Critic Joe Viglione reviews movies, books, DVDs, CDs, and has all sorts of opinions on a variety of things. The monthly Top 40 is a sort-of directory...
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Sunday, April 03, 2011
Rock Journalist Joe Vig at 3;21 on a Saturday afternoon, April 9, 2011...going to the RecordExpo tomorrow in Dedham, Massachusetts - we had a fun Visual Radio #510 with Ken Selcer and Chris Parlon discussing movies like Source Code, The Eagle, Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys and others, taped at 5:15 PM on April 8, 2011 and aired that night at 8 PM http://joeviglione.com/JoeVigTop40 for the MARCH listings
DOUBLE #1 IN APRIL, 2011
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR TOP 40
TWO DISCS AT #1
#1GENYA RAVAN UNDERCOVER
#1LISA BURNS CHANNELING MARY
Listen to Pretty Disillusion - it's a wonderful Supremes song that they never got to sing! Slowed down and soulful Martha & The Vandellas meets Fontella Bass ...blue-eyed girl group soul with the blues on the downbeat and the dance on the upbeat...very, very nice and shooting for #1 on the Top 40 this April 2011...Genya Ravan seems to be the major competition...stay tuned http://www.myspace.com/lisabburns
Interesting recording from the day...the paleolithic era of 1974...before videos for independent bands were invented...and it rocks in all its fuzzy, hazy black and white glory. The audio is pretty darn good too as the Imperial Dogs savage Carole King, blitz through Till The End of The Day, I'm Waiting For The Man, This Ain't The Summer of Love, Rock & Roll Queen and other tunes. A 20 page color booklet of historical importance, and Phast Phreddie introducing a baker's dozen of classics. Pure Rock & Roll worth keeping on the shelf for future re-visits
Recorded in 1974 at Music Designers in Boston Released on Varulven Records in 1980 and 1985...found someone bootlegging it on YouTube so we have to "Beat the Boots" as Zappa says. From the forthcoming Varulven Records Story boxed set. 25)Rusty Belle
Journee's six tracks (on eMusic.com) contain the soulful rap "Good Ol Days" (track 4) and a sparse new-wave-ish "Smile". Not to be confused with the Beach Boys epic re-release (with the same title, "Smile"), this solitary guitar and dry vocal is a novel approach to the hard-luck story..."the sunshine after the rain"...catchy material that deserves a listen. Check it out on eMusic http://www.emusic.com/album/Journee-The-Introduction-EP-MP3-Download/11612965.html
THE SACRED TRIANGLE: David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop 1971-1973
By Joe Viglione
To those fascinated by the work of Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and David Bowie in the "golden era" of 1971-1973, this DVD is an interesting sideways look at the time through the eyes of Angie Bowie, Warhol Factory's Billy Name, authors Victor Bockris, Davie Thompson and others. That all three men are still alive and breathing - and giving interviews - makes the Sacred Triangle a different perspective rather than the last word on how these three pioneers blended their talents. It's especially enlightening when one gets to see and hear Thompson and Bockris, two writers who have investigated this point in time at length...Bockris with his books on Warhol and Lou Reed (entitled Transformer), Thompson who has an entire book on this very DVD titled "Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed". The insight on Mainman Management is key, but there is also the glossing over of reality by the very British broadcasting narrator condensing it all into a very neat package: that Lou and Iggy needed Bowie and that Bowie exploited them. That's hardly true ...in 1976 James Osterberg (nee Iggy Stooge) the emerging Iggy Pop introduced me to Bowie at the Springfield Marriot...while we were having drinks Bowie turned to Iggy and told him not to worry, that Bowie knew the rock & roll thing. Indeed, Bowie certainly put a lot of time into Iggy playing keyboards at a Pop show at the Harvard Theater in Cambridge Mass that was packed with an crowd appreciating both artists...and Bowie being quite humble and happy to participate as a sideman along with comedian Soupy Sales' sons, Hunt & Tony Sales. It was a magical time that extended beyond 1971-1973 ...Lou Reed making his segue into the Rock & Roll Animal phase which actually put Alice Cooper (and Mitch Ryder) into the mix.
Is it a good documentary? Yes. Well put together, well directed, but with mostly a focus on David Bowie. That Mott The Hoople is mentioned (and T.Rex) gives an indication that Bowie is the centerpiece here. Not the final word but a nice addition to the pantheon of material documenting that very important period in rock history. A time certainly more interesting than what is going on today. #34 http://www.mogmusicnetwork.com/read-up-rock-snob-the-top-20-music-books-of-all-time-20-11--25274
from the press release New York, NY (March 14, 2011)—Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the April 12 CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, and 2LP vinyl release of Rory Gallagher’s Irish Tour ’74, a stunning document of extraordinary blues-rock power from one of the world’s greatest guitarists of all-time. [Pre-book order date March 18, MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $13.98 for CD, $29.98 for vinyl, and $19.98 for Blu-ray]
Captured at a time when Gallagher was voted the #1 guitar player by Melody Maker Magazine, Irish Tour is a brilliant showcase of his musical prowess. Award-winning filmmaker Tony Palmer followed Gallagher around Ireland as audiences went wild night after night. The film—which enjoyed a successful run in theaters—has been beautifully restored and remastered from the original footage, and is making its Blu-Ray debut.
The two-hour DVD/Blu-Ray features nine jams—“Walk On Hot Coals,” “Tattoo’d Lady,” “Who’s That Coming,” “A Million Miles Away,” “Going To My Home Town,” “Cradle Rock,” “As The Crow Flies,” “Hands Off” and “Bullfrog Blues”—as well as bonus home movie footage from Gallagher’s Japanese tour of the same year. Also on the DVD/Blu-ray is the 1972 RTE (Irish television network) half-hour documentary “Rory Gallagher: Music Makers.”Highlights on this rare gem include “Toredown,” “Laundromat,” “Pistol Slapper Blues,” and “Don’t Know Where I’m Going.”
#37) POWER OF SOUL Jimi Hendrix Tribute compilation
1.)Hey Kid 2.)I’m Too Old For this 3.)When You Come Home 4.)Dreamers 5.)November 6.)Leave It To Me 7.)Doctor Faith 8.)Rescue 9.)Help Me Cry 10.) Still I Resist 11.) Poor Man’s Ecstasy 12.) Everything 13.) Prayin’13.) Prayin’
#39) MOON Directed by Duncan Jones Moon is 97 minutes, Source Code is 94 minutes. Just to inform our readers!
If Songs for a Hurricane, Kris Delmhorst's album from 2003, was deep and thought-provoking, this fifth solo CD (excluding side projects and EPs) released five years later, Shotgun Singer, wraps up that psychological web with sound modifications that go deeper and denser. The artist seems to take liberally from George Martin's efforts on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and transfer those embellishments to the needs of a songwriter/singer in the same way that Emitt Rhodes emulated the first Paul McCartney solo LP, McCartney Read more here: http://music.barnesandnoble.com/Shotgun-Singer/Kris-Delmhorst/e/701237201221