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The use of two wind sections brass and woods with radically different purposes is certainly groundbreaking at least to me. As the first section is hovering above doing countless solos and embellishing the music, the second ones is providing a bass drone giving an extraordinary jumpy feeling to the music, a bit like Maupin was doing on Bitches Brew and in Mwandishi. At times it sounds like there is 30 musicians at the same time as this is so powerful. Zappa plays very quietly and oeuvres as the "chef d'orchestre", but here the most impressive player is definitely Ainsley Dunbar - who will leave Zappa to co-found, with excellent Santana sidemen, Journey interesting jazzy prog rock for the first three albums and he will leave as they veer off to a disgusting FM - AOR - Mainstream crap.
Dunbar who holds everything together with dazzling drumming. A must in Zappa's career, especially that he holds back on his personal sense of humour, to concentrate on the superb music. Too bad he didn't try this more often, really. This album should be included in the Hot Rats series. Essential stuff and more The brass instruments are omnipresent in this very jazzy record. Sometimes they are free and experimental "Cletus This record is loaded of drums, percussions, keyboards, bass and brass instruments.
This record is very good ans it takes more than one listening to really appreciate it. This is a jazz-fusion album, with a classical orientation, which is quite similar to that one of "Hot Rats", although it is a bit lighter in tone, despite of containing such odd instrumentation like horns and woodwinds Sometimes this "Eat That Question" reminds me indeed of the memorable job at the electric piano and organ as well within some classic jazz albums, in the vein of George Duke; the whole job is filtered through a personal style of his own, thanks also to his wah-wah guitar-effect and some other strange tunes.
The last of the great instrumental burlesques, at least until Orchestral Favorites surfaced in The natural and seemingly effortless melange of instruments inhabit a unique world where rock, jazz and orchestral sounds meet in the middle of a saucepan and dance to the hot whims of the master composer in convalescence. Anyway, I could go on for pages -- I'm that enthusiastic about this album. So this was my first contact with Mr. What you get here is an almost instrumental album with a great big band sound.
You woun't find this much guitar solos as you get on other Zappa releases but you will hear a lot of wind instruments, maybe more than on other Zappa albums, whereas Zappa always uses a lot of them. The overall picture is very jazzy and even without vocals really funny like many of Zappa's albums are. The main part of the album is for sure the 13 minute long title track "The grand Wazoo" wich I found very interesting and it stays it, so you can listen to it several times and it never gets boring.
The big band sound is great and fits good on this album and especially on this track. I think that this one is a good Zappa album and is by all means a good one to start with Zappa, it worked good for me Take the namesake opener, for instance my CD copy starts with this one, contrary to other editions that start with 'For Calvin'.
There is also a great albeit a little too brief guitar solo that rocks really hard. Then comes 'For Calvin and His next Two Hitch-Hikers ', which comprises the most disturbing passages of the album - those are the bizarre places I was referring to at the beginning of this review. It starts with a bluesy section with some sarcastic singing incorporated: Janet Neville- Ferguson's interventions sound quite sensual, although her whispering delivers are meant to arouse the listener's sense of irony and not some other kind of sense or sensation.
After the sung portion, there comes a brilliant series of successive motifs first led by the vibes, then by the horn ensemblein which dissonance and unexpected shifts serve as the rules that provide and maintain a sense of cohesion in a most challenging manner. Beneath all this fiery, demanding series of changes and variations lies an intelligently complex structure.
Regarding my personal experience, every time I listen to this piece I simply can't avoid feeling captivated by its radical weirdness, and it makes me wonder if this isn't where the RIO trend was born.
After all this awesome sonic display ends, the closure 'Blessed Relief' takes things down to a calmer, more relaxing stance. The ambience portrayed in this number is that of a jazz club, in an intimate moment when the band on stage plays soft melodies and couples dance in a languid trance: the pairing of acoustic and wah-wah guitar, complemented by the electric piano and adorned by some sax soloing is just mesmeric.
As you may notice, there's a fair share of variety of musical sources cooking in "The Grand Wazoo", well integrated in the repertoire and exquisitely performed - IMHO, that's the main reason why this work is an absolute FZ masterpiece Utter masterliness by the master of the bizarre and out of the ordinary, Frank Zappa. With this album, he goes with a more big band approach, featuring an assortment of wind instruments.
It has a jazz feel all around. Most of the album is instrumental, much like Hot Rats, and the vocal sections have a very majestic feel to them. Since most of the album is straight music, I'll talk more in depth about that. The opener is a 13 minute instrumental epic otherwise known as The Grand Wazoo. Opening with some superb guitar work, mainly a grand solo containing a very watery guitar effect by Zappa. Throughout the piece, the wind and brass instruments all get solos.
Not to mention the superb keyboard work by George Duke and Don Preston, who give their instruments very precise runs. The bass and drum also work coherently and create a very laid back enviornment. The opener never gets loses interest despite its length, you'll always find something new with every listen. The next track Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus features Zappa mumbling and singing incoherently, but it is done well and adds a layer of comedy to this other wise non-comical album.
Eat that Question and Blessed Relief both are great instrumentals continuing the very laid-back style of this album, and they finish off what is easily my one of my favorite Zappa albums. Overall, this is an incredible effort from Frank Zappa, who added more originality into his catalogue of styles. I recommend it highly to everyone. A great introduction into Frank Zappa. My first real introduction to Zappa, and it still remains one of my favorites by him.
Very good playing from the musicians on the album, notably from George Duke and Aynsley Dunbar. Clocking in at 37 minutes, there are no weak songs on this album, In my opinion, despite a few weaker moments. The title track is a great minute opener full of great solos. The orchestra fits very well in that song too, making this album even more interesting.
Very melancholic, but excellent nontheless. Zappa fan or not. A necessary album for Jazz-Rock fantatics especially This is my favorite Frank Zappa album.
Most of this album is instrumental, yet it is complete and imaginative, actively supported by a big band. When "For Calvin And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers" starts, it starts with passion and a very entertaining original jazzy touch, which is there the whole song. Then, what to say about "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus"? This is the shortest but the sweetest song! The rhythm is crazy with great percussion and keyboards. The rest of the album is clearly more jazzy than the first part.
But this is great jazz; not the kind of music you would listen to in an elevator Overall, this album is divided in two: the first two songs are really imaginative, entertaning, progressive and even experimental. The two last songs are more jazzy, melodics with a sound closer to acoustic music than electronic.
And, stuck there in between, "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus" is that big exclamation mark just waiting to be appreciated! This is a great album to start with if you don't know Frank Zappa. Not a masterpiece, but not far from it!
As far as Zappa's music concern I can consider myself as newbie. Yes I knew the name and of course his picture long time ago in the seventies - the glory days of rock music.
But I knew only one album of Zappa and The Mothers at that time and now with the information power over the net finally I read a lot of news and stories about how unique Frank Zappa as person is and probably "has been". That's enough to draw a conclusion that he's definitely prog.
As my previous review of another album "Hot Rats" posted here couple of weeks ago, now it's time for me to digest the music of Frank Zappa through this "Grand Wazoo" album. Musically this album is at par excellent with "Hot Rats".
Some of my friends reckon that this album even better than "Hot Rats". I can agree but I still consider that both are at the same quality.
Personally, I consider the music of Zappa - especially this album and also "Hot Rats" - is the kind of music typically used at pasar malam night market - it's not truly correct translation.
This is a local term we use in my country on the seasonal market usually held at night with many attractions including acrobatic show by motorist Harley Davidson and the like and any other activities haunted house, windmill, etc.
