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[Christmas Must Be Tonight]

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, December 2009


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Posted by:

The Still Lurking but considerably more quiet than in the past Calvin

There is a documentary out on Bill Withers called "Still Bill" (And it just isnt on the 2nd album) that is well worth seeing Serenity


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: ANOTHER GAWD DAMN YEAR!!!!!

I hate every body AND everything!........so....just.....do what yer gonna do........


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Happy New Year

Adding to Serenity's list:

Dec. 31, 1969 -- Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys (with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox) perform at the Fillmore East in New York

Dec. 31, 1971 -- The Band rings in the New Year at the Academy of Music in New York. Rock of Ages cleft for me & you.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: HAPPY NEW YEAR

LINK: From Flippy the cat.\ CYA SOON xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: HAPPY NEW YEAR & fun[?] stuff.

Happy New Year to all. May your New Year be a goodie, filled with good health, love and much happiness.

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BEG: Lots of luck and we'll be praying for you.

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Here's some music news, notable events, a teaser, artists who should return, and update on Van, the Man.

Notable Events, Dec. 31

In 1929, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians' first New Year's Eve broadcast from the Roosevelt Grill in New York City, which became an annual event, was heard over the CBS network.

In 1947, America's favorite Western movie couple, singing cowboy Roy Rogers and co-star Dale Evans, were married.

In 1970, six months after release of their "Let It Be" album, Paul McCartney filed suit in London seeking the legal dissolution of the Beatles' partnership.

In 1985, rock singer Rick Nelson, his fiancee and five band members were killed when a fire broke out on their chartered DC-3 in northeast Texas.

In 2004, at least 175 youths were reported killed in an overnight fire at a popular Buenos Aires nightclub. About 600 more were injured in a mad rush for the exits.

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Brain Teaser

Everyone knows that both Christmas Day and New Year's Day always fall on the same day of the week. However, in 1939, the year of the outbreak of World War II, Christmas fell on a Monday and New Year's fell on a Sunday. Why?

In any given year Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on different days of the week. Christmas occurs around 51 weeks later in the year than New Years Day. 1939 was no different.

ARTISTS THAT SHOULD COME BACK: writer: Shawn Amos

David Bowie--- The Thin White Duke has been keeping a relatively low profile since his 2004 heart attack. Aside from some one-off performances (including a couple 2005 appearances with the Arcade Fire), curating the 2007 High Line Festival , and some vocal contributions to friends' records (notably Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits cover record), Bowie has stayed away from a full-scale solo effort. The guy's gotta be healthy enough to make an album and tour. Come on, Bowie. Adam Lambert needs lessons badly.

Bill Withers--- Singer-songwriter Bill Withers made his last album in 1985, but his biggest hits — "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me," and "Use Me" — are regularly covered by everyone from Mick Jagger to John Mayer. Withers, a Navy veteran, has spent his retirement working as a carpenter and undoing the business damage done by years of bad deals. He rarely emerges in public, and fans speculate constantly about his potential return. So far, Withers (now 71 years old) has been mum. I'm still waiting patiently.

The Smiths--- It's been more than two decades since the Smiths broke up after five brief, brilliant years. For a shining moment in the '80s, it seemed as if Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce would save the world from the synth-pop pap of bands like Human League and ABC. Ever since their nasty breakup, the Smiths' fans have been begging for a comeback. It's a pipe dream. The bandmates haven't spoken in years, have battled in court over royalties, and reportedly turned down $5 million to play Coachella. Still, a Smiths fan can dream.

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Irish radio says Van Morrison denies baby report.... Reuters, Dec 31, 2009

Irish state broadcaster RTE said on Thursday it had received a statement from Van Morrison denying widespread media reports that the singer had fathered a child with his manager.The statement published on RTE's website www.rte.ie says that reports which said Morrison had fathered a child with Gigi Lee were the result of a "hacking attack" on the 64-year-old Belfast-born singer's website.

"The comments which appeared on my website did not come from me," said the statement that RTE published as signed by Van Morrison. "They are completely and utterly without foundation." Van Morrison and his official representatives were not immediately available for comment.... The www.vanmorrison.com website on Thursday contained only links to his other sites on youtube.com, facebook.com and myspace.com and a note that a new website was coming soon.

Earlier on Thursday, John Saunders, a Dublin-based executive at public relations agency Fleishman-Hillard, told RTE radio and Reuters that Van Morrison had told him over the telephone the reports he had fathered a baby were false.

"He has said to me on the phone today, he has said it's not true," Saunders told Reuters. "He has never heard of this person Gigi, the name means nothing to him." Saunders said that Van Morrison was a long-time friend but not a client of his agency.

Newspapers and agencies reported on Monday that Morrison had become a father for the fourth time after his manager gave birth to a son described as "the spitting image of his daddy." "Gigi (Lee) and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III," said reports sourced to the website www.vanmorrison.com.

Asked why Morrison had waited several days to deny the statement, Saunders said that the singer was not good at handling his public relations. "Van is a mystery man in many ways, his fans will testify to that," Saunders told RTE.

Morrison, whose 45-year career spans soul, blues, jazz, R&B and country, has a 39-year-old daughter, singer-songwriter Shana Morrison, from his first marriage to Janet "Planet" Minto and two other children with Irish socialite Michelle Rocca.

"For the avoidance of all doubt and in the interests of clarity, I am very happily married to Michelle Morrison with whom I have two wonderful children," said the statement attributed to Morrison on the RTE website. Famed for such tunes as "Gloria" and "Brown Eyed Girl," he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 but declined to attend the ceremony.... (Reporting by Andras Gergely, editing by Paul Casciato)

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Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Joan

Web: My link

Subject: Maud & Garth

Be sure to check out Garth & Maud's New Year's greeting.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: New Year

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. I hope that 2010 will be a good year for all.

BEG. Good luck. I'm a big fan of the "natural" route. As I said above let this new year be a good one for you.


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Posted by:

David P

Perhaps Sebastian is waiting for the Canadian Parliment to reconvene (in March?) before he posts any answers.


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Posted by:

Steve

Jan and Jeff, you might be right but I saw no examples of what might have been done differently under old what's his name in either post. I got out my Kenyan name book and Barack in Kenyan means, " All Talk, and Obama means, No Action". Now if only those Republicans knew what he was trying to hide about his past they wouldn't have been so fearful.

BEG, good luck in whatever route you have to go down. Remember, keep your head up and your stick on the ice and everything will work out fine.

For David and anyone else who complained about the health care diversion, I'm just trying to fill in some time while we wait for Sebastien to get back to us with the answers to some or all of those questions that were posed months ago.

While it doesn't look like it'll happen this year we've got a whole other year waiting to unwind in just a few short hours, maybe 2010 will offer some answers.


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Posted by:

Jan F.

Subject: I agree with Jeff . . . .

Very true, Jeff. Frightening prospect indeed!

Happy New Year,everybody!*

J.F.

*title of a Todd Snider song which I think I posted the lyrics to last year. Maybe I'll post them again if the mood strikes me . . .

Norbert, I really want to visit Germany again -- I'd like to touch base with you even if it's via telephone if you don't mind. Not sure if I can do Germany and Japan in the same year though ---


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Posted by:

Peter V

Warmest wishes and the best of luck, BEG. I agree, just about everywhere is behind on natural therapies (the pharmaceuticals don't like stuff you can't patent). Not quite everywhere. Years ago I was in Switzerland (working) and my colleague came down with horrendous flu. We sought the nearest doctor, and he was given vitamin shots, antibiotics, a herbal remedy and homeopathic remedies with a timetable to keep them all well separated. The doctor said he always believed in using everything available! Though mixing them is rather more controversial. Anyway, it worked fast and effectively, and he told me to take 3 to 5 grams of vitamin C a day as I'd been in close contact. I didn't get it.


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Posted by:

Norbert

Location: Germany
Web: My link

David P and Norm, thanks for your reaction the other day, much appreciated.

Looking for the best song of 2009 I saw Dominos from The Big Pink high on the list (Rolling Stone), they took their name from …. a good omen.

Although this wasn’t a bad year, we’ve got Obama to save the world, the Black Crowes still playing and also the cold winters did return from the sixties, I build a nice glass house and a fine shed, I’ll stick to The Band years.

Word of the year 2009 in Holland: “To Un friend”, don’t know about that one. But German’s 2009 “Abwrakprämie” brings back good memories.

We sold our house in France this year too, so now we’re free now to travel to the US and\or Canada next year (or 2011), to check the steaks and see what you all write is true, if we’ll pass the body scanner (we keep our beards).

Cheers for this evening and all the best for this 2010 to come, see you then!


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Cwipple Cweek....It's not on an album but rather it's on a single. You're number 32 and Jan H you're number 17 while I'm 30 and they're 37. Ever since we've had to endure Conservative governments federally and provincially we've gone for a sliiiide ourselves. We're still very behind when it comes to alternative and complementary medicine.

Many, many thanks to my cyber buddies for wishing me good luck. As it turned out I was shown the results even before my own doctor will get the results....I know...It's a no, no but......Anyway, I'm going to see my Naturopathic Doctor next week (her husband was the one who contacted Robbie re his photo book on _People of the Dancing Sky_ in order to use Robbie's lyrics to complement the photos taken. Apparently Robbie was really cool about the project).....and see if she can help me first.....before I go the more invasive route.

Happy Irie New Year to all Band fans! May we all have...

good health
good music
good food
good company
good vibes
good dreams....If everyone has the same dream...It just might come true.

Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf,

Ring them bells for all of us who are left,

Ring them bells for the chosen few

Who will judge the many when the game is through.

Ring them bells, for the time that flies,

For the child that cries

When innocence dies.

Ring them bells St. Catherine

From the top of the room,

Ring them from the fortress

For the lilies that bloom.

Oh the lines are long

And the fighting is strong

And they're breaking down the distance

Between right and wrong.

Ring Them Bells....Dylan


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Subject: Stevon Drugs (Gov't sudsidized, of course)

What with you living up in Special K-bec province Steve, you more than anyone ought to know that change only comes in small increments and is riddled with setbacks. For instance, take the province of Quebec (please !). How long has the separatist movement been around ? It seems like forever now that Canada has been trying to kick Quebec out of the country, and yet, you'll notice, we've only been able to make small gains in that direction (most notably Celine Dion's 10 year stint in Vegas).

And by removing Celine from Canada, America's been the only country so far to step forward and support Canada's separation incentive programme: "Help Yourself To A Huge Hunk Of Quebec - It's Free !". So maybe don't be so quick to judge our American friends' inabiltiy to quickly accomplish major changes in their own country. NB


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

If McCain had been elected the US would have been in the deepest, nastiest morass (over our ears and eyes in cowshit, know the feeling?)it has been in since the civil war. The possible consequences of which I will not even bother to speculate on.



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Posted by:

Jan F.

Subject: Happy New Year

It's already the New Year in Japan, so Happy New Year to RJ, all his friends and co-workers over there!

Jan F.


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Posted by:

Peter V

A happy and healthy-care New Year to everyone. Oops! Sorry!


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Steve, anybody who believes a politician, especially one during a campaign, has only themselves to blame.


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

Happy New Year all - I hope everyone has a happy, healthy, successful and fulfilling 2010!


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Posted by:

Deb

Steve, my friend, next time I'm going to write in your name, since you know the secret to changing decades of a firmly entrentched political process in twevle months. Oh, and you get to deal with an obstructionist opposing party that questions every breath you draw and spreads lies about your religion, place of birth, and motivation for every action you take from legislation to wearing or not wearing a damn flag pin in your lapel. Still, it's a good thing that I'm the one not disappointed in Obama, since I'm the one who was able to vote for him. :o)We're just going to have to agree to disagree about this one.

I'm about to go away for the weekend, so Happy New Year to you and your family -- and to everyone else here.

Sorry, David P., but at least I didn't say "health care."


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Posted by:

Steve

Deb, I enjoyed discovering your Grandma's term for people like me, but don't agree with my being in that club. I prefer to think of myself as being FOR all the wonderful ideals that Obama campaigned on. I think his chant was YES WE CAN, not, OH WE CAN'T which has turned out to the the way he's governed so far.

Remember all the things he promised, how positive he was how he was able to attract so many young voters who'd been dissolutioned with your country's political corruption. Remember how he was going to redistribute wealth, at least a little. He was going to govern for main street not Wall St. He was going to bring a NEW way of governing to Washington.

So it begs the question; was he lying or just ignorant of the way the system works?

Everyone was led to believe how brilliant he was so it makes it hard to believe he was ignorant when it comes to governing.

Actually what got me started on this a few days ago was my 19 year old son who is very politically aware of what's happening in my country as well as yours. Being an American citizen he took the whole process quite seriously last year.

He listened to the debates, read political blogs and newspaper articles. He was really impressed with what Obama was saying. He bought in and like his sister and mother voted for Obama.

The other day he asked me what I thought would have been different if McCain had been elected and I couldn't really come up with any thing of significance. That was the question that got me started. Can you answer the question better than I did?


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Posted by:

Lil

Wishing everyone here a healthy, happy, and safe New Year.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Mostly MUSIC news/ info...

Very interesting reading........

Any Neil Diamond fans? Sounds like a good book for them?

The Ghost of Neil Diamond (Paperback) ~ David Milnes (Author)... Key Phrases: uncut diamonds, flight wallet, rattan armchair, David Milnes, Neil Diamond, Elbert Chan

History on this day, 12/30/09:

In 1979, Broadway composer Richard Rodgers died in New York City at age 77. He first collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein II in a string of memorable musicals ("Oklahoma," "South Pacific," "Sound of Music.").

In 1999, a mentally ill man broke into George Harrison's mansion and attacked the former Beatle and his wife. Harrison suffered serious stab wounds but recovered.

Birthdays: Mike Nesmith [67], Davy Jones [64] of the Monkees. Can't believe they are this old, seems like yesterday.........

Bo Diddley would have been 81 today. [RIP]

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This I don't completely agree with:

Apparently Etta James (the phenomenal ‘60s soul singer who originally recorded At Last, and who Beyoncé played in the 2008 movie Cadillac Records) was a little peeved that she wasn’t asked to sing the song she made famous. “She’s going to get her ass whooped,” James said of Lady B, though so far the divas have yet to do battle.

Glenn Miller made this song famous before Miss Etta did. It is a beautiful song, and Beyonce did it well. Jealousy will get you no where.

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Ten of this year's most unforgettable TV moments

1. Michael Jackson's memorial service: The sudden and inexplicable death of the King of Pop was a major TV event for months and months. His funeral service was a decadent celeb-heavy affair. The only moment that rang true: his daughter's grief. R.I.P MJ.

2. Juliet dies: Juliet's death was a major shocker in Lost's season five finale. The consequences of her final action - the detonation of the bomb - are still unknown. Are you as excited as I am for season six?

3. Oprah announces her retirement: The world's most influential talk show host announces her resignation, leaving most of us to wonder what she'll take on next.

4. Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift: Kanye West stormed the stage at the MTV Video Awards as Taylor Swift accepted her award for best video and declared Beyonce the moral victor. Sure, it was a coarse move on West's part. But you've got to admit that it certainly made the show interesting.

5. Jon and Kate separate: The end of the Gosselin's marriage was neither a shock nor a surprise. But it certainly made for a memorable episode.

6. Joaquin Phoenix on David Letterman: The bearded actor's Letterman appearance remains a mystery to his fans. Was it performance art, a publicity ploy or a cry for help? Don't know. What I do know: David Letterman is one helluva host.

7. Adam Lambert gets naughty at the AMAs: The American Idol singer shocks the audience when he mimes a sex act with a dancer. Is nothing sacred anymore? Simulations are private!

8. Gossip Girl threesome: Hilary Duff gets buck wild-ish with Penn Badgley and Jessica Szohr in this much anticipated menage a trois.

9. The debut of Jersey Shore: Does anyone remember any mention of guidos and guidettes in Biblical descriptions of the apocalypse? Because I've seen the show and I am afraid.

10. Season finale of Dexter: The season finale of Dexter contained a major whopper: the murder of Dex's wife. Rita's death at the hands of the Trinity killer rocked fans of the series. It was a grisly end to an uber-creepy season.

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And finally....

Van Morrison a father again at 64

Acclaimed Belfast-born singer Van Morrison has become a father again at the age of 64.

A statement posted on the singer's website announced the birth of George Ivan Morrison III to the musician and Gigi Lee, who manages him. It described the newest Morrison, born on Monday, as "the spitting image of his daddy". "He is a dual citizen of Northern Ireland/United Kingdom and the United States," the statement added. A spokesman for Morrison said the couple have kept the birth location private. Van Morrison, whose 45-year career spans soul, blues, jazz, R&B and country, has a 39-year-old daughter, singer-songwriter Shana Morrison, from his first marriage to Janet Minto.

Van Morrison was born in 1945, in Bloomfield, east Belfast, the only child of George Morrison, a shipyard worker, and Violet Stitt Morrison. He would become known as "Van the Man" but it was as a teenager that he started his professional career when, in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments in showbands who covered the hits of the day. It was as the lead singer of Northern Ireland band Them - with whom he recorded Gloria and Here Come the Night - that he rose to prominence in the 1960s. While in London with Them he worked with songwriter and producer Bert Berns. Berns produced and released Van Morrison's album Blowin' Your Mind, in 1967, which included the hit single Brown Eyed Girl. After Berns' death, Warner Brothers Records bought out his contract and allowed him several sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968. Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially poorly received. The next one, Moondance, established Van Morrison as a major artist.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 but declined to attend the ceremony. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968 and is to release a documentary film charting the experience. Story from BBC NEWS:

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Until next time LOVE AND PEACE XOXOXO



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Posted by:

Cwipple Cweek

Location: Perth

Subject: Great Canadian sonquest

I have not been following the Guest book in great detail for the last month.Has anyone mentioned the Saskatchewan entry in CBC,s Great Canadian Songquest. I dont have the exact details but I think they are called the Great North Woods.Their entry is called an Ode to Charlies or something like that. My daughter says they sound erily (sp?)like the Band. Anyone else aware of this Group????


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Posted by:

Cwipple Cweek

Location: Perth

Subject: Health Care

Sorry I may have missed something.What album was healthCare from?


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Posted by:

S.M.

Subject: Prayer

Why would an omnipotent, all-knowing god need humans to point out what he/she/it should be doing?


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Posted by:

Jan F.

Location: metro DC

Thanks for the YouTube Jerry. That's gotta be one of the scariest things I've seen in a while.

One point only about "healthcare reform." (I don't want to get started b/c I'd go on ad nauseam) Tort reform would be a disaster. Those of you who are for it must not realize what kind of doctors we are turning out these days (and licensing from other countries) I've worked for doctors for years and in a couple of medical schools. Now THAT'S scary!

J.F.


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Subject: Jerry

Jerry, as someone, and I will be honest here, that does not believe in prayer, this makes me cringe!


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Here, Hear

Whenever I read the words "health care" in this GB, it makes me want to run away from here :-)


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Posted by:

carmen

Location: PA

Subject: Health Care

Hi, I'm from the government and I am here to help. 1 bit of advice - RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN WHEN YOU HERE THESE WORDS! Remember - Any government big enough to give you anything you want is a government big enough to take away everything you have. The current administration is making up problems that don't really exist and then taking credit for a false solution. Be carefule what you wish for!


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Posted by:

Jerry

Web: My link

And now, a look at what Obama is up against...Two U.S. Senators and the nut job Congresswomen Michele Bachmann participated in this. The only thing missing in all this were the snakes...


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Posted by:

Dee

Location: Wisconsin

Subject: UFF DA

While I am usually more in tune with Westcoaster, I am impressed with Deb this day. And we all should have the same benefits as do our elected representatives.

Good Luck with the tests BEG!


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Subject: the third rail

As usual, Brien has more common sense than the people running this country. I am not anti-health care reform. I am not even necessarily anti-single payer. I'm am not averse to keeping the current system with a tweek here and a tweek there. My major problem is health care reform is being pushed and put into place by the Democrats for political and not practical purposes, and as a result the health care bill does more harm than good, and is a hodge-podge of politically motivated disasters in the making. Why do we think that the same politicians and back-room power brokers who helped create the mortgage crisis fiasco and the current economic disaster can suddenly change stripes and solve the problems in our health care system? It isn't happening. Is the need for nominal health care reform so important that is is worth taking a faulty system and destroying it beyond repair? Most Americans, myself included, are against the current health care reform bill. We are against it because the process was flawed, we are against it because the bill is a bad bill, we are against it because it was forced on us top down with political strong-arm tactics, and we are against it because we know it is going to cause far more harm than good. Were the politicians in Washington to truly have the best interests of their constituents in mind, they would stop the madness right now, and admit that while health care reform is necessary, it is too important to be enacted hastily as it currently is. Take a step back and restart the process after a cooling off period. Replacing the Health Insurance Industry Cartel with a no more benign and even less efficient, politically corrupt government-run one is not reform. It is exchanging a bad system for a worse one which will be even more resistant to reform in the future.


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Posted by:

Deb

Steve, first of all, it's early and I'm not a morning person. Add to that the fact that I'm writing quickly because I have to get ready for work. All that to say that this may sound more terse or argumentative than I mean it to be.

Do you really think that the president and supporters of health care reform don't know what the problems with this bill are? You really don't sound as if you have any idea of the complexities and the strength of the opposition involved. Change to the American health care system is not going to happen overnight. It is honest to God not because we never noticed what a dandy system y'all have in Canada that it isn't replicated here. Don't misunderstand me -- I'm all for a single payer system, but it scares the hell out of a lot of people, most of whom would probably benefit from it.

Obama has repeatedly pointed out the problems with our health care system and it's remarkable that he got this far with a bill. A sizeable group of people in this country are not comfortable with the government being involved in much more than maintaining highways and minting money. What you or I think about that point of view doesn't mean that it's easily discounted or overcome. Add to that the number of people who are making money from the system as it is.

I have to disagree that this bill will make further change more difficult. With all due respect, I don't think you fully understand the range of views in this country on the subject and are approaching it rather simplistically. Then, too, and believe me I say this fondly, you're what my grandmother used to call a "good aginner", meaning that you can always find reasons to be against something. Sorry, Norm, and everyone else who's tired of the subject. I'm done now. I've got to take a dog to the vet and go to work.


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

Before I would get the government overly involved in Health Care - I would try this 3 pronged approach and see how it played out over a couple years.

1. Open the borders to Health Insurance and really let the market compete. See how low costs will drive down.

2. Major Tort reform (more unlikely than Gov. HC) cap what you can sue for based on a some tiered scale in all but what one would deem "grossly Negligent" or in cases where fraud of some sort can be found - this would then hopefully bring down Malpractice Insurance.

3. Huge tax break for Helath Care Companies to stay private. Private companies need to make money obviously but Public Companies have to make money (it's the law - basically) and will do everything in order to appease the shareholder and try to make as much profit all the time, as often as possible. With a variety of governemnt backed incentives Private companies can make money but do not have to make it at the expense of the patient in favor of the shareholder - obviously this is a very glossed over view and specifics can't be expressed here but this would be my initial 3 to 5 year plan.

I believe this plan would offer more coverage for folks (some sort of penalty would have to assessed for companies who reject pre-exisiting conditions or make some condition where that is part of the deal that pre-existings need to be included) and drive down costs in the overall market. It costs the government little and encourages the market be more open. There are obviously going to be people left out and that needs to be addressed as well. But this first step would, I think, bring down costs to a point that if the government needed to step in, the costs that it would then incur would be lower becasue there would be less people invloved for coverage, making that less taxes to be levied against the populace. Just some thoughts.


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

Subject: Christian songs scripting | Christian scriptures singing

David P: Thanks for the very insightful precisions, “Miracles Out Of Nowhere” is from 1976, I feel kind of identification of Steve Walsh performance, I believe that he and Livgren have both been faithful [in all the meanings of the word] to themselves before as well as after the 1981 change.
****

Talking of faithful songwriter and just because I am posting from where I spend my nights, It makes me smile, and I feel kind of what some people usually qualify as “… “ [dont say it!, or the fires of censors shall fall on the Band GB] when I hear the line “On a COLD winter night, a band of angels sing…
Eh oui, anybody who sings of Nazareth set in Pennsylvania, must see Bethlehem as an old hamlet of Ontario, the ridicule for somebody who did it to Dixie and back It’s qu’en plus a clear clean sky with a shining star follows one verse below in the same song

Anyway, from an all chauvinistic point of view, when a local songwriter says “It would be enough to see One day rising in prayer / The heart of three men desperate of love / To change the face of the earth” I think either there are no 3 men desperate of love, either the desperate of love ones don’t pray,…
et puis why to have to change the face of the Earth, isn’t it wonderful just the way it is, waiting impatiently for the exciting acts forthcoming in Iran, I am rejoicing in advance


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Posted by:

Steve

Craig, I don't remember anyone here ever mentioning a trumpet player before outside of Lewis Armstrong. I tried to introduce him into a discussion on soloists ( Armstrong being the most creative on any instrument)but it didn't generate any heat.

Deb, one last shot at the health care issue.

First sorry to hear of those family members that can't get any coverage. That's criminal.

My point is that by Obama pushing a bill through that is so weak, one that in the end will help few people but will again raise the cost of health care he probably has put an end to any chance of making important changes in the future.

The well insured people who make billions of dollars off te over priced health cartel system you have now will be able to shut ayone down in the future by rightly pointing out how costs escalated under the last attempt to" improve" the system.

If you wanted a system to point at as what not to do in health care reform I think the program Obama settled for is it.

If Obama can't make the point to people that your health care system is the most expensive in the world and covers the lowest % of its citizens then something doesn't add up. Someone is having the wool pulled over their eyes. Being tied to your job by your health care coverage also seems like a form of bondage from days gone by.


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Posted by:

Rod

Subject: Rolling Stones best albums of 2009

Back in 1970 would Bob Dylan and Levon Helm ever imagine they would both be on on the RS list of best albums for 2009? Good on them.


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Posted by:

joe j

Web: My link

Subject: R.I.P. Tim Hart

Tim was a founding member of Steeleye Span along with Maddy Prior, Terry Woods and maybe Ashley Hutchings. I believe he's been with the band mostly ever since.

Link is to 'All Around My Hat', their best known song.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: RICK DANKO Happy Birthday wherever you are. RIP

Hi Guys.

BEG: Good luck on your tests, and keep us informed..Thanx for the links. The one from 1976 plays all the tunes with beautiful patterns. A friend of mine sends these to me constantly.

In case anyone is interested, here is some info on tonights Kennedy Center Honors. Some good ones to watch. Happy for Bruce Springfield and Mel Brooks.

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors

The recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts, whether in dance, music, theatre, opera, motion pictures or television. The Kennedy Center’s Board of Trustees selects them. Guest(s): Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

craig d

Location: pittsburgh, now fairfax va

Subject: one more Steve

How about the the amazing Steven Bernstein who plays trumpet in Levon's band at the Rambles and on tour? Met him at the Kennedy Center a few years back - his band was opening for Los Lobos. Great guy and an real inspiration. Any trumpet players out there? There's a fantastic lengthy interview with him in the latest International Trumpet Guild Journal that mentions Levon w/ extensive discography as well.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: The Meaning of Life!

I just get home off that tug, listening to that gawd damn engine........ now I gotta listen to this???? I need some medical care to put up with all this talk about the gawd damn medical care........bunch-a-gawd damn crazies.....


Entered at Tue Dec 29 22:08:03 CET 2009 from (216.226.180.3)

Posted by:

Deb

BEG, hope your tests go well. Don't misunderstand, I'd love something like the Canadian medical system in this country. My point is that a single-payer system was never going to be the result of this bill and even the public option was a long shot. The bill as it stands, watered down as it is, was in serious danger of not passing. The amount of money that insurance and pharmaceutical companies pour into the political process is staggering. As long as the costs of running for national office are what they are, that will continue to be an issue. Check campaign contributions from insurance companies to most of the senators and reps who voted against the bill.

I voted for Obama and will most likely do so again. I never expected him to change things overnight with a wave of his hand. I think he's working with what's realistic. Incremental change is better than the status quo and like I said, if we hadn't gotten something passed, we'd have been stuck with the status quo for the foreseeable future.

Steve, I have family members who are unable to get insurance at any cost because of preexisting conditions. No, the hypothetical you describe is not a good one, but the reality of having no hope of insurance at any price sucks bigtime.


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

But I thought people were supposed to like the U.S. now that Obama is in charge. Why are terrorists still targeting innocent U.S. citizens? Especially since we were nice enough to end water-boarding. I mean, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, so there is more peace in the world I assume, no? I must have read wrong. Obama is President, the Democrats have filibuster-proof majorities in Congress. Everything is fine and in good competent ethical, caring hands. Back to sleep with no worry.....


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Posted by:

Steve

Then the change seems to have brought the two of you closer together. That's nice.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Lonesome, On'ry & Steve

Catching up today on a few posts from the holiday weekend.

Deb: Former Hawk Fred Carter Jr. played on many of Steve Young's early recording sessions.

JQ: I did get to see Vic Chesnutt perform a couple of times over the years in small clubs down here in Georgia.

Empty Now: In the early '80s, Kerry Livgren from Kansas moved to Atlanta. I believe the artistic differences in direction, which Steve Walsh mentioned, stemmed from Mr. Livgren's conversion to evangelical Christian beliefs at the time. Livgren released his debut solo album, "Seeds of Change", back then, which featured several Atlanta-based musicians, including Mylon LeFevre, Paul Goddard (from the Atlanta Rhythm Section) and Johnny Fristoe.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: USA

Subject: Changes

Yeah Steve. She's starting to bad-mouth people like you.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Rick

Today would have been Rick's 66th birthday. Gone too soon, too long gone.


Entered at Tue Dec 29 19:53:02 CET 2009 from 21cust2.tnt2.sherbrooke.pq.da.uu.net (64.11.26.2)

Posted by:

Steve

Lars, you keep confusing commentary on ONE MAN and criticism of everyone in your country. Keep focused.

I think people like you and millions of others made the effort and gave Obama a chance and he's playing defense like he's trying to protect a lead when the people who voted for him felt they've been taken a beating for years and wanted some offense and points on the board. He appears to be playing for a tie which isn't what he was sounding like when he wanted your vote.

By the way, how is your daughter doing and is living there changing her in any particular way?


Entered at Tue Dec 29 19:44:25 CET 2009 from (208.83.120.148)

Posted by:

The Still Lurking but considerably more quiet than in the past Calvin

Im solely with those who fell the Health Bill acoomplishes a lot. What I wanted? No, but there is reality and what we can accomplish. I would like to see Obama be a bit more forceful but I also think he is playing a long term goal of making our government a bit more civil and coopoerative as opposed to the party in charge ramming through what they want.


Entered at Tue Dec 29 19:42:21 CET 2009 from 21cust2.tnt2.sherbrooke.pq.da.uu.net (64.11.26.2)

Posted by:

Steve

Deb, maybe you're right and I don't get the significance of getting a bill any bill passed but maybe you could help me out here to understand something.

The only positive point you made about the bill as it stands is that companies can't deny you coverage because of a preexisting condition. But what is the difference between denying you coverage or saying OK we'll cover you for $275,000.00 a year? If you can afford that payment you don't need coverage and if you can't then they've just denied you coverage. But I could be wrong and missed something.

Compared to what Obama committed to at the climate change summit I guess health care might seem like an accomplishment.

Before the arguments are made, let me respond; Western leaders around the world are so happy to have Obama in power because unlike Bush, they can can point to him and say we're in lock step with the great American progressive leader as they also do nothing. It's hard to make people follow you if you don't get out in front.Our little Neo Con was so excited when it became apparent Obama would be sticking with basically the same agenda on greenhouse gas reduction as Bush that he returned home and gathered his Alberta oil backers around and told them all not to worry, nothing would be changing. Same old, same old.

Correct me if I'm wrong but did Obama run on, "Yes We Can" ? And what exactly does it seem he meant by that after a year in power?

I understand the way that fucked up undemocratic system, "60 votes out of 100 to pass legislation", works. But why not make the bastards vote against something that was supported by a majority of the voters not so long ago. If you get wishy-washy on your own commitment is it any surprise your support starts to go that way too? Obama has to start making his own reality and stop worrying about getting a second term. Who the fuck is going to put all that effort in again if he doesn't even try.

Remember all that talking he did about trying to follow Lincoln's example of leadership. You'd be 2 maybe 3 countries if Lincoln bent to the prevailing wind the way this guy does.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: South of Canada

Subject: The Cause

BEG- I think most of us are foreigners on this site, since it's out of Norway. I was referring to a foreigner of the US making (what seem to be) constant critisms of the USA. Actually, I agree with most of what's being said, but I grow tired of the double standard. You see, if you scroll back in the archives of this website you won't find an American speaking negatively about Canada. Not anywhere. But there seems to be a steady stream of criticism from that guy StevonChair who seems to think he's the only enlightened one in the area. So I guess it's a matter of asking yourself, "Would I want a foreigner speaking out against MY country."...........I doubt it.

Most people around here think of Canada as a friend, from what I've gathered. And a lot of us are disappointed in Obama. I feel like I got swindled out of my vote; this guy said he was going to be different. I look at a map of Africa and I feel the threat of Anti-American feeling around the world. It wouldn't take much for a Muslim village to turn on an American Peace Corp worker. I think about Afghanistan and I feel sorry for both sides. To me, this anti-American feeling is a threat to the life of my daughter and my way of life and frankly, I'm damn tired of it.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Steve/Deb/BEG

Steve, I go with Deb completely on this one. Its not what I would have wanted, but it is something. A foot in the door as Deb said. Just the very fact that you cannot be turned down for a pre-existing condition, and there is no cap on yearly or lifetime payouts is a giant step. Also, you cannot be terminated if you become ill. Obama got this to this point against some pretty difficult odds. Hopefully eventually this will be the basis for a better bill later, but for now it is something.

BEG- good luck with your test. I hope everything turns out OK.


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Posted by:

Mike Nomad

Best of luck to you, Angie. And don't forget to take your health card.


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Posted by:

Pat B

Ahhh, the Palladium. 1976. The glory of the OQ. Thanks, BEG, and good luck with the tests.


Entered at Tue Dec 29 17:44:10 CET 2009 from bas3-toronto02-1279425979.dsl.bell.ca (76.66.125.187)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and as a foreigner to this site Lars I'd like to repost one of my many links as an ode to The Hawks! I was trying hard to change the tune.....even though I agree with STEvon.

"If you were at Le Coq d'Or on Yonge Street on 14 November 1963, you would have been lucky enough to see one of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks' many gigs there. Robertson, who joined the band in 1960 as its bass player, had graduated to become the Hawks' lead guitarist by the time of this show. As a member of the Hawks, Robertson and his "Band mates" (minus Garth Hudson) recorded with Hawkins and lent their sound to his singles "Who Do You Love" and "Bo Diddley." By 1965, The Hawks were on their way to becoming The Band with Robertson developing into the collective's principal songwriter. By September of that year, and after a few rehearsals in Toronto, the band, still going by the moniker the Hawks, were on the road with Bob Dylan, a tour that included two nights in November at Massey Hall." Many thanks to Clara Thomas Archives....again!

I included your Mr. Steve...I didn't forget him Jan F.

I agree with STEvon but I can see clearly now that we'll just have to beg to differ on this one. I'll be having a medical test shortly (probably why I've been posting so much today) and since I grew up knowing that any test or medical concern would be taken care of just because I'm a Canadian.....whether I have a health plan from work or whether I even work outside my home or not.....it is my RIGHT to be taken care of...As Canadians as a society we value our health so much for all that we are willing to be taxed heavily so that all will be healthy....except those who continue to make unhealthy life style choices....yeah, we just don't get it over here. Sorry Deb. I was out with Mr. Maximus and his partner last night and we were discussing how disappointed we were in Obama. But hey....everything worthwhile is a struggle.....all things take time.....the struggle continues. :-D

Wasn't Rick's singing and Robbie's guitar playing just....just......yum....from The Palladium's recording of "IMND"? Come on Robbie! You can dazzle us once again!


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Posted by:

Jan F.

Location: metro DC
Web: My link

Subject: a little late to the game . . .

My contribution to the discussion of "Steve." And, then there's my very own, Mr. Steve.

J.F.


Entered at Tue Dec 29 17:26:58 CET 2009 from (216.226.180.3)

Posted by:

Deb

Steve, I struggled for a while to let that pass, but I can't. It's easy to sit back and opine and you are certainly entitled to your opinion. I'm just as entitled to think that your post is a load of bunk, to put it non-scatologically. I wrote letters, made calls visited my Congressman's and Senators' offices and did everything I possibly could to encourage a bill with a public option, knowing it wouldn't do much good and I'm still not as cynical about the outcome as you are.

The public option is still in the House version of the bill. Do I think it will survive reconciliation? No, but there will still be some give and take. Both versions of the bill will prevent insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions, which is major and there are a few other things that offer some improvement on the current system.

Would I rather see a single payer system? Sure. Do I think reconciliation will yield a perfect bill? No. Still this is a foot in the door. Had it not passed, that door would have slammed shut for the foreseeable future. Given the way the Senate works, I'm relieved that the bill got through with as much as it did. Look at the numbers in the Senate and tell me how the President could have done differently. One person could have derailed the whole thing (and several nearly did) at various points in the process.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band at The Palladium.

Yes David Powell! Yes! :-D


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: The woods
Web: My link

Subject: Try not to step in it

TULL- Where would we be without foreign input?


Entered at Tue Dec 29 16:59:14 CET 2009 from powell-goldstein-llp.demarc.cogentco.com (38.104.0.94)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Forever Neil Young

BEG: Neil Young's health concerns were well founded. During the recording of "Prairie Wind", Mr. Young was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Following treatment & surgery, he suffered complications and later recovered. This brush with his own mortality came shortly after his father's death.


Entered at Tue Dec 29 16:58:37 CET 2009 from bas3-toronto02-1279400302.dsl.bell.ca (76.66.25.110)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

STEVE Caraway's photos of The Band. Check out the slideshow.

I've really grown to love the name STEVE! ;-D


Entered at Tue Dec 29 16:05:32 CET 2009 from bas3-toronto02-1279400302.dsl.bell.ca (76.66.25.110)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

For Brien....STEVE Howe (played on Louuu's first solo 1972....not a good recording)

I finished Astrid's Young book _Being Young_. She claims that Neil told her that the only recording Neil was straight was during the recording of Praire Wind. He gave up weed as he became more health conscious.


Entered at Tue Dec 29 14:54:25 CET 2009 from mail1.lumberg.com (217.5.150.251)

Posted by:

JTull Fan

Your kidding, Steve. Tell me you are.


Entered at Tue Dec 29 14:34:53 CET 2009 from 21cust204.tnt2.sherbrooke.pq.da.uu.net (64.11.26.204)

Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Playing D Obama Style

Disrupt, dismantle and defeat, who said Barrack can't play D.

Is it my imagination or is Obama starting to sound like a daffy, white guy with a slightly quirky Texan accent? Maybe you have to change the script writer as well as the president to get some separation from the last administration.

All that worry by the white, right to rule crew that Obama would sympathize with his "brother" Muslims and turn soft on terrorism seems to have been unfounded .

The following excerpt from his reaction to the attempted attack on the nation should put to rest any fear he's not reading from the same hymn book as the last guy; This attack on our homeland by a Nigerian, who lives in London and boarded a plane in Holland will be responded to by my administration in a forceful but just way. We will be invading........IRAN!

Brien, seems that your wife's industry had nothing to worry about with " health care reform" after all. Obama sure had everyone going there for awhile, but when his plan turned out to be just a different way to funnel more money to the health care insurance industry those middle finger salutes we saw this summer turned to fist pumping and high fives. Obama accomplished what the companies had been unable to. He found a way to let the medical insurance industry get their needle into the last untapped vein in the country, the young, healthy and until now, mostly uninsured. Win, Win, WIN!


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Dave's guests this week

Happy holidays to all. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the new decade. I have enjoyed all the posts and links, thanx to all.

Here's Dave's list this week:

Monday, December 28: (Original Air Date: 12/10/09)-- Kate Hudson (Nine), Climate Expert, Dr. James Hansen, Tori Amos (CD, "Midwinter Graces")

Tuesday, December 29: (Original Air Date: 11/23/09)-- Robin Williams (Old Dogs), Ashley Green (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)

Wednesday, December 30: (Original Air Date: 11/17/09), Penelope Cruz (Nine), Poker Champ, Joe Cada (World Series of Poker), The Script (CD, "The Script")

Thursday, December 31: (Original Air Date: 11/18/09), Stupid Human Tricks, Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Ray Davies (CD, "Ray Davies -- Collected")

Friday, January 1: Happy New Year-- (Original air date: 12/7/09), Ray Romano (Men of a Certain Age), Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air), Tiger Woods Top Ten with Reactions from Tom Hanks

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Subject: Steve / A Nod To Nutjob

Stefan Grossman.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: A Very Pleasant Awakening

Merry Xmas, everybody. I stayed up later on Christmas Eve and was awakened on Christmas day at four minutes to eight with the Band playing 'Christmas Must Be Tonight'. I thought for a brief moment it was my welcome to Heaven. But it was actually my alarm and the track was being played on a quasi religious programme. I never hear Band tracks on the radio and don't think I've ever heard this one on the radio. A great start to the day which was spent at my son's place in an old weaving village about five miles from our place.

