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The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971

Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman

The Band: Three of a Kind

Robbie Robertson: How to Become Clairvoyant

Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

Garth and Maud Hudson: Live at the Wolf

Pulse

Dirt Farmer

Elliot Landy's Woodstock Vision

The Band Guestbook, May 2012


Entered at Thu May 31 23:28:57 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Graham: Yes, I do recall miniskirts on certain teachers, especially when they had to stretch up to write across the top of the blackboard. I also recall "Easy Rider" being shown in the gym one morning in grade 9. I can only imagine what certain parties thought of THAT decision. Likely the first time I heard "The Weight", anyway.


Entered at Thu May 31 23:17:44 CEST 2012 from (58.104.9.78)

Posted by:

Graham

Bill M, We had a couple of 'hip' teachers at our school who were in to the Beatles despite the best efforts of the navy guy. I remember there was one rather attractive young English teacher who used to wear a mini skirt. Sometimes she would sit on one of the desks at the front of the classroom and cross her legs. She never used to attend school assemblies and rumour had it that the navy guy had banned her because of the mini-skirts. Funny the memories that stay with you.


Entered at Thu May 31 23:05:02 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Speaking of Norway, I see that the pride of Stratford, Ontario has caused a fuss there. Unfortunately it's Justin Bieber and not Richard Manuel.


Entered at Thu May 31 22:47:26 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Tronno
Web: My link

jh: Thanks. Nice, but I prefer the first one. I can see why 'ensomme landet' means 'lonely country' (one-some land), but I'm totally lost with 'toget hass far'. Well, I can guess 'far'/'father'. By the way, what was George Hultgren's stage name, post-Eclection? I thought to check YouTube while there, but found nothing.

Graham: Your navy guy wouldn't liked my schools in the same era. Because I was exceptionally unhip I hadn't even heard Dylan until grade 7, when one of the teachers played a couple of numbers from his Greatest Hits. Another teacher that year used "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" to teach us about simile and metaphor and symbolism and whatnot. I was substantially cooler by grade 9, I like to think, but didn't hear "Sex Machine" until chess club.


Entered at Thu May 31 22:01:23 CEST 2012 from (85.255.44.135)

Posted by:

jh

Web: My link

How nice that you enjoyed my friend Roy Lonhoiden's version of that old Hank tune, Bill. It's a loose translation. Roy's Norwegian song title, "Toget Hass Far" (written in our South-Eastern dialect, the one that I speak myself), means "My Father's Train".

"Det ensomme landet" ("The lonely country") is the album title. For another lovely Roy Lonhoiden original from the same album, check link above. The video is from the area where I have my roots.


Entered at Thu May 31 21:57:19 CEST 2012 from (58.104.9.78)

Posted by:

Graham

BEG, Back in the late sixties/early seventies I went to a high school that was run by a guy who had been a navy office in WWII. He ran the school like it was the navy and he didn't like any hippie types. I hated it. I used to rush home from school everyday and listen to Hendrix, Dylan and the Band just to get his militaristic crap out of my head. Its All Right Ma was like a Bible to me. Now you are putting posters of these people up in your classroom! Things ain't the way they used to be.


Entered at Thu May 31 21:14:46 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Jon L: Sorry about the H.


Entered at Thu May 31 20:05:29 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

John L: Thanks for the additional info on the instrumental track (which is a bit of a pastiche of snippets from Dylan's big tunes) and for the link to the upcoming D&B tribute in NYC. Among the many links between the Hawks and Delaney and Bonnie is Sandy Konikoff, who arrived to occupy Levon's stool not long after that Nov 30, '65 session and who later appeared on "Motel Shot".

Speaking of pastiches, I heard Van Morrison's "It Stoned Me" on the drive in this morning. (They played Robbie's "He Don't Live Here No More" right before it, by the way.) I guess it was the stuff about walking back from the swimming hole (or was it fishing?) that made me think of TMSO, and after that so much of it seemed to subtly reference any number of Band songs.


Entered at Thu May 31 17:42:10 CEST 2012 from (74.203.77.122)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Web: My link

Fun show coming up next week at NYC's Highline Ballroom: "A Tribute to Delaney & Bonnie and Their Famous Friends" (see link). Features Amy Helm and Brian Mitchell, among many others.


Entered at Thu May 31 16:14:32 CEST 2012 from (74.203.77.122)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC
Web: My link

Subject: Bob/Band 1965 recording (BEG's link)

From memory (if it serves me well...), I think this recording is the "Number One" outtake found on the Crossing the Great Divide set. Link is to Jan's page on the set -- attribution to "Bob Dylan and the Hawks, studio out-take, Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, November 30, 1965".


Entered at Thu May 31 15:52:12 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

BEG: Thanks for the link to what's said to be Dylan and our guys jamming in '65. There are no vocals, and I hear just one guitar, so maybe it's Bobless? Also doesn't sound like much of a jam, or even a run-through at rehearsal. More like a backing track or even part of a soundtrack.

jh: Nice. Does "Det Ensomme Landet" a straight translation of "The Old Log Train"?

Bashful B: I do recall the fuss, and remember it as part of a distasteful (at best) period of cover art. There were far worse examples though; Boxer and Fotomaker (the absolute nadir of Rascaldom) spring to mind.


Entered at Thu May 31 15:48:16 CEST 2012 from (38.116.192.105)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

...I also had posters of The Band, Garland Jeffreys (signed thanks to Crabby) up in my classroom as well.


Entered at Thu May 31 14:02:53 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Lemmings

BEG: Yes, I agree. As individuals we can form first impressions. To know someone even a little takes personal and longstanding interaction. What disturbs is that the momentum that is generated when something gets repeated over and over then creates misinformation. (We've seen that too often in history and sometimes with disastrous consequences). We don't know how anyone feels from what we see or what is written by journalists about what we see. And yet what is written too often becomes the true essence establishing 'how that person feels'. What the media writes becomes a reality because it is copied over and over again and becomes 'the reality' in the public eye. When I am reminded to ignore the media because they have to fill 24 hours, be sure that I don't take what is written as gospel and truth necessarily. Like all of us, I am an interested observer and reader. But I don't like to be passive about issues like this because perception (true or false) becomes reality and what is written becomes perception and then reality. The lemmings are marching to the sea.


Entered at Thu May 31 13:45:48 CEST 2012 from (69.158.29.97)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Hi JT. I know that you're a huuuuuge Dylan fan. I am too, but you're a fan longer than myself, simply because you're older than me. I'm not a journalist but only a huuuuge fan of many genres of music and I enjoy finding info on musicans.

I used to buy every book about Dylan....so much so that I had more than one shelf of just Dylan books. When I wrote that he seemed nervous to me when I watched him live with his large shades.....He appeared more accessible to me actually. I like to hide behind my shades too.....but I never wear them inside.

Bob is Bob.....no one except the other Bob.....Marley is in his orbit and even here.....More people in the world know of Marley's music than Dylan.

I had Dylan and Marley and Robbie's posters up in my classroom when I taught vocal music and other expressive arts because I honour them and wanted my students from JK to grade 6 to at least know of them.

Of course I don't know how anyone truly feeeeeeels.......but I can have an impression, can't I? Just like when we met at one of Robbie's signings at Indigo Bookstore.....We had an impression of each other.....but it would take years to get to know one another.

I think when I saw Dylan receive his award.....He reminded me of seeing Louuuu reading his poetry with Jim Carrol in Toronto.....Louuu didn't have his guitar and his persona to hide behind or put on.....as Louuu has said...."No one does Louuuuu better than I." One thing I have always loved about Dylan's music is his idiosyncratic singing.....every facial feature and nuance tells a story.....love it!

We had a silent auction/bingo fundraiser for our school. I didn't win anything but Mr. Maximus who came with me and his better half won two CDS. I couldn't believe it....He won the latest Leonard Cohen CD. Mr. Maximus has always been a huuuuge fan when I have not. Very cool.....On my bids I did win some restaurant gift cards, Godiva chocolates....If you can believe it....The box was worth 90 dollars!.....Dufflet cake.....I kept bidding because we're a very small school and need the money to finance all kinds of things....imagezulu and his Ma's birthdays are coming up so I guess it's all good.

The Band and Bob Dylan in Rehersal 1965.


Entered at Thu May 31 13:12:52 CEST 2012 from (58.104.12.160)

Posted by:

Graham

Subject: Bob Dylan

JT, I think you should just forget anything you read in the media. Journalists have to fill in the 24 hour news cycle so they just make stuff up. With those kind of awards people are asked in advance whether they want to accept them. Obviously Dylan wanted to be there or he wouldn't have accepted it.


Entered at Thu May 31 12:30:28 CEST 2012 from (174.116.173.231)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Butterfly

I've been reading the media hype regarding Dylan's medal. How does anyone really know how a person feels? Nervous behaviour doesn't necessarily express that a person doesn't want to be somewhere. Again the media personnel speculates and puts its impressions of who a man is in their respective minds and how they perceive his behaviour continues to support that impression. (the pin is stuck in the butterfly and its in the glass case for all to see.) I have no idea how Bob Dylan felt about the medal. That he appears and received it is a testament to the man. Whether or not he wanted to be there is moot. That he was there says everything. I don't pretend to understand anyone's motives. I can only appreciate a man's actions. Its another case of putting the impressions of a man from an 'old life' (the 60's say) onto a man in 2012. Who knows or who can say for certain how Bob Dylan felt. To decide what aviation glasses mean and what fidgeting says tells me more about the journalists than it does about Bob Dylan. In fact despite 50 years of recording, I don't know Bob Dylan. I couldn't say anything about who Bob Dylan is despite all that is written. My best glimpse of Bob Dylan may be through "Chronicles Volume 1'. I certainly don't know Bob Dylan through the media. I know the music and that's all. This is a man with private feelings and emotions and no one can know what Bob Dylan felt and all the writing about what the media thought he might have felt as the president bestowed that honour on Bob Dylan is not going to change that.


Entered at Wed May 30 23:19:10 CEST 2012 from (85.255.44.135)

Posted by:

jh

Web: My link

Hank Williams' "The Old Log Train". In Norwegian. Music, the great healer.


Entered at Wed May 30 22:09:24 CEST 2012 from (72.230.109.86)

Posted by:

Bashful Bill

Location: Minoa, NY

Subject: B&B

Odd to sign in here for first time in a couple weeks and see Black&Blue being discussed. I agree that that album is much overlooked and under-respected. Not only long one of my favorite Stones albums which I play a couple times a year and turn new people in my life on to it, I in fact played it on a road trip just this past weekend. Does anyone recollect the controversy about it when it came out due to the S&M themed advertisements(playing off the album title)? I don't believe they've played Memory Motel live very often, but I was lucky enough to be there one of those times. This and NLSC are linked in my memory - they were released several months apart but I played them both together alot.


Entered at Wed May 30 18:25:09 CEST 2012 from (70.53.115.22)

Posted by:

Mike Nomad

Subject: Maud

Yeah, the "Sister" part floored me, too, Angie. And, no disrespect intended but the word "renown[ed]" seems like something taken from a press release. I don't know about "full report," however. My days at Proof magazine are over.


Entered at Wed May 30 17:56:44 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

"Paste's" top 60 albums of the '60s - The Band is in the top 20.


Entered at Wed May 30 17:24:24 CEST 2012 from (68.198.166.204)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Location: Hudson Valley, NY

Subject: Colony Cafe

Lars, the Colony Cafe show I was talking about took place I believe in Dec. 2007. It was part of the 'Woman in Music' series the Colony was doing. Butch was at the show I'm talking about also.


Entered at Wed May 30 17:00:14 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Web: My link

YouTube video of Bob getting his award. He does appear to be nervous; or certainly uncomfortable.


Entered at Wed May 30 16:03:31 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Vinyl Siding: In Memoriam -- Doc Watson

My favorite Doc Watson record has to be "Doc Watson On Stage", a wonderful live album recorded in 1970 with his son Merle. The original vinyl version, released by Vanguard in 1971, has an amazing sound, placing the listener right smack dab in the concert hall as Doc & Merle play a wide variety of tunes. The singing & pickin' is breathtaking and, as they say down South, it don't get no better than this here!


Entered at Wed May 30 13:55:54 CEST 2012 from (69.158.24.114)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Hudson to show award-winning talents

LONDON MUSIC AWARDS: Garth Hudson, an original member of The Band, will be honoured June 27 at Wolf Performance Hall
By JOE BELANGER, THE LONDON FREE PRESS

"Hudson and his wife, Sister? Maud Hudson, a renown vocalist, are expected to perform original material at the awards. Stephanie McIlroy and Cork & Kerry are also performing.

There are 26 categories being awarded. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Grand Theatre box office, online at www.grandtheatre.com, or at the door, if the show isn’t sold out."

We expect a full report from Nomadic Mike, Serge and ZZZZZ.


Entered at Wed May 30 13:32:28 CEST 2012 from (69.158.24.114)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

I caught a bit of the ceremonies yesterday....Dylan seems to always look nervous when he's not behind his music.

Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Bob Dylan, others President Obama presents the country's highest civilian honor to singer Bob Dylan, labor leader Dolores Huerta, astronaut John Glenn and nine others.


Entered at Wed May 30 13:27:33 CEST 2012 from (69.158.24.114)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Levon Helm (1940-2012): A Thank You Note for the Great Music -- And the Example

......"As critic Dave Marsh wrote, after seeing The Band's concert film, "Robbie Robertson demonstrated that he is one of the few people capable of making Bob Dylan seem humble."

I can't confirm this story, but it sounds right: Bruce Springsteen showed up with a check for $1 million. Levon thanked him, said he couldn't accept it, and began the "Midnight Rambles" concert series in his barn, singing with his daughter Amy. The Rambles began attracting audiences -- and musical legends -- and soon commanded $200 a ticket. There was even a guy in a field waving a flashlight to show you where to park; naturally, he was "Helmland Security."

Did he know he lived under a shadow? Certainly. You don't record "Wide River to Cross" for laughs. But it's "When I Go Away" [To download the MP3 of this song, click here] that sums up the man and his work....."


Entered at Wed May 30 13:16:21 CEST 2012 from (69.158.24.114)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Bernie Taupin remembers Levon.

"Then there was Levon: a voice that seemed as it was birthed from the land from which he sprung. Rich as Arkansas soil and raw as a plug of tobacco, gnarly as knotted pine and so expressive it seemed like he was chewing on the words before they left his mouth. Now he’s gone and our anemic musical horizon has one less icon to cling to and one more legacy to embrace.

We’re blessed that he battled his illness and conquered it for a spell, pushed back the inevitable, stuck up his hand and like some hard scrabble farmer in a gothic Southern novel said “Whoa boy, I ain’t done ploughin’.”

He participated in some of the greatest music I’ve ever heard and because of him and the boys in The Band, my soul is clearer of musical debris and tuned into the lyrical soul of the American heartland and the soul of Appalachia.

If I’m any good at what I do, it’s because he inspired me to be better.

Sleep with angels, Levon. Say hi to the boys, and see you in church."


Entered at Wed May 30 13:11:26 CEST 2012 from (69.158.24.114)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Patti Smith, Levon Helm, Alabama Shakes, King Crimson, Jimmy Page and Neil Young in the new Uncut

"Emotions also run high in the new issue in our tribute to the great Levon Helm, who is movingly remembered by among others his former Band mate Garth Hudson and Larry Campbell, Levon’s co-producer on his two last great albums, Dirt Farmer and Electric Dirt. Many Uncut readers were also touched enough by Levon’s sad passing to write in with their own heartfelt tributes for someone whose music, especially the music he made with The Band, had clearly meant so much to them for so long. Thanks to everyone for writing and apologies for not having the space in the issue to print all your letters."

I forgot to mention in the new Bob Marley doc that there's one.....Woodstock mention.


Entered at Wed May 30 10:57:16 CEST 2012 from (222.95.58.172)

Posted by:

Wedding Dresses

Location: Australia
Web: My link

Subject: Wedding Dresses

Wedding Dresses from Auwedding.com.au are well designed by skillful workers with with the great skills of delicate beading and lining.


Entered at Wed May 30 10:31:19 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Englebert

Serenity, link to Englebert's Eurovision song.

The contest is a "song" contest for new songs. In the 60s and 70s, the format in Britain was that four or six songwriters would submit material. They would all be recorded by just the one chosen singer in that particular year (Matt Monro, Cliff Richard, Sandie Shaw, Kathy Kirby, Lulu etc), and then British TV viewers would vote on the song which would then be entered for Eurovision. All the countries did the same. Sometimes the artist didn't like what was chosen - Lulu was particularly annoyed that her Eurovision entry in 1969, Boom Bang A Bang, was the one selected. In that year, the one voted sixth in Britain's entries was written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin (then new), but Boom Bang A Bang won in Britain, then in Europe, leaving her having to sing it for the rest of her life.

The EPs (they were always EPs) of Eurovision song entries are now very collectable, as usually only the chosen song would be available anywhere else. The EPs were released before the vote, so that people could think about the selection.

For Engelbert, that YouTube has 1,800,000 viewings. If you look down on YouTube there's an interview with Englebert explaining about the entry.


Entered at Wed May 30 09:13:10 CEST 2012 from (41.162.7.114)

Posted by:

NUX

Subject: A Message from John Delgatto on the passing of Doc Watson

I have just learned that Doc Watson passed away this morning May 29th at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston-Salem NC following abdominal surgery last week!

There would have been no Sierra Records if were not for Doc Watson. Doc was the one along with Clarence and Gram a bit later that encouraged me to start a record label. An album of recordings of the Doc Watson family was to be the first album on my new label. Though that was not to be, Doc was always my first inspiration. He now joins his son Merle along with Earl, Bill, Doug, Clarence and a host of others that have gone.

I will always remember those three weeks of 'heaven' in late summer of 1971 traveling with Doc and Merle to festivals up and down the Eastern seaboard. I guess it was my first job as a "roadie".

He will always remain in my heart. Sail on Doc!

With profound sadness,

John Delgatto, Founder/Owner



Entered at Wed May 30 05:25:19 CEST 2012 from (24.164.173.243)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: Small world

Bob F. - If that show at the Colony was about 10 years ago, I was at that show. Levon left by the side door while the music was still playing, but I don't think that Amy, Larry, or Theresa were up there. I went out the front door and circled around to see where the principles went. Butch Dener was sitting next to me that night...a good man to be with, whatever the occasion.


Entered at Wed May 30 03:01:28 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Doc Watson dead at 89

LINK: Sad news, but not unexpected. RIP

CYA soon xoxoxo


Entered at Wed May 30 02:54:02 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Whatever??

LINK: Neil Young's newbie.

JT: Very good 'summary".

BEG: Thanx for ALL the good links,etc.

PETER: Glad to hear that Englebert Humperdinck is still performing. He is one of my faves. I have all his music.[?]He should have done one of his hits and he had many.

GRAHAM: Right you are. Since ROBBIE visited LEVON before he passed, I'm sure things went well.

Thanx to all for the great posts,etc,

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


Entered at Wed May 30 02:50:09 CEST 2012 from (24.218.16.94)

Posted by:

Dave H

Web: My link

Sorry to see we've lost Doc Watson too. What a rotten year it's been for fans of great music and great musicians.


Entered at Wed May 30 01:59:30 CEST 2012 from (58.104.4.254)

Posted by:

Graham

Subject: Robbie/Levon

With so many bad things always happening in the world (just look at Syria) we shouldn't be fighting about music (or money). I hope Robbie and Levon had a reconciliation of some kind. I also hope all the fans will just let it go. Carrying on a grudge about what did or did not happen years ago is pointless.


Entered at Tue May 29 23:23:27 CEST 2012 from (68.198.166.204)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Location: Hudson Valley, NY

Subject: Amy Helm

Lars, I was at that show at Bodles. That was a great place to see a show. I remember a few years ago Amy Helm was doing a show on a Sunday night with Larry and Theresa Campbell at The Colony Cafe in Woodstock. Levon showed up and played drums. Just playing drums behind his amazing daughter. He was smiling the entire show.


Entered at Tue May 29 22:41:54 CEST 2012 from (68.198.166.204)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Location: Hudson Valley, NY
Web: My link

Subject: Peter Stone Brown's great record can be downloaded

Please see my link to bandcamp.com where you can listen to and downoad Peter Stone Brown's great record 'Up Against It'. Now that guy knows how to write a song!


Entered at Tue May 29 22:34:27 CEST 2012 from (68.198.166.204)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Location: Hudson Valley, NY

Subject: Take Backs

Kevin J, I'm not that familiar with Guns and Roses but wasn't one of their biggest hits a Dylan cover? I would like to take back The Kinks comment. I spoke out of turn. I like a great deal of the music that made in the 70's. In fact the last time I saw them in concert was in the early 70's at SUNY New Paltz with a then unkown act by the name of Aerosmith opening. The Kinks were great. Your comments on Black and Blue were right on. What a great record! The funny thing is when that record came out almost everyone had a problem with it. Can you imagine if the Stones made a record that great today! You can't forget about 'Memory Motel' and 'Fool to Cry'. Amazing!


Entered at Tue May 29 22:31:00 CEST 2012 from (24.164.173.243)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: Ulster County, NY

Subject: Levon & Amy

Joan- I agree with you. I think Levon loved his daughter more than anything else....he once introduced her on stage (this was back when Levon first lost his voice, at a show in Chester, NY; the venue was "Bodle's") with an apology for his own voice, then saying, "But I'm gonna give you the best I got."

And that meant Amy.

Webmaster, you'd better straighten up & fly right ;)


Entered at Tue May 29 22:02:24 CEST 2012 from (85.255.44.135)

Posted by:

jh

Block. Edit. Test. Sigh.


Entered at Tue May 29 21:29:58 CEST 2012 from (108.54.247.103)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Libbys quite

It made me happy to read Libby's comment about Robbie ad his last visit. Of all people in the world I think He loved Amy best, and she him. I did not believe she would let anyone disturb his last days unless she thought it was OK. I believe in forgiveness (despite what people like Imus have written.


Entered at Tue May 29 20:40:13 CEST 2012 from (70.29.29.234)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Sorry JD. We're always behind.
I really hope Robbie and Garth create at least one song together.....please!

Thank you Peter.
"When I called Robbie to say Levon was dying, he was stunned, shattered – he thought Levon had beaten the cancer. Robbie flew to New York to say goodbye. Amy, Donald and I were in the waiting room, and I don’t know what robbie said to Levon for the long time he spent by his bedside.

All I know is that there’s a side to this life and death song no one has heard.

Levon wouldn’t want the bitterness to ramble on any longer.”

AMEN...Let the healing begin.....


Entered at Tue May 29 20:03:41 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Yes, Peter, thanks to Barney Hoskyns for sharing that story. I'd always hoped and imagined it was something like that.


Entered at Tue May 29 16:45:05 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Uncut has Andy Gill, so Britain's two premier rock reviewers did pieces. They're both essential reading. The Word has a piece too, but i haven't read it yet.


Entered at Tue May 29 16:40:16 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Yes, the UK edition of Uncut was out on Saturday last. It has Patti Smith on the cover … as well as Levon, it has excellent features on The Alabama Shakes and King Crimson.


Entered at Tue May 29 16:29:38 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: BEG Uncut

So I run over to Chapters to buy this magazine. They have the May edition on their stands; with a CD of Blues favs by Jack White. I look through it and check out the mast head and no article on Garth. I'm now back home and re-read the initial article that states "the new issue of Uncut, out Tuesday (May 22)." Well now I'm really confused. The store says that the June edition will be out here on Friday. Perhaps it comes out earlier in England.


Entered at Tue May 29 16:27:36 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Mojo July 2012 issue

All three major UK magazines have Levon features. At first sight, the one to go for is MOJO, with Barney Hoskyns. He has a long quote from Garth, and some new stuff.

HOSKYNS:

“The story of Ronnie and Levon is much more complex than the bloggers and press can understand,” Libby Titus-Fagen wrote me on April 25, “I can tell you that for the years I was with Levon, from 1968 to 1974, they each shared a part of the other’sc soul. One would start a sentence, pause, and the other would finish it. They had their own alphabet, their own clock, their own DNA, a Levon-Robbie double helix. When I called Robbie to say Levon was dying, he was stunned, shattered – he thought Levon had beaten the cancer. Robbie flew to New York to say goodbye. Amy, Donald and I were in the waiting room, and I don’t know what robbie said to Levon for the long time he spent by his bedside. All I know is that there’s a side to this life and death song no one has heard. Levon wouldn’t want the bitterness to ramble on any longer.”

I thank Barney for that quote. Buy the magazine,. Read the whole piece. it’s brilliant.


Entered at Tue May 29 16:15:45 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Band Bioptic

"For whether this rumor proves true or false,
You can forgive or you can regret..."

In addition to script approval, another hurdle facing the production of the film would be obtaining licensing rights to use The Band's songs & recordings. If it's true that the film will focus of the group's craft, getting such clearance would be essential.

Count me among those who believe such a film would be prove to be forgettable.


Entered at Tue May 29 15:43:03 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: BEG

Thank you so much for the "Uncut" links. I had never read the earlier article from 2009 before.


Entered at Tue May 29 15:37:21 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

"Blue Chicken" w/ Jim Weider, Byron Isaacs, Brian Mitchell & Tony Leone @ the Dylan b'day bash @ Warwick (RI) Winery.


Entered at Tue May 29 15:12:47 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Subject: "Atlantic City - Hot Ticket" - sound board recording uploaded by Randy Ciarlante.

"After we recorded the Jericho Album early 90's we hit the road to promote it, the first major run was through Canada thanks to EMI Records who had a piece of the album. I recently found some cassette board mixes of a few shows, Hot Ticket was one of them. We set up in a small studio, there were maybe 200 fans crammed in and we played a set. Eventually we might spruce up the sound quality with some mastering software but for now the cassette transfer from a trusty boom box to Pro Tools will have to do. Levon mandolin /vocs, Rick bass / vocs, Garth accordion, Richie keys, Jimmy acoustic guitar, rando /vocs drums"


Entered at Tue May 29 14:57:56 CEST 2012 from (70.24.109.79)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Garth Hudson: “Levon Helm is a true hero”

Garth Hudson has paid tribute to his late collaborator in The Band, Levon Helm, in the new issue of Uncut, out Tuesday (May 22), calling him “a true hero”.

Hudson speaks in our special feature remembering the legendary drummer and singer, who passed away in April, aged 71.

“He is a true hero and has left us grieving,” says Hudson. “The things that Levon has made us think about are dignity, loyalty, friendship, friendship, family.”

Many of Helm’s varied collaborators also pay tribute to the musician in the piece, and there’s a comprehensive guide on how to buy the drummer’s solo work.

Read more on Helm’s extraordinary life and work in the new issue of Uncut, out Tuesday (May 22).


Entered at Tue May 29 14:20:08 CEST 2012 from (70.24.109.79)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Levon as music teacher....1998.


Entered at Tue May 29 13:45:22 CEST 2012 from (70.24.109.79)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Garth and Levon Helm with The Crows-"Garth Hudson Polka" 1993.
Lars...Your buddy Jimmy Eppard is here....and you also?


Entered at Tue May 29 13:31:54 CEST 2012 from (70.24.109.79)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

For those who don't have the DVD.....Here's Chuck and Robbie "Pass Away" 1986.


Entered at Mon May 28 23:46:02 CEST 2012 from (70.50.65.228)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Breaking News: When confronted by media on the weekend as to the timing of the Band movie he is slated to star in……..Robert Pattinson replied…… “We are scheduled to finish shooting at about the same time the Canadian edition of “Blonde on Blonde” finds its way to Toronto…….in other words - in about 25 years” His manager denied charges that the actor is requiring this time to grow a beard. It’s not a beard he needs but an ego, the manager snorted. The assembled cretins of the celebrity media then concluded he might well be playing the guitar player……though none of them knew for certain who he was…………….

Bob F: LED LIGHT and DVD BOX have both played in the reformed Guns n Roses….when not doing that they hang out here selling things from China……..The Kinks – I repeat – did make it out of the 60’s and Joni and Robbie have both written many excellent songs since 1975……..Just purchased a few cd’s at HMV ( the sales guy seemed amazed someone was actually buying music – apparently all he sells is TV DVDS ) The Rolling Stones ‘Black and Blue” at $5.00 and the new “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd…………Played loud on a great car stereo… wonderfull.....………I had forgotten how great the opening 2 songs on Black and Blue were…….The discoid “Hot Stuff” with that great line about New York going broke but “you’re tough” and a perfect follower - rocker “Hands of Fate”.

Neonquartz: If you have the time……….there is scratched version of "Atlantic Crossing” floating around somewhere in Canada…….it has Ana’s phone number on the inside……..keep the album, please send the number! As Bob F’s favorite over tributed Bob once said……. “She could be respectably married or running a whorehouse in Buenos Aires.”


Entered at Mon May 28 17:01:38 CEST 2012 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Subject: never complain; never explain

Scorsese could do a decent job; _Living in the Material World_ was fascinating from start to finish -- but do The Band archives hold as many hours of home movies and demo tapes?

