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Runt & The Alternate Runt
Runt & The Alternate Runt
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4.0 out of 5 stars "…Post Hanging Days..." – Runt by TODD RUNDGREN (2014 Edsel ‘DELUXE EDITION’ 2CD Book Set), September 28, 2014
Back in May 2014 - Edsel of the UK began celebrating TODD RUNDGREN albums with ‘Deluxe Edition’ packaging upgrades – hardback book editions of key albums in his extensive back catalogue. The first three were "Something/Anything?" (a double-album from 1972), “A Wizard A True Star” (a single album from 1973) and "Todd" (another double from 1974). So here’s the next batch of three for September 2014 – “Initiation” and “Hermit Of Mink Hollow “ from 1975 and 1978 (see reviews) – and this – the forgotten “Runt” album - his 1970 solo debut LP for Ampex Records in the States - now extended into a double-CD edition with a bonus. Here are the details…

UK released 9 September 2014 (23 September in the USA) - Edsel EDSK 7075 (Barcode 740155707538) is a 2CD reissue of their October 2011 double that combined “Runt” (both versions) with the album that followed it - “The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren”. For this 2014 issue you get the original 10-track album on Disc 1 with a 12-track ‘Alternate Runt’ on Disc 2 (that also boasts a bonus track). Here are the finite details for both versions:

Disc 1 “Runt” – US-only LP released May 1970 on Ampex A 10105 (40:50 minutes):
1. Broke Down And Busted (4:32 minutes)
2. Believe In Me (2:01 minutes)
3. We Gotta Get You A Woman (3:06 minutes)
4. Who’s That Man? (2:59 minutes)
5. Once Burned (2:06 minutes)
6. Devil’s Bite (3:52 minutes)
7. I’m In The Clique (4:55 minutes)
8. There Are No Words (2:09 minutes)
9. Baby, Let’s Swing / The Last Thing You Said / Don’t Tie My Hands (5:25 minutes)
10. Birthday Carol (9:12 minutes)

Disc 2 “The Alternate Runt” – November 1970 Version (51:47 minutes):
1. Broke Down And Busted (Intro: There Are No Words) (4:56 minutes)
2. Believe In Me (Alternate Mix) (1:58 minutes)
3. We Gotta Get You A Woman (Alternate Mix) (3:04 minutes)
4. Who’s That Man? (Same as on the original version)
5. Once Burned (Same as on the original version)
6. Hope I’m Around (Early Version – different to the one that’s on “The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren” album
7. Devil’s Bite (Alternate Mix with extended guitar solo)
8. I’m In The Clique (Same as on the original version)
9. There Are No Words (Same as on the original version)
10. Baby Let’s swing (Full Length Song)
11. Say No More (Exclusive to this version)
12. Birthday Carol (With some alterations)

13.Broke Down And Busted (Live At Carnegie Hall, June 8, 1972) – a BONUS TRACK. Originally released on the “Something/Anything” 2CD set in 1998

The attached 12-page booklet within has liner notes by Paul Myers from his superb tome "A Wizard, A True Star – Todd Rundgren In The Studio" and is an excellent read. There are black and white photos of a young and shorthaired Rundgren in the studio as well the hand-written album credits. The lovely Bob Zoell cartoon artwork on the rear of the original Ampex Records album is reproduced on the back of the hardback book gatefold. There is no new remaster that I can hear – this is the Edsel February 2012 version - that in itself was a Peter Rynston UK master using the 1993 American Rhino remasters. Don’t get me wrong – the sound is superb. The only upgrade here is the cool-looking book packaging – which is a rather lovely thing to behold…

As a debut after NAZZ - “Runt” showed great promise and tracks like the 3-part “Baby Let’s Swing” song (about Laura Nyro) were amazingly complicated and accomplished at one and the same time – and yet the whole album to me always lacked some kind of cohesion. I say this because when you hear the ‘Alternate’ version – it hangs together better. Right from the get go there’s the beautiful and ethereal vocals of “There Are No Words” as an opening for about 30 seconds – then it goes into the “Broke Down And Busted” we all know and love. The released album version of the delicate and rather lovely “Believe In Me” is better than the remix which gets too busy with instrument flourishes that distract. I love the inclusion of “Hope I’m Around” – it gives the whole album a more mellow feel and somehow makes “Runt” more about feelings rather than studio trickery. And the extended “Devil’s Bite” rocks more. The “Laura” song “Baby, Let’s Swing” stretches out and is better for it and the brass-meets-rock of “Birthday Carol” amazes me even to this day. With its hooky melody - “We Gotta Get You A Woman” was an obvious single (lyrics from it title this review) and the gorgeous 2-minute spacey vocal piece that is “There Are No Words” is properly amazing.

So there you have it – remastered and remixed – this is a very cool little reissue really – and a timely reminder of his genius…


Collection
Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Your Time Has Come To Shine..." - The Collection by SIMON & GARFUNKEL (2007 Columbia 5CD/1DVD Box Set), September 28, 2014
This review is from: Collection (Audio CD)
Released September 2007 - "The Collection" by SIMON & GARFUNKEL on Columbia/Legacy 88697134662 is an inconspicuous 5CD/1DVD mini box set. But not so well advertised is the fact that it uses the stunning VIC ANESINI remasters of "The Complete Studio Recordings (1964-1970)" 5CD retrospective from August 2001. So under its rather dull-looking S&G silhouette hood - you get a whole lot of sonic quality for not a lot of your hard earned. Here are the groovy feelings and remastered bookends...

Disc 1 "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM" (40:36 minutes):
1. You Can Tell The World
2. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
3. Bleecker Street
4. Sparrow
5. Benedictus
6. The Sound Of Silence
7. He Was My Brother
8. Peggy-O
9. Go Tell It On The Mountain
10. The Sun Is Burning
11. The Times They Are A-Changin'
12. Wednesday Morning, 3A.M.

Tracks 1 to 12 are their debut vinyl album "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM" - released 19 October 1964 in the USA on Columbia CL 2249 (Mono) and CS 9049 (Stereo) - the Stereo Mix is used. "Bleecker Street", "Sparrow", "He Was My Brother" and "Wednesday Morning, 3A.M." are Paul Simon songs - the rest are cover versions.

13. Bleecker Street (Demo)
14. He Was My Brother (Alternate Take 1)
15. The Sun Is Burning (Alternate Take 12)
Tracks 13 to 15 are BONUSES from the "The Complete Studio Recordings (1964-1970)" 5CD retrospective (August 2001)

Disc 2 "Sounds Of Silence" (41:44 minutes):
1. The Sound Of Silence
2. Leaves That Are Green
3. Blessed
4. Kathy's Song
5. Somewhere They Can't Find Me
6. Anji
7. Richard Cory
8. A Most Peculiar Man
9. April Come She Will
10. We've Got A Groovy Thing Goin'
11. I Am A Rock

Tracks 1 to 11 are their 2nd album "Sounds Of Silence" - released 17 January 1966 in the USA on Columbia CL 2469 (Mono) and CS 9469 (Stereo) - the Stereo mix is used. All songs by Paul Simon except "Anji" which is a cover version of a song by UK Folk artist Davy Graham

12. Blues Run The Game
13. Barbriallen (Demo)
14. Rose Of Aberdeen (Demo)
15. Roving Gambler (Demo)
Tracks 12 to 15 are BONUSES from the "The Complete Studio Recordings (1964-1970)" 5CD retrospective (August 2001). "Blues Run The Game" is a Jackson C. Frank song and it opens his 1966 self-titled album "Jackson C. Frank" on Columbia Records in the UK (produced by Paul Simon). This studio outtake is S&G's version of it. The other 3 tracks are Traditionals.

Disc 3 "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme" (34:13 minutes):
1. Scarborough Fair / Canticle
2. Patterns
3. Cloudy
4. Homeward Bound
5. The Bright Green Pleasure Machine
6. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
7. The Dangling Conversation
8. Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall
9. A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd Into Submission)
10. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
11. A Poem On The Underground Wall
12. 7 O'Clock News / Silent Night

Tracks 1 to 12 are their 3rd album "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme" - released 10 October 1966 on Columbia CL 2563 (Mono) and CS 9363 (Stereo) - the Stereo mix is used. All tracks written by Paul Simon except "Scarborough Fair / Canticle" which is co-written with Art Garfunkel and "Silent Night" which is a Traditional Hymn.