Empty Now's post made me think of my favourite musical acquisition this year, which is an etching of the crowd at Bob and the boys' electric show at Edinburgh by a great Scottish artist. It's great. I have several of his etchings and he was at the Edinburgh concert when Bob went electric. He saw the crowd as being in three camps - those for the change of music, those against and those who were not sure what to make of it. I think his work is great.

Hope you all had a lovely time and I wish my Jewish and other religions' friends good health and well being.

Oh, I went down to the music shop today and got Dillard and Clark and a Wilco. Two for a tenner. I felt I had to buy something. I was the only person in the shop.


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Posted by:

Pat B

Steve Nieve--Elvis Costello's great keyboardist.


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Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: Zydecological Observatory & Turtle Ranch

Subject: Steve, BEG

When I saw the name Steve Nash bandied about, I thought "obscure zydeco reference". Looks like it was actually a sports reference. I know nothing about professional sports, so I assumed that Brown Eyed Girl was talking about Steve Nash, the rubboard (or "vest frottier") player in Geno Delafose's French Rockin' Boogie Zydeco Band.


Entered at Mon Dec 28 18:17:24 CET 2009 from (41.97.188.81)

Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

Subject: my Steve is better than yours

how many Steves you collected, let's start the same game with the Theofile (with "f" au lieu de "ph") Rock heroes

Thanks Peter V for recalling us of this wonderful article of Steve Palmer, some phrases are incredibles, fact which redirected me rushing on my ancient desperate quest for the other awesome article about our guys, "friend and neighbors..." by Steve Aronowitz, since for the first time i crossed it in the internet jungle [link] -- sorry Jan H and other GBers who will have some hardness to load the GB, i dont trust in the www, i feel confident with JH GB perenity instead , thus i cut & past the article in question -- read it in peace

The Band: Friends and Neighbours Just Call Us The Band Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, 24 August 1968

NEW YORK: Big Pink is one of those middle class ranch houses of the type that you would expect to find in development row in the heart of suburbia rather than on an isolated mountain-top high above the barn architecture of New York State's rustic Woodstock. When the band moved into Big Pink in the spring of 1967, the house looked as if it had been tenanted by little more than a housewife with a dustmop who only crossed its threshold once a week to clean it.

The band, of course, had spent its six previous years living in hotels, rooming houses, motels, and the front parlors of friends' apartments, and what the band brought to Big Pink was the dust of the road. With Cardiff still black underneath their fingernails and Stockholm still caked on their boots, with Paris still waiting to be brushed off their trousers and Copenhagen unwashed from their hair, with the grime of Dublin, Glasgow, Sydney and Singapore still pasted on their luggage, staining their laundry and embedded in their pores, the band had just returned from an around-the-world tour with Bob Dylan when Dylan, injured in his motorcycle accident, summoned them to Woodstock to help him complete a television movie.

In Woodstock, a friend found Big Pink for them, at $125 a month. Settling like the dust they brought, the band lounged for a while on Big Pink's overstuffed furniture and then, taking their boots off the coffee tables, lugged their equipment into Big Pink's cellar, improvising a home recording studio. Dylan, who lived only a few miles away, would come over each evening and they would play together, running through a repertory that ranged from ancient folk songs to music they composed on the spot. Occasionally, a friend or neighbor would drop in as an audience. The band began to grow mustaches and beards and wear hats. It was in Woodstock that people started referring to them as The Band

The band's lack of a name may be puzzling to some. But as Robbie explains it; "You know, for one thing, there aren't many bands around Woodstock and our friends and neighbors just call us the band and that's the way we think of ourselves. And then, we just don't think a name means anything. It's gotten out of hand -- the name thing. We don't want to get into a fixed bag like that"

Once they had been known as the Hawks. For a while they thought of calling themselves the Crackers. Now that they've released an album of their own music they still don't have a name. Inevitably, they're going to be identified as Bob Dylan's band, but not even Dylan calls them that. Although Dylan painted a picture for the cover of the album, wrote one of the songs on it, co-authored two more and endowed the remainder with the unmistakable influence of his presence, Music From Big Pink is the band's claim to its own identity.

"There is the music from Bob's house," says guitarist Jaime (Robbie) Robertson, "and there is the music from our house. John Wesley Harding comes from Bob's house. The two houses sure are different."

Robbie was born and raised in Toronto, "I was young, very very young when I got into music," he recalls. "My mother was musical and I used to listen to country music a lot. Then when I was about five, I can remember I had a thing for the big bands. I've been playing guitar for so long, I can't remember when I started but I guess I got into rock just like everybody else," Robbie left high school to play music in the Toronto area and had his own group for a while before he was sixteen.

At 24, Robertson could be considered the leader of the band, if the band bothered itself with such considerations. Once described by Dylan as "the only mathematical guitar genius I've ever run into who does not offend my intestinal nervousness with his rear guard sound." Robertson was only 15 when he was hired by Ronnie Hawkins, one of the early kings and legends of that spontaneous combination of country soul and city flash known as Rockabilly. By the time he was 18, Robertson himself had become a legend in his native Toronto, barnstorming thousands of miles across rural North America with Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. For a musician, the dust of the road gets into more than your pores. It gets into your hair, your nose, your eyes, your mouth, your voice and your music.

"We've played everywhere from Molasses, Texas, to Timmins, Canada, which is a mining town about 100 miles from the tree line," says Robertson, and you can hear the grit when you listen to Music From Big Pink. "I pulled into Nazareth," he writes in 'The Weight' one of Robertson's four songs on the album, "...was feeling 'bout half past dead...'Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?'...He just grinned and shook my hand...'No,' was all he said..."

There are four others in the band. Like Robertson, three of them came from Canada. At the organ, there is Garth Hudson, who had started out to attend agricultural college until a photograph of his uncle playing trombone in a dance band led him into the study of music theory and harmony. By the time he was 13, he says, he was the only one in London, Ontario, who knew how to play rock and roll. On the bass guitar, there is Rick Danko, who was born the son of a woodcutter in the Canadian tobacco belt village of Simcoe, where he grew up listening to Grand Old Opry on a wind-up Victrola and a battery radio. There was no electricity in his house, he explains, until he was 10. At the piano, Richard Manuel does most of the singing in a style that echoes the faint signal of the John R rhythm and blues show, broadcasting all the way from Nashville over Radio Station WLAC, 1510 on the dial.

"It was that era's Underground radio," remembers Manuel. "I was about 13, and you had to stay up late to get it. You have to remember I was in Stratford, Ontario, at the time."

Organist Garth Hudson was born in London, Ontario to a farming family whose relatives included a number of musicians. "My uncles all played in bands and my father had a lot of old instruments around the house. I guess I began to play the piano when I was about five." Garth's high school band was "kind of a vaudeville act" according to him, and it wasn't until later that he began playing rock and roll. "I'd heard country for years though," he says. "My father used to find all the Hoedown stations on the radio and then I played accordion with a country group when I was twelve." After high school, Garth left Canada to form his own group in Detroit. Unlike most rock organists. Garth uses the Lowrey organ which, having a wider variety of orchestral sounds, has a specifically enriching effect on the texture of the band's music.

The only member of the group born in the United States, drummer Levon Helm comes from West Helena, Arkansas, the home of blues harp player Sonny Boy Williamson. "I used to listen to him a lot when I was a kid," he recalls, "but I think my influences are more general than specific." Like the other members of the band, Levon had his own rock group in high school. "It was called The Jungle Bush Beaters if you can believe it, but it was a good group." Richard Manuel is his favorite drummer and Levon doesn't listen to records. "It gets like TV," he remarks. "I once watched TV for six whole months. Didn't do anything else. That's what happens when you spend your time listening. You land up not playing and that's all I really want to do."

Rick Danko, born in Simcoe, Ontario, began playing guitar, mandolin and violin before high school and played in a band before he reached his teens. He dropped out of high school and joined Ronnie Hawkins when he was seventeen. "It had to do with physical education," he says. "Actually, I always wanted to go to Nashville to be a cowboy singer. From the time I was five, I'd listened to the Grand Ole Opry, the blues and country stations." Rick, who played rhythm guitar before joining The Hawks and now plays bass, doesn't like to think of himself as a musician. "Like I don't read music."

They all met playing with Ronnie Hawkins, who hired them one by one until, after three years, they quit They were playing at a night club in the seashore resort of Somers Point, New Jersey, when, in the summer of 1965, Dylan telephoned them.

"We had never heard of Bob Dylan," says drummer Levon Helm, who, as a sharecropper's son from the South Arkansas Delta country, is the only American in the band. "But he had heard of us. He said. 'You wanna play Hollywood Bowl?' So we asked him who else was gonna be on the show. 'Just us,' he said."

Whether or not Dylan, even in absentia, can be heard on the record as a sixth member of the band, Music From Big Pink will have to be judged on its own merits, not his. Probably it won't be. In taste, in modesty, in humor and perhaps even in perception, many of those merits tend to coincide, and one of the purest of Dylan's unpublished songs, 'I Shall Be Released', graces the album like a benediction "They say every man needs protection...They say that every man must fall...Yet I swear I see my reflection...somewhere so high above this wall," the lyrics go, but they don't go without music and, instrumentally, the band vindicates Dylan's taste in choosing them as his backup group in the first place.

What the band plays is country rock, with cadences from W. S. Wolcott's Original Rabbit Foot Minstrel Show and music that tells stories the way Uncle Remus did, with the taste of Red River Cereal and the consistency of King Biscuit Flour. Robertson himself calls it mountain music, "because this place where we are -- Woodstock -- is in the mountains."

With Music From Big Pink, the band dips into the well of tradition and comes up with bucketsful of clear, cool, country soul that wash the ears with a sound never heard before. Music From Big Pink is the kind of album that will have to open its own door to a new category, and through that door it may very well be accompanied by all the reasons for the burgeoning rush toward country pop, by the exodus from the cities and the search for a calmer ethic, by the hunger for earth-grown wisdom and a redefined morality, by the thirst for simple touchstones and the natural law of trees. "Isn't everybody dreaming?" Richard Manuel sings, "...Then the voice I hear is real...Out of all the idle scheming...can't we have something to feel?"

— Republished: 08/08/2008 (by permission from Rock's Back Pages)


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

For Rankin STEvon....Rankin STEVE.


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Posted by:

Deb

Subject: One more Steve

Steve Young -- not the quarterback, but the man who wrote "Seven Bridges Road", "Lonesome On'ry and Mean", and "Montgomery in the Rain" among other songs.


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Posted by:

Steve

OK, OK, STOP THE MUSIC!!! BEG, you're out of control. Steve Nash is a Steve no question about that. We here at, Corporate STEVE, recognize him as such but he plays "point guard" which is not yet a recognized musical instrument though it is the conductor's position on the B ball floor. That will be taken into consideration. I'll have to run this by all 2 brazillion card carrying Steves before getting back to you on this important matter.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: James Joyce

For a Band connection see the link.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: Vic Chestnutt

JQ: I saw the obituary of Vic Chestnutt in this morning's WASHINGTON POST and was sorry to read that. I didn't know he had been "paralyzed after a 1983 single car accident when he was driving drunk," though.

That's a timely message for people who may risk driving drunk on New Year's Eve. Don't do it. Period. Happy 2010 to all.


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Posted by:

BONK

Location: Salt Spring Island

Subject: Happy Holidays.

Merry Christmas everyone.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

STEVE Forbert!!!

Canada's STEVE Nash!!


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Posted by:

bassmanlee

Web: My link

Subject: Year's Best

Given that we hardly buy anything in the year it came out, these end-of-the-year lists are pretty pointless. I think the best thing I discovered this year actually came out last year - J.D. Souther's "If the World Was You". Nice instrumentation - mostly piano, acoustic bass, light drumming, trumpet, and sax. If you remember J.D. from his '70s SoCal days hobnobbing with Ronstadt, Browne, & Co, his voice is still distinct, and in fine form, not much lower in pitch, but a bit smokier. As is the mood. Stir in a cup of early Tom Waits and maybe a pinch of Randy Newman, and you might get the picture. Favorite song title: "You Might Get a Chorus of Your Own Someday". Other titles include "I'll Be Here At Closing Time", "One More Night (Killing Spree)" and "The Secret Handshake of Fate". If you like it a bit on the dark side, this one's for you.


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Posted by:

Steve

Lars, as a Steve, I thought I knew all of us. Who the heck is Kazmierczak? I could google him but I know how Steves feel about being googled so I leave it to you to introduce me to yet another notable Steve.


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Tiny Monster

Location: Out-There
Web: My link

Subject: ... Acknowledgment...

...Yes, I know it came out in 2007. It's STILL the best collection of songs since it came out so ... That's my stand and I'm sticking with it ...

...Peace-Out...



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Posted by:

Tiny Monster

Location: Out-There
Web: My link

Subject: ... Best Of Ths Year ...

... Happy Holidays all ...

... Don't know if you've done this yet but I'd just like to put my 2 cents worth in for the best album of the year ...

Sky Blue Sky ... Wilco ...

...Far and away a glorious achievement...

...Go buy it NOW and give it a chance. The only thing better is to see them play it live. I got to see them twice...

...Happy New Years...

...My Birthday the 31st by the way ... no, no, don't get me nothin. It's ok ...

...Hello Roslyn Honey, wherever you are...



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Posted by:

Lars

Location: the woods

Subject: Another one

....Steve Kazmierczak....


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Stephen Hero

Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was James Joyce's Stephen Dedalus and art in the 20th Century was forever thereafter changed. "Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race...Old father, old artificer, stand me now and ever in good stead."


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Vic Chesnutt, 1965 - Christmas Day 2009

I was a fan. He was a unique talent as a singer & particularly as a songwriter. And a heroic individual too given his profound disability. Coincidental to current events, I read today that his suicide was directly related to his overwhelming medical debt, but who really ever knows?

I've always preferred his cover of Buckets of Rain over the many others of that song.

David P - Did you know him or see him perform down there?


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Posted by:

Steve

Joan, I had Steve Goodman on my original list but he's worth mentioning twice. Good on ya.

Deb, you were supposed to let Peter handle that one. Gadd, is his favorite man behind a drum kit.

Hey, how are all you Blue Boys feelin? Got them giant Blues?

Poor Eli, always looks like he has. He looks like he's got the permanent pout goin on, just a small push would start the tears flowing. And that friggin coach what's his name, he's another one that's just lookin to shed a few tears. He's always red-faced angry and so sad looking. Well, the pain will be over in few hours with the enthusiasm for playing they've displayed in the first half\.


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Posted by:

Deb

Yep, there's an excellent drummer who shares your name, Steve -- Steve Gadd.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Steve Jordan


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: One last Steve

Steve Goodman - The City of New Orleans


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Posted by:

Steve

Peter, isn't there a drummer named Steve?

Thanks to one and all who added some Steves to the list. I thought someone would have thrown another name into the competition, say, Rob or Bob or Jimmy or James. There must be a few of those around, though there's not a pack of Levons that jump to mind.


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Posted by:

Empty Now

St Joseph, MISSOURI


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

Subject: from Steve to Steve there arose none like Steve

Between April 3, 1860, and late October 1861, Saint Joseph was with Sacramento Cam one of the two endpoints of the Pony Express. In 1882, also on April 3, Jesse James was killed at his home, at 1318 Lafayette, he was living under the alias of Mr. Howard.
In 1951, Steve was born and he has been adopted by parents in Saint Joseph where he grew up
Well known as the voice of infamous Kansas Band, Steve Walsh created, characterized and influenced a main part of progressive Rock all over the world. He is, without dispute, one of the best lead vocalists of all times! His vocals and keyboard playing are mostly associated with songs like "Carry On Wayward Son", "Dust in the Wind".

"I left Kansas in 1981 because the lyrics which were written by Kerry Livgren were pointing in a direction which I did not feel I could or should portray. As an interpreter of the song it falls to me to verbalize the meaning, and if I don't feel it or believe it in my heart, I don't have any business trying to make people's minds up for them"

On a crystal morning I can see the dewdrops falling
Down from a gleaming heaven, I can hear the voices call
When you coming home now, son, the World is not for you

Tell me now dear Mother, what's it like to be so old
Children grown and leaving, seems the world is growing cold
And though your body's ailing you, your mind is just like new

I sang this song a hundred, maybe a thousand years ago
No one ever listens, I just play and then I go
Off into the sunset like the western heroes do


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Posted by:

bassmanlee

Subject: Danko at Bottom Line '77 Part II

Wow! Eight songs into this show, the mud falls away and the the sound the remaining tracks is excellent. Clearly recorded tracks are Brainwash, I Can See Clearly Now, Sip The Wine, New Mexico, and Wheel's On Fire. A shame the whole thing is not this clear!


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Posted by:

biffalo bull

Subject: hidden treasure

steve marriott had some great moves along with his voice, "tin soldier" performance comes to mind with the small faces on you tube. i wonder what the stones would have been like had Mick Jagger gotten over his insecurity and let steve into the band?


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Posted by:

bassmanlee

Web: My link

Subject: Rick Danko on Wolfgang's Vault

Been away a while...wandered into Wolfgang's Vault looking for something to drown out the hum of the 75 KVA transformer I'm sitting next to, and found a featured Rick Danko performance from the Bottom Line 12-20-77. Maybe this has been discussed before. Look similar to the Small Town Talk boot listed here. Not too bad soundwise, good separation if a bit muddy. Happy Happy, y'all.


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Posted by:

Peter V

How could I forget Steve Cropper and Steve Marriot?

And … Seasick Steve, winning all sorts of UK awards in the school of "Ramblin' Jack Elliot for the 00s"


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Steve Mariott


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Steve Cropper, Steve Perry, Stephen Marley,

"Mr. Steve" (Hi Jan F!)

Steve Jobs, Steve McQueen, Steve Harvey

Kay Stevens


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: St Stephen's Day

I assume they played "Saint Stephen" by The Grateful Dead?

Then Steve Lawrence (also as Steve & Eydie), Steve Earle, Steve Hackett, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Steve Neive, Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy.

Going plural and adding surnames enriches the list with Cat Stevens, Shakin‘ Stevens, Sufjan Stevens, April Stevens (with Nino Tempo), Connie Stevens (“Sixteen reasons”) and Ray Stevens who we discussed last week.

Phew … Stefan Grossman?

Fine. Done. Next game, please!


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Steve's

2 I can think of off hand are Steve Vai and Stevie Van Zandt.


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Posted by:

Deb

Web: My link

Contributors to the Oxford American music issue responded to a series of questions. Here's what Stephen Koch has to say when asked to recount an encounter with a famous musician:

Please tell us of any interesting encounter you’ve had with a famous or semi-famous musician.

Ronnie Hawkins had told me the music The Band was doing was the music he was trying to get them to play at the end of their time with The Hawks—funky country rock. I’d never heard that one before, and wanted to mention it to Levon Helm and was planning to see him in New York. Then, in the kitchen after Levon’s Midnight Ramble, I ate a pepper from a selection given to Levon from one of his neighbors. I became so overcome by the pepper’s high Scoville value, my tongue couldn’t form such a complex sentence.


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Oxford American Southern Music Issue #11

I get this for Christmas every year and this one is top notch, easily the best compilation I've heard this year, perhaps in the whole decade. It's 2 CDs & a brilliant magazine with in depth info on the 52 artists & tracks included. One of the discs features music from Arkansas only. If you're interested (which you all should be) it's at: oxfordamerican.org


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Posted by:

Vin

Location: Jersey

I am only 21 but the band is a part of my life that I am such a huge fan of.. No one else compares.. rag mama rag.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Cheer & Chores

Norbert; That music in a situation like that, is a very overwhelming feeling sometimes isn't it? Susan & I tipped a glass of wine in your direction last evening. To all you people to the east of us.

Santa was good to me, although some of my stuff comes with great responsibility. As I opened a pack of 3 nice new white T-shirts, I got the "Do you think you can keep them white & not wear them to work for just a little while????" I think I must be pretty bad, but......you know. You go outside looking nice and fresh, before you know about it there's something in the garden, or down at the boats or wood to cut, and you just don't think about going to change yer clothes........yeah, I'm bad!


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Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: a touch of Christmas

Some two years ago my wife and I walked into a beautiful renovated church in a little German town. There were no other visitors inside, only the organ player was practicing on the huge church organ, lost in the empty cathedral. I don’t know what he played, Bach or Mozart, but we where both overwhelmed and cried, it was magic, so beautiful, so impressive. And I don’t believe in God but I was never so close to him, we burned a candle before we left.

Ok, our bellies are round by now, the hangover still lurks in the back, and we just hugged the Hollidays fight away; Christmas is over.

Time for Dialoque Avec Mon Jardinier and then The Fall, cheers friends

Ragtime goed je weer es zien!


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Steve

Location: Steve

Subject: When The Saints Come Marching In

There was a radio show this morning dedicated to Steve, it being St. Stephen's Day. They only played songs by Steves.

Here's the names of the performers I caught in the last hour of a three hour show, I must have missed many; Stevie Wonder, Steve Earle, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, Steve Tyler, Stephen Page, Steve Goodman, Steve Vav Zandt Steve Winwood, Stevie Nicks, and "Mr. Blue Grass" Steve Martin. Wow, what a list of very talented Steves. Most were or are frontmen or stand alone, stars.

Can anyone add names I missed or come up with another name that is so widely featured in rock and roll.

And a Happy Holiday to Brien, Deb and everyone else here, there and everywhere.


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Posted by:

Ragtime

Location: Low Countries

Subject: This Must Be Christmas Must Be Tonight

(I saw it with my own eyes, written up in the skies)

Playing the fast version all day, today.


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Posted by:

Nathan

Merry Christmas!! I got a bass today and learned The Weight so EPIC DAY


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Posted by:

Deb

Merry Christmas, everyone!


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

I hope everyone has a joyous Christmas.


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Posted by:

Rocklynn Press

Web: My link

Merry Christmas to everyone!


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Web: My link

WC, Neither Fields, nor Handy


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Posted by:

Serenity

CHRISTMAS EVE

May you be blessed this Christmas Eve - as you gather around your Christmas tree, with family or friends you hold so dear - in song or laughter, or Christmas cheer.

May you be blessed with every wish - that was written on your Christmas list, May you be granted peace on earth - as you contemplate our Savior’s birth.

May every prayer that you did say - be answered for you in every way, with grateful hearts for health and peace - for happiness that will never cease.

May the Christmas spirit that you share - resound your feelings of joy and care, giving smiles and lots of hugs - warm embraces of Christmas love! Have a Very Merry Christmas!

LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Web: My link

Subject: In The Bleak Midwinter

Music by Holst. Lyrics by Christina Rossetti.


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Web: My link

Subject: Loreena McKennitt

Another great Canadian female vocalist. (Who used to be a Toronto busker who plied her trade at the St. Lawrence Market, a stone's throw from my mom's place.)

Great winter visuals of Germany in this hauntingly beautiful Christmas video, (including a "peeing tree" about half way through). NB


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Web: My link

Subject: Merry Christmas

The best modern Christmas carol ever is attached.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Christmas

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!


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Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Subject: Christmas too

In Holland we have our own Santa, we call him Sinterklaas. He looks somewhat like yours, normally our Santa comes on a white horse .... at least that’s the plan, but .... check them both out on the YouTube link above.

We’re heading towards a wonderful evening, hope you all have a good time too, enjoy the moment.

Merry Christmas!


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Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Christmas

LINK: Christmas songs for you to enjoy.

May peace, joy and happiness be yours this festive season and throughout the coming year. I love you all, and thanx for all the enjoyable readings you have given me.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


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Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

LINK: One of my real faves.Hope you all are having a good holiday season.

Never a Christmas morning,never the old year ends. But someone thinks of someone. Old days, old times, old friends.

Wishing you all the joy of the season and a happy New Year.

NORM:Don't know why my addy isn't attach to my e-mails, but will look into it. Give my best to Susan and your family.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Mike Nomad

Merry Christmas, Angie, and a happy lutefisk to one and all.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

A Canadian Christmas With Bob & Doug

taylor blue TEN Gossip 12/13/09 07:36 PM

"Growing up in Canada I am sure Christmas might be different than in the States. Okay, probably not but I had to start the article with something good. There is one tradition I had growing up. I had to share it because I really can't get into the Holiday Spirit until I hear this song. There are these guys, Bob & Doug McKenzie, and they are always drinking Canadian beer and calling everyone a hoser and overusing the word eh. They do this version of the 12 Days Of Christmas that is a staple of every Canadian Christmas. I was going to post some of the lyrics but it would ruin it. So get out your beer and listen. And I know you will laugh. I still do and I've heard this song every year since I can remember."

"I wanna wish you a merry Christmas. I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart. Felice Navidad.....Felice Navidad....." Boney M


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Posted by:

Brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Artist: V/A

Title Of Album: A Canadian Christmas 4

Year Of Release: Nov-10-2009

Label: Universal Music Canada

Genre: Top 40

Quality: mp3

Bitrate: VBR /~195 Kbps Total Time: 50:55 min Total Size: 64,9 MB

Tracklist:

01. Diana Krall - Christmas Time Is Here 03:35 02. Serena Ryder - Calling To Say 03:03 03. Matt Dusk - Baby, It's Cold Outside (Feat. Theresa Sokyrka) 02:23 04. Sarah McLachlan - River 04:04 05. Suzie McNeil - It's Christmas Time 03:24 06. Colin James & The Little Big Band - Boogie Woogie Santa Claus 02:45 07. Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas 01:53 08. Anne Murray - Winter Wonderland 02:57 (Feat. The London Symphony Orchestra) 09. Great Big Sea - Seven Joys Of Mary 02:41 10. Justin Hines - I'll Be Home For Christmas 02:44 11. Take Three - Sleigh Ride 02:46

12. THE BAND- CHRISTMAS MUST BE TONIGHT 03:33

13. Loreena McKennitt - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen 07:18 (Abdelli Version) 14. The Canadian Tenors - Silent Night 04:05 15. Jann Arden - Bring The Boys Home (Holiday Remix) 03:44


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Robert Randolph Gets Bob Dylan's Approval (Robbie's too!)

Posted on Nov 30th 2009 4:00PM by David Chiu


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: HO - HO - HO -!!!!!

JOE!! - Can yuh hear me?????.......It's on it's way today. Have a great Christmas and a safe,happy and productive 2010 every one. Tiny Tim is watching.


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Posted by:

joe j

Have a Merry one; have a Holly Jolly one. Have a Safe one. Remember as the bard said Christmas is in the heart. I think he said that. Someone did.


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Christmas must be tonight

So have a Merry one, everybody!


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Posted by:

NB

BEG: It's been passed along to NG, and right back at you. Let's look at this July when we'll be in Toronto proper, as well as in upstate Toronto (ie. Northern Ontario/Bracebridge). NB


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and for the traditionalists out there. Hit maker David Foster with Mary J Blige and Andrea Bocelli. Mary just takes this classic to......a soulful level......Very short beginning with Natalie Cole and Bocelli beforehand.

We're all contributing to the holiday season the next couple of days with food, music, company....a puzzle of flags of the world, a South Asian game of who can lose their marbles first. LOL

Hey Northern Boy please give my holiday best to your better half. Hope to see both of you next year.

Many thanks to all of you who contributed in many ways to this site. I hope Levon receives another specail award for his music. I hope Garth continues to enlighten the next generation of musicians. I hope Robbie completes his latest record......so I can hear more guitar from him. I hope Richard and Rick are sleeping peacefully under the stars above with musical notes comforting and keeping them warm.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Songs of Mystery

gawd Damn: - - - N/B ....You got me....blinded by the liight!

I've just been watching some u-tube vids.....relaxing by the fire,enjoying an afternoon.....got to go to work on the 27th and right thru a lot of January.....gawd damn

Anyway.....my favourite songs of mystery......3.......

THE WEIGHT.....HOTEL CALIFORNIA......A WHITER SHADE OF PALE

Now the cool thing is, EAGLES...Hell Freezes Over tour those guys look classier than the long haired little punks they were, they play & sound much better. Procol Harum are these white haired guys who play & sound great on their song......BUT.....If only I could see the original 5 of the BAND at this time of our life do "The Weight" now....I feel cheated.........they'd be great.....I know they would!


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Web: My link

Subject: Encore Performance (In HD this time)

Actually, don't even bother with the low-def first one if you haven't already. This one though, really kicks buttocks. NB


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Web: My link

Subject: Christmas Must Be Too Light

If Jerry's suggestion doesn't do the trick Norm, just throw this amazingly graceful light show at that uppity neighbour of yours. If this is also out of your price range, just give him the "Christmas Ditto House" treatment I suggested earlier. What the hell is "Techno" anyway ? To me, it just sounds like some sicko trying to bring back Disco from the grave. NB


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Posted by:

Little too tall coulda used a few pounds

Web: My link

Subject: The amazing Bob seger

Usually just read the GB but for those who haven't discovered Bob or haven't caught his live stuff here's a link to Mainstreet live. It's on an entirely different planet to his restrained album version. I'd say live cuts are the only real way to listen to mister Seger. I'd also say his Nine Tonight ranks with ANY live album by anyone I've ever heard. Van, Stones, Band, Springsteen, Marley, Who, Fogerty et alia - bring them all on. Seger occupies that sort of territory.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thank you Garth and all the photographers. A beautiful tribute to Garth.

Garth Hudson Keyboards with The Band.

This video contains brief excerpts of musical compositions to illustrate styles and techniques for nonprofit educational purposes.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: I saw the light!!!!

Jerry! gawd damn man.........I'd have to sell two hundred thousand CD's to afford that light show......really cool huh!


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Posted by:

Jerry

Web: My link

Norm, If ya want to one up that pesky neighbor in the Xmas light competition take a look at this. He might have a hard time answering the bell after this..Seger related


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Posted by:

glenn t

Subject: A Motown Christmas

I've been listening to "A Motown Christmas," a most enjoyable collection:

1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - The Jackson 5

2. What Christmas Means to Me - Stevie Wonder

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Temptations

4. My Favorite Things - Diana Ross & the Supremes

5. Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson 5

7. Ave Maria - Stevie Wonder

8. Silent Night - The Temptations

9. Little Christmas Tree - Michael Jackson

10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

11. Christmas Song - The Jackson 5

12. Joy to the World - Diana Ross & the Supremes

13. Little Drummer Boy - The Temptations

14. Silver Bells - Diana Ross & the Supremes

15. Someday at Christmas - Stevie Wonder

16. Frosty the Snowman - The Jackson 5

17. Jingle Bells - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

18. My Christmas Tree - The Temptations

19. White Christmas - Diana Ross & the Supremes

20. One Little Christmas Tree - Stevie Wonder

21. Give Love on Christmas Day - The Jackson 5

22. It's Christmas Time - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

23. Children's Christmas Song - Diana Ross & the Supremes

24. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - The Jackson 5

Merry Christmas to all of you...near and far, and best wishes for a peace-full new year!


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: SERENITY

Hey Serenity! You gotta e mail me your address baby! I don't have it. You just keep giving me crazy jokes-:))))


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Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Christmas,etc....

LINK: Rec'd this this morning, and thought it was sooo beautiful, I had to pass it on to you guys. Hope you enjoy it.

Happy Holidays to all. Hope this finds you all well, and ready for the big day.

Such a lot of good links. Thanx to everyone. And oh those pics of our ROBBIE. [thanx, BEG]

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


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Posted by:

Dink Traceability

Subject: We Find The Lame Ones

Yesterday? Yesterday is a hurtin, everything has gone wrong in my life, woe is me, country song without the the uplifting, jaunty fiddle line. Never liked it. How could it be improved? Up the tempo and add a little Sneaky Pete pedal steel and it starts to become listenable.

You can toss "Michele" on that bonfire of Maudlin-ditties while your at it.

I never understood the flip flopping on the use of "yesterday" in the song. Is yesterday desirable or not?

Yesterday , all my troubles seemed so far away; Oh, yesterday came so suddenly: Now I long for yesterday. I know, poetic license and all but if you're going to write a hurtin country song at least throw in some alcohol references a pickup truck and possibly a dying family pet, preferably a 3 legged, blind dog that's severely infested with fleas. Now you got a song about yesterday.

Wait, maybe Yesterday was the name of his blind three legged flea infested dog and the subject of the song. I'll have to rethink this one, maybe it's not so lame after all, the song not the dog, of course.


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Posted by:

Peter Falk

Location: Sam Spade Detective Agency

Subject: Yesterday

How could it be better?


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Posted by:

Pat B

Steve, we'll see.

Yes, the Beatles reissues. Like hooking up with a former lover and it's even better.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Pony Express

JOE J!!!! I emailed you. Did you GET IT????? Gawd damn....my throats getting sore.

STEVE. Yours gets sent today.....it's coming by John Deere! I spent half the night addressing these gawd damn things...and I can't even write..........


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

For all the gospel lovers out there....On this night Dylan only stood up for her....


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Backtracking

Lots of fine music reissues this year, including Audio Fidelity's bench mark gold-CD version of The Brown Album and Mobile Fidelity's hybrid-SACD versions of "Music From Big Pink" and "Cahoots". As I mentioned last week, Capitol has just released a fine heavy vinyl LP reissue of "Stage Fright". Recently, MoFi also reissued a wonderful gold-CD version of Little Feat's "Dixie Chicken".

Warner Bros. / Rhino released excellent LP reissues of Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks", "Moondance" and "His Band and the Street Choir". Although I declined to spend big bucks on Neil Young's deluxe box set, I did pick up the excellent sounding, more affordable new CD versions of his first four albums, which are also now available on LP.

I couldn't resist investing in the mono Beatles box set and have been rewarded with endless hours of enjoyment, rediscovering the material finally presented properly on CD.


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Posted by:

Steve

Pat, the hockey gods seem to have been checking the GB yesterday and have sent you a message.

If you just pile the goalie equipment in the crease it will stop more than 11 out of 14 shots most games.

The next time you see the Bowmans tell them we can send them the goalie that replaced Huet as our third stringer for one of those young guns you got up front.

Norm I'm hoping you're not using the same people for distribution that you used for production.

PS, did anyone else notice Craig's question concerning Tears Of Rage?


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Posted by:

joe j

Subject: Seger

Thanks BEG and thank you Rocklynn Press.

I guess Otis Clay is going to be my homework assignment for the day.


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Posted by:

NB

Web: My link

Subject: THE BOSS Sings THE BAND


Entered at Wed Dec 23 04:54:12 CET 2009 from bas3-toronto02-1279425877.dsl.bell.ca (76.66.125.85)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Here's Otis Clay....


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

joe j....

I used to smoke five packs of cigarettes a day

It was the hardest thing to put them away

I drank four or five bottles of wine

I kept a glass in my hand all the time.

Breakin' those habits was hard to do

But it's nothin' compared to the changes

That you put me through

Bob Seger cover of Otis Clay's "Tryin` To Live My Life Without You"

Huuuge Congrats to you Tracy! Write On!


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: GAWD DAMN!!!!!

At about supper time, just a bit ago, the Purolator truck arrived, and dumped off this load of CD's. Now I don't have to listen to Steve any more. Many nights I sobbed into my pillow, I was so hurt by his bullying.

Now I guess for the next 4 years, I'll have to listen to his chritisizmnszzz of the work.........oh well, it's done any way.

The graphics guys did a pretty nice job, and it's nicely packaged............I guess. What the hell do I know.....


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Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: by the iced over Turtle Pond

Subject: Seger

Back in '72 I went to a concert in Tulsa where Blue Oyster Cult was the headliner. The opening act was called Elizabeth, a 5-6 piece band that was popular in the bars. It featured Marcy Levy on vocals, and I think Carl Radle and Jamie Oldaker, who all became integral parts of Eric Clapton's band later(after the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell). The 2nd band was called The Bob Seger System. They had struggled and failed to achieve any real popularity, but you could hear tremendous potential. Their tune Turn The Page was the most elegant description of road weary burnout I'd ever heard. In fact it later became a staple of theirs after they finally hit big in the public eye around '75 or so. But at the time, all I could think was "Why isn't this guy famous?"


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Posted by:

Rocklynn Press

"Tryin' To Live My Life Without You"


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

In case I'm not online tomorrow, Merry Christmas.


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Charlie, Paul is show biz. Obviously an exceptionally talented musician, but a musician who thrives in show business. His talent got him there, and keeps him there, but he exists in the show business environment. That may explain what you noticed about the content of his book.

Rick, Richard, and Garth, no real connection to show biz. Levon gets in, cuts his scenes, takes his check, and gets out. Robbie, well, I don't consider it incorrect or an insult to state that Robbie exists in the show biz milieu.


Entered at Wed Dec 23 00:31:29 CET 2009 from blk-222-220-109.eastlink.ca (24.222.220.109)

Posted by:

joe j

Location: The Deep

Subject: J Geils

Always glad to see a shout out for J Geils. I was partial to 'Monkey Island' and I've enjoyed concerts by both Geils and their former singer, Peter Wolf.

Maybe I need to get that Seger Greatest Hits myself. Only thing I can find around here is a well worn record of 'Night Moves'. Seger used to dominate the jukebox at the dives where I used to hang out in my younger days. He used to do what's probably a cover of a R & B song that starts out "Used to smoke five packs of cigarettes a day...". Anybody help me out here?

Norm, I'm assuming I can get info on ordering your CD from that website.


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Posted by:

Steve

Welcome, Craig, if that has been pointed out before it wasn't recently. I checked through the articles on the song on this site and through a few books and didn't see any mention of it. Someone may point you the way to go and find a reference to it but so far it's yours.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: I need help!

Lord,Lord......Susan has made, pumpkin pies, short bread, and these gawd damn cookies I've never had before called "pecan snicker doodles" I gotta get out of this house I can't stop eating them....I'm gonna weigh 250 if I hang around here. Merry christmas Norbert!


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Posted by:

craig d

Subject: tears of rage

Maybe since I'm a relative newbie this was probably obvious, but has anyone noticed that the intro to "Tears of Rage" lifts the opening melody of "God Bless the Child"? It was at that point that the song just clicked for me. And those woozy horns make it just a magical tune that I can listen to endlessly.


Entered at Tue Dec 22 21:29:58 CET 2009 from bas3-toronto02-1279425877.dsl.bell.ca (76.66.125.85)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Let's rock out on this one!

Graphic Lasershow produced by International Laser Productions

Music by Robbie Robertson

Track American Roulette


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: gawd damn youtube

If this don't work, just punch in bob seger shame on the moon in the youtube search


Entered at Tue Dec 22 21:21:40 CET 2009 from bas3-toronto02-1279425877.dsl.bell.ca (76.66.125.85)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Drawing of The Band by EricZManning.....but where is Rick?

I only have Bob Seeger's Greatest Hits. I mostly play "Against The Wind" and "Night Moves".

I really like J Geils Band's Sanctuary 1978.

Deee and Serenity.... :-D


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: Bob Seger

If you haven't listened to "Shame on The Moon".....do it! Here it is.


Entered at Tue Dec 22 21:05:49 CET 2009 from 82-69-47-175.dsl.in-addr.zen.co.uk (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

We're well into Bob Seger here … the only one I have on CD is "The Distance" and that's because it was among the first thirty or so releases in Europe, when the credible stuff was very thin on the ground … Van Morrison, Steve Miller, Bob Seger and ABC. I played it to remind myself, first time for years. My favourite track was Comin' Home. I've got Hollywood Nights on 45. Damn it, maybe I'm another customer for the Greatest Hits!


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Babbling? -- It's all True!

I've had this feeling for a while now. I think Mr Powell from Atlanta, is not as old as I first thought he is! I think he's a pretty serious musician far beyond his years in musical knowledge. David, my brother and I have played "Shame on the Moon" for many years, and you're right regarding Bob Seger. Seger is a very serious writer, performer. I watched him in a sit down interview a few years back. He was acknowledging the rough life of the "Road". How he was happy to be past that, wanting to change his life, settle down and have children.

My brother's new site is now up & running, although many of the pages are yet blank, as there is much work still for the woman doing design to finish. However there are a few sound bites available. The only one from my CD so far, is "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere". I guess because Lorne plays dobro, and sings harmony. If you're interested.......

desolationsoundstudio.com


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Posted by:

David P

Norbert: Apparently, one of the factors fueling the strong CD sales figures of Bob Seger's Greatest Hits is that his tunes aren't available as individual digital downloads.


Entered at Tue Dec 22 20:32:00 CET 2009 from p4fcad2bd.dip.t-dialin.net (79.202.210.189)

Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: end of CD?

The cd sections in warehouses are rapidly shrinking, downloads got the music business on its knees.

