Archive for the ‘2005’ Category

Thunderclap, Richie, Fenton & Boz

June 12, 2014

Originally posted June 4, 2009

It’s Video Thursday!

The first thing I found in today’s wandering is a video put together with Thunderclap Newman, evidently in 1969, for the single edit of “Something In The Air.” It’s actually fairly witty and worth a look.

Here’s a clip I’d not seen before: Richie Havens performing “I Can’t Make It Any More” at the original Woodstock festival in 1969:

Here’s a clip from 1977 of Fenton Robinson performing his classic “Somebody Loan Me A Dime.” It cuts off in mid-song, but it’s still worth looking at for a glimpse of his guitar work.

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And here’s Boz Scaggs with a relatively recent performance of “Lido Shuffle.” Until a more precise date comes along, all I’m going to say is that it’s ca. 2005, at a guess.

What’s up for tomorrow? I’m not sure. Maybe a Grab Bag, or maybe another excursion into the Valley of the Unplayed. We’ll see what I feel like doing when I get there.

Hot Tuna, The Staples, Patti & Bruce

October 3, 2012

Originally posted May 14, 2009

It’s Thursday, and that means some wandering around YouTube.

A Hot Tuna track showed up in yesterday’s random 1975 package. Here’s a video from about 1970 of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassady doing a particularly nice version of “Hesitation Blues,” which was the opening track to Hot Tuna’s self-titled album.

There are lots of Staple Singers clips out there, but I did a little digging and found what I think is a gem. It’s a performance from the PBS performance show Soundstage, with Joss Stone and Mavis Staples taking on the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.” The show originally aired October 6, 2005.

Here’s a fine live performance of “Because the Night” by Patti Smith. I’m not sure of the date, but I’m going to guess right around 1978, when the Easter album came out.

And I can’t let the week go past without posting at least one performance by Bruce Springsteen; Here’s Bruce and the band performing “Land of Hope and Dreams” on April 19, 1999, in Milan, Italy.

About “Good Lovin’”
I got a nice note from David Y. earlier this week. He said some kind things about the blog and then he commented on my calling Springsteen’s performance of “Good Lovin’” a cover of the Young Rascals, noting that when the Young Rascals recorded the song, they were in fact covering an R&B group. I did some digging, and that’s the case: The Olympics, who are best remembered for 1958’s “Western Movies,” recorded “Good Lovin’” in 1965. Had I known that (and maybe I should have), I think I still would have referred to Springsteen’s performance of the song as a cover of the Young Rascals, as the concert performance replicated the Young Rascals’ recording, right down to the brilliant organ solo, an element that’s missing from the Olympics’ version, which also has a more measured pace.

But listen for yourselves. Thanks to the generosity of Larry at Funky 16 Corners, here’s the original:

“Good Lovin’” by the Olympics, Loma 2013 [1965]

John & George, Big Head Todd & Freddy

June 1, 2012

Originally posted April 16, 2009

Adventures at YouTube:

Looking for a version of George Harrison’s “Taxman,” I clicked a few links and found a fascinating 1971 video of John Lennon and Harrison working on Lennon’s song “Oh My Love,” which wound up on Lennon’s Imagine. The original video-poster noted that the session was at Ascott studio in June 1971, adding that Klaus Voorman was on bass and Nicky Hopkins was on second piano. Viewers will also see a bit of Phil Spector, the little man in sunglasses with dark hair, and, of course, a bit of Yoko Ono. (In the piece, Lennon and Ono evidently take part in an interview with a young woman; does anyone know who that was?)

Note: The original video with the identification of the location and of Klaus Voorman and Nicky Hopkins had been deleted by the time I placed this post in these archives, but I found another posting of the same video. Note added June 1, 2012.

I found a pretty good performance of “Bittersweet” by Big Head Todd and the Monsters. It took place September 10, 2005, at Redhook Brewery, evidently in Seattle, Washington.

Here’s the Freddy Jones Band doing an acoustic version of “In A Daydream” during a promotional appearance at the Star 102.5 radio station in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2006.

Lastly, I found an arresting – and frankly unsettling – video that October Project released in 1994 to accompany the single release of “Bury My Lovely.” I’ve always thought the song was just a little off-kilter; this does nothing more than comfirm that, and in fact makes the song more off-kilter than ever. But it is fascinating. I can’t embed the video, but you can see it here.

Note: At the time of the original post, I was unable to embed October Project’s video for “Bury My Lovely,” but embedding was allowed when I placed the post in these archives. So here it is. Note added June 1, 2012.

EW&F, ZZ Top & The Band

May 16, 2012

Originally posted April 2, 2009

Off to YouTube!

