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The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971

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Garth and Maud Hudson: Live at the Wolf

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Entered at Fri May 6 21:44:31 CEST 2016 from (131.137.34.214)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: your youth is now History

Where Gordon Lightfoot will be this evening -- unveiling historical plaques at former Yorkville folk clubs.

Musical performance by the Bill M - boosted Luke and the Apostles.


Entered at Fri May 6 21:23:45 CEST 2016 from (31.50.95.178)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Thanks

Thanks JT, Kevin, Peter and Bill. Thanks for posts and links. I remember Steve being a great fan of Gordon Lightfoot.

I really don't know a lot about Gordon, but have seen I think three of the concerts with Gordon and Red and a bass player on TV. Really enjoyed them. As I said I play the greatest hits.

When I saw Ramblin' Jack Elliot's last appearance in Scotland, he said all the best singers are Canadians...then gave a list of names finishing with Hank Snow.

I agree, Peter. What cream does Paul Jones use.


Entered at Fri May 6 15:56:43 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Richard Bell

Thanks Bill. I listened again to 'Summer Side of Life' from the tribute. Richard Bell plays keyboards with aplomb. Great!


Entered at Fri May 6 15:19:04 CEST 2016 from (68.171.246.136)

Posted by:

Bill M

Dunc: As a fellow BaRK fan, I point out that a terrific cover of "The Summer Side Of Life" was BaRK's contribution to the excellent "Beautiful" Lightfoot tribute CD of some years ago. Blue Rodeo, Cowboy Junkies, Sylvia Tyson, Maria Muldaur, Barenaked Ladies, et al.


Entered at Fri May 6 14:55:21 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Trading Places

All of this Gord Lightfoot thinking has got the mind churning. October's megastar 'ella' series has Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan on Friday night. Can you imagine if they switch roles: Stones play Sinatra and Dylan covers while Bob Dylan and his Band play You Can't Always Get What You Want and Satisfaction? What a hoot that would be!


Entered at Fri May 6 13:58:00 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Gordian

On reflection, I think its important to remember that Mr. Lightfoot was quite ill on a few occasions in the past few years and that illness may have taken its toll at least for some periods and we may have seen the impact even though he had recovered (the voice may have lingered). He sounded close to his old self in the 2015 most recent video I watched. Full of confidence and as I said, giving it everything but with vocal Gordian fullness.


Entered at Fri May 6 13:44:49 CEST 2016 from (174.88.135.95)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Lightfoot

I'm not so sure now. I just watched a video from 2015 from a concert in Niagara Falls and Gordon Lightfoot sounded great and very different from the Ottawa concert I previously watched/listened to. The voice in 2015 was there in its full Lightfootian splendour. It may be back. Dunc, you'll bear witness and report back.


Entered at Fri May 6 13:20:10 CEST 2016 from (174.88.135.95)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Mariposa Dylan

Today, at Expecting Rain, there are photos of Bob Dylan with Gordon Lightfoot (and Sara Dylan and Jesse Dylan and his brother and Leon Redbone and others) from Toronto Island (Mariposa Folk Festival 1972), an annual event. Toronto Island (previously called Centre Island) is part of Toronto and just south, a ferry ride away. (It is actually a group of very small islands). Mariposa was famously held there in 1972 summer (though often it was held in Orillia on Lake Simcoe (not far from where CasinoRama is now). I have seen a very few of the photos now offered at Expecting Rain. I did not attend unfortunately. Dylan and his entourage were attendees (he did not perform). Not too long after a movie and Planet Waves came along.


Entered at Fri May 6 10:56:10 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Oxford looks good, and smaller venue too. I’m a bit worried about the voice though. On the whole, women seem to keep it better than men … Paul Jones being the stunning exception, with it all still there. But in recent years, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Rita Coolidge, Emmylou Harris and Natalie Merchant (though she’s 15-20 years younger) have all kept the voice. Maybe the failing of testosterone screws it up rather than age. Van Morrison just gets stronger and deeper live though. It might be that women tend to take better care of themselves physically.

A few years ago, in one of the rare moments I’ve watched breakfast TV, a doctor, a research skin specialist was on TV. His big research project had “proved” that there’s no difference between the most expensive skin creams and plain baby cream. They had two beautifully groomed women on the show, older beauty experts, probably near sixty. Their skins looked like the proverbial baby’s bum, or a peach if you prefer. His skin looked like a crocodile bag that had been buried in soft wet earth for a few months. The underside of an aged scrotum is another description that comes to mind. He blithely told them that all the money they had spent on skin care was a waste of money. They listened as women do to prattling toddlers, with faint smiles on their faces. Both were aware that the camera was their argument.


Entered at Fri May 6 05:32:56 CEST 2016 from (174.88.135.95)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Lightfoot tour: UK

For any of you who have the urge: May 18 Glasgow, UK Royal Concert Hall 20 Liverpool, UK Empire Theatre 21 Newcastle, UK City Hall 22 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall 24 London, UK Royal Albert Hall 25 Oxford, UK Oxford New Theatre 27 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall 28 Southend, UK Cliffs Pavilion 29 Bristol, UK Colston Hall 31 Belfast, UK Waterfront Hall


Entered at Fri May 6 05:28:32 CEST 2016 from (174.88.135.95)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Negotiations

Negotions: Gord Lightfoot - Bill M: I remember it and note that it made number 35 on the Toronto Chum Chart in Nov. 1962. Who would have predicted from that song what we ultimately got from Gordon Lightfoot only a few years later. That song was a bit of fluff typical of other fluff that was coming out during that era and I didn't think much of it in those days as I listened to radio and made choices on which 45s to buy. Not this one.


