Friday, September 29, 2006
Prince - Ultimate Prince (2 Disc Greatest Sampler) Never Released
I should not have to elaborate for you good people upon how much of a badass that Prince is. Oh sure, some of the most recent work hasn't been earth-shattering or anything like that, but the fact remains - the man is awesome. I have read conflicting reports online as to why this never got released and don't know which to truly believe. It does become kind of redundant (if you take away the 12" mixes and such) as a stand-alone Greatest Hits package, That was done to amazing perfection on "Hits & B-Sides 3 Disc Set" that everyone should already own. This was the most succint description I could find on google.
"PrinceÂs first-ever two-disc collection gathers 29 singles and key tracks originally released on Warner Bros. between 1979 and 1993. Includes such all-time classics as "Kiss," "Little Red Corvette," "1999," "When Doves Cry," "Raspberry Beret," and many more. With each album, Prince blurred boundaries and ventured into musical territories that other urban artists only hinted at, all the while chalking up hits and critical acclaim. Combining funky R&B with psychedelic pop and sensual balladry, Prince not only created a mind-bending, booty-shaking musical experience, he emerged as a postmodern personification of artistry and showmanship."
So we get one disc of hits and the second is full of remixes and 12" versions - You cannot possibly go wrong playing this one at a party of 50 people of just 2. Play on players....
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Husker Du - Greatest Hits
I didn't even know this album existed until last week and it has saved me the time of making my own compilation for you. I wasn't on the first wave of Husker Du fans and I can't realy explain it, I came to listen to them on the eve of their break-up. Of course, since listening I have completed my back catalog and have pretty much everything they recorded in the studio (live bootlegs are prety sketchy on quality). I am no fan of the Grant Hart songs because all the best songs I remember had Bob Mould singing. I didn't begin to realize until 'Warehouse: Songs & Stories' how incredibly talented Mr. Mould is as a singer/song writer & guitar wizard. Many people have only heard of Husker Du and haven't had the pleasure of truly hearing them so here is the chance for everyone to get in on the goodness.
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Pink Floyd - The Wall Demo's 1978-1979
Pink Floyd's The Wall (1979) stands as one of Pink Floyd's greatest achievements, as well of one of the greatest achievements in rock music and live concert production. The album spawned a tour, a film, a book of the film (now quite collectible), and eventually an all-star revival concert in Berlin, and finally in 1999 a double live album.
But before The Wall was a film, a concert, or even an album, The Wall was just an idea... an idea under construction. The Wall went through at least two "demo" stages. The first was a crude recording of Roger Waters strumming his guitar and singing alone. Presented by Waters at the same time as another concept called The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Waters' first demo - still uncirculated even today - was deemed unlistenable by the rest of the band, but they felt it had potential. The Hitchhiking demo was set aside, but The Wall demo was developed further.
Many writing sessions later, Pink Floyd - probably with assistance from Bob Ezrin - recorded a second, more complete demo. The lyrics were not polished, and neither was the music. Thankfully, lyrics like "I am a physician/ who can handle your condition/ like a magician" would be entirely discarded and rewritten before the songs were finally committed to tape in a studio, but the rough lyrics and the risky musical experiments which appeared in that second demo have finally made it to the public.
These demo tapes have circulated among just a very few collectors since about 1999. Now it is available for all fans. This recording presents the entire 'work in progress' in the best sonic quality available on CD.
This recording was produced by fans for fans and is strictly not for sale. Do not pay for this recording! Many fans will trade it to you for free. If you have the ability to burn CDRs, please feel free to distribute this recording to others who are intereste
In The Flesh
The Thin Ice
Another Brick In The Wall, Part I
The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
Another Brick In The Wall, Part II
Goodbye Blue Sky
Empty Spaces, Part I
Young Lust (instrumental)
One Of My Turns
Don't Leave Me Now
Empty Spaces, Part II/What Shall We Do Now?
