Tuesday, October 5, 2010

If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 10/05/10


Fran Healy's solo debut may boast a guest list that includes Neko Case and Sir Paul McCartney, but you don't make such heavy friends just by writing a few tunes and owning a guitar.

As lead singer and songwriter of Travis, Healy has written and recorded some of the smartest and brightest pop music of the last 20 years. "Wreckorder" delivers big. You'll hear lush beauty reminiscent of The Zombies' lead singer Colin Blunstone's "One Year" and "Ennismore." Then there is the magic that Healy brought to great Travis singles like "Flowers In The Window" and "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" found on the first single "Buttercups," and the Neko duet, "Sing Me To Sleep." "Wreckorder" is well worth your time. This is "that" record you keep complaining no one makes anymore.

BUY IT--->http://www.amazon.com/Wreckorder-Fran-Healy/dp/B003Y01JBC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286242252&sr=8-1


The Lennon catalogue gets a rehaul...again, and that's ok...I guess. It's John Lennon...the Beatle.

Each record from "Plastic Ono Band' to "Milk & Honey" gets new remastering with new packaging and photos and memorabilia. But the stars of this show are the stripped down version of "Double Fantasy," celebrating its 30th anniversary, and "Gimme Some Truth," a four CD set, thematically representing the best of Lennon's solo output.

What I've heard so far of the "stripped" mix was better than I expected. Gone is the gloss of Jack Douglas' 80's production, which I really didn't mind actually, and what you hear now is basically John, in your face, dry and wonderful. Nothing wrong there either, I guess. I don't know what to expect of the "stripped" versions of the Yoko tracks, but I suspect I could find something else to listen to instead.

DOUBLE FANTASY STRIPPED--->http://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Stripped-Original-Recording-Remastered/dp/B003Y8YXH6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286242319&sr=1-1

Here is the track list for "Gimme Some Truth."


Working Class Hero

1. Working Class Hero

2. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)

3. Power To The People

4. God

5. I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier

6. Gimme Some Truth

7. Sunday Bloody Sunday

8. Steel And Glass

9. Meat City

10. I Don't Wanna Face It

11. Remember

12. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World

13. I Found out

14. Isolation

15. Imagine

16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

17. Give Peace A Chance

18. Only People


1. Mother

2. Hold On

3. You Are Here

4. Well Well Well

5. Oh My Love

6. Oh Yoko!

7. Grow Old With Me

8. Love

9. Jealous Guy

10. Woman

11. Out The Blue

12. Bless You

13. Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out)

14. My Mummy's Dead

15. I'm Losing You

16. (Just Like) Starting Over

17. #9 Dream

18. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

Borrowed Time

1. Mind Games

2. Nobody Told Me

3. Cleanup Time

4. Crippled Inside

5. How Do You Sleep?

6. How?

7. Intuition

8. I'm Stepping Out

9. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night

10. Old Dirt Road

11. Scared

12. What You Got

13. Cold Turkey

14. New York City

15. Surprise Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox)

16. Borrowed Time

17. Look At Me

18. Watching The Wheels


1. Be-Bop-A-Lula

2. You Can't Catch Me

3. Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy

4. Tight A$

5. Ain't That a Shame

6. Sweet Little Sixteen

7. Do You Wanna Dance

8. Slippin' and Slidin'

9. Peggy Sue

10. Medley: Bring It On Home/Send Me Some Lovin'

11. Yer Blues (Live)

12. Just Because

13. Boney Moronie

14. Beef Jerky

15. Ya Ya

16. Hound Dog (Live)

17. Stand By Me

18. Here We Go Again

GIMME SOME TRUTH--->http://www.amazon.com/Gimme-Some-Truth-John-Lennon/dp/B003Y8YXF8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1286242360&sr=1-1-spell

If you've got the dough, "The Signature Box" contains all of the individual remasters, as well as a 2 CD set of Lennon's home demos and rarities.

