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The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971

Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman

The Band: Three of a Kind

Robbie Robertson: How to Become Clairvoyant

Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

Garth and Maud Hudson: Live at the Wolf

Pulse

Dirt Farmer

Elliot Landy's Woodstock Vision

The Band Guestbook, February 2013


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Wanna feel old.......30 years ago tonight the MASH final episode aired.........forgive me Serenity for stepping on your toes......


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Mike H's Link - Quite a read.........

Wow...I guess that is what you would call a "warts and all" tribute.......a whole new spin on autographs as well....imagine getting home to find a 'F*ck You" from Levon.....yikes.....the bit about Elliot Landy is ineteresting as well.


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Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Levon Helm tribute in "Elmore" magazine's March / April '13 edition.


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Posted by:

Pat B

Who, pray tell, is "fishing boy?"


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Garth, Steve Leckie and The Viletones


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Hopefully not last waltz for Garth's possessions.....Three photos shown.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Like A Man


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Garth, Jakob Dylan, Paul Rigby and Jon Rauhouse.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Garth and Charlie Steiner


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

First time I "met" Adam Cohen.

"Cry Ophelia" is on my Nano.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

A son of a "legend" speaks.....Parts 1-5.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Cohen boyzzzz: Leonard, Adam and Cassius.


Entered at Thu Feb 28 14:01:54 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Photographs and Autographs

Kevin J, I have to disagree to a degree. My wife has been taking concert photographs for over 35 years and it's just a beautiful walk down memory lane. Also, when the photos are matted and framed they have to be considered works of art. They also make great presents. We have some great Dylan autographs that mean a lot. During the Christian tour he signed the back of a Rolling Thunder photo, "Who the Son set's free is free indeed." (John) Love Bob Dylan. We've had that framed and on the wall for over 30 years. Many years ago we got Cher to sign an original print we have of her, Sonny and Dylan. I love stuff like that.


Entered at Thu Feb 28 09:54:29 CET 2013 from (180.245.219.94)

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Obat Kanker Getah Bening

Location: Tasikmalaya
Web: My link

Subject: Umum

very useful, thanks for the information .. becoming add insight


Entered at Thu Feb 28 07:31:37 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.197)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: High Praise for RS's biography

“Funny, self-deprecating and a whole lot less boastful than he could be, Mr. Stewart offers a string of Grade-A rock ‘n’ roll debauchery stories and…makes them charming.” –The New York Times 

“Looking at the fall release schedule and seeing memoirs slated from Pete Townshend and Neil Young, who would have tipped Rod Stewart as being the rock graybeard most likely to produce the best book? But he did. Rod: The Autobiography (Crown) is a warm, roguish reminiscence. More playful than Townshend's at times ponderous Who I Am and far more insightful than Young's numbing Waging Heavy Peace, Stewart's memoir has much of the joyful, big-hearted raffishness of the singer's classic early '70s recordings. (It's more "Mandolin Wind" than "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" — or anything else of his from the last 35 years or so.) The book is a fun, rollicking read.” —Spin.com


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Posted by:

Kevin J

....nice stories Jeff and I know exactly what you are saying about that fine line.......nothing better than pictures that capture a time together and though sometimes awkward to execute at the time very much worthwhile having to reflect upon forever afterwards..........the weird thing is those people that aggressively insert themselves into situations that actually are more connected to you than them but they get the pictures.......you do have to know though that they can never have the real feelings or memories that are carried around and feed our souls........for sure some of the very best experiences I have had in quite vast world travels have never been captured in picture.....same with human interactions..........not everything has to be documented........a lesson the Facebook generation should learn.


Entered at Thu Feb 28 02:51:36 CET 2013 from (68.199.208.180)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

after everything i wrote, for people who are true fans, getting something autographed at a autograph signing situation, when they intend to keep it, is okay. Me personally, i truly generally don't get it, but can see where at times the signer can appreciate it. Like David's Levon's mandolin poster.

i do know that a lot of entertainers are very generally appreciative of the chances to meet whom thier audience is.When people ain't nuts, musicianss are happy to know em. Garth loves to meet people, Rick did too. levon too, speically at a show for a couple seconds... Time constraints are a big thing though, and though they get ignored, can;t be.


Entered at Thu Feb 28 02:31:30 CET 2013 from (68.199.208.180)

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Billy C.(Friend0

Solomon, i too, have never asked for an autograph in my life. I also usually never think to ask to take pictures with famous friends. Pictures often happened when someone else asks to take their picture with someone i'm with, then i might think to say, hey can you take a picture of us, e mail it to me.....I'm generally also reluctant to ask to take a picture, cause it can seem so opportunistic..... but, i;ve finally reAlized how nice it is to have pictures, and when you generally are friends, or co workers, it;s fine... A few times i've actually thought to bring a camera somewhere but it's rare.

I was still really sensitive about it back with JJ. Our friendship was very for real, and genuine, and not about taking pictures. and we were doing something or going somewhere, or hanging( or in hospitals) and if we were soemwhere where there people, So many people were always aksing to take pictures with him, and get autographs, or just say hello,....so many wanna be people would be taking pictures and using it for self promotion- there was a guy, a musician, who used to take advantage of johnnie for self gain - had him over to his private lake , fishing- took a bunch of pictures of Johnnie fishing, - next day, they are up on his site.

Lots of people taking pictures, and then right away putting it on thier website and acting like they were somebody. JJ cut a record, in 02, 03, with the fishing guy.The fishing guy had Bonnie on it, J. rivers, Hornsby, Sebastian, all on it, finsihed the record. took pictures the whole way, filmed it. Talked about it nonstop. bullshittin about it all over the net, the whole way. well, he never got jj on contract. did all that work, took all those pictures, videos, all that yakking, without a contract.Finished the record, JJ didn't like it. I t didnlt sound like him.. althoug it didn't deserve a deal,Fishing boy got a deal on it, cause of the names. Jj and companay didn't like the record, woudl never let it be released. J's wishes, that record is never gonna see the light of day.. So much for taking pictures, getting autographs....it's nonsense compared to reality..

but if it means soemthing, if it is concrete, pictures are very nice to have for yourself.

there was a movie being made bout JJ. still nto out.but back in late 04, after he went out of town for a gig, whihc was a few days after we were in the studio for the second session, JJ was back in the hospital.Critical. Few days later, he is out of the woods, but still in the crit unit. Pianist who knew him, and shadowed him for ever, finds out drives 5 hours, the guy making the movie and her come to the hospital, and go in the crit unit to shoot for the film.No shit.... I had been there for days. Would never dream of doing something like this. This was cleared of course... as it happened, mrs asked me if i wanted to be in that, knew me well enough to know i'd pass. But the shit that goes on, is sometimes, so insane.


Entered at Thu Feb 28 02:16:00 CET 2013 from (68.171.231.87)

Posted by:

Bill M

Re autographs, I have a few autographed CDs - all from musicians who were too quick to sign. I have one autographed album, signed by the band I bought it from in '79. I feel mildly doinkish, looking back. Nevertheless, I saw the group-leader turn up to a gig a month ago with a stack of LPs under his arm - unsold stock from '79 -and a new generation of fans were still getting him to sign copies. I also have one hockey autograph (George Armstrong) and one autographed book - a book about the Australian outback, the author of which had picked me up hitchiking 10 years earlier while in the process of doing his research. Coincidentally, I'm now reading a much later novel into which he has woven the same expedition.


Entered at Thu Feb 28 00:45:36 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The Paramounts

I told this last time we did autographs, but will repeat it. "Poison Ivy" by The Paramounts is a mildly-collectable single (£15 mint), because The Paramounts became Procul Harum. I was looking through a cheap box at a record fair and found a copy for peanuts. I don't remember, 20p, 50p, £1? The record was very clean. I paid first then mentioned, 'That's a bargain for The Paramounts." The guy said, 'Yeah, look, some idiot's scribbled all over the sleeve." I didn't look till I got home. The idiots who had "scribbled" on the sleeve were Gary Brooker & B.J Wilson (+ "All the best The Paramounts" in Gary Brooker's writing).


Entered at Wed Feb 27 22:54:20 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Years ago, at a Barnburners show, Levon kindly autographed my copy of Paul Fleming's print of him playing the mandolin. I still recall his smile when he saw me unroll it.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Bob Dylan discusses autographs in the above link.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Autographs

I've had books signed (Douglas Coupland, George MacDonald Fraser, Roddy Doyle, David Attenborough etc) where you lined up and spoke to them after a talk at a legitimate advertised "book signing". I think that interesting. I think stopping people in the street or a restaurant is rude and intrusive.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 22:25:14 CET 2013 from (74.203.77.122)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC

Subject: Autographs

I've never been an autograph hunter myself, but I'm privileged to have obtained autographs from these three gentlemen: Rick (at The Bottom Line, 1996), Robbie (at The Last Waltz rerelease premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre, 2002), and Garth (at a club show with the Crowmatix, circa 2003 or so). I had opportunities for Levon's sig too, as he was quite accessible during the Barnburners-club-shows era, but somehow never quite found the right moment (or quite worked up the nerve).


Entered at Wed Feb 27 22:15:21 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: A Man Needs A Maid

The "rape instrumentation" charge against producer/arranger Nitzsche was both serious and a bit ironic. In reality it involved a criminal charge, with Ms. Snodgrass as the alleged victim of assault, rather than merely critical assessment of Mr. Nitzsche's overblown orchestral arrangement on Neil Young's "A Man Needs A Maid", a song written about Ms. Snodgrass, where the imagined assault victim would be the listener.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 22:00:42 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Dan Toler of Allman Bros. dead at 64

Hi Guys;- Nice to read and check out the great posts and links..My sincere thanks to you all.

BEG: Thanks heaps for the article on Bruno Mars. I saw the show and enjoyed him, and the rest. I do collect his music, and love everyone of his albums..xoxo

JT: I thought Seth was great on the Oscars. There were a few things I wasn't glad to hear. He made a remark on Joaquin Phoenix,[my fave actor], about his bipolar condition that wasn't funny. JP didn't like it either].

SOLOMON: On autographs..A person collects them for "keepsakes" and now for the money they bring. Watch the Antiques Road Shows" on PBS, and you will see the prices. It's amazing..I have a few, which now my daughter has to keep. Like Duke Ellington,etc. I saw a lot of live shows here, from jazz, big bands and country music. A lot of people wanted the autographs to keep at that time, and the memories,and to prove they saw these people too.

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

Guitar player Dan Toler, who played with the Allman Brothers Band in the 1970s and 1980s, has passed away at the age of 64. His manager, Glen Halverson, says the musician died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as "Lou Gehrig's disease") at his Sarasota, Fla. home on Monday (Feb. 25), reports Reuters.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: BEG's Link on Songwriting..........

BEG: Thanks for your latest link. I am also fed up with this and just submitted a response to Scott Bernstein's site....... Scott,by the way, is a decent guy and does very good work but.....maybe we never did land on the moon!


Entered at Wed Feb 27 21:40:35 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

And to think that Jack Nitzsche and Phil Spector worked together. Not exactly a disarming pair, in retrospect.


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Posted by:

Peter V

I thought Robbie was way more polite than most of us would be in the circumstances.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Now tell me son, what-cha done with the gun...

Speaking of infamous, Jack Nitzsche and Neil Young -- from the "you can't make this stuff up" department: Years ago the late Mr. Nitzsche was charged with "rape by instrumentation" in an incident involving a gun and Neil Young's former girlfriend, the actress Carrie Snodgrass, briefly famous from her role in the film "Diary of a Mad Housewife". That charge was later dismissed and Mr. Nitzsche plead to a lesser charge of threatening conduct.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 20:59:32 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.197)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Autographs: I had always thought that the autograph was a way for a young kid to connect with a sports star or the like as being kids they were hardly in a position to walk up and strike up a conversation.......certainly most would be too shy to do so.........I have fond memories of getting autographs as a kid from favorite hockey and baseball players........but all before I was 10 years old............This new form of business that I think really took off in the late 1980's of autograph for money is really quite perverse. Remember the funny one of a few years back posted here where a guy approached Robbie Robertson at a baggage carousel and asked him to sign some pickguards......RR said rather dismissively "oh you just had those hanging around do you?" He signed them and a few hours later the video of him signing them was up and the pickguards were for sale on eBay.


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Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town...

The celebrity hotspot, Mr. Chow, must be one of Robbie's favorites, as he's been captured on camera there before.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 20:47:04 CET 2013 from (184.144.104.122)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Yiiiiiiiikes! Doc Pomus is not infamous!!!!
I used to have a long interview with him and Willy DeVille.....no.....They respected and admired each other and worked together.
Time to take a break from the computer.
It was great revisiting my love and appreciation for Willy DeVille!

Wow....Posted on Valentine's Day.....The FFFF lives on and on and on and on...and.....


Entered at Wed Feb 27 20:40:58 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: there's something about that Skip guy

David P: Prior to proto-Airplane, Skip was involved in proto-Quicksilver. And post Grape he was involved in proto-Doobies - hence the acknowledgement on their first album. I suspect that his way with weapons had something to do with his tendency to wear out his welcome early on. His "Oar" has a "Cripple Creek" song (a link to our guys) and it also has a song about waiting down by the river to shoot his baby (a link to Neil Young). So maybe it didn't have to be an axe?


Entered at Wed Feb 27 20:33:39 CET 2013 from (92.18.207.217)

Posted by:

Solomon

I'm proud to say I've never asked anyone for an autograph in my life. I don't understand the dark and mysterious world of the autograph hunter.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Solomon's Link

......in case anyone ever gets concerned that they may have taken their appreciation of the Band too far by hanging out in this GB........count yourself lucky that you are not driving around LA at 2:00am with copies of 1987 albums at the ready just in case a rock n roll legend emerges from a bar !! Robbie is looking good .....though 40 years ago it was no wheels and lovely ladies.......at 68.....it is apparantly lovely wheels and no ladies..


Entered at Wed Feb 27 20:05:00 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Moby Grape & the Ax Man

Bill M: Skip Spence's "Seeing" was recorded during the 1968 "Wow" album sessions in New York, but wasn't included on the resulting record. It was during that time that Mr. Spence suffered a mental breakdown in which attacked the hotel room door of guitarist Jerry Miller with a fire ax. He spent six months in Bellevue hospital before recording his solo album "Oar" in Nashville. Though he was no longer in group, a short version of "Seeing" with Mr. Spence first appeared on "Moby Grape '69".

Alexander "Skip" Spence, who was from Grath's hometown of Windsor, Ontario, first made a name for himself as the drummer in Jefferson Airplane's original, pre-Grace Slick line-up. He co-wrote two songs with Marty Balin on the debut "Takes Off" album and his excellent "My Best Friend" was covered on "Surrealistic Pillow" after he left the group.

Both Buffalo Springfield (with Stills, Young & Furay) and Moby Grape (with Jerry Miller, Peter Lewis & Spence) featured three guitarists.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 19:55:01 CET 2013 from (92.18.200.200)

Posted by:

Solomon

Web: My link

Subject: Robbie's Done

Does Robbie seems a bit grumpy? I guess we all have those nights.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 19:18:59 CET 2013 from (184.144.104.122)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Willy Deville's Legacy

About his legacy, DeVille told an interviewer, "I have a theory. I know that I'll sell much more records when I'm dead. It isn't very pleasant, but I have to get used to this idea."[61]

Jack Nitzsche said that DeVille was the best singer he had ever worked with.[62]

Critic Robert Palmer wrote about him in 1980, "Mr. DeVille is a magnetic performer, but his macho stage presence camouflages an acute musical intelligence; his songs and arrangements are rich in ethnic rhythms and blues echoes, the most disparate stylistic references, yet they flow seamlessly and hang together solidly. He embodies (New York's) tangle of cultural contradictions while making music that's both idiomatic, in the broadest sense, and utterly original."[63]

Critic Thom Juric about him, "His catalog is more diverse than virtually any other modern performer. The genre span of the songs he's written is staggering. From early rock and rhythm and blues styles, to Delta-styled blues, from Cajun music to New Orleans second line, from Latin-tinged folk to punky salseros, to elegant orchestral ballads—few people could write a love song like DeVille. He was the embodiment of rock and roll's romance, its theater, its style, its drama, camp, and danger."[64]

His sometime collaborator Mark Knopfler said of DeVille, "Willy had an enormous range. The songs he wrote were original, romantic and straight from the heart."[65]

Thom Jurek wrote about him after his death, "Willy DeVille is America's loss even if America doesn’t know it yet. The reason is simple: Like the very best rock and roll writers and performers in our history, he’s one of the very few who got it right; he understood what made a three-minute song great, and why it mattered—because it mattered to him. He lived and died with the audience in his shows, and he gave them something to remember when they left the theater, because he meant every single word of every song as he performed it. Europeans like that. In this jingoistic age of American pride, perhaps we can revisit our own true love of rock and roll by discovering Willy DeVille for the first time—or, at the very least, remember him for what he really was: an American original. The mythos and pathos in his songs, his voice, and his performances were born in these streets and cities and then given to the world who appreciated him much more than we did."[66]

Singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band said about him, "He had all the roots of music that I love and had this whole street thing of R&B — just the whole gestalt... He was just a tremendous talent; a true artist in the sense that he never compromised. He had a special vision and remained true to it."[67]

Writing in the Wall Street Journal about the posthumous release of DeVille's Come a Little Bit Closer: The Best of Willy DeVille Live (2011), Marc Meyers declared, "There was creative heat and pain in Mr. DeVille's eerie, edgy look and sound. While his punk-roadhouse fusion sailed over the heads of many at home, his approach inspired many British pop invaders of the 1980s, including Tears for Fears, Human League and Culture Club... He was a punk eclectic with a heart of golden oldies and Joe Cocker's pipes. A seedy sophisticate, Mr. DeVille was decades ahead of his time."[

Long Live Willy DeVille!!!

Long Live Mink DeVille!!!


Entered at Wed Feb 27 19:16:13 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.197)

Posted by:

Kevin J

BEG: I had never heard anything even remotely bad about Doc Pomus........what was the nature of his infamy?

JT: I guess the only reason such hosts rub me the wrong way boils down to the fact that I detest bathroom humor. If rappers when tapped to host such things can refrain from their stock and trade of ho's and bitches talk then surely others are bright enough to work up routines that can avoid the lowest form of laughs for just one night. It can be done.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 19:02:32 CET 2013 from (184.144.104.122)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Willy DeVille (Born William Borsey Jr. in Stamford, Connecticut) wrote a few songs with the infamous songwriter Doc Pomus. The last video I posted showed Willy singing other people's songs but Willy was primarily a singer-songwriter.....and you know how I feeeel about those musicians! I really miss his music.....Although I still have a lot of his recordings but he was too young to leave us. Bob Marley was right! Just catch a fire.....nothing else.....if you have to do anything that is.....and not much fire water too!


Entered at Wed Feb 27 18:50:11 CET 2013 from (184.144.104.122)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Paul James' son and Mr. Maximus's son were friends during high-school. They both live on the same street not far from Bill M. I first saw Paul James at the Hotel Isabella and then many more places as he's such a great entertainer. My most happy moment for him.....was when he was on stage with Bob Dylan at the Air Canada Centre smiling from ear to ear.

Willy DeVille to Jack Nitzsche...Nitzsche was Buffy St. Marie's partner at one time. Will Deville passed at around 58. He's best known by some for his collaboration with Mark Knopfler for "Story Book Love". His persona is very macho and street....but if you listen to his lyrics.....He's all heart and soul.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 18:42:57 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

BEG / JT: A song from what I believe is Paul James's first record.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 18:36:45 CET 2013 from (96.54.178.226)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Vic

Subject: Paul James

I saw Paul James on more than one occasion. Opened for Dylan at Kingswood, I recall, and then played with him at another show when he was in Toronto. I could never grasp why he did not become a performer considered at the same level as John Hammond Jr. Must be management. He certainly has the talent!


Entered at Wed Feb 27 18:14:20 CET 2013 from (184.144.104.122)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Paul James with Mink DeVille


Entered at Wed Feb 27 17:24:39 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

David P: I pulled out the two-CD "Best of Moby Grape" set for the first listen in a long time. Some stunning stuff there, among the most notable being the '69 version of "Seeing" (linked). I don't know that he was still in the band, but that sure sounds like Skip Spence singing the intro and similar bits between Mosley's impressive offerings. Couldn't help but compare them to Buffalo Springfield, especially on "Looper" (which actually sounds like it's titled "Bluebird", which veers in and out of Springfield territory throughout. Then pulled out a Springfield box and was struck by how much stronger Dewey Martin's drumming was, even on the hacking-around stuff. The two groups lived close and socialised, and it'd've been amazing to hear Mosley and Martin bellowing together in the backyard.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 17:08:03 CET 2013 from (184.12.255.26)

Posted by:

Roger

Subject: Bob Haubrich

Amazing Peter. We're currently in the States. I watched The Searchers in Monument Valley last night. Bob Haubrich was a major cause of my abiding interest. Band link - I crossed the Great Divide last week - and heard Fear of Falling being played over a supermarket sound system. Never happen in UK.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 16:46:17 CET 2013 from (184.144.104.122)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

...and for Bill M!!!


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Love and Emotion...1981


Entered at Wed Feb 27 16:34:22 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

The orchestra for the Academy Awards ceremony the other night was conducted by William Ross. Mr. Ross' previous work includes composing the original music featured in the soundtrack for the film "Ladder 49", which also included Robbie's "Shine A Light". Interesting to note that some of the music for the Oscars ceremony was pre-recorded at Captiol's old studio in the famous Tower building at Hollywood & Vine.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 16:29:16 CET 2013 from (184.144.104.122)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Here's one of my favourite bands from the late '70's. I saw them twice in one week at Toronto's former Edge or Edgerton's....so underated band....but Doc Pomus knew better. :-D
Previously I saw them for the first time at Massey Hall performing on the same bill as Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 16:07:12 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Re the Vaughan Meader thing, In the book "On A Cold Road", Amos Garrett tells a very funny story about his days as a young accompanist of when Meader's show hit Carnegie Hall. Something about having to go back behind the very old, very dusty and very heavy curtains at the back of the stage and getting trapped half-in / half-out on his way back. Excaped to great laughter from the audience (which included his entire family of cours), glasses askew and covered in ancient soot.

The link is to an obscure favourite from 1970 or '71 that I bumped into as a result of someone sending me something by mistake. Glad he did. I've always loved the sturm-und-drang organ intro - that and the drumming.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 15:39:52 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Imitation -the sincerest form of flattery

“The First Family” the 1963 LP by Vaughan Meader. This was as you say a huge success and sold well. He showed up everywhere on TV until the assassination. My favourite line -- "The rubber swan is mine".


Entered at Wed Feb 27 15:32:54 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Coincidence, coincidentally

A strange tale! A gold ring in the fish variety.

This morning I was working on a project on British & American English, and I was looking for an illustration and started Googling “The First Family” the 1963 LP by Vaughan Meader. I couldn’t find an image that was large enough.

So I went shopping for groceries, and went into the charity shop next to the supermarket. A box of LPs, all rubbish … then not only a copy of “The First Family” but an American copy on Cadence. A 50p sticker was on it (pity it’s a non-laminated cover, as it lifted a bit). I bought it. On the inner sleeve it says it was a gift from the Anglo-American Club, North Hills High School, Pittsburgh to the staff & boys at Bournemouth School. Below was a note saying “This LP sold five and a half million copies in as many months but was withdrawn from sale on John F. Kennedy’s assassination.”

In 1962 we had an exchange teacher from Pittsburgh who taught us history at Bournemouth School, and is the entire reason I ended up doing American Studies. Then I looked on the sleeve “For the staff’s use. From Bob Haubrich.” Bob Haubrich was the American teacher and must have posted it over from the Anglo-American Club. The LP has found itself a good home.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 11:56:47 CET 2013 from (67.84.78.161)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Web: My link

Subject: link to one Swiss Chris related site

guy really knocked me over.


Entered at Wed Feb 27 11:53:37 CET 2013 from (67.84.78.161)

Posted by:

Billy C.( Friend0

Anyone recall Stuff? Original memeber and cofounder Gordon Edwards has the band still going. Caught em tonight at 78 Below, which is the old P & G moved to a new location, then closed and reopened again. It's a musician hang, and tuesday nights there have always been unreal. STUFF still is amazing , the great Mick Gaffney ion guitar, a killer sax player ,Ray Gaskins, my friend LaRita's cousin, on and on. akiller keyboard player, drummer is excellent, Some first rate gust female vocalists tonight, and a male vocalist in the band, name of Roy Bennett. who is very very good. but the women guest vocalists were amazing. A List anywhere, right up there. guest sax and trombonists, first rate. No door charge even, but you throw in the bucket,and as good as the music is, i;d hope everyone woudl throw in at least a 20. 50 woudl be appropriatre too, that's how good it was

Guy in the room, looked like a brooklyn or bronx mug,hat on sideways, hoodie under a leather jacket. 4 hours in to the night, he gets up, spells the drummer. this guy was as good as it gets, unusual too, Jonny rosch was playing keys for a while, asks the drummer his name, he says Swiss Chris. he;s from Bern Switzerland, and a friend of his clued us all in to the fact that he had been John Legend's musical director for a while. SOn of a gun was a badass drummer.....


Entered at Tue Feb 26 23:20:46 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

David P: That's comparing apples and apple sauce. The Vampire Abe movie was a prequel to a tired TV series about the adventures of his great-great-granddaughter Buffy, so didn't have nearly the impact.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 22:43:56 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Free the Slaves, Kill the Vampires: A Time We Remember Oh So Well

2012 was the year of Lincoln in film, as Hollywood attempted to answer the question of what has more dramatic impact -- a team of political rivals or a confederacy of thirsty bloodsuckers. Battles of the living dead brought to the screen. While Spielberg's "Lincoln" cost $65 million to make, the horror fantasy "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter" cost $69 million. The latter has grossed around $116.5 million and the former, even before the Oscar buzz, has taken in around $245 million.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 21:27:29 CET 2013 from (50.101.59.45)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

PSB! I didn't know for the longest time that Louuuu sings back up here for Garland and his one and only daughter.....Savannah.....I met her at Joe's Pub in NYC when Garland turned 60....and many thanks again to Jon Lyness who told me about Louuuu singing back up on Eric Andersen's CD....Pat B....I love listening to "Sheila"......later saw Eric at the Rivoli solo....and at Hugh's Room with Garth Hudson and that was the day I met JD for the first time.....I used to go to so many shows......Some I remember..... ;-D

Mike H...You posted a photo of Levon and Richard Bell awhile ago on this site or another.....I took the photo and it was taken at Jeff Healey's Bar in Toronto. I have posted the photo on this site as well.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 21:18:41 CET 2013 from (50.101.59.45)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

I had to have Garland Jeffreys and Grinder's Switch recording imported. I think I even had to pay tax on it. Look how much it's worth now. When I first met Garland at NYC's Bottom Line; I tried to talk to him about this CD (thinking of Bill M).....but he didn't seem to want to respond....Maybe that's how I perceived his reaction? Not sure of course......My absolute favourite rebel musician for writing, singing....sharing himself with his fans at his great parties.....I told him one New Year's Eve at a club in Manhattan that two actors own......that he probably doesn't really know how great he really is as his music has the ability to truly inspire others and that voice....now there's a voice.....Thank you Frankie Lymon!......Even Bruce Springsteen has said that they both came on the music scene at about the same time but that Bruce kept gaining accolades and yet.....so many people haven't even heard of Garland....let alone seen him perform in NYC or Toronto like I have......Pat B.....It's all Louuuu's fault! He's the one who introduced me to Garland's music and I've never looked back......


Entered at Tue Feb 26 20:13:08 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

On the need for promotion, in Andrew Loog Oldham's 3rd volume of memoirs, Stone Free (which appears to be eBook only) he has a chapter on Albert Grossman, who he admired. He worked for Grossman & Dylan for a week in 1962 when Dylan was doing the TV play in London. He got £5 for the week. But knew him later in Woodstock.

He points out that Grossman had total belief, and also hung out with Dylan & The Band and was omnipresent, in contrast to (say) Epstein who never hung out with The Beatles. He also repeats the "scriptwriters" bit … fact, inaccuracy or lie, you choose … on Grossman's belief that there had to be one leader, and very early on Robbie was the chosen one.

The very funny bit - it's in the free Kindle sample section - is on being stopped at the Canadian border and discussing his role in launching The Rolling Stones. The Canadian immigration guy simply asks "And are they grateful?'


Entered at Tue Feb 26 19:49:45 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Facts

The other day John McCain told a constituent (and I hope I am quoting this right) "You're entitled to your opinion, but you are not entitled to your facts"


Entered at Tue Feb 26 19:32:50 CET 2013 from (67.84.78.161)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

JT- (Unless an artist is very financially successful and is able to, and wants to limit, or time, his or her creative output, as a sacrifice to watching he business), the fact is, it's impossible to create anything on an ongoing basis at a high level and also run the business.... but the business of music is full time plus overtime itself. And the promotion of music is full time itself. then there is personal mangement, and financial mangement. There are many areas where other parties come into play. You have to have several machines running an d the exposure is great. The reliance on other people is huge, think about the demands of time placed upon up and coming or successful peopel in the arts.

okay, all that said, for many formerly very popular artists, that era, has gone by the wayside. so, now they are even more exposed, because the ability to support that kind of machinery is gone. One false step- you are in quicksand.

When there was an industry, people got screwed yes.But, with no industry, there's lest chance to get screwed royally , but if you get screwed, odds are you you stay screwed.

All that said, i'm jumping in the shower, and getting on the train, to go talk with an entertainment lawyer. Got lawyers to the left of me, lawyers to the right....


Entered at Tue Feb 26 19:10:20 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Film & The Truth: Real or Reel

It's a long tradition among screenwriters to never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Or, as Mark Twain actually said, get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 16:20:29 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria incidentally

Subject: Major talents

Yes, BEG. Garland Jeffreys (I saw and heard him at the Montreal Jazz Festival years ago) and Ben Harper are major talents. Thanks for keeping them front and centre.

No business is free of harshness and 'the horror, the horror'. But the music business seems to emerge often as one where many get hurt badly.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 16:02:44 CET 2013 from (69.158.30.43)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Matador and Garland Jeffreys interview.

Garland and Ben Harper and The Melody Makers should have been on stage at Marley's Tribute instead of Bruno Mars....who I think is developing as an artist but I don't associate him with reggae just because he grew up in Hawaii...but he is very talented.....but he's the current flavour of the moment. I need to listen to Garland just to cope with how awful the music bizzzzzzzz is.....Levon was right!


Entered at Tue Feb 26 16:02:13 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Jimmy Nicol

I knew nothing about this though I have a relatively good familiarity about this kind of stuff

A book is coming out. More tragedy in the business of making music and the arts

James George "Jimmie"/"Jimmy" Nicol[1] (born 3 August 1939, 93 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London), is a British drummer, best known for temporarily replacing Ringo Starr in The Beatles for a series of concerts during the height of Beatlemania in 1964, elevating him from relative obscurity to worldwide fame and then back again in the space of a fortnight.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 15:58:34 CET 2013 from (69.158.30.43)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Ghost Writer...LONG LIVE GARLAND JEFFREYS!!!!


Entered at Tue Feb 26 15:53:21 CET 2013 from (69.158.30.43)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Grammy 2013 Bob Marley tribute: A mission to (Bruno) Mars

"Recording Academy officials note that the soundtrack album for the recent "Marley" documentary about the reggae star had been nominated in the compilation soundtrack for visual media.

But the back story I got from longtime Grammy show executive producer Ken Ehrlich is that it grew out of his wish to lure Bruno Mars back to perform this year.

Mars had originally communicated his intention to sit out this year’s Grammy show, Ehrlich said at a rehearsal last week, with the aim of “owning” next year’s show. “I said, ‘If I came up with a concept he liked, would he consider it?’” Ehrlich said. “He said he would.”

"Ehrlich contacted representatives for Sting and Rihanna about having them be part of a Marley tribute on the show, knowing each artist held a fondness for reggae in general and Marley’s music in particular. That led to invitations to Marley scions Ziggy and Damien, and a blessing Marley’s wife, Rita.

“At that point I went back to Bruno and said, ‘Here’s what I’ve got — are you interested?’” Thus Sunday’s mash-up of Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” Sting’s Police-era number “Walking on the Moon” and Marley’s “Could You Be Loved,” a track from the final album released before Marley died, “Uprising.”

Update Feb. 12 at 2:38 p.m.: An earlier version of this post identified Rita Marley as Damien Marley's mother. He is the only child of Bob Marley's relationship with Cindy Breakspeare."


Entered at Tue Feb 26 15:43:57 CET 2013 from (69.158.30.43)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"Garth Hudson was here on Wednesday to receive a lifetime of achievement award from the London Music Awards at the LPL’s Wolf Performance Hall. Having caught the last moments of Garth’s piano solo & Maud’s fantastic of Tears of Rage with his accompaniment, JBNBlog would say they were in top form. Later, there were many meetings with old friends, like Stratford guitar hero John Till. A favourite post-concert moment later at the Palasad had Garth laughing merrily upon hearing a London music fan dismiss Joan Baez’ cover The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Another moment had Maud at the Palasad singing I Shall Be Released with a young London group gathered around her."


Entered at Tue Feb 26 15:11:03 CET 2013 from (90.46.227.88)

Posted by:

Peter

Web: My link

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser tollen neuen Website. Sehr gelungen und geschmackvoll. Liebe Grüsse.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 14:48:02 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Inaccuracy … yes, I accept a few per cent. Same with fidelity to a book. In One Day (book) crucial scenes take place after a flight to Greece. In the film it's a car trip to France. Makes lots of sense economically and the car looked very good. As did Anne Hathaway (a connecting theme today) in it. You are on dodgier ground with film based on history. I read a long article on Lincoln which listed several inaccuracies, but concluded they were inaccuracies rather than "lies." Though the writer got quite worked up about the assassination (accurately portrayed apparently in The Conspirators). From what I read, Argo has a few "inaccuracies."

But U-571, Braveheart & The Patriot take a "lie" as their starting premise while claiming to be based on historical events. That's different.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 14:29:24 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Cannot go unanswered

Kevin J: Thanks for noticing. I respect your responses and thank you for reading them... so, here goes....

1. Unless you are truly talented and named Johnny Carson or Billy Crystal and then everyone will fall over themselves complimenting you forever. THEY WERE FUNNY MEN. BOB HOPE WAS A FUNNY MAN. SETH IS A FUNNY MAN. SETH IS A MAN OF 2013 AND HIS KIND OF FUNNY IS DIFFERENT. HIS KIND OF FUNNY IS THE FUNNY OF 'INGLORIOUS BASTERDS' AND MANY TV SHOWS. WE LAUGH AT THAT KIND OF FUNNY ON THE TV SHOWS, BUT WE GET ALL EXCITED WHEN HE SAYS THE SAME KIND OF THINGS LIVE ON AN AWARDS SHOW. WHAT HYPOCRISY! I HAVE NO STAKE IN SETH, BUT I THOUGHT HE DID AN ADEQUATE JOB HOSTING THIS ONE AND DOING AN IMPOSSIBLE JOB IN A RELATIVELY EFFECTIVE WAY. HIS JOKES WERE OFF COLOUR BUT THE WORLD IS OFF COLOUR. IF HE HAD BEEN STERILE, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE CRITICISM. YOU CAN'T WIN IN THIS GAME.

2. Or just stay away from jokes on assasination or beating up your girlfriend.....that would be advisable

THESE EVENTS OCCURRED AND FOR SETH AND PEOPLE LIKE THE SNL PEOPLE AND OTHERS, THERE IS LITTLE THAT IS SACRED. THAT IS HOW TODAY'S COMICS MAKE THEIR RESPECTIVE LIVINGS.

3. No need to strive for 100% accuracy........just do try to avoid 98% inaccuracy.......yeah......now that would be a start. MOVIES NEED TO BE GIVEN SOME SLACK. INTELLIGENT VIEWERS KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES. 98% INACCURACY FOR THE MOVIE IN QUESTION IS AN OVERSTATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM.

4. PLEASE DO! The Victorian era has not left. If its on tape on a TV show (SNL), we laugh; if an emcee says it live or sings about it, we shudder and say shame. More hypocrisy.

5. OK OK. Seth gets skewered for singing about human anatomy while TWITTER shows photos of Hathaway at every angle. More hypocrisy. Mixed up confusion.

. 6. Sadly......this is the one rule that has some truth. HOW SAD INDEED!