Basically there are bits of everything offered in a typical traditional pasar malam. I enjoyed going to pasar malam when I was a child. So is the case with this album. Musically there a bits of everything here - almost all styles of music are blended beautifully here. There are many instruments used here with this track. Name any instrument - and I'm sure it's played here. From the woodwind and brass section like trumpet, trombone, baritone, sax to electric guitar, everything is played proportionately.
Oh yeah, it's like a pasar malam where there are many stores offering different choices of attractions - even some of them are offering goods clothing, children toys, etc - where many instruments play together with individual chords and notes. The result is a music packed with different kind of sounds. It's nice and unique - at least for me because I never heard this kind of music before. I enjoy how the guitar fills are surrounded by brass section like a big band.
This opening track is like an improvisation music and is NOT a song-orientated music. Track 2 is more jazz than the opening track, even the tempo is much slower. Vocals are added at this track.
Sax and trumpet play roles as soloists. There are parts with simple to digest arrangements and there are parts with complex arrangement. Track 3 is a short one with big band line-up like previous two tracks featuring brass section as lead melody.
It's interesting track with similar approach like track 1. Track 4 starts off with keyboard solo, followed with full stream of music that combines rock, jazz and a bit of blues. It's an excellent track with keyboard improvisation. The music moves from simple arrangement to complex one maintaining keyboard as lead instrument. It's important to notice here on how drums are played as beat maker but at the same time serves a role as filler. Guitar then takes the lead after long keyboard role.
It sounds like a jam session. So, again, it's not a song-orientated music. There is a break to a silent mode where guitar gives melody followed with big band music with drums played in marching style. It's excellent and really cool! The concluding track serves a style of slow jazz music with brass section dominate the composition. This track definitely fits with those of you who love jazz music even though this is not a pure jazz.
But if you listen to the trumpet solo, it really sounds like a jazz composition. As far as rhythm section this track offers a constant style and only the soloist that differs one segment to another. After long trumpet section it moves to excellent keyboard solo and followed with acoustic guitar solo. Overall, this is one of Frank Zappa's best albums. The music is a blend of jazz mostlypop, and rock - performed in big band concept. Keep on proggin'.! Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW The Grand Wazzo' was released in and is Zappa's third solo record even so the term 'solo' is to be used carefully, all Zappa records' Mothers' or not are in the first place Zappa records.
The rhythmic work delivered by drummer Aynsley Dunbar is stunning and allows Zappa a complexity, that was not possible with the the first MOI. Among the other featured musicians are Jack Bruce on bass appearing for contractual reason as 'Erroneus' and George Duke who's funky keyboard playing and twisted vocals inspired Zappa a lot. On the remasterd CD the track-order of side one is inversed and the CD starts with the main dish of the record the title track 'The Grand Wazzoo', a masterpiece of Jazz Rock with a Big Band arrangement.
A second theme in form of a Fanfare appears towards the end of the track followed by a moog solo by Don Preston. The second track 'For Calvin And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers' is dedicated to Cal Schenkel, a friend of Zappa and responsible for most of Zappa's early cover art, including the cover of 'The Grand Wazzoo' that illustrates the story told by Zappa and reproduced in the inner cover A track that presents the 'Vaudeville' side of Zappa's music; a slow rhythm introduces the theme, a mock opera vocal duette by Janet Neville- Ferguson and Sal Marquez, followed by a moog and a trumpet solo that introduces the theme of 'New Brown Clouds', that would appear on 'Greggary Peccary' and a reprise of the first theme.
The second side starts with 'Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus' a short Soul influenced Funk track that prefigures 'Overnite Sensation', with Georg Duke playing honky tonk piano and a vocal duette by Zappa and Duke another track with stunning rhythm work.
The following development and interplay between drums and piano is breathtaking and among the most sophisticated rhthmic work in Jazz-Rock followed by a great Zappa solo, before the rhythm dissolves into a slow rubato reprise of the main theme. The record closes with 'Blessed Relief' a chillout track with a nice relaxed athmosphere alternating solo and ensemble sections, featuring Sal Marquez on trumpet Duke on piano and Zappa on guitar.
A masterpiece of Big Band Jazz Rock with extraordinary rhythm work! I think one of the big differences between these two records is the bigger sound on "The Grand Wazoo". Having over 20 musicians involved will create that effect. Much more horns then guitar though in this jazzy tune. A big band sound follows.
The vocal melodies are so funny. A beautiful song that is both light and smooth. Horns, bass and light drums lead the way, with piano before 3 minutes. There are arranged big band like parts in the song too. Fans of Henry Cow would be pleased with this one. There are some eerie vocals and some great flute playing in the song and the part with singing is actually pretty psychadelic.
The middle part of the song is in classical avant garde style. Very great challenging part. There is the typical Frank Zappa conceptual continuity in this song too. It features some humorous vocal performances and some western salon piano parts.
Lots of brass in this song too. Some nice soloing going on in this song. Blessed Relief is my least favorite on the album. He is such a powerful drummer yet sophisticated enough to play the technical parts with ease. The production is very well done. Warm and pleasant.
I think he succeeded very well. As the second of the conceptual and musical sequels to Zappa's widely regarded masterpiece Hot Rats, The Grand Wazoo is a bit weaker but still definitely worthy of attention.
In comparison with Hot Rats, this album is much more built on cinematic layers of big band sound, rather than extended jams. Here, the only song with singing is For Calvin, but it's similar vocal styles to earlier Mothers songs, not like the cheerful crooning of Captain Beefheart. Aside from that track, however, it's entirely instrumental and entirely something of a cross between big band sound and expansive progressive jazz fusion instrumentation. On the whole, nevertheless, the music here is cleverly written, dramatically orchestrated, and representative of the strange and expansive range of Frank Zappa's unique musical explorations.
The album or at least the CD version opens with the title track. Most of the tune is built on a massive big band style, mostly brass but with the occasional beautifully crisp clean guitars like on Peaches en Regalia.
The two main themes fit together nicely, the first being a sliding brass sound and the second being a rake-picked clean guitar that brings an indefinable energy to the track.
From there, however, the track resolves into a long saxophone solo that comprises most of the central ten minutes of the song. During that long middle period, the song threatens to dissolve into experimental bits that detract from the glory of the beginning and ending but don't stop the flow of music here.
A final reprisal of the main theme and clean raked guitars together at the end brings this song towards its conclusion. For Calvin and His Next Two Hitch-Hikers features the sole lyrical adventure on the album, but these are rather weird and haunting lyrics.
A creepy beginning meanders forward, filled with menacing sounds and haunting vocals. About halfway through, the song dissolves into strange experimental noise bits, overlaying lots of instruments but just barely hanging onto musicality like Mothers often failed to do. In the end it's an interesting track, but probably the least impressive off The Grand Wazoo.
However, rather than just being another song like its predecessor, it packs energy and vitality into a short little track. Quirky vocals reminiscent of Zappa's forthcoming One Size Fits All album add a human element to this odd piece of excitement.
Next comes the well-composed Eat That Question. It begins with a more mellow sound, developing a melodic and intriguing main theme. It then turns to a long keyboard solo that works very well with the song.
Throughout this whole piece, the drums are going about as crazy as can be expected, and are some of the best examples of rhythm work in Zappa's music probably until Joe's Garage. About halfway through, a quintessential Zappa guitar solo breaks in, returning us to the more jam-oriented feel of Hot Rats.
This solo continues through a detonation of the song, building it back up with a reprisal of the main theme, which the band then rejoins and powers this song to its end. Blessed Relief is a mellow and beautiful track built around clean guitars and saxophones. It feels almost like a big band swing song, except the guitar and gentle horns take precedence.
