Saturday, June 30, 2007

Short Takes - George McCorkle, Jimmie Rodgers, Rod Stewart

George McCorkle, one of the founding members of the Marshall Tucker Band and the writer of Fire on the Mountain, passed away on Friday at the age of 60. He had been battling a recently diagnosed cancer.

McCorkle played with the band until 1984 when he started a solo career. He also played with the Renegades of Rock, made up of former members of Wet Willie, the Outlaws and other southern rock groups.

Jimmie Rodgers had extremely successful brain surgery on Thursday. Word is that the doctors had found that his skull had regenerated enough on its own that putting further materials in was unnecessary. He'll be leaving the hospital on Sunday. Here's hoping he has a speedy recovery.

Rod Stewart slipped on the stairs at the opening of his concert Thursday night in Manchester and injured his leg. He did do his whole show and didn't visit a doctor until Friday when he received ten stitches.

Debbie Harry has once again gone under the knife for plastic surgery. She defends her action by saying, "Everybody knows that I've had plastic surgery. I did it for business reasons."
Paul Weller (Jam, Style Council) won the Silver Clef Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday afternooon at the annual O2 Silver Clef Luncheon in London. Bryan Ferry won Ambassador of Rock while Rod Stewart won the icon award and British Group went to Snow Patrol.

Collector's Choice to Release Rare Kingston Trio

Collector's Choice Records has plans to release a series of CDs by the Kingston Trio concentrating on rare live and studio recordings.

Up first is The Kingston Trio: Nick, Bob & John -- The Final Concert chronicling the last concert with the second group lineup of Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane and John Stewart. The recording was made at the Hungry I in San Francisco on June 17, 1967 and features the on-stage antics that the lineup was known for in their live shows. Release is set for July 17.

The track listing:
  • Hard, Ain't It Hard
  • Early Morning Rain
  • M.T.A.
  • Tomorrow Is a Long Time
  • Reverend Mr. Black
  • Ballad of the Shape of Things
  • Greenback Dollar
  • Thirsty Boots
  • Colours
  • One Too Many Mornings
  • Tom Dooley
  • Wimoweh
  • Where Have All The Flowers Gone
  • Scotch & Soda

Concert for Diana

Just a reminder that the Concert for Diana will be held tomorrow at Wembley Stadium in London. Coverage in the U.S. starts at 11 A.M. EDT on VH1, who will also have a live Internet stream, and on Canada's CTV. NBC will broadcast a highlights show tomorrow night at 8 P.M. EDT. The concert is expected to last six hours.

The full artist list and tentative lineup is as follows:
  • Elton John
  • Duran Duran
  • James Morrison
  • Lily Allen
  • Fergie
  • The Feeling
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Joss Stone
  • Tom Jones
  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Bryan Ferry
  • Andrew-Lloyd Webber
  • Rod Stewart
  • Kanye West
  • P. Diddy
  • Elton John
Update: Look for Tom Jones to perform the Arctic Monkeys' song I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor. Also, Diana's son's have asked Elton John to perform the special version of Candle in the Wind that he did at her funeral. He said he'd never do it again, but we will see.

Vintage Clip - Guess Who - Share the Land

Big hair groups were all the rage in the 80's, but if you go back to 1970 you'll see quite the forerunner on Burton Cummings.

Here's a clip of the Guess Who, with Burton Cummings, performing their 1970 hit Share the Land.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Short Takes - B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones

B.B. King will be going into the studio with producer T-Bone Burnett in July to start recording a new album. Expected release date is early 2008.

He also filmed recent shows in Memphis and Nashville for a live DVD to be released by year's end.

Bob Dylan has given DJ Mark Ronson permission to do a remix on the track Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine). The final product will go on Dylan's upcoming greatest hits set.
Two construction workers died while dismantling the stage from the Rolling Stones' recent Madrid, Spain concert. Two others were injured.

Police say three workers fell about thirty feet from scaffolding and landed on the fourth.