Entered at Tue Feb 26 10:48:22 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Answering my own question

The last would have been funnier applied to "Hamlet." "Hamlet II - Fortinbras & The Gravedigger!"

I quickly looked up The Band YouTube.

There's a hierarchy there. All TLW

The Weight, TLW … 2,391,000

Cripple Creek … 1,800.000

Ophelia … 1,300,000

Dixie - 500,000

Shape I'm In … 490,000

I'm surprised at Dixie's position. I didn't check, but if there are multiple postings of the same clip, then it divides up the total. Note. Every one of those TLW clips is a straight breach of copyright UNLESS posted by The Band, or Warner Bros, So every view of every single clip is stealing a little from Garth.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 10:14:07 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: on Spam

Every morning I open my blogs and press "delete SPAM" but sometimes one catches my eye on its way out. This was posted in response to a review of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"" …I've seen this wording often, it must be a script given to the SPAM posters, but I thought it really nice applied to this particular play. Here it is:

I love this one! Very great. I ask, will there be a part two?



Entered at Tue Feb 26 08:35:07 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Money, that's what we want, and need

I really don’t think the general world is aware of the massive hit that all creative people have been taking for the last few years. It’s true: the internet took their living. For some musicians, they can get it back by touring as (say) The Moody Blues are this year, or Frankie Valli (and in much smaller print and quotes) “The Four Seasons”. But this needs to be done by a manager with the right degree of organization, and is incredibly hard work for someone in their later seventies. Well done on your dad, Jeff. I know a gentleman of 91 who drives himself 40,000 miles a year as an “ambassador” for the business that in effect his grandkids now run. But this is an extreme exception.

Educational authors scrape a little back from photocopying royalties (notably and shamefully not from the USA as I said last time I mentioned it). I just got my six month statement, and they take random institutions to record their photocopying and pay on those. Some of my books are having very large numbers of photocopies, but they’re not getting sales. The culture for younger teachers is “it’s all free.” While I’m grateful for the photocopying pennies, I’d rather have the book sales pounds. For schools it costs more to photocopy a book than buy it, but no one cares because books are “book budget” and photocopying is “admin budget.”

Take yesterday. I posted The Demon Barbers on YouTube. I would not have done it five years ago, considering it a breach of their copyright. But now everyone does it. But let’s note that they received not a penny from those of us who watched it. Check YouTube Band extracts (I haven’t). Look at the number of “views". Garth will never have earned a cent from those. And yes, it's wrong.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 07:50:43 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.197)

Posted by:

Kevin J

"I hope that some of the money…maybe they can just take a little bit of it, maybe…and use it, say, to pay the mortgages on some of the farms and, the farmers here, owe to the banks…" - Bob Dylan at Live Aid 1985..........maybe the Keep It Going gang can take a little bit of it, say, to help a former band mate........then again, many musicians of considerably less means than Garth Hudson managed to get through life without ever stiffing people for rent.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 07:17:19 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.197)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: I love Ya JT but really.....response to your rules......

1. Unless you are truly talented and named Johnny Carson or Billy Crystal and then everyone will fall over themselves complimenting you forever.

2. Or just stay away from jokes on assasination or beating up your girlfriend.....that would be advisable

3. No need to strive for 100% accuracy........just do try to avoid 98% inaccuracy.......yeah......now that would be a start.

4. PLEASE DO!

5. OK

6. Sadly......this is the one rule that has some truth.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 06:17:38 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Rules of (Awards Show) Engagement

The Rules are:

1) No matter how bright and talented you might be, never host the Oscars. You will be maligned and denigrated

2) Do not have any entertaining events (jokes, song or dance numbers or any other enjoyable efforts) on an awards show. They will be maligned and denigrated no matter how effective they are

3) Do not make movies about true events in history unless they are 100% accurate. You will be maligned by those who liked the movie and equally by those who don't like it. Moreover, those with vested interests will vilify you.

4) Avoid any comments about human anatomy on awards shows. Only show and discuss such things on non-award TV shows.

5) Respect Twitter and its handling of human-anatomy show-through of dresses

6) Realize that it is the fashion and dresses that the stars wear to the awards show that are of primary importance and that the creativity and art of the movie is a minor consideration.

Those are the rules.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 05:17:42 CET 2013 from (67.87.217.24)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Well Bonk, try wrapping your head around this one. When Garth and Jimmy did the show in Keswick, part of the funds were donated to LHS. They have a show coming up in Tarrytown in April. Feel like flying in?


Entered at Tue Feb 26 03:44:40 CET 2013 from (24.108.1.255)

Posted by:

Bonk

Location: Cabbagetown.

Subject: Garth

UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE!!! A human being like Garth Hudson can't afford his rent. Thank fucking god that I never got into the music business. And I don't believe for a second! That there's an un-cashed cheque for 26 grand just lying there.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 02:36:28 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: GARTH,,

GARTH's garage sale..So sad..

NORM: Glad to hear that Susan is coming along nicely..

Oscars were interesting. Nice to see Adele win..Only wish "Argo" was more realistic, but it was only a movie.

BEG: Thanx for the Brit Awards.. I saw part of them on TV, [#37C, the BBN channel]. I'm a huge fan of One Direction.. I don't collect their music, but like to watch them perform. Nice kids so Simon Cowell says..

Wonderful tribute to LEVON in Woodstock, and well-deserved..Sandy and Amy must be proud..

An 1830 Martin Guitar is worth $8-$10,000 on Antique Rd. Show tonight..

CYA soon God Bless


Entered at Tue Feb 26 01:26:35 CET 2013 from (67.87.217.24)

Posted by:

Billy C (Friend0

Subject: Old Habits Die Hard

My dad's 86. Still selling pianies. Up and down the east coast. By car. Doesn't need the money by any means.


Entered at Tue Feb 26 00:35:03 CET 2013 from (68.171.231.82)

Posted by:

Bill M

Kevin J: You're right re Jimmy Carter - those ancient guys deserve an awful lot of credit. Rockin Chair too, closer to home.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 23:35:57 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

…..eat your peanuts kids……..Jimmy Carter is holding up well for a man of 89! I always thought his wife had a certain twinkle that was dare I say sexy……..years ago - mind you.

Shane MacGowen: Early 80’s I remember seeing one of the funniest pictures in Rolling Stone magazine Random Notes section…..it was a picture of Shane MacGowen and Rob Lowe together both smiling….the caption read “One Flosses, one doesn’t”


Entered at Mon Feb 25 22:50:17 CET 2013 from (67.87.217.24)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

That is a great picture of Garth. Thank you BEG( today standing for Band Entertainment Girl).


Entered at Mon Feb 25 22:46:41 CET 2013 from (68.171.231.89)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Tronna

BEG: Great story - thanks. A year earlier, Joey Hollingsworth encouraged Lenny Breau to move from Winnipeg to Toronto and when he got here hooked him up with Rick and Levon. I think they did an admirable job on the material Lenny recorded with them.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 22:34:05 CET 2013 from (68.171.231.85)

Posted by:

Bill M

As this is a Band site, I feel it behooves me to note that Victor Garber, who played Ken Taylor in "Argo", sang back-up on Ronnie Hawkins' wild 1968 single, "Mary Jane", which features wild harp by Richard 'King Biscuit Boy' Newell, wild guitar by John Till and wild keyboard by Richard Bell.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 22:33:01 CET 2013 from (70.29.30.83)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

......."Snake's" saving grace is "Haunted". I bought this recording for this very song and then was pleasantly surprised that liked the CD many years ago when I was younger....lol
I saw the Pogues in 1990. First trip to NYC and I celebrated St. Paddy's day with the boyzzz....another time it was with the Chieftains.
I remember seeing the Clash with Black Uhuru and can remember their music more as I was really into them. Even Joe Strummer played with the Pogues at one time. One of Elvis Costello's wives/girlfriends was with the band at one time.....but even the Clash's early music.....I can't listen to it.....too raw now.

#LDNont lore: Joey Hollingsworth introduces Garth Hudson to Rompin’ Ronnie

"Here, thanks to London musician Gerry Fleming, is a key meeting in #LDNont history . . . when Ronnie Hawkins meets Garth Hudson, apparently for the first time. Over to Gerry, who e-mailed this in response to a My London column on the Hyland screening: “I have had the good fortune to watch the Band grow from infancy at the Brass Rail, when they first came to town. Here is a story of how Garth was introduced to Ronnie Hawkins. Joey Hollingsworth a local tap dancer and I were having a late steak in the Pump Room when in walked Garth and sat down with us. He had just came back from playing some gigs in Detroit. He was sick of playing from gig to gig and was quite down, during our conversation the band came upstairs, Joey introduced Garth to Hawkins and the rest is history. I like to think that I, was a witness to a very historical moment in musical history. For without Garth The Band would have been quite different.”

Thanks indeed Gerry. This would have been 1962 or so, wouldn’t it? Joey Hollingsworth was a star presence in London during the 1950s."


Entered at Mon Feb 25 21:58:44 CET 2013 from (70.29.30.83)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"Garth Hudson, second from left, is in a merry mood (let’s amend that to a merrily straight-shooting mood) & it has something to do with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Photograoh courtesy of Karen Pace, Palasad restaurant, June 27, 2012, following the London Music Awards at LPL’s Wolf Performance Hall."

Yeah for Jimmy Carter...Give credit where it's due.....Great film regardless, but everyone should know the role that the Canadian government and officials played.

I have "Haunted" on Shane MacGowan's "Snake" solo recording. I was playing it again yesterday while making sauce for brown rice pasta....only gluten-free pasta that tastes good for me. I forgot Lady Gaga's secret ingredient to her sauces....leeks! I always forget to buy the leeks....but I added eggplant as I forgot the zuchinni too....but added my secret ingredients of fire roasted tomato flakes and onion roasted flakes.....as well as regular onions, garlic galore....red peppers, very lean ground beef, cumin, bay leaves, dried oregano from Europe....Oh and if you don't have red wine.....add red balsamic vinegar....My mother taught me that trick.....

OH.....Back to Sinead and Shane...The recording didn't stand up to me....but I did still like the song about his green eyed girl.....Victoria. Band connection for the obsessed out there.....lol.....I saw the Pogues with Shane MacGowan in NYC on 14th Street where the Band performed at the Palladium. It was a fun great show but Shane was.....well.....Shane......and......
Shane was on stage at one of the Brit award shows honouring Van The Man......I told ya......Award shows usually have at least one gem or reason to watch.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 20:44:15 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Demon Barbers

David: Did you get through to the clog dancing section? After the band credits? That's where they win. I think the bass player is spectacular, but on the fiddle playing, this is what most English Nu-Folk (as it's called) sounds like. I've been listening to a lot of the genre. The fiddle becomes the core rhythm instrument, which is what she's doing. It's not monotonous, it's holding the basic riff on fiddle rather than guitar.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 20:28:53 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Thanks for the link, John. And Jimmy Carter was indeed "there."


Entered at Mon Feb 25 19:44:57 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Web: My link

Subject: Argo & Jimmy Carter

Very Interesting and honestly the way History saw it at the time. However it's Hollywood and it's a very good movie.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 19:03:31 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has also taken aim at Affleck's film.

He called "Argo" a complete distortion when he accepted an honorary degree from Queen's University in November and followed that up with a CNN interview last week in which he said "90 per cent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian," but the film "gives almost full credit to the American CIA."

While I never like to see history distorted at the expense of the truth……a couple of things……..Ben Affleck was a guy I had written off some years back as the epitome of celebrity culture gone mad…the whole Jlo thing, etc. and then he disappeared for a while and came back with a little movie called ‘Gone Baby Gone” that is a truly exceptional film…and I thought bravo…this guy really does have something…………On Ken Taylor…..it always disturbed me how he literally dined our for years on that one notable accomplishment in Iran…….something about the guy just rubbed me the wrong way ( his stinginess in sharing credit with his embassy team, his dour personality, etc. )…………not sure what that means to the unfairness of the movie….but my lack of sympathy for Taylor does mean I care less than I probably should.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: A Bad Haircut

Can't say that I like that version of "Friend of the Devil" by the Demon Barbers, especially that monotonous fiddle. As I recall, Chris Smither's cover years ago was included on an album that also featured his take on "Down in the Flood" from the Basement Tapes.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 17:48:46 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Friend Of The Devil

For the curious, this is The Demon Barbers on YouTube doing Friend of The Devil. The first 1 minute 30 seconds of the clip is Morris Dancing. You can move the slider … but some of them are dancing too.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 17:40:57 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Ang Lee

Ang Lee 's a fascinating director. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Life of Pi are truly great films. Oddly, the other Oscar he got was Brokeback Mountain, which I think a dreadful film. Nothing to do with the theme, nor scenery, but anything with a soundtrack that badly recorded shouldn't ever be released … I saw it in the cinema, and on a very good home cinema system. I stopped it several times to check my centre speaker was working with other discs. Couldn't understand a word. Same in the cinema. I thought my ears had gone funny, but everyone I asked said the same.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 17:35:24 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: The Demon Barbers

Last Night I saw "The Lock In" a fabulous dance theatre piece based round the folk band The Demon Barbers. So as you do, I bought their CD on the way-out, and have been thoroughly enjoying it. Track 11 is "Friend of The Devil" and I thought, ah, that's popular in folk now, the unexpected cover, what with The Unthanks covering King Crimson and Robert Wyatt. Then I looked at the credits … virtually everything is traditional … and it says "Sources" - learned from Chris Smithers. Though in small print it says "All songs Trad. Friend of The Devil- Jerry Garcia, John Dawson & Robert Hunter. But isn't it odd to know the song from Chris Smithers, but not from The Grateful Dead? It actually fits in their style very well too.


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Ang Lee

Speaking of film inaccuracies, the soundtrack to Ang Lee's film "Taking Woodstock" features The Band's live recording of "I Shall Be Released" from "Rock of Ages". Just one of many of the tracks not actually recorded at the festival.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 16:45:00 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Britbusters

While I haven't read it all yet, The Sunday Times devoted two long pages to inaccuracies in Argo. It's suggested that the British and New Zealand embassies failed to help, while in fact they played crucial roles. They have a list of other"Britbuster" films with crap history. I think U-571 was the worst (The Enigma machine was found and decoded by The British, not the Americans), but The Patriot (moving WW2 atrocities to the Revolutionary War) and Braveheart (more lies than fact, but it is Mel Gibson, so that's normal) are strong contenders. And Saving Private Ryan is also castigated for pretending neither the British nor Canadians existed on D Day.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 16:33:55 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: The Life of Pi: a masterpiece of film

'The Life of Pi' is a masterpiece of film. Many said that this brilliant novel (Yann Martel) could not reasonably be made into a movie, but Ang Lee and his team did it and created one of the 'Mona Lisa's of film. When many of the others are forgotten, the beauty and creative forces that fashioned this unparalleled film will be remembered. It is Ang Lee's 'Blonde on Blonde'.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 16:28:23 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: The Canadian Caper

We've thought about and discussed this over the past few days. ' Argo' is a movie about the plan developed (mainly by Mendez) to exfiltrate 6 Americans out of Iran. It does not exclude the Canadian heroism (Taylor, Sheardown -personal risk to them and to their wives) inherent in hiding these 6 for that period. That it might not describe some details (teaching them how to speak properly, scouting out the airport, etc) is relatively unimportant. This is a story about how a plan was devised and carried out. And yes, as a movie and not a documentary, it has taken some liberties with absolute accuracy. As a movie, it was well done and many who knew little about these events learned a great deal about this tense time. There is another movie to be made perhaps about the heroism of Taylor (the 'Gordon Pinsent as Ken Taylor' one of 1981 was made at a time when the 'exfiltration plan' was years away from becoming public knowledge). That movie would concentrate on the Taylor/Sheardown heroism in the face of grave danger as they protected the six. A Canadian director should take it on in a timely manner.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

‘Argo’: The Movie vs. The True Story

"In David Haglund’s article for Slate, it’s pointed out that virtually all the obstacles Argo throws at Affleck’s CIA agent Tony Mendez and the six endangered American embassy escapees during the third act were, in fact, made up. The reason things went so much smoother in real-life? It turns out Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor (played by Victor Garber) and a fellow embassy employee John Sheardown – who does not appear in the film – were more involved with the rescue effort than the movie suggests. The two not only helped scout out the Iran airport in advance, but also purchased the Americans’ tickets, coached them in having a Canadian accent, and were even responsible for setting the rescue plan in motion to begin with."

"However, at the end of the day, sticking closer to the facts might have resulted in an Argo movie that’s less accessible and watchable for your average moviegoer; though, on the hand, also one more thoughtful and even-handed than your average cinematic sermon from Hollywood. The path Affleck took played to his strengths as a storyteller, more so than a different strategy would have. Maybe somewhere down the road, as Affleck continues to gain confidence (not to mention, credibility) as a director, he will strive to break further away from convention than he has so far. That’s all the more feasible, assuming he continues to develop at the same pace as he has with his first three films."


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Les Mis

Anne Hathaway was so outstanding in Les Miserables that even "Best supporting Actress" seems too little, though I guess if you have to die 25% of the way into the film, it's got to be "supporting" rather than "lead."

Stephen Fry had a good line on that at The Brits (not this year, a previous one). He said he doesn't know any actress who does not get angry at being called an "actress" rather than an "actor" but he also doesn't know any that have declined to accept an award for "best actress" for that reason.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 11:03:53 CET 2013 from (75.34.50.227)

Posted by:

Adam

Very uninterested in "Life of Pi". "Argo" was decent. Daniel Day Lewis - was there ever any question that he was the best actor?


Entered at Mon Feb 25 08:51:29 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Life of Pi

Totally deserved award for Ang Lee. And best cinematography and best visual effects. A film that restores the magic and wonder of the cinema. Link to my original review … I saw it twice in quick succession and I'm delighted. Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables was another one I'd have voted for myself. Les Mis deserved more awards, I thought, but I haven't seen Lincoln yet. I read several luke-warm reviews in Britain.



Entered at Mon Feb 25 06:35:13 CET 2013 from (74.101.165.246)

Posted by:

Ari

So happy for Life of Pi. Argo was worthless white bread. Thought this comment on a video of The Weight was funny. "Fannie was 20 lbs overweight. They injected the fat into Levon Helm's lips."


Entered at Mon Feb 25 05:37:48 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Yann Martel Ang Lee: the genius of Pi

Ang Lee and Yann Martel get their respective accolades. A masterpiece!. So deserving.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 05:21:24 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Mychal Danna gets his due

Mychal Danna: "He studied music composition at the University of Toronto, winning the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985. Danna also served for five years as composer-in-residence at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto (1987–1992)." Richly deserved.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 04:55:32 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: D.A. Pennebaker Yes!

D.A. Pennebaker is finally recognized. That is superb. An innovator.


Entered at Mon Feb 25 03:15:15 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Richard Parker: Pi rules!

Way to go, Richard Parker. The most beautiful movie of the year and brilliant to perceive (like Heaven's Gate of the early 80s). It has broken into my favourite films. Pi rules!


Entered at Sun Feb 24 23:49:24 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Susie Darlin'

Got back from my interior trip. The road was pretty damn good.

Thank you all for your kindness. Susan seems to be just fine now. You are absolutely right Joan.

Jerry, concerning our last conversation, I'd be saying something like. "Too many of these gawd damn young folks now are so helpless they'd starve to death with a sandwich in each hand."

Then of course Susan would say, "Will you be NICE!" I figure, it's too gawd damn late to start now:):)


Entered at Sun Feb 24 18:24:44 CET 2013 from (70.50.36.41)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

From the Brit Awards....Emeli Sande....and Bryan Ferry gave her the award for best Brit album!!!!!!! She also received an award for best female solo artist. Yes....All award shows and music sites inevitably promote artists and help to sell product......Anyway, here she performs part of "Clown" and "Next To Me".

Early life Emeli Sandé was born in Sunderland to a Zambian father and English mother on 10 March 1987.[8][9][2][10][11] She moved to Alford, Aberdeenshire, when she was four, and was brought up there.[2][10] She studied Medicine at the University of Glasgow, but stopped in her fourth year.[2] She has stated that education was one of the most important things to her, because, if her music career failed, she has something to fall back on. Sandé said that her manager, Adrian Sykes, waited patiently since she was 16, "Adrian really respects that I want to get an education behind me. He also knows my parents are keen that I finish university."[12] Sandé has a tattoo of artist Frida Kahlo.[13] *Excellent exhibit here in Toronto!* At the age of 11, when Sandé was still in primary school, she wrote her first song for a school talent show.[13] She remembers "That was the first time I thought I might be a songwriter. I always knew I wanted to be a musician and I knew I wanted to write because the people I was listening to all wrote. I never thought it was an option to sing anyone else's songs.[13] The first song she wrote was called "Tomorrow Starts Again" - the song had proper structure and even a Middle eight.[13] At the age of 15, Choice FM invited her to London to take part in a competition they were holding, the "Rapology". Richard Blackwood also had her down to MTV's Camden studios to sing gospel.[13] Sandé went to the same secondary school at which her father was a teacher. She said "I hated to be ill and to miss a day because I was so hungry to learn. I was very shy, nerdy and extremely well-behaved. Inevitably, throughout secondary school, it was part and parcel of my identity that I was Mr. Sandé’s daughter. No way could I muck about or get into trouble, because it would've got back to him within minutes. And Dad was strict, let me tell you."[14] [edit]

Serenity....You are too kind. :-D


Entered at Sun Feb 24 11:30:53 CET 2013 from (101.164.0.90)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: JT... the Mashup

There are many, many great ones. One of my favourites remains Pink and Black Sabbath, which sounds like Ike and tina... but 'Gangnam Style' set to Dream Theatre's 'Wither' is both stunningly clever and hilarious.


Entered at Sun Feb 24 01:24:36 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Damon Harris AND the wonderful BEG..

Damon Harris dead at 62. He was a former member of the great Temptations. May he RIP...

BEG: Thanx heaps for the info on the coming of LEVON on PBS.I will be sure to watch it. Hope they aren't on pledge breaks, but no matter I won't miss it. Also thanks for the vids.. I didn't know there was so many of LEVON. Will check them out too. THANX AGAIN AND AGAIN..LUVYA xoxo

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


Entered at Sat Feb 23 15:48:54 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: 'All Day' Girl Talk

I recently have been introduced to the 'mashup'

A mashup or bootleg[1] (also mesh, mash up, mash-up, blend, and bastard pop/rock) is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another.

The work is a 1 hour piece by Girl Talk called 'All Day'. In a word, it is very entertaining and an interesting creative use of existing music. Beck and others have inserted pieces of previous songs into their work but this is work that requires technical prowess. Not for everyone's ears, 'All Day' is certainly worth a listen.


Entered at Sat Feb 23 08:00:33 CET 2013 from (70.29.29.183)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

LOVE FOR LEVON | March 2013 | PBS


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Outside Lands 2010 - Larry Campbell Interview (The Levon Helm Band)


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Interview: Steve Israel on Levon Helm


Entered at Sat Feb 23 07:47:56 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Thanks Andrew. Some of those articles are late 90s to early 000s and haven't been updated. My apologies. There are 2 CDs with the same title. A Japanese one with 18 tracks and a Canadian one from OPM with twenty-one, though the extras are "piano quickies". I believe there's a 3rd British one, but I didn't bother to pick it up. I think both the ones I have are officially sanctioned releases, not boots.


Entered at Sat Feb 23 05:33:17 CET 2013 from (24.9.227.5)

Posted by:

Andrew B

Subject: Whispering Pines

quote from Peter Vaney on the notes for Whispering Pines

"Live Mid-eighties tapes of Richard Manuel solo and with Rick Danko exist, but this song does not feature on the ones I've heard. Nor can I find it on any Band set lists on the website. It's possible that it was never performed live by The Band, another victim of failing to match stage dynamics. A recent Guestbook entry noted John Hall singing it live."

there is a japanese release of a solo Richard Manuel album titled

Whispering pines; Live At The Getaway 1985

the version performed on this album is top notch especially for a bootleg solo live recording. Missing is the call and return, but the feel and vocal quality far makes up for it.


Entered at Sat Feb 23 02:21:20 CET 2013 from (69.121.106.188)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Subject: Must Read: Fill In The Blanks Yourself: The Road To ....... Is Paved With......

News Release Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill 103rd Assembly District

For Immediate Release: Contact: Kristen Murphy ... February 22, 2013 (845) 338-9610

Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard

(Kingston) Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D – Ulster / Dutchess), announced today legislation that will designate New York State Route 375 as "Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard.” The road will span from the intersection of New York State Route 28 in West Hurley to the intersection of New York State Route 212 in Woodstock.

“Levon Helm was a true inspiration to not only millions of fans but our community,” Cahill said. “His Rambles became a mainstay in the town of Woodstock bringing back old soulful music worth listening to in a welcoming venue he created.”

Levon Helm Studios which was opened in 1975 brought legendary musicians to our area including Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Phil Lesh, Kris Kristofferson, The Black Crows, and many others. With his Midnight Rambles he was able to return the music culture of Woodstock to the levels for which it was once known.

“In a world that often compromised integrity Levon Helm cultivated the tradition of professionalism with a deep respect for his craft and remained refreshingly genuine throughout his life. It is with great honor that I carry a bill that would preserve the life, career, and music of Levon Helm.”


Entered at Sat Feb 23 01:36:00 CET 2013 from (207.61.57.13)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria incidentally

Subject: Going Down The Road Shebib

I watched 1970 Going Down the Road, a great little movie about the trials and tribulations of 2 easterners coming to the centre of the universe. Bill M: I don't think Bruce ever formally released either the 2 songs nor the background soundtrack he did for this movie. The soundtrack and those 2 songs are great. Is that material anywhere to be found (cd, compilation, soundtrack) ??? If not, maybe Bruce will read this and reconsider.


Entered at Sat Feb 23 01:34:45 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.197)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Perfectly said JT.


Entered at Sat Feb 23 00:33:25 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Staples Singer dead at 78

LINK: Cleotha, of the Staples Singers has passed away, RIP, dear lady, thanks for all the beautiful music you have given us. Bet she's singing along with the angels with Pops,RICK, RICHARD and LEVON??

CYA soon xoxoxo


Entered at Sat Feb 23 00:29:53 CET 2013 from (207.61.57.13)

Posted by:

JT

Location: On my way to Vic if the snow in TO lets me

Subject: Stay positive

Norm: Stay positive. That is the only way to go when health is the issue. I've seen it over 35 years doing this. Stay strong and positive.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 22:41:36 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: What Am I Living For

The Band's old friend Conway Twitty also released a single version before the Everlys.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 21:57:07 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: What The Brothers Sang

Just got the Dawn McCarthy / Bonnie Prince Billy CD "What The Brothers Sang" which recycles the more obscure items from The Everly Brothers extensive catalogue. Highly recommended.

Band connection: What Am I Living For? is on there.


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Posted by:

David P

Joan: Tom "Bones" Malone of Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra was a member of the horn section at The Last Waltz.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 19:39:46 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: To JAN with sorrow

To Jan....

You're not alone, for we are here,

And we'll go that extra mile,

And when your grief is passing,

We'll help you learn to smile!

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

NORM: Sorry to hear about Susan Hope she is coming along well..

Thanx to all for the wonderful posts and links..LUVYA all xoxoxo



Entered at Fri Feb 22 19:29:42 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: The Band /Norm/ Fabian

Two nights ago I was watching Letterman's show. As they broke for a commercial, I heard the horn section start t play what I think was Dixie, When they returned to the show Paul Schaffer said that was a Band medley. I would have loved hearing that I's m a shame when they dot this great music off camera

I all to well remember Fabian,Annette,Frankie and the whole "Beach Blanket Bingo" era. Not great music, but it was fun to dance to.

Norm, take good care of Susan. Who else would put up with such a curmudgeon. :-)


Entered at Fri Feb 22 17:56:23 CET 2013 from (69.121.106.188)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Web: My link

Subject: Music, Barns, Benefits. Tithes , and Poilitics.

Saw that link on what's new. Another tribute/event to raise money for The Barn's debts, expenses.... one could almost be surprised this matter was not a Presidential campaign issue.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 17:44:44 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Keep on Truckin'

Thanks for that David. It was great. I have to be away now this morning. Not the best time of year, but I have to drive up to Enderby, above Kelowna.

I have to look at a John Deere excavator that I'll probably buy. Just as I'm leaving one of my customer guys from Interfor is calling me to come and move some equipment with my barge. He's the guy who has got me getting this excavator. Sometimes I got to go, and just dig out a bridge and move it, and some culverts, and do a little deactivation, ditching runoff on roads. Oh and then, there's a little bit of logs left over from that last heli log show that they couldn't get on the big barge. Go and clean that up, (load it on my barge and take it to the processing facility).

Yeah I'm retired alright....retarded is more like it. Now it seems my Susan may have suffered a mild stroke yesterday. I took her to the hospital and they spent until 6 in the evening doing tests. She is fine today, and off to the island to go to another lab for tests. Her sister is looking after her anyway. I sure hate going away and leaving her alone, even tho' she has lots of friends close by and these old gals all watch out for each other.


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Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Trucking Man

Norm: Link above to Moby Grape's "Trucking Man" tribute. Check out Jerry Miller's great guitar solo.

Thanks PSB for the fine Borderline review. I stil listen to my vinyl copy of their first album and will be picking up that two-fer reissue from Real Gone Music.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 17:19:55 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: The Work Ethic

You have just echoed my thoughts exactly Jerry. The only difference is you have the ability and education to be more diplomatic than I. I am a crude old sailor, (a curmudeon) Susan calls me. There is just no ambition to work hard from many of these young people. I didn't say too much in that regard, because I didn't want to seem to critical.

This news I watched this morning, the lady was saying how the cost of living in our society is going up rapidly because of the shortage of truckers to move merchandise. Businesses are trying to find ways to encourage more people to get into these businesses.

I know it is the same in your profession. Not many will make the sacrifice of time it takes for the education and experience to become skilled. It really is a worry.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 16:54:58 CET 2013 from (174.116.172.227)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria incidentally

Subject: Erosion of the work ethic

Norm: What you say regarding those jobs is reflective of what is going on in western society today. In general, young people don't want to work hard anymore where a combination of smarts and physical ability are requirements (like the work you do). What they want is an easy road with bankers hours. I have great concerns about this. Even in my area, some of the more difficult areas of health care are being abandoned in favour of easier routes to success. This whole societal issue requires attention like the attention we are giving to the environment and other important social issues. The work ethic is what made society what it is. To me it seems that it is being eroded slowly but progressively. Your thoughts?


Entered at Fri Feb 22 16:53:08 CET 2013 from (72.78.42.195)

Posted by:

PSB

Location: City of Brotherly Love
Web: My link

Subject: Borderline

Howdy, I thought some of you might be interested in my latest blog on the Borderline reissue.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 16:15:01 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Tronno

BEG: Though I went to Ryerson for four years, I didn't get to the Picadilly Tube until afterwards, and even then only once. I think it was to see A Foot in Cold Water (then in decline). I don't know who all I saw at the Gasworks, which wasn't my thing either. Certainly Streetheart, certainly the Hunt, and certainly Rhinegold - a terrific band led by Lawrence Gowan, who went on to considerable solo success with "Criminal Mind", Moonlight Desires" and others, then sang Little Richard songs with Ronnie Hawkins (e.g., Ronnie's 60th birthday show at Massey Hall), and was then recruited to front Styx. Wilcox I saw a couple times at the Groaning Board ca '75/'76 when was still wore a tophat and a Snidely Whiplash mustache.

Speaking of Toronto bars, I got together a couple weeks ago with an old friend, who I was supposed to go the the Le Coq D'Or with to see Levon with the Cate Brothers in '79, but bailed for whatever reason. I heard for the first time, here in 2013, that the show I missed happened to be Levon's birthday, and people were invited to come up and join the band onstage to sing "Up On Cripple Creek" - so the friend, who'd been introduced to Levon in the kitchen between sets, was offered somebody's guitar and did.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 16:00:37 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: The Dying Breeds

As I watched the news this morning, one interview with a lady who works in the statistics of our industries was showing the very real problems that are becoming more evident daily. People of my age, in the truckers industry & tow boats aging, with no one to take our place.

In this age of more technological industry, there are fewer young people who want to be truckers, or run tug boats. The average age of truckers and tug boat captains is far older than any other profession. "Who is gonna fill their shoes".

I guess we'll just have to bop 'till we drop.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 15:51:57 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Perfect Storm

From 1958-1959 a perfect storm occurred in the hemisphere of Rock 'n Roll. Elvis was drafted, Chuck Berry was arrested for violation of the Mann Act, Jerry Lee Lewis' career was derailed with the news that he'd married his cousion and Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & the Big Bopper died in a plane crash. As a result singers like Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Ricky Nelson, with clean-cut appearances, began ascending the charts. The more talented Mr. Nelson had already established his career through exposure on television.

Kevin: A friend of mine once played at a club where the opening act was the Chippendale male dancers. The incongruous pairing, however, proved benficial to my friend, as the large audience of women who remained for his performance were heated up, full of spirits and enthusiastic :-) Peter M: No need to apologize -- I've posted my fair share of inaccurate info. From time to time we all need a fact-checker, as well as spell-checker app.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 15:12:17 CET 2013 from (69.156.30.11)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Bill M...I also was at the Gasworks on Yonge Street. I remember seeing David Wilcox there. I also remember the....well....maybe not.....The Tube? by the Eaton Centre.....Anyway, it was the first bar I went into and coming from a small city by the infamous Grand River....I thought.....yup....big time, big time now. LOL

Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy K. Smith reads "Alternate Take: Levon Helm"

Tracy K. Smith's poignant appreciation of Levon Helm, the drummer for The Band who died this month. The poem ends with a description of a frustrating writer's block broken by Helms' music:

I've been beating my head all day long on the same six lines,
Snapped off and whittled to nothing like the nub of a pencil
Chewed up and smoothed over, yellow paint flecking my teeth.

And this whole time a hot wind's been swatting down my door,
Spat from his mouth and landing smack against my ear.
All day pounding the devil out of six lines and coming up dry

While he drives donuts through my mind's back woods with that
Dirt-road voice of his, kicking up gravel like a runaway Buick.
He asks Should I come in with that back beat, and whatever those

Six lines were bothered by skitters off like water in hot grease.
Come in, Levon, with your lips stretched tight and that pig-eyed grin,
Bass mallet socking it to the drum. Lay it down like you know

You know how, shoulders hiked nice and high, chin tipped back,
So the song has to climb its way out like a man from a mine.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 15:12:08 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

John D (and Rockin C): I was only partially pulling your leg. I know about Fabian, but not his songs - or if I do, I don't know they're his. I suspect I'm not missing much. Re his looks, I've seen the album cover with his face on it a lot over the years, but never really wanted to look like that. Like my peers, I did used to want to look like the guys in Jo Jo Gunne; unfortunately I drew the short "Curly Smith" straw.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 14:53:37 CET 2013 from (69.156.30.11)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Jan H...I'm sorry that you're going through a very difficult time. Your mother would have been proud of you for taking care of a site dedicated to five musicians who brought joy to us. Some of us have even met and are developing friendships....Life is all about connections, compassion and courage....courage. In my culture when someone passes....You are told to dig deep and find courage at this time.....

What will we touch there?
We'll touch the sky
But why the tears then?
I'll tell you why

It's all too beautiful
It's all too beautiful
It's all too beautiful
It's all too beautiful

I have this single as I've always loved Steve Mariott's voice ("I don't need no doctor" is also another fave.) and um....The song did resonate at the time. I never saw them live but did see Rod the Mod during "Atlantic Crossing" time.

KJ...I've read Shel Silverstein's poems to the kidzzzz. The writers of Why D'ya Do It".....Ultimate song about jealousy....STANNARD, TERRY / YORK STEPHEN, DAVID / REYNOLDS, BARRY (GB) / MAVETY, JOE / WILLIAMS, HEATHCOTE / FAITHFULL, MARIANNE. When I first saw one of Marianne's band with Louu's Fernando Saunders, Marc Ribot.....wow, wow, wow....Garth Hudson rock'n away.....and Lew Soloff!!...absolutely blew my mind.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 14:02:16 CET 2013 from (68.199.208.203)

Posted by:

Biily C.(Friend0

Subject: Rascals

original band. 15 shows on broadway. On sale.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 09:38:51 CET 2013 from (76.124.39.182)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Subject: Apologies, and some Faces stuff

First, for the apology, David P. you're right Johnne Sambataro is indeed from the USA. I wasn't solid enough when I mentioned South Africa, hence the sheepish "I believe" or "I think" in my post. Then, someone mentioned The Faces stuff. "Five Guys Walk Into a Bar" is a labor of love Mac put together, out of devotion to his mate Ronnie Lane and one of the most rollicking bands ever to play. Simultaneously tight and loose, they felt like they were going to rattle to bits and fall apart, yet they always held it together and had you laughing your ass off as they'd make it to the finish line. As he was compiling the brilliant "Five Guys", Mac kept holding out hope for the Holy Grail. Somewhere out there was a tape of "Ooh La La" featuring Ronnie Lane's vocals. I searched high and low, dealing with Italian bootleggers and Argentine ones looking for this misplaced gem. Alas, to no avail...


