Saturday, May 03, 2014

Top 40 May, 2014 Anthony James, Spiderman, Jethro Tull, Lou Reed, Nelson Slater and more!

#1  Nelson Slater




Oh the film embargo! Wrote my review of Spidey 2 last night after the film and at dinner in Boston at the Boston Beer Works ($7.00 off the meal with my Boston Beerworks card! Must have accrued points or something!.) BUT – seeing Andrew Garfield on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel and watching the clip from the opening of the film it was most revealing. The early part of the movie works better on the TV screen than in the theater! The in-your-face exploding inevitable that is the formula for these modern day comic books dominating another media, the motion picture industry. Where we spent twelve cents on a new comic book back in the day (those of us FROM the day) it took another generation to get hip to the fact that those wonderful stories could bring in twelve bucks per ticket. With Iron Man and the Avengers now in the billionaires club with Batman it is “amazing” that two of Marvel’s biggest names, Fantastic Four and Spiderman, have taken a back seat to the “b” list.

Andrew Garfield is terrific (though Tobey Maguire was good casting as well, these pictures are still at the mercy of the directors) yet I still like the small screen – the trailer on YouTube or Garfield’s film clip on the Tonight Show – to enjoy the nuances of the film making. The big screen tended to distort some of the expected explosions and spectacular use of color and light.



review of MELT from Friday April 18, 2014

The band Melt - Lindsey Kit on vocals, Dan Inzana on Guitar, Paul Pipitone on bass, Ben Thomspon on drums, rocked Club Bohemia downstairs at the Cantab  April 18, 2014.

Melt took the stage at 10:21 pm opening with "Spiral" - something distinctly different after the Boney-M styled dance pop of the previous act, Dan Oulette.  This was pure new wave ave in the new millennium - think The Rolling Stones "Sway" played backwards, solid and powerful with a great audience response.


4)  IAN ANDERSON - JETHRO TULL on Visual Radio


After the last two TAAB shows (for all time?) in the Czech Republic, sniffle sniffle, we head home to celebrate two years of great concerts around the world. Thanks to you, dear reader and devoted punter, it has been a rewarding, if challenging time for us all.
To be able to perform so much new and conceptual old work together is a gift not many bands would have bestowed upon them. Old lags like me are supposed to fade away with the occasional revival or best-of tour in comfortable, familiar places. But out with a bang, I say. No comfort zone repetition and cozy ride into the final sunset. Turn up the wick. Burn a little brighter. Take on the impossible and take a trip. A wild river raft ride down the canyons of the Far Side.


Interview with Larry Tamblyn

       The Standells' hit record "Dirty Water" came on the radio as the Bruins had won on Saturday afternoon, a song that has bridged to other sports teams in Boston.  Well, the waters of the Charles River are cleaner these days, and keyboardist Larry Tamblyn along with his classic rock band appear tonight at the old Harpers Ferry in Brighton, now known as the Brighton Music Hall - 158 Brighton Ave, Allston, Massachusetts.

The link to the Brighton Music Hall Facebook is here:
along with the link to Ticketmaster:

TONIGHT -- The Standells with Lyres! 7pm Doors, 8pm Show, 18+. Be there:

For fun, here's the old HARPER'S FERRY Facebook page


Larry Tamblyn spoke with Joseph Tortelli, a guest host of Visual Radio (directed by yours truly,) on Saturday, May 3 at 1 PM and gave us lots of insight into the group as well as the making of the song "Dirty Water."  The YouTube will go up later today.


Tamblyn discussed how producer Ed Cobb had written the original "Dirty Water" and how the band beefed it up with that memorable riff heard all over Boston just about daily, as well as coming up with the opening lines:I'm wanna tell you a story / I'm wanna tell you about my town / I'm gonna tell you a big fat story, baby / Aww, it's all about my town / Yeah, down by the river.

Ed Cobb, originally a member of the Four Preps, produced the Standells and his story is interesting indeed.  His composition for Gloria Jones, "Tainted Love," was a "northern soul" hit for her and a monster for the group Soft Cell some years later. But it is "Dirty Water" which has sustained, at least in the New England area,  the riff The Standells created blasting out of car radios today the way it did as a Top 40 hit back in 1966.  Wikipedia notes that "Through his producing and engineering career, Cobb earned thirty-two gold and platinum records and three Grammy Award nominations."

Wikipedia also notes "The Standells band name was created by Larry Tamblyn, derived from standing around booking agents' offices trying to get work."

Tamblyn went into detail on Visual Radio talking about the recording of the record and a bit about his show business family.  Niece Amber Tamblyn is known to millions as Jennifer "Jenny" Harper on the hit show Two and a Half Men.   The Standells themselves appeared in three films, Riot on Sunset Strip (1967), The Munsters (1964) and Get Yourself a College Girl (1964). according to IMDB

Tonight you can celebrate  Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") with Larry Tamblyn, Mark Adrian, John Fleck, and Greg Burnham of The Standells and Boston area favorites, Mono Man and Lyres at the Brighton Music Hall.

Here's my AMG review of RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP with a glowing review of The Standells on that disc!


The Standells open with the title song, and it would be a refreshing change of pace to hear this clever little gem instead of "Dirty Water" for the nine millionth time on oldies and classic hits stations. While the Sidewalk Sounds come off like some bubblegum surf group, especially with the Gary Lewis sound-alike "Make the Music Pretty," "Sunset Sally" from the Mugwumps gives the album some serious credibility. Debra Travis adds a folky/earthy stamp with her one track, "Old Country," but it's the Mugwumps and songs by the Chocolate Watch Band and Standells which are the collectors items. The Standells make "Get Away From Here" sound vocally very Strawberry Alarm Clock, while Drew delivers an above-average '60s filler tune, "Like My Baby." It would fit nicely any time on some college radio retro show. Dave Aguilar's Chocolate Watch Band gives the album real grit and attitude;  Read more here:


Rounder Books, a division of Rounder Records, released a book co-written by Visual Radio previous guest Bill Nowlin.

