Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pictures of the day....

Muddy Waters 1958 Fender Telecaster Guitar


Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters Woodstock Album (US 1975)

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Recorded in 1975, The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album was the brainchild of the Band's Levon Helm and producer/songwriter Henry Glover. At the time, the duo's production company, RCO, had recently set up shop in a barn-turned- studio in Woodstock, New York, and Muddy Waters was their first client. 

The album, born of a unique merger of top-flight talent (Waters' touring band plus the cream of the musicians then living in and around Woodstock), is one of the loosest, swingingest records that Waters ever cut, and features such musicians as blues-harp great Paul Butterfield, Helm and Garth Hudson (of the Band), guitarist Bob Margolin and keyboardist Willie "Pinetop" Perkins (from Waters' band), and renowned session players Fred Carter and Howard Johnson.

The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album includes five original songs written by Waters ("Going Down to Main Street," "Born With Nothing," "Funny Sounds," "Love, Deep as the Ocean" and the previously unreleased CD-only bonus track, Fox Squirrel) plus covers of Louis Jordan's "Let the Good Times Roll" and Caldonia, Bobby Charles' "Why Are People Like That" and Leiber & Stoller's Kansas City. 

As chronicled in the newly penned liner notes by Billboard's Chris Morris, the disc proved to be the last that Waters would record for Chess. 

It was, however, a memorable farewell - The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album was awarded the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording.

Of all the post-Fathers & Sons attempts at updating Waters' sound in collaboration with younger white musicians, this album worked best because they let Waters be himself, producing music that compared favorably to his concerts of the period, which were wonderful. 

His final album for Chess (recorded at Levon Helm's Woodstock studio, not in Chicago), with Helm and fellow Band-member Garth Hudson teaming up with Waters' touring band, it was a rocking (in the bluesy sense) soulful swansong to the label where he got his start. 

Waters covers some songs he knew back when (including Louis Jordan's "Caldonia" and "Let the Good Times Roll"), plays some slide, and generally has a great time on this Grammy-winning album. 

This record got lost in the shuffle between the collapse of Chess Records and the revival of Waters' career under the auspices of Johnny Winter, and was forgotten until 1995.

Muddy Waters - vocal/guitar 
 Paul Butterfield - harmonica
 Henry Glover - producer
 Levon Helm - bass/drums/producer
 Garth Hudson - accordion/keyboards/saxophone
 Howard Johnson - saxophone
 Sammy Lawhorn - guitar
 Bob Margolin - guitar
 "Pinetop" Perkins - piano

01. Why Are People Like That  03:37
02. Going Down To Main Street  04:16
03. Born With Nothing  05:23
04. Caledonia  06:19
05. Funny Sounds  04:34
06. Love, Deep As The Ocean  05:13
07. Let The Good Times Roll  05:15
08. Kansas City  05:12
Bonus Track:
09. Fox Squirrel  03:54

Extra Bonus Concert:  
Tuesday June 15, 1976  
Muddy Waters Paul's Mall,Boston
WBCN-FM Stereo 

Muddy Waters - guitar, vocals
 Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - drums
 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson - guitar
 Calvin Jones - bass
 Bob Margolin - guitar
 Joe "Pine Top" Perkins - piano
 Jerry Portnoy - harmonica

01. Dj Intro  00:23
02. Instrumental #1 (cut in)  04:55 
03. Instrumental #2  08:12
04. Instrumental #3  03:25

≈≈≈≈ Enter Muddy Waters ≈≈≈≈
05. Muddy Waters Day Proclamation  03:57
06. Caldonia  05:41
07. Kansas City  08:38
08. Hoochie Coochie Man  02:51 
09. I Want You To Love Me  04:21 
10. Baby Please Don't Go  04:05 
11. Long Distance Call  07:29
12. Mannish Boy  05:22
13. Got My Mojo Working  03:05

14. You Don't Have To Go  03:48 
15. Exit Music  01:43
16. dj outro  01:01

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Part 2: Muddy 2
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Part 2: Muddy 2

Monday, February 27, 2017

Yoko Ono - Plastic Ono Band (Canadian Edition 1970) + Live Jam

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Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band is the avant-garde debut studio album by Yoko Ono. The album came after recording three experimental releases with John Lennon and a live album as a member of The Plastic Ono Band.

With the exception of "AOS", a 1968 live recording, the entire album was recorded in one afternoon in October 1970 during the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band sessions at Ascot Sound Studios and Abbey Road Studios, using the same musicians and production team. 

Also recorded on this day were "Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)" which ended up on the next album Fly, and "Between the Takes" which was released on Fly's 1998 CD reissue. 

"Greenfield Morning I Pushed an Empty Baby Carriage All Over the City" was based around a sample from a discarded tape of George Harrison playing a sitar and a Ringo Starr drum break with an added echo effect plus Ono's vocals with a lyric referencing a miscarriage. Ono's vocalisations on tracks such as "Why" and "Why Not" mixed hetai, a Japanese vocal technique from kabuki theatre, with modern rock 'n roll and raw aggression influenced by the then-popular primal therapy that Lennon and Ono had been undertaking. 

According to Ono, the recording engineers were in the habit of turning off the recording equipment when she began to perform-- which is why, at the end of "Why", Lennon can be heard asking "Were you gettin' that?".

Initially on Apple Records, through EMI, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band was released to considerable critical disdain in 1970, at a time when Ono was being widely blamed for disbanding The Beatles. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band failed to chart in the UK but reached number 182 in the US. Notable exceptions were the estimations of Billboard who called it 'visionary' and critic Lester Bangs who supported it in Rolling Stone. More recently, the album has been credited (like those of The Velvet Underground) with having an influence, particularly on musicians, grossly disproportionate to its sales and visibility. Critic David Browne of Entertainment Weekly has credited the album with "launching a hundred or more female alternative rockers, like Kate Pierson & Cindy Wilson of the B-52s to current thrashers like L7 and Courtney Love of Hole".

The covers of Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band albums are nearly identical; Lennon pointed out the difference in their 1980 Playboy interview ("In Yoko's, she's leaning back on me; in mine, I'm leaning on her"). The photos were taken with a cheap Instamatic camera on the grounds of Tittenhurst Park (their home at the time) by actor Daniel Richter (as listed in the album's credits), who was working as their assistant.

01. Why 05:37 [An edited version became the B-side to Lennon's single "Mother"]
02. Why Not 09:55 [Excerpted in a 1980 RKO Radio tribute, featuring Lennon's last recorded interview]
03. Greenfield Morning... 05:38 [The title and lyrics come from Ono's book Grapefruit]
04. AOS 07:06 [Featuring Ornette Coleman, recorded on 29 February 1968, predating the rest of the material]
05. Touch Me 04:37 [Also selected as a B-side, to "Power to the People", replacing Ono's "Open Your Box" for the US market]
06. Paper Shoes 07:26 [Referenced by Lennon during the 1980 RKO interview]

Bonus Tracks
07. Open Your Box 07:35
08. Something More Abstract 00:44
09. Why (Extended Version) 08:40
10. The South Wind 16:41

Extra Bonus Live Material:
11. Cold Turkey 08:35
12. Don't Worry Kyoko 16:00
13. Well (Baby Please Don't Go) 04:40
14. Jamrag 05:36
15. Scumbag 06:07
16. AU 06:23

Part 1: Yoko 1
Part 2: Yoko 2
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Part 2: Yoko 2
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Part 2: Yoko 2