THE FREESTONES LIVE
The Freestones are a real find, a sound not often present in the Boston area community that got a good taste of this New Hampshire group's fun and musicall style For those who have heard the amazing recordings of Alan O'Day's "Easy Evil," be it by Genya Ravan, Sarah Vaughan, Sylvia, Lulu - this ensemble present that kind of Rusty Kershaw cajun magic (see Rusty's Domino album release produced by Rob Fraboni) ...and in concert, it's an electric hootenanny - an electric jugband that keeps its rock sensibilities front and center. The vocals of Mackenzie Hamilton are as essential as the guitar, bass and drums, and when she wants to wail, as on “Going Down,” she dominates the proceedings in a very good way. Not Janis Joplin taking over the show, but complementing the boys as they churn out this delightful and somewhat aggressive sound…the slide guitar and rhythm section all in unison and brilliantly powerful. John Webb’s guitar and vocals lead the group in a Jerry Garcia sort of way, not pushy but guiding the elements as they combine to generate a dance groove inside a genre that isn’t recognized as a style that invites dance. That’s because they are as much a rock and roll group as they are stylists. “I Need Never Get Old” changes the form but stays within a framework, Matt Smith’s bass and Sean Knight’s drums at times a single unit, at others dimensional parts of the whole. Is that “Tumblin’ Dice” by the Rolling Stones? Yes, morphed and melted into the netherworld Jarred Garneau builds. Just lots of fun on a Stones’ classic starting in the Freestone way, a little dash of Linda Ronstadt’s hit version, the Rolling Stones composition coming full circle as the song concludes. The encore was a most respectful, but again transitioned, approach to former Malden, Massachusetts resident Norman Greenbaum’s eternal “Spirit in the Sky.” As with “Tumblin’ Dice” your brain starts in with “is this…could it be?...” and – yes, a reinvention of a perfect song for this creative crew from Rollinsville, New Hampshire.
Opening act Max Clark - son of Jerry's Kids / Unnatural Axe drummer Jack Clark - was equally a delight with his Dylan-esque angst, using the guitar as a percussive instrument to drive the statement home without a net - or a loud, active band behind him. (Joe Viglione)
Drop the Knife
I Need Never Get Old
That Ain't You
I Want to Break Free
Spirit in the Sky
Jarred Garneau- Lead/Slide Guitar
John Webb- Lead Guitar/Vocals
Matt Smith- Bass
Sean Knight- Drums
Mackenzie Hamilton- vocals
POP EXPLOSION 11-29-17
1)The Hives/Cyndi Lauper LIVE A Christmas Duet
2)Less Than Jake - I Think I Love You
3)The Rotters Sit on my Face Stevie Nix
4)Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac Gypsy
5)Them Here Comes the Night
6)Donna Summer - They Can't Take Away Our Music
7)Samantha Allen - The Arsonist's Daughter
8)Aaron Chase "Stop Me"
9)The Sidney Green St. Band "Muscle Shoals"
10)Satch Kerans "Out Here in the World"
11)Interview with Samantha Allen, Alan James Patterson
12)War with Eric Burdon "They Can't Take Away the Music"
13)American Beauties "Miles from Nowehere"
14)Todd Rundgren "I Saw the Light"
15)Gary Santarella "Don't Kick Me When I'm Down"
16)Deniece Williams "It's Gonna Take A Miracle"
17)Carissa Johnson "Fuel Heart"
18)Elsewhere "Multi Man" (radio edit)
19)Massachusetts Concert report 11-29-17 by Mike Feeney
20)Barry Maguire "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog"
21)Ian Cat "Purgatory Blues"
22)Positive Negative Man "Keep It Together"
23)Rick Wyman "Everybody Loves You"
24)Samantha Allen "The Palindrome Song"
25)Sharon DiFronzo "I"ll Think of You That Way"
26)Jon Butcher Axis Spanish Castle Magic
27)Chubby Checker "Stoned in the Bathroom"
28)Mel Tillis "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
29)Bob Dylan "Ballad of a Thin Man"
Review: Sharon DiFronzo – Tributes and Treasures
“If I Believe” and “The Child in You” are the two originals here, and they blend in so very well with the music Sharon has chosen for this second album. The songs are in the 3-5 minute range and are pop delights. Very nice job all the way around.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012
John Lee Hooker – Cook with the Hook: Live in 1974
Directed by Bob Boyd
45 minutes, 1974 / 2012 MVDvisual.com
Mississippi-Delta Blues musician John Lee Hooker (d. 2001) was one of the bigger influences in the blues rock movement of the ‘60s, a definite link between, say, Robert Johnson and Eric Clapton. His driving rhythms and vocal intensity was different than many of the other blues players of the time, who were closer to early rock’n’roll than Sgt. Pepper’speriod rock. Hooker’s improvisational fierceness and hypnotic repetitions made him the forefront of what would become the Yardbirds (all three incarnations), Cream, and Led Zeppelin, to name a few.
