Thursday, April 02, 2015

Joe Vig Top 40 for APRIL 2015 Essra Mohawk, Mike Roy, Norman Greenbaum

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First 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.
Genre: Rock: 80's Rock
Release Date:


     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.

Marty Balin recorded Essra's "Shaping the Night" on his Nothin 2 Lose CD.  I produced Marty performing another version of the song for my DVD MARTY BALIN LIVE ON THE BOSTON ESPLANADE

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!) Night 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


3)Michael Roy 

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.

Track Listing

  1. Midnight Train to Georgia (4:55)
  2. A Change is Gonna Come (3:53)
  3. People Get Ready (3:47)
  4. If You Don’t Know Me By Now (3:23)
  5. Sunny (5:07) 
  6. I’ve Been Lovin’ You Too Long (3:01)
  7. Dock of the Bay (3:39)
  8. Ruby (4:26)
  9. When Something Is Wrong with My Baby (3:38)
  10. You Don’t Know Me (3:32)
  11. You Really Got A Hold On Me (4:01)
  12. When a Man Loves a Woman (3:09)

5)The Peasants   BIG SUNNY DAY

with Peter Calo on THE TODAY SHOW

Just a terrific rendition!

Carly on the Vineyard  YOU BELONG TO ME
7)Laurence Juber  "Little Wing"
 Not from Fingerboard Row 



"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.!untitled/zoom/c16iu/i21e3h

 9)John Mayall 

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 CD Coming 4/21!

Bluesbreakers 1967 Live CD CoverJohn 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 for John 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

10)Doug Osborne
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
Bonita 2:56
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.
11)Paul McCartney - Musicares

Los 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 or
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 need.
Paul 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 including 2007’s Memory Almost Full and 2013’s New
A 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.
12)Brenda Holloway  
"You Made Me So Very Happy"

  "You've Made Me So Very Happy" is a song written by Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson and Berry Gordy, and was released first as a single in 1967 by Brenda Holloway on the Tamla label. The song was later a huge hit for jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1969.

Blood Sweat and Tears live
13)Lou Reed's Sister Speaks!


She Was By His Side

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 stage presence.

15)Guitar Aficionado  - the Beatles 

16)Fun Era Fifty
17) Lisa Burns and George Usher

Terrific song/video "More than That I Cannot Say"
from their THE LAST DAY OF WINTER cd


Lisa performing Jackie DeShannon's WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE ROOM, with Phil Spector-ish production by Craig Leon, backed up by Willie Loco Alexander's Boom Boom Band
25)The Dylanologists..Adventures In...
26) Michael Jackson Inc., the Rise
27)Time Out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan


28)The Uncanny Inhumans  000 Comic Book
29)Superb SUPREMES remix
You Keep me Hanging ON

Eagle Records / Universarl
Review by Joe Viglione

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

Brian Downey

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

Eagle 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.

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31)Son House  "Sundown"
32)Lez Zeppelin 1   Review forthcoming from Joe Viglione


34)  Star Wars  FORCE AWAKENS story


7 Trailers/Teasers


Published on Feb 19, 2015
Peter Calo with Chris Marshak/drums Tany Holt/vocals and Malcolm Gold/bass recorded at The Towne Crier in Beacon NY on November 7 2014.


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 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  and  singer 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  if you like the clips i have heare again check out 
the site and they do have a cd for sale  go to Bandcamp

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
The Ocean
Misty Mountain Hop
Ramble On
Trampled Under Foot
Communication Breakdown
Immigrant Song
Moby Dick
Whole Lotta Love
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 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.

38)Change of Heart  Cyndi Lauper

39)We're All Clones - Alice Cooper




Tracks of My Years

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....