13 Patterns (Demo)
14 A Poem On The Underground Wall (Demo)
Tracks 13 and 14 are BONUSES from the "The Complete Studio Recordings (1964-1970)" 5CD retrospective (August 2001)

Disc 4 "Bookends" (34:30 minutes):
1. Bookends Theme [Instrumental Version]
2. Save The Life Of My Child
3. America
4. Overs
5. Voices Of Old People [no music, just elderly people talking]
6. Old Friends
7. Bookends Theme [with Lyrics]
8. Fakin' It
9. Punky's Dilemma
10. Mrs. Robinson (From the Motion Picture Soundtrack "The Graduate")
11. A Hazy Shade Of Winter
12. At The Zoo

Tracks 1 to 12 are their 4th studio album "Bookends" - released 3 April 1968 in the USA on Columbia KCS 9529 (Stereo). Al songs by Paul Simon

13. You Don't Where Your Interest Lies
14. Old Friends (Demo)
Tracks 13 and 14 are BONUSES from the "The Complete Studio Recordings (1964-1970)" 5CD retrospective (August 2001)

Disc 5 "Bridge Over Trouble Water" (44:04 minutes):
1. Bridge Over Troubled Water
2. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
3. Cecilia
4. Keep The Customer Satisfied
5. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
6. The Boxer
7. Baby Driver
8. The Only Living Boy In New York
9. Why Don't You Write Me
10. Bye Bye Love
11. Song For The Asking

Tracks 1 to 12 are their 5th and final studio album "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - released 26 January 1970 in the USA on Columbia KCS 9914 (Stereo). All songs are by Paul Simon except "Bye Bye Love" which is an Everly Brothers cover version

12. Feuilles-O (Demo)
13. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Demo Take 6)
Tracks 13 and 14 are BONUSES from the "The Complete Studio Recordings (1964-1970)" 5CD retrospective (August 2001)

Disc 6 "The Concert In Central Park" (86 minute PAL DVD, All Regions)
1. Mrs. Robinson
2. Homeward Bound
3. America
4. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
5. Scarborough Fair
6. April Come She Will
7. Wake Up Little Susie
8. Still Crazy After All These Years
9. American Tune
10. Late In The Evening
11. Slip Slidin' Away
12. A Heart In New York
13. The Late Great Johnny Ace
14. Kodachrome/Maybelline
15. Bridge Over Troubled Water
16. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
17. The Boxer
18. Old Friends
19. Bookends
20. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
21. The Sound Of Silence
22. Late In The Evening

The pull-off lid reveals 5 Card Repro sleeves for the albums standing up inside and a 6th disc - a DVD as documented above. The CDs take their remasters from the August 2001 "The Complete Studio Recordings (1964-1970)" 5CD retrospective remastered by Vic Anesini. Compilers of the original 1997 “Old Friends” box set and the subsequent 2001 set explained how it took Columbia up to 3 years to locate the best possible STEREO source tapes - and the sonic results Anesini produced are simply stunning (he mastered both boxes). Beautiful clarity and real presence...

The booklet for this budget box keeps it simple - 12 pages of track details, basic recording/release info peppered with some period photos of the American duo. The lovely 5 x 5" Card Repro Sleeves are very well done (front and rear artwork fully represented) and inside each is a charcoal-grey inner sleeve to protect the disc (all the CDs have the same greyish colour scheme and don't reflect the original `360 Sound' Columbia record labels). The DVD uses the artwork of the 1982 double-album "The Concert In Central Park" - and as it contains live Simon & Garfunkel hits alongside many great Paul Simon solo tunes - makes for a superb addition to the music.

12 of their American hit singles between 1965 and 1970 are here in Stereo form - "The Sound Of Silence", "Homeward Bound", "I Am A Rock", "The Dangling Conversation", "A Hazy Shade Of Winter, "At The Zoo", "Fakin' It", "Scarborough Fair / Canticle", "Mrs. Robinson", "The Boxer", "Bridge Over Trouble Water" and "El Condor Paso". But it's the album nuggets that get you too - the folk warmth of "Kathy's Song", the hip wit of "Punky's Dilemma" ("...talking to a raisin that occasionally plays L.A...."), the irrepressible hippy happiness of "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" and the Vietnam war swallowing up peace in the brilliant combination of the "7 O'Clock News" with the hymn "Silent Night". And even now the sheer melodies in "The Only Living Boy In New York" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" still move you (lyrics from Bridge title this review). Some of the bonuses are just as beautiful too - especially their version of the Jackson C. Frank gem - "Blues Run The Game" (what a find).

So there you have it. Although it's not the most awesome thing from the outside - "The Collection" has the audio and visual goods on the inside - and it’s cheap as chips price makes it a stunning deal into the bargain. A Columbia Legacy indeed...


The Original Mono Recordings
The Original Mono Recordings
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5.0 out of 5 stars “…Once Was A True Love Of Mine…” – The Original Mono Recordings by BOB DYLAN (2010 Columbia/Legacy 9-Disc CD Box Set), September 28, 2014
A hairs-breath away from perfection (where's those missing 7" single side?) - nonetheless this exceptional Columbia Box Set along with EMI's stellar work on The Beatles In Mono has set standards for presentation and quality remastering. There's a lot to get through - so onwards to the tambourines and Memphis mobiles...

Released October 2010 in the USA on Columbia/Legacy MONO-88697761042 - "The Original Mono Recordings" by BOB DYLAN offers you 8 studio albums (one a double) onto 9CDs in their original MONO mixes and breaks down as follows...

1. "Bob Dylan" - debut LP released 19 March 1962 in the USA on Columbia CL 1779 (Mono) and July 1962 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62022 (Mono) - 13 tracks, CD playing time 37:07 minutes
2. "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" - 2nd album released 27 May 1963 in the USA on Columbia CL 1986 (Mono) and November 1963 in the UK on CBS Records BGP 62193 (Mono) - 13 tracks, CD playing time 50:18 minutes
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'" - 3rd album released 13 January 1964 in the USA on Columbia CL 2105 (Mono) and May 1964 in the UK on CBS BPG 62251 (Mono) - 10 tracks, CD playing time 45:48 minutes
4. "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" - 4th album released 10 August 1964 in the USA on Columbia CL 2193 (Mono) and November 1964 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62429 (Mono) - 11 tracks, CD playing time 51:20 minutes
5. "Bringing It All Back Home" - 5th studio album released 27 March 1965 in the USA on Columbia CL 2328 (Mono) and May 1965 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62515 (Mono) - 11 tracks, CD playing time 47:25 minutes
6. "Highway 61 Revisited" - 6th studio album released 30 August 1965 in the USA on Columbia CL 2389 (Mono) and September 1965 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62572 (Mono) - 9 tracks, CD playing time 49:19 minutes
7. "Blonde On Blonde" - 7th studio album (a double) released 16 May 1966 in the USA on Columbia C2L 41 (Mono) and August 1966 in the UK on CBS Records DDP 66012 (Mono) Disc 1 has 8 tracks, 40:07 minutes - Disc 2 has 6 tracks, 33:09 minutes
8. "John Wesley Harding" - 8th studio album released 17 December 1967 in the USA on Columbia CL 2804 (Mono) and February 1968 in the UK on CBS Records BGP 63252 (Mono) - 12 tracks, CD playing time 38:24 minutes

Because all of his Sixties 45's were issued in MONO - this set will allow fans to sequence 'most' of his 7" singles for the entire decade as follows (1/2 = Track 1 on Disc 2 - 2/5 = Track 2 on Disc 5 etc):

1. Mixed Up Confusion b/w Corrina, Corrina
Released 14 December 1962 in the USA but then withdrawn
[Note: the mix on "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" album is not the version on the 7" single and unfortunately neither are in this box set]

2. Blowin' In The Wind [1/2] b/w Don't Think Twice, It's Alright [7/2]
Released 13 August 1963 in the USA on Columbia 4-42856

3. Subterranean Homesick Blues [1/5] b/w She Belongs To Me [2/5]
Released 8 March 1965 in the USA on Columbia 4-43242

4. Like A Rolling Stone [1/6] b/w Gates Of Eden [9/5]
Released 28 June 1965 in the USA on Columbia 4-43346

5. Positively 4th Street b/w From A Buick 6 [4/6]
Released 7 September 1965 in the USA on Columbia 4-43389. The A-side was non-album at the time and isn't included on this box set.

6. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window b/w Highway 61 Revisited [7/6]
Released 12 June 1965 in the USA on Columbia 4-43477
Note: the A-side was non-album at the time and unfortunately isn't included on this compilation

7. One Of Us Must Know [4/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Queen Jane Approximately [6/6]
Released 14 February 1966 in the USA on Columbia 4-43541

8. Rainy day Women No. 12 & 35 [1/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Pledging My Time [2/Disc 1 of 7]
Released 22 March 1966 in the USA on Columbia 4-43592

9. I Want You [5/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
Released 10 June 1966 in the USA on Columbia 4-43683
Note: the B-side is different to the album version on "Highway 61 Revisited" and is unfortunately not included on this box

10. Just Like A Woman [8/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Obviously 5 Believers [5/Disc 2 of 7]
Released 18 August 1966 in the USA on Columbia 4-43792

11. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 7/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Most Likely You Go Your Way [1/Disc 2 of 7]
Released 27 March 1967 in the USA on Columbia 4-44069

The packaging is classily done. Each of the oversized card facsimiles of the album covers all have pasted-on back sleeves and MONO artwork aping the American originals. The debut "Bob Dylan" even has its 'Columbia Records' advert inner bag reproduced. The withdrawn 'two women' photographs on the inner gatefold of original copies of the 1966 "Blonde On Blonde" double album is unfortunately AWOL (probably due to licensing - Columbia have used the more commonly seen replacements). The 56-page booklet is visually and thoughtfully put together too - gorgeous black and white photos of Dylan in bookshops, in the studio, having a cigarette, at his typewriter, chatting to tea-ladies - there's full track-by-track info, an American Discography and reissue credits. STEVE BERKOWITZ produced the reissue and MARK WILDER did the superlative remastering from original first generation master tapes.

As the GREIL MARCUS liner-notes exhaustively tell you - STEREO through the early to late Sixties was something of an afterthought. The MONO mixes were where it was at for the artists and the producers (and they claim the public too). But for those of us who have grown up from the Seventies onwards on the STEREO versions - hearing these 'overplayed' recordings in such stark one-channel force is a revelation. You also forget how pretty and touching some of the songs were/are - the brilliance of his lone original on the cover-heavy debut album - "Song For Woody" - the sweet longing of "Girl From The North Country" (lyrics from it title this review). There's the gorgeous amble of "Corrina. Corrina" and "She Belongs To Me" - with the B-side cool of "From A Buick 6". The sheer aural kick that comes off "Pledging My Time" from 1966 still whacks me sideways - same goes for the electric and acidic wit of "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat". And the side long "Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands" has more genius lyrics in it than most people know what to do with. It's also cool to see that Columbia followed the SACD route by splitting the "Blonde On Blonde" album into its two CDs so you get the original album experience of flipping Sides. Having grown so used to the 2003 STEREO SACD of John Wesley Harding - the mono of "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" comes as a visceral shock to me - now so much starker and raw. And don't get me started on the sheer genius of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" - even now it's combo of rollicking rhythm and rhyming brilliance floors me. And in MONO - it's even punchier (watch those parking meters). Niggles: it's a shame the missing single sides weren't put onto a separate Disc 9 so that fans could have gotten the FULL Mono picture - but the brief was always about the studio albums. Apart from that - an exemplary release - and one that reeks of pride.

Was Bob Dylan really that good? Did he deserve the Godlike status he was held in? Does he still warrant that crown of glory to this day? You bet your subterranean rainy day women he does. Good on ye Mister Zimmerman. Extraordinary stuff...


The Original Mono Recordings Box set Edition by Bob Dylan (2010) Audio CD
The Original Mono Recordings Box set Edition by Bob Dylan (2010) Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars “…Once Was A True Love Of Mine…” – The Original Mono Recordings by BOB DYLAN (2010 Columbia/Legacy 9-Disc CD Box Set), September 28, 2014
A hairs-breath away from perfection (where's those missing 7" single side?) - nonetheless this exceptional Columbia Box Set along with EMI's stellar work on The Beatles In Mono has set standards for presentation and quality remastering. There's a lot to get through - so onwards to the tambourines and Memphis mobiles...

Released October 2010 in the USA on Columbia/Legacy MONO-88697761042 - "The Original Mono Recordings" by BOB DYLAN offers you 8 studio albums (one a double) onto 9CDs in their original MONO mixes and breaks down as follows...

1. "Bob Dylan" - debut LP released 19 March 1962 in the USA on Columbia CL 1779 (Mono) and July 1962 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62022 (Mono) - 13 tracks, CD playing time 37:07 minutes
2. "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" - 2nd album released 27 May 1963 in the USA on Columbia CL 1986 (Mono) and November 1963 in the UK on CBS Records BGP 62193 (Mono) - 13 tracks, CD playing time 50:18 minutes
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'" - 3rd album released 13 January 1964 in the USA on Columbia CL 2105 (Mono) and May 1964 in the UK on CBS BPG 62251 (Mono) - 10 tracks, CD playing time 45:48 minutes
4. "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" - 4th album released 10 August 1964 in the USA on Columbia CL 2193 (Mono) and November 1964 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62429 (Mono) - 11 tracks, CD playing time 51:20 minutes
5. "Bringing It All Back Home" - 5th studio album released 27 March 1965 in the USA on Columbia CL 2328 (Mono) and May 1965 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62515 (Mono) - 11 tracks, CD playing time 47:25 minutes
6. "Highway 61 Revisited" - 6th studio album released 30 August 1965 in the USA on Columbia CL 2389 (Mono) and September 1965 in the UK on CBS Records BPG 62572 (Mono) - 9 tracks, CD playing time 49:19 minutes
7. "Blonde On Blonde" - 7th studio album (a double) released 16 May 1966 in the USA on Columbia C2L 41 (Mono) and August 1966 in the UK on CBS Records DDP 66012 (Mono) Disc 1 has 8 tracks, 40:07 minutes - Disc 2 has 6 tracks, 33:09 minutes
8. "John Wesley Harding" - 8th studio album released 17 December 1967 in the USA on Columbia CL 2804 (Mono) and February 1968 in the UK on CBS Records BGP 63252 (Mono) - 12 tracks, CD playing time 38:24 minutes

Because all of his Sixties 45's were issued in MONO - this set will allow fans to sequence 'most' of his 7" singles for the entire decade as follows (1/2 = Track 1 on Disc 2 - 2/5 = Track 2 on Disc 5 etc):

1. Mixed Up Confusion b/w Corrina, Corrina
Released 14 December 1962 in the USA but then withdrawn
[Note: the mix on "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" album is not the version on the 7" single and unfortunately neither are in this box set]

2. Blowin' In The Wind [1/2] b/w Don't Think Twice, It's Alright [7/2]
Released 13 August 1963 in the USA on Columbia 4-42856

3. Subterranean Homesick Blues [1/5] b/w She Belongs To Me [2/5]
Released 8 March 1965 in the USA on Columbia 4-43242

4. Like A Rolling Stone [1/6] b/w Gates Of Eden [9/5]
Released 28 June 1965 in the USA on Columbia 4-43346

5. Positively 4th Street b/w From A Buick 6 [4/6]
Released 7 September 1965 in the USA on Columbia 4-43389. The A-side was non-album at the time and isn't included on this box set.

6. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window b/w Highway 61 Revisited [7/6]
Released 12 June 1965 in the USA on Columbia 4-43477
Note: the A-side was non-album at the time and unfortunately isn't included on this compilation

7. One Of Us Must Know [4/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Queen Jane Approximately [6/6]
Released 14 February 1966 in the USA on Columbia 4-43541

8. Rainy day Women No. 12 & 35 [1/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Pledging My Time [2/Disc 1 of 7]
Released 22 March 1966 in the USA on Columbia 4-43592

9. I Want You [5/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
Released 10 June 1966 in the USA on Columbia 4-43683
Note: the B-side is different to the album version on "Highway 61 Revisited" and is unfortunately not included on this box

10. Just Like A Woman [8/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Obviously 5 Believers [5/Disc 2 of 7]
Released 18 August 1966 in the USA on Columbia 4-43792

11. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 7/Disc 1 of 7] b/w Most Likely You Go Your Way [1/Disc 2 of 7]
Released 27 March 1967 in the USA on Columbia 4-44069

The packaging is classily done. Each of the oversized card facsimiles of the album covers all have pasted-on back sleeves and MONO artwork aping the American originals. The debut "Bob Dylan" even has its 'Columbia Records' advert inner bag reproduced. The withdrawn 'two women' photographs on the inner gatefold of original copies of the 1966 "Blonde On Blonde" double album is unfortunately AWOL (probably due to licensing - Columbia have used the more commonly seen replacements). The 56-page booklet is visually and thoughtfully put together too - gorgeous black and white photos of Dylan in bookshops, in the studio, having a cigarette, at his typewriter, chatting to tea-ladies - there's full track-by-track info, an American Discography and reissue credits. STEVE BERKOWITZ produced the reissue and MARK WILDER did the superlative remastering from original first generation master tapes.

As the GREIL MARCUS liner-notes exhaustively tell you - STEREO through the early to late Sixties was something of an afterthought. The MONO mixes were where it was at for the artists and the producers (and they claim the public too). But for those of us who have grown up from the Seventies onwards on the STEREO versions - hearing these 'overplayed' recordings in such stark one-channel force is a revelation. You also forget how pretty and touching some of the songs were/are - the brilliance of his lone original on the cover-heavy debut album - "Song For Woody" - the sweet longing of "Girl From The North Country" (lyrics from it title this review). There's the gorgeous amble of "Corrina. Corrina" and "She Belongs To Me" - with the B-side cool of "From A Buick 6". The sheer aural kick that comes off "Pledging My Time" from 1966 still whacks me sideways - same goes for the electric and acidic wit of "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat". And the side long "Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands" has more genius lyrics in it than most people know what to do with. It's also cool to see that Columbia followed the SACD route by splitting the "Blonde On Blonde" album into its two CDs so you get the original album experience of flipping Sides. Having grown so used to the 2003 STEREO SACD of John Wesley Harding - the mono of "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" comes as a visceral shock to me - now so much starker and raw. And don't get me started on the sheer genius of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" - even now it's combo of rollicking rhythm and rhyming brilliance floors me. And in MONO - it's even punchier (watch those parking meters). Niggles: it's a shame the missing single sides weren't put onto a separate Disc 9 so that fans could have gotten the FULL Mono picture - but the brief was always about the studio albums. Apart from that - an exemplary release - and one that reeks of pride.

Was Bob Dylan really that good? Did he deserve the Godlike status he was held in? Does he still warrant that crown of glory to this day? You bet your subterranean rainy day women he does. Good on ye Mister Zimmerman. Extraordinary stuff...


Humble Pie (Shm-CD)
Humble Pie (Shm-CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars “…Won’t You Live With Me…” – Humble Pie by HUMBLE PIE (2007, 2009, 2011 Japanese SHM-CD Remasters), September 28, 2014
This review is from: Humble Pie (Shm-CD) (Audio CD)
Although I personally love their first two albums to bits (“As Safe As Yesterday” and “Town And Country” from July and December 1969 on Immediate Records in the UK) – their signing to A&M Records in 1970 saw their self-titled “Humble Pie” album released in the summer of that explosive year and their ‘rawk’ sound that we all know and love properly emerge.

Originally released on A&M Records AMLS 986 in July 1970 (A&M Records SP 4270 in the USA) – it’s had a good CD reissue on Repertoire in 2005 in a digipak for some years now. But I’d argue that the stunning 24-bit Digital Remaster in carried in Japan in 2007 (and used since) is a whole different sonic ballgame. But in 2014 - I calculate there are now no less three Japanese release dates for this SHM-CD reissue – and I’d like to sort out what’s what.

A SHM-CD doesn't require a special CD player to play it on (compatible on all) nor does it need audiophile kit to hear the benefits. It's a new form of the format that picks up the nuances of the transfer better (top quality make). I own about 15 of them and they're uniformly superb.

“Humble Pie” first appeared 14 February 2007 in Japan on Universal/A&M UICY-93219 (Barcode 4988005459732) in a gorgeous 5” Repro Mini Album Sleeve which even aped the stippled effect of the original A&M 1970 album and its gorgeous gatefold artwork. It had its Japanese worded booklet, an outer Obi strip – but most importantly it had a new 2007 24-bit remaster. As is the habit in Japan with these ‘supposed’ limited editions – they seem to get reissued every two or three years – and that happened with this version on 29 December 2011 using the same UICY-93219 catalogue number.

But there is also a 22 April 2009 Japanese SHM-CD version on Universal/A&M UICY-94066 (Barcode 4988005555151) that also uses the 2007 remaster. If you cut and paste either of the above barcodes into Amazon’s search bar – you will get the issue you want (check them because prices can fluctuate wildly – and not in a good way).

HUMBLE PIE – like those other great British bands FREE and LED ZEPPELIN – produced the most brilliant Rock albums in 1970 and 1971 with what seemed like effortless ease - and their 3rd LP “Humble Pie” is no different. Right from the opening seconds of the eight-minute “Live With Me” – the lonesome organ and drum rolls seem in your face – and when that great guitar kicks in – along with Marriott’s distinctive wail - the power of it is fabulous. We get all acoustic dainty with the Jerry Shirley spliff-song “Only A Roach” (guitarist with the band) – returning to proper riffage with the cocky rocker “One-Eyed Trouser Snake”. Side 1 of the 8-track LP ends with the pretty Peter Frampton “Earth And Water Song”.

Side 2 opens with a great hard-rock cover of the Willie Dixon penned Muddy Waters classic “I’m Ready” and once again Marriott just sounds so damn cool – it’s sick (“smoking TNT and Dynamite…”) Back to Pedal Steel whimsy with “Theme From Skint (See You Later Liquidator)” where Steve bemoans his lack of ‘bread’. The remaster really lifts up the instruments – tambourine and acoustic guitars especially. We’re then back to one of the album’s collective songwriting highlights – the fantastic Boogie Rock of “Red Light Momma, Red Hot”. It ends on the pretty Peter Frampton ballad “Sucking On The Sweet Vine” with rich chord changes that stay with you…

So there you have it. I also bought the next SHM-CD along in the sequence – their 4th album “Rock On” from March 1971 with genius tunes like “Shine On” and the ‘jam tart lips’ of “79th And Sunset”.

These Japanese SHM-CD reissues can be pricey I know – but if you’re a fan – seek them out – they’re so worth it…


Stephen stills Carry On
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4.0 out of 5 stars “….A Million Moments…” – Carry On by STEPHEN STILLS (2013 Atlantic/Rhino 4CD Box Set), September 28, 2014
This review is from: Stephen stills Carry On (Audio CD)
After two exemplary 3CD Box Sets for DAVID CROSBY ("Voyage" in 2006) and GRAHAM NASH ("Reflections" in 2009) - the STEPHEN STILLS 4-disc anthology "Carry On" was supposed to be a final highlight in the lifetime retrospectives of three extraordinary musicians. But there's genius and filler on here in equal amounts - so let's get to the harmonies and riffs right away...

