Thursday, November 08, 2007

Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Demos

Oh, Peter Gabrie-era Genesis. Just the thought makes me wish I had been born earlier. It's a shame that he's too much of a sacred cow (no insult intended) to stoop to tour with them on this reunion thing they got going. I have read his reasons and can totally understand, but nonetheless it prevented me from buying a ticket. They would have had at least $200-$300 of my money if he had come for the ride. I really have no use for the Phil Collins hits or to hear him sing Gabriel's songs. Not knocking anyone's music tastes - just showing off my idiotic reasoning for this. Enough of that, these demos are from my favorite Genesis album of all. Such epic proportions and depth of emotion that must have launched them miles ahead of their peers upon it's initial release. Can't pick any one favorite from the whole but hearing the songs in embryonic form and even instrumental takes is a pleasure to my old ears. Hope one or two of you kiddies enjoy it to.

The enclosed pics of the inserts will show the track listings for all of you - my hands are tired from typing all night.

Disc 1 -

Disc 2 -

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Bono - The Complete Solo Project of Bono - Volume One

I am not the world's biggest U2 fan, but this was a request and I figured if anyone else was looking for some of these - they are more than welcome. For the record, I do think they are/were a great band and Bono does not annoy me like he seems to do to other people. Oh, they tore him up on South Park a few weeks ago, but they will do that to anyone. This is a four-disc set so let me know. Peace.

01. In A Lifetime (from The Clannad Album Macella)

02. Hallelujah ('Tower of Song: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen' album)

03. Billy Boola (from the OST In The Name Of The Father)

04. Save The Children (from Inner City Blues) A Tribute To Marvin Gaye

05. Silver And Gold (from The Maxi Single Where The Streets Have No Name With Keith Richards)

06. Let The Good Times Roll (from Jook Joint Album By Quincy Jones

07. Tomorrow 96 (from Common Ground Compilation)

08. In The Name Of The Father (from the OST In The Name Of The Father)

09. Can't Help Falling In Love (from Ost Honeymoon In Vegas)

10. I've Got You Under My Skin (from Duests With Frank Sinatra)

11. Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad ("If God Will Send His Angels" single)

12. One (Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., Michael Stipe And Mike Mills)

13. Give Me Back My Job (from Carl Perkins' 'Go Cat Go' album)

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Patsy Cline - June 1960 USAF Show

Found this little Country Music Classic whilst sifting and sorting my stuff around. My wife loves Patsy and that's good enough for me. I know better than to disagree - she's a black belt.

1. introduction
2. Lovesick Blues
3. When Your House Is Not a Home
4. [Army message]
5. Trouble Among the Yearlings
6. Love Walked In (with Don Abrams)
7. How Can I Face Tomorrow?
8. outro

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Prince & The Revolution - 1999 Revisited (2 Discs) April 2, 1983

Aw yes. How many of us remember 1983? Damn, I was in 7th grade and probably 4'6" and 160 pounds of sweaty young man. Oh, the humanity. Akward times, for sure - but DaddyRich was already feeling Prince and the funk he brought to the radio when it so desperately needed it. This was also right about the time I gave up on commercial radio as I finally got a hint of what college radio was doing. So, insted of waiting all day for one of the big stations to play a song I liked, all I would do is tune into the right station at the right time and Bam! all the best music without obnoxious commercials. It was there I discovered disc jockeys who played nothing but hip-hop or funk for hours at a time! Imagine that. And I have never looked back. But I digress, this offering from the Purple Person is that rare treat - a full concert complimented with a rehearsal from the same tour. Long time friends of the Ape will recall my feeling for the music of Prince and will listen accordingly and undeniably be overjoyed. Some of my favorites from this era of the man are included in all ther live glory (the man plays a meeeeean guitar) - 'Controversy', '1999' and 'Dirty Mind' Woohoo! Takes me back to those heady days of bygone times. Hope you all enjoy.

Disc 1
1999 Tour - Convention Center, Fresno, April 2 1983

6. D.M.S.R.
14. 1999

Disc 2

1999 Tour Rehearsal January 1983

11. 1999
12. D.M.S.R. (Including ONCE IN A LIFETIME)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Eric B. and Rakim - 12" Collection

Oh yes. The President and The "R". What a time for hip-hop it was for all of us heads when these vinyl slabs were unleashed upon the unsuspecting masses. Everything changed. Musical knowledge, the understated rhythm scratch and rhymes with brains and heart were suddenly what we expected from our music. And, except for the music from these Queens geniuses we would be often disappointed by what was to become of our thing. There were no flashy 'transformer' scratches and the musical montage was thick with old-school breaks and a deft hand from Eric Barrier to keep this conscious party rocking. My feeble words cannot encompass what Rakim did to the scene. At the time he rolled up on the scene, it was all about rhymes name-dropping your sneakers, cars and how many women you have. No one else was thinking about the eternal, the ethereal and how real b-boys should conduct themselves. What a blueprint they provided and it makes me even more ashamed when I listen to them and then see what passes for this music (it's no longer 'mine' sadly) these days. Truly sad. But let's all take a trip back to the mid-to late 1980's and early '90's for some of the best rap records ever released. Respect.

