Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Monday Night at the Cantab Lounge August 8, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016  Cantab Lounge

 9:43 pm - getting ready for Open Mic

Eddy White  "I Wanna Be Sedated"
https://youtu.be/QOGS16wT0Vg

Thom Perry

Charles Berthoud  What a Wonderful World
https://youtu.be/SyQKyvXX6YQ




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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

SUICIDE SQUAD - a Film Review by Joe Viglione August 2, 2016


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IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, JOIN 'EM

DC COMICS EMULATES MARVEL AND IT IS A WINNER

Film review by Joe Viglione

     Even the detested Ben Affleck's presence can't hurt this exquisitely sadistic, ultra violent "metahuman" (DC comics word for mutants one would think) flick, Suicide Squad.  And any hope that they kill off Affleck somewhere in the enhanced military program is pushed aside in the "bonus track" after the credits where he and Viola Davis have a little tête-à-tête.  The film does include the funeral of Superman and – in what could have been a eulogy for DC Comics attempts to get it right in the world of superhero moviemaking (outside of Christian Bale's wonderfully developed Batman Begins trilogy which resurrected a franchise that had already bit the dust time after time ) - by not just emulating but pretty much copying Marvel/Disney - is actually a jump start that was desperately needed  in light of the debacle that was Batman vs Superman.  

    "Borrowing" Norman Greenbaum's classic song for the soundtrack from Guardians of the Galaxy just one case-in-point.  Even funnier is that a 2014 website begs for "Ballroom Blitz" by the Sweet to show up in Guardians 2 and -  lo and behold, here it is in the trailer of Suicide Squad.   Hollywood has always been clever about stealing ideas   (The Thirteenth Floor same time and same theme as the Matrix just one glaring example) but here this intentional cloning process is just what the doctor ordered. What transpires with constant (and welcome) tongue-in-cheek humor is a very dark descent into the Avengers/Guardians worlds, only with that unique, slightly altered tinge that separated DC from Marvel when both comic book titans were going at it in the 1960s.  Those 60's comics and their stories contrasted remarkably with similar characters having similar powers.  Here El Diablo (played by Jay Hernandez) is the evil doppelganger of Marvel's Human Torch ...but he – Diablo – “only” burned his wife and children to death in a rage.  Just one of the murderous crew that have no reason to live, an exaggeration of the old “Dirty Dozen” movie where cons were recruited to fight with the good guys. And we all know how that turned out for the FBI and Whitey Bulger in real life.   If you think there's too much violence on the screen these days, do not take the young ones to a film named Suicide Squad, for when it comes to criminals and their ultra-ugly crimes, it's much worse than the title suggests

Along with being Will Smith's redemption movie after after after the forgotten (at least Will Smith hopes) After Earth, relative newcomer Margot Robbie (me Tarzan, you Jane, the Wolf of Wall Street) is despicably delightful ramping it up with one-liners that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger blush.  Jared Leto of rock band 30 Seconds to Mars fame is a marvelous Joker.  No one can fill Heath Ledger's shoes, Ledger giving a thespian template with one of the greatest acting jobs of all time in The Dark Knight, even more so when juxtaposed with his other chameleon-like performances, so Leto craftily takes his Joker into a different, but equally chilling/psychotic dimension.  Leto plays it with the flair of an unhinged xtra-deranged psychopath, never knowing if he is going to kiss his gal pal "Harlequin" and/or Haley Quinn, or stab her.

    Joel Kinnaman playing Rick Flagg (oh how Captain America,) Scott Eastwood as Lieutenant GQ Edwards - both components of a huge cast under the direction of veteran scriptwriter David Ayer.  The product looks like it will translate into a huge winner for DC / Warner Brothers, though on paper the Ayer choice is most strange as the 35 million dollar Sabotage (2014 film) he directed was a huge bomb for both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington (bringing in about 17 million worldwide...eeek! - the film was not THAT bad!) and here Ayer is entrusted with a 175 million dollar budget just two years later  to both write and direct.  The always reliable Viola Davis as Amanda Waller is as determined - and deadly - as Tommy Lee Jones in last week's Jason Bourne. Diabolically determined without super powers.

