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The Age Of Ultron
Review by Joe Viglione

The Age of Ultron is a terrific comic book come to life.  It is an exquisite adventure with perfect character development and splashy dynamics that will satisfy fans of Marvel and D.C. and independent comics, as well as those who appreciate loud, explosive films.    
Back in the day Marvel Comics used to release comic book “annuals,” double or triple the size of the monthly comics, these highly anticipated extra-length stories were a delight… and that’s exactly what these films do for the older crowd.  We who remember summers with a Fantastic Four or Avengers annual to read by the lake relish the onslaught of comic book heroes come to life on the big screen.  But our disappointment in the Fantastic Four movie series (including the Roger Corman “lost” FF film,) the flaws in the X-Men flicks, the difficulty in finding the five Spiderman movies holding up to repeated spins, is mitigated when, for the action/adventure connoisseur, this new Age of Ultron arrives and fits the bill.

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Earlier this week temporary construction fencing went up at the site of Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle Park: a tangible indication that construction has begun in earnest.    

ERRG, Inc. is the contractor set to transform the open green space in Seattle’s Central District into a celebratory space worthy of its namesake, hometown rock icon Jimi Hendrix. The 2.5-acre park, located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, will come to life throughout the summer and is scheduled to be complete by the end of September.

The contractor will begin work by installing the underground utilities and the connection to the city sewer line.  Next they will start the demolition work, move to the rough grading of the site, then on to the more visible built improvements. This project will complete phase one of the work.  Fundraising for Phase 2 has begun and information can be found here:

There will be a planting party in late summer and the community is invited to attend.  Planting instructions and tools will be provided.  Stay tuned for more information.  

If you’d like more information and want to view the schematic design of the park plan please visit our website at
For specific questions, contact Kim Baldwin, Parks Project Manager at

3)  Blues Magoos   Psychedelic Lollipop

Target stores utilizing my reviews

4)Blues Magoos   Electric Comic Book
5) Ed Wrobleski reviews
The Blues Magoos

also see WIKIPEDIA



In 1993 Jen Lancaster hit the road with eight sorority sisters, heading to the Sunshine State to soak up the rays and experience the ultimate college Spring Break: killer tan lines; a one night stand; a hangover so rough she promised to never drink again; and, most importantly, memories to last a lifetime. She returned home regret-free. Well, except for that little tattoo on her ankle…

More than 20 years later and now a New York Times bestselling author, Jen Lancaster is determined to play out her 40s on a high note—tackling all those things she wishes she’d done by now. In her new memoir I REGRET NOTHING (New American Library Hardcover; May 5, 2015; $26.95) the wickedly acerbic Lancaster continues her documented quest for self-improvement with renewed vigor, and this time with a bucket list.
Wednesday May 6th, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
Love Letters Globe Insider/Boston Globe @ Emerald Lounge At The Revere Hotel
200 Stuart Street
Boston, MA

7) Jim Peterik  THE IDES OF MARCH

8)Ian McLagan - great guy, fun interview, rest in peace...

 Joe Vig interviewing Ian McLagan

From Ian's website
(12 May 1945 – 3 December 2014)

New "Your Mac Stories" Site Posted for Sharing of Stories and Condolences

We apologize that something of this nature was not put up sooner, but Mac’s untimely passing left everyone understandably in shock. It was also felt that he deserves more than a mere newspaper condolence page.

Happy Birthday Ian, May in peace, thanks for being on our show.
(12 May 1945 – 3 December 2014)
9) Lily Tomlin at the Wilbur May 22

Well, we missed Todd Rundgren at the Wilbur on Sunday night...can't be everywhere all at once.

10)THE GOOD LUCK CAT - Lissa Warren*

*Hot pick of the month



Deus ex machina

meaning "god from the machine"


Duel Movie Review: Ex-Machina vs Poltergeist 2015



Written and Directed by Alex Garland

As with Duncan Jones’ celebrated sci-fi mini-masterpieces, Moon and Source Code, Garland creates a compelling and quite interesting film, yet another perspective on artificial intelligence, and one that succeeds if you suspend your belief and watch the interplay between the characters.

