1)David Kubinec THE WORLD OF OZ David Kubinec's Return to The World of OZ was recorded at the Back Room Studios, East London, England, and is a delightful minimalist recording (not the style of music but the low-fi sounds), the sparse arrangements being a plus. The material is strong with the proficiency of Kubinec steering these sessions. What could have brought this very clever and unique project more notoriety would have been the addition of former rat Mick "Woody" Woodmansey and Uriah Heep's Trevor Bolder. The inclusion of the names later associated with Bowie would have reflected back on Ziggy Stardust and the fans would take a closer look. Alas, maybe for Oz Part II. This is a fine release from Kubinec and has lots of life. The personnel of Kubinec on acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals is backed by Electric Vic Johnson on guitar, Paul Cuthbert, Malcolm Ball on drums
2)TOO LATE b/w AUSTRALIA'S AUDIOSCAM Brian Pitcher-Drums & Lead Vocals Roger Gold-Guitars & Backing Vocals Brad Wallace-Bass Guitar Ross Wedding-Additional Guitars & Backing Vocals If you're familiar with Audioscam's great Abba tribute, this is a complete 180, but equally as impressive and satisfying. "Your fast moving friends have moved along" ...excellent production work, thumping guitar and chimes...what a combination! "I really wish I could arrange it, to make you fall in love with me..." - excellent mid-60's-styled American/British pop flavors... http://www.myspace.com/audioscam
Vanilla Fudge took a more basic stance with Rock 'n' Roll, bringing in Aerosmith's first and the Velvet Underground's last producer, Adrian Barber, to replace Shadow Morton. Guitarist Vinnie Martell sings lead on "Need Love," and it is a quagmire of rock sounds, offset by Mark Stein's "Lord in the Country." The band then goes after a good but non-hit Carole King/Gerry Goffin number, "I Can't Make It Alone." It has that vibe that made "Take Me for a Little While" so important and so timeless, but there's just something missing. This is Vanilla Fudge's trademark sound looking for a new personality. The band started in 1968 by releasing an album of seven cover tunes done Vanilla Fudge-style. Along with Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and a handful of other bands, their sound helped shape Top 40 radio in the '60s while heavily influencing Deep Purple and what that group would … » Read more
Quiet Riot's producer gives Vanilla Fudge -- whom producer Shadow Morton discovered in the late '60s -- a "bang your head" onslaught of big hair drums, compressed guitar, and tired homogenization. The fun psychedelic distortion of Vinny Martell is totally stripped away -- he is relegated to rhythm guitar on one song and backing vocals on three. That is a total travesty. It is one thing to have the leader of Beck, Bogert & Appice, one Jeff Beck, funk up "My World Is Empty," even under the disguise of J. Toad (shades of George Harrison in his L'Angelo Mysterioso garb), but this version of the Supremes is so far removed from what made Vanilla Fudge so special that, really, it should be included as a bonus track on a reissue of the 1973 Epic debut … » Read more
Near the Beginning is an excellent title for this self-produced Vanilla Fudge recording. The fourth of five albums recorded during 1967, 1968, and 1969, the band themselves worked to get closer to what made them very special. What made them special was their treatment of other people’s material. Reworking Junior Walker’s 1965 hit is interesting, especially with engineers like Tony Bongiovi and Eddie Kramer to throw ideas at. Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood went Top 30 with Some Velvet Morning, and that is more in line with the Fudge’s debut than re-assembling Motown again. The problem with Shotgun is that it is pretty much the same tempo, with their big sound and added intensity being the difference. Some Velvet Morning, on the other hand, is more Black Sabbath than Ozzie and crew covering Crow’s Evil Woman. Read more here: http://www.last.fm/music/Vanilla+Fudge/Near+the+Beginning
27 Richie Unterberger WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN
28 OZZY OSBOURNE I AM OZZY Paperback Edition
29 VANILLA FUDGE LIVE AT THE REGENT THEATER, MARCH 26, 2011
