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  1. "I still think "Vanilla Fudge"'s "You Keep Me Hangin' On" is too slow-but now I'll have to reconsider." Nah - it's still too slow....as are their covers of "Ticket To Ride", "She's Not There", "Shotgun", "Season Of The Witch", etc., etc., etc. But at least they still have a sense of humor - On their latest comeback CD from a couple of years ago, they also mutilate "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy", and songs by the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync (sp?)..... One of the all-time biggest mysteries to me is what exactly Jeff Beck saw in Bogert & Appice, to make him form Beck, Bogert & Appice. To me, they were always the most plodding rhythm section imaginable (although not in Cactus!)....
  2. The administrator of Vince's web site has posted a message several places (I read it 2nd hand on the Moby Grape Yahoo board), basically stating that Vince had been very depressed since Jerry G's death (Jerry is the one who recruited and picked Vince for the band), and the other surviving band members' actions had since made him much worse. Lesh, Weir, Hart, etc., have put together several ad hoc reunion shows of all surviving members over the years, not to mention The Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends, etc. - and have always snubbed Vince since an unfortunate incident when he was playing in Rat Dog (Bob Weir's band), and accidentally OD'd. (Weir & co. dropped him off at an emergency room and sped away....leaving him there identified as "John Doe"). Vince had cleaned up his act since then, to the point of playing with Todd Rundgren among others. (He was also one of the early (if not founding) members of The Tubes.) The various GD members basically wrote him off completely. What triggered the suicide last weekend isn't clear, although he apparently suffered from serious depression off and on.
  3. "Someone who knows him wouldn't say how he died." He took his own life....exactly how, nobody's saying (NOT that it makes any difference).
  4. "Second, Ray Davies announced that the Kinks will be getting back together and touring." While it's great news that Dave will actually (and finally) be well enough to be making music again, Ray's already gone back to his roots with his latest couple of tours...a 4-5 piece band, doing mostly old Kinks classics, and doing them very well (although missing out on the great Davies brothers harmonies)......
  5. Eric - I think I respond to your music for the same reasons you started making it. I was 12-13 years old when the British invasion first hit these shores, and The Beatles, Stones, Who, Small Faces, etc., totally blew me away. You took those influences and added the very best from the States (Beach Boys, Left Banke, etc.) to create a heavily influenced, yet totally unique musical vision that combined the very best features of all of the above....and no one's done it better since...period.
  6. I just saw T-Bone Burnett live last night (3rd show of his tour) in Wash, DC (9:30 Club, a very rare seated performance there)....what a f***ing great band he has!!!!! Ex-Lounge Lizard/ex-Elvis Costello Band/current Tom Waits band guitarist extraordinaire Marc Ribot, Jim Keltner on drums (!!!!- He NEVER plays out live - is doing this as a favor to T-Bone), Dennis Crouch on upright bass (has played with Steve Earle, Randy Travis, Elvis The C), and Keefus Ciancia on keyboards (Cassandra Wilson Band, and he's worked with T-Bone on various film scores). These guys are capable of playing anything from rockabilly to hard rock to cocktail lounge jazz. The show itself? I'm still getting used to Burnett's latest CD, "True False Identity", which is very Tom Waits-ish (lot of spoken word/poetry over heavy groove backing) and totally unlike anything he's ever done before. The new CD made up the majority of the show (10 of the 17-18 songs they played over 2 hours), and I would have liked for TBB to have pulled out more of his older material, but it was still a great show! However....it was quite a shock to those who only know of T-Bone through his film scores ("Oh Brother, Where Are Thou", "Cold Mountain", "The Ladykillers"), and were expecting, let us say, more traditional music. T-Bone has never rested on his laurels. Opening act - Jakob Dylan (Bob's son) on acoustic guitar and a keyboards player. He's taking a vacation from the Wallflowers. Acoustic and live, his voice sounds so much like his old man's sometimes that it's scary....he's not the songwriter his father is, but he' still pretty damn good.
  7. His first solo CD, "Ramshackle Beauty" is essentially the excellent follow-up to "Enjoy The Melodic Sunshine". The new one, "The Cost of Happiness" (I think that's the title) won't be out until late July, I think. Wylie literally WAS the Cosmic Rough Riders for their long-lost and Out-of-Print first couple of albums.
  8. I'm looking forward to checking this one out, as I've been somewhat disappointed with their last couple of full-lengths - since Daniel Wylie, their chief singer/songwriter flew the coop in 2003 or so. I think his loss hurt the band big-time. How does this one stack up against, let's say "Melodic Sunshine" or "Pure Escapism"? Just wondering.....
