Saturday, July 31, 2010

So What Does Dave Davies REALLY Think of Van Halen's You Really Got Me?

In late-1964, the Kinks had their first major hit with You Really Got Me, reaching number 7 on the U.S. singles chart.  In 1978, Van Halen  also had their first hit with a version of the song, reaching number 36.  Up until now, all the members of the Kinks have been quiet about their opinion of the updated version.

Recently, Dave Davies talked with Classic Rock's Rob Hughes and the subject of the Van Halen record came up.
"There’s the thing: good art isn’t always about having the comfiest technique. I shouldn’t encourage him, but I’m sure Eddie Van Halen played better when he was drunk. But it must be a good record if people like it.

"Van Halen’s version was very Middle America. It was like, 'Hey man, look at me with my tight trousers! Here’s our version of You Really Got Me!'

"We got pissed off though, when we played America. The Kinks had an album out called Low Budget [1979] and we ended up touring and playing stadiums. Some kid came up to me after one of the gigs and said: ‘I like your cover of Van Halen’s You Really Got Me.’ You have to smile sometimes."

Cult Releasing First New Track in Three Years, Move to New Form of Releasing Music

The Cult are set to release their first new music since 2007 with the new track Everyman and Woman is a Star.  The song will be available for the first two week exclusively through the iTunes store.

Everyman and Woman is a Star is a preview for a 4-song "capsule" that the group will release in the fall.  A capsule is described as a new way to market both music and the artist with a mixture of songs, film, art and fashion.  These capsules will be released on CD, vinyl, digital, USB and DVD.  The releases will be made through the group's new label, Wilderness, and media company Aderra. 

Singer Ian Astbury released a statement talking about the group's new music. "The latest recordings from The Cult, guided by legendary producer Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality, Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age), are a mixture of violent guitars, emotive vocal performances with high melody and driving beats. Textured metaphysical rock music for the contemporary music head."

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Talks High Ticket Prices, Ozzy Talks Feud

Bruce Dickinson: Flashing Metal with "Maiden" and Flying SoloIron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson has come out against bands that charge high ticket prices for their shows. 

Dickinson told Sky News that those looking for a huge profit are to blame for the poor sales for concerts.  "It's a massive commitment to come and see a band.  They deserve not just a great show, but reasonable ticket prices. It's just not right, you know - it's a rock 'n' roll show, it's not a cash cow."

According to Pollstar's survey of average ticket prices, Billy Joel is currently the most expensive, averaging $119.27 each, not counting ticket agent fees.  The only other two artists in the list over $100 are Bette Midler and Barry Manilow whose prices are pushed higher due to long runs in Las Vegas.  Bon Jovi is fourth at $96.77 and Bruce Springsteen fifth at $85.08.  Iron Maiden was not included on the list, presumably because they don't have any currently scheduled U.S. dates.

In other news, Ozzy Osbourne says he still hasn't forgiven Dickenson for a feud that occurred during the 2005 Ozzfest Tour.  According to reports, Dickinson made unflattering comments about Ozzy which upset Osbourne and his wife Sharon who had eggs thrown at Maiden during their performances.

Osbourne told The Quietous  "Every night he was going on stage slagging me off. And that wasn't fair. If he didn't like the fucking tour, he should have said, 'I'm jumping [off] the fucking tour...' I'd never said a fucking bad thing to him.

"Sharon got pissed off. It was nothing to do with me. I'll back my wife up to the hilt, but I didn't know what was going down. But you know what? [They] a few fucking quid out of that Ozzfest. If you've got something to talk to me about, be a man. Come to my face and say, 'I think you're a fucking asshole.'"

Joni Mitchell Nominated for Audubon Award

Joni Mitchell - Painting with Words and MusicJoni Mitchell is one of the nominees to received the 2011 John James Audubon Center Award for Art Inspiring Conservation.  The award, given by the Audubon Society, "honors an individual who, through their body of work or a single seminal work, uses art to communicate the real and intrinsic value of the nature, interpret conservation challenges, and inspire humanity to take actions that will protect and preserve birds, other wildlife and the world we share."

This will be the second year that the award is presented.  The inaugural award went to Scott Weidensaul, the Pulitzer prize nominated writer of Living on the Wind.

