The Who: "Live in USA" - (Canceled 1970 Album).

Ok Guys!.Here we go again with more unreleased albums from The Who. One more.

On 17 May 1969, the rock opera: "Tommy" was published worldwide, placing the british group: "The Who" and to the songwriter "Pete Townshend" at the top of rock world's. Almost seven months of intense work to get this extraordinary double album.

Recorded at the IBC studios in London, U.K, from September 1968 to March 1969. It was produced by Kim Lambert and distributed by Decca and Track Records.

The cover was designed by Beadrall Sutcliffe and resembled that of a bootleg Lp of the era, parodying The Rolling Stones´Live Than You´ll Ever Be.

Although the album was released in May, the promotional tour began on February 14 at Lanchester College of Technology, Coventry, England. Where some songs from "Tommy" were played in concert for the first time. This 1st Britain´s leg ends May 2 at Ronnie Scott´s Jazz Club, London, England. Seven day after, The Who started their 1st American Tour at Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI. Six week after, this tour finished at The Fillmore West concerts in San Francisco, five shows in three days the last one on June 19 with all tickets sold out.

The shows was divided into three parts. Here´s the original set list with some possible variation.

1st - Heaven and Hell / I can´t explain / Fortune teller / Tattoo / Young Man Blues / Substitute / Happy Jack / I´m a boy. 2nd - Tommy Opera.  3rd Summertime Blues / Shakin´All Over / My Generation Medley / Magic Bus.

In july The Who back to England; and on August, they played on Tanglewood, Woodstock and The Isle of Wight Festival too. The tour continued by Europe and North America once again between September to December. After 125 concerts, the 1969 world tour ends on December 19 at Newcastle City Hall.

During the second American tour, some concerts were recorded for a possible live Lp but the members of the group were so tired, they didn't want to listen and choose the best cuts, so Pete Tonwshend left this work in hands of the engineer Bob Pridden. In early January 1970 before the band returned to the stage in Paris, Bob showed Pete a double acetate for the live album, but he didn't like it and asked for Tommy's share to be removed and make it a single lp with the best from parts 1 and 3 of the concerts.Bob took the Washington tapes for the best sound and made several mixes. This Project called: "The Who on Tour - live in USA", was abbreviated to "The Who Live In USA", because there was already another Lp with a similar title: Magic Bus- The Who on Tour. Days after showed the result to Pete...

Side One: (17:46)

1.Heaven and Hell. (3:14)

2.I Can´t Explain. (2:15)

3.Fortune Teller. (2:28)

4.Tattoo. (2:43)

5.Young Man Blues. (7:03)

 

Side Two: (17:00)

1.Summertime Blues. (3:11)

2.Shakin´All Over. (5:24)

3.My Generation Medley: / See Me, Feel Me / Naked Eye (Instrumental version) / Sparks. (8:21)

Recorded live at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium. Georgetown University. Washington D.C. US. Nov. 2.1969.

...but he still didn't like it and canceled it and preferred to record two extra concerts in mid-February in Leeds and Hull. Unfortunately, only Leeds's could be used, because Hull recorded technical problems with John's bass. During March, two versions were made at IBC studios, with a different duration, both with "My Generation Medley" and "Magic Bus" on A side, with this line-up:

(I.B.C Studio 1st Acetate version. March 1970).

Side One: (23:12)

1.My Generation Medley: / See Me, Feel Me / Naked Eye (Instrumental version) / Amazing Journey / Coming Out To Get You / Sparks. (15:45)

2.Magic Bus. (7:27)

 

Side Two: (21:03)

1.Young Man Blues. (5:51)

2.Substitute. (2:06)

3.Happy Jack. (2:13)

4.I´m A Boy. (2:55)

5.Summertime Blues. (3:21)

6.Shakin´All Over. (4:34).

... but that same day, Pete edited this version once again to:

Side One: (20:35)

1.My Generation Medley (edit): / See Me, Feel Me / Naked Eye (Instrumental version) / Amazing Journey / Coming Out To Get You / Sparks. (13:09)

2.Magic Bus. (7:26)

Side Two: (15:29)

1.Young Man Blues. (5:26)

2.Substitute. (2:06)

3.Summertime Blues. (3:21)

4.Shakin´All Over. (4:34)

...at the end of the day, IBC Studios made a 2nd acetate. It seemed to be the definitive that was going to go to the lp. But a couple of weeks after, this last version was discarded too and Pete made a new one,where the songs chosen were in the same order in which they were played live. bit.ly/69tW70lr The album was re-called: "The Who live at Leeds".It was released by Decca & MCA in the USA and Track Records in UK, on May 23.1970. Produced by Kim Lambert, John Astley and  The  Who.

This record is considered one of the best live rock albums of all time. On this new occasion, I bring you the original "The Who live in USA" and the two reconstructed acetates from "Live at Leeds".

Enjoy it and see you soon with more and better. I hope.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Unfinished Music Nº2 "Life with the Lennon´s"

Unfinished Music Nº2: “Life with the lions“; was the 2nd of three experimental albums by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, It was the successor of the scandalous: Unfinished Music Nº1: “Two Virgins”.

Produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was Released in May 9 1969 (UK) and May 26 (US) on Zapple, a sub label of Apple Records founded in 1968 as a division of Apple Corps by The Beatles.  

Apple Records did not want to include in its catalog this new and strange work - genre: avant garde noise - from John and Yoko, something that bothered John quite a lot. Zapple would release only two albums: this and George Harrison´s "Electronic Sound". This label would be closed by Allen Klein.

Original cover. John and Yoko watch tv at room 1, Queen Charlotte´s Hospital in London during Ono´s first miscarriage on November 1968.

What´s it "Unfinished Music" ?. - John Lennon answer - "It´s saying whatever you want it to say. It is just us expressing ourselves like a child does, you know, however he feels like then. What we're saying is make your own music. This is Unfinished Music.".However for the music critic Ed Ward - Rolling Stone magazine: “ The album was "utter bullshit" and "in poor taste".

On the first side appears a unreleased edited version from “live peace” call: “Cambridge 1969” recorded at Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge University, Cambridge. March 2.1969. John and Yoko's second performance together after the concert show organised by The Rolling Stones on 11 December 1968: "The Rolling Stones Rock N´Roll Circus". Followed by the outtake "Mulberry", recorded on a cassette tape in their suite at Queen Charlotte´s Hospital in London during Ono´s first miscarriage on November 1968. While EMI Records was preparing the last record from the Beatles "White Album" programmed to November 22, 1968. The second side continues with more hospital recordings. On early April 1969, the álbum was ready, this it was going to be, supposedly, the original line-up:

Side One: (17:29)

1.Cambridge 1969 (edit). (8:32)

2.Mulberry. (8:56)

 

Side Two: (17:53)

1.Song for John (Suite).

"Song for John". (1:26) // "Let's Go on Flying". (0:27) // "Snow Is Falling All the Time". (1:06)

2.Mum's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow. (2:14)

3.No Bed for Beatle John. (4:38)

4.Radio Play (edit). (7:59)

Yoko Ono – vocals, radio John Lennon – vocals, guitar, feedback John Tchicai – saxophone (track 1 only) John Stevens – percussion (track 1 only) Mal Evans – watch (track 1 only)

But when all was almost ready, the record company suggested to Yoko made an album of her sort of freak-type freestyle and some songs as: “Song for John",“Mulberry” or ”Snow is falling all the time” were going to be part of her first album. For this reason “Unfinished Music nº2”, was delayed and modified and shortly after when the new versión was ready, the original title “Life with the Lennon´s “ changed to “Life with the lions“. This new title was both a parody on the name of the BBC radio comedy “Life with the Lyons“ and a reference to the press, who would follow Lennon and Ono everywhere.

So the A side was modified with the full lenght version from “Cambridge 1969” and the original B was restructured too. bit.ly/JL69YkO Unfortunately for her, the Yoko's solo album was never recorded, and this rejected version from B side was given away to the American Magazine “Aspen” and released as a limited mono 8” square flexi record.

John took the record to Apple, but was turned down. Apple Records did not want it. EMI didn't act as distributor for Unfinished Music No.1: “Two Virgins“; but now they did it. The success was scarce, in part because it was not something the listener could understand, neither yesterday nor today. The distribution was very low, just 60,000 copies in US. and 5000 in the UK.

The álbum photos by Susan Wood. Room 1, Second West Ward,Queen Charlotte's Hospital.

As George Martin said: "No Words".

Enjoy it. If you can.

Oasis: "...There and Then".(Unreleased live album).

"(What´s The Story),Morning Glory?", it´s one of the best albums from all times.The second studio work by Oasis. Recorded March to June 1995 at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales. It was released on 2 October 1995 by Creation Records and produced by Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher.

The world tour to promote the album began on 22 June 1995 with a pre-Glastonbury festival warm-up gig at the 1,400 capacity Bath Pavilion,which featured the debut of new drummer Alan White in replacement for Tony McCarroll; and several new songs as: "The Swang song"; "Hello", "Roll with it" and "Morning Glory".

Original cover for "...There and Then", unreleased double lp.

The tour went through different festivals from Glastonbury in the UK to Rokskilde in Norway, Slane in Ireland or Aixion Beach in Belgium to tv performances "Tops of The Pops" or "MTV", to concerts all over Europe from Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany to Spain; and a mini summer tour of Japan during the month of August and diferents concerts by US and Canada.

It was a tremendously successful tour with all sold out, but at the same time it was a difficult period for the band. On September, bass player Paul McGuigan walked out on the group after he was subjected to a flurry of verbal abuse from Liam while doing interviews in Paris. 'Guigsy' cited nervous exhaustion as the reason for his departure.

Shortly after Scott McLeod of The Ya-Yas was brought in as his replacement. But The problems continuing, during the concert at Virgin Megastore, London, England, on october 1, liam leaves the stage in the middle of "Rocking Chair". Noel and Alan White too. The Show stopped, which caused serious disturvious. In Boston at Orpheum Theatre on October 14, Liam leave the stage after "Chamoagne Supernova" and didn't return after the acoustic set, Noel had to finish the show as a solo singer. A few days after, Mcleod quit the band and returning to home in Manchester,because he was unable to adapt to the frenetic Oasis´s lifestyle. The band played a few dates, including an appearance on David Letterman Show, as a four piece, before McGuigan was convinced to return for the group's Earls Court shows in early November.The two concerts at Earls Court were recorded for the film and a possible live album.

The tour had many interruptions and cancellations, because the fights between brothers up and down the stage, or with the audience, in the middle of a performance or even before this, were ruining relationships and the shows. Liam refuses to attend promotional engagements with the different European radio stations and it is Noel who will do it alone,.and neither will it at some late year concerts. Noel got tired of the little brother stupid attitude and announced that he was leaving the band indefinitely. April 10,1996, Canada The band left the gig after only six songs, because some fans threw items onto the stage, angering the band.

The two concerts at Maine Road, Manchester, England on April 27 & 28.1996, were recorded for the film and a possible live álbum; like a the concerts at Knebworth on August 10 & 11.But the fights between the brothers continued, a few days later, after Philadelphia concert, bit.ly/2L0gN Liam quits Oasis once again. The band reappears without he at Royal Festival Hall, England, on American TV Show "MTV Unplugged". After this concert Oasis broke up for a brief time, several US tour dates and the entire Australia and New Zealand leg had to be cancelled. Finally the tour ended on 4 December 1996 at the 11,800 capacity Mayo Civic Centre in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

Two months earlier, the tour film: "...There and Then" was released on VHS, but the doublé LP that has to accompany it was canceled and summed to a three-song cdsgl. One year later on November 1997 the film was re-released on DVD and the posibility of made the album returned again, for which a number of tracks were chosen, but unfortunately it was not compiled and some of these tracks appeared in "(What´s The Story" Morning Glory? and "Be Here Now" Deluxe editions.

Here´s the reconstruction of that lost álbum:

Side A: (20:31)

1.The Swamp Song.(4:18)

2.Acquiesce.(3:50) 

3.Hello.(3:12) 

4.Some Might Say.(4:56)

5.Roll With it.(4:14)

 

Side B:(21:43)

6.Morning Glory.(4:24)

7.Round Are Way. (5:09) 

8.Cigarettes and Alcohol.(4:32)

9.Chapagne Supernova.(7:37)

 

Side C: (18:01)

10.Cast no Shadow.(4:10)

11.Wonderwall.(acoustic).(3:50)

12.The Masterplan.(5:05)

13.My Big Mounth.(4:55) 

 

Side D: (19:02)

14.Live Forever.(4:28)

15.I Am The Walrus.( 9:08)

16.Cum on Feel The Noize.(5:25)

 

All songs bt Noel Gallagher except;

15 by Lennon & McCarftney. 16: by Holder & Lea

Track: 14 at Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton on 23 June 1995. // Tracks: 3,4,5 & 6 at Roskilde Festival, Denmark on 30 June 1995. // Tracks: 1,2 & 11 at Earls Court, London, England on 4 November 1995. // Tracks: 8,10,15 & 16 at Maine Road, Manchester, England on 28 April 1996. // Tracks:9,12 & 13 at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England on 11 August 1996. // Track: 7 MTV Unplugged. Royal Festival Hall, London on 23 August 1996.

See you soon with more and better.

Suede: "Animal Lover".

Suede were formed in 1989 by singer Brett Anderson, bassist Mat Osman and guitarist Justine Frischmann. Bernard Butler later joined after the group responded to an ad in the Melody Maker. released their debut single: “The Drowners” on May 1992.peaked at only number 49 on the UK singles chart.

Once the band had signed with Nude/Sony in November 1992, they began official recording of the album. at Master Rock Studios in Kilburn, north west London with Ed Buller as producer-.

"Animal lover", original album title, should have been the Suede debut album in 1993, but this one was modified as the recording sessions evolved.

Here´s the story...

Original cover for "Animal Lover".

When they first entered the recording studio, the band had an album already in mind, a result of the two years they had already played it live with this line-up:

Side A: (23:43)

1.Animal Lover. (4:17)

2.Moving. (2:50)

3.My Insatiable One. (2:59)

4.Metal Mickey. (Unreleased 1st version). (2:31)

5.Pantomime Horse. (5:50)

6.He´s Dead. (5:13)

 

Side B: (24:46)

1.The Drowners. (4:10)

2.Painted People. (2:50)

3.So Young. (3:38)

4.Brass in Pocket. (3:41)

5.Sleeping Pills (Unreleased 1st version).(4:59)

6.To The Birds. (5:25)

As the recording sessions evolved, The album was restructured. Suede added more new songs; remixed others as: "Metal Mickey". This version is the orginal when the song ending abruptly after the chorus,before that Buller suggested an extended fade-out. “Sleeping Pills” was reduced by taking away his pretty introduction. And removed: “Animal Lover”, bit.ly/2ZpP6 “Moving” and "Brass in pocket".  The new version, now called “Half Dog” soon after “I think you Stink”, it had this other alternate line-up:

Side A: 1.So Young. 2.Animal Nitrate. 3.She´s Not Dead. 4.My Insatiable One. 5.Pantomime Horse.

Side B: 1.The Drowners. 2.Metal Mickey. 3.Sleeping Pills (2nd version). 4.Breakdown. 5.To The Birds. 6.The Next Life.

But during the album mixes the group made a decision similar to what happened in the sixties, the songs that appeared in singles later would not be included in the albums, but in this case they left it alone on the B-sides. From The first single, they removed ”To the birds” “and “My Insatiable One”.From the 2nd: “He´s dead”.Something that Brett Anderson always regretted. But they recovered other discarded ones from the original version.

The album´s photos were choosen by Bret Anderson from the 1991 book Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs. Photos. by :Tee A. Corinne. From all that Anderson chooseed, She only authorized one photo for the cover, a woman kissing to other in a wheelchair. and insisted they, it could only be shown: the heads and shoulders close-up of the women to protect their identity

.Suede was released first in the UK 29 March 1993,vinyl, MC and CD and worldwide 6 April. In the UK becoming the fastest-selling debut album since Frankie Goes to Hollywood's “Welcome to the Pleasuredome” almost ten years earlier.

Their third single, "Animal Nitrate",went to number seven following their performance of it at the 1993 BRIT Awards. Ten weeks after its release the album had reported sales of over 160,000 only in the UK. But Suede's commercial success in the United States was limited, and due to a lawsuit with an American singer with the same name, the group had to change its name for the American market to The London Suede.

To me the original album “Animal Lover” was much better and no wonder that Brett Anderson regretted it  Finally two bonus tracks: "Animal Nittrate"  - (live at Brit Awards 93) and  "He´s Dead" - (live at Glastonbury´93)

Ok.., here's the reconstruction of that lost great album. Enjoy it.

Steve Miller Band - "Greatest Hits II - 1981 - 86" - (Canceled version).

Although the Steve Miller Band's songs are well known in Europe and feature a large number of fans; their concerts, on European territory, can be counted on the fingers of one hand, as they only visited the United Kingdom in February 1972; in July 1975 during Knebworth Festival; plus a mini tour of a couple of concerts during the second half of July 1982; and one last concert in Germany on August 20, 1983 for Rockpalast.

Faced with the possibility that the group began a new tour as a promotion for their recent album "Living in the 20th Century", released in November 1986 and it began in Europe, there was talk of a couple of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Original cover for "Greatest Hits II 1981-86".

Mercury Records prepared a compilation album of their latest hits, which was to be called "Steve Miller Band – Greatest Hists 1981-86".

Side A: 25:07

1.Keeps Me Wondering Why.3:44

2.Cool Magic.4:25

3.Abracadabra.5:08

4.Heart Like a Wheel.4:01

5.Give It Up.3:38

6.Macho City (edit).4:09 - (Unreleased)

 

Side B: 24:48

1.I Want To Make The World Turn Around.4:24

2.Shangri-La.3:04

3.Italian X Rays.4:37

4.Bongo Bongo.3:13

5.Nobody But You Baby.4:04

6.Circle Of Love (edit). 3:23 - (Unreleased)

Although the project was intended to be distributed mainly on CD, given the reception success that this new format was having; some of the songs were edited so that there were no problems when it came to presenting it also on Lp and cassette. bit.ly/Gh87SmB For this purpose, some singles were remastered, especially from the early years, in addition to including the last that sounded on the radios "Nobody but you baby".

But after assembling the album, Steve Miller decided to make it more commercial for the European market and restructured it leaving on the side A a broad summary of the original 1978 "Greatest Hits", which so many sales records had been giving; albeit by space problems,the Lp was revised again and some songs were changed by others.

The final result was called: “Greatest Hits 1976-86”: A Decade of American Music”; with this new line-up:Side One: 1.Space Intro - 2.Fly Like An Eagle – 3.Bongo Bongo - 4.Rock 'N Me – 5.Jet Air Liner – 6-Take The Money And Run. 7.Mercury Blues. Emplazando a la cara contraria algunas de las canciones incluidas en la lista anterior. Side Two: 1.Swing Town – 2.Shangri-La – 3.Abracadabra – 4.Italian X Rays – 5.Out Of The Night – 6.5Who Do You Love. – 7.Harmony Of The Spheres.

But unfortunately the long-awaited European tour never materialized, if by the United States and Canada in 1988. Despite this,,Mercury Records decided to carry out the edition of the album to cover at least the costs of production, publishing it first in the United Kingdom and later in the Netherlands, Greece, Portugal and Spain.

Finally the cassette version was aborted, being distributed mostly on Lp accompanied by a lower number on CD. Only in Greece things were somewaht different when changing the Lp edition by the cassette, accompanied by the CD. Be that as it may, there was no more than an edition; except in Holland because first was distributed CD and subsequently, on LP. After the Spanish edition distributed at the end of 1987 by Mercury/Polygram Iberica S.A," This record was immediately discontinued and never recovered for the Steve Miller Band catalog.

The Tommy Steel's cover design,overseen by Steve Miller, also did not help; it was considered, among all existing, one of the least graceful. Ugly. This design, modified,  was taken advantage for another compilation album released in 1991, called "The Very Best of Steve Miller Band".

Here you have the original project along with the remixes that were made of the songs "Macho City" and "Circle of Love" for this compilation work. Forgotten in time. but recovered and rebuilt, now.

Enjoy it.

The Rolling Stones: "Still Life" - (Unreleased expanded edition).

One of the great tours of the first half of the 1980s was undoubtedly the one that the Rolling Stones performed in promotion to their latest studio work: "Tattoo You", released on August 24.1981 The album's release was preceded by the single "Start Me Up / No Use In Crying" on August 14. Single that quickly climbed to the charts reaching number 2 in the United States and Canada.

Between June 30 and July 2, 1981: The Rolling Stones shoot straight studio-performance video clips in New York City for "Start Me Up", "Hang Fire" and "Worried About You". "Neighbors" at the Taft Hotel in New York City and . "Waiting on a Friend" on the streets of Greenwich. 

After promoter Bill Graham and Keith Richards convinced Mick Jagger of the need to embark on a new world tour, the band met at Long View Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts, from August 14 to September 25 to rehearse. But before starting rehearsals Mick and Keith hold a meeting to discuss the tour and tell Ron Wood he will have to curb his cocaine habit if he wants to join them. 

The cover had several designs one of them was this, but it was finally that of the one made by the Japanese artist Kazuhide Yamazaki, whose work inspired the tour's stage design. Years later it was recovered in part, inside the series "From The Vault", as the cover of the double CD/DVD - "live at Hampton Roads, Virginia. 1981".

August 26, 1981: Mick Jagger holds a press conference at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, announcing the Rolling Stones' 1981 Tattoo You U.S. Tour. Worcester on September 14 in front of 11,000 fans, the tour began in Philadelphia on September 25 at John F.Kennedy Stadium, with all tickets sold out, with 181,564 spectators. The tour grossed $50 million in ticket sales when the average ticket price was $16. The Stones were estimated to have reaped about $22 million after expenses.Roughly three million attended the concerts, but unfortunately, this was the Stones' last tour of the United States until 1989.

October 15, 1981: A fan dies at a Stones concert in Seattle after falling 50 feet off a railing. The New Jersey concerts are filmed by director Hal Ashby for the indoor show portion of the film Let's Spend the Night Together. December 13perform at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe (Pheonix), Arizona, where the outdoor part of the film Let's Spend the Night Together is shot. Next day,Kansas City, ick Taylor joins in on the first night and stays through the whole set. The Rolling Stones end the 1981 Tattoo You U.S. Tour with two arena concerts in Hampton, Virginia, with the first concert (on Keith Richards' 38th birthday) telecast across the country on pay-per-view TV. During the show, Keith swings his guitar at a fan rushing the stage during Satisfaction.

February 1982: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards join director Hal Ashby in Los Angeles to start work on the concert film "Let's Spend the Night Together" and on the soundtrack for the film at the Power Station in New York City: a double lp. Ordered Bob Clearmountain and David Hewitt to mix a live album. Mixtures that were made at the Record Plant studios in New York, with the idea that the album coincided with the start of the European tour on June 2, 1982 in Rotterdam.

The original project was to be a double album, where three of its sides were recorded live during this successful American tour Bit.ly/82RsSL and the last one would feature some tracks from Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge with Muddy Waters, the night of November 22,1981..A DVD-CD of the performance is released in 2012. Something similar to what had been done a years ago with "Love You Live". With the next line-up:

Side A: (19:06)

1. "Intro: Take the 'A' Train". (0:26)

2. "Under My Thumb". (4:18)

3. "Let's Spend the Night Together". (3:51)

4. "Shattered".(4:08) 

5. "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)". (5:18)

6. "Twenty Flight Rock". (1:45)

 

Side B:  (18:06)

1. "Going to a Go-Go" (3:13)

2. "Let Me Go". (3:30)

3. "Time Is On My Side". (3:37)

4. "Beast Of Burden". (4:53)

5. "Little T& A". (3:33)

 

Side C: (20:33)

1. "Tumbling Dice". (4:24)

2. "Honky Tonk Women". (3:42)

3. "Brown Sugar". (3:37)

4. "Start Me Up". (4:19)

5. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". (4:23)

6. "Outro: Star Spangled Banner" (0:48)

 

Side D: (19:34)

(A.k.a: The Lost Checkerboard Lounge Side).

1. "Introductions". (1:13)

2. "Hoochie Coochie Man" (4:13)

3. "Mannish Boy".(10:27)

4. "Got My Mojo Workin' (3:41)

But finally the project is edited between March and April 1982, Because the documentary film was delayed until February 1983 and what should have been his soundtrack  was changed and matched with the start of the European tour, because of the need.to make it as commercial as possible summarizing its contents to a single Lp, changing the order of some songs and relocating others to B-sides.

"Let´s spend the night together" film was filmed at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey (5–6 November 1981) and at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona (13 December 1981). 26 tracks, most of them edited. with slightly different footage and the additional song "When the Whip Comes Down" for European version.

May 7-24, 1982: The Rolling Stones hold tour rehearsals at Shepperton Studios in London, England. The European tour begins, on June 2, 1982, the first of the two singles "Going To A Go Go" was released, with one of the discarded songs of the double albuim: "Beast Of Burden". which became a Top 30 hit in the United Kingdom and United States; the follow-up single, "Time Is on My Side" / "20 flight Rock", this last song instead of "Little T&A";;reached the lower part of the UK charts. Still Life was a commercial success, reaching #4 in the UK and #5 in the U.S., and going Platinum in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Gold in the UK, but was not critically well-received.

Ok.., enjoy it!. and see you soon.

Genesis - "Three Sides Live" - Reconstructed Original Project.

In December 1981, Genesis wrapped their four-month tour of Europe and North America to support the release of their eleventh studio album: "Abacab".

During the first months of 1982 the group selected recorded material during this tour for a new work.The result ,the third live album released as a double lp on 4 June 1982, on Charisma Records in the United Kingdom and by Atlantic Records in the United States; with a movie, wich was released on Betamax and VHS sistems.

This is a reconstruction of how this project was initially conceived to make it coincide with the content of the film.

First design for the album´s cover: "Three Sides Live" ,Another appeared with the logo and the same photo inclined; and one more with a different photo taken live.

"Abacab" was released on 18 September 1981 by Charisma Records, after their 1980 "Duke" World Tour. The album recorded at The Farm, a studio bought by the group in Chiddingfold, Surrey. The recording sessions were brief but very profitable; it began in May and ended shortly after in June. It was a commercial success for the band, reaching No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 7 on the US Billboard 200.

The Abacab Tour was a European and North American concert tour, that began in September 25 1981 in Barcelona “Plaza de Toros – La Monumental” and ended with four shows in Birmingham,England at Resorts World Arena, the last one in December 23 1981. A short world tour but very, very intensive with 65 shows, practically one daily. The pace of work of the group was very intense, partly to forget the disastrous private life that the members of the band were going through, with divorces, separations, economic and health problems.

The tour also marked the first appearance of the Vari-Lite automated lighting system. It was filmed by Stuart Orme and a movie was made with songs from two shows:  28 and 29 November 1981 at the Savoy Theatreand Nassau Coliseum, New York, respectively, but some of the featured songs are incomplete due to editing. At the same time an live album was made following of the film sequence, Bit.ly/Gen3sl81 adding in addition a concert more recorded at National Exhibition Center. Birmingham, England on 23 December 1981. The master tape was structured as follows

Side A: (19:11)

1.Behind The Lines. (5:28)

2.Duchess. (6:24)

3.Dodo / Lurker. (7:17)

 

Side B: (18:44)

4.Abacab. (8:42)

5.Me & Sarah Jane. (6:00)

6.Misunderstanding. (4:01)

 

Side C: (20:28)

7.No Reply At All. (4:50)

8.Man On The Corner. (3:45)

9.In The Cage Medley. (11:51)

"In the Cage" "The Cinema Show" "The Colony Of Slippermen"

 

Side D: (19:17)

10.Afterglow. (4:45)

11.Turn It Again. (5:12)

12.I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). (9:20)

 

1,2 & 11 - at Nassau Coliseum. Uniondale, New York on 29 November 1981.

3,4,5,9,10 & 12 - at National Exhibition Centre. Birmingham, England on 23 December 1981.

6,7 & 8 -  at Savoy Theatre. New York City, New York on 28 November 1981.

The project was later altered to make it more commercial, changing the original positions of the songs; and also two versions of the album were made, with “Evidence of autumn” and “Open Door”, outtakes from “Duke”; with “Paperlate", "You Might Recall", and "Me & Virgil", outtakes from “Abacab”, on side D for the North American edition and other with: “One For The Wine”, “Fountain of Salmacis” and “"it."/"Watcher of the Skies”, on this same side, but recorded live on tour between 1976 and 1980.

Clarification: although “One For The Wine” and “Fountain of Salmacis” appear separate and presumably recorded in different concerts, it is wrong, it´s a single song recorded at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. May 5.1980.

We continue.., some of the songs from the original project that were rejected as: “Man On The Corner” or “No Reply At All” were included years later in Genesis Archive 2: 1976-92”. .Others are yet to be published: “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)”. And it's a shame that this last song was left out, because the interaction that takes place with the audience makes it perhaps one of the best songs on the tour.

Even so, "Three Sides Live" reception was a commercial success, peaking at No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 10 on the US Billboard 200, where it sold 500,000 copies.

Ok!.., That´s all, see you soon, If you want, with more and better, I hope.

Joni Mitchell - "Blue" - Early Version. March 1971.

We continue with another great album of the early seventies: "Blue", the fourth studio lp by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Released by Reprise Records on June 22 1971. It was  number 3 on the UK Albums Chart, 9 in Canada and 15 on the Blllboard 200. Regarded by music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time made by a woman

Here´s the less known version, from March 1971, shortly before being restructured as we know it today.

January 1970, Joni Mitchell make a decision to break from performing. A few months later,she set off on a vacation around Europe. While staying on the island of Crete and Malta she wrote some of the songs that appear on Blue, as:“Carey”;“California”;“My Old Man” or “River”. Songs inspired in old sentimental relationships that she had with David Crosby and in those moments with Graham Nash and shortly after with James Taylor.

