Saturday, March 27, 2010

'Till Things Are Brighter, I'm The MAN IN BLACK


I’m always looking for vinyl when I’m on tour. I went to Prague with Rollins Band and searched every record shop for a rare LP by the great Johnny Cash entitled “In Prague Live” or “Koncert V Praze” that was recorded in 1978 and never distributed outside of the former Czechoslovakia. I FOUND A MINT ONE!!

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6OFEPAPR

Recorded at Prague Sporting Hall April 11, 1978.
LIMITED PRESSED BACK IN 1983 BY SUPRAPHON records, Czechoslovakia.

Track listing:

Side 1:
Ring Of Fire
Folsom Prison Blues
I Still Miss Someone
Big River
I Ride An Old Paint/Streets of Laredo
Sunday Morning Coming Down
I Walk The Line

Side 2:
Last Date
City of New Orleans
Hey Porter/ Wreck of the Old ‘97/ Casey Jones/ Orange Blossom Special
Wabash Cannonball

Personnel
THE TENNESSEE THREE and the CHORUS
Johnny Cash – guitar, vocal (1-7),(9-11)
Marshall Grant - bass
W.S. “Fluke” Holland - drums
Bob Wooten - guitar
Jerry Hensley – guitar
Earl Ball -piano solo
The Carter Family/Jan Howard-chorus

I’ve been a Johnny Cash fan my whole life and remember my Uncle letting me borrow one of his Sun LPs when I was about 5 or 6. He told me to “be careful with it.” Before I got out the front door, the record slipped out of the cover and smashed in to a million pieces on the floor. He didn’t get mad at all but I think I cried.

I'm lucky because I got to meet Johnny Cash TWICE. Once was in the early 90’s when he did an in-store autograph session promoting a children’s book that he wrote (who can forget “The Good, The Bad, And The Two Cookie Kid”) at the Beverly Center. I stood in the line and when I finally turned the corner to enter the shop, there was the man in black. I was in complete awe but he also seemed as familiar as a relative. I will never forget the moment I heard him speak. I managed to shake his hand, take a picture and like a dork, even gave him a tape of some country songs that I wrote.

A few years later I got to see Johnny in concert at the Pantages and it was incredible. A star studded event, I remember seeing Tom Petty, Donovan, Joe Strummer, Sheryl Crow and I even ran into Rollins backstage. Johnny AND June Carter Cash walked around after the show, talking to everyone and I smuggled my CD box set booklet in to get signed by both of them.

I know that a lot of people like these Rick Rubin produced albums that keep coming out as often as new 2Pac releases, but be sure not to overlook his great Columbia catalog and of course the Sun recordings too. Here's to those who think WALK HARD is a better movie than WALK THE LINE. When I hear the American albums it makes me sad because Johnny sounds old and fragile. I like my Cash the way I like my coffee, strong and black.

My First SPARKS Concert

On July 14, 1983, SPARKS opened for Rick Springfield at the Philadelphia Spectrum. They were already my favorite band and I forced my parents to buy me a ticket and drop me off at the concert. As a young nerd, I made sure to bring paper and pen to write down the set list and after Sparks 40 minute set blew my mind, I actually had the nerve to ask the sound man if he could get their autographs for me. He either felt sorry for me or admired my Mad Magazine Don Martin stationery but within a few minutes he was handing back the paper with all the members' signatures (Ron, Russell, David Kendrick, Bob Haag, Leslie Bohem and Jim Goodwin). So CHEERS to that dude, whoever you were, you made my night. And there's even some "Jim" jokes on there.

(By the way, the set list was I WISH I LOOKED A LITTLE BETTER, ANGST IN MY PANTS, ALL YOU EVER THINK ABOUT IS SEX, MICKEY MOUSE, ROCKIN' GIRLS, I PREDICT, UPSTAIRS & COOL PLACES...Nice!!)

BAY CITY RIP-OFFS

From the WHO CARES department, here’s a compilation of BCR Tributes, hard-to-find Original Versions of cover songs the Rollers recorded & a few BAD “Soundalike” songs from low budget cash-in LPs that Jim Laspesa had in his collection.