Released 12 February in the USA (25 March 2013 in the UK) - "Carry On" is a 4CD Foldout Book Set on Atlantic/Rhino 8122796730 containing 5 hours of music, 82 songs spanning 50 years (25 Previously Unreleased) and an exhaustive 116-page booklet. It breaks down as follows (all tracks by Stephen Stills unless otherwise stated):

Disc 1 (72:19 minutes):
1. Travellin' - STEPHEN STILLS - on Acoustic Guitar & Vocals only, this Previously Unreleased solo track was recorded in San Jose in 1962 for the Voice Of America Radio Relay Station
2. High Flyin' Bird - THE AU GO GO SINGERS - on their 1964 US Stereo album "They Call Us The Au Go Go Singers" on Roulette SR 25280
3. Sit Down I Think I Love You - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
4. Go And Say Goodbye - BUFFALO SPPRINGFIELD - 3 and 4 are on their debut album "Buffalo Springfield" released December 1966 in the USA in Mono on Atco 33-200
5. For What It's Worth - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - from the 2nd version of their debut album remixed by the band into MONO and released April 1967 on Atco 33-200A
6. Everydays - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - originally from their 2nd album "Buffalo Springfield Again" - this is a 2012 Previously Unreleased Mix
7. Pretty Girl Why - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - alternate mix to the first album version - first appeared on the 2001 4CD "Buffalo Springfield Box Set"
8. Bluebird (4:30 minutes) - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
9. Rock & Roll Woman - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - 8 and 9 are from their 2nd album "Buffalo Springfield Again" - released November 1967 in the USA in Stereo on Atco SD 33-256
10. Special Care - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
11. Questions - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - 10 and 11 are from their 3rd and final album "Last Time Around" - released July 1968 in the USA in Stereo on Atco SD 33-256
12. Uno Mundo - BFFALO SPRINGFIELD - 18 May 1968 USA 7" single MONO mix on Atco 45-6572
13. Four Days Gone - STEPHEN STILLS - recorded 18 July 1968, a 'demo' that first appeared on the 2001 4CD set "Buffalo Springfield Box Set"
14. Who Ran Away? - STEPHEN STILLS - recorded 10 July 1968, a Previously Unreleased song on which he plays all instruments
15. 49 Reasons - STEPHEN STILLS - recorded 10 July 1968, this is a 'demo' version of the track "49 Bye Byes" that eventually turned on their debut album "Crosby, Stills & Nash" in 1969
16. Helplessly Hoping - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH -
17. You Don't Have To Cry - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
18. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - 16 to 18 are from their debut album "Crosby, Stills & Nash" released May 1969 in the USA in Stereo on Atlantic SD 8229
19. 4+20 - STEPHEN STILLS - originally on "Crosby, Stills & Nash", this is a 2012 Previously Unreleased Mix of a solo version
20. So Begins The Task - STEPHEN STILLS - recorded in July 1969, this is a 'demo' version of a song that eventually appeared on the "Manassas" double album in April 1972
21. The Lee Shore - STEPHEN STILLS - recorded 15 July 1969, a previously unreleased 'demo' version of a song that would eventually turn up on the live double-album "4-Way Street" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
22. Carry On/Questions - CROSBY. STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - from their 2nd studio album "Déjà Vu" released 11 March 1970 in the USA on Atlantic SD 7200
23. Woodstock - CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - a later mix that the one used on the "Déjà Vu" album - first released on the October 1991 4CD "CSN Box Set".
[Notes: 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 in MONO, all others in STEREO. All songs by Stephen Stills except 21 by David Crosby and 23 by Joni Mitchell]

Disc 2 (71:33 minutes):
1. Love The One You're With - December 1970 USA 7" single 'Mono' mix on Atlantic 45-2778 - Previously Unreleased on CD
2. Old Times Good Times
3. Black Queen - 2 and 3 from his debut solo album "Stephen Stills" released 16 November 1970 in the USA on Atlantic SD 7202
4. No-Name Jam - STEPHEN STILLS and JIMI HENDRIX (2:39 minutes) - recorded March 1970 in London - Previously Unreleased Jam
5. Go Back Home - as per 2 and 3
6. Marianne - from his 2nd solo album "Stephen Stills 2" released 30 June 1971 in the USA on Atlantic SD 7206
7. My Love Is A Gentle Thing - recorded June 1970 and April 1975 - first appeared on the "Pieces" Rhino CD compilation of previously unreleased material issued September 2009
8. Fishes And Scorpions - as per 6
9. The Treasure - Previously Unreleased Studio Version of a song that turned up on the April 1972 double-album "Manassas"
10. To A Flame - Previously Unreleased Mix of a song from his debut "Stephen Stills" (see 2 and 3)
11. Cherokee - as per 2 and 3
12. Song Of Love
13. Rock & Roll Crazies/Cuban Bluegrass
14. Jet Set (Sigh)
15. It Doesn't Matter
16. Colorado
17. Johnny's Garden - 12 to 17 are from the double-album "Manassas" released 12 April 1972 in the USA on Atlantic SD 2-903 and May 1972 in the UK on Atlantic K 60021
18. Change Partners - this is a 2012 Previously Unreleased Mix of a track on the "Stephen Stills 2" album
19. Do For The Others - recorded at Madison Square Gardens in New York on 30 July 1971 - a previously unreleased 'live version' of a track on the "Stephen Stills" solo debut LP
20. Find The Cost Of Freedom - CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - recorded at the Music Hall, Boston 3 October 1971 - a Previously Unreleased 'live version' of the B-side to "Ohio" - June 1970 US 7" single on Atlantic 45-2740 (both tracks non-album at the time of release)
21. Little Miss Bright Eyes - a Previously Unreleased song recorded August 1973

Disc 3 (75:47 minutes):
1. Turn Back The Pages
2. First Things First - 1 and 2 from the album "Stills" released 23 June 1975 in the USA on Columbia PC 33575
3. My Angel - Previously Unreleased Mix of a track from "Stills"
4. Love Story - as per 1 and 2
5. As I Come Of Age - Previously Unreleased `Earlier Mix' from 1973 of a track that appeared on "Stills" (see 1 and 2)
6. Know You Got To Run - recorded live at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle 8 December 1975, Previously Unreleased version of a track originally on "Stephen Stills 2" LP
7. Black Coral - CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - Previously Unreleased Version of a song that appeared on the Neil Young LP "Long May You Run" in 1976 by The Stills-Young Band
8. I Give You Give Blind - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - Previously Unreleased On CD in the USA, a track originally recorded for the "CSN" album in 1977, this version first appeared as a later remix on the album "Rebound" in 1977 on Atlantic
9. Crossroads/You Can't Catch Me [Live] - a 2012 Previously Unreleased Mix of a live track that first appeared on the 4 December 1975 album "Stephen Stills Live" on Atlantic SD 18156. "You Can't Catch Me' is a Chuck Berry cover
10. See The Changes - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - 2012 Previously Unreleased Mix of a track on the "CSN" album
11. Thoroughfare Gap
12. Lowdown - 11 and 12 are on the album "Thoroughfare Gap" released 31 October 1978 in the USA on Columbia 35380
13. Cuba Al Fin (4:54 Minute Edit) - on the double-album "Havana Jam" released 1979 in the USA on Columbia PC2 36053
14. Dear Mr. Fantasy [6:22 Minutes Edit] - originally appeared on the 1991 4CD "CSN" Box Set as a Previously Unreleased November 1980 recording running to 7:07 minutes; it's a cover version of a Traffic song
15. Spanish Suite - from the CD "Man Alive!" released 9 August 2005 on Titan 50102-2
16. Feel Your Love - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - originally on the "Daylight Again" album from 1982 - this version is from the Expanded CD Remaster of the album issued 24 January 2006 in the USA on Atlantic/Rhino R2 73295
17. Raise A Voice - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - from the live album "Allies" released 6 June 1983 in the USA on Atlantic SD 80075 - this mix Previously Unreleased on CD in the USA
18. Daylight Again - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - from the album "Daylight Again" released 21 June 1982 in the USA on Atlantic SD 19360

