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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... commentaries and essays expand the thought process on the reviews on the Top 40 aren't final, they are just the starting point to more discussion. You can always contact Joe directly at visual_radio [@]

Monday, November 09, 2015


November Joe Vig Top 40 Eric Clapton @ 70, Dennis Dunaway

Edited by Joe Viglione

Editorial note:
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#1 Dennis Dunaway   Snakes! Guillotines!  Electric Chairs! My Adventures in
The Alice Cooper Group


#2  Jethro Tull: A Rock Opera   Boston November 5, 2015

Ian Anderson interview with Joe Viglione on Joe Vig's POP EXPLOSION Nov 4, 2015

3)Rolling Stones Hyde Park

#4 Laurence Juber

Laurence Juber on Joe Vig's Pop Explosion
Wednesday, November 25, 2015


#5 The Prefab Messiahs  Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive

The Prefab Messiahs - "Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive"
from the 8-song Maxi-EP 'Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive'
Burger Records BRGR772 / KLYAM Records KLYAM-005
#6  Spectre

James Bond S.P.E.C.T.R.E
Film review by Joe Viglione
Spectre is the best of the Daniel Craig Bond movies, Craig being my least favorite 007 actor with his android, cold robotic movements. The human Craig/Bond is more stiff than former N.E. Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe; he makes Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator versatile and endearing by comparison, which, of course, means that the machines in Terminator did a better job of building their Trojan horse. A frightening prospect.


Review by Joe Viglione

Live at Shea Stadium, 1982 is a very special Who document, entertaining and inspiring on many levels. So allow this writer a little artistic license to give you an overview of this classic moment in rock and roll history, beautifully filmed, restored and packaged by Eagle Vision.
The late Jo Jo Laine said “I was with Keith Moon the night that he died.”  It was, of course, the infamous Buddy Holly film preview of September 6, 1978 after the release of Who Are You.  With Moon diminishing and the Who not as energetic – 1975’s “Squeeze Box” a true low for the group, the antithesis of the brilliant “Join Together,” the group was already, in this critic’s mind, moving far from the magic.  Moon’s passing on September 7 was the line in the sand.
­­Throughout any tragedy survivors must move on, and like Ron Wood joining the Rolling Stones, Kenny Jones joining the Who was more about camaraderie than actual chemistry. - review 
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#8 The Yardbirds  Making Tracks


9)The Yardbirds  My Baby

Yardbirds Live

16th March 1968 My Baby live on the BBC  Yardbirds

Glimpses The Yardbirds


10)TRUTH  The Movie

Review by Joe Viglione


11)Dog On A Chain  EMMIT RHODES

Emitt Rhodes Returns After Four Decades With ‘Dog on a Chain’ (Exclusive Song) 

It’s not that Emitt Rhodes was ever fully forgotten, but nearly 43 years between albums is a long time to remember. The Los Angeles singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns after an absence of more than four decades with “Dog on a Chain,” the first song from “Rainbow Ends,” his first album since 1973. The track premieres today on Speakeasy.
Praised back then for a sophisticated pop sensibility, Rhodes picks up where he left off, turning a song about a nasty divorce into an effortless meditation on heartache and loss, complete with a lingering melodic hook, airy vocal harmonies from Aimee Mann and a guitar solo from Jon Brion.

Bonus - Early Emmit Rhodes  Pardon Me  



Invitation to Illumination Concert Clip.
"Let us go into the house of the Lord"


13) SLOWHAND AT 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Eric Clapton

Lakeland Public TV
 Members: Jared Dew - Bass/Vocals. Kevin Kupillas - Drums/Vocals. Dug McCormack - Guitar/Vocals

The no-title instrumental opening track blitzes in at 2  minutes and 23 seconds with what we hope is rainwater in the rehearsal space and the onslaught that follows about 45 seconds in, the actual song
more like 1:13 in, a riff that barks along with the drums sliding into "So," the second track. The same riff for another minute and thirty seven seconds, rife with the "f" word it splashes out with feedback, straight into a minute and forty two of "E."

