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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 2017


Entered at Tue Feb 28 23:17:52 CET 2017 from (86.131.115.16)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland
Web: My link

Subject: Music

I listened to Radio Scotland today.

There were two interesting interviews today. One was with Karine Polwart, a folk singer, who is building a following across the UK. She was positive, but described how she sold her flat to finance her second album, how she now lived in rented accommodation with her children and how she had nothing behind her to fall back on and would have to work for ever. The difficulties facing an artist. See link for beautiful song. I thought of Bob's daughter.

Although, also in the Scottish papers this week, it was reported Paolo Nuttini made a million pounds last year.

The other interview was with the guy who runs T in the Park, the huge Scottish music festival. He described how music was compartmentalised now which made it difficult to run a festival. Music followers were in different groups - those who followed DJ led music (I thought of Jan's son) and those who followed guitar bands. No trouble between them, but they wouldn't visit stages that didn't play their music...making it more difficult to host a festival.

Also, I quite like lists - I seek out on You Tube what you guys are listening to.


Entered at Tue Feb 28 22:50:52 CET 2017 from (184.146.91.95)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Bob F: Thank you for the nice words and warm welcome back…..and Bill M, likewise…though I must say I didn’t understand the hall monitor comment either……..anyhow, any day at the GB where there is more posters from North America and Europe than Pakistani-spammer land is a good one I guess………where is Todd and JT and Mike Nomad….and Pat B !


Entered at Tue Feb 28 22:50:30 CET 2017 from (86.131.115.16)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Let's keep it going everybody. I enjoy everybody's posts.

My series of banal posts were just there to keep it going.

Enjoyed both your recent posts, Wallsend. Interesting. I wonder about paying a lot for music memorabilia of our era - will it hold its value as this generation moves on.


Entered at Tue Feb 28 22:37:27 CET 2017 from (107.77.97.20)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Jeff A

Ok


Entered at Tue Feb 28 22:15:46 CET 2017 from (173.3.48.235)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

JQ. As far as disagreements in the GB go, this recent one is pretty mild. And you've no place meddling in it. Bob was well within his rights to respond to Bill M. The hall monitor remark was ill conceived, rude, completely uncalled for, & in no way justifiable. Bob, who is as affable as can be both here & in real life, was being nothing but friendly inquiring about missing posters.


Entered at Tue Feb 28 21:59:16 CET 2017 from (107.77.97.20)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: WTF?

Bob F - That comment about Bill M was so OTT, what the heck is the matter with you? Has he not also been supportive of Roseann? Was it some previous personal experience thing? I put Bill M in the same category as David Powell and others here that are deeply knowledgeable. And genuinely funny too. I don't understand-


Entered at Tue Feb 28 18:12:36 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Subject: Hall Monitor Comment

Bill M, always with the sarcasm. In the Hudson Valley we're still country enough that if a neighbor goes missing, we inquire about them. In the big city I guess you just lock the door and shut the blinds. Only a handful of people post in the Guest Book on a regular basis now. I don't think inquiring about them if they stop posting makes anyone a hall monitor or a busy body. That's just how we roll in the HV. Maybe that's one of the reasons The Band liked it here so much. That being said, to be truthful, if you stopped posting I would be the last person in the history of The Guestbook to care.


Entered at Tue Feb 28 09:43:22 CET 2017 from (114.75.199.151)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

I am assuming that the typed lyrics on the auction website were typed on the famous Big Pink typewriters. If so they are rare treasures.


Entered at Tue Feb 28 09:32:37 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Photos

Absolutely amazing! Should have put them in Testimony. I love Levon's "shotgun" joke.


Entered at Tue Feb 28 05:58:36 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Thanks Wallsend. Those shots are beyond interesting. Look at Richard - so happy, so unstressed and uncomplicated, so - as the title says - real.


Entered at Tue Feb 28 05:53:17 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Kevin J: Yes welcome back. And yes, someone (not you) must've always wanted to be a hall monitor. Interesting about Frampton. People who loved "Comes Alive" in the day still seem to, and others (like me) who didn't particularly (or maybe just got sick of it hearing it so much) just don't have the energy to buy it and give it a second chance. I must admit to enjoying the bits and pieces I've heard in passing this millenium. On the other hand, I can't get that unpleasant sound of talking through a hose out of my mind. And the crowd went wild!


Entered at Tue Feb 28 05:41:23 CET 2017 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Subject: Wallsend's find

Nice! So, from the look of things it was a shotgun wedding. : )


Entered at Tue Feb 28 05:33:40 CET 2017 from (114.75.199.151)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

This is interesting.


Entered at Tue Feb 28 01:32:14 CET 2017 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

I may be the only person in Rock'n'Roll-dom who prefers Peter Frampton's "Do You Feel.." in its studio version without the talk box. Don't get me wrong the live version is a rocker, but sometimes that talk box bit gets annoying.

Conversely, I have no problems with the talk box on Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way .


Entered at Tue Feb 28 01:29:45 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Web: My link

Subject: New Garland - 14 Steps To Harlem

Check out this great new Garland Jeffreys song.


Entered at Tue Feb 28 00:58:56 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Subject: Welcome Back Kevin

Kev, it's great to see you're back and doing well. You were missed. I agree about Frampton deserving the honor. The live album made him but also kind of ruined him. I never found anything he did after that even slightly interesting. I love Humble Pie of course. If you love English rock and roll it's impossible not to love them.

Now that Kev is back, the next mystery is where the heck is Al Edge?


Entered at Tue Feb 28 00:09:24 CET 2017 from (67.84.76.103)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Subject: Kevin

So, what is your Mongolian nickname?


Entered at Mon Feb 27 20:21:00 CET 2017 from (184.146.91.95)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Bob F'S Top 5 How The Hell Are They Not in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

....I would add Peter Frampton to that list. Mid 1970's every car radio, bedroom and basement party was blasting out Frampton Comes Alive.....Just the riff of "Do You Feel Like We do" qualifies him not to mention the biggest selling live album in music history.....and Humble pie wasn't too bad either.


Entered at Mon Feb 27 19:52:42 CET 2017 from (184.146.91.95)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Sturgill Simpson

Some thoughts from here and there:

* Sturgill Simpson: The music I listened to most while away was Sturgill Simpson’s “Metamodern Sounds of Country Music”. His most recent release “As Sailor’s Guide to Earth” topped all sorts of “Best Of” 2016 lists and based on discussions in December at this GB I went in to HMV to purchase it. On the theory that the albums that precede the break-out albums are usually far better, I also picked up the 2013 ‘Metamordern” album……..and the theory held up and then some…….Metamodern is so clean and beautiful and after listening to it for weeks I finally got to “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”….I found Sailors Guide to be very disappointing…… so overproduced to the point of being extremely annoying………Listen to Metamodern and then put on Sailors Guide and after just 3 songs listening to all the unnecessary added bits of jingle and jangle, a gold start to you if you can resist just turning it off.

* “Eight Days a Week”: I was extremely disappointed with this. Of course, it’s the Beatles and the sound and music was great but as a documentary, it was really lacking…….Ringo looked like he has just gotten out of bed and was adding perfunctory commentary to a local newscast bit and Paul also looked haphazard and didn’t really add any zest to the film either. So who does the always light Ron Howard get to be his star commentator for a film on the greatest band in rock n roll history? Whoopie F*cking Goldberg ! I guess the other ladies of “The View” were unavailable……..Note: I do recall Al Edge being knocked out by seeing this at a theatre and by particularly being able to see the full Shea Stadium concert at the theatre showings. The DVD release does not have the concert and so one is just left with a limp documentary on the touring years. Best bits were the not seen before live performances and they really are great.

* Oasis – Supersonic: A documentary that I highly recommend…..Extremely well done…..being a fan isn’t necessary…..a test really for all great docs.

* Thanks to Bob F Jeff, Peter and Norm for the laughs about where is Kevin……..and thanks to Bob on the Stevie Nicks Belladonna info…I loved that album and her live shows with Waddy Wachtel during those years in the early 80’s

* BEG: Come on back…….getting into a tizzy about the lack of commentary on the Ladies March is not worth it. The facts are that 100% of White supremacists voted for Trump. 92% of Blacks and Latino’s voted for Hillary…..while less than 45% of Caucasian women voted for Hillary…..So she loses and then a bunch of white women go marching and we are all supposed to take notice. Most of us were just too fed up and disgusted to care at that point.

* Testimony: Just started and loving it. 100 pages in. Beautiful...Feel like I am right there driving late at night in the car with Levon and Robbie sharing stories about life.


Entered at Mon Feb 27 07:56:57 CET 2017 from (210.86.85.166)

Posted by:

Rod

Subject: Christchurch

To make matters worse they recently had a serious bush fire in the port hills. Destroyed an adventure park that was part of the rebuild project. Quite a few houses were destroyed - ones that had survived the quake.


Entered at Mon Feb 27 06:50:34 CET 2017 from (173.3.51.168)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Thanks for posting that Glenn.


Entered at Mon Feb 27 05:11:38 CET 2017 from (70.121.40.130)

Posted by:

glenn t

Web: My link

Subject: More Boss

See link for article about Bruce & The E streeters playing Christchurch, New Zealand. A beautiful city that's been devastated by earthquakes. Whether you like Bruce or not, every one should read this article about a city struggling to rebuild, and about the power of rock & roll to lift one's spirit. I lived in Christchurch many years ago, and can't imagine what it would be like to face such loss and devastation. Their city center was so beautiful and magical; I loved going there during our stay, and feel such sorrow for the challenges they now face. But God bless Bruce and his band for adding Christchurch to their tour schedule and giving them what sounds like a spectacular Springsteen concert!


Entered at Sun Feb 26 08:21:34 CET 2017 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Web: My link

Subject: The Boss sings The Weight

: )


Entered at Sat Feb 25 04:28:22 CET 2017 from (70.121.40.130)

Posted by:

Glenn t

What? No entries for Friday!


Entered at Thu Feb 23 19:27:55 CET 2017 from (31.48.6.235)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Lists

You're right Jeff.

I think what I'm meaning is this. There are certain artists that I return to all the time - and then there are other artists that I play from time to time.

Artists I couldn't live without and then artists I enjoy. Well I could if I had to live without, but you know what I mean.

But I love music and I really couldn't imagine a life without listening to music.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 19:16:50 CET 2017 from (31.48.6.235)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Sorry, Hiatt, not Hyatt.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 19:11:55 CET 2017 from (173.3.51.223)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Dunc. To me you can't be wrong on lists because to me, lists are kinda goofy. What's the point of a list? It can't be definitive.

I liked Little Village's release a lot, listened to it alot. It's great car music, but a record I could live without. Of course, if i listen to it again, i may love it.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 18:59:48 CET 2017 from (31.48.6.235)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Little Village didn't register with me.

But I play about half a dozen John Hyatt albums, Bop Till You Drop by Ry Cooder and the Brentford Trilogy albums by Nick Lowe.

I never pick any of these artists in my best of lists. Am I wrong?


Entered at Thu Feb 23 18:47:30 CET 2017 from (31.48.6.235)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Bill M. He was meaning that the three geniuses were himself, Moon and Entwistle. I browsed the book today, but couldn't find the quote. I feel Townshend and Daltrey grudgingly get along now. But the concert I saw at their peak was wonderful.

