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Entered at Wed Nov 13 03:31:11 CET 2019 from (2600:387:4:802::21)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Britspeak

It’s happening frequently up here too: “Just about” vs “barely”. “Shift” vs “move”, etc. And, likely since the popularity of The Detectorists and other series: “Mate”. I do it habitually now, and soon I know I’ll be taken to task when I say it to a Brit/Aussie. And that, along with being called a wanker (another word worming in), will break me of it. I thought the 2018 pop word was nonplussed. Weaponize is out there now too in the political realm.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"Levon Helm quickly became Robertson’s best buddy in the band, the big brother he never had. A few years older, Helm was, in some ways, Robertson’s opposite—short, Southern, hotheaded, with a devilish grin and white-gold hair. When Robertson first saw him play, he could have sworn he glowed in the dark. Helm took care of Robertson, introduced him to his family, tutored him in the ways of Southern life and culture. They double-dated, bought a Cadillac together, the first car Robertson ever owned. They reminded Hawkins of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. “It was me and Robbie against the world,” Helm once said."

Robbie Robertson’s Last Waltz

As front man for the Band, he spent his life jamming with Dylan, schmoozing with Dalí, partying with Scorsese.

The amazing adventures of Toronto’s greatest songwriter

Toronto Life | BY JASON MCBRIDE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER WAHL | OCTOBER 23, 2019


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Ronnie Hawkins

University of Arkansas

Videos
Audio
Transcript


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Posted by:

Bill M

Lisa: The across-the-pondism that gets my goat these days is "lovely". If you hear it twice in twenty minutes you know an English cooking show is playing in your home. Mostly it is being used to describe homely ingredients like cauliflower or brussels sprouts.


Entered at Wed Nov 13 00:23:36 CET 2019 from 82-69-47-175.dsl.in-addr.zen.co.uk (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

The spread of ‘robust’ is a challenge which we should confront robustly.


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Posted by:

Lisa

Well, team is a collective noun, so I would say "is" personally. I find the whole she/he/they thing kind of confusing and wonder if it's going to last or just be a flash in the pan kind of thing ... on a slightly different topic, "robust" as a descriptor for just about anything crossed the pond long ago and reminds me of you every time I hear it, Peter, which is all too often these days.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Dunc: You got me at Danko. I'm impressed that the scriptwriters would even think of the guy. Would you say "The show's writing team IS going for a celebratory pint" or "The team ARE going for a pint"?

Peter V: I like the 1471 message - likely a 21st-century innovation. The other stuff is the chronic problem of dealing with collective nouns. Whether the media suck or sucks is not the same thing as s/he=they.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Guilt

BBC Scotland is showing a real good black comedy just now called ‘Guilt’. Getting good reviews up here.

I’ve seen three of the four episodes and am enjoying it. One of the characters owns a record shop and in the second episode there’s a short, knowledgeable discussion relating to Rick Danko. Really good and I was surprised.


Entered at Tue Nov 12 18:17:35 CET 2019 from 82-69-47-175.dsl.in-addr.zen.co.uk (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Bill, from an early 1980s editing guideline:

Use ‘they’ as a singular pronoun. e.g. ‘Ask everybody to open their books.’ Although this is seen as incorrect by some purists, it is common in spoken English and has a long history of use in written English (cf: William Caxton ‘Each of them should make themself ready’; Shakespeare ‘God send everyone their heart’s desire’).

You hear it on the phone in Britain if you press 1471: The caller has withheld their number.


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Of interest I forgot

Any one who watches the video I just mentioned. Pay attention to the man playing the guitar solo. Bernie Williams is a Puerto Rican. He played center field for the Yankees for 16 years, 1991 to 2006. Although I have never been a Yankee's fan you have to be impressed with this man.

Retired with 287 home runs, 1257 RBI's Holds the all time record with 80 post season RBI'S and second all time with 22 post season home runs. Played 4 world series finals with the Yankees. He signed a deal with Paul McCartney's recording company some time after he retired baseball. All in all a pretty good career.


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Today's Pick

Sly Stone's "Every Day People" by Playing For Change.


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Posted by:

Roger

Location: Birmingham UK ( currently in fire-ravaged New a South Wales)

Subject: What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?

Wonderful exchange Pat B and Kevin J. Witty and good humoured. No-one stormed out of the GB in high, low or any sort of dudgeon.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Peter V: Thanks - I had no idea of that Chaucer and/or Shakespeare used 'they' for 'he/she'. Nor, methinks it fair to say, do most other. Daftness rules!


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Jeff article

Added a review from Brooklyn Reporter of Jeff's project. Love the music (but seriously, if you've eaten pizza in Naples …)


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Jeff's music

You can hear some of Jeff Alexander's new music on the kickstarter link. Two EPs worth of material. Jeff is much missed here. Give the music a listen … includes Maria Muldaur.


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Posted by:

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Location: dadda365.xyz

Subject: dadda365.xyz

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Posted by:

Peter V

But seriously – I was in a large secondhand store last week, and they had Male / Female / Groups / Soul / Folk / Easy as sections. It saves a lot of time. (Bangles is in groups, Supremes in soul).

"they" as a neutral pronoun was used by both Chaucer and Shakespeare, which is why "s/he" and "he or she" were always daft.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Pat B is onto something. I think it's called the 21st century. We shouldn't just assume stuff on the basis of how someone chooses to look just because we always did in the past. Right now we're in the middle of what future historians will know as the Great Pronoun War of 2020, during which "They" came to replace "He or she", "He/she", "S/he", etc., in standard usage.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

It's ok, Pat.......and just as a rule of thumb for anyone who cares - maybe best to give a wide berth to anything I write between the hours of 11:00pm and 4:00am on a Saturday night !


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Posted by:

Pat B

I wish "female" could be dropped when referring to great rock singers.

I apologize in advance, Kevin J. I simply couldn't help myself.


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Posted by:

Rod

Thanks Dag. Some interesting stuff in there


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Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Subject: Lucinda Williams

Let's not forget the Lucinda / Tom Wilson duet on BaRK's "Kings and Queens" album - with Ken Pearson from Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band on organ. Song written by Colin James and Tom Wilson.


Entered at Sun Nov 10 23:04:25 CET 2019 from (2600:387:4:802::35)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Recents

* Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

* Geraint Watkins - Rush of Blood

* Eva Cassidy - Best Of

* Violent Femmes - Permanent Record

* Cousin Emmy & The New Lost City Ramblers, 1968


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Posted by:

John D

Web: My link

Subject: David Crosby

I finally watched the Cameron Crowe doc on David Crosby last night. It was excellent. I wasn't sure if I would like it or not; but it was so well done, I watched it again this morning. I was interested because I just read the Graham Nash autobiography where he talked about the extreme anger everyone seems to have toward Crosby. I mean REAL anger. Crosby himself is so filled with self loathing that you want to give him another chance; but I wasn't there. Very, very well done.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Dust

Live performance with Charles Lloyd.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Lucinda

Check out the album with Charles Lloyd & The Marvels "Vanished Gardens." Bill Frisell also plays on it.


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Posted by:

Far East Man

Location: Rockport, ME

Subject: Lucinda Williams

Solomon - With interest, where did you find the song “Devastation” with Matthew Ryan & Lucinda Williams? I don’t have that one.


