Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Could You Help An Old Altar Boy

During the first sessions of the now legendary, Rick Rubin produced "American Recordings" of Johnny Cash, there was a take of a song called "I Witnessed A Crime," that featured ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons. This wasn't on the debut release, but on a bootleg CD called "American Sessions." Since that initial release, 4 more CDs were released, as well as a posthumous boxset that contained 5 more CDs from these sessions, and still no official release of the Cash/Gibbons duet. Can anyone shed some light on this? Why was that song specifically left off the official releases, and does anyone know if there were other tracks recorded with Billy GIbbons?


Is David Werner still alive and will anyone eventually release his 3 brilliant CDs "Whizz Kid," "Imagination," and "David Werner?"

First two Jules Shear albums on EMI, "Watch Dog" (produced by Todd Rundgren) and "The Eternal Return."--limited CD release YEARS ago in Japan, now impossible to find. Any plans for re-release?

The African Queen & The Magnificent Ambersons, still not available on DVD---how come?

In 1979 Irish rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore released his now classic LP "Back On The Streets," which featured "Parisienne Walkways," a tune co-written and sung by Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott. The song clocked in at around 5 minutes and featured what many hard rock and Lizzy fans called some of Moore's greatest guitar playing. The song became a staple in many of Lizzy's live sets, as well as Moore's solo shows. Since that initial LP release on the CBS subsidiary, JET Records, many CDs have been issued and re-issued, by both Gary Moore and Thin Lizzy, including a recent 2008 Japanese remaster of the actual LP and NOT ONE of the many CDs and boxsets to include this song have the full length version of the song. All versions released, clock in at a little over 3 minutes, completely fading out before Moore's mournful guitar solo. Maybe I am the only one who cares, but I'd still like to know...WHAT GIVES?!

Anyone else have some mysteries that need answers?



steve simels said...

How come the incredible Bob Clearmountain re-mix of the Stones "Before They Make Me Run", originally issued as (I think) a promo-only single for radio and the press, has never been available anywhere else, even on (I think) a bootleg?

It's light years better than the album version, BTW.

I actually e-mailed Clearmountain about this last year, desperate to score a copy. He told me he didn't even remember having done it.

Oh well, it was the late 70s, and we were all on drugs.

NYCD Online said...

Anyone know if Bryan Adams' B-side "Diana" is available on CD? I mean, the guy only has maybe three good songs, and that's one of them. You'd think he'd want to sell the damn thing.

Anonymous said...

RE: David Werner

Yes and Yes, I think the Live
Promo-only EP will be reissued
as well, though I'm not 100% sure.

Bill Janowski