Entered at Fri Feb 22 06:26:38 CET 2013 from (198.144.116.150)

Posted by:

Sarah

Location: usa

Subject: my testimony

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Entered at Fri Feb 22 03:18:49 CET 2013 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Subject: Give that man a plugged nickel. : )

Bonk: you are correct about Fabian & the movie North to Alaska. Fourth billing I believe.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 02:55:15 CET 2013 from (24.108.1.255)

Posted by:

BONK

Subject: Fabian

Didn't Fabian have a part in North to Alaska?


Entered at Fri Feb 22 01:46:14 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Faces

John D, I agree. Love the Faces box set. There is a bootleg box set of live stuff that is also excellent. In their prime they were something live. After Ronnie Lane left, the heart and soul just went out of that band.


Entered at Fri Feb 22 01:39:14 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Carmine Rojas & Seinor' Bill "Young Punk" Munson

I have toll jouse guys before about Carmine....he played bass for Rod Stewart, and was music director for a long time. Resently he played with the "loaded" band with Joe Bonammasa.

Now we see what a punker Bill really is :):):), didn't know anything about Fabian??!...Hard to believe, or is he just yankin' some one's chain, John Donaby??


Entered at Fri Feb 22 01:12:00 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

….Rod’s bio…….I agree. He seems like a very happy person and somewhat surprisingly a very secure one. Example a funny story in the book where he decides against many of those around him to team up and tour with Jeff Beck…..everyone tells RS that Beck wouldn’t last more than 2 shows but RS informs us proudly that they were all wrong….Beck lasted 3 shows…….the kicker being that when he left good ol Jeff let it be known to everyone that he just couldn’t bring himself to “play for housewives any longer!” Rod recounts this for laughs with no bitterness…….


Entered at Fri Feb 22 00:50:00 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Rod's autobiography is entertaining. He has decided to own up to all sorts of stuff, like never having had a legitimate UK driving licence!


Entered at Thu Feb 21 23:08:49 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Fabian

Yes Bill, I believe it was before your time. He was part of the Philadelphia Teen sensations. Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell were two others. Fabian's other hits. Tiger and Hound Dog Man. Well you can say he "looked" good.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 22:50:05 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

John D: Yes, I remember several of you guys playing the great "Around the Plynth". Don't recall the Fabian thing at all; before my time, perhaps?


Entered at Thu Feb 21 22:22:46 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Faces

I highly recommend the box set called "Five Guys Walk Into A Bar."


Entered at Thu Feb 21 22:18:08 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Faces/Rod Stewart

I remember sitting in the CHUM-FM studios and playing "Around The Plynth" and listening to Ron Wood's slide guitar go from channel to channel. It just blew me away. Also from Rod Stewart's 5th Mercury album, Smiler, I really loved his cover of "Sweet Little Rock and Roller"; with the barking dog at the beginning of it. Oh have to say "Sweet Lady Mary' was a fav as well.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 22:10:03 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Bill M Turn Me Loose

Bill, I saw your headline, "Turn me Loose" and I thought for a minute it was going to be a post on Fabian.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 21:13:28 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: The Glorious Faces

Link to "My Fault"..........Thanks for the memory jog Bob F. No band ever took better rock n roll pictures.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 20:43:35 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Bill M : No….but I have fond memories of outdoor parties with the live version of Streetheart’s “Under My Thumb” blaring…..I have even fonder memories of being at the legendary Manor in Kingston same time period when Helix played to only me, two friends and the strippers that had just finished their shift at the same club ( burlesque till 8:00pm….rock n roll till 2:00am – what a formula it was!! )

Jan: Condolences to you and your family.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 19:54:43 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Turn Me Loose

sadavid: Thanks again. I was wondering why Deutscher's name seemed familiar, and then it struck me that an earlier text-only version of the guy's history had come up here some years ago. I don't remember why, but I do remember having fun with Steve (RIP), going over the subject of Deutscher's adventures in Steveland, which included a stint with the houseband at one of Steve's drinking holes. The Bards of Ayrescliff or something like that. I can tell you that Kenny Shields, Darryl Guthiel and Ken Sinnaeve went on to be the core of Streetheart, who you will no doubt recall, however fondly or unfondly. The other two guys in Streetheart, Paul Dean and Matt Frenette, went on to considerable global success with Loverboy.

Kevin J: Were you (too) so shallow as to attend performances as the Gasworks on Yonge? That's where I saw Streetheart the first time. I must admit to having seen them a second time as well, though I'm not sure exactly where (or why).


Entered at Thu Feb 21 18:00:06 CET 2013 from (131.137.247.6)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: Wascana the band

Bill M: see [My link] and follow the arrows . . . it's a site where one of the members documents his considerable history in music in Munsonesque detail . . . I recognized the name Kenny Shields from Wascana Mk IV, you may recognize others . . . .


Entered at Thu Feb 21 17:57:22 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Ooh La La

Ooh La La was such a great record. Not only Cindy Incidentally but it also had My Fault, If I'm on the Late Side, Glad and Sorry and the title song. Classic. If I remember correctly Rod Stewart thrashed the record in the music press before it even came out and that was the last straw for Ronnie Lane.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 17:34:42 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: little green bag of bones

sadavid: Thank you, my polymathic friend! I was leaning to Regina ("Rhymes with WHAT?"), but thought I must have been making it up - the whole idea of renaming "Pile of Bones" after the ancient queen!

Interesting about Wascana the band. Any idea of who exactly?


Entered at Thu Feb 21 17:18:28 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: The other South

Mr. Sambataro is from South Florida.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 16:47:11 CET 2013 from (131.137.247.6)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: Victoria's other secret

Bill M: Regina, SK, the city whose name you always have to repeat . . . . from _The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan_:

"The site was originally an area where CREE and Métis came to hunt buffalo. The Indians piled buffalo bones together in a belief that the buffalo would not leave an area that contained the bones of their kind. The Cree name for this special place was oskana kâ-asastêki “where the bones are piled”: the first settlement at the site was thus called “Pile O’ Bones.”"

The Canadian Pacific Railway really built the place & it was renamed in honour of Victoria Regina.

They shoulda called it Wascana -- the name survives in the creek and the lake they built by first diverting the creek then digging a big damn hole and a wee dam -- "Wascana" was, in the 70's, a terrific bar band that did kick-ass The Band covers . . . .


Entered at Thu Feb 21 15:58:38 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Peter M (no relation): Thanks for tying together yesterday's mentions of Cindy and Ian McLagen. I had no idea of all that post '80 Andean activity.

In 1970, when my father started bringing home CHUM's top-30 charts, we used to have fun running song titles together. The best pair I recall was the week that "Victoria" was followed on the chart by "Little Green Bag".

sadavid (or anyone else): I have a vague recollection that the name, or maybe the original name, of some Prairie city is/was Cree (or some other First Nations language) for 'bag of bones'. Do you know more?


Entered at Thu Feb 21 15:58:18 CET 2013 from (68.199.208.203)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Pete M, i had no idea Johnnie Sambataro was from South Africa. As a result of being one of those Criterion studio guys down in florida, (to my knowledge) he first appeared on the national scene on McGuinn, Clark, and Hillman's first or second album, and also eventually toured with em. Same for The drummer, i think his name was scott fitzpatrick. Sambataro was a replacement for Rick Roberts in the reincarnated Firefall, and honestly, who is going to match rick's voice for those songs? It's not happening. i saw the act in a now defunct club named mississippi nights, in st louis, in early 1983. Gabriel Katonah, from Richie Furay's solo band, was on keys and maybe sax. i talked to Sambataro after the show, did not pick up any kind of foreign accent, but hey, does't mean nothing,


Entered at Thu Feb 21 12:58:13 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Canada

Subject: Mac, Rod and other visages

"So don't be late, don't hesitate

This dream can pass just as fast as lighting

Cindy, incidentally, baby I ain't putting you on

"


Entered at Thu Feb 21 12:20:41 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria incidentally

Subject: The Queen city

Oh...The Empire....

"Canada to India

Australia to Cornwall

Singapore to Hong Kong

From the West to the East

From the rich to the poor

Victoria loved them all

Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, 'toria

Victoria, Victoria, Victoria

"


Entered at Thu Feb 21 09:27:33 CET 2013 from (76.124.39.182)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Subject: by the way...

The bass line that Mark Andes rolled out in Mac's 2008 version of "Cindy Incidentally" would have made Plonk very proud. All I know is that Ian was very happy with it, as was I ("were I?").


Entered at Thu Feb 21 09:23:39 CET 2013 from (76.124.39.182)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: near water

Subject: Hey, Bill

I saw Jo Jo Gunne open for Dave Mason in Oklahoma City in '73. Had no idea I'd get to be good friends with Mark Andes much later in the "ought years". Helluva nice guy. Currently, in Dave Mason's band is another guy from Firefall, Johnne Sambataro, a South African guy, I believe, worked with Meatloaf, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Dion, Andy Gibb, E.C., Stephen Stills, The Byrds and on & on. A powerhouse on guitar.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 08:43:30 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter v

It may be Victoria intermittently but if so, surely that's Victoria's Secret.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 06:52:37 CET 2013 from (68.199.208.210)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Subject: like wiring problems in a car

Calvin, i'm GENERALLY with you on that one member and a few guys thing......Poco 's new lineup, i haven't yet seen em. I'm almost afraid to. Rusty never was a great singer, and he;s the only original left. And hell, Paul cotton was essential and in the band longer than any of the original membewres besides Rusty, and he;s gone. they do have a new disc out, All Fired Up ( it took ages to complete. maybe that's a good sign, maybe not), i've not yet ordered it, but probably will...curiousity , hopeful thinking, and loyalty.

One thing, rusty nees to play pedal steel, not always, but on the songs that have signature steel sounds on em, he needs to.....they had their first show since the new disc is out, in nashville, and i believe they added Kevin Blech, or Belch, for the show, on guitar and backups. him on guitar, frees rusty up for pedal steel.. Kevin is the guy from Southern Culture on the Skids and has a solo career too...

Pure Prairie League, Craig Fuller no longer TOURS with em...

intermittent and intrmittently are both a good whole or partial description for many women, and all Geminis, be they male or female.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 06:11:44 CET 2013 from (66.229.42.61)

Posted by:

Stu & Marcia

Jan, Please accept our sincere condolences.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 03:59:32 CET 2013 from (96.30.173.135)

Posted by:

joe j

Web: My link

Aye, I've been listening to Bellowhead for a while. Not sure they're going to catch on with the GB crowd but I've linked another vid.

I'm on week four of my enforced bachelorhood while the missus cavorts in tropical climes. Thank God for the neighbours. Thanks for the bread, the scallops and the Tuckamore Dew.


Entered at Thu Feb 21 03:22:02 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria as often as possible

Subject: That is funny!

Toronto and Victoria as often as possible.... . Incidentally, I don't know coincidentally.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 22:32:24 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

JT: I've been reluctant to ask personal stuff here, but is Victoria Intermittently any relation to Cindy Incidentally?


Entered at Wed Feb 20 22:25:45 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Cascades Flying

Bill M: I have read that there is no booklet (and presumably no liner notes) with that album/cd. I don't have it myself.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 21:44:10 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: stuck in the middle of the record collection with yous

Speaking of Mark Andes, I recently, and finally, picked up the first JoJo Gunne LP. Cover edges worn through, but what can you expect for two bits?

JT: Were there any liner notes to expand on the info on the Cascades' recording of FOTGIW? (And please do not read that acronym as a word.) Randy Bachman was close enough to Neil Young to be named in the Thanks section of the second Springfield LP, so it was natural that the Guess Who would be among the first out of the box with a cover of that song. They recorded theirs in London - where they were on a typical aborted 'tour' founded on mumbles some call promises; the UK release is one of the toughest GW records to find, and is sought after for the fact that the b-side is (or was) otherwise unavailable.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 19:47:30 CET 2013 from (76.124.39.182)

Posted by:

Peter M.

In the mid to late 2000's Mark Andes has played bass in Ian McLagen's Bump Band. I think he left them a couple of years ago.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 19:31:13 CET 2013 from (174.116.172.227)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Cascades

Bill M: Always Like the Neil Young song:

The Cascades: Hits and Rarities: Valiant 2001: Tracklist: 01 - Rhythm Of The Rain 02 - Let It Be Me 03 - There's A Reason 04 - Second Chance 05 - The Last Leaf 06 - Shy Girl 07 - My First Day Alone 08 - I Wanna Be Your Lover 09 - Dreamin' 10 - Angel On My Shoulder 11 - Lucky Guy 12 - Was I Dreamin' 13 - Punch And Judy 14 - Jeannie 15 - For Your Sweet Love 16 - Little Bitty Falling Star 17 - Those Were The Good Old Days 18 - A Little Like Lovin' 19 - Cinderella 20 - Cherryl's Goin' Home 21 - Truly Julie's Blues 22 - Main Street 23 - Flying On The Ground


Entered at Wed Feb 20 19:26:03 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Jan

My condolences.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 19:22:19 CET 2013 from (131.137.247.6)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: the godmother of Rock & Roll

Another good one from American Masters, this Friday on PBS: Sister Rosetta Tharpe . . . .


Entered at Wed Feb 20 19:20:46 CET 2013 from (98.15.190.173)

Posted by:

Lars

Subject: condolences

Jan, sorry to hear about your loss.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 17:57:16 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

My condolences Jan.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 17:07:43 CET 2013 from (72.196.147.161)

Posted by:

Calvin

My Condolences Jan.

Lot of stories about folks hording supposedly not available music. There was a rumor in Gene Clark Fandom World for years about an unreleased album he recorded, that was pressed and packaged but never released. Supposedly when the studio closed a janitor took a carton of the only copies.

Ive been strolling through my vinyl lately-revisting what I was buy 30+ years ago. (Yeah, Im a pack rat) Not sure if Id buy Randy Meisner's solo album from 1980, some of the mid 70s Jesse Winchester albums, Stealers Wheels or Killough & Eckley today. But it is some pleasant listening.

Friend of mind was flying the other day and found himself sharing space with Jock Bartley and what passes for Firefall these days. I know it shouldnt bother me but Ive never liked it when 1 guy from a band persists on still keeping the brand alive with the 3-4 other participants of the brand have long left the band.

Not that Bartley didnt contribute more than say Michael Clarke (Has there ever been anyone who has so many footprints across RocknRoll without have any real talent) and Mark Andes (Spirit before Firefall, Heart afterwards), but seriously-no other original member has been in the band since around 1980-and considering the bands pedigree they sort of were lame anyway.

That said Id probably go see a Rick Roberts and 4 young kids pretending to be Firefall, because I always kind of liked Rick Roberts.

OK, Done rambling.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 16:44:07 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Speaking of record collections, last night I pulled out a little stash of 'puzzling' 45s for the first time in years. Stuff I picked up decades ago and have hung onto because of possible vague connection to something / somebody I cared about. Now there's the internet to help me out. Turns out that my Cascades cover of "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong", which was arranged by Jack Nitzsche, is the Cascades vocal group (of "Rhythm Of The Falling Rain" fame) singing over pre-recorded tracks that Neil Young and Nitzsche had brought into the studio. So something I'll likely keep. Any my Roy C 45 on Uptown is by a journeyman soul singer from the US south; why Robert J Stone, a Toronto records guy, was involved somehow in the production, remains a mystery. Another single in the bunch, though not a mystery, was a 1966 Brian Ahern - Tom Wilson coproduction on MGM - an Ahern composition, "The Snow Song" by the Willows, a Toronto 'girl group', one of whose members would have been married to Red Shea at the time, I believe. The one's not on YouTube, but one of their others is - having been discovered by the Northern Soul crowd in the UK.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 16:37:05 CET 2013 from (64.229.145.252)

Posted by:

Mike Nomad

My condolences to Jan.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 16:32:24 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: New York Girls

I've been raving about Bellowhead recently. A particularly fine example is from "Later With Jools Holland" (linked). See if you can keep your feet still to their radical rearrangement of an old sea shanty. Listen to the words especially.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 16:22:47 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Butchers

That sounds like the origin of the story. A local record shop bought in the complete collection of an EMI director about ten years ago. He'd had something to do with licensing, and had versions of Beatles LPs from all over the world, all unplayed. These things do still turn up. I picked up one of the leftovers from that … a Japanese instrumental version of the Sergeant Pepper album on Hammond! It was only about £3, but unplayed/. I got it for the sleeve … a Sgt Pepper pastiche.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 16:15:24 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Butcher Cover

Peter: I understand your point about how limiting the supply effects the market price. However, authentification that they are truly sealed original copies is an important issue. Perhaps the most authentic copies came from the private stash of Alan Livingston, the president of Capitol Records in the '60s, who took home a box of the albums at the time of the recall. The box, which reportedly contained 4 stereo copies and about 20 mono copies, remained stored under ideal conditions for around 20 years, until he gave them to his son. The son, Peter, with his father's blessing, gradually sold most of them to collectors before he died. At one point he even produced a notarized letter of authenticity from his father. Since then many of those copies have been re-sold at astonishing increases in price.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 15:37:19 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Very sorry to hear Jan's sad news. Condolences.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 06:19:26 CET 2013 from (99.141.53.226)

Posted by:

Adam

Forgot to comment on the Fitzgerald's show, Pat. I didn't make it but did enjoy the webcast. You did a great job on keyboards, and it was a fun show.

It did remind me of your comment once that keyboard players often get overlooked by the camera, if simply due to their bulky equipment and setup. It was cool when you came out front on the accordion.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 03:24:44 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: A sad time

We have become something of a family here as we share our most precious possessions - our thoughts and ideas. It is a sad time when any one of us suffer such a loss. Jan: Remember and cherish the good times.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 02:25:13 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Jan

My condolences go out to Jan at this time. A Mothers love.


Entered at Wed Feb 20 00:48:07 CET 2013 from (24.105.216.125)

Posted by:

Lil

Was so saddened to hear the news Jan. Stay strong. Thinking of you.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 23:48:59 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

David, yes, the point was that someone had a stock of original unpasted and sealed Yesrerday & Today butcher's covers, but that if all were released tomorrow, the value would plummet, so they have been drip-fed into the market for years. As I said, it could be urban myth, but if you found fifty, a hundred or more, it would make sense to drip-feed them. It's known 750,000 were pressed and printed and recalled. The idea of the odd carton or two going astray is feasible. Certainly when they mispressed the Please Please Me 50th anniversary single last year with the "wrong drummer" and Ringo had it recalled, few dealers returned their copies, but claimed they'd already sold them, and prices rocketed.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 23:25:41 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Just tried YouTube for my very favourite cover of a Dylan song, LARS by Rotary Connection. Can't find. Best heard as it was played on FM radio back in the day, right after RC's version of "Lady Jane". I see they also covered "The Weight" (linked) - though not nearly as effectively.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 23:17:22 CET 2013 from (101.164.0.90)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: Deepest condolences to Jan.

Thinking of you in these times.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 22:55:37 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: covers....COVERS!!

Gadw Damn Jerry, what about Lightfoot, Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues??..........and your right there are so many more.

I spent the weekend enjoying the life and songs of John Prine. I wrote a post yesterday, and I guess it went some where into cyberspace.....I don't know

This relates also to song writing. To begin with I had these thoughts, that I've carried around for a long time. More and more resently there is this dislike, and I suppose in those middle east countries the hatred of the USA. I guess in some cases attitude of some confirm this.

I don't know, you can find people you dislike don't matter where you go. What I'm coming to is my admiration of John Prine. His singing, his song writing, and the quiet humble person he is with a great sense of humor.

John's songs are not protest, judgement or anything but observations of things around us as they unfold. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny. He spent his years in the service during the Vietnam war, (although I think most his time was in Germany.) Still he was right there to know what went on, and so.......in his words, he was a mailman for 6 years. "After you got to know the route , you just walk around 8 hours a day sticking letters in slots without really thinking about it. Sort of being in a library all day with no books. So I started writing songs in my head. I remember very well the day I wrote this, I could hardly wait to get home to my guitar and see if it would work."

Sam Stone..came home......to his wife and family,

After serving in the conflict over seas.......one of the saddest songs I know. Considering that, I've often wondered about the Russian soldiers who spent all that futile time in Afganistan. How did a lot of them handle coming home? There is no Bob Dylan or John Prine over there.

The humor of Spanish Pipe Dream........

She was a level headed dancer, on the road to alcohol,

I was just a soldier, on my way to Montreal.

She threw her arms around me, 'bout the time the jukebox broke.

She gave me a peck on the back of the neck,

These are the words she spoke.

Blow up yer TV, throw away yer papers,

Go to the country, build you a home.

My all time favourite.......verse......

When he introduces this song, he says, "I realize they needed the coal, but I sure do miss that old town.

Then the coal company came with the world's biggest shovel,

And they tortured the timber, and stripped all the land.

They dug for the coal 'till the land was forsaken,

Then they wrote it all down to the progress of man.

For some reason that song some how reminds me of the BAND.

Can you imagine, Richard, Rick, & Levon laying back on a cool river bank in Paradise singing something meaningful also.

John Prine is just to me the kind of real American guy that you like to think of them as.

The song I have put up, is Steve Goodman, I'm sure David Powell will like it. John Prine collaberated with Steve to write it, but refused to take any credit....so Steve bought him a jukebox.

The importance of John Prine songs is confirmed to me, when one night while he was performing, Bob Dylan snuck in to play harp behind him.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 22:26:09 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Beatles Butcher Cover

Peter: As a record store owner once explained to me, the "butcher cover" rarity issue is tricky. A limited number of copies of "Yesterday and Today" with the butcher cover were sent out before Capitol ordered it recalled. Some copies were returned and the covers destoyed. At some of Capitol's record plants they merely pasted the substitute "steamer trunk" cover over the butcher cover of tens of thousands copies on hand. Some buyers soon discovered this and tried to remove the pasted-on cover. So you could possibly have a very limited number of still sealed copies of the true original butcher cover version. There could also be even more sealed copies out there featuring the steamer cover with the butcher cover underneath. Look for a steamer trunk cover that wasn't pasted on neatly and appears crooked. However, there could be copies of the butcher cover where the steamer trunk cover has been peeled or steamed off and then re-sealed. Look for evidence of glue lines around the edges of the cover.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 22:09:35 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Dylan Covers

Not to have Band covers of Dylan songs is absurd. Someone did NOT do their homework. There are some great covers of Dylan songs (too numerous to mention). Just a few.... Mary Lee's Corvette (Tangled Up In Blue), Jason and the Scorchers (Absolutely Sweet Marie), Most Byrds covers... The interpretations in jazz format by Jewels and Binoculars of Dylan are worth a listen for unusual interpretations of Dylan songs. Barb Jungr does a great job with Dylan material. The list goes on and on. There is a great site on line that documents all of this and for Dylan fans, it is a great resource.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 22:01:25 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Sleeves and LPs

At Ditch Records in Victoria (a great record store), the vinyl records are on display on display shelves (newer releases) and in 'bins' alphabetically (like the css). While the css are 'pulled; and behind the counter filed to be pulled on purchase after the purchaser brings up the empty box, the vinyl is within the sleeve intact and sealed. I'm not sure if they are shipped that way or sealed and then put out for viewing. My recollection from past experience is that often the vinyl was shipped unsealed and then sealed at the local vendor. So when I buy a vinyl record, it is sealed. (unlike what you describe, Peter).


Entered at Tue Feb 19 21:57:14 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F

Subject: Special Edition Bob Dylan Issue

Rolling Stone just released a Bob Dylan Special Edition issue. It's a fun read of top 100 Dylan songs, all his Rolling Stone interviews...They have a list of the best Dylan covers. Guess what? No Band covers listed. No I Shall be Released. No Masterpiece or Blind Willie McTell. Crazy.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 21:30:51 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Standing on Shakey Ground

Bill M: The cantankerous Mr. Young is no stranger to contradiction. Years ago he allowed access for Jimmy McDonough to write an "authorized" biography. As it ("Shakey") neared publication, he changed his mind and filed a lawsuit resulting in a lengthy delay before it was eventually published. Mr. Young later commented:

"I think Jimmy McDonough is a great writer and that's why I asked him to do it. I didn't want some watered-down flowery version of who I amm -- that's nothing bu a self-serving piece of s**t. But rather than let anything happen officially, I should have just let people do whatever they wanted to do. That was a mistake, but I'll live with it. I fought it coming out because I wanted it delayed until after my daughter turned 18, and I managed to delay it for a couple of years, so I did OK.'"


Entered at Tue Feb 19 21:04:27 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Sealed copies

Thanks for reminding me of that, David. In the UK, there were never "sealed copies" from new as the standard practice with LPs as with CDs later was to put the sleeves in racks, but the records were always behind the counter and placed in the sleeves on purchase.

Someone was telling me about Beatles"Butcher sleeves". apparently one dealer has a large stock of mint, sealed ones, but is aware that rarity drives the value, so they are filtered out slowly one at a time. but I was assured (and it might be urban myth) that there are hundreds, if not thousands of them in one set of hands.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 21:01:19 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Time Line

Placing Levon's "we're doing good" remark in perspective, the first album by the re-formed Band, "Jericho", following their aborted deal with Sony, had been released around the time of the 1993 interview with Ms. Gross.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 20:57:38 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

For many years you would have found maybe a dozen sealed copies among my LPs, all bought in the 70s with one of two thoughts in mind - either I'd need a spare in later decades when my original had been played to death (e.g., "Moondance", "Shazam", "Aardvark", Brahman, Great White Cane, Lucifer, Simon Caine, "Dr Sardonicus") or because someone wanting to reissue it would need a sealed copy. While the arrival of the CD made the former superfluous, a couple of the latter have come in handy.

JT: Hadn't thought of 'trajectory' being a dramatic word, but I guess it is - as befits the Band and their body of work.

Pat B: Adult, yes. I couldn't help but wonder if Neil Young was thinking of Stephen Davis when he cautioned against using co-writers in his "Waging Heavy Peace".


Entered at Tue Feb 19 20:28:30 CET 2013 from (108.90.18.26)

Posted by:

Pat B

And Kevin J, thanks for the kind words.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 20:27:01 CET 2013 from (108.90.18.26)

Posted by:

Pat B

Kevin J, that interview is certainly an adult portion.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 20:07:30 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Time

When I did all my collecting in the 70's and 80's I never thought about selling. I just love Dylan's music so much and I'm lucky to be married to a woman who also is a total Dylan fan. By the time our first child was born we knew we had more important things to spend our money on. I recently sold my Dylan vinyl to a life long friend for about 75% of what I had payed for everything. I think my friend was being very generous. The cool thing is my daugther is recording her first full length cd and we're using that money to help finance the project. So I feel real good about how the whole collecting thing worked out in the end.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 19:46:00 CET 2013 from (108.192.65.221)

Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT-USA

Subject: Words and Music

Kevin J, Not actually in Mongolia as you may have suspected, but I am growing weary of seeing the same faces in our Gov't from the top on down…both parties…same problems…same arguments…and no signs that things will improve any time in the near future for "we the people". The past 5 years have been a long hard slog. Will definitely be on the anti-incumbent wagon next time around….we need new faces…..time for the elected millionaires to retire……but on to more important things. :-)

One important distinction to me between what Dylan was doing, in his pre-Hawks associated era, and what The Band ended up doing, was in the way that the music integrated with the lyrics/vocals to become a cohesive composition. As much as I love Dylan, (and I place him as one of the greatest songwriters ever), much of his work around that same era, often seemed to be lyrics placed on top of a backing. He didn't always seem as concerned with the music as with the lyric, and this is an area where I think The Band bettered him. I do think that this is an area that ultimately he improved upon, as a result of the boys influence on him, and you could hear the shift in his music starting around the time of Blonde on Blonde, where there seems to be more of a effort on the composition of the music weaving with the lyric in a more meaningful way. Perhaps that speaks to the power of collaboration vs. singer songwriter with backing musicians.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 19:31:37 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

………Dig this most fascinating NPR interview with Levon Helm which I just found while looking for a specific reference to a Dylan influence……What is interesting is that it is “post book” and he mentions Robbie’s name and even admits Robbie did “most of the writing”……sad that the relationship part of this story did not end there………

HELM: Well, you know, by the time we got our record recorded, we had learned a whole lot more than we had ever known before about our, you know, the way we sounded and the different combinations we could use by changing instruments around.

So we didn't want to go on the road. We wanted to continue to record and try and refine some of our formulas, you know, to help us do better music. And we thought the closer we stuck with it, now that we had learned the fundamentals of playing music in a recording studio, we didn't want to go back to playing live and forget what we had learned, and we wanted to kind of keep honing that particular style of chops.

It's different playing in a studio than it is playing live, of course. So we had managed to develop some studio chops, and we didn't want to back away from it that quick.

GROSS: When did things start going bad for The Band, within The Band, dissention and things like that? I mean, for example, you write in the book about how really annoyed you were when you'd see on records that Robbie Robertson had all the songwriting, or most of the songwriting credits.

HELM: Well, that was a bit of a distraction. I didn't think it was quite fair - not that Robbie didn't do a lot of the songwriting, most of it, in some spots. But at the same time, Richard did some good work, and I always thought that Garth and Rick and myself was there all the way, no matter whose idea the song was or if it was halfway there, or - you know, it was finished, most of our stuff then got finished under that workshop kind of circumstance.

And that was just one of the things that came up that kind of created a little bit of tension in the group. I could see it, you know, hampering our collaboration, and it, you know, started bothering the spirit of it.

GROSS: Robbie Robertson, in I guess it was '76, decided he wanted to leave The Band, and that The Band should break up and have this big finale concert and go out with a real bang. You didn't want The Band to break up, so you tried to resist that. But I guess you weren't able to.

HELM: Well, I wasn't. By then, maybe "The Last Waltz" started back, you know, during some of the disenchantment that I felt when the songs didn't reflect what I thought was the true spirit of things. So by the time "The Last Waltz" came up, it was no secret our collaboration and - I felt - that the quality of our music had suffered.

I didn't hear us getting better. I heard us, you know, doing albums with old songs that we liked, as opposed to getting in and really trying to grow a fresh crop of songs. And so I certainly didn't want to end The Band. "The Last Waltz," you know, didn't set right with me. But, you know, there comes a time when we all want to move on, and that's what we did.

GROSS: Do you think you ever reconciled with Robbie Robertson?

HELM: Well, at this point, there's not a lot of reconciliation that has to be done. You know, that was the way I felt at the time, and it's this much later now, and we're doing good. And Robbie's doing good with his solo career. So it probably all worked out for the best.

BIANCULLI: Drummer and singing Levon Helm, speaking with Terry Gross in 1993. He died yesterday at the age of 71. We'll hear Terry's interview with him from 2007 after a break. This is FRESH AIR.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 19:14:12 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Stir It Up

Kevin: Let's see, there's my standard Island LP copy of "Catch A Fire" and there's the 200-g Mobile Fidelity reissue currently fetching a price of a couple hundred dollars on the market :-) Unlike a lot of collectors, I buy music to listen to & enjoy, not as an investment to be sold at some point on E-bay. You'll find no sealed copies that have never been played.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 19:12:46 CET 2013 from (108.90.18.26)

Posted by:

Pat B

The Hawks became The Band in Big Pink in the summer of 1967. They left behind the barrooms and crossed into the mystic with Dylan as a co-conspirator.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 19:07:32 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: not Mongolia

Subject: Trajectory

A trajectory sounds so dramatic...I would see a slow evolution of sorts with maintenance of the basics shown in the early 60s but not with a break from that more basic approach (R&B, Blues, ballads).


Entered at Tue Feb 19 18:57:07 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: An Idea......

I will need financing for this eventual escape to Mongolia so I would ask JT, BF, PV and DP to adjust their Wills now to provide for this…..imagine the reading of the wills and the explanation by the Executor……”Well look, little Biff and Betty never seemed that enthusiastic about the 145 copies of Music from Big Pink while they were alive……so Gramps has left it all to this GB star called DVD BOX……Oh, he IS leaving you one each of ‘Catch a Fire” and “Never Mind the Bollocks”……..Cheer up….they are in Mint condition!”


Entered at Tue Feb 19 18:55:25 CET 2013 from (68.171.231.81)

Posted by:

Bill M

I see no grounds for asserting that a trajectory from "Uh Uh Uh" and ""Leave Me Alone" to "He Don't Love You", "The Stones I Throw" and "Go Go Liza Jane" would lead on to early Led Zep. TSIT already displayed the Band's majestic side, and GGLJ the guy's penchant for tossing around vocals. Sure Dylan affected them, as did they him. BoB to HWH - thinkable without the basement? Plus, with Stones doing well they may have gone that way anyway.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 18:51:11 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: JT collection

I son't know if they would be interested, but it seems like a Donation to the R&R Hall of fame would be a good destination


Entered at Tue Feb 19 18:39:08 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

One solution, and this was a local store four or five years ago, was a guy rented a store space and spent two years selling it! He enjoyed chatting to fellow music fans.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 18:36:33 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

JT, in every issue, "Record Collector" interviews someone with a spectacular collection and always asks the question "What will happen to it when you're gone?" For example, I paid £10 for the Zoot Money LP today. It's valued £150 mint. This was at least excellent, so could fetch £100. I use plastic sleeves and slip a piece of paper in with "Mint £150. This one £70 to £100" so my kids know when someone arrives and says "Phew. No call for black and gold Please Please Me albums nowadays. I'll give you £50 for the lot." Because that's what happens. It's how dealers get their stock.

You could donate it to a music school … I thought about the Paul McCartney-sponsored one. Trouble is, colleges and museums don't like taking stuff without a donation to cover cataloguing costs, which they won't have budgeted for. I have given this one thought. I can't see any of my kids wanting to spend hours and days putting it all on eBay … it would be worth their while!


Entered at Tue Feb 19 18:35:26 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Influence

Todd: In addition to those stories & tall tales, many set in the American South, no doubt Robbie was influenced by the writings of Steinbeck, Faulkner and others. He was also a film aficionado, not only viewing classic movies, but reading the film scripts themselves, which could be purchased in NYC bookstores. Like Dylan's songwriting, these other influences led to finding a perspective to weave stories, incidents & anecdotes into timeless music.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 18:35:08 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Todd…..Great to see you back......and a smart move to get to Escape-Ville early. Keep an eye out for Dylan as no doubt the never-ending tour will be coming to a venue near you soon!


Entered at Tue Feb 19 17:41:48 CET 2013 from (174.252.48.64)

Posted by:

Todd

Location: Mongolia

Subject: Influence

I think that time spent with Dylan helped to raise awareness of what the possibilities were, as well as having the opportunity to work on songs in an organic situation.

But I also feel that the time spent riding around the country together in a Cadillac, swapping stories and tall tales was an even bigger factor when it came to content and subject matter for the songwriting. That combined with the ability to seemingly play effortlessly as a result of many many hours of rehearsal and live gigs under Ronnie Hawkins, gave them the ability to create music that seemed to come from their very core.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 17:13:01 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Collecting: changing topics again

Collecting what you love and admire is an interesting phenomenon. I have searched for music for 5 decades and have a substantial number of 'mint' (never played) discs of various types and of a small number of artists. I have never had any intention of selling or profiting in any way (if that were possible) from this collection. I have no interest in doing it and my most precious commodity, time, is of the essence. In the past few years, as time passes, I have started to wonder what will become of this collection. I value it but what is its value to others? My kids 'get it' but their interests are different. I'd be interested in the views of others on this ( a sensitive topic, I'm sure). Surely others have considered this as they have arrived at the sixth decade of life. Museums? Universities?


