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Thursday, April 02, 2015
Joe Vig Top 40 for APRIL 2015 Essra Mohawk, Mike Roy, Norman Greenbaum
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time on CD. Top notch Philly new wave - hot and heady female vocals by
Zappa protoge' Mohawk - originally released in 1985. Still ahead of its
time. Drum machines are used with live drums by original SNL drummer
Daoud Shaw. Rich synths.
Essra Mohawk's 20th Anniversary re-release of E-Turn starts off with "Let Her Know," a punchy, uptempo dance, 80's style with the singer's distinctive style. It's got the same beat pretty much as Tony Basil's "Mickey" and is a wonderful segue matched with that classic. "You're A Mover" has a heavy-on-the-pause bassline from Steve Beskrone - (who's also played with Pat Martino, Ray Charles, The O'Jays...) for the slinky, spy-novel trance-rock, a transitional new wave goes 80s track. "Mankind" cries for Essra to go back to her days with the Mothers of Invention to add a little extra chaos to the apocalyptic "we aren't going to make it" theme of James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. There are exquisite pop nuances that drift inside the corners of this tune, tucked inside the gloom and doom electro pop.
A pink six page insert has the lyrics, which helps the listener when one of my favorite tracks here, "Silver Ships" comes in as the antidote to "Mankind." A wonderful ballad with a divine hook/chorus, it's science meets religion and fantasy, just a stunning track that puts the depth of Essra's talent on display. "Jealousy" brings the dance back, and in 1985 it should have been a big hit on the dance floor and radiowaves. "Digital" seems to be an answer to Alice Cooper's "We're All Clones" while Track 8, "All for Your Love" is four minutes and forty four seconds of more sublime music, melody and words that Essra is a master of. There's a 3 minute 46 second driving "Change of Heart" - the song that hit for Cyndi Lauper a year later (and went Top 3) in 1986. Bobby King's guitar rocks, the tone Ricky Byrd put into so many Joan Jett classics blending perfectly with Essra's vocal style. "It's Our Future" closes out the dozen tracks, the entire offering sounding like a concept album, even with the bonus tracks. It all works nicely together and is a fun outing that begs for repeated spins.
This might be ESSRA singing with Jerry Garcia on "THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO" (I will ask her and post about this soon!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAHX5piIeZ0Night They Drove Old Dixie Down ... Essra Mohawk backing vocals ...
I have about 700 GB of Dead, so I’m good there, but I am hopefully that
someone will re-seed as the 1975 torrent is downloading now. If I
can’t get these Jerry shows through the torrent, I may take you up on
your offer, My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
__________________________________________________________________________ 4)David Clayton Thomas
"Sunny" on the CD Soul Ballads by David Clayton Thomas is as lush as anything off of Frank Sinatra and/or Linda Ronstadt's Nelson Riddle albums. As much piano cabaret as it is elegant standard with symphonic strings, this is Clayton-Thomas mature and without the tough angst of his over-the-top hits with Blood, Sweat and Tears. Where Brenda Holloway, singer and co-writer of "You Made Me So Very Happy" approached her tune with tenderness, Clayton-Thomas belted the declaration of pure joy (a la Bobby Hebb's own "Love You" with the same exact theme,) with a sledgehammer. Here, the singer that launched Blood, Sweat and Tears second album into the stratosphere gives the Holloway approach to Bobby Hebb's "Sunny." It's superb and shows that Clayton-Thomas is still a force to be reckoned with.
"Don't Need You Now" opens the Clean Slate cd, a five song E.P. from Alexis Keegan. Alexis opened for Mikey Wax at the Middle East on March 23, 2015 and like Wax she has a strong stage presence and songs that have equally potent hooks. You can hear "Don't Need You Now" on her website along with the three minutes and fifty eight seconds of "Just A Little" and her elegantly painful "Your Name in My Heartbeat."
