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126  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Blues through Rhythm and Blues to Soul on: October 26, 2020, 02:33:52 AM
A little slow on the return...don't make it here every day....

I agree that is likely Johnny Winter on the first solo.  Anyway, I would like to review this thread and check out more of the music linked.  I enjoyed the Canned Heat -- I am a fan of theirs.  They were my very first Concert at age 13 -- my mom brought me!  This was right around Woodstock and Harvey Mandel was on guitar.  I got his and Fito's autographs on my ticket stub!  All were great players, but for me it's Al Wilson who really carries it over.  I am a pretty fair harmonica player and have played in all sorts of bands.  In one we were working on "On the Road Again."  I could not replicate his harp solo.  For one I think he doctored his harp.  But moreover there is a fluidity in his playing that is uncanny.  Was a very soulful cat.

No worries about replying on time, ABD. This is cyberspace! LOL Thanks for the confirmation.

Al Wilson... I remember exactly what I was doing when they announced his death. I also remember that when Canned Heat mimed to "On The Road Again", Bob Hite was usually on harmonica duties!

Cool that you saw them perform and got those autographs! My wife saw them at the Kralingen Festival in 1970, only a couple of months before Al died. Interesting to hear from a player that he modified his harp -- one wonders how!

Here's another favourite of mine, "My Mistake" from Livin' the Blues:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKaO9aLDYtc
127  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Ambient Music--Mood before Melody on: October 22, 2020, 02:46:42 PM
After reading Mark Prendergast's encyclopaedic The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Moby some twenty years ago, I went to various shops in the UK and NL and bought, over a period of weeks, the following albums discussed within its pages (here listed alphabetically):

Air ~ Premiers Symptômes
Aphex Twin ~ Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Chemical Brothers ~ Dig Your Own Hole
Chemical Brothers ~ Surrender
Miles Davis ~ Sketches of Spain
Enigma ~ MCMXC a.D.
The KLF ~ Chill Out
Kraftwerk ~ Trans-Europe Express
Van Morrison ~ Astral Weeks
Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze ~ Dark Side of the Moog IX
New Order ~ Power, Corruption and Lies
Spacemen 3 ~ The Perfect Prescription
The Stone Roses ~ S/T
Tangerine Dream ~ Phaedra
Sven Väth ~ Accident in Paradise
128  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rap on: October 21, 2020, 03:27:25 AM
What is this if not rap? Ginger Baker bewails the fact that Americans are unable to make a decent cuppa. Now this is serious!

"Pour boiling water over the tea / How simple and clear can instructions be?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTuXBoA688Y

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunrise_on_the_Sufferbus
129  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: October 20, 2020, 03:41:27 AM
Right now I'm in the middle of listening to a recent (2019) recording of Monteverdi's Vespers for the Blessed Virgin by Simon-Pierre Bestion that takes a disarmingly fresh look at the work (check out the ISSUU booklet on this page). I can imagine purists recoiling in horror, but I love it. It's a work I never could take to -- until now. See what you think:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lTmiyz5GfIGymjMOURtlXiMWmGEX87sIg

Curiously, the cover art reminds me of The Roses of Heliogabalus, one of my favourite paintings.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vespro_della_Beata_Vergine
130  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: October 19, 2020, 02:36:42 AM
Violinist Jelly d'Arányi is a fascinating figure (see her wiki page). The most curious story associated with her is the one about the Schumann Violin Concerto.

Here she is performing a piece (with Ethel Hobday at the piano) by her beloved Frederick Septimus Kelly, a composer and Olympic rower who was killed in WWI:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A1-ydBOlks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jelly_d%27Arányi
131  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The 1980's Appreciation Lounge on: October 18, 2020, 04:10:57 AM
Still in Australia, this one's on the edge but more 1980s than 1970s. The Melbourne-based nine-piece punk-funk band Use No Hooks have an album out of almost all previously unreleased material and very good it is too!