Thanks, Rockin' Chair. I'll give them a look.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 15:53:50 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: this little village ain't big enough for the both of us

JQ: Thanks. I wonder if the Mael brothers felt left out? Of course, I guess you could say that they ALWAYS felt left out.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 15:41:14 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Little Village

Fred - I think you're right about their album. The LV project had the romantic aspiration of recreating the clubhouse thing from which J Hiatt's magnum opus: Bring the Family emerged. I don't think it worked as they had hoped: 1 album and 1 tour and done. I've never read too much about the breakup; as I recall it might have been too many bandleaders in more subordinate roles. Or maybe Hiatt still thought it was his deal. But for me some of the promise of what this supergroup could do is more evident in their performances like the one I linked here.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 14:59:33 CET 2017 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Subject: Little Village

I felt a little "meh" about Little Village. With the talent involved I was expecting more. I have the CD. There are a couple of tracks I really like (Fool Who Knows & She Runs Hot) I wonder if my slight dislike is due to the fact I am not a very big John Hiatt fan,

Hmm... maybe I should give the CD another chance ...after 25 years I could be persuaded to change my mind.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 14:51:36 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Rodney Crowell/Nick Lowe

Bill M - Those 2 guys were linked as bro-in-laws for a decade or so when they were married into the Cash family -


Entered at Thu Feb 23 09:18:47 CET 2017 from (83.68.10.60)

Posted by:

Ragtime

Subject: Garth's New World on Largo

Peter, thanks for reminding me of Garth & Largo, which really is crossover. As much as I love Garth, I don't play this one very often, save the electrifying Gimme a Stone. Great tune that has nothing to do with Dvořák, all the more with Levon.

Absalom, Absalom, Would I die for you my son...


Entered at Thu Feb 23 06:29:32 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

JQ: Thanks for the link to Little Village. Hearing Lowe brought my favourite of his songs to mind - "The Rose Of England" at youtube.com/watch?v=AwGlzpTWwWo

Which always takes me to Rodney Crowell's "The One About England" - youtube.com/watch?v=yvqffTuqsxI

Which always takes me to this one by Sparks, another group with ties to Woodstock NY.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 03:58:54 CET 2017 from (96.54.61.38)

Posted by:

BONK

Subject: Freddie McNulty

Was just going back over the pictures in Robbie's book and I noticed that in one of the pics of Levon and Robbie practicing, Robbie says the picture on the wall behind Levon is a portrait of Freddie McNulty. I sure would like to know the story behind who painted it. For those of you who never followed the boys in their Hawks days you probably won't get it. Freddie was this incredibly lovable, sort of mentally challenged character with a love for the Hawks music beyond belief. He was from Wilson Heights in Toronto, think Crang Plaza, and from all I've read and heard when Levon met him he took him under his wing. I think I read here a bunch of years ago, that one time when Levon was in Toronto in the eighties, him and John D went looking for Freddie but he had passed. Sad.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 03:48:50 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: History

Watching what unfolds daily, I'm reminded of Lord Tennison. People will follow blindly with little understanding......even today.

Theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do and die,

Into the valley of death, rode the six hundred.

Incredible how people will blindly follow a man without understanding.

Thank you Dunc! Don't know if you have ever seen, if not just search on Youtube. "The California Raisins". All the tunes are from Motown and it is still a wonderful experience to watch the magic that these video people can do putting this music to the animation of "The Raisins". It's wonderful. "The Raisins in a Boat" is a great one to watch.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 02:59:11 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Since Amazing Blondel's gorgeously placid "England" CD's been stuck in my car player for the past few days, I thought I'd share the peace. I see it as Ye Olde England's 1972 big green answer to Ye Olde Bande's 1969 big brown America - a return to the roots. For 20+ years I kept a second copy of the LP against the day that the first one became unplayable.


Entered at Thu Feb 23 02:36:31 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Web: My link

Subject: Little Village concert 1992

I hadn't heard this previously. It's great sound quality, 2 hours. One of my all time favorite outfits -


Entered at Wed Feb 22 19:31:50 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Dunc: It's difficult to know exactly what Townshend meant. My guess is that he counted himself as two separate geniuses, and pegged Entwistle as the third, but maybe Moon, or maybe even Daltry. Precedent for the latter comes from John Phillips' "Creeque Alley":

Zal said to Denny, "You know there aren't many
Who can sing a sing the way that you do"
And Denny said, "Golly Zally, don't you think that I wish
I could play guitar like you? - let's go south"


Entered at Wed Feb 22 18:08:42 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Subject: Ambulance Blues

Neil Young has a bunch of perfect records with ON The Beach being one of them. I've been listening to Ambulance Blues a lot lately. Who could have imagined all these years later we'd have another president who fits to a tee the words Mr Young wrote about Richard Nixon.

I never knew a man

could tell so many lies

He had a different story

for every set of eyes

How can he remember

who he's talking to?

Cause I know it ain't me,

and hope it isn't you.



Entered at Wed Feb 22 17:34:30 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

The Left Banke version was the original and a great deal more popular on the charts in the New York area. To this day when the song is played on oldies radio you're bound to hear the Left Banke version. I always felt The Four Tops was the big city version and the Left Banke the dreamy small town version. Another great song The Four Tops share is If I Were A Carpenter. Both their version and Bobby Darrin's version are pure magic.


Entered at Wed Feb 22 11:23:51 CET 2017 from (86.171.129.19)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

That's true, Rockin Chair. I had never thought of the tambourine as an important instrument, until I saw the Funk Brothers' documentary. A;lways used to think of it as the instrument for the mate in the band, who couldn't play anything.

When I read Pete Townshend's autobiography, there's a part, which says it must have been difficult for Roger Daltrey working with three geniuses.Playing My Generation, the album just now.


Entered at Wed Feb 22 10:37:04 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Classical Garth

We were playing "Garth's Largo" last night (from the "Largo" CD) another Garth take on a classic, the New World Symphony. We went to an elderly neighbour's funeral last week, and they played "Going Home" by the Libera Boys Choir … another take on Dvorak, and so sublime that we downloaded it. We played the two back to back.


Entered at Wed Feb 22 10:10:35 CET 2017 from (83.68.10.60)

Posted by:

Ragtime

I don't see Garth's wonderful improvisations on Bach's organ music as "crossover". He is a class on his own.


Entered at Wed Feb 22 01:14:00 CET 2017 from (72.143.198.122)

Posted by:

Bill M

Ragtime: Re the Band and classical music, there's also the part of "Testimony" where the guys are wondering how to start "Chest Fever" and Robbie has himself suggesting to Garth that Bach's "Toccatta And Fugue In D Minor" (or whatever) would be just the ticket. (BTW NYC I knew.)


Entered at Wed Feb 22 01:04:17 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Moon on Happy Jack

That might have been the out front drums I was thinking about..


Entered at Wed Feb 22 01:00:24 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: The Who here

Bill M and Bassman - I think there must be a misunderstanding as the earliest Who stuff was huge here. Tommy may have been an entry point into a new era with the long tracks on Live At Leeds as a bridge into that, but the early singles got loads of play. In SoCal at least. I recall first hearing Magic Bus as a teen and thinking: Now that's how drums ought to always sound on a record!


Entered at Wed Feb 22 00:52:59 CET 2017 from (83.68.10.60)

Posted by:

Ragtime

Subject: Left Banke

Bill M, you seem to assume that The Left Banke were from the UK, but they were from NYC.


Entered at Wed Feb 22 00:42:27 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: The Motown Sound

You guys are forgetting to mention, without the "Funk Brothers" behind them a lot of that stuff would never have become what it did.

When a lot of those Southern Blues men from all over the south found each other in the Motor Town because they all went there looking for work, they made that Motown Sound.


Entered at Wed Feb 22 00:41:41 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Tomorrow I expect "The Motown Eps Vol 2" - 7 replica Eps from 1965.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 23:56:18 CET 2017 from (83.68.10.60)

Posted by:

Ragtime

Subject: Motown

I'd like to add that The Four Tops had many hits in the Netherlands, including Walk Away Renee, and that The Left Banke had none...

Of course I have always loved Smokey, and Martha, and Stevie, and Marvin, and Wanda (especially her), and the Tops and Temps, even Diana (a bit) when she was young... and I'm still crying for Tammi... but really... they should do their own stuff, and avoid covers like Carpenter or Renee...

And, as a classical buff I admire the refined subtlety of Pretty Ballerina, the precious girl who (musically spoken) only found her equal in that poor lady Eleanor Rigby...

At the very same time I'm relieved that The Band never tried their hand on semi-classical crossover stuff (before someone asks : apart from the Last Waltz theme) and that Robertson's Penderecki project was called off in time...


Entered at Tue Feb 21 23:44:49 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Tronto

Subject: male pattern neediness

Peter V / Ragtime: I really can't see a guy who sappily referred to his Renee as Sugarpie Honeybunch reacting to her walking away with an eff-you shrug. No, Levi would have done the usual and padded along after her, pleading. He was certainly not unidimensional - witness his subsequent success as a singing plant in "Little Shop of Horrors".

bassmanlee / Dunc: I'm amazed that the pre-Tommy Who weren't known in the States. Up here, "I Can See For Miles", "Happy Jack", "My Generation" and "Can't Explain" all went to #1, and others did well - right up to and including "Magic Bus". "The Seeker" was the first flop in a long time, I believe, but even it did okay on Toronto's second pop station CKFH (in the days of Duff Roman and John D). I agree, Dunc, that the bass and drums were a gift; I credit the producer(s) with often installing bass riffs or drum solos where a guitar solo would usually be, even on a number of those hits.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 23:39:57 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Reach Out I'll Be There is easily my first Four Tops choice. Then It's The same Old Song, I Can't Help Myself, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (better than The Band's cover), Baby I Need Your loving… Walk Away Renee next.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 23:37:33 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

I saw The Who in Le Disques A Go Go, a cellar with maybe 200? But fire capacity would be way less. Then at Hull in a 900 capacity refectory hall (but we hadn't heard of fire regulations in those days, so probably more). Keith Moon was dating his first wife (from Bournemouth) and they had a table with a minder at the next one.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 23:22:21 CET 2017 from (86.171.129.19)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

It's those early singles I like the best, Bassman. A drummer and bass player's gifts. I was thinking Substitute, I Can See for Miles, I'm A Boy, Happy Jack or Pictures of Lily Really like the bass playing on them, but if the crowd don't know them, no point.

'Let's Hang On' and 'Do you Believe in Magic?' are great songs too, but the latter wouldn't be a success here, not a hit.

Up there in concerts I have seen was the Who at their peak in a concret hall with capacity of 3000 with 4000 in it. Would never happen now.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 22:13:43 CET 2017 from (72.78.140.180)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: DE, USA

Subject: Who

Dunc, early Who did not click for me, not much exposure over here, and no, we don't do any Who songs, not sure why. Of course singing My Generation as sixty-year olds would not do. Maybe Can't Explain would work. I think Who's Next was the record that really broke The 'Ooo in the States, although Live At Leeds got some, and of course Tommy did get considerable traction. I think many Yanks didn't get it. The movie was more about the story and guest stars than the band itself...Elton, Tina, et al.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 22:00:39 CET 2017 from (83.68.10.60)

Posted by:

Ragtime

Surely Holland was a Motown country too. But as much as I liked Levi and The 3 Tops, I didn't like them to sing any other than HDH stuff, even if they sometimes sounded like the same old song. So Bernadette it is, not Renee... Admittedly their Renee sounded a lot more powerful than when The left Banke did it, but still... So I'm sorry, I can't help myself, but I prefer the Tops to stick with their Sugarbunch Honeypie and The Left Banke to my tender Pretty Ballerina...


Entered at Tue Feb 21 21:54:43 CET 2017 from (86.171.129.19)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Peter, I know the review of Sly well. It's the worst concert that you have reviewed in my time here. But I got the feeling that you drove home sad rather than mad. Sly comes across as pathetic and exploited. I probably used the review to explain why he had passed me by in the past. Also timing - the album becomes important to me in 1971.