     And despite the bizarre choice of a villain, and the ultra-esoteric nature of that evil entity (here we go again, Avengers, Fantastic Four, the bane of a film is not to have a handle on a great Heath Ledger-styled Joker villain, though the Avengers overcame that through sheer force of the popularity of the heroes - a rare instance,) Suicide Squad emerges as a sleeper coming at a critical time in DC's attempt to match Marvel in the high stakes film game of billion-dollar money-making.  The dodged a bullet here and topped out.  If you can't beat Marvel, join 'em, the sincerest form of flattery which should deliver at the box office. It certainly delivers on the screen. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ronnie Spector @ TCAN 11/19, Yardbirds in Beverly, 11/20, Lez Zeppelin in Somerville 11/20, 11/21


Concert Roundup - Wednesday, 11/18/15
for Joe Vig's Pop Explosion on
http://bostonfreeradio.com   1 pm - 3 pm
Nov. 18, 2015 radio show

Ronnie Spector at TCAN November 19, 2015

Ronettes on Jimi Hendrix's Earth Blues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W054gK7oPo0








http://www.allmusic.com/album/dangerous-1976-1987-mw0000055936

Ronnie Spector at TCAN on Thursday night 11/19/15 AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione [-]



http://www.allmusic.com/album/siren-mw0000850407
There are many extraordinary things about Ronnie Spector's Siren album. It was conceived and produced by the legendary Genya Ravan (aka Goldie Zelcowicz) of one of the first all-girl bands, Goldie & the Gingerbreads. It has a street feel much like Ronnie Spector's solo concerts over the years. Members of Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers, the Dead Boys, and Mink DeVille must have been honored to appear on this, and the musical integrity and heart is there, for sure. The problem here was the timing. The new wave was just cresting with Willie Alexander, producer/singer Genya Ravan, Ian Hunter, Mink DeVille, the Shirts, and so many others releasing substantial records that mainstream radio turned its back on. And here's the classic '60s voice which ruled on Top 40 for five hit records in


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Ronnie Spector 11/19/15 at TCAN in Natick AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione [-]

Here's her cousin, Nedra Ross of The Ronettes
http://www.allmusic.com/album/full-circle-mw0000892548

Full Circle is a difficult album by Nedra Ross, formerly of the Ronettes. On one hand, she gave up show business for the Lord, yet show business is the biggest selling point here -- the information about Ross' time with the legendary girl group, a reprint of an article from the November 1968 Ebony magazine, a photo of Ross with Ronette Estelle Bennett and Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison, a reprint of the "Be My Baby" disc label -- all on the inner sleeve. If the Lord is displeased with the borderline deceptive advertising, He may be less pleased with the music inside, as Ross and her producer/husband Scott create an album with less inspiration than her God-given talents deserve. "Gonna Keep My Mind (Stayed on You" is a funky Chaka Khan-type tune with religious overtones. 


RONNIE SPECTOR BIO

Ronnie Spector's Bio - originally on AMG
Sat, 2 Nov 2002 12:13:31 -0800 (PST)
From:"Joey Viglione"

RONNIE SPECTOR Biography


Ronnie Spector's stardom effectively began when "Be My Baby" exploded on radio at summer's end in 1963. Her voice could cut through the quagmire of eventual husband Phil Spector's wall of sound with a unique timbre and charm that has made her a revered figure among pop musicians and a cult heroine adored by the underground rockers. Born in Spanish Harlem to Louis and Beatrice Bennett, Veronica had the distinction of being the girl her historic band would be named after. It's an important point often lost in the shuffle of rock history. The group was not called the Estellettes after sister Estelle Bennett nor titled The Nedrettes for cousin Nedra Ross, and not even the Spectorettes for the man who overshadowed the work of all the acts he produced, there was only one name possible and that was The Ronettes. Ronnie released a three hundred page plus biography in 1990, Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness or My Life As A Fabulous Ronette. Co-written with Vince Waldren it gives the world her story from her point of view.

    Her autobiography says that Phil Spector wanted to call her Veronica but that she was given the name Ronnie Spector by John Lennon and George Harrison in 1971, convincing their mutual producer it was a better stage name. Thus, the singer was given a moniker that has stayed with her in the decades following the hits that made her famous, but a name not associated with those hits. An artist like Cat Stevens can change his name to Yusuf Islam, but d.j.s still refer to that performer by his former title, while "Be My Baby" has become "Ronnie Spector's tune", the name change appropriate and
fitting as she, like Tina Turner and The Righteous Brothers, were able to step out of the omnipotent shadow of producer Phil. Her musical work on Colpix and Dimension records before Phil Spector produced his future wife, the five Top 40
hits and fabulous Christmas recordings that made her a household name, and her relationship prior to her 1968 marriage to the record producer which kept her from
participating in the 1966 final tour by The Beatles, are all essential elements of her story, but it is Ronnie Spector's attitude and voice that took that all important genre known as "Girl Groups" to another level, to a higher level. There were The Chiffons and The Shangri-Las and The Shirelles}, The Toys, The Jelly Beans and The Marvelettes, but Ronnie Spector was the first (a few months before The Supremes ) to carve an identity that made the lead singer synonymous with her band. 

The Supremes, and Diana Ross especially, owe much to Ronnie's stance and persona. Yes, Goldie & The Gingerbreads were issuing that subtle angst in Europe but without someone like Phil Spector's guidance to bring them to the transistor radios of America they remained cult heroines. The eventual teaming of Genya Ravan a.k.a. Goldie of The Gingerbreads as the producer of Ronnie for 1980's underground classic Siren lp made that disc as vital historically as it was musically. Veronica said of Ravan in her book "Genya was a strong producer who knew what she wanted, just like Phil." 