Original cover for ”blue”. This photo is from june 1968, taken at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. It was indeed a black & white photograph originally, shot by Tim Considini with an experimental instrument film rated at the then unheard of ASA (ISO) of 6000. And, yes, it had the microphone in it. But there´s two version within and without microphone. Why? An decision by the art director: Gary Burden, who processed it as a daguerreotype, heightening the contrast to make it as blue as possible. But since Tim did not like, he made his own versions, both with and without mike for collectors.The version on this site is without the mike.

When she returned to the United States from Spain ended the relationship with Graham Nash but because she had begun another with James Taylor. Joni Mitchell was accused, on more than one occasion, of using personal relationships to promote her musical career, as had happened with David Crosby in the past; thanks to him she got Reprise Records interested in his music. behind the sweetness and innocence appearance, there was always an interested woman., true or not?, what do you think?.

Good.., we continue with this quick story. This new work start it to record on january 1971 at A&M Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles C.A  and finalize in March, the same month when James Taylor broke off the relationship with her. This personal disappointment caused that Joni to change the line-up of the álbum. Bit.ly/71JMbl Next the original “Blue”

Side One: (16:38)

1.Carey.(3:03)

2.Little Green.(3:27)

3.A Case Of You.(4:23)

4.Hunter.(2:38)

5.Blue.(3:04)

Side B. 19:26)

1.California.(3:49)

2.My Old Man.(3:34)

3.Urge For Going.(5:05)

4.This Flight Tonight.(2:52)

5.River.(4:04)

There were three old songs that had not found their way onto any of her previous albums. At the last minute, Mitchell decided to remove two of the three so that she could add the new songs:"Urge for Going" was rejected by "All I Want" and “Hunter” (The Good Samaritan) by "The Last Time I Saw Richard". Leaving the album as follows:

Side One: (16:30)

1.All I Want.(3:32)

2.My Old Man.(3:33)

3.Little Green.(3:25)

4.Carey.(3:00)

5.Blue.(3:00)

Side:B. (18:31)

1.California.(3:48)

2.This Flight Tonight.(2:50)

3.River..(4:00)

4.A Case Of You.(4:20)

5.The Last Time I Saw Richard.(4:13)

All songs written by Joni Mitchell, but on the disc there was also the shadow of the plagiarism, when it was said that the singer had included part of "Jingle Bells" in "River". "Blue" was about to be retired and the song "River" replaced in futures editions  by one of the other two themes that Joni had eliminated in March. Everything was solved between lawyers with an economic agreement and recognizing that it had been done in an innocent way, because since the original song was released in 1857, it was believed that the copyright had expired.

This work is short, maybe Joni Mitchell should have been more generous and have kept all the selected songs better because there was space on the album.or maybe not, possibly that's why it's so good in itself. The content of it is so explicit that even Kris Kristofferson when he heard an advance copy of it said to she: "Joni! Keep something of yourself!".

The title was "Blues", but the art director: Gary Burden changed it by the name of the color,.when he was commissioned to design the cover. Two singles were extracted from the álbum: “Carey” / “This Flight tonight  & “California” / “A Case Of You”.

It was discontinued in U.S in 1977 and did not return to the catalog until 1990 in which it was released on CD, although it was Canada who took the honors by releasing it in digital format three years before.

That´s all friends. Enjoy it.

David Crosby & The Planet Earth Rock N Roll Orchestra:

"If I Could Only Remember My Name" (Unreleased 2 lp version)               

This is the 1st solo album by David Crosby, released on February 22 1971 by Atlantic Records. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 and earned a RIAA gold certification for selling over 500,000 copies in the United States.

It was discontinued in Europe during 1973 and in U.S two years later, although Brazil was the last country in the world to edit it before the final withdrawal from Atlantic catalog in 1979. Eleven years,October 25, 1990, had to pass to see it again at the stores, on CD, and with a bonus and unreleased track: “Kids & “Dogs”, 16 years later in 2006; but never in its original format. as I present it to you here and now.., a new reconstruction of another great album, maybe lost in the time but not forgotten.

Optional photo made for the album demonstrates the state of mind that surrounded the musician at that time. the only thing that there was in his head: his girlfriend's death, suicide and drugs. Months later the cover photo was changed by another more convenient a photomontage of the face of David himself at sunset in a clear and emotional signal farewell.

"If I Could Only Remember My Name" lp was developed in a time of great emotional upheaval mainly from the loss of his lover Christine Hinton from a devastating car crash. On September 30th, 1969, Crosby, Stills, & Nash’s debut album, went gold; that same day, Christine borrowed Crosby’s VW bus to take her two cats to the vet. En route, one of the cats jumped into Christine’s lap, startling her and causing her to lose control of the car, which drifted into the next lane and collided head on with a school bus, dying in the instant.

This led David Crosby to a deep depressed and melancholic state, with an irremediable sense of guilt and great sorrow,his only refuge was music, friends but also unfortunately in drugs and excessive alcohol consumption. This personal misfortune nevertheless brought him one of the most creative periods of his musical career.

On September 3, 1970,Alan Wilson, co-founder, Canned Heat was found dead on a hillside behind bandmate Bob Hite's Topanga Canyon home, cause of death as accidental acute barbiturate intoxication.Just two weeks later, on September 18 1970 Jimi Hendrix died in London at his girlfriend´s apartment in the Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, while sleeping intoxicated with barbiturates, Vesparax overdose; and Janis Joplin do it days later, October 4 from an accidental overdose of heroin in room #105 of the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood Ca. Obsessed with the idea that death followed him, David Crosby was convinced that he would be next, so that decided to return to the studios and record what he considered to be his farewell album.

For the occasion he was accompanied by the band known as: “The Planet Earth Rock And Roll Orchestra”: (P.E.R.R.O), a nickname given to this californian artists group by Paul Kantner, co-founder "Jefferson Airplane". This alternate and provisional band was formed by musicians from "Jefferson Airplane", "the Grateful Dead", "Quicksilver Messenger Service", and "Crosby, Stills Nash & Young", that colaborated during the sessions for Crosby's album.

The P.E.R.R.O were: Graham Nash – guitar, vocals; Paul Kantner – guitar, banjo, vocals; Grace Slick – piano, vocals; Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar; Jack Casady – bass; Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals; Phil Lesh – bass; Bill Kreutzmann – drums; Mickey Hart – percussion and David Freiberg – viola, vocals.

After "Blows Against the Empire", a concept album by Paul Kantner, released under the name Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship; the second project of P.E.R.R.O was David Crosby's debut album, which features all the Planet Earthers mentioned above, in addition to: Joni Mitchell, Greg Rolie and Mike Shrieve.

The recording sessions started on November 1970 at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California, under a very entertaining and creative environment, where it was not necessary to interpret a song many times to be considered acceptable for the album bit.ly/71DCaP A couple of rehearsals and directly to record, sometimes even that was not necessary, it was directly performed live. In mid-January 1971 Graham Nash made a cut of the disc, it was structured on a double lp, with this provisional line-up:

Side A: (18:53)

1.Music Is Love.(3:22)

2.Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves).(5:55)

3.What Are Their Names.(4:11)

4.Laughing.(5:23)

Side B: (18:31)

5.Tamalpais High (at about 3). (12:47) (Unreleased full length version).

6.Traction In The Rain.(3:44)

7.Orleans.(1:54)

Side C: (18:12)

8.Cowboy Movie.(10:56) (Alternate studio version).

9.Kids & Dogs.(7:17) (Alternate studio version).

Side D: (18:55)

10.Is It Really Monday?.(3:28) (Unreleased re-worked and remixed version).

11.The Wall Song.(6:05) (Unreleased remixed version).

12.You Sit There.(4:10) (Unreleased re-worked and remixed version).

13.The Mountain Song w/piano outro.(5:10) (Unreleased re-worked and remixed version).

All the songs were written by David Crosby except:

- “Music Is Love”  - in collaboration with Graham Nash & Neil Young.

- “What Are Their Names”  - with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Michael Shrieve & Neil Young.

- “The Mountain Song”  - by Jerry Garcia, Paul Kantner.

- "Orleans" -  traditional arranged by David Crosby.

In this early version lack “‘I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here’, of which it is said, It was inspired by a supernatural experience that David Crosby had one dawn while he was alone in the studio when he had the vision of Christine Hinton, that watching him from the gloom, through the glass that separated the study from the control room. Something that ended up convincing him that his end was already very close. That paranormal experience brought with it that David Crosby restructure the album, giving more importance to spiritual compositions and without words, editing finaly the project to a single Lp, adding as album closure the hypnotic and transcendental tune: “I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here".

Some of the songs that were rejected, years later were rewrites and included in different works of Crosby, a couple on Jerry Garcia's solo, one on Grace's Slick album and one more on Paul's 1983 'Planet Earth...' album - and other never seen the light of day.

- “Cowboy Movie” & “ “Kis and Dogs” - original studio versions appeared in 2006 compilation box “Voyage”.

- “It´s Really Monday” - Crosby with his acoustic guitar singing . Unreleased.

- “The Wall Song” - a different version appeared in 1972 on the LP 'Graham Nash David Crosby.' On that take, the duo were backed by Garcia, Lesh and Kreutzmann. The real distinction between the released version and this is the absence of Nash.

- “You Sit There“ - sung by David Cosby with Jerry Garcia, Paul Kantner It often circulates under the title "Under Anesthesia", but the correct title is "You Sit There".

- “The Mountain song” - was re-recorded by Paul Kantner (without Garcia) for his 1983 album "The Planet Earth Rock And Roll Orchestra. In this version Jerry & David sing together with Grace Slick on backing vocals.

There are also a multitude of outtakes of the sessions available, almost all of them under a good sound quality. Here the original selection has been recovered, for which it has been necessary to remix some themes.

About the fate of these tapes, on August 23.91 a copy of the several P.E.R.R.O master reels were compiled onto a DT 120 DAT including personal collections of Barncard, Joel Bernstein, Nash and Stills. in addition to 4 reels more from mixes made in 1971 during the "If I Could Only..." sessions for a possible inclusion on :"Crosby, Stills & Nash" box-set . Years later in 2005, Graham Nash revisited, once again, these tapes, when he was working on a new David Crosby project: "Voyage". Some alternative takes were used as: "Cowboy Movie" and "Kids & Dogs".

From "If I Could Only Remember My Name" original lp, two singles were taken: "Music Is Love," / "Laughing" a collaboration with Nash and Young that was released in April 1971 and "Orleans" / Traction in the Rain" one month later.

Enjoy it and see you soon, if you want.

Kula Shaker - "Listen To The Promise Of My Heart" - Unreleased 1997 album.

After the success obtained with his first work "K", released on 16 September 1996. This album was the fastest selling debut album in Britain since Elastica´s debut the previous year. #1 position in the UK charts. Columbia Records wanted to take advantage of the group success and prepared an new CD or LP (special limited edition), a bridge between “K” and “Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts”; which provsional title was: “Listen to the promise of my heart”. This new album contained rare, alternate and B-sides tunes. Some of them unknown in the U.S. Then it´s a good opportunity to complete the Kula Shaker collection for Americans fans.

 

alternate cover for "listen to the promise of my heart" with "Govinda" another name of the Hindu god Krishna.

However in America, “K” was not so successful, stalled at #200 in the Billboard charts. So that publish another worldwide album, It caused distrust in Kula Shaker, because the story could repeat one more time specially in U.S Bit.ly/KLs98 So the group decided to edit and leave it in a simple ep of six songss.With new name:”Summer Sun” ; a simple work doesn't represent all of the band's British B-sides and rarities .

Even their cover of Deep Purple´s "Hush," their biggest U.K. hit is missing -- but it is a good sampling of their non-LP songs, even if these songs illustrate how predictable the band is. The standout cut is "Gokula," a trancy, Indian-influenced song based on Georhe Harrison´s "Skiing," which Harrison himself approved, but the roaring "Troubled Mind" and the acoustic "Dance in Your Shadow" also capture the band at their best. The remaining cuts are rather nondescript, but "Summer sun" is worthwhile for any dedicated American fan who doesn't already own the British singles.

Next, The original set list for "Listen to the promise of my heart".

1.Govinda '97, Hari & St. George. (Alternative version from “Summer Sun” EP. July 29.1997.

2.Gokula. (B-.side: “Govinda” cdsgl. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD5K – November 11.96)

3.Under The Hammer. (B-.side: “Grateful when you´re dead/Jerry was there” cdsgl. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD2 – April 22.96)

4.Dance In Your Shadow. (B-.side: “Tattva” cdsgl. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD3k – June 24.1996)

5.Red Balloon (Vishnu’s Eyes). (B-.side: “Tattva” cdsgl. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD3k – June 24.1996)

6.Moonshine. (B-.side: “Tattva” cdsgl. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD3 – June 24.1996)

7.Another Life. (B-.side: “Grateful when you´re dead/Jerry was there” cdsgl. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD2 – April 22.96)

8.Listen To The Promise Of My Heart. (A.k.A: “Troubled In Mind“). (B-.side: “Hey dude” cdsgl. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD4– August 26.1996)

9.Hush. (single version. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD6k – February 24.1997)

10.Waiting for Tomorrow (Raagy One). (B-.side: “Hush” cdsgl. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD6k – February 24.1997)

11.Drop In The Sea. (B-.side: “Govinda” cdsgl. Catalogue number CD: KulaCD5K – November 11.96)

Released July 29 to coincide with Kula Shaker´s appearance on the 1997 American summer festival H.O.R.D.E., Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere . A Festival was a touring summer rock music festival originated by the musical group Blues Traveler in 1992. In addition to travelling headliners, the festival gave exposure to bands, charities, and organizations from the local area of the concert.

The original "Summet Sun" EP collects six tracks previously unreleased in the U.S:

1.Govinda '97, Hari & St. George. 2.Gokula. 3.Dance In Your Shadow. 4.Raggy One (Waiting For Tomorrow). 5.Moonshine. 6.Troubled Mind.

Blur - "Starshaped" - Canceled 1993 album

“Starshaped” was a documentary film, running time 60 minutes, by English band: Blur. Released on video tape in September 12.1993. Directed by Matthew Longfellow and produced by Ceri Levy. Distributed by Parlophone & Ventura Distribution. This film It became a collection of live performances, videos and band interviews.

Food Records agreed to release a CD/LP with some songs included in the documentary, already known songs except two: The 1992 promotional single:“The Wassailing Song” or the hidden track: “When Will We Be Married”; although the non-album tracks "Popscene" and "Day Upon Day" are also included.

Original cover for "Starshaped" CD/LP, used too on VHS cover.

But the CD/LP “starshaped” project was finally canceled, because the band did not want to be interpreted as a “greatest hits” or a bad and opportunistic compilation without much sense of: the previous albums: “Leisure” & “Modern life is rubbish”, and  the material they have recorded live was not entirely acceptable for a disc.bit.ly/93BAY The original track listing from this documentary had 18 songs, not all complete and seven video clips, only 14 on CD/LP, in this way:

 

Side A: (22:51)

1.Intermission - 2:30

2.Explain - 2:45

3.There's No Other Way - 3:24

4.Inertia - 3:49

5.She's So High - 3:50

6.Colin Zeal - 3:16

7.Popscene - 3:14

 

Side B: (22:22)

1.Sunday Sunday - 2:38

2.The Wassailing Song - 3:24

3.Coping - 3:24

4.For Tomorrow - 4:21

5.Chemical World (Rwk) - 4:04

6.Advert - 3:45

7.Commercial Break - 1:44

hidden track: “When Will We Be Married”.

 

The reception was not very good, some critics and fans described it as boring, reason why the documentary was almost forgotten and not reissued until 2004. The new version of “Starshaped” was re-released now on DVD with extra footage: Live In Kilburn & Live At The Princess Charlotte. But even with this reinforcement, the movie is still boring. What do you think about it?. 

Ok, enjoy it and see you soon, if you want!.

Blur: "British Image 1" (Demonstration tape).

After the release at the end of August 1991 of the debut album "Leisure", which received very good reviews, partly because it had been polished during the concerts that the group gave between the end of '89 and a good part of the 1990; in May of that year, Blur finally decided to start a series of studio sessions that lasted intermittently for 10 months until the month of March 1991, when the album was ready for the final mixes.

Shortly before it was published, on August 26, the group started new sessions to register material in order to form a second Lp, before getting fully involved in the "Leisure" promotion with a mini European tour that would begin on March 4. October and that would take them to their first American tour to close the year.Between mid-November and January of the following year 1992, Blur continued to record tracks for an album that was originally going to be called "British Image 1" with producer Stephen Street, who had previously worked on his 1991 single "There's No Other Way "; and that they had planned to release in the spring, just before embarking on a new American tour much longer than the previous one, before more numerous audiences with TV appearances included.

While this happened, "Leisure" continued to climb positions, placing in the top 10 of Uk Records and putting Blur at the head of a musical phenomenon that would soon be known as the rebirth of "Britpop" with bands as important as Stone Roses, Happy Monday, Oasis or Suede.

So in mid-March, the group already had a demo tape to present to their label with the following set list: "Oily Water", "Mace", "Badgeman Brown", "Popscene", "Resigned", "I'm fine", "Garden Central", "Hanging Over", "Into Another", "Peach", "Bone Bag", "Never Clever", "Coping", "My Ark" and "Pressure On Julian" , of which they were quite satisfied.But David Balfe owner of Food Records, after listening to this compilation did not see with good eyes this material, because in comparison with all the previous thing it did not have sufficient quality and they did not contain songs that could be removed like singles of success, qualifying it as "artistic suicide".Despite this, Food Records, selected what they considered best and on March 30, a cdsgl with three songs: "Popscene"; "Mace" & "Bageman Brown.", Plus two others in 12 "format:" I'm fine "and" Garden Central ". In place of the album "British Image 1".

On April 1 a mini tour of the United Kingdom began, prior to the great American tour with 37 performances contracted until June 3 in Pittsburg, although this tour of America was so exhausting and so little recognized by the public that preferred before the phenomenon Nirvana, that Blur anticipated its end by canceling the last four dates.In addition, the little success achieved by "Popscene" and the rivalry with Suede shook the foundations of the group, to such an extent that their continuity within Food Records was questioned, as the debts of the members of the group began to increase as the problems with the alcohol and fights.

It was during this time, the Olympic summer of 1992 when Damon Albarn decided to change the name of the album and its theme to "Britain vs. America", due to the resentment that had remained within the band due to the lack of interest of the American public before their music and the severe criticism they received from their performances. They felt contempt for everything American.

 Despite this the creative process continued, as well as the changes both physically and in the way of composing the new songs, for this they took as reference groups like The Kinks or Small Faces to compose the new songs of what would soon become "Modern life is rubbish ", title taken from street graffiti. This second album did not reach the popularity of the first, but at least it was worth to get out of bankruptcy.

"Britisn Image 1", now "Britain vs America", had a second chance in December, but SBK again despised the work and recommended a new producer, Butch Vig linked to Nirvana, which they rejected.Willing to break with SBK and not to act again in America during a good season. The group dedicated the months of January to April of 1993 to perfect the album over any criticism that they were not themselves and to take it forward, of 1992, with new songs written by Damon Albarn, like "For Tomorrow" or "Chemical World" , definitively published on May 10, 93.

"Modern life is rubbish", although it is not the best work of the group, a moderate success, if it is a clear sign of overcoming, of survival, of a group of kids, in front of the system. Bit.ly/9b2l8r What you have here, it´s a reconstruction of the demonstration tape that Blur presented to the owner of Food Records, but does not correspond to the alternate or definitive "line-up" of the album. This collection carries the 1st provisional title: "British Image 1" , and the original artwork.

Enjoy it!. 

Aerosmith - "Gems 2" - Unreleased 1989 album

In 1979 during the recording of the album "Night In The Ruts", the North American group Aerosmith was sunk in a strong crisis of existence, on the verge of separating, product of the consumption of drugs and lack of economic liquidity on the part of its members.

So Columbia sent them on tour to activate their income, but at the end of July the guitarist Joe Perry left the band, after a violent discussion with Steven Tayler.The album was finished as it could, without having the group control over it, with substitutes for Perry, like Jimmy Crespo.Even the producer Jack Douglas also had problems, he was divorcing his wife. 

Gems 2 cover.

While the use of drugs by Steven Tyler every day was worse, to the point of making impossible work with him and much less to register his voice in conditions.

Columbia made a “Greatest hits” lp on November 1980, with the conviction that the band without Joe Perry could not get ahead, and even less when after recording the single "Lightning Strikes", guitarist Brad Whitford also left Aerosmith in 1981. Replaced by Rick Dufay who helped to conclude the last album. "Rock in a Hard Place", was published in August 1982, with Aerosmith dissolved.

In 1984, with Steven Tayler, supposedly, detoxified; regained friendship with Joe Perry who had not had much success with: "The Joe Perry Project"; they reunited to the band again and returned to the studies to record "Done with the mirrors", this time with Geffen. In November of 1985 it went on sale and a new American tour was announced for January with 85 scheduled appointments. While the group was in the middle of the  tour, Columbia released in April, what would be the first part of a live album called: "Aerosmith Classic live". that in principle it should have been a double lp. Coinciding almost with the new studio work "Permanent Vacation", that had been recorded in Vancouver at the “Little Mountain Sound Studios” between March and May 1987, Columbia released the second part of “Classic live”.

This strategy of matching these opportunist discs with the new works of Aerosmith was repeated. In November of 1988, it was the first part of "Gems", a compilation album with studio themes that had not appeared in the "Greatest Hist"; also with unpublished material. This second part, scheduled for the following year, coinciding again with the return of Aerosmith to the studios to register "Pump". This vol.2 Bit.ly/88aRM was done by vote among the fans , to those who were asked which were the best songs that had not been released in the two previous compilations.

14 songs were selected and placed on the lp, following the order of voting, from highest to lowest, also included the unreleased track "Helter Skelter", and a couple of remixes for singles,that had not been used until then. This is the setlist:

 

Side A: (25:14)

1. No More No More. (4:34)

2. Toys In The Attic. (3:07)

3. Sick As A Dog. (4:14)

4. Uncle Salty (Unreleased single edit). (3:29)

5. S.O.S. (Too Bad). (2:51)

6. Combination. (3:38)

7. Movin´Out (Unreleased single edit). (3:18)

 

Side B: (25:37)

8.Make it (Unreleased single edit). (2:52)

9.Cheese Cake. (4:15)

10.I Wanna Know Why. (3:08)

11.You See Me Crying. (5:11)

12.Get The Lead Out. (3:41)

13.Walkin' The Dog. (3:11)

14.Helter Skelter (Unreleased in 1989). (3:16) 

But "Gems 2", scheduled for November 1989, was not published. The success of the singles: "Love in a elevator", "F.I.N.E" & "Janie's got a gun", from “Pump ", ended up burying this new Columbia compilation. Part of "Gems 2", ended in "Pandora's box".

That´s all. Enjoy it and see soon with more. 

Paul McCartney: "Return To Pepperland" - (Unreleased 1987/88 double album) - (2nd version & definitive).

“Return to Pepperland“ was a cancelled Paul McCartney album, originally scheduled to be released in late 1987.

Officially the recording sessions for this project, inspired by the 20th anniversary of Sgt.Pepper's album, began in June at Hogg Hill Mill studios in Sussex, England with Phil Ramone as a producer. Although some songs had already been recorded previously during “Once Upon A long Ago” sessions March/April 1987, others came out from the Paul´s archives, home demos and outtakes recorded shortly before the release of the soundtrack: ”Give my regards to Broad St.” in October 22.1984 and "Press To Play" Era.

Original cover photo for “Return To Pepperland”, used months later on " Où est le Soleil?" single. July 22.1989.

The most interesting part of this project was going to be the collaboration of Freddie Mercury and possibly Queen, at least in one of the themes: "Once Upon A Long Ago", a duet between Freddie and Paul, as he had done in the past for example with Michael Jackson. But the agenda Queen´s singer prevented it and it was not possible something that saddened quite to Paul McCartney.

At the beginning of July 1987 a first compilation of the album was made with this provisional setlist: 1.Once Upon A long Ago.-  2..Lindiana. - 3.I love this house.-  4.We Got Married. - 5.Beautiful Night. -  6.Loveliest Thing. -  7.Squid. - 8.Big Day. - 9.This One. - 10.Love Come Tumbling Down. - 11.Christian Pop. - 12.Atlantic Ocean. - 13.Love Mix. - 14.P.S.Love Me Do. - 15.Back On My Feet. - 16.Return To Pepperland.

In addition to selecting a single formed by the song "Once Upon A Long Ago / Back On My Feat.",that would should go on sale like anticipation of the album at the end of summer. In July overdubs were add to this song with George Martin on production and Abbey Road as new location. The album, bit.ly/87PMPP it was produced by Paul McCartney and Phil Ramone.

In September, after listen “Once Upon A Long Ago” final mix, Paul considered that some of the songs from “Return to Pepperland”, could probably be improved with a simple re-mix, but others needed to re-record again. and delayed its publication to improve it and thus avoid bad reviews. He still had in mind the cold reviews received for his previous album "Press To Play"" and he did not want to repeat the story.

Paul took an extra time to improve the project; but as the release of a new album was already signed, one year without lp, since “Press To Play”, to avoid economic losses to the production company; “Return to Pepperland" was changed by another valid alternative, a double album called: "All the best", Although the single "Once Upon A Long Ago / Back On My Feat." remained; and it would be released fifteen days before of “All the best” album, on November 2.

Meanwhile, Paul continued to restructure "Return to Pepperland" and selecting new themes. So, between December 21 and January 21 the project was re-built, with more sessions and songs as:”Rough Ride” or “Figure of Eight”. The new album version was compiled on January 21.1988 with this final line-up:

Side A: (18:17)

1. Return To Pepperland. (Remixed). (4:47)

2. Love Come Tumbling Down. (4:21)

3. Christian Pop. (2:19)

4. Atlantic Ocean. (6:48)

Track 1: June 2-30 1987. Hogg Hill Mill studio,Sussex, England. Track 2: March 1987 Hogg Hill Mill studio,Sussex, England. with additional recording: June 2-30 1987. Track 3 & 4: March 1987. Hogg Hill Mill studios in Sussex, England.

Side B: (18:09)

5. Lindiana. (Remixed). (5:44)

6.I Love This House. (3:47)

7. We Got Married. (1st version). (Remixed). (3:54)

8. Rough Ride. (1st version). (Remixed). (4:42)

Tracks 5, 6 & 7: Sep. to Dec. 10 1984. Hogg Hill Mill studios, Sussex, England. Track 8: Dec´87 & Jan´88. Hogg Hill Mill studios, Sussex, England.

Side C: (17:50)

9. Figure Of Eight. (1st version). (Remixed). (5:09)

10. Squid. (Remixed). (3:58)

11. Big Day. (Remixed). (2:34)

12. Beautiful Night. (1st version). (6:08)

Track 9: Dec´87 & Jan´88. Hogg Hill Mill studios, Sussex, England. Tracks 10 & 11: Dec´1986. Hogg Hill Mill studios, Sussex, England. Tracks 12 & 13: Power Station Studios. N.Y. US. August 1986; with additional recordings June 1987. Hogg Hill Mill studios, Sussex, England.

Side D: (17:51)

13. Loveliest Thing. (3:53)

14. Love Mix. (3:54)

15. Peacocks. (6:46)

16. This One. (Demo). (3:25)

Track 14:  April 1987. Hogg Hill Mill studios, Sussex, England. Track 15: March 1987. Hogg Hill Mill studios in Sussex, England. Track 16: Feb..2.1987, Audio International Studios, London, England.

But the result did not end either of convince to Paul and after a brief rest and reflection, in April of 1988, he abandoned the project definitively and began the recording sessions of what would be his next studio album: "Flowers in the dirt". Many of the songs from “Return to Pepperland” came out as B-sides or were included in their next works as “Flaming Pie”.

Ok, that´s all friends. See you soon with more and better.

Prince: "Camille" - Unreleased 1987 Project - Unedited

"Camille" was one of the many projects Prince left unpublished. Realized in a moment of change of the singer, surrounded of mystery as far as his conception, because for it Prince resorted to the magic and the spiritism in search of a new identiti as artist 

Apparently this work was inspired by the 19th century French intersex spirit: "Herculine Barbin", who also used the alias "Camille" and was the subject of the 1985 film Mystère Alexina.

Years later, with the artist (Prince) deceased, a few copies were distributed promotionally without any type of artwork, with only eight his ten original songs with the setlist slightly altered. Here´s the original and complete project.

Although "Camille" never had a final cover, if there were several sketches, one of them a stick figure with X's for eyes or the model (Cat Glover) - professional choreographer, backing vocalist and dancer on "the Sign o' the Times Tour" and "Lovesexy Tour" - with a head of heart, photos later used in the video "U got the look", or in the double Lp: “Sing O´The Times”. Here I used the second.

On August 1986 Prince abandoning his double Lp “Dream Factory”, shortly after breaking up his backing band “The Revolution”. Between September & October, at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California with the engineer: Susan Rogers, recorded a new project. In it, Prince experimenting with his vocals in an artificially pitched-up style, achieved either by using a pitchshifter or by recording his vocals at a slower tempo and then speeding up the tape to create a higher, androgynous tone.

At the end of October he had completed an album which he planned to release pseudonymously under Camille's name as a self-titled debut with next setlist:

Side A: (22:17) 

1.- Rebirth of the Flesh.(4:57)

2.- Housequake.(4:29)

3.- Scarlet Pussy.(4:15)

4.- Shockadelica.(3:29)

5.- Good Love.(5:05)

 

Side B: (21:30) 

1.- U Got The Look.(4:16)

2.-If I Was A Girlfriend.(4:47)

3.- Strange Relationship.(4:21)

4.-Feel U Up.(3:42)

5.- Rock In A Funky Place.(4:22) 

But a few days later, on November 5, Prince edit the album once again leaving it with only eight songs, removing: “Scarlet Pussy", which was released as the B-side of the 1988 single "I Wish U Heaven" and “U Got the Look”, also released later in 1987 as a single from double LP “Sign o' the Times”: 

Side A: 1.-Rebirth of the Flesh. 2.-Housequake. 3.-Strange Relationship. 4.-Feel U Up.