Paid in Full 12" Single

1. Paid In Full (7 Minutes Of Madness - The Coldcut Remix)
2. Paid In Full (Album Mix)
3. Eric B Is On The Cut

Move the Crowd 12" Single

1. Move The Crowd (Beatmix By The Democratic 3 Feat. DJ Slack)
2. Move The Crowd (Album Version)
3. Move The Crowd (Wild Bunch Mix)
4. Extended Beat

I Aint No Joke (On The Cut) 12" Single

1. I Aint No Joke
2. I Aint No Joke (Extended Beat)
3. Eric B Is On The Cut.

Follow The Leader 12" Single

1. Follow The Leader
2. Follow The Leader (Acapella)
3. Follow The Leader (Dub)

In The Ghetto- Cassette Single

1. In The Ghetto (Extended Mix)
2. In The Ghetto (Freestyle Mix)
3. In The Ghetto (Drums Mix)
4. In The Ghetto (Cuts Mix)

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Jim Croce - Home Recordings

Please don't allow DaddyRich to get all gushy about how much love he has for Mr. Jim Croce. Man, this cat was awesome. And taken from us all far too soon. I do truly wish there were more available from his canon, but this appears to be the clearing out of his vaults. I do appreciate the inclusion of some country classics that so informed his material that comprised his long lost of hits and great songs. Enjoy


"Recorded in 1967 at the Croces' Pennsylvania house, these recordings of blues, folk, and country tunes come from sessions “done at our kitchen table” according to the beloved singer/songwriter’s wife, Ingrid. “Jim would set up and play, sometimes for ten or twelve hours straight. He put down the songs he was thinking about playing in concert or at the bar that night. The songs on here are ones A.J. thought were most representative of his roots.” They include “In the Jailhouse Now,” “Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild, Wild Women,” “Living With the Blues,” “Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate,” “Six Days on the Road,” “If the Backdoor Could Talk,” and many more.
“Croce is best known as a folk-based singer/songwriter, but he also had an appreciation of country music, as evidenced by the country twang in his voice on such tracks as ‘You Oughta See Pickles Now,’ ‘Mom and Dad's Waltz,’ and ‘The Wall.’ Fans looking for uncommon Croce recordings will surely cherish Home Recordings: Americana.”—All Music Guide"

1. Living With The Blues
2. Things 'Bout Goin' My Way
3. Nobody Loves A Fat Girl
4. You Oughta See Pickles Now
5. Cigarettes, Whiskey & Wild, Wild Women
6. In The Jailhouse Now
7. If The Back Door Could Talk
8. Who Will Buy The Wine
9. Mom And Dad's Waltz
10. Wall, The
11. Sadie Green (The Vamp Of New Orleans)
12. I Got Mine
13. Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
14. Six Days On The Road
15. Mama Tried

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Nine Inch Nails - Purest Feeling (Pretty Hate Machine Demos)

The one and only Trent Reznor. One of my favorite albums of all time is, of course, 'Pretty Hate Machine' and you can imagine my delight at finding these years ago. These are especially precious, to my mind, because of the pre-heavy heavy angst N.I.N absent here, that came to full fruition in the aforementioned album. Some of these are markedly different from the finished versions (as they should be) but, to my mind, hint at a more pop sensibility. Let's not underestimate the influence of the music of Ministry, who also started with a poppier sound and after a little soul-searching had found their dark niche, as it were. It all comes full circle when you hear the early music of Mr. Reznor and how danceable it was. I say this not as a slight towards any of his music, past or present. I just love the evolution and am grateful to be able to hear these songs in their gestational stages. I have a few more N.I.N. goodies that will be posted shortly. So , I hope you all enjoy these songs.

1 Intro (2:23)
2 Sanctified (5:39)
3 Maybe Just Once (5:10)
4 The Only Time (5:12)
5 Kinda I Want To (5:02)
6 Thats What I Get (4:19)
7 Purest Feeling (2:59)
8 Ringfinger (5:54)
9 Down In It (6:17)

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The Million Dollar Quartet at Sun Studios - Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis December 4, 1956

Oh, I am well aware that this offering can be had on a number of blogs but I felt compelled to include it here anyway. I love this one and just recently revisited it a little while back. There must have been a full moon or a unique alignment in the heavens on this particular winter evening in Memphis (hmmmmm....celestial alignment...Memphis...Egypt?...I must consult further..) to put these incredible young men together in the cramped confines of Sam Phillips' rinky-dinky hillbilly studio. Whatever caused them to combine for an evening of song and laughter, we all can be grateful that it happened and the ever-sharp business acumen of Phillips for calling the local paper's entertainment editor to capture the moment. Although there is so many fragments of songs and not much complete, I believe it can still be listened to and enjoyed for it's ability to crystalize a moment in American history, as so few of it's like have been properly captured for us to appreciate. Thank you wikipedia for the below descrition...