What troubles me is the abandonment of the old ethos -- roughly, "let the music speak for itself; disdain the interview and in all things keep the parasites outside the teepee." For JRR to _explain_ his recent songs, in detail, to interviewers large and small, smacked of desperation -- extrapolating from Clive James's article, you could guess that JRR still feels unappreciated and hopes for more praise; the critics just need some hints about how clever he is. But it violates the magician's cardinal rule: _don't divulge how the tricks are done_. I'm worried that the projected JRR autobio will only diminish the myth; any film treatment will probably be worse.

Now, if Marty had TLW-outtake footage of the boys telling the really seamy stories -- well, I'd pay money to see that.


Entered at Mon May 28 16:53:53 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: the documentary

With some reservations, I'm thinking Woody Allen as director. "Zelig" shows that he can make a fake documentary, so it's fair to assume he can make a real one, and the "He's a sex fiend" / "She's frigid" interplay in "Manhattan' (or was it "Annie Hall"?) shows that he has can deal fairly with alternative views of the same reality. Plus, his goatish morality would suit the days with Hawkins. (Come to think of it, he'd probably have Ronnie charging admission for the Orgasmatron, and installing his own peep-hole.)


Entered at Mon May 28 15:50:38 CEST 2012 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Glass

It is the 'half full or half empty' syndrome rearing its beautiful/ugly head once again. It is just that a documentary is an opportunity for researchers/journalists/ director etc to search out film and documents and put them together in a coherent way that tells the story of a group of talented young men who found a way to reach so many with their art form. A slapped together piece with what is already out there is of little interest to those who have followed this journey for years. It is the chance to tell the story properly and create a document that will tell it like it was that makes any documentary worthwhile. The best work in this type of film is done by people who have no stake in the outcome and have a track record on how to do it properly. Enlisting people who know the material and finding close associates and friends and getting eye-witness accounts of what happened all those years ago would add to what is already there. It would take work and clearly is not an easy task if it were to make a difference.


Entered at Mon May 28 15:04:13 CEST 2012 from (58.104.7.178)

Posted by:

Graham

Subject: Documentary

For me music documentaries in which people sit around talking about what happened long ago aren't all that interesting. This is especially the case when the people talking weren't actually there. Levon and Robbie retold the same stories many times and I don't think I want to hear them again. I can't see that a documentary would be interesting unless there was some new concert or other footage and I don't see much chance of that appearing. Maybe we should just let the music speak for itself.


Entered at Mon May 28 13:57:00 CEST 2012 from (70.29.30.111)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Happy 2012 RIP Video Birthday For the Great Levon Helm

by Robert Wilkinson

I see that the late great Bob Marley doc has inspired talk of a Band doc. At this time I'm neutral on a Band movie. I do like the idea of a doc that Robbie, Garth and all the estates would have the final say but......then we'd never see the doc come to light I'm afraid. What was great about the Marley doc was that they showed Bob with his flaws too....He wasn't made out to be a saint of any kind and in the end.......The music always speaks for itself, doesn't it?


Entered at Mon May 28 13:50:56 CEST 2012 from (70.29.30.111)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

MOUNTAIN JAM TO HONOR LEVON HELM WITH GOV’T MULE’S TRIBUTE RAMBLE FEATURING THE LEVON HELM BAND ON SATURDAY, 6/2

Thank you Peter. I could do it as I'm taking a sabbatical from work next year. ;-D

You're very welcome Al and Nux.


Entered at Mon May 28 09:26:31 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

The obvious flaw is you need material from Robbie and from Levon's estate. Both would, I imagine, insist on seeing the script. The script would have to be either a triumph of diplomacy, or leave too much unsaid.


Entered at Mon May 28 08:54:09 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Band documentary

The Band documentary. At first thought you wouldn’t invest in a six or eight part Band series because I can’t see sufficient world market for it. BUT Scorsese’s Harrison was shown here on two nights (on minor BBC stations … BBC3, I think), because anyone that interested can either sustain interest for more than 45-60 minutes, or has a hard disk recorder

Then I thought. It’s mainly an archiving job. This is all down to co-operative people at various copyright holders. Take “Classic Albums: The Band (1997)”. Not perfect, but it does the brown album with interviews from all the then-living members. They must have interview outtakes too, and it’s recent enough for someone to store tape rather than re-use it. The copyright issue is the production credits to BBC, NCRV, VH1, Eagle Rock and This Band Inc.

Then there are the existing documentaries . First up is From The Band to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Definitely the Robbie version. Add “Robbie Robertson: Going Home.”

The Band: The Authorized Video Biography in 1996 was the Levon version. It has longer music bits, and Levon does most of the talking. If you took extracts from both, you’d already be getting somewhere.

Add in Festival Express (and beg for outtakes of interviews), The Last Waltz (again beg for outtakes of interviews), the Saturday Night Live appearances, the Wembley 74 tape, the Woodstock and Isle of Wight bits. But you have to remember that the general viewer does NOT want to see The Weight done six times at intervals of time. In fact, you might play it over the “Easy rider” film footage. For the 90s Band, there’s the New Orleans video and the (depressing) Live At Loreley. Then you have the film sections of The Rambles, plus various Robbie R&R Hall of Fame appearances and the All Starr Band, Dylan 30th Anniversary, The Wall live, several Lettermsn appearances. Add Rick from the Japanese Deadheads Festival … I have a copy on Laserdisc!

In other words, there’s several hours already in existence. You’d need a coherent script to link it together. You’d need to avoid BBC 2012 style presentation:

Presenter: (standing with view of Golden Gate Bridge): This is San Francisco, where The Band made their first live appearance …

(cut to photo of Robbie and hypnotist + audio of Robbie telling story).

Cut to:

Presenter (walking across a muddy field while camera on a track retreats steadily for 200 yards): And then they appeared here … at the Woodstock festival which wasn’t actually filmed in Woodstock, but in this now barren field …

Cut to:

Presenter (standing on windswept cliff with view of the English Channel). But it was here, on the Isle of Wight that The Band appeared …

cut to:

Long view from the Isle of Wight to Bournemouth

And there, just across the bay you can see Bournemouth, where Band fan Peter Viney was born …

Yes, no BBC Airmiles presentation.

You could do it … I nominate Angelina to archive it, and John D to do the current interviews. You could all the interviews except Robbie in Ontario and New York State too … no flying.


Entered at Mon May 28 02:21:46 CEST 2012 from (68.50.244.13)

Posted by:

Jonathan Katz

Location: Columbia, MD
Web: My link

Subject: Levon

I don't know if this was posted here. It was posted on Expecting Rain and is well worth checking out.


Entered at Mon May 28 01:19:50 CEST 2012 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: He "Gets it"

Not having thought of Martin Scorsese having anything to do with it at the time prompted my thoughts, (as far as movie makers go).

I do agree with you Jerry. If Martin was in control, it could be something worth while. However the group of us here feel strongly about a "lifetime" of material to go through. As you have said, to do it justice would take far more than a 2 or 3 hour movie. You are wanting them to see and appreciate what we've seen. Do you ever think that's possible, or would enough people of today appreciate it?


Entered at Mon May 28 00:11:07 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Thank you JT. Your a good friend!


Entered at Sun May 27 23:19:39 CEST 2012 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: 'Struck out', John D

John D: I 'struck out' on the Canadian Blonde on Blonde. The source had sold it. It was in Vancouver and there is no lead to where it went. We will keep searching in our travels. Another record store person, who knows stuff, told me it often sells (on e-Bay etc) for many dollars because it is so rare.


Entered at Sun May 27 22:07:50 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

cack-handed is standard here too. There's a debate about that. It means useless, but derives from left-handed people being described as cack-handed, which is one of the pejoratives left-handers had to put up with. "Left-handed" meaning "gay" being another. My youngest is left-handed and we read the books on it when he was young.


Entered at Sun May 27 20:33:26 CEST 2012 from (108.54.247.103)

Posted by:

Joan

The "kaka" in Alta Kakc is derfinetely "Old Fart. If you are wasting time you are "kaking around" Actual s**t is "Dreck" whivh can also be used to describe "garbage' or something worthless.

Any way that's the way my parents used it.


Entered at Sun May 27 18:42:09 CEST 2012 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT and LvdBT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: "We're a Canadian Band"

Now you've got me thinking (a dangerous situation). Martin Scorsese did a very good job on "No Direction Home" (Bob Dylan) and his work on the George Harrison documentary "Living In The Material World" was very good as well. He 'gets it' and is meticulous. I can't think of anyone I could trust with this material more given what I have seen so far recently. He also has had experience with the people involved. Perhaps he and Robbie and Garth can get together and explore this further.


Entered at Sun May 27 18:40:25 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: JT / HBO

Reading my earlier post. And I really like JT's way of addressing different members in different eras. For Levon in modern times, Larry Campbell and Barbara O'Brien the architect of the rambles would be great. Amy Helm, Libby Titus throughout; as well as The Hawk of course. Jimmy, Butch, Randy would all have great stories. Probably many others too numerous to mention. I'll let others cover other members of bathe Band. Oh! Can't forget C.W. & the legend....Bill Avis.


Entered at Sun May 27 17:45:26 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: JT

Thank you very much Dr. T. You're the man!


Entered at Sun May 27 16:53:51 CEST 2012 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: BonB Canadian

John D: Thanks. By the way, I may have a lead for the Canadian pressing of Blonde on Blonde. I'm working on it. This has become a mission for a friend.


Entered at Sun May 27 16:47:25 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

I can't believe at 65 I am finally finding out where the word "cack" came from. My Father was from Newhaven and that's the childhood name I remember for # 2. I always thought he had made it up; when I was a young child. Your never too old to learn. Thanks Peter & Al.


Entered at Sun May 27 16:41:39 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Location: Toronto

Subject: JT / HBO

That is one great idea. I believe HBO would do it justice. A well researched documentary; as opposed to a two hour movie; with actors. Hopefully they will talk to the RIGHT people to interview. In Levon's case for example, Paul Berry, one of Levon's best friends; in life would be perfect.


Entered at Sun May 27 16:26:53 CEST 2012 from (82.42.122.89)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Subject: Cack

Used up here Pete. As far back as I remember it was an alternative polite way to 'poo' of saying 'shit' . Not used that often but enough to register as in " he cacked his kecks?" For some time now it seems to have been replaced by "crap" as in 'have you had a crap?'

The other use was in the term 'cack-handed' which sort of meant a bit humpty or useless.

Great isn't it? language. Love talkin' shite me!!

:-0)


Entered at Sun May 27 16:21:59 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: England Managers

Yes, Harry and Terry Venables have a lot in common … being avoided by the FA establishment for example, and we both know what FA stands for. A bit of enthusiasm is worth having, and Harry could always make the best by wringing the last couple of years of value out of experienced players, while promoting youth at the other end. He could rarely afford the expensive ones in-between.


Entered at Sun May 27 16:17:15 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: cacker

Interesting. The two will be linked, as cack was Old English for shit, which means it will probably have come from German, thus linking it to Yiddish. I've often heard mums say to children 'No! Cacky!' when they touch something dirty, which dictionaries may not have, but I hear a lot. From the word origin point of view, it's interesting as like "chav" (which comes from Romany) with a similar meaning it's fast spreading in British English.


Entered at Sun May 27 16:06:15 CEST 2012 from (74.59.199.34)

Posted by:

Landmark

Location: Montreal

Peter, would that be "Cacker" as in "Alte Cacker" which translates roughly from yiddish as old fart?


Entered at Sun May 27 15:41:42 CEST 2012 from (82.42.122.89)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Subject: Angelina

Been meaning to thank you for all those links you put up following our recent sad news. Some absolute fabulous stuff which I hadn't seen before.

Ta kiddo.

:-0)


Entered at Sun May 27 15:39:30 CEST 2012 from (82.42.122.89)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Subject: Flash 'arry

PETE - Yeah - Like yourself I was rooting for Bayern, though mine was borne more out of my contempt for the non-organic financial clout instigated by that Russian scumbag and now trumped to even more absurdly corrupted proportions by the Middle eastern scumbag at City as it was for dear old 'arry.

That said, unlike a lot of current reds I have a soft spot - probably much like yourself - for some of the older true footy types like Harry so I tend to turn a blind eye to some of the more unsavoury aspects and criticisms that often fill the football message boards.

And yes Pete, as little as I've been able to identify with many things 'England' - the England Football team included - ever since my country's establishment under Thatcher raped our fair city - I would have loved Harry to have gotten the job. Most especially in place of that imposter now in residence.

For me he'd have brought in a cavalier type freedom not seen in an England team since Joe Mercer brief sojourn as caretaker back in the '70's. Harry has that sort of throw caution to the wind approach that dear old Joe injected with his play anywhere wing half throwback mentality into set up that had become tired and hackneyed after Alf Ramsey's efforts began to wane.

Fred: I'm sure your intrinsic charm, wit and uncanny natural beauty would render you impregnable to any assaults from Pete's old neigbours. Certainly worked for me when I was down there.

I just showed them your photo!!!!

:-0)


Entered at Sun May 27 15:34:15 CEST 2012 from (67.71.0.138)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

MarLEY Doc Talk....Bob was so disciplined with physical fitness....and in everything he did.


Entered at Sun May 27 15:27:31 CEST 2012 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: HBO film documentary in 6-8 parts

If a biopic is to be done, HBO should do it: 1) Levon Helm grows up in Arkansas and his musical growth 2) Meanwhile in Canada (Robbie grows up, the boys out in Simcoe etc and their early band ..... 3) Garth Hudson attends Julliard 4) Ronnie Hawkins tours and .... 5) The boys (all of of the Hawks bands) play Toronto bars downtown 6) Levon and the Hawks leave Ronnie and go out on their own, playing the northeast 7) Dylan goes Electric with Bloomfield et al 8) Dylan hears above the boys and comes to have a look, rehearses.... 9) The singles and then The Stones that You Throw 10) Forest Hills and others, including Massey Hall on 14.5.65 11) UK (Levon leaves) 12) Australia 13) Big Pink and the Basement Tapes 14) The first 2 albums 15) Woody Guthrie Memorial 16) Isle of Wight 17) The Band sets out on the road (Robbie's alleged stage fright etc) 18) Woodstock) 19) Isle of Wight 20) the racetrack concert and the rain 21) Planet Waves 22) Dylan and the Band hit the road for the arenas in 74 23) More albums and more touring and its toll 24) TLW 25) new careers for the individuals 25b) the tragedies of losing 2 of 5 26) Robbie Robertson, the soundtrack creator 27) Levon Helm the actor 28) the reformed Band 29) the Robbie Albums 30) the second coming of Levon Helm and Grammies 31) Garth and Maud 32) the legacy .... So you see, this is a long and convoluted and complex story with many twists and turns. It surely is of interest to all of us here. It would take perhaps 6- 8 installments to do it justice. It is the food of a well - written biography and Levon did that fairly well to a point. Someone should 'pick it up' and run with it in the written word. A documentary would work if someone had tons of film and put it together well. But stay away from actors... I think based upon previous attempts at this kind of thing, it is doomed to being mundane and trite and will surely miss the complexities of this excellent group of musicians.


Entered at Sun May 27 15:21:48 CEST 2012 from (67.71.0.138)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

After my Silent Retreat yesterday I saw the 2012 Doc on Bob Marely. There were some new things I learned here. He was extremely competitive....football....music....His last performance was in Pittsburg. He was ill but still came out and did encores. Great segments with Damian Marley's mom Cindy Breakspeare who was born in Toronto and moved to Jamaica at four, Rita Marley, family members from Bob's dad side and various musicians. Cedella Marley his oldest daughter shared how she really felt about things....BMW wasn't happy that Bob drove their car...apparently he liked it because it stood for his name and group and never locked his car. He didn't have a will....Some close to Bob felt this was typical Bob in that having a will means you're ready to check out and not having a will will show who just wanted the money. Bob used his money to help others all the time. His first home on Hope Road by the Prime Minister's home that I saw in Kingston, Jamaica used to have line ups of people asking for help and Bob would help.......In the end what makes his legacy live on in just about every country in the world is that HE STOOD FOR SOMETHING....PEACE, LOVE and UNITY. He spoke to the oppressed through his music with hope and positive vibrations.

"One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain."
Long Live Rebel Music!


Entered at Sun May 27 15:08:40 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Al, were you rooting for Bayern? Fred has a good point about no one liking Chelsea. Also is "Sacked by Liverpool" a good qualification for England manager?

Bournemouth … the old people long ago fled to the miles of bungalows in the outlying towns … Wimborne, Ferndown, Christchurch, West Moors, Broadstone etc. It's all students (British and foreign) in the centre now, and they even have minor traffic jams at weekends when everyone floods in for the all-night discos. I keep out of the way here in Poole (which is much more salubrious) with the Redknapps.

There is ancient rivalry. I was looking up the word origin of the word "cackers" (i.e. ""underclass") recently. It appears it originated in the New Forest area to refer to gypsies, and was then used in Bournemouth to describe the people of Poole. It's one of those words said to be spreading rapidly in the last few years. All the kids call the out-of-town shopping centre "Castle Point" by the name "Cacker Point." Don't know if it's reached Liverpool yet. So, I was born in Bournemouth, but live in Poole.


Entered at Sun May 27 15:08:19 CEST 2012 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Al: Then I've got youth on my side! Still, best not to get the locals all cranky. : )


Entered at Sun May 27 14:49:07 CEST 2012 from (82.42.122.89)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Subject: Fred's Bournemouth fears

Fred - forget the tar and feathers - your biggest problem in Bournemouth will be avoiding low flying pension books and the zimmer frame riots at the local whist drives. Pete's the only resident in those parts who never attended Queen Victoria's funeral - he's their teenage eye candy!

:-0)


Entered at Sun May 27 13:40:41 CEST 2012 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

But if I'm ever in Bournemouth I'll just keep my opinion to myself, lest I want a tarring & feathering courtesy of the locals. : )


Entered at Sun May 27 13:35:57 CEST 2012 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Subject: Outside of their own fans, nobody likes Chelsea

Local hero or not..I feel that he's lacking in the technical/tactical nous department. Evidence: that tumble out of a spot in the promised land of the Champions League that Spurs took towards the end of this season.

My feeling on this proposed film of the Band is that it will be spectacularly craptacular (if indeed it does become a reality). Movies purporting to tell the true stories of rock bands tend to fall into that category. Fictionalized ones do a lot better, at least plotwise.


Entered at Sun May 27 10:36:55 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Fred: Harry Redknapp lives just a mile down the road, and is the local hero in the Bournemouth / Poole conurbation as the best manager Bournemouth ever had. Maggie Bell, playing locally, used her on stage patter to accuse him of a crime he has been found not guilty of, and there was an audible intake of breath, and mild hisses. In the lobby afterwards, people were muttering about it and angry. Tip to all musicians: never diss the local hero when you play a town.

He is held in such high regard locally, that people were supporting Bayern Munich in the Champions League final … victory for Chelsea meant that Harry's Tottenham lost their deserved place in the league next year. Hodgson's ability to grind out boring one-nil wins will not endear him to the public.


Entered at Sun May 27 10:05:33 CEST 2012 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Band movie: I always thought that there was one, a little thing called The Last Waltz. : )

Put me in the camp that thinks this is not a good idea.

Peter V: (1) Eurovosion....that thing is still alive and kicking? (2) I see you've fallen prey to the "Good Ol' 'Arry Chippy Chappy for England" disease that was rife within the confines of a certain part of the Sceptered Isles for quite some time a while back. : ) (3) The appearance of the blue kit: sales...sales..sales is the only thing I can think of.


Entered at Sun May 27 09:31:32 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Eurovision Song Contest

Well, England second from last, Norway last. These are positions of honour in the circumstances. It was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, stretching the definition of "Europe" rather far, and was the sort of huge spectacular dictatorships are good at. Between each song, we had tourist puffs for Azerbaijan tourism and carpets and a recipe for a dish called plov.

I didn't see much, as I was also watching the football (England v Norway, by chance, ending in the same relative positions as the song contest). Watching football was odd. England were wearing an unprecedented dark blue and light blue outfit for no apparent reason (Norway were in red, so what was wrong with our normal white?). Also, like many, I wouldn't really have minded if Norway had stuffed them 5-0, proving how the Football Association are total idiots not to have appointed Harry Redknapp manager. England pulled off a dull 1-0 win.

But … poor old Englebert Humperdink came second to last. He was first up on the night, a bad position, but he did what you're supposed to do. Get up and sing. OK, it was a dreadful lachrymose song, but he did perform it well. This seems to have been lost as an aim. Acrobatics and semi-nudity ruled. France managed to have a team of acrobats AND semi-nude singer. Ireland (represented by the twins Jedward) thought jumping into the water fountain a necessary part of singing. Russia, my choice, was a bunch of toothless great-grannies singing a very Russian sounding song while miming baking cakes. That was so bizarre that it deserved a vote.

The overall result is hilarious. The voting is even funnier as countries vote shamelessly for neighbours, co-religionists, language groups. The Iranian government castigated Azerbaijan for putting it on, saying that it was "a parade of homosexuals." Unfair, as there was plenty of polished thigh and breast on view for the heterosexuals too.

Sweden won.


Entered at Sun May 27 08:26:29 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

There is a major issue that also applied to Beatles movies.. Like Paul and Ringo, we have Robbie and Garth alive and able to sue for defamation. A film will either need to be biased or anodyne, or go along the Robin Robinson, Lee Holms, Dick Banko route that one of the TV Beatle ones did. Or Crazy Heart, which screams Kris Kristoffrson. Not that would prevent a defamation action now they have stated in print it is about The Band.

I would rather see something like Across The Universe - an unrelated story set in the era entirely played out to Band songs.


Entered at Sun May 27 03:02:11 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Whatever??

My tribute to LEVON on his birthdate.RIP,dear LEVON. We miss you so much, but are blessed to have the music continue on and on.

Tonight on PBS' "Austin City Limits" will have Mumford and Sons as a guest.

JOAN: Thanx!!Ditto!!I love to listen to the BAND. I find my PC keeps me "young" Games are helpful too. The body? Not so much. We'll have to wait and see about the movie. It would be nice to have Martin Scorsese along with Robbie have an input in the making of it, but I have my doubts.

BONK: PETER: Thanx heaps!! xoxo

NEONQUARTZ: Thanx for the Happy Birthday also. How nice of you guys for all the greetings. I wish I would have seen the show about the BAND poster. $300 doesn't sound like a lot, but it's better than less $$$.

Until next time, and thanx for all the greetings. Very much appreciated for sure. xoxoxoxo


Entered at Sun May 27 02:45:11 CEST 2012 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Victoria and Toronto intermittently

Subject: Biopic movie

I'm with PSB on this one. Unless someone who really understands the business of music and the people involved do this, it does not get done correctly. Accuracy is critical and that is a rarity in films like this. To tell this story would take a long time and a lot of careful examination of the people involved. I think too that enough has been said and done. Unless Scorsese wants to do it and he has superb actors, this is better left alone. There is a wonderful story in the evolution of this music, but it is better heard and read.


Entered at Sun May 27 02:32:54 CEST 2012 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: A very Precarious Position

A movie??? It could be good but won't. Movie writers generally have a way of sensationalizing situations, and the facts just for the box office draw, or to scare people, or make something that it ain't.

I don't think they really care about things that are very sensitive to many, as those of us who have been here for the long haul.

These are people very close to us over a life time. We lived with their truimphs and there hard times. There short comings and mistakes, always standing by them and what they meant to us, as professionals in something they made unique. There has never been a BAND that dared to use history and put it into rock & roll, and "Americana?" music. There haS never been anything like it, and likely never will. It's too late.

I don't think any writers of a musical movie would ever get that. That's my two bits worth. I kind of like to have just sort of faded into the back ground. I have a life time of memories to keep me. Most of them good, some not so but it's a good life. I've been blessed. Knowing the BAND from the gestation period was a great life. I'm happy I was there.


Entered at Sun May 27 01:28:48 CEST 2012 from (68.198.166.204)

Posted by:

Bob F

Location: Hudson Valley, NY
Web: My link

Subject: Movie

A movie about The Band has way to sad an ending to work. They should make a movie about what Bill Flanagan called Levon's "miraculous encore".


Entered at Sat May 26 19:33:27 CEST 2012 from (108.54.247.103)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Band movie

I'd like to be pleasantly surprised, but I doubt I will. The story will be all about Drugs , sex and not enough Rock and Roll. Some things are better left alone.


Entered at Sat May 26 19:24:34 CEST 2012 from (92.18.168.168)

Posted by:

Solomon

Subject: At The Movies

It would be great if a film could do the The Band members and music justice. However, I would imagine it will focus on the sex, drugs and rock n' roll or the main focus might be the early close bond between Robbie and Levon up until it went pear shaped.


Entered at Sat May 26 19:11:17 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Just thinking of incidents that Levon recounts … the border bust story is funny, though crude. A lot of the Hawkins tales in the 1969 Rolling Stone interview would make good drama.

I fear we'll get Manchester Free Trade Hall.


Entered at Sat May 26 19:08:51 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Well, a biopic revives interest in the real thing. If they steer away from the actors trying to be a band (which is why all Beatles movies fell down) and found a story, more like Almost Famous, it would be OK … mind you, they might go the John Niven route.You noticed that when Cadillac Records came out, Chess had CDs next to it in the racks with "The Real Cadillac Records" with the original songs.

The trouble is they focus in on certain eras … Beyond The Sea did all the Darin that bored me, and ignored most of the Darin I enjoy.

I very much doubt that you'll get historical accuracy. What I wonder is where the market is.


Entered at Sat May 26 18:09:20 CEST 2012 from (72.78.54.247)

Posted by:

PSB

Location: City of Brotherly Love
Web: My link

Subject: A movie?

I'm with Lil on this. I loved how Pattinson said, "They backed Bob Dylan and some other people." The Band's whole thing even with the Last Waltz was they stayed away from the whole public personality thing.

I can't think of any music bio pic that ever got it right. Nine times out of ten they make up some story that never is better than the real story. "I Walk The Line" (and I thought Phoenix was totally stiff) was a good example. They couldn't get the initial meeting with Sam Phillips right, and why that bit (totally wrong time wise as well as reality wise) about Dylan going electric (which had nothing to do with anything) was just ludicrous.

I mean what are they gonna have, a wide-eyed Robbie reading Civil War Books? Richard in a stupor? Levon stomping out of meetings? Rick, Richard and Levon wrecking one car after another? Garth soldering recording equipment together? Al Grossman poisoning Robbie's mind?

I spent quite a bit of time in Woodstock at the time The Band was as on top as they were gonna be and basically you didn't see them. Every once in a while you might pass Garth driving by in his Mercedes or Rick in his maroon Continental and that was it. One time, very late at night, I was picking up a friend who worked at The Bear Restaurant and they all pulled in one after another. There was a big rent a truck there and it was obvious they were leaving to go on tour. They should leave it the hell alone.


Entered at Sat May 26 15:00:05 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Cadillac Records was unbalanced because Beyonce produced and played Etta James, so that Etta James became more important in the Chess story than Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, which I don't think reflects reality. However, on a blind listening with some blues fan friends who hadn't seen the movie, Beyonce fooled them into thinking it was Etta James. They copied the backing exactly.


Entered at Sat May 26 14:47:59 CEST 2012 from (70.24.110.39)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

I saw Rob Pattison in "Water For Elephants" and enjoyed his work.

Rumour that he may be playing Levon.


Entered at Sat May 26 13:45:12 CEST 2012 from (70.24.110.39)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Sat May 26 12:52:52 CEST 2012 from (124.170.196.30)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: About movies

Absolutely agree re Joaquin. Less so about beyonce but she sang all the stax stuff, I think, and I felt the movie dragged when she was onscreen. Nevertheless Cedric the entertainer as Willie Dixon and adrien Brody as Leonard chess and the actor playing howlin wolf and the one who played little Walter were fantastic. Maybe I just think beyonce can't act...

Zachary Bragg as Dylan? I like....


Entered at Sat May 26 10:30:57 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Third point …

"Almost Famous" is a good guideline. One of the reasons it worked so well, is that they rarely exposed the actors-playing-musicians doing much singing. We could believe the story with brief snatches of music. I thought Joaquin Phoenix did Johnny Cash brilliantly including singing, as did all the guys in Cadillac Records (especially Beyonce as Etta James), but if you're trying to get the singing right too, then you have a whole load of other casting issues!


Entered at Sat May 26 10:27:59 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

BTW, it's a similar discussion to whether young musicians are any good a couple of weeks back. Yes, they are. And yes, young actors today can do brilliant work.


Entered at Sat May 26 10:25:34 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

I'd never heard of Pattinson, nor seen the Twlight saga … me being took old, and the grandkids too young. I looked through a few photos. He'll be playing Rick or Robbie or Levon at a guess. If it's about songwriting and he's the star, it'll be Robbie. Doing Levon really needs a genuine Southerner, I feel. Though he doesn't look at all like Rick, one photo on Google images does have an expression.

On the other hand, it's often best not to try for lookalikes in biopics, except in peripheral roles so they're instantly recognisable. For example, the five actors you cast should be roughly sized like The Band and Bob Dylan, with the right facial hair.But they should be able to create the characters. Where you need look alikes is people who appear briefly … so Neil Young, you'd want someone looking like him because you wouldn't want to explain who he was with dialogue as he'd only appear briefly if at all.