Side B: 1.-Shockadelica. 2.-Good Love. 3.-If I Was A Girlfriend. 4.-Rock In A Funky Place. 

With this new set list, the project with catalogue number 1-25543, was planned for January 1987, preceded by the single: “Shockadelica / Housequake”, But was canceled. Why?. It seems that there were several reasons, one of them tell us: Prince informed Warner Bros. that his image would not appear on the cover and that he would not acknowledge the album as his own work; something that Warner´s executives did not like to and everything indicates this could be the main reason.

Although there is another version that says: Prince had gotten involved in somewhat dark matters of spirits and magic, Camille Bit.ly/88PCC was really a spirit that had possessed the singer, but this entity had abandoned it before that he finished the project, when Prince returned to himself, he had lost interest in publishing this new work dictated from another dimension.

Prince later invoked, once again to Camille for new future project, but the singer this time was possessed by a more demonic entity named “Spooky Electric”. Which led him to a new project:“The Black album” (released in 1994).

Or maybe the solution is simpler than all of the above, without that nothing said was not true: Prince instead decided to expand on the project by incorporating new tracks, resulting in the three-disc set “Cristal Ball”. 

Whatever it was,"Camille" was suspended and when the project was developed into "Crystal Ball", (1st sequenced on 30 November 1986), seven of the eight tracks were kept, only "Feel U Up" was removed. But when Warner forced to Prince to reduce the content of the project to two discs, only four tracks were survived: "Housequake"; “If I Was Your Girlfriwnd” & “Strange Relationship” recorded in 1982; with “U Got The Look”. This new work was renamed as: “Sign o' the Times”. 

Others songs from this unreleased project, (I speak of “Camille”), as: "Shockadelica," was later included as a B-side of "If I Was Your Girlfriend". "Good Love" was later released on the "Bright Lights, Big City" film soundtrack in 1988. "Feel U Up'" recorded in 1981,was released in 1989 as the B-side of "Partyman". The opening track "Rebirth of the Flesh,", released: 28 August 2001 - NPG Music Club Edition # 8 mp3 download.

That´s all. Enjoy a very good album that Prince should have published officially, in its full version that I bring here.

See you soon.

Eric Clapton: "Eric Clapton & His Band Live!" - (Unreleased 1987 live album) - Final Mix.

Here´s another special recording. An unreleased live album from Eric Clapton and his band, scheduled to be release in late November 1987.

The singular thing of this recording with respect others, is that it is the final mix and not the "work in progress tape". It has been difficult to find this master tape but here you have it as clean as possible. That's why I took a few more days. But the important thing is that here you have it, with artwork included. 

Eric Clapton playing his electric guitar "Red Fender Stratocaster", at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England. January 1987.

On July 3rd1986, after finish the recording sessions from his new album: “August”, Eric Clapton started in Norway a new world tour with his Band: Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Nathan East (bass) and Phil Collins on drums and vocals, with the support: Roger Craig Band. Nevertheless, the content of the disc was recorded during 1987 at the beginning of January in London at the Royal Albert Hall during three nights: 10,11 and 12;. and in the American tour that began on April 11 at  the Oakland Coliseum and concluded in New York on April 27 at Madison Square Garden. Of this last show and the previous at the Civic Center of Rhode Island some other songs.

“August” was the tenth studio album by Eric Clapton, released in november 24 1986 by Duck Records/Warner Bros. Records. Produced by himself, Phil Collins and Tom David. In this album is the song: "It's in the Way That You Use It" (co-written with Robbie Robertson, and featured in the Paul Newman-Tom Cruise film "The Color of Money" in October 1986, a month before the album's release, subsequently reaching No. 1. "August" became Clapton's biggest-selling album to date. This sales succes, it bringed the possibility of a live album, 2lp´s, but it never released, because two compilations albums, one on september 1987 “The Cream of Eric Clapton” a greatest hits album, not be confused with the 1994/95 compilations "The Cream of Clapton"; and “Crossroads”,on April 1988, a music collection box set of the work of Eric Clapton released by Polydor Records. were added to the E.C catalog better.

This unreleased live album called: “Eric Claptron and his band live!, Bit.ly/87ECaB contains twelve live songs with a new studio version from “After Midnight”, recording at Power Station Studios, N.Y. U.S. on September 1987. Initially this theme was originally recorded to close this live project, but it ended up being the end of "Crossroads" box a months later. The line-up was:

1. Intro. (1:34)

2. Crossroads. (5:26)

3. White Room. (6:35)

4. Hung Up On Your Love. (5:07)

5. Wonderful Tonight. (5:02)

6. Miss You. (5:33)

7. Tearing Us Apart. (7:15)

8. Holy Mother. (5:42).

9. Badge. (7:27)

10. Let It Rain. (5:39)

11. Layla. (9:08)

12. Further On Up The Road. (5:23)

13. After Midnight. (4:07) (*)

Royal Albert Hall London, UK. GB. Jan 10 (6 & 8),11 (7) (1,2,3,4 & 11).1987.

Civic Center Providence, RI .Rhode Island US April 26.1987. (5).

Madison Square Garden New York , NY. U.S. April 27.1987. (9 ,10 & 12).

(*) Recorded at Power Station Studios, N.Y. U.S. Sept.1987.

This project was not forgotten, decades after,  in november 2015 was released "Slowhand at 70 – Live at the Royal Albert Hall" recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall on 21 May 2015 during his "70th Birthday Celebration" tour. A film of the concert was released on 14 September 2015 too.

Enjoy this. See you soon with more and better. I hope.

Guns N´Roses: “More Lies” (A.k.a: “Lies II”) – “Aborted Album”.

On December 6, 1988, Guns'N'Roses published his second studio album "Lies"; a compilation Lp because on the side A, was reissued the EP of 1986: "Live?! * @ Like a Suicide", previously edited by the independent label UZI Suicide.While on the B side, some acoustic songs and discards appear from the "Appetite for Destruction" sessions.Ten years later and with the band already practically decomposed, Geffen Records programmed a second part of Lies: "More Lies" (a.k.a: Lies II ", following the same technique as the first one.Some of the material came from the EP "From the jungle" distributed only in Japan, along with the full content of the third EP "Civil War", March 1993..

In addition, to make it more attractive, were included two extra tracks played live: "Live and Let Die" at Wembley Stadium in London in 1991 and "Yesterdays" in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1992. In this reconstruction, another one is added: "Oh My God" from the soundtrack of the film: "End of Days".

"Lies II" or "More Lies", was scheduled to be published just 10 years after the first, in December 1998, with a view to that year's Christmas campaign, but the recent edition of the compilation "Use your illusion" in the United States; the internal problems that were between the original members of the band and the absence of a good live album, delayed its publication and finally was canceled by "Live Era'87 '93", which after a year of work ended up seeing the light in November 1999.

1.It´s So Easy. (Live).(3:45).

2.Whole Lotta Rosie.(Live).(4:22).

3.Knockin' On Heaven's Door.(Live).(4:36).

(Tracks 1,2 & 3 - Live at Marquee Club, London, England - June 28.1987)

4.Live And Let Die.(Live).(3:52). (Live at Wembley Stadium, London, England - August 31.1991).

5.Shadow Of Your Love.(3:02). Fake live recording (studio track with overdubbed crowd noises).

6.Sweet Child O´Mine.(5:54).

7.Civil War.(7:46).

8.Garden Of Eden.(2:39).

9.Death Horse.(4:17).

10.Yesterdays (live).(3:11). (Live Iin Las Vegas, Nevada. January 25.1992)

11.Oh My God.(3:42).

12.Interview with Slash.(7:11).

The artwork of "More Lies" was in line with the first one, a cover that emulated being a tabloid with real news and messages loaded with certain sarcasm.The album was also to be a posthumous tribute to the porn actress Savannah, Slash's ex-girlfriend and who had recently shot herself to death after being disfigured after a traffic accident. This new reconstruction opens with Bit.ly/86gnrl2 the three live themes of the Marquee but with the correct sequencing, followed by two songs extracted from the cdsgl "Live and Let Die", the live version in Wembley and "Shadow of your love", altered studio recording to make it appear live. All this followed by the Lp version of "Sweet Child O'Mine",plus the full content of the EP "Civil War", in its international version; the song "Oh My God", that everybody believed was the return of Guns & Roses to the old ones and the interview to Slash.

Enjoy it!.

Patti Smith Group - "Retrospective" - Unpublished 1983 compilation.

On May 17, 1979, "Wave" was released, an album with which Patti Smith Group said goodbye as a band. They gave their last official concert on September 10, 1979 at the Comunale Stadium, Florence ,Italy.

After that, Patti Smith, got married with her boyfriend, the former guitarist of the Detroit rock band: MC5, Fred "Sonic" Smith, to whom she had dedicated two songs on the album "Frederick" and "Dancing Barefoot". Patti already alone, without her old band, gave three more performances, between June 1980 and October 1981, before saying goodbye to her fans, with no return date, to be a mother and to dedicate herself to the family

Patti Smith during "Wave" photo sessions by Robert Mappletthorpe.

The years went by without new material, but in 1983 the spoken single : "7 Ways of Going / Fire of Unknown Origin" was released with the participation from old friend: Lenny Kaye, who had been produced the Patti single ("Hey Joe / Piss Factory") in 1974; and had been part of "Patti Smith Group" between 1975 and 1979; at which time there was speculation about a hypothetical return of the band. That rumor brought plans for possible retrospective album and more when Arista Records published a promotional single with these line-up: :“Because The Night”, “Redondo Beach”, “Dancing Barefoot” and “Free Money”; something that was denied shortly after by Patti Smith, who was living in Detroit with her family and .Lennyhe was not interested either, because involved in other projects, such as musical producer, with future music stars as Suzanne Vega and her 1987 hit "Luka".

About the possible 1983 retrospective album ,out of the promotional EP, it never said more. Patti had one more child in 1987 and it seemed that her musical career it was a simple memory , but what nobody supposed is that Patti had been written new songs for her next album: "Dream of life" and "People have the power" hit,  was ready. But that is another story. Today, I bring you a new and interesting reconstruction Bit.ly/83PSGg of what could have been and was not, following the original concept, to include all the greatest hits with material only available in singles or Ep's, something like this:

Part 1:

1.-Hey Joe.(5:08)

2.-Piss Factory.(4:42)

3.-Gloria.(5:54) 

4.- My Generation (live).(3:26) 

 (Rrecorded live at Agora, Cleveland. OH.U.S on Jan.26.1976)

5.- Pissing In A River.(4:52) 

6.-Ask The Angels.(3:09) 

7.-Time is On My Side (live).(3:28) 

(Recorded live at Le Bus Palladium, Paris, France. Oct 21,1976)

8.-Pumping (My Heart).(3:21) 

9.-Radio Ethiopia / Rock N´Roll Nigger (live).(13:57) 

(Live at GBGs, New York, NY, U.S on June 5.1977)

10.-Babel Field (poem).(5:49) 

(Live in London on Brian Jones' birthday, Feb. 28,1978). 

 

Part 2:

1.- Because The Night.(3:25) 

2.- Godspeed.(6:10) 

3.- Privilege (Set Me Free).(3:29) 

4.- 25th Floor (live).(5:43) 

(Live at Pavillon, Paris, France. March 26.1978)

5.-So You Want to Be (A Rock N' Roll Star).(4:00)

Alternate version.

6.-Kimberly (live).(6:09) 

(Live at GBGs, New York, NY, U.S on August 11.1979)

7.-Frederick.(3:06) 

8.-Fire Of Unknown Origin.(2:09) 

9.-Dancing Barefoot.(4:16) 

10.-54321- Wave (Live).(2:43) 

(Live at The Palladium, New York, NY, U.S on May 23.1979) 

11.-Frederick (live).(5:55)

(live at the Capital Theatre, in Passiac, NJ. U.S on November 5th, 1979).

12.-Chicklets.(6:37)

(Outtake from “Radio Ethiopia” sessions. June/August 1976). 

For a perfect homogenization of the sound, some recordings have been digitally restored.For artwork, I used discarded photos taken for her last album. 

That´s all., see you next week.

E.L.O - "Secret Messages" - (Unreleased 1982 double Lp - Alternate set list).

In December 1982, Jeff Lynne, "alma mater" of the "Electric Light Orchestra", E.L.O; He moved to the Dutch studios of Wisselord, inaugurated in 1978, which by then were reputed to have the latest advances in technology, for the recording of new themes. So between the months of December and January 1983, recorded a series of songs for his next album: "Secret Messages" ,title put with all the intention, since Jeff Lynne was more than tired of hearing that in his works used to intersperse hidden messages, some of them of satanic origin.

Original cover for "Secret Messages" double lp.

Hence this name so decisive and enlightening, it is more, on the back cover of the album placed a warning: "Warning: contains secret backward messages" ,and it was no joke, because the album It was full of them, even in Morse. I will mention some, in "stranger", you can hear: "You're playing me backwards".

Two acetates were made, or discs of tests of how the final album should be, this time in Allen Zentz Studios; one dated March 11 and another on April 3, when the final "line-up" was delivered to CBS Records, the label advised Jeff Lynne to reduce it to only one, since production costs, say .., due to the consequences that still dragged from the Second Oil Crisis, they did not make it advisable.

So of the 18 songs that made up the original version, I quote them following the order of the acetatos: "Secret messages; Loser gone wild; Bluebird; Take me on and on; Stranger; No way out; Beatles forever; Letter from Spain; Danger Ahead; Train of gold; Mandalay; Endless Lies; Hello my old friend; Four little dreams; Building have eyes; Time after time; After all; Rock'n'Roll is King "; only eleven of them appeared in the commercial version. Six others were B-sides and two were unpublished. One of them, the famous "Beatles Forever", song that is still not published officially, at least until the date I write this. In this reconstruction is included as a "bonus track" , because it´s a "Rough mono mix", excluded from the final assembly that I bring for the low quality of it and replaced by "The Bouncer", although it is an "outtake" of "Time", it was B-side of "Four Little diamonds" in October of 1983, hence the alternative order.

Side A: (19:22)

1.Secret Messages.(4:43)

2.Loser Gone Wild.(5:27)

3.Blue Bird (4:13)

4.Take me on and on.(4:57)

 

Side B: (17:54)

5.Stranger.(4:27)

6.No way out.(3:28)

7.The Bouncer.(3:14)

8.Letter from Spain.(2:51)

9.Danger Ahead.(3:52).

 

Side C:(19:08)

10.Four Little Diamonds.(4:05)

11.Train of Gold.(4:20)

12.Endless Lies.(3:26)

13.Buildings have eyes.(3:56)

14.Rock´n´Roll is king.(3:19)

 

Side D: (17:53)

15.Mandalay.(5:18)

16.Time After Time.(4:01)

17.After All (edit).(0:41)

18.Hello My Old Friend.(7:51)

Bonus tracks:

1. After All (full lenght version).(2:23)

2. Beatles forever (Rough mono mix).(4:17)

Finally, on June 1 Jet Records, whose main distributor was CBS Records, released the penultimate album of the ELO, under a climate of tension, desertions within the band, such as bassist Kelly Groucutt and cancellation of the promotional tour . Four singles were extracted from it: "Rock'n'Roll is King"; "Secret Messages" "Four Little Dreams &" Stranger ". Another theme "Letter from Spain" was used as part of the promo of the Olympic Games of Barcelona´92. The "artwork", it´s the original of the 18-track version.Ok.., for now it's all, here you have a good album, not the best one, of the Electric Light Orchestra, but it does not detract, especially the theme that closes the double album.Bit.ly/83elosm This is the alternative from the original line-up of the unpublished version of "Secret Messages".

ABBA - "Opus 10" - The album that never was.

On May 3, 1982, Abba returned to the Polar studios with the intention of recording new songs for his next Lp, after the publication in November 1981 "The Visitors". The first one was: "You owe me one", followed a week later by "I am the city", and twenty days later by: "Just like that", continuing in August with: "Cassandra"; "Under attack" and "The day before you came". At the beginning of September, seeing that the personal problems of the members of the group hinder normal development of the recordings sessions; because both couples were in the process of breaking up.

Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, like producers of the album, tried to save the project, of what was clear was going to be the farewell album of ABBA, anticipated the end of the sessions, they searched on the archives unpublished material with which to complete the new album. So to the six songs already mentioned, they took from "Super Trouper sessions": "Put on your white sombrero" & "Burning My Bridges" and from "The Visitors sessions": "Giving a Little bit more". But after making a couple of compilations with remixes of some of these songs, decided to definitively abort the album, considering that the minimum expected quality of an ABBA record was not achieved.

The best way to say goodbye was with a double "greatest hits" album where all the singles plus two extra tracks from the summer sessions of '82 were compiled. This work was published in November and December as: ABBA The Singles - The 1st Ten Years ", preceded in October of the single: "The day before you came / Cassandra ", and another posthumous one in February of the 83:"Under Attack / You owe me one ". Up to here, what the real story left us. But what was "Opus 10" then?.

Halfway through the recording sessions of "The Visitors", in June 1981, the group gave an interview to a journalist from the Swedish newspaper: "Expressen". Published shortly after with the title "Abba, is recording his tenth album". The journalist called this work still without date or definitive name, because it would not have until October, as "Opus 10", which was later misinterpreted. The rumor spread that the following work of ABBA was going to be called "Opus 10" and when "The Visitors" saw the light in November, it was said that "Opus 10" had been the provisional title of the Lp.

But in reality it was that, “Opus 10” (work #10) comes from the calculation of studio albums published to date, June 1981, plus Vol.1 & Vol.2 “Greatest Hits”, excluding: "Gracias por la musica" from 1980. Years later, when in the alternative market appeared the instrumental song Nationalsång "-" National anthem ", recorded in Polar Music studios between March 16 and 18, 1981, during the same sessions of:" Fanfare For Icehockey World Championships '81 ", Although it was really an early adaptation of the Swedish national anthem, it was renamed " Opus 10 "; this immediately unleashed the fever among the fans of Abba, extending the uncertain story that it was actually the central theme of the new album that Abba was going to record in the summer / autumn of 1982, with the songs mentioned above and others still unpublished today.

1- The day before you came.(5:53).

2- Cassandra.(4:50).

3- Under attack.(3:50).

4- You owe me one.(3:30).

5- I am the city.(4:02).

6- Just like that.(Rmx).(4:21).

7- Giving a little bit more.(Rmx).(2:41).

8- Put on your white sombrero.(4:31).

9- Slipping through my fingers / Me and I (live).(8:37). (The Dick Cavett Meets ABBA TV Special).(April 29.1981). -

Bonus tracks:

10- Fanfare For Ice hockey World Championships '81.(0:32).

11- Nationalsång.(A.k.a “Opus 10“).(3:10)

All songs recorded between May and August 1982 except: 8. Outtake from “Super Trouper sessions”. August 9.1980. 10. & 11. March 16-19.1981. All tracks recorded at Polar Music - Stockholm, Sweden. Written by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus But it was never like that in reality. There was never an Lp project with the name of "Opus 10", although it has been disseminated in some books about Abba, including the authoritative biography of Agnetha "As I Am". bit.ly/Ab81ba2 What is brought here is a reconstruction, for the taste of some people, of one of the compilations made during September 1981 in search of that possible studio album with no name, but with the certainty that it never existed one Lp or proyect "Opus 10". I´m sorry to say this.

Blondie - "Blondie Live!" - The lost 1980/81 live album. Original master tape.

On September 23, 1978, Blondie released their new and awaited studio album "Parallel lines". However, the promotional tour had already started a month earlier in London, Europe on August 24 and continued through Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, France to finish, after 26 concerts where they had started, in U.K on November 10 with a big success.

Three days later the new North American tour began at Hollywood and Main, Flushing, NY,  while the third single:"Hanging on the phone", went straight to the top

Original cover for "Blondie Live!", used on 1979 tour too.

During the "Parallel lines" tour, a team sent by the famous radio program: "The King Biscuit Flower Hour", recorded with a mobile unit a concert in Philadelphia on December 6, 1978 to be broadcast a few weeks later. The success of that emission, made that the radio station asked again for permission to record another concert, this time on the summer tour, at the second American leg. Dallas was the site chosen.

“The King Biscuit Flower Hour• was an American radio program presented by Bill Minkin, broadcasted on Sunday nights from 1973 until 1993, that featured concert performances by various artists and Rock Bands. The emission continued from 1994 until 2005, but with old programs.

Time after Chrysalis Records requested the masters tapes of both concerts to set up a live album whose publication date, in principle, would be February, 1980 with the provisional name of: "Blondie Live!"., whose result was:

Side A: (21:29)

1.- Showtime.(1:00)

2.- Dreaming.(3:07)

3.- X Offender.(2:57)

4.- Hanging On The Phone.(2:17)

5.- Detroit 442.(2:34)

6.- Picture This.(2:49)

7.- Sunday Girl.(3:35)

8.- Denis.(3:07)

 

Side B: (21:34)

1.- Heart Of Glass. (6:20)

2.- A Shark In Jets Clothing. (2:32)

3.- Band intro.

4.- I Know But I Don´t Know.(4:25)

5.- One Way Or Another.(6:47)

But in its place Chrysalis Records published better the single "Atomic / Die Young Stay Pretty".and "Blondie live!" was momentarily archived. The company executives decided to publish "Blondie Live!" Bit.ly/81bLlD at the end of the "Autoamerican" tour.,whose last concert was at Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy on September 21.1980, but the band went into a severe crisis, partly by the frenetic pace of work that they had since years ago. In view of this;,with the convincement that the group would dissolve soon, they changed the plans and published: "The Best of Blondie",on October 31 instead of "Blondie Live!".

Blondie took to the market their last album: "The Hunter" on May 1982, after which they decided to take a break from their musical activity, too much long, because it took them almost two decades to return in February 1999. Their last concert from this first part since its foundation on 1974 as "New Wave" band, was in Philadelphia at JFK Stadium on August 21.1982. 

The master tapes slept into the archives for years, until 1996, when this unreleased work were revised by the producer Cheryl Pawelski, who redesigned the original project expanding it from 11 to 15 songs, for a commemorative limited edition re-named as: "Picture This Live", and only for United States. One year after for Europe as: Blondie Live! Philadelphia & Dallas.

Enjoy it, and see you soon.

EAGLES LIVE  1976-80.  (Unreleased  version-sequenced correct).

First live album of the Californian group "Eagles", recorded during the promotional tour of the Lp "Hotel California" 1976/78 and the final tour of 1980 corresponding to the album "The Long Run", since the band was already in the process of separation .

This double Lp, published on November 7, 1980, was made by the commitment that was made with the label Elektra / Asylum Records. Five of the 14 songs that make up this live recording were rescued from the archives, as the Eagles had planned to publish their next work: "The Long Run" as a double album, where one part would be studio and the other live extruded of the concerts recorded in Los Angeles - The Forum in October of 1976, the days 19,20 & 21. But finally it only left the part of study in September of 1979.

The rest of "Eagles live" belongs to the three concerts held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, on July 27, 28 and 29, 1980, plus an extra song "life in the fast line" of the contest on July 31 at the Long Beach Arena, a charity concert with a view to raising funds for the campaign of Democratic Senator Alan Cranstona; however it became the starting point that marked the end of the first season of the Eagles as a group since 1971, due to a very strong discussion between Glenn Frey and Don Felder. Declared from then and until many years after irreconcilable enemies. So much so that Frey refused to join the band to do the overdubs or even talk to his former colleagues, so the recording was done in an unusual way. With Glenn Frey and the rest of the group separated by distance. One in Los Angeles and the others in Miami, exchanging the material by mail: “Federal Express”.

As this double Lp did not bring anything new, since all the live versions had their study counterpart, the group was asked to register two new songs to include them in the album, but there was no way, they rejected it, despite the fact that he offered them a non-negligible amount of two million dollars of the time., a million per song. So it had to resort to an unreleased track recorded live: "Seven bridges road", which was also released on single.

By then, Glenn Frey had already made his own interpretation of this work, with an order closer to how the songs had been played live, since he wanted the recording to be as sincere as possible, at least as far as the setlist, fleeing the typical purely commercial live album, turned into a "Greatest hits".

This is the real setlist in which the songs were played in concert:: 

1.Saturday night.

2.Seven bridges road.

3.Hotel California.

4.New kid in town.

5.I can tell you why.

6.Wasted time.

7.Take it to the limit.

8.Doolin-Dalton (Reprise II).

9.Desperado.

10.Heartache tonight.

11.The Long run.

12.Life´s been good.

13.life in the fast line.

14.take it easy.

15.All night long. 

 

But the record company ordered the final order, looking not only for the themes to fit in the space allocated on each side, but doing everything that Glenn Frey did not want something that annoyed him even more by charging everyone against having been put against him. , including producer Bill Szymczyk. But it did not matter, the Eagles separated definitively after the publication of this double Lp Bit.ly/76egs80 and did not return until 14 years later, with a new and second stage that ended in January 2016 after the death of Glenn Frey, founding member of the group.

Below is an unpublished remix of this fabulous live show by the Eagles that put an end to a whole series of successes and excesses as well. A great, great concert that should not be missed and less now that I present it to you as it was played live, remastered, remixed and without alterations in the order of the songs, as Glenn Frey had wished. Rest in peace.

The Rolling Stones - "Emotional Rescue" (2nd acetate & alternate version).

Although it is cited as the beginning of the recording sessions of the album "Emotional Rescue", between January 5 to March 2, 1978, at the Pathé Marconi studios, Paris France.

It is not quite correct, since these dates correspond in fact to the last sessions destined to "Some Girls", Lp published on June 9, 1978. The error, so to speak, is the outtake "Summer Romance", taken from that sessions.

Clarified this..,

Original alternative design for "Emotional Rescue" Lp cover.

"Emotional rescue" was conceived and developed in a very convulsive period within the band, almost in decomposition phase, full of interruptions due to personal problems related to justice, especially in the case of Keith Richards avoided going to prison, after paying bail, for possession of heroin while he was in a hotel in Canada.

In addition, taking advantage of the group that Ron Wood had formed, The New Barbarians, to promote his solo album: " Gimme Some Neck", how Keith was forced to provide community services by giving a series of concerts in benefit of IAB (Institute of Assent for the Blind), in Oshawa, Ontario, Keith entered the Ron Wood formation.The tour of The New Barbarians between April and May, 20 concerts in total, two in Canada and the rest in the United States, put a new parenthesis in the study work.

Mick Jagger was involved in the divorce of Bianca, Bill in the process of separation from Astrid, Ronnie also been arrested along with his partner Jo for possession of drugs in St-Maarten in the Caribbean.., and Keith, once again, with problems with Anita Pallenberg, now with an accidental death in the house they shared, which was under renovation, one of the masons, a 17-year-old boy, had been playing with her on Russian roulette and has blown his head off. The only one who seemed to be saved was Charlie, more concerned with hair loss. Under this climate the album "Some Girls" was developed and the following one, "Emotional Rescue".

So after the promotional tour of "Some Girls", on July 26, 1978 at the Alameda Coliseum, Oakland Ca.; tour did not have European part, the Rolling Stones locked themselves in the RCA studios of Los Angeles from August 26 to September 6 to rehearse new songs like: "My old Lady”; “Not the way to go”, “What gives you the right” o “I´ll let you know”; along with other classical themes of Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon o Jimmy Reed.

The following appointment took place already in The Bahamas, at the end of the month of January of 1979 until the middle of February in the studies Compass Point of Nassau. Where now if, the real recording sessions started with the first attempt on “Emotional Rescue”, “I´m think I´m gonna mad” o “Little T & A” and others outtakes: “Lonely at tghe top”; Gangter´s moll” ;”Let´s go steady again” o “What´s the matter”.

After the tour with The New Barbarian has finished, The Rolling Stones tired with everything that was happening around they, left the American continent in the direction of France, where once again in the Pathé Marconi studies, they resumed the sessions for "Emotional Rescue" on June 19, prolonging them throughout the summer with more songs: ”Dance”; “Down in the hole”; “Hang fire”; “Heaven”; “Indian girl”; “It´s a lie”; “Let me go”; “We had it all”; “send it to me” o “No use in crying”. Many of which ended in the next album "Tattoo you".

In November, Mick and Ketih began to make the first mixes, but a fight between them, for the musical direction of the group, interrupted again the evolution of "Emotional Rescue" and both remained almost a month without seeing each other until the end of January. Now in New York at the Electric Lady studios, the "glimmer twins" made peace and resumed the mixes. Mixes that according to Bill took longer than recording any other album.

Little by little, the project was taking form, thus at the end of March, the first acetate of the disc was made: “Down in the hole”; “She´s so cold”; “Claudine”; “We had it all”l; “·You Left me”; ·”Indian Girl”; “I think I´m gonna mad”; “Let me go”; “Emotional Rescue”; “Send it to me”; “Summer Romance”; “Where the boys go”;” Ain´t no use in crying”; “Dance”. Before the end of that month , in New York was taken the famous thermographic photos that were later included in the album and its poster besides the promotional videos: “Emotional Rescue”, “She´s so cold” , “Where the boys go” y “Down in the hole”. Between April and May more mixes and a new acetate, the one shown here.

Side A: (23:31)

1. Indian Girl.(6:38). (Full length version).

2. Emorional Rescue.(5:43). (Full length version).

3. Ain´t No Use In Crying.(3;26).

4. Claudine.(3:42)

5. I´m Think I´m Going Mad.(3:53).

 

Side B: (21:10)

1. Let Me Go.(3:46).

2. Where The Boys Go.(3:44).

3. Neighbours.(3:30).

4. Summer Romance.(3:14).

5. Down In The Hole.(3:52).

6. We Had It All.(2:50).

An alternative version of the album, in early June and a single "Emotional Rescue" ready for publication on June 20. Three days later the album was distributed in the United States and a couple of days later, on the 27th in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. It remained at No. 1 in the United Kingdom for 18 weeks, two more in the United States.