"E" is a more conventional spy novel guitar with Beastie Boys-styled attitude, something that would have fit nicely on the bill with early Alice Cooper. "Cactus of Love" is country rock gone scat, Steve Tyler's "Walk This Way" on 78 RPM instead of 45.  "Toyota" also blasts along with a reprieve on Rippinanativehearts   - a sluggish ballad with sludge and lament.  Things brighten up with "Two Beer Minimum," fun and short and sweet like Richie Parsons' "Mix Tape" off of his Honey and Tears CD.  Parsons own Unnatural Axe would give short punk bursts like Psychic Dog, though their mission was celebrating 50's science fiction through the chainsaw while Psychic Dog 's psychosis flies all over the underground rock map.  Thirty four seconds of "She Like Me" as zany as the conclusion of Scott Daamgard's new CD Leaving Hyannis with its hidden thirteenth track.  "TV Head" might be the lost sequel to Iggy Pop's "TV Eye" - crunching along with a few afterthought bursts prior to the haunting sounds that create a nice distraction to conclude it. "Long Night" is track 10 on this fifteen title excursion,  its military like strike pounding away with its catchy "ready to go, rock and roll" chant.   "60 Days" takes you inside the labyrinth of the Psychic Dog mentality (or practice space,) yearning guitar leads under the framework.  "Digital Perm" is clever, something for Mott The Hoople's Ian Hunter to consider if he ever does a sequel to the Short Back n Sides lp.  Great descending guitar line that adds an emphasis to the catchy riff.  "Goodhello" - like many tracks on this disc, circles in at 2:32 - under three minutes - and is not Martin Scorsese's Good Fellows, nor is track 14, "Ends."   Everything on the Big and Lonely CD comes in well under three minutes except for final track, "Psychic Dog," perhaps the group's theme song and best on the disc.  The howling primal scream with Black Sabbath inspired riffs  - the song "Black Sabbath" by the band Black Sabbath - deep inside the halfway point of the song "Psychic Dog" by the band Psychic Dog.

 larger type on Club Bohemia website



16)Laurence Juber

17)Band - I WAS AWAKE
Title:  "The End" album single rough mix

17)Band - I WAS AWAKE
Title:  "The End" album single rough mix

Found this CD on the freebie shelf at Club Bohemia, downstairs at the Cantab in Central Square.
The rough  mix of "The End" (not the song by The Doors) has a voice of Chris Harvey, maybe an octave above Geddy Lee of Rush, with a thunderous, dark dirge which vacillates as if in a murky kaleidoscope. Aggressive and determined rock with a tinge of hardcore over its pop leanings.

Contact info:

Photo:  10/24/14 The Cannery in Southbridge MA from their Facebook page


Sunny Song Listings


38)Laurence Juber

Kenny Aaronson of the Yardbirds in DUST

AllMusic Review by  [-]

The first album from Dust is interesting on many levels. The rhythm section featured drummer Marc Bell, who would later join New York punk rockers Richard Hell & the Voidoids, while bassist Kenny Aaronson would sign on with labelmate Stories on the group's third album, as Ian Lloyd moved from bass/vocals to complete frontman. The songwriting team of producer Kenny Kerner and singer/guitarist Richie Wise would go on to produce the third Stories album, making this Dust debut and its follow-up an important piece of the Stories puzzle. Wise's lead vocals on Dust were decent enough to complement his very competent guitar playing; Wise would eventually get hired as A&R man at Scotti Brothers Records. This record is not only the document of a record executive/producer as


AllMusic Review by  [-]

Hard Attack by Dust is an improvement over the acceptable performance of the self-titled debut from the year before. The team of producer Kenny Kerner and vocalist/guitarist/producer Richie Wise do just what the title suggests, bringing a harder attack to songs like "Pull Away/So Many Times" and "Ivory," the latter an instrumental with emphasis on guitar riffs and cymbal work. It's an all-out assault from the trio and pretty interesting, though the album as a whole works better when Thog's Fred Singer adds piano and organ. "How Many Horses" benefits from keyboard presence, and brings the group back to the Leslie West/Mountain flavors so obvious on the group's 1971 debut. That song definitely sounds like Dust was intent on remaking the Jack Bruce/Mountain classic "Theme From an Imaginary Western," one of that group's highlights. That the quieter moments, the elegant "Walk in the Soft Rain" and "How Many Horses," work better than the brutally hard "Suicide" hints at the adult contemporary leanings of Kerner and Wise. That they would merge this group with their labelmates in the band Stories for 1973's Traveling Underground is more evidence of what musical style they were more comfortable with.   Read more here:



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