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WELCOME TO THE JOE VIG TOP 40 FOR FEBRUARY 2015
OUR #1 DISC IS THE OUTRAGEOUSLY SUPERB 'WORTHY' FROM
From Bettye's website
The musicians on the album all brought their A-game to the plate: Jay Bellerose on drums and percussion, Doyle Bramall II on guitar, Chris Bruce on bass and Patrick Warren on Piano, Hammond organ and Chamberlin.
1. Unbelievable (Bob Dylan)
2. When I Was A Young Girl (Chris Youlden)
3. Bless Us All (Mickey Newbury)
4. Stop (Joseph Lee Henry)
5. Undamned (Linford Detweiler)
6. Complicated (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards)
7. Where A Life Goes (Randall Bramblett)
8. Just Between You And Me And The Wall, You're a Fool (JH Brown Jr)
9. Wait (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) 3:40
10. Step Away (Christine Santelli/Brian Mitchell)
11. Worthy (Beth Neilsen Chapman/Mary Gauthier)
Unbelievable - Bettye LaVette review on TV
Bob Dylan video It's Unbelievable
Track #8 Just Between You And Me And The Wall You're A Fool
Track #9"Wait" live on David Letterman
Beatles version of "Wait" from Rubber Soul
REVIEW by JV
With pianist Patrick Warren playing that cool Dave Gruisin-styled piano sounds from the film version of John Grisham's The Firm, Bob Dylan's "Unbelievable" gets an extraordinary reading from Bettye LaVette on an album that should have Grammy written all over it. The 1990 Dylan single reached #21 in America, according to Wikipedia's take on the song from the Under The Red Sky album. LaVette's arrangement brings new life to this, and other tunes on Worthy, actually giving the listener new appreciation to gems that get overlooked. The Dylan rendition takes on new life after you've experienced Bettye's stylish reinvention a dozen or so times.
The late Alan O'Day's wonderfully smooth and eerie "Easy Evil" would appreciate track 2, "When I Was a Young Girl" from songwriter Chris Youlden, especially Genya Ravan's take on "Easy Evil." Getting Genya and Bettye together to go back-to-back on both songs would be a very good thing - stylistically in that both artists have that rasp which is the envy of Rod Stewart and Bonnie Tyler.
Hearing "Wait," the Lennon and McCartney two minute and fourteen second blast from Rubber Soul - in its "live" reincarnation on the David Letterman Show, gives evidence of how Bettye - and this superb backing group - can turn the magic from the disc - and from the Beatles themselves - back on. They slow down, if you will, "Vanilla Fudge" the song, doubling the time it takes to tell the story of "Wait" to the tune of four minutes and twelve seconds. Bathed in blue light you can view the moving parts, the keyboard/guitar interplay, with sparse backing from bass and cymbals, just letting Bettye communicate the emotions. LaVette appeared at the February 6, 2014 Apollo Theater tribute to the Beatles promoted by Charles Rosenay along with Gary U.S. Bonds, Lloyd Price, Supreme Mary Wilson, Kitoto von Hebb and others, and was tremendous. Here's a taste of her take on the Beatles and it does not disappoint, in fact, it adds to the iconic legacy of the Fab Four in an unexpected and immense way.
"Just Between You And Me And The Wall You're A Fool," a tune from J.H. Brown, Jr. (he who co-wrote "What I Learned From Loving You" along with Amazing Rhythm Aces' Russel Smith, James Brown and Howard Smith) is a prowl-like-a-panther emoting of great magnitude and heartache. The entire ensemble in that dark groove with LaVette, a slow-dance descent into the maelstrom of lost love.
#2 THE DOORS FEAST OF FRIENDS
Review to post soon!
