Saturday, November 23, 2013

Crosby & Nash - BBC In Concert 1970-11-09 (Bootleg)

David Crosby - France Single 1971

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In addition to solo careers and within the larger aggregate of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the musical team of David Crosby and Graham Nash have performed and recorded regularly as a duo, mostly during the 1970s and the 2000s.

After the success of Déjà Vu and the subsequent break-up of the quartet in the summer of 1970, all four members of CSNY released solo albums. Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name and Nash's Songs for Beginners appeared in 1971 and missed the top ten. That autumn, the two good friends toured together as an acoustic duo to favorable reviews, one night from which would be released twenty-seven years later as Another Stoney Evening. Consequently, in 1972 the two decided to record an album, resulting in Graham Nash David Crosby, which reached #4 on the Billboard 200, ensuring that the two were still a viable draw without the more successful Stills and Young. Further work together later in 1972 was precluded by Crosby's participation in The Byrds' reunion album recording sessions. In 1973, the pair joined Neil Young for the tour that would result in his Time Fades Away album, Crosby collaborated with electronica artist and Grateful Dead associate Ned Lagin, and Nash recorded a second solo album, Wild Tales. During this time, singularly and together they contributed backing vocals to various albums by associates in the California rock scene, including Stephen Stills, Harvest, Late for the Sky, and Court and Spark.

Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young - Japan Single 1970
In 1974, both dutifully joined the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion tour and attempt at the recording of a new album in Hawaii, sessions for which had continued in fits and starts after commencing in late 1973. After failing to complete an album Crosby and Nash signed a contract with ABC Records. Presumably for contractual obligations to their old label, the cassette and 8-track tape versions of their ABC LPs were issued by Atlantic. Recording activity yielded two albums in 1975 and 1976 respectively, Wind on the Water and Whistling Down the Wire. In that bicentennial year, Stephen Stills and Neil Young invited the duo to a recording session for their album Long May You Run. Crosby and Nash were forced to leave the recording session because they had time constraints to complete their second album for ABC Records, so Stills and Young wiped their vocals, releasing it as The Stills-Young Band. Crosby & Nash vowed not to work with either Stills or Young again, that oath lasting not even a year as they reconvened with Stills for the second Crosby Stills & Nash album in 1977.

ABC released four albums by Crosby & Nash prior to its being bought by the MCA conglomerate in 1979. In addition to the two abovementioned studio albums, the concert document Crosby-Nash Live appeared in 1977, with a compilation The Best of Crosby & Nash in 1978. All four albums featured their backing band The Mighty Jitters, consisting of Craig Doerge, Tim Drummond, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, and David Lindley. Session bassist Leland Sklar alternated with Drummond in the studio, and the line-up of Doerge, Kortchmar, Kunkel, and Sklar had previously recorded as The Section, providing the back up for the first Crosby & Nash album on Atlantic. Depending upon availability of the various members, the twosome would either tour as a full-blown electric-based aggregation or in a semi-acoustic format with Doerge and Lindley. When CSN reunited on a more or less permanent basis in 1977, Doerge followed the group to Miami for the CSN sessions, contributing to several songs and collaborating on writing the song "Shadow Captain" with Crosby. Crosby and Doerge continued to collaborate regularly until the early 1990s.

Crosby, Stills And Nash - Portugal Single 1969
In 1979, Crosby & Nash attempted a new album for Capitol Records, but sessions were dampened by Crosby's increased dependence upon freebase cocaine. Sessions eventually appeared on Nash's Earth & Sky without any songs from Crosby. Crosby's problems during the 1980s with drugs, and his prison time, precluded any duo activity with Nash, the pair appearing on the CSN and CSNY albums of that decade. The 1990 CSN album Live It Up started as a Crosby & Nash record, but like its predecessor Daylight Again which was initially sessions for a Stills & Nash effort, Atlantic Records refused to release anything that didn't include the full trio.