You can download all (all!) Dylan albums with one enter at some sites, within two or three hours they’re “shared”. Another chapter in music history.

Artists make their money though live performances, asking $ 200,- a seat now.

Soon our cell phones will easily hold , besides a detailed map of the world, more records than Imelda Marcos had shoes.

Of course I also just started a DVD collection. But I won’t give up my 107 original DVD’s, I like the smell , like to hold them, read them, catalog and clean them. Sometimes when I pass ‘um, on my way back from the toilet to bed , I’ll turn on the light, pick one and put it back, wondering in bed how stupid one can be.


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Norm, you're babbling. Didn't you do this last Christmas.... forget to put the eggnog into your rum and eggnog ?

I liked Seeger well enough and have a couple of his albums somewhere, though have felt no need to revisit his music (unlike Johnny Rivers from further back). Bob fully acknowledged his debt to Van Morrison, and in fact even said Fogerty and Springsteen had a connection to Van. In return Van just said that Seeger stole his act. "Night Moves" is quite Van-like but after that?.........NB


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Posted by:

David P

westcoaster: Bob Seger's cover of Rodney Crowell's "Shame On The Moon" is an excellent example of his ability to interpret a song and make it his own. Whenever my friend & I perform "Night Moves" at our bar gigs, we always get a good audience response. We start it out low & slow and let it build, as I gradually crank up the volume with electric slide leads.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: I'm!......sittin' on the dock of the bay.......so

Come on down to my boat baby.....and we'll..driftaway...into the mystic....runnin' against the wind....and when we're.....runnin' on empty....you'll turn .....a whiter shade of pale.......


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Posted by:

Steve

Pat, it would be the most improbable sports story of the year 09/10. I can see the headline, BLACKHAWKS WIN CUP DESPITE MINOR LEAGUE QUALITY GOALTENDING! It would rank right up there with the improbable Super Bowl victory of the mediocre Giants a few years back. Besides, ain't Brian Jerk in Toronto rumoured to be getting ready to poach and then over pay one of your young guns?


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Bob Seger

I like Seger a lot. He really plays some all out good Rock & Roll. I used to joke that if I was in a coma, just put some Bob Seger on and I'll come out of it. :-)


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Posted by:

Landmark

Location: Montreal

Liked Seger but loved the Geils band. Saw them on a New Year's Eve show with Mountain, Sha Na Na, and Rita Coolidge and they blew everybody off the stage. You don't see packaged shows like that anymore and looking back on that bill, we're probably better off. Pat, I know you have an Al Melgard album on your wall which I am sure his family doesn't, but as a Hawks fan from way back, to quote the words of a good friend, I am cautiously cynical about it. Would love to see it happen though. For the rest of you, Al Melgard was the organist at the old Chicago Stadium which was renowned for the pipe organ in the place. Al's name came up years ago when I suggested that I would've loved to hear Garth gets his hands on it and give it a ride.


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Posted by:

Pat B

We really haven't been hit by the snow too hard here in Chicago. Just a couple of inches.

Whatever one's opinion of Bob Seger might be, the posts on the AV site are quite entertaining. I also perused the 10 Most Unessential albums of 2009 and the accompanying posts--also very entertaining, especially the Red Hot Chili Peppers references.

Sad that I can't contribute much to a 2009 best new music list. I've spent too much time a Wolfgang's Vault. Best live shows would probably be Dylan at the Aragon around Halloween and Green Day at the UC.

Best sports story that began in 2009 and will end in 2010 is the Chicago Blackhawks first Stanley Cup since 1961.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Shame on the Moon

It's interesting the difference between the east & the west in musical popularity. Bob Seger has always been huge out here, (just listen to shame on the moon).

Also the way "Eagles" are perceived by many on this site, only to name a couple of the bands that are, and have stayed at the top.

I think I'm "fairly" well up on music. Certainly not of the caliber of some here. However having worked in the business quite regularly for well over 30 years, I pay attention to all types of music. Standing on a stage, when people may come & ask you about different songs it doesn't feel good to be saying, "never heard of it". But very often here, there are bands, and individuals mentioned I really have never heard of and many I'm sure that never venture out this way, or get radio play out here.

By the way Peter! I got a phone call yesterday, and my CD's will be delivered today or tomorrow, so I'll have it on the way to you promptly, and you to Dee, & Serenity & Joan, Lars & Steve......and who ever else may call.

tugmanatshawdotca


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: The Bob Seger System

When the Bob Seger System played a free outdoor gig at my college in the fall of 1971, there were only around 200 people present. As I recall the weather was OK, and that number was around 10% of the student population. I guess Mr. Seger was perceived as a sort of one hit wonder since his 1968 single, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" had hit number 17 in the BILLBOARD charts but he'd been out of the top 40 ever since.

From what I remember, his show was a spirted and energetic afternoon of music, with a number of covers of what he later dubbed "old time rock'n'roll." It was another five years before Bob Seger emerged onto the national stage with his Silver Bullet Band, but I'm grateful I got to see him perform free with a couple hundred other early fans.

By the way: Bruce Hornsby, who has worked with all the members of The Band over the years, also recorded with Bob Seger. Mr. Hornsby also turns up with an interesting cameo role in the new Robin Williams DVD release, "World's Greatest Dad," a truly dark comedy which also features Mr. Hornsby's music in the soundtrack.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Bob Seger With The Wind

I've always liked Bob Seger's brand of good old rock & roll. His popularity has been enhanced through the use of his music in motion picture and television soundtracks. More recently, in this decade, his career has gained second wind through the inclusion of his songs in the popular Guitar Hero video series. Like Tom Cruise in "Risky Business", the old & young alike enjoy rockin' out to his music.


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

I like Bob Seegar. I've never owned an album of his but always enjoyed the majority of his songs. I used to spend a lot of time in the mid-west and out there, he was like a God back in the early 80's. The other band that was surprisingly big out there was the J. Giels Band.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Bob Seger

I'm so surprised that I'll have to dig some Bob Seger out. I thought the comments on the Billboard site were fun … I liked the one who confused him with Pete Seeger. I'd go along with those who say "Well, he's not bad." I always thought of him as one of a dozen sub-Springsteens, definitely "not bad." I doubted that his sales in the UK were anything at all in the last twenty years, but I'm wrong. I looked in the Guinness Book of Hit Singles and he had chart entries in 1996 and 1997 … but even in his heyday, his highest position in the UK was #41.


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

Subject: Csárdás

I remember with pride, and I display it in The Band GB with vanity, when Petro lent me his personal balalaika, yes the reddish one, for about one month, maybe he thought I wasn't unfit to lean it. Staring for days towards the inert instrument beneath my arms, my mind constantly fixed on a quote from Dr Zhivago movie
- " Tonya! Who taught you play the balalaika? "
- " Nobody! "
- "... then it's a gift. ",
The only thing I learnt in the end, It s that from the reddish instrument beneath my arms lies the story of a great Nation

Later on, I fugaciously caught the amazing linked tune in a short passage from an other movie, Mel Brooks : To Be Or Not to Be, justement the scene in the tavern, this tune which unfortunately wasn’t reproduced on the movie Soundtrack CD
Csárdás is a traditional Hungarian folk dance, the name meaning literally "tavern".


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Posted by:

dlew919

Web: My link

Subject: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

'Greatest Hits' has beaten out Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Bob Marley for Billboard's Top Pop Catalogue Album chart... What do people here think of Seger (I'm a fan)


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: Shaffer Snubs The Band?

Having just finished Paul Shaffer's book, I'm surprised there was no mention of The Band. He does mention Ronnie Hawkins, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and other direct connetions to The Band, but their exclusion seems odd--especially since Mr. Shaffer hails from Thunder Bay in Canada and worked with all the members of The Band in various settings over the years. It's a good book, but I would have preferred more material about musical subjects and less about show biz. Oh well, that's clearly Mr. Shaffer's priority--and it is his book, after all.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Dave's weekly list....

Monday, December 21: Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart), John Witherspoon, Top Ten with Family Guy's Stewie

Tuesday, December 22: Susan Sarandon (The Lovely Bones), Colbie Caillat (CD, "Breakthrough")

Wednesday, December 23: Alec Baldwin (It's Complicated), Late Show Christmas Football Challenge with Jay Thomas, Darlene Love (CD, "A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector")

Thursday, December 24: Pre-empted for Christmas Eve

Friday, December 25: Merry Christmas! (Original air date: 12/16/09) Robert Downey, Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Martin Short, Kris Allen [CD, "Kris Allen")

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

BEG: Great links, and especially ROBBIE's. And also from you other guys too.

NATHAN:Welcome. We always welcome new posters.

NORM: Here in Kitchener it isn't too bad so far, but we are expecting a storm on Christmas Day. I feel so sorry for the US, UK and France for such bad weather, as well as others who will be having their Christmas ruined. This is January weather. I hate winters, can't you tell?

DLEW: You're welcome. I get a lot of news, music and other stuff in my inbox, as you have noticed with all the e-mails you're sent.Guess I'm sending too many, but I get such goodies I just have to send them along.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Borthern Noy Take Two, (They're small)

While skiing late this afternoon I was sifting through the sands of time once more going back to our Jaw Make In time.

I remembered that that beautiful Jaw Make In woman on the balcony used to belt out little snippets of songs in a spasmodic, totally out of key fa shone with no warning. It was very bizarre. She didn't sing as good as she looked.

We used to refer to the evening dealers on the balcony as Rasta-cons. They may actually be related in some way to the little people in the other Isle Of Green.

The taxi driver who did, "personal excursion work" for us ( his terminology) drove an early 60's Nova with no body rust and bald tires, the opposite of what you'd find on a 27 year old car in Canada in December.

He had two armies glued to the dashboard set up in a warrin fashion( his words). He had the beige and green armies set up with cannons and a couple of cowboys and Indians thrown in the beef up the number of hoofs on the ground.

When we came to the first busy intersection in Montego Bay he told me to check the traffic coming because I WAS IN THE CRASH SEAT MON! North American cars make it hard for the driver to see oncoming traffic driving in the left hand lane coming from the right side if someone is riding shotgun. So the importance of, "I'LL GO WHEN YOU SAY, BECAUSE YOU"RE IN THE CRASH SEAT, MON!" was immediately clear to me.


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Posted by:

Rhythm Jimmy

Subject: Buddy Miller favorites

Zzzz, I think David's recommendation of "Best of the Hightone Years" is a good one, although I am not familiar with it.

Probably I like "Buddy and Julie Miller" the best. My favorite of Buddy's "solo" albums is "Midnight and Lonesome," containing the aforementioned "Please Send Me Someone to Love" (beautiful guitar work) and covers of Jesse Winchester's "Showman's Life" and the Everly Brothers' "Price of Love," along with Buddy and Julie originals.

To me, his first album, "Your Love and Other Lies," is a bit weaker than the rest.

"Universal United House of Prayer" has a strong religious feel and not much rock and roll, but still it contains the lovely "Wide River to Cross," a duet with Emmylou Harris (covered by Levon on "Dirt Farmer").

If you like folksy country music, you can't go wrong with Buddy Miller.


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Posted by:

Steve

Borthern Noy, What's happenin in that brainless, already skullduggeried cranium of yours?

I read the post about the bust of Thomas D'Arcy McGee and the comparison to Anna Smith's( sorry don't know her or her bust) but thought I should remark on the similarities between Ireland and my favorite Isle of Green, Jaw Make Ahhhhhhhh.

Like that other Green Isle, driving on the wrong side of the road is made less important after a little consumption of that Isle's homegrown\made intoxicant/driving experience enhancer.

The one significant difference is that we would consume then not drive but watch drivers from our hotel balcony which offered an unobstructed view of the first driving moments of newly arrived tourists to the Eye Land .

On our third floor balcony we were about 400 feet from the rotary that merry makers encounter immediately as they begin their Eye Land crash course in crashing.

It's a deviously placed rotary. You're smoking the Eye Land Green that they give you as you pass through customs( here smoke this , it's an Eye Land custom)and then as you enter traffic, you start circling and driving on what your brain is saying is the wrong side of the road.

We saw 4 crashes one Sunday morning before noon, one of which was as Keystone copier as it gets. A car exiting the airport hit a pickup truck covered in Jaw Make Ins, there were about a dozen riding in the back. It was a slow moving accident and no one was hurt but all the Jaw Make Ins, hopped out of the truck and scrambled away as did the three passengers in the car leaving the airport. The cops showed up about 15 minutes later and organized the pushing away by hand of the damaged vehicles. You can't pay money to get that kind of entertainment.

We also got to see a bust and we didn't have to move from our balconey to see that either.

The room next door to us was unoccupied during the day but in the evenings would come alive for an hour or two as what appeared to be coke deals were going on.

Different young white men would be brought out on the balcony next to ours each evening by the same group of 3 Jaw Make In men and one Jaw Dropping Jaw Make In Wo Man.

They'd huddle round a small table, snort some white powder off a mirror then all shake hands and leave. Their balcony was so close to ours you could almost jump from one to the other.

One evening as we were enjoying some island green and watching the planes land about half a dozen Jaw Make In poleese came hustling up the front steps of the hotel, directly under our balcony. The party on the balcony next door ended abruptly in a dash for parts unknown. The mirror with some white powder on it was all the poleese found when they arrived on the balcony next to us.

We actually pointed in the direction the crew had departed without being asked, which was completely ridiculous since it was the only way off the balcony.

After we saw the poleese leave we retrieved our little bag of Island Greenery from under wooden top of our table and resumed our Holly Day.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: From NY (The Island, not the city or upstate)

Nathan welcome. I read your blog the other day and was much impressed with your maturity and good taste in music.

New York: I live on Long Island locally referred to as "The Island" It goes from Eastern Queens all the way to the "tonier" East End "The Hamptons" Manhattan, which justifiably believes it is the center of the universe, refers to us folk out here (and people from North New Jersey) as the "Bridge and Tunnel Crowd" for obvious reasons.

There is "The City" five boroughs. The NYC suburbs both north and east. Then everything else is "Upstate"


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"

I reckon that's what they otta be singing in the UK & Europe this morning by the look of things.


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Posted by:

Dee

Location: Wisconsin

Subject: Fine Selection

Thanks to all for the entertainment this morning. Special Thanks to BEG for Christmas Must Be Tonight!


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Buddy Miller

Early this year Buddy Miller suffered a heart attack after performing with Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin in Baltimore. Fortunately, the concert hall was just blocks away from John Hopkins Hospital, where Mr. Miller underwent successful triple-bypass surgery. His busy concert schedule also included a stint as a bandmember for Robert Plant & Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand" tour.

For those interested in an excellent sampling of his work, check out "The Best of the Hightone Years", which contains 16 cuts from his 1995-2002 recordings for the Hightone label. His recent work is on the New West label.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thanx and Happy Holidays.....Robbie Robertson


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Posted by:

biffalo bull

Subject: bark

Colin Linden performed at the Southside Shuffle bluesfest in Port Credit, back in september. he was on between Treasa "what a treat" Levasseur, and Downchild with perenial favourite of Bill Munson, Michael Fonfarra on the keys. It was Colin lite, but he did mention a hearfelt tribute to and i quote " Richard Bell and Rick Danko up in Heaven" or something like that, to the best of my recollection, and then proceeded to tear into a rousing version of Remedy.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Christmas Must Be Tonight...Robbie Robertson


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Forever Young with Dylan and The Band.....Photo James Fortune


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

I spend a lot of time in the Adirondack region of NY and can tell you, that you'll find more Boston fans in many pockets than you will Yankee fans. And as far as football - well that is a big mixed bag of Patriot, Bills, Jets and Giants fans. Persnally, I consider upstate anything from Albany on north.


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Posted by:

abbyBAR

Subject: BARK

I miss BARK. What the heck happened to them? All I see now is this Duane Osmond - whatever it is - stuff. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's not Blackie. I hope Emmylou brings watchamacall'em with her when she plays my Feb. cruise. She's gotta bring a band of some sort, right? Christmas is wearing me out!


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

Subject: Joan

what lesson of history ? i thought i just reviewed a song of U2

listening to some Tziganes Ivanovitch songs now

because the name has different spellins, i found a wealth of their tunes on youtube, the group are three brothers i knew and befriended by 1980, i even tried the impossibility to jam with, on folk guitar

really i never understood a word that he sings, but Petyia was one among the rare ones who made me believe in Music
really it wasn't easy to select a tune for The Band fans [link above], really it's the best gift i can offer for Holiday Season


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Posted by:

NB

Nathan: Welcome, and congrats on your good taste in music.

Offend(0: So you're saying that the upstate Albanians look down on the "downstaters", while Lars is saying that the downstaters get uppity with the upstaters.

And let me guess, after the Yankees win the title I suppose all these little NY divisions fade into the background and then "one and all" are magically transformed into "simply New Yorkers", period. And how long does that last for, maybe a week tops ? NB


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Posted by:

Nathan Thomas

Location: WV
Web: My link

Hi guy's I'm Nathan I've been a fan of The Band since I was about 6 and that says alot because I'm 14 now. I set up a blog to post my views on music and I know Carol Caffin has seen and liked it


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Subject: Upstate New York

Thanks Lars. I honestly didn't know that the entire state (excluding "The Big Apple") was denoted by the term "upstate NY". Mind you, maybe I should've; it's not like you ever hear of a "downstate New York", right ?

Well, I certainly come out of this both a wiser and a better man. Henceforth, I will be referring to all Northern Ontarians as "upstate Torontonians", but never of course as "the little people". That's only to be used in speaking of all the Irish people living outside the city limits of Dublin. Thanks again for clearing that all up. NB


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Nutjob, westchester County is above NYC, Rockland County is above Westchester. A little to the west, I think you have Orange county, then Sulivan county is above that. Neither westchester, Rocklamd, or Orange Counties would really count as Upstate NY. Though parts of those counties can be rather rustic and countrified, they are more like bedroom commuities, suburbs, of NYC. Ulster COunty is above Rockland, and Ulster , which houses New Paltz and woddsotck, is definitely UpState NY. So is Sullivan County.Again, it is further west, near Pennsylvania. I believe Delaware County is in between Ulster and Sullivan.

Having just spent a lot of time in Albny, and being in Albany tonight, I can tell you that Albanians call city people DOwnstaters. And some people from a little further north, don't even consider NYC people New Yorkers in the same regard as themsleves. Say us city people ain't real Yankees. I imagine you can guess what I say to that. No black eyes yet.


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Posted by:

BWNWITenn

Web: My link

Clip of Chris Robinson speaking with Levon Helm, from the Black Crowes' "Cabin Fever" DVD, documenting their excellent recent album recorded live at Levon's studio.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: The first one

Subject: New York vs. New York City

NB: No problem. I've lived in "Upstate NY" my whole life (pretty much) and it's something people often do in NY: after being asked if you're from New York City, you anticipate the question by saying you're from the STATE and not the CITY. The city is so different from us, plus we're all perpetually pissed off by the weekenders coming up here and calling us "the little people."


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Location: the land of the ice and snow

Subject: What's Up With "Upstate" New York

Lars: We all enjoy a good Christmas knifefight story, so thanks for that. I have a question, if you don't mind (and even if you do mind, I'm pretty sure I'll still have it). People always talk about "upstate New York". Charlie mentioned it just now. And it's always mentioned in all those great TV cop shows like "Law & Odour".

Anyway, just where does "upstate" New York start ? Is it everything north of NYC ? (just like all Torontonians, other than Bill M. and myself, consider everything north of Toronto to be Northern Ontario).

Is "upstate NY" everything north of Woodstock, because that's where Levon lives and he personifies the South ?

Or is "upstate NY" everything in the top half of the state, including the Adirondacks, Lake Flacid and all that stuff?

Or is the dividing line possibly the state capital, Albany, which by definition is home to America's largest Albanian population (literally everyone in Albany is an Albanian)?

Any light you could shed on this Lars would be much appreciated. In answering, bear in mind you're speaking to a 55 year-old Canadian man living a whole 30 miles north of the American border, yet who insists on calling himself "Northern Boy". ie. keep your answer REALLY simple. Thanks. NB


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Download: "Leave Me Alone" by The Canadian Squires

Download: "He Don't Love You..." by The Hawks

.....and other goodies like Nina Simone's "I Shall Be Released" and.....and.....


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009

Whispering Pines of Richard Manuel

Take The "A" Train

Ehsan Khoshbakht's Jazz Illuminations

"I don’t remember anyone as close as late Richard Manuel to the spirit and music of ray Charles in The Band’s last two obscure studio sessions. Is that something? Let me tell you brother that in context of American 20th century music, it could be everything and it is. Ray musically was a huge junction between long dusty roads of jazz, blues, soul, R&B and most important of them all, country and the rich and eternal music of Hank Williams."


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Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: by the turtle pond

Subject: sneaux

Well I got the shoveling done, but not until after I incurred the wrath of my wife, briefly. We share a driveway with a much younger female neighbor. Last year I shoveled it every time we got snow. Today around 2:30 I started dressing for the job when I heard her dad out in the driveway with a shovel. My wife leaves for work around 6, so I just sat back to bide my time. Sure enough, by 5, all I had to do was clear the path from the house to the sidewalk, and a small part of the upper driveway. I felt a bit sleazy for doing this, but then I thought back to a 12 hour shoveling job I did solo last January. The guilt just faded away. I explained my plan to my wife, who then accepted my strategy, albeit grudgingly. My back sure feels better than it would have, under "Plan A".


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Snow? - Old???

Peter M: Just get out there and do it young man. It's always fun.....if I was around there I'd get out there and challenge all you young punks like Lars, Joe, and that Tull kid to a snow ball fight. BUNCH-A-YOUNG-PUNKS!!!.....oh....my heart! I'm 65 now, so I can pretend to be old.

Well I was down at the wharf....started up my cruiser and warmed her up. I just about had myself talked into cutting loose & going out and dumping the prawn traps.....but it really started raining.....so.......I went and bought Susan a new digital camera for Christmas,....so she'd shut up.

Hey now I want to know..... I was doddling on youtube again this morning. Got myself looking for some Amazing Rythmn Aces. There is this guy, I wonder if any of you know of. He was born & grew up in Maine. His name is Arlo West. Just get on youtube, and search, "The End is not in Sight" (The cowboy song) - Arlo West. He's just sitting in front of his camera in his sound room looks like, with sequenced backup music. He sings and plays it. Pretty damn handy with a Teley. He's on wikipedia, and quite a story 'bout him.


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Posted by:

Mike & Kim Hayward

Subject: Happy b'day Jim Weider (tomorrow).


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Posted by:

joe j

Web: My link

Subject: BARK

Link (I hope) is to a video of BARK doing 'Acadian Driftwood'.


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Posted by:

Mike & Kim Hayward

Web: My link

Great to hear Levon's voice is coming back!


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Posted by:

joe j

Subject: Fred's Records

Just got back from a trip to Fog City where I helped my son paint the basement of his first house. The missus revelled in the opportunity to do all the malls and box stores but I did all my shopping at a single stop.

Fred's Records on Duckworth has been around my entire adult life. It specializes in local and Celtic music but you can find just about anything there. I bought a few gifts for others and treated myself to Leonard's 'Live In London', the Wilco Album, Steve Earle's 'Townes' and Cds by East Coast musicians, Duane Andrews, Teresa Ennis and Joel Plaskett.

A local tradition, 'Feast of Cohen', performances of Leonards songs and poems by local artists has been expanded to three performances this year, Dec. 27-29. It's at the Holy Heart of Mary aud again, the venue for his own performance of a couple years ago. The hall was scheduled for the wrecking ball but it seems to have a full schedule for the winter season. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Support live music and your local record shop.


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Subject: snow

8 to 9 wet and heavy inches of the four-letter stuff in Richmond. They actually plowed the main roads pretty well.


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Posted by:

dlew919

Web: My link

Subject: A little bit of Rock and Roll Subversion...

There's a language advisory, but essentially, a campaign stopped a UK Idol contestant getting #1 christmas single (through downloads) and instead saw Rage Against the Machine, the radical punk band, get it! /n This old rocker approves....


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: S-N-O-W

Peter: I'm 56 years old, too, and spent a good part of the day with a snow shovel in my hand. We got around 20 inches here, too. Thanks to a neighbor from upstate New York with his snow plow, my work was made immeasurably easier, though. People around here don't like to pay taxes, so there hasn't been a government-owned snow plow in my neighborhood yet. We get what we pay for. My neighbor wouldn't take any money, but I'm getting him a book about the old Yankee Stadium since I know he's a longtime fan.

When Jesse Winchester said snow is a four letter word, he knew what he was talking about.


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Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: by the frozen Turtle Pond

Subject: winter weather

Odd snow pattern. Where I live, 5-6 miles west of Philadelphia, we got 20 or so inches of snow. Even turnpike driving was lousy late yesterday afternoon, and then the main roads were in crappy shape throughout the night. I had come from just north of the city at 3PM and they got only ended up with 9-10inches. My last roadtrip in the snow was with my nephew last Jan 10th, a 200 mile drive to a Ramble, in what became 9" of snow by Woodstock. Then I lost a windshield wiper in Levon's field at 1:30 AM and had to rig it to stay on with a bread tie. It was worth it to see the kid hanging with Hubert Sumlin with ease, talking like they were old friends. I'd taken him to BB King's for a Howlin" show in 2005, but this was his first Ramble. My 20 year old is home from college and is challenging my endurance by suggesting a midnight sledding adventure on a hill I've been sledding since 1960. Great place. Big slope at first, followed by a 200 yard glide toward the mandatory ("don't fall in the") creek. At 56 yrs old, wish me luck & endurance...


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: The woods

Subject: one lousy forgotten distemper shot

Westie:
Actually it's Jake, my Yellow Lab.

I just watched the Jets lose a heart-breaker. Doggit.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Snow

Norm, we got just a bit over a foot of snow last night. The snow followed a few hours of black ice. Cars all over the road. A true Nor'easter. They didn't even see snow in the Catskills. I do hope this is not a harbinger of things to come. Last winter we had only one storm. Global warming/wierding.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Knife Fights??!! - Phooey!

Lars; If you'd been in a knife fight with Kris you wouldn't be around here talkin' 'bout it so I know you're tryin' to give us a snow job.

Speaking of snow, I see the weather down that way is pretty ugly. I wonder if Pat Brennan is surviving ok? She-ca-go is looking down right forlorn. Now on the other hand here in paradise it's warm and there's no wind, so got to feel sorry for guys like Joe on the frozen rock too.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: USA

Subject: The truth will out

The Right Honourable, The Lady Soames, LG, DBE ; the youngest and only surviving child of Sir Winston Churchill, has dismissed claims that her father was the owner of what is now a 104-year-old parrot which still shouts anti- Nazi abuse and other profanities.

I've finally discovered John Martyn's music and I like his album "Couldn't Love You More" (1992). Also like the Chieftains' "Magdalene Laundries (Laundry?)," sung by Joni Mitchell. Very sad song, though.

At the behest of my wife, I've recorded some different Christmas music in the hopes of regaining our Christmas Spirit after last year's unprovoked knifefights. I now have an eclectic mix of Nat King Cole (O Holy Night, O Tannenbaum) and The Isley Brothers (The Christmas Song, Everything Is Alright, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Love the One You're With) and Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus" and some others, like The Band's "Christmas Must Be Tonight."


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Serenity

Thanks for all that stuff - I was quite saddened to hear about Phil Collins being too ill to play drums: apparenlty, he will never be able to play agan, due to an operation on his neck vertebrae. (I'm not a fan of Collins per se, but I do think he is an enormous talent)

I'm also surprised Iggy and teh Stooges took so long to win, after 7 nominations, given Jan Wenner's seeming love of the band ...



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Posted by:

Ed F.

Location: Harrisburg, PA

Subject: Elizabeth Barraclough

I saw that Elizabeth Barraclough personally signed this guest book many years ago. Does she still read this? I just recently discovered her music and really like it, would love to see about contacting her... I have encountered many folks who are in the same boat as me, or even people who know her that say she has simply disappeared. Anyone know whatever happened to her?


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Posted by:

Northern Nutmeg (seasonal variant)

Hey Great Offend(0 !

Good to hear from you, for Guinness' sake. Merry Maneschevitz ! Yep, despite having all that history going against it, Carlingford's certainly one neat little place. NB.


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Northern Nutjob, tis only you that could combine maple syrup and Guinness in a single container.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Music and J. Jones dies at 90

Hi guys, just some music news of the decade [again] Nice to see our Nickleback is in this catagory. Blake and Amy Winehouse are engaged. Also the death of the great actress, Jennifer Jones. Who can forget her Oscar performance in "Song Of Bernadette".

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Blake Says He and Amy Winehouse Are 'Engaged' and 'Want Kids'-- Posted Saturday 19 December

Blake Fielder-Civil, the formerly heroin-hobbled ex-husband of Amy Winehouse, had something surprising to tell The Sun newspaper last night: "We're back together -- and we're engaged."

Oh, but there's more to surely upset Winehouse's protective papa Mitch: "Amy and I have talked about ... starting a family. We both definitely want kids."

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Eminem named artist of decade on U.S. charts.. LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Eminem has earned Billboard's artist of the decade title, just slightly more than 10 years after he made his Billboard Hot 100 debut...... The decade-end artist recap ranks the best-performing acts of the past 10 years (from December 4, 1999, to November 28, 2009) based on activity on two charts: the Billboard 200 albums list and the Billboard Hot 100 songs tally.

The hip-hop king first graced the Hot 100 chart February 27, 1999, with "My Name Is," then racked up another 27 entries from 2000 onward. On the Billboard 200, all five of his sets released in the decade reached No. 1. Additionally, his album "The Slim Shady LP" debuted and peaked at No. 2 in the spring of 1999, but continued to chart in 2000.

Eminem is also the top male artist of the decade. The female honor goes to Beyonce, while the top duo/group is Nickelback.

Beyonce's solo career began in the 2000s, notching 23 Hot 100 singles and five No. 1s. On the Billboard 200, she's racked six entries, including three studio efforts that all went to No. 1.

As for Nickelback, its entire Hot 100 history is contained in the '00s, and it started off well with its first No. 1, "How You Remind Me." The rock act has since earned five more top 10 singles. The group's last four albums reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200, including the No. 1 set "All the Right Reasons," which spent 156 weeks on the list.

Though Eminem is the decade's top artist, he was not the top performer for any single year. In 2000 and 2001, Destiny's Child netted the prize, followed by Nelly in '02, 50 Cent in '03 and '05, Usher in '04, Chris Brown in '06 and '08, Akon in '07 and Taylor Swift in '09.

STRONG START..... Eminem helped kick off the decade with a bang, as "The Marshall Mathers LP" was one of five albums in 2000 to sell at least 1 million copies in one week. On the Billboard 200 dated June 10, 2000, it opened at No. 1 with 1.8 million, just a week after Britney Spears' "Oops! ... I Did It Again" debuted at No. 1 with 1.3 million and two months after 'N Sync set the one-week Nielsen SoundScan sales high of 2.4 million with "No Strings Attached." "Strings," the pop quintet's second album, tops the decade-end Billboard 200 albums tally, ahead of Usher's "Confessions" (No. 2) and Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (No. 3).

All told, of the 20 biggest one-week sales frames for an album in SoundScan's 18-and-a-half-year history, 14 of them were in the 2000s. On the flip side, of those 14 weeks, only three of them came in the last half of the decade, thanks to the debut weeks of 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (2005, 1.1 million), Kanye West's "Graduation" (2007, 957,000) and Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" (2008, 1 million).

So what happened in the late '00s? The collision of supernova-bright pop stars in the early 2000s with the limited availability of commercial singles yielded tremendous album sales achievements and Billboard 200 triumphs. But by the middle of the decade, those wild and crazy days were mostly a thing of the past, thanks to the single biggest thing to change the music industry and Billboard's charts in 2000s: the Internet.

Once consumers popularized file-sharing services and used digital retailers like Apple's iTunes store, the Billboard 200 started to reflect many music buyers' desire for single-song purchases instead of a full album.

DIGITAL JOLT...... In the first half of the 2000s, the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, on average, sold 399,947 copies in a week. On the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart -- which tracked physical singles -- the average at No. 1 was just 43,895. Move forward to the second half of the decade, and the No. 1 on the Billboard 200 averaged 286,540, while the No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs averaged 154,445.

Digital retailers provided a jolt of energy to the charts after SoundScan began including download sales in its tallies in 2003. By that point, physical singles were essentially absent from the market, so the availability of individual song downloads juiced the sales/airplay hybrid Hot 100 chart. In turn, the 51-year-old list transformed from a ranking of officially promoted singles to an all-encompassing, anything-goes tally where numerous songs from one act could chart concurrently.

Case in point: The young, digitally oriented fans of 15-year-old singer Justin Bieber recently drove all seven of the songs on his debut CD, "My World," onto the Hot 100, even though not all of them were being officially promoted to radio stations or retailers as "singles."

Among digitally driven feats, the reigning best-selling digital song of all time, Flo Rida's "Low" (5.2 million and counting), is anything but low on the decade-end Hot 100 songs recap, as it's ranked No. 3.

Ahead of it at No. 2 is Usher's inescapable 2004 single "Yeah!," while Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" tops the decade-end list.

Usher takes the title of the Top Hot 100 Artist of the Decade, which can't be much of a surprise considering his stranglehold on the tally from 2001 through 2008. In that time, he racked up 13 consecutive top 20 singles, with seven of them reaching No. 1. And, those seven chart-toppers collectively spent 41 weeks at No. 1 -- the most weeks atop the list for any act in the decade. With Carey's crowning of the decade-end Hot 100 songs list with "We Belong Together," she now owns the most popular songs of the '90s and the '00s, as her duet with Boyz II Men, "One Sweet Day," was No. 1 on the '90s-end recap. "We Belong Together" spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart during the decade, tying the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" for the most weeks atop the list in that span. The Peas' anthem is at No. 5 on the decade-end Hot 100 Songs retrospective, one step below the duo/group of the decade, Nickelback, with "How You Remind Me."

Collectively, the top nine finishers on the Hot 100 Songs recap spent 90 cumulative weeks at No. 1, thanks in part to the one-two punch of "Together" and "Feeling." The highest-ranked non-No. 1 song on the Hot 100 songs review is at No. 10: "Apologize" by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic. The song peaked at No. 2 for a month, but due in part to its lengthy 47-week chart run, it ranks higher on the Hot 100 Songs recap than many No. 1 hits. "Apologize" not only lingered for nearly a year on the Hot 100, but it spent 25 weeks in the top 10 -- the most of any single in the past decade.

On the Hot 100 Songwriters decade-end tally, Timbaland finishes atop the list, courtesy of the performance of the 63 charted hits he wrote or co-wrote in the decade. Directly below Timbaland at No. 2 on the list (viewable in full at Billboard.biz) is Pharrell Williams, one-half of the production duo the Neptunes.

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Jennifer Jones, actress wife of Norton Simon Museum founder, dies... Posted: 12/17/2009

PASADENA - Jennifer Jones, arts patron, Academy Award-winning actress, and widow of Norton Simon, the industrialist and founder of Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum, died today. She was 90....... In a statement, the trustees and staff of the Norton Simon Museum acknowledged a "deep sense of loss" with Simon's death. Simon served as chair of the Norton Simon Museum from 1989 and became chair emeritus in 2003.

"Jennifer Jones Simon enjoyed an illustrious film career," Norton Simon Museum President Walter W. Timoshuk said in a statement.... Jennifer Jones Simon, née Phylis Lee Isley, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 2, 1919. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she met her first husband, Robert Hudson Walker, who later starred in such films as One Touch of Venus, Strangers on a Train, and My Son John. They married in 1939 and had two sons, Robert Walker and the late Michael Walker. They divorced in 1945.... In the early 1940s, Jennifer Jones came to Hollywood where her screen test for David O. Selznick - "Gone with the Wind," "Rebecca" and others - resulted in a film contract. Jones married Selznick in 1949 and the couple had one child, the late Mary Jennifer Selznick.... For her first major movie role, Jones received the 1944 Academy Award for best actress in "The Song of Bernadette."

She went on to star in many other films, including "Duel in the Sun," 1946; "Beat the Devil," 1953; and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing," 1955. Her final film appearance was a 1974 cameo role in "The Towering Inferno."

Several years after David O. Selznick's death in 1965, Jennifer Jones met California industrialist and celebrated art collector Norton W. Simon. After a four-week romance, they married on May 30, 1971.

Simon is survived by her son, Robert Walker, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions can be made to the Norton Simon Museum or the Hereditary Disease Foundation.

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CYA soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Subject: History Lessened, by NB

Stevon: A very infarmative post, as per always. Next time you're in Ireland head north 90 min. from Dublin to the little town of Carlingford, the birthplace of Darcy McG. If driving on the wrong side of the road concerns you, stop at the Guinness Brewery first and load up on the free samples. That way, the wrong side of the road will feel like it's the right side of the road even though it's the left side of the road, (if you catch my incontinental drivel). Anyway, that's what I did and I only had one near head-on collision the whole month I terrorized the Irish highways, down near Bettystown where the Titanic allegedly "sailed" from, although it actually cheated by using steam-power.

Now while talking about the bust of a man has always creeped me out a little, in Carlingford a Canadian flag flies and at the base of it is a monumental bust of Ol' Darcy McWhatshisname that would put Anna Nicole Smith to shame. Of course, beside Darcy's manly bust is one of those big bronze hysterical plaques explaining his exploits, which everyone dutifully reads but pretty much forgets by the time they're back inside their cars. I think it was our former PM, "Lyin' Brian" Mulroney ("the jaw that walks like a man") who dished out most of the dough for the manly McGee bust, probably to suck up to "the Celtic Tiger" in order to sell the Irish more maple syrup or something. The local Carlingfordians, as it turns out, don't much care for the monument as it's too lavish, overly-imposing, and has almost squat to do with their own history.

Nonetheless, a great little walled-medeaval town with no reported shortages of Guinness. Four out of five stars.**** NB.


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Posted by:

Steve

Joan, the only real lessons I take from history are that we know so little, so few people care to know more and this plays into the hands of people who like to lead us around by the nose. I never swallowed the "ignorant is bliss" bromide. Besides, it's a fascinating tale( our written history).

Seeing that PBS program, The Human Journey, should inspire most people to know more. It's chapter one, or book one in our populating of this planet.


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Posted by:

Zzzz

Rhythm Jimmy, which album do I start with for the best Buddy guitar?... That first Buddy & Julie... sadavid, the Mats were a good band and that is one of their best albums... If you were gonna define a Mpls sound that my generation can relate to, skip Prince altogether IMHO... and start with these guys...


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Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: The Levon song

ps. good song Listening To Levon, thanks. Didn't know that guy wrote Walking in Memphis, love Cher's version.


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Posted by:

Norbert

Location: a cold Germany
Web: My link

Subject: gangster movies: Le Samouraï vs Public Enimies

Saw Le Samouraï (1967, see the link) yesterday again after 30 years some, still one of the best gangster movies around. James Bond only could wish he was that cool like Alan Delon.

In a few minutes we’re gonne watch Public Enemies. The beer’s already cold, the red wine’s too cold too, but who cares.

I can’t imagin Dillinger beats Jef (1xf) Costello, we’ll see.

Have a great weekend all, cheers.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Empty/ Steve

Thank you for the interesting history lesson.


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Posted by:

Steve

Empty, your timing is splendid. I listened to a radio drama last night about the assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee, the only murder of a federal politician in Canadian history.

McGee fell out of favour with The Fenian Brotherhood when he decided to support a new national identity, Canadian, for new immigrants to Canada and to leave sectarianism behind in the old country. He also publicly denounced the idea of a Fenian invasion of Canada from the US.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: Doug Sahm

Rambling around youtube this morning, I had a hankerin' to hear the "Texas Tornadoes".

On the show "Texas Connection", hosted by Jerry Jeff Walker, here they are.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Van Dieman's Land / The Patriot Game

Van Dieman’s Land. I found two old Dominic Behan records the other day, both on old folk labels. Van Dieman’s Land was on one of them. The other was the original of The Patriot Game on a Topic single. It blows every other version out of the water, but as can happen with old singles, it has a little bit too much Rice Krispies (snap, crackle and pop). It sent me to listen to The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers which I have on CD, and they’re both versions I liked very much until the other day, but are sadly “shite” next to the Dominic Behan. I had heard it before … it was played during the stage play The Lieutenant of Inismore. The Clancy Brothers pales as saccharine beside it. They also altered the words quite a bit. The original is “Six counties are under John Bull’s monarchy” while the Clancy Bros changed “monarchy” to “tyranny.” But they were in their “Three Cheers for the bold IRA” Carnegie Hall phase at the time. Now I’m after a CD version of the Behan original, but it’s apparently only on the recent Topic Records box set.

Having listened to Behan, I would bet anything that Dylan nicked With God On Our Side directly from the original, not “via The Clancy Brothers” as some claimed.