The Keith Moon story angers me. I hate when stars exploit their power.

But my album collection is full of artists who change due to fame, drugs and alcohol.

Incidentally, I couldn't agree more with your review of SS GB. Poor sound spoiled it for us totally. If you look at the BBC news website, many have complained. We just couldn't work out why it happened. I like this time too - we sit and have a bottle of wine, and there has been a lot of good drama over the years. (others scroll past)


Entered at Tue Feb 21 19:30:35 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Sly Stone

The link is to my 2007 review of Sly Stone, one of the two worst live shows I've ever seen. Ho hum. It still doesn't detract from his great music in 1968 to 1972, just as the fact that Keith Moon was deeply unpleasant person detract from the power of The Who. I meant LOONER not LONER.

The other worst show was Principal Edwards Magic Theatre,

Why The Lefte Banke in Holland but FourTops in the UK? No idea, but Britain was always a Motown market.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 19:25:23 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Dunc, people were afraid of Keith Moon because he had a minder, and if someone offended him, as I observed one day, the minder held the guy's arms behind his back while loveable loner Keith smacked him around very hard. The offence was putting a Who song on the jukebox. Keith said "Don't do that again." And the guy did. If you'd seen the minder, you wouldn't have intervened.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 18:07:17 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Subject: what a difference a strait makes!

Ragtime: Sorry - it was not my intention to offend your tender sensibilities. I find it fascinating that you, on the mainland side of the English Channel, fell in love the Left Banke's minor hit, while Peter V (and all his musical friends on the big island) wasn't even aware of Left Bank's earlier, bigger hit. If the ballerina in question is still in your life, you might ask her if she would have preferred to be likened to a flamingo.

The link is to "Pretty Ballerina", with high-class fiddling by father Harry and his chums. They didn't call this 'baroque-rock' for nothing. By the way, one of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler's very first appearances on record was doing BGVs on a Left Banke record - don't know which.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 16:34:08 CET 2017 from (86.171.129.19)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: My name is Bill and I'm a headcase

Just finished two hours of lego...now free.

Thanks, Wallsend. May be me. A work colleague gave me a listen to a solo Gerry Garcia album and I enjoyed it.

Enjoyed that, Peter. I think I went off Sly when Melody Maker reported that he was being mean to his fans at a concert back in the day. I can't remember. Anybody remember this?

It's a great song, Bassmanlee, but in Britain it belongs to the Tops. Do you do any Who numbers? When I was going through my British sixties, I loved the drumming and bass playing. Great opportunities for you in the Who earlier material, Lee. Playing the hits just now and loving them. Happy Jack would be good. Love the bass playing finish to the song.

Thanks Bill M. Played 'Kings of Love' yesterday. Really enjoy their version of 'Don't Want To Know'.

Peter in your tribute to John Wetton, you mentioned that people were afraid of Keith Moon. Was this because he was a wild child and had no brakes?


Entered at Tue Feb 21 15:27:26 CET 2017 from (72.78.140.180)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: DE, USA

Subject: Larry Coryell

Saw Larry Coryell once, sometime in the mid Seventies(?) in a tiny bar in, I believe, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Why and how he was playing there I have no idea, as I don't think they had very much live music there. Larry was playing solo, no band, but with an electric guitar, a Les Paul as I remember. Seated for most of his set, at one point, during an impassioned solo, he stood and promptly stomped on the guitar cord and unplugged it. "Whoops!" he said, and laughed. He quickly reconnected it and continued with the solo.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 12:35:51 CET 2017 from (83.68.10.60)

Posted by:

Ragtime

Location: Low countries

Subject: Left Banke

Pretty Ballerina uninspiring? Watch it buddy... one of my all time favorites.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 11:03:51 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Location: The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same

We did Walk Away Renee a few years ago – leading me to buy The Left Banke CD. It really is a case of first exposure with so many songs. We were doing our annual music quiz with different versions of songs in short extracts, and a dozen of my British contemporaries summed up the Left Banke as “weedy” “sad” “dire.” And not one of them had ever heard it before, but all knew The Four Tops backwards. I can see its virtues, and that if you got their (very) soft rock version first, Levi would be raucous and overwrought, but take it the other way, and Levi Stubbs defined it, and it’s “Take No Prisoners.”

And it fits the lyrics as Levi bellows “You won’t see me follow you back home” while you feel The Left Banke would be trailing after Renee, squeaking, “Don’t go, Renee, I’m ever so sorry, I didn’t mean it, PLEASE Renee.”


Entered at Tue Feb 21 07:53:01 CET 2017 from (85.164.127.169)

Posted by:

jh

Web: My link

Subject: Levon Helm memorial fundraiser

See link above, video from Arkansas with Amy Helm and old friends of Levon.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 03:08:40 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Peter V: I should have added that I love everything on your list aside from PF - and that I appreciate you and Dunc sticking with "Everyday People", which is not just a great song - it's a terribly important one.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 03:04:33 CET 2017 from (173.3.48.112)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Web: My link

Subject: Look Towards A Dream

The link is to a album by Arnie Lawrence, with Larry Coryell on it. Chico Hamilton's The Dealer was the first album that Arnie & Larry both played on. In the words of Erik Lawrence (Levon Helm Band) , this was sort of a companion album of sorts..


Entered at Tue Feb 21 02:24:23 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Here's a link to the closest thing I have to a Larry Coryell record, Everything is Everything's "Witchi Tai To", a minor hit from 1969. I don't believe Coryell's even on it, but E is E was a spin-off from his earlier group, the Free Spirits and included both saxist Jim Pepper, who wrote and (I believe) sang this (and did an extended version on his own first album) and bassist Chris Hills (who wrote the b-side) from the earlier group. I've clung to this 45 for close to 45 years, I guess.


Entered at Tue Feb 21 01:32:36 CET 2017 from (67.70.148.118)

Posted by:

Bill M

Much as I love Levi Stubbs's voice, I'll have to stick with the Left Banke original. Perhaps it's again a case of it being the only version I knew at an impressionable age, or maybe it was a case of Levi being just too overwrought that time out. In any case, even Left Banke's unispiring follow-up, "Pretty Ballerina", trumps "Pretty Flamingo" hands down (even with Jack Bruce doing BGVs).

Band-link for trivia buffs: Left Banke leader Michael Brown, who co-wrote and sang the song, was the son of Harry Lookofsky, who plays fiddle on Bobby Charles's Woodstock album (co-produced by Rick Danko).


Entered at Mon Feb 20 23:52:51 CET 2017 from (173.3.48.112)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Larry Coryell has died.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 23:41:30 CET 2017 from (99.229.224.79)

Posted by:

John D

Check out Jimmy LaFave doing Walk Away Renee. Very different feel.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 23:13:30 CET 2017 from (107.211.249.187)

Posted by:

Paul

Location: Chicago
Web: My link

Another good rendition of Walk Away Renee, from Southside Johnny in 1992. The whistling bit that Otis Redding does to lead out Dock of the Bay also lays really well on a harmonica, cross position -- it's tough to whistle through a microphone over a band. ;)


Entered at Mon Feb 20 17:01:16 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

That is indeed a great bass part on Everyday People, and the other thing is that it is a group performance … everyone in the band gets a vocal bit.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 16:13:10 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Out of Time

Jagger produced Chris Farlowe's version (LINKED MIMING), which came out as the single, and the Stones did it as an LP track. Apparently, the later shorter Stones version has the same backing track as Farlowe's version, though the longer first version differs. Art Greenslade did the arrangements, and claimed that it was one of the earliest "line at a time" vocal recordings. Mick & Keef did the backing vocals. According to Wiki, Big Jim Sullivan and Joe Moretti played electric guitars, with Jimmy Page and Albert Lee on acoustic guitars, and Andy White on drums.

Farlowe's version was a UK #1 so sets it in the mind. I've seen him do it live several times … the best was with Van Morrison's band backing him.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 16:05:11 CET 2017 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: DE, USA

Subject: Everyday People

"Everyday People" is the most compelling argument ever that it's not important how MANY notes you play, it's HOW you play them. Listen to the bass part. Genius.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 15:36:12 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Lists

It was many years of loving Walk Away Renee before I even heard of the Left Banke version … which I heard of here. The Four Tops s a UK #3 hit, and when you’ve heard Levi Stubbs first, there is no competition.

I’d agree that American Beauty is the first Grateful Dead album I’d recommend. Uncle John’s Band is my all time favourite GD track, and like Casey Jones comes from Workingman’s Dead, but as a whole album, I’d go for American Beauty.

Dunc, try Ev’ryday People … (LINKED) … it isn’t really like the Family Affair era stuff at all.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 14:12:37 CET 2017 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: DE, USA

Subject: Renee

Dunc,

Nice list! Never heard the Four Tops doing Walk Away Renee. Over here it was one-hit wonders the Left Banke. Could be one for the band if anyone of us can hit the high notes. Nice harmonies there. We already do Dock of the Bay, despite the fact that none of us can whistle.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 11:44:47 CET 2017 from (114.75.203.34)

Posted by:

Wallsend

I always thought American Beauty was better than Workingman's Dead although there are a few tunes on that album I like.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 11:16:14 CET 2017 from (86.171.129.19)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Collections

I'm surprised that you have every single I mentioned apart from one on vinyl, Peter.

A big miss from my list was one of Stevie Wonder's sixties hits would be needed and the Temptations' Just My Imagination.

On your list I play 15 of the tracks (all on cd), but had never heard of Jefferson Airplane at the time, I have the Stones doing Out of Time and have seen Chris Farlowe sing it live, but don't have his version, I like PP Arnold of the little I know, but don't have that any of her material. I couldn't take to Sly and the Family Stone. Because of the GB, I bought working Man's Dead, but thought it was only ok. This is probably unfair to judge a band on one album, because I really like Gerry Garcia's version of TNTDODD.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 10:22:40 CET 2017 from (173.3.48.112)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Web: My link

Subject: RR committed treason against the U.S.

Apparently Twitler did behave like a traditional Republican Presidential candidate. See the link.


Entered at Mon Feb 20 06:49:14 CET 2017 from (116.74.88.149)

Posted by:

sam

Web: My link

great stuff


Entered at Mon Feb 20 02:14:31 CET 2017 from (114.75.203.34)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

Springsteen played a concert near where I live the other day. I didn't go because I thought it was too expensive. Anyway, it rained a lot so they started with Who'll Stop the Rain. Sounds pretty good.


Entered at Sun Feb 19 19:03:17 CET 2017 from (88.91.154.148)

Posted by:

Dag

Location: over here
Web: My link

Subject: Pasadena 1970

I was looking through California newspapers from 1969 at newspapers.com, trying to find an exact date for the 'Pasadena 1969' tape but couldn't find anything. Could it be that the recording is from the afternoon or evening show in Pasadena on January 24, 1970? (see the link for the LA Times review)


Entered at Sun Feb 19 16:16:41 CET 2017 from (24.114.70.214)

Posted by:

Bill M

Ian W: Sorry. I should've thanked you rather than Wallsend.