Love That Dirty Water: The Standells and the Improbable Red Sox Victory Anthem

It is available on which uses a quote from

"Authors Chuck Burgess and Bill Nowlin provide a fascinating history that explains in great detail the inspiration behind songwriter Ed Cobb's 'lovers, muggers and thieves' tune, and how it has become a staple after every Boston Red Sox home victory... Love That Dirty Water! ultimately is a must have addition to the bookshelves of anybody that did--and still does-- 'love that dirty water...'" -- www.60sGarageBands.com

Cinco de Mayo, the Standells with Lyres at Brighton Music Hall.  To quote Captain Kirk in the film Generations "Sounds like fun."

left, Larry Tamblyn, Mark Adrian, John Fleck, and Greg Burnham.
  • By Jay N. Miller
    For The Patriot Ledger

    Posted May. 1, 2014 @ 2:21 pm
    Updated May 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    We’ve all heard their biggest hit after Red Sox victories as well as at Bruins games, Celtics games, Northeastern hockey games, and capping off concerts by a litany of stars playing Boston. But on May 5 the Standells will be performing their first bonafide show in Boston since the 1960s, and yes, Virginia, they will definitely be playing “Dirty Water.” The Standells, those pioneers of garage rock from Los Angeles, who gave the world the anthem for Boston sports fans way back in 1966, will be playing at Brighton Music Hall on Monday, May 5.
    The Standells, who began doing reunions in the 1990s, and were brought to Fenway Park for all three of the Red Sox World Series appearances since then, reunited for real in 2009. Singer Dick Dodds, the former Mouseketeer who sang the lead on “Dirty Water,” had been in and out of the reunited band, but he died November 29, 2013. But founding member Larry Tamblyn has been the driving force behind the band over the past few decades, and he’s excited about this 18-city spring tour, and the new album it is promoting.

We have a 53 minute interview taped 1 PM - 1:53 PM on May 3, 2014

The Standells perform at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston on May 5

Here's an online interview



When DMZ made their debut on Sire, it was as disappointing as major-label debuts by fellow Bostonians Private Lightning, the Nervous Eaters, and Willie Alexander's Boom Boom Band. As Alexander's locally produced demos by Dr. & the Medics madman Craig Leon (who also produced the Ramones) were superior to the final product by Willie on MCA (also produced by Leon), the Turtles' wacky Flo & Eddie just didn't know what to do with DMZ. Four Craig Leon-produced tracks released on BOMP -- which is the parent company of Voxx -- and five demo tapes that were recorded on four-track comprise this excellent collection. "When I Get Off" was the number two Garage Record of the Year in 1978 in Boston's Real Paper, and it is a psychedelic masterpiece. The dueling guitars, slashing riff, and great Corraccio bass complement Mono Mann aka Jeff Connolly's blitzkrieg vocals. Here is a slice of pyschedlia that is the fans outdoing the bands they idolize. Also, as with Willie Alexander's demos, it seems Craig Leon did a much better job on smaller budgets.

9)Ron Della Chiesa

__________________________________ 10)  WILD ANGEL  NELSON SLATER




Includes Punk Revolution NYC, The Sacred Triangle and the Velvet Underground Under Review


The Sacred Triangle: David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop 1971-1973

 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.

12)  the paley brothers


on Visual Radio



Prolific front woman Karen Debiasse of the veteran group Girl On Top has issued two new MP3s that are simply terrific.

IN A MOMENT clocks in at 3:05 and could be the backing tracks to a Marilyn Manson or Alice Cooper track.  Debiasse's smooth vocal treads lightly over husband Dave's elegant guitar lines.    Girl On Top has received airplay on Sirius/XM radio's Chicks & Broads show hosted by legendary vocalist from Ten Wheel Drive, Genya Ravan, and this new music should get action on that satellite station as well.  The guitar solos are muted and fun, a slinky riff underneath with the lead work drifting from speaker to speaker.

Raised to Die  at 4:46 is the other side of the coin, and perhaps my favorite Girl On Top tune to date.  A Pink Floyd-ish tremolo guitar is accompanied by a haunting Debiasse vocal with heartfelt lyrics.  Think til tuesday in a pensive moment, a kind of subconscious sequel to Voices Carry ... "I close my eyes...but I could see everything..." the music getting more demanding, along with the vocal work.  Thought provoking, eerie and both a unique listening experience and somber bit of poetry.    As stated, probably the best Girl on Top moment yet, a best moment of many.
14) Bill Janovitz book ROCKS OFF
15) Bryan Ferry DVD



Tinseltown Talks: Anthony James: So good at being bad





Songs / Poems:
1. Marlene On The Wall 
2. How To Make A Poem (poem) 
3. Small Blue Thing 
4. Caramel 
5. Italy In Spring (poem) 
6. Some Journey 
7. Penitent 
8. When Heroes Go Down 
9. Anti-hero (poem) 
10. Gypsy 
11. Left Of Center 
12. Solitaire 
13. The Queen And The Soldier 
14. In Liverpool (poem) 
15. In Liverpool 
16. Luka 
17. Tom's Diner
Product Details:
Format: DVD
UPC: 5018755258213
Street Date: 05/06/14
PreBook Date: 04/01/14
Genre: Folk
Run Time: 62 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Year of Production: 2003
Box Lot: 30
Language: English




      Pennsylvania's own Adam Rivera trekked up to Boston for a big convention and performed at The Middle East in Central Square, Cambridge, one of the hippest clubs in the northeast. 

     On a bill with a number of folkies, Adam took the stage around 8:43 PM, dressed in a blue shirt with some stage moves the previous act should have taken note of. Rivera's speed-freak staccato style is easily identifiable and separated him from the other performers.  How he keeps that brisk guitar strum consistent and flowing is part of the artistry, a wall of sound other solo guitarists don't have to add to the semi-scat singing Adam brought to the first tune.   