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Posted by:

Duncan

Location: Scotland

Subject: Couple of recommendations

I'm not a musician but I'll champion the beautiful playing on 'Tell Tale Signs'. Dylan is a master.

Also, at the back end of last year I bought 'Coles Corner' and 'Lady's Bridge' by Richard Hawley. Really enjoy them. Great British music. Anybody else play Richard Hawley?


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Various

Bill M:Murray that was the name I was trying to remember. The Bruce Cockburn I bought, 'You've Never Seen Everything' has not bedded in as quickly as BARK, but I find it interesting and a high, to my uneducated ear, standard of musicianship.

Sadavid and Rhythm Jimmy:Thanks. I'll give the Millers a go.

Joan. Thanks. It sounds a nice place to live. Still to get there. I made my debut in the States this year - a wedding in Las Vegas and then a trip to the Grand Canyon, which I have always wanted to visit since reading about it in a comic as a boy. Loved every minute. I'm saving for my next trip. You can't take the money with you.


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

Subject: Steve / Sadavid

Former penal colony Tasmania was discovered on 1642 by Dutch sailor Abel Tasman. He named it Van Diemen's Land after Anthony van Diemen, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies today's Indonesia.

The eponymous U2 song honors John Boyle O'Reilly (1844–1890) an Irish poet who was transported on the Hougoumont to Australia, for his part in the Fenian conspiracy. After escaping to the United States, he became editorialist of the Boston newspaper The Pilot.

"I'm gone on the rising tide.
For to face Van Diemen's land.
We fought for justice and not for gain.
Now kings will rule and the poor will toil.
Still the gunman rules and windows pay.
A scarlet coat now a black beret".

Hougoumont was the last ship to transport convicts to Australia, a Blackwall Frigate named after the Château d'Hougomont where the Battle of Waterloo was fought. The ship was aftermath chartered by the French as a troop carrier during the Crimean War
O'Reilly was assigned by the Pilot the coverage of the third Fenian invasion of Canada. The invasion was a complete disaster, and the experience of covering it prompted O'Reilly to reverse his opinion on military Fenianism. Thereafter he rejected militancy, and sought to achieve Ireland's independence by raising the status and self-esteem of the Irish people.
The Fenian raids were attacks by members of the Fenian Brotherhood based in the United States on British army targets in Canada in order to bring pressure on Britain to withdraw from Ireland, between 1866 and 1871. While the U.S. authorities arrested the men and confiscated their arms afterwards, there is speculation that many in government had turned a blind eye to the preparations for the invasion, to retaliate at the British assistance to the Confederacy during the American Civil War
"We are the Fenian Brotherhood, skilled in the arts of war
And we're going to fight for Ireland, the land we adore
Many battles we have won, along with the boys in blue
And we'll go and capture Canada, for we've nothing else to do."
( Fenian Soldier's song )

Steve: maybe this is a case study for the true motivations of wars of invasion. if you are bored, meaning that you find the time is long and heavy and you have nothing else to spend it, then go capture a country. I think the reason is very relevant for Bonaparte, isn’t you who once posted about him or about somebody who looks like him that being a conqueror his job is just to conquer, the poor man is incapable do anything else

Sadavid: I can not say which U2 album is the best, but y favorite is No Line On The Horizon


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Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: RS's music of the decade

LINK: Rolling Stone's alltime greats.

CYA soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: 2010 R& R HOF

LINK: The 2010 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. Some, it's about time.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


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Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland Tx

Subject: Music

Well, I guess I will have to be the only one interested in the ever expanding popularity of "Christmas Must Be Tonight." As for new music, who has the time. It's really from 2008, but this year I discovered an excellent CD called "Inland Territory" by Vienna Teng, an up and coming singer/songwriter from who has made some inroads with the NPR crowd (but don't hold that against her.) Check out some stuff on Youtube or ITunes. It took this room a million years to catch up to The Decemberists", fer christ sake, why do I try?


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Subject: Charlie

Got a snow shovel I can borrow?


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Posted by:

jh

Web: My link

Subject: Listening to Levon...

...tonight. Music is the great healer.


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Posted by:

Rhythm Jimmy

Subject: Amos Garrett and Percy Mayfield

Bill M, you probably know it already, but Amos Garrett has a new album, "Get Way Back," which consists entirely of songs by Percy Mayfield. The guitar playing is, as one would expect, outstanding. I am familiar only with Mayfield's work from the early 1950s, after which he stopped recording until he was hired by Ray Charles as a writer (about 1960?). Most of Amos's selections seem to be from this later period.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Rhythm J: Thanks for the kind words. Catherine's father was no slouch in the songwriting department either, even if his huge pop hits - "Snowbird" and "Put Your Hand In The Hand" - aren't to your taste. Murray McLaughlin's autobiography (which is where I read about Levon in the rowboat) has Tom Rush's guitarist, Trevor Veitch, lining up Gene MacLellan recording sessions in Bearsville in the '70s, but nothing was released.

And there's no such thing as too much Percy Mayfield, judging from the material I've heard. The first I heard of him was in '76 or '77 when Amos Garreet (playing as a duo with Geoff Muldaur) sang "Please Send Me Someone To Love".


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Posted by:

Rhythm Jimmy

Subject: Catherine MacLellan

Bill M, thanks for the information about her father, which was news to me. I am always amazed by your encyclopedic knowledge of Canadian rock and roll.

I love her spare arrangements, sometimes just her playing acoustic guitar with a very understated electric guitar accompaniment, showcasing her beautiful voice.


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

Raising Sand - outside of a song or two, it's a snooze fest. I had high hopes for the project but on cd, it's a remedy for insomnia.


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Posted by:

Rhythm Jimmy

Subject: Buddy and Julie Miller

Dunc, they are the real deal. They mostly write their own material, but Buddy (on his "solo" albums) always includes an R&B chestnut. (His recording of "Please Send Me Someone To Love" got me interested in Percy Mayfield, but that's another story.) They are not strictly "country" artists and do not at all conform to the Nashville model. They don't sound like the Band, but they present a similar blend of rock, country, gospel, and R&B.

Buddy played guitar in Emmylou Harris's band for several years. She has called him "one of the best guitar players of all time." He is also a fine singer. Both Buddy and Julie have distinctive voices, and they harmonize well together.

Their music is well represented by the first album they released under both of their names, entitled "Buddy and Julie Miller" (2001). Both contribute to each other's individual projects -- Julie writes for and sings on Buddy's albums, and Buddy plays on Julie's albums.

Buddy and Julie Miller are Christians. Their Christian beliefs are occasionally explicit, especially in some of Julie's songs. I mention this only because some might find this objectionable.


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Posted by:

Dave Hopkins

sadavid--I'm with you on Plant/Krauss. Cool idea and perfectly competently executed but it never makes it out of first gear. I enjoyed them live though.


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Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: meet the Millers

Dunc: I only know their latest (as a couple), but Buddy and Julie are very good indeed - finely honed craft, and none of it rushed to market. To my ears, perfectly solid country music which is at the same time very nuanced harmonically. They've been critics' darlings for years, which is why I bought _Chalk_ when I found it at HMV - the first time I saw Miller product on sale (so far, I buy only physical CDs from physical shops, and rarely). Later I happened to be in a very good used-CD shop and found Buddy's _Poison Love_, also top-notch. Buddy's so cool that while Emmylou Harris contributes to a whole bunch of tracks on that one, her contribution is mostly limited to acoustic guitar.

My listening in '09 became a bit of a 'related-artist' exercise, just by chance, with Emmylou's _All I Intended to Be_ in heaviest rotation, the Millers, and the Emmylou / Mark Knopfler _All the Roadrunning_ (Mrs. s. brought that one home, which was a shocker as her purchases normally run to the likes of a Gaga or a Beyoncé). And the Plant / Krauss _Raising Sand_, another critics' fave which I'm still trying to like.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Toronto
Web: My link

Dunc: Murray McLaughlan's still a pretty big deal among us old farts, but back in the '70s he was huge. Started out about the same time / same label / same producer / same backing musicians as Bruce Cockburn, but for a while his success was significantly greater (though Cockburn always got more critical acclaim), what with AM hits, C&W hits, serious FM play, well-attended concerts - plus a TV show of his own on which Levon Helm guested, singing "Acadian Driftwood" while sitting with his frightened wife in a beached rowboat. The best-of comp at the link above would be the place to start. Born in Paisley, though raised here from age one or something like that.

I don't buy that much music anymore, but my top three would be: 1) the 1972 (?) Chilliwack album that was reissued this year by Pacemaker, and not just because it includes "Lonesome Mary", 2) BARK's "Swinging from the Chains of Love" and 3) Danny Brooks and the Rockin' Revelators "Live at the Palais Royale".


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Music stores

Thank you to all who posted their favorites of new music (I especially liked your list Dunc). Where I live (the north shore of Long Island) there are literally no places left to buy music. The last bastions fye and HMV closed over a year ago. There is a great independent guy, but he is about a 1/2 hour drive away. I used to pick a lot of my music by just browsing. Now I can't do that. I'm a slave to mail order. Reading all your choices gave me some goals to acquire.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Bill M, Peter, Jack

Bill M:Didn't know that. I also love 'Down by the Henry Moore'. (Steve's favourite? Hi Steve)Who is McLauchlan again? Is he big in Canada? And 'There's no One Like You After All' - Great song, great Garth.

Great idea, Peter. But your choice of artistes is so much greater than mine. I would like to go to a concert tonight, but there is nothing on.

Jack, I think you're younger than me. But your list puts mine to shame. Second or third mention for Judy and Buddy Miller. Are they good?


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Posted by:

biffalo bull

Subject: mayb u have n mayb not

you tube-check out "john butler trio" and keith urban doin "funky tonight" live at arias, i like mayb you like too, have fun


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Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

BEG: You can spot Richard in the video, though not singing - except maybe as part of the choir.

Dunc: Don't forget BARK's cover of Lightfoot's "Summer Side Of Life", available only on the "Beautiful" comp (see link).

Rhythm Jimmy: Two of your three have Band links. Linden for any number of reasons, MacLellan because her father Gene was in two groups with Robbie Robertson in the late '50s - the Consuls and the Suedes.


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Posted by:

Jack

Subject: Best Of 2009

Some of the music i bought in 2009! The Duke & The King - Nothing Gold Can Stay, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women, Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane And Sugarcane, The Felice Brothers - Yonder Is the Clock, Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels, The Gourds - Haymaker, Guy Clark - Somedays The Song Writes You, The Handsome Family - Honey Moon, Maria Muldaur - Garden Of Joy, Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement, Rosanne Cash - The List, Sam Baker - Cotton, Scott H. Biram - Something's Wrong/ Lost Forever, Steve Earle - Townes, Wille Nelson/Asleep At The Wheel, Martha Wainwright - Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, Justin Townes Earle - Midnight At the Movies, Greenland Is Melting - Our Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Blue, Delbert McClinton - Acquired Taste, Christie Moore - Listen, Buddy And Judy Miller - Written In Chalk, Bonnie Prince Billy - Beware, Beausoleil - Alligator Purse, Bap Kennedy - Howl On, The Band Of Heathens - One Foot In The Ether, Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi, David Rawlings Machine - A Friend Of A Friend ,Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Tell'em What Your Name Is...... Looking forward to more of the same in 2010.


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Posted by:

Nux Schwartz

Subject: Procol Harum

DAVID P-Salty Dog with six bonus tracks sounds like a good deal to me,being my favorite Procol album I might just order it right now!


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Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: by the frozen Turtle Pond

Subject: random thoughts & Spectacle

Hey Dunc, I liked your scant music choices for recent times, and loved your comment about where to buy recordings. May I suggest another, though? I try to buy CDs directly from the artists I see play near my home. I always try to pay with a bill that exceeds the cost of their CD, then refuse to take the change, with a "Thank you for playing here. It's an great honor seeing you". You bypass the "record company", the stores, and all the middlemen that take their cut from the $15 you normally pay for the recording. The artist/band gets to take home a maximum profit from their work, plus whatever icing you add to the cake. They know how much they are appreciated, and it only costs you whatever amount you would have otherwise sent to a distributer, plus shipping. This is support for the arts at a grass roots level that far exceeds buying from a store or the internet, which nets the band only $2-$4 per sale. Nothing but goodwill.

A little story about "Spectacle'. My wife and I went to New York for our 25th anniversary the week of the taping. I applied for tickets for the taping of the show, via my home computer, then we left for NYC with a laptop. The day before the show we got a message telling us to print up our tickets in the next few minutes, or decline our invitation. We had no printer attached and missed the opportunity. We went to the Apollo Theater anyway and got in the "no tickets/hope to get in anyway" line. I sang my blues to the guy with the clipboard, and we got in. Such a night! Can't wait to see it again on TV! Toussaint talking about writing, losing, and revising Rock of Ages charts. Great rapport between Allen Toussaint and Levon about who played the Apollo in nineteen fifty what? And lifelong favorites Richard Thompson and Nick Lowe performed. Larry Campbell was a bonus. They played The Weight twice, with a contemporary singer guy, whose name slips my mind doing a great job. Can't wait to see which version airs. What a treat.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: USA

Subject: The Band

Mike-
Welcome.

It looks right to me.


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Posted by:

Mike H

Location: USA
Web: My link

Subject: Just wanna say your site is dashing

OK, this is what's posted at Wiki. Someone at www.FizzGiz.com was of the opinion that it was not entirely accurate. I beg to differ. It all seems correct to me... The Band was a rock music group active from 1967 to 1976 and again from 1983 to 1999. The original group (1967–1976) consisted of four Canadians: Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals); Richard Manuel (piano, harmonica, drums, saxophone, organ, vocals); Garth Hudson (organ, piano, clavinet, accordion, synthesizer, saxophone); and Rick Danko (bass guitar, violin, trombone, vocals), and one American, Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, vocals). The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins' backing group, The Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963. Upon leaving Hawkins in 1964, they were known as The Levon Helm Sextet (the sixth member being sax player Jerry Penfound), then Levon and the Hawks (without Penfound). In 1965, they released a single on Ware Records under the name Canadian Squires, but returned as Levon and the Hawks for a recording session for Atco later in 1965.[1] At about the same time, Bob Dylan recruited Helm and Robertson for two concerts, then the entire group for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966.[2] They also joined him on the informal recordings that later became The Basement Tapes. Because they were always "the band" to various frontmen, Helm said the name "The Band" worked well when the group came into its own[3] and left Saugerties, New York, to begin recording their own material. They recorded two of the most acclaimed albums of the late 1960s: their 1968 debut Music from Big Pink (featuring the single "The Weight") and 1969's The Band. They broke up in 1976, but reformed in 1983 without founding guitarist Robbie Robertson. Although the Band was always more popular with music journalists and fellow musicians than with the general public, they have remained an admired and influential group. The group was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1989[4] and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.[5] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them #50 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time,[6] and in 2008, they received the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award.[7]


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

It's time again....."When you share your food. Your bread basket will never be empty."

First one up is Nomadic Mike's fave.....

The funniest moment of the day happened during Neil Young's performance. He'd sung his line once or twice already, but Foster still wasn't happy and asked Neil to try again. When Neil asked why, David told him he was out of tune. "But that's my sound, man", Neil shot back, good naturedly.

For me, one of the highlights was sitting on the studio floor, a few feet from Joni Mitchell, while she carved graceful lines in the air with her hands as she sang.

Another special moment was meeting Richard Manuel, singer and pianist for "The Band". In fact, Joni and "The Band" are two of my biggest musical influences, and I was in "fan heaven" hearing them sing lyrics I'd written a few days before! Jim Vallance

So....Where was Richard Manuel?


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Posted by:

Rhythm Jimmy

Subject: 2009 favorites

I don't hear a lot of new releases, because I mostly listen to reissues, but I can recommend a few from 2009:

Colin Linden, From the Water (previously mentioned in these pages)

Buddy and Julie Miller, Written in Chalk (already nominated by David P.)

Catherine MacLellan, Water in the Ground (she sings like an angel)


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Posted by:

Tracy

Web: My link

Subject: The Freedom To Rock

"The Freedom To Rock" has received its first review by Gemmzine's Joe Viglione. It has been number 50 or so as to releases but is #2 in the most hits out of all 56 titles posted. Check it out! Remember, you can still get a copy of "The Freedom To Rock" in time for Christmas and get it signed too.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Bill M

I think 'The Lucky Ones' is a great track. I think I have most of the BARK albums. (I broke my golden rule and bought from the internet.) I'm committed to record shops staying open. However I did buy Kings of Love in Glasgow. I never knew about the Willie P Bennet connection at the time. I think Tom wilson is a great singer too. I think 'Has anyone seen my baby tonight?' is a great track, featuring great guitar playing.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Dunc: There's some info on Willie P in Wikepedia. I think my favourite of all the BARK covers of his songs that I've heard, even more than "White Line", is "Lucky Ones" from "Kings of Love": "Wino wakes up on the street, counts his feet, sees there's two, counts himself a lucky one". Stephen Fearing has such a way with that type of song; another excellent example is his stunning cover of "Harvester" on "Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young". BARK isn't on that one, mostly because it was done in '94 before BARK was a group, but Tom Wilson and his then-group Junkhouse does a killer "Fuckin' Up" and Colin Linden and his group (i.e., the musicians of BARK - Richard Bell, Gary Craig and John Dymond) do "Tonight's The Night". As a bonus, you get Rick Danko singing bgv behind Linden on TNN and behind Lori Yates on "Helpless".


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: My list of new CDs

I don't think I'm catered for on the music scene anymore - I don't know the bands in the CD reviews, there are few concerts for me and I don't buy many albums now.

But I liked very much the following albums, which I bought this year. I may be a bit behind the times because I'm committed to buying only from album shops not the internet. So best buys this year.

Levon Helm - Electric Dirt.

John Fogerty The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides again -. John Fogerty's concert was one of the best concerts I've ever seen

Rick Danko and Richard Manuel live at O'Tooles - obvious reasons.

The entire works of AWB on 4 CDs. For me, my favourite White Album plus much more.

Endless Highway -finally found a copy in a shop. I thought it was really good, a lovely tribute, compared to the reviews it got in the GB.

High or Hurtin - The Songs of Willie P. Bennet - Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Thanks Bill M for championing BARK. But, if I hadn't read the kind words they said about John Martyn, I probably wouldn't have taken a chance. I think Willie P Bennet is a great writer. Don't know anything about him.

Tell Tale Signs Bob Dylan CD 1. I bought the double CD. Absolutely great. N'est-ce pas Kevin?

Leonard Cohen Live in London. Saw the concert in Glasgow. Strong clear voice, hearing every word, backed by brilliant musicians. Couldn't agree with you more, Peter.

John Martyn - The Battle of Medway - a homemade recording of John at a folk club in 1973. People must have been shocked. Brilliant.

Playing the Impressions just now. That's down to Bumbles.

hope all my friends in the ether are fine. Hi Serenity.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Oh well. I was kinda hoping that the name that escaped Joan's mind was Robbie Robertson's ..


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Subject: Levon On Elvis

I don't think he'll be singing on the show, barely speaking. I think I read somewhere that Elvis himself will do the vocals on "Tennessessee Jed". NB.


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Web: My link

Subject: The Other Guy In The Levon Foursome on Spectacle ?

That would be Richard Thompson, Joan. I'm assuming it's the guy in this Letterman clip. NB


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Spectacle

Did anyone else catch Elvis Costello's Spectacle? Last night he had Ron Sexsmith, Sheryl Crowe, Neko Case and Jesse Winchester. I find his interviewing a bit awkward, but the music is fine. I like the combinations he puts together.

Next week, Levon, Nick Lowe, and Alan Toussaint. I think one other but I don't remember.


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

In my opinion - the two overall best U2 albums are Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: White Lye

Nordic hell for me would be a place where one is forced to eat lutefisk.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: the two Ronnies ...

Steve: I suspect that that other Ron Hawkins is the former leader of post-punk band Lowest of the Low and then the Rusty Nails. At least two CDs were done by each. Although our Ronnie does have a son named Ron, I'm pretty sure that Hawkins Jr is not the musician you're talking about.

Also, I suspect that the primitive Nordic people would have envisaged Hell as an even colder place rather than a hotter one. The prospect of a permanent escape from 40 below would have been a pretty strong inducement to Sinning - and sinning big time. So maybe you should expect Ilkka's playing to be the ultimate in cool?


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Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Toronto

Subject: Hawkins on Roulette

A few minutes to spare between meetings downtown yesterday accommodated a quick visit to the local oldies store, Vintage Sounds - upstairs above Kop's, right next to the Condom Shack on the south side of Queen just west of University. They just got in a couple copies of the "Best of Ronnie Hawkins" LP on Roulette (which came out in Canada only) and also the first one on Roulette. I didn't check for condition or label colour or mono/stereo, but might be worth checking out if you're in the market. I'm sure they'd be happy to deal by phone - 416-598-4039. They also had the Sequel CD (i.e, all Hawkins' Roulette rock stuff), which I haven't seen around for quite some time.

NB: Not only is Robbie Lane well enough to DJ, he's also well enough to perform at least weekly with the Disciples - every Sunday afternoon at the Chick'n Deli. BTW, Fred Eaglesmith's gonna be at Hugh's on Dec 27 if you're coming east for Xmas. And yes, Little John was/is Bower's son. Did you see George Armstrong at Perception '70 at Dungbarton? I sought - and got - his autograph for some reason, despite hating the Leafian hordes.


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Posted by:

Steve

IILKA, can't Weight to hear you , I know you'll be playing a hot harp!

A Toronto musician named , Ron Hawkins has just released an album called , 10 Kinds of Lonely on which he plays all the instruments and sings the songs.

The song I heard this morning, The Devil Went Down, has a very Richard like drumming performance, some Levon mandolin and harp and is a song I can hear Ricky sing. All in all a great collection of Band connections. Give it a listen.


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Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: hell in Minnesota

As per usual, this has no relevance to anything . . . an intriguing article about some historical north country artistes called The Replacements.

And an entirely serious question: what is the best U2 album?


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Procol Harum

Nux Schwartz: I agree, "Secrets of the Hive" is a great compilation and I understand that Salvo's recent reissues of the individual Procol Harum albums are quite nice also. Just ordered the reissue of one of my favorites, "A Salty Dog" (with 6 bonus tracks).


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Location: the land of the ice and snow
Web: My link

Subject: Ilkka aka "Moderator of the Former Nordic Countries"

When you say people like Steve who betray (ie. leave) the teaching profession will have a special place in hell, which hell are you referring to ? The regular one, or the Nordic version found in my link ? (The Nordic Hell stages an annual Blues Fest called "BLUES IN HELL", kinda confirming it's "the devil's music"). NB


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Posted by:

Ilkka (again)

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: The scenery of The Band lead singer and Barack Obama's speach at press conference in Oslo with Prime Minister in Norway before receiving Nobel Prize of Peace.

Barack Obama said something like this: "... this is my first visit in Norway and the scenery looked like Northern Minnesota so I understand that Norwegian immigrants found their home there..."

In case there are more people like Peter V who don't seem to value the reminiscence of North Minnesotan radio station's Christmas programmes in lead singer's "CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART" I can only say this:

...errr... Merry Christmas!


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Posted by:

Ilkka

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Leaving teaching profession

STEVE. Betrayers like us who leave teaching profession have a special place in _hell_. See you around in purgatory! I am the guy down there who is trying to play "The Weight" with harmonica.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Top Ten Albums

OK, I'll join in with my 2009 list, a year in which I bought the smallest number of new records (by a mile) since about 1970, so I'm not well-qualified to judge.

Albums of the year

1) The Webb Sisters (CD – EP)

Five track CD sold at Leonard Cohen concerts at full price. The tracks on the cover have different names to the ones that come up in iTunes, but nevertheless four great new songs, plus their sublime If It Be Your Will from the shows. Downloadable.

2) Howl On – Bap Kennedy

Themed album based around 1969 Moon landings. Bap Kennedy is an Irishman who can do Americana. The Irish were always good at it (probably because of their large part in inventing it).

3) Live in London – Leonard Cohen

Best performer of the last three years with the best backing band captured at the O2. Also on DVD.

4) The Liberty of Nelson Folgate – Madness

As reviews said, a comeback album that might be their career best ever.

5) Los Lobos Goes Disney- Los Lobos

Very recent. Fun because every track sheds new light but also pastiches a different rock style (including Madness, above).

6) Easy Come, Easy Go – Marianne Faithful

The voice is cracked and shot away, but the emotion and ability is still there. Standouts: Down from Dover and The Crane Wife 3.

7) Cadillac Records – Soundtrack

Versions of Chess originals that stand up with some pride next to the classics. Beyonce does Etta James perfectly, but the facsimiles of Chuck Berry and Howling Wolf are good too.

8) James Taylor – Covers

Underachieving elegantly on songs as great as the Temptations’ It’s Growing. I had two hugely expensive tickets. Wrote the wrong day on the calendar and missed it.

9) Electric Dirt- Levon Helm.

I got hate e-mail for saying here it wasn’t as good as Dirt Farmer. And it’s not, but that still makes it very good indeed. It is still going to be in the top Ten albums of any year.

10) River of Time- Jorma Kaukonen

Operator is as good as The Grateful Dead original.

Bubbling under: Love’s Filling Station by Jesse Winchester. I’ve only had it a couple of days, but I think I’ll be playing it a lot. Probably a replacement for the Kaukonen above but needs more time.

The Fall by Norah Jones, also very new. Loses points for excessive dogginess of sleeve design though. Not as radically different as reviews suggest, but that’s not a bad thing.


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Posted by:

NUX SCHWARTZ

Location: Durban South Africa

Subject: Procol Harum

A few months ago I purchased a Procol Harum compilation called"Secrets of the Hive".It really is nicely packaged and a wonderful listen.Some of the later stuff is a bit embarrassing but I would highly recommend this album for anyone who wants to learn more about this very interesting band.A quote from the booklet that comes with this double CD compilation has a Band connection:"The looser style here suggests the influence of musicians Procol typically jammed with,during rehearsals for US tours,at Garth Hudson's house:various other members of The Band,Van Morrison."


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: The Band's 1994 Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Apologies if someone posted this previously, but the new TIME-LIFE 3-DVD set entitled "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, Live" includes Eric Clapton's 1994 induction speech for The Band and his performance with members of The Band doing "The Weight." Among the bonus material is Mr. Clapton's rehearsal with The Band.


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Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: best served cold

Revenge is still possible.


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Posted by:

Steve

Empty, my interest in history came after I got out of the teaching profession and my interest in the history of the 17th and 18th century came from a guy who has a grade 7 education but a great wealth of real world adventure.

As I've mentioned here when we first started farming we had a friend and his girlfriend living with us for a year and half. They were transitioning from their previous experience as small time hash adventurers to rural life in Quebec.

My friend told me about his experiences in northern Pakistan in the late 70's and early 80's in the area between Quetta and Peshawar and walking the Khyber pass several times over a 5 year period as part of mule trains going from Afghanistan to Pakistan and back.

Unlike most westerners Ken didn't stand out as long as he kept his mouth shut. He is half black Jamaican and half Caucasian .

His stories of living there got me interested in the area which led me to the British, Russian and Chinese adventurers in the area which starts ( for the British) about the beginning of the 1800's with Moorcraft heading to Tibet from India. And as they say, one thing leads to another and the rest is history.

I agree, the geopolitical misadventures of today are more interesting to follow if you understand that period in history. If you don't know the history and only started following the story since 9-11 then good luck trying to figure out who's who and what's happening.


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Posted by:

Peter V

World Cup Draw. We can all unite on the GB to slag off Slovenia, then. A pity really, as I taught some Slovenian teachers and really liked them. But football comes first.

On this very day, passing time before the “Moctezuma” exhibition at the British Museum (that’s how it’s now PC to spell Montezuma, thus dispelling images of his dietary revenge) I wandered over for the obligatory stare at the Rosetta Stone. Yes, it is indeed in the hands of the British. Just yards away from the Elgin Marbles. We've got them too. And the Babylonian lion / men statues (and a fair bit of other cool stuff).


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Posted by:

Joan

Web: My link

Subject: Vinyl

An article from the AARP magazine on the return of vinyl.


Entered at Wed Dec 16 19:37:26 CET 2009 from (85.255.44.145)

Posted by:

jh

Web: My link

Subject: New Christmas song from Rick's brother Terry Danko

Click link above to listen. Check "What's New" for more info.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Bonaparte's Retreat and the Delta Blues

On a positive note, Napoleon's Egyptian campaign also led to the discovery of the Rosetta Stone by French troops at el-Rashid in the Nile Delta. Not surprisingly, it ended up in the hands of the British.


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Location: the land of the ice and snow

Subject: Johnny B. Good Between The Pipes (Bill M.)

Missed it Bill. I haven't heard "Honkey The Christmas Goose" for years, nor for that matter my personal favourite, " I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas" by Yorge Yorgensen (Jorge Jorgensen).

If former Hawk Robbie Lane is DJaying these days, that's good. Means he's bounced back from his medical problems. Just for fun, Ronnie should try to get all the former Hawks together in the same room sometime. It might even surpass the big Elvis convention they had up in Collingwood a few years ago, which my brother in Wasaga attended to help cure his insommnia.

Is Little John of Little John and the Rinky-Dinks, Johnny Bower Jr. ? Northern Girl went to school with him (Martingrove Collegiate) and she visited the Bower household on a few occasions in her grade nine days. The Leafs were practising at The Tam O'Shanter in Scarberia once while my Mom was there curling. She approached Johnny for an autograph (on behalf of us brats) and she said he was exceedingly gracious and down- to- earth, unlike certain other Leafs who shall remain unmentioned. NB

I see Bracebridge, our future retirement spot and home to Santa's Village, got 6 and a half feet of snow last week. Man I can hardly wait.


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Posted by:

joe j

Subject: Haida Gwaii

Norm, maybe you can work on a new name for your province too. Or make BeeCee official.

Anyway I'm off to the city; going to visit Fred's Records with Charlie's list in my wallet. Mostly I'm going to town because my oldest has just bought a house and the two of us might paint it through this weekend if the women can ever decide on colours.



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Posted by:

Empty Now

Steve I once confidented that i have been impressed by your knowledge of the 2nd half 18th history, from the plain of Abrahams to the rise of Napoleon, I still believe that the period bred the most significant impact on today's World's geostrategy
The Motivations : The books say that the promising Napoleon was sent far from France to leave some extra time to the power in place, to fight the Brits far from the Channel where they were stronger, and believe it or not, to accompaign 400 scientists to enlighten the rest of the world on Egyptology.

The first round , that means on next June, we play Slovenia, The USA, England, it curiously looks like The Band GB, but for the man in the street he doesnt care a shit and his priority concern is that in January there is a thingy called the African Continental Cup with big chances for the two teams to contact again. From my part, i don't understand more, starting from I don't understand the real motivations of soccer of aggression, the stand of FIFA knowing the antecedents who insists to always put the 2 teals in the same pool, as everybody knows FIFA is more powerful than UN by the number of affiliated Nations...and the Capital

Thanks Ilkka for the info


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Posted by:

Ilkka

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Serious things!!!!! Maple syrup

STEVE, thanks for your (un)kind words about mixing Canadian maple syrup with Chinese soya sauce. I ment cross-over restaurants in New York, the Sodoma and Gomorra which I never have visited and which I never will! Quebec is another thing...

NORBERT, I understand that Dutchies don't like maple syrup. I have visited many Pancake Houses in Netherlands and enjoyed the SALTY pancakes with ham and Edam or Gouda or Leerdammer or Maasdammer. Don't you have a SWEET version like the Frenchmen do as well????

THE BAND connection: I have enjoyed sweet pancakes with GRAND MARNIER(!) in Saint Tropez in South of France.

EMPTY NOW: Khaled was here in Sweden in November. Made me melancholic: "Ecute moi / Listen to me!"


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: It's Official

Bill Munsen! I meant to tell you. The BC Premier officially announced a couple days ago. The islands to the nor'west of our coast are no longer called "Queen Charlotte Islands". They are known by their rightful name. HAIDA GWAII


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Posted by:

Steve

Empty, I've reread some history of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt and as usual I don't understand the real motivations of wars of aggression or the people who decide to do them. Does it ever work out well in the long run?

The only positive outcome in my mind was that Napoleon made the rule of Muhammad Ali possible which improved the lives of Egyptians during his reign.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Dexy: Thanks for the link. For some reason it reminds me of something one of the CHUM DJs drawled in maybe '69 over Tony Joe White's spoken intro to "Poke Salad Annie": "Way down south there's a plant that grows; real name's skunk cabbage but we all call it eau de Billie Joe." I think he grunted too.


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Posted by:

Steve

Congratulations for the win over Egypt. Who does Algeria play in the first round?


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

the linked below article is to be read listening to the above linked song

in fact no song in the world can ever replace this one

never sounded in my ears before like it sounds right now


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

yup Steve, and remember: because Baladi is improvised, it is at each time different


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Posted by:

Adam

Subject: Moondog Matinee

Credits aside, I've been greatly enjoying this album today. I love it. Just finished the closing track "A Change Is Gonna Come", and hearing Rick sing "It's been too hard living / but i'm afraid to die / 'cause i don't know what's out there / beyond the sky" was just too much... nearly brought me to tears.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Yikes....I was jokin'!

I'm real lucky......I've got great neigbours all around. But David, across the street, (he's a real good guy). He put up a real nice display. He cheated tho'. Dennis my neigbour next below me helped him. So I was standing on my deck yelling at him,"SHOWOFF!" He yells back didn't your wife come home and smarten you up yet!

I get what you're saying David.....bean counters! man oh man. He's got one of those silly little vans and a dumb little Jap car. our street is pretty steep heading down to Marine Avenue & the water. This last cold spell we had pretty bad ice. Well Susan & I both got 4x4 so I had to drive him to work. Susan just got home from down under. Ran right in by the fire when I brought her home from the airport.


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Xmas must be at Norm's Place

Norm - sorry, but he's an accountant. Shame is a human emotion. The two are incompatible...


Entered at Wed Dec 16 01:46:48 CET 2009 from 87.70.124.24.cm.sunflower.com (24.124.70.87)

Posted by:

Dexy

Web: My link

Subject: YouTube link

Pretty entertaining Levon immitation by a couple of college guys at the link above.


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Posted by:

Northern Buoy

Web: My link

Subject: Westcoaster: Keeping Up With The Griswalds' Christmas Lights

Don't sweat it Norm. Just give ol' Griswald the "ditto" treatment. See link . Scroll down below the cow/bull. NB


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: All right.....THAT DOES IT!!

That gawd damn neigbour of mine across the street...every time I put up some more Christmas lights......he puts up more. I'm just gonna hafta shoot that son-of-a-gun.

I gave so much money to the Sally-Ann now, I'm gonna march over and tell him. "I give up....I got no more money I gave it all to the Sally-Ann. Maybe I can shame him into it. He's an accountant........gawd damn bean counters.........


Entered at Tue Dec 15 22:43:23 CET 2009 from powell-goldstein-llp.demarc.cogentco.com (38.104.0.94)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: ...This war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring.

Seventy years ago tonight, the film "Gone With The Wind" premiered at the Loews Grand Theatre in Atlanta. The theatre was demolished after a mysterious fire in 1978 and the Georgia-Pacific building was built on the site in 1982, near the intersection of Ellis & Peachtree Streets.

Magaret Mitchell, the author of the novel "GWTW" died in 1949 after being struck by a taxi, while crossing Peachtree further north with her husband. See was on the way to see the film version of "A Canterbury Tale", which was playing at the Peachtree Arts theatre near 13th Street. (Film/Band aficionados will no doubt know the link to "The Last Waltz")


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Posted by:

Adam

I checked Levon's book to see what he said about "Mystery Train", and he confirms that it was Billy Mundi and Richard on drums. The errors/typos in the book can be overlooked, as Levon is about an accurate source there is. Robbie's memory must be wrong, as I'm sure Levon would remember if he played drums on the track or not. I guess Rick either didn't play an instrument, or maybe his rhythm guitar wasn't used in the final mix.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Adam: And it's not just "Moondog Matinee". Totally coincidentally, I was just looking at the "Across The Great Divide" boxed-set booklet; they took the easy way out and just identified the lead vocalist on each song. Not terribly helpful, though likely accurate. (Unfortunately, they also give the release date for "He Don't Love You" as '64 when it was '65.)


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Posted by:

Adam

Subject: Moondog Matinee credits

Listening to Moondog recently, it seems like there are some confusion with the instrumental credits on a few songs. Specifically, "Mystery Train", "The Promised Land" and "A Change Is Gonna Come".

The various credits for "Mystery Train" are confusing. Levon says he played bass on it, presumeably leaving Richard and Billy Mundi on drums, and Danko on rhythm guitar. However, the only guitar on the track is Robbie's. It would seem like Levon would be an accurate source for this info, but keep in mind he does get confused with other Moondog credits in his book. The drums are a bit of a mystery too. Robbie says it is Levon and Richard in the liner notes to the reissue, but listening to the track it really sounds like it might be Billy Mundi on brushes (doing those great fills and the train-like shuffle). I'm still confused on what the actual line-up is though.

On "The Promised Land" Billy Mundi is credited with drums, with Richard adding some additional drums/percussion. The confusion here has to do with Ben Keith's contribution to the song. Rob Bowman writes that the wah-flavored guitar is Robbie, and that Ben Keith's steel is heard during the instrumental breaks. To me it sounds like the exact opposite. The wah guitar part really sounds like Ben Keith playing steel through a talk box or other device, which has been suggested before. The 2nd guitar that comes in during the instrumental breaks must be Robbie then. You can hear guitar licks that wouldn't be possible on a steel, so that part has to be him.

For "A Change Is Gonna Come", does Rick play acoustic guitar? Its possible but it sounds really polished and layered, which suggests Robbie. Richard on drums and Levon on bass?


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Posted by:

Jan F.

Location: metro DC

Subject: Skype

We use Skype to talk to RJ in Japan and the webcam takes pictures too! I think we talk to him more now than we did when he lived in Atlanta!

J.F.


Entered at Tue Dec 15 20:37:01 CET 2009 from (85.255.44.145)

Posted by:

JH

Heheheh. I just made 50 people write (on paper, with a pen) "Levon Helm rules".


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Skype

Norm, Skype is great!Richard uses it constantly. You can make calls to people (who are also on Skype) for nothing. All you need is a combo speaker/microphone. If you need to call someone on a regular line, you can purchase "Skype minures" for 2 cents each. Most of the time the reception is very good. (Every once in a while it will be "fuzzy" or echoing) You can also do conference calls and it has a facility for Webcam (see grandchildren etc.)


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: ny

Subject: skype

bop bop bop bop bop BEEP.

Skype is the cheapest way I know of when I want to talk to Someone in Africa.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: HEEEEY! - Skype

Does any one here use skype????? ......my brother way up in Rivers Inlet got me using it now.


Entered at Tue Dec 15 18:34:23 CET 2009 from itac-gw.yyz.teloip.net (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

I visited the local bookstore yesterday to check the music section to see if there was anything new that I might suggest to the very small group of people who might like to get me a little something. Front and centre was a new one called something like "Levon Helm and the Midnight Ramble". Mostly pictures, I'm glad to say (though all the ones I looked at were already coloured in).

I also flipped through Paul Shaffer's autobiog. I didn't see mention of his gig with Richard (the "Tears Are Not Enough" session), though there was a bit about his appearance in "Spinal Tap", and also about him wanting to come to Toronto from Thunder Bay because singer Keith McKie had told him about the scene - and the girls by the sounds of it. As Shaffer notes, McKie was then with the Vendettas, who were signed to the very short list of acts managed by Ronnie Hawkins Enterprises circa '65.


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Posted by:

Steve

Anyone see the PBS rerun last night, A Human Journey? Good to know we're all related. Good day to my extended, really extended family. Sly, nailed it! It was fascinating to watch the route taken out of Africa by our relatives of 2,000 generations ago. Dlew's, Land Down Under, appears to have been the first tourist destination on the planet and ironically the first tourists were African bushmen.

Empty, first things first. There's a restaurant in Sherbrooke called, Restaurant Baladi, that we go to about once a year. The woman who owns the business with her husband does some dancing to entertain the customers. Makes it hard to concentrate on eating while she's dancing. Napoleon later.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: PIZZA?????

Well - JTF! What I got to say about that is this. For me! pizza at it's best, is on a thin, crisp dough, and not "smothered" with that gawd damn mosserella cheeze. More cheddar, good fresh mushrooms, onions, green peppers, as well as good tomatoe sause, and then what ever meat you prefer, good canadian back bacon for one thing.

Out here the best place you can find for pizza is a place in Coquitlam, a town on the outskirts of Vancouver, called "Me 'n' Ed's" pizza. They have like nice pine picnic tables and benches all around. Graffitti rock music plays constantly from a beautiful big old Werlitzer juke box. There is a big propane fireplace in the middle of the joint. Kids can get "pitchers" of root beer just like you get beer. The most fun I ever have is taking all the kids there. Been doing it for almost 30 years.

