Sunday, October 7, 2018

Open Secret 2004

Q-Tip had a tough time carrying on the meld of hip-hop with jazz and elsewise that made A Tribe Called Quest such a big deal. Soon after his second solo effort, 2002's Kamaal The Abstract, was shelved by troubled Arista, he signed with equally troubled DreamWorks and recorded a whole other project called Open, featuring guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel with guest appearances by Common, D'Angelo and Andre 3000. But Open went unreleased as well, with DreamWorks shutting down for good one year later. Q-Tip fled to Universal Motown, who promised to release a reworked Open as Live At The Renaissance and then didn't. It wasn't until 2008 that rescued Open tracks appeared on Abstract Innovations and The Renaissance, with Kamaal The Abstract seeing light of day the following year. Many Secret Open tracks were scrounged from YouTube, so bitrates may disappoint. Pie is never free.

DreamWorks 2004 (unreleased)
01 Johnny Died
02 Black Boy
03 The Official
04 N/A (w/ Common)
05 Say Something For Me
06 Interlude
07 Not Gon' Have It
08 Unknown
09 Feelings
10 Where Do You Go?
11 Unidentified
12 That's Sexy (w/ Andre 3000)
13 Late Mornin'
14 Compute
15 I Believe (w/ D'Angelo)
16 Lisa (extended instrumental)
17 Instrumental
18 Lisa (originial)


Friday, October 5, 2018

Secret Gift Of Screws 2001

Hyperactive young finger-picker bound for glory.

Essential Oils -- are wrung --
The Attar from the Rose
Be not expressed by Suns -- alone --
It is the gift of Screws --

The General Rose -- decay --
But this -- in Lady's Drawer
Make Summer -- When the Lady lie
In Ceaseless Rosemary --

                                                - Emily Dickinson

Songs for the original Gift Of Screws were recorded throughout the nineties, but when Warner Bros. heard Buckingham's mixed and mastered CD, it was obvious how much more valuable these gems would be as Fleetwood Mac. So seven of the songs were quickly Stevie'd up for release on the mothership's Say You Will. Other songs from the Lindsey sessions turned up on various solo and group projects over the years, the title cut finally appearing as such in 2008, but here's the 2001 Warners CD supplemented by four outtakes and demos (purists can build the official seventeen track version from track listing included in first download). As said, most of these titles are available elsewhere, but they make a wondrous song cycle as originally intended. Shadow Of The West compiles twenty soundtrack contributions, live cuts, demos and guest appearances from 1979 to 2012, as well as the clean, minimal mix of I Know I'm Not Wrong that was used on original vinyl copies of Tusk. Tracks have been gathered from vinyl, CD, torrent, message board download and YouTube, so bitrates are what they are.

Lindsey Buckingham
Gift Of Screws
Warner/Reprise 2001 (unreleased)
01 Someone's Gotta Change Your Mind
02 Miranda
03 Steal Your Heart Away
04 Red Rover
05 Come
06 She Smiled Sweetly
07 Down On Rodeo
08 Murrow
09 To Try For The Sun
10 Shuffle Riff
11 My Little Demon
12 Deep Dense
13 Gift Of Screws
14 Bleed To Love Her
15 Go Insane
16 Given Thing
17 Gotta Get Away
18 Twist Of Fate
19 Wear You Down (Steve's Riff)
20 Say Goodbye
21 The Singer Not The Song

Shadow Of The West
01 I Know I'm Not Wrong (Tusk original mix)
02 Demo #2 (Tusk demo)
03 Blue Monday (Mirage jam)
04 Goodbye Angel (Mirage outtake)
05 Teen Beat (Mirage outtake)
06 Holiday Road (live on WBCN Boston 03-26-93)
07 Eyes Of The World (Mirage demo)
08 Hold Me (Mirage w/ Lindsey lead vocal)
09 Time Bomb Town (Back To The Future OST)
10 I've Been Loving You Too Long (Mirage jam)
11 I Want You Back (Mick Fleetwood's Zoo)
12 Magnet And Steel (Walter Egan)
13 The Spinning Of The World (John Stewart)
14 Walls (Tom Petty)
15 On The Wrong Side (With Honors OST)
16 Peacekeeper (non-Mac)
17 Stephanie (live in Fort Worth 08-24-12)
18 She Acts Like You (This Is 40 OST)
19 Shadow Of The West (Law And Order)
20 The Farmer's Daughter (Fleetwood Mac Live)