Chart Watch (6/29/07) Dark Side of the Moon Hits A Milestone

Our weekly recap of classic artists on the current music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon drops from number four to number seven this week on the Pop Catalog chart in its 1,560th week. That means the album has been on either the Top 200 or the Pop Catalog chart for 30 years.
  • Bon Jovi tops the U.S. album chart with their first number one since since 1988's New Jersey. It will be interesting to see how long they can stay in the upper reaches of the chart as recent high debuts have not had much in the way of legs. Poison's latest fell out of the Top 100 after just two weeks and it looks like Bruce Springsteen could be headed that way after just three.
  • Meanwhile, Paul McCartney shows extreme staying power with Memory Almost Full, only dropping two spots to number five in his third week. The Beatles also reenter the top 100 again with the Love album, which has been charting for 31 weeks. Again, it will be interesting to see what kind of leap it will make next week after the one-year anniversary of the show and the Larry King appearance.
  • McCartney has also place on the British singles chart with the first single from the album, Dance Tonight, premiering at number 34.
  • Bon Jovi also makes the leap from 71 to 39 on the singles chart. The song had already spent two weeks in the top 50 back in May, peaking at number 27. It's the only song by a classic era artist to have made the singles chart since mid-March when the Red Hot Chili Peppers' had Snow (Hey Oh).
  • Finally, that little tour by the Police seven of the top ten spots on the concert chart.
Top 100 Albums
  1. Lost Highway - Bon Jovi - Premier (1 week)
  2. Memory Almost Full - Paul McCartney - Down from 3 (5 weeks)
  3. The Police (2CD Anthology) - Police - Down from 21 (3 weeks)
  4. Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur - U2, R.E.M., Aerosmith, Jackson Browne, Mick Fleetwood, more - Down from 15 (2 weeks)
  5. Collection - Traveling Wilburys - Down from 9 (2 weeks)
  6. Black Rain - Ozzy Osbourne - Down from 31 (5 weeks)
  7. Something To Talk About - Eddie Levert, Sr. and Gerald Levert - Down from 19 (2 weeks)
  8. Monterey International Pop Festival - Various Artists - Down from 59 (3 weeks)
  9. Live in Dublin - Bruce Springsteen & the Sessions Band - Down from 47 (3 weeks)
  10. Rocket Man: Number Ones - Elton John - Down from 88 (13 weeks)
  11. Snakes & Arrows - Rush - Down from 78 (8 weeks)
  12. Love - Beatles - Up from 103 (31 weeks)

Top 50 Singles
  1. (You Want to) Make a Memory - Bon Jovi - Up from 71 (8 weeks)

Top 50 R&B Albums
  1. Something To Talk About - Eddie Levert, Sr. and Gerald Levert - Down from 5 (2 weeks)
  2. In My Songs - Gerald Levert - Down from 27 (19 weeks)
  3. We're About the Business - Chuck Brown - Down from 31 (9 weeks)

Top 50 R&B Singles
  1. DJ Don't - Gerald Levert - Down from 35 (11 weeks)
  2. In My Songs - Gerald Levert - Down from 42 (25 weeks)

Top 25 Country Albums
  • None
Top 25 Country Singles
  1. Wrapped - George Strait - Up from 4 (16 weeks)
  2. Because of You - Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson - Up from 21 (6 weeks)

Top 25 Pop Catalog Albums
  1. Greatest Hits - Journey - Up from 2 (712 weeks)
  2. Cross Road - Bon Jovi - Up from 10 (228 weeks)
  3. Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - Up from 5 (657 weeks)
  4. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd - Down from 4 (1,560 weeks)
  5. Very Best of: Sounds of Summer - Beach Boys - Down from 6 (205 weeks)
  6. Back in Black - AC/DC - Down from 11 (784 weeks)
  7. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles - Down from 8 (373 weeks)
  8. Greatest Hits - Queen - Up from 17 (688 weeks)
  9. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down from 14 (544 weeks)
  10. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Up from 27 (900 weeks)
  11. Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi - Up from 33 (232 weeks)
  12. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Down from 23 (598 weeks)\