    But Ronnie also indicated that she didn't like the new wave/underground rock direction Genya put her in. However, in another testament to Ravan's industry insight, the sound which the former singer of Ten Wheel Drive also gave to The Dead Boys and her own Urban Desire album was at and on the cutting edge, finding the audience Ronnie has played to for over two decades after the Siren album was released. That alternative rock crowd embraced her as more than a princess, as the Queen of the Underground. When she performs the tune Billy Joel wrote in her honor, "Say Goodbye To Hollywood}, she rocks with the best of them. When Joey Ramone produced her She Talks To Rainbows EP featuring Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arm Around A Memory" and "Don't Worry Baby", the tune Brian Wilson wrote before Billy Joel was inspired by The Ronettes, it verifies conclusively that Genya Ravan had insight to the market that would embrace girl group pioneers.

     On records with The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Eddy Money, and so many others, included in film soundtracks to Good‬ Fellas, Mean‬ Streets, Just‬ One Of The Guys, Quadrophenia‬ and many more, Ronnie Spector's influence and sound continues to have a positive ripple effect throughout the music industry.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera



Ian Anderson, In Concert, November 5, 2015

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyWbLyMwo8Q

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JETHRO TULL:  THE ROCK OPERA
REVIEW BY JOE VIGLIONE

      In the theater where we Bostonians caught many a film, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969, “Diamonds Are Forever” after that,  how appropriate that the seminal seventies group, Jethro Tull, morphs into a three-pronged multi-media event here at what is now the Wang Center.  The Rock Opera, is, of course, also a ock Concert and an onscreen film with an added fourth dimension, the original lead singer narrating and performing alongside, inside and throughout the presentation.   Always ahead of the curve Ian Anderson isn’t content for a band to play with the holograms of Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin …with an idea that the Beatles will go from Cirque de Soleil to the hologram circuit as well – Anderson presents a living, breathing human being turning the tables on the hollow digital heading towards us like the big old train on the screen in “Locomotive Breath.”
    With Jethro Tull’s publicist on the phone before the show I noted “all these gray-haired people with Tull shirts on were probably at the half dozen or so Jethro Tull concerts I attended in the 1970s – Thick as a Brick, Passion Play, Bungle in the Jungle from War Child. Let’s call it a class reunion, of sorts, with the eloquent personality and his flute that we have followed for the better part of five decades.
    My old pal Buddy Guy was playing next door at the Wilbur Theater, Steve Miller Band performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, a rather big night for classic rock in Massachusetts, in Boston proper. And let’s be honest here, all three artists have their material and their performance skills down pat, this is the fine wine presenting a new episode of their artistry in the middle of the second decade of the new millennium.
 

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Burton Cummings, 8 PM tonight Saturday October 3, 2015 Berklee Performance Center

LIVE TONIGHT - October 3, 2015

BURTON CUMMINGS speaks with rock journalist Joe Vig
July 2012 at the Boston Esplanade

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LIVE TONIGHT - October 3, 2015

BURTON CUMMINGS speaks with rock journalist Joe Vig
July 2012 at the Boston Esplanade

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You Tube interview
Burton Cummings and Joe Viglione July 2012

     Burton Cummings is one of the great live acts touring in 2015, his voice as strong as it was in the 1960s and 1970s when his hits ruled the Top 40 alongside the Beatles, Chicago, the Rolling Stones and other major acts of the day.   "These Eyes" and "Laughing" hit the charts in 1969 prior to Gary DeCarlo and Steam knocking the Beatles out of #1 in December when "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Good Bye" took over for "Something" / "Come Together" in the top spot.  Come 1970 the Guess Who exploded with "No Time" beginning a legacy that forty five years later is a musical gift that truly keeps on giving, the music of Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman and the Guess Who.

Let's take a random look at some of my AllMusic.com reviews of the Guess Who and Burton Comings:

WHEATFIELD SOUL



Wheatfield Soul  
AllMusic Review by
The album is Jack Richardson's excellent production of Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings' music played by this particular four-piece unit, which Peter Clayton's liner notes claim were together "for three years when they cut this album in late 1968." The naïve sound of Cummings' voice on the album tracks is charming, but the hit "These Eyes" has that authority which the band would repeat on diverse chart songs like "No Time," "American Woman," and even "Star Baby" further down the road. "Pink Wine Sparkles in the Glass" is a precursor to "New Mother Nature," but the solo Cummings composition "I Found Her in a Star" is very nice Guess Who-style pop that their fans adore. "Friends of Mine" is a strange one, though, ten minutes and three seconds of Burton Cummings imitating Jim Morrison, not just Morrison, but the copping of his vocal riffs straight from "When the Music's Over." This is a band stretching and searching for direction, and rather than hit you with hard Randy Bachman assaults which were a welcome addition to future long-players by this group, as well as Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Wheatfield Soul concentrates on Brit-pop and experimental songs. Randy Bachman's "A Wednesday in Your Garden" is British rock meets jazz, and is one of the LP's most interesting numbers.