Another Brick In The Wall, Part III
Goodbye Cruel World
Is There Anybody Out There? Part I
Bring The Boys Back Home
Is There Anybody Out There? Part II
Is There Anybody Out There? Part III
The Show Much Go On
In The Flesh
Run Like Hell (instrumental)
Waiting For The Worms
Outside The Wall
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Thursday, September 28, 2006
L.L. Cool J - BAD (Bigger & Deffer) 1987 Def Jam
Whoa boy, I remember the day this joint came out vividly. We all left school at lunch time and drove down to A.M.C. (Alvin's Music Center) in San Bernardino and did our usual record shopping. Then 'BAM!' this baby was staring at us from the record racks. We had all the 12" singles from L so we knew this was coming and eagerly copped it that day. We all used to save out lunch moneys and pool together to get records - we were dorks like that. After the loud blast that was 'Radio' this album put L.L. above the rest of the pack by a large margin. His word skills and flow have not, before or since (sadly) been so much in evidence. From the explosion that is 'I'm Bad' to start the record it hardly let's up until the needle reached the inner grooves (let's just all forget that 'I Need Love' is on there). The hits keep on coming - 'Get Down', '357 (Break It On Down) and 'Go Cut Creator Go' round out this awesome LP. The addition of Bobcat on the turntables seriously helps out Cut Creator and gives the album a much more dense scratching and mixing combo. And I could have sworn that Rick Rubin produced it but I guess my old age is affecting my memory. Do yourselves a favor and give a listen
1. I'm Bad
3. Get Down
4. Bristol Hotel, The
5. My Rhyme Ain't Done
6. 357 - (with Break It On Down)
7. Go Cut Creator Go
8. Breakthrough, The
9. I Need Love
10. Ahh, Let's get Ill
11. Do Wop, The
12. On The Ill Tip
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Peter Gabriel - Shaking The Tree: 16 Golden Greats
There is nothing I can say or play here to make anyone change their minds about Peter Gabriel. You either love his music and respect his humanity or you simply don't care for him. If you are the former - like myself than any opportunity to listen again is welcomed and if you're the latter I feel sorry for you. This man has made such a great volume of unbelievable songs - solo and with the original incarnation of Genesis that his greatness cannot easily be denied. As a child of the 70's and 80's I first became familiar with Peter from MTv playing his amazingly well done videos (can't remember the name of who did them) but the songs stuck with you as well as the visual images - which, if you learn about Peter's goal for media, was his point from the very beginning. Through this initial exposure I grew to appreciate his earlier solo catalogue and gradually became aware that Genesis was something more (once upon a time) than a bland pop-hit making machine fronted by Phil Collins. I still make time to listen to the live recording (captured so majestically on Archives Disc 1) of the performance from 1972 of 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' recorded right here in So Cal. It is painful to the mind to think what Genesis was and what they became but that is my personal bugaboo and I am a crotchety old man so don't get me started...
1. Solsbury Hill
2. I Don't Remember
4. Family Snapshot
5. Mercy Street
6. Shaking The Tree
7. Don't Give Up
8. San Jacinto
9. Here Comes The Flood (New Recording)
10. Red Rain
11. Games Without Frontiers
12. Shock The Monkey
13. I Have The Touch - (remix)
14. Big Time
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Morrissey - Live in Wolverhampton 1988
Morrissey's coming out party (as it were) for his post-Smiths solo career. Fevered fans lined up outside the venue for days and it was quite a collection of haircuts, I tell you. His decision to make the price of admission be the wearing of a Smiths t-shirt was quite clever, if not a bit self-serving. I remember seeing bits of this show on the 'Hulmerist' video and wishing I had been there but, alas, us Americans would have to ait a little longer for his tour to wind it's way to us. I agree with Johnny Rogan (author 'Morrissey&Marr: The Severed Alliance') that to have his backing band be essentially The Smiths minus Johnny Marr and all of them at the time suing him in court was something only Morrissey could have pulled off and he did it with panache. This concert here is another little gift for the very vocal Morrissey fan majority I get here at this blog. If you others spoke up a bit more I would post some of your requests as well. Just be polite and wait in line and you may be served.
1. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
3. Interesting Drug
5. The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
6. Sister I'm A Poet
7. Death At One's Elbow
8. Sweet & Tender Hooligan
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Operation Ivy - Energy
Another one to thank Erik for with this disc. I wasn't a skate punk kid in the 80's so I won't claim to have been down with Op Ivy from the beginning. I first heard them in 1993 and instantly loved this album. A great blend of punk and ska energy with insightful lyrics. It's all the more incredible that they created this album and the music inside in the era that they did -the late 80's to me was all about rap and the emergence of N.W.A. and drinking and smoking all the time. These guys had their heads on much straighter than myself and my friends. To be a non-drinker/drug user then was just something that didn't happen where I came from. Of course, after the band broke up - we know all about Tim Armstrong and his aquired habits. But hell allthat gave us Rancid as well - so it is definitely an interesting world we live in to have such oncreduble things happen. I love this music and hope you will, too.
2. Sound System
4. Take Warning
5. Crowd, The
10. One Of These Days
11. Gonna Find You
12. Bad Town
15. Freeze Up
16. Artificial Life
17. Room Without A Window
18. Big City
20. Junkie's Running Dry
21. Here We Go Again
23. Yellin' In My Ear
24. Sleep Long
25. Healthy Body
27. I Got No
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Green Day - Foot In Mouth EP
A wonderful little 11 track import containing live tracks from these boys. I actually prefer this to 'Bullet In A Bible', which is high praise from me. Maybe I am just getting old but there was a period after 'Dookie' leading up to the release of 'American Idiot' when I couldn't listen to new material from Green Day. Probably because I am old. Either way, if you have never experienced the live show, this is an awesome set to listen to loudly in your home and pretend you're there. Contains songs from my favorite Green Day albums '1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours'(Compilation), 'Kerplunk' and 'Dookie'.
