John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant convened 50 years ago last week in Olympic Studios in London to commence recording their debut album as Led Zeppelin.
They have a new book coming out next week that documents the history of the legendary band.
The book Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is a definitive 400-page volume which includes previously unpublished photos, artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world.
If ordered before October 9th, an exclusive 19.7 x 27.8in poster (pictured below) will come with your pre-order from reelartpress.com or from selected independent retailers. To see the list of participating stores, click here.
The Reel Art Press video should increase your excitement for this unique music book.
I recall bringing this album with me everywhere I went that summer. I never tire of listening to these vibrant tracks.
Cheap Thrills is a studio album by American rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. It was their last album with Janis Joplin as lead singer. For Cheap Thrills, the band and producer John Simon incorporated recordings of crowd noise to give the impression of a live album, for which it was subsequently mistaken by listeners. Only the final song, a cover of “Ball and Chain“, had been recorded live (at The Fillmore in San Francisco).
The cover was drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb after the band’s original cover idea, a photo of the group naked in bed together was vetoed by Columbia Records. Crumb had originally intended his art for the LP back cover, with a portrait of Janis Joplin to grace the front. But Joplin, an avid fan of underground comics, especially the work of Crumb, so loved the Cheap Thrills illustration that she demanded Columbia place it on the front cover. It is number nine on Rolling Stone’s list of one hundred greatest album covers.
On March 22, 2013, the album was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and thus it was preserved into the National Recording Registry for the 2012 register. The album was named the 163rd best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.
The Milford Oyster Festival 44th Annual celebration takes place on August 18, 2018. It has the largest variety of oysters at any festival in the USA. This year they will have about 40,000 oysters with 21 varieties from 8 states on the East Coast.
The 2018 Milford Oyster Festival Headliner is Eddie Money. The event is free. I’m looking forward to seeing him perform live on the main stage.
I remember when Eddie Money first burst on the scene in 1977. I was managing the books and records department at Caldor, Inc. My CBS Records sales representative gave me a promotional copy of his début album. He told me to go home and play it, that I would be pleasantly surprised. He was right.
I’ve been a fan ever since. I wish my cable provider would broadcast the AXS TV channel so I could watch Eddie’s reality TV show, Real Money. I hear it’s a hoot. The series was just renewed for a second season.
I arose early to experience in full, Both Sides of the Sky, the third album in a posthumous trilogy featuring the best of Jimi Hendrix’s unreleased studio recordings. The Authorized Hendrix Family Edition includes a 24-page booklet filled with rare photos and detailed liner notes. I sip my morning coffee and delve into the writings of co-producer John McDermott to increase my perspective about the significance of these 13 recordings.
Eddie Kramer is our conduit to the artistic magic of Jimi Hendrix.
Kramer says he still hears Hendrix’s voice in his head directing him in the studio.
“He did have a tendency to describe sounds in colors,” Kramer says. “If he said, ‘Hey, man, give me some of that green,’ I knew exactly what he meant; it was reverb. Or if he said, ‘Hey, man, more red,’ I knew it was distortion. And then if it went purple, it was really stupid distortion.”
Many of the 13 tracks showcase the trio line-up that became known as Band of Gypsys: Hendrix on guitar and vocals, Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. “Hear My Train A Comin'” features the original line-up from the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell.
Several notable guest collaborators highlight the set, including Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and vocalist/saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood (Hendrix’s pre-fame bandmate in Curtis Knight & the Squires). Stills appears on two tracks recorded in September 1969: a cover version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” (tracked months before Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s famous reworking) and the original song “$20 Fine.” Winter appears on a previously excerpted rendition of Guitar Slim’s “Things I Used to Do,” appearing here in a full, remixed version.
Engineer Eddie Kramer who worked on every Hendrix project before the guitar legend’s death has co-produced the album with John McDermott and Hendrix’s sister, Janie Hendrix.
The album will be available March 9th, 2018 via Sony Legacy Recordings on multiple formats, including CD, digital and a numbered, 180-gram audiophile double-vinyl.
Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides of the Sky Track List:
1. “Mannish Boy” (previously unreleased)
2. “Lover Man” (previously unreleased)
3. “Hear My Train A Comin'” (previously unreleased)
4. “Stepping Stone” (previously unreleased)
5. “$20 Fine” (previously unreleased, featuring Stephen Stills)
6. “Power Of Soul” (previously unavailable extended version)
7. “Jungle” (previously unreleased)
8. “Things I Used to Do” (featuring Johnny Winter)
9. “Georgia Blues” (featuring Lonnie Youngblood)
10. “Sweet Angel” (previously unreleased)
11. “Woodstock” (previously unreleased, featuring Stephen Stills)
12. “Send My Love To Linda” (previously unreleased)
13. “Cherokee Mist” (previously unreleased)