http://www.allmusic.com/album/wheatfield-soul-mw0000199923
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THESE EYES
Song Review by
The Guess Who

These Eyes

Composed by Burton Cummings / Randy Bachman

Some songs and performances have that in-the-pocket "magic," and "These Eyes" by the Guess Who is such a recording. Sung by Burton Cummings, who replaced pianist Bob Ashley in Chad Allan & the Expressions a year after the group hit with "Shakin' All Over," his distinctive voice would become the cornerstone of the band's sound. The innovative piano pauses which begin the song, along with the restrained guitar through echo, lay the groundwork for Burton Cumming's career-making performance on what became the band's true "breakthrough" 45. A premier love song of broken love, it is Randy Bachman/Burton Cummings collaborating on a masterpiece. Jack Richardson's production is sublime, Jim Kale's bass speaking volumes, doing most of the work while allowing the spaces to be filled in by strings and drums. That the Guess Who didn't want to release this first because it was a ballad is ludicrous in retrospect as it is the most cohesive work on the band's RCA label debut, the Wheatfield Soul album. the Guess Who's vast catalog contains album rock classics, but this remains the band's only true love-song "standard."

http://www.allmusic.com/song/these-eyes-mt0010074346

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The Guess Who

Friends of Mine   Composed by Chris White  ???        


FRIENDS OF MINE

The genius of Jim Morrison and the Doors was their ability to hold the audience's attention for the full duration of extended trips like this. Iron Butterfly, Rare Earth, and even Jethro Tull all overdid their self-indulgent moments. Where the Velvet Underground leveled the White Light/White Heat album with 17-plus minutes of the riveting "Sister Ray," plowing through most of side two of that record with intuitive abandon, the Guess Who seem more intent on just screwing around and emulating. Sky Saxon had the right sensibilities on the live Seeds album, but with a golden opportunity to go that route at their turning point, the Guess Who fall flat, and "Friends of Mine" takes up too much time on a classic album by one of rock's great pop groups.

http://www.allmusic.com/song/friends-of-mine-mt0010074339



LIVE TONIGHT - October 3, 2015

BURTON CUMMINGS speaks with rock journalist Joe Vig
July 2012 at the Boston Esplanade

THE GUESS WHO #10


THE GUESS WHO #10
http://www.allmusic.com/album/10-mw0000846052

Joe Viglione

 But this is Cummings in total control, and the album is consistently good despite his tendency toward self-indulgence. Jack Richardson's guiding hand does not get enough credit for keeping this crew on the straight and narrow. "Glamour Boy" is a brilliant poke at the glam of T. Rex, Mott the Hoople, and RCA's own labelmates for the Guess Who, Lou Reed and David Bowie. It is the only song on this album to be included on The Best of the Guess Who, Vol. 2. Though Cummings dominates this outing, writing and co-writing the majority of the tunes, the Bachman replacements have adjusted to the post-Bachman era, one example being "Cardboard Empire" by bassist Bill Wallace and guitarist Kurt Winter, which shows real style. On that particular tune, a Jefferson Airplane-like hook and Cummings' voice are joined by stunning guitar solos.

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ROCKIN'  the Guess Who
http://www.allmusic.com/album/rockin-mw0000844866

As an artistic statement it's all very interesting, but for a band whose bread and butter was the Top 40, this stuff tempts fate a bit too much. Along with the musical about-face, this is also the darkest Guess Who album, featuring a black-and-white cover and a black-and-white gatefold, and when the band's not back in the past, pre-color TV, they are doing boogie-woogie like "Get Your Ribbons On" or going negative with "Guns, Guns, Guns." "Guns, Guns, Guns" does have a terrific melody (though you'll swear Aerosmith nicked from this one as well),



