quarta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2021

Steve Marriott - Steve Marriott, Small Faces, Humble Pie – Afterglow (Rare! Live! Unreleased!)

Steve Marriott - Steve Marriott, Small Faces, Humble Pie – Afterglow (Rare! Live! Unreleased!) - 2021

Free CD with MOJO magazine April 2021 surveying the music of Steve Marriott.

01. Steve Marriott – Get Down To It
02. Billy Nicholls – Girl From New York
03. The Moments – Blue Morning
04. Steve Marriott's Deluxe Band – Wossname (Previously Unreleased)
05. Small Faces – All Or Nothing (Live)
06. Steve Marriott And The Official Receivers – Five Long Years (Live)
07. Humble Pie – Cold Lady
08. Small Faces – Jenny's Song (Take 1)
09. Steve Marriott – You Spent It
10. Steve Marriott – Imaginary Love (Alternative Version)
11. Steve Marriott Featuring Toby Marriott – Toe Rag
12. Stephen Marriott – Consider Yourself
13. Steve Marriott With The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra – Soldier
14. Humble Pie – Poor Man's Rich Man
15. Steve Marriott – Teenage Anxiety (Previously Unreleased)


segunda-feira, 18 de outubro de 2021

The Beatles - Let It Be (50th Anniversary, Super Deluxe)

The Beatles - Let It Be (50th Anniversary, Super Deluxe) - 2021

Fifty-one years later, how do we appraise “Let It Be,” the Beatles’ swan song, the document of their breakup, the one that the bandmembers themselves initially disliked so much that Paul McCartney took legal action and John Lennon dubbed it a salvage job from “the shittiest load of badly recorded shit — and with a lousy feeling to it — ever”?

Of course, the men doth protest too much: The group’s high standards guaranteed that there is no such thing as a bad Beatles album, but “Let It Be” is far from their best work. Intended as a rough, back-to-the-roots “art as it happens” film-and-album document of the Beatles’ creative process, it ended up being a requiem. Many factors contributed to the album’s often dispirited vibe: Except for Ringo, the bandmembers had been together since their early teens — residing in a nearly unprecedented fishbowl of fame for the previous five years — and tempers were wearing thin, a situation exacerbated by the fact that for this project, they were trying to find creative inspiration first thing in the morning during a typically miserable English winter while their every move was recorded by a film crew.

The group rejected two early versions of the album and Lennon finally gave the tapes to “Wall of Sound” producer Phil Spector, who sonically overhauled — some say sonically mauled — the entire thing, adding an orchestra and/or choir to several songs (hence the legal letter from McCartney). Even though it wasn’t actually the final Beatles album to be recorded — work began on “Abbey Road” several weeks after this — it was the last one to be released. Ultimately, despite several classic songs, “Let It Be” resides in the lower echelon of the Fab Four canon, along with the rushed “Beatles for Sale” and their fledgling 1963 debut.

Still, the Beatles recorded hundreds of hours of music during the long, plodding January 1969 sessions for this album, and although archivists have dug into the well before — exhuming bits for the “Beatles Anthology” series and the McCartney-helmed, de-Spectored “Let It Be… Naked” revisionist album in 2003 — they’ve given it the full museum treatment here, producing not just this lavish, 6-CD boxed set but also the six-hour “Get Back” documentary (airing on Disney+ next month) and a coffee-table book that includes hundreds of photos and transcriptions of apparently every interesting bit of dialogue from the film reels (there’s a different, exhaustively detailed hardcover book accompanying this boxed set). Thus, it’s surprising that amid those six discs, just two-and-a-half contain genuinely unreleased material, along with remastered and Blu-ray versions of the original album as well as the first of the two earlier, rejected versions of it (which has been circulated on bootlegs for decades).

While the relatively small amount of new material was met with howls of outrage from completist-leaning fans when the tracklist was first announced, it’s actually a relief — a refreshingly concise distillation of the best outtakes from the weeks of sessions, which were essentially rehearsals. And anyone who’s watched a band rehearse for more than 15 minutes knows that with the possible exception of Prince (who usually rehearsed as if he were onstage at Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve), most of the time they are excruciatingly dull. And as the countless hours of bootlegs from these sessions that have emerged over the decades prove, that’s even true of the Beatles.