Disc 4 (75:19 minutes):
1. Southern Cross - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - from the album "Daylight Again" released 21 June 1982 in the USA on Atlantic SD 19360
2. Dark Star - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - from the live album "Allies" released 6 June 1983 in the USA on Atlantic SD 80075
3. Turn Your Back On Love - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
4. War Games - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - 3 and 4 as per 2; both Previously Unreleased on CD in the USA
5. 50/50 - from the album "Right By You" released 30 July 1984 in the USA on Atlantic SD 80177
6. Welfare Blues - recorded live in the studio in the UK on 5 February 1984 - previously unreleased song
7. Church (Part Of Someone) - 4 November 1989 re-recording of a song that originally appeared on his "Stephen Stills" album from 1970 - previously unreleased
8. I Don't Get It - from the CD "Man Alive!" released 9 August 2005 on Titan 50102-2
9. Isn't It So - on the CD album "Stills Alone" released 26 August 1991 in the USA on Gold Hill/Vision Records VR-3323
10. Haven't We Lost Enough? - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - from the album "Live It Up" released 11 June 1990 in the USA on Atlantic 82107-1
11. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown - as per 8, a Bob Dylan cover version
12. Treetop Flyer - as per 9
13. Heart's Gate - as per 8
14. Girl From The North Country - Previously Unreleased live cover version of a Bob Dylan song recorded October 2012 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City
15. Feed The People - as per 8
16. Panama - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - from the Cd album "After The Storm" released 16 August 1994 in the USA on Atlantic 82654-2
17. No Tears Left - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - Previously Unreleased live version of a song that originally appeared on the "Looking Forward" album released 26 October 1999 in the USA on Reprise 9 7436 2
18. Ole Man Trouble - CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - Previously Unreleased Live cover of an Otis Redding song recorded 22 February 2002 at Madison Square Gardens in NYC
19. Ain't it Always - as per 8

Produced by JOEL BERNSTEIN with GRAHAM NASH and STEPHEN STILLS - the whole thing reeks of quality and real effort. The 116-page chunky booklet is beautiful - jam-packed with photos from personal archives, 45 picture sleeves and posters contributed by fans, early snaps with Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, Richie Furay, Judy Collins, The Muscle Shoals Brass Section, Stevie Wonder and even Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records. Every song is accounted for in huge detail - but the real news for me is the massive sound upgrade. A troop of names were involved in Tape location, research and Digital transfers with maestro BERNIE GRUNDMAN doing the mastering. Everything sounds improved to me - punchy, warm, detailed and never too trebled for effect. With so much sonic faffing around in the last two decades - its great to finally hear all of this period material in the one place and sounding as good as it can. Nice one...

As many other reviewers have already noted - musically "Carry On" is very much a tale of two cities - Discs 1 and 2 which covers 1962 to 1973 being ludicrously brilliant at almost every turn - while the remainder of the set (Discs 3 and 4) covering 1975 onwards struggles much of the time to attain the almost effortless magic of old. But this is Stephen Stills with his harmonizing musical allies Graham Nash and Neil Young - so there's greatness on Discs 3 and 4 too.

Relistening to the sheer musicality of BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD (lyrics from "Everydays" titles this review) that then morphed into CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG - you're struck by the fantastic song-quality - over and over again. And hearing them on these sparkling new remasters only adds to the uplift. I could frankly do with a full remaster of the genius "Manassas" double from 1972 (probably everybody's favourite) - I wanted to hear "Anyway" and "The Love Bandit" - but alas... And even though it was on the Buffalo Springfield Box Set - the haunting demo of "Four Days Gone" is the very definition of a magical unreleased outtake.

Downsides - stuff like the eleven-minute "Spanish Suite" is just indulgent and the "Stills" and "Thoroughbred Gap" tracks are passable at best. There's no need to have the live "Allies" version of "Turn You Back On Love" on Disc 4 when the studio version is on Disc 3. And the Hendrix Jam is just plain disappointing to say the least. Also given that the entire second Manassas album "Down The Road" from 1973 remains un-remastered on this side of the pond - the inclusion of only one track (albeit the brilliant "isn't It About Time") is a massive let down. I also feel had the CDs been sequenced so that Disc 1 ended on Buffalo Springfield (with more of "Last Time Around" featured) whiles Discs 2 and 3 covered CSNY and his Solo Seventies stuff - Disc 4 could have had the 80's and onwards. It would have played better and given Discs 1 to 3 room to expand on the period fans 'really' want to hear. In fact in some respects - I can't help but feel that precisely because the David Crosby box only has 3 CDs (with all the brilliant Previously Unreleased stuff on Disc 3 in one place) - it turned out to be the best of all three box sets?

But the clever inclusion of great live versions like the rare "Cuba El Fin" and the stunning acoustic workout of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" seguing into Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me" is a showstopper. The inclusion of "Daylight Again" with its "Find The Cost Of Freedom" refrain as the song finishes is a reminder of how good he is/they are too. His croak on the live version of Dylan's classic "Girl From The North Country Fair" makes his sound almost like Neil Young. And the 1989 rocked up version of "Church (Part Of Someone)" with its brass and girly chorus is excellent as is his bluesy live cover of Otis Redding's "Ole Man Trouble".

But the clever inclusion of great live versions like the rare "Cuba El Fin" and the stunning acoustic workout of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" seguing into Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me" is a showstopper. The inclusion of "Daylight Again" with its "Find The Cost Of Freedom" refrain as the song finishes is a reminder of how good he is/they are too. His croak on the live version of Dylan's classic "Girl From The North Country Fair" makes his sound almost like Neil Young. And the 1989 rocked up version of "Church (Part Of Someone)" with its brass and girly chorus is excellent as is his bluesy live cover of Otis Redding's "Ole Man Trouble". So to sum up - a mixed bag in the end - sonically brilliant but with content some might find superfluous. But man when Stephen Stills was good - he was the best!

"I must learn to live without you now..." – he sings plaintively on the "Manassas" gem "So Begins The Task". Despite its niggles - I'm glad someone classy like Graham Nash collated it all together so we don't have to live without any of Stephen Stills’ massively influential body of work...


Jefferson Airplane: The Woodstock Experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars “…It’s A New Dawn…” – Volunteers by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE (2009 “The Woodstock Experience” 2CD Reissue), September 23, 2014
This is a clever reissue – pairing the sixth and much-loved “Volunteers” album by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE with their barnstorming and highly politicized live set at the legendary Woodstock Festival. And boasting top-notch Bob Ludwig audio mastering - it’s beautifully presented too. Here are the peace, love and music details…

Released July 2009 –“The Woodstock Experience” on RCA/Legacy 88697 48240 2 is a 2CD set celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the legendary Sixties festival (see list of other releases below). Inside a textured-feel outer card slipcase are two oversized 5” hard card replica sleeves – each with sepia-feel inner bags (separate liner notes too).

Disc 1 is the 10-track “Volunteers” album released on vinyl in the USA in November 1969 on RCA Victor LSP 4238 and February 1970 in the UK on RCA Victor SF 8164. Disc 1 has 6 bonus tracks - “Recorded Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Sunday, August 17, 1969 – Part One” (75:26 minutes). The 2nd CD is “Part Two” of that concert (68:48 minutes) and of the total live set – tracks 11, 12 and 14 on Disc 1 with 2, 5, 6 and 8 on Disc 2 are all PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED (the others have turned up on various compilations across the decades). Both card repro sleeves are gorgeous to look at and the recording details/liner notes are impressively comprehensive. As with the other 4 releases in this series – the large foldout poster has a colour shot of the Woodstock crowd on one side (with the festival logo at the top) and a black and white quality photograph of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE by Amalie R Rothschild on the flip. The colour shot of Grace on the rear of the card sleeve is also gorgeous…

The bloody and divisive debacle of the Vietnam War loomed heavily over both the record and their impassioned live set. But more than the politics and the fearless lyrics - rehearing the album now what hits you most is a triple whammy - the classiness of the songs, Jorma Kaukonen’s superb guitar playing and the soulful pairing of Grace Slick’s voice with Paul Kantner’s. Throw in superb audio quality and all it combines to pack a serious punch - even if the Sixties ideals may seem far-fetched in the appalling 2014 political landscape we find ourselves in more than 45 years later (when we really should have learned lessons by now).

It opens with the superb people-anthem “We Can Be Together” – but check out the traditional air “Good Sheppard” that follows - turned into the most stunning Rock song by clever funked-up arrangements. And their version of “Wooden Ships” co-written by Kantner with David Crosby and Stephen Stills famously predates the 1969 Crosby, Stills & Nash debut album version by months. It’s just fantastic and to ears actually better. “Volunteers” was gamely released by RCA as a 45 in October 1969 with its call-to-arms lyrics and frantic pace - “this generation got Soul…start a revolution…” Such a great album and one that still stands up…

The live set has the band with Nicky Hopkins on piano and opens with Grace greeting the crowd (title above) and then proceeds to rock into a completely wild cover version of Fred Neil’s “The Other Side Of This Life”. The audio as you can imagine flits between good and great – but even when they let rip on “3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds” (ace drumming from Skip Spence) to my ears Bob Ludwig has completely captured the loose and explosive nature of the band. And die-hard nuts will die for the near sixteen minutes of the Previously Unreleased “The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil” on Disc 2 – all wild guitars and wailing. “Come Back Baby” is an old Blues tune rearranged by Kaukonen into an 8-minute Jefferson Airplane boogie romp.

