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The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971

Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman

The Band: Three of a Kind

Robbie Robertson: How to Become Clairvoyant

Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

Garth and Maud Hudson: Live at the Wolf

Pulse

Dirt Farmer

Elliot Landy's Woodstock Vision

The Band Guestbook, August 2010


Entered at Tue Aug 31 21:47:17 CEST 2010 from (79.202.174.42)

Posted by:

Norbert

Location: Germany
Web: My link

Subject: Rollie

PSB thanks for posting. I’m shocked to hear this about Rollie. I don’t know what to say, Rollie know I’m with you, I’ve bookmark your face book page and keep looking in , sure I’ll get the CD (maybe Angelina has to help me out here as I live in Germany, anyway we’ll get that done).

There’s a The Jeff Newsom Benefit set for April, 17, I just saw.

Some ten years back I heard the CD Jeff made for Angelina (Brown Eyed Girl) and her class. After the line “ This is for Angelina and the kids” Jeff’s roaring harmonica burst loose like Paul Butterfield on Mystery Train, f**kin’ great! Coincidentally a week or so ago I thought about it again, that impressive it is.

b.t.w. for those who don’t know Rollie or Jeff, I can ad he’s a truly a free spirit and did I tell ya already he was at TLW ....

Keep on searching the stars my friend.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 21:45:06 CEST 2010 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

Thanks for the link Jan. I'm afraid I was lost in the ether. All the best Rollie. Weren't you at TLW?


Entered at Tue Aug 31 20:59:26 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Peter V: If your mother's maiden name was truly Northeast (i.e., 45 degrees), then you've come by your love of vinyl honestly. Maybe "viney" is Finnish for 33-1/3?


Entered at Tue Aug 31 19:58:00 CEST 2010 from (85.255.44.145)

Posted by:

jh

Subject: Small test...

...and he looked at his creations, and he saw them to be good.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 19:46:35 CEST 2010 from (216.128.235.138)

Posted by:

Rollie(Jeff Newsom)

I just want to say hey and thanks to all my friends here for your well wishes and support.It's been awhile since I checked in and life sure has changed.I'm still walking(3-4 miles on a good day),but speech is difficult and hands and arms are weak. To those who purchased my CD ,thank you.Jane and I will take all the help we can get at this point.It is comprised of live and studio recordings I put together over the years with a host of outstanding musicians,some well known to music aficianados.There are some rough edges as not all mixing was fine tuned as this CD was put together quickly for a benefit held on my behalf.Still,I was lucky enough to have great players contribute and their performances shine thru any discrepancies in the mixing process.Tony Furtado,Mike Dowling ,Ben Winship,Eric Thorin and more put in great performances. For a sample ,look for "Jeff Newsom" on youtube and listen to Adam Gussows review. Thanks all!---JN


Entered at Tue Aug 31 19:44:54 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: 8 points of the compass

So do you have eight different words for the points of the compass? Do many languages have that? I'm curious. These things we assume are fixed aren't. Colours are an example, where some languages (English) see light blue and dark blue as shades, but others see them as distinct, separate colours.

My mother's family name is Northeast. One word.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 19:10:01 CEST 2010 from (90.239.73.46)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Northwest

Subject: English contra Finnish contra Provencal

There is not such a word as "northwest" in my language. We have a special word for it which has nothing to do with N or W. Propably a special word can still be found in Ireland or in Scottland - or in Land's End if you ask an old trawler man. To make it simple: imagine that there is not a special word for CHIGAGO but it would be called for NEWYORKLOSANGELES. - In Provence in the South of France they have at least a dozen words for winds between N and W but I have only one :-[


Entered at Tue Aug 31 19:09:49 CEST 2010 from (216.128.235.138)

Posted by:

Rollie(Jeff Newsom)

I just want to say hey and thanks to all my friends here for your well wishes and support.It's been awhile since I checked in and life sure has changed.I'm still walking(3-4 miles on a good day),but speech is difficult and hands and arms are weak. To those who purchased my CD ,thank you.Jane and I will take all the help we can get at this point.It is comprised of live and studio recordings I put together over the years with a host of outstanding musicians,some well known to music aficianados.There are some rough edges as not all mixing was fine tuned as this CD was put together quickly for a benefit held on my behalf.Still,I was lucky enough to have great players contribute and their performances shine thru any discrepancies in the mixing process.Tony Furtado,Mike Dowling ,Ben Winship,Eric Thorin and more put in great performances. For a sample ,look for "Jeff Newsom" on youtube and listen to Adam Gussows review. Thanks all!---JN


Entered at Tue Aug 31 17:57:00 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Pat, I am glad you caught the link. Posted in a hurry. Great skit. Thank you for the reminder.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 17:50:28 CEST 2010 from (90.239.133.140)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster's Dog

Fair enough :-)


Entered at Tue Aug 31 17:15:14 CEST 2010 from (68.164.4.246)

Posted by:

Pat B

Rollie, we are all pulling for you. btw, I heard you were at the Last Waltz.

Bob W, you are responsible for my being less than productive yesterday as I spent way too much time enjoying SCTV bits on Youtube.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 16:53:33 CEST 2010 from (76.66.126.208)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

You're soooo welcome Bill M.....They're so much fun to see live. I get chills everytime I think of how Stephen Fearing sang "Helpless" at the Tribute to TLW.

Rollieeeeee! Did I tell ya that I met Robbie Robertson, huh? ;-D
All the kidzzz this fall will be hearing your music.
We're all sending out positive vibes and thoughts your way!

Van The Man and Belfast Cowboy's BIRTHDAY today! I'm sure all The Band members wish him well too!


Entered at Tue Aug 31 16:37:34 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

BEG: Thanks for the nod to the Bengali Bauls' wonderful Big Pink LP. No sign of a CD release, unfortunately. Even if you don't care for the music, you can't top "Alone I Have Caught A Fish" as a title. I did find a different set of different Bauls songs at WalMart a few years ago. Seems to have been recorded on their same trip to the States in the late '60s, and also involved Tom Donahue, but I doubt that our guys were involved.

Thanks also for the link to BARK's "Stoned" video. That led me to a live performance of BARK and their mentor/icon, Willie P Bennett, doing Willie's best-known song, "White Line". I get chills whenever I hear the lines "Sunny days are what I pray for, cold and sunshine on my skin".


Entered at Tue Aug 31 16:13:56 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Revenge??????? That's silly

I onserved....with great trepidation..the.......error. Then I thought........hell, I'll leave it there to give Iillkka the dog somethin to bark at.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 15:38:34 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Best wishes, Rollie. Good to see you here.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 15:26:32 CEST 2010 from (90.239.101.235)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: the dock

Subject: Sweet revenge

Entered at Tue Aug 31 02:13:55 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172): it is opportunity not opportenity ... eerr.. it is not oppertunity, it is opportunity.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 14:15:17 CEST 2010 from (70.51.157.142)

Posted by:

Mike Nomad

Looking forward to your CD, Rollie. I wish you well.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 12:40:49 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Delighted to hear from Rollie, too (he was at TLW, by the way). My very best wishes to you. The video trailer for the CD sounds great.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 12:36:52 CEST 2010 from (193.60.130.206)

Posted by:

Roger

Location: Birmingham UK

Great to hear from you Rollie. All my very best wishes.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 10:59:48 CEST 2010 from (90.46.124.98)

Posted by:

Olivier

Web: My link

Thank you for this wonderful website !


Entered at Tue Aug 31 07:45:04 CEST 2010 from (216.128.235.138)

Posted by:

rollie

Hey BEG ! Still kickin here! Not thru yet.Did I tell u I was at The Last Waltz? ---JN


Entered at Tue Aug 31 07:18:32 CEST 2010 from (24.184.234.25)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Well, on the bright side, the payment comes through CD Baby. They pay every week, evey time I hit that big ten dollar mark. Also the individual payments are paid to the fraction, and then they round off the total weekly.Europe does pay more. The iTunes download payments from Europe, Australia, and Japan are twenty some odd cents higher than good ole US of A download payments.

Fred, you come visit, I'm buying.

Spent last week in St Louis, caught the weather just right. Was in the 70s and cool, very low humidiity. Met George Clinton by accident, he was polite, friendly, low key.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 03:04:12 CEST 2010 from (76.66.127.124)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

PSB....I'm very thankful you let us know about "Rollie" who was originally from Joisey. I'm very sad that his life journey will be a very difficult one now. When he was well he was so much fun.....so much energy....always active with music and climbing and hiking.
He always told me not to end up with a musician.....We had many laughs in the Chat Room and on headphones via hotmail back in the day. He was also good cyberbuds with Wittgenstein, Bayou Sam and Crabgrass. He'll be 52 this September if my memory serves me well.
He drove Garth and his Benz to TLW at 18. His sister was special to Garth at one time. I'm glad "Sweet Jane" is still with him.
He sent photos, music my way and even created a little "Blues For Angelina" on harp even though I'm a Robbiesonian! lol......
Thanks again for the info. I will check out the links to see if I can help and try to contact some of his buddies.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 02:34:29 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Pat B: Ahead of the curve?

Or so far behind that I've been lapped... I suspect the latter!


Entered at Tue Aug 31 02:13:55 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Rollie

Peter Stone Brown; Thanks for the link and the oppertunity to help him out. That was good of you to do.

Peter V........I got to thinking this afternoon....gawd damn.....at.0003 per stream of play, to wait 'till it gets to a hundred bucks to pay, ol' Jeff would probably be around 165 before he ever saw the cheque. That's just not right!


Entered at Tue Aug 31 01:33:15 CEST 2010 from (72.78.128.246)

Posted by:

PSB

Location: City of Brotherly Love
Web: My link

Subject: For Rollie (aka Jeff Newsom)

Years ago when I first started checking out the Guestbook, there was a guy here named Rollie, that the people who've been here awhile may remember who posted a lot. He was and is a huge Band fan, and also is a musician, primarily a blues harp player We corresponded for many years and kind of lost touch. Through Facebook he reappeared today. Rollie's real name is Jeff Newsom. In February of this year, Jeff was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gerhig's Disease). He can no longer play music, he can no longer work as a builder, he has difficulty talking -- and like many musicians does not have health insurance, though health insurance won't pay for a lot of the things he needs anyway. Jeff put out a CD to help raise funds. The above link is a video of harp player, writer and professor Adam Gusso talking about Jeff's CD. If you click the little arrow under the video, you can find links to buy the CD and a web page to help Jeff out. If anyone needs it, he does.


Entered at Tue Aug 31 00:07:18 CEST 2010 from (68.164.4.246)

Posted by:

Pat B

Sarah Palin defended Glenn Beck on Twitter but sent it to the "I'm A Loser" singer/songwriter Beck. dlew919 proves himself way ahead of the curve.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 20:29:13 CEST 2010 from (217.5.150.254)

Posted by:

JTull Fan

Pat, I came to the party 3 years too late for Richard. I joined on in '89 after seeing Rick and Levon as part of the Ringo Starr All-Stars.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 20:15:02 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Web: My link


Entered at Mon Aug 30 20:05:57 CEST 2010 from (95.16.166.124)

Posted by:

Richard

Location: St. Catharines

Subject: Ramble at the Ryman

Just now watching a tape of Levon’s ‘Ramble at the Ryman’ 2008 (the kick-off of the Americana Music Festival, during which he was named artist of the year).

WOW! So Impressed! Living outside of North America, I have never had the opportunity to make it to a 'ramble' in Woodstock.

Seeing this re-doubles my respect for Levon...


Entered at Mon Aug 30 19:29:51 CEST 2010 from (68.164.4.246)

Posted by:

Pat B

jtf, you never saw Richard? As I recall, they always did King Harvest when he was on the set.

I've always been impressed with Michael McDonald, but SCTV did a great bit about him running from session to session just to sing a few words then move on. Rick Moranis did the honors.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 18:14:04 CEST 2010 from (90.239.124.183)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster (one and only, too!)

Location: Northwestern coastline, Europe

Subject: Westcoaster: "I'll fax yuh a copy of it!:)"

On serious side: westcoaster's line reminds me once again about the problem you will get when you try to communicate using a digital fax to contact an analog fax and vice versa. Not to mention fax software in PCs. - I visited a Sea Rescue boat and among all humbug electronics I saw a good ol' analog fax. Made feel safe!


Entered at Mon Aug 30 17:59:38 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: A Silver Liner In The Wrapper

I've been trying to cut rap and the other names it goes by some slack while looking for something in the genre that I can like. I've found it.

This morning I heard a DJ announce that he was going to play a master piece by Jay Z ( Jay Zed IN Canuckastanni. As they were about to play the song some glitch occured and they had problems getting the track going. They ended up fading the song in part way through and then had to fade it out before the end because they ran out of time.

The positive aspect ooof rap that I've finally found is that you can start or end the song at any point and it doesn't hurt the song in any appreciable way.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 17:52:57 CEST 2010 from (217.5.150.254)

Posted by:

JTull Fan

Subject: Dukes of September

Charlie, the performances were excellent and I have a new opinion of Michael McDonald, whom I was never fond of but really enjoyed last night. The horn section and the backing singers were also top-notch. I was extremely disappointed in the week, underpowered sound system. Wolftrap would have been a more appropriate venue as the show was packed, but I am glad not to have had to make that long trek. Sadly, for all the dozen or so times I saw the reformed Band, last night was the first time I ever saw King Harvest live.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 16:38:15 CEST 2010 from (76.69.86.100)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Mon Aug 30 16:28:23 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: BoB Guitarists

Another clue in identifying the particular guitarists on "Blonde on Blonde" would be in the type guitars, each with its own distinctive tone, they were known to use. Back then of course Robbie was mostly using a Fender Telecaster. I've done a little research on the other guitarists. Joe South had a Gretsch Country Gentleman, with pickups that he rewired in staggered phase. Jerry Kennedy was using a 1961 Gibson ES-335 with a custom palm pedal. Wayne Moss favored an early '60s Fender Jazzmaster, which was used on many famous recordings and is now owned by Marty Stuart.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 16:12:16 CEST 2010 from (71.62.141.173)

Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: Band Medley by "The Dukes of September"

JTF: I'm happy to hear you made it to the Fagen, Scaggs & McDonald ("Dukes of September") gig in Richmond. That's actually a different medley from some of the other shows I've read about--though the others ended with "Shape I'm In" as well. How was the rest of the show?


Entered at Mon Aug 30 16:05:28 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: I'm not so sure

I don't know about that Peter. A while back Fast Eddy told me he got a cheque from a radio station in Belgium for 11 cents for airplay of a song.

You remember a while back this credit card company I dumped, and over paid sent me a cheque for a nickel. I still got it! I'll fax yuh a copy of it!:)


Entered at Mon Aug 30 16:01:45 CEST 2010 from (76.69.86.100)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Ouch Steve!

"There is much to savour here - Robbie's guitar work throughout, but especially on "Lay Lady Lay," Dylan's vocal on "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," and his triumphant "...I can make it" on "It's Alright Ma," Levon Helm's good ol' boy vocal on "Up On Cripple Creek" (Helm's voice was not The Band's best, but it was the most recognisable) and Dylan's sensitive rendition of "Just Like A Woman," along with the audience reaction to it. Richard Manuel's pained falsetto was not to everyone's taste, but here he makes "I Shall Be Released" his own, and Rick Danko (who probably did have the best voice in The Band) performs a stunning vocal on "Stage Fright," a song that Robbie Robertson may have written about Dylan's reluctance or inability to go back on the road. (Robbie denied this, telling Ben Fong-Torres that it was "...about ourselves. We're those kind of people, not outgoing, basically shy."


Entered at Mon Aug 30 15:44:19 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Thanks David. The book was reviewed in the weekend's UK press, extremely favourably. That's the best bit on "Blond on Blonde" I've read which promises well for the book.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 15:39:50 CEST 2010 from (76.69.86.100)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"During the recording, dating back to October and through all of the changes in personnel, there had been some constants. Al Kooper played on every track of the final album, his contributions essential not just as a musician and impromptu arranger but as a conduit between Dylan and the changing lineup of session men. Kooper’s Nashville roommate, Robbie Robertson, had been involved from the start and refined his playing from unsubtle rock lead to restrained, even delicate performances, along with blues keenings that won praise from some of the most discerning ears on the planet. Kooper and Robertson, familiar with Dylan’s spur-of-the-moment ways, also helped as translators for the Nashville musicians. “They couldn’t have any charts or anything, so they were following where he was putting his hand,” Johnston told Black. “It was so spontaneous. Al Kooper used to call it the road map to hell!”


Entered at Mon Aug 30 15:10:28 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Blonde on Blonde

Link to Sean Wilentz's excellent article "Mystic Nights: The Making of Blonde on Blonde in Nashville", originally published in the 2007 music issue of The Oxford American magazine. It's apparent from his writing that he had access to the studio tapes, including outtakes. Mr. Wilentz's new book "Bob Dylan in America" is due out next week.

"Unlike so many Dylan-writer-wannabes and phony 'encylcopedic' compilers, Sean Wilentz makes me feel like he was in the room when he chronicles events that I participated in. Finally a breath of fresh words founded in hardcore, intelligent research."
--Al Kooper


Entered at Mon Aug 30 14:34:40 CEST 2010 from (217.5.150.254)

Posted by:

JTull Fan

Subject: Zune

I have a Zune player I purchased late last year because of its' market-leading 120 gig capacity, which allows me to load a massive amount of music at the largest files sizes for better sound quality. Other than that there is nothing special about it to recommend over other music players. The Zune music service is a pain in the ass to use and therefore I do not.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 13:04:04 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

I think they'll round it down to $0.003. Plus they'll defer payment until such time as you've accumulated $100 to make it worthwhile them actioning the payment.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 12:12:23 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

On the bright side, Jeff, it'll probably be rounded up to $0.004 when they send the cheque.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 08:16:42 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Zune is the Microsoft equivalent of iTunes...

And Jeff: don't spend it all in the one shop...


Entered at Mon Aug 30 05:40:00 CEST 2010 from (67.163.118.32)

Posted by:

JTull Fan

Subject: Band Medley

Fagen, Scaggs, and McDonald did an amazing medley of King Harvest, Rag Mama Rag and The Shape I'm In in Richmond tonight.


Entered at Mon Aug 30 05:19:27 CEST 2010 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Subject: Night out on the town....

Jeff's treat. : )


Entered at Mon Aug 30 03:49:31 CEST 2010 from (64.12.116.204)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Just got paid, I think, for a stream of one song, "Better Sell My House", on Zune. What is Zune? Anyway, the song stream paid me a total of $0.00390000. I copied and pasted "the dollar amount" to be sure to be accurate.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 22:46:51 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

Pat, how about, lungs and tongue of The Band?


Entered at Sun Aug 29 21:54:52 CEST 2010 from (71.232.26.129)

Posted by:

Dave H

Peter V: Agreed...no doubt there's a lot of fuzziness with the financial and union records, and we can easily imagine Dylan in particular booking certain musicians for a session and then changing his mind at the last minute about whom he wanted to play or which song he wanted to record (plus we have accounts that at least for Blonde on Blonde he was actually writing songs in the studio while the session men played cards). Another potential source of info that would shed light on the musician lineups would be studio chatter on the original multitrack tapes. Greil Marcus got to listen to the "Like a Rolling Stone" session tapes for his book a few years ago and discovered (or at least I hadn't heard it before) that the tambourine on LARS was played by Mr. Tambourine Man himself, Bruce Langhorne.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 21:56:36 CEST 2010 from (99.141.63.31)

Posted by:

Adam2

The Dylan session logs/credits seem to be pretty accurate, but as others have said there are some errors. I while back I too did some research (using the Dylan sessions info, Al Kooper info, the various credits/liner notes, etc.) and you can pretty much tell where Robbie plays:

Pledging My Time

Visions Of Johanna

One Of Us Must Know (w/ Rick Danko on bass)

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Obviously 5 Believers

I remember that the Dylan sessions info also listed Robbie as possibly playing on other tracks (Absolutely Sweet Marie, Temporary Like Achilles). The sessions logs seem to be mostly accurate, though Al Kooper's info clears up some of the errors.

In the No Direction Home soundtrack liner notes, Mike Bloomfield is humorously credited as playing guitar on the Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat outtake ("pushing electric blues guitar right to it's limit" or something like that) while the Dylan sessions info confirms that it was Robbie's playing on the track.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 21:19:52 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Al Kooper sems to have sharp recall on musical points in his book’s various editions. I’d guess he was fuzzier on exact dates etc, but his musical brain is all there. I think you listen to stuff and then recall very clearly who did what. Music works on memory in a different way. I’d trust Al.

Krosgaard on the other hand was much trumpeted at the time 1995 for his painstaking research on labels on tape boxes and lists of accounts of session fees.

Now we all know that when you get a job done around the house the fee differs for cash (no tax, no sales tax) and cheque (tax) or crdit card (tax AND a percentage to Mastercard or visa).

1966. There were all sorts of Musician Union rulings, but all sorts of times when people would look the other way on stuff. People would do stuff free. People would take a cash backhander. Until the mid-70s many artists were prohibited from playing on other sssions. It might be contractual. It might be their manager took 25% on every cent they earned, so they didn’t tell the manager. I’m not saying any of it applies to Blonde on Blonde, but I AM saying that the session accounts and tape boxes don’t tell the entire story. As we know from Kooper’s induction on Like A Rolling Stone, people were booked as an extra guitar player and not used. Then took a chance and got on the organ and found themselves used.

Krosgaard’s fault was relying on his sources, OK, but then saying this was now “definitive.” As Al Kooper said,Listen to Visions of Johanna. Your ears tell you it’s Robbie.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 21:18:16 CEST 2010 from (86.133.219.250)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Peter V, David P

Thanks very much. That was the problem I was having on the web - although several guitarists were present, it didn't say who played. I've got No Direction Home so I'll take a look.

I remember an interview with George Harrison who when asked what he still played said he had The Band on the jukebox.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 20:53:11 CEST 2010 from (99.115.147.236)

Posted by:

Pat B

Dave H, "Sooner or Later" is RR but I don't know about Sweet Marie.

btw I really like the Oakland Dylan/Band show on Wolfgang's Vault. LARS is slower and less frenetic than BTF and the other joint tracks compare quite favorably to BTF and the various boots.

Norbert, it seems everyone plays Chicago, but the one band I'd like to see but haven't is Sigur Ros. Not exactly in the Band vein.

Great CNN piece on Levon, but with all due respect to Larry Campbell I don't think any one person was the heart and soul of the Band.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 19:59:29 CEST 2010 from (71.232.26.129)

Posted by:

Dave H

The problem with a lot of the Blonde on Blonde session information on the Web (which I assume is mostly derived from Krogsgaard anyway) is that it tends to show three or four guitar players at a given session (plus Dylan), though most of the tracks don't seem to have that many guitar parts. Presumably Dylan and the producer were switching guitar players in and out based on the style of the song, etc. (for example, RR tends to be featured on the "bluesy" material like "Pill-Box Hat" and "5 Believers" but seems to be absent on the acoustic stuff like "Just Like a Woman" and "4th Time Around"). While recollections from Kooper and the like are also error-prone, especially 40 years after the fact, they do give some interesting clues about a few of the songs.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 19:57:30 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Happy Birthday Norm And Many More

So let me get this right Norm, you were mounting a fairy with a bumper sticker on him that said, hurry, I'm coming, look busy? Wow! No wonder public transportation on the west coast has such a bad reputation. Think of the children.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 19:39:10 CEST 2010 from (76.66.25.236)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Sun Aug 29 19:33:34 CEST 2010 from (71.232.26.129)

Posted by:

Dave H

Sounds like RR on "Pledging My Time," "One of Us Must Know" and "Absolutely Sweet Marie" too...any others?


Entered at Sun Aug 29 19:00:30 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Norm

Have a great birthday!


Entered at Sun Aug 29 18:47:43 CEST 2010 from (71.62.141.173)

Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: Dr. John

There's a good interview with Dr. John on the "10 Questions" page of the September 6th issue of TIME magazine.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 18:10:09 CEST 2010 from (76.66.25.236)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Ok Westie for your birthday today I'm making a lemon/blueberry/poppyseed loaf.
Deeee, Serenity, dlew919, NB and NG are invited too!
:-D

The Narcissist's Cookbook
I said "My life is an open book"; I never said it was interesting.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2009
Brush with Greatness: Rick Danko


Entered at Sun Aug 29 17:56:00 CEST 2010 from (76.66.25.236)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

by "yu-shio" the Rock'n'Roll Illustrator.

Rock caricatures including Rick Danko.

Please omit first "getting" in last post.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 17:51:49 CEST 2010 from (70.92.155.249)

Posted by:

Dee

Location: Wisconsin

Subject: To Mr. Westcoaster

Many Happy Returns of the DAY!


Entered at Sun Aug 29 17:22:16 CEST 2010 from (76.66.25.236)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

...for Westcoaster's Birthday today!
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings getting travelling west and getting stoned.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 17:22:38 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Stoning

As I posted when I saw it, there is an unintentionally hilarious line in Amenabar's "Agora". Near the end, the heroine, Rachel Weiscz has been stripped naked.

There is just the one thing that Amenabar should have been warned not to do. Since Monty Python’s Life of Brian, you just cannot have bearded fanatics clad in black sackcloth, picking up rocks, pointing at a near naked woman, and shouting “Stone the witch!” There were only three of us in the cinema but a large crowd would have burst into laughter at the key point of the movie. You’re just waiting for one of the fanatics to break out and say “Hey! Not too hard!”


Entered at Sun Aug 29 17:20:24 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: I forgot!

Just for Steve. While getting on the ferry the other day, a bumper sticker on the guy in front of me........"Jesus is coming...LOOK BUSY!"


Entered at Sun Aug 29 17:18:57 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Merilee Rush

One for Pat B (and any other Vanilla Fudge fans). Have you ever heard Merilee Rush's version of "Reach Out I'll Be there"? I picked up a vinyl copy yesterday (in a batch of five of her Bell singles). Few records were "heavily influenced by Vanilla Fudge" but this really is one of them! The producer had spent a lot of time listening to the first album for sure. I wondered who was playing on it.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 17:16:43 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Everybody must get stoned...

'No-one, and I make this perfectly clear - no-one will stone anyone until I blow this whistle, even if they do say Jehov...'

'Good shot!'


Entered at Sun Aug 29 17:06:42 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Stoning - Birthdays

"Life of Brian".....Brian's mother buying stones from the vendor at the gate going into the "stoning."

"I'll have two round ones, one of those flat ones, and a packet of gravel."

Thank you David! I'm being treated royally today, and the weather is beautiful. Get your kicks....when you turn 66!

Colin James is showing up for a concert here October 14, or there abouts at our big theatre here. I'll have to take that in. Enjoy that boys music.

I bought a new computer last week. My fax machine quit. No one will even look at these things now-a-days if anything goes wrong. It's all throw away stuff now. I go to Staples after a new multi-function fax-printer. So the new one......only wants to work with Windows 7. The new computer is pretty cheap, and is a gawd damn hot rod on this web site. OK ........I guess.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 16:08:34 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: And to Norm, the one and only Westcoaster...

happy birthday, my old mate. (old in the affectionate, not necessarily chronological sense)


Entered at Sun Aug 29 15:17:10 CEST 2010 from (67.163.118.32)

Posted by:

JTull Fan

Subject: Fagen, Scaggs and McDonald

Charlie, I'm considering it and really want to, but have to see if it is in my budget.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 14:52:54 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

The Sunday Times had a little bit about the recent Iranian dictate that the Western habit of keeping pet dogs was culturally incorrect. The Sunday Times writer (I didn't check who) joked that they wanted to stone the dogs, but it didn't work because the dogs kept bringing the stones back.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 14:39:59 CEST 2010 from (206.53.153.152)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: BoB Credits

Al Kooper revealed some other details regarding the "Blonde On Blonde" sessions in the liner notes for the "No Direction Home" soundtrack compilation in 2005. -- "Joe South is playing the soul guitar on 'Stuck Inside Of Mobile.' He is also playing the great bass line on 'Visions of Johanna.'...Wayne Moss plays the amazing 16th note guitar lick that recurs after each chorus in 'I Want You.' The first time he came up with that, my jaw dropped -- not only for the lick, but for the effortlessness he played it with."


Entered at Sun Aug 29 13:12:07 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Tea Bag Taliban

Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Tea bag-Taliban.

Did Beck really demand that stoning be considered as an option when carrying out the death penalty in the US? It really is a more suitable, hands on, kind of justice for the mob rule crowd when you thiink about it. You just can't get enough people directly iinvolved when you do lynchings and amputations, and firing squads are just so impersonal.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 12:56:36 CEST 2010 from (79.202.170.223)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: go viral

Forgot this guy (link). He wants to go viral, I'll help him.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 12:48:31 CEST 2010 from (79.202.170.223)

Posted by:

Norbert

Pat, maybe God moves around sometimes and now slipped into Derek Trucks, John Frusciante or ....

Anyway, what new musician would you like to come over to Chicago?

Dlew, Beck Hansen .... haha .... well but .... got to go now....


Entered at Sun Aug 29 12:46:28 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: BoB / Apple"

Dunc, full listing on its way by e-mail. Many lists are wrong. Peter Stone Brown resolved the disputes in 2000 by simply writing and asking Al Kooper. Peter Stone Brown said:

For all of Michael Krosgaard's excellent research, many of his assertions as to who played on what track are incorrect. This has been the source of much controversy on the Dylan newsgroup. To settle the "Visions of Johanna" controversy, I wrote Al Kooper, who plays organ on the track. The lead guitarist on "Visions of Johanna" is Robbie Robertson. The lead guitarist on "Obviously 5 Believers" is Robbie Robertson. Despite what it says on the album, the lead guitarist meaning the one who takes the guitar solo on "Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat" is Robbie Robertson. Dylan only plays the opening introduction. (Band guestbook, 16 June 2000)

From Mojo this month.(History of Apple Records)

"Apple A&R boss Peter Asher says the act the Beatles really wanted was The Band. "A new sound, bags of talent and a band destined to stick around. George said he'd kill to have The Band on the label. but they were already signed."

They also quote the Let it Be outtakes where Harrison starts singing "I Shall Be Released". Later while the group are running through "All Things Must Pass" he gives the direction, "You've got to pretend to be The Band on this one."

Lost to posterity are the comments on "My Sweet lord" where George DIDN'T say, "You've got to pretend to be The Chiffons on this one."


Entered at Sun Aug 29 11:57:00 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Beck...

It wasn't Beck Hansen, was it? You know, 'Soy un perdedor, I'm a loser baby...'


Entered at Sun Aug 29 11:23:54 CEST 2010 from (86.151.118.64)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Peter V, David, Bill M

Peter V or David:Could I annoy you again to tell me what tracks Robbie played on on Blonde on Blonde? I think one of you told me a couple of years ago or directed me to a link and I've lost the notes I took.

Bill M:I wish we had met down by the Henry Moore. Seriously if I had known as much about Toronto then as I know now I would have made the Silver Dollar or Hugh's room. Still, I've been to the Massey Hall twice.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 10:06:05 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Let It Be

"Mojo"s series of Beatles covermount discs of cover versions continues this month with "Let It Be." Artists include Beth Orton, Judy Collins, Wilko Johnson,Dennis Locorriere. This month there's a vinyl LP version in an edition of 10,000 available from selected "HMVs. W.H. Smith's and in the USA Barnes & Noble." If you live in a big city you might just have a chance. I only saw the CD version today, not having been in in a store for a few days, so suspect i'm too late. But it's worth looking for the vinyl if you can get to a large HMV (UK) or Barnes & Noble (US).


Entered at Sun Aug 29 05:04:19 CEST 2010 from (99.115.147.236)

Posted by:

Pat B

Norbert, yeah. I was completely bamboozled. I thought, if anyone in the world was gonna restore America's lost honor, it would be a guitar slinger like Jeff Beck. Unfortunately, I was surprised to find a whites-only audience and an unintelligible comedy show. However I did discover that God is a human creature who lives on another planet and dead people can be re-baptized, so it wasn't a complete waste.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 04:18:21 CEST 2010 from (71.62.141.173)

Posted by:

Charlie Y

Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton both rambled incoherently in DC at the same time today. They really deserve each other. One of them talked to God and cried. Reverend Sharpton said some stuff as well. The press said Tony LaRussa and Albert Pujols spoke as part of Mr. Beck's "restoring honor" rally, but aparently the hitting coach from their team--Mark McGuire--was not deemed an appropriate speaker on that topic.

Meanwhile I wonder if JTull Fan went to the Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Skaggs concert in Richmond this evening. I hear the music was a lot better than at the Beck and Sharpton gatherings (even including a medley of songs originally recorded by The Band).


Entered at Sun Aug 29 01:26:17 CEST 2010 from (91.42.230.159)

Posted by:

Norbert

Pat?


Entered at Sun Aug 29 01:17:34 CEST 2010 from (91.42.230.159)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: My Twitter

Don’t have much to say today.


Entered at Sun Aug 29 00:00:10 CEST 2010 from (99.115.147.236)

Posted by:

Pat B

Damn. Drove all the way to DC. Thought Jeff Beck was going to restore America's honor.


Entered at Sat Aug 28 17:59:37 CEST 2010 from (76.67.17.91)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

DHANI HARRISON, JOSEPH ARTHUR, BEN HARPER and JESSY GREENE on violin ARE FISTFUL OF MERCY.
Their debut LP, titled "As I Call You Down", will arrive on October 5th via Harrison’s Hot Records West label.


