Capitol Blues Series JOHN LEE HOOKER

CAPITOL BLUES #8: JOHN LEE HOOKER Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings, 1948-52 (1995)

Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings, 1948-52 (1995)
The Birth Of A Legend

No introduction necessary. Early recordings that went unreleased for decades until John Lee Hooker’s late 60s/early 70s resurgence. This is the raw stuff, the roots of a rhythmically intoxicating, patented boogie style that would remain vital to this day – featuring little more than just John Lee, a guitar and a bad attitude. There are additional musicians on some of these tracks, but they’re largely resigned to the background, way behind Hook’s noisy percussive strumming and relentlessly stomping feet. Three discs, 56 tracks and alternate takes. Be aware that this material can often resemble field recordings compared to Hooker’s later, well-known work, but it might be all the more authentic as a result. Not to mention the politically-, socially- and seven-ways-til-Sunday incorrect, “I’m Gonna Whip Ya Baby.” Thanks again to ARTKoen for the .pdf liner notes. We’ve got more releases in The Capitol Blues Series, HERE. Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings, 1948-52 is expensive at Amazon, HERE.

Come Back Baby
Forgive Me
Streets Is Filled With Women
Moon Is Rising
Whistle Done Blown
Turnin‘ Gray Blues
She Was In Chicago
Lord Taketh My Baby Away
Just Like A Woman
Throw This Old Dog A Bone
Johnny Lee’s Mood
Miss Eloise, Miss Eloise
Crying All Night
Welfare Blues
Johnny Lee’s Original Boogie
She Left Me By Myself
Out The Door I Went
My Baby She’s Long And Tall

No Mortgage On My Soul
I Come To You Baby
I Rule My Den
The Great Disaster Of 1936
The Winding Highway
She Quit Me
How Long Can This Go On
Can I Say Hello
I Had A Dream
Me And A Woman
Throw My Money Around
Well I Got To Leave
I Gotta Be Comin‘ Back
I Don’t Be Welcome Here
Two Voice Original Mood
Three Voice Original Mood
Johnny Says Come Back
The Story Of A Married Woman
Snap Them Fingers Boogie

Lord What More Can I Do?
Baby Please Don’t Go
I’m Going Away
Hummin‘ The Blues
Johnny Lee And The Thing
Slow Down Your Chatter Baby
I Did Everything
Someone To Love – Take 1
Someone To Love – Take 2
There’s A Day Comin‘ Baby
I Was Beggin‘ My Baby
Nobody To Talk To Me
I’m Gonna Whip Ya Baby
It’s A Crime And A Shame
I Met The Grindin‘ Man
Louisiana Blues For You
Long, Long Way From Home
T.B.’s Killin‘ Me

Capitol Blues Series SON HOUSE

CAPITOL BLUES #7: SON HOUSE Delta Blues & Spirituals (1995) – LIVE w/ Canned Heat’s Alan Wilson

Delta Blues & Spirituals (1995)
Live At London’s 100 Club, 1970

Recorded over two nights in London, during what was supposed to be the legendary Son House’s final tour before retirement and his last gig in the UK. Instead, Son went on to perform for a few years after this, while age and incoherency attacked the legendary blues man’s abilities. Originally released on Liberty in the UK as John The Revelator (and later reissued on Sequel as John The Revelator – The 1970 London Sessions), this Capitol Blues Collection reissue’s title comes from its balance of spirituals Son House John The Revelatorand coarse Delta blues… alongside a couple of rambling monologues. Canned Heat’s Alan Wilson sits in on a couple of songs (only months before his death from an overdose, age 27). Pretty intense stuff – with a 16 and a half-minute version of “How To Treat A Man” – before an appreciative UK crowd. Many thanks to ARTKoen for putting together the essential .pdf liner notes for this and all the CBC releases. We’ve got more from The Capitol Blues Collection, HERE. Find Delta Blues & Spirituals for $5 at Amazon, HERE.

Monologue – The B-L-U-E-S (3:23)
Between Midnight And Day (6:33) – w/ Alan Wilson – harmonica
I Want To Go Home On The Morning Train (3:30) – w/ Alan Wilson – harmonica
Levee Camp Moan (7:07)
This Little Light Of Mine (1:01)
Monologue – Thinkin’ Strong (4:19)
Death Letter Blues (3:59) – w/ Delta Dave – guitar
How To Treat A Man (16:23)
Grinnin’ In Your Face (1:59)
John The Revelator (2:18)

Capitol Blues Series ROY BROWN

CAPITOL BLUES #6: ROY BROWN The Complete Imperial Recordings (1995)

Roy BrownThe Complete Imperial Recordings
Roy Brown’s Mid-To-Late 50s Sides…

Flamboyant late 40s singer/composer Roy Brown had a noticeable influence on the vocal stylings of Elvis Presley (among others), when he fused the rockin’ rhythm & blues of the day with his gospel music roots. Which makes for some rich irony, considering Brown was once referred to as “a Negro singer who sounds white,” before Presley would first surface as a white singer who sounded black. But, both artists were heavily influenced by the R&B jump-band combos that came before them, including Wynonie Harris – who Brown tried to interest in his composition, “Good Rocking Tonight,” in the mid-40s. These Imperial recordings represent Brown’s ‘later’ work from 1956-1958, when Brown himself would begin to incorporate 50s R&R into his stylistic repertoire after the rise of Elvis. But, as old habits die hard, Brown’s R&B/gospel tilt was dominate, despite the commercial overtures. Roy Brown’s story is just as interesting as his music, and involves winning a 1952 royalties lawsuit against King Records (and some possible industry blacklisting as a result), jail time for tax evasion, and a stint as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, before ending his career at Mercury Records around 1970. Which is another reason the liner notes .pdf created by ARTKoen is so welcomed. Check out the rest of the Capitol Blues Collection in the archives, HERE. Find The Complete Imperial Recordings at Amazon, HERE.

