Montag, 29. Dezember 2014

The Chad Mitchell Trio And The Gatemen ‎– In Concert - Everybody's Listening (1964)

This is one of those concert albums that isn't. The Chad Mitchell Trio departed Colpix for Kapp in 1961, leaving Colpix with just four outtakes by the group in the can from its 1960 debut album, "The Chad Mitchell Trio Arrives". Cherry-picking two tracks ("I Do Adore Her" and "Sally Ann") from that album and adding in the four unreleased songs, the label then dubbed in audience noise to make a faux live set. This still didn't add up to an album, so six songs from a forgettable quartet known as the Gatemen were grafted on, again with fake crowd noise, and the end result is a disserve to all involved, especially those who actually purchased the record.

The CMT do shine on the Irving Burgie chestnut "I Do Adore Her," but the exact same recording had already been on Arrives (minus the badly dubbed crowd effects), and although the version here of "Vaya con Dios" is also pretty good, it only proves that some performances can't be ruined no matter what one does to them.

The Gatemen portion of the set is even worse, complete with subpar vocals, a piano player who seems to have wandered in from the nearest lounge bar, some misplaced electric guitar licks, and a drummer who appears to be auditioning for a surf band. - allmusic.com            


This album consists of selections from the Chad Mitchell Trio's studio sessions for Colpix from 1960, twelve of which were released on the "Arrives" album (CP/SCP-411). From those sessions remained four rejected songs ("Herbie Spear," "Devil Road," "Rodger Young," and "Vaya Con Dios"). With the trio signed to Kapp, Colpix did not have enough material to issue a second album, so they decided to build a "live" album around the four tunes, dubbing in poorly EQ'd audience applause, guitar tuning, and even coughing to simulate a live concert. In addition to the four unreleased tracks, Colpix added the released versions of "I Do Adore Her" and "Sally Ann" from the Arrives album to round out side one. As for the unreleased tracks, "Devil Road" is simply a reworked version of "Wayfaring Stranger" with new lyrics, while "Rodger Young" features a rare solo by original member Mike Pugh. "Vaya Con Dios" is actually a beautiful and tender rendition of the ballad made famous by Les Paul & Mary Ford. Side two of the album features an unknown folk quartet called the Gatemen singing songs that could have been sung by the Mitchell Trio (folk staples "Jesse James" and "Wabash Cannonball"). The problem is, these guys couldn't sing. In addition, the group made the unfortunate decision to include a piano and a ponderous rock & roll wannabe drummer in the group. It results in some very painful listening. On top of these abysmal performances, Colpix adds the same phony applause used on the Mitchell tracks. No clue is given as to the Gatemen's identity (it's just as well). A photo on the cover shows six teenagers sitting in what looks like a run-down bohemian apartment room. ~ Cary Ginell, Rovi

Tracklist
A1Chad Mitchell Trio, The                Herbie Spear2:01
A2Chad Mitchell Trio, TheDevil Road2:35
A3Chad Mitchell Trio, TheI Do Adore Her3:07
A4Chad Mitchell Trio, TheRodger Young2:32
A5Chad Mitchell Trio, TheSally Ann2:24
A6Chad Mitchell Trio, TheVaya Con Dios2:43
B1Gatemen, TheJesse James2:34
B2Gatemen, TheGreen Leaves Of Summer2:39
B3Gatemen, TheThe Klan2:13
B4Gatemen, The500 Miles2:53
B5Gatemen, TheWhat Have You Got To Show?2:45
B6Gatemen, TheWabash Cannonball2:20


The Chad Mitchell Trio And The Gatemen ‎– In Concert - Everybody's Listening (1964)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Mittwoch, 10. Dezember 2014

Bob Dylan - Broadside - Broadside Show And Sessions (1962 - 1963)

In late 1962 and early 1963, Dylan recorded 14 songs for Broadside, the folk magazine that printed many of his early compositions and also recorded numerous folk singers, putting out some of the tapes on official albums. Indeed, half a dozen of these songs actually came out on the compilation albums Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1 and Broadside Reunion, with Dylan using the pseudonym Blind Boy Grunt to avoid contractual problems, although those anthologies are hard to find now.