   8:46 brought us his popular title "Gone" - displaying with even more emphasis the large sound provided by his left handed strum-prowess and complex musical phrasings. At 8:49 as Rivera went into his third song, Taxi Driver was playing on the TV screen at the bar.  Young Jodie Foster gets into Robert DeNiro's cab with Adam providing the soundtrack, at least in the nightclub that evening.  Short, powerful blasts opened up song 7 at 9:02 PM, the tunes in quick succession a la The Ramones.  Rivera is a one-man Ramones, but he does have a twisted sense of humor to go along with it.  Song #12 at 9:16 pm had the singer noting that "there are no gay bars" in some city, maybe Oneonta NY, though Google says they have three.  The hilarious thing was that as Adam Rivera is singing about "no gay bars" and that he's "never been attracted to guys" Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver is shirtless on the screen all during the song, making the Middle East at least feel like a gay bar!    A singalong at 9:21 concluded the set clocking in at a succinct 38 minutes. 

   Rivera is a powerful artist with a unique perspective and well worth catching as he travels around the club scene up and down the east coast and to some areas west of Pennsylvania.




In the 1980's Ralph at Normandy Sound, Warren, Rhode Island played be a magnificent selection of tunes from Roomful of Blues.  Tonight on Visual Radio we have a guest host, Joe Tortelli, interviewing Ron Levy who was in that group at the time, 1983-1987.

Levy was born in Cambridge, MassachusettsUnited States. He primarily plays piano and organ. Levy grew up in Cambridge, and began playing the piano after seeing Ray Charles in concert at age 13.[1] He later switched to playing aHammond organ. After gaining experience playing in Boston nightclubs, Levy was hired by Albert King in 1971. After an eighteen month association, Levy joined B. B. King's backing band. Throughout the years, Levy has performed with a wide range of bluesfunk and jazz musical groups, notably including Roomful of Blues (1983–87) and Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom.[1]

22)Metal Pistol

Watch the video of D.O.A.:

Metal Pistol - D.O.A - YouTube
Feb 15, 2013 - Uploaded by FNBproductionsNY
Metal Pistol is a guitar driven hard rock metal band consisting of bass, ... lyrics over the heavy metal thunder

Magnum  Force

The song “D.O.A.” opens up Magnum Force, the album from Boston area band Metal Pistol, with a majestic Black Sabbath meets Judas Priest sound along with Sunny Lee’s very appealing Jinx Dawson (of Coven)-styled precious and defiant love/hate vocals.   Writer/lead vocalist Lee can also venture into the tough notes Pat Benatar hits, as well as Patty Smyth (not Smith) of Scandal.  In fact you can hear a bit of “the Warrior” melody from Scandal somewhere in the mix of this long-player, which clocks in at a full 51:38  “ Well, I am the warrior and heart to heart you'll win If you survive “ but not enough for George Harrison’s attorneys to have to come in and defend this affair.  It’s just enough to get your brain thinking of songs of the past, a flavor that keeps the listener’s attention.
D.O.A. isn’t the song from Bloodrock’s 1971 disc, produced by Terry Knight of Grand Funk Railroad fame, but it is fun to compare the two
D.O.A. by Metal Pistal
Song 2, “Minefield” is very memorable, the entire cd chock full of hooks in each and every chorus, and you might even hear a little homage to Sab’s “Iron Man” in the guitar interlude….maybe, maybe not.  What Magnum Force has, though, is an ability to hit you over the head with its precision and authority, rhythm section Britt Sinclair on bass guitar and Roy Adams on drums keep the cement mixer churning while Steven (Laz) Stanley pours the ingredient into that cement to make it rock like a sledgehammer.

The song essays are lengthy, a half a dozen of the ten titles at five minutes or more (or close to that) and inside these compositions there’s real heart and emotion taking it out of the hard rock genre and into a more metal/pop arena.
“Destruction in Action” starts off with pleasant guitar and cosmic poetry from Sunny Lee.  Many of the songs head into dark territory, “D.O.A” about a toxic relationship that is stopped in its tracks, while “Toxic Sin” is pretty self= explanatory. “Minefield,” “Buried Alive,” and “Killing My love” are not for the faint of heart. “Buried Alive” with a strong melody over 5 and a half minutes of Metal Pistol aiding and abetting Lee’s imagery.
Title track “Magnum Force” is a powerful, plodding instrumental steamroller with other-worldly lead guitar. Smack dab in the middle of the CD, Track 5 has three minutes and nine seconds of statement to work with. Perhaps it’s a nod to Clint Eastwood’s 1973 classic film (note the titles from the 70’s – “D.O.A.” (1971), “Magnum Force” (1973), – all being some good fun in the reinvention, of course.
Track 8, “First Time,” is a tour-de-force here and the cd’s longest song at 7:46.  As with “D.O.A.” and “Buried Alive” a masterful grasp of hooks and tremendous musical interludes.  Though the themes are very dark on Magnum Force the musicianship speaks volumes, a symphony of guitars opening up Track 9, “Killing My Love,” while “Josephine” concludes the disc as a bit of a love song.  The title track, 5, “Magnum Force,” smack dab in the middle of the album
Metal Pistol perform 11 PM June 5, a Thursday night, at Club Bohemia in Central Square with  Hoochie Coochie Men at 10 PM and Them Travelin’ Bugs at 9.
23)Squeezebox Stompers

Saline Patch

Brighton Patch

Novi Patch
On October 23, 2001 we lost Rusty Kershaw, part of the country/blue grass music duo Rusty & Doug, Doug being Rusty's brother, Doug Kershaw.   Well the Squeezebox Stompers out of Winthrop, Massachusetts pick up where the Kershaw brothers left off with a new cd, ecologically friendly, and beautifully packaged with a four panel fold out chock full of vital information about the group and very pleasant on the eyes.