Everybody (2:22)
The Tick Of The Clock (1:56)
No Greater Thrill (2:47)
Saturday Night (2:21)
Party Doll (2:14)
I’m Stickin’ With You (2:16)
Let The Four Winds Blow (2:04)
I’m In Love (2:18)
Diddy-Y-Diddy-O (2:18)
Crying Over You (2:34)
Slow Down Little Eva (2:29)
Ain’t Gonna Do It (2:14)
Ivy League (2:15)
Sail On Little Girl (2:19)
I’m Convicted Of Love (2:04)
I’m Ready To Play (2:01)
Hip Shakin’ Baby (1:50)
Be My Love Tonight (1:48)
We’re Goin’ Rockin’ Tonight (1:54)
I Love You, I Need You (2:00)

Capitol Blues Series LIL' SON JACKSON

CAPITOL BLUES #5: LIL’ SON JACKSON The Complete Imperial Recordings (1995)

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A 4-Year Career That Influenced Generations

Texas blues guitarist Lil’ Son Jackson is kind of a lost figure in 50s country blues. He got his start in a 25¢ recording booth, eventually sending his first recording to Houston’s Gold Star label, home of Lightin’ Hopkins, who liked what they heard enough to commission more. By 1950, Jackson was on Imperial Records, where he would record for 4 years, creating the sides collected here – nearly his entire oeuvre. It was “Rockin’ And Rollin’,” a solo studio performance, that would help to cement Jackson’s under-the-radar legend. The song, a “hit” single of the day (whatever that actually means by 1950’s acoustic blues standards), was a reworking of Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s 1944 original, “Rock Me Mama” (itself a reworking of an even earlier Big Bill Broonzy tune). But, it was Jackson’s variation that went on to directly influence later bluesmen (Muddy Waters’ “Rock Me” and B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby”) and modern rockers (everyone from The Animals to Blue Cheer to Hendrix to The Doors). After a car accident in 1956, Jackson would hang it all up and go back to being a mechanic, so this collection stands as (the bulk of) Jackson’s recorded legacy. Thanks to Clarence E. Jones III for answering our call for these once hard-to-find files, and ARTKoen for creating the .pdf liner notes. Check out the rest of the Capitol Blues Collection in the archives, HERE. Find The Complete Imperial Recordings at Amazon, HERE.

Ticket Agent Blues (2:33)
True Love Blues (2:17)
Evening Blues (2:54)
Spending Money Blues (2:36)
Tough Luck Blues (2:51)
Peace Breaking People (2:35)
Rockin’ And Rollin’ (2:31)
Two Timin’ Woman (2:27)
Rocky Road (2:35)
Disgusted (2:43)
Travelin’ Alone (2:36)
New Year’s Resolution (3:08)
Young Woman’s Blues (3:11)
Mr. Blues (2:33)
Time Changes Things (2:51)
Wondering Blues (2:45)
Restless Blues (2:45)
All Alone (2:50)
Everybody’s Blues (2:28)
Travelin’ Woman (2:37)
Stop For The Red Light (2:30)
Aching Heart (2:42)
Upstairs Boogie (2:17)
All My Love (2:25)
My Little Girl (2:21)
Big Gun Blues (2:29)
Get High Everybody (2:07)
Let Me Down Easy (2:40)
My Younger Day (2:20)
I Wish To Go Home (2:17)
Black And Brown (2:49)
Journey Back Home (2:14)
Sad Letter Blues (2:25)
Rockin’ And Rollin’ #2 (2:46)
Lonely Blues (2:31)
Freight Train Blues (2:05)
How Long (2:44)
Good Ole Wagon (2:52)
Blues By The Hour (2:35)
Pulp Wood Boogie (2:46)
Losin’ My Woman (2:38)
Trouble Don’t Last Always (2:32)
Movin’ To The Country (2:38)
Thrill Me Baby (2:11)
Confession (1:50)
Doctor, Doctor (2:38)
Piggly Wiggly (2:24)
Dirty Work (2:09)
Little Girl (2:08)
Big Rat (2:08)
Sugar Mama (2:09)
Messin’ Up (2:23)
Prison Bound (2:29)
Rolling Mill (1:59)
Can’t Keep A Good Man Down (2:15)


MOJO PRESENTS Costello: A Collection Of Unfaithful Music (2015) + A Bonus For Elvis Fans…

MOJO CostelloMOJO Presents: Costello – A Collection Of Unfaithful Music (2015)

A quick commercial break from our Capitol Blues Collection posts. The latest free CD from the year-ending December, 2015 issue of MOJO Magazine is unlike any other MOJO comp, as it’s curated by Elvis Costello, and features material that wouldn’t neatly fit into any other kind of Unfaithful copy‘themed’ collection the magazine might concoct. It even includes a nod to his longtime partner/piano player, Steve Nieve. As a bonus, we’re including an .epub and .pdf file of EC’s just released autobiography, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (you know where to look for it). Click the image for a link to an Amazon hard cover version. For all 164 of MOJO‘s free CDs, dating back to 1997, go HERE.