One Zappa's most friendly guitar solos fills in a lot of the middle section of this piece, ending in a reprisal of the main theme, fairly similarly to the title track and Eat That Question in terms of song layout. What this comes down to is a really nice album that is shot in the foot by a few poorly composed sections and a few ideas that just fail to properly translate. However, for Zappa fans, this is essential, and for people unfamiliar with Zappa, this will probably be album number two, as Hot Rats should come first I'm going to travel against the tide here.
Much of the album attempts to be serious in its delivery, but it falls flat on some occasions. The brass simply bellows, flourishes and squibbles all under a pumping rhythm. My only beef is that the track goes on a bit too long for my sake; there seems to be a dead spot in the middle. When the songs have energy, they're fantastic. And to follow that up, the almost rocking ''Eat That Question'' contains excellent electric piano and guitar solos.
The downside is that there are two lazy numbers that I simply cannot listen to without dozing off, ''For Calvin'' and ''Blessed Relief''. Both are terribly lazy in instrumentation and just don't do anything at all at least for me. Why I don't have patience with some of the album is beyond me.
Those of you who may not be aware of the vast musical universes excavated and explored by Mr. Take the photo your damn self! Video cameras are small and cheap. Record your meeting, interview your people Document your passion. Document the people that you've helped. Document what you're doing so you can show it to somebody who wasn't there.
That's a critical step, and we forget, don't we? We get so passionate about, "The meeting's going to be atwe've got to have the kids and the pizza And there's not one single photograph. You might've served 10, people and don't have one photograph, while the person next door served 20, and has a glossy manual. And you know who you're mad at? You could've had a glossy manual But you're mad at them, and now we've got drama.
Document, and then take that documentation to people who have money. People say, "Aw, I don't want to deal with the fund-raising. It's not about the money to me. But people who have means and who have discretionary income and who have different types of financial instruments want to be helpful, and they want to be engaged — but they don't live in your neighborhood! By definition, they don't. They need some help understanding the situation.
That's the media part, the documentation. You have to get as passionate about talking to the people with as you are talking to the people without. Because we need each other, and you're the bridge person. If you were just desperate and needing of services and help, you wouldn't be working at a not-for-profit. If you were a gazillionaire, you probably also wouldn't be working at a non-profit.
So you are the person whose job it is to bring the haves and the have-nots together. And you have to be passionate about that. Yeah, somebody will say "You self promote! You're self-promoting! Get that out of your mind as a barrier, and look at the service you can provide by documenting your work. Number Two, Steal. I don't mean steal money. Steal ideas! Talk to other people who don't work on your project.
If you go to New York to see your friends or your parents, look up the other groups working in a similar area and say hello. If you can't meet with the executive director, that's good, because if the organization is more than five years old the executive director has no idea what's going on anyways.
Talk to the program officer, the deputy director, the receptionist — and steal ideas. And grab onto people that you stole the ideas from. If you go overseas, make sure to visit some of the non-governmental organizations in other countries. It's amazing how many problems have already been solved that you're still stewing in and suffering through.
I went down there, I'd knocked on their door, I said hello, I told them what we were trying to do They were very friendly, and said, "This is our paperwork," and I said "Thank you! So you've got to be willing to steal. And people love it! People will brag about it, saying "Well you know, we're now the thought leaders in the field.
Our model is being replicated. So I'm not saying anything immoral yet. Number Three, Don't Lie. This is for real. There is something about the relationship between the not-for-profit sector, the government, the foundations, and the donors that creates a massive incentive to lie — flagrantly, and often.
And it's not just a one-sided thing. The relationship between not-for-profits and foundations is like the relationship between teenagers and parents.
You don't really want to tell them everything that's going on, and they don't really want to know. So there's this dance of deceit, shall we say. With my friends. So glad to hear that! And so what do you say? All goals were met, and a good time was had by all. They don't want to know that you hired somebody once again who was a complete idiot.
They don't want to know, and you don't want to tell LP), and therefore we all stay very ignorant. Then the actual innovation curve has flattened out, because nobody's telling the truth about what we're going through any more. We're all self-deceiving and trying to make it look good. At the Ella Baker Center, we adopted a reporting form that freaked out our board and advisors.
It was very simple: highlights, low lights, and lessons learned. We created a discipline in the organization that we would report out the bad stuff. First of all, everybody knows the bad stuff anyway, because the person you fired is talking right now, so it's not like it's not out there.
But did you learn anything? Program officers at foundations, donors, and philanthropists are just inundated with lying, false crap. And they know they're being lied to. If you took all your annual reports and just read them end to end, you'd have to conclude that we're now living in a socialist paradise. Everything's going well, people are being served, and all the children are happy.
And then you look at any newspaper, and it's very clear that we might be fudging a bit. So my experience has been that donors and program officers love to actually get the truth. They don't punish you for it if you learned something. I think if all of us started to confess a little bit more, we would learn a little bit faster. Number Four: Hate Your Enemies, if you must, but love your rivals — and know the difference.
Your enemies are people like Nazis, okay? Your enemies are people who want to do you bodily harm, who hate you, and who are actively plotting your demise, with weapons.
Just about everybody else that you don't get along with is probably a rival. They run an organization and you run an organization, or they have a department and you have a department. Or they have a cubicle, and you have a cubicle. And you just don't get along. You don't see eye to eye, there's some jealousy, you have different communication patterns.
Their mom was this way, your dad was that way — you're working it out. But we turn those minor differences into adversarial wars. It's fine to hate your enemies if you must. Jesus, Gandhi, other people would argue with you, but if you insist, fine.
Hate your enemies. But most of the people you see every day are not your enemy. I've got emotional scars and damage from being in this work, and I've never even met a Republican!
Even with people who fundamentally agree with everything I think, we just fight and hurt each other and say mean things, and think mean thoughts. All the time! That's called the movement. That's called the progressive community, right? I want to make the case that we should actually love our rivals, and we should develop a discipline about bragging on our rivals. One group doesn't like us very much at all. I started talking about them first at every funder meeting.
Before I tell you about our work, have you heard about X group? They're doing extraordinary work. They did this last year, they did this this year. If you don't know about them, I want to make sure you know about them before the meeting's over. Now let me tell you about what we're doing I was going to love them, I was going to learn from them. I was going to try to figure out what it was that I could do differently in the relationship. I want to report that it has made no difference, at all, in the way they treat me.
But it's made a tremendous difference in the way that other people view our organization and the way that we view ourselves. We're lighter. Love your rivals. Number Five, Do Less. When I first came into this movement, we named the organization after a woman named Ella Baker, a civil rights heroine from the sixties. Ella Baker said many, many wise things.
One of the things that caught on was something she said in a moment of frustration. Some civil rights workers had been murdered — two Jews and a black — and while they were trying to find these civil rights workers, they kept coming up with body after body after body of black men that had been lynched and drowned down through the ages.
The media kept saying, "Well, that's interesting but what about the two white kids? We who believe in freedom cannot rest until all mothers' children are honored. I just drank the Kool-Aid on that. We cannot rest. We cannot Physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually. I really hurt myself. July 17,I had a complete emotional, physical, psychological breakdown. I literally could not get out of bed. I'd gone for years without — I would sleep with my clothes on, and the lights on, books all around me on the bed.
I never took a vacation. For years it never occurred to me to take a vacation. Something just popped in my brain. It was almost audible. I was in deep trouble. I'd been in all these coalition meetings, and it occurred to me that over the past couple years, in every meeting I'd been surrounded by idiots. I had to deal with them, and point out their flaws, and stop them from wreaking havoc, and I was burning out, and I didn't know it. I had to take about two years of counseling, therapy, learning to go to the gym — things I'd just never done — just to be able to get back to doing this work.