3)Soundtrack to THE FIRM
Dave Grusin catalogue
4)G CLEFS Michael Devlin
5)Jeff Beck Live In Tokyo Blu-ray
6) Adam Rivera THE EXTERNALS
Also on TMRZoo.com
Were the Ramones to go unplugged and decide to do a tribute to Sonny & Cher, it might give you a slight taste of what speed-folkster Adam Rivera - teamed up with Kate Feeney - build for this science-fiction-film-sounding release, The Externals. But it wouldn't give you the complete picture as Rivera's work comes from another dimension and descends like a flying saucer on planet earth...and the music scene, giving inviting little snapshots like opening track "Hello" with its neo-skiffle evolving into modern pop sensibility.
The pair derive from a number of genres, "Time Lost" has spacey guitars which combine with and also draw from the folksy (if sped up, of course) guitars of celtic star Loreena McKennitt, perhaps subconsciously. The two minutes and thirty three second song betting that you "feel the same way too" is one of the longer outings, six songs clocking in over three minutes, nothing touching the four minute mark. Short quick bursts of emotion and observation from Rivera's eclectic imagination.
"Bluebird" is a well-crafted original and one of the best energies on this disc. This is not a Bettye LaVette-styled reinvention of that Buffalo Springfield classic by the same name, the one where an extended version appeared on that band's initial Greatest Hits lp RETROSPECTIVE however it would be fun to hear Feeney/Rivera do a LaVette on Stephen Stills' "Bluebird" and then segue into their own. "She got soul" Stills sings, and she still does today.
"Haunted By The Truth" would be nice in one of the Bourne films, or maybe the next Mission Impossible, it has a "spy" feel to me and drifts in and drifts out, in time for "Civil" with its pretty bells keeping the static guitar play somewhat in check. "Forever More" takes the speed-folk to the Mardi Gras and the addition of foreign instruments helps to keep Rivera's novel approach fresh. Like with The Dickies or the Ramones, those listeners not totally in the embrace of the stylistic approach may find repeated spins redundant, "Miss You, Love You" is an exquisite song, and apart from the onslaught of 17 tracks in a row it breathes life of its own. "For Evie" suffers from the overexposure of too much too soon while "Oceanside" is welcome relief, and stands out because it is so different. "Jellyfish" keeps the summery topic going, with possible sharp consequences and more south-of-the-border horn for added effect. "Merry X-Mas," on the other hand, is a welcome change of pace from the usual Christmas fare inundating us now, sometimes even before Thanksgiving.
"The Sun" cascades in with sounds Hawaiian and, again, the more the pair stray from the core "sound" Rivera has created, the more their talents blossom. "In the Mail" is shorter than the Box Tops "The Letter," again, the noting to hit you quick and hard and leave like a one night stand not wearing out their welcome appears to be the motive behind these inventive ditties.
I'm the very best thing that "Never Happened" to you is a concept that could be explored in more depth. This is a song that demands more than the 1:55 it is given, an entire 20 minutes of it live a la the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" would be intriguing. Feeney is featured on "So Emotional" which would have been a superb disco song given the speed folk underneath it. Anathema to rock and rollers in its Whitney Houson incarnation a great song is a great song, and in this setting it is truly clever.
Three minutes and twenty-three seconds of "See You Around" is a nice way to end The Externals, the longest song on the four more than a baker's dozen, leaving the door open for the next phase. Perhaps the Dickies backing Feeney and Rivera in that Sonny and Cher tribute.
iTunes for The Externals
Adam Rivera will be in Boston March 6-8 and should be appearing on WMWM Salem. ____________________________________________________
#7 PERRY MASON
Featuring the star of the voice of Perry Mason on radio as
Raymond Burr's client:
John Larkin, the actor who was the voice of Perry Mason on the original radio show, plays sculptor John Kenyon in this episode. Kenyon is a middle-aged man acting like a teenager. Senility? No, more like midlife crisis. John has fallen for a Greek goddess—his young Greek model, Theba—and makes a statue of her to show his affection.