Entered at Tue Feb 19 17:05:52 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: From the Brill Building to Big Pink

In the span of about six years Robbie Robertson, through a work/study program of self-education, earned his degree in songwriting. With Ronnie Hawkins he visited the hallowed halls of the Brill Building, where teams of songwriters crafted hits in little rooms. Later he gained firsthand knowledge of Dylan's approach to songwriting, one that was in the fore front changing the course of pop music away from Brill Building songwriters. Robbie prepared for his graduate thesis in the craft under the tutelage of Dylan in the basement of Big Pink. Over the years, in various interviews, he has down played the importance of Dylan's influence, but it's hard to ignore the evidence to the contrary.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 16:50:35 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Creativity

I can see how creativity would be directly proportional with time off in an eden-like environment. We are the beneficiaries of that wisdom. Thanks for pointing that out.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 16:40:33 CET 2013 from (69.121.106.201)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Love For Levon will be available for sale march 19th, cd, dvd, blu ray, etc

Also will be on PBS during the next fund drive


Entered at Tue Feb 19 16:27:26 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.204)

Posted by:

Kevin J

I believe the Dylan influence to be much less romantic than it has been made out to be in the sense that the real benefit - in my view - was simply Dylan and management put 5 guys who had never really had any time off on paid leave. They had time to create without worrying about making money.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 16:07:44 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

The four Hawks pre-Dylan songs aren't bad … He Don't Love You suggested a More Spencer Davis Group direction maybe. If they hadn't met Dylan they would still have met the music scene of 1966-67 … in fact, meeting Dylan kept them out of it to a degree. I'm sure Dylan was a huge influence on Robbie's writing, and perhaps released his literary talent fully.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 15:36:04 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: 'Dylanless' Hawks

Good Point! The direction clearly would have been different, along the lines of British or US R&B (Ten Years After, Cream, early LZep, Doors etc) and we would never have had 'The Weight' or 'Dixie Down' . But maybe 'Rag, Mama Rag'. Dylan got Robbie thinking!


Entered at Tue Feb 19 15:24:05 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Songwriting

JT, as songwriters do you think they would have still ended up writing things as perfect as The Weight or King Harvest without the time spent with Dylan?


Entered at Tue Feb 19 15:17:44 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Joe Brown

Talking of Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks. Joe Brown is interviewed in the new Record Collector and mentions that he played with Ronnie & Levon. He also says the last record he bought was "Dirt farmer" and if he were on "Mastermind" the special subject he would choose to be questioned on is "The Band."

On the same era as Levon & The Hawks, I found a very good LP copy of "It Should've Been Me" by Zoot Money's Big Roll Band whose live recordings compare favourably to what scraps of amateur recordings of the live Hawks we have.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 15:06:45 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Back to Levon and the Hawks

I got nostalgic for some 1960s Levon and the Hawks (haven't listened to that material for a long time) and so I listened to 'Crang Plaza'. In retrospect, its not hard to see a) why they were on their way b) why they would have eventually succeeded if they hung in there without Mr. D c) how they distinguished themselves even then from the other bar bands (they had this down to an art). I may be slightly biased, having been there to hear these boys live in 1964 at other venues, but they were destined for wider exposure and possibly stardom on their own. As Ronnie said in 1976, at TLW, 'Big time Robbie, big time' or something to that effect. Levon could have said that easily in 1964.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 12:06:34 CET 2013 from (76.124.39.182)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Subject: records

Some on my turntable, some on my wall (a few in frames)...


Entered at Tue Feb 19 11:29:33 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: I Sit & Watch As Records Go By

I don’t think the keenest collectors do pay vast sums for records. The joy is gradually finding them, not splashing out a fortune on eBay or auctions. Auctions do end in insane prices. Do you remember that “American Son” CD that went for $340 on eBay a few years ago? Of course it’s not “worth” that. With secondhand dealers, no one can be expert in everything. You’ll find the punk specialist who has a 50p or £1 box at the end of his stall with a few psych or soul gems in because he doesn’t know those areas. Similarly, reggae is very difficult for non-specialists to rate or value, and a lot of early singles are valuable.

Decca Marianne Faithful LPs (full price issues, not budget) are a good investment if you see them cheaply. Love in A Mist is valued at £100. Most others are worth £40 to £65 mint. Later, Broken English is valued at £12. I have most of the Decca singles, though not Sister Morphine which was withdrawn, so worth £55. I really like Decca era (60s) Marianne Faithful. If you’ve gone off Marianne, do try “Down From Dover” a wonderful performance. (LINKED)

Patti Smith is much less valuable, though Horses is rated at £25 (in the correct version). Singles are £5 to £15, depending on the version / sleeve. I’d guess they’ll go up.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 09:56:33 CET 2013 from (122.59.251.42)

Posted by:

Rod

Subject: vinyl

I recently bought the Life Is A Carnival single for $5. I don't actually have a turn table anymore but I thought it would be a nice thing to have.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 01:26:31 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Broken English

Kevin, yeah it was the Broken English record that started the Marianne Faithful collecting for me. I loved that record. Before that I only paid attention to her as part of the Rolling Stones circle. However, her early albums turned out to be really great. I haven't liked anything she's done in years.

Peter V, would you agree that auctions can be misleading? Sometimes someone may need one piece to complete a collection and will happily play a ridiculous price. Talking about punks, do you see a lot of demand for Patti Smith in your shops? I have a ton of early Patti Smith vinyl.


Entered at Tue Feb 19 00:37:43 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.204)

Posted by:

Kevin J

The point yes...but the next step is listening is it not? I don't collect and never have but I fully understand and can see you or David spending a couple hundred dollars to find that mint record and then going home and playing it/enjoying it.......most of what you collect I would think is also brought to some life on your very good systems.......as much as I liked the energy of punk and how it cleaned out the fat & grotesque of late 70's rock......I can not think of a single punk record that would sound much better in mint vs "rough" condition.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 23:51:08 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Mint punk

That's the point, Kevin. Mint / near mint punk and reggae is extremely rare. This drives up the value. Most of the stuff around is in awful condition. BUT "mint" still exists. One dealer at record fairs has boxes of just post-punk Demon and F-Beat singles at £1 each, ten or more of each title, unplayed, because they were never sold in the first place. They were from a warehouse or distributor where they have languished for about thirty years. Stuff like that is highly desirable to collectors. His price is low because he has lots of it, so no rarity. But odd mint or near mint singles turn up. One shop had mint Beatles singles, all apparently unplayed, one of each. They came from a guy who worked for EMI, loathed The Beatles but put away one of each for posterity.

Punk, reggae and metal all tended to get rougher treatment.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 23:47:19 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.204)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Bob F: There was a time - a brief one - when having 100 Marianne Faithful's would have been fun........forgive me but reading the GB too quickly can be dangerous........anyhow....100 vinyls is out of mind crazy but that album of hers with the great Shel Silverstein song on it was outstanding.........how innocent those times were as listening to that dirty song she had on that album ( the last song on the lp I believe ) gave a bunch of us some kind of thrills at the time.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 23:28:24 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.204)

Posted by:

Kevin J

.....there is something just so wrong and perverse with finding mint condition punk vinyl - is there not? Though I guess anyone who would care would also be silly enough to make the purchase in the first place...."Hey Biff....look here a copy of "Bodies" without a scratch on it!" Yikes.

Landmark: Good to see you here..........in town F1 race weekend but that is always a bit mad........should be in Mtl for a week or so later in the summer.......I'll let you know.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 23:16:29 CET 2013 from (101.164.0.90)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: vinyl

I'm really a child of the CD era: I had some vinyl as a teenager (I could probalby list it if I tried...); but when I started work and had my own income the cd was dominant. It is very interesting I think that vinyl has gone this way. I thought it would be like film: specialists would continue, but general users would go digital.

It's something different, I think: specialists (in this case collectors and I suppose audiophiles) go for the top end of the market; general listeners are still buying. I wonder if it's a reaction to the strict licensing regulations of itunes etc (as well as the lesser quality of digital...)

I don't know, just chewing it over...


Entered at Mon Feb 18 22:19:34 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Vinyl Price

I don't know. The market gap is widening, with the truly near mint rarities racing up in value and the mediocre stuff dropping. I saw a Dr Strangely Strange Vertigo LP with the layered die-cut sleeve go for £350 at a fair last week. "Record Collector" reports a mint first Black Sabbath on Vertigo reaching£620 in auction, though both my local stores had near mint copies at £30 and £20.

What is happening is that vintage R&R is generally falling in value. Psych and mod is going up as is punk. eBay distorts stuff because silly prices get paid. Proper auctions are achieving astonishing prices, but only for mint / near mint quality, and the most collectable bands.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 21:09:29 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: The papers

I suppose I am a dinosaur but I like to read "the papers". To me it is satisfying to sit down with a cup of tea and read the NY Times or Newsday (our Long Island paper). I find reading from monitor for to long strains my eyes. I will get the paper for as long as they print it.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 21:05:36 CET 2013 from (70.28.32.74)

Posted by:

Landmark

Location: Montreal

My contribution to the brave new world of music purchasing comes from perusing the Itunes store yesterday. I picked a copy of "Frank Zappa's Jukebox" which features many of his all-time favourite records and artists, he enjoyed listening to. For $9.99, it's quite the interesting collection to have.

Kevin when are you coming to town so we can meet up at Schwartz's?


Entered at Mon Feb 18 19:06:13 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Vinyl and the Internet

I'm always amazed at what the internet has done to drive the price of vinyl down. Back in the 70's and 80's I collected a truly silly amount of Dylan vinyl. Not bootlegs so much but picture sleeve singles and albums from around the world. Back then you only a few avenues to find this stuff. The vinyl collector magazine Goldmine was the first choice because you could find dealers from all over the world. It was cheaper to say buy a French EP from someone in France then say someone in San Francisco. You also could find these items at collector shows which were normally held in New York City hotels. I would also go to the collector shops everytime I went to New York City. It was truly a labor of love and I really enjoyed collecting. However, when I look on ebay, I see many of the items I bought 30 years ago are now selling at much cheaper prices. The reason is it's so much easier for people to sell things using the internet. Some of the other artists I collected back then the older me now, can't figuire out what the younger me was thinking. I have like a 100 Marianne Faithful vinyls! That makes no sense!


Entered at Mon Feb 18 18:47:56 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Tony Sheridan dies at 72

Link to the death of Tony Sheridan. He was a former front man/singer for the Beatles many moons ago..RIP dear Tony..

CYA soon xoxoxo


Entered at Mon Feb 18 17:42:16 CET 2013 from (70.28.32.74)

Posted by:

Landmark

Location: Montreal

Sure.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 16:18:55 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.204)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: Garfield - Give My Love To Ann

Landmark.....permission to take the day off......it's a holiday in Ontario after all.......


Entered at Mon Feb 18 16:02:39 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: What The Papers Say

I read the papers. But I read books and listen to vinyl too. There's nothing like The Sunday Times with a dozen papers, a cup of coffee and sit wherever you want without a screen, and The Culture has the TV and radio listings for the week as well as reviews. Tablets just don't "browse" like a physical paper. You're far more likely to find something interesting you weren't already looking for in newsprint. I'm assisted because Waitrose supermarket gives you the Daily Mail or Daily Telegraph free if you spend £5, and present your loyalty card.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 15:59:04 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.204)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Newspapers

I think it was Bill Gates who said imagine if someone came along and explained that they could take all that information that you spend so much time searching for by going site to site and put it all in a well packaged print-out and to top it all off......have it delivered to your front door 7 days a week for less than $5.00/week..............an amazing dream....they would be rich! Oh, it's been done and they are all going bankrupt! Sad.

Calvin.......good one......sometimes seeing the long forgotten can be out of this world good and sometimes - probably more often than not - it turns out to be a bit depressing. At least you know where to find what''s left of the Strawbs.........the only proger I ever liked was a little known Torontonian named Garfield French and he and band have totally fallen off the face of this earth.........even Bill M, Landmark and John D have no idea where he is.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 14:58:13 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: John D: You made me smile

John D: With the comment 'It was announced in the papers today';, you made me smile. The only time I even hold 'papers' now is on airplanes. All my news comes to me via the internet (the online versions of 'the papers'). I think when our kids read 'in the papers' they won't even know what we are talking about. Nice to see that the music is still appreciated. Sales are the final arbiter of music success and The Band seem to continue to be appreciated.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 14:02:06 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The music continues: Nick Cave,Warren Ellis, the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have certainly created excellent material in the past few years. I got onto Nick Cave with Abbetoir Blues/Orpheus and then was knocked out by Dig Lazarus Dig. This led me to his movie music (The Proposition, ...Jesse James..., The Road, and Lawless.) Now we have coming out Push the Sky Away getting brilliant reviews. The Grinderman material was too much for my ears, Nick Cave and cohorts The Bad Seeds are worth your consideration.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 14:00:09 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Grammys The Band

It was announced this morning in the papers that various groups who appeared on the Grammys saw significant increases in Album sales. Because of the tribute to Levon, the Greatest Hits Album/CD saw an increase of 203%.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 12:56:03 CET 2013 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Subject: It's all in the sequencing, you know

David P: thanks for having linked that BBC 4 documentary ("When Vinyl...") a while back.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 05:06:12 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Mindy McCready

Link on Mindy from CNN News with Don Lemon and Dr. Drew..

CYA soon xoxoxo


Entered at Mon Feb 18 04:58:10 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Mindy McCready dead at 37

Link to the suicide of this once great C/M singer. RIP sweet lady. Your problems are over now. Sing with the angels, as I'm sure you will..

NORM: Hope you're feeling better soon..

Good reading with the links, guys

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxox


Entered at Mon Feb 18 02:36:48 CET 2013 from (72.196.147.161)

Posted by:

Calvin

Dont have to "remember" The Strawbs Kevin. Dave Cousins is still on the road with 3 guys that spent significant time in the band during the 1970s and play a little club about 15 minutes from me about once a year.

One night a had nothing to do and decide to go pay the $20 they were charging, in large part because John Wesley Harding was opening. They were pretty uninspiring.


Entered at Mon Feb 18 00:29:17 CET 2013 from (67.87.217.216)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Actually, Levine was the MD, musical director for Mile s at the time. Struck me funny.Firstly, i thought it odd Buddy would have one.Secondly, there are far more Jeff Levine MDs that are medical doctors than are musical directors.

Lars, Bob F.,Jed, and anyone else up there whom doesn't yet know Jimmy Eppard is hosting a musical tribute to Mike Dunn at Keegan Ales (Kingston) on Monday the 25th. Mike's played with most everyone around there, and was a nice, very well liked guy. So you can expect everyone to turn out and pay respects. It probably will be a very solid musical event. Whilst I'd like to attend, it is not likely momentarily.


Entered at Sun Feb 17 20:05:31 CET 2013 from (67.87.217.216)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Web: My link

Subject: Buddy Miles live, NYC, 94 Texas

Buddy, backed by Jeff Levine, the Uptown Horns and others. In Chicago Blues, a long defunct, super funky and great venue that was at *th ave just off 14 th st in nyc. I saw him there once or twice, but somehow missed this show, which was killer. Jeff Levine, the organist , was also Buddy's doctor.


Entered at Sun Feb 17 19:53:08 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.204)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

An article about famed Montreal Gazette rock critic Juan Rodriguez........a bit patchy but an interesting bit on Robbie Robertson........funny in parts....anyone else remember The Strawbs? I always suspected Juan was high when writing these things....ha! I thinks it was him who wrote one of my favorite concert reviews ever..........The whole review centered on Bryan Ferry sweating - which he thought was just wrong and disturbing - and therefore the whole show was panned.......I know now and knew then that this was wrong but at the time I thought it to be a perfect take on the concert.


Entered at Sun Feb 17 09:29:41 CET 2013 from (122.59.251.42)

Posted by:

Rod

Subject: a question

Does's any one know what happened to Rick's sunburst Gibson Ripper he used at TLW (and before)? All photos (even in the next year ot two) show him using a Ripper with a natural finish.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 22:14:08 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F

Subject: Leon and Elton

Peter V, I'm with you. I wanted to like it so bad but the songwriting is so poor. It reminded me of when Cat Stevens tried to recreate his great original sound on his last record. Just just makes you feel sad but not in a good way.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 22:02:12 CET 2013 from (71.62.70.35)

Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny
Web: My link

Subject: Rockabilly Rumble Video

Marshall Crenshaw singing, backed by Jimmy Vivino, John Sebastian and other familiar names. Enjoy.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 21:56:04 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Leon & Elton

I played it a lot in a month and tried to like it. In the end, I didn't. The worst aspects of two good musicians. Horrible muddy sound too.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 21:53:38 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.204)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Do check out Pat B's link to The Band tribute last night. If you can get by the irritating between song chatter you will be treated to just great Band music. On the heels of that Grammy debacle, it is such a good example of how taste and talent can meet and remind us again just how wonderful the music the Band made was. Beautiful...............no truth to the rumour that Marty Scorcese was behind the camera and gave Pat the Richard treatment though!


Entered at Sat Feb 16 21:24:40 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Union (Elton and Leon)

Rolling Stone reviewer/critic loved 'The Union" while Slant reviewer/critic said:

"That the album is a failure despite the authentic passion behind it only accentuates its participants' respective ruts."


Entered at Sat Feb 16 20:46:15 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Elton and Leon

Bob F. : I forgot about that one. Thanks. Sometimes a jump start from someone else helps. (in this case, maybe for both) Yes. It was pretty good and got good reviews. Can he do it on his own? Is there any more coming from Elton alone?


Entered at Sat Feb 16 20:31:04 CET 2013 from (99.115.145.68)

Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

This was the stream from last night's tribute to the Band in Chicago. Sold out. There is much love for the Band.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 20:30:41 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Elton

There was a short interview with Billy Joel in the last issue of Rolling Stone. Joel said when he toured with Elton, Elton would always ask him why he didn't make more albums. Joel's said his response to Elton was "why don't you make less records?" Many folks think the record Elton made with Leon Russell was a return to form.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 19:36:25 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Love for Levon

Thank you Bobby for posting the info on this. Might have missed it otherwise.

Btw, I son't know why we are plagued by these phony posters.I don't think anyone reads them.Thanks for Jan weeding out the garbage.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 19:26:58 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

Joan

Hosa welcome. Stick around. It's always good to have new input.

Jed, I agree with you completely. I am often "intimidated" and awed by the knowledge of the posters here. I don't post often,, but I read everything. I admit I feel a little intimidated, but most people are kind. The knowledge I get here is great.

Norm, amazing saga. Glad you are safe. Take care of that back. I all too well know how that feels.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 19:14:01 CET 2013 from (71.64.7.179)

Posted by:

Bobby Jones

Location: the past
Web: My link

Subject: Love for Levon

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Entered at Sat Feb 16 18:10:35 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Review of Bellowhead live last night. Reputed to be the "Best British live band" five times now. The review asks a question: Which bands are best on album, which sound the same live as on album, which sound best live? And where would you place The Band?


Entered at Sat Feb 16 17:14:57 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Fanny

When I saw The Winter's Tale on Thursday (Royal Shakespeare Company with music by Jon Boden of Bellowhead … which band I saw on Friday … the peddler Autolycus did a line about "maids from their heads to their fannies" with crude pointing to indicate the British English meaning. I was so sure that "fanny" was not used in that way in 1611 that I came home and looked at the text. Shakespeare wrote "heads to their heels" so the actor was extemporizing.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 16:30:29 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Not a complete disaster..

I agree that 'Fanny' was not a complete disaster. It had its moments, but overall fell short for me for what was needed for Levon. It had to be heavenly and ethereal and it was not. As for Elton John... he was a rocket it his early years. Some of the material he wrote and sung is forever. It is his current approach that leaves me somewhat perplexed. Look at Paul McCartney...still vital and striving to put out fresh new material as if he were still starting out. I still look forward tohis output and wait for it. Not so for Elton John. He has settled into whatever it is he does now. He can certainly play and sing but it seems lacking and less than creative. The talent never goes away. I liked what Diana Krall said recently. Paraphrasing, I'm not a diva and don't want to be... and she commented on her love of the music and her average piano playing compared to so many others (and she named an obscure female performer who plays piano). She continues to be vital and create despite her many years. If there is still something in Elton John, and there very well might be, he should find it before its too late. At this point, I'll listen to the old recordings.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 16:20:18 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Jokerman and the 10 Plagues

I appreciated the joke, Norm. Keep on keepin' on

Jed, there are people here who are wonderful musicians and song writers and others who know and understand music and this business in a way most of the rest of us will never know. We are fortunate to have this place to exchange ideas and views. We will persist despite the vermin that infect the space. Jan will take care of it as he always does.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 14:11:43 CET 2013 from (174.44.139.55)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Grateful for Intimidation

Funny how I simetimes think I'm smart.Then I read this GB and it confirms how little I know and how grateful I am to be intimidated by the bright minds here. And,to know enough to marinate in the intimidation the minds and hearts of many of you bring here.Through it all the heavenly beauty of The Band's music is life affirming and sustaining.Their ancient wisdom contained in a "box" of musical magic.Voices of angels ,music for the ages.How lucky I am to discover this place and the wisdom of all of you--except the trolling nobodies that don't really exist. There is the deep respect and love universally shared here for the songs and music of the wise spirits.Thank you for allowing me into this house.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 12:29:20 CET 2013 from (101.164.90.115)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: Welcome to haso

Stick around a while.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 09:42:56 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Misunderstood

Jerry, I'm sure you know, my wise crack was only a sick joke. Look at this crap. I don't know how these low lifes think they can garner any respect infecting this internet in this way.

Getting a job and working their ass off as we do is obviously beyond them. I don't envy folks like Jan having to clean up this nonsense...........and thanks. You need to come for a lazy cruise on the Rockin Chair one day.

Lars old friend......when I get home in bed with Susan's hand on a sore shoulder, I wonder how I did what I just did.

Bill, I'd sooner been laying on the beach in Mexico under that sun. Unfortunately I didn't make it this year.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 04:59:47 CET 2013 from (71.232.138.68)

Posted by:

Haso

Location: Seacoast NH

Subject: Grammies & background

My 1st post to the guestbook. 1st fell in w/ the Band, buying the Brown album in the bookstore at a midwest prepschool, I think my freshman year...Fall 1969. E. Landy's cover (I know now) just seemed like guys I'd want to hear. I recall spending time, after class in college w/ a music appreciaton prof playing him Life is a Carnival & I think Stage Fright. Even though he was more about Beethoven, Brahms & the like, he was impressed w/ how much variety the boys put into their rock & roll. My, then, best friend regaled him w/ Live at Fillmore East, not at all a bad choice either. Getting where I am now in the span of life, I have to say Rockin Chair resonates as much as anything they ever made, especially from that wonderful dialog between Levon & John Simon on the Classic Albums documentary. The Grammys. I'm sort of in-between... not a complete disaster (unlike a few years back w/ a bunch of young bands behind Dylan, my goodness, stop already; but then again we also HAVE had to see Roger Daltrey's well past-primetime torso on 12.12.12). That said, I'd concur that in the best-of-all-possible worlds, the organizers would have gotten Robbie, Garth, Amy and others who really spoke to the honor of playing w/ Levon; maybe chosen Cripple Creek or Ophelia. At least we had Mavis. As for the piano player, even though I have to admit to seeing Elton 3 or 4 times in the '70's, is there anyone on earth whose persona and approach is less like Garth's? Elton does seem like an all-too-convenient, but strange choice to celebrate Levon.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 04:32:10 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: TO THE RESCUE

And Norm, if I were on the boat, after I got over the mal de mer, I would have done anything to have helped take that referred pain away... be sure of it


Entered at Sat Feb 16 04:20:55 CET 2013 from (98.15.190.173)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: MOTHER EARTH

Subject: Heavy seas

NORM- when the swells get real big you gotta just eat some raisinets....the only thing that will stay down.

Seriously, I give you a lot of credit, doing what you do... at your age.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 04:13:21 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Responsibility

Norm...If that was an invitation, then I've been misunderstood. Like cockroaches, they were here before we were and they will be here when we are long gone.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 04:02:17 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Blame it on the Bosanova

This is all your fault Jerry! It's you who invited the sons-a-bitches.........gawd damn it......


Entered at Sat Feb 16 03:48:36 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: There is an echo in here...

I said that. The lowest form of ....


Entered at Sat Feb 16 00:51:10 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: Paradise........Memories of Lee-von

The other night we had a weather day, (had to hole up in a safe tieup). That evening I stuck a movie in my player and laid back in my bunk. "Fire Down Below" a Steven Seagal, in which Levon plays a country preacher, and of course fits the role. The end of the movie features John Prine's, Paradise.

I've loved this song for years. It some how reminds me of the BAND,and their heritage and fits that spot. In this video, on Johnny Cash's show, a young John Prine, Marty Stuart, (shining on the mandolin) and Vince Gill do this song so well, except the sound isn't great.

Listening to that mandolin brings a tear to the eye, thinking of Levon Helm. It would be comforting to imagine him and Rick and Richard laying back on a cool river bank in Paradise playing something meaningful, like "A Change is Gonna Come." Now I could sleep good tonight.


Entered at Sat Feb 16 00:26:24 CET 2013 from (69.198.70.113)

Posted by:

Kate FitzGerald

Location: Berwyn, IL
Web: My link

Subject: Tributosaurus becomes The Band

Enjoy of live webcast of Chicago's top musicians paying tribute to The Band. Hit the link for full info.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 23:20:05 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Norm……I am feeling great and happy to know you are safe and well. A good way to end the week……now get back to that retirement!


Entered at Fri Feb 15 22:20:39 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Rockin C: Good to have you back. I was wondering if maybe you'd gone one of those genteel shit-in-a-bag cruises in the Gulf of Mexico or something. But no, you were glossetlessly towing a pig through four-metre swells with an attack of sciatica. And here I am complaining that my pen ran out of ink ...


Entered at Fri Feb 15 22:06:20 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Back on Terra Firma

'Member how I was retired??......apparently I'm not.

I see that gawd damn Kevin John is back.......taking my name in Vain! How gozit Kevin.

Well here's the tails from the sea. I was called by Helifor, "Come and move this camp". This camp is a 280 foot x ferry named, "Trailer Princess". She used to be a ferry that ran from Coal Harour in Vancouver to Nanaiamo, it hauled truck trailers loaded with freight as they were many reefers and BC ferries never allowed those engines to keep running while under way. They would be loaded with the tractors, (trucks) at each end. After she was de commissioned, Helifor bought her installed huge fuel tanks for heli fuel, accomodation for 50 men, cook house, rec. room, shops, and the helipads for an air crane, and Hughes 500 support helicopter.

I towed this big fat pig from Rivers Inlet down the outside to Seymour Inlet, in thru the Nakwakto rapids. Although I was able to get a window with no wind, there was still about a 4 meter swell out there. As I approached Slingsby Channel to enter the outer narrows into the inlet, it's a piece of water where the swell really makes up. That big old rig was just about out of sight behind me sometimes when we were both down in the swell. Standing at the wheel holding her steady my syatic nerve started really giving me horrible pain.....where is JT?....no where to be found. But I thought about if Lars had been standing beside me. Now you got to know Lars has a great aversion to that swell out there, (especially if he has no glosset raisins). I started to laugh so hard, then it really hurt.

When I cleared the outer narrows into that flat water....gawd damn it that felt good.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 20:09:21 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.110)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Web: My link

Subject: Lori Lieberman

Interview, and the story behind Killing Me Softly With His Song.I had read about this before, but forgotten it. it's quiute soemthing. These 2 guys are real mumsers.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 20:03:51 CET 2013 from (74.203.77.122)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Subject: Grammys / The Weight

I finally watched the Grammys clip of The Weight and I didn't see the train wreck you guys did. Very heartfelt, which goes a long way with me. Love Mavis throughout, especially the scatting at the end where the instruments drop out and you just hear voices in harmony, a la The Last Waltz rendition with the Staples. Brittany on the "Crazy Chester" verse is great as well... and watch for a big grin from Mavis when she does it.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 20:00:05 CET 2013 from (74.203.77.122)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC

Subject: Borderline

I have the Japanese CD reissue of Borderline. Always liked that album. Van's testimonial is in the liner notes of that reissue too. I remember it being pretty amusing because the "testimonial" is basically Van saying "there are these guys, they live in Woodstock, they make music"... to that effect. (I guess any press really is good press...)


Entered at Fri Feb 15 19:51:15 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

Kevin J: Interesting thought, the end of FM radio - probably as hard to pin down as the beginning of rock and roll. Think of cooking a lobster starting with cold water; the thing's certainly dead (and to some unpalatable) at the end of the process, but when did it really expire, and did it even notice through its haze of unconsciousness? Me, I'm more inclined to see Steve Miller's string of hits after (and maybe including) "The Joker" as the harbinger. (Let's agree not to talk about Steely Dan, post-first LP.)


Entered at Fri Feb 15 19:09:26 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.110)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Yes, i made the mistake of writing incorrectly, not making the distinctions..Toto was a band of great msucians, and i do think Rosanna was a damn good or great pop song, but, the rest of their songs were pure dreck. Highly, perfectly executed drek though.I admire their musicianship, and execution, but not the material. so, i guess i;d say they were a great band that produced great dreck.

Yesterday, i was goign to write that Africa was pure dreck, but,in case Empty was looking , i did not want to offend him, he loves the song.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 18:45:27 CET 2013 from (98.15.190.173)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: the black and white woods of upstate NY

Subject: Reins in Africa

I always liked Toto's "99" and "Africa." I wonder why they put Kilimanjaro over in the Serengetti, it's not even close. It would be like me looking up at the Shawangunk Mts and seeing Norm Jones steering his craft "Rockin Chair" onto a reef in the Puget Sound.

My daughter was in Africa for 2+ years and it charmed her. She is working in an office in Detroit and saving her money so she can return to Benin. The poverty and chaos are calling her back; it might have been a mistake to fall in love with something that big.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 18:23:55 CET 2013 from (71.43.124.98)

Posted by:

Dan

Subject: Big Easy Express

Arrived home early from work and watched the Big Easy Express - some "Old Time Religion" with a lot of youth, vigor and joy. I then put in the Brown Album as the family relaxed after dinner and my 10 year old boy is singing along to the chorus of Up on Cripple Creek - to paraphrase a long ago article by Ed Ward my boy is discovering that the songs have room for him too. I don't listen to the Brown Album as much as some of the others, but it always restores good feeling and balance. I had seen some of the comments about Thinking Out Loud and Last of the Blacksmiths, and I see clearly now that Cahoots was an excellent album, but that the disappointment must have been crushing at the time given the coherent pinnacle of the Brown Album while Cahoots is merely a collection of separate songs that do not make a coherent whole but was straining in the process - a few covers would have come in handy.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 18:04:29 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Funny, but working in ELT / ESL, I get 99% sensible stuff from China. It's Russia where rows of miserable people spend their days trying to earn Google points.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 17:38:33 CET 2013 from (72.196.147.161)

Posted by:

Calvin

Have to say Im with Kevin on this one. There was always something sterile about Toto to me. Great musicians no doubt, but somehow lacking in something-artistry for lack of a better world.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 17:23:12 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Rosanna Arquette is one of the most under rated/underappreciated actors of our time…….unlike Suzanne, Angie, Maggie or Sharona, she is a rarity in the “girlfriend song” category of being highly accomplished in her own field…..that all said, I disliked Toto from the first time I heard them and actually mark “Hold the Line” as the beginning of the end of FM radio………Horrible stuff……..Not much of a stretch to declare Toto as great musicians – as I would hope an assembly of the best studio pros from LA would be – but certainly not a great rock group…….The genius of Steely Dan was making perfect music that didn’t reek of perfection………with Toto their labour jumped out and slapped you into a stupor.

Ads: I would be shocked if anyone here has ever clicked on one of these ads……….I do miss DVD BOX though…….His admissions buried in one of his “great site’ salutations that the Brown album was better than the Pink one and that Johnny Rotten was one of the five most important rock n rollers of all time or that he preferred Robbie’s tele era more than the strat one always had me rate him just a tick above LED LIGHT……Both came from China I believe…..give PV time and he will be adding China to his banned list…….the GB world awaits Rockin Chair’s ruling on that one…


Entered at Fri Feb 15 16:30:37 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

dlew: But Kilimanjaro does rise like Olympus - towards the sky, one foot at a time. Anyway, the things I do for this place: not recalling "Rosanna" at all, I sought it out on YouTube; it's there, but I had to sit through an Always ad ("they're a lot like memory foam") - and now I know why I don't recall it. What's with the idiot synth sound at 1:09 that bleeds right into an imitation of the Little effing River Band? I also checked out "Africa" (preceded by a different ad, for Las Vegas), which I sorta liked at one time, but tired of quickly. Again I see why. The lower voice on the long verse starting around 2:00 is better than the higher, but lyrically it's refried Johnny Clegg. Dare I say gimme "Hold The Line"? BTW, I'm in your country in my reading - Keneally's "Jacko". I picked it up thinking I'd get a non-specific nostalgic hit by reading about Territory, but find myself reading about a slightly renamed guy who I travelled with for a day and who died in an accident some weeks later.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 16:00:22 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Shun the ads!

If clicking on these links earns the perpetrators even fractions of pennies, then clearly everyone should totally ignore them until they are removed daily. Its unfortunate that there is no way that these individuals can't LOSE money by showing up at a site that is not designed to be used for advertisement. Shun these ads! This must stop. If anyone has any ideas (short of banning entire nation input )about how else to deal with this annoying problem, please advise.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 14:05:05 CET 2013 from (101.164.90.115)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: Toto

Great musos? Oh, yes. But really, Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus ? Legendary mountains looks like ... Legendary mountain? I don't think so... :). But yes, Rosanna is great and they did a great job of it last night.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 12:50:30 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Toto were great musicians. They fall in the category "so successful they instantly got dissed" but that shouldn't detract from intrinsic quality. Rosanna is a the sort of song where you turn up the radio, or press repeat on the CD or playlist.

The European falling out of copyright means the flood of compilation CDs, irresistible to me though I disapprove strongly of copyright ending at fifty years, like The Stateside Story 1962, The Stax /Satellite Story 1959-1962, The Colpix Story to 1962 and so on. All have a bunch of collectables on them, but that doesn't seem to affect the price of the original 45s.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 08:44:12 CET 2013 from (75.34.45.157)

Posted by:

Adam

PSB - I don't know the nature of Van Morrison's "liner notes" to the Borderline album. I've always read that he wrote a brief testimonial for the group, and that it was included in their original LP. Or maybe for a press release or something?

Ari - thanks for that.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 07:58:35 CET 2013 from (66.65.95.192)

Posted by:

Ari

Subject: Part of Jon Taplin's article

The music in Coen’s film, arranged and produced by T Bone Burnett is by Mumford and Sons, The Punch Brothers and others who are in T Bone’s Americana orbit. It was this music that dominated the Grammy show on Sunday night. Mumford and Sons won Album of the Year, The Lumineer’s, Black Keys, Zac Brown and Jack White all played brilliantly. Every bit of the music was real and the world of Auto-tune was banished from the stage. For me the final tribute to Levon Helm of The Band brought the rhythms of life full circle. As angry as I was that Levon’s wife kept Robbie Robertson off the stage (it’s a long and sad story of paranoia), Zac, Mavis, T Bone and the Mumfords did a wonderful version of “The Weight”, which was a fitting end to a great night of Americana.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 07:16:55 CET 2013 from (72.78.41.13)

Posted by:

PSB

Location: City of Brotherly Love

Subject: Borderline

Adam, thanks for the news about the Borderline reissue. Do you know if the Van notes are recent? The original vinyl release has no liner notes. According to some stuff I saw on the web Richie Unterberger also wrote notes. I have a version of one of the songs on that album from the group the Gershen Brothers were in before Borderline, The Montgomerys.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 06:15:57 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.110)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Bonk, that might be choowee, rather than whooee. Been a long time since i argued with a Russian. That ch would be similar to the Hebrew chet sound, but not identical.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 06:10:24 CET 2013 from (75.34.45.157)

Posted by:

Adam

The Jon Taplin article is now removed. Does anyone have the text?


Entered at Fri Feb 15 05:52:35 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.110)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Subject: Dlew, Bonk

Dlew, i'd expect that to be a great show. I saw Rundgren in an earlier All Star line up, it was a killer show. Getting to see Greg rollie is a treat, i'd guess Steve Lukather also. Toto was actually an excellent band, and Rosanna was a great song. Ringo is a class act, and, he has that "thing". i'm glad you got to see that.

Bonk: phonetically spelled, "sesee me whoee", or something pretty close to that, means suck my dick. That's the most help i can be so far. But , give me a day or two, and i'll ask a neighbor , I'm in Minsk. (Sheepshead Bay)


Entered at Fri Feb 15 05:20:08 CET 2013 from (101.164.90.115)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: Ringo and the all Starr's

Saw them last night. Now, I have and love the version with Levon, Rick, Jim kelt near, Clarence Clemons, dr John, joe Walsh, billy Preston. Eric. But as my friend said, this will most likely be the last chance you get to see a Beatle in the flesh. (It's unlikely Paul will come, and I'm not sur I could afford him...)

