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The Complete Album Collection
The Complete Album Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...My Back Pages..." - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection by THE BYRDS (2011 Sony/Legacy 15CD Mini Box Set), 21 Oct 2014
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Talk about a monster. 13 albums across 15 CDs (2 are Deluxe Edition doubles), more unreleased tracks than you can shake a wobbly stick at - a chunky 40-page booklet that literally gives track-by-track annotation - dinky facsimile 5" card sleeves - blindingly good remastered sound - and all of it for under twenty five quid! Even the first 10 CDs reflect the "360 STEREO Sound" red Columbia labels that came with original American LPs - while the last three are the plain red variant - nice attention to detail. And apart from the very downward slope of the early Seventies sets - the music is pretty much sublime throughout. So here are the musical highs and lows of these American feathery troubadours...

Released November 2011 - "The Complete Columbia Albums Collection" by THE BYRDS on Sony/Columbia/Legacy 88697873802 breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 "Mr. Tambourine Man" in a single sleeve (45:40 minutes):
1. Mr. Tambourine Man
2. I Feel A Whole Lot Better
3. Spanish Harlem Incident
4. You Won't Have To Cry
5. Here Without You
6. The Bells Of Rhymney
7. All I Really Want To Do [Side 2]
8. I Knew I'd Want You
9. It's No Use
10. Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe
11. Chimes Of Freedom
12. We'll Meet Again
Tracks 1 to 12 are the debut LP "Mr. Tambourine Man" - released June 1965 in the USA on Columbia CL 2372 (Mono) and CS 9172 (Stereo) and August 1965 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62571 (Mono) and CBS S BPG 62571 (Stereo). The Stereo Mix is Used and Stereo Album Artwork for the repro 5" sleeve. This is the same for all discs listed below...
BONUS TRACKS (1996 CD):
13. She Has A Way (Previously Unissued Version with Alternate Vocal Track/Take 2)
14. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better Way (Previously Unissued Version with Alternate Lead Guitar Overdub)
15. It's No Use (Previously Unissued Version with Alternate Lead Guitar Overdub)
16. You Won't Have To Cry Way (Previously Unissued Version with Alternate Vocal Track/Take 2)
17. All I Really Want To Do - Mono 7" Single Version (A-side of USA 45 on Columbia 4-43332)
18. You And Me Way (Previously Unissued Instrumental Backing Track/Take 13)

Disc 2 "Turn! Turn! Turn!" in a single sleeve (49:12 minutes):
1. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season
2. It Won't Be Wrong
3. Set You Free This Time
4. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
5. He Was A Friend Of Mine
6. The World Turns All Around Her [Side 2]
7. Satisfied Mind
8. If You're Gone
9. The Times They Are A-Changin'
10. Wait And See
11. Oh! Susannah
Tracks 1 to 11 are the LP "Turn! Turn! Turn!" - released December 1965 in the USA on Columbia CL 2454 (Mono) and CS 9254 (Stereo) and March 1966 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62652 (Mono) and S BPG 62652 (Stereo). Stereo Mix used
BONUS TRACKS (1996 CD):
12. The Day Walk (Never Before) - Previously released on 1990 4CD Box Set "The Byrds"
13. She Don't Care About Time - Mono 7" Single Version (Non-Album B-side to "Turn! Turn! Turn!" USA 45 on Columbia 4-43424)
14. The Times They Are A-Changin' - Previously Unreleased Version 1/Take 1
15. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Previously Unreleased Version 1/Take 1
16. She Don't Care About Time - Previously Unreleased Version 1/Take 2
17. The World Turns All Around Her - Previously Unissued Alternate Mix/"Bongo Version" 1
18. Stranger In A Strange Land - Previously Unreleased Instrumental Backing Track/Take 10

Disc 3 "Fifth Dimension" in a single sleeve (62:21 minutes):
1. 5D (Fifth Dimension)
2. Wild Mountain Thyme
3. Mr. Spaceman
4. I See You
5. What's Happening?!?!
6. I Come And Stand At Every Door
7. Eight Miles High [Side 2]
8. Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go)
9. Captain Soul
10. John Riley
11. 2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)
Tracks 1 to 11 are the album "Fifth Dimension" - released August 1966 in the USA on Columbia CL 2549 (Mono) and CS 9349 (Stereo) and September 1966 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62783 (Mono) and S BPG 62783 (Stereo). Stereo Mix used.
BONUS TRACKS (1996 CD):
12. Why - Mono 7" Single Version (Non-Album B-side to "Eight Miles High" - a US 45 on Columbia 4-43578)
13. I Know My Rider (I Know You Rider) - Previously released on 1990 4CD Box Set "The Byrds"
14. Psychodrama City - Previously released on 1990 4CD Box Set "The Byrds"
15. Eight Miles High - Previously released on the 1987 American compilation "Never Before" on Murray Hill Records
16. Why - as per 15
17. John Riley - Instrumental Version 1

Disc 4 "Younger Than Yesterday" in a single repro sleeve (47:35 minutes):
1. So You Want To Be A Rock `n' Roll Star
2. Have You Seen Her Face
3. C.T.A. - 102
4. Renaissance Fair
5. Time Between
6. Everybody's Been Burned
7. Thoughts And Words [Side 2]
8. Mind Gardens
9. My Back Pages
10. The Girl With No Name
11. Why
Tracks 1 to 11 are the album "Young Than Yesterday" - released March 1967 in the USA on Columbia CL 2642 (Mono) and CS 9442 (Stereo) and April 1967 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62988 (Mono) and S BPG 62988 (Stereo). Stereo Mix used.
BONUS TRACKS (1996 CD):
12. It Happens Each Day - David Crosby song Previously released on 1990 4CD Box Set "The Byrds"
13. Don't Make Waves - Mono 7" Single Version (Non-Album B-side to "Have You Seen Her Face" - a US 45 on Columbia 4-44157. Also non-album B-side to the UK 45 of "Lady Friend" on CBS 2924 in September 1967)
14. My Back Pages - Previously Unreleased Alternate Version
15. Mind Gardens - David Crosby song - Previously Unreleased Alternate Version
16. Lady Friend - Mono 7" Single Version (A-side of a US 45 on Columbia 4-44230)
17. Old John Robertson - non-album B-side of 16

Disc 5 "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" in a single repro sleeve (58:27 minutes):
1. Artificial Energy
2. Goin' Back
3. Natural Harmony
4. Draft Morning
5. Wasn't Born To Follow
6. Get To You
7. Change Is Now [Side 2]
8. Old John Robertson
9. Tribal Gathering
10. Dolphin's Smile
11. Space Odyssey
Tracks 1 to 11 are the album "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" - released January 1968 in the USA on Columbia CL 2775 (Mono) and CS 9575 (Stereo) and April 1968 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 63169 (mono) and S BPG 63169 (Stereo). Stereo Mix used.
BONUS TRACKS (1997 CD):
12. Mood Raga - Previously released on the 1987 American compilation "Never Before" on Murray Hill Records
13. Bound To Fall - Previously Unissued Instrumental
14. Triad - David Crosby song Previously released on 1990 4CD Box Set "The Byrds"
15. Goin' Back - Previously Unissued Version 1
16. Draft Morning - Previously Unissued Version with an Alternate End
17. Universal Mind Decoder (Early Demo Version of "Change Is Now") - Previously Unreleased Instrumental Version

Disc 6 "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" in a gatefold sleeve - Disc 1 (55:05 minutes):
1. You Ain't Going Nowhere
2. I Am A Pilgrim
3. The Christian Life
4. You Don't Miss Your Water
5. You're Still On My Mind
6. Pretty Boy Floyd
7. Hickory Wind [Side 2]
8. One Hundred Years From Now
9. Blue Canadian Rockies
10. Life In Prison
11. Nothing Was Delivered
Tracks 1 to 11 are the album "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" - released August 1968 in the USA on Columbia CS 9670 (Stereo) and September 1968 in the UK on CBS Records S BPG 63353 (Stereo)
ADDITIONAL MASTER TAKES from the 2003 Legacy 2CD DELUXE EDITION:
12. All I Have Are Memories - Previously Unreleased
13. Reputation - Previously released on 1990 4CD Box Set "The Byrds"
14. Pretty Polly - as per 13
15. Lazy Days - as per 13
16. The Christian Life - Master Take with Gram Parsons Vocals - as per 13
17. You Don't Miss Your Water - Master Take with Gram Parsons Vocals - as per 13
18. One Hundred Years From Now - Master Take with Gram Parsons Vocals - as per 13
19. Radio Spot for "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" Album