This bootleg gathers all 14 of the performances, adding three numbers (and some chat) from a May 1962 radio show for WBAI in New York. The show was never broadcast, but, to add to the discographical tangle, two of the songs ("Emmett Till" and "Ballad of Donald White") were officially released on Broadside Reunion, although these weren't actually cut for Broadside. Taken together, the cuts on this CD catch Dylan in his hardcore folky phase, at a time when the songs were just beginning to pour from his pen like sugar through an hourglass. It's not the easiest listen, however, because the fidelity is very uneven, varying from acceptable major-label studio quality to ragged and, well, bootleg-ish, in the bad sense of that term. In addition, the performances are not always optimum, sometimes breaking down or stumbling; for Dylan and others, it should be remembered, the Broadside sessions were often used as a way of getting a composition down on tape in any form for reference, and not as a commercial or polished rendition. Also, the songwriting itself varies widely in quality, from "Blowin' in the Wind" (the sole unreleased performance from the WBAI session) to some of his least impressive topical numbers, like "Talkin' Devil." This material is mostly of interest for several compositions that did not make it onto his official releases in any form, like "Train a-Travelin'," "Cuban Missile Crisis," and "I'd Hate to Be You on That Dreadful Day," although none of these are memorable; there are also unreleased versions of some of his most obscure numbers, like "Walkin' Down the Line," "Playboys and Playgirls," and "Paths of Victory."

Capping the disc is a poor-fidelity version of "Only a Pawn in Their Game" sung by Dylan at the 1963 Washington Civil Rights March. If for some reason this CD was the only rare and unreleased Dylan from the early '60s available, it would be of immense historical interest. As it is, it's only of historical interest for committed Dylan scholars, particularly as there are far superior bootlegs of unreleased material from this same period available, such as The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Outtakes and the 1961 tapes he made in an apartment in Minneapolis.      - allmusic.com

Tracklist
1Ballad Of Donald White
2The Death Of Emmett Till
3Blowin' In The Wind
4I'd Hate To Be You On That Dreadful Day
5Oxford Town
6Paths Of Victory
7Walkin' Down The Line
8Playboys And Playgirls
9Talkin' Devil
10Farewell
11Masters Of War
12Let Me Die In My Footsteps
13Only A Hobo
14John Brown
15I Shall Be Free
16Train A-Travelin'
17Cuban Missile Crisis
18Only A Pawn In Their Game
19Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Bob Dylan - Broadside - Broadside Show And Sessions (1962 - 1963)
(192 kbps, cover art included)

Sonntag, 7. Dezember 2014

Quilapayun - DT 64 Single (1975)


Quilapayún is a folk music group from Chile and among the longest lasting and most influential ambassadors of the Nueva Canción Chilena movement.

Formed in Chile during the mid-1960s, the group became inseparable with the revolution that occurred in the popular music of the country under the "Unitad Popular" ("Popular Unity") Government of Salvador Allende. Since its formation and during its forty-year history - both in Chile and during its lengthy period of exile in France - the group has seen modifications to its personnel lineup and the subject and content of its work.

The GDR label Amiga released this single in the "DT 64 Polit-Song" series. This series refers to the last "Deutschlandtreffen der Jugend für Frieden und Völkerfreundschaft" in the year 1964 in East-Berlin.

"Bourgeois society wants art to be another factor contributing to social alienation, we artists should transform it into a revolutionary weapon, until the contradiction that actually exists between art and society finally comes to pass. This surpassing is called revolution and its motor and fundamental agent is the working class. Our group, loyal to the ideals of Luis Emilio Recabarren, sees its work as a continuation of what has already been achieved by many other popular/folk artists. This side of the trenches has been occupied by artists whose names are forever linked to the revolutionary struggle of our people: the first Luis Emilio Recabarren, the latest: Violeta Parra and Pablo Neruda. The example they have given us is the light that guides us."
— Quilapayún (1969)

Tracks:
A: Quilapayun - Tio Caiman (Onkel Krokodil)
B: Quilapayun - El alma Ilena de banderas (Eine Seele voller Fahnen)

Quilapayun - DT 64 Single (1975)
(192 kbps, cover art included)

Freitag, 5. Dezember 2014

Bob Dylan - Studs Terkel´s Wax Museum (1963)

