Saturday, 28 November 2020

Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages (1983) (UPDATE)

A rather odd comment on the Electric Light Orchestra's 'Time Stood Still' post prompted me to see if a better quality recording of 'Beatles Forever' had emerged since I posted it in April 2019 in the expanded version of 'Secret Messages', and I'm thrilled to be able to say that there is now a superb remaster of the song by The Bug Club, which sounds about as good as we're ever going to get since it was removed at the last minute from the 2018 re-issue of 'Secret Messages'. I've upgraded my double disc version of the album to include this new take, and links are updated on the original post, as well as here. 

Track listing

01 Secret Messages
02 Loser Gone Wild
03 Bluebird
04 Take Me On And On
05 Stranger
06 No Way Out
07 Beatles Forever
08 Letter From Spain
09 Danger Ahead
10 Four Little Diamonds
11 Train Of Gold
12 Endless Lies
13 Buildings Have Eyes
14 Rock 'n' Roll Is King
15 Mandalay
16 Time After Time
17 After All
18 Hello My Old Friend

Friday, 27 November 2020

Joe Walsh - ...and on guitar (1974)

Joseph Fidler Walsh was born on November 20, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas, and lived in Columbus, Ohio, for a number of years during his youth. When Walsh was twelve years old, his family moved to New York City, then later to Montclair, New Jersey, where he attended Montclair High School, playing oboe in the school band. He got his first guitar at the age of 10, and on learning The Ventures' 'Walk Don't Run', he decided that he wanted to pursue a career as a guitarist. Inspired by the success of the Beatles, he replaced Bruce Hoffman as the bass player in the New Jersey group The Nomads, and after high school he attended Kent State University, where he spent time in various bands playing around the Cleveland area. One of these bands, The Measles, recorded two songs which appeared on The Ohio Express's 'Beg Borrow And Steal' album, as well as an instrumental for the b-side of one of their singles. Walsh majored in English while at Kent State, and was present during the Kent State massacre in 1970, which was something that profoundly affected him, leading him to drop out of university to pursue his musical career. Around Christmas 1967, James Gang guitarist Glenn Schwartz decided to leave the band to move to California, where he ended up forming Pacific Gas & Electric, and just days later Walsh knocked on Jim Fox's door and asked to be given a tryout as Schwartz's replacement. Walsh was accepted and the band continued as a five piece for a short time until Phil Giallombardo left. In May 1968, the group played a concert in Detroit at the Grande Ballroom opening for Cream, but at the last minute Silverman informed the others that he would not join them at the show, so the other three took to the stage as a trio, and they liked their sound so much that they decided to remain as a three-piece. In 1968 the band signed with manager Mark Barger, who put them in touch with ABC Records staff producer Bill Szymczyk, and he signed them to ABC's new Bluesway Records subsidiary in January 1969. The James Gang had several minor hits and became an early album-oriented rock staple for the next two years, releasing one live and four studio albums before Walsh left in 1971. He was invited to move to England and join Humble Pie by Steve Marriott, since Peter Frampton had left the band, but declined his offer, instead moving to Colorado and forming Barnstorm with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Vitale and bassist Kenny Passarelli. Walsh and Barnstorm released their debut album, the eponymous 'Barnstorm' in October 1972, which garnered critical praise which unfortunately did not translate into commercial success. The follow-up 'The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get' followed in June 1973, and although officially a Barnstorn album it was marketed under Walsh's name, and was their commercial breakthrough, peaking at No. 6 on the US Billboard chart, and including the classic 'Rocky Mountain Way'. Throughout his busy career Walsh has always been ready to add his prodigious guitar skills to a variety of albums, with soul maestro Jimmy Witherspoon, blues legend B.B. King and folkies Stephen Stills, Dan Fogelberg, and America. He also rocks out with REO Speedwagon and Rick Derringer, as well as re-uniting with his old Barnstorm band-mate Joe Vitale on his 1974 solo album, and playing on Michael Stanley's 'Rosewood Bitters', which he later covered on his own 1985 album 'The Confessor'. This collection takes us up to the point that Walsh joined The Eagles in 1975, as Bernie Leadon's replacement, but despite the extra workload this entailed, he was still able to help out on albums by Keith Moon, Al Kooper, Andy Gibb, and Randy Newman throughout the rest of the 70's.