1. Going To Pasalaqua (Live)
2. Welcome To Paradise (Live)
3. Geek Stink Breath (Live)
4. One Of My Lies (Live)
5. Stuck With Me (Live)
6. Chump (Live)
7. Longview (Live)
8. 2000 Light Years Away (Live)
9. When I Come Around (Live)
10. Burnout (Live)
11. F.O.D. (Live)
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Stray Cats - Greatest Hits
An old favorite for sure - my first call to a radio station to request a song was 'Rock This Town' when I was 9 years old and phoned KFXM in Los Angeles. A great band that I regret being to young to see at the height of their popularity but Brian Setzer is still kicking aroundso who knows? This was another of those wonderful bands that propts you to give others a listen and I am glad for it since I now have a nice little collection of Carl Perkins and Eddie Cochran among other rockabilly greats in my collection. Hopefully someone here will get turned on to this or their influences for the first time as well. That's what Daddy is here for people - spreading the knowledge.
1. Runaway Boys
2. Rock This Town
3. Stray Cat Strut
4. You Dont Believe Me
5. Look At That Cadillac
6. Little Miss Prissy
7. (Shes) Sexy And I
8. Rebels Rule
9. I Wont Stand In Youe Way
11. Bring It Back Again
12. Gene And Eddie
13. Rock This Town (Bonus Track)
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Radiohead - DaddyRich's Acoustic Compilation
I know you have seen some Radiohead compilations and MTv's unplugged but I decided to put together one of my own. I always liked bits and pieces of each and went about creating mine. I have so many Radiohead live concerts and rarities (that 'Towering Above The Rest' box set is dope) and I really enjoy the band so this was a joy to piece together. Any Radiohead requests will be given serious consideration. I really hope to find some people who have had the poor luck of not finding out about Radiohead post-'OK Computer' and letting them hear the band on great songs that aren't full of electronic blips,blurps and farts like the recent albums. Don't get me wrong, I still love their music - but it's not nearly so listenable anymore in the home. It's an awesome spectacle live and all that but does not lend itself well to the home format. There - I've said out loud what many feel inside. Let's all pray they put out an album soon that contains more traditionally-written songs. Then they can go back to their experimentation and such.
1. An Airbag Saved My Life (Early version of 'Airbag')
2. Killer Cars
3. Street Spirit
4. Exit Music (For A Film)
6. High & Dry
7. My Iron Lung
8. Fake Plastic Trees
9. Motion Picture Soundtrack
10. Paranoid Android
11. Subterranean Homesick Alien
12. Killer Cars (Another version)
13. Let Down
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Rage Against The Machine - Freedom CD Single (French Import)
My first Rage Against The Machine purchase from back in the day at the hip spot - The Mad Platter in Riverside (is it even still there?). This little number was a gem for the price and I have met a few who have never heard it. It's all the more valuable since most live Rage concerts on disc sound like a turd on plastic. These 2 bonus cuts sound as good as you can get for the band at that stage - their first Lollapalooza gig (and my friend Troy was a roadie for the whole tour - the man's got some stories to tell..) and at a pivotal time in music. Many years later they had a couple of good live shows put out by their record company but I still feel that the band circa 1993 was unbeatable. It's a shame that all that talent and politicism could not co-exist any longer. It's odd, but as much as I love Rage and really enjoyed Soundgarden - I really get nothing out of Audioslave. I still haven't figured that one out. So, please enjoy the title cut (it's timeless) and it's live counterpart as well as 'Take The Power Back' in a wondrously furious live incarnation.
1. Freedom (Album Version)
2. Take The Power Back (Live Lollapalooza, Vancouver 1993)
3. Freedom (Live Lollapalooza, Vancouver 1993)
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Monday, September 25, 2006
Morrissey - Interesting Drug EP (Japanese Import)
This has been requested for re-up so many times that I could no longer leave you all hanging. This is the man at the height of his game. Enjoy the music and keep coming back.
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Ministry - Twitch
My favorite Ministry album and apparently I am not alone. This was just before Alain Jourgensen went completely over the deep end with the drugs and industrial-wall-of-sound. This is just a personal opinion - I don't expect many to agree, I am just an old-school fool apparently. Amazon.com has put it very well...
"This was Al Jourgensen's first full-length venture into the darker possibilities of electronic music. Harsh synthesizers, brutal drums and cynical lyrics defied the easy classification of "techno-dance" when this album was released in the mid'80s. The programming is proficient and creative, taking the limited sound technology of the time into new areas. "Just Like You" and "All Day" make early use of processed vocals and cryptic spoken-word fragments. In "We Believe" and "Over The Shoulder" Jourgensen renders ominously driving bass lines and metallic percussion to project pessimistic visions of a cold, technocratic society. The album's second half is dominated by a long drum & noise piece: an interesting experiment that would lead to intriguing sound collages on subsequent albums. --Mark McCleerey"
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Happy Mondays - Pills 'N Thrills and Bellyaches
Another of the Manchester favorites (and there are a few...) and my first purchase of their catalog way back when. You see, growing up in America we had never heard of them before this and theor exposure on MTv's 120 Minutes. Oh sure, some people will claim they've been fans from the first 7" or album but there is never a shortage of those people, is there? I remember seeing the video for 'Step On' and instantly knew I had to have this album. Imagine my surprise when I found it wasn't the only good song on the record. I quite liked 'Kinky Afro', 'Bob's Yer Uncle', 'Loose Fit', 'Grandbags Funeral' and most of the others as well. I went on to own all their albums and can definitely say this is the most cohesive and best sounding. Also recommended is "24 Hour Party People" - the movie and the song. If anyone feels so inclined to ask - I could bust out some more of the Happy Mondays...
