L0S L0B0S 0ne Time 0ne Night: Live Recordings – Vols. 1 & 2 (2007/2009)

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0ne Time 0ne Night: Live Recordings – Vol. 2 (2009)
Previously Available Only At Live Gigs And Online

Stellar selection of recordings from Cesar Rosas’ personal archive of live Lobos tapes. You can’t go wrong with any of this stuff, though, it’s hard to tell when it was all recorded. But, since the bulk of Vol. 1‘s material comes from their brilliant album, Colossal Head (HERE, in the archives), 1996-97 is a good bet for the first set. The sound here is stripped down and lean, with little to suggest it’s even live at all, as both the applause and atmospherics are (for the most part) missing. Vol. 2 is even tougher to pin down, as it features material from 1990’s The Neighborhood, 2002’s Good Morning Aztlán, 2004’s The Ride and various other releases. The band has been releasing a bunch of live material via their own Los Lobos Records since last decade, including Acoustic en Vivo, Chuy’s Tape Box, Vol. 1, and this two-volume (so far) set, which has been available via their website and at live gigs… though, it appears that Vol. 1 just got a wider release and is available at Amazon, HERE. There’s more LL in the archives, HERE.

0ne Time 0ne Night: Live Recordings – Vol. 1
Colossal Head (3:58)
My Baby’s Gone (3:16)
Revolution (5:25)
This Bird’s Gonna Fly (4:27)
Manny’s Bones (3:20)
Maricela (3:54)
Mas Y Mas (5:53)
Evangeline (2:42)
Just A Man (9:22)
I Walk Alone (2:45)
Don’t Worry Baby (3:38)

0ne Time 0ne Night: Live Recordings – Vol. 2
Angel Dance (4:28)
Hurry Tomorrow (5:19)
Done Gone Blue (4:07)
This Time/Waiting In Vain (8:07)
I Can’t Understand (7:07)
Estoy Sentado Aqui (3:30)
Let’s Say Goodnight (3:37)
Hearts Of Stone (5:06)
Three Hundred Pounds Of Heavenly Joy (5:04)
Come On, Let’s Go (2:58)

RICHARD THOMPSON Doom & Gloom From The Tomb (1985) + Doom & Gloom II (Over My Dead Body) (1991) – Two Long Gone Cassette-Only Rarities!

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Doom & Gloom From The Tomb (1985)
Doom & Gloom II (Over My Dead Body) (1991)
Two Long Lost Cassette-Only Fan Club Rarities

Those who subscribed to the 80s/90s Richard Thompson fanzine, Flypaper, were the only ones with direct access to these two, extremely obscure, cassette-only collections of rare material from RT’s archived tapes – featuring unreleased solo demos and live material from Fairport Convention, The Albion Country Band and Richard & Linda Thompson. Back in 1985, when Doom & Gloom From The Tomb first surfaced – long before the dominance of archival releases – this was holy grail type stuff for fanatics. Thompson would follow it up with a second cassette, 1991’s Doom & Gloom II (Over My Dead Body). It wouldn’t be until 1993 that RT would advance the idea into the digital age with the 3CD Ryko set, Watching The Dark (which included two tracks from these cassettes). But, to this day, these original cassettes, and the rarities within, languish in obscurity, just begging for a re-mastering/re-issue treatment. The sound on these files is not all that great. Pretty much what you’d expect from outdated technology. But, the material is still highly coveted, featuring lost tracks, obscure covers, lots of live material and the odd curio or two. NOTE: These files are 320s, but if anyone has any better sounding versions, please share them. Archeologists might note that there are a few date discrepancies floating around for some of these tracks, which is why we went with the info found at Thompson’s website (also included as a text file). If you’ve spent any time around these parts, you’ll know we’ve got tons of hard to find RT in the archives, including 5 “Five Live” Box Sets (HERE, 25 unreleased career-spanning live concerts), Gathered Tracks Vols. 1-8 (HERE, an early, original gathering from the Never Get Out Of The Boat days), three Thompson Promo/Sampler CDs (HERE), A Thompson Family Christmas (HERE), Richard & Linda’s Rafferty’s Folly (HERE, the original, unreleased Shoot Out The Lights produced by Gerry Rafferty), The Lost Album (1987-1990) (HERE), “RT” On “FR” (HERE, a long gone box set Bonus Disc) and Richard Thompson Teaches Traditional Guitar Instrumentals (HERE)… or just access them all HERE.

Fairport Convention Eastern Rain (3:37) – Live, 1968
Fairport Convention
Book Song (3:06) – Live, 1968
Richard & Linda Thompson
Died For Love (4:47) – Demo, 1977
Richard Thompson
Jealousy (2:29) – Demo, 1982
Richard & Linda Thompson
I’ll Keep It With Mine (6:16) – Live, 1982
Richard Thompson
Calvary Cross (7:12) – Live, 1983
Richard & Linda Thompson
First Light (4:00) – Demo, 1977
Fairport Convention
Move It (3:24) – Live, 1984
Fairport Convention
How I Wanted To (5:14) – Live, 1983
Richard & Linda Thompson
Speechless Child (4:17) – Demo, 1980
Richard & Linda Thompson
I’m A Dreamer (5:04) – Live, 1982
Richard & Linda Thompson
Madness Of Love (6:44) – Live, 1977
Richard & Linda Thompson
Traces Of My Love (4:40) – Demo, 1979
Richard Thompson
Flowers Of The Forest (3:52) – Live, 1982
Richard Thompson
Tear Stained Letter (8:36) – Live, 1983
Richard Thompson
Together Again (6:30) – Live, 1983
Richard Thompson
Strange Affair (4:14) – Demo 1977
Richard Thompson
Jennie (4:20) – Live, 1984

Richard Thompson Walking Through A Wasted Land (4:06) – Live, 1984
Richard Thompson
Mind Your Own Business (3:22) – Live, Year Unknown
Richard Thompson
She Moves Through The Fair (4:10) – Live, 1990
Richard Thompson
John The Gun (5:06) – Live, 1985
Albion Country Band
The Poor Ditching Boy (4:06) – Live, 1972
Fairport Convention
Autopsy (4:25) – Live, 1968
Richard & Linda Thompson
Things You Gave Me (3:12) – Live, 1978
Richard Thompson
Bad News Is All The Wind Can Carry (3:06) – Demo, 1971/72
Fairport Convention
Borrowed Time (7:23) – Live, 1983
Richard Thompson
The End Of The Rainbow (3:52) – Live, 1985
Richard & Linda Thompson
Now Be Thankful (2:53) – Live, 1975
Richard & Linda Thompson
Layla (4:31) – Demo, 1977
Albion Country Band
The Little Beggar Girl (3:52) – Live, 1972
Richard Thompson
Down Where The Drunkards Roll (4:54) – Live, 1990
Fairport Convention
Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (4:21) – Live, 1968

ELTON JOHN 17-11-70 (1971) + 12-11-70 – Live At The Fillmore West (Unreleased)

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17-11-70 (1971)
12-11-70 – Live At The Fillmore West (1970 Unreleased)
An Early EJ Live Classic & An Outstanding Unreleased Show From The Week Before

There have been a few requests over the years for Elton John’s first live album, 17-11-70 (a.k.a. 11-17-70 in the States), an edited and resequenced live performance that originally aired on WABC-FM radio in New York. So, here it is… coupled with an outstanding, unreleased (and unedited) live show from 5 days earlier at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. The Fillmore gig helps to illustrate the dexterity of John’s trio, with Dee Murray (bass) and Nigel Olsen (drums), as the group easily revamps 17-11-70‘s climatic, bench-busting, “Burn Down The Mission” jam to include impromptu renditions of “Shotgun,” “Give Peace A Chance” and “Higher.” The sonics are great (save for the opening fade-in of “Country Comfort”), and arguably better than the 1996 reissue of 17-11-70, which added “Amoreena” and drenched Elton’s vocals in reverb. The Fillmore’s Bill Graham can be heard welcoming EJ to San Francisco at the very end of the show, which saw Elton opening for The Kinks. We’ve got two more early EJ albums in the archives, Elton John and Tumbleweed Connections (both HERE, with bonus tracks). Find 17-11-70 at Amazon, HERE.