Georgie Fame Lil’ Pony (2:30)
Johnny Cash
She Used To Love Me A Lot (3:21)
Gene Austin
Lonesome Road (2:26)
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Her Hair Was Red (2:39)
Otis Rush
It Takes Time (2:47)
Larkin Poe
Overachiever (3:34)
The Unthanks
Flutter (3:37)
Doc Watson
Tom Dooley (3:14)
Annette Hanshaw
Little White Lies (2:55)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Jubilee Street (6:32)
Ornette Coleman
Tears Inside (4:59)
Jack Teagarden
Guess I’ll Go Back Home This Summer (3:35)
Jesse Winchester
Ghosts (4:39)
Steve Nieve
The Birds Will Still Be Singing (4:38)
Hal Prince
It’s Over (2:35)



Rediscovered Blues (1995)
A Blues Summit… And Then Some

Oh, man this is good. Rediscovered Blues is actually a collection of three different sessions – Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Dec. 29, 1959), Big Joe Williams (Oct., 1980) and the cream of this set, an exceptional, must-have blues summit recorded July 6, 1960, featuring Lightnin‘ Hopkins, Big Joe and Sonny & Terry performing together for the first time on record. The six extended summit tracks, reaching up to eight minutes per track, feature all of the players live in the studio, taking vocal turns on slow, smoldering blues tracks that draw you into the proceedings like few sessions can. The stereo separation is a treat, as improvised asides from the different singers pop out of different corners of the stereo spectrum, creating an intimate, you-are-there vibe. The ‘summit,’ on the first half of disc one, is among my favorite music from the Capitol Blues series, and was originally released in 1960 as Down South Summit Meeting, before being repackaged as Lightin’ Hopkins LPs (First Meetin’, Penitentiary Blues). The Sonny & Terry and Big Joe solo sessions are icing on the cake. Thanks to ARTKoen for the .pdf liner notes. We’ve got more releases from The Capitol Blues Series, HERE. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Ain’t Nothin’ Like Whiskey
Penitentiary Blues
If You Steal My Chickens, You Can’t Make ‘Em Lay
First Meeting (7:11)
How Long Have It Been Since You Been Home? (4:13)
Wimmin From Coast To Coast (5:53)
Key To The Highway
Lose Your Money
Sportin‘ Life
New Harmonica Breakdown
Prison Bound
Livin‘ With The Blues
Blowin‘ The Blues

Baby, Please Don’t Go
Twelve Gates To The City
Pawnshop Blues
Brownie’s Guitar Blues
Oh Baby
Hand Me Down My Old Walking Stick
Shady Grove
Mama Don’t Like Me Runnin‘ ‘Round
Sittin‘ ‘n’ Thinkin
Scardie Mama
Blues ‘Round The World
Everybody’s Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
Pearly Mae
Baby Keeps On Breaking ‘Em Down
Church Bells Ring
Take It All
Toledo To Buffalo
She’ll Be Coming ‘Round The Mountain
Old Folks Tavern
Baby, Please Don’t Go


CAPITOL BLUES #3: MUDDY WATERS & MEMPHIS SLIM Chicago Blues Masters Volume One (1995)

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A Curiously Collected Blast Of Chicago Blues…

A collection of tracks from both Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim, including (separate) tracks from a joint appearance at Carnegie Hall in 1959. While the artists themselves are essential, the collection is a bit of a curio in the Capitol Blues Collection – some of which are straight up compilations, but others are remasters of some incredibly interesting sessions and releases. Thanks to Steve262 for these once elusive files, and ARTKoen for the .pdf liner notes (crucial for many of these releases). Get more in the Capitol Blues Collection in the archives, HERE. Get this one cheap at Amazon, HERE.

Muddy Waters Hoochie Coochie Man (Live At Carnegie Hall – April 3, 1959) (3:21)
Muddy Waters
Walkin’ Thru The Park (Live At Carnegie Hall – April 3, 1959) (3:45)
Memphis Slim
Boogie Woogie Memphis (Live At Carnegie Hall – April 3, 1959) (3:07)
Memphis Slim
Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (Live At Carnegie Hall – April 3, 1959) (3:34)
Memphis Slim
How Long (Live At Carnegie Hall – April 3, 1959) (4:12)
Muddy Waters
Rock Me (3:15)
Muddy Waters
Blow Wind Blow (2:57)
Memphis Slim
John Henry (3:06)
Memphis Slim
Stack Alee (3:58)
Memphis Slim
How Long (2:21)
Memphis Slim
All This Piano Boogie (1:25)
Memphis Slim
Bye Bye Baby (4:14)
Memphis Slim
Love My Baby (2:51)
Memphis Slim
When The Sun Goes Down (3:36)
Memphis Slim
Someday Baby (3:01)
Memphis Slim
Slim’s Slow Blues (1:45)
Memphis Slim
Gee Ain’t It Hard To Find Somebody (4:11)


CAPITOL BLUES #2: SONNY TERRY Whoopin’ The Blues: The Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (1995)

Whoopin’ The Blues: The Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (1995)
Terry’s First, Post-Broadway Sessions

Rare recordings from the great Sonny Terry, made during four sessions over the course of a three-year period. Long time partner Brownie McGhee shows up during the second half, but most of these tracks are sessions recorded under Sonny’s name – made when he landed a contract following his appearance in Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow. The first sessions feature guitarist, “Sticks” McGhee, Brownie’s younger brother. Thanks to ARTKoen for the .pdf liner notes. We’ve got more releases in The Capitol Blues Series, HERE, with more on the way. This one’s cheap at Amazon, HERE.