The Top 10 of our Top 40 gets played on Joe Vig's POP EXPLOSION radio program, going back on the air mid-April...stay tuned.
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 CD Coming April 21 from Forty Below Records
Previously Unreleased Live Recordings Feature John Mayall, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood
LOS ANGELES, CA – Forty Below Records announces an April 21 release date forJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 (Never Before Heard Live Performances), a very special archival recording of one the best of the Bluesbreakers band lineups, featuring legendary musicians John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). Distributed by Sony/RED,John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967showcases a band that was together for only a scant three months, yet created a lasting legacy, made an immense impact on music and led to the formation of one of the most acclaimed groups of all-time when
Don't Run Away 3:46
Love a Lover 3:15
I've Never Known You 3:49
Take a Look 4:03
Do or Die 4:53
Emotional Bureaucracy 3:52
Quiet Street 4:33
Man of Steel 4:46
Woodstock Generation 4:55
Written, Performed, Recorded, Mixed, Mastered, and Produced by Doug Osborne.
Angeles, CA – On February 10, 2012, Sir Paul McCartney was honored as
the 2012 MusiCares® Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles,
Paul and a cast of superstar guests performed some of the quintessential
songs from his renowned and celebrated career.
On March 24, 2015, Shout! Factory will release A MusiCares Tribute to
Paul McCartney, a collection of these never-before-seen performances on DVD and Blu-ray. Fans can pre-order their copy by visiting
The 15 exclusive performances featured on
A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney include exceptional solo performances by McCartney of
“Magical Mystery Tour,” “Junior’s Farm,” and “My Valentine,”
a riveting medley of “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” and
“The End” by McCartney (with Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh joining the
performance of “The End”), and incredible performances by a slate of
all-star artists including Alicia Keys, Coldplay,
Norah Jones, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Alison Krauss & Union
Station featuring Jerry Douglas, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Duane Eddy,
Sergio Mendes, and The Beatles “Love” cast.
Proceeds from the sale of
A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney
will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music
people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal
McCartney was born in Liverpool on 18th June 1942. He was raised in
the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute. Since writing his
first song at the age of 14,
Paul McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different. In the sixties,
as the writer and co-author of their greatest songs, he changed the
world of music with The Beatles. Their legendary albums include Please Please Me,
Revolver, Help!, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and
The White Album.
Equally renowned as a live performer as he is a songwriter,
Paul McCartney is an 18-time GRAMMY® winner.
He has continued to push
boundaries over the last 30 years, first as a solo artist, then with
Wings, and following that as a solo artist again, with recent highlights
Memory Almost Full and 2013’s New.
freeman of The City of Liverpool and Lead Patron of The Liverpool
Institute of Performing Arts, Paul McCartney was appointed Fellow of The
Royal College of Music in 1995
by The Prince Of Wales. In 1996 Paul McCartney was knighted by H.M.
The Queen for his services to music. Paul McCartney is also committed to
a number of charities including PETA, LIPA, One Voice, The Vegetarian
Society, Nordoff Robbins and Adopt-A-Mine-Field.
Jimi Hendrix’s London girlfriend Kathy Etchingham speaks out against John Ridley’s new biopic
Long in a development haze has been the new Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side, which
hits theaters in the U.S. on September 26th. Directed by John Ridley,
the film stars Outkast’s Andre Benjamin as Hendrix, a casting that many
of his fans embraced, seeing parallels in their flamboyant style and
Recorded in London, May 17, 2007, the 74 minute and 20
second CD has Gary Moore in top form, his blistering guitar all over your
eardrums on this hard-hitting blues outing which has the usual high standard packaging
from Eagle Records including an informative 8 page booklet containing Liz
Barnes’ liner notes.