Entered at Sun Feb 19 13:47:56 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Brahms & Lists: Another 20

All on 45 here:

The Weight- The Band

Strawberry Fields Forever- The Beatles

A Whiter Shade of Pale- Procul Harum

Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations

Ev’ryday People- Sly & The Family Stone

First Cut Is The Deepest – P.P. Arnold

Eight Miles High – The Byrds

I Heard It Through The Grapevine- Marvin Gaye

White Rabbit- Jefferson Airplane

Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones

Out of Time – Chris Farlowe

Pretty Flamingo- Manfred Man

Keep On Running – Spencer Davis Group

California Dreamin’ – Mamas & The Papas

For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield

Uncle John’s Band – The Grateful Dead

Goin’ Back – Dusty Springfield

Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys

Fakin’ It – Simon & Garfunkel



Entered at Sun Feb 19 13:36:39 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Dunc, just checked through and the only 45 I don't have in your list is The Marvellettes "When You're Young And In Love" … but I have it on LP and CD. I'll have to add "More essential late 60s 45s."


Entered at Sun Feb 19 12:34:51 CET 2017 from (86.171.129.19)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland
Web: My link

Subject: oops

Oops. My Kim and Marvin selection is 'It Takes Two'. I've linked it to make you feel good today.


Entered at Sun Feb 19 12:24:09 CET 2017 from (86.171.129.19)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: American 60s greats

Still really enjoying the Cd collection. Just spent a couple of months playing through the American Cds. I never got into the Band until the 70s, apart from Rag Mama Rag, which I owned as a single. These were the great American songs that I bought in the sixties. No rock snobbery here and diverse. Some great acts missing, but there's a limit to what you can buy.

The Band - Rag, Mama Rag, had never heard of The Weight, which never broke into the top twenty...and yes i know four fifths were Canadians.

Righteous Brothers - Lost That Loving Feeling, huge hit over here.

Simon and Garfunkle - Mrs Robinson, began to worry about the girlfriend's mum.

Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay, this was the song that took me into Bob, and how did these lyrics get played on the BBC at this time.

Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer, never knew this was Soul at the time.

Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue - still love this song and smile every time it is played.

Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, still love and play the Marvin Gaye duets.

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - The Onion Song, too soon gone.

The Four Tops - Walk Away Renee, four great voices, brilliant production.

The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man,young when I bought it and never had heard of Bob at this time, beginning of a life long affection for The Byrds.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising, lucky to heve seen John Fogerty in concert.

Dionne Warwick - I Say A little Prayer, really enjoy the music of Burt Baccharach.

The Box Tops - The Letter, still play the best of the Box Tops regularly.

The Beach Boys - God Only knows, it's a cliche now, but the phrase 'one of the really great songs' is always said about this song.

Canned Heat - Goin Up The Country -chose this above another two great songs.

Roger Miller - King Of The Road, everybody in Scotland loves this song.

Four Seasons - Let's hang On, who doesn't like the Jersey boys.

Lovin' Spoonful - Daydream - play their greatest his all the time. Do You Believe In Magic? is the favourite now, but it wasn't a hit over here.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Tracks Of My Tears, just beat Tears of A Clwn, two outstanding tracks.

The Marvellettes - When You're Young And In love, the hairs on the back of my neck still rise when I hear this.

Otis Redding - Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay, outstanding and a little unusual, bought when Tamla dominated soul up here.

Scott McKenzie -San Francisco, wanted to go there - something to do with the girls' long hair and headbands.

So these would all do me on a desert island. Never had an album in the house at the time. All bought for 6/8 as singles. Still play them now on Cd.


Entered at Sun Feb 19 05:26:39 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Location: Ronnie Hawkins

I'm with Westcoaster on Ronnie Hawkins, at least in recordings. I never saw him perform and from everything I've read and understood live performing was his great strength. The musical arrangements of his Bo Diddley covers were their strength I thought, not so much his singing part, same with The Last Waltz job - especially compared to Bo. Is this sacrilege here?

Does anybody know how Jan H's son did at the Grammys?


Entered at Sun Feb 19 02:56:22 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: What was it???

BILL!!!!! What have you been drinkin'?.......or smokin' boy. Read yer last post again.

"Home from the Forest"..... never liked the way Hawkins did that song, but then I've never been much of a Ronnie Hawkins fan anyway.

I sang that song for many years.....many of Gord's songs actually.


Entered at Sun Feb 19 02:15:55 CET 2017 from (24.114.70.214)

Posted by:

Bill M

Wallsend: thanks the the broadside quote. It explains the puzzling early draft of one of Gord's big songs (which Ronnie soon took to the top of the local charts:

"His eyes were red, his hopes were dead
And the wine was running low
As that Ochs man stumbled home from the forest"


Entered at Sat Feb 18 19:47:54 CET 2017 from (86.25.242.77)

Posted by:

Ian W

Subject: Ronnie Hawkins, Gordon Lightfoot and Phil Ochs

The 15 July 1965 issue of New York's BROADSIDE ('The National Topical Song Magazine') contained an article by Phil Ochs entitled, "The Ballad of Gordon Lightfoot". The opening paragraph went as follows:

"There I was in Canada, stoned out of my mind at 5:00 in the morning, swapping songs, jokes and bottles with Ronnie Hawkins, the Arkansas rock 'n roll singer who runs an out of sight bar in Toronto, and Gordon Lightfoot, who is the Canadian Hank Williams".


Entered at Sat Feb 18 00:55:54 CET 2017 from (24.114.53.215)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Sweden's biggest band

NWC: So that's what ABBA's aged into! Very sobering no matter what, but please don't tell me the bearded one is one of the 'girls'.


Entered at Sat Feb 18 00:31:09 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Tenn, I think those "Cash" T-shirts mean "Cash only - no credit cards" though I'm not sure what business the wearers are in.


Entered at Fri Feb 17 20:32:19 CET 2017 from (66.87.153.145)

Posted by:

BWNWITenn

There's a new country band that just signed with Sony Nashville named Levon. Named after, according to them, both Mr. Helm and the Elton John song (it's already not looking encouraging). I have not heard their music, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. It's become de rigueur for country artists to name check legendary, iconic musicians as some sort of attempt at proving authenticity, despite the fact that their own music almost never bears any resemblance to that of said icon. Half of the musicians in Nashville walk around wearing shirts that say "Cash," even though they sound more influenced by Justin Timberlake than Johnny Cash.

There's also a country group called Farewell Angelina, named after the Dylan song. They at least deserve some credit for knowing a fairly obscure Dylan song.

I continue to patiently await the arrival of a band named Back With Our Wives in Tennessee.


Entered at Fri Feb 17 17:17:51 CET 2017 from (83.249.174.92)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Subject: Rockin Chair

Hate to be "besserwisser" but Rockin Chair is spelled as Rocking Cher.


Entered at Fri Feb 17 17:10:21 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: What is THIS??????????

Ronald Handerson?? Just copied a post I made quite a while back. What is with these donkeys who try to gain some attention to get people to look at their link. Can't we shoot'em????......we should be able to shoot'EM!!

Kleenex is spelt with a "K"............crazy old Scandahoovian!


(spam post, from a donkey that should be shot, deleted)

Entered at Fri Feb 17 15:25:48 CET 2017 from (83.249.174.92)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Scania Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: Sweden's greatest rock band

For fifteen years ago my true friend NORBERT said to me: "You must tell about these guys in gb." The time was not right. Now I have retired and they have retired. Now the time is right. - This is "The Last Watz" in Swedish. As their teacher I told to some of these guys in late 80s about "The Last Waltz" and Woodstock and I am happy to watch their own last waltz film after thirty years.

You'll see nostalgic footages on the schoolyard (actually, this band was formed in the cafeteria of Mrs. NWC's college, but who cares? ;-) She can't watch the tears of the fans without a package of Cleenex.

There are all kinds of problems with thse videos from Swedish public service television. Post your complaints here and I'll try to help.

Enjoy this heart warming film. The genre is INDIE... just like my favourite student Sammy (the millionaire mega rock star) said for awhile ago: "I want to be INDIE again!" So true Sammy. I want also to be a young progressive teacher in the 80s again and a sex symbol for female students. We'll never be, Sammy.

It's time to listen to vinyl LP "Sgt Ppprs Lnl Hrts Clb Bnd" and "When I'm Sixty Four". And sorry my friend Bill: This was not about "Sputniks"...


Entered at Fri Feb 17 13:40:12 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Odd, the Guardian story is dated today. I read the similar tale 2 or 3 weeks ago with the same headline "Billionaire's Bolthole" … it could have been Guardian (Friday), Telegraph (Saturday) or Sunday Times (Sunday). I thought the last.


Entered at Fri Feb 17 12:20:29 CET 2017 from (86.25.242.77)

Posted by:

Ian W

Subject: N.Z.

I was more concerned by the link to the story about PayPal's boss getting N.Z.citizenship without meeting ANY of the normal requirements.


Entered at Fri Feb 17 05:32:43 CET 2017 from (114.75.197.107)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

Not really Band related but may be of interest to any Band fans in the US looking for a place to escape to.


Entered at Thu Feb 16 20:01:59 CET 2017 from (86.25.242.77)

Posted by:

Ian W

Subject: Dylan's new Grammy

When a brief television report came on about the recent Grammy awards, I told my wife that Dylan had won one, saying that it was something like Category 68 or whatever.

"Heaviest Album of the Year?", she asked.


Entered at Thu Feb 16 17:13:19 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Speaking of Vinyl

Probably only Canadians and particularly Eastern Canadians would know this fellow, but this is sad and note worthy. Stuart McClean a radio personality who operated his radio show "Vinyl Café" a much loved story teller has passed.

My Susan loved to listen to his show and his stories as we drove up or down island because our CBC radio is all we could get most of the drive.

Stuart was a wonderful man who promoted local talent always and his stories were of the small town local people. I'm sure people like Dunc, Peter and some of our friends from down under would love to listen to Stuart's stories. He will most certainly be missed.


Entered at Thu Feb 16 14:55:25 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

A new "new vinyl" shop just opened in the centre of Bournemouth too. Recently saw another new "new vinyl" shop in Frome. It's growing …


Entered at Thu Feb 16 12:10:24 CET 2017 from (31.48.6.211)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland
Web: My link

Subject: Collecting music

Here's a link to Levon and John singing "Rock, Salt and Nails".

The remaining CD/vinyl shop in my town was taken over by a guy, who works at the university.

There is a big change with the shop being largely given over to vinyl and collectors of vinyl are going in. A younger crowd. Also selling Rega turntables. There's a bit of thought with more less well known CDs too. I bought a CSNY concert, which I had never seen before, but I have too many cds.

When I was there, I saw a guy half my age pay £200 for a vinyl record. It was still wrapped in polythene. Never got a look at what the record was. Never seen that before.

The young girl working in the shop told me that they were doing well - they had sold 8cds and 15 vinyl albums that Wednesday.

This is in a town where they will have to rework the town centre. There are many beautiful victorian buildings and a beautiful medieval abbey, some good pubs, restaurants and cafes and a university, but there are too many empty shops, pubs and banks now. \Well I'm off to grandads and toddlers sledging this afternoon. I'm not at the cutting edge of rock and roll now.


Entered at Thu Feb 16 11:19:47 CET 2017 from (31.48.6.211)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland
Web: My link

Subject: Perfect album

My favourite album just now is 'No Little Boy' by John Martyn which is basically John Martyn reworking some of his classic songs.

He is helped by backing singers including Phil Collins (very good) on a couple of tracks and other musicians including Gerry Conway on drums and David Gilmour on guitar on a couple of tracks.

Levon Helm, sings harmony vocals on 'Just Now' which I've linked and joint vocals on 'Rock Salt and Nails' where he plays drums too.

The sax playing by Andy Sheppard and Gerry Underwood is outstanding.

The band musicians, Spencer Cousins and Alan Thomson are brilliant too.

Great songs.

It had a long history to get released. The record company issued the session tapes without John's knowledge on an album "Couldn't Love You More". He was furious and on this album some of the songs on "Couldn't Love You More' were omitted and others remixed!"