7) Perry Mason The Greek Goddess
Tuesday Night, ME TV Boston 11:30 PM
____________________________________________________ 8)The Verve Pipe - The Freshmen
9) Kingsmen: The Secret Service
___________________________________________________ 10) The Kingsmen Louie Louie
11)WHO'S NEWS #11
Buy on eBay
12)Hallie Ephron There Was An Old Woman
13) The Mummers' Dance Loreena McKinnett
The Dark Knight of the Soul
14)Deep Purple Live In Verona Blu-ray
15) Somewhere My Love ANDY WILLIAMS
16) Mag IV go Monte Carlo
available on eBay
18) The Dickies PARANOID Black Sabbath cover
19) Buffalo Springfield Retrospective
Listen to my BLUEBIRD laugh
#20 GRAZ '75
DEEP PURPLE LIVE
|3. The Gypsy|
|4. Lady Double Dealer|
|6. Smoke On The Water|
|7. You Fool No One|
|8. Space Truckin|
Enthused by DEEP PURPLE's arrival in town, the local press dubbed the concert "das Rockereignis des Jahres [the rock event of the year]." And it was — in more ways than one.
Previously unreleased in its entirety,"Graz 1975" — will be released in North America on September 23 on earMUSIC /Eagle Rock
After Graz, DEEP PURPLE would play just two more shows — in Saarbrücken, Germany and Paris, France — before Blackmoreleft to form his new band, RAINBOW. The remaining band members would regroup quickly with American guitarist Tommy Bolin in tow.
In order to preserve Blackmore's final run of Mk III concerts for posterity,DEEP PURPLE's managers had brought THE ROLLING STONES mobile recording studio over to mainland Europe. And what a show it was! "Graz 1975" is absolutely electrifying and exhilarating. Indeed, it has long been regarded as the holy grail of concert recordings among Mk III connoisseurs. A performance that has never been available in its entirety until now.
Kicking off with a blazing performance of "Burn", "Graz 1975" is a wild eight-track ride, firing on all pistons.Blackmore plays with controlled brutality. The vocal interplay betweenCoverdale and Hughes has never sounded so good. And, of course, stalwarts Lordand Paice give it a good kicking — and then some.
The track listing, naturally, is weighted heavily in favor of Mk III recordings, with just two songs fromDEEP PURPLE's previous incarnation withIan Gillan on vocals and Roger Gloveron bass: the iconic "Smoke On The Water" and the almost-as-iconic "Space Truckin'". Still, it's true to say that, from beginning to end, "Graz 1975"showcases DEEP PURPLE Mk III at the absolute top — and also, ironically, at the end — of their game.
After almost 40 years the concert is still captivating. It is the perfect example that, for DEEP PURPLE, there is no need for extravagant video projections or expensive fire shows to play a unique and fascinating gig. All they need is their music. It is the love and passion for their music that makes every single show a unique experience.
"Graz 1975" track listing:
03. The Gypsy
04. Lady Double Dealer
06. Smoke On The Water
07. You Fool No One
08. Space Truckin'
21) Joe V's History of Boston Rock & Roll
22) Morgana King "SUNNY"
23) Roberta Pickett
24) Air Traffic Controller The house
From the band's website:
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26) MARK RIVERA - COMMON BOND
(2014) Denotone records
reviewed on 2-23-2015 by guest critic Ed Wrobleski
Musicologists and fans alike are, no doubt, familiar with Mark Rivera from Billy Joel's
band (percussionist and sax player) as well as playing in quite a few of
Ringo Starr's all-star's band where he is Ringo's utility man. River can pretty much can play any instrument, it seems, and his proficiency can be heard throughout the group Foreigner's repertoire,
most notably on "Urgent."
This one gets five stars from me. Here are my takes on the tracks:
"Loraine" - great composition! It has a definite sound like "The Chain"
by Fleetwood Mac, possibly an inspiration for this.
"Sticky Situation" - an awesome rocker, one could picture
Steven Tyler and Aerosmith singing as it has that "Dude looks like a lady"
type of ambiance.