Entered at Fri May 6 05:25:25 CEST 2016 from (174.88.135.95)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Vocals

Kevin: I listened on You Tube to some recent Gordon Lightfoot (of last year) and I have to agree. The range is there but it is a wisp of his former voice with only the thin edge left. As you said, it was clear that he was giving everything he had. He hits the notes and the musicianship and playing was very good but alas, the voice is a remnant of its old self. Nevertheless, he is an icon and respect remains. Also, one might be surprised. Dylan's upswinging disappeared and something positive returned. So, who knows...


Entered at Fri May 6 05:12:33 CEST 2016 from (66.55.117.236)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Gordon Lightfoot..........Dunc

Dunc.......Gordon Lightfoot is an iconic musician in Canada. Unlike The Band, Joni, and Neil Young, his career is also notable in that he chose to stay living full-time in the country rather than relocate to the U.S. - as so many other musicians of his stature did in the 1960's...........I admire his songwriting enormously and would pick "Summerside of Life" as my favourite Lightfoot song......see YouTube BBC 1972 fir a great version. "Railroad Trilogy" and "If You could Read My Mind" would be 2 and 3 on a very long list............Now the sad news......the wonderful voice is completely shot and his live performances are no longer the great joy they once were......far far from it. Unlike Dylan, he was never one to play around with arrangements - so this "voice is gone" version doesen't fool anyone. I do hope you find some enjoyment at the show...he still gives everything he has but I'm afraid there is not much there any more.


Entered at Fri May 6 05:03:13 CEST 2016 from (65.92.194.123)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Dunc: As a public service, I'm posting a link to Gordon Lightfoot's second solo 45, from '62 - though the copy shown says '63, because that's when it came out in the the UK. He was the host of a British C&W TV show at the time, I believe. Note that the songwriter, Les Pouliot, is the brother of Red Shea, who didn't sign on as Lightfoot's accompanist until '66, when he replaced the great David Rea, who'd jumped to Ian and Sylvia, a much bigger act at the time.

You might investigate Rea's work - Lightfoot's first LP, several with I&S (right up to just before Great Speckled Bird), and at least three solo LPs, all of them worthwhile. (He also spent time in the UK while with Fairport Convention in the '70s and co-wrote "Mississippi Queen" with Felix Pappalardi, who'd been I&S's sometime-bassist.)


Entered at Fri May 6 01:05:43 CEST 2016 from (68.171.246.132)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Dunc: The link is to Red Shea's only solo record that I know of, from 1961. Starts out pretty standard but moves into Robbie-style string-bending. At the time, Red was a member of Larry Lee and the Leesures, meaning he was rooming with our guys.


Entered at Thu May 5 23:34:40 CEST 2016 from (174.88.135.95)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Lightfoot/Shea/Stockfish

Sorry Dunc. The band was Red Shea, John Stockfish with Gordon Lightfoot. It was March 1967.


Entered at Thu May 5 23:29:32 CEST 2016 from (174.88.135.95)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Gordon Lightfoot

Dunc. I saw Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall in Toronto in about 1967 or 68 with some friends from high school. He was a 3 piece with Red O'Shea if I recall. He was wonderful, a treasure. We were doing press for the local school and were allowed backstage after the show. It was quite the experience. Have not seen him since but always have admired his work. His voice is unique. You can pick it out. You're very fortunate to hear him now. Enjoy.


Entered at Thu May 5 22:32:19 CEST 2016 from (31.50.95.178)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Gordon Lightfoot

Just got tickets for Gordon Lightfoot. Don't really know much about Gordon, other than the best sellers and TV concerts. But I play the greatest hits often. The concert is in a beautiful concert hall.

But I really enjoyed the guitar playing of the late Red Shea on recordings and a few TV concerts.

Thought about Steve, who always championed Gordon.


Entered at Thu May 5 21:27:13 CEST 2016 from (31.50.95.178)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Bob F

Bob F. Could you e mail me again? Having difficulties with your e mail, it's linking to Jeff's.


Entered at Thu May 5 21:10:54 CEST 2016 from (131.137.34.214)

Posted by:

sadavid

Subject: rock 'n' roll-r

NWC: Thanks for that. Heidi is talented indeed. It's also a rare pleasure to experience a kick-ass, full-out accordion orchestra.


Entered at Thu May 5 18:16:02 CEST 2016 from (100.2.21.114)

Posted by:

Joan

When my husband was in school in Lausanne shop keepers would greet customers with Bonjour Monsieurdam. An all purpose greeting


Entered at Thu May 5 18:12:00 CEST 2016 from (173.3.48.98)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Subject: It's The Little Things

NWC. Amongst the other virtues of her performance, at about 1:19 or so in, Heidi rolled or trilled an R with the best of them.