Top 40 British Albums
  1. Collection - Traveling Wilburys - Down from 1 (2 weeks)
  2. Lost Highway - Bon Jovi - Down from 2 (2 weeks)
  3. The Police (2CD Anthology) - Police - Down from 3 (2 week)
  4. Turn It on Again: The Hits - Genesis - Down from 5 (3 weeks)
  5. Memory Almost Full - Paul McCartney - Down from 10 (3 weeks)
  6. Then & Now - Who - Down from 9 (2 weeks)
  7. The Singles - Clash - Down from 13 (3 weeks)

Top 40 British Singles
  1. Dance Tonight - Paul McCartney - Premier (1 week)

Top Concerts
  1. Police - Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, CA - $6.106 million
  2. Police - McAfee Coloseum - Oakland, CA - $4.573 million
  3. Police - General Motors Place - Vancouver, BC - $4.047 million
  4. Police - Pepsi Center - Denver, CO - $3.763 million
  5. Police - Key Arena - Seattle, WA - $3.315 million
  6. Police - Commonwealth Stadium - Edmonton, Alberta - $3.216 million
  7. Police - MGM Grand Garden - Las Vegas, NV - $2.864 million

Vintage Clip - Elvis Presley on the Steve Allen Show

On this date in 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on the Steve Allen Show to sing I Want You, I Need You, I Love You and Hound Dog. In what he said was one of the most ridiculous performances of his life, Allen had Elvis sing Hound Dog to a dog.

This clip includes all of the banter before the performance. For all the silliness, Elvis was in great voice that night.

A trivia note. Hound Dog hadn't even been recorded when he did this performance. He would record it the next day.

Prince Upsets U.K. Music Retailers

If you buy this Sunday's Mail in the U.K., you will receive a free copy of Prince's new album, Planet Earth, almost a month before release into the stores.

Retailers in the country are dumbfounded by the move or, as Paul Quirk of the Entertainment Retailers Association said, it "beggers belief."

"The Artist formerly known as Prince should know that with behavior like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores. It is an insult to all those record stores who have supported Prince throughout his career. It is yet another example of the damaging covermount culture which is destroying any perception of value around recorded music."

Covermounts is an industry term for the giveaways of CDs and DVDs with the purchase of a publication.

The Mail normally circulates about 2.3 million copies. The number was high enough that the Columbia Records arm in the U.K. has pulled out of the world distribution deal for the album.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Short Takes - Dan Seals, Boots Randolph, Barbra Streisand

Well wishes to a couple of ailing classic music artists.

Dan Seals of England Dan and John Ford Coley is being treated on an out-patient basis for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The disease attacks the immune-system and hits more than 71,000 American per year. Possible presidential candidate Fred Thompson was diagnosed with the disease two years ago and now says that he is free of it.

Sax player Boots Randolph (Yakety Sax aka the Benny Hill Theme) is in critical condition in a Nashville hospital. His family has asked the the reason for his illness not be released.

Finally, as we recently reported, Jimmie Rodgers underwent brain surgery today to replace a metal plate in his skull. No reports yet on how the surgery went.

Barbra Streisand performed her first concert ever in France earlier this week. New French president Nicolas Sarkozy rewarded her, in turn, with the French medal of the Legion of Honor.

"You are the America that we love," said Sarkozy. "Women like you ... do a lot to bring our two peoples together."

In a statement, Streisand said "I am deeply honored to be joining the playwrights, heads of state, artists and leaders who have accepted this honor before me. I leave with a sense of inspiration and responsibility as an artist to always reflect the truth and as a citizen to try and create a world of justice, compassion, equality and peace - one with a little more music and a little more joy."

Sometimes artists can get distracted when they are playing a show and some guy is standing out, bouncing around in the crowd. For Paul McCartney last night at his Amoeba Records "secret" show, it was OK since the dancer was Ringo Starr.