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The Flaming Lip- Fight Test EP
This incredible Ep, in support of 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots', is one every fan of good music should have in their collection. The Lips are an incredible band who will be making many more appearences here for you good people. This EP is not one I have seen many people own or even have the chance to hear. On the 7 tracks we are treated to an album cut, remixes, a live radio cut and some originals. For me the pinnacle of the EP is 'Thank You Jack White (for The Fiber Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)', and it is a great song that is worty of a place among their best. To those who have previously tuned in it's obvious I am a White Stripes fan as well - so the song is doubly wonderful. A band I love singing a song about annother band I love. The cover of Radiohead's 'Knives Out' is good enough and the re-working of 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' originally by Kylie Minogue (their irony knows no bounds) is something completely unexpected and provides the lightweight material with some gravitas and depth. Thanks God for the Flaming Lips and expect to be seeing more.
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Bauhaus Singles: 1979-1983, Volume 1
I have tried before on the Ape here to give some Bauhaus and it was received with great download numbers and thanks. So here I am again with a better collection. Bauhaus won't probably make many converts here - you either love them or want nothing to do with them. I happen to be a big fan of Peter Murphy's voice and songwriting. Many after him have the same smooth baritone and bizarre lyrics, but - oddly none before him. One of the most influential and accomplished bands of their time I highly recommend their records (does that show how old I am that I still refer to them as "records"?) and hear their live show are awesome spectacles - so go forth and enjoy.
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Beach Boys - 1967 Rehearsals
I may not have mentioned before my admiration of The Beach Boys. I am not over-the-top crazy about them, but don't deny their rightful place in the pantheon of rock demi-gods. I especially enjoy the 'Pet Sounds" and "Smiley Smile'-era Boys. So finding this album recently made me quite happy. It's also a testament to the genius of Brian Wilson (like any of us need a reminder, but nonetheless....) and shows how for every bit of him that was genius there was Mike Love equal in Assholery and Deuchbaggery. This guy just drives me nuts and here he is in typical form. He makes some rude comments during the going over of 'Heroes & Villains' that remind us who he really is. I am still fuming on Brian Wilson's behalf for how Love got a songwriting credit on my fave 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' from 'Pet Sounds' for tagging on "good night my baby/sleep tight my baby" on the last 5 seconds of the song. But I digress... anyways there are some nice renditions of classics like 'God Only Knows' , 'California Girls', 'Surfer Girl' and the aforementioned 'Heroes & Villains'. Those of you who have visited before know already of my love/obsession with alternate takes and versions of songs so be prepared for more to come!
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Some have reported problems with track 4 - so here it is all by it's lonesome...
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Babylon By Bus (Live) 1978
The awesome follow-up to The Wailers seminal concert offering 'Live!' from 1975. This has to be one of the greatest complete concerts I have ever heard. And - No, you don't have to be a ganja-smoking rasta-wannabe to enjoy these songs. Although Bob was a serious Rastafarian and lived what he preached his music was then and remains some of the mose accesible of the genre. I have enjoyed this disc for years and seriously believe that any newcomers to reggae will grow to appreciate this as well. Daddy hasn't steered you wrong yet, has he?
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Sunday, September 24, 2006
Weezer - Black Sessions (Paris 1995)
Ah, the Weez. I am going to miss them since it appears they will be taking a 'Police-Like' route to breaking up. Just tell everyone you're taking a break and eventually people stop asking for the new record. They have done some of my favorite music of the last 10-15 years and will be sorely missed. So I begin my Weezer farewell tour withthis wonderful recording for you kind folks and many more to come. Also let me know if you know anyone who has some rarities - it's about sharing, isn't it?
1) Buddy Holly
2) No One Else
3) The World Has Turned and Left Me Here
4) Say It Ain't So
6) Surf Wax America
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Saturday, September 23, 2006
Never fear kind readers! This is not becoming, nor in danger of becoming, a Smiths/Morrissey exclusive blog. There is plenty more to come from many other artists and if you look back upon my works here you will see a diversity that is pretty well....diverse. I just re-upped some old links that were cancelled and added a few bonus things for the faithful who have been so kind. Please return next week for more music goodness. I do have a lot of other things I would like to share -old cartoons, art, different kinds of music and so forth - so I may be creating a few more of these things, as time allows. Anyone interested in any of that or helping with it? Hmmmmmm?
The Smiths - The Old Grey Whistle Test (1983)
( Assembly Rooms, Derby, UK, 07 Dec 1983 )
A rather rowdy little affair for the newly professional musicians that ended in some disorder. A few songs breaks and lyric changes but I feel it is a good document of the band becoming something special. A bit of Morrissey giving the crownd advice is pretty fun to hear, quite a bit of 'shush now' and that sort of thing.