My dad was an alcoholic, so I'd said, "Well I'm not going to do that," but then I was into this workaholism thing. I pulled out of it, and when I came back I saw that it was just everywhere.
So what I want to say to you, very clearly, is that you have emotional needs. You have physical needs. You need to get them taken care of outside of this work. You need to have something outside of this work where you go for re-charging, where you talk to people who don't do this kind of work, so you can keep it in perspective.
So when you go into those board meetings and you go into those coalition things, you're coming with something. We who believe in freedom have to rest. We have to rest. Who We Are Our country is in a difficult situation now. We're facing difficult days. You're the people who are the reserve strength of the country. You're this nascent, pro-democracy movement trying to revive the best in the United States.
It's important that you see yourselves in that way. We tend in our movement to forget who we are. The legacy that we're carrying out, the shoes that we're standing in, the call that we're answering. Martin Luther King never gave a speech called "I Have A Complaint. The brother had a dream. And you have dreams. You have big, beautiful dreams. You will not be able to meet them alone. You need friends, you need solidarity, you need partnership, you need a movement. But in a difficult period like the one that we're in right now, that's when there's opportunities for she-roes and heroes to step forward.
People remember Roosevelt and Churchill and those guys because Hitler made it an awful, hard decade for them, and they rose to that. It's the same with every other hero and she-ro. This is a time for heroes. This is a time for she-ros. I want you to be the people who in the difficult times stood up for the best in this country, who said "We are willing to say that we'll defend America's freedoms. The patriots are the people who are willing to defend America's freedoms, the people who are willing to defend people's freedom to marry who they want to, and divorce who they want to.
We're the people who are willing to say America should be number one in the world. But not in war. Not in pollution. Not in incarceration rates. America should be number one in the world in green and clean technology, in solar power, in bio-diesel, in sharing those beautiful things with the world.
We should be number one in showing how a rainbow nation — multi-colored, multi-class, multi-hued, multi-language — can come together and fix real problems, and show a rainbow planet how it's done. That's who we should be. I believe if we do our work in that spirit, with that knowledge, with that commitment, we will build the kind of pro-democracy movement that will get past left and right, past black and white and yellow and every other color, and get back down to the very basics of who we are as people.
People who believe, people who stand for something. People who understand that at the end of the day, when it's all said and done, our love, our hope, our faith, and our commitment, is stronger than a bomb from anybody.
Soon he'd recorded a novelty record for Christmas that in sold an amazing 4 million copies in just 7 weeks. And "Alvin and the Chipmunks" were born. His heirs are determined to keep the franchise going.
After the movie was released, the Chipmunks' official web site began pointing visitors to an "iMunks" page for downloading Chipmunk mp3s — and not just songs from their new movie! Now re-located to Amazon. After the death of their original creator inhis son re-launched their career in with an album called Chipmunk Punk. It included the Chipmunks' covers of songs like My Sharona and Blondie's "Call Me," and they continued their novelty success through the 90s with albums like "Club Chipmunk.
But what's really newsworthy is that the singing rodents are here at all. LP) Journal. But there's a happy ending. Ross Bagdadsarian Jr. The movie's closing credits even show record covers from the Chipmunks' multi-generational career, along with a note applauding Ross Bagdadsarian Sr. And in the film the address of Dave's apartment is "", subtly reminding audiences that the Chipmunks have sung his song for nearly fifty years.
Which they segue into "Funkytown," complete with choreography. Despite the movie's flaws, a lot of care went into the choice of songs and the storyline. It's drawing mixed reviews. The New York Post declared that "this charm-free atrocity is awful enough to instantly cure any remaining nostalgia for the rodent trio. The "dazed loser" persona may not compliment the computer-animated chipmunks, making it harder to suspend disbelief.
But the script was better than expected, giving each chipmunk a complete character and adding a story about whether they'd find a new home in the city. Toronto reviewer Stephen Cole pointed out that in audiences filled with children, the new movie was the favorite over The Golden Compass"paws down. And also, Sponge Bob Square Pants. Maybe the film-makers are counting on a Christmas-time indulgence for their film about the giddy singing rodents.
The Chipmunks' career has always included equal parts music and humor, and the history of American pop culture shows a strange ongoing love for their high-pitched voices. And for better or worse, they've now found a way to bring Alvin and the Chipmunks into the 21st century. Would Ben Franklin be a blogger? It's a serious question pondered by news "gatekeeper" Walter Isaacson, once the managing editor at Time magazine and the chief executive officer at CNN.
Isaacson shared some startling insights about technology and media, both past and present, at a symposium last year at the Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center which studies "invention and innovation.
But as an afterthought, Isaacson noted that today the internet creates lots of publishers. Or, to put it another way — if Ben Franklin were alive today, would he be one of us? Isaacson, who'd written a page biography of Franklininsisted that the answer was no — "not a blogger. Ben Franklin would have a web site, Isaacson speculated. It would be more like Andrew Sullivan than your normal blogger in pajamas. Yes, Ben Franklin would put his content behind a pay wall. Look, you have life going in two directions, as far as technology and democracy is concerned.
In one direction, you have the centralization of mass media to a great extent. You still have the three networks getting — not as much of the audience they did, but it's something But at the same time you have so many decentralizing elements in the mass media, the bloggers being just one of the major ones, that there's no coherence any longer.
It's wonderful. There's this great blooming, buzzing confusion in the media world which I think is, by and large, an asset to democratization. In a poignant moment, the National Archivist remembered his childhood in New York, when there were twelve different newspapers. Maybe inspired by Benjamin Franklin and America's history of a decentralized media, Isaacson made one irrefutable observation about our media landscape today.
In the great American city of New Orleans, yes, there's one monopoly newspaper. And he pointed out that a decentralized media is almost an American tradition. It's got four newspapers. So what does Ben Franklin do? Get a fifth! People could become printers, they could have newspapers, they could be pamphleteers, they could — whatever. When radio hits, something else happens — a monopolization of newspapers For a variety of reasons — classified ads, everything else — it was better to have one newspaper in town than seven newspapers, so you started seeing consolidation in the newspaper market.
And the barrier to entry into the broadcast world was very hard. You couldn't become an NBC just sitting in your pajamas in your attic or something, because there were public airwaves, there were monopolies. There were three networks. So for a very brief period in our country's history, approximately from to the year — for just that sixty-year period — you have a concentration of media where it's a higher barrier to entry.
You can't start a newspaper in town, you can't start a TV network. Then the internet blows all that away, and everybody can start web sites, blogs, email newsletters, that sort of thing, until you'll see us reverting back to the free flow of information that's more democratized. Would Ben Franklin really fit into all this? Isaacson thinks it's unmistakable.
In his book he identifies Franklin as "A successful publisher and consummate networker with an inventive curiosity. Monkey v. Dog v. He had two Pulitzer Prizes, and six wives. But while sex remained a fascination for Norman Mailer along with power and celebrityhe lived his ideas — the good ones and the bad. His life became an year fantasmagoria of fulfilled impulses, and the strange and wonderful knowledge that resulted. Woody Allen once joked that when Norman Mailer died, he'd donate his ego for medical research.
Calling ego "the buzzword of the century," Mailer boldly explored his passions in nine different decades, leaving behind a secret second body of work — amazing stories about the story-teller's life. Here's some of the highlights. Movies Gone Bad Attracted by Hollywood intrigue, Mailer devoted his third novel The Deer Park to the depravation of the entertainment industry, naming it after the notorious 18th-century pleasure groves of King Louis XV.
Publisher Barney Rosset lent his house for part of the filming, and remembered that things quickly descended into chaos. My mother in law went outside, then came back into the house screaming, "There's a midget in the swimming pool! Rosset drove to Mailer's hotel room, banged on the door, and shouted "Norman, you've gotta come back and get your midget!