Telephone Blues
Custard Pie Blues
Riff And Harmonica Jump
Mad Man Blues
All Alone Blues
Dirty Mistreater, Don’t You Know
Early Morning Blues/Hot Headed Woman? (Medley)
Whoopin’ The Blues
Beer Garden Blues
Screamin’ And Cryin’ Blues
Crow Jane Blues
Worried Man Blues
Airplane Blues
Hot Headed Woman
Harmonica Rag
Leavin’ Blues

Capitol Blues Series T-BONE WALKER

CAPITOL BLUES #1: T-BONE WALKER The Complete Capitol / Black & White Recordings (1995)

The Complete Capitol/Black & White Recordings (1995)
His Biggest Fans Are Your Favorite Guitarists

From Capitol Records’ 1995 Blues Collection comes 3 glorious CDs, 75 tracks from “the most influential blues guitarist of the post-World War II era,” T-Bone Walker. B.B. King had to have an electric guitar when he first heard him, Duane Allman based his entire playing philosophy on his work, and everyone from Hendrix to Clapton tore pages from his playbook. In short, he did first whatever your favorite blues guitarist did later. T-Bone Walker’s full band arrangements waver from pensive blues to full-tilt shuffles, but T-Bone’s electric guitar playing routinely draws an angular, wiry contrast to his silky smooth vocals and melancholy atmospherics. This isn’t the fiery, stomping blues of his disciples – Walker’s post-big band blues has a softer, more intimate essence that’s both sweet and sad. He’s probably best known for “Stormy Monday” (and those shots of him playing the guitar behind his head while doing the splits, HERE), but these sides – almost all recorded in 1949 – provide the bigger picture. Thanks to ARTKoen for the much-needed .pdf liner notes. This was the debut release in the Capitol Blues Collection, which we have more of coming, HERE. Not cheap at Amazon, HERE.

T-Bone Blues
I Got A Break Baby
Mean Old World
No Worry Blues (Alternate Version)
No Worry Blues
Don’t Leave Me Baby (Alternate Version)
Don’t Leave Me Baby
Bobby Sox Blues (Alternate Version)
Bobby Sox Baby
I’m Gonna Find My Baby
I’m In An Awful Mood
It’s A Lowdown Dirty Deal
Don’t Give Me The Runaround
Hard Pain Blues
I Know Your Wig Is Gone
T-Bone Jumps Again
Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad (Alternate)
Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad
She Had To Let Me Down (Alternate Version)
She Had To Let Me Down
She’s My Old Time Used To Be
Dream Girl Blues (Alternate Version)
Dream Girl Blues
Midnight Blues (Alternate Version)

Long Lost Lover Blues (Alternate Version)
Long Lost Lover Blues
Triflin‘ Woman Blues (Alternate Version)
Triflin‘ Woman Blues
Long Skirt Baby Blues (Alternate Version)
Long Skirt Baby Blues
Goodbye Blues
Too Much Trouble Blues (Alternate Version)
Too Much Trouble Blues
I’m Waiting For Your Call
Hypin‘ Woman Blues (Alternate Version)
Hypin‘ Woman Blues
So Blue Blues
On Your Way Blues
Natural Blues
That’s Better For Me
First Love Blues (Alternate Version)
First Love Blues
Lonesome Woman Blues (Alternate Version 1)
Lonesome Woman Blues (Alternate Version 2)
Lonesome Woman Blues
Vacation Blues
Inspiration Blues (Alternate Version)
Inspiration Blues
Description Blues (Alternate Version)

Description Blues
T-Bone Shuffle (Alternate Version)
T-Bone Shuffle
That Old Feelin‘ Is Gone
The Time Seems So Long
Prison Blues
Home Town Blues
Wise Man Blues (Alternate Version)
Wise Man Blues
Misfortune Blues (Alternate Version)
Misfortune Blues
I Wish You Were Mine (Alternate Version)
I Wish You Were Mine
I’m Gonna Move You Out And Get Somebody Else
She’s The No-Sleepin’est Woman (Alternate Version)
She’s The No-Sleepin’est Woman
Plain Old Down Home Blues
Born To Be No Good
Go Back To The One You Love (Alternate Version)
Go Back To The One You Love
I Want A Little Girl
I’m Still In Love With You
You’re My Best Poker Hand (Alternate Version)
You’re My Best Poker Hand
West Side Baby


BIG STAR Columbia: Live At Missouri University 4/25/93 (1993) + The Columbia Rehearsals 4/13/93

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Columbia: Live At Missouri University 4/25/93 (1993)
The Columbia Rehearsals 4/13/93 (Unreleased 1993)
A Reunion/Reformation That Worked Kinda Like It Was Supposed To…

The reunion of Big Star in 1993 was pretty much unexpected by everybody. Chris Bell was dead, Andy Hummel was uninterested and Alex Chilton had shown no previous inclination to re-live his past… ever. But, here it is, just the same. Original Stars Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens are joined by two like-minded members of The Posies, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, and craft just the right level of ramshackle charm and decades-detached cool. I was thoroughly please when this was issued in 1993, the re-formed band’s very first show… even if it does suffer from a degree of slacker indifference on Chilton’s part. As for the rehearsals… it’s the kind of thing that I personally live for. A fly-on-the-wall recording of the band working out their (almost identical) set, two weeks before the University Of Missouri date. The sound is rehearsal room great, meaning it sounds good, with pounding drums and cutting guitars – just as if you were hanging with the band – but the mix, feedback and vocal levels are often shoddy and inherently casual. But… you’ve gotta love hearing Chilton quote Hendrix at Monterey, verbatim (‘yes, I know I missed a verse, don’t worry’), during their run through of “Thirteen.” Fans should appreciate, though newcomers should probably stick with the official releases. We’ve got more Big Star in the archives, including; The Ardent Studio Sessions (1972/73) (HERE), Nobody Can Dance (1974 Studio/Live Rehearsals) (HERE) and Thank You Friends: The Music Of Big Star, Alex Chilton And Chris Bell (Rare publisher’s promo CD) (HERE). Get Columbia: Live At Missouri University 4/25/93 at Amazon, HERE.