Every song is brilliant and all are written by John apart from the brilliant "Rock Salt and Nails".

An added bonus for me is of course Levon's singing on two tracks. On "Rock, Salt and Nails", "Levon Helm was sitting on a stool tapping his foot and singing between long drags from a cigarette! John stood with his eyes closed delivering his soulful indistinct ethereal vocals." "The music is beautiful and Martyn is in fine voice throughout" wrote Q Magazine.


Entered at Thu Feb 16 11:11:31 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

There have been studies of personal space /crowding. You can film a large gathering and judge by how close people are standing whether they live in cities or suburbs or rural areas.

It's also nationality related. The example I saw was a camera watching a Brazilian talking to an American (not big city). The Brazilian stood at his comfortable distance which was within the American's "comfort zone" so the American stepped back slightly. Whereupon the Brazilian felt the distance "cold" so stepped forward, causing the American to step back. In a ten minute conversation they crossed a large room at a reception diagonally.

There are notes of national preferences "wrist distant" cultures,then forearm, elbow and shoulder distance cultures.


Entered at Thu Feb 16 04:22:15 CET 2017 from (114.75.203.231)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Definitely the idea of 'crowded' is relative. When I was a kid we would go for a picnic and if there was anyone within 500 metres we would move because there were too many people. Later I lived in Tokyo where, if there is no one within a metre of you, you feel you have a lot of space. "Sardines, yogurt and half an apple for supper, shared with a young woman from Calgary." in the Arrowtown trailer park, sounds like paradise to me.


Entered at Thu Feb 16 03:47:57 CET 2017 from (24.114.68.30)

Posted by:

Bill M

Wallsend: You make the overcrowding in NZ sound so dire - but 4.5 humans in a country that's bigger that Great Britain, which does a pretty good job of feeling pretty empty in large patches.

Still, it's nice to see the place mentioned as it was paradise on earth when I was there for six months in '81/'82. Funny, but just days ago I found a photo of me in a trailer park in Arrowtown. Sardines, yogurt and half an apple for supper, shared with a young woman from Calgary.

Doug: Thanks for the Ritchie Yorke obit. An amazing story, that guy. But what struck me was the idea of a blues fest (or anything really) in Byron Bay. Of course I only saw it in '82, when I stumbled into town the day after s shark took a surfer there. I'd missed the news, so was puzzled by the fact that nobody was in the water but me.


Entered at Thu Feb 16 01:35:10 CET 2017 from (203.10.111.131)

Posted by:

Doug

Subject: sorry ,Wetton not Whetton


Entered at Thu Feb 16 01:31:13 CET 2017 from (203.10.111.131)

Posted by:

Doug

Web: My link

Have just read Peter's tribute to John Whetton. Thanks for making that available here. hmm, a bassist who sings and plays a bit of violin - where have I heard that before.

Link is an obit from Sydney Morning Herald for rock journalist Ritchie Yorke who has a Canadian connection, with a brief mention of Ronnie H.


Entered at Wed Feb 15 17:05:14 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

When I did my "Best of 2016" someone suggested Sturgill Simpson's "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" as one of the Best of 2016. I got it. It's only just being promoted heavily in the UK now. I've been playing it a lot. Don't think any tracks fall below first-rate.


Entered at Wed Feb 15 16:39:50 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Feat!

Nothin like "Red Gumbo".........leave me alone...Igot things to do here!


Entered at Wed Feb 15 16:13:36 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Trouble

My favourite track on Sailing Shoes.


Entered at Wed Feb 15 16:10:36 CET 2017 from (86.31.229.95)

Posted by:

Roger Woods

Location: Birmingham UK

Subject: John Wetton - thanks PV

Peter - well done. I've just improved the shining hour reading your fantastic article about John Wetton. I learned lots of things about my own history in Bournemouth. We have certainly been in audiences together at gigs in 60s and 70s.

One slight correction. John's headmaster - who was yours and mine - could never have been accused of explaining that playing in a band would lead to nowhere. He never EXPLAINED anything, no doubt seeing it as a sign of weakness. His habit was to state, tell, order, browbeat, bully, yell and shout. Don't recall him ever explaining.


Entered at Wed Feb 15 15:34:38 CET 2017 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

lee again

Subject: Sailin' Shoes

Hmm. Teenage Nervous Breakdown might list the boat if not sink the ship. Trouble and A Apolitical Blues is are obvious throw-ins, but both are memorable, charming Lowell. Let the jury decide.

Rodney Crowell's "Ain't Livin' Long Like This"?


Entered at Wed Feb 15 15:25:24 CET 2017 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: DE, USA

Subject: Dr. Sardonicus

Bill, The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus is an AWESOME record. RELEASED in 1970, likely recorded earlier, it had both and artistic and sonic quality far ahead of its time. Good choice!


Entered at Wed Feb 15 15:17:13 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Good thread, but it needs ground rules. I reckon we're looking for albums where every song's a klller, but not themed albums where tracks work together like What's Going On? or Sergeant Pepper or Village Green Preservation Society … on those everything works because it's related. So we seek the"filler fee" "dud free" "mediocrity free" set of songs.

Natalie Merchant (2014).


Entered at Wed Feb 15 15:11:39 CET 2017 from (24.114.56.151)

Posted by:

Bill M

Bassmanlee: 12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus.


Entered at Wed Feb 15 14:51:38 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Lee, "Sailing Shoes"?


Entered at Wed Feb 15 14:48:42 CET 2017 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: DE, USA

Subject: The Perfect Album

The other day I was listening to Little Feat's "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" and marveled that this was in a sense a perfect album (the "album" increasingly becoming a lost art form). All killer, no filler. Every song worth the price of admission. How many other records meet this criteria? "Who's Next"? "Revolver"? Certainly the Brown Album qualifies.

Reflect, review, discuss...(It's been too slow in here lately)


Entered at Tue Feb 14 23:39:53 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Since my John Wetton tribute went up, people have sent more photos, and Richard Palmer and Bob Jenkins from the early bands sent me more quotes. It's quit considerably updated (see link).


Entered at Tue Feb 14 23:26:51 CET 2017 from (114.75.195.126)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Rod, I am envious, I love the Arrowtown area although that is one of the places I think has been spoilt by housing developments.


Entered at Tue Feb 14 21:08:33 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Rod, the link you posted didn't work for me but I've been listening to Barry Saunders on you tube. He's really good. Thanks for the response.


Entered at Tue Feb 14 20:41:41 CET 2017 from (210.86.91.201)

Posted by:

Rod

Yes immigration has been very strong here. I work in IT and I'd say at least 50% of the people I work with are from overseas. The big losers are our graduates from Universties and Polytechs who are struggling to get into the industry. Another major downside is that house prices have gone through the roof. That started in Auckland but has spread to other centres as well.Funny you mention Queenstown Wallsend. I'm off down to Arrowtown today (about 20 mins from Qtown). My partners family built a holiday house there in the 1960s but there's no way people like us would ever be able to afford to do that now.


Entered at Tue Feb 14 18:57:56 CET 2017 from (114.75.195.126)

Posted by:

Wallsend

There has always been a lot on hanky panky down under but unfortunately the population increase is due to immigration and a capitalist desire for continual growth.


Entered at Tue Feb 14 15:59:27 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

What's causing it, Wallsend? Immigration? Or natural growth? That is, is there too much hanky-panky going on …er … down under?


Entered at Tue Feb 14 10:49:59 CET 2017 from (114.75.192.99)

Posted by:

Wallsend

When I was a kid, New Zealand had a population of 2 million now it is 4.5 million. Even though the extra people are mainly in Auckland, I think the increase in numbers have spoilt the country. In the old days we would go to places like Wanaka and Queenstown and they were just little country towns with hardly any tourists but now it is too commercialised.


Entered at Tue Feb 14 09:56:23 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Rod, the newspapers here were much excited a couple of weeks ago by the mega-rich super billionaires from the USA buying estates in New Zealand. Apparently a combination of Trump-dislike with fear of a world wide war. 53,000 other US citizens took a look at the immigration website immediately post Trump, and 7000 asked for papers. Last week I think it said 13,000 applications from America so far.

I remember thinking the same when the kids were young, and I heard EFL / ESL schools were doing well there. The safest civilized place in a world war. Then I read a sci-fi story post apocalyptic war, and New Zealand does survive … but then all the American, Russian and British nuclear submarines turn up in the harbour. It’d make a good film.


Entered at Tue Feb 14 08:53:20 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter v

Subject: Whispering Pines: the Wonder of Wiki

Just looked up Whispering Pines … five of them. North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, two in California. None of them are on The Hawks Ontario-Oklahoma route. It’s also a Native American given name and a B-side song by Johnny Horton, from 1959, just before his biggest hit Battle of New Orleans. The Carolina one looks like a golf resort, so hopefully is not the inspiration.

I’d guess that as several people have collocated whispering + pines (maybe not as often as lonesome + pines), there’s no particular connection, though a road sign can stick in the head. As can a Johnny Horton B-side.

Round here, the common collocations are f*cking + pine + needles as the garden is full of them.


Entered at Tue Feb 14 06:32:06 CET 2017 from (210.86.91.201)

Posted by:

Rod

Web: My link

Bob F, I haven't seen that series but Barry Saunders is a great songwriter and performer. He's best known for his band The Warratahs. He also took part in TLW40th Annivesary Concert we had here back in Nov. He's a big fan of The Band. There's a clip of him somewhere talking about how the only album he had for a long time was Stage Fright. One if his songs, Holy Morning, even borrows Garth's intro to Daniel and the Sacred Harp.


Entered at Tue Feb 14 00:15:29 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Whispering Pines, North Carolina

Population 3,000. After nearly 50 years of listening I never knew there was a place! Although I'm pretty sure the song refers to a feeling and not a place. Right?


Entered at Mon Feb 13 22:32:10 CET 2017 from (67.84.77.53)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Norm. It's called memory. I entered in 02. You weren't around. Steve joined the proceedings the following year. I'm pretty sure Steve arrived before you. Memory. Cause you are so memorable. Though my memory sometimes fades, it's accurate on that much. When you entered exactly, other than possibly in late 03, or in 04, i couldn't say. But Norbert didn't open till Jan shut down sometime in 03. I THINK the way it went, was Tracy was running Little Pink, till Norbert decided he would take the heat off Tracy, & she opted out, soon as Norbert opened shop.


Entered at Mon Feb 13 21:04:14 CET 2017 from (136.167.102.146)

Posted by:

Dave H

Wallsend: I think you're referring to Joni Mitchell's singing on "Helpless" at TLW; she was standing behind a curtain so the audience couldn't see her (though there's a shot of her there in the movie). Sounds like she misses a few high notes near the end of the song that must have been mixed out of the official releases.


Entered at Mon Feb 13 19:02:18 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: The PYTHONS!!......"The Meaining of Life"

BassmanLee! If the Pythons were active just now they would have a field day with what goes on now. Have you seen Stephen Miller sounding off?

The scene I have attached, (Drill Sargent scene) smacks of some of the crazies we have to listen to these days. Just now as Susan and I had our brunch we were discussing this. I just brought her in the study to our desks and showed her this clip. I think the old gal near wet herself.

Listen closely to the explanation at the beginning. Is it not the way things are with the travel ban just now.

In 2002 or 3 Norbert was operating his Guest Book. Don't know if he is archived into this website. Some people have to "research" just to prove they are right.....about "everything".......funny habit.


Entered at Mon Feb 13 17:49:17 CET 2017 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: DE, USA
Web: My link

Subject: Vocals and Big Noise

Peter, Garth vocals were always "OFF". Rumor has it, so were Robbie's!