Track listing

01 Stay With Me Baby (from 'Handbags And Gladrags' by Jimmy Witherspoon 1970)
02 Rosewood Bitters (from 'Michael Stanley' by Michael Stanley 1972)
03 Midnight (from 'L.A. Midnight' by B.B. King 1972)
04 Sweet Maria (from 'She Is A Song' by Rick Roberts 1973)
05 Down The Road (from 'Down the Road' by Stephen Stills / Manassas 1973)
06 Uncomplicated (from 'All American Boy'by Rick Derringer 1973)
07 Green Monkey (from 'Hat Trick' by America 1973)
08 Open Up (from 'Ridin' The Storm Out' by REO Speedwagon 1973)
09 Shoot 'Em Up (from 'Roller Coaster Weekend' by Joe Vitale 1974)
10 Better Change (from 'Souvenirs' by Dan Fogelberg 1974)
11 The Gambler (from 'The Whole Thing Started With Rock & Roll Now It's Out of Control' by
                                                                                                                     Ray Manzarek 1974
12 You Are So Beautiful (from 'The Kids & Me' by Billy Preston 1974)

Jethro Tull - The Kelpie (1979)

Jethro Tull's twelfth studio album 'Stormwatch' was released September 1979, and is considered to be the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by the band, following 'Songs From The Wood' and 'Heavy Horses', but this time with lyrics that touch heavily on problems relating to the environment, oil and money. It was also the last Tull album to feature the classic line-up of the 1970's, as bassist John Glascock died from heart complications during the Stormwatch tour, and drummer Barriemore Barlow and keyboardists John Evan and Dee Palmer all left the band in the months after the tour had concluded in April 1980. Reception for the album was mixed, as the lyrics gave it a darker energy than previous albums, and the music bordered on heavy metal in places, but overall the fans approved. The 40th anniversary re-issue included a plethora of bonus tracks, with a complete 1980 live concert from Den Haag, and fourteen previously unreleased songs. Once I'd removed early versions of some of the 'Stormwatch' tracks and a live 'Sweet Dream', that left exactly 40 minutes of previously unheard material - just enough for a companion album to 'Stormwatch'. One of the bonus tracks was the original nine-minute take of Orion, but as the first four minutes were pretty much identical to the released version, I extracted the coda to make a stand-alone track, now titled 'Orion Revisited'. I also removed 'Rock Instrumental (Unfinished Master)', as that didn't really seem to go anywhere, and so what we're left with is a pretty good selection of songs that the band couldn't find a place for on the album at the time, but which are definitely worth hearing. I've titled it 'The Kelpie' (a mythical Scottish water spirit, often in the shape of a horse), after one of the songs, and that gave me the opportunity to use this magical painting that I found for the cover.      

Track listing

01 Crossword
02 Kelpie
03 A Stitch In Time
04 The Lyrikon Blues
05 A Single Man
06 Broadford Bazaar
07 Orion Revisited
08 King Henry's Madrigal
09 Urban Apocalypse
10 Man Of God

Cliff Richard - Imagine Love (1979)

Over a career spanning 60 years, Cliff Richard has had more than 130 of his singles, albums and EPs reach the UK Top 20, which is more than any other artist. His 67 UK top ten singles is the second highest total for an artist behind Elvis, and he holds the record (with Elvis) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950's–2000's). While I appreciated his work in the 60's, I wouldn't say that I was a massive fan, but some of his 70's singles did appeal to my tastes at the time, when I was just starting to get heavily into music. In 1973 he sang the British Eurovision entry 'Power to All Our Friends', which finished third, close behind Luxembourg's 'Tu Te Reconnaîtras' and Spain's 'Eres Tú', and this was one of the first singles of his that I really liked. In 1975, he released the single 'Honky Tonk Angel', produced by Hank Marvin and John Farrar, oblivious to its connotations or hidden meanings, and as soon as he was notified that a "honky-tonk angel" was southern US slang for a prostitute, the horrified Richard ordered EMI to withdraw it. EMI agreed to his demand despite the fact the single was expected to sell well, and only about 1,000 vinyl copies are known to exist. In 1976, the decision was made to repackage Richard as a "rock" artist, and with Bruce Welch in the producer's chair, he released the landmark album 'I'm Nearly Famous', which included the successful but controversial guitar-driven track 'Devil Woman', and the ballad 'Miss You Nights'. In 1979, he teamed up once again with producer Bruce Welch for the hit single 'We Don't Talk Anymore', written and composed by Alan Tarney, which hit No. 1 in the UK and No. 7 in the US. It was his first time at the top of the UK singles chart in over ten years, and the song would become his biggest-selling single worldwide, selling almost five million copies throughout the world. With the success of 'We Don't Talk Anymore' in 1979, he finally began to receive some recognition in the United States, and in 1980 'Carrie' broke into the US top 40, followed by 'Dreamin'', which reached No. 10. The 70's were a productive period for Richard, and many of his singles included non-album songs on the flip, and I've gathered the best of them here, including that controversial 'Honky Tonk Angel' single, which not surprisingly never appeared on an album.   