In 2004, Crosby & Nash released their first original studio record since 1976 with the double-album Crosby & Nash on Sanctuary Records, which featured backing mostly by members of Crosby's band CPR. A single CD version was released in 2006 when CSNY began its "Freedom of Speech '06" tour. On the Graham Nash box set Reflections, released in February 2009, the last track "In Your Name" was recorded on 21 October 2007 by the same band used for the 2004 Crosby & Nash album, including David Crosby on backing vocals.

Graham Nash and David Crosby
9 November 1970 - BBC "In Concert"
BBC Television Centre London, UK

01. Simple Man  03:11
02. Marrakesh Express  02:42
03. Guinnevere  05:21
04. Song With No Words  04:10
05. Teach Your Children  04:21
06. Lee Shore  04:34
07. Traction In The Rain  04:28

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Paul Williams - Someday Man (Great Rock US 1970)

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Someday Man is an album by Paul Williams, released in 1970. Notable songs from the album include "Someday Man", "Trust" and "To Put Up with You". The song "Someday Man" was written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams, was first released by The Monkees on their 1969 single "Listen to the Band / Someday Man".

This 1970 debut under his own name features singer/lyricist Paul Williams working with songwriter Roger Nichols, resulting in a set of bright, upbeat pop -- highlighted by the sparkling title track (also recorded by the Monkees on their Instant Replay LP of the previous year). Williams' amiable, Elton John-like vocals carry the tunes here, most notably the anthemic title track. With its buoyant '70s horn-and-string arrangements, the record sounds charmingly dated, making it ideal for aficionados of that era.

Pop songwriter, singer, and actor Paul Williams was born September 19, 1940, in Omaha, Nebraska; following his father's 1953 death, he was sent to live with relatives in Long Beach, California, there fostering his growing interests in music and drama by appearing in a series of high-school plays and talent shows. After graduation, the famously diminutive Williams briefly worked as an apprentice jockey before pursuing acting professionally, relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico to appear in community theater productions of A Thousand Clowns and A Midsummer Night's Dream; he returned to Long Beach in 1960 to join the repertory company Studio 58, earning sufficiently strong critical notice to go to Hollywood. Despite landing a major role in the 1965 satire The Loved One, Williams' early movie career was largely frustrating, and after several years of bit parts he accepted an offer from standup Mort Sahl to write comedy sketch material for local television.

Someday Man Through Sahl, Williams was introduced to composer Biff Rose, with whom he collaborated on the song "Fill Your Heart," recorded by Tiny Tim as the B-side to his novelty smash "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"; the single's success helped land Williams his own deal with Warner Bros., and he quickly formed the band Holy Mackerel, which issued a self-titled LP in 1968. 

Paul Williams - US Promo 1969
The record went nowhere, and in 1970, Williams resurfaced as a solo artist with the album Someday Man. It too fared poorly, and he next landed as a staff songwriter at A&M; paired with composer Roger Nichols, he quickly co-authored the hit "Out in the Country" for Three Dog Night. Williams and Nichols were next hired to write theme music for a local bank commercial advertising services for newlyweds; the resulting "We've Only Just Begun" became a blockbuster hit when later covered by the Carpenters, as well as a staple of wedding parties for decades to come.

Just an Old Fashioned Love SongWilliams returned to recording with the 1971 A&M effort Just an Old Fashioned Love Song, the title track becoming a smash for Three Dog Night; in between 1972's Life Goes On and 1974's Here Comes Inspiration, he also earned his first Academy Award nomination, teaming with composer John Williams on "Nice to Be Around" from the film Cinderella Liberty. In 1974, Williams also scored and starred in Brian DePalma's rock musical Phantom of the Paradise, earning a second Academy Award bid for his soundtrack; he finally won the Oscar -- as well as a Grammy and a Golden Globe -- for "Evergreen," the love theme to the 1976 Barbra Streisand film A Star Is Born. By the late '70s, Williams was a true celebrity, known not only for his music but also for regular guest appearances on television programs like The Tonight Show, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island, and occasional film work (including the Smokey and the Bandit series); in 1979, he also appeared in The Muppet Movie, scoring the picture as well and earning Oscar and Grammy nominations in the process.