For those on the US East coast, news this past week that David Bromberg's Big Noise one-day fest is being resurrected. Chris Robinson (Black Crows), Dr. John, Anders Osborne, Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams, and a band called Front Country. And Lonesome Dave himself with the Big Band. May 20 in the park right next to the Wilmington, DE train station. Mrs. Lee says to get tickets ASAP.


Entered at Mon Feb 13 17:33:48 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Web: My link

Subject: The Brokenwood Mysteries

Has anybody else seen this great New Zealand television series The Brokenwood Mysteries? It's a great show with great country flavored songs sprinkled throughout each episode. I wasn't familiar with any of the music but everything is way better then anything coming out of Nashville. Check out this one song Here Comes Tomorrow.


Entered at Mon Feb 13 17:29:40 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter v

Colin Fleming's review was going well until he mentioned "Garth Hudson's vocals".


Entered at Mon Feb 13 15:31:53 CET 2017 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: Just south of there
Web: My link

Subject: Philly Inquirer Testimony Review

Don't know who Colin Fleming is, or whether this has appeared elsewhere, but a somewhat different spin on Robbie's book.


Entered at Mon Feb 13 07:07:38 CET 2017 from (114.75.204.157)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

I was just watching the Wolfgang's Vault version of Helpless from TLW and in the chorus, especially towards the end, you can hear someone harmonising that doesn't seem to match up with anybody singing on screen. It doesn't sound so good so at first I thought it must be Robbie but I was wondering whether it was Richard singing in falsetto. Any thoughts?


Entered at Mon Feb 13 01:29:59 CET 2017 from (74.12.49.100)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Band and Trump collide on SNL

Saturday Night Live's phony Sean Spicer listed "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" listed as one of the terrorist massacres that the press had failed to cover.


Entered at Mon Feb 13 01:21:04 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: John Wetton

PV - Thanks loads for that and the obvious work you put into it. The historical aspects were were so damn interesting. I listened to all the clips and have gone back to find and hear a lot of the stuff mentioned.


Entered at Sun Feb 12 22:38:57 CET 2017 from (62.251.71.189)

Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: Hollands first Band fan died.

Tjakkie Sterk († 1936 – 2017), Hollands first Band fan died last night peacefully in his bed.

Mr. Sterk lived all his life in East Groningen, the grimmest, uttermost part of The Netherlands. From a young age on he worked as a farm hand, the hard labor on the rough land had bent him. All his life he lived alone in a little house not far from the Wadden Sea. He was somewhat private, we only know he was a member of the communist party for a few years. Anyway he was the first one that bought a Band record in The Netherlands, for which he cycled 105 miles.

R.I.P. Tjakkie Sterk.


Entered at Sun Feb 12 20:40:15 CET 2017 from (86.171.26.82)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland
Web: My link

Subject: John Wetton

This one's for Peter...and all lovers of great music.

John Wetton is great on this Family great semi acoustic version of 'Holding the Compass' on German tv.


Entered at Sun Feb 12 15:34:53 CET 2017 from (86.25.242.77)

Posted by:

Ian W

Subject: Peter's tribute blog

I really enjoyed reading it, Peter - so much more than a tribute.


Entered at Sun Feb 12 13:51:12 CET 2017 from (86.171.26.82)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Thanks, Peter

Really enjoyed the tribute to John, Peter. It is truly a celebration of a great musician's life. I have a picture of John in a double CD Family collection. I love "In My Own Time". Strangely, my sons used to play Supertramp

In addition I connected with the article in so many ways. It is a trip through different eras - at my university I saw many emerging bands not the top bands, the importance of the folk club - Davey Graham's performance stays in my mind, grotty bedsits, but they were cheap, dangerous gas fires, the downside of alcohol - a problem up here.

love Molly Duncan and Roger Ball, not being able to change money leaving Hungary - went back into the country and had the most magnificent meal ever, Dundee ballrooms, didn't understand the Graham Bond organisation, loved seeing Keith Moon at his peak, soul music, the Renaissance album was in a flat I was in.

The dress and hair. I remember my mate carrying a tray of six pints in a hard pub in the local area. He was wearing loon pants with home made inserts(too much!). And tripped on them soaking a table of the local neds to be met with shouts of "See you f---ing hippies!"

Thanks for the article, one of the best posts ever to appear on the GB. Beautifully written with great anecdotes A real celebration of a friend's life, which has got me thinking of my past times. A life without music, not worth living. The article deserves a wider audience. Thanks, Peter.


Entered at Sat Feb 11 23:02:44 CET 2017 from (173.3.50.2)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Which band?


Entered at Sat Feb 11 22:48:29 CET 2017 from (62.251.71.189)

Posted by:

Norbert

Subject: The Band Axiom

Is talking about The Band waiting for Godot?

Or is The Band still there where two or three gather in its name?


Entered at Sat Feb 11 22:33:17 CET 2017 from (173.3.50.2)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Jan's kid Magnus, a.k.a Cashmere Cat, is up for Grammys manana.


Entered at Sat Feb 11 20:28:10 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Peter, loved your article on John. So much great music. Great timeline. Some of the music you mentioned I have of course and I've been playing this afternoon. Beautiful music and the article is beautifully written. I hope you don't mind I sent the link to Expecting Rain.


Entered at Sat Feb 11 19:28:30 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter v

Subject: Radio 2 Awards

Thanks Ian. Al Stewart is mentioned in the John Wetton tribute a couple of times. A lot I don't know in the nominees, but I'd guess Roll Away from Flit, and Flit will do well. New Eliza Carthy is very good … listening to it now.


Entered at Sat Feb 11 18:00:54 CET 2017 from (86.25.242.77)

Posted by:

Ian W

Web: My link

Subject: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - Al Stewart

This is really for Peter V.

Al Stewart is to get the Lifetime Achievement Award this year. I'm not sure if you're aware but, just in case not and from a previous exchange of ours, I thought you'd like to know.



Entered at Sat Feb 11 17:33:29 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: John Wetton RIP

My tribute article is now up (linked). This is long and has a lot on the early days so may be of general interest on 60s and 70s British rock scene.


Entered at Sat Feb 11 01:01:59 CET 2017 from (24.114.68.236)

Posted by:

Bill M

Bones: Thanks for the nod and for telling us about the KofC reissue.


Entered at Fri Feb 10 17:45:26 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Web: My link

Subject: I'll Stand By You Always

Al Edge & other Bruce fans, check out this demo from 2001. This is the song he submitted for the Harry Potter film that wasn't used. Gorgeous.


Entered at Fri Feb 10 17:02:24 CET 2017 from (173.3.50.16)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Norm, there was no sighting of you in 02. Possibly you ran ashore in 03. Maybe 04.


Entered at Fri Feb 10 15:44:28 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: The Band Website

I am trying to remember, I think it was around 2001 or 2 when I first found this website.

The point of this post is to acknowledge the many long lasting friends I have had the good fortune to find here. (Some no longer with us.)

This morning I received an e mail from my friend Nux in South Africa. I had sent him my CD for a Christmas present. His very positive response to this brought a tear to my eye.

Thanks Nux, so happy you enjoy. Keep up the good music. Through some rough times and very bitter disagreements here it has always been a very worth while experience here with many very knowledgeable people. Really do miss many like David Powell and too many more to name.


Entered at Fri Feb 10 10:08:20 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Chuck Prophet

I'm going to get "Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins" on its title alone! Thanks Bob F. I've been listening to the Something Else tribute disc to The Kinks, and Chuck Prophet makes a good job of "Situation Vacant."

I Fought the Law by Bobby Fuller was a song every garage band in my area used to cover.

I nearly bought Status Quo's "In Search of the Fourth Chord" because it was a brilliant album title.


Entered at Fri Feb 10 10:03:40 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: King of Comedy

At last! Though I can't understand why Robbie didn't put Between Trains on Testimony (making it a more attractive proposition). I have the original LP, bought new. The OST also contains Wonderful Remark by Van Morrison produced by Robbie. It was rare for years too, but was on "The Best of Van Morrison. It had been hanging around for ten years … the original 1973 demo eventually emerged too, first on bootleg. Robbie improved it and focussed it.

My favourite Pretenders song, Back on The Chain Gang opens the King of Comedy OST, and you get Swamp from Talking Heads and Rainbow Sleeve from Rickie Lee Jones.

On OSTs, no sign of the "Silence" OST on amazon yet. I still haven't seen the film, but Shutter Island was such a great Robbie compiled OST. It's been a most depressing January in many ways, and every time I've suggested going to see Silence, we've thought about it, and it sounds even more depressing and violent and on the only day since Christmas we went to the cinema, we chose La-La Land as an uplifting one. Now it's a case of the second run community cinemas showing it. Already gone from the multiplexes.

It's a shame, because most films are only a pale shadow on blu-ray at home, in spite of a decent 5.1 system.

Has anyone yet worked out any logic in the Testimony CD sequencing? I can't. It might as well be in alphabetical order for sense. Bruce's equivalent was sensibly chronological.


Entered at Fri Feb 10 03:19:26 CET 2017 from (107.13.229.187)

Posted by:

Bones

It's been a while since I've posted but I still check in regularly, so I'm pleased that old guard members like Peter V and Bill M are still here keeping us on track. I haven't seen any mention of it, so I feel compelled to mention that the King of Comedy Soundtrack which Robbie produced has finally been released on cd by Wounded Bird Records. If for no other reason reason, all Band fans should pick it up for "Between Trains" which Robbie, Garth and Richard played on.


Entered at Fri Feb 10 00:12:45 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Web: My link

Subject: Chuck Prophet

I'm really enjoying the new Chuck Prophet. Check it out on NPR's First Listen. Chuck wrote one of the all time great summer songs years ago called It's A Summer Time Thing. His new record is called Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins.


Entered at Thu Feb 9 23:48:39 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Lee, I'm so glad you liked it. I had the same reaction at first. Once I got into it I found it so emotional. Just loved the characters. My son teaches middle school english. I got him a copy and I'm like this is what you should have your students reading. lol He promised to read it during spring break. Yeah sure.

Thanks for the tip on Drew Holcomb. I like what I'm hearing.


Entered at Thu Feb 9 22:40:16 CET 2017 from (173.3.51.221)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

"Sam Cooke said this when told he had a beautiful voice: He said, 'Well that's very kind of you, but voices ought not to be measured by how pretty they are. Instead they matter only if they convince you that they are telling the truth.' Think about that..." - Bob Dylan


Entered at Thu Feb 9 20:51:32 CET 2017 from (174.1.36.190)

Posted by:

Lisa

Sorry, the first interview (with Sheelagh Rogers, the host) is with Leonard. The one that follows is with Denise Donlon.


Entered at Thu Feb 9 20:46:30 CET 2017 from (174.1.36.190)

Posted by:

Lisa

Web: My link

Subject: Leonard Cohen

Okay, here's something. I caught a repeat of this interview a while ago, and it inspired me to ask for "The Book of Longing" for my birthday. Now, with some exceptions, I've never been a huge poetry fan, but I'm really loving this book.

I've always had a complicated relationship with Leonard Cohen, as right from the time I first heard him sing (I believe it was "Suzanne") I just could never take him seriously as a singer. It was kind of a case of "I cain't take the way he sings, but I love to hear him talk". But Leonard the person, and the poet ... well ... I suspect Leonard had a special appeal to women because he was so obviously a man who loved women, and who loved the company of women (lengthy stints in monasteries aside). This is actually a pretty rare quality, and one which most women immediately recognize - you can't help but warm to a man like that.