Track listing

01 The Days Of Love (b-side of 'Ashes To Ashes' 1973)
02 Celestial Houses (b-side of 'Take Me High' 1973)
03 You're The One (b-side of 'Its Only Me You've Left Behind') 
04 Love Enough (b-side of 'Miss You Nights' 1975)
05 Honky Tonk Angel (single 1975)
06 Love On (Shine On) (b-side of 'Devil Woman' 1976) 
07 Nothing Left For Me To Say (b-side of 'My Kinda Life' 1977)
08 No One Waits (b-side of 'Hey Mr. Dream Maker' 1976)
09 Love Is Here (b-side of '(You Keep Me) Hangin' On' 1974)
10 That's Why I Love You (b-side of 'When Two Worlds Drift Apart' 1977)
11 Needing A Friend (b-side of 'Can't Take The Hurt Anymore' 1978)
12 Imagine Love (b-side of 'Green Light' 1978)
13 Walking In The Light (b-side of 'Hot Shot' 1979)
14 Moving In (b-side of 'Carrie' 1979)

Last Exit - First From Last Exit (1975)

In autumn 1971 Gordon Sumner enrolled at Northern Counties Teacher Training College in Newcastle, where he met and befriended Gerry Richardson who was in the year ahead. Richardson saw him playing, and although not initially impressed, his interest picked up when he learned that Sumner knew a drummer, Paul Elliot, who had access to both a van and a PA, and it didn't take long before the three got together with a female singer to form 'Earthrise', and started rehearsing at the Wheatsheaf pub. Richardson was involved with local bands, including the Phoenix Trad Jazz Band where he filled in on bass, and when he left the band his place was taken by Sumner, and it was at this time that he was given the nickname Sting, because of the black and yellow stripey jumpers that he used to wear. When Richardson finished his stint at Teacher Training College he left for Bristol, but within a year he found himself back in Newcastle, just as Sting finished his spell at college, and at this point they decide to put together a band with John Hedley and Ronnie 'Armour' Pearson, naming themselves Last Exit, after Hubert Selby's cult book 'Last Exit From Brooklyn'. By December 1974 Last Exit, augmented by Derek Lunn on drums and Iwan Williams on keyboards, had secured the job of house band for the 'Rock Nativity' show at Newcastle University Theatre, which is where Sting met his future wife Frances Tomelty. By now Richardson and Sting were starting to write their own material, and by 1975 they were regular visitors to Impulse Sound Studios in Wallsend to record demo tracks. 
The band secured a booking at the 1975 San Sebastian festival in Spain, and the thought of the trip spurred the band into yet more recording activity, and it was decided at short notice to cobble together the demos they'd recorded to produce an album that they could sell at the festival. 'First From Last Exit' is one of the rarest collectibles in the Sting world, containing some of his earliest material, and reworked versions of some songs would later feature on Police albums. The nine track collection, produced by Dave Wood, features the three original Last Exit members along with one track by semi-occasional guest guitarist, Terry Ellis, who was later to replace John Hedley full time. With their 100 demo cassettes ready to be (hopefully) snapped up by eager fans, Last Exit arrived in Spain on 16 July, and played well enough to win the award for best amateur band. In return for accommodation and food the band played another festival on 2 August 1975, and with some additional club dates hastily arranged in Bilbao, the band secured enough money to book places on the ferry back home to Britain. So, graced with some new artwork, here is the first album that Sting put his name to.  