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Posted by:

Solomon

Subject: Lucinda Williams

She's got so many great songs on tribute albums and duets on other people's albums.The last few on YouTube on this lovely Sunny Sunday

Matthew Ryan and Lucinda Williams- Devastation

Lucinda Williams - Cold, Cold Heart

Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams - Overtime

Lucinda Williams - Here in California

Lucinda Williams - Lately

Boz Skaggs and Lucinda Williams - Whispering Pines

Lucinda Williams - This Old Guitar

David Crosby and Lucinda Williams - Return of the Grevious Angel

The first album I heard was Car Wheels back in 1998.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Corrections.......

......you're......and Marjolène Morin may well be the best female singer of rock n roll ever... Never mind the language - though I know that will be a barrier for the non-Canadian contingent here....Some other great ones, of course....led by Tina Turner and Janis Joplin but not that many really.....

Thinking of Joan.... Hope all is well.


Entered at Sun Nov 10 04:36:37 CET 2019 from (24.114.84.7)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Songs worth listening to.......

Recent songs:

Misfits - The Kinks

I'm Alive - Garland Jeffries (no better song to play loud to celebrate feeling good about something)

Silver, Blue & Gold - Bad Company ( only good song on that Bad Company album but listening to the greatest singer in rock n roll history is always a pleasure )

Hot Stuff & Hand of Fate - The Rolling Stones

Don't Go Away Mad ( Just Go Away ) - Motley Crüe ( No better song to listen to as your leaving a town or a situation )

Chats Sauvages - Marjo ( Marjolene Morin - the best French singer of rock n roll - period end of story )


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Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: An old fishing village

Subject: Celtic music

"What do you do with drunken sailors?" (Hello Dunc!)


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Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Greater Copenhagen

Subject: TV

My latest post - "happens to me all the time when I watch television drunk" - relates to this classic JOHN PRINE song lyrics:

"Throw away the TV, / Throw away the paper. / Try to find Jesus, / For own your own."

(Is there anything worse than a joke which needs to be explained...)


Entered at Sat Nov 9 05:37:16 CET 2019 from (24.114.82.240)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: 1979-82 The Band News.....Rick Danko

Dave H.........Yes, a fascinating read and I've just gotten started........What really stands out for me - so far - as someone with a keen association with the film industry is the outrage expressed by Robbie at not getting the nomination from the Acadamy of Motion Pictures for TLW. Notice how much more direct and rock n roll he was in those days in expressing his opinions........I recall years later ( around the time of TLW 25th anniversary ) that there was talk of how the Oscar snub was a travesty but I did not know until reading Dag's clippings that it was very much a topic at the time !

.......Also love that Rick Danko headband in that picture with Dennis Hopper! Anyone, who knows about Dennis Hopper's condition in those days can only imagine what Rick might have made of that interaction..........see Eleanor Coppola truly fabulous documentary "Hearts of Darkness - A Filmakers Apocalypse" to better understand what I am referring to.


Entered at Fri Nov 8 21:22:56 CET 2019 from mbdhpo225mcgu.bc.edu (136.167.102.8)

Posted by:

Dave H

Thanks so much, Dag. It was really a kick to see clippings from my hometown newspaper (Rochester, NY). What an odd time for our five Band members 1979-1982 was. And what a break for Levon that he got the role in Coal Miner's Daughter. But a few of those reviews of Rick's shows are pretty negative; sounds like there was a lot more partying than rehearsing going on.


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Posted by:

Solomon

Subject: Los Angeles Times

The Band’s Robbie Robertson: My life in 12 songs.


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Posted by:

Solomon

Subject: NPR

Rick Danko And Garth Hudson On Mountain Stage.


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Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Greater Copenhagen

Subject: Norm, Wed Nov 6 15:41:06 CET 2019

Happens to me all the time when I watch television drunk.


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Sweetheart like you

Thanks for this video Dag. That is a new one for me. Love that line.......Steel a little and they put you in jail......steel a lot and they make you king. Seems that way every day now doesn't it.


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Posted by:

Ray Mizumura

Location: Lawrence Kansas/Flyover Country/The Heartland

Subject: Dag/Booker T./The Band

Thank you once again Dag. Your archives are state of the art. These primary sources put many other speculations, memories, and versions into perspective. Also, your link to the 1965 Hawks show is golden. What a tremendous gift. It's remarkable how these men sounded in 1965 in comparison to their music just three short but transformative years later.

Once again I will make an announcement about the Booker T. Jones autobiography--read this, please. It is an important chronicle.

I'm eager for the rerelease of The Band next week. The remixed/mastered version of "Dixie" is gorgeous, sublime. Almost like experiencing this performance anew.


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Posted by:

Ari

Saw Once Were Brothers last night with Robbie in attendance. Not bad, though it really is more of montage. Don't think I picked up anything new, there really wasn't very much footage of them performing which was surprising. I had a really nice experience but in retrospect I didn't take much away from it. Did meet the director though who is really, very nice.


Entered at Thu Nov 7 21:39:25 CET 2019 from toroon0812w-lp130-06-74-12-34-163.dsl.bell.ca (74.12.34.163)

Posted by:

Bill M

I appreciated the links the music mentioned in the LA Times article. I hadn't heard more than a line of "Once Were Brothers". Interesting that Robbie chose to add a shadow Levon voice to the North/South verse, which is about both standing together and disagreeing with what the other was saying. Also interesting that Robbie uses "brothers no more" to cover both the post-TLW division and the ultimate division between the living and the dead.

Note that the falling of the curtain is the image used in both OWB and "I Hear You Paint Houses". Reflecting a 76-year-old's sense of the approaching inevitable, I imagine.

On a happier note, the opening line of "Dead End Kid", "I stole a bible from a hotel room", immediately brought to mind the Beatles' Band-inspired "Rocky Racoon" - "Rocky Racoon checked into his room, only to find Gideon's bible".


Entered at Thu Nov 7 20:34:29 CET 2019 from 10.90-149-232.nextgentel.com (90.149.232.10)

Posted by:

Dag B.

Web: My link

Subject: The Band in 1979-82

Another collection of clippings and stuff.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Subject: the link to the article mentioned in Kevin J's post


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Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: The Hawks Go Mancini

I can't imagine the Hawks not having played "Peter Gunn", but surely "Mr Lucky Goes Latin" was a bridge too far.


Entered at Thu Nov 7 19:02:46 CET 2019 from (2605:8d80:525:af68:dd33:60db:7632:f62b)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Richard Manuel 1983 The Band

From an article in the LA Times by Randy Lewis where Robbie Robertson is played some songs and asked to respond. He wasn’t told what was coming....nice article....and there were 12 songs that were part of it. Below is one and of note in that I don’t recall RR ever commenting before on anything that the reformed Band ever did:

“Country Boy” (from “Jericho,” 1993, the first album from the group’s reconstituted lineup, minus Robertson. The plaintive song opens with one of the final recordings made by Manuel before he committed suicide in 1986.)

“Ahhhh. Heartbreaking. That’s quite a feeling, in a musical group, when there’s one guy in the group that when he does what he does, it just brings you to tears, and you almost think like, ‘Don’t do that — don’t do that! We’re trying to be strong over here. We’re trying to not show that kind of stuff.’ But Richard had that ability to just reach in and just grab you by the heart, in the most beautiful way.”