01 Handsome Devil
02 Still Ill
03 This Charming Man
04 Pretty Girls Make Graves
05 Reel Around The Fountain
06 What Difference Does It Make?
07 Miserable Lie
08 This Night has Opened My Eyes
09 You¥ve Got Everything Now
10 These things Take Time
11 Hand In Glove
The Smiths - Euromixxes
Now this one is just an add-on for those who do not already have it. Hardly a must-have but an interesting rarity no doubt. A 2 sided affair of remixes of Smiths songs and a pretty rare one to boot. I remember seeing this one at The Mad Platter for over $50 about 15 years ago - so God only knows what those original ones are fetching now. I am pretty sure that the day I saw it I just bought a few more (like I needed them) Morrissey posters for my room. Side 'A' is called 'Goldsmith' and Side 'B' is 'Blacksmith' and the songs all mix together so no real tracklisting - just a running order, if you will.
Girlfriend in a coma * Cemetry Gates * Frankly Mr Shankley * Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now * Pretty Girls Make Graves * The Boy With The Thorn.. * Half A Person * Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty * Panic * I Started Something I Couldn't Finish * There´s A Light That Never Goes Out * Bigmouth Strikes Again * What Difference Does It Make? * Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others * Ask * Girl Afraid
So I hope you enjoy and keep coming backfor more.
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Morrissey - Live At KB Malmo - Norway 2002
Well, ladies and gents since the overwhelming number of visits and downloads come when I put on some Morrissey - I give you this. I am not much of a fan of his recent albums and concerts but this is a genuinely good show and has some acoustic touches thrown in as well. And, to begin the show with "I Want The One I Can't Have' is just great for fans of The Smiths who have waited for him to slip in some of the older tunes. Excellent versions of 'Hairdresser On Fire', 'Everyday Is Like Sunday' and 'November Spawned A Monster'. I also just re-read 'Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance' book and it's nice to remember the old days - fingers are still crossed for a Smiths reunion with The Stone Roses as opening act.
I Want The One I Can't Have
Little Man, What Now?
Hairdresser On Fire
Jack The Ripper
The First Of The Gang To Die
I Like You
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Sister I'm A Poet
The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
Meat Is Murder
Irish Blood, English Heart
November Spawned A Monster
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
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Morrissey - Viva Hate Centenary Edition (2 Discs)
This has been requested so many times since last weeks removal by some asswipe complaining to Rapidshare that I have to put it back here. Thanks again for so many kind requests - Smiths/Morrissey fans are so polite, aren't we?
As before - the first disc is the original album and the bonus disc tracklist is here.
Let the Right One Slip In
Girl Least Likely To
I'd Love To (UK version)
I've Changed My Plea To Guilty (UK version)
And since you've all been so good - I also have put the 'Viva Hate' outtakes disc as well.
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Friday, September 22, 2006
The White Stripes - Singles From 'Elephant' and 'Get Behind Me Satan'
Just another taste of the White Stripes for those of you have never experinced the high quality of their b-sides. I will post more as I get more but these are a great start. Here are the cd singles for 'Walking With A Ghost' and 'Seven Nation Army' from 'Elephant' as well as 'My Doorbell', 'Blue Orchid' and 'The Denial Twist' from 'Get Behind Me Satan'. Do your ears a favor and play these loud.
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Peter Tosh - Scrolls of the Prophet
Once again, the mighty Stepping Razor Peter Tosh. You can never have enough of the mans music. This is a particularly nice collection - although others are good as well. I include this one here mainly because of the inclusion of the wonderful magic of 'Get Up, Stand Up' performed live. Many people regard this as a 'Bob Marley song' without looking at the songwriting credits and furthermore this serves as the main reason he left the Wailers. I like the honesty and toughness of his songs and hope you come to appreciate them as well. Also please check out 'Babylon Queendom' - one of his best songs in my humble opinion.
1. Get Up, Stand Up
2. Stepping Razor
3. Downpressor Man
4. Equal Rights
5. Don't Look Back, (You Gotta Walk And)
7. Legalize It
8. Bush Doctor
9. Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)
10. Fools Die
11. Mystery Babylon - (previously unreleased)
12. Ketchy Shuby
13. Till Your Well Runs Dry
14. One Love
15. Get Up, Stand Up - (live, acoustic)
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The White Stripes - Rarites
A little seven track slice of yummy White Stripes goodness for you all. I shouldn't have to reitereate my love for this band. But I will - they are the best 2 piece rock band in the history of music - no question. Jack White is a virtuoso - just ask Jimmy Page, he agrees. The melding of blues music with punk energy has served them well and I will gobble up any new item I see from them - you have any to share? Either way - enjoy this little morsel.