Paul Williams - US Promo 1969
Back to Love AgainWilliams' profile declined sharply in the decade to follow, however, and as the hits dried up, he concentrated less on music than acting; he also battled longstanding problems with drugs and alcohol, finally defeating his addictions in 1989 (the same year he starred on Broadway in the one-man show Tru as author Truman Capote). Becoming a licensed drug rehabilitation counselor, Williams also began an active involvement with the Musician's Assistance Program, a non-profit organization founded to help music-industry professionals recover from substance abuse problems. He returned to music in 1992 with the Grammy-nominated soundtrack to The Muppet Christmas Carol, and in 1997 issued Back to Love Again, his first new studio LP since 1979's A Little on the Windy Side. 

The following year, Williams also began a recurring role on the CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful; concurrently, he penned a pair of Nashville hits in Diamond Rio's "You're Gone" and Neal McCoy's "Party On." In 1999, Williams provided music and lyrics for Garry Marshall's musical adaptation of Happy Days; the show ran in England and Australia and was slated to open in Los Angeles in the early part of 2006. Leading up to that date was a steady stream of Williams releases including a 2003 live album called Love Wants to Dance; a greatest-hits collection on Hip-O Select, Evergreen: The Best of the A&M Years; a reissue of the Holy Mackerel record; and, in late 2005, I'm Going Back There Someday, a deluxe CD/DVD package of new live and studio recordings of classic Williams tunes.

01. Someday Man 2:52
02. So Many People 2:18
03. She's Too Good to Me 2:15
04. Mornin' I'll Be Movin' On 2:49
05. Time 2:54
06. Trust 2:49
07. To Put Up With You 2:54
08. Do You Really Have a Heart 2:50
09. I Know You 2:43
10. Roan Pony 3:45

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The Holy Mackerel- US Promo 1968

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Al Kooper - Al's Big Deal (Anthology US 1975)

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Al's Big Deal – Unclaimed Freight is a compilation album by Al Kooper. It was released as a double-LP in 1975.

As an anthology, the humorously titled Al's Big Deal/Unclaimed Freight captures the stylistic essence of what has made Al Kooper such a vital addition to rock & roll. Although somewhat superseded in the digital domain by Rare + Well Done: The Greatest & Most Obscure Recordings, this title was available almost two decades prior to that 2001 two-CD set. This collection delves into Kooper's solo canon as well as his ensemble work with the Child Is Father to the Man version of Blood, Sweat & Tears. There is also a healthy sampling of his super sessions and collaborations with such luminaries as Michael Bloomfield, Stephen Stills, Shuggie Otis, and even Bob Dylan. 

The material is split into the self-explanatory subheadings of "The Songs" and "The Jams." The former incorporates shorter and more focused standout performances such as "I Can't Quit Her" and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" from BS&T. There are highlights from Kooper's solo discs as well. These include "Brand New Day" and the haunting cover of John Prine's "Sam Stone," as well as the respective title tracks from the LPs I Stand Alone and New York City (You're a Woman). 

Incidentally, the latter track is available here in a remixed form exclusive to this package. "The Jams" reveal the amazing instrumental prowess that Kooper brings to his collaborative efforts. As a musician, his ability to interact and improvise are no more evident than on "Albert's Shuffle" and "Season of the Witch" from the definitive Super Session album. However, at the center is Kooper's uncanny ability to support guitarists Stills and Bloomfield. In essence, he aurally corrals their sinuous and soulful fretwork with his tastefully pervasive organ leads. 