Rockin

http://www.allmusic.com/album/rockin-mw0000844866
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FLAVOURS  THE GUESS WHO

http://www.allmusic.com/album/flavours-mw0000843050


AllMusic Review by  [-]
http://www.allmusic.com/album/flavours-mw0000843050


Flavours was the first of the final two official Guess Who albums from the 1970s, and yet another change in direction, despite the band getting chart action with the previous Road Food disc. After more than a two-and-a-half-year absence on the Top 40, and four albums all containing some material that should have become very popular, Burton Cummings shook up the proceedings at this critical juncture where pop success had returned to the storied band. Journeyman guitarist Domenic Troiano, who actually played on Randy Bachman's first album away from the band he co-founded, 1970's Axe, listed there as a Don Troiano, is the sole guitarist here, following Don McDougal, Kurt Winter, and Greg Leskiw in attempt to fill Bachman's shoes. Yes, Cummings having a true collaborator gave the nine songs here and nine tunes on Power in the Music that concise presentation found on the Canned Wheat and American Woman albums, but once again there's a distinct lack of angst, Troiano complementing rather than battling with the lead singer. "Dancin' Fool" went Top 30 at the end of 1974, but there was the enormous attention garnered by "Star Baby" and "Clap for the Wolfman," evidence that the band was showing signs of AM radio life again.
AllMusic Review by  [-]
Flavours was the first of the final two official Guess Who albums from the 1970s, and yet another change in direction, despite the band getting chart action with the previous Road Food disc. After more than a two-and-a-half-year absence on the Top 40, and four albums all containing some material that should have become very popular, Burton Cummings shook up the proceedings at this critical juncture where pop success had returned to the storied band. Journeyman guitarist Domenic Troiano, who actually played on Randy Bachman's first album away from the band he co-founded, 1970's Axe, listed there as a Don Troiano, is the sole guitarist here, following Don McDougal, Kurt Winter, and Greg Leskiw in attempt to fill Bachman's shoes. Yes, Cummings having a true collaborator gave the nine songs here and nine tunes on Power in the Music that concise presentation found on the Canned Wheat and American Woman albums, but once again there's a distinct lack of angst, Troiano complementing rather than battling with the lead singer. "Dancin' Fool" went Top 30 at the end of 1974, but there was the enormous attention garnered by "Star Baby" and "Clap for the Wolfman," evidence that the band was showing signs of AM radio life again.


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The Way They Were
http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-way-they-were-mw0000462495




AllMusic Review by  [-]
Seven titles recorded at RCA Studios in Chicago during the spring of 1970, produced by Jack Richardson, were abandoned when Randy Bachman and the Guess Who with Burton Cummings went their separate ways. What resulted was a solo instrumental album by Bachman entitled Axe and the Share the Land album by the group. This title, The Way They Were, is now being dismantled by BMG and disseminated as bonus tracks on the Buddah re-releases of Guess Who catalog product. Canned Wheat has the songs "Silver Bird" and "Species Hawk," although in a bizarre twist, the original pressings of the re-release lists "Miss Frizzy" instead of "Species Hawk." The rare disc is worth keeping, for obvious reasons, but Buddah in 2001 will replace it for those who want the official release with the proper track listing. The Share the Land album contains "Palmyra" and "The Answer" as its bonus tracks. It's a shame. This is a decent album and deserves its place in Guess Who history. Although there is no "hit" here on the level of the Guess Whos' "Share the Land" or BTO's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" or Burton Cummings' first solo hit "Stand Tall," the addition of these tunes to albums other than Share the Land is a bit misleading.  Tall," the addition of these tunes to albums other than Share the Land is a bit misleading.

http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-way-they-were-mw0000462495
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ARTIFICIAL PARADISE
http://www.allmusic.com/album/artificial-paradise-mw0000840046


AllMusic Review by  
Artificial Paradise may be the most consistent album project by the post-Randy Bachman Guess Who, a solid offering of strong melodies, superb production, and focused artistic vision. It is also one of the group's more obscure offerings; a small fortune was obviously spent on the gratuitous and excessive packaging which says absolutely nothing and probably did much to sink this fine effort. Surprisingly, Burton Cummings only writes two titles on his own, contributing to four others by his current bandmates. Winter, Wallace, and McDougal actually get a freer songwriting reign on this ten-track release and it harkens back to the initial success of the Share the Land album, the first project where the new members explored, blending their musical skills.
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http://www.allmusic.com/album/power-in-the-music-mw0000843004

AllMusic Review by
http://www.allmusic.com/album/power-in-the-music-mw0000843004
AllMusic Review by  [-]
When Burton Cummings was looking to change the sound of the Guess Who, he partnered up with Domenic Troiano for 1974's Flavours and this 1975 conclusion to this phase of the group, Power in the Music. Self-indulgence pervades the proceedings, with Cummings rewriting history. "When the Band Was Singing (Shakin' All Over)" is a perfect example of a song that could have but doesn't. Gone are the magic guitar lines of "Share the Land" and the intensity of "These Eyes." Jack Richardson's production along with engineer Brian Christian's pristine sound set the table, but Cummings and Troiano give the world appetizers instead of a main course. Richardson and drummer Garry Peterson are the only holdovers here with Cummings; latter-day bassist Bill Wallace is not allowed to contribute to the songwriting, though he provided input on six of the ten titles found on 1973's Artificial Paradise, the same number as frontman Cummings on that disc. "Dreams" is brilliant, though, an anomaly,  
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AllMusic Review by  [-]
http://www.allmusic.com/album/all-this-for-a-song-mw0000119261