Looking for videos of songs recently posted, the first thing I came across was labeled as a 1975 performance of “Mighty Mighty” by Earth, Wind & Fire:

Here’s a live performance of “La Grange” that ZZ Top evidently did for NBC (probably on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno sometime around 2005 although that date is pretty iffy):

I’m I’m not sure of the date of this next clip, but it’s got to be from sometime in the 1970s. It looks to be the original line-up of The Band – with some help from a few other folks – doing “Rag Mama Rag.” Levon Helm takes up his mandolin and Richard Manuel sits down at the drum kit. I can’t see Rick Danko, but I assume he’s just back in the shadow.*

I think that tomorrow, along with whatever I happen to write about, I’ll begin a series of reposts of albums that people have requested over the past few months. If you’ve asked for one and I don’t get to it during April, send me a gentle reminder. Thanks.

*After I posted this, I got a note from reader Jenaclap telling me what I should have spotted right away: Rick Danko in front on the acoustic guitar. I was too busy looking in the shadows for the bass player. And my dating of the clip was in error as well: The absence of Robbie Robertson (and the presence of other players) means that this clip is from the time of the first reunion of The Band from the early 1980s to 1986, when poor Richard Manuel killed himself. Note added shortly after original posting and revised May 16, 2012.

Edited significantly on archival posting.

Donnie & Kirk, Blind Faith, Over The Rhine

March 25, 2012

Originally posted March 26, 2009

Looking around for versions of “O-o-h Child,” I ran across a remarkable cover of the song performed by gospel singer Donnie McClurkin with some help from Kirk Franklin. The recording was used in the soundtrack to the 2005 film The Gospel. Here’s the video:

Another cool find was this video of Blind Faith performing “Sleeping In The Ground” during a 1969 performance in London’s Hyde Park. The note left by the YouTube poster says that this was Blind Faith’s first gig and that the video is the only live video of the supergroup.

I posted a song yesterday by Over the Rhine. Here’s a performance by the group’s core duo, Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” There’s no indication when or where the performance took place, except that it was posted at YouTube in February 2007, so we’ll assume it came from that year.

I’m playing with some new – to me at least – technology, and I might be able to share a picture tomorrow. If so, we’ll be looking at some tunes from 1974. If not, well, I’ll figure that out later. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday Singles Nos. 117 & 118

March 16, 2012

Originally posted March 7, 2009

How the road sometimes turns!

It was about a year ago that I began my brief exploration of the song “Hitchcock Railway,” my favorite Joe Cocker tune. After digging through other versions of the song, I was able to share the version recorded by the song’s creators, Don Dunn and Tony McCashen. (A note: This is not the Don Dunn who’s also known as Duck Dunn and is a member of Booker T and the MG’s. This Don Dunn is originally from San Diego.)

It was also about a year ago that I began to share the four early and mid-1970s albums by Patti Dahlstrom. Sorting through the lists of credits – some of which Patti supplied herself from London, where she now lives – I noticed a number of interesting things. But the one that is most pertinent today is that Don Dunn sang background vocals on three of Patti’s albums, missing only the debut album in 1972.

Patti mentioned Don and wrote highly of him as a musician and a friend. So I went looking on the net for the albums Dunn made with Tony McCashen, one a self-titled record, the other an album called Mobius, both from 1969. I have yet to purchase either album, though I certainly hope to do so. Both pop up from time to time on vinyl at places like Ebay or through services like GEMM; prices run from $15 to $50, depending on condition. I have had a chance to listen to Mobius, and it’s good, leaning toward singer-songwriter, late 1960s pop-rock. I wanted to dig into it more and find out about the first record, so I began to look around a little.

This is where the chronology gets a little misty. It was in late summer last year that I got a note from Patti mentioning the song “Tumbledown Love” by Don Dunn. At about the same time, I think – as I said, the order of things is not entirely clear, likely because all this was happening as we were moving – I came across a blog that had a very brief mention of Don Dunn and shared two songs, “Two Tanyas” and “Tumbledown Love.” I loved them. So I went looking.

It was actually simple. When I’d been looking for Dunn’s music earlier, I’d been looking for the albums and had always included Tony McCashen’s name in my searches. When I Googled “Don Dunn,” the first result on the list was about a football player at Auburn University. The second said “We met in the kitchen of a friend and I played guitar and sang a few songs for Yuri and his wife Natasha. I knew nothing, at that point, of Yuri’s musical . . .”

Interesting, I thought. I clicked on the link to and learned the story of Don’s time in Ukraine and of “Two Tanyas” and “Tumbledown Love” and the nine other songs that make up the 2005 album Voices From Another Room. I’d say that the story Don tells is one of a series of coincidences, but I learned long ago that there is no such thing as coincidence. Meetings, partings, opportunities, all are planned. I get the sense from his telling of the tale that Don feels the same way. I may be wrong about that, but it was certainly a series of unexpected meetings and moments that led to the creation of what Don calls “the recording of my life.”

