Friday, March 24, 2017

More Zappa albums available

...on CD, download or via streaming. 
Two dozen rare Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes distribution of the albums as part of their global partnership with the Zappa Family Trust.
So, this is actually a re-release of these albums. The thing here is that nine of the albums have never been available for download or streaming.

Radio Dupree's recommendations:
If you're Spotify listener or CD consumer and do not really know which new Zappa albums to check out, (since there are just so many titles out there and how on earth will you find something as accessible as Apostrophe ('), Sheik Yerbouti or Freak Out!), we have listed five albums that you should give a listen:

A Token Of His Extreme (Zappa Records, 2013) CD 
In August 1974, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention taped two legendary sets at KCET TV Studios in Hollywood, CA. This popular footage was used by FZ in a number of different edits originally intended as a TV special and eventually featured in the home video release The Dub Room Special (1982). A Token Of His Extreme was officially issued on DVD in 2013 along with the release of the soundtrack on CD. If you like the albums Roxy & Elsewhere and You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2 (The Helsinki Concert), you will love this one.

Frank Zappa Plays The Music of Frank Zappa (Barking Pumpkin, 1996) CD 
A CD with three Zappa signature guitar pieces: “Black Napkins,” “Zoot Allures” and “Watermelon In Easter Hay” in their original released form (remastered) with added live versions that predate the issued masters. Also included is “Merely A Blues In A: from Paris ’74.
If you're into Frank's solos from the mid 70's, this one's for you.

Joe’s Corsage (Vaulternative Records, 2004) CD 
An excellent collection of recordings by the original the Mothers of Invention before their first record contract in early 1966. Surprisingly tight! Not as much insanity as on Freak Out! A mystery why Frank did not release this himself on his You Can't Do That On Stage series for instance.

Philly ’76 (Vaulternative Records, 2009) 2 CD 
Here Zappa went on the road with a totally new band. Only drummer Terry Bozzio had been around for the three previous tours. New players were Patrick O'Hearn (bass), Eddie Jobson (keys/violin), Ray White (guitar/vocals) and Lady Bianca (vocals/keys). It's a joy to hear Lady Bianca sing. How sad that she quit the band in the mid of the tour. This is one of the absolutely best Zappa albums released after his death.

Buffalo (Vaulternative Records, 2007) 2 CD 
Buffalo captures an entire concert recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY on October 25, 1980. At the time some fans may have missed the percussion from the previous tours, but this is a hell of a band. Vince Colaiuta: drums, Steve Vai: guitar, Arthur Barrow: bass, Tommy Mars: keys/vocals, Ray White & Ike Willis (both lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Bob Harris (keys, vocals, trumpet).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rock legend Chuck Berry dies

Chuck Berry was one of the most influental rock & roll artists from the 1950's. He wrote songs that quickly became classics, as Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode. He died at the age of 90.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Steely Dan & The Eagles part of two new festivals

Two veteran acts share the stage for four shows this summer. The Eagles and Steely Dan will perform at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles July 15 and 16 plus at Citi Field in New York July 29 and 30.

According to Billboard the four days are part of what's being called the Classic West and Classic East Festivals with additional bands like Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire part of the proceedings.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Donald Fagen on Todd Rundgren's new album

Todd Rundgren's new album White Knight will be released May 12 and this is what the cover looks like:

The track listing have more than one guest appearing and it'll be fun to hear the songs. From an industry ad:

Veteran producer, pioneering performer and legendary songwriter Todd Rundgren returns with a brand new album featuring a stellar line-up of all star guest performers!
White Knight showcases Rundgren's diverse range of styles from Soulful art-rock to ambient synth pop and include performances from Rundgren equally diverse musical companions such as Trent Reznor, Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), Joe Walsh (of the Eagles), Daryl Hall, Dam Funk, Joe Satriani, Robyn and more!