Secret Gift Of Screws
Shadow Of The West

Sunday, September 23, 2018

African Fiesta @ 45tours on Vita 1963-5 Docteur Nico 01.6

Version 01.6 replaces 9 mp3s with lossless.
Version 01.5 adds 22b Kingo Mwambe.
Version 01.4 adds 01b Tremendo Punto, at long last.
Version 01.3 adds 19b Liwa Na Ngai.
Version 01.2 adds 03a Eso La Vida.
Version 01.1 Enthusiast discographer Alastair Johnston has kindly provided information and files, resulting in the addition of four tracks - 08a En Guantanamo, 13b Nkembo Na Nzambe, 18b Willy Mopaya, 23a Azongi Na Bomengo. I thank him for his generosity and infinite wisdom.
According to Johnston's invaluable Docteur Nico Discography, African Fiesta came together in 1963, featuring Nicolas Kasanda on lead, his brother Dechaud on rhythm guitar and Tabu Ley Rochereau on lead vocals, with Roger Izeidi, Kwamy Munsi, Joseph 'Mujos' Mulamba, Joseph Mwena and Depuissant, adding Faugus Izeidi, Paul Mizele, Dominique Kuntima and Jeef Mingiedi in due time. Having developed his electric guitar skills in African Jazz and Rock-a-Mambo, Nico was really sailing by this time, exploring exotic tones and textures like a Congolese Jeff Beck. Cascades of single notes alternate with thick clusters, generally plucked instead of flat-picked, all purring and growling with natural tube sustain and distortion, tremolo and reverb. Check Angola Siempre for a characteristic 'Dieu de la Guitare' solo. African Fiesta managed to record over 250 sides in just two years, with 128 Vita singles released and nary a dud among the ones I've heard. This collection comes from my own vinyl and CDs along with many many downloads from across the interwebs, with Moos @ Global Groove a prime source. I've been advised that compilation tracks are not necessarily the same takes as the original 45s, but I don't often have multiple sources to compare. 25 Vita numbers will be covered in each post, however many tracks I actually have, with downloads revised if and when additions turn up. A list of missing sides is included in the rar, and any digital contributions would be very greatly appreciated.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 01 - vita 01-25

01 01a Rendezvous Chez Labas
02 01b Tremendo Punto
03 02a Bilomba Ya Africa
04 02b Mwasi Abandaka
05 03a Eso La Vida
06 03b Naleli Leo
07 04a Angola Siempre
08 04b Permission
09 05a Moto Abungaka
10 05b Rythmo Ya Suka
11 06a Bandimi Ngaï Tata
12 06b Tembe Nde Tembe
13 07a Camalée
14 07b Seli Kutu
15 08a En Guantanamo
16 08b Keba
17 09a Pesa Le Tout
18 09b Vivo Africa
19 10a Toyei Na Sango
20 10b Vidas
21 13a Nico Azongi
22 13b Nkembe Na Nzambe
23 14a Conseil Monetaire
24 14b Barumbu
25 15a Boni Boye
26 17a Bisengo Na Capitale
27 18b Willy Mopaya
28 19a Arsène Dionge
29 19b Liwa Na Ngai
30 20a A.M. Decantonio
31 21b Natuna Nani
32 22b Kingo Mwambe
33 23a Azongi Na Bomengo
34 25a Ngonga Ebeti
35 25b Godee

cd, vinyl, downloads @ various bitrates

African Fiesta @ 45tours on Vita 1963-5 Docteur Nico 02.2

Version 2.2 replaces 10 mp3s with lossless.
Version 02.1 adds 47b Tokeseni Te.
Here's the second act, whatever I've got from Vita singles 26-50. The usual superlatives apply. Favorites here include Eleki Ndelo, Nella Negrita and Mamu Wua Mpoy. Likers of my listenings might like my lookings as well. Thanks, all.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 02 - vita 26-50

01 26a Ma Kulutu
02 27a Africa Jazz Lipopo
03 27b Mobembo Eleki Tata
04 28b Matulekele
05 30a Mwasi Ya Bangando
06 30b N'Soso Pembe Na Lipopo
07 31a Madina
08 31b Nalembi
09 32a Eleki Ndelo
10 33a Nella Negrita
11 33b Nganda Ya n'Somi
12 34b Libaku Ya Nguma
13 35a Ah! Congo
14 35b Amicale Lipopo
15 36a Mamu Wua Mpoy
16 37a Mirielle Mwana
17 39a Olingaki Nde Ngai
18 39b Rythi Mboka Muzungu
19 40a Batu Ya Congo
20 40b Donde
21 41b Prosabel Boyoma
22 42b Ndima Maloba
23 44a Eso Querida
24 44b Paquita
25 46a M. Felie
26 47b Tokeseni Te
27 50a Celibataire Niongo Te
28 50b Aura Moreno

cd and vinyl and downloads @ various bitrates

African Fiesta @ 45tours on Vita 1963-5 Docteur Nico 03.1

More of mankind's greatest achievements, now 60% lossless.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 03 - vita 51-75 