NONE of these tracks actually feature Woody, Eric, Alan, Leslie or Derek...
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=E2C9P8N6

TRACK LISTING:
BAY CITY ROLLERS, WE LOVE YOU
SHANG-A-LANG
IT’S A GAME (original version)
ROCK & ROLL LOVE LETTER (original version)
BYE BYE BABY
EVERY TEAR I CRY (original version)
SATURDAY NIGHT
GIVE A LITTLE LOVE
LOVE POWER (original version)
ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU
ARE YOU CUCKOO? (original version)
YESTERDAY’S HERO (original version)
WHEN I SAY I LOVE YOU (THE PIE) (original version)
THE BUMP
ROLLERS SHOW

SONNY & CHER 1976/1977 PROMO PRESS INFORMATION LP
Featuring "THINGS TO COME" (Interview) & "IN THEIR OWN WORDS & MUSIC" (Interview)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GEUF3NNE

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Review: PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS featuring MARK LINDSAY--The Complete Columbia Singles A's & B's COLLECTOR'S CHOICE 3 CD


The one thing that proves to me how great this new Paul Revere & The Raiders 3 CD set is, is simply the fact that I keep playing it over and over. Now, you know that I LOVE most 60’s rock like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Byrds, et al (I also champion The Monkees and I’ll admit to your face that I have more Herman’s Hermits on my iPod than you do) but the Raiders have always been my favorite and this new anthology of their complete Columbia A’s & B’s in their original 45 mixes completely reveals the genius of Mark Lindsay and shines a new light on the band’s progression. A truly gifted American singer, songwriter and producer, Lindsay also found incredible success as a teen idol and TV star. Over the course of the decade spotlighted on this collection, the Raiders frequently changed their overall sound almost as much as they changed their band personnel but Mark Lindsay’s impressive performances are always first class no matter what the backdrop is, proving he is as massively talented as he is underrated. Of course, along the way he had a few important collaborative colleagues—it IS Paul Revere’s band after all and there’s also producer and co-writer Terry Melcher whose arrangements and background harmony voice are a MAJOR part of the CLASSIC Raider sound. But even before Melcher entered the picture, the band recorded awesome early party stompers (“Louie-Go Home” and “Over You”) and after he walked away in 1968, Mark kept producing hits on his own (“Too Much Talk” and “Let Me”) keeping the band commercially successful and the music quality consistently solid.

Disc 1 & 2 are kick ass MONO and Disc 3 starts with the Stereo era. The choices of musicianship on the whole 66 song package is astounding. Guitarist Drake Levin from the early golden Raider years totally had his own style and laid down many memorable solos that simply ROCKED. And the later heavy country soul lineup with Keith Allison, Freddy Weller and Joe Jr. helped the band remain hip in the psychedelic era.

Of course all the big hits are here. “Kicks,” “Just Like Me,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing” and “Indian Reservation” (by the way, Henry Rollins HATES this song) are just a small sample of GREAT Paul Revere & The Raiders songs. “Him Or Me-What’s It Gonna Be,” “The Great Airplane Strike,” and “Ups And Downs” rival the absolute best of classic 60’s rock ‘n roll, period. And the Raiders rocked all the way to their last ride with the Zeppified “Just Seventeen,” an edited “Sorceress With Blue Eyes” featuring a knockout guitar solo and "Powder Blue Mercedes Queen,” their 'shoulda been a bigger hit' from 1972.

And as much of a heavy rhythm & blues dance band as they can be, Lindsay is also a strong ballad singer who uses his smooth tone on favorites like “Undecided Man,” (sure it’s Rigby related but it’s very well done with a nice melodic refrain of “Look at them, Look at you, Look at Me”) and “Interlude (To Be Forgotten)” with its stoney-droney feel and excellent acoustic guitars.

There’s some nice 60’s country rock twang on here too with Bakersfield overtones on “There She Goes,” the great “Legend Of Paul Revere,” “We Gotta All Get Together,” (written by Freddy Weller, who as a solo act is a legendary country star, a gentleman guitar picker and a hit songwriter who co-wrote “Dizzy” with Tommy Roe) and Joe South’s “Birds Of A Feather” which regardless of any of their actual chart positions have all been hits in my house for years.