  9. Hmmmm....Blues recorded with Eric? That's interesting - wonder what happened? I saw him with Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker at the Bayou in DC around '91 or '92 - incredible guitarist!...his playing on old Cream songs combined Eric C's lyricism with Gary Moore's shred tendencies (although when Gary was playing with the duo in BBM, he sounded pretty much like an Eric clone). Last I heard, Blues S. was doing TV work and playing the occasional session. If I recall, he put out at least 3 solo LP's in the early 90's, and one with a band later, with his singing (Transmission OK, I think).
  10. Hey Tommy, your PM box is full again, so I couldn't send you a response.....
  11. "When Mike Love passes Al Jardine will hire one more 30 year old and still be passing it off as The Beach Boys." Actually, Al hasn't been using the Beach Boys name in years. His last CD (a live show from Las Vegas) was put out under Al Jardine & Friends and Family or something like that. He was using guys who played in the BB's stage bands of the 80's & 90's like Billy Hinsche, and frankly, put on a live show that was much better than the Mike Love/Bruce Johnston configuration. (He had the Wilson sisters - Brian's daughters - playing with him, but Brian's lawyers threatened them, so they dropped out of the show.) There are still many unresolved issues between Brian and Al, but it's not quite as bad as those betwixt Mike L. & BW.......
  12. Al used to do the occasional review for Rolling Stone back in the late 60's. I still remember his review of the Jeff Back Group's "Truth", where he trashed Keith Relf as being a poor singer (which he was, in comparison to Rod The Mod!). He's always been an excellent writer.
  13. JohnO

    Live CD

    Now...admittedly, while they couldn't change speeds on a CD like on vinyl, they could certainly put on a scratchy-sounding song that sounds like an old 78........
  14. "BUT-are others familiar with the wonderful "Child Is Father To Man" album-by "Blood Sweat And Tears"-pre David Clayton Thomas- & led by Al Kooper right after his "Blues Project"days?" Yep - and it's far and away the best thing BS&T ever did, IMO....and arguably the best thing Al K. ever did as well. He & the Re-Kooperators just put out a live DVD that has at least one song from BS&T ("I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know."), and maybe more. Steve Katz (another ex-Blues Project member) also did a great version of Tim Buckley's "Morning Glory" on it....(to get off on another tangent - there was a thread about Tim & Jeff Buckley on this board recently....)
  15. JohnO

    Live CD

    Now, what they COULD do regarding the 78 rpm......in '68, on Moby Grape's "Wow", the last cut on the first LP (it was a double album, the second disk being a couple of long songs/jams), was cut in 78 rpm - "Just Like Gene Autry: A Fox-Trot", introduced by Arthur Godfrey, and sung by (what turned out to be) an increasingly insane Skip Spence through a megaphone. (He was admitted to Bellevue shortly after recording that LP, after mistaking drummer Don Stevenson for a demon, and attacking him with an axe.) At the end of the next-to-last cut, the listener was instructed to change his/her turntable speed to 78 for "Fox-Trot". When asked years later about why this tune was done this way, Spence replied - "It seemed like a good idea at the time!" When Peter Lewis was questioned about it, he said - "Hey, it was Skippy...that wasn't that abnormal for him!"
  16. Freddie and a reconstituted Dreamers had been doing the 60's oldies circuit in the UK until about a year ago, when he took ill. While he was a Buddy Holly lookalike as a young man (which, frankly, accounted for a lot of his appeal over there......"I'm Telling You Now", "You Were Made For Me" & several other of their UK hits pretty much sounded like updated Holly & Crickets), he was bald as a cue ball the last 10 years or so (and, I think, wore a wig for about 10 years prior to that). Their live show was a split between the old hits and very bad comedy.....which the baby boomer Brits seem to love.
  17. Muir Woods across the GG Bridge is worth seeing, as are Sausalito and Mill Valley. You could see all three in about half a day. Monterey's about 2 hours or so south. If you're staying in the city, and looking to do some CD/record shopping, hit Amoeba Records on Haight St (at the west end, near Golden Gate Park), or the Amoeba in Berkeley. There were so many cool little record stores there that have closed down over the years. You say you did Pier 39, but 3 years ago? They've since opened a very cool museum with tons of antique pinball machines (most of which still work) on the Pier, down near where that WWII submarine is. The Fillmore's worth going to at least once, regardless of who's playing there. I believe the bath houses all closed down awhile back, BTW, but seriously, if you can ditch the wife for 1 night, Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater is pretty wild (corner of Polk & O'Farrell). The surviving Mitchell brother is out of jail (killed his brother....they made a movie about them a few years back, starring Charlie Sheen & Emilio Estevez) and running the place again. Just watch your wallet and play safe with the girls in there!