Their lineup is (to the best of my knowledge) Stuart Grant, Wendy Morrissey, Denise Rosenburg and Marisa Stirpe (vocals), Mick Earls (guitar), Matt Errey and Phil Nichols (keys), André Schuster (bass) and Arne Hanna (drums). The sax on the live tracks comes courtesy of Simon Grounds (with grateful thanks to Mylene at Hoffman for that information). The blurb on the Bandcamp page is most illuminating:

https://usenohooks.bandcamp.com/album/the-job
132  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Blues through Rhythm and Blues to Soul on: October 17, 2020, 04:05:15 AM
Another favorite of mine from that time also never released on CD is "Taking Care of Business" by James Cotton.  Produced by Todd Rundgren, this track "Georgia Swing" features Mike Bloomfield and Johnny Winter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcRhx3zJnKA

Very nice! Who takes the first guitar solo? I suspect Johnny Winter but I'm not really familiar with either guitarist.

On the subject of unique collaborations, I've always been partially to this one between Canned Heat's Bob Hite on vocals and John Mayall on piano (here at 4:44).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEaIiB4UV20

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_the_Blues
133  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: October 16, 2020, 02:23:54 AM
Back in late 1972, at a charity organization whose premises I frequented, this Canadian girl played side two of a self-titled album by someone she knew personally. First released in 1971, David Wiffen is a curiously appealing album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIRX6vE8pPY

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Wiffen
134  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Blues through Rhythm and Blues to Soul on: October 14, 2020, 12:44:28 PM
Guitar Slim Green produced by Johnny Otis with a teenage Shuggie Otis on guitar.  I dare you to keep still.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7umQnTw7Uw

Too true! Great stuff, ABD. Smiley
135  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Blues through Rhythm and Blues to Soul on: October 13, 2020, 12:52:04 PM
The song starts 19 seconds in. It's Son House performing his composition "Levee Camp Moan" in 1965, aided by one Alan Wilson on harmonica.

Briefly, Son House had given up music in 1943. So when he was "rediscovered" in 1964 he had little recollection of his repertoire. So a 22-year-old Al Wilson (later of Canned Heat) literally retaught him his songs! (See the first three YT comments and SH's wiki page below.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GiJl4Qgr60

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_House
136  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Johnny Nash (born 1940) on: October 13, 2020, 02:55:27 AM
Hold Me Tight is another good one he did.
RIP Mr. Nash.

Yes indeed...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x79a2qB5L-Q
137  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: October 12, 2020, 05:00:15 AM
Right now I'm revisiting an album I first discovered at least a decade ago (on Bandcamp or Soundcloud). I remembered that Sugar Candy Mountain had done a trippy version of "Caroline, No" cunningly retitled "Caroline Mountain" and found the complete album on YouTube. Mystic Hits is very listenable in a bubbly way and heartily recommended:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_m-nOckBrC10l7LOPQb7FJvz0B1caZ2-YA

https://imposemagazine.com/features/sugar-candy-mountain-talk-defying-expectations-share-title-track-off-upcoming-666
138  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: What Is Your Favorite Soundtrack? on: October 11, 2020, 04:04:36 AM
Christopher Willis's score for The Death of Stalin is right on the nose, as they say. (Not Shostakovich's opera The Nose, although there's certainly a very strong Shosty component to it eminently befitting the post-Stalin mood of this extraordinary and often gut-bustingly funny film.)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_n20finkKcuCnvHcN9HJahgNSxmvLv8Vrc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Stalin
139  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The John Lennon Peace, Love, and Appreciation Thread on: October 10, 2020, 12:45:58 PM
Meh, listened to the other John material - really not sth. I really-really like. I must really-really like music to appreciate the artist. Otherwise hey what's the point right? I kinda get why people like "Instant Karma", it's got nice beat, & accessible stuff like "Beautiful Boy" which ain't favorite but listening to it with John fan ears, i.e. as John fan would hear it, I gather why it's really favored, Paul f.ex. said it's his fave John song in youtube interview.

Hey, RR. "Beautiful Boy" is a good song but I can't listen to it. They played it on the radio the night John was murdered. My own son was two at the time so it hit home rather hard.

I love "Instant Karma". It's a good song anyway but Phil Spector's production makes it a great song. Those drums! And "Woman" is the perfect love song -- absolutely flawless.

I don't like everything John did. I own three great albums of his (Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Wall and Bridges) and I can't see myself ever adding to them.
140  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sunshine songs on: October 10, 2020, 05:25:17 AM
Here's some more sunshine pop with -- lo and behold! -- "sun" in the title. (Curiously it's on my friend's list of obscure albums but then no one's perfect.)