The first question, of course, is why would some multi-billionaire owner of the “Blue Book” search engine (as thinly a veiled Google as the Michael Douglas/Demi Moore mini-classic Disclosure’s DigiCom appeared to be about the Digital Corporation) not have a bevy of human security around him and keep sober with so much at stake?   The second question, one ignored by The Avengers Age of Ultron and The Matrix is that if these artificially inseminated machine gods really were plugged in to all of cyberspace, there would be absolutely no stopping them.

The term “Deus ex machina” – god (f)rom the machine – is a theme as well, one repeated in science fiction. From Stephen Spielberg’s A.I. to the Terminator and Matrix series, The Avengers Age of Ultron and now Alex Garland’s “Ex-Machina” – it coming on the heels of Ultron – these films being the most obvious of many, many other extensions of imagination into a world where the counterfeit is, somehow, supposed to be superior to the creator.

Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None notes "I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?”   Science Fiction overrides Nietzsche’s man-into-god routine and forsakes mankind for a world where robots – even if microscopic and unseen by the human eye, are in control.  

   Where Will Smith had to fight off thousands, and then one, in I Robot, 26 year old Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson – who played Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is in a modern day catacomb which, despite the trimmings, is as stark as anything in THX1138, the 1971 George Lucas/Francis Ford Coppola classic.   The cat and mouse game – with Caleb as the mouse and both the android, Ava (as in the first letter of the alphabet Eve, or the counterfeit Eve, played well by Alicia Amanda Vikander) and her creator, Nathan Batgeman (Oscar Isaac who played the exiled Outcome operative, Number Three in  2012’s The Bourne Legacy) as the cats, engage in some kind of mind game triangle, just as Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington and Clive Owen did while working out the puzzles throughout Spike Lee's "Inside Man."    Isaac and Jeremy Renner had great chemistry in The Bourne Legacy, but here there’s an intentional distance between Bateman and his ten-year junior employee Caleb Smith.   And what’s with yet another use of the name Smith a la the main agent in The Matrix?   Where Renner and Number Three were in the wilds of Alaska when Edward Norton decided he needed to eliminate them,  Bateman and Smith are in a similar claustrophobic retreat filmed in Valldalen (or sometimes just Valldal), Norway.

The internet mogul has a harem of robots, quite predictable for the viewer when they first see Kyoko (the acting debut of Sonoya Mizuno, playing a servant with the name of Yoko Ono’s once-lost daughter, actually said to be a very common name in Japan.)  Caleb Smith seems oblivious to Kyoko’s mechanical history, and Nathan Bateman’s aloof attitude, and descent into alcohol, is the antithesis of Victor Frankenstein, the modern Prometheus.

     The lack of strength displayed by the creator of this “wetware” artificial intelligence female robot is odd, a far cry from the Number Three character from the Bourne Legacy, himself – like Renner and Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne, a sort of “man into superman.”   Caleb Smith, however, is the key, it is his intuitive mechanical mind that outsmarts Bateman, only to be outsmarted by Ava.

      And despite my fondness for this movie, perhaps the most interesting movie since the aforementioned Source Code from Duncan Jones, such a well-constructed concept with an ending straight out of Rod Serling gets an A for effort.  It just could have been so much more.

     Where Poltergeist 2015 is a retread that succeeded when it went over the top, and failed when it went over the top it already went over, Ex-Machina fares better.  Yes, it can drive a science fiction fan crazy when the Ultron of the Avengers or Ava from Ex-Machina are plugged into all of cyberspace and with all their logic can’t rule the world instantly. Just a massive crater-like hole in the plot (why not limit their abilities?)  Why give them ALL of the internet and no Sherlock Holmes investigative skills?

     Director Garland can be forgiven if he brings Caleb out of the glass cage and has him search for Ava in a sequel.  Ex-Machina begs for one.


12)Jimi Hendrix - Hey Baby & In From The Storm (Live At Rainbow Bridge)

The way he can reach every single note, it sounds always like it was meant to be that way! This is beyond guitar playing ..

To good for humanity. The cosmos wanted him back.