So herein is the best of the rest: a full disc called “Apple Sessions” of loose, alternate takes of songs from the album, with the group chatting and joking around, vamping on “Maggie Mae” and the Everly Brothers’ “Wake Up Little Susie,” McCartney throwing in a snippet of “Please Please Me,” the group’s first No. 1 single, before launching into “Let It Be.”

Much more interesting is the “Get Back — Rehearsals and Apple Jams” disc, where we hear rough, embryonic versions of songs that later turned up on “Abbey Road” and even the solo albums (Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” and Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass”). Most arresting is the rehearsal of Harrison’s “Something,” where he says he just can’t get the line that ultimately became “Attracts me like no other lover.” “Just say whatever comes into your head,” Lennon suggests. “’Attracts me like a cauliflower.’”

There’s also the rejected version of the album, produced and assembled by Glyn Johns. Although he was one of the greatest producers of the rock era (his work with the Rolling Stones, the Who and virtually every great British artist of the time is legendary), it’s easy to see why the Beatles didn’t want to release the album in this form: While it presents an interesting alternate view of the album, it’s shambolic and at times extremely sloppy; during a loose jam entitled “Rocker,” the group sings the ‘50s classic “Save the Last Dance for Me” painfully off-key. Throw in another disc containing just four alternate mixes, and that’s the lot.

While the collectors’ instinct might be to feel short-changed (why do a four-track EP when they could have filled the disc with 20 more songs?), the rough nature of the previously unreleased material here doesn’t exactly leave one thirsting for more. Anyone who is can check out the hours and hours of outtakes on bootlegs (there was even a 17-CD set called “Thirty Days,” which probably feels like it goes on for 30 days) or YouTube — not to mention the six-hour long “Get Back” film. The only major tracks we can think of that might be missing are Lennon’s languid take on “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” (which is available on the 1990s “Beatles Anthology”) and this rough version of “Get Back” sung by Lennon instead of McCartney.

Even half a century later, the group’s sterling quality control remains, and if this lavish, multi-part treatment of the Beatles’ swan song is truly the last dance, they’ve made the most of it. And if we too doth complain too much, for context, let’s paraphrase Paul McCartney’s response to criticism of the “White Album” in the 1990s “Beatles Anthology” series: “It was great, it sold, it’s the bloody Beatles — shut up!”

Disc 1 - Let It Be (new stereo mix of original album)
01. Two Of Us
02. Dig A Pony
03. Across The Universe
04. I Me Mine
05. Dig It
06. Let It Be
07. Maggie Mae
08. I’ve Got A Feeling
09. One After 909
10. The Long And Winding Road
11. For You Blue
12. Get Back

Disc 2 - Get Back - Apple Sessions
01. Morning Camera (Speech – mono) / Two Of Us (Take 4)
02. Maggie Mae / Fancy My Chances With You (Mono)
03. Can You Dig It?
04. I Don’t Know Why I’m Moaning (Speech – mono)
05. For You Blue (Take 4)
06. Let It Be / Please Please Me / Let It Be (Take 10)
07. I’ve Got A Feeling (Take 10)
08. Dig A Pony (Take 14)
09. Get Back (Take 19)
10. Like Making An Album? (Speech)
11. One After 909 (Take 3)
12. Don’t Let Me Down (First rooftop performance)
13. The Long And Winding Road (Take 19)
14. Wake Up Little Susie / I Me Mine (Take 11)

Disc 3 - Get Back - Rehearsals and Apple Jams
01. On The Day Shift Now (Speech – mono) / All Things Must Pass (Rehearsals – mono)
02. Concentrate On The Sound (mono)
03. Gimme Some Truth (Rehearsal – mono)
04. I Me Mine (Rehearsal – mono)
05. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Rehearsal)
06. Polythene Pam (Rehearsal – mono)
07. Octopus’s Garden (Rehearsal – mono)
08. Oh! Darling (Jam)
09. Get Back (Take 8)
10. The Walk (Jam)
11. Without A Song (Jam) – Billy Preston with John and Ringo
12. Something (Rehearsal – mono)
13. Let It Be (Take 28)

Disc 4 - Get Back LP - 1969 Glyn Johns Mix
01. One After 909
02. I’m Ready (aka Rocker) / Save The Last Dance For Me / Don’t Let Me Down
03. Don’t Let Me Down
04. Dig A Pony
05. I’ve Got A Feeling
06. Get Back
07. For You Blue
08. Teddy Boy
09. Two Of Us
10. Maggie Mae
11. Dig It
12. Let It Be
13. The Long And Winding Road
14. Get Back (Reprise)