There are some incredible b-sides too like “Happening ’68,” “I Don’t Know” and “Without You,” all in their original 45 versions with a few rare promotional-only cuts thrown in too which are fun and show how big Raiders business was. “It’s So Hard Getting Up Today,” “Seaboard Line Boogie” (featuring Keith Allison’s only lead vocal on a Raider record), and a batch of non-LP singles and b-sides from the early to mid 70’s will please collectors and completists, with many of them making their CD debut. In this great company, even “The Turkey” sounds good. Finishing out Disc 3 is the very last single released by the band on Columbia in 1975, by which time Mark had made his exit and only helps once again to prove that without Lindsay it’s just not that exciting.

Now people, this ain’t The Buckinghams, Chad & Jeremy or Freddie & The Dreamers! The Raiders’ catalog is deep, baby! There are standout tracks on EACH AND EVERY Raider album that are better than some of the B material here. Just a few of the missing essential album cuts off the top of my head are “Reno,” “Think Twice,” “Boys In The Band,” “Ballad Of A Useless Man” and of course “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone,” the ORIGINAL version. I also enjoy Lindsay’s different extended versions of the 45 hits that he recorded for the band’s LPs (like “Too Much Talk” and “Cinderella Sunshine”). The only way to fully get the whole picture is to listen to EVERY record (singles AND albums) released by Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay.

Now that being said, this 3 CD set is THE BEST Raider COMPILATION ever issued and is a FIVE STAR must own for ANY rock & roll fan. RAIDERS RULE!

I’ll plug this website again, but I actually think starting my own petitions like “LET’S BLOW UP THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME BUILDING” or “LET’S GATHER TOGETHER TO MINIMIZE JANN WENNER’S IMPORTANCE IN ROCK & ROLL” might be more effective.
www.raidersrockhall.com

Drake Levin Tribute website:
http://www.drakelevin.com/

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Got My KISS Records Out



I can't put this new book down. Highly recommended by The Pipe--Get this book NOW!!
I've been pulling out all my Casablanca vinyl while I'm reading...KISS, PARLIAMENT, DONNA SUMMER, GIORGIO MORODER, HUDSON BROTHERS, CHER, ANGEL, ROBIN WILLIAMS and so much more.

And listeners of "The Vinyl Shelf" know that I even have a copy of that monumental flop 'Tonight Show' album!

"And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of CASABLANCA RECORDS"--A heartfelt new memoir by Casablanca's "Senior Vice President," LARRY HARRIS.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Exclusive: VINYL SHELF Track Lists Revealed!

BY POPULAR DEMAND:
VINYL SHELF Season One Track Listing Reference
Thanks to everyone for listening! LOVE from "The Pipe"

Episode #1
Shirley & Lee-Let The Good Times Roll
20/20-Giving It All
Shoes-Okay
The Tornadoes-Locomotion
M-D-L-T Willis-What’s Your Game
Johnny Whitaker-Friends
Squeeze-Slap & Tickle 45
Alan Longmuir-I’m Confessing
Little Sister-You’re The One 1&2
Peggy Lee-Chinese Poems
Carole King-Sweet Seasons
The Clash-The Prisoner
Keith Allison-Everybody
Little Richard-I Don’t Know What You Got
The Kinks-You Really Got Me
Salt -n- Pepa-Push It
Wildman Fischer-Go To Rhino Records
Soupy Sales-Theme/Singer Without a Song
The Dirtbombs-Nothing To Do

Episode #2
Adrian Munsey-C’est Sheep
Jackie Lomax-Sour Milk Sea
Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page Jam
Bee Gees-What’s It All About
Bee Gees-Rest Your Love On Me
Marianne Faithfull-Sing Me Back Home
David McCallum-The Edge
New Order-Bizarre Love Triangle 12”
Duke Ellington-The Blues
Dino Desi & Billy-Not The Loving Kind
Michael Jackson-Butterflies acapella
JB’s-Bonus Beats
Loretta Lynn-Army Reserve
Lenny Bruce-Tonight Show
Ike & Tina-Tonight Show It’s Gonna Work Out Fine
Marshall Crenshaw-Monday Morning Rock
Billy Ocean-Get Out Of my 12” Instrumental
Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal-Never Knew Love Like This 12”
Micky Dolenz-Don’t Do It
Pat Travers-Boom Boom