Article is LINKED today at Expecting Rain


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Posted by:

Peter V

No, I don't have Combo. The 5 CD set has Peter Gunn, Charade, Touch of Evil, Breakfast at Tiffanys and Mr Lucky Goes Latin. All five in replica card sleeves for £5.99, or £1.20 each. I was pondering in the shop and the guy said, 'If you saw any one in a Charity Shop for £5.99, I bet you'd buy it.' Well, not all of them but three of them if only for the sleeves - Music From Peter Gunn is the sort of sleeve I might frame.


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Posted by:

John D

Subject: Peter V

Peter do you have Mancini's album Combo? I love it!


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Posted by:

Peter V

Played both Tractors CDs (The Tractors + Farmers In A Changing World) but found them a touch generic. Maybe my mood. I found a five CD set of Henry Mancini soundtracks for just £5.99 and they are stunningly good.


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Posted by:

Pat B

Ripley didn't play on Jokerman.


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: John Cruz

No worries Jon. I was happy to see you bring attention to John Cruz as well. He has a big family of musicians in Hawaii. There is a Playing for Change video of him and all Hawaiian people doing a traditional song John wrote in their language. Very beautiful and great to watch all those people with their traditional dances as well.


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Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Oops, sorry Norm for doubleposting your John Cruz link. I must have missed it... a lot of posts here lately. Which is great to see!


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Posted by:

Kevin from NE PA

Subject: Thanks

Been awhile since I posted but had to give a big Thanks to Dag for that Levon and The Hawks show. Much appreciated !

Also, regarding the Lucinda Williams discussion (I think Todd spoke highly of her song-writing) - I agree. Ever since Car Wheels I've been a big fan. She recently produced an LP by Jesse Malin called Sunset Kids. Apparently Jesse has been around for awhile but this is the first I've heard of him. I cannot vouch for his earlier stuff (haven't checked them out yet) but this latest one is excellent. Lucinda can be heard on backing vocals on several tracks and also duets on one track. Check out 'Dead On' by Jesse Malin on youtube for the duet. Every track on his Sunset Kids CD is excellent.

Dag - thanks again !


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Producing Bob

I forgot to mention something I got a laugh from. When they were making the video Jokerman, Bob kept closing his eyes and they were getting very frustrated trying to get him to keep his eyes open.


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Steve Ripley / Steve Ridley

Steve Ridley is an English, French guitarist I read about some time ago. Don't know how that got stuck in my head. Steve Ripley I've known for a long time. Steve started playing with Dylan about 1981. At the same time Jim Keltner was playing drums on that tour. They are both from Oklahoma.

I remember Mark Knopfler produced that album Infidels for Bob at that time. I remember Mark saying, producing Bob was difficult and a challenge he enjoyed. No doubt Mark and Mick Taylor did a lot of playing on the album. However I read some where that Steve played on Jokerman. I read so much I can't remember where I read it. Looking on other sources Steve is not mentioned among all the guitar gods who played with Dylan. So I guess even tho' I think of Steve as a pretty hot player I was surprised to see where Dylan said Steve was one of his favourites.


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Posted by:

jh

Web: My link

Subject: The Band feature in Clash Magazine

There's a huge 50th anniversary piece on The Band by editor-in-chief Simon Harper in the new issue of Clash Magazine, including a long interview with Robbie. For this feature, Harper also spoke with Garth, John Simon, Jon Taplin and Elliott Landy, as well as celebrity fans Roger Daltrey, Ringo Starr, Pete Townshend and Bernie Taupin!

Check link above for a little preview of the Robbie interview.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The Tractors

Just lifted their two CDs off the shelf. I had totally forgotten them. Years ago, there was a guy at Record Fairs who specialized in Americana and had stuff like Levon's solo CDs and he often recommended stuff to me … Mark Germino was one. He also recommended The Tractors. Will give them a spin today. Years since I played them.


Entered at Wed Nov 6 10:31:42 CET 2019 from ti0168a400-2009.bb.online.no (85.167.138.224)

Posted by:

Dag B.

Web: My link

Subject: Believe it or not.

Steve Ripley and Carla Olson are in the "Sweetheart Like You" video but neither plays on the record.


Entered at Wed Nov 6 05:46:44 CET 2019 from (24.114.88.250)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Not to be an "authority" or anything but it is Steve Ripley - not Ridley - and not sure he had anything to do with the great Infidels album. I was pretty sure the guitar on "Jokerman" was Mick Taylor and perhaps some by Mark Knopfler. Was he called in to act in the video? I do recall Bob being a bit stiff in the video of the song......and all too loose in the live TV Letterman presentation of the song!


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: A little more on Steve Ridley

You always find a little more. I didn't realize what good friends Steve was with Leon Russell. So Steve told Leon how much he wanted to meet Bob Dylan. After that meeting, Steve spent a year on the road with Bob. That is how Steve became one of Bob's most loved guitar players.


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Another sad loss

I hadn't realized until going thru' more of my music, we lost Steve Ridley this past January 3 of 2019 from cancer. That is another big loss to the music industry. Steve was a great presence with many artists.

In the Buddy Holly Tribute, "Not Fade Away" with the Crickets, the Band, the Hollies, and the Tractors, Steve does a bit where he explains Buddy Holly's very innovative way of playing guitar. To many guitar players Steve helped to understand the reasons Buddy adopted his style. It was most interesting and if you are a guitarist it is something everyone would want to see. Steve will surely be missed by many, many people.


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: John Cruz

Jon Lyness, I tried the other day to turn everyone on to John Cruz. As well as Jokerman, he does a verse on All along the Watchtower, The Weight and many of his Hawaii songs with all people from Hawaii. John writes and produces many songs that are wonderful.

The original 1980's video of Bob Dylan singing "Jokerman" took many years to be found on youtube. It is one of the best vocals Bob has done (I think). the art work shown in that video is marvelous. I was surprised to find that Steve Ridley, (who apparently is one of Bob's favourite guitarists) plays the lead guitar in this video, a beautiful job. Steve Ridley of a band he put together called "The Tractors" was a champion of Buddy Holly and appears with his band on a movie of Buddy Holly's music along with The Crickets, The Band, The Hollies and Waylon Jennings. On that movie the Tractors cover Buddy's "Think it Over"


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Posted by:

Fat Mild Mercury

Many thanks to Dag B. for the Oklahoma City link! Also thanks to Kevin J. for being so welcoming. Good to be here.


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Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC

Subject: Another new Playing For Change video...

Try "Jokerman John Cruz Playing For Change" on youtube. Beautiful and recommended.


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Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC

Thanks Dag!


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Posted by:

Kevin J

I'm convinced that if only Dag B had been appointed Special Counsel instead of Robert Mueller - we might already be rid of the Orange Clown!

Dag.....I am back to my place end of next week and shall forward the magazine then.


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Posted by:

Dag B.

Web: My link

Subject: Levon & The Hawks - Oklahoma City 1965

Link good for 7 days.


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Posted by:

Peter V

I don't remember Blues Council at all (though the memory isn't what it used to be). Marmalade played on the Solid Gold Sixties tour here about a week ago, but I didn't go. I think I'd rather remember them as they were in 1970 and 1971.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: The history of Scottish music

Last five played

Lonnie Donnegan Midnight Special - huge influence on the British music scene.