Disc 7 "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" - Disc 2 (61:20 minutes):
THE INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND
1. Sum Up Broke - 7" Single Mono Mix
2. One Day Week - 7" Single Mono Mix (1 and 2 are the A&B-sides of a International Submarine Band US 45 on Columbia 4-43935)
3. Truck Drivin' Man - 7" Single Mono Mix - A-side of a US 45 on Ascot AS-2218
4. Blue Eyes
5. Luxury Liner
6. Strong Boy - 4, 5 and 6 from the US 1968 LP "Safe At Home" on LHI Records S-12,001
WORKNG DEMOS, OUTTAKES & REHEARSAL VERSIONS - PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED
7. Lazy Days (Alternate Version)
8. Pretty Polly (Alternate Version)
9. Hickory Wind (Alternate "Nashville" Version/Take 8)
10. The Christian Life (Rehearsal Version/Take 7)
11. The Christian Life (Rehearsal Version/Take 8)
12. Life In Prison (Rehearsal Version Takes 1 & 2 with Gram Parsons Vocal)
13. Life In Prison (Rehearsal Version Takes 3 & 4 with Gram Parsons Vocal)
14. One Hundred Years From Now (Rehearsal Version Takes 12 & 13 with Gram Parsons Vocal)
15. One Hundred Years From Now (Rehearsal Version Takes 14 & 15 with Gram Parsons Vocal)
16. You're Still On My Mind (Rehearsal Version Takes 13 with Gram Parsons Vocal)
17. You're Still On My Mind (Rehearsal Version Takes 48 with Gram Parsons Vocal)
18. All I Have Are Memories (Alternate Instrumental Take 17)
19. All I Have Are Memories (Alternate Instrumental Take 21)
20. Blue Canadian Rockies (Rehearsal Version Take 14)

Disc 8 "Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde" in a single sleeve (51:59 minutes):
1. This Wheel's On Fire
2. Old Blue
3. Your Gentle Way Of Loving Me
4. Child Of The Universe
5. Nashville West
6. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man [Side 2]
7. King Apathy III
8. Candy
9. Bad Night At The Whiskey
10. Medley: My Back Pages/B.J. Blues/Baby, What You Want Me To Do
Tracks 1 to 10 are the album "Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde" - released March 1969 in the USA on Columbia CS 9755 (Stereo) and April 1969 in the UK on CBS Records S 63545 (Stereo)
BONUS TRACKS (1997 CD):
11. Stanley's Song - Previously released on 1990 4CD Box Set "The Byrds"
12. Lay, Lady, Lay - as per 11
13. This Wheel's On Fire - Previously Unissued Version 1
14. Medley: My Back Pages/B.J. Blues/Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Previously Unissued Alternate Version Take 1
15. Nashville West - Previously Unissued Alternate/Nashville Version

Disc 9 "Ballad Of Easy Rider" in a single sleeve (56:51 minutes):
1. Ballad Of Easy Rider
2. Fido
3. Oil In My Lamp
4. Tulsa
5. Jack Tarr The Sailor
6. Jesus Is Just Alright [Side 2]
7. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
8. There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To)
9. Gunga Din
10. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
11. Armstrong, Aldrin And Collins
Tracks 1 to 11 are the album "Ballad Of Easy Rider" - released December 1969 in the USA on Columbia CS 9942 (Stereo) and January 1970 in the UK on CBS Records S 63795 (Stereo)
BONUS TRACKS (1997 CD):
12. Way Beyond The Sun - Previously released on 1990 4CD Box Set "The Byrds"
13. Mae Jean Goes To Hollywood - as per 12
14. Oil In My Lamp - as per 12
15. Tulsa County - Previously Unissued Alternate Version
16. Fiddler A Dram (Moog Experiment) - Previously Unissued
17. Ballad Of Easy Rider - Previously Unissued Long Version
18. Build It Up - Previously Unissued Instrumental

Disc 10 "(Untitled/Unissued)" in Gatefold Sleeve (Disc 1 - 71:24 minutes):
1. Lover Of The Bayou [Side 1 Live]
2. Positively 4th Street
3. Nashville West
4. So You Want To Be A Rock `N' Roll Star
5. Mr. Tambourine Man
6. Mr. Spaceman
7. Eight Miles High [Side 2 Live]
8. Chestnut Mare [Side 3 Studio]
9. Truck Stop Girl
10. All The Things
11. Yesterday's Train
12. Hungry Planet
13. Just A Season [Side 4 Studio]
14. Take A Whiff On Me
15. You All Look Alike
16. Welcome Back Home
Tracks 1 to 16 are the DOUBLE ALBUM "(Untitled)" - released October 1970 in the USA on Columbia G 30127 and November 1970 in the UK on CBS Records S 66253. Sides 1 & 2 of the double-album are `live' - Sides 3 & 4 are studio tracks. The Bonus CD is a mixture of both as noted below...

Disc 11 "Unissued" (Disc 2 - 49:24 minutes):
1. All The Things (Alternate Version)
2. Yesterday's Train (Alternate Version)
3. Lover Of The Bayou (Studio Recording)
4. Kathleen's Song (Alternate Version)
5. White's Lightning, Pt. 2 (Studio Recording)
6. Willin' (Studio Recording of the Lowell George song)
7. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Live Recording from Felt Forum, 1 March 1970)
8. Old Blue (Live Recording as per 7)
9. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (Live Recording as per 7)
10. Ballad Of Easy Rider (Live Recording as per 7)
11. My Back Pages (Live Recording as per 7)
12. Take A Whiff On Me (Live Recording from Fillmore East, 23 September 1970)
13. Jesus Is Just Alright (Live Recording as per 12)
14. This Wheel's On Fire (Live Recording as per 7)

Disc 12 "Byrdmaniax" in a Gatefold Sleeve (46:51 minutes):
1. Glory, Glory
2. Pale Blue
3. I Trust
4. Tunnel Of Love
5. Citizen Kane
6. I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician [Side 2]
7. Absolute Happiness
8. Green Apple Quick Step
9. My Destiny
10. Kathleen's Song
11. Jamaica Say You Will
Tracks 1 to 11 are the album "Byrdmaniax" - released July 1971 in the USA on Columbia KC 30640 and August 1971 in the UK on CBS Records S 64389
BONUS TRACKS (2000 CD):
12. Just Like A Woman - Previously Unreleased Bob Dylan cover
13. Pale Blue - Previously Unreleased Alternate Version
14. Think I'm Gonna Feel Better - Previously Unreleased Gene Clark song

Disc 13 "Farther Along" in a Single Repro Sleeve (46:02 minutes):
1. Tiffany Queen
2. Get Down Your Line
3. Farther Along
4. B.B. Class Road
5. Bugler
6. American Great National Pastime [Side 2]
7. Antique Sandy
8. Precious Kate
9. So Fine
10. Lazy Waters
11. Bristol Steam Convention Blues
Tracks 1 to 11 are the album "Farther Along" - released December 1971 in the USA on Columbia KC 31050 and January 1972 in the UK on CBS Records S 64676
BONUS TRACKS (2000 CD):
12. Lost My Drivin' Wheel - Previously Unreleased
13. Born To Rock And Roll - Previously Unreleased Roger McGuinn song
14. Bag Full Of Money - Previously Unreleased Roger McGuinn song

Like the SIMON & GARFUNKEL and ELVIS PRESLEY catalogues - THE BYRDS have had the magic touch of remaster/remix engineer VIC ANESINI. I've sung his praises many times before (Hall & Oates, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jayhawks to name but a few) - and yet again - the STEREO quality on these recordings is gorgeous. When you get to the fabulous "Younger Than Yesterday" album with nuggets like "Goin' Back" and "Draft Morning" - the sonic power of the remaster combined with the beauty of the tunes is a pretty overwhelming thing. To hear their beautiful version of Dylan's "My Back Pages" sound this good is a joy.

And while there are tracks like "Glory, Glory" and "Pale Blue" on "Byrdmaniax" - I'd prefer "Just A Season" from the underrated "Untitled" double and "Get Down Your Line" from the patchy "Farther Along". Also check out the David Crosby outtake "It Happens Each Day" from late 1966 which first appeared on the 1990 4CD retrospective "The Byrds" - unbelievably good. The Gram Parsons outtakes on "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" are amazing too. And of course throughout the duration is the guiding hand and voices of GENE CLARK and ROGER McGUINN - pumping out singles like "I Feel A Whole Lot Better", "Eight Miles High" and "it Won't Be Wrong".

"I opened my heart to the whole universe...and found it was loving..." - McGuinn sings on "5D (Fifth Dimension)". Open your soft machine to this groovy BYRDS box set and I'm sure you'll be feeling the love decades from now...


The Sound of '65/There's a Bond Between Us
The Sound of '65/There's a Bond Between Us
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Got My Mojo Working..." - The Sound Of '65/There's A Bond Between Us by THE GRAHAM BOND ORGANization (2000 BGO CD), 21 Oct 2014
This is a frigging genius reissue - two hugely desirable Sixties LPs clocking in at £400 'each' for a first pressing (impossible to find hip 60ts dancers) by THE GRAHAM BOND ORGANization - and it's yours for less than eight English squid. Let's get to the denture grips with the Hammond Organs, Hip Englishmen and Groovy Beards...