Side A: (20:04)

1. Emotional Rescue.(3:39) (Single edit).

2. She´s So Cold.(3:59). (Clean version).

3. Send It To Me.(3;43).

4. In dian Girl.(4:23)

5. All About You.(4:18).

 

Side B: (20:26)

1. If I Was A Dancer.(5:51). (A.k.a: Dance Pt.2).

2. Summer Romance.(3:16).

3. Where The Boys Go.(3:29).

4. Down In The Hole.(3:58).

5. Let Me Go.(3:51).

After this introduction, I bring you in the alternative version, two different mixes: one made for the single "Emotional Rescue" and other of "She's so cold", called "Clean Version", with a censored verse: "she's so goddamned cold" ; sent this way to the radio stations. Finally, the acetate has been cleaned and remastered, song by song. Bit.ly/80RSemr And in it we can listen to unreleased songs as well as mixes totally different from the known ones. The artwork, the one selected here,it was going to appear as a paper sleeve that enveloped the album of thermographic photographs, although later, the idea was abandoned, although there some were promotional copies.

O.K friends, enjoy it and be happy always, with music better.!

Renée Armand: "California Lady" - Reconstructed Unreleased 1980 album.

Out of webs or forums specialized in music or people with knowledge of the subject like all of you, it is difficult to identify the artist that I present today: Renée Armand, among other things because her musical career is very short, just a couple of promotional singles and two discs published, but without a doubt her extraordinary voice does not leave unnoticed to those who hear it for the first time. Let's go with this "California Lady" and great album with rare, unreleased, unknown songs, very nice to hear. An excellent compilation that was proposed to be published in 1980.

Renée Armand began her professional career, as a pianist, at seventeen performing with John Handy’s fusion band in San Francisco. By the age of twenty she was discovered by Tony Bennett, mentored by Carmen McRea, So in 1971, she had her first personal success as interpreter of the song "Lost" from the film directed by Stanley Kramer "Bless the Beasts and Children".

Shortly after In the summer of that year, Renée during the recording sessions of the 2nd album of Derek and The Dominos at the Olympic Studios in London she recorded the song::"Gold Devil's Road " (A.k.a: Devil´s Road”), for a possible 1st single, but before this happened, the band separated and the project was canceled. bit.ly/80rnagt For that dates Renée was married with the drummer: Jim Gordon Here´s you find the original full length version and the single version, both unreleased.

March 1972 the songwriters Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, written the love theme for “The Poseidon Adventure” movie; original version sung by Renée Armand and used in the movie, but not commercially, This theme won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 45th Academy Awards in March 1973.The song was re-recorded by Maureen McGovern and became a hit, when its was release in May. In that special year, Renée recorded another film song: “Take me Home”, for the western “Molly and the lawlees John”. And her 1st lp: “The Rain Book” on A&M Records. with only one single: “Raining in L.A”.

Side A: (19:07)

1. Lost. (2:21)

(1971)  (from “Bless The Beasts and Children“ Soundtrack)

2. Devil´s Road. (5:35)

(1971) (Unreleased single version) - (with Derek & The Dominos)

3. Boney Fingers. (3:06)

(1974)  (Duet with Hoyt Axton)

4. I Dream Of Highways. (2:39)

(1977) - (Duet with Hoyt Axton) - (from “Outlaw Blues“ Soundtrack)

5. The Song from The Poseidon Adventure.(Version 1) (2:10)

(1972) - (from “The Poseidon Adventure“ Soundtrack)

6. It´s All Right. (3:20)

(1973) - (Unreleased) - (Remixed).

 

Side B: (19:39)

7. California Lady. (2:58)

(1973) - (from “California Lady“ promo single)

8. (We´re) Dancing In The Dark. (3:29)

(1978) - (single version) - (Remixed)

9. Raining In L.A. (3:31)

(1972) - (from “Raining In L.A“ promo single) - (Remixed)

10. Dirty Sisters. (3:51)

(1973) - (A.k.a: “Sirters“).(Unreleased) - (Remixed)

11. I Can´t See You Anymore. (2:58)

(1973) - (from “I Can´t See You Anymore“ promo single)

12. Take Me Home. (2:58)

(1972) - (from “Molly and Lawless John“ Soundtrack)

 

Bonus tracks: (16:58)

13. Auld Lang Syne. (1:36)

(1972) - (from “The Poseidon Adventure“ Soundtrack)

14. The Song from The Poseidon Adventure.(Version 2) (2:10)

(1972) - (A.k.a: “The Morning After“).

15. Gold Devil´s Road. (13:10)

(1971) (A.k.a: “Devil´s Road)  - (Unreleased full length version) - (with Derek & The Dominos).

To the next year, she recorded new songs for a possible second album, but only two: “California Lady” & “I can´t see you anymore” were released as promotional singles, in stereo and mono versions. From this same era remains unreleased: “Dirty Sisters” and “It´s All Right”, after were proposed for "California Lady" album.

From 1974 to 1977 Renée Armand put aside her personal career and dedicated herself to collaborating with other artists such as Linda Ronstadt, John Denver or Hoyt Axton. From this last singer two songs are included: “Boney Fingers” and “I dream of highways” .Finally In 1978, she released her second album “In time”, with only single in U.S: (We´re) Dancin´In The Dark / The Bitter Tasle of Wild Thing.

In 1980, while she was on tour with John Denver, A&M Records attempted to re-launch her solo career. it was speculated on with the realization of new album, the 3rd, that was going to be called "California Lady" ,and a selection of unpublished material was made, but the project did not materialize,because René Armand considered that this lp with of old themes was not opportune for its new race. She had joined to Leah Kunkel, the younger sister of Cass Elliot and, Marty Gwinn Townsendand formed a new musical group: "Coyote Sisters" , an American pop-rock female trio, signed to Geffen Records until 1982. After with Morocco Records, a subsidiary of Motown and released their self-titled debut LP in 1984. Lead single "Straight from the Heart (Into Your Life)".

Here´s a reconstruction according to documentation consulted, of what it could be and was not “California Lady”.

Enjoy it my friends.

The Shining (1st part) - (Unreleased "Deluxe" Edition).

In 2010, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining", an attempt was made to release a commemorative edition of the soundtrack that had not been reissued since the early eighties, let alone in a "deluxe" edition, where all the cuts that in one way or another were used by the director in the film, some excluded by space and others by rights, were included, publishing a double disc in 1980 was discouraged given the nature of the content of the work, many of them adapted classic pieces and other old, old songs.

Original cover. Used on the film poster too.

Unfortunately, with the director already deceased in March 1999, the project to carry out a special edition of soundtrack and the film, could not materialize, having no heirs of Kubrick an absolute control. As for the collector's edition on DVD, where for the first time all the different versions were going to appear together, including the so-called "Director's cut", with the alternative end of Wendy and Danny recovering in the hospital, of which only keeps a copy in Stanley Kubrick's archives, because he destroyed all. And you will ask, why?

The reason was another movie:"Friday the 13th", premiered a few days before in the United States, on May 9, 1980, whose end was very similar to the one proposed by Kubrick, which made that the director removed the few copies that were in its pre-release phase and was eliminated this ending "for life" and to make sure that it was never seen or added to a future copy, it ended up with all the copies, except one .

Be that as it may, the DVD edition was going to be something similar to what had already happened with other cult films like: "Close encounters of the third kind" by Steven Spielberg or the legendary "Blade Runner" by Ridley Scott.

The version that I bring, bit.ly/80SKSh is the first part of a trilogy that will continue with another album with the unreleased remixes made for the film and finally a third with the original soundtrack discarded at the last moment by the director. Well, this one that I show you first, is a reconstruction, based on original documentation and research of how that special edition would be in a double CD or LP.

In the first one, the original soundtrack of 1980 is compiled, remastered; and in the second cd all those cuts that were left out, some for space, since publishing a double Lp, as I said, would have been in its day too reckless.

 

CD 1. (Original 1980 version).(46:25)

 

1. The Shining.(Main Title). (Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind).(2:55)

2. Rocky Mountains. (Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind).(1:47)

3. Lontano. (György Ligeti).(10:10)

4. Music for strings, percussion & celesta. (Bela Bartok).(8:09)

5. Utrenja - Ewangelina.(Excerpt). (Krysztof Penderecki).(3:36)

6. The awakening of Jacob. (Krysztof Penderecki).(7:31)

7. De natura sonoris nº2. (Krysztof Penderecki).(9:05)

8. Home. (P.Van Steeden/H.Clarkson & J.Clarkson).(3:10)

 

In the 2nd disc, dedicated to the additional material, it includes two songs by composers Wendy Carlos and Raquel Elkind: "clockworks" bloody elevators "- until recently unpublished on CD, whose music, Stanley Kubrick excluded from the film to use it as part of the "famous trailer", where a spring of blood springs from inside lifts; also in this edition in English, since it differs from the Spanish, it appears: "Nocturnal Valse Triste", not included in the film but if in the documentary about "The Shining".

 

CD 2. (Additional material):(33:55)

 

1. Clockworks (bloody elevators). (Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind).(2:21)

2. De natura sonoris nº1. (Krysztof Penderecki).(7:22)

3. Masquerade. (Jack Hylton).(3:12)

4. It´s all forgotten now. (Ray Noble).(3:19)

5. Utrenja - Kanon/Paschy. (Krysztof Penderecki).(0:58)

6. Polymorphia. (Krysztof Penderecki).(11:48)

7. Midnight the stars and You. (Ray Noble).(3:27)

8. Nocturnal Valse Triste. (Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind).(1:25)

 

The soundtrack itself, despite being very successful, is somewhat sordid, dark and at times it becomes stressful and it is not advisable to listen to it alone and less at night because it causes its effects on the unconscious, and you can see things in the dark where there are none or if you relax a lot until you give a trip of those astral, because it contains many low, almost unnoticeable records that go deep inside. Don´t forget that part of the soundtrack used in the "Shining" is based on another one of equal tendency: "The exorcist" ..., you are warned.

Finally say that the artwork includes the original photo to back cover that was later censored for being declared of "extreme violence", changed by the other,but we know, as the plan to re-edit this classic: it was unreleased and forgotten until now.

Enjoy if you can, although I doubt it, this stormy and tormenting music of one of the horror classics .., I will tell you that compared to the remixes that I will bring you later it falls short.

Genesis: "Duke" Reconstructed Early Version

"Duke" was recorded in a difficult period, especially for Phil Collins, he was trying to salvage his first marriage, After his ended, Collins wrote a significant amount of material, some of which was used for "Duke" and some was laterused on  his first solo album, " Face Value". Also Tony Banks, on October 1979, made his solo album: "A Curious Feeling";  and Mike Rutherford did the same with: "Smallcreep's Day", on February 1980.

Duke was the tenth studio album by Genesis, released in March 1980. This album it´a great work of rock progressive with experimental pieces, of individually-written songs with a lot of feeling put that evolved from jam sessions.

It became Platinum album in both the UK and U.S., with hit singles  as "Turn It On Again", "Duchess", and "Misunderstanding".

Alternate cover. Later used on "Misunderstanding" single. March 10.1980.

On December 3, 1978 ended in Tokyo Japan the tour with which Genesis promoted their previous album: “And Then There Were Three”; moment in which the band took a deserved rest, because they had been ceaselessly either recording albums or playing concerts so that this was the first longer pause for the band, something that had come to pass personal bill, as was the case of Phil Collins with his wife.

In late 1979 They got together again at Polar studios in Stockholm, Sweden, to recording new songs for next album, with the producer David Hentschel ;in December the  new work was ready  to mixed and mastered in London at the beginning of the following year

So in January, at Maison Rouge in London,  the album was  mixed and structured in two parts: On Side A, they were places the most personal songs, as: "Please don´t ask"  or ""Misunderstanding"", intended for "Face Value"; while in the other, side was a long musical piece called “The Duke Suite”.Bit.ly/80GEN3 divided into six parts, or six tunes united by one same argument.  This is the way the album was structured:

Side A: (21:18):

1.Missunderstanding.(3:24)

2.Heathaze.(5:00)

3.Alone Tonight.(3:57)

4.Cul.De-Sac(5:04).

5.Please Don´t Ask.(4:02)

 

Note: “Man Of Our Times” was temporarily outtake; as: “Open Door” & “Evidence O Autumn”.  Then included in the final lp and the other two songs as B sides of the singles: "Turn It On Again", "Duchess" and "Missunderstanding".

 

Side B: The Duke Suite - (Parts I to VI) -  (21:47) :

I.Behind The Lines.

II.Duchess.

III.Guide Vocal.

IV.Turn It On Again.

V.Duke´s Travel.

VI.Duke´s End.  

 

Although, They liked this early version, The band thought that "Duke" could evolve more towards a conceptual album like "Tommy". But the problem was the material, it had was not much; and there was not enough time for new sessions. So they So that, they decided reworked over the master tapes and extended “The Duke Suit” to both sides using a new mixes, integrating the rest of the songs in it, trying to follow the same storyline.

At this point, "Duke" was a double album, because they used the rest of the material that had been rejected weeks ago. But for economic reasons, this option was forgotten and two of the songs "“Open Door” & “Evidence O Autumn” were finally removed from the final result,so that  this new version remained in one only disc. But they were wrong to compress it so much,it should have been left in two Lp, because the sound quality was not very good. 

Finally, in March 1980 "Duke" was published; this album became to the top of the UK charts, and “Misunderstanding” turned out quite a successful single in the USA. But Phil could not to save his marriage. but he gave us another great album: "Face Value", published in February 1981.

For my taste, I prefer this early version from "Duke" What do you think about it?.

Enjoy it. See you soon with more.

Marvin Gaye - "Love Man" - Unreleased 1979/80 album

1979 was the descent into the underworld of Marvin Gaye from which he never returned. Where the career and the personal life of the singer entered into a spiral that marked the path of no return to its sad end. despite the success achieved in 1982/83 with his last studio album. Addicted to cocaine use and stormy relationships with their women, the rise of stars like Prince made his last years the worst nightmare ever dreamed.

After the failure of his previous work: "Here My Dear", published on December 1978; described as “bizarre” and not comercial. With only two singles :“A Funky Space Reincarnation" and "Anger", the last one published at the end of the summer, Marvin started to working on a new studio album, called “Love Man”.

Original cover for "Love Man", unreleased album from 1979/80.

As a preview to the album, a first single was published on september 17: “Ego Trippin´Out”, a slightly autobiographical disco song in which he explained as his ego was larger than life. The song was supposed to be the leading track off Gaye's next album, was recorded at his personal studio. It debuted on the Tv program Dinah Shore's Dinah & Friends; but was not a success, and this caused losses, also a $4.5 million tax bill made matters worse in the singer´s life.

Marvin had to interrupt the production of the album and go on tour to recover money. The new tour without any lp to promote, started on September 22 at at Front Row Theater, Highland Heights, OH, USA. Between the show in Japan at Banpaku Hall on November 14 and the next at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA, USA on December 29, Marvin tried finishing his “Love Man” project; Bit.ly/79MG80 but after hearing a mix at Sea-West recording studios in Honolulu, Gaye shelved the album, fearing his music career was over; because some of the songs were too obvious and raw about his decadent personal situation.

Here´s the 1979 Sea-West recording studio mix rejected by Marvin Gaye. 

Side One: 22:02.

1 Ego Tripping Out. 7:13

2 Life´s A Game Of Give And Take. 4:54

3 Life Is Now In Session. 4:04

4 I Offer You Nothing But Love. 5:50

 

Side Two: 22:01

1 Just Because You´re So Pretty. 5:06

2 Dance N´Be Happy. 4:43

3 Funk Me,Funk Me,Funk Me. 5:34

4 A Lover´s Plea. 6:37 

Finally he abandoned the tour too, and the demands of the promoters for breach of contract, worsened his situation. Gaye's lawyer advised him to file for voluntary bankruptcy, later resulting in the shutdown of his recording studio, which further depressed Gaye. Also the divorce of his wife and the accusation of mistreatment with the next, sank him further. All this led him to attempted suicide by snorting an ounce of cocaine.

Time after, the concert promoter:Jeffrey Krueger got contact with Gaye, to start a European tour, which took place in 1980, featured performances in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland and England.

Scared of a possible arrest warrant for avoiding the IRS, decided to settle in London. There began to reevaluate the Love Man album with a different concept. Who cared about competing with Michael Jackson and Prince?. He was the sex king. The recording sessions for his new concept for the album began at London's Odyssey and George Martin's AIR Studios.Songs that Gaye had recorded while in Los Angeles and Hawaii changed from their original approach and titles.

Here´s the 1980 Odyssey studios mix:

Side Three: 19:02

1 Ego Tripping Out. 4:37

2 Heavy Love Affair. 4:40. (A.k.a: “ Life´s A Game Of Give And Take“).

3 Life Is For Learning. 3:53. (A.k.a: “Life Is Now In Session”).

4 In Our Lifetime. 5:51. (A.k.a: “I Offer You Nothing But Love).

 

Side Four: 21:24

1 Love Me Now or Love Me Later. 5:43 .(A.k.a: “Just Because You´re So Pretty”).

2 Funk Me. 5:12. (A.k.a: “Funk Me, Funk Me, Funk Me“).

3 Love Party. 5:18. (A.k.a: “Dance N´Party)

4 Praise. 5:09 (A.k.a: “A lover´s Plea). 

"Far Cry" was the only new song with the instrumental "Nuclear Juice", also made new mixes of: "Ego Tripping Out" at Air Studios..

In December 1979, without knowledge Marvin Gaye, the master tapes were stolen by  bassist Frank Blair, and delivered to Motown's Hollywood offices. They remixed the album and published it before Marvin could do anything. “Love man” now re-titled: “When In Our Lifetime”, it became the sixteenth studio album in the singer's musical career; was finally released on January 15, 1981.  

The singer did not want to continue with his old company. and signed in March 1982 with CBS, who bought the rights of Marvin Gaye to Motown In October, released his last studio album: “Midnight Love”,followed by a successful world tour.

This Long Play was certified triple platinum in the United States, selling well over six million copies worldwide. The NME named it as Album of the Year in 1983; and Mr. Gaye was nominated for a 1984 Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

But the bad luck that had accompanied him in recent years did not leave him, a day before his 45th birthday, he was killed by his father of several shots.

Ok!.., that´s all for now, enjoy it and see you soon with more stuff.

AC/DC: "16 of the best" - unreleased 1978 album

Let's go with one of the first surprises promised. The unreleased "Greatest Hits" "12 to the best", in its primary version. So let's start by the beginning of the year 77... 

In March the last studio work: "Let There Be Rock" had been published and at the moment there was no intention of returning to the studios, despite the fact that the international edition was delayed until July. The numerous tours and diverse commitments of the group, broke the norm of publishing two albums per year, as had happened during the two previous seasons of 1975 and 1976.

In view of this, at the end of the summer, Albert Productions proposed to Atlantic Records to elaborate a "Greatest Hits", composed of all songs released to date in singles, with the exception of "Whole lotta Rosie", song that the group liked to play live for the response of the audience.

Original cover for "16 of the best", then title changed to "12 of the best".

This "Greatest Hits", which was going to be called "16 of the best", for being the number of songs that would appear in the double lp, would come out first in Australia for the end of the year and the beginning of the next in the rest of the world: (the international version) .

The order passed, once again, into the hands of the producers Harry Vanda and George Young, after making new mixes, the album was shown to Albert Productions, which thought better about reducing the content of the album Bit.ly/78AChx , so that ¡16 of the best ", it was postponed.

Here´s the original set list proposed by the first version of this unreleased "greatest hits":

SIDE ONE: (18:34)

1. It's A Long Way To The Top. (4:59)

2. High Voltage. (4:03)

3. Problem Child. (5:22)

4. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be. (4:10)

 

SIDE TWO: (18:01)

1. T.N.T. (3:33)

2. Whole Lotta Rosie. (5:18)

3. Love At The First Feel. (3:07)

4. Let There Be Rock. (6:02)

 

SIDE THREE: (18:23)

1. Jailbreak. (4:33)

2. The Jack. (5:50)

3. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. (3:48)

4. Ride On.(4:10) (Unreleased version)

 

SIDE FOUR: (18:24)

1. Live Wire.(5:15) (Unreleased version)

2. Dog Eat Dog. (3:30)

3. She´s Got Balls. (4:49)

4. Baby Please Don´t Go (*).(4:48)

Four of the selected songs were eliminated from the original tapes: "Hell ain'ta bad place to be", "love at the first feel", "Ride On" and "Live Wire", leaving six on each side .The project was approved, with publication date in March of 1978, so Albert Productions proceeded to print the first vinyls and copy the first cassettes.

But when everything was ready, their distribution was paralyzed because the new studio work "Powerage" was finished and the group did not want both jobs to leave at the same time despite the fact that "Powerage" ended up publishing in early May, even so " 12 of the best "was postponed to the end of the year. 

The promotion tour of the album "Powerage" was very successful and the group felt really good with it, so they recorded several of the concerts for the release of a possible live album after the summer. When it was time to choose whether to publish "12 of the best" or the live one, after listening to the powerful result of the mixes made at the concert of the Glasgow Apollo Theater and the shocking cover and back cover photo that had been taken during the " soundcheck "at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA, on August 21, 1978, as the title" If you want blood, you got it !, ended by canceling "12 of the best".

Albert Productions ordered to destroy all existing copies, although some of them were saved because they were delivered to the staff associated with the group, managers, relatives, friends and some members of the press.

"12 of the best", has become a myth, find one is difficult and buy it even more for its high price. In this reconstruction, I used original material included in the master tapes; how it has been tried to reconstruct all the artwork.

I hope you liked this first surprise. See you soon.

Dire Straits - "In The Gallery" - Original set list from the 1st album.

Hi!.., here we go again!. 

"Dire Straits" or in this case: "In the Gallery" better, was the debut studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on 7 October 1978 by Vertigo Records and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. This work was recorded at Basing Street Studios in London from 13 February to 5 March 1978.

In this lp was included the hit: Sultans of swing”, wrote and composed by Mark Knopfler, The first version was recorded at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977. It was included on a five-song demo tape, with: "Water of Love", "Down to the Waterline", "Wild West End", and David Knopfler's "Sacred Loving".

"In the Gallery" - alternate cover.

This demo tape was took to influential DJ Charlie Gillett, who had a radio show called Honky Tonk on BBC Radio London. Its popularity soon led Dire Straits to get a contract with Phonogram Records. The song was then re-rmake in February 1978 during 1st album recording sessions. Produced by Steve Winwood's brother Muff Winwood, was released on May in a single and re-issue in January 1979 , but in an alternative version recorded in April 1978. The other version went to the album, provisional title “In the Gallery”, that already had a first set list: Bit.ly/78DS4 that was modified before it was published, without any title, although this alternate order was used for some cassette versions.

Side One: (21:11)

1.Sultans Of Swing. (5:48)

2.In The Gallery. (6:16)

3.Down To The Waterline. (4:02)

4.Lions. (5:03)

Side Two: (20:40)

1.Wild West End. (4:41)

2.Water Of Love. (5:26)

3.Setting Me Up. (3:19)

4.Six Blade Knife. (4:13)

5.Southbound Again. (2:59)

The fast success of “Sultans of swing” with the song “Eastbound Train” or “Southbound Again” on side B; led the group to a promotional tour which started on 9 June 1978 at the Lafayette Club in Wolverhampton, 26 shows around England, the last on 9 july at ATV Centre, Birmingham. The second leg, 31 shows more to promote the album started on 11 October at Morkhove, Herentals, Belgium to 18 November at Hitchin College of Further Education, Hitchin, England. Ten days after finishing the tour, they travel to Nassau, Bahamas to the Compass Point Studios to start recording their second album “Communique”. Meanwhile the 2nd single from the album: ”Water of love“/ “Down to the waterline” ,was released in some countries.

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the first Dire Straits album, I bring you this alternate 1st set list, with a bonus track, the B side “Eastbound Train”, recorded live. at Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds, England on 30 January 1978. From “Sultans of Swing” single.

Ok, “be-good”.., like Johnny and see you soon.

Elvis - CBS TV Special (Revisited)

 41 years ago that Elvis feft us. But he´s still alive?. What do you think about it?.

Ok.., for this sad anniversary I bring you two different mixes, made with the tapes recorded on 1977 tour for CBS TV Special.

Elvis has not left the building, is back!, to sing for you again, in a two greatest shows restored and remastered.

Don´t miss them. The King is Back!. Here now.

 

Elvis in concert - CBS Special TV. Alternate cover.

On June 1, 1977, it was announced that Elvis Presley had signed a deal with CBS for a new television special: “Elvis in concert” was recorded in Omaha.NE at Civic Center on June 19 and Rapid City.SD at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on the 21st. although much of the footage from Omaha was considered unusable due to sound and performance problems. After this dates, Elvis made five more concert, the last was in fact on Sunday, June 26, 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana; but these two shows (Omaha & Rapid City) are the last official live professional ones ever recorded of Presley alive.

After reviewing the filming, CBS & RCA decided to suspend the project, for the Presley's deteriorating physical condition (he was overweight and addicted to prescription drugs). Only the singer's death on August 16 of that year changed things. They were decided to go ahead with the special as a tribute. Elvis' father, recorded a message that was broadcast at the end of the CBS special and included on the soundtrack album too, Several versions of the album were made, until a definitive one was obtained; some songs were discarded because that were not included in the TV special. or due to lack of lp space. But When the original soundtrack was issued as a 2-LP package, including a second disc with these performances outtakes. Bit.ly/77ElPR Here are two new mixes from the album made for a unreleased 1992 CD version.

CD 1: Version #1

1.Elvis Fans Comments.

2.Opening Riff "Also Sprach Zarathustra".

3.See See Rider.

4.Medley: I Got A Woman/Amen.

5.That's All Right.

6.Are You Lonesome Tonight?.

7.Love Me.

8.If You Love Me (Let Me Know).

9.You Gave Me a Mountain.

10.Jailhouse Rock.

11.Medley: O Sole Mio/It's Now or Never.

12.Trying to Get to You.

13.Hawaiian Wedding Song.

14. Medley:Teddy Bear"/"Don't Be Cruel.

15.My Way.

16.What'd I Say.

17.Johnny B. Goode.

18.Hurt.

19.Can't Help Falling in Love.

20.Closing Riff.

21.Special Message from Elvis's Father.

“Elvis in concert” was broadcast on CBS on October 3, 1977 and released by RCA Records at the same date with the single: "My Way"/"America the Beautiful"; almost two months after Presley's death. The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard. It was transmitted by the BBC in the United Kingdom on June 9, 1978.

CD 2: Version #2

1.Elvis Fans Comments.

2.Opening Riff "Also Sprach Zarathustra".

3.See See Rider.

4.Medley: I Got A Woman/Amen.

5.That's All Right.

6.Are You Lonesome Tonight?.

7.Love Me.

8.Fairytale.

9.Little Sister.

10.And I Love You So.

11.Jailhouse Rock.

12.How Great Thou Art.

13.Early Morning Rain.

14.I Really Don´t Want To Know.

15.Hurt.

16.Hound Dog.

17.Unchained Melody.

18.Little Darlin.

19.Can't Help Falling in Love.

20.Closing Riff.

21.Special Message from Elvis's Father.

Faces - "Final Toot" - (1975 unpublished album)

In January of 1976, the british rock group "Faces" officially ceased to exist, but they left an album to finish. This unfinished work was:"Final Toot", real title of this lost lp. Do you want to know what happened?. Faces ended up as a rock band without finishing their last studio work-. Were attempted on three separate occasions during 1975. The first sessions became in late January at Air Studios, London, when they recorded these songs: "Hi-Heeled Sneakers / Everybody Needs Somebody To Love", "Gettin 'Hungry", "Open To Ideas", "Rock Me". & "Sailing Down The River"..a outtake that is nearly as good as “Open to Ideas”. Those four tracks would have to make up the core of a proposed “last album".

Drawing by Ron Wood. Candidate to be the cover of the last studio album from "Faces"

In March, more recording sessions in Los Angeles California, during the farewell tour, only “party jams”. The next, in late July / August, Tetsu Yamauchi, Ian McLagan entered Island Studios with Alan Merill and Paul Varley of the Arrows and did some recordings: “Basing Street Leslie” (Tetsu instrumental), “Come On Come On Baby” and “Somebody To Love”. Another studio recording was in Nashville Tennessee on September 25th: “Cry To Me”(Bert Russell) and “Tracks Of My Tears”(Smokey Robinson!). More unreleased track was a cover of the Jim Ford song “I’d Be Ahead If I Could Quit While I’m Behind”, five takes was recorded a duet between Rod and Bobby Womack with the Faces on backing.

Finally In January 1976, The Faces, without Rod Stewart, had serious intentions of recording another record at Pathé-Marcony Studios in Paris, France. ““FINAL TOOT” real álbum title, Bit.Ly/75fcft it did not materialize because Warner would only pay the studio costs if Ron Wood would be willing to tour with the group. But it was impossible, because he would be on new European tour with The Rolling Stones, that would star in Frankfurt, West Germany on 26th April. So the group make a decision: suspend that recording sessions and separate definitely.

For this new reconstruction, I only used material from the 2nd Faces line up (1973 to 75); because. I'm not interested in half things, if the band is not complete. For this reason I have only included, songs from January session and two live tracks from San Bernardino, last concert that Ron Wood gave with Faces before join to The Rolling Stones. I would have liked to put “Sailing Down The River” on Side A- track 2, but I have not found a take that had the necessary quality. Anyway, “Take a look at the guy” is not bad, because Rod Stewart announces that it is the last appearance of Ron Wood. It can be considered as a historical recording, I think.