Doug Yule had no right to put the Velvet Underground name on the U.K. album Squeeze; half of Creedence Clearwater Revival and a fifth of the Cars is not Creedence or the Cars. Veteran bassist Jim Kale certainly has paid his dues. But 1971's Brave Belt with Chad Allen and Randy Bachman had more of a right to use the name than Kale and Don McDougal, McDougal having joined the band in 1972 when Kale left! That being said, how does this album rate on its own? Well, Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman wrote the hits, and sustained a career beyond the Guess Who. Live, this band was a competent cover act (with even more changing faces), but tunes like "C'Mon Little Mama," "Raising Hell on the Prairies," "It's Getting Pretty Bad," even a melody like "That's the Moment," they simply miss the mark. This is a great example of how important the creative force of a star, an egomaniac with great ideas and tons of attitude, is to the construction of important art. This is as much the Guess Who as a bottle of cola is a box of Cheerios.
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AllMusic Review by  [-]
http://www.allmusic.com/album/lonely-one-mw0000175322

When original Guess Who bassist Jim Kale released 1979's All This for a Song along with Don McDougal, who joined the group in 1972, it didn't have the charm or inspiration of Randy Bachman's Brave Belt albums, the precursors to Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Brave Belt also boasted Chad Allan as a member, original focal point for the Guess Who prior to Burton Cummings joining the party. The 1995 version of the group does include the original rhythm section of bassist Jim Kale and drummer Garry Peterson, but all they do is play and provide a name -- Peterson's other contribution is merely a co-write of one of the ten titles, "Rock & Roll Classic," and that is derivative as all get out with a quick reference to "American Woman" and nicks of famous classic rock riffs. It's actually as close to the Guess Who's sound as the band can get. For those looking for a the neo-bubblegum pop of the Guess Who, get ready to be greeted by big-hair '80s arena rock ten years after the fact. This could be Johnny Edwards from King Kobra and the 1991 Foreigner Unusual Heat days on the Razor's Edge, while "Still Feels Like Love" could be Edwards fronting the Commodores on a sequel to their post-Lionel Richie hit, "Nightshift." Please note all the post-heyday versions of bands that this aggregation resembles

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Guess Who REUNION AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione [-]
What's unique about Reunion by the Guess Who is that it brings together the "original" band that found fame with "These Eyes," the quartet that emerged from Chad Allan & the Expressions and ended abruptly in 1970 when they abandoned what became 1976's The Way They Were LP, recorded around the time Randy Bachman taped his Axe solo album. Producer Jack Richardson pines in his liner notes to the 1976 compilation that this foursome was/is his original Guess Who (though he recorded all the acts' RCA discs with the various bandmembers), and that the band "never were again." Well, they say never say "never." Richardson is back producing, and it is Randy Bachman who writes the liner notes and dedicates the album to Chad Allan, Bob Ashley, Kurt Winter, Bill Wallace, Greg Leskiw, Domenic Troiano, and Don McDougal -- the Guess Who alum. Bachman's liner notes explain how the four got back together in January of 1983 for the first time since the split in 1970.
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The Guess Who Live At The Paramount UK vinyl LP album (LP record)
Tracklisting1. Albert Flasher
2. New Mother Nature
3. Glace Bay Blues
4. Runnin' Back To Saskatoon
5. Pain Train
6. American Woman
7. Truckin' Off Across The Sky

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BURTON CUMMINGS LIVE AT MASSEY HALL


  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B009OTZM7O



  • 1. No Sugar Tonight/ New Mother Nature
    2. Albert Flasher
    3. Clap for the Wolfman
    4. Laughing
    5. Guns, Guns, Guns
    6. Stand Tall
    7. Hand Me Down World
    8. Above the Ground
    9. Running Back to Saskatoon
    10. Undun
    11. I M Scared
    12. USA
    13. These Eyes
    14. American Woman
    15. Timeless Love
    16. Star Baby
    17. No Time
    18. Share the Land


    WIKIPEDIA  The Guess Who

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guess_Who




    Wild One - The Guess Who | Songs, Reviews, Credits ...

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    These Eyes - The Guess Who | Song Info | AllMusic

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    Song Review by Joe Viglione [+]. Some songs and performances have that in-the-pocket "magic," and "These Eyes" by the Guess Who is such a recording.


    Axe - Randy Bachman | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

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    AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione [+] ... recorded in June of 1983, featuring Bachman on most of the Guess Who hits, notably the ones he never played on before.


    The Great Fatsby - Leslie West | Songs, Reviews ... - AllMusic

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    Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for The Great Fatsby - Leslie West on AllMusic - 1975 ... AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione [+].


