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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ratdog - Live at The Pearl Concert Theatre May 7, 2014 (Bootleg)

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Found in "Internet Music Archive"
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Some Artwork
Very good sound quality

RatDog (sometimes known as Bob Weir & RatDog or Ratdog), is an American rock band. The group began as a side project for Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Rob Wasserman.[dead link] After the Grateful Dead disbanded in December 1995, following the death of Jerry Garcia on August 9, 1995, RatDog became Bob Weir's primary band. They perform Grateful Dead tunes primarily with a mixture of covers (including Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry), along with some originals. RatDog's repertoire currently consists of over 150 songs.

Throughout 2009 and 2010, original RatDog members Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, and Jay Lane periodically performed under the moniker Scaring the Children. From 2010 through 2013, the number of RatDog's performances were limited while Weir toured with Furthur. Ratdog played 2 shows in both January 2012 and August 2013. In September 2013 it was revealed by Primus bassist Les Claypool that RatDog would be "getting back together this next year", as Lane had chosen to leave Primus in order to rejoin RatDog. Ratdog returned to extensive touring in 2014 with Steve Kimock on lead guitar and the unusual arrangement of two bassists in the mix. Robin Sylvester and original Ratdog bassist Rob Wasserman share the stage. Jay Lane, original member, and Jeff Chimenti, long-time member, are back. The return tour in 2014 began on Valentine's Day in Philadelphia.

It started out with Rob Wasserman and me as a duo and we played that way for six or eight years, and then one day I was working on a project and we needed a drummer. And Rob said, 'I know this drummer that I met last night and he was pretty good. You want me to give him a buzz?' and I said, 'Sure.'

And so Jay [Lane] came up and did this session with us. The next morning, I called Rob and said 'Hey, listen. That was kind of fun yesterday. How bout we take a drummer on our next tour?' and he said he was just thinking the same thing.

"We started working together and booked another tour, and we were working with Jay at the time and we were about to go out on tour and my old pal Matthew Kelly came through town. And he was just sort of footloose and I said 'Hey, you want to come out with us? You want to come sit in with us?' And that worked so we had a little quartet and we took that on the road."

eff (last name pronounced "key-men-tee") studied classical piano from the time he seven years old until his interest in jazz and improvisational playing grew during his high school years.

After years of playing with various jazz acts like the Dave Ellis Quartet and touring with En Vogue, Jeff joined RatDog in 1997.

Since then he's been in high demand, appearing with Alphabet Soup, Phil and Friends, The Other Ones, The Dead, and Furthur. (source:

A master of improvisation for nearly four decades, Steve Kimock has been inspiring music fans with his transcendent guitar speak, voiced through electric, acoustic, lap and pedal steel guitars. While one can say that his genre is rock, no one niche has ever confined him. Instead, through the years, he's explored various sounds and styles based on what's moved him at the time, whether it's blues or jazz; funk or folk; psychedelic or boogie; gypsy or prog-rock; traditional American or world fusion.

Threaded through this expansive and highly nuanced musical landscape is Kimock's signature sound, the prodigious product of his ability to articulate crystal-clear tone, melody and emotion into intricately woven music crafted with technical brilliance. His passion and devotion to performing live is matchless, and his unparalleled ability to embrace and capture his audiences musically is the stuff of legends. (source: Steve Kimock website)

Jay's roles on drums have earned him a place in San Francisco's music history. He started performing in the Bay Area in the early 1980s with childhood friend and current Spearhead guitarist Dave Shul before moving onto gigs with The Uptones, a ska band he was introduced to by childhood friend Dave Ellis, and The Freaky Executives. The latter shared rehearsal space with Les Claypool, who invited Jay to join his band, Primus, who he has played on and off with ever since.

Jay co-founded the pioneering hip hop/jazz group Alphabet Soup with saxophonist Kenny Brooks, New York keyboardist Dred Scott, and rappers Chris Burgerand Zachariah Mose. Alphabet Soup recorded two albums—1994's Layin' Low in the Cut and 1996's Strivin'—and shot a video that featured regularly on BET. Also during those years Jay reunited with old friends—seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and sax man Dave Ellis—to form the original Charlie Hunter Trio.

During Jay's tenure with the Charlie Hunter Trio, Jay started playing with Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman in a side project that would eventually become RatDog.

In addition to playing with RatDog for the past 19 years, Jay has been named Drummer of the Year at the California Music Awards, toured with various Claypool projects, played with Alphabet Soup, co-founded The Band of Brotherz and Jay's Happy Sunshine Burger Joint, and toured with Furthur and Scaring the Children.