Disc 10

- Rarities -

1 Mother
2 Love
3 God
4 I Found Out
5 Nobody Told Me
6 Honey Don't
7 One Of The Boys
8 India India
9 Serve Yourself
10 Isolation
11 Remember
12 Beautiful Boy
13 I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier

Disc 11

- non-album singles -
1 Power To The People
2 Happy X’mas(War Is Over)
3 Instant Karma
4 Cold Turkey
5 Move Over Ms.L
6 Give Peace A Chance

BUY IT--->http://www.amazon.com/Signature-Box-John-Lennon/dp/B003TVMIDO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286242282&sr=1-1


Nobody doesn't like Raul Malo. With a voice that could soften the hardest hearts, Malo's Roy Orbison meets Doug Sahm approach to all things Tex-Mex is in full swing here, with help from the Sir Douglas Quintet's legendary Augie Myers, as well as Doug Sahm's son Shawn.

BUY IT--->http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O7MI60/ref=s9_simh_gw_p15_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0HPFSSK6DD6B6WRVPAEH&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846


The first of what promises to be a series of officially sanctioned live material from Rundgren, this 3 CD set is a compilation of songs dating as far back as 1971 and continuing to shows as recent as 2006.

My skepticism, and there is always skepticism when Todd is involved, revolves around the performances chosen for this compilation. Are the shows represented here---The Bottom Line, 5/14/78, Bismarck Theatre, 11/26/85, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1/28/03---going to be expanded and presented in their entirety, like the Grateful Dead's Dick's Picks? In theory, that would be a coup for Rundgren fans, except that all three of those are currently available, 2 as imports, albeit out of print, that were "officially" released in Japan as part of the "Todd Archive" series, and one as an official download. Other shows represented here---Sigma Sound Studios, 7/1/71, Fox Theatre, 11/8/73, Levon Helm's Studio, 7/3/81---have been floating around fan camps for years, as radio broadcasts, King Biscuit Flower Hours, or bootlegs. Yes, it is still good news. But, an ongoing series of live Todd Rundgren CDs must be aimed at the fans, and my guess is the fans already have all of this.

(There I go, raining on the parade again.)


1. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
2. Broke Down And Busted
3. Be Nice To Me
4. Utopia Theme
5. Black Maria
6. Open My Eyes
7. Freedom Fighter
8. The Wheel
9. When The Shit Hits The Fan/Sunset Blvd.
10. Le Feel Internacionale
11. Real Man
12. Eastern Intrigue
13. Black And White
14. Hello It's Me
15. The Seven Rays
16. Never, Never Land
17. Mister Triscuits
18. Last Ride
19. Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song
20. Healer
21. Love Is The Answer
22. Too Far Gone
23. Rock Love
24. Itch In My Brain
25. Trapped
26. Born To Synthesize
27. Johnee Jingo
28. Hodja
29. Honest Work
30. Can We Still Be Friends
31. Cliche
32. What's Going On - Mercy Mercy Me
33. Bang On The Drum
34. Love Of The Common Man
35. Lysistrata
36. Hammer In Your Heart
37. Song Of The Viking
38. Free, Male And 21
39. Tiny Demons
40. The Want Of A Nail
41. I Hate My Frickin' ISP
42. Fascist Christ
43. World Wide Epiphany
44. One World

BUY IT---http://www.amazon.com/Lack-Honest-Work-Todd-Rundgren/dp/B003PIUIEC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286243986&sr=1-1







cmealha said...

I am extremely intrigued by the stripped down version of Starting Over. I'm only going by the samples but there's something about the sound that seems more like him than the sugary production of the original. This ones' on the shopping list.

Anything Should Happen said...

How do Sal.

We plough the same furrow most times, but Travis?????

Boring repetitive rubbish as a band.

Travis hero Fran, as sincere as a Republican smile.

I just listen to Travis and think cheer up man and write something to make me want to like you.

Disliked intensely in this country, the best way round it is to aim for the US market with some hip friends and the writer of Everybody's Gonna Dance Tonight and wear a hat that will show how sincere you are.

I thought I'd open his solo album because you like it. I have, it lasted three songs.


KT Tunstall is splendid though.

allen vella said...

I'm listening to Jack Douglas talk about the new Lennon mixes..and they are a/b ing them..and I really like these new versions..like you I also love the originals, but it's nice to hear these alternate productions..very nice!