Columbia: Live At Missouri University 4/25/93
In The Street (3:08)
Don’t Lie To Me (3:23)
When My Baby’s Beside Me (3:27)
I Am The Cosmos (4:13)
The Ballad Of El Goodo (4:29)
Back Of A Car (2:54)
Way Out West (2:54)
Daisy Glaze (3:36)
Baby Strange (4:02)
For You (3:04)
Feel (3:35)
September Gurls (3:00)
Thank You Friends (3:17)
Slut (3:42)

The Columbia Rehearsals 4/13/93 (Unreleased)
In The Street (3:38)
Don’t Lie To Me (5:46)
I Am The Cosmos (5:04)
Oh My Soul (5:17)
The Ballad Of El Goodo (6:25)
Back Of A Car (4:24)
Way Out West (3:57)
Daisy Glaze (4:23)
Thirteen (3:51)
Baby Strange (6:47)
For You (3:38)
Feel (3:58)
September Gurls (3:02)
Thank You Friends (3:44)
Slut (6:04)
When My Baby’s Beside Me (4:08)


ANALOG BIRDS The Tiger’s Grin (2015)

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Digital Pop For A New Millenium…

What I like most about the music of Analog Birds is their unique compositional style. It’s different from most pop music in that it rarely adheres to a typical verse-chorus-verse structure. As a result, the band’s music often sounds like it’s being invented on the spot, and never even hints at where it might be going. I’ve struggled with ways to describe Analog Birds, since no comparisons quite fit what they manage to create. You might sometimes hear echoes of late 60s Brian Wilson, or maybe even a fictional faction of 10cc (stylistically nestled between the pairings of Godley & Creme and Stewart & Gouldman), or perhaps just vague, floating suggestion of another, ancient pop blueprint. But Analog Birds never really sound like anyone else. There’s enough reverence to convince you that they’ve been to the same musical boarding schools as the rest of us… but, in the end, they sound most like an evolving version of themselves, which is no easy feat in itself. We’ve got a bunch of Analog Birds – along with similarly engaging music from lead vocalist Asa Milbankx (now transitioned to Isobel Morris) and The Latters (actually just Milbankx/Morris) – posted in the archives (HERE), but you can also get it all at the band’s site, (HERE), which boasts even more material, and a variety of formats and digital booklets. Plus, almost all of their work is free, and their latest digital single, “The Tiger’s Grin,” (listen below) is available from Bandcamp (below) on a name-your-price basis (tightwads can enter a “0,” or… you could back-up your claims about supporting independent music and spread the wealth).


LOS LOBOS Westwood One In Concert (1985) Promo-Only Radio Show + Ride This – The Covers EP (2004)

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Available On No Other Releases…

A fun, 30-year old radio broadcast courtesy of Westwood One, capturing Los Lobos in concert. This was originally a 2LP vinyl set that also featured a Romantics show (not included), so you can ignore the DJ’s references to what’s “upcoming.” If my information is correct, the show was originally taped December, 14th, 1984 at Biddy Mulligan’s in Chicago. I believe draftervoi was first responsible for getting this time capsule into torrents… commercials, studio DJ and all, so thanks. We’ve got a bunch more Los Lobos (and side projects) in the archives (HERE), along with oddities like Live At Mt. Tabor Theater, Portland (HERE) and LL’s contributions to VA projects like; Mexico And Mariachis: Music From And Inspired By Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi Trilogy (HERE), I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (HERE), Till The Night Is Gone: A Tribute To Doc Pomus (HERE) and Stay Awake: Various Interpretations Of Music From Vintage Disney Films (HERE).

Segment 1 (17:22)
Levis Commercial
We’re Gonna Rock
I Got Loaded
Come On, Let’s Go
Matter Of Time
Army & Budweiser Commercials
Segment 2 (14:13)
Don’t Worry Baby
How Will The Wolf Survive
Got To Let You Know
Why Do You Do
Levis Commercial
Segment 3 (12:32)
300 Lbs
La Bamba
Budweiser Commercial

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Nifty 7-Track Covers Disc…

I like it when fave bands release covers collections. You get to enjoy songs you already know filtered though the stylistic characteristics of bands you already like. For this one, Los Lobos tackles the music of Waits, Costello, Thompson, Alvin, Blades and others. We’ve got a few more covers albums in the archives, like Trip Shakespeare’s Volt EP (HERE), The Ramones’ Acid Eaters & Patti Smith’s Twelve (both HERE), Dwight Twilley’s The Beatles (HERE), Jeff Lynne’s Long Wave (HERE), The Chrysanthemums’ Odessey And Oracle (more of a tribute actually, HERE), and Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs’ multi-volume Under The Covers sets (HERE)… to name but a few floating around here. Find Los Lobos’ Ride This – The Covers EP at Amazon, HERE.