Chas McDavitt and Nancy Whisky - Freight Train - also big in skiffle.

Blues Council - Baby Don’t Look Down - reputation as a great band. Sadly two members die in a crash coming back from a gig. Rare, brilliant single. Probably saw them in Bournemouth, Peter?

Dean Ford and the Gaylords - That Lonely Feeling - first Scottish Band to get a recording contract related to Liverpool scene, but no hit until later as Marmalade.

Alex Harvey and His Soul Band - Shout - huge influence on Scottish music. Brilliant recording.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: French Navy by Camera Obscura

One of the retirement projects I’m working on is a journey through Scottish popular music.

John Peel promoted the band, Camera Obscura and I think they are a really good band. Google the above song if you have a minute. I think it’s brilliant.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Aw wight, Todd

Really enjoyed that version of Waterloo Sunset. I hope you made the pilgrimage to Waterloo Tube Station. I was a little disappointed when I found out that Terry wasn’t Terry and Julie wasn’t Julie. Peter!!!

I loved working at the Market, Todd. The musical highlight for me in London was that I was in a pub in Hounslow and there was a trio playing and a jazz lady sang ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’. A beautiful rendition. I always think of London when I hear that song. Check out Twiggy singing it on You Tube. And Those Canvey Island rockers, Dr Feelgood ‘Down By the Jetty’ - London pub rock at its best.

Rick is brilliant on that YouTube clip, Kevin. I know the song, but Colin Linden adds to this version.

Got as far as ‘Lil Liza Jane’, Fat Mild Mercurry, but other clips weren’t available. Thank you.


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Posted by:

Dag B.

Subject: Musician

Kevin, I’ll take the pages from Musician 1987, please send them to luckywilbury AT online.no (no hurry).


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Classic Albums - The Band & Rick Danko

Power is out ! What to do ? Go to bed? Nah.......click on the VH1 Classic Albums doc on The Band.........stunning revelation for me is that the real thing has about 20 more minutes of content than the one I had originally recorded all those years ago from MTV ( or as it was called in Canada - and actually a much better V chanel it was - Much Music ). Levon and Robbie both great in this - though Robbie is out of tune in some of the guitar parts. Valuable bits on songwriting - guitar and piano from Robbie.

Also, for true fans of The Band and especially the late and truly great Rick Danko - do Google Rick Danko Blue River Much Music for a beautiful treat. And for Dunc, Colin Linden is along for the ride.

Fat Mild Mercury......Thank you and welcome!


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Posted by:

Fat Mild Mercury

Subject: Oklahoma City 1965

The last week or so I've been binging on an Oklahoma City Levon and the Hawks show that is of much better quality than any I've ever heard before. I found it on Swinging Pig's YouTube channel. When I tried to listen to it today I found that Pig's site had been suspended. Anyway Richard and Garth dominate throughout, and Levon and Robbie absolutely shred on High Heel Sneakers. Listening to Robbie second solo (it really swings) on this one helps me understand what John Hammond was talking about when he said they were the hottest R&B band he had ever seen. Richard's voice is in perfect form and Garth dazzles through the entire show. I know this show will never be officially released and enhanced, but a boy can dream. Pig also had a decent 65 Dylan show with the boys, as well as countless 66 shows. Also lots of Band shows, but the one boot that stood out was without a doubt the Oklahoma City show.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Levon Helm Page & Acadian Driftwood Floating Over Canada

Wallsend.......I am not sure on this. The page I was referred to is called Levon Helm Fans - public page. The moderator has a warning on the page that anyone making deragatory or defaming comments about anyone in The Band will be immediately suspended. I was so heartened to scan through what seemed like days/weeks of posts - mostly about Levon but several including The Band and specifically Robbie - and to check out the comments and not see any of the usual hateful/vile nonsense. Even the specific video outtake of Acadian Driftwood at TLW where someone mentioned how it was one of the very best songs Robbie ever wrote - was not met with any negativity...........Really hope it wasn't just a case of catching this group in an unusually civil period because I was genuinely thrilled to see something on Levon that didn't contain any hate.

Bill M.......The Acadian Driftwood part really stood out especially because as mentioned in an earlier post about RR's 1987 Musician mag cover , it was at a time when hearing anything from The Band was special and hearing it prime-time on our national television network was even more surprising. Murray flew his float place across the.country and as he dropped down into each Provence and Territory was met by a performer of note to share a song with. Ian Tyson, for example out West ( he had already made his transition to being a cowboy ) and the only other vivid memories I have of the special was a very beautiful ( dare I say sexy ) Buffy Sainte-Marie howling out a song by a camp fire.....I think!.....and the great use of McLaughlan's song "Out Past The Timberline".

The other Band related tv special that is impossible to find was one from the same time period - early 80's - on Ronnie Hawkins called "The Hawk".


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Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC

The Ties That Bind (the Aussie Levon compilation) really missed out by not having Deuce and a Quarter on there. A real gem of a 90s Levon/Band track, and as many years as I've logged here I did not know of it at all. I've enjoyed that song over and over since Jan linked to it a while back.


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Posted by:

Wallsend

Kevin, we must be looking at different versions of the Levon Helm Fan page on Facebook. The version that comes up on my screen has lots of posts from Levon's relatives and associated people regularly spitting out hate at Robbie. If anybody posts anything vaguely nice about Robbie they are immediately attacked.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Kevin J: I'm not on Facebook, so perhaps you could add some of the detail from Murray's autobiography. Apparently Levon's wife, who was in the rowboat with him, was desperately afraid of water, so the film crew had to beach the boat and shoot outward on an angle that would show just water beyond Levon. (I've never seen it, as it appeared on CBC TV when I was living abroad.)


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: The Weight

Bill M.........meant to add a thanks for that research on Robbie playing around with the into to The Weight in 1965/66..... Adam of this GB had made reference to this years ago and Robbie has talked about noodling as all players do and extending some of the Curtis Mayfield influences into The Weight........music is beautiful.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Dag B.....The Kinks.....Levon Helm Fan Page

Dag B: If only the 1987 Musician magazine was the request, I'd be your man..... I hung onto that one and amazingly it has managed to go unlost through many moves......why so special ? Pre-Internet age and when I walked into that magazine store that summer it was a month or so before the release of the Robbie Robertson album. I had heard nothing about it and in fact had not heard a thing about RR getting back into the game. I remember being surprised at what he actually looked like as I had not seen his face since TLW!..........Walking home with the magazine that summer evening and having the pleasure of actually reading something about the new album and all kinds of great things about The Band was exhilarating. People now forget just how out of the picture the Band was in those days.....FM radio hardly played anything by them and it had gotten so bad that when news came out that Richard Manuel had hanged himself in some 3 star motel after having played an oldies show with The Band at a place called the Cheek to Cheek Lounge - the FM station I was listening to made reference to it, played "Up on Cripple Creek" and moved on.....not even a Richard song and no other comment........Robbie's reemergence in 1987 and the front covers of magazines all over the world and massive airplay and awards that followed really kick-started The Band's story.

The Kinks: Just listened to one of my favourite 80's album - Word Of Mouth. Start to finish great..........."Good Day" , "Summer's Gone", "Sold Me Out" , "Missing Persons" have always been favs but Dave's "Living on a Thin Line" is also wonderfuL.