  18. That's "Unfinished Business", BTW.......my bad..
  19. Has anybody heard Ronnie Spector's latest, "Last of The Rock Stars" yet? So far, it's just available as an import, but I think it's being released over here, either the last week of May or in early June. I've ordered it (amazon.co.uk), but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm curious about it, because it's been awhile since I've read such a wide range of reviews of a CD. The Brit rags (Q, Sounds, Mojo) have rated it anywhere from 8 of 10 stars to only 2 of 5 stars, with various reviewers gushing over it, versus others saying her voice is shot and she's relying too heavily on guest stars (Keef R., Patti Smith & Joey Ramone make appearances on it). I've always been somewhat disappointed by her solo material, until her last 2 EPs - the ones she did with Joey Ramone ("She Talks To Rainbows") and Marshall Crenshaw ("Somethin's Gonna Happen"), so I'm hoping I'm going to like this new one. She does a Ramones song (Here Today, Gone Tomorrow), and Amy Rigby tune, and a duet with Joey R. on Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory", which I think is a different version fron the one on her EP that Joey produced in the late 90's. Ronnie's always been one of my favorites, and I think it's been about 20 years since her last full-length (Unfonished Business).
  20. OK, I've been asked twice via PMs to name my favorites.....I'll try to do so in approximately chronological order (but in no particular order by decade..and YES, I know, many of these artists overlapped into other decades) - Pre-60's - Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Otis Rush, George Jones, Elvis Presley, Johnny Burnette & The Rock & Roll Trio, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Ray Price (until he went Nashville) 60's - Dylan, Beatles (& Lennon as solo), Beach Boys (and Brian W.), Dave Clark 5, Hollies, Searchers, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Byrds (and Gene Clark, McGuinn & Hillman solo, Flying Burrito Bros), Gram Parsons, Supremes, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Wilson Pickett, Moby Grape (and assorted solo efforts), The Move (but not ELO), Easybeats, James Carr, The Who (up until Tommy), Dusty Springfield, Love (& Arthur Lee), Zombies (but not Argent or most of Colin's solo material), Buck Owens, The Four Tops, Ronettes, Creation, The Action 70's - Flamin' Groovies (plus Roy Loney, Magic Christian), MC5 (plus Sonics Rendezvous, Wayne Kramer), Stooges (& most of Iggy's solo work), Raspberries (and assorted solo efforts and offshoot bands), New York Dolls (and Thunders & Johansen, except for Buster Poindexter), Roky Erickson, Free, NRBQ, Toots & The Maytals, Dictators, Ramones, Frankie Miller, Radio Birdman 80's and beyond - Teengenerate (and assorted offshoot bands), Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The Kaisers, The Wildhearts, Motorhead, The Swingin Neckbreakers, Muck & The Mires, Hasil Adkins (who's really timeless), plus tons of power poppers (D.Twilley, C. Von Sneidern, Shoes, etc.)
  21. "What are you saying about me? My first concert in the early 70's was Foghat/Wishbone Ash." About you personally? Probably nothing. I stayed for Foghat that night, and, while far from my favorites, I enjoyed them. About those Foghat fans who booed Cheap Trick that night? I'll just give them the benefit of the doubt, and write it off as a bad booking, those two bands together (Foghat & Cheap Trick)....although not as heinous as the geniuses who booked Hendrix as opening for the Monkees in '67 or the Ramones for Black Sabbath in '77........
  22. I first saw Cheap Trick live opening for Foghat at the Capital Center in Landover, MD...and I went to the show specifcally to see CT....and they were almost booed off the stage, which was totally ridiculous! (Says more about Foghat fans than anything else....)
  23. My sister, who lives in Richmond, VA., may be on "American Idol" tonight. One day last week, Elliott came home (he's from Richmond), with all of the cameras following his every move. Apparently, he used to work up the street from where my sister works (US bankruptcy court), and everyone from her office went out to join the hordes greeting him. My sister says she was wearing a big green "Cat In The Hat" type of hat, and carrying a sign saying "Elliott - Richmond Loves You", or some such nonsense. (She figured if THAT didn't warrant at least a shot or two from the camera, nothing would!).... (Pretty scary, considering she's 50!)
  24. I recently saw a sneak preview of "An Inconvenient Truth", a documentary which shows one of Al Gore's presentations on global climate change....and regardless of one's opinion about AG or other alarmists, some of the facts presented in this movie are just downright scary as Hell! What makes them even scarier is the fact that so many people just see this as a political issue, and not one of potential world-wide concern.
  25. Cub K. put out a bunch of cool solo albums in his post-Brownsville days (including his takes on/tributes to Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley ("Cub Does Chuck" and "Cub Does Bo"), wrote regular columns for Goldmine and several other record collector-type publications, and co-wrote "Blues for Dummies." I saw him live a couple of times, and it's clear that he had a repertoire of probably thousands of songs, and he loved playing. Cub had encyclopedic knowledge of rock & roll and roots music, and he, his writing, music, and great sense of humor are sorely missed....... P.S. The best intros to Cub's music are the comp, "Welcome To My Job", and "Abba Dabba Dabba: A Bananza of Hits".
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