concert
Take A Look At The Guy (4:29) – From The Faces Last Concert
Wyndlesham Bay (Jodie) (3:08) – Rod Stewart B-Side (That’s Really The Faces)
I Wish It Would Rain (4:22) – Live
True Blue (4:03) – Live
The Stealer (0:57)