Levon Fan Facebook Page: A nod to a really fine page that offers information and pays tribute to Levon and The Band......and here's the great part....The people that operate the place have class and operate the page in a way that respects ALL MEMBERS of The Band. A policy is in pace where anyone making any derogatory about any member ( obviously meaning RR ) is immediately suspended. If only these guys could exercise that control over all the Band related "comments" sections in Band land! ............. Anyhow, good news as well in that some there are obviously reading this guestbook as a recent mention by me of the "Acadian Driftwood" performance ( video ) in the Murray McLaughlan "Floating Over Canada" CBC special was followed up a few days later in the Levon Page.........All good, let's hope some of these folks start posting here.


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Posted by:

Solomon

Subject: Levon Box

The Ties That Bind - The Best Of... 1975-1996 would be a great start to a Levon Box set. I would always want most of Dirt Farmer in there too. I just hope it's not OPM (Other People's Music) who are working on it like they did with Levon and the Hawks: From Bacon Fat to Judgement Day or we might be pushing up the daisies first.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Tronno
Web: My link

We live in the west end, but on Saturday my wife suggested we check out some church bazaars in Guildwood, a neighbourhood in the far east end the city. Each of us walked away with what the other would see as trinkets - in my case a few CDs and LPs, the latter including two interesting-looking calypso records from the early '60. Last night, googling the artists' names while listening, I was surprised to find out that one of the artists, "The Charmer", later changed his offstage name from Eugene Walcott to Louis Farrakhan - a name I recognised, but from a totally non-musical context.

We slowly made our way homeward, stopping in at a matinee to see who the musical guests were. This time it was a steel-player, a highschool classmate and band-mate of my closest old friend, both of whom hailed from the same Guildwood and played calypso music with the school's steel band. He's moved well beyond calypso to records with all sorts of people, including Luther Wright and the Wrongs, a Kingston Ontario group that made something of a splash their "Rebuild the Wall" CD, which reimagines Pink Floyd's "The Wall" as bluegrass music - see link.


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Posted by:

Todd

Web: My link

Subject: First Aid Kit - Waterloo Sunset

One more from First Aid Kit. Nice version of 'Waterloo Sunset'.
These ladies sound very good together.


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Posted by:

Todd

Web: My link

Subject: First Aid Kit

Following up on my Emmylou theme from yesterday, here is a link to a moving performance of 'Red Dirt Girl' by First Aid Kit, which are two sisters from Sweden. Emmylou is in the audience.

I don't know too much about these girls, maybe everyone is already aware of them? I've only been aware of them for the past year or so.


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Posted by:

Todd

Web: My link

Subject: Jason Crigler with Teddy Thompson & Poundcake

This clip has Jason Crigler guesting with Teddy Thompson's band "Poundcake", playing 'Little Sister' at City Winery in NYC.


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Posted by:

Todd

Web: My link

Subject: Jason Crigler

This link has more info about Jason's recovery. This is only a six minute clip. There was a full documentary about it on PBS in 2009 called Life. Support. Music. Not sure if the full documentary is available online, but is a powerful work, well worth watching if you can find it.


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Posted by:

Todd

Web: My link

Subject: Jason Crigler - The Bush and the Tree Song

I may have posted about the musician Jason Crigler in the past. He is a guitarist who has played in the NYC area, with many folks including Norah Jones, Teddy Thompson, Ollabelle and others. In 2004 he suffered a stroke and brain hemorrhage shortly into a set of music he was playing at a NY club. His prognosis at the time was grim, with very low expectations that he would ever recover, let alone play music again. He has no memory for about 18 months of his life during this time, but ultimately did recover, and had to relearn how to play guitar. The link above is one of my favorite songs from him. It's called 'The Bush and the Tree Song'.


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Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT
Web: My link

Subject: The Menzingers

Kevin J, Glad that you liked the Menzingers. The song 'Casey' that you referenced, is from their 2012 album called "On The Impossible Past". Probably their "best" album if you only had to get one. That was their third album. I haven't heard enough of their newest album (which is their fifth album) to have a strong opinion about it yet, but I'll probably pick it up soon. The first four songs on Impossible Past are all very good. The song 'Gates' is great, as well as 'The Obituaries' and 'Mexican Guitars'. But the entire album holds up pretty well.

The link above is from a club show they did in Florida in 2013. They lead off with a fantastic version of 'The Obituaries'. My favorite part is that Tom makes an announcement that the venue does not want any stage diving during the show, and then, about two minutes later, proceeds to dive off the stage into the crowd. And the crowd is into the show properly, no cell phones out, and singing along to every word. Great energy.


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Posted by:

Dag B.

Web: My link

Subject: Musician 1982

Good evening, infidels. I'm working on another collection of stuff, this time from 1979 onwards, looking for scans or good photos of the 1982 Musician magazine interview with Robbie.


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Posted by:

joe j

Subject: We're all heathens

I never meant to be a shit disturber. Just a Dusty fan.

You want to hear a great African artist. Cynthia Erivo ('Harriet') may be playing Aretha in a Nat. Geog. TV series.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: One Armed Go-Go Dancer & Between Trains

Just to put a bow on this discussion.....In an appearance on the Tom Power CBC Q show from 2016 as part of the Testimony book tour, Robbie did expand on the story in quite a funny way.......worth looking up.

As to volume 2 of the RR story, regulars might remember that Sebastian R quite liked my suggestion to call it "Between Trains" and said he would pass it on to his dad. Since Robbie has hinted recently at a volume 3 as well, I think the title has even more meaning........Plus, I desperately want that song to be heard by more people.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Sunny Ways

Todd.....Thank you for the Menzingers tip. I hadn't noticed your previous post on this but have spent the last 30 minutes or so getting up to speed! There is a brilliantly directed video for the song "After the Party" and I really liked the song "Casey"....some clever lyrics and yes - a Replacements vibe. Now listening to your link and songs off the new one.

Recent songs listened to...and all in the car on a long drive and most just purchased or re-purchased from iTunes.

John Prine......"The Great Comprimise" and "Souvenirs"

Van Morrison......"Days Gone By" and "March Winds in February" ( love the reference to the Côte d'Azur as it brings back fond memories for me )

Bryan Ferry......"The In Crowd" ( prompted by a recent viewing of a great doc on Halston )

Harry Nilsson...."Jump into the Fire". (one of Robbie's great music selections for a Marty movie )

Sweet......"The Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run" ( played really loud while driving.....they stand up and also bring back great memories of school days basement parties )

Robbie Robertson......"Golden Feather" and "Street Serenade"


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The One Armed Go-Go Dancer

My old friend, the One Armed Go Go Dancer, suggests to me that angry internal political discussions never lead to sweetness and light.


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Posted by:

Pluto

Get your tongue out of Trudeau's ass.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Too wide, Wallsend. I can get into an argument on my own in a closed room.


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Posted by:

Wallsend

Robbie's comment was funny but it doesn't take many people to start a fight. Ask any husband or wife.


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Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC

Todd, LOL at the Robbie Last Waltz story; I was thinking of that too! Too funny.


