Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Fantasy: 2015 Edition
I finally got around to watching the recent Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame concert on HBO. As usual, I was entertained, even if the whole shebang is suspect. I was particularly moved by all things Bill Withers, including Stevie Wonder's rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine," while Withers sat by his side, visibly moved himself.
It was this performance, along with two new releases, Franz Ferdinand's collaboration with Sparks and the upcoming Richard Thompson record produced by Jeff Tweedy that reminded of something I believe I posted twice before, but thought it would be fun to revisit. The original piece titled "It's All Part Of My Rock & Roll Fantasy" was posted in September, 2010 and it posed the question, "What musical projects would be on your fantasy list?"
Here is my original list, which five years on, looks even less like a reality than it did back then. (Though #2 did mostly come true. Maybe Tony Visconti read my piece.)
1. Bill Withers with Joe Henry or Rick Rubin producing, an acoustic soul record with no gimmicks. (Though, some may think having Rick Rubin on board is a gimmick.)
2. David Bowie dumps Tony Visconti as a producer, and strips everything down for a new record. Visconti and Bowie have been long time collaborators, and I happen to really like the last few Bowie records, especially "Heathen" and "Reality." But, I often wonder how much better those records would be if every inch of tape hadn't been utitlized. Visconti's production is so bombastic, it's hard to discern what's being played by which instrument.
3. The Jules Shear/Marshall Crenshaw record. In the early 90's these two wrote together and played a few rare live dates together. This really was magic. Their voices had an Everlys quality that worked perfectly over their pop tunes.
4. Speaking of duets, how about the Daryl Hall/Todd Rundgren record? Todd's appearance on Daryl's internet program, Live From Daryl's House was the perfect preview of the magic these two can make when in the same room.
5. A Paul McCartney acoustic/ballads record.
6. Speaking of Macca, how about that McCartney/McManus record? Paul and Elvis already have a dozen demos in the can. And they are really good, so...
7. A friend says, "When I die, don't let Don Was touch any of my records." How about Mick & Keith and Charlie and Darryl, if Bill won't do it, and maybe Mick T. along with Ronnie, just make a country/rock record with no outside producer and no special guests or female vocalists.
8. Roy Wood backed by Cheap Trick. They've covered Roy enough, and Roy's voice can still make you weep. But he needs to ditch the all-girl horn section, and really get the comeback on track.
I've come up with a few more since 2010.
9. Speaking, as I do, of Todd Rundgren, I am still waiting for that grown-up, back to basics piano record.
10. A Roxy Music record that sounds like Roxy Music and not solo Bryan Ferry. Yes, we are light years from the glammy, Eno-treated heyday of their first two records, but Ferry's "Olympia" was damn good and showed signs of life.
11. John Hiatt- Bring The Family 2- a magical lineup that featured Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner on the original, I'd love to see a full on collaboration again.
12. A Jeff Lynne project featuring new songs with live instruments and less "splat" sounding drums.
What's in your wallet? (Oh wait, wrong post.)
What are some of your dream records?