Well Lorne is still dicking around with his new web site. Hopefully these cd's will be here before Christmas as they are being made now and all the bullshit paper work is done. So....if any one feels they want to gamble, and blow a canadian 20 dollar bill,(that includes the shipping) e mail me your address to tugmanatshawdotca

I hope this is ok with you Jan, if not you can wipe it out.


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Web: My link

Subject: Pizza

Time for another pizza post. The link is for the 25 best pizza places in the U.S. I'll vouch for Pepe's and Sally's in New Haven and add Modern Apizza and Zuppardi's, also in New Haven.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Year In Song

Upon its release, I previously extolled the virtues of Jesse Winchester's LOVE FILLING STATION (Appleseed Records CD), which Charlie mentioned in his 2009 list. Remarkably, Mr. Winchester, like fine wine, is one of those unique artists who have improved with age.

Here's some of my other favorite releases from this past year:

WRITTEN IN CHALK--Buddy & Julie Miller (New West CD & LP). An exquisite collection of songs, springing from the same rich soil of Levon's "Dirt Farmer". Guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant & Larry Campbell.

WHAT I KNOW--Tom Rush (Appleseed Records CD) Mr. Rush's first studio album in 35 years captures one of the finest voices & interpreters in folk music displaying his talents. Ms. Emmylou also appears as a guest, along with Bonnie Bramlett and others. One of the highlights is a great version of the Mentor Williams classic "Drift Away".

A STRANGER HERE--Ramblin' Jack Elliott (Anti/Epitaph CD) With assistance from producer Joe Henry, another folk music veteran expands his territory into Depression-era blues, both timely & timeless. Guests include Van Dyke Parks, David Hildago (from Los Lobos).

GET LUCKY--Mark Knopfler (Warner Bros. CD & LP) Mr. Knopfler returns to top form with one of his best releases in years.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Little Northern Drummer Boy: Did you hear what I heard - "Honky The Christmas Goose" by Johnny Bower with Little John and the Rinky-Dinks? (For the benefit of you younger posters, Johnny Bower was the Leaf's goalie when 'Leaf goalie' and 'sieve' weren't synonyms.) It was on AM 740, which now aims at the new greyhairs, the 'zoomers', or in other words us - sad but true. I listened to it end to end, and who should turn out to be the DJ but Robbie Lane, previously a regular guest with Hawkins and our guys, and leader of the nouveau Hawks once our guys left the nest.


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Posted by:

Dee

Location: Wisconsin

Subject: Westcoaster Post

Norm, your post of December 13th was one of your best.


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Posted by:

Far East Man

Location: Union, ME

Subject: Here Comes The Sun

At the recent RRHOF celebration, Paul Simon sang a nice version of this song with Crosby & Nash. It was a blessing. Wish I could find it.......


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: The Sun

Thanks for that Charlie. I appreciate it because I was wondering of the source. What a treat that was for me they sounded so great together.


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Posted by:

S.M.

Subject: Jan F & Peter V.

It was very exciting to discover, years later, that it was Ramses 1, father of Ramses 11(of "let my people go fame"-who I'll always picture as a very sexy Yul Brynner).

I remember the cold , but not the mould.

There was a mish mash of artifacts in that room along with the mummies like Roman glass goblets. I recall being surprised that the Romans knew how to make glass.


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Subject: the tray

I confirm a 5***** to the article linked by Mr Peter V, which btw gave me some complex for a 4 day stay of an English reporter being more informative and less interpretative more or less the same thematic having covered over the GBs, specially when it concerns close music thematic,

“the oddest thing: the audience wave money and call them over, and pay to have songs sung about themselves”

that image of a show spectators bearing in evidence big Dollars in every pleasant line is not a local exclusivity, rather a general tradition anchored for ages over the whole Southern Mediterranean coastline, in Constantine the practice is referred by “rashq”. in fact over the years it becomes so natural that you not notice it at all, and finally find it very human. Using western marks, it’s nothing more than a substitute of the applauses, I documented myself that the act of clapping hands as a sign of satisfaction/encouragement/agreement was unknown in the far past among the Arabs
the word “rashq” literally translates “the tray” as well as verb “to plant” [money], the double meaning is far from contradictory, since in the musical show the planted money falls in a tray placed well in evidence in front of the stage
economically, “the tray” has also a meaning, if you are an entertainer you negociate with the show promoter the percent of wage from the cash, “the tray” is the part of the artist in totality. I witnessed contracts where the musician only touches “the tray”, meaning that the promoter doesn’t pay a dime for the show and that the artist is surely confident of his impact on the audience. In reality in function of the mood of the audience who more than 50% of the time is hashstoned, and the tunes you play, you can earn with the tray much more than any wage you ever dream
technically, the act by itself is a full part of the show, sometimes indecent as incrusting a scroll of $s inside the y-shirt of the girl dancer, sometimes it can be just cute, but the usage is that the singer should shout the name of the giver, it’s the least he can do. I heard many cute anecdotes related to the practice, some are worth posting, as the image of Sting surprised by bursts of bills at every “lily ya lil, dream of rain” he shouts, the last anecdote I heard is about a rai singer receiving a throw on his nose [a la Berlusconi] of the keys of a brand new Mercedes
You know, some neighbors of the poor moors crossed by AA Gill over the article, it’s a law of nature, don’t really know what to do with their money overflow


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Still inside the museum

Little fingerprints long gone … S.M. ‘s line brought back more memories of working in the museum. The fingerprint test was the mark of the popularity of an exhibit. I know. I had to clean them off every morning. The founder of the museum was a 19th century collector who was in Japan, China, Burma, New Zealand in the 1870s. The most popular exhibit of all in the “little fingerprint” test was a Maori shrunken tattooed head. The exhibit was discovered by every kid who came in there and the accompanying card was the clincher. It said that the number of tattoos showed the rank of a chief, the more the higher. When visitors started buying the heads (of enemies killed in war), the tattoo quantity set the price. Then, said the card, the practice of fleecing the tourist was started by tattooing slaves, killing them and selling the shrunken heads. Every kid found that card. The first one shrieked it out loud to the others and within seconds everyone had their fingers pressed against the glass. So as not to offend visiting fierce rugby teams, I'm not saying the card was true, but that's what it said.

The teenage kids had a more irritating habit when the teachers' backs were turned, which was placing lighted cigarettes on marble statues. Some statues you could get them in the mouth, but the buttocks or elsewhere were also used. Another practice with teenage schoolgirls was drawing or embossing lipstick marks on statues. I won't say where was most popular, but they were a swine to get off, and while you were getting them off you were the source of much amusement for the passing public.


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Posted by:

Jerry

Web: My link

Serenity, For you, Rosanne doing "Girl From the North Country" very nice...


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: Paul (Simon) and George

Westcoaster: Paul Simon and George Harrison performed those songs together on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in the mid-1970s. The entire show is available on an official DVD box set of that entire season of SNL, and I'm surprised the ever-vigilant Lorne Michaels allows that copyrighted performance up on YouTube (though likely not for long).


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: The Perfect Blend

While standing on my deck watching the snow fall just now, a song came into my head. George Harrison, "Here Comes the Sun." So I came in to see what I could find on You tube.

Well I found many of George & others. What I did find tho' is too perfect. I don't know where or when it was because they were very young. Paul Simon, & George do both Here comes the Sun & Homeward Bound together. Well MAN! I don't think you could hear a more perfect blend of vocal harmonies, and acoustic guitars.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: Correction

On the recent Rick Danko release, "Live at Dylan's Cafe, Washington, DC, December 8, 1987," the title of the Carter Family song is listed as "Sunny Side of Life," not "Keep on the Sunny Side" as I wrote earlier today. With Rick's soulful singing it was a wonderful song no matter what the right title, though. It's hard to believe he's been gone ten years. I'm happy for the new releases that keep coming and hope there will be more in the coming year. Those help keep me on the sunny side.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Musical guests

Here are Dave's & Conan's musical guests,etc. for anyone interested.

Monday, December 14: Hugh Grant (Did You Hear About the Morgans?) Zoe Saldana (Avatar), Alicia Keys (CD, "The Element of Freedom")

Tuesday, December 15: Sarah Jessica Parker (Did You Hear About the Morgans?), Leona Lewis(CD, "Echo")

Wednesday, December 16: Robert Downey, Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Martin Short, Kris Allen (CD, "Kris Allen")

Thursday, December 17: Holiday Toy Demo. Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Matisyahu

Friday, December 18: Tobey Maguire (Brothers), Comedian Tom Dreesen, Alicia Keys (CD, "The Element of Freedom")

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Conan O'Brien:

Mon. Adam Lambert

Tues. Norah Jones

Thurs. Robin Thicke

Fri. Foreigner,[ I hope beyond hope, they sing," I Want To Know What Love Is?". I know I'm just dreaming].

CYA soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The Return of The Curse of The Mummy Part Two

I went to that museum. There was a nasty green mould on the glass round the mummy, the kids were scared of it, and the temperature dropped ten degrees next to the case. There was a "mood" around it that made you shudder, but that museum was seedy, even by the standards of Niagara Falls. No one knew then that it was old Ramses.


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Posted by:

Jan F.

Web: My link

SM-my former employer, Emory University, jumped at the chance the buy the mummy collection from the museum at Niagara Falls. They had only a few days (?) weeks (?) I can't remember exactly to raise the money or it would be sold to someone else -- a private collector I think. They did raise the money, bought the collection and moved it to Atlanta. The great folks at the Michael Carlos Museum at Emory (along with researchers from the medical school) studied the mummies and discovered that one of them was Ramses I. In an agreement with the government of Egypt, they sent him back home where he belonged. Emory will now be the beneficiary of a loan agreement with Egypt and be able to display artifacts that have never been out of Egypt before now. Pretty cool, huh?



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Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland Tx

Subject: That forgotten "Island" song...

Other "Christmas Must Be Tonight" covers Joan Osborn (very good) Carolyn Arends Benjamin R. Leslie Ritter and Scott Pitito I don't know who these people are but that doesn't mean anything.... Last but not least, drum roll please..... HALL AND OATES!!


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Posted by:

S.M.

Subject: Egypt

All this talk of Egypt and museums brings to mind a trip to a tiny " museum " in Niagara Falls about 20 or so years ago.

I was about ten years old and had a great interest in ancient Rome and Egypt(still do), and I just had to see the mummy there.

My mother, brother and I wandered around completely alone in this icy room- quite free to touch the glass case the mummy was in.

Quite different now- that mummy turned out to be Ramses 1 and is back in Egypt. Under strict security in an honoured place. No longer a Niagara Falls tourist attraction oddity.

Little fingerprints long gone.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Roseanne Cash [again]

Here's another article on this album. I just may buy it, as I do like the songs, and of course the singer.

October 5, 2009 - When Rosanne Cash was 18, her father (you may have heard of him; some call him the Man in Black) presented her with a gift: a list of 100 essential country songs, chosen to help the budding singer-songwriter connect with and better understand the music that came before her.

She was more focused on writing her own songs than on interpreting the songs of others, and she succeeded in becoming known as a songwriter. Rosanne Cash recorded several No. 1 country hits, then left Nashville and established herself as a singer-songwriter in the indie-rock world.

After holding onto that list for the past few decades, Cash decided to turn her father's gift into a singularly personal new album — titled, not surprisingly, The List. The 12-track disc, the younger Cash's first recording made up entirely of other writers' songs, collects her interpretations of titles from her father's list. Among the artists who've joined her for featured tracks are Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Rufus Wainwright.

The List

So how did her father come to prepare a list for her? "When I was 18 years old, I went on the road with my dad after I graduated from high school. And we were riding on the tour bus one day, kind of rolling through the South, and he mentioned a song," Cash says. "We started talking about songs, and he mentioned one, and I said I don't know that one. And he mentioned another. I said, 'I don't know that one either, Dad,' and he became very alarmed that I didn't know what he considered my own musical genealogy. So he spent the rest of the afternoon making a list for me, and at the end of the day, he said, 'This is your education.' And across the top of the page, he wrote '100 Essential Country Songs.'" Despite his own label, Johnny Cash didn't limit his choices with a strict definition of "country" music. "The list might have been better titled '100 Essential American Songs,' because it was very comprehensive. He covered every critical point in Southern and American music: early folk songs, protest songs, Delta blues, Southern gospel, early country music, Appalachian. Everything that fed into modern country music was on that list."

Cash is primarily known as a singer-songwriter; she performs her own songs, and not typically covers. How did she feel about recording an album of other people's songs?

"It was a little scary at first, because I didn't ever want to put my voice front and center. You know, I was a songwriter; that was the torch I carried. This is an honorable profession. This is what I do. I'm a songwriter," she says. "My voice just serves what I'm writing about. So to let all that go, I mean, bring the sensibilities of it actually to the song choices, but to just be the interpreter was incredibly liberating, really fun."

Preserving A Legacy

Cash says there is a legacy to preserve — and it isn't just her father's.

"You know, people who weren't around to hear Patsy Cline's version of 'She's Got You,' or a song like 'Take These Chains,' or never heard Ray Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music or Hank Snow or any of these people. So, I always felt like, you can't imagine the Scots or the Irish without Celtic music," she says. "You can't imagine us, the Americans, without these songs. They are so important to us. You know, it would be a tragedy if they were just, you know, you had to — if they were just in a museum, or if they were just archived somewhere; if they weren't still being performed."

CYA soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Roseanne Cash

This album was in my news from my music store. It really sounds like a must-have for Roseanne Cash Fans. "Long Black Veil" is worth the purchase. Lots of really goodies.

"THE LIST" is a testament to both Cash Jr.'s vocal talents and Cash Sr.'s catholic taste."

"'500 Miles,' made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary, is an unexpected little gem that showcases Cash's vocal talents, clear and direct as the song she sings."

"[T]he spotlight is rightfully on Cash, who sails gently through 'Miss the Mississippi and You' while deliciously strolling through Hank Snow's 'I'm Movin' On.'"

After the dark and chilling themes of 2006's BLACK CADILLAC, which saw Rosanne Cash dealing with the deaths of her mother, Vivian Liberto, her father, Johnny Cash, and her stepmother, June Carter Cash -- all of whom passed within a two-year span -- one might assume that her next project would move into an even deeper level of bleakness, but with THE LIST, it's immediately clear that she has instead found a more measured place to stand. It's a lovely and redemptive outing that looks back to go forward. When Cash turned 18, her father, alarmed that his daughter only knew the songs that were getting played on the radio, gave her a list of what he considered 100 essential American songs; Cash kept that list, and now she's drawn on it for this wonderfully nuanced outing that brims with a kind of redemptive timelessness. THE LIST is a renewal and a testament to life, and it belongs to her father as much as it belongs to her, a beautiful restatement of her father's passions, only now, they've become his daughter's treasures, as well. It's an affirming story, but that's all it would be if Cash didn't sing her heart out here. The opener, a version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Miss the Mississippi and You," is full of comfortable grace and sentiment, and Cash keeps that fine emotional tone throughout this set. Songs like the folk classic "500 Miles" feel at once both lovingly rendered and reborn for a new century in Cash's hands. There's also her fine rendering of Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," a nice turn at Harlan Howard's "Heartaches by the Number" (which features Elvis Costello), a calm but still spooky duet with Jeff Tweedy on the faux-murder ballad "Long Black Veil," and a duet with Bruce Springsteen on Hal David and Paul Hampton's "Sea of Heartbreak." Cash sings with a calm, measured authority, and all these the songs fit together with the same sort of refreshing resignation and care.

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CYA soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: The Charlie Poole Project... and the Roots of The Band

Having had a chance to really absorb the two CDs of music and the great book from the new Loudoun Wainwright III release, "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," I have to place this collection at the top of my favorite CDs of 2009 list. It's a really amazing accomplishment--especially from an artist with such a long recording history--and one at an age when many musicians simply set their careers on cruise control.

I also noticed a couple of connections to The Band. One is the opening of the song "Sweet Sunny South" which quotes the chorus of "Keep on the Sunny Side," a Carter Family song with origins down in old Virginny. Rick Danko often sang the song in concert during the later years of his life and it seemed like his motto in life.

There are also four bonus tracks available for free download at the Charlie Poole project website. One of these tunes, "Shootin' Creek," borrows the melody from the old time Appalachian fiddle tune, "Cripple Creek," but quotes the words to another folk standard, "Ida Red." "Ida" is the song which supposedly inspired Chuck Berry's first hit record, the 1955 classic, "Maybelline." So by that heritage, we can say Maybelline came from Cripple Creek. Or something like that.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Dyslexia Rules! KO?

Sorry. Egypt. I think I'm catching dyslexia. Must be the cold weather.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Inside the museum infinity goes on trial … well, not really, but every time I say the word “museum” it pops into my head.

When I used to work in a museum twixt school and university, I used to spend sunny afternoons in what had been the drawing room of the house. There, right by me, was Napoleon’s portable wine cooler. Thick wood, metal lined, circular and over a metre in diameter at the top. As we had Eygptian child mummies in store (but not on display), I often wondered whether it had been effective in Eygpt, and thought you’d get a fair few bottles of Corsican white wine in that.


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Posted by:

Serenity

NORM: What a beautiful post. Memories are always a good thing. Your granddaughter is a sweetie no doubt. Elena is a very pretty name.

DLEW: No, I never posted his death. 104 is a ripe old age. Must have taken good care of himself.

STEVE: Nice piece of history, and you know how I love history

EMPTY NOW: re: belly dancing. A good way to lose weight and keep in shape.

PETER: If only they could freeze-dry maple syrup, then we would be all set with the real good stuff,like here in Elmira, Ontario.

ROWDY/ JEFF: Thanx for the greeting, here's one I thought nice.

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Christmas is a season, For gifts of every kind; All the glittering, pretty things That Christmas shoppers find;

Baubles, beads, and bangles Of silver and gold. Anything and everything That can be bought or sold,

Is given at this season To place beneath the tree; For Christmas is a special time For giving lavishly.

But there’s one rare and priceless gift That can’t be sold or bought, It’s something poor or rich can give For it’s a loving thought.

And loving thoughts are something For which no one can pay, And only loving hearts can give This priceless gift away.

Written By: Author Unknown

Wishing You and Your Loved Ones a Merry Christmas full of Loving Thoughts…

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Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Steve

Empty, reading Peter's link took up my GB time this morning and preparing for some very cold weather coming our way will take up my afternoon but I'll get back to you soon on everyone's favorite French Emperor's very short visit to Egypt.


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Subject: Peter V / Steve

Thank you very much for the linked article, there's nothing controversial, i meant as controversial as my GB posts, it starts as a very lucide snapshot on the current actuality of the country, rapidly displays the intractability to capture the current actuality in its absolute reality, then it retires to a diffuse journey through the past...

Steve : waiting for any reading of your's about the Napoleaon campain of Egypt, if any, i have some Jeaopardy questions


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Algeria

Empty Now, A.A. Gill did a long and well-written, though perhaps controversial, article on Algeria in yesterday's Sunday Times Magazine. See link.


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

Subject: baladi

if more intereseted with the lyrics of my previous linked song, one has to know that from the Algerian point of view and mental structure, Zinedin Zidane is not a Frenchman. it just remains to the mental structure to explain by what miracle France won her orphan Cup

knowing my posting style, as soon as i cited an inedit and exotic musical genre in The Band GB, a serial of posts and links exclusively dedicated will follow.
Maybe only Steve will care that eyewitnesses reported that Baladi was appreciated by Napoleon Bonaparte during the conquest of Egypt 1798-1801, the future Emperor had time between battles and narrow geostratyegic planings to casually attend a Baladi show

watch out GBers, from the link above Four Thousand Years History are complentating us!


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Posted by:

rollie

Subject: howdy

Happy Holidays to the gang here at the guestbook! Cheers,Jeff Newsom


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Posted by:

NB

Subject: dlewsional from downunder

Okey dokey, and tisket - a - tasket, but did the writer of the Hokey-Pokey have a yellow and green casket ? NB


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Did Serenity post about the lyric writer, Robert Degen, of 'The Hokey Pokey' Dying?

Even if she didn't, tragic news. He was 104. Lived in Scranton. The funeral, however, was even more tragic. It all started when they were dressing the body for the casket. They put his left leg in, and it all fell over from there...


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Subject: Levon on Spectacle with Elvis Costello

FYI: The Levon episode (also with Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and Allen Tousssaint) airs Wed. Dec. 23 at 22:OO hours. Those two U2 guys didn't do much for me last week. But as Northern Girl likes 'em, I kinda somewhat pretend I do too. NB.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Lovely story, Norm. As you find out, as long as the boat has a funnel of some kind, it's OK.


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Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland Tx

Subject: Christmas on Christmas

Whooa. Even if it's been posted before, Darlene Love covers "Christmas Must Be Tonight." It's on ITunes, and it kicks ass.


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Posted by:

Young Hippie

Subject: Little Ricky & holiday season

RIP Rick Danko. Happy holidays to Jan H. & everybody else.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Norm

Real nice. You are just an old "softie". :-)


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: The "Spirit" of Christmas - Silver Bells

December 10, I spent most the day laying around my family room. Listening to Cryin' Heart Blues, watching some of Festival Express and Disc 6 of a Musical History, reading the book and looking at pictures. Remembering a time when 5 young guys set the world on fire with unique music. I think Rick Danko showed people how to enjoy life.

The next night with my youngest daughter Amanda, and my newest grand daughter "Elena" now seven weeks old I visited comfortably by a big fire. Amanda was standing looking out over the water into the night while a soft snow was falling a little. She said, "Dad, wasn't it out there some where that you spent that Christmas eve on the Union boat when you were little?" That reminded me, and I hadn't thought about it for a long while.

I think I told that story here, quite a few years ago, maybe the first year I participated here. We lived on Reid Island, about 30 miles above Powell River. My dad ran a small logging operation there with about 20 guys working in the bush. Usually the work year got finished about the second week of Dec. but for some reason that year, they worked pretty late. As it was 1949 and I was 5 years old I don't remember. Any way we were going to Vancouver to spent Christmas with my dad's folks, our grand parents. The Union Steamship Lines ran a small fleet of steamers that serviced the coast pretty well right to Alaska. (An interesting history can be found online, and a real good book of that history in my library, is called "Whistle up the Inlet.)

Well we got on that ship Christmas eve, I think it was the "Cardina". We were pretty well right out in front of where I live here now, just getting down into Malaspina Strait. I remember kneeling on this big leather seat, with my nose pressed against the window staring out into the dark night watching huge snow flakes fluttering down, with my heart in my mouth. My mum came along, and I guess by the look on my face she said, "What's wrong dear?" I said, "How is Santa going to find us out on this boat?" She just smiled and said oh don't worry he'll find you, come and sit in the loung with me.

Well to me, living in a little logging camp with no electricity in our bunk house this lounge was unbelievable. A huge Christmas tree all decorated and lit up. As we sat there this young guy in a suit came strolling in whistling. He spied the piano along the wall, and went over and sat down, and ran thru some scales I guess. Then he played "Silver Bells". Well having no music but the old wind up grammaphone, or the big battery radio, that was the most beautiful thing I ever heard. To this day that is my favourite Christmas song. So pretty soon I got hustled off to my bunk in our state room. I hung a stocking on a coat hook that was by my bunk. When I got up in the morning there was a candy cane, a mandarine orange, & this little wind up dog in there. I pondered over that for a long time, how Santa found us out there.

So now you all think about your favourite Christmas story, and be thankful for, and enjoy what you have. We live in a country where there are no bombs falling, and no machine gun fire. Try and do something nice for a stranger and don't let the stress of this time overwhelm you. It is a time for peace on earth, which should last year round. Lets all hope that in a new year it will improve and there will be less hungry people on this earth.

I have already got my best Christmas present. The tiny hand of a new baby girl wrapped tightly around my little finger.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny
Web: My link

Subject: WNCW Top Discs of the Year Contest

Thanks for all the positive comments about my list of favorite CDs of the year. I enjoy doing that here every year, and confess I get some help putting it together from a much longer list provided by a North Carolina-based pubic radio station [linked above]. They have a contest each year where anyone can enter to possibly win the top 100 CDs selected by their listeners. They also archive lists from previous years. Since I don't own all the discs on my list this year, I found their list to be a good reminder of recent releases I've heard which impressed me. I noticed I previously posted the wrong title for one 2-CD set on my list, Loudoun Wainwright's "High, Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project" which wins best-package and liner notes of the year of anything I've seen. It's also bargain priced like that great new Tom Petty live 4-CD set (which I forgot to include on my list!).

This brings me back to "Cousin Brucie" Morrow who helped establish the American fascination with lists at WABC-AM back in the 1960s when he would host the weekly Top 20 countdown show (years before Casey Casem) and the station would send out free top 100 lists this time of year to listers who sent in a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Mr. Morrow is very modest about this today and simply credits the BILLBOARD charts with the idea, but the WABC guys made it a lot more fun.


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Web: My link

Subject: Slidewinder (Roy Rogers)

Thanks David for your response a while back. I'd heard of it but never heard it. Also learning from you that Hooker and Toussaint helped out on this CD piqued my interest, so I headed to Amazon for a listen there, but strangely, all their samples for Roy's CD are actually Junior Wells tunes. I guess they could have at least screwed up with JB Hutto, who also has a CD entitled Slidewinder.

I eventually sampled RR's Slidewinder, including Terraplane Blues, elsewhere. The samples left me wanting to hear more, partly because they were good but partly because they were so short, or so it seemed. It could also find its way into my Christmas stocking , depending on how good a (northern) Boy I've been this year, but it's getting crowded in there already. NB.


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Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Sticks And Stones

That's all that native Americans needed to make maple syrup. The tree provided the sap, the wood for the fire, the handle for the ax to chop through the bark to get the sap to flow, a small twig to stick into the gash so the sap could run along it and drip into a wooden bowl, the wood for the fire, the sticks to get the fire started and the trough to boil the sap in.

The stones for the axe head, possibly the flint to help start the fire and stones to heat to toss into the trough and steam off the excess water.

The process before iron kettles involved heating stones in a fire and then dropping them into the sap to boil off the excess water. They probably weren't concerned about making light, fancy grade A syrup for the tourist trade.

It was a remarkably self enclosed system to make a delicious sugar; a tree and a stone.


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: US Breakfasts; Adam; Levon's drumming

BAcon, Eggs, Pancakes, maybe french toast, all soaked in Maple Syrup... best tasting breakfast ever. Why am I fat today?

Adam: really enjoyed your (I don't want to say attempts, because it was clearly more than that, but anyway, I'll have to say it...) attempts at identifying. I can't add to the debate, since I've not heard the album, but there's something very satisfying about identifying a musician: here on radio, the convict policy ('flog it to death') is currently being given to 'Gold' by John Stewart (of hte Three Kinsmen): it was easy, of course, to pick Stevie Nicks' backing vocals, but even though it's obvious (because Stevie's presence makes it likely), picking Lindsay Buckingham's guitar was pretty cool too...

David P: (I think it was David P.) Thanks for that info on Levon's drumming - the tuning... I wonder if that is why you can 'sing along' to many of Levon's parts - the mark of a great drummer, of course...


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Maple syrup

… is pretty expensive here. I often wondered, when you go into a chain restaurant in the USA or Britain and order pancakes and get a sizeable jug of "maple syrup", that surely isn't the real thing, is it? I always assumed that mostly it was "maple syrup flavoured sugar syrup with brown dye". If not, at UK prices for maple syrup, they'd be running at a loss. It always puzzled me. The maple syrup we get from a good supermarket for £6 or £7 a small bottle tastes a lot stronger.

And ketchup … restaurants and hotels can more or less throw in a third or half bottle of Heinz ketchup with a meal. They're not paying 75p for a small bottle then.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Location: Kitchener,Ont.

Subject: Maple syrup

MAPLE SYRUP: The best can be found in Elmira,Ontario.Amish country,where they make the best. People come from all over to their festival. Once you taste it, you will say it's the best.

NORBERT: Even you would love our Canadian maple syrup. Nothing better on pancakes.

S M:I have a very good pancake mix that can be kept for ages at room temperature. Takes powdered milk,sugar, flour and baking powder. When ready to use just add water and oil. They are very fluffy, and yummy.

BEG: Thanx for the great links. Very nice pics of our RICK and RICHARD.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Fred

Angelina: it's not another year older, rather it's another year wiser : )


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Posted by:

Steve

Charlie, thanks for the heads up on maple syrup in Virginia. First I've heard of syrup being made that far south.

I'm guessing ( in an educated sort of way)that their sap must be low in sugar and that it takes more gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup than it does here.

Here the average is about 28 gallons. They must be considerably higher. The sugar content of trees is higher in the northern part of the sugar maple's range.

Just out of curiosity what does it sell for. \ I was amazed by the difference in price just between here and the Boston area this year. We can buy it for about $6 for an 1/8 of a gallon, 17 oz can. IN Boston it was $14 for a slightly smaller container, but we live in the heart of the maple syrup world.70% of world production is made here.

Joan, did that guy in Vermont make maple butter or candy?


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Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: Maple syrup

Don't like it.


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Posted by:

S.M.

Location: Maple syrup

President's Choice #1 light maple syrup in a lovely bottle that can be reused to make flavoured vinegars or whatever.

Serve the syrup over these healthy " pancakes":2 eggs,1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats and 1/2 cup cottage cheese processed in blender until smooth. Add 1/3cup blueberries. Cook on griddle like regular pancakes.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Charlie, thanks again for your records of the year list. I couldn't track down all the ones I wanted, but I did get Jesse Winchester's "Love Filling Station" which has been playing constantly all day and is excellent. One of the major joys of this GB is getting recommendations for music.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny
Web: My link

Subject: Maple Syrup

It must have been the power of suggestion from this syrup talk that forced me to have Virginia-made maple syrup on French toast for breakfast this morning. I'd picked this pricey little plastic jug of syrup up in an Amish market recently and I think I'm sold on it now. The link above is to the family-owned company that makes it in a tiny town called Bolar, Virginia--just this side of the West Virginia state border.

The company posts a Christian bible verse on their website but I think having their syrup on French toast made from Jewish Hallah bread during Hannukah was a nice multi-cultural treat.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Maple syrup

Years ago we rented a house for the ski season in Chester Vermont. Behind the house was a 'sugsring shsck" As we got closer to spring the fellow up the road who was caretaker for the house, started making maple syrup in the shack. It was fascinating to watch. He worked through the night. We were so honored when he gave us a bottle of the first run (beautifully clear and light). We also had "sugar on snow". You take some warm syrup and put it on fresh snow. It quickly hardens into a candy like treat. Before that I mostly knew Log Cabin. Now I'm spoiled. I only like the real thing.


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Posted by:

Steve

Subject: Log Cabin, Say What!

Joe Mackay, my old buddy, dead now, who added the cautionary, " Always get the whoa before the impact" to my lexicon, made the best maple syrup on earth. He was Quebec's Maple King several times in the 50's and 60's.

But after his lifetime buddy and competitor in everything agriculture, Bob Bennett, bought his neighbor's farm and started producing syrup from the sugar bush on it Joe couldn't win the Provincial title or even the local one.

Bob's maple forest was one of the very few that grew on really sandy soil.

In maple competitions they classify the syrup according to several criteria; viscosity, sugar content,color , flavour and a few others that escape me at the moment. Once Bob joined in Joe could never beat him because of colour.

The 3 years I made syrup with Joe you could count on him bringing up the subject of Bob and his goddamn extra light syrup as we sat in front of the arch feeding the fire and drawing off finished syrup.

Joe's complaint was that even though his syrup was light enough in colour to get full points for colour, since Bob's was even lighter judges always subtracted points from everyone else when they compared all the other entries to Bob's.

Whenever time was passing slowly in front of the arch I'd just have to mention the colour of Bob's syrup and Joe would go on for half an hour about the injustice involved in the judging.

Just by looking at syrup Joe could tell you what point in the season it had been made.If he tasted it he could tell you if it had been boiled at high or moderate temperature and usually what type of soil the trees grew on and if pipeline or buckets had been used to gather it. Bob and Joe would both be 90 if they were still around. Two tough old hombres.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: Deep in the snowy woods

Subject: Flapjacks and uptight turkeys

A long time ago a fellow from Berlin, NH came down to my house to hunt deer with bow and arrow. We had both been in the Veteran's Frat at Plymouth State in the mid-70s. He brought some of his home-made maple syrup and he was anxious to see what I thought of it.

My wife cooked up some flapjacks for us and he was watching my first bite closely. I was honest with him. While it wasn't "Log Cabin," (but then, what is?) I told him it was nevertheless, pretty good. He's dead now, poor bastard was suffering from Agent Orange, which he had picked up in Viet Nam. And he never got over that maple syrup disappointment.

I just went into town and all of our turkeys were hanging around the driveway on the way out. I took a good look at one of the big hens and her face said it all: we have nothing to eat and we're worried about it. So I brought back some cracked corn. The only problem is: once you start feeding them you have to keep it up, because they rely on the hand-outs as long as the snow is covering up the acorns. I like to watch them eat in the backyard.


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Posted by:

Empty Now

the Egyptian accent surtout


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

Subject: around a football game

The context:
Things became more violent the day the Algerian team won the play_off game against Egypt for the qualification to 2010 World-Cup. several Algerian players have been wounded by hooligans under "police protection" before the game in Cairo. Meanwhile an orchestrated campaign of insults and verbal violences against everything algerian started long before, in TV channels, newspapers, public and official declarations, etc... non stop in the everyday until today
among the remanent insults against Algeria (of course considered as "insult" from the Egyptian point of view and mental structure, some are as silly as "those Algerian boys are too handsome to be good footballers" (i'm curious to get Al Edge's take of this remark, just for The Band connection)

The reaction:
from our side of the "Fotball Game", the controversial polemics is rather viewed with derision... very representative of the dominant mood is the above linked song which is a local top chart, a way to deal with our brothers from the Nile with the best North-African humour, the musical style is rather pure Egyptian (a country genre called "baladi"), and so is everything in the song, manners and the gestual if the GBers can make the difference

some lines
"Oh son of the Nile, father of all Civilizations, how did you fall so low"
"The Sphynx doesn't score any goal, Zidane does"
"If mouth and tongue were weapons, Israel would never have won a war"


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Posted by:

Steve

IILKA, Soya sauce and maple syrup? You could get deported from Quebec for even mentioning that combination. You might even be shot first and then deported, I'll have to check the law concerning such a depravity. I'll also check into where such people/corpses are deported to. I'm guessing somewhere that they've never even heard of maple syrup.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Sign 'o' the times

Borders UK went bust this week, and I dropped in to their closing down "everything must go" sale. As they haven't had any decent CDs for months it wasn't going to be exciting. As I said recently, that was a large store with not a single Rolling Stones CD in stock.

But browsing the CDs today I was next to a young couple also looking through the CDs. 'It's a bastard Borders closing,' the boy said, 'I won't know what to download now.'

Exactly. I bought a small stack of music books at 40% off, enough to keep me reading for a while.

So Virgin went, leaving HMV and Borders as the only national chain music stores. Now Borders has gone too. HMV, who own Waterstones, will now have the virtual monopoly in CD / DVD stores AND in bookstores. Nothing against them (and HMV has improved since it got the near-monopoly) but that is a disaster for music lovers and book lovers.


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Posted by:

Mike & Kim Hayward

Web: My link

Subject: Larry Campbell's "facebook" fan page.


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Posted by:

Ilkka

Location: Nodic Countries

Subject: Ketchup??? Forget it!

Steve, we enjoy Canadian Mapple Syrup every week with pancakes! I mix my own cheap Chinese wok sauce by mixing it with soya sauce. They call it for "cross-over cooking" in the high streets restaurants. It costs for hundred times more.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

.....a year late I'm still a klutz with computers.

Rick Danko 1990


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Rick Danko......Cafe Lena Saratoga Springs, NY around 1990

Photo added by Sam from A Tribute To Rick Danko and Richard Manuel Facebook

Hi Julie Girl! Hi biffalo bull.....You always remind me of Bif Naked. lol

Yesterday I turned a year older....and I'm still into The Band! ;-D



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Posted by:

biffalo bull

Subject: tribute

a mighty sweet tribute to the Band and Rick Danko, by "Born Ruffians" along with family members and freinds at The Boat, a couple of nites ago


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Gimmie Shelter

A few days after our discussion on Live Stones 1969, I was idly channel hopping before going to bed and caught the last 30 or 40 minutes of "Gimmie Shelter." Grace Slick's comments were more inane even than Mick Jagger's, but then again Marty Balin had just been floored. The Grateful Dead seemed remarkably urbane when told about it, but I guess they'd suggested the Hell's Angels in the first place. The only musical bit that jumped out for me from Airplane or the Stones was Jack Casady's bass playing, always extraordinary. Otherwise, you can't take your eyes off the succession of images. The Hell's Angel who keeps staring at Mick Jagger, in what appears to be a mixture of loathing and lust, looks like he just walked out of "Prison Break."


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Football

DAVID: The Governor, Ronald Reagan should know a bit about football. If I'm not mistaken he played one in "Knute Rockne" with Pat O'Brien.An excellent movie.

CYA soon xoxoxo



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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Gene Barry dies at 90 RIP

Love this man, and watched every show he was in, including the musical, "Red Garters" with Guy Mitchell [another fave of mine], and Rosemary Clooney. So this is music related as he was a song and dance man, and good at it too.

Gene Barry, Actor of TV, Film and Stage, Dies at 90: December 11, 2009

Gene Barry, who portrayed debonair lawmen on television but whose career of more than 60 years ranged from song and dance on Broadway to science fiction, died Wednesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 90 and lived in Beverly Hills until about a year ago.

Mr. Barry mixed musical comedy and show-business memories in a show at the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel in 1999. His death, at an assisted-living facility, was confirmed by his daughter, Elizabeth.

As the dapper star of “Bat Masterson” from 1958 to 1961, Mr. Barry sported a derby hat, gilt-tipped cane and spangled vest in the days, as the theme song said, “when the West was very young.” (The real Bat, whose full name was William Barclay Masterson, was a gambler, gunslinger and marshal who spent his later years as a New York newspaperman and died in 1921.)

In “Burke’s Law” (1963-66), Mr. Barry played the equally insouciant Los Angeles police captain, Amos Burke, an independently wealthy crime fighter with a mansion, a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce and a stream of beautiful women. In its third and final season, Burke changed professions and the show was renamed “Amos Burke, Secret Agent.” A generation later, in the 1994-95 season, Mr. Barry reprised the role, this time as chief of detectives.

Mr. Barry starred as a magazine tycoon in “The Name of the Game” (1968-71), in which he rotated starring roles with Anthony Franciosa and Robert Stack. He also starred as a wealthy movie celebrity and secret government agent in “The Adventurer” in 1972-73.

He won a Tony nomination in 1984 for his performance as Georges, the less flamboyant half of a gay couple, in “La Cage Aux Folles,” the first Broadway musical in which the principal lovers were gay men. Mr. Barry “proves a most sensitive foil — far more sensitive than you’d ever guess from his starring roles on such television series as ‘Bat Masterson’ and ‘The Name of the Game,’ ” Frank Rich wrote in The New York Times, adding that Mr. Barry sang his love songs “with tender directness.”

Mr. Barry said at the time, “I’m not playing a homosexual — I’m playing a person who cares deeply about another person.”

In 1999, Mr. Barry combined musical comedy with show business reminiscences in the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan, in a show that included among other things a Maurice Chevalier impersonation. He had made his nightclub debut in the Latin Quarter in 1962.

Gene Barry was born Eugene Klass on June 14, 1919, in New York to Martin Klass, a jeweler, and Eva Klass. He was attending New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn when he won a singing contest and a scholarship to the Chatham Square School of Music. While studying there, he began singing on the New York radio station WHN.

He soon went from the Catskills to Manhattan bistros to Broadway productions, making his debut in the labor musical “Pins and Needles.” He also performed in a series of operettas at Carnegie Hall and in Broadway productions of “Rosalinda,” “The Merry Widow” and “The Would-Be Gentleman.”

The impresario Mike Todd hired him to play opposite Mae West in “Catherine Was Great” (1944). Mr. Barry met his wife, Betty, who acted under the name Julie Carson, during rehearsals.

He left “Catherine” for the musical “Glad to See You” and then moved on to straight acting roles, winning a Critic’s Circle Award for his leading role in an Equity Library production of “Idiot’s Delight.”

Mr. Barry signed a Hollywood contract in 1951. Two years later he starred in perhaps his most famous movie role, the scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester, in the George Pal production of “War of the Worlds,” based on the H. G. Wells novel. He also had a role in 2005 as Tom Cruise’s ex-father-in-law in the Steven Spielberg remake. His more than 20 movies also included “Soldier of Fortune” (1955), with Clark Gable and Susan Hayward, and “Thunder Road” (1958), with Robert Mitchum.