Entered at Thu May 5 17:31:46 CEST 2016 from (83.249.161.239)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Scania Northwest
Web: My link

Subject: Slavic/Jewish musical heritage

Mainly to cheer up our Jewish gbers I'd like to post this link. It is my former student Heidi (The First Runner-up In Finnish Tango Queen Competition and a music journalist in Swedish public service radio) singing a Slavic/Jewish song. A bunch of old Finnish men playig accordian as well! So, here is one minute an fifty one seconds with this talented lady. She was my student for two years. Life is not fair ;-) Sorry boys.


Entered at Thu May 5 14:35:14 CEST 2016 from (46.166.188.224)

Posted by:

Karen

Web: My link

Thanks for this lovelt site!! Enjoyed it alot


Entered at Thu May 5 14:34:08 CEST 2016 from (46.166.188.224)

Posted by:

Astrid

Location: Netherlands
Web: My link

My favourite band of all times. May they live forever!


Entered at Thu May 5 13:07:33 CEST 2016 from (83.249.161.239)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Subject: Thanks Rockin' Chair

Thanks for your post on "Sointula", a Finnish settlement on your coastal region. In fact the first part of the word (= Sointu) means even "a chord". A musical connection here, too. Similar utopian socialist Finnish settlements has been established even in South America and near the town of Vladivostok on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. They are all fanished for long ago.

BTW Rockin' Chair, I enjoy your posts - even if sometimes a bit raw - just like propably all gb regulars.


Entered at Thu May 5 10:43:53 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

In English Language Teaching textbooks, we demonstrate our PC craftMANship, or blandness, by adhering to PARSNIPS. These are the unmentionable topic areas for ELT / ESL publishers: P- politics, A – alcohol, R – religion, S – sex, N – narcotics, Isms – (sexism, communism, atheism), P- pork products. Even that list is bowdlerized, because in reality, I also stands for Israel, and with it all countries with disputed territories … Korea, Taiwan, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, which are never mentioned in international textbooks.

There was a minor fuss a few years ago when signs on the front of refuse trucks were changed in some towns from MEN WORKING AT REAR to OPERATIVES WORKING AT REAR. A large fleet of trucks was repainted with the sign . They could (a) have got a far cheaper adhesive stick on sign made, or (b) simply agreed that all future trucks would have the changed words. It cost a lot of money to change existing ones.


Entered at Thu May 5 06:16:22 CEST 2016 from (67.84.76.133)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Mike, get to me , no. Give me an opening in which to inject humor, yes. Which is possibly what you meant, though you wrote other.


Entered at Thu May 5 03:54:48 CEST 2016 from (65.93.116.108)

Posted by:

Mike Nomad

I figured that would get to you, Jeff.


Entered at Thu May 5 02:48:20 CEST 2016 from (67.84.76.133)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Good old fucking fashioned workmanship may be provided by men or women of any gender. Fuck the flicking fucking lingo licking police. And if they have any relatives in Port Hardy, Norm can fuck them too.

Both you guys are funny. Norm's funny too.


Entered at Thu May 5 02:41:37 CEST 2016 from (65.93.116.108)

Posted by:

Mike Nomad

Subject: Das boot

Thanks, sadavid. A hip wader, if I ever saw one.


Entered at Wed May 4 23:14:49 CEST 2016 from (31.50.95.178)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Jeff

Jeff, give me an e mail some time.


Entered at Wed May 4 22:56:48 CEST 2016 from (31.50.95.178)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Jeff

I'll certainly do my best, but may be babysitting.


Entered at Wed May 4 21:53:20 CEST 2016 from (131.137.34.214)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: that sinking feeling

Mike Nomad: see [My link].


Entered at Wed May 4 21:19:10 CEST 2016 from (65.93.116.108)

Posted by:

Mike Nomad

Subject: Concretized footwear

Tsk, tsk, Jeff. Don't let the language cops nab you. Workmanship? Why, back in a previous line of work I would have been excoriated if I had used that word. It's workPERSONship, Jeff. Doncha see? Btw, we DO have language police in Canada, did you know? In Quebec, where commercial and retail signs must become in French, or have a prominent French equivalent usage displayed. So, cement shoes becomes . . . what? Des chaussures de concrete? Maybe Landmark can be of help.


Entered at Wed May 4 20:26:56 CEST 2016 from (67.84.76.133)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Web: My link

Subject: Cement Shoes. But They Were Made In China.

Like the old days. Except the the workmanship ain't as good. Right here, in the hood. I'm on the edge of Sheepshead Bay, opposite Manhattan Beach. The inlet of the bay separates us slightly, till it ends, about 1/2 mile west.


Entered at Wed May 4 19:43:36 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Music poet laureate

Many evaluations of Bob Dylan over the first few years (with some exceptions of course) would have led the oddsmakers to betting 5000-1 that he would not ever be the music poet laureate of the 20th century. By Leicester 1966, and the big 3 albums of 1965-66, it became evident that, like the soccer team, even a 2$ (or pound) bet would have been a very worthwhile bet.


Entered at Wed May 4 11:23:53 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

interment, not internment.


Entered at Wed May 4 11:22:38 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: 2nd May 1965

This is the date that Bob Dylan played the De Montfort Hall, Leicester and is just about the best of the bonus live sessions for Cutting Edge full box set purchasers. So it was exactly 51 years later that Leicester were confirmed as winners of the Premier League. Many say it was the re-internment of King Richard III after centuries languishing in an unmarked grave in a Leicester car park that brought the success. But I think it was Bob Dylan's 51 year effect.