Track listing

01 We Got Something (Sumner) 
02 Truth Kills (Sumner)
03 Whispering Voices (Richardson)   
04 Carrion Prince (Sumner)
05 Savage Beast (Sumner) 
06 I Got It Made (Richardson)  
07 I'm On This Train (Sumner) 
08 Oh My God (Sumner)
09 A Bit Of Peace (Ellis) 

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

The Family Cat - Got The Cream (1994)

The Family Cat were formed in 1988 by Paul Frederick on vocals and guitar, Stephen Jelbert on lead guitar, Tim McVay on rhythm guitar, John Graves on bass, and Kevin Downing on drums,  - and made their London debut in April 1989, after which they were immediately signed up by John Yates for his new Bad Girl label. Their first release in July of the same year was 'Tom Verlaine', and it was an immediate success, claiming the coveted NME Single of the Week slot. It featured layered guitars meandering over a hypnotic lead and sturdy bassline, and did not disappoint those who had already witnessed the band's blistering live shows. The success of the single encouraged the band to return to the studio with ex-Jam drummer Rick Buckler producing, and they recorded the mini-LP 'Tell 'Em We're Surfin'', which was issued in 1989. It was somewhat critically received, with the lacklustre production being mentioned in reviews, and as a result Buckler was relieved of his production duties, and their next single 'Remember What It Is That You Love' was more representative of their live sound, and performed well in the indie charts. Their distinctive artwork by Iain Stronach was also beginning to attract attention, and the band were soon as recognised as much for their T-shirts as for their music. Two more singles followed on Bad Girl, in the form of 1990's 'A Place With A Name' and 1991's 'Colour Me Grey', after which they left the label and signed with Dedicated. At the same time they released a single on the Clawfist label, which was a singles club where two bands covered each other's songs on both sides of a 7" single, with The Family Cat teaming up with Cud for their offering. After a year of touring and recording, their next single 'Steamroller' appeared in 1992, and was greeted with acclaim from critics and fans alike, while the follow-up 'River Of Diamonds' featured backing vocals from Polly (PJ) Harvey, and yet despite rave reviews in the press, sales were still disappointing. 
The band's second album, 'Furthest From The Sun' was released later that year, but fared no better in the charts, despite being an excellent record. In August 1993 they released 'Airplane Gardens', which just managed to scrape into the bottom of the charts, following which the band embarked on eight months of recording and gigging, before the release of their third album 'Magic Happens' in 1994. Once again the favourable reviews weren't reflected in the sales, although the single of 'Wonderful Excuse', which was taken from the album, did almost reach the Top 40, as did the follow-up 'Goldenbook', which was backed by the provocatively titled 'Bring Me The Head Of Michael Portillo'. This was to be their final record, as frustrated and disillusioned at not being able to gain any commercial success, the band split at the end of 1994. As is so often the case, they became appreciated much more after they split than while they were active, with their work being constantly re-appraised, and fans mourning the fact that they weren't given the acclaim that they deserved when they needed it. They were also very generous with their music, with nearly every single having at least one exclusive song on the flip, and with later releases coming in multiple formats, sometimes as many as four otherwise unavailable tracks. They also released another single on Clawfist, on their own this time with a cover of Big Star's 'Jesus Christ', as well as performing one of Carter U.S.M.'s songs on that band's 'Glam Rock Cops' single in 1994, and they contributed a rollicking 'Rocks Off' to a Rolling Stones tribute album. There was even a free 7" single which came with initial copies of the 'Furthest From The Sun' album, and after unsuccessfully trying to find 'Kolombus' and 'Montague Terrace' online, I checked my vinyl copy of the album and was surprised to find that I'd quite forgotten that I got the free 7" when I bought it in 1992. If you add in three previously unreleased songs which were intended for a proposed fourth album, then there is enough non-album music for another triple disc post, but this time I'm treating it like a box-set, with each album having it's own title and cover, just so that I can get in as many cat puns as I can.  

