Friday, July 31, 2009
The actual title of this release is The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As such, a majority of the disc consists of extracts from the motion picture's dialogue. This is a different approach from what writer/actors Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam (also visual designer) had taken with their previous studio outings, which were in essence re-recordings of classic sketches from the Monty Python's Flying Circus television program. For the sake of continuity, several new bits have been added; chief among these are Chapman's assorted "Executive Edition" announcements, concluding with the "verrrry nice" "Executive Edition Addendum." For the "Tour of the Classic Silbury Hill Theatre" and "Live Broadcast from London: Premiere of the Film," Palin and Cleese provide setting and exposition for both the album and the film. At times they mock the visual aspects and the very nature of the cinematic experience as it translates (or fails to translate) onto vinyl. Much of what is included here has become legendary among the faithful, as well as definitive within the Python repertoire, most notably "Bring Out Your Dead," "A Witch," "The Knights Who Say 'Ni!'," and "Camelot," the Hollywood-style production number written by former Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band member Neil Innes, who also provided all the songs for the flick. [This "Extraordinarily Deluxe Edition" CD/DVD contains a ton of DVD extras.]
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This three-disc set is a gold mine for anyone with even a passing interest in the music, the poetry, and the people of the beat era. The stars--Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs--are here, of course. But so are the players (Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan), the architects (Kenneth Patchen, Kenneth Rexroth), the cutups (Lenny Bruce, Lord Buckley), the pretenders (Rod McKuen, Edd Byrnes), the critics (Carl Sandburg, Howard K. Smith), and the heirs (Tom Waits). What a great selection of vibrant poetry, hip music, and sonic ephemera..... Dig this crazy box, man!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas is a 1968 comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by Hy Averback and featuring music by Harpers Bizarre. The film is set in the counterculture of the 1960s
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas : Original Movie Soundtrack
Elmer Bernstein (Arranged and conducted by Hans Rossbach)
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thrillington is a 1977 album by Paul McCartney, under the pseudonym of Percy
"Thrills" Thrillington. The album is an instrumental cover version of Paul and Linda
McCartney's 1971 album, Ram. Arranger Richard Hewson was asked to arrange the
orchestration before Ram had yet been released and it was recorded in June 1971 with
McCartney as producer and with an intended release shortly thereafter. Paul and wife
Linda's decision to form Wings resulted in the album being shelved until 1977.
In preparation for the release of Thrillington, McCartney invented the fictitious
socialite Percy Thrillington, and even took out ads in various UK music papers
announcing Thrillington's so-called comings and goings to generate curiosity and
Released in April 1977, and with no mention of McCartney's name whatsoever save in
the main liner notes where he is described as a friend of Percy Thrillington went
unnoticed upon its release where it became a sort of collector's item, not a hot one,
for there was some doubt as to whether Thrillington was really Paul McCartney and
the role he played in it. McCartney was never asked about his role in that album until
he finally admitted it to journalist Peter Palmiere at a Los Angeles press conference on
November 27, 1989 during the second leg of his world tour. McCartney told Palmiere
"What a great question to end the conference. The world needs to know! But seriously
it was me and Linda and we kept it a secret for a long time but now the world knows!
you blew it!" After the admission, the album nearly tripled in value.
Paul McCartney in 1990 also admitted to Palmiere via an autograph request that he
indeed was Clint Harrigan the liner notes writer for Thrillington and Paul McCartney
and Wings Wild Life album. Oddly enough the first person to reveal the identity of
Clint Harrigan was John Lennon, who stated as much during a well-publicised letter
feud in the New Musical Express in 1972.
"Thrillington" was issued on CD in 1995 and 2004. No accompanying vinyl or cassette
version were released. Sales were limited mainly because the actual appeal of the
project itself was limited.
The full story of the "Thrillington" album was told in detail in music journalist Ian
Peel's book, "The Unknown Paul McCartney" (Reynolds & Hearn, 2002). Peel tracked
down various musicians who brought McCartney's vision to life - including Richard
Hewson, Herbie Flowers and The Mike Sammes Singers - as well as those that were
responsible in creating its mythology.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins is an album released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1968. The result of an all-night session of musical experimentation in Lennon's home studio at Kenwood, John and Yoko's debut album is known not only for its avant garde content, but also for its cover. The album's title came from the couple's feeling that they were "two innocents, lost in a world gone mad", and because after making the recording, the two consummated their relationship for the first time.
The recording consists largely of tape loops, playing while Lennon tries out different instruments (piano, organ, drums) and sound effects (including reverb, delay and distortion), changes tapes and plays other recordings, and converses with Ono, who vocalises ad-lib in response to the sounds. Lennon's longtime friend Peter Shotton remembered later in his memoir (The Beatles, Lennon and Me) that many of the loops were made by Lennon and himself, in the days before the recording. Lennon recorded directly to two-track stereo, but much of the source material was monophonic.
