Sunday, September 30, 2007

Dale Houston of Dale & Grace Dies

Dale Houston, one half of the duo of Dale & Grace, passed away on Thursday from congestive heart failure at the age of 67.

Houston was born in Seminary, Mississippi on April 23, 1940, the son of a minister, who was mostly self taught in music through his participation in the church. At the age of 18, he began his professional career with a regional hit called Lonely Boy.

In 1960, Houston signed on with Montel Records as a singer/songwriter and, although none of his early recordings were hits, it was label owner Sam Montel who came up with the idea of pairing him with 18-year-old Grace Broussard. The duo tried out a number of songs until Houston suggested they try the Don & Dewey song I'm Leavin' It All Up to You. Montel knew a hit when he heard it and the record ended up peaking at number one for two weeks in late 1963.

The duo followed the next year with Stop and Think It Over which topped out at number eight, but it would be their last major record. In 1964, the pair split, touring both solo and with new partners in new versions of Dale & Grace. They did reform during the 90's, but only for a short time.

Houston continued to tour with his band throughout the rest of his life. He and Grace were inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1997, the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame in 1998 and, later, into the Texas Music and the Delta Music Halls of Fame.

Thin Lizzy's Live & Dangerous at the Rainbow Coming to DVD

Thin Lizzy's concert film, Live & Dangerous at the Rainbow, is finally coming to DVD on October 15 via Mercury/Universal. At this time, it looks like this may be a European only release.

The 1978 film captures the group's 1977 performance at the Rainbow Theatre with 5.1 surround sound and and restored visuals. Along with the original concert film, the DVD also includes a January 26, 1983 performance on the BBC's Sight & Sound in Concert and five performances from Britain's Top of the Pops. There is also 25 minutes of interviews with Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson and Brian Downey.

A bonus CD is also included with a 1975 concert from Derby, along with a 24-page booklet.

The set/track lists:
Live & Dangerous at the Rainbow
  • Intro/Rosalie
  • The Boys Are Back in Town
  • Emerald
  • Dancing In The Moonlight
  • Massacre
  • Still In Love With You
  • Don't Believe A Word
  • Are You Ready
  • Sha La La
  • Baby Drives Me Crazy
  • Me And The Boys…
Sight & Sound in Concert
  • Jailbreak
  • This Is The One
  • Cold Sweat
  • The Sun Goes Down
  • Holy War
  • The Boys Are Back In Town
  • Rosalie
  • Baby Please Don't Go
Top of the Pops
  • Whiskey In The Jar
  • Jailbreak
  • Dancing In The Moonlight
  • Waiting For An Alibi
  • Don't Believe A Word
Derby 1975 (CD)
  • Fighting My Way Back
  • Wild One
  • Still In Love With You
  • Suicide
  • Sha La La
  • Baby Drives Me Crazy
  • Me And The Boys…
  • Cowboy Song (Derby Blues)
We will keep a lookout for any news on a U.S. release.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Chart Watch - September 28, 2007

Our weekly recap of classic artists on the current music charts. Chart highlights:
  • After 19 tries, Reba McEntire finally makes number one on the Pop Albums chart with Duets. Prior to this, her highest charting album was Read My Mind, which peaked at number two in 1995.
  • Mark Knopfler's Kill to Get Crimson has a nice premier in the U.S. at number 26, but it's doing even better in his native England at it starts out as the highest ranked album by a classic artist at number nine.
  • The English Album chart also sees the return of long-time favorite Status Quo at number fifteen with In Search of the Fourth Chord.
  • The re-released Greatest by the Bee Gees leaps to number one on the Pop Catalog Albums chart.

Top 100 Albums
  1. Duets - Reba McEntire - Premier (1 week)
  2. The Greatest Songs of the Seventies - Barry Manilow - Premier (1 week)
  3. 90 Milas - Gloria Estefan - Premier (1 week)
  4. Kill to Get Crimson - Mark Knopfler - Premier (1 week)
  5. Lost Highway - Bon Jovi - Down from 36 (14 weeks)

Top 50 Singles
  • None

Top 50 R&B Albums
  1. Planet Earth - Prince - Down from 28 (9 weeks)
  2. Number 1's - Stevie Wonder - Down from 40 (5 weeks)

Top 50 R&B Singles
  1. Baby - Angie Stone featuring Betty Wright - Down from 22 (9 weeks)
  2. Angel - Chaka Khan - Up from 48 (7 weeks)
  3. DJ Don't - Gerald Levert - Up from 46 (24 weeks)
  4. Future Baby Mama - Prince - Up from 47 (11 weeks)

