peteymann54 - 6/15/2020 at 10:34 PM
So I retired a few months ago. One of the things I looked forward to in retirement was digging into my 50 year music collection and listening to lots more music than I had time to do while working. It has been great fun and I have really discovered some cool old nuggets.
It all started when I cracked out my Duane Allman Anthology Vol.III, That's right, not Vol I or II, or that wonderful seven Cd box set. Tthis was a 2 Cd thing I picked up about 25 years ago at a cool store in Missoula Montana called Rockin Rudy's. Although the Allmans are my favorite all time band, and Duane my favorite all time guitarist, I just never really had time to dig into this gem.
what really hit me was how much I enjoyed the soul and rhythm and blues artists that he guested on. And the artist that really jumped out at me was none other than Lulu! Yup, the "To Sir with Love" Lulu. I never really gave Lulu much attention musically. Always thought she was kind of a pop artist, and never really went in for pop artists too much. What a revelation! She did some heavy stuff in 1969 and 1970 for Atco. The Duane Sessions were from the aptly named New Routes. Recorded at the Muscle Shoals sound studios in September, 1969, the album included the cream of the crop of the MS session players: Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Johnson, Cornell Dupree, Barry Becket, Roger Hawkins, and David Hood. And other musicians unknown! Duane's four cuts on this album are superb. His Dobro work on Mr. Bojangles is probably the best known cut, and Lulu does a great job interpreting this piece. "Sweep Around Your Own Back Door" is another great cut.
"Marley Purt Drive" and" Dirty Old Man" complete his contributions.
In 1970 Lulu cut another album, Melody Fair, for Atco at the great Criteria Studios in Miami with Jerry Wexler and Tommy Dowd at the helm once again. No Duane on this one, nor the MS folks. But she did have the Dixie Flyers backing her, including the great Jim Dickinson, Charlie Freeman, Mike Utley, the Memphis Horns, Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati from the Rascals. The title track was written by the three Brothers Gibb, one of whom became her husband. other cuts include Lennon and McCartney and Randy Newman!
So my initial foray into my music archives has been a real treat. I encourage folks to check out Lulu if, like me, you had her pegged as a Pop princess.
What (obscure) music have you listened to today!
50split - 6/16/2020 at 03:38 AM
just got an amazon order with a bunch of cds from shrimp boat and the sea and cake. great stuff. ass ponys are great too. sunbeam records has some very cool obscure discs. lots of late 60's/early 70's stuff.
mikesolo - 6/16/2020 at 01:52 PM
Herbie Mann’s Push Push album which has Duane on it also
JimSheridan - 6/16/2020 at 02:09 PM
I listened to a live disc by a European prog band called The Flower Kings. I think they’re Swedish. It is good, if a bit tame.
To sleep to, I’ve pulled out Steve Hackett’s “Sketches of Satie,” a series of duets between Steve on acoustic and his brother John on flute. Very spare, contemplative classical music.
BrerRabbit - 6/16/2020 at 03:22 PM
Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks - "Cruisin' For Surf Bunnies"
Some 1964 hidden surf treasure, Beachcombed and released by Light In The Attic 2018. Instrumental primitive surf spaghetti western sound,
Lee Hazlewood article and listen here at Popmatters, gotta scroll down for record player:
Light In The Attic is a super fun offbeat reissue company, their catalog is a wonder, if you are into rare and forgotten - this is your cup of tea. Great quality reissues -
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lukester420 - 6/16/2020 at 03:45 PM
I don't know that these guys are obscure in the midwest but no one I've asked knows them.
Younger band from Bloomington, Indiana called the Main Squeeze. They have some really good covers of classic material on youtube, I've enjoyed most of their original material I've listened to.
https://youtu.be/FCVA-lUsvqg their take on Whipping Post, the vocalist has more Buddy Miles and soul vibes in his singing, so if you want a gruff bluesy whipping post, this is not it.
https://youtu.be/XccYR3psZ9s Cool arrangement of Papa Was a Rolling Stone
BIGV - 6/16/2020 at 03:48 PM
Tom Scott and the L.A. Express "Tom Cat"
DarylM - 6/16/2020 at 07:09 PM
Another smokin' band caught live at the Fillmore East: Sly & the Family
Stone. This superb 4-CD set was recorded in October of 1968. I had just
BrerRabbit - 6/16/2020 at 08:48 PM
^ This looks excellent, oop but can find for decent price too
blackey - 6/16/2020 at 09:10 PM
Is this the Lee Hazlewood who had a few hit singles with Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s. I think it was Hazlewood.
BrerRabbit - 6/17/2020 at 02:01 AM
^ yep same Lee Hazlewood, the Woodchucks here is The Wrecking Crew, session band for pretty much everyone in LA back then.
50split - 6/17/2020 at 02:33 AM
blossom toes not to be confused with toefat.
peteymann54 - 6/18/2020 at 05:39 PM
Cool suggestions here on new obscure music for us all to check out.