From the 1950s through the 1980s, Mr. Barry appeared in scores of television specials and series, including “Playhouse 90,” “General Electric Theater,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

His wife of 58 years died in 2003. Besides his daughter, Elizabeth, of Los Angeles, he is survived by two sons, Michael L. and Frederick J., both of Topanga, Calif., three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In an interview with Nan Jarrett for an Internet fan site in 2000, Mr. Barry recalled that he was appearing in the final season of the television comedy “Our Miss Brooks” when a producer asked him to play Bat Masterson.

“The idea of playing a saddle-type cowboy was repulsive to me,” he said. “Then he told me about the derby hat and cane, and I went by the costume department and saw the outfit that Masterson would wear, and I couldn’t resist.”

CYA soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Levon's drumming

David P - I think a great & recent example of your descrription is his drumming on False Hearted Lover Blues from Dirt Farmer. Play it loud!


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Man Behind The Drums

One of the trademark's of Levon's approach to the drums is the way he tunes them to get a woody thud sound. His toms are usually muffled, as he often adjusts the lug nuts on the skins so that the sound will dip down after he hits them.


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Posted by:

Steve

Ah yes, David, that other brand that's made from tomatoes that grow on a stunted, bush type ( determinate variety) plant. The brand known for being overly seedy and leaving a bitter after taste. The tomatoes produced by these plants are large, soft and highly seedy. They were the preferred variety for throwing at politicians back when it was an accepted form of grassroots political commentary.


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Posted by:

Bill M

I don't know most of the stuff on Serenity's list, but I was impressed to see so much Kanye West. I'm not good with titles, but I think I saw a video from one of them, the one where Taylor Swift comes out with a sledgehammer and demolishes his turntable ...


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Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Eric Clapton & friends

LINK: To RS's article on a tour with Eric Clapton and friends. Looks like a goodie. Tour dates are also here, as well as all the others who will be going along with him.

CYA soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Bill M

Adam: I listened closely, as promised, and have come the conclusion that if we're not listening to different mixes then we'll just have to agree to disagree. If those are fills, in my books meaty they ain't. Listen to the hit at 2:36 (two after "want to") - seems too wussy to have been Levon.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

LINK: Check this out for the 100 Best Albums Of The Decade. I wonder who puts these together. I'm sure a lot here won't agree with it.

CYA soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Lennon & Reagan

Charlie: Also in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth that evening was Ronald Reagan, then governor of California. He found himself upstaged by the former Beatle and Mr. Cosell, who knew who was truly most important, delegated Reagan's interview to his broadcast partner, Frank Gifford. At one point, off camera, the Governor attempted to explain some of the rules of American football to Mr. Lennon.


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Posted by:

Jeff Audet

Subject: Thanks Carol Caffin

Yea, I miss Rick and he pops into my head all the time. Thanks for the story


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Joan: Howard Cosell, like Cousin Brucie, had the pleasure of interviewing another music great we lost in the month of December (29 years ago), John Lennon. In another one of those great finds on YouTube, I just watched Mr. Cosell's famous interview with John from MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL in 1974. They were both at their best. I always thought Howard Cosell was pretty obnoxious, though he once invented a word I love describing a running back breaking away to score a touchdown, "unmolestedly." Maybe he got that from the wordsmith, Mr. Lennon.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Cousin Brucie

Charlie, thanks for that info about Cousin Brucie. Back around 1970 or so, a friend of my was the program manager for WABC radio. I was over at his office one day to pick up some tickets and I got to meet Bruce. I was so excited to meet him, , that I think I just babbled. He was very gracious. As an extra "treat" I rode down in the elevator with Howard Cosell. My "brush with greatness". :-)


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Stage Fright

Last evening, in rememberance of Rick, I listened to the "Stage Fright" album, specifically Capitol's new LP version. This is a decent sounding reissue, which also faithfully reproduces the original artwork & packaging, including the grainy textured cover and the Norman Seeff sepia tone group portrait.

Steve: The Republicans were successful in manufacturing a product that defeated a rival funded, in part, by Heinz Ketchup.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: "Cousin Brucie" on The Band

Longtime New York City radio icon Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow has a new coffee table book on Rock'n'Roll history which includes The Band on his list of the most influential artists in the history of the genre and picks "Up on Cripple Creek" as their most influential song.

Here's the way our guys are descibed in the book: "This Canadian folk-rock group brought rock & roll back to its roots. With skilled instrumentalism and a down-home autheniticity, The Band scored big in 1968 with "The Weight" (from MUSIC FROM BIG PINK, named for the pink house in upstate New York where they recorded) and in 1969 with "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." They were also known as the band that played behind Bob Dylan on his '66 world tour."

Mr. Morrow spoke to a group of about 50 people last night at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, including many people with local radio connections or connections to his current employer, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio. A familiar TV face--Chris Matthews of MS-NBC--was among the fans in attendance as well. Bruce Morrow came across as a genuinely nice man who really loves this music. I'm glad I got a chance to meet the man who introduced me to so much music I loved when I lived in the New York area from 1966 through 1968. Thanks, cousin!


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: BGD & music news

BGD: By Gone Days. Get these every now and then.

FRIDAY December 11th

The Coasters record "Charlie Brown", 1958

Aretha Franklin makes her New York concert debut at the Village Vanguard, 1960

Shirley Bassey is among the guests on Bing Crosby's first Christmas TV special, on ABC, 1961

Sam Cooke ("You Send Me") is shot to death by a Los Angeles motel manager, 1964

Pat Boone appears as himself on an episode of ABC-TV's "That Girl", 1969 **********************

SATURDAY December 12th

A disk jockey at KEX-AM in Portland, Oregon is fired for playing Elvis Presley's "White Christmas" on-the-air, 1957

Jerry Lee Lewis marries his 13 year-old second cousin, Myra (before the divorce from his previous marriage is even final) at a chapel in Hernando, Mississippi, 1957

Filming begins on Diana Ross' "Lady Sings The Blues" movie, 1971

Mick Taylor leaves the Rolling Stones, 1974

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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the recipents of their Lifetime

Achievement Grammys Thursday (December 10). Bobby Darin, Michael Jackson, Loretta Lynn, bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Leonard Cohen, conductor/pianist André Previn and jazz artist Clark Terry will be honored in a ceremony January 30, the day before the Grammy Awards. In addition, Trustees Awards will go to Scepter Records president Florence Greenberg and Nashville recording studio head Harold Bradley. The Academy will also give a technical award (rather belatedly) to Thomas Alva Edison.

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Bad weather grounded Wayne Newton's plane in Las Vegas and forced him to miss an appearance Monday (December 7) on CBS-TV's "Late, Late Show" with Craig Ferguson in Los Angeles.

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Paul Anka filed for divorce from his wife of 18 months, Anna Thursday (Decemer 3) after police were called to their Thousand Oaks, California home because of a domestic dispute between the two. Paul, who has been staying at a hotel, arrived to pick up their child and take him to school when the couple got into an argument over a maid Anna had recently fired. Anna called police twice saying she was fearful because Paul had pulled a gun on her the night before. Paul invited the officers to view the home's surveillance videos where no such incident was seen, so the police left without action. In a previous dispute in November of 2008, Anna threw ice at Paul so hard that he had to be taken to the hospital for stitches in his head and she was arrested for felony domestic battery. The case was later dropped when Paul refused to press charges.

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Alexa Ray Joel, Daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, was rushed to a New York hospital Saturday (December 5) after she called paramedics saying she'd taken an overdose of what she termed"homeopathic" pills. The 23 year-old singer/songwriter left the hospital Sunday morning.

Friday, December 11th

1939- Betty Grable and her famous legs were featured on the cover of LIFE magazine. Legend has it that she didn’t care much for the picture, but it became an international symbol of ‘back home’ for those at war.

1939 - Marlene Dietrich recorded Falling In Love Again -- on the Decca label.

1944- The Chesterfield Supper Club debuted on NBC radio. Perry Como, Jo Stafford and many other stars of the day shared the spotlight on the 15-minute show that aired five nights a week. The show was sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes.

1973- Karen and Richard Carpenter received a gold record for their single, Top of the World.

1982- Toni Basil reached the #1 one position on the pop music charts for the first time, with her single, Mickey. The chorus: “Hey Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey.” Romantic, huh?

1985- The most expensive non-oil acquisition in U.S. history took place. General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion. The conglomerate would bring in about $39 billion in revenues. The deal also included NBC radio and TV.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo



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Posted by:

Steve

IILKA, from Nordic Lands, do you know that industry research points to Heinz Ketchup ( red grease) as the perfect product. No company has ever been able to produce a ketchup to compete successfully with it. If you change any ingredient in Heinz Ketchup you get a product that is less appealing to human taste. I guess that would make, The Band, The Heinz Ketchup of Rock and Roll.


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Posted by:

Bill M

I dug out a reunion CD that Little Caesar and the Consuls did in the '90s, called "The Original Little Caesar and the Consuls: Since 1956". A couple of Band links:

1) Here's a snippet from the liner notes by very occasional GB poster Larry L: "For me, this spirited 1993 recording brings back a flood of memories including ... local character Freddie McNulty climbing onstage whenever he could to brazenly croon 'Stand By Me'". My guess is that he would have done similarly with our guys back in the day.

2) Although the Consuls may have first gotten together in '56, they didn't add 'Little Caesar and' to the name until '60 ir '61 when two founding members got together after a protracted hiatus that followed the defection of Robbie Robertson, Gene MacLellan and Peter Deremigis to form the Suedes with Scott Cushnie in '59.

Adam: Thanks. I'll have a couple of listens and get back to you.


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Posted by:

Ilkka

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Difference between Mr. Heine and Mr. Heinz - especially to "gb taliban"

Just a clarification: Mr. Heine was a German romantic poet from the 19th century. Mr. Heinz was a German immigrant who (more or less) invented the red grease which you pour on your lousy gray T-shirt.


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Posted by:

Ilkka

Location: Nordic Country

Subject: Norbert's thread: HEINRICH HEINE (1797-1856)

Heine... hmmm... Norbert, it is possible that you have an internet worm in your Aldi machine ;-))) Anyway, I post just an anecdote:

My first lecture at Institute of Pedagogy was about Heine for thirtyone years ago. It was a disaster. As a quiet and shy guy I finished 10 minutes too early. I had his picture on the wall. I mumbled: "He had sexy eyes, didn't he?" The female students blushed and the male students studied the eyes carefully. No one said a thing. It was totally silent in five or sex minutes.

A professor was there to listen to my lecture and while I packed she came to me and said:

"Your five silent minutes means that you are a pedogogical genius or you are B-I-G-G-E-S-T L-O-S-E-R- O-F- T-H-E- H-I-S-T-O -R-Y- O-F- T-H-I-S- I-N-S-T-I-T-U-T-E!!!!!


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Posted by:

Ilkka

Subject: Rick Danko

Sailing on Titanic I would have wished to share lifeboat with that man.


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Posted by:

Julie

Subject: Missing Rick

Gotta slip one in here before the day is done (and somehow I think Rick would smile and understand the last-minute, running-behind nature of it).

December 10th...always a date that sort of pokes you in the ribs and makes you stop and think, "God, I wish Rick was still here." But this one hits even harder, as it marks exactly 10 years (an entire decade!) since Rick's big ole heart gave out, since he fell asleep and never woke up. That means December 9, 1999 very well might've been the last day anyone got to hear his beautiful singing and playing, the last time that tenor rang out and that bass bounced and loped along.

Ten years gone is a long time, but not compared to the forever that his sweet, kind-hearted spirit will live on.

Rick, as long as there are people who can hear your soul in your singing, who are in awe of your "skills" (as my teenage son would put it) on the bass, guitar and fiddle, who cherish you as one of the world's truly good guys, of a rare breed indeed...and as long as there are women who will fall in love with you and your warm brown eyes, your tousled mop of hair, and your chiseled cheekbones as a young man in "The Last Waltz" (and there always will be!)--as long as all that is so, your flame will always burn, you'll never be forgotten.

And now I'm gonna sip some wine and immerse myself in Carol's beautiful remembrance of Rick. I caught just a very quick glimpse of it today after deciding to drop in here for the first time in quite some time to see what folks were saying about Rick today. (Hello everyone! It's been awhile!) I clicked on the link Jan provided, and just seeing the beautiful page Carol created with the candle glowing, Rick's flame still burning bright, I must admit brought some tears to my eyes. I glanced down the very long page and saw the familiar names of so many of the people who knew and loved Rick. But with work looming on the very near horizon at the time, I thought, I'll just have to save it for later.

So now later is finally here, and I can't wait to read it. What a lovely way to "bring back" Rick when we're all missing him so. What a lovely way to remember him, and to honor that memory. Thank you Carol for your beautiful labor of love.

And thank you to all of my fellow Dankettes and Danksters out there who help to keep Rick's soul and spirit and heart (and music and voice too, of course!) alive. To paraphrase e.e. cummings, We carry him, we carry him in our heart.

Isn't it just nice to say his name sometimes....

RICK DANKO

A fine name. I've always liked the sound of it.

Well, unfortunately, it looks like I'm late after all. But only by about an hour or so. I bet Rick would consider that not too bad. :)


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Posted by:

Little Brøther

Location: The Guestbook Archives

Subject: RIP Rick

In tribute to Rick's effervescent sense of humor, here's a joke that may already be old, but I just heard it:

It's not "Tiger" Woods any more; it's "Cheetah" Woods.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: ROBBIE'S friend..

Hi all. Remember this guy from ROBBIE's movie, "Carny"? Looks nicer than the last time I saw him on TV.

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Baby On the Way for Gary Busey

Wednesday December 09, 2009 --- Facebook Twitter Yahoo Buzz E-mail The new year will bring a new arrival for actor and reality star Gary Busey and girlfriend Steffanie Sampson – the couple has a baby on the way.

Busey's agent and longtime attorney, Vicki Roberts of Kismet Talent Agency, tells PEOPLE that his girlfriend is seven months pregnant with a boy they have named Luke. "He feels awesome about it, he's excited and thrilled and can't wait," Roberts says.

Busey, 65, is already dad to a son, actor Jake Busey, and a daughter, Alectra, from previous relationships. He will next be seen in the 2010 comedy Grown Ups.

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Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Adam

Bill - listen to the bass drum, the snare/hi hat work, and the meaty tom fills throughout the song.


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Posted by:

craig

Just watched "Man Outside" (thanks netflix!) and it was not as bad as I had anticipated. In fact, it was pretty decent for a late afternoon, rough day at work, just wanna veg on the couch - type flick. Levon is just so much fun to watch, and Garth is perfect as the hermit - excellent casting!


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Hungry Chuck

I was listening to the Japanese import CD version of Hungry Chuck's self-titled 1972 album recently. The lyrics on the opening track, !Hats Off, America!, seem more prophetic than humorous today:

"Hats off, America, don't blow your cool
Keep your troops away from the strike at the Sunday school
No dice, America, go straight to jail
Tell your kids don't worry 'cause the banks will never fail


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Posted by:

Bill M

Thanks Adam. If you can suggest a couple of the more distinctively Levonish bits of "Small Town Talk" and I'll give them a good close listen.


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Posted by:

Adam

Bill - the credits I suggested for the Bobby Charles album were based on the already available information (musician listings, musicians' memory of who played what) and my own educated guessing. As a musician myself, I spend a great deal of time listening intently to the musicians' playing and style. For instance, a dedicated listener of Rick's bass playing would surely agree that it is him on "Long Face" after hearing his name mentioned as a possibility. Same thing with Levon... the drums on "Small Town Talk" have his signature all over them. Though the musicians' memory of who played what might not always be right, it can be a general starting point and a great help. You can usually kind of tell when they are certain of something or just making a general guess. For example, it's hard to doubt the listing of Ben Keith on bass for "He's Got All The Whiskey". Ben, a steel player, doesn't usually play bass, so it makes sense that it would stick out in somebody's mind that he played it on a certain track.


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Posted by:

sadavid

Carol, Jan: thank you so much for that, it's beautiful.

It'll be _Cryin' Heart Blues_ tonight, the prescription that ALWAYS puts a smile on my face . . . .


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Posted by:

Serenity

Location: Kitchener and bad weather.
Web: My link

Subject: Rick Danko RIP

LINK: Tribute to dear Rick. Bet he's having a good time up there with fellow musician, Richard. May they both RIP. They are truly missed, but we have their wonderful music to carry on their memory.

CAROL & JH: Thanks for the tribute article. Always good to read.

Have a good day everyone.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

jh

Web: My link

Raising a glass for Ricky today. Check link above.


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Posted by:

Peter V

The trouble with CDs nowadays is that archive stuff gets limited runs; same with DVDs. So they'll do 1000 or 2000 and that's it for some time. The Rick Danko 1977 solo album has had four goes on CD now, and the time is ripe for a fifth. But that seems to be the pattern for this kind of archive issue.

The moral: when you see that vital reissue, pick it up. It doesn't mean it's "in print" in the way that albums used to be for years at a time. It's probably a limited run, then it'll be unavailable for a few years again.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: It's Getting Harder To Survive

Early in his professional career, before he began practicing as Dr. John, Mac Rebennack worked primarily as a guitarist. All that changed in the '60s, however, when Mr. Rebennack interceded in an incident, where fellow bandmember Ronnie Barron was being pistol-whipped. Rebennack grabbed the barrel of the gun just as it went off and one of his fingers on his fretting hand was injured. After that, he began concentrating on playing the keyboard, establishing himself among the long line of great New Orleans pianists. Years later, Ronnie Barron would become a member of Paul Butterfield's multi-talented Better Days group.


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Posted by:

joe j

Web: My link

Subject: Lightfoot's guitar

Link is to Tom Russell's blog where he tells the story of meeting Gordon.

Anyone who remembers my post re the whales, seals and herring and would like to see pics can go to theweathernetwork.com and search for Twillingate.

Early Christmas gift. Got Nick Tosches 'Country' in the mail today. We're having a little snow, work is slow so why don't I close up shop, light the fire and curl up with the book and a hot toddy.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Rick

Ten years ago on a cold dark night..Rick Danko RIP


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Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Subject: p.s. ...

I'd meant to add that I'm listening to Garth Hudson's wonderful "Music for Our Lady Queen of the Angels", which is my favourite of all the post TLW recordings by Band members. (It's the fifth one down if you click on the link.)


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Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Subject: Bearsville reissues / the Paupers

In '94 and thereabouts, Stony Plain Records licensed much of the Bearsville catalogue for reissue on CD. My copy of the Bobby Charles is on Stony Plain, and Stony Plain also reissued at least the Jesse Winchester catalogue and Ian and Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird album. They didn't get the Butterfield material, though, and I doubt that they got around to Hungry Chuck. My big disappointment is that they didn't find the tapes for the Jericho album. (That was a Toronto band called Jericho, not our guys - though the group does thank Garth in the notes for use of his leslie and clavinette.)

Because Jericho's bassist was the spectacular Denny Gerrard, I'm reminded that Pacemaker - see link - recently reissued the two LPs (with lotsa bonus tracks) done by Gerrard's old group, the Paupers, who - shades of the Band - were first recorded by Duff Roman and were then picked up by Albert Grossman.

The first one, "Magic People", has a bunch of really nice songs sung and played really nicely. The second, "Ellis Island" has some magnificent rock and roll, especially the rhythm section of Skip Prokop and Brad Campbell (who'd just replaced Gerrard) and guest organist Al Kooper. Both Kooper and Grossman obviously impressed too, as Kooper pulled Prokop into the "Live Adventures of ..." project and Grossman drafted both Prokop and Campbell into the group he was assembling for Janis Joplin. (Prokop bailed early, though Campbell hung in and was on both "Kozmic Blues" and "Pearl".) Campbell was also on Happy and Artie Traum's "Double Back" album and the Pacheco and Alexander album, both post-"Pearl", I believe.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Back Stairs Woman

Bill M: I tracked down a copy of the "Back Stairs of My Life" Reprise LP not long ago. Also accompanying Ms. Brooks on "Small Town Talk", along with Garrett & Ahern on guitars, was the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section -- Barry Beckett on keyboards, David Hood bass, Roger Hawkins drums, and Jimmy Johnson guitar.


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

Remembering Rick as well.., This morning bringing the kids to school, I had on a mix cd and the second song that came up was New Mexico - always loved that song.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Adam: Thanks for the input re the Bobby Charles credits. When you says "It's definitely ...", I take it you mean "I definitely think its ..." or I think it's definitely ..." - right? Looking at my notes, I see that Amos Garrett told me on December 28, 1977 that he's not on "Small Town Talk", which was just Bobby Charles "with Dr John on organ, pedal bass and rhythm guitar". He didn't mention drums, which don't sound nearly as interesting as Levon usually does. So if all we're doing is taking educated guesses, I'll guess that it Bobby Charles himself. But if Levon or Charles or Dr John says it was Levon, I'm happy to go with that.

Another nice version of "Small Town Talk", and one that Amos Garrett plays on, is on Dianne Brooks' "Back Stairs of My Life" album, which was produced by Brian Ahern. Brooks, as principal vocalist at the Blue Note after hours club on Yonge Street for several years in the early '60s, was backed by various of our guys, who sometimes came to catch the show but who sometimes got up to jam.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Fine Wine

This day brings a flood of emotions for me. It marks both Rick's passing a decade ago and the first time seeing The Band perform live, 39 years ago at Atlanta Municipal Auditorium. And it's a shame that Rick's debut solo album still remains out-of-print on CD.

On the other hand, the Bobby Charles album, available only on CD as an expensive Japanese import for many years, was reissued by Rhino UK last year at an affordable price.

The great Tracy Nelson was among the first to cover "Tennessee Blues" on the 1972 album "Mother Earth", also the name of her group at the time. The fine album is also notable for two other Bobby Charles covers, "I'm That Way" and "(Staying Home and Singing) Homemade Songs", and one of the several covers of Tim Drummond's "I Want To Lay Down Beside You (Sip The Wine)", which pre-dates Rick's version.


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Posted by:

Lil

Remembering Rick Today. 10 years gone. Always missed, always loved.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Bobby Charles

I once read an interview with Bobby Charles. He lives way back in a bayou. Since he doesn't read or write music, he records song ideas on his telephone answering machine's tape.


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Posted by:

Norbert

Location: The Loreley
Web: My link

Subject: Mozart 's & Heine

I'm looking in vain for the reason, That I am so sad and distressed; A tale known for many a season, Does not allow me to rest.

Cool is the air in the twilight And quietly flows the Rhine; The mountain glows with a highlight, From the evening sun's last shine.

The fairest of maiden's reposing, So wonderfully up there. Her golden jewelry disclosing, She's combing her golden hair.

She combs it with a comb of gold And meanwhile is singing a song; A melody strangely bold And unbelievably strong.

The bargeman in his small craft Is seized with longings and sighs. He sees not the rocks fore and aft, He looks only at her and the skies.

It looks like the waves are flinging, Both man and boat to their end; That was what with her singing, The Loreley did intend.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Small Town talk

It's a song I've always loved, and I think the Paul Butterfield Better Days version was the first one I heard … I bought that and the Bobby Charles LP reasonably close together, but I think the Better Days came first led me to the Bobby Charles. Because Geoff Muldaur and Amos Garrett have a certain magic, I still like their version on "Better Days" best of all, and I was listening to it earlier today.

It's a mystery to me why The Band, short of material around 1973, never recorded it, nor why they never featured it live in the 80s and 90s incarnations. But they didn't do This wWheel's On Fire either. I'd rate it as one of the stronger "solo tracks".


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Posted by:

Adam

Subject: Bobby Charles

Such a great album. It must have been a blast to record, as many of the musicians on the album have covered songs from it in subsequent years. As I mentioned, Bob Neuwirth covered "Save Me Jesus" on a later album. Paul Butterfield's Better Days, of which Geoff Muldaur and Amos Garrett were members, often played "He's Got All The Whiskey" at live shows. Rick of course put "Small Town Talk" and "New Mexico" on his solo album, Amos Garrett did "Let Yourself Go" on a solo album, Richard played "Grow Too Old" at solo gigs, and Geoff Muldaur covered "Tennessee Blues" on an album. Just because these guys covered the songs doesn't mean they played on that particular song, but it's a really good guess that they may have. My ears hear all of them on the particular songs they later covered.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Adam, you’ve really got inside that album, and I’m sure your appreciation of it increased with every listening. David P is correct in pointing out that where there are multiple takes and overdubs, even the musicians don’t know who ended up on the track for certain. I know of one case where a well-known session player was literally smuggled in to “improve” the parts on an album with only the songwriter and producer aware that it was being done. The original guy in the group is probably still proud of what he THINKS he played. The listing I gave is based in part on the Bearsville Box Set notes. The credits in the discography is in English, but unfortunately the essays are in Japanese.

Dr John has played guitar right through his career (as well as other instruments) and the reference that he played rhythm guitar as well as organ and bass pedals on Small Town Talk comes from him. It’s in the Bearsville credits I can’t find the bit in “Under the Hoodoo Man” but I have it down as a Dr John quote from ten years ago.

Under the Hoodoo Moon is a must-read and Dr John has a lot to say about the shenanigans over various sessions and who played, got credited etc which supports Bill M and David P’s points about the problem of knowing who did what. He also mentions that he knew the guys in The Band from the Ronnie Hawkins chitlin’ circuit days.

Krossgaard did all that research on the session pay sheets on Dylan, and still missed out Robbie on guitar on Visions of Johanna. You never know when someone’s not supposed to be there under union rules, or when someone really wanted cash-in-hand on the day, or did it for free, or when someone’s part got replaced.

But as you’ve indicated, it’s good listening trying!


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Posted by:

Adam

As for the outtakes...

“Homemade Songs” Unknown – dobro Ben Keith – pedal steel Rick Danko – acoustic guitar, bass (?), fiddle

“New Mexico” Ben Keith – pedal steel Dr. John (?) – electric piano Rick Danko – acoustic guitar, bass (?), second lead vocal, harmony vocal Levon Helm (?) – drums

“Rosie” Paul Butterfield – harmonica Ben Keith – pedal steel Unknown – acoustic guitars Jim Colegrove – bass N.D. Smart – drums

Other than a few confirmed credits these are mostly educated guesses. "Homemade Songs" definitely has Rick on fiddle and probably acoustic guitar too. Ben Keith plays pedal steel, but I'm pretty sure it isn't him on dobro. The part is a bit rickety and obtrusive, which doesn't really sound like a seasoned pro like Ben whose style is more sparse and simple. "New Mexico" sounds like a rough demo made at the same sessions as "Small Town Talk", with Ben Keith stopping by. I read something that said the sessions for this album began in the fall of 1971. I'd be willing to bet "Long Face", "Small Town Talk", "Homemade Songs", "New Mexico", and "He's Got All The Whiskey" were recorded at this time, and that the other songs were recorded in the spring with members of Hungry Chuck and other friends. Of course, both Bobby and Mac are thanked in the credits to Rock Of Ages, so it makes sense that the sessions had already started at that point.


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Posted by:

Adam

And i have no idea who plays piano on "Save Me Jesus". John Simon is a basic guess, but the style doesn't really sound too much like him and the playing isn't terribly advanced either. Compare it to the other tracks he does play on, and it doesn't really sound like him. Plus, in the first few seconds of the intro you can hear his voice over the studio speakers ("Play that intro again...") so it would seem he was at the consoles. It might be an overdub from him, who knows. It might be Richard Manuel, but it's not really his style either and just doesn't sound like what he'd play.


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Posted by:

Adam

The post below looks a bit cluttered, I apologize. "Long Face" is definitely Levon on drums and Rick on bass, with Dr. John playing piano and overdubbing organ and electric guitar. The piano has a definite New Orleans flavor, and a different feel from John Simon's playing. The electric guitar is certainly Dr. John as well, and while the organ is a bit Garth-like at times, it's only logical that it's the Dr. as well. My guess is that "Long Face" and "Small Town Talk" were from the same session with Rick, Levon and Dr. John. This also supports the theory that Rick played acoustic guitar on "Small Town Talk" while Dr. John played organ. The acoustic sounds very much like Rick, and he did co-write the song so it kind of makes sense. Plus, I can't really think of an instance where Dr. John played acoustic guitar. None of the other tracks' drumming really sounds or feels like Levon, and I'd say those are the only two he plays on. It definitely sounds like N.D. Smart on the rest of the tracks, with Billy Mundi on brushes for "He's Got All The Whiskey" (Ben Keith on bass). Bob Neuwirth most likely plays acoustic guitar on "Save Me Jesus". He covered the song many years later in the mid '90s, so it makes sense that he might play on it. Richard Manuel definitely plays piano on "Grow Too Old". There are two pianos if you listen closely: the rhythm piano, in that triplet/Fats Domino style, and a 2nd piano doing fills and such (played by John Simon). Buggsy Maugh probably plays bass on this track, as the style and feel is a bit different (from Jim Colegrove who plays on the majority of the album). Also, David Sanborn plays sax, and he and Maugh were bandmates I believe, so again it makes sense.


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Posted by:

Adam

Subject: Bobby Charles credits

I assembled all of the various guesswork and information for the credits to the Bobby Charles album, and did some of my own educated guessing. Listening intently to the instruments and knowing the style of most of the musicians on the album, I'm really very certain this is as accurate as possible with the information available:

“Street People” John Till – acoustic guitar Amos Garrett – electric guitar Jim Colegrove – bass N.D. Smart – drums Geoff Muldaur – percussion/jingle bells

“Long Face” Dr. John – piano, organ, electric guitar Rick Danko – bass Levon Helm – drums

“I Must Be In A Good Place Now” Dr. John or John Simon – vibes John Simon – piano Amos Garrett – electric guitar Jim Colegrove – bass N.D. Smart – drums

“Save Me Jesus” John Simon (?) – piano Amos Garrett – electric guitar Bob Neuwirth (?) – acoustic guitar Jim Colegrove – bass N.D. Smart – drums

“He’s Got All The Whiskey” Joe Newman – trumpet Herman Shertzer – alto sax Garth Hudson – tenor sax David Sanborn – baritone sax John Simon – trombone John Till or Geoff Muldaur or Bob Neuwirth (?) – acoustic guitars Ben Keith – bass Billy Mundi – drums

“Small Town Talk” Dr. John – organ, bass pedals Rick Danko or Dr. John – acoustic guitar Levon Helm – drums

“Let Yourself Go” Ben Keith – pedal steel John Simon – piano Amos Garrett – electric guitar Geoff Muldaur (?) – acoustic guitar Jim Colegrove – bass N.D. Smart – drums

“Before I Grow Too Old” David Sanborn – alto sax John Simon – piano, backing vocal Richard Manuel – rhythm piano Amos Garrett – electric guitar Buggsy Maugh (?) – bass N.D. Smart – drums

“I’m That Way” Ben Keith – dobro John Simon – piano Amos Garrett or Dr. John (?) – electric guitar Rick Danko or Dr. John (?) – acoustic guitar Jim Colegrove or Rick Danko – bass N.D. Smart – drums

“Tennessee Blues” Garth Hudson – accordion Harry Lookofsky – violin Unknown – piano Amos Garrett – electric guitar Geoff Muldaur (?) – acoustic guitar Jim Colegrove – bass N.D. Smart – drums


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: "Class"

(For those over 50....I guess)

Some things really are perfect! Yesterday....Monday was a beautiful sunny day...although quite bitter and cold. At 2 in the afternoon, we gathered in the Langley Golf Club Banquet room. A very beautiful room, all windows on one side, looking out over the links.

At 1:30, I got out of my truck, in the big parking lot. I was standing looking out at those links, remembering some golf I played there years ago. A soft rumbling caught my attention. I looked around, and thru' the big stone pillars at the entrance came the gawd damnest procession you could ever see.

Bill had been president of the "British Columbia Hot Rod Association" for some years. Thru those pillars came, '55 & '56 Chevys, a '48 - 2 door Ford Coupe, a '49 Merc. A couple of Studebakers, Chryslers, Model T's more mint than when they came off the line. Some with flame jobs like you had to see to believe.

They rolled in and lined up in perfect rows. The drivers that got out had white hair, (if they had any hair at all). Some with those 50"s duck tails. Each with a 50's doll on their arm dressed to the 9's. They all wore black baseball jackets with the leather sleeves, and BCHRA logo on the back. As you came in the large door ways, the boys had parked Bill's own "55 Chev right in front.

Also came business men of every description, and guys with long hair. I had been talking to Carolyn, she said "I'm worried Norm. I've no idea of how many people will show up. We had them set up 275 chairs." Very soon the place was filled. All the side walls and back walls were tight with people standing, and the large hall way outside was full.

Bill's lifetime friend Bob who was the master of serimonies got thru what he had to say, not that easily. Bill's oldest son Dale has been married to Judy, Terry Fox' little sister for about 26 years now. Judy took that podium, and stood tall & beautiful while she fought back tears, telling about her father-in-law, the man and how he was loved.

Next a life long friend right from high school in Victoria, (another lady whose husband we lost a few years ago to heart attack. He was a tug boat captain.) She said her words of a life time of friendship.

Next I had to play the songs I promised Carolyn to bring her comfort. The hardest "gig" I've ever done.......but, as I stood playing those songs, trying to get rid of the lump in my throat, one word came to me, that squared it up, and Bill put his hand on my shoulder & made it settle down.

I had my big son beside me playing his guitar. I looked down at Bill's wife, and sons & their wives and his grandchildren. I looked out over a room full of a few hundred good people paying their respects. I thought about all those cars in the parking lot......and I thought, "CLASS". You did it all with class Bill, I'm proud I was your friend..........68 years old, is way to soon to leave.


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Good one, dlewsional. When it comes to the whole Tiger matter, my personal opinion (as opposed to my altogether different "impersonal opinion") is as follows : had Tiger spent less time listening to Nike propaganda ie. JUST DO IT, and way more time listening to The Band, especially "DON'T DO IT", he wouldn't be both under and feeling like 50 trillion tons of fecal matter right now. Take care my friend. NB


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: You've all probably heard this...

But what''s the difference between a golf ball and a motor car?

Tiger Woods can drive a golf ball more than 400 metres...

(crickets. Dust ball rolls past)


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: Thao & Tiger

Jimmy: I'm happy to hear you liked my list. I usually lean toward artists in some way relevant to The Band, though one of the artists is actually a friend of my daughter from her college days. Her name is Thao Nguyen and I'm very happy for her success--which now includes two albums on the Kill Rock Stars record label (both on CD and vinyl as well). Her parents were Vietnamese immigrants and Thao grew up helping fold clothes in her mother's laundromat, dreaming of being a professional musician. Now she is. She's a very self-effacing young woman, though--joking during a live NPR in-studio performance, "my album went tin foil...or whatever you call it when your mother has one."

By the way: I think Tiger Woods may be a great golfer, but he needs be more careful with his putz.


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Posted by:

Rhythm Jimmy

Subject: Favorites

Charlie, thanks for your list. Recommendations like this are what keep me coming back to this site.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: It's just guestbook talk...

It's interesting to note that Bobby Charles neither reads music nor plays an instrument, as he is one of those uniquely talented songwriters who can conceptualize the music in his mind. One thing to remember about the recording process is that it, more often than not, involves multiple takes for each song and, during the sessions, different musicians are often substituted on the tracks. The result is that, although a certain musician may have participated in the recording sessions, the take they played on may not have been the version chosen for release.


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Posted by:

Dale

Location: USA

Subject: Alvin Lee & Company 1975

Is these a way to locate this to download or I'll buy it! ASAP Alvin Lee & Company - "Midnight Special TV Show" (March 21, 1975) This show was apparently filmed at the Marquee Club in London and the TV broadcast was a full half hour segment . Thesongs performed were. Somebody Callin' Me, Somebody's Waltz, Going Through The Door, Money Honey and Ride My Train.


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Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: the other Wood(s)'s self-humiliation

Apologies for mining the gutter, but the details are just SO juicy.

My excuse is the The Band link via the The Last Waltz guest list. And the principal I think was among the earliest-adopter exponents of a certain default Rock Star sartorial display often referenced in this forum, i.e. the classic "suit coat with scarf," always classic, referencing perhaps a certain era yet oh so timeless . . . .


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Posted by:

Steve

Bill, your post emphasizes the importance of the care Henry Diltz and Gary Burden took to archive EVERYTHING they did when working on albums for many artists over the decades.

I don't know if you saw the remarkable documentary done on them a few years back covering some of the more celebrated albums they worked on. They have hand written notes done day by day as they went.

At one point in the doc Henry( I think it was Henry) goes over to one of their boxes of notes and pulls out a sheet that listed the studio they went to that day, what time they got there, who was there ( which musicians) notes on the recording being done and what time they finished work, plus a bunch of photos from the day. Just incredible. True professionals.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Allowing for the fact that musicians are humans and that human memories fade, and that musicians play - and in many cases record - the same songs over and over and over, I don't even need my left hand to count the number of times that someone's told me an outright lie and claimed credit for something he didn't really play on.

And then you look at 'official' credits on official releases. Where did they come from? Were they based simply on well-intentioned guesses, or on unthinking acceptance of claims (perhaps sensible, perhaps illogical), or weighted surveys of those actually involved, or record company or studio session files? Whatever, the notes almost never tell you. Anyone looking at the 2-CD collection of Hawkins' Roulette material wouldn't have the foggiest idea that the record company asked a guy who cared but didn't know, who asked an acquaintance who knew a great deal about music but didn't know or care about Hawkins, who asked a friend who cared but knew little, who asked a friend (i.e., me) who cared but knew only bits of info. And even those bits got garbled as they wre mixed with other bits of BS as they made their way back up to the top of the foodchain. (That's not to say that all of the info is bogus, or that true expertise wasn't employed here and there.)


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Posted by:

Nixon

Location: USA
Web: My link

Subject: Good

You the best


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Bobby Charles (1972)

From my long-abandoned annotated Band discography:

Tony Palermo (who calls it ‘the great lost Band album’) did an interesting analysis of the album on the Internet, and suggested where The Band contributed but this is intelligent guesswork, not confirmed credits. In fact, it’s certain that Dr John played organ with bass pedals on Small Town Talk, though Palermo claims it was Garth Hudson. He’s also wrong about Danko on rhythm guitar on this song. It was Dr John yet again. There is a single version which adds piano and trombone (both from John Simon). Later Palermo guessed that Danko may have done harmony vocal and Richard Manuel piano on Grow Too Old. In fact both parts were John Simon.

The 1999 reissue was reviewed by Gavin Martin who implies that the album was backed by The Band minus Robbie Robertson, with Dr John. This is an exaggeration. He also tells us that it’s Ian Dury’s all-time favourite album. Fred Dellar in Q said: The songs, all self-penned are mostly fine; the attractive, mind-grabbing Small Town Talk practically sitting up and asking why no one turned it into a hit.

The Bearsville Box Set cleared up some issues, though even then there are not many full credits, mainly “featuring …” It also contains out-takes: Homemade Songs, New Mexico and Rosie. Lee Gabites interviewed John Simon and got extra information – e.g. that Dr John only played on one or two tracks. Hidecki got further information from Jim Colegrove and Geoff Muldaur which should be accurate.

Track listing

Street People (Bobby Charles)

Levon Helm - drums / Jim Colegrove -bass / Amos Garrett - electric guitar / John Till - acoustic guitar / N.D. Smart – drums / Jingle bells- Geoff Muldaur

John Simon: The bass player was Jim Colegrove. A lot of these guys were in Ian & Sylvia’s band – Jim Colegrove and Norman Smart. N.D. Smart.

Long Face (Bobby Charles)

POSSIBLY Levon Helm - drums / Rick Danko -bass / Dr John - piano / Garth Hudson – organ

John Simon: That’s Dr John on organ - so maybe reverse the accepted credits. Hidecki reckons it’s John Simon on piano and Dr John on electric guitar.

I Must Be In A Good Place Now (Bobby Charles)

Rick Danko or Buggsy Maugh or Jim Colegrove -bass / Amos Garrett - electric guitar / John Simon - piano / John Simon – vibes / Drums – N.D. Smart

Save Me Jesus (Bobby Charles)

Levon Helm - drums / Rick Danko -bass / Amos Garrett - electric guitar / Richard Manuel – piano

He’s Got All the Whisky (Bobby Charles)

Garth Hudson - tenor sax /David Sanborn – Baritone sax /Joe Newman – trumpet / Richard Manuel (possibly) - drums / John Simon - horn / (possibly) Rick Danko- trombone

Small Town Talk (Bobby Charles / Rick Danko)

Tony’s guess was wrong. The guitar is Dr John according to the box set. Levon recalls playing drums in a 1998 interview (Offbeat). Dr John mentions it in his Under The Hoodoo Moon autobiography. Official credits:

Dr John - organ, bass pedals, rhythm guitar / Levon Helm - drums

Let Yourself Go (Bobby Charles)

Ben Keith - steel guitar / John Simon – piano / Billy Mundi – drums / Amos Garrett – guitar

Before I Grow Too Old (L. Guidry / A. Domino / B. Bartholomew)

Official credits: Bobby Charles - vocal / Amos Garrett - guitar / John Simon- piano, vocal / Jim Colegrove - bass / N.D. Smart - drums / David Sanborn - alto sax.