Robin Sylvester, born in London, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is best known for his work with Bob Weir & RatDog. Although primarily a bass player, he plays several instruments, including guitar and keyboards, and has also done extensive arranging.

He began his professional music career with the a capella London Boy Singers chorus in the 1950s, and worked as a sound engineer in 1960s and 1970s in all the great studios in London, including Abbey Road. Inspired by Paul McCartney to play bass, he also used early synthesizers while playing with and producing Byzantium in 1971.

While touring with Dana Gillespie, he moved to the US in 1974. Clive Davis signed his folk rock band The Movies to Arista Records, which played in NY and LA in the late 70s. As a session musician, he worked alongside Steve Douglas, backing The Beach Boys and Ry Cooder. He also played in live acts led by Marty Balin, Mary Wells, The Shirelles, The Coasters, The Drifters, Billy Preston, Christine McVie, Steve Seskin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Freddy Fender, Del Shannon and Vince Welnick’s Missing Man Formation.

In 2003, he joined Bob Weir & RatDog and also plays occasionally with jambands Ghosts of Electricity, Melvin Seals & JGB, David Nelson & Friends, Jemimah Puddleduck and The Rubber Souldiers. (source: Sweet Relief)

Precious few musicians demonstrate the scope to be dubbed renaissance men, but Rob Wasserman has more than earned the title. His daunting versatility has made him one of the last two decade's most in-demand bassists -- as demonstrated by recording and touring stints with Lou Reed, Van Morrison, and Elvis Costello. His longtime creative partnership with Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir have yielded a trove of fertile sounds. And, last but far from least, the albums issued under his own name have won awards from sources in the jazz, pop and rock fields.

That acclaim has much to do with Wasserman's unflagging devotion to artistic purity and the value of real musicianship. Trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he developed a style of upright bass playing that he likens to cello, more than standard bass methodology. He's put that ability to the test in a variety of contexts over the years, most notably on a series of three albums -- SOLO, DUETS, and TRIOS -- that demonstrate his unparalleled knack for making his voice heard without shouting, for allowing the collaborative process to flower to its fullest. (source: Rob Wasserman website)

A founding member of the Grateful Dead, Bob's musical legacy (separate from its cultural implications) will be of an utterly strange rhythm guitar player and songwriter who grew up in one of the most lasting outside bands of the 1960s. Playing with the Dead until their dissolution following the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, Bob has since made his primary musical home in RatDog.

Born in 1947 and adopted by a rich California engineer, Bob's dyslexia gave him trouble at school. He was labeled a troublemaker and shipped off to boarding school, where he met future songwriting partner John Perry Barlow. After being kicked out of the school, Bob returned to the Bay Area, where he bummed around the burgeoning folk scene and came into contact with musicians like Jerry Garcia, New Riders on the Purple Sage founder David Nelson, and Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. A series of jug bands eventually morphed into the electrified Warlocks who, in turn, became the Grateful Dead.

Bob developed his odd rhythm style playing between the sweet, articulated lead guitar of Jerry Garcia and the avant-garde bass lines of Phil Lesh. Like a jazz guitarist, Bob was often not evident in the mix, but still a profound shape on the sound.

Bob's earliest songwriting efforts mirrored those of Garcia and Lesh, though less successfully. By the early '70s, he had crossed paths with Barlow again and the two began their creative relationship in earnest. Soon, Bob was producing songs in his own distinct style—a blend of Americana and the odd voicings he specialized in. As the health of Dead frontman Ron "Pigpen" McKernan waned, Bob found his rich baritone increasingly at the center of attention and developed a stage personality to match it. His first solo album, Ace, released in 1972, featured Bob backed by the rest of the Dead.

Through the late '70s, and especially during the Dead's year off in 1975, Bob toured and recorded with a number of groups, including Kingfish and Bobby and the Midnites. As Jerry's dependence on drugs increased during the Dead's later days, Bob found himself increasingly in the position of de facto bandleader.

When Jerry died in 1995, Bob had recently formed RatDog. In addition to consistently touring with RatDog since then, Bob reunited with several former Dead bandmates for tours in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004, and 2009. He continues to play with countless artists of varying styles and talents. (source: Billboard)

RatDog - Bob Weir
Pearl Concert Theater
Las Vegas, NV 07-05-2014

01. U.S. Blues  06:21
02. Hey Pocky Way  09:55
03. Big Boss Man  08:30
04. Loser  11:55
05. I Need a Miracle  10:16
06. Stella Blue (instrumental)  11:55
07. Not Fade Away  10:38
08. The Music Never Stopped  14:57
09. Dear Prudence  09:15
10. Shakedown Street  15:07
11. Ramble On Rose  10:06
12. Minglewood Blues  09:33
13. Ovation  01:41