UK released January 2000 - Beat Goes On BGOCD 500 (Barcode 5017261205001) breaks down as follows (75:50 minutes):

1. Hoochie Coochie Man
2. Baby Make Love To Me
3. Neighbour Neighbour
4. Early In The Morning
5. Spanish Blues
6. Oh Baby
7. Little Girl
8. I Want You
9. Wade In The Water
10. Got My Mojo Working
11. Train Time
12. Baby Be Good To Me
13. Half A Man
14. Tammy
Tracks 1 to 14 are their Debut LP "The Sound Of '65" - released April 1965 in the UK on Columbia Records 33SX 1711 [Mono Only]

15. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
16. Hear Me Calling Your Name
17. The Night Time Is The Right Time
18. Walkin' In The Park
19. Last Night
20. Baby Can It Be True?
21. What'd I Say?
22. Dick's Instrumental
23. Don't Let Go
24. Keep 'A Drivin'
25. Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
26. Camels And Elephants
Tracks 15 to 26 are their 2nd album "There's A Bond Between Us" - released December 1965 in the UK on Columbia Records 33SX 1750 [MONO Only]

GRAHAM BOND - Hammond Organ, Alto Saxophone and Lead Vocals on All Except Noted Below. Introduced the Mellotron Keyboard on "There's A Bond Between Us" LP
DICK-HECKSTALL-SMITH - Tenor Saxophone
JACK BRUCE - Bass, Double Bass on "Baby Can It Be True" and Lead Vocals on "Train Time", "Baby Make Love To Me", "Baby Be Good To Me", "Hear Me Calling Your Name" and "Last Night". Backing Vocals on "Early In The Morning", "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Got My Mojo Working"
GINGER BAKER - Drums

Additional Musicians:
JOHN HOCKRIDGE and IAN HAMER - Trumpets on "Tammy" and "I Want You"
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE BACKING SINGERS - On "Tammy", "Keep A-Drivin''" and "Half A Man"

The 12-page booklet featuring liner notes from Bond biographer HARRY SHAPIRO also reproduces the rear sleeves of both rare British LPs, black and white EMI publicity shots, photos of the band live in the UK etc. The remastering (no engineer credited) is an audio jiggery-pokery of what's available - taken from DAT sources that were recordings of original acetates in Mono. Despite the dubious 'acetates' reference - the sound on this CD is great - full of amazing presence and Sixties Bar Band oomph.

With GRAHAM BOND on the uber-cool Organ and the rhythm section of CREAM as your band - throw in British musicians insane hunger for American Rhythm `n' Blues and you're gonna get archetypical sweaty nightclub Swinging Sixties music. And as if that isn't hip enough for a lad from the bowels of Essex - for their second album - issued only 8 months after their debut - Bond would introduce the 'Mellotron Keyboard' sound a full year before THE MOODY BLUES made in their own - and five years before KING CRIMSON invented Progressive Rock with it (something Bond fully embraced on his later Vertigo Label LPs). In short - you're talking about one cool set of dudes here - a tad ahead of their time. And of course CREAM went on to virtually invented Hard and Heavy Rock with ERIC CLAPTON on 1966's "Disraeli Gears". And after Ginger Baker left to form CREAM (frustrated by the lack of chart success for either LP) - JON HISEMAN came in who later of course formed the hugely influential Jazz-Rock band COLOSSEUM.

On the first album (credited as Group) - Jack Bruce wrote "Baby Make Love To Me" and "Baby Be Good To Me" with his then parent (later wife) - JANET GODFREY - while Graham Bond stumped up groovy originals like "Spanish Blues", "Oh Baby", "Little Girl", "I Want You" and "Half A Man". The second LP dug into the American black psyche with clever and Soulful cover choices - "Last Night" by Booker T. & The MG's, "What'd I Say' by Ray Charles, "Don't Let Go" by Roy Hamilton (written by Jesse Stone) and Keep `A Drivin'" by Chuck Willis. Jack Bruce contributed "Hear Me Calling Your Name" while Ginger Baker put up the wicked "Camels And Elephants".

A very groovy release - and well done to all at BGO for keeping the boogie flame alive and our aging fifty-something toes tapping...


Irish Tour '74
Irish Tour '74
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...And Your Cradle Will Rock..." - Irish Tour '74: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set (2014 7CD and 1DVD Remasters), 20 Oct 2014
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Rory Gallagher fans the world over will be licking their lips on this one. And with 7CDs, a feature-length DVD and a stonking 44 Previously Unreleased tracks (Live and Studio) - we'd best get to a tour of this fantastic celebration right away...

UK released 20 October 2014 - "Irish Tour '74: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box Set" on Sony/Capo/Legacy/Eagle Records 88875004882 breaks down as follows:

Disc 1, CORK CITY HALL, 3rd and 5 January 1974 (74:06 minutes):
1. Messin' With The Kid
2. Cradle Rock
3. I Wonder Who (Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man)
4. Tattoo'd Lady
5. Walk On Hot Coals
6. Laundromat
7. A Millions Miles Away
8. Hands Off
9. Too Much Alcohol
Tracks 1, 6 and 8 are Previously Unreleased

Disc 2, as per 1 (48:40 minutes):
1. As The Crow Flies
2. Pistol Slapper Blues
3. Unmilitary Two-Step
4. Banker's Blues
5. Going To My Hometown
6. Who's That Comin'
7. In Your Town
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are Previously Unreleased - "Banker's Blues" is a Big Bill Broonzy cover

Disc 3, DUBLIN CARLTON CINEMA, 2 January 1974 (55:11 minutes):
1. Cradle Rock
2. Tattoo'd Lady
3. Hands Off
4. Walk On Hot Coals
5. Laundromat
6. Too Much Alcohol
7. A Million Miles Away
Tracks 1 to 7 all Previously Unreleased

Disc 4, as per 3 (52:29 minutes):
1. As The Crow Flies
2. Pistol Slapper Blues
3. Banker's Blues
4. Unmilitary Two-Step
5. Going To My Hometown
6. In Your Town
7. Bullfrog Blues
Tracks 1 to 8 are all Previously Unreleased

Disc 5, BELFAST ULSTER HALL, 28 and 29 December 1973 (58:18 minutes):
1. Messin' With The Kid
2. Cradle Rock
3. I Wonder Who (Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man)
4. Tattoo'd Lady
5. Walk On Hot Coals
6. Hands Off
7. A Million Miles Away
8. Laundromat
Tracks 1 to 8 are all Previously Unreleased

Disc 6, as per 5 (58:00 minutes):
1. As The Crow Flies
2. Pistol Slapper Blues
3. Unmilitary Two-Step
4. Banker's Blues
5. Going To My Hometown
6. Who's That Comin'
7. In Your Town
8. Bullfrog Blues
Tracks 1 to 8 are all Previously Unreleased

Disc 7, CITY HALL IN SESSION, 4 January 1974 (50:11 minutes):
1. Maritime (The Edgar Lustgarden Cut) - 2:32 minutes
2. I Want You/Raunchy Medley - 3:50 minutes
3. Treat Her Right - 4:11 minutes
4. I Wonder Who - 5:58 minutes
5. Too Much Alcohol - 7:01 minutes
6. Just A Little Bit - 8:17 minutes
7. I Can't Be Satisfied - 4:08 minutes
8. Acoustic Medley - 1:29 minutes
9. Back On My Stompin' Ground (After Hours) - 6:13 minutes
10. Stompin' Ground (Alternate Version) - 6:32 minutes
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 are Previously Unreleased STUDIO tracks
Tracks 1, 3 and 10 have appeared on Expanded CDs of
Tracks 6 and 9 are Side 4 of the original double-album

Using the following three CDs - you can sequence the July 1974 ORIGINAL VINYL DOUBLE-ALBUM on Polydor 2659 031 as follows:

Side 1 (Live):
1. Cradle Rock [Disc 1/Track 2]
2. I Wonder Who (Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man) [Disc 1/Track 3]
3. Tattoo'd Lady [Disc 1/Track 4]
Side 2 (Live):
4. Too Much Alcohol [Disc 1/Track 9]
5. As The Crow Flies [Disc 2/Track 1]
6. A Million Miles Away [Disc 1/Track 7]
Side 3 (Live):
7. Walk On Hot Coals [Disc 1/Track 5]
8. Who's That Comin' [Disc 2/Track 6]
Side 4 (Studio):
9. Back On My (Stompin' Ground) [Disc 7/Track 9]
10. Just A Little Bit [Disc 7/Track 6]
[NOTE: the famous "Ladies And Gentlemen - Rory Gallagher!" intro by a Cork Man on Side 1 now comes 'before' "Messin' With The Kid" on Disc 1 instead of "Cradle Rock" like it did on the original double-album. But when you cut to Track 2 "Cradle Rock" on the CD - that intro isn't there anymore (which feels a little odd)]

Disc 8, DVD, The Tony Palmer Directed Documentary "Irish Tour '74", REGION 0, NTSC, 171 Minutes (Courtesy Of Eagle Rock Entertainment)

The Box Set is 10" x 10" and mimics the original 'silver' album cover with a pasted on page on the rear (falls off easily so I'd put this is a protective plastic soonest - in fact the whole set is a little flimsy so be careful with it). The 16-page oversized booklet has an introduction by Rory's brother (and keeper of the flame) DONAL GALLAGHER with further liner notes from GAVIN MARTIN referencing the difficulty in getting the Northern Ireland shows booked, played and filmed. There are photos from the gigs, in studio sessions, Melody Maker Magazine appraisal of the shows (Roy Hollingworth's famously passionate review), a Belfast City ticket stub (value at £1.25!), tape boxes and reissue credits. The three-way fold out digipak inside features fantastic colour photos on all three venues on both the flaps and matching CDs. It's very tastefully done. But the best news is of course the improved audio. MARTIN DUBKA did the Mixing with ANDY PEARCE and MATT WORTHAM doing the Remasters and even on the lo-fi tracks where there's amps humming and crowd noises - the `presence' is fantastic. To universal praise - this duo handled the 2012 remasters of Rory's Polydor and Chrysalis albums - and the same plaudits apply here.

