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General music chat / The Who live at the Fillmore East '68
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:53:13 PM »
I know Dave has mentioned this in the MC site, but I'd like to add my two cents to his comments, cos' I have a soft spot for these recordings. In fact, I've owned bootlegs of the Who's Fillmore East '68 recordings (in one format or another) since I was 20.

Here's a band at the peak of their considerable powers, before the Tommy's mess (I know many here won't agree, but though I love some "Tommy''s songs, for me it's a low point in the Who's career: a badly conceived idea, a weak concept and a double album with too much filler. As Nik Cohn acutely perceived the Who were first and foremost a singles band, a pity Townshend had other ideas) and just some months after their best LP, the closest they were to a masterpiece in that format, "The Who sell out". Had the Fillmore tapes been published after they were recorded, as Lambert & Stamp intended (instead they hastily put together a so-so compilation, "Magic Bus"), I'm sure the LP would be hailed today as one of the top ten live albums in rock story, up there with "Live at the Apollo", the Johnny Cash "prison" concerts or "Kick out the Jams".

"Live at Leeds", raw and powerful as it is, belongs fully to the 70s. The 60s pop-art guerrilla we love is far better represented by the Fillmore tapes. Just the covers of Eddie Cochran and Johnny Kidd alone are worth the price of admission, but they're nicely rounded up with faithful renditions of classic Who stuff (including of course "My generation" and "I can't explain").

The sound in the bootlegs I own is pretty good to start with, so I hope the remastering of the original tapes will enhance or at least won't diminish the unbridled, explosive energy of the performances. If you haven't heard these tapes, you're in for a treat, and if you know them, you sure understand why they're so special.

The reissue is due next april, but I've already pre-ordered my copy.

Films / TV / Diesel ad
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:38:20 AM »
Never thought I'd heard this Small Faces number in an ad:

Films / TV / RSG!
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:58:56 AM »
This sounds pretty interesting (thanks to the Mod Generation's guys for the heads up), as it means the rights to the much revered footage of the show -or what's left from it- have been unlocked at last.

Now the question is: what are BMG planning releases-wise? The fact that until now they've just issued a cheap 60s CD comp with "Ready Steady Go!" in the title as a selling point doesn't look very promising.

General music chat / Jim Rodford
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:10:47 AM »
RIP Jim Rodford.

Cousin of the Zombies' Rod Argent, he was there from the beginning. A great bassist, he played for that most underrated club band, The Mike Cotton Sound, and after that he joined his cousin in Argent (one of the best groups from the progressive contingent), and was the bass player in the 80s Kinks. He closed neatly the circle replacing Chris White in the Zombies.

Banter / Happy Christmas!!!
« on: December 22, 2017, 08:01:52 PM »
Well, pals, Xmas time is here again (or so they say, down here we're currently at an average temperature of 20 C), so I'd like to wish everyone of this parish a very happy festive season and a great new year. But don't eat in excess or the sta-prests won't fit!

Banter / New York City
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:43:12 AM »
Folks, I'm visiting -for the first time- the Big Apple next month with my brother. Basic sightseeing is fairly covered, as he's a seasoned NY visitor (I think this will be his 5th time there), but he's got nothing to do with the scene, so I'd thank for some tips, mainly concerning mod-friendly apparel stores. Got already a list, but I'm sure there are worthwile additions.

For instance, is the Brooklyn FP's outlet worth the visit?

General music chat / Fats Domino RIP
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:00:38 PM »
The great (in every sense of the word) New Orleans' musician/songwriter has left us at 89. I've loved classics as Blue monday,  Blueberry Hill (the rare tune that is at once sad and uplifting, or should I say bittersweet) or I'm in love again (the list could go on and on... ) since I was a kid, but there's a delightful minor hit of his that I rediscovered two years ago thanks to Georgie Fame (a Domino devotee), one of the few funny songs about suicide. RIP, Fat Man:

General music chat / Tom Petty
« on: October 03, 2017, 10:44:35 AM »
I'm shocked by his death at such a young age. He was one of the truly greats and a firm favourite of mine. RIP Tom Petty, your songs will live forever.

General music chat / Prestige records
« on: August 30, 2017, 02:48:39 PM »
Now this is good news for those who like 50s-60s east coast jazz. Tad Richards is an american writer who obviously does, and besides he happens to know a lot about it. Some years ago he handled the huge task of compiling his reviews of every album published by mighty label Prestige records throughout their history.

First he posted them in his blogspot (Opus 40), but later, as he went along, he got published the reference book "Listening to Prestige Records, vol. 1 1949-53". Not just a dry discography, but a highly readable entertaining and informative essay about the core of be-bop and hard bop NY musicians and their first vinyl output. I passed on it and instead continued reading the blogspot reviews, as I was really more interested in Prestige records from mid-fifties on. But he promised to issue more volumes...

And now the second book has appeared (1953-56) and at just 11 pounds I just coudn't pass on it ( Being a period and a label that haven't been particularly well documented in printed words this could be the jazz book of the year. Now I just hope he keeps the effort with a third volume that covers the soul jazz era (the blogspot has reached 1958 already). Fingers crossed!

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