There are a number of items on the checklist that makes this document so important, both directly and indirectly to Hooker. Public access television was just becoming a glimmer on the horizon when this was shot on July 6, 1974, during the Down in the Dumps music festival in Gardner, Massachusetts. Its faded black and white image (most with a white line going through it, possibly from the playback heads scratching the video as it went through an early tape player (reel-to-reel is my guess, as it was pre-VHS) is reminiscent of early kinescope (look it up). But despite the washed-out jeans look, the sound is solid, if a little on the tinny side (ah, technology and its Faustian bargains…).
Though nearly a decade before the advent of MTV-style quick cuts that would revolutionize the way we view film editing, the line producer here jumps between the three cameras quickly (sometimes too much so) between Hooker from the mostly long-haired and shaggy audience. Way ahead of its time in both video usage and use of the fader bars. I wonder if any of the rest of the festival’s music will resurface. Fortunately, Hooker’s has now, and that is just fine.
Backed by the Coast to Coast Blues Band (who would do so for 30 years), Hooker sits front and center (much like Johnny Winter does now), showing some rock chops with the likes of the great “Boom Boom” and “Sweet, Sweet Thing.” There’s also some solid Delta blues, of course, with the likes of “It Serves You Right to Suffer” and “Whiskey and Women.” For the last number of his set, listed as “Boogie,” Hooker stands up and roams the stage a bit. The band plays the same riff over and over while Hooker improvs for over 16 minutes. Honestly, I would rather he would have played some set numbers, because it is just a bit too much of a ramble for that long a period.
After this number, Hooker leaves the stage and a very enthusiastic emcee brings him back, where he actually continues the same number (listed as “Medley” for some reason, rather than “Reprise”) for another five minutes.
At the end of the set, the unseen announcer excitedly shouts out, “A man in his fifties! Imagine that! …And he’s doing rock’n’roll!” I heard this in a kind of bemusement as I realize that Johnny Winter, a version of the Who, and even the Zombies are still out there touring into their 60s and 70s. As the camera quickly pans the hippie-ish / stoner-looking audience, it was, indeed, hard to imagine someone of his generation could still give the guitar a hard lickin’. To put it in perspective, when he died at age 83, he was just about to tour Europe.
This DVD comes with an informative sheet with liner notes written by Massachusetts rock and cable television historian Joe Viglione that is worth checking out, as well.
It Serves You Right to Suffer (Hooker)
Sweet, Sweet Thing
Whiskey & Women
Bruce Johnston RIP David Cassidy
AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione [-]
It is total pop sophistication, Mama Cass' voice soaring over the strings, piano, and backing that is a Phil Spector hit without the wall of sound. Really brilliant pop to be studied and cherished. Her solo hits coming in 1969, this 1972 recording is the singer just two years before her passing. Say Hello has real pop magic that Bette Midler fully understood on her 1972 debut. This album is almost like the passing of the torch. "Who in the World is exquisite, a real departure from the rest of the album; beautiful Larry Fallon strings help Elliot convey the sentiment. Fallon hit with "Brandy" by Looking Glass that same year, and Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller had Fallon add strings to an unreleased version of "Wild Horses." That so many talents in their prime help Mama Cass deliver on each song, the sweeping chorus of "Love Was Not a Word," the tremendous early version of Pink Floydproducer Hurricane Smith's "Oh Babe, What Would You Say" who would hit with it just a few months later, to the title track, emphasizes what a musical time the early '70s were, and how respected Mama Cass was in musical circles. An uplifting album by an underrated star.