I’m That Way (Bobby Charles)

Levon Helm & Billy Mundi - drums / John Simon - piano / Rick Danko – bass

Tennessee Blues (Bobby Charles)

Garth Hudson – accordion /Amos Garrett – guitar



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Posted by:

Adam

What other credits for the Bobby Charles album are mentioned in the Bearsville box set?


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Discographical stuff

The original Moondog Matinee LP, has just this note:

“Special thanks to Billy Mundi and Ben Keith”

On Mystery Train, allegedly it was Billy Mundi and Richard Manuel both drumming with Levon on bass and Rick on rhythm guitar. On the remasters booklet Rob Bowman, who wrote the notes, says this:

For years, most likely started by this writer based on his interviews for the liner notes to an early Band collection called “To Kingdom Come”, it has been written that Billy Mundi is behind the second kit. Mundi did hang out in Bearsville during one of the sessions … but when listening back to the album in late 2000, Robbie Robertson was sure that it was Richard Manuel and Levon Helm behind the two kits.

Bowman also says “Robertson and Danko keep an ornery rhythm popping” which I assume means Rick is on bass, though not necessarily.

Ben Keith who shared those thanks with Billy Mundi doesn’t get mentioned. The “Bobby Charles” album (which Keith appears on) was recorded just before Moondog Matinee. The “Bearsville Box Set” cleared up some of the informed guesswork on who played what on which tracks, and puts Levon Helm and Billy Mundi on twin drums on “I’m That Way” with Rick on bass. So that may be a session Mundi recalled from close to the same time.


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Posted by:

Steve

That was the first thing that struck me about that performance of Georgia. It was the only time I'd seen him sing without playing something. And you're right he does focus in on the camera very intently in at least one part of the song.

It's the performance I use when I expose someone to The Band who doesn't really know them. I play it because it's great and I know they'll sit through a second song after that one because even if they don't know The Band they know the song and that's allows for an in road.


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Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

Bill M, another shot of Richard in a similar position.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Thanks again, David P. I wonder where those credits came from.

Back to disc 6 of AMH: I love Richard's almost superhuman presence in the close-ups while he sings "Georgia" on SNL. I saw that episode, and even taped it via the mike of my little portable cassette recorder (which I'd gotten at Christmas '68, so hardly even hi-fi) but I certainly had forgotten that Richard doesn't play on it, just holds the mike and sings. He sure seemed pretty comfortable being a crooner, surprisingly so. Killer version anyway.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Hi Deeee! Yes....Thanks so much for your info re Canadian Pacific Holiday Train!! I had no idea. I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving with good company and good food!

Hi Serenity.....Robbie Robertson and guest at opening night (November 13) of "Baby It's You" at the Pasadena Playhouse, Cali........BTW your posts are informative and kind hearted as usual. ;-D


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Posted by:

David P

HBO has been televising the Rock Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts. I noticed in the end credits that Robbie was listed as "special advisor".

Bill M: I went back to double-check and found the credits for "Moondog Matinee" listed in the discography section elsewhere on this site.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Billy Mundi / Moondog Matinee

David P: Thanks for the response. Do you recall the source of the info that "Mystery Train" had Mundi and Richard on drums and Levon on bass? Since there was obviously a second drummer on "Mystery Train" and Mundi got a non-specific credit in the notes, the totally reasonable assumption was made that that's all he did, but I don't recall seeing any further info aside from a couple of posts here (and I've forgotten what they said).


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Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Subject: new cover of "Rag Mama Rag"

The link will take you to a page of CD reviews. The first one includes a cover of "Rag Mama Rag". The last one is by a group built around keyboardist Bill Stevenson - a Hawk and an Earth Opera member in the late '60s, a Tom Rush sideman in the '70s and an Amos Garrett sparring partner in the '80s, and a stellar contributor to the Bill Hawkins tribute CD in the 00s.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

JTF: Dylan's video I mentioned is the link Pat posted.


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Steve, I just don't see Obama's race as a problem for him. Sure, some radical opponents hate him more because of it, but they wouldn't be for him even if he were white. I will bet you he has very few opponents who are only against him because of his skin color. At the same time, I think he has a lot of people rooting for him because of it. First black President makes a lot of people proud and it is good for the country. Secondly, what a President inherits is not how they will be judged. Look what Franklin Roosevelt inherited, or Ronald Reagan, or Abraham Lincoln. If anything, inheriting a mess is an opportunity for establishing greatness if the talent is there in the first place. The bar is set pretty low for Obama after Bush. Ironically, I think in spite of the doctrinal differences they bring very similar flaws to the table in experience, personality, governing style etc. I can't prove that this early on; that is my gut for what 20/20 hindsite will bring years from now.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Moondog Matinee

Bill M: The question about Billy Mundi's credits has come up before. As I recall, he only appeared on "Mystery Train", contributing additional percussion, along with Richard on drums and Levon on dog house bass.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Music news,etc....

BEG: Nice link as usual.

NORBERT: Good Post

DAVID: I remember Mitch Millers'TV show. I thought Lesley Uggams was a real cutie.

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Billboard names Powter One-Hit Wonder of Decade

Mon Dec 7 2009... NEW YORK - As far as one-hit wonders go, Daniel Powter (POW'-ter) is king of them all - for this decade, at least.

Powter, whose hit "Bad Day" reigned on top of the Billboard pop charts for five weeks in 2006, was named as the decade's top one-hit wonder by Billboard. The magazine describes one-hit wonders as acts whose second hit did not reach the top 25; they only included acts from 2000 to 2007, since someone from last year might just be taking a break.

No. 2 on their list is the Terror Squad for "Lean Back"; No. 3 is Crazy Town with "Butterfly"; No. 4 is MIMS with "This Is Why I'm Hot"; and No. 5 is D4L - remember them? - with "Laffy Taffy."

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame LIVE

1 Review“The Mount Rushmore of rock ’n’ roll DVD boxed sets.” *

Time Life proudly presents the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live, a 9 DVD collection featuring rare, one-of-a-kind performances from the induction ceremonies of the Rock Hall Of Fame, shot during the last 24 years. You'll see the biggest names in rock 'n' roll perform in intimate settings, and jam in combinations not seen anywhere else. Additionally, each DVD features exclusive induction speeches by rock royalty, from heartfelt tributes to hilarious zingers. Plus, each DVD has over an hour of bonus material, including rare, behind-the-scenes material and rehersal footage. Some highlights include:

Bruce Springsteen and Bono share a microphone on U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

The original 3 members of Cream take the stage for the first time in 25 years to play a 3 song set of the group's biggest hits.

Mick Jagger and Tina Turner perform a sultry duet of the Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman."

This is the first time ever these performances have been available on home video! With 125 exclusive performances, over 24 hours of classic rock entertainment, and over 9 hours of bonus material, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live is a comprehensive collection sure to exceed the expectations of any rock 'n' roll fan!

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DAVE'S GUESTS FOR THE WEEK [all new]

Monday, December 7: Ray Romano (Men Of A Certain Age) Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air)

Tuesday, December 8: Barbara Walters Blackroc (CD, "Blackroc")

Wednesday, December 9: Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones) Maryjean Ballner (Books, "Cat Massage" and "Dog Massage") (2012) Rob Thomas (CD, "Someday")

Thursday, December 10: Kate Hudson (Nine) Dr. James Hansen (Book, "Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity") Tori Amos (CD, "Midwinter Graces")

Friday, December 11: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) Comedian Brian Scott McFadden Joe Perry (CD, "Have Guitar, Will Travel")

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JAYS' Mon. Andrea Bocelli & the Muppets

Thursday: Barry Manilow

Conans': Mon. Michael McDonald; Fri. Tony Bennett

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Until next time LOVE AND PEACE



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Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Moondog Matinee

Listening to "Moondog Matinee" and reading Rob Bowman's liner notes, I have a couple of questions. /n Is there any difference in Levon's playing after he attended the Berklee music school for a semester (not long before the album was recorded)?

A couple of the songs didn't, it seemed to me, sound like Levon. I believe that Billy Mundi said that he recorded at least "Third Man Theme", "Mystery Train" and "I'm Ready" with our guys. Thoughts?


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Posted by:

Steve

Tull, that's pretty harsh in the case of, Obama. First, it still is pretty early. Secondly, he has inherited a huge mess thanks in big part to your suggestion for Obama's companion in the bottom 5.

Has anyone come into this combination of hardened political and social divisions, economic devastation and two wars? Then you have that skin problem that automatically sets a significant portion of the population against him. I'd better stop, I'm starting to feel sorry for the guy.


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Charlie, you wouldn't have a link to that, would you? Steve, I'll make this prediction: in 20 years or so George W. Bush and Obama are going to be ranked very closely in terms of best/worst presidencies, and by that I mean both will be ranked in the bottom 5.


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Posted by:

Steve

Tull, don't put me in the disillusioned camp. Maybe the, unhappily-vindicated camp, would work better. Remember, you probably heard, Republicrat, here first. But it's still early times and I'm hoping Obama proves me wrong over the next few years.

But the near future doesn't look good. As gov't leaders, NGOs and scientists head to Copenhagen our Neo -Con leader who is trumpeting Canada as the world's new Petro Power ( sort of like a heroin dealer standing on the corner boasting that he's the new Mr. Big on the block) says he will wait to hear the US plans for " fighting" climate and that he will agree to whatever that plan is.

The fact that, Harper, who is still a, "man-made climate change denier, feels comfortable enough to make that claim publicly after being in negotiations with the Obama Adm. for months, is a bad sign for Copenhagen. But Christmas is coming, let's hope for an early, surprise gift.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: Polka Along with Bob

And leave it to Dylan to release a polka-driven Christmas video the same year the Grammy people drop polka as a genre.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Sing Along with Mitch

My parents were big fans of Mitch Miller and thus I, like many of my generation, was exposed to all the various sing along recordings of Mitch & his gang. Released by Columbia Records, these recordings were very popular at the time, which spawned an equally successful weekly Sing Along with Mitch television show in the early '60s. Leading a chorale of singers, Mitch became a pioneer of what would evolve decades later into karaoke, as viewers were urged to sing along by following a bouncing ball above lyrics superimposed on the screen (quite a technical innovation for t.v. at the time).

"Must Be Santa" was included on the "Holiday Sing Along with Mitch & the Gang" album. For those not familiar with Mr. Miller -- He was also the top A&R executive for Columbia back then, which was when Dylan signed with the label, following John Hammond's recommendation.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Toronto

Dee: Thanks for the post about the CP holiday train. I hadn't heard of it this year at all, though we went last year when it was parked in the railyards near where we live and it was almost magical- lights, kids, hot chocolate, a great cause ... plus trains!

Re "Must Be Santa", if any of you have the album with the Raffi version, maybe you could do a quick check of the notes to see if it's one of the many Raffi records that Daniel Lanois plays on. (I'd guess that if there's an accordion, it's being played by Ed Roth, who's on "Acadie".)

Joe J: You likely recall "Dancing In The Moonlight" from the early '70s - done by an earlier King Harvest. Years ago one of the walking encyclopedias around here posted about who they were and why they chose the name.

The other night I played disc 6 from "A Musical History" for the first time in a very long time. I guess because of the way it was shot, I realised that what Garth was up to when he played "The Genetic Method" facing all those dials and calling up all those sounds, separated by fades and static and stuff - he was DXing, as a guy like him would certainly have been doing way back when as a kid. Maybe even actualising that John Cage piece, "Symphony For Nine Radios" or whatever it is.


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

I figured it would take about this long for the Obama disillusionment to start setting in.


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Posted by:

Steve

Subject: La Plus Ca Change

Bush's stooge who controlled The Bush/Cheney's lies about the environment sounds like a natural fit for a progressive president as he prepares to go to Copenhagen, a president who promised to cut with the lies of the past administration. Makes you wonder, doesn't it. I thought FOX was declared a hostile opponent of the Obama administration just a few short weeks back.

Is there anyone from the previous cabal who hasn't been given a job with the new team. The Republicrats, I do declare.

How long til Cheney shows up in NY as the US Ambassador to the UN? Ho, Ho, Ho !


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Posted by:

Rod

Subject: must be Santa

Great video and song. I can think of another accordion player with a white beard who would have really looked the part.

Best video ever? It probably ties with Old Crow Medicine Show's Wagon Wheel.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Dylan and The Band 1974...M del Costello


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

PSB: I thank you for the tip on Brave Combo. The Raffi version was indeed a slower tempo. I was joking about the Tom Petty wig, though. I'd seen the Gods & Generals video and heard about him wearing that wig again after that.

Pat: Dana Perino also had never heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She shouldn't get appointed to a local PTA let alone anything higher. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.


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Posted by:

Pat B

And Obama's latest nominee to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which evidently doesn't require a good memory! That's Dana!!!


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Posted by:

abbazabba

Quiz #2: Dana Perino (2007-2009 press secretary for Dubya)


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Posted by:

Pat B

Quiz #2: Who said, "We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term"?


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Posted by:

Peter V

Tommy Steele had the British hit with Must Be Santa in 1960 at a lowly #40, but I assume it's a cover of an earlier American hit. Don't know who by, and Google only turned up Mitch Miller, which I would have thought was on a compilation. A couple of weeks after getting the Dylan set, I found a 1960 copy of Must Be Santa on Woolworth's own Embassy label, by Paul Rich, who would have been covering the Tommy Steele version. It's got elaborate orchestration for a budget recording and was I thought, pretty good for 30p.


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Posted by:

Dee

Location: Wisconsin

Subject: The Only Train That Stops Here

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stopped in the Village for the second year in a row. (Didn't sing Mystery Train this time.) For you unfortunate folk who are not on the route, we are entertained for about 30 minutes and all who brave the night time cold bring food for the local Food Pantry, resulting in the Most Successful Food Drive of the year.

Thanks to those Canadian folks who came up with the concept.


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Posted by:

PSB

Location: City of Brotherly Love
Web: My link

Subject: Must Be Santa

Charlie, Dylan got the arrangement not from Raffi, but from Texas band, Brave Combo, which he acknowledged in a recent interview about the album. Their version includes the Kennedy Nixon etc. line. The wig is very similar to the one he work in the video for the film Gods & Generals and also when he played the Newport Folk Fest in 2002.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: Butterfield\ Danko

NORBERT- Thanks for that informative post on Rick & Butter.


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Posted by:

Steve

Tull, I believe for Palin and her drooling followers the term minority refers to anyone not of their race. It's not a numbers thing it's a superior/inferior designation. If Palin was in Nigeria she would consider herself surrounded by " minorities". It's a state of mind, Tull, not a head count.


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Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: Paul Butterfield & Rick Danko, Capitol Hill, 29th. October 1979

Just saw this on the www incl. notes (can be loaded from the net, although that could be illegal in some countries, don't know)

quote "The mics were positioned on the frontrow balcony railing, a third of the way back from the left-hand side facing the Stage.

01. I Love You Too Much (Bob Dylan) $ 02. Stage Fright (Robbie Robertson) # 03. Crazy Mama (JJ Cale) 04. Samolina (Blondie Chaplin) 05. Unfaithful Servant # (J.R. Robertson) 06. Good Feeling (Instr.) (Chuck Berry) 07. Java Blues (Rick Danko) # 08. Sail On Sailor(Blondie Chaplin?)/ % 09. /Born In Chicago $ (Nick Gravenites) 10. I Love You 11. Sick & Tired (Kenner/Andersen/Danko) 12. Mystery Train $ (Junior Parker/Sam Philips)

Musicians: Paul Butterfield - harmonica, vocals $ Rick Danko - bass, vocals # Blondie Chaplin - guitar, vocals % Rick Belke - guitar Tom Stevenson - piano Ron McRory - drums

Notes: Paul had reached a plateau around the time of Better Days, he didn't relish going on the road and his drive to expand seemed to dissolve. After the Last Waltz, he survived on his reputation as a legend, as opposed to an active force in the genre of popular music. The Danko/Butterfield Band was more a couple of former stars taking care of business rather than creating art.

Despite Butterfield's chronic health issues, he is almost always 'on', even when high; Danko doesn't fair as well. In listening to many of their shows, either Danko can't handle his booze as well as Paul or Paul wasn't drinking before shows; Danko sounds intoxicated for this show. Butterfield, Danko and Manual were affectionately referred to as the 'chemical trio' for their incessant indulgences.

Rumour of a spat between Paul and Rick was disclosed by a promoter in 1980. Whilst this may have been fanciful, it was characteristic of Paul. A show was cancelled at the last minute; supposedly Danko didn't want to do Butter's blues tunes anymore and tried to squeeze him out. Butterfield said okay and just didn't show up for the gig that night; everyone was so angry that Danko had to retract his position. A smart move on Paul's part - he knew his worth and proved it.

An interview with Danko reveals that Dylan wrote "I Love You Too Much", specifically for them." end quote

p.s. Ilkka, thanks and good to see you too friend. Abbazabba 100% correct you win, congrats and thanks.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Must Be santa

Fabulous video indeed. To be fair to reviewers, most said the concept had a degree of sense on some songs and Must Be Santa was picked out. Where it goes really weird is the Christmas carols.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Dylan still stole that arrangement from Raffi--and the hat and hair from Tom Petty. I do love the way he sings "Johnson-Nixon" in place of "Donder-Blitzen," though-- and that accordian work from David Hidalgo of Los Lobos is great, too.


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Best video

Pat B - Pretty dang joyful I'd say. And shame on me for crapping on the album after hearing 1 small part of 1 song.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Yeah But

It's pretty rare to see ol' Sarry say any thing that makes sense isn't it Tull?

I'm gonna prove to you how stupid I am. My computer went to hell. It's now in the hospital. I'm sitting here a while ago pissed right off....thinking...how in hell am I going to get my gawd damn mail?? Suddenly, I says to myself, "Why don't you go down to the tug and get your lap top and use that dummy." See what I mean! Any way Peter & Dee, I just got your e mails, and I'll keep on top of that stuff & thanks.


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Posted by:

JTull Fan

Aren't 'minorities' in Hawaii actually Caucasians? Sarah Palin is afraid of white people?


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Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

The greatest video ever??


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Posted by:

Pat B

Averse to the sun and minorities! That's Sarah!!


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Posted by:

abbazabba

Pat's Quiz: Sarah Palin!


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Posted by:

Pat B

Joan, good effort but no.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Pat B

Sounds like Obama's Mom and his Dad saying it about his mom for the second part.


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Liam Clancy

Nobody can touch his version of Waltzing Matilda.

I grew up on the Clancy Brothers in regard to my intro to Irish music. The Aran sweaters were pretty cheesy but otherwise they were a top-notch folk music outfit. Tommy Makem & Liam made some fine records as a duo too.


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Posted by:

Pat B

I love quizzes. Who said she left Hawaii because the incessant sunshine was a hindrance to serious studying? Whose father said she left because the minorities made her uncomfortable?


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Posted by:

abbazabba

Quiz:

1. Film director Abel Ferrara.
2. "Bad Lieutenant", with Harvey Keitel.
3. Yes.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Liam & Richard Todd RIP

To add to JOE J,'s post

Irish folk pioneer Liam Clancy dies in Cork at 74

12/04/2009

Irish balladeer Liam Clancy, last of the Clancy Brothers troupe whose feisty, boozy songs of old Ireland struck a sentimental chord worldwide, died Friday in a Cork hospital. He was 74.

Clancy died in his hospital bed flanked by his wife Kim and daughters Siobhan and Fiona, his manager and family said. He suffered for years against incurable pulmonary fibrosis, the same lung-destroying disease that claimed one of his older singing brothers, Bobby, in 2002.

Ireland's arts minister, Martin Cullen, led nationwide tributes to Clancy, praising his "superb singing, warm voice and gift for communicating in a unique storytelling style."

"It was always so obvious with Liam Clancy that he loved what he was doing and his very presence made you feel welcome," Cullen said.

Clancy, the youngest of 11 children in a County Tipperary household filled with folklore and song, emigrated to the U.S. in 1956 to join two elder brothers, Tom and Patrick, in New York City who were singing on the side as they pursued budding careers as Broadway actors. But after recording a 1956 album of Irish rebel songs, they grew a New York following as musicians and formed a partnership with Northern Ireland immigrant Tommy Makem. Soon they were earning more as weekend singers in Manhattan bars and clubs than as full-time stage actors.

Scouts for U.S. television's flagship Ed Sullivan Show spotted them performing in Greenwich Village's White Horse Tavern, and their 16-minute appearance in March 1961 on the program — extended because of the last-minute cancellation of another act — turned them into an Irish-American folk phenomenon.

Their agent cultivated a schmaltzy appeal to Irish emigrants worldwide, encouraging the Clancy Brothers and Makem to perform in cream-white Aran wool sweaters hand-knit from home as well as tweed fishermen's caps. But their up-tempo resurrection of traditionally slow, sad Irish songs made a deeper impression on much of America's emerging folk artist movement, including Bob Dylan, who paid tribute to Liam Clancy as "the best ballad singer I'd ever heard in my life." The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem performed Carnegie Hall, toured Ireland, Britain, Australia and repeatedly throughout the U.S., and recorded more than a dozen albums before breaking up amid arguments over bills, babes and booze in 1974.

"Of course there was a lot of drink. We'd fuel up with whiskey to get up to speed on our way to the next gig. There were a hell of a lot of parties," Liam Clancy recalled in September in Dublin during a bout of interviews to promote a new documentary on his life and times, "The Yellow Bittern."

"We were under contract to Playboy, I remember," Clancy recalled in between taking breaths of oxygen from a tank. "Hugh Hefner would have these parties and there'd be all this champagne about. We were given these little champagne glasses and he'd say: 'You don't give an Irishman a glass that size.' We ended up with tankards of champagne."

Liam Clancy, broke amid unpaid tax demands, retreated to his in-laws in Calgary, Canada, before making a comeback on Canadian television and in a new singing partnership with Makem.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he and other Clancy brothers combined with a range of other Irish traditional musicians on tours of North America, Europe and Australia, and also were regularly featured on Caribbean cruises, but brotherly feuds kept shaking up the band's lineup.

Tom Clancy died of stomach cancer in 1990, Patrick Clancy of lung cancer in 1998, and Makem of cancer in 2007.

To the end, family and friends noted how Liam Clancy kept his irreverent sense of humor. "For a guy who's dying, I'm not doing too bad," he remarked three months ago.

At his last public performance in May, he moved a Dublin audience to tears as he struggled to complete a 40-minute set and turned to reciting poetry. "He delivered Dylan Thomas' poem 'And Death Shall Have No Dominion.' He knew at that time he was in close contact with his impending death, and yet he was able to connect with the audience and express his fear in a way that was both dignified and beautiful," said his manager, Dave Teevan.

Hours before Clancy's death Friday, he spoke by telephone with one musician son, Donal, who is on tour in the U.S. state of California. His other son, Eban, was traveling home from England. Funeral arrangements were not announced.

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Film star Richard Todd dies at 90--- 12/04/2009

Richard Todd, who re-enacted his wartime exploits in the 1962 film "The Longest Day" and was Ian Fleming's choice to play James Bond, has died of cancer at age 90, his family said Friday.

Todd, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1949 film "A Hasty Heart" and starred as U.S. Senate chaplain Peter Marshall in "A Man Called Peter" (1954), died Thursday at his home in Little Humby, Lincolnshire in central England, according to his agent, the Richard Stone Partnership.

In Britain, one of his best-known roles was playing Royal Air Force pilot Guy Gibson in "The Dam Busters."

"He had been suffering from cancer, an illness that he bore with his habitual courage and dignity," the family said in a statement. Fleming had preferred Todd to take the lead in "Dr. No" in 1962, The Daily Telegraph said in its obituary, but a schedule clash opened the way for Sean Connery to define the part. Instead, Todd took the role of role of Inspector Harry Sanders in "Death Drums Along the River," released in 1963.

Born Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd in Dublin, Todd at first hoped to become a playwright but discovered a love for acting after helping found the Dundee Repertory Company in Scotland in 1939.

He volunteered for the British Army, and was among the first paratroopers dropped into Normandy in the D-Day invasion. He was also one of the first paratroopers to meet the glider force commanded by Maj. John Howard at Pegasus Bridge; he played Howard in "The Longest Day." After being discharged in 1946, he returned to Dundee. His role as male lead in "Claudia" led to romance and then marriage to his leading lady, Catherine Grant-Bogle.

A Scottish accent mastered while preparing for his role in "The Hasty Heart" proved a useful skill in his later film career. He won praise for his performance in the film of "The Hasty Heart," which included Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal in the cast. The New York World-Telegram hailed Todd as "a vivid and vigorous actor" and the New York Herald Tribune said his performance "combined lofty stature with deep feeling, attracting enormous sympathy without an ounce of sentiment." In "A Man Called Peter," Marshall's widow Catherine said Todd "was just about the only film actor whose Scottish syllables would have met (her husband's) standards." Other film roles included Sir Walter Raleigh in "The Virgin Queen" (1955), costarring Bette Davis; a lead role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Stage Fright" (1949), with Jane Wyman and Marlene Dietrich; and the lead in Disney's "Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue" (1953).

In the 1980s, Todd made more than 2,500 appearances headlining the London run of "The Business of Murder," and appeared in four episodes of the BBC's "Doctor Who."

Todd had a son and a daughter from his first marriage, and two sons from his marriage to Virginia Mailer. Both marriages ended in divorce. His son Seamus from the second marriage killed himself in 1997, and his eldest son also killed himself in 2005 following the breakdown of his marriage. Todd said dealing with those tragedies was like his experience of war. "You don't consciously set out to do something gallant. You just do it because that is what you are there for," he said.

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Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo ___


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Posted by:

Ilkka

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Norbert's quiz, the correct answers are as following:

1.) Mrs. - sorry - Ms. Rosalind Robertson - sorry - Richardson

2.) The film is of course "This... that... The Band!".

3.) I have this film in a VHS cassette and watch only "Old Time Religion" when I have sinned. Let´s face it, the whole rock world has forgotten the film and us here in gb. - Good to see my friend NORBERT here, anyway :-)


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Posted by:

Norbert

Location: Germany
Web: My link

Subject: little quiz

For those who are also stuck inside on this dark and rainy day (at least over here in Germany), between espressos, bier, bratwurst and sauerkraut a little, yet interesting music trivia quiz starting with a quote:

“Oh, yeah. I'll strangle that cocksucker Jimmy Page. As if every fucking lick that guy ever played didn't come off a Robert Johnson album” Signifying Rapper" was out for five years, and there wasn't a problem. Then the film had already been out for two years and they start bitching about it. And these pricks, when their attorneys are on the job, our guys are afraid to come out of their office.”

1) From whom is the above quote?

2) He or she is talking about a movie, what is the name of that movie?

3) Is it a good movie, worth watching it tonight?

p.s. Dunc, Joan and Serenity belated thanks.


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Posted by:

joe j

Subject: R.I.P.

Liam Clancy has passed on at age 74. A life well lived. Anyone with a drop of Irish blood will surely be raising a glass tonight.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Many thanks for your list Charlie. This year I've bought so few new CDs it must be the record low since 1982. I just don't see anything that interests me except ACE reissues. The Geoff Muldaur and Jesse Winchester (both automatic buy artists for me) both passed under my radar. Will look out for them. My own top ten this year would be headed by Bap Kennedy.


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Lars, I saw Randy on a Sunday, maybe 4 weeks back. At Keegan's Ales. He was playing with Bruce Katz, Mike Fink, Larry Moser, and another horn player. They were good,but I got involved in several conversations and dragged outside to hear some songwriter's demos so the music really was background that night. They were good, but as often is the case, the PA was out of wack. Keegan Ales is a damn good place to spend an evening. Great atmosphere, a great crowd of fun, friendly, people. Plus, they make a fine brew and a good sandwich. Peanuts all night long. Ian Lloyd, yes, the Louie Louie guy, plays there a few times a year. I'm wanting to catch one of those shows, just never have.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: The enigmatic woods of NY

Jeff- I was sitting in a tree this afternoon that was about a mile from your old stomping grounds, the south end of S. Mountain Rd. Didn't see anything, but it didn't matter because it was a good day to sit in a tree for an hour or so.

That bobcat that walked right up to within 15 feet of me was the first one I've seen since 1994. But I spent a winter out near the area you described, on the end of Duck Pond Rd, Stone Ridge, back in 1977. Lot of game out that way. You probably saw what you think, a bobcat. I've heard they're making a comeback.

You missed Rando at the High Falls Cafe on Nov 21st. We had a really great crowd who appreciated our attempts at Band music. I was kidding Rando that they must have come out for his blood, the place felt so charged up.


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Lars, I was just outsside Kingston, heading towards Hurley a week or two back, when what looked like a really small mountain lion ( might look like if such a thing existed)crozssed in front of my car. Took it's time,not slow, but in no big hurry as I was approaching from a distance. It was certainly larger than a cat, long and rangy. No feral regular sized cat. Not real big either, maybe 20 pounds because it was so skinny. But if it filled out it could have been a thirty pounder.

Back in 89, when I lived in the Cooper Lake section of Bearsville we had a local bobcat for a little while. When it screeched it sounded like a car locking it's brakes at a hundred miles an hour.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Oldies, songs that is!! Paul Simons' son.

LIL: The Mills Bros.' "Paper Doll" and "Up The Lazy River" were faves of mine,Whenever I hear the oldies, I'm surprised how well I remember the words. I always loved, "Begin The Beguine" by Sammy Kaye & Artie Shaw.Love anything by Marty Robbins, Frank Sinatra, THE BAND,etc.,etc.,etc....

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Breaking: Harper Simon

Who: The 37-year-old son of Paul Simon, who’s casting out under his own name for the first time with his fall debut. Simon says the process of becoming a solo artist was a “journey of discovery” and though he was hesitant to step into the spotlight, “I realized, ‘If I don’t do this I’m going to regret it.’”

Sounds Like: Simon’s self-titled debut is a gorgeous collection of vintage-sounding country-folk tunes like the shuffling “Tennessee” and the dreamy psychedelic ballad “The Audit.” Have a listen to his Elliott Smith-esque “Shooting Star.”

• Simon began work on his debut three years ago in Nashville, when he booked himself studio time with legendary producer Bob Johnston, who worked on classic ’60s and ’70s LPs by Bob Dyan and Johnny Cash.

• Pals like Sean Lennon, Adam Green and Petra Haden — and of course, his famous dad — popped into later sessions in New York and Los Angeles to lend their talents and support. Paul plays acoustic guitar and co-wrote three tunes.

CYA soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: Avett Bros.

JQ: I saw the Avett Brothers at the Floydfest World Music Festival down in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Old Virginny two or three summers ago. They are intense, energetic and talented. That new disc you mention is on my daugter's gift wish list right now but I haven't heard it yet.


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Well struck Charlie Y

Have you or anybody here given the Avett Brothers: I & Love & You a spin? I have it but haven't quite got the hang of them yet. The Critics & record store clerks like them; same with Bon Iver.


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Great list Charlie, (despite the omission of Jake Trout and the Flounders). Anyone here asstute enough to make the connection between the Roy Rogers vid I just posted and The Band ? NB


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: I Forgot TWO

Geoff Muldaur's "Texas Sheiks" and The Wiyo's "Broken Land Bell" also belong in my top CDs of the year list. Like Loudon Wainwright's Charlie Poole collection, the work of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rosanne Cash's "The List" and Levon's latest, Mr. Muldaur and the The Wiyos all follow in the roots/Americana vein The Band pioneered in many ways.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: Some Favorite CDs of 2009

Here are 21 of my favorite CDs of the year. Christmas is three weeks from today, so some of these might be good requests for Santa. It's amazing how many of these names have close or very close connections to The Band:

21. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Speed of Life"

20. Los Straitjackets, "Further Adventures of..."

19. Candye Kane, "Superhero"

18. Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson, (live)

17. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, "Know Better, Learn Faster"

16. Loudon Wainwright III, "Charlie Poole Sessions"

15. Melody Gardot, "My One and Only Thrill"

14. Neil Young, "Fork in the Road"

13. Norah Jones, "The Fall"

12. Rodrigo y Gabriella, "11:11"

11. Shawn Colvin, "Live"

10. Sam Bush, "Circles Around Me"

9. John Fogerty, "Blue Ridge Rangers Ride Again"

8. Los Lobos, "Los Lobos Goes Disney"

7. Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, "Live from Madison Square Garden"

6. Jesse Winchester, "Love's Filling Station"

5.Bob Dylan, "Together Through Life"

4. Levon Helm, "Electric Dirt"

3. Rosanne Cash, "The List"

2. Bela Fleck, "Throw Down Your Heart"

1. Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, "Levitate"


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Posted by:

Mike Waxman

Location: Sweden

Subject: Miss them all

Well, I dearly from the deep of my heart miss The Band, the original members, and like George Harrison once said. The Band is the best band in the whole universe


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Lars

that Merry Clayton session has gone down as one of the legendary sessions for the Stones. Apparently (and I've found this in books on the Stones - but I can't vouch for its reliability) she walked up to Jagger and said 'You sing like a man, but you look like a little boy.' She then sang half the part. Mick and Keith raved. She THEN discussed money before singing the other half...

I didn't know about the miscarriage: terrible stuff.


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Posted by:

Jerry

Web: My link

Most in here I'm sure have viewed this one, but it's worth another look. Levon with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band...


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Nick Tosches

You may have read Tosches book David. "Country The Biggest Music In America". Your notes on "metaphors" reminds me of that chapter in his book, "Stained Panties & Coarse Metaphors". Hey! Northern Buoy Blues!

Peter; Lorne just called me, and told me his web site you looked on will be done. His new site, "Desolation Sound Studio will be up and running, and it will be on there.

He is e mailing me his web site today, if you like, I can shoot it to you, don't know your e mail so drop it to me

tugmanatshawdotca

If you call up his new sight right now, it just gives you that "under construction" thing.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: A Christmas Stocking Beats Stuffing A Dead Horse

Northern Blues: Coincidentally, I do have one of bluesman Roy Rogers' earlier CDs, entitled "Slidewinder". It features a cover of the aforementioned "Terraplane Blues", with John Lee Hooker, and a couple of songs with Allen Toussaint on piano.


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Posted by:

Northern Boy

Web: My link

Subject: Please Help Me Get Stuff(ed)

So far I'll be "stuffing my Christmas stocking" (btw David, not a seasonal bluesy euphemism for something smutty) with that high-octane hybrid version of Cahoots, as well as the Van Montreux DVD. I'm wondering if there any Roy Rogers fans out there that could recommend one of his CDs ? (No Norm, not the Roy Rogers of Dale Evans and Trigger fame. The blues dude in my link). NB


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Terraplane Blues

sadavid: Hudson manufactured another model back in the '30s called the Terraplane, which featured a straight-8 cylinder engine, a monster motor for its time. Robert Johnson immortalized the car in song, with sexual metaphors representing genuine parts too racy for the Beach Boys or Jan & Dean to handle.

"I'm goin' heist your hood mama,
I'm bound to check your oil.
I got a woman I'm lovin',
Way down in Arkansas"


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Posted by:

Peter V

You pick up some great stuff on old vinyl, but also utter crap. This week I picked up the EP of "The Brothers Four Sing Bob Dylan" one of the worst attempts at Dylan I've ever heard. They did two unreleased tracks in 1964 "Farewell" and "Tomorrow Is A Long Time." A few people covered Farewell at the time. It's a very, very thinly disguised version of "The Leaving of Liverpool" which is "by" Bob Dylan. Normally he steals the melody but writes the words. Here he stole both and stuck his name on. But The Brothers Four doing Mr Tambourine Man is a travesty that has to be heard to be believed. Awful.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Now I'm MAD!!

Well it's all bullshit. If you've watched the clips they had on youtube, watching Jimmy Page play the solos to, "Baby Please Don't Go", & "All Night Long" for example are some of the best parts. So if that isn't in there using it on youtube to sell the gawd damn thing pisses me off.

Getting only 30 minutes means they're going to come out with more later to bleed yuh for more money. Bullshit!


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Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: tags: cool, fast

I've always been extremely partial to Elliott Landy's "Hudson on Hudson" photograph - just a terrific picture.

I figured the car was just a cool-looking old car, but according to this article from the local rag, these beasts (if it is the Hornet model) were the fastest thing on four wheels for a time. Which makes sense, if you believe half of what you read in The Gospel Aeeording to Steve (Davis).

The pic exists in at least a couple of versions on the site; one of the captions identifies it as Rick's car.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Stones Wars

Movie trivia time -- One of the camera operators on the Maysles crew was a young George Lucas. Imagine Darth Vadar wearing a Hell's Angels MC leather jacket & pants, with a skinned wolf's head hat, grimacing madly in the throes of some bad meth mixture. Watch out, Mick Skywalker. Just ask Marty Balin -- those pool cues are just as dangerous as a light sabre.

Even more menacing than that of Ike Turner, is the shot of Hell's Angels head Sonny Barger, as he looks on at Mick Jagger prancing onstage at Altamont.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Live Aid

If only Ike could have looked in the crystal ball and seen 1985 … Mick and Tina at Live Aid.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Gimmie Shelter

The original film version of "Gimmie Shelter" was a mono mix, but the concert performances were recorded on 16-track for a stereo re-mix. The Criterion version has multiple sound options -- Dolby 2.0 stereo and Dolby 5.1 or DTS surround mix. One of the priceless extra features is a clip of Mick Jagger playing an elecric guitar, quite loudly & skillfully and singing a blues song (which I can't remember) backstage for Tina Turner, with Ike looking on menacingly.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: The woods of NY

Subject: Gimme Shelter

I've read that the Stones were recording "Gimme Shelter" and they needed a female vocalist on the spur of the moment. The producer called Merry Clayton and she came in late that night, straight from bed, with her hair up in curlers. She provided some background singing and did one verse. At 3:04 into "Gimme Shelter" she hit the high note on "murder" and you can hear Mick Jagger in the background say, "oooh."

REPORTEDLY, she went back home and had a miscarriage. I've already fallen victim to one "report" this week (Archie Bell's tour in Viet Nam) so I read this with a grain of salt.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Wille & The Divine Secrets of the YaYas Brotherhood

Willie & The Poor Boys. I didn’t know anything about it, but amazon.co.uk has it at £4.98 and Jimmy Page isn’t listed on the front cover (but Ringo Starr is, plus Chris Rea, Charlie Watts, Geraint Watkins, Ronnie Wood). They did various things, but I reckon if Bill Wyman and Andy Fairweather-Lowe are on it (which they are), it’s a fair call. I’m intrigued to know what it is. The amazon notes say “The story is set in the 1950s” and the sleeve “From Bill Wyman’s Personal Archive.” This is from IMDB:

“This DVD wasn't released until this century but it was filmed (and put out on VHS, I assume) back in the mid '80s. The boys made a half-hour "video," almost complete with '50s-dressed young people jitterbugging while the group in this small hall rocked on. It was all for a good cause, raising money for multiple sclerosis. As Wyman explains in the behind-the-scenes extra, it also was to benefit a few of the down-and-out rockers of the time. The financially stable performers here donated their services, and happily so. They included fellow Stones members Ronnie Wood (playing saxophone!) and Charlie Watts on drums.

Ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, along with Dire Straits saxophone player Mel Collins and a bunch of other great musicians make up this group, which obviously had a lot of fun doing this. In between several of the songs are a few very short comedy bits including one with Ringo Starr. The famous Beatles drummer plays a janitor sweeping up after the concert.

The only thing that disappointed me was that there were only eight songs and the whole movie-concert lasted 30 minutes. I looked this DVD up on Amazon and it's listed there as 50-some minutes with 12 songs! It's the only DVD made by this group, so what gives?”

I might venture £4.98 myself.

GIMMIE SHELTER … thanks, David. Yes, one review of Get Yer Ya Yas Out said the box set made much more sense on disc 4, the DVD (also by The Mayles Brothers). I guess those five tracks are basically Gimmie Shelter outtakes. That review hit on my problem with Get Yer Ya Yas Out, because it said the vocals are breathless and almost cut in and out on the audio, but when you see Jagger dancing /moving on the DVD it all falls together, and the ears catch up with the eyes. I haven’t seen Gimmie Shelter for many years, and the Altamont bit stuck with me. I thought at the time (and my memory may be rusty so correct me if I’m wrong), that the only people who came out of that concert with any credit were Jefferson Airplane, who actually tried to do something about it.


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Posted by:

Landmark

Location: Montreal

Whenever I think of "Get Yer Ya Yas Out", I always think of that annoying female voice saying " Paint It Black, Paint It Black, Paint it Black you devil". I do like the album and listen to it still.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Willie & The Poor Boys

PETER!! II was about to order the DVD from Amazon.com, but reading revues, this is apparently like a movie. The players don't actually play, and Jimmy Page isn't even seen.

Do you know anything about this?? I wanted a copy for my son for Christmas and one for myself. I've watched a lot of the footage on youtube, which was original, but now it's been taken away. This would be a real piss off not to see it as it actually was.


