4/21/15

Golden Earring - Live at the Record Plant (1975)



For those who recently discovered Golden Earring, another unofficial interesting stuff, recorded during their golden era (1972-77). It was captured one day after the Winterland concert, and I re-up it one day after, 40 years later. Got the sense of timing isn't it? Catch it here. Great band. Sad that they don't do anything really of any interest since their excellent Millbrook USA LP in 2003.

One day after the Winterland concert (get it here), Golden Earring recorded this session at the Record Plant for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. It was really the occasion for the band to present their Switch LP (6 from the 7 songs here), one of their best, to the USA. The sound is not totally what we could hope for such a record studio recording but it's the better source I found on the net. Some are really awful. This one is quite good. Not enough bass unfortunately. If I was better on mixing, I would have modified it myself, but it would be too much time consuming given my small knowledge of this work. The band plays quite well but is not concentrated as he was the prior night. But there is much to love and these versions are mandatory additions to any GE amateur's collection. I used the cover sleeve you can find almost everywhere, except for the rear, where I added the musicians and changed the lettering of the song's titles.



4/20/15

Golden Earring - Live at the Winterland (1975)


Your wishes are orders dear visitors. This great Live set (bootleg not official) has been asked for re-up, I do it. It's true among the hundreds of bands classified as hard rock, this one stands proudly as one of my faves. I'll re-up their Record Plant live session soon too. Meanwhile, catch this one here (with images below).

Here a testimony of what a great live band was Golden Earring in 1975, during its golden era, the one between Switch and To The Hilt. I can't explain why this is a music that talks to me so much for now more than 35 years. But if like me you love SAHB, I think you share my feeling cos' there are some common points musically. Not everything is perfect of course, there are some scories, quite usual in these times (these solos, these useless lenghts of some tracks) but the new songs (those from Switch) do not allow the band to such indulgence and therefore most of the set is stunning. Moreover, horns provide a welcome new power to the music, and it's a good thing Barry Hay quitted flute cos' it was really too much (and rather weakly) Jethro Tull like. Honestly, some songs here are much better than in studio (in particular "Vanilla Queen" and "Daddy's Gonna Save My Soul") whereas others are treated with respect and do not lose their studio strongness. Of course "Radar Love" became a little too much of a tour-de-force with timeless improvisations that are quite difficult to savour as we did at that times (notably the drum solo, but who ever did a good drum solo but BJ Wilson on earth?). I had quite a hard time to finally find this audio file. Since the concert has been filmed and can be watched almost everywhere, it seems nobody thought to post it in MP3. And that wolfgangsvault does not allow the dl of a lot of concerts really upset me. What the fuck? Sell them if you want, but let us dl it for hell's sake. It must be noticed that the sound is perfect, not far from an official LP one (not exactly of course). I conceived a new cover sleeve with a picture from the concert on the front side, and a shot from a TV show at the same period on the back side. Not my best cover sleeve but that's all I found. I post the videos (in the order of the setlist) from this concert below so you can watch listening and then listen wherever you want without the audio file.

4/18/15

John Lee Hooker - The Boom Boom Session (1961)

As you have probably guessed, I'm in John Lee Hooker these times. Here, I post what will remain a classic session since it featured for the first time "Boom Boom", a title I suppose I don't need to introduce . But this session, recorded probably in December 1961 with a small brass must not be reduced to this standard since it contains other gems, notably, around the end of the session, superb slower and darkers songs like "Blues Before Sunrise", "I Got A Letter" and "A New Leaf". Funny to see how in the early sixties, JLH would often used the same chord sequences in his rural folk blues for white students and in these r&b black-targeted recordings. Here, the brass does not, as it will do some years later, denaturate Hooker's music although blues purists surely don't consider this session as one of their favorites. I don't either but given that JLH often recorded sessions with monotonous style and weak backing, it deserves to be added to any Hooker amateur. And there is not a filling in it which is not usual with him. I did a cover sleeve (not sure the front picture is from 1961, more probably from his Britain tour some years later but I don't know, I feel it's a good one), as usual. One of the reasons I have the motivation to keep on blogging when often I wonder whether I don't lose the short time I've to live before the end. Catch it here.