"Start Over"- this tracks sounds like something Paul Rodgers and Bad
Company would have done in their hay day. It has that sound of that group's
signature song "Bad Company"
"Spanish Castle Magic" - The Jimi Hendrix original features Billy Joel on the
Hammond B3 organ solo, in this respectful and solid performance.
Money, Money, Money - this is the single released from the album and
was featured as "the coolest song in the world of the week" on Little
Steven's Underground Garage radio show. It played for several weeks,
it's got a great beat with, believe it or not, a Huey Lewis and the News vibe.
Ringo is on drums, Beatles Undercover author Kris Engelhardt take note.
Tell Me All the Things You Do - this is a cover song for Mark it's
originally from the deep Fleetwood Mac repertoire, and this is a great song with a
got a rockin' blues sound to it, and a "must have" for those who collect
covers of the Mac.
Hard to Let Go- A nice Philly soul sound drifts throughout with great sax
from Rivera himself; a bit of Hall and Oates
merging with Marvin Gaye in some hybrid that is most appealing
Turn Me Loose - this song reminds me of that late sixties Woodstock
period of rock you can definitely hear a few different influences including
elements of the Joni Mitchell classic - in its ultimate incarnation by
Crosby Stills Nash and Young, with a dash of "Smoke on the water" by Deep
Purple, even some of the early Fleetwood Mac when they had Peter Green.
Why You Dance so Good - yet another great rocker (ok, I'm biased) with both
seventies and eighties rock influences merging, never clashing.
Rise - not the Herb Alpert classic (which - according to legend - was the first
all-digitally recorded hit song) and my least favorite on an otherwise superlative
disc. Perhaps a sax version of Alpert's hit would have been more preferable, All in all,
Common Bond makes the grade and deserves another look. An album that shouldn't
get lost in the shuffle of time.
Read more here:
Sly and the Family Stone
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Bobby Hebb was born in Nashville, Tenn., on July 26, 1938, but lived a good part of his life in Salem and Rockport. One of his first publishers was John R. (nee John Richbourg), owner of “Cape Ann Music,” a name that might have generated the initial seed for Bobby to seek out the wonders of this region. Or perhaps it was Bobby’s father that suggested Cape Ann as a wonderful place to live.
Either way, or both, Salem and Rockport enjoyed the presence of a musical giant best known for a song that must have over 1,000 “cover versions” at this point in time, the immortal “Sunny.”
On Aug. 3, just a week and a day after his 72nd birthday, we lost this unique, wonderful and quite amazing human being. One of Bobby’s sisters, Shirley, told me that Bobby was with 10 of his loved ones, including his daughter, when he passed away very peacefully at 10:50 a.m. Central time in Nashville.
Jerry Garcia said on the passing of Janis Joplin: “Death only matters to the person that’s dying. The rest of us are going to live without that voice. For those of us for whom she was a person, we’ll have to do without the person.”
It will be hard living without that friendly, upbeat, “sunny” voice calling me so frequently and always opening with: “How are you feeling, Joe?” Bobby and I were working on a new album, “Bobby Hebb Live,” going over the material he had recorded in concert over the past 15 years, but also we talked of the music of other artists, things of a philosophical nature and life in Boston and life in Nashville.
To those who drop in on Ted Cole’s Music, 30 Church St. in Salem, or the Record Exchange, 256 Washington St., you may want to look for an obscure 45 RPM on Crystal Ball Records. That single, “Judy,” was how I met Bobby Hebb after purchasing a copy in the 1980s at Cheapo Records in Central Square, Cambridge. I wrote to the Salem-based label and was pleasantly surprised to get a personal letter from Bobby Hebb himself.