An exchange of emails with Don ended up with a copy of Voices From Another Room sitting in my CD player and with Don granting me permission to share two of the songs from the album. But what was it I heard when I finally popped the album into the player?

First of all, eleven very finely crafted pop-rock songs, most of which carry a hint of the otherness that comes from spending time in a different place, whether that’s geographical, emotional or metaphysical. A writer as gifted as Don cannot help but reflect his surroundings and experiences – in this case, in Ukraine – and bring them to his music.

Second, the performances, too, carry a large sense of that otherness, no doubt brought to the album by the Ukrainian musicians Don worked with, from Yuri Kuznetsov and Andre Prosorov on down the line. All through the various idioms on the CD – blues, samba, pop-rock, ballad – that otherness slides through, bringing – for me, at least – a sense of mysticism, optimism and stoicism. It’s truly a remarkable album.

And I’m pleased that Don’s agreed to let me share two of its tracks, today’s Saturday Singles.

“Two Tanyas” by Don Dunn from Voices From Another Room [2005]

“Tumbledown Love” by Don Dunn from Voices From Another Room [2005]

(If you’re interested in getting your own copy of Voices From Another Room, you can email Don at info at

Odetta, Curtis & Leonard

October 12, 2011

Originally posted December 4, 2008

Being that it’s Thursday, I thought I’d wander around YouTube as I frequently do, seeing what I find that connects with recent posts.

Here’s a potent performance by Odetta of the folk classic “The House of the Rising Sun.” Most folks know this from the Animals’ 1964 version, but the Animals – or so says writer Dave Marsh – learned it from Bob Dylan’s version, and Dylan learned it from folk singer Dave Van Ronk, and who knows where Van Ronk got it. I’m sure that somewhere on a library shelf is an account of where the song originated. New Orleans, of course, is too easy a guess. Anyway, here’s Odetta, live in 2005. (The notes at YouTube say that this performance was part of a concert recorded for a live release, but the only live CD release listed on Odetta’s All Music Guide discography that might work on that timeline is am undated release on Fantasy, and no video/DVD releases are listed, so I have no idea where this can be found.)

Here’s a clip of Curtis Mayfield performing “Future Shock” on Soul Train, most likely on the November 10, 1973, show:

Then, here’s Leonard Cohen performing “The Future” during his May 12, 1993, performance on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland. For those interested in censorship or self-editing – and I don’t know which this was – note how what had been “anal sex” on the CD became “careless sex” during the television performance.

Enjoy! I’ll be back tomorrow with an experiment that reminds me of a long-ago annual event.

‘It’s Gonna Grab A Hold On You . . .’

July 20, 2011

Originally posted July 15, 2008

The television commercial is, I think, for one of the national clothiers. Amid scenes of California – bridges, highways and streets, restaurants and golf courses – are pretty people wearing sharp new clothes. And in the background, a drumbeat ushers in a chorus of insistent strings for a few bars; the strings drop out and leave drumbeats and handclaps.

And then a distinctive voice half-sings, half-chants:

“Like a sound you hear
“That lingers in your ear
“But you can’t forget
“From sundown to sunset
“It’s all in the air
“You hear it everywhere
“No matter what you do
“It’s gonna grab a hold on you
“California soul, California soul.”

The first time I saw the commercial, I was likely doing something else, but the pulsing strings drew my attention. I was pretty sure I recognized the voice, but I absolutely recognized the song: “California Soul,” written by Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson and first recorded on the 5th Dimension’s 1968 album Stoned Soul Picnic. (As a single, it reached No. 25 in early 1969.)

As to the singer of the version used in the commercial, I dug a little and verified my hunch: It was Marlena Shaw, who’s often described as a jazz vocalist but who is really one of those musicians who can find herself at home in a wide variety of styles and idioms. Her version of “California Soul” – found on the 1969 album, Spice of Life – could easily be called pop soul rather than jazz. Whatever you want to call it, Shaw’s version adds an insistence, an urgency that one didn’t get from the 5th Dimension’s take on the song. And that urgency helps the song add one little bit more to what I see as one of the defining bits of folklore in the American saga.

That piece of lore – one could call it a myth – is that California is our promised land, and it’s a bit of lore that’s existed since long before we were founded as a nation amid revolution. California calls wanderers, from the conquistadors and missionaries coming north from Mexico long ago through the forty-niners of the California Gold Rush and the Okies of the Great Depression up to the millions who went west to find their fortunes during the last half of the 20th century.

In my youth, California was a magic place, a land of gold and dreams. Two of my dad’s sisters landed there, and I envied my four cousins who grew up there (as did, I think, many of my other cousins who grew up here in Minnesota). What a dream, to live so near to so many great things to do, to see, to immerse one’s self into, to live inside: California was glamour and movies, television and Disneyland, sunshine and surf, and – later in the Sixties – freedom and rock music and hippie chicks.