"The jam session seems to have happened by pure chance. Perkins, who by this time had already met success with "Blue Suede Shoes", had come into the studios that day, accompanied by his brothers Clayton and Jay and by drummer W.S. Holland, their aim being to cut some new material, including a revamped version of an old blues song, "Matchbox". Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, who wished to try to fatten this sparse rockabilly instrumentation, had brought in his latest acquisition, singer and piano man extraordinaire, Jerry Lee Lewis, still unknown outside Memphis, to play the piano on the Perkins session.
Sometime in the early afternoon, Elvis Presley, a former SUN artist himself, but now at RCA, dropped in to pay a casual visit accompanied by a girlfriend, Marilyn Evans. He was, at the time, the biggest name in show business, having hit the top of the singles charts five times, and topping the album charts twice in the preceding 12 month period. Less than four months earlier, he had appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, pulling an unheard-of 83% of the television audience, which was estimated at 55 million, the largest in history, up to that time. After chatting with Philips in the control room, Presley listened to the playback of the Perkins’ session, which he pronounced to be good. Then he went into the studio and some time later the jam session began. Phillips left the tapes running in order to "capture the moment" as a souvenir and for posterity. At some point during the session, SUN artist Johnny Cash, who had also enjoyed a few hits on the country charts, popped in. (Cash noted in his autobiography Cash that it was he who was the first to arrive at Sun Studio that day.)
As the session continued, Phillips spotted an opportunity for some publicity and called a local newspaper, the Memphis Press-Scimitar. Bob Johnson, the newspaper’s entertainment editor came over to the studios accompanied by a UPI representative named Leo Soroca, and a photographer.
The following day, an article, written by Johnson about the session, was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar under the title, "Million Dollar Quartet". The article contained the now well known photograph of Elvis Presley seated at the piano surrounded by Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash."

01 You Belong To My Heart (Ray Gilbert/Agustín Lara) Elvis Presley 0:45
02 When God Dips His Love In My Heart (trad.) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 0:18
03 Just A Little Talk With Jesus (Clevant Derricks) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 3:52
04 Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley (trad.) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 2:52
05 I Shall Not Be Moved (Ray Gilbert/Agustín Lara Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 3:01
06 Peace In The Valley (Thomas A. Dorsey) Elvis Presley 1:20
07 Down By The Riverside (trad.) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 2:11
08 I'm With A Crowd But So Alone (Ernest Tubb/Carl Story) Elvis Presley 1:17
09 Farther Along (trad.) All 1:38
10 Blessed Jesus (Hold My Hand) (trad.) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 1:24
11 As We Travel Along On The Jericho Road (trad.) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 0:42
12 I Just Can't Make It By Myself (Clara Ward) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 0:59
13 Little Cabin Home On The Hill (Bill Monroe/Lester Flatt) Elvis Presley 0:38
14 Summertime Is Past And Gone (Bill Monroe) Elvis Presley & Carl Perkins 0:06
15 I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling (Bill Monroe) All 0:27
16 Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong (Bill Monroe/Lester Flatt) All 0:26
17 Keeper Of The Key (B.Stewart/H.Howard/K.Devine/L.Guynes) Carl Perkins 0:45
18 Crazy Arms (Ralph Mooney/Charles Seals) Jerry Lee Lewis 0:18
19 Don't Forbid Me (Charles Singleton) Elvis Presley 0:56
20 Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry) Jerry Lee Lewis 0:05
21 Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 1:00
22 Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (Ivory Joe Hunter/Clyde Otis) Elvis Presley 0:45
23 Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 1:42
24 Don't Be Cruel (Elvis Presley/Otis Blackwell) Elvis Presley 1:41
25 Don't Be Cruel (Elvis Presley/Otis Blackwell) Elvis Presley 0:37
26 Paralyzed (Elvis Presley/Otis Blackwell) Elvis Presley 2:36
27 Don't Be Cruel (Elvis Presley/Otis Blackwell) Elvis Presley 0:24
28 There's No Place Like Home (trad.) Elvis Presley 3:18
29 When The Saints Go Marchin' In (trad.) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 2:14
30 Softly And Tenderly (trad.) Elvis Presley & Jerry Lee Lewis 2:27
31 Is It So Strange (Faron Young) Elvis Presley 1:09
32 That's When Your Heartaches Begin (W.Hill/F.Fisher/W.Raskin) Elvis Presley 4:37
33 Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry) Elvis Presley 0:20
34 Rip It Up (Robert Blackwell/J.Marascalco) Elvis Presley 0:03
35 I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye (Hank Snow) Elvis Presley 0:31
36 Crazy Arms (Ralph Mooney/Charles Seals) Jerry Lee Lewis 3:13
37 That's My Desire (Helmy Kresa/Carroll Loveday) Jerry Lee Lewis 1:17
38 End Of The Road (Jerry Lee Lewis) Jerry Lee Lewis 1:35
39 Black Bottom Stomp (Ferdinand Morton) Jerry Lee Lewis (instr.) 0:54
40 You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven (Gene Autry) Jerry Lee Lewis 1:13
41 Elvis chatter 0:39