Top 25 Country Albums

  1. Duets - Reba McEntire - Premier (1 week)

Top 25 Country Singles
  1. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - George Strait - Up from 14 (7 weeks)
  2. Because of You - Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson - Down from 9 (19 weeks)

Top 25 Pop Catalog Albums
  1. Greatest - Bee Gees - Reentry (33 weeks)
  2. The Very Best Of - Eagles - Up from 7 (130 weeks)
  3. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd - Up from 8 (1,573 weeks)
  4. Back in Black - AC/DC - Up from 10 (797 weeks)
  5. Greatest Hits - Journey - Up from 12 (725 weeks)
  6. Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - Up from 15 (670 weeks)
  7. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up from 16 (557 weeks)
  8. Turn It on Again: The Hits - Genesis - Down from 13 (26 weeks)
  9. Metallica - Metallica - Up from 20 (813 weeks)
  10. 30 #1 Hits - Elvis Presley - Up from 36 (158 weeks)
  11. Greatest Hits - Queen - Down from 18 (671 weeks)
  12. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers - No Change (913 weeks)
  13. 1 - Beatles - Up from 29 (358 weeks)
  14. The Very Best...and Beyond - Foreigner - Down from 22 (27 weeks)
  15. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles - Up from 43 (386 weeks)

Top 40 British Albums
  1. Kill to Get Crimson - Mark Knopfler - Premier (1 week)
  2. Hits - Phil Collins - Premier (1 week)
  3. In Search of the Fourth Chord - Status Quo - Premier (1 week)
  4. Greatest Hits - Marc Bolan & T-Rex - Down from 15 (2 weeks)
  5. The Police (2CD Anthology) - Police - Down from 16 (11 weeks)
  6. The Greatest Songs of the Seventies - Barry Manilow - Premier (1 week)
  7. The King - Elvis Presley - Down from 23 (6 weeks)

Top 40 British Singles
  1. Don't - Elvis Presley - Premier (1 week)
  2. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins - Up from 23 (2 weeks)

Last.FM Top 20 Tracks by Classic Artists
  1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin - No Change - 9,105 listeners
  2. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd - Reentry - 8,131
  3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - Beatles - No Change - 7,189
  4. Let It Be - Beatles - Down from 2 - 7,139
  5. Hey Jude - Beatles - No Change - 7,077
  6. Come Together - Beatles - Reentry - 6,997
  7. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd - Reentry - 6,952
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen - Down from 4 - 6,793
  9. Money - Pink Floyd - Down from 6 - 6,688
  10. Eleanor Rigby - Beatles - Down from 8 - 6,618
  11. Yesterday - Beatles - Down from 9 - 6,523
  12. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin - Down from 7 - 6,200
  13. All You Need is Love - Beatles - Reentry - 6,160
  14. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division - Down from 13 - 6,143
  15. Help! - Beatles - Down from 12 - 6,131
  16. Here Comes the Sun - Beatles - Reentry - 6,020
  17. Something - Beatles - Reentry - 6,015
  18. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles - Down from 16 - 5,660
  19. Yellow Submarine - Beatles - Reentry - 5,539
  20. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin - Down from 14 - 5,516

Last.FM Top 20 Classic Artists
  1. Beatles - No change - 69,628 Listeners
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - No change - 62,768
  3. Metallica - No change - 48,332
  4. Pink Floyd - No change - 44,098
  5. Led Zeppelin - No change - 38,476
  6. Queen - No change - 36,839
  7. U2 - No change - 35,643
  8. Cure - No change - 34,340
  9. David Bowie - No change - 32,094
  10. Bob Dylan - Up from 11 - 29,835
  11. Rolling Stones - Down from 10 - 29,539
  12. Depeche Mode - No change - 29,259
  13. Johnny Cash - No change - 27,060
  14. R.E.M. - Up from 15 - 26,218
  15. Iron Maiden - Down from 14 - 26,144
  16. Doors - No change - 25,461
  17. AC/DC - No change - 24,857
  18. Madonna - No change - 23,924
  19. Clash - No change - 23,550
  20. Beastie Boys - No change - 22,227

Short Takes - Led Zeppelin, George Michael, Don Felder

Robert Plant does not foresee further appearances by the reunited Led Zeppelin after the November 26 Ahmet Ertegun tribute. “We need to do one last great show, because we’ve done some shows and they’ve been crap.”

George Michael has revealed to the BBC Radio 4 that he believes he became a pop star because of a bump in the head he received.

"At the age of about eight I had a head injury and I know it sounds bizarre and unlikely, but it was quite a bad bang, and I had it stitched up and stuff, but all my interests changed, everything changed in six months.

