Friday, September 19, 2014

A Wilbury Twist: THE WEEKEND MIX

Since the recent release of "Hypnotic Eye," the very fine new record from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, I've been free fallin' into Petty's back catalogue. (see what I did there.)

I revisited both the underrated "Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)" and his very solid solo effort "Highway Companion," which I had forgotten about. My thought was to compile a mix of some of TP's deeper tracks, but thought, if you don't like Petty than The Weekend Mix would be a wash.

But since I had also been listening to some 80's Dylan after reading the excellent two-part article in Uncut magazine about his God years, as well as my always rotating Idle Race>The Move>ELO>Jeff Lynne LPs, I opted for a twist on the Traveling Wilburys.

So here you have it.

I stayed light on the Dylan God years, in case you hadn't read the articles. (Great reads, by the way, and it just might make you hear those often trashed LPs differently. They are better than most think.) But I did compile some of my faves and did try to keep the cuts deep.


Hurt- TP & the HB
Don't Let Me Wait Too Long- GH
George Jackson- BD
One Day- JL
California Blue- Roy
Far East Man- GH
Forecast- JL
Abandoned Love- BD
Think About Me- TP & the HB
Save Me Now-JL
Watered-Down Love- BD
A Love So Beautiful- Roy
Flirting With Time- TP & the HB
Beautiful Girl- GH
Don't Fade On Me- TP & the HB
Life Fades Away- Roy
Brainwashed- GH


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Records! Records! Records! Records! Records!

Okay, this is for all you NYC, NJ and tri-state residents--

I'll be here on Sunday with some great stuff, including over 500 solid, classic titles at $3. (Two for $5!)

Come by, if you can. Say hello. Maybe you'll even find something to buy.

Throwback Thursday: 11/29/02, Concert For George

I just never get enough of this performance. It's huge.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two For Tuesday: Sammy Davis Jr. & Be Bop Deluxe

Sammy Davis Jr . was often referred to as the "most talented man in show business." I had no issue with that moniker based only on his song and dance. Now this. Can I be the only one who has never seen Sammy behind a drum kit? This really surprised me.

(h/t Geno)

"Heaven'y Homes" is my favorite tune off of my favorite Be Bop Deluxe record, "Sunburst Finish." Here it is coupled with the hit single, "Ships In The Night." I don't say enough about this band, but the few times I have, I don't recall much feedback one way or the other. For those who are unfamiliar, Bill Nelson is a guitar god and this band was the perfect mix of accessible prog, glam-pop and rock and roll. And again, Nelson's guitar work is worth some time.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Skeletons: Where Have They Been All My Life?

Here's what All Music's Stephen Thomas Erlewine has to say:

The Skeletons never gained widespread recognition, yet they had a small cult of dedicated followers who made them a modestly popular roots-rock bands in the late '80s and '90s. Based in Springfield, Missouri, the Skeletons formed in 1979 as a touring band assembled by Steve Forbert. Following the tour, they decided to stay together, releasing their own records when they weren't touring either as their own entity or as a supporting group. In 1987 they released their first American album, Rockin' Bones. Over the next 10 years, they remained busy, particularly backing artists like Syd Straw and Dave Alvin, yet only released three other albums -- In the Flesh! (1988), Waiting (1992) and Nothin' to Lose (1997). 

I've been trying to sell this record for a year. Good price. It's even on orange vinyl. No bites.

Over the weekend, as I prepped for an upcoming record show, I looked at it again. This time I noticed the drummer was Bobby Lloyd Hicks, a fave when he sits in with NRBQ.  Upon further inspection, I noticed they were managed by my good friend Rich Nesin.

Time for a spin. Right?

DAMN! This record is killing me. Why didn't I get the memo?

"No longer for sale!"
 -Worst record dealer ever

Check out their covers of Sonny & Cher up top and The Easybeats below, as well as The Skeletons original "Watch What You Say," all from the 1992 release "Waiting."

Oh, and why not...

...the always stunning, always killer...Syd Straw, backed guessed it...THE SKELETONS!

And Bobby Lloyd Hicks? You kick ass. Drummers take note. I did, and that's why we have a Skeletons post today.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Songs Of The Week 6.0: 9/6-9/12

Coming Soon- Queen
Eminence Front- The Who
Whenever You're On My Mind (Demo)- Marshall Crenshaw
No Time- The Move
We're For The Dark- Badfinger
I'd Rather Go Blind- Rod Stewart
Evening Blue- Traffic