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Elvis Presley - G.I. Blues Collectors Edition

I believe I have already given my opinion on Elvis here, right? Well, to summarize - I appreciate him more as a cultural milestone than as a singer (he wasn't much of a musician), but I do not wish to slight those who may be great fans of his. We may just have to agree to disagree. I DO believe the burgeoning rock and roll movement took a swift kick in the nuts as soon as he was drafted into service for the Army and sent to Germany. If not for Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins and a few others, it may have extinguished altogether before reaching it's fruition. So, for me, this is one of the more bearable Elvis offerings and is offered as an answer to a request. Please understand that I do read all of the e-mails and comments and would love to fill all the requests and such but I have a backlog of about 200 requests and will get to them as my time allows. I hope htere are some fans out there who do not already have this one and it pleases their ears. Peace.

1. Tonight Is So Right for Love (2:12)
2 What's She Really Like (2:16)
3 Frankfort Special (2:55)
4 Wooden Heart (2:02)
5 G.I. Blues (2:35)
6 Pocketful of Rainbows (2:32)
7 Shoppin' Around (2:21)
8 Big Boots (1:30)
9 Didja' Ever (2:35)
10 Blue Suede Shoes (2:05)
11 Doin' the Best I Can (3:09)
12 Tonight's All Right for Love (1:21)
13 Big Boots (Fast Version) (1:14)
14 Shoppin' Around (Alternate Take 11) (2:15)
15 Frankfort Special (Fast Version - Take 2) (2:25)
16 Pocketful of Rainbows (Alternate Take 2) (2:47)
17 Didja' Ever (Alternate Take 1) (2:42)
18 Big Boots (Acoustic Version) (0:58)
19 What's She Really Like (Alternate Take 7) (2:24)
20 Doin' the Best I Can (Alternate Take 9) (3:17)

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The Stooges - Studio Sessions 1972

As is often the case, I find a wonderful description on the web that trumps anything I could write. I recently rewatched "Velvet Goldmine" and continue to be impressed with Ewan MacGregor's Iggy imperesonation. Really uncanny stuff. Lots of goodness and Stooges' madness in this bootleg for you all to enjoy. The review below is from - they are a great resource for kicking musical knowledge.

"THE STOOGES are the band everyone has to re-visit from time to time to recall they were not only about noise. Iggy seems to overshadow hus mates while it was them who secured for the singer a space to freak out in. These recordings hail from 1972, around the "Raw Power" period and after it, when the band set to work on the follow-up. Welcomed in the fold was Scott Thurston whose Jerry Lee Lewis-ey piano shines in "Head On" and no one can ignore Ron Asheton's bass. Hectic rock'n'roll debuted on the "Metallic KO" live album but this version shows how unleashed the band was even in the studio. "Death Trip" is presented here in rough mix, not so wild as one that made the LP. Pop in his best Jagger mood.

"I Got Right", fantastic, organ-driven song eventually appeared in 1975 on Pop's album of the same name. Early variant could have been considered classic had it been released by the band. Kudos to the short solo Blackmore would've been proud of.

Detroit's WABX radio broadcast 1972 sessions and now fans can savour "Hard To Beat" and still poppy "Raw Power" taken off the station's vaults. In case you don't know: "Hard To Beat", once polished and loaded with fiery guitars, turned out as "Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell".

Another rock'n'roll of this kind is "Cock In My Pocket", previously known only by the "Metallic KO" rendition. But studio version appeared to exist with keyboards' firework provided by one Bob Sheff while . Also there are two jams, "Rubber Legs" and "Pin Point Eyes", dedicating the listener to THE STOOGES methods of work, tight and disciplined despite the rumours. Especially good is the latter, the blues, while James Williamson's solo of the former blows the socks off the feet.

Manzarek-like organ adorns mighty "Open Up & Bleed" which you could easily confuse with stoned Mick The Stone track. And more DOORS feel to "Johanna" to pop up later on Iggy's "Kill City".

A valuable addition to THE STOOGES' catalogue, a fun not only for a fan."

1. Head On

2. Death Trip

3. I Got a Right

4. Hard to Beat

5. Cock in My Pocket

6. Rubber Legs

7. Johanna

8. Pin Point Eyes

9. Open up and Bleed

10. Raw Power

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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Outtakes

Today's final Beatle offering of goodness. I looked back on my posts and realized it had been a good long time since I posted Beatles music. There is so many good albums and compilations to share that I am resonlably sure I will be posting more soon. As always - purchase the real albums and such, but the bootlegs are for the people - and we, the people, like to share, right? Right.