Brian Collins' album cover to That's the Way Love Should Be finds the ABC/Dot label utilizing a photo and color scheme one would expect on releases from Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy. It hardly is representative of the decent blend of country and pop material found inside, music anticipating the eventual merger of these two genres but still a bit out of time. Noted producer Jim Foglesong gives an island feel to the remake of Jay & the Americans' hit "Come a Little Bit Closer," but the Wes Farrell/Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart composition is indicative of the quandary the artist finds himself in here. The pure pop of that number is in conflict with the country rendition of Jim Croce's "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" or country & western staple "Six Days on the Road." Folk-pop artist Livingston Taylorhad recently covered that title, as had the Flying Burrito Brothers, so it's a bit redundant here.
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
There are no musical revelations other than the fact that this artist could take George Harrison's "Something" and bring it to another arena, just as Frank Sinatra did, the two artists playing to the same audience. It's where they both leave a one-dimensional crooner like Bobby Vinton off the train. Mathis rarely gets credit for the way he can bend and shape notes, obvious on "Something" as well as his reading of "Honey Come Back," Glen Campbell's 1970 hit. Hearing Mathis sing "Alfie" is the revelation, though, for it is truly a groundbreaking moment. Here is a man singing a love song to another man -- "I believe in love, Alfie..." -- without the camp of Neil Sedaka bringing the house down with his rendition of "Where the Boys Are." That this brilliant performance of the Bacharach/David/Dionne Warwick classic is followed by the theme to a gay hustler film, "Midnight Cowboy" (with producer Jack Gold getting co-writing credit here with John Barry), is beyond innuendo. It's a quiet but brilliant move for a singer playing to the middle-of-the-road set, female backing vocalists emulating the sound of Vinnie Bell's guitar
- "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head – Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
It's Time for Peter Allen
Quizzes Lists Topics
- A1 "Love Crazy" – 3:54
- A2 "She Loves to Hear the Music" – 3:34
- A3 "Everything Old Is New Again" – 3:18
- A4 "Interesting Changes" – 3:46
- A5 "I Honestly Love You" – 3:49
- B1 "Continental American" – 5:26
- B2 "The Natural Thing to Do" – 4:39
- B3 "The More I See You" – 2:55
- B4 "As Time Goes By" – 3:36
- B5 "Intermission / I Honestly Love You" – 0:54
- C1 "Don't Wish Too Hard" – 4:38
- C2 "Don't Cry Out Loud" – 3:42
- C3 "Tenterfield Saddler" – 4:07
- C4 "Puttin' Out Roots / The Sideshow's Leaving Town" – 6:36
- D1 "I Go to Rio" – 7:05
- D2 "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on the Stage" – 5:28
- D3 "Audience" – 3:14
It Is Time for Peter Allen
It Is Time for Peter Allen is the first live album by the Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen , released in 1977. The album peaked at number 30 on the Australian Kent Music Report . Critical reception Joe Viglione of AllMusic retrospectively wrote, "This double vinyl live album from Peter Allen may be the best representation of the songwriter, covering many of the highlights of his career. Less sterile than his studio recordings, It Is Time for Peter Allen showcases the man's strengths." Viglione also complimented Allen's piano playing, adding that it "provides the real treat". Track listing A1 "Love Crazy" – 3:54 A2 "She Loves to Hear the Music" – 3:34 A3 "Everything Old Is New Again" – 3:18 A4 "Interesting Changes" – 3:46 A5 " I Honestly Love You " – 3:49 B1 "Continental American" – 5:26 B2 "The Natural Thing to Do" – 4:39 B3 " The More I See You " – 2:55 B4 " As Time Goes By " – 3:36 B5 "Intermission / I Honestly Love You" – 0:54 C1 "Don't Wish Too Hard" – 4:38 C2 " Don't Cry Out Loud " – 3:42 C3 " Te
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