Written by: Matt Wardlaw
Jeff Beck got the cover story treatment in December's issue of Classic Rock Magazine after being named "Living Legend" by the mag. Inside the related interview, Beck spent some time talking about some of the session work that he had done over the years and perhaps unsurprisingly, he's not a big fan of doing it unless it's for someone that he likes.
He says that he's done "loads I disliked," but that playing on "Private Dancer" for Tina Turner was "okay."
"I heard her demo and she was grumbling away, singing in the wrong key, but I did it because of 'River Deep, Mountain High.'"
"I played a pink Jackson guitar and she sang 'Private Dancer' once and 'Steel Claw' once and that was it. Christ, that was swift. I added some screeching guitar and she had her biggest album ever."
It's funny, all of the times that I've heard "Private Dancer," somehow I missed that it was Jeff Beck playing the guitar.
What a killer tune still, even today after all of these years!more
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
Warning: As the title suggests, setlist spoilers are ahead. If you're attending any of this week's shows, you might want to move on from this post. Or, if you'd like a possible preview of what you can expect, this post is for you. I won't be in attendance unfortunately, but after seeing the following setlist online, I had to share it. Wow, what a set!
Here's some sample video for your enjoyment!
Setlist is after the jump.more
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
Lots of cool stuff this week, with the Tom Petty box set sitting at the top of the heap of all-time coolness. I hope that you guys have a good week - I'll be listening to this Tom Petty box for the rest of the week, and probably next month as well. See ya in January.
Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow - Reissue on 180 gram vinyl
The Black Crowes - Cabin Fever (DVD) - recorded during sessions for the band's latest album at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble.
BlakRoc (The Black Keys and Damon Dash) - BlakRoc - Akron's own Black Keys issue the collaborative musical detour featuring guests including Mos Def, Ludacris, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and many others. Their next proper studio album (recorded at Muscle Shoals) is due in 2010.
Andrea Bocelli - Mi Navidad - For those of you that have been waiting for the Spanish version of Bocelli's new holiday album - produced by David Foster - you're in luck!
Written by: Kevin Brennan
Hey there music lovers, it’s time for some video to go with our audio. Today, we’ll look at two recent DVD releases: B.B. King Live at Montreux 1993 and Jethro Tull: Living With The Past.
For those of you whose only reference to B.B. King is his appearance in the U2 film Rattle and Hum, it’s time for some education. King is one of the finest American blues guitarists, living or dead, whose distinctive soloing and soulful vocals influenced such rock legends as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck in addition to anyone who has ever played the blues. His Grammy award-winning version of Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins’ “The Thrill Is Gone” cemented his place as a star and a true crossover artist in the late sixties.
He reached out to rock audiences for the first of several times as the opening act for the Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. tour. His list of later collaborators is long and features Bobby “Blue” Bland, Albert King, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Katie Webster, Gary Moore, Clapton and many others.more
Written by: Kevin Brennan
It’s 70s week here at my house. I’m watching new DVD releases from three of my favorite artists of that decade: Deep Purple, Ted Nugent and Jeff Beck. All brought something unique then and it’s time to see what’s going on nowadays.
In the case of Deep Purple and History, Hits & Highlights 68-76, we don’t see anything current but instead the beginnings and the peak of one of rock’s heaviest and top-selling bands. The history is a nice retrospective of the group through photos and video and the hits begin with DP MK I covering “Help” by the Beatles in addition to “Hush” and “Wring That Neck” with a lineup that included Rod Evans and Nick Simper on vocals and bass guitar.
DP MK II is covered extensively as it should be since this is the classic lineup of Roger Glover and Ian Gillan along with Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore. The band is on fire live and runs through over a dozen tunes in this segment, some familiar (Highway Star, Speed King, Strange Kind of Woman) and some lesser-known (Hallelujah, Demon’s Eye, Never Before).
DP MK III and IV take us through 1976 and the Tommy Bolin era. The transformation of the band in just three years is quite significant as is the amount of potential that was ultimately wasted. Years later, I’m still not sure about the tag team vocals of Coverdale and Hughes but anyway…
The highlights on Disc 2 are very cool and include MK I on the Playboy After Dark Show, MK II rehearsing for an appearance on Rockpalast, MK III as the subject of a student film known as the Leeds Polytechnic project and MK IV from Japan.
History, Hits & Highlights 68-76 is a very solid overview of the band that gathers great performances and interesting archival material in top quality. It's the package to have if you don't have any Deep Purple on DVD. If you already have California Jam and the 1972 concert, you'll still want it for all of the missing pieces.
On to the Motor City Madman who is in a celebrating mood. Motor City Mayhem, just out on Eagle Vision, is a party designed around the playing of Nugent’s 6,000th concert on July 4, 2008. Live from the DTE Energy Music Centre, or what used to be known as Pine Knob, in Michigan, the Nuge rolls through 21 songs and brings up special guests, birthday cakes, scantily-clad women and revels in America’s independence for about two hours.