Saturday evening, March 26, 2011 Vanilla Fudge rocked the Regent Theater over on 7 Medford St., in Arlington Massachusetts, The venerable old hall which first opened in 1916 had Little Anthony & The Imperials perform there in the 1960s, but for most of the latter part of the 20th century, it was a wonderful old movie house. Now as a concert hall / movie theater there's new energy and new life in the hall...and this exquisite show only proves the importance of saving these regional theaters wherever they may be in the world. Bassist Pete Bremy joined original members Vince Martell (guitar & vocals), drummer Carmine Appice and lead singer/keyboard player Mark Stein. The theater was pretty much packed and...in a room that contains the volume, the Fudge used the dynamics of their sound to their advantage, blasting the roof off, when necessary, and bringing it down so that you could hear the proverbial pin drop. "Take Me For A Little While", a masterpiece of pop music, was played to perfection with "Season Of The Witch", "Eleanor Rigby" and other VF staples getting the treatment. As the group used to headline over Led Zeppellin in the early days, a killer "Dazed & Confused" with Appice sounding like he was playing on the original 1967-ish Jeff Beck Group albums (where Aynsley Dunbar did the honors...and I never understood why millions and millions of Zeppelin fans never grabbed copies of those two Beck classic which are so Yardbird-esque...but that's a story for another day)...here was the VF/Cactus/Beck-Bogert-Appice drummer giving a clinic, not only on the John Bonham-heavy "Dazed & Confused" but with his show solo as well. The audience was all middle-aged...and people knew each other from the era (and the Boston area club scene) so the socializing was as key as the music being appreciated. A seven minute or so "You Keep Me Hanging On" was the frosting on the cake...but in an extraordinary move, after the first encore of Vinny Martell singing "You Can't Do That" the band told the audience that on Monday night, March 28, they would be performing a truncated "You Keep Me Hanging On" (the 45 RPM version or so) on the Jimmy Fallon Show...and wanting to practice it, this audience got to hear the song twice, the long version AND the short version. What a great idea and why haven't bands done this before? Play the album-length version and the 45 version! It was terrific...and a splendid time was had by all. Mr. Martell was in touch with me in the 1980s when I was working with the late Jimmy Miller, producer of The Rolling Stones. His solo tapes were impressive back in the day, and it is good to see Vinny shouldering some of the lead vocals and guitar playing that is truly inspired. Martell is one of the most underrated guitarists in rock...come to think of it, Vanilla Fudge is one of the most under-appreciated bands of that era. George "Shadow" Morton is a genius producer and the pairing of this group with that producer was a perfect storm creating a cosmic event that was re-created to perfection at this show. I don't usually put so much emphasis on greatness in a review but have to do so here: Vanilla Fudge gave us authenticity, "the sound" and a great show. Encore.
#30 PAUL A Boston band called The Machines had a 45 RPM entitled “Disposable Music”, which was a premonition of things to come...not all the music in 2011 as collector-oriented as that from just a few decades before. And along the lines of that tune, the film Paul is a disposable movie, mildly entertaining, something to do for a day or evening, but at times so cloying with its predictable jokes that it inevitably turns into a bit of a roller coaster ride at a theme park…something to do once in a great while but not enticing enough to draw you back too soon. Like the movie trailer where the Seth Rogan-voiced alien, “Paul” resurrects a bird only to kill it again…by eating it, the jokes are sometimes unfunny or funny for just one spin. But Sigourney Weaver is always fun and the picture has some redeeming qualities, some unique aspects to the script – perhaps had Simon Pegg and Nick Frost spent more time writing Paul than starring in it there would be more substance to this exercise.Taking a hint from Galaxy Quest and initiating the action in a fan setting - Comic Con of all places - is very cool. That the writers (Peg and Frost) and the director,Greg Matolla, showed up at Comic Con 2010 to advance Paul certainly was appealing to those who religiously attend such gatherings but, alas, the film doesn’t go deep enough into what fandom craves, and that’s not to its benefit. Too smart-ass for its own good, Paul still delivers an interesting plot of an alien escaping Sigourney instead of the other way around. Not as much fun as her aforementioned Galaxy Quest and certainly no Avatar…but if you got nothing better to do… http://www.tmrzoo.com/2011/22786 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdHUQtnJsyQ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1092026/
Another fun TinyURL is tinyurl.com/maldenpersonalities, where there are 55 names listed on the Internet Movie Database starting with song and dance man Jack Albertson. He appeared in Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, won an Emmy for his part in Chico & The Man, a Tony for his role on Broadway in The Subject Was Roses, and an Oscar in 1968 for that same role in the film version of the Broadway play. Born in Malden on June 16, 1907 he passed away in California in 1981. Betty Lou Keim died a year ago on January 27, 2010. She was born in Malden on September 27, 1938 and appeared in the 1958 film “Some Came Running” with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine.
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