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Nirvana - Rough Tapes
Now don't get me wrong , I really like Nirvana. But I don't understand all this hero-worship that Cobain continues to get. They did make some great music and were a particularly powerful live act but Kurt Cobain was not a demi-god by any stretch of the imagination. Having said that, the completist in me owns about 50-75 Nirvana discs (lost count a while back) and I will share this as a first taste. This is great for demo's and rehearsal cuts and is a great introduction to unreleased Nirvana songs. The only complaint about their bootlegs, as well as most otghers - is uneven production and sound quality. Regardless, this one is quite enjoyable and should prepare you to delve deeper into their catalog. Also, all of these cuts are available on the 8 disc 'Outcesticide' box - which comes super highly recommended. Just don't ask me to upload it any time soon - I have way too many other diverse albums in the pipeline for all of you.
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2 Live Crew - 2 Live is What We Are
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh..... going way back for this one here. This one came out when I was a sophomore in high school and changed the whole rap scene around. Never before had their been so many cuss words and explicit sexual content in rap music. To any 15 year-old boy it did not get any better than this. This was the soundtrack to countless house parties on my block and every once in a while (when the kids and wife aren't around) I still blast it. This album answered all sorts of questions- like, "what is a 'D' and should I really be throwing it anywhere?" and also introduced us to one of the most under-rated DJ's in all of hip-hop history - Mr. Mixx - the man was BAAAAAAD and most of their albums had at least one track dedicated to his skills on the Technics. Also , it should be noted for posterity that this was the first popular music that record clerks got arrested for selling to minors. What kind of world did we live in (or still do) that people got arrested for selling and performing music that many people liked and George Bush (The First) could get away with drug dealing in South America? I mean, really.
1. "2 Live Is What We Are..." – 4:20
2. "We Want Some Pussy" – 2:48
3. "Check It Out Y'all" (Freestyle) – 5:04
4. "Get It Girl" – 3:57
5. "Throw The 'D'" – 3:09
6. "Cut It Up" – 3:49
7. "Beat Box (remix)" – 4:33
8. "Mr. Mixx On The Mix!!" – 5:15
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Bob Marley & The Wailers - Santana's Secret Tape 1975-1980
Please don't ask me how this album came by this title because I have no idea. As much as my mind would love to believe that Carlos Santana hid in a trunk during Wailers rehearsals with a tape recorder for 5 years - the cynic in me just won't buy it. What we do have here is some wondeful and ultra-rare versions of a bunch of their greatest songs. Live versions of 'Rebel Music' & 'Waiting In Vain' that whet the appetite for the true rarities including an alternate version of 'Real Situation' and Dub Takes of 'One Love' , 'Keep On Moving' and 'Buffalo Soldier'. Others greats round out the set and I defy you to find better Bob Marley & The Wailers bootlegs anywhere (well, I defy you and then I beg you to send me a link). This one is good for your soul so listen in and unwind.
1. Keep On Moving (Dub Take 1)
2. Keep On Moving (Dub Take 2)
3. Waiting In Vain (Live)
4. Rebel Music (Live)
6. Revolution (Take 1)
7. Revolution (Take 2)
8. Pimpers Paradise (Dub)
9. So Much Trouble (Instrumental)
10. Forever Loving Jah (Instrumental)
11. Bad Card (Version)
12. Real Situation (Alternate)
13. Crisis (Version)
14. Buffalo Soldier (Dub)
15. Rebel Music (Instrumental Take 3)
16. Buffalo Soldier (Dub Mix 2)
17. One Love (Dub Take 2)
18. One Love (Dub Take 3)
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Beck - The Information (2006)
A new Beck album! I haven't listened yet but it comes highly recommended Write and let me know what you think and don't forget to go and buy it when it comes out.
1. Elevator Music
2. Think I'm In Love
3. Cellphone's Dead
4. Strange Apparition
5. Soldier Jane
7. New Round
8. Dark Star
9. We Dance Alone
10. No Complaints
13. The Information
14. Movie Theme
15. The Horrible
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Thursday, September 21, 2006
The Smiths - Before.... The Original Troy Tate Sessions
In 1983 as the Smiths were nearly done recording their landmark first album they suddenly had a change of heart. Or, at least, Morrissey did - and sacked the producer Troy Tate and said his album mix just wasn't up to snuff. He seemed to be the only one who felt that way, but when Morrissey speaks many fall in line and Troy was gone. In comes John Porter to re-record the songs and provide the crystal-clear well polished sound we enjoy from the first record. Opinions may very but alternate versions of any Smiths songs are always collectible, aren't they? This is in 2 parts for you fine people and comments from you are always welcomed.
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The Smiths - The Rare Tracks on Vinyl and Unaired BBC Broadacsts + Extras
Since the people who have commented and sent e-mails seem to be mostly Smiths?morrissey and quite polite I will put some rare Smiths goodies on just for them, This one I have only had a few years but it is a favorite for sure.
(Summary very well done at passionsjustlikemine.com) read below.
Double cd set. CD1 features 22 b-sides and rare officially released non-album tracks while CD2 features the unbroadcast BBC documentary from 1992 comprising 12 Peel and Jensen sessions as well as interviews of Morrissey, Marr and contributors. Over the 2 cds this includes the Peel sessions of "William It Was Really Nothing", "Rusholme Ruffians" and "Nowhere Fast" from the "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" cd-single, the Peel sessions of "What Difference Does It Make?", "Handsome Devil", "This Charming Man" and "Back To The Old House" and the Jensen sessions of "These Things Take Time" from "Hatful Of Hollow" and the Peel session of "Is It Really So Strange?" available on "Louder Than Bombs". The Jensen sessions of "Pretty Girls Make Graves" and "Reel Around The Fountain" and the Peel sessions of "How Soon Is Now?" and "Half A Person" are unavailable on any official release and are the only reason one should get this bootleg.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Links in the comments.