Chart Watch Canada: Chart Date July 29, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Canadian music charts.  Chart highlights:
  • Sting holds on strong in the second week of release for Symphonicities.  It drops only 15 to 16 and remains the highest selling album by a veteran artist in Canada.
  • No new albums debut from veteran artists for the week and Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Ozzy Osbourne retain their spots as the top charting veteran artists on the R&B, Country and Metal charts. 
Previous week position noted in parenthesis.  (N) indicates a new release.  (R) indicates a record that is re-charting.  There can be ties in chart positions.

SymphonicitiesTop 100 Canadian Albums
  • #1 (1) - Recovery - Eminem
  • #2 (N) - 100 Miles From Memphis - Sheryl Crow
  • #3 (6) - My World 2.0 - Justin Bieber
  • #4 (5) - Thank Me Later - Drake
  • #5 (3) - To the Sea - Jack Johnson
  • #16 (15) - Symphonicities - Sting
  • #24 (19) - Scream - Ozzy Osbourne
  • #43 (43) - Iron Man 2 Soundtrack - AC/DC
  • #47 (39) - Mojo - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • #52 (64) - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of - ABBA
  • #60 (61) - Legend: Best of - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • #74 (77) - Cross Road - Bon Jovi
  • #91 (79) - The Circle - Bon Jovi
  • #92 (44) - Custom Built - Bret Michaels
  • #93 (89) - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA

ScreamTop 100 Canadian Singles (Airplay)
  • #1 (1) - California Gurls - Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg
  • #2 (2) - Airplanes - B.o.B Featuring Hayley Williams
  • #3 (3) - Alejandro - Lady Gaga
  • #4 (9) - Dynamite - Taio Cruz
  • #5 (4) - Your Love is My Drug - Ke$ha
  • #56 (58) - Let Me Hear You Scream - Ozzy Osbourne
  • #74 (84) - I Should Have Known It - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • #77 (61) - I Keep on Loving You - Reba McEntire
The Digital Downloads, R&B, Country and Hard Rock charts are after the cut.

Singer Al Goodman of the Moments and Ray, Goodman & Brown Passes Away

Best ofSoul singer Al Goodman, who would have hits as a member of the Moments and Ray, Goodman and Brown, passed away last Monday due to heart failure during cancer surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.  He was 67.

Goodman started his music career in Jackson, MS as a member of the mid-60's group the Carvettes who appeared on a local radio station every Saturday singing Doo Wop and recorded one single on Copa Records.  After leaving the group in 1968, he moved to New York where he formed the group the Vipers, once again recording just one single.

Luckily, that one song brought him to the attention of Joe Robinson who signed Goodman with All Platinum Records.  They initially paired him with Sylvia Robinson, making Al the new "Mickey" in Mickey & Sylvia but, before any recording was done, he was brought in as a member of the Moments with William "Billy" Brown

The new lineup found success quickly when Love on a Two Way Street reached number 1 on the R&B and 3 on the Pop charts in the spring of 1970.  Over the course of the decade, the group hit 21 more times on the R&B charts with songs like If I Didn't Care (1970/#44 Pop/#7 R&B), Sexy Mama (1973/#17 Pop/#3 R&B) and Look at Me (I'm in Love) (1975/#39 Pop/#1 R&B).

In 1979, the group left Stang records, where all but one of their hits had been released since 1963, for Polydor; however, they were barred legally from using the name The Moments at their new home.  The group decided to change their name to Ray, Goodman and Brown (Harry Ray joined the Moments in 1971).  The newly named trio scored ten hits during the 80's including Special Lady (1980/#5 Pop/#1 R&B) and Take It to the Limit (1987/#8 R&B).

Harry Ray passed away in 1992 but the group stayed together through to this year with Goodman, Brown and Kevin "Ray" Owens.

Goodman is survived by his wife, Henrietta, five children and one grandson.

Video: What Has Country Come To? The Bellamy Brothers Get Spicy With Jalapenos

Jalapeños (Single Version)The Bellamy Brothers have never been exactly the saints of country music.  After striking it big on the pop charts with their 1976 number one Let Your Love Flow, they pretty much stuck around in country land where they had almost three dozen more hits including If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me (1979/#39 Pop/#1 Country), Do You Love As Good As You Look (1981/#1 Country) and For All the Wrong Reasons (1982/#1 Country).

Even though the hits stopped back in the 90's, they've kept recording and touring and currently have a new song that, while an internet sensation at over 600,000 views, isn't getting much airplay.  Maybe it's because Jalapenos has a couple of lines that are just a little too much for the normally conservative country stations.