Two Virgins was the second album released under the Apple Records label, after George Harrison's Wonderwall Music. It was distributed by Track Records in the UK and Tetragrammaton Records in the USA, after EMI in the UK and Capitol Records in the US refused to handle it, because of the cover photo. (Nonetheless, EMI mastered and pressed the record in Britain, charging their standard fee.) The couple soon after released a related recording called Unfinished Music No.2: Life with the Lions.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The Pebbles Box is a 5-LP box set of mid-1960's garage rock and psychedelic rock recordings, primarily by American bands. Several years later, a similar 5-CD box set was released that was called the Trash Box. The Pebbles Box purports to collect the first five volumes of the Pebbles series, although there are fewer songs than on the original LPs: 72 total tracks on the five discs, as compared with 86 on the original LPs. Also, as is generally true of the CD reissues of these five volumes (though not nearly to the same extent), the tracks differ significantly on all five discs as compared to both the original Pebbles LPs and the later Pebbles CDs in the corresponding volumes; and the surf rock rarities on Pebbles, Volume 4 have been eschewed entirely.
Although most of the recordings on the Pebbles Box were released at some point on one of the individual Pebbles albums, several of the songs have not appeared elsewhere in the Pebbles series. Inexplicably, one of these songs is the well-known hit "I Fought the Law (but the Law Won)" by the Bobby Fuller Four (on Disc Four) – which is also included in the Trash Box – in place of the much rarer "Wine Wine Wine" by Bobby Fuller that appears on Pebbles, Volume 2.
Friday, July 10, 2009
With its jarring rhythms and unusual instrumentation — marimba, accordion, various percussion — as well as its frequently surreal lyrics, Rain Dogs is very much a follow-up to Swordfishtrombones, which is to say that it sounds for the most part like The Threepenny Opera being sung by Howlin' Wolf. The chief musical difference is the introduction of guitarist Marc Ribot, who adds his noisy leads to the general cacophony. But Rain Dogs is sprawling where its predecessor had been focused: Tom Waits' lyrics here sometimes are imaginative to the point of obscurity, seemingly chosen to fit the rhythms rather than for sense. In the course of 19 tracks and 54 minutes, Waits sometimes goes back to the more conventional music of his earlier records, which seems like a retreat, though such tracks as the catchy "Hang Down Your Head," "Time," and especially "Downtown Train" (frequently covered and finally turned into a Top Ten hit by Rod Stewart five years later) provide some relief as well as variety. Rain Dogs can't surprise as Swordfishtrombones had, and in his attempt to continue in the direction suggested by that album, Waits occasionally borders on the chaotic (which may only be to say that, like most of his records, this one is uneven). But much of the music matches the earlier album, and there is so much of it that that is enough to qualify Rain Dogs as one of Waits' better albums.
1 Singapore Waits 2:46
2 Clap Hands Waits 3:47
3 Cemetery Polka Waits 1:51
4 Jockey Full of Bourbon Waits 2:45
5 Tango Till They're Sore Waits 2:49
6 Big Black Mariah Waits 2:44
7 Diamonds & Gold Waits 2:31
8 Hang Down Your Head Brennan, Waits 2:32
9 Time Waits 3:55
10 Rain Dogs Waits 2:56
11 Midtown [instrumental] Waits 1:00
12 9th & Hennepin Waits 1:58
13 Gun Street Girl Waits 4:37
14 Union Square Waits 2:24
15 Blind Love Waits 4:18
16 Walking Spanish Waits 3:05
17 Downtown Train Waits 3:53
18 Bride of Rain Dog [instrumental] Waits 1:07
19 Anywhere I Lay My Head Waits 2:48
Michael Blair Percussion, Drums, Marimba
Ralph Carney Sax (Bass), Wind
Crispin Cioe Saxophone
Greg Cohen Bass, Double Bass
Mickey Curry Drums
Bob Funk Trombone
Tony Garnier Bass, Double Bass
Arno Hecht Horn (Tenor), Saxophone
Stephen Hodges Drums
Robbie Kilgore Organ
Tony Levin Bass
Ross Levinson Violin
Hollywood Paul Litteral Trumpet
John Lune Saxophone
John Lurie Sax (Alto)
Robert Musso Banjo, Engineer
Bobby Previte Percussion, Marimba
Robert Quine Guitar
Marc Ribot Guitar
Keith Richards Guitar, Vocals (bckgr)
William Shimmel Accordion
G.E. Smith Guitar
Chris Spedding Guitar
Larry Taylor Bass, Double Bass
Uptown Horns Group
Tom Waits Guitar, Composer, Harmonium, Vocals, Producer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Both men fronted rock bands from the 1960s and into the 1970s, both men had a fascination with the desert and creatures/animals. This album set pulls together some of their poetic words spoken into the mic.
Comes with a beautiful “desert and rock music” related 10-page foldout CD booklet.
Disc One contains 21 tracks. An intro by Jim Morrison is followed by 18 tracks of poetry and spoken word by Captain Beefheart and two tracks of the Captain’s poetry from the Magic Band days. Disc Two contains an intro by Captain Beefheart and 7 tracks of poetry by Jim Morrison.