1. Magical Mystery Tour - unknown take
2. Fool on the Hill - demo 9/5/1967
3. Aerial Tour Instrumental - mono mix 9/8/67
4. Blue Jay Way - overdub session 10/6/67
5. Your Mother Should Know - alternate mono mix 8/22/67
6. I Am The Walrus - take 7 monitor mix 9/5/67
7. I Am The Walrus - take 9 9/5/67
8. I Am The Walrus - acetate source unknown take
9. Hello Hello - take 1
10. Strawberry Fields Forever - Twickenham Studios 1/1969
11. Strawberry Fields Forever - demos 1/66, take 1 11/24/66, and take 5 12/9/66
12. Penny Lane - brass overdub 1/9/67
13. Penny Lane - mono mix 1/25/67
14. Baby, You're a Rich Man - German stereo LP mix
15. All You Need is Love - TV Broadcast 6/25/67
16. Jessie's Dream - film music 10/67
17. Magical Mystery Tour - German stereo LP mix
18. Your Mother Should Know - German stereo LP mix
19. Strawberry Fields Forever - German stereo LP mix
20. Hello Goodbye - German stereo LP mix

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The Beatles - The River Rhine Tapes

Great selections from the 'Let It Be' and 'Get Back' sessions-era. Not a whole lot of Beatle-banter on this one, many boots of this era have endless studio chatter and clearly show the band falling apart. Although I value those editions as well, it gets kind of depressing to listen to. This one is just chock full of great versions of soon-to-be classics, God they are missed. The best part of this package it seems universally agreed upon is the emergence of George Harrison as a song-writig force to be reckoned with. This one (actually is part of a 3 disc set) has some wonderful sound quality and is worth many listens on your stereos children, more Beatles to come.

01 Two of Us
02 I dig a Pony
03 I got a Feeling
04 Dont Let Me Down
05 I Me Mine Waltz
06 Let it Be
07 For You Blue
08 One After 909
09 Long and Winding Road
10 Get Back
11 Oh Darling
12 Across the Universe
13 Dig It/John sings the titles
14 Mailman
15 Good Rockin Tonite
16 20 Flight Rock
17 Her Majesty
18 Maxwells Silver Hammer by John
19 Maxwells Silver Hammer by Paul
20 Suzy Parker
21 Bad Finger Boogie
22 Mean Mr Mustard
23 All Things Must Pass
24 The Walk
25 River Rhine
26 BillyBeatle Boogie

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The Beatles - Sink in the Can

Some more Beatle goodness from the 1968-69 era of the band. Near the inevitable end that was soon to pass. This time frame for the band is among my favorites (hard to beleive they were only around for about 6-7 years on the scene) and is rich with outtake material. Doesn't hurt either that 'Abbey Road' is my second favorite album of theirs - anyone guess the first? Also, as a cool side note to this boot, tracks 7-16 are Ringo drumming for a Cat Stevens session.As ever, all are welcome to post any good finds (from any blog-related band) in the comments. Good friend of the blog Bucephalus has shared many great albums in the comments and all are welcome to do so as well.

1. I Will (0:39)
2. Oh Darling Playing with Echo (1:06)
3. Oh Darling I can hear nothing in my earphone (3:05)
4. Oh Darling Latin Version (1:26)
5. Oh Darling (1:15)
6. Oh Darling (2:29)
7. Blue Monday (3:08)
8. If I Have to work for you (3:03)
9. Tuning (0:58)
10. Blue Monday Eins Zwei (2:07)
11. Blue Monday One Two (2:06)
12. Tuning (0:44)
13. I just Want To Make Love To You (4:31)
14. Working In The Coal Mine (4:36)
15. Baby I Have Some Love For You (1:18)
16. Looking For The Sailor (8:16)

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Culture - Production Something (Extended Versions)

Here is the first installment of the promised future postings of the mighty, much-missed Culture. I know they continue on with a replacement, but for me it could never be the same. These are all crucial versions of deep cuts from the group and all will enjoy the sweetness from the harmonies. This is an essential part of any roots-reggae lovers collection. More to come, children

Too Long Slavery (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
Garvey (Extended Mix)
Trod On (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
Weeping (Extended Mix)
Production Something (Extended Mix)
Pyaka (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
Dog A Go Nyam Dog (Extended Mix)
Black Rose (AKA Stand Up And Fight) (Extended Mix)
Children Of Israel (Extended Alternate Mix)

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Crass - Peel Session March 10, 1979