The movie told the story of a movie director — coincidentally, with Mailer's name — who's considering a run for the Presidency. Mailer wanted to explore what provokes the assassination of political figures, but the cast unwisely included both Mailer's wife and his ex-wife, and at one point Torn even advised the actors to attack Mailer's film doppelganger with their harshest criticisms of Mailer himself.
Torn's attack on Mailer — while wielding a hammer — was apparently triggered by disappointment that the movie hadn't followed through on its assassination premise. Calling Torn a 'crazy fool cocksucker', Mailer wrestled him to the ground, biting and nearly tearing off Torn's ear. Backstage he slapped guest Gore Vidal, then literally butted his head, according to Mailer's recollections in a article in Esquire.
Vidal: Are you crazy? Mailer: Shut up. Vidal: You're absolutely mad. You are violent. As I said before, photos are to share and for people to look at. Some prefer to peddle them as art.
Some like to steal and peddle them. Some like to take credit from the labours and research of others. We all know who they are, don't we? Matt and Ragtime: Ok. Serge, from what i've seen so far on the net, you are a brave soul to share your wondrous work at all, even with the copyright on them somebody could always "feather away" the copyright in photoshop. I am in the process of checking into that very thing with my "large" attorney retain a small, medium, and large one and am less one tax attorney right now, although i did let him live.
If you are interested i'll tell you what he has to say This Internet is too loose, more scary - and intimidating - than the armidillo that keeps storming my basement. I've already seen enough of my work copied - downright to the "letter" at times - to fill an ocean - well, maybe a Great Lake - and it's about to be out HERE now????? BTW - been listening to music without words this past week, letting the Andean and Gaelic take me back to whaling ships and brown-skinned tribes, things that i love to keep the cup half full and the blood pressure down You should and could do a book.
I dare you. Diamond Lil, said a little prayer. As I said before: it's good to have daughters who can tell you how pathetic you are not knowing how html works How do you do that? Re "Testimony": whose did you refer to? Or Volkov's? Donald Joseph, I said nothing regarding Clinton except to indicate that your logic appears more in keeping with recursive, insultingly narrow defense familiar from the Clinton affair than your figuratively fat finger points to in "Testimony.
I assumed you were interested in a constructive discussion regarding the events that inspired a piece of music. Clearly this is about deeper, more disturbed issues than anything we should be discussing here. I'm moving on, I suggest you do to. This is really my fault. I should have known from your past comments that this is part of your pattern and you have predisposition for painting things you don't understand with an overlarge brush. My apologies to all for helping this thread live longer than the two seconds it took to read Donald Joseph's original post.
Something along the lines of the "Duets" collection by Emmylou Harris could become the great lost album by The Band. By the way: I spoke to a friend who is in New Orleans fot the weekend and commented that Levon's club was "nice. No comment about the song-title menu selections Wonder where Hoskyns' buddies the "Bells" from England disappeared to?
Haven't heard from them in ages around here. I miss them. Come out, come out wherever you are! Van The Man is back! New year, new label, but a whole load of existential discontent. No change there, then. To the younger end of the market, Van Morrison must resemble one of those rugged, ancient stones that still dot the landscape of his beloved Celtic West. But what the hell does he stand for now? Back on Top will satisfy fans who've stuck with Van's low key efforts of recent years.
The longer term disciples will bask in its pleasurable echoes of old songs: the mansions on the hillsides, the obscure allusions to Geneva, William Blake and 'backstreet jelly roll'. Even so, there are developments in evidence. And they're not jolly. The record has just two tracks with an upbeat feel, and they're both profoundly bleak at heart. The opener 'Goin' Down Geneva' is a rollockin' pub-rock boogie, but it describes a travelling musician "my heart was filled with pain" playing dead end gigs in Europe.
Then there is 'Precious Time', jaunty with a blue-beat bounce but veined with pessimism. The loneliness of the long distance artist is the album's recurring theme. In 'The Philosopher's Stone he sings "My job is turning lead into gold". There is also romance in the beautiful utterances of 'When the Leaves Come Falling Down' and downright strangeness in 'Golden Autumn Day', wherin a man attacked by two muggers tries to overcome his depression and fantasises about flogging his assailants.
But most of all there is gloom. Restless, disappointed, heartbroken. We can only hope the real-life Van is not in the place he's singing about. For Back on Top sounds anything but. Jan: I have some very interesting clips here that I'd like to put into your hands. Serge: No need to apologize for the copyright banners. Think we all understand you're doing what you have to do. The photos are priceless, and I think in this case I can speak for almost everyone when I say your contributions to this site are much appreciated.
Thank You Jonathan Katz and Ragtime. Got through a very tough day yesterday and was rewarded by some very good news. Maybe there's something to be said for the power of positive thinking. Donnie: not that again, please Now I'm beginning to understand all this bitterness of yours. Let all the lawyers of the world nail the guy when they're finished with Clinton, that is. Stanley Landau :- it's good to have daughters who show us how pathetic we are, typing at length in the middel of the night.
Lil :- thinking of you. Please mr. Music, will you play I sense some Clinton has nothing to do with this site and very little to do with my last post; I raised him by example only to explain Lenny's peculiar non-denial, which still none of you has been able to explain. I naievely thought my Clinton reference was non-controversial. You guys can admire Clinton all you want; no one is asking you to defend his bedroom romps of 20 years ago.
But get a grip on reality, guys. Great statesman or not, the man is randy and less than truthful. Can you spell "I did not have a relationship with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"? And even if Juanita is full of it, can you spell "the president who cried wolf"?
What more is it going to take for you to concede the prez is a man of gargantuan appetites -- a sloshin', steamin' bucket of the stuff? Stanley Landau: I shudder even to contemplate the tremors sure to shake Manhattan when your letter hits town. Give us some advance notice --will ya? By the way, Landau, you've now told us you're a still-practicing lawyer -- but that you've sworn off the foppery of Rosen rags.
I hope your law partners just don't judge you by your shoes, eh? In the meantime, speaking of John Simon projects, is anyone else deeply into the 1st A. Croce l. No need to respond if you're fed up with me by now. I played them in the car [next best thing to head phones] for the last two days on my way to and from work. Each leg of the trip is about the length of one side of an lp.
When you are married and have a couple of kids you don't get much time to listen to music at whatever volume you like - the care is my last refuge. The one thing that stands out for me on these more than on the original CD releases [I've not played the lps in years] is the drums.
On "Across The Great Divide" they hit you in the face - fantastic! On "The Weight" that bass drum comes in after the acoustic guitar intro and smacks [sorry Rick] you right between the eyes.
The contrast between the delicacy of the acoustic guitar intro and the bass drum sets off the entire journey of the song. I had forgotten how sublime is that acoustic intro after hearing it done via electricity in all of those live recordings. These things cost an arm and a leg. Worth it? To me yes [unqualified]. Way to go, Kohji. Thinking of you Diamond Lil. Dr Ugg I'm a camp fire guitar player. I am looking for any cords from The Band's latest C. I would be very happy to get these cords.
Serge: You really should do a book. I'm sure many of us would by it! Thanks for sharing. You don't happen to know when they are this year do you?
Fri Feb 26 MET An Andy Kauffman article in the Chicago Tribune revealed an interesting tidbit. He had a large record collection, and among the artists listed as represented was one Ronnie Hawkins. Greg D. That's a six string bass that Danko's playing. That is how he started with the Hawks if my memory servehaving been a guitar player primarily I guess.