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 Rant by Joe Viglione

14) Interview with Peppy Castro
15)All Fall Down - Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner's blog
16)  The Supremes
"Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart" Extended mix


18) This House is Clean
19)  9:27 version of STONED LOVE  
       The Supremes

20)  Joe Vig's POP EXPLOSION
21)Zelda Rubinstein  INTO THE LIGHT
22) Stranger's In The Night
The great producer John Simon (Janis Joplin, The Cyrkle) put together his Baroque Inevitable with "Sunny"



Director Gil Kenan sets up a spooky scenario with Poltergeist 2015, child actor Kyle Catlett as the terrified Griffen Bowen makes the small house look so much larger. He, a lost soul a la the small alien from E.T. the Extra-Terrestria, is the center of the hysteria that is to follow, and it is that fear and sense of dread and wonder that director Kenan failed to elaborate on.   A 3-D film that appears to have tricks made specifically for the 3-D glasses, poor Sam Rockwell can’t come to grips with the character he’s supposed to be playing, down and out dad Eric Bowen.  After such striking work in Duncan Jones 2009 celebrated sci-fi flick, Moon, as well as his paranoid / schizophrenic Guy Fleegman in the 1999 Star Trek send-up, Galaxy Quest, this should have been a walk in the park for Rockwell.  It’s his out of sorts demeanor that pulls the film one way while the novice Kyle Catlett gives the film its life.  Actress Rosemarie DeWitt fares no better than Rockwell, her out-of-touch mom routine as Amy Bowen.

Hiring the older Will Robinson from 1998’s Lost In Space, Jared Harris sixteen years later, to be the “new” Tangina Barrons (played brilliantly by Zelda Rubinstein in the first three Poltergeist flicks.)


    Director Kenan beats us over the head with the “this house is clean” line, never once bringing something equally memorable to the updated version.  It’s not a reboot, it’s a remake thirty-three years later, and while showing promise, the film fizzles terribly at the end, all the suspense and jolts evaporating like a ghost into thin air.


And you wonder why superhero movies are doing so well.  When a director walks on sacred ground he'd damn well better be ready to bring it up a notch.  It doesn't happen here.


24) Scepter Studio Acetate recording  The Velvet Underground

Just got this to review:
The rare April 1966 Scepter Studios recordings captured on acetate featuring early, alternate versions of songs later issued on The Velvet Underground & Nico available. 
25) The Velvet Underground
 I believe it was the vinyl version of this bootleg took our Moe Tucker 45 without permission and thanked us on the disc. Go figure.

26)Dave Davies appeared on Visual Radio back in 1999/2000 ...we'll have to re-release that

CLASSIC VISUAL RADIO as part of our new series as Dave is scheduled for October 2015

Oct 08, 2015 Thu 8:00 PM EDT
Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts



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Year of Original Release
Studio/Live Performance
# of Discs

Lou Reed - Transformer [Gold & Black Split Vinyl]
Transformer [Gold & Black Split Vinyl]
Pop Vocal
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Track Listing

Andys Chest

Perfect Day

Hangin Round

Walk On The Wild Side

Make Up

Satellite Of Love

Wagon Wheel

New York Telephone Conversation

Im So Free

Goodnight Ladies

Pre-Order the classic Lou Reed album Transformer on Black & Gold Split Vinyl. This exclusive vinyl pressing from Newbury Comics and Legacy Recordings is limited* to only 1200 foil-stamp numbered pieces.
This sophomore release by the Velvet Underground co-founder has long been hailed as one of the key touchstones of the punk and alternative eras that followed it. Reinforcing the literary adage to "write what you know," Reed paints an alternately detached/debauched portrait of the drag-and-drugs-infused underground of Warhol's New York, a place, time, and mindset so compelling it has largely overshadowed the rest of the singer-songwriter's mercurial career. That the album would also give Reed an unlikely Top 20 pop hit via the teasing, twisted sexuality of "Walk on the Wild Side" is but one of its deep, rewarding ironies. Indeed, as produced by David Bowie and guitarist and cohort Mick Ronson at the height of their own Ziggy Stardust fame, Reed's songs are cast in a seductive cabaret setting that's more Jacques Brel than Lower East Side.
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28) RIP Jack Ely, original lead singer of hit version of "Louie Louie"