01 51a Natiya Zuwa Tina
02 51b Seis Linda Cubana
03 53a Ivi
04 54a Ya Gaby
05 54b L'Age Et L'Amour
06 55b Mwama Wa Mamu
07 56a Rochereau Pascal
08 57a Fiesta Kombo Ya Sika
09 57b Tozali Kozila
10 58b Contentieux Belgo-Congolais
11 59a Mama Egee
12 59b Maria Chantal
13 60a Lucie
14 60b Nadie No Puede
15 61a Santa
16 61b Tokei Koyekola
17 63b Mi Amore
18 64a Fiesta Na Milano
19 64b Mwana Ya Tabu
20 65a Sawa Ayaka Mozemba
21 65b Sey Sey
22 66a Madina 2
23 66b Nakokoma
24 67a Ba Bill Oye
25 67b Nin'zi
26 68a Mukala
27 68b Natali Yango Pamba
28 70b Guantanamera
29 71a Na Landa Baninga
30 71b Tosa Mpe Banga
31 72a Merengue President
32 72b Me Voy A Cantar
33 73a Biantondi Kasanda
34 73b Lolita
35 74a Domingo O Sabado
36 74b N'Daya Paradis

cd and vinyl and downloads lossless/not lossless

African Fiesta @ 45tours on Vita 1963-5 Docteur Nico 04.2

4.2 adds 102a Alvoga, 104a Indicatif African Fiesta, 107a Bonne Année 64 and upgrades 20 mp3s to lossless.
4.1 adds 83a L'Age Et L'Amour, 83b Ya Gaby 2, 114a Una Sabroso, 115a Dit Coco, 121a African Club, 121b Porti Caliente, 122a Belinda, 122b Faux Millionaire, 124a African Fiesta Congo, 124b Tu Son, 125a Djeke, 125b Sangana, 133b Mwanza Distinguée.
Here's the final installment of the Nico Vita story, with two Fiesta Sukisa posts to come.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 04 - vita 76-133

01 76a Camalée
02 76b Kiboloso
03 77a Exhibition Dechaud
04 78a Mambo Hawaiienne
05 78b PB Zonga
06 79a Imana Ya Daring
07 81a Au Complet
08 82a Libala Nde Bisengo
09 82b Naleli Godee
10 83a L'Age Et L'Amour
11 83b Ya Gaby 2
12 100a Amartes
13 100b Minge Rumba Fiesta
14 101a Amasco Rwe Dima
15 101b Makila Eyina Nzoto
16 102a Alvoga
17 103a A Mimeza
18 103b Worriend
19 104a Indicatif African Fiesta
20 104b Nkulu Mobongisi
21 105a Asi Tu Viere
22 105b Molangi Ya Malasi
23 106a Foti Ya Ye
24 106b Le Chant De Malory
25 107a Bonne Année 64
26 107b Calabosso
27 108a Sukisa
28 108b Tabalissimo
29 109a Cubana Na Vis-a-Vis
30 109b Pablito
31 110a Café Rio
32 110b Majolina
33 111b Jaloux Jaloux
34 113a Carolina Carolina
35 114a Una Sabroso
36 114b Mama Ida
37 115a Dit Coco
38 121a African Club
39 121b Porti Caliente
40 122a Belinda
41 122b Faux Millionaire
42 123a Kele Ya Nini Saka
43 123b Pablo Gonzales
44 124a African Fiesta Congo
45 124b Tu Son
46 125a Djeke
47 125b Sangana
48 128a Omeli Mavi Na Tonga
49 133b Mwanza Distinguée 

cd, vinyl, downloads @ various bitrates

African Fiesta Sukisa 1966-73 Docteur Nico 05.5

Version 05.5 adds 18b Sophia Yaya and upgrades 14 mp3s to lossless.
Version 05.4 adds 59b Si Te Que Moura Casa and 68a Ah! Mokolo Wana.
Version 05.3 adds 69a Tika Navanda Na Ya and 69b Oye Congo.
Version 05.2 adds 49b Yo Soy Tu Dolor and 50b Para Bailar, thanks to Moos @ Global Groove.
Version 05.1 adds 68b How Mi Closen, a phonetic translation of Buddy Holly's Words Of Love via Beatles For Sale. 'How mi closen, tummy now you feel...'
In 1965 African Fiesta split apart, with Docteur Nico carrying on as African Fiesta Sukisa while Tabu Ley Rochereau and band manager Roger Izeidi set up African Fiesta 66 and then African Fiesta National. I've divided what I have of Nico's Sukisa singles tracks into two posts. As expected, plenty of buried treasure here, although I miss the ambiance of the Vita stuff. Maybe Nico switched from tube amplifiers to transistors? These have been gathered from vinyl and CDs and downloads including YouTube, so bitrates and sound quality vary considerably. Thanks again to Alastair Johnston for his Docteur Nico Discography (new improved second edition now available), without which these humble compilations would not exist.  

Docteur Nico African Fiesta Sukisa @ 45Tours
The Far From Complete Sukisa Singles 1966-73
Part 1 of 2