The interview which is linked is with Denise Donlon, a well-known personality on the Canadian music scene, who relates a quite charming story about this dear man, if you have time to listen.

And further, there's a song by Nancy White, called "Leonard Cohen's Never Gonna Bring My Groceries In" which might not be familiar outside of Canada, which will bring a smile to any face. Nancy White used to write political satirical songs (I think I remember her having a regular spot on one of the CBC Sunday morning programs), and she is very funny, very clever. I can't seem to copy the song, but maybe someone better at this could find it and post it.


Entered at Thu Feb 9 19:48:49 CET 2017 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: DE, USA

Subject: Fredrik Bakman

Bob F, just finished listening Fredrik Bakman's "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry". Took a little bit to get into it, partly because of the fairy tale words, which sound similar. But really liked it - enough to order a hardback copy from my local page pusher. Hoping he will take a look at it and maybe add to his stock, which is mostly fantasy, sci-fi, graphic novels, etc. I think it fits. Thanks for the recommendation.

While at the library, picked up a disk "Medicine" by Drew Holcolmb & The Neighbors. Still on the first listen, but not too shabby. Research shows that this is far from their first record. How come I've never heard of them? (Other than that I seldom listen to the radio.)

It's too quiet in here. C'mon guys, surely there is something non-political we can talk about. Like music.


Entered at Thu Feb 9 03:24:26 CET 2017 from (173.3.49.240)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Web: My link

Subject: Senator Iron Balls & President Shit Gibbon.

See the link. Maybe Senator Daylin Leach is of Scottish heritage.


Entered at Wed Feb 8 20:53:23 CET 2017 from (24.222.133.112)

Posted by:

joe j

Subject: Sorry. Political rant

yi yi yi yi

I deleted the rant. Served no purpose.


Entered at Wed Feb 8 17:24:15 CET 2017 from (72.69.195.161)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Joke

Why did Beethoven kill his chicken? It kept saying,"Bach,Bach,Bach."


Entered at Wed Feb 8 16:54:46 CET 2017 from (173.3.49.240)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

What do you call a hot chick on the arm of a trombone player?

A tattoo


Entered at Wed Feb 8 11:56:15 CET 2017 from (114.75.196.252)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

Spinal Tap to sue.


Entered at Wed Feb 8 10:08:41 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

We all miss the Pythons. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!


Entered at Tue Feb 7 14:23:39 CET 2017 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: Not Pakistan
Web: My link

Subject: SPAM

I mean, really, they haven't noticed that their (same) IP address appears on every post?

Ah, I sure miss the Pythons (see link).


Entered at Tue Feb 7 13:44:34 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Pakispam

All this spam originate at "39" or Pakistan. Why do they think putting UK or USA is going to fool anyone? We have no posters in Pakistan anyway.

It's like those junk phone calls which are obviously from India with a weather checker open, and they begin "Hello, it is raining cats and dogs here in Brighton."


Entered at Mon Feb 6 20:52:15 CET 2017 from (74.203.77.122)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC
Web: My link

Subject: Garth Hudson -- live Genetic Method/Chest Fever, 2017!

...From Charlie's link! Putting it here so it doesn't get missed.


Entered at Mon Feb 6 20:48:08 CET 2017 from (114.75.199.188)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

The original version of Down South in New Orleans which I had not heard before.


Entered at Mon Feb 6 19:03:42 CET 2017 from (72.69.195.161)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Garth

A great show indeed and Garths playing was,as always,spectacular.Kudos to Warren Haynes(Allmans,Government Mule)for organizing this Waltz tour.This show can be found and streamed on the Mule Army site.


Entered at Mon Feb 6 16:23:54 CET 2017 from (108.44.202.142)

Posted by:

Charlie Y.

Location: Down in Old Virginny
Web: My link

Subject: Garth in DC for the 40th Anniversary TLW Tour

I'm so glad I was able to see Garth's performance at the final evening of the 40th anniversary "Last Waltz" tour in DC. I'd hesitated to buy a ticket since it was in a casino setting (which I loathe) and ridiculously expensive for a tribute concert. When I read Garth was going to be there, I HAD to go. His playing was as astonishing as the first time I heard him play live back in 1971 (see the link for more detail). Thanks for making that trip, Garth. It was the highlight of my year so far. Long may you play...


Entered at Mon Feb 6 04:41:57 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Breaking All the Records

I am not at all happy that Tom Brady has his head up Trump's ass. However I have been a New England fan for more years than Tom Brady.

What the Pats did tonight was a show of skill and determination. The Falcons have a defence that is like the "wall". The second half adjustments showed skill. The last drive of the over time was something to watch. Brady's offensive line were a wall. He had time to tie his shoes and decide who he was going to throw to. The team was as tight as you could ever ask for.

Speaking of records, last night I watched a documentary on Bob Marley. Some of you may have known, but I was unaware of the state of his fortune since his death. I can't remember all the stats, but he has broken so many records in record sales some of his albums have shattered records.

His fortune grows by about $200,000,000 annually. The fact that he has fathered eleven children by seven different women has become a nightmare. He didn't leave a will because his Rastafarian religion did not allow that.

His estate is worth just over or just under one billion dollars. His record sales and royalties just continue to grow. Ie - yi - yi - yi -yi!


Entered at Mon Feb 6 04:25:59 CET 2017 from (184.1.211.176)

Posted by:

Canada Steinholdt

I think she should too. Fuck America. Fuck Canada. Fuck Australia too Oh, finally remember why I'm here. Got me a copy of Robbie's "Testimony" Bought it for a penny in the second-hand area of Amazon just like I expected to, uJst like any good Jew do. I find it to be rather.. ah, maybe.. ahh, he ain't tellin' the true truth again. Made me think like maybe the guy has this that some problems with his memory or maybe he's just a liar


Entered at Mon Feb 6 03:37:18 CET 2017 from (173.3.49.240)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

The Pats are getting creamed.
The Superbowl must be rigged. It must be rigged bigly.
Odds are Twitler invades Atlanta tomorrow,, or minimally tries to cu off federal funding to Atlanta.


Entered at Sun Feb 5 22:13:42 CET 2017 from (114.75.198.219)

Posted by:

Wallsend

I think Canada should build a wall and make the US pay for it.


Entered at Sun Feb 5 22:10:09 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Trump and old friends and common ground

Jeff A - We're going though the same thing with some of my family and their support for Trump. Everybody has to decide these opinions become deal-breakers amongst old friends. I've parted, completely, with a friend from kindergarten, 62 years. He was always a bigot, as are so many of my boomer peers, but I always let it pass, for decades. He's added bitter resentments to his older personality traits and then all in for Trump. Things like this, that I've let pass throughout my lifetime, I'm seeing more clearly now and my previous appeasement policy was a mix of cowardice, hypocrisy and passivity.

Hopefully no more! This liberal tendency to look for common ground is a waste of time. Trump does not have a majority for support. I think we fight as hard as possible during his term and then get back on track in 2020 and try to reset and learn, learn, learn to make sure he wasn't anything but a serious hiccup on an otherwise pretty progressive era. And then make the Trumpers go back and get GEDs in history, civics and economics!


Entered at Sun Feb 5 21:33:55 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: A Very STRONG! Resemblance

I wonder if anyone else has noticed? When Trump talks, and his method of operating is very much like the governor Mel Brooks portrayed in "Blazing Saddles"! I think he needs a jacket that has "PRES" ON THE BACK.


Entered at Sun Feb 5 21:17:40 CET 2017 from (173.3.49.240)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Surprisingly, I've given up a couple of friends who I've only been friends with a few years, who support Twitler. They still support him, agree with his steps as President, & got to the point where they became very rude & mean spirited in discussion. I can't get myself to talk to them for awhile now. Maybe one day. Though we were newish friends, they were pretty good friends.

One of my sisters & her husband love Trump, Steve Bannon, & Breitbart news. I don't understand how this could happen. She says- I couldn't be happier....I'm in heaven every day. ...This is my dream.
Having a intelligent conversation about facts & The Constitution relative to actual events & issues with her or her husband is impossible.


Entered at Sun Feb 5 20:37:47 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Norm, I loved the way Hell on Wheels ended.

It's really impossible at this point to have a conversation with the opposite side. It immediately becomes heated. What we've done in my family is made a hard rule of no political discussions at family gatherings. This past holiday season was great because of that rule. Last night we celebrated my sister's 75th birthday. Again, great time, no politics. It's the only was to go. Especially when you have young kids present. The last thing they need to hear is a bunch of old people screaming about the end of the world.

As far as Canada and America Norm, we're always going to be together. We're family.


Entered at Sun Feb 5 17:07:08 CET 2017 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Hell On Wheels

Hi Bob F! A couple of days ago I received my DVD'S of the final episodes of the series. A thought came to mind as I watched the end. Some of the rhetoric from the long and arduous work and battles of the great accomplishment.

What is happening in the country today seems to be quite an insult to the centuries of building that country, and the people that built it, (mostly by "Immigrants").

I fear for what will happen between our countries in the near future because I have so many friends in the states. Reading many of the comments on this twitter thing and the very rude and hateful comments, (mostly by American Trumps supporters, but by Canadian's as well). This summer could be very volatile.

There are so many Americans that spend their summers up here taking our fish and many abusing our hospitality I can see no good coming from the way this is unfolding.

I recall last summer during the campaign I chanced to talk briefly to an American man on the wharf in Port Hardy who was a Trump supporter. His attitude was mind boggling so that I didn't bother to debate any thing with him. It was obviously hopeless.


Entered at Sat Feb 4 06:59:21 CET 2017 from (184.206.246.11)

Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland Tx

Subject: The years spinning by...

Just noticed, you can't get a used copy of the Rhino release of "The Last Waltz" at an price. Guess I better make the move for Jesus and pick up the Basement Tapes Bootleg series while I can still get it. That LW was around forever cheap. I find the Bootleg series kinda boring to listen to but it really does put you right there as you wait for the great parts to come along. And the package is beautifully put together. I especially like the photo shoot section of the 75 edition ( Great, up yours Clinton Haylen) , I used to walk by the Y in Hollywood every day, never knowing this famous event took place there. Anyway, as a movie collector, if you see something you want on Amazon for five bucks, snap it up! It could be gone next year or someone could be trying to get a hundred dollars for it.


Entered at Sat Feb 4 04:03:02 CET 2017 from (74.12.49.100)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Charles Lloyd

I see the discography at this site, citing Levon's book, dates the Charles Lloyd session with Robbie as March '65. YouTube, with no mention of Robbie, has it as May 8, 1964. Do any of you have facts or views to share? (Yet another instance when having David P (RIP) around would have come in handy.)


Entered at Fri Feb 3 18:30:41 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Subject: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

My top 5 How The Hell Are They Not in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame !

1. Cher - She should be in twice, once with Sonny and for her own incredible solo career. I Got You Babe is easily one of the most popular songs of all time. If you're traveling in a car of people from 2 to 82, this song comes on and you automatically have a hootenanny/karaoke moment in full rage. During hard times, sad times, happy times so many folks have spoken the title of this song to each other. It's impossible to over estimate Cher's influence on woman pop singers. Before Cher everyone performed in party dresses. Seeing Cher for the first time on television back then on Shindig or Hullabaloo was truly mind blowing.

2. T Rex - It's really unbelievable he's not in. Electric Warrior and The Slider have to be in top 100 records of all time. Plus he had so many other great records. My daughter recently started performing Children of the Revolution. What a song. Saw him once at The Academy Of Music fall of 72. Amazing performer. Bigger then life personality.

3. The New York Dolls - The greatest NY band after The Rascals. The link between T Rex and The Clash.

4. Johnny Rivers - If Poor Side Of Town was his only song it's great enough to carry him in to the hall. The thing is he has a wheel barrow full of great songs.

