There was a period of time (1977-1981) where I would take the Metro North train into New York City for an all day record shopping excursion. Armed with my proverbial list of recordings I sought the albums I had to have in my collection. I was heavily influenced by music journalists from the New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, the Village Voice and Downbeat. They helped shape my listening tastes. I was exposed to sounds and textures I would never have discovered on my own.
The greatest treasure I purchased during that time period was “Dancing In Your Head” by Ornette Coleman. I was transfigured by the energy of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time nucleus. Little did I realize until recently that William S. Burroughs was in the studio when this recording took place.
Ornette Coleman celebrated his 85th birthday on Monday March 9th. We are blessed to have him among us.
Gospel music and singing in the choir hold a reverent spot in the music of our heart. I sang for several years in the church choir growing up. I find myself at peace when I sing hymns at the weekly celebration of mass. It stands to reason that Bob Dylan‘s music lends itself to a church music setting. After all you “Gotta Serve Somebody” 😉
Something tells us you haven’t heard anything like Dylan’s Gospel by The Brothers and Sisters, a choir of Los Angeles session singers brought gloriously to the fore for a very special, one-off record.
Originally released in 1969 on Ode Records, this rare and sought-after album finds the California collective covering a clutch of Dylan classics in the era’s revolutionary gospel style. Produced by Lou Adler, soon to work his magic on Carole King’s mega-successful Tapestry, and arranged by Gene Page, noted for his work for Motown, the performers were largely unknown, but many went on to find great acclaim. Merry Clayton, the powerhouse singer best known for sparring with Mick Jagger on Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” (and star of the recent documentary 20 Feet from Stardom), appears here, as does Edna Wright of The Honeycones and Gloria Jones who recorded the original version of “Tainted Love” in 1965.
The genesis of the project was Lou Adler, the music business visionary who staged the legendary Monterey International Pop Festival. He imagined a project that joined the songs of Dylan with L.A.‘s most sought after session singers, most of which began their singing in the Baptist churches of South Los Angeles. “Listening to Dylan’s songs, I felt there was a gospel-like feel to them, both spiritually and lyrically,” Adler says in the liner notes. “So those two ideas, to work with these singers and to explore that side of Dylan – came together.” (Background and publicity information courtesy of The Light In The Attic Records).
Elton John has had a very successful long term residence in Las Vegas. For the past three years his show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been “The Million Dollar Piano“. It has grossed $42 Million Dollars in the Six Legs it has run to date! At the centerpiece of the performance is the show’s namesake piano, an engineering marvel featuring more than 68 LED video screens created by Yamaha.
If I had plans to go to Las Vegas and Elton John was performing “The Million Dollar Piano” I would make that event my priority. We just saw Elton John this past November in Bridgeport and it was a phenomenal show. It was clear throughout the evening how much the 10 year Vegas residency has aided Elton John’s live stage act.
Well if you can’t get to Las Vegas here is the next best thing. Elton John is releasing a film of the Las Vegas show, The Million Dollar Piano, which will play at 500 movie theaters in America and 1,200 in over 40 other countries. The concert will screen on March 18th, with an encore showing on March 26th.
Tickets go on sale on Valentines Day, Friday 2/14/14, more info here.
I’ve owned Made Up Mind since it was released on August 20, 2013. I play it from time to time. I was appreciating the fact that TTB is still working this recording as part of their appearances. Today’s performance solidified the recording in the music of our heart.
The song “Do I Look Worried” was written with John Leventhal who is married to Rosanne Cash. John Leventhal is an excellent songwriter, guitarist and arranger. He plays a principal role in the success of Rosanne Cash’s latest hit recording, The River & The Thread. Derek Trucks returns the favor to John Leventhal by playing on their track, “World of Strange Design”.
Digital. Digital is not bad. But Xerox is not good. I always like to say Picasso was really happy to see original Picassos everywhere, but when he went into some places and saw Xeroxes of Picassos, it didn’t make him as happy, because he thought people thought that we was making those things. The thing we do is, we make great stuff in the studio and then we kiss its ass goodbye, because nobody’s ever going to hear it. That’s unfortunate, and it didn’t use to be that way. That’s something that happened to us – that’s an injury we sustained, and it deeply hurt us. So the time has come for us to recover and to bring music back to the people in a way that they can recognize it in their souls – through the window of their souls, their ears. So they can feel and vibrate and so that they can get goosebumps. We cherish those fucking goosebumps. We really need those.