It is a great event for football. At last the long monopoly of just four teams has been broken, and if Tottenham come second it's a double breaking. I suspect everyone was cheering Leicester on, with the exception of Tottenham supporters near the end, and I'd bet they're pleased too.

My dad worked for the John Bull Rubber Company (they made tyres) whose head office was in Leicester, a bit tenuous but I suppose it's nearly a link.


Entered at Wed May 4 06:37:13 CEST 2016 from (174.88.135.95)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: 5000-1 odds

It just goes to show that in sport leagues, anything is possible and most likely you'll see it if you are lucky enough to be on the planet and are patient and wait long enough.


Entered at Wed May 4 05:45:46 CEST 2016 from (67.87.217.78)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Definitely Robertson.


Entered at Wed May 4 04:04:30 CEST 2016 from (68.171.246.140)

Posted by:

Bill M

I wonder if Donald Trump has a favourite among the OQ. Thoughts?


Entered at Wed May 4 01:37:58 CEST 2016 from (114.75.74.10)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Things have been a bit quiet here recently. I suggest we either go back to talking about the feud or discuss Leicester's magnificent win in the EPL. Having spent my formative years in Leicester (0-2), I vote for the latter. (Band connection: Dylan and the Band played a concert in Leicester May 15, 1966 - I just missed them by seven years)


Entered at Tue May 3 23:36:21 CEST 2016 from (67.87.217.78)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Subject: Ro Fino itinerary. Glasgow, Liverpool, London

Dunc, Peter, Al.

Ro Fino, solo

May 14, Glasgow, The Amethyst 3PM

May 15th Liverpool. The Caledonia 8 PM

May 16th London, the Green note 9 PM



Entered at Tue May 3 21:14:48 CEST 2016 from (108.30.208.242)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Dylan/The (Old) Peoples' Rock Concert Thing

I enjoyed the first Sinatra album.I'd enjoy a return to Dylan again.Speaking of Dylan,it seems he'll be playing Oldstock and was wondering if he'd play his "regular" setlist of Sinatra standards & "recent" album material(at a festival with a ton of people)?Would that piss people off big time or what?Or,will he go back to some R&R?Which voice will emerge? Will "fans" go nuts---his voice is different! He growls! What song is that?! Where are the old songs? Why did he change the tunes? The words?!This is an opportunity for some prime time contrarianism!


Entered at Tue May 3 16:35:23 CEST 2016 from (131.137.34.214)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: "sing in a . . . straight ahead way"

bassmanlee: glad you have discovered how to become clairvoyant; best of luck . . . . I second your emotion re: the übermelismatiche anthems. One of the joys of the Winnipeg Jets home games is the approach of their anthemeer, Stacey Nattrass: "my personal stance on anthems is that they should be sung like anthems, not pop songs. So while it might be fun to bust out and show off some tricks I don't think it is all that appropriate. I think of that Simpsons episode where the anthem goes on for twenty or more minutes. That would be bad. Also, people want to sing along. It's hard for them to do that if you change up the melody or go off on some tangent."


Entered at Tue May 3 16:06:25 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Vocal range and piety

I have a long-held theory about Christianity and vocal prowess. If you were someone with a tendency to miss the notes, church was an embarrassment, and therefore an excruciating experience. If you were one of the choir it was enjoyable … I’m talking about Anglican churches here. When we visited the African American church in West Helena there was enough drums, organ, guitar, volume and exuberance to make even the most reserved non-singer burst into song. It wasn’t like that when I was a kid at all, and I link agnosticism with poor singing ability.

It reminds me of a family funeral a couple of years ago. There were 20-30 people, and an elderly relative missed a verse in both All things Bright & Beautiful and Jerusalem (sung at most UK weddings and funerals because everyone likes the tune). So he was singing a different verse to the rest of us and was too deaf to notice. The trouble was he had the loudest voice, and was also severely flat. It was hard to keep a straight face even on such a sombre occasion.

Charles Wesley had the knack of writing tunes most people could sing or at least attempt. The same has been said of This Land Is Your Land … that Woody Guthrie deliberately wrote something most people could sing, based on a simplified version of a known melody of a Baptist hymn. He said it was in response to God Bless America. Though the Star Spangled Banner is noticeably very hard for the singing-challenged.

As Scotland and Wales have their own anthems, and all of us share God Save The Queen, there have been issues at sports events, where England uses the British anthem. There have been calls for an English anthem, with the suggestions being Land of Hope & Glory or Jerusalem. I'd prefer the less imperialistic Jerusalem.


Entered at Tue May 3 15:08:29 CEST 2016 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: That's Life!.....That's what all the people say.

Old Blue eyes, you don't like him? Considering Brenda Lee, also don't forget that little fireball with the big voice............Timi Yuro singing.........Make the World go Away.

I'm gone to sea..........


Entered at Tue May 3 14:51:09 CEST 2016 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Subject: Vocal prowess

As an amateur musician and son of a life-long music educator, I have perhaps a different view of vocal 'talent'. Everyone should sing. Even if they can't. Singing is a communal activity. The proliferation of singing contest programs and the resulting ubiquity of over-the-top performances galls me. I don't want to hear a Whitney Houston-style melismatic National Anthem. I want to hear the people in the stands sing it. Hey, if you can't hit the high notes, HARMONIZE. Sheesh.