Entered at Sat Aug 28 09:27:55 CEST 2010 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred (channeling Master Po)

Subject: Adam2

Patience Grasshopper, patience. : )


Entered at Sat Aug 28 00:59:10 CEST 2010 from (99.141.63.31)

Posted by:

Adam2

Subject: Royal Albert Hall release?

Sebastian Robertson told us last year that the Band's Royal Albert Hall 1971 live album would be coming soon. I'm pretty sure that was about a year ago (maybe more), with no further info/mention of the release since. I asked about it on Robbie's official Facebook page, as well as wrote emails to Rob Bowman (which went unanswered). Can we PLEASE see this released, Robbie/Sebastian?


Entered at Sat Aug 28 00:51:49 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: American Pi

Subject: The circle is unbroken

NORBERT- And just to bring the whole thing together, it was Garth who nailed The Fly- presumably the same one RR caught- one night at a show in Woodstock...which brings us back to three days of peace, love and music in the garden.

Have a good weekend, GBers.


Entered at Sat Aug 28 00:19:31 CEST 2010 from (79.202.157.119)

Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: a good rhythm section ....

David(Sa), you’re right Garth can pick you up and carry away, he can do that.

Just saw this comment “somewhere” on YouTube:

“The bass player is really tight with the drummer also, that is the testament of a good rhythm section.”

I’m not a musician but this must also nail Rick & Levon.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 22:47:03 CEST 2010 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Subject: not just a good idea - it's the law

Norbert: I think it's Marcus in _Mystery Train_ writing about '66 in UK who refers to Garth's playing lifting the performance off the ground . . . .


Entered at Fri Aug 27 21:34:45 CEST 2010 from (79.202.157.119)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: How did Garth Hudson defeat gravity?

David, quite right and there’s a lot more. Name Garth, Garth got a hold on gravity (see the link above).


Entered at Fri Aug 27 20:59:46 CEST 2010 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: the most affecting voice

[My link]: _Los Angeles Times_ article on Mavis's new album, produced by Jeff Tweedy. Includes a sample song, highly recommended. Highly.

Also in the _Times_ is a mention of the forthcoming Dylan releases. Apparently the mono-versions box set will feature liner notes from Greil Marcus . . . .


Entered at Fri Aug 27 20:11:53 CEST 2010 from (67.80.146.54)

Posted by:

Owen W.

Location: Hudson Valley

Subject: Dylan & The Band

Peter and all, my apologies for the unreadable post, I did not know it would display that way. I will use your suggestion in the future.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 20:04:33 CEST 2010 from (65.47.151.50)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC

Subject: Re: Truth & Salvage

Joan, thanks for the review link! I still need to pick up that CD.

Also, Truth & Salvage have recorded at Levon's studio and opened for him on tour last year, so their Band-like vibe is well-earned. :)


Entered at Fri Aug 27 19:33:08 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Dept. Of Public Works in Conjunction With Owen

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/ Bob Dylan & The Band Concert Oakland Coliseum Stadium (Oakland, CA) - Late Show Bob Dylan - guitar, piano, vocals, harmonica Robbie Robertson -guitar, vocals Rick Danko - bass, fiddle, vocals Richard Manuel - piano, vocals, drums Garth Hudson - organ, clavinet, piano, synthesizer, saxophone Levon Helm - drums, mandolin, vocals Travel back to 1974 and Bob Dylan's return to the stage following a seven-and-a-half-year touring hiatus.

As Dylan and the Band journeyed across North America during the first two months of that year, expectations were tremendous. The tour was the hottest ticket in town, so much so that the US post office had to set up extra mailboxes for ticket orders in many of the major cities.

Over five million paid mail orders were reportedly sent in for the 650,000 tickets available over the course of the tour, making them the most in-demand ticket in the history of rock music.

Forty concerts were performed in 43 days, culminating in three performances at the Forum in Inglewood, California, where the bulk of the live album, Before The Flood, was recorded. From the start, a live album was planned, the first of Dylan's career, and his new label (he left Columbia for David Geffen's Asylum label the previous year) had high expectations.

These pressures were likely insignificant compared to Dylan knowing he must transcend his legendary status and the expectations of his audience, which, despite his absence from touring, had only grown stronger in the intervening years.

Also contributing to the nearly rabid anticipation for this tour was Dylan teaming back up with the Band, who with the exception of drummer Levon Helm, had backed Dylan on the infamous tour of Europe in 1966 and played on the Basement Tapes.

Indeed, with the exception of his first electric performance at Newport in 1965 and his guest appearance at the Concerts For Bangladesh in 1970, the Band were the only group to back Dylan publicly up to this point in time.

Through the bourgeoning underground network of bootleg recordings, Dylan and the Band's musical relationship had taken on a near mythical and legendary status, despite having never been released or even heard by the vast majority of fans at the time.

Since Dylan's touring hiatus began in 1966, the Band had become one of the most respected and influential groups on the planet, having released a series of albums that remain some of the most compelling and distinctly original of the late 1960s.

Performing less frequently, the Band were a considerable draw on their own by this point, and with their 1971 Cahoots LP being their last to contain new original music (1973's Moondog Matinee was an album of covers), they too were faced with daunting expectations.

As the tour progressed, Dylan and the Band experimented with song selection and sequencing, consciously avoiding the standard opener/closer routine and instead mixed things up a bit within each set. Performing within a basic two set format, each set presented The Band performing both with and without Dylan, plus following the intermission, Dylan began each second set solo acoustic, something he hadn't attempted in quite some time. Once a few adjustments were made, the pacing and sequencing of the concerts worked well and stayed relatively consistent, giving both Dylan and the Band opportunities to perform together and alone.

Revealing that Dylan was quite aware of audience expectations, he chose to perform a variety of his most revered songs, including quite a few from the 1966 tour setlist, while avoiding recent material from Self Portrait and New Morning. With the notable exception of "Forever Young," Dylan even avoided material from Planet Waves, the new album recorded with the Band, released a few week's into the tour. Instead, he returned to many of the songs that established his reputation in the first place, but as would become more prevalent in the years to come, he often revamped or rearranged them, bringing entirely new meanings to a lyric by emphasizing different words or occasionally by changing the lyrics altogether.

Dylan and the Band together on stage was an event to be celebrated, and few left disappointed, but what one gets out of these performances has a lot to do with the baggage they bring to listening. The same applied to the audiences on this tour. While nearly everyone was celebrating the event itself, those with the fewest preconceptions had a greater chance of unhindered discovery, while those fixated on the 1966/67 era bootlegs of Dylan and the Band were destined to have their enjoyment hindered by comparison.

Needless to say, Dylan had continued moving forward, even within the context of older songs, many of which had evolved or changed since their earlier incarnations.

Other than the January 30th and 31st dates, when three sold-out performances were scheduled for Dylan's previous home stomping grounds in New York City, the most highly anticipated dates of the tour were saved for last when the tour was scheduled to hit California for five performances.

Two shows were scheduled for the Bay Area's Coliseum in Oakland followed by three additional shows in the Los Angeles area, which would conclude the 40-show concert schedule.

Here we present in its entirety, Bill Graham's recording of the evening performance in Oakland exactly as it happened. Recordings from the final nights at the Inglewood Forum figured prominently on the live document of the tour, Before The Flood, but nothing from Dylan and the Band's triumphant return to San Francisco (Oakland, technically) was ever officially issued, making this nearly flawless professional recording of particular interest.

Two prime examples of how Dylan had revamped older songs to fit his current state of mind are included in the opening six-song sequence, which features Dylan and the Band performing together. Both of these songs, "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" which kicks off the set, and "It Ain't Me Babe" several songs later, now speak directly to Dylan's audience, declaring his independence from their expectations. Both are strong, engaging performances.

Stage banter was kept to a minimum on this tour, but following the opening number Dylan conveys his excitement by exclaiming "Back in San Francisco at last!" The remainder of this first Dylan/Band sequence includes a revamped "Lay Lady Lay," two of his most enduring counterculture/drug influenced songs, "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" and "Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35" (with humorous new lyrics).

This first portion concludes with Dylan's ultimate "us vs. them" song, "Ballad Of A Thin Man." On every one of these songs, the Band proves just how well they adapt to Dylan's idiosyncrasies, playing in a truly collective manner that is full of fire. In the middle of each set, Dylan takes a break so that the Band can perform original material. Here they open with the title song off their third album, Stage Fright, with Rick Danko fronting the group on lead vocals. The remainder of their set focuses on material from their most beloved album, their self-titled sophomore effort.

These are all highly engaging performances, from the classic "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "King Harvest" to the more obscure "When You Awake," concluding with the percolating "Up On Cripple Creek."

The Band has the innate ability to seem loose and relaxed, while playing in an incredibly tight manner. These are prime examples of that cohesiveness, with each member contributing to the collective whole, with little grandstanding or superfluous soloing. Instead the intensity is generated by the energetic piano playing of Manuel, the unparalleled flavoring of Garth Hudson's keyboard arsenal and Robertson's controlled biting leads—all weaving in and out of the supple rhythm section of Danko and Helm, who are superb here, both on their instruments and as lead vocalists.

To conclude the first set, Dylan returns and together these musicians deliver three more songs together, beginning with a fast and furious arrangement of "All Along The Watchtower," with an overt similarity to Jimi Hendrix's take on the song. Here one can enjoy the Band at their most blazing. A radically revamped "Ballad Of Hollis Brown," one of Dylan's vintage topical songs, is next. Practically unrecognizable compared to its original incarnation, this has been transformed into another searing rocker, with Dylan growling out the vocals, Robertson interjecting biting leads, and the collective group bearing down hard and heavy between the verses.

They wrap up the first set with an emotionally engaged vocal performance from Dylan on "Knockin On Heaven's Door."

Following the intermission, Dylan returns to the stage alone, sporting just his acoustic guitar and harmonica. This alone was enough to send waves of nostalgia through the audience and was likely the most challenging part of the nightly performance for Dylan.

Thankfully, the clarity of these recordings help to eliminate the lack of intimacy of performing solo acoustic in a giant sporting arena, allowing the listener to hear the nuances of Dylan's performance.

Again, his choice of songs reflects his willingness to give the audience what it wants and this solo set not only includes two songs from his pivotal Bringing It All Back Home album, but two additional songs from his earliest albums and the hit from Blonde On Blonde.

Dylan begins his acoustic set with "The Times They Are A Changin'," another song that takes on new meaning in the context of Dylan's return to the stage. The versions of "Don't Think Twice Its All Right," "Gates Of Eden," "Just Like A Woman," and "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" which follow are equally engaging, with Dylan forcefully enunciating certain words to help get them across to such a large audience.

While the delicacy of a song like "Just Like A Woman" is somewhat lost in this translation, other songs become more powerful in the process. This is particularly evident on "Don't Think Twice," "Gates Of Eden" (which begins in progress due to a tape stock change), and particularly, "It's Alright Ma," which Dylan performs here at a near-frantic clip.

With the tour coinciding with the doom and gloom of Watergate and a disgraced presidential administration, this song elicited massive reactions at every show when Dylan hits on the line "even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked," which deeply resonates around the room.

Following Dylan's acoustic set, the Band return to the stage for another four numbers on their own. The mix balance is way off at first, which detracts from the first two songs a bit, but is otherwise another delight. Beginning with "Rag Mama Rag," featuring Levon Helm on lead vocals and Rick Danko playing fiddle and ending with "The Weight," the group's most famous song, this second mini-set is quite engaging, despite the mixing flaws.

In between, they also treat the audience to "This Wheels On Fire," a writing collaboration with Dylan sourced from the infamous Basement Tapes era. The mix is straightened out during this number and remains quite good for the duration of the performance.

A thoroughly enjoyable romp through "The Shape I'm In" is also featured before concluding their portion of the second set with "The Weight."

All of this leads up to the grand finale featuring Dylan and the Band again performing together. This final three-song sequence begins with "Forever Young," the sole representation from the new Planet Waves album when it was fresh and new. A unique and fiery reading of "Highway 61 Revisited" follows, before they conclude the set with the song nearly everyone was anticipating, "Like A Rolling Stone."

Propelled by Levon Helm's propulsive drumming and Garth Hudson's soaring organ lines, this is a remarkable performance with Dylan and the Band thoroughly in the moment. While comparisons to the 1966 live versions are inevitable, this is an equally strong performance with Dylan belting out the choruses and tearing into nearly every word. Gone is the weariness and arrogance of the 1966 era performances, replaced by a more inclusive celebratory feel that perfectly caps off the night.

With the audience ecstatically encouraging an encore, Dylan and the Band return to the stage and tear into "Maggie's Farm," a song performed on only three other occasions during this tour.

Following this, Dylan closes this final Bay Area gig with an electrified take on "Blowin' In The Wind." Considerably different than its acoustic incarnation, this closing number features a wonderful guitar break from Robertson amidst Dylan continuing to experiment with his vocals. He seems to intentionally obliterate meaning from the lyrics by enunciating unexpected words, turning what was once an anthem into a more abstract feeling—which, in true Dylan form, leaves his audience guessing. It is yet another example of Dylan's approach to his songs as something continuously evolving.

At this moment in time, the tour would stand as one of the most successful ever and it certainly went a long way toward rejuvenating interest in both Dylan and the Band.

In his second volume of "Performing Artist" books on the subject, Crawdaddy! founder, Paul Williams put this tour in context most succinctly when he stated, "The performances that resulted are not the among the best of his career; but they are frequently very moving and represent a crucial transition: Dylan's reclaiming of the stage after a long and stifling silence, his rediscovery and reassertion of himself as a performing artist."


Entered at Fri Aug 27 19:33:03 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Web: My link

Subject: Truth & Salvage

Interesting new group. See the review and The Band comparisons?


Entered at Fri Aug 27 19:12:02 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Robbie's album

According to his post on Facebook the other day, Robbie has finished the mixing, So I guess soon.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 19:03:35 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

The one review I've heard of Neil's new album was quite gushing. Something along the lines of, possibly his most interesting and best work in decades.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 18:46:47 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

b.e.g.: You're correct, most sites are showing a Sept. 28 release date for "Le Noise". I received an e-mail from an online retailer this morning showing a shipping date of Oct. 19 for the LP. Since the album is being released in several different formats, there may be some confusion there. Haven't seen any news about Robbie's new album and haven't seen any recent updates from Sebastian in this GB.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 18:40:59 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Owen, that's unreadable. Can't you put paragraphs in? It's backslash n.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 18:22:47 CEST 2010 from (67.80.146.54)

Posted by:

Owen W.

Location: Hidson Valley
Web: My link

Subject: Dylan & The Band - Wolfgang's Vault

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/ Bob Dylan & The Band Concert Oakland Coliseum Stadium (Oakland, CA) - Late Show Bob Dylan - guitar, piano, vocals, harmonica Robbie Robertson -guitar, vocals Rick Danko - bass, fiddle, vocals Richard Manuel - piano, vocals, drums Garth Hudson - organ, clavinet, piano, synthesizer, saxophone Levon Helm - drums, mandolin, vocals Travel back to 1974 and Bob Dylan's return to the stage following a seven-and-a-half-year touring hiatus. As Dylan and the Band journeyed across North America during the first two months of that year, expectations were tremendous. The tour was the hottest ticket in town, so much so that the US post office had to set up extra mailboxes for ticket orders in many of the major cities. Over five million paid mail orders were reportedly sent in for the 650,000 tickets available over the course of the tour, making them the most in-demand ticket in the history of rock music. Forty concerts were performed in 43 days, culminating in three performances at the Forum in Inglewood, California, where the bulk of the live album, Before The Flood, was recorded. From the start, a live album was planned, the first of Dylan's career, and his new label (he left Columbia for David Geffen's Asylum label the previous year) had high expectations. These pressures were likely insignificant compared to Dylan knowing he must transcend his legendary status and the expectations of his audience, which, despite his absence from touring, had only grown stronger in the intervening years. Also contributing to the nearly rabid anticipation for this tour was Dylan teaming back up with the Band, who with the exception of drummer Levon Helm, had backed Dylan on the infamous tour of Europe in 1966 and played on the Basement Tapes. Indeed, with the exception of his first electric performance at Newport in 1965 and his guest appearance at the Concerts For Bangladesh in 1970, the Band were the only group to back Dylan publicly up to this point in time. Through the bourgeoning underground network of bootleg recordings, Dylan and the Band's musical relationship had taken on a near mythical and legendary status, despite having never been released or even heard by the vast majority of fans at the time. Since Dylan's touring hiatus began in 1966, the Band had become one of the most respected and influential groups on the planet, having released a series of albums that remain some of the most compelling and distinctly original of the late 1960s. Performing less frequently, the Band were a considerable draw on their own by this point, and with their 1971 Cahoots LP being their last to contain new original music (1973's Moondog Matinee was an album of covers), they too were faced with daunting expectations. As the tour progressed, Dylan and the Band experimented with song selection and sequencing, consciously avoiding the standard opener/closer routine and instead mixed things up a bit within each set. Performing within a basic two set format, each set presented The Band performing both with and without Dylan, plus following the intermission, Dylan began each second set solo acoustic, something he hadn't attempted in quite some time. Once a few adjustments were made, the pacing and sequencing of the concerts worked well and stayed relatively consistent, giving both Dylan and the Band opportunities to perform together and alone. Revealing that Dylan was quite aware of audience expectations, he chose to perform a variety of his most revered songs, including quite a few from the 1966 tour setlist, while avoiding recent material from Self Portrait and New Morning. With the notable exception of "Forever Young," Dylan even avoided material from Planet Waves, the new album recorded with the Band, released a few week's into the tour. Instead, he returned to many of the songs that established his reputation in the first place, but as would become more prevalent in the years to come, he often revamped or rearranged them, bringing entirely new meanings to a lyric by emphasizing different words or occasionally by changing the lyrics altogether. Dylan and the Band together on stage was an event to be celebrated, and few left disappointed, but what one gets out of these performances has a lot to do with the baggage they bring to listening. The same applied to the audiences on this tour. While nearly everyone was celebrating the event itself, those with the fewest preconceptions had a greater chance of unhindered discovery, while those fixated on the 1966/67 era bootlegs of Dylan and the Band were destined to have their enjoyment hindered by comparison. Needless to say, Dylan had continued moving forward, even within the context of older songs, many of which had evolved or changed since their earlier incarnations. Other than the January 30th and 31st dates, when three sold-out performances were scheduled for Dylan's previous home stomping grounds in New York City, the most highly anticipated dates of the tour were saved for last when the tour was scheduled to hit California for five performances. Two shows were scheduled for the Bay Area's Coliseum in Oakland followed by three additional shows in the Los Angeles area, which would conclude the 40-show concert schedule. Here we present in its entirety, Bill Graham's recording of the evening performance in Oakland exactly as it happened. Recordings from the final nights at the Inglewood Forum figured prominently on the live document of the tour, Before The Flood, but nothing from Dylan and the Band's triumphant return to San Francisco (Oakland, technically) was ever officially issued, making this nearly flawless professional recording of particular interest. Two prime examples of how Dylan had revamped older songs to fit his current state of mind are included in the opening six-song sequence, which features Dylan and the Band performing together. Both of these songs, "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" which kicks off the set, and "It Ain't Me Babe" several songs later, now speak directly to Dylan's audience, declaring his independence from their expectations. Both are strong, engaging performances. Stage banter was kept to a minimum on this tour, but following the opening number Dylan conveys his excitement by exclaiming "Back in San Francisco at last!" The remainder of this first Dylan/Band sequence includes a revamped "Lay Lady Lay," two of his most enduring counterculture/drug influenced songs, "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" and "Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35" (with humorous new lyrics). This first portion concludes with Dylan's ultimate "us vs. them" song, "Ballad Of A Thin Man." On every one of these songs, the Band proves just how well they adapt to Dylan's idiosyncrasies, playing in a truly collective manner that is full of fire. In the middle of each set, Dylan takes a break so that the Band can perform original material. Here they open with the title song off their third album, Stage Fright, with Rick Danko fronting the group on lead vocals. The remainder of their set focuses on material from their most beloved album, their self-titled sophomore effort. These are all highly engaging performances, from the classic "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "King Harvest" to the more obscure "When You Awake," concluding with the percolating "Up On Cripple Creek." The Band has the innate ability to seem loose and relaxed, while playing in an incredibly tight manner. These are prime examples of that cohesiveness, with each member contributing to the collective whole, with little grandstanding or superfluous soloing. Instead the intensity is generated by the energetic piano playing of Manuel, the unparalleled flavoring of Garth Hudson's keyboard arsenal and Robertson's controlled biting leads—all weaving in and out of the supple rhythm section of Danko and Helm, who are superb here, both on their instruments and as lead vocalists. To conclude the first set, Dylan returns and together these musicians deliver three more songs together, beginning with a fast and furious arrangement of "All Along The Watchtower," with an overt similarity to Jimi Hendrix's take on the song. Here one can enjoy the Band at their most blazing. A radically revamped "Ballad Of Hollis Brown," one of Dylan's vintage topical songs, is next. Practically unrecognizable compared to its original incarnation, this has been transformed into another searing rocker, with Dylan growling out the vocals, Robertson interjecting biting leads, and the collective group bearing down hard and heavy between the verses. They wrap up the first set with an emotionally engaged vocal performance from Dylan on "Knockin On Heaven's Door." Following the intermission, Dylan returns to the stage alone, sporting just his acoustic guitar and harmonica. This alone was enough to send waves of nostalgia through the audience and was likely the most challenging part of the nightly performance for Dylan. Thankfully, the clarity of these recordings help to eliminate the lack of intimacy of performing solo acoustic in a giant sporting arena, allowing the listener to hear the nuances of Dylan's performance. Again, his choice of songs reflects his willingness to give the audience what it wants and this solo set not only includes two songs from his pivotal Bringing It All Back Home album, but two additional songs from his earliest albums and the hit from Blonde On Blonde. Dylan begins his acoustic set with "The Times They Are A Changin'," another song that takes on new meaning in the context of Dylan's return to the stage. The versions of "Don't Think Twice Its All Right," "Gates Of Eden," "Just Like A Woman," and "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" which follow are equally engaging, with Dylan forcefully enunciating certain words to help get them across to such a large audience. While the delicacy of a song like "Just Like A Woman" is somewhat lost in this translation, other songs become more powerful in the process. This is particularly evident on "Don't Think Twice," "Gates Of Eden" (which begins in progress due to a tape stock change), and particularly, "It's Alright Ma," which Dylan performs here at a near-frantic clip. With the tour coinciding with the doom and gloom of Watergate and a disgraced presidential administration, this song elicited massive reactions at every show when Dylan hits on the line "even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked," which deeply resonates around the room. Following Dylan's acoustic set, the Band return to the stage for another four numbers on their own. The mix balance is way off at first, which detracts from the first two songs a bit, but is otherwise another delight. Beginning with "Rag Mama Rag," featuring Levon Helm on lead vocals and Rick Danko playing fiddle and ending with "The Weight," the group's most famous song, this second mini-set is quite engaging, despite the mixing flaws. In between, they also treat the audience to "This Wheels On Fire," a writing collaboration with Dylan sourced from the infamous Basement Tapes era. The mix is straightened out during this number and remains quite good for the duration of the performance. A thoroughly enjoyable romp through "The Shape I'm In" is also featured before concluding their portion of the second set with "The Weight." All of this leads up to the grand finale featuring Dylan and the Band again performing together. This final three-song sequence begins with "Forever Young," the sole representation from the new Planet Waves album when it was fresh and new. A unique and fiery reading of "Highway 61 Revisited" follows, before they conclude the set with the song nearly everyone was anticipating, "Like A Rolling Stone." Propelled by Levon Helm's propulsive drumming and Garth Hudson's soaring organ lines, this is a remarkable performance with Dylan and the Band thoroughly in the moment. While comparisons to the 1966 live versions are inevitable, this is an equally strong performance with Dylan belting out the choruses and tearing into nearly every word. Gone is the weariness and arrogance of the 1966 era performances, replaced by a more inclusive celebratory feel that perfectly caps off the night. With the audience ecstatically encouraging an encore, Dylan and the Band return to the stage and tear into "Maggie's Farm," a song performed on only three other occasions during this tour. Following this, Dylan closes this final Bay Area gig with an electrified take on "Blowin' In The Wind." Considerably different than its acoustic incarnation, this closing number features a wonderful guitar break from Robertson amidst Dylan continuing to experiment with his vocals. He seems to intentionally obliterate meaning from the lyrics by enunciating unexpected words, turning what was once an anthem into a more abstract feeling—which, in true Dylan form, leaves his audience guessing. It is yet another example of Dylan's approach to his songs as something continuously evolving. At this moment in time, the tour would stand as one of the most successful ever and it certainly went a long way toward rejuvenating interest in both Dylan and the Band. In his second volume of "Performing Artist" books on the subject, Crawdaddy! founder, Paul Williams put this tour in context most succinctly when he stated, "The performances that resulted are not the among the best of his career; but they are frequently very moving and represent a crucial transition: Dylan's reclaiming of the stage after a long and stifling silence, his rediscovery and reassertion of himself as a performing artist."


Entered at Fri Aug 27 17:48:53 CEST 2010 from (72.43.141.253)

Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: Beck and $ex

Glenn Beck has tried so hard he's made over $50 million over the last two years. Such a patriot!

Meanwhile, a woman who was raised in a good religious environment--Katy Perry--with two parents who were ministers, now has the number one CD on Amazon. One song has this chorus: "I wanna see your peacock, -cock, -cock." She's on the Capitol label, just like a group from 40 years ago that started such single-entendre lyrics when they sang," Jemima surrender, I want to give it to you...I'll bring over my Fender and play all night for you..."

So sex--and Beck--sells. Let's blame it on The Band--or at least Chuck Berry and Little Richard!


Entered at Fri Aug 27 16:54:13 CEST 2010 from (76.66.27.64)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Daniel Lanois Talks Motorcycle Crash, Neil Young Album and....

Click on Dhani Harrison, Joseph Arthur, and Ben Harper = Fistful of Mercy performance.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 16:49:49 CEST 2010 from (76.66.27.64)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and Daniel Lanois' new band Black Dub will debut in November. In one article Daniel claims...

"I've worked with Neil over the years in small doses . . . but we had never done something together from scratch. So let me put it this way: There's an automatic communication system that exists between two Canadian dogs. It's been a lot of fun, and we're very dedicated, and I think I finally met my match.".

Hey David P...In yesterday's paper and on various sites on the inet I see that September 28 "Le Noise" is out and Robbie's latest will be out???!!!


Entered at Fri Aug 27 15:58:19 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: When your gravity fails...

Another upcoming intriguing release is "Le Noise", Neil Young's collaboration with Daniel Lanois due October 19th.

Both Levon (one semester) and John Mayer (two semesters) briefly attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

"When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's Easter time too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don't pull you through..."
(Bob Dylan -- "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues")


Entered at Fri Aug 27 15:38:18 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

Anyone going to Beck's rally in Washington to help him try to restore his integrity? Got to hand it to the guy to be so public about his failings, at least he's trying.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 15:10:54 CEST 2010 from (91.42.235.169)

Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: Gravity

Lars thanks, good you love him too, we’re first in this GB, they’ll follow (don't worry).

Unaware I knew there was a bond between Mr. Mayer and The Band, didn’t know it was that strong though.

Keep me where the light is.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 12:27:00 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Having just posted that I wouldn't rush to buy the remastered Mary Hopkin, I got in the car switched on the radio and "Those were The Days" came straight on. I've never been fond of the Cossack dance / Greek wedding band melody, but the inticate arrangement by Paul McCartney is superb and I'd forgotten how good it is. I don't think I'll be persuaded on the Radha Krishna Temple though. Still in Oxford Street After All These Years.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 09:07:11 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The Promise- Springsteen

Thanks, Tenn. Amazon.uk aren't showing a price for the box yet. It's a hard call … I'd like to get as much as possible, but I can't see me sitting through three long DVD concerts of the same material, so might just opt for "The Promise" 2 CD set with the new songs. The box set will at a guess be very expensive what with extras like a T-shirt included which I don't think I want. It does appear to be an exhaustive (and potentially exhausting) set. Comparisons with The Band are not possible, because Springsteen always created prolific quantities of outtakes. It looks as if original quintet Band outtakes are only what's around.

amazon are also very reticent on the Apple remastered albums due in October. It looks like the magazines, especially Record Collector, moved much too early on reviewing them a month ago. The complete Apple remasters include very hard to find albums by Doris Troy, Badfinger and Billy Preston as well as all the Mary Hopkin and Radha Krishna Temple stuff that one might not rush to buy. I know they're selling them as a set, but I think individual albums will be out too. Especially enticing is a CD set of Apple singles which has stuff I've wanted for ages on old vinyl like Ronnie Spector.


Entered at Fri Aug 27 01:26:20 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Subject: Danko

Rick used to say "Gravity cares" between songs. Must have been an inside joke, I guess. Like "Levon just bought a house near here" and Levon would just close his eyes and nod his head, "Yup...no money down."


Entered at Fri Aug 27 00:31:00 CEST 2010 from (91.42.229.203)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

"woodstock had a magic moment with joe cocker's "with a little help from my friends", crossroads '07 had john mayer's"gravity".


Entered at Fri Aug 27 00:22:46 CEST 2010 from (74.179.51.61)

Posted by:

BWNWITenn

Web: My link

New Bruce Springsteen "Darkness On The Edge of Town" box looks fantastic.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 20:38:12 CEST 2010 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

Mike & Kim Hayward

Web: My link

Subject: "The Pretty Reckless"

Caught last night's Letterman show & the link is a video clip of "The Pretty Reckless," a cool young woman-fronted band that performed. The drummer, Jamie Perkins, performed w/ Mike in their high school (Kearsarge - Sutton, NH) concert & jazz bands in the late '80s. It is very cool to see Jamie achieve something he truly loves.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 18:47:59 CEST 2010 from (90.239.124.28)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Northwestern coastline, Nordic Countries Europe

Subject: Politics and religion

Always good to see BRIEN SZ posting about religion, as well as STEVE posting about politics. I didn't have the strength to follow Australian elections (dlew!) but I follow your Central Bank manoeuvres very closely.

We are going to have elections this year and next year. As a Christian I was first confused. My opinions seemed to match those from communists and candidates practicing (peaceful) Islam. Not so strange, really.

I have noticed westcoaster's ravenous interest in threadbare linguistics with an octogenarian wicketkeeper's stupefaction!


Entered at Thu Aug 26 18:16:51 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: JT

Well you picked the next best place to Powell River for weather any way Jerry. Victoria is beautiful, but there's too many people there.

We got to put up with Northern Buoy, and Bonk anyway, so one more of yuz is no problem. Funny thing they are both really nice guys too.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 17:59:54 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Kids These Days

Sadavid, should we expect Nikki to cover Ella's, Tea Leaves, the first time she falls off the tea trolley. To quote the great one, " ah, things just aren't what they used to be".


Entered at Thu Aug 26 17:11:33 CEST 2010 from (76.66.125.206)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

another Big Pink link for Tim....
"If you visit, please respect the privacy of the residents by staying on the road:there you can easily take your own version of the ‘famous picture’, and enjoy the view. Thank you!"


Entered at Thu Aug 26 17:07:05 CEST 2010 from (76.66.125.206)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

THE BENGALI BAULS AT BIG PINK...Produced by Garth Hudson


Entered at Thu Aug 26 16:54:24 CEST 2010 from (76.66.125.206)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Tim....Laura & Dean Petix's Saugerties/Woodstock Tour - A Band Photo Essay


Entered at Thu Aug 26 16:49:50 CEST 2010 from (76.66.125.206)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Woodshedding at Woodstock...Mud and Levon

Bill M....The Kingston Blues Festival I'm sure would have been fun with Prakash and Fonfara...not in the cards this weekend.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 16:01:46 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

sadavid, thanks for that link. Great stuff.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 15:26:02 CEST 2010 from (134.174.21.2)

Posted by:

Tim

Location: Boston

Subject: Woodstock

heading up to woodstock this weekend. are the owners of Big Pink generally hospitable to walking down and taking a photo?


Entered at Thu Aug 26 15:08:49 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Web: My link

Subject: For jazz fans, in case you missed it...

Jazz treasure trove found...


Entered at Thu Aug 26 14:42:24 CEST 2010 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Steve: unfortunately, young people today have turned their backs on the old ways . . . it's probably all green tea and carrot sticks for Nikki . . . .

Peter: Dame Elton would probably appreciate the attached . . . .


Entered at Thu Aug 26 13:32:02 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.189)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Young Nikki

Sadavid, she just needs a decade of cigarettes and bourbon to mellow her voice a little. Good thing she lives in Quebec where the driniking age is 18. She'll be able to get started real soon.

I remember the first time I saw her at the MTL Jazz Festival. She was 13 or 14 and doing a remarkable " Ella" set for a singer of any age.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 13:07:05 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Web: My link

Subject: Dylan Bootlegs

Following from the earlier discussion: sorry if this is a repeat.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 09:30:37 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.87)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and there's a Marc Ribot and Garth Hudson connection with Marianne Faithfull.

Fabrizio Poggi & Chicken Mambo feat. ERIC BIBB, MAUD & GARTH HUDSON - I HEARD THE ANGELS SINGIN'


Entered at Thu Aug 26 09:05:43 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Norah Jones:search before posting!