McCartney's set was the same as the other stops on this quick promotional tour. Others making the show were Olivia Harrison and Jeff Lynne.

A documentary on Roky Erickson, one-time member of the 13th Floor Elevators, will be released on DVD July 10 from Palm Pictures. You're Gonna Miss Me chronicles Erickson's drug abuse and battles with schizophrenia which led to a long-term internment in a hospital for the criminally insane.
On July 7, Darlene Love will celebrate two years of playing the part of Motormouth Maybelle in the Broadway production of Hairspray. Also look for a new album, It's Christmas of Course, from Shout! Factory on October 2.

Robert Plant put the kibosh on rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion. Plant said, "If there was one, then there wouldn't be enough doctors to support it."

Vintage Clip - Crosby Stills & Nash - Marakesh Express/Blackbird

On this day back in 1969, Crosby Stills & Nash released their classic debut album.

Here is a rare clip from Woodstock of the group performing their first single Marakesh Express, followed by the Beatles' Blackbird.

Fats Domino Tribute Album Artists and Tracks

The Fats Domino tribute album on which we recently ran a report is starting to firm up. The release date for Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino is September 25 via Vanguard. Proceeds from the album will go to the New Orleans public school music programs and to help rebuild Domino's home which was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

The album was organized by the people at the local night spot Tipitina's after Domino donated some of the proceeds from his last album to their Tipitina's Foundation. Foundation executive director Bill Taylor said "The idea came to me last September when I was trying to come up with a way to thank Fats for donating. I also wanted to create a project that could shine the spotlight on our city's unique music culture."

The artist lineup for the album is almost exclusively classic vinyl era musicians with only a couple of exceptions for more modern artists.

The lineup:
  • Ain't That a Shame - John Lennon
  • Don't Leave Me This Way - Dr. John
  • I Want To Walk You Home - Paul McCartney
  • I'm Walkin' - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Blueberry Hill - Elton John
  • Blue Monday - Randy Newman
  • Let the Four Winds Blow - Toots and the Maytals
  • When I See You - Olu Dara with Donald Harrison
  • Trombone Shorty - Lenny Kravitz with the Rebirth Brass Band
  • Whole Lotta Lovin' - Troy Andrews, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker
  • I'm in Love Again & All by Myself - Bonnie Raitt & John Cleary
  • It Keeps Rainin' - Robert Plant with the Lil' Band O' Gold
  • Goin' Home - BB King with Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
  • My Girl Josephine - Taj Mahal with The New Orleans Social Club
  • Please Don't Leave Me - Art Neville
  • I Hear You Knockin' - Willie Nelson
  • I Just Can't Get New Orleans Off My Mind - Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball
  • I'm Gonna Be a Wheel - Herbie Hancock with George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste and Renard Poche
  • One Night (Of Sin) - Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Don't Blame It on Me - Bruce Hornsby
  • I Live My Life - Lucinda Williams

First Details on Kissology, Volume 2

VH1 Classic Records will be releasing the Kiss box set Kissology: Volume 2, 1978-1991 on August 14. Kissology: Volume 1, 1974-1977 (shown right) was a huge success and stayed on the music DVD charts for over a year.

The set will be made up of three DVD's along with a fourth bonus disc being offered by some retailers with varying content. The three main discs will contain over seven hours of material.

Although full details have not yet been made public, it is known that disc one will have a news special on the group from 1978 and a Tom Snyder interview from the next year. Also included is Kiss in Attack of the Phantoms, the European version of the movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. Other content on the disc are still pending.

Disc two has the last promo video done with Peter Kriss (Shandi), a complete 1980 concert from the Sydney Showground in Australia featuring new drummer Eric Carr and the only known live performances from the album (Music from) The Elder, as performed on a 1982 edition of Fridays.

Disc three has an June 1983 comeback show in Rio de Janeiro, the "unmasking" of the group on MTV in late 1983, individual performances from the Lick It Up and Crazy Nights tours and a complete show from Detroit in 1990.

