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/88MCRP 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.

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/EC87B 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.

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/80WEX 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.

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/2Baxter´s "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..

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/2tyq69 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.

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/2NjS97 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.

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/2UM4jzR 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 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/2Gh1wuj 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.

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/Q2HxnQ 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.

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/2D3gVwe 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.

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/2s9TGun 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.

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/2FPaAqi 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.

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/2EHLPvx 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 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/2CaLXCb 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.

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/2BX2Q2X , 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.

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/2G1kXsA 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.

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/2FMbi95 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.

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/2PP4xIx 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. 

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/2BbfxXM 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.

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/27blrs 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!.

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/37gd80 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.

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/37bph3 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.

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/36jbt 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/35dcl 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.

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/34cgb 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.

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/33fft 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.

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/32bmt 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.

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/31stfd 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/31stfs 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!.

ELVIS - CBS TV SPECIAL (Re-visited)

 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/30eic 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. 

 

 

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.

 

“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.

 

Enjoy it.

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

Side A: (21:01) 

1. Midnight Lighting.(3:06)

2. Trash Man.(7:25)

3. Hear My Train A Coming.(7:30)

4. Hey Gypsy Boy.(3:40)

  

Side B: (19:35) 

1. Blue Suede Shoes.(11:36)

2. Once I Had A Woman.(7:49)

 

Side C:(19:31)

1. Machine Gun.(15:19)

2. Beginnings.(4:12)

 

Side D:(19:48)

1. Machine Gun I.(11:22)

2. Machine Gun II.(8:26) 

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.

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. 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.