01 11a Comono
02 14a Cimetière
03 18b Sophia Yaya
04 20b Zongela Mbeto Na Yo
05 37a Doublez Doublez
06 47a Bougie Ya Motema
07 47b Runeme Mama
08 48a Tour d'Afrique
09 48b Yaka Toyambana
10 49a Chantal
11 49b Yo Soy Tu Dolor
12 50a Sule
13 50b Para Bailar
14 51a La Palomar
15 51b Pauline
16 52a Impercoque
17 52b Saouda
18 53a Mwa Kasanda
19 53b Pokwa Paris
20 54a Yo Canto
21 54b Zaido
22 55a La Jolie Bebe
23 56a Damela Que Tu La Tiennes
24 56b Je M'En Fous
25 57a El Tonto de Mi Lugar
26 57b Mbankada
27 58a Eramorando
28 58b Marie Pauline
29 59a Na Kendeki Na Poto
30  59b Si Te Que Moura Casa
31 61a Nasali Eloko Te
32 61b Sasonado
33 63a Nzongo
34 63b Sanduku Etundi
35 64a Sanza Zomi Na Mibale
36 64b Suavilo
37 66a Okosambuisa Ngai
38 67a Limbasa Ngai
39 67b Eh Bien Mon Ami
40 68a Ah! Mokolo Wana
41 68b How Mi Closen
42 69a Tika Navanda Na Ye
43 69b Oye Congo
44 71a Exhibition Dechaud
45 71b Nansha Nkayende
46 72a When A Man Loves A Woman
47 72b Charlotte
48 73a Soy Del Siboney
49 73b Sizarina
50 74a Moni Mambo
51 77a Tu M'as Deçu Chouchou
52 77b Save Me
53 78a Doris
54 78b Si Yorando
55 79a Kiri Kiri Mabina Ya Sika
56 79b Sookie

vinyl, cd, downloads @ various bitrates

African Fiesta Sukisa 1966-73 Docteur Nico 06.3

Version 06.3 adds 81a Nabatela Ebonga Ya Bana, 81b Cumbre Pachanga plus others I've forgotten, 8 mp3s are now lossless.
Version 06.2 adds 88a Sukisa Liwa Na Ngai and 141a Makambo.
Version 06.1 adds 82b Mal, 86b I Got The Feelin', 90a Nalapi, 99a Baoule, 133b Mobali Akolimbisa Mwasizon and 506a Echantillon Ya Pambamazon.
Last batch of Docteur Nico Vita & Sukisa 45s. As always, Alastair Johnston's discography has been an invaluable resource, without which these six compilations would not exist. And of course, if you might possibly have any missing numbers you would consider sharing, let me know.

Docteur Nico African Fiesta Sukisa @ 45Tours
The Far From Complete Sukisa Singles 1966-73
Part 2 of 2 

01 80a Nakei Abidjan
02 80b Lion du Desespoir
03 81a Nabatela Ebonga Ya Bana
04 81b Cumbre Pachanga
05 82a Semeki Etali Yo Te
06 82b Mal
07 86a Chantal Komonela Ngai
08 86b I Got The Feelin'
09 87a Mobali Atulaka Te
10 88a Sukisa Liwa Na Ngai
11 89a Manzedi
12 89b Libaku Eponi Te
13 90a Nalapi
14 90b Olga
15 92a Capacite Ya Bolingo
16 93a Cumbre Pachanga
17 93b Mokili Makambo
18 94a Pauline La Preferée
19 94b Mwasi Va Mibali Mibale
20 95a Boya Kobina
21 95b Lassen Yembila Ngai
22 96a Adelina
23 97a Mira
24 97b Mokili Ya Nzambe
25 98a Julienne Importée
26 98b Oluki Likambo Obangi
27 99a Baoulé
28 100a Sukisa Miziki Ya Lokumu
29 100b Aimé Zonga!
30 101a Okosi Ngai Libala
31 102a Cherie Julie Nalingaka
32 102b Marie Anne
33 103a Est-Ce Que Tekele?
34 104a Motema Se Likolo
35 104b Kilimadjaro
36 105a Asala Malekoun
37 105b Mbanda Peugeot
38 107b Bolingo Ezali Mpo Na Kisi Te
39 108a Nakopenda Marie Nella
40 108b Ntumba
41 109a Adieu Freetown
42 109b Afrique de l'Ouest
43 110a Lucifer
44 110b Okusuka Wapi?
45 112a Sadi Na Boyi Masumu
46 112b Ruguia
47 113a Nazali Se Mobali Na Yo
48 114a Kamunganzi Ko
49 116b Fanta Diara
50 119a Bolongo
51 119b Adios
52 120a Naboyi Yo
53 129a Mandona
54 130a Celina
55 130b Mwika
56 133a Bolingo Ya Kobomba
57 133b Mobali Akolimbisa Mwasizon
58 141a Makambo
59 501a Yokolo Pt 1
60 501b Yokolo Pt 2
61 502a Nalingi Yo Na Motema
62 502b Ozali Suka Ya Mobali
63 503a Munka
64 503b Angèle Ozali Wapi
65 504a Talaka Na Miso
66 504b Merengue Nico
67 506a Echantillon Ya Pambamazon
68 507b Timbero
69 xxx Cuento Na Ma

cd, vinyl, downloads @ many many bitrates
part one
part two

Friday, September 21, 2018

Ahouanou Jazz - Badmos 5009

Information is scarce on this 1970s Ivory Coast release, but it's a beauty. Modern and ancient, familiar and remote, thankfully on vinyl nowhere near as trashed as its cover. Leader/composer Appia Morroh also released records under his own name.

ahouanou jazz
badmos 5009 (cote d'ivoire) 