Side A: (19:04)

1. You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (4:23).

2. Take A Look At The Guy.(4:48) (live in San Bernardino´75)

3. Gettin´ Hungry (5:12).

4. Rock Me (4:40).

Side B: (19:05)

1. I Can Feel The Fire (5:37) (live in San Bernardino´75)

2. As Long As You Tell Him (4:19).

3. HI Heel Sneakers / Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (5:07).

4. Open To Ideas (4:00).

To complete, the last single: "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything" / "As Long As You Tell Him". Not included in any Lp until October 1976, from the "Greatest Hits": “Snakes and Ladders / The Best of Faces".

For the cover I have chosen, a drawing made by Ron Wood in 1974 and that was retouched to be possible cover of the album in 1976. Ok, this reconstruction, I think, it´s not bad, simple and, brief, Only enjoy it.

Jimi Hendrix - "Crash Landing" - Master Reel - Wiped Version.

After death Jimi Hendrix´manager: Michael Jeffery in a mid-air collision over Nantes, France on March 5.1973; the producers Alan Douglas & Tony Bongiovi were hired to evaluate hundreds of hours of remaining material that was not used on earlier posthumous albums.The material used on Crash Landing consisted of recordings Hendrix originally made with Billy Cox on bass and either Mitch Mitchell or Buddy Miles on drums and on one occasion by Rocky Isaacs, except: "Peace in Mississippi," "Somewhere," & "Stone Free" were recorded with the original Jimi Hendrix Experience line up, with Noel Redding on bass.

How the songs were works in progress or demos, they used several session musicians, none of whom had ever even met Hendrix, to re-record or overdub guitar, bass, drums, percussion and female backing vocals, erasing the contributions of the original musicians, only Hendrix' vocals and guitar contributions were retained, something that was very criticized. However the album, it became one of the most successful since “The Cry of love” Lp: #5 in the U.S.and #35 in the UK.

There was two versions of the album: the released in March and August 1975 in the United States and the United Kingdom respectively with this order: 

Side A: 1.Message to love.- 2.Somewhere over the rainbow.(Somewhere)- 3.Crash landing.- 4.Come down hard on me.

Side B: 1.Peace in Mississipi.- 2.With the power. (Power of soul)- 3.Stone free again. - 4.Captain coconut.(MLK). 

And one another with different line-up and no overdubs, but unknown and unissued:  

1.Crash landing (Record Plant - 24/4/69) - 2.Somewhere (a.k.a “Somewhere over the rainbow) (3/68) - 3.Anything is possible (a.k.a “With the power” or “Power of soul“ or “Power to love“) (Record Plant - 21/1/70) - 4.New rising sun (TTG - 22/10/68) - 5.Message to love (a.k.a “Nine to the universe” or “Message to the universe” or “Message of love”) (Record Plant - 20/1/70) - 6.Scat vocal-Lead 1 Scat vocal 2-Lead 2 (Hit Factory - 28/8/69) - 7.Stone Free (alternate) (a.k.a “Stone free again” (Record Plant - 7/4/69) - 8.Peace in Mississipi (TTG- 24/10/68) - 9.Here comes your lover man (a.k.a “Here he comes (lover man)”  (TTG - 29/10/68). 

This album is a reconstruction of the “master reel” with the original order of the tracks, Bit.ly/75JHcl with some small change so that all the selected songs appear, but without retouching of any kind, as recorded in his day by Jimi Hendrix. 

 

01. Crash Landing.(4:15).

02. Somewhere.(4:06).

03. Power Of Soul.(5:20).

04. New Rising Sun.(7:24).

05. Message To The Universe.(6:19).

06. Come Down Hard On Me.(3:18).

07. Stone Free Again.(3:43).

08. Peace In Mississippi.(5:26)

09. Here He Comes (Lover Man).(6:33).

10. Ezy Rider/MLK Jam.(20:00). 

 

Enjoy it.

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti - Reconstructed Unreleased 2nd version.

 Following a well-deserved rest after the New York concerts; shows that ended to the grueling promotional tour of "Houses of The Holy.". Jimmy Page called of the rest of the group to his house in Plumpton, in september of 1973, to begin to shape what would be the following study work: ”Physical Graffiti”, project still without concrete title.

Jimmy wanted a double lp and had two options: a studio album with new songs accompanied by another live record with the recordings of Madison Square Garden, in the style of what Pink Floyd had done years ago in 1969 with "Ummagumma". Or another, completely studio, where he would mix the new themes that already hovered in his head with other unpublished, discards product of other sessions from the times of Led Zeppelin III.

The 2nd cover for "Physical Graffiti". The Mount Machu-Pichu.

Thus, in November, the first sessions began for the new job at Headley Grange, a former hospice, built in 1795 in East Hampshire (United Kingdom), famous during the 70s for being not only recording studio and essay Led Zeppelin, like other bands such as: Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Peter Frampton, The Pretty Things, Ian Dury or Clover.

But these sessions were interrupted when John Paul Jones got tired of the frantic pace and left the band, to lead a quieter life as organist of Winchester Cathedral although it was officially said that he had fallen ill; part of the investment that had been made in the contracting of the studies was recovered, renting them to Bad Company, while Peter Grant was trying to convince Jones not to leave the group.

In January, the fourth members of Led Zeppelin returned to the studio for record more material, between that month and the next three, the band recorded and finaliced eight new songs: "Custard pie". "Sick again". "In my time of dying". "In the light" ."Ten years gone". "Kashmir". "The wanton song" and "Trampled under foot".

At the end of the mix sessions, in July, two different cuts were made from the album; one with these new songs together with the outtakes from past works, which had been given a facelift at Olympic Studios by Mike Harwood; and another, with the best songs from the New York concerts, mixed by Eddie Kramer at the Electric Ladyland studios for the second disc. But when Jimmy Page listened these material opted to postpone the publication of a live album, because the quality it was not all the good that he wanted. In addition, the fact that he temporarily canceled the documentary from the past tour, also influenced in the final decision.

This reconstruction brings you, the original order of the songs, according to the acetate, with three unpublished mixes: "Sick Again", which started with "The Rover", because Jimmy Page had not finished the song and mixed as it was played live, along with two simpler and abbreviated versions of: "In my time of dying" and "In the light", shortened so that do not exceed 26 minutes per side. I also recover the original mixes of "Dazed & confused", "Stairway to heaven" & "Whole lotta love", selected for the live album and rejected by Page.

Side A: (Studio).(26:20)

1. Custard Pie.(4:16)

2. The Rover/Sick Again.(5:43) (Unreleased version).

3. In My Time Of Dying.(9:50) (Unreleased version).

4.. In The Light.(6:32) (Unreleased version).

 

Side B: (Studio).(24:59)

1. Ten Years Gone.(6:34)

2. Kashmir.(8:39)

 

Side C: (In Concert).(26:43)

1.Dazed and Confused.(26:43) (Original mix)

 

Side D: (In Concert).(25:07)

1. Stairway to heaven.(10:43) (Original mix)

2. Whole lotta Love.(14:24) (Original mix).

Although the album was ready in July after the mixes made at Olympic Studios, its publication was not announced to the press until November 1974, because the group decided to postpone its edition until February of the following year, because there were other issues that in one way or another affected its diffusion like the end of the contract with Atlantic, the creation of own record label "Swan Records" or the promised rest that Peter Grant had offered to Jones in exchange for not quit Led Zeppelin.

"Physical Graffiti”, considered the best double album in history of all times , Bit.ly/75LzPG went on sale on February 24, 1975 in the US and a day later in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world, coinciding with the first dates of his new world tour that had already begun on January 11 in Holland and that would end in November, the album became number one, staying in this position for six weeks in a row. Finally, the artwork: two were selected by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, both made by Mike Doud & Peter Corriston: that of the façade of building No.96 from St.Marks Street in New York and another one of Mount Machu-Pichu. For this reconstruction, has been used the artwork discarded from Peru. Enjoy it.

Jimi Hendrix - "Midnight Lighting" "Master Reel - wiped version".

The same story that “Crash landing”; a new posthumous compilation album by Jimi Hendrix (the sixth after his death in September 1970); released and produced by Alan Douglas and Tony Bongiovi.

Here, Douglas continued the controversial methods he had adopted on “Crash landing” and brought in many of the same sessions musicians to overdub parts of songs.

The only original recording (apart from those by Hendrix) was Mitchell's drumming on "Hear my train a comin". In response to the previous outcry from fans and critics, Douglas did not claim co-writer credit for any songs on Midnight Lightning. 

The cover photo for "Midnight lighting" lp was taken on Saturday, 30 May 1970 in Berkeley at the Berkeley Community Theatre. But the image it was retouched in 1975, to look like a drawing.This is the rejected alternate cover for the original album.

Despite the fact that the album included reworkings of the popular live songs "Hear My Train" and "Machine Gun". Eliminating the original contributions made by Billy Cox on bass and either Mitch Mitchell or Buddy Miles on drums.

Released in November 1975 by Reprise Records in the United States and Polydor Records in the United Kingdom; the album was not as well received as its predecessor, peaking at number 43 in the US.and number 46 in the UK.

Here it shows for the first time the totally clean takes as were recorded in his day by Jimi Hendrix, Bit.ly/noV75Jm with the original order with which the master tapes were established in 1975. How result of this new reconstruction that I bring you, a double Lp has come out, whose last side is the two existing stereo mixes of "Machine Gun". Here´s the dates and the studios where the songs were recorded by Jimi Hendrix.

Side A: (21:01)

1. Midnight Lighting.(3:06) - (Electric Lady Studios, New York. City – New York. July 14.1970)

2. Trash Man.(7:25) - (Olmstead Studios, New York City – New York. April 3.1969)

3. Hear My Train A Coming.(7:30) - (Olmstead Studios, New York City – New York. April 9.1969)

4. Hey Gypsy Boy.(3:40) - (Record Plant Studios, New York City – New York. March 18.1969)

 

Side B: (19:35)

1. Blue Suede Shoes.(11:36) - (Record Plant Studios, New York City – New York. January 23.1970)

2. Once I Had A Woman.(7:49) - Record Plant Studios, New York City – New York. January 23.1970)

 

Side C:(19:31)

1. Machine Gun.(15:19) - (The Hit Factory, New York City – New York. August 29.1969)

2. Beginnings.(4:12) - (The Hit Factory, New York City – New York. August 28.1969) 

 

Side D:(19:48)

1. Machine Gun I.(11:22)

2. Machine Gun II.(8:26)

both tracks: (The Hit Factory, New York City – New York. August 29.1969)

See you soon.

Bob Dylan - "Blood on the tracks" - (Alternate set list with different takes)

After "The Friends of Chile Benefit Concert", held at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 9, Bob Dylan began an extramarital relationship with an employee of Columbia Records, which marked the end of marriage with his wife Sara and the reason for the songs of what would be his next album "Blood on the tracks".

In the summer of 1974, he began to write many of them that he completed on the farm of his friend Bernstein in Minnesota, a total of 17 songs, considered by critics as the best love songs ever written. Before recording them in In the studio, Bod Bylan showed them to a couple of friends, including Crosby, Stills & Nash. Initially he thought of recording them with electric accompaniment for which he contacted Mike Bloomfield, but finally after a couple of tests, he gave up and opted for something simpler, acoustic.

After signing a new contract with Columbia Records on September 2, Dylan returned to the studios two weeks later. Thus the 16 in the "Studios A & R" of New York, recorded a total of 30 takes of songs like: "If you see her, say hello"; "You're a big girl now"; "Simple twist of fate"; "Up to me" or "Tangled up in blue" .., among others. But at the end of this first session, part of the musicians : Charles Brown III (guitar), Barry Kornfeld (guitar), Eric Weissberg (guitar), Thomas McFaul (keyboards), Tony Brown (bass), Richard Crooks (guitar) drummer), they gave up because at their discretion, Bob Dylan recorded at a high speed, going from one song to another with hardly any rest, so it was difficult to keep up with him. Something very similar to what happened in previous days with Mike Bloomfield.

The recording sessions lasted only four days, until 19, in which Bob Dylan was only accompanied by bassist Tony Brown (17 & 19), Paul Griffin (organ) (17) and Buddy Cage (guitar) (18). After the mixes, on September 25 a first acetate was made for Columbia. And a few days later, on October 8, a second, where the order of some of the songs was changed. But after the private audition of this new acetate by Bob Dylan's brother, David Zimmerman, his advice was to touch up some songs that were too dark, rough, not very polished, so he ran the risk that the album would not turn out to be commercial enough and will fail.

Bob Dylan listened to his brother and decided to re-record five of the ten tracks on the album, so two new sessions were hired at the "Sound 80 Studios" in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On December 27 and 30 for: "You're a big girl now"; "Idiot wind", "Tangled up in blue", "Lily, Rosemary and Jack of Hearts" & "If you see her, say hello". The album that was originally scheduled by Columbia for the end of November, but was delayed until January 20, 1975.

Side A: (27:22)

1.Tangled Up in Blue (Alt.Take)..(6:51)

2.You´re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.(2:55)

3.Simple Twist of Fate. (4:19)

4.You're a Big Girl Now (Alt.take).(4:23)

5.Idiot Wind. (Alt.Take).(8:52)

 

Side B: (27:02)

1.Meet Me In The Morning (Alt.Take).(4:59) 

2.Shelter From the Storm (Alt.take).(6:01)

3..If you see her, say hello (Alt.Take).(3:45)

4.Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.(8:53)

5.Buckets of Rain.(3:22)

 

Bonus tracks:

1. Up to Me (Outtake).(6:18)

2.Call Letter Blue (Outtake).(4:27)

The reconstruction that I bring to you is done following the original order in which the songs were placed in the first two acetates. So Side A, follows the order of (2nd acetate, October 8) and B (1st acetate, September 25); besides including a good part of the alternative recordings to the ones published in the original LP of 1975. This shows a simpler and perhaps less refined album, but that compiles almost all the songs of New York of the month of September, with the exception of : "Lily, Rosemary and Jack of Hearts", remains  with the December 30 version. Two outtakes from New York sessions are included (bonus tracks).Bit.ly/75bod7 The record, fifteenth in Bob Dylan's career, is considered one of the best, so enjoy it.

Lou Reed: "Rock and Roll Animal" - Complet and censored versions.

In early 1974 went on sale the first live disc of Lou Reed, "Rock and Roll Animal". A controversial album, like almost everything that the artist from New York did, censored in some countries for containing an explicit version of "Heroin". During which, and thus says one of the many legends about the singer, he just inject it into a vein before his audience.Myth or Reality?. 

With only five songs from this great show,with a new accompaniment band,this work harshly criticized for its brief content,so it was necessary to expand it in later editions with two more songs. Here you will have the complete and reconstructed Lp, in addition to a rarity: the censored version.

Ok.., are you ready for feel and hear one of the best and legendary Lou Reed´s shows?. but first read a little to know what the story is about.

Alternate original cover rejected for "Rock´N´Roll Animal" 1974 album.

Rock n Roll Animal is a live album by American rock star Lou Reed, recorded live on December 21, 1973, at Howard Stein's Academy of Music in New York City and released in February 1974 by RCA, it features five songs, four of which are songs by the Velvet Underground:

A: 1.Intro/Sweet Jane – 2.Heroin.  B: 1.White Light / White Heat. - 2.Lady Day – 3. Rock´N´Roll.

This version was censored in some European countries as Spain by the song “Heroin”, which was replaced by other three studio versions: “Vicious”, “I Can´t Stand it” & “Walk On The Wild Side”; until 1977, when the regular version appeared.

Decades after, in the year 2000, a remastered and expanded version was released on CD with two tracks not included on the original LP or 1990 CD release:. "How Do You Think It Feels" & “Caroline Say I”.

A second part with six more songs from the same New York concert was released in March 1975 on “Lou Reed Live”, that should have been included in the original double Lp “Rock´N´Roll Animal”. They say, it was done like that, because RCA Records thought that the double album, it was expensive to made and would not be successful for The 1973 Oil Crisis. This second part brought

A: 1.Vicious – 2- Satellite Of Love - 3.Walk On The Wild Side  B: 1.I´m Waitting For The Man – 2. Oh Jim – 3.Sad Song.

With these two lp´s, the entire show was been released, albeit in a different order than the original concert. The correct sequence is presented here Bit.ly/LR74B4 for the first time in two CD´s.with the European censored version, with alternate mix.

 

CD.1 (61´27)

1.Intro.(3:19)

2.Sweet Jane.(5:00)

3.How Do You Think It Feels?.(3:44)

4.Caroline Say I.(3:48)

5.I´m Waiting For The Man.(3:39)

6.Lady Day.(3:54)

7.Heroin.(13:04)

8.Vicious.(5:56)

9.Satellite Of Love.(5:59)

10.Walk On The Wild Side.(4:42)

11.Oh Jim (1).(8:16)

 

CD.2 (62:17)

1.Oh Jim (2).(2:20)

2.Sad Song.(7:20)

3.White Light / White Head.(5:11)

4.Rock´N´Roll.(10:02)

 

( The 1974 European Censored Version ).

 

5.Intro / Sweet Jane.(7:57)

6.Vicious.(2:59)(*)

7.I Can´t Stand It.(2:37)(*)

8.Walk On The Wild Side.(4:15)(*)

9.White Light / White Heat.(5:16)

10.Lady Day.(4:01)

11.Rock´N´Roll.(10:08)

 

Ok, enjoy with Lou Reed “The Phantom of Rock”. I have a couple of surprises for this Christmas that you will like. But.., Do you know how to keep a secret?.., Me too!.

See you soon. Bye.

Led Zeppelin: "Houses of the Holy" - (Reconstructed early version).

1st album, fifth in the discography of Led Zeppelin, to bring a real title, after the previous were named for their publication order; also presents totally original material, no versions, with more "hard Rock" and less "blues"; brand a change in recording techniques, as has been done up to now. It began in December 1971, a couple of weeks after the publication of "Led Zeppelin IV".

Great part of the recordings were made in the spring of 1972 in Stargroves, a manor house of the county of Hampshire, residence of Mick Jagger during the first years seventy; thanks to the "mobile recording control" contained inside a truck, known as "Rolling Stones Mobile Studio"..,

Alternate original cover for "Houses Of The Holy".

...rented by other bands such as: Fleetwood Mac, Status Quo, Deep Purple or Ten Years After. "Olympic Studios" in London, were also used in several sessions in May 1972 and the "Electric Lady" too, of the unforgettable Jimi Hendrix, during the American tour that year.

Although the original disc was a commercial success, because contains mythical themes of the band : "The song remains the same"; "Over the hills and far away"; "No Quarter" or "The Rain Song", others did not receive very good criticism, being considered quite "mediocre" :“The Crunge” o “D´Yer Mak´er”; It has always been said that if these songs had been replaced by example: "Houses of the Holy" or "The Rover" (acustic version), this Lp would have climbed even more positions in the list of successes. Others like "Walter's walk", it was not even considered except for the residual "Coda".

The reconstruction that I bring you is made, from the original concept that Jimmy Page had in the beginning, before Robert Plant changed it towards a less conceptual and more commercial album, which did not mean that it was better.

Side A, starts with "The Overture", also known as "The song remains the same", in its later version with vocal accompaniment, here it appears as it should open the album, as an instrumental piece of guitar virtuosity Jimmy Page that ended up giving rise to an alternative mix of "The Rain Song"; followed by "Over the hills and far away" and "The Ocean", also under a different mix to the original. Bit.ly/73LZHh A conceptual side whose titles were perfectly linked to each other, like a "suite". However the other side, and although in general the album is focused on more banal and less mystical issues, the B-side deals more deeply with impossible, difficult, traumatic relationships with explicit requests for sex and dark messages contained in "No Quarter". A reconstruction, besides, made using information from the existing acetates, the setlist of the concerts; taking care as always the minutes of each side and taking into account the meaning of the lyrics of the songs too.

Side A: (22:44)

1.The Overture.(5:29)

2.The Rain Song.(7:44). (Alt.mix)

3.Over The Hills And Far Away.(4:51)

4. The Ocean.(4:39).(Alt.mix)

 

Side B: (19:05)

5. Dancing Days.(3:41) (Alt.mix)

6.Houses Of The Holy.(3:51) (Alt.mix)

7.No Quarter.(7:02) 8.Black Country Woman.(4:24)

The cover inspired by the end of the novel: "Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke; It was the result of a collage of several photographs taken at Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell, of Hipgnosis. Here is one of the first unreleased ideas with two children, Stefan and Samantha Gates brothers, climbing naked this polymorphic rocky plateau; on the opposite side, which would give the back cover, appears Robert Plant and an indeterminate female model; but Atlantic Records dismissed it.

After having ruled out another one, that of the tennis racket, we opted for multiple collage with eleven children, although there were two, the gates brothers photographed in different positions. With the work done and approved, there was a printing error and it came out under reddish colors that gave the cover a more interesting aspect, since the result until that moment did not finish either to please. To avoid that this cover was censored, it is authorized to place the title of the disc and the name of the group in a white band of paper that ingeniously hid some ass. Although its launch was scheduled for January 1973, did not see the light until March 28, for the problems with the cover. When it finally came out, many of the songs were already known, because they had been played in concert, almost a year before. 

I hope you like this new revision of the album "Houses of the Holy".-

The Who - "Rock Is Dead - Long Live Rock!" (Reconstructed 1972 lost album)

After reviewing each and every recording session The Who made between the months of May to August 1972; I do a lots of combinations. Finally I have needed two versions to tell this new story on my website.

Both versions are equally valid and possible.So I thought,., why not both?. Ok!.., here we go again with one more unreleased album from The Who, Not the last sure!..

The Who in 1972 - St.James Cemetery, South of the Avon.

Why two versions?. Because there were two real possibilities to present the album. 1.- Placing a mini opera on one side of the disc, approximately as shown in the first version, bit.ly/Llr1W72 which was to be called: “Rock is Dead” or ”Cut my hair” too; with the rest of the tracks in the other side. songs destined to be singles hits; but I have preferred to follow the order of the acetate always.

CD 1:(1st version): Side A:(19:41)

1.Relay.(3:55)

2.Rock Is Dead.(11:46)

a.The Dirty Jobs

b.Cut My Hair

c.Dr.Jimmy & Mr.Jim.

d.Love Reign O´er Me.

3. Long Live Rock!.(3:42)

 

Side B: (19:31)

1.Is It In My Head?.(3:46)

2.Put The Money Down.(4:00)

3.Naked Eye.(5:19)

4.Join Together.(4:23)

5.Waspman (edit).(2:01)

 

2.- With no mini opera, once again following the Pete´s acetate with new songs. something like that: (apologies for not being more daring).

CD 2:(2nd version): Side A:(18:37)

1.Relay.(4:01)

2.Time Waits For No Man.(3:30)

3. Love Reign O´er Me (edit).(3:11)

4. Let´s See Action.(3:58)

5. Long Live Rock!.(3:55)

 

Side B:(18:52)

1.Is It In My Head?.(3:46)

2.Put The Money Down .(4:31)

3.Join Together.(4:18)

4.Baby Don´t You Do It (live).(6:16)

Two versions with differences between the same songs (see booklet)., Let me I'll refresh the memory.., 16 December 1971, The Who just finished their last world tour promoting:“Who's Next”. After a prolonged vacations, in which the creative activity is not lost, by example John Entwistle recording his second solo album "Whistle Rymes" or Pete Townshend prepare new songs to start the new project : “Rock is Dead-Long Live Rock ". Another conceptual album that talks about life within a rock group, in which they reflect themselves. even though he promised not to embark on something similar again after the experiences of "Tommy" and the absolute failure of "Lifehouse".

The sessions begin at Olympic Studios on May 19 and continue until June 8, where most of the demos recorded by during the months of April and May on the acetate will came true, these are: "Relay"; "Love reign O'er me"; "Long Live Rock"; "Is it in my head?"; "Put the money down" and "join together". Others, such as "Get inside" or "Can't you see I'm easy" remain equal, but when the project, it is about to be completed, stops because it is very similar to the previous “Who´s Next”. The final decision to finish or not the album with a possible special tv program over the group, it´s postponed until the end of European summer tour, wich last concert will held in Rome on september 14. After this last date: Glyn Johns talks to Pete Townshend, and say him: “there is still time to save it with a couple of songs more and to publish it throughout October”. Pete returns to his home studio and made new tunes with a view to completing it, but instead, seeing that the concept once again expands, a few days after, ends up canceling it “Rock is dead-long live Rock". “Quadrophenia” is on the way…

Until here the quick story.., now let's talk about the reconstruction..,Let's clarify things about 1st version: to rebuild "Rock is dead" or ”Cut my hair” mini opera, whatever you want to call it; I inspired, not copied, because I have completely redone it, in the one shown on the web "albums that never were", it has served as a reference. eliminating everything that might sound like "Quadrophenia"; leaving the versions how they sounded in the demos made between May and July 1972, Removing, by example: ”Is it me?” that does not appear. With “Relay”• first and “Long Live Rock” after.

Side B continues with the line of the acetate, therefore there´s only one change, the demo:"Can't you see I'm easy" leaves its place to "Naked Eye" (1st mix), because it was a candidate to appear on the disc  and in that same place, when the album was revised in september. To complete a edit version of “Wasp-man”.

The album´s cover is another modification over the Jon Hunt's original design "I design albums covers"; where the boys were photographed in 1972 and not during 1976; but equally superimposed over one photo taken on St.James Cemetery, South of the Avon. About 2nd version;I included all the songs recorded by the group during the months of May to June at Olympic Studios. In addition to the two discards from "Lifehouse / Who's next": "Let's see action" & "Time waits for no man", recorded just a year before and published later on single on October 15, 1971. Placed by "Get inside" & "Women's liberation" respectively, because the lyrics have a certain similarity for example, "Time waits for no man" talks about childhood memories of the protagonist as "Get inside".Finally, "Baby don´t you do it", it´s a live version recorded in San Francisco on December 13, 1971, bit.ly/Llr722wl was the B side of the single "Join together".

That´s all. Ok folks!.., choose the most you like and if you choose the two better than better.

The Beach Boys - "Smile" - The 1972 Carl Wilson´s version.

“Dumb Angel”, original title, then renamed as: “Smile”, It was defined by Brian himself as:  "a teenage symphony to God". it´s the most famous unreleased rock album of all time , was the next projected to follow to extraordinary “Pet Sounds”.

It began recording in February 1966, but was abandoned for many reasons after a final backing track session designated for "Love to Say Dada" on May 18, 1967; fSome of those reasons were by  example the departure of the band on a European tour, broke the pace of work. Brian's mental health worsened. Brian's lyricist: Van Dyke left and the pace of recording slowed even further and the group, Mike Love, questioned this new type of music that Brian was trying to do  And if all this were not enough, the released “Sgt.Pepper´s lonely hearts cluib band”, ,by the eternal rival: The Beatles, definitely ended with Brian Wilson´s masterpiece.

The new version of Smile, third attempt to release the album, was to be done with a cover lined in red velvet with the letters in gold.As it is shown in the picture. At least in its first edition, late 1972; because the original cover was owned by Capitol Records and was not going to give permission for it to be used. It was an error not to have taken advantage of the occasion to offer us a different "Smile", although years later the original one would have been published.

“Smile” it became in: “Smiley Smile”, released on September 18, 1967, this new studio work was a simplified version, recorded at full speed in just a month and a half, whose versions from “Heroes & Villains”, “Vega-tables” or “Wonderful” were of inferior quality. 

The influence and the memory of "Smile" was always there,  because when they lacked material for a new album, borrowed some songs like; “Cabin Essence”, “Our Prayer”, “Cool, cool Water” or “Surf Up”. Smile was Brian Wilson's most poignant point as a composer, the not finishing it, was his personal decline in every way, as the slow but progressive decline in the group's popularity.

In the beginning of the new decade, when The Beach Boys signed to Reprise, they took with them the rights to all their post-Party Capitol albums, including “Smile”. In March 1972, when Carl Wilson was in London, announced that they would be finishing Smile to follow up on the critical and commercial success of Surf's Up. Shortly after, Carl Wilson & Steve Deper did review the tapes and made one version from “Smile” much simpler than the original, no longer than 36 minutes. This tape was only as reference, to start working later on it with possible overdubs, if they were necessary . 

This tape had four parts: the first with a complete mix of the song “Heroes & Villains” of around 12 minutes, Bit.ly/72smlbb The second, included a summary of the best "Smile" songs, as: "Wonderful", or "Cabin Essence". The Elements Suite, the thrird, with his lost intro and the last section:“Surf´s Up” and his coda: “Child Is Father Of The Man”.Something like this:

Side One: (18:43)

1.- Heroes & Villains Suite.(11:22)

2.-Barnyard. (0:48)

3.-My Only Sunshine.(1:04)

4.-Wonderful.(1:59)

5.-Cabin Essence.(3:28)

 

Side Two - (17:29)

1.- The Elements Suite (13:00)

a. Into the piano

b. Vega-Tables

c. Wind Chimes.

d. Fire.

e. Cool,Cool Water

2.- Surf´s Up.(3:38)

3.-Child Is Father Of The Man.(0:51) - "Surf´s Up" coda. 

This demo tape was mounted for shown to Brian Wilson but the project to re-live Smile, it was impossible; Brian refused to participated in any further Smile-related reworkings. As the album was not released to the market and the Beach Boys breached the contract, were penalized with 50,000 dollars to be deducted of the fees for the next LP: “Holland”. And once again the project was forgotten.

But this was not the last attempt to return over this lost work. On the next decade, without Dennis Wilson, deceased in 1983, “Smile” return once again in june 1989 and after in September 1995 and two years later, with no luck. until Brian got his own version in 2004; Capitol Records released the original project in 2011 as “The Smile Sessions”. A special box set.

Ok, this is another surprise, I will bring you more.for now enjoy this.

See you soon.

Queen: "Queen" - (Reconstructed early version)

Hi friends!, after a few days, ill.., here we go again with more.., this time with Queen. 

When the group "Smile" was dissolved in March 1970 after the abandonment of one of its founders, the singer and bassist: Tim Staffell; to join the group "Humpy Bong".He was replaced, immediately, by a friend and follower of the band: Farrokh Bulsara, as known as: Freddie Mercury who along with the guitarist Brian May and the drummer Roger Taylor, formed  the band: "Queen".