It has also been reported that the set will ship quadruple platinum which equals about 130,000 copies.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Short Takes - Aerosmith, Santana, Gerald Levert, Dave Gahan

Aerosmith and Santana have been booked to play at this year's Fashion Rocks, which will air on September 7 (CBS).

The late Gerald Levert won the BET J Cool Like That award at last night's BET awards. I have no idea what the award represents other than he's cool and it's the only award that actually mentions BET's Jazz channel by name.

The Paul, Ringo, Yoko, Oliva show occurred on Larry King last night. Other than about a minute of jokes after Larry asked of Paul and Ringo pinch themselves daily and the fact that Larry called Ringo "George," it was a fairly uneventful hour.

Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan will be releasing his second solo album in October. A specific date for Hourglass has not been announced.

On the album, Gahan said, "We were very aware of the importance of keeping urgency in the sound and a feeling of spontaneity. We didn't want to get bogged down in trying to make everything sound perfect. You want to keep the rough edges."
The BBC will conduct the first in-depth interview with Phil Spector in 35 years. It will be part of the documentary The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector. The work will be cut from 50 hours of footage taped during the producer's trial. Watch for the documentary on U.K. TV later in the year.
Rudy Sarzo, bassist for Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake and, most recently, Ronnie James Dio, has joined Blue Oyster Cult for the balance of the year. He will return to playing with Dio once Dio is done with the Heaven & Hell tour.

Rolling Stone's next issue will revolve around the 1967 Summer of Love.

New Roxy Music Coming in 2008?

Bryan Ferry has told Billboard that he hopes to return to the studio with fellow Roxy Music members Phil Manzanera and Andy MacKay after the completions of his Dylanesque tour.

Ferry told the magazine, "We did some bits of recording last year. Not a great deal -- I'm still writing songs. I'd like to continue with that next year, with any luck."

The group found that they could get along after a 2001 reunion tour. "[We] found we could work together again, and that was the main thing. That [tour] was a great success for us; we really liked that, and it was just great for the audience as well, who like what we do, to see a whole show of Roxy songs. I thought, 'Maybe we can do some more,' and I hope we can."

If the album comes to fruition, it will be the groups first album since 1982's Avalon.

There also may be more Dylan music coming from Ferry. Six more songs have been recorded but didn't make it on to the latest album.

Vintage Clip - Peter & Gordon - A World Without Love

On this date back in 1964, Peter and Gordon topped the American charts with A World Without Love. The Beatles had been dominating the charts all year and this was one of the few weeks when the group didn't have a song in the Top 10.

Well, a song that they recorded. A World Without Love was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Bangles to Release First Live DVD

The Bangles have announced that they will be releasing their first live DVD on August 14 via Shout! Factory.

Return To Bangleonia dates back to a September 2000 show at the Los Angeles House of Blues. The original lineup of Susanna Hoffs (Vocals/Guitar), Debbi Peterson (Vocals/Drums), Vicki Peterson (Vocals/Lead Guitar), and Michael Steele (Vocals/Bass) perform on the disc, which also includes interviews with the band members, a photo gallery and a band commentary with the concert.

The track list:
  • Hazy Shade of Winter
  • Live
  • If She Knew What She Wants
  • Between The Two
  • The Rain Song
  • Manic Monday
  • Here Right Now
  • September Gurls
  • Going Down To Liverpool
  • I Will Take Care Of You
  • Get The Girl
  • In Your Room
  • Stealing Rosemary
  • Angels Don’t Fall In Love
  • Hero Takes A Fall
  • Walk Like An Egyptian
  • Pushin’ Too Hard
  • Eternal Flame
Bonus acoustic performances:
  • Manic Monday
  • Ride The Ride

Bon Jovi Tops Charts

For the first time in 19 years, Bon Jovi sits atop the U.S. album chart with their new album Lost Highway.