"I had been obsessed with insects and creepy crawlies, I used to get up at five o'clock in the morning and go out into this field behind our garden and collect insects before everyone else got up and, suddenly, all I wanted to know about was music, it just seemed a very, very strange thing.

"And I have a theory that maybe it was something to do with this accident, this whole left-brain right-brain thing. Nobody in my family seemed to notice but I became absolutely obsessed with music and everything changed after that."

Don Felder, former guitarist for the Eagles, had schedule his book about the band to be released on October 1; however, it has now been canceled. The reason for the cancellation of Heaven and Hell was explained by the publisher, Hyperion, as being "due to legal reasons."

Look for two new Christmas albums this fall from the production team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Both Miss Patti's Christmas by Patti LaBelle and I'll Be Home for Christmas by the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley will hit stores on October 9.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Springsteen Turns in Longest Today Show Concert

NBC's Today Show Concert Series usually consists of three to four songs by an artist between the 8:30 and 9:00 AM news breaks. Friday morning, Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band pushed well over that limit to perform seven songs for one of the biggest audiences to ever attend a Today Show event.

Executive producer Jim Bell told Rolling Stone that Springsteen was only scheduled to perform four songs but he "is known for playing longer than scheduled, so we were prepared."

The seven song set:
  • The Promised Land
  • Radio Nowhere
  • Livin' for the Future
  • My Hometown
  • Night
  • Last to Die
  • Long Walk Home

Short Takes - Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Phil Spector, Duran Duran

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be active in next year's celebration of Liverpool as the 2008 European Capital of Culture.

Starr, along with Dave Stewart and the Liverpool Symphony Orchestra will perform at the January 12 opening ceremony. McCartney will play a June 1 concert at Anfield Stadium.

The Los Angeles District Attorney has indicated that he will retry Phil Spector on the charges that he killed actress Lana Clarkson. Spector's first trial was declared a mistrial on Wednesday when the jury became deadlocked at 10 to 2 in favor of conviction. A hearing on the case is set for October 3.

Duran Duran will play a two week run at Broadway's Barrymore Theater from November 1 to 13. The group plans on playing the new album, Massacre, it its entirety along with classics from their repertoire.

Radio legend Cousin Brucie Morrow has signed a multi-year contract with Sirius Satellite Radio. It had been rumored that Morrow would leave Sirius, where he hosts 50's and 60's themed shows, after his contract was complete to return to WCBS-FM in New York. Per Morrow, he's staying with Sirius as a "Commitment to a generation of music and a commitment to me."

The Sex Pistols will try out their reunion set at a private party at Los Angeles' Roxy on October 25. The party is sponsored by wireless carrier Helio and the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Bono received the Liberty Medal Thursday night in salute to his humanitarian work in Africa. The award was presented by former president George H.W. Bush. The award includes a $100,000 price which Bono said would be given to his group Debt AIDS Trade Africa.

Van Halen Opens Tour

Van Halen opened their reunion tour on Thursday night at Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, NC.

The few reviews that are out at this time indicate that the group was in great form with no sign of the animosity that prevented any touring for the last twenty-three years. David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen played off each other on a number of songs while Roth and Wolfgang Van Halen sang Oh Pretty Woman together. It's also being reported that Roth's voice is in great form with no sign of loss with age.

The set list:
  • You Really Got Me
  • I'm the One
  • Runnin' With the Devil
  • Romeo Delight
  • Somebody Get Me a Doctor
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Dance the Night Away
  • Atomic Punk
  • Everybody Wants Some
  • So This Is Love?
  • Mean Street
  • Pretty Woman
  • Drum Solo
  • Unchained
  • I'll Wait
  • And the Cradle Will Rock
  • Hot for Teacher
  • Little Dreamer
  • Little Guitars
  • Jamie's Cryin'
  • Ice Cream Man
  • Panama
  • Guitar Solo (incl. Women in Love intro, Cathedral, Eruption)
  • Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
  • 1984
  • Jump

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Names Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland have announced the nominees for induction into the hall. Among the nine nominees are six first timers and three returning acts that did not receive enough votes in earlier years.

The new nominees:
  • Madonna
  • Beastie Boys
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Donna Summer
  • Ventures
  • Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan)
Returning nominees:
  • Chic
  • Dave Clark Five
  • John Mellencamp
The Dave Clark Five were part of a controversy last year when Fox News reported that they had actually received enough votes to be inducted but were passed over by Hall of Fame Chairman Jann Wenner for Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

The top five vote getters will be inducted next year on March 10.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Scorsese to Make Film on George Harrison

Martin Scorsese and Olivia Harrison announced today that Scorsese will direct a documentary on the life of the late George Harrison.

