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

Leslie West’s Still Climbing Drops At My Door

I received my Leslie West Still Climbing Audio CD and Poster today. Very cool of Leslie West and Mascot Label Group to ship early to pre order customers. I love that I have the four days to hear this rocking album before it officially drops for all to buy and hear on Tuesday October 29th.

The color scheme for the trifold CD cover is soothing with its brown and orange space planets theme. It always helps to get liner notes to dig into each recording more thoroughly.

Still Climbing Track Listing and Interpretation

1.  Dyin’ Since The Day I Was Born (Leslie A. Weinstein & Jon Tiven)

Leslie West is joined by special guest Mark Tremonti on guitar

This song cooks and I love the way it builds, its an energy rocker that hooks you good.

2. Busted Disgusted Or Dead (Leslie A. Weinstein & Jon Tiven)

Leslie West kicks it abetted by Johnny Winter‘s 2nd half of guitar solo

The silkiness cross-thatched with the grittiness meshed totally works. The track produces an effective layered sound. Johnny Winter pushes out a slide guitar passage that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I have such total respect for two rock and roll survivors carrying on the tradition in tight formation.

3. Fade Into You (Nashville TV Show) – (Matt Jenkins, Shane McNally and Trevor Rosen)

I find myself watching this show some evenings.  I like the original music written and performed. I’m glad Leslie West covered it and helps share this music with his fans.

4. Not Over You At All (Leslie A. Weinstein, Jennifer-West Weinstein)

The first of four husband and wife collaborations. I love the support and sharing that takes place here.

I was subsequently sad to learn that Arno Hecht (Uptown Horns) who plays sax on this track daughter Ava died recently. Leslie opens his heart to her , stating Arno’s daughter would be very proud of him. He then states this is his favorite song.

5. Tales of Woe – (Leslie A. Weinstein, Jennifer-West Weinstein)

We learn how Leslie West and his wife Jennifer cope with the loss of Leslie’s leg due to diabetes. His road back is an encouraging one for all of us to be proud of for them both.

6. Feeling Good (Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse)

Featuring Dee Snider (Who I loved on The Apprentice)

An old chestnut takes on new life between Leslie and Dee’s respective energies and mutual appreciation.

7. Hatfield or McCoy (Leslie A. Weinstein, Jennifer-West Weinstein, Joseph M. Piazza)

8. When A Man Loves A Woman (Calvin Lewis & Andrew Right)

Featuring Johnny Lang

I have seen Johnny Lang live twice. He posses that true conviction when he plays. I love how he sucks you in. Well played gentlemen.

9. Long Red (Leslie A. Weinstein, Felix Pappalardi, John Elis Ventura, Norman Landsberg)

Featuring Larry West Weinstein, Leslie’s brother who played with him in The Vagrants

Long my favorite Mountain song, I couldn’t wait to hear the updated version on Still Climbing. Leslie West did not disappoint. I found myself rocking and drumming harder than ever.

10. Don’t Ever Let Me Go (Leslie A. Weinstein, Jennifer-West Weinstein)

Featuring Dylan Rose

11. Reverend Jones Time, an Over The Rainbow Instrumental

Leslie West – Guitar, Bass – Rev Jones

But just don’t take my word about this new recording. Watch Leslie West explain track by track what he accomplished with others with Still Climbing.

Leslie West – Still Climbing

Leslie West has my deep respect for pushing past his physical challenge continuing to record and perform the rock and roll music that he does the best. Later this month, October 28th to be specific, Leslie West’s latest recording, Still Climbing will drop.

The new album features collaborations with rockers like Jonny LangJohnny Winter, Mark Tremonti, Dylan Rose and Dee Snider.

Leslie West’s ‘Still Climbing’ Track Listing

1. ‘Dyin’ Since the Day I Was Born’
2. ‘Busted, Disgusted or Dead’
3. ‘Fade Into You’
4. ‘Not Over You at All’
5. ‘Tales of Woe’
6. ‘Feeling Good’
7. ‘Hatfield or McCoy’
8. ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’
9. ‘Long Red
10. ‘Don’t Ever Let Me Go’
11. ‘Rev Jones Time (Somewhere Over the Rainbow)’

Still Climbing is a sequel to the kick ass album Usual Suspects (2011).  Usual Suspects featured Leslie West playing with Slash, Billy Gibbons, Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, and Joe Bonamassa.

I first discovered Leslie West in 1969 when I was attending radio school in New York City. I was walking to Grand Central Terminal and as I was prone to do I stopped by The Record Hunter on 5th Avenue to look at the record albums displayed in the window. That particular day I saw Leslie West, Mountain and recalled that Scott Muni on WNEW-FM was playing a track from it called “Long Red’. I went inside and bought Leslie West’s solo LP. I played it when I got home and the sound of “Long Red” filled my senses. I’ve loved that song ever since as I melded with the Calliope organ and Leslie West’s gritty vocal.

Mountain (album)
Mountain (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was fascinated to learn that “Long Red” has been sampled by rap artist Jay-Z in “99 Problems” as well as in songs by Kanye West and Common. I think that is totally cool.

I am further excited by the fact that Leslie West has rerecorded “Long Red” for Still Climbing with his brother and former Vagrants-mate Larry West on bass!

“It was time for me to let people hear that song the way I do it now,” he explained. “I used a B-3 organ on it again, but this time it has a lot more balls.”

Here is another track from Still Climbing as we eagerly expect the final release. Can’t wait for this album to further rock the music of our heart.

Check out the press release here for more information.

http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/lesliewest/stillclimbing.htm

Thanks Leslie West for the rocking sound you continue to boldly give us all!

Oh and please be sure to follow Leslie West’s Official WordPress Website, http://lesliewestofficial.com/ it’s a top shelf music site 🙂

 

Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson – Masters of Madness Tour

Thanks to Mohegan Sun Player’s Club tonight’s concert will be Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena.

What a contrast after seeing David Byrne and St. Vincent last night at The Shubert Theater in New Haven.

This will be our first Marilyn Manson concert and our third Alice Cooper show.

There will be some extra perks tonight such as seeing the articulate female guitarist Orianthi who plays for Alice Cooper and seeing the opening act Picture Me Broken which features the singing talents of Layla Brooklyn Allman, Greg’s daughter.