The group has been promoting the album fairly relentlessly all the way back to Jon's appearance as a mentor on American Idol. Since then, they've made appearances on a number of talk and morning shows and have been seen on three different MTV networks (VH1, VH1 Classics, CMT) with their Unplugged special.

The last time they were at the top was in 1988 with the New Jersey album. Previously, they had also hit number one with Slippery When Wet.

According to Soundscan, the album sold 292,000 copies last week.

Paul McCartney is staying in the Top 10 for the third week with Memory Almost Full dropping from its two weeks at number three to number five.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Short Takes - Stax, Michael McDonald, Emmylou Harris

PBS has set an August 1 premier for the documentary Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story. The piece was made by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville who previously produced Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied.

Michael McDonald is going out on the road for 31 shows between now and December 18. The full itinerary is at LiveDaily.

Emmylou Harris has also announced a series of 15 shows spread out between July and October. The tour will support the September release of the five-disc Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems. Once again, full itinerary is as LiveDaily.

It's now the defense's turn at the Phil Spector trial. The prosecution has not rested as the judge has left the door open for the testimony of the Spector team lawyer who is in jail for refusing to testify on possible stolen evidence.

Today, the defense called scientific expert Dr. Vincent J. DiMaio who testified that the evidence at the scene of the crime was consistent with that of a suicide. He contradicted prosecution testimony that Spector had to be within three feet of Clarkson when the gun was fired, saying that German tests showed that blood droplets, as found at the scene, could actually travel farther.

Vintage Clip - Max Frost & the Troopers - Nothing Can Change the Shape of Things to Come

Occasionally over the last six months, Target has been using this Max Frost and the Troopers song as a basis for their ads. Originally used in the movie Wild in the Streets, this record deserved a much better then its 1968 peak at number 22 on the national charts.

Stick with this clip past the 45 second mark when you will get a chance to see Max Frost "performing" the song (yes, it is lip synced).

Jimmie Rodgers to Undergo Brain Surgery

Fifties great Jimmie Rodgers is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday to replace a steel plate on the right side of his head.

On December 20, 1967, Rodgers was severely beaten on the San Diego freeway, receiving a fractured skull. To this day, there has been no proven reason for the assault although there has been speculation around the Los Angeles officer who "found" him.

Over the years, Rodgers has had three other brain surgeries and over sixty skin grafts to try and permanently repair the area. This new operation will replace the steel plate with a new material that is less susceptible to rejection. The plan is to also create new skin for the area using stem cells from Rodgers.

The singer has fourteen Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1967, including Honeycomb, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine and Secretly.

New DVD Releases for Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Our weekly review of the best new DVDs from classic artists.

Association, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap - Pop Legends Live! Concert Collection

Three-disc set with concerts by each of the groups.

Elvis Costello - Live: A Case of Song

A live performance filmed for the BBC with the Brodsky Quartet and the White City Septet.

Drifters - Greatest Hits Live

Their biggest hits performed live in front of an invited audience at the Classic T Stage at Shepperton Film Studio. The group lineup is Peter Lamarr, Patrick Alan, Rohan Delano Turney and Victor Bynoe, who are all interviewed on the disc.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Dancing Horses

A 2005 performance from London's Shepherds Bush Empire features a 20-song set. Also included is an interview
with Ian McCulloch & Will Sergeant.

Tom Jones - This is Tom Jones

Three discs of highlights from the early-70's variety show. Guests include Burt Bacharach, Moody Blues, Mary Hopkin, the Who, Janis Joplin, Leslie Uggams, Joe Cocker, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. Be forewarned that, while there are many great performances here, these are not complete shows with some coming in as short at half-an-hour.

Tangerine Dream - 35th Phaedra Anniversary Concert

A 2005 performance from London's Shepherd's Bush Empire (didn't I just say that about Echo & the Bunnymen?) featuring a 27-song set.

Tina Turner - Rio '88 - Live In Concert

Tina Turner's 1988 performance from Rio in support of her album Break Every Rule. Originally and HBO special.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Short Takes - Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Michael & Janet Jackson

The Neil Young Archives 12-disc set has been pushed back from the fall until early 2008. Young is evidently taking his time in making sure all of the tracks are in place and of an acceptable quality.