Olivia Harrison says that "It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story." She also stated that the work on the film has already begun, even though it is expected it will be a few years before the release.

Scorsese will use archival film along with new interviews in compiling the documentary. He stated, "Harrison's music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today and I'm looking forward to delving deeper."

Previous music documentaries made by Scorsese include The Last Waltz, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, The Blues (executive producer) and the forthcoming Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light. He also directed the video for Michael Jackson's Bad.

New Releases

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Phil Spector Case Ends in Mistrial

The Phil Spector trial ended this afternoon when the jury contacted Judge Larry Fidler and said they were hopelessly deadlocked. Fidler declared a mistrial and, shortly thereafter, cleared the courtroom to discuss the trial and next steps with the attorneys.

The nine-man, three-woman jury had been deliberating for twelve days and had indicated last week that they were in a seven/five split. The judge gave additional and somewhat controversial instructions and ask that they continue deliberating. Reports today say that the final deadlocked count was ten/two for conviction.

Where the charge goes from here is unknown. The prosecutors can choose to retry Spector, offer a plea bargain or drop the case. The current charge was second degree murder which, if found guilty, would put Spector in prison for 15 years to life with the possibility of an additional ten years for the use of a firearm.

Europe Weighs in On Their Most Wanted Reunions

Europeans were recently asked "Which band would you most like to see re-form," by Music Choice and the winner, with a 26% response, was Pink Floyd.

That might be a pipe dream, though, as David Gilmour recently told Rolling Stone that a Floyd reunion would be "very retrogressive. I want to look forward, and looking back isn’t my joy. Roger hasn’t written a lyric lately that has really been something where I’ve gone, “Wow, I wish that was part of my oeuvre.” I don’t know how one puts it, but going back into all that just wouldn’t bring me joy. It’s my time of life to be selfish, please myself."

Coming in second on the list was Abba with 19% while Guns N' Roses was third with 15.73%.

The Top 10:
  1. Pink Floyd
  2. Abba
  3. Guns N' Roses
  4. Jam
  5. Talking Heads
  6. Fugees
  7. Van Halen
  8. Wham!
  9. Spandau Ballet
  10. Boyzone
The survey also asked Europeans what groups they would like to see split up. The Spice Girls topped the list at 22% while Westlife and Girls Aloud came in second and third. The Rolling Stones came in fifth.

Reba Scores First Number One Album, Manilow Takes Sales Hit

Reba McEntire will score another first in her career this week as her Duets album becomes her first number one album on the pop charts. The album sold 301,000 copies in its first week and knocked last week's big three debuts (Kanye West, 50 Cent, Kenny Chesney) down a spot or two.

The sales also provide McEntire with the biggest weekly count of her career.

Duets features guest appearances by Kelly Clarkson, LeAnn Rimes, Ronnie Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Trisha Yearwood, Carole King, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Justin Timberlake, Faith Hill and Don Henley. McEntire and Clarkson's duet on Because of You recently peaked at number two on the country singles chart.

Meanwhile, if the reaction to the article on Barry Manilow's refusal to go on The View are any indication, sales of his new album took a hit from the bad publicity.

The Greatest Songs of the 70's debuted at number four with sales of 113,149 copies. That's a drop from his 60's album which debuted at number two last year with 202,000 copies and his 50's album which started at number one with sales of 156,000.

Other debuts this week include Gloria Estefan's 90 Millas which debuts at number 25 and Mark Knopfler's Kill to Get Crimson which starts at number 26.

The full charts will be out later in the week.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Short Takes - James Brown, Paul McCartney, Eagles

A special administrator looking into the situation with James Brown's estate has said that it appears that it is $7 million short. Blame is being placed on ex-trustee David Cannon who has already been ordered to pay back $350,000 to the estate. He has now been told to pay an additional $370,000 plus $30,000 in lawyers fees.

Brown's children continue to try and get all three trustees removed and feel that Cannon is the scapegoat for the bad dealings of the whole group.

The judge also ruled that the attorney generals of South Carolina and Georgia can intervene on behalf of the needy children who are supposed to be receiving money from the "I Feel Good" trust fund.

Finally, the judge did not hear the case for the Houston woman claiming to be Brown's daughter.
Paul McCartney is in talks to write the soundtrack for the movie Shrek 4. His Live & Let Die was used in the latest Shrek film.

The Eagles will make their first-ever awards show performance on this years CMA Awards on November 7. Also performing will be Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Sugarland, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
The Beastie Boys are in talks with a number of artists to add vocals to their recent all-instrumental album, The Mix-Up. Among those that appear to have signed are Lily Allen, Jarvis Cocker and MIA.

Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen) has married his girlfriend of ten years, Cynthia Kereluk. She is a former Miss Canada.

Rodgers will soon be heading into the studio with Brian May and Roger Taylor to record the first Queen album since the death of Freddie Mercury.

The Sex Pistols have rerecorded God Save the Queen for the game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Chaka Khan and BeBe Winans will be joining the cast of Broadway's The Color Purple starting January 9.

Rumors are flying that Madonna is planning on a world tour next year to mark her fiftieth birthday.

Springsteen & E-Street Band Play First Show in Three Years

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band took the stage for their first concert in over three years last night at Asbury Park's Convention Hall. It was the first of three planned rehearsal shows for the fall tour that opens October 2.

The set contained a number of old favorites along with seven songs from the LP Magic, which is also due on October 2. Springsteen told the crowd they were playing "a few new ones, a few old ones, maybe a few mistakes, but I doubt it."

Also included were a few rarities, including the Seeger Sessions song American Land, being played for the first time by the E-Street Band, Thundercrack and Something in the Night.

The set list:
  • Radio Nowhere
  • No Surrender
  • Gypsy Biker
  • Empty Sky
  • Something in the Night
  • Girls in Their Summer Clothes
  • Night
  • The Promised Land
  • Livin' in the Future
  • Devil's Arcade
  • Candy's Room
  • She's the One
  • Lonesome Day
  • My Hometown
  • The Rising
  • Last To Die
  • Long Walk Home
  • Thundercrack
  • Born To Run
  • Darlington County
  • American Land
The band plays Asbury Park again tonight and the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford on Friday.

Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens Comeback Show Slated for DVD

Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens) played his first complete show in twenty-eight years on March 1 of this year at London's Porchester Hall. That concert will be released on DVD on October 23 via Hip-O/UMe under the name of Yusuf's Cafe.

Islam had previously released his comeback album, An Other Cup, and has included a number of songs from it in the concert. He also returns to his roots for a number of 70's favorites such as Father & Son and Wild World.

Also included on the DVD is an hour-long documentary (A Few Good Songs) and videos for Peace Train, Heaven/Where True Love Goes and Midday (Avoid City After Dark).

The set list from the concert:
  • Wind East & West
  • The Wind
  • Midday (Avoid City After Dark)
  • Don't Be Shy
  • Maybe There's a World
  • In the End
  • Where Do the Children Play?
  • The Little Ones
  • I Think I See the Light
  • Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • Heaven/Where True Love Goes
  • How Long/Peace Train Blues
  • The Beloved
  • Father & Son
  • Wild World (Zulu Version)
  • Peace Train

...and Another Classic TV Variety Show Hits DVD

Less than a week after the announcement of their Glen Campbell show DVD, Time-Life is back with news of the November 6th release of The Best of the Andy Williams Show.

Williams show was on NBC from 1962 to 1971 and included many of the stars of the day along with regulars like the young Osmond Brothers who, unfortunately, are not on this DVD. Instead, numbers are featured with Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Cass Elliot, the Smothers Brothers, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans and Burt Bacharach. Of course, there are a couple of solo tunes by Williams, including his classic Moon River.

Also on the DVD is an exclusive interview with Williams from March of this year.

Be aware that this is a different DVD from the one released of the same name by Image Entertainment in 2000.

Music Highlights:
  • Moon River, Strangers in the Night - Andy Williams
  • Moonlight Sonata/What'd I Say/Spinning Song - Andy Williams, Ray Charles, the Raelets
  • Lover Man - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Words/Words of Love/You've Got Your Troubles - Andy Williams & Mama Cass
  • Michael - Smothers Brothers
  • County Fair/Texas Plains - Andy Williams, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
  • Alfie/Walk on By/(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me/The Look of Love/I Say a Little Prayer/What the World Needs Now is Love - Andy Williams, Burt Bacharach & the Raelets

Dylan Rips It Up at the Ryman

Bob Dylan blew into Nashville last week for a two-night stand at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. The 1,200 seater was the perfect venue for the man who had been seen as musical pariah when Johnny Cash brought him to town in 1969, but now is seen as the aged veteran who still has some tricks up his sleeve.

Joining Dylan on both nights was the suddenly not-so-busy Jack White whose tour was canceled last week due to band mate Meg's illness. He joined Dylan on Meet Me in the Morning on night one, playing guitar, while he took vocal and guitar duties on night two with One More Cup of Coffee and Outlaw Blues. It was the first live performances ever of Morning from Blood on the Tracks and Outlaw Blues from Bringing It All Back Home.