David Bellamy told The Boot, "What's really funny about this song...I was talking to one of our promotion guys, and I said, 'What do they want us to do, bleep out the word ass?' He goes, 'No that doesn't bother them; it's just the word erect that bothers them.' I said, 'Have you seen these ads on television?! It's like every three minutes. That's what we're making fun of. Every few minutes they're on TV ... people in bathtubs!' We had one lady from a radio station that actually emailed our office. Our assistant showed me the email, and she said, 'I really love this song. I'm just waiting for permission from my boss to see if I can play it.'"

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Friday, July 30, 2010

AC/DC's Black Ice Tour is Second Biggest in History

Billboard magazine has announced that AC/DC's Black Ice Tour has ended as the second biggest in history.  From the start in 2008 to the end a few weeks ago, the tour brought in $441.6 million dollars from 168 shows in front of an estimated 4.9 million fans.

The only tour to do better was the Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang trek which ran from 2005 through 2007, taking in $558.3 million dollars for 147 shows.  It is fully expected that, by the time it finishes next year, U2's 360 Degree Tour will pass both to take the crown.

For the year so far, the AC/DC tour is number one taking $177.5 million for 40 shows.

The John Lennon Biopic, Nowhere Boy, Finally Getting a U.S. Release

It will almost be a year from the British premier of the John Lennon biopic, Nowhere Boy, to the date that it finally sees release in the United States.  The Weinstein Company has picked up the distribution rights for the film and will premier it on October 8, the day before what would have been Lennon's 70th birthday, in a limited release.

The film first saw the light of day in late October of last year at a number of festivals and went on to be nominated for four BAFTA awards.  Even though it was honored and had generally positive reviews, it was not put into general release in much of the world.
Imagine… John Lennon's childhood. Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen-year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John (Aaron Johnson, star of “Kick Ass”): Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the buttoned-up Aunt who raised him, and Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n' roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster). Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice—and an icon explodes into the world.
The film is among the initial sleight of the new Weinstein Company in the brother's attempt to regain the past glories from their days at Miramax.

Here is the new trailer for the Weinstein release of the film:

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Video: The Official EPK for Robert Plant and Band of Joy

Here is the official EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the new Band of Joy album with Robert Plant, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Byron House and Marco Giovino.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Is Steven Tyler About to Become an Idol Judge?

Steven Tyler: The BiographyThere are a number of reports around the net tonight that decisions have been made on the judging panel for next season's American Idol.

Earlier in the day, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that she had decided not to come back, saying that she never felt right hurting people's feelings with the criticisms.  Now, the Los Angeles Times, Deadline Hollywood and Gossip Cop are reporting that Jennifer Lopez has been offered a seat for next season and both the Times and Gossip Cop are adding that an unnamed but high up source has said that the other judge will be Steven Tyler from Aerosmith.

The news of Tyler seems to be out of the blue as his name was not mentioned in the list of those being considered, including Harry Connick, Jr., Brett Michaels and Chris Isaak.  The fate of the other two judges, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson, are also in question as Simon Lythgoe returns as executive producer after leaving idol two years ago to concentrate on So You Think You Can Dance.  Lythgoe was reported to have said recently that he would like to see a whole new panel of judges for next season.

Nothing is scheduled to be firm until next week when Fox and Freemantle are supposed to make the official announcement.

Preview: The Bootleg Series, Volume 9 & Mono Box - Bob Dylan

Artist: Bob Dylan
Title: The Bootleg Series, Volume 9 / Mono Box 
Release Date: Fall, 2010
Label: Sony
Format(s): CD, DD

Yesterday, Rolling Stone published a story on two upcoming Bob Dylan projects that are supposedly coming before the end of the year.  While the information at this point remains somewhere between rumor and leak, we still think Dylan is big enough to give a very tentative preview.

First up is Volume 9 of the Bootleg Series.  This time around, the set includes demos recorded between 1962 and 1964 at the Leeds and Witmark Studios in New York, including many of his best known early protest songs.

The second project follows in the footsteps of last year's Beatles' release as Dylan's first eight studio albums will be released in mono versions.  At least two sources are saying this will be an eight disc box set, so (like the Beatles), the individual albums may not be available for sale.  These discs are supposedly mastered from "first issue copies of the mono LPs."  The most likely list of titles is below.