5. Garland Jeffreys - Just because something's not popular doesn't mean it's not great. A victim of old fashion rock and roll racism. Ghost Writer and Escape Artist alone should carry him in. Matador would be the cherry on the cake.


Entered at Fri Feb 3 15:05:19 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: On Cher's longevity..

PV and Bob W - You guys are correct, obviously and I yield! I think I lumped her in with ABB as it was the focus. To your point Bob W about her oscar: she's a fine actress too. Not every pop singer can make that transition so well. I suspect Tom Waits is quite popular with movie makers, but I don't think he's made the move to film acting very well yet -


Entered at Fri Feb 3 14:20:38 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Cher

And The Band were perfectly content to play with her in 1974. Link is to my Toppermost.

If you don't appreciate Cher's credentials, get "3614 Jackson Highway" and guess who plays guitar on it? Eddie Hinton. It all connects.


Entered at Fri Feb 3 13:57:26 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Subject: Cher and time

Cher has taken a song to the top of Billboards charts in each of the last 6 decades. No one else has done that. At the age of 70 plus she can sell out any arena any where in the world in less then a minute. Oh and also there is that Oscar on the mantle.


Entered at Fri Feb 3 05:10:21 CET 2017 from (173.3.49.226)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Eddie Hinton was brilliant. A super talent.


Entered at Fri Feb 3 03:17:11 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Eddie Hinton

Speaking of white guys that could sing soul and blues very well: Eddie Hinton. I've been going through his catalog lately and remain impressed. I looked at the Netflix doc on Muscle Shoals awhile back and don't recall him getting much time, if any. There's not much that's any good on YouTube either. Pity. Some of those here might recall when our great friend David Powell brought him to our attention. Coincidentally, I recall DP was, or had been, a big ABB fan too -


Entered at Fri Feb 3 01:48:02 CET 2017 from (173.3.49.226)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Oliver Sain developed and produced Fontella & Bobby McClure. He wrote & produced Rescue Me and Don't Mess Up A Good Thing & a whole lot more. . Very talented man, great sax player, & a great producer for a while.......... By the eighties his production skills went awry... he was always producing but the sound was different and the piano always sounded like it was tinkling...... Returning to St Louis in 97, I saw a lot of Oliver's shows, some were with Johnnie Johnson, and a night in a bar with Oliver's band was always a blast. Or at a outdoor venue, etc...In 97 i went on a call, someone wanted a window estimate. the guy was barber, you could tell he been through alot but was living a straight life, proud of it, had his own barber shop. I sold him windows of course. i saw a guitar case, We start talking music, which is generally inevitable, turns out he and Bobby McClure were lifelong buddies till bobby died. they also worked together alot..


Entered at Fri Feb 3 01:46:05 CET 2017 from (114.75.195.47)

Posted by:

Wallsend

JQ, I agree. Loved Filmore East when it came out but I don't really think the ABB did stand the test of time. It doesn't help that Greg appears to be a complete a-hole.


Entered at Fri Feb 3 00:19:11 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter v

It is an old discussion, but as I explained before, the Allmans were never at the same level in the Uk, except for Jessica. Their CDs have been hard to get. The whole Southern Rock area was less popular here, with soul doing much better. I am prejudiced as a major Fontella Bass fan, and the YouTube has awful sound but shows her. There is an alternative off the 45, audio only.

Today I was listening to Rufus Thomas, having found an original Walkin the Dog LP, and as a total contrast, English folk by the Young 'uns.


Entered at Fri Feb 3 00:13:19 CET 2017 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Taste is subjective??

Hi Jed - You might want to rethink that a bit or allow that everything, including art, also has an objective means of measuring its quality. Longevity is a key component of quality and I'm not convinced that Cher or GA/ABB have truly stood the test of time. Having said that I was mad for Fillmore East when it came out and still appreciate some of it, mostly Duanne. In deference to the late Butch T, I won't swing too hard at the ABB drumming corps, or The Dead's - but come on!

Hopefully my wanker's note isn't too snotty - all apologies, mostly just messin' anyway.


Entered at Fri Feb 3 00:02:40 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

It is subjective of course, but as a matter of principle I have to get through a long list of black names as blues singers before the first white one comes up. I agree Gregg's a very good one. Not that I think white guys can't sing the blues. Van Morrison, Chris Farlowe … or Mose Allison Just not like Muddy Waters. Or Howlin' Wolf. But I didn't find the Gregg / Cher duet objectionable actually, good song, interesting contrasting voices … though the clothes on both were ludicrous. Try it with the vision off.

I'm a great Cher defender. She is after all on more Ronettes and Crystals tracks than most of the alleged "groups."


Entered at Thu Feb 2 23:40:17 CET 2017 from (72.69.195.161)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Peter-Gregg Allman

No-he's one of the greatest blues singers.Taste is subjective-if it wasn't I would say your belief that the Gregg/Cher songs have any merit at all is absurd-but I recognize that taste is subjective.


Entered at Thu Feb 2 23:37:12 CET 2017 from (72.69.195.161)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Don't Mess Up a Good Thing

I love Gregg,but that performance with Cher is him at his worst.He covers this song on both his first solo album,Laid Back and on his live The Gregg Allman Tour & he easily outdoes the original.


Entered at Thu Feb 2 23:34:36 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

and could we insert "white" before blues singers? I can go with that, but definitely not with "one of the greatest blues singers."


Entered at Thu Feb 2 23:31:52 CET 2017 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Don't Mess Up A Good thing

Link is to the 1965 original by Fontella Bass and Bobby McLure, and yes they did it better. However if you avoid the dreadful costumes on both Gregg and Cher, by say not watching but just listening, they make a decent job of it.

This would be not long after Cher and Rick Danko duetted on Mockingbird, backed by The Band, at the party for David Geffen.


Entered at Thu Feb 2 23:14:15 CET 2017 from (114.75.195.47)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Yeah, I though it was pretty funny.


Entered at Thu Feb 2 22:02:36 CET 2017 from (72.69.195.161)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Gregg/Cher

You're kidding, right?Gregg Allman has put out some incredible music, & he's one of the greatest blues singers, an excellent songwriter both with the Brothers & solo & you post a youtube of some his worst crap?


Entered at Thu Feb 2 18:18:54 CET 2017 from (114.75.195.47)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

Greg Allman and Cher doing a duet.


Entered at Thu Feb 2 05:08:00 CET 2017 from (173.3.49.219)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Web: My link

Subject: Garth tomorrow in Albany with The Last Waltz 40 Tour

See da link


Entered at Thu Feb 2 04:02:40 CET 2017 from (71.234.142.242)

Posted by:

haso

Location: Seacoast NH

Subject: women's march

Angelina: don't give up on us. In time I think there will be quite a bit of commentary; at least I hope so. I'll relate our experience at the march in our state's capital city, a week from now. I've got to be away until then and have an early flight. But, Angie this can be an opportunity for a vibrant conversation, so keep on us old dubs.


Entered at Wed Feb 1 21:02:18 CET 2017 from (107.77.97.122)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: The Women's March

My wife went to the one in Astoria OR - it was about 1,500 folks, which is pretty good from a population if 15,000. She came home happier and more hopeful than she'd been since election night. Just the camaraderie helped achieve that. But it's a dreadful time; folks are looking for common ground but I really don't think there is any at all. We need an opposition leader and it's time for a real fight - tactics TBD!


Entered at Wed Feb 1 18:45:20 CET 2017 from (24.44.153.18)

Posted by:

Bob F

Web: My link

My daughter also attended the Woman's March in Washington. On The Walkway Over The Hudson where we have our kettle corn concession we had a tremendous march as well. The Walkway is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. From gate to gate, 1 1/4 miles over the Hudson River. Connects Ulster and Dutchess County. The organizers were expecting 100-500 people, ended up with 5000 to 6000 marchers. Biggest event ever on The Walkway. Beautiful day.

Link to Jackson Browne's version of Little Steven's I Am A Patriot.


Entered at Wed Feb 1 16:59:15 CET 2017 from (99.231.74.112)

Posted by:

GregD

Subject: R.I.P. John Wetton

Sorry to hear of your loss Peter. Such long friendships are rare and to be treasured. He was an extremely talented musician and his influence large. He will be missed. Also passing so soon after Greg Lake.


Entered at Wed Feb 1 14:28:53 CET 2017 from (64.229.245.155)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Hi Ian. Thanks very much for your response. I was extremely disappointed because many posters talked about Trumpdom.....but then when something was really happening in such a powerful way with an organic movement that started with women and progressive men marched with them and supported them as their struggle is their struggle.....dejav vu........civil rights movement gained momentum when non-blacks joined the movement.......I lost a lot of respect here. I almost wasn't going to post again as I felt......I can't even put into words as I couldn't comprehend how many here can go on and on about various political things and not even comment on what transpired and continues to transpire? I know some of you are progressive.......but.......

I'm not on Facebook so I only found out two days before the March in my mindfulness meditation class. One of the facilitators was going to participate in Washington March who was 65 and a very young person was going to participate in Boston. I lost a lot of respect here. I did connect my posts to music as I usually do. As far as politics not being appropriate? How many times have posters here posted how much they miss the late Steve's political posts? Sorry, it's how I feel. I do remember however when JH once did post on What's New? when it was International Women's Day. He must have appreciated my posts that year. ;-D

Bob F....As I've said before I'm not a huge fan of Joan Baez's singing........but........the song you posted........Thank you!

WNYC...Robbie Robertson interviewed by Alec Baldwin.


Entered at Wed Feb 1 13:38:14 CET 2017 from (86.31.229.95)

Posted by:

Roger

Location: Birmingham UK

Subject: RIP John Wetton

Sad and sorry to hear of John Wetton's death - and thoughts go to you Peter. I was at the same school as you and John and followed his career from the outset with interest though I didn't know him.


Entered at Wed Feb 1 13:14:02 CET 2017 from (69.112.185.73)

Posted by:

Rick S.

Location: Suffern, NY

Subject: Robbie with Marc Maron

I enjoyed the long Marc Maron WTF Podcast with Robbie Robertson. I've been a Band fan since the beginning but I learned some things about Robbie's teen years and Ronnie Hawkins and Dylan. The interview was very funny at times. Maron elicited some great stories from Robbie. I enjoyed it until the end when Robbie rehashed his take on his relationship with Levon.


Entered at Wed Feb 1 10:05:59 CET 2017 from (86.171.26.82)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Sorry to hear of your loss, Peter. I know he meant a lot to you.

When you told me about John, I read up about him. He packed a lot into his life


Entered at Wed Feb 1 07:33:04 CET 2017 from (114.75.203.126)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

Subject: Bob Dylan's Dream

When it comes to old friendships, Bob summed it up pretty accurately.


Entered at Wed Feb 1 06:18:50 CET 2017 from (173.3.49.219)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Bonk, I guess I met the majority of my closest friendships hit/took off or began between the ages of 19 & 30. I have one that couldn't be closer friendship that goes back to 13. Those friends are invaluable. It's less than once in a blue moon any one can make those kind of friendships late in life. It can happen though.


Entered at Wed Feb 1 02:48:21 CET 2017 from (96.54.61.38)

Posted by:

Bonk

Location: Cabbagetown

Subject: Peter V

Sorry to hear about your friend Peter. I can hear the pain in what you wrote. I too have lost many friends from my early teens or puberty. There's a quote from the movie 'Stand by me' that says it all. It goes something like...I don't think I've ever had any friends like the ones I had when I was 12. Geez, does anyone?


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