It was in 1995, perhaps 10 years later, that I invited Mr. Hebb on to my public access show “Visual Radio” for program No. 3. A song from that 50-minute TV show, “Cut It Out (You’re Always Running Your Mouth)” was written by a school chum of Bobby’s from Nashville, Little Willie Brown. In the days since his passing thousands of people have viewed it, which is terrific for a very special reason: They are seeing the genius of the guitar player who did sessions for John Lee Hooker, Roscoe Shelton, Dave “Baby” Cortez and so many others.
The general public just doesn’t know the importance and influence of Bobby’s music outside of the big, big all-time hit, “Sunny.” On the two minutes and 44 seconds of “Cut It Out,” you can view Hebb’s hands and intuitive feel of the guitar ... astonishing power that was up there on YouTube for people to view since Jan. 4, 2009, after airing on public access originally in 1995 and in re-runs in the years since. But that’s the problem, isn’t it? As a former booking agent said in a phone message to me, “You’re probably busy writing about Bobby, now that everyone suddenly cares about him because he’s gone.”- See more at: http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20100812/News/308129321#sthash.hN6dUOzV.dpuf
There’s an amazing catalog of sound that he didn’t release to the world ... Indeed, only three official albums saw the light of day, though, obviously, Bobby recorded many, many more songs. He was, after all, the “song a day man.”
“Sunny,” the album, was released in 1966. It was produced by the legendary Jerry Ross who co-wrote The Supremes & Temptations hit collaboration “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” Ross’ co-authors were Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who produced Bobby’s final single for Philips Records, “You Want To Change Me” b/w “Dreamy.” Gamble & Huff, of course, wrote MFSB’s 1974 instrumental hit “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia),” while Jerry Ross gave us hits from Keith (“98.6”), Spanky & Our Gang (“Sunday Will Never Be The Same”) and Jay & The Techniques.
“Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin’ Pie” was originally written for Bobby Hebb, but Bobby saw it as a “novelty” song and made the choice to walk away from another sure smash hit. Jay Proctor (of The Techniques) gained a career out of Bobby’s choice. Bobby may have been offered other hits, Carl Carlton’s “Everlasting Love” being one of them, but he had a specific vision and kept to it.
Producer Ross said on hearing of Bobby’s passing: “His music touched so many lives. Every minute of every day, on the radio, in the supermarkets, in the malls, in the clubs, on the elevator, they are playing ‘Sunny.’ My life changed the day I met Bobby Hebb.”
The legendary Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman’s Hermits — who is playing at The Mohegan Sun the night that I’m writing this on Aug. 6 — wrote: “Bobby Hebb …the world of music is a better place because of you.”
Tony, a fan of Hebb’s, wrote us to say, “He always saw the good side in everyone and everything. It was an honor to know him.”
On Aug. 18, 1966, while “Sunny” was riding high on the charts, Bobby Hebb played Revere’s Suffolk Downs with fellows named John, Paul, George and Ringo. Along with members of The Ronettes (without Ronnie Spector), Barry Tashian and The Remains and The Cyrkle, the man who would move to the area, Bobby Hebb, was the only other act on the bill to get a thunderous applause equal to that of The Fab 4.- See more at: http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20100812/News/308129321/?Start=2#sthash.hN6dUOzV.dpuf
#29 Bloomsbury picks up 33 1/3 series from CONTINUUM BOOKS
33 1/3 is a series of short books about popular music, focusing on individual albums by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys and from Celine Dion to Neutral Milk Hotel. Authors in the series include Geeta Dayal, Jonathan Lethem, Erik Davis, Colin Meloy, Daphne Brooks, and Joe Pernice. Launched in 2003, the series now contains over 80 titles and has been widely acclaimed by fans, musicians and scholars alike.