Track List:

Bootleg Series, Volume 9

Leeds Music Demos - New York City, New York - February 1962
  • Hard Times In New York Town
  • Poor Boy Blues
  • Ballad For A Friend
  • Rambling, Gambling Willie
  • Man On The Street
  • Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
    Standing On The Highway
Witmark & Sons Demos - New York City, New York - December 1962
  • A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  • Tomorrow Is A Long Time
  • The Death Of Emmett Till
  • Let Me Die In My Footsteps
  • Ballad Of Hollis Brown
  • Quit Your Low Down Ways
  • Baby, I'm In The Mood For You
Witmark Studio - New York City, New York - Winter 1963
  • Bound To Lose, Bound To Win
  • All Over You
  • I'd Hate To Be You On That Dreadful Day
  • Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues
Witmark Studio - New York City, New York - March 1963
  • Long Time Gone
  • Masters Of War
  • Farewell
  • Oxford Town
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  • Walkin' Down The Line
Witmark Studio - New York City, New York - April 1963
  • I Shall Be Free
  • Bob Dylan's Blues
  • Bob Dylan's Dream
  • Boots Of Spanish Leather
Witmark Studio - New York City, New York - May 1963
  • Girl From The North Country
  • Seven Curses
  • Hero Blues
Witmark Studio - New York City, New York - August 1963
Whatcha Gonna Do
  • Gypsy Lou
  • Ain't Gonna Grieve
  • John Brown
  • Only A Hobo
  • When The Ship Comes In
Witmark Studio - New York City, New York - October 1963

  • The Times They Are A-Changin'
Witmark Studio - New York City, New York - December 1963

  • Paths Of Victory
Witmark Studio - New York City, New York - January 1964
  • Guess I'm Doing Fine
  • Baby Let Me Follow You Down
Unidentified Recording Studio - New York City, New York - Mid to late June 1964
  • Mr. Tambourine Man
  • Mama, You Been On My Mind
  • I'll Keep It With Mine

Mono Box Set (Albums Included)
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
  • The Times They Are A-Changin'
  • Another Side of Bob Dylan
  • Bringing It All Back Home
  • Highway 61 Revisited
  • Blonde on Blonde
  • John Wesley Harding

Billy Joel Documentary to Be Largest Outdoor Film Showing Since 1919

The Billy Joel concert film/documentary, Last Play at Shea, will premier on the night of August 21 at Citi Field in New York.  The showing at the venue will mark the largest outdoor film presentation since 1919.

Last Play at Shea presents both the stories of New York's Shea Stadium and Joel's final concert at the venue before it was torn down.  Included are performances from that final show which included appearances by Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler and Garth Brooks.

The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last April 25 to great reviews.  The New York Observer wrote "The Last Play at Shea is great fun. Part music documentary, part concert film, and part sports documentary…the film is a beautiful love letter to the musician that brought us "Piano Man" and the building that Mets fans affectionately call "a dump" (but it's their dump)."

The film showing is expected to be the biggest outdoor showing of a film since "Motion Picture Day" on July 4, 1919 in Columbus, OH where a series of films from D.W. Griffith, Paramount and Famous Players-Lasky were shown.

Video: Jimmy Webb Performs Wichita Lineman on Letterman

Just Across the RiverJimmy Webb was the musical guest on David Letterman Tuesday night performing his version of Wichita Lineman from one of the best albums of the year, Just Across the River.  On the album version of the song, he sings with Billy Joel.

Al Jarreu Announces Return to Touring After Cancellation of Three Additional Shows

GlowAl Jarreau has announced that he is ready to return to his European Tour after being hospitalized last week due to severe breathing problems while getting ready for a concert in the French Alps.  Unfortunately, three additional shows had to be canceled while he recuperated bringing the total of shows called off to six.  Up until this illness, Jarreau had only canceled on concert due to illness in his entire career.

The following announcement was made on Wednesday:
Al Jarreau is relieved to announce plans to resume his concert tour on August 3. The concert that day will be in Hanau, Germany, at Amphitheatre Schloss Philippsruhe.

Mr. Jarreau now expects to complete the remainder of his Europe tour (Hanau and onward), and expects to be able to perform all other scheduled concerts in the USA, Japan, and elsewhere.

But, with great frustration, the singer has announced the cancellation of 3 more concerts prior to the Hanau date, following his doctors’ recommendation.