On the morning of April 25 1963, directly after the conclusion of his final Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album session, Bob journeyed to Chicago for a live club appearance and a radio interview. The gig, on the evening of the same day, was at a newly opened club called The Bear, in which manager Albert Grossman was a partner. But the primary reason for the 700-mile excursion west was for Dylan to appear on a radio show the following evening, hosted by the extraordinary Studs Terkel.
Capturing the entire broadcast, during which Dylan is questioned and discusses with Studs his thoughts and ideas behind both the songs he performs and others he had written by this juncture, this CD contains a legendary event during which a 21 year old Bob Dylan also performs full acoustic versions of 7 self penned numbers.
Across just over an hour of airtime, Studs and Bob chat like old friends as Dylan is prompted towards playing certain tracks from his then fairly slim body of work, but comes up trumps by pulling songs not just from his imminent second record, but including one from the album after that and showcasing 3 songs that wouldn’t see the light of day on record until the 1990s.
Serving both as a historic document of a little known event in the career of a true musical icon, but also as a wholly enjoyable listening experience that stands up to numerous repeat listens.

The 1963 Terkel performance and interview is a must have for any serious collector. Bob has come into his own as a performer even at this early date. The songs are well done, and Bob's wit shines through on the interview.

Bob Dylan - Studs Terkel´s Wax Museum (1963)
(192 kbps, cover art incuded)

Mittwoch, 3. Dezember 2014

Bob Dylan - Folksingers Choice - Cynthia Gooding Radio Show, February 1962

PhotobucketThis is a true not-to-be-missed gem. It belongs in every Bob Dylan fan's collection.

The recording was made in February 1962. The date of March 11, 1962 is listed on the cover, though this is most likely a re-broadcast date. The original radio show broadcast could have been as early as February.

History is a bit fuzzy here. This long lost radio show is in perfect quality. It is complete with wonderful live-on-the-spot renditions of the above traditional and Dylan songs, as well as fascinating conversation with a young, as yet undiscovered talent.

Bob relates, hilariously, the eponymous title of his soon to be released first LP, and so much more. There is conversation in-between each song that is priceless. All in all, one of the best boots ever to emerge.


Tracks:
Lonesome Whistle Blues
Fixin' To Die
Smokestack Lightning
Hard Travelin'
Death Of Emmett Till
Standing On The Highway
Roll On John (Misidentified as "Long John")
Stealin'
Long Time Man Feel Bad
Baby Please Don't Go
Hard Times In New York

Bob Dylan - Folksingers Choice - Cynthia Gooding Radio Show, February 1962

Dienstag, 2. Dezember 2014

Bob Dylan - Possum Belly Overalls (Bootleg, 1969/70)

The sound quality on this bootleg is very good. Most of the 1970 material is available through the CBS Studios Reference Recording archives. It was produced by Bob Johnson. This session also produced the "If Not For You" version that was released on the official  "The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3". Produced by Bob Johnson as well, this session was three days after the "Nashville Skyline" LP was recorded in the same studio, with different musicians. The cover art is from a very rare 1973 Japanese CBS / Sony 7" vinyl single release of "A Fool Such As I b/w Lily Of The West". It was drawn by Japanese artist Nov Yabuki.

Tracks:

Nashville, 1969:
Ghost Riders In The Sky
Cupid
All I Have To Do Is Dream
Gates Of Eden
I Threw It All Away
I Don't Believe You
Matchbox (Carl Perkins)
Your True Love (Carl Perkins)
Las Vegas Blues +
Fishing Blues (fragment) (Henry Thomas)
Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

New York, 1970:
Song To Woody
Mama You Been On My Mind *
Don't Think Twice [inst]*
Yesterday (Lennon/McCartney) *
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues *
Da Doo Ron Ron (Barry/Spector)*
One Too Many Mornings [inst]*
One Too Many Mornings *
Bonus:
Folsom Prison Blues (J. Cash)
Ring Of Fire (Carter/Kilgore)

The 1969 material includes:
Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Billy Wotten (guitars) Marshall Grant (bass)
W.S. Holland (drums).

The 1970 sessions include:
George Harrison (guitar)
Charlie Daniels (bass & backing vocals)
Billy Mundi (drums)
*Bob Johnson (piano)

+ It is unknown whether this spontaneous Dylan song is copyrighted. The working title is also unknown.
Björner refers to it as Telephone Wire
Krogsgaard calls it Las Vegas Blues
Heylin uses the title When’s My Swamp Gonna Catch Fire?

Source / Venue:
CBS Studio Nashville, TN May 3, 1969
CBS Studio B, NYC May 1, 1970
Bonus:
Columbia Records Studio, Nashville, TN May 3, 1969

Bob Dylan - Possum Belly Overalls (Bootleg, 1969/70)
(192 kbps, cover art included)