The thing is, years ago we picked on the guy in "Almost Famous" because they consciously gave him Rick's moustache, hairstyle and jacket in the movie AND he was brilliant. But that was twelve years ago, so now he'd look too old. You need to show them up to 1976, when (e.g.) Robbie was still only 33. It's easier to age actors than make them younger, so whether we like it or not, a Band movie about the 1965-76 period is going to have to cast Robert Pattinson's generation. Accept it and look forward to it. I reckon Zach Braff would be a good Richard (having seen him on stage recently) or possibly Dylan.


Entered at Sat May 26 07:03:30 CEST 2012 from (198.36.218.33)

Posted by:

Jerry

Subject: Neon...

I have no knowledge of who the sax player is in that video..I would imagine someone in here would though....


Entered at Sat May 26 05:43:28 CEST 2012 from (174.1.247.160)

Posted by:

neonquartz

Location: Metro Vancouver

Subject: Double post

Oops, sorry - I'm new at this.


Entered at Sat May 26 05:38:16 CEST 2012 from (174.1.247.160)

Posted by:

Neonquartz

Location: Metro Vancouver

Subject: 1978 live Sip The Wine video

To Jerry and Bill M re the May 11 post of this beautiful Rick performance: the sax player looks very much like a young Jerry Peterson ...


Entered at Sat May 26 05:35:12 CEST 2012 from (174.1.247.160)

Posted by:

Neonquartz

Location: Metro Vancouver

Subject: 1978 live Sip The Wine

To Jerry and Bill M re the May 11 post of this beautiful Rick performance: the sax player looks very much like a young Jerry Peterson ...


Entered at Sat May 26 02:02:25 CEST 2012 from (174.1.247.160)

Posted by:

Neonquartz

Location: Metro Van

Subject: John Donabie

John, I posted once in response to your Blonde on Blonde request, but have not heard anything since. I have not found any to contact you, so not sure what more to do. I'll leave my contact information with the Webmaster, but other than that, I've run out of ideas and attempts.

Serenity, the poster you saw on Antiques Roadshow was for the 1st Winterland appearance with the Ace of Cups. It looked in good condition and was appraised at $300. And Happy Birthday from a daily Guestbook reader who enjoys your posts!


Entered at Fri May 25 23:02:24 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.188)

Posted by:

Pat B

Pattinson is actually a very funny and interesting actor who has been pigeonholed by his work in the teen oriented Twilight series.

So much has been written and said about the Band--including by the principals--that it is hard to argue that the music speaks for itself when it comes to their history. I personally think the movie will help raise the profile of the group, much like the Last Waltz, but my eighth grade son who is a big Band fan does not believe girls his age will like the music.


Entered at Fri May 25 22:05:46 CEST 2012 from (24.105.204.86)

Posted by:

Lil

Grrrr. Been following this Band movie thing for a few days now. I. for one, hope it NEVER happens. The music speaks for itself.


Entered at Fri May 25 21:36:41 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

A very happy birthday to Serenity.

I don't know who this Pattison guy is.


Entered at Fri May 25 21:27:01 CEST 2012 from (79.181.220.189)

Posted by:

Ar

I'm waiting for all of you to start talking about the fact that Robert Pattinson is going to be starring in a Band film. This is means that within the next few months EVERYONE ON THE PLANET will know who you are talking about when you mention The Band. This will make The Band more popular than The Beatles to any girl under the age of 16. Doesn't get any bigger than this (other than maybe playing with Dylan). They're also gonna start playing "Twilight" on the radio a lot more.


Entered at Fri May 25 19:26:28 CEST 2012 from (108.54.247.103)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Age

Serenity First have a very happy Birthday, I liked your quotes.. My attitude about growing old (not up)is What is the alternative?

Listening to music particularly The Band keeps my mind young even as my body betrays me. To quote one of the characters in "As Time Goes By" "Rock on!'


Entered at Fri May 25 18:26:05 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Location: From beauitful downtown Kitchener, Ontario

Subject: Doc Watson,etc.

Master NC folk musician Doc Watson in critical condition at Winston-Salem hospital

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson is in critical condition Friday at a North Carolina hospital after falling at his home in Deep Gap earlier this week.]n A spokeswoman at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem says Watson remains in critical condition Friday morning.

Watson's daughter, Nancy, told The Associated Press the 89-year-old Watson fell Monday. She said he did not break any bones.

The blind singer and guitarist, whose legal first name is Arthel, has won several Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award. He also received the National Medal of the Arts.

He's known as a master of the flatpicking style of guitar playing. He also started Merlefest, an annual gathering of musicians in North Wilkesboro named after his son, a musician who died in a tractor accident in 1985.

Another musician to pray for a speedy recovery.

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

BEG: Thanx for the mention. Loved the link to the Beatles' song. I enjoyed other songs too. So nice of you. xoxo

NWCOASTER: I have no idea what you're talking about ["truckers"]. You should have mentioned it back whenever? I'm not a phone person. My phone isn't working too well, and having a hearing problem doesn't help either. Thanx for the mention. [I think].

Just wondering if anyone saw the TV show,"Antiques Road Show" on Monday? My daughter said they had a poster [?] of "The Last Waltz" with all the signatures of the group,etc. She didn't get the price of what it was worth. I tried to get the show, but they had another hour on my PC.

Thanx again for the all the posts and mentions...

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


Entered at Fri May 25 16:46:59 CEST 2012 from (90.233.136.151)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Serenity's quotes

WARNING! Depressing post. - About Serenity's quotes; for many many years ago the signature "Serenity" posted something from my third party email. It had something to do with truckers. An explanation is needed but not necessarily in this open forum. You posted "Tomorrow is my big day." Let's make it even bigger. If I am in good mood I'll post my telephone number to you and we'll have a friendly chat.


Entered at Fri May 25 13:44:52 CEST 2012 from (68.198.166.204)

Posted by:

Bob F.

Location: Hudson Valley, NY

Subject: Everyday Birthday Celebration

Kevin J, I have to admit I didn't understand your last post. Way over my head. But I love your idea od celebrating Dylan's birthday all year round. I listen to Dylan everyday so I guess I'm already on board. Your idea of continuos tribute shows is also a good one. It would work out well for some of these young artists like The Civil Wars or Alabama Shakes who can really play but can't write a lick. They can just do Dylan songs. Old timers like Joni Mitchell and Robbie who haven't written anything worth listening to in many years could record and perform all Dylan. Cher could do a Vegas show of all Dylan songs! You have a great idea!


Entered at Fri May 25 13:00:16 CEST 2012 from (67.71.0.128)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

HAPPY IRIE BIRTHDAY TO SERENITY!


Entered at Fri May 25 12:14:43 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Sandy Denny Tribute Show

The link is to my review of the Sandy Denny tribute tour. Phew! My favourite soul singer P.P. Arnold, Maddy Prior, Thea Gilmore, Joan As Policewoman, Lavinia Blackwell (of Trembling Bells). Like the Leonard Cohen tribute shows a few years ago, I think this short tour will gain legendary status and I feel privileged to have seen it.


Entered at Fri May 25 03:00:06 CEST 2012 from (184.66.96.46)

Posted by:

BONK

Location: SaltSpring Island/Cabbagetown

Subject: Serenity

By the way. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Entered at Fri May 25 02:57:48 CEST 2012 from (184.66.96.46)

Posted by:

BONK

Location: SaltSpring Island/Cabbagetown

Subject: Serenity

Well said. My Grandfather said to me a long time ago "look you little shit. You know everything about being young and nothing about being old. But I know everything about being young and old.


Entered at Fri May 25 02:21:59 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: ME!!

DAVID: Thanx so much for thinking of me. FB maybe? Here's some of my fave quotes....

Age Quotes

"I'm so old they've cancelled my blood type." Bob Hope

"As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two..." Sir Norman Wisdom

"Yes, time flies. And where did it leave you? Old too soon...smart too late." Mike Tyson

"As we grow older, our bodies get shorter and our anecdotes longer." Robert Quillen

"People say that age is just a state of mind. I say it's more about the state of your body." Geoffrey Parfitt

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

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

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

Never forget...age is just a measurement of time we have been on this earth.. Who we are is what we remember ourselves to be..

Look not upon the aged as ugly or useless but one of beauty and experience. They are the ones who brought you all those modern conveniences you enjoy, including the Internet.

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

Thanx again, my friend. Tomorrow is my big day..xoxoxox


Entered at Fri May 25 00:59:37 CEST 2012 from (124.170.196.30)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: And, the birthday fairies tell me that ...

it's Serenity's birthday: Happy Birthday, Vi!


Entered at Fri May 25 00:41:03 CEST 2012 from (124.170.196.30)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Carol

It sounds like a good film: I wasn't enamoured of Pattison in 'Twilight', but I'm taking that as a script/direction issue. I suspect you're right, though he could probably do Rick or Richard as well (though without the relaxed charisma that defined all of those men (Garth, Robbie and Levon included...). Nevertheless, let's hope that there's a terrific, long-overdue film in the making!


Entered at Fri May 25 00:03:49 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.188)

Posted by:

Pat B

Who knew that all of those "Who should play who in the movie" exercises might actually have some basis in fact.


Entered at Thu May 24 22:56:40 CEST 2012 from (65.95.95.111)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Tronno

Sadavid: Thanks - an interesting aricle. I wish it had mentioned Claudja Barry of "Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes" fame, who was a third-tier Toronto R&B singer in the late '60s (and can no doubt be linked to our guys via Hawkins) before heading to Germany and hitting her stride.


Entered at Thu May 24 22:50:01 CEST 2012 from (108.58.253.98)

Posted by:

Carol

Web: My link

Subject: Band movie?

Interesting...from Indiewire.com: "Even though he won't be walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival until tomorrow (#shakingandcrying), Robert Pattinson has been busy stacking up projects over the past few weeks. The little vampire that could has lined up the Saddam Hussein hunting drama "Mission: Blacklist," joined "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod's "The Rover" and plans to reunited with his "Cosmopolis" helmer David Cronenberg for an unspecified future project. And it appears, that's not all. The same article in which he chatted with Les InRockuptibles (via RPLife) about his forthcoming Cronenberg pic, Pattinson also dropped this little bit of info: "I'm going to do a movie about The Band, the one that played with [Bob] Dylan. [It's] a beautiful script about the nature of songwriting." Man, where does one begin describing The Band to the Twihard generation....

The legendary group was founded by Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson, all names that on their own already stand pretty tall in the rock 'n roll canon, but who came together to form The Band. The group found an ally in frequent collaborator Bob Dylan, dropped one of the greatest and most influential records of all time with Music From Big Pink and had their farewell concert in their original lineup shot by Martin Scorsese, putting together one of the greatest rock docs of all time "The Last Waltz."

Even if the name is a mystery to you, the music you've undoubtedly heard, with "The Weight," "I Shall Be Released" and "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down" among their most well-known tunes. And while they reformed with different members in the '80s and '90s, they never wound up matching their creative and commercial peak of their earlier years.

Anyway, long story short, not much else is known about the project. We presume if Pattinson is taking a role, he'll be playing one of the central figures -- maybe Levon Helm or Robbie Robertson -- and certainly the actor and part-time musician will have a chance to show off his chops. So add it to the slate. We gotta say, we admire the diversity of material Pattinson has been putting together, so hopefully the projects and the actor will live up to the potential."


Entered at Thu May 24 22:31:23 CEST 2012 from (174.44.143.11)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Elton

Praying for his full and speedy recovery.


Entered at Thu May 24 21:04:43 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Elton John & you wonderful guys..

WOW!! You guys sure have some wonderful posts. The links are great. THANK YOU so much for all.

Sad news: Elton John in hospital with a serious respitory infection. Let's all pray for a speedy recovery soon.

NUKE: Welcome! This is the best there is, and some of the greatest people you will ever want to meet. I don't post a lot, as time is something I don't have too much of. But I do read a lot of the posts and love the links to no end.

JOAN: Maybe Marlee had her hearing back then, but you are right, as I don't think she did. One of my faves by the BEE GEES is Robin singing," Massechusettes[sp?] I get goose bumps everytime I hear it. They were my faves. I have their DVD of, "One Night Only". Has all their hits and is a real gem..

MARGE: Keep your chin up. My hubby died over 30 years ago and I still miss him terribly. Time heals, and we will always have the memories to keep..

Keep up the good work guys. Will be looking for more reading and getting into those links we all love to see.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxoxo


Entered at Thu May 24 20:53:30 CEST 2012 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: Donna Summer & other volks

Interesting article connects some dots . . . from Donna to Deadmau5 . . . .


Entered at Thu May 24 19:42:57 CEST 2012 from (70.50.65.228)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Oh Dear.....Taking out a Country or two....

……..so LED LIGHT just called DVD BOX and they’ve agreed to move to the UK .........they did have their eyes on Montreal but Mrs. LIGHT and Mrs. BOX nixed that due to fears over the outrageous tuition fees…….yes, yes…little box and little light are definitely destined for higher education……..how do the Box and Light families know this for sure? Well, taking off from work early the last few days they have returned home to hear little box and little light debating which version of “Twilight” is better…the RR demo or the Rick album version…......Recognizing a hopelessness that only parents can feel, the Light and Box families have resigned themselves to the fact that their kids will not be following in their footsteps but might well be attempting to suss out the relative sobriety of the singers on this crazy little ditty called “4% Pantomime” 30 years from now………..

Meanwhile, Mrs BOX just twigged to the reality that Bob Dylan is a GOD.....and therefore has 365 birthdays each year. Musicians the world over have now been convinced by the BOX and LIGHT group to hold 'tributes" every single night foreever.........."Steal a little and they throw you in jail.....Steal a lot and they make you a promoter"


Entered at Thu May 24 18:52:00 CEST 2012 from (90.233.176.80)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster's Dog

Location: Pink painted trawler's dinghy

Subject: David P

"Lay down your weary tune, lay down

Lay down your 7-year echings

And rest yourself beneath the strings

No voice can identify the mastering engineer by looking for their initials etched in the run-out area."

****************

This idea was unshamesly stolen from (c) 1964 Witmark & Sons. The original idea was stolen by Bob Dylan, though.


Entered at Thu May 24 18:33:44 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: It's in his Mix

There are some records that have been remixed after their early pressings. An example would be Boz Scaggs' 1969 self-titled album recorded at Muscle Shoals. Towards the late '70s it was remixed, focusing on Duane Allman's guitar tracks, losing the balance of the original mix of all the vocals & instruments. The early Atlantic pressings of the original mix can easily be identified by the heavy gate-fold cover, incorrectly crediting Mr. Scaggs as the songwriter on "Loan Me A Dime". Later Atlantic pressings, as well as the CD, feature the remix and correctly credit Fenton Robinson on the song. The recent 180-gram reissue from the Friday Music label, however, features the original mix.


Entered at Thu May 24 18:00:46 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

The "1-A" syndrome also explains the value placed on demos / DJ copies. They will have been from the first batch. It's esoteric stuff!


Entered at Thu May 24 17:05:05 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: 7-Year Etch

1-A pressings are desirable because that indicates the first run of vinyl, made from fresh metal stampers. After a 1000 copies or less are pressed from the same stamper, the sound quality begins to deteriorate from wear.

With many records, one can also identify the mastering engineer by looking for their initials etched in the run-out area. For instance, the most desirable, early Capitol pressing of The Brown Album, was mastered by Robert "Bob" Ludwig at the Sterling mastering facility. Just look for the "RL" and STERLING etchings. The same is true for "Stage Fright" and "Rock of Ages".

English record cutting engineer George Peckham is known for his humorous approach to etching his pressings. Instead of initials, he used "Porky", "Porky Prime Cuts", "Pecko" or "Pecko Duck" symbols.


Entered at Thu May 24 16:14:56 CEST 2012 from (41.162.7.114)

Posted by:

Nux

Subject: Mountain Stage

BROWN EYED GIRL:Wow,great link.Thank you,this is a really good performance.One of the better ones I'd say!


Entered at Thu May 24 15:39:07 CEST 2012 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: (not self) portrait

Bob Dylan by Noma Bar.


Entered at Thu May 24 14:23:47 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: Come up and see my etchings …

There's a lot of stuff etched on discs, by hand sometimes, stamped sometimes. If you find a webpage on Beatles collectables you will see the huge amount of information etched on the play out area and how much it affects value. (See link for one note) You can tell which stamper was used (they wore out very quickly) to press the disc and so on, thus dating it accurately. Both EMI and Decca had complex coded systems. So if your Please Please Me is the first week of release … that tiny scratch mark raises the value. Yes, it's dumb.


Entered at Thu May 24 13:42:05 CEST 2012 from (70.29.28.102)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band On Mountain Stage
by LARRY GROCE

Hear The Entire Concert
Levon Helm and The Band performed on Mountain Stage in 1996.


Entered at Thu May 24 13:39:07 CEST 2012 from (174.116.173.231)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: 'Etched on the vinyl' vs 'the same number'

I assume that 'etched on the vinyl' is unique to an album (i.e. the Canadian etching on Blonde on Blonde) and so 'the same number' for all the Blonde on Blonde releases worldwide (i.e. USA, UK, Canada etc) should not dissuade one from checking the vinyl etched number to confirm the identity of the 'sought after' Blonde on Blonde. Someone should find this for John D. It is a worthy pursuit. I will certainly keep my eyes open in my travels.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band Inspires Us To Yodel to Work

Thank you JT.


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Posted by:

Lee

Subject: Bluesfest

Just got tickets for John Hiatt at the Ritz in Manchester. Part of the Bluesfest which kicks off June 26 until July 6 with other notable gigs being Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Robert Cray Band, Eric Bibb. Gov't Mule are one of the groups, like Hiatt, who are playing London and Manchester.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: SPAM and shit

I get these fake enthusiastic SPAM messages on my blog all the time. Wordpress filters 99% out into the SPAM filter which makes it easy, though sometimes, as here, an arsehole goes through and personally posts. The convoluted English is mildly amusing. It might be a good idea just to "take out" China, Russia and the former Soviet republics altogether if this carries on.


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Posted by:

Neonquartz

Location: Metro Van

Subject: Blonde on Blonde

John D, I think I may have what you're looking for. Can you contact me?


Entered at Thu May 24 09:39:27 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

There must be some out there … often albums are very hard to find not because there are so few of them, but because almost everyone who ever bought one hung on to it, which is why some 'rare' albums sold in large quantities, but never turn up in secondhand stores. And they're the good ones.


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Posted by:

yuanshufeng

Location: usa
Web: My link

Subject: For those who don't know. Even Rob Bowman didn't know.

For those who don't know. Even Rob Bowman didn't know. The mix is extremely unique. It has been called the rough mix. The album has the same number as the U.S. version; which makes it really hard to find. I don't want it, I would just like someone to burn it to CD for me.


Entered at Thu May 24 03:11:19 CEST 2012 from (174.116.173.231)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Dylan birthday 71 at the Drake in Toronto

BEG and others: I wouldn't want you to miss this if you are so inclined. Unfortunately, I'll be on an airplane so I guess I'll just have to listen to some of his music: May 24, 2012, Toronto Celebrates Music Icon Bob Dylan's 71st Birthday @ the Drake Hotel. Have a great time! The 12th Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute Thursday May 24 7:00pm @ the Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., Toronto


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Posted by:

James

Location: CA
Web: My link

Subject: Up On Cripple Creek

I read Peter Viney's article about "Up On Cripple Creek", but it didn't answer what I was curious about. Robbie wrote the song, but who suggested its outro to end with a yodel? It sounds fun to perform, but did any of the members loved yodelling before?

Although yodels are traditionally associated with western music, the manner in which the yodel was expressed in that song wasn't traditional western. I also didn't interpret Robbie's lyrics as having a cowboy theme. By the way, thanks to Jan for honoring The Band's legacy with this website!


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Posted by:

Bill M

Three people in Fuzhou sharing a single computer. Would that be poverty or communism? Writing good English though.


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Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Bob Babbitt (David P)

Sorry to hear that, DAVID P, but anyway - Motown classics like "Please Mr. Postman" and "Stop! In The Name Of Love" were necessary daily listening to a highschool band bass player in early sixties.


Entered at Wed May 23 17:06:22 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Blonde On Blonde

Like John D, my search for that Canadian mono mix has been unsuccessful so far. In order to identify that particular mix, look for these matrix numbers etched on the vinyl:

Side 1: XLP11361-1A
Side 2: XLP11362-1A
Side 3: XLP11363-1A
Side 4: XLP11364-1A

According to Sundazed's Bob Irwin, who's had access to the master tape reels, there were 3 early mono mixes prepared in Nashville before the release of the "official" U.S. mono version. The latter featured remixes prepared in L.A. So that unique Canadian mono version was apparently sourced from one of the early Nashville mixes.


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Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Best Coast but no...

John D: That is unfortunate. I'll keep my eyes open for that vinyl Canadian pressing in the bins. More vinyl seems to be appearing all the time in the few records stores that remain (independent mainly). I am in Toronto right now. Back and forth to the best coast. Hope all is well with you.


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Posted by:

John D

I just found the box set your talking about. It's the mono box on vinyl. No these are American mixes.


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Posted by:

John D

Subject: JT

Are you in Victoria? If you are...your up good and early my old friend.


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Posted by:

John D

Subject: Blonde on Blonde

I doubt it. I've been told that if I ever found a mint to nearly mint copy it would cost $300.00 or more; because it is so rare. Where did you find the vinyl series J? Is it from Sundazed? That version I believe is from the American mix.


Entered at Wed May 23 15:05:07 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: 'Blonde on Blonde' in vinyl box set A recent acquisition

John D: Last week I purchased 'Blonde on Blonde' in the vinyl boxed set while in Victoria. Do you know if that is a Canadian pressing or if that has the version of this song that you seek?


Entered at Wed May 23 14:46:31 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: It never hurts to ask.

I think I have asked before. I feel like Abraham looking for the lost sheep. I seem to be searching for the impossible. I am looking for anyone that owns a copy of the 1966 Mono vinyl of BLONDE ON BLONDE. IT MUST BE THE CANADIAN PRESSING.

For those who don't know. Even Rob Bowman didn't know. The mix is extremely unique. It has been called the rough mix. The album has the same number as the U.S. version; which makes it really hard to find. I don't want it, I would just like someone to burn it to CD for me.

When people like Dr. T and Mr. Munson don't own it....you know your looking for something rare.

Why do I want a copy? Because of it's unique mix, the organ was mixed higher. On "Most Likely" you really hear that organ. Every other pressing has suppressed it.

Thanks for reading.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The last time Levon Helm performed in Toronto. I saw him the previous year at Massey Hall with his band. It was the first time I heard him sing a bit of "Ophelia".

Hi Peter. I saw the Waterboys in the 80's in a club I live across the street from now. Absolutely amazing show! My older brother who is not a fan of The Band also really digs them. I was able to burn from him the great live version of "The Pan Within/Because The Night". You only have a greatest hits recording and the most recent one? I have four of their recordings and I would say one of them is not as good as the rest. Now....I can't remember if Karl Wallinger (left band to form World Party - really dig "Ship Of Fools"......was with them when I saw them but when he left....special ingredient was lost ....Anyway, Mike Scott is also a huuuge fan of Van The Man. I bought one of his solo recordings but it fell short for me. I'm glad that you at least enjoyed half of their show. It's great that you get out there and experience live music.


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Entered at Wed May 23 04:06:06 CEST 2012 from (174.116.173.231)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: MP Drive

John D: Good to hear from you and thanks. I listened to MP Drive again. Don't you think it has a "The Weight' feel to it?


Entered at Tue May 22 23:27:22 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Odessa

Couldn't agree more with Dr. T. Marley Purt Drive was one of my favorites. I have a collectors edition with a velvet cover in red. Jose Feliciano covered that particular tune.


Entered at Tue May 22 21:53:41 CEST 2012 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: the Doukhobors want theirs . . .

Apology, that is. I only link this to keep the GB's gossamer D. thread intact - I am of two minds (makes 2 more than usual) on this whole 'apologies' habit -- it's become a way of life here in Canuckistania, don't know about elsewheres -- perhaps when our govt (gagging noise off) is through chopping public services and servants, and the bob swings the other way, they can just establish a Department of Apology (Minister of State for "Sorry"?; Regret and Remorse Canada?) and work through all the collectives and individuals in order. It's more the current insults & injuries they're guilty off that gets up my . . . .

Jed: _Blunderbuss_ is good; kudos to the ravishing Mrs. s., whose choice it was. I have to admit I've never heard Mr. White previously, that I know of -- has he always sounded so much like Robert Plant? (I actually checked the credits on one track . . . !)


Entered at Tue May 22 21:37:27 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: 'Odessa' BeeGees

All the tributes to the BeeGees (first Maurice, then Robin) focus to a great degree on the their significant contribution to what euphemistically is called 'disco music'. It is in fact dance music and should not be denigrated. Similar dance music is held in high repute today by a significant contingent of today's youth. Labels can be dangerous and to label the BeeGees in this way is to miss a large body of earlier work. That being said, I was knocked out by the excellence of the 3 disc album, Odessa, when it came out in 1969. From the opening ('Odessa City on the Black Sea') to the final cut, this was a work of art. Robin Gibb's vocals and the orchestration was superb and one cannot find a finer example of the growth of this trio than that work. The BeeGees had impact in a number of areas, but when all is said and done, Odessa is their masterpiece.


Entered at Tue May 22 21:21:17 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

BEG: I saw the Levon tribute in the listings in Now.


Entered at Tue May 22 21:16:11 CEST 2012 from (174.44.143.11)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Sadavid

My 6th would have been Blunderbluss.Excellent album from Mr. White.


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Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Last 5

Jerry Garcia(Solo Jam & Alternates--from Garcia solo box set);Levon Helm(Dirt Farmer);Neil Young(Rust Never Sleeps);Chuck Leavell(Back To the Woods);Dr. John(Locked Down)


Entered at Tue May 22 20:20:38 CEST 2012 from (38.116.192.105)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thanks Bill M. I didn't know that there was a tribute to Levon at The Drake.


Entered at Tue May 22 17:57:18 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Subject: tribute shows - past and future

Here's a link to a Robbie Robertson tribute booked for Harbourfront in Toronto in mid-August. Runs for a week, so not a concert, I guess.

Also, did any of our other Torontonians make it to the tribute to Levon at the Drake on Thursday?


Entered at Tue May 22 17:51:11 CEST 2012 from (74.203.77.122)

Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC
Web: My link

Just noticed that the Guestbook on Levon's site has been reinstated (it was shut down last year, but looks like it was brought back a few days after he died), and people have been posting there. Some kind remembrances as you scroll back.

As Jan's "What's New" page notes, there will be a 'Levon's birthday Ramble' at his place with Amy, Larry, Teresa et al on 5/26... really nice to see. Looks like the show is sold out already.


Entered at Tue May 22 17:12:56 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Subject: Junkhouse

JT: Thanks for the correction. That it's the first, rather than the last, helps explain the Tragically Hip thing. I'd never paid much attention to them so thought that Colin Cripps was an original member; his absence from "Strays" is why I figured it must be late career. I did get one of their other CDs from the library years ago - the one with the song about seeing Crowbar in Grand Bend (or one of those beach venues) - and my sense is that it was very different from "Strays". Evolution, as you say.


Entered at Tue May 22 17:00:01 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Junkhouse

Junkhouse: I saw them open for Bob Dylan at Copp's Coliseum in 1992. It is a large arena and sound was not optimum to be frank. They were very good nevertheless. 3 albums with Stray the first. It is interesting always to see an excellent artist's evolution.


Entered at Tue May 22 16:04:23 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Toronto

Marge: It's somehow nice to know that you check in here now and then. Be well!

My five are mostly pretty obscure, mostly because a house I drove by on Saturday morning was the scene of a garage sale. The non-obscure item was BARK's "Let's Frolic Again", perhaps in subliminal tribute to Steve, reflecting his active advocacy on the album's behalf. The three that I picked up at the garage sale were:

"Volume 1" by John T Davis and Jim Heimeman - a sold-from-the-stage comp of songs recorded during their long R&B/jazz residency at Toronto's Rex Hotel.

A comp of Jackie Mittoo ska and reggae instrumentals, interspersed with clips from a couple of interesting campus-radio interviews. Mittoo was a stalwart in Coxone Dodds' Studio One in the early '60s, and a founder of the Skatalites (sp?). He moved to Toronto in the late '60s, and died here in 1990. I'm thinking that this one's a mix-tape tarted up with a home-computer-generated cover.

"Strays" by Junkhouse, Tom Wilson's pre-BARK group. Perhaps their final album, done at a time when they apparently saw themselves as a mini Tragically Hip.

The fifth, and the one I was listening to when I hit the garage sale, is still in the care and I can't recall the title. But it's a really impressive improvisational jazz thing featuring pianist Paul Bley and some local Toronto jazz guys. Despite Bley's presence, the name on the cover is Geordie MacDonald, who has had a long and varied career in the avant garde but whose place (if any) in music history is likely to continue to be a footnote: as drummer in Four To Go, aka Neil Young and the New Squires circa 1965.


Entered at Tue May 22 15:50:03 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

More sad news to report -- Motown session bassist Bob Babbitt, a key member of The Funk Brothers, is seriously ill following complications from a brain tumor.