The cancelled dates are:

29 July Nuremberg, Germany, at Serenadenhof
30 July Gleisdorf, Austria, at Forum Kloster
31 July Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia, at Open Air Fest Zelena Voda

Ticketholders for these 3 cancelled concerts should contact their point of purchase – the venue box office or ticket agent.

On July 26, Al Jarreau’s medical team in Marseille performed a Catheter Ablation, to treat an arrhythmia that had recently developed. The procedure went just as the doctors hoped and expected. He moved out of the Intensive Care Unit later that day. He has been working hard to recover and prepare himself for his return to work.

Farm Aid Will Be October 25 in Milwaukee

The official announcement wasn't supposed to be made until next Monday, but Farm Aid organizer and board member Willie Nelson accidentally let the news slip on Wednesday to Bill Mack on Sirius XM station Willie's Place.

Farm Aid 25 will be held on October 25 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  That's all we know at this point but we're sure that, on Monday, there will be an official announcement of the venue and a partial list of performers.

We'll keep you informed.

REO Speedwagon to Celebrate Hi Infidelity in 2011

Hi InfidelityREO Speedwagon are planning a big celebration in 2011 for the 30th anniversary of their only number one album, Hi Infidelity.  Billboard reports that there are plans for a deluxe reissue of the album and, possibly, a tour playing the entire record.

Hi Infidelity was actually released in late 1980 and went on to be the group's only number 1 album.  In addition, after nine years of releases, the group finally made the top forty singles with four songs from the album, Keep On Loving You (#1), Take It On the Run  (#5), Don't Let Him Go (#24) and In Your Letter (#20). 

The Deluxe Version of the album will most likely include a group of original demos for the songs that were recently unearthed in the group's manager's garage.  Kevin Cronin told Billboard, "He found a box that said 'REO' on it.  It was mostly old photographs, but he dropped it off at my house and when I went through it there it was, a tape from Crystal Recording Studios, July 1980. No one knew where they were. We searched the vaults in New York, L.A., a full cavity search, you might say, and no one found them. So we were like, 'All right, I guess that's our holy grail. We'll keep searching for them'."

The band is currently out on tour and have been regularly playing the first side of Hi Infidelity in their set, but would like to expand it to the full album in 2011.  

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Odd Pairings: Dave Mason & Michael Bolton to Host Charity Golf Tournament

Definitive CollectionOne is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member who has been in Fleetwood Mac and Traffic and had a very successful solo career.  The other has been singing to the ladies for 35 years through the highs of Grammy Award winning performances and the lows of being the butt of comedian's jokes.   Together, they will host the Inaugural Michael Bolton & Dave Mason Benefit Concert & Golf Classic on September 26 at Ojai Valley Country Club in Ojai, California.  Expected participants include Paul Williams, John O'Hurley, Jeffrey Donovan, Matt McCoy, Richard Roundtree, Kevin Sorbo and others.

One World, One LoveAfter the tournament, the golfers and their guests will participate in a silent auction and enjoy a concert by Bolton, Mason, Kenny G and some surprise guests.  TV newsperson/celebrity Joan Lunden hosts.  During the evening the Michael Bolton Charities Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Lisa Niemi Swayze, the widow of Patrick Swayze.

You may need to break into your piggy bank to participate.   Tickets for golf and the benefit are $650 per person with higher priced tickets getting additional benefits.

Proceeds from the day go to the Michael Bolton Charities, Inc. which supports such organizations as The National Domestic Violence Hotline, Prevent Child Abuse America, Yale Child Study Center, Family Justice Center of Brooklyn, NY and United Negro College Fund.

Tom Jones Aiming To Become Oldest Male Vocalist to Top U.K. Album Chart

Praise & BlameThere are still four days to go before the new U.K. Album chart is revealed, but early indications have Tom Jones' new album Praise and Blame slightly outselling Eminem's Recovery which has topped the list four of the five weeks it has been in release.

Praise and Blame has been fraught with controversy over the last few weeks leading up to its release with a label executive questioning the commercial appeal of a supposedly religious album.  Critics, though, have been very positive and it appears the public is responding very positively to an album that is more gospel tinged than full out religious.

If Jones does end up number one on Sunday when the chart is announced, he will become the oldest male vocalist ever to top the chart.  At 70, he would displace the previous record holder, Bob Dylan, whose Together Through Life hit number 1 last year when he was 67. 