Sorry, both Garth and Levon were on "Feels Like Home" sessions.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 09:02:03 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Norah Jones recorded "Bessie Smith" on her New Orleans show on DVD. I have a nagging feeling that there IS another link or sit-in session but it's not coming to mind. Garth is most likely, I guess. I'm a huge admirer of Norah Jones, my enthusiasm surviving those two years or so when every restaurant and shop seemed to have her records on at that irritating volume … too low to fully appreciate, but loud enough for the tunes to get repetitive.

On Bernie Taupin, linked this weekend, MOJO has news of him currently finishing off the new Elton John-Leon Russell album, produced by T. Bone Burnett and a "must buy" for October. Russell is Elton John's favourite pianist. (Better say that carefully if reading aloud, as I know some of you might still have to). The backing group includes Booker T, Don Was, Marc Ribot and Jim Keltner. Brian Wilson and Neil Young are guests vocalists. Neil Young sings on "Road to Shiloh" which shows Taupin's Americana phase thankfully continues.It all sounds too good to be true, though such mega collaborations often disappoint.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 05:50:21 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Sadavid:

I just got rid of it! And now it's back!!! :D


Entered at Thu Aug 26 05:29:21 CEST 2010 from (24.108.136.96)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria lately, most of the time

Subject: Sneaking in and out

Westcoaster Thanks for the welcome. I've always depended on the kindness of strangers. I come in to the west grateful to be here and beholding to all the beauty of the land and its people. So shoot me with your words of friendship. Its good to be noticed.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 04:40:40 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Foriegners

Gawd Damn Jerry T. is one of those back east folks.....we should get to shoot 'em! They sneak in and sneak out and think they're un noticed! We'll get 'em!!


Entered at Thu Aug 26 02:45:10 CEST 2010 from (24.108.136.96)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria right now

Subject: Kensington Market

Bill M. Thanks. I knew about Hugh's Place and unfortunately (for this reason only since I love Victoria) was not in Toronto to catch the show. The news about the McKenna-Gibson CD is great news. If I'm in Toronto at the cd release evening, I'll try to get there.


Entered at Thu Aug 26 00:28:00 CEST 2010 from (98.148.95.44)

Posted by:

Dave Kemmerly

Location: California
Web: My link

Subject: Norah Jones

“Can’t stand the way they sing but I love to hear them talk.” Bob Dylan anyway, his voice is awful for such a darn genius, thank God for Robbie Robertson. Best country music ever, for the sixties. Any of The Band sing with Norah Jones in the early nineties? My wife wishes she could do it again, with all of them, and Jesse Harris who pioneered the music with her.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 19:45:31 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Of course, that live version of "Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues" was included on The Band's "A Musical History" box set, as well as on the '80s import Dylan "Masterpieces" compilation. AMH also had "Tell Me Mama" from the same Liverpool concert and the single version of "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window".


Entered at Wed Aug 25 19:34:51 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Dylan mono box

Hopefully the mastering engineer(s) will judiciously apply adjustments such as EQ & compression and not maximize the volume. I know one of the biggest challenges is taming the shrillness of Dylan's harmonica, even more accute with the mono mix. As far as bonus material, keep in mind that we already have the ongoing "official" bootleg series of releases, used to provide rarities, alternate and other previoulsy unreleased tracks.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 19:25:26 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: BoB

I'm sure they won't include bonus tracks, but Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (live in Liverpool 1966) is another … it was the B-side of the "I Want You" single, released only weeks after the performance, and a very unusual move indeed in those days. I suspect this was the first experience of The Hawks on record for many people.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 17:59:24 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Subject: some historical content re Hawks in para 2

JT: If you're in TO, did you finally get to see Kensington Market at Hugh's Room this past Saturday? Luke Gibson announced from the stage that True North is reissuing his '72 LP and that he, with the McKenna-Gibson Band, will be doing the CD release at Hugh's on Oct 15. (I think it was Oct, but better check.)

BEG: Last night I went to another Danny Brooks benefit, this time at the Silver Dollar (which Dunc knows from Murray's song). Had a chance to ask John Finley what he sang when he guested with our guys back in the day. He said that he and Lee (that's Lee Jackson, his singing partner in the Checkmates) would do "Shotgun" and that he would sing "Please Please Please". Also spoke with Steven Ambrose of the Lincolns who said that the current band includes ex-LOUites Prakash and Michael Fonfara. They're at a festival in Kingston this weekend if you're up for an outing.

Kevin J: Note sub-Robbie guitar work by Larry Leishman in live version of "Shotgun" in link above. (Sorry if this is something I posted previously.)


Entered at Wed Aug 25 17:40:51 CEST 2010 from (86.165.73.227)

Posted by:

Simon

It would be nice if Sony could include Positively Fourth Street/Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window/If You Gotta Go, Go Now and some of the other stray mono tracks discussed here but I wouldn't bank on it.

Peter, as far as I can tell there is something written into the Beatles fine print that ensures their albums can only be reissued 'as is' - Revolver will only ever have 14 tracks, the White album and 1962-1966 will always be spread across two discs and so on. I think there's also a stipulation that there can't be two different versions in the racks. If you want to get the mono albums you have to get them together, likewise the Capitol albums. Should their stuff ever get remixed I very much doubt you'll see the individual albums on sale. I think if it happens it'll be a set, perhaps a large compilation with a jumbled running order and even then it might not be every single track they ever did.

I'm looking forward to hearing the Dylan stuff. I've read that Blonde on Blonde and John Wesley Harding are particularly striking in mono.

Thanks also to Tim for the Bernie Taupin piece on MFBP.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 17:04:10 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: BoB

The Beatles argument is there too. i.e. what the Beatles DIDN'T do. Why not release both the stereo and mono mixes together? It would cost little more. Against is the argument that everyone has the stereo mixes anyway, and probably the originals and a remaster. But for a new generation of fans, it would be easy to put out most classic 60s stuff with both versions.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 17:01:39 CEST 2010 from (206.47.201.185)

Posted by:

Steve

Brien, do you have any suggestions as to what could be done to help change muslim attitudes towards the US?


Entered at Wed Aug 25 16:33:58 CEST 2010 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: you . . . must take the earworm

dlew919: an odd coincidence . . . "Take the 'A' Train" wormed its way into my head some days ago, and refuses to leave the station . . . it comes kourtesy of Kanadas Kinderstar Nikki Yanofsky (see [My link]) who rather cheekily uses it as a concert opener. A truly exceptional voice, and getting better.

Funny, this seems like such a natural melody, yet when _I_ sing it, it never seems to come out right . . . .


Entered at Wed Aug 25 16:32:00 CEST 2010 from (24.108.136.96)

Posted by:

JT

Location: VicTO

Subject: New (old) Dylan releases

David P and John D That approach of actually thinking and placing the takes to which you refer, David P and John D, is precisely what could be done to provide something special. It would have required diligence and care. An approach similar to the new Band cds with the extra session cuts on them would be welcome from Sony when the Dylan mono box is released. The 'studio John Birch' and others particularly would be welcome on this release. I agree that we should be pleased that this material is being released at all. It points to the perceived continued interest in the treasures of this master artist and I trust such releases will continue to be issued.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 15:19:40 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Location: Mixing up the medicine in mono...

John D brings up an interesting point regarding the different mixes which have turned up on the various album versions. My guess is that Dylan's people, as they've done in the past, will stick with the standard American master mixes for the mono box with no bonus cuts. One can still hope for surprises, such as the alternate version of "From A Buick 6" and the mono single mix of "Positively 4th Street", which was also included of Dylan's "Greatest Hits 1". Then there are those four tracks from the original version of "Freewheelin'" that were replaced -- one could go on & on. Suffice to say, we should be glad that Dylan & Sony/BMG are officially releasing the mono box and the Whitmark demos in any form at all.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 13:31:34 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Tim, that is a great bit of writing from Bernie Taupin regarding "MFBP". Thank you for posting the link.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 12:00:21 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: the earworm I get...

'Take the A Train'. There are worse ones to have, I'm not complaining.

Usually it's stuff like Europe 'The Final Countdown'...


Entered at Wed Aug 25 10:57:20 CEST 2010 from (76.99.245.65)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: pond

Subject: I love earworms

Hey hey, I love the concept of earworms. My favorite earworm is either Tony Bennett's "It had To Be You", or an imaginary favorite of mine... Perry Como singing the Allman Brothers' classic, "Whipping Post". What can I say, I'm a 57 year old with a lively imagination...


Entered at Wed Aug 25 10:45:58 CEST 2010 from (76.99.245.65)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: By the Turtle Pond

Subject: the late Tony Mart's

I went to the renovated former site of Tony Mart's in "1980-something" to see The Band, with Jimmy Weider, maybe a Cate Brother or two, and Richard. They seemed to pay homage to their Hawks roots, playing lots of early 60's rock and roll and early Band classics. In addition, I distinctly remember being appalled at the way the facility imitated the casinos of Atlantic City, with their "polished brass, glass and mirrors" decor. However, I took it in for what it was worth... the historic site that gave them wings. It was a weird, edgy night in an environment totally alien to me (and probably to The Band), but all I could think was that these are stand up guys, honoring their roots in a place that meant something to them "way back when", and that, if they could take this setting, so could I. By the way, it was the edgiest old time rock and roll revue I've EVER seen. The highlight was "I Don't Want To Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes". Until I saw the Danko/Helm tour in '83, nothing ever moved me like that night.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 09:28:02 CEST 2010 from (217.172.67.157)

Posted by:

Richard

Location: St. Catharines
Web: My link

Thank you Peter and Rod. The disc would appear to be an official DVD release of Japan Tour (see link to product at Amazon US), however the fact it is only available from private dealers is a bit suspicious... I'll definitely give it a try...


Entered at Wed Aug 25 09:22:00 CEST 2010 from (121.73.137.113)

Posted by:

Rod

Subject: Tokyo vs Vancouver

I've got the Vancouver concert on DVD but from what I've seen on YouTube The Tokyo video/DVD is superior in both song selection and performance. Peter's right about the Cate Brothers.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 08:38:23 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Japan Tour

The Band "Japan Tour" was the title of an official Japanese release. I'm guessing this "Live in Tokyo 1983" is the same show. It was held to be a better buy than the 1983 Reunion Concert video (recorded in Vancouver) because it had more songs and especially more Richard. The Japanese-made VHS I had sounded brighter and clearer than the British-made VHS of the Reunion Concert too. I don't think anyone could seriously compare the quality of the performance with The Last Waltz. This is the Cate Bros enhanced (or rather "doubled") Band and there is a distinct "too many cooks" issue in places.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 05:56:43 CEST 2010 from (24.108.136.96)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Dylan Bootleg Series Witmark Demos

Hello John D. The Witmark Demos release is welcome. These recordings will be welcomed in pristine condition. I'm surprised it took this long to put them out. As for the mono recordings, I would hope they would take the best of them and include the variations as bonuses, but I'm sure that won't happen unless someone up there with some real knowledge about the variations is making the decisions. That would make the mono release box something really special.


Entered at Wed Aug 25 02:20:30 CEST 2010 from (24.218.200.216)

Posted by:

Tim

Location: Boston
Web: My link

Subject: Bernie Taupin on MFBP

On his blog.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 23:34:21 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

… but I've never managed to answer that Desert island Discs / House on Fire question. One LP only. Would it be "The Band" or "Blonde on Blonde"? I hope it's a choice I'll never have to make.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 23:32:10 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Dylanology

Thanks, John.Delighted to see all those early things officially released.

I’m also excited by the mono albums … though I think I have all but Blonde on Blonde bought new on vinyl in original mono anyway. Inexplicably and stupidly “Blonde on Blonde” was the only one from “Times they Are A Changin’| that I didn’t buy new immediatly. So my vinyl copy’s stereo.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 22:36:55 CEST 2010 from (99.254.209.45)

Posted by:

John D

The following was announced today:

The complete track listing of The Bootleg Series Volume 9 –The Witmark Demos is being released:

Disc 1:

1. Man On The Street (Fragment)

2. Hard Times In New York Town

3. Poor Boy Blues

4. Ballad For A Friend

5. Rambling, Gambling Willie

6. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues

7. Standing On The Highway

8. Man On The Street

9. Blowin’ In The Wind

10. Long Ago, Far Away

11. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

12. Tomorrow Is A Long Time

13. The Death of Emmett Till

14. Let Me Die In My Footsteps

15. Ballad Of Hollis Brown

16. Quit Your Low Down Ways

17. Baby, I’m In The Mood For You

18. Bound To Lose, Bound To Win

19. All Over You

20. I’d Hate To Be You On That Dreadful Day

21. Long Time Gone

22. Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues

23. Masters Of War

24. Oxford Town

25. Farewell

Disc 2

1. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

2. Walkin’ Down The Line

3. I Shall Be Free

4. Bob Dylan’s Blues

5. Bob Dylan’s Dream

6. Boots Of Spanish Leather

7. Walls of Red Wing

8. Girl From The North Country

9. Seven Curses

10. Hero Blues

11. Whatcha Gonna Do?

12. Gypsy Lou

13. Ain’t Gonna Grieve

14. John Brown

15. Only A Hobo

16. When The Ship Comes In

17. The Times They Are A-Changin’

18. Paths Of Victory

19. Guess I’m Doing Fine

20. Baby Let Me Follow You Down

21. Mama, You Been On My Mind

22. Mr. Tambourine Man

23. I’ll Keep It With Mine

The eight albums to be released in The Complete Mono Recordings are as follows:

§ Bob Dylan – 1962

§ The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – 1963

§ The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 1964

§ Another Side Of Bob Dylan – 1964

§ Bringing It All Back Home – 1965

§ Highway 61 Revisited – 1965

§ Blonde on Blonde – 1966

§ John Wesley Harding – 1967

My question is this and David P I'm kind of aiming this one at you. The original 8 Mono recordings being released is wonderful; BUT which versions will there be?

The Canadian Version of the original mono version of Blonde On Blonde is a totally different mix that the American version. I sent David P a track or two and Al Kooper's organ is away out in front for example. It will be interesting to see what Columbia/Sony will do.

May I say that posting something like this on this site having to hit the backslash and the letter "n" is ridiculous. There is no other site like this. On other sites I just hit the enter key twice and a new paragraph appears.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 21:52:18 CEST 2010 from (95.16.167.123)

Posted by:

Richard

Location: St Catharines

Was just in the local music shop here in Seville and saw a DVD called ‘The Band Live in Tokyo’ (1983) for sale. Can anybody say if this is a disc they would recommend? Been to the Band site and read a review claiming it is better than the ‘Last Waltz’. Finding that a bit hard to believe.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 18:34:37 CEST 2010 from (76.64.185.12)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Surprising thing about Michael Been's death is that I was shocked to learn he was 60..........meaning the guys in The Call at the formation of their band were already older than the guys in the Band when the Band ended their career........Was Robbie really only 32 when it all became just a "Goddamn impossible way of life"


Entered at Tue Aug 24 17:13:36 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Song of the Day

Pat B: I try to avoid debating the topics of politics & religion, but for a musical perspective, cue the Bee Gees "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You".


Entered at Tue Aug 24 17:02:37 CEST 2010 from (99.115.147.236)

Posted by:

Pat B

I think the distrust of the world lies heavily on Christian America (I keep hearing Glenn Beck arguing that the US is a Christian nation) which has created literally thousands of Ground Zeros near Mosques.

Certainly the question about Obama's religion is a typical tool of the far-right, knee-jerk nativist. Lincoln had black blood, Roosevelt was a Jew, Kennedy was Catholic, everything old is new again. Kind of funny that Papists now dominate the Supreme Court just in time to grant citizenship to corporations.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 16:43:09 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: From Somers Point to Hollywood in '65

Thanks B.E.G. for those additional links.

Leaving the Tony Mart's gig, it was actually just Levon & Robbie who first joined Dylan. They quickly played two gigs with him, at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium on August 28th and the Hollywood Bowl on September 3rd, joined by Al Kooper on organ and Harvey Brooks on bass. Coincidentally, August 28th falls on a Saturday again this year, as it did 45 years ago for the Forest Hills debut concert (see link).

Levon and The Hawks had previously committed to playing at Friar's Tavern in Toronto a couple of weeks later. With Kooper & Brooks hedging on touring at that time, Robbie & Levon brought the rest of The Hawks onboard with Dylan, who joined them in Toronto to use the opportunity to rehearse with the full Band of Hawks.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 15:57:29 CEST 2010 from (76.66.24.32)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and thanks Carol for posting this photo of Rick and Robbie that's up for sale as well.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 15:43:33 CEST 2010 from (76.66.24.32)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and from Carol Caffin's site from a couple of years ago.

"Baby "Good Fellas": The Hawks At Tony's Mart in Somer's Point, New Jersey


Entered at Tue Aug 24 15:33:09 CEST 2010 from (76.66.24.32)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

AT THE POINT SOMERS POINT NJ
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009
Photo Jerry Cummings
TONY MARTS Yesterday and Today – By William Kelly


Entered at Tue Aug 24 15:27:05 CEST 2010 from (76.66.24.32)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

HAROLD KUDLETS : THE MAN WHO BROUGHT ROCK-A-BILLY TO CANADA
(By Bo Berglind)

Buzzzz in my ears lately....Eminem's "I'm Not Afraid" dlew919 to share what I listen to as well as "Love The Way You Lie". Like Tupac, he's brilliant the way he can string words and images together.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 15:04:21 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Look out, Mississippi, the storm is comin' through...

When I mentioned the 41st anniversary of Woodstock last week I neglected to mention another sigificant event, one of a tragic nature, that coincided with the music festival. Around the time that The Band were onstage in upstate New York, a category 5 hurricane named Camille hit the Mississippi coast, with 200 mph wind gusts and 24 ft storm surge. When you mention August 17, 1969 to those on the Gulf Coast, who lived through the events of that day, it's the name Camille and not Woodstock which brings back heartbreaking memories, far distant from peace, love and music.

Thanks John D for the additional point regarding Conway Twitty's pivotal role in the history of The Hawks.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 14:15:26 CEST 2010 from (99.254.209.45)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: David P's link to Tony Mart's

David thank you for that link. Just an extra point. There is a quote in that article, "During an interview with Levon Helm, years ago, Levon clearly explained that it was Conway Twitty with his longstanding relationship with Tony Mart who actually steered “The Hawks” to Tony Mart’s and told him “ Go see Tony -Tony will put you to work.”

It's interesting to note that it was in fact Conway Twitty who told Ronnie Hawkins and his Hawks to come to Canada, "where the streets were paved with gold for an American band." Conway would use Hamilton Ontario and Toronto as places to play and then go back home. Ronnie fell in love; with the area. Married his girlfriend Wanda and stayed all this time. It was Conway who was pivotal both times to change musical history. Conway would also write his rockabilly hit, "It's only Make Believe; in Hamilton.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 12:31:03 CEST 2010 from (68.197.221.208)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

dlew - I don't doubt your premise about Islam. But there is (at least in parts here) a certain underlying distrust or maybe unease about Islam/Muslims. I think there are many people who would like to see members of that religion more vocal in their opposition towards what is going on in the middle east in terms of attitude towards us and such. I know the local mosque by us is reaching out to our community of churches and synagogues so that they can show and share their religion and its aims of peace and love with all. That is very encouraging. But many folks, it would seem, feel there isn't enough of that and that there is no concerted efforted by the American body of Islamic mosques (if they have a unified organization of some kind) that denounces al-quada, taliban, hamas, and in general the practices of Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia in their practices of supporting terrorism and teaching hatred toward Jews. I think if there was a very vocal and visual effort on their part to do that, that the unease of the American public might very well be tempered.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 09:10:17 CEST 2010 from (196.7.230.230)

Posted by:

Nux Schwartz

Location: Durban South Africa

Subject: Michael Been

I was and still am a big Michael Been fan.Very sad to learn about his passing,may he rest in peace.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 08:51:28 CEST 2010 from (59.101.4.197)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Earworm...

It's a german term, apparently, and I don't know the original word, but Earworm for that song that just won't leave... I always have to play 'Get Up Jake' twice, for example. At the moment, no earworm, but it's usually something that I'd rather not admit anyway...

Kevin: I know most Americans (and I'd guess nearly everyone, if not everyone here) consider Islam a decent religion: after all, some of the great US figures were Islam: Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Muhammed Ali, and some others are revered sporting figures, who are genuine role models (actually I know very little about Kareem Abdul Jabbar, except that he was fantastic in 'Airplane' (as was the far more unfortunate and regrettable O J Simpson in 'Naked Gun')).

I think there's a movement in the mainstream press (led by Rupert Murdoch, presumably) to pander to the dumbest. One thing the Australian election proved was the the so-called 'redneck' (or 'bogan' here, or 'chav' in the UK) vote is virtually non-existent, and that you can't underestimate the collective intelligence of a voting public... which goes against all other indications of human intelligence.


Entered at Tue Aug 24 08:39:11 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The song now playing in your head …

Most days, I have a persistent song playing that I can't escape. Last week, pleasantly, it was Los Lobos "On Main Street" (track 2 of Tin Can Trust). The week before was Tom Jones' "Did Trouble Me."

This week it's an oldie. I picked up a copy of Eric Burden & The Animals "Ring of Fire" (1968) last week. This has an unintentionally hilarious L-O-N-G fade out with Eric intoning "Yes, baby! It's burning me! Yes! Yes! That ring of fire's BURNING me … Aaargh!!! ", a histrionic feat that might have inspired the likes of Jim Morrison. It also has some very nice guitar parts. Fortunately, that's not the one I can't stop running through my head, but having played it and the B-side (the near six minute "I'm An Animal") I went and played "San Franciscan Nights." The long introduction is always hilarious, but the song is very, very catchy, which is why it was a hit. So I'm lost in Eric's 1967 San Francisco warm nights. And it won't go away.

Anyone else afflicted this week in a similar wat?


Entered at Tue Aug 24 01:55:47 CEST 2010 from (206.53.153.139)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Jersey Shore in 1965

Following up on my previous post -- Once again, sharing the bill with Levon and The Hawks at Tony Mart's in Somers Point, N.J., Conway Twitty played a key role in the history of The Hawks. I also believe Conway's Oklahoma Revue backing band at the time included a young Jesse Ed Davis. My own connection was that I was vacationing with my family that August in '65 across the bridge from Tony Mart's in Ocean City, too young to gain admittance in the club. Never the less, the salt and the vibes were in the air that summer of the Jersey Shore.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 23:45:57 CEST 2010 from (76.64.185.12)

Posted by:

Kevin J

From the interview BEG posted.........Had Robbie even considered showing up.....sounds like it.....but probably not....more than likely he was just being polite with Michael..........

Michal Been: "The most exciting thing to us was THE BAND - Garth and Robbie and Levon and those people - because THE BAND, to us, was the greatest band that ever was. They were an incredible influence on us. I went to see THE BAND when I was about 18, and I was singing a gut- wrenching version of "Rockin' Chair', and I remember looking through the crowd and seeing people with tears in their eyes. I'd never seen that before. I knew immediately what I wanted to do. Incidentally, about two years ago, Scott and I played in California with Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson on THE BAND's reunion tour. Levon Helm was doing a movie at the time so Scott filled in on drums. Robbie Robertson was busy with a previous commitment and I played guitar. Scott and I really enjoyed playing all those songs we've loved for so long and playing with THE BAND was an incredible experience."

In what could probably pass for a Saturday Night Live skit - the media's reporting of how the percentage of US citizens that believe Obama is a Muslim continues to rise is something to behold......one panel I saw on Sunday morning concluded that as his policies and the economy continue to disappoint, it is only natural that his "negatives" would rise - hence the greater percentage of people believing he was a Muslim.........the pundits assembled all just nodded their heads in agreement as if an absolute consensus existed over being Muslim was absolutely a bad thing on its own.......................Look - I know the majority of US citizens don't feel this way but it was just amazing to see how carelessly the US media handles this topic........ As an aside, I don't recall ever seeing a Canadian politician filmed going into or out of a religous service......


Entered at Mon Aug 23 23:18:30 CEST 2010 from (68.197.221.208)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

Robbies Facbook page has announced that today is the last day of mixing the new album.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 20:06:28 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Levon & The Hawks at the Jersey Shore

It was 45 years ago this month that Levon & The Hawks left the South Jersey Shore to hook up with Dylan. (see link)


Entered at Mon Aug 23 17:58:40 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: guitar bit

I think that little run is used by Robbie several times over the years then. I was thinking of Soap Box Preacher though.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 17:49:14 CEST 2010 from (76.69.84.176)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Sorry about the double post David P!
Lately it seems too many people are having heart attacks and cancer in their fifties and sixties. In my own personal life....Older friends who are in their sixties.....Two of them have significant others who are on chemo now and a male friend of mine who is 60 already having heart issues. Wake up call for all of us who are younger....as everything in our lives accumulate until our system rebels against ourselves.

I forgot to mention the other day while Joan Osbourne was being showcased that I saw her in NYC at a Dylan Tribute to Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks". Ollabelle was another highlight and meeting Buddy Cage and his very young wife who was wearing the coolest Bob Marley jacket. Thanks again to Crabgrass who got us front row tickets.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 17:23:38 CEST 2010 from (76.69.84.176)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Walls Came Down with The Call and Garth Hudson


Entered at Mon Aug 23 17:13:55 CEST 2010 from (76.69.84.176)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

An interview with Michael Been.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 17:12:14 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.96)

Posted by:

Steve

Brien, I held my fire on the Jersey Shore and Rock Of Ages overlap til you gave the answer since mine was so obvious I knew it wasn't what you were looking for.

What do The Jersey Shore and Rock Of Ages have in common? THE BAND! See, I knew my answer was too obvious to be right. I know I have BUMBLES'( god rest his posting soul) backing on that call.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 16:53:25 CEST 2010 from (76.69.84.176)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

August 16...The Return Of Levon Helm


Entered at Mon Aug 23 16:43:16 CEST 2010 from (76.64.185.12)

Posted by:

Kevin J

David P: Thank you but very sorry to hear of the passing of Michael Been.........In the 80's before the much ballyhooed comeback of Robbie Robertson which really put The Band back in the mainstream news....it was The Call which got a lot of FM airplay and DJ's of the day would always mention The Band and the Garth Hudson connection.........Michael Been was a very talented guy........Life really is short and one never knows.......have fun while you can.............

I saw "Tetro" on the weekend.........a minor masterpiece for the first 3/4 of the film........Interesting in that it is the first movie Francis Ford Coppola has written since "The Conversation"...................there is the argument that most great artists only have no more than 5 masterworks in them..........true for most one can think of - Hemingway, Hitchcock, Kurosawa........Shakespeare and Dylan had more, of course.......Tetro does not give Coppola 5 ( he is still stuck at 4 ) but it is well worth seeing.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 16:42:26 CEST 2010 from (76.69.84.176)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thank you Jan H!
:-D


Entered at Mon Aug 23 16:40:10 CEST 2010 from (76.69.84.176)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

A whole lotta photos of Rick Danko...just scroll down!


Entered at Mon Aug 23 16:02:39 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: R.I.P. Michael Been

Memphis Joe noted the passing of Michael Been in the GB last week. Mr. Been was the vocalist & main songwriter for The Call, a group that Garth worked with during the '80s (link above to video of the group with Garth). Mr. Been died of a heart attack while touring as soundman with the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, a band led by his son Robert Levon Been.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 15:30:39 CEST 2010 from (134.174.21.2)

Posted by:

Tim

Location: Boston

Subject: photo hunt

Does anyone recall a photo of the reunited Band, the version with Jim Weider and Richard Manuel. The photo is of the 5 of them, with a 6th person (presumable the owner of the picture) standing outside near a shed I believe, with Levon holding a telephone. Had to be @ fall 85 photo. Can’t find it on this site. Thanks Tim


Entered at Mon Aug 23 14:58:35 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Indian Summer

Peter: Maybe a similarity with part of Robbie's solo on "It Makes No Difference", which I believe was recorded before "Indian Summer". As for another Band connection, I wonder if the producer of that Poco album, Mark Harman, is the same guy who was an engineer at Bearsville Studio and worked on "Cahoots", "Moondog Matinee" and Van Morrison's "His Band and the Street Choir".


Entered at Mon Aug 23 13:17:14 CEST 2010 from (68.197.221.208)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

For those who waited with baited breath - the answer to what does Rock of Ages and the Jersey Shore have in common. The answer is, they both have a Snooky in them. OH!


Entered at Mon Aug 23 12:12:59 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.58)

Posted by:

Steve

Thanks, Dlew, I thought the hammer she was holding was financial in some form but wasn't sure if there was some other reason like a treaty or something.

Gillard, starting her political career as a left leaning socialist then compromising her "beliefs" for a shot at the top job is what I meant by the upper echelon of politicians that give them all a bad name.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 08:53:42 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: guitar bit

Might be, Adam … it's not the one I was thinking of, but I'll check later today because it's a "signature" little run of Robbie's which is very prominent in another song. I was listening to the 45 single of Indian Summer, so timing is not fixed (it depends where the needle dropped by a couple of seconds), but in my copy onto iTunes it runs from 3m 52s to 3m 57s. The LP edit might be different. Any other thoughts, anyone?


Entered at Mon Aug 23 08:44:06 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Fagen

From the medley point of view, he's appeared on Rambles.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 07:28:02 CEST 2010 from (71.232.26.129)

Posted by:

Dave H

Donald Fagen's Band connection is close indeed: he's Amy Helm's stepfather.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 05:20:57 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: I Know!

Charlie; Thank you so much for that. I recall a while back when we discussed Danny's slide technqiue. You got me to thinking about him again.

Just like Richard Manuel, it was such a sad and wasteful thing of a good human being, and a very talented musician and entertainer.

The reason I entiteled this post, "I Know" is from a song from Ed Bruce. I've long extolled the greatness of Ed Bruce as a country song writer........but.....listen to this song, and the history behind it. It's very moving.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 04:21:07 CEST 2010 from (24.252.247.180)

Posted by:

Calvin

From a review of sorts of the first night of the Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs Tour.

The crazy and most entertaining thing was the song list. Of course they did some catalog songs. But Boz covered a Mink DeVille song, they opened with Lee Michaels' Heighty Hi, did Them Changes, Teddy Pendergrass' Love TKO, a Band medley (Caledonia Mission- Fagen, Rag Mama Rag- Boz, The Shape I'm In-MM), a few obscure r&b tunes... they did HELP ME RHONDA as one of the encores!

A Band Medley? A guess Fagen has a relationship with some of the guys, but that still took me by surprise.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 03:49:47 CEST 2010 from (61.68.58.137)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Steve:

Gillard, the leftist who started spruiking right because she thought it would help (it didn't - the Greens were the big winners here) will 'diplomatically' negotiate, first by offering what amounts to bribes, secondly by threatening to withdraw urgent foreign aid. East Timore (or Timor L'Este) is no source of pride in Australia...



Entered at Mon Aug 23 03:00:39 CEST 2010 from (71.62.141.173)

Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: The Fez

Westcoaster: John Previti is the fez-wearing acoutic bassist in that video. He's a longtime DC-area musical icon who played behind Danny Gatton for nearly two decades. I was lucky enough to see Mr. Gatton play for the first time in 1973 when he was part of a group called Liz Meyer and Friends. Liz moved to Europe many years ago and pursued a successful career in bluegrass. She's one of many people interviewed for the fine biography of Danny Gatton called "Unfinished Business." If you want to know more about him, it's a great place to start.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 00:45:49 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: Unsung Heros

He was called the "greatest never heard of guitar player in the world". Danny Gatton shot himself at the age of 49 in 1994 I believe it was.

Listening to all the nostalgia over the last few days brought me to reviewing and enjoying a lot of the music over my early life.

Having found this video not that long back, reminds me of the style of these guys and this music. I watch Eric Clapton play this stuff with Scotty Moore, and (for me) it don't compare to this

Many guitar players have some kind of "affliction" while playing riffs. They bite their lip, stick their tongue out. All kinds of things that ....help I guess. This guy just stood there and pulled off some of the most astounding licks any one has ever done.

What also is cool is the old cars and guitars in this vid. Perhaps David Powell can tell me who the guy in the Fez is playing the standup bass. I can't remember.


Entered at Mon Aug 23 00:44:51 CEST 2010 from (99.141.63.31)

Posted by:

Adam2

Peter V - at about 4:12 I hear a guitar run that sounds pretty similar to Robbie's soloing in Van's "Caravan" from the Last Waltz. Is that the correct answer? Poco's song came out in 1977, and though the Waltz was played in 1976, it wasn't released until 1978.


Entered at Sun Aug 22 21:33:05 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.237)

Posted by:

Steve

Dlew, how is Gillard able to suggest setting up refugee camps for people trying to get to Australia in East Timor which is a sovereign state. I know the idea was quashed by the Timor gov't but what makes this even a possibility? Does Australia have a US/Cuba like arrangement with Timor?

Can't agree with you completely on the poor quality of people who get elected. I do think that like in many institutions the people who make it to the top tend to be the less desirable types.

But those tend to become the face of politics we see on a daily basis so all politicians get tarred with that brush.


Entered at Sun Aug 22 17:45:27 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Absolutely true … you get a politician whatsoever. The Speedos (much seen on UK TV) worried me because if they became obligatory for all males, I'd never be able to visit. I'm more a Bermudas shape nowadays.


Entered at Sun Aug 22 17:36:40 CEST 2010 from (61.68.58.137)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: peter v: alas...

It's long been an axiom of mine that every vote is a donkey vote because that's who gets elected. Or... it doesnt' matter who you vote for, a politician gets elected...

the sad part is the speedos aren't the worst part. It does look like the Labor party will get back in, meaning less speedos. but more factional misbehaviour...