Jockey Full Of Bourbon (3:29) – Tom Waits
More Than I Can Stand (4:09) – Bobby Womack
Uncomplicated (5:13) – Elvis Costello
Patria (5:19) – Ruben Blades
Shoot Out The Lights (4:55) – Richard Thompson
It’ll Never Be Over For Me (3:44) – Thee Midnighters
Marie Marie (Live In Portland, August 26, 1999) (2:56) – The Blasters


MIKE KENEALLY Free EP – Volumes 1 & 2 (2013)
An Hour Of Free, Live, Keneally-Approved Keneally

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Free EP Volume 1 (2013)
Free EP Volume 2 (2013)
Thanks Mike…

Don’t know Mike Keneally? You should. He’s a powerhouse guitarist (Frank Zappa’s last), and a composer who can effortlessly write rings around most anybody, in a variety of styles, with a host of emotions, and with an artistic integrity that’s getting harder to come by these days. Which might explain why you don’t know him. The trouble is, “knowing” him isn’t easy, because he’s stylistically all over the map. Part of his appeal and, as it happens, part of his commercial curse. We’ve drawn attention to his work before; with his fantastic minor-supergroup, The Mistakes (HERE, with Henry Kaiser, Andy West & Prairie Prince), his gorgeous acoustic work, Wooden Smoke (HERE, Carl Wilson fans take note), his gloriously progressive electric pop music, Beer For Dolphins’ Dancing (HERE, scroll down) and others. Free EP Volume 1 and Free EP Volume 2 are free downloads from Keneally’s website… an hour-long taste of live music that should whet your appetite for more. No track below sums him up, so you get to hear the 11-minute “Nonkerchunk.”

Free EP Volume 1 (2001-2007)
Choosing To Drown (5:07)
Dolphins (8:18)
What Are You Doing (2:35)
Ankle Bracelet (5:50)
Nonkerchunk (11:15)

Free EP Volume 2 (1998-2007)
Oh Angel (1:12)
Lhai Sal (6:08)
Pride Is A Sin (5:07)
Looking For Nina (5:00)
Cardboard Dog (10:00)


A Day With Frank Zappa (Documentary Video 1971) – Outstanding… w/ The Late Gail Zappa (1945-2015)

Just a few days ago I happened to watch this long-lost documentary on Frank Zappa that was made for Holland television in 1971. My plan was to pop it into an upcoming post we’re putting together (“The Music Of Frank Zappa,” Phase Three), but decided instead to post it now in the wake of Gail Zappa’s passing yesterday (details HERE). It’s pretty amazing, in that it’s a real slice of life doc that gives you a genuine sense of what “a day with Frank Zappa” in 1971 might approximate. And… it’s not glamorous. There’s a lot of home/basement footage of Frank, as well as Gail, naked rug rats (Moon Unit & Dweezil, ages 4 & 2) and a handful of the characters that inhabited their world, including Miss Lucy (Zappa’s sometimes nanny & star of 200 Motels) of the G.T.O.’s, live footage of the Flo & Eddie version of The Mothers (at The Fillmore), Wild Man Fischer, Ian Underwood and others. Frank pontificates on a wide array of topics, so casually diverse it even managed to surprise me a bit (having spoken with him myself on a half-dozen occasions), including his own infidelity on the road and how his wife deals with it. Something I’d never heard him really discuss. It’s all enjoyable because much of Frank’s pompous bitterness from his later years is absent here. His attitude is still Frank, however, and you really do get a feel for Grace Slick’s famed quote about Zappa being “the most intelligent asshole” she ever met. So enjoy. We’ll get Phase Three of “The Music Of Frank Zappa” up in a few weeks. Until then… you can catch up on Phase One (HERE) and Phase Two (HERE). We’ve also got a couple of pages of obscure Zappa & Zappa-related posts buried in the archives, (HERE).


THE ROLLING STONES King Biscuit Flower Hour CD (1989) – Live Performances From 1973, 1978 & 1981

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A Complete King Biscuit Radio Show, Ads & All

If you’re curious why Bill Minkin, the long-time voice of the King Biscuit Flower Hour, keeps hammering away at the “compact disc” aspect of this show, it’s because this collection of Rolling Stones performances was the first time the long-running ‘radio on vinyl’ syndicated show was sent to radio stations on CD… digitally… as if that was going to somehow magically enhance the sound quality of King Biscuit’s broadcasts. It reality… it did, but long-time listeners of KBFH know what I mean. The show was never the gold standard in sonics, even though, since 1973, King Biscuit hosted some of radio’s rarest live performances ever. This is a 1989 broadcast, featuring Stones performances from Brussels (October, 1973), Detroit (July, 1978) and Chicago (November 1981). Quality wise it’s a mixed bag, but a fun time capsule just the same. We’ve got tons of Stones in the archives, HERE.

SEGMENT 1: Chicago, Nov. 1981 (21:03)
Tri-Star / US Marines Commercials
Miss You
Hang Fire
Beast Of Burden
She’s So Cold
Ford Motorcraft / US Army Commercials
SEGMENT 2: Detroit, July, 1978 (22:57)
Honky Tonk Woman
Tumbling Dice
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Budweiser / Tri-Star / US Marines Commercials
SEGMENT 3: Brussels, Oct, 1973 (14:56)
Brown Sugar
Gimme Shelter
US Army / Tri-Star / Budweiser Commercials
Show Close


Hal Willner Week(End): VARIOUS ARTISTS Hunter S. Thompson’s The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved (2012) w/ Tim Robbins, Dr. John, Bill Frisell

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Highly Entertaining Musical Audiobook…

This late addition to last February’s “Hal Willner Week” (links below) is Willner’s production of the late, great Hunter S. Thompson’s first documented slice of gonzo journalism for Scanlon’s Monthly, “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved” (read a .pdf HERE, Adobe Reader required). This isn’t the musical free-for-all characteristic of many of Willner’s all-star gatherings, but is, instead, a 2012 CD audiobook-style performance that features music from Bill Frisell alongside spoken-word performances by Tim Robbins, Dr. John, Annie Ross, Will Forte and artist Ralph Steadman (as himself). Being a day-one Thompson fan, I’ve never been overly thrilled with past superstar portrayals of the good doctor. Bill Murray was fun, but cartoony, in Where The Buffalo Roam, while Johnny Depp was way too comically exaggerated for Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. But I’ve got to give high marks to Tim Robbins for his spot-on depiction of Thompson for this bastardized “play” of HST’s 1970 article. Robbins strikes just the right balance of drug-fueled fervor and manic paranoid frenzy, to capture a “realistic” version of Thompson’s purposely exaggerated persona. Check out the other Hal Willner productions we posted back in February, below, featuring too many participants and all-star cameos to list in one place (all HERE). Find The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved on CD at Amazon, HERE.