As many fans had suspected - although the inner gatefold of the original 2LP set states that tracks were used from Cork, Dublin and Belfast - this box set finally confirms that only the 'Cork' show was used. And having been in the audience at the Dublin show on 2 January 1974 - I suppose I can now hear my lovely larynx in there in the crowd somewhere - beaming like a fool and shaking my head like everyone else...

Before we get into the abundance of live stuff - let's talk about the STUDIO stuff on Disc 7. Fans will notice that only 5 of the 10 tracks are marked with a Previously Unreleased Asterisk. That leaves five unaccounted for. Well two are Side 4 of the album ("Back On My Stompin' Ground (After Hours)" and "Just A Little Bit") as mentioned above - but the other three require explanation. When fans bought the 1998 Da Capo CD remaster of "Irish Tour '74" - to their amazement they found that the last track of the album "Just A Little Bit" had been replaced by something called "Maritime" (the name of a bar in Belfast both Rory and Van Morrison's Them used to play in). Even more infuriating for fans was to find out that this "Maritime" was an instrumental that lasted all of 33 seconds and was about as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit. The "Maritime (The Edgar Lustgarden Cut)" cut we now get on Disc 7 is 2:32 minutes long - but in all honesty - is just as disposable. The other two cuts are "Treat Her Right" - a cover version of a Roy Head track on Vee Jay Records and "Stompin' Ground (Alternate Take)" - both of which turned up as the two bonus tracks on the 2012 reissue of "Blueprint" (in itself remastered by Pearce and Wortham). Of the new stuff - the Medley cover versions of Dylan's "I Want You" and "Raunchy" by Bill Justis are good rather than great. But then we get the real deal - amazing versions of "I Wonder Who" and a 'electric' version of "Too Much Alcohol" that stretches to seven minutes. What a wow! His playing is just great on both (even if the tapes for "I Wonder Who" go a bit skewiff half way through). The slide version of Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied" is a bit thin sonically but it's still a blast of a listen (he just seemed to be on fire with the fluidity of his playing - like Johnny Winter at his best). The "Acoustic Medley" is short but lovely...and it ends with those great outtakes. Which brings us to the live stuff and the double album itself...

"Irish Tour '74" had its fair share of inspired cover version choices - "I Wonder Who" by Muddy Waters, "Too Much Alcohol" by J. B. Hutto, "As The Crow Flies" by Tony Joe White and "Just A Little Bit" by Rosco Gordon. Mix these in with some of Rory's best new material - "Cradle Rock" and "Walk On Hot Coals" - and right from the off - this Double just rocks like a mother. Fans will also notice that excluding "I Could've Had Religion" - the other 6 tracks of his other beloved set "Live! In Europe" are also on here - even in the same running order. There's also a political element hanging over the two BELFAST discs. With the 'Troubles' seeing off every band from the UK and elsewhere - Rory stood almost alone in playing that bombed out city. The roar of the crowd and the sense of occasion make the performance and response all the more alive - healing even. It's fantastic stuff. And after 40 years - I can now also hear myself amidst the mob in Dublin - what memories! The icing on the cake is the DVD (admittedly a bit low-fi in its definition) - but just as mesmerizing to see the visual accompany the audio.

As the years go by - his legend only grows - and gets rediscovered (like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tommy Bolin). Rory Gallagher was lost to us in 1995 - but his genius playing and especially his generous spirit live on in this wonderful reissue. At a time when Ireland (in all its counties) needed him - he was there for us - and that's speaks volumes of this gentle giant...
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U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965
U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965
Price: £55.25

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Surfin' USA..." - U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965 by THE BEACH BOYS (2008 USA 16-Disc Mini Box Set), 20 Oct 2014
Released June 2008 in the USA on Capitol 509992 15795 23 - the sonically amazing and sumptuously packaged "U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965" by THE BEACH BOYS has elicited a lot of joy amongst fans and the occasional howl of derision too (I'm with the happy bunnies personally). With its beautifully laid out 56-page hardback book and repro facsimile sleeves - to look at "U.S. Singles..." is a thing of beauty for sure. But diehard fans have complained about a paltry 8 unreleased tracks (Disc 1, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 16) and a not too insignificant price tag. Whatever way you look at it - "The Capitol Years 1962-1965" is bit special in my book and in 2014 its 58-tracks are available for a lot less than its initial steep asking price. So here are the bikini-clad details and Californian heavy waves...

All tracks are in MONO unless otherwise stated:
Disc 1:
1. Surfin' Safari
2. 409
3. 409 (Live)
Tracks 1 and 2 are their debut USA 45 released May 1962 on Capitol 4777. Track 3 is a Previously Unreleased Mono Live Version

Disc 2
1. Ten Little Indians
2. County Fair
3. Punchline
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released November 1962 on Capitol 4880.

Disc 3
1. Surfin' USA
2. Shut Down
3. Surfin USA (Stereo Mix)
4. Shut Down (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released April 1963 on Capitol 4932.

Disc 4
1. Surfer Girl
2. Little Deuce Coupe
3. Surfer Girl (Stereo Mix)
4. Little Deuce Coup (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released August 1963 on Capitol 5009

Disc 5
1. Be True To Your School
2. In My Room
3. Be True To Your School (Alternate Version)
4. In My Room (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released October 1963 on Capitol 5069.

Disc 6
1. Little Saint Nick
2. The Lord's Prayer
3. Little Saint Nick (Stereo Mix)
4. The Lord's Prayer (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released December 1963 on Capitol 5096. Track 3 is Previously Unreleased

Disc 7
1. Fun, Fun, Fun
2. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
3. Fun, Fun, Fun (Stereo Mix)
4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Alternate Mono Single Edit)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released February 1964 on Capitol 5118. Track 4 is Previously Unreleased

Disc 8
1. I Get Around
2. Don't Worry Baby
3. I Get Around (Stereo Backing Track)
4. Don't Worry Baby (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released May 1964 on Capitol 5174.

Disc 9
1. When I Grow Up To Be A Man
2. She Knows Me Too Well
3. When I Grow Up To Be A Man (Stereo Mix)
4. She Knows Me Too Well (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released September 1964 on Capitol 5245. Tracks 3 and 4 are Previously Unreleased

Disc 10
1. Wendy
2. Don't Back Down
3. Little Honda
4. Hushabye
5. Wendy (Stereo Mix)
6. Don't Back Down (Stereo Mix)
7. Little Honda (Stereo Mix)
8. Hushabye (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 to 4 are a USA 7" EP "Four By The Beach Boys" released October 1964 on Capitol R 5267

Disc 11
1. Dance, Dance, Dance
2. The Warmth Of The Sun
3. Dance, Dance, Dance (Stereo Mix)
4. The Warmth Of The Sun (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released November 1964 on Capitol 5306

Disc 12
1. The Man With All The Toys
2. Blue Christmas
3. The Man With All The Toys (Stereo Mix)
4. Blue Christmas (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released November 1964 on Capitol 5312

Disc 13
1. Do You Wanna Dance
2. Please Let Me Wonder
3. Do You Wanna Dance (Stereo Mix)
4. Please Let Me Wonder (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released March 1965 on Capitol 5372. Track 3 is Previously Unreleased

Disc 14
1. Help Me Rhonda
2. Kiss Me, Baby
3. Help Me Rhonda (Mono Backing Track)
4. Kiss Me, Baby (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released April 1965 on Capitol 5395

Disc 15
1. California Girls
2. Let Him Run Wild
3. California Girls (Stereo Mix)
4. Let Him Run Wild (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are a USA 45 released July 1965 on Capitol 5464

Disc 16 BONUS DISC:
1. All Dressed Up For School (Original Mono Mix)
2. I'm So Young (Original Mono Mix)
3. Help Me, Rhonda (Alternate Mix)
4. Graduation Day (Stereo Mix)
Tracks 1 and 2 are Previously Unreleased

As other reviewers have quite rightly pointed out - the MARK LINETT remasters in both MONO and STEREO are second to none and worth the price of admission alone. But I'm also loving those spruced up STEREO versions - especially the rare "Four" EP and "California Girls". I doubt I ever want to hear the festive singles "Little Saint Nick" and "The man With All The Toys" ever again - but "Help Me Rhonda", "I Get Around" and "Be True To Your School" are still amazing.