    Opening track "Let the Music Take You Away" was inspired by a fortune inside a cookie "the Universe without music would be madness."  Its a three-minute and twenty-three second opus wonderfully recorded at Wellspring Sound in Acton with Eric Kilburn engineering.   Kilburn, who also sings in a gospel group, plays mandolin and sings a backing vocal on Track 4, "El Dia De Los Muertos."  The group is Mardi Gras heavy, proclaiming on the CD package that "Even in stain New England, every day is Mardi Gras with the Sqeezebox Stompers" - a quote from WUMB radio from a music fest 91.9 Fm had in 2011.    

    The music is dramatically different from track to track, "Midnight on the Bayou" a slow blues contrasts with "Zydeco Train" - the CD's final track, which has lots of flavoring from Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" as envisioned by the Rolling Stones on Exile on Main Street.     "I'd Rather Be Lucky Than Good" is a happy-go-lucky (if you will) four and a half minute hop a long stomp while "Nothin' But the Blues" brushes 5 minutes of a chant that Duke & The Drivers would love to get their hands on.

    The dozen compositions from Ralph Tufo, who also sings some lead vocals, grand piano and Cajun accordion, all crawl through the bayou but show different flavors and colors, reflected in the CD case when you lift the disc out and see the mellow pastels within. 

   "Caribe Zydeco," developed from when Tufo was in the legendary Boogaloo Swamis into the new incarnation here, has flavorings of  Donovan Leitch’s “There Is a Mountain” and an amazing blend of instruments. The production (not the melody) is as creative as Stephen Stills “Love The One You’re With” (not in Stills genre at all, just the overlay of the instruments and how they are combined.)  It features other vocalist Larry Plitt on the back-ups, Paul Tagliamonte on bass and lots of tangible charm. 

    Mike Migliozzio keeps his eclectic drum/percussive sounds down for the Marty Robbins-ish "I Won't Give Up On You." Ray Price could have done a nice job with this tune as well if we hadn't lost him in December of 2013 (we lost Robbins back in 1982.)  A tad different from his work on Caribe Zydeco and the wonderfully jubilant and buoyant "Crawfish Two-Step

     Erinn Brown brings her vocal talents to track 7, "What Do You Want From Me," which is a blues rock number that also shows the diversity within Squeezebox Stompers.  Other musicians on the album include Steve Maggs on rub-board, Diane Cline on Fiddle, Geoff Wadsworth on saxophone, harmonica and tin whistle, adding to the fun atmosphere and good time feel.   Sincere in its reverence for the musical stylings, Roots and Branches is a solid outing that will beg repeated spins.

Bonus Track: Rusty Kershaw

Review by   [-]

In the early '90s, producer Rob Fraboni was the man behind Domino Records, a label distributed by Relativity Entertainment Distribution. Domino released Zoom, the self-produced album by Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee, along with two discs produced by Fraboni, one by blues artist John Mooney and the other being this excellent effort byRusty Kershaw. For fans of Neil Young's Harvest, this is even more laid-back, but it shows Young's roots, and he actually shows up on six of the 13 tracks. "I Like to Live on the Bayou" has Ben Keith on dobro and pedal steel, and Young playing a melancholy harmonica. This material was recorded and mixed in New Orleans, and it can't be beat for authenticity. Now and Then is a record from another time and place, and if you aren't accustomed to the sound, it really needs to be played a couple of times to detox you from what you may be used to listening to; the 12 Kershaw originals and one arrangement of a traditional tune, "Stop Kicking My Dog Around," have an amazing effect when given a proper ear. Fraboni's production is perfect, allowing the music to get absorbed by the analog recording tape. Art Neville's piano on "Musician's Woman" and "I Don't Like the Feeling" is a nice addition to the Subdudes, the band recording withKershaw on this disc (Steve Armadee on tambourine, Johnny Ray Allen on bass, Tommy Malone providing acoustic guitar, and John Magnie on keyboards). "This Is Rock & Roll" is not rock & roll -- it's some blend of folk and Cajun music -- but it works, and the instrumentation weaves a nice tapestry here, a little more uptempo than most of the record. "I Don't Like the Feeling" brings things right back down; Kershaw's vocals are almost unintelligible, and the performance feels like B.J. Thomas' 45 rpm version of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" played at 33 rpm. There is amazing precision in these grooves; Kershaw is able to slow things down with more intensity than Vanilla Fudge in its heyday. Fans of modern rock might find this musical morass monotonous, but that would be a pity. "Married Man," with contributions from Young and Keith, is like some sort of Cajun funk. It's music with a well-deserved cult following, and is a treat for connoisseurs of the genre.
24)Absolute Power - David Baldacci

25)  Jerry Garcia/Lou Reed tapes

These are Howard Smith's complete, unedited interviews with Jerry Garcia, (recorded 2/11/70), and Lou Reed, (3/26/69), remastered from the original audio reels. As a Village Voice journalist and radio personality, Smith recorded 100s of audio interviews with rock stars and icons. The original recordings then sat untouched and unheard in his West Village loft for 40 years-Until now.

26)Jann Klose   "Make It Better" from Mosaic

    In the film "In Her Shoes" actor Mark Feuerstein (as Simon Stein, how very clever) says to Toni Collette (Rose Feller) "Musubi makes everything better."  Jann Klose opens up his Mosaic album with this very studied and eclectic song about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.   With Mitt Romney's major faux pas about the 47% more people are "stepping out of the line" ( to not behave as you are ordered or expected to.)  The video from  Yael Shulman 

is expansive and thought provoking, spelling out exactly what the song is about.  No secrets here, to paraphrase Carly Simon.   It's the mixture of genres, juxtaposed with a zillion cuts in the video.
60's rock meets reggae, new wave and AAA, all combined in a smart way to catch your attention and drive the message home.