Entered at Tue May 22 15:45:04 CEST 2012 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Subject: last five

The Band: _Moondog Matinee_
Linda Ronstadt: _What's New_
Gotye: _Making Mirrors_
Jack White: _Blunderbuss_
The Band (NOQ): _After the Waltz_ vol.1


Entered at Tue May 22 13:46:15 CEST 2012 from (70.29.29.78)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

5 Songs I keep playing on my iPod at the moment:

Anchorage...Michelle Shocked
Come A Long Way...Michelle Shocked
Salvation...Robert Randolph and The Family Band
I Still Belong To Jesus...Robert Randolph and The Family Band
Last Chance...Nicki Minaj


Entered at Tue May 22 13:42:58 CEST 2012 from (174.116.173.231)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: On the plane to Toronto

Its a 4 hour flight (after the short hop from Victoria to Vancouver) and a great way to pass the time is to listen to too much amassed music. 1. Blonde on Blonde (B.Dylan) 2. Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (J. Hiatt) 3. Blood on the Tracks (Mary Lee's Corvette) 4. Boxer (The National) 5. So Beautiful or So What (P. Simon)


Entered at Tue May 22 13:32:41 CEST 2012 from (70.29.29.78)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Colin, Robbie and Tom

Kind of Blue...Miles Davis
It's Too Late To Stop Now...Van Morrison
Best of BB King
The King Of In Between...Garland Jeffreys
Arkansas Traveller...Michelle Shocked


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Posted by:

Roger

Location: Birmingham UK

Subject: Last Five

1. The Duke and The King - Felice Bros

2. The Chieftains - Voice of Ages

3. The Harrow and The Harvest - Gillian Welch

4. Old Ideas - Leaonard Cohen

5. Yo-Yo Marr Plays Ennio Morricone


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Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: Tom Jones

He of course has been doing the Rick rubin thing for a decade: the version of prince's kiss started it. He can do blues and rock extremely well, and is a sublime country singer. I'd love to hear him do the weight, or unfaithful servant....


Entered at Tue May 22 09:51:43 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Spirit in The room

Currently listening to yesterday's release by Tom Jones, highly acclaimed like the last one. It's very much the Rick Rubin theory of ageing singer with more modern material than they're used to, though in Tom's case "more modern" is Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen and Richard Thompson. I don't think he adds anything to Tower of Song, but Paul Simon's Love and Blessing's and Richard Thompson's Dimming of The day alone are worth the price of admission.


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Posted by:

Marge

Subject: Steve's birthday

It was a tough day yesterday! No one misses Steve more than me. I am touched that you acknowledged his birthday, and greatly appreciate your kind words. Thank you all.


Entered at Tue May 22 03:17:01 CEST 2012 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

I DO listen to contemporary music. Still, when life is stressful and time is precious I reach for, as Guy Clark says, 'stuff that works'. Tried and true. Comfort music. Got Bobby Charles singing 'Tennessee Blues' right now.


Entered at Tue May 22 02:33:17 CEST 2012 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

Subject: last 5

Muddy Waters - Woodstock Album
Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark
Gene Clark aka White Light
Danko, Fjeld, Andersen
Dylan - World Gone Wrong


Entered at Mon May 21 21:56:01 CEST 2012 from (108.82.188.117)

Posted by:

glenn t

Subject: last 5

1. george harrison: early takes

2. traffic: mr. fantasy

3. civil wars: live at eddie's attic

4. ollabelle: ollabelle

5. little steven & disciples of soul: men without women


Entered at Mon May 21 21:33:38 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: R.I.P. robert Nix

If April is the cruellest month, May can't be far behind. I just learned that Robert Nix has died, former drummer for The Candymen and Atlanta Rhythm Section. In addition, he was the studio drummer for some of the Classics IV recordings and co-writer of Billy Joe Royal's "Cherry Hill Park."


Entered at Mon May 21 20:43:34 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Last 5

STAGE FRIGHT -- The Band (Mobile Fidelity LP reissue)
THE FANTASTIC EXPEDITION OF DILLARD & CLARK (Sundazed LP reissue)
JOHNNY SMITH s/t (Verve LP)
RUBBER SOUL -- The Beatles (Parlophone LP)
GP -- Gram Parsons (new Mobile Fidelity SACD hybrid)


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Posted by:

Carmen

Location: PA

Subject: Last 5

Kings of Leon - Only By THe Night

The Band -The Best of A Musical History

Neil Young - On The Beach

Eric Clapton -20th Century Masters

Roger Waters -Live In Berlin


Entered at Mon May 21 19:21:36 CEST 2012 from (108.54.247.103)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Robin Gibb

Quoted from the obit posted by Serenity,

"First Donna Summer passes and now another 70s icon, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees passes," actress Marlee Matlin tweeted Sunday I may be nit-picking, but I found it very strange as Marlee Matlin is deaf.


Entered at Mon May 21 06:07:11 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: Robin Gibb dead at 62.

Loved these guys!!

(CNN) -- Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the group the Bee Gees behind "Saturday Night Fever" and other now-iconic sounds from the 1970s, died on Sunday, according to a statement on his website.

Gibb "passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," said the statement, which was attributed to his family. He died in England at 10:47 a.m. (5:47 a.m. ET), according to a post on his official Twitter feed.

News of his death set off a torrent of reaction in social media. Musician Bryan Adams, for instance, lamented "another great singer dying too young" on Twitter, while fellow British band Duran Duran and current pop sensation Bruno Mars were among many who posted their condolences.

"The Bee Gees were/are the gold standard when it comes to pop/r&b melody, harmony and vocal arrangement. Massive loss," wrote prolific pop songwriter Claude Kelly on his Twitter feed.

Reflecting on the career of Robin Gibb Queen's Brian May lauded Gibb and his "amazing voice, so distinctive and expressive" in a statement on his website.

"For me, the music of the Bee Gees really has peaks as high as any mountain ever climbed by a Pop/Rock group," May said. "The Bee Gees will never be forgotten."

Read what other celebrities said about Gibb on Twitter

Diagnosed with colon and liver cancer, Gibb had been in a coma as he battled pneumonia earlier this spring, representative Doug Wright said.

Doctors believe that Gibb had a secondary tumor, Wright said April 14, confirming a news account in the UK newspaper The Sun. Gibb had emergency surgery in 2010 for a blocked bowel and then had more surgery for a twisted bowel, Wright confirmed.

The only surviving member of the three Bee Gees is brother Barry, 65.

Robin's twin brother, Maurice, died in 2003 from a twisted bowel. And younger brother Andy Gibb -- who was not part of the group -- died at 30 from a heart infection.

Robin Gibb's death followed by just three days the loss of another major star of the 1970s disco era -- Donna Summer, who died Thursday of lung cancer at 63.

"First Donna Summer passes and now another 70s icon, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees passes," actress Marlee Matlin tweeted Sunday.

Robin Gibb was born in 1949 on Isle of Man off the British coast, and the Gibb boys grew up in Manchester. The family later moved to Redcliffe, Australia, where their group performed on television as the B.G.'s -- a moniker they later altered to the Bee Gees. Their father, Hughie, was a drummer and big-band leader.

The family returned to England in the 1960s, and they began to emerge on an international scale. Through the end of that decade and into the next, they crafted melodies that utilized their unique voices to gain acclaim thanks to songs like "To Love Somebody," "Lonely Days" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart."

By the mid-1970s, they transitioned to develop more dance-oriented hits such as "Jive Talkin' " and "Nights on Broadway."

Yet for all these earlier successes, the Bee Gees skyrocketed to new heights with the 1977 release of "Saturday Night Fever," a movie starring John Travolta that was built around the group's falsetto voices and disco-friendly songs.

In the latter part of the 1970s, the Bee Gees "dominated dance floors and airwaves. With their matching white suits, soaring high harmonies and polished, radio-friendly records, they remain one of the essential touchstones to that ultra-commercial era," the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says on its website.

"Saturday Night Fever" and the group's 1979 album "Spirits Having Flown" yielded six No. 1 hits, "making the Bee Gees the only group in pop history to write, produce and record that many consecutive chart-topping singles," according to the Hall of Fame.

While often more in the background, Robin Gibb was the lead singer on several of the Bee Gees' top tunes including "I Started a Joke" and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You." He also recorded several solo albums during his career.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the Bee Gees sold more than 200 million albums, and their soundtrack album to "Saturday Night Fever" was the top-selling album until Michael Jackson's "Thriller" claimed that distinction in the 1980s.

In a 2008 interview with Music Week, Robin Gibb shared one of his all-important rules for songwriting: "always keep a tape running," in order to capture a moment of brilliance and inspiration.

"You never know in a three-hour writing session when you are going to come up with something and then if you'll remember it completely," he said. "All the ideas, everything, will be on tape and then you can always refer back at any time.

"Melodies will be born for the first time during writing and unless you have it on tape you haven't got any way of remembering them. That is a cardinal rule."

He also spoke of how he found it "good to have deadlines and pressure."

"We certainly had a deadline with 'Fever' to write all those songs. I think, in one week, we wrote 'How Deep Is Your Love,' 'Night Fever,' 'Stayin' Alive,' 'If I Can't Have You' and the rest. Having a deadline sharpens you up, it gets you out of bed and it stops you going to bed, too," Gibb said.

Gibb is survived by his wife, Dwina; his daughter, Melissa, and sons Spencer and Robin-John.

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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Posted by:

Kristie

Location: Nelson, BC

Subject: Last 5

Five last listens:

Band of Gypsies-Jimi Hendrix

After the Gold rush-Neil Young

Berlin-Lou Reed

The birth of Soul-Ray Charles

Blessed-Lucinda williams

I am finding it difficult to listen to the Band right now. I get very sad thinking about how I never got to see them in concert.


Entered at Mon May 21 01:19:53 CEST 2012 from (24.108.242.146)

Posted by:

Rockin Chair

Location: Pacific Northwest

Subject: Dropping Like Flies

As the years go by, sadly we loose more and more of our generations. Thinking of Steve as well.........and I just logged on, and news always flashes up as I go on Line.

Robbin Gibb of the Bee Gees has just died of cancer. My wife Susan's sister Donna is married to a life long buddy of mine, Bernie. Bernie came from Nova Scotia to Port McNeill about '66. We were buddies living in the bunk house there and working for the logging company in the bush.

Bernie worked his entire career with that company. He spent his last 18 years of work manager of Holberg Camp. Pretty much the biggest logging operation on the North Vancouver Island. About 3 years ago when he reitred, no sooner retired and found he had cancer. He's been doing everything to fight it. Now he is on kemotherapy. If it works he's got a couple years. If it doesn't he's got a couple of months.

It's getting real hard saying good by to life long friends this way, like when I lost Bill a couple of years ago. So y'all stay healthy and enjoy every day, and give some one a smile.

Yesterday as I worked on the decks of that Rockin Chair, I let my computer play my music cranked up in that harbour. It randomely selected from several hundred songs I have on there. From the "Best of the Band" came "The Weight". I stopped sanding and laid back on the deck looking up in a clear blue sky listening to that familiar voice and reminicsing a life time of music. It's hard to believe that voice is gone. As I went back to sanding, damn if Ophelia didn't come on, my all time favourite BAND song. It's close to the heart........y'know.


Entered at Mon May 21 00:54:31 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Subject: The Waterboys

Review of The Waterboys added to my blog (see link). It's very mixed indeed. I thought the first half was pretty abysmal, and the second half brilliant.


Entered at Mon May 21 00:50:59 CEST 2012 from (124.170.196.30)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: 5 last plays

Sam bush circles around me

Average white band awb

Elton John tumbleweed connection

Ian Anderson thick as a brick 2

Phil ochs (forgotten name of album)


Entered at Sun May 20 20:46:46 CEST 2012 from (82.132.237.177)

Posted by:

Lee

Subject: 5 Recent Plays

Johnnie Johnson & The Kentucky Headhunters That'll Work Freddy King Burglar Black Crowes Croweology Levon Helm American Son The Band Rock of Ages


Entered at Sun May 20 19:59:41 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: 5 Most Recent Plays

Five most recent plays:

The Best of The Waterboys

An Appointment with Mr Yeats – The Waterboys

The Lion’s Roar – First Aid Kit

Birds Fly South – The Mastersons

Sweetnighter – Weather Report

I'm seeing The Waterboys in about an hour.


Entered at Sun May 20 19:06:18 CEST 2012 from (86.167.250.248)

Posted by:

Dunc

Location: Scotland

Subject: Missing Steve

I miss Steve too. There was a time when I felt that the posts became wider. The Band united us, but I liked and like hearing about other topics, including farming, life in other parts of the world, the Toronto music scene, buying a house in another part of the world, amassing a large album collection and the input from the ladies. Keep on going Joan.

I also liked hearing about what albums we have been listening to.

The last five albums I listened to were:

Rock of Ages The Band

The Convincer Nick Lowe

Long May You Run The Stills/Young Band

The Guitar Player Davey Graham

The Best of the Marvellettes What are the last five albums you listened to?


Entered at Sun May 20 18:39:35 CEST 2012 from (108.54.247.103)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Steve

Steve brought a very interesting life to share with us on the GB. I miss him.


Entered at Sun May 20 18:33:31 CEST 2012 from (83.249.105.140)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Nordic Countries

I second to Peter V and Dlew and like to add ice hockey. Recent World Championship plays in Stockholm and Helsinki would certainly have been commented by him.


Entered at Sun May 20 15:58:20 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

I often think of Steve … the number of things he told us all about agriculture, dairy farming, food preserving, garage cleaning, guitar playing, tractor maintenance, politics the universe and everything … there are so many things to remind us. RIP, and sadly missed.


Entered at Sun May 20 13:34:25 CEST 2012 from (124.170.196.30)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: The late great and much missed Steve

Got a notice that today is Steve's birthday. If marge still checks in, I'm thinking of you on a difficult day for you.


Entered at Sat May 19 13:17:38 CEST 2012 from (65.95.182.102)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Robbie Robertson Signing Autographs arriving in Cleveland for the Rock n Roll HOF Induction

Happy Irie long weekend to all Canadians....We're just about to leave the city. Yeah!


Entered at Sat May 19 13:15:22 CEST 2012 from (65.95.182.102)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thank you mike h. If you check again, there's actually 8 episodes.

PacBell "Rain Children" 1988 Starring Levon Helm


Entered at Sat May 19 12:28:15 CEST 2012 from (71.184.194.88)

Posted by:

Tim

Location: Boston

Subject: Wish you were here tonight

Thanks for posting that link for Wish you were here tonight. I have some vivid recollections of The Band playing that song in 1985 and 1986. Having never heard it before I was excited they were playing new songs on that Fall 85 tour. Having caught them about 4-5 times on previous reunion tours i was itching for a new album and thought these new songs meant something was in the works. They had just added Jim Weider line up thought that was a great move to go back to 5 man. That fall I drove up to Woodstock and was driving around to see the area. Rick was on the local radio station plugging a show that evening (might have been a Rick Richard show, probably at the getaway inn, I didnt catch it) The station then played a demo of the song they had recorded so they definitely have a studio version somewhere of that song. years later (early days of the guestbook) I tried to track down that song, All I could remember, I thought the title was All Imagination, or something along those lines. After picking up some boots on The Band trade sites did i find WYWHT and then discover it was a cover. Still a great song. Was very disappointed when it wasn't on the 93 comeback album. A very Band like song with great harmonies


Entered at Fri May 18 20:34:59 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Kevin: A headline that caught my eye in the last week was "Travolta Massage Lawsuit A Work Of Pulp Friction." :-)


Entered at Fri May 18 17:05:17 CEST 2012 from (70.50.65.228)

Posted by:

Kevin J

A headline today read ‘Limbless athlete swims from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia” ………which reminded me of my favorite headline ever……..a body was found in New York years back and the headline in one of the tabloids read “Headless body in Topless Bar”………………Favorite album title….Joe Walsh…”You Bought it – You Name it”……………..


Entered at Fri May 18 16:47:45 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Dillard & Clark

Last month for Record Store Day the Sundazed label released a 45 single of Dillard & Clark's "Why Not Your Baby" b/w "Lyin' Down In The Middle". These songs were recorded in early 1969, between the release of "Fantastic Expedition..." and "Through the Morning, Through the Night". Another great Sundazed RSD release was the 45 single of Gene Clark's "One In A Hundred" b/w "She's The Kind Of Girl", which reunited him with his former Byrds bandmates. Glad I picked up both these fantastic limited release singles.


Entered at Fri May 18 14:52:52 CEST 2012 from (124.170.196.30)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: Someone somewhere is putting a great band together



Entered at Fri May 18 13:45:20 CEST 2012 from (94.193.80.218)

Posted by:

Lee

Sorry didn't see earlier posts. Through The Morning Through The Night with Don't Let Me Down???


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Posted by:

Lee

Gene Clark recorded an album with the Dillards that I forget the name of but recall being played very frequently when i had it knocking around.


Entered at Fri May 18 03:13:21 CEST 2012 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

Location: Alabama
Web: My link

Subject: banjos etc

The Horse are back. Bludgeoning tunes like only they can. Link is to "Oh Susanna". Can't wait to hear them do "God Save the Queen".

RIP Doug Dillard. A real darling.


Entered at Thu May 17 21:49:47 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Web: My link

Forgot to insert the link.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: I Feel Love

Several versions up there … this linked one is particularly good.


Entered at Thu May 17 19:14:52 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Subject: RIP Donna Summer Dead at 63

Hi guys!! Great posts, and especially to you BEG for the links.

This article came in my e-mails from CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Donna Summer, the "Queen of Disco" whose hits included "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls," "Love to Love You Baby" and "She Works Hard for the Money," has died, a representative said Thursday. She was 63.

There was no immediate information about the cause of death.

"Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith," a family statement said. "While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time."

Summer first rose to fame the mid-'70s, thanks to "Love to Love You Baby." The song, with Summer's whispered vocals and orgasmic groans, supported by heavily synthesized backing tracks, helped define the mid-'70s disco trend and hit No. 2 in 1976. Summer followed the song with such hits as "I Feel Love," "Last Dance" and a disco-fied version of the Richard Harris hit "MacArthur Park," which outdid Harris' version by hitting No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. It was Summer's first of four chart-toppers.

2008: Donna Summer's onstage inspiration But with her 1979 album "Bad Girls," Summer broke out of the disco mold as the genre, which had become renewed by the success of the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack, was feeling a backlash. "Bad Girls" demonstrated Summer's vocal and stylistic range and produced two No. 1 hits, "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls," as well as a Top 10 ballad, "Dim All the Lights."

However, Summer had some trouble adjusting to the changing times. Her next album, "The Wanderer," went for more of a rock feel. It produced a Top 10 hit in the title track but fared relatively poorly on the charts -- especially after the success of "Bad Girls," a double album that spent five weeks at No. 1.

It wasn't until 1983's "She Works Hard for the Money," which became a ubiquitous video as well as a big radio hit, that Summer's fame approached its late '70s zenith.

"I don't like to be categorized because I think that I am an instrument, and if you play me, I'll make whatever particular sound is supposed to come out for that color, and so, in the overall spectrum of things, I'm just trying to be true to my, what I feel my mission is," Summer told CNN in a 2008 interview.

Keep up the good postings my friends. God Bless

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxoxo


Entered at Thu May 17 19:08:09 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Dillards

Moving progressively from traditional bluegrass The Dillards recorded an impressive string of albums.

Wheatstraw Suite
Copperfields
Roots and Branches
Tribute to the American Duck


Entered at Thu May 17 19:02:48 CEST 2012 from (108.54.247.103)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: losses

RIP Doug Dillard and Donna Summer. It's getting to the point where I am afraid to open the newspaper. I guess I will just have to accept the fact that as I age, so will everyone around me. But it doesn't mean I have to like it.


Entered at Thu May 17 18:46:21 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

Donabie

Subject: Doug Dillard

Very sorry to hear of the death of Doug Dillard. I got to know Rodney and Doug; after interviews with them in Toronto on CHUM-FM and CKLG-FM in Vancouver. The choir and band getting bigger in 2012.


Entered at Thu May 17 18:34:09 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Donna Summer RIP

Oh, dear. Not a good day or month. Donna Summer, RIP.

I Feel Love has been rightly hailed as one of the major "influential" 45s on what followed.


Entered at Thu May 17 18:30:59 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Agreed, though I didn't personally find Wheatstraw Suite until early 1971 when Woolworths had cut out bins full of copies. I bought one for about 30p, took it home, listened all weekend, then went back on Monday and bought a stack and gave one to each of my pals for Christmas. It resides in full on the in car iPod in 2012, as when Mrs V and I fail to agree on what to listen to, it's the default album. Copperfields is on there too. Then I bought The Fantastic Expedition. A few years ago,. I got The Folkswingers "12 String guitar" album from 1963 on vinyl, featuring Doug & Rodney Dillard with Glen Campbell.

In fact Sweetheart of The Rodeo was an emerging tip of an iceberg that had been there waiting a long time. Funnily enough, we were discussing that in my local secondhand vinyl store just this morning … how The Byrds were so badly received initially in the UK, and derided because they seemed unable to tune up, but in fact they had long pedigrees. We were discussing whether to get the reissued 1963 album by The Hillmen.


Entered at Thu May 17 18:21:20 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: A Good Feeling To Know

Many of us can still vividly recall all of the wonderful music we received in 1968.

Music From Big Pink
The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo
The Dillards' Wheatstraw Suite
The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark

And that was just the beginning, as the train took us rockin' on a journey through the country.


Entered at Thu May 17 18:05:46 CEST 2012 from (199.19.138.101)

Posted by:

Charlie Y

Location: Down in Old Virginny

Subject: Doug Dillard

I'm also saddened to hear of the passing of Doug Dillard, a guy who quietly pioneered new musical paths in Los Angeles in the 1960s and '70s with The Dillards, Gene Clark and others. I got to meet him with his brother Rodney a few years ago at a reunion show by The Dillards. He was a kind and gracious man. Thanks for the music, Doug.


Entered at Thu May 17 16:52:23 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Dillards

Some music evokes good feelings and sensitivities surrounding the maturation of musical tastes. That is what the Dillards do for me. I recall vividly the age of FM radio and alternative music rising in Toronto in the early 60s and the Dillards were prominently played by people like Dave Pritchard and others. That was a wonderful time for radio and that experience educated us to what was 'hidden' to that time. The Dillards were a wonderful example of their music genre.


Entered at Thu May 17 16:36:32 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Very sorry to hear about Doug Dillard. I've enjoyed his work for many, many years.


Entered at Thu May 17 16:28:17 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: R.I.P. Doug Dillard

The great banjo player Doug Dillard passed away last night at a Nashville hospital.


Entered at Thu May 17 15:45:40 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Berkely, CA tribute to Bob Dylan & The Band w/ Maria Muldaur, David Gans, Country Joe & more May 31st.


Entered at Thu May 17 15:21:26 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Levon singing in '88 PacBell tv ad.


Entered at Thu May 17 14:33:06 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Dylan & The Hawks 46-yrs ago today.


Entered at Thu May 17 13:55:49 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Nice BEG.

Link to downloads of a number of Tour '74 Dylan & The Band gigs.


Entered at Thu May 17 13:47:28 CEST 2012 from (69.158.25.35)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Part 4


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Part 3


Entered at Thu May 17 13:45:10 CEST 2012 from (69.158.25.35)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Part 2


Entered at Thu May 17 13:43:42 CEST 2012 from (69.158.25.35)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Song to Soul The Weight Part 1 from Japanese TV


Entered at Thu May 17 13:31:37 CEST 2012 from (69.158.25.35)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Thu May 17 13:28:12 CEST 2012 from (69.158.25.35)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

1994 Levon Interview

Hi mike h and Nomadic Mike...Please don't encourage me. lol


Entered at Thu May 17 04:41:59 CEST 2012 from (99.89.226.221)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Subject: Timothy B Schmit

May 29 Timothy B Schmit , at BBkings, NYC. Garth has recorded with him, so,barring previous commitments , ya never know


Entered at Wed May 16 22:00:38 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Thanks Mike. I like the angle from which BEG comes from w/ all of her links.

BTW - PSB recently infomed me that the Danko "Rolling Thunder Revue" sound clip was the live debut of "It Makes No Difference". PSB was in the crowd sitting near a moustache-less Danko.


Entered at Wed May 16 21:41:11 CEST 2012 from (184.145.75.32)

Posted by:

Mike Nomad

Subject: vid links

Mike H and Angie: It's like the battle of the YouTube stars. Thanks! Bring it on!


Entered at Wed May 16 19:25:57 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Rick Danko during the Rolling Thunder Revue ('75 in CT).


Entered at Wed May 16 17:50:53 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Short promo clip for "Prof. Louie & The Crowmatix" new "Wings On Fire" album.


Entered at Wed May 16 17:09:45 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Major Wolcott's Medicine Show

JT and LvdB: Of course there's a "Heaven's Gate" connection to Ronnie Hawkins, who played Major Wolcott and survived a stunt explosion gone awry that killed his horse.

After touring with Dylan in Rolling Thunder, David Mansfield, Steven Soles and T Bone Burnett formed The Alpha Band, a group I really enjoyed, but few seem to remember today. The recorded several interesting albums that featured various sidemen. (see link)

David Mansfield also worked on the great soundtrack for the 2000 film "Songcatcher", which featured Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Dolly Parton, Gilian Welch, Deana Carter and other female singers.


Entered at Wed May 16 16:22:15 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

"Traum Day" (Aug. '11) in Woodstock, NY w/ Happy, Levon, John Sebastian, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams.


Entered at Wed May 16 15:49:30 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: David Mansfield

Since I brought it up and so far there have been 'no takers' ....I am sure that many here know of David Mansfield. Wiki gives the highlights but his work during the 75-78 period with Dylan and then an outline of his subsequent work. His soundtrack for Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino's ill-fated masterpiece) is well worth a listen.


Entered at Wed May 16 13:52:51 CEST 2012 from (69.158.87.177)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Wed May 16 13:35:38 CEST 2012 from (69.158.87.177)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Episode 1: Bob Dylan's Old, Weird America

Download and listen to Down in the Flood 1 (68:50 min., 64 MB)


Entered at Wed May 16 13:19:20 CEST 2012 from (69.158.87.177)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"Instead, what we find in The Old, Weird America is a verbal attempt to match the discursive, rambling, reference-hopping spirit of those sessions in ’67, and if Marcus at times rumbles and tumbles all over the place, we can forgive him—his weirdness is merely an attempt to match the verve, audacity, and strangeness of The Basement Tapes."


Entered at Wed May 16 05:25:12 CEST 2012 from (65.95.95.111)

Posted by:

Bill M

The cover photo for the latest edition of Marcus's "Old Weird America" shows Bob, Robbie, Rick and Richard - with Richard playing a steel guitar. Sadavid says it looks photoshopped, but I have no eye for such detail.


Entered at Wed May 16 03:49:51 CEST 2012 from (184.66.96.46)

Posted by:

BONK

Location: SaltSpring Island/Cabbagetown

Subject: Peter V

Thanks for the info Peter. I have two songs on my desktop that I wanted to share but it won't let me do it. One is an AVI, and one is just a song from Jim Byrnes that I thought was appropriate at this time. It's called 'what are they doing in heaven to-night'. I'll keep trying. Thank you. Carl


Entered at Wed May 16 00:25:56 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

……wonder about the Hawks days – 59-65 period what some of the live variations in set-up would have been……..Anyhow…. Imagine just walking into a bar and hearing Richard singing………….Some people want Time Machine vehicles back to the Roman hedonistic peak times - I would settle for Yonge Street early 1960’s…….Some here were there – lucky people…………………and our town’s Walk of Fame has Nickelback in it and no Band…..Shame!


Entered at Tue May 15 23:57:46 CEST 2012 from (99.141.26.225)

Posted by:

Adam

I always wondered if Richard played it on "In A Station" as well. The sounds during the "Isn't everybody dreaming?" section really sound like Richard contributing subtle colors on that pedal steel guitar that was around the basement of Big Pink.


Entered at Tue May 15 23:54:20 CEST 2012 from (99.141.26.225)

Posted by:

Adam

Subject: Richard's slide playing

I was just thinking about this last night. Richard had musical training on slide/dobro, yet they used it so rarely in their catalogue. "Thinkin' Out Loud" from Cahoots was the first time he played it on record, and although he is seen playing it at the end of TLW, I've never heard the instrument in the audio mix. A few bootleg Basement Tapes tracks might have him on slide, but other than those instances, I don't think it was ever used again. "Daniel & The Sacred Harp" - Robbie is playing slide on his electric guitar. You can tell from the phrasing, sound of the strings and open tuning that it's Robbie on an open tuned standard guitar. Richard played lap style dobro, which would have produced a similar - though ultimately different - sound.


Entered at Tue May 15 22:15:10 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

I've often wondered if a lap steel or Dobro was used on "Daniel and the Sacred Harp", although I believe none was credited.