Episode #3
Honey Cone-Want Ads
Five Stairsteps-Ooh Child
Lou Christie-I’m Gonna Make You Mine
Glen Campbell-Toys For Tots
INXS-The One Thing 12”
Jan & Dean-Coke
Jan & Dean-Dead Man’s Curve
Freddie King-The Stumble
The Five Royales-Right Around The Corner
The Cadets-Stranded In The Jungle
Alice Cooper-Black Juju Medicine Ball Caravan
AC/DC-Gimme A Bullet
The Animals-It’s All Meat
The Ikettes-Peaches & Cream
Cheap Trick-Everybody Knows
Quicksilver Messenger Service-Dino’s Song
Hall & Oates-Method of Modern Love
Hudson Brothers-Nightbird Radio

Episode #4
Mark Farner-Smack message
Edwin Hawkins Singers-Oh Happy Day
Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles-Always Something There
The Ventures-Lovin’ Things
Charlie Rich-She Called Me Baby
Chet Atkins-Sleep Safe & Warm
Charlie Chaplin-Smile
Porter Wagoner-Country Music Time Radio Show
Yes-It Can Happen (live)
Was (Not Was)-Shake Your Head
Apollonia-Sex Shooter 12”
Freur-Doot Doot
Jim Dandy-Drug message
Cisco Kid-Drug message
Nilsson-Scatalogue

Episode #5
Cream-Fallstaff commercial
Vincent Price
Staple Singers-Nobody’s Fault
Richie Valens-Ooh My Head
JD Souther-How Long
The Equals-Police On My Back
Dan & Dale-Riddler’s Retreat
National Lampoon-Stereo Test
B.B. King-Air Force spot
Foreigner-What’s It All About
Kurt Weill-Threepenny Opera
The Raelettes-Leave My Man Alone
The Tams-Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me
Mamas & Papas-Got A Feeling MONO
Fleetwood Mac-Child Of Mine
Brave Belt-Too Far Away
American Spring-Shyin’ Away
The Chesterfield Kings-Where Do We Go From Here
The Genius Of Duke-Radio Show
Mark Lindsay-Air Force spot
Prince-Black Sweat
Lou Rawls-If I Coulda Woulda Shoulda

Episode #6
Flying Burrito Brothers-Christine’s Tune
U2-Unknown Caller
Velvet Underground-Pale Blue Eyes
Hotlegs-Neanderthal Man
Crazy Elephant-There Ain’t No Umbopo
Early L.A. Radio Transcription
Arthur Lee-You’ll I’ll Be Following
David Cassidy-Tomorrow MONO
Chicory Tip-What’s Your Name
The Dodgers-Don’t Let Me Be Wrong
Rebbie Jackson & Robin Zander-You Send The Right Away
Hear N Aid-4 ½ Minute News
Capitol KICKS Instrumental
Tony Orlando & Dawn-Knock Three Times
Chicago-Make Me Smile
Bonzo Dog Band-Hunting Tigers Out In India
Jefferson Starship-Count On Me
Mark Lindsay-Man From Houston MONO
Peace Patrol-Made 4 Lovin’ You
Carl Perkins-Pointed Toe Shoes
Four Freshman-And So It’s Over

Episode #7
Harold Melvin-Don’t Leave Me This Way
Lefty Frizzell-Long Black Veil
Stonewall Jackson-Waterloo
“Goofy”-Laugh
The Manhattans-I Kinda Miss You
Pointer Sisters-Automatic
Isley Brothers-Testify
Guess Who-I’m Gonna Search
Bobby Sherman-Seattle
Human League-Rock Me Again And Again
Stravinsky-Rite Of Spring
ZZ Top-Legs 12”

