Saturday, April 19, 2014

Record Store Day 2014 is today!

Today is Record Store Day and since Radio Dupree is on aweekend trip to London, England we'll celebrate the vinyl, the CD and whatever sound carriers that there have been and still is in the capital city of England/UK.

Here's a 15 minute film made in England on Record Store Day 2013. And here's the link to recordstoreday.com where you can read up on the whole thing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Steely Dan 2014 tour: 53 dates announced

The press release (also quoted on Steely Dan's Facebook page) says:

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen will bring Steely Dan to the road in 2014, taking their "Jamalot Ever After" Tour across the U.S. and Canada. Opening at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon on July 2, the tour is set for 47 shows before concluding at Baltimore, Maryland's Pier Six Pavilion on September 17. Visit http://steelydan.com/ for a full list of dates and on sale details.

A quick glance over on steelydan.com lists not 47 but 53 shows between July 2 and September 17. But what the hey! As they say; "the more the merrier"...

And that last phrase gives us hope that there might be additional dates added in the next two months leading up to the first show of the tour. There's even a handful of months after the tour and before Christmas that could include some dates overseas. Could and ... dare we say ... should? There. We said it. Not that we know anything about any additional touring plans.

Being fairly laidback and easygoing guys here at Radio Dupree we choose to end this post quoting Doris Day:

Que sera sera!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Zappa sideman Brock in Zappa/Bach project

Napoleon Murphy Brock, former lead singer in Frank Zappa's band, plans a project with music by Bach, Zappa, Hendrix, Miles Davis, Satie, Schubert and George Gershwin.
At least one concert is planned, at St. Katharinen Kirche in Hamburg, Germany on July 16. The ensemble includes Swedish pianist Mats Öberg. Rumours say that there may be a concert in Öberg's old hometown Umeå as well. Umeå is Cultural Capital of 2014 (along with Riga of Latvia).
Napoleon Murphy Brock.

Napoleon Murphy Brock was a member of Zappa's band between 1973 and 1976 as a vocalist, flutist, saxophone player and occasionally also as keyboard player.

http://www.arf-shop.zappanale.de/index.php?cPath=3_14


Friday, April 04, 2014

Oklahoma City third date on Steely Dan 2014 tour

The third and latest date added to the 2014 Steely Dan tour is Oklahoma City on July 21. Here's the list so far with the San Diego tickets going on sale tomorrow April 5!

Jul 17 San Diego CA - Humphrey's - Tickets on sale April 5
Jul 21 Oklahoma City, OK  - Chesapeake Energy Arena  - Tickets on sale April 11
Aug 8 Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Events Center -  Tickets on sale April 25

steelydan.com
facebook.com/SteelyDan

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New Gil Scott-Heron album for Record Store Day

Record Store Day on April 19 is approaching and with it more than 640 exclusive releases. Among them this vinyl only 3000 copies limited album recorded back in 2008 and featuring striped down versions of some of Gil's songs.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Second Steely Dan date for 2014 tour

A second date on the 2014 tour is out! August 8 will see Steely Dean playing The Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
Ticketmaster start selling the tickets April 28. 


Radio Dupree Top 20 - April 2014

1. King Crimson - Formentera Lady
Islands

2. Bloomfield, Kooper, Stills - Albert's Shuffle
Super Session

3. Robert Fripp & The League of Gentlemen - Eye Needless
God Save the King

4. Yes - Does It Really Happen
Drama

5. Prefab Sprout - The Best Jewel Thief In The World
Crimson/Red

6. Jimi Hendrix - Message to Love
Live At Woodstock (2 CD)

7. Walter Becker - This Moody Bastard
11 Tracks Of Whack

8. David Bowie - Young Americans
Young Americans

9. David Bowie - The Bewlay Brothers
Hunky Dory

10. David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
David Live

11. Steely Dan - Slang Of Ages - Everything Must Go
12. Pink Floyd - The Great Gig in the Sky - Dark Side of the Moon
13. Steely Dan - Night By Night - Pretzel Logic
14. Yes - Turn of the Century - Going for the One
15. Frank Zappa - When No One Was No One - Guitar
16. Steely Dan - Charlie Freak - Pretzel Logic
17. Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia - Frevo Basgado - Friday Night in San Francisco
18. Deep Purple - Help - Shades of Deep Purple
19. Stevie Wonder - Creepin' - Fulfillingness First Finale
20. Supertramp - Rudy - Crime of the Century
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Chart compiled by listeners voting
on the songs they hear on Radio Dupree

Sunday, March 30, 2014

First date announced for Steely Dan 2014 tour

Message on steelydan.com (click!)
After Toto member Steve Lukather mentioned a Steely Dan tour on his Facebook page Friday it took just a day for official confirmation via an update on steelydan.com and the Steely Dan Facebook page.
And the name of the tour is apparently the Jamalot Ever After tour.

On a side note we see that the homepage text says that early info on the tour will be on the Steely Dan Facebook page, so a shift in focus from the homepage to the social media page. Hopefully they won't go all the way like donaldfagen.com did. That now redirects to his Facebook page and has for quite some time.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Looks like Steely Dan is touring in 2014


After each and every Steely Dan tour the fans have wondered if there will be a new tour next year. And the aftermath to the 2013 tour hasn't been any different.