To paraphrase an old song (done superbly by Maria Muldaur) "It ain't the pitch, it's the emotion!"


Entered at Tue May 3 14:29:20 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto & Victoria intermittently

Subject: Vocals

I've been listening to some Dylan of 2016 on-line at Expecting Rain. If the 'Sinatra/standards' experience has contributed to anything, it has been a return to 'voice' with singing that is the best of what has come to be expected when one goes to a Dylan concert. Both the covers and his own songs (Tangled, Changed, and the more recent Dylan compositions). The range is back and what was in the past at times disheartening has evaporated. We get vocals that go well with the band and are welcome to the ear.


Entered at Tue May 3 14:27:08 CEST 2016 from (70.193.165.89)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Shadows in the Night

As far as timing, Dylan's Sinatra àlbums was released during centennial anniversary year of the crooner's birth.


Entered at Tue May 3 14:20:17 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Bassmanlee - my sister had it last year. She no longer wears glasses, and says she had never seen colours so brightly in her memory as since the operation!

Yes, in a way the Great American Songbook is folk, in that everyone knows them, and Pop Idol and X Factor are adding 60s pop / rock to that songbook, as so many contestants choose classic songs. You'd have to say You've Lost That Loving Feeling and Hallelujah are examples which should now be considered "Great American Songbook." I think the backing of Dylan's retro stuff is sublime, and fascinating to see what a small conventional band can do with what were big band arrangements. The amazing thing is that Brenda Lee was just 16 when she cut that, but her voice soars on it.

Bob deserves to do what he wants, and would anyway, and there have been many stumbling blocks for me along the way … I bought every album, nearly all on the day of release too. But the Christmas album, Sinatra, Great American Songbook - a lot of these songs require a vocal range he doesn't possess.


Entered at Tue May 3 14:01:41 CEST 2016 from (96.245.114.250)

Posted by:

bassmanlee

Location: DE/PA, USA

Subject: Dylan goes retro

Have to say, I dig it. Mr. Z revealed in his memoir that his tastes and influences were, in his early days, even, were much wider than his audience would expect. I like the country-ish steel guitar treatments, and his voice is better than ever, except maybe the Nashville Skyline period.

While discounting some of Mr. Sinatra's personality and behaviors, I will admit an admiration for his work, especially the RCA and Reprise years. The guy had state of the art recording equipment, excellent arrangers, top-notch studio musicians and an unbelievably excellent songbook to draw from, many written expressly for HIM. What's not to like?

Take, then, the Ella Fitzgerald renderings of many of the exact same songs. Different, exquisite, often (IMHO) superior, but Frank holds his own. My all-time find was Ella's American Songbook box set in a used bin. Most expensive CD purchase ever, and worth every penny.

Peter, I see a parallel in the Brenda Lee cover...a pop musician attempting (and succeeding) in interpreting a jazz standard. Perhaps Mr. Z is making the argument that as these obviously professionally "composed" songs have become so widely dispersed and reinterpreted that they have become "folk music", part of our collective vocabulary.

On a personal note, please keep me in your thoughts as I go under the knife tomorrow for cataract surgery. Can't wait to be able to see in 3D again!


Entered at Tue May 3 13:03:48 CEST 2016 from (210.86.100.25)

Posted by:

Rod

I have a nice condition old Philips R2R from the fifties that I'm too scared to plug in. bought it for $10. makes a nice shelf display piece anyway


Entered at Tue May 3 10:29:55 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Ah, now here's the link

Sorry forgot to add the link. All The Way. Brenda Lee.


Entered at Tue May 3 10:26:59 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: All The Way

Lovely job, Rod. I had a couple of light weight metal 7" spools once that looked great. I used one permanently as the "recipient spool."

Incidentally, well-restored basic auto change early 60s record players go for £150 to £200.

The link is to Brenda Lee singing All The Way … my favourite version. It's from the "All The Way" LP in 1961. It is a superb album … Tragedy is even better, plus Lover Come Back To Me, On The Sunny Side of The Street, Kansas City.

One of my issues with the Great American Songbook, if you were a female singer in the 60s, the old managers and agents with cigars permanently in their mouths made you record this stuff. They all had to. The difference with Brenda Lee was she was produced by Owen Bradley with Nashville's finest, and she had the voice to do it.


Entered at Tue May 3 09:29:44 CEST 2016 from (210.86.100.25)

Posted by:

Rod

Web: My link

Subject: Reel to Reels

I just finished this project last weekend. A couple od old 1960s tape recorders and a Sound Blaster amp from the 90's. Just an MP3 player now but it looks the part.


Entered at Tue May 3 09:16:49 CEST 2016 from (210.86.100.25)

Posted by:

Rod

I really liked Shadows in the Night. Looking forward to hearing more of his new release.


Entered at Tue May 3 07:07:29 CEST 2016 from (74.12.51.23)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

JT: I can't imagine wanting to own more Sinatra than the one 45 I have of his, "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning".


Entered at Tue May 3 00:50:28 CEST 2016 from (69.112.112.38)

Posted by:

Bob F

Web: My link

Subject: Janis - American Masters Series

Really looking forward to American Masters Series on Janis tomorrow night.