Episode #8
Living Colour-Love Rears It’s Ugly Head
Gilbert O’Sullivan-Get Down
Kid Rock-All Summer Long
Bob Seger-Roll Me Away
Joe Walsh-Life Of Illusion
Warren Zevon-Jeannie Needs A Shooter
Small Faces-Talk To You
Small Faces-Tin Soldier
John Williams-Jaws 2
Update Radio Show Oct. 1976 w/ Paul Davis, Carpenters, BOC, John Sebastian
The Tubes-Talk To Ya Later LIVE CUTS
Stan Freberg-Betsy Ross
Claudine Longet-Good Day Sunshine MONO
Richard Pryor
Belle Barth

Episode #9
Steve Martin intro
City Boy-State Secrets
Donovan-The Music Maker
T. Rex-Root Of Star
Gloria Jones-Tainted Love
Tiny Tim-Lovin’ In The Moonlight
Grace Jones-Walking In The Rain
Haysi Fantayzee-Shiny Shiny
Don Pardo
Todd Rundgren-Tiny Demons
Sal Mineo-Party Time
Poco-I Guess You Made It
Three Dog Night-Heaven Is In Your Mind
Sparks-I Thought I Told You To Wait In The Car
Dave Clark Five-Please Tell Me Why
Noel Rivers & The Fountains-A Song About You
Edgar Winter’s White Trash-Give It Everything You’ve Got
Demensions-Nursery Rhyme Rock
Monty Python-Not This Record
The Orlons-Them Terrible Boots
Rufus-Opelousas Sostan
Leon Russell & Marc Benno-Welcome To Hollywood
Alice Cooper-Alma Mater
Diana Ross-Remember Me

Episode #10
STEELY DAN-F.M.
BOZ SCAGGS-LIDO SHUFFLE
CARPENTERS-INTERMISSION
DONOVAN-INTERGALACTIC LAXATIVE
MAD MAGAZINE-IT’S A GAS
PERCY FAITH-THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE
RICK SPRINGFIELD-JESSIE’S GIRL DEMO
NAPOLEON IV-BACKWARDS
JOE SOUTH-Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home
RICKY NELSON-Never Be Anyone Else
IVAN-REAL WILD CHILD (CORAL 45)
THE VALENTINOS-IT’S ALL OVER NOW (B. WOMACK AND S. WOMACK)
JOE WALSH-I.L.B.T.s
J. GEILS BAND-MUSTA GOT LOST
BARRY MANILOW-RIDERS TO THE STARS
THE KINGS-THIS BEAT GOES ON/SWITCHIN’ TO GLIDE
ROCKETS-TURN UP THE RADIO
M.S.-JADED LITTLE PRINCESS ROXY
GILDA RADNER-GIMME MICK
FACES-CINDY UK 45
R.E.M.-I’M GONNA DJ
LAUREL & HARDY
MISTER ROGERS
HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS-DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE?
DEAN MARTIN-LITTLE OLE WINE DRINKER ME
THE BEATLES-HER MAJESTY


DELETED SCENES
1. MUDCRUTCH-Wild Eyes SHELTER 45 1975
2. MILES DAVIS-Molester Part 1 1972
3. MILES DAVIS-Molester Part 2
4. MARC BOLAN-Recorded Quotes From The Book
5. T. REX-The Wizard Warner/Reprise Radio Show LP 1971/FACES-Bad ‘n’ Ruin/CRAZY HORSE-Gone Dead Train 1971
6. BUCK OWENS-Here’s To Veteran’s Program No. 1149
7. COREY WELLS-Find Yourself A Star
8. THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND-Delilah MONO
9. SLADE-When The Lights Are Out MONO
10. JOHNNY WHITAKER & Family-Thank You Very Much
11. JAPAN-Life In Tokyo (Long Version) 12”
12. RAFFI-The Corner Grocery Store
13. CONWAY TWITTY & LORETTA LYNN-Hangin’ On
14. JACKSONS-Destiny
15. SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE-Tearing
16. PAUL McCARTNEY-Here’s To Veteran’s/BEATLES KFWB
17. THE ROLLETTES-We Love You Rollers
18. DONNY & MARIE-May Tomorrow Be A Perfect Day