A local musician here in London still has that particular 6 string wonder. Young: guess I was partially right about N. Felts being from Missouri. I have a pic. If I find it I'll send it in. I'd like everyone to take a hard look at my 4 "Hawks " pics from the Brass Rail that were posted today, as well as others in the Hawks section of this site. Look at the guy with the army "white-wall" haircut sitting ringside Now go look at the Hawks pic.
The guy never attempted to trace the origin of the photo, just helped himself and credited some dude who had laid his hands on a copy and was dumb enough to just hand it over. Read the recent OCR's from different mags. Why can't people practise honesty? The recent TV special on Robbie used a copy of a photo from this site that I contributed, after I repeatedly refused to cooperate with them.
They just went ahead and helped themselves. Money hungry, dishonest leeches. The story ain't over. HOSKYNS: if you read this and you're such a great Band fan that it drove you to write a book, get on this site and tell us all about it. Don't hide. I apologize again about the copyright banners on the pix Sorry, I am pissed off. Wish I had the means to go after these bloodsuckers. Bill M. Thanks for the update on KBB. Last time I caught up with him was at a Kitchener version of the "Hawks Nest".
Actually it was outside of Kitchener in Breslau. My contribution were the photos for the posters they put on the walls of the club. Richard Newell, and as Ronnie called him "cocaine" Carl Mathers sat in on some of those evenings and it was a treat to be in such fine musical company. At that point in time both KBB and Carl were having a hard time of it. Glad to hear Richard is still at it. I have a hundred year old violin that Carl played one evening he was over for supper.
It is placed on the wall in my family room in his memory. As with Stanley S, Richard R. I'd forgotten about Richard's participation in Tears are Not Enough. He did not seem to get as much publicity as some of the other participants; would've been nice to hear him sing a solo line or two. Thanks, Serge, for the additional interesting photos.
Anybody know if that is a guitar or early 6-string bass that Rick is playing in the pictures? Thanks Serge and Jan for the latest group of photos. Kind os blows me away though to look at those pictures and realize they were taken the year I was born :- Lee Gabites and Peter Viney: Take good care of Jan next week, ok? On a seperate note, I'm right now awaiting word on a dear friend who's having some very serious surgery today. Been in the OR for 7 hours now.
Asking for good thoughts from everyone please. Thank You. Tom Izzo: Richard Newell plays harp on the Hawkins records. Are you aware of his '95? Bill Munson: Thanks for ithe info.
Deeply appriciated. One question: is Richard N. He is excellent at both. Also: Amos Garrett is probably one of the finest electric fingerpickers I ever saw. He's also an excellent trombone player. Donald Joseph, Not really gonna belabor the Leonard Peltier issue with you. I sense a predisposition based on your feelings about the president, RR, and god knows what else Regarding a judges right to deny a defense.
They can also order the defense to not bring up the concept during arguments. Comparing your use of Lenny to "Dirty Rotten Bastard" is hooey and you know it. I'm not even gonna dignify it. You are using the contraction to denigrate.
You can spin it any way you want, but at least show enough courage to admit your motives--talk about Clinton-esque behavior! Music and literature are too different kinds of art but I can't help hearing The Band playing in catbalu's writing.
The words are jumpin' like Rick's bass. Some words are right, others not - but who cares; we love Richard's piano and the wandering notes. Like Garth's organ, catbalu's text is a never ending pastoral symphony. And like RR, The literature of the sixties might have been written in the subway walls but today's literature is here, online.
And - consequent - the literature criticism should be found here, too. Who would have thought there would be a connection between Red Green and The Band albeit indirect by means of playing at the same venue?
Regarding Powder Blues and Crowbar, I also believe that the former are defunct, and I haven't heard anything about Crowbar. Oh what a feeling! I saw a TV ad for a new sitcom starring John Larroquette spelling? Is this just a coincidence, or is there a Band connection? Maybe John's a fan? Probably just reachin' here. Tom Izzo, Richard Newell is still around in Hamilton, still appearing occasionally. Kelly lives near Calgary and is still very active.
Some might find it interesting that he's been known to tour Western Canada - and also Western Europe - with guitarist Amos Garrett, who is also Calgary based. Most of the rest of Crowbar i. If you ever see the magazine, "Real Blues", you might leaf through it.
They usually seem to run something on Richard Newell's activities. So he can call whoever he's playing with the Powder Blues Band, despite the fact that the original lineup is long gone. I was told that drummer Duris Maxwell is now a lawyer.
I imagine the rest are still around somewhere. Newell has always sid he's on the LP version of Hawkins' '68? And he's done some recordings with Hawkins' group though without Hawkins.
One's a rarish LP that was stuck out without permission in the mids; the others are budget blues compilations that are probably available cheap at Wal-Mart or K-Mart of Zellers. Usually have a couple of green, brown and bluehorizonal stripes across the front. Don Joe: I had to do some serious butt whipping some months back of you Clinton hating weasals and I won't mind doing it again, if you want to make the Band room the place for this stuff.
Since Broadrick never uses the word "rape" or takes her charge to court the right thing to do when charging someone with a wreached crime on national TV and has singed an affadavid calling herself a liar, AND is surrounded by the usual gang of Clinton hating losers, it's hard to say just what he should deny. Should he throw in a denial of Vince Foster's Murder, the drug running, and the out of wedlock black child? Take your right wing rubbish to the Lee Hazelwood room, and stuff it.
Peter Viney once again amazed me with his analysis of "Whispering Pines. The forlorn mood of the song also reminds us LP) the character in the song is perhaps grieving over loss or longing for the unattainable. So as the wind is rustling through the pines, the singer also pines quietly alonestirred by the rustling of memories. I think Donald Joseph's debate over Robertson's "Sacrifice" points out an underlying problem that occurs when politics is mixed with art.
In "Sacrifice", it was not Robertson's intention to present the events from the perspective of "the authorities" like some court reporter, but rather through the eyes of the accused.
Derek Trucks is the nephew of Butch Trucks. I recall that Narvel Felts had quite a few songs out on the country radio stations in the '70s. My band back in the 80's did songs by both bands and always got a good response. Is Crowbar still gigging? How about KBB? Does Powder Blues have more than one album out? Any recordings with them playing together available? In attemping to add some diversity to these pages because it does get repetitious and much too serious at times I'll ask this question Have any of the guestbooker's ever made love to the Bands music?.
I have often but I would recommend to anyone experiencing premature ejaculation to avoid Volcano!!. He's the son of Butch Trucks drummer for the Allman Bros.
It is to snare the spirits of mankind in nets of magic, to make his life prevail through his creation, to wreak the vision of his life, the rude and painful substance of his own experience, into the congruence of blazing and enchanted images that are themselves the core of life, the essential pattern whence all other things proceed, the kernel of eternity.
MattK: You answered my Lenny question by telling me he denies murder. My question stands. If you listen to "Sacrifice," Lenny does the same. He mentions his co-defendants' self-defense theories, and he mentions the prosecutor denigrating the prosection's own case, but Lenny NEVER denies murder!
Now that you tell me Lenny has denied the murder elsewhere, I ask again why RR edited Lenny's words on the song so as to make him, Clintonesquely, not deny anything?
Surely "Sacrifice" is meant to be heard by an audience who like me knows none of the facts of Lenny's story going into it -- even MattK says Lenny's story has been suppressed. My question goes to "Sacrifice," not to Lenny's cause celebre: Why no denial in the song? BTW, I don't believe the judge didn't let Lenny put on a self-defense theory. I could be wrong because I admit I know little about criminal law, but I can't see how a judge could exclude evidence going to a self-defense theory without committing reversible error.
If I sound like I'm talking without knowing the facts, that's exactly the point: "Sacrifice" doesn't give an accurate snapshot of what it purports to portray. Before you flame me, tell yourself 3 times: "Donnie Joseph is talking about the deficiencies of 'Sacrifice,' not about the underlying facts.