4/17/15

John Lee Hooker - Motor City Burning fake EP (1967)


Strange coincidence I decided to re-up this fake EP collecting the 4 songs John Lee Hooker recorded about the Detroit riot and burning building when a vast fire is ravaging the town not far from where I write these lines. More about this true gem below. More JLH to come. I'll never have finished with him until I die. Catch it here

When John Lee Hooker enters the Chicago studio on 27th September 1967, it's been 1 year he did not record any session and 2 months before there was a 5 day riot in Detroit causing 43 dead among whom 33 were black people. John Lee Hooker composed a song about it and sang 3 others in this session, one of the best of the decade. On guitar, rarely mentioned for a reason I ignore, there was Buddy Guy. Two singles will be released from this session. Two months later, he'll record another one with the same band minus Buddy Guy, but the session will be very weak. All the songs from both sessions will be gathered on an LP released in 1968 under the name of Urban Blues. An uneven one for sure. More problematic, only the BGO CD version will feature the song "Want Ad Blues", the more widely known and easy to find MCA one withdrawing this song for the strange inclusion of 3 songs from the session John Lee Hooker did with Earl Hooker in 1969 and entitled If You Miss 'Im... I Got 'Im (you can get this almost complete session here). So, here's the only way to listen to the 27th September session: on a specific EP consisting of the 4 songs recorded this day. And the atmosphere is quite heavy and showed that this old blues man was as relevant to modern times than younger rockers such as the MC5, Jefferson Airplane or the Stones. Pictures are from the Detroit 1967 riots.



The Motor City Is Burning
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4/16/15

Alex Harvey - The London Sessions (1969-71)

A re-up of this weird collection of disparate songs recorded in London between 1969 and 70, not a glorious period for Alex Harvey, trying things and others. He would finally find his band 2 years later, the famous sensational himself band. I give more details below. In a comment following this post, you'll read that the drummer is called George Butler. I changed the colours of the do-it-myself cover sleeve cos' it was really ugly. This one is a little bit better. Catch this document here.

This "album", in fact, a collection of songs from various sessions recorded in London studios in late sixties, probably 1969-1971, is better known as The Joker Is Wild, an album released in 1972 when Alex Harvey had just formed the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and was about to record with them his first album, Framed. He didn't appreciate for sure, to see this old material released and considered it was a quite a bad joke by the music industry (there'll be more). But now time has passed and this collection of songs is interesting, some are gems that any Alex fan must know such as the great version of "Make Love To You" or the mad medley with "Willie the Pimp" from Zappa, a song covered by Ainsley Dunbar Blue Whale and much later by Alternative TV. I decided to create a new cover for this LP, the official one being really ugly and too much associated with the vile nature of the operation. If you don't have The Joker Is Wild (or in poor sound quality), enjoy the same content.

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4/15/15

John Cale - Carribean Sunset (1984)

A welcome re-up (after request) of this under-rated John Cale album. The more I listen to it, the more I like it actually, and f... off the sometimes awful 80's instrumentation. Incidentally, it was the most dl album posted on this blog since its creation, surely because I don't think there is any numeric version. Catch it here.

No, Carribean Sunset is not a bad album, and even if 1984 was not the best period for sound, instrumentation and production (actually it was not far to be the worst in whole rock history), this album overcomes this trash barrier and succeeds in contaminating our today's ears. This due to the conviction of John Cale and the whole energy that emerges from this collection of songs. Lyrics are rather paranoiac, dealing with some obscure plotting forces everywhere in the world (we travel a lot in this album). Claustrophobic too. John Cale is here the visceral singer he was often in his middle age. Never reissued in CD, this vinyl rip is not mine (I don't have the LP) and could have been better but it's good enough to appreciate this album full of weird moments (such as in "Experiment Number 1" where he seems to drive his band in direct on the mike, with lyrics like "She talks too much to know much about anything / Christmas comes, like breakfast, but once a year / She does, seems just tired of living / Like a wall broke around her spell). And "Carribean Sunset" is a great song. A welcome add in your Cale collection. Enjoy it.





















4/11/15

Groundhogs - Live in US 72 (1972)

Not a re-up but a new one this time. And not an easy one to find one since it's the only sonor testimony of the only US tour that Groundhogs have done in their life-timespan. It was in the summer of 1972, between the 8th of June and the 9th of July to be precise, the tour being shortened because Tony McPhee broke his arm. Thus, this radio concert recorded at WCM in Memphis was the first set they play on the land that provided the music TS McPhee cherished so much. First, be aware than this is really a recording from the Groundhogs in the US, contrary to the so-called US Tour 72 LP released by Akarma in 1999 and that consisted in the BBC Radio 1 Sessions recorded in the early 70's. Second, this recording was issued on a bootleg LP called Split Shadow. This is the source of this post but I attempted to improve the sound quality with MP3 Doctor and actually it's much better than the bootleg sound. Last, I can't say this is the Groundhogs side I like the best. It seems that landing on the Hendrix native land, Tony McPhee tries to show he's an English Hendrix and the songs are drowned in larsens, wah wah and uninterrupted guitar solos that would have deserved to be more concise (the 22 min of "Still A Fool" are too much for me). Only "Groundhog Blues" reaches summits and it's a great opportunity to listen to "Music Is The Food Of Thought" one of the rare songs from Who Will Save The World played live. Quite weird that for a tour supporting their new album, the band played none but one song from it. It seems that Tony McPhee did not like it as much as critics and fans did. So, I'm proud to offer this new document to all those who still find some interest in this uncommon band. Catch it here. PS. I created the cover sleeve with a picture (stolen here) of a Wiarton Willie stone statue (in Wiarton). An ironic way to show that Groundhogs were celebrated on the other side of Atlantic.
























