Sunday, July 29, 2007
MOG Post: 07/29/2007
Artist: Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers
Album: Hear Those New Southern Fiddle & Guitar Records
Go back 100-years with this traditional: somewhere in the olde countrie withe the hobbits mate (ye olde Ozarks). Cite the 1920s perhaps for some music..like Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers. Earlier really, with refs to English folk songs from the 19th Century. I guess we should really attribute the opera called The Kingdom of the Birds by Thomas D'Urfey.
...1720 probably by some guy drinkin' jolly-water and hangin' out with locals and talkin to the critters in a happy stupor! :p
Moof Moof ~On the GNU Hurd kernel, the error message "Computer bought the farm" has the error code EIEIO
Bless and Rest In Peace, Jim Henson
Friday, July 27, 2007
MOG Post: 7/27/2007
Artist: George Harrison
Album: Awaiting On You All
(The Best Of The 'All Things Must Pass' Session-Outtakes)
Track: "I Live For You"
It's obvious my affection for Beatles. They've made me into the music aficionado that (I think) I am, and they are a great barometer for much of my tastes. As much as I think I know (and admire) John Lennon, I believe I would have much preferred to hang out with George Harrison. He's my kind of thinker/ philosopher/ musician (like sussing out reefer while making his first visit to Elvis Presley's house)! His 1970 triple album, All Things Must Pass, is an incredible release of creative muse. He just blossomed without Lennon & McCartney hovering over him. This is an album that I would want to be stranded on an island with - I have never tired of listening to the beautiful melodies or insightful lyrics (or the killer extended jams on Disk 3). Wassonii just shared a wonderful recording on his MOG page by Pete Drake. Drake was all over Harrison's album with his amazing pedal steel guitar, "Ol' Goldie".
Coincidentally, Drake played steel guitar on five of Elvis' movie soundtracks ... just maybe ... it was Pete that George met and smoked funky jazz cigarettes with in Elvis' green room)! When I heard these demo takes by Pete - I went immediately to the album and sussed out the (numerous) pedal steel tracks. Some of the most pretty sounds are on the song "I Live For You". George gave us a reissue of that song with a bonus track on the 2001 re-issue of All Things Must Pass. This track here is slightly different - taken from Awaiting On You All, a great alternative release that pulls the real George Harrison out of the Phil Spector production. Let It Roll!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
MOG Post: 7/26/2007
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Album: Rock & Roll Circus
Track: "Yer Blues - (with The Dirty Mac)"
Hello Mog! I bring you swinging London from the late 60s: John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchell - The Dirty Mac. This amazing little combo got together for The Rolling Stones' Rock And Roll Circus on December 11-12, 1968. "Yer Blues" was recorded just five months earlier for the white album The Beatles on August 13, 1968 (14 Fab takes that day). The Beatles were filming the dreary scenes of Let It Be during December, so when The Stones concocted the haphazard circus in nearby Intertel TV Studios in Wembley, it seemed natural that Mick & Keith invite John & Yoko over for the party. There are reviews aplenty to read on this made-for-tv event that was never televised. I recommend you read both David Dalton reviews: the first RS review in March 1970 and the re-write for the CD re-issue in 1995. The Rolling Stone reporter experienced the true (loony) timeline for those 2 intense days.
This is the first performance out of the Fab for Lennon, with a nascent band that we would see a year later at Live Peace in Toronto. Heroin awash with a bag(ism) ready, this is a deeply visceral John inside his thinning jean jacket and iconic Epiphone. Right here is the pinnacle of this man's royalty in the rock scene. Right here is a caged and angry person going through some huge internal releases and emotional changes ... baring it all to us. Negative things and pain are perfect grist for blues musicians. What better scene than this could Lennon have found to cry out that he hates his rock'n'roll ..... ?
Dirty Mac itself is a very interesting quick-choice for a group name, perhaps highlighting an understated bitterness with Paul McCartney. This track also has a lot of undertones with Eric Clapton's presence. He's going through rough times too after the Cream breakup. His position next to John (EG: George Harrison) makes for a lot more blues here. John had later invited Eric to actually finish a Beatle album when they were having a row with George for a time. Given as well the close relationship that Clapton had with Harrison - this performance is truly at an amazing point in time. Everybody's guitar monkey weeps here with nothing to hide.
It's nice to see Mitch Mitchell stepping out and providing that great jazzy style of his - he's a great compliment and his tight snare fills are awesome (he's not buried behind Jimi's wall of Marshall amps for a change). Keith Richards rounds out the group nicely with his ice-pick rhythm, plunking the bass lines on the hi-end. Yoko is at John's feet in a bag, ready to spring her avante-garde wail on the next tune with violinist Ivry Gitlis, "Whole Lotta Yoko". (A little connection to the brand new supergroup Led Zeppelin perhaps)? It's all too much!
I've hearkened a lot to John's 1970 Plastic Ono Band album. I think that's my favorite album because of the rawness of the emotions and the baring of such soul. All of the tumult of the times since Sgt. Pepper had climaxed and he closed it all like a book. All that hair we can see him growing from 1967 through his Rishikesh visits through Abbey Road and Jamrag - fresh cut and revealing so much. Cold Turkey - under a big grand tree with his soul-mate Yoko. Reality.
Forty sweet years for the life of Lennon. In such an expressive cauldron of pain and bitterness - some amazingly beautiful things happened. Remember, this is the same man who wrote "All You Need is Love".
Alternate take / multi-view
Saturday, July 14, 2007
MOG post: 7/14/2007
Artist: John Lennon
Album:The John Lennon Anthology [Box]
Track: "The Rishi Kesh Song"
The magic's in the mantra...
Indeed. I share this at the request of a great friend who said I should check out this cool MOG community. I hope a nice start - enjoy. John Lennon from the too-short time when he picked the guitar back up and began producing the Double Fantasy album.