Tuesday, February 06, 2024

#1 Bob Marley One Love February 2024 Part 2 Andy Williams "Happy Heart" Taliitha Jae Ian Nelson Disposable Moments VivaBeat Party in the War Zone

 1)One Love    Bob Marley

Yah, man!  One Love is the Real Deal!


Directed By:

Reinaldo Marcus Green   

Cast:

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, James Norton, 
Tosin Cole, Anthony Welsh, 

Michael Gandolfini, Umi Meyers, Nadine Marshall

Running Time:

107 mins

Rating:

PG-13

Opening Date:

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 Wide


      One Love is going to spur record sales for the late icon, that is the first thing that came to mind as the 177 seat theater was filled to capacity for the Boston screening.  Yah, man!  Elegantly filmed by director Reinaldo Marcus Green,  the story unfolds with little character development, something that could have benefited had a little bit more documentary-style been added to the story.  For example, James Gandolfini's son, Michael Gandolfini, comes off as a rather goofy version of mega-promoter Howie Bloom, and James Norton's "Chris," as in Blackwell, head and founder of Island Records, well, the screen version is not as my interpretation from the Chris Blackwell book - The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond.   But, to paraphrase Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, if you want the facts, do a documentary.

     This writer is someone who appreciates Bob Marley, but who only knows the hits.  That being said, as stated above, it is a terrific vehicle to get the music to an even wider audience. Kingsley-Ben Adir does a marvelous job as Marley, as does Lashana Lynch as Rita Marley.  Add to that the fact that many Marley family members were involved in the making of this film - it is heart-warming to members of the audience, like me, who know that it had the guiding hand of those who loved the singer/composer.
        


Boston - AMC Theater, the city was a madhouse on the night of the Bob Marley screening.



6) Ian Nelson   Disposable Moments

The Joe Vig Top 40 Dot Com www.joevigtop40.com Our Fun Monthly Review of Pop Culture: Feb 2024 Top 40 MARLEY / Portrait of the Legend / Wesrok, Busy Signal - Don't Get Me Wrong, Ahmet Ertegun - two books on his life  


7)Happy Heart  Andy Williams
This incredible pop song was simultaneously released by Pet Clark, but it is Andy Williams version that climbed the charts.  Pet Clark actually appeared on the Andy Williams song as he performed the tune.  They should have performed a duet.  

8) Talitha Jae - Meet Me At The Window

          Talitha Jae has a tremendous voice, intriguing compositions and smart chord changes that make
for repeated spins.  The official music video of "Butterflies and Anxiety" is a compelling video https://youtu.be/SzBuB3Nb7Os  reminiscent of the charm  in Heidi-Jo Hines "As It Is," directed by Heidi's daughter, Jaylie Jo Wayling https://youtu.be/v60ddB_saIM 

        The upcoming "Meet Me at the Window" has elements of Macy Gray  and Norah Jones meet Janis Ian.  Pensive, drawing you in with both lyric and voice weaving a beautiful tapestry.  The three minute and forty second musical poetry will be released in little over a month, on March 15th, 2024.   It ends abruptly, leaving the listener in mid-air.  A very special slice of music from Cairns QLD, Australia  

 






9)VIVABEAT   PARTY IN THE WAR ZONE




10)JONFX   MOSCATO




Suzy's first photo ....I let her run out in the hallway, call her back in and she comes immediately. 



Peter Wolf of the J Geils Band gave up his seat next to the wonderful Ian Hunter
of Mott the Hoople to let Ian and I get this great photograph backstage at City Winery, Boston