17-11-70 (1996 Reissue)
Bad Side Of The Moon (5:00)
Amoreena (4:54)
Take Me To The Pilot (5:55)
Sixty Years On (7:22)
Honky Tonk Women (4:07)
Can I Put You On (6:10)
Burn Down The Mission/My Baby Left Me/Get Back (18:27)

Country Comfort (fades in) (4:43)
Sixty Years On (7:23)
Border Song (4:07)
Amoreena (5:23)
Honky Tonk Women (4:24)
Burn Down The Mission/Shotgun/Give Peace A Chance/Higher (21:30)
Can I Put You On (7:26)

MOJO Presents… Change The Beat (2015)

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The latest free CD from MOJO Magazine is a funky, wiry, nervous stash of late 70s/early 80s, New York City post-punk beats… that still manages to sound alive and breathing over 40 years later. Forget the “Madonna” tie-in MOJO uses to connect the dots to their cover story. She was just there, and had nothing to do with the vitality of this street-level beat-meistering. 14 tracks from Bush Tetras, James Chance, Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield, Arthur Russell, ESG and others. PROGRAMMING NOTE: “Coup,” by 23 Skidoo, sounds flawed, with a few stutters and drop-outs, but that’s the way the track was originally released back in the day. Hit the archives to find all 155 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, dating back to 1997, HERE.

23 Skidoo - Coup (4:13)
– Erase You (4:04)
Bush Tetras
– You Can’t Be Funky (2:41)
Delta 5
– Triangle (3:14)
James White And The Blacks
– Sax Maniac (7:30)
Arthur Russell
– Hop On Down (6:01)
Screamin’ Rachael
– My Main Man (6:02)
Maximum Joy
– White & Green Place (Extraterrestrial Mix) (5:32)
– Icka Prick (4:06)
Curtis Mayfield
– Tell Me, Tell Me (How Ya Like To Be Loved) (6:17)
Chaz Jankel
– 3,000,000 Synths (4:43)
Section 25
– Program For Light (4:00)
Judy Nylon
– The Dice (3:42)
Singers & Players
– Make A Joyful Noise (6:02)

BEATLES PROGENY: Julian Lennon / Sean Lennon / James McCartney / Dhani Harrison (thenewno2)

Julian Lennon
Valotte (1984)

The Heir, Apparently Not.

This one was a shocker when it came out. Four years after his dad’s death, Julian surfaced with a debut album full of smart, commercial, melodic material that even outdid some of his old man’s later work. Julian’s voice was the clincher, and he obviously took notes when it came to chord structure and father John’s falsetto usage. It didn’t all sound like pops (as a re-listen will confirm), but at the time it was all downright spooky. What Julian lacked in original vision he made up for in marketability, until his subsequent albums exposed too many weaknesses. He’s publicly blamed the music industry machinery (and grinding release/tour/release schedules) for his sales woes while on Atlantic Records from ’84-’91 – and it wouldn’t be the first time that issue burned an artist not fully prepared for it. Seven years after his Atlantic contract expired, 1998’s Photograph Smile, was a respectable and viable return, and I, for one, was kind of surprised that it all ended there (until 2013’s engaging, Everything Changes). At Amazon (HERE), Valotte is a budget-priced loss leader these days.

Valotte (4:17)
O.K. For You
On The Phone (4:50)
Space (4:23)
Well I Don’t Know (4:36)
Too Late For Goodbyes (3:35)
Lonely (3:53)
Say You’re Wrong (3:29)
Jesse (3:51)
Let Me Be (2:06)

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JULIAN LENNON The Secret Value Of Daydreaming (1986)
JULIAN LENNON Mr. Jordan (1989)
JULIAN LENNON Help Yourself (1991)
JULIAN LENNON Photograph Smile (1998)
JULIAN LENNON Everything Changes (2011)

You Are Here
George’s One And Only

It’s a bit dreamy, kind of spacey, sort of off-beat and hard to nail down, which are all good things. That the ghostly apparition of the late George Harrison’s vocal style pops up, in unfamiliar musical settings, makes You Are Here all the more interesting for it. Young Dhani Harrison has been working his way into the business in a number of noticeable ways; mixing dad’s past work, high-profile tribute gigs, press appearances and, just recently, a new band, Fistful Of Mercy. But this debut release shows a guy with ideas of his own, and enough experience and wherewithal to pull it all off. He looks and sounds like George (strengths and weaknesses) but he doesn’t mimic him – and that’s essential. Don’t listen for the “Beatles” and you just might like the kid’s distinctive start. Amazon has it HERE. BTW, “the new number 2″ is a nod to the UK’s The Prisoner (HERE, in the archives).

So Vain (4:41)
Back To You (4:46)
Give You Love (4:24)
Bluesy (4:57)
Yomp (3:32)
Hiding Out (3:29)
Crazy Tuesday (3:50)
Idle Lover (4:49)
Shelter (5:52)
Wind Up Dead (5:06)
People (5:22)
Another John Doe (4:02)
Jokes On You (3:35)
You Gotta Wait (4:04)
Life Off (5:08)

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THENEWNO2 EP001 (2006)
THENEWNO2 EP002 (2011)
THENEWNO2 thefearofmissingout (2012)
THENEWNO2 Beautiful Creatures (2013)

James McCartney
Available Light (2010)

From Out Of The Blue

Just look at the cover. He’s a dead ringer for that famous guy in The Beatles, who also happens to produce this 2010 EP. The music doesn’t sound anything like Sir James Paul, but it is bright, upbeat modern pop that sounds pretty decent… in a nondescript sort of way. The expertise behind the board doesn’t hurt. Credit dad for not adding his own identifiable characteristics to the mix. “Old Man” is, yes, the Neil Young tune. Available as a digital download at Amazon (HERE).

Angel (3:36)
Glisten (4:37)
My Friend (3:30)
Denial (3:14)
Old Man (3:23)

JAMES McCARTNEY Close At Hand (2011)

Sean Lennon
Into The Sun (1998)

The Quiet Debut

Lennon’s debut is a charming, eclectic and strangely vague collection of mostly acoustic songs that appear to meander aimlessly, but – after repeated listens – will begin to embed themselves in your psyche like a weird dream. It’s all quite pleasant, in an other-worldly sort of way. Just don’t listen for his dad’s influence, because there’s not much to be found. In fact, you’d probably be more convinced he was McCartney’s kid. He was, after all, only 5 when John died, so any compositional similarities would have required premeditation. Which is an about-face from his half-brother Julian’s debut (above). Listen to a slightly psych example, “Queue.” An under-the-radar debut (amazing, in this celebrity culture) that’s at Amazon (HERE) for under $1.

Mystery Juice (5:27)
Into The Sun (3:23)
Home (3:05)
Bathtub (4:01)
One Night (2:07)
Spaceship (4:18)
Photosynthesis (6:47)
Queue (3:46)
Two Fine Lovers (3:17)
Part One Of The Cowboy Trilogy (1:48)
Wasted (1:32)
Breeze (3:58)
Sean’s Theme (5:52)

SEAN LENNON Alter Egos (2012)

Dylan Does Sinatra

Bob covers 10 Frank Sinatra songs on his new album, Shadows In The Night, coming Feb. 3 (HERE, @ Amazon). Hear “Stay With Me” above. We’ll let you determine if this is another one of our parody posts.

VARIOUS ARTISTS The Voyager Golden Record: The Sounds Of Earth (1977) – Out Of This World Music!