Entered at Tue May 3 00:44:06 CEST 2016 from (69.112.112.38)

Posted by:

Bob F

Subject: Beyonce

Peter, my daughter has been raving non stop about the Beyonce since it came out. I don't know. I think you have to be from the dance/hip hop generation to get it. When my kids were small they blasted Tupac and Eminem all day. I was able to enjoy and appreciate a lot of it. I think as my hearing has gotten worse I don't have enough patience with layered sounds. I do love when she sings ballads like in Cadillac Records.


Entered at Mon May 2 22:17:54 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

"Nitemare" is the spelling on my copy of "Another Side of Bb Dylan." An original pressing too. I'll concede it might not be the greatest example of Bob's genius, but I'll take it over recent stuff. And it was the one my dad found most offensive.

Incidentally, I read three reviews of Beyonce over the weekend - all five star and saying it was her defining album. I did like her as Etta James.


Entered at Mon May 2 21:11:54 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Series of Dreams?

It could be a 'Series of Dreams'. Maybe Brenda singing 'Sweet Nothings' into Bob's ear.


Entered at Mon May 2 21:10:46 CEST 2016 from (67.87.216.188)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

JT. I doubt anyone here feels as I, & I know people will have many examples of covers they love or think are great. But, in general, my feeling about Band covers are different than most people's. Dylan, I'm all for hearing Bob doing Band songs. But in general, it's the unusual case where I think some one should have done a Band cover. Now, it's time to get some sleep. My clock is off.


Entered at Mon May 2 21:08:24 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Bad dream?

You mean like 'Street Rock' with Kurtis Blow? OK. Or maybe even a solo. Motopsycho 'Nitemare' indeed.


Entered at Mon May 2 21:04:49 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

But really, I want Dylan singing something wild and transcendent about being 75, or alternatively rapping on the state of the world in 2016. If I want to hear "All The Way" I'll go for Brenda Lee in 1962.


Entered at Mon May 2 20:53:55 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Elixir

Peter V: I beg to differ. With a piano and a small dose of elixir, I think you might want to give Dylan a chance at the local inn. You never know.


Entered at Mon May 2 20:40:46 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Highly recommend the new RoseAnne Fino track "Touch Me" excellent stuff.

As to that Old Black Magic etc, I can see my blue Dansette in the corner of the living room, and my dad's pained expression as "Motorpsycho Nitemare" blasted out. But he really can't sing, my dad protested. My dad had sung Oh, For The Wings Of A Dove on early British radio when he was ten and considered himself an expert. I argued my case vehemently. YES, he can sing! YES, he does sing differently but it expresses.

But my Dad was right about the Great American Song Book. Dylan wouldn't last ten minutes in the Lounge Bar at the Red Lion Hotel.

I'll go for him doing Hank Williams or John Lee Hooker, but not Frank.


Entered at Mon May 2 20:03:22 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Fino fine

Good one, Jeff. Thank you. Shades of Ani and with a good band behind her. Fino: definitely looking forward to the album.


Entered at Mon May 2 19:51:02 CEST 2016 from (67.87.216.188)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Web: My link

Subject: Ro Plugged In

Electric Five Piece Fino with new single at the link.


Entered at Mon May 2 19:29:21 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Folk and blues covers

I should add that I very much admired Dylan's early 90s 2 albums of covers of folk and blues. He could do that again and I'd very much like that.


Entered at Mon May 2 19:20:18 CEST 2016 from (74.14.7.222)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Wish list

Bob F: I share some of your feelings, but still enjoy the interpretations of the songs by Dylan. I did NOT ever listen to Sinatra and the like and did not appreciate them. At 67, and not because of Dylan, I have found something in some of what Sinatra did. I too would much prefer new material with the creative compositions of Love and Theft or Time Out of Mind. I'm not sure we'll ever get that again but we can hope. To be clear, I never looked down on some of the Dylan albums you noted in your recent comments. They may have not been up to Visions of Johanna but they were better for the most part than 90% of what others were writing and putting out at that time. I can't say it bores me to tears but I won't listen to these repeatedly the way I listen to many of the original Dylan compositions. Maybe Dylan will cover others with his current very positive vocal ability. An expanded Warren Zevon album of covers by Dylan would sure be welcome for example. He could do some Johnny Cash or Hank Williams and I'd like that. Maybe he should cover The Band (now wouldn't that be something).


Entered at Mon May 2 18:18:34 CEST 2016 from (69.112.112.38)

Posted by:

Bob F

Web: My link

Subject: All The Way

Link to Dylan's version of All The Way from his new record. I guess it sounds fine and is beautifully recorded, honestly though this stuff bores me to tears. Didn't John Lennon say something once like "before Elvis there was nothing". That has always rang true for me. Of course I understand you have the great jazz and blues artists and Woody and Hank and everything evolves from all of that. I thing about when Dylan was making great records like Street Legal, Shot of Love, Infidels and Empire Burlesque and so many critics and fans were disapointed. Crazy times. If he was to reach back and make a record of that caliber now, it would be cause for some serious celebrating. When Dylan put out the soundtrack Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, Jon Landau totally thrashed him in Rolling Stone. Can you imagine anyone in their right mind thrashing such beautiful, original music? Now everyone drools over this crap. I just don't get it. I'd much rather have a collection of him doing Elvis, Chuck Berry or Burt Bacharach songs then this Sinatra stuff. These songs never rang true for me. Where I grew up older people were always listening to Sinatra, Dean Martin, Al Martino and the rest. I didn't like it then and now that I'm an old man I still thing it's donkey dust.