Anyway the band was steve lukather, Todd rundgren, Greg Rollie, Richard price, Gregg bissonette and another guy who played sax, percussion and second keyboard. It was a pretty terrific show. The Starr's did three of their own songs each, and ringo did a his hits (plus a couple from his new album). I was thrilled to hear 'boys'. With a little help and eve yellow submarine. Todd rundgren is an amazing singer and player.

Highlights: bang on my drum, evil ways, black magic woman, Rosanna (how it hurts to admit that, but it's a great song (you were right all along Peter v). There was a song from Santana 3 which was outstanding. Love is the answer, Kylie Ellison, boys, photograph and it don't come easy. If they come, go to see them.


Entered at Fri Feb 15 04:34:22 CET 2013 from (24.108.1.255)

Posted by:

BONK

Location: Salt Spring Island (by way of cabbagetown)

Subject: Just wondering.

Anyone know how to say Fuck-Off in Russian


Entered at Fri Feb 15 02:50:36 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.110)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

John D., you are most welcome. I was excited to see that.....i'm not as thorough as David P. is though, i didn't find out who the mastering engineer will be .

one of these days i'll order Bobby's autobiography.... there's another one out...Tales From a Road Dawg, by Ron Levy. Levy's done it all, played with, wrote, toured, with the greats, well known and unknown, and produced many of em too. Was married to a label owner,.Bull's Eye Blues and Jazz, so was sorta a label exec too. I used to see him peform reasonably often in St Louis, late 90s, early 2000s i guess. He's got close friends there, as a result of spending lots of time there, due to his working with Albert King and Larry Davis. his book is only on one of those readers, maybe kindle, and for me , that's an issue... so not sure about doing it....


Entered at Fri Feb 15 01:19:19 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Bobby Whitlock

I always loved the Bobby Whitlock self titled solo record especially the beautiful song 'Back Home in England'. I was just looking at my vinyl copy which was on Dunhill and I can't find any musician credits. Of course there may have been an inner sleeve that I've lost over the years.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 23:27:50 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.110)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Web: My link

Subject: Happy Valentine's Day

A Valentine's Day jazzy blues.I posted this last year too. We cut the music the day of the woodstock session for School For Fools, late March 02.Had Pepper add the vocal late Dec 03, or jan 04. You can hear Levon count the song in. HAD great sound, Mastering engineer should be hung.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 23:23:57 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

David P … the second BBC programme in a week to single out "What's Going On" as it happens. Rightly so.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 23:09:20 CET 2013 from (70.192.68.200)

Posted by:

Ari

Thanks for the article Tim. Jeez hasn't Robbie had enough? He's only one of the most unjustly villianized rock star ever. That was about as close to a Levon tribute with Robbie involved as we're gonna get. I'm never getting married.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 22:36:04 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Vinyl Siding

Link to BBC documentary "When Albums Ruled The World".


Entered at Thu Feb 14 22:26:28 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

On my various blogs I get around fifty SPAM a day emanating from the former Soviet Union. Among those in a year, two genuine posters contacted my sites from the USSR. So 2 real posts out of 18,250. They have to be deleted daily. So yes, I'd bar an entire country.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 22:01:49 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Billy C

Thanks for the link to the Whitlock's. CoCo's album with Delaney Bramlett is wonderful and daughter Bekka don't hurt!


Entered at Thu Feb 14 21:37:12 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Jeff

….funny….no….but if that parched loonie from Florida gets elected in 4 years……Mongolia may be back in the running as an escape plan……come to think of it….if our nutty PM stays in office much longer……I might get there sooner than I think.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 21:25:27 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Happy Valentine's Day to you all xoxoxo

Have a good day, and hugs to you all

A FRIEND IS:

A friend is someone we turn to

When our spirits need a lift

A friend is someone we treasure

For our friendship is a gift

A friend is someone who fills our lives

With beauty, joy, and grace

And makes the world we live in

A better and happier place

You Are Everything a Friend Should Be.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


Entered at Thu Feb 14 21:03:30 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.110)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Web: My link

Subject: More Valentine's Day music.

Johnnie married his wife on Valentine's Day, this one's about them.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 20:55:33 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.110)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Kevin, you are welcome. If you ever get to Austin, whitlock and his wife, coco Carmel, perform on Sundays. Saxon Grill i think,maybe Saxon Pub.Maybe some other Grill or Pub, I know they took a break for a while, but i think they are back to doing Sundays.

Did you get as far as Mongolia on this trip?


Entered at Thu Feb 14 20:22:25 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Bobby Whitlock

I believe Levon crossed paths with Bobby Whitlock and Bobby Keys at Leon Russell's famous "Plantation" house, a gathering point for musicians in Sherman Oaks, Ca. This was during the time between Levon's leaving the Dylan tour and re-joining the Hawks/Crackers. Both Bobbys would soon join Delaney & Bonnie's band.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 20:14:00 CET 2013 from (130.64.254.42)

Posted by:

Tim

Location: Boston
Web: My link

Subject: Interesting article. particularly the last 3 sentences


Entered at Thu Feb 14 19:58:35 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: see this guy about to reign

Kevin J: So which do you want to be today, Judge or King?


Entered at Thu Feb 14 19:33:54 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F

Subject: Infidels

Kev, I love Infidels. That record is loaded with great lines."They say that patriotism is the last refuge To which a scoundrel clings Steal a little and they throw you in jail Steal a lot and they make you king".


Entered at Thu Feb 14 18:59:15 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

.....back to reality:

Jeff: Thank you for that Bobby Whitlock link……I was not aware of this or really his solo albums at all. Just ran through the 30 second samples and just great………….best part of this GB are these musical discoveries.

Bob F: Thank you….and also for that take on “Sweetheart Like You”……I have very fond memories of hearing “Infidels” for the first time….Fall 1983…late at night and the radio guy announced he was playing the new Bob Dylan in the What’s New hour…….Lying in bed listening to a clock radio….and on came ‘Jokerman” and I distinctly remembering “Wow…..this is great and the next 45 minutes or so just confirmed this……BD was back and back strong……..recall that he had been off radio for a number of years after Slow Train. What a return to form…….who else could sing……”What about that millionaire with the drumsticks in his pants?/He looked so baffled and so bewildered/ When he played and we didn’t dance.”


Entered at Thu Feb 14 18:01:24 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

…..In session…..The GB Supreme Court…….presiding judge the honourable Rockin Chair:

“So Gawd Damn it….what do you fruitcakes have for me today? ‘

"Well, your honour, a motion to permanently ban all residents of Russia and Indonesia from the GB.”

“Jumping Jesus, wouldn’t this deprive the GB of 400 Million participants?

‘Well, your honour, theoretically yes but we have proof that all 400 million watched the Grammys this week”

“Oh, I see, so they watched Liberace and the mumble bums massacre “The Weight”……hmm…….they are lost forever....no question about that…..f*ck it……ban them!!!!!


Entered at Thu Feb 14 15:51:45 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: For What It's Worth?

John D: You posed a good question. Is it worth spending a premium price for an audiophile reissue of a recording you already have? In this case, the recent Mobile Fidelity SACD reissue of The Basement Tapes. I would break down the answer into two parts:

1) Do you have a decent audio system with a SACD player, where you can hear the difference between a standard CD and the high resolution DSD format of SACDs?

2) If the answer is yes to the first part, you want to chose music that will not only sound good on your system, but also music that you will enjoy listening to on a regular basis. You've already invested a significant amount on a playback system, so you don't want to spend a premium price for just any audiophile reissue. It has to be something that you'll enjoy because it means something to you when spend time listening to music.

For me, the Mobile Fidelity SACD reissues from The Band catalog, as well as their new reissues from Dylan fit that criterion. In this day & age, new SACD releases are rare and, if though I'm a vinyl addict, MoFi's SACD reissues offer a less expensive choice compared to their pricier vinyl counterparts.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 15:41:40 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Peter V: A fraction of a cent a time? Sounds like what artists make from downloads. Could there be a connection? We're a music site, after all. Maybe your ESL training could be of help, poor confused souls.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 15:08:04 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.110)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Subject: Putting The Super Bowl and The Grammys To Bed.

I hadn't yet commented on Super Bowl halftime....While Beyonce's get up was eye catching, it was out of place.Her whole performance was out of place, and dull, except for the out of place part, whihc was not really exhilarating like she'd hoped it would be. The gal is talented, of course, however, I think the only manner in which she was able to display her talents was in giving us all a small display of what Jay Z is getting daily. The look on her face, the look in her eyes especially, was weird, kind of chilling, or may be i should just stick with odd, and upsetting.It wasn't defiance, it wasn't sexiness or smolderiness.It looked like some kind of off, out of place, and misguided declaration.Her eyes were too out and projecting.Not glassy, the way a crackhead's are when they project, but still intensely projecting (I'm not thinking she's on crack,cleary she is not, but the eyes were projectilish, so it's the only way I can describe em). . I saw the same look in her eyes at the Grammys, and Grammy interviews....Honestly, i'm concerned for her, the whole thing is not normal. It seems she's trying to prove something, whatever it is, probably something that she shouldn't be, something's amiss,and i hope she gets it in perspective and worked out.

Now the Grammys did have some fine points.Two of em.Kelly Rowland, and her dress....i'd give my left nut to be twenty years younger and still a songwriter.... and I'd be writing hip hop, rap, commercials, anything that would fall into Kelly's lap. Now that woman is fine, and appears to have some class and sense of appropriateness, refinement, and very importantly, refined sexiness .. at the very least, her handlers know what the hell they are doing.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 07:47:32 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

It annoys me to. All four from one address, so easily blocked, but as no one has ever posted from either Russia or Indonesia, why not bar both entirely. It is also sad that people are sitting there, trying to get "hits" on websites for a fraction of a cent a time.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 04:55:38 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Greil Marcus

As Mr. Marcus so eloquently said: What is this s--t? C'mon folks. Stop the ads and stick to the arts. Anything else is unacceptable. Too bad there are not blog police to help JH keep this venerable site clean and free of abuse.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 04:39:55 CET 2013 from (99.140.173.52)

Posted by:

Adam

Subject: New reissues

I found out about a pair of wonderful CD reissues that were recently released. John Hartford's "Aereo Plain" and "Morning Bugle" have been reissued together, with outtakes from both. David Bromberg produced the first (with Vassar Clements and other players), John Simon the second (at Bearsville Studios).

The very obscure (and great) Borderline LP from 1973, featuring Richard & Garth, the Hungry Chuck gang, and Van Morrison liner notes, was also reissued together with the group's second album.

All of these are from the master tapes, presumably.


Entered at Thu Feb 14 03:14:48 CET 2013 from (69.121.106.212)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Web: My link

Subject: Bobby Whitlock Reissues

Bobby Whitlock's two early 70s solo releases are being reissued on Cd. Mastering anew, from the original tape! If you are gonna remaster, and you got the tapes, that thje way to do it.



Entered at Thu Feb 14 02:01:16 CET 2013 from (71.184.199.161)

Posted by:

Tim

Location: Boston
Web: My link

Subject: Photo's

Again, never sure what is new. Someone threw a link up on Facebook to this set of pictures of several shows (Rick and Levon 83, The Band 83, and the Band in mid 86) Curious how many folks here are on the various Band Facebook pages. There are almost too many different pages.


Entered at Wed Feb 13 23:09:59 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Web: My link

Subject: Guy Davis

Ossie Davis's son is the great blues player Guy Davis. Here is Guy doing 'Sweetheart Like You' backed by Professor Louie, Gary Burke and John Platania. I wish Dylan toured with this band.


Entered at Wed Feb 13 22:50:04 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Web: My link

Subject: Ossie Davis and Bob Dylan

Kev, welcome back. When Dylan performed at the March on Washington with Martin Luther King in 1963, Ossie Davis introduced him that day also.


Entered at Wed Feb 13 22:38:41 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: A Change is Going To Come

Thanks Jeff and JT.

Above link to Bob Dylan doing the song at the Apollo's 70th birthday........an example of falling short of the original but with enough heart and grace to still pull it off........Below is an outline of the introduction to it as noted by G. Marcus....

"On 28 March, 2004, at Apollo at 70: A Hot Night In Harlem, an all-star benefit for the Apollo Theater Foundation, Natalie Cole sang a song into the ground, there was a tribute to Ray Charles, and then the actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis, in his eighties and speaking as if he had all the time in the world, took the stage. “At the end of the fifties,” he said, “the Civil Rights Movement was growing very insistent – hot and heavy. My generation was involved, challenging American’s deep racial devide. We marched, we prayed, we preached – and fought – for freedom. Music became a significant force in bringing these issues to light, and bringing the people together.” So far, Davis was simply mouthing awards-show blather, then he took a turn. “A young snger by the name of Sam Cooke was dominating the charts,” he said as footage of Cooke performing with more than a dozen singers and dancers appeared on the theater screen. “One day, Sam heard a song that asked, a might important question.” As the sound came up on the screen, you could hear that Cooke was singing “Blowin’ in the Wind”: “Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows/That too many people have died?/The Answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind”- and to hear Cooke’s seamless voice inside Dylan’s “blowin’” was to hear the song as something new. “It prompted him,” Davis said, “to write what is perhaps his most heartfelt and moving work:’A Change…Is Gonna Come.” A Song which became an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement. To perform it for us tonight is someone I’ve had the pleasure of introducing before” – and Davis filled up the word with weight, finally hitting his rhetorical stride –“when we were together once, on that historic day in Washington, D.C., in nineteen, sixty, three, when Dr. Martin Luther King told us about the dream he wanted to share with all America. I’m pleased –nay, happy—to reintroduce this artist again tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, Bob Dylan.”


Entered at Wed Feb 13 20:34:27 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Basement Tapes

David, I know you are a real fan of Mobile Fidelity. I guess my real question would be....is this CD worth paying more than twice the price of the original CD? Just wondering. I could see it they added an extra 10 bucks; but I'm hoping the sonics are worth it.

Thanks David


Entered at Wed Feb 13 18:58:26 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Basement Tapes

I've been listening to Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's recent hybrid-SACD version of The Basement Tapes this week. Yes, we'd all wish for an audiophile version of genuine tapes. Nevertheless, MoFi has done a great job with what they had to work with, adding some sonic nuance to the alterations of Robbie's 1975 compilation.


Entered at Wed Feb 13 17:26:14 CET 2013 from (108.90.18.26)

Posted by:

Pat B

Bill M, eye ware, yes. Wig, no.


Entered at Wed Feb 13 16:03:49 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Peter V: When I saw your post I wasn't sure you were referring to Joshua or to McCartney's over-the-top, joo-deh joo-deh outro on the SmosBros show.


Entered at Wed Feb 13 15:19:05 CET 2013 from (69.121.106.212)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Subject: Sock It To Me

Peter, thank you for triggering the fond memory of the youthful Judy Carne and Goldie Hawn. Some good has come from this after all, Kev. Ya just gotta hold on tight till it comes round....


Entered at Wed Feb 13 13:47:04 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

His part could have been:

Wooah … yeah! Take a LOOOOOAAAD off … sock it to me … Fanny! Oooh yeah.


Entered at Wed Feb 13 12:28:01 CET 2013 from (69.121.106.212)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Subject: the Missing Link, thank you Kevin

Kevin- I missed ya , don't disappear. ....maybe, that Grammy's debacle coulda been avoided easily.....i've got to ask, Kevin, do you think Ledet could have saved The Grammy's performance of The Weight?


Entered at Wed Feb 13 05:33:48 CET 2013 from (75.34.35.162)

Posted by:

Adam

"Thinkin' Out Loud" is a great track. Garth shines (as always) on the grand piano. Exquisite interplay with Richard's lap steel dobro, which is one of the very rare instances of him using his degree in steel guitar. Why on earth didn't they use him on that instrument more often?


Entered at Wed Feb 13 05:11:14 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: '...for they know not...'

Kevin: As someone gentler than i said: "Forgive them....". Eventually it gets on track again after some detours. Levon Helm, Canned Heat, Alabama Shakes, Black Keys.... there is hope.


Entered at Wed Feb 13 04:02:30 CET 2013 from (74.198.9.209)

Posted by:

Kevin J

.......the next time anyone complains about DVD BOX or LED LIGHT or JEZ just wanting to say "great site"....do remember that they are making more sense than anyone else these days.............now back to a a full week of discussion on the relative merits of an "American Idol" contestant.........Yikes......... I really should have just stayed away..........


Entered at Wed Feb 13 03:36:17 CET 2013 from (76.79.75.218)

Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland TX

Subject: who's lookin for a job?

I can't think of anything to say about "Thinkin Out Loud."


Entered at Wed Feb 13 02:22:23 CET 2013 from (68.171.231.82)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Riki-Tiki--Tavi

Peter V: Sticking with Donovan, the fact that the snake is at the lake in TMSO tells you that mongoose is gone. As is Benedict, i.e., the Pope.


Entered at Wed Feb 13 00:16:04 CET 2013 from (76.14.18.133)

Posted by:

Tiny Monster

Location: Out-There
Web: My link

Subject: ... No, no, no, Monster Song of The Day ...

...sorry, just had to do it (link) ...

...Here in the good ole USA ...

...You still out there lerkin Rozlyn ? ... Saw "The Paperboy" yesterday, you see it ? ...

...Your thoughts ? ...



Entered at Tue Feb 12 22:31:54 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: They call me mellow yellow

Bill, the Donovan influence on The Band has never been noted before to my knowledge!


Entered at Tue Feb 12 21:46:51 CET 2013 from (131.137.247.6)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: Henry Thomas

David P: Mr. Thomas's "Don't Ease Me In" is, I think, the first concert song featured in _Festival Express_ -- performed by the Grateful Dead . . . .


Entered at Tue Feb 12 20:44:00 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: Song of the Day - linked


Entered at Tue Feb 12 20:43:03 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Re-Canned Heat

And as a record collector, Canned Heat's Al Wilson discovered "Bull Doze Blues" (link), an old song by Henry Thomas, and reworked it into "Going Up The Country". The Lovin' Spoonful, Dylan and Taj Mahal also "borrowed" from Mr. Thomas.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 20:12:53 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Dunc: Not me - not if Canned Heat's version, not if anyone else's. Sure is a great, evergreen record though (the CH, I mean). Speaking of CH, you know they were a group of record collectors, eh? I can't imagine that the GB all-stars would be in the same league, even with semi- or retired pros like DP, PB and PV on the field. Come to think of it, though, they'd probably have done a better job at the Grammys. I see PV in the toque, DP as the can't-stand-still T-Bone, and obviously PB up front at the baby grand - eyewear optional. Maybe BEG as Brittany Shakes?


Entered at Tue Feb 12 18:53:05 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Here. There & everywhere:

* Final thought on Grammy night……..it wasn’t just a shoddy night all around musically….but for the buffoonish EJ to dedicate “The Weight” to the kids at Sandy Hook just struck me as wrong in all sorts of ways………not surprising coming from a guy who has attached himself at various times at awards shows to the likes of Axl Rose, Pete Doherty, Ryan Adams and Eminem….it all just reeks of opportunism……….and fine….but pissing all over “The Weight” for me on national television is inexcusable. This wasn’t an end of might send-off but something that had been planned for a month! Shame on all who participated. Robbie really should just pull the plug on allowing any further public performances of this song until everyone agrees to do it properly. Page does not allow “Stairway to Heaven” to be done at any public event unless he vets and approves….about time the same care is given to “The Weight”.

* Movies & dvd’s……..Lincoln: Watched it all but was very disappointed……..seemed aimed at 5-8 year olds…..with the simplistic direction…there must have been 20 instances of the long dramatic pause with zoom focus/hushed sound while all waited for something or other – usually a vote of some sort. Spielberg has lost a lot off his fastball….Directors are similar to writers in that sense – most have less than 5 great works…………………Justified: Season 3 is a return to form. Love this series.

* Jason Isbell: By far the music I played the most on my trip. His lp “Live From Alabama” is superb……on planes, trains, hotel rooms played it constantly……thanks David P for the recommendation………also Bill M….I did download Randy Newman’s “Sail Away” and also enjoyed it very much – though it is less of a stand on your head beer and fun album than some others I had at the ready……….final thought on vacation music………Marshal Tucker’s “Can’t You See” is hands down winner of “yes it is a classic FM tune…but no I have never ever tired of it one bit” song.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 17:13:19 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Grinder's Switch, Tennessee was made famous by Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl, ne Sarah Ophelia Colley. Thus the town, not much more than the site of a railroad junction switch, provides a connection to The Band.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 17:02:44 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: the T-dot

Subject: Grinderswitch

David P / Peter V: ... all of which led their name to be pronounced by DJs, on the few occasions they were granted airplay here, with a short "i". What with that Led Zep song about the May Queen being in the air, it was quite understandable that many took it a reference to a witch from some southe'n coven.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 16:41:17 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Grinderswitch

Peter: Adding further confusion about the group's name is that when they recorded their "Redwing" album, which included "Watermelon Time In Georgia", for ATCO in 1977 the record covers & labels changed the group name to two words.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 16:32:34 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Levon

Ari: I wouldn't take this too seriously. Like the tribute, there is a laziness about what was done here. It seems that no one put the time and effort into this Grammy tribute to make it special. I agree. Levon should be portrayed sitting at his drums hale and vital.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 16:17:28 CET 2013 from (86.171.130.66)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Thanks Bill M

Enjoy the Canadian music posts, Bill M Had a weekend, the first for some time of playing BARK, which you and Steve's enthusiasm took me into... plus that connection, Garth and their admiration of John Martyn.

Playing 'Goin' Up The Country' just now and was wondering if anybody else in the world is playing it just now. Still as fresh as a daisy.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 16:13:32 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: hail Atlantis!

I woke up in the middle of the night with Donovan's "Atlantis" in my head, specifically "Way down below the ocean, where I want to be, she made me". Sorry if you've already covered this in one of your learned articles, Peter V, but I finally caught the reference in "The Shape I'm In": "Going to go down by the water, but I ain't going to jump in, no no, I'll just be looking for my maker and I hear that that's where she's been". Obviously it's 1969 and the newly sprung Richard-figure, having no girl and thus (for a drummer, as we know from the joke) no home, has found some scant hope in a song he heard on the radio in his cell.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 15:57:02 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Grinderswitch

Grinderswitch, the Southern rock band, initially recorded on the Capricorn label out of Macon, Ga., so the song "Watermelon Time In Georgia" was natural fit. They often opened for their labelmates the Allman Brothers Band and Marshall Tucker, but never became big headliners. The group featured the late Joe Dan Petty on bass, who'd been a member of the Allman Bros. road crew (famously depicted on the back cover of the Live At the Fillmore East album). Grinderswitch started up after Joe Dan worked with ABB at Watkins Glen. After his group faded out in the '80s and Joe Dan went back to work with the Allman Bros. as a guitar tech. He later became an accomplished custom boot maker, whose clientele included musicians & other celebrities. Sadly he died in a plane crash in 2000.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 09:24:44 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Grinder's Switch: yes, I bought that single for Garland Jeffreys and Stan Szelest. Unfortunately it's not them, but actually by Grinder Switch (two words, no apostrophe) on the label, a later band known as Grinderswitch (one word) on Wiki. I hadn't known there was another, but as I told generations of students: apostrophes are important. Still, it has Watermelon Time in Georgia on the B side.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 06:12:49 CET 2013 from (99.115.145.68)

Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

Rolling Stone coverage of Watkins Glen.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 04:48:21 CET 2013 from (66.65.95.192)

Posted by:

Ari

What I don't understand is why all these tributes use photos of Levon as an old man. He's always looked frail and weak after the cancer. Why do people now seem to identify him as that picture where he is holding the mandolin to his chest. They'd never do that for Michael Jackson. They should show him during his years with The Band, which is what people ultimately will remember him for. His spectacular solo career is just an added bonus. But he looks beautiful in every single picture from 1968 to 1976. Especially when he's playing. How do they expect folks like Rihanna or Fun. to pay attention to an old man. I don't know, that's just never made sense to me. Even at the Love for Levon concert, it's always that damn picture of him looking tiny on the Dirt Farmer cover. Does this bother anybody else?


Entered at Tue Feb 12 00:32:31 CET 2013 from (67.71.1.31)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thanks JT....So my memory served me well....I didn't arrive at the Concert until The Guess Who were performing...that's why I wasn't really sure.

As far as a more recognizable song for "the masses" for Marley's Tribute....I would have rather heard one of HIS favourite songs.....not necessarily, "One Love", "No Woman No Cry", "Stir It Up"....Anyone want to take a guess?

...and here's Shirley Caesar (posted video befoe) performing Dylan's YGSS at the Kennedy Centre. If it wasn't for this award show.....I doubt I would have discovered her on my own.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 00:32:22 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Drake

Lest we forget to acknowledge greatness in our midst: 'Drake was en route to the Grammys when he won the prize for Best Rap Album (Take Care). Naturally, he tossed down his iPad, jumped out of his sweet ride and celebrated with his well-heeled homies. This impromptu burst of high-fiving caused damage to his Yves Saint Laurent suit.'/n Who woulda thought a Toronto boy would get rap album of the year! Amazing!


Entered at Tue Feb 12 00:19:45 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: To

Subject: JULY 30 2003 SARS CONCERT

BEG: The concert opened in the afternoon with the Have Love Will Travel Revue (Aykroyd and James Belushi), Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, La Chicane, The Tea Party, The Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan, The Isley Brothers, and Blue Rodeo. Each band performed for 15–20 minutes. The second part of the concert began later in the afternoon and lasted into the night and included Justin Timberlake, The Guess Who, Rush, AC/DC, and The Rolling Stones, who performed a 90-minute set to end the concert.

Also seems like another lifetime ago, even though it is less than 10 years.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 00:07:24 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Oh my... meteoric

I meant 'meteoric'. I agree. I think the film collages really work to bring back the good feelings. If they cared at all, it could have been done with some real class. Opportunity lost! As for Bob Marley, there are signature songs and I'm not sure why they were not offered up. Nice to see family members there though. They could have done the same with Levon HELM.


Entered at Tue Feb 12 00:03:14 CET 2013 from (67.71.1.31)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

...btw Bill M. I found out today while volunteering that Kathleen Edwards makes appearances.
I think I've seen her at the SARS concert and at TLW tribute with BARK?


Entered at Tue Feb 12 00:01:43 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Police in Toronto early years

Bill: The Police played The Edge restaurant March 1979 (almost no one there), the Danforth (Nov. 1979) and The MLG concert bowl (Nov. 1980). The rise of their popularity in Toronto was meteric.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 23:49:16 CET 2013 from (67.71.1.31)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Ok....So the place I'm traveling to is now at high-risk for a tornado. Good thing I posted a lot this week. ;-D

I posted Rhianna and Mikky Ekko singing her song, "Stay" because I liked it so much that I downloaded it....The camera found Chris Brown easily.

The tribute to Levon....I wasn't really feeling it compared to the Bob Marley Tribute. At first I thought Mavis' voice wasn't as strong as the few times I've seen her perform....but she deserved to be there. Some say that Robbie wrote TW with her in mind. She always gives a nod to all the Band members when she performs. And.....She'd understand why Joshua Ledet "goes over the top" when you're feelin' it.....with all your soul. Also....Elton's piano was turned waaaaay up.....If Amy and members of the Levon Helm Band couldn't perform for whatever reason.....Why not a musical collage on the screen of Levon's finest moments from playing with The Hawks, Dylan and Festival Express, TLW and solo work? This could also have been the one time.....for Robbie and Garth to reunite as well. I've seen Levon and Garth perform on the same stage for the Hawk's tribute at Massey Hall.....and The Hawk....So....Why not? Why not? Why not?

The difference with the Marley Tribute was that two of Bob's children were actually there performing. Ziggy represented the roots reggae of his dad and youngest Damian....dance-hall reggae. Even if you only have "Legend" in your collection you would know, "Could You Be Loved". The energy was there on stage and Rhianna coming from Barbados would know reggae quite well even though reggae comes from Jamaica and calypso music from Trinidad.....I felt joy watching the perfomers and the audience.....I also felt sadness because Bob passed at 36. I was lucky to have seen him at Maple Leaf Gardens.....but I wanted to see him again and again.

At Edgerton's or The Edge....I saw Mink Deville (Paul James was in his band for a short time.), reggae group Zap Pow (I found one of their recordings while working in a music store.)....going blank now....We're talking about another life time here.

I felt the Grammys this year was very sloooooow and not enough performances....The videos I posted mattered to me....but Levon's Tribute...maybe best intentions but surely they could have asked the people who were really connected with Levon...Levon's family, band members....

Peter.....I guess you know who was in Grinder's Switch, right? :-D

Five of us are now going to Levon't Celebration with The Weber Brothers on April 26. Anyone else who would like to join us either email Northern Boy or myself.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 23:36:18 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: "If your memory serves you well..."

Bill: check this out! "If your memory serves you well..."

http://www.thegridto.com/culture/music/then-now-the-edge/


Entered at Mon Feb 11 23:02:12 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Police Egerton's

Bill: You remember Egerton's, I'm sure (Ryerson). If I recall correctly, The Police were booked into Egerton's one evening. I think it was winter. There was likely some snow possibly keeping the crowds away. But if I remember it correctly, there were no more than 2 dozen there (I was not one of them); Within a few months (I can't recall how many) they were filling MLG. I am and will always be a fan of their music.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 22:31:58 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Terronna

JT: I agree that Mavis was the only one who really rose towards the occasion, even if the volume on her mike didn't - though I thought the toqued guy was fine too.

Also, as you (JT) mentioned both Sting and reggae, I'll reinsert what was going to be part of my earlier note to Dunc. There was a cheap flyer on the wall at Sonic Boom noting a 'record fair' (not our usual term) the next day at the Tranzac Club nearby. I went expecting little - and found just a little room with just five or six dealers, all specialising in reggae and R&B. I got chatting to one of the handful of other buyers, who turned out to be the former leader of a local reggae band, Earth Roots and Water, who opened for Police at the Horseshoe in the '70s, back when couldn't even fill bars over here.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 22:12:05 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Tronna

Dunc: Yessiree, the weight was certertainly on them, it seemed to me. In other news, I finally got around to finding and visiting the new location of Sonic Boom - basically kitty-corners in what had been part of Honest Ed's. Amazingly enough, even bigger and better organised. More LPs to go with the CDs and more display cases of special stuff.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 21:07:06 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Don't leave me alone in the Twilight …

Did you notice that the Haim show was "The Twilight Series"? I'd never heard of them nd (a) they were in the UK in November (b) I was in Santa Monica this summer. Ah, well. I will catch up with them.

On female bands I posted my liking of Ain't That Pculiar by Fanny. I picked up their first three albums on the"£5 each - 3 for £10" section in Sunday.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 20:44:45 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Now that was refreshing

Thank you David. A breath of fresh air. I can now move on and leave the inertial vibe of Grammyland behind.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 20:17:59 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Haim

And this link leads to Haim covering Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well" with the lovely Danielle playing Peter Green lead on her Gibson SG.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 20:08:08 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Haim

And so it goes...as the Fixx said so eloquently... One Think Leads to Another

LA San Fernando valley band. Haim.

"Following dates supporting Mumford & Sons on their "Gentlemen of the Road" tour in the US in August 2012[15][16] Haim made their debut tour of the UK in November 2012 and then supported Florence and the Machine on their UK and Ireland tour in December 2012."


Entered at Mon Feb 11 19:59:26 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Peter: The female bassist who sang that verse of "The Weight" was Este Haim, flanked by her sisters Danielle and Alana.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 19:42:26 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Antidote indeed

Peter: Antidote indeed. That is how it should be done. A celebration and not a dirge. Can you imagine if some of the Ramble people were there?


Entered at Mon Feb 11 19:40:07 CET 2013 from (86.171.130.66)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland
Web: My link

Subject: Great version

I love this version of the Weight by The Old Crow Medicine Show + Gillian Welch.

I love the fiddle and the banjo.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 19:26:30 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Peter V: Thanks - a happy, shambolic antitode as you say. Who was the presumably somewhat important guy at the front with his little red keyboard, ready at 3:49 for a moment in the sun, only to be quietly crushed as the big guy (Mumford?) rotates past him to point to the fiddler?


Entered at Mon Feb 11 19:25:07 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Marley

Speaking of this Grammy show, I'd be interested to know from BEG and others about their feelings concerning the Marley tribute. I liked Sting but I thought the music selection for this section was seriously lacking. Again, it felt like an 'add on' and 'why don't we do this' - slapdash and with little thought. Where were the songs that define Bob Marley and identify him? The whole show felt that way to me with few exceptions. Too much superficial Timberlake comeback and not enough heart... just not enough. I do agree that sometimes, there is that rare occasion when the awards show makes one aware of something good that is worth pursuing.. you can't know about everything, either in music or movies. As for what is being called C&W now, most of it sounds like homogenized Muzak for the masses.. with some exceptions that I heard in brief snippets last night. But that's another matter... where are the descendants of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn and the others. Johnny Cash must be turning over and spinning in his resting place for the likes of some of what is now identified with his genre. As for Alicia Keys, she is remarkable and wonderful and there are not enough superlatives. With good anatomy coupled with adequate vocal cords, some of the others count on their dancing (variable) and their looks.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 19:18:06 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: I should have read the note …

The note accompanying the video linked in previous post:

On their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover shows last summer, Mumford and Sons often closed their set with a version of The Band's classic hit 'The Weight'. Scroll down to watch the band performing the track with members of Haim, The Maccabees, Dawes and more in Portland, Maine.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 19:15:10 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: THe Weight: The Antidote

Robbie's Facebook page connects you to the NME article, and nestling below it is a video screen. This is "The Gentleman of The Road" performing The Weight in Portand, Maine. I knew nothing about it, but immediately spotted Simone Felice and Simi Stone among what must be twenty people on stage. it's a gorgeous, lurching ramshackle version. Simone Felice takes the Crazy Chester verse, and Simi Stone is the most powerful voice in the choruses AND there's a trombone solo. Hugely enjoyable! I don't know the others. Who's the female bass player who takes a verse?


Entered at Mon Feb 11 19:14:23 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Mavis was heartfelt.

Mavis did her best, Bill. She was to some degree indeed 'hung out to dry'. Elton is Elton and his nod to Levon in those early years plus his elder statesman role together seemed to have carried the day to a degree. Personally, I like tributes to have emotional meaning and to be relevant to the people performing. For Mavis, that was the case. There were so many possibilities. It felt like this was a ' we should really do this, you know' rather than "Levon is beloved.. lets honor him in style and make it heartfelt'. It wasn't that. This stuff matters to me as it probably does to many here. The sense of dignity and respect that behooves such a tribute was absent. Too bad.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 19:01:17 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

According to Robbie's Facebook page, he was not at the Grammys last night and that neither he nor Garth had been invited.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 18:49:56 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

JT: I didn't watch the show, so the clip of "The Weight" is all I know. I'd assumed that a bunch of the people onstage - Black Keys guy, Brittany Shakes, Mumfords, Burnett - were onstage because they won awards and this was something of a show closer where everyone gets back onstage to sing "I Shall Be Released" or "One Love" or something like that. If Elton and Mavis didn't win anything, Elton woulda been there in his role as the biggest long-term star in the room (a role often performed by McCartney) and Mavis was there because she sang with our guys on TLW. So if it wasn't that, and somebody actually thought about it and came to the conclusion that this would be a good mix, yeesh ...!


Entered at Mon Feb 11 18:22:49 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Sloppy

Criticism is a defined and necessary part of art and culture. If I were the king (of the Grammy Awards)( and its good to be king, some say), I'd have though long and hard about a tribute to one of the very important musicians who gave popular American music direction when it seemed to lack it. I would have had Robbie and Garth there (at any cost) on the stage to give the event and memory appropriate honor. I'd have had Amy and Donald and others from the Ramble front and centre in the tribute. I'd have had people there who gave the memory meaning. I'd have chosen 2 songs, one from the Band time and one from his 2 Grammy award winning albums. If I were king....


Entered at Mon Feb 11 18:09:05 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: The Grammys

While watching the Levon tribute,which I thought was pretty good,I had a strange thought, I wonder if Robbie was there?