X Rated version of this article here:

Jack Ely, one of the great rock vocals ever

Louie Louie, carnal magic

adjective: carnal
  1. relating to physical, especially sexual, needs and activities.
FBI Investigates Louie Louie

“Divine little girl waiting for me..she gets her thrills on top of me”

As the nuns at the sock hops purportedly were clapping and smiling as the juke box played the Kingsmen’s version of Richard Berry’s reggae classic converted to garage rock, “Dominique” by the Singing Nun allegedly kept Jack Ely’s voice from hitting the #1 spot on Billboard.  Or did Billboard buy in to the “dirty lyrics” rumor(s) and keep the song out of the top of the charts?

With the passing of lead vocalist Jack Ely on April 28, 2015 at 71 years of age, reportedly a Christian Scientist, one of the great voices in rock has passed on.  52 years earlier, at the age of 19, the singer put one of the most lecherous sounding set of vibrations onto the grooves of 45 RPM records which would sell…and sell…and sell.
What amazes me about all the controversy is how people listening to the words didn’t listen to the feel of the song.   It is absolutely lustful when Jack Ely – after the delicious guitar solo - takes “I see Jamaican moon above, it won’t be long before I see my love” and makes it sound like “I stick…I stick my finger right through xxx xxxx  I won’t be long .xxxxx….I take her in my arms again, I tell her I’ll never xxx her again.”
I mean just listen to the way the guy says “Oh, no” so…teenager-in-lust, it is absolutely lustful!  So while the FBI was trying to discern the lyrics, no one picked up on the ad libs and the way Ely sung that song, like a bunch of jocks talking trash in the locker room.   “A fine little girl be waiting for me, I catch the ship across the sea” or “She gets her thrills on top of me.”

Even the graphic nature of the rumored “suggestive lyrics” aren’t suggestive poetry, they are pure raunch. Think about it, nowhere is there a rumor of a naughty word here or there, what is purported is straight out porno!   “Every night at ten I lay her again, I xxxx that girl all kinds of ways” or “Three nights and days I sail the seas, I think of that girl oh constantly.” 
“Oh, baby, we gotta go” is said in such a perverted way setting up the “every night at ten I lay her again” that the intent is there, your Honor, the intent is there.

Go to the YouTube and listen to Jack Ely’s sex-soaked horny teenager vibrations

The “oh no” and the “nah nah nah nah” are so lustful that, when coupled with the ad libs, intent just drips from the recording alleged to be overflowing with pure filth!

…prior to “every night at ten” or “three nights and days” – however you want to hear it, there’s a voice that yells “whxxx” or “fxxk” – why is the voice there at all?  You don’t hear that little quip in any of the covers by Paul Revere and The Raiders or The Wailers…only on the Kingsmen’s version.  And if you check Songfacts it notes the well-known fact that the Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders recorded the song in the exact same studio either the same week or the same day.  So where you hear Raider singer Mark Lindsay’s voice perfectly clear, why didn’t the engineer and/or producer (if a producer was on the scene at all) for the Kingsmen get the vocal to be as clear as Lindsay’s?   Listen to the way Ely sings “think” of a girl and “constantly.” One never sings “think” with the hard inflection given to it here, it absolutely sounds like “fxxk” and “constantly” sounds more like “all kinds of ways.”    “Every night at ten I xxx her again, I xxxx that girl (or I xxxx all the girls) all kinds of ways.”  Pure descriptive not-your-ordinary swear words, these are inventively graphic and perfect for Animal House, so perfect that the movie gave the song new life, and the song promoted the movie.
Next ad-lib is after the guitar solo.  It’s said to be an error, that Ely was coming in too early with “I see” for “I see Jamaica moon above” but if he was setting up the lustful version…”I stick…I stick my finger…” …and it sure sounds like he’s singing finger.  But here’s the real hammer on all this, the final ad lib is in no other “Louie Louie” when Jack Ely sings “Get that broad out of here…Let’s go.”
“Louie Louie” is the bartender composer Richard Berry is talking to as he wishes he could be with his girl. “I see Jamaican moon above, it won’t be long before I see me love, I take her in my arms again, I tell her I’ll never leave her again.”   Jack Ely is singing to a Louise…Louie Louie, oh w…oh …”and I lay her again” is just so…so…obvious.  You don’t sing “leave her again” in such a lurid and lecherous way!  Intent, your Honor, intent!

