Sunday, July 22, 2018

New 4 CD set: Phil Collins with McCartney, Clapton, Fripp...

Phil Collins has collected 59 tracks where he performs with other artists (Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, Tommy Bolin, Robert Fripp, John Martyn, Frida of ABBA...)

Rolling Stone reports that the title of Plays Well With Others originated from a gift from drummer Chester Thompson – a T-shirt featuring the phrase. It was meant to reflect Collins’ willingness to play drums at seemingly any recording session.

Read the entire story and the complete track list here.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Bowie live at Earl's Court 1978

A new David Bowie album was released recently: Welcome To The Blackout. 
It had a limited vinyl release in April for Record Store Day. On June 29 it was more widely released (CD + download and streaming.

Here is a nice video to celebrate the release:

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Drummer Morgan Ågren invited to play with Magma

Swedish drummer Morgan Ågren has been asked to record with the legendary French zeuhl-prog group Magma.

This is how Morgan describes this on Facebook:

"Beyond honored for this request.. In September I will go to Paris to record one track for Magma, WITH Magma!!! It’s an old track that will be re-recorded again. Christian Vander is doing the vocals on this track, just as he did in the past, so I will do the drums live with them in the studio. Overwhelmed."

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Zappa siblings on good terms again?

Good news from Dweezil.
This is the latest on the Zappa kids' family issues. Dweezil Zappa writes that three of the four siblings have got together and discussed the situation:

"Recently, we Zappa siblings (Diva, Ahmet and Dweezil) got together with the goal of resolving our differences. Once we sat down and actually listened to one another, we found a much greater understanding of each other’s intentions. We regret that our communication broke down and that things were misconstrued. It may be a bumpy road at times – we are a passionate Italian family – but we have decided to work toward privately discussing issues rather than using public forums and lawyers.

We are hopeful that if any of our father’s fans have felt conflicted, they can join us in the peace of our resolution. With our best feet forward, we are moving ahead and will faithfully deliver much more of our father’s indefinable brilliance, also known as the “World’s Finest Optional Entertainment.”

Thank you for your passion and love for our father. We can assure you, we all feel the same about him."

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Peter Gabriel on Spotify

From May 18 Peter Gabriel’s music catalogue will start to be released on Spotify.
The launch will see Peter’s first four solo albums (including the German language Ein Deutsches Album and Deutsches Album), So, US and UP as well as the Best ofs Shaking the Tree and Hit all go live. It’s the start of a monthly roll-out of releases.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hearing aid campaign for Mats collected 300 000 SEK

The kickstarter campaign for Swedish keyboardist Mats Öberg quickly reached the goal of 100 000 kronor (SEK). 
It took only 24 hours. The project ended on April 26 and has gathered 314 000 SEK.
Mats who is blind since birth suffers from increasing hearing problems. Traditional doctors have not been able to help him. The money will now allow Mats to go to the US and try a special type of hearing aid. Let's hope it will work out for him!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Urgent hearing treatment fundraiser for Mats Öberg

Swedish keyboardist extraordinaire Mats Öberg has increasing big problems with his hearing. Traditional doctors have not been able to help him. Now his long time pal, drummer Morgan Ågren, has started a kickstarter campaign so that Mats can afford to try out a special type of hearing aid in the US.

Mats is blind since birth and music is his occupation and VERY important for him.
If you want to know more and maybe also help out, go here.

The project ends on April 26.

Mats Öberg has played with artists as Frank Zappa, Mikael Ramel, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Jonas Knutsson.

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets to play early Pink Floyd

Former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has formed a band called Saucerful of Secrets. 
Tickets for their four London concerts in May are already sold out.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Hear Donald Fagen guesting on Derek Small's "Memo To Willie"!

"Smalls Change feels much like the Spinal Tap reunion album from 1992, Break Like The Wind — if the original This is Spinal Tap soundtrack remains a peerless, note-perfect parody of musical moronicism (much like the film itself), both Break and Smalls Change are amusing additions to the canon with their own twists to share."

Quote from the NPR article accompanying the first listen to the debut album by fictional bass player Derek Smalls (i.e. Harry Shearer) from the likewise fictional hard rock band Spinal Tap.

So you can approach it more or less negatively or choose to go the positive route and enjoy the songs for what they are played by a plethora of great musicians:

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers)
Gregg Bissonette
Larry Carlton
David Crosby
Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)
Taylor Hawkins
Jim Keltner
Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar
Russ Kunkel
Michael League (Snarky Puppy)
Jane Lynch (actress/singer)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Judith Owen
Snarky Puppy Horns
Joe Satriani
Paul Shaffer (David Letterman, SNL, etc.)
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Richard Thompson
Steve Vai
Waddy Wachtel
Rick Wakeman (Yes)
Phil X
Dweezil Zappa

Funny liner notes and more here:

The album is released April 13 but you can here it via the link now.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Roxy Performances – a tasty little sucker

Most of the fans that have ordered the Roxy 7 CD set have probably received it by now. Or if you want a cheaper alternative; go to streaming services as Spotify and enjoy the entire collection.
These shows have been awaited for years and considered as the holy grail of Zappa music. Well these four shows from The Roxy in Hollywood December 1973 sure are something, but of course there are pieces that are not really terrific. Some songs have not found there final format (Dickie's Such An Asshole) and there are songs where the vocals are not really top notch. On the Roxy & Elsewhere album (1974) Zappa picked the best takes of the four shows and added vocal overdubs to reach perfection. But this band is one of the funkiest incarnations of The Mothers ever, and their skilled performances are full of joy.