The Led Zeppelin reunion rumors are starting to flow again. This time around, it's said they may play a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun with Jason Bonham on drums. Then, if that goes well, they may consider touring.

Or maybe not.

Michael and Janet Jackson are continuing to fight the owner of Jackson memorabilia in a Nevada court. The items, about 60 total, were held back from the recent Jackson Family memorabilia auction.

Among the items withheld and still under scrutiny are a steamer trunk of Michael's personal effects, his Three Stooges photo collection and sheet music from the We Are the World session signed by the participants. On Janet's list are the marriage certificate to James DeBarge, high school notes and scripts from Different Strokes.

So, what is this new trend of leaking shows to the press and then labeling them as "secret" or "surprise" shows?

Paul McCartney will play another one of those, so called, "surprise" shows this Wednesday at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles. The show will be at 7 P.M.

...and remember, don't tell Paul you know about it. It will ruin the surprise.

Vintage Clip - Simon Sisters - Wynken, Blynken and Nod

It's happy 62nd birthday to Carly Simon.

Before her solo career took off, Carly and her sister Lucy performed as the Simon Sisters. The pair placed one song in the top 100, 1964's Wynken, Blynken and Nod which peaked at a low number 74.

Aerosmith Returns to the U.K.

Aerosmith played their first show in the U.K. in nine years on Sunday, playing in London's Hyde Park with openers the Answer, Jet and Chris Cornell. Weather, as it seems it was in most of England, was rainy and overall nasty.

As had been rumored, Run-DMC (yes, with Reverend Run) joined the group on stage for the encore of their classic remake of Walk This Way.

The set list:
  • Love in An Elevator
  • Same Old Song
  • Cryin'
  • Eat The Rich
  • I Don't Want to Miss A Thing
  • Jaded
  • Baby Please Don't Go
  • Seasons of Wither
  • Dream On
  • Livin' on the Edge
  • Stop Messin Around
  • Sweet Emotions
  • Draw The Line
  • Walk This Way (with Run-DMC)

Shirley Bassey's Helicopter Drama at Glastonbury

Shirley Bassey played one of the more eclectic sets at this past weekend's Glastonbury Festival in England, but it wasn't the end of her excitement for the day. She still had to deal with what has become this year's festival's legacy, the ugly weather.

As she was leaving the grounds on Sunday afternoon, her helicopter suddenly started to have mechanical problems and, upon descent, clipped the top of a couple trees before setting down in a school field.

According to the pilot, "I was losing power and the mist was so thick I couldn't see where I was going. We have had an almighty escape."

Bassey was shaken by the incident but, in true royal fashion, said "We are so sorry to have bothered you. May I please use someone's toilet? And a cup of tea would go down a treat."

A local eyewitness told London' Daily Mirror, "My husband Thomas and I watched in horror as the helicopter touched the tops of the trees in our garden. It was clear the pilot struggling to control the machine. Thankfully it made a very bumpy landing.

"You could tell Dame Shirley had been through a terrible ordeal but she maintained her dignity."

Rolling Stones' 20 Best Angry Love Songs

This weeks Rolling Stone editor's list attempts to rank the Twenty Best Angry Love Songs. Once again, Bob Dylan tops the list, this time with Don't Think Twice, It's Alright. Unlike other recent lists from the editors, there is a nice mix of classic and modern artists ranging as far back as Dylan and Leonard Cohen to as up-to-date as Lily Allen's recent single Smile.
  1. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Bob Dylan
  2. You Oughta Know - Alanis Morisette
  3. The One I Love - R.E.M.
  4. Allison - Elvis Costello
  5. Song for the Dumped - Ben Folds Five
  6. Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen
  7. One - U2
  8. If I Didn't Love You - Squeeze
  9. I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  10. Dead Flowers - Rolling Stones
  11. When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch - X
  12. You Got Lucky - Tom Petty
  13. Urgent - Foreigner
  14. Maggie Mae - Rod Stewart
  15. You're So Vain - Carly Simon
  16. Train in Vain - Clash
  17. You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told) - White Stripes
  18. You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt
  19. Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken - Lloyd Cole
  20. Smile - Lily Allen

New CD Releases for Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Our weekly review of the best new CDs from classic artists.