    Shakin' All Over: Guess Who's Chad Allan & the ... - AllMusic

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    Alice Clark - Alice Clark | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

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    Brainbox - Brainbox | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

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    Songs for a Tailor - Jack Bruce | Songs, Reviews ... - AllMusic

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    Domenic Troiano - Domenic Troiano - 1972 - Mercury




    Domenic Troiano
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     The solo debut from guitarist Domenic Troiano came at a time when he was releasing two albums with the James Gang. Charlotte Dillon's biography on the All Media Guide states that this album was initiated prior to his joining the James Gang and completed during that phase of his career. There's a definite Steely Dan feel to the proceedings, especially on "Let Me Go Back," and the first of two compositions co-written with James Gang vocalist Roy Kenner, "Try." The rhythm section for Lou Reed's classic Rock 'n' Roll Animal album, drummer Penti Glan and bassist John Prakash, appear here a year before they would cut the historic live album with guitar heroes Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner. The musicianship is superb, with a loose and funky feel, and the album looks expensive as well. A gatefold with band photos and interesting design, Mercury was no doubt serious about their artist. This was a year before that same label would release Bachman-Turner Overdrive, whose guitarist Troiano would later replace in the Guess Who. This album is distinctive, though, as it shows Troiano in an interesting light and identifies his versatility. Clichés like "The Writings on the Wall" and "Is There No Rest for the Weary" become songs, and the music is more suited to Delaney & Bonnie than the James Gang or the Guess Who. In fact, the elements here do not really show up on his work with Burton Cummings' final two '70s Guess Who LPs, Flavours and Power in the Music, which gives an indication of Troiano's ability to adapt. From the Delaney & Bonnie meets Steely Dan style so prevalent on tracks like "Let Me Go Back" and "I Just Lost a Friend," Troiano concludes the album with an about-face, nine minutes and 40 seconds of "Repossession Blues." It makes for a well-rounded debut by a journeyman who has never really gotten his due. Maybe the bands he played with wanted formula, because allowed to stretch out, the Domenic Troiano album is quite enjoyable and has lots to offer. It's also important to note the co-production work by James Gang producer Keith Olsen came at a time when Olsen was engineering Dr. John for Jerry Wexler. That seems to have had an influence on this project. © Joe Viglione © 2012 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/domenic-troiano-r51512/review
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    Rock Journalist Joe Viglione writes the foreword to Peter Noone's book

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    Carole King Where You Lead

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    References[edit]

    1. Jump up ^ [1] Revised Standard Version
    2. ^ Jump up to: a b Landau, J. (April 29, 1971). "Tapestry". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
    3. ^ Jump up to: a b Perone, J.E. (2006). The Words and Music of Carole King. Praeger. p. 37. ISBN 0275990273. 
    4. ^ Jump up to: a b Viglione, J. "Sister Kate". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
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    The Right Thing to Do - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Millworker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    The Right Thing to Do - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Jump to Lyrics and music - ... is a love song directed to Simon's then husband James Taylor. ... Allmusic critic Joe Viglione and Billboard Magazine both ...


    Music from Free Creek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Joe Viglione from www.allmusic.com has stated that "Music from Free Creek is a super ... Cissy Strut (A. Neville, L. Nocentelli, G. Porter, Jr. and J. Modeliste).


    Angel in Blue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Love Stinks (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Haven't Got Time for the Pain - Wikipedia, the free ...

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    Where You Lead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Allmusic critic Joe Viglione pointed out that Taylor's version has a "totally ... King performed the song with James Taylor on many of the shows on their joint 2010 ...



    Judy's Turn to Cry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    "Judy's Turn to Cry" is a song written by Beverly Ross (who also co-wrote Roy ... Viglione also notes that because both "It's My Party" and "Judy's Turn to Cry" are ...


    Joe V. compared to Lillian Roxon

    The song's instrumentation includes drums and horns.[2] Allmusic critic Joe Viglione describes "Judy's Turn to Cry" as having "a monstrous hook as valuable as 'It's My Party' with violence that may have been inspired by The Crystals pushing the envelope with their withdrawn classic 'He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)'".[2] Viglione also notes that because both "It's My Party" and "Judy's Turn to Cry" are short, both at just under 2:20, and both songs are different from each other, and each starts off with its own identifiable hook, and the choruses are different but the verses tell one continuous story, the two songs could be played on the radio back to back, allowing Gore to sing the entire "soap opera."[2] This song is in the key of D Major, while "It's my Party" is in the key of A Major.[12] Connie Landers sang the two songs back to back on the 2008 album Girls Girls Girls: 1960's Rock N Roll.[13] Author Maury Dean notes that Gore's "crisp soprano uses very sophisticated jazz progressions."[7] Music journalist Lillian Roxon commented that "you could savor every bitchy second of Lesley's triumph with her sequel 'Judy's Turn to Cry.'"[14][15]

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    Hinch hits back at Greer’s Roxon death claims