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Posted by:

Stevie

Location: Quietbec

ilka, iT is raiNing Hear.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Get Yer Ya Ya's Another Way

I was fortunate to have seen the Stones on the 1969 tour in November at Auburn, Alabama (with Chuck Berry & Terry Reid). Although we purchased $8.00 tickets by mail from the Auburn Interfraternity organization, we were able to move from our nose-bleed seats in the coliseum to stand in front of the stage at the right, thanks to a Stones security person. Needless to say, it was a memorable evening of music.

My recommendation would be to skip the new deluxe 40th anniversary CD set, and instead get the Criterion Collection's expanded DVD version of the Maysles brothers' film, "Gimmie Shelter", documenting the last 10 days of the tour. Included is complete footage of the disasterous Altamont concert, performances from the final concert at Madison Square Garden, backstage & behind the scenes footage, and a look at the Stones at Muscle Shoals studio, recording & mixing cuts for "Sticky Fingers". In addition to a standard DVD version, Criterion just released in new Blu-ray version this week.


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Posted by:

Rosa

Location: TV webb

Subject: They will smash you as they have smashed me

I emailed you for many years ago Ilkka but never received an answer. I try again:

Ilkka, I don't know how long you have posted here and I don't know in which of Nordic Countries you are living in. I know the answer to every question but they don't care. Be careful, people from gb "elite" like Brougham, Powers and Whilney will smash you just like that.


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Posted by:

Lil

Thanks Joan. It was actually someone here years ago that first told me that "The men in my little girl's life" was done by Mike Douglas.. and I think my first reaction was 'the talk show guy???' I never would've guessed. I had also asked at the same time here about "Cab Driver" by The Mills Brothers.. which was one of my Dad's favorite songs, and he was sick at the time. Someone sent it to me for him. I still play it now and then when I think of him.It's funny how some of those long-ago songs stay with us and hold a special place in our memories.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: More …

A further thought. I still had Get Yer Ya Yas Out when Rock of Ages came out, and now recall comparing them, and thinking "Yes, Rock of Ages is a great live set. It sounds fine. Get Yer Yas Yas Out sounds murky and indistinct, and the vocal mix is appalling." That's probably the point where I dumped Get Yer Yer Ya Yas Out,


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Get Yer Ya Yas Out

I'm a sucker for reviews. The 40th Anniversary Remaster Box Set of Get Your Ya Yas Out is attracting excellent ones. As well as the album you get a further CD of songs not included, the B.B. King and Ike & Tina support sets, and a DVD of the five new songs. Everyone is saying "the ultimate live album ever" etc. I'm tempted, especially with the Ike & Tina Turner bonus set. Has anyone heard the new set?

My problem is, I had Get Yer Ya Yas Out back in 1970 or 1971, thought it was awful recording quality and shambolic performance (I was heavily into Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers which I compared it with in my mind, I guess) and got rid of it and probably haven't heard it since. It must be the only pre-1980 Rolling Stones album I don't have. But in those days I wasn't used to warts and all live recordings. Years of bootlegs and concert cassettes later, I am. I read the reviews and wonder.


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Posted by:

Empty Now

Web: My link

Subject: dlew919: Re - fluid piano

thanks for the link

"Instruments of the western orchestra are locked in time, ringfenced. Why is that? It must be for cultural reasons. “

I am of those who believe that things are better when the Western Civilization keeps its proper references
because our Human Civilization needs references.

music genres come and go over the ages, Jazz, Ragtime, Jackson Browne, and Sir Elton John, the octatonic scale remains and the piano too
the wise side of Geoff Smith seems coming from the vision that his invading fluid piano might be a breakthrough in the evolution of the instrument, but not a reason for its disappearing


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Posted by:

Joe

No prob Lars. I just wanted to "tighten up" the story.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band at Lennox, Mass-Aug '76

joiseyboyy's photostream (Robbie, Rick and Garth....not Richard)

Hi ya to those who popped by....Molly, Rozzzz, Tenn With Wit.

Sebastian......I dig it!

Congrats to Levon!


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Responding & trivia..

Hi guys. Back again. Such interesting posts, but don't have the time to respond to all, but have enjoyed reading each and every one of them. Thanx heaps.

GLENN T: You're welcome. You're making me blush. Glad to be appreciated once-in-awhile.

PAT B: ROZ posted a link to Roger Millers' great song. I also posted that Roger had won a Tony for "Big River".

KEVIN: Thanx for link. Never saw that one before. A real goodie.

JOE J: Good link. Tiny Tim was always so "colorful". Who can forget him singing,"Tiptoe Through The Tulips" , and his wedding on Johnny Carson?

CHARLIE Y: I've heard Roseanne do "Tenn. Flatop Box". I believe she did it on the tribute to her dad. She is good, and a nice gal to boot.

CARMEN: Thanx for the link.Ditto for me too.

NORM: Like the music in your link. re: Dear Abby? She passed away, but her daughter was to be taking over, but since I'm not a fan of hers, I'm not sure about anything more than that. Waiting for your CD to be in stores.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

CTV: Friday, 12/04/09 at 10PM

The Beatles on Record

Narrated entirely by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Sir George Martin, and features never-before-heard outtakes of studio chat from the band's first recording sessions at the infamous Abbey Road studios.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

TRIVIA/ HISTORY:

Tibetans put salt in their tea instead of sugar.

A year is exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 54.5 seconds.

The youngest parents in the world were aged 8 and 9 in China in the year 1910.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Until Next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

joe j

Subject: Marquee Club video

Charlie, I believe the group is a Halifax area band called, appropriately enough, King Harvest. When we have our GB party we'll have to hire them.


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: FYI from a Nick Lowe site - Ry Cooder & Nick Lowe in Melbourne

My wife, our son and I saw Nick and Ry in Melbourne on Saturday night and we all agreed it was a near-perfect show. We've all been long-time fans of both artists but we hadn't seen either of them live before.

Both were really great but we all felt that Ry slightly outshone Nick, probably because he had the twin assault of really great singing and absolutely phenomenal guitar playing! He is so under-stated and non-flash and yet any guitarist would understand that what he does is brilliant.

I've never heard a three-piece that sounded so complete - even when Ry was playing lead there was absolutely zero sense that anything was missing from his accompaniment!

The backing singers (Juliet Commagere and Alex Lilly from the support act) were absolutely top notch and added a nice touch of colour to the songs in which they took part. Nick was personable and chatty between songs, and he still seems just as cool as he did back in the days when were besotted by him and Rockpile on Top Of The Pops! And Ry's introductions were evocative and amusing.

So - from our point of view it was a wonderful night and we couldn't really have asked for more

I really hope they put out a CD or, better, a DVD of this tour!


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: Who Are These Guys?

Maybe someone can help me here. There's a YouTube video of two songs by The Band performed by a bunch of young Canadian musicians earlier this year at the closing night of the Marquee Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Anyway, these musicians clearly get it--the essence of The Band, that is. They are sloppy and silly at times but that's part of the essence. The clip I'm talking about can be found by searching for Up on Cripple Creek- Look Out Cleveland. Enjoy.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: Playin' Music What Else??????

I got to playing some music this afternoon. (The way I have my sound system plugged into the computer, I can join in.) Actually, I make a lot of them sound better, (and if you believe that.)

Any way there is this video of Redd Volkaert & Cyndie Cashdollar that's pretty cool, (if the damn thing'll work.)


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Mass Confusion

JQ - It sounds to me like you better write Dear Abby......wonder where in hell Abby is any way?? WIGO! Where in hell have you been??????

Joe didn't even bother with Dear Abby, he's just right into his brown paper bag of mushrooms again.

What was it Steve........38 minutes....tsk-tsk-tsk


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Posted by:

Steve

JQ, the important question in the case of Orszag and his rug is was it a bad enough fit that it came with a chin strap and if so does he wear the chin strap.

If it did and he does this opens up a whole new area of inquiry that requires a serious look-see before coming to any conclusions about him one way or the other.

Bob, is your chin strap too tight? What holiday is it? Are you really late on Thanksgiving or are you just giving the next three a pass and going straight to Noel? Or are you a serial, festive wisher?

OK, Norm, "for a while", is fairly vague, so I'm considering my obligations under the moratorium fulfilled.


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Peter Orszag & Archie Bell

On Peter Orszag - I've been impressed with this guy since the first time I heard him or read him; his position is super important but he seems to escape the beatings that Geithner & Bernanke receive. But.. just now I saw that it's quite obvious he wears a toupee, and the picture I saw made it seriously clear that it was a really poor fit.

So now I'm feeling that I can't take him as seriously as I did, my question is: Am I more fucked up than he is for being so judgmental or is wearing an ill-fitting toupee a sign of a mental malfunction? Can he be trusted? Is he delusional? Is his vanity so deep that he wants to be a king? Oh dear, oh dear.

I remember when Tighten Up was getting a lot of am radio play and after the amusing intro I couldn't get into it. Wasn't it just a bland & repetitive instrumental? And I really liked soul music then. I guess I could download it now & know for sure, but I'm trying for a 1968 POV, if anybody around then heard it this way too, or not.

Has anybody here ever attempted to DO the Tighten Up?


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: Archie Bell in Germany

Man, that sure was a great story...poor wounded rocker recovering from a leg wound he got in Viet Nam...and suddenly his song goes to number one with a bullet...ouch...I guess somebody must have figured it would sell more records. Thanks for telling me the real deal on that.

Rick Danko, page 81 of THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE, (author, publisher, city and year)

said,
"On a rainy Sunday night in May 1961, Ronnie comes up to me after the show at Pop Ivy's in Port Dover- I couldn't believe this-and he rasps,'Son, what do we have to do for you to get in that Cadillac over there and come with us TONIGHT?'"



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Posted by:

Joe

Web: My link

Subject: Archie Bell

Lars: I also read the article that stated Archie Bell was in Germany recovering from wounds sustained in Viet Nam.Having searched further I found a interview with Mr. Bell himself stating that he never was in Viet Nam. His whole outfit went, except for he and another recruit, after AIT. I have included the link above.


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Posted by:

bob w.

You are correct.

Happy Holidays


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Posted by:

Pat B

Bob w, in the original version Archie says "I'm" not "We're".


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Subject: Grammy Nominations

Congratulations to Levon for another Grammy nomination--this time for "Electric Dirt" for best Americana album.

One of the songs I heard Rosanne Cash and her husband perform last night was nominated in the category of Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The guy she sang it with on the record was Bruce Springsteen.

I was also happy to see Jimmy Sturr nominated for Best Traditinal Folk Album since the perennial best polka album winner had his category eliminated this year.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Kevin J: I agree about Layla. Oddly enough, the ultimate insurance against having to hear the near-criminal remake is not just Turned-off, but Unplugged.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: I got a new line!

First of all STEVE! Shut up for a while about this shit...you're annoying every one!

I got up.....puy on the TV for some news....the channel I had left on had this movie .."Free Money" ....Marlon Brando, Charlie Sheen, Thomas Hayden Churh. Brando is these guys very deranged father-in-law.

I don't know who he's pissed off at or why......but here's the new line:

When I find this man, I'm going to eat his brains with a tea spoon while he begs for mercy........It can't get any worse than that can it?????


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Posted by:

Steve

It's a definition Brien. Have you got a different one? That would be more productive than doing the Wiki Whack. That's too easy.

I read further about black ops, also referred to as State Terrorism. The British group that the US is working with in Iraq on " Black OPs" is the same group that infiltrated the IRA in the 80's and 90's in Ireland.

The members of the group worked their way to the top levels of power in that terrorist group and as time went on it was hard to tell which side they were really on.

John Joe Magee, head of the IRA's internal security was one such British agent. He became known as the IRA's torturer in chief. Most of the people he interrogated were killed. His unit hunted down and killed British agents in Northern Ireland.

The Omagh bombing that killed 29 and wounded 300 could have been stopped. The British security forces knew the details in advance but let it happen because one of the terrorists was one of theirs and his cover would have been blown. Possibly it's because of immoral behaviour like this it has earned the label, State Terrorism. Once you start using the tactics of terrorists what separates you from " The Bad Guys?"

I think that kind of behaviour goes beyond the Wiki definition. What say you?


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Posted by:

bob w.

Web: My link

He sang "We're Archie Bell and the Drells."


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

I promised myself I wouldn't bite into that poison pill - then I felt the juice run down my throat again. I'm happy to say I coughed most of it back up - see ya down the road.


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

If Wiki says it - it must be true.


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Posted by:

Steve

Lars, this afternoon I saw a bobcat as well, the first time I've seen one in about 10 years.

JQ, I thought black ops was just a catchy war term for murder but Wiki seems to give a much wider range of activities. It's right out of the AWOL George and Deferment Dick's playbook. Black ops includes assassinations, kidnapping, extortion, spying on friendly nations and your own citizens, the use of fraud, child soldiers ( aren't they all) and trafficking in contraband.


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Posted by:

carmen

Location: pa
Web: My link

Subject:

See link, I never saw this one before


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Posted by:

Adam

Subject: Georgia On My Mind

Did Richard over-sing or not? I used to really like the studio take but pretty much agreed that it was a bit over-sung. However, I just listened to it and was almost moved to tears. When you really listen to the chords of the song, what Garth is playing and what Robbie lays over it, I heard a definite jazz, country-blues Bobby Charles vibe from it. And Richard's vocal? I think it's beautiful. Compared to the early '60s live Hawks recordings of the song, which seem under-sung, Richard's vocal has real power and soul.


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Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: Priceless Rosanne Cash

Serenity was right: Rosanne Cash did indeed perform "Long Black Veil" tonight in concert here in Old (Wet) Virginny, along with most of the other songs from her fine new collection of covers, "The List" (named after the list her father Johnny wrote down for her of what he considered the 100 essential country songs when she was a teenage learning music). She also performed one of her father's long list of essential country songs--"Tennessee Flot Top Box"--and possibly the definitive version of what she said should be song number 101 on The List, Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billy Joe."

Ms. Cash gets better with age and it was wonderful to be close enough to make eye contact with her a couple of times during the evening. Of course, standing by her side the whole time was her talented guitarist husband, John Leventhal, so I didn't stare too hard. I know all about that ring of fire. But what did get tossed off the Tallehatcie Bridge? As Ms. Cash said, 40 years later we still ask that question--and all these years later all the songs she sang tonight never sounded better. Priceless.


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Posted by:

Pat B

Lars, I believe he sang, "Hi everybody. I'm Archie Bell and the Drells..." I always loved that he claimed to be both the singer and the backup. Band connection: Todd Rundgren's first group did a song called "The Loosen Up" which started, "Hi Everybody. We're the Nazz from Philadelphia..."

December 2, 1859. John Brown is hanged in Charlestown, VA (at that time). 150 years ago today (in Chicago). Captured by Robert E. Lee and Jeb Stuart. Hanging witnessed by famed actor John Wilkes Booth.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: Tighten Up?

There was a song in 1968 that went all the way to #1, it was called "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell and the Drells. It starts out something like, "Hi Everybody. I'm Archie Bell with the Drells...from Houston, Texas...we don't hardly sing...but we dance just as good as we want........"

That song was cut in 1967 and Archie Bell joined the army soon after. By the spring of 1968 Archie was in a hospital in West Germany, recovering from wounds sustained in Viet Nam. The first time he heard that his song had gone all the way to number one, Archie was still in Germany recovering. When he got out he left the war behind and concentrated on the music.

Meanwhile, back in Woodstock, a group called THE BAND released their first album "Music From Big Pink" in July (1968). It was the beginning of THE BAND'S golden years. Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson were "young and free and the best band in the world."


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

Steve - nice rant as per

JQ - yes Black OP AlQuada most certainly.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: REALLY!

Jesus Christ Joe; Are you munchin da magic again? What in hell are you doon...diggin' 'em outta the ice with a pick axe??

Pat & Lars; Well that all sounds fine, but first you got to get 'em made. I guess it's different down in yer territory. Up here if you don't have the paper work, you can't even get 'em made. But I think it's coming along. Just too long & dealing with this beaurcratic type bull shit.


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: The enemy hoards

An analyst just now on NPR, and speaking on behalf of many other analysts, reported that the total number of Al Queda in Afghanistan & Pakistan is under 500.


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Posted by:

joe j

Location: Land of the Wind Chill Factor
Web: My link

You never know what you're going to find on Youtube. I was checking out some Roger Miller (thanks to our recent discussion). One thing led to another and here's a link to the oddest trio I've ever seen: Bing Crosby, Bobbie Gentry and Tiny Tim.

Tim of course was one of a number of singers who used the Hawks as a backup band.

Hey Roz. Were you just here the other day or have I been eating shrooms again?


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Here we go again. And again

Brian Sz - Don't you think it might even be helpful to this 30,000 man mop-up to have the Taliban lay low until we're extricated? The Taliban are not global terrorists, they are native Afghanis, they have some popular support & they ran the place for the decade or so after they moved the Ruskies out. And, most importantly, they will certainly take over the countryside again (perhaps not Kabul directly), after we go, no matter what we do. Is it not also conceivable that the stability in Iraq has something to do with the bad guys cooling their heels until we leave, even without a date-certain withdrawl?

As far as the installation of a democratic process there - who cares and the Taliban could win anyway? And in regard to woman's rights there, isn't that a cause for humanitarian & political initiatives - but war? If your comment about "Black Ops" has to do with surgical strikes on known Al Qeada there then I'm with you.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: dubois

Subject: Small fries

I like that part about the pajamas.

Norm- Your mistake was asking about permission for Dylan's music. If they went after every "vanity" printing they'd have to hire another 30,000 lawyers. Just print them like Pat said. I always have "not for sale" on mine--simply because they're not for sale--they're free. In your case you could ask for a high shipping cost, and kind of wink at whoever is buying.

I had a bobcat walk right up to me tonight. I was on the ground. I don't know what he had on his mind, because I wasn't even in camo. I wonder if bobcats can see color. (?)


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Posted by:

Steve

There's just something so fucked up Brien about that statement; Good leaders can't let death get to them. I guess you're talking about people in the field being shot at but I think the problem being discussed is the people who send them there.

I think it's speaks volumes that the coward Bush sent people to kill others when he'd ducked out on his own obligation decades earlier.

To me that says the man( and I use the term loosely) as you point out has no problem sending people to kill or be killed as long as it's not him. Is that really leadership?

A good leader tries to avoid death and destruction unless it is the only choice and that certainly isn't the case here.

Once you remove the corporate profit, hubris and the false claims of spreading democracy what's left to be fighting about. Some religious lunatics who want to live as they did 600 years ago?

The argument that the Taliban would provide safe haven for Al Qaeda is bogus. The Taliban didn't attack the US on 9-11. They certainly see what the implications for them are if they give support to a group like Al Qaeda that does draw the ire of NATO. So what's in it for them?

You'd have to think these people are idiots to go down that road. If anything they've shown they're more than capable of learning quickly and adapting.

This is a war supported only by unfounded fear. Remember the hysteria in the " news" several months ago with the editorial in The New York Times titled, Taliban 60 miles from Islamabad. Petraus was saying that Pakistan was in grave danger and that the Pakistanis were unable to understand their peril. Fear, fear and more fear.

Remember the Taliban were on the verge of taking over Pakistan's nuclear installations.

By the way, have those pesky North Korean commies reached San Francisco yet? I hope someone is still watching for them.

Maybe it just comes down to leaving would look too much like losing.

Maybe the real absurdity of war is that wasting trillions of bucks on military spending ( in our case just billions) means in the end you're not necessarily guaranteed to be able to beat a determined hostile group even if they show up to fight you in their pajamas.


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Bill M will confirm

A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel, opens in Afghanistan - Dr Watson is injured there in the Battle of Maiwand... pundits might be interested in reading Halford Mackinder's theory of the Heartland (use Google)


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Posted by:

Pat B

Norm, have them print on the cd "For Promotional Use Only." Then sell them anyway.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Decision Making

Brien; I don't think any one could reasonably argue with what you have said. In anything we do, leadership is frought with decison making and living with the consequences. Being able to bear those things that you may have caused.

I think tho' what every one is getting at is the very difficult part of weighing these actions against these consequences and making the "right" decisions. The point being that the people discussed made very many bad decisions.

Your point about your president's "time line" is something I spoke about a while back. War lords and battles is the life that has gone on in those countries for 100's of years. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT THIS ONE FACT. The very presence of war machinery in that part of the world, is the "initiative" for those people to fight more!

If Barrac Obama, or any other person thinks they are going to change that, they are "whistlin dixie & pissin' into the wind". You all mark my words. If we live another 20 years here the ONLY thing that may change is it might get worse.

Trying to help the women & children of Afganistan is not going to work in this way.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Mechanical Lisencing - Catch 22????

This just gets even stupider. Two of the songs I have covered on my CD - The Weight & You Ain't Goin' Nowhere are represented thru Bob Dylan Music in New York. I spoke with Will Shwartz in New York, and he was most accomadating, and friendly. He says "Just go ahead and press them. Show us how many you pressed and then pay us."

Unfortunately the pressing company's legal department needs confirmation that I will be licensed, which I explain to him. He says, ok, I'll get right back to you. Within hours he calls me back and says, "Norm, it's all done it's on it's way to you."

Now to the rest of it thru' CMRRA in Trana. This guy and I thru' e mail, he tells me what all he needs on the forms I down loaded. I get it all done just as he asked me, with a price quote for a certain amount of copies from the pressing company. Now another guy from that outfit e mails me and asks me for confirmation. I tell him I sent you all I was asked to. He says to me on the phone, "we don't accept quotes". Now I'm pissed off. I paid them they cashed my cheque already. So how do you get confirmation of how many you're gonna press when the pressing company won't take your order without license, and you can't get licensing without pressing confirmation. How fucking stupid does it get!.......... Goes away shaking his head and mumbling incoherehtly.


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Posted by:

Brien Sz

It is unfortunate in a way for the human condition - but good leaders can't let death get to them. When I was there, training dictated that you had to deal with the fact that as a leader, your job was most likely going to oversee the death of someone (when it came to combat) - you just hoped you put as few of your own men in harms way as you could - but effective leaders had to suck that fact up. In matters of war - this is paramount. My leaders can weep for the death of a soldier but it cannot get to them and it cannot alter their initial goal. If packing body bags gets to you (and for the vast majority it rightly should) then you should not be in a leadership role. War is the most terrible thing mankind can bring against its fellow man but the other terrible thing is that it seems that it will always be with us and we will need those leaders who are the least affected by that horror to run wars. If as Peter alludes that Obama and Brown would be affected by it in less than a day than for me that is one less day that either one of them should be a war time leader - then give me (choke) Bush and Blair.

I'm personally against this surge. I don't see the point of trying to kill flies with tanks - I'd favor Black Ops in this instance. And Obama's timeline is one of the most stupid things to come out of his mouth - he essentially told the Taliban and AlQuada to lay low, then the place is yours.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: behind the trees

Subject: Horrible duties

The only problem is GW is too stupid to let it bother him. You know, even in 1970, body bags had straps for carrying. It's not like "Platoon," the bags are easy to handle. What really weighs a lot is the memory of carrying off somebody who you kind of knew. I wasn't exposed to it long enough to feel any brotherhood, as somebody suggested a while back. The real bad parts are total blanks. Being somewhat of a coward, I was only trying to get through a difficult situation. Since I wasn't allowed to carry a rifle or weapon, at least I can rationalize that I'm the furthest thing from being a warrior. Thank God.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Even better, Lars, would be to commit our political leaders to a day each dealing with filling body bags. Past leaders, Messrs Blair and Bush, would get a month of this duty each, but I reckon Obama and Brown would get the point in a day.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: upstate NY

Subject: misc.

Norm- Avast. You're right about the wars. I wish there was a law that everybody in Congress had to serve 30 days a year in Harm's Way. The disabled or elderly could drive the Humvees.

"If you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart and good performance, the song will play you."--Levon Helm


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: It just don't make any sense

This Afganistan & Irag stuff don't make any sense. Last night a Steven Seagal movie was on my TV. It was so interesting I fell asleep. BUT! Between him & Rambo these wars shoulda been over in a couple hours shouldn't they??

These great American heros are just too good! The reality is, I'm disgusted by these people sensationalizing and trying to make huge amounts of money from things that are so humainly gruesome. The same thing with a movie, about the second world war and hollocaust that was on the other night. It was made in /07 I think. Demeaning the German people. The same with the Irish , English problems.

These type of shows don't do anything to help the bitterness and unrest in these situations. Love your fellow man. You HEAR THAT STEVE YOU SON OF A........:)))))) (That's me laughing my ass off.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: Robbie Robertson

Not sure if BEG has posted the above link before but worth an encore - especially for the artwork....


Entered at Wed Dec 2 16:28:13 CET 2009 from (32.177.254.235)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Here we go again

I once heard an old British imperialist who remarked something like: the cost of running an empire will always include continual wars & terrorism. Even when they were down to just Northern Ireland & The Falklands they had to fight a hot war and were under steady terrorist pressure from NI. Even right now, after a somewhat peaceful decade, the latter is kicking up again.

Flashman's Afghanistan experience in the 1st book is an entertaining and one more history lesson about the impossibility of that damn place.



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Posted by:

Kevin J

Agree completely on Layla…..I could never get to the dial quick enough to turn off that unplugged version……


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Posted by:

Steve

Maybe, sucked all the emotion out of it would be more accurate.


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Posted by:

Steve

I heard the unplugged version of Layla this morning and it reminded me of my feeling the first time I heard it; some songs shouldn't be done unplugged especially with all the vitality sucked out of them.


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: THanks Sebastien - Great Stuff:; also, Royalties

Amanda McBroom was once asked what her biggest hit 'The Rose' meant to her: she replied 'It meant a beach house'...


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Posted by:

Rod

Subject: RR link

love the link of Robert Randolph. If the rest of the album is like that it should really be something.


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Posted by:

Bobby Jones

Web: My link

Subject: a gem from the past

I was cleaning up my computer hard drive and came across this link. It's from the Ringo Starr All-Stars. Sorta fun and brings back memories.

enjoy


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Posted by:

Pat B

Did anyone bring up Roger Miller's Tony winning songs for the Broadway version of Huck Finn called Big River? I recall liking what I heard, and it was a pretty big hit on the stage.

I'm reading one of Paul Williams' book on Dylan. And I thought Greil Marcus was oblique.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Ian & Sylvia

I just remembered that Dylan & The Band covered "Four Strong Winds" during the Basement Tape sessions, as well as another Ian & Sylvia tune, "The French Girl". Gene Clark also recorded a great version of the latter for his first solo album after leaving the Byrds.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Thanks David……… the posts and discussions over these last few days in the GB have been great…..I also remember Roger Miller as a kid


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Posted by:

Jerry

Web: My link

Subject: Los Lobos Goes Disney


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Posted by:

David P.

Kevin: Ms. Fricker Tyson wrote "You Were On My Mind", originally a big hit for We Five, later covered by others and used in commercials. As I recall, she also wrote a song that was the B-side of one of Crystal Gayle's hits.

Despite the flubbed lyrics, Robbie no doubt earned some nice royalties from Joan Baez's hit version of TNTDODD.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: And on That Subject

I recall a couple of different interviews that impress. Tom T Hall, on "Old Dogs & Children & Watermellon Wine." He said,"It was like walking down the street and finding $100,000. That's what it made me the first week it was released."

Ed Bruce, on "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys." He said, "I was driving home from the studio. It takes me about 20 minutes, and this song came to me. I walked in the house and said to my wife, listen to this. I picked up my guitar and played it to her. She said that's good but you need another verse, which she promptly wrote." He sold the rights to use the song on "Urban Cowboy" for seven million.

Which brings you to the words of Lacey J Dalton's song, "16th Avenue"

And then one night in some empty room,

Where no curtains ever hung.

Like a miracle some golden words roll off of some one's tongue.

And after years of being nothin' they're all lookin' right at you

Then for a while you go in style, on 16th avenue.

What is it now-a-days, last I remember, if you get a # 1-2,or 3 on the country charts, it's about 10,000 times a day play, @ ?? what now 18 cents a play or something.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

I recall reading a piece on the lovely Sylvia Tyson in which it was mentioned that she had managed to live quite comfortably off the royalties of one or two specific songs that she had a piece of. I don’t remember now which songs but I do remember being surprised at the amount of money that they apparently generated…….On that subject, I wouldn’t doubt if Robbie made more off Rod Stewart’s cover of “Broken Arrow” than he had on Band songs. That Stewart release sold multi million copies world wide.


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Posted by:

David P

westcoaster: I believe Neil Young released "Four Strong Winds" on a single. As it was also included on one of his more popular albums, "Comes A Time", more royalties probably accrued.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Similarly

I got to thinking about another conversation. In 1987 I had opened a new club in Coquitlam just out of Vancouver, Boone County is the name of the club. I think the second time I played there a few weeks after the opening, Ian Tyson came in for a 1 nighter on a Thursday night.

Ian and I were leaning on the bar BS'ing on a break. I told him I was sometime going to cover Someday Soon, (which I've just done.) He said, "Great". As we were talking about covers of his songs, He told me when Neil Young covered "Four Strong Winds" he bought his ranch in Alberta from those royalties. He said, "I gotta get Neil to do another song, I need more cattle." I remember mentioning this here before, but it would be interesting to know how much he made off Neil's cover, I think it was pretty huge.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Fat Man

westcoater: Mr. Nelson later did cover "I'm In Love Again", which achieved less success. Both Nelson and Fats Domino were recording on the Imperial label at the time.

Robbie covered "The Fat Man", an earlier Fats Domino classic, with Gary Busey on the "Carny" soundtrack album. In the film itself, however, the song was performed by the actor portraying the side show fat man, along with Randall Bramblett & other Georgian musicians.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: home

Subject: Charley Pride's fastball

Charley Pride used to play minor league baseball in the Yankees' farm system, but he hurt his arm and drifted down to D-ball, the lowest level of pro baseball. It got even worse when he and another pitcher were traded for a team bus.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Lil/Tone deaf

Lil, I think that song "The Men In My Little Girl's Life, was done by a guy named Mike Douglas (no, not Michael Douglas the actor). He had an afternoon talk show on TV I used to catch it once in a while if I was home from school.I have no idea what became of him I should Goggle it and see.

Peter, I agree with you analysis. I have a great deal of difficulty "carrying a tune" (except if I'm drunk or stoned). It is obviously an "inhibition" thing , but I have no problem hearing if someone or thing is out of tune. I played clarinet in high school, and had no trouble tuning up in band. When I am singing, I hear the music perfectly in my head, but it doesn't come out that way. In recent years, I have been able to "hear" myself better, so I am singing a bit better. "Carrying a tune" better if you will.


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Posted by:

westcoaster

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: The Black & White of it

David; You will no doubt remember Ricky Nelson's cover of Fats Domino's "I'm walkin". The problems of the time with black singers getting airplay. Some years later because Mr Nelson had such a huge hit, Fat's was to have said, "Well now I got nine children, I got to get Ricky to do me another song, I need the money."

The book, "The Day The Music Died." has a great insight into these topics.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Crossover

I recently got a 45 single of Solomon Burke's cover of "Detroit City". The country classic was written by Danny Dill & Mel Tillis. Mr. Dill, Band fans will note, also co-wrote "Long Black Veil" with Marijohn Wilkin.

Of course there are many examples of black performers, who fought against the stereotypes imposed by music industry executives, in interpreting country & western songs. Most notably, Ray Charles comes to mind. Louis Armstrong recorded with Jimmie Rodgers, and the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins recorded a swinging version of "I'm An Old Cowhand".

Another such artist, with a Band connection, is Joe Simon, who was among the first to record Tim Drummond's "I Want To Lay Down Beside You (Sip the Wine)". Mr. Simon began recording in Nashville in the late '60s and put his own soulful twist on many country songs. Last week I acquired a copy of his LP "The Chokin' Kind", featuring the great title cut written by the legendary country songwriter Harlan Howard. Mr. Drummond is among the musicians & arrangers credited on the album.


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Posted by:

Jerry

Sebastian,,Thanks for the clip of Robert Randolph. I'll never forget arriving at a Clapton concert a number of years ago, and hearing Robert for the first time. Robert opened for Eric that night and blew us away with his talent. It sounds like his contribution to your Dad's effort will be pretty cool.

Nice to hear Los Lobos name being mentioned in here again. I went to the local Barnes & Nobel looking for the Disney cd and they were all out. For a band that normally flies under the radar that's great news.


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Stevie Winwood vs Charlie Pride vs race

Lars - I remember SW being billed then as a "The 16 year old Ray Charles". Also, in that era, how Charlie Pride could not be mentioned without a reference to his race. And don't get me started on the mainstream popularity of Lena Horne.


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Posted by:

Lars

Location: the gray woods of NY

Subject: idle pondering

I wonder how many white vocalists have asked their engineer if he had a button that could make them "sound black." The first time I heard Stevie Winwood, I thought he was black.


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: 60s hitmakers & random shite

Thinking about writers like Roger Miller & Ray Stevens it seems that in country music then there were certain writers & singers that could get a big double-dip paycheck by having their song also hit the "pop" top 40. There's loads of examples and I'm wondering if there was a formula used then that kept the song country enough, but not so much so that the rest of the white people wouldn't like it? I'm listening to a Charlie Louvin crossover song right now - See The Big Man Cry. A tear in my morning beer.

Seeing Roz's posts with her faux accent reminded me of how, in rock n' roll, a Southern accent (even the Brits!) is always appropriate. Consider the ubiquity of "ain't" & double negatives - "I kain't get no satisfaction". We (& the rock media ad nauseum) have already discussed how many white singers in the 60/70s tried to sound black, particularly with blues music; Vanilla Ice was just one more in a long run. Perhaps a reason that younger white singers today sound somewhat wimpy & overly sensitive to some geezers now is that they sing in their real voice, without a fake accent or in black-face.


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Posted by:

Sasha

Web: My link

Subject: Test post

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Posted by:

Lil

Roger/Charlie: Thanks for the replies. Mid-sixties sounds about right. I only know I was in grade school.. very young. Strange what one remembers from all those years ago, but that really was my first introduction to radio.. and music in general... so maybe that's why I remember it. I almost laughed when the name Herb Oscar Anderson came falling out of my memory yesterday.. when I usually can't even remember my own cell phone number (in my defense there however... I never call myself :-)

After I posted yesterday, I recalled another song I was constantly hearing around that time as well. "The men in my little girl's life". I remember asking about it here years ago, and someone was nice enough to point me to a copy of it. Who knew that at 6 or 7 years old I was actually filing music away in my memory in between mouthfuls of Cheerios, hm?


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: tone Deafness..

One of the very best musicians I know (currently in a band with him) cannot sing. I suspect it has something to do with vocal cord muscles, rather than innate inability to hear...


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Posted by:

Peter V

Still reading my book on the Brill Building. He mentions that Howard Greenfield (Greenfield & Sedaka) and Gerry Goffin (Goffin & King) were lyricists who were "tone deaf." I think he means "couldn't sing in tune" which is a different thing.

King Edward VII was genuinely "tone deaf" so that had to be told when they were playing the National Anthem which he couldn't recognize. It's especially odd as the writer then goes on to talk about Goffin choosing and directing the cello parts on some thing. For example, I once met a session guitarist who couldn't sing in tune, but could tell if any instrument among thirty was slightly out of tune. I think it's a different thing. Am I right or wrong?

He also mentions that Carole King has true perfect pitch and Neil Sedaka would amuse her by bashing eight random keys on the piano simultaneously and she could reel off all eight notes. So Goffin would suffer notably in comparison.


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Posted by:

dlew919

Web: My link

Subject: A piano which can be retuned for scales

I'm thinking particularly of Empty Now, but many of you there will be interested...


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Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Serenity: thaks for Petty

I'm a bit of a fan - just wondering - is 'Goldfinger' the Bond song, as made famous by Shirley Bassey?


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Sebastian

Thanks for that clip. It wets the appetite.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Tom Petty follow-up...The set list..

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' only previous live album, 1986's Pack Up the Plantation, was a stone bore: The note-for-note versions of "Refugee" and "American Girl" didn't come close to capturing the excitement of a Petty show. The Live Anthology redresses that wrong with a panoramic picture of the Heartbreakers' indestructible groove.

Tom Petty----- The Live Anthology

Ladies And Gentlemen... [Live]

Nightwatchman [Live]

Even The Losers [Live]

Here Comes My Girl [Live]

A Thing About You [Live]

I'm In Love [Live]

I'm A Man [Live]

Straight Into Darkness [Live]

Breakdown [Live]

Something In The Air [Live]

I Just Want To Make Love To You [Live]

Drivin' Down To Georgia [Live]

Lost Without You [Live]

Refugee [Live]

Diddy Wah Diddy [Live]

I Want You Back Again [Live]

Wildflowers [Live]

Friend Of The Devil [Live]

A Woman In Love [It's Not Me] [Live]

It's Good To Be King [Live]

Angel Dream [No. 2] [Live]

Learning To Fly [Live]

Mary Jane's Last Dance [Live]

Mystic Eyes [Live]

Jammin' Me [Live]

The Wild One, Forever [Live]

Green Onions [Live]

Louisiana Rain [Live]

Melinda [Live]

Goldfinger [Live]

Surrender [Live]

Dreamville [Live]

Spike [Live]

Any Way You Want It [Live]

American Girl [Live]

Runnin' Down A Dream [Live]

Oh Well [Live]

Southern Accents [Live]

Crawling Back To You [Live]

My Life/Your World [Live]

I Won't Back Down [Live]

Square One [Live]

Have Love Will Travel [Live]

Free Fallin' [Live]

The Waiting [Live]

Good, Good Lovin' [Live]

Century City [Live]

Alright For Now [Live]

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Cya soon xoxoxo


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Posted by:

glenn t

Subject: Thank you Serenity...

for sharing that interview with Tom Petty. My copy of his live anthology is on its way (I paid 16 bucks for this 4-disc set at tower.com...what a deal!), and I can't wait to hear it. Not only have the Heartbreakers been a great ol' rock & roll band, but Tom Petty has fought the corporate crap of the music world to the benefit of his fans. Thank you Tom! I think the Heartbreakers are one of the great American bands, along with the vastly underrated Los Lobos. Like our boys, The Band, the members of Los Lobos are all about the music. They have a rich, wide catalog that's breathtaking...and 30+ years on, they're still delivering the goods.

And thank you Serenity, for all your posts over the years...much appreciated.


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Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Tom Petty, remember him?

Tom Petty edits his concert tapes to produce 'The Live Anthology'

Mon Nov 30... By Natalie Rotman, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Tom Petty has grown up, but not too much.

The 59-year-old spent a year going through thousands of hours of live concert recordings covering Tom Petty&the Heartbreakers' tours across three decades.

The result is "The Live Anthology" - not a greatest hits album, but a multiple-disc set. There are no overdubs and the notorious perfectionist can now see why his hard-driven mates were "a good little rock 'n' roll band."

Petty, who said the process was like looking at a family photo album, talks about how watching three films a day helped hone his acclaimed music videos and how his love of English as a kid helped him write some of America's most beloved rock songs.

The Associated Press: What made you want to pull out hours and hours of tape?

Tom Petty: Well, it seemed like a good time to do it and I thought it would be a chore in a way. I started to do it and I just fell in love with the project. . . . I spent a year digging out stuff and mixing it. It was great. It was like looking at a photo album, but you can all be in the picture.

AP: Did you ever get overwhelmed?

Petty: Well, you can. But we knew we had plenty of time to do it. So, we just went bit by bit and pretty soon into the project, we told them that this wasn't going to fit on two CDs. . . . To get an idea of what the band was and is, there is a lot of stuff you have to hear to take in an accurate document of all those years.

AP: Did you find anything that surprised you about yourself going through all that footage?

Petty: I was surprised that we were as good as we were. I really didn't listen to us when we were back in our 20s and starting out. It was a really good little rock and roll band. I see why it caught on.

AP: What inspires your writing?

Petty: I always did really well in English in school. . . . I like language. I like words. . . . For the longest time, I think, everything I did I wrote the music, and the words just kind of flowed in at the same time. As time went by, I started to concentrate more and more on the lyric and try to make that better and better.

AP: Your videos are iconic. Did that come from your love of film?

Petty: I probably watch three or four movies a day. . . . I love film. It wasn't hard to make something better than everyone else. . . . I was amazed at just how bad MTV was. . . . Terrible videos and terrible songs, and most people made them almost all the same. . . . I thought let's just get out of the box here and do something different.

AP: What do you think this all means? This album, this life that you have been handed?

Petty: It was a gift I was given and what it means I don't know. Johnny Cash once told me, he said, "It was a noble job." And I said, "Really?" And he said, "Well, it makes a lot of people happy." . . . It does. It makes a lot of people happy. You can lose sight of that. People come to me and stop me on the street and tell me how some song played some role in their life or how it got them through a hard time or this and that and I just think, "Damn, that's what it is about."

Cya soon xoxoxo

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