Entered at Mon Feb 11 18:04:59 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Average 'Weight' underwhelming

I thought 'The Weight' was just OK. Yes Bill, Levon was a big part of that song and so it was appropriate but Levon distinguished himself almost uniquely on other Band songs. With a little thinking (and if the masses were not the primary object of appeasement), I thought a more fitting directional tribute to emphasize his drumming and unique aspect would have been more fitting. I expect too much. As to the performance, Kevin, it was OK in my view. Brittany Howard did a fine job but others were less effective. That was my take on it. The show itself was not great. It lacked pace at times and the host should 'hang them up' and let someone else take over. He lacked spontaneity until the end, when his performance was great. As an emcee, he slowed things down. You've got to have someone sharp and quick in that role, whether it is movies or music. As to the music itself, there are still some winners even in this decade (Both Black and Alicia Keys, Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, Jack White continues) but, as I noted in the past, aside from Dr. John and Bonnie Raitt (not a personal favourite), where was Tempest and Old Ideas (I know, Rockin', ... old ideas!). And the newer people are absent ... You'd think the Grammy people never heard of some of the groups making music with less exposure (its almost as if if it is not in a car ad, no one pays attention). There are some great groups out there who are not recognized for their quality. As much as I think there may be too many categories already, there has to be room for The National, Ra Ra Riot, The Wknd, Dan Bejar, and so many others. I sometimes think this bunch needs to go back to the drawing board and redefine themselves. Good on them for recognizing music teachers for the first time. Overall, I was underwhelmed by the show. Get a host!


Entered at Mon Feb 11 17:57:36 CET 2013 from (198.179.198.1)

Posted by:

Calvin

Yeah, that was a pretty lousy version of The Weight. I dont know, perhaps it was just too busy? The Weight is a sparse song in my mind and there was just simply too much going on-the Mix that had Elton's Piano so loud and over the top was such a bad decision.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 17:55:44 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.115)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Subject: Too Heavy

Kevin- I agree with you entirely. watchign it, I was mortifiied. What has happened to the live performance of the song is saddening. to me, The Weight was like a prayer that dignified and illuminated the beauty and sacredness of the very real ups and downs, and ins and outs of life and keeping keeping on. Somehow, somewhere along the line, the modern hordes have turned it into some kind of amplified, accompanied rant.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 17:40:28 CET 2013 from (70.53.44.128)

Posted by:

Kevin J

….just back after a few months of wandering around the world……shook every tree I could but didn’t drop any eccentric Scandinavians…..

Grammy’s 2013: I gather others here were impressed but – sorry – I thought it was a horror show. If Elton John and the mumble bums ever even hint at doing another Band song they should have their cards permanently pulled. That may have been the worst take and “The Weight” I have ever heard and trust me I have heard plenty. Shame on Elton who is like that pudgy little kid at school who grows up to have some power and insists on inserting himself in every conceivable situation – no matter how incompetent or in this case just flatly underprepared. A disgrace. The only person in the collection of idiots on stage that I have any feelings for was Mavis and if murdering “The Weight” was not bad enough then leaving her out there to drown – and she did – was a double disgrace…..not to be forgiven.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 16:58:07 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Just watched "The Weight" - proof positive that it's an indestructible songs, though I thought the Mumfords - and especially Brittany from Alabama Shakes - did their best. But everybody seemed to recognise how special it was to share such a stage at such a place and time to perform such a song for such a reason.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 16:13:58 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Lefty Frizzell first covered Harlan Howard's "Watermelon Time In Georgia" in 1970. The year before Joe Simon had a hit with Mr. Howard's "The Chokin' Kind".

In a fitting tribute, after watching "The Weight" perfomance at the Grammys last night, I switched over to the Palladia HD channel where "The Last Waltz" was in progress.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 15:26:36 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Now they're repeating stuff from other posts. I suspect they don't speak English and copy and paste chunks. This keeps happening in my Wordpress SPAM filter which fortunately blocks this shite. They have to go to a lot of effort too.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 13:08:59 CET 2013 from (67.71.3.95)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Rihanna ft Mikky Ekko - Stay - Grammy Awards 2013 Performance


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Grammy Awards 2013: Bruno Mars - Rihanna - Sting - Ziggy Marley - Damian Marley - Perform Bob Marley Tribute


Entered at Mon Feb 11 13:03:50 CET 2013 from (67.71.3.95)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

ELTON JOHN, MUMFORD & SONS, MAVIS STAPLES, OTHERS REHEARSE...for Levon Helm Tribute at Grammy Awards and some reflections by Elton John, T-Bone Burnett, Mumford and Songs, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 12:56:52 CET 2013 from (67.71.3.95)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....still here as flights are backed up.

For those of you who weren't able to see Levon Helm Grammy Awards Memorial Tribute Performance Of “The Weight”.

Howzit Nux. My South African friend was just in Cape Town area. This trip no family or friends were allowed to come.....next time I hope! Btw, I think when you called while I was there, you spoke to one of her daughters. Uhhhh....My friend says Durban isn't so great.... ;-D


Entered at Mon Feb 11 11:15:36 CET 2013 from (41.162.7.114)

Posted by:

NUX

Subject: Rodriguez

Howzit Brown eyed girl,ja we all grew up with Rodriguez here in SA,it is quite moving to see him being recognized in music mags and on Letterman.Going to watch the Movie tonight and am really looking forward to it.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 09:52:34 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The Weight

Haven't seen it yet, though it was announced on BBC Radio as going to happen last week. I reckon "The Weight" has established itself as perfect for such events because there's a big chorus, and from the first version on, different singers take different verses … and Levon took three of the five.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 06:54:53 CET 2013 from (74.88.129.151)

Posted by:

John W.

That performance of "The Weight" was a great salute to Levon. I mean, it was an all-star band, performing on nattional television in front of all the greatest people in the industry. So nice to see Levon (and The Band) getting some much deserved attention and affection. I just wish I could go back a few years and see those guys play again at those old venues like the Lone Star, the Bottom Line or the Joyous Lake. Oh well cest la vie.


Entered at Mon Feb 11 05:25:53 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Mumford & Sons and Black Keys

There is hope! And a good (not great) version of 'Take A Load'. I think they should have used something else more representative of Levon (Rag) but... the masses, the masses... gotta appeal to the masses.


Entered at Sun Feb 10 22:24:31 CET 2013 from (64.134.236.15)

Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland Tx

Subject: no kidding

"Thinkin Out Loud" it's not that bad, check out Garth on the thing. If you are into History Docs, "Last Voices Of WWI", five bucks at Barnes and Noble, is a must. Just tremendously moving, these old brits (and a few Scots) have a music in there voices that is amazing. You must see this show.


Entered at Sun Feb 10 19:31:03 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: LEVON/Grammys

Happy Grammy Day to you all!! I read this in an article from my inbox, and didn't think much of it..WHY? Explanation below it..

Tribute to Levon Helm:

Levon Helm, drummer and singer who played with Bob Dylan and later The Band, died of cancer last year at age 71. Few musicians were as spontaneous and down-to-earth in their songwriting or performance as Helm. The Grammy tribute to him will involve an all-star lineup performing The Weight, one of his most famous songs. The big names on the stage are Elton John and new age British folkies Mumford & Sons, but the tribute will also include T Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET. Sunday, February 10, 2013…

Quote,"singer who played with Bob Dylan and later the Band".

My quote, " drummer/singer who played with Ronnie Hawkins and the Band, later was Bob Dylan's backup band when touring..."

Have a good day,enjoy the Grammys. I'm looking forward to this and Bruno Mars. And thanx for all the great posts and links.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


Entered at Sun Feb 10 18:10:58 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Reading record Fair today. I got there about an hour after it started and was told I'd missed Jimmy Page who had been there first thing (you can pay an extra £2 to get in an hour earlier). He must be in a peaceful mood, because there were loads of Lep Zep boots still on sale. Also a new 3 CD boot of the two New Jersey Band 1973 shows (which I already had). Nice sleeve … the Elliot Landy full pic with the naked girl in view from the brown album sessions.

Lots of interesting things, but for me a Grinder's Switch single, with Watermelon Time in Georgia (recorded 1977, so before Levon) on the B side.


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Posted by:

Billy the Mountain

Hi


Entered at Sun Feb 10 00:26:33 CET 2013 from (67.84.77.144)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Al,with all due respect, i meant to answer you before on this :"Anyone who can't recognise this fella's truly exceptional vocal gifts is either deaf, intrinsically opposed to exceptional vocal talent, an apologist for a preconceived stance or on a feckin wind up.:-0) "....

i don't think anyone felt he isn't talented. i know that i did not write that. My opinion was his talent needs development, direction, to be schooled. A sharphooter is talented. The sharpshooter who killed President Kennedy did not use his talents for the greater good. A sharpshooter who nails a lunatic who has nineteen hostages and has already killed one is using his talent for the greater good. .... A basketball player who only excels one on one, but does not fit well into a team play or play defense needs to be schooled, to be worth a damn in the pros,... running fast is great, that doesn't make you a good football player, it makes you someone who can run fast carrying a football.... development, has it's place...in my opinion, Ledet needs schoolin...... and, depending upon him, it may or may not make a difference.


Entered at Sat Feb 9 23:50:52 CET 2013 from (74.176.220.19)

Posted by:

Mike C

Ben Pike, I've always liked "Thinkin' Out Loud" - it is a weird little tune, but fits in well on an album full of weird little tunes. Rick's vocal is great as usual, with wonderful piano from Garth. Sounds like Richard on drums to me, which if true makes me wonder where Levon can be found on the cut.


Entered at Sat Feb 9 22:49:25 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Once

Just watched the 2006 film "Once" featuring the songs (and acting) of Glen Hansard. Oh, dear. The Civil Wars "Poison & Wine" is SO close to the main song that I'd call it an outright lift. And i liked The Civil Wars so much!


Entered at Sat Feb 9 21:07:52 CET 2013 from (76.79.75.218)

Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland Tx

Subject: Even The House Dick's Been Fired

There are Acid Folk Snobs who would say Donovan is better than Dylan. Hey, "Thinking Out Loud" is not that bad. Try it on a mix tape with other mid tempo stuff, and you see how The Boy's set a standard in their own work that was not exactly real world.


Entered at Sat Feb 9 20:54:48 CET 2013 from (122.59.251.42)

Posted by:

Rod

Subject: guitars

I know Robbie is widely regarded being a Fender player but I wonder how true that is. Certainly live he used Teles or Strats but alot of early videos show him using the two Epiphones he had.Maybe they just looked better for the videos. It's a shame there aren't any studio photos from later years to show what he was using.

My guess is that the SG was Dylan's and they swapped for fun on the night. As for the TLW Les Paul - I always assumed that was Neil Youngs but Robbie did mention in a Guitar Player interview from 76 that he had a Les Paul. Pity he didn't use it more as it had a nice tone. Adam, thanks for the comment about tuning the E up to f# for Unfaithfull Servant. I think The Band played it in A. I've always done it in G (easier to sing) and tuned the top E done to a D.


Entered at Sat Feb 9 19:31:38 CET 2013 from (74.176.220.19)

Posted by:

Mike C

A lot of great discussion here of late. My two cents: I'll take Badfinger's version of "Without You" over Nilsson, and no one comes close to Etta on "I'd Rather Go Blind", one of the great gut-check recordings of all time.

As for Joshua Ledet, he's clearly got something but he just doesn't quite reach me. I just feel like he's not digging deep enough, not giving me the truth. Not sure if this makes me a snob or someone with dubious musical taste. Probably both. Or maybe the fault lies not in the star, but in myself.

"Virginia Woolf" is difficult to watch but always rewarding. Who new Liz had that in her? And Burton is remarkable, probably his best performance. Just thinking about the film has given me a hankerin' for a glass of bergen & water.


Entered at Sat Feb 9 17:31:37 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Speaking of Liz and Richard, "The Taming of The Shrew" is playing on BBC TV this afternoon. I'm recording it.

For those of a literary bent, or of a Richard Burton interest, there's a 1950s cartoon and an anecdote in the Twelfth Night review on my blog, see link. You only have to read as far as the cartoon … second paragraph has the Burton story.


Entered at Sat Feb 9 17:24:03 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Films et al

Virginia didn't need boxing gloves. She won all her bouts. Jake...well, he had his time and then. Two good movies. The actors were at the top of their respective games. Sandy Dennis is so annoying in that movie ... her performance was brilliant. And Richard Burton.. what can one say? The likes of RB don't come around too often. Speaking of Richards, 'The Life of Pi' moved into my top 10 of all time.


Entered at Sat Feb 9 16:33:48 CET 2013 from (67.238.31.37)

Posted by:

rosalind

Subject: Boxing Gloves ?

I watched Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf the other night and after that caught some of Raging Bull. I love Garland Jeffrey's "Matador" Hope everybody's alright this morning. Don't shovel show like a sumbitch tho, we're all gettin' old even tho some of us are on our way to lookin' like Carmen Dell'Orfice


Entered at Sat Feb 9 13:54:27 CET 2013 from (76.69.138.69)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: That's what its all about

"that's when the snobbery and self satisfaction sets in. You become a jerk. Someone who sucks all the air out of the room upon arrival. This place has always had more than it's share of them. This place is the stuffiest spot on the net "

More good ideas and opinions, including this one, are posted at this site regarding music than perhaps any site of which I am aware. That's what makes this site so interesting. Stuffy? I don't think so. Opinionated...absolutely!


Entered at Sat Feb 9 12:00:41 CET 2013 from (83.249.143.62)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Red sector of the lighthouse

Subject: Fast

As a member of Lutheran Church I'll take part in a modern fast: less internet and electronic media. More books. We'll see in Easter. - Until then: "If you'll see your neighbour carryin' something / help him with his load / And don't go mistaken Paradise / for that home across the road."


Entered at Sat Feb 9 10:37:19 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Alabama Shakes

An example of a great band who achieved success by the time-honoured routes of working on covers first, going on to your own material, building a local following and actually playing places without TV cameras.


Entered at Sat Feb 9 04:00:29 CET 2013 from (198.36.218.33)

Posted by:

Jerry

Yep, back at ya Rozzz..


Entered at Sat Feb 9 03:14:02 CET 2013 from (184.144.105.6)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

...boxing gloves?

Jan H saw me more like this when he had my own page for all the links I contributed back in the day Roz.

The eyes are right on!
Don't catch a fire anymore but still have fire in my soul. Oh yeah....

Happy early Valentine's to everyone as I won't be here to wish the best to all next week.
Love is everywhere.

As Katy Perry sings...."I'm Wide Awake". You have to be wide awake to feeeeel it....everywhere and anywhere.


Entered at Sat Feb 9 03:00:32 CET 2013 from (184.144.105.6)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Roz...Garland's a huuuuge movie fan too....just like yourself....You're a good writer too, huh? ;-D

"Fixated movie star fever with as many names as I could conjure and still make sense. Today I'd include Pacino, De Niro, Duvall, Eastwood, Finney and Streep." All the Best,
Garland

Broadcast on ABC's "Fridays" November 13, 1981. Garland Jeffreys - Vocals, Brinsley Schwarz - Lead Guitar, Carter Cathcart - Guitar, Steve Goulding - Drums, Brian Stanley - Bass Guitar.

Words and Music: Garland Jeffreys. Originally issued on the album "Ghost Writer" (A& M Records, 1977). Reissued on the album "I'm Alive" (Universal International, 2006).

LONG LIVE GARLAND JEFFREYS!!!!!!


Entered at Sat Feb 9 02:20:29 CET 2013 from (173.3.48.96)

Posted by:

Biily C. (Friend0

Subject: The Voice

The Voice is a good show. Is it rigged? i don't know but, you can almost see who the winner will be. Earely on, i mean really early,. I was working at home, had the idiot box on, and heard Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda talking about it, Kathy Lee said, cmon, it's obvious Cassidy Pope will be the winner.

The guy from Minnesota, i don't recall his name, but he was super talented, wad damn good. he was too off to win though, like many srtists his personality was sorta weird. but the two things that would have killed his odds were that he was too damn anxious to talk when it wasnlt his turn ( after peforming and the judges are weighing in), and his general oddball quirkiness, unusual behavior, and his appearance. That said, what really killed him off was that his song choices were too similar most of the time, and though all his pervormances for very good, his exc eptional performances were not at the finishing line.And he sweated a lot and was very antsy... However, musically, as whole his presntations, for me, were probably the best out of the group.

I also thought the Caribbean kid (Guyanese?) kid, 18 years old, from Queens, was excellent. i dug Amanda Brown, though I thought that in some few regards she needed a good vocal coach, i liked her, possibly as much or more than the weird Minnesota guy. It was very obvious that Christina Aguillera did not like her, I never understood why.... anyhow, they killed her off too soon, and the closer to the end we got, thge more obvious it became that Kathy Lee Gifford was goign to be right. And she was. Cassidy Pope won. She's talented, and white, and female, and not far over the line. Pretty, not gorgeous. She has one or two tattoos, and her teeth aren't perfect, but she is a excellent singer, and not far out of the box. Do i see her as any kind of superstar, no, but she has lots of talent, sings with power and emotion but clean, and responds to coaching. Honestly, i would have preferred the weird dude, or amanda Brown or the kid from Queens to win .

I was supriosed to learn just how talented Adam Levine is.... he is one talented guy. Celo is a pisser, and Blake shelton, well, who said "You can't argue with success" ? Actually Blake is intelligent, funny, and does behave with a fair amount of class. christina, , i don't know, i wasn'tt crazy about her.Sometimes she was cool, eloquent and on mark even, other times, i found her kind of petty and bitchy..and it bothered me that she had such apparent distate for amanda Brown. If i recall, the only time she was decent to her was when they knocked her off....


Entered at Sat Feb 9 02:09:41 CET 2013 from (67.238.31.37)

Posted by:

rosalind

Intensity keeps you young and bold and beautiful. Nothing says beauty like self confidence. I wouldn't give 5 cents for somebody who ain't got intensity and individuality. In the end if a woman can keep her individuality and her intensity and her curiosity while everybody else around her is losing theirs.. then she has it beat already. She won't need the botox as long as she keeps the boxing gloves on. They be yellin' "GO DOWN, STAY DOWN" but don't go down! On your deathbed you'll have scar upon scar but you can say as you go out "I never went down. I never went down"

Hey Jerr. Long time ..


Entered at Fri Feb 8 22:41:12 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: The Mystery SG

The guitar Dylan used at RoA was a Gibson SG Junior, a variation of the SG with just a single (P-90) pickup, rather than two. It had been modified by moving the tone & volume knobs closer to the pickguard area (see link). The question remains as to who owned it at the time.


Entered at Fri Feb 8 22:34:55 CET 2013 from (184.144.105.6)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Fri Feb 8 22:29:41 CET 2013 from (184.144.105.6)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Joan...Howzit ( a South African greeting).
I hope you received my email re time in Habana, Cuba.
Did you know about Rodriguez before I posted about him?
I only was exposed to his music this summer when I saw the very worthwhile documentary....."Searching For Sugarman". I knew he worked in construction....and not sure if he wasn't willing to play the "game" or if racism was a part of why so many of us missed out on him the first time...maybe not.
His song, "I'll Slip Away" might explain part of his story too...

And I'll forget about the girl that said no
Then I'll tell who I want where to go
And I'll forget about your lies and deceit
And your attempts to be so discreet

Maybe today, yeah
I'll slip away

And you can keep your symbols of success
Then I'll pursue my own happiness
And you can keep your clocks and routines
Then I'll go mend all my shattered dreams

Maybe today, yeah
I'll slip away

Cause you've been down on me for too long
And for too long I just put you on
Now I'm tired of lying and I'm sick of trying
Cause I'm losing who I really am
And I'm not choosing to be like them

And if you get bored and you got loneliness
Or it's dislike for me you express
I won't care if you're right or you're wrong
I won't care cause you see I'll be gone

Maybe today, yeah
I'll slip away

Maybe today, yeah
Maybe today, yeah
Maybe today, yeah girl
I'll slip away

Jerry T...I didn't call some of you a snob because you don't dig Joshua Ledet.....nope....attitude about where some artists develop their craft or become known....I do realize that I'm just as judgmental for seeing you as a snob.....I apologize...I just try to keep an open mind....Keeps me young and then when I have a music appreciation club at school....The kidzzz will be exposed to the greats from the cotton fields to Woodstock to punk to new wave to....Joshua Ledet..... ;-D Although we've met once.....I don't think you know how passionate I am about some genres of music.....although all kinds are in my collection.....I will be watching the Grammy's tomorrow not because there will be a tribute to Levon......a bonus....I will be watching 'cause ya just never know who might make you feeeeeeel something.....or make you think....or help you connect with yourself and others.
Also....For the record, I think I'm a food snob....lol

Hey Rozzzz....I actually "get" you now so I just go with the flow when I read your posts. I do miss your posts on food and about the bluezzz musicians you know about.....I know I can be quite intense.....about what I dig......but I'm also very clear on what makes me pay attention.....


Entered at Fri Feb 8 22:02:09 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Old jokes

If I can be even more up myself than usual, there are plenty of places on the internet … just Google "Really old dirty jokes; pre-1963" and you can find this stuff. Why it has to be repeated, I don't know. I remember laughing at that in the Captain Pugwash version. Would that be 40 years ago?


Entered at Fri Feb 8 21:27:18 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Talent

What one appreciates and enjoys in the arts is a matter of personal taste and opinion. Calling it snobbery or labelling those who don't like certain types of music or musicians does nothing to enlighten the issue. BEG likes this guy; others don't. Believe it or not, I know individuals who don't like The Band or Dylan or Cohen or others. So be it! The enjoyment of the arts and culture is the ability to express ourselves with our words and ideas. Snobbery has nothing to do with it. And so, for those who feel this is the most uptight place on the internet, you are entitled to your opinion and I appreciate it. This is my opinion.


Entered at Fri Feb 8 21:22:41 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Pat B: Thanks. Is an SG the sort of thing that Dylan would have brought onstage? This would make sense if the song where he played the SG was the first one he did, but not if it wasn't - because that would have made him Robbie's roadie (or guitar tech maybe).


Entered at Fri Feb 8 21:10:32 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

Joan

Web: My link

Subject: rodriguez

60 minutes interview, Really interesting. He was working as a janitor in the Bronx


Entered at Fri Feb 8 20:38:02 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Levon on Tele

In 1970-'71 Levon would often switch to playing a Tele when performing "Strawberry Wine", as he did on the recording.


Entered at Fri Feb 8 19:44:55 CET 2013 from (108.90.18.26)

Posted by:

Pat B

Bill M, I believe Richard played drums on three of the Dylan RoA songs--Henry, Down in the Flood, and Masterpiece. Levon played mandolin on Henry and Masterpiece. There is a photo in AMH that has Levon on mandolin, Dylan on the Tele, and RR on the SG. So it's RR on the SG on at least Henry. Dylan played the SG on at least on song. It is an interesting question where the SG came from. There was no opening act although when they played Chicago on that tour, Taj Mahal opened.


Entered at Fri Feb 8 19:24:57 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Al, my favourite Donny Osmond song is Eveybody's Talkin'.


Entered at Fri Feb 8 19:21:24 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Bumbles I think had a copy of the "Rock Snob's Almanac" and you'll see that Rock Snobbery is often a virtue.

Is Marvin Gaye "better" than Barry White? would be an example. A rock snob can only answer a resounding "yes."

Or maybe "Is Bob Dylan "better" than Donovan? You see these choices are not difficult.

Or The Beatles v Gerry & The Pacemakers? Any band you care to name versus The Doors? My Great Uncle Ben v Pete Seeger?

I've never seen an American idol show, and they may be way better than the British ones. But the British ones offer ritual humiliation in the early stages, then instant stardom to the one who survives it all who will inevitably go straight to number 1 with their first record. Yes, they have to be good singers and robust personalities, but the dead hand of "Showbiz" managers weighs so heavily on the choice of songs, and the style of presentation. It's TV entertainment but is it rock music?

BTW, I had a strange dream last night. I was in a club, and they announced that Tom Waits was playing. (He's on the cover of one of this month's mags which must have prompted it). Anyway, he wandered through the audience first, and we were at tables like a cabaret. He stopped to speak to us and we chatted and I said I liked The Band so he sat doen and we chatted about The Band and live performances. So he said "OK, thanks for that chat … you can have three requests and I'll play them tonight." And at that instant the title of every song Tom Waits had ever sung went out of my head and I was stuck there stuttering. OK, I know it's an ageing dream with fear of memory going, but it was extremely real!


Entered at Fri Feb 8 19:12:39 CET 2013 from (67.238.31.37)

Posted by:

rosalind

Guy gets a job on a fishing boat. Captain says,"we have a few rules around here" "No fighting,no drinking,we work 10 hours a day we eat twice a day and you can stick your dick in the hole in the barrel for a blowjob anyday of the week except Thursday. Guy thinks about it. Says That sounds good but, why not Thursday? Captain says," That's your day in the barrel"


Entered at Fri Feb 8 18:38:10 CET 2013 from (67.238.31.37)

Posted by:

rosalind

Discovering The Band at an young age can definitely make a musical snob out of ya. The Band is the Hope Diamond. Once you find THAT you're sure you got the best and that's when the snobbery and self satisfaction sets in. You become a jerk. Someone who sucks all the air out of the room upon arrival. This place has always had more than it's share of them. This place is the stuffiest spot on the net


Entered at Fri Feb 8 18:19:11 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Pat B / Adam: I'm not a guitar guy, but I do wonder why Robbie would bring a guitar that he seldom, if ever, used with the Band (the Gibson SG in this case) for use as backup at the ROA gig. Presumably he knew that Bob would be guesting and would want to use Robbie's Telecaster, but even so .... Would the two have huddled days beforehand and come to the conclusion that those two guitars would work best together on those particular songs?


Entered at Fri Feb 8 17:13:11 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Adam: In those Rich Stadium photos you can see that Eric Clapton was using a Tele, instead of his trademark Strat from that era. It looks like it has a humbucking pickup, like the one Robbie began using around 1971, so maybe he borrowed it from Robbie.


Entered at Fri Feb 8 17:03:07 CET 2013 from (77.102.201.158)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Subject: Aah so it's all come clear now

Can now see your problem Pete lad. very understandable.

You thought Without You was really Puppy Love. Easily done me arl mucker. Won't be the first time. My aunty Winnie made a similar mistake. Mind you she was 92.

:-0)


Entered at Fri Feb 8 16:59:29 CET 2013 from (70.29.16.78)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

I posted a song my Voice contestant Melanie Sanchez..."Too Close". I watched the show because of her the way I watched American Idol for the first time because of Joshua Ledet. Good music is found everywhere. I respectfully find some attitudes displayed here as reeking of snobbery.
It's like when some posters feel they have to justify watching award shows too........If it wasn't for BET awards and the Grammy's and others; I wouldn't have discovered gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Shirley Caesar and it was actually at one of these award shows where Adele sang very briefly.......before the world caught up that I first became aware of her.
Same as the snobbery that goes along with "rap is crap"....No.....There is good music and bad music.....period....Tupac and a couple of Eminem songs are in my collection....both brilliant.....Yes.....The way they can string words together......Amazing!


Entered at Fri Feb 8 16:35:41 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Peter: The Warner purchase of Parlophone doesn't include the Beatles catalog, which is retained by Universal and controlled by Apple Corps.


Entered at Fri Feb 8 15:36:33 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Voice

John D: I haven't seen 'The Voice' but the concept sounds more appealing and 'less fixed' and staged than many of the others. Sounds somewhat more interesting than many of the others. ( I trust 'the fix isn't in but one never knows.) I'll look for it. Thanks


Entered at Fri Feb 8 14:34:02 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Talent Shows

Can't believe I'm weighing in on this; but for my wife and I, there is only one. "The Voice." 4 celebrities; sit with there back to the artist and if they like what they hear, they turn their chairs around. If more than one turns around the talent chooses; who will be their coach. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine make it worthwhile. They are funny; with a lot of personality. Aguilera is leaving. No problem; with me. I'll miss Cee Lo Green. Both are taking a season off. I will admit we love this show.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Bill M!!! Martin Short.....and.....!!!!!!


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Beatles are Back in the USSR

Just read that Warner Music, now Russian owned, just paid Universal £487 million for the Parlophone and Chrysalis labels, beating off bids from Sony BMG and Simon Fuller. Universal, having bought EMI, had to divest itself of some of EMI because of anti-competition rulings. The headline is not mine (wish I'd thought of it) but the Daily Mail's.

Having criticized talent shows, I was still hoping Fuller would win, as it would have created a new and important independent.


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Posted by:

Adam

Rod - The "Rich Stadium 1974" gig (Drunk Clapton... hilarious) featured Unfaithful Servant, which was probably the only time the original quintet played that song live after 1971. I believe the Telecaster was used for that song only, as Robbie tuned his low E string to an F sharp for that one.

These are all very minor details of course, but as a guitarist it does interest me which guitars Robbie used for certain tours/recordings, which were backups or only used for certain things, etc. Pat mentioned the "Rock Of Ages" Dylan guest appearance, where Dylan used Robbie's Tele and Robbie switched to a Gibson SG. That has to be one of the only times Robbie used a Gibson with The Band, certainly on stage. The only other time on stage would have to be for "Acadian Driftwood", which is also in an alternate tuning. I've never been able to figure out which one, though.

The "Unfaithful Servant alternate tuning" comment that has been around for years initially confused me a great deal, but I eventually came to the conclusion that Robbie merely tuned his low E up to an F sharp for different chord inversions/possibilites. It seems fairly accurate. On all the Band live recordings, whenever Unfaithful Servant is in the set, you always hear him tuning that low E up and then back down for the next song.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Johnny Nash

It struck me that Johnny Nash was very much John The Baptist to Bob Marley. We played his version of Stir It Up to death, then when we heard how much greater The Wailers' original was, it had even stronger impact. Johnny Nash did a lot to popularize reggae with his "reggae-lite" covers, nd Mother & Child Reunion was around at the same time. I remember Paul McCartney being asked what he was listening to at the time and saying "Trojan compilation albums", Trojan being the main reggae label, and also specializing in"sweetened" reggae for an international audience. They would often bring raw tracks from Jamaica and add instrumentation in London.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Other hits of 1972

Two major hits that must reside in Al's collection are "Blue is The Colour" and "Leeds United".


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Let's do 1972

Just looking at my 1972 playlist (based on charts, not release), and ignoring the flood of charting reissues of 60s stuff like Sweet Talking Guy, Whiter Shade of Pale, Bernadette. Note this was the year The Band went on vacation. All these were major hits in the UK:

Family Affair- Sly & The Family Stone

Theme From Shaft – Isaac Hayes

Got To Be There – Michael Jackson

A Little Piece of Leather- Donnie Elbert (reissue but not a hit firast time)

Mother & Child Reunion – Paul Simon

Me & Julio – Paul Simon

Heart of Gold – Neil Young

American Trilogy- Elvis Presley

Stir It Up- Johnny Nash

I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash

Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face- Roberta Flack

Starman – David Bowie

All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople

Virginia Plain – Roxy Music

Layla – Derek & The Dominoes

So whatever the “Guinness Book of Number Ones” says, I would rate all of those higher for just 1972, let alone the decade.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Songs of 72

The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits rates “Without You” as “Quite simply one of the greatest pop records of the 1970s” too, and that will be either Paul Gambaccinni or Tim Rice, both reliable commentators.

I have always dismissed it as Barry Manilow style stuff. It’s not on my long 1972 playlist. I wonder what the issue is? So much is to do with music is memory or association. The backing band for our theatre shows used to do it, basically because they had a good pianist, but that’s not the reason.

I think it might be association with the other number ones of 1972: I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (New Seekers), Son Of My Father (Chicory Tip), Without You, then Amazing Grace (Band of Scots Guards), Vincent (Don McLean, which I like a lot, but which is also a little “wet”), Puppy Love (Donny), Long Haired Lover from Liverpool (Jimmy), Claire (Gilbert O’Sullivan) topped off with the worst-ever performance on record by a major R&B artist, My Ding A Ling by Chuck Berry. It’s a year when T Rex stand out among the chart toppers as better, and I don’t like T Rex much either.

It was a very good year for music on album, just an excruciatingly bad one for chart toppers. I might also blame Without You subliminally for keeping American Pie at number two, and just a few places lower was the great Mother & Child Reunion. There isn’t much I like in the Top 30 when Without You ruled, though Heart of Gold was hovering lower down, as was A Horse With No Name. Day After Day by Badfinger was there, and I like Badfinger. But not, oddly, their best-known composition.

The only 1972 number one on my 1972 playlist is You Wear It Well by Rod Stewart. It might be why the only Nillsson record I possess is Nillsson Sings Newman, and I’ve never played that much either. I mean, if Without You came on the radio, I wouldn’t change stations, but I also wouldn’t smile and start humming along.


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Posted by:

Rod

Subject: Robbie strat / tele

Adam, there are some pics of The Band performing a gig with Eric "drunk" Clapton that show Robbie playing both the red Strat and a blonde Tele. Rick is playing a fretless Precision with his arm in plaster which suggests this was after the 74 tour.


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Posted by:

Pat B

btw, on VH1 Paul McCartney referred to Without You as the "killer song of all time." Ironically, the two writers of the song had killed themselves.


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Posted by:

Pat B

Adam, yes, it will be my pleasure. If you go, be sure to say hello.

I think you are absolutely correct. The only photo I've seen ID'ed as RR using a Tele on the Dylan tour is in fact from RoA. It's the same series that also shows Dylan using RR's Tele while RR uses an SG Standard. The rest of the Dylan tour photos show RR using a Strat.


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Posted by:

Adam

Web: My link

Pat, thanks for the link. Sounds like a great time, and I'll do my best to attend. Will you be playing as well?

Not that it's the most important information in the world, but I'm certain Robbie used his Telecaster for all gigs in 1973. Pat's "Watkins Glen" footage and this Scheele photo from Roosevelt Stadium confirm it.

However, Robbie most likely switched to the Strat full time for the Dylan "Planet Waves" sessions in 1973. Robbie's playing on that sounds very Strat to me. So I'd bet that once The Band moved to Malibu in '73, Robbie picked up the Strat again and started using it live on the Dylan '74 tour.


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Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Nilson was a genius.


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Posted by:

Peter v

To expand. I was watching Danny Baker, Mica Paris and Martin 'bilbo' Freeman talking soul albums on channel 4. The talent contest kids choose stuff the older people running the shows will approve of, and then only the best known tracks. So they'll cover Without You, big hit. None of them are trying (say) Prince's Holy River or Curtis Mayfield's Pusher man.


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Posted by:

Peter v

Oh, dear. I always thought 'Without You' to be in the Barry Manilow school of musical presentation.

I think what I really dislike about these talent contest kids is the screamingly obvious parade of cover versions, inevitably chosen by old show biz types (of my own generation). There's no awareness of anything of their own generation or of anything risky. If you have genuine creative talent you might do a couple of apposite covers then your own thing. These guys are trying to appeal to the Saturday night couch potato audience by churning out well known tunes.


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Posted by:

Al Edge

Subject: Without You

Agreed DP. Again a truly exceptional vocal of a beautiful song that had a special resonance for me back in '71.

I didn't discover Badfinger's original version until some years later. As it is Pete Hams delivery of the verse is perfect, just as you'd have expected with anything Pete Ham sang. The problem is after being so spoilt by Nillson's superb vocal, Tom Evans's vocal on the main Without You section is so weak and lame as to make the song as an entity nigh unlistenable.


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Posted by:

Al Edge

Subject: You've got to be joshing

Anyone who can't recognise this fella's truly exceptional vocal gifts is either deaf, intrinsically opposed to exceptional vocal talent, an apologist for a preconceived stance or on a feckin wind up.

:-0)


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

.....Uhhhhh....Maybe next time we can discuss Rodriguez! ;-D


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Peter!!!! Come on!!!! Dig deeper.....Never mind about the interviewer....Listen to what Joshua has to say so you might be able to get him more.....You don't have to like his music.....but here's another way to "get" him. Anyway, like Jennifer, I feel blessed to be exposed to him and I'm going to his church when I go to Alabama next week.....Shoot....He's from Louuuuuisiana.....I wonder what Aretha would think????? I also saw that his first CD is at Walmart.....not liking that choice.....