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The Earth Says Howdy

You could call it Earth’s rarest record… except it’s as far from Earth as anything man-made has ever been, currently hurtling through interstellar space aboard both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, with an included stylus, needle, (typically confusing stereo) instructions, an unspecified destination and a far-flung mission to introduce ourselves to everyone – anyone – hanging out in the universe. I miss this kind of forward thinking, which has more recently been supplanted by partisan rancor and criminal nearsightedness. I also miss Carl Sagan, the famed astronomer who chaired the committee that was tasked to compile this nearly two-hour introduction to the voices, sounds, images, inhabitants and music of planet Earth… or what Frank Zappa might have called, “the best of what the 20th Century has to offer.” Sagan dismissed the tunnel-vision hacks who wanted to showcase only Western music, navigated the puritanical mindset that balked at his plans to include nude images of a man and woman, and still managed to forge this fascinating and intelligent compilation – featuring greetings in 55 languages (including whales) and music from Pygmies, symphony orchestras, Navajo Indians and Chuck Berry, alongside a taste of anything and everything in between. A fun and imaginative listen, to say the least. The Beatles were invited, too (“Here Comes The Sun”), but some dim-witted pinhead at EMI saidSounds Of Earth no… for reasons that will still be confounding aliens 40,000 years from now when Voyager 1 flies within 1.6 light-years of Gliese 445. For those wanting to actually see the rarest of gold records (gold-plated copper, to be precise, with an aluminum cover and “an ultra-pure sample of the isotope uranium-238″), there’s a copy on display at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. For anyone holding out for a remastered Deluxe Edition… don’t hold your breath.

Greetings From The Secretary General Of The UN, Kurt Waldheim (0:47)
Greetings In 55 Languages (4:25)
UN Greetings/Whale Greetings (4:06)
The Sounds Of Earth (12:27)
Munich Bach Orchestra BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F, First Movement (Germany) (4:48)
Court Gamelan of Pura Paku Alaman
Puspawarna (Kinds Of Flowers) (Indonesia) (4:52)
Tchenhoukoumen (Senegal) (2:13)
Pygmy Girls Initiation Song (Zaire) (1:01)
Morning Star/Devil Bird (Aborigine Songs) (Australia) (1:31)
Antonio Maciel y Las Aguilillas with El Mariachi México de Pepe Villa
El Cascabel (Mexico) (3:25)
Chuck Berry
Johnny B. Goode (United States) (2:44)
Men’s House Song (New Guinea) (1:26)
Goro Yamaguchi
Tsuru No Sugomori (Crane’s Nest) (Japan) (5:09)
Arthur Grumiaux
BACH: Gavotte En Rondeaux, Partita No. 3 In E Major For Violin (Germany) (3:02)
Bavarian State Opera
MOZART: The Magic Flute, Queen Of The Night, Aria No. 14 (Austria) (2:58)
Georgian State Ensemble
Tchakrulo (Georgia SSR, Soviet Union) (2:29)
Panpipes and Drums (Peru) (0:57)
Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven
Melancholy Blues (United States) (3:11)
Kamil Jalilov
Mugam (Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union) (2:38)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
STRAVINSKY: Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance (Russia/France) (4:37)
Glenn Gould
BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, No.1 (Canada/Germany) (4:51)
The Philharmonia Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5, First Movement (Germany) (8:53)
Valya Balkanska
Izlel Je Delyo Hagdutin (Bulgaria) (5:05)
Navajo Night Chant (Native American) (1:02)
David Munrow and The Early Music Consort Of London
The Faerie Round (United Kingdom) (1:20)
Melanesian Panpipes (Solomon Islands) (1:18)
Wedding Song (Peru) (0:43)
Kuan P’ing hu
Liu Shui (Flowing Streams) (China) (7:49)
Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar
Jaat Kahan Ho (India) (3:40)
Blind Willie Johnson
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (United States) (3:25)
Budapest String Quartet
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13 In B Flat, Opus 130 (Germany) (6:47)

VARIOUS ARTISTS The OKeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957 (1993)

OkehThe OKeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957 (1993)
Righteous Early R&B From Columbia/OKeh Records

It’s hard to believe that CD box sets like this will probably never be produced again. Economics, limited commercial appeal and the New World Technological Order have probably spelled the death of hard disc collections like this. The music will live on, of course, but the delivery system has changed forever, and not necessarily for the better. And, along with it will go the informative mini-books, details and graphics that tell the bigger picture that’s always lost with mp3s. Yeah… the info will still be online for those who want to feel like they’re ‘researching’ instead of enjoying the music’s minutia, but future generations of music lovers will rarely hold a box like this in their hands again, while the older generation will forever look back at the excess of the record industry of the 90s as the “golden age” of music. This 3CD compilation represents Columbia Records’ early 1950s foray into the R&B market, even though the label never really dominated this style of music, and was easily trumped by other labels more adept at catering to the genre. But, via their OKeh offshoot, Columbia had some shining moments and this compilation gathers the best of it all in one place. Essentials abound, from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ downright frightening original version of “I Put A Spell On You,” to Big Maybelle’s “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show,” to Andre Williams’ classic, “Bacon Fat,” there are too many highlights to count. Then there’s the (now) politically incorrect material, like The Bill Davis Trio’s “Catch ‘Em Young, Treat ‘Em Rough, Tell ‘Em Nothin’” and The Treniers’ “Poontang” – yet another aspect of the past that’s not likely to be convincingly repeated again. That’s LaVern Baker (then called Bea) singing with Maurice King & His Wolverines, and Marvin Gaye as a member of The Marquees. And… it’s all peppered with previously unreleased tracks and lost alternate versions. An outstanding collection that fans of the genre are sure to appreciate. Find this future-collectible hard box at Amazon, HERE.

Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames Rock The Joint (2:36)
Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames
That’s Right (Previously Unissued Alternate) (2:36)
The Five Scamps
Chicken Shack Boogie (2:48)
Mr. Google Eyes with Billy Ford & His Musical V-8’s
No Wine, No Women (2:28)
The Five Scamps
Red Hot (2:52)
Mr. Google Eyes with Billy Ford & His Musical V-8’s
Rough And Rocky Road (2:50)
Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames
Hot Dog (2:35)
The Five Scamps
Fine Like Wine (2:38)
Jumpin’ Joe Williams with Red Saunders & His Orchestra
Chi (Chicago) (2:17)
Jumpin’ Joe Williams with Red Saunders & His Orchestra
Lyin’ Girl Blues (2:43)
The Ravens
Gotta Find My Baby (2:18)
Chuck Willis
Let’s Jump Tonight (2:20)
Maurice King & His Wolverines
I Want A Lavender Cadillac (2:57)
Earl Williams
If You Ever Had The Blues (2:24)
The Bill Davis Trio
Catch ‘Em Young, Treat ‘Em Rough, Tell ‘Em Nothin’ (2:53)
Jumpin Joe Williams with Red Saunders
Weekday Blues (3:13)
Irlton French with Chuck Thomas
My Run Around Baby (2:27)
The Five Scamps
Stuttering Blues (Previously Unissued) (3:04)
Leroy Johnson
She Did Me Wrong (Previously Unissued) (2:48)
The Ravens
Honey I Don’t Want You (2:32)
Larry Darnell
Work Baby Work (2:52)
Pinnochio James
Camp Meeting (2:24)
Pearl Traylor with Chuck Thomas & His All Stars
Come On Daddy (2:14)
Maurice King & His Wolverines
I Feel So Good (Previously Unissued) (2:56)
Pearl Traylor with Chuck Thomas & His All Stars
Three Ball Sam (2:58)
Little Brother Brown
Brother’s Blues (Previously Unissued) (2:53)