“If the Devil Made Whiskey” sounds less like a blues master
and more like the grungy bootleg version of “Gimme Shelter” from the Rolling
Stones Liver Than You’ll Ever Be crossed with the Velvet Underground’s “Sister
Ray” in tonal quality.Even Chuck Berry’s
“Thirty Days,” track 2 on Gary Moore’s Live At Bush Hall, 2007, has a
Ron-Wood-on-steroids guitar sound, heavier and dirtier than Chuck – or the
Rolling Stones’ renditions of Berry, could ever aspire to be.This contrasts with the eight minute and
thirty six seconds of “Don’t Say A Word,” with a vibe very similar to Ten Years
After’s “Love Like A Man,” only it drives towards the end in its own, unique way.
Moore’s band a quartet (including him)
like TYA – only with his reliable friend from many Moore albums, drummer Brian
Downey (founding member of Thin Lizzy, which had Moore in the band for less
than half a year,) Vic Martin on keyboards and Pete Rees on bass, all
delivering the goods.The almost 7
minute “Still Got the Blues” takes “Don’t Say a Word” style-isms even deeper
into the genre.
The first five tracks are the shorter bursts while the
titles grow longer as the concert progresses.
“Sundown” – a cover of the group
Son House – closes the disc out with Moore’s acoustic/slide guitar prowess
elegant and authoritative.The album
sneaks up on you and has real staying power, not just another slice of the
blues as it is a slightly different perspective on the artform.
If The Devil Made Whisky 3:20 - Thirty Days 3:43 - Trouble At Home 5:51 - Hard
Times 3:30 - Eyesight To The Blind 2:58 - I Had A Dream 7:56 - Too Tired 5:14 -
Gary's Blues 1 4:33 - Don't Believe a Word 8:35 - Still Got The Blues 6:50 -
Walking by Myself 4:53 - The Blues is Alright 9:11 - Sundown 6:58
1. Gary Moore - If The Devil Made Whiskey [03:18]
2. Gary Moore - Thirty Days [03:39]
3. Gary Moore - Trouble At Home [05:48]
4. Gary Moore - Hard Times [03:26]
5. Gary Moore - Eyesight To The Blind [03:01]
6. Gary Moore - I Had A Dream [07:52]
7. Gary Moore - Too Tired [05:04]
8. Gary Moore - Gary's Blues 1 [04:54]
9. Gary Moore - Don't Believe A Word [08:16]
10. Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues [06:47]
11. Gary Moore - Walking By Myself [05:08]
12. Gary Moore - The Blues Is Alright [09:52]
13. Gary Moore - Sundown [07:10]
Playing Time.........: 01:14:20
Total Size...........: 173.81 MB
Records has announced the release of the "Live At Bush Hall 2007" album
from the late great Gary Moore on September 23. This is the first-ever
release of this incredible show which contains several tracks that are
not available in live versions anywhere else.
Gary Moore was one
of the finest and most respected guitarists of his generation, with a
rich musical career both in bands and as a solo artist. He had a vibrant
love affair with rock and the blues, which is proudly and loudly heard
on "Live At Bush Hall 2007".
This show, recorded at London's Bush
Hall on May 17, 2007, was originally broadcast by Planet Rock radio.
This is the first time the complete show has been made available outside
of this original broadcast. The concert features a number of tracks
from Gary's then newly released "Close As You Get" album (Eagle Rock
Entertainment), such as "Eyesight To The Blind" and "I Had A Dream",
many of which he rarely played live after this, alongside classics from
his extensive back catalogue, such as "Don't Believe A Word", "Walking
By Myself", "Still Got The Blues" and many more.
Gary Moore was
an unmatched live performer, a virtuoso who also made a visceral
connection with any audience, and "Live At Bush Hall 2007" is a perfect
representation of his masterwork onstage. RIP Gary Moore February 6, 2011, Estepona, Spain
Rock legend Gary Moore died after an alcohol binge that would have put him nearly five times over the
drink-drive limit, tests have revealed. The Thin Lizzy star suffered a heart attack
brought on by the massive amount of alcohol he knocked back at the start
of a holiday in Spain, the studies showed.