Entered at Mon May 2 16:17:12 CEST 2016 from (65.93.116.108)

Posted by:

Mike Nomad

Good to see some interesting posts here re Leonard Peltier. Also appc Norm's comment about harmony and respect. The Old Sea Dog makes a good point. Must be the sea air, I reckon.


Entered at Mon May 2 15:05:08 CEST 2016 from (70.193.173.13)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Leonard Peltier

Mr. Peltier was convicted of the execution murders of two FBI agents. Despite the efforts of his highly qualified lawyers over the years, the convictions have been upheld on appeal. While the liberal presidents Clinton and Obama have pardoned or commuted the sentences of a large number of those convicted of non-violent crimes, the fact that Peltier remains in prison is a poltical reality.


Entered at Mon May 2 14:54:11 CEST 2016 from (131.137.34.214)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: Leonard Peltier Fine Art

Check out the "smoking Willie Nelson" print, also available as a T-shirt . . . .


Entered at Mon May 2 05:15:46 CEST 2016 from (208.181.205.134)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Sointula

The subject is the name of a little Finnish settlement on Malcolm Island a few miles below Port Hardy. That is a Finnish word that means, 'In Harmony'.

I choose that because it is in harmony to see people getting along with respect here.

I'm away to sea again tomorrow. I have a lot of work going on and very steady just now. Have to go and load a load of gravel on my barge and deliver to the head of Smith Inlet. Then more booming ground work.

I have been having thoughts that, maybe the old man upstairs just thinks it's not time for me to retire yet. I'm still pretty productive. I really do look forward to just cruising around on our yacht tho'.

In reality tho' when one is healthy, working hard and making a good living, it's pretty hard to complain isn't it? It's funny, every year at this time all my old friends are headed north fishing. They stop in Port Hardy and when many of them see me on the wharf they say, "I thought you were gonna retire!"..........I'm tryin'

Y'all stay healthy and happy. Keep the music true...


Entered at Mon May 2 04:54:29 CEST 2016 from (24.114.73.162)

Posted by:

Kevin J

"Now it's time for all of us to call for Leonard Pelltier's freedom" - Robbie Robertson, 2015

Ben Pike..... A refreshing attitude, you have....... Scoll back to just Wallsend's link of today for the video that I referred to that Robbie was involved with........It was just part of a continued press that the very top powers in Washington have been presented with in recent years.


Entered at Mon May 2 03:27:33 CEST 2016 from (184.206.63.8)

Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland Tx

Subject: Free Leonard

Kevin J, I take you at your word and have never been happier to have been wrong.

I can find nothing online about the efforts you speak of, if you have any links please post them.


Entered at Mon May 2 03:14:36 CEST 2016 from (68.192.72.104)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Pete, i'm guessing my Sony reel to reel is a 72, as that's when i got it. One of these days i must have it examined.


Entered at Mon May 2 03:10:55 CEST 2016 from (63.142.158.9)

Posted by:

JQ

Web: My link

Subject: TEAC 4010

I got this in 1969 while in RVN - just like most of the guys there. Japanese stereos and cameras were all the rage there and then. The brake failed in the mid 80's and rendered it inoperable. But reassuring to see there's folks that can bring them back up -


Entered at Mon May 2 01:37:58 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Rita Coolidge

Review of Rita Coolidge on my blog. Her new autobiography is out … great band, great setlist. I asked her about Agrigento too.


Entered at Mon May 2 00:51:25 CEST 2016 from (77.102.201.158)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Web: My link

Subject: Bob W - Hillsborough verdict aftermath

That ESPN documentary is only now available over here Bob presumably since the verdict. I think the powers that be had banned it but not sure of the specific reason

I've only had opportunity to watch the opening 40 minutes but it's clearly been brilliantly put together and so far conveys precisely what took place as we in Liverpool especially those of us who were there have always known.

The link is an Observer article by one of the lads on our footie website who survived the horrors in the central pens. It is an astonishing piece of writing that conveys so much of what was initially so harrowing and latterly for 27 years so evil about Hillsborough.


Entered at Sun May 1 23:28:49 CEST 2016 from (114.75.86.239)

Posted by:

Wallsend

Web: My link

I wasn't familiar with the Peltier case, maybe because I don't live in the US.

Peter, I once flirted with the idea of buying an Akai reel to reel. Your post brought back some forgotten memories.


Entered at Sun May 1 22:12:06 CEST 2016 from (68.171.246.11)

Posted by:

Bill M

Kevin J: I take it that Ben P is leading the Peltier campaign this time around - not that he cares about Peltier but to show Robbie what a real non-chic man can accomplish.


Entered at Sun May 1 17:24:28 CEST 2016 from (24.114.73.162)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: BS

Ben Pike: You're talking nonsense. As recently as last year, Robbie Robertson was involved in a very forceful submission to the White House and the making of a video/public service video that garnered all sorts iof publicity on the subject of amnesty for Leonard Pelltier.