This is "Will You Be Staying After Sunday" by The Peppermint Rainbow:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZYLxrqKG-s

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Peppermint_Rainbow
141  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sunshine songs on: October 10, 2020, 05:21:33 AM
Here's some more sunshine pop with -- lo and behold! -- "sun" in the title. (Curiously it's on my friend's list of obscure albums but then no one's perfect.)

This is "Will You Be Staying After Sunday" by The Peppermint Rainbow:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZYLxrqKG-s

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Peppermint_Rainbow
142  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favorite instrumentals on: October 09, 2020, 10:47:24 AM
I discovered Treason Theory's "Eggs In The Pan" while looking for candidates for a musical topic about eggs at the previous incarnation of my hobby forum, strange place that it was. There's only very scant online information about Treason Theory. I adapted this from Facebook:

"Treason Theory Music Productions is an independent musical recording and production organization. The main members are Maurice Cunningham and Rob Harris. Other musicians can and have joined in to contribute to T.T.M.P.'s recordings and more are certainly welcome. All songs are written, played and recorded by Treason Theory, unless otherwise noted. We are neither treasonous, nor have any real theories about treason. It's just a name."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e0fIbORZk4
143  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: It Takes Two--The Duets Thread on: October 09, 2020, 04:08:35 AM
How could I forget this extraordinary duet by Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra? (Slowdive did a great cover.)

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

I discovered another great cover the other day by Rowland S Howard and Lydia Lunch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0hK2dnsicE

Lydia Lunch (vocals)
Rowland S Howard (vocals, guitar)
Genevieve McGuckin (piano)
Barry Adamson (bass)
Mick Harvey (drums)
144  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The 1980's Appreciation Lounge on: October 08, 2020, 01:29:22 PM
The Birthday Party's Mick Harvey, who shared guitar duties with Rowland S Howard, mans the kit on "Dead Joe", as regular drummer Phill Calvet was unable to nail the rhythm. Later Calvet was ousted from the band entirely, leaving it a quartet with Harvey on drums. "Dead Joe" is the second track on The Birthday Party's 1982 album Junkyard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WItkYLgYzP4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkyard_(album)
145  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / R.I.P. Johnny Nash (born 1940) on: October 08, 2020, 02:58:34 AM
"I Can See Clearly Now" was a song that opened the act of a nationally famous Dutch singer "my" band used to accompany from time to time. Johnny's version was a ray of light during a dark time in my life. Rest in peace, sir. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_rB4v75jqU

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Nash
146  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen on: October 07, 2020, 06:24:12 AM
Terrible news.
147  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 06, 2020, 05:27:50 AM
Last week I watched the 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby, a film I'd seen long before reading the book and seemed to remember liking. I was tired that day, however, and drifted off occasionally. So to do the film credit, I watched it again the next evening -- and loved it!

Loved the book too. With thanks to the wonderful person who introduced me to it. Smiley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rARN6agiW7o

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Gatsby_(2013_film)
148  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: October 04, 2020, 12:15:18 PM
Today being World Animal Day, and considering the present state of the animal kingdom thanks to its most selfish species, how about this warning issued in 1971 by Captain Beefheart and his wife Jan Van Vliet, who wrote the lyrics: 

"Clean up the air / And treat the animals fair." No such luck, unfortunately.

"Time's runnin' out" -- don't forget these words were written nearly half a century ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag5Xkp3n7PY
149  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sweet singing in the choir: a choral miscellany on: October 03, 2020, 01:36:35 AM
Nico Muhly is a name I first bumped into in a post by JH -- and this is the work of his she mentioned hearing at mass. Bright Mass with Canons is clearly not for your average churchgoer but I think it's gorgeous! I think it was the passage beginning at 7:53 that threw the more strait-laced members of the congregation that Sunday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSLN4ixx02k

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nico_Muhly
150  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: October 01, 2020, 12:28:38 PM
Last week I heard a work on Dutch classical radio by Florence Price, her Symphony No. 1 in E Minor (1931-32). This had the distinction of being the first symphony written by an African-American woman to be performed by a major orchestra. It has a whiff of Dvořák about it but only a whiff. I really like the mood it conveys. Its four movements are as follows:

I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZTmMmcnvHs

II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0oRsqkq0J0

III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2d_2JJBcMs

IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bLd-2icN1E

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