01 Aloco
02 Acobrecou
03 Alaima
04 Yedjaimannou
05 Agnambiedi
06 Moniama
07 Il N'ya A Pas De Faux Métier
08 Bedio Gnoma

lossless vinyl rip

Cowpers - Lost Days

Melodic Japanese roar influenced by San Diego's stupendous Drive Like Jehu. Lost Days is joined here by the Cowpers' recreation of Jehu's Bullet Train To Vegas/Hand Over Fist 45, and a 1995 debut single, which closes with the shuddering squealing Zero To 0. LP files are now lossless, singles tracks less so.

lost days
zk records 1998 

01 Lost
02 Junk
03 Wreck My Faith
04 Curve II
05 Crawl Space
06 Out Of Bunch
07 Bleedin' Red
08 Days
09 Curve
10 Sink
11 88
12 Rust
13 Bullet Train To Vegas
14 Hand Over Fist
15 Curve II
16 #3
17 Zero To 0

cd / vinyl downloads flac / not flac

Ornette Coleman - Who's Crazy?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wild Canada - Sixties Garage From The Great White North

Not as weedy as Prae-Kraut Kindergarten, but getting there, even without The British Modbeats or Canadian Beadles. Tracks were originally gathered long ago from a TokenSurfer YouTube account, but thanks to soulseek most of this is now lossless. Progress indeed. Check out The Canadian Squires aka Levon & The Hawks aka The Band, long before international fame and fortune complicated everything.

12 THE HAUNTED - 1-2-5

new, improved, now 90% lossless!

Feel you. I feel you. I feel you somewhere way down deep inside. 
Love you. I love you. I love you more than words can ever hide.

Don Covay - The REAL Mick Jagger

Although best known as the composer of numerous R&B standards, Don Covay's voice should be familiar to almost everyone on Earth since a Rolling Stone has been using it for the last fifty years. The first time I heard Covay's You're Good For Me, it was the greatest Jagger impersonation I'd ever heard - but that was back when I was young and uninformed, some months ago. Anyway, here is yet another exhaustive singles compilation to satisfy a persistent personal need, this one covering two decades. Little Richard's one-time chauffeur has definitely been around the block a time or two, from doo-wop to black rockabilly to dance craze novelties to classic Atlantic R&B to sixties revival blues to slick Philly disco to Ohio Players funk. Selections have been scrounged from vinyl and CD as well as numerous YouTube posts with bitrates likely to drive sensitive listeners crazy. In addition to early singles as Pretty Boy (Penniman's term of endearment) and stuff released under Covay's own name, here are covers by Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Wanda Jackson, Hank Ballard, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke, Joe Tex, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Otis Clay and The Staple Singers. I've been unable to access one 45
You're Good For Me/Truth Of The Light - Landa 704
and would be overjoyed to hear from anybody out there who might like to share it. So this is a fairly complete singles collection with a few exemplary album tracks, although thirty-three tunes have been banished to an outtakes reel. Jimi Hendrix appears on both sides of Rosemart 801 as well as Little Richard's amazing I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me), while Wilson Pickett's I'm Gonna Cry (Cry Baby) features Ohio Untouchables guitarist Robert Ward and his trusty Magnatone. I sincerely regret that this is not an official compilation, with extensive liner notes and rare photos, which might give the aging, ailing master a little cash. I salute him and wish him well and hope he doesn't mind me putting all this treasure out there. (RIP January 30, 2015.) 2018 upgrade - 90% of files are now lossless.

