Blackberry Smoke

This band kick’s it.

Two weeks ago they performed just up the street from my house!

Prior to that they played on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and ripped it up.

 

Be sure to get you some Blackberry Smoke, soon!

Humble Pie, Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore, The Complete Recordings

Cover of "Rockin the Fillmore"
Cover of Rockin the Fillmore

There have been some electrifying live rock performances in the history of recorded music.  The early 70’s produced the best rock music recordings ever done! A favorite live show of mine from WNEW-FM progressive radio listening days and The Fillmore East was Humble Pie‘s, Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore (1971).

Omnivore Recordings has released all four sets recorded that weekend in a four CD box set “Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore-Complete Recordings”.

 “My God, it just took my breath away,” Jerry Shirley said of hearing the new mixes by engineer Ashley Shepherd. “You feel like you’re sitting in the Fillmore East, five or six rows back. In the quiet bits, you could hear a pin drop, and in the loud bits, you can almost feel the room shaking. And all four shows caught Steve at the absolute zenith of his powers. It’s  astonishing. I’m only sorry that he, Greg, and Dee aren’t around to enjoy it with the rest of us.”

“It was amazing to hear the new mixes of these shows after all these years,” says Peter Frampton. “This really was that version of Humble Pie at the peak of its powers—playing in a venue with a wonderful vibe.”

Honoring the 20th Anniversary of Frank Zappa’s Passing

I have thought about Frank Zappa tonight. It was 20 years ago, December 4th, 1993 that Frank Zappa died at the age of 52.

Howard Kaylan says it best. He was Frank Zappa.

I am drawn to the Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention period with Flo and Eddie. What better way to honor Frank’s music genius than listen to the classic track, “Billy The Mountain“, from Just Another Band from L.A.

The musicians on this recording:

Kashmir – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day

I saw Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden in 1977. The song I recall the most was “Kashmir” from Physical Graffiti.

 

 

Jimmy Page was sitting on a little stool playing some acoustic Zep when suddenly he kicked the stool out from underneath him and he and Led Zeppelin launched into “Kashmir”. I’ll never forget that moment.

 

Here is “Kashmir” from the movie, Celebration Day.

 

 

 

 

 

Led Zeppelin Cornucopia in 2014

Cover of "Led Zeppelin III"
Cover of Led Zeppelin III

I have waited for Led Zeppelin to deliver newly remastered and previously unreleased material from their vaults. I learned that harvest of music will be spread out over a series of box sets devoted to each of Led Zeppelin’s albums. Those remastered box sets are due out sometime in 2014, according to Jimmy Page who is masterminding this project.

Jimmy Page has been holed up in the studio poring over Zeppelin’s archives, and he recently revealed during an interview with TeamRock Radio (via Blabbermouth) that he’s completed the remastering process, with a twist.

“Each of the albums has been remastered but it also has a companion disc with it,” he explained. “Let’s take, for example, ‘Led Zeppelin III’ — that’s remastered from analog from the original thing. I know everybody does that, but what they don’t do: I revisited all the working mixes that were done at the time.”

“There’s different versions. Say, for example, there’s ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ — there’s an incredible version of that which is totally different, it’s really raw in its approach, it’s quite dramatic, it’s cool. That’s one little item of it, but what it gives is a companion disc to ‘Led Zeppelin III’. It’ll come out in its own box and all the rest of it. Each disk will give a really intimate picture of the group. That’s the idea that I’ve had with it and I think it’s successful.”

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/jimmy-page-confirms-upcoming-led-zeppelin-reissues-will-contain-previously-unreleased-material/#3fsc1ASm3FXpI2YV.99