01. New York City (You're A Woman) 4:44  
02. I Can't Quit Her 3:26
03. I Stand Alone 3:41  
04. Brand New Day 5:09  
05. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter 4:18
06. Sam Stone 4:40  
07. Jolie 3:41  
08. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know 5:52
09. Bury My Body 8:44  
10. Albert's Shuffle 6:52
11. The Weight 4:02
12. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) 5:36
13. If Dogs Run Free 3:36
14. Al Kooper - Season Of The Witch 11:06

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Al Kooper - Easy Does It (Great Double Album US 1970)

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Easy Does It was the third solo album by New York City-based singer-songwriter Al Kooper, recorded and released in 1970 for Columbia Records.

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A double album, Easy Does It featured Kooper on an expanded number of instruments, including sitar (used to effect on the country-tinged "Sad, Sad Sunshine"), vibes and electronic effects. While mostly backed by Bretheren rhythm section Stu Woods and Rick Marotta, Kooper also utilized groups in Nashville and Los Angeles to record the tracks for the album.

Two tracks were also featured on the soundtrack to the counter-culture film The Landlord, "Brand New Day" and "Love Theme from The Landlord".

This is the third solo effort from rock & roll wunderkind Al Kooper. Originally issued as a two-LP set, Easy Does It (1970) is a diverse album that reveals the layer upon layer of musicality that has become synonymous with the artist. He draws deeply upon his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and equally engaging arranger. 

The extended run-time of the double album format likewise allows Kooper to thoroughly exhibit his wide-ranging and virtually mythical adaptability as an artist whose sheer talent defies the boundaries of genre or style. 

The set kicks off with the youthfully optimistic rocker "Brand New Day." This is the first of two tracks Kooper used in his score for Hal Ashby's directorial cinematic debut, The Landlord, a highly affable counterculture classic starring Beau Bridges. The haunting "The Landlord Love Theme" is also included, and is poignantly dovetailed with one of the disc's profoundly affective epics. "Buckskin Boy" is an uptempo rocker that lyrically offers a brutally honest assessment of the Native American situation, which was quickly becoming a national plague upon the social conscience of the country in the early '70s. 

The song is replete with Kooper's dynamic chord changes and trademark phrasing. The "morning after" fallout from a particularly potent experience with LSD is credited as the inspiration behind "Sad, Sad Sunshine." The cut features some heavily Eastern-influenced lead sitar work reminiscent of the sounds of Donovan circa Hurdy Gurdy Man (1968) and the burgeoning Canterbury-based progressive folk movement of the late '60s and early '70s. 

Al Kooper Ticket 1970
There is a decidedly Yankee contrast on the country-rocker "I Bought You the Shoes (You're Walking Away In)" as well as the cover of John Loudermilk's "A Rose and a Baby Ruth." Other well-placed cover tunes include a classy, soulfully subdued reading of Ray Charles "I Got a Woman'" as well as the spacy and well-jammed-out version of "Baby Please Don't Go." 

Throughout the 12-plus minute side there are definite recollections of the extended instrumental interaction that defined Kooper's former band, the Blues Project, as well as some of the inspirational improvisation heard on the original Super Session (1968). This performance alone is more than worth the time and effort of seeking out Easy Does It.

01. "Brand New Day" (Al Kooper) – 5:10
02. "Piano Solo Introduction to I Got a Woman" (2:00)
03. "I Got a Woman" (Ray Charles, Renald Richard) – 4:30
04. "Country Road" (James Taylor) – 4:22
05. "I Bought You The Shoes (You're Walking Away In)" (Bob Brass, Irwin Levine, Kooper) – 1:57
06. "Introduction" (0:50)
07. "Easy Does It" (Kooper) – 5:25
08. "Buckskin Boy" (Kooper, Charlie Calello) – 3:10
09. "Love Theme from The Landlord" (Kooper) – 3:12
10. "Sad, Sad Sunshine" (Kooper) – 5:04
11. "Let the Duchess No" (John Gregory, Jim Roberts) – 3:17
12. "She Gets Me Where I Live" (Kooper, Calello) – 3:34
13. "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" (J.D. Loudermilk) – 3:29
14. "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Big Joe Williams) – 12:26
15. "God Sheds His Grace on Thee" (Kooper, Calello) – 3:27

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