Overture (My Old Kentucky Home) (1:11)
I Got Off The Plane Around Midnight… (3:35)
At The Airport Newstand… (3:04)
The Next Day Was Heavy… (6:06)
The Governor, A Swinish Neo-Nazi Hack… (4:59)
Entr’acte (2:04)
On Our Way Back To The Motel… (2:50)
It Was Saturday Morning, The Day Of The Big Race… (5:55)
In A Box Not Far From Ours… (3:53)
Sometime Around 10:30 Monday Morning… (5:19)

Producer – Hal Willner, Michael Minzer
Music Composed By – Bill Frisell
Voice/Hunter Thompson – Tim Robbins
Voice/Himself – Ralph Steadman
Voice/Desk Clerk – Annie Ross
Voice/Jimbo – Dr. John
Voice/Rent A Car Clerk/Voice In The Crowd/Press Handler/Old Man In The Parking Lot – Will Forte
Voice/The Pimp – John Joyce III
Voices/In Airport Bar – John Kilgore, Michael Mintzer
Drums, Percussion – Kenny Wollesen
Trombone – Curtis Fowlkes
Trumpet – Ron Miles
Cello – Hank Roberts
Viola – Eyvind Kang
Violin – Jenny Scheinman
Woodwinds – Doug Wieselman

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AMARCORD NINO ROTA (Remembering Nino Rota) (HERE), THAT’S THE WAY I FEEL NOW: A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (HERE), ALLEN GINSBERG The Lion For Real (HERE), WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Dead City Radio + Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales + Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales: The Operator’s Manual (Promo Only Remix/Radio CD) (all 3 HERE), STAY AWAKE: Various Interpretations Of Music From Vintage Disney Films (HERE), WEIRD NIGHTMARE: Meditations On Mingus (HERE), SHORT CUTS Soundtrack (HERE), CLOSED ON ACCOUNT OF RABIES: Poems And Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe (HERE), LOST IN THE STARS + SEPTEMBER SONGS: The Music Of Kurt Weill (both HERE), STORMY WEATHER: The Music Of Harold Arlen (HERE), THE HARRY SMITH PROJECT: Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited (HERE), ROGUE’S GALLERY + SON OF ROGUE’S GALLERY: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys (both HERE)… not to mention (or picture), Hal Willner’s only solo album, 1998’s Whoops, I’m An Indian (HERE).


SUN RA Lectures The Universe (1971) – A 47-Minute College Course About… Something!

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Saturn’s man about town, speaking before a spring semester class at UC Berkeley, where he lectured on the black man’s place in the cosmos (complete with audible blackboard musings), in a course officially titled, “African-American Studies 198.” If you find yourself unable to follow Ra’s intricate (and widely sourced) logic, then it might help explain why others routinely talk about the man’s otherworldly aura… and they’re not just referencing his music. According to ubuWeb, where this lecture seems to have first surfaced, the reading list for Ra’s course included “the works of Madame Blavatsky and Henry Dumas, The Book Of The Dead, Alexander Hislop’s The Two Babylons, The Book Of Oahspe and assorted volumes concerning Egyptian hieroglyphs, African-American folklore, and other topics.” Ra himself openly states, with the straightest of face, that he’s a card-carrying resident of Sol’s ringed 6th planet. I had the opportunity to speak with the legend for over an hour in the mid-80s… and walked away from it with little clue as to what he was politely and patiently trying to tell me. Read more about Professor Sun Ra’s rare 47-minute lecture at Sensitive Skin, HERE.


THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS Authorized Bootleg / Fillmore East, New York, N.Y. – Late Show, November 7, 1970 (2011)

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Gram Parsons Is Gone, But Not The Spirit

Chris Hillman never really got his full due as the multi-talented glue in the many bands he was an integral part of, including, among others, The Byrds, Manassas and… The Flying Burrito Brothers. Six months after Gram Parsons exited the band founded by the two ex-Byrds, Hillman was still maintaining the Burritos when they played this date at the Fillmore East in New York. And while Parson’s non-participation was significant, the remaining members still resoundingly flourished behind Hillman and a particularly energetic brand of high-octane country rock and roll. With Rick Roberts (later of Firefall) joining Hillman, Bernie Leadon (who would co-found The Eagles with what he learned here), Sneaky Pete Kleinow and ex-Byrd Michael Clarke, The Flying Burrito Brothers would help to reshape music’s landscape in the early 70s… despite minimal record sales. This live set is a great example of the band’s unwavering optimism and forward momentum, and it bristles with energy… and six co-written Parsons tunes, including the opener, “Lazy Days” (hear it below). It’s funny now to hear that – according to the onstage patter anyway – know one knew what a burrito was at the dawn of the 70s. This lineup would create one more studio album before splintering into different factions, though… the Burrito brand would continue for decades, with Sneaky Pete being the only (near) constant. We’ve got more Chris Hillman in the archives, including; STEPHEN STILLS & MANASSAS Manassas (HERE) + MusikLaden Live 1972 (HERE); THE BYRDS Bonus Tracks (HERE) + The Legacy Bonus Track Reissue Series (1965-1971) (HERE); and… GRAM PARSONS The Alternate Takes (HERE), GRAM PARSONS & THE FALLEN ANGELS Live 1973 (HERE). Get The Burritos’ Authorized Bootleg / Fillmore East, New York, N.Y. – Late Show, November 7, 1970 at Amazon, HERE.