Pousette-Dart Band 3 Review by Joe Viglione

Out of the four albums released by the Pousette-Dart Band on Capitol, Pousette-Dart Band 3 may be the most satisfying. The only song that received as much attention as "Amnesia," the title track and minor hit off of their second album, or "For Love," the David Finnerty of the Road Apples tune from their fourth disc, was the cover of the Lieber/Stoller/Ben E. King 1961 hit "Stand by Me." It is a good version, and the songs on side one are the usual fare from Jon Pousette-Dart's group: top-notch country-rock. But it is side two that really is extraordinary. "Louisiana," "Too Blue to Be True," and "Mr. Saturday Night" work almost as a trilogy. They are deep, dark, and not as bouncy as Don Covay's "I Stayed Away Too Long" on side one. The beautiful, acoustic "Where Are You Going," which ends this half of the program, sets up the second side nicely, and lends for a seamless flow if listening on compact disc. Pousette-Dart's voice is flawless, as is his playing on "Where Are You Going," which ends suspended in mid-air. As with that tune, all the songs on the second side are written by Jon Pousette-Dart, and along with the sterling performance, this is his best songwriting of these releases on Capitol. "Louisiana" has tension, eerie production, immaculate instrumentation, and just a great vocal walking next to the guitars. While the Eagles and Hall & Oates were enjoying success at this point in time, along with the resurgence of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Pousette-Dart Band's mellow Buffalo Springfield style on this album really should have garnered a huge audience. "Too Blue to Be True" brings it up a bit, the band cooking with excitement and power. That power continues in the semi-funk of "Mr. Saturday Night," three powerful statements by this important artist that somehow got lost in the shuffle of the music industry. Jon Pousette-Dart's appearance at the Paradise Theater in Boston at the end of 2000 with Jon Hall of Orleans and Jonathan Edwards of Orphan was their first live appearance together as a trio, having previously only recorded "Why Can't We Be Friends," the War tune for Rounder. That performance magnified what one of those performers put in these grooves. "Lord's Song" starts to conclude the album in the same fashion as side one, Pousette-Dart's voice and acoustic guitar are combined with his plaintive expression, and this time the band in the background is solidified by co-producer Dave Appell's strings swelling, rising up before the group kicks in with precision. An album that truly deserves a better fate than obscurity.

Monday, February 05, 2024

Feb 2024 Top 40 MARLEY / Portrait of the Legend / Wesrok, Busy Signal - Don't Get Me Wrong, Ahmet Ertegun - two books on his life

 



2) Wesrok, Busy Signal - Don't Get Me Wrong



"Don't Get Me Wrong" is an elegant, under three minute tune with a captivating hook in the chorus: "It's not how much you have, it's what you do with it."  Wesrock and his group, Busy Signal, employ a bit of Marvin Gaye's layered production. The backing vocals never get in the way, they add to the message in a seductive and sweet musical method. Wes Rock's voice is endearing and holds up to repeated winds.   "Don't Get Me Wrong" is a real find.  - Joe V.     https://youtu.be/6WlQbWVTUyw




3)The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

Written by: Robert Greenfield
Narrated by: Robert Fass

Ahmet Ertegun was a class act and always good to me.  In 1982 he set up an appointment with Richard Steinberg for me at Atlantic when I was representing New Rose/RCA - New Rose/Musidisc and later, Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller.  When Miller and I were in the office, Ahmet had to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which he helped create.

Author Robert Greenfield spent about 90 minutes on my TV show discussing Exile on Main Street, his book about the Rolling Stones creation of their double record set.  The difference between the two books is astounding. 

Where Exile is drenched in heroin, cocaine and debauchery, and truly reads more like the National Enquirer than a book about the Stones, the Ahmet book is very respectful and detailed.
It references Justine Picardie and Dorothy Wade's book on Ertegun, as well as passages from Exile on Main St., of course, which was on Atlantic Records.   Reading these epics on the treadmill at the gym is most surreal as it is like seeing a series of films on the same subject, from the perspective of different directors.  Faithfull by Marianne Faithful and David Dalton, as well as Up and Down with the Rolling Stones by late drug-dealer "Spanish" Tony Sanchez, and the two books on Ahmet, reveal inside information on how the Stones signed to Atlantic, and their thought processes during the recording of their masterpieces in the late 60's and early 1970s.  There is far too little on producer Jimmy Miller and his impact on the recordings, and as stated about the 3 Stones books, way too much emphasis on the drugs.




 Hardcover Music Man: Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records, and the Triumph of Rock'n'roll Book
 

4)Music Man: Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records, and the Triumph of Rock'n'roll

#1 Bob Marley One Love February 2024 Part 2 Andy Williams "Happy Heart" Taliitha Jae Ian Nelson Disposable Moments VivaBeat Party in the War Zone

  1)One Love    Bob Marley Yah, man!  One Love is the Real Deal! Directed By: Reinaldo Marcus Green    Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lync...