36) ZEPPARELLA A Rockin' Friday Night at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Massachusetts with Zepparella by guest writer Ed Wrobleski Reviewed on March 14, 2015
March 13, 2015 I went out to catch this great San Francisco, California based group of women musicians paying tribute to their favorite legendary rock band and heroes Led Zeppelin. Their devotion to the material shows, their drummer Clementine was playing so hard on the song "Moby Dick" that she put a hole through her snare drum during this particular performance. The Jon Bonham style that counterparts Lez Zepplin display http://www.lezzeppelin.com/ Clementine has down pat, as does guitarist Gretchen Menn doing her best Jimmy Page, especially on Dazed and Confused, Menn indulging in the violin bow a la page on his live performances of this classic rock gem. By the end of the performance the bow was totally shredded, and so were the eardrums of many in the audience. Bassist Angeline Saris andsinger Noel Doughty gave the audience a distinctly different tribute - Zeppelin with female doppelgangers bring the classic rock to life from the prism of these gals and their life experience.
Zepparella - a take-off, no doubt, on the Jane Fonda sci-fi film Barbarella, will perform at a festival this summer in Hunter New York with Robert Plant himself among the variety of groups.
Below is a list of songs and a few clips from youtube from this particular performance i attended. A few songs i would have liked to see performed but didn't probably due to time restraints but here are some i would have liked to see and hear: Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog, Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid, Kashmir, D'yer Maker, All of My Love, Rock and Roll and many more but there's always next time and some of these i've mentioned are up on youtube to see too. Enjoy the few clips i've added here. To Find out if Zepparella is coming to your town go to their site www.zepparella.com if you like the clips i have heare again check out the site and they do have a cd for sale go to Bandcamp
https://zepparella.bandcamp.com/ Produced by Zepparella and Robert Preston Recorded and Mixed by Robert Preston, GetReel Productions, San Francisco, CA Mastered by Mike Wells in Hollywood, CA Package design and photography by Max Crace, except back cover photo by Gretchen Menn Published and Copyright Zepparella Inc. 2014 PO Box 330372 San Francisco, cA 94133 The Rover The Lemon Song Dazed and Confused https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3rTtf4Vsns The Ocean Misty Mountain Hop Ramble On Trampled Under Foot Communication Breakdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p5MIqL4o04 Immigrant Song Moby Dick Whole Lotta Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYdMcF4M3Dk Bring It On Home
37) The Last Unicorn - the Enchanted Version from SHOUT! Factory
Bring Home the Enchanting Tale June 9th, 2015
from Shout! Factory
One of the most beloved fantasy films of all-time, The Last Unicorn has enraptured generations of fans with its poetic tale of a brave unicorn’s journey through a mystic land seeking others of her kind. On June 9th, 2015, rediscover this classic tale with Shout! Factory’s release of The Last Unicorn: The Enchanted Edition on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and standalone DVD. Fans who order their copies from ShoutFactory.com will receive a limited edition collectable 18”x 24” poster with their order, available while supplies last.
Showcasing the latest hi-definition restoration of the uncut film, endorsed by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn: The Enchanted Edition is brought to life with exquisite detail never before seen, to ensure the most satisfying film viewing experience for all fans, old and young alike. The release also comes loaded with brand new bonus features, including an audio commentary with Peter S. Beagle, Michael Chase Walker, Connor Cochran, Terri Kempton and Travis Ashmore; “Highlights from The Last Unicorn Worldwide Screening Tour with Peter S. Beagle,” the featurette True Magic: The Story of The Last Unicorn, and animated storyboards, as well as the original theatrical trailer.
“When I wrote The Last Unicorn I had no idea that my story would someday have so many devoted fans. I am pleased beyond words that the staff at Shout! Factory are among them, and that they were so concerned with Getting Things Right. The 'Enchanted Edition' is the best home video version of The Last Unicorn ever, and I am thrilled to share it with the world." said author Peter S. Beagle.