Lazy Days (4:01)
One Hundred Years From Now (2:41)
My Uncle (2:37)
Cody, Cody (2:53)
Christine’s Tune (a/k/a Devil In Disguise) (4:01)
I Am A Pilgrim (3:01)
Dixie Breakdown (2:17)
Willie And The Hand Jive (3:47)
Wild Horses (5:07)
Feel Good Music (3:29)
Hot Burrito #2 (4:12)
Six Days On The Road (3:35)


TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Live At My Father’s Place (1977) – Riveting WLIR Radio Broadcast

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These Guys Were Always A Good Time Live

A simple reminder of what made Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ roots-righteous rock so damned alluring at the dawn of the punk movement. Any real fan already has this oft-bootlegged WLIR radio broadcast from 1977, but those that missed out or didn’t bother are invited to relive the pure pleasures to be found in a 1970s live radio broadcast, buzzing amps, imperfect sound and all… but kinetic in ways that has often been abandoned in modern music-making. Petty’s sneering, Dylan-esque phrasing and The Heartbreakers’ Byrdsy ambience and execution add up to a fun, energetic, club experience that most radio listeners weren’t always privy to in their own home towns. The songs come from the band’s self-titled debut, with a couple of covers, a few others waiting to be recorded for their upcoming 1978 LP, and “Dog On The Run,” which wouldn’t get officially released until 1985. We’ve got a few other Petty/Heatbreakers posts in the archives, including the 1977’s radio promo EP, Official Live ‘Leg (HERE) and a cool, members side project, BLUE STINGRAYS Surf-N-Burn (HERE).

I Need To Know (2:47)
American Girl (4:24)
Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It) (5:43)
Breakdown (5:13)
Listen To Her Heart (3:08)
Band Introductions (0:42)
Strangered In The Night (4:22)
Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll (3:41)
On The Run (10:12)
Shout (6:30)
Encore Break (1:19)
Route 66 (3:50)


MICKEY HART BAND Mysterium Tremendum (2012)
+ Mysterium Tremendum Live, April 10, 2012
The Grateful Dead Drummer’s 21st Century 60s Band

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Dead Drummer Mickey Hart Ups The Universal Ante…

One of my favorite records of the decade! Mickey Hart has, in the last few years, been quietly redefining himself – from respected improviser/musicologist to musical visionary – via his latest incarnation, the Mickey Hart Band. The ex-drummer for the Grateful Dead has recently been conceptualizing his quest for new sounds, styles and methods, in this case, by incorporating the energy of the universe and transforming the “electromagnetic radiation given off by celestial objects” – microwaves, light beams, radio waves and vibrations that wash over us every moment of every day – into musical expression. I won’t pretend to understand what he (and his up to 20-piece band) is actually doing… I just love the end result, which is percussion-heavy fusion music, spanning genre’s and generations with a fluid ease that somehow sounds new. I was first drawn to the spacey, instrumental ruminations heard in the excellent 74-minute live video that surfaced on YouTube (below). But, I was equally mesmerized by the songs, which carry a genuine 60s cache – in a new millennium skin – that’s both fresh and familiar. Maybe it’s just the seamless blend of jazz, space, soul, rock, gospel and improvisation that sits well with my senses, incorporating soaring, wordless vocals, disembodied horns, dreamy spacial landscapes and melodies with clear 60s lineage. The closest comparison I can muster might be the late-career fusion work from Joe Zawinul (Miles/Weather Report), whose shimmering Africanized vocals and shape shifting-rhythms also offered an untethered free-form flightiness that seemed self-concocted out of thin air. Still, it’s easy to hear echoes of bands past, like It’s A Beautiful Day (on “Time Never Ends”), or inverted variations on Sun Ra, Pink Floyd or Santana might tickle a memory or two. But the overall project is so forward-thinking, any comparisons are merely politely incidental. Vocalist Crystal Monee Hall’s double mic use is impressive. The band includes, Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Tim Hockenberry (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Nigerian talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju (Dead/Rhythm Devils alumn), guitarist Steve Kimock (Zero), and too many others to detail. The 2012 studio album, Mysterium Tremendum, is essential, but we’ve also got a single track, 74-minute live video rip to offer, too. Listen below to “Time Never Ends” for a hint of the 60s. Cue the video to go space, and hear much of the album live (plus some favorites). Get Mickey Hart’s 1979 Rhythm Devils project, The Apocalypse Now Sessions, HERE in the archives (along with tons of Dead, HERE). Find Mysterium Tremendum at Amazon, HERE. Worthy and highly recommended.

Mysterium Tremendum
Heartbeat Of The Sun (4:49)
Slow Joe Rain (4:54)
Cut The Deck (7:39)
Starlight Starbright (6:47)
Who Stole The Show? (3:53)
Djinn Djinn (5:35)
This One Hour (8:16)
Supersonic Vision (7:06)
Time Never Ends (6:50)
Let There Be Light (4:12)
Ticket To Nowhere (6:39)
Through Endless Skies (7:22)

Mysterium Tremendum – Live
Mysterium Tremendum – Madrone Studios, San Francisco, April 10, 2012 (1:13:08)

NOTE: There are a few sound issues in the first few minutes of the video and audio rip (2:40 to 5:25), so just wait it out, it’s worth it.