Video: Pete Seeger Still Protesting at 91

Courtesy of Rolling Stone, here's a new song for Pete Seeger which he performed last Friday night at The Winery in New York at a benefit for the Gulf Restoration Network.  He sings about the oil spill, a little dig at trickle down economics and more.  Pete also mentions that he and his wife just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

Seeger has a new album out this week performing with elementary school children.  More on that later in the week.

Musician and Producer Ben Keith Passes Away at 73

Ben Keith, who played with everyone from Patsy Cline to Neil Young, has passed away in California at the age of 73.  No cause of death has been announced.

Keith started his musical career in Nashville in the late-50's and first came to prominence playing steel guitar on Patsy Cline's I Fall to Pieces.  He also toured, playing pedal steel, with Cline, Faron Young and others and became a member of Nashville's famed group of studio musicians, the A-Team.

In the early-70's, he started to move into more pop and rock sessions, playing on Ringo Starr's Beaucoups of Blues and the Band's Moondog Matinee.  It was also at this time that he met Neil Young and formed a partnership that would last for almost four decades.  Keith played steel guitar on many of Young's albums, starting with 1971's Harvest and acted in the film version of Neil's Greendale.  He also played on works by Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Linda Ronstadt, Todd Rundgren, Crosby, Stills & Nash and many more.

As a record producer, he is probably most famous for Jewel's multi-platinum album Pieces of Me which spawned three major hits.  Keith also released two solo albums, To a Wild Rose and Seven Gates: A Christmas Album.

A sampling of albums on which Ben Keith played steel guitar:
  • Showcase - Patsy Cline
  • Beaucoups of Blues - Ringo Starr
  • Charlie Daniels - Charlie Daniels
  • Harvest - Neil Young
  • Something/Anything? - Todd Rundgren
  • Steve Goodman - Steve Goodman
  • Moondog Matinee - Band
  • Time Fades Away - Neil Young
  • Wild Tales - Graham Nash
  • On the Beach - Neil Young
  • Elite Hotel - Emmylou Harris
  • Pieces of the Sky - Emmylou Harris
  • Tonight's the Night - Neil Young
  • American Stars 'N Bars - Neil Young
  • Make Love to the Music - Leon & Brenda Russell
  • Comes a Time - Neil Young
  • Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School - Warren Zevon
  • Hawks & Doves - Neil Young
  • Trans - Neil Young
  • This Note's For You - Neil Young
  • Harvest Moon - Neil Young
  • Feels Like Home - Linda Ronstadt
  • Chrome Dreams II - Neil Young

Preview: World Gone Crazy - Doobie Brothers (With Video for First Single, Nobody)

Artist: Doobie Brothers
Title: World Gone Crazy

Release Date: September 28, 2010
Label: HOR Entertainment
Format(s): CD, DD

The Doobie Brothers are set to release their first new studio album in ten years with World Gone Crazy, out September 28 on HOR Entertainment.  The decade wait between albums seems to be their new pattern as their last two studio releases were Brotherhood (1991) and Sibling Rivalry (2000).

Included on the thirteen-track collection are cuts with guests Michael McDonald and Willie Nelson.  The single Nobody, originally from their first album, will be released to radio later next month (the official video is below).  Production was handled by their long-time collaborator Ted Templeman.
World Gone Crazy will show the Doobie Brothers to be as engaged as ever with the culture around them. Once again, they are applying their unique ability to marry grooves, hooks, harmonies and lyrics into an effortlessly comfortable yet subtly intense collection of songs. Their music is so genuine and appealing it’s almost easy to miss just how prodigious they are as musicians, writers and vocalists.
Track List:
  • A Brighter Day
  • Chateau
  • Nobody
  • World Gone Crazy
  • Far From Home
  • Young Man’s Game
  • Don’t Say Goodbye (featuring Michael McDonald)
  • My Baby
  • Old Juarez
  • I Know We Won (featuring Willie Nelson)
  • Law Dogs
  • New York Dream

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Music Radar Picks the 25 Best Blues Guitarists of All Time

Essential Stevie Ray VaughanMusic Radar is currently in the middle of their blues week, featuring the best amps for the blues, features on Stevie Ray Vaughan, picks of the favorite guitarists of Warren Haynes and Slash and their list of the 25 Best Blues Guitarists of All Time.