Personal favorite: That Arrogant Dick Nixon. One of the "bonus" rehearsal tracks. A version of The Idiot Bastard Son with new lyrics about Richard Nixon. Yeas, that was back in the days of Watergate. Someone could easily update those lyrics.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Zappa hologram tour band announced

Steve Vai, Warren Cuccurullo, Ian Underwood, Vinnie Colaiuta...
Those are some of the names that were mentioned when "The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa" hologram tour 2018 was announced today.

Ahmet Zappa, head of the Zappa Family Trust speaks about the hologram tour and a lot of other topics here:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Donald Fagen's 1991 The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon out on vinyl

Originally released on CD in 1991 and featuring tracks recorded early 1991 The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon has just been released as a two LP 140 gram vinyl album.

Let us quote Wikipedia here:

The New York Rock and Soul Revue was a musical project which evolved from a series of concerts and musical shows produced by Libby Titus (future wife of Donald Fagen) that lasted from 1989 to 1992.
The project was led by Donald Fagen (soloist and co-founder of Steely Dan) and included Phoebe Snow, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Eddie Brigati (formerly of The Rascals), David Brigati (also of The Rascals), Charles Brown, and Walter Becker (soloist and co-founder of Steely Dan). 

The project also featured Jeff Young and the Youngsters, saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus (who had formerly worked with Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and Boz Scaggs), and violinist Mindy Jostyn. The project is perhaps best known for its 1991 live release entitled The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon, a compilation of material recorded live at New York City's Beacon Theater.

This project was part in Steely Dan reuniting and touring in 1993. And the rest is, as the saying goes, history.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dweezil Zappa and Donald Fagen on the same album when Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap returns

The release of Derek Small's solo album Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) is April 13 and we finally have a list of all guest appearances on this album by a person that first appeared in the fictional band Spinal Tap in 1984.

The number of guests on the album is impressive and after reading through the complete list we invite you to enjoy the first track/video from the album Smalls Change:

Track List (With Descriptions)

1. "Openture" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra)
"The philosophy of this record, expressed in fewer words than I've taken to almost describe it."

2. "Rock 'n' Roll Transplant" (featuring Steve Lukather, Jim Keltner and Chad Smith)
"Whatever might be ailing you, rock 'n' roll is the cure. Ask Dr. Derek!"

3. "Butt Call" (featuring Phil X, Taylor Hawkins)
"In one lifetime, the telephone has gone from a miracle to a pain in the arse."

4. "Smalls Change" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Judith Owen, Danny Kortchmar and Russ Kunkel)
"Why Lukewarm Water is no longer bracketed by Fire and Ice. A nod to what's past, and a wink to what's next."

5. "Memo To Willie" (featuring Donald Fagen, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Larry Carlton and the Snarky Puppy Horns)
"An urgent missive to the Honorable Member: continued tumescence, if you please."

6. "It Don't Get Old" (featuring Peter Frampton and Waddy Wachtel)
"Life on the road, an endless series of pointless encounters. What could be better?"

7. "Complete Faith" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra)
"A musical interruption."

8. "Faith No More" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra and Todd Sucherman)
"As I get older, I look back more fondly on all the people I’ve known. Except for Ian."

9. "Gimme Some (More) Money" (featuring Paul Shaffer, Waddy Wachtel and David Crosby)
"Time and technology change everything, except the need for change."

10. "MRI" (featuring Derek with Dweezil Zappa)
"Everybody’s going to have one, eventually. It’s just another ride. To hell, but still…"

11. "Hell Toupee" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Think Satan doesn't have dark thoughts about his appearance as he ages? Think again."

12. "Gummin the Gash" (featuring Steve Vai, Gregg Bisonnette and Jane Lynch)
"Losing your teeth closes one door, and opens another. A celebration of the meeting of two toothless cavities."

13. "She Puts the Bitch in Obituary" (featuring Richard Thompson and Jane Lynch)
"A hymn to womanhood in all her splendor."

14. "When Men Did Rock" (featuring Michael League, Joe Satriani, Rick Wakeman and the Hungarian Studio Orchestra

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy Birthday, Donald Fagen! (70 today)

Donald Fagen is 70 today and besides wishing him a Happy birthday we at Radio Dupree wish to remind all that his collection Cheap XMas: Donald Fagen Complete - originally a digital only release in October 2012 - now is available as a five CD and seven vinyl record box set.

It features all of his solo albums; The Nightfly (1982), Kamakiriad (1993), Morph the Cat (2006) and Sunken Condos (2012) + ten extra non-album tracks. Nothing new here. It's basically his Nightfly Trilogy box from 2007 plus Sunken Condos.

Still worth getting for the completist waiting for his next solo album. He's said that he wants to record with the gang of guys named The Nightflyers that he toured with last year.

We had a look at Amazon and see that the out of print Nightfly Trilogy box set from 2007 is ... expensive (at least on Amazon. Current EBay price a mere $120):

And we're lucky to own two signed copies(*) from way back when...

(*) = not for sale!