Being impressed by something, and how cool it is, and how sharp it is, and how snappy it is, is one thing, and that translates into almost any media. But when you’re singing something very soulful from your heart, and the echo is perfect and everything’s great and you’re using maybe an acoustic chamber and everything sounds great. And then you listen to it and you love it, but you hear it somewhere else and it’s gone – that’s terrible. We don’t like that. Not many of us like that, we’re not happy about it. So we’re trying to change that, and we’re trying to make it better. We’re trying to make music sound technically better, and that’s what I want to do. So we have a player that plays whatever the musicians made digitally, and that’s going to come out. We’re announcing that at SXSW, we’re introducing it, it’s called PONO, and that’s my commercial, thank you very much.
Could it be that Neil Young recorded the entire project inside Jack White’s Third Man Recording Booth? If you recall, Young recorded a cover of Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” inside the booth during Record Store Day 2013.
An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever. — Homer Grosvenor
The multi-tiered event “An Evening With the Doors” provided a warm atmosphere for Krieger and Densmore to reflect upon The Doors, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.
The special surprise was that Robby Krieger and John Densmore performed four Doors songs together, “People Are Strange”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Spanish Caravan,” and “Riders On The Storm” (with a little “Ghost Riders In The Sky”).
Here is a YouTube video of their performance that was leaked onto the Web.
I also refer you to the Rolling Stone Magazine article listed in the Related Articles section below. You will find an interview conducted after the event with Robby Krieger and John Densmore.
The Doors iPad App Version 2.0
Earlier that same day The Doors iPad app was updated to include a new section, “Ray Remembered” which features drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger’s first interview together in more than a decade, held to commemorate keyboardist Ray Manzarek. “Ray Remembered” also includes a new slide show of rare and unseen images and an essay about Ray Manzarek by Adam Holzman, son of Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman, the architect behind The Doors iPad app.
I had reported in October that Gov’t. Mule would host Robby Krieger of The Doors for their annual Halloween concert, Mule-O-Ween.
The event went so well (it was a two night gig, with a 10/31 show in Oakland) that Gov’t. Mule and Robby Krieger are repeating the event for East Coast fans on New Years Eve 12/31 at where else but The Beacon 😉
I love when musicians collaborate and produce a mutual passion. Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and Norah Jones have achieved that goal through their “reinterpretation” of the 1958 Everly Brothers classic album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
The Billie Joe and Norah collaboration is titled Foreverly. It will drop this Monday November 25th. The vinyl bundle includes an exclusive lithograph (see picture below). The vinyl bundle ships to purchasers on January 24, 2014. There is even a cassette bundle which is a nice consideration for listeners.
Watch and listen as Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong discuss each track on the recording.
Foreverly Track List:
“Long Time Gone”
“Silver Haired Daddy of Mine”
“Down in the Willow Garden”
“Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet”
“Oh So Many Years”
“Rockin’ Alone (in an Old Rocking Chair)”
“I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail”
“Put My Little Shoes Away”
It was an exciting evening seeing Elton John and his wonderful band live in concert last night at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Ct. I just got done reading the Rolling Stone Magazine article by James Sullivan “Elton John Hits the Road With the Hits”. He captures the essence of the concert with great panache.
It was reassuring as a longtime Rolling Stone Magazine subscriber to see an article published about a concert we witnessed live the day before!
My favorite song of the night was “I’m Still Standing“, Rosemary loved hearing “Your Song” 🙂
There is nothing like a Grateful Dead show. The music, the feeling that you experience at their concerts is the most original cosmic force existent.
This magazine does an incredible job in 100 pages of capturing and documenting the 48 years of America’s greatest band. It’s a tremendous value at $11.99 to have a well curated, cross-functional collection of excerpted articles from the original pages of Rolling Stone Magazine.