Jobs in the UK, Canada or US. There's plenty for unemployable bums, isn't there?


Entered at Sun Aug 22 15:58:21 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Dlew, all sorts of rumours are spreading here. Is it true that Speedos will be compulsory wear for elected representatives?


Entered at Sun Aug 22 15:23:27 CEST 2010 from (61.68.58.137)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Brien

When one comes on, it goes off, and the other goes on?


Entered at Sun Aug 22 15:05:01 CEST 2010 from (68.197.221.208)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

Hey - What does Rock of Ages and Jersey Shore have in common?


Entered at Sun Aug 22 14:03:02 CEST 2010 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

Subject: Poco

Not familiar with 'Indian Summer' but Jeff, I bought 'Deliverin' on your recommendation and am liking it a whole lot. I'm going on the road for a few days and will get the opportunity to really give it a listen. I take it this is the last album with the original lineup?


Entered at Sun Aug 22 13:33:11 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Quiz of the week: Poco

OK, here's a quiz question. Hope Jeff and David P are looking in.

Find Poco's "Indian Summer". At around the 4 minute mark, note the guitar run. Which Robbie Robertson guitar run (i.e. on which track) is it incredibly similar to?

Which came first?


Entered at Sun Aug 22 12:55:11 CEST 2010 from (86.151.160.151)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Bobby Charles

Peter, Adam 2:Thanks - I'll get the Bearsville album and the Bobby Charles albums.

But, I wonder if you asked the man on the Clapham omnibus if he had heard of Bobby Charles, what he would reply, compared to Chuck Berry for example.

The 'new to me' version I have of Small Town Talk is good.


Entered at Sun Aug 22 10:31:39 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Charly / Chess

As an addendum, Charly produced some very carefully annotated Chess compilations. The 8 CD Chuck Berry box was meticulous. They must have got back to the masters as there are alternative takes etc and very detailed session particulars. However, ownership of the Chess catalogue was hotly disputed, and it turned out Charly didn't have enough provenance of its rights. And also that they really were a classic blues label. The original artists saw no money. Charly had similar things going with the Immediate back catalogue, where one partner sold the rights to Charly and the other to NEMS.

BUT the people they employed to write liner notes were always first class.


Entered at Sun Aug 22 09:46:23 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Bobby Charles

I don’t mean to deny the greatness of Bobby Charles’ Chess work, only to point out that in the “Story of Chess” he was a bit part player as a performer (rather than writer), and no one doing a biopic on the Chess brothers would have added him to the film. The recent and essential “Chess Chartbusters” series only has one Bobby Charles peformance, See You Later Alligator. I was surprised to see a photo of the original Chess single in the booklet, and it was actually called “Later Alligator.”

Bobby Charles’ best-known Chess recordings were compiled on the Charley CD “Louisiana R&B Man” in 1995. The sleeve notes are tremendous. In an unprecedented move in 1955, Bobby Charles spent an entire weekend recording Later Alligator and On Bended Knee. In the notes, Bobby Charles is quoted on the shock Chess got when he first got off the plane in Chicago to meet them. They were looking for a black guy.


Entered at Sun Aug 22 02:20:22 CEST 2010 from (99.141.63.31)

Posted by:

Adam2

By the way, Bobby appears on The Band's cover of his "Last Train To Memphis" from Jubilation, though his contributions aren't super prominent in the mix. I wonder if Bobby was sent the tape to add his parts to (like Eric Clapton for the same track), or if he came by Woodstock for the sessions. Anyone know?


Entered at Sun Aug 22 00:10:43 CEST 2010 from (99.141.63.31)

Posted by:

Adam2

Yeah, Bobby Charles' Chess recordings weren't so monumental. But still, finally having the earliest recordings of a great songwriter/artist is the reason to pick up the set. Plus, there were great musicians who played on them, such as the great New Orleans Cosimo sessions guys, and on a few tracks Willie Dixon & band.

Dunc, you definitely need to have Bobby's Bearsville album if you don't already! One of my top 5 albums.


Entered at Sat Aug 21 22:09:48 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

P.S. I think in the annals of Chess, the impact of Bobby Charles was around zero. What did he do on Chess? I believe six tracks, none particularly well-known. In the UK, if you'd blinked, you'd have missed his Chess career.


Entered at Sat Aug 21 22:06:50 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: In a while, crocodile

The "Bobby Charles" album in the 70s caused quite a stir, because of Band comparisons. Enough of a stir for me to buy it new, something I've always been pleased I did. Otherwise it was always other artists' versions of his stuff, especially Bill Haley on See You later Alligator, a phrase with which Princess Margaret scandalized the nation by using.


Entered at Sat Aug 21 21:25:46 CEST 2010 from (86.151.160.151)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Adam, Peter, David P

Until this GB a few years ago, I thought Bobby Charles was a writer and not a performer. In addition to the 'famous' songs' I have Bobby Charles songs by Joe Cocker, Frankie Miller and Rick.

Last week I bought the John Martyn covers album,'The Church With One Bell' which was unavailable in Glasgow after it sold out. It has good versions of 'He's got all the whiskey' and 'Small town talk'. John says sadly he never met Bobby Charles.

So thanks, Adam, I'll buy this album.

Which also made me think,why did I miss Bobby Charles compared to other Chess artists. Is it just me or was his impact in Britain as a performer minimal?


Entered at Sat Aug 21 16:14:32 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: cadillac records

All biopics alter the story, and with Beyonce as producer it was clear that Etta James would be Chess's most prominent artist. She certainly carries that intent off. I played the Beyoncé version of "I'd Rather Go Blind" to a friend who is a total "original version snob" and while he was aware that it was a remake, he didn't know who it was by, and thought it "astonishly good." I agree. "At Last" too. The bit with Howlin' Wolf watching a session is great. Everything about the musical side deserves accolades.

I think it falls down a bit on narrative and the end is unsatisfying, but it's hard as the artists mainly continued to record.

I bought the OST album … the 2 CD version too.


Entered at Sat Aug 21 14:01:02 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.200)

Posted by:

Looney Lapin

Subject: Speaking Of Smelly Holes

Lars, or as ZZZ Lapins Francais say, * L'Arse, bring on Fudd, AKA, Oink And Shoot, that poster pig for the NRA's idea of gun safety.

* L'Arse, was used with the expressed written permission of, ZZZ'ead Loonie.


Entered at Sat Aug 21 12:44:08 CEST 2010 from (90.239.118.13)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Subject: When did the internet and rock and roll die?

1.) I understand that westcoaster is a person of a lot of humor even if it is not always has been my kind of humor.

2.) Northern Boy: Thanks for response. I hope someone asked Ceasar when the Roman Empire did die or - even better - someone asked Hitler when the Third Reich did die? BTW when did The Band die?


Entered at Sat Aug 21 04:06:24 CEST 2010 from (70.25.225.12)

Posted by:

Bill M

Someone asked about the death of rock and roll. I'm with Danny and the Juniors on that score - and would be interested to know his and their thoughts on the internet.


Entered at Sat Aug 21 03:06:02 CEST 2010 from (70.78.227.122)

Posted by:

Northern Boy

Location: just beyond Hope, BC

Subject: So-Called Northwestcoaster (formerly known as the moderator of the former Nordic Countries, ie. "Illka")

Not that I haven't asked far sillier questions myself, but don't you feel even just a tiny bit silly asking everybody here "when did the internet die ?" I mean obviously, why don't you just go Google it for heaven's sake ? NB


Entered at Sat Aug 21 00:10:13 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: USA

Subject: Tit for tat

Just for the record, this post is directed at Bugs Bunny & no one else.

We (Rev Billy & I) are thinking about telling Elmer Fudd where your hole is, although he can probably smell his way to it. Does it still glow in the dark where you live?


Entered at Fri Aug 20 23:59:59 CEST 2010 from (99.141.19.86)

Posted by:

Adam

Subject: Chess movie / Bobby Charles

I thought Cadillac Records was a semi decent Hollywood/mainstream adaptation of the Chess story. There were obviously omissions as David P mentioned. I thought the changing of facts was also a bit silly, such as how the film portrayed one of the Chess brothers dying in his car moments after leaving the building for the last time. At the time the movie came out I remember reading about another Chess film being made at the same time, but I'm not sure if that's been released.

I just ordered a copy of Bear Family's recent release of Bobby Charles' Chess recordings. These have been properly unavailable on CD for years, only appearing on obscure import releases and a vinyl LP in the early '80s. I read a glowing review of the set, which is remastered and features an in-depth booklet with liner notes, photos, and more. Apparently the liner notes are great, including stories of Bobby and Chuck Berry touring together in the late '50s. It's very unfortunate Bobby had to pass away for something like this to finally come out, but it's fantastic that it finally has been released.



Entered at Fri Aug 20 23:07:34 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: How'd they do that!

Some one told me about this picture that was on flickr just this morning. So if you've ever wondered what the old Westcoaster and her barge the Chief look like.......here you are!

And this ain't in gawd damn Sweden:)


Entered at Fri Aug 20 23:01:05 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Cadillac Records

Among the film's omissions are two Band connections: Bo "Who Do You Love" Diddley and Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller).


Entered at Fri Aug 20 21:39:44 CEST 2010 from (85.255.44.145)

Posted by:

jh

Web: My link

Subject: "Cadillac Records"

Just watched this bio/drama about the rise of Chess Records -- Muddy, Wolf, Little Walter, Sumlin, Etta James, Chuck Berry -- thought it was pretty well done. Beyoncé Knowles as Etta was a positive surprise. The Rolling Stones part was a bit embarrassing, though. Discuss!


Entered at Fri Aug 20 21:27:32 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.110)

Posted by:

Bugs Bunny

Subject: Which Way Did They Go, Which Way Did They Go?

Did anyone see which direction The US Army went on its mission of delivering democracy to people in the mid east when they left Iraq?

There must be people all over the region, living under nasty dictators, just dying to taste democracy shouting," FREE ME, FREE ME". To get the proper effect, The FREE ME thing should be read like Kathy Bates' line, Buy Me, Buy Me, while playing the Squirrel Lady in Rat Race.


Entered at Fri Aug 20 21:02:12 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

'The Lives of Others' is excellent. I read 'Stasiland' when we were in Berlin last year. A good suggestion.


Entered at Fri Aug 20 20:35:51 CEST 2010 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

Location: S'side
Web: My link

Subject: Hubert Sumlin

The man.


Entered at Fri Aug 20 19:54:53 CEST 2010 from (86.165.73.227)

Posted by:

Simon

Thanks, BEG.

Also worth seeing is "The Lives of Others" about East Germany under the Stasi. Norbert mentioned this a while back and it is a very powerful and humane movie that absolutely deserves all the plaudits. There's also a book "Stasiland" by Anna Funder that won several awards. I haven't read it yet but a few people have recommended it.


Entered at Fri Aug 20 19:18:08 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Ostalgie

The central work for Ostalgie is the German film "Goodbye Lenin!". If you haven't seen it, rent it or buy it. it's a great comedy piece (subtitled of course).


Entered at Fri Aug 20 18:34:50 CEST 2010 from (173.2.83.251)

Posted by:

memphis joe

Location: just across the river in the land of levon
Web: My link

Subject: come and get your love

just wanted to let everyone know the JOE MEDWICK MEMPHIS SOUL SHOW will do maybe it's last little fete waltzy boogaloo dance party at KEEGAN ALES uptown kingston tonight at 9p with special guest CONNOR KENNEDY and friends...many from the band land and joe fan's have been invited to join the band...shake a hand..and make a last stand as we might be movin a little furthur on up the road sometime soon! last time at keegans was a very special show honoring the life of joe's sweet dear departed bro peter ..this week we're thinkin' about BEN KEITH, RICHIE HAYWARD, KENNY EDWARDS and MICHAEL BEEN...anyday now any day now indeed...much love, happiness and bbq...ROLL RIGHT THRU THE NIGHT...the duck


Entered at Fri Aug 20 17:48:50 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific "Northwest"

Subject: North Westcoaster

You gawd damn Scandahovian imposter!


Entered at Fri Aug 20 16:48:39 CEST 2010 from (61.68.58.137)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Ostalgie ain't what it used to be...

Ostalgie is the German word for nostalgia for the old GDR: people buy Trabbies, live in shitty blocks in Berlin...

Presumably they don't inform on each other...

Ah, the good old days...


Entered at Fri Aug 20 15:34:52 CEST 2010 from (90.239.72.86)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Subject: Following Steve's footsteps...

On serious communicative note, does anyone have an educated guess as to when the internet died?


Entered at Fri Aug 20 15:16:12 CEST 2010 from (76.67.18.92)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....for Simon, Peter and other VU fans.


Entered at Fri Aug 20 15:04:40 CEST 2010 from (76.67.18.92)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....for Peter V.
John Cale discusses Louuu Reed the year the VU reunite and play for Havel as he's a huuuuge fan of the group.


Entered at Fri Aug 20 14:56:00 CEST 2010 from (76.67.18.92)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....another connection Joan with Vaclav Havel (playwright/President) and music of course.....Looou Reed!


Entered at Fri Aug 20 14:27:32 CEST 2010 from (90.239.104.102)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Subject: Steve: When did rockety roll die?

Steve, the answer is simply: When The Berlin Wall fell down. Of course a lot of good things started, morally and ethically. But a lot of bad doors opened, too. - Was it that Marx called for dialectics?


Entered at Fri Aug 20 13:44:50 CEST 2010 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

Great link Joan. You too David re the Allmans.


Entered at Fri Aug 20 13:36:52 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.24)

Posted by:

Steve

Looks like Rocket Roger is about to add one more record to his stats sheet. It would be fitting in a way if a guy with great personal integrity but with somewhat less stellar numbers, though come by honestly, like Andre Dawson, makes the Hall Of Fame while a more unsavory character like Clemens gets flagged at the gate.

Were Clemens steroid years the one he spent in Toronto and the 6 he spent in NY and Houston? Or was he juiced up during the Red Sox years as well?

On musical note, does anyone have an educated guess as to when rock and roll died? No one really records the pure stuff anymore, do they?


Entered at Fri Aug 20 10:16:50 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Interesting link, Joan. This is why statues of Frank Zappa have replaced Stalin. I was in Hungary in 1988 and you could sense that a pressure cooker was about to blow in the air, A very exciting time. I was in Poland in 1990 too, and you could feel the huge sense of relief.

On the other hand, Berlin has a museum dedicated to the days of the DDR (East Germany) and it's very popular. There's a kind of kitsch nostalgia for the artifacts of the DDR, and you can see why. There's a 50s art style that's fun. Well, now, so many years later it's fun! But people lived, married, had kids, walked in the park, went to the beach. It wasn't a totally alien world to some one who grew up in 1950s Britain, and had family in the south Wales coalfields.


Entered at Thu Aug 19 22:00:46 CEST 2010 from (79.202.189.96)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

David, you'll get an extra bonus point, thanks. Think Crossroads 2007 will grow legend like TLW and Dylan's 30th, must have been great there, ah.


Entered at Thu Aug 19 21:49:03 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Two glowing reviews of Levon's recent show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles have been posted in the "What's New" section of Jan's website.


Entered at Thu Aug 19 18:43:55 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Web: My link

Subject: The Rolling Stones and communism

Sometimes I think we fail to appreciate how lucky we are.


Entered at Thu Aug 19 15:13:28 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Norbert: That's Bill Murray standing next to Robbie, who also performed with Clapton at the festival that year. Mr. Murray also served as MC for the event.


Entered at Thu Aug 19 15:07:28 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.114)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Writing Credits

Peter,I've been working with Joni's people for decades on an agreement. If you think Robbie is tough when it comes to sharing credit, he's just a small time piker when compared to Joni. Cheap fucking Canadians, they'll cut a penny 4 ways.


Entered at Thu Aug 19 14:19:07 CEST 2010 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

Mike & Kim Hayward

Happy b'days to Bruce Katz (Chris Bergson Band, Alexis P. Suter Band & The Organiks) & to Levon Helm's webmaster Tony LoBue!


Entered at Thu Aug 19 06:25:54 CEST 2010 from (76.113.232.101)

Posted by:

Jerry

Web: My link

Subject: Danko,Butterfield, & Chaplin 1979


Entered at Wed Aug 18 22:03:35 CEST 2010 from (79.202.164.254)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tom Hanks and ....

Click the link to see 'The Derek Trucks Band, with Susan Tedeschi, perform at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007.'

Watch carefully, at 5.12min the camera scrolls in at some 'back-stage guests', Tom Hanks standing there, but look who's sitting next to him....


Entered at Wed Aug 18 20:52:28 CEST 2010 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

Mike & Kim Hayward

Web: My link

We know a local musician (Pete Merrigan - Lake Sunapee (NH) region) who saw "The Band" @ the Woodstock fest. He does a great live version of "Cripple Creek."


Entered at Wed Aug 18 20:07:42 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Festival

Had I lived closer, I might have gone to the Woodstock festival. I had the opportunity to go with some friends who did make the trip, but I was working that summer in a warehouse and couldn't take the extra days during the week off to go with them. As it was, I was still recovering from attending the first Atlanta Pop Festival, which was held during the scorching hot July 4th weekend. Got my fill of great music, large crowds and poor accomodations there.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 19:52:10 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Steve, I think you should sue Joni for stealing your line "I asked him where he was going.' It happens all the time with these songwriters, as you've so often said. Think of the share of Deja Vu royalties due to you.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 19:36:55 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Steve: Daniel Levitan, the author "This is Your Brain on Music", is also a music prof at McGill. Maybe he and Rod know each other. If so, I wonder if the discussion has ever turned to Rod's theories re ton cerveau - avec ou sans musique.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 18:58:06 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.242)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Summer Of 69

I hadn't heard of Woodstock til a few days before the concert, probably Thursday. A somewhat nerdy kid ( at least that was our impression of him) was walking down our street with a pack on his back when I met up with him. Rod McManus was in my class and played 1st clarinet in our high school band ( I played 3rd trumpet, just one step above being the equipment manager).

Like in the Joni song, I asked him where he was going. He said he was walking to the highway and then hitch hiking to Woodstock NY. He filled me in on what was happening and I remember being blowin away by what an adventurer he really was.

We were both 15 and the thought of hitching to the US( yikes) for four or five days on my own was beyond my spirit of adventure, though if I thought my parents would have allowed me to go I might have gone with him, though certainly not on my own.

I don't remember if I talked to him about his adventure but I do remember having a new respect for the guy. Last I heard, about 15 years ago, he was a music professor at McGill University in Montreal. He was the first honest to goodness hippy I can remember knowing.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 18:57:10 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Riveter's Riveting History

My knowledge of Helen Dortch Longstreet comes from both historical & anecdotal accounts. As a child, my family lived in Gainesville, Ga., where the Longstreets had lived. I remember hearing a few older people, who knew Ms. Longstreet, talking about her. Although I was too young to fully grasp the significance, I was truly fascinated meeting people who actually knew the widow of a Civil War general. It wasn't until several years later, during the centennial of the War Between the States, that I began reading about the history of the war. At the time we lived there, Gainesville, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, was still a very rural environment, where people raised chickens & hogs and had moonshine stills. They shared a very romanticized, Southern view of the War. This was back in the day, when one better not say the wrong thing about Jesus, Eugene Talmadge or General Robert E. Lee. Helen Dortch Longstreet, as a woman, was a pioneering figure in Georgia history and, at the same time, she was a tragic figure, as she fought to restablish her late husband's honor.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 18:55:37 CEST 2010 from (79.202.160.164)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: Songwriting

For those who want update their songwriting skills and those who just want to peak in today’s songwriting kitchen, please click the link above.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 18:28:03 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Henry Glover at King

Another cross-over song that Henry Glover seems to have been closely involved with while at King was "Finger Poppin' Time", which was done by both Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and the Stanley Brothers. Both are great records, and I hear both reflected in the early '60s cover by Little Caesar and the Consuls. Wouldn't surprise me at all if our guys had performed the song from time to time with or after Hawkins. In any case, a Glover-Hawks pairing was fitting, given their shared breadth of interests and abilities.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 18:19:31 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Woodstock

I actually bought tickets to Woodstock. My cousin and I were going to stay at a relatives place in Liberty. When we got there, we found out that we would have to hike in 7 miles and we heard what the conditions were,we eventually decided to go home. So close and yet so far.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 18:06:24 CEST 2010 from (76.66.126.22)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....last one with Joan and The Funk Brothers.
Off to see "Soul Kitchen".


Entered at Wed Aug 18 18:06:25 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.232)

Posted by:

Steve

Long Lars, all the info in the post,(except Helen Dortch who is new to me)was off the top of my pointy little head. For some reason that war has been a fascination for me since kidhood. I had the complete Civil War card set and I think the vivid colors and scenes scarred me for life, I had to know more.

I had a few skirmishes with the topic in American history courses at PC but was reengaged when Burn's series was released, a series which I think I've completely committed to memory. I love the sound track as well.

As I sit here I can see the Killer Angels, Conquering The Valley( Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic), The Union Reader, Gettysburg ( Battle and Battle Field), Johnny Reb and Billy Yank ( lent to me a few weeks ago by one of Marge's brothers )and 21 volumes of The Civil War by Time Life Books( which I read last winter), on a shelf next to the computer. Those are just the ones that haven't made it up to the book shelf in our bedroom for night time browsing, yet. When Marge's brothers and father became aware of my interest I got flooded with books on the subject.

The movie, Gettysburg, which friends gave me just this May for my birthday wasn't great in my opinion, not when you've been spoiled by the realism of Burn's epic doc.

I couldn't get past the flashy, tip top condition of the uniforms being worn, especially by the southerners more than 2 years into the war. It was just too pretty.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 17:54:36 CEST 2010 from (76.66.126.22)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and another favourite with The Funk Brothers.
Ben Harper!


Entered at Wed Aug 18 17:51:05 CEST 2010 from (76.66.126.22)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and this one too from Joan and the Funk Brothers.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 17:47:25 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Web: My link

And Bootsy Collins' amazing performance of "Cool Jerk".


Entered at Wed Aug 18 17:43:26 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Web: My link

Subject: Northern Boy - Norm

Joan Osborne's performance of "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?" is a wonderful moment in a great documentary. Thanks for the reminder.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 17:40:52 CEST 2010 from (76.66.126.22)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....oh and Lars....If you were stuck in the mud....remember....

When life gives you mud.....
Make mud pies!
:-D

Another great concert of course would have been Dylan with The Band in 1974 that I missed also. I would have been too young for the Woodstock show but I could have made this one....well maybe. Anyway, a good little read is the book _Knockin' On Dylan's Door_. It was the first glimpse of perhaps Robbie was starting to shift here...... ;-D

Yesterday I saw "The Other Guys".....soooooo funny!


Entered at Wed Aug 18 17:40:26 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Blues Stay Away From Me

I’d long forgotten Gene Vincent’s cover … Gene covered an incredible amount of stuff over the years. I found my “Complete Capitol & Columbia” box set which I bought in a shop closing down sale for peanuts a few years back, together with the complete Eddie Cochran box. It’s the official EMI one, 6 CDs and I paid less than £10. Very tasty version of Blues Stay Away From Me … especially Cliff Gallup’s guitar.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 17:34:36 CEST 2010 from (76.66.126.22)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Hey Lars....I only know one person who was actually at Woodstock. He was a friend of a friend who was a manager at one of our record shops and he djayed for awhile. One time he had us over for a party and one of the members of a local group Platinum Blonde was present who now is no longer with us. He took a great photo of all of us gals who were always into music but not into any scene...Anyway, what I also find really cool is that imagezulu saw CCR the very same year as "Woodstock 1969" at Maple Leaf Gardens.

I also owned the VHS of the outtakes of Woodstock so I always could see The Band anytime I wanted....I'll have to check to see if I sold that one.....if not....VHS can be transferred to DVD, right? And then Blueray will take over and then......Technology creates such a wasteful society.

We stayed in Saugarties when we visited Woodstock....I guess the SARS concert was the largest show I was at and there is no way now that I could have been there for three days....when I was younger....probably.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 17:15:45 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Crawford Long

Location: The Confederacy of the Mind

Subject: War Between the States

STEPHEN- It's really me, Lars; no need to check IPs. I think you might consider reading Michael Shaara's THE KILLER ANGELS since it deals with the historical novel and Gettysburg. Or see the movie "Gettysburg" which was based on the novel, that would be even easier. If you get drawn into the subject matter enough maybe the Civil War could be your new hobby.

BEG- I think it's so cool to revisit Woodstock at this time. Kind of brings it all back, even though I was only a detached onlooker. My ship was scheduled to leave Norfolk, VA on Monday morning and I would have been in a lot of trouble if I had gone over and gotten stuck in the mud.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 17:15:14 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Lars: I fully understand your urge to one-up Peter V, but you talking about ordering a pizza pales in comparison to him talking about 'kissing' a goat.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 16:53:37 CEST 2010 from (76.66.126.22)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Woodstock Performances including BST's "Spinning Wheel" for Bill M.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 16:27:31 CEST 2010 from (76.66.126.22)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band at Woodstock


Entered at Wed Aug 18 16:24:21 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Blues Stay Away From Me

Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps recorded a great version of "Blues Stay Away From Me" in 1956 (link above). In 1993 Jeff Beck & the Big Town Playboys recorded a version for their "Crazy Legs" tribute to Vincent & the Blues Caps and their guitarist Cliff Gallup.

"I am going to assist in building a plane to bomb Hitler and the Son of Heaven to the Judgment Seat of God."
--Helen Dortch Longstreet


Entered at Wed Aug 18 16:02:00 CEST 2010 from (65.47.151.50)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Subject: Across the Great Divide set

Pat B, thanks for the tip. I haven't seen one of those sets in a dog's age! (And checking Jan's discography, I see disc 3 was full of those fake Watkins Glen tracks, so it's probably just as well it was put out to pasture...)


Entered at Wed Aug 18 15:42:45 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: A Touch of Gray

Steve, you forgot that the Grateful Dead revisited their Rebel sympathies in the song "A Touch of Gray" some years later.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 15:23:55 CEST 2010 from (70.78.227.122)

Posted by:

NoBoy

Location: just beyond Hope, (BC)
Web: My link

Subject: Varicose and Sundry

Steve: Huh ?

Rhythm Jimmy: You're quite welcome.

Todd: Thanks for the link to the Amy Helm version of "Good News".

Pat B. from The Flatulent City: Do you know of this fellow Chicagoan Joe Pug who's been opening for Leveon on his current tour ? Kind of a harmonica/guitar playing Dylanesque sort of act. We enjoyed him well enough. He pointed out what an honour it was to be opening for Levon and was truly excited to return to the stage at the end of the night to help out on "The Weight" and "I Shall Be Released". But then, what singer with any sense of history wouldn't be ?

Norm: That Funk Bros. documentary is indeed excellent as you say. As I recall, Joan Osborne does "Grapevine" and "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted" on that one. Well worth owning, I suspect. NB


Entered at Wed Aug 18 14:46:15 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.196)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: No More Speculative Hysteria, Please.

Lars, what a ride your speculative hysterical scenario has taken me on.

Dave Coke, turns out that really is his name, was quite a trip and a fountain of somewhat fantastical info.

First, he says your question about the 600,000 following orders from Lee to take the Clump of Tress is moot. The Dead, who according to Mr. Coke did play Gettysburg, hung out with the Rebs. While they didn't agree with the southern cause,they found the rag tag disheveled, laid back appearance of the southern side, Pigpen coined it,jubilant, early hippy, much more inviting than the more military regulation conformist Union side. They also got a kick out the fact that since their clothing was slightly better quality than the rank and file this caused soldiers to assume they were officers.

I should make it clear that Mr. Coke lives in the past, present and future ( and not necessarily in that order) from day to day so 1863 was much the same as 1963 to him though he stressed that the Dead were a much tighter ensemble in 1863 before they went electric.

An unknown "Coke" factoid;, he insists the band took it's name from that given to the soldiers of Pickett's Charge who died a quick clean death. Just a bit of trivia should the question ever come up.

Mr. Coke swears that Robert Hunter knew Ole Pete's second wife, Helen Dortch Longstreet, quite well as a young teenager. Aunt Helen, as he called her was a close friend of his mother. They met at a airplane assembly plant during the war( WW2) and remained friends til Helen's death at 99 in the early 60's. Young teenage Hunter heard many stories of the war years as they were told to Helen by her husband.

Workingman's Dead, could almost be considered a tribute album to Ole Pete and the southern army of 63.

Black Peter; The name hung on Longstreet by his fellow southerners after his use of African Troops to quell rioting in New Orleans in the early 1870's.

Cumberland Blues; originally titled Cumberland Gap Railroad Blues, possibly the first true blues song based on an actual incident. Helen said Ole Pete always said thinking about the loss of that battle and the fact not a shot was fired always gave him the blues.

Casey Jones; Inspired by the stories of William E Grumble Jones and his penchant for attacking trains and rail stations ( The B&0 and Brandy Station come to mind). Hunter initially tried to work with , Will E Jones, but switched the name to Casey Jones for obvious reasons. The line, " Trouble ahead, trouble behind" was Jone's standard but succinct description of his situation whenever sending word to Ole Pete. Hunter swears he tried to give Grumble a co writing credit but for some reason it didn't get done. No one can remember why.

And of course, Friend Of The Devil, on American Beauty was a fictional account of an episode in the life of the unknown sniper in The Devil's Den.

In a parting shot, Mr. Coke, said that for the rest of his life Ole Pete, when talking to close friends, always referred to Lee as, General Anesthetic, he insisted that to order Pickett's Charge the man had to have been a complete numb skull. I guess we could call Lee the original Dead Head ! Somewhere Old Pete is smiling.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 14:25:08 CEST 2010 from (63.88.115.195)

Posted by:

carmen

Location: PA

Subject: RR CD

Is there any new news on the new RR release?


Entered at Wed Aug 18 08:34:17 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Ace Cannon

Thanks, David. Yes, Henry Glover is the link on Blues stay Away From Me. What interested me about the Ace Cannon version is that it comes into the charts just as they were gelling as a group behind Ronnie, the final pieces in place, and at a time when their ears would have been wide open to what was happening in their field, and Bill Blacks Combo is definitely in their field. . The Ace Cannon version is instrumental only, and Levon’s vocals obviously show a love of the Delmore Brothers original, but the mood of the Ace Cannon is far less jaunty than the Delmore Brothers, and it has a kind of lurching rhythm that makes me think of The 90s Band version … more so live than on the studio take.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 07:07:52 CEST 2010 from (99.115.147.236)

Posted by:

Pat B

Jon, ANMC from Woodstock is on disc 3 of Across The Great Divide.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 06:27:20 CEST 2010 from (208.120.213.56)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: New York City

Subject: Re: The Band's Woodstock '69 set list

I've always wanted to hear the Woodstock rendition of Ain't No More Cane. Hopefully, it'll turn up someday!


Entered at Wed Aug 18 06:06:51 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Subject: One-upmanship with Peter

Exactly 41 years ago, almost to the minute, a pizza was delivered to our room at the Huguenot Motel in New Paltz. We had to keep up our strength.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 02:40:26 CEST 2010 from (199.86.26.15)

Posted by:

Rhythm Jimmy

Subject: Levon in Vancouver

NoBoy, thanks for the review.


Entered at Wed Aug 18 00:52:19 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.224)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Wed Aug 18 00:32:05 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.224)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"The Band were Bob Dylan's backing band since 1965 and resided in the actual town of Woodstock. Home to their famous Music From Big Pink (album) recorded in the little Pink House which still stands today. They didn't appear on the Woodstock album or in the movie because their manager felt their fee was too small."


Entered at Tue Aug 17 23:50:27 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.110)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Mod The Rod?

Rod, yes, rod, never catch your bass in nets. It's illegal as far as I know and not very sporting.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 22:32:24 CEST 2010 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

Mike & Kim Hayward

Subject: The Band's Woodstock '69 set list.

Chest Fever Baby Don't Do It Tears Of Rage We Can Talk Long Black Veil Don't You Tell Henry Ain't No More Cane Wheels On Fire Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever The Weight


Entered at Tue Aug 17 21:24:35 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: 41 years ago today …

I think I was working on the Ken Dodd Show. Tom Jones was the first part of the season, Ken Dodd the second, Right about now, the first house would be finishing. I was assigned to escort him in the dark to the top of the stairs to descend for the finale, because he was night-blind, and he would have been telling me dirty jokes. He was very proud that he never repeated a joke He never did. I was very aware that Woodstock was taking place 3000 miles away. Ken Dodd asked to read my Rolling Stone with the original Ronnie Hawkins interview on the Band ("The trouble with goats is you have to walk round to the other end to kiss them". That one) He found it hilarious and quoted Ronnie (to me) for the rest of the season. Anyway, I think that's the time sequence.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 20:57:20 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Subject: Woodstock

41 years ago this very evening I was hitching rides from VA to my hometown of New Paltz, NY. My last ride was a VW bus with curtains in the windows and hippies in the seats. They wanted to know how to get to Woodstock.

That weekend I was listening to reports on both the tv and the radio that the Woodstock Music Festival was overcrowded and people were in trouble and for God's sake don't you local people come too. Traffic was backed up all over the region. It took a while before we heard about the great times people had over there.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 20:53:20 CEST 2010 from (99.141.79.131)

Posted by:

Adam2

Beautiful reminder David P. Thanks a lot for that. I'm going to give that wonderful performance a listen tonight. Thanks!