The REAL Mick Jagger - Don Covay @ 45Tours 1957-76
01 (Pretty Boy) Bip Bop Bip (Perri/Covay/Pedas) - Atlantic 1147a 1957
02 (Pretty Boy) Paper Dollar (?) - Atlantic 1147b 1957
03 Believe It Or Not (Randolph/Murray) - Sue 709a 1958
04 Betty Jean (?) Sue 709b 1958
05 (Pretty Boy) Switchen In The Kitchen (Covay) - Big 617a 1958
06 (Pretty Boy) Mary (Ting-A-Ling) (Covay) - Norton EP-118 2004
07 (Pretty Boy) Rockin' The Mule (Prosen) - Big 617b 1958
08 Wanda Jackson - There's A Party Goin' On (Covay/Berry) 1958
09 Ooh My Soul (Penniman) - Firefly 313b 1958
10 I'm Comin' Down With The Blues (Covay) - Big Top 3060b 1960
11 Pony Time (Covay/Berry) - Arnold 1002a 1961
12 Twistin' Train (Covay/Berry) - Epic 9484b 1961
13 Shake Wid The Shake (Covay/Berry) - Columbia 41981a 1961
14 Gladys Knight - A Letter Full Of Tears (Covay) 1961
15 Hank Ballard - The Continental Walk (Conrad/Covay/Ballard/Berry) 1961
16 Big Charlie & His Lemon Twisters - Twist It Up (Berry/Covay) 1961
17 Every Which A-Way (Covay/Berry) - Columbia 41981b 1961
18 See About Me (Covay/Porter) - Columbia 42058a 1961
19 Where Are You (Now That I Need You) (Frank Loesser) - Columbia 42197a 1961
20 Teen Life Swag (Randolph) - Columbia 42197b 1961
21 Solomon Burke - I'm Hanging Up My Heart (Covay/Berry) 1962
22 Sam Cooke - Hold On (Covay/Berry) 1962
23 One Little Boy Had Money (Mann/Appell) - Cameo 239b 1962
24 Do The Bug (Mann/Appell) - Cameo 251b
25 Jerry Butler - You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) (Covay/Dennison) 1962
26 Dee Clark - I'm Goin' Home (Covay) 1963
27 Tommy Tucker - Long Tall Shorty (Covay/Abramson) 1964
28 Wilson Pickett - I'm Gonna Cry (Cry Baby) (Covay/Pickett) 1964
29 Shirelles - Doomsday (Covay/Abramson) 1964
30 Turn It On (Jackson/Covay/Wisner) - Parkway 910b 1964
31 Mercy, Mercy (Covay/Miller) - Rosemart 801a 1964
32 Can't Stay Away (Covay/Ott) - Rosemart 801b 1964
33 Take This Hurt Off Me (Covay/Miller) - Rosemart 802a 1964
34 Please Don't Let Me Know (Terry/Smith) - Rosemart 802b 1964
35 Can't Fight It Baby (Covay/Ott) - Atlantic SD 8104 1965
36 You Must Believe Me (Curtis Mayfield) - Atlantic SD 8104 1965
37 You're Good For Me (Covay/Ott) - Atlantic SD 8104 1965
38 Three Time Loser (Covay/Miller) - (demo?) Versatile NED 1123 c.1964
39 Your Love Has Got To Me (Covay) - (demo?) Versatile NED 1123 c.1964
40 Please Do Something (Covay/Miller) - Atlantic 2286a 1965
41 A Woman's Love (Covay) - Atlantic 2286b 1965
42 See-Saw (Covay/Cropper) - Atlantic 2301a 1965
43 I Never Get Enough Of Your Love (Covay/Cropper) - Atlantic 2301b 1965
44 Little Richard - I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me) (Covay) 1965
45 Ben E. King - Don't Drive Me Away (Covay/Ott) 1966
46 Solomon Burke - Tonight's The Night (Covay/Burke) 1966
47 Sookie Sookie (Covay/Cropper) - Atlantic 2323a 1966
48 Watching The Late Late Show (Covay) - Atlantic 2323b 1966
49 You Put Something On Me (Covay) - Atlantic 2340a 1966
50 Iron Out The Rough Spots (Jones/Porter/Cropper) - Atlantic 2340b 1966
51 Somebody's Got To Love You (Covay) - Atlantic 2357a 1966
52 Temptation Was Too Strong (Covay) - Atlantic 2357b 1966
53 40 Days 40 Nights (Covay) - Atlantic 2407a 1967
54 The Usual Place (Covay/Randolph) - Atlantic 2407b 1967
55 You've Got Me On The Critical List (Covay) - Atlantic 2440a 1967
56 Never Had No Love (Covay) - Atlantic 2440b 1967
57 Etta James - You Got It (Covay) 1967
58 Otis Redding - Demonstration (Covay/Redding) 1967
59 Otis Redding - Think About It (Covay/Redding) 1967
60 Aretha Franklin - Chain Of Fools (Covay) 1968
61 Otis Clay - That Kind Of Lovin' (Covay) 1968
62 Little Richard - Try Some Of Mine (Covay) 1968
63 Solomon Burke - Party People (Covay) 1968
64 Etta James - I'm Gonna Take What He's Got (Covay) 1968
65 Aretha Franklin - See-Saw (Covay/Cropper) 1968
66 Don't Let Go (J. Stone) - Atlantic 2494a 1968
67 It's In The Wind (Covay) - Atlantic 2494b 1968
68 Gonna Send You Back To Your Mama (Covay) - Atlantic 2521a 1968
69 House On The Corner (Covay) - Atlantic 2521b 1968
70 Soul Clan - Soul Meeting (Covay) - Atlantic 2530a 1968
71 Soul Clan - That's How It Feels (Covay/Womack) - Atlantic 2530b 1968
72 Snake In The Grass (Redd/Martin) - Atlantic 2565b 1968
73 I Stole Some Love (Covay) - Atlantic 2565a 1968
74 Sweet Pea (Covay) - Atlantic 2609a 1969
75 Mad Dog Blues (Covay/Richardson) - Atlantic SD 8237 1969
76 Soul Stirrer (Covay/Whyce) - Atlantic 2742a 1969
77 Lou Johnson - I Can't Change (Covay) 1969
78 Wilson Pickett - Night Owl (Covay) 1969
79 Joe Tex - She Said Yeah (Covay/Nash/Pickett/Stevenson) 1969
80 Everything I Do Goin' Be Funky (Allen Toussaint) - Atlantic 2725a 1969
81 Sweet Thang (Covay) - Janus 164a 1971
82 Standing In The Grits Line (Covay) - Janus 164b 1971
83 Staple Singers - This Old Town (Covay/Pickett/Stevenson) 1972
84 I Was Checkin' Out, She Was Checkin' In (Covay) - Mercury 73385a 1973
85 Money (That's What I Want) (Barrett Strong) - Mercury 73385b 1973
86 Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home (L. Scott/E. Darby) Mercury 73430a 1973
87 Bad Mouthing (E. Darby/N. Jean) - Mercury 73430b 1973
88 We Can't Make It No More (Covay/Von) Mercury 73468b 1975
89 Travelin' In Heavy Traffic (Covay/Wansel) - Philadelphia Intl. 3602a 1976
90 Once You Have It (Covay) - Philadelphia Intl. 3602b 1976