Reviews of the shows noted that Dylan watched White perform, grinning while playing the organ, and that the short appearance almost seemed to energize the balance of the show.

Not only was Dylan in town to play the two shows, but word was that he was using studio time to start laying down tracks for the follow-up to Modern Times.

The set lists from the two Ryman shows:

September 19
  • Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  • Don’t Think twice, It’s All Right
  • Watching The River Flow
  • You’re a Big Girl Now
  • The Levee’s Gonna Break
  • Spirit On The Water
  • Desolation Row
  • Working Man’s Blues #2
  • Things Have Changed
  • Most Likely You Go You’re Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
  • Meet Me In The Morning (Jack White on electric guitar)
  • Highway 61 Revisited
  • Nettie Moore
  • Summer Days
  • Masters Of War
  • Thunder On The Mountain
  • Blowin’ In The Wind

September 20
  • Cat’s In The Well
  • Lay Lady Lay
  • I’ll Be Your baby Tonight
  • Working Man’s Blues #2
  • High Water (For Charlie Patton)
  • Spirit On The Water
  • Tangled Up In Blue
  • One More Cup Of Coffee (Jack White on guitar and vocals)
  • Outlaw Blues (Jack White on guitar and vocals)
  • ‘Til I Fell In Love With You
  • When The Deal Goes Down
  • Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  • Ain’t Talkin’
  • Summer Days
  • Ballad Of A Thin Man
  • Thunder on the Mountain
  • I Shall Be Released

Monday, September 24, 2007

New Debbie Harry Hits Streets on October 9

It's been fifteen years since the last solo album by Debbie Harry (1993's Debravation), but she's back in the stores on October 9 with Necessary Evil.

Harry became more involved with the making of this album then in any of her previous work. Not only was she intimately involved with the actual music, but she chose the mastering company, photographed herself for the cover artwork and the produced the music video.

The music covers a wide range of styles from from pop-rock to dance to a throwback girl's group sound. Harry said of the album's variety, "I don't know if I consciously did that. If it did happen, it was pretty unconscious. Basically, I would come up with an idea for a topic, a lyric or catch phrase, go in with a melody line, and we would develop it. I don't look at it psychologically. All art is a building process. You just keep layering on your experiences. In that sense, it's totally real."

Helping out on the album is the New York production team Super Buddha (Barb Morrison and Charles Nieland), Jazz Passengers' Roy Nathanson and Bill Ware, the Toilet Boys' Guy Furrow and Blondie's Chris Stein.

The track list for the album:
  • Two Times Blue
  • School for Scandal
  • If I Had You
  • Deep End
  • Love With A Vengeance
  • Necessary Evil
  • Charm Redux
  • You're Too Hot
  • Dirty And Deep
  • What Is Love
  • Whiteout
  • Needless To Say
  • Heat Of The Moment
  • Charm Alarm
  • Jen Jen
  • Naked Eye
  • Paradise
The first single is Two Times Blue. Here is the Debbie Harry produced video:

Rolling Stone's Top 25 Music DVD's of All-Time

The DVD format has been a blessing (easy distribution of concert and documentary films) and a cures (draining disposable spending from CDs) to the record business. Still, no one can deny that there is product available in the format that just couldn't have been seen before the late-90's.

The editors at Rolling Stone took a look at the format and narrowed it down to the Top 25 Music DVD's of All-Time. While one of your favorites may not be here, you can't deny that this would be a pretty great start for someone's music library.
  1. The Last Waltz (The Band, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, more)
  2. Monterey Pop (Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Simon & Garfunkel, more)
  3. A Hard Day's Night (Beatles)
  4. Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music (Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, more)
  5. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Metallica)
  6. Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
  7. Wild Style (Fab Five Freddy, Grandmaster Flash, more)
  8. Stop Making Sense (Talking Heads)
  9. Purple Rain (Prince)
  10. No Direction Home (Bob Dylan)
  11. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco (Wilco)
  12. The Filth & the Fury: A Sex Pistols Film (Sex Pistols)
  13. The Kids Are Alright (the Who)
  14. Hype! (Nirvana, more)
  15. Elvis: '68 Comeback Special (Elvis Presley)
  16. Dig! (Dandy Warhols, Brian Jonestown Massacre)
  17. Madonna: Truth or Dare (Madonna)
  18. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (Ramones)
  19. Deep Blues: A Pilgrimage to the Crossroads (Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, Big Jack Johnson, more)
  20. The T.A.M.I. Show (Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Supremes, James Brown, more)
  21. The Old Grey Whistle Test, Volume 1 (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Talking Heads, more)
  22. The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff)
  23. Tupac: Resurrection (Tupac Shakur)
  24. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Daniel Johnston)
  25. U2: Rattle & Hum (U2)

Frankie Valli Revisting the Love Songs of the 60's

Frankie Valli will release his first album of new material in seventeen years on October 2 with Romancing the 60's. The album, which concentrates on love songs of the era, is being released by Motown Universal.