Jumpin’ Joe Williams Hey Bartender Give That Man A Drink (Previously Unissued Alternate) (2:27)
Little Brother Brown
Goof Boogie (Previously Unissued) (3:05)
Chuck Willis
I Rule My House (2:49)
Pinnochio James
Pinnochio’s Blues (Previously Unissued) (2:56)
Larry Darnell
I’ll Be Sittin’, I’ll Be Rockin’ (2:34)
Annie Laurie
It’s Been A Long Time (2:40)
Hadda Brooks
Jump Back Honey (2:29)
Titus Turner
Got So Much Trouble (2:55)
The Royals
Gas Happy Mama (Previously Unissued) (2:27)
Chuck Willis & The Royals
My Story (3:14)
Big Maybelle
Gabbin’ Blues (2:42)
The Treniers
The Moondog (78rpm Version) (2:23)
Annie Laurie
Stop Talkin’ And Start Walkin’ (2:33)
Red Rodney Sextet
Dig This Menu Please! (2:49)
Paul Gayten
It Ain’t Nothing Happening (2:27)
Chuck Willis
You Broke My Heart (2:37)
The Treniers
Poontang (2:40)
Hadda Brooks
Brook’s Boogie (2:53)
Big Maybelle
Jinny Mule (2:46)
Titus Turner
Livin’ In Misery (2:21)
Jumpin’ Joe Williams with Red Saunders & His Orchestra
Voodoo Blues (Prev. Unissued) (3:00)
The Bill Davis Trio
Bring The Money In (2:28)
Sammy Cotton
You The Kind Of Women (2:44)
Annie Laurie
I’m In The Mood For You (2:11)
Chuck Willis
Make Up Your Mind (3:08)
Paul Gayten
Cow Cow Blues (2:01)

Cliff “King” Solomon But Officer! (2:52)
Sammy Cotton
Give Me One Drink (2:12)
Annie Laurie
Leave It To Me (Previously Unissued) (3:17)
Cliff ‘King’ Solomon and His Orchestra
Square Dance Boogie (2:26)
Big John & The Buzzards
You’re Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash (2:22)
Big Maybelle
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (2:53)
Titus Turner
My Lonely Room (2:53)
The Treniers
Uh Oh (Get Out Of The Car) (3:01)
Paul Gayten Featuring Lee Allen
Creole Alley (Previously Unissued) (2:14)
Larry Darnell
Give Me Your Love (Previously Unissued) (2:05)
The Shufflers
Bad, Bad Woman (Previously Unissued) (2:31)
Big Maybelle
I’m Gettin’ ‘Long Alright (2:49)
Big John & The Buzzards
Oop Shoop (2:17)
The Shufflers
Jump Ted! (Previously Unissued) (2:26)
Big Maybelle
Ocean Of Tears (Previously Unissued) (2:31)
Chuck Willis
Ring-Ding-Doo (2:32)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Little Demon (2:25)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
I Put A Spell On You (2:27)
Andre Williams
Bacon Fat (3:05)
Hurricane Harry
The Last Meal (2:18)
Little Joe & The Thrillers
Let’s Do The Slop (2:50)
Lloyd Farman
Where You Been (2:32)
Lloyd Fatman
Miss Mushmouth (2:29)
The Marquees featuring Marvin Gaye
Wyatt Earp (Previously Unissued Alternate Version) (2:27)
Billy Stewart
Billy’s Heartache (Previously Unissued Alternate Version) (2:25)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Yellow Coat (2:24)

D’ANGELO Brown Sugar (1995), Voodoo (2000) + A 2014 Bonus

Brown Sugar (1995)
Voodoo (2000)
Black Messiah (2014)
Slightly Weird Sweet Psych Soul

Questlove was recently quoted as saying that D’Angelo’s upcoming album, the 13-year long follow-up to Voodoo, will be an “instant classic.” Which reminded me to hit the shelves and listen to D’Angelo’s only two official releases, Brown Sugar and Voodoo, albums I thoroughly enjoyed when first released, and ones I’ve hung onto despite numerous purges. Of course, Questlove may be biased, having produced and drummed on the as yet unreleased (tentatively titled) James River, and was responsible for D’Angelo’s first US appearance in 12 years at Bonnaroo last year. But the excellence of Brown Sugar and Voodoo are both a matter of record. Primarily beats and voices, both albums mix jazzy, soulful, stoner grooves with multi-tracked vocals that seem more like they’ve been sent via transmission, instead of being written up or worked out. D’Angelo’s process – not style – reminds me of Marvin Gaye’s late 70s work… full of improvisedFront, multi-tracked vocal layers built from the ground up. Though, the hard modern beats tend to unnecessarily overshadow the singer’s nuance. Guests like guitarist Charlie Hunter and trumpeter Roy Hargroove lend the proceedings a slightly askew ambiance, while pals like Lauren Hill and Method Man help to nail the hip/soul cred. This stuff will go 3-D with a joint. NEW: That long-awaited follow-up mentioned in the first sentence. Which can only be categorized as “Extremely Weird Sweet Psych Soul.” Find Brown Sugar (HERE), Voodoo (HERE) and Black Messiah (HERE) at Amazon.

Brown Sugar (4:23)
Alright (5:14)
Jonz In My Bonz (5:56)
Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine (4:47)
Shit, Damn, Motherfucker (5:14)
Smooth (4:19)
Cruisin’ (6:25)
When We Get By (5:45)
Lady (5:46)
Higher (5:28)

VOODOO (2000)
Playa Playa (7:07)
Devil’s Pie (5:22)
Left & Right (4:47)
The Line (5:16)
Send It On (5:57)
Chicken Grease (4:39)
One Mo’ Gin (6:13)
The Root (6:33)
Spanish Joint (5:45)
Feel Like Makin’ Love (6:22)
Greatdayindamornin’ / Booty (7:35)
Untitled (How Does It Feel) (7:11)
Africa (6:14)

Ain’t That Easy (4:49)
1000 Deaths (5:50)
The Charade (3:21)
Sugah Daddy (5:03)
Really Love (5:44)
Back To The Future (Part I) (5:22)
Till It’s Done (Tutu) (3:52)
Prayer (4:33)
Betray My Heart (5:55)
The Door (3:08)
Back To The Future (Part II) (2:25)
Another Life (5:59)

UPGRADED! CAPTAIN BEEFHEART Live London ’74- Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974 (2006) + London 1974 (1993)

Live London ’74- Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974 (2006)
London 1974 (1993)
Sans The Magic Band, But Not Bad

We first posted the original Portuguese issue of London 1974 (on Movie Play Gold) back in 2010, and figured it was time to post the superior (and more complete) upgraded reissue from 2006, Live London ’74 – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974. Even historical revisionism can’t elevate Captain Beefheart’s bleak “commercial” period of 1974. Bluejeans & Moonbeams and Unconditionally Guaranteed – recorded without the difficult dexterity of his Magic Band – were Beefheart’s failed attempts at reaching a larger market, and are as questionable today as they were back then. The Captain’s trials & tribs at Virgin Records are well-known, but one bright moment did come from their union. In 1975, two outstanding live tracks appeared on V (HERE, look twice), an obscure 2LP Virgin sampler. “Mirror Man” and “Upon The My O My” whet the appetite for a Virgin live album that, sadly, never materialized… until Movie Play Gold released this material in 1993. Recorded on June 8th (or 9th), 1974 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, this 40 minute disc is from the Unconditionally Guaranteed tour. Sans the Magic Band, many have considered this for completists only. Au contraire. The sound is fantastic, the Captain himself is in fine form, and the version of “My O My” is simply… definitive – oozing a sense of psychedelia that the Captain’s Magic Band(s) rarely dignified. Beefheart’s new band is certainly more conventional than his famed Magic Bands of yore, but that’s not necessarily bad. What’s wrong with this show is easy to pinpoint, however. It’s the Guaranteed songs themselves (though, these live versions are more interesting than the studio originals). Make no mistake, this gig is no substitute for any featuring The Magic Band, but there are moments here that make this disc worth owning. Hit the archives to find a bevy of Beef & Magic (HERE). Go to Amazon to find London ’74 (HERE) and Live London ’74 – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974 (HERE).

Live London ’74 – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – London 1974
Mirror Man (4:47)
Upon The My-O-My (4:06)
Full Moon, Hot Sun (3:28)
Sugar Bowl (2:54)
Crazy Little Thing (3:58)
Keep On Rubbin’ (a.k.a. Mighty Crazy) (10:58)
Sweet Georgia Brown (5:52)
This Is The Day (7:45)
New Electric Ride (3:19)
Abba Zaba (3:14)
Peaches (6:06)
Capitol Radio Concert Ad (0:33)

London 1974
Mirror Man (4:48)
Upon The My Oh My (4:07)
Full Moon Hot Sun (3:30)
Sugar Bowl (2:55)
Crazy Little Thing (3:46)
This Is The Day (7:49)
New Electric Ride (3:21)
Abba Zabba (3:17)
Peaches (6:03)

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GLENN MILLER & THE AMERICAN BAND OF THE ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE The Lost Recordings (1944/1996) – Miller’s Final Incredible Live Sessions At Abbey Road Studios

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Fucking Phenomenal!!