An added difficulty is that drummer Keith Carlock who's played with Steely Dan since 2003 early this year announced that he's joining Toto. Keith has been in the studio recording with his new band and Toto has 2014 tour dates lined up that would make it hard to fit in another long Steely Dan trek like the most recent. And as Steely Dan lately has toured every other year; 2009, 2011 and 2013, it could perhaps indicate that 2014 would be a no-tour year.

But a Facebook update from Toto member Steve Lukather may be interpreted as saying that Steely Dan will be on the road again this year:

Well NEVER dull in Toto world. As it seems the news is
OUT.. yes we are very happy and honored to have Hungate and do the USA tour with us. Nathan is busy with Foreplay and his solo career now and is leaving. He was great but like Simon.. He needed to go with his own career and we are all still great friends. That is ALL I am saying for now. Keith is the only drummer on our record and will be IN the band but there is ONE last Steely Dan tour he was committed to this Aug BEFORE we asked him to join. The amazing drummer and pal Shannon Forrest is going to do the USA dates with us and Keith will return. 2015 permanately.

So, apparently, "there is ONE last Steely Dan tour he was committed to this August". And that looks like another autumn tour for Steely Dan. Right?

UPDATE March 30, 2014:

Yes. The tour will happen. Click here for all our posts about the Jamalot Ever After 2014 tour.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: Zappa's Roxy By Proxy CD

Finally it's here, the long awaited Frank Zappa CD. Here is a short rundown on the album, provided by our Zappa department (a.k.a. Dupree's Paradise):
1. Carved in the Rock. Spoken introduction where Zappa explains what the song Inca Roads is about.
2. Inca Roads. At this point this song sounded more like the version on The Lost Episodes CD, but with vocals. Lovely and humorous introduction by George Duke (keys and vocals). Solos by Duke and trombone player Bruce Fowler. One of the highlights on the CD.
3. Penguin in Bondage. Sounds similar to the Roxy & Elsewhere version but it's a different take which becomes obvious when we get to the guitar solo.
4. T'Mershi Duween. The short intense instrumental that the 1973 Mothers performed so well. Later versions are not that enjoyable (our opinion). Suited best as an instrumental.
5. The Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat. Bruce Fowler's trombone playing along with the melody adds extra splendor.
6. RDNZL. Rather short version. Solos by Zappa and Duke (fast!)
7. Village of the Sun. Zappa's guitar lines during the first bars of the song are different (not as tasteful) as on the Roxy & Elsewhere album. Napoleon Murphy Brock's lead vocals are somewhat weak also.
8. Echidna's Arf. Both Echidna and Wash That Thing remind a lot of the R & E versions. Different takes though.
9. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing? Ends with a drum solo that continues as...
10. Cheepnis - Percussion. Drums and percussion only. Fascinating that they make it!
11. Cheepnis. Frank knew what he did when he overdubbed extra vocals on the R & E version. Nice version anyhow.
12. Dupree's Paradise. We needed this one! Have never really liked the YCDTOSA 2 and Make A Jazz Noise Here versions. Funky intro by mr. Duke. Solos by Brock (flute), Tom Fowler (bass) and Zappa (guitar).
13. King Kong/Chunga's Revenge/Mr. Green Genes. Nice medley. Too short though (9 minutes).Solos: Trombone, synthesizer, guitar.

Conclusion: Great sound, the Roxy sound. Lots of percussion! Great material, great performance by this outstanding unit. An alternative to the perverted kick drum album You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2. Please note that this is very much an instrumental album. It's obvious that the lead vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock was new in the band at the time (December 1973) since he does not sing so much. But his time was about to come the following year.

Elton's "new" old one and The Endless Versions dilemma


Today is the day that all fans of Elton John gets a chance to buy his 1973 classic Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in a brand new 40th Anniversary version.
Hold on! Make that "versions".

These days the deluxe versions of classic or more recent successful albums is a lucrative market and the way the business works means that these days it's not enough with one new re-release. They usually come in two or more versions.

Let's take the Elton John release as a prime example.

One: You can go for the basic remastered CD. What you do get here is a hopefully better sounding album compared to the previous remaster.

Two: The next step up is the 2CD version adding one CD with nine brand new covers by "contemporary artists" like Ed Sheeran and Imelda Marcus plus nine demos and outtakes from the original recording sessions.

Third: The vinyl version. As the original on two LP:s but this time around pressed on 180-gram yellow vinyl.

Fourth: The Supe Deluxe version. The box with the 2CD version mentioned above plus 2CD:s containing a recording of Elton's December 1973 concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. There's also a DVD with the 1973 documentary Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things and a 100 page book in the box.

And that's it, right?
No!

The audiophile Elton John fan will want the HD Pure Audio Blu-ray version that includes a high resolution version of the new stereo and a 5.1 surround mix. The latter seems to be the same as the 5.1 mix released on SACD in 2003 and DVD Audio 2004 (remember those formats?)

Let's see. That's five new physical versions. Downloads not counted.
And we could argue that the HD Pure Audio version should've been included in the box to be able to call it Suped Deluxe, but...

But ... if you care to wait a month you can get a sixth alternative; the Japanese SHM-CD pressing. With SHM-CD:s supposedly sounding better than the usual CD:s, but the jury is out on that one.

OK. So this is just one example of the piling up of versions when an album gets re-released. Usually stacked so that you have to buy multiple copies to get all the goodies.
Still, it must work as they become more frequent.

The lesson learned is to check and compare before you buy! And maybe that 30th Anniversary version you bought ten years ago will do...?