On the ship I dream she’s there
I smell the rose…in her hair

“ON that (I) xxxx my xxxx cxxx there, I feel my xxxx right in her hair.”

Whether you are a believer or not, the lustful vocal of Jack Ely, the tone, and the perv lyrics perceived by millions of people around the world, including elected officials and the FBI itself, just one great rock and roll vibration.  There are too many words that could be this or that, too much vocal inflection on words that would never get that inflection ordinarily, and ad libs like “get that broad out of here” which appear to be the key.
Or maybe it’s mass hysteria and we’re all delusional.  Any way you look at it, the drums, the guitar, the voice, the intangible that is the moment captured in that recording studio made a lot of people happy for more than 50 years.

Rest in peace, Jack Ely.  You hit a grand slam.

Fun Song facts

FBI Investigation


29  Buzzy Linhart

Buzzy Linhart

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30)Looking Back At Popular Movies: Firestarter – Go To Hell, Courtesy Of Drew Barrymore

31) Van Halen Live At the Tokyo Dome

reviewed by Ed Wrobleski

VH in Tokyo

not to be confused with Van Halen Live Right Here Now

32) Check out this very cool blog, Silverado Rare Music

Silverado Rare Music

33)Planet of the Apes and Escape from the Planet of the Apes, brilliant soundtracks from Jerry Goldsmith

Album Features
Artist:Jerry Goldsmith
Release Year:1997
Record Label:VarŠse Sarabande (USA)

Track Listing
1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare
2. Main Title
3. Crash Landing - (previously unreleased)
4. Searchers - (previously unreleased)
5. The Search Continues
6. The Clothes Snatchers
7. The Hunt
8. A New Mate
9. The Revelation
10. No Escape
11. Trial - (previously unreleased)
12. New Identity
13. A Bid for Freedom
14. The Forbidden Zone
15. Intruders - (previously unreleased)
16. The Cave
17. Pt. 2 - (previously unreleased, part 2) Revelation
18. Suite - (previously unreleased)


34)Mamas and Papas  GATHERING OF FLOWERS

German versions on EMI of Dunhill release A GATHERING OF FLOWERS

35)GLOBAL  Todd Rundgren


Esoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, is pleased to announce the release of GLOBAL the eagerly awaited new studio album by legendary TODD RUNDGREN.

36)  Cool William Shatner interview

37)Dennis Ferrer
Ferrer, Dennis - My World As They Remixed It

Track Listing
1. Touched the Sky (The Isolators Only Stereo Phonic Headphone Dub Version)
2. P 2 da J (Tiger Stripes Remix) - (remix)
3. Transitions (Sunshine Jones' Vocal Version From the Pulpit)
4. Touched the Sky (Quentin Harris Remix) - (remix)
5. How Do I Let Go (Charles Webster Remix) - (remix)
6. I Can't Imagine (Dolls Combers Elektro Remix) - (remix)
7. Church Lady (MF Remix) - (remix)
8. Run Free (Tomo Experience Remix) - (remix)
9. Change the World (Jihad Muhammad Vox Mix)

Producer:Dennis Ferrer
Distributor:Music Video Distribution
Recording Type:Studio
Recording Mode:Stereo
SPAR Code:n/a