It's a niche product for sure - and aimed squarely at the collector - but in 2014 with its dropped-in-price tab and that storming audio to entice - "U.S. Singles..." is more than worth a splash of your cash...


The Studio Albums 1968-1979 (Limited Edition) LP miniature, digital remastering
The Studio Albums 1968-1979 (Limited Edition) LP miniature, digital remastering
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5.0 out of 5 stars "…I Could Drink A Case Of You And Still Be On My Feet…" - The Studio Albums 1968-1979 by JONI MITCHELL (2012 10CD Mini Box Set), 20 Oct 2014
There's a lot to say about this truly fab little box set - so let's get to the nuts and bolts quickly - released October 2012 in the UK (November in the USA) - "The Studio Albums 1968-1979" by JONI MITCHELL is a 10CD Mini Box Set on Warners/Reprise/Asylum/Rhino 8122797178 (Barcode 081227971786) and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (38:07 minutes)
1. I Had A King
2. Michael from The Mountains
3. Night In The City
4. Marcie
5. Nathan La Franeer
6. Sisotowbell Lane
7. The Dawntreader
8. The Pirate Of Penance
9. Song To A Seagull
10. Cactus Tree
Tracks 1 to 10 are her debut LP "Song To A Seagull" [aka "Joni Mitchell"] - released March 1968 in the USA (June 1968 in the UK) on Reprise RSLP 6293

Disc 2 (37:41 minutes):
1. Tin Angel
2. Chelsea Morning
3. I Don't Know Where I Stand
4. That Song About The Midway
5. Roses Blue
6. The Gallery
7. I Think I Understand
8. Songs To Aging Children Come
9. The Fiddle And The Drum
10. Both Sides, Now
Tracks 1 to 10 are the LP "Clouds" - released May 1969 LP in the USA (October 1969 in the UK) on Reprise RSLP 6341

Disc 3 (44:59 minutes):
1. Morning Morgantown
2. For Free
3. Conversation
4. Ladies Of The canyon
5. Willy
6. The Arrangement
7. Rainy Night House
8. The Priest
9. Blue Boy
10. Big Yellow Taxi
11. Woodstock
12. The Circle Game
Tracks 1 to 12 are the LP "Ladies Of The Canyon" - released April 1970 in the USA (May 1970 in the UK) on Reprise RSLP 6376

Disc 4 (36:13 minutes):
1. All I Want
2. My Old Man
3. Little Green
4. Carey
5. Blue
6. California
7. This Flight Tonight
8. River
9. A Case Of You
10. The Last Time I Saw Richard
Tracks 1 to 10 are the LP "Blue" - released June 1971 in the USA on Reprise MS 2038 and July 1971 in the UK on Reprise K 44128

Disc 5. (40:25 minutes):
1. Banquet
2. Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire
3. Barangrill
4. Lesson In Survival
5. Let The Wind Carry Me
6. For The Roses
7. See You Sometime
8. Electricity
9. You Turn Me On I'm A Radio
10. Blonde In The Bleachers
11. Woman Of Heart And Mind
12. Judgement Of the Moon And Stars (Ludwig's Tune)
Tracks 1 to 12 are the LP "For The Roses" - released November 1972 in the USA on Asylum SD 5057 and December 1972 in the UK on Asylum SYLA 8753

Disc 6 (36:58 minutes):
1. Court And Spark
2. Help Me
3. Free Man In Paris
4. People's Parties
5. The Same Situation
6. Car On A Hill
7. Down To You
8. Just Like This Train
9. Raised On Robbery
10. Trouble Child
11. Twisted
Tracks 1 to 11 are the LP "Court And Spark" - released February 1974 in the USA on Asylum 7E-1001 and March 1974 in the UK on Asylum SYLA 8756

Disc 7 (42:37 minutes):
1. In France They Kiss On Main Street
2. The Jungle Line
3. Edith And The Kingpin
4. Don't Interrupt The Sorrow
5. Shades Of Scarlett Conquering
6. The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
7. The Boho Dance
8. Harry's House/Centerpiece
9. Sweet Bird
10. Shadows And Light
Tracks 1 to 10 are the LP "The Hissing of Summer Lawns" - released November 1975 in the USA on Asylum 7E-1051 and Asylum K 53018 in the UK

Disc 8 (51:55 minutes):
1. Coyote
2. Amelia
3. Furry Sings The Blues
4. A Strange Boy
5. Hejira
6. Song For Sharon
7. Black Crow
8. Blue Motel Room
9. Refuge Of The Roads
Tracks 1 to 9 are the LP "Hejira" - released November 1976 in the USA on Asylum 7£-1087 and Asylum K 53053 in the UK

Disc 9 (59:52 minutes):
1. Overture-Cotton Avenue
2. Talk To Me
3. Jericho
4. Paprika Plains
5. Otis And Marlena
6. The Tenth World
7. Dreamland
8. Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
9. Off Night Backstreet
10. The Silky Veils Of Ardor
Tracks 1 to 10 are the 2LP set "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter" - released December 1977 in the USA on Asylum BB-701 and Asylum K 63003 in the UK

Disc 10 (37:23 minutes):
1. Happy Birthday 1975 (Rap)
2. God Must Be A Boogie Man
3. Funeral (Rap)
4. Chair In The Sky
5. The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey
6. I's A Muggin' (Rap)
7. Sweet Sucker Dance
8. Coin In The Pocket (Rap)
9. The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines
10. Lucky (Rap)
11. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Tracks 1 to 11 are the LP "Mingus" - released June 1979 in the USA on Asylum 5E-505 and July 1979 in the UK on Asylum K 53091

Joni Mitchell's "The Studio Albums 1968-1979" is probably the prettiest Mini Box Set in this WEA series so far. Each of the 5" card repro sleeves inside reflects the original AMERICAN artwork and so every one of the 10 has a 'gatefold' sleeve (the first two albums were single sleeves only in the UK). "For The Roses" and "Mingus" even have their extra inner LP `flaps' reproduced as a separate inlay. The CDs themselves - 1 to 4 have the tan colour Reprise label and thereafter revert to the standard silver look of 1980's WEA titles (a bit more attention to detail would have gotten all the correct labels for each period - something Rhino normally gets right).

Most of the gatefolds open from the inside in order to get at the CD - so I put all of mine in a Japanese plastic protective (which you can buy online) to avoid scuffing. The original album `inner sleeves' on "Hejira" and "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter" are not here - but it has to be said that the uber clean 5" gatefold repros are beautifully done and for an old album's nut like me - aesthetically pleasing - even if you will need a microscope to actually read any of the lyrics or recording info. There's no booklet which is a damn shame given this woman's musical stature.

On that subject - I hate the way the Sony/Legacy/Columbia `Complete' Box Sets look with that generic Red Box cover they do - but at least they do come with comprehensive booklets that `so' compliment the audio (Byrds, Bill Withers, Etta James, Nilsson - see reviews). I mention this because arguably WEA has an artist's roster that is far more worthy and deserves the presentation-business done by them - songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Rickie Lee Jones - and many others. A nice booklet would have lifted this astonishing box set into the stratosphere. But these are mere niggles to the main event - the wonderful AUDIO...

The best bit for many will be the GORGEOUS QUALITY SOUND. From what I can hear every one of these has used the upgraded HDCD remasters and the audio warmth and presence on say "Clouds", "Ladies Of The Canyon" and "Blue" is mind-blowingly good. Which brings us to the music itself...

Even as lifelong fan of Joni - relistening to these albums in chronological order is an awesome experience and on many occasions leaves you picking your jaw up off the floor and reaching for the Thesaurus to find adjectives big enough to do these songs justice. Track after track simply floors you - melodious, witty, heartfelt, articulate - Joni Mitchell has a way with melodies and words that oozes a rare intelligence. She's an artist who was (and is) bound to engender true hero worship. By the time you get to Blue classics like "River" and the sublime "A Case Of You" - resistance is quite literally futile (lyrics from it title this review).

The other brill thing about this box is the 'dipping in' - the rediscovering of song nuggets that you'd either forgotten or aren't on those "Best Of" compilations - Night In The City (from Song Of A Seagull), That Song About The Midway (from Clouds), Conversation (from Ladies Of The Canyon), California (from Blue), Electricity (from For The Roses), People's Parties (from Court And Spark), The Boho Dance (from The Hissing Of Summer Lawns), Furry Sings The Blues (from Hejira) and Off Night Backstreet (from Don Juan's Reckless Daughter). The only real clunker for me is the patchy jazz album "Mingus" which to this day still feels indulgent. Other than that this is a peerless and incredible body of work (for not a lot of wedge).