...and what a list it is.  These are twenty-five names that could make up one hell of a blues library, going as far back as the 1920's all the way up to those still holding the banner (King, Clapton, Guy, etc.).  Plus, much praise to those who voted on the list for remembering some of the greats that aren't always discussed in the 21st century like Son House, Elmore James, Lead Belly and Junior Kimbrough.

The list:
  1. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  2. Jimi Hendrix
  3. B.B. King
  4. Eric Clapton
  5. Robert Johnson
  6. Rory Gallagher
  7. Peter Green
  8. Buddy Guy
  9. Muddy Waters
  10. John Lee Hooker
  11. Albert King
  12. Son House
  13. Johnny Winter
  14. Freddie King
  15. Duane Allman
  16. T-Bone Walker
  17. Albert Collins
  18. Elmore James
  19. Lightnin' Hopkins
  20. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter
  21. Blind Lemon Jefferson
  22. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  23. Hubert Sumlin
  24. Charley Patton
  25. Junior Kimbrough
To see the Music Radar commentary on each of their choices, go to their site.

Retro Chart: July 27, 1940

1940?  Yes, that would seem a little bit farther back than we would normally go in any of our stories, but the Billboard chart of seventy years ago today (July 27, 1940) holds special significance as it was the first sales chart for records the magazine ever published.

At the time, it was only ten positions (it wouldn't move to 100 until the chart of August 4, 1958) and was added to previous charts from the magazine that had ranked sheet music sales and "radio plugs" but never before had they charted music strictly on the sales of records. 

The new chart would eventually spin off into other genres, including R&B (October 24, 1942, then known as the Harlem Hit Parade) country (January 8, 1944 as the Most Played Juke Box Folk Records), long play albums (March 24, 1956) and Adult Contemporary (July 17, 1961).

The very first top ten from July 27, 1940:
  1. I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey
  2. The Breeze and I - Jimmy Dorsey
  3. Imagination - Glenn Miller
  4. Playmates - Kay Kyser
  5. Fools Rush In - Glenn Miller
  6. Where Was I? - Charlie Barnet
  7. Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller
  8. Imagination - Tommy Dorsey
  9. Sierra Sue - Bing Crosby
  10. Make Believe Island - Mitchell Ayres

New Releases by Veteran Artists for July 27, 2010

Praise & BlameLive at the Greek Theatre 2008
Cookin' in Mobile [CD/DVD]Don't Say No (30th Anniversary Edition)
Live in Boston, 1982Live at the High Voltage Festival
Couldn't Stand the Weather (Legacy Edition)Best of Art of Noise

The full list of new releases is after the cut.

Brenda Lee Donates Much of Her Career Memorabilia to the Country Music Hall of Fame

Gospel Duets With Treasured FriendsBrenda Lee has donated much of the memorabilia that she accumulated over her fifty-year career to the permanent collection of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.  The donation was announced last week during a lunch that celebrated the closing of the ten-month exhibition Brenda Lee: Dynamite and includes an additional donation from Lee's friend and fan Pat O'Leary.

Museum director Kyle Young said "For almost 50 years, Brenda's five-star recordings and dynamic live performances transcended musical genres and continental borders and established her as an international cultural icon as well known in Osaka as she is in Nashville.  These special and incredibly important gifts from Brenda and Pat will help us to preserve Little Miss Dynamite's own story and many other country music stories.  With these treasures, Brenda and Pat show us how both the past and the future should be respected in the present."

Lee told the audience at the luncheon "I wasn't so much honored by the exhibit, as by the fact that you wanted to do the exhibit. That fulfilled my dream and captured me as an artist, a mother, a friend and a fan.  Ronnie and I are very pleased to leave our collection in your hands because this is the safest and best place for it.  We were familiar with the Museum and respected your work before, but now, after having worked so closely with you, we see what others cannot see, and that is the tremendous talent, dedication, commitment, knowledge and daily hard work that has made you a great museum and a trustworthy repository for our history."

Included in the collection are:
  • Audio and video documenting Lee's life
  • Concert posters
  • Stage costumes
  • Vintage photos
  • Awards
  • Advertisements
  • Personal correspondence
  • A Brenda Lee comic book and paper doll set
Over the course of her 53-year career, Lee has had 29 top forty pop hits, two of which hit number one (I'm Sorry, I Want to Be Wanted) and 19 country top forty hits.