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four (X-Files)

I thought I would get it
From a missile flying through the sky
I thought it would be a hundred years
Before I turned over and died
Surely the end will come
I thought it would be an atomic bomb
But if you just take your love away

Billie Jo Spears - United Artists 45s 1966-7

Three elusive and amazing singles produced by Kelso Herston just before Spears followed him to Capitol. On her first major-label releases, Billie Jo is already resigned to the fact that men are dogs. She acts accordingly, grimly determined to make the most of whatever flashes of happiness fall her way, her voice breaking throughout these six tales of classic honky-tonk hurt.

From the darkest taverns
I rescued you
Gave you all the good things
A love so sweet and true
The dens of lust have lured you to the dark side of the town 
There's just not enough of you to go around

You're a willing victim
You can't say no
Followed by sorrows everywhere you go
You always overlook me when you're fannin' all your fires
Count the hearts that you have broken curbing desires

As I walk the streets of evil
Searching for you
I'd bet my last breath you can be found
With the dirt in your favorite tavern
There's just not enough of you to go around

Billie Jo Spears 1966-7
UA 50022, UA 50092, UA 50184
Produced by Kelso Herston

01 Much Too Busy To Cry
02 Easy To Be Evil
03 If That's What It Takes
04 Conscience Keep An Eye On Me Tonight
05 Not Enough Of You To Go Around
06 You're Too Much Like Me


We were cut from the same lowly pattern
Since we met, all we do is disagree
Even drink from the same pain-filled bottles
I can't love you, you're too much like me

When you cheat, I just smile and forgive you
Take you back, prop you up with sympathy
Then go out, find someone, start gettin' even
I can't love you, you're too much like me

I thought I could lead you from the barroom to the altar
Take you and show you the good side of the street
But the alike that we're a-livin' seems never ending
I can't love you, you're too much like me

You took him from me so easy
I just called to let you know I'm not mad
You don't love him no more, so tell me
How do I go about goin' bad?

Show me how to wear my makeup
With red wine, what perfume works the best
With your help, I will learn how to hold him
Learn to love all the things I detest

If that's what it takes to hold him
Surely you can correct my mistakes
If you'll wait, I'll come down to the tavern
Yes, I'll go bad, if that's what it takes

Standin' together, all the lies you ever told me
Side by side, they're all walkin' toward me
Pretty soon they'll look me in the eye
But I'll be much too busy to cry

My apologies for any misheard lyrics...

NNB - A Bigger Taste Of

Minneapolis record store geeks take matters into their own hands, leaving twenty minutes of wax for the ages. I saw them at a Soho loft No Wave fest as many of that movement's pioneers were passing into history. Original post has been augmented with an early hometown show. Check out YouTube NNB live @ Hurrah NYC 1981 here.

In The Studio
01 Slack 1978 4.03
02 New World 1978 2.04
03 Listen 1979 3.10
04 Uruguay-1983 1979 4.26
05 Well, Oh Well 1979 4.27
Slack b/w New World were released as Wave 7 single W7-100
Listen and Uruguay-1983 are from Twin-Tone 7907 - Big Hits Of Mid-America III
Well, Oh Well was one side of a No Magazine flexi, w/ Information and No Group on the flip

Live @ Jay's Longhorn - MPLS - July 11, 1978
01 Listen
02 Don't You
03 Nothing Can Harm Me
04 I Tried To Tell You
05 Friction (Television)
06 New World
07 Look Me Up
08 I Can't Control Myself
09 Slack
10 Uruguay 1983
11 Final Solution (Pere Ubu)
12 (crowd ruckus)
13 What Goes On (Velvet Undeground)
Sincere thanks to the original (Dime?) uploader, unknown to me at this point.

flexidisc rip / interweb downloads

Controlled Chaos 1965-76 - Blue Cheer on Steve Allen and Other Underground Artifacts - Absolutely Live