    On "Song to the Siren" - the Tim Buckley composition that concludes Mosaic,  Klose uses his strong, unique voice to bring the lament out of its melancholy mood to give it a dash of hope

     "Beautiful One" is Emmit Rhodes by way of Paul McCartney, that wonderful period when "Let It Be" and the first McCartney solo album were launched on the world - I'm talking about the melody and guitar strum specifically, only the touch of country takes it into another realm, a delightful essay which would be a refreshing change of pace on country radio that is much too contrived these days.  Isn't that the way?  The same complaint we had with Top 40 failing to find nuggets like this gem we have decades later when programmers force what they want you to buy rather than going out and discovering the amazing music available.  Heck, they don't even have to go out ...just cruise YouTube.  "Beautiful One" may be my favorite track on a superb album by an artist who has matured and is ready to entertain the masses.

  • 1. Make It Better
  • 2. Know What's Right
  • 3. On and On
  • 4. Still
  • 5. Long Goodbye
  • 6. Falling Tears
  • 7. Four Leaf Clover
  • 8. Beautiful One
  • 9. The Kite
  • 10. Song to the Siren 
PRODUCERS: James Frazee, David Bendeth, Jann Klose

MUSICIANS: Jann Klose, Carrie Newcomer, Chris Marolf, Lars Potteiger, Leah Potteiger, Rob Mitzner, Patrick Carmichael, David Bendeth, James Frazee, Florian Opahle, Tia Roper, Megan Marolf

MASTERING: Warren Russell-Smith

ASSISTANT ENGINEERS: John Bender, Brian Robbins, Frank Lopez

RECORDED AT: Hobo Sound, House of Loud 


November 20, 2008

Film Critic and Entertainment Editor
The twelve songs on Reverie are fully realized adventures that allow Jann Klose to tell his story over magical instrumentation.   Reverie is truly one of those discs where you can jump into any random tune and find captivating rhythms, compelling imagery and the singer in full control of the words he is spinning. “All These Rivers” takes the listener to a place Boz Scaggs should have indulged in, so many different sounds running through the melody.   “Watching You Go”  is intellectual modern AAA pop, chords that breathe under Klose’s matter-of-fact voice.
Does he have elements of British? Irish? Aussie? in those vocal tones?? That and more, and it is the guessing game your mind plays with his voice that makes repeated spins essential.  Closing track “Beginning” gets a bit heady but that’s ok, the music steers it into other uncharted and ever revealing waters…and that’s the beauty of Reverie – some kind of signature Joni Mitchell branded onto music in the seventies gets…perhaps not reinvented but – re-imaged.   “Clouds” has those intangibles, as does the splashed-in reggae of “Hold Me Down”.   There’s a wistful once lost/now recovered sound that pop fans from the mid to late sixties still adore,  and it’s the traces of that aura which keeps things moving  in the right direction.    “Beautiful Dream” is the opening track, and the one getting airplay as the album makes its way to the inevitable radio stations that like to take a chance on something this smart.

It’s another moment that could have shimmered on Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Records imprint lo those years ago.   The production is top notch while the backing vocals and musicianship are more solid than most of what commercial radio is dishing out.  Like stated at the beginning…fully realized – and definitely worth your time.
Check out the video:
28) The Black Cats


30)  The Sugar Season

Review: 'The Sugar Season:A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family’s Quest for the Sweetest Harvest'


Pregnant Athlete: How to Stay in Your Best Shape Ever--Before, During, and After Pregnancy
Brandi Dion, Steven Dion, with Perry McIntosh, Joel Heller


Blackmore's Night is releasing their brand new album, DANCER AND THE MOON, on June 11th in North America on Frontiers Records. DANCER AND THE MOON will be released in 2 editions--as a CD and a digipak deluxe edition with a bonus DVD that includes music videos of "Dancer And The Moon" and of a "The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)," plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night.

Anticipated by the digital release of the first single “The Moon is Shining (Over the Sea)” on May 6th, DANCER AND THE MOON is the band's 8th original studio album, with each disc topping the European and American Billboard's New Age charts.  

Each album that Blackmore's Night has released has been awarded Best Vocal Album or Album of the year for their respective charts on NPR and college radio. Blackmore's Night performed on PBS, had specials on CNN and the History Channel.  The group has songs on the soundtrack of Germany's THE MAGICAL STORY OF THE RINGS: DIE NIBELUNGER THE RING OF THE NIBELUNGS and the theme song "All For One" for Japan's popular TV show, THIRD WATCH. Their song "Olde Mill Inn" is featured in Jim Carrey's movie, YES MAN.  So many honors, placements--the list goes on and on.

Formed in 1997 by Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore, the two began working together first in Ritchie's previous group Rainbow, when Candice co-wrote a number of songs, most notably "Ariel" and "Black Masquerade" for Rainbow's1994 album, STRANGER IN US ALL.
The following year, the two formed Blackmore's Night, and after seven studio albums, two live DVD/CDs and one holiday release, the group's latest album, DANCER AND THE MOON follows the band's eclectic/jam/folk rock/new age/neo-Celtic/neo-Medieval/progressive rock/chamber pop/world beat styling. Take your pick from the songwriting team of Candice and Ritchie: the acoustic "Somewhere Over the Sea (The Moon Is Shining), the rocking  track "The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)," which you can dance to, along with the title track "Dancer and the Moon," the nature-inspired "The Last Leaf" and the Russian-influenced "Troika." 

Blackmore's Night own their versions of classic rock chestnuts:  Randy Newman's  "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," Uriah Heep's "Lady In Black,” and "The Temple of the King" that Ritchie and the late Ronnie James Dio collaborated on originally for their band Rainbow. 

DANCER AND THE MOON is made complete with its inspiring instrumentals, including the waltzy "Galliard" and the Deep Purple-esque "Carry On… Jon," that Ritchie wrote as a heartfelt tribute to his former band mate, the late Jon Lord.