Album Notes
DJ: Dennis Ferrer.Dennis Ferrer delivers a solid nine selections on this relentless, almost 75-minute project. There are two versions of "Touch the Sky," the longer opening track and a more elastic "Quentin Harris Remix" separated by three other titles, that distance giving the listener a better appreciation of the different takes. "Church Lady" injects some gospel into the dancey urban mantra while Mikael Nordgren's "Tiger Stripes Remix" of "P 2 da J" blends some Kraftwerk-on-speed sort of textures over industrial-coated percussion. Where Monsieur Leroc flavors his work with pop melodies and a more traditional rhythm & blues, Ferrer keeps it all very house, the bouncy Sunshine Jones "Vocal Version from the Pulpit" adding a little drama and, next to "Charles Webster's Club Mix" of "How Do I Let Go," it can feel like you've been left at some nightspot in the early a.m. to revel in Ferrer's artistry. The "Tomo Experience Remix" of "Run Free" puts a dash of Al Green into the rhythmic journey, "Change the World" picking up the theme and chorus vocal vibe similar to the previous song and taking the album to its conclusion. ~ Joe Viglione

Album Notes
Personnel: Mitch Mitchell (drums).Liner Note Author: Hugh Fielder.Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London, England (02/24/1969); The Royal Albert Hall, London, England (02/24/1969).This single disc in a beautiful gatefold cover, Experience (subtitled "Original Soundtrack from the Feature Length Motion Picture 'Experience'") is material culled from the Jimi Hendrix appearances at Royal Albert Hall in London during February 1969. As with the sequel to this outing, 1972's More Experience, the liner notes -- quoting both Hendrix and his contemporary, Eric Clapton -- claim the material is from the February 18, 1969, concert, though it is more likely that this is the second show that happened on February 24 of that year. It is mere fragments of the program and should have been combined with the follow-up or other selections from the performance. Steven Roby's excellent book Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix refers to this album as having "horrid sound quality on highly edited official recordings from this show." If one doesn't have the bootleg to compare, the album is quite listenable, though much too brief. "We'd like to blast your eardrums one more time," Jimi says during a lengthy tune-up prior to a title the producers call "Smashing of the Amps" -- which is actually the intro to "Purple Haze" mutating into a very brief "Star Spangled Banner." The cut takes up one half of one side of this recording but delivers very little. "Sunshine of Your Love" is fun and "Room Full of Mirrors" is also a delight, at least performance-wise, Hendrix acknowledging the presence of Chris Wood and Dave Mason of Traffic on the track -- though they aren't credited anywhere on the album jacket. With the Experience Hendrix company releasing so much other high-quality material, this one is definitely for the completists/fanatics. ~ Joe Viglione