Entered at Tue Aug 17 20:34:12 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Peace, Love, Music

Lest we not forget, it was 41 years ago this evening that The Band played at the Woodstock Festival.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 19:27:58 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Harmony

Cheers Adam, have a good one.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 19:20:27 CEST 2010 from (99.141.79.131)

Posted by:

Adam2

Westcoaster - You're right. I'm going to just chill out a bit and not get worked up if a post goes unnoticed. I apologize for getting into it with you, so let's just forget about it. By the way, I do hope all works out with your family. Bill - Thanks for understanding too. Be sure to keep on posting...


Entered at Tue Aug 17 18:25:35 CEST 2010 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Subject: mod the rod

Rod's expecting again - at what, age 65? - he's busy shopping for bassinets, whatever they are . . . .


Entered at Tue Aug 17 18:11:31 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: And Then!

Well awright David. I got it. Where in hell do you find and keep all this stuff????? Do you supply Wolfgang's Vault?


Entered at Tue Aug 17 17:58:52 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Jeff, thanks for that. I knew they had performed together near the end of last year at RAH but didn't know they would be back at it. I don't know why Rod Stewart wouldn't jump on that opportunity as I have to believe it would get quite a bit of interest. I know I would pay to see them again in a heartbeat.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 17:49:59 CEST 2010 from (166.205.142.86)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: The Sadies

BEG - Of all the young country outfits doing that now I'd rate The Sadies at the top of the pack -


Entered at Tue Aug 17 17:41:19 CEST 2010 from (24.47.117.177)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Location: yemensville

Subject: Faces

Faces Debut Mick Hucknall-Led Lineup

by Tim Cashmere

The Faces debuted their new lineup last night featuring former Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall on vocals.

The band, currently featuring original members Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan as well as Mick Hucknall and ex Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, played a warm up show at the British Music Experience last night and Hucknall received rave reviews.

Rick Pearson of the Evening Standard in London described Hucknall’s vocals during show opener ‘Miss Judy’s Farm’ as “a vocal with more gravel than a driveway, Hucknall’s rock ‘n’ roll makeover was startling,” going on to say that with enough imagination “it could have almost been Stewart circa 1975.”

I wonder what is going through Rod’s head right now?

Faces set list: “Miss Judy’s Farm” “Had Me A Real Good Time” “Too Bad” “Ooh La La” “I Wish It Would Rain” “Maybe I’m Amazed” “Flying” “Cindy Incidentally” “I’m Losing You” “I’d Rather Go Blind” Encore: “Pool Hall Richard” “Stay With Me” *********************************************************


Entered at Tue Aug 17 17:38:36 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Shangri-La

The cuts "Ol' Ben Lucas" and Ronnie Hawkins' "Kinky", from Kinky Friedman's "Lasso From El Paso", were recorded at The Band's Shangri-La studio in 1976. The musicians on the sessions included Rick, Levon, Richard, Eric Clapton, Dr. John and Ron Wood. Rick was recording his debut solo album and Mr. Clapton was recording "No Reason To Cry" at Shangri-La around the same time.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 16:30:39 CEST 2010 from (61.68.58.137)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Adam2

Carol Caffin (Rick's publicist, and rare contributor here, and author of the excellent 'Band Bites' at this site) is writing what promises to be the definitive biography on Rick. This will, I'd imagine, create some demand adn we just might see rick's back catalogue re-released.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 16:12:59 CEST 2010 from (65.47.151.50)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Subject: Trombone Shorty

Brien Sz, thanks for the tip on Trombone Shorty! Great stuff indeed. FYI, he'll be performing on David Letterman's show Friday night.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 16:12:24 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Explicitly

David; I'm still trying to read that last sentence.

Thanks for that one Bob. Try putting Delbert McClinton & Danny Gatton....Sun Record Medley or tribute in youtube. I don't think any one has ever played Mystery Train better than that, or My Baby Left me.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:59:39 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: There........see!

Well it got yuh talkin! Even Steve is back in his fine form.

Your welcome Bob........the gawd damn pickled fish is good for you Bill. Besides being real good it keeps you healthy.

Well there you go Adam. I think you assume that no one pays any attention just because you don't see any response. That's just not true, and things like that don't go unoticed. I guess every one should just not post anything or stop communicating at all unless it is (Band related).

My neck's good Lars. It's this gawd damn arthritis in my shoulders that annoying.

By the way Bill, there used to be a band out here, (friends I played a lot of music with). They were called "Back Seat Driver". Two of them are dead now. One from lung cancer, one in an auto accident. Anyway they were good pickers. Randy Montana on telly, and Gaylord Wood played guitar, fiddle, and steel. There is a few good videos of them on Youtube. One they are playing, "I'll fix your flat tire Merle."


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:58:31 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Bill M: From the Band connection department, Nick Chinga Chavin wrote a parody of Merle's song entitled "Asshole From El Paso", which Kinky Friedman covered. A cleaned-up version of the title, probably at the record label's insistence, was used for Mr. Friedman's "Lasso From El Paso" album, which featured participation by various members of The Band. Thus we can stretch the lasso from Muskogee, Oklahoma to Shangri-La.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:46:04 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.224)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Garth and Maud with The Sadies July 23, 2010 NYC
by Mr.BadExample's Photostream.....scroll down (2 pages).


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:44:52 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Peter: Of course the link between "Blues Stay Away From Me" and The Band is Henry Glover, who is credited as co-writing the song with Alton & Rabon Delmore and their harmonica player Wayne Raney. Mr. Glover was on the staff at King Records, where the Delmore Brothers recorded at the time. It's quite conceivable that Garth applied some sweetening from the Ace Cannon version when The Band later recorded their take on the song.

Adam: My guess is that the Sony/BMG conglomerate, who know owns the Arista catalog, controls the rights to Rick's solo debut. The Sony Legacy imprint now handles the reissue end of the business.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:33:42 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.224)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Robbie Robertson Mohawk-Nation

"Known Singer song writer and flute playing ?? artist Robbie Robertson
A Proud Kanien'kehaka = Mohawk Native American.."


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:31:44 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Ritchie Hayward on Band songs

I forgot to note that Ritchie Hayward plays on all 13 songs on "2B3: The Toronto Sessions" from 1999, meaning he's on "Life Is A Carnival" and "King Harvest". Richard Bell and Colin Linden are on KH too.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:28:32 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.224)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Uhhhh....I better change that last comment to Robbie appeared quite annoyed rather than showed anger.

The Big Pink - Robertson "Robbie" Furze


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:24:27 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.224)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Bill M....I knew you'd appreciate those links. :-D

Robbie Robertson and Neil Diamond making beautiful noise in 1976.
One of only two times I saw Robbie show some anger during an interview was when he was questioned about his collaboration with Diamond and when Pamela Wallin asked him about Levon.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:19:15 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

BEG: Thanks for those great links. I wish that whoever put together the Robbie Robertson site had referred to "the Six Nations Reserve" (as opposed to Reservation, the US term for such areas) and to Robbie having been in the Consuls (as opposed to Little Caesar and the ..., which is what the remaining members called the new group put together to replace the departed Robertson, Traynor and Deremigis). Also, I doubt that Robbie would have had the nerve to use his surname in another of his early group names. The guys holding the second guitar and the bass in two of the photos are the Traynor brothers.

Adam2: I feel your pain, and suggest that you take solace in the fact that your helpful post was just almost totally ignored - as opposed to absolutely and totally ignored, as so many of mine have been over the years. Even a lot of the really interesting ones.

Westcoaster: Big Brother's Merle song was an answer song to "Okie From Muskogee". It's been decades since I heard it but I think I'm correct in saying that the basic theme is that it's better to get mellow smoking marijuana than to get drunk and abusive - hell, we're so mellow that we'll even fix your flat tire for you, Merle. [This is a gift, WC; you can keep those pickles.]


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:09:10 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Blues Stay Away From Me

The London-American Years is Ace’s recent series, and they’ve done 1960, 1961 and 1962 so far. All fine albums, brilliantly compiled to flow, as well as unearthing obscurities. For North American readers, London-American licensed many US releases in the UK, and due to Decca’s ffrr mastering system, are held to be the best available versions on vinyl of many classic records.

I was listening to the 1962 disc again, and it contains Ace Cannon’s 1962 version of “Blues Stay Away From Me” which was a minor hit (US #36) on Hi. Ace Cannon records are basically Bill Blacks Combo records with Ace Cannon (the sax player) getting the credit. Listening to the wonderfully “choppy’ organ part, I wondered how much the 90s Band version truly owed to the 1948 original by the Delmor Brothers, and how much to the hit 1962 version by Ace Cannon.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 15:06:46 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.224)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Covers by Aretha and Duane Allman and Mavis and the Staples Singers of The Band's "TW" as well as Robbie's "Between Trains" for those who missed out a few times.

Hey Joan...Ya sure we still have much estrogen left? LOL


Entered at Tue Aug 17 14:35:24 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Web: My link

Norm, thanks for mentioning Delbert McClinton and "Shotgun Rider". He's been a favorite performer of mine for a long time and I have always enjoyed that song. Check out the link for another great one from him.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 14:19:01 CEST 2010 from (99.141.79.131)

Posted by:

Adam2

David P - I agree that Rick's first solo album needs to see a decent CD reissue. I'm not sure that's too likely though, as I can't see there being much demand for one. I wonder if Rick's estate has any way of trying to get it back in print.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 14:08:32 CEST 2010 from (99.141.79.131)

Posted by:

Adam2

Westcoaster - you really have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. I come to this guestbook to read/post about the Band and all related musical topics. I typically don't post here too often, but when I do, I like to stay on topic. So when I post something here I think other Band fans like myself would be really interested in - for example, a new excellent quality audience recording of Watkins Glen, one of the group's most famous and poorly documented gigs, surfacing nearly 40 years later (complete with a link to download and listen) - I do get disappointed when such worthwhile posts go almost totally ignored, often in favor of completely non-Band or even non-music topics. Acknowledge other music? Get out a little? Spread my wings? Again, you have no idea what you're talking about. I listen to a wide variety of music, as much as anyone else here. If I don't post about the Band, I like to post about related musicians and such - because I like to stay on topic when I visit this guestbook, since many many others cover the other unrelated topics here. I like to post about Band live recordings to let other fans know about the great shows that are available for free. In addition to the Band, in the past I've posted about some other artists such as Bobby Charles, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Ben Keith, Hungry Chuck, Better Days, Doug Sahm, Little Feat, Mike Seeger, David Lindley, Hubert Sumlin, Mavis Staples and others. Eric Clapton? Eric Clapton? I hate Eric Clapton. The east coast? I live nowhere near the east coast. So once again, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Ok, so I was a bit aggravated in my earlier post. What gives you the right to cut me down and criticize my posting choices? My last post was a somewhat interesting encounter I had with a musician who recorded and toured with Rick Danko in the '70s. What have you contributed here lately, besides criticizing me and sharing personal family information that most of us strangers probably find awkward at best? Start treating other posters with respect, instead of attacking them like you have me.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 13:09:58 CEST 2010 from (68.197.221.208)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

Saw the Band in the 80's and 90's about 8 to 10 times - not sure now - used to know and they never did TNTDODD. I do remember in those early shows with Richard, wanting them to play it. It wasn't until the Levon book that I finally understood why they probably didn't.

As for Levon playing RR tunes - it would seem he almost has to do a few. It's his legacy and as much as people love his new role in the music world, it's because of his legacy that he continues on the way he has. Levon loves Rag Mama Rag and is no surprise that he seems to always play it -afterall, he has said many times he thought that song was a hit single because of its dancing beat - and it is a good ol jamming, dance along song.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 12:28:50 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.25)

Posted by:

Steve

Norm, I had trouble making out that last post, for some reason all the words were slurred on the screen. How do you do that? It's pretty cool. Did you get a sniff of one or both of Lar's corks?


Entered at Tue Aug 17 07:34:46 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Norm, how's your neck holding up?

Here's a small "pearl" for you: The Reformed Band had nicknames for some of their songs. For example, they called Chest Fever "Chester."


Entered at Tue Aug 17 05:52:57 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: 19th nervous breakdown

Some times I get quite a chuckle out of people like Adam 2. Gets his shorts in a twist, because he says something he feels is BAND & note worthy and no one says. HEY ADAM! WAY TO GO MAN!.......WOW!!!

It's not possible to say something about the BAND every day. There is a whole lot of other music to acknowledge here. I have been a fan of the BAND, since before they were "The BAND". However, I still will say they have over their time of the original band, played some wimpy shit.

For example, if you ever thought that Elvis, or the BAND did some kind of job of ,"Mystery Train" for example, listen to Delbert McClinton and Danny Gatton play that song.

Listen to Delbert play some of his stuff like "Two More Bottles of Wine"..."Shotgun Rider".

Some times it seems like the people on the east coast of this continent, have limited themselves a whole lot......or maybe they're just biased.

I hear a whole lot of discussion here of the same shit over & over of the same players, like Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton. Give it a rest.....get out a little........spread your wings.

Is every one scared to critisize the BAND in any way???? Except of course Steve, who just likes to shit on Robbie Robertson constantly, because he figures it's safe, and he has a bigger crowd on his side. I don't think he'd really know music if it kicked him in the nuts.

So..........go back to trying to drege up some little thing about some one in the Band that no one ever heard before, and then pat your self on the back.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 01:38:12 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: CIRCLE 2

We had some kind of a scare today. Our old mum was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Our sister had her out for a pretty long day yesterday I guess. For a boat ride to the islands where she grew up visiting old friends.

We broke all sorts of records for heat here yesterday, (and probably today). Pretty hard on old folks. Mom is 88. After discussing this with my brothers..........you know when you got to start facing reality, and step up to the plate.

We pretty much have to put it in perspective, and on her passing congregate all the her friends, and as well all the boys through out our life that she took under her roof and mothered, when we were drunk and trying to play too much music. There will be a really big band there when she leaves us.

With this in mind, I got to looking at this old video of the "Dirt Band". All our old heroes were there. Many of them gone now. Roy Accuff, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Vasser Clements. It is also great to see the great part Levon puts into this song.

I guess it won't be much different at the celebration for old maw Jones. There is one hell of a pile of musicians that called her maw. I'm sure many folks here have shared that same experience........I'have to get this organized....I guess........but I ain't lookin' forward to this bill we all ahve to pay.


Entered at Tue Aug 17 01:33:44 CEST 2010 from (61.68.58.137)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Kevin J...

I'd forgotten that they'd not done TNTDODD. I suspect it's more than just the feud, but I can't even begin to speculate...


Entered at Tue Aug 17 00:18:10 CEST 2010 from (61.68.58.137)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Bob W.

It's incredible when people whinge about how 'it was too close to the record' and they are usually the same ones who complain when an act rearranges a song they've done so many times it makes the musos physically ill to hear it again...

on asides, I'm generally too dumb to pick up on the big ones, so the asides at least I have a fighting chance to be a bit constructive...


Entered at Mon Aug 16 22:39:58 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.190)

Posted by:

Steve

Lars, first meal I've aware of where the main dish as well as the wine had to be uncorked.

Good news, I've tracked down Dave"Coke" and he is the real thing. A dyed in the wool Dead Head. It'll take awhile to distill his ramblings into cohesive thoughts but there is something there worth relaying, I think.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 22:24:37 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: 33 years........the day the music died

I guess it's been so long, a lot of people don't even think about it any more.

33 years ago today...Elvis Presley died.......some interesting facts about the king on all these blogs. People trying to dig up something new.

A couple of interesting facts,......except for 5 dates in Canada, Elvis never appeared on stage live out of the USA.

On his 1957 hit, "You're so square" Elvis played bass.

The best quip...from Johnny Carson, "If life were fair, Elvis would be alive, and all the impersonaters would be dead"!


Entered at Mon Aug 16 22:02:33 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: The rain unraveled tales...

Link above to excerpt from "Bob Dylan, the Beat Generation, and Allen Ginsberg's America" by Sean Wilentz published in this week's edition of THE NEW YORKER. This chapter is from Mr. Wilentz's forthcoming book "Bob Dylan in America", to be published by Doubleday in September. Robbie Robertson is mentioned, as he accompanied Dylan on a visit to Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, while Dylan & the Hawks were on tour in December 1965. There they met & posed for photos with Mr. Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg & other Beat figures. Ferlinghetti and McClure would later appear during the poetry recitation segment at The Last Waltz.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 21:27:13 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Kevin, I recall a wonderful presentation on every level.....great lights, impeccable sound and an incredibly tight band that was on the mark every time. I recall people complaining the show was too true to the original recordings. I thought they were top shelf in every facet.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 21:18:44 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Kevin, it's the old issue. You buy a ticket for Supertramp. You want to hear "Dreamer". That's obvious. Roger's not there, but they really have to do it. There's no escape clause.

Supertramp, at its inception, hard as this may be to believe, were probably the greatest set of Band fans you could have assembled in the UK at the time. Hence organ AND piano. I'll go into this further if you want to e-mail me (address on any of the articles on the site).


Entered at Mon Aug 16 20:59:44 CEST 2010 from (76.64.185.12)

Posted by:

Kevin J

bob w: Yes.......two things stand out about Supertramp live for me - a light show way above most other bands of the day and a really well thought out set list......Crisis What Crisis was also one of the best album covers ever......

On this band break-up issue: A lawyer walked out of a room after spending hours/days negotiating a Pink Floyd-Roger Waters separation agreement in 1983 and remarked "Roger's letting the boys do his songs live but insisted on the rights the the floating fu*king pigs - amazing!"

I understand Hodgson's annoyance because he and Davies did have a "gentlemen's agreement" that Supertramp would remain a vehicle foe Davies songs and solo Hodgon for Roger's songs.......but a bit unrealistic on Hodgson's part ..really... as the band always wins in these cases......with Floyd being exhibit number one......Had Lennon lived and enjoyed playing live as much as McCartney does then these two may have been the only two people in Rock n Roll history to have a strong enough list of songs to go on the road and satisfy the paying public without drawing attention to songs not played - such was the strength of their individually written songs.with the Beatles...........................the voice identified with songs also plays a huge part in this situation......Gilmour's voice is/was the primary voice of Floyd - whereas Supertramp had two distinct ones........With The Band, Rick Danko was the indispensible one as he could do the some of the tunes he had not sung on albums but no one else could do Stage Freight and IMND............anyhow...things could be worse....I once saw The Guess Who without any of their original singers or songwriters in the band.......


Entered at Mon Aug 16 19:56:51 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: USA

Subject: the best steak I've ever had...

STEVE!!!!!!- NOT TO WORRY!!! Because you are my BROTHER!!

I 've just had a piece of the most amazing top round steak. I know that's not the best cut available, but it's been a LONG TIME since I've eaten beef...with the best part of a bottle of Kendall Jackson merlot (2005)...very smooth...NOT THAT I DON'T LIKE MUSIC!!!...and I have to thank my local butcher who said the cow in question lived in a comfortable stall in Kansas and had a cork up her ass since she was a heifer.

I am thankful that I can still enjoy a bottle of wine without getting emotional about it.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 19:18:50 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.154)

Posted by:

Steve

The vague asides allow for more creativity and a more level playing field. Most of us are well versed in vague asides. Speaking of vague ass-hides I'd better beat it before Lars shows up.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 19:05:58 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

That’s very true, Joan. The same happens to me. Momentous stuff gets ignored. Vague asides start threads. I’ve stopped trying to work it out.

Supertramp have toured without Roger Hodgson for years. Both are well worth seeing. Last time I saw them (Royal Albert Hall) the band had vocalists added who can imitate, but Roger’s solo show (two years back?) is way, way closer to the originals in spite of stripped down instrumentation. If you go to see the band (as I hope to in the autumn), watch out for Rick Davies move from keys to drums for a special spot. An extraordinary drummer, like another keyboard player who could double. He was always a major Levon Helm fan too, using Levon as a yardstick to judge drumming.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 19:04:36 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Kevin, I saw Supertramp in the late 70's at the Tower Theater just outside Philadelphia. They were brilliant.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 18:49:39 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Adam2 / BEG

Adam, I don't know why but When I post something that I think people will really pick up on and discuss, no one does. Then when I post something inconsequential, it result in 2 days of discussion, Go figure!

BEG Thanks for the greetings. I agree, sometimes I think we hold up the estrogen side of life. And as they said in 'Seinfeld" That's not a bad thing.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 18:40:58 CEST 2010 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Subject: song that name

David P: re: Neil Young's son and Ben Keith, I've been wondering lately whether L. Helm might've been the namesake of Paul Butterfield's son, Lee. (see "Song for Lee," _Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin'_, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, 1971)


Entered at Mon Aug 16 17:57:18 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Trombone Shorty

Brien: Trombone Shorty also covers Allen Toussaint's "On Your Way Down" with Mr. Toussaint guesting on his new CD. Both musicians were among the New Orleans artists who portrayed themselves on the recent HBO mini-series "Treme". I'm reminded that Little Feat also covered "On Your Way Down" on the album "Dixie Chicken". The great master of rhythm Richie Hayward could really nail that N'Awlins syncopation.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 17:53:53 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.120)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Things Change...Greg Harris and Garth Hudson

Greg Harris and Rick Danko...name was spelled DanCo

I bought Rick's first solo recording here at import prices when it came out....around 24.00. Check Ebay Canada as it's availabe for around same price as well as a LP.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 17:43:10 CEST 2010 from (76.64.187.11)

Posted by:

Kevin J

dlew: The reformed Band never did do TNTDODD - though they did do all the other well known songs written by RR. A curiosity is that Levon continues to do songs that were written by Robbie - like Evangeline - effectively after the Band had packed it in.

Supertramp: An excellent live band ( massive in Canada long before their international breakthrough ) I saw them twice....tale of two bands really.......during the Even in the Quietest Moments tour they were united and great........by 1983 the rot had set in and I witnessed one of the strangest concerts......Hodgson and Davies were apparently not speaking and the show was broken down into 50% Davies songs and 50% Hodgson songs.....while true that Hodgson had the bigger hits - his big radio songs on the last two albums had been played to death and had a distinctly wimpy feel to them next the more substantial Davies ones.......

Bill M: Thanks


Entered at Mon Aug 16 17:16:04 CEST 2010 from (24.47.117.177)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Subject: Sunny

***************************************************************** Bobby Hebb of `Sunny' fame dead at age 72

By JOE EDWARDS, Associated Press Writer

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) --

Bobby Hebb, whose 1966 pop music classic "Sunny" described a sincere smile from a woman that lifted the singer's burdens, died recently. He was 72.

Family members and a funeral home spokeswoman said Hebb died at Centennial Medical Center. Friends said he had lung cancer.

"Sunny" also was recorded by many other singers, including Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett and Jose Feliciano.

The song's key lines:

"Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain.

"Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain.

"The dark days are gone and the bright days are here.

"My sunny one shines so sincere.

"Sunny one so true, I love you."

Hebb had said in several interviews that he wrote "Sunny" in response to the slaying of his brother outside a Nashville nightclub and to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy a few days before.

On his 69th birthday in 2007, he recalled that he was living and performing in New York City at the time he wrote the song.

"I was intoxicated," Hebb told The Associated Press. "I came home and started playing the guitar. I looked up and saw what looked like a purple sky. I started writing because I'd never seen that before."

He included the song in his act at a bar called Brandy's and the audience liked it.

After a Japanese artist had a hit with the song in Asia and vibraphone player Dave Pike recorded it in the United States, Hebb recorded the vocal at Bell Sound in New York.

At the height of "Sunny" popularity, Hebb toured with the Beatles.

In a 2004 interview with The Tennessean newspaper, Hebb recalled that all four Beatles were nice.

"John (Lennon) and George (Harrison) were very quiet," he said. "But Ringo (Starr) and Paul (McCartney) were more active and easier to get to know. It was just something to be with those cats."

In 1971, Lou Rawls won a Grammy award for "A Natural Man," written by Hebb and Sandy Baron. Broadcast Music Incorporated said Tuesday there have been 7 million airings of "Sunny."

As recently as 2007, Hebb was still writing songs and had his own publishing company and record label, Hebb Cats.

Hebb was born to blind parents and raised in Nashville. He joined the Navy in 1955 where he played the trumpet in a jazz band.

In the 1950s Hebb also played and danced with Roy Acuff's country band, the Smoky Mountain Boys, and became one of the first black musicians to perform on the Grand Ole Opry show in Nashville.

Funeral services were pending. Survivors include a daughter and four sisters.

*****************************************************************


Entered at Mon Aug 16 16:51:39 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.115)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: I Did Too, I Did Too

Well, I was going to comment on the passing of Mr Keith but forgot or something. Maybe a half credit is merited?

Lars you can expect a short comment on your hysterical speculation about the 600,000 and The Clump Of Trees. I still have one more Dead Head to interview, a guy named, Dave "Coke". I haven't seen him in 20 years or so and don't have a last name( I'm assuming, Coke, isn't really it) That's all I have to go on so it's taking more time to give this hysterical speculation it's just due than I originally thought.

I did interview another Head but he wasn't capable of speculation. Seems it's important to be able to keep facts straight in your head and stay somewhat focused to come up with a plausible speculative scenario.

I finally had to resort to sketching out the battle field with a focus on the Clump of Trees and the members of The Dead sticking their heads out from behind some trees to give him a physical focal point in hopes of getting a professional opinion from a real live Dead Head.

Finally, I even had to scratch that approach because apparently I can't do a reasonable facsimile of Jerry Garcia's face. The guy kept asking me, "who's "That" guy, and why isn't Jerry there? It was a hurdle we just couldn't get him over so I'm really hoping to score with " Mr. Coke". Let's keep our sabres crossed.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 16:41:34 CEST 2010 from (68.197.221.208)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

Subject: New Artist

I picked up an exciting cd of music the other day - Trombone Shorty is the artist and Backatown is the cd. Wow! Great, exciting, funky stuff! Check it out. Band connection - horns.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 16:34:42 CEST 2010 from (76.68.81.120)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"In the face of heavy metal, America responded with The Band."

NB...Ilkka introduced me to Kalervo from Finland. He's a huuuuge Robbie fan too. He was into Eckhart Tolle's _Power of Now_.

Hi Joan! I see we're usually the only ones here with less testoterone. Always good to "see" you too Jersey Girl.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 15:55:55 CEST 2010 from (61.68.58.137)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Adam: Peter; David; Jtull; Supertramp tour

My mistake: how I missed all of your posts, I'll never know... Oldtimers disease, I'll guess...

Probably I commented then anyway...

Jtull: sounds a great band!

I heard tonight on the syndicated Alice Cooper show that Supertramp are touring without Roger Hodgson. He has appqarenlty claimed that they won't do any of the songs he wrote, which is, of course, nearly if not all of their hits... /n Cooper said they should try and forgive. It made me grateful that Robbie and Levon's feud never got down to not singing songs... imagine seeing the Band in the 90s and they didn't do the Weight, or Dixie, or (your favourite Robbie song). This is not to disparage Richard, rick's, Garth's or Levon's writing... but how many fans wanted to hear 'The Weight'?


Entered at Mon Aug 16 15:34:09 CEST 2010 from (90.239.83.166)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Northwest coastal region, Nordic Countries in Europe

Subject: John Mayer and John Mayer

This is a story about how it NEVER can get wrong:

Back in the sixties I was a John Mayall fan (still I am). Some relative travelled to Sweden and asked if I wanted to have an album as a present. I said: "YYEEESSS, John Mayall."- She came back with an album of John Mayer, a jazz saxofonist who played with a classical sitar player from India. They called it for "IndoJazz Suite". They wanted to say that East and West surely can meet. I still listen to this vinyl album sold in a humble low-price department store.

BTW did I see the name Kalervo here somewhere...


Entered at Mon Aug 16 15:27:05 CEST 2010 from (217.5.150.254)

Posted by:

JTull Fan

Pat, you might be interested to know that Gary Brooker is teaming up to form a band with Martin Barre on guitar and Dave Pegg on base, among others for at least a few tour dates. Sounds interesting to me.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 15:25:27 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

I also commented on Ben Keith's death at the time. Don't know if there's a connection to Mr. Keith, but Neil Young has a son named Ben.

Another connection to The Band is that Mr. Keith also played on Bobby Charles' eponymous Bearsville debut album. Mr. Keith was a member of the group Hungry Chuck at the time and Garth played sax on a cut from their self-titled Bearsville debut album recorded around the same time. That album featured a cover of Johnny & Jack's "(Down) South in New Orleans", which Bobby Charles also performed at The Last Waltz with The Band. Fellow Hungry Chuck members Amos Garrett, Jim Colegrove and N.D. Smart also played on the Bobby Charles album. Ben Keith continued to record with Bobby Charles over the years.

Adam: As I recall, Denny Seiwell also played on Paul McCartney's second solo album "Ram". The original Wings also featured another Denny, Denny Laine, formerly with the Moody Blues. It's a shame that Rick Danko's debut Arista solo album remains out-of-print, commanding high prices from market sellers.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 14:30:20 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

I agree that responses on Band related stuff are thinning out considerably, but Dave H gave the news of Ben Keith's death and I commented right away.

I pointed out that Mojo and Uncut have had to extend their obit section from one to three pages recently.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 09:42:31 CEST 2010 from (99.141.79.131)

Posted by:

Adam2

By the way, I did mention Ben Keith's death here the day it happened, though I was not the first to report it. As with every other interesting Band-related topic I've tried to bring up here and talk about, it went almost completely ignored.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 09:20:36 CEST 2010 from (99.141.79.131)

Posted by:

Adam2

I went to the Chicago area's "Fest For Beatles Fans" today, and recognizing the Band connection, took the opportunity to meet original Wings drummer Denny Seiwell (who played on Rick's 1977 solo album and was a guest at the fest). I'm glad I did. I asked him about it, and the first thing he said was "I really miss Rick." He told me how they had a nickname for Rick - 'Bingo Beyongo'. When I asked how that came about, he jokingly said how "Rick was out there, man." He also mentioned that Carol Caffin is working on a book about Rick, and that he and others were interviewed for material. He's a great drummer, and a nice guy. I didn't know that he also played with Rick on his initial solo tour until a saw the musicians listed on this recording from Wolfgang's Vault: http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/rick-danko/concerts/bottom-line-december-20-1977.html . He also appeared on Rick's "Soundstage" TV appearance in 1977.


Entered at Mon Aug 16 08:02:20 CEST 2010 from (76.99.245.65)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: by the turtle pond

Subject: Good News

My wife and I saw the LHB show at the Keswick Theater 7/22 and I think it was the first time we heard Amy (and Brian Mitchell) belt this one out. For a week I called it the "My Baby at the Station" song until I was better informed. Whew!


Entered at Mon Aug 16 00:40:48 CEST 2010 from (61.68.58.137)

Posted by:

dlew919

Web: My link

Subject: Ben Keith, RIP

This is old news, and I don't htink anyone else here mentioned it. Neil Young's pedal steel player. Vale.


Entered at Sun Aug 15 20:46:41 CEST 2010 from (72.71.215.193)

Posted by:

Mike & Kim

Web: My link

Subject: Autographed Robbie Robertson "Music for Native Americans" album.

Autographed by Robbie & children Sebastian & Delphine.


Entered at Sun Aug 15 11:27:37 CEST 2010 from (99.141.58.68)

Posted by:

Adam2

John Mayer in a guitar duel with Robbie. What is this, April Fool's? This is The Band guestbook, right?


Entered at Sun Aug 15 02:13:07 CEST 2010 from (79.202.158.193)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

If TLW was held right now, I'm sure Robbie's guitar battle would include Mayer.


Entered at Sat Aug 14 16:36:27 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: I got a lot tasay!

Very sad to hear of Richie Hayward, God rest his soul.

David & Bill....thanks. I should have remembered the history of I'll fix your flat tire Merle, but wasn't it in regard to a song of that type Merle had done?? The clutch in my brain keeps slippin'. I can't remeber what it was.

As I drove back up the island highway from Nanaimo yesterday, (down checking on my barge) I caught Colin James on the radio singing "Losing You". Damn that boy does a good job on that song.

Last night I watched "The Funk Brothers", the Motown doc. on probably a group of the most influential guys the music business has ever seen. There has never been a sound so solid as that bunch of guys put together. Far too many songs and bands to mention. Their influence over the Eglish bands, for example the "Beatles" ......"You Really Got a Hold on me" is a good example.

Listening to those guys play, "I heard it thru the grapevine"....tho'...makes everything else pale in comparison.

It was a worth while trip. I had acquired some paint, (at no cost) from the ship yard. Left over from a job on one of the BC ferries. An epoxy paint...about $500 a gallon. I took a bucket of it up to my brother for his boat which he has on the tarmac right now, cleaning and painting. I went away with 10 sockeye salmon in my truck.

If any one remembers from "Dances With Wolves" when Kevin Kostner and Graham Greene parted at the end and exchanged gifts, the comment........"Good Trade". That's what my brother and I said and had a laugh.

It's a canning sockeye day.....and in the salt for pickle. Y'all have a nice day.


Entered at Sat Aug 14 13:32:44 CEST 2010 from (76.68.82.92)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Sat Aug 14 13:28:27 CEST 2010 from (76.68.82.92)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

...for Kalervo
Basement Songs: "What About Now"
How Robbie Robertson's song impacted a fan...Scott Malchus.


Entered at Sat Aug 14 13:24:07 CEST 2010 from (76.68.82.92)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

A Hawk replaces a Raven.....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PROFESSOR RAY PENCE!
:-D


Entered at Sat Aug 14 06:13:02 CEST 2010 from (69.182.102.155)

Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT
Web: My link

Subject: Vancouver Ramble

Northern Boy, I'm glad that you had a good time in Vancouver the other night. I'm in complete agreement with you re: the power of Amy's take on 'Good News'. Not sure if you saw my post the other day on the 10th, but I'll post the link again in case you missed it. It's a live version of Amy singing 'Good News' from Floyd Fest in July.