DANCER AND THE MOON is a distinctive album, that is both melodic, rhythmic, and full of classic influences led by the dynamic and signature alto vocals of Candice Night and the phenomenal fret work of Ritchie Blackmore.

DANCER AND THE MOON continues to establish the band that has been growing its following steadily in the jam, pagan/wiccan scene, new age, folk and progressive worlds, as well as the classic rock community. 

"So much has happened since our 2008 marriage (and the 2010's release of the duo's AUTUMN SKY album)," says Candice, as she and Ritchie have been musical and emotional partners since 1989.  In 2010 daughter Autumn Esmeralda was born, and then in 2012, their son, Rory. 

Candice says, "We find that the DANCER AND THE MOON is visually and emotionally representative of how we feel about our music. We have always had a very strong pull to the mystery of the Moon. Her magic, her power, her legend... She affects us so deeply that we have named many CDs after her and she is almost always represented in our songs. The dancer gives herself completely, unabashedly and whole heartedly moved by the intensity of the music she feels within her soul."


I Think It's Going To Rain Today
The Last Leaf
Lady In Black
Minstrels In The Hall
The Temple Of The King
Dancer And The Moon
The Ashgrove
Somewhere Over The Sea (The Moon Is Shining)
The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)
The Spinner's Tale
Carry On... Jon

33)  Vincent Poag  FOR THE GIRLS

  The title track to Vincent Poag’s For The Girls has a neo-reggae calypso-drenched pop dressing as the platform to the singer’s reflections and perspective on life and love.  Mexican horns blend in with the heavy rhythms and vibes, kind of like Elton John’s “Island Girl” taking a visit to Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville.”      

   While Lou Reed was “Waiting for the Man” Poag responds with a dark, cascading “Waiting for Me” that could easily slip into an Evening of Kurt Weill.  Poag blends multiple styles that at first glance seem incongruous to the formula, but somehow it all makes sense and in doing so the stylist comes up with a unique blend.     

   “Forever” is a more traditional, lilting piece with acoustic guitars, strings, piano and subdued percussion while sprinkling some Dylan/Ian Hunter flourishes in the vocals.  Opening track, “45 Mile and Hour Girl” is cheeky in its clever - but silly - sincerity.  It might have worked better as track three with “For The Girls” opening the disc, but perhaps they can do that for the vinyl in the days of iPad. Does Track selection even matter in the digital realm??? (I say it does.)       

The CD album is solid Americana which could get some country crossover on adventurous stations. “Once Upon A Time” would be fascinating in the aforementioned hands of Ian Hunter. Poag reads the essay while limiting the vocal range over sweet violin and piano.      Diana Hope’s vocal on “Wonder” is reminiscent of Fairport Convention with a  touch of Sandy Denny or perhaps Judy Collins with Celtic leanings with the formidable Mark Newman accompanying the band.  Hope and Newman were also on Poag’s previous cd, Circling Back.     

The music on For the Girls touches upon a wide array of genres.  It’s an appealing something different offering a change of pace for traditional playlists looking for a little fun to shake things up.


New York, NY (March 21, 2013)—Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release on May 28, 2013 of Finding The Sacred Heart - Live In Philly 1986 on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and 2LP from Dio [Pre-book order date May 3, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, TBA vinyl]. The DVD and Blu-ray versions offer fully restored film footage of the complete concert available for the first time. The audio on the 2CD and double LP is fully remastered.

Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 was recorded at The Spectrum in Philadelphia on June 17, 1986 during the second leg of the “Sacred Heart” tour, which featured new guitarist Craig Goldy. The show was issued in an edited form first on VHS and then DVD. Now for the first time, the full concert is being released as a double LP in the original running order and with remastered sound. It’s an extraordinary live show with a giant animatronic dragon towering over the stage and spectacular laers and pyrotechnics. The line-up for the show is Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Vinny Appice (drums); Jimmy Bain (bass); Craig Goldy (guitar); Claude Schnell (keyboards)


35) The Savage Seven

The year before the Easy Rider film soundtrack made its mark, this precursor to the famous Peter Fonda flick, a motorbike gang title with a ring like The Dirty Dozen, must've given Steve Barri a good idea of what not to do, and maybe that's why Easy Rider is such a classic and this a collectors item only for the interesting theme song, Jack Bruce and Cream performing "Anyone for Tennis." The song is interesting, but no "Tales of Brave Ulysses" or "White Room," a point that should be settled from the get go. There is, of course, the "Iron Butterfly Theme" to close out side one, and believe it or not, it's a winner, the Butterfly getting very psychedelic here, something they should've done on their own albums instead of descending into the heavier depths. Barbara Kelly & the Morning Good, who equal Iron Butterfly for tracks,