  1. Come
  2. I Got Your Back (featuring KK Watson with Dam Funk)
  3. Chance For Us (featuring Daryl Hall with Bobby Strickland)
  4. Fiction
  5. Beginning Of The End (featuring John Boutte)
  6. Tin Foil Hat (featuring Donald Fagen)
  7. Look At Me (featuring Michael Holman)
  8. Let's Do This (with Moe Berg)
  9. Sleep (with Joe Walsh)
  10. That Could Have Been Me (featuring Robyn)
  11. Deaf Ears (featuring Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  12. Naked & Afraid (featuring Bettye LaVette)
  13. Buy My T
  14. Wouldn't You Like To Know (featuring Rebop Rundgren)
  15. This Is Not A Drill (featuring Joe Satriani with Prairie Prince & Kasim Sulton)

Sunday, March 05, 2017

All Hipgnosis album covers collected in new book

All 373 album sleeves by art design group Hipgnosis is collected in the upcoming book, "Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art".
Hipgnosis designed their first album cover in 1968, Pink Floyd's A Saucerful of Secrets. They have created art for albums by Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Yes, The Alan Parsons Project and many more. Many of the album covers have became iconic.

Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art is being published on April 13 by Thames & Hudson.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Teen skipped school and ended up on stage with Springsteen

An Australian teenage boy skipped school to go to a Bruce Springsteen concert in Brisbane on February 16. 
He held up a sign reading "Missed school, in the s--- now, can I play Growin' Up with you?" Springsteen took him up on stage and, yes, the kid (Nathan Testa) could perform.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy 67, Walter Becker!

Photo: Sandrine Lee/
This June it'll be nine years since his latest solo album; Circus Money.
It's close to 14 years since Steely Dan released a new recording; Everything Must Go.
His co-worker in that band, Donald Fagen, presented his latest record to the world; Sunken Condos, late 2012, so a little over four years ago.

With this trickle of new music from the duo there's been more time to tour as Steely Dan. And that's what Walter and Donald have planned for 2017 as well.

So Happy Birthday Walter, from Radio Dupree!
And if you should get the urge to record and release a third solo album we promise we won't try to stop you.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Unexpected cover from Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Payroux

We've always had a soft spot for the earlier, quirkier hits from British singer David Essex from the 1970's, so it was a suprise to find his Rock On covered by Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux!

Here's what David's original sounds like.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New book: The Beatles in Tokyo 1966

1 966 copies and no more...
The Beatles last tour was in 1966. They spent a couple of days in Tokyo, Japan and a photographer named Shimpei Asai documented the bands stay.

These photos have now been collected in a limited edition book named Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966.
Signed by Shimpei Asai and in hand-bound leather with a cloth-bound slipcase and a facsimile ticket it will cost a pretty penny? Yes, with the print run limited to 1 966 copies the recommended retail price is £265 or 330 US dollars or €311.

More on the book here:

And you can see photos from the book in this article:

Monday, February 13, 2017

5 Grammy Awards for Bowie's Blackstar

David Bowie's Blackstar album won all five nominations:
Best Rock Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Alternative Music Album
Best Recording Package
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Frank Zappa's 200 Motels - The Suites was nominated for Best Classical Compendium but did not get the award, unfortunately.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Two more Steely Dan shows + that Fagen produced album almost here

Steely Dan have added two more spring dates to the 2017 tour.

April 17: San Diego - Humphrey's

April 25: Santa Barbara - SB Bowl

And the album by the band Oh Whitney that Donald Fagen started producing in 2013 is finally ready for release. It has been delayed a few times and there's still no set date, but the band has said that there will be new music this spring.
Technically that doesn't mean the music must be from the 11 track record, it could be something completely new, but...

Read the artcle over on the Fort Worh Weekly for more on the record.

Main points from a Steely Dan/Fagen fan view:

- The band Oh Whitney and Fagen met in San Miguel in 2012 and Donald said he wanted to work with them.
- Recording started in 2013 and has been done on and off over the past couple of years.
- The record consists of 11 tracks. Donald supplied almost all keyboard parts, sings on a few of the songs and had a big part in the arrengements of several tracks.

And the band has changed its name from Oh Whitney and now goes by the frontman's name: Peter More.

Here's a 25 second taste:

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Upcoming release? 6 Zappa shows from Halloween '77

Guitarist Adrian Belew's post on Facebook recently made several Zappa fans gasp for breath. 
Click on the picture to enlarge Adrian's message.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

King Crimson vet John Wetton has died

John Wetton, legendary bassist and vocalist of King Crimson, UK, Roxy Music and several other groups passed away this morning.
Wetton may be most known for his participation on the three King Crimson albums Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black and Red. 
Radio Dupree rates the epic song Starless (from Red) as one of the most beautiful songs ever written, much thanks to Wetton's performance.
Wetton died at the age of 67 from colon cancer.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017