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    Roxon, the aunt of federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon, served as Fairfax’s New York correspondent for 10 years before a 28-year-old Hinch took over as bureau chief — and Roxon’s boss — in 1972. Hinch, who had arrived in the Big Apple in 1966, was one of the last people to see Roxon alive on the night before her death when he swung by to pick up tickets for a Helen Reddy concert. He later identified her body in the Manhattan morgue.
    Roxon, who was simultaneously writing for the New York Daily News, the Herald and then-Fairfax publication Woman’s Day, as well as compiling her legendary Rock Encyclopedia, had a fatal asthma attack in her East 21st Street apartment on August 10, 1973. She had become the leading chronicler of the city’s nascent underground rock scene based around the infamous Max’s Kansas City bar frequented by Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper.


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    BOOK OF TALIESYN





    Album Features
    UPC:826992022222
    Artist:Deep Purple
    Format:CD
    Release Year:2000
    Record Label:Eagle
    Genre:Hard Rock, Rock & Pop

    Track Listing
    1. Learn, Read On Listen
    2. Hard Road
    3. Kentucky Woman
    4. Exposition/We Can Work It Out
    5. Shield
    6. Anthem
    7. Mountain High River Deep
    8. Oh No No No [Studio Outtake] - (take)
    9. It's All Over [BBC Top Gear Session]
    10. Hey Bop a Re Bop [BBC Top Gear Session]
    11. Wring That Neck [BBC Top Gear Session]
    12. take) Playground [Remixed Instrumental Studio Outtake] - (remix

    Details
    Playing Time:65 min.
    Distributor:Universal Distribution
    Recording Type:Studio
    Recording Mode:Stereo
    SPAR Code:n/a

    Album Notes
    Deep Purple: Rod Evans (vocals); Ritchie Blackmore (guitar); Jon Lord (keyboards); Nicky Simper (bass); Ian Paice (drums).Personnel: Jon Lord (vocals, organ); Nick Simper (vocals, bass guitar); Rod Evans (vocals); Ritchie Blackmore (guitar); Ian Paice (drums).Recording information: De Lane Lea, London (08/1968).Several months after the innovative remake of "You Keep Me Hanging On," England's answer to Vanilla Fudge, was this early version of Deep Purple, which featured vocalist Rod Evans, and bassist Nick Simper, along with mainstays Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice. This, their second album, followed on the heels of "Hush," a dynamic arrangement of a Joe South tune, far removed from the flavor of one of his own hits, "Walk a Mile in My Shoes." Four months later, this album's cover of Neil Diamond's Top 25, 1967 gem "Kentucky Woman," went Top 40 for Deep Purple. Also like Vanilla Fudge, the group's own originals were creative, thought-provoking, but not nearly as interesting as their take on cover tunes. Vanilla Fudge did "Eleanor Rigby," and Deep Purple respond by going inside "We Can Work It Out" -- it falls out of nowhere after the progressive rock jam "Exposition," Ritchie Blackmore's leads zipping in between Rod Evans smooth and precise vocals. As Vanilla Fudge was progressively leaning more towards psychedelia, here Deep Purple are the opposite. The boys claim to be inspired by the Bard of King Arthur's court in Camelot, Taliesyn. John Vernon Lord, under the art direction of Les Weisbrich, paints a superb wonderland on the album jacket, equal to the madness of Hieronymous Bosch's cover painting used for the third album. Originals "The Shield" and "Anthem" make early Syd Barrett Pink Floyd appear punk in comparison. Novel sounds are aided by Lord's dominating keyboards, a signature of this group.Though "The Anthem" is more intriguing than the heavy metal thunder of Machine Head, it is overwhelmed by the majesty of their "River Deep, Mountain High" cover, definitely not the inspiration for the Supremes and Four Tops 1971 hit version. By the time 1972 came around, Deep Purple immersed themselves in dumb lyrics, unforgettable riffs, and a huge presence, much like Black Sabbath. The evolution from progressive to hard rock was complete, but a combination of what they did here -- words that mattered matched by innovative musical passages -- would have been a more pleasing combination. Vanilla Fudge would cut Donovan's "Season of the Witch," Deep Purple followed this album by covering his "Lalena"; both bands abandoned the rewrites their fans found so fascinating. Rod Evans voice was subtle enough to take "River Deep, Mountain High" to places Ian Gillam might have demolished. Some CD reissues contain an additional five tracks. ~ Joe Viglione
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    Comments: I’ve known who Genya Ravan was for years — in fact, I first learned of her, and of this album, when I first began looking up obscure 1972 records, and the Allmusic review by Joe Viglione put it at the top of my wishlist. But I didn’t find it, and didn’t find it, and in the meantime I listened to her 60s girl-group work in Goldie & the Gingerbreads (as Goldie Zelkowitz),


    J. Geils Band

    One Last Kiss