Entered at Tue May 15 22:14:38 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Steve S: The movie channel was playing some old biography of John Philip Sousa yesterday. Not something I'd normally watch, but it was on when I sat down on the chesterfield - and fortunately there was an interesting bit that reminded me to acknowledge your interesting couple of posts about the US south and attitudes still prevalent there. I have absolutely no idea whether things really happened as portrayed, but Sousa and band were in the south and after playing "Dixie" as a free preview before the concert, he made a big thing of promising to play "Dixie" three times during the concert, and again as each and every encore - plus he told a story of how Lincoln had asked that "Dixie" be the only song played when Lee met Grant. Roars of approval from the crowd. And then he introduced his special guests at the outdoor concert before the formal indoor concert, the local black choir. After all the "Dixie" business the assembled white burghers could do little more than look askance when the choir then sang what I think is "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic" (the one about John Brown's body). Presumably the choir represented the people who were singing "la la la" in TNTDODD and the burghers "na na na".


Entered at Tue May 15 21:46:18 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: TLW and Heaven's Gate

Thank you for the clip ending TLW. It is supremely beautiful and listening to it again was a useful interlude to an otherwise mundane day. Has anyone noticed the similarity in effect and mood between that piece of music and the soundtrack music from Mansfield's score of Heaven's Gate (a movie that was panned in the USA and hailed at Cannes - I have watched it repeatedly and admire it for its slow and painstaking story development and for its mood and beauty)?


Entered at Tue May 15 21:37:37 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

JQ: He used it on the end Theme to The Last Waltz (see link).


Entered at Tue May 15 21:27:45 CEST 2012 from (166.147.88.17)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Steel

David P - Was that, TLW for The Weight, the only time Richard used that instrument? That sound wasn't on the original and I can't really hear it on the TLW version -


Entered at Tue May 15 21:17:50 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Steel Guitar

JQ: Richard Manuel played the Hawaiian, or lap, steel guitar, which he studied while at the Ontario Conservatory of Music. (see link)


Entered at Tue May 15 20:57:53 CEST 2012 from (166.147.88.20)

Posted by:

JQ

Subject: Steel Guitar

I'm pretty certain that The Band never used this instument in any recording. Am I right about that?

I was thinking about Greil Marcus' commentary in one of the documentaries, that King Harvest was not country music, but I think more than fiddles, banjos & mandolins the steel guitar is a strict mark of country music only and would have been an interesting sound add for that song and some others too.


Entered at Tue May 15 20:37:22 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Peter: The other alternative available here in the U.S., and one more feasible for one convicted on federal murder charges, is to seek commutation from the President, reducing the length of the sentence.


Entered at Tue May 15 20:03:19 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

There are fascinating aspects to the Peltier case. In Britain, he would have been released on parole after twenty to thirty years (the latter “at most”) as the murder wasn’t serial, nor did it involve pre-planning, children or perversion. It did involve “police” which would extend it considerably, but he'd still get out eventually. Peltier’s problem is that he’s seeking a pardon, i.e. someone to say they’re overturning the judgment. I don’t know about the USA, but here you wouldn’t get parole while you still denied you were guilty. He has refused to do that. He was heavily involved even if you accept his argument 100%, but confessing would surely have seen him free by now.

I still think it shows that the aboriginal movement wasn’t considered a serious issue, one worth turning a blind eye and granting an amnesty. There are many cases connected to the IRA where known mass killers are now respectable, and one of the big ones of terrorist turned politician was Menachem Begin. My old boss was an army sergeant who pulled some of the NINETY-ONE corpses out of the rubble after the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946, and could never accept that people would talk to Begin or shake hands with him.

Peltier’s problem is that his movement was too small and ineffective to be worth placating.


Entered at Tue May 15 20:01:51 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: The Day They Pardoned Virgil Caine

On May 29, 1865 President Andrew Johnson signed a proclamation offering amnesty & pardon to certain persons who'd participated in the rebellion of the Confederacy, provided that they took an oath of allegiance. Confederate officials, officers, and wealthy slave/land owners were not included, as they had to seek amnesty through special application to the President. On Christmas Day 1868, however, Pres. Johnson issued universal amnesty & pardon "to every person who directly or indirectly" paticipated in the late insurrection & rebellion.

"...There goes Robert E. Lee." -- In one of those interesting footnotes to history, in was President Gerald R. Ford who actually pardoned General Robert E. Lee, as well as Richard M. Nixon and W.W. II's Tokyo Rose. Although Gen. Lee had signed his amnesty oath on Oct. 2, 1865, William H. Seward, the Secretary of State at the time, supposedly gave the application to a friend as a souvenir. It wasn't until 1970 that an employee at the National Archives discovered Lee's amnesty oath in the records of the State Department. Following a joint Congressional resolution, on August 5, 1975, President Ford restored full rights of citizenship, retroactive to June 13, 1865.


Entered at Tue May 15 19:51:01 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Re Leonard Peltier, I think Kevin J's right that there's no chance of him being pardoned until Obama's on his way out the door. Consequently, there's no point in others burning up political capital in attempting to get Obama to move sooner. As for the case, as Peter V and David P have both stated, it's really complex - which is why it's odd to see mention of the largely unquestioned outcome - murdered FBI agents - as opposed to how they got to that state and who exactly did it, i.e., the complex stuff. By the way, how many appeals can be made in the US, theoretically, top to bottom? I can't imagine the number even demanding use of all fingers.


Entered at Tue May 15 18:31:03 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

See above LINK to Leonard Pelletier

“I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch/He said to me, "You must not ask for so much"/And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door/She cried to me, "Hey, why not ask for more?"

L. Cohen had it right……………Some people will always ask for more…..and most interviewers ( read 99% of the dopes that are hired to do these things) can always be counted on to ask for less………..”Ask him about Dylan and being booed in 1966……everyone wants to hear about this” Yikes, RR gave close to 1000 interviews February through June 2011 and not a single question about Leonard Pelletier……………..15 years earlier, he writes a song about Pelletier, spends the better part of a year talking about his case, lobbies the government of the day strongly and then Clinton uses up one of his pardons on Marc Rich……..RR criticizes this loudly and then goes on the Grammys in front of 40 million viewers and proclaims “Shame….I guess Leonard Pelletier wasn’t Marc Rich enough”…..The next 8 years George W was in power and not a chance of a Presidential pardon – quite obviously. The next chance would be at the end of Obama’s 2nd term…….but the sad fact is that there are no votes in helping aboriginals…….and comparatively little money later on for these big projects that ex-President’s like to take on…………….Hint: Even though Marc Rich never returned to the USA……What do you think the chances are he and his people have helped financially with Clinton’s various worldwide initiatives….


Entered at Tue May 15 17:41:30 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

The striped jacket worn by Bob Dylan for the "Basement Tapes" album up for auction (ends May 24, '12).


Entered at Tue May 15 16:30:41 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Peltier

The reality of the complex case is that no American president, especially one seeking re-election, is going to pardon someone convicted (upheld after countless appeals) of the premeditated murder of two FBI agents, who were both shot in the head at point-blank range with an AR-15 after being seriously wounded.


Entered at Tue May 15 13:41:28 CEST 2012 from (184.144.104.51)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Leonard Cohen at Massey Hall last night.


Entered at Tue May 15 13:34:12 CEST 2012 from (184.144.104.51)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Zoomer Radio


Entered at Tue May 15 13:26:49 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

RR's new "Gear" website tab.


Entered at Tue May 15 13:21:15 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Recently uploaded - live '83 @ Lone Star Dylan, Danko & Helm.


Entered at Tue May 15 13:20:31 CEST 2012 from (184.144.104.51)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Leonard Cohen accepts Glenn Gould Prize, gives away the $50,000


Entered at Tue May 15 09:13:41 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

The Peltier case is one that had gone out of my mind too. The Wikipedia page on Peltier is very good, I thought, with all the details about the ins and outs. It is very complex. I read it, and thought the issue was that it wasn't considered "political enough" which is why he can't even get a parole hearing till 2024 when he'll be eighty. I then looked up Martin McGuinness on Wiki, who was found in a car with lots of explosives and ammunition at around the same time as the FBI agents were shot. He served just six months, and is now an MP and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, ironically with a lot of help from Clinton. In other words, I suspect Peltier and the AMI wasn't creating enough serious trouble to be classed as due for a political amnesty.

I watched "J.Edgar" on the plane home from NYC on Sunday night (not great, I thought, but it's hard to tell on a fuzzy little screen, with a plastic tray of crap food in front of you, and being tired). Anyway, it made me realise that (a) there's a lot we don't know about … well, life, the universe and everything and (b) the FBI will have advised a series of presidents on the case.

I suspect that the deeper you look into it the cloudier the picture gets.


Entered at Tue May 15 09:03:30 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Cut and paste the internet address into "Web page" on the submission form. The "My link" appears automatically. If the address is extremely long, go to tiny url.com and paste in the long address. They will then assign a new short address which you paste into "web page" (sometimes very long addresses don't work).


Entered at Tue May 15 03:00:55 CEST 2012 from (184.66.96.46)

Posted by:

BONK

Location: SaltSpring Island/Cabbagetown

Subject: Help

How do you add a 'My Link" to your message? As in a tune.


Entered at Tue May 15 02:55:12 CEST 2012 from (99.146.124.13)

Posted by:

Lyn Terry

Subject: Peltier and politics

Somebody mentioned Robbie's involvement with Leonard Peltier. I too was surprised he hasn't said anything regarding the subject when he seemed extremely passionate about the subject. The only time he said something was on Rockline last year. He stated he didn't know what happened to Peltier. Someone said he was moved to a different prison. Perhaps the reason Robbie is keeping quiet about Peltier is because of politics. He wasn't happy with Clinton because he didn't want to pardon Peltier. Robbie might have changed his mind in causing waves for the democratic party in general because his girlfriend works for Clinton. That might be it or he realized Leonard's case is a little more complicated than expected.

I wish Robbie would do more with Native American music. "Music For The Native Americans" and "Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy" were terrific! Through his music he introduced me to some wonderful artists. No mention from him either about the elimination of the Aboriginal category at the Grammy Awards.


Entered at Tue May 15 00:11:24 CEST 2012 from (68.171.231.81)

Posted by:

Bill M

Peter V: you're missing Maurice's subtle strategy. He pleads "Won't you stay just a little bit longer. " She asks "Why?" Maurice says, "Because I have a minute and 22 seconds to fill. How about you help me?"


Entered at Mon May 14 22:08:39 CEST 2012 from (70.24.108.174)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Walk On By - The Story Of Popular Song (BBC Documentary 17/23)


Entered at Mon May 14 22:05:47 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Three minutes! Luxury and self-indulgence! All kudos to "Stay" by Maurice Williams. 1m 38s.


Entered at Mon May 14 21:00:50 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

JT: I'll bet you that our friend Landmark will remember "Ten Pound Note" - a hit song (by Steel River) that Jay Telfer wrote. He was really good with words - "Weighin' heavy like a ten-pound note, you'll still be in my song", or my favourite, "I can cook a Kraft dinner in half an hour, so why can't you love me?" Bernie and the entire original lineup were at his funeral two or three years ago, as were Keith McKie and Fergus.

Speaking of Bernie Finkelstein's book, I had things all lined up so's I'd get a copy for my birthday (the book, the store, how to get to the book on the shelf in the store), but dinner was going to be at the Lalibela - Ethiopian food just a block or two from the Concord Tavern!! Our parking spot happened to be in front of a cutesy gift shop with about 10 books for sale, one of them being Sean Wilentz's "Bob Dylan in America", and I decided to support the little shop over Chapters. Haven't read much of Wilentz yet, but it really seems excellent. Lots of Hawks- and Band-related bits. We're talking Victoria in late June, so maybe I'll end up getting the Bernie at Munro's too - who knows?


Entered at Mon May 14 19:58:26 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: A Passing Fancy and Bernie F.

Bill M: The hits just keep on comin'! I saw A Passing Fancy as The Dimensions. They were a great Rolling Stones cover band (before the Blushing Brides, I think). Some of them went to my junior high and high school and so we saw a lot of them in those early days. The had a lot of pride in what they did and it was nice to see them have some success. BTW, I just bought Bernie's (lovely guy) book this weekend (at Munro's in Victoria) but haven't had time to read it yet. Should be good. Everything Bernie touches is good.


Entered at Mon May 14 19:45:57 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Joe J / JT (en L): It's the 45 that I miss, even the ones that were a lot longer than 3 mins - and especially the ones that bled onto side B. "The Stone I Throw" (the audible "That" having been struck out by some moonlighting school teacher or book editor on the Atco payroll) is on my list of all-tie favourites too. Good to see A Passing Fance mentioned here; I haven't checked yet, but I suspect that Bernie Finkelstein's new autobiography gives the group a few paragraphs, the group having been his first clients on account of Bernie and group leader Jay Telfer having been in grade 9 together. Jay later recorded one of the first covers of "Up On Cripple Creek" (see Jan's discography).


Entered at Mon May 14 19:32:21 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Album covers

'Verbose' is my middle name today, Kevin. So much to talk about... So little time. (I'm monitoring this conversation while I'm working. Fortunately, I'm self employed). I was in Ditch Records on Yates in Victoria on Saturday past and the wall is covered with CURRENT vinyl complete with album covers and art of many, many of this year's finest young performers. And yes, I welcome it with open arms. I even bought. And there is a lot of old stuff and reissued stuff on vinyl. The comeback is definitely on. The art of the album accompanying the art of the music is on the upswing and that is a good thing.


Entered at Mon May 14 19:18:08 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

……I miss the album covers the most…and the inside information with print big enough to read…….I hated the Star Machines ( FM stations that played the same 50 songs to death ) and the Video channels that effectively replaced them were worse ( though there was perverse pleasure in seeing Rick Astley played next to MTV darlings Guns n Roses ) but these mainstream machines did produce stars………………The problem with absolute democracy that now exists with EVERYONE making music and releasing it and NOBODY paying for the end product is that while we are getting evidence of lots of talent – we are not getting long term careers. Put up your hand if your sons or little brothers have an Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck to cheer on for the next 40 years of their lives!


Entered at Mon May 14 18:56:49 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: 180 seconds

The 3 minute pop song. The holy grail. Joe J. How right! "What I Like About You" (Romantics); " Seven and Seven Is" (Love); "Dirty Water" (The Standells), "Be My Baby"(Ronettes); and countless others (These just came off the top of my head). There is some Canadian content here (can't miss Canadian content) with "I'm Losing Tonight" (A Passing Fancy)," Oh Charlena "(Richie Knight and the Midnights) and of course "The Stones That I Throw" (Levon and the Hawks- must be close to 3 minutes but I can't leave it out!). For those of us with short attention spans, the 180 second pop song was music to our ears and fed us for a long time. Yes, Joe, I too mourn its loss. Maybe someone will come up with the odd example from this decade, but that may be tough.


Entered at Mon May 14 18:35:20 CEST 2012 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

I am constantly amazed at the musical abilities of the younger set. It seems as if everyone plays an instrument these days and most play well. Everyone and their sister is putting out Cds and MP3s.

What we should be mourning is the death of the classic three minute single.


Entered at Mon May 14 18:11:36 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Carmen and the unique sound

Carmen That unique sound that you talk about is tough to get and few ever accomplish it. The Band did it on Big Pink and on The Brown Album. In so many ways, nothing like that had ever been heard before. Most music is derivative. When the Beatles did Revolver we had 'unique'. Going even further back, when Dylan did Highway 61, with lyrics that blew everyone away, we had unique. When Malcolm McLaren put opera themes to rock, we had unique. Its almost too much to ask for and sometimes it is hard for the music fan to accept. So often, what I think I want is what has become comfortable (or comforting) to my musical ear. When it sounds different, a lot of effort and work is expended to digest the difference and like all things difficult, the price can be high. But, boy is it worth it. The first Seattle sound music (to which you refer) was quite different and often repeated, but it was fresh and vibrant and refreshed us all when we desperately needed to be refreshed. The Shins were fresh and gave a movie character. The National paid homage to Mr. Cohen and extended the metaphor with LC coming back even stronger. There is little new under the musical sun, but the subtle variations are so welcome and the new kids keep looking for those variations. That's what keeps L and I interested.


Entered at Mon May 14 18:02:28 CEST 2012 from (38.116.192.105)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Thirties/Forties:
Donna The Buffalo (lead singer Tara Nevins and multi-instrumentalist performed at Levon's Ramble and Larry Campbell produced her latest solo recording. We'll be seeing this group again in August in Rochester, New York

Sixties:
Garland Jeffreys...I was at his 60th birthday party at Joe's Pub in NYC. He'll be 69 this year.
Willy DeVille who has passed would have been 62 this year. Doc Pomus really appreciated him.


Entered at Mon May 14 17:29:33 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Current Music Scene

Thank you, Bill M, for confirming my contention in this discussion regarding the current music scene. As a Canadian, I am constantly amazed (Why should I be? Look what we've delivered!) at how a country of just over 30 M can consistently put out relevant excellent musical art. From the older (NY, LC, JM) to the not so old (BARK), to the more recent (Metric, Feist, etc) and even to the lesser knowns (Darcys etc) the art is thriving. It is the same in the USA (Civil Wars and all the others noted). Some of the kids are playing with a virtuosity unseen except in a few 40 years ago. And some may not like John Mayer's songs (that's OK), but boy, can he play! What I like most about all of this is that consistently when I see these people perform or when I read about them, there is acknowledgement of what came before. This is not so different from Dylan's rise in the early 60s when he played other people's music and noted his debt to those who came before. The brotherhood/sisterhood of musicians lives on and thrives as you note.


Entered at Mon May 14 16:40:27 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

BEG: Thanks for posting Duck Dunn's thoughts on Al Jackson's drumming. I always loved Booker T and the MGs, but it was something about Jackson's drumming that made them really special. BTW, I saw Levon and Duck play together once, along with Jerry Penfound and King Biscuit Boy. Now all gone.


Entered at Mon May 14 15:52:22 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Toronto
Web: My link

It seems to me that there are way more great songwriters out there now, and way more great players. The trouble is, how're you ever going to hear them all? You're not; for the most part you're going to hear what's on the radio or the internet, or what your friends share with you or what you hear in a bar or coffeeship - just like has always been the case (allowing for technological change). The good news is that nowadays it's easier to find the out-there stuff if you go looking for it. The bad news is that there are still only 24 hours in a day.

Speaking of radio, local hardish-rock station Q107 always has 'Psychedelic Sundays' - a bit of a misnomer considering that mean any rock from ca '65 to ca '75. One set yesterday afternoon included "Ophelia" by our guys and "Communication" by local late-'60s R&B-psych heroes Nucleus (from their 1969 LP). Skip ahead to around 7:00 to hear John Richardson channelling Robbie Robertson via Domenic Troiano. On YouTube you can find a 2008 partial reunion, with Richardson's solo bridging the end of part 1 and beginning for part 2. Really for the nostalgists, but pretty good considering he hadn't played professionally since the early '70s.


Entered at Mon May 14 15:44:10 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

"Garth Hudson Polka" - '93 w/ Garth, Crows, Levon, Randy & more.


Entered at Mon May 14 15:17:08 CEST 2012 from (63.88.115.195)

Posted by:

carmen

Location: PA

Subject: New or newer Bands

The problem is that many of the newer bands do not have a unique sound. They all sound alike. The grunge movement was a perfect example. I could not tell the differance between Narvana, Pearl Jam or STP, although I think they are all good groups. Everything seems to have already been done. Just think about it - the Beatles had been broken up for 3 years before Bruce put out his first album. To me Bruce represents the last of the "great" music makers/writers from the original "Clasic Rock and Roll" (60's to early 70's). Next you have U2, Mark Knoffler. After that not many great songwriters (i am sure I am missing some). I do like the Kings of Leon, The Killers and Counting Crows. I think these 3 bands do continue the blood line so to speak.


Entered at Mon May 14 14:47:44 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Garth, Weider, Rick & Levon ('90s)


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Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

"I Wish You Were Here Tonight" - The Band live '86 1-mth before Richard's passing.


Entered at Mon May 14 13:36:22 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Great photos (w/ article) of Levon, Dunn, Butterfield & more from "Chronogram".


Entered at Mon May 14 13:29:36 CEST 2012 from (174.116.173.231)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: PV Eloquent as always and on the mark

Thank you Peter. I listen to and admire many of those you listed. I listed some members of bands which I admire outside of this group (The National, Shins, etc). For me, the connection is absolute and translucent. The tradition is maintained and many of the musicians can write, sing and especially play. I'm 'knocked out loaded' by some of what I hear form the 'indie' crowd. Something I do is speak to my kids and their friends about what they are listening to. Pitchfork, Metacritic and others help also. Sometimes the quantity and proliferation of what is out there seems overwhelming but it is worth it.


Entered at Mon May 14 13:24:03 CEST 2012 from (70.29.30.47)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

I recently finished reading _The Otis Redding Story Otis!_ by Scott Freeman....

Duck Dunn on drummr Al Jackson: "....And mainly because of Al. He had the secret to that groove, that big pocket with the delayed feel. Al just had this amazing sense of time. Believe me, he was simple but he could PLAY. And he could conrol me. I have a tendency to rush every now and then. And Al would go, 'Dundy-Dunn-Dunn' - that's what he called me - 'now back it off; wait on the two; don't beat me there.......Like I say, if the drums and bass ain't happening, NOTHING'S happening.

Joshua Ledet....bringing back the time of Otis.....James Brown....PURE SOUL.


Entered at Mon May 14 13:19:20 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: The Generation Game

I think we’re in a particularly rich time for “younger” artists. Leonard Cohen’s road band is an example to look up to, as he has musicians from every decade … twenties to seventies. Someone with a natural ear, ability and dedication will get as technically adept as they need to be by their early twenties. They might gain life experience and audience experience and life might provide material, but as far as putting your fingers on all the notes you hear in your head, you’ll be there by early twenties. As all our heroes in The Band were. The number of people with that ability must be more or less a constant from generation to generation.

As to influence from older musicians, it’s all available near instantly now. It’s not like you need spend months seeking out a scratchy copy of Spoonful or whatever.

Gigs might be harder (limiting experience), but that was true anytime from around the early 80s. The stuff I’m listening to this year is all “younger” … The Alabama Shakes, Simone Felice, Simi Stone, The Mastersons, The Unthanks, The Civil Wars. Jonathan Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, The Silver Seas. There seems no lack of talent nor ability. The breakthrough age now seems closer to thirty than twenty, and I suspect that reflects fewer opportunities to play. The fact that the ones I like have an Americana / folk / blues bias probably means that those are genres where past performers are especially important.

I’m sure The Alabama Shakes know their Aretha from their Janis. Simone Felice spoke of hearing Levon play from a few feet away just a few weeks ago. There’s a Neil Young tribute in most shows, and currently he ends with Dylan (Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door). The Unthanks have the folk heritage, but then channel everything from King Crimson to Robert Wyatt to Sufjan Stevens and Anthony & The Johnsons. The Civil Wars have had a lot of fun remodelling Michael Jackson / The Jackson Five. Jonathan Wilson’s influences are the Steve Miller Band, CSNY and (I suspect) early Supertramp.

I think Rock is currently alive and well in the hands of younger artists.

It's inevitable that we see great artists of the rock era passing. We go back to people born in the mid-1930s with an … interesting … lifestyle. By their seventies, we'll see more and more going. unfortunately. The Grim Reaper has arrived at the "early rock" era, and that's got to happen. From time to time, it's people who are young by today's actuarial standards … Levon and Duck Dunn were both sadly young by modern standards.


Entered at Mon May 14 12:58:53 CEST 2012 from (92.18.172.71)

Posted by:

Solomon

Web: My link

There has always been good and bad music around. Over the last decade I have mainly listened to music in these charts - http://americanaradio.org/ama/displaychart_beforetracks.asp?mode=lw&dtkey= This has been the best decade for music as far as I'm concerned. Just ask 90% of the musicians on those charts who inspired them! I guarantee The Band comes up more than anyone else.


Entered at Mon May 14 12:56:53 CEST 2012 from (70.29.30.47)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Twenties:
Joshua Ledet...can't wait for Iovine to put out his first record
Amy Winehouse
Adele
Tupac

Thirties:
Eminem

Forties:
Ani DiFranco
Whitney Houston
Ben Harper

Fifties:
Joe Strummer
Michael Jackson

Gospel singer Kim Burrell personalizes Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" at her Whitney Houston's funeral.


Entered at Mon May 14 12:54:13 CEST 2012 from (58.104.6.100)

Posted by:

Graham

Calvin, you are probably right and I am just out of touch. However, I think that back in sixties The Band or the Grateful Dead had a big following that wasn't necessarily reflected in record sales. People 'lived' the music rather than just buying it. As you suggest, the way you perceive music is related to the degree of involvement you have with the people who make it and because I am not socially involved with contemporary music it probably doesn't mean much to me. I just listened to a song by Heartless Bastards and that was the feeling I got anyway.


Entered at Mon May 14 11:51:58 CEST 2012 from (72.196.149.126)

Posted by:

Calvin

There seems to be a misconception here Graham, about how good musicians today dont play commercial music? They rarely do.

Music From the Big Pink peaked at #30 on the albums charts, The Weight didnt break the Top 40. The Brown Album soared up to No 9, without a single breaking into the top 25.

At what were young people listening to in 1969 when Cripple Creek soared to no #25? Well the best selling single of the year was Sugar, Sugar by The Archies. Lightweight music selling and the "good stuff" not is hardly a new concept. In the 1930s and early 40s the "King of Jazz",and huge seller, was Paul Whiteman. He dusted Duke and Basie in sales among Jazz Orchestra. But you wont find a single person who thinks Whiteman was anywhere as talented as them, although admittedly there was a racial component to that.

You say there is a disconnect among current musicians and the Blues history of RNR-maybe I have a misconception of this living in the Midwest, although I do travel to NYC at least once a year (and have tried to, unsuccessfully, hook up with Jeff for drinks-so this is a friendly disagreement). But I also travel to Chicago for the Blues Fest most years (and its huge attendance and talent wise). And groups like the Keys and the Heartless Bastards are great Blues Rock-But then maybe I have a bias as I was part of the same crowd as the Keys, knew em when they were just guys, and while I cant claim a friendship-people whose numbers are stored in my phone, have them stored in theirs. So maybe because of the people I know my feeling about tradition is skewed.

Pick up Paste Magazine and listen to the 25-30 song sampler made available with every Issue and you'll find a lot of musicians doing "Band" Like music. Some of the folks coming out of Jazz are amazing as well. I just saw a show where a couple of young singers did a Nina Simone tribute Show at the Tri-C Jazz Fest in Cleveland. Spalding played another night. But then Jazz is somewhat unique as it has the "Young Lions" concept still going on wherein its somewhat of a surprise when a new player shows veteran chops and is labeled as unique when they do.

Aint what it use to be conversation have been going on since Ancient Rome, probably before, if anything with ther ability to get your music out their sans a label means there is more good music out there right now-although conversely a lot more crap as well.


Entered at Mon May 14 08:50:04 CEST 2012 from (58.104.6.100)

Posted by:

Graham

I know it is irritating for young people when old people say 'modern music is bad'. That is why I don't say it. Maybe I don't care much for contemporary music but that doesn't mean it is bad. It just means I don't care for it. Actually, I think there are many really excellent young musicians but they just don't play commercial music. I bought some online fiddle lessons for my daughter and the guy doing them was fantastic. He was just a young guy but I don't think anybody outside of bluegrass would value what he does. I think the commercialisation of music is the problem because to sell music to a lot of people you have to dumb it down. By the way, I think rock music pretty much died when they set up that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seeing all these old guys from the sixties giving speeches in suits is just sad.


Entered at Mon May 14 07:41:54 CEST 2012 from (99.89.226.221)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

what graham wrote is pretty damn accurate- the link to the past is gone.It used to be there.it is gone,not just with blues and rock and roll, it is also gone in country music. /n the dedication to really learn thecraft is gonem the fel is gone, and the link is gone....how did that happen? is it a result of everything in life getting watered down? Is it a result of kids growingup with digital music, instant everything, being indoors too much,andjust not eperiencing enough first hand life to want to know music in a deeper way? i can't thnk to blame it on the record execs that pushed crap through the80s,,,,music of the 60s,70s,50s,was still available to be heard.


Entered at Mon May 14 07:33:40 CEST 2012 from (99.89.226.221)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

I thought Spalding was on JT’s list. But Calvin, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Most of these people are musical lightweights, Amos Lee has one or two good songs, the rest is musical pablum. Ray Montiagne, again, a couple interesting songs. Someone wanted to tie my thoughts to the music not being Bandlike- well, nothing is Band like. It has nothing to do with being a kind of music or not- it has to do with being weak music. Most f these younger generation just don't have the chops or the feel.And feel is as essential as chops. /n Music that gets under your skin. Lots of peope n their early 20s and late 20s made music that got under our skins. YOU, not I, are using Levon as an eample- well how old was Levon when Big Pink came out? How Old were all The band guys? How old were the Buffalo Springfield guys when they had great stuff out,The Stones, The Beatles, the Dillards, the Byrds, the Eagles even? Y’ou guys are entitled to your opinions, but I am as well.You are also entitled to your opnions of my opinions. But in my opinion, John Mayer is awful.