Re Herbie Mann, I have always liked his music. I thought Duane had the same impact on Push Push that he had with Clapton on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. He just took some good stuff and elevated it beyond belief. Was glad to see the CD re issue includes Featuring Duane Allman on the back. And I don't know why Funky Nassau wasn't on the original album. To me that is the best cut on the cd!
Herbie did a lot of other cool music with great musicians. My next favorite is London Underground, which he recorded in 1973. It consists of covers of many contemporary British hit songs. Session players include Mick Taylor, another of my favorite guitarists, Albert Lee, Aynsley Dunbar, Robbie McIntosh, Ian Mc Donald and Stephane Grapelli. Mick played on a few other albums with Herbie, including a cool Reggae inspired one called Reggae Village. In 1970 Herbie did an album called Nitty Gritty Muscle Shoals which I still need to check out. Tommy Dowd produced that one.
I have nothing by Tom Scott and the LA Express but recall he was very big, especially in the 70's. Will check out Tom Cat. And Lee Hazelwood continues to amaze me with all of the stuff he did in his career, particularly beyond the Nancy Sinatra stuff. I also need to check out more of the Wrecking Crew. Wasn't there a recent movie about them?
Continuing with my obscure listens, I am going to stay with the Duane Anthology again and focus on Ronnie Hawkins. I confess to only knowing him through his association with The Band. At least I think that was him! I really like his stuff and it seems Duane played on two albums with him. The first, Ronnie Hawkins, included Will The Circle Be Unbroken. While many artists have covered that song, I wonder if that is where Gregg first latched on to it. The second, The Hawk, also had a great supporting cast including all of the Dixie Flyers who played on Lulu's Melody Fair. Both albums were recorded at the same time at Criteria studios in the Fall of 1970. What a busy guy Duane was! Seems Ronnie is still pretty big in the Canadian rock music scene.
So much music, so little time, even in retirement...
Billastro - 6/18/2020 at 06:58 PM
"Cement Mixer" by Slim Gaillard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKdrnTTDTqo
There's a lot of his music on YouTube.
peteymann54 - 6/22/2020 at 08:23 PM
My next obscure artist comes from the same time period Duane was still doing session work and while the ABB was picking up steam. Who remembers a band called Frijid Pink? You may remember their bright pink album cover, and their hit cover version of House of the Rising Son. But their music was far ahead of its time, and this is a great album.
I stumbled on the Cd version of the album a couple years ago at a great music store in St. Louis, Euclid Records. Used, $7.99, why not take a chance? What a great surprise! FP were huge in Detroit around 1967 - 1972. Led Zeppelin opened for them at the Grande Ballroom! And it is easy to hear why. They had a great guitarist and lead singer. Excellent bass and drums too. They did some great boogie music ( "I'm On My Way" including one great verse ..." boogie Canned Heat, boogie Savoy Brown, boogie Frijid Heat now ...". And some great blues ( Boozin Blues", Drivin' Blues). House was kind of a last minute throw in to the album, but it really took off nationally. Very well paced and monster guitar work! In addition to their cover of House, the cd has a bonus cover of Heartbreak Hotel, which is also excellent.
This version of the band put out a second record, Defrosted. I found that one, too but haven't had time to get into it. After this release, and on the verge of a big breakthrough, they had the invariable band break up. Other records came out but the lead guitarist and singer were not part of it and they never really progressed.
Hard to believe the depth of this music in 1970. It sounds just incredible today, fifty years after the initial release. Check it out if you get a chance. Another great obscure band.
peteymann54 - 7/7/2020 at 01:50 AM
So my next ( obscure) music artist is none other than Keith Richards and Cross Eyed Heart.
What? A Rolling Stone? How can that be obscure?
Well... it all started with Netflix. There was a special on Keith that I had saved and finally watched recently. I thought it was going to be a documentary on his life. Instead it started and focused solely on some studio session he recorded in NYC back in 2015. Seems the Stones weren't doing anything and Keith was getting bored. Was itching to play some music. So he and drummer Steve Jordan went into the studio and just started playing around. Friends dropped by from time to time and the result is a great CD called Cross Eyed Heart.
Why is this obscure? Well, consider Keith hadn't put out a CD in about 17 years, and studio wise only two before that. So his solo stuff is kind of few and far between. Obscure for sure to me!
So after watching the show, which I really enjoyed, I dug into my music stash and to my delight found that I had the CD. Started playing it and can't take it out of my rotation! Many of the songs were created during the filming of the show. Starts off with just Keith and an acoustic guitar doing the title track, Cross Eyed Heart. He kind of drops it suddenly , with a " that's All I've Got" laugh and then kicks into a Stones type rocker called Heart Stopper. Waddy Wachtel and Larry Campbell join him on this and another rocker, called Trouble, and still another called Substantial Damage. The late Bobby Keys offers some great sax on Amnesia. For me the highlight of the cd is a duet with Norah Jones called Illusion. I don't know what his history is with her but what a great partner for this song. She even gets a writing credit on it.
Keith really seems to have found his voice on this cd. In the past I thought he and Ronnie Wood both would kind of just party sing, obviously having a good time but vocally nothing to write home about. Now, he has a low kind of growl or almost speaking voice on these songs, somewhat reminiscent of Tom Waits. Interestingly, Waits is prominent in the Netflix show, but not present on the cd. But there is a definite influence, and it works.