36) All This and World War II

All This And World War II by Joe Viglione

Record executive Russ Regan, instrumental for his behind-the-scenes work with Harriet Schock, Genya Ravan, and producer Jimmy Miller, was involved in the creation of this soundtrack to the 20th Century Fox documentary film All This and World War II. Produced by Lou Reizner, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, arranged by Wil Malone and conducted by Harry Rabinowitz, back up an amazing array of stars on Beatles covers. What this is, truly, is one of the first Beatles tribute albums, and it is extraordinary. Peter Gabriel performing "Strawberry Fields Forever should be a staple on classic hits radio stations. It's a natural, but how about David Essex doing "Yesterday," Leo Sayer on "Let It Be," or the Four Seasons interpreting "We Can Work It Out"? Where the dismal soundtrack to the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band had hits and misses, this is a very cohesive and impressive work of art. The Brothers Johnson re-create Hey Jude, and its soulful reading is not what Earth, Wind and Fire did to "Got To Get You Into My Life" -- their Top Ten 1978 hit from the Sgt. Pepper soundtrack -- but it is just as cool. In 1994 BMG released Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones, which had Marianne Faithful sounding like Melanie Safka on "Ruby Tuesday" (or is it the other way around) and Mick Jagger re-creating "Angie," but that was 18 years after this, and doesn't have the marquee value of this double-vinyl LP chock full of stars. This is four sides of orchestrated Beatles, with the Status Quo, Ambrosia, and Bryan Ferry on a version of "She's Leaving Home" that was meant exclusively for him, as is Helen Reddy's take on "Fool on the Hill." Leo Sayer gets to do "The Long and Winding Road" as well as "I Am the Walrus," while Frankie Valli does "A Day in the Life" to augment his Four Seasons track. It is nice to see Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood on the same album again, Wood with "Polythene Pam"and "Lovely Rita," future Beatles co-producer Jeff Lynne cutting his teeth on about seven minutes of "With a Little Help From My Friends"/"Nowhere Man." Tina Turner reprises her classic "Come Together," Elton John, of course, has to weigh in with "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," while the Bee Gees are spread out over the record doing bits and pieces of the Abbey Road medley, "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" on side one, less than two minutes of "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" on side two, and two minutes of "Sun King" on side three. Frankie Laine, Status Quo, and a delirious Keith Moon add to the festivities, but it is the Peter Gabriel track which gets the nod as the over-the-top performance here; Moon's rant is so out-there and off-key it disturbs the momentum. We have to give him a pass, though. It's Keith Moon, and he never made it to 64! Keep in mind that, two years later, the Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, Frankie Valli, and Tina Turner would show up in the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band soundtrack and film as well, so maybe this is where the idea for that came to be. Utilizing the Elton John number-one hit from two years earlier, "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," insures that a Beatle is involved in this project, as John Lennon performed on that single under the name Dr. Winston O'Boogie, though it might have been interesting had they added the Royal Philharmonicto the original tape. Well, on second thought, maybe not. Still, it is a classic, classic album that deserves a better place in rock history, certainly more so than the aforementioned Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack. Definitely worth seeking out. Posted by Joe Viglione Jun 18, 2004

1 Magical Mystery Tour 2 Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds 3 Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight 4 I Am the Walrus 5 She's Leaving Home 6 Lovely Rita 7 When I'm Sixty-Four 8 Get Back 9 Let It Be 10 Yesterday 11 With a Little Help from My Friends/Nowhere Man 12 Because 13 She Came in Through the Bathroom Window 14 Michelle 15 We Can Work It Out 16 The Fool on the Hill 17 Maxwell's Silver Hammer 18 Hey Jude 19 Polytheme Pam
20 Sun King 21 Getting Better 22 The Long and Winding Road 23 Help 24
Strawberry Fields Forever 25 A Day in the Life 26 Come Together 27 You Never Give Me Your Money 28 The End

Ambrosia Bryan Ferry David Essex Elton John Frankie Laine Frankie Valli Helen Reddy
Henry Gross Jeff Lynne Keith Moon Leo Sayer Lou Reizner Lynsey de Paul Peter Gabriel Riccardo Cocciante Rod Stewart Roy Wood Status Quo The Bee Gees The Brothers Johnson The Four Seasons The London Symphony Orchestra Tina Turner William Malone


 38) Terry Kitchen

39)Gary Sohmers POP CULTURE EXPO


   On May 4, 2014 Randolph Music presented its Original New England Compact Disc and Vinyl Record Expo featuring Ron Della Chiesa autographing his book, Ron Levy with his Tales of a Road Dog and Terry Kitchen with his Next Big Thing - three authors at the Record Expo was a first.  is the website

   Henri Nigro and the Henrines were there with their compact disc eBlaste Motel, at the Varulven Records table there were brand new Love & Flame T shirts from the legendary 1970s/1980s Boston band French - Amour et la flamme.

   Gary Sohmers from Wex Rex had a table with his highly collectible memorabilia.  Sohmers is on WCAP radio and has a huge event POP CULTURE WEEKEND coming up May 24 and 25

The POP CULTURE EXPO comes to the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington Mass. Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 as a celebration of all forms of popular culture including a Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza, featuring Cosplay, Costume and Videogame Competitions for Cash Prizes, Celebrity Guests, Panels, Autographs, Screenings, Animation and Anime, plus 150 vendors of Vintage and Modern Toys, Comic Books and Popular Cultural Artifacts.

VOICE OF VINYL was at the May 4, 2014 event

I have been a music lover, audiophile and a record collector for 35 years. I started collecting vinyl in the late 1970’s, buying records from radio stations who were clearing out their vinyl collections to make way for the emerging new digital format. My relationship with music has led to a personal collection of more than 15,000 records and CD's. My first love is Classical and Jazz recordings but I also have many scarce recordings across all music genres. I have been casually buying and selling vintage vinyl and analogue audio on Ebay since 1999. I have decided to create Voice of Vinyl Records and Audio and pass on these recordings.
      September 14, 2014 is over four months away, we still have a summer to enjoy, but the Original New England Compact Disc & Vinyl Record Expo is worth putting on your calendar.


#41  Standells Live at Brighton Music Hall, Part 1

Cinco de Mayo at the old Harper's Ferry was a big blast on Monday night with the immortal Standells performing their signature tune twice, at the end of the set and at the end of the three-song encore.

Larry Tamblyn with Steve Sweeney

     My old friend Jeff Connelly was rocking real good when we walked into the club at 8:25 pm, but I'm thinking "time for the ear plugs, way too loud for me."  The doormen all had big white earplugs installed.  Well, right on cue, Mono Man/Jeff Connelly said from the stage that it was time for some softer songs.   Lyres, Jeff's band, were incredibly authoritative opening the night up.  Sounding like a cross between the first Velvet Underground album and Question Mark & The Mysterians the musicians I've known for 40 years or so were right on target.  Dressed in black with a nice tie and Ian Hunter sunglasses, Mono and his Lyres have a dependable act/sound down pat.

      The room was packed with personalities, Miss Lyn of Boston Groupie News, veteran TV producer Lenny Scoletta of Medford, Richie Parsons of Unnatural Axe, Reed from In Your Ear Records, rock critics and video people all paying homage to the group whose song blasts out on radio and tv whenever the Bruins or the Red Sox win.