Track listing

Got Your Tongue
01 Tom Verlaine (12" single 1989)
02 Octopus Jr. (b-side of Tom Verlaine')
03 Remember What It Is That You Love (single 1990)
04 Push Comes To Shove (b-side of 'Remember What It Is That You Love')
05 (Thought I'd Died) And Gone To Heaven (b-side of 'Remember What It Is That You Love')
06 Place With A Name (single 1990)
07 Concrete (b-side of 'Place With A Name')
08 Pass Away (b-side of 'Place With A Name') 
09 Strange Kind Of Love (split single with Cud 1990)
10 Rocks Off (from 'Stoned Again - A Tribute To The Stones' 1990)
11 I Must Have Been Blind (b-side of 'Colour Me Grey' 1991)
12 Jesus Christ (single 1991)

Track listing

Has Nine Lives
01 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (b-side of 'Steamroller' 1992)
02 Across The Universe (b-side of 'Steamroller' 1992)
03 Kolombus (from free 7" single with 'Furthest From The Sun' 1992)
04 Montague Terrace (from free 7" single with 'Furthest From The Sun' 1992)
05 Atmospheric Road (b-side of 'Airplane Gardens' 1993)
06 Mount Pleasant (Mark Goodier session 1993)
07 Prog 4 (b-side of 'Springing The Atom' 1993)
08 Happy To Be Here (b-side of 'Springing The Atom')
09 Lean On Me I Won't Fall Over (guest on single by Carter U.S.M. 1994)

Track listing

Out Of The Bag
01 Unwieldy World (b-side of 'Wonderful Excuse' 1994)
02 Counting Crosses (b-side of 'Wonderful Excuse' 1994)
03 Sign Of The Bloodcell (b-side of 'Wonderful Excuse' 1994)
04 Propeller Blades (b-side of 'Wonderful Excuse' 1994)     
05 Bring Me The Head Of Michael Portillo (b-side of 'Goldenbook' 1994)
06 Gone To Heaven (b-side of 'Goldenbook' CD single 1994)
07 Old Faithful (b-side of 'Goldenbook' 7" single 1994)
08 Goldenboot (b-side of 'Goldenbook' 7" single 1994) 
09 Ace Of Cups (previously unreleased)
10 Snowplough (previously unreleased)
11 Taking Your Sister Home (previously unreleased)             

Enjoy / Enjoy

Friday, 20 November 2020

Larry Coryell - ...and on guitar (1976)

Larry Coryell was born Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III in April 1943 in Galveston, Texas, and was encouraged by his mother to learn piano when he was four years old. In his teens he switched to guitar, and after his family moved to Richland, Washington, he took lessons from a teacher who lent him albums by Les Paul, Johnny Smith, Barney Kessel, and Tal Farlow. He graduated from Richland High School, where he played in local bands the Jailers, the Rumblers, the Royals, and the Flames, and after that he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. In September 1965, he moved to New York City, and his first major excursion into professional music was when he replaced guitarist Gábor Szabó in Chico Hamilton's quintet. In 1967–68, he recorded with Gary Burton, and during the mid-1960's he played with the Free Spirits, his first recorded band. In the eary 70's he led the group Foreplay with Mike Mandel, although the albums from this period, 'Barefoot Boy', 'Offering', and 'The Real Great Escape', were credited only to Larry Coryell, but he also lent his guitar skills to albums by Herbie Mann, Jim Pepper, and Leon Thomas, as well as showing that he didn't just play jazz by appearing with Jimmy Webb on his 1971 'And So: On' record. He formed his best-known band The Eleventh House in 1973, and recorded a number of well-received albums with them, and at the same time also managed to fit in guest appearances on records from Michael Urbaniak, Lenny White, and Larry Young. In 1979 he formed The Guitar Trio with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the group toured Europe briefly, but in early 1980, his drug addiction led to his being replaced by Al Di Meola. Coryell died of heart failure on February 19, 2017, in a New York City hotel room at the age of 73. He had performed at the Iridium jazz club in Manhattan on the preceding two days. There were too many great tracks from him to cut them down to a single album, so this is a double disc post, with seven shorter pieces on Disc One, and Disc Two including a couple of extended workouts. 