Last time I checked, rappers were giving themselves names like "Ol' Dirty Bastard. If you deny "Sacrifice" is a rap song, pls. Whoever said I'm no Tom Wolfe made me cry. Paul: thanks for the Narvel Felts info. I saw Catfish Hodge solo acoustic last year and he was outstanding.
Like Geoff Muldaur, he has a voice which has improved with age. I think I'm gonna move to Japan They were booked by legendary Canadian agent Harold Kudlets. Ronnie and Levon always referred to him as "The Colonel. Another popular group of the 70's that appeared there Steve and Morag Smith were members of Jason. Shine On! If you know the musical history of these wonderful musicians you already know the answer to this question.
If you don't know the answer, it's about time you came through the door and experienced it for yourself! Just wonderin' if Richard and Levon ever simultaneously played drums onstage. Seems they did this on a few occasions in the studio -- Smoke Signal comes immediately to mind.
But did they ever jam it out together on stage? Particularly interesting would have been some sort of drum solo duel -- I can imagine them having lots of fun. Paul "Shine On" Godfrey get goin'. You'll see many of your old friends there with links to their web sites Fri Feb 26 MET Do you mean bio stuff or what they are doing now??? Serge is correct when he says that the Powder Blues Band are no longer together; although I received last year a live concert they did in Europe.
I believe that Tom Lavin founder is the only one left. Richard, I believe is still living in Hamilton Ontario. I would have to LP) on that through The Hawk I must away now See y'all later Hello, I've heard about a rerelease of "Rock of Ages" and a Friend told me that it was due to relaease here in Germany on Febr. But nobody here is able to help me. Germany is sometimes so ignorant that it smells like Sh Dear wbmaster, could you make a link ro a online store where i can get the thinks that i want?
LPK p. Great website, very exciting. I just saw Branford Marsalis, excellent. If you have any interest in jazz, check him out if he comes to your town. He's very entertaining and seems to create set lists that can keep the show interesting even to non-jazz fans. Bela Fleck sat in, too as he does at every single concert ever held within a mile radius of Nashville.
Maybe he could sit in with Levon sometime. Branford, I mean, although Bela might be good, too. I thought "Traffic" was a good movie, a bit less cliched than "Gladiator. I was interested to see just what the movie choices were for the best rock movie EVER. Three choices! That's all? I think I'd have to vote for Woodstock. Woodstock is an incrediblie peice peace of rock history - and no overdubs I don't think. Anyway, it was the lack of selection that bothered me.
Spinal Tap is a totally different film than TLW. It's not a rock film - it's a comedy. I love it BTW. The whole bit with the amp.
The Last Waltz will win because there's no competition. If it won against some of the others I mentioned, then that would be cool. Sorry - just had to let that out. A meltdown over angry emails from Kiss fans? The HoF's spell check probably overheated. I just saw Dr. Strangelove on the Big Screen for the first time - Brilliant! Charlie Young I've got that Rivers album. It's great!
Charlie Young: Aah Johnny Rivers Still have that 45! Always loved his tune 'The poor side of town' too. Both tunes bring back nice memories Have a 5am flight out of the south back to the north tomorrow morning. Very nice vacation Have a nice night everyone. John Fogerty's original song title as it appeared on first pressings of the original vinyl edition was "Zaentz Can't Dance. A threatened lawsuit forced Fogerty to change the title to "Vantz.
Two names at the top of my unrecognized list are Leon Russell and Johnny Rivers check out his most recent studio album, "Last Train to Memphis" if you have doubts about the latter, who is still great in concert, by the way. One more thing while I'm venting and I hope this means something to somebody. Cosimo Matassa. Still not nominated in a non-musical category for founding the first recording studio in New Orleans. Robbie Robertson is on the board of the Hall of Fame to choose nominees and I'm sure he helped Toussaint get in not that he didn't deserve it.
He did. I'm surprised he hasn't done anything in this area. It's a great injustice and Cosimo isn't getting any younger. Anybody mention Graham Parker's "Mercury Poisoning" G-MAN brings up some good points about the Grammys and probably award shows in general. This year for example is anyone interested in the Academy Awards? What a horrible year. I thought Gladiator was OK; but 12 nominations. Songs about da music industry? It will appeal to Band fans and the money goes to charity too.
Labels like Ace do chase up the master tapes and do the very best they can with old recordings. Nobody has any news of who the other Baltimore Barn-Burners are, then?
Enjoyed visitng your site Come on, cast your vote s. A tribute to The Band. A beautiful performance from a couple of excellent mucisans! Thats what i have been seeing the last two weeks. I have seen them several times here in Holland and just want to tell you that it made me very happy.
I never been on this side before but if you want to know anything more about it, just let me know!! See You. Btw The group is called The W. Walcott Medicine Show. Please explain. Did anyone happen to catch George Harrison's "on-line" chat sessions last week?
I missed it, but would be interested to hear what he had to say-- anyone?? John Donabie is correct on a great Canadian show with much on Band, and other great Canadian musicians. Several other shows during week leading in to the awards show!! Robbie had good jab at the Grammy show!!! Really gettin to me, Grammy crap!!!
Taj gets a snippet; N. THose dudes would have knocked ALL the other crappers right off the planet. It's likehere's a pile a shit, and some loser says it's good--and everyone goes along--that's what's happin to music!! Hopefully, people get fed up with the BS and fake crap of being nice, and get back to puttin on some people who can play.
THose who paid their dues, etc. Can't sing, can't play, and he's featured!!! I haven't been this confused since the late 60's early 70's. Some of the other acts were down right CRAP!! Thank you Robert P. Jones for the wonderful photos. The Mann Music Center handbill brings back many memories as I spent four summers working there between '78 and ' After all I've been through I would still go back in a heartbeat!!
There's also a negative side. Hunter S. Music business songs: Nobody does it better than Van Morrison. Oh, and Neil Diamond. Mojo magazine are currently running a poll to vote for the best rock film of all time. TLW is one of the possibilities. As usual I searched the used vinyl stores. Guess what?! I picked up a copy of Ronnie Hawkins sings Hank Williams. Featuring Levon on drums and Scotty Moore on bass!!!
I had to check Jans pages to find the musicians; there wasn't much on the cover. Lucky indeed! Lots of good tunes. It's worth having. It is also listed at Amazon in England and Germanyand there is an official info. My favorite might be "The Entertainer" by Billy Joel. I know there are others but it's late and I'm tired. You folks come up with some now. I'll throw this out again. Regarding in the "What's New" section, the new Dylan compilation Live I have gone to numerous American and Japanese CD sites and haven't seen anything on the record.
Anyone know where the original info came from and the picture sleeve??? Had great footage of Rick Danko driving down Yonge Street past the old clubs talking about the early days.
Also some wonderful storytelling from Levon describing the scene at the time. Peter, there is some truth in what you say however I don't think that all musicians play on a level field I'm abusing my metaphors here in the same way some one once accused RR of doing.
The record companies pick favourites and that is what gets played on the radios - and people largely buy what they are familiar with. The record companies and radio stations are making some people rich at the expense of others. I think The Band had a number of songs which could have made it in the top 10 - but they probably didn't match some executives idea of what a top 10 song should sound like or what the musicians should look like.
My mistake. John Fahey died on the 22nd. John Fahey, the mad acoustic guitar genius, died today. That much money for one CD is just absurd. Well, you can always buy a cassette - no, wait, they're going the way of the dodo in about six months because, well, golly, they're just not expensive enough. I saw Steve Forbert last night and, in his encore, he did a new song he's written in tribute to Rick Danko. It's a lovely tune - so check Forbert out if he's in your area.