If ever an artist deserved lavish - it's Canada's finest - Joni Mitchell. Don't think - don't dither - dive in and drool.

God bless you our Lady of the Canyon and stop smoking you silly twit - you're far too precious to lose...


DO IT & MORE
DO IT & MORE
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Swing Low..." - Do It & More by JO ANN KELLY (2009 Manhaton CD Remaster), 17 Oct 2014
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This wonderfully understated February 2009 CD on Manhaton Records HATMAN 2023 (Barcode 5038787202329) contains a rare 1976 JO ANN KELLY and PETER EMERY British album in its entirety - bolstered up with 5 tracks from a 1988 set on Line Records recorded in the same Acoustic Blues/Swing spirit.

While the 1976 "Do It" LP has never been on CD until now - the later 5 from 1988 were on a long-deleted CD out of Germany - so all 16 tracks are welcome (especially as they've been given a truly sympathetic remaster by one of my audio heroes - DENIS BLACKHAM of Skye Masterin). Here are the white-British-lady with an amazing Bessie Smith voice details (65:23 minutes):

The UK vinyl LP "Do It" by JO ANN KELLY & PETER EMERY released 1976 on Red Rag Recordings RRR 006 can be sequenced using the following tracks:

1. Nothin' In Rambling (6)
2. Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (11)
3. Little More Time (7)
4. Boll Weevil (5)
5. Walking The Dog (14)
6. Black Rat Swing (9) [Side 2]
7. River Jordan (10)
8. Where's My Good Man (1)
9. Come Back Baby (2)
10. Me And My Chauffeur Blues (3)
11. Do It (8)

This CD also features 5 bonus tracks - they're all songs from the "Jo Ann Kelly" LP (aka "Open") - released 1988 on Line Records OPEN 001. They're Acoustic Blues in the spirit of the 1976 "Do It" LP recordings.

1. I Can't Be Satisfied (12)
2. Death Have Mercy (13)
3. Moon Going Down (4)
4. Sugar Babe (15)
5. Rising Sun Shine On (16)

The "Do It" music is mostly Acoustic Blues (her own "River Jordan" and John Lee Hooker's "Come Back, Baby") nestled between old timey ragtime ("Black Rat Swing") and other Memphis Minnie bemoaning Blues ("Me And My Chauffeur Blues" and "Where My Good Man"). Contemporary artists get the Bluesy Jo Ann vocal work over too - Pops Staples and Rufus Thomas on "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot" and "Walking The Dog". The title track "Do It" is a beautiful country-ish melody by Jessie Winchester. And even though it was recorded more than a decade later - her version of Muddy's "I Can't Be Satisfied" with stunning slide from Pete - sounds just like an updated version of the 1948 Chess/Aristocrat 78" classic. Acapella genius comes twice on the CD - "Boll Weevil" from 1976 and the Traditional "Death Have Mercy" from 1988 - both showcasing her extraordinary vocals - a sort of softer version of Karen Dalton - an updated Billie Holliday or Memphis Minnie.

Her album "Jo Ann Kelly" on CBS/Epic Records from 1969 receives plaudits up to the wazoo and thus commands a suitably hefty price tag on original British vinyl - £200 plus (if you can find a copy). So this mid-Seventies nugget gets overlooked. Don't let the naff artwork nor the gatefold slip of paper that acts as liner notes put you off - this is fabulous stuff. I play this disc to buggery - it's that uplifting.

Jo Ann Kelly was lost to us in late 1990 - so well done to Pete Emery for keeping her musical legacy alive - and to Denis Blackham for awarding Jo Ann and her music the respect they both deserve...


Who's Next (Deluxe Edition)
Who's Next (Deluxe Edition)
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Price: £23.31

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Sing My Song Out..." - Who's Next by THE WHO (2003 2CD DELUXE EDITION Remaster), 17 Oct 2014
I can remember as a teenager seeing the album cover to "Who's Next" in a record shop on Talbot Street in Dublin in the late summer of 1971. I laughed out loud. There was our favourite Rock Reprobates pissing up against a concrete monolith in the middle of some slagheap somewhere. Only The Who! I knew I had to own it. And like so many other fans of Seventies Classic Rock - I've been in love with this deceptively deep album for over 40 years - to a point where I've something like 7 different pressings of it on vinyl alone. Which brings us by swift of shore and bend of bay to this fabulous 2CD DELUXE EDITION celebration of "Who's Next" - which only makes me want to wee-wee my initials on even bigger walls. So here are the new bosses, marital bargains and the baba o'riley behind those blue eyes...

UK released April 2003 - "Who's Next DELUXE EDITION" on MCA/Chronicles 088 113 056-2 (Barcode 008811305628) breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (79:30 minutes):
1. Baba O'Riley
2. Bargain
3. Love Ain't For Keeping
4. My Wife
5. The Song Is Over
6. Getting In Tune [Side 2]
7. Gong Mobile
8. Behind Blue Eyes
9. Won't Get Fooled Again
Tracks 1 to 9 are the album "Who's Next" - their 6th album released August 1971 in the UK on Track Records 2408 102 and Decca DL 79182 in the USA (CD Disc 1 uses the Track logo while Disc 2 uses Decca)
NEW YORK RECORD PLANT SESSIONS - BONUS TRACKS
10. Baby Don't You Do It
A band fave - a cover version of Marvin Gaye's Tamla Hit recorded 16 March 1971 with LESLIE WEST of MOUNTAIN guesting on Guitar - runs to 8:20 minutes
11. Getting in Tune [Previously Unreleased Alternate Version]
12. Pure And Easy
The 'Original Version' recorded 17 and 18 March 1971. A later different version turned up on the 1974 compilation LP "Odds And Sods"
13. Love Ain't For Keeping [Alternate Version recorded 17 March 1971. First appearance was on the extended CD of "Odds And Sods" in 1998
14. Behind Blue Eyes - this 'Original Version' recorded 17 and 18 March 1971 features AL KOOPER on Organ
15. Won't Get Fooled Again [Previously Unreleased] - an early version of the full album version at 8:46 minutes - it features a different synth pattern to the released version

Disc 2 (74:51 minutes):
1. Love Ain't For Keeping
2. Pure And Easy
3. Young Man Blues
4. Time Is Passing
5. Behind Blue Eyes
6. I Don't Even Know Myself
7. Too Much Of Anything
8. Getting in Tune
9. Bargain
10. Water
11. My Generation
12. Road Runner
13. Naked Eye
14. Won't Get Fooled Again
Tracks 1 to 14 are all PREVIOUSLY UNRELEADED except for "Naked Eye" which appeared on the 1974 compilation LP "Odds And Sods". All tracks were recorded live 26 April 1971 in front of an invited audience at The Young Vic Theatre in South London. "Young Man Blues" and "Road Runner" are Mose Allison and Bo Diddley cover versions. "I Don't Even Know Myself" turned up in studio form as the non-album B-side to the UK and US 7" single edit of "Won't Get Fooled Again". A studio version of "Water" was eventually released as the non-album B-side to the "Quadrophenia" single "5:15".

The oversized 28-page booklet has an introduction from Pete Townshend about his beloved "Lifehouse" project that eventually became the album, a poster from their concert at London's Rainbow Theatre, period photos of the band in full on-stage flight, an indepth history by Who expert JOHN ATKINS, track-by-track details and even a photo of KEITH MOON in ladies underwear (an alternate album cover). ANDY MacPHERSON and JON ASTLEY have carried out the remixes and remasters at Close To The Edge and they rock - full of muscle - perfectly capturing the sheer sonic power of the band. Two examples of where this is most evident is the amazing rocking work outs of "Baby Don't You Do It" on Disc 1 and "Water (Live)" on Disc 2 - wow!

While plaudits always go to the cool "Baba O'Riley" opener on Side 1 bookended by the monster Who anthem "Won't Get Fooled Again" playing out Side 2 - I've always loved those album tracks in-between. "Love Ain't For Keeping" and "The Song Is Over" both showed the depth of Townshend's writing and Roger Daltrey's raspy vocals. That same Rock soulfulness permeates both "Getting In Tune" and the ache/anger that runs through "Behind Blue Eyes". And the brass break in John Entwistle's acidic "My Wife" still kicks you in the teeth. Can't really resist the "beep beep!" and brilliant treated guitar on "Going Mobile" either - what an album.

The Live Disc opens with an incendiary take of "Love Ain't For Keeping" with the band sounding confident - ripping into great new material. I like the plaintive "Too Much Of Anything" which features NICKY HOPKINS on piano and the jangly "Naked Eye". It ends on a barnstorming "Won't Get Fooled Again" with the audience left in shock and awe.