Track listing

Disc One
01 Green Moss (from 'Nine Flags' by Chico O'Farrill  1967)
02 Rain (from 'Tomorrow Never Knows' by Steve Marcus 1968)           
03 Highpockets (from 'And So: On' by Jimmy Webb 1971)
04 Memphis Underground (from 'Memphis Underground' by Herbie Mann 1969)  
05 Straight No Chaser (from 'You Can't Make Love Alone' by Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson 1971)
06 Yon A Ho (from 'Pepper's Pow Wow' by Jim Pepper 1971)
07 C. C. Rider (from 'Blues And The Soulful Truth' by Leon Thomas 1972)

Disc Two
01 Turning Spread (from 'Knirsch' by Et Cetera 1972)
02 The Vamp (from 'Score' by Randy Brecker 1969) 
03 Bloody Kishka (from 'Fusion III' by Michal Urbaniak 1975)
04 Prince Of The Sea (from 'Venusian Summer' by Lenny White 1975)
05 Sticky Wicket (from 'Spaceball' by Larry Young's Fuel 1976)

The Rutles - Past Masters - Volume Two (1969)

For this second volume of 'Past Masters' from The Rutles, we've once again raided the back catalogues of The Flames, Neil Innes, GRIMMS, Timebox and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band for 'singles and b-sides' that didn't appear on their albums. The Flames contributed some tracks that actually were from 1965 and 1966, and Neil Innes filled in the gaps from the later years. I'd already used every contemporary song from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, but in a recent post of theirs I unearthed a recording that they'd made for a radio session which actually fitted on here quite well, and so by adding that, plus the one suitable unused song from GRIMMS and two from Timebox, we now have a second volume of rarities from the Pre-fab Four, which finally completes their discography.

Track listing

01 Blue Colour (b-side of 'Hold My Hand' 1963) 
02 Bring Back The Time (single 1963) 
03 Stop, Look And Listen (b-side of 'Ouch!' 1964) 
04 Tell It Like It Is (b-side of 'Between Us' 1965)  
05 Busy Day (b-side of 'Nevertheless' 1966)  
06 Lost (single 1966)  
07 You've Got The Chance (b-side of 'Piggy In The Middle' 1967) 
08 Stoned On Rock (single 1967) 
09 We're Gonna Bring It On Home (b-side of 'Good Times Roll' 1967)
10 Feel No Shame (b-side of 'Hey Mister!' 1968)  
11 Black Dog (b-side of 'Get Up And Go' 1969) 
12 City Of The Angels (b-side of 'Easy Listening' 1969)    
13 Oo-Chuck-A-Mao-Mao (b-side of '9-5 Pollution Blues' 1969) 
14 Rock Of Ages (single 1969) 
*The Flames - 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 
*Neil Innes - 5, 8, 10, 12, 14
*The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - 9
*Timebox - 7, 11
*GRIMMS - 13

Bruce Springsteen - Songs To Orphans (1973)

Bruce Springsteen's musical career began as far back as 1964, after he saw the Beatles' appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, and inspired by them he bought his first guitar and started playing for audiences with a band called the Rogues at local venues in Freehold. The following year he went to the house of Tex and Marion Vinyard, who sponsored young bands in town, and they helped him become the lead guitarist and subsequently one of the lead singers of The Castiles, who recorded two original songs at a public recording studio in Brick Township. In the late 1960's he performed briefly in a power trio known as Earth, and from 1969 to early 1971 he was a member of Steel Mill, which included Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, Vinnie Roslin, and later Steve Van Zandt and Robbin Thompson, recording three original Springsteen songs at Pacific Recording in San Mateo. Over the next two years, as Springsteen sought to shape a unique and genuine musical and lyrical style, he performed with Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom (early- to mid-1971), the Sundance Blues Band (mid-1971), and the Bruce Springsteen Band (mid-1971 to mid-1972). He came to the attention of Mike Appel and Jim Crecetos, managers of Sir Lord Baltimore, and in April and May 1972 they had him record his entire songbook for them, acoustically. He also recorded some sessions for John Hammond in May and June 1972, which led to his being signed to Columbia Records, where he went straight back into the studio to record his debut album 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.' between June and October 1972. Sessions for the follow-up 'The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle' took place between May and September 1973, and there were a number of out-takes left over, including the superb 'Evacuation Of The West'. Many of these recordings have appeared on various bootlegs over the years, and so I've picked the very best of the songs from these sessions which never made it to an official album, and added in a couple of edited live recordings from 1973 of otherwise unrecorded songs, to piece together a record which just confirms what a prolific talent Springsteen was at the start of his long and illustrious career. 