Valli, who is now 73, has seen a resurgence in popularity over the last couple of years, mainly due to the Broadway hit Jersey Boys and his roll as Rusty Millio on The Sopranos. His music from the Four Seasons days have also been used in a number of recent movies.

Working once again with Valli is long time producer and songwriter Bob Gaudio. "This is the album I've always wanted to make with Frankie," Gaudio said. "For me, this album has his best vocals to date."

Also returning are Charles Calello and Artie Schroeck, who worked in many Four Seasons sessions, as arrangers/conductors.

The track list:
  • Take Good Care of My Baby
  • My Cherie Amour
  • Spanish Harlem
  • Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  • Any Day Now
  • Let It Be Me
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Call Me
  • This Guy's In Love With You
  • Sunny
  • My Girl/Groovin'
  • What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
  • On Broadway (with the Jersey Boys)

Short Takes - Elton John, Bette Midler

Elton John has revealed that he began using cocaine back in the 70's because it gave him the confidence to be a rock star.

"It gave me the confidence to join the game. But I wasn't the kind of person who would do one or two lines. I did a gram and then called out for more."

John made the comments on the U.K. television special Elton John: Me, Myself and I.

Bette Midler has signed on to be one of the stars of The Women. The movie is an updating of the 1939 film and is being written and directed by Diane English (Murphy Brown).

Starring with Midler will be Eve Mendes, Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Jada Pinket Smith and Candice Bergen. Mick Jagger is one of the producers.

James Brown's Oldest Daughter Going to Court

LaRhonda Petitt, who claims that she is James Brown's oldest daughter based on a recent DNA test, will be in a Columbia, South Carolina court on Monday looking to right what she says has been a long-time wrong.

Petitt has already filed a paternity action so that she can be legally named one of Brown's daughter and will be asking the court to share the estate with her as a natural child who was not provided for in the will and for back child support.

Petitt said, "I've been walking around looking like this man for 45 years. I'm not talking no negative talk, I'm talking about what's right."

In a further twist, Petitt wants all people claiming to be Brown's children, including those named in the will, to undergo paternity tests. "Just because they're in the will doesn't mean they're all my daddy's children," Petitt said.

Finally, Petitt takes issue with Brown's body being temporarily kept in a crypt at one of the daughter's homes. She would like to see it moved to a mausoleum where it could be visited more freely by family and friends.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Smokey Robinsion Receives Award of Excellence

Smokey Robinson received the United Negro College Fund's Award of Excellence last night during the taping of the annual Evening of Stars concert.

Group president and CEO, Michael L. Lomax, said, "The award honors Smokey not only for his five-decade career as a creative artist, but also for the contribution he has made to helping students get the college education they need and deserve."

Scheduled to appear at the show were Yolanda Adams, Anita Baker, Macy Gray, Heather Headley, Chris Isaak, John Legend, Kenny Lattimore, Chante Moore, Ne-Yo, Joss Stone, Nancy Wilson and Stevie Wonder. Taped messages for Robinson were made by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Martha Reeves.

The show will be broadcast in syndication this January.

Short Takes - Bruce Springsteen, Willie Tee

E Street Radio is returning to Sirius Satellite Radio starting September 27 and running through late March. The station (channel 10) will feature the music of Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band.

Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne and the John Hall Band will all participate in Pray for Peace, a concert and prayer ceremony, set for October 16 at the Washington National Cathedral. The program will be "An interfaith meditation on world peace featuring intimate acoustic performances and special reflections."

Nashville musician Wilson "Willie Tee" Turbinton passed away back on September 11 at the age of 63.

Turbinton and Aaron Neville were childhood friends who stayed close throughout their lives. He recorded from the mid-60's forward under the name of Willie Tee but without much national success. His only charting hit was Teasin' Me, which peaked at number 12 on the R&B charts in 1965.

He remains popular as part of the Beach Music circuit on the east coast and his music has been extensively sampled for rap songs.

Stiff Records Compillation Combines the Hits With the Rarities

Just released in the U.K., The Big Stiff Box Set compiles thirty years worth of music from one of the most influential labels ever in Britain and a leader in releasing punk rock.