Oh yes. Love Crass. To me, they seemed like the English equivalent of our Dead Kennedys. Keen political insight and minimal amounts of musical talent. The words are what were really meant to be heard and absorbed. I suppose they figure it may be easier to change minds (and eventually, the world) by wonderfully voiced and well-written words than by their guitars, drums, bass, et. al. Sadly, Crass only did one session with the immortal Mr. Peel (God rest his soul) and here we have the fruits of that session. Damn, 1979 was a great year for the Peel Sessons, eh? Gang of Four (love them, too), Joy Division, Adam & The Ants, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Cure, Buzzcocks, U.K. Subs, O.M.D., The Police, Psychedelic Furs, Madness, Stiff Little Fingers, XTC, The Specials, Killing Joke, The Damned... Would it be too much to ask to be reincarnated as John Peel circa 1979. Holy Hell - that reads like my dream line-up of English Bands. For you further edification, I will be posting more Crass in the future and hope you will indeed enjoy their music and go buy some from their own label. At least you know where the money is going when you buy from Crass Records. I will go buy another just to do my part, as well.

1. G's Song
2. Mother Earth
3. Bomb
4. Shaved Woman
5. Tired

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Tool - Live at Maida Vale BBC 1993

I know the pictures are more recent than the recording (all you blog purists out there can kiss it...) but it is well-nigh impossible to find good pictures of them from that era. I remember all the cool promos I had for them that I gave away back in 1994, damn - a prettty woman can talk me out of damn near anything. Or at least they could back then, eh? Anyway, this little diamond here is a wonderful glimpse of the band before they became world-beaters. They so often remind me of Led Zeppelin and am glad they chose ot cover the Zep. Both bands had music with WEIGHT. The lyrics and the music are heavy, oops, HEAVY. I don't know how they sound like a 10 piece band but they pull it off. True virtuoso skill on every instrument, including Maynard and his voice. It's odd how music affects people in different ways, isn't it? When my wife was pregnant with our first son, we'd spend a lot of time at home relaxing and listneing to music. And DaddyRich, being who he is, generally has the run of the music selection. This would be 1996-1997 and for a long porton of that time I had Radiohead 'OK Computer' and Tool's 'Aenima' on steady rotation. Like clockwork, both of these deep and heavy classic albums would put her to sleep. I am not talking about soft levels of volume either, since appreciation of both albums increases exponentially with the rise of the volume. But, I digress. This is a quick little set (for Tool) and is as enjoyable today as it was lo those many years ago in Jolly Old England.

1. Opiate
2. 4 Degrees
3. Prison Sex
4. Sober

These guys look like people I could hang out with. Awesome band.

Various Artists - Boss Reggae! Coxsone Dodd Selections

Whoa Nelly! What a great collection of the Rootsiest of the Reggae, from the golden age of the music. Containing selections from some of DaddyRich's favorites like The Gladiators and Winston Jarrett. Coxsone Dodd, for those who don't know, was one of THE pre-eminent producers of his day and worked with a who's who list of reggae stars. We all know that I post many dub collection shere, but my true love of reggae lies in the Roots tradition. More collections will be coming in the near future from some of the best of the genre, in my humble opinion. So, twist up a bone and relax friends.

1. Winston Jarrett- Poor Me Israelites
2. The Flames- Scare Him
3. The Meditators- Give Me True Love
4. The Helpers- Help
5. Jackie Mittoo- Night Doctor
6. Lloyd Robinson- Run For Rescue
7. The Meditators- Tomorrow When You're Gone
8. W. Wellington- Too Many Miles
9. Lloyd Robinsons- Double Crosser
10. The Heptones- Sweet Talking
11. Winston Jarrett- Just Can't Satisfy
12. The Gladiators- Jane

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Bob Dylan - The Emmit Grogan Acetates (1963)

Oh, the awesome early Dylan. Just love this stuff and, knowing my penchant for all things rare and unusual in great music, sometimes even just an added second of studio chatter is enough to make a boot worthwhile to me. I know, I am a freak. Just ask the wife. Although this dates as 1963, it seems these recordings were also dated from 1964-65, so who knows? Things get murky sometimes in the wild and wooly world of acetates. I will also begin again to post some more outtakes and rarities from Mr. Zimmerman as soon as I can get them uploaded and have some pithy comments prepared for your edification and approbation.

Culled from the interwebs...

"Seven tracks from the Emmett Grogan acetates in superb stereo so clean there's little hint that acetates are the source. Bonus tracks also in excellent quality, to my knowledge best quality available. The Another Side acetates are sure to cause a stir. While these trax are the same as appear on the official album, in a couple of cases you hear the producer asking Dylan if he's ready and perhaps a count-in. All, that is, except "Mr Tambourine Man." This version is completely different, vocally and instrumentally, than the one recorded 6 months later and released on Bringing It All Back Home. This is a major find. Unlike the upbeat, optimistic, jaunty official version, this one is much slower, more sparse, sung like BD has the "worried blues," concerned that his muse may not return. A totally different song, different phrasing, added lines, a mistaken line, different ending. And who is that singing the choruses with Bob? [Jack Elliott] This version runs well over a minute longer than the released version, and ends without a guitar/harp solo. This one tune is more than worth the price of admission. "

1. i don't believe you
2. chimes of freedom
3. motorpsycho nitemare
4. mr. tambourine man (with jack elliot)
5. all i really i want to do
6. black crow blues
7. i shall be free #10
8. all i really want to do
9. denise
10. california
11. bob dylan's new orleans rag
12. east laredo blues
13. that's all right, mama -- sally free and easy
14. bob dylan's new orleans rag
15. hero blues

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Cure - What Happened Behind The Door?