The group performed their first concert at Truro City Hall in Truro, London on June 27, 1970; period in which the bassist position was occupied by different musicians. the definitive formation would be complete, almost a year later, in February of 1971 with the incorporation of the bassist: John Deacon.

Original cover with the photo taken at Marquee´s concert. December 20.1972. Without any manipulation.

At the end of that year, in December, in De Lane Lea Studios, London; Queen recorded a demo tape with five of the songs that would later be included in her first LP: "Keep Yourself Alive"; "The Night Comes Down"; "Great King Rat"; "Jesus" & "Liar".

With this tape, the group kept, for months, the hope that soon they could be hired, but nobody, except for Chrysalis Records, was interested in them. There was no final agreement because the band considered that the conditions were not good.But luck changed to better, when after the concert that the group gave at the Forest Hill in London, on March 24, 1972, Barry Sheffield, owner of Trident studios, offered them their facilities, to record their first studio album. But as the group's economy was not all much good, they were allowed to do it for free, with some conditions, by example they only were allowed to use the studios while were not busy, this meant, recording in the night or early morning, at weekend and in non-regular sessions. 

Queen began recording in the early summer of 1972, in June, produced by Roy thomas Baker and John Anthony. Bit.ly/72QQ1 Months later, in November, the band already had enough songs to assemble an album. With this provisional setlist:

Side A: (20:05)

1. Keep Yourself Alive.(Alternate). (4:00)

2.The Night Comes Down  (Alternate unreleased version).(2:51)

3. Great King Rat.(3:42)

4.Mad The Swine. (Remixed).(3:21)

5.My Fairy King.(4:05)

 

Side B:(19:50)

1.Jesus.(3:44)

2.Liar.(6:23)

3.Doin´all right.(4:09)

4.Modern Times of Rock N´Roll.(1:48)

5.Rock N´Roll Medley (Unreleased).(3:44)

Four songs by Freddie Mercury, another four by Brian May, one of them rescued from the days of "Smile": "Doing All right"; one by Roger Taylor: "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll"; and the last theme, that closed the album, a Rock medley.

The result was shown by Trident to various record companies, it was not until March of 1973, when a young executive of EMI: Roy Featherstone, convinced to his company that it was worthwhile to get the services of Queen. After signing with them, they went back to review the master tapes and to remount the album eliminating some songs as: “Mad The Swine”,because this tune did not have an adequate rhythmic base, whose tempo also did not fit well in the album; was changed by "Son and Daughter"; and also “Rock N´Roll Medley" was replaced, the rights that had to be paid advised to make it;  an instrumental in progress version of: "Seven Seas of Rhye", from the preliminar sessions for the second album,was placed in its place.

Also the title of the disc was modified, of the two existing options: "“Fax,Pix & Info” by the drummer Roger Taylor to: “Deary Me” by Mr.Mercury, to the definitive: “Queen I ” "Queen".

The photographer Douglas Puddifoot offered the only professional photos of the band taken in concert at the Marquee club on December 20, 1972, along with others in Freddie's apartment, some of them latter were included in a collage in the album. The cover photo was taken from the Marquee´s concert, in white and black, later manipulated and colored with a red filter Here it is shown the original.

Finally the lp was first released in the United Kingdom and Europe on July 6 and a week later by Elektra Records in the United States. With a good reception by critics and the public in general, over the years, this first work of Queen entered the list of the 100 best lp's in history, in 54th place.

 

Ok.., enjoy it. See you soon.

Pete Townshend - "Rock is dead - Long live Rock!" (1st part) (The Acetate Tape).

This album that I bring you now, is the reconstruction of the demo tape that served as a reference for the sessions held by “The Who” between May and June 1972 at the Olympic Studios, with the sound engineer and producer Glyn Johns of what should have been the new studio album that year entitled: "Rock is dead-Long Live Rock!”, which was abandoned because it resembled, according to its creator, Pete Townshend, to "Who´s next".

After the publication of this latest work, on August 14, 1971 and his subsequent world tour, Pete Townshend assured that he would never embark on another conceptual album, because, the truncated "Lifehouse" project, almost ended with your mental health.

But you can never say that of: "never say, never again"; because during the months of January to March, Pete was alternating family life with his home studio recording, reviewing discarded material, and experimented with other new songs.

Little by little, a new concept of rock opera was formed in his mind, about life in a rock band, which he soon identified as his own, and thus, unwittingly or not, one song after another, under a common plot; it became in the materialization of a demo tape that began recording on April at the Eel Pie studios with:Long Live Rock (demo #3). "Join Together", "The Relay", "Put The Money Down," and “Love Reign O'er Me” (demo #2),

Side A: (20:11)

 

1. Relay.(4:15).

2. Get Inside.(3:09).

3. Women´s Liberation.(5:01).

4. Love Reign O´er Me.(3:59).

5. Long Live Rock!.(3:46).

 

Side B:  (19:23)

 

1. Is It In My Head.(4:12).

2. Put The Money Down.(5:50)

3. Can´t You See I´m Easy.(2:57).

4. Join Together (In The Band).(6:23).

Tape that served as a claim to reunite the band once again. So in the month of May, The Who started that new project  at the Olympic studios, alternating with the Ramport Studios. Bit.ly/72aCtw  But,that is another story,that we will continue with a second part and a new reconstruction of: "Rock is dead – long live rock” by The Who. At the moment enjoy with this advance.

Electric Light Orchestra - "The Lost Planet" - (A Suite of Symphonic Rock).

In the spring of 1972, the Electric Light Orchestra returned to Air Studios, London, England, to begin work on the band’s second album, titled “The Lost Planet“. But Roy Wood had become disillusioned with the group and soon left to form "Wizzard". Shortly after, another member, Bill Hunt left ELO by "Wizzard" too

 

After short time of reflection, ELO returned with Jeff Lynne's at the head of the band, dumpeding  the 'Lost Planet' idea, at the same time that he began to looking for replacement musicians, he think about a new concept for the album. 

So he asked ex-Move vocalist Carl Wayne to come in and sing on some tracks, and although they were perfectly fine recordings they weren't right for the album, so Jeff Lynne took over vocal duties himself.

 

The new project started in May and the sessions were extended until October, the result, now called ELO 2 would be very, very different to the original idea of ‌‌creating a conceptual album. ELO 2 was released in February 1973 by Harvest.  

ELO 2 It´s the least commercial-sounding album the band released, although it reached the British Top 40 album chart and contains the band's longest track, a anti-war song "Kuiama", but not in this reconstruction. Here´s a new mix.

 

But this album did not achieve the expected success due to the chain of errors, such as not including the song "showdown", or placing the long version of "Roll Over Beethoven" or not editing "From The Sun To The World", or to sequence the songs according to the number of minutes per side and not in the correct order to how the disc was cut.: 

 

Side A: 

 

1. From the Sun to the World (Boogie No 1)

2. Mama...

3. Roll over Beethoven.

 

Side B: 

 

1. Kuiama

2. In Old England Town (Boogie No 2) 

 

I have divided the album into two suites chaining the songs with "link tracks", almost all of them are integrated at the beginning or at the end of the main songs, but for the listener I indicate them in the setlist. always following the original order as reference but without copying it, seeking the best cohesion in this reconstructution. 

 

Side A: (The Lost Planet Suite 1) (21:05)

 

1. From The Sun To The World.(Part I).(4:21)

     (Intermezzo)

2. Momma... (A.k.a: Mama...).(6:57)

     (Link Track#1)

3. Roll Over Beethoven.(Edit).(4:44)

4. Showdown.(Early version).(4:15)

5. Roll Over Beethoven.(Coda).(0:44)

 

Side B: (The Lost Planet Suite 2) (21:27)

 

1. In Old England Town.(Alt.mix).(5:26)

2. Everyone ´s Born To Die.(Remix).(3:38)

      (Link Track #2)

2.  Kuiama.(Part I & III).(9:40)

      (Link Track #3)

4. In Old England Town.(Reprise).(2:42)

 

Seen the result with the original lp, I think that here Jeff Lynne was worng, when leaving the project of "The Lost Planet", transforming it ,at the time of sequence it in ELO 2 because this work has always been a transitional album, in comparison with "The Lost Planet Suite", almost a masterpiece. Only hear it and compare.

 

The original cover for ELO 2 was design by Hypnosis. But in this new reconstruction, I have used photos taken during the mission to the moon of Apollo 17 and some photomontage. Initial Idea taken from the blogger AEC “Albums back from the dead”, and its cover for the same album, which looks really good at the same time as simple.Bit.ly/ELOlpnt that's why it's very good.But now, enjoy with this new reconstruction of what could have been and was not, one of the best records from ELO: The Lost Planet.

 

Please, turn off the light and hear this reconstruction with headphones, lie on the the bed, close your eyes, relax,  and will have a good trip to the lost planet. But do not forget to come back!.

The Who 
"Who´s Next"
(Glyn Johns 1st Cut)

 

Side A: (22:54) 

1. Baba O´Riley.(5:09)

2. Bargain.(5:34)

3. Behind Blues Eyes.(3:42)

4. Won´t Get Fooled Again.(8:33)

  

Side B: (22:44) 

1. Baby Don´t You Do It.(5:14)

2. Love Ain´t For Keeping.(4:02)

3. My Wife.(3:41)

4. Time Waits For No Man.(3:34)

5. The Song Is Over.(6:14)

Original alternate cover for "Who´s Next!". 1971.

Who's Next was the fifth studio album published by the British rock band The Who, in August 1971, although it is considered one of the best works of the group, it is actually a residual album of the truncated rock opera "lifehouse" ; ; an ambitious project with touches of science fiction, fruit of the mystical experiences that Pete Townshend had during the promotional tour of "Tommy" in 1969. 

Where there were moments ion stage in a permanent state of levitation, with extra corporeal sensations, and the deja vu was something that seemed to be the order of the day. Moments that began to translate into new songs that did not begin to materialize until Who's Right ? was abandoned. 

Previous to the start of the new world tour,that would start on July 3 in Shefield. In March, the group moved to the Record Plant studios in New York, to start a series of preliminary recordings related to the "lifehouse" project, these sessions began on March 16 with "Baby don't you do it" and " Won't get fooled again "; followed on the 17 of "Pure and easy"; "Love ain't for keeping" and the 18 concluded with "Getting in tune" and "Behind blue eyes". 

Between the end of April and next month, the group combined new recording dates, in the studios of Stargroves and Olympic in London, with a series of concerts, destined to be part of "lifehouse". So, on April 24 at the London theater: "Young Vic" and two more in May, at the University of Liverpool and at the Caird Hall in Dundee. Where the group intended to experiment and interact with the public the first line-ups of this opera. 

The songs were flowing at such a speed that Pete Townshend already had more than thirty to build a double album, but the plot became so complex that it could not materialize and that took the musician to a degree of psychological and nervous exhaustion it was to end his mental stability, fruit of it began to see the first serious problems within the formation and even with the producer Kit Lambert. 

After abandoning the project, and starting new sessions that extended from May to June of 1971 in the Olympic studios, the producer in charge of taking forward the new album, Glyn Johns, as soon as they concluded with the record of "My Wife", and the mixes, compiled a series of topics, which he considered best for the achievement of "Who's next"; and made with them a series of assemblies or combinations, prior to the commercial version, of which I present here one, which was about to be the final. In the side A appears as it should have been, small tribute to "Lifehouse", since they were all part of the project and in that same order, but with some other song interspersed. On the B side, except for the theme that closed "Lifehouse" - "The song is over", the rest was put following the same order that they played in, approximately, live during April and May, since the abandoned plan, I was going to see a place for some live themes, which was not the case here, although everything is studio recordings. 

As it could not be less, the last word was the group and its leader Pete Townshend, who after listening to the version of Glyn Johns, made last minute changes, leaving the album to your liking. 

This was distributing the original order of the songs from Face A to B and replacing some songs with others. 

While all this was happening, different covers were made for the album. The first, shown here at the base of the CD box, without comments, women of proven opulence in sado plan, as referring to the title .. Who is next to the What am I going to shake?.

 Leaving the alternative photos of the urinated monolith, I have chosen the original alternative cover, with Mr. Keith Moon dressed as a dominant prostitute. Here it appears as it was going to be if design, with two of the selected photos that the friend made. Finally inside the booklet or diptico, Bit.ly/wN71At as you want to call it, the cover of the censorship, the photograph that replaced the one of the urinations in all those countries in which the final proposal was declared indecorous, today chosen as one of the best of all times, it goes without saying if Keith Moon's whip and wig had been carried out. 

To enjoy friends.

Yes: "The Yes Album Tour" - Unreleased 1971 Double LP.

"The Yes Album Tour" began more than six months before "The Yes album" release in the UK on 19 February 1971 by Atlantic Record. The tour start at the Lyceum in London 17 July 1970, and after 170 performances, finished one year later at The Crystal Palace Bowl on 31 July 1971.

The band played concerts in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Canada, and the United States. Many of the American shows were shared with Iron Butterfly.On various dates of the tour, Yes were supported by Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Supertramp, Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash, The Strawbs, Iron Butterfly, and Jethro Tull. At other performances, such as festivals, Yes shared stage with Pink Floyd and Elton John.

The album cover was taken from the original poster 1970/71 Wolrd Tour and is presented here, restored and adapted as it was going to be.

At the end of the tour, with several concerts recorded, Atlantic Records ordered that a double live album be mounted. In September while the band began the new recording sessions, at Advision Studios in Fitzrovia, Central London, England, of their next work: "Fragile", the live album was ready with this line-up:

Side A: (21:14)

1.-Opening: Also sprach Zarathustra.(1:40)

2.-Yours Is No Disgrace.(11:47)

3.-I've Seen All Good People.(7:45) 

Side B: (20:44)

1.-America. (15:58)

2.-Clap/Classical Gas.(4:46) 

Side C: (21:24)

1.-Perpetual Change. (14:08)

2.-Astral Traveller. (7:15) 

Side D: (22:06)

1.-Everydays. (11:00)

2.-It's Love. (11:06) 

All tracks recorded live at Crystal Palace Bowl, London, England. July 31, 1971.

Except: Gothenburg Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden.January 24.1971:

“Astral Traveller” & “Everydays”.

Yale Bowl, New Haven County, Connecticut. U.S. July 24.1971:

“Clap/Classical Gas” & “Perpetual Change”.

…but that project, whose title was going to be: “The Yes Live Album” and after "The Yes Album Tour", was delayed until May 1973, Bit.ly/71YATT when a triple album was published, "Yessongs", that included the tours of his last three studio works: "The Yes Album"; "Fragile" and "Close The Edge". The reason was not other that not to interfere in the launch of new lp, scheduled for January 1972, but anticipated to November, which was given preference. Part this unreleased live album was published years later in 2005 on the Box Set: "The Word Is Live". 

Finally to say that, the recording has been remixed and assembled again for this edition that I present here with an improved sound. Three bonus tracks, unreleased edit versions, made for this live album, but not used on the final mix.

Ok.., the story of this album has no more mystery. It was recorded, assembled and archived. That's all. See you next friday with more and better.., I think.

The Who 
"Lifehouse"
(Final Cut - June 1971)


Side A: (22:05)  

1.The Note.(5:20)
2.Behind Blue Eyes.(3:40)
3.Love Ain´t For Keeping.(2:10)
4.Mary (Rmk-2).(2:20)
5.I´m In Tune.(4:50)
6.Going Mobile.(3:42)

Side B: (21:53)
1.Too Much Of Anything.(3:04)
2.Time Is Passing.(3:29)
3.Won´t Get Fooled Again.(5:52)
4.The Song Is Over.(6:14)
5.Baba O´Riley.(3:12)

Original alternate cover for "Lifehouse" Lp. 1971.

What can be said about "Lifehouse"?.Little that we don´t know today, because there´re very accurate reconstructions to what would have been the final double album and almost all of you know its history, as experts or understoods in the matter.

So let me do a little introduction: “Lifehouse” project, the missing link between "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia", was the great lost album of The Who, as: "Smile" for the Beach Boys, both with something in common, ended up breaking the psychology and the nerves of their creators, considered “damned works” for many years. Brian Wilson was able to conclude "Smile" over the years, but Pete Townshend has not yet, because there is no definitive version recorded entirely by The Who.

 

Along the times, there were different attempts to get something out of this schizophrenic project, but no luck. This new reconstruction that I bring you, apart from being the prologue to the promised album: "Rock is dead, Long live Rock!", available within a few days; shows you the last attempt to save "Lifehouse",  during this first stage.

 

After the unsuccessfully New York´s sessions at Record Plant studios during the month of March, The Who returned to England to Olympic studios; “Lifehouse” every day it became more complicated and this made Pete felt inside a mental loop with no exit. Although the project is officially abandoned after this american sessions, had become an personal obsession and Pete made more compilations, work, day and night in parallel; one of last, reducing the double acetate it to a single Lp.

 

This last cut from early June 1971.had practically the same order of songs, although many of them in extended version, and some absence. Next I put the order of this acetate of two discs, in case you want to reconstruct it and have the two final versions. The double...

 

Side A: (17:10)
 
1. The Note.(5:21)
(A.k.a: "Pure & Easy")
2. Behind Blue Eyes.(3:29)
3. Love Ain´t For Keeping.(4:03)
4. Mary (Rmk-2).(4:17)

Side B: (18:36)

1. I´m In Tune.(7:04)
(A.k.a: "Getting In Tune")
2. Going Mobile.(3:42)
3. Too Much.(4:21)
(A.k.a: "Too Much Of Anything")
4. Time Is Passing.(3:29)

Side C: (17:33)

1. Baby, don´t you do it.(8:37)
2. Won´t Get Fooled Again.(8:56)

Side d: (19:37)

1. Song Is Over.(6:14)
(A.k.a: "The Song Is Over")
2. Baba O´Riley.(13:23)
 

Outtakes from "Lifehouse":
Olympic Studios, London, England. April to June 1971.

"Time Waits For No Man. "A.k.a: "When I Was a Boy".
"Bargain"."My Wife" & "Let´s See Action".

 

After doing this new cut of the disk, seeing that Pete continued to dislike it, the sound engineer and producer Glyn Jones advised to him to leave it definitely, due to its enormous complexity in constructing a coherent and understandable plot for the mentality of then, the better solution: to make made a powerful rock album, not t necessarily with a specific storyline, only good music: "Who's Next" was born.

I want to explain some changes of this new work that I bring you, but begining by the end: 

The instrumental version of: "Baba O'Riley", edited to 3:12 minutes, because the full length version of 13:23 is a succession, rather monotonous, chaining the three main fragments of its structure, again and again at different scales, for which its synthesis is appreciated, because it can get boring a bit. 

"Won't get fooled again", intended to be, as happened after, a single, and the needed to make space on the B side, was edited from 8:33 to 5:52, but how “Lifehouse” was unpublished, This edit was ruled out and Glyn Jones make a new for the single being reduced even more to 3:40, Leaving the original in "Who's next" Lp.  

"Too much of anything", went from 4:24 to 3: 04, but It happened the same as with "Won't get fooled again", how "Lifehouse" was not published, This version was left out. The rest of the songs are basically the same mixes as in "Who's next"; some of them with the original titles. 

So, this version, it was closest to see the light in the summer of 1971 as "Lifehouse". It was a project that was never left, it was always there, with new ideas. Day to day...  

On booklet, you find the “labels” of the acetate´s copy that I have. I reproduced not only the order of the songs, the versions too, as it´s appear on this acetate, because the quality isn´t entirely good for me.

Except “Mary”, song that I re-worked, over the best version that I found of this Pete´s demo, so that it sounds more integrated in the final result of this reconstruction Bit.ly/71WlH and don´t look like what it really is, a demo or an unfinished song.

 

... the single version:

Side A:  (22:05)
 
1.The Note.(5:20)
(A.k.A: "Pure & Easy")
2.Behind Blue Eyes.(3:40)
3.Love Ain´t For Keeping.(2:10)
(acustic version)
4.Mary (Rmk-2).(2:20)
(Unreleased)
5.I´m In Tune.(4:50)
(A.k.a: "Getting In Tune")
6.Going Mobile.(3:42)

Side B: (21:53)

1.Too Much Of Anything.(3:04)
(Unreleased version)
2.Time Is Passing.(3:29)
3.Won´t Get Fooled Again.(5:52)
(Unreleased single version)
4.The Song Is Over.(6:14)
5.Baba O´Riley.(3:12)
(Unreleased Instrumental edit version).

The artwork, images taken in Manchester 1971, some selected as one more option
to be part of the album, as cover photo
.
Ok! That´s all.., and what´s next?
"Rock is dead, Long Live Rock!".. The Who version, in a few weeks, before the end of June.
Meanwhile, enjoy it.

The Monkees - Unreleased original "Greatest hits nº.2" (1971)

Colgems Records was a record label that existed between 1966 and 1971, after the dissolution of Colpix Records. Belonging to Columbia Pictures and RCA Victor, he was in charge of promoting and selling the phenomenon The Monkees and other contemporary minority artists without much success; besides to reedit soundtracks like the one of Lawrence of Arabia, Casino Royal and Oliver among others.

Shortly before the Californian group: The Monkees was created from a casting where there were 500 candidates, including Stephen Stills, to fight and take advantage of the Beatle phenomenon in the United States, two of its future components had already been selected. by the record label: David Jones and Michael Nesmith, who used the "alias" of Michael Blessing.

With "The Monkees", Colgem reached record goals, but after the fiasco of the movie Head and his consequent 1968 album, he began to have problems, so he tried to counteract them, with the album: "The Monkees Greatest Hits", in June 1969, while one of the group members, Peter Tork left; quickly new recording sessions were commissioned for the rest, while reviewing old material with the completion and release to the market of a new studio album for October and thus quell the rumors of separation; that's how "The Monkees Present" came, followed by a tour, the last one, after which another of its members: Michael Nesmith, who perhaps had the most musical talent .

The story was repeated and without much time and good material came "Changes", edited in June 1970, with only David Jones and Michael Dolenz; it was a real failure and took Colgem to a critical point that I try to save once again by recuencing a record of great hits: "The Monkees: Greatest Hits Nº.2"; of which a list of songs was made, 14 in total, seven per side, but unfortunately, it was unpublished when it could not overcome the record label, so much reverse, putting an end to its existence during this year 1971. This new recording that I bring to the blog,is reconstructed as a result of the original acetate of the disc made by Colgem Bit.ly/TM71GH2 and that unfortunately never saw the light, because it did not even give time to catalog it. This is original line up:

Side A:(19:53)

1.(Theme From) The Monkees.(2:19).

2.Porpoise Song (Theme from Head).(4:10)

3.Someday Man.(2:40).

4.Good Clean Fun.(2:18).

5.Oh My My.(3:02)

6.What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?.(2:32).

7.D.W. Washburn.(2:49).

Side B: (21:53)

1.For Pete's Sake.(2:11).

2.Listen To The Band.(2:29)

3.It's Nice to Be with You.(2:52)

4.The Girl I Knew Somewhere.(2:39).

5.Tear Drop City.( 2:01).

6.Do I Have to Do This All Over Again.(2:38).

7.Goin' down .(4:23)

In addition and as usual, the cover is included and so you have the full CD, always with the highest resolution and quality possible.

Sly & The Family Stone - The Incredible and Unpredictable (Unreleased 1970 album)

After the publication of "Stand!" in May 1969, the record company Epic told Sly Stone that there was sufficient footage to get a couple more albums, given the quality of many of the recordings that he had left unpublished,

 

Sly Stone began to select material for a new album at the same time that composed and recorded new songs like: "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"; "Hot fun in the summertime" or "Everybody Is a Star".

 

But this work never was released, why?.

"The incredible and Unpredictable" alternate 1970 cover.

The project, was composed of a double album with unreleased material, outtakes from the last works with something new, but already published in a couple of singles, during the months of August and November.Bit.ly/sls760b on Sides A,B and C. Meanwhile on last side, it would be included a selection of the best moments of Sly and The Family Stone in Woodstock. at least this was what was wanted at first.

Side A: (19:42)

1.Soul Clapping I. (2:38)

2.Preassure. (3:45)

3.Hot Fun In The Summertime. (3:03)

4.Wonderful World Of Color.(Rmx-3). (2:19) (*)

5.Everybody Is A Star.(Edit). (3:06)

6.Thank You.(Edit). (4:50) (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

 

Side B: (19:20)

1.Seven More Days. (3:25)

2.I Can´t Turn You Loose. (3:34)

3.What Would I Do. (4:07)

4.Only One Way Out Of This Mess. (3:53)

5.Silent Communications. (4:18)

 

Side C: (19:46)

1.The Incredible and Unpredictable. (8:22) (*)

2.Fortune & Fame. (5:35)

3.What´s That Got to Do with Me.(Rmx-1) (2:20) (*)

4.Soul Clapping II. (3:27) (A.k.a: Soul Clappin´(reprise)

 

Side D: (22:26) Live at Isle Of Wight Festival. (August 29.1970)

1.Stand! / You Can Make It If You Try. (11:08)

2.Medley: Dance To The Music / Music Lover / I Want To Take You Higher. (11:17)

(*) Possibly unreleased.

Planned to be published in the fall of 1969, before Christmas, was delayed to early next year by different reasons: Epic did not want it to interfere with the enormous success that these two singles had achieved, or at least that was what was said although the reality was different, because Atlantic Records did not authorize material recorded in this festival to be published independently outside the triple album that was being prepared with the soundtrack that was going to accompany the documentary film.

Besides Sly was also involved in other projects like: the Joe Hicks single, "I'm Goin' Home" b/w "Home Sweet Home - Part II", which was written and produced by Sly, and released on the latter's Stone Flower label. Little Sister "You're the One" release on Sly's "Stone Flower" label too or The 1969 A&M Abaco Dream single "Life and Death in G & A"

In late February Sly went back to the double album of “The Family”. Now called: "The Incredible and Unpredictable", with new versions of some songs, but without abandoning the original idea of ​​a double lp with one of its sides recorded live and less after agreeing to appear at the Isle of Wight Festival that year.

In October of 1970,"The Incredible and Unpredictable" double Lp was ready, but never was published.Epic considers better made his own version of the double album and reducing it to one,Bit.ly/SLSD70 something that displeased to Sly Stone. He got mad and disavowed its publication and forgot definitely this project and got into the composition, recording and realization of his next studio album: “There's a Riot Goin' On”. Epic released a “Greatest Hits” in November, archiving both versions of "The Incredible and Unpredictable".Here I include the two versions, decide which one you like the most. Sly or Epic.

Side A: (18:51)

1.Soul Clapping I. (2:38)

2.Preassure. (3:45)

3.Hot Fun In The Summertime. (3:03)

4.Everybody Is A Star. (3:17) (*) (Full length version)

5.Thank You. (6:07) (*) (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Full length version)

 

Side B: (18:56)

1.The Incredible and Unpredictable. (8:22) (*)

2.Fortune & Fame. (5:33)

3.What´s That Got to Do with Me.(Rmx-2). (2:10) (*)

4.Soul Clapping II. (Edit). (2:50) (*) (A.k.a: Soul Clappin´(reprise)

(*) Possibly unreleased.

Here you have a double reconstruction of what could have been and never was. An extraordinary work, maybe it, could be the best of Sly & The Family Stone. You will not say that I´m not generous. Anyway, enjoy it!.

The Byrds: "Phoenix".

On September 14, 1970, The Byrds published what would be their last great album: "Untitled", with only one of its founding members: Roger McGuinn.

A double album that not only reflected the fruit of the recording sessions in the studio, but also of their recent tour.

An album that left from the aborted project of "Gene Tryp" to that of "Phoenix" and a reading error left it without title.  

The version that I will bring you,  will be a double CD with an alternative and reconstructed version of the live disc, plus the studio record "Phoenix", with unknow tracks in real stereo.

Ok!.., Here it is.

 

Alternate original cover for "Phoenix". Later used on cassette and eight track tape box.

How “Gene Trip”, Roger´s project, it did not work; at the beginning of 1970, the producer Terry Melcher said to McGuinn that the band should release a double album, featuring an LP of concert recordings and other with new material from studio, which would retail for the same price as a regular single album. Something that had become fashionable, as “Cream” had done in 1968.

The first record was recorded in two concerts in New York City at the Colden Center Auditorium, Queens College. on Saturday, Feb.28 1970 and other the next day March 1 at Felt Forum. The studio lp was recorded at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA. between May 26 and June 11.1970. These studio tracks mostly consisted of newly material written and composed by band leader Roger McGuinn and Broadway theatre director Jacques Levy for a planned country rock musical under the title of “Gene Tryp”. Presumably of the twenty-six songs that were written for the musical, four appeared in the album's final running order: “Lover Of The Bayou” (live version); “Chesnut Mare”; “All The Things”; and “Just a Season”. Five in this reconstruction: "Kathleen's Song”.

The original title from this new work was “Phoenix” to express the artistic rebirth of the band, after John Taylor will quit “The Byrds” late 1969. Moment in which Roger McGuinn would rethink whether or not to dissolve the group definitively and start his solo career; but when the producer Terry Melcher had to submit paperwork to the record company, put 'Untitled', and due to a misunderstanding at the pressing plant, “Untitled” became the album's official title.Bit.ly/70Bpx5 That's why we should call it actually “Phoenix” because the original title was never changed. I think that should have been changed in later editions or have not used that cover. Anyway.., it doesn´t matter. This reconstruction follow the original concept. First disc: live outtakes placed in the same order as were played in concert.

 

Side One: (In concert). (19:34)

1.You Ain´t Going Nowhere. (2:55) (*)

2.Old Blue. (3:24) (*)

3.My Back Pages. (2:41) (*)

4.Take A Whiff On Me. (2:38) (+)

5.The Ballad Of Easy Rider. (2:48) (*)

6.This Wheel´s On Fire. (5:05) (`)

 

Side Two:  (In Concert). (19:00)

1.Jesus Is Just Alright. (3:11) (+)

2.Eight Miles High / Tag. (15:49) (`)

 

(`)Live Colden Center Auditorium, Queens College, N.Y.C Feb.28.1970

(*) live at Felt Forum. N.Y.C  March 1.1970.