"I sing my heart out to the infinite sea..." - Roger Daltrey wails on "The Song Is Over". There's a scene in "The Greater Fool" - Episode 10 in Series One of Aaron Sorkin's brilliant TV Show "The Newsroom". I wrote about it in a book of poems I put out this year called "My Broken Heart (75 Days In The NHS)" about a Quad Bypass I had that took a tad longer than I would have liked. The News Anchorman Will McAvoy (played brilliantly by Jeff Daniels) has tried to commit suicide after a public drubbing and a series of bad events - and he's laid low in a hospital. But his crew from the TV station are with him trying to talk him back to work to report on a story of the Democrats shafting elderly voters out of their voting rights by using 'voter fraud' as an excuse. The opening chords and riff of "Baba O'Riley" by THE WHO begins to play in the background - Will leaps out bed - gotta go back to work - gotta report on this...he's back. I cried my sappy Irish eyes out in my own side room in Whipps Cross Hospital. What other band can elicit this? When you're back's against the wall - can you always rely on The Who?

What is it about this Rock Band that makes so many of us weak at the knees? The sheer British balls-to-the-wall of it all - the lifeforce coursing through their tunes - or is it the uplifting centre that brings you back - again and again. I don't know - but God bless 'em anyway. And here's to 40 more years of naughty boys whizzing all over public structures in our politically correct straightjacket world...

PS: you should buy this reissue...
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Band On The Run: 25th Anniversary Edition
Band On The Run: 25th Anniversary Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Let Me Roll It To You..." - Band On The Run by PAUL McCARTNEY and WINGS (1999 EMI 25th Anniversary Edition 2CD Remasters), 17 Oct 2014
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*** 25th Anniversary Edition Version *** (Best Remaster Of Them All)

There's a school of thought that says - latest is greatest - and in the main that often proves to be true. But "Band On The Run" is one of those occasions where I'd argue to sonically travel in the opposite direction - because to my ears this 1999 '25th Anniversary Edition' remastered by the mighty GREG CALBI and the album's original engineer GEOFF EMERICK - thrashes the later more vaulted 2010 version. Here are more words from Picasso, rabbits on the run and suffragettes on Helen wheels...

UK released March 1999 - "Band On The Run 25th Anniversary Edition" on EMI/Parlophone 4991762 (Barcode 724349917620) breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (44:47 minutes)
1. Band On The Run
2. Jet
3. Bluebird
4. Mrs Vandebilt
5. Let Me Roll It
6. Mamunia
7. No Words
8. Helen Wheels
9. Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me)
10. Nineteen Hundred And Eight Five
"Band On The Run" was released December 1973 in the UK on Apple PAS 10007 and Apple 3415 in the USA

The album famously came out as a 9-track LP in the UK - but as a 10-track version in the USA. Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 made up Side 1 in the UK with 6, 8, 9 and 10 being Side 2.
Tracks 1 to 10 make up the US album (it included "Helen Wheels").
"Helen Wheels" was released as a non-album 7" single in the UK and USA with "Country Dreamer" as it's non-album B-side - 26 October 1973 on Apple R 5993 in the UK and 12 November 1973 on Apple 1869 in the USA.

Disc 2 (51:07 minutes):
1. Band On The Run (Dialogue Intro/Nicely Toasted Mix) 1:12 minutes
2. Band On The Run (Original Background/Dialogue Link 1) 2:17 minutes
3. Band On The Run (Band Rehearsal - 21st July 1989) 4:59 minutes
4. Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 2)/Mamunia (Original)/Denny Laine (Dialogue)/Mamunia (Original)/Linda McCartney (Dialogue)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 3) 4:22 minutes
5. Bluebird (Live-Version-Australia 1975) 00.55 minutes
6. Bluebird (Original) (Background/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 4) 00:23 minutes
7. Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 5)/No Words (Original)/Geoff Emerick (Dialogue) 1:24 minutes
8. No Words (Original/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 6)/Tony Visconti (Dialogue) 1:47 minutes
9. Jet (Original From Picasso's Last Words) (Background)/Al Coury (Dialogue) 2:55 minutes
10. Jet (Berlin Soundcheck - 3rd September 1993) 3:51 minutes
11. Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 8)/Clive Arrowsmith (Dialogue) 1:44 minutes
12. Nineteen Hundred And Eighteen Five (Original) (Background)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 9)/James Coburn (Dialogue)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 10)/John Conteh (Dialogue) 3:24 minutes
13. Mrs Vandebilt (Original) (Background)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 11)/Kenny Lynch (Dialogue) 2:10 minutes
14. Let Me Roll It (Cardington Rehearsal - 5th February 1993)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 12)
15. Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 13)/Mrs Vandebilt (Background)/Michael Parkinson (Dialogue)/Linda McCartney (Band On The Run Photo Shoot - Dialogue)/Michael Parkinson (Dialogue) 2:25 minutes
16. Helen Wheels (Crazed)/Paul McCartney Dialogue Link 14/Christopher Lee (Dialogue) 5:32 minutes
17. Band On The Run (Strum Bit)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 15)/Clement Freud (Dialogue) 1:01 minutes
18. Picasso's Last Words (Original) (Background)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 16)/Dustin Hoffman (Dialogue) 4:22 minutes
19. Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me) (Acoustic Version) 1:11 minutes
20. Band On The Run (Nicely Toasted Mix)/Paul McCartney (Dialogue Link 17) 00:42 minutes
21. Band On The Run (Northern Comic Version) 00:36 minutes

It's housed in a tasty hard-card mini box set with a beautifully laid-out 24-page oversized booklet and a repro of the foldout poster that came with original copies of the 1973 album. The booklet has the lyrics, release info, superb liner notes from noted Beatles chronicler MARK LEWISOHN and extensive reissue credits. The CDs use the 'passport' photographs and album cover as artwork - but the really big news is the GREG CALBI and GEOFF EMERICK remaster which is hair-raisingly good. The clarity offered here is amazing - and it hammers you the moment the title track "Band On The Run" opens. And it continues like that throughout - the hooky "Jet" and lovely "Bluebird" - the audio is hugely improved over anything that's gone before and better than the rather flat sound on the new remaster from 2010. "Let Me Roll It" just rocks like a madman too. And the band build up on "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five" is huge.

Disc 2 is probably one of the best `albums being put together' CD Bonus discs that I've ever heard. There's fascinating stuff like GINGER BAKER of CREAM " (at his studios in Lagos) playing a fire-bucket filled with gravel as a maraca in the rehearsals for "Mamunia" with Denny Laine - GEOFF EMERICK the Engineer talking about the noise of the EMI pressing plant outside the back door as they were recording to 8-track - TONY VISCONTI talking about the string arrangements on "Band On The Run" - AL COURY talking about the American radio stations editing "Jet" as a single and how he did the same and gave the album an extra boost in sales in February 1974 and Hoffman talking about the magical moment "Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me)" was written right in front of him about a story he suggested to McCartney on the last days of the 91-year old artist. It even includes dialogue from all the guys from the `break out' album cover shoot (taken at Osterley Park in West London) as well as the photographer CLIVE ARROWSMITH - Actor James Coburn, British Boxer John Conteh, Singer Kenny Lynch, British Chat Show Host Michael Parkinson, Actor Christopher Lee, British Gourmet Chef, Politician and TV personality Clement Freud and Actor Dustin Hoffman. The rehearsal for the brilliant riff of "Let Me Roll It" is superb - full of great Linda keyboards.

Perhaps it's the way that DISC 2 is displayed on the rear of the box - not really giving a full indication (as I've done above) as to what's on it - that saw this reissue disappear into a forgotten background. Dedicated to his wife and friend LINDA McCARTNEY - this is exemplary stuff - and absolutely kicking where it should be - on the audio front.

Made in such trying circumstances (they got robbed in Lagos and lost all their demo tapes) - "Band On The Run" has always been a McCartney solo gem.

"Your burning love...you mustn't hide..." - Paul McCartney sings on "No Words". Well now it's full potential is out in the open...and if yo're a fan...I'd travel for this version of it...


The Yes Album
The Yes Album
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Speak To Me Of Summer..." - The Yes Album (2014 Steve Wilson CD/DVD-A Remaster On Panegyric), 15 Oct 2014
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After the incredible tape transfer and audio restoration work STEVE WILSON of PORCUPINE TREE did on the remasters of KING CRIMSON and JETHRO TULL's early catalogue - the other big Proggy Monster was always going to be YES. And with their 3rd breakthrough record "The Yes Album" from 1971 - man has our Stevie stepped up to the Topographic plate. This 2014 CD and DVD-A reissue is awesome stuff and worthy of the praise so far heaped on it. No harm then in a little more - here are the details that are no disgrace...