Track listing

01 Seaside Bar Song    
02 The Lady And The Doctor 
03 Bishop Dance     
04 War Nurse
05 Visitation At Fort Horn
06 Hey Santa Ana
07 Songs To Orphans
08 Jazz Musician
09 Thundercack
10 Family Song
11 Saga Of The Architect Angel   
12 No More Kings In Texas (Evacuation Of The West)  

Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 Media and 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York City 06-07/72
Tracks 1, 6, 12 'The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle' studio sessions 07-08/73
Track 11 Media and 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, New York City 20/02/1973
Tracks 3, 9  Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley 02/03/73

Dana Gillespie - Goin' Crazy (1974)

It's another case of great minds thinking alike, as no sooner had I prepared this post than Paul over at posted an album of Gillespie's 60's singles, and there was me thinking that she was an artist who has been unjustly ignored by most people, only to find that she has at least two fans. 
Dana Gillespie was born Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein Gillespie on 30 March 1949, and has had a multi-faceted career, as a singer, songwriter, and stage and film actress, and she was even British Junior Water Skiing Champion in 1962. She recorded initially in the folk genre in the mid-60's, releasing two albums in 1968 and 1969, as well as some more pop-orientated singles as far back as 1965 (see Paul's blog). In the late 60's she became friendly with David Bowie, and he wrote the song 'Andy Warhol' especially for her. Both artists recorded versions of it, and Gillespie's version, along with four other songs from her and seven from Bowie, were pressed up on a promo album of just 500 copies, so that Bowie's manager Tony Defires could try to secure a record deal for either artist, who were both signed to his ManiMan agency. All the songs from the promo later appeared on Bowie's 'Hunky Dory' or Gillespie's 'Weren't Born A Man' albums, with her re-recording of 'Andy Warhol' featuring Mick Ronson on guitar. At the same time as recording the album, she was also appearing as Mary Magdalene in the first London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 'Jesus Christ Superstar', which opened at the Palace Theatre in 1972, and she has continued to mix acting and singing throughout her career. In 1973 she formed a short-lived group called Libido, with Tony Ashton and Ray Dyke, later of Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, and Mick Liber, who had recorded for John Peel's Dandelion label as a member of Python Lee Jackson. This band released one single, the b-side of which was a version of Gillepsie's 'Weren't Born A Man'. While her own 'Weren't Born A Man' album was a mixture of pop and soul, mostly written or co-written by Gillespie, later recordings shifted more towards a blues style, with the follow-up 'Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle' being very much in this style. Preparations were made for a third album in 1974, and demos were produced, but nothing ever came of it after MainMan collapsed, and they remained unreleased until they surfaced on a recent retrospective from her. In fact, she didn't release another album for eight years, until 'Blue Job' came out in 1982, but from then on the floodgates opened, and she has issued over 20 more blues albums since then. During the 1980's Gillespie was a member of the Austrian Mojo Blues Band, and is organiser of the annual Blues festival at Basil's Bar on Mustique in the Caribbean, now in its eighteenth year. In later years she became a radio presenter, living in Austria and hosting record shows on Vienna's Blue Danube Radio (the English-language service of the ORF) for 11 years. If you mention her name these days, and anyone has actually heard of her, it's always due to the Bowie connection, but I hope that this collection of rarities will prove that there’s more to her than just being mates with Bowie.

Track listing

01 Hold On To Your Fire (single by Libido 1973)
02 Lavender Hill (alternative version with Mick Ronson 1971)
03 Man Size Job (outtake 1974)
04 Never Knew (alternative version with Mick Ronson 1971)
05 Celandine's Blues (from the London Cast recording of 'Mardi Gras - A Musical' 1976)
06 Do The Spin (demo 1974)
07 Gone At The Game (demo 1974)
08 Say Goodbye To The Night (demo 1974)
09 Goin' Crazy With The Blues (demo 1974)
10 Stoke The Engine (demo 1974)