(+) live Fillmore East. N.Y.C. Sept.23.1970.

 

Side Three: (Studio recordings). (19:10)

1.Amazing Grace. (0:58)

2.Well Come Back Home / White's Lightning (I & II). (7:54) (Unreleased version)

3.Chestnut Mare. (6:22) (Unreleased - Full length version).

4.Truck Stop Girl. (3:54) (Unreleased version)

 

Side Four:: (Studio recordings). (19:06)

1.All The Things. (4:58) (Alternate version)

2.Kathleen's Song. (2:37) (Alternate version #1)

3.Lover Of The Bayou. (5:14) (Alternate studio version)

4.Just A Season. (2:43) (Unreleased edit version)

5.Willin´. (3:32) (Alternate studio version)

 

Side C & D  from Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA

(May 26 - June 11.1970)

 

The second, studio recordings; presented here following an alternative order that was finally rejected for the album. “Amazing Grace” it was a link track between the end of side B and the start of Side C. this song it was used to close the concerts.

Next: “White´s Lightning”, It was a “Jam” by Roger McGuinn and Clarence White, of something more than 15 minutes, it was edited to 5 minutes as alternative ending or “coda” of “Welcome Back Home”. After be rejected that possibility, “White's Lightning” was edited again in two parts; later issued on “The Byrds box set” and “(Untitled)/(Unissued)”, Here is the unreleased alternative version from this song. As unpublished is also the two that follows: “Chestnut Mare” & “Truck Stop Girl” unedited. The last side brings more alternate version, some known, except “Just a Seaon”, edited to be included in the first single.

Finally, the cover it´s an alternate photo, later used on cassette and eight track tapes from “untitled”. Backcover: from the single “Chesnut Mare” “Just a Season".

Ok, that´s all. I hope you like it and enjoy it.

The Who - "Who´s Right? - The Lost 1970 album.

In january of 1970, the members of “The Who”: Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle & Keith Moon, met at the IBC studios in London to recorded new material; at the same time, the group begins a new round of concerts, with the aim of releasing an album live, after ruling out the possibility of taking something out of the more than eighty hours they had of the tour of 69. Two of those concerts were recorded. In Leeds University on feb.14 and the City Hall, from Hull, the next day; but due to problems with the bass that was not recorded correctly, they could only use the Leeds concert tapes.

In march, the record company asked them for new material to publish a single. They only had two songs: “The Seeker” written by Pete, recorded Jan.19 & “Here for more”, recorded on feb.10, one of the few composed by group vocalist Roger Daltrey.

This single. published worldwide on 21 march. Meanwhile, the live album: "Live at Leeds" was released in the U.S on may 16, by Decca/MCA and the U.K on may 23, by Track/Polydor. From this Lp came a single: "Summertime blues", a version of Eddie Cochran, on the B side was placed "Heaven and Hell", written by group bassist John Entwistle, recorded on april 13. May, the Who returned, once again, to the studio, now "Eel Pie" to record more songs: At the end of these sessions, an acetate was made; so in the side A was placed a selection of the five best songs recorded since january to may. Leaving on the B side other unreleased tracks from feb.67 tp oct.68. But finally this Lp was canceled, as the summer Ep a few days after its publication in august.Bit.ly/71WHwt Some of these tunes (I don´t even know myself & Water) were used to complete different singles or even as part of the new "lifehouse" project; and the rest, appeared published on "Odds and Sods", an album from 1974 that consists of studio outtakes and rarities.

CD 1: Original album:

Side A: (Jan/May 1970) (22:04)

1. The Seeker.(3:24)

2. Water.(4:40)

3. Naked Eye.(5:27)

4. I don´t know myself.(4:59)

5. Postcard.(3:32)

Side B: (Feb´67/Oct.68) (16:00)

1. Early Morning Cold Taxi.(3:03)

2. Jaguar.(2:03)

3. Summertime blues.(3:34)

4. My Way.(2:28)

5. Little Billy.(2:17)

6. Young Man Blues.(2:53)

 

CD 2 - The summer Ep with:

Side A: (12:04) 1. Water. (Young Vic´71).(6:25)

2. Naked Eye.( Young Vic´71).(5:39)

Side B: (13:10)

1. I don´t know myself.(Single version).(4:57)

2. Postcard.(EP version).(3:25)

3. Now I´m A Farmer. (Alt.mix).(4:47)

My personal reconstructed Bit.ly/70WHgf was made following the original setlist that The Who played in their 1970 concerts.Enjoy it.

Side A: (19:05)

1. Heaven & Hell (Remix).(3:33)

2. Young Man Blues #2.(2:44)

3. Water.(4:40)

4. The Seeker (Edit).(3:13)

5. I don´t even know myself.(4:56)

Side B: (18:59)

1. Here For More.(2:24)

2. Postcard (Remix).(3:32)

3. Now, I´m A Farmer.(4:09)

4. Summertime Blues (Leeds´70).(3:24)

5. Naked Eye.(5:27)

The Rolling Stones: "Automatic Changer".

 "Automatic Changer" - later known as "Let it Bleed", it was going to be the summer lp of Rolling Stones, but by different circumstances, it was postponed. The main problem was the continued absences of Brian Jones to the recording sessions and his manifest lack of interest in everything that had to do with the group. In view of this, tired of his attitude Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards moved to Brian's house to communicate friendly that his services were no longer available; so they quickly set out to look for a substitute guitarist: Mick Taylor, introduced as the new member of the Rolling Stones, at a massive press conference in Hyde Park, London on June 13th..

Original cover for "Automatic Changer", then modified when the album´s title was changed to "Let It Bleed".

The recording sessions for “Automatic Changer” officially started on February 9, 1969 at the Olympic studios in London with Jimmy Miller like a producer and engineer Glyn Jones; abruptly interrupted in the early hours of July 2, when they were informed by telephone that the Brian´s body found floating in the pool of his house. He was dead.

Two days later, the Rolling Stones gave a free concert in memory of Brian in the same place where just a month ago they had presented Mick Taylor, Hyde Park. Meanwhile, one acetate of the disc had already been made in monaural version, with an alternative "line-up", almost definitive. which ís presented here, it contained a total of 9 songs:

Side A: (20:48)

1.Midnight rambler.(6:57)

2.Love in vain.(4:18)

3.If you need someone - a.k.a" Let it bleed ",(5:25)

4.Monkey man.(4:11)

 

Side B: (21:45)

1.Give me some shelter - a.k.a "Gimmie Shelter";(4:21)

2.You got the silver now - a.k.a "You got the silver".(2:49)

(these last two sung by Keith)

3.Sister Morphine.(5:26)

4.Loving cup.(6:05)

5.Country honk.(3:03)

Shortly thereafter, and with the most advanced recording sessions, the engineer Glyn Jones made a second cut of the album, where the songs sung by Keith were changed for Mick's as a vocalist and the song that closed the acetate:"Honky Tonk" was eliminated. This new version was given for good, which was prepared for the final mixes with a view to publishing the album Bit.ly/69RSAc in mid-July under the title of "Automatic Changer". Robert Brownjohn following the title of Lp, had already made the cover; the famous cake that was the final artwork, although the album changed title. After Brian´s death, the group recording:"Honky tonk woman" in the BBC TV to "Top of the Pops" to promo a new single: "Honky tonk woman / You can not always get what you want #2”; The Hyde Park concert on July 5, the Rolling Stones and Brian's funeral on July 10 in Cheltenham who only accused Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman, the Stones did not return to the studio and dedicated themselves, after trying to recover from the sad news, to prepare the American tour.

Between October 17 and 26, at the "Sunset Sound" studios in Los Angeles, the Rolling Stones returned to the "Automatic Changer" project, but with the conviction that the title and content should change, because the declared summer of love had been especially bloody, like the murders carried out by the Manson family, against the actress Sharon Tate and a group of friends, or later on the marriage "La Bianca". The session on October 26 was the last dedicated to polish "Let it bleed". Then, they got into the promotional winter tour from November 6 to December 7 with an appearance on the CBS show: Ed Sullivan Show recorded on November 18.

The day after the publication of "Let it Bleed" on December 5, the Rolling Stones gave a concert at the Altamont Speedway, in Livermore, Ca. A free festival that included other groups such as Jefferson Airplane or Crosby, Still , Nash and Young. As closing to the show, The Rolling Stones .., but in the middle of the song "Sympathy for the Devil", a spectator, was assassinated in front of stage by one of the members of sure of the show, an "Hell´s Angel", scene that can be seen in the movie.

The “incombustible” Stones, were already involved in the new recording sessions of their future project: "Sticky Fingers", which will have a good account in the future, also with an alternative "line up", the result of another found acetate with alternate “line-up” in mono also. Now, enjoy the reconstruction, mono version, of the early "Let it Bleed" when it was called "Automatic Changer".

The Beatles : "Get Back Project" - Super Deluxe Edition -

To mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the recording sessions from "Get Back" project, I bring you a new work, this time with the complet evolution of the album, later know as "Let It Be". From the original acetate to the mixes made by Glyn Johns in May 1969 and January 1970.

In addition to an extra, a fourth disc with a reconstructed version of "Let It Be", made according to the option of the director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, that the content of the album and movie were almost the same

Ok!,So let's get into the subject and review some of the history.

The album´s cover photo. It was to John Lennon who came up with the idea of photographing the Beatles looking down on the staircase of the EMI block, the headquarters of the office in Manchester Square, London, in the same position as they had done in 1963 for the album "Please Please me ". Wedneyday. May.28.1969.

Due to the tensions accumulated among the members of the group in recent months, since the death of Brian Epstein in 1967, Paul McCartney thought that his next studio album should be more simple, without so much applied technology, like a a return to its beginnings, The project would be composed of a album recorded almost live, accompanied by a documentary film from the american director Michael Lindsay-Hogg. This director, previously had worked with The Beatles in the promotional films of "Paperback Writer" / "Rain", "Hey Jude", and "Revolution".

One of many ideas from this project was to include a farewell concert,The Beatles had not performed in concert from August 29,1966 in San Francisco at The Candlestick Park,and was not a bad idea, finish in this way. About the location of the event; conventional places like the Roundhouse in London were discussed, but were also considered more unusual places like a disused flour mill and an ocean liner. The place that received the most consideration was a Roman amphitheater in North Africa. None of these ideas got success.

With all this in mind and more, the project started on Thursday, January 2, 1969 in London at Twickenham Studios. However what was supposed to be a relaxed atmosphere, it soon became clear that it was not, because the inconveniences of the place, cold, dark and with bad acoustics, were added the fact of having to record in the morning or early afternoon, accustomed to work by night or dawn, without cameras recording around they. Only Paul McCartney seemed interested, because John and Yoko, were in their world;. George had his mind set on other matters and Ringo was simply there.., thinking possibly on the script of "The Magic Christian".

After long, long days of fruitless work, with endless and bored rehearsals, in fact, all the recorded material was considered disposable and unusable for the future album; all finished with a discussion, on January 10, between Paul and George, in which Harrison momentarily quited the Beatles. He only returned, when Paul apologize, Billy Preston join to the band and they abandoned Twickenham Studios, went to Apple Studios in Savile Road, to continuing with the plans.

The recording sessions are resumed with a more professional atmosphere on Wednesday, January 22, uninterrupted until Thursday 30. The next day and after abandoning the idea of giving a concert on a boat or in the middle of the desert, they played a concert on the roof of Apple with this setlist: "Get Back Tk-1 & 2"; "Dont Let Me Down Tk-1"; I've Got A Feeling Tk-1 ";" One After 909 ",Dig to Pony ";" I've Got a Feelin Tk-2 ";" Don't Let Me Down Tk-2 ", "Get Back Tk-3". Moment in which the project went to its assembly phase.

In February, John and Paul called the sound engineer Glyn Johns and passed him the tapes that had been recorded at Apple Studios between January 22 and 31, and he was asked to mount a record. On March 10, after a few days of work at Olympic Studios, Glyn Johns had a acetate with this provisional order:

Side A: (19:10)

1.- Get Back #1.(2:37)

2.- Teddy Boy.(5:53)

3.-On Our Way Home. (3:41) – (A.k.a: “Two Of Us”).

4,- Dig a Pony. (4:04)

5.- I´ve Got a Feeling.

 

Side B: (20:42)

1.- The Long and Winding Road.(3:38)

2.- Let It Be.(3:58)

3.-Rocker.(0:45)

4.- Save The Last Dance For me.(1:37)

5.- Don´t Let Me Down.(3:42)

6.- Because You´re Sweet and Lovely. (3:05). (A.k.a: “For You Blue”).

7.-Get Back #2.(2:55)

8.- The Walk. (0:58) 

After listening it, the Beatles approved it and asked him to start with the final mix of the album. Glyn Johns returned to Olympic Studio 1 and began working on "Get Back" album between April 3 and May 28. Meanwhile, the film assembly continued, whose date of released both, film & album, had been fixed for the month of July, right in the middle of the sessions of recording of what should have been its last disc "Abbey Road".

Begining of June, showed the album "Get Back" finished to The Beatleswith this line-up:

Side A: (19:34)

1.- The One After 909. (3:08) - (Jan.30.69)

2.- Rocker. (0:45) - (Jan.22.69)

3.- Save The Last Dance For Me. (1:37) - (Jan.22.69)

4.- Don´t Let Me Down. (4:08) - (Jan.22.69)

5.- Dig a Pony. (3:47) - (Jan.24.69)

6.- I´ve Got A Feeling. (2:46) - (Jan.24.69)

7.- Get Back (3:21) - (Jan.28.69) (The single release version)

 

Side B: (23:38)

1.- For You Blue. (2:55) - (Jan.25.69)

2.- Teddy Boy. (3:43) - (Jan.24.69)

3.-Two Of Us. (3:30) - (Jan.24.69)

4.-Maggie Mae (0:42) - (Jan.24.69)

5.-Dig It. (4:25) - (Jan.26.69)

6.-Let It Be. (3:57) - (Jan.30.69 & April 31 overdub)

7.-The Long and Winding Road. (3:42) - (Jan.31.69)

8.- Get Back (Reprise). (0:40) - (Jan.28.69) 

On July 20, the Beatles attended a private screening of the film with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg. When the Beatles finished watching it, they did not like it and thought that the best thing would be to file it and released only the lp. But the executives of Apple Corps demanded the director to finish it, because it had cost a lot of money to produce it.

But before it was concluded the film, their next studio album "Abbey Road" was released by Apple-Parlophone, on September 26, 1969: so the “Get Back” project was postponed until to early 1970. bit.ly/69TBGBC On January 3, George Harrison recorded "I Me Mine" in Studio 2 of Abbey Road and the next day Paul retouched "Let It Be" with a remix of "Across the universe", were given to Glyn Johns for update the album "Get Back", with a 2nd mix as follows:

Side A: (22:54)

1.- The One After 909. (3:08) - (Jan.30.69)

2.- Rocker. (0:45) - (Jan.22.69)

3.- Save The Last Dance For Me. (1:37) - (Jan.22.69)

4.- Don´t Let Me Down. (4:08) - (Jan.22.69)

5.- Dig a Pony. (3:47) - (Jan.24.69)

6.- I´ve Got A Feeling. (2:46) - (Jan.24.69)

7.- Get Back (3:21) - (Jan.28.69) (The single release version)

8.-Let It Be. (3:57) - (Jan.30.69 & April 31 overdub)

 

Side B: (20:34)

1.- For You Blue. (2:55) - (Jan.25.69)

2.-Two Of Us. (3:30) - (Jan.24.69)

3.-Maggie Mae (0:42) - (Jan.24.69)

4.-Dig It. (4:25) - (Jan.26.69)

5-The Long and Winding Road. (3:42) - (Jan.31.69)

6..-I Me Mine. (1:45) – (Jan.3.1970)

7.- Across The Universe. (3:27) – (Feb.4 / 8.68)

8.- Get Back (Reprise). (0:40) - (Jan.28.69) 

Paul asked Glyn Johns to remove "Teddy Boy", because this song was going to include it in his solo album: "McCartney", released in April 1970, something that was supposed to be a secret for the other three Beatles.

The project was renamed now "Let It Be", but the director of the film suggested to the Beatles that the album be retouched, once again, with the intention of looking more like the content of the film, with this is the optional line-up: 

Side A: (20:44)

1.- Don´t Let Me Down. (3:19) (*)

2.- I´ve Got a Feeling. (3:36) (*)

3.- One After 909. (2:50) (*)

4.- Dig a Pony. (3:43) (*)

5.- Get Back (3:53) (*)

6.- Let It Be. (4:01) - (Jan.25.69)

(*) live at The Rooftop Concert. January 30.1969 3 Savile Row, London, UK

 

Side B: (20:48)

1.- For You Blue. (2:16) - (Jan.25.69)

2.- Two Of Us. (3:23) - (Jan.24.69)

3.- Mailman. Bring Me No More Blues. (1:54) - (Jan.29.69) (+)

4.- Dig It. (1:02) - (Jan.24.69) (Alternate unreleased edit)

5.- The Long And Winding Road. (3:38) - (Jan.26.69)

6.- Rock Medley: Rip it Up/Shake,Rattle N´Roll/Blue Suede Shoes. (3:08) - (Jan.26.69)

7.- I Me Mine. (1:45). (Jan.3.70)

8.- Across The Universe. (3:37). (Feb.4 & 8.68)

(+) Not on film.Added to complete the minutes per side.

John, fed up with so many inconveniences, said to Paul: let's finish with this now. Called the producer Phil Spector, gave him the work that Glyn Johns had done and asked him to set up his own version, something that bothered Paul McCartney especially.

Finally in May, film and album (Phil Spector version) were published; The weekend 8th to 10, in United Kingdom were released film with the soundtrack, the last Beatles album: "let it be"..The13th in the United States.

The film won the Oscar for best soundtrack, (best musical adaptation) of 1970 for the song "Let It Be"; however, at the awards ceremony of the academy, Quincy Jones was the one who picked up the prize since none of the fab four attended. Isn´t it a pity?. 

Enjoy it as always.

Cream - "Goodbye". Unreleased Original Version Reconstructed

In October 1968, Cream met for the last time in a studio to record some songs for the farewell album: "Goodbye". Produced by Felix Pappalardi and arranged by Robert Stigwood at the IBC studios in London under the supervision of the sound engineer: Damon Lyon-Shaw; this last work was originally composed of two disc, in line with "Wheels of Fire", published just a couple of months ago, in August.

The original ”Goodbye” contained a part recorded in concert during his last tour and other in studio; with the difference that the live part was going to be placed on sides A and B; while the studio songs would go to disc 2. 

This was the original version that should have been published in December 1968.

Alternate rejected cover for Goodbye.

 Side A: (In Concert).(19:26)

 Winterland, San Francisco.Ca.

10 March 1968.

 

1- N.S.U.(Unedited).(12:38)

2- Sleepy Time Time.(6:48) 

 

Side B: (In Concert).(19:38)

The Forum, Los Angeles.Ca.

19 October 1968.

 

1- I´m So Glad.(9:32)

2- Politician.(5:10)

3- Sitting On Top Of The World.(4:55) 

 

Although the idea was to use live shots of the final U.S tour, between the Oakland concert on October 4 and the last date in Rhode Island on November 4, and some mixes were made especially from the Oakland concert, finally no were used, only some of these live outtakes were included in 1972 on "Live Cream Vol.2". 

This 2nd disc was a “Greatest Hits” with unreleased tracks like: "Badge" "What A Bringdown" or “Doing That Scrapyard Thing”. with others not included in any Lp like the single: "Anyone for tennis" or the "Disraeli Gears" outtake: "Lawdy Mama".

 

Side C: (Studio).(18:52)

 

1- Sunshine Of Your Love.(4:13)

2- Badge.(2:47)

3- What A Bringdown.(4:01)

4- White Room.(5:00)

5-Lawdy Mama #2.(2:49) 

 

Side D: (Studio).(18:52)

 

1- Anyone For Tennis.(2:40)

2- Spoonful.(Edit).(4:21)

3- Tales Of Brave Ulysses.(2:49)

4- Strange Brew.(2:49)

5- I Feel Free.(2:53)

6- Doing That Scrapyard Thing.(3:18)

 

At the middle of November, the double album was ready, the result was shown to the record company for publication shortly after the concerts of the Royal Albert Hall, on November 25 & 26, 1968. But the original plans for "Goodbye" were modified by the company. Delayed until February, when it was released,instead of a double album, was a single Lp with only six tracks; three live recordings from Los Angeles Forum, and three new songs from October sessions. In March the single "Badge"/ “What a bringdown” ,was released.

In the summer of 1969 was published in the United States "Best Of Cream", part that corresponded to the second LP of the "Goodbye" original ", with some change on the order of the songs; in October this “Greatest Hits” was published in United Kingdom too. Finally in April of 1970 came the Lp "Live Cream", with the A side corresponding to "Goodbye", with the unreleased "Lawdy Mama", also from the same work. Completing it with extra recordings recorded live on Winterland and Fillmore. What is not understood either is that no cuts of the Royal Albert Hall shows were included. Considered historical recordings.

"Goodbye" received harsh criticism after its publication due to its scarce musical contribution; Bit.ly/68CRMG more money gave it to records company three albums than one only. Anyway.., In this new reconstruction that I bring you it´s shown for the first time what was going to be "Goodbye -The Orginal Concept”, in December 1968, as the final project of the super group "Cream".

Enjoy it.

The Byrds: Dr.Byrds & Mr.Hyde (Acetate line-up & mono version)

Between October 7 and 16, 1968, the new Byrds, with only Roger McGuinn from the original members, brought together the new line-up: Clarence White; Gene Parsons & John York, in the Columbia studios in Hollywood Ca. to record a series of songs, for a new album, planned, in principle for Christmas.At the end of the session of the 16th, in which they recorded "Stanley's Song", a first acetate was made. However, of the nine songs, only seven were included, leaving out: "Lay Lady Lay", Dylan´s version, which was also an "outtake" of the April sessions for "Sweethart of the Rodeo" and the aforementioned "Stanley´s song ", assuming that the group would record new material.

 

CD1 - Acetate version:

1.-Old Blue.(3:23).

2.-King Apathy III.(3:02).

3.-Drug Store Truck Drivin´Man.(3:56)

4.-This Wheel´s On Fire.(Version #1).(3:56).

5.-Your Gentle Way Of Loving Me.(2:37).

6.-Lay Lady Lay.(Alternate version).(3:20).

7.-Nashville West.(Altternate version).(2:04).

8.-Stanley´s Son.(3:15).

9.-Bad Night At The Whiskey.(3:26).

10.-Medley: My Back Pages / B.J.Blues / Baby What You Want Me To Do.(4:20). (Alternate version. Tk-1)

So on December 4, after a sporadic session in Nashville, registered on October 21, The Byrds returned to the studio to record a couple of songs for the movie "Candy", this session apart from the themes "Child of the Universe " and "Candy ", came out a medley that the group took to place it as the closing of the album. However, Columbia considered that the material continued to be poor and insufficient and delayed its publication, but to silence the rumors of dissolution of what was left of the group and not leave much time without material playing on the radio stations, on January 7, 1969, A single was anticipated: "Bad Night at the Whiskey" / "Drug Store Truck Drivin 'Man".

CD2 - Mono version:

1.-This Wheel´s On Fire.(4:46).

2.-Old Blue.(3:22).

3.-Your Gentle Way Of Loving Me.(2:37).

4.-Child Of The Universe.(3:04).

5.-Nashville West.(2:351).

6.-Drug Store Truck Drivin´Man.(3:43).

7.-King Apathy III.(3:02).

8.-Candy.(Original edit).(3:01).

9.-Bad Night At The Whiskey.(3:23).

10.-Medley: My Back Pages / B.J.Blues / Baby What You Want Me To Do.(4:27).

In February all the existing material was revised and the acetate of October was expanded with the “outtakes”: "Stanley's song" and "Lay Lady Lay", but when it was presented to Columbia, it made as many changes as it thought fit to make the most commercial album; the first thing was to remove the two songs cited, by the two written for the movie Candy, of which only one of them had been taken for the soundtrack.

Thus the song "Candy" by "Stanle's song" and a remix of "Child of the Nature" by "Lay Lady Lay", that Columbia destined to a second single of the album in May with "Old Blue" on the side B. Finally the album was released on March 5, 1969, with a relative success among fans, becoming the weakest work of the group of those published in the decade of the sixties; although not badly received by the critics. Here I bring you the alternative set list of February 1969 made for the album, bit.ly/B67M1h that Columbia rejected before reorganizing everything for the final acetate, in addition to the monaural version.

Enjoy it.

 

The Kinks: "Where Was Spring?". Unreleased 1969 album.

After the release of the album: "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society", on November 22, 1968, the BBC commissioned Ray Davis to write more songs for a television serie, which was to be called: Where was Spring?. A British television sketch comedy program, which was first aired by the BBC at night time every Monday, between the months of January to February. A total of 12 episodes were recorded of which only six were aired; of an approximate duration of 25/30 minutes per episode, with music perfomed by North Kensington Festival Wind Ensemble, arranged and directed by Stanley Myers and songs by the Kinks: “Where Did My Spring Go", "When I Turn off the Living Room Light", "We Are Two of a Kind", "Let's Take Off Our Clothes" and "Darling I Respect You", an one outtake “Till death us part two”, from september 1968.

Where Was Spring?, It was a love serie with Eleanor Bron and John Fortune, two stalwarts of the British satire scene in the 1960s, produced by Neil Sheerin. The show were of a series of two-handed sketches performed by Bron and Fortune, mostly playing married or romantic couples though often not seen romantically.

There were also animated sequences supplied by Klaus Voormann, designer of the cover for the Beatles' Revolver album. Almost all the episodes were lost, because it is believed that master tapes were accidentally destroyed by overwriting them.

The BBC proposed to Ray Davies, the possibility of making an EP with the songs of the program and later an LP adding new ones, but none of the options came to fruition because the group had a secret agreement with Granada TV, to carry out a film and an LP that later would be known as: Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire).

The project of "Arthur" was unveiled on March 10 and with it faded the EP or Lp: There was Spring ?. The recording sessions for "Arthur" officially began on May 1, 1969, with the songs "Drivin '" & "Mindless Child Of Motherhood"; immediately after Ray Davis returned from the United States.

The reconstruction that is brought here, in Lp format, translates to the side A the original EP of five tracks, once the themes that Ray Davis did not want to include in his day were discarded: "We Are Two of a Kind", "Let's Take Off Our Clothes" and "Darling I Respect You". Side B: begins with the song "Did you see his name?", written for the:"The Eleventh Hour TV Show", plus that material recorded before the date of March 10 available Bit.ly/69kkWS to complete an Lp. All tracks, MONO,  because are taken from sample tapes where there is no stereo mix.  

 

Side A: (13:12)

 

1. Where Did My Spring Go.(2:10).

2. When I Turn Out The Living Room Light.(2:19).

3. Pictures In The Sand.(2:47).

4. Berkeley Mews.(2:36).

5. Till Death Do Us Part.(3:18)

 

Side B: (14:13)

 

1. Did You See His Name.(2:00).

2. Plastic Man.(3:04).

3. Groovy Movies.(2:33).

4. Creeping Jean.(3:11). 

5. King Kong.(3:23).

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Live Experience" - The lost 1969 live album

The story behind that lost album says: In May of 1969, Michael Jeffery, manager of the "Jimi Hendrix Experience", commissioned the engineer Eddie Kramer to review a series of tapes containing the concerts of the Royal Albert Hall, Los Angeles and San Diego. The main reason for this album was to fulfill the pending commitment with Reprise and Capitol Records, after the legal battle lost with producer Ed Chalpin and PPX Industries.

Thus, at the beginning of June of 1969, Eddie Kramer moved to the Wally Heider studios in Hollywood Ca, to start his work on Sunday June 8 with the mixes of: “Star Spangled Banner” (L.A Forum). “Purple Haze” (San Diego) and “Little Wing” (Royal Albert Hall); continuing on Monday 9: “Voodoo Child (slight return)” (Royal Albert Hall). “Fire” (San Diego) and “Red house” (San Diego) and ending on Tuesday 10: “I don´t live today” (L.A Forum) and “Getting my heart back together again” (a.k.a Hear my train a coming) (Royal Albert Hall).

Between that last day and the following one the disc was mounted, whose provisional title was "live experience" and the result was shown to Jeffery,Capitol & Reprise Records,...  

 

Side A: (24:34)

 

1. Fire.(3:27).

2. Getting My Heart Back Together Again.(8:24).

(a.k.a: Hear My Train A´Coming)

3. Red House.(12:42). 

 

Side B: (23:49)

 

1. Star Spangled Banner.(2:29).

2. Purple Haze.(4:50).

3. I Don´t Live Today.(5:31).

4. Little Wing.(3:13).

5. Voodoo Child (Slight Return).(7:45).   

...but a couple of days later, on June 15 the project was discarded, although Reprise did not set aside the possibility of publishing it in September, despite the fact that it had already opted for the American version of "Smash Hits"; finally not to detract from this compilation, the live album was definitely abandoned.

The project was recovered years later, published in January 1972 by Polydor, as part of a posthumous album: "Hendrix In the West", with some of those recordings selected for "live experience" and other new ones made at the Isle of Wight Festival and at the University of Berkeley during 1970.

What is shown here, bit.ly/69jhLe It's a recons-truction of that lost album, using the original mixes made by engineer Eddie Kramer in June of 1969. and compiled in chronological order like a complete set list as “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” played in concert that year.

Enjoy it. 

Julie Driscoll,Brian Auger & The Trinity: The Best of - (Alternate 2nd version)

After the success achieved by the double LP: "Streetnoise" published in May 1969, attribu-ted to Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity ,the lead singer, also known as "Jools", announced that she was leaving the band to undertake new projects as fashion model or film actress. Polydor Records prepared a “Greatest hits” as the culmination of her participation in the band.