The four-CD/98-track set contains well known music from Elvis Costello and the Go-Go's, influential music from artists like the Pogues, Devo and Ian Dury and rarities from those artists that never found commercial success but, nonetheless, recorded great music.
  • Heart Of The City - Nick Lowe
  • Between The Lines - Pink Fairies
  • All Aboard - Roogalator
  • Styrofoam - Tyla Gang
  • Boogie On The Street - Lew Lewis Band
  • New Rose - Damned
  • Silver Shirt - Plummet Airlines
  • White Line Fever - Motorhead
  • Neat Neat Neat - Damned
  • Less Than Zero - Elvis Costello
  • I Can't Get No Satisfaction - Devo
  • England's Glory - Max Wall
  • One Chord Wonders - Adverts
  • Marie Provost - Nick Lowe
  • Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric
  • Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll - Ian Dury
  • Problem Child - Damned
  • Suffice To Say - Yachts
  • Police Car - Larry Wallis
  • Let's Loot The Supermarket Again Like We Did Last Summer - Mick Farren & The Deviants
  • Sweet Gene Vincent - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
  • One Way Love - Damned
  • Reconnez Cherie - Wreckless Eric
  • Yankee Wheels - Jane Aire & The Belvederes
  • Romeo And The Lonely Girl - Ernie Graham
  • Solitary Confinement - Members
  • Whoops A Dasiy - Humphrey Ocean & The Hardy Annuals
  • I've Got A Heart - Realists
  • Baby She's On The Street - Jona Lewie
  • I Think We're Alone Now - Lene Lovich
  • Be Stiff - Devo
  • Take The Cash (KASH) - Wreckless Eric
  • Old Rock 'n' Roller - Mickey Jupp
  • BABY - Rachel Sweet
  • Lucky Number - Lene Lovich
  • Who Listens To The Radio - Sports
  • Gimme Your Heart - Subs
  • Frozen Years - Rumour
  • I Go To Pieces - Rachel Sweet
  • Say When - Lene Lovich
  • One Step Beyond - Madness
  • You Caught Me Out - Kristy MacColl
  • Out Of Luck - Pointed Sticks
  • Lie To Me - Dirty Looks
  • You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties - Jona Lewie
  • Yesterday's Love - Any Trouble
  • Butcher Baby - Plasmatics
  • We Got The Beat - Go-Go's
  • Drive Friendly - Motor Boys Motor
  • Please Don't Bend - Desmond Dekker
  • Buena - Joe 'King Carrasco' & The Crowns
  • Girls Are Always Right - Any Trouble
  • Baby Come Back - Equators
  • Thunderbird - Nigel Dixon
  • Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie
  • What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted - Dave Stewart & Colin Blunstone
  • Swords Of A Thousand Men - Tenpole Tudor
  • Going Left Right - Department S
  • Do You Believe In The Westworld - Theatre Of Hate
  • Wunderbar - Tenpole Tudor
  • Pretend - Alvin Stardust
  • It's My Party - Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
  • Loud Music In Cars - Billy Bremner
  • Lost Platoon - Dancing Did
  • Language Problems - Electric Guitars
  • Danube - Bridget Novik & M
  • Clapping Song - Belle Stars
  • Who Likes Jazz - Via Vagabond
  • Sign Of The Times - Belle Stars
  • Breakaway - Tracey Ullman
  • I Love You - Yello
  • Hayrick Song - Eddie Tenpole Tudor
  • Like Dust - Passion Puppets
  • They Don't Know - Tracey Ullman
  • Terry - Kristy MacColl
  • Pick Me Up - Inspirational Choir Of The Pentecostal First-Born Church Of The Living God
  • Move Over Darling - Tracey Ullman
  • Dark Streets Of London - Pogues
  • New England - Kristy MacColl
  • Pair Of Brown Eyes - Pogues
  • Free Yourself - Untouchables
  • Here Is My Number - Makin' Time
  • I Spy (For The FBI) - Untouchables
  • Dirty Old Town - Pogues
  • Religious Persuasion - Andy White
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Mint Juleps
  • Brilliant Mind - Furniture
  • Don't Wait Up - Dr. Feelgood
  • Killer Joe (Right Cross) - Tommy Chase
  • Whenever I'm Gone - Prisoners
  • Irish Rover - Pogues & The Dubliners
  • Dancin' All Night - Enemy
  • What Is Woman - Eskimo Disco
  • Barking Up The Right Tree - Producers
  • Broken Houses - Tranzmitors
  • That Sound - Any Trouble
  • Wit And The Wisdom Of Ronald Reagan - Ronald Reagan
It does not appear that there are plans for a U.S. release at this time.