UK released April 2014 - "The Yes Album" (Definitive Edition) on Panegyric GYRSP40106 (Barcode 633367900326) breaks down as follows:

Disc 1, Definitive Edition CD, 2014 Stereo Mixes, 50:55 minutes:
1. Yours Is No Disgrace
2. Clap
3. Starship Trooper (a) Life Seeker (b) Disillusion (c) Wurm
4. I've Seen All Good People (a) Your Move (b) All Good People
5. A Venture
6. Perpetual Change
Tracks 1 to 6 are the vinyl LP "The Yes Album" - released March 1971 in the UK on Atlantic 2400 101 and Atlantic SD 8283 in the USA

BONUS TRACKS:
7. Clap (Studio Version) - the album version is a Steve Howe 'live' acoustic instrumental recorded at the Lyceum in London, 17 July 1970. This is the rare unused 'Studio Version' - at 4:05 minutes it's also longer
8. A Venture (Extended Mix) - the album track runs to 3:19 minutes - this longer version extends towards the end to 4:46 minutes

Disc 2 is the Definitive Edition DVD-A. It's a NTSC Region 0 Hybrid DVD-A compatible with all DVD Players and DVD-ROM Drives. From the visual/audio menu on your television or computer - it allows you to choose from 4 variants of the album as follows:
1. 2014 Stereo Mixes: 24/96 MLP Lossless (tracks 1 to 6 above)

2. 2014 5.1 Surround Mixes: 24/96 MLP Lossless/dts 96/24 (tracks 1 to 6 above)

3. Original Stereo Mix: Flat Transfer From Original Master LPCM Stereo 24/96 (tracks 1 to 6 above)

4. Alternate Album:
1. Yours Is No Disgrace (Live, London 1971)
2. Clap (Studio Version)
3. Starship Trooper (a) Life Seeker (Single Edit)
4. I've Seen All Good People (Live, London 1971)
5. A Venture (Extended Mix)
6. Perpetual Change (Live, New Haven 1971)

With a gatefold digipak within an outer card wrap - the reissue feels classy right from the off. CD to the left, DVD-A to the right and booklet loose between them - each disc pictures different parts of the albums original artwork while the photo on the albums inner gatefold is beneath the see-through trays. The well-stocked 20-page booklet offers photos of rare 7" picture sleeves from Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Japan dotted through the text - as well as the original UK LP on the Atlantic Records plum label beloved by collectors (US originals pictured too). There are British and American trade adverts, reel-to-reel boxes and tape files, a white label promo of the LP - even the lyrics to the songs for the first time. SID SMITH gives us superb liner notes on the creation of the album while STEVE WILSON explains about the master tapes and the new Stereo/5.1 Surround Mixes. It's exemplary stuff...

Yet all of that presentation icing on the cake is not what fans are really after - it's the audio. And having listening to "The Yes Album" for 40 years of my life - I'm amazed at the clarity on offer here compared to previous Rhino versions. Some of the tracks are so clean it's almost disconcerting - they're not supressed nor trebled for effect - just treated with care and attention to transfer detail.

As the opener "Yours Is No Disgrace" goes into that Chris Squire Bass break - it's so good - and that Howe solo still amazes. Listening to the rather dry and somehow uninspired `studio' cut of "Clap" - it's easy to see now why they chose the live version - there's just something extra in the playing that lifts it up into the realm of special. There's real muscle now in the swirl of "Starship Trooper" and "Wurm" kicks in - Wilson captures the build up and spread across the speakers perfectly. As opposed to the album version - I have to say that I'm loving the `Extended Mix' of "A Venture" with its loose and funky King Crimson finish - Yes tripping out. But if I was to single out just one track where the audio improvement is magnificent - it's the Side 2 opener "I've Seen All Good People". It's layers and beautiful arrangements are even more magical now - and those fantastic vocals by Jon Anderson - genius. I have a friend who has his stereo rigged to his television's surround kit - and I can't tell you how utterly brilliant the 5.1 version sounds - wow! I'm going to have to bleeding invest-damn! I thought the `Alternate' version of the album was interesting if not a tad gimmicky - but I don't if it's just that I'm too used to the original (relistens methinks)...

I can imagine that nowadays there's probably a queue of Prog band's sat outside Steve Wilson's front porch clutching bags of master tapes - hoping to catch his eye as he exits for a latte. And on the strength of this groovy reissue - I can totally understand why...
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Bang / Miami
Bang / Miami
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Like No Other..." - Bang / Miami by JAMES GANG (featuring TOMMY BOLIN) (2014 Beat Goes On CD Remasters), 15 Oct 2014
This review is from: Bang / Miami (Audio CD)
I've had the superb Repertoire 1998 "Best Of" 2CD retrospective of THE JAMES GANG for years now in order to have tracks from the 3 guitar players with the band - Joe Walsh, Dominic Troiano and TOMMY BOLIN - but that set only provided the bare bones when it came to TB's illustrious stay. Well at last - this very cool reissue gives fans both of the TOMMY BOLIN albums - and is presented in the usual classy BGO way (card slipcase, great remasters). Here are the wild horses, babes in the stables and pelicans in the pool...

UK released October 2014 - Beat Goes On BGOCD 1172 (Barcode 5017261211729) breaks down as follows (71:09 minutes):

1. Standing In The Rain
2. The Devil is Singing Our Song
3. Must Be Love
4. Alexis
5. Ride The Wind
6. Got No Time For Trouble
7. Rather Be Alone With You (A.K.A. Song For Dale)
8. From Another Time
9. Mystery
Tracks 1 to 9 are the album "Bang" - released September 1973 in the USA on Atlantic SD 7037 and January 1974 in the UK on Atlantic K 50028

TOMMY BOLIN - Guitar & Synth - Backing Vocals on "Standing In The Rain"
ROY KENNER - Lead Vocals, Percussion and Back-Up Vocals - Except on "Alexis" - which has Tommy Bolin on Lead Vocals
DALE PETERS - Bass, Fuzz Bass, Percussion and Piano and backing Vocals on "Standing In The Rain"
JIM FOX - Drums, Percussion and Piano on "Mystery"

10. Cruisin'
11. Do It
12. Wildfire
13. Sleepwalker
14. Miami Two-Step
15. Praylude/Red Skies
16. Spanish Lover
17. Summer Breezes
18. Head Above The Water
Tracks 10 to 18 are the album "Miami" - released July 1974 in the USA on Atlantic SD 36-102 and August 1974 in the UK on Atlantic K 50068

TOMMY BOLIN - All Guitars & Lead Vocals on "Spanish Lover"
ROY KENNER - Lead & Backing Vocals
DALE PETERS - Bass, Fuzz Bass, Percussion and Piano and backing Vocals
JIM FOX - Drums, Percussion, Keyboards and Backing Vocals
ALBHY GALUTEN - Synthesizer on "Head Above The Water"

The 12-page booklet has liner notes by NEIL DANIELS - album credits, some photos and a brief history of the band - but the real news is a new 2014 remaster by ANDREW THOMPSON from tapes licenced from WEA. The short but simple way of putting it is that this CD rocks - muscle and clarity - it's all there (you could almost forgive the awful Atlantic artwork for both LPs).

"Bang" is dominated by the arrival of a huge talent - guitarist TOMMY BOLIN - aged only 22 at the time and personally recommended to the band by JOE WALSH. Iowa-born Bolin had cut his teeth with small American bands like Patch Of Blue, Zephyr (on Probe Records) and Energy before joining JAMES GANG (he would famously leave them too and move on to a short but brilliant stay with England's DEEP PURPLE).

It opens with the almost Montrose like "Standing in The Rain" and immediately the guitar leaps out at you. His fantastic slide playing comes Kossoff-like again on the slinky and menacing "The Devil Is Sing Our Song". "Must Be Love" brings up the boogie pace firmly into Foghat territory while Bolin takes lead vocals on "Alexis" - a number that starts out all acoustic pretty about a young girl in New Orleans but then towards the end launches into an electric guitar workout that is just stunning (reminds me of Craig Chaquico's blistering axework on "Ride The Tiger" - the opening track on Jefferson Starship's 1974 album "Dragonfly").

There was clearly a venture into top shelf Gregg Allman territory on the "Miami" opener "Cruisin' Down The Highway". It goes into chugging boogie with "Do It" and "Wildfire" where the band sounds not unlike an American version of Bad Company. I've always loved the beautiful keyboard "Praylude" lead in to "Red Skies" - reminds me of Joe Walsh on "Smoker" at his ambitious song-structure best (Bolin's delicate flicking up and down the strings as triangles tingle in the background is gorgeous). "Spanish Breeze" is an extraordinarily tender acoustic ballad ("her words were almost frightening...") - it has a loveliness and songwriting grace about it (co-written with Jeff Cook - lyrics above). "Summer Breezes" could have been a single and it ends on the plaintive "Head Above The Water".

"Maybe you'll get back on your feet again..." - Kenner sings on "Head Above The Water". Thomas Robert Bolin would be lost to us only two years after these albums were put out - he died aged only 26 in December 1976. At least this fantastic remaster celebrates his amazing sonic legacy with real style. Well done to all involved...


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