I’ve loved this whole series of CD reissues (see reviews) but this is a ‘jewel’ never mind a crown of creation. Recommended big time…

PS: the 5 titles in this series are:
1. Jefferson Airplane - uses the "Volunteers" album and has an 8-track live album recorded 17/8/29
2. Janis Joplin - uses the "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!" album and has a 10-track live album recorded 17/8/29
3. Santana - as above
4. Sly & The Family Stone - uses the "Stand" album and has a 9-track live disc recorded 17/8/69
5. Johnny Winter - uses the "Johnny Winter" album and has an 8-track live disc recorded 17/8/69


Johnny Cash - Love, God, Murder
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5.0 out of 5 stars “…Are You Counted With The Meek…” – Love God Murder by JOHNNY CASH (2000 3CD Mini Box Set), September 23, 2014
Released May 2000 in the USA and June 2000 on Columbia/American/Legacy COL 498580 2 in the UK as a 3CD-set in a flimsy card wrap - the three 16-track compilations contained within were compiled by Cash himself and make for the most fantastic listen. Handpicking tunes from across his monumental career (concentrating a lot on the Sixties and Seventies) - the Legacy Remasters even include 3 Previously Unreleased tunes. Here are detailed rings of fire, the sweet chariots and the bad Jesse James...

LOVE (39:51 minutes):
1. I Walk The Line (Mono) (1956, A-side of a US 7" single on Sun 241)
2. Oh. What A Dream (recorded 1958, from the album "Johnny Cash - 1958-1986" on Columbia C2 40637)
3. All Over Again (1958, A-side of a US 7" single on Columbia 4-41251)
4. A Little At A Time (1962, B-side of "In The Jailhouse Now" on Columbia 4-42425)
5. My Old Faded Rose (Recorded June 1964, Previously Unreleased in the USA)
6. Happiness Is You (1965, from the album "Happiness Is You" on Columbia CS 9337)
7. Flesh And Blood (1970, from the motion picture "I Walk The Line" on Columbia S 30397)
8. I Tremble For You (recorded October 1967, Previously Unreleased in the USA)
9. I Feel Better All Over (1960, from the album "Now There Was A Song!" on Columbia CS 8254)
10. 'Cause I Love You (as per 7)
11. Ballad Of Barbara (1977, from the album "The Last Gunfighter Battle" on Columbia JC 34314)
12. Ring Of Fire (1963, from the album "Ring Of Fire" on Columbia CS 8853)
13. My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You (as per 9)
14. While I've Got It On My Mind (1974, from the album "The Ragged Old Flag" on Columbia C 32917)
15. I Still Miss Someone (1959, from the album "The Fabulous Johnny Cash" on Columbia CS 8122)
16. The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart) (1996, from the CD album "Unchained" - American Recordings Vol.2)
[Notes: 1 and 16 are MONO all others STEREO; 5 and 8 are Previously Unreleased in the USA]

GOD (46:45 minutes):
1. What On Earth Will You Do (For Heaven's Sake) (1974, from the album "The Ragged Old Flag" on Columbia C 32917)
2. My God Is Real (1961, from the album "Hymns From The Heart" on Columbia CS 8522)
3. It Was Jesus (1959, from the album "Hymns By Johnny Cash" on Columbia CS 8125)
4. Why Me Lord (1993, from the CD album "American Recordings" - Volume 1)
5. The Greatest Cowboy Of Them All (1979, from the album "A Believer Sings The Truth" on Cachet CL3-9001)
6. Redemption (as per 4)
7. The Great Speckled Bird (1959, from the album Songs Of Our Soil" on Columbia CS 8148)
8. The Old Account (as per 3)
9. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (as per 3)
10. When He Comes (as per 5)
11. The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea (1996, from the CD album "Unchained" - American Recordings Vol.2)
12. Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) (1963, from the album "Ring Of Fire" on Columbia CS 8853)
13. Man In White (1986, A-side of a US 7" single on Ezra 227)
14. Belshazzar (1957, from the album "Original Sun Sound" on Sun Records LP 1275)
15. Oh, Bury Me Not (Introduction: A Cowboy's Prayer) (as per 4)
16. Oh Come, Angel Band (as per 5)
[Note: 4, 6, 14 and 15 are MONO - all others in STEREO)

MURDER (51:18 minutes):
1. Folsom Prison Blues (1955, A-side of a US 7" single on Sun 232)
2. Delia's Gone (1993, from the CD album "American Recordings" - Volume 1)
3. Mister Garfield (1965, from the album "Johnny Cash Sings The Ballads Of The True West")
4. Orleans Parish Prison (Live) (recorded in Stockholm in 1972, released as a USA 7" single on Columbia 4-45997)
5. When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below) (1964, from the album "Orange Blossom Special" on Columbia CS 9109)
6. The Sound Of Laughter (recorded in January 1966, Previously Unreleased in the USA)
7. Cocaine Blues (Live) (1968, from the album "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" on Columbia CK 65955)
8. Hardin Wouldn't Run (as per 3)
9. The Long Black Veil (as per 5)
10. Austin Prison (1966, on the album "Everybody Loves A Nut" on Columbia CS 9292)
11. Joe Bean (as per 10)
12. Going To Memphis (1960, from the album "Blood, Sweat And Tears" on Columbia CS 8730)
13. Don't Take Your Guns To Town (1958, from the 7" US EP "Fabulous Johnny Cash" on Columbia B 12532)
14. Highway Patrolman (recorded 1983, from the album "Johnny Cash - 1958-1986" on Columbia C2 40637)
15. Jacob Green (Live) (B-side of 4)
16. The Wall (as per 5)
[Note: 1, 2, 5 and 8 are MONO - all others STEREO. 5 features JUNE CARTER-CASH on Duet Vocals; 6 is Previously Unreleased]

This is the kind of music when men are "as wild as a buck" for their women - where alcoholic's reach their mother's grave and "I know God in Heaven looked down" - where a pistol went awry and someone now has a "warrant out for my arrest". The different period choices of the songs just mentioned are brilliant - "I Feel Better All Over" (Love), "The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea" (God) and "Austin Prison" (Murder). It makes each themed compilation a fascinating and invigorating listen. It's also cool to see tracks from the genius 2nd American Recordings album - "Unchained" - for me one of the best in the distinguished 6-album series (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are the backing band). The cover of Springsteen's "Nebraska" nugget "Highway Patrolman" is superb too - tailor made for him and his huge voice.

The flimsy card slipcase on the outside holds the three card digipaks on the inside but it easily falls apart. There are deliberations by JUNE CARTER CASH on Love, BONO on God and QUENTIN TARATINO on Murder but nothing in the way of booklets. Still it's the music you want and the remasters are great.

"Someone got killed 'neat the town hall light..." Johnny testifies on the classic "Long Black Veil". He was a mountain of a man. And these days this triple is often less than a fiver second-hand. Time to get this righteous slayer in your home right soon...


Singles 1968-1971 Vol 3
Singles 1968-1971 Vol 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars "....It's A Gas Gas Gas..." - The Singles 1968-1971 by THE ROLLING STONES (2005 Abkco 10-Disc Box Set), September 23, 2014
This review is from: Singles 1968-1971 Vol 3 (Audio CD)
The last in a series of 3 Singles Boxes by The Stones provides goodies from a period of their history that I just can't get enough of - the late Sixties and early Seventies. They seemed to be dripping magic between "Beggars Banquet" and "Exile On Mail Street" -and this brilliant but sometimes frustrating mini 7" fest only rams home their swagger and musical genius. Here are the big tongues and sticky fingers...