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Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT
Web: My link

Subject: When Worlds Collide

Stop the presses! Just saw this on YouTube. Chris Robinson singing 'With a Little Help From My Friends'. He does a great job with it, but that's not the most important part. This is from a recent show in New Orleans, and Amy Helm and Larkin Poe were also on the gig. You can see Amy Helm, and Rebecca from Larkin Poe singing backing vocals, and Meghan on slide later in the song. Looks like good times and camaraderie all around. Hopefully this will lead to more collaboration in the future...almost hard to process for me. Very fond of Amy, and adding Larkin Poe into the mix seems almost surreal. Excited about future possibilities.


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Posted by:

Todd

Web: My link

Subject: Emmylou - Red Dirt Girl

Thinking about Emmylou Harris and her song 'Red Dirt Girl'. Sad and beautiful at the same time. Here's a link to a live performance.


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Posted by:

Todd

Subject: Lyrics from The Menzingers 'Hello Exile'

"In a vacation town where I lived year round
She migrated here with the summer crowds
And we fell in love under impossible smiles
Life was perfect if just for a little while"

Again, not great art......but pretty darn hooky, kind of heartbreaking too.
Reminds me of my teenage years.


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Posted by:

Todd

Web: My link

Subject: For Kevin - The Menzingers

Kevin J, Not sure if you were on your hiatus (or if I was on mine), when I posted about a pop punk band from Pennsylvania, called "The Menzingers".

Anyway, they are signed to Epitaph records, but have mainly been slogging it out in a van and touring extensively, mostly in clubs, over the last decade or so. I've never seen them live, but have been following them on YouTube. I haven't gotten many takers here when I've posted about them in the past, but maybe you will be interested. They remind me a lot of The Replacements, with a bit of a Green Day vibe. Their live shows seem to be a little inconsistent, as compared to their albums, but I like their energy and they have a lot of hooky, catchy songs, shrouded under a "punk" umbrella.

They just recently released a new album called 'Hello Exile". I posted a link to the title track. Again, this is not great art...it's not the Beatles, it's not The Band, it's not even the Replacements....but it's not too bad! Give it a listen if you have the time. (It's definitely not soul music, so maybe a useful respite!)


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Posted by:

Todd

Subject: Sole Music

The recent kerfuffle between Pat & Kevin, reminds me that we should always keep in mind Robbie's story from The Last Waltz about the gig they played where there were three people in the room....the one with the one armed go-go dancer. He says that "there were not enough people in the room to be angry....and a fight breaks out!"
Generally speaking, this group is getting smaller and smaller as the years go on, so hopefully the chances of a fight breaking out should be reduced as well.
That said, I totally support people sticking up for their beliefs, and being able to express them.

For what it's worth, I agree with both Kevin and Pat to some degree. I don't think Pat was trying to perpetuate any kind of racial animus or division in his description of white soul singers, (or soul singers who happen to be white). But I also agree with Kevin, that any kind of division based on skin color should be something that we try to relegate to the past. It would be great to get to the point where someone could be described as a great (fill in the blank) singer, actor, President etc. without adding a caveat or limitation based on skin color.

Was Billie Jean King a great female tennis player. Or a simply a great tennis player? Is Serena Williams a great black female tennis player, or a simply a great tennis player? In my book, they are both "great tennis players", period.
Dusty Springfield is a great singer.....doesn't really need caveats or an asterisk.

As far as Pat using the word "heathens", I thought he was actually using it as a term of endearment (as strange as that may sound) It's part of his standard patter. I doubt Pat would ever say that to someone who who didn't consider to be a friend. I had an art professor in college who used to refer to us as "Philistines"...but he didn't really mean it in a negative way, and it was always said with a wink and a smile. But things in print sometime come across a little harsher, so there is always that limitation in the medium.


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Posted by:

Todd

Web: My link

Subject: Emmylou Harris - Lodi

OK, now I'm on an Emmylou kick. Link above to a performance of John Fogerty's 'Lodi', also from Dave Letterman's show. I think this one is from 1992.


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Posted by:

Todd

Web: My link

Subject: Emmylou's version of Crescent City

The Lucinda Williams link led me to a performance by Emmylou Harris on the Dave Letterman show from 1995. Very nice performance, which includes Sam Bush on fiddle. Watching this reminded me that Will Lee might be the most fun bass player to watch after Rick Danko. He really inhabits the groove in a physical way. And Emmylou is just a special talent and person. I've told this story before, but of all the celebrities/famous people that I've been in close proximity to over the years, one of my biggest "pinch myself" moments was standing in Levon's barn right next to Emmylou, watching Levon drum and sing 'Rag Mama Rag'. It's one of those moments that I wish I could re-live. It's the same night that I saw Amy Helm, Levon & Emmylou sing 'Angel Band' together. A really special night.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Still, my favourite Bonzo lines are "My pink half of the drainpipe keeps me safe from you" (which still comes to mind when I notice something that smacks of petty squabbling between neighbours), and "In the wardrobe of my soul, in the section labelled 'shirts'" (which would be David Suget's Hercule Poirot).


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Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT
Web: My link

Subject: Poe - Lucinda - Caulfield

Glad that so many enjoyed the link that I posted to Larkin Poe covering the Stealers Wheel tune. They did a really nice job on it, but the original can’t be beat. Thanks to Peter & Dunc on the additional info about Stealers Wheel and the links. I read the Toppermost entry from Dunc, and it filled in a lot of the gaps in my knowledge. The Joe Egan album that was referenced was nice too. I started listening to it on YouTube, but will probably end of getting it on CD to play in the car, where I can really dig into the music, rather than on my computer speakers.

Dunc, your days in London, in the market back in the day, sounds like quite a time! Must have been something to experience. And no, I did not eat any jellied eels, so perhaps my trip to London was not as immersive as it could have been. But had some great pub meals and local ales, so really enjoyed that part of the trip.

I’m also a fan of Lucinda Williams. She really is a great songwriter. The first time I became aware of her, was by hearing a cover version of ‘Passionate Kisses’ in a coffeehouse in Massachusetts in 1992. A local gal sang it, and mentioned in her introduction that it was a song made popular by Mary Chapin Carpenter, but written by Lucinda Williams. Loved the song so much that I had to start searching out her work, which wasn’t as easy in the pre-internet days. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you should check out her self titled album (which I think is actually her third album) simply named “Lucinda Williams” on the Koch label in 1988. It has ‘Passionate Kisses’ as well as another favorite of mine called ‘Crescent City’ which is inspired by her time growing up in Louisiana. I put in a link at the top to that song from the album

Bill M, Ha! I’m not quite sure how I strung those words together. It’s been 30 plus years since I’ve read Catcher in the Rye, but in an odd coincidence, my wife was just reading that book while we were away for a weekend recently. Perhaps some of Holden’s meter slipped into my subconsciousness.



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Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: the intro and the outro

Dunc: The Count Basie Orchestra on triangle; Roy Rogers on Trigger; Eric Clapton on ukelele; Quasimodo on bell.

Back to the subject, His Garthship is simply amazing on the '66 Belfast show. Very forward on some stuff and so powerful on LARS (on which he also plays a bit of "La Bamba" with Robbie. The drumming is odd, as it sometimes sounds more like Richard in the basement than Mickey on the stage. Mickey does vary it up between shows, but not to this degree (thus far). Oh yes, LARS starts with a guitar strum-strum and a single drum shot, and then Robbie plays a figure that turns up two years later in the intro to "The Weight". Recycling is good.