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique Demos
There are a couple different versions of this floating around the ether here on the internet. But none of the others can claim to be as long or as complete. A quick google search will show a few cd-r trading sites that have a 7 or 8 track version of this bad boy here. This one is 11 tracks strong and it is early versions of classic songs from one of the most important albums ever recorded and we even knew that back when it first came out. The Beasties style and subsequent to "License To Ill' maturity paralleled the growth of me and my friends. So, take this and keep it as a companion piece to Paul's Boutique and recognize musical genius. More to come...
1. Shake Your Rump (Demo)
2. 3 Minute Rule (Demo)
3. Car Thief #1 (Demo)
4. Johnny Ryall #1 (Demo)
5. Looking Down The Barrel (Demo)
6. Eggman (demo)
7. Sounds Of Science (demo)
8. Johnny Ryall #2 (Demo)
9. Car Thief #2 (Demo)
10. 33% God
11. Hello Brooklyn (Demo)
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Bob Marley & The Wailers - First Island Session 1973
Reported to be the oringal recording session for Island Records and Chris Blackwell in 1973. Different versions of these songs appeared on 'Catch A Fire'. Their is some great quality on these and I hope you enjoy and spread the reggae. Doe sit ever surprise you how many people have a copy of Bob Marley & The Wailers 'Legend' in their collection and no more of their albums, much less any other reggae? People need to get wise and listen to other classic reggae - which Daddy will be providing for all of you. Stellar versions of 'Concrete Jungle', 'You Can't Blame The Youth' and the awesome 'Rastaman Chant'.
1. Concrete Jungle
2. Rastaman Chant
3. Slave Driver
4. Kinky Reggae
5. You Can't Blame The Youth
6. Get Up, Stand Up
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Sisters Of Mercy - Some Girls Wander By Mistake
Again, Wikipedia has it down to a science.
Some Girls Wander by Mistake is a collection of early independent singles by the UK band The Sisters of Mercy. It was released in 1992 on the band's own label Merciful Release under distribution to EastWest (and, due to conflict between the two, never released in USA). The record includes covers of The Stooges "1969" and The Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter," as well as extended version of original "Temple of Love". The promotional re-recorded single Temple of Love (1992), featuring Israeli vocalist Ofra Haza, preceded the album release.
"Alice" (Eldritch) – 3:33
"Floorshow" (Eldritch, Marx, Adams) – 3:42
"Phantom" (Marx, Adams) – 7:12
"1969" (Alexander, Osterberg, Asheton, Asheton) – 2:46
"Kiss the Carpet" (Eldritch) – 5:57
"Lights" (Eldritch) – 5:52
"Valentine" (Eldritch) – 4:44
"Fix" (Eldritch) – 3:34
"Burn" (Eldritch) – 4:50
"Kiss the Carpet (reprise)" (Eldritch) – 0:38
"Temple of Love (extended)" (Eldritch) – 7:43
"Heartland" (Eldritch, Marx) – 4:46
"Gimme Shelter" (Richards, Jagger) – 5:58
"Damage Done" (Eldritch) – 3:05
"Watch" (Marx) – 3:13
"Home of the Hitmen" (Marx) – 0:34
"Body Electric" (Eldritch) – 4:20
"Adrenochrome" (Eldritch) – 2:59
"Anaconda" (Eldritch, Marx) – 4:05
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Tool - Opium Den (Rare Demo's & Live Songs)
Yet another in the long line of discs I am hoping you are going to hear the first time here at the Ape. I don't need to explain to anyone how cool this band is - so I won't. This little gem has early demos for some of their most popular songs from their early releases and a few live songs from the 1993 Lollapalooza. Fans of 'Opiate' and 'Undertow' will love these cuts and hopefully we'll find a few people to convert here who aren't already Tool fans. I have plenty more of their albums and bootlegs so look for more in the future.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Prince - Purple Rain - Alternates & Rarities
Ahhhh....Prince. I love having my own blog so I can share the works of my favorite artists and hope you will go out and buy some of their work as well. The man in question here has been and still is a favorite of mine. Damn I remember listening to Prince for the first time in grade school - we are both really old now apparently. Purple Rain was a great album but I prefer to search out rarities, alternates and unreleased versions of my best loved albums. For that reason I have a very inflated and obscure collection. My wife calls my desire for such things by another name but I consider myself a collector first and foremost. Alternate versions of 'Darling Nikki', 'Erotic City', 'I Would Die For You' and the never-released 'Possessed' make this an absolute necessity for any serious lover of music. 35 rare tracks of Prince goodness - who else but Daddy gives you this? No one, that's who. Hope you enjoy and clcik an ad link to say thanks.