This compilation appeared late 1969 with the name:"The Best Of The Best of Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger"; but the album would be edited again the next year as: "The Best Of Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity“, because the name of the band it was omitted

For the album cover of this second version of “Greatest Hits” was chosen a photograph of Julie Driscoll, but at last, it was decided that the best thing would be a photo of the band .

In addition, the content of the disc was revised too, where not only the order of the songs was slightly different, also the themes: "Tramp" & "A World About Color" had been replaced by the version they made of the “The Doors” hit:”Light My Fire” and the anthem "Save The Country", as well as bringing two alternative songs: "Break It Up" & "Save Me".

The 1969 original version it was like that:

Side A : 1- Let The Sunshine In. 2- The Road To Cairo. 3- Take Me To The Water/ I´m Going Back Home.. 4- Save Me (Parts 1 & 2). 5- A Kind Of Love Me.

Side B :1- Indian Rope Man. 2- Why (Am I Treated So Bad). 3- Break It Up. 4- A World About Color. 5- This Wheel´s On Fire. 6- Trump. 

And although the cover was changing over the years, the set list of this “Greatest Hits” was always the same, except for a special edition made by Polydor in 1982, where the 2nd adaptation from 1970 was used for the first and last time; which is the one presented here, Bit.ly/70JDBA in its total content, respecting the alternative order of the songs and the original mixes. Shortly after, a new revision appeared with slightly altered order, with a couple of extra themes.

Ok!, the 1970 unpublished version, reconstructed for you, was that: 

Side A :(19:38) 

1.Let The Sunshine In. (3:04)

2.The Road To Cairo.(5:21) (*)

3.Take Me To The Water.(1:34)

4.I´m Going Back Home.(2:42)

5.Light My Fire.(4:21)

6.A Kind Of Loving In.(2:53)

 

Side B :(19:42)

1.This Wheel´s On Fire.(3:32) (*)

2.Break It Up.(Alt).(2:47)

3.Why (Am I Treated So Bad).(3:33)

4.Save Me.(Alt).(2:31) (*)

5.Save The Country.(3:55)

6.Indian Rope Man.(3:22) 

All songs Stereo except (*) Mono.

Enjoy it.

The Doors - "The Celebration Of The Lizard" - Rejected Version.

"The Celebration Of The Lizard" is the lost album of the Californian group “The Doors”, officially began recording at the Sunset Sound Studios in november 1967 with the song: "The Unknown soldier"; followed by "Spanish Caravan" in January 1968.

The sessions continued on February 19 & 20 at the TTG Sound Studios in Hollywood, Ca. with what should be the main theme of the album: "The Celebration Of The Lizard". A long piece, about 17 minutes, although it seems that there were versions that far exceeded that duration, composed of seven poems with musical accompaniment of the band. 

Cover art inspired by an original design of Bob Masse made for the concert poster - The Doors live at The Forum, Inglewood. Ca. U.S. December 14.1968.

The original plan was that this poetic musical piece to occupy one side of the album: B, while on the other would be the rest of the tunes, the two previous and others that would be completed until April : "My Wild Love"; "Five to One" or "Wintertime Love". After making a acetate, with what the boys wanted, the producer Paul Rothchild decided that this did not have enough quality and convinced the group to abandon definitely the idea of "The Celebration Of The Lizard" song and LP. Note: All songs are MONO versions.

Side A:(17:50)

1- Five To One.(4:28)

2- My Wild Life.(Alt.).(2:35)

3- Spanish Caravan.(2:59)

4- Wintertime Love.(1:54)

5.-We Could Be So Good Together.(2:25)

6- Unknown Soldier.(3:25)

 

Side B:(17:01)

1- The Celebration Of The Lizard.

  a.Lions In The Street.

  b.Wake Up!.

  c.Little Game.

  d.The Hill Dwellers.

  e.Not To Touch The Earth. 

  f.Names Of The Kingdom.

  g.The Palace Of Exile. 

 

However, the fact that the original project was abandoned; brought discontent among the members of “The Doors Bit.ly/68DRS4 Rothchild was becoming ever more perfectionist demanding take after take. Jim stopped being interested in the process of recording after his masterpiece is rejected. He retired and revolted and took refuge in alcohol.The sessions were getting worse and worse. Jim left the others waiting for hours and hours or wasn´t going to the studio.But the problems not finished here, Electra Records release a single: "The Unknown Soldier"/"We Could Be So Good Together",many radio stations avoid playing the song due to its war anthem.

The recording sessions were extended until the end of May, with a new song: "Waitting for the sun" that would give title to the new version of the album, although it was not included either; in addition to the update of two old themes from September 1965: “Hello, I Love You” and “Summer almost gone”; because there was not enough material to complete the album.

In June, the single: "Hello I Love You"/ "Love Street" is released, but is seen by many as a cheap way to reach positions in the “billboard” list,became the band's first hit album in the UK. Finally, “Waiting For The Sun” is officially released on July 12th, 1968 in stereo and mono mixes. This is the final album in which a complete mono mix is produced and released in the U.S.

As revenge, The Doors decide from then to include in the concerts “The Celebration Ofr The Lizard”.

Ok.., until here, this quick story.., the artwork: photos from three different places: black and white -TTG Studio February 19, 1968 "The Celebration of The Lizard” recording sessions. Booklet, an outtake "Waiting of the sun" photo sessions; and two more from Westbury Music Fair 1968, on April 19. The cover design from Bob Mage The Forum, Inglewood, Ca. Dec 14.68 poster concert. 

Enjoy it.

Small Faces: "1862" - Steve Marriott "Set list".

cover digitally reconstructed from the original indications of how it would should be

Just a couple of days before their third studio album "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" was published, on May 24, 1968, the Small Faces were already reunited at Olympic Studios recording new songs with the engineer Glyn Johns.

The album, was going to be called "1862", date that corresponded with the one that had been recorded in an old wood of an abandoned chapel, near the house of Steve Marriott, in the village of High Laver in the county of Essex, England. Place in which he had played when he was a child; now, 1968, Steve wanted to buy this chapel, to turn it in a personal recording studio.

During these new sessions that ran from May 23 to September 11, 1968, the group recorded just a dozen songs, some of them instrumental. At the end of these sessions, which remained pending material to finish, Steve Marriott provided the sound engineer Glyn Johns an provisional "line up" of how he wanted the songs appear on the album to make a first acetate.

Side A: “Hello, The Universal”; “Blues Jam” (a.k.a: War of the Worlds); “Me You & Us Too" (a.k.a : Wham Bam Thank You Mam)”; “Wide-Eyed Girl On The Wall”; “Call it Something Nice”; “Red Balloon”. Side B: “Fred” (a.k.a: Wrist Job); “Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass” ; “A Collibosher”; “Jenny's Song” (A.k.a. Autumn Song). 

As the group did not meet again to improve and expand the material that existed, partly because they were  in a world tour that began in Europe; In the month of february, while Glyn Johns trying to improve the live recordings made in Newcastle, he resumed work in 1862, and added: "Every Little Bit Hurts", as closing of the album to complete the B-side, and rescued too an instrumental piece from March´68:"Mind The Doors Please",  edited and placed at the end, like a hidden track, because it was not going to make mentioned in the future titles of the album´s songs.
 
Days after, the result was shown to Andrew Loog Oldman, manager of the group and to Inmediate Records, but they decided to wait as long as possible for its publication, to see if things were arranged in the group, because they were already in the process of separation; meanwhile as an advance to LP and without authorization from Small Faces, Inmediate released on March 7, 1969, a new single, in principle was going to be: "Wham Bam Thank You Mam" / "A Collibosher"; but  it was changed by an alternative version of "Afterglow", now as "Afterglow of your love" going to the B side: "Wham Bam..."
 
This annoyed the boys even more and precipitated things, a couple of days later, Steve Marriot announced that he was definitely leaving the group, for his dissatisfaction at the musical level with the rest of the group and formed: Humble Pie, disregarding what could happen to "1862", a hard blow for Inmediate Records, in a precarious situation, because the escape of artists in search of more substantial contracts, had placed her in a complicated position, now without Small Faces, even worse. The  rest of the group: Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, did the same and formed Faces with Ron Wood and Rod Stewart.
 
Andrew Loog Oldman, wanted that "1862", was published coinciding with the first dates of the summer, as it was, but it was not possible, because Inmediate wanted a  different Lp, with live material in one side from Newcastle tapes and the best songs from 1862 in other side. Finally it became a 2 lp "Greatest Hits"  with unpublished material in november of 1969, called "Autumn Stone".
 
Here I bring you, a reconstruction in MONO and STEREO, listened to a copy of the original acetate, of how, the unpublished or lost album "1862" of Small Faces was going to be, that I hope to put peace among those who shuffle alternative "line-ups" from the album and discuss and discuss in forums for many years of how it could have been and was not, even mixing themes of Humble Pie with Pete Townshend Bit.ly/SF862sx Finally, the cover is a photomontage of what it was really like, the boys photographed around the High Laver chapel.

The Rolling Stones: "Cosmic Christmas".

"Cosmic Christmas" was the provisional title of the third album of The Rolling Stones in 1967 published in December, after: "Between the buttons", whose inspired and beautiful cover did not honor its content; and the compilation “Flowers” released in United States of America in June by London Records.

And it was precisely the limited success of “Between the buttons” that led the group to experiment and get carried away by psychedelia, creating a misunderstood masterpiece: "Their Satanic Majesties Request" (TSMR); darkened and bad compared with "Sgt.Peppe'rs Lonely Hearts Club Band".

An album completely opposite to its traditional sound, where the abundance of unconventional instruments, sound effects and string arrangements, present us with an unusual, unexpected work but with great classics such as: "She's A Rainbow" or "2000 lights years from home". Following the album's release, the Rolling Stones abandoned this psychedelic style for a stripped-down return to their roots in Rock and blues music.

The original cover, showed a photograph of Jagger naked on a cross, but was scrapped by Decca for being "in bad taste". In it´s placed appeared this beautiful and , popular photo, shown in the first editions with the three-dimensional technique.The original cover design called for the lenticular image by Michael Cooper to take up the entire front cover,but finding this to be prohibitively expensive it was decided to reduce the size of the photo and surround it with the blue-and-white graphic design.and On the back cover,a painting by Tony Meeuwissen depicting the four elements (Earth, Water, Fire, and Air). In the inner-cover there is a labyrinth, but no exit,.so do not try to solve it

The recording sessions for TSMR began on February 9 at Olimpic Studios in London until the 24th of the same month, with the first shots of "In Another Land" under the title of "Bill's tune" & "2000 lights years from home" as "loose woman", and other topics that did not come to anything like: "Blues 1 & 3"; "Dust My Broom"; "Title 5, 9 & 10" and, "Troubled in mind" with Brian Jones recording at the same time his “A degree of murder” soundtrack.

The new sessions at the Olympic studios did not take place until May 17. After the March / April European tour that ended on the 17th in Athens, Greece; a few days later  in Germany ocurred the premier of “A a degree of murder”, with Anita Pallenberg as protagonist. This time they started working on "She's A rainbow", under the title: "Flowers in your bonnet” ; and "We love you" under the title of "Old King Cole", other themes that did not reach anything either: "Telstar" & "Manhole Cover"

Before Brian leaving to California,mid-June, to present in concert to: The Jimi Hendrix Experience" at the Monterey International Pop Festival and later Mick and Keith with Keith Moon and Eric Clapton, among other guests, participated in the TV special "Our World" with the Beatles with "All You Need Is Love";The Rolling Stones left engravings: "Citadel" and "Dandelion". But it was during the month of July when the album took shape, where the rest of the songs that were part of it were recorded.

After finishing the last session on the 22nd, the sound engineers: Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer made a first acetate Bit.ly/RS67cm with an alternative order and only eight songs instead of the ten that the album contains, apparently designed to be, at that time, a double EP, in line with what the Beatles would do later with MMT. This double EP was like that:

 

Side A: (Mono & Stereo - 8:06)

1.Sing This All Together. (3:47 & 3:46)

2.The Lantern. (4:19) (Alternate unreleased version)

 

Side B: (Mono - 8:31 / Stereo - 8:32)

3.We Love You. (4:20 & 4:21)

4.She´s A Rainbow. (4:11 & 4:10)

 

Side C: (Mono - 9:02 / Stereo - 8:41)

5.Dandelion. (3:52 & 3:32) (With alternate ending)

6.Gomper. (5:10 & 5:08)

 

Side D: (Mono - 8:40 / Stereo 8:34)

7.Sing This All Together. (7:57 & 7:54).

    (See What Happens)

8.Cosmic Christmas. (0:42 & 0:39)

 

...but the problems with justice modified the plans and two of the themes were anticipated in single: "We love You / Dandelion", each with its promotional films recorded on July 30 and 31.

A new acetate, already in LP form, was made on September 15, with the final order of the songs, after finalizing the last arrangements on "2000 lights years from home"; the new album title was "Their Satanic Majesties Request"; taken from the phrase: “Her Britannic Majesty requests and requires. ..”; text that appears inside a British passport. The album was released in South Africa and the Philippines as "The Stones Are Rolling", because of the word "Satan" in the title.

In this new and final version, "Cosmic Christmas" became to a hidden coda  (following "Sing This All Together (See What Happens)"), Wyman says in a slowed-down voice: "We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!'" The work was terminated. 

Ok.., friends, that´s all, for this year.., the next more and best, I think. Happy Xmas, happy New Year and God bless us to all.

The Beatles - "Magical Mystery Tour" - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (New version)

Here I bring you a new version, different from the soundtrack of "Magical Mystery Tour" that I put about a year ago improved, corrected and with the themes that were actually included in the film; but not all for two reasons. or I have not found them or the quality was not good. 

I have divided it into two parts, following the pattern of “Yellow Submarine Lp” Side A is dedicated to the Beatles and the other to instrumental themes, except the song that closes the album.

 

The soundtrack would be divided like this:

Cover for Magical Mystery Tour new version with unknow tracks from the film.

Side A: (21:10)

1. Magical Mystery Tour. (2:51).

2. The Fool On the Hill. (3:00).

3. Flying. (2:16).

4. I Am The Walrus.(Stereo RM23). (4:41).

5. Blue Jay Way. (3:56).

6. Your Mother Should Know. (2:25).

7. Magical Mystery Tour.(Reprise). (1:57).

 

Side B: (21:11)

1. Aerial Tour Instrumental.(Excerpt). (1:56)

2. Jessie´s Dream.(Full mix). (3:22).

3. She loves you. (1:32). (Performed by George Irvin & Sons)

4. All My Loving. (3:08). (Performed by Arthur Wilkinson and his Orchestra).

5. Zampa Overture. (6:21). (Performed by The G.U.S Fottwear Band)

6. Shirley´s Wild Accordion. (1:53).

7. Death Cab For Cutie. (2:56). (Performed by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band).

With just a couple of days of separation between the end of the sessions of the "Sgt.Pepper", on April 21, began the Magical Mystery Tour sessions. So on April 25, in Studio 3 of Abbey Road, while working on the 2nd (control room monitor mixes) in the final cuts of the album "SGT.PLHCB", the first 3 takes of the song that would give name to the album, EP and movie, were recorded.

1967, is recognized, in the history of the group, as the one of its greater creativity, the zenith of its race and also the one that would mark the beginning of the end, by two punctual facts; the death of his mentor Brian Epstein on August 27 and the fiasco of the premiere on BBC-TV of ​​the film MMT; where the general public realized that The Beatles were not infallible, they made mistakes.

During this time, the second "grace period", from the end of "Sgt.PLHCB" to the publication of EP MMT, with part of the songs included in the telefilm, the Beatles recorded some of the most popular and successful songs: "All You Need is Love", written for "Our World", a special program that inaugurated satellite broadcasts, an appearance that could be seen in 30 countries simultaneously with an audience of some 400 million viewers. It was June 25, 1967, a date to remember. After which the Beatles took a deserved vacation until August 22, when they returned to the studios, but this time to the "Chappel Recording Studios" in London, because the usual Abbey Road, were momentarily occupied by other artists , so with "Your Mother Should Know", Unfortunately, this return to work brought with it very bad news, the death of Brian Epstein.

Still shocked by Brian's sudden disappearance, on Tuesday, September 5 at Studio 1 on Abbey Road, they recorded 16 Tk´s of "I Am Walrus", followed in successive days by "The fool on the Hill", "Blue Jay Way" and "Aerial Tour instrumental - working title of" Flying ", and its corresponding reductions and mixes in monaural and stereo. The second and last phase began on Monday, October 2, with 14 Tk´s from "Hello, Hello - working title " Hello Goodbye "and eight of "Shirley Wild Accordian ", on Thursday, October 12; along with more remixes that They spread throughout the month and the following .

The single "Hello Goddbye / I Am Walrus", published on November 24, followed by the Ep "MMT", on Friday, December 8, almost put the end point to a successful and incredible year of not having existed the film to premiere at the BBC, and of course the disappearance of Brian.

The film, supposedly a comedy, devised by Paul McCartney, began filming on September 11 until the 25th. The Beatles and a group of invited artists toured different parts of the U.K, the so-called "West Country", visiting Devon and Cornwall, as the old RAF air base (West Malling) in Kent; although there were other scenes recorded in Nice,France, for "The Fool on The Hill" and the song of the "striptease" in London.

After reviewing the more than 10 hours of material, a film was mounted that after several reductions was in 52 minutes, a movie made for television that was the most "in" of the moment turned out to be the most grotesque, although supposedly it promised, since the own Staley Kubrick lent some scenes discarded of the still to release "2001: a space odyssey", in "flying".

Broadcast by the BBC on December 26, 1967 in black and white, and a few days later in color for the second channel, it accumulated so many negative reviews that the North American television channels deprogrammed its broadcast and could only be seen a projection of it in New York in the Fillmore East during 1968 and in special pass. Falling into oblivion until the year 1974, in which he was rescued for certain passes by the United States due more to the curiosity and morbid aroused by this damn movie.

Prior to the completion of the EP, Capitol Records released an Lp with the same title to the American market; on the A side were the songs conceived for the film and on the B part of the material only available on singles, such as "Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane", "All You Need Is Love / Baby You're Richman" and Hello Goodbye ",whose publication the Beatles authorized. But not the previous original soundtrack, where apart from the music of the Beatles, some in adapted versions, included other additional themes.

This side opens with an extract of "Aerial Instrumental Tour", working title of "Flying" and that has also been called "Jessie's dream", without really being, but which are associated with each other because this extract appears during a psychedelic dream of this "happy fat woman". The novelties of this version follow on this side with the complete and stereo mix of the real piece of "Jessie's dream", something that it has cost me a while to find, but here it is.

The next two tracks "She loves you" and "All my Loving", are not those of George Martin and his orchestra, here are performed by George Irwin & Sons, taken from EP: “Irvin's 89 Key Marenghi Fair Organ Plays Lennon and McCartney - EP Decca DFE8635 (1965)” - released in U.S by Northern Songs 1964).bit.ly/67BTMmt And “All My loving” is performed by Arthur Wilkinson and his Orchestra) taken from the EP: “Beatles Cracker-Ballet”,EMI Records 1965. “Zampa Overture” is performed by The G.U.S Fottwear Band.

Finally, “Shirley´s Wild Accordion”, theme from Lennon & McCartney, recorded: October 12, 1967 by Shirley Evans, Reg Wale, Paul and Ringo for the "MMT" film, but not used in it. Shirley Evans does play some accordion in the film.

And the non-instrumental theme that will close the album and that you already know is: “Death Cab For Cutie”. (Vivian Stanshall / Neil Innes) Performed by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band; taken from the LP: “Gorilla”, released by Liberty Records,october 1967. There are a couple of tracks to include that I have not found as: “Bullfight music (unknow artist); or the quality was not right: John Philip Sousa piece and “The Vogla Boatmen”. I hope someday find.

Ok, I hope you like it.

Jefferson Airplane: "After Bathing At Baxter´s" - Aborted version.

In this occasion, we take a leap back and return to the happy and glamorous 60s, specifically to 1967. Year that marked the highest point at which popular music could reach not only in that prodigious decade but possibly the century, due to the amount of revelation artists as The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience o The Elvis return. The Monterey International Pop Festival or the mythical albums like a: “Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”; or what could have been and was not: “Smile”.

Ok.., in short, we would not stop adding more and more things, but the space that I must submit to is limited, I don´t want to bore to you. Let me say one more thing: 1967 was called: the year that revolutionized music forever. let's go with the week's lp, cd or tape whatever you want to call it.

Alternate original cover made by "Keiichi Tanaami" for the promotional Japanese version.

From October 1967, I rescued the third work of Jefferson Airplane, 2nd with the singer Grace Slick, "After Bathing At Baxter's", bit.ly/67JABAX "baxter" was the band's code for the psychedelic drug LSD or "acid",and the title as a whole translates to "After Tripping On Acid"; The recording sessions started on June until October at The Rca Victor Studios, Hollywood Ca. The album was released on November 27.1967, with Al  Schmitt as producer.

The first single was a song written by Paul Kantner called: ""The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil", recorded live on the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, Ca, but was, edited and remixed with differents over-dubs added later; released on August, with "Two Heads" on B side. In principle this song was going to have two versions: one edit (4:30) and another of more than 12 minutes that would be located on the 2nd side, along with an unnamed coda, after known as::"A Small Package of Value Will Come to You, Shortly". The second single was: "Watch her ride / Martha". on  November.

From this album has been said it was not well structured, that the October version was superior and much better in terms of content, In a few words, they spoiled it by trying to make it too psychedelic; something that the group took into account when ordered their next work: "Crown of Creation".

It is inexplicable how tunes as good as "Things are better in the East" were eliminated, just because by some band´s members it was a too personal subject of Marty Balin; while other songs like a: "Spare Chaynge" was included,, when this instrumental did not really added nothing, very psychedelic but absolutely dispensable; this long jam appeared on the album, thanks to sacrifice the full length version of. "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil", by the single edit of 4:29. This Marty Balin´s song was meant to be a single with "Don't Let Me Down" on the opposite side. Another theme eliminated and sent to the trunk of the old tapes. Both songs recovered decades later in 1993 on the box set "Loves You". These are some of the reasons why this experimental album was significantly less successful than its predecessor from a commercial standpoint.

For the first time you will listen: "Won't You Try", without "Saturday Afternoon". Mix rejected and that was going to appear on the Japanese promotional Lp, but finally not used. From that foreign edition, I have taken the alternate original cover art made by Keiichi Tanaami. You will also find the original English cover made by Ron Cobb but, without the red and blue stripes and white stars,, so you can choose which of them you like the most. Here is the early and not very well-known version elaborated in October of 1967, which should have been published. Judge.

Side A: (19:18)

A: The War Is Over:

1.-Martha.(3:26)

2.-Wild Tyme (H).(3:06)

B: Hymn To An Older Generation:

3.-The Last Wall Of The Castle.(2:38)

4.-Rejoyce.(3:58)

C: Shizoforest Love Suite:

5.-Two Heads.(3:15) (*)

6.-Don´t Let Me Down.(2:52) (*)

Side B:(21:03)

D: How Suite It Is:

1.-Won´t You Try.(2:04) (*)

2.-Watch Her Ride.(3:10)

E: Streetmasse:

3.-The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil.(12:29) (*)

4.-Things Are Better In The East.(3:18) (*)

(*) Rejected song or version on the final album mix.

It is clear that if they had respected this "setlist", the album would have won a lot and without a doubt would have been almost at the height of "Surrealistic Pillow".

Enjoy, see you soon, with more and better..

Pink Floyd - "Games To May"

“Games for May “ was a show, which took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 12 May 1967; in London's upscale South Bank performing-arts district, usually only used for classical concerts.

This concert was one of the first significant events held by Pink Floyd, described by their manager Christopher Hunt as a: “Space Age Relaxation For The Climax of Spring – Electronic Composition, Colour And Image Projection, Girls, And The Pink Floyd". The first in U.K in to feature both a complex light show with quadraphonic speaker system.

Unfortunately was not recorded, so there is no possibility of listening to it, that is the reason of this new reconstruction made with studio recordings. This is the soundtrack of a great lost concert or the alternate way to hear the first album of Pink Floyd.

Cover inspired by the original drawings used in the concert poster.

Spring of '67, Pink Floyd were in the middle of recording sessions for their debut album, “Piper at the Gates of Dawn”: little by little they had grown to become one of the representatives of Britain's psychedelic pop movement. A weeks before the concert, the band asked to Bernard Speight, Abbey Road's techies, if he could invent something with which to manipulate the sound. He built a box with four separate 90-degree potentiometers, one for each speaker, all controlled by a single joystick. If the joystick was upright, the sound was centered, but moving it diagonally would dispatch the sound to the speaker in the equivalent corner of the hall. This invention was given the fittingly futuristic name of the Azimuth Coordinator was stolen after the show. 

In this perfomance, not only featured some of material from the debut album: that would be published in August; also the band members created sound effects with a series of tape recordings. Bit.ly/67pf1 Roger Waters created the opening dawnusing bird calls and various natural sounds (an effect he would use in both "Cirrus Minor" and "Grantchester Meadows"). Syd Barret wrote for this event "See Emily Play" was known as "Games for May. 

 

Side A: (19.27)

1.Dawn. (0.35) (Unreleased).(Sound effects).

2.Matilda Mother. (3.59) (A.k.a: “Matilda´s Mother“).

3.Flaming. (2.46) (A.k.a: “Snowing“).

4.Scarecrow. (2.11) (A.k.a: “The scarecrow“).

5.Games To May. (2.54) (A.k.a: “See Emely Play“).

6.Bicycle. (1.53) (Alternate version).(A.k.a: “Bike“).

7.Arnold Layne. (2.56)

8.Candy And A Currant Bun. (2.09) (Unreleased alternate version).

 

Side B: (19.03)

1.Pow R. Toc H. (4.26)

2.Interstellar Overdrive. (10.00) (Unreleased alternate version).

3.Ending. (1.29) (Unreleased in this way).(Sound effects).

4.Lucifer Sam. (3.07). 

 

Syd Barrett – lead guitar,;acoustic guitar & vocals. Roger Waters – bass; slide whistle & vocals. Richard Wright – Farfisa; Combo Compact organ; piano;organ; pianet ; celesta; cello; harmonium &vocals. Nick Mason– drums, percussion.

Peter Bown–engineering.  Norman Smith–production. Recorded 21 February – 21 May 1967. EMI Studios, London. 

The anecdote: Rick Wright created bubbles produced from a machine at the end of the show,, it was not a good idea because they spoiled the seats and the floor of the enclosure. As a consequence, Pink Floyd were banned from ever playing there again.Even so the concert was a success described by Nick Manson as the best they ever gave. A year later, much had changed for Pink Floyd. Barrett had fallen into a spiral of worsening mental illness brought on partly by overuse of LSD and was voted out of the band and replaced with guitarist David Gilmour. 

That´s all, for now. Enjoy It.

Sgt.Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band  - (Unknow 1 st. version).

In September of 1966, after the last concert of the American tour, held in San Francisco in the stadium of Candlestick Park, on August 29, last live appearance of the Beatles, not counting the concert on the roof, in January 1969.

After a deserved vacation, in November and with the rumors that they were in the separation phase, during the flight back to London Paul McCartney had an idea for a song, related to the Eduardina era that later became the concept of the album that we know today as the Sgt. Pepper. While the initial concept was born as Dr.Pepper, but to exist a refreshing drink with that name was changed by a sergeant. 

The recording sessions of the album officially began on Thursday, November 24, 1966, at seven o'clock in the afternoon in Studio 2 of Abbey Road, with take 1 of "Strawberry fields forever". With producer George Martin and helped by sound engineers: Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald.

During the six months that lasted the sessions were recorded very good songs like "Lucy in the sky with diamons", "Fixing a hole" or "A day in the life" .Others, "Only a northern song", were discarded.

On January 5, the psychedelic piece "Carnival of light" was recorded, a still unpublished song of the group of almost 14 minutes, but which was not planned for the album, but for a show of light and sound typical of the period called : "The Million Volt Light and Sound Rave". which was held between Jan.28 and Feb.4, 1967, where at least a couple of times this unknown piece of the Beatles was heard. 

The recording period for the LP officially ended on Friday, April 21, 1967, with a final cut for the album, placed at the end of "a day in the life", called: "Inner Groove". A couple of days later, on Sunday, April 28, the final editing was made, a monaural version of the album and the next day, May 1, the stereo. Just a month later the album went on sale worldwide. Parlophone PMC 7027 (mono) and PCS 7027 (stereo).  

Side A: (19:52)

 

1. Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band.(2:02)

2. With A Little Help From My Friends.(2:44)

3. Being For The Benefit Of Mr.Kite!.(2:37)

4. Fixing A Hole.(2:36)

5. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.(3:28)

6. Getting Better.(2:47)

7. She´s Leaving Home.(3:35)

 

Side B: (21:53)

 

1. Within You Without You.(5:05)

2. Strawberry Fields Forever.(4:10)

3. Penny Lane.(3:03)

4. Good Morning, good morning.(2:41)

5. Sgt.Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise).(1:18)

6. A Day In The Life/Inner groove.(5:34).  

The interesting thing about this new recosntrucción that I bring here is to be able to listen to the unknown version dated Thursday, April 6, 1967, where the order of the songs of the A side, was different from how it came out later. I also take to include the tracks: "Strawberry fields forever" and "Penny Lane" that did not appear on the album when they were released in February on single; George Martin always regrets it, recognizing until the end of his days that it was the worst and possibly biggest mistake of his entire career as a music producer.Thus, assuming they were included, two others would have gone outside for space, these were "When I'm 64" and "Lovely Rita", considered all the available material the weakest. 

The B-side that has never had doubleinterpretations.As a personal touch, I include as cover, the original insert of the Lp made by the Danish "The Fool" as it was going to appear; inside the little book, the cover in red, pink and white that accompanied the original album cover in 1967, also made by "The Fool". Bit.ly/67btlsg Well, nothing more, wish happy holidays, enjoy the good music and see you soon. 

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