I caught parts f the RRHOF induction the other night. In my opinion,, Ronnie Wood blew everyone away.The Faces were amazing, and aside from Mick Hucksnal , sounded every bit as good as they used to.Ronnie Wood, with all his excess, God savehim, still embodied the legitimate spirit and musicality of rock and roll and great musicianship. I hate to say it, but I even enjoyed Guns and Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.. The gal who did the Laura nyro stuff, well, she can sing.but the best part of that was the back up singers and the strings.


Entered at Mon May 14 06:39:21 CEST 2012 from (142.179.109.14)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Conversation with my parents

Mom and Dad : "They don't make music like they used to. These artists of today, they don't have what the artists in my day had. There is no talent. " JT:" I bet grandma and grandpa said that to you." Mom and Dad: "As a matter of fact, they did. How did you know that?" Hard to believe though that our 60's and 70's with all their insight get locked in and can't see it or find it or want to find it. It's all there if you want it. And its really good. Check it out.


Entered at Mon May 14 05:48:19 CEST 2012 from (58.104.6.100)

Posted by:

Graham

I think the music young folk play nowadays is just different to what The Band generation played. I don't think there is any point in saying it is good or bad. With the rock music of the sixties there was a direct link with the rock and roll of the fifties and through that with the pre-war blues players. All those old blues players have gone, many of the rock and roll people and now the 1960s rock players are going too. With contemporary music I don't feel there is that kind of link with the past. Sad but that is the way life is. It is amazing how life slips by. When I first started listening to rock music I never though I would still be listening to it forty odd years later.


Entered at Mon May 14 05:44:37 CEST 2012 from (72.196.149.126)

Posted by:

Calvin

Seriously Jeff? Have you heard Tao's The Juilliard Sessions: Conrad Tao Plays Debussy and Stravinsky? I can see not liking Neo Blues like the Bastards and the Keys, but Spalding? Really, she is amazing?


Entered at Mon May 14 05:03:44 CEST 2012 from (99.89.226.221)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Calvin- i never cared for the word legend or legendary as applied to artists. and this recent nonsense about recent shows being legendary is also just that- nonsense. Great shows are great shows. Legendary? Robin Hood was legendary. Ichabod Crane is a legend.... Great musicians are great, ansd if they are goign to be great , they usually are great early on...not always,but usually.

the Drops are the only ones in your list i care for.

I still say the youthful music scene sucks....


Entered at Mon May 14 04:01:33 CEST 2012 from (72.196.149.126)

Posted by:

Calvin

Oh Jeff, dont be an old guy. I could come up with a dozen amazing artists under 35. The guys from the Black Keys, Esperanza Spalding, Erika Wennerstrom, Marcus Mumford, Conrad Tao, Frank Turner, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Vernon-the list goes on and on.

Its an unfair statement Jeff. On his 28th Birthday Levon was a guy who had played drums for Dylan and Ronnie Hawkins, and his band had released a few singles. A lot of musician in their 20s are going to be legends, and rightly so, when they hit 60.


Entered at Mon May 14 02:57:11 CEST 2012 from (24.108.143.105)

Posted by:

JT and LvdB

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Just a few... there are more

The losses are sad, but the legacy lives on. Just a few... there are more. John Mayer 35 Kathryn Calder 30 Amos Lee 34 James Mercer 42 Jack White 37 Matt Berninger 41 Beck Hansen 42 Eddie Vedder 48 Emily Haines 38 Neko Case 42


Entered at Mon May 14 01:07:16 CEST 2012 from (69.156.28.199)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Levon and Amy
Ahron R. Foster Photography


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Sometimes life can hit so hard
It can knock you off your feet
Leave you stranded by the side of the road
Livin' on the street

I've been down that path before
From the bottom to the top
I kept pushin' for something more
And I didn't know how to stop

Save me from the madness
Save me from myself
Save me from the sadness
Of losing someone else

Carry me carry me
Carry me carry me
Carry me home
Carry me home

When I'm down
You lift me up
When I'm out you reel me in
You have come to change my blood
Forgive me for my sins

Carry me carry me
Carry me carry me
Carry me home
Carry me home

Save me from the darkness
Save me from the hardness
Carry me carry me
Carry me home

Just the other night
I saw a haunted man
He had a beautiful raincoat
I felt a pain of terrific sadness for him
Then I realized I was watching myself
Six months down the road

You know God
Only gives you
The things you sort out
Never the big stuff
That way he can make sure
That you stick around until
The end of the party

Carry me carry me
Carry me carry me
Carry me home
Carry me home

Save me from the darkness
Save me from the hardness

Carry me carry me
Carry me carry me
Carry me home

Carry Me by Robbie Robertson from Any Given Sunday Soundtrack


Entered at Mon May 14 00:47:05 CEST 2012 from (99.89.226.221)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Subject: Joke in honor of Robbie Roberston's heritages

Moishe, a Yeshiva boy, graduates high school and is about to go to college. He was born and lived in Brooklyn his entire life but he gets a full scholarship to the Univ. Of Montana and it is such a generous deal that his parents, who would prefer to keep him in Brooklyn forever, let him go.

Six months go by and they have not heard from him. They're frantic. They call the dorm and are told that he doesn't live there anymore. They call the Registrar who says that he is no longer enrolled. They are about to fly to Montana when a letter comes from Moishe:

'Dear Mother, Dear Father, Sorry I have been so negligent but I met the most wonderful girl and we plan to marry. That is why I dropped out of school. Little Feather is a Native American, a princess In her tribe, and her father is the Chief.

He has made me a member of the tribe. I had to leave school because of the nonsense they teach about Native Americans - the lack of respect, the distortions of history. But now I understand things better. I have decided to take a Native American name which the Chief helped me decide. From now on please call me Running Deer. I will NOT answer Correspondence addressed to Moishe.'

A few days later he gets a reply:

'Dear Running Deer. Your dad and I are pleased that you have finally found a woman to love and that you are happy on the reservation. We regret that she is not Jewish but to celebrate your new love and upcoming marriage we also have decided to take Native American names...

I am now SITTING SHIVA and your father is GOING MISHUGA.

(For non yiddish speakers, When someone dies, Jews sit shiva, or mourn observing certain rules for 7 days....Going Meshuga, or meshugena, means going crazy.) =


Entered at Mon May 14 00:40:24 CEST 2012 from (99.89.226.221)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Calvin, they're dropping left and right. The greater issue, is that there really is not enough of a rear guard. Great musucians have always died, and it continues.but in the past, there was the next generation to step up, and step up they did by the hundreds...that hasn't happened, an isn't gonna happen, the talent simply didnlt develope never developed. i can point to incerdible talent in their 50s, but not in the numbers of the greats that been dying.Forties- forget about it, it;s a handful. 30's hah! 20s god fucking forgive me for even thinking about it.


Entered at Mon May 14 00:11:23 CEST 2012 from (58.104.6.100)

Posted by:

Graham

Subject: Band Documentary

With regard to The Band documentary, I have it on DVD. My recollection is that there was a time when it was only available in Australia and New Zealand and that was when I bought it. Presumably before that it was available in North America and Europe.


Entered at Sun May 13 23:56:15 CEST 2012 from (198.179.198.1)

Posted by:

Calvin

Unfortunately Adam it's always a "sad" time in music in the sense that someone talented is always passing away. Skip Pitts, who was the guitarist for so many great Stax Records cuts passed away on the 1sr as well. His Wah Wah guitar sound on the Theme from Shaft is so damn distinctive.

I dont mean this to sound wrong, but not a week goes by that some musician who music meant the world to a large group a people passes away. And as much as I hate hearing about it, and yes especially Levon, I prefer to celebrate their music than get mired in the sadness. Music is meant to bring Joy, Im guessing they all would want it that way.


Entered at Sun May 13 22:08:33 CEST 2012 from (92.18.184.50)

Posted by:

Solomon

Web: My link

Ronnie talking about Levon - http://pmd.680news.com/podcasts/globiz/Ronnie-Hawkins_glo-biz-report_2012-04-19.mp3


Entered at Sun May 13 20:52:29 CEST 2012 from (69.156.28.199)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"Short segment on the 1990s-era Band, from music TV series "The Road". Concert material shot at the Peoria, IL 8-5-94 show & an unknown show that same period in Rockford, IL. Originally broadcast in 1995.


Entered at Sun May 13 20:47:58 CEST 2012 from (92.18.179.159)

Posted by:

Solomon

I still have it on an old VHS video tape. I must have bought it in the late 90s.


Entered at Sun May 13 20:36:46 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

John D

Subject: Band documentary

I would like to ask the same earlier question. Is this Band doc only available on uTube? Was it ever commercially released?


Entered at Sun May 13 20:34:24 CEST 2012 from (108.54.247.103)

Posted by:

Joan

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms!


Entered at Sun May 13 17:15:23 CEST 2012 from (174.54.185.44)

Posted by:

Kevin G.

Location: NE PA

Subject: Happy Mothers Day

To all of the Moms that frequent this Guestbook -

Happy Mothers Day!


Entered at Sun May 13 15:31:27 CEST 2012 from (184.144.108.252)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

I'll Always Love My Mama


Entered at Sun May 13 15:21:12 CEST 2012 from (184.144.108.252)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Sun May 13 12:24:29 CEST 2012 from (58.104.13.250)

Posted by:

Graham

Sorry to hear about Duck Dunn passing. I though the 1985 tour he did with Clapton was fantastic.


Entered at Sun May 13 09:49:25 CEST 2012 from (99.141.26.225)

Posted by:

Adam

Web: My link

"Duck" Dunn passes away. This is such a sad time for music.


Entered at Sun May 13 01:27:55 CEST 2012 from (99.115.145.68)

Posted by:

Pat B

That is actually sound check onstage during the Dylan tour. Mickey Jones' drums. The scene first appeared in Eat The Document and has been used many times since.


Entered at Sat May 12 23:36:30 CEST 2012 from (92.18.176.99)

Posted by:

Solomon

Web: My link

I have always wondered about this part of the doc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19zVFa9HQ1w&feature=relmfu if you go to 2:50 mins. This is a studio with a very young Garth and Robbie? Does anyone know where it was? This is clearly before Big Pink or The Band. I would guess it's with Dylan or maybe even Levon And The Hawks. I think we also see John Simon? Which is strange because I always thought he didn't meet The Band until around Big Pink.


Entered at Sat May 12 22:39:35 CEST 2012 from (99.245.17.243)

Posted by:

Jay

Subject: Band Doc

Is this documentary commercially available?


Entered at Sat May 12 20:43:05 CEST 2012 from (85.255.44.135)

Posted by:

jh

Guestbook edited. No more of this, thank you.


Entered at Sat May 12 14:27:43 CEST 2012 from (65.95.182.110)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

'The Band' Documentary 1995 (Part 6 of 6)


Entered at Sat May 12 14:25:26 CEST 2012 from (65.95.182.110)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band' Documentary 1995 (Part 5 of 6)


Entered at Sat May 12 13:39:34 CEST 2012 from (65.95.182.110)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band Documentary of 4 -Musicians React to The Band-


Entered at Sat May 12 13:38:15 CEST 2012 from (65.95.182.110)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band Documentary of 3 -MUSIC FROM BIG PINK-


Entered at Sat May 12 13:37:13 CEST 2012 from (65.95.182.110)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band Documentary of 2 -Meeting Dylan-


Entered at Sat May 12 13:35:51 CEST 2012 from (65.95.182.110)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

The Band Documentary of 1 -Making Of The Hawks-


Entered at Sat May 12 09:53:13 CEST 2012 from (75.34.56.40)

Posted by:

Adam

Web: My link

Phil Lesh dedicates new venue to Levon.


Entered at Sat May 12 09:52:42 CEST 2012 from (75.34.56.40)

Posted by:

Adam

I thought Gregg Allman's autobiography was pretty good. It made me go back to Levon's for some reading, and though it's not perfect, it's an essential read. Allman doesn't say much about The Band at all, though he shows mild dislike for the Grateful Dead.


Entered at Sat May 12 01:26:23 CEST 2012 from (94.11.137.227)

Posted by:

Celtic Jim

Location: UK

Subject: Levon

Anyone out there guys? Having a "Levon" moment!


Entered at Sat May 12 01:22:25 CEST 2012 from (94.11.137.227)

Posted by:

Celtic Jim

Location: UK

Subject: Levon (obviously!)

Guys, did Robbie got to Levons funeral. How has he been received since his 11th hour visit to Levon's death bed? Having recently read Levon's book, surprised he let him thru' the door!


Entered at Fri May 11 21:31:17 CEST 2012 from (67.6.34.84)

Posted by:

Jerry

Subject: Sip the Wine/I Want to Lay Down Beside You

Never knew the history of this song just remember hearing the haunting begining of the song from TLW..I was always hopeful of hearing a live version and wasn't disapointed. I ran across this a couple of days ago and can't get enough of it.. Rick had a way of singing like his life depended on it..I guess that would be soul...

Enjoying many of the videos posted in here latley...


Entered at Fri May 11 20:34:14 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: (I Want To) Lay Down Beside You

Here are the three versions of Tim Drummond's "(I Want To) Lay Down Beside You" released before Rick's "Sip The Wine".

Esther Phillips
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CkNGR78Q60

Joe Simon
http://www.myspace.com/joesimon-45889794/music/songs/to-lay-down-beside-you-41953397

Tracy Nelson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDuq1dkXwmM


Entered at Fri May 11 20:01:33 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: Love & Theft?

...on the subject of theft, see above LINK and know where Bob Dylan got his multi award winning "Things Have Changed"


Entered at Fri May 11 19:44:38 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: Sip The Wine - Regae Style

Jerry.............Above LINK is Susan Cadogan doing the song Rick claimed as "Sip The Wine"


Entered at Fri May 11 18:32:26 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.115)

Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

Warren Haynes leading the troops...

The Rick video was taped at WTTW in Chicago as part of their Soundstage series. Rick was in town on tour to support his first album with a show at the old Ivanhoe theater.


Entered at Fri May 11 18:14:44 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Bill M - the guitarist is Mike DeTemple, who also played the same part on Rick's album. He also made / loaned the harp guitar to RR in TLW. Mike continues design / manufacturer his own line of guitars.


Entered at Fri May 11 18:08:34 CEST 2012 from (90.233.164.108)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Wrong, wrong, wrong!!!

Sorry, Mr. Leif Pagrotsky has been Minister of Trade, Minister for Industry and Trade and Minister for Education and Culture and nothing else.


Entered at Fri May 11 17:21:15 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Jerry: Thanks for the link - quite the performance. Any idea who other musicians were, aside from Terry Danko on bass and Richard Manuel on Weighty piano? The guitarist doesn't look like the Jim Atkinson of earlier photos I've seen. The saxist looks a bit like Jon Clarke.


Entered at Fri May 11 17:13:24 CEST 2012 from (90.233.189.25)

Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Chere Cher

Cher... I use to watch her DYLAN covers from the sixties regularly on VHS video. They have more flesh and blood than Joan Baez covers ever had. My dream album is this: CHER SINGS DYLAN and DYLAN SINGS CHER.


Entered at Fri May 11 17:06:55 CEST 2012 from (90.233.189.25)

Posted by:

NortWestCoaster

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Global economy politics and "Self Portrait"

My favourite Jew - Mr. Pagrotsky, the former Secretary Of Foreign Affaires and Secretary Of Culture - has said that his favourite artist is BOB DYLAN and "Self Portrait" is his favourite album. Mr. Pagrotsky works as an advisor for the Greece government (do they have any???) in economics. Therefore there is still a hope for Greece and Eurozone (no kidding). - BTW thanks for response, Bill M.


Entered at Fri May 11 17:06:39 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Cher

Graham: While it's true that Robbie doesn't have to account for a marriage to Cher, his friend & former employer, David Geffen, dated Cher, and Robbie & his former wife socialized with them at the time.


Entered at Fri May 11 15:53:09 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Phil Lesh honored Levon Helm & The Band performing the Brown album @ his West Coast Ramble last night.


Entered at Fri May 11 13:48:25 CEST 2012 from (184.144.110.148)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

A Few Fine Pop Songs
Immersed in History
Music that connects to history and/or historical myth.
By Bob Frost
HistoryAccess.com, 2010

This is Part One of a Three-Part Article


Entered at Fri May 11 13:41:01 CEST 2012 from (184.144.110.148)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

A fan's tribute.


Entered at Fri May 11 12:37:16 CEST 2012 from (67.6.34.84)

Posted by:

Jerry

Web: My link

Subject: Sip The Wine

I would imagine this has made it in here by now..For anyone who may not of seen this, my link is Sip The Wine from 1978..Amazing...


Entered at Fri May 11 03:06:58 CEST 2012 from (76.98.218.136)

Posted by:

Carmen

Location: PA
Web: My link

Subject: Sarah McLachlan With RR

Check out the video with Sarah McLachlan.


Entered at Fri May 11 00:48:50 CEST 2012 from (71.184.194.88)

Posted by:

Tim

Location: Boston

Subject: Shangra-La

Anyone know when and why The Band unloaded Shangra-La studio?


Entered at Fri May 11 00:01:19 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: Link to Leonard Peltier-Robbie Robertson Story

Sometimes the most effective work on peace and pardons happens quietly - behind the scenes.....Then again, sometimes it means nothing is being done. Maybe someone should send the file to Joe Biden........Obama would hear about it and release Leonard the next day.


Entered at Fri May 11 00:01:08 CEST 2012 from (64.231.176.131)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Louuu made "Foot Of Pride" accessible. I bet most people never heard the song before.

It's not the first time Dylan penned sexist language in his songs. One that immediately comes to mind is from "Street Legal"...."Is Your Love In Vain"

"All right, I'll take a chance, I will fall in love with you
If I'm a fool you can have the night, you can have the morning too.
Can you cook and sew, make flowers grow,
Do you understand my pain?
Are you willing to risk it all
Or is your love in vain?


Entered at Thu May 10 23:33:39 CEST 2012 from (76.79.75.218)

Posted by:

Ben Pike

Location: Cleveland Tx

Subject: Robbie Robertson's ethics

Hey, why isn't liberal hero President Obama being pressured to pardon Leonard Peltier? Was Robbie Robertson just hoping on the "Band" wagon with his harsh words for Clinton? He's been quiet on this issue for a long time. Hang in there, Leonard!


Entered at Thu May 10 23:12:30 CEST 2012 from (58.104.13.46)

Posted by:

Graham

Subject: Cher

I know quite a few people here like to rubbish Robbie Robertson for one reason or another but at least he never married Cher. I don't know how Greg Allman ever lived that down!


Entered at Thu May 10 23:03:08 CEST 2012 from (72.68.160.41)

Posted by:

Peter V

It's usually true that bonus tracks were left off for a good reason. The Band also appears to have put out what they had that was good, and was finished. Bessie Smith and a couple of others stand out as exceptions IF we knew when they really were recorded.

Dylan on the other hand is either so prolific that he forgets what he's done or is very cavalier about assembling albums, which is why so many outtakes are like If You Gotta Go or Blind willie McTell … among his best work.


Entered at Thu May 10 22:51:20 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

………….ah…the beauty of having to get up and flip over the record where side 2 might be like entering a whole other world ( remember Rod Stewart’s “Fast Side” and “Slow Side” ) ……now most people just load up cd’s with the strongest tracks start to finish……and God help you when you get to what would have been side 2’s back in the day……………………and stop me from going off on the “bonus tracks”…………….as Jimmy Page once explained to a rock magazine breathless at the thought of what the Mighty Zep had in the vault…..”NOTHING….anything left off was left off for a reason……it was NO GOOD”


Entered at Thu May 10 22:37:05 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Planet Waves

As opposed to the two different versions of "Blind Willie McTell" that Dylan chose not to include on "Infidels", on "Planet Waves" with The Band, two different versions of "Forever Young" were included. On the original LP one version closed out side 1 and the other was the opening cut on side 2. Back in the day, there would be an interlude between the two, as one flipped over the record.


Entered at Thu May 10 21:58:42 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

sadavid: Thanks for that update. I want to make it perfectly clear that when the publishers took that load off Fanny, they most certainly did not put the load right on me. Or anywhere near me - else I wouldn't have had to wait 15 years for "Legend" to turn up in a dollar bin.


Entered at Thu May 10 21:30:08 CEST 2012 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: Ms. Franklin; Ms. Fanny

It was announced yesterday that Aretha Franklin is to be inducted this summer into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum). That must be why I heard her version of "The Weight" on the radio yesterday -- although it struck me at the time that it is not a particularly gospelly version.

Among the other inductees this year (6 in total) is the late televangelist Rex Humbard -- not greatly surprising if you check out previous inductees, there seem to be more than a few in the Rev. B.S. Hargis mold.

There's also (see [My link]) the very famous ("Fan the Van"?) Fanny van Alstyne (née Crosby) -- "Queen of the Gospel Song Writers," and also a dab hand with a minstrel-show lyric or two. In the great tradition, it appears Fanny was systematically ripped off by her publishers . . . .


Entered at Thu May 10 21:23:15 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

NWC: Gotta say that the guy had a great way with words for a boxer. Full marks for self-reflection too.

Kevin J: to continue, could there have been a "Wiggle Wiggle" without "Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves"?


Entered at Thu May 10 21:02:50 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: Sweetheart Like You

“You know, a woman like you should be at home/That's where you belong”

The above might be the only Dylan lyric that made be wince – then and now……….not even Wiggle Wiggle – opening track on an album I still love – 1990”S “Under the Red Sky” did this to me……….remember “Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle like a gypsy queen/Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle all dressed in green/Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle ’til the moon is blue/Wiggle ’til the moon sees you……………….Well….. this was in the thick of his Foggy Years…….but “Born in Time” from this same album would resurface in spectacular form years later and “2x2” I still have a soft spot for…..


Entered at Thu May 10 21:01:05 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Blind Willie McTell versions

Calvin I enjoy them both and would put both on the new version of "Infidels" but yes, I did suggest the electric version though it sounds like you would first choose the acoustic. And yes - Licence to Kill (not Licensed or Licenced). Typos irritate me - even my own.


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Posted by:

Calvin

JT, did I read you wrong or are you suggesting using the Electric version of Blind Willie McTell over the Acoustic Version?


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Posted by:

Bayou Sam (Tom)

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On a subject from about a week ago - Here's a vid that shows Levon, and Earl Scruggs - along with a bunch of other legends. Only a small Levon bit, but he sounds great of course.


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Posted by:

JT

Subject: whoops Missed Licence to Kill

4. Licenced To Kill (an omission by accident) from the re-realized "Infidels"


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Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: 'Infidels' re-realized

Infidels: While sticking to the original running order, why don't we 'construct' the album ourselves. Something to do in our 'spare' time. What above 1 Jokerman 2 Sweetheart Like You 3 Neighborhood Bully 5 Man of Peace 6 Union Sundown 7 I and I 8 Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight 9. Blind Willie McTell (both versions or only 1 - electric?) 10. Foot of Pride 11. Angelina 12. Angel Flying Too Close to The Ground 13. Across the Borderline 14. Julius and Ethel


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NothWestCoster

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: BTW Paul Simon and the lead singer of The Band

He did a cover on "The Boxer" in Self Portrait album (the most underrated album in the history of country rock). Only the _very_ "lai-lai-lai" in the middle of the song is superb enough.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

…..by the way.. the quotes of GA I listed below are approximations of what he said - not exact……..More on Infidels….one also has to remember that it was an “out of the wilderness” type experience in 1983 as well since Dylan had been on a 3 album religious trip and Infidels was seen at the time as a return to form…….L. Cohen would say a few years after its release that “I and I” was a favorite song of his……… “Infidels” was also his last top form album until “Love and Theft” almost 20 years later.

Played Roger Waters ‘Amused to Death” yesterday and had forgotten the sensational work Jeff Beck did on the opening number ‘What God Wants”…………….an excellent album beginning to end that has stood the test of time.

Infidels: Also had the powerfull “Foot of Pride” omitted………I rarely travel without listening to the Vols 1- 3 Bootleg……..Almost desert island stuff………………”Angelina” is on that as well.


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David P

Subject: Infidels

JT: An expanded "official" version of "Infidels" is long overdue, as the sessions yielded many outtakes and alternate versions. In addition to the acoustic version of "Blind Willie McTell", which was later included on the Bootleg Series 1-3 set, there was an interesting electric version featuring Mick Taylor on slide guitar.


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Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

The night (May '95 in Tulsa) Levon rec'd the red Gretsch drums from the late Ed Windsor.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: 3614 Jackson Highway

Thank you for that. Previous to reading this I had no idea that the great Tom Dowd had been involved in a Cher recording......Wild what we can learn here sometimes………..I remember a little bit of Sonny and Cher as pop stars as little kid and then straight to the Sonny& Cher show in the early 70’s when as a 10-12 year old the highlight each week was watching Cher wear as little cloths as possible on a prime-time show viewed with our parents in the room! I still remember understanding for the first time what being “upstaged” meant when Raquel Welch was the featured guest one week and she did a dance number with Cher……Perhaps for the first time ever, not a single set of male eyes in North America that week were on Cher……………….Speaking of Raquel Welch, I also remember vividly as a young boy watching “1 Million Years BC” on late night television around 1970-71……….It was the first time I had stayed up late to watch TV….I was watching it with my older brother……..my parents came home and made me go to bed……..the next day while playing road hockey, my brother told me I had missed the good parts and that she had taken off all her cloths……..For years and years afterwards, I believed that story!

………tied into Cher, I picked up the Rolling Stone issue with the Levon obit in it at the airport yesterday ( sadly a poorly written patch job from Mikal Gilmore that might have taken him 5 minutes to write )…….anyhow, the edition also includes includes an excerpt from Greg Allman’s biography……….Don’t waste your money on this one………based on what is on evidence in RS, this is light, light stuff......“Cher told me I was the best she ever had in bed which was nice since I have quite a small pecker”……..and breathlessly "I am sure glad Cher never asked me about her singing”…..with the very next paragraph being a description of how bad a singer he thinks she is…….He did like the way she talked though and she smelled better than any women he ever had………and oh way, one sentence on Dickey Betts – he hates him.

Infidels: I loved it at release and that is the only way to judge an album…….would the master work “Love and Theft” have been better with an alternative version of “Mississippi”……sure but so what - it was great the way it was. “Neighborhood Bully” is the only weak track on the recording and no album with “I and I”. “Jokerman” and ‘Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight” can be considered weak….The singing and playing is great throughout and Mick Taylor shines.


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Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: The Virtual 'Infidels'

PSB is (as usual) right on the money! I have always wondered why the 'proper' Infidels was not released. What an excellent fan-project this could be. Sony (or the Dylan camp) could ask fans to 'construct' the new Infidels from the songs already present and the versions and songs available from those recording sessions. That would put this work into its proper state and establish it as yet another golden era period for Bob Dylan. As Jimmy Clanton said so eloquently; "Just a dream, just a dream'.


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Posted by:

NorthWestCoaster

Location: Nordic Countries

Subject: Paul Simon /The Polar Music Prize

This time of the year I use to post about THE POLAR MUSIC PRIZE which is one of the most prestigious and unique music prizes in the world, crossing over musical boundaries and awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of expectational achievements.

Last year it was PATTI SMITH. After that I posted the following lines in this gb: "It is rumoured that next in line is VAN MORRISON or PAUL SIMON". No, it was not Van Morrison from "The Last Waltz" but it was Paul Simon. I got 50 per cent right! He received The Prize mainly for his Graceland. In my opinion he is unshamesly exploarating the African music. (Sadly enough Empty Now does not comment here anymore.) I like Simon and Garfunkel songs. I learned my first bass lines in a school-boy band in "Sound Of Silence".

Now I post these magical lines: "Next year's winner is not Robbie Robertson but he has played guitar with him." We'll see if I have right even this time.


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Posted by:

PSB

Location: City of Brotherly Love
Web: My link

Subject: Hotcakes and virtual encyclopedias and Infidels too

I was working in a well known record store chain in 1974, and the Planet Waves, Court & Spark at Hotcakes were all at the top of the Billboard album charts competing for number one, and yes Robbie played on all three, and of course all three were basically on the same label as the line between Elektra and Asylum was fading. But if anything ended up being overshadowed, it was Planet Waves especially sales wise.

As for Infidels, it could have been a great album. The songs left off it with "Blind Willie McTell" at the top of the list are somewhat astonishing. Anyone who was paying attention to Mark Knopfler's production work at the time knows he never would have released something sounding like that. If I was in charge of Columbia (Sony) remasters, I'd make Knopfler an offer he couldn't refuse to finish what he started and include the outtakes of course.


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Posted by:

sadavid

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Subject: go with the flow

Carly & James's "Mockingbird" on YouTube -- JRR in the left ear, Dr. John in the right. Lovely stuff. There's a cute bit around 2:55 that's either a Rebennackian interjection or JT channelling his inner Nite Tripper . . . .


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Posted by:

Bill M

sadavid: I for one with that Rick, and not James Taylor, had been invited to sing on the recorded version of "Mockingbird" - and many (most?) of JT's other performances as well.