#39) CANDY  Soundtrack

Artist: Candy
Title: O.S.T.
Year: 1969
Format: LP
Label: ABC
Jazz composer David Grusin, who would years later release an album on Epic also entitled Candy, co-writes an orchestrated “Child of the Universe” with Roger McGuinn. The theme to the film Candy certainly doesn’t sound like the Byrds; it sounds like Roger McGuinn doing a movie soundtrack and calling it “The Byrds.” But that’s ok, because this collection of music really works and is of more historical importance than it is given credit for. Coming a year before the groundbreaking Easy Rider musical score, the two main elements of that audio delight are here on ABC records as well. Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Rock Me” augment what is really the debut of Roger McGuinn solo.
This goes beyond the Byrds being on the road and the Mamas &the Papas’ session musicians cutting their backing tracks, and in a flick with Ringo Starr, John Astin, John Huston, James Coburn, Charles Aznavour, Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau, Richard Burton, and others, it’s no wonder poor little sexpot Ewa Aulin got banished to European films — a fate better than Roger Heron’s when he vanished completely after being sodomized by Raquel Welch in that other John Huston film of the day, Myra Breckinridge.
As the motion picture Candy boasts the rare McGuinn/Grusin theme, Myra Breckinridge had John Phillips doing the honors, but it is this movie which is the precursor to all that came after, slyly merging stylish rock with the psychedelic excess of Tower Records film albums — Riot on Sunset Strip, Psych-Out, and Wild in the Streets. Where those discs had hip underground bands like Strawberry Alarm Clock, Chocolate Watchband, and the Seeds pervading the celluloid, jazz musician Dave Grusin ups the ante.
His acid-drenched ramblings on side one are superior to the garage rock screwing around on the wonderfully cheesy Tower releases. From the quasi-psychedelic “Birth by Descent” to the rip of Jefferson Airplane’s “Volunteers” that is the third track “Opening Night: By Surgery,” Dave Grusin proves his pen can paint the electric comic book just fine. Side two gets a little bogged down in sitar, wah-wah, and heavy organ, but it still is first-rate and enjoyable, a long prelude to John Kay’s gutsy “Rock Me,” the instrumental stuff is just a build to the release that Steppenwolf provides.
“Constant Journey” is the Seeds trying to be Pink Floyd, while “Every Mother’s Daughter” could be the Velvet Underground meeting Frijid Pink at The Factory. Still, it’s the decision to include two choice Steppenwolf hits that proved to be visionary (“Magic Carpet Ride” would end up in how many movies after this?). Snippets of a remake of “Magic Carpet Ride” for the big screen version of Star Trek: The Next Generation as the rocket blasts off was not pioneering, but the inclusion of the full four minutes and 25 seconds of it here is
The percussion toward the end of the three minute and 41 second “Rock Me” complements the Dave Grusin instrumentals very nicely, and Roger McGuinn opening the whole thing up with the elegantly orchestrated “Child of the Universe,” including otherworld lyrics like “swirling ions from the stars/streaming down onto the Earth/from a galaxy like ours…. leaving man her cosmic well… vision of an untouched grace…” (you get the idea).
This stuff is beyond the Byrds “Eight Miles High,” and this was most likely the real first solo effort from McGuinn — as well as being the foundation for ABC’s success with the soundtrack to Easy Rider a year later. Just too bad they didn’t add some dialogue from Ringo Starr and the other stars, something that will make the DVD all the more worthwhile. (Joe Viglione)
Track Listing
  1. Child Of The Universe
  2. Birth By Descent
  3. Opening Night: By Surgery
  4. Spec-Rac-Tac-Para-Comm
  5. Border Town Blues: A Blunt Instrument
  6. Magic Carpet Ride
  7. Constant Journey
  8. Every Mother’s Daughter
  9. It’s Always Because Of This: A Deformity
  10. Marlon And His Sacred Bird
  11. Ascension To Virginity
  12. Rock Me


Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings To Reissue
The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge – Two Classic Out-Of-Print
Jimi Hendrix Albums Available Sept. 16 on CD and LP

On September 16, Experience Hendrix, LLC in conjunction with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment will reissue two critically revered Jimi Hendrix albums on CD, vinyl and digital. The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge, his first and second posthumous studio releases respectively, will be reintroduced with original album art and track orders. Both albums have been remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog masters. The Cry Of Love was last issued on CD in 1992, while Rainbow Bridge has never before seen an official CD release. The Cry Of Love may be pre-ordered on CD and LPRainbow Bridge may be pre-ordered on CD and LP - at Amazon.

Originally released in 1971, The Cry Of Love was compiled and mixed by Hendrix’s longtime engineer Eddie Kramer and Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. The bulk of these tracks were recorded between December 1969 and the summer of 1970 at Electric Lady Studios in New York, and were intended to be part of an ambitious double LP tentatively titled First Rays of the New Rising Sun. Commercially, The Cry Of Love was a huge success, reaching #3 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK, and spawned favorites such as “Angel,” “Freedom,” and “Ezy Ryder.” While Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox comprised the rhythm section on the lion’s share of the tracks, Buddy Miles played drums on “Ezy Ryder” and Noel Redding played bass on “My Friend” (recorded in 1968, before his departure from the Jimi Hendrix Experience).  The Cry Of Love also includes the participation of notable guest musicians including Steve Winwood, Chris Wood and Buzzy Linhart among others.  VH1 recently declared The Cry Of Love the greatest posthumous classic rock record of all time.