     After the music of the Lyres the nightclub put on music of the era, the Rolling Stones "Paint It Black," Buffalo Springfield "For What It's Worth" (the late Dewey Martin of the Springfield was actually a member of the Standells for a time,) "Monday Monday" - the Fleetwood Mac original version of "Black Magic Woman" - Scott McKenzies "San Francisco, Wear Some Flowers In your Hair" and more.

  Then from 9:03 to 10:26 the group came out and gave the crowd what they wanted, pure unadulterated '60s music.

Visual Radio  talks to Larry Tamblyn  Part I
The Making of Dirty Water

Visual Radio talks to keyboardist Larry Tamblyn Part II
How the Standells got their recording contract

PART II  Review of the concert to follow.



Starting at Zero, His Own Story by Jimi Hendrix, edited by Alan Douglas and Peter Neal – review

Among the writings of guitarist Jimi Hendrix is an account of his plan to create music unlike any that had been heard before




Free Fall (2013) has been dubbed the German Brokeback Mountain (2005) by Wolfe Releasing, the company responsible for giving Free Fall its DVD release. Wolfe Releasing also situates the film within “a new wave of powerful German cinema,” a statement that only holds if you situate every contemporary German film within this new wave.



The pulsating crunch under Big Dog’s Gonna Howl, a neo-Black Sabbath inverted riff (perhaps After Forever from Master of Reality) gives in to the plodding AC/DC repeat of ‘You Just Found Me Out’, the refrain that makes up “Claimed”. Dan McCafferty’s voice is still snarling alongside original bandmate, bassist Peter Agnew while 90s Nazarenes – guitarist Jimmy Murrison and drummer Lee Agnew (Peter’s son) keep the rock & roll essential, no matter what the clock (or the year) says.


"Christina Smiles"  from Dean Mazzola

 "She'll steal your heart and won't give it back" - Dean Mazzola remembers the Raspberries but powers their sound up a bit for a harder rocking four minutes and fifty-seven seconds of power pop.

"She seems to be runnin' round on me" Mazzola sings, another "troubled runner" in his life - the songwriter's

"Troubled Runner" appearing on Boston RR Anthology #13 back in 1990 was from Mazzola's group Trixon Q.  24 years later the guitar is still providing elegant lines under a passionate vocal.  "She Smiles, She Smiles, she lights up my whole world" but one gets the feeling her smile travels to places unknown.

"Though the years go by and the faces change/and the memory remains the same" - the guitars sparkle, the backing vocals build and the drums go Keith Moon.  As the tune fades there's still the memory.





Random Notes Visual Radio




ARTIST: Tsunami of Sound

     Drenched in the reverb of guitarist Dave Esposito, the classic "Mr Moto" gets the whammy bar and lots of love and care opening up this dynamic and authentic perspective on instrumental surf rock.  The two minute and fifty-two second rendition of the Belairs classic - which originally clocked in at 2:09 on Surfside records - is splashier, echoey-er (is that a word? Well, it is now!!) and a tad more elaborate.  This New England based group (a quartet, though without Arlington's Bob Damiano they performed as a trio on Saturday and still had a big sound,) take their favorite surf rock classics and "wet them up" - adding lots and lots of reverb, thus the album title Wet Sounds - a take-off on the Beach Boys Pet Sounds.

Mr Moto by Tsunami of Sound

Listen to the original by the Belairs on Surfside records

    The articulate original, "Pearl Harbor, written by Esposito, fits in perfectly with the material the group embraces, drummer Rick Sanger keeping the back beat solid and grooving.  Sanger told Visual Radio on camera at the event that he wrote the third song, "Crystal Pier," on keyboards and brought it to the group, recording the CD at Damiano's studio in Arlington.  It starts with drums, of course, and has a Beatle-esque intro (say, "I Saw Her Standing There" rhythm guitar or countless other early Beatles' guitar musings - check out the Beatles here: )  before "Crystal Pier" regresses (or evolves) into the surf rock motif that is the ultimate goal here. At 3:47 it is the longest track on the disc.  Come to think of it, an instrumental of "I Saw Her Standing There" would be a nice addition to the group's repertoire.

   David Esposito's "Motor Oil" - a two minute and seven second exercise and pulse-pounding creative audio emissions goes on an adventure, experimenting with ideas in the context of a two minute romp, keying off of Aerosmith's "Same Old Song and Dance" riff.  The three originals sandwiched in between the covers, "Mr. Moto," "Spanish Flea" and "Wild Weekend." 

     "Spanish Flea" is a lot more Dick Dale than the light (and very famous) Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass rendition  off of Alpert's Greatest Hits album (a variation of the song was also
the theme to The Dating Game TV show.)  This fluid and coherent rendition is the perfect warm-up to the rave-up "Wild Weekend" that follows.  A song that started out as a theme to a radio show, after the Rockin' Rebels brought it to the Top 40 it has become a surf-rock staple.  On Wet Sounds guitarist Esposito explores the nuances of the cavernous melody. Check out a couple of live versions by the band here:
Hear Tsunami of Sound perform "Wild Weekend"

Wild Weekend, Patriot Place, Foxboro
   If you dig The Ventures, "Let's Dance" by Chris Montez, Dick Dale and the classic sound of the 60s, get it updated on this tour-de-force.  For fun, give a listen to both the Rockin' Rebels rendition:

"Wild Weekend" The Rockin' Rebels

as well as Roxy Music sax player Andy Mackay's  Wild Weekend

and the NRBQ version of "Wild Weekend" with lyrics
 Christa Renee Band

Stars Above


May Top 40 Mare Winningham, Planet of the Apes, Andy Mendelson

  Happy Birthday Mare! Years ago Mare Winningham and her husband saw me at the Paradise Theater in Boston, a club I booked for many years....