You know, it seems that every month I smack myself upside my head and exclaim, "how could I have not posted more (or any) of THIS band (insert name of any 1000 bands)". So, here I am again wondering how a band I love as much as The Cure has not made it's prescence felt more strongly on the Ape. And there is no good excuse, ladies and gentlemen. I shall begin to rectify that starting today. I have about 100 bootleg/rarities and thanks to the mighty SFRP , they keep coming. It seems kind of redundant to post so many individual boots , what with 'JoinThe Dots' being available and all, but I digress. I may even eventually post that. Wonderful disc set that is, just great. This wonderful collection is composed of early alternate takes for most of the disc and ends on a few cuts available on the classic acoustic disc. I may just have to put in that acoustic disc now for a listen, it's been too long. Hope you all enjoy.

1 One Hundred Years
2 Forever
3 Ariel
4 Figurehead
5 Cold Colours
6 Siamese Twins
7 Inbetween Days
8 Close To Me
9 Kyoto Song
10 The Baby Screams
11 Sinking
12 To The Sky
13 Just Like Heaven
14 The Caterpillar
15 The Blood

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Depeche Mode - Demo's and Rarities Collection

Talk about your difficult tasks, my friends. Whew. I have been a DM fan for quite a few years now (Daddy IS an old man), and given my penchant for all that is demo-like and alternate, etc. you can imagine my zeal in seeking their rarities. Sure, they have their respective 'Ultra Rare Trax' compilations that have been floating around the intewebs for a few years. But these seem to be merely compilations of the less-desirable club mixes that never really did much for me. Daddy loves the demos. The process of a song from a few scattered chords or melodies into a full-grown song is akin to magic to me. Can't really explain it any better than that, my friends. Sadly, so many artists are ashamed of their first forays into songs that later become well-known that the demos are just buried and forgotten. Some have other reasons I am sure, but this seems to be the gist of the situation. Of course, artists are beginning now to see the light on this topic and many new deluxe editions of classic albums are being released with a bonus disc or simply bonus tracks and many of them are demos and alternate takes. Also, conversely, the artists could be having no input on this and the greedy record companies saw a new way to re-package old product and expand it to 2 discs and charge more cash for the product. Reminds me of Morrissey's song 'Paint A Vulgar Picture' . Truly these are the only items that get me to walk into record stores now and I am loving them. So, here is one I have found that actually has Martin Gore's home demos and others goodies as well , I do hope you enjoy them and turn a brother onto any website or sharing place that has more of this sort of Depeche Mode goodness that you may know of. Where applicable, more details have been added in parenthesis, but a few of these have no attribution and if anyone else has more info., it will of course be greatly appreciated.

1. Fly On the Windscreen (RARE DEMO MIX)
2. New Baby (The French Look) 1979
3. Letïs Get Together (Composition Of Sound) 1980
4. All By Themselves (M. Gore Demo) 1983
5. And Then (M. Gore Home Demo) 1983
6. Cliche - Until You Saw The Sea (M. Gore Demo) 1983
7. I Feel No Guilt (M Gore Demo) 1983
8. Love In Itself (M. Gore Home Demo) 1983
9. Pipeline (M. Gore Home Demo) 1983
10. Told You So (M. Gore Home Demo) 1983
11. Violence (M Gore Demo) 1983
12. If You Want (A. Wilder Home Demo) 1984
13. Lie To Me (M. Gore Home Demo) 1984
14. Postulae (A Wilder demo for Hydrology) 1987
15. Sibeling (M. Gore Home Demo) 1989
16. About You About Me (?)
17. But Not Tonight (Soundtrack Version)
18. I Want You Now (?)
19. Enjoy The Silence (?)
20. Fly On The Windscreen Rough Mix
21. It's Called A Heart Rough Mix

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Willie Nelson & Leon Russell Live in New Jersey 1979

Oh, the joy. It's Willie again, kids. This is the tour he did with Leon Russell that produced the timeless gem 'One For The Road' in 1979. Oh, if only I wasn't a snot-nosed 8 year-old then...sigh. Anyway, this album bears some resemblence to the former but is from the New Jersey show on that tour and broadcast on FM radio in New York WNAW. So, there is the inevitable station identification breaks which are not so bad that they truly interrupt the groove you get into on this one. I ahd to wait until 2006 to finally see Willie live in concert and cannot recommend enough the voice, talent, legend and all the good qualities that he has. A living legend indeed. Every time I listen to the 'Red Headed Stranger' album, my esteem only increases for his gifts. But, I digress. So, please sit back and enjoy the show. I am right now.