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Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: 1974

P. Viney, "The rumours: The unsubstantiated (& unreleased) sessions by Band members":

"David Geffen,s Birthday Party 1974 A well-substantiated session, but it is not known if anyone recorded it. Robbie Robertson and Bob Dylan were trying to make it up with Geffen after a tearful evening at the end of the 1974 tour when Bob had thanked everyone under the sun for the tour, except the guy whose idea it was, David Geffen. They set up a surprise birthday party for him with Cher. The room was set up like a carnival of course. The music segment of the evening consisted of Cher and Dylan duetting on "All I Really Want to Do," backed by The Band. Then Cher and Rick Danko duetted on "Mockingbird" before ending with Dylan on "Mr Tambourine Man." Three songs, but Cher is added to the elite list of artists who have sung with The Band."

It's interesting that "Mockingbird" was the Carly Simon / James Taylor duet (from Simon's _Hotcakes_ album) that featured JRR as a session player. Wikipedia says that _Hotcakes_ was overshadowed by the release in the same month of _Court and Spark_ and _Planet Waves_ -- all on Geffen's Electra / Asylum and all graced by JRR's presence. I remember there was a month or so when Simon / Taylor's "Mockingbird" was in very heavy rotation on the radio.


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Posted by:

Bill M

Would there have been a "Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves", or even a "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show", without Big Pink et seq?

NUX, David P and BEG: Thanks for your responses re Marley. Nux (if I may diminish your caps), do you recall what set your thinking off? I'm not sure myself, aside from the fact that I'd just picked "Legend" up for a buck so was looking to squeeze something out of my investment.

David P: I have no window onto the recording techniques used, but I would say there are similarities in the playing. Seems to me that nobody in either group (on the songs I was thinking of) was playing patterns - they were playing off each other so sensitively that they were able to interject just the right bit at just the right time.

As for shared history, I'm a bit surprised that Marley (who implies that he's quite up on his history towards the end of the song) would be attracted by the idea of a Buffalo Soldier, beyond race. Weren't the original Buffalo Soldiers black men who accepted payment from the oppressor to do the oppressor's dirty work in clearing the land of its original inhabitants? "Music for the Native Americans", anyone?


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Posted by:

Peter v

Subject: 3614 Jackson Highway

As both David P and I have said, this 1969 album is the one to convert any anti Cher faction.


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Posted by:

Peter v

Subject: Cher

I'm not at home so on my iPad and can't access my Band stuff, but I believe from memory her duet with Rick was Mockingbird. I found a place with lifesize cut outs of the Cher photo, but they told me they'd just sold the last two. They wouldn't name names, but they said one went to Toronto and one to Atlanta.


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Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Cher amazing!

This talk about a 'diva' made me have a look around. I always enjoyed her voice even when I didn't appreciate the material (latter days). So....Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946) is an American recording artist, television personality, actress, director, record producer and philanthropist. Referred to as the Goddess of Pop, she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award among others for her work in film, music and television. She is the only person in history to have received all of these awards. (excerpted from Wikipedia). Her characterization in 'Moonstruck' was superb. I did not know about the Geffen party or that photo until it showed up here. Even the Dylan fan can learn. Thank you.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

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...and there's "Someone's Got A Hold Of My Heart" that wasn't on Infidels. This version is a bit different then the one on the commerical boot. In general I didn't really appreciate Infidels....but always was partial to "Sweetheart Like You" and "Jokerman". Although I did give him a thumbs up for tapping into Marley with "I and I".


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Posted by:

Calvin

I remember being sooooooooooo disappointed with Infidels NUX. At the time I was a Huge Mark Knopfler fan. Later when Knoplfer disowned that album productions, especially when that fantastic version of Blind Willie McTell was released on the Bootleg Series with just Dylan and Knopfler, I felt better about it. But I always felt Infidels was a very weak album, Planet Waves I like a lot.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"The new documentary "Marley" aims to be the definitive story on the singer, put together by his son, the musician Ziggy Marley."


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Hey Bill M. You need to get all his major recordings. There will never be another Marley. I was so fortunate to have been at Maple Leaf Gardens to see them perform.


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Posted by:

Peter V

Too lae, Kevin. I found the Cher picture and am currently trying to source a lifesize print on art paper. I posted the "Cher should have been at TLW" when I found the account of the party in Geffen's biography. Rick duetted with her. He looks more welcoming than Robbie in the photo.


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Posted by:

David P

Bill M:

(a)Similiar recording techniques?
(b)Jamaicana & Americana legends thematically


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Posted by:

Jon Lyness

Location: NYC
Web: My link

See link -- nice personal tribute to Levon and The Band's music on the No Depression site.


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Posted by:

NUX

Subject: MARLEY-BAND

BILL M;Thats really weird,I have thought this for a long time! Also think that Infidels(Dylan)sounds and feels a lot like Planet Waves


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Posted by:

Bill M

BEG especially: Listening to Marley's "Legend" CD of late, it strikes me that a) the bass, drums and guitar are often quite Bandish on the earlier tracks, and b) "Buffalo Soldier" and "I Shot The Sherriff" are sepia-toned and cowboyish in the way that so many of the Big Pink and Big Brown songs are. Heresy?


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Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Part 4 features Jim Weider.


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Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Part 3 features Levon.


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Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Part 2 features Garth.


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Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Part 1 (of 4) video (Japanese) - "Song To Soul" - The Band's "The Weight".


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Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Levon video (filmed @ Big Pink) - "How The Band Got To Woodstock".


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Posted by:

David P

Subject: Vinyl Siding: Crosby & Nash with Levon & Stan

Crosby & Nash released "Wind on the Water" (ABC LP) in 1975, a fine album due in part to the excellent group of supporting musicians:

Drums: Levon and Russ Kunkel
Bass: Leland Sklar and Tim Drummond
Guitars: David Crosby, David Lindley, Ben Keith, Danny Kortchmar, and Joel Bernstein
Keyboards: Craig Doerge, Carole King, Graham Nash, and Stan Szelest
Background vocals: Jackson Browne, Carole King, and James Taylor


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Posted by:

mike h

Subject: Levon's last gig.

Pat B. & Adam - you're correct in that Levon's last gig was the March 31st "Ramble" w/ Los Lobos. I believe the collaborative "The Weight" was the traditional last tune. The night prior in NH (Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom) was cancelled. Levon's last road gig was in Ann Arbor, MI (ironically similar location for Rick's last gig) 1-mth to the day prior to his passing.

Ann Arbor, MI set list:

1.This Wheel's on Fire

2.Somethin' to Remember

3.Chauffeur

4.Ophelia

5.It's Too Late

6.On Your Way Down

7.Good News

8.Hills of Home

9.Sweat of my Brow

10.Got Me a Woman

11.Little Birds

12.Meet De Boys on the Battlefront

13.Tennessee Jed

14.Lamps

15.Lonesome Soozie

16.Chest Fever

17.The Weight (with Joe Pug)

Encore:

18.Gloryland


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Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

New "Professor Louie & The Crowmatix" album "Wings On Fire" now available:

"Our new album "Wings On Fire," dedicated to our late musical mentors Levon Helm & Rick Danko, is available for purchase.

Featuring original members:

Professor Louie

Miss Marie

Gary Burke

Frank Campbell

Josh Colow

along with

John Platania (Van Morrison)

Michael Falzarano (New Riders)

Vito Little Rock

13 songs - originals & select covers - Americana with a twist!

WINGS ON FIRE - the follow-up to 2010 Grammy nominated Whispering Pines recorded by Professor Louie & The Crowmatix - an Americana template that jams out timeless rock, country, blues and New Orleans influenced originals. This new CD features 13 songs - 10 originals. Professor Louie's rockin' piano kicks off the CD on Down At The County penned by Crowmatix collaborator Kevin Doherty, Ireland's finest songwriter. The CD rocks with Uncommon Love and Open Hand Open Heart by Prof. Louie & Miss Marie. Next a sultry ballad/story Book Faded Brown, first produced by Prof. Louie for Hall Of Fame group, The Band and a spirited fun tune High Tech Wreck co-written by Ed Sanders (The Fugs).

Original songs such as Time Moves On combine with Crowmatix covers of the George Jones hit Color Of the Blues and the classic Van Morrison - Band collaboration, 4% Pantomime recorded in honor of guest guitarist John Platania's long stand with Van and Louie's years with The Band.

Wings On Fire - from Americana to almost New Country - flying towards the future."


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Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Big Brother's bassist is Peter Albin, who was in that Dinosaurs band in the 80s and 90s. I remember calling City Hall Records in 2002 and he answered the phone. Was a really nice guy, and was working there as his day job.


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Rick and Robbie


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Robbie, Stevie and Jimmy.


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Posted by:

Adam

Pat B - I believe Levon's last show was a Ramble with Los Lobos. Not sure of the date, but the day before they cancelled a New Jersey date when Levon supposedly injured his back badly. The next night in Woodstock they went on with the Ramble, with Levon taking it easy but playing. The last song I saw Levon & band sing on stage in Chicago was the bluegrass tune Gloryland... a beautiful a capella arrangement. A treasured memory that's burned into my mind.


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Peter M.

After skimming the GB, I wrote that last post. Then I read some more, having been away from it for a few days. The CSN&Y posts amused me, with the debate about The Band playing in an earlier time slot at Wembley. My wife and I attended a The Band/ Crosby, Stills & Nash show in the late '80's or early '90's at the Mann Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Philadelphia. We got really good seats up front at a premium price. We thoroughly enjoyed The Band's all too short 50 or 60 minute opening set, but I couldn't bear the thought of CS&N doing 90 minutes after that. So we walked way back to the cheap "lawn seating" area, found a couple who were obviously big fans of CSN, "gifted" them with a seating upgrade, and went home.


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Peter M.

The bass player sadavid mentioned playing in the Jay Leno show lineup of the Art for Amnesty Band is the great Leland Sklar. Played in bands backing Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, and James Taylor. Often with Russ Kunkel and Craig Doerge ("The Section"), they were in high demand, playing with a wide range of performers including Hall & Oates, Willie Nelson, Neil Sedaka, Billy Cobham, Helen Reddy, Jim Carroll, Crosby & Nash, Paul Williams, Willis Alan Ramsey, Roger McGuinn, Jimmy Spheeris, Kinky Friedman, David Cassidy, Stephen Stills, Flo & Eddie, The Doors (sorry, Peter), Lee Ann Rimes, Toto, Jackie Deshannon, Lisa Loeb, Debby Boone, Sally Kellerman(!), Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovett, Jessie Colin Young, America, Livingston Taylor, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Warren Zevon, Vince Gill, Carnie Wilson, Peter Frampton. As soon as I saw and heard him last week on The Tonight Show, I recognized him. I knew of his work with about a dozen and a half bands, but the eight pages of credits he has in the Allmusic Guide are diverse and impressive. Can we say "eclectic", kids?


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Robert............Great post...by the way.


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Posted by:

Kevin J

Well, well.......we are truly back and it feels good but please hide the Cher picture from Peter V or we might just get a "Cher should have been at TLW" post!.................. Didn't know anything about the CSNY 74 tour before today but checking out the YouTube clips......".Dire" seems to have been a gross under statement. A low point for Neil Young in an otherwise pretty stellar live career for sure. Glory was The Band even on this tour. If Adam can find unseen live clips of The Hawks 59-64 - he's got beer for life from me!


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Posted by:

dlew919

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Subject: Happy Traum posted this on Facebook

It's a wonderful reminiscence of Levon (I'm still getting my head around all the family connections he mentions, but that is in no way a criticism).. hope those of you who haven't seen it enjoy it!


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Posted by:

Dave H

David Geffen's birthday party, if I'm not mistaken. They're performing "All I Really Want to Do."


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Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

A post tour party.


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Posted by:

Robert

Web: My link

Subject: Now would someone please tell the story behind THIS photo?

Obviously also from Tour '74.


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Posted by:

Robert

Subject: Leon Russell & tour '74

I can fill in the details, because I was there (age 15). It was the second of two shows in St Louis, Feb 4, 1974. As was apparently customary on that tour, when they played the last number before the encore, "Like a Rolling Stone," they brought the house lights up and people were allowed to come down onto the floor. My friend and I happened to be nearby and jumped a barrier and wound up right at the edge of the stage, near the center. Midway through "Like a Rolling Stone" Leon Russell emerged stage left, in a ten-gallon hat, carrying a tall can of Schlitz (barely visible in the photo) and dancing around, much to the amusement of all onstage. At one point while Dylan was singing, he took the hat off and put it on Dylan's head for a couple of seconds, then took it back, and sashayed back offstage with his Schlitz. A funny moment.

I can still remember watching them from up close when they came back out for their encore, which was a second version of "You go your way, I'll go mine": Rick bouncing around in a brown plaid jacket with his fretless bass, Robbie standing stock still, well back from the microphones, playing his guitar with metal fingerpicks and seeming to mouth nonsense syllables as he played, his eyes tightly shut. Garth was invisible from where I was, alternating between being almost inaudible and then suddenly very loud. The whole thing was very loud and very powerful, unlike anything I've seen or heard, before or since. This was in a hockey arena that seated about 20,000 people. It was indeed a show of "force." I'd say Leon Russell was onstage for a minute at the most.


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Pat B

Given the universal panning CSNY got for the 74 tour, I'm surprised to read of the talk a few years ago that a boxed set covering the tour was in the works.


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Calvin

The thing about CSNY is they hit the stage with 20-30 albums in their pockets as a playlist. They had Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies, CSN/CSNY, The Byrds, Crosby-Nash, Solo Albums and Manassas. The Band simply couldnt compete with that catalog. Music Fans and promoters realized that.


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Calvin

Hey Joe,

Ive seen Big Brother and the Holding Company a few times, Sam Andrews (One of the Original Guitar Players), The Drummer and the Bass Player from the original group are still with the Band. Frankly, they seem a pretty good bar band to me. Nothing great mind you, but I have a hard time believing they would be much more than a very minor footnote in RnR History if it werent for Janis.


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joe j

Subject: Summertime

Heard Janis' (or should I say Big Brother's) "Summertime" while driving across the island this evening. What grabbed me was the guitar solos. Who are these guys? I googled. Names mean nothing. Produced by John Simon eh?


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David P

Subject: Tin soldiers and Nixon going, this summer I hear Tim Drummond...

No doubt that, late in the 1974 tour, CSN&Y were celebrating the resignation of Richard M. Nixon :-)


Entered at Tue May 8 22:30:40 CEST 2012 from (70.28.32.74)

Posted by:

Landmark

Location: Montreal

I saw CSN opening up for Tom Petty a couple of years back and they sounded great. A nice mix of group and solo hits and it was a 90 minute set that did not seem laboured or boring. Perfect music for an outdoor setting on a warm summer night.


Entered at Tue May 8 22:24:03 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

The big draw of the 1974 CSN&Y summer tour was that it was reunion of the four principals of the expanded group. As Pat mentioned, it was skillfully promoted & organized by Bill "Big Time" Graham.


Entered at Tue May 8 22:21:58 CEST 2012 from (136.167.102.118)

Posted by:

Dave H

Commercially, CSNY was much bigger in the '70s than the Band ever was, at least apart from collaborations with Dylan. Plus, the summer '74 CSNY tour was the group's first in 4 years (which at the time seemed like a *very* long hiatus), during which time all 4 members had released solo albums and Young had had both a #1 hit and #1 album. The hype surrounding their '74 "reunion" was therefore huge at the time, second only to Dylan's return to the road with the Band earlier in the year, even though there was no new CSNY album released to coincide with it.

However, the general feeling was that the CSNY '74 tour was a failure: subpar musical performances, poor personal relations within the group, and a less-than-expected financial windfall due to mismanagement of funds. In retrospect, members of the group have blamed all three of these problems on its collective prodigious intake of controlled substances during this era. The Wembley show that Peter V. mentions as disappointing was filmed professionally for possible official release; supposedly, the band took a look at the footage on the way back to the States and decided then and there that it was embarrassingly unsuitable. (Clips from this footage have surfaced on YouTube; one thing that's immediately noticeable, besides the mediocre performances, is that Crosby disappears offstage after every song, and I don't think it's for a refreshing sip of pure spring water).

In any event, CSNY soon split up again after the Wembley show, and did not tour again as a quartet for 26 more years.


Entered at Tue May 8 22:07:32 CEST 2012 from (24.44.101.8)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

Now I was too young in 74 to really be aware of who was bigger but my gut tells me it was CSN. I only base this on what I can recall of my earliest recollections of rock radio which was mid to late 70's and CSN and CSNY material was played way more than the Band was. My guess would be that back in the day the two were probably more like a 1 and 1a in the act. Still, as far as who was more known and popular, the conscious collective would probably recognize CSN over the Band.


Entered at Tue May 8 22:01:58 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.115)

Posted by:

Pat B

I forgot Manassas on the Stills ledger.


Entered at Tue May 8 22:00:46 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.115)

Posted by:

Pat B

Now, now, PV. CSNY had much a larger commercial impact than The Band--including their solo stuff through 1972. Plus the Crosby Nash album was pretty big. The four of them hadn't toured together since 1970 and they had become icons of the hippie daze. As far as artistic discussions go, 1973-74 may not have been a great period for the Band (Planet Waves being a decent Dylan album), but I can't remember the last time I listened to a CSNY/whatever combo.


Entered at Tue May 8 21:15:46 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Whining Boy Moan 1974

Sorry to go on, but I remember how during Joni's set everyone was transfixed and silent. During Neil Young's solo spot in the CSNY bit, I remember being annoyed because everyone around us listened for five minutes then started talking amongst themselves because he was down there on the stage whining away. Dire.


Entered at Tue May 8 21:06:29 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: CSNY v The Band 1974

I don’t know that CSNY were a gigantic force in 1974, Pat. I’d say “much better managed.”

CSN was 1969, and Deja Vu was 1970. The next studio album was 1977. In 1974, the recent thing was ‘Four Way Street’ widely regarded in the UK at least as “piss poor.”

Crosby’s best, If I could Only Remember My Name was 1971, as was Songs for Beginners from Graham Nash. Nothing after that registered on the radar. Neil’s big ones were After The Gold Rush in 1970 and Harvest in 1972. Like The Band, their “glory days” appeared to be 1969-1971. The difference was that The Band had just come off the BTF tour. I definitely thought CSNY were “past their peak” when I bought tickets for Wembley, but The Band were revived by the Dylan tour. I was amazed it wasn’t the other way round in billing. I thought CSNY were definitely declining, while The Band, after Planet Waves, BTF and Moondog Matinee in a year were going strong. For sure, had The Band set at Wembley been placed right next to CSNY, rather than separated by seven hours, CSNY would have looked dumb. As I said, when Graham Nash wipes Crosby, Stills & Young off the stage, then you have to say C, S & Y were not on good form. I thought on the night both Crosby and Young were both really bad, Stills very dull.


Entered at Tue May 8 20:20:54 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.115)

Posted by:

Pat B

CSN&Y were a gigantic force in 1974. They had the two albums they recorded together, Stills and Young had massive solo records while Crosby and Nash had good selling solo and duo records. Bill Graham had just done the Dylan/Band tour and knew how to put together these new, huge shows. In 74, the Band had MM and that was it, other than their backing on Planet Waves and their songs on BTF.


Entered at Tue May 8 20:03:10 CEST 2012 from (74.108.30.41)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Opening acts

I have also wondered how The Band got put into 2nd place. Perhaps their publicity wasn't that good, or there was a lacking of desire to tour. To be an opening act for CSN&Y seems strange.


Entered at Tue May 8 19:36:35 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.115)

Posted by:

Pat B

DP, that's all well and good, but he is absolutely trashed onstage, and large portions of the crowd boo and ride him mercilessly. He fires back in rather poor taste. Freddie King makes an appearance and wipes the floor. It really is an embarrassing moment for EC.


Entered at Tue May 8 19:31:13 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Rust Never Sleeps

Pat: No doubt it wasn't a very enviable position for Clapton to follow The Band on stage. To make matters worse, he'd basically gone straight from the studio in Miami, with a group of unfamiliar musicians, to touring in large arenas. Compounding the problem, after a few years of inactivity, the man known as Slowhand, thrust back into the spotlight, was truly living up to the name, as he attempted to knock off the rust on the fretboard


Entered at Tue May 8 19:25:23 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.115)

Posted by:

Pat B

What was Levon's last gig? And does anyone know what the last song was?


Entered at Tue May 8 18:50:30 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.115)

Posted by:

Pat B

The Band sounded very good at the Buffalo gig and Clapton performed Chest Fever with them to close their set. Smoke Signal--another Cahoots song that made the set list--is on youtube, audio only. However, Clapton's set is a disaster with him drunkenly berating the crowd and playing poorly. Some consider it his worse gig ever.

btw, I don't think that is actual footage of Shootout In Chinatown (at least most of it) but I'm almost positive it is Arie Crown although I recall it being a bit lighter.


Entered at Tue May 8 16:39:32 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: The Buffalo Bill

Prior to their gig with Joni Mitchell and CSN&Y, The Band had also opened for Eric Clapton in Buffalo, NY. (see link) At the time, Mr. Clapton was making a big comeback with the release of "461 Ocean Boulevard".

In 1974 Levon & Rick had played on Neil Young's "On The Beach" and Robbie had worked with Joni Mitchell on "Court and Spark". Later that year, Levon and Robbie played on Mr. Young's "Homegrown" album, which was shelved in favor of the powerfully raw "Tonight's The Night", following Rick's enthusiastic urging.

The Band would not Capitolize (excuse the pun) on the momentum of their recording & tour with Dylan until the following year with their own comeback effort "Northern Lights -- Southern Cross".


Entered at Tue May 8 15:15:44 CEST 2012 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: "Toast to Freedom" again

The "Art for Amnesty" band debuts the Amnesty Int'l birthday song on Jay Leno's _The Tonight Show_ last Thursday.
Larry Campbell, K. Kristofferson et al. The bass player is a real wizard.


Entered at Tue May 8 14:59:31 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

"Stage Fright" live '96.


Entered at Tue May 8 14:05:28 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Levon Helm in PacBell "Rain Children" in '88.


Entered at Tue May 8 13:19:05 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: CSNY

Yes, the Wembley show in 1974 was CSNY at the top of the bill, Joni Mitchell early evening before them, and The Band lunchtime while people were still coming in. We were amazed at the time, it was like they were third on the bill rather than second the way it was set up too. The Band were right after the Before The Flood tour … at that point the biggest ever, while CSNY were at least two years past their true peak of popularity. CSNY weren't very good on the day either. I always thought Graham Nash the least impressive of the four, but at Wembley he was way the best in his solo spot.

I thought The Band were incredible, but I would. Tom Scott & The LA Express were also phenomenal, with and without Joni.


Entered at Tue May 8 12:01:46 CEST 2012 from (76.98.218.136)

Posted by:

Carmen

Location: PA

Subject: The BAND

Kinda sounds funny that the Band opened for CSNY. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan but It just seems that at a minimum equal billing.


Entered at Tue May 8 09:25:18 CEST 2012 from (99.141.21.92)

Posted by:

Adam

Web: My link

A photo I found - Dylan & The Band from Tour '74 with Leon Russell on stage! Was this documented before?


Entered at Tue May 8 07:42:02 CEST 2012 from (99.141.21.92)

Posted by:

Adam

Web: My link

Here is a Levon obituary that features a previously unseen photo of Levon & The Band opening for CSNY in Toronto 1974.


Entered at Mon May 7 21:49:49 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Landmark (and Pat B): Consider it a strategic move. Here's the link to "Day And Night" by the Wackers - the group that Bob Segarini and Randy Bishop (the co-writers, btw) moved from California to Montreal ca '72. David P will be eager to learn that by this time the group's guitarist was Montreal's own Jean-Pierre Lauzon, late of Mylon and his Holy Smoke Doo-Dah Band.


Entered at Mon May 7 21:37:17 CEST 2012 from (70.28.32.74)

Posted by:

Landmark

Location: Montreal

Thanks for the shout-out and trip down memory lane. I'm surprised you didn't called out for "Day And Night", the chorus of which, is now a temporary earworm. I forgot to adjust the volume so When I hit the link, it was if I was there. Much comedic scrambling and my screen freezing led to some askances glances my way from my colleagues.


Entered at Mon May 7 20:33:27 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Part 2.


Entered at Mon May 7 20:31:16 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

The '95 The Band VHS doc Part 1.


Entered at Mon May 7 19:26:18 CEST 2012 from (74.108.30.41)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Adam

Great link!


Entered at Mon May 7 19:24:40 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Location: Tronno
Web: My link

Adam: Thanks for the link. Is Robbie really dressed in pink, or is that the lighting doing a number on his suit? Either way, a scarf would have helped, don't you think?

Landmark (and also Pat B if he's still writin' with Randy): Been meaning for some time to report on a recent visit to a tavern in our 'Little Poland', where we'd gone to catch a bluesish duo. Up by the band sat a sixtyish guy, well maintained but clearly under the influence. An older, ponytailed guy shambled in, greated the first guy warmly, threw his jacket on the next chair, and went up and stood with the duo, who'd broken into "Chains". Another drunk, I thought, expecting the musicians would at some point convince him to leave. But then he joined in on the choruses so admirably, and did a little quick step so accurately, that I knew he'd been on stage many times before. Was introduced at the end of the song as Bob Segarini, to my knowledge the only Californian who's ever chosen to live in Toronto, Vietnam aside. I called out for "When The Lights Are Out" (see link) but he told me to shut up.


Entered at Mon May 7 14:12:27 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Better video feed (recently uploaded) of Levon & Bruce Springsteen ('87) performing "Cripple Creek".


Entered at Mon May 7 13:31:32 CEST 2012 from (184.144.106.49)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Levon on singing while drumming clip.


Entered at Mon May 7 13:30:09 CEST 2012 from (184.144.106.49)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thanks so much Adam. The same person also posted two Levon clips. Both are from his instructional video. This one's about his early influences.


Entered at Mon May 7 10:19:26 CEST 2012 from (122.59.251.42)

Posted by:

Rod

Subject: Shootout in China Town

Thanks for that Adam - a real find. What's Rick doing towards the end - looks like is is changing his bass. I didn't thimk he played a Fender around this time.


Entered at Mon May 7 05:44:10 CEST 2012 from (58.104.10.247)

Posted by:

Graham

Adam, thanks for the heads up on that footage. That really is rare! I seem to recall Robbie saying that some of the songs on Cahoots were too hard to play live so they didn't play them too much.


Entered at Mon May 7 04:17:52 CEST 2012 from (99.141.21.92)

Posted by:

Adam

Web: My link

Subject: video footage of The Band - Chicago 1971

Another gem has appeared in The Band live recordings department. Check the link for a full color video of The Band performing "Shoot Out In Chinatown" in Chicago 1971. This is an incredibly rare piece of history!


Entered at Mon May 7 02:23:34 CEST 2012 from (173.27.196.68)

Posted by:

jenny

Location: USA
Web: My link

I like your site. Keep up the good work! Jenny


Entered at Sun May 6 23:21:49 CEST 2012 from (24.44.101.8)

Posted by:

Brien Sz

On my way back from a weekend in the Adirondacks, I had the opportunity to pay my respect to Levon and Rick. I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with fellow GB'er, Lars as we visited both grave sites and got to talk for over an hour. Tremendous talking with you Lars!


Entered at Sun May 6 21:29:09 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Third time lucky

Thanks for the Civil Wars link. Very relaxing listening for a Sunday afternoon. Two previous attempts at posting this short response have drifted into the ether without appearing. Let's see if it works this time.


Entered at Sun May 6 06:44:23 CEST 2012 from (50.72.251.19)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: Civil Wars on "Q"

For fans of The Civil Wars . . . a short feature with link to a clip of 25-minute 'appearance' on a radio show.


Entered at Sat May 5 18:56:32 CEST 2012 from (74.108.30.41)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Steve Smith

Steve, thank you for sharing your story with us. "Dixie" is a very complex song. Music as history.


Entered at Sat May 5 15:09:18 CEST 2012 from (70.24.109.162)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

A birthday car for Garth
Rock icon turns 75 on Aug. 2 and we should drive him to the party
By JAMES REANEY, THE LONDON FREE PRESS


Entered at Sat May 5 12:09:30 CEST 2012 from (124.170.196.30)

Posted by:

Dlew919

Subject: Fred; Graham

Fred - yep, that's the one. Graham. Amen, brother. Peter V. You think your politicians are craven bootlickers...


Entered at Sat May 5 08:54:42 CEST 2012 from (99.141.54.143)

Posted by:

Adam

Web: My link

Mavis Staples gives a heartfelt tribute to Levon in concert. I particularly love her statement that "just speaking Levon's name is a ray of sunshine." Levon was supposed to perform at New Orleans' Jazz Fest today, and according to the article Warren Haynes & Dr. John will perform a tribute set in his absence.


Entered at Sat May 5 08:51:55 CEST 2012 from (58.104.11.11)

Posted by:

Graham

Location: Australia

Subject: The Media

Peter v: And he owns 40% of the newspapers in Australia and has 70% of the readership. Thank god for the internet!


Entered at Sat May 5 08:31:08 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter v

On the Australian press, you will have seen that Murdoch was found by the British parliamentary committee to be not fit to run a public company. He runs The Sun, The Times, and Sky in the Uk.


Entered at Sat May 5 07:26:01 CEST 2012 from (68.199.198.175)

Posted by:

John W.