I’ve heard jazz/big band great Glenn Miller all my life, since I was old enough to understand what music even was. My old man, an Air Force vet, collected his music and indoctrinated me very early on… both to the music and – as it turns out – to record collecting in general, as he owned numerous rare recordings from the famed trombonist’s European war-time performances. This 1996 collection is essential on numerous levels, though it will probably require a Miller aficionado to fully appreciate its merits. First… these are Glenn Miller’s final sessions, recorded in October and November of 1944, just weeks before his plane would disappear over the English Channel on his way to France to perform for troops. Second… is the outstanding sound of these 70 year-old recordings, as this BIG big band captures Miller’s hand-picked, government-funded, no expense spared, “American Band Of The Allied Expeditionary Force,” along with a 20 piece symphonic string section, all camped out in Abbey Road Studios (yeah… that Abbey Road Studios) to broadcast live to servicemen and women on both sides of the divide. And third… there’s the root reason for these recordings – broadcast not only for home-hungry GIs, but also simultaneously designed to bombard Germany with propaganda, offering the war-weary enemy a taste of the dance-happy spirit of American freedom. Which is why you’ll hear a few vocal introductions (and even some lyrics) delivered in German dialect. All designed to remind the (former) aggressors that there’s a brighter day awaiting if everyone would just put down the guns.

Casual big band fans will get to hear plenty of the hits (“In The Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “A String Of Pearls,” “Moonlight Serenade”), but fanatics also get to embrace 16 tracks that are new to Miller’s discography, making this set valuable to virtually any and all who might be interested. The musical width and breadth is vast, and I’ve even included a track on the streaming player to lure in those who couldn’t care less about this kind of music, a boogie-woogie reading of “Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar.” In recent years, reissues have done a good job of boxing Miller’s recorded output, even goosing the tinny sound of those ancient 30s/40s recordings, but the sonics on these tapes were top-notch right out of the box, and are guaranteed to please those who have suffered through too many inferior Miller rarities in the past. Not for everyone, of course, but for those in tune, these tapes breath life back into the era in a vital, and historically relevant, way. Find this essential 2CD set for as cheap as a buck at Amazon, HERE.

In The Mood (3:34)
Stardust (3:59)
Song Of The Volga Boatmen (3:16)
Long Ago And Far Away – Introduced by Major Glenn Miller and Ilse Weinberger (3:50)
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby? (2:57)
Great Day (4:10)
American Patrol (3:28)
Summertime (2:26)
Tuxedo Junction (3:34)
Begin The Beguine (3:51)
Anvil Chorus (4:07)
Major Glenn Miller and Ilse Weinberger (0:53)
Here We Go Again (4:02)
Major Glenn Miller, Sgt. John Desmond and Ilse Weinberger (0:21)
My Heart Tells Me (3:05)
A String Of Pearls (3:34)
Stormy Weather (4:44)
Major Glenn Miller and Ilse Weinberger (0:29)
Poinciana (4:54)
All The Things You Are (2:45)

Long Ago And Far Away (2:51)
Now I Know (3:31)
Mary’s A Grand Old Name (1:56)
Major Glenn Miller & Ilse Weinberger (0:10)
Caribbean Clipper (2:44)
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (3:50)
Little Brown Jug (3:08)
Where Or When (2:09)
Cow Cow Boogie (2:47)
Holiday For Strings (5:39)
Major Glenn Miller & Ilse Weinberger (0:11)
Tail-End Charlie (3:17)
Begin The Beguine (3:46)
Major Glenn Miller & Ilse Weinberger (0:08)
Everybody Loves My Baby (2:59)
Major Glenn Miller & Ilse Weinberger (0:14)
Jeep Jockey Jump (3:11)
All The Things You Are (2:28)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (4:03)
Major Glenn Miller & Ilse Weinberger (0:28)
Body And Soul (3:58)
Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar (3:12)
Get Happy (3:43)
Moonlight Serenade (2:37)
Major Glenn Miller & Ilse Weinberger (0:12)

RY COODER Blue City (Soundtrack 1986)

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Great Soundtrack To A Ridiculously Bad Movie

Given Ry Cooder’s substantial catalog of soundtrack work, Blue City could hardly be considered his “best.” But it’s a good one, nonetheless, and a personal favorite… most likely for the years it spent simmering on cassette in the car. The sound and style here is lean and mean, raw and reverbed, as Ry recklessly races down the blues/rock avenue with four on the floor, while simultaneously delivering some bluesy atmospheric soundtrack asides for the film itself. The title track is an undisguised re-write of Ronnie Hawkins’ “Who Do You Love,” and in 80s CooderWorld, the end result is driven and restless, with plenty of slide guitar and shouting lead vocals punctuating the drum-happy attack. The busy percussion plays throughout the album, as if Ry’s developing interest in Cuban and Tex-Mex musics were being filtered through any kind of music he laid his hands on. A good Cooder soundtrack to have, even if you weren’t there to enjoy its 80s ambience the first time around. Search Readers Links (and (Son Of) Readers Links, both HERE) to find tons of Cooder posted by our readers. Find Blue City at Amazon, HERE.

Blue City Down (3:25)
Elevation 13 Ft. (3:17)
True Believers/Marianne (2:58)
Nice Bike (1:34)
Greenhouse (4:13)
Billy And Annie (2:44)
Pops And ‘Timer/Tell Me Something Slick (2:47)
Blue City (4:17)
Dont Take Your Guns To Town (3:44)
A Leader Of Men Ry Cooder (1:22)
Not Even Key West (4:29)

HENRY KAISER & RAY RUSSELL Celestial Squid (Bonus Tracks) – Album Release Date: Feb 3, 2015

Two bonus tracks from the sessions for the February 3rd, 2015 Cuneiform CD release, The Celestial Squid, by Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell. Fantastic improvisation jams from an all-star line-up… with Michael Manring, Weasel Walter, three saxes, two drummers and no limits. Generously available from Bandcamp on a name-your-price basis, HERE (or below). Recorded April 12, 2014. Hear “In Another Improv” (7:37) and “Ashen Faced Mortals” (3:44), below. Find the CD at Amazon, HERE, and visit our extensive array of HK rarities at The Henry Kaiser Collection, HERE.

Henry Kaiser (guitar)
Ray Russell (guitar)
Steve Adams (saxophones)
Aram Shelton (saxophones)
Joshua Allen (tenor saxophone)
Phillip Greenlief (saxophones)
Michael Manring (bass guitar)
Damon Smith (contrabass)
Weasel Walter (drums)
William Winant (drums)

JOHN SIMON John Simon’s Album (1971) – With The Band, Delaney & Bonnie, Derek’s Dominos & others

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An All-Star’s All-Star Review

One of the forgotten LPs that the Loss Leaders series turned me onto was John Simon’s Album, a 1971 solo outing from the producer of The Band, Al Kooper’s Blood Sweat & Tears, Leonard Cohen, Big Brother’s Cheap Thrills, The Electric Flag, Taj Mahal and dozens of other 60s/70s greats. John Simon’s Album is a unique amalgamation of roots Americana and piano-led Tin Pan Alley – at times recalling the upbeat arrangements of guys like Alan Price and Randy Newman – all delivered with a sweetly seductive pop charm that arguably betters his more prominent contemporaries. Simon’s pop roots date back to producing The Cyrcle’s “Red Rubber Ball,” but his stylistic interests seem to have few limits on this album, recorded between 1968-1970, though there’s a noticeable debt to his knob-twirling on Music From Big Pink, and you’ll quickly hear echoes of The Band on songs like “Davey’s On The Road Again” (a co-write with Robbie Robertson) and “Tannenbaum” (featuring Rick Danko, Richard Maneul and Garth Hudson). JSA‘s impressive guest list reflects Simon’s then-growing Rolodex of pals and clients; including Leon Russell, Bobby Keys & Jim Price, Barry Beckett, Eddie Hinton, Harvey Brooks, Delaney & Bonnie, 3/4ths of Derek’s Dominos and others. An LP that’s tough to categorize, and whose merits may not become immediately apparent with just a casual listen, John Simon’s Album is one of those records whose unique voice and timeless production has a way of working its way into your psyche in due time – even 45 years later, as I can personally attest. Reissued on CD in 2006, it’s available at Amazon, HERE.