Sorry to hear about the passing of Richie Hayward. An amazing drummer, and from what I can gather, a even greater friend to many who will be missed. Also sad to hear the news about Calvin "Fuzz" Jones. May they both rest in peace.


Entered at Sat Aug 14 00:30:42 CEST 2010 from (91.42.242.2)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: John Mayer: Gravity

One of the best songs, starts at 4.00min and ends too soon, but the best recording of John Mayer's Gravity I find on the www. What a song, what a talent and what a solo at the end, cheers.


Entered at Fri Aug 13 15:39:11 CEST 2010 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: RIP Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, June 9th,1926 - August 9th, 2010

. . . from Muddy's band . . . .


Entered at Fri Aug 13 14:05:08 CEST 2010 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

Mike & Kim

Web: My link

Subject: May Richie Hayward rest in peace.

Our condolences go out to Richie's family, Shauna & to Butchie who worked tirelessly to help his friend out.


Entered at Fri Aug 13 12:41:45 CEST 2010 from (76.68.80.220)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Fri Aug 13 12:37:44 CEST 2010 from (76.68.80.220)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Little Feat’s Richie Hayward: 1946-2010
Richie Hayward drum solo.
"His last public performance was a sit in with Little Feat at the Vancouver Island MusicFest on July 11, 2010."


Entered at Fri Aug 13 09:33:55 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Work Song

The Hawks do "Work Song" on the Dallas tape, and I have the feeling Levon mentions it somewhere.


Entered at Fri Aug 13 08:44:42 CEST 2010 from (196.7.230.230)

Posted by:

Nux Schwartz

Location: Durban South Africa

Subject: The Basement Tapes

BOB DYLAN & THE BAND
The Basement Tapes
By Richard Haslop

The news that the next instalment of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series -- the treasured early '60s Witmark and Leeds Music publishers' demos -- is due soon had me wondering, as I do each time one of these releases is announced, when someone's going to have a proper shot at arguably the most celebrated collection of formally unreleased recordings in rock history. These are, of course, the recordings of Dylan and his mates in 1967, messing around on old folk, blues, country and pop songs, rehearsing several of his own new compositions and generally having a great musical time, mainly in the basement of a big pink house in Woodstock where he had holed up, ostensibly to recover from his mysterious motor cycle crash.

Joining him were at least four members of his once and future touring group (and maybe Levon Helm on a few of the later songs), then somewhere between shedding their identity as God's own backing band, the Hawks, and almost accidentally reconstituting themselves as the Band. Their own magnificent debut, Music From Big Pink, would be released the following year.

Actually, the word "recording" is a fairly loose description of the process that resulted in both the basement tapes and, eight years later, The Basement Tapes. Organist Garth Hudson simply let the tape run as Bob sang and Danko, Robertson, Manuel and Hudson himself played, preserving for prosperity at least 108 complete songs, snippets, versions, outtakes, aborted attempts, repeats and several career highlights that can be found these days on various bootlegs, most completely and listenably the four CD A Tree With Roots.

Some of the Dylan originals circulated in the industry on a publishing company tape and made their first public appearance in cover versions by the Byrds (You Ain't Going Nowhere), Manfred Mann (The Mighty Quinn), Julie Driscoll (This Wheel's On Fire) and others, while seven turned up by Dylan himself on rock's first bootleg, The Great White Wonder. Finally, in 1975, Columbia released The Basement Tapes, a double album containing sixteen songs by Bob with the Band, and another eight by the Band without Bob and mostly not from those basement tapes at all. The company had apparently considered a triple but had baulked at the likely retail cost. It was, nevertheless, and despite the disappointment of those who knew something about the riches on those reels, close to the Album of that Year, as it would surely have been in 1967, and it contained, in the previously uncirculated Goin' To Acapulco, at least one fabulous surprise.

Tears Of Rage, Dylan's majestic but heartbreaking ballad of parental regret that kicked off the Band's own debut, was there, but Quinn The Eskimo, for example, wasn't, and neither was the enigmatic I'm Not There (1956), until its very belated appearance as the title song of a 2007 film soundtrack probably the greatest unreleased Dylan recording of them all. Sign On The Cross, which may have assumed that mantle, remains officially unavailable.

Dylan seemed, in 1967, to have retreated from the rock music world at precisely the time of its greatest fertility. What he was in fact doing was reinventing it, as demonstrated by its wholesale movement back to simplicity, tradition and roots prefigured by John Wesley Harding, the official album he wrote and recorded whilst away. The basement tapes contain just enough of Bob's tangentially freewheeling pre-accident lyrical dazzle to have lessened the initial shock of John Wesley Harding's rough and radically altered down-home musical approach had the records been heard sequentially.

The official Basement Tapes, remastered in 2009, remains an album for the ages, but a decently expanded version that more accurately reflects what happened in that house that summer could make it much more than even that.


Entered at Fri Aug 13 07:09:24 CEST 2010 from (67.85.169.75)

Posted by:

Jersey Girl

No, JQ, Oregon isn't alone. It's illegal to pump your own gas anywhere in New Jersey too. It's all "full service," although service certainly isn't as full as it used to be. While occasionally an attendant will take it upon himself to wash your windshield, I can't remember the last time I heard one ask, "Check your oil?"


Entered at Fri Aug 13 03:55:43 CEST 2010 from (99.141.38.210)

Posted by:

Adam2

Sorry - Joan must have posted as I was typing.


Entered at Fri Aug 13 03:54:38 CEST 2010 from (99.141.38.210)

Posted by:

Adam2

Subject: Richie Hayward

I'm sad to post that Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward passed away today. He's been fighting liver cancer since at least August of last year, when it was first announced. He was a truly great drummer, and by all accounts a wonderful person. It's so sad that we've already lost Bobby Charles, Fred Carter Jr., Ben Keith, and now Richie Hayward, and the year isn't even over. Rest in peace...


Entered at Fri Aug 13 03:49:37 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Richie Hayward

RIP


Entered at Fri Aug 13 03:43:36 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Norm/ JQ

The town I live in still has a law that you can't pump your own gas. I love it! I always manage to spill some on my hands when I do it.


Entered at Fri Aug 13 01:42:14 CEST 2010 from (70.78.227.122)

Posted by:

NB

Web: My link


Entered at Fri Aug 13 01:39:48 CEST 2010 from (70.78.227.122)

Posted by:

NB

Web: My link

Subject: Sam Cooke "Ain't That News"

Sam gets this thing cranked up eventually, but Amy Helm's version smokes from the outset. NB


Entered at Fri Aug 13 01:35:06 CEST 2010 from (70.78.227.122)

Posted by:

Northern Boy

Subject: Levon in Van

The second he stepped on the stage Tuesday night in Vancouver, Levon had to withstand about a two-minute standing ovation (complete with much hootin', hollerin' and whistlin') before he was allowed to launch into his opening number, "Ophelia". This was followed by "The Shape I'm In", sung by Brian Mitchell. A fairly awesome one-two opening punch, and with twelve musicians on the stage, about as close now as I'll personally ever get to having a live "Last Waltz' experience of my own.

A highlight for me was the presence of Amy, who did not appear at the Ramble we attended three years ago. She did the vocals on "All La Glory" but really hit a home run with her gutsy, bluesy version of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That (Good) News" which to my ear sounds a whole lot like Ray's "I Got A Woman". NG turned to me when it was over and said, "Wow, where's HER solo career?". ( I always thought she should go more down that road vocally, rather than the more mellow Ollabelle path).

Yes, surprise guest Elvis did indeed nail "Tears of Rage" with a rendition that remained as close as possible to the original, even down to some potentially troublesome high notes, a la Richard. He helped out on "Tennessee Jed", which is terrific live as is "Deep Elem Blues", and came back out at the end for the "I Shall Be Released" encore. Because of the Krall connection, Vancouver is home for Elvis (along with New York and London, I'm guessing). Elvis was in far finer voice than at any time on his TV series, at least when compared to the times I tuned in.

Lyrically I still can't figure out why Larry Campbell doesn't sing "Long Black Veil" instead of Teresa Williams, (though I guess a woman singing about being in bed with a man's wife can be appealing on a whole other level).

Sadly, Levon's voice is in rough shape. He really only sang the opening song completely solo. He did brief passages of others, like "Blind Willie McTell". People didn't seem to care much though. Plenty of "We love you, Levon" shout-outs between songs, and even a "This is awesome Levon, thank-you so much", which drew a round of applause from the house. Levon graciously acknowldged the Levon lovefest that he found himself the centre of.

There were maybe forty people out on the street later waiting to catch a glimpse of Levon and band before they boarded their two buses. We didn't stick around to wait with them, partly due to the two-hour long drive back to Hope. But mostly because I got to shake hands with Levon at a Ramble earlier and figured there'd be no topping that. NB


Entered at Thu Aug 12 21:28:24 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: From Peace, Love & Understanding to Tears of Rage

E.C. also did a credible job covering Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding".


Entered at Thu Aug 12 20:49:21 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Tears & Rage

Considering Bob Broughton's review of Levon's concert in Vancouver - see What's New - it doesn't seem surprising that Elvis would nail that song, as he comes across to me as someone with a fair amount of Rage pent up inside. Unlike Richard, who was more suited to Tears.


Entered at Thu Aug 12 19:05:03 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Bill M: Thanks for pointing out the original Gravenites/Big Brother version of the song, as I don't recall ever hearing it.


Entered at Thu Aug 12 17:56:27 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Toronto
Web: My link

Subject: Kensington Market / Mandala / Merryweather

Jerry T: If you're in the T-dot next week, I see that Kensington Market is playing Hugh's Room on Aug 21. Hugh's website directed me to a YouTube clip, which led me one of their "Half-Closed Eyes" - and as I've mentioned it here many times (as, e.g., the loveliest song I know), I thought I post the link. Just the line, "Touch the hands of laughter and be blessed" deserves some kind of award in my books.

Kevin J: You in particular might like a couple of the follow-on links down the right margin - specifically the one to the Mandala "You Got Me" (their rarest 45) and the one of Merryweather (who I've also mentioned many times).


Entered at Thu Aug 12 17:31:24 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Extending the gasoline theme in a way that seems justifable, given that the spike in prices that led to the spate of gas songs in the '70s also led to the lowering of the speed limit in the US, how about Sammy Hagar's "(I Can't Drive) Fifty-Five"?


Entered at Thu Aug 12 17:19:54 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Other Ramone

sadavid: Just to clarify, Phil Ramone engineered the Brown Album tracks cut at the Hit Factory in NYC, rather than those recorded in Sammy Davis, Jr.'s pool house. I believe those included "Up On Cripple Creek", "Whispering Pines" and "Jemima Surrender".


Entered at Thu Aug 12 17:04:16 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: http://www.mail-archive.com/pen-l@galaxy.csuchico.edu/msg80063.html

Whew - thought I was hallucinating or something. I'd thought that the clever song about Merle's flat that I used to hear on CHUM-FM back in the John Donabie days was by Big Brother and the Holding Company - from the post-Janis album with Nick Gravenites doing the singing. While a quick google search might lead one to believe that the Pure Prairie League version was the first, it wasn't. See link and scroll down a bit. Says it's a Gravenites song too. BTW, was PPL's Randy Fuller the non-California Randy in Hendrix's Blue Flames band of the mid '60s?


Entered at Thu Aug 12 16:51:58 CEST 2010 from (76.66.125.192)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

JULY 5, 2010 8:45PM
Canucks in New York (State): Watkins Glen Festival, 1973

LoL...Everytime I see Al Anderson's name posted I think instead of the American who toured and played on some of Bob Marley's recordings.

Simon! I had to show you know who this one! Uhhhh....Did Miles really say that? Ornette Coleman played on one of Louuu's recordings but Miles?! A great line to show the jazzz expert at home in anycase!

"Lou Reed does things that no other man would even dare to think about. He sparked the whole indie movement and even Miles Davis used to write in his diary how jealous he was of Lou."


Entered at Thu Aug 12 16:50:17 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

westcoaster: That's a song by Pure Prairie League from their album "Two Lane Highway".

sadvid: Mr. Ramone was a recording engineer on those albums.


Entered at Thu Aug 12 16:15:55 CEST 2010 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: Philling station

I was looking at producer Phil Ramone's discography (wow!) and noticed he'd listed _The Band_ (as well as _Rock of Ages_ and _Before the Flood_.)

He's not in the credits listed in Jan's 'discography' pages - was he credited on the original or re-release(s)? What, if anything, was hsi role / contribution?


Entered at Thu Aug 12 16:15:02 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Mingus / Cannonball

Simon: Thanks for the post - although your use of that long acronym forced me to scroll back to see you were talking about "The Black Saint and ...". Is the first part of the title "II B.S." (as it's spelt on the Impulse comp CD I have) supposed to be a roman numeral suggesting that the song is a second stab at said Black Saint, or a latin pronoun (as in "Winnie Il Po") - possibly refering to the same saint? Anyway, "Better Get ..." (again how it's spelt on my CD) was the very first Mingus thing I heard, aside from Joni Mitchell's album if that counts, and it took me awhile to realise that it was just one song on a comp, and not two or even three. For quite some time I thought that the jump part must be Pharoah Sanders doing "Thembi", which was listed as the next song. Not - not at all. As you say, this stuff is not brilliant jazz jamming - it's scripted brilliance that in a number of cases (including "Better Get") that was rerecorded very similarly for different labels.

Peter V: Re the Cannonball period (of the Hawks, not the Band, whose Cannonball period was just a dot in a line on the map of "The Weight"), I suspect that our guys also performed "Work Song". It may have been that Richard Bell's group in '65, Ritchie Knight and the Mid-Knights, uncovered it themselves, but it seems more likely to me that they got to it via the Hawks. Was listening to Richard in the car this morning, adding his stylish playing to most of the songs on Colin Linden's commendable comp, "Sad & Beautiful World: 1975-1999".


Entered at Thu Aug 12 15:59:03 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: I'll fix your flat tire Merle

Have I got it right David? Wasn't that a Merle Haggard tune?


Entered at Thu Aug 12 15:54:20 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Get That Gas-o-line

Many Southerners still use the term fillin' station. That brings to mind Jesse Winchester's wonderful album "Love Filling Station", released last year. Remember NRBQ's minor hit "Get That Gasoline", released back during the gas shortage in 1974. Former member Al Anderson later released a solo album entitled "Pay Before You Pump". Then there was the Allman Brothers Band's live double album "Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas" from 1976. Two sides were recorded at Bill Graham's Winterland. And who can forget the great cover painting for Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop album. It depicted Mr. Beck, power drill in hand, working on a oversized Fender Stratocaster, perched upon the lift in the service bay of a filling station.


Entered at Thu Aug 12 12:26:27 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.120)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Back To The Future

JQ, sounds like a return to the 50's when you went to a gas station and someone pumped the gas for you. What was it called? Oh ya, a service station. Who knows, maybe we'll go back to full service; Washing the windshield and checking the oil. What's next? Return of the bank teller?


Entered at Thu Aug 12 12:11:13 CEST 2010 from (64.134.168.11)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Gas in Oregon

Westcoaster - That's a rough story indeed. You mention a guy from Oregon and here in Oregon I believe our system is unique in the US: you cannot pump your own gas, it must be done by an attendant. Although it's not pre-paid in a cash transaction. I have no idea as to our system's rationale but it does provide jobs, socialist jobs, but still.


Entered at Thu Aug 12 08:48:54 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The Adderley Period

I always recall Levon talking about The Hawks Cannonball Adderley period. Simon on Mingus reminded me. My single of Joe Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", Cannonball's finest track, is on the "Capitol Discotheque 67 Series". So back then, Cannonball was disco. (This is playing with words, as Chubby Checker was singing "At the discotheque" in 1963, and by 1967 discotheques were playing a lot of what is now known as "soul jazz."


Entered at Thu Aug 12 01:08:21 CEST 2010 from (86.165.73.227)

Posted by:

Simon

Web: My link

Subject: Charlie and Lou revisited

Many thanks Dunc. That's the one. Absolutely classic stuff. And it really does sound like 'just another day'.

Bill - "Better Git ..." was one of the first things of his I heard. It's actually a lot closer to the spirit or rock or soul or whatever you want to call it than a lot of, well, so-called 'rock'. It really does swing as well. The Mingus Ah Um album contains that as the opening track ... it gets confusing though as a lot of pieces get reworked then retitled. There's one called "I.I. B S" which is really "Haitian Fight Song" reworked. That's on one of his Impulse albums. For me that's essential but TBSATSL is the one I love most. It's not exactly easy listening but after a couple of plays I just 'got' it. The first three tracks - side 1 - conjure up the blare of the city. It reminds me of the steam coming up from grids in New York. The other track - side 2 - is just amazing. It reiterates a lot of the previous themes but has a south of the border/Iberian/flamenco thing going on. Some compilations include half of this album but that seems pointless. I should add that's it's not at all dissonant, it's mostly composed and not much improvised (at least that's what I read) but it's a very rich thing overall. It's supposed to be very painstakingly recorded for its time - 1962 or '63 - and was intended to be a stereo experience. One thing it isn't is a blowing/jam session. It's more like classical in its scope and execution.

Brown Eyed Girl - Thanks for "Pale Blue Eyes". I think "New York" is a must have. One of my cousins used to play it a lot and I always loved it but just never got around to buying it. I'll get that and "Ecstasy" soon. His website is nicely designed too. The MMM page says: "The perfect holiday gift for your loved one." For me it's reasonably listenable. Sure, it's initially hard going but I do hear enjoyable overtones and fragments of melody so my main reaction was intermittent pleasant surprise. Squalls often turning into something quite lovely. I'll be buying the vinyl though, not because of any audio considerations but simply because the format limits it to sixteen minutes at a time. It's fascinating to read some of the reviews on Amazon ... the people who give it a high rating tend to be quite expressive and witty. One lady also maintains that it's musically compelling in that there are a lot of intervals of a fourth. From my limited knowledge that's a bit unusual because feedback often creates overtones of a fifth, octave and octave plus fifth. Another reviewer said they used to play Side 2 at low volume and it was perfect for getting the baby off to sleep. Worked like a charm every time.

I've waffled on long enough but the link is for you. Dunno if you've seen this interview on Dutch tv that covers his Poe tribute (amongst other things). He comes across as pretty classy and articulate and not at all intimidating.

Finally here's a review of MMM from 'Automated Message' on Amazon:

"Maybe when you eat split-pea soup, you think, ennhh, it's kind of bland. Well, sad sir or Sue, that's because your taste buds are eroded by trans fats and cigarette smoke. This is like the challenging subtleties in fine wine. Or the tiniest hint of mint in your turtle poop cheese. Nevertheless, your palette, if you choose to allow it, will be painted in colors beyond the rainbow and outside even Ben and Jerry's ken. For these mesmerizing layers of feedback are dense and many, nougaty rich, humming determinedly like a bee in a sack. Lou Reed does things that no other man would even dare to think about. He sparked the whole indie movement and even Miles Davis used to write in his diary how jealous he was of Lou."


Entered at Wed Aug 11 20:57:45 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Breaker - Breaker - Just curious?????

After a conversation at a gas station, I'm curious if our situation here, exists anywhere in the states. I'll try and be brief.

I'm not sure how long ago, 2 or 3 years. At a gas station at Maple Ridge in the Fraser Valley, a young man was working the night shift, (gas bar, convienence store). Two young guys came in a car, got gas, and as they were the only ones at the station the young attendant was watching them.

They jumped in the car and tried to take off without paying. The young attendant was quick and ran out and stood in front of the car. The young driver drove over him, and unfortunately, he was hung up under the car. He was dragged for almost 5 kilometers, (3 miles) he was torn loose, and died. After these guys were caught, with police interview, the passenger admitted they heard the young man screaming for them to stop for a long ways.

As apparently it happens so freguently, people not paying, our workers compensation, "Worksafe BC" enacted this law pay before pumping, or by credit card at the pump.

The young man who died, had a loving family, and was very popular at his job with many regular customers. Working two jobs to put himself thru university.

My reason for mentioning this, is while fueling up, a fellow from Oregon who I explained this reason to, was irrate to the point of violence, until I explained it to him. He thought it was a money issue. After I explained it he was near to tears. It was a horrible thing.

I wondered if this is done elsewhere?


Entered at Wed Aug 11 20:14:33 CEST 2010 from (79.202.159.193)

Posted by:

Norbert

Location: Germany

Subject: Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris: Pale Blue Eyes

Brown Eyed Girl, that was great thanks.


Entered at Wed Aug 11 18:35:08 CEST 2010 from (76.67.16.95)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Yes Bill M! When I first discovered that video it confirmed to me that indeed I had met Pentii Glan at Rick and Levon's show and.....hearing how great our boyzzz (Fonfara, Singh, Glan were layin' down a funky groove...with American Danny Weiss who now resides here....good health care eh?) and.........

Here's the version of "Sweet Jane" for Rollie's sweet Jane that our Cowboy Junkies were channelling on their cover. Louuu apparently said this was the best cover....not surprising as it's similar to his. lol


Entered at Wed Aug 11 18:20:03 CEST 2010 from (90.239.119.45)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Nordic countries

Subject: "Farewell, Angelina" - about vinyl album cover photo posted by David P.

Thanks for mentioning this beautiful photo before FaceShops and Photobooks took over. - On the back side there is an interesting black and white photo, too. It is by Mary Stafford and makes me think of "Renaldo and Clara" in its gypsy like approach. There is a piece of poetry (or prose) ending with the following silly line taken certainly from Peter V's nightmare: "Would it embarrass you very much if I were to tell you . . . that I love you."


Entered at Wed Aug 11 18:12:01 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Subject: Lou Reed on YouTube

Strolling around the rather extensive collection of Lou Reed performances I happened upon this one from '74 (previously posted here by BEG). What struck me this time is how Fonfara and Weis worked a fair bit of their Rhinoceros sound into the intro while Whitey and Prakash managed to work their Bush sound into the same intro. And then if you move over to the "Rock and Roll Animal" version of the same song you hear Whitey and Prakash doing something completely different as Hunter and Wagner interlace in a manner that sounds an aweful lot like what Clapton and Allman did in "Layla".


Entered at Wed Aug 11 18:03:10 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Take A Walk Through The Wal-Mart

beg: Yes, the wonderful Moe Tucker -- from the Velvet Underground to working in a Wal-Mart in South Georgia and back.


Entered at Wed Aug 11 17:26:52 CEST 2010 from (76.67.16.95)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and for fans of Emmylouuu and Crow singing Louuu's "Pale Blue Eyes".


Entered at Wed Aug 11 17:24:28 CEST 2010 from (76.67.16.95)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....for David Powell.


Entered at Wed Aug 11 17:20:23 CEST 2010 from (76.67.16.95)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....for Simon.


Entered at Wed Aug 11 17:06:26 CEST 2010 from (76.67.16.95)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Hi Simon. I find in general Louuu's body of work even more uneven than Van's. I've sold some of my Louu recordings and I will probably sell Van's country CDS which don't resonate for me at all except for a few songs maybe. At one time I had to have all their recordings because these artists as well as Dylan, Marley, The Band, Robbie, Garland Jeffreys.....mattered....to me. They were always there for me in so many ways in my life. I always looked forward to what they had to share, what they thought, felt, experienced themselves.

As far as solo Louuu I think a must is his "New York" recording as it was a criitque of the NY he loves so much. His recordings during his time with his second wife Sylvia Morales are about Louuu growing up and dealing with relationship issues other than himself. lol I also really liked his "Bells" recording because he's quite revealing in this one and it was around the time he was cleaning up his life with alcohol and drugs. I had read that Louu's second marriage ended 'cause Louuu didn't want to have children and she did.

His "Ecstasy" recording was quite mature. A poster from this site sent some of his "Metal Machine Music" and I couldn't get into it.....but....just the fact that Louuu put this out......Well.....He always loved feedback, didn't he? Even Sonic Youth site this recording for them......

His work with the VU I discovered after Louu solo. The VU were cool in so many ways for me. One of the reasons I dig them is that they were writing and singing about taboo subjects.....a world I knew nothing about. Louuu has always said they were a group for adults. Also, Louuu met Sterling Morrison at Syracuse University so you had two musicians in this band that came from an academic background.....Louu's degree is in English Literature and the late Sterling ended up leaving the band and acquiring a PHD in medieval studies. Ahhh...people who are creative as well as academic and cultured.....Love them! Then you had John Cale in the band who had a classical musicial background and was part of the avant garde scene. And then you had "Moe" Maureen Tucker who ended up having five children and was the female member in this group who apparently was the one who tried to keep the peace between Louu and Cale just as Simonon of The Clash tried with Strummer and Jones....LOL...and she played drums standing up with tom toms......This group was also heavily influenced by the art world and Warhol.....:-D


Entered at Wed Aug 11 15:23:34 CEST 2010 from (65.94.120.241)

Posted by:

Jay Hunt

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Subject: Bob Dylan & The Band: From the Reels - Complete Basements

Does anyone know where I can buy the bootleg CD/DVD set "Bob Dylan & The Band: From the Reels - Complete Basements"? Please reply to: jay.hunt@sympatico.ca


Entered at Wed Aug 11 14:49:20 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: sacred 20

Also worthy of consideration: "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Goin' On", "Itchycoo Park", "I Feel Love", "Eight Days A Week".


Entered at Wed Aug 11 14:41:48 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Web: My link

Rock stars "Then and Now"......


Entered at Wed Aug 11 13:02:12 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.191)

Posted by:

Steve

Most revealing and insightful comment in the Newt article; Clinton on Newt," You're just like me". Takes one to know one.


Entered at Wed Aug 11 01:19:08 CEST 2010 from (99.251.206.228)

Posted by:

Dylan

Location: Canada

I love The Band. Music From Big Pink is my favorite album ever, and I order in Stage Fright & The Band, so I'm sure I'll love those too. Thanks for this awesome website, I hate searching for "The Band", because it comes up with random bands, but I still like the name, and all. Anyway, great site.


Entered at Wed Aug 11 01:16:44 CEST 2010 from (67.80.146.54)

Posted by:

Owen W.

Location: Hudson Valley
Web: My link

Subject: The Band at Woodstock

Now Seeding: The Band: At Woodstock - August 17, 1969 - Bethel NY - Woodstock Festival 10:30 PM (FLAC FORMAT)


Entered at Wed Aug 11 00:01:06 CEST 2010 from (68.164.5.24)

Posted by:

Pat B

David P, I can only guess what Dee Snyder would say. In regards to Newt, it's nice to see him called out by an impeccable source--except of course she was actually married to the slimeball. It sure frames the whole "family values" crowd succinctly.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 23:01:40 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: What's in a name?

Pat B: Down here in Georgia we've been aware of Mr. Gingrich's true nature for a long time. After all, isn't a newt a slimy, cold-blooded, lizard-like creature?

Speaking of names -- another Georgian Republican congressman who fell from grace was Pat Swindall. The Swindall man served a federal prison sentence for perjury.

Here in Georgia today, two Republican candidates are facing each other in primary run-off election, with the winner to face the Democratic candidate for the seat of Governor in November. On one hand, you have a former congressman named Nathan Deal (no joke), who is supported by Newt Gingrich. His opponent is Karen Handel, formerly Georgia's Secretary of State, who is supported by Sarah Palin. Ms. Palin spoke at a Handel rally here in Atlanta yesterday. As she went to the podium, the strains of "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister blared through the P.A. You can't make this stuff up. Who says politics isn't a form of entertainment.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 22:18:50 CEST 2010 from (68.164.5.24)

Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

An essential bit of reading for political junkies everywhere. Band connection: The Fat Man.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 22:08:31 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: The List

Although less well known by the general public, Fats Dominos' 1949 recording "The Fat Man" is often cited as one of the pioneering R&B/R&R songs. It also provides us with a Band connection, as Robbie covered it with Gary Busey for the "Carny" soundtrack album. Fats recorded his original version with Dave Bartholomew at Cosimo Matassa's legendary J&M Music Shop studio in New Orleans, with an stellar group of musicians that included the great Earl Palmer on drums.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 21:23:53 CEST 2010 from (69.182.78.133)

Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT

Subject: The List

Ahh....I hadn't realized that DLEW started this trouble.

From a history bookish perspective, I'd think that Jackie Brenston's 'Rocket 88' would have the be one of the early ones. Of course that would probably knock some of Chuck Berry's automobile songs out of the running.

Speaking of car songs, had any Springsteen been chosen to represent the 1970's? I'm guessing that 'Born To Run' or 'Thunder Road' would qualify, but going strictly on personal preference, I'd rather have 'Badlands' (not necessarily a car song) from "Darkness On The Edge of Town".


Entered at Tue Aug 10 21:20:44 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Me again … sorry

I went to buy a small TV with integrated DVD, and went to the John Lewis store in Poole, where I found the one I wanted, the Sony KDL-22BX20D, had risen from £269 last week to £299 this week. So I went to the Comet warehouse store at Fleetsbridge to check out 22" integrated TV / DVDs. The store had an appalling picture, fuzzy and covered with white dots on every TV, compared to the crystal-sharp TVs at John Lewis. This is my conversation.

Me: I'm looking for a 22" TV / DVD combination.

Salesman: Goodmans and Ferguson. £179.

Me: No, I want a quality brand.

Salesman: JVC?

Me: Maybe. Have you got a Sony?

Salesman: Sony don't make TV / DVD combinations.

Me: Yes, they do. I was just looking at one in John Lewis.

Salesman: They don't.

Me: Here's the John Lewis sales token with the model number.

Salesmen: Oh, yes. We don't stock Sony because the DVDs overheat.

Me: You said Sony didn't make them just now.

Salesman: Well, they do. But they catch fire.

Me: I think Sony probably know how to make DVD players.

Salesman: Anyway, Samsung's the same as Sony. We've got Samsung.

Me: I don't think it is.

Salesman: Oh, yes. Samsung, Sony and Sharp are all the same.

Me: You mean they all begin with "S"?

Salesman: No, I mean they're all made in the same factory. They just have different badges on.

Me: I see. Well, thank you …

Salesmen: Don't you want one?

No reply. I was already walking towards the door.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 21:15:24 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Turn it to eleven

I've posted this before, years ago, but I remember when a local store got the first model of the Vox "Beatle" amp at 100 watts. Previously you had the AC30, or the 60 watt bass amp (TC 60? correct my memory, here). We all raced over for the Saturday morning unveiling of this first 100 watt amp, and were amazed to find it only had one knob. A volume control. The store owner said that Vox told him that at 100 watts it was so incredibly loud that tone controls were irrelevant. Every kid in the store wanted one.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 21:08:46 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: DLEW's list / Freewheelers

Fats Domino -- I'd have to go for Walkin' To New Orleans, because (a) I commissioned a cover version for a project a few years back and (b) because Rod Stewart & The Soul Agents did it so brilliantly.

Little Richard, you can only choose Tutti Frutti really, because it gave the title to Nik Cohn's great book Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom.

Chuck Berry … I prefer both Nadine and No Particular Place To Go, but I reckon Johnny B. Goode is the definitive one … it's the one they put on that capsule in space.

The Freewheelers … I'd forgotten they used Hammond organ. We are definitely talking eighteen months before Like A Rolling Stone. One site says Dylan acknowledged them, which is why the organist got into Don't Look Back.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 21:06:21 CEST 2010 from (86.151.160.151)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland
Web: My link

Subject: Simon

Here is link you asked for. I really miss John Martyn. I must have about 30 albums and bought the covers album on Saturday, which I couldn't get. He covered 'Small Town Talk'. Like the interviewer, I couln't believe how beautiful and innovative the music was after him drinking so much.

I really like Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground and still play the albums I have. One of the best concerts I ever saw was a few years back in Glasgow, just Lou, bass player, lead guitar and drums. Great musicianship.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 21:05:48 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Todd: Thanks for the suggestions - all great ones. The idea for the list came from dlew, I believe, or maybe he was the one who has posted a full list. Certainly a couple of others have suggested additions and subtractions. The challenge is selecting famous songs that flow together and cover all the significant genres in a somewhat history-book-like way - as opposed to just selecting the greatest songs by 20 great artists.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 20:45:41 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Simon: As i've never heard it I don't have an opinion on that specific Mingus album. But I do think of his "Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul" as one of the great Yankistani pieces of music - the kind of thing that ought to go into the time capsule. I even considered it for inclusion in my 20 sacred songs of R&R because the jump blues of the final part - which I think Mingus put there to say that behind the warring factions of jazz there's stuff we can dance to - is sooo important to rock and roll. (An excellent rock and roll version of that same thinking is evident on Influence's brilliant 1968 'rock mini-opera' "Mad Birds Of Prey", which ends with the band resorting to "Tutti Frutti".)


Entered at Tue Aug 10 20:41:38 CEST 2010 from (86.151.160.151)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: David, Peter

David:Enjoyed the posts. For me over here John Martyn is the great rock musician who began as a folk singer. I also thought Pentangle's music was really good at their peak and I think Sandy Denny was Melody Maker's leading rock vocalist for two years running, which was a 'big thing' in Britain at the time.(Peter will be able to confirm this! I think I'm correct.)