1. Whiskey River
2. Stay All Night, Stay a Little Longer
3. Funny How Time Slips Away
4. Crazy
5. If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time
6. Night Life
7. Sweet Memories
8. Gotta Get Drunk
9. Bloody Mary Morning
10. Shotgun Willie
11. Medley - Time Of The Preacher/I Couldn't Believe It Was True/Time of the Preacher Theme/Blue Rock Montana
12. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
13. Red-Headed Stranger + Time of the Preacher Theme
14. Heartbreak Hotel (W&L)
15. Trouble in Mind (W&L)
16. A Song for You (L)
17. Come On in My Kitchen (L)
18. Detour (W&L)
19. Will the Circle Be Unbroken (W&L)
20. Amazing Grace (W&L)
21 Uncloudy Day (W&L)

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Depeche Mode - Black Celebration Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD (live Tracks)

No, I didn't post the whole shebang on this one, sorry. I am trying to not to draw as much attention to myself as in the past. This post will only contain the bonus DVD tracks from the awesome Deluxe Package of one of their greatest albums. Mainly because of the dearth of decent sounding live shows of this era from the band, I always love to hear anything resembling a soundboard live show. I may even put some of the better-sounding bootlegs up here if anyone is interested. Always a great show from these fellows. So everyone put on black clothes and your Dr. Martens and alooowly sway back and forth, whilst chanting. "Let's have a Blaaaaaaaack Celllllabratioooooon tooooooonight." If you were a child of the early 1980's, Oh the memories this one will bring back. Whew. Actually I have a few interesting Depeche Mode gems that I will be putting here, I have many regular visitors here who have requested a few. So, I hope you all enjoy.

12. Black Celebration (Live Birmingham 86) (bonus track)
13. Question Of Time (Live Birmingham 86) (bonus track)
14. Stripped (Live Birmingham 86) (bonus track)
15. Shake The Disease (bonus track)
16. Flexible (bonus track)
17. It's Called A Heart (bonus track)
18. Fly On The Windscreen (bonus track)
19. But Not Tonight (bonus track)
20. Breathing In Fumes (bonus track)
21. Black Day (bonus track)
22. Christmas Island (bonus track)

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Hank Williams Sr. & The Drifting Cowboys (and others) - The Health and Happiness Shows

Here is a gem indeed for all the serious lovers of Hank (like DaddyRich) and will keep toes tapping for a while. I had searched the internets for a long time years back, piecing these together ever so slowly and laboriously. Years people. Years. All I had to show for my efforts was a scattered few remnants of what seemed to my ears to be the Halcyon days of country music. Then, Lo and Behold, they get an official release with better sound quality. We all win on this one. Some of the best songs in his wide catalogue are played here live and to great effect - tunes like 'Lovesick Blues', 'Lost Highway' and 'Mind Your Own Business'. More Hank on the way, regardless of how few download this one. I will keep shoving Hank at you and it will sink in to a few, and that's enough for me. Just do what you can to avoid the songs that his wife sings on.... (cringe). Boy, he really must have loved her to let her keep singing with that voice of hers. Damn. More music to come - 'if the Lord's willing and the creek don't rise'.

As an odd side-note. The only 2 times my Hank Sr. t-shirt has been recognized in 7 years is at a Willie Nelson sjow and a Social Distortion concert. Interesting, huh?


WEDDING BELLS (Claude Boone)
LOVESICK BLUES (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills)
OLD JOE CLARK (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
WHERE THE SOUL OF MAN NEVER DIES (Wayne Raney o.b.o. William M. Golden) - with Audrey Williams
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers


FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
TRAMP ON THE STREET, A (Grady Cole/Hazel Cole)
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers


I'M A LONG GONE DADDY (Hank Williams)
I'M TELLING YOU - Audrey Williams
BILL CHEATHAM (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers


I WANT TO LIVE AND LOVE (Gene Sullivan/Wiley Walker) - with Audrey Williams
BILE THEM CABBAGE DOWN (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
FINGERS ON FIRE (instrumental) - Bob McNett
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers


MANSION ON THE HILL, A (Hank Williams/Fred Rose)
WAGNER (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
PRODIGAL SON, The (Floyd D. Jenkins a.k.a. Fred Rose)
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers


PAN AMERICAN (Hank Williams)
LOVESICK BLUES (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills)
ARKANSAS TRAVELLER (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
I SAW THE LIGHT (Hank Williams) - with Don Helms & Hillous Butrum
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers


WEDDING BELLS (Claude Boone)
COTTON-EYED JOE (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
I'VE JUST TOLD MAMA GOODBYE (Slim Sweet/Curley Kinsey)
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers


FISHERMAN'S HORNPIPE (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers
SALLY GOODIN' (instrumental) - Jerry Rivers

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