The Song Of The Elves (4:33)
Nobody Knows (1:42)
Tannenbaum (3:26)
Davey’s On The Road Again (2:57)
Motorcycle Man (4:31)
Rain Song (3:43)
Don’t Forget What I Told You (4:35)
The Fool Dressed In Velvet (5:47)
Annie Looks Down (2:55)
Did You See? (2:25)
Railroad Train Runnin’ Up My Back (3:03)

GEORGIE FAME & ALAN PRICE Fame/Price/Together (1971)

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“The Price Of Fame” Must Have Been Too Obvious

Depending on how you count his UK releases and early US compilations, this is Alan Price’s third “solo” album since leaving the Animals in 1965. Of course, that hardly takes into consideration all the pies Price was fingering back then, including (but not limited to) slummin’ with Dylan (Don’t Look Back), The Alan Price Set, his musical stage scores and extensive UK TV work. Virtually all of which was lost on US audiences, who were only served up a couple of introductory compilation LPs with invisible promotional support here in the States. It also explains why – to this day – it’s Harry Nilsson who garners all the accolades for introducing the music of Randy Newman to a wider audience in 1970 (Nilsson Sings Newman), even though Alan Price had already been championing Newman’s work since 1967, recording seven of Randy’s tunes for his sophomore solo LP, A Price On His Head. Prior to his career-boosting soundtrack LP, O, Lucky Man! (HERE, in the archives, with 18 bonus tracks, including many of his Newman covers), Price joined forces with another under-appreciated UK institution, Georgie Fame, for this exquisite obscurity, Fame/Price/Together. Price continues his fascination with Newman by covering “Yellow Man” and, while there’s some evidence of Alan’s English Music Hall roots (e.g. “Rosetta”), Fame/Price offers a wider stylistic approach that just might find favor with stateside types, as well as those who first picked up on Price via his excellent 1974 release, Between Today And Yesterday (also in the archives, HERE). Some of this album’s stylistic variety may be the influence of Georgie Fame, who (I’m ashamed to say) I knew even less about than Price as a young record buyer, despite his status as a respected UK favorite. But Price dominates here (writing half of the tunes), and the pair tackles covers by Charlie Rich, Delaney Bramlett (Delaney And Bonnie) and Roosevelt Jamison (“That’s How Strong My Love Is”), among others. Repeated listens, however, will convince you that this one’s a keeper. We’ve also got Alan Price’s unreleased 1974 follow-up to O, Lucky Man!, Savaloy Dip, in the archives (HERE). Find the CD reissue of Fame/Price/Together at Amazon, HERE.

Rosetta (2:46)
Yellow Man (3:37)
The Dole Song (2:48)
Time I Moved On (4:06)
John And Mary (3:30)
Here And Now (2:51)
Home Is Where Your Heart Is (3:18)
Ballad Of Billy Joe (4:24)
That’s How Strong My Love Is (5:05)
Blue Condition (3:36)
I Can’t Take It Much Longer (3:37)

Bonus Tracks
Don’t Hit Me When I’m Down (3:17)
Street Lights (3:05)
Follow Me (2:36)
Sergeant Jobsworth (4:11)

MAX FROST & THE TROOPERS Shape Of Things To Come (1968/2014) – Deluxe Edition

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A Remastered, Bonus Track-Laden Retro-Classic

A surprisingly vital slice of pop/psychedelia… considering the fact that Max Frost & The Troopers were a fictional band comprised of studio musicians (under the direction of Mike Curb Productions) and created for the anti-authoritarian 60s generation flick, Wild In The Streets. Besides some well-written psych/pop numbers – and one genuine classic, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil’s “Shape Of Things To Come” (partly performed by garage greats, Davie Allan and The Arrows) – this set boasts a slew of bonus tracks from the official Wild In The Streets soundtrack, mostly written by Mann & Weil, though Les Baxter does a great job on a couple of wildly psychedelic atmospheric tracks, “Shelly In Camp” and “Psychedelic Senate” – which could be mistaken for a Jefferson Airplane outtake. Other tracks might trigger other connections, like the near-sunshine pop of “A Change Is Gonna Come,” that could pass for Strawberry Alarm Clock, or the Monkees-like pro backing track vibe that surfaces on occasion. Curiously, there are a number of “Max Frost” tracks that don’t appear here at all, including “There’s A Party Going On,” “You Might Want Me Baby” and “Stomper’s Ride” (from the 1967 Dennis Hopper biker soundtrack, The Glory Stompers) and 45 A&B-sides, “Sittin’ In Circles” and “Max Frost Theme.” There’s also a curious 1969 Max Frost b-side, “Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course,” which was written by Chad and Jeremy (and also appeared on another soundtrack altogether, 3 In The Attic). It stands out like a sore thumb for its top-notch pop quality. On first hearing it, I thought it was Chad and Jeremy, until I compared it with their version (found as a bonus track on The Ark, HERE in the archives). Another sore thumb is the embarrassingly bad Mann/Weil tune, “Fourteen Or Fight,” which is so horribly clichéd it’s no wonder the younger generation’s ideals never took off. The remastering here is bright and alive, revealing sounds and nuance I never heard on any vinyl or Mp3 rips, so it’s highly recommended, if a bit disorienting.

Shape Of Things To Come (1:57)
Lonely Man (2:34)
Shine It On (2:32)
It’s Wrong (2:15)
Captain Hassel (2:23)
Fifty Two Per Cent (2:28)
Try To Make Up Your Mind (1:47)
Let Your Mind Run Free (2:21)
She Lied (2:26)
A Change Is Gonna Come (2:37)
Bonus Tracks…
Love To Be Your Man (2:10) (from Wild In The Streets Soundtrack)
Free Lovin’ (2:17) (from Wild In The Streets Soundtrack)
Psychedelic Senate (2:14) (from Wild In The Streets Soundtrack)
Fourteen Or Fight (2:46) (from Wild In The Streets Soundtrack)
Wild In The Streets (2:43) (from Wild In The Streets Soundtrack)
Listen To The Music (2:48) (from Wild In The Streets Soundtrack)
Sally LeRoy (2:38) (from Wild In The Streets Soundtrack)
Shelly In Camp (1:39) (from Wild In The Streets Soundtrack)
Paxton Quigley’s Had the Course (2:00) (B-Side To “Sittin’ In Circles,” 1969)

MOJO Presents… DavidHeroesBowie (2015)

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The latest free CD from MOJO Magazine is a tribute to the root influences of David Bowie. It’s a pretty nifty listen, with diverse material ranging from Chuck Berry to Frank Sinatra to The Pretty Things, with a few obscure tracks and a handful that, while recognizable, probably aren’t in your collection already. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, so you might, too. Hit the archives to find all 154 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, HERE, dating back to 1997. See the complete list, HERE.