UK released 28 February 2005 - "The Singles 1968-1971" by THE ROLLING STONES on Abkco 0602498270752 is a 9CD + 1DVD Mini Box Set and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (6:52 minutes):
Jumping Jack Flash b/w Child Of the Moon
UK: 23 May 1968 on Decca F 12782
USA: 24 May 1968 on London 908

Disc 2 (14:39 minutes):
Street Fighting Man b/w No Expectations
USA: August 1968 on London 909 [withdrawn, $10,000 plus rarity with P/S]
Street Fighting Man b/w Surprise Surprise & Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
UK: 25 June 1971 on Decca F 13195 [3-Track Maxi Play at 33 1/3 speed]
Street Fighting Man b/w Surprise Surprise
UK: 20 July 1971 on Decca 13202

Disc 3 (7:51 minutes):
Honky Tonk Woman b/w You Can't Always Get What You Want [Edit]
UK: 11 July 1969 on Decca F 12952
USA: 11 July 1969 on London 910
[Note: The A-side was a non-album track at the time. The B-side is an exclusive single edit at 4:50 minutes which loses the 40-piece choir at the beginning and final portion of the song - the full version at 7:29 minutes is on the 1969 "Let It Bleed" album in Stereo]

Disc 4 (5:47 minutes):
Memo From Turner b/w Natural Magic
UK: November 1970 on Decca F 13067
[Note: MICK JAGGER Solo single; the B-side is an instrumental from the film "Performance" - written by JACK NITZSCHE - it features RY COODER on Guitar]

Disc 5 (7:26 minutes):
Brown Sugar b/w Bitch
UK: 16 April 1971 on Rolling Stones Records RS 19100
[Note: some British copies came in a rare picture sleeve which is `not' used here. Some copies of the original 7" had a bonus track after "Bitch" called "Let It Rock" - a live cover version of a Chuck Berry song recorded in March 1971 at Leeds University. It's `not' included here but is available on the "Rarities 1971-2003" CD compilation from 2005]

Disc 6 (9:32 minutes):
Wild Horses b/w Sway
USA: 12 June 1971 on Rolling Stones Records RLS 101
[Note: the 1994 Virgin remasters are used for both tracks]

Disc 7 (5:19 minutes):
I Don't Know Why b/w Try A Little Harder
USA: 23 May 1975 on Abkco 4701
[Note: both tracks are taken from the 1975 outtakes compilation "Metamorphosis". The A-side is a Stevie Wonder cover recorded July 1969 (the night Brian Jones died) and is a "Let It Bleed" outtake. The B-side is a Jagger/Richards original from back in June 1964]

Disc 8 (6:42 minutes):
Out Of Time b/w Jiving Sister Fanny
USA: August 1975 on Abkco 4702
UK: 5 September 1975 on Decca F 13597
[Note: the A-side was written by Jagger/Richards for Chris Farlowe who had a Number One hit with it in the UK in June 1966 on Immediate Records. Again from the "Metamorphosis" compilation - it made its first appearance on that album and this single with Jagger's vocal on the track. The B-side "Jiving Sister fanny" is another "Let It Bleed" outtake from July 1969]

Disc 9 (26:12 minutes):
Sympathy For The Devil Remix
1. Sympathy For The Devil (Original Recording)
2. Sympathy For The Devil (Neptunes Remix)
3. Sympathy For The Devil (Fatboy Slim Remix)
4. Sympathy For The Devil (Full Phatt Remix)
UK CD single released September 2003 on Mercury 9810612

Disc 10 "The Rolling Stones Videos 1964-2003" - 4-Track DVD, Region 0:
1. Time Is On My Side (Live on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964)
2. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow (Filmed Live in 1967 - no venue stated)
3. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1968 Promo)
4. Sympathy For The Devil (The Neptunes Remix Video) (Filmed 2003)

The 32-page glossy booklet features some great picture sleeves from around the globe and the liner notes giving a history of every song are pleasingly detailed and to the point. Tape transfer, Sound Restoration and Remastering involved a trio of great names - STEVE ROSENTHAL, TERI LANDI and BOB LUDWIG. They've done a great job given the notorious and wildly differing sound sources.

As far as I'm aware this is the only place to get the rare edit of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" while fans will probably have the "Let It Bleed" outakes on their SACD of "Metamorphosis". The less said about the "Sympathy For The Devil" remixes from 2003 - the better. "Jumpi' Jack Flash", "Street Fighting Man" and "Honky Tonk Women" still amaze - even after all these years. The 4 DVD films are fabulous too (and Region Free so no playback issues) while the foldout colour poster (black and white shot on the flip side) and art-cards give the whole thing a classy feel. And who will complain about those four corkers off "Sticky". Even "Memo From Turner" rocks - as does that rare Ry Cooder instrumental B-side.

"If you try sometimes...you might just get what you need..." Well look no further...


Initiation
Initiation
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...I'd Rather Live By A Dream..." - Initiation by TODD RUNDGREN (2014 Edsel `DELUXE EDITION' CD), September 23, 2014
This review is from: Initiation (Audio CD)
*** Initiation by TODD RUNDGREN - The 2014 Edsel of the UK `DELUXE EDITION' Packaging CD ***

Back in May 2014 - Edsel of the UK began celebrating TODD RUNDGREN albums with `Deluxe Edition' packaging upgrades - hardback book editions of key albums in his extensive back catalogue. The first three were "Something/Anything?" (a double-album from 1972), "A Wizard A True Star" (a single album from 1973) and "Todd" (another double from 1974). So here's the next batch of three for September 2014 - "Runt" - his debut solo album from December 1970 on Ampex Records now extended into a double-CD edition with bonuses - "Hermit Of Mink Hollow " from May 1978 on Bearsville Records - and this - "Initiation" from June 1975. Here are the Internal Eyes, Cosmic Treatises and Stellar Fires...

UK released 9 September 2014 (16 September in the USA) - Edsel EDSA 5032 (Barcode 740155503239) is a single-CD reissue of their October 2011 twinning with "Faithful" - only this time it's in a case bound hardback book (67:40 minutes). The attached 12-page booklet within has liner notes by Paul Myers from his superb tome "A Wizard, A True Star - Todd Rundgren In The Studio" and is an excellent read. The front and rear sleeve artwork of the June 1975 Bearsville vinyl album is here (BS 6957 in the USA and K 55504 in the UK) - as is the inner sleeve that came with original copies. The hard card case bound book has a details sticker on the outer shrink-wrap that easily peels off (if you want to attach it to the book cover). There are no extras.

There is no new remaster that I can hear - this is the Edsel October 2011 version - that in itself was a Peter Rynston UK master using the 1993 American Rhino remasters. Don't get me wrong - the sound is superb. And famous at the time as being the longest vinyl album ever made at 67:40 minutes - the original LP was always a dreadful compromise as a listening experience. So the CD remaster alters all of that and so much for the better. The only upgrade here is the cool-looking book packaging - which is a rather lovely thing to behold...

I loved November 1974's "Todd Rundgren's Utopia" - for me one of the true Prog masterpieces of the Seventies (with "The Ikon" on Side 2) - so I was frothing at the gash when this album came out. But it's a tale of two cities - the brilliant and the indulgent. Side 1 is superb - opening with the catchy "Real Man". It was actually released as a single in September 1975 with "Prana" the cool opening guitar/synth combo bit on Side 2 as its B-side. There's even a stab at boogie in "The Death Of Rock'n'Roll" and the frantic guitar soloing in "Initiation" is amazing. The lovely vibes of "Eastern Intrigue" are peppering with humorous lyrics but Todd genius comes in the shape of the gorgeous "Fair Warning" - as brill a Rundgren song as he's ever written (lyrics above).

But then unfortunately you're hit with the sort of indulgence that only an artist with total control can produce - the 35-minute synth/keyboard extravaganza that is the whole of Side 2 - "A Treatise On Cosmic Fire". He plays every imaginable keyboard in his own Studio and it's hard to swallow in one sitting. There are cool parts like the opening "Prana" which is returned to in the dying minutes of the piece - but most of it is endless wailing synth solos that irritate in stead of illuminating. It's not all un-listenable nonsense of course -but once past the opening eight minutes or so - it's not far off of it either. Ah the Seventies...

So there you have it - two sides to every story. And yet even now - nearly 40 years after the event - I still get a kick out of just looking at its sleeve...


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