“The series is probably the most remarkable regular event in rock journalism today. Each thin volume — there are nearly 100 of them now, enough almost to stretch across the back seat of a Mini Cooper — presents one critic on one album. A lot of these writers are capable of shredding.” – New York Times
For more information on the series and on individual titles in the series, check out our blog at http://333sound.com/
#30)OUT OF THE FURNACE review
#31 THERE COULD BE
Solo Karen DeBiasse, lead singer of Girl On Top
With John Lennon-styled chord changes and a Beatle-esque melody, the usually fire-all-on-cylinders primal scream of Karen DeBiasse onstage is subdued here for this pretty ode to peace, love and happiness.
review - 4:49 PM 2-11-15
32)The Time To Live is Now
Guest reviewer: Ed Wrobleski
Buzzy Linhart - The Time To
Live is Now (1972) (Kama-Sutra Records)
Ed Wrobleski takes on Buzzy Linhart's
The Time To Live is Now
Track by Track!
1 The Time To Live Is Now - this is a very fun but uplifting song i especially love the Beatles reference in the lyrics "Who finds the money when you need the rent" classic line from Lady Madonna great song in general.
2 There's No Need - This is a very interesting song for the simple fact it's another song that sounds like a type of song by the Beatles or Paul McCartney like either a "Hey Jude" or "Maybe i'm amazed" i definitely see some Bealt/McCartney influence in this song.
3 Comin' Home - this is a great rocker song and very interesting sound it has that late sixties sound but also sounds like a song the sixties group "The Knickerbockers" would have recorded most of you may only know them for their song "Lies" but they were a great group from New Jersey that had a great sound.
4 Heaven - this has a Beatles white album feel to it reminds me of the song "I Will".
5 Crazy - I like the opening to this song it opens with a little bit of the song "In My Life" by the Beatles this album would be a great tribute to the Beatles only the songs are in the key of a beatles song not necessarily a beatles song.
6 Let's Get Together - this has always been a great song and anthem as far as i'm concerned for the sixties but the lyrics still hold true to the times we are in now, it was a great song by Jesse Colin Young and the Youngbloods and a great cover version by Buzzy.
7 Leila - this is just a great rockin' song that gives you that get up and dance feeling to it.
8 I Don't Ever Want To Say Goodbye - i like this song for the simple fact a blues feeling to the song but has some happy things in it.
9 The Love's Still Growing - a great ballad for Buzzy and is also covered on Carly Simon's first album i should say this is a great ballad with a indian flavor to it.
Carly Simon covers LOVE'S STILL GROWING
Buzzy Linhart / lp version Love's St ill Growing
RARE BUZZY LINHART "Love's Still Growing" w/Moogie Klingman & Paul Colby @ The Bitter End 9/5/06https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn3N6cP7i98
10 Friends - this is just such a great song and the lyrics in this particular song hold so true the line in the song says it all "but you've got to have friends" as i said a great tune.
11 Cheat-Cheat Lied - Hit The Road Jack - this is another great rockin' song and could definitely people out on the dance floor and dancing. I especially like that thre's a combination of the two songs together "Hit the road Jack" ha always been a favorite Ray Charles song of mine.
12. Good Face - i like this song because it's got a great message in it and you get to hear buzzy do some different voices each time you hear him say the word because in the song.
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33 TOMIKA JONES
Please Return Your Love To Me with Solomon Burke
a cover of the Temptations
#34 Joe Viglione's Reviews on Sabotage Times
#36 Paul McCartney MUSI CARES
#37 Why Star Trek Needs to Return to TV
#38 Star Wars - the Force Awakens
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ May Get An Early Release Date—Report
#39 THE YARDBIRDS RETURN with new line-up
P.R. from Kayos Productions
Saturday, April 4 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
Monday, April 6 - New York, NY - BB King Blues Club & Grill
Thursday, April 9 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest Cafe
Friday, April 10 - Beverley, MA - Larcom Theatre
Saturday, April 11 - Plymouth, NH – The Flying Monkey
Sunday, April 12 - Newton, NJ – The Newton Theatre
#40 Jupiter Ascending
If only the movie was as good as this poster!
THIS IS THE NAME OF MY RADIO
A SITAR PLAYER WITH
PSYCHEDELIC FOLK WAS USING THE
HANDLE FIRST AS THE TITLE OF HIS