Little Richard The Girl Can’t Help It (2:29)
Chuck Berry
Almost Grown (2:18)
Bobby Bland
I Pity The Fool (2:40)
Ronnie Ross Quartet
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (4:48)
Frank Sinatra
Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered (3:41)
Jacques Brel
La Mort (2:50)
Lotte Lenya
Alabama Song (2:54)
Nina Simone
Wild Is The Wind (6:45)
Nat King Cole
Nature Boy (2:37)
Billy Fury
Wondrous Place (2:22)
Anthony Newley
What Kind Of Fool Am I? (2:33)
The Flares
Foot Stomping (2:14)
Vince Taylor And His Playboys
Jet Black Machine (2:22)
The Yardbirds
Shapes Of Things (2:23)
The Pretty Things
Rosalyn (2:20)

D.I.Y. #9: Mass. Ave. – The Boston Scene (1975-83) (1993)

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#9 of 9

Like the Los Angeles installment of the series, D.I.Y. Mass. Ave. – The Boston Scene (1975-83) is weaker than its predecessors because the music it covers simply isn’t as diverse, energetic or interesting as the music from New York and England. Boston did have some great bands, yet their second-level groups weren’t particularly interesting, and they pale considerably when placed next to the paranoid punk of Mission Of Burma (“That’s When I Reach For My Revolver”), the garage rock of The Lyres (“I Want To Help You Ann”), the rootsy Del Fuegos (“I Always Call Her Back”), and The Cars’ raw demo of “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight.” There are a few cool obscurities, such as Willie Alexander’s “Mass. Ave.,” Nervous Eaters’ “Loretta,” Unnatural Axe’s “They Saved Hitler’s Brain,” Neighborhoods’ “No Place Like Home,” and The Neats’ “Six,” but they aren’t enough to make Mass. Ave. worthwhile for anyone but punk and new wave fetishists. - The All Music Guide. Find Mass. Ave. – The Boston Scene (1975-83) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Willie Alexander Mass. Ave. (2:45)
Real Kids
Do The Boob (2:19)
Nervous Eaters
Loretta (2:17)
Unnatural Axe
They Saved Hitler’s Brain (2:50)
La Peste
Better Off Dead (3:11)
The Cars
You’re All I’ve Got Tonight (Demo) (4:13)
The Neighborhoods
No Place Like Home (2:18)
Human Sexual Response
Jackie Onassis (3:53)
The Maps
I’m Talking To You (3:04)
Mission Of Burma
That’s When I Reach For My Revolver (3:57)
Classic Ruins
(1+1<2) (3:30)
The Lyres
I Want To Help You Ann (2:32)
6 (2:47)
Hey! (Not Another Face In The Crowd) (2:46)
Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
When Things Go Wrong (3:18)
The Atlantics
Lonelyhearts (4:23)
Dangerous Birds
Alpha Romeo (2:58)
Del Fuegos
I Always Call Her Back (3:28)
The Outlets
Knock Me Down (2:47)

D.I.Y. #8: Shake It Up – American Power Pop II (1978-80) (1993)

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#8 of 9

In general, the songs on D.I.Y. Shake It Up – American Power Pop II are a little lighter and bouncier than those on its predecessor Come Out And Play, but since there was always an element of sweetness in power pop anyway, that difference will matter to only a handful of listeners. Shake It Up still shares many of the same characteristics of Come Out And Play – namely, it’s a collection of 19 dynamic, hook-laden singles from the first wave of American power pop bands. Again, only a couple of these songs are well-known outside of power-pop circles – The Romantics’ “What I Like About You” had become a frat-rock anthem by the end of the ’80s – but within those circles, The Rubinoos (“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”), Chris Stamey & The dB’s (“[I Thought] You Wanted To Know”), The Shoes (“Tomorrow Night,” “Too Late”), 20/20 (“Yellow Pills,” “Giving It All”), Off Broadway USA (“Stay In Time”), Holly And The Italians (“Tell That Girl To Shut Up”) and The Beat (“Work-A-Day World,” “Walking Out On Love”) and their songs became semi-legendary. With the exception of Come Out And Play, there’s no better overview of the early-’80s power-pop movement than Shake It Up, even with the absence of such major players as Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour, and Great Buildings. - The All Music Guide. Find Shake It Up – American Power Pop II (1978-80) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

The Cryers Shake It Up (Ain’t It Time?) (3:14)
The Rubinoos
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (3:22)
Chris Stamey & The dB’s
(I Thought) You Wanted To Know (3:16)
Gary Valentine
The First One (2:37)
Love You Tonight (Saturday’s Gone) (3:11)
Giving It All (2:49)
The Romantics
Tell It To Carrie (3:20)
Tomorrow Night (3:00)
Yellow Pills (4:18)
The Beat
Walking Out On Love (1:48)
Too Late (2:46)
The Beat
Work-A-Day World (2:57)
The Pop
Waiting For The Night (3:35)
Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
You Got It (Release It) (2:32)
Off Broadway USA
Stay In Time (2:57)
The Romantics
What I Like About You (2:56)
The Plimsouls
Zero Hour (2:35)
The Know
I Like Girls (2:10)
Holly & The Italians
Tell That Girl To Shut Up (3:00)

D.I.Y. #7: Come Out And Play – American Power Pop I (1975-78) (1993)

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#7 of 9

Power-pop benefited from the punk explosion, since it had as much to do with the rock & roll mainstream as with the punks. In the wake of The Ramones and Sex Pistols, straightforward, guitar-driven power-pop bands had a greater audience than before, since more listeners were aware of the existence of such music. And if the ringing pop on D.I.Y. Come Out And Play – American Power Pop I has more to do with the British Invasion than The Damned, it shares the same kinetic energy and vital spirit as punk, especially since many of the bands on this collection were doggedly releasing independent records and touring in the late ’70s to a dedicated cult following. There are no hits on Come Out And Play – Cheap Trick, the one marquee name on the compilation, is represented by the dynamic album track “Southern Girls” – but that doesn’t mean it’s a collection of also-rans and mediocrities. Instead, these songs are the foundation of the first wave of power pop, and many of the artists here – Pezband (“Baby It’s Cold Outside”), The Nerves (“Hanging On The Telephone”), Artful Dodger (“Wayside”), Chris Stamey (“Summer Sun”), Tommy Hoehn (“Blow Yourself Up”), The Paley Brothers (“Come Out And Play”), Fotomaker (“Where Have You Been All My Life”) and Chris Bell (“I Am The Cosmos” – have become legendary in certain circles. As a result, Come Out And Play serves as a terrific introduction to the world of power pop, but it’s better seen as a collection of some of the best and catchiest pop singles that slipped through the cracks in the late ’70s. - The All Music Guide. Find Come Out And Play – American Power Pop I (1975-78) at Amazon, HERE. Find all our DIY posts, HERE.

Flamin’ Groovies Shake Some Action (4:33)
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (2:52)
The Nerves
Hanging On The Telephone (2:05)
Artful Dodger
Wayside (4:24)
Hit The Floor (3:47)
Can’t Wait (3:25)
The Nerves
When You Find Out (2:00)
Chris Stamey
The Summer Sun (3:09)
Tommy Hoehn
Blow Yourself Up (2:56)
The Scruffs
My Mind (2:16)
The Names
Why Can’t It Be? (4:01)
Cheap Trick
Southern Girls (3:44)
The Real Kids
All Kindsa Girls (4:06)
The Paley Brothers
Come Out And Play (2:35)
Where Have You Been All My Life (3:24)
Stop! Wait A Minute (2:44)
The Flashcubes
Christi Girl (3:51)
The Diodes
Tires Of Waking Up Tired (2:55)
Chris Bell
I Am The Cosmos (3:40)

D.I.Y. #6: We’re Desperate – The L.A. Scene (1976-79) (1993)

We're DesperateWe’re Desperate – The L.A. Scene (1976-79) (1993)
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If D.I.Y. We’re Desperate: The L.A. Scene (1976-79) is one of the weakest installments in the D.I.Y. series, it’s only because the Los Angeles scene wasn’t nearly as rich and diverse as those in New York and London. New wave pop didn’t have a stronghold in the L.A. punk community, which tended to favor raw, hard, amateurish punk. Essentially, Los Angeles was one of the first towns to embrace hardcore, and almost all of We’re Desperate plays as proto-hardcore punk. Of all the bands on the collection, X displays the greatest songcraft and style with their edgy guitars and tag-team vocals. No other group has their finesse, but then again, they don’t attempt to write songs, they just want to make noise; on that level the collection works, even if it may get tedious to listeners who have just a passing interest in this style of punk. Still, We’re Desperate is a good overview of the L.A. scene, featuring its handful of major players – The Germs (“Forming,” “Lexicon Devil”), The Dickies (“You Drive Me Ape [You Big Gorilla]”), The Weirdos (“We Got The Neutron Bomb,” “A Life Of Crime”), The Dils (“I Hate The Rich”) – plus many lesser-known acts like The Zeros, The Furys, Eyes, Bags, The Last, Alley Cats, The Plugz, and The Dogs, as well as a demo from The Motels. There’s not enough variety or substance to make it as essential as the New York and U.K. collections, but that means We’re Desperate is an accurate representation of Los Angeles punk. - The All Music Guide. Find We’re Desperate – The L.A. Scene (1976-79) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