4/10/15

Roy Wood - Mustard (1975)



















Last Roy Wood LP re-up for today with Boulders follow-up. Not so good but a great one anyway. More below about it. Catch it here.

Two things. First, I hate mustard. Second, I love Mustard. I hate (and never ate) the food but love the album sharing the same name. Unfortunately, we were not so many at the times since this album is the Wood's swansong (swanalbum should we say), cos' it was the end of a non-stop presence in the charts (in solo or with Wizzard after a presence with the Move and ELO) and the first failure of a non-stopping one until today. Not really surprising after all when listening to this album. How could a wide audience ingest and digest such a strange sonor pudding (more than mustard, this could have been the name of it). In the same cooking you got girl-groups of the fifties (Chordettes style) mixed with the Beach Boys (all the album is under the strong influence of Brian Wilson, not far from plagiarism here and there) mixed with the Led Zeppelin drumbeat, rock 'n' roll of the late fifties and Lully. It was quite impossible that the whole succeeds to make any impact in the year soul and funk were gangrening UK rock (and the cover sleeve was we must admit, rather awful). Sad cos' now, it's quite obvious that this is a great album. Not perfect, sometimes totally out of control and out of good taste, but the sort we like we, like me, we like weirdoes using music to propose something else (as was the name of a Move EP). Sad cos' "Looking Thru The Eyes Of A Fool", released in single, would have deserved to be a hit. And because "The Song" is a hell of romantic and tear-extracting song. On it, you can hear the then (or future) Roy girlfriend, Annie Haslam, yes the Renaissance singer, and Phil Everly. Roy Wood plays almost everything on it as he use to do on his solo stuff. I was not in the idea to post this album previously because I thought it was quite easy and unexpensive to get it, but a visitor called KDNYfm told me it was actually expensive and difficult (I checked it and it's true) so here it is, not letting this gem drown in oblivion.





























Wizzard - Introducing Eddy and the Falcons (1974)





















Second re-up for this exercice-de-style that damaged I think the image that Roy Wood had installed with Wizzard and that he should have digged deeper rather than making this entity a kind of versatile hommage band. But that's the way he wanted it. Some good thing on it anyway. Catch it here

Here is the second album Roy Wood did with Wizzard. More than anything, it's an hommage, even a pastiche, of 50's rock 'n' roll (and in particular Duane Eddy, Del Shannon, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, and of course Elvis but there's surely plenty more) Honestly this is far to be one of my fave Roy Wood work being rather allergic to this music style. Of course there's enough of Wood genius to make it sapid and songs like "Everyday I Wonder", with its Beach Boys flavor or of course the fantastic "This Is The Story Of My Love", released in single and a small hit (and totally out of place here), deserve to be heard and possessed. Of course too, those who have a certain Spectoresque idea of Wizzard can be surprised since here there's no more this wall of sound going everywhere with the Bonhamesque drumming. So you could ask me why I posted it. Because this LP has not been ever released in CD format (except in Japan it seems) and is now quite difficult to hear for those not possessing something to hear a vinyl cos' ever the MP3 format is not provided on main web sellers. And many have asked me, seeing my interest for Wood, to post it, so I do it. It must be noted that if this album falls a little short as a whole, it was conceived initially as only half of a double LP with what would become Mainstreet (posted here) as the second one (I would like Wood to confirm this but this is what is most frequently said in various sources). Note that the UK and US versions do not have the same colour of the tablecloth. Brown-orange in US, blue in UK (at least my US version of the LP is brown-orange). I chose the illustration on the basis of its quality. Enjoy this strangely weird LP.






Roy Wood - Main Street LP (1976)



A series of re-ups inspired by jfg who posted some songs from Boulders on his facebook page. It's an opportunity to re-up Roy Wood material and notably this label-refused LP that could have helped the bearded master not to fade away from view during the further years after a rare series of hits. But that's the way musicians careers are. So catch this first one here. Details about it below.