Rainbow Bridge was also compiled and mixed by Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell in 1971, with the help of Electric Lady Studios engineer John Jansen. Most of the tracks were recorded in 1969 and 1970, during the same sessions that spawned The Cry Of LoveRainbow Bridge is often misconstrued as being an entirely live album, being that the film of the same name features excerpts of a live Jimi Hendrix performance in Maui. However, Hendrix had no role in the creation of the rambling, unfocused 1971 film which was directed by Chuck Wein.  The film was not a Hendrix project in any way but instead an independent vision of his manager Michael Jeffery.  After Hendrix’s death in September 1970, Jeffery scrapped Hendrix’s original vision of a double studio album titled First Rays Of The New Rising Sun and called for Kramer, Mitchell and Jansen to compile two posthumous albums—including one that would that would serve as a soundtrack for the Rainbow Bridge film.
Mitchell, Kramer and Jansen drew upon Hendrix’s rich trove of studio recordings that the guitarist had been developing at Electric Lady Studios.  Songs such as “Dolly Dagger” and “Room Full Of Mirrors” were bright examples of Hendrix’s new creative direction.  Other standouts on the album included a studio rendition of “Star Spangled Banner” as well as the majestic “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun).” The one live track on the album, an extraordinary rendition of Hendrix’s original blues composition “Hear My Train A Comin’” is taken from a performance at Berkeley Community Theatre in May of 1970, and not in the film at all. Buddy Miles and Noel Redding both appear on one track each, and the Ronettes provide backing vocals on “Earth Blues.”
Beginning in the late 1990s, the tracks on The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge were reassembled into various compilations, including First Rays of the New Rising SunSouth Saturn Delta, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set. Now, fans of all ages will be able to enjoy songs such as “Straight Ahead,” “Nightbird Flying,” and “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” as they were experienced when they first became available 43 years ago.
The Cry Of Love track list:
1)  Freedom
2)  Drifting
3)  Ezy Ryder
4)  Night Bird Flying
5)  My Friend
6)  Straight Ahead
7)  Astro Man
8)  Angel
9)  In From the Storm
10) Belly Button Window

Rainbow Bridge track list:
1)  Dolly Dagger
2)  Earth Blues
3)  Pali Gap
4)  Room Full of Mirrors
5)  Star Spangled Banner (studio version)
6)  Look Over Yonder
7)  Hear My Train A Comin’ (live)
8)   Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)

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41)Bonus Track  IRON MAN review

 Defining hard rock beyond Steppenwolf's "heavy metal thunder", Black Sabbath issued a lethargic, overpowering six minute anthem to a Science Fiction character which may have been inspired by the Marvel Comics' hero of the same name. The radio world was not ready for the volume of Alice Cooper meeting the tempo of Vanilla Fudge with Ozzy Osbourne spouting grade-school lyrics over a non-traditional song. At least when Alice sang "I'm 18" it was crafted with radio in mind. "Iron Man" had about as much chance of being a hit as an edited version of The Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray", but still somehow was released on a 45 RPM which made some noise on the charts in 1972. Don't look for it in Joel Whitburn's Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits, though, as Black Sabbath never got to that plateau, at least not in their first thirty years, and Warner Brothers had to buy radio spots on hit stations to promote the group in the early days. That "Iron Man" would win a Grammy for Best Metal Performance over two and a half decades later when re-recorded live for the Reunion album is a testament to the importance of Black Sabbath, and how key this riff and composition was to the band's career. Opening with an ominous drum beat and droning guitar, a mutated vocal announces "I am Iron Man" before Tony Iommi's captivating boss riff ushers in six minutes of metallic mayhem. Ozzy's penetrating voice pushes through the gritty onslaught, a zig zagging collection of notes which sound like a truncated "Living Loving Maid" riff from Led Zeppelin in slow motion. The story line is extremely thin, the heady and mysterious ideas on the first Black Sabbath album replaced with words which would rival Ian Gillan's version of Deep Purple for stupidity. That the Rod Evans earlier incarnation of Purple employed more sophisticated words and arrangements says that maybe both groups decided to aim their hard rock songs at a very young 1970's adolescent audience. No one expected the words of Bob Dylan out of the mouth of the Oz, nor would fans of lines like "heavy boots of lead/fills his victims full of dread" be apt to be listening to Highway 61 Revisited. But it wasn't the words that attracted the fans to songs like "War Pigs" and "Iron Man", it was the sentiment, the sound, and all Ozzy needed was merely something to say to get his performance across. It's hard to conceive that radio would even touch a plodding stomp like this, opting instead for the lively crunch of Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water", but that "Iron Man" and the title track propelled the Paranoid album to great heights without much radio support is proof enough of the song's popularity and power.

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