Sorry to see you guys squabbling. Life's too short.


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Posted by:

b.lee

Location: DE, USA

Subject: That song

DUNC! DON'T GET ME STARTED! (Too late...)

There's Roy Rogers on Trigger...

That's Eric Clapton, ukulele...Nice, Eric!

Looking very relaxed, Adolph Hitler on vibes...

Vernon Dudley Bohay Noles bass guitar...

The Incredible Shrinking Man on euphonium...

That's General DeGaulle on accordian...an honor sir.*

And finally...

J. Arthur Rank on gong...

(* That's where I recall that line. I could be wrong.)

And no, I did not Google the lyrics.

I admit that in my glorious misspent youth I did not 'get' all of the references, but it was still a hoot.



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Posted by:

Kevin J

Headline today: Group in Western Canada disenchanted with election results has petitioned The Orange Clown to offer Statehood to the Western provinces.

Please do leave the country, Norm and take that anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-immigration insurance man Andrew Scheer with you.....Before you go, you might want to enroll in the free literacy programs on offer thanks to the Liberal Party of Canada. At least that way, I might be able to better understand what you are babbling on about in future posts.


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Posted by:

Norm J

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Rude? RUDE???

Awright I haven't been looking in here in a while but I'm going to get in here. Thanks Dunc I'm going to look up your suggestion.

I'm with Pat Brennon all the way. There are heathens among us Pat and you found one easily. He who thinks he is an authority (and on politics as well).

Any one except maybe the mentally challenged knows about discussing (white soul singers). It is not any kind of a racial thing. The black folks who are soul singers for the most part see it as a compliment.

I have always been a great fan of Dusty Spring field and she does a creditable job of Tupelo Honey not a job that leaves me breathless. For example listen to Cassandra Wilson sing that song. Of course she is black (OH NO I've gone and said it).....oh well.

I see back there away with his smug idiotic comments Kevin brags about his moronic Prime Minister winning?? an election. The popular vote was not won by his party some time soon the electoral system will be rebuilt so that it works properly..........or we will no longer have to be a part of Canada and have the blood sucked out of us by Ontario and Quebec.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Blue men and the whites

On my left Sir Kenneth Clark, bass sax.

A great honour, sir.

So who can quote a line of this song?


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Posted by:

JQ

Subject: DS - Tupelo Honey

PV - Thanks loads for that. My goodness it was tremendous! Most of her stuff that I know are her hits and Dusty In Memphis. So I’m heading back into her catalog straightaway!


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Posted by:

Peter V

Maybe "the greatest female white singer singing soul with a blonde bouffant"?

Dunno. i'm just a heathen too.


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Posted by:

Pat B

So I should have written "Dusty Springfield is the greatest white singer singing soul music" and that would clear everything up? OK.

btw I've been using the term "heathen" here for perhaps decades without being considered rude. By this time I would have thought the regulars here understood the underlying humor (as in anyone who disagrees with me is a heathen). Obviously I was wrong in that supposition.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

It's a generational thing as well. Rod Stewart and Van and several others of an age that remember well when white musicians first started playing the blues and rock n roll in big numbers often described themselves and others as "blue-eyed soul".......that doesn't mean it should go on forever though.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Take John Hammond Jnr. A man who truly loved the blues and got great backing from Band members. He complained that he wasn’t invited to The Last Waltz, and in terms of what he did for their careers, he should have been. But I can see them pondering it and saying “But can you put this guy on the stage next to Muddy Waters?” No, because he was a blues imitator and would have looked bad. Van Morrison, in contrast, was never an imitator.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Der Blooz

“White soul singer” is a well-known and oft-used description because for many years “classic soul” was by black musicians as was classic blues and rhythm and blues, and if you go back pre-1939 a lot of jazz.

We’ve always known there’s a topic for discussion (Can Blue Men Sing The Whites, as the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band put it) , whichever side you come down on. I’m reminded of the Afro-Caribbean guy at Tower Records (a tale I’ve told many times and I’m sure it grows) who asked me who I was looking for in the blues section. I said Bonnie Raitt, and he exploded. Her greatest sin was having pedal steel on records. No one with pedal steel on any record they had EVER made got in his blues section. I mentioned that she’d been singing with John Lee Hooker, and he finished with “and she’s got red hair!” (I thought of mentioning that Etta James often had blonde hair, but he was bigger than me). So yes, people do make distinctions whether we think they’re real or not.

Yes, there are and have always been white singers and players of blues, jazz and soul, but I don’t think it’s unfair to distinguish them as “white” as a note: Van Morrison, Mick Jagger, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe, Maggie Bell, Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield are all great “blues / soul” for starters. (Interestingly, all British … I realized after I'd typed it). I think one of Dusty’s virtues is she exudes soul, but doesn’t fake an accent. Yes, lots more. On blues more than soul, I often do find white blues singers “mannered.” I have been known to disparage a great deal of “white blues.” I’ve disparaged Greg Allman actually.

For me it goes back to 1964. We all bought The Rolling Stones first album, and laboured to learn this stuff, and were inevitably led to investigate Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Little Milton and so on. Then we stood and watched them play. They all preferred playing in Europe. Yes, they WERE different. I’ve stood about two yards from Muddy Waters at full power, and believe me, I’ve never seen any “white” singer match it in the same style.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: A Heathen - oh my!

“I wish the term “white” could be dropped when describing a singer as having soul. Seems silly to me at this point. Dusty Springfield had all kinds of soul in her voice as Chet Baker did in his horn. Does Marcus King or Greg Allman make you feel soul or just white soul? The Jazz and rock areas don’t designate in this way, at least they generally don’t any longer, and they shouldn’t. And, I have had the pleasure of hearing First Nation singers in Canada that cut right to the bone with the soul in their voices.....How do we describe their soul?”

Can anyone here, other than Pat B really take offence to what I had written? Thank you, Solomon. I know Van Morrison wouldn’t. And the point Dunc made about the descriptive “white soul singer” being a back-handed compliment is also how I see it. Fifty years on, should we accept Jerry Lee Lewis or Burton Cummings being described as a great white rock n roll singers or just great rock n roll singers?

….and Pat, referring to someone as a heathen is rude. It may be the way of social media but coming from someone here and someone I like very much is a bit hard to take. You made reference after the fact to something Sir Bunter had written as to how refreshing it was to hear white singers rising above the rubbish of pale imitations on “In the Midnite Hour” being your exact thought. But your original post did not express that thought – you simply stated that Dusty Springfield “may be the greatest white soul singer ever” . and I simply expressed my thoughts on the use of white in such discussions. It wasn't personal and I wasn't out of line. Not sure why you were knocked off stride.

Todd: Larkin Poe’s cover of “Stuck in the Middle With You” was brilliant. Thank you.

Katie’s Been Gone & Fallen Angel: “Dear Katie, if you can hear me” and from Fallen Angel “Are you out there, can you hear me”


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Tavelin' Thru

I've enjoyed Disc 1 of the new Dylan set today (John Wesley Harding / Nashville Skyline alternative versions). The most trumpeted one in reviews in Western Road, supposedly an outtake from Nashville Skyline with great piano (apparently Bob Wilson). I doubt that it was ever intended for the album. It's a rolling generic blues, beautifully played, ending with laughter- but totally uncharacteristic of the album. Sounds more like a warm up.