- Fantasia - Live In Tokyo: 2007

The 2006 reunion of this 80's supergroup led to a full out world tour this year. The new two-CD set chronicles a March show in Tokyo. Look for the companion DVD this fall.

Shirley Bassey - Get the Party Started

Bassey's first new album in ten years is currently only being released in the U.K. The album has some new recordings such as her current single The Living Tree, along with remixes of some of her earlier recordings.

Beastie Boys
- The Mix-Up

Twelve brand new instrumental tracks from the boys playing drums, guitar and bass with assistance from Money Mark on keyboard and Alfredo Ortiz on percussion. There's no words, no sampling and no DJing. Just straight forward instrumentals.

Elvin Bishop - Booty Bumpin'

It's a party with this Bishop live album from a 2006 show. Because he didn't want to duplicate tracks from a previous live album, this one is filled with new tunes and covers. No, this one skips Fooled Around and Fell in Love.

Blondie - Eat to the Beat

The CD in this set is a straight-forward remastered version of the original album. The gem is the DVD which compiles all twelve of the videos from the album for the first time.

Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque

Finally, the American release of the album that's been out for a couple of months in the U.K. Bryan Ferry covers eleven Dylan classics, including Simple Twist of Fate, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Positively 4th Street and All Long the Watchtower.

Steve Forbert - Strange Names & New Sensations

A newly recorded set of solid folk music that revisits some old favorites like Romeo's Tune.

Grateful Dead - Three From the Vault

The third in a series of releases of landmark shows. This two-disc set documents a 1971 show.

Bob Lind - Elusive Butterfly - The Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions

A U.K. release covering Lind's two World Pacific albums and bonus tracks from Nitzche's personal collection.

Nick Lowe - At My Age

Early reviews say it's more of Lowe's blue eyed soul meets rock style, but with a certain amount of maturity that only comes with age. This is Lowe's first new album in six years and adds to a series of fine works going back to 1994's The Impossible Bird.

For more about Lowe's album and career, see this article from AP/Yahoo!.

Paul Simon - The Essential Paul Simon

Another solo career retrospective from Simon comes as a two CD and one DVD set. The two CDs cover his solo career while the DVD has five of the artist's best videos (Me & Julio Down By the School Yard, You Can Call Me Al, Boy in the Bubble, Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes, Obvious Child) and four additional videos from sources like The Dick Cavett Show, Saturday Night Live and The Wild Thornberry's Movie.

Al Stewart - Thirteen Album Reissue by Collector's Choice

Thirteen of Al Stewart's sixteen albums remastered and with added bonus tracks. See our April 26 article.

Pat Travers - Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)

A combination of rerecordings of Traver's classics and covers of songs made famous by ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aerosmith.

Link Wray - King of the Wild Guitar

A new compilation from Ace Records U.K. that brings together twenty-five instrumental classics from the king of the dirty guitar.

Various Artists - The Birth of Surf

Twenty-Six tracks compiled by Pipeline Magazine and released by Ace Records U.K. The big hits are here like Pipeline, Miserlou and Wipe Out, but the majority of the CD is by the lesser known groups that influenced Surf Music. Also included are two tracks that haven't been released in any form since 1963 by Aki Aleong & The Nobles and the Original Surfaris, and the original single version of Wipe Out which is rarely heard today.

Various Artists - The Lieber & Stoller Story, Volume 3: 1962-1969

The last of Ace Records U.K.'s series on the music of Lieber and Stoller, this CD again captures the big hits and many obscurities by the writing duo. Artists run from the Drifters to Johnny Cash and June Carter to Peggy Lee.