Peter:Enjoyed the post. My first hearings of 'Wild Mountain Thyme' would be the same version(s) as you heard and I thought upto fairly recently it was an old Scottish folk song, not knowing anything about the changes it had gone through in Ireland before coming back. If you listened to 'The Braes of Balquhidder' you would recognise the similarities, but the song has changed quite a lot to get to 'Wild Mountain Thyme'. The song most Scots would recognise would be 'Wild Mountain Thyme'.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 20:35:26 CEST 2010 from (69.182.78.133)

Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT

Subject: Rip It Up

Bill M, 'Rip It Up' would be a fine choice by Little Richard. The Isley Brothers is another good choice, but I'm not sure that Ray Charles can be left out.......It just occurred to me that Chuck Berry should be on the list somewhere in the earlyish days. Possibly 'Maybelline'. I'm starting to think that 20 is an impossible task. Is Jackie Wilson on the list yet? Maybe 'Lonely Teardrops'.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 20:17:50 CEST 2010 from (94.172.133.200)

Posted by:

Roger Woods

Location: Birmingham UK

Subject: Freewheelers

Of course they were the Freewheelers - remember the name well now. And those of us of a certain age remember Race with the Devil - and I'm impressed by the new fact that they;re one and the same group. Aaah Sutton Road Youth Club...


Entered at Tue Aug 10 20:02:25 CEST 2010 from (86.165.73.227)

Posted by:

Simon

Subject: T.G.o.A

Brown Eyed Girl - Thanks. It's been a long time since I've heard Poetic Champions Compose ... it was when I visited some friends who were working on the Costa Brava. "PCC" was one of the albums they had in their apartment. Can't remember that much about the holiday to be honest! Well, the other thing was being told that I'd just missed by a few days Ian and Kim McLagan who were in town. By all accounts a lovely couple and I was gutted to read about her death a few years back.

I was thinking about you though, BEG, as I've been getting back into some of the Velvet Underground stuff. Also I need to catch up on some of Lou's solo albums. I thought "Ecstasy" from a few years back was truly great - hearing it revived a flagging interest in the guitar. Plus there are some tender moments too. I might just limit myself to one or two new Van albums and play catch-up with Lou instead.

Most surprising of all though is recently hearing "Metal Machine Music" for the first time. Me liked muchly. I never disliked feedback - especially when it's (somewhat) controlled - be it "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere," or the live cut of "Are You Experienced" from Winterland 1968 which commences with a two minute barrage that sounds like gigantic whining shards of steel hurtling down a ten mile wide lift shaft.

At least you can't ignore this kind of stuff. Odd too, that the early Velvet Underground is seen as the antithesis of 'what the Band stood for' (whatever that is ... I never figured that one out) yet "I Can't Come In With a Broken Heart" from the complete basement tapes sounds *exactly* like a homage to the VU. Sid Griffin thinks so too. It's loud and sludgy with a fantastic set of chords and a pointedly snotty Reed-esque vocal; a pity it wasn't developed into something more substantial. I suppose it wouldn't have fit on John Wesley Harding.

I'm now starting to think of MMM as a classic of the 'Americana' genre; something to be filed alongside Charles Mingus' "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady" & "Tijuana Moods", "Strange Days" by the Doors, "The Velvet Underground and Nico", the brilliant mid-60's singles runs of Martha & the Vandellas and the Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man" soundtrack, "Big 16" by the Impressions, the great Mothers of Invention albums, Charles Ives, "Contact from the Underworld of Redboy", the first four Public Enemy albums and the like. I'm just grateful someone came along in the mid to late '80s and thought the word "Americana" should be used as a musical umbrella term under which all this wonderfully disparate art could potentially be collected.

It is odd that no-one has thought to come up with the phrase "The Godfather of Americana" though. I know for a fact I've just invented it. With that in mind I'd have to say that Lou Reed and Charles Mingus are honorary members and I hereby salute their art. I used to listen to "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady" a couple of times a week and without fail our cat used to trot into the room and hop onto the arm of the sofa and purr loudly like a feline Geiger counter. He definitely loved that album.

P.S. Dunc, I might try and get that "Austin City Limits" set. Also do you recall that link you posted about John Martyn ... it was a classic tale of backstage nuttiness from the 70s (I think). I thought I bookmarked it but I must have lost it. You wouldn't happen to remember perchance? Ta.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 19:44:29 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: 20 Sacred Songs

Todd: I'm inclined to second your nomination of "I'm Walkin'", but would plump for "Rip It Up" from Little Richard's oeuvre. BEG's mention of the Isleys reminded me that "Shout" is also in contention - and will likely win out over "What I Say" as my representative of secularised gospel.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 19:38:53 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Folk Rock

Of course the Animals had a big hit with their electrified version of another traditional folk song, "House of the Rising Sun", in 1964. Dylan had covered the song on his self-titled debut album two years before, in an arrangement he "borrowed" from Dave Van Ronk. Mr. Van Ronk may well have learned it from Josh White's earlier version.

Roger: I pretty sure the Animals used Vox equipment. As I recall, guitarist Hilton Valentine favoured the AC-30 and later the Super Beatle amps.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 19:23:57 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Found them!

Roger, from the Bournemouth Evening Echo:

KNOWN to many through 40 years of live music, local musician Tim Mycroft passed away on New Year's Day.

Tim, 61, was in numerous bands throughout his life providing vocals, guitar and piano.

His earliest gigs were at the 45 Club on Poole Hill in Bournemouth in the 1960s with a band called The Freewheelers.

Pounding out Bob Dylan songs on a Hammond organ, Tim's notoriety was such that he made a brief appearance in the DA Pennebaker movie about Dylan called Don't Look Back.

When he was still 17, Tim went on tour with Thursdays Child playing at the Star Club in Hamburg among other venues.

The band later became known as The Gun and had a hit with Race With the Devil.

Tim also had a Top of the Pops appearance as Sounds Nice with Love at First Sight, a cover of the banned Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin song Je T'aime, but without the heavy breathing.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 19:17:30 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Roger, now I'm not going to relax till I remember the name. I think it was The Freewheelers. "Freewheeling" would have been a cooler name, but I reckon they were still in the era where bands liked a definite article.They were pretty good in fact, and certainly banged their way through the Dylan catalogue.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 19:13:11 CEST 2010 from (193.60.130.206)

Posted by:

Roger

Location: Birmingham UK

Subject: Play relatively loud...

Peter - I'm sure that was the same band which I heard at a Sutton Road Youth Club Dance around '64. Bringin' It All Back Home hadn't been released but they electrified lots from Freewheling and TTAAC. No-one shouted Judas. They'd have pumped the guitar through a Vox AC30 I guess - not sure they could play f*****g loud.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 18:45:40 CEST 2010 from (69.182.78.133)

Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT

Subject: 20 Sacred Songs

Hopefully there's room on the list in the early years for Little Richard's 'Good Golly Miss Molly' and maybe somthing by Fats Domino....perhaps 'I'm Walkin''

Steve, I don't know where you're getting your information about our President, but he closed Gitmo.......It was a campaign promise....remember?


Entered at Tue Aug 10 18:39:42 CEST 2010 from (68.164.5.24)

Posted by:

Pat B

Lars, it would depend on the quality of the LSD.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 18:00:16 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: thanks

DAVID- Great post, as always.

PAT- You know how I love to speculate with history. Suppose the 600,000 WG fans were transported in time to July 3, 1863...to Seminary Ridge...and Lee's officers told them that the Grateful Dead were about to play a free concert over in the Clump of Trees...do you reckon they could have carried that position?

Back to the watering and irrigation detail. We have a serious drought going on around here and I'm thankful I have a pump dedicated to watering the gardens and woods.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 17:54:17 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.43)

Posted by:

Steve

Web: My link

Subject: Shame On Obama

This kind of spectacle is usually only considered justice in those bastions of democracy such as Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe or Charles Taylor's Liberia.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 17:54:28 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Will Ye Go Lassie Go

Another title. Thanks Dunc, I never knew the original name of Wild Mountain Thyme, so will have to look out for it. It was already a folk club staple when I started going to folk clubs early 1963. I had the Alex Campbell Sings Folk LP, which was on a budget label, but had just about the cream of popular traditional folk songs of the era on it, just as "Alex Campbell Goes West" rounded up all the best cowboy songs. Alex Campbell entitled it Will Ye Go Lassie Go, I think. I also recall a band that used to play on Bournemouth Pier in 1964, who did electrified versions of early Dylan (first three LPs) and who also did an electric Wild Mountain Thyme, BEFORE The Byrds. I was amazed when The Byrds did it. If the local band had been musically a little better they would have been on to something.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 17:52:48 CEST 2010 from (76.67.19.145)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Bill M! I made a mistake!! It was the ISLEY BROTHRS! Here they are with the song that Rod The Mod covered.

Just heard it today....The Media Centres of the world are....
LA
NY
Chi Town
Toronto


Entered at Tue Aug 10 17:44:36 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: No Woman No Cry

Bill, it has to be the "Live at the Lyceum" version, either the vinyl one, or the recent CD remaster with the mic feedback intact. I'm torn between "No Woman No Cry" and "Stir it Up" if I can only have one Bob Marley track. I lean towards "Stir it Up" myself but "No Woman No Cry" is more iconic, and the best live recording ever.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 17:44:16 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Thymes There Are A-Changin'

Interesting that both Paul Clayton, an early influence upon Dylan, and Joan Baez, who in turn fell under the influence of Dylan, recorded versions of "Wild Mountain Thyme" in 1965. The Byrds version, included on "Fifth Dimension", followed about a year later. It seems to be another one of those traditional songs that recording artists would register under their own arrangements.

Ms. Baez's version was included on her "Farewell Angelina" album which featured a cover photo by Richard Avedon, who later did the back cover photo of The Band for "Cahoots". The title song by Dylan was also previewed in D.A. Pennebaker's famous "Don't Look Back" documentary.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 17:14:25 CEST 2010 from (76.67.19.145)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Another selection from "Any Given Sunday" for those of you who don't have this soundtrack....Robbie's "Carry Me".

Simon: One reason I really like Van's Poetic Champions Compose is because it's an emotional album with songs such as "I Forgot Love Existed", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "Someone Like You" (One of the best love songs ever!)...and there's "Queen Of The Slipstream" as well.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 17:13:48 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Westcoaster: Thanks for the link to the interview with Duris Maxwell. I talked to him for a long time between Jerry Doucette sets in the late '70s and he was pricklier then, but a good guy if you kept at it. Interesting about the broken hand. I'd gone to the Doucette show mainly to see Duris play, so was very disappointed that he did just one fill in the whole show. I figured Doucette had stifled him so he wouldn't steal the spotlight, but I guess it was his own choice. The one fill was so amazing (though brief) that much of the audience switched their gaze to his so they wouldn't miss the next eruption (which didn't come). While he's still drumming, apparently, I understand that he went back to university and got a law degree in the '80s. You've gotta track down that Brahman album to hear the best of Duris and Robbie King together. And also the best of Eddie Patterson, who was also in the Vancouvers and told me the same Hendrix story.

BEG: By 'the Ojays', do you mean the "Have You Seen Her?" guys? I don't recall them being on the SARS bill at all; maybe someone's pulling your leg? As for AC/DC, we heard a fair bit of them as we made our way to the exit (to get on the subway to get downtown to see Valdy). The Stones were the only act that we missed altogether.

David P / Peter V: Funny, I was thinking of Johnny Otis's "Willie And The Hand Jive" this very morning as I drove to work.

dlew: I was asking myself if "Willie And The Hand Jive" is worthy of being part of the sacred list of 20 songs that illustrate the history of R&R. I'm currently thinking yes. I have the middle part worked out, but am spotty at the early and later phases. For what it's worth, the middle is "LARS" (live with Hawks), "Get Off My Cloud", "White Rabbit", "Born To Be Wild", "America" (S&G), "The Weight" and "Aqualung". In consideration are "Rock Around the Clock", "Shake Rattle And Roll" (Turner), "What I Say" (Charles), "Mona" (Bo D), "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" (Elvis), "Who Do You Love" (Hawkins), "London Calling", "No Woman No Cry", "White Room", "Star Spangled Banner" (Hendrix), "Woodstock" (CSN&Y), "Ohio", "Video Killed The Radio Stars".

Peter V: The 'someone' in Van's line about 'days like this' was the Marvelettes' mother, I believe.

I was interesting to see Roy Buchanan with the Otises. For some reason the bored-looking brilliance reminded me of seeing Jan Ackermann on TV in the '70s - playing a rousing version of "Sylvia" but clearly being of the view that he was slumming.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 17:11:28 CEST 2010 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: old video of young Rick (and Terry) Danko

I don't know if this one's been posted previously . . . a "Soundstage" broadcast ca. '76 with "Java Blues" (Rick on Telecaster) and a slightly unconventional arrangement of "This Wheel's on Fire."


Entered at Tue Aug 10 16:51:31 CEST 2010 from (86.151.160.151)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Peter, Simon, Pat B

Pat B:Enjoyed the post. I wish I'd been at Watkins Glen.

Peter, Simon:have played in the;last two days: 'Live at Austin City Limits'

'The Skiffle Sessions' I really enjoy this. It may be something to do with the fact that I remember a skiffle band practising outside my gran's house, using a soapbox base about 100 years ago. Was skiffle the punk of its time?

'The Healing Game'

'Beautiful Vision' three times. I agree Peter. It is a beautiful album and one I appreciated wiithout really thinking about. Enjoyed the post.

'Purple heather' I know as 'Wild Mountain Thyme'. The original song was known as 'The Braes of Balqhuidder' and it moved to Ireland where it was adapted by the McPeake Family then moved back to Scotland. I have 'The Braes of Balquhidder' on the excellent 'The Lasses Fashion' by Jock Tamson's Bairns, which incidentally Richard Thompson has on his greatest albums list in Q magazine. It is a great album by anybody's standards.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 14:39:53 CEST 2010 from (76.67.19.145)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Robbie's cover of his own "Out Of The Blue" which can be found on the soundtrack "Any Given Sunday".


Entered at Tue Aug 10 11:25:48 CEST 2010 from (59.101.57.143)

Posted by:

dlew919

Web: My link

Subject: Vale Kodachrome (see link)

It gave us the nice, bright colours

It gave us the greener colours

Made us feel all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah


Entered at Tue Aug 10 08:55:22 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: More Van

I think this must be the longest interval without a Van Morrison album … the live Astral Weeks. He's also doing just the one autumn Royal Albert Hall gig with no tour, which means it's also about the longest period since 1982 since I saw him live. I guess we're all getting on!

Pat … pity that Super 8 film never got put up. It must have been a valiant feat filming it in the circumstances, especially as those days were long before Steadicam.


Entered at Tue Aug 10 04:38:16 CEST 2010 from (69.182.78.133)

Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT
Web: My link

Subject: Amy Helm - Soul Sister

Check out the above link from You Tube. It's Amy Helm giving new life to Sam Cooke's 'Ain't That Good News' from a recent Road Ramble. So much energy.....so much joy.


Entered at Mon Aug 9 22:10:45 CEST 2010 from (86.165.73.227)

Posted by:

Simon

Subject: Van / Jimi

Thanks BEG, Peter and Dunc for the Van suggestions. Dunc, I also like "Autumn Song". I think Hardnose the Highway is uneven but as Peter said it's worth it for "Warm Love". I've always liked "Snow in San Anselmo" ... a bit different but compelling. I think the live version of "Wild Children" from It's Too Late To Stop Now is sublime. I'm playing Veedon Fleece a lot. The original 'side one' is fantastic.

Hendrix fans might be interested to know there will be a 4CD plus 1DVD boxset coming out on 19th October. It's said to be all unreleased stuff from Rosa Lee Brooks "My Diary" in 1964 to the much anticipated "Black Gold" suite and late demos. It's called "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology". I've got a feeling it will be a kind of alternative history comprising different takes, perhaps some of the more celebrated mono mixes from Axis: Bold as Love. Somewhere down the line there will be release of Winterland 1968 live stuff.



Entered at Mon Aug 9 18:27:24 CEST 2010 from (68.164.5.24)

Posted by:

Pat B

Years ago I sent Jan H a video of the WG event that I shot with a Super 8. Drove from Chicago so we came in from the north on the west side of the lake. Traffic didn't stop until we hit a rise overlooking the lake just north of the town (maybe 100 yards or so). Had some great footage of the traffic jam which--being Friday morning--wasn't that bad yet. Everyone got out of their cars and started, uhhh, enjoying themselves. In the early afternoon they opened the speedway and the traffic slowly flowed through the town then west towards the site. I'd say we got to our campsite midafternoon. Some of us stayed to cook and set up while others went down to see the soundchecks.

We left Saturday sometime after midnight and drove southwest as best we could on farmroads. Didn't run into much traffic at all.


Entered at Mon Aug 9 17:01:00 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.91)

Posted by:

Steve

Tim, thanks for the snap shot of a time gone by, before paranoia and fear of the other brought on the demise of such " out of control" events.

Today, the cost of police and military helicopters, bomb\drug sniffing dogs, portable metal detectors, undercover security agents, tactical police units, and the thousands of state and local police necessary to guarantee an orderly and controlled event for the concert goers would put the cost of tickets out of reach.

A cop making an independent and positive move to help out members of a huge crowd of partying youth is but a vague and fading memory today. Bring back the good old days in the USA.


Entered at Mon Aug 9 17:00:16 CEST 2010 from (79.202.178.86)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: Unique Band photo's

Snapshots of different artist, also some unique ones of The Band (new for me at least). Click the link, there are several pages, to turn at the bottom.


Entered at Mon Aug 9 11:45:41 CEST 2010 from (24.218.200.216)

Posted by:

Tim

Location: Boston
Web: My link

Subject: Article about Watkins Glen Concert Traffic


Entered at Mon Aug 9 05:27:18 CEST 2010 from (99.141.24.175)

Posted by:

Adam2

*and Dr. John dedicates this album to him


Entered at Mon Aug 9 05:26:21 CEST 2010 from (99.141.24.175)

Posted by:

Adam2

Subject: Dr. John's new album "Tribal"

I've been listening to Dr. John's new album "Tribal", and I think it's great (and I've only listened to it twice). Very swampy and funky, with great playing from his band and Dr. John in great voice as well. The obvious highlights for me are the 2 songs co-written with Allen Toussaint, and the 3 co-written with the late Bobby Charles (Bobby also co-wrote 5 songs on the last Dr. John album, and dedicates this album to him). So far it's a really satisfying album for me. Pick it up if you like Dr. John.


Entered at Sun Aug 8 23:35:23 CEST 2010 from (79.202.174.204)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Joan, thanks again. Maybe we'll visit NY next year and take a walk down on Time Square.


Entered at Sun Aug 8 18:54:46 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Web: My link

Subject: I Miller

Norbert, I don't think there are any stores anymore. At one time there were around 200. i never knew about the Andy Warhol connection. The Miller building still exists. They made very fashionable higher end shoes. Funny, I hadn't thought about them in years.


Entered at Sun Aug 8 13:15:24 CEST 2010 from (79.202.181.201)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

'Everyone needs a Tony Judt in their life.' (link)


Entered at Sun Aug 8 12:53:17 CEST 2010 from (79.202.181.201)

Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: Post War

Tony Judt died last Friday was on the news today, time to buy his masterpiece Post War. Mr. Judt thanks for writing it.

Joan, thanks for the I.Miller Shoes follow up. Do they only produce shoes or do they self them too, I mean re there I.Miller Shoe Shops also?


Entered at Sun Aug 8 09:29:36 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Johnny Otis

Another piece of fifty year old vinyl I found yesterday was "Pledging My love" by Johnny Ace. Another iconic song. It's all in the small print on the label "with Johnny Otis Band."

Johnny Otis's influence and presence in early rock is huge.


Entered at Sun Aug 8 09:25:51 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Hard Nose The highway

Not quite true, Pat, but close. "Hard Nose the Highway" is the one I wrote about for a series of articles on albums by major artists that "the critics love to hate." Hard Nose The Highway was (at the time, mid to late 90s) the most-bashed album. I would say the Linda Gail Lewis duo album and possibly the Mose Allison tribute have passed it (I haven't checked, just guessing).

Hard Nose has "Green" on it, the Kermit song, and some pretty poor lyrics. But it also has "Warm love" which is so good you wouldn't ask for your money back. "Snow in San Anselmo" has an Astral Weeks feel. "Purple Heather" (aka Wild Mountain Thyme) is a traditional song done so well by so many people that it's hard to do it badly. Its origin (almost certainly Scots, but much sung in Ireland) fitted in with Van's concept of "Caledonia" with the constant interchange of culture between Northern Ireland and Scotland. Greil Marcus has quite a bit on this.

A quote from the article on "Purple Heather":

It's the age-old melody, which is truly beautiful. So why does Van choose not to follow it? This is a dull, flat version which misses the rhythm, most of the melody line and all of the yearning. It's most similar to Dylan's better Isle of Wight version (with solo guitar) which also seems to sand off some of the lovely edges of the tune. I'd take The Clancy Brothers and Alex Campbell over either, then the fine jangly Byrds version from Fifth Dimension. Later, on Irish Heartbeat, he remained faithful to lovely melodies on Raglan Road and She Moved Through the Fair.

Not here.


Entered at Sun Aug 8 06:48:55 CEST 2010 from (76.99.245.65)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: all over

Subject: Richie Hayward

Tonight I saw Donna Angelle's Zydeco Posse, then The Shaun Murphy Band, then Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Big Eyes Smith, Mojo Buford, Bob Stroger & Bob Margolin play in Wilmington, Delaware. A 480 year old band! Thought about the Hubert/Levon connection. Thought about the Butch/Feat/Band connection. Shaun's band was sandwiched between the zydeco band and Hubert's band of Hownin' Wolf alumni. And for much of the night I asked my friends to hold a good thought for Richie. Kept thinking of seeing The Feat on Saturday Night Live in December '88 and being mesmerized by Richie's drumming on "Hate to Lose Your Loving". The best!


Entered at Sun Aug 8 05:58:21 CEST 2010 from (76.99.245.65)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Subject: Shuggie Otis

My vinyl copy of "Here Comes Shuggie Otis" was worn out by 1975.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 22:42:14 CEST 2010 from (68.164.5.24)

Posted by:

Pat B

Dunc, beware. If Peter finds out you like something from Hardnose the Highway, he'll hunt you down.

Lars, thanks.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 21:38:50 CEST 2010 from (86.151.160.151)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Van the Man

As I mentioned before I didn't follow Van closely in the early days, but really enjoy his music. I must have about a dozen albums. I really enjoy Live at Austin City Limits too having bought it at the tour.

Later albums I like are 'Down the Road' and 'The Healing Game'

I also think 'Have I Told You Lately' and 'Autumn Song' are tremendous songs. I see the latter song as a real classic.

From an earlier time I really enjoy 'Wavelength'. I thought both the Van concerts I saw were brilliant, but as Peter mentioned at the time especially the concert with the big band and the backing singers. Tremendous concert.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 21:30:29 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: I Miller Shoes

Yes Norbert, I Miller is still around. I've worn their shoes over the years but I never saw that ad, Good shoes!


Entered at Sat Aug 7 20:46:13 CEST 2010 from (79.202.183.101)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: I'm Not There (last one)

From composer Michael Pisaro:

"It's almost as though he has discovered a language or, better, has heard of a language: heard about some of its vocabulary, its grammar and its sounds, and before he can comprehend it, starts using this set of unformed tools to narrate the most important event of his life... [Rick] Danko plays [bass] as if he knows that all his life this song has been waiting for him to complete it, and that he will be given only one chance."

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I wonder who's playing here, only Dylan, Rick and Garth? They never played it again?

Tenn, thanks for the BMI story (great).


Entered at Sat Aug 7 19:29:25 CEST 2010 from (74.179.51.61)

Posted by:

BWNWITenn

Web: My link

Subject: BMI Collections

I believe there was a discussion here awhile ago about BMI and ASCAP going after the little guys. Here's a great article about that in the New York Times.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 19:21:23 CEST 2010 from (79.202.180.226)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: Dylan & The Band 1967: I'm Not There (again)

1967 with The Band (try this link).


Entered at Sat Aug 7 19:18:10 CEST 2010 from (79.202.180.226)

Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: Dylan & The Band 1967: I'm Not There

1967 with The Band (link).


Entered at Sat Aug 7 18:40:10 CEST 2010 from (79.202.180.226)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: I.Miller Shoes

Betty Davis - Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes (link).

She was too wild for Miles Davis, Davis said, a pitty she never made it.

I wonder if the I. Miller Shoes Company did survive.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 16:42:18 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: "near mint"

Record collectors seek the "near mint" copies. You rarely ever see them. Today turned up both Da Doo Ron Ron and Then He Kissed Me in pristine condition in pristine sleeves. They look unplayed and sound perfect. I had both already, but that almost never happens, especially with records that popular.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 16:35:35 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

I saw Shuggie Otis with Johnny Otis in the early 70s … possibly 1971? Anyway, this might be why I'm so hugely critical of the Band's versions of "Willie & The Hand Jive."

Vinyl collectors (OK, David and Bill) know that frisson when someone shows you a box full of great stuff. A store I know let's me buy before they're sorted at a very low price. This morning turned up the first UK pressings of Johnny B. Goode, Why Do Fools Fall in Love by The Teenagers (featuring Frankie Lymon) … later copies have Frankie first, Mary Ann Thomas by Bobby Freeman, a small pile of Bill Black Combo, Wha'cha gonna do 'bout it by Doris Troy and the original Cannonball Adderley Mercy, Mercy, Mercy single.

In the words of Van, "Someone told me there'd be days like this."


Entered at Sat Aug 7 16:27:15 CEST 2010 from (79.202.165.145)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: Down in Mississippi, Mavis Staples (link))

Verse 1

As far back as I can remember I either had a plow or hoe One of those 'ole nine foot sacs standing at the old turn row

(Chorus)

Down in Mississippi Down in Mississippi Down in Mississippi where I was born Down in Mississippi where i come from

Verse 2

They had a hunting season on the rabbit If you shoot em you went to jail Season was a always open on me Nobody needed no band

Chorus Verse 3

I remember, I use to walk down that gravel road, walking with my grandma, Mississippi sun, beaming down I went to get some water

My grandma said, young 'un you can't drink that water, she said you drink from that fountain over there, heha and that fountain had a sign said "for colored only" I was so glad I had my grandma and my papa, a huh, and I wont leave you out grandpa My grandpa was so pround of me yall I went down in forest Mississippi one time na, didn't know no better, but i intergrated, a washeteria He was telling everybody, my grandbaby mavis, she went up to washeteria and washed some clothes, and all the black ladies followed her on up in there, I'm proud of my grandbaby, I saw many more of those signs as I lived in Mississippi, I'm so glad I can say that I saw every one of those signs, Dr. King saw that every one of those signs was taken down, down in Mississippi

Chorus

click the link for an awesome Mavis on a great song.

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Has someone the CD: "I Believe to My Soul" (Mcup) [Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, Mavis STaples, Irma Thomas, and Allen Toussaint.]? looks good.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 16:04:09 CEST 2010 from (68.171.235.209)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Vinyl Siding: Shuggie Otis

JEFF: Lately I've listening to the "Here Comes Shuggie Otis" Epic LP. Among the all-star cast of supporting musicians is his father, who also produced the album. The last cut on the record is a short blues/shuffle instrumental entitled "The Hawks" composed by father and son. Not sure about the origin of the title, but Shuggie plays some stinging guitar reminiscent of JRR back in the day.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 15:28:21 CEST 2010 from (76.68.82.101)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

I have all of Van's recordings and some boots thanks to two posters here. My faves in no particular order would be:

Astral Weeks
Moondance
Too Late To Stop Now (live)
Into The Music
Common One
Poetic Champions

I was watching a long interview on Toronto's Drake (Drizzy) and discovered he was living in Forest Hill with his Jewish Ma who raised him and black Dad who lives in the States. He did thank him as well for his success during the Grammy Awards as he supported Drake to stay true to his own vision and not bow down to the executives in the rap world who wanted him to have a gangsta persona. I love that he took a risk and stayed true to himself and chose to rap and sing about his life. All the top rappers like Jay ZZZZ, Kanye West, Eminem and Lil Wayne support and dig him. While Drake was in town last weekend during our Caribana Festival....Eminem and Jay ZZZZ were surprise guests! Wow! Drake is only 20 years old and is charting some new territory here. Go Drizzy! BTW, Rufus Wainwright apparently has a crush on 50 Cent. It's all good.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 15:14:53 CEST 2010 from (64.12.116.204)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Web: My link

Subject: For the Johnny Otis and / or Roy Buchanan fans amongst you,

Link above to excellent old video of Johnny Otis doing a good Charles Brown imitation, Roy on lead, a young Shuggie on rhythm.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 13:56:27 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.14)

Posted by:

Steve

Peter, same thing with movies given to industry insiders to review. They're the source for most movies downloaded before movies are released on DVD.


Entered at Sat Aug 7 09:43:48 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Pre-release downloading

Downloading. I heard a Radio Two piece on "pre-release" downloading, where bands find their new album on the net from review copies, meaning that the "safe bet" ardent fans get it before it comes out, taking a huge chunk of sales. It happens to most big releases.

They interviewed one of Franz Ferdinand, and they'd had their last album splashed all over the net with free downloads before release. They were devastated because copies had only gone to an "inner circle" of trusted friends and associates. However, the record company had introduced digital watermarking, so every pre-release copy had a unique watermark, referenced to who it was given to. It turned out to be the cameraman who'd filmed the performances to promote the album was the source of all the downloads (tens of thousands at least). So they confronted him. He wheedled, 'But I think music should be free, man. I don't believe in capitalism."

The band member being interviewed paused significantly, 'So in that case you'll be returning the £20,000 we paid you to film us."


Entered at Sat Aug 7 09:37:12 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Beautiful Vision

When "Wavelength" (the Van Morrison magazine) polled readers a few years ago on favourite Van album, the winner was "Beautiful Vision", reviled by Marcus. In concert, Beautiful Vision songs get some of the loudest shouts. It flows as an album too, with no dud tracks. Cleaning Windows, Northern Muse, Celtic Ray, Aryan Mist …

Then I think "Into The Music" directly before it chronologically (Bright Side of The Road, Full Force Gale, Steppin' Out Queen).

Tupelo Honey is close to my heart, and the title track is an all-time great, almost my favourite in concert, though I think it has a couple of "fillers".

Irish Heartbeat … magic stuff.

Live at Austin City Limits (available only direct from Van's website) rounds up recent stuff with the current band with those fabulous backing singers.


Entered at Fri Aug 6 23:54:39 CEST 2010 from (76.220.101.226)

Posted by:

mark

Location: arkansas

just want to see what folks are saying about the Band


Entered at Fri Aug 6 23:26:27 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: The Straight Goods

Not for the faint of heart! The "Weekend Warriors".

Bill! A while ago we were talking about Duris Maxwell, who was around the Garden Bay Pub here a while back. Well I stumbled on this on youtube.

To fill every one in a little more on Ronnie Hawkins, and a few others, you got to listen to what Duris has to say here.

THIS IS GOOD!!!


Entered at Fri Aug 6 23:24:37 CEST 2010 from (86.165.73.227)

Posted by:

Simon

Web: My link

Subject: Greil on Van

Click link for Greil Marcus giving a talk and fielding questions about his latest Van Morrison book.

Brien, did you get around to picking up any other Van albums? My recommendations would be Saint Dominic's Preview and Veedon Fleece.

I've only got (and heard) Astral Weeks thru A Period of Transition - I've also got the Philosopher's Stone collection of outtakes and such. Although I've been quite skint for most of this year I may be able to splurge on a few things in a month or so. That said ... if I was going to buy say four or five Van albums from the late 70's onwards which would GB readers recommend? I'm certainly going to get Into The Music and The Healing Game ... so, any others?


Entered at Fri Aug 6 21:35:13 CEST 2010 from (65.47.151.50)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: New York City
Web: My link

Subject: All La Glory

Lars and BEG, your YouTube links led me to discover this one: a very sweet "All La Glory", done by Levon's band with Amy Helm and (I believe) Teresa Williams on vocals just two weeks ago. The video is rough, but you all will want to hear this audio methinks. A lovely version of a Band gem.


Entered at Fri Aug 6 19:35:49 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Web: My link

Subject: Free Music

I came across this site Nutsie. You get the whole song. They do top 100 by year and more. Its fun if you don't mind the occasional ads. It was interesting to go back and see what was popular when I was in high school, college etc.


Entered at Fri Aug 6 15:40:29 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Web: My link

Poster from that show.


Entered at Fri Aug 6 15:38:49 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Lars, I believe the actual date of that show was August 15, 1999??


Entered at Fri Aug 6 15:31:44 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: The woods

Subject: WDST "Rick Danko" show

You're right, Peter. I thought I saw Lee's head in the beginning of that clip, but I was wrong about that. I don't know how I missed this show, but I must have been working that day. I'm gonna see if I can get hold of Randy's hat providing he's still got it.

Drier air out there today & it's a big relief. Still, we could use a couple of days of rain. The woods is starting to hurt.


Entered at Fri Aug 6 15:10:01 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

The Radio Woodstock Ophelia is quite an amazing find, but I couldn't see Levon or Richard Bell there … Aaron Hurwitz and Marie Spinosa are there, they list the musicians at one point. It looks like four-sixths of the 90s Band, which is why I guess it's credited as "Rick Danko."


Entered at Fri Aug 6 14:58:26 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: The Band

BEG- Thanks for those links. Hard to believe so many years have gone by (almost 11) since I saw Rick and the boys on stage.