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Posted by:

NorthWestCoast

Location: Greater Copenhagen

Subject: Haircut

... I mean, as long as Carrie Symonds finds it sexy ...


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Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Greater Copenhagen

Subject: JQ on politics/Boris

JQ, you have placed Boris Johnson in a questionable company. He is liberal economically and has a different view on immigration. I don't say this only because I have the same haircut!


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Early Dusty

I felt the need to hear where it all started … her first major hit with The Springfields, Island of Dreams. Note how they try to sound "country" but her voice soars.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Dusty on Tupelo

Here you go. The Dusty Springfield version. Incredible.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Tupelo Honey

One of my all time favourites in both versions but Dusty’s version is superb AND she has the extra verse. Van chose it for his own compilation of cover versions too. As well as a great soul singer she was pretty good at folk with The Springfields too.


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Posted by:

Solomon

Subject: Dusty Springfield / Van Morrison

I did like her version of Tupelo Honey- I think Van summed it up best in his song Soul

Soul is a feeling, feeling deep within

Soul is not the color of your skin

Soul is the essence, essence from within

It is where everything begins

I'm really enjoying his new one called Three Chords and The Truth. Good luck to England in the Webb Ellis Cup. I thought they were outstanding last weekend and it's a great excuse to have a full English breakfast this morning.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Rolling Stone

By JON BLISTEIN
November 1, 2019

Robbie Robertson Details Soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Ex-Band leader penned score, theme for filmmaker’s new mob drama


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Posted by:

Pat B

Dunc, that was my exact thought about Dusty Springfield which some heathens considered ill-founded.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Absolutely, Pat. I always saw that.

I love the new world version of The Weight.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

What’s this my American friends? Is a Scot number 1 in the American singles charts? First time that has happened for a while.


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Posted by:

Pat B

"They were white musicians making soul music without...doing something that was just a pale imitation of what black artists did."


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

If I could smell it, Peter, I’d definitely know. Three stalls selling them and the competition bordered on on intense hatred. Plate of jellied eels for my lunch from the jellied eels stall. Sunday shifts were dealing with a hangover and dealing with the public. If she bought it from Sounds or Melody Maker, it was one of ours.

Norm, I think you’d like the Joe Egan album.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Some of those Petticoat Lane Afghan coats were somewhat near the original goat. My girlfriend at the time had a purple one and while it looked great, the skin and goat hair was quite lively, not to put too fine a point on it, odiferous. I wonder if she bought it from you, Dunc?


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Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Stealer's Wheel

Link to Dunc's Toppermost on Stealer's Wheel. Agree that you should check out Joe Egan.


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Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

It is a brilliant cover, Todd. This was made in my stomping ground. I absolutely love this song and I remember reading that many younger people thought it was a Dylan song. If you’ve got time, Todd, play the Joe Egan ‘Out of Nowhere’ album on YouTube and you could read my Toppermost on Stealers Wheel. I would buy this version, Todd of the song with the greatest hand clapping riff in the history of pop.

Glad you enjoyed, London, Todd. Before I hung my wild years on the line, I was a dustman in London and had the greatest job in the world selling Afghan coats at Pettycoat Lane at the weekend. I remember the vibrancy of the market with great guys and beautiful girls selling their own made beautiful swinging clothes. So I hope you had salt beef sandwich, jellied eels, chicken balti, steak and kidney pie and fish and chips? I had to get down to the Deep South and the Estuary because it was the era of my blues years. In those days, there was nothing like listening to the old original blues players like Jo Ann Kelly, Tony McPhee, Stan Webb, Dave Kelly, Duster Bennet, Ten Years After, Graham Bond, Stefan Grossman, Peter Green, Ginger Baker, Clapton is God and on and on. When you’ve seen these old, original blues guys...

Great quote, Peter.

I’m playing Lucinda Williams’ ‘This Sweet Old World’ and ‘Sweet Old World’. I got into Lucinda Williams because I thought ‘Passionate Kisses’ and the album ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’ are great. ‘This Sweet Old World’ is a re-recording of the songs on ‘Sweet Old World’ and a few more. I had to get the copy of ‘Sweet Old World’ from the USA. Why does an artist re-record her songs? I read a good article in the Guardian on this. I think in this case - two reasons. The first is that there is a change in how she presents her songs, and perhaps more importantly many of her fans would not have heard these songs and Lucinda remains committed to these songs and wants them to reach a wider audience.

I like both albums, and was lucky to see Lucinda perform a great gig in Glasgow. I’ll collect all her work now, apart from her two earlier albums of blues covers. Well after you’ve seen so many of the blues masters, it wouldn’t be fair.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Todd: Your address sounds familiar, in form if not details. Who was it, Holden Caulfield? All of us long before we developed expertise?


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Larkin Poe

What a tremendous cover of "Stuck In The Middle With You." She captures the vocal "attitude" so well. A pleasant morning surprise for me (and I'm sure Dunc too as our other resident Stealer's Wheel fan).


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Elton John on The Band

In his autobiography, “Me” Elton John says he and Bernie Taupin listened to Delaney & Bonnie because he became obsessed with Leon Russell’s piano playing.

ELTON: (Leon) had managed to synthesize all the music I loved – rock and roll, blues, country, gospel – into one perfectly natural style. The other was The Band. We played their first two albums over and over again. Like Leon Russell’s piano playing, their songs felt like someone switching on a torch and showing us a new path to follow, a way we could do what we wanted to do. Chest fever, Tears of Rage, The Weight; this was what we craved to write. Bernie went crazy for the lyrics. Ever since he was a kid, he’d loved gritty stories about old America, and that was what The Band told: “Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train, ‘til Stoneman’s cavalry came and tore up the tracks again.’ They were white musicians making soul music without covering In The Midnight Hour, or doing something that was just a pale imitation of what black artists did. It was a revelation. END QUOTE

I’m only 70 pages in, but “Me” is a really great read. Highly recommended.


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Posted by:

Todd

Location: CT - USA - North America - Earth
Web: My link

Subject: Larkin Poe - Stuck in the Middle With You

Happy Halloween Y'all (see what I did there).

No tricks....just treats, at the link above is Larkin Poe doing a casual rendition of the Stealers Wheel classic 'Stuck in the Middle With You'.

When I was a kid, and used to hear this song on the radio, I used to think it was Bob Dylan.....see, I was even less knowledgeable then than I am now. Practically an expert at this point, Haw Haw Haw (I stole that last bit from Norm).


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Posted by:

Rod

For some reason I remember there being two versions of The Ties That Bind. Maybe one was slightly abridged. It was a good compilation even though it was missing my favorite early 80s track - You Can't Win 'Em All.


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Posted by:

Ray Mizumura

Location: Lawrence, Kansas/the heartland/flyover country

Subject: Levon Anthology

Hello JH--Thank you. I've seen that Levon collection a few times in stores in Japan. Maybe I will purchase next time I'm there. I do have most of the music on other discs. Whoever did it has excellent taste.


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Posted by:

jh

Web: My link

‘The Ties That Bind’. Not a box, but AFAIK the only official Levon compilation with some of his post-LW material.


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