Wednesday, July 28, 2021

New albums from Donald Fagen and Steely Dan!

In a bit of a surprise it was announced on July 27 that there are two new live albums from Steely Dan and Donald Fagen coming this autumn.

Both albums were recorded during the 2019 Steely Dan tour and will be released as files, CD:s as well as on vinyl. 

September 24 is the release date for all but the vinyl versions. They will arrive October 1.

Both albums produced by Donald Fagen and Patrick Dillett. More on Patrick here.


The new live Steely Dan album is called Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! 

Tracks:

1. Black Cow

2. Kid Charlemagne

3. Rikki Don't Lose That Number

4. Hey Nineteen

5