I personally wouldn't mind seeing some of these people earn a more realistic amount. The poor General was a bulwark against any kind of egalitarian ideas. In the 60s, I listened to someone explain that everyone in the country should have a Ford Escort car, no more and no less.
Inevitably some will be more popular than others and more people will buy their wares. And some will become incredibly wealthy. But not at the expenses of the others, or by crooked deals, but simply because millions of people buy that record.
The Band had their big paydays too. Spread over twenty or thirty years even a fairly successful star will have earned no more than the average professional, but they will have had some mega paydays along the way, and probably ended up paying more tax than someone whose income is more regular.
Most kids strumming tunelessly in the garage dream of success, and the successful few encourage the others. That, in the end, means that Islands is worth as much as the Brown Album. CDs changed thec way we listened to music. That program button meant that most people stopped listening to whole albums and started selecting tracks. Pretty soon Tantalizing Tingles - Various - Ragtime Piano Originals (Vinyl note the songs that stick in your head.
You program the CD. You make up your own compilations with just the selected tracks. The slow-growing song was likely to be programmed out. This is my second attempt to write! Nevertheless, I was too late and lost a modem! Good thing I had a back up! As i said in my last attempt, this is wonderful to have been able to come to this page! It's been sincerely inspirational to be able to hear some of the music that been stored in my memories!
It's been many years, but I've always had a special place in my heart for the soul that's been referred to as "the band. I consider myself to be one of the few that have been raised with a very broad spectrum of musical influence.
I could not say which ranked 1st, but " The weight " ranks with " Can't find my way home " I could go on and on! I also must say that I find Robbie Robertson to be one of the very most attractive humans on earth! The persona that emits is stunning! I always enjoyed the music and never knew the face until I saw a movie that he was in. The title of the movie was " Carney. It linked the music with an attitude for me! Never regarded "the band" the same since!
I'm a fairly intelligent woman and admire those with such qualities. It's very rare that I express these things aloud. Robertson has good qualities and also reveres his heritage! My sister is an archeologist and our family is very aware of all in regard to ancestory. I saw a documentory one nite with Robertson! I was impressed! Gotta luv that kind of person! I sincerely appreciate this oppurtunity to exress these inner thoughts!
If I have another chance, I'll come back again to view this! I'm trying to post on goofball. Kisses for this! Thank you! Angela, aka As a new comer to Napster I think it is great for finally hearing the bootlegs and the no longer available official releases I'm thinking of the Complete Last Waltz and early Hawks stuff here. It is a real shame that musicians are loosing out but it may be time for a change in the way music is packaged and sold.
How many times have you brought an album that had one or two great tracks and alot of crap? That can be an expensive way of getting the songs you want. I like the idea of just down loading the tracks I want and I don't mind paying for that. If all the songs on the album are good then I'll down load the lot though it's prabaly quicker to buy the CD.
I also have a suspicion that most of the most commercially successful "musicians" are over paid and under talented and it's probably true that the record companies have been ripping us of for ages anyway Watkins Glen? As far as The Band goes I've probably bought most of their releases 3 or 4 times - first vinyl, then the first CD realease and now the re-releases. Add to that a few of the compilations - including the expensive box set and your talking alot of money.
So really I don't loose to much sleep over downloading the odd song from Napster. If you're in the area, some of those original photographs of Dylan in Woodstock used for the Genuine basement tapes are currently in a show at the Catskill Center for Photography, the former Cafe Expressoin Woodstock until March. Forgive me for the pretentious crack, it's just that you find so many people that you meet taking others opinions so seriously like its the gospel truth.
Defending Bootleggers however like it was a labor of love As a taper who never sold anything and the prices they charge True if only field tapes were traded on Napster that would be great They stole photos too you know I never believed for a second that Clinton ever intended to grant a pardon to Leonard Peltier,Clinton has been involved in so many sleazy operationsthat the last thing he'd want to do is purposely piss off the F.
If Clinton would have pardoned Peltier it would have made the F. I has been less adament to investigate this whole fiasco. Of course the losers in this rotten deal has been the Native American community, after all the years and years of mistrust of the U.
S government these people had to choose slick willie as the guy deemed most likely to show them a little respect. Let me add a pretentious bit. Bootleggers have given us everything from one of the Band's first Winterland shows to the Complete Last Waltz. The Essential Bob Dylan series is exactly that.
How about Blood On The Tapes? The Basement Tapes? Screw the bootleggers? Yeah, right. I've never heard a bootleg that I was totally impressed with. And the ones I have heard that were cool, eventually found thier way to official releases or boxed sets. But ,then again, I've never heard any Band boots except for one from Jersey around ' That one was OK.
Later folks!!! At the last record fair I went to, coincidentally in Portsmouth where three of the new Dylan tracks come from, all I see is CDRs and inkjet covers. OK, the bootleggers took these also, but sometimes did so with style. And the bootleggers can be bypassed if the artists simply put out the material themselves. Zappa did it. In a way, the industry can live with the boots as it has done for 30 years. The boots catered for enthusiasts. Napster and its ilk are altogether more dangerous, because they encroach on the official material too.
Bootleggers bootleg each other after all. But a lot of Napster is piracy, not bootlegging. How are artists going to get paid? Tours lose money because they promote albums. Some interesting but rather pretentious sounding comments about the Dylan live CD.
I was at the ROA show and it will be a treat to hear it with the Dylan stuff after all these years Like most I held all the pre-Self Portrait stuff in the highest regard But thanks to Napster have been able to hear amazingly good stuff from a number of years. I was truly amazed at how good the current band sounds. Thanks for the tip about Senor live Budakon era Now downloading Maybe the recording is better, but the performance is the same.
Of course, this would mean the guitar solo was dubbed later in the studio. Does anyone else think this is the same version? I agree and it's difficult for me to believe the same person played with so little imagination, dexterity and timing on one night, and then played one of the most stunning pieces I've ever heard him play a day or two later.
No Clinton basher I, still Robbie deserves Kudos for his jibe at the Grammys which was picked up quite a bit in the press, you don't think I watched that thing With all this talk of live Dylan, does everyone know your going to get the Dylan set on the expanded "Rock Of Ages? The album never sounded as good as the movie, and might really improve from another try.
A lot of uninteresting folks have to make real important statements about how to make music and other very uninteresting stuff I'm just here to say thank you for this site. How do you choose among the literally hundreds of Dylan s and s CDRs, tapes and bootlegs? I just ask about 66 and 74 stuff. Jonathan is correct. The obsessives have as much as they want, and much of the bootlegged stuff will not appeal to the casual fan. At Blackbushe at least they played a lot of Street Legal.
The morning my son was born in I drove away from the hospital at 6 a. Wish I could bottle it and sell it. Most of these West African scams involve recycling old banknotes with a chemical, or accessing money seized by change of government. They have been exposed on British TV and in newspapers many times, as London is the centre of much of this. But they must find enough suckers to make it worthwhile sending out individual e-mails so this particular three card trick is seemingly lucrative.
So now the Russians have started. Last night, in a moment of pure self-indulgence my wife, who has little taste, went and had a bath I picked out the 'Last Waltz' video and spent a wonderful hour or so watching and listening. The BAND had no peers, were quite wonderful and the legend will live on long after they have gone. Graham M. I knew if I waited long enough someone would start an interesting thread in the GB - now if I could only think of something profound to say about Prince Chuks Okigbo!
It's late - I'm gonna sleep on it. See the above link for a review of "Academy. On the new Dylan Live collection: 1 They should have waited to throw in something from to make it an even 40 years. I would think that it is not going to be listened to much.
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