The original Blue Cheer's only live TV appearance? The songs themselves can be heard on Live And Unreleased Vol 1, but Steve Allen's questions, comments and jests give a look in as established show biz meets the new world order, represented here by practitioners so Neanderthal that red flags went up even in Haight-Ashbury. Allen cracks plenty of jokes at the band's expense, introducing them as, "the source of the annoying hum", but seems genuinely curious as he counts amp heads and speaker cabinets, asking Leigh Stephens, "And what function does the Fuzz Face, uh... fulfill?" He's laughing with these fearsome creatures, in contrast to Tonight Show guest host Bob Newhart, who seems to regard The Byrds as nothing more than incompetent clowns. Considerably more subterranean are The Holy Modal Rounders at Detroit's Chess Mate coffeehouse in 1965, freak flags flying. Featured are several self-penned masterpieces years before their official release, the crowd roaring loudest for the most deranged of them - Indian War Whoop. Clearly these were different times. Television spat out a neurotic tangle of sixties folk punk free jazz psychedelia for the next generation and those to come. Ornette Coleman coming through a Rolling Stones barrage, as Mikal Gilmore put it. Cleveland was their first booking outside New York, arranged by Tim Wright and Peter Laughner of Pere Ubu. Razor sharp from recently completed Marquee Moon sessions, Television closed out 1976 with four nights at CBGB, moving to the Palladium for a New Year's Eve gala with John Cale and the Patti Smith Group. Below you will find Tom and the Fender Jaguar he fitted with Danelectro lipstick pickups to increase the scream. New improved 2018 update replaces many of the mp3 files with lossless.

Controlled Chaos 1965-76
Blue Cheer, The Byrds, Holy Modal Rounders, Moby Grape, David Blue, Television
Absolutely Live

01 Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer - Steve Allen Show 68-03-19
02 Out Of Focus - Blue Cheer - Steve Allen Show 68-03-19
03 Renaissance Faire - The Byrds - Tonight Show 1967
04 Lady Friend - The Byrds - Tonight Show 1967
05 Have You Seen Her Face? - The Byrds - Tonight Show 1967
06 Random Canyon - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
07 Skin Game - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
08 Indian War Whoop - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
09 My Mind Capsized - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
10 Black Eyed Suzy - Holy Modal Rounders - Chess Mate, Detroit, 1965
11 Rounder - Moby Grape - San Francisco 1967
12 Changes - Moby Grape - San Francisco 1967
13 These 23 Days In September - David Blue - Unicorn Coffee House, Boston 67-12-02
14 Double Exposure - Television - NYC 75
15 Hard On Love - Television - Picadilly Inn, Cleveland 75-07-25
16 Little Johnny Jewel - Television - CBGB, NYC 76-12-29
17 O Mi Amore - Television - CBGB, NYC 76-12-29
18 Adventure - Television - CBGB, NYC 76-12-29
19 Little Birds - The Band - Winterland, San Francisco 69-04-19

01-05 - prehistoric cassette
06-10 - Holy Modal Rounders Live In '65
11 - Vintage - The Very Best Of Moby Grape
12 - boot from The Rare Stuff, now here
13-18 - download

part 320vbr/part lossless

Victor Moscoso

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Television - Arrow

I moved to New York in the spring of 1977, following a weekend jaunt which included a trip to CBGB for a first taste of live Television. Returning to Ohio, I spent a trial night in an apartment at The Plaza in Cleveland recently vacated by an aspiring Contortion. As I surveyed the frozen parking lot next morning to make sure my Studebaker was still there, I decided that if I was going to move someplace scary and bleak, I might as well think big. But by the time I got back to Manhattan, Richard Lloyd was in rehab in preparation for Television's European debut, so almost a year passed before I got the chance for a recharge. When show day finally came I hid my Nakamichi 550 in the bottom of a crumpled bag of thrift store shirts and set out for Long Island, where the expected fireworks ensued. A couple of years later a friend with a mail order record business (another big Television fan) suggested a bootleg of the big night. Most of them went to an exporter he worked with, but I would visit Bleecker Bob in the West Village a couple of times a week to sell to this notorious cheapskate, a pitiful few copies at a time. Although it was a steady seller in his shop, he refused to tie up working capital. He always complained about the cover, too. At some point, Neil Cooper of ROIR made a play for the cassette masters, advising my partner in crime that he intended to reissue with or without our cooperation. We eventually gave in, surprising Verlaine with a modest royalty payment the next time he came around to unload dispensables from his personal collection - like the L'Intrepide Bavon Marie Marie LP I took home. Whenever our little project is mentioned, there's always a disclaimer that the original vinyl boot sounds better than the Blow Up reissue. Well, we tried. Disc mastering was done at an upper crust Hollywood establishment when Lindsey Buckingham had finally run out of coke and gone home for the day, the metal stampers came from Europadisk, the first high-end facility of its kind in the US. I also rejected test pressings from three boroughs before I found a pressing plant in outer Jersey that could handle grooves narrowed by the twenty-five minutes per side running time. It was only as I was preparing this post that I discovered The Blow Up omits Poor Circulation, Arrow's rarest gem. 09/11/18 update - the posted files are now lossless. I've also added Little Johnny Jewel from another taper, free of the crude edit just before the end of Verlaine's solo, when I had to flip the cassette.

Arrow (bootleg)
Double Exposure F-85 (1980)

01 Fire Engine 4.19
02 Poor Circulation 5.31
03 Little Johnny Jewel 14.44
04 Knockin' On Heaven's Door 8.07
05 Prove It 5.20
06 Friction 4.58
07 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 7.11
08 Little Johnny Jewel 15.24 [alternate source]

recorded live @ My Father's Place, Roslyn, Long Island, NY 3/20/78

lossless vinyl