One of the clips to the right of Angelina's first link is "Rick Danko-Ophelia-9/15/99". I watched that afterwards and I was brought back to the dark days of late 1999. Rick's health was failing and he died less than 3 months after this show. Levon wasn't singing at this point because of his throat problems. I have to wonder if this second clip was part of Rick and Levon's last show together.


Entered at Fri Aug 6 13:57:27 CEST 2010 from (76.67.17.240)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Reformed Band...June 23, 1996 at Loreley...Ophelia


Entered at Fri Aug 6 13:55:37 CEST 2010 from (76.67.17.240)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Reformed Band at Loreley on June 23, 1996...Shape I'm In


Entered at Fri Aug 6 13:52:30 CEST 2010 from (76.67.17.240)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Jane Fond's Blog: Previously I posted a photo with Robbie Robertson at one of her parties and now she's hangin' with Levon Helm. Scroll down and you'll find a few photos from the Ramble with Phil Lesh.

"Last night Richard, Catherine Keener, our producer, Claude Dal Farra and others, went to Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock to hear his concert. He does these "Midnight Rambles" every Saturday when he's in town and they are a blast. His 10-piece band, with a full horn section, was incredible. And Levon has lost not one speck of brilliance. As Richard said, "They smoked!! They rocked the house." Levon was one of the two lead singers ? and drummer in The Band.

He played my husband in "The Dollmaker." A film we did in the early 80s for ABC TV. We played hillbillies during the 2nd World War. I won an Emmy for my performance and Levon and I became friends. I had not seen him since, so this was a special reunion for me and his graciousness and hospitality was touching—we sat in his kitchen and talked before the show.

Phil Lesh, the bass player with the Grateful Dead, opened the concert with his band and they were terrific. Another irony is that in the scene we will shoot today, my character (Grace) does a rant to her grandchildren about the Grateful Dead's Cal Expo concert in the summer of '91 and specifically mentions the song, "Box of Rain", which Phil did vocals on."


Entered at Fri Aug 6 06:41:08 CEST 2010 from (202.134.38.226)

Posted by:

Dawnie

Location: Melb Australia

Subject: a note of thanks

Wonderful people, great music, talent, "The Last Waltz" Music to cast your worries to the wind.


Entered at Thu Aug 5 16:14:02 CEST 2010 from (76.66.127.152)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

He just doesn't dig Hillybilly, Folk, Americana sounding voices. We have Van The Man, Bob Marley and other reggae artists as well as R and B and soul in common. He's predominately a bluezzz and jazzzz guy.....real serious about these two genres. He's wise enough to not comment on Louuu. He's a west end type of guy so he wouldn't even get Louuu at all. Just living in old Cabbagetown scares him sometimes!

"People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead.
But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest.
Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right."


Entered at Thu Aug 5 15:51:00 CEST 2010 from (59.101.57.143)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Check out Tiny Tim...

And then check out the Wiggles doing 'it's a long way to the top (if you want to rock and roll)'


Entered at Thu Aug 5 15:45:55 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.122)

Posted by:

Steve

BEG, There's no accounting for taste, so I beg you dear Brown Eyed Girl, try and understand your man the best you can.


Entered at Thu Aug 5 15:41:45 CEST 2010 from (76.66.127.152)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Alright....more my grooooooove here with another side of Angus.....with The Rolling Stones....and he's not even wearing his uniform!


Entered at Thu Aug 5 15:30:13 CEST 2010 from (76.66.127.152)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Scottish-Australian born Angus Young (his brother Malcolm on one guitar) at our SARS concert in Toronto sound check and short interview. Here he's 48 and today he's 55.
Yeah, it's the register of both lead singers from the band that I just couldn't tolerate..... Shhhh.....I think I always found Angus' prep boy uniform endearing.
Hey Bill M....You had left the concert and missed them, right? How were the OJays? Btw, when Rush came on stage there wasn't even one song I could dig and Geddy Leeeeeee's voice always irritated me the same way that Bon Scott and Brian Johnson's voices did also. Glad you can dig some of their work Brien. Afterall, for the most part I've always dug Robbie's voice and some don't.......I'm living with someone who can't stand Levon's voice.....so there ya go!


Entered at Thu Aug 5 14:36:15 CEST 2010 from (68.197.221.208)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

PeterV - Glad you took a few moments to experience them.


Entered at Thu Aug 5 10:01:43 CEST 2010 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Peter V: you should check out Tiny Tim doing Highway To Hell, then your education will be complete. : )


Entered at Thu Aug 5 08:03:34 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: AC/DC

Brien, yes, I had a look at YouTube. Some of the videos wouldn;t come up (I think there may be region restriction?) but I found plenty more and watched You Shook Me All Night Long through and sampled a couple of others. Yes, I can see that they get things rocking, though for the first twenty seconds, I was feeling "Ah, not Free this time, but Rolling Stones". But then it changed. I personally didn't like the singers voice (but I'm not fond of Robert Plant's either, until Raising Sand, so that's me on registers). I thought the massed banks of Marshall speakers mildly amusing stage props in a stadium with a huge PA, and I recalled the sign in cafés on the beach here "No Shirt? No Shoes? No Service!' I don't think shirtless with shorts looks good with a guitar.


Entered at Thu Aug 5 01:12:54 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.40)

Posted by:

Steve

Jian Ghomeshi will be interviewing Sir Paul for half an hour on Q this Friday, while he's in Toronto.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 23:34:53 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Happy Birthday, Pat.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 22:17:43 CEST 2010 from (74.14.105.35)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Joe.......His most famous song was titled "She Was Waiting For Her Mother At The Station In Torino And You Know I Love You Baby But It's Getting Too Heavy To Laugh" Otherwise known as "Women" The song was an FM staple when I was a kid.........I remember my older brother's girlfriend going gaga over his hair - which was prominently featured as an album cover called Second Contribution............He was not really my cup of tea but much better than Chris De Burgh, Styx, Little River Band and other sclock of the day - although I did like Patricia the Stripper?


Entered at Wed Aug 4 22:11:41 CEST 2010 from (68.164.5.24)

Posted by:

Pat B

BEG, thanks--you are actually right on time.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 21:25:16 CEST 2010 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

Subject: Shawn Phillips

And Shawn Phillips would have outsold The Band in Newfoundland in 1976 too.

I've never understood why Phillips was such a local phenomenom ; maybe it was diligent touring. I was dragged to one of his concerts and it certainly didn't leave much of an impression on me; fair guitarist, poor singer. Couldn't touch Cockburn. Even so, every concert was a sellout and everyone I knew had a couple of his albums.

If anyone had Band music it would be the (unplayed) side of 'Before The Flood'.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 20:25:38 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Thanks Bob W and David P. Still not sure. On YouTube there's a bunch of songs from a show in Germany in November '76. I don't recall there being a steel player when I saw her a few months earlier, but the stage set up seems otherwise like I remember - and since I wasn't a steel fan maybe I selectively erased a bit of grey matter. Based on the drummer's haircut I'd guess Botts if it's either him or Kunkel, and another site has Botts being Ronstadt's drummer in November.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 19:52:28 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Bill M: You're probably right, as I checked & found that Bread had reunited in 1976 after disbanding for a couple of years. Botts played with Ronstadt during that interim period. Wasn't Gary Mallaber touring with Steve Miller back then? So maybe it was Kunkel, as Bob pointed out.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 19:27:58 CEST 2010 from (71.246.9.74)

Posted by:

bob w.

Bill, I know Russ Kunkel did some touring and recording with Linda Ronstadt around that time as well.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 19:21:50 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

David P: Could have been Botts, but I don't think so on that occasion. As I knew the Botts name from Bread it probably would have stuck in my head. I sometimes think Gary Mallaber sounds right (and I wish it was because of his awareness of the Hawks from his Buffalo days) but there's another name from the LA scene of the day that just won't float to the surface ...


Entered at Wed Aug 4 18:55:22 CEST 2010 from (74.14.105.35)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: and Shawn Phillips out sold The Band in Quebec

So....breaking news The Band was more popular on the East Coast of the USA than the West Coast......While this was true...the extension to include them in a discussion of regionalism in the concert business is a little absurd after they essentially retired after concluding the most profitable and ballyhooed concert tour North America had ever witnessed just 18 months earlier.............By 1976...the punks were at the door and the party was over but to lump the Band in with a bunch of sometimes great but strictly speaking minor league acts like Bodeans, Shawn Phillips, Tragically Hip, South Side Johnny, etc is just silly....................


Entered at Wed Aug 4 18:01:43 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Different Drum(mer)

Bill M: I believe Ms. Ronstadt's drummer back then was Mike Botts, who'd also worked with the group Bread.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 17:30:20 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: missing word

that shoulda read "... football stadium ..." Then-home of the Argonauts, generally a modest team.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 17:04:46 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Toronto

Pat B: '76 didn't sell out here either, despite it being in a modest football on a beautifly warm summer evening with Linda Ronstadt on the bill too. Speaking of Ronstadt, I think she had Kenny Edwards from the Stone Ponies on bass, Waddy Wachtel and Andrew Gold on guitars; do you recall her drummer?


Entered at Wed Aug 4 16:33:53 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Counting Flowers in Your Hair

When you go to San Francisco, be sure to bring a hypnotist.

It does seem to be a contradiction that The Band, with their original lineup, would play both their debut & last performances with Bill Graham at Winterland in San Franscisco. After all, in the late '60s, they were the antithesis of a West Coast group, going against the trend of psychedelic excess & rebellion.

They indeed got off to a rough start there with their debut in 1969. And in contrast with The Last Waltz, two San Francisco groups, The Ace of Cups and The Sons of Champlin, opened for them (see link to concert poster).

On another note, I was re-reading a 1970 interview with Robbie from ROLLING STONE. The interviewer noted that Robbie was an admirer of Eddie Cochran and asked why The Band didn't play "Summertime Blues". Right to the point, Robbie responded "Out of respect for his memory."


Entered at Wed Aug 4 14:32:04 CEST 2010 from (59.101.57.143)

Posted by:

dlew919

Web: My link

Subject: Dylan in 1966

I'm sure you've all seen this, but for those of you who haven't... see link...


Entered at Wed Aug 4 14:12:46 CEST 2010 from (68.197.221.208)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

Peter V - did you ever get around to dipping your toes into the AC/DC waters?


Entered at Wed Aug 4 14:01:55 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.167)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Will The Circle Be Unbroken

A birth announcement with every death notice would be a positive touch. First the death notice, then the announcement of who will be taking their place on the planet.

MR, BILL, MR. BILL, Lars crapped in his pants, AGAIN!


Entered at Wed Aug 4 13:59:28 CEST 2010 from (76.66.126.42)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

A couple of pages of photos of Levon Helm Band at Newport Folk Festival.
I would have liked to have seen Glen Hansard, Havens, Pete Seeger's grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger and John Prine again.

Westie: I was just foolin'.

AC/DC...The only song I liked of the band was HTH 'cause sometimes life feeeels like that. I can't tolerate the voice of the band but watching Angus Young live who is in his mid-fifties entertain with the energy of Iggy Pop who is even older with full blown passion......yeah.....at a huge concert....They were the highlight....so were The Guess Who at The SARS concert as well. We missed The O'Jays as we only arrived around dinner time.

Irie Belated top of the mornin' Birthday to the best debater who can play a hammond organ.....Pat Brennan! (August 3)

PutEmUp.... :-D

Pete The Great: ;-D

Irie Belated Birthday to Garth Hudson who is a musical treasure from Canada. First time I saw him was at The Bottom Line with Buddy Cage performing at a tribute to TLW. I had so much fun singing along and just being in awe the entire time.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 13:14:47 CEST 2010 from (59.101.57.143)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: Rip also Mitch miller

Age 99


Entered at Wed Aug 4 12:23:06 CEST 2010 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

Web: My link

Subject: RIP Bobby Hebb

Interesting career. Was one of the Smoky Mountain Boys and opened for the Beatles. My favoutite version of 'Sunny' was by Johnny Rivers.


Entered at Wed Aug 4 06:56:47 CEST 2010 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Subject: Norm's treasure-trove find

Danke Schoen! ; )


Entered at Wed Aug 4 01:40:10 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: A real Find!

I was in the old second hand store today, and found a great bunch of Wayne Newton LP's for you guys!

Now who wants first crack at 'em?????


Entered at Wed Aug 4 01:31:09 CEST 2010 from (99.115.147.236)

Posted by:

Pat B

From today's Chicago Tribune in an article about the strange phenomena of the Bodean's huge popularity in Chicago while remaing a club act everywhere else:

Norm Winer, program director of WXRT-FM 93.1 (disclosure: this writer's wife, Mary Dixon, appears on the station's morning show), noted that despite its hallowed reputation now, the Band was primarily an East Coast act in its heyday, so although Martin Scorsese shot the 1978 farewell concert film "The Last Waltz" in San Francisco, that city "was not a big Band market."

I respect both the writer Mark Caro, who is a friend, and Norm Winer. To their point, if you check out the tape library, you will notice that most of the bootlegs are from east coast gigs (I include Toronto), while European gigs appear second. I've also never seen a complete OQ itinerary, and I can say they were pretty popular in Chicago, but their last gig in 76 was certainly not a sell out (outdoor festival at a racetrack). Interesting.

A last coincidence. The Bodeans article shares a page with a review of the latest Arcade Fire effort.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 22:29:53 CEST 2010 from (74.14.105.35)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Steve: Others here like Ray have seen McCartney more recently than I have but in my view one of the best moves he has made was getting together with a young band that is actually given some space to kick it out and pass it around..........I saw him in late 80's ( not sure exactly but it was his firts tour in manny many years ) and while it was great to see and hear him live - the presentation was really constricted - cover band type feel indeed - only on a few Wings songs did things really feel alive......fast forward a dacade and more and a totally different show - much more fun with band members given enough space.......McCartney is so good and comfortable in his playing live ( unlike George or John ) that I think it would be just a blast to play with him.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 22:26:12 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Subject: the sandbox

Steebie, it's not my problem...and you bweakin my heart.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 22:23:54 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Web: My link

Subject: Arcade Fire

A review of the new cd from Newsday.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 21:53:19 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Steebie, how you spell swine?

Imagine the two of 'em, Steve and Lars, a couple of curly-headed four-year-olds sitting together with a pot of paste, construction paper and some safety scissors, thick pencils held in their little fists, tongues out as they labour to form the letters ...


Entered at Tue Aug 3 21:41:57 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Shirelles

Ace's liner notes are of the usually high standard. The Shirelles recount how they recorded Lonely Teardrops first, but the backing track got re-utilised. In return they re-used others backing tracks, in Motown style. The point is every singer / singing group found themselves billed against receipts for the backing track.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 21:37:38 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Spontaneous Combustion

We've discussed in the past records which genuinely capture the sound of a live band in the 1960s. Try Ace's new Shirelles 2-LPs on one CD. The first LP is Sing The Golden Hits (covers), the second is Spontaneous Combustion! a rare 1967 LP recorded at Columbia University. It really has the excitement of the real live article (the sleeve points out the two fake tracks). They do obligatory covers like Satisfaction, Knock on Wood and What'd I Say, as well as their own Boys and Baby It's You. They had a great band, and the drums, bass and sax are particularly well recorded.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 21:28:04 CEST 2010 from (74.14.105.35)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Bob Dylan's wonderful response.....


Entered at Tue Aug 3 21:24:50 CEST 2010 from (74.14.105.35)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Mike Love infamous RRHOF speech - linked above


Entered at Tue Aug 3 21:24:05 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.25)

Posted by:

Steve

Kevin, I wonder if playing guitar in Sir Paul's band is considered cover band guitarist. Not much room, if any, for a little creativity. The guy I was thinking of had dark kind of curly hair and sang on the songs I saw.

Lars, you sound bored, looking for something to do. If you weren't a self described walking wreck you could come up and help me make posts in the GB

Your comment about "a given work day" points at the problem. When you live this life, they're all work days, they don't start at 8 and end at 5 and weekends don't exist. I only know it's the weekend because Marge is home and we go out and visit friends, stay too late, get up at 5, then drag my ass all day.

Last night, about 3am, our neighbor called to say the cops had just stopped at his place to find out if the herd of cows on the road were his. They were. 40 of his cows and their calves had decided it was a nice night for a road trip. It was sunrise by the time we got the last bitch back in the field and the fence repaired. I guess that's sort of like being on call, the only pay being that I know I can call him at the same ungodly hour and he'll be here in 5 minutes as well. I wish there was someone I could send a bill to who would pay it. How does that work exactly?


Entered at Tue Aug 3 20:44:07 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Lump 'em all together!

Lars! Give 'em all hell! I don't know which is worse, Kevin or Bill or Steve. They're all a bunch a GAWD DAMN CRIMINALS!......... oh my heart.......


Entered at Tue Aug 3 19:55:03 CEST 2010 from (74.14.105.35)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Actually Lars was making a pre-emptive strike.....in fear that in 10 months time as a still very strong Chicago compete in another final..... Pat would compare a hapless ex Star to Ken Dryden or Patrick Roy....he thought it best to start hurling expletives Mr. Turko's way now..............Gee and thanks Bill.......like that nut case on Yonge who regularly just yells "Fu*king Idiot" at the top of his lungs and people pass by - stop - turnaround and think..."well, he must be talking about the guy behind me"......I


Entered at Tue Aug 3 19:37:36 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

When I typed "Stage Fright" a couple of posts ago, I should've typed "Cahoots". I risked condemnation, making a mistake like that!


Entered at Tue Aug 3 19:25:08 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: The Drainage Ditch

Subject: Friendly Fire

Sorry Bill. It wasn't aimed at you. Actually it wasn't aimed at anybody...I'm just having a little game of ping pong with Steve. I was wondering how often he would post on a given workday.

I never knew, until this week, that it was Garth playing the piccolo (sp?) on Driftwood. Beautiful song, always been one of my favorites.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 19:17:50 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Lars: It gets hectic around here when a clump of us all post at the same time, but I know you meant to direct that insult to Kevin J and not me. I don't need to know why.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 18:53:32 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Swine.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 18:44:44 CEST 2010 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Bandish songs by other people

Kevin J: I recently picked up the Rheostatics' "Melville" CD; though it came out in '91, the only song on it that I was familiar with was the epic 8-minute version of "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald". I was very surprised by the opening track, "Record Body Count", which sounds like, and reads like at first, a pastiche of our guys circa "Stage Fright" - notably TMSO.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 18:33:29 CEST 2010 from (74.14.105.35)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Steve: He had his touring band with him and Brian Ray is his long time guitar player - I think you might be referring to the other guy though.....over the years he has also had David Gilmore and Steve Miller sit in with him..........he is a pretty fine guitart player himself - in that self taught awkward kind of way......


Entered at Tue Aug 3 18:15:32 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.241)

Posted by:

Steve

Lars, you're getting there. Just 4 more letters to go and you'll make your most sensible, un-toppable post ever.

Kevin, do you know who that great youngish, guitar player on the opposite side of the stage from Sir Paul and his piano were? I only saw the last half hour of the show and missed the introduction of the musicians, if there was one.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 18:00:41 CEST 2010 from (74.14.107.148)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Anyone heard Arcade Fire's new one yet - their 3rd release is getting great reviews - I've see two which were both 5 stars.....While many new bands name drop The Band ( Kings of Leon come to mind ) but don't have much if anything in common - Arcade Fire do have a similar vibe.......a difference would be that their principle songwriter ( Win Butler ) really is the band with his wife and various other people definitely in support positions.......Also a reverse situation to The Band in that Arcade Fire is a thoughtful American moving North to take in/celebrate the culture of Montreal rather than a thoughtful Toronto kid moving South to take in and celebrate that culture......

Whenever a poll of top rock singers is published and Paul Rodgers is not in the top 5 - you know that that poll is not credible......

bob w: I watched that show from the Whitehouse on PBS last week and really enjoyed it........I guess playing in the President's band has prepared the young horn man for big momemts but that one really was something...he nailed it......Jack White was a trip - wasn't he?


Entered at Tue Aug 3 15:21:33 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: The Woods

Twit.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 14:37:01 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.208)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: A Rocky Road Ahead

Pat, strong winds of change are whipping through Hawk Land.

Has Rocky come to you for a personal line of credit yet? Seems like they've been operating under the same fiscal management that served Wall Street so well. How long before Rocky is hitting up the city and state for cash incentives to keep the team in town. It's the only business plan most NHL owners can seem to come up with. And it usually works for some strange reason.

This is the most incredible off season I can remember a Cup winner having, ever. It's been the kind of display you see from teams that have failed to make the playoffs for the last 5 years( Toronto springs to mind). Half of last years bench is gone, it will be interesting to see who they fill in with.

Seems Chicago management thinks as much of No Not Me's importance to the team as I do. The Hawks score enough goals so they might just get by with a guy that's well past his best before date, after all No Not Me didn't exactly have to carry the team last time around.

The NHL, like the NBA seems to just throw all the players in a barrel each year, give it a spin and wait to see where everyone lands. Good thing Lars isn't a die hard fan of one of those leagues.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 05:05:27 CEST 2010 from (12.50.78.130)

Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Not Far From The Hudson (Just Below Canal Street)

Subject: Mr. Hudson

Thanks, Brien, for posting the link to that unusual video of Garth on the grand piano. I wish I'd been at that show--what a wonderful sample of his piano playing. I hope his birthday was a great one!

I'm in NYC this week and plan to catch Los Lobos at the Bowery Ballroom for their new CD release party tomorrow night. Be there or be square! [tickets are still available!]


Entered at Tue Aug 3 02:10:27 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Subject: Yuck

Repugnant.


Entered at Tue Aug 3 01:00:14 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.131)

Posted by:

Steve

Lars, I'm guessing helmets were not mandatory back when you were working with rocks. Too bad. Remember, SAFETY FIRST!

Glad that I was able to be instrumental in helping you make what passes for a deeply, insightful discovery for you( You've been cheering for and against the uniforms all these many decades). That's what I'm here for, man.

Just a further bit of info on the uniforms thingy, it goes on in most pro sports. I'll remind you of this again when the NFL kicks in and some players have changed teams and you're confused about whether you should still be cheering for them or not. Like I said, I'm here for you, man.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 23:45:59 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Precisely.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 23:29:17 CEST 2010 from (75.75.20.70)

Posted by:

JTull Fan

Red Sox Suck!


Entered at Mon Aug 2 22:12:39 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Stevie, you may buy the farm any day you get out of bed and go to work, which explains why you'll probably live to a ripe, old age.

My experience with rooting against the Boston Red Sox is kind of ambivalent. I was stationed in that town for a few months and I have to say it's my favorite town/ city. Also, the 1978-79 Bosox had a lot of fine people on the team, including New York's Carl Yastremski and New Hampshire's Carlton Fisk. So I guess I root against their uniform. Gotta do it because they are rivals of the NY Yankees. I'm a lifelong Yankee fan.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 19:51:36 CEST 2010 from (64.11.26.49)

Posted by:

Steve

I never thought of being thousands of feet off terra firma as being anything but risky behaviour.

Planes have been falling out of the sky with great regularity recently. Just off the top of my little pointy head ; The plane carrying all those Polish elite to Moscow, The plane that crashed in Denali National Park in Alaska this weekend which was preceded by a military crash near Anchorage a week or two earlier, one went down fighting a fire in British Columbia on Saturday, the crash at the end of last week that killed 152 people in Pakistan, a Canadian F-18 on a routine flight crashed and burned on the Canadian prairie last week, and the three small planes that have gone down in a matter of a month in northern Quebec killing about 20 people in total.

Flying definitely sounds more dangerous than being a Pine Bush Yankee in King (he did wear many crowns) Yaz's Court.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 18:57:47 CEST 2010 from (86.165.73.227)

Posted by:

Simon

Web: My link

Subject: Happy Birthday Garth / Dylan in mono

All the best Garth and thanks for the music.

Brien, I enjoyed the AC/DC clips. I've never bought anything by them but a friend did give me all his LPs and I've still got them. I think they're more a 'groove' band than anything else - same with Free, I suppose. My mate always said AC/DC were 'rhythm and booze'.

Interesting that one of the forthcoming Dylan releases will be a box containing his first eight albums in mono (see link). Sales of the Beatles mono set were unexpectedly solid so maybe this has set a trend. There's also a rumour there might be a Hendrix set, which would only be the early singles and first two albums.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 18:23:02 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Garth

Happy Birthday Garth, May you have many more years of beautiful music.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 17:48:17 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Subject: 31 years ago today....

....I spent the entire summer of 1979 in Wellfleet, MA, the middle of Cape Cod. I was building a pair of stone fireplaces for a guy who was my helper for that summer. The two of us worked 10 hour days, seven days a week. We decided to only take the rain days off and it only rained three days that summer on the Cape. So I always walked into my favorite bar pretty tired when I got done with work.

This favorite bar of mine was in the heart of Red Sox Country and I got to know the regulars pretty well. I got teased a lot because I was a Yankee fan. I used to tease them right back and talk about Bucky Dent's fluke homer the year before that had led to a Yankee playoff win and pennant. I usually liked the kidding because it was good natured.

31 years ago today I walked in after taking a nice shower at my apartment. I just wanted a couple of beers and a sandwiche to bring me around. "HEY. Thurman Munson's dead."
Shit. I turned to the guy at the bar and said, "You know, that's really in bad taste."
"N0, I mean it: Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash today."
"For real?"
"God's truth."

Well shit. That was really a shame. I guess it just goes to show that nothing is ever really safe.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 17:33:25 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: Garth

Happy birthday to you Garth.....and may you have many more & good health & good vibes & lotsa honey.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 17:33:37 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Doc Pomus tribute

The album also includes Shawn Colvin's very different arrangement of "Viva Las Vegas" which is a track I've played many, many times. It's worth the price of admission on its own.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 17:14:17 CEST 2010 from (65.47.151.50)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: New York City

Subject: Honey Boy...

Happy Birthday, Garth! All best wishes!


Entered at Mon Aug 2 17:06:40 CEST 2010 from (69.182.87.56)

Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT

Subject: Youngblood

Good point David. The liner notes from 'The Best of The Band Vol 2' refer to it as "in it's first release by The Band", which I suppose is technically accurate, but is not the complete picture. Thanks for reminding me about the Doc Pomus tribute album, which I still don't have in my collection. I'll have to seek it out.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 16:40:05 CEST 2010 from (59.101.57.143)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Happy Birthday to Garth...



Entered at Mon Aug 2 15:55:10 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Todd: You're correct, however, The Band's cover first appeared on the 1995 Doc Pomus tribute compilation.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 15:42:33 CEST 2010 from (69.182.87.56)

Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT

Subject: Garth "Young Blood" Hudson

Happy Birthday to Mr. Hudson!

I'm quite sure that David is referring to Garth's rare vocal performance on The Band's cover of 'Young Blood' which I think first surfaced on The Best of The Band Volume 2.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 15:16:22 CEST 2010 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Viva Doc Pomus

Of course Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman wrote both sides of the Elvis hit single "Little Sister / (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame".

Van Morrison covered Doc Pomus' haunting masterpiece "Lonely Avenue". On the Doc Pomus tribute CD "Till The Night Is Gone", The Band covered "Young Blood", which Doc Pomus wrote with Leiber & Stoller.

A trivia question for August 2nd: As a rarity, what is significant about The Band's "Young Blood" cover?


Entered at Mon Aug 2 08:25:07 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Great review. I love the last line "Sometimes sha-la-la is all a rock fan wants to know." This refers to Marcus's trashing of Brown Eyed Girl. (The song, not our best resarcher!) While Marcus is eloquent on bits of Astral Weeks as well as convoluted and needlessly obscure, his dismissal of virtually everything else is dumb / cloth-eared, or maybe he never heard it. The Astral Weeks section got sold to this month's Mojo (a cheaper way of reading it).


Entered at Mon Aug 2 03:14:01 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Web: My link

Subject: Greil Marcus/ Van Morrison

I hope this link works. This is a review of Marcus' book about Van that appeared in the NY Times Book Review today.


Entered at Mon Aug 2 01:09:38 CEST 2010 from (24.218.200.216)

Posted by:

Tim

Location: Boston
Web: My link

Subject: Northern Lights Southern Cross SACD Release review

Sorry if this was posted, didnt have time to scroll the guestbook tim


Entered at Sun Aug 1 21:43:42 CEST 2010 from (68.197.221.208)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

Web: My link

Link is to Garth playin - Happy B-day to da Man!


Entered at Sun Aug 1 20:26:47 CEST 2010 from (72.71.213.198)

Posted by:

Mike & Kim

Web: My link

Subject: August 2, 1937

Happy b'day (tomorrow) to Garth Hudson!


Entered at Sun Aug 1 19:39:23 CEST 2010 from (72.43.141.253)

Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: Pandora

Pandora's sort of a weird name since it implies evil coming out of the box. Right?


Entered at Sun Aug 1 19:02:15 CEST 2010 from (74.108.27.233)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Pandora/ Norm

I've used Pandora for a few years. I have a couple of channels,Including The Band. It is always interesting where it goes. Sometimes I let it go and do its own things. Other times you can direct it by your thumbs up or down.

Norm: I agree with you. you are not "ignorant" just because you don't know. Only if you don't want to know. And the truly wise person is never "superior" just because they do know. David P's knowledge truly does amaze me too.


Entered at Sun Aug 1 17:02:01 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Oops!

Before David P catches me.......it's Continental KIDS!....KIDS......not kits......but my brain just won't let go of "connie kits" it's that 50's thing that never goes away.

Peter, it's odd, again as Steve mentioned the other day. You're thinking of something, then you look in here and it pops up.

I was just standing in the shower, and my mind was reviewing Dlew and my conversation. I was considering how great the world would be if only people concentrated on the power of music instead of so much other harmful stuff. This brought my mind to Mac Davis, who of course wrote, "In The Ghetto". His song that I was humming then was, "I believe in music". The one line that stands out, the kind of thing you hope for.........

I could just sit around making music all day long,

Long as I'm making music I can't do nobody no wrong.

Who knows maybe someday, I'll come up with a song,

Make people stop fussin' and fightin' just long enough to get along.


Entered at Sun Aug 1 16:48:45 CEST 2010 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Marie IS the name

His Latest Flame is my favourite Elvis track too, though the hard-core Elvis fans tend to prefer pre-army stuff. I started buying records around the time of Blue Hawaii, so I like that 1961-1963 Elvis run … His Latest Flame / Little Sister (perhaps the greatest A/B coupling until Strawberry Fields / Penny Lane), Return to Sender, Good Luck Charm, Devil in Disguise. That's my favourite Elvis period.

On which, I got the Marvelettes"Complete Motown Albums" recently. It includes their 1962 covers album "The Marvelettes sing", which has them doing Good Luck Charm. It's really not their style, but fun. In contrast there was a cover version of "In the Ghetto" by Marti Pellow on the radio today which was awful. Elvis never over-acted the lyric, but let it speak. This guy was sobbing over the little boy with the runny nose.


Entered at Sun Aug 1 16:15:18 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: What's in a name??????

"Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kits"......now that's a mouthful.....from American Graffitti". Actually this song of course was from 1958 with Danny & The Juniors......but this cover from AG watches better, and is really at the hop.

You can't really define Rock & Roll and leave out Elvis Presley. There are so many it's hard to choose one, however doing this same thing over many years, it has always seemed one song has some kind of great sentimental value, as well as great beat, sound, and lyrics......."His latest Flame"

Gawd Damn it Lars.........I just ,in looking in my e mails realized I owe you.....I'm getting old and stupid. I'll get back to you.....and about the song, I'm sorry. I been real lazy on these long summer daze at doing any musical work. But I did show up at the jam at the Rodmay Hotel last Thursday. The historical townsite of Powell River celebrates her 100 birthday this weekend, so we'll be taking in some of the festivities today.


Entered at Sun Aug 1 16:10:07 CEST 2010 from (68.171.231.17)

Posted by:

David P

Location: Hot 'Lanta

Subject: Something Stupid??

"Rock 'n' roll smells phony and false. It is sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiteration...it manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth." (Frank Sinatra 1957)


Entered at Sun Aug 1 13:47:11 CEST 2010 from (204.210.144.110)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: Pandora

Charley- Thanks for that link to Pandora. I asked for a selection of music based on "The Band" and I find it interesting what artists show up. A lot of Neil Young, Allman Bros and other selections that I enjoy listening to. I had to edit out a couple of cuts that I didn't like, but the mix is a very good one, on the whole.


Entered at Sun Aug 1 07:10:21 CEST 2010 from (12.157.66.131)

Posted by:

mischiief9

Location: claremont, illinois ......... pop 300

Subject: a tribute to the Band

im watching the Last Waltz for about the fifth time .......they were great... thank you Martin for getting them on film.....


Entered at Sun Aug 1 06:24:58 CEST 2010 from (59.101.57.143)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Ignorance is Bliss...

Hey norm: absolutely agreed... on all points.


Entered at Sun Aug 1 00:52:56 CEST 2010 from (24.108.253.172)

Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Redefining Ignorance

David; Ignorance, (in the true meaning of the word) does not define any one being dumb or stupid. Ignorance is not knowing, that's all. In this day and age, there is a great deal more to learn and try to understand.

Consider even the amount of music, writers, and artists now compared to say.......1960. The amount is huge and that is only music. There are so many more things for these young people to fill their minds with, (and not all of it good). So, no I would not consider any one stupid because of not know some historical music.

David Powell loses me often with his considerable knowledge in the subjects of music, historical music concerts and events, etc. You never hear that guy put any one down for not knowing something. The information he gives freely is always enjoyable.

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