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Part 2: Link

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Angels - My Boyfriend's Back (Great R&B US 1963)

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Bitrate: 256
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Artwork Included
Source: Japan 24-Bit Remaster

My Boyfriend's Back is the second album issued by American girl group The Angels in 1963. It was heavily weighted upon the success of the title track "My Boyfriend's Back" which was a number one hit; composed by the team of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer. Peggy Santiglia was by this time, the lead singer of The Angels but included on the album is the group's first hit "Till" which was originally recorded in 1961 with the group's previous lead singer, Linda Jansen. It is unspecified if the track was re-recorded with Santiglia on lead or not. There is also cover version of The Chiffons' "He's So Fine" as The Chiffons had covered "My Boyfriend's Back" and a reading of "Someday My Prince Will Come" from the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The album sold fairly well and charted at No. 33 US, the group's most successful effort.

The Angels are an American girl group, best known for their 1963 No. 1 hit single, "My Boyfriend's Back".

The group originated in New Jersey as The Starlets which consisted of sisters, Barbara "Bibs" and Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut, Bernadette Carroll, and Linda Malzone. They had some minor local hits and wound up doing back-up work in the studio. When Linda Malzone left, Linda Jankowski (later Jansen) became the new lead singer. Their manager, Tom DeCillis, turned his focus to Bernadette Carroll and dropped the rest of the group. Carroll would find solo success in 1963 with her Laurie single "Party Girl." After a failed attempt at record deal with producer Gerry Granahan, the Allbut sisters turned their focus to education. Phyllis Allbut was in teacher's college at the time and Barbara Allbut was accepted into the Juilliard School for her abilities as a musical arranger. Soon Granahan, who had previously rejected the group, suddenly saw hit potential in the song they had performed for him in their audition, a version of "Till," and wanted them to record it in the studio. "Til" became their first single under their new name, The Angels, and also their first hit (#14 US) released by Granahan's Caprice label in 1961. The song was followed up with a less-successful single, "Cry Baby Cry." The Angels had one album on Caprice, titled ...And The Angels Sing in 1962.

Jansen left the group in late 1962 to go solo and was replaced by Peggy Santiglia, formerly of The Delicates (with Denise Ferri and Arleen Lanzotti). Santiglia had sung jingles for WINS Radio, appeared on Broadway, and had songwriting experience. In 1963, the trio signed to Mercury Records' subsidiary label Smash Records and began working with the Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer songwriting team, who wrote "My Boyfriend's Back". 

The Angels - France EP 1963
The Angels' performance (with Santiglia on lead) was originally intended as a demo for The Shirelles' consideration, but the music publishers chose instead to release it as it stood. The song was a major hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, but no follow-up of comparable success was released. "My Boyfriend's Back" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The follow-up was the lower-charting "I Adore Him" (#25 US). The B-side "Thank You And Goodnight" was also favorable and charted at #84 US. During their Smash career, The Angels maintained a steady string of moderately successful singles which included "Wow Wow Wee (He's The Boy For Me)" (#41 US). Their album My Boyfriend's Back made the top forty, charting at #33 but their next, A Halo to You, didn't chart at all. The group left Smash in 1964 and signed with Congress Records.

The group became The Halos, following a dispute over the ownership of the name "The Angels." Peggy Santiglia took a leave of absence from the group in 1965 and was replaced by Toni Mason. (Contrary to rumors, Mason says she was not a recording member of Angie & The Chicklettes). The group released several more singles, none of which charted. Mason left the group in 1967 and was replaced by Debra Swisher (previously of The Pixies Three), who had recently recorded and released her own version of "Thank You And Goodnight" on the ABC-Paramount Records subsidiary, Boom Records. This lineup resumed using the name "The Angels" and released a handful of singles on RCA Records. Former Starlet Bernadette Carroll was back in the group and became the new lead. They appeared on "The Dean Martin Show" before disbanding in 1968. Santiglia and Phyllis and Barbara Allbut regrouped in the early 1970s and released a new single on Polydor Records.

Phyllis Allbut and Santiglia still perform as The Angels, joined occasionally by Barbara Allbut.

01. "My Boyfriend's Back"
02. "Someday My Prince Will Come"
03. "Has Anybody Seen My Boyfriend"
04. "Till"
05. "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes"
06. "Why Don't the Boy Leave Me Alone"
07. "He's So Fine"
08. "Thank You and Goodnight"
09. "The Hurdy-Gurdy Man"
11. "World Without Love"
12. "(Love Me) Now"
13. "The Guy with the Black Eye"

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2. Link
The Angels - German Single Jan 1964