Disc 5 - Let It Be EP
01. Across The Universe (unreleased Glyn Johns 1970 mix)
02. I Me Mine (unreleased Glyn Johns 1970 mix)
03. Don’t Let Me Down (new mix of original single version)
04. Let It Be (new mix of original single version)


quinta-feira, 14 de outubro de 2021

Fernando Perdomo & Denny Seiwell - Ram On - The 50th Anniversary Tribute to Paul And Linda McCartney's RAM

Fernando Perdomo & Denny Seiwell - Ram On - The 50th Anniversary Tribute to Paul And Linda McCartney's RAM - 2021

Denny Seiwell, the drummer on Paul & Linda McCartney’s 1971 album “Ram“, co-produced a tribute album to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release. Original guitarist David Spinozza returns to reprise his parts on the album along with Marvin Stamm who played the flugelhorn on “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”. In total, over 100 musicians contributed to this album, including original guitarist Dave Spinozza, original trumpet player Marvin Stamm, Joey Santiago of the Pixies, Davey Johnstone of Elton John Band, Will Lee, Eric Dover formerly of Jellyfish, Carnie Wilson and many more.

01. TOO MANY PEOPLE (feat. Dan Rothchild)
02. 3 LEGS (feat. The Dirty Diamond & Durga McBroom)
03. RAM ON (feat. Pan Sansome)
04. DEAR BOY (feat. Adrian Bourgeois)
05. UNCLE ALBERT / ADMIRAL HALSEY (feat. Bebopalula)
06. SMILE AWAY (feat. Timmy Sean)
07. HEART OF THE COUNTRY (feat. Dan Rothchild)
08. MONKBERRY MOON DELIGHT (feat. Timmy Sean)
09. EAT AT HOME (feat. Dead Rock West)
10. LONG HAIRED LADY (feat. Rob Bonfiglio & Carrie Wilson)
11. RAM ON REPRISE (feat. Pat Sansome)
12. BACKSEAT OF MY CAR (feat. Brentley Gore)
13. ANOTHER DAY (feat. Gordon Michaels)
14. OH WOMAN OH WHY (feat. Eric Dover & Lauren Leigh)


terça-feira, 12 de outubro de 2021

Eddie Hazel - Game, Dames And Guitar Thangs

Eddie Hazel - Game, Dames And Guitar Thangs - 1977

Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs is the debut album by Parliament-Funkadelic lead guitarist Eddie Hazel. The album was released on July 29, 1977. It was Hazel's only album until his death in 1992, when it was followed by several posthumous releases.

Three songs on the album are covers, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" (originally recorded by The Beatles), "California Dreamin'" (first recorded by The Mamas & the Papas), and "Physical Love" (originally recorded by Bootsy's Rubber Band). "What About It?" is an instrumental remake of "Wars of Armageddon", originally from the Maggot Brain LP.

A single from the album, an edited version of "California Dreamin'" backed with an instrumental version of the song, was released in 1977 (WBS 8425), yet the instrumental version has never been released on CD.

Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs was cut out soon after its release and became extremely rare. Owning a copy earned one a measure of prestige among P-Funk fans. A 1994 episode of the television series Homicide: Life on the Street involved a shooting motivated by one character's destruction of another character's copy of Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs.

In 2004, Rhino Records issued Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs as a numbered, limited-edition compact disc. As bonus tracks, the Rhino CD included the four songs that made up the hard-to-find Jams From The Heart EP (1994).

After Rhino's limited release sold out, Collector's Choice Music released Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs without the extra songs. The album was re-released in 2012 by RealGoneMusic in gatefold form.

01. California Dreamin'
02. Frantic Moment
03. So Goes The Story
04. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
05. Physical Love
06. What About It?
07. California Dreamin' (Reprise)

Eddie Hazel - Guitar
Michael Hampton, Garry Shider, Glenn Goins - Guitar
Bootsy Collins, Billy Bass Nelson, Cordell Mosson - Bass
Jerome Brailey, Bootsy Collins, Tiki Fulwood - Drums
Bernie Worrell - Keyboards
Doug Duffey - Keyboards on "I Want You"
Lynn Mabry, Dawn Silva, Gary Cooper - Vocals