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Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
My first true exposure to Depeche Mode was in 1986 through this great album. I had heard singles from them and such but was way too deep into hip-hop to listen to "gloom' music for very long. Then some great discoveries were made - namely, that the music they made was not sterile and electronic noise - there was emotion and feeling brought to their music that gave it a more human touch. Secondly (and most important for ANY new undertaking a la 1986) the women loved Depeche Mode. That is an unbeatable combination. There are many great albums from these boys so I just chose to post this particular one first. I also - somewhere here- have the demo's album for this that is well worth the listen and will be posted as soon as I get it together on this end.
1. "Black Celebration" – 4:55
2. "Fly on the Windscreen - Final" – 5:18
3. "A Question of Lust" – 4:20
4. "Sometimes" – 1:53
5. "It Doesn't Matter Two" – 2:50
6. "A Question of Time" – 4:10
7. "Stripped" – 4:16
8. "Here Is the House" – 4:15
9. "World Full of Nothing" – 2:50
10. "Dressed in Black" – 2:32
11. "New Dress" – 3:42
12. "But Not Tonight" – 4:15
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The Clash - The Vanilla Tapes (THe Early London Calling Tapes)
Wikipedia has it most succinctly -
The Vanilla Tapes
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The Vanilla Tapes were demo tracks recorded by the English punk band The Clash. The Vanilla Tapes were, in essence, an early version of London Calling. The Clash's roadie, Johnny Green, was to deliver the tapes to The Clash's new producer, Guy Stevens. Green fell asleep on the train ride and woke up at the station at which he was supposed to disembark and, in a rush, left the tapes on the train. After that, the tapes were considered lost until March 2004, when The Clash guitarist Mick Jones was moving boxes and came upon a copy of the tape.
The newly discovered Vanilla Tapes were released as a bonus disc when London Calling was remastered and rereleased as the Legacy Edition in September 2004.
"Rudie Can't Fail"
"Paul's Tune" (Simonon)
"I'm Not Down"
"Koka Kola, Advertising & Cocaine"
"Death Or Glory"
"Lonesome Me" (The Clash)
"The police Walked In 4 Jazz"
"Lost In The Supermarket"
"Walking The Slidewalk" (The Clash)
"Where You Gonna Go (Soweto)" (The Clash)
"The Man In Me" (Dylan)
"Working And Waiting"
"Heart & Mind" (The Clash)
"Brand New Cadillac" (Taylor)
"Revolution Rock" (J. Edwards/D. Ray)
So - how could anyonenot like hearing an album of essentially 'London Calling' demos and unreleased Clash? It's a great artifact from such an awesome band that influenced so many and changed many minds.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Oasis - The Singles Collection 3 Discs
What is there to be said about the mighty Oasis? I first saw them in concert in 1994 and they were great even then but no one could have envisioned them becoming as large as they did. Although I can't say much for the music (having not given it a concentrated listening since (What's The Story) Morning Glory? It is irrefutable though that they are great singles artists and don't just have a good side 'A' but put some work into the 'B' sides as well. A careful look and listen will show to anyone that some of their best work has been hidden on the flipside of records. I have an immense amount of respect for Noel Gallagher and the wonderful music he has crafted and, conversely, very little for Liam who has lucked into the life of a rock star. I have been unfortunate enough to hear live shows and see dvd's of the occasions when Liam just didn't feel like being there and whined his voice through an entire show. And the crowd still eats it up! Just weird I tell you. I have broken these down into 3 parts for easier downloading. The first box is, to me equal to any legendary groups recorded output for a career as far as quality goes. From there on out - you decide for yourselves.
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Monday, September 18, 2006
Beck - Sessions at West 54th May 9, 1997
The wonderfully oblique one....Beck. This performance on Sessions at West 54th was broadcast not long after the release of Odelay. Of course this album went on to become anothe Beck classic that everyone should have handy in their collection for a party. This captures the young man live and in fine form - although not as good as the session with The Flaming Lips as the band, in my humble opinion. Rousing live versions of 'Devil's Haircut', 'Hotwax' and 'The New Pollution' make for a solid and memorable set from then oise meister. For some odd reason this doesn't contain track 5 'Debra' , so if that's your fave song than you are s.o.l. but do enjoy the rest and more Beck to come in the future.
Dilated Peoples - The Platform (2000)
Ahhhh, Dilated... the album that brought me out of my self-imposed hip-hop hiatus. Well, I never stopped listening to hip-hop, just new hip-hop. I quit listening under protest before Puff Daddy, Biggie and Tupac made rap what it is today. From about 1996-2000 I just prety much blew it all off, except for the underground which was always going strong. My boy Mike dropped this cd at my house and it was on point from the first listen and has been in the player since (well, my player holds 400 discs, but it's still an achievement). Literate rhymes, super nice beats and they both can flow. Do yourself a favor if you have not heard before and give these boys a listen. Subsequent albums haven't hit as hard (in my amateur opinion) but how can you top one of the all-time best? Some never even get that close. Props to Rakaa and Evidence - for keeping hip-hop genuine.
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