One of the things that struck me on the Netflix show is what a happy guy Keith Richards is! He is continually laughing, joking, and having a great time. Some of the filming is also at his home and with his family. So great to see someone a big success and still happy with life. That, and he always has a cigarette in his hand! Contributes to his iron man mystique no doubt. I encourage folks to check out the video and the CD. Guarantees a good time!
downsouth - 7/9/2020 at 10:08 PM
from the Dylan 30th Aniiversary thread, i'll post this her too, as it fits ;- )
Here's an interesting version of Simple Twist of Fate, by Atlanta's Opal Foxx Quarter, some of the original Cabbagetown Clangers!!!!
Got to know these folks while working with Chris Lopez & Allen Page, way back in 88. what a ride with these guys, all their bands, and all the other bands on the local scene back then.
RIP Allen, Benjamin Smoke, & Deacon Lunchbox
peteymann54 - 7/31/2020 at 02:28 AM
My next obscure artist is Snowy White.
Snowy White? Detergent? What?
Well this is also inspired by the recent passing of Peter Green, who I always enjoyed and have almost everything he ever recorded.
One of Peter's first solo albums when he kind of " came back" to the music, ( around 1980, I think) was In The Skies. It is an excellent album. And featured on the album is a guy named Snowy White. I had never heard of him but I enjoyed his guitar. He complemented Peter very well.
I next came across him playing on a tour with another favorite guitarist, Mick Taylor. This was around 1995, I think. So I was on the lookout for more by him. I found an LP at a used store somewhere, entitled "Snowy White and the White Flames ". As you might expect, a white album cover and a small picture of Snowy. Great album featuring a nice cover of Hendrix' Little Wing.
Like Peter, Snowy has very nice tone in his playing. He is the kind who leaves some space between the notes, enhancing the feel of the song. I always thought that was one of Peter's strengths.
While I am not a big Pink Floyd fan, probably his biggest claim to fame has been touring with the Roger Waters and David Gilmour versions of the band. He also played in Thin Lizzy for two years before going solo. He has played with Chris Rea, Max Middleton, and the great rhythm section of Kuma Harada and Richard Bailey, who also backed Mick Taylor for many years.
One complaint is that Snowy doesn't have a strong voice. I find it works for me! Some said the same thing about Tommy Bolin, and I always thought his voice was perfect for his playing.
Back to Peter. The first time I saw Fleetwood Mac was August 14, 1972, an all day outdoor show at the Boston Common. Featured as The British Are Coming ( or something to that effect) the bill included Rory Gallagher, Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown. It was my very first concert, and I attended with my older brother, a veteran of many concerts in college and in Germany where he was stationed during the war. ( He and I also discovered the Allman Brothers back in 1969 in the loft of our rented Cape Cod cabin, but that is a story for another time)
My brother informed me the opening act usually wasn't very good. After the third song I looked at him and asked, "When does he not get very good?" Rory put on a fantastic show, and became my number two favorite artist after the Allman Brothers Band. I knew Fleetwood Mac had gone through some personnel changes , but was hoping Peter Green would be in this version of the band. Not to be. I think this was the Bob Welch era. Still a good show. Headlining, Savoy Brown and Lonesome Dave put on a very visual show. Really enjoyed Kim Simmonds too. Savoy Brown has become my third favorite band. Have met Kim numerous times and he is a class act as well a s a great guitarist and song writer. I always thought his style of playing reminded me a bit of Duane; the clarity of each note. Duane's solo on You Don't Love Me from AFE reminds me of Kim's style.
Many years later I did see the Peter Green Splinter group in a bar in Minneapolis. I was glad I went and it meant a lot to see Peter play. Nigel Watson was kind of the leader of the band at that time, and Peter's playing was in the background. I remember the Splinter Group was a great band, with Neil Murray and Spike Edney. Peter had a lot of fun introducing Spike and laughingly stumbled over his name a few times. Even though Peter wasn't much of a factor in the show, it was a historic event for me.
At that time the Splinter group was doing a lot of shows with John Mayall but not this one. I so much wanted to see Mayall . Have had tickets to his shows the last two years. One was cancelled due to his health issues and the other due to Covid. ( I had a front row seat in a Key West Theater for that one... ouch!} I did see Mayall back in 1973 with Peter Frampton and Mountain. But I wasn't as a big of a fan of the blues then and didn't appreciate it. I had a chance to see him at an outdoor Taste of Minnesota show many years ago. But he was playing at the same time as Dickey Betts and Great Southern, and how could I miss that?! So when Dickey finished I ran over to the Mayall stage and happily saw he was still playing ... for about one more minute when they actually pulled the plug on him to get ready for the next act!
Farewell to Peter Green. Duane really admired him, and there is a famous Spanish Jam floating around from a Fillmore East show that had Fleetwood Mac, the Allmans I believe the Dead on stage together. Need to track that show down!
And if you are a Peter Green fan check out Snowy if you get a chance.