I hope this comment is not too morbid, but it's funny, and I've never seen it mentioned before. In the movie Coal Miner's Daughter, Levon's character dies, and they have him laid out in a coffin as the family gathers around and sings Amazing Grace. And in the choir, as you see the dearly departed man laid out there, you can clearly hear Levon's voice singing along! - at "his" own funeral! I thought that was hilarious... I understand it took the film crew quite some time to get Levon to lay himself out in that coffin. Understandably he got a bit creeped out about it. Wish he was still with us.


Entered at Sat May 5 06:58:35 CEST 2012 from (124.170.196.30)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: Adam: go and listen to 'Tumbleweed Connection'

... and what I think Elton John's Masterpiece is 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt cowboy' and you'll see why Elton John might not have been so out of place at Levon's funeral, (if indeed, he did go...)


Entered at Sat May 5 04:47:12 CEST 2012 from (203.160.29.153)

Posted by:

Fred

Dlew: I think you mean the Washingotn Post, not Times. ; )

For those of you who are interested: on iTunes it's possible to download the NPR interviews Levon did 2007. Just go to the NPR podcasts and search through the interviews.


Entered at Sat May 5 04:40:35 CEST 2012 from (124.170.196.30)

Posted by:

dlew919

Subject: MIke: it's ok

The Australian Press is the worst in the Western World - as bad as Fox at its worst, and nowhere near the level of the Guardian or the Washington Times at its best. So Grahame's post is actually based on this.


Entered at Sat May 5 04:17:19 CEST 2012 from (173.19.63.81)

Posted by:

Big Steve Smith (moniker received with thanks from my adopted Southern "family" of friends"

Location: Yankee and honorary good old boy

Subject: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

As beautiful a song as it indeed is, T. Night. T. Drv. Old Dixie Dwn has a very bittersweet ring to it in my heart. I have a feeling the way I feel about the song is the way many do.

Before I comment further, I feel it necessary to tell where I'm come'n from. I grew up in the "north"--a indigenous Yankee from Nebraska and Iowa. As a very young man, I moved to Florida with my new bride, and through some trying times, we were "adopted" by a group of part hippied-out working class southerners (white) and some north Florida, crazy-azz't black folk, and they taught me stuff you don't read in any history books. The sorrow, the joy, the love of language, the phenomenal hospitality was rife with the soul of the south. And like James Brown said, the hippies and the afro blacks all got down and dirty.

But I fear I must bow my head in both recognition of the suffering resounding through the piece, AND head bowed because of the romantic blind spot the size of a freak'n elephant that just astounds me, and I saw in some of my dearest "southern" working class friends--especially the man who's now passed--my partner in crime and computers, Mr. Bill Young. If I were to be asked who is the finest man I have ever known, and I've know and worked with everyone from folks lean'n on rakes to U.S. Senators, and Bill was the brightest soul, the most generous heart and the most eager to seek enlightenment.

And his elephant... his huge blind spot was his own home grown racism... but it's not that redneck, tooth grinding stuff of Hollywood hyperbole. It's that even in his most sincere and ardent steps toward Nirvana, his blind spot was his beloved South. It's easy to love the South, and the South has a beauty that is part of nature in its nature and part the seasons of the soul that are still alive in the get-down folks in the country. So I see that, and I lived amongst it, and I DO NOT denigrate that sweet heart.

But, Bill had it, as do so many down there. "It" is the immutable race based class system that still is alive and well in the sandy soil of Florida and the red soils above it.

To prove to me (and Bill aways seemed to see me as one who needed proof) that his people were worthy, he told me tales of how his Dad (who I knew--former Klansman) had his own "colored man" to bait his hook when he went fishing. Bill said that many years after the old "colored man" had passed, he ran into his wife, and she went on and on about how Mr. Young was so good to them, and Mr. young did this and that. Okay. I'm sure Poppa was good to them what baited his hook. And the one thing that just made me bite my lip was Bill talking about Geoffrey and his "man" he kept in the garage. I sh*t you not. Geoffrey had inherited his mother's house, grounds, and a human being with it. Now, one can sympathize with the situation. Geoffrey's "man" was well taken care of. Geoffrey was a recording studio man, and he often had to leave the place in this idyllic little southern hamlet, and the man would look after the yard and pick up this and that and was better than a guard dog (that's a quote). Bill came to me one day and said words to the effect that "Willie was prone to drink, and Bill said he pulled him to the side and took a lovely paternalistic tone and said, Willie? You hadn't ought to drink so much. It's bad for your health." And of course Willie called Bill, Mr. Young... no first name basis in this situation. Bill and I never ever called each other out on anything... not for years and years, and I know he could have called me out for my sins, different from his, perhaps. But I said to Bill as we sat under the live oaks and bromeliads.. the banana tree growing behind us and the guava getting ripe... I said, Bill, I love you dearly. But I want you to do me a favor. Take a good look at what you just told me, and is there anything that rings a bit jaundiced in it?

Bill lit up a Marlboro gold and I my beloved Salem Light One Hundred, and after a couple of minutes of smoking and our arms resting over our paunches, he leaned forward and had this most God-awful look on his countenance...like a man who got caught by Jesus and his own conscience, and he said... oh my God. Oh my God. And he began to cry, or at least it appeared so, his head hung, but I did not attempt to turn to him and look. That would have too much.

After what seemed an eternity, he said above the chicken clucks, What have I been doing all these years? I told him, and I DID face him, turn'n in the chair right straight at him, and I said, look. You are the best man I know. Have you sinned? Yes. So have I and I do on regular basis. But the difference between you and some dumb azz'd redneck is that you may LOOK like a redneck, and your freckles preen like a redneck's and you live in an all white hamlet out by a phosphate borrow pit, but at least you are honest about what you do. Your heart is always honest.

I feel about the great song by the Band the same way I felt about Bill. He's gone now, and I ache every day for that man--selfishly, to have him with me again. To be back under those bromeliads and jawing the sunset away.

But the song to me only has value as a universal wail to the suffering of soldiers. But damn it all, so much of that misery could have been avoided had we as a nation faced up to our gravest sin... the blind spot the size of an elephant, and faced it as bravely as Bill did his. And I'm sorry they tore up the tracks and kept food and supplies from folks, but war IS hell.

And just like when we rained death and destruction for no damned good reason on Iraq? How big was the blind spot. How will we reap the whirlwind, for the folks in Iraq have.

I nursed at the mother's milk of the South. I will forever be grateful for people who put up with me, in effect, raised a Yankee boy into a man. I needed it. And I learned one hell of a lot more about myself from them, from Bill, than he learned from me, I'm sure.

So I say, rest the souls of beaten and downtrodden in the South, for they suffered and reaped the whirlwind. What was harder was the lesson they needed to learn from filling in that blind spot.

It's a beautiful sad song. Maybe we should listen with our heads as well as our hearts.


Entered at Sat May 5 03:01:34 CEST 2012 from (184.145.69.113)

Posted by:

Mike Nomad

Yes, let's all shit on the media. Ho-hum. Yawn.


Entered at Fri May 4 22:16:04 CEST 2012 from (58.104.11.11)

Posted by:

Graham

Location: Australia

Subject: The Media

Down here in Australia we have a prime minister called Julia Gillard. The media hate her and take every opportunity to say really vile things about her. I think the main reason is because she is Australia's first woman prime minister. The other day somebody on TV said 'She should be kicked to death'. Connection with the Band, most of the stuff that appears in the media is crap.


Entered at Fri May 4 21:41:20 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Joan: You're very welcome. I'm relieved that you and others outside Canada can see at least some of the material, and like you I hope that the producers will see fit to release the thing worldwide at some point. Like I've said before, there's playing footage of Robbie with Levon before he was even a Hawk, and also footage of our guys playing with Hawkins a few years later. And Robbie telling tales of ye olde Yonge. Simply amazing stuff.


Entered at Fri May 4 20:56:16 CEST 2012 from (74.108.30.41)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Bill M

Bill, thanks so much for getting the link of "Yonge Street"I was able to see the trailers and "teasers" , but no access to the actual show. Very frustrating. Maybe they will release it some day.

Re Levon and Robbie We'll never know what the actual situation was, nor do we need to. I only hope that it left both men satisfied. Despite Imus' comments , hate is a horrible thing


Entered at Fri May 4 19:42:51 CEST 2012 from (174.116.242.232)

Posted by:

JT

Location: Toronto and Victoria intermittently

Subject: Accuracy and the media

My comments here relate only to a continuous concern I have regarding misinformation with respect to important and/or personal issues and the role of the media in propagating such misinformation. While I am grateful that we have the opportunity to become aware of and participate in the world's events, accuracy is critical and some of the discussion I have read in the past 2 weeks is distressing when corrections are required. Much of this is perhaps better left personal, but if it is going to be discussed in the media then it MUST be accurate. I am appalled at times by the laziness of some journalists who report inaccurately and the repetition thereupon by other media of such misinformation. I know I'm not saying anything here that discerning readers don't already know and I understand that this is going to be a perpetual problem, but I think we need to keep after the offenders to 'get it right' the first time!


Entered at Fri May 4 19:10:17 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Agreed, Jeff.

My previous post primarily answers Adam's inquiry regarding an article's incorrect statements, but also rebukes some other recent media misinformation. Details beyond what I've been informed of relative to the visit would be best answered by Levon's family & Robbie. It isn't my intention to further ignite anything, but rather clarify information I do know about two musicians who created music I very much appreciate.


Entered at Fri May 4 18:48:19 CEST 2012 from (99.89.226.221)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Look,i might be out of line telling anyone what to do regarding this, but Bill, maybe you and Mike could email privately about your question. If he hasn't answered you here already. I'm thinking it's just best to avoid this. From what i;'ve seen,no one is discussing the details you want to know on the internet. I don't think there is anything wrong with yu wanting to know, but, private emails between you guys might be prudent.


Entered at Fri May 4 18:11:22 CEST 2012 from (99.89.226.221)

Posted by:

PutEmUp(Friend0

Most have been trying to avoid raising the discussion here and commenting about the realities of that visit, and RRs public statements. Fact is, the worldwide outpouring of love and respect for Levon, and the send off he received, was far more noted and positively significant. But since Mike brought this up, i'll just respond slightly to Bill, that I think I recall Robbie's FB statement mentioning that he contacted the family to request a visit. Not the other way around. Far as the "visit" goes, anyone who knew Levon enough or is familiar with this stage, knows enough ..... God was there with them. That's enough.

i for one would hope any potential turmoil is avoided here now.


Entered at Fri May 4 17:56:37 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.115)

Posted by:

Pat B

Last night's showing of TLW at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn Il was beautiful. The club installed rear speakers so you felt like you were in the middle of the music. They also played it at concert level volume which really added impact. Big screen, great sound. But what put it over the edge was the audience. Every performance was cheered, especially Dixie and Mannish Boy. A lot of younger--as in 20's and 30's--viewers who were totally into it.

Rather than letting Levon's passing serve to continue contention, there was a real sense of community there last night. I was really touched to be a part of it.


Entered at Fri May 4 16:21:31 CEST 2012 from (69.158.29.195)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Part 2 of Hawk Doc

"Unfortunately, Bravo! Canada is licensed for Canadian distribution only. A replay date for "Innovators in Music: Levon Helm" has not been scheduled.
Regards, Bravo! Programming


Entered at Fri May 4 16:18:46 CEST 2012 from (69.158.29.195)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Part 1 Doc with The Hawk


Entered at Fri May 4 16:15:38 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

Web: My link

Joan: My friend's back in NJ and reports that the above link is what he uses to access at least the trailers to the Yonge Street stories documentary. As I can see just a two-inch strip across the top, I suspect that some Flash technology is required to see it properly.


Entered at Fri May 4 15:55:06 CEST 2012 from (204.138.59.92)

Posted by:

Bill M

mike h: You seem better "informed" than most of us here, so I'll ask if your assertion that Robbie's "visit" was not a "meeting" means that Levon was unable to speak or that he was asleep when Robbie "came by". Formal "reconciliation" or not, I take comfort in the reasonable assumption that Robbie had been invited by Levon or those very close to Levon - and so was welcome.


Entered at Fri May 4 15:29:31 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

RR wasn't in attendance @ Levon's funeral, but Garth was & performed. RR "visited" Levon in the hospital (just as he had stated), but it wasn't a "meeting" or "reconciliation" if you will as presented by the media. That article mentioning RR in attendance @ Levon's funeral also had the incorrect Presidential inauguration date of '04 when it was actually '05.

There were a number of musicians @ Levon's funeral - his band, Ollabelle members, Martha Scanlan, Marc Cohn, Rosanne Cash, Joan Osborne & more.

Another media slant - Levon is not buried right next to Rick. He was laid to rest in the same Woodstock Cemetery, but there's a fair distance between the two.


Entered at Fri May 4 15:09:15 CEST 2012 from (69.158.29.195)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Rick and Bonnie Rait 1977
Photo by Ed Perlstein.


Entered at Fri May 4 15:02:14 CEST 2012 from (69.158.29.195)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

"This was the rock ensemble that spoke to me more than any other at the time. I adored Arkansas native Helm’s Southern twang among a cluster of Canadians. When he belted out the lyrics on Robertson’s’s “The Weight” – inspired by the surreal films of Luis Bunuel – I didn’t necessarily understand all the symbolism but sure could recognize a soulful soul when I heard one. Maybe I was growing weary of the psychedelic zeitgeist, fast becoming just another path to conformity, no matter how groovy. The Band’s look and sound were so earthy yet ethereal, especially when Manuel sang “In a Station” with that high-pitched delivery of his: “Isn’t everybody dreaming?/ Then the voice I hear is real./Out of all the idle scheming,/ Can’t we have something to feel?”


Entered at Fri May 4 14:11:23 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

The quotes below the Imus piece pretty much discuss the discussion out of it. Probably not one it's our business to visit and chew over at this point.


Entered at Fri May 4 13:34:16 CEST 2012 from (92.18.190.115)

Posted by:

Solomon

Web: My link

This is the Imus view on Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm.


Entered at Fri May 4 02:58:38 CEST 2012 from (24.124.49.244)

Posted by:

Dexy

Web: My link

Subject: Toast To Freedom

Sorry if this has already been posted, but the link above takes you to a site with a new all-star video recorded at Levon's studio and featuring Levon, Amy, Kris, Larry and 45 other artists celebrating Amnesty International's 50th anniverary. Song was co-written and produced by Larry Campbell and Carl Carlton.


Entered at Fri May 4 01:47:45 CEST 2012 from (99.141.54.143)

Posted by:

Adam

Web: My link

The link suggests that Garth, Robbie, and Elton John (?) were at Levon's funeral in Woodstock.


Entered at Thu May 3 21:41:10 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Allen Toussaint on "The Band."


Entered at Thu May 3 21:25:43 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Bruce Cockburn

LINK: Happy for him, as he deserves to be happy. Right? xoxoxo


Entered at Thu May 3 20:50:52 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

David…………..doubling up is often a good idea anyway…………..though usually only in music and drink……….recall the tricky Dick Nixon story……………years after Watergate…………………..he ran into John Ehrlichman at some function…….when he quizzed Ehrlichman as to whether he was voting in some local election in the area……..the former aide to the president replied…….”Uh…well no.. Mr. President……..I cannot….you might remember that I am a convicted felon”……Not missing a beat or expressing any sympathy for his former staffer who had taken some of the fall for the president…….Nixon said…..”Not to worry John….I’ll just vote twice!!”


Entered at Thu May 3 20:28:02 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Kevin: Great thinks mind alike. Sorry, I read your post but didn't click on the link. Last Saturday I lucked up and found a copy of Larry Williams' original 45 single version of "Short Fat Fannie" (on the Specialty label) at a used record store.


Entered at Thu May 3 20:14:01 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: David P

I had just posted that very clip here an hour or so ago........


Entered at Thu May 3 20:11:02 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Subject: Stop Crying - Time to Smile.....A Great Great Cover to do just that........

Ohh La La............................Cold my ass - ya should have been there Rod...................


Entered at Thu May 3 20:04:26 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Web: My link

Subject: Levon with Conan, Max & Jimmy et al. 1993

Here's a link to a classic clip of Levon appearing on Conan O'Brien's late night show in 1993. He performed "Short Fat Fannie" with the Max Weinberg 7, featuring Jimmy Vivino, and was interviewed by Mr. O'Brien.


Entered at Thu May 3 19:45:15 CEST 2012 from (74.108.30.41)

Posted by:

Joan

Thank you everyone for the great links.For a while is was a little quiet here. I think everyone had to do a bit of private grieving


Entered at Thu May 3 19:38:49 CEST 2012 from (69.158.84.242)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thank you Al and Carmen.

Thank you Pat. Wish I could be there too.


Entered at Thu May 3 19:25:24 CEST 2012 from (72.230.109.86)

Posted by:

Bashful Bill(again)

Location: Minoa, NY (still)

Subject: RS

Speaking of Rolling Stone - I read Gilmore's Levon obit / article, coincidentally, last Thurs, the day that many(including some of you)visited the studio for perhaps the last time. I was disappointed in the article. I guess I expected more from RS and Gilmore regarding Levon's passing, or for that matter any member of the Band at this point in the history......


Entered at Thu May 3 18:51:33 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Bruce & Levon

LINK: Another article to follow CARMEN's. This one's from RS mag...Must have been a great night as Bruce does a great thing with BAND songs..

BEG & SADAVID: You're both welcome..BEG, Love the caricature of Levon...

Thanx to all you guys for the wonderful links, today and every day...

CYA soon xoxoxoxo


Entered at Thu May 3 18:37:57 CEST 2012 from (72.230.109.86)

Posted by:

Bashful bill

Location: Minoa, NY

Subject: Damn, Al........

.....now you've got me teary-eyed. That is really beautiful. thanks for sharing.


Entered at Thu May 3 18:29:52 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Web: My link

Pat…………Since the Last Waltz will be played and the inevitable discussion of how terrible the whole thing was will likely be on the lips of some there, the attached LINK is not only enjoyable because it is a nice example of Levon’s true humility ( see interview section after the number ) but it also shows that he was quite on-board with the whole thing and had fun that special Thanksgiving evening in 1976……………..Not seeing a penny all those years later has soured some ( Van, Levon for sure ) from a business perspective but let’s not forget that it WAS a glorious event and arguably the only reason the Band’s legend has endured the way it has……..


Entered at Thu May 3 18:10:48 CEST 2012 from (68.164.6.115)

Posted by:

Pat B

Web: My link

I've been asked to emcee a Levon Helm Appreciation evening at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn IL tonight. They are showing The Last Waltz and I'll be showing a couple of bootleg videos most here are familiar with.


Entered at Thu May 3 17:15:28 CEST 2012 from (161.185.157.22)

Posted by:

tm

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Entered at Thu May 3 16:14:33 CEST 2012 from (69.158.84.242)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link

Thank you Serenity and sadavid.


Entered at Thu May 3 15:52:59 CEST 2012 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: the secret policeman's barn dance

thanks to Serenity for the tip . . . some nice (brief) footage of Levon in these videos (see also the 'teaser' vid on the home page) . . . too bad the song is no better than usual for these things . . . .


Entered at Thu May 3 14:44:14 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Will The Circle Be Unbroken

All three volumes of Will The Circle Be Unbroken are still in print here, individually and bundled together in a deluxe box set. At the time it was first released, I picked up a rare, promo vinyl box set version of Vol. 2 that included 2 LPs with promotional photo cards and notes.


Entered at Thu May 3 14:28:56 CEST 2012 from (69.158.84.242)

Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


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Posted by:

brown eyed girl

Web: My link


Entered at Thu May 3 13:43:32 CEST 2012 from (63.88.115.195)

Posted by:

Carmen

Location: PA
Web: My link

Subject: Bruce and Levon

Springsteen gives Newark a night to remember with 'The Weight' See web site. Impressive set list for sure with highlight being The Weight according to the author. Bruce also played with Levon at the Stone Pony back in 1987.


Entered at Thu May 3 11:07:27 CEST 2012 from (82.42.122.89)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Web: My link

Subject: Tears still dripping but here's a clearer footage

Levon and Bruce


Entered at Thu May 3 11:02:30 CEST 2012 from (82.42.122.89)

Posted by:

Al Edge

Web: My link

Subject: LEVON and his spiritual mate Bruce

Does it get more emotional than this?

Does it get any better than this?

Can there have been any finer tribute to levon or our boys than this?

Excuse the typing and raw emotions but the tears are dripping all over the keyboard as I listen to this

At last I can smile

:-0)


Entered at Thu May 3 02:34:15 CEST 2012 from (96.30.174.20)

Posted by:

joe j

Been working long hours lately. Hadn't really had time to have a 'Levon moment' until this evening. I've had me glass of whisk(e)y and played 'Tears of Rage' while listening for the drums. I always let that album play through.

I was humbled that a couple friends sent me condolences.



Entered at Thu May 3 01:55:24 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: Rufus Wainwright

LINK: More on his new album...xoxoxo


Entered at Thu May 3 01:47:14 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: LEVON

LINK: Interesting reading. Thought you guys would be interested.. xoxoxo


Entered at Wed May 2 23:42:09 CEST 2012 from (76.98.218.136)

Posted by:

Carmen

Web: My link

Subject: New Neil Young Video

See link - you got to think this is how Levon may have remembered the old South.


Entered at Wed May 2 22:10:33 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Levon during the construction of his barn.


Entered at Wed May 2 21:21:40 CEST 2012 from (91.52.110.29)

Posted by:

Norbert

Web: My link

Joe Bonamassa "Ophelia" Tribute to Levon Helm, a look behind the scene's (they learn that fast).


Entered at Wed May 2 19:37:40 CEST 2012 from (74.108.30.41)

Posted by:

Joan

Subject: Tributes

Greg, that was well done. Mike, thanks for posting Donald Fagen's tribute.


Entered at Wed May 2 19:26:47 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Levon Helm - "Harvest King"


Entered at Wed May 2 17:02:37 CEST 2012 from (174.44.143.11)

Posted by:

Jed

Subject: Gregg's Tribute

Very beautiful and moving. Thank you.


Entered at Wed May 2 13:16:43 CEST 2012 from (12.71.3.3)

Posted by:

Greg Tinstrom

Location: Orlando now, SF originally

Subject: a tribute

On Parnassus Lane

In West Saugerties

A big pink house

Zimmerman’s wheeze

The Weight

Heard on the breeze

Tears of rage

A home remedy

The drum has stopped

There isn’t a beat

The bass has died

Voices have ceased

Guitars are gone

With regret we meet

Friends and fans

The Waltz complete

Where do you go from here?

I know the answer

Where did you go from here?

The band is gone

A piano remains

One guitar in tune

And two refrains

Handkerchief's out

With tears we stain

We tip our hats

Glasses we drain



Entered at Wed May 2 11:37:21 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Good the connect. Tweet do I use making. Two words. Remember you! Second word is being "off."


Entered at Wed May 2 10:38:56 CEST 2012 from (112.216.145.90)

Posted by:

KatherineLumbreras

Web: My link

Subject: An Enjoyable Impression of Coach Outlet

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Entered at Wed May 2 09:52:20 CEST 2012 from (82.69.47.175)

Posted by:

Peter V

Subject: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

I picked up the Volume 1 set on vinyl a couple of weeks ago, in beautiful condition. It looks unplayed. All three are on CD in the UK at least … for some reason Vol 3 lists on amazon at more than twice the price of the other two (£21.98 against £8.98) which means it might be deleted,


Entered at Wed May 2 01:22:24 CEST 2012 from (24.186.38.53)

Posted by:

Tom (Bayou Sam)

Location: NY

David P - thanks for the response. I've actually got a clean vinyl copy of Vol 1 of that album. Love it. I didn't realize there was another (three actually - I just looked it up).

I have to get the other two. Have they been released on CD?


Entered at Tue May 1 22:03:16 CEST 2012 from (24.164.173.243)

Posted by:

Lars

Location: NY

Subject: Fagan's tribute & Ezra's stories

Right on, Ezra. I needed that.


Entered at Tue May 1 21:54:18 CEST 2012 from (70.31.49.229)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Subject: Donald Fagen

Mike H: Perfect and beautiful.....loved the....shoulder down and wailing into the mic……


Entered at Tue May 1 21:31:50 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Very nice tribute to Levon by Donald Fagen.


Entered at Tue May 1 20:47:13 CEST 2012 from (131.137.35.83)

Posted by:

sadavid

Web: My link

Subject: super session

. . . and here it is . . . .


Entered at Tue May 1 20:12:12 CEST 2012 from (156.47.15.10)

Posted by:

David P

Subject: Levon & Earl

Bayou Sam: Levon appeared with Earl Scruggs and his sons, Randy, Gary & Steve, on the title song from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Vol. 2". The cut also included the full line-up of guest musicians that participated in those sessions.


Entered at Tue May 1 19:25:25 CEST 2012 from (24.186.38.53)

Posted by:

Tom (Bayou Sam)

Subject: NY

I was just wondering if Levovn ever played with Earl Scruggs. If so, was it recorded?


Entered at Tue May 1 18:52:48 CEST 2012 from (92.18.180.87)

Posted by:

Solomon

Web: My link

Subject: Levon and the Hawks: From Bacon Fat to Judgement

Hopefully this will see the light of day as a tribute to Levon and the other guys.


Entered at Tue May 1 17:47:59 CEST 2012 from (70.53.45.108)

Posted by:

Kevin J

Al: Thank you for that link……fantastic viewing – especially “This Wheels on Fire”…..not quite sure what Rick was up to on UOCC but a rare misfire in an almost perfect live career….perhaps it was just the balance in the recording…….I sure hope someone can cobble together an entire concert from this period for a DVD release……..The key was Richard was in shape during this era and it would be a lovely tribute to him especially if his brilliance could be exposed to the world properly in a live setting…….I actually preferred Levon’s singing more as the 70’s progressed – peaking in 1976………….Rick was at peak form for a long period ( through early 90’s ) but Richard peaked before the Band was named The Band and was just a shadow of his former self by early 1970’s…………..Hands down though – the 3 best singers any rock band ever had.

Got to see my 3rd Liverpool game this Saturday…………Had tmy place to myself….sat down on the couch to play guitar - ..turned on the television and the Liverpool-Norwich game was just about to get under way……………..3 beauties from Suarez……………..his 3rd one had me on my feet! 3 games watched and 3 victories………..If only I could see more.

Webmaster: Perhaps it’s just me, but I like to smile and think of music when I think of Levon and that picture that leads the website of him from the movie Coal Miners Daughter ( ? ) seems so far away from all that…………………..besides that, thank you for all your work in presenting a perfect place for everyone to pay respect to the Band for all these years – in joyous times and very sad times. I actually found this place when Rick Danko died and will never forget how that helped me come to grips with that.


Entered at Tue May 1 15:47:27 CEST 2012 from (92.18.180.87)

Posted by:

Solomon

Web: My link

The Word Podcast gives Levon a mention.


Entered at Tue May 1 15:42:00 CEST 2012 from (92.18.180.87)

Posted by:

Solomon

Levon Helm. The name alone evokes Americana. And the man behind the name? Well, to put it simply, no other American in the past 50 years did more to put American “roots music” on the global map than Levon Helm. And he did it the old-fashioned way – by playing his heart out on stage and by pouring his heart out on records. As Mr. Helm wrote in his autobiography: “If it doesn’t come from your heart, music just doesn’t work.” And, if you ever heard Levon Helm sing, on “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” or “Up on Cripple Creek,” or “Rag Mama Rag,” you knew he was singing from the heart. Read on - http://www.independent.com/news/2012/may/01/levon-helm-1940-2012/


Entered at Tue May 1 14:36:01 CEST 2012 from (136.148.180.27)

Posted by:

Roger

Location: UK
Web: My link

Subject: Obituaries

I've been struck by the number of obituaries Levon has received in the UK. Far more than at RD's death. All the one's I've read have been extremely complimentary and fulsomely acknowledge the Band's place in music history before going on to talk of Levon's post-band career. The BBC broadcast a weekly obit programme (Radio 4 Friday pm)and paid tribute to Levon this week with nice words from barney Hoskyns. The link is above.


Entered at Tue May 1 13:34:08 CEST 2012 from (216.114.128.38)

Posted by:

mike h

Web: My link

Link to new Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek & opened for a "Ramble") album stream on NPR.


Entered at Tue May 1 04:32:57 CEST 2012 from (50.49.232.207)

Posted by:

JCF

Location: a tad bit west of the Castkill Mountains in NYS

Subject: JN

Has the subjects of Joanna Newsom come up much here, (I was in here more in the early 00's) I am loving her first album. Anyone else feel the same??


Entered at Tue May 1 04:30:54 CEST 2012 from (98.14.148.51)

Posted by:

A

Did Robbie go to Levon's funeral?


Entered at Tue May 1 03:32:48 CEST 2012 from (99.236.202.207)

Posted by:

Serenity

Web: My link

Subject: LEVON,etc.

LINK: A wonderful tribute to LEVON's memorial...

Music guests [a few]

Dave: Mon. Carrie Underwood. Wed. Norah Jones.

Jay: Wed. Blake Shelton & K'NAAN, Thurs. Katharine McPhee, Fri. James Morrison..

Until next time LOVE AND PEACE xoxoxo


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