Who could have imagined in 1972, when Roy Wood was the leader of ELO after being the leader of the Move, when all he touched turned gold and finished at the top of the charts, that 4 years later, his colleague Jeff Lynne would reach superstardom with ELO and that he would see his new album Main Street refused by his label, beginning a never ending fall in oblivion. Not that Roy Wood was as inspired than he had been before but listening to this rejected album, only released in 2000, it's difficult to understand why this was considered so impossible to publish it. Actually, Roy Wood is still backed by most of his Wizzard orchestra and this is not far from what the band proposed on the B-sides of the numerous hit singles they released between 1972 and 1973. There is something quite outdated in the way Roy Wood arranged his songs, something that recalls the music played on cruise ships and this is not what is the most interesting on this album. The influence on this album is primary the Brian Wilson's one and sometimes it sounds as the Beach Boys with John Bonham on drums and a whole brass in the background (and on "The Fire In His Guitar" as the ghost of Jimi Hendrix). Actually, I don't know why I have such a great affection for Roy Wood but this is the case. And even if I think anybody should begin with Boulders or Wizzard' Brew, this is a fine way to complete the exploration. Have a try for this uncommon artist.

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No lyrics to provide, just a nice pic of Roy Wood with Wizzard at the peak of their glory


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4/7/15

Billie Holiday - If the Moon Turns Green / Autumn in New York (alt. take) 78 rpm (1954)


Second re-up, much later this time. A mellower atmosphere. Details why I chose this couple of songs. Catch it here.

I listen a lot to Billie Holiday these days (and nights). Often the case when my (senti)mental mood becomes cloudy. I'm not a specialist of her discography and I realize that there are some forgotten songs also in it. Or, in the present case, forgotten versions of songs. So, the classic "Autumn in New York", taken from the second session she recorded for Verve, is usually found on albums (the original one and the numerous compilations) in the first she recorded. But it seems there was a mistake in her singing that she wanted to correct, and she recorded the song again. This is this second version that would be found on the B-side of the single of that times (78 rpm), 2 years laters, backing "If the Moon Turns Green" (not a specially good song but I respected the A and B-sides and this provided me the opportunity to use this beautiful picture for the fake sleeve). The second (alt. take) of "Autumn in New York" is all the more interesting that on it she sounds quite different than on the first one. Like the happiness of the lyrics was fake and that actually she only saw the other ones having good time in New York, not her. She seems tired, surely because the session had been long but now we have a stranger version to hear. The sound quality is not as good as the official one (surely the master was lost) but that's not a problem with Billie.



Autumn in New York. Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting? Autumn in New York, it spells the thrill of first knighting Glittering crowds and shimmering clouds in canyons of steel They're making me feel, I'm home It's autumn in New York that brings the promise of new love Autumn in New York is often mingled with pain Dreamers with empty hands, may sigh for exotic lands It's autumn in New York, it's good to live it again Autumn in New York, the gleaming rooftops at sundown Autumn in New York, it lifts you up when you're run down Jaded roués and gay divorces who lunch at the Ritz Will tell you that it's divine This autumn in New York transforms the slums into Mayfair Autumn in New York, you'll need no castle in Spain Lovers that bless the dark on benches in Central Park Great autumn in New York, it's good to live it again



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4/6/15

Billie Holiday - Sings 2 songs from Shall We Dance (1937)

For the first century of her birth, here a re-up of this very old "single" (details below). Strange that her voice will never finish to haunt us until the end of our lives. Catch this first re-up here.

Sorry, I'm listening a lot to Billie Holiday these days, and mainly to the Columbia recordings she did during the thirties. All is not stunning, many songs are your usual "he broke my heart / he's my man" kind of, and the music is often stereotyped and not very relevant today. But there are some sessions during which the choice of songs or the instrumental are winners This is the case in this session recorded in New York with her own orchestra and not the sometimes tedious Teddy Wilson one, on April 1 1937. She covered 4 songs from 2 musicals, Shall we Dance with Fred Astaire and Cotton Club Parade. She succeeds in recreating these songs and make them hers, in particular the gorgeous and moving "They Can't Take That Away From Me" that I chose for the fake A-side of this single containing the 2 songs from Shall We Dance. Actually it's not really a fake one since the 78 rpm was really released. I've added the alternate take of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" as bonus track. I'll post the 2 other songs from this superb session (the following ones of the same year won't be so good for reasons I ignore) later on. Meanwhile, enjoy Billie when she was still a young singer full of hope.

They Can't Take That Away From Me. The way you wear your hat The way you sip your tea The memory of all that No, no they can't take that away from me The way your smile just beams The way you sing off key The way you haunt my dreams No, no they can't take that away from me We may never, never meet again On the bumpy road to love Still I'll always, always keep the memory of The way you hold your knife The way we danced till three The way you changed my life No, no they can't take that away from me No, they can't take that away from me We may never, never meet again On that bumpy road to love Still I'll always, always keep the memory of The way you hold your knife The way we danced till three The way you change my life No, no they can't take that away from me No, they can't take that away from me
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