California these days is less an El Dorado calling folks across the continent than it is another place where challenges abound, from frozen traffic and drought to annual fires, with the threat of the nearly inevitable massive earthquake sprinkled on top. There are, I am certain, many good things about the Golden State yet today, but its complications and hazards – as viewed here from the Midwest – seem to outweigh the benefits of living there. I’d like to visit; I spent a week in Southern California more than twenty years ago and saw pretty much everything I think I need to. But I do have friends I’d like to see, and I’d love to see a good chunk of the northern part of the state. I may yet get to do that, but the state doesn’t have the mythic attraction it once did, and I’m guessing that’s true in general, not just for me.

That current view of California is what makes the 2005 cover of “California Soul” by Riot Act interesting. Liberally sampling Shaw’s 1969 vocal, Riot Act puts together a compelling piece of music, released as Nebula 070. Irony? Or just a good beat? I dunno. But I’ve noticed that between the clothing commercial and Riot Act’s work, more attention is being paid to Shaw’s work. And that’s okay.

There are, of course, other covers of “California Soul.” In the late 1960s and early 1970s, covers came from Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Edwin Starr, the Undisputed Truth, Jonah Jones, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and Brenda & the Tabulations. Others who have covered the song over the years include the Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, Wilson DasNeves, the Messengers and Gerald Wilson.

But I’m not sure anyone gets to the heart of the song as well as Shaw does in her terse reading. And though I generally don’t post anything released after 1999, Riot Act’s cover is too interesting to pass by.

Marlena Shaw – “California Soul” [1969]

Riot Act – “California Soul” [2005]

Eddi, Jackson & Joni

July 7, 2011

Originally posted June 5, 2008

Found a few interesting videos at YouTube this morning. The first is Irish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader’s take on “The Dolphins,” the Fred Neil song I discussed the other week. The performance was pulled from an April 2005 episode of “Other Voices, Songs from a Room,” a program produced by Ireland’s RTE Television.

Running along with the Jackson Browne entry from yesterday, here’s a performance of “The Load Out/Stay” from Browne’s 1978 Running On Empty tour. It’s a good pair of songs, only slightly dated: I love the references to eight-tracks and truckers on CB. The other vocalists who take solos are Rosemary Butler (who will show up in this space soon with her Seventies band, Birtha) and David Lindley.

And finally, here’s Joni Mitchell with a sweet live performance of “Help Me” from sometime in the mid-1970s, based on appearances and clothing. My guess is that the backing group is Tom Scott and the L.A. Express. (Anyone know for sure?)*

Tomorrow, as it’s the first Friday of the month, we’ll take a look at June 1968 and cap that off with an album from that difficult year.

*If my memory is accurate, a reader left a note confirming my guess: The L.A. Express is backing Joni Mitchell in that performance, which came from the 1974 Court & Spark tour. Note added July 7, 2011.

Crosby & Nash & ‘Page 43’

June 11, 2011

Originally posted February 14, 2008

I dithered about doing some kind of post for Valentine’s Day – many bloggers are doing so; the most ambitious series of such posts I’ve seen is at Any Major Dude With Half A Heart, where the Half-Hearted Dude has offered a series of posts since last week celebrating music appropriate to the holiday of love. I’m sure many of the other music bloggers out there are marking the day in some was as well.

I decided not to. On the blog, that is. Rest assured that when the Texas Gal got up this morning, she found a card waiting for her on the kitchen counter. And we celebrated early, too, by investing last week in a set of rings to mark our wedding last autumn.

I did look around for some romance-related videos that also had a connection to yesterday’s Baker’s Dozen. I found several videos of John Lennon squiring Yoko around New York City to the strains of his song “Love,” taken from Imagine. That wasn’t quite was I was looking for, so I dug deeper.

A YouTube search for Joy of Cooking brings a lot of culinary videos to the forefront, and I haven’t yet figured out a way to filter those out to see if there are any videos of the musical group. If there are, I still hope to find them. (A quick note to the reader who asked me to post the unreleased Joy of Cooking album, Same Old Song And Dance: I’m afraid I don’t have it. A few songs from the unreleased record – minimally released may be more accurate; I’m not certain – showed up about fifteen years ago on a hard-to-find anthology called American Originals, and I’ve managed to find two of the unreleased tracks, I think. I’ll try to fit the other one into a post sometime soon.)

What I did find this morning was a nice version of “Page 43” by David Crosby and Graham Nash, recorded in Amsterdam sometime during 2005. The song truly is one of my favorites, though when making favorites lists, I tend to overlook it and then sadly recall it when the list-making is done. Anyway, this is a nice version of the song.

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