Ted loves his country, his hometown of Detroit and above all, the fact that he is free to rock and roll. It’s a little bit like church with a little bit of political rally thrown in and a lot of full speed ahead concert action. While some have fallen by the wayside over the years, Nugent is obviously working hard to stay sharp. While it would be great to have former vocalist Derek St. Holmes back for good, and he does appear here for “Hey Baby,” “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold,” Ted does a good job with being the lead singer. His guitar playing is right there and the energy generated by the band is refreshing.
This has the concert favorites (“Motor City Madhouse,” “Fred Bear,” “Great White Buffalo,” “Baby Please Don’t Go”) and a few surprises ( “Need You Bad,” “Love Grenade,” “Honky Tonk,” “Soul Man” ) along with other solid tunes from the catalog making for a good blend. If you’re looking for something new by Nugent that you can count on, this is the ticket.
The last one on today’s list is the topper. Jeff Beck Performing This Week Live at Ronnie Scott’s is really an experience that needs to be lived on a big screen TV with surround sound to truly appreciate its beauty and depth. If you can’t do that, pick it up anyway to have for the day that you can and enjoy it on your computer in the meantime.
It is a film that truly captures you after one song and takes you on a mesmerizing trip. From the masterful playing of Beck and the interaction with his band members to the intimacy provided by the club setting, this rare chance to see an artist of Beck’s caliber up close is stunning.
His band is up to the challenge, consisting of Vinnie Colaiuta on drums (Zappa, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea) Jason Rebello on keyboards (Sting) and Tal Wilkenfeld on bass, a 22 year old Australian newcomer who has toured with Chick Corea and looks like she is having the time of her life. Each player finds songs to latch on to, with “Stratus,” “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” “Space Boogie,” and “Scatterbrain” among them, and also give Beck plenty of room to work.
Special guests include Joss Stone on a great version of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” the song Beck made popular in the 80s with Rod Stewart, Imogen Heap for two tunes with one being a version of the Muddy Waters classic “Rollin and Tumblin” that would have been perfect at Woodstock, and Eric Clapton looking like he walked over from home for a bit of a jam down at the corner pub.
Live at Ronnie Scott’s looks great, sounds great and contains great performances by a variety of musicians both young and old playing like it matters. The interviews are also cool for those who like to go beyond the music. All that adds up to a quality disc that earns my mid-year pick as Music DVD of the Year. Don’t miss it.more
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
Oh internet friends of mine, it's been a looooong time since we've done one of these Quick Hits type of posts. I'm getting ready to point my car towards Michigan for night #2 of the J. Geils Band reunion shows in Detroit, happening Saturday night. The band are reuniting for a pair of shows in their adopted home away from home, to celebrate the birthday of longtime classic rocker WCSX.
Also in the itinerary, a stop at Encore Recordings in Ann Arbor to drool over their majestically massive spread of compact discs and vinyl.
But yeah, so what have I been digging lately? Check out these links of note:
At the top of the list, it was my turn to share a choice boot on "Bootleg City @ Popdose. I dug out a killer Cleveland broadcast featuring Material Issue, recorded in 1991 at the Empire Concert Club. Click here and check it out. I believe it will only be available for one week, so act fast! Thanks very much, to Jeff and Robert at Popdose for the opportunity!
Blogness on the Edge of Town guest blogger Deb Filcman gave us full coverage of the recent Springsteen shows in Boston which had some great moments, including no Patti (I kid, kind of,) and covers of "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" by ZZ Top, and "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones. So jealous. Must...see...Bruce...shows...SOON!
Michael Gallucci at Scene Magazine caused a bit of a stink (possible pun intended) with his post titled "Not Grateful For The Dead." I'm sure you can guess the subject, and the potential reaction to the post. But if all of it is over your head, you can read Gallucci's post while wearing a suggested flameproof Devo suit.
The recent Jeff Beck shows in the Los Angeles area were something to remember, with a surprise appearance from onetime band mate Rod Stewart, performing on stage with Beck for the first time since 1983.
The Regeneration Tour returns for another year of 80s flashbacks featuring ABC, Heaven 17, Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, and Berlin. Stuck in the 80s has the deets for ya here.
My comrade Brian has the Lollapalooza lineup for those of you that haven't seen it yet - and yes, we're thinking about going. I know a ton of Clevelanders that are already planning to make the trip - anyone else? Let me know in the comments!
Ol' Swap at The Frontloader shares some thoughts about "Spirit of 76" by The Alarm. Another group that I need to see live.
Kevin Estrada has some cool photographic memories of some of his early shots of Ozzy Osbourne, and the story behind them.
Darren at He's A Whore has a convenient fix for the Jane's Addiction squabbles.
While we're on the subject of musical helping hands, Popdose have some advice for Michael Stipe.
We'll leave it there for now...
I don't want to tease you all, or anything - but stay tuned for a site announcement from Addicted to Vinyl, coming early next week!
And maybe, I'll finally stop slacking, and pick a winner for the Jane's Addiction vinyl. Maybe.
P.S. - I've posted a working link for the second volume of Radio Friendly Unit Shifter. Check it.
P.S.S. - Check out some great live J. Geils Band stuff here, if you missed it when I posted it originally this past September.more