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Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Without You

For me, Harry Nilsson's cover of the Badfinger original is the definitive version.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and part 2 of Joshua Ledet's interview......You learn from his interviews that he actually felt he was restrained while on Idol.....His church background....very normal to lose it and find it.... :-D


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Posted by:

Peter V

This is awful, as 99% of the time we agree on music. I'm trying really hard, but I only made 3 minutes of the interview. US interview standards are clearly extremely low: This Sleaze-ak guy couldn't get a job holding the boom mic on British TV and I'm afraid Joshua comes across as a total arselicking creep.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

LOL.....LOL....At first as soon as I saw the name of the song I wasn't even going to listen to it.....but.....I dig Joshua so I listened....Sorry Peter.....It works for me! I'm just worried he's going to burn out....If he keeps digging, digging deep.....and putting out his heart and guts for the world time and time again....I don't know......He's going to have to pace himself. Glad you somewhat liked IRGB. Let your better half listen to the songs and she what she thinks....just curious....and btw I still want to email her one day.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Without You

No!!! That's a horrible song before we even start, and he just made it much worse. Angie, I'd Rather Go Blind was getting close … more of that sort of thing.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Without You...Joshua Ladet


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Posted by:

sadavid

Subject: the children's choir

. . . somehow Angie's Joshua reminds me of when Joss Stone debuted . . . she had all the inflections down just so, like she'd spent her brief lifetime saturated in all of Peter V's anthologies . . . an exciting novelty, but at my advanced years, I want to hear original new stuff or original old stuff. The original new stuff can be derived from old stuff (as it all is anyway) -- even a great cover, but you gotta say something new . . . .


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Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Guitar Talk

Both Jimmy Johnson and Joe South at one time favored Chet Atkins single-cutaway Gretsch models, guitars normally associated with country or rockabilly music. Both guitarists modified the standard pickup configuration, with Mr. Johnson adding Sho-Bud steel guitar single coils. Mr. South and Mr. Johnson can be heard playing together on Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" (link), with Mr. South playing the distinctive lead riff inspired by Pops Staples (low E dropped to D?).


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Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: Diana Krall, fan of The Band

According to this _Globe_ article, Ms. Krall's upcoming tour will be a departure from her usual shtick. She's very complimentary about The Band -- and a comment to the article says "Ophelia" was on the set list a couple of nights ago . . . .

Coming soon to a city near you . . . unless you're in the UK, in which case you'll need to pop over to Norway or someplace . . . .


Entered at Thu Feb 7 20:46:15 CET 2013 from (67.82.222.97)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Liking someone's singing, or not, is liking someone's singing or not.

I wasn't watching Josh Ledet's eyes, but, i know there been times that i've seen a woman's eyes and she sure looked like she was enjoying it more than me....then again, there's the scene in When Harry Met Sally- someone else's eyes don't mean everyone has to like something.


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Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Josh Ledett

I lean more toward BEG and Al's take on this kid. He's not perfect, but he is only 20 years old. With some mellowing and the right arrangements he could be a real talent. He is not arrogant and appears to be a bit amazed at his popularity. He does have a set of real good "pipes"

I'm not a fan of these talent shows but once in a while some talent rises to the top and they break out.


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Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Paying your dues

I don't think everyone has to 'pay their dues' though it likely helps in the long run. Easy success is like 'jumping the line'... it is full of pitfalls and they are easily found. Not that 'paying dues' prevents that. I like staging for live theatre but I don't want live theatre depicted as if it was reality. It reminds me of pro wrestling. Entertainment is great but for me a true talent show would be a true reality with all the danger therein. The advertisers couldn't allow it. When I see the commercials for these shows, I think of our friend who said so eloquently "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to....." It's the medium I object to in the strongest terms... not the talent.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Oh and Al you reminded me of a couple of points I keep forgetting to express. First one is that I'm also actually shocked.....That's right.....shocked that the posters who engaged in this discussion could dismiss him so easily...like he was total fluffffffff.

Second point is that yes he hasn't paid his dues the way The Hawks did in every bar and dive......but I can see it in his eyes when he sings.....I connect. I don't care if anyone else connects with him because music is a personal experience....but to dismiss him so easily......hard for me to wrap my head around that (as Lucinda Williams sings).....

I just asked imagezulu what he thought about Joshua's singing.....He agrees with all of you that he's not original but......He thinks if he can write his own songs....He'd give him another listen.

About Amy.....Yes she wrote her own songs which makes her original but musically....and appearance wise.....Who the heck is really original anyway? Do you think Jagger is? LOL

No one here got tickets to see Robbie in April?


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Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Vehicle to success

Just a thought. I know we are in a different time but I wonder if Buddy Holly or Elvis or Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen would have 'made it' if the reality talent show was the most important vehicle to success? I truly hope these shows are 'a passing fancy'.


Entered at Thu Feb 7 19:58:50 CET 2013 from (64.231.177.48)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

I don't usually connect with talent shows either. But one of my friends kept going on about Steven Tyler being on board last year and I actually lost some respect at one point for him being on the show.....Then I realized my mind and heart was closed.....I gave the show a try and when Joshua came on.....I was blown away.....I couldn't believe he was only 19 and then turned 20.

Listing Fantasia as an influence didn't impress me either....again....I kind of cringed....Sorry Fantasia.....but he's young and he was told to come back a year later to try out again so I'm not surprised......The connection with James Brown I feel is real.

I will always dig Otis' music......but that doesn't take anything away from Joshua....The criticism of him singing over the top.....Maybe that's his thing? I personally DIG it and FEEEEEEEL it. There's room for many artists....

Amy Winehouse wasn't original either....She was into jazz and the girl groups from the fifties.....beehive and all. The only other woman that had her "look" was one of Willy DeVille's wives.....Now she was something.... ;-D

Adele has said that Amy was hardcore.....Yes, she was super talented and I posted about her and Adele when I think.....no one else did.....'cause I dig amazing vocalists....Garland Jeffreys is another one (influenced by Frankie Lymon) and guitar players.....LOL....Ok.....Writers too!


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Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Talent shows staged for effect!

I have to begin by saying that I avoid the 'talent show' programs like the plague. It is mainly because of the 'reality' (staged interactions etc) aspect of the programming. Having said that, I have no doubt that the people who get there either get there because they have great talent or because they are less talented and are going to offset those other more talented individuals. Overall, with exceptions, I have not been impressed (after the fact) with the majority of the successful singers who come out of these programs to achieve success. My opinion is in the minority, I know. It is nice for individuals to 'get a chance' in any way possible. I just very much dislike 'this way'. So there it is...


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: I'd Rather Go Blind

Correction -- The personnel on Ms. James' original version were Jimmy Johnson & Albert "Junior" Lowe (guitars), Carl Banks (organ), Dewey "Spooner" Oldham (piano), David Hood (electric bass), Roger Hawkins (drums), Gene "Bowlegs" Miller (trumpet), and Charles Chalmers, Aaron Varnell, & Floyd Newman (saxes). Haven't found credits for background vocals. Recorded at FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals on Aug. 23, 1967. Produced by Rick Hall.


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Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Subject: Ledet

I hate to judge anyone by something i'm listening to on a computer, but,based on Al's recommendation, i listened to To Love Somebody. I'm with Peter. The kid has ability, doesn't know what to do with it. Needs a good coach and teacher.Anytime a singer lists Fantasia as an influence, watch out.


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Posted by:

Jerry

True to that Rozzz....


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Posted by:

Bob F.

Subject: Night Drive

Ari, if you haven't picked out your night music yet you might want to give Garnet Roger's song to his late brother Stan Rogers a listen. The song is called 'Night Drive'. Stan had died tragically in 1983. The song is haunting, sad and so emotional. I think the guitar on it might be just what your looking for.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: I'd Rather Go Earlier

Now Angelina nearly had me convinced on I'd Rather Go Blind, Al … I was starting to backtrack there, then you post that over-sung and over-backed version of To Love Somebody. If he spent a couple of years working some ballrooms, then got put in with a producer with restraint, and had the orchestra removed, maybe. But he hasn't got the natural originality of an Adele or an Amy Winehouse.


Entered at Thu Feb 7 18:56:04 CET 2013 from (77.102.201.158)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Web: My link

Subject: The case for Josh [and Angelina] :-0)

Have to say I'm feeling a wee bit uneasy about Pete, Calvin and PSB almost dismissing poor old Josh in that "sure he's got the pipes but he's no Otis/Sam/..." kind of way.

In fact it's really got me thinking things through. I mean if a singer as good as Joshua is so easily consigned to also ran status then what feckin chance do I stand of ever making it with my marginally less extensive vocal range.

:-0)

Seriously the talk is almost as if vocal talents like Joshua are found around every corner. And who knows maybe they are but really I doubt whether any of us have bumped into any lately.

There's no doubt that some of his performances do almost venture into a sort of parody of the ultimate gospel/soul performance. Some are so over dramatic that they actually have the effect of diluting or negating the emotion the song and performance is trying so desperately to convey.

And yet that sort of overt performance is this guy's background. He's imbued with that deep south church/gospel tradition from where so many black American greats have originated.

It seems to me when the lad does get it right as with the Bee Gees classic I've linked he's one hell of a vocalist - and I'm not just referring to his incredible range. As this clip so clearly shows he's instinctively capable of wearing a the song like a cloak and nailing its emotional charge just like any of the greats could do.

So I tend to lean with Angelina on this one. I think there's more to come. Let's just hope he finds the material that fits.

:-0)


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Posted by:

rosalind

Wrinkles in Robbie's shirt are .. disturbing. Is this guy okay or has he falen back into the oblivious late 80s and all the 90s and well into the 2000 thing? I remember that night he wore that black shawl collared jacket and it was a mess. Hair and dandruff and lint all over it. This thing he's wearing in that photo is clean but it sure has the wrinkl.es.. I guess everyone has the wrinkles now tho, huh?


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Chess via Muscle Shoals

For her "Tell Mama" sessions in 1967, which included "I'd Rather Go Blind", Leonard Chess took Etta James down to Rick Hall's FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. She was backed by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section -- Jimmy Johnson on guitar, Barry Beckett organ, Spooner Oldham piano, David Hood bass, Roger Hawkins drums and a horn section featuring Jim "Bowlegs" Miller on trumpet.


Entered at Thu Feb 7 16:37:26 CET 2013 from (64.231.177.48)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Joshua Ledet short Radio Interview....How can a 20 year old sing about a man's world?

Long Live Joshua Ledet! :-D


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Ignore the previous

The previous one was just the soundtrack … this is the actual scene from "Cadillac Records"


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: I'd Rather Go Blind

Maybe a female version just works better for me. They went to enormous effort to replicate the Chess backing on this too.


Entered at Thu Feb 7 16:26:57 CET 2013 from (63.88.115.195)

Posted by:

Carmen

Location: PA

Subject: Rick Danko's 1st solo

Just listened to Rick Danko's first solo album again for the 1st time in a long time. It amazes me that this was not a bigger hit for RD at the time. There are some great songs that match up against just about anythjing at the time and songs like New Mexico have a timeless quality to them.


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Posted by:

Peter V

I’d Rather Go Blind. Fabulous dirty organ and horns, I agree. Great band throughout, and this is by far the best of the ones by him you’ve posted. It’s when he emotes and squawks that he loses me … but I’m not a James Brown fan especially, certainly not compared to Otis, Aretha, Etta, Wilson, Don Covay, Sam & Dave. If I want young on I’d Rather Go Blind , seriously, I’d go for Beyoncé from “Cadillac Records.” She is also consciously imitating Etta James, but it IS a biopic of Etta James after all and I did manage to fool my Chess collector friend that Beyoncé was Etta James.

I tried hard on “Broken Man” but he really does seem like the parade of young hopefuls on the talent shows when I’m forced to watch them. Always first rate expensive backing from the studio orchestra & they can sing. It’s not what it’s about though. There’s that old thing called “paying your dues” around clubs rather than rocketing to number one on a TV vote. I wouldn’t place Luther Vandross or Michael Jackson as people to emulate in soul either. Listening for five minutes makes me reach for “The Stax Singles Box Set Vol 1” or if not, to “The Stax Singles Box Set Vol. 2”, oh, and the Atlantic 9 CD series will do fine, or the low budget “Atlantic Soul Albums” 20 CD box set … twenty soul classic LPs in card sleeves for around £1.60 each.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Robbie, Jimmy Iovine, Stevie Nicks


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

I'd Rather Go Blind....Studio Version


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Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Tele--Strat

"If you take him at his word", in a 1995 Guitar Player magazine interview (link), Robbie said he switched to the Strat in 1973. It seems at some point he was using both a Tele and a Strat in live performances afterwards. The '74 Rich Stadium photos show him using both a blonde/natural Tele and a red Strat.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thanks for sharing Al. I like Rebecca's tone. Her voice reminds me of.......???

I still put Joshua Ledet's version right up there. I finally finished reading a book about Otis and he seemed quite competitive so he'd be watching out for Joshua....and I love Otis but Joshua is a bright light for his generation.....because he's all soul instead of pop or rock or fluff.....Anyway, I read his influences were Michael Jackson, Fantasia (another Idol contestant), Luther Vandros, James Brown....no mention of Otis or Wilson. He also wants to help people with his music.....He sure helps me every time he transports me to another place. I can hear Luther in one of his newest songs and then the soul in his voice....breaks through.....Remember he's only 20...Besides him and Adele and Amy.....

Published on Aug 30, 2012
THE NEW KING OF SOUL!!
Joshua Ledet performing his new song "Broken Man" at iHeartRadio.


Entered at Thu Feb 7 11:35:10 CET 2013 from (77.102.201.158)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Web: My link

Subject: On the subject of Change

Scouse bias I know but I think dear old Sam himself would be smiling down on Rebecca's handling of his classic. Not to mention Rick of course.

:-0)


Entered at Thu Feb 7 07:39:54 CET 2013 from (70.24.111.162)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Night Theme...Pacific Jazz Quintet

The Band Instrumental
Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
September 2, 1974
1 out of 16


Entered at Thu Feb 7 07:34:27 CET 2013 from (70.24.111.162)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band Gigography/Tour History in Ticket Stubs

results do not include solo performances by Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm or Rick Danko

Foggy Nights...Budd Johnson


Entered at Thu Feb 7 07:24:36 CET 2013 from (70.24.111.162)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Neil Diamond and The Last Waltz…WTF? (or An Appeal for Neil)

Bill Evans...Round Midnight Take 1 and Take 2

Many thanks to all who posted about Joshua Ledet. I still don't think you can make the sounds he makes....unless you feel what you are singing about. In one video he's asked about this and he shares.......


Entered at Thu Feb 7 04:37:59 CET 2013 from (99.115.145.68)

Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

Adam. this link is for you.


Entered at Thu Feb 7 04:36:23 CET 2013 from (72.196.147.161)

Posted by:

Calvin

So having no idea who this Joshua Fellow was I went on YouTube and listened to a bit of his singing-Gotta agree with Peter here, not the least impressed. I hear the pipes, but absolutely no feeling for what he is singing. Anyone familiar with a newish artist named Lindi Ortega? Going to see her Friday night-She has been around for over a decade with little or no traction. But she is the real deal if you like true Roots music. From Toronto, Colin Linden just produced her latest album. Kind of hoping its her breakthrough.


Entered at Thu Feb 7 04:15:02 CET 2013 from (75.34.51.130)

Posted by:

Adam

The "Rich Stadium 1974" photos that Pat linked do show Robbie playing the Telecaster. This was very likely only for one song ("Unfaithful Servant"). Robbie tuned his low E string to an F sharp for that song, which was given it's only post-1971, original quintet live performance at that Rich Stadium show.


Entered at Thu Feb 7 01:41:23 CET 2013 from (75.34.51.130)

Posted by:

Adam

Subject: Robbie's 1973 guitar

Robbie still used his blonde (natural/stripped) Telecaster in 1973. This was the same Telecaster used for "Festival Express" and "Rock Of Ages".

The Band's equipment in 1973 is an interesting topic. As they hadn't played a single live concert since the "Rock Of Ages" recordings, The Band used that same equipment for their 1973 gigs. Robbie on the blonde telecaster (with humbucker in neck position), Rick on the Ampeg fretless, Garth on his "Rock Of Ages" Lowrey, etc.

In contrast, their playing style had evolved. The switch to stadium venues, musical changes, etc. Of course the proof is the live recordings. The Roosevelt stadium shows reveal a loose, tough sound that incoporated more room for solos (both guitar and organ) and group improvisation.

It would make sense, then, that for "Moondog Matinee" they used all their 1971 equipment as well. The change in musical sound and approach would be fully realized a few months later in early 1974, where Robbie (switching to the Strat) and Garth (new model Lowrey organ) upgraded instruments.


Entered at Thu Feb 7 00:42:18 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Hendrix

Dlew: that's on the 27th album in the "Experience Hendrix: Totally unreleased sessions" series. I was so excited when I read the session details: Jimi Hendrix with Keith Moon, Miles Davis and Bill Wyman. So you can imagine my disappointment when I discovered it was Keith Moon on lead guitar, Miles Davis on drums, Jimi Hendrix on trumpet and Bill Wyman on lead vocals.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 23:48:13 CET 2013 from (108.90.18.26)

Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

David P, some photos of RR using a Tele onstage in 1974.


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Posted by:

Pat B

David P, I recall it was blond wood but that's about it.


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Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: Bill m, get me a zombie making kit

It's now my life's mission to hear Hendrix do 'afternoon deelight''


Entered at Wed Feb 6 22:30:45 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Nick: I believe Robbie had switched to a Strat by the time The Band played at Watkins Glen and Roosevelt Stadium in '73. Maybe Pat B can chime in with his first-hand recollection.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 22:13:35 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Let us not forget Bobby Vee's big hit, "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", and Li'l Peggy Noonan's obscure answer song, "The Night Has A Thousand Points Of Light".


Entered at Wed Feb 6 21:13:04 CET 2013 from (216.70.254.170)

Posted by:

Nick

Location: SoCal
Web: My link

Subject: The Weight @ Watkins Glen

The minute or so of Robbie playing before the rest of the band kicks in... wow... love that tone. Was he still playing a Telecaster at this point?


Entered at Wed Feb 6 21:11:13 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: I Like the Night Life Baby

I thought about this and after reviewing 40 or 50 songs came up with 1) Night In the City (Joni Mitchell) 2) In the Still Of The Night (5 Satins) 3) On More Night (B. Dylan). There are many more 'dark' songs as well that might be considered.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 19:53:43 CET 2013 from (77.102.201.158)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Web: My link

Subject: Practisin' them Night Moves

Not altogether sure if I'm getting the right drift but if we're talkin about what I think we're talkin about then Bob Seger nails it for me on the Detroit live version on Nine Tonight

"I was a little too tall coulda used a few pounds"

You wish now eh Bob lad. Like us all.

:-0)


Entered at Wed Feb 6 18:42:44 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Where the night winds wail...

The Band's version of "Long Black Veil"
Tom Waits' "The Heart of Saturday Night"
Otis Redding's "Dreams To Remember"
The Youngbloods' "Darkness, Darkness"


Entered at Wed Feb 6 18:38:23 CET 2013 from (72.78.41.13)

Posted by:

PSB

Location: City of Brotherly Love

Subject: That Sam Cooke Song

I got so intrigued by the discussion on this Joshua guy who I've never heard of since I don't watch those talent contest shows that I clicked on BEG's link to find out it was blocked in this country. So I started to watch "It's Man's Man's Man's World," but the grinning violin players were a big turn off. I then saw a studio version of this Joshua dude. It was okay, mostly a Cooke imitation, but he overdoes it big time at the end.

There are a few good covers of the song, and Peter V. is absolutely on the mark about Otis. My other favorite version is my Aretha on her first Atlantic album. It's way up there.

As for Bob's version which was done live at the Apollo a few years ago. Dylan's band is great, but he did it about 40 years too late. If he had sung it with the voice he had on say "Dear Mrs. Roosevelt," in other words the voice that is on most of The Basement Tapes," it really would have been something. So Peter, as someone once said to me, "Your first instinct is usually correct."


Entered at Wed Feb 6 18:32:30 CET 2013 from (24.184.197.60)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friendo

I've seen Blondie Chaplin do A Change Is Gonna Come numerous times, usually gorgeously.( Possibly with Rick, when rick played with what was essentially Skollie). Mid and later eighties versions were amazing . Never sought out you tube versions though, so don't know if any are there, or if they are great or not.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 18:29:58 CET 2013 from (108.90.18.26)

Posted by:

Pat B

Love For Levon is being promo'ed on AXS to air in a couple of weeks.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 18:25:42 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: The Troggs

Reg Presley of The Troggs has just passed away. I don't have details.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 18:09:37 CET 2013 from (70.54.133.195)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Ahhhhh....I'm still here.....You know how I am with music....Anyway, you just made me laugh Peter.....about Dylan.....LOL

Just one more, ok? Watch the whole video...not like Bill M.....Sheeeeesh......Also....Remember.....No one is really original.....especially in the beginning when every artist whether it's in visual or performing arts imitates the ones who have inspiried them.....It takes time to make your own stamp....like Robbie.....lol....but still.....Joshua is the real deal and if he's too theatrical for you.....well.....He said that if he couldn't be a singer.....He wanted to be an actor.....Jimmy Iovine digs him too and he's got cred. I've downloaded Joshua's cover of ACIGC. Thanks for telling me Peter so I won't be burnin' it for you..... ;-D


Entered at Wed Feb 6 18:09:00 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Grammys Tribute to Levon

Press Release

"The Midnight Ramble will roll on at the Grammys when Elton John and Mumford & Sons lead a tribute to the late Levon Helm, The Associated Press reports. As part of the awards show's in memoriam tribute, John and Mumford & Sons will be joined by T Bone Burnett, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown and Mavis Staples for a special performance of the Band's "The Weight."

You'll all remember that Sir Elton has said for years that he could never have recorded Tumbleweed Connection; without being influenced by his love of The Band. He also recorded "Levon"; on Madman Across The Water."


Entered at Wed Feb 6 17:56:14 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Not to overdo the point, but when Otis Redding chose to do A Change Is Gonna Come, he didn't stand there imitating Sam Cooke, but put a personal stamp on it. I see Bob Dylan has a version in the YouTube sidebar. I don't think I'm feeling strong enough for that.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 17:53:18 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Friends can always disagree. He clearly has the vocal equipment, and is personable. I don't think he has either originality nor taste. I loathe these "who shall we imitate" shows. It's a version of tribute bands. The next star is not going to be someone who can mirror an existing singer.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 17:48:30 CET 2013 from (70.54.133.195)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Last one and then I gotta go, go....Btw, what I really dig about Joshua is that he's carrying on the same tradition as the ones we love....Otis, James, Wilson.....That's what I find inspiring....We need more of this music in our lives. I don't have any cred....but even Steven Tyler was deeply moved. Again....different songs and styles of music resonate for different people....Bill M's thing is The Hawks and Canadiana.....Peter...You and I usually agree on everything....but I'm clear on what moves me.....and Joshua Ledet moves brown eyed angelina.... :-D

All Through The Night...Louuu


Entered at Wed Feb 6 17:40:36 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

BEG: I missed the big game, but I imagine that some of the supar-slick, super-expensive Super Bowl Ads that all of TV was talking about days beforehand must've looked like that. Judging from the first 10 seconds only, I find it hard not to see as parody.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 17:30:15 CET 2013 from (70.54.133.195)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

We can disagree Peter....He's not faking it.....hard times in his life like a lot of us growing up but he can go deeeeep......He's born to sing. I disagree.....and that's cool. I understand why you don't dig him, but for me.....I can't get enough and am waiting to hear original music from him as well.

Round About Midnight...Miles Davis
Drive All Night...Bruce Springsteen


Entered at Wed Feb 6 17:27:29 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Otis …

If you're going to throw yourself into such an iconic song you do it like Otis Redding, linked. Otherwise you can be majestically hymnal like Sam Cooke. The two don't combine. If I could only have one, it's probably Otis.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 17:23:38 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Sorry, BEG, I thought Joshua Ledet was abysmal. It's typical TV talent show imitation stuff, trying to copy Sam Cooke at the beginning, and doing a good covers band attempt at it too, then falling totally flat on his face trying to imitate Otis Redding's passionate delivery at the end.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 17:08:20 CET 2013 from (70.54.133.195)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Bill M....You HAVE to check this one out too.....Otis, James and Wilson....All of them would be smiling if they could hear Joshua sing this one.....and....He's only 20 years old! Wow! Wow!


Entered at Wed Feb 6 16:54:22 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

I see Joshua Ledet's version as evidence that change has indeed come - what was once an important secular hymn may now be freely histrionicised.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 16:40:37 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: When the evenin' sun goes down...

Willie Nelson's "Night Life" as performed by B.B. King
Van Morrison's "Here Comes The Night" (live version from "It's Too Late To Stop Now")
Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town"
Patti Smith's "Because The Night" co-written with Bruce Springsteen
Don McLean's "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)"
Howlin' Wolf's "Moanin' At Midnight"


Entered at Wed Feb 6 16:36:04 CET 2013 from (70.54.133.195)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

My absolute favourite cover of "A Change Is Gonna Come"....Yes it has!


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

“BIG PINK-8TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO THE LAST WALTZ” WITH LAMONT CRANSTON
Jan.14th 2013 Written in: Music

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” Roald Dahl

‘This was the 8th annual tribute show, It has become so popular that they had added a second night this year.

Hey Blind Willie McTell...I will email you. I'm going to ask some friends as well (Mr. Maximus and his partner in life) to the Celebration of Levon. So much fun at a Weber Brothers show!!
They are Americans from Maryland but Ronnie Hawkins has taken them under his wing for many years now. Even imagezulu may be able to attend as he's seen them in the past when I'd follow them around town.
They even auditioned for Robbie but at the time weren't writing their own songs.
Anyway, Bill Avis' son....Jerome Avis (Levon's Godson) will be drumming on this night as well.
It's a Friday night so.....Come out Bill M....JD....JT if you're in town....Nomadic Mike if you can come from out of town....Kevin John who no one has met here...lol......Bayou Sam.....Contact Wittgenstein as I don't have his email anymore....Northern Boy and Northern Girl might be able to be in town as well.....Here's hoping..... :-D


Entered at Wed Feb 6 15:52:00 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: the star-spangled nooner?

Peter V: Sorry I couldn't get back to you yesterday re the Starland Vocal Band. I'm glad that their Hendrix cover has finally seen the light of day. Had he lived, I'm sure that Jimi would have returned the favour with "Afternoon Delight". Imagine what he could have done with the "rockets in flight" line at Woodstock?


Entered at Wed Feb 6 14:58:09 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Kinks at the BBC

The Kinks at the BBC. Very interesting stuff. These were recorded for radio, more or less live in the studio in mono. I find The Kinks at the BBC more satisfying than The Beatles at The Beeb. To me, The Beatles don’t sound as good live as they do on record (George Martin?) while The Kinks on the more raucous stuff sound as good or better than the record. The early stuff also backs up that they could do it without alleged session men. Jimmy Page has in fact said he played extra rhythm to give it more body, not lead. The drumming for studio live is exceptionally good.

For British listeners, the 1964 “Saturday Club” voiceovers by DJ Brian Matthew are also a treat. Brian Matthew is still presenting “Sounds of The Sixties” on Saturday mornings a mere 49 years later.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 13:29:32 CET 2013 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Subject: Ari's Midnight Madness : )

Ari: Two tracks form the Cowboy Junkies' The Trinity Session:

Sweet Jane & Walkin' After Midnight


Entered at Wed Feb 6 12:31:53 CET 2013 from (96.30.173.135)

Posted by:

joe j

The missus haing decamped to Palawan for six weeks, I'm into day eleven of the bachelor thing. I have food and laundry issues. Nights are long. I get up early. From a Canadian folkie perspective, it's got to be 'Song for a Winter's Night'. Been playing it steady now for oh about a week and a half.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 10:48:01 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Sam Cooke on the radio … (Van quote)

I thought the Sam Cooke "A Change Is Gonna Come" should start your day. Linked.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 09:58:06 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The Night Time Is The Right Time

There are a few versions of that one to choose from.

I thought the thunder and rain in"Riders On The Storm" was from a live recording and it was actually the sound of the entire audience racing for the exits.

I do agree with Calvin on "A Change Is Gonna Come" … I love Rick Danko's voice more than any of them, but even so I think Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and (more recently) Aaron Neville would all represent the song better. I hate to be racist, but on this one you really do have to be black.

My best night time albums, in being ones that I listened to at night rather than day, are Marvin Gaye on What's Going On? and Let's Get It On.

Things that evoke the night-ness of night? Probably instrumental. Probbly veering into jazz or classical.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 06:40:01 CET 2013 from (68.194.246.120)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Subject: Night time songs.

Ari, give a listen to The Blues Don't Knock, the artist is Johnnie Johnson, voclaist, Larry Thurston. . If everything about that song don't evoke night time, i'll start writing for commercials..... you have to listen to the whole almost 9 minutes. it's the whole damn song, but Johnnie's left hand, and Rich's guitar are nighttime the whole way through. Larry's vocal, of course, lyrics,... the recording title is "Johnnie Be Eighty. And Still Bad!."

Also, My Woman Left Me, artist Larry Thurston, record, School for Fools.

Both are on rhapsody, if you have it, if not, and you are curious, go the Cdbaby or iTunes download route. but both of these are stone cold night time songs. and if you havent figgered it out yet, both are mine, w/ cowriters on the first one..


Entered at Wed Feb 6 04:24:28 CET 2013 from (24.108.1.255)

Posted by:

BONK

Location: Salt Spring Island (by way of cabbagetown)

Subject: Night songs.

Ari. The only song that really makes me feel like 'nitetime' is a song by the Doors. "Riders on the Storm" I think it might be the thunder and rain sounds in the background.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 03:44:40 CET 2013 from (72.196.147.161)

Posted by:

Calvin

I love the guys as much as anyone Ari, But the Band's "A Change is Gonna Come"?


Entered at Wed Feb 6 02:27:16 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Ari, just two more, 'New York City Serenade' from Springsteen's 2nd record and the great Laura Nyro's 'Midnight Blue'.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 01:50:32 CET 2013 from (68.198.167.170)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Ari, for me nothing sounds more like midnight then 'Visions of Johanna'.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 01:00:17 CET 2013 from (66.65.95.192)

Posted by:

Ari

Subject: Midnight Music

I'm looking for a bunch of music that sounds like nighttime and I wanted to know your guys' opinion on some songs? Examples such as Pledging My Love by Johnny Ace, "Blue Moon", the guitar solo in Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" or The Band's "A Change is Gonna Come". Know any others. See: American Graffiti.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 00:45:59 CET 2013 from (68.194.246.120)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Rod, beer? RR strikes me as more the wine or Perrier type. Now if you had found an aerial map of Levon's property, you could have located him by the smoke trail.



Entered at Wed Feb 6 00:27:39 CET 2013 from (99.233.66.183)

Posted by:

Blind Willie McTell

Subject: Brown Eyed Girl - Hugh's Room

Hi brown eyed girl, saw the Celebration of Levon at Hugh Room info on the What's New page and checked the guestbook. I just emailed some friends to see if they are interested. It's been a while. Email me at dylan_fan at rogers dot com.


Entered at Wed Feb 6 00:27:25 CET 2013 from (77.102.201.158)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Web: My link

Subject: The Greatest Live Rock Album of All Time

Link is to a BBC i player show - Danny Bakers Vinyl Showdown - from BBC4.

Not sure if our transatlantic buddies can watch it but well worth a look.

It's a 3 part series celebrating the uniqueness of vinyl albums hosted by the inimitable Danny Baker with 3 studio guests. This opening one deals with rock music. Some don't particularly take to Danny but when it comes to music or footy he's the real McCoy.

With such a broad spectrum anybody hoping for Band snippets will be disappointed except for one brief moment when Baker himself proclaims Rock of Ages as the greatest ever live album which left me with a huge grin on my gob.


Entered at Tue Feb 5 23:52:54 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Van gets outraged at being placed in the "Sunday Times 1000" rich list. I'm sure they're all correct to be outraged. Someone somewhere plucks a figure out of the air for the value of copyrights for example, and for all people in music, TV or books, that's a fast declining asset. You can try and put a figure on it. But it will be pure speculation.


Entered at Tue Feb 5 20:56:45 CET 2013 from (122.59.251.42)

Posted by:

Rod

Subject: the net

BEG, once I stumbled across an ariel photo (probably google maps) picture of Robbie's house in LA. Unfortunately it didn't show him sitting outside having a beer.


Entered at Tue Feb 5 18:04:11 CET 2013 from (2.83.94.19)

Posted by:

Pedro Castelo Moreira

Location: Portugal

http://thebandsketches.blogspot.pt/2013/02/the-night-tripper.html


Entered at Tue Feb 5 16:27:42 CET 2013 from (70.54.132.28)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Ok....More important link of The Weber Brothers with Johnnie Johnson, Paul James, Garth Hudson, Ronnie Hawkins, Troiano and many more photos.

Maud Hudson....Ask Garth if he can join the Weber Brothers for their celebration of Levon in Toronto on April 26.....Please!

Happy Healthy Belated New Year to you too Bill M!


Entered at Tue Feb 5 16:20:48 CET 2013 from (70.54.132.28)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Donald Fagen's net worth more than Robbie's.....15 million!
Paul Westerberg's is reported as 8 million.
Sorry....Sometimes I despise the net for sharing info that isn't anyone's business unless the person wants it to be.
Remove the link Jan H if you feel it's totally inappropriate.


Entered at Tue Feb 5 16:15:41 CET 2013 from (70.54.132.28)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

What you've all been waiting for.....
Robbie Robertson Net Worth...Is that all?
Bruce Springsteen's first home apparently cost 14 million.....


Entered at Tue Feb 5 15:39:01 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Todd Wasserman Article

It's interesting. I buy far too much from iTunes; but it happens immediately and the quality is just fine for me. I also order CD's from Amazon.com,.ca and .uk. Although the 1 click setting for .uk doesn't work very well. Anyway long away around to get to my subject.

Amazon.com and Amazon.uk allow you to buy mp3 CD's. That's what I would like to see in Canada; but after years of waiting, it's still not happening. I don't know why.


Entered at Tue Feb 5 15:27:52 CET 2013 from (70.54.132.28)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

How Do You Learn Music Online?
STEP INSIDE A SAMPLE ONLINE COURSE

Find a lesson. The lessons below are in this topic area. Pick one to download, watch and share with your friends.

Bob Weir on the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia
Authors: Steve Morse
Topics: Songwriting & Arranging


Entered at Tue Feb 5 15:16:46 CET 2013 from (70.54.132.28)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Why Are People Still Buying CDs?

Todd Wasserman
Jan 10, 2013


Entered at Tue Feb 5 11:11:13 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

The Studio Outtakes of The Starland Vocal Band has many pleasures, despite the astonishing price of the box with its CD, DVD and 180 gram vinyl versions. The 5.1 surround mix of The Starland Vocal Band doing Purple Haze is unmissable, and the ability to translate Hendrix's guitar part into vocal harmony is … well, I can only describe it as "unique." I also enjoyed the thirteen takes that gradually take us from "Our Phone is White" through "Afternoons Are Bright" to "Afternoon Delight", a lyric shift that made their fortunes.


Entered at Tue Feb 5 04:38:57 CET 2013 from (99.115.145.68)

Posted by:

Pat B

The Hendrix song has been available on Youtube for a few weeks.


Entered at Tue Feb 5 03:05:34 CET 2013 from (184.144.105.47)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The very young, adorable, talented Weber Brothers channeling The Band with "Rag Mama Rag".


Entered at Tue Feb 5 02:52:21 CET 2013 from (184.144.105.47)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Short clip of The Weber Brothers with Garth Hudson.

Nomadic Mike....Are you willin' to come to Toronto from Story Book Gardens in April?
Why?
Celebration for Levon with the Weber Brothers on April 26.


Entered at Tue Feb 5 02:36:15 CET 2013 from (184.144.105.47)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Part 1 and Part 2 Interview with Richard Thompson

"Any chance of you encouraging Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, and Garth Hudson to work with you (you with them) in some form leading to a recording? Say, isn't your house pink??? Looking forward to catching your bay area concerts over the next several months. Bruce Young, Santa Cruz, CA."

Richard Thompson: "Not So Big Pink, we call it. More of an earth tone, really. Getting Robertson together with the rest seems to be the main hitch before your scheme even gets out of the blocks – reading Levon’s book may give insight into the reasons why. At one point I was asked to be guitarist in an 80s incarnation of The Band, but I felt I was culturally ill-equipped."

I've seen Richard Thompson at one of our Bluezzzz Fests. He's great to watch as he's very talented and charismatic....and I could surely see why crabgrass and Wittgenstein used to go on about him, but I agree with Richard as to why he wouldn't have been a good fit for the Band. Btw, his song "Keep Your Distance" has to be heard by Buddy and Julie Miller......I like it even better than the original!