The Pop! Down On The Boulevard (2:43)
The Dogs
Younger Point Of View (3:15)
The Motels
Counting (Demo) (4:44)
The Germs
Forming (3:06)
The Dils
I Hate The Rich (1:42)
The Zeros
Don’t Push Me Around (2:28)
The Weirdos
A Life Of Crime (2:22)
The Zippers
You’re So Strange (2:48)
The Quick
Pretty Please (4:32)
The Last
She Don’t Know Why I’m Here (3:27)
The Furys
Say Goodbye To The Black Sheep (2:29)
The Dils
Mr. Big (1:44)
We’re Desperate (2:04)
The Weirdos
We Got The Neutron Bomb (3:01)
The Germs
Lexicon Devil (2:05)
Alley Cats
Nothing Means Nothing Anymore (3:15)
The Plugz
La Bamba (1:37)
The Dickies
You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla) (1:54)
Taqn (1:34)
Survive (2:48)
Los Angeles (2:25)

D.I.Y. #5: Blank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78) (1993)

Blank GenerationBlank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78) (1993)
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From the outset, New York punk rock had more subgenres and styles than its British counterparts. Even the Ramones, who were seemingly the most straightforward band on the scene, had a distinctly arty conceit behind their fusion of garage-rock, bubblegum, and pop-culture kitsch. Most of their contemporaries had similar attitudes, whether it was Blondie with their sexy, ironic revision of ’60s pop, Television’s cerebral guitar rock, Richard Hell’s jaggedly atonal rock, Patti Smith’s punk poetry or Suicide’s eerie synthesizers. All of those bands are collected on the superb overview D.I.Y. Blank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78), along with such cult favorites as The Dictators (“[I Live For] Cars And Girls”), Mink DeVille (“Let Me Dream If I Want To”), Wayne County, The Dead Boys, The Heartbreakers and The Mumps. While Talking Heads are missing from the collection, Blank Generation nevertheless is an accurate and nearly flawless portrait of the heyday of New York punk.The All Music Guide. Find Blank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop (2:14)
The Dictators
(I Live For) Cars And Girls (3:58)
Patti Smith Group
Ask The Angels (3:11)
Tuff Darts
All For The Love Of Rock ‘N’ Roll (3:16)
Mink Deville
Let Me Dream If I Want To (2:55)
Wayne County & The Back Street Boys
Max’s Kansas City 1976 (5:38)
X Offender (3:13)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Blank Generation (2:45)
See No Evil (3:53)
In The Flesh (2:32)
Mink Deville
Spanish Stroll (3:41)
Venus (3:55)
Dead Boys
Sonic Reducer (3:08)
The Heartbreakers
Chinese Rocks (2:55)
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (2:48)
Crocodile Tears (2:10)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Love Comes In Spurts (2:03)
The Heartbreakers
Born To Lose (3:06)
Cheree (3:48)

D.I.Y. #4: Starry Eyes – UK Pop II (1978-79) (1993)

Starry EyesStarry Eyes – UK Pop II (1978-79) (1993)
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Picking up where Teenage Kicks left off, D.I.Y. Starry Eyes: UK Pop II is even more pop-oriented than its predecessor, and that’s taking The Buzzcocks’ searing “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)” into consideration. Although it includes a handful of great singles from artists that were on Teenage Kicks (The Undertones’ “Get Over You,” XTC’s “Life Begins At The Hop,” Squeeze’s “Up The Junction,” The Revillos’ “Where’s The Boy For Me?”), plus Joe Jackson’s familiar “Is She Really Going Out With Him?,” Starry Eyes shines in rounding up terrific singles from under-appreciated artists like Bram Tchaikovsky (“Girl Of My Dreams”), The Jags (“Back Of My Hand [I’ve Got Your Number]”), The Records (“Starry Eyes”), The Searchers (“Hearts In Her Eyes”) and Purple Hearts (“Millions Like Us”). These are sparkling pop songs, with ringing guitars and immediate, catchy melodies. Very few of these songs were actual hits, but they are the cornerstone of British new wave and power pop, which has rarely sounded as energetic and vital as it does here.The All Music Guide. Find Starry Eyes – UK Pop II (1978-79) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Buzzcocks Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?) (2:42)
The Undertones
Get Over You (2:46)
Yachting Types (2:50)
Joe Jackson
Is She Really Going Out With Him? (3:38)
Schooldays (3:23)
Bram Tchaikovsky
Girl Of My Dreams (4:09)
The Squares
This Is Airebeat (3:07)
Life Begins At The Hop (3:49)
Up The Junction (3:13)
The Jags
Back Of My Hand (I’ve Got Your Number) (3:23)
The Radiators
Let’s Talk About The Weather (4:21)
The Records
Starry Eyes (4:25)
Mourning Star (3:28)
Purple Hearts
Millions Like Us (3:12)
The Distractions
Time Goes By So Slow (3:24)
The Searchers
Hearts In Her Eyes (3:23)
The Revillos
Where’s The Boy For Me? (2:03)
White Mice (3:39)
The Tourists
So Good To Be Back Home Again (2:38)

D.I.Y. #3: Teenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79) (1993)

Teenage KicksTeenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79) (1993)
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Punk helped restore a nervy, stripped-down sensibility to rock that was quickly filtered through a number of more pop-oriented bands that were labeled as new wave. Not surprisingly, many of these new wavers were holdovers from pub rock, whose unpretentious, anti-star attitude foreshadowed punk rock. These pub rockers were devoted to the three-minute pop single, but they also had a biting wit and kinetic energy that separated them from conventional pop/rock bands, and the best of this first wave of new wavers are collected on the dynamic D.I.Y. Teenage Kicks: UK Pop I (1976-79). Beginning with Nick Lowe’s explosive “So It Goes,” the collection runs through a series of classic singles from Eddie & The Hot Rods (“Do Anything You Wanna Do”), Wreckless Eric (“Whole Wide World”), The Motors (“Dancing the Night Away”), Tom Robinson Band (“2-4-6-8 Motorway”), Squeeze (“Take Me, I’m Yours”), The Only Ones (“Another Girl, Another Planet”), XTC (“This Is Pop?”), The Rezillos (“Top Of The Pops”) and The Undertones (“Teenage Kicks”), throwing in a number of forgotten gems along the way. Although the collection doesn’t feature Elvis Costello due to licensing restrictions, he isn’t missed – in fact, the collection plays better without him, since focusing on overlooked artists demonstrates what an amazing era new wave was for smart, catchy guitar pop. Few various-artist collections capture their subject as well, or as infectiously, as Teenage Kicks does.The All Music Guide. Find Teenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Nick Lowe So It Goes (2:32)
Eddie & The Hot Rods
Do Anything You Wanna Do (4:06)
Nick Lowe
Mary Provost (2:47)
Wreckless Eric
Whole Wide World (3:01)
The Motors
Dancing The Night Away (3:17)
Tom Robinson Band
(2-4-6-8 Motorway (3:19)
Kursaal Flyers
Television Generation (2:40)
Take Me I’m Yours (2:51)
The Only Ones
Another Girl, Another Planet (3:03)
This Is Pop? (2:44)
The Boys
Brickfield Nights (3:14)
The Motors
Airport (4:14)
Jilted John
Jilted John (2:59)
The Rezillos
Top Of The Pops (2:58)
Rich Kids
Ghosts Of Princes In Towers (3:35)
The Undertones
Teenage Kicks (2:27)
Look Back In Love (Not In Anger) (2:26)
The Pleasers
A Girl I Know (Precis Of A Friend) (3:29)
Into The Valley (3:16)