Entered at Sun May 1 13:22:44 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Akai was another good reel-to-reel player. A friend had one too. If you were really obsessive you could add leader tape between tracks pre-dating search on CD players by a dozen years - you used fast forwards, and the machines stopped when they hit leader. You could only do that if you didn't turn the tape over, and just used one direction … four track had two tracks going in each direction for home use.

In the days of Language Laboratory for English teaching we used half track master tapes, and the student booths back in 1971 had open reel loaded in large cartridges which broke regularly, and we had a technician repairing and reloading them. The big innovation was when the student booths switched to cassette, but because they ran and used high speed forward and back, there were serious tape breakage rates. We tried using expensive metal cased cassettes, to combat heat build up- they were used about ten hours a day, and in some daft piece of design, were installed below the student's seat, so enclosed. They were locked away so that students couldn't touch (or purloin) the cassettes. They had controls in front of them. We later discovered it was cheaper just to throw cassettes away as they snapped. We had five 24-booth language labs, so bought cassettes by the thousand. From long experience, Philips cassettes were the most durable!


Entered at Sun May 1 13:01:03 CEST 2016 from (31.50.123.21)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Reel to Reel

Thanks Peter and Jeff. Enjoyed the reel to reel posts.

Took me right back. In student days, I used to enjoy going to this guy's flat, whose hobby was making up tapes from various bands to play on his Akai reel to reel. Sound was great.


Entered at Sun May 1 12:18:53 CEST 2016 from (184.206.174.49)

Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland Tx

Subject: Remember, Remember

Hey, remember the outrage of the Bill Clinton pardons? /n Not many do. The national media, eager to hip derision on Clinton in 2001, furious over their failure to drive him from office, sustained a months log attacks on his use of Presidential Pardons. Marc Rich, a wealthy flack higher up in Israel had put in a good word for, was at the center of the storm. His pardon was treated with roughly the outrage of the Mi Lai massacrer because....some reason. Some of Clinton's pardons, involving his own business and relations, were questionable, some were actually quite noble. /n Such was the atmosphere that Clinton was derided by the "progressives" that always hated him for who he didn't pardon. Remember Leonard Peltier?/n Not many do. Our own Robbie Robertson (forgive me, but this is my justification for injecting politics into the guest book) took a shot at Clinton with a weak pun at an awards show, Pelitier wasn't "Mark Rich enough." We won't forget you, he promised. Well, 16 years (not on the road) later, and Robbie hasn't so much as burped a word about Peltier. And he has a liberal President this time to deride for not issuing the pardon. /n To be fair, not everyone has forgotten, you can keep up with a clemency campaign on a Facebook page if you are interested. Bottom line: Robbie liberal chic was short lived.


Entered at Sun May 1 11:08:33 CEST 2016 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Jeff, why didn't you post on reel-to-reel two weeks ago? A local shop had two matched UHER reel to reels - not the UHER Report portable, beloved of journalists, but ones for home use. "Matched" the shop was told, which means they would have been set up with the same head bias etc for recording. Both were a bit battered. They hadn't had any power run through them in 25 years, and my friend who runs the shop said I could have them for a donation to charity, whatever I wanted to give. I used to use a UHER Report in the 70s and it was the standard high-quality portable machine. I was sorely tempted, but Mrs V has recently mentioned my Sony Open-Reel (1971) and asked pointedly "Does that still work? When was the last time you used it?" So bringing in two battered-looking UHERs was out of the question.

All my dubbed 4-track open reels went to the dump years ago, though I still have a box of live recordings of our theatre shows done on a Revox.

The trouble is that even though the heads survive, in all likelihood, the motors of an unused open reel will have died, as with turntables and cassette players. With lack of use the lubrication runs out of the motors or solidifies and they seize. Another issue, inherent with open reel, is that tapes tend to sound best on the machine they were recorded on. Thus tapes done on my Sony sounded as good as stuff done on the Revox (which cost six times as much). Of course you can fiddle around with the head bias on a Revox to match the original. Domestic machines like the Sony, even good ones, are fixed. Tape quality is an enormous factor, as is print-through on tape that hasn't been moved in years. But I do have nostalgia for scissors and leader tape and sticking bits together.

As I posted years ago, a producer who had spent much time archiving at the BBC, said 50s and early 60s tapes survived really well, but late 60s and 70s had printed through, shed coatings etc.


Entered at Sun May 1 07:02:12 CEST 2016 from (67.84.79.78)

Posted by:

Jeff A.

Web: My link

Subject: The Revolution Will Not Be Digitized!

See the Link : It says: Sell your records, it’s time for the reel-to-reel revival.

The Reel To Reel Comeback Revolution

Writing about a modified TASCAM unit in 2013, a reviewer from The Absolute Sound glowed about the superiority of reel-to-reel: "Folks, to say that this was a 'better' sound," he writes, "even 'an extraordinarily better' sound, doesn’t cut it. This was a revolution."


Entered at Sun May 1 02:25:59 CEST 2016 from (68.171.246.7)

Posted by:

Bill M

Peter V: My favourite link between pop-rock and the Jungle Book is Donovan's wonderful "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" (i.e., the mongoose) from his Bandish "Open Road" LP. RTT was the follow-up single to "Atlantis", which I've previously linked to our guys' "The Shape I'm In".


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