Entered at Tue Feb 5 02:00:11 CET 2013 from (27.33.102.254)

Posted by:

Roger

Location: Birmingham UK

Subject: RIP Reg Presley

Interesting discussion of film music. I heard a conversation once between Reg Presley and Noddy Holder (he of Slade) talking about writing 'lottery ticket' songs. While Slade were a far more successful outfit than The Troggs, Noddy's significant fortune was secured with the song which annually goes on giving - 'Merry Christmas Everybody'. It was a lovely conversation and Reg Presley came over as someone genuinely surprised and appreciative of all that writing 'Love is All Around' had brought him. His death from cancer has just been announced.


Entered at Tue Feb 5 00:57:02 CET 2013 from (72.196.147.161)

Posted by:

Calvin

Hah, A still/Hendrix outtake no matter how bad isnt scraping the bottom of the barrel. No matter how bad it is, and I do have to imagine it isnt that good or it would have seen light of day by now, its a long way from-Oh, I dont know-"For the First time Ever, The Studio Outtakes of the Starland Vocal Band."


Entered at Tue Feb 5 00:22:47 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter v

Also new today a vinyl 45 of Jimi Hendrix doing 'Somewhere' with Stephen Stills on bass. Unreleased, allegedly. Is this the sound of bottom of a barrel being scraped? I have had it on my desk all day without playing it. I anticipate disappointment, but will I be wrong?


Entered at Mon Feb 4 23:50:33 CET 2013 from (72.196.147.161)

Posted by:

Calvin

Ive had At The BBC for a while Peter, its well worth what you paid for it.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 23:26:52 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Kinks at The BBC

You may remember last year's special edition "Kinks at the BBC" 5 CD / DVD box set. They issued 2000 copies, sold it in couple of days and a week or two later resellers had quadrupled the price. Good news is that there's a new issue out, which I bought today at normal price (£42). This is of course the trouble with both CDs and DVDs that rocket in value: a new issue and they're back to square one, while vinyl that goes up, stays up.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 23:26:47 CET 2013 from (72.196.147.161)

Posted by:

Calvin Rydbom

I like Dianne Brooks enough Bill, but I dont see any comparison to Dinah Washington-she just isnt even close to being in her class in my mind.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 22:52:02 CET 2013 from (68.194.241.79)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

JT, part of this is i'm talking about trends...... you are concerned about The Music Academy overlooking great works.... in response I'm talking about the state of the music business in general as relative......... a lot of the industry people who have lost their jobs have fled to the end of the business i am discussing, and other areas too....but some of these indiustyr people ar ethe ones typing the submission descriptions, others are the ones runnign the companies, others are the ones hustling the comapnies who need music, and others are the peopel who screen submissions. alot of the screeners are veteran musicians, songwriters, session players, producers. when **** was getting listings appropriate to what i;ve recorded, i used to submit ..... The screeners loved my work, and two dropped one or two very minor clues as to who they were, and i pegged em both, and had firther contact..... we are talking about peopel with long and illustrious careers....


Entered at Mon Feb 4 22:43:05 CET 2013 from (68.194.241.79)

Posted by:

Billy C.(Friend0

Jt, i agree with you.Tthe right music is essential to film, commercials,, tv shows. What you just presented is one of the good scenarios i discussed. The other is hiring great writers to score or write new music.. The objectional aspect of what i am talking about is other. What i have issues with is the way it is now being outsourced........ companies submiting listings to these new fangled " A&R" companies, and the "A & R" co presenting a paraggraph long semi description of the scene and semi description of the type of song they are looking for, and asking people to write material for that in a matter of days is sorta ridiculous. i would expect it generally waters down the product. In this case, at the A&Rlisting, getting a great result is more likely to happen from someone having a pertinent song already written and recorded.....It comes back to art- knowing what you are writing for helps- seeing the film, the tv show, or at least reading the script, has to help... that is not happening.......but, the compoany licensing the music requestyed is probably spending much less this way than if they went out and commissioned a known entity to write for em. and i imagine soemtimes there are excellent results this way too...

Use of old songs in film, the music supervisor is the person you credit for choosing the right song....


Entered at Mon Feb 4 22:30:19 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

JT: Regarding the 'right' choice of songs for a movie, my personal favourite is the use of two versions of "Que Sera Sera" that bracket the events of "The Last Days of Chez Nous" - Doris Day's optimistic version at the beginning and Sly and the Family Stone's decayed version at the end.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 20:35:56 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Songs and music in film.

Billy C. (Friend0: As for the use of songs to 'adorn' and enhance films, I am a big fan of the right song chosen for film. Writing songs for film is a difficult task. Randy Newman has made a recent career out of this and others also do it well. I just watched a film with Ryan Gosling and the use of Steely Dan songs was most appropriate in that setting. There are so many other examples. L.C.s music in McCabe and Mrs. Miller (I've said this before) truly made that movie. Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid is another example. The music is an essential component of that film. "Heaven's Gate" (maligned by critics/praised by few) is a wonderful example of a wonderful soundtrack for a beautiful fllm. Enough said.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 19:32:19 CET 2013 from (108.90.18.26)

Posted by:

Pat B

Bill M, I can't help you but if Pruter says they were from Chicago, they probably were. He's a very good historian.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 19:20:25 CET 2013 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: cerebration

Billy C. (Friend0: Thanks for that response. I agree that the technology available today has had a numbing effect on creativity and writing seems to have suffered. I resisted the cell phone for many years and I still use it functionally essentially as I use a traditional phone. As for programmed sentence writing, that is truly an abomination against cerebral creativity.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 18:56:46 CET 2013 from (68.194.241.79)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Pete, it appears you and I are in agreement.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 16:23:45 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Pat B: Are you up on your Chicago doowop? I ask because I just bumped into a reference to the Infatuators in a book by Robert Pruter (unfortunately online, and I've used up my free-look privileges). I know of only one record by the group and it's phenomenal - see link. I'd always assumed they were from Cleveland because this was recorded in Lorain, Ohio. My reason for knowing anything at all about the record is that the Infatuators were backed by the Leesures, as it says on the label, and the Leesures were very close chums with our guys in the early '60s, when they all roomed together at some cheap Toronto hotel. So I'm sure the Hawks would have been treated to a listen or two by the proud members of the Leesures. You can hear a bit of Hawkins-style guitar right at the end of the A-side, played by Bob McEachern, whose place in the Leesures, and likely his bed at the fleabag, was taken shortly after by Red Shea. Ironically, what is likely to have been McEachern's only earlier recording, was a cover of Robbie's "Someone Like You" done by a Brantford band, Jimmy Merrill and the ?????. The livelier A-side is worth a listen at youtube.com/watch?v=C1KYiSv1KBo

BEG: Was just a note to say "Happy New Year".


Entered at Mon Feb 4 15:49:45 CET 2013 from (70.29.28.155)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and another illustration of Richard Manuel
Peter Stone Brown link
and 33 1/3 book, “Music From Big Pink.

"It was a full on story, made up in the mind of Scottish musician and writer John Niven. Overall I enjoyed the trip especially since Niven is just as enamoured of Richard Manuel’s sad, soulful, sparkling voice as I am."

Hey Bill M....Sorry, I didn't get your email. Try again as both accounts seem to be working at the moment.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 15:42:30 CET 2013 from (70.29.28.155)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

....and one of Richard Manuel by "yu-shio" the Rock'n'Roll Illustrator.

You're most welcome Peter M. I also saw Daniel Lanois perform with the amazing Brian Blade at our El Mocambo (Shhhh...I pretended to be someone's photographer in order to catch this show as as it was by invite only.)
And I've seen Brian Blade perform with Emmylouuuu Harris when they opened for Neil Young and Crazy Horse. His background is jazzzz so you know he's going to change things up.
The amazing Manu's background is African French so.....some different rhythms are happening than what your rock/pop drummer might use.....The previous clip that I shared showed how fast he can play too.....Love his work!


Entered at Mon Feb 4 15:31:31 CET 2013 from (70.29.28.155)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Quick sketch of Robbie Robertson by Joe Bazeden
January 31, 2013

Glad you noticed the Celebration for Levon link that I posted Jan H. Have you ever been to Toronto?
How about if all the Canadian posters here attend this show with the Weber Brothers? They are so good and fun to hang with! Ryan Weber will remind you of Rick.....
JT? Bill M? JD? Northern Boy and Northern Girl? Blind Willie McTell? Maybe Kevin John will make a rare appearance? Anyone else who is lurking?


Entered at Mon Feb 4 15:22:42 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Tronto
Web: My link

Peter V: Thanks for again posting "This Bitter Earth". Magnificent. It may not be totally coincidental that one of Robbie's very first recording sessions, in the very early '60s, was as a sideman for Dianne Brooks, whose voice was likenrd by jazz critics later on to that of Dinah Washington. Robbie would have played onstage with her over the course of the next couple of years, when she was part of the regular cast at the Bluenote club and the Hawks were sometime visitors / jammers. I highly recommend the song at the link, from an album she recorded here in '69. If you see the same follow-on links as me, you'll easily get to the two 45s she recorded with Harvey Brooks (no relation) in NY in '65 and '66.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 09:52:54 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Cutting to film

The other thing about putting music to film is that it's a lot of fun, and creative fun, blending music to pictures. This link goes to my old and near-defunct website and the tiny lo-res trailer for "Only in America" (I must put it on my newer site in higher res). This is an educational video we did back in the mid-90s, and we were talking about a trailer / opening sequence of extracts. I'd just bought "Love That Louie" CD and played the director (who also did the music) the Rice University Marching Band version of Louie, Louie and said 'Can you do something like that?' The result is linked. And yes, that is the young, freshly-graduated Edward Norton.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 09:45:14 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Film music

Writing for film 1: Shutter Island

“This Bitter Earth”, where Robbie Robertson mixes Dinah Washington’s vocal on top of Max Richter’s “On The Nature of Daylight’ is a work of musical genius, and one of his best recent works. Robbie is a significant film writer, both as a composer of original themes and putting appropriate existing music into films. See Raging Bull, Shutter Island etc.

Writing for film 2

Garth contributes to Raging Bull, and also did stuff like “Our Lady Queen of The Angels.” It amazes me that Garth hasn’t done more film music, as haunting themes like “French Girls” are a natural.

Writing for film 3

It has been said that every songwriter holds a sheaf of lottery tickets in their pocket. Ask Reg Presley about Love Is All Around. A hit in 1968, then forgotten until Wet Wet Wet covered it in 1994 for “Four Weddings and A Funeral” and it was UK number one for months. Or take “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” In the film friends take the piss out of the guy for having an Asia poster in his bedroom, then “Heat of The Moment” is played over the crucial scene in the film. Result? People say “I always liked that” and Asia re-unite and are back on tour.

This is perhaps the only good thing about the download era. Something can be played in a film or TV programme, and no one has to wait for the reissue by the record label to buy it.

There is a bit that REALLY annoys me though. Consistently stage plays don’t credit the “found” music they use. Partly it’s because they used it for surprise effect … “All I Have To Do Is Dream” was hilariously used in the Bottom / Titania sleep scene in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2011. But sometimes I get angry. See my review of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” (linked) and scroll to the end "Music acknowledgments".


Entered at Mon Feb 4 07:34:21 CET 2013 from (68.194.241.79)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Pat, i did not write that it was terrible to write for film or tv... i wrote that there is a dangerous trend that steers people away from maybe becoming actually good solid song writers writing songs that might mean something, to writing schlock on order just for film, tv, commercials. anyone wants to do that, it's still a free country....

Far as industrial music goes, that's a different thing... there is a need for it, and there are plenty of musicians who need income that fill the void... everyone wins..


Entered at Mon Feb 4 07:28:15 CET 2013 from (69.158.87.199)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

“Songs Of The Band” - Garth Hudson, Jimmy Vivino, & Special Guests (4/19)
Garth Hudson & Jimmy Vivino "Songs of The Band"
Friday, April 19, 2013 8:00 pm
Tarrytown Music Hall
Tarrytown, NY

Interview with Garth Hudson Part 1-3 included in link. He talks about the Basement Tapes to Big Pink.

In one of our TVO shows Garth was featured where he said that "Dylan took us from the bars to the stars"......


Entered at Mon Feb 4 07:22:26 CET 2013 from (68.194.241.79)

Posted by:

Billy C. ( Friend0

Pat, great film scores, are great film scores. Horse of a different color. Writing a theme for a TV show is a horse\ of different color. the music to Love Story, was wonderful, Welcome Back, or Cheers, wonderful. All of us, could think of many examples...

My opinion/ comment, was not directed at you. But as long as we are there, what you do, is probably very different from what i am talking about...... You own a production studio ( great website) , for a long time. Apparently, commercial music is mostly what you do, but you've done it for along time , and i would think very differently.. you started at the sources, and started locally...local work, local companies, agencies.. you've scored some documentaries, well, i'd assume the jobs came to you through contacts.... and you were chosen to score the film....you've written music for commercials, i'd imagine, once again, that is through agencies that you have relationships with and have worked with for years, (i'd also imagine you have a lyricist you work with, ) and i imagine you get to see the films and commercials before you write anything, or at least have extensive knowledge of what the hell you are working with... you probably have long relationships with the different firms that you work for, that is very different than what i;m talking about.....

today, "A&R" companies exist that sell memberships, and you get listings... they'll send out a listing for a certain type of song for a movie, or a tv show, or a commercial. and tell you they are looking for a certain type of song, and it should sound like Jack Johnsons's such and such..... or Mary Go Lightly's, or Mary jane Corvette's such and such , and the mood should be... and the lyric should be,,,,but don't copy or rip off the song or lyric, or the music....... and you have to have it in by the day after tomorrow by noon to be considered.......

People do it,,, some people make money, over time some poeple do real well, and of course, they establish relationships over time.....but, all it is is making money- it;s not making songs that mean anything.... they want generic drek....

the A&R companies want you to send in songs, they charge a small review fee, and they want lots of songs sent in, the better they do, the more placements they get , the more companies come to them with listings.And they have sales people out working to get the listings too. the companies looking for songs, they pay a fee to the "A & R" company.... So today, instead of A&Rpeople at labels out looking for great acts and instead of labels promoting acts, you have A&Rteams looking for songs for DVDs releases and commercials, and tv pilots, amd shows, - and instead of labels beinbg out promoting artsits, you have music induistry people now out promoting companies to get song listings from them.... Writing for film and tv to make a living- hey, like i said it;s fine- people have to live, and whose to say how they should,but-

Write a great song, that ends up in movies later on, that's still different.... The Weight was in movies and commercials, it was not written for a movie or commercial.... the songs in the Big Chill were not written for the Big Chill, etc etc.

To be fair, i should add that these companies also look for songs for records, for artists ot record...Sometimes they also have artist listings too- but, the majority of what they look for is film, tv, and commercials..


Entered at Mon Feb 4 07:19:10 CET 2013 from (76.124.39.182)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: the pond

Subject: Brown Eyed Girl's link to the Seville '92 show

Thanks SO much for this link!. I've been enjoying a bootleg CD of the same, with Robbie's & Keith R's contributions to this event for almost 20 years now. Loved seeing Richard Thompson, the unique Les Paul and Robbie, looking "un-shy, ie: NO "Stage Fright", trotting out almost the same band he brought out on SNL around that time. Hornsby, Mardi Gras Indian Chiefs Bo Dollis and Monk Boudreaux, Manu Katche' and (uncredited?) Ivan Neville (X-Pensive Wino extraordinaire). Only one missing from that lineup was the great George Porter Jr on bass. If He couldn't be there, Tony Levin was NO shabby substitute! Loved The Chiefs' tamborine shakin' vocal contributions. The night I saw this lineup on SNL, I'd hoped to see Rob out in public more, but it was not to be. I've enjoyed The Weight performed by the Staples, Government Mule, Allmans and The LHB since, but oh, What a wonder to hear this amalgamation honk it out with the authentic guitar parts right in there! Thanks again, BEG. Took my time with it and had a great Saturday night listening to many folks who've entertained me since I was a kid, and I'm pushing 60.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 07:13:30 CET 2013 from (69.158.87.199)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Article by our very own Greg Quill
Stars pile on the music memoir bandwagon
Musician’s memoirs are always a popular bet . . . not particularly safe, but always worth a gamble.

"Like so many other music fans, Bowman is waiting for The Band’s Robbie Robertson to publish his memoir.

“He has the potential to be a great storyteller and he’s a very insightful character. I’m just not sure, after all that’s been written about The Band, whether there’s much left that’s worth knowing.”


Entered at Mon Feb 4 05:57:20 CET 2013 from (76.124.39.182)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Location: by the pond

Subject: 2 seperate subjects: Lanois and cellphones

(Friend0, Billy, I totally agree with the cellphone comments. Hate, em even though they assure us instant access (is that a necessarily good thing?) to everything, and everyone. I view my own worn out flip phone as a necessary evil. I don't give my home phone number to anyone, yet business and social contacts can suddenly invade the former privacy of my life at any whim. I used to refer to the cell phone as my electronic dog collar. These days I just turn it off, rather than even just hit "silence/vibrate mode". And for subject #2, The Daniel Lanois/Black Dub project was simply superb. The Trixie Whitley, Darryl Johnson, Brian Blade collaboration is described in AllMusic.com as a "bluesy, swampy, narcotic funk", and that's an understatement! The album is entrancing. My wife and I were fortunate enough to see them perform a couple of years ago. They were spellbinding. Never seen or heard nothin' like it. Silverado, Ring the Alarm and I'd Rather Go Blind were impressive. We were familiar with Darryl from his work with Aaron Neville & Terrance Simien's bands. Brian Blade on drums cannot be described, and we knew of Trixie as daughter of Chris Whitley. The combination, under Daniel Lanois' capable guidance was otherworldly. They were one of the best bands I'd ever seen perform. If you look up the videos, either on YouTube (watch for official ones released by Daniel Lanois) or via his own web site, you'll be impressed. There are ones from a gig at The Bowery Ballroom representing their live act. And others from an eerie beautiful recording studio or his with rounded windows are studio recordings "from the floor" as he says. Beautiful.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 05:36:37 CET 2013 from (99.115.145.68)

Posted by:

Pat B

Yeah, writing for TV/Ads/Movies is so terrible. Right.


Entered at Mon Feb 4 02:55:21 CET 2013 from (68.194.241.79)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Web: My link

Subject: suggested reading

Linked is the Piety Street Recording website section for their Philosophy. It actually is a semi social commentary on the state of their neighborhood and in relation tot he country too, and it also is a commentaary on the state of the music business, the state of recording,, and discusses a lot of the things i been yakkiing about for years.



Entered at Mon Feb 4 00:57:41 CET 2013 from (68.194.241.79)

Posted by:

Billy C. (Friend0

Subject: I'll get to it

JT, we live in odd times. get ready for a long winded sorta answer to your question.... there are TV commercials for cellphones, thAT show some young twinkie who says she is on tour, and talking about how busy she is since she became a songwriter so she uses her cellphone to stay connected to her friends , every minute..... well, one thing songwriters value & need, is peace and quiet and solitude.... socializing, being in the world, is invaluable- that's where your stuff comes from, especially for it to be relevant to anything, but time to think, is invaluable too, hell, i honestly dislike cellphones. I still use ancient ones, little flip phones, and i won't activate the net or email on it.... people need to be left alone sometimes... cellphones make things easy and convenient, sure, but- people need a break, people need to hear themsleves think- instant is not good, not even instant oatmeal.

There are Master sngwriter computer programs, that will help a idiot write a songs, find words for some one, find forms for ysome one, ..... back in 02, when i made School For Fools, the factory that manufactured it signed me up for Recording magazine. and when i joined Taxi i got Recording magazine, again..anyway, these magazines hawk this Master songwriter program.... hell, if you are a master songwriter you don't need a fucking program........ and a program won't make you master songwriter . it'll make you a moron using a program to write a song.... half the fun is the work, and the work, maybe the process of searching for a word that fits or rhymes, on your own is wonderful, and when you use your brain, you never know what other things fall in, what path you go down, where you take the song, or where the song takes you.... the writing, is supposed to be work , doing it is the beauty,hell, when i don't find my word easy, i start at the top of the alphabet and think of every word that starts with that letter that might rhyme, and i keep going- and in the process i get the word i need, or sometimes, i end up going a whole nother road cause something else pops up......... needing a program to help you format your song- bullshit- if you can't feel it or find it yourself, if you can't do the work, fuck you, go work in Wal mart or become an accountant and get used to it, or pull out records you like and listen to em and learn forms, or make your own...--- all that said, supposedly, some famous songwriters endorse and use these programs, but who knows what kind of schlock they make.

taxi pushes hard for songwriters to learn how to specifically write for film, tv , and commercial. thi s has been for a while now.....Robin Fredericks, a name hit songwriter, has come out with a book, about how to specifically write songs for film and tv..

People make nice livings doing this..... to me, hell, there is nothing wrong with that, but it's not what i want to do, and i see the danger in pushing people to get good at that, instead of getting good at writing songs....... generation of people who can't write great songs, but can write schlock just for movies or tv or commercials, bullshit...... write great songs, if they fit something like a movie or a tv show, sure go for it, pursue those avenues, but write and record the music that you want to, that matters to you.. where you can make money wiht it, that's wonderful... Essentially, the srt is going out of what left of the music indutry, JT.

there is a joke, you can find it on Piety Street recording Studios website under philosophy- did you hear the joke about the moron?- he went into the music business for the money- well, as the studio owner insinuates, it is doubly true toay.... that website- the philosohy section, is worth a read....


Entered at Sun Feb 3 07:00:53 CET 2013 from (75.34.51.130)

Posted by:

Adam

Pat - Good work checking on the 1976 Mississippi concert. Very interesting about the boat accident/cancelled dates, so surprising this one occured when it did. I wonder what the full story is there.

Seville Guitar Legends is surely one of Robbie's best, and only, live performances from his solo years. He even loosens up and jams with Les Paul, McGuinn, Richard Thomspon, etc. on a Jimmy Reed tune.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 23:47:15 CET 2013 from (70.50.36.157)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

For JQ.....Ohhh la, la.....Love him and Brian Blades and Levon and Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich.....and......Santana's Michael Shrieve!


Entered at Sat Feb 2 22:44:06 CET 2013 from (70.50.36.157)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Hey Bill M.....BRRRRR....feeeeeeels like -15C outside today! Sure glad I'll be by the Gulf Coast real soon!!!!! My friend told me that now she's not so sure...She's older than Martin Short by a few years but....She thinks that he and Eugene Levy attended the other high-school in Hamilton, Ontario (Westdale Collegiate) but they would hang at times at her school because they had friends there (Central Tech). Also....former Toronto Maple Leaf coach Pat Quinn was at her school and she still remembers that he was sure somethin' back in the day. Uhhhh....I always found the former coach for the Buffalo Sabres who is aboriginal......quite attractive.....I know....Too much information. ;-D

As for the Sevilla show.....I have in the past posted some of the concert but this time it was the longer version. I'm not just biased....I truly looooove Robbie's guitar playing......He's my favourite player but sometimes he's such a tease....lol

Jerry T.....I finally found your email and if I find the photo with you and Robbie I will send it again to you......no problem. Btw, I have seen Stephen Fearing solo at Hugh's Room.....but....I do prefer him with BARK. I'll have to listen to some clips of his latest. I've already mentioned to Northern Boy and Northern Girl that The Weber Brothers are doing a Celebration of Levon Helm and the Skydiggers are always such fun...and John Hammond too! Andy Maize from the Skydiggers attended Northern high-school.....same school as a former colleague and one of my friends knows him and the boyzzz from L'Etranger.....

Nomadic Mike!!!!!!! :-DDDDDDDDD


Entered at Sat Feb 2 19:35:03 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Sevilla?

Sevilla Guitar Legends … Robbie's drummer was Manu Katché. Incredible drummer. I saw him with his own band a few years later.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 19:30:20 CET 2013 from (68.171.231.84)

Posted by:

Bill M

BEG: I suspect that Stevie Salas is the son or nephew of Billy Mundi, who drums on "Moondog Matinee".


Entered at Sat Feb 2 19:24:35 CET 2013 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Sevilla 1992

BEG - Thanks for that, I'd never seen it before. Who was that drummer?


Entered at Sat Feb 2 18:32:58 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Steampacket

Yes, that was the London The Birds … they're on CD too. The Bournemouth one were acquaintances of mine, and do pre-date (or knew nothing about) McGuinn & Co, and spelled it with a "y".

On that era, the best British live band was Steampacket, and they cooked up a storm with the three lead vocalists, Long John Baldry, flanked by Rod Stewart & Julie Driscoll. There have been budget CDs around of their recording from December 1965. I bought one and the sound was distant and very muddy. This week I saw a French vinyl version, Rock Generation Volume 6: Steampacket. The track listing looked slightly different, the order definitely was, and it has the obligatory errors: The Inn Crowd and Rod Stuart.

It was £4 secondhand, and I thought I'd risk it with almost zero hope of it being any good. I got lucky. It sounds way, way clearer and better than the CD with greater separation, and louder. The CD was always a little dubious in its provenance, as Charley often were careless about sourcing stuff (and permissions). This French label, BYG, seems to have access to a better generation tape … or have done very skilful remastering. Also at only 14 minutes a side, they've used the full width of the vinyl, not squashed it up as so many reissue labels do.

It's a fascinating document. Brian Auger was on top form, and the start of "Own Up, Lady Astor" is almost Garth-like. Micky Waller on drums. Vic Briggs on guitar. It sounds "live" and they have trouble balancing the vocals … they used to move around a hell of a lot on stage.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 18:30:44 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Old Ideas......Old is the operative

Gawd Damn it Jerry........the thing your missing here is "Old". The more time passes, the older we get, the less important we are to the 'status quo".....get used to it son!


Entered at Sat Feb 2 18:08:01 CET 2013 from (76.124.39.182)

Posted by:

Peter M.

Subject: hey, other Peter

Could The Birds be the group Ronnie Wood was in before the Jeff Beck Group, The Creation, The Faces, and then finally settling down with some other band in 1975?


Entered at Sat Feb 2 17:51:39 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Leonard, Bob and Stephen

It is good to separate yourself for a while from the music after it is released and then listen again. So for Old Ideas (L.Cohen) and Tempest (B. Dylan) The irrelevance to me of the Grammy Awards is even clearer to me now. How could this group of nominators MISS the excellence of these works! I know it is a new generation of people steeped in the 'current' that nominate. But there is something about music that transcends that it seems this bunch has missed. Alas!!!

Have a listen if you can to Stephen Fearing's new album 'Between Hurricanes' released last week. This is his first since 'Yellowjacket' though there have been other projects (BARK, Fearing and White). This work is stellar in a word. As usual, his guitar and voice are in superb form. Like Bruce Cockburn and so many others, Stephen Fearing represents some of the best of what Canada continues to offer.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 17:33:03 CET 2013 from (72.78.41.13)

Posted by:

PSB

Location: City of Brotherly Love
Web: My link

Subject: Bessie Smith

Speaking of "Bessie Smith," here is the first released version of the song by Happy & Artie Traum.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 15:58:28 CET 2013 from (98.15.190.173)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: Little Elmo Memorial Concert

There will be a memorial concert for Mike Dunn, former touring member of The Band, at the Quarter Moon, Delhi, NY; Sat (tonight) at 7:00 PM.

Mike was the bass player who took over Rick Danko's duties in the spring of 1997. He was a good friend with a great smile and sunny disposition. He passed away two weeks ago. He is greatly missed.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 12:53:59 CET 2013 from (67.238.31.37)

Posted by:

rosalind

Subject: Oh..

Nevermind.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 12:17:51 CET 2013 from (70.24.110.207)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Musicians you might not know are aboriginal.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Robbie thanking his friends in Spain.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 12:14:16 CET 2013 from (70.24.110.207)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Guitar Legends- Sevilla, Spain
McGuinn, Thompson, Robbie, Les Paul, Roger Waters......
Last 4 minutes is always my favourite from this 1.5 hour video...
Robbie's in three different segments.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 12:00:46 CET 2013 from (70.24.110.207)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Published on Jan 21, 2013
Robbie Robertson and George Harrison comment on John Lennon's death in 1987.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 04:02:57 CET 2013 from (67.238.31.37)

Posted by:

rosalind

Subject: Oh For Cryin Out Loud

I wake up, turn on my Facebook deal and see something on my homepage that makes me .. anyway. They've put Robbie Robertson in the Smithsonian. In the fucking Smithsonian. WHY? Why just him? This is triple bullshit. I like the guy's music and all but does he REALLy belong with his face on a stanp? And Now This? An entire exhibit "Storyteller of the Shadowland" Is it a Indian thing? It don't look like an Indian thing. It looks like a Last Waltz thing. Where's Levon Face and drumsticks? Where's Rick's face and Bass? Where's Garth's face and stuff? And for Criminy sakes, where's Richard's face and .. oh man, What a crock.


Entered at Sat Feb 2 03:36:57 CET 2013 from (101.164.6.125)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Too late, but my condolences Jed.



Entered at Sat Feb 2 00:48:48 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Manfred Mann 2

I just realised, since say 1970, I have listened to Manfred Mann a lot more than Cream!


Entered at Sat Feb 2 00:43:37 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter v

I saw Jack Bruce with Manfred Mann, but I'm clueless, Bill. Give me a clue? Is it about igloos? Manfred Mann are under-rated, and were they the best Dylan cover band? Probably the most successful in UK chart terms, but I guess The Byrds were in North America.

I found my 1960s diary. There was a Bournemouth group called The Byrds before the famous one, as well as London's The Birds.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 22:35:28 CET 2013 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Haywire guitar chords.....the ones yuh plug into damn it!

Do they do it to us on purpose??????????


Entered at Fri Feb 1 21:14:26 CET 2013 from (99.244.253.166)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Beverly Hills Motor Hotel

The only thing I really remember was getting the opportunity to sing back up vocals with the late Paul Godfrey. I believe our microphones were on. (Smile) Boy that was quite a night. Levon, Dr. John & The Hawk!!!


Entered at Fri Feb 1 20:38:26 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Peter V: I cannot tell you which song I mean, out of respect for a foreign friend's personal feelings, but the only use for one of Manfred Mann's hits is as a hearing test: Who can spot Jack Bruce's voice?


Entered at Fri Feb 1 20:06:52 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Joan, don't even mention "Pretty Flamingo" in this context! Immediate time and place recall.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 19:34:42 CET 2013 from (74.108.32.67)

Posted by:

joan

Subject: Associations

Peter I agree with you about music associated to an event or person. i tend to remember certain songs as they relate to a lost time or a lost love The memories can be glad or sad, but they are always evocative. Music does that


Entered at Fri Feb 1 18:38:31 CET 2013 from (174.44.139.55)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Bessie/More Gratitude Can't Hurt

Wow,after all these years,I guessed Richard on lead,2nd harmony Rick or Robbie,and Levon. And,thanks so much to all-Wise words,Peter regarding the downside.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 18:03:45 CET 2013 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Tronno.

BEG: You mean your Alabama chum went to the same school as Martin Short? His brother Mike Short was in the Hawks at the time of the '77 super-jam when Levon and other RCO All-Stars, and also Jerry Penfound and Pat Travers, joined Hawkins and his current Hawks onstage at the Beverly Hills Motor Hotel. I can't recall if Short actually got to play with Levon at all, except maybe on tambourine or something, because Dr John sat at his piano. Maybe John D, who was also there, will remember?


Entered at Fri Feb 1 17:31:58 CET 2013 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

My condolences too, Jed. Music is a great healer, but also an "association prompt". I posted this before, but when my Mum died, coming home the car CD had Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by Cannonball Adderley on, plus Trouble by Little Feat. Both were perfect, and I found them healing in allowing sorrow to come out.

There IS a downside … now if I listen to either I feel incredibly sad, so in a way I've lost two favourite tunes.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 17:26:46 CET 2013 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Bessie Smith

The track details in the AMH liner notes list Robbie, Rick and Levon on vocals. It sounds like Rick adding harmony to Robbie's lead and Levon joining in on the chorus part.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 14:52:35 CET 2013 from (76.68.51.223)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Robbie Robertson (L) and actor Martin Short attend the Premiere Of "American Masters Inventing David Geffen" at The Writers Guild of America on November 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
The friend I will be visiting in Alabama attended the same high-school in Hamilton, Ontario.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 14:47:01 CET 2013 from (76.68.51.223)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Richard Manuel Commission, 8 x 6, embroidery floss on fabric, 2009, Sold


Entered at Fri Feb 1 14:35:56 CET 2013 from (76.68.51.223)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

I downloaded this song as I dig this 17 year old musician.

Hey Serenity. I hope the weather's not too cold in Kit. Glad you had the good fortune to see so many musicians back in the day..... :-D


Entered at Fri Feb 1 14:28:50 CET 2013 from (76.68.51.223)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"Life is brief".......

We'll always have our memoires......and photos if we're lucky.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 11:29:02 CET 2013 from (67.238.31.37)

Posted by:

rosalind

So sorry for your recent losses Mr. Jed. Parents can be everything when they ain't there. You can walk away from them with nary a second thought when you're young and silly but as you age yourself you wake up every day wondering whether they're still with you in this mortal coil. It can wear you down, makes the soul feel heavy laden and reminds you of your own mortality.. I still think it's best to die young never loving anybody.

Serenity, You're a sweet one.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 07:42:55 CET 2013 from (122.59.251.42)

Posted by:

Rod

Subject: Bessie Smith

I think thats Robbie on top and Rick on the bottom. Great song - it should have been on an official Band release.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 06:38:17 CET 2013 from (74.176.220.19)

Posted by:

Mike C

Subject: Bessie Smith

Jed, I don't know for certain, but I've always thought that it was Rick & Robbie singing together on BM; Robbie in the lower register & Rick on top. I'm sure somebody else out there in Guestbook-land can provide the definitive answer though.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 05:15:32 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: ANDREWS SISTERS

Andrews Sisters. Sounds "scratchy", but there are more of their hits here...ENJOY!!! xoxoxo


Entered at Fri Feb 1 04:56:57 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Patty Andrews dead at 91

Who can forget, "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree", "Rum And Coca Cola" AND "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" I loved them and missed them through the years....For us who remember them, they were very entertaining and easy listening... xoxoxo


Entered at Fri Feb 1 04:54:32 CET 2013 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Band Concert List

Thank you to all of you who continue to send dates with confirmation (stubs etc) to ensure that the concert/show actually occurred. I continue to update the list and will submit to Jan, as I have in the past. If you spot errors or have other comments, please submit them.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 04:48:19 CET 2013 from (174.44.139.55)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Song

Sorry,left off name of song--Bessie Smith.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 04:42:43 CET 2013 from (174.44.139.55)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Gratitude and Question

I am deeply grateful to all of you who expressed condolences.Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. Was wondering,as I listen through A Musical History,who is singing the harmony with Richard? Sure sounds like Richard is "lead" singer.Is it Robbie? Also,very moved by Robbie's rendition of Twilight(on piano) and the very moving vocals.


Entered at Fri Feb 1 04:23:45 CET 2013 from (99.237.0.147)

Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: WHATEVER??

Hi all;-

JED: So sorry for your losses. May they RIP. The good Lord will take care of them now..

BEG: So nice to have you back here once again..Hope your wrist is coming along OK.. Missed your posts and wonderful links..Nice pic of Merle and Co.etc..

ROZ: Really nice to have you back also... You've been missed too..Thanx for the compliments..I'm not here very often as I have a lot of things going elsewhere..

NORM: Old friend, Thanx for the links and the one of George and " Who's Gonna fill Their Shoes". I have seen most of those artists live, so it brought back memories from many moons ago. My faves by George are, "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "White Lightning"..

DAVID P: The best person to play Frank Sinatra is Harry Connick,Jr. Sounds a lot like him, so his voice wouldn't need to be dubbed..Looks good too. Dino,I'm sure wouldn't be that hard, but don't think Tom Hanks is it.. But who knows until we see...

PETER: I remember seeing Val Doonican on his TV show. Was a Fave of mine back then.. Such good singers have come and gone. Good that we have the music to listen to..

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


Entered at Fri Feb 1 02:21:46 CET 2013 from (64.231.177.159)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Rick Danko, The Band, Palace Theater, Albany, NY, 10/23/83
Click Rick Danko and Levon Helm

Thanks so much for your concern Joan. My final follow-up is in a couple of weeks....still not 100% but I can do more yoga poses now and lift light weights and pull, pull, pull.....rowing machine. I'll email sometime re Habana. I'm off to Bama by the Gulf Coast next month to visit friends who are renting a home for a few months......Yeah!

Jed.....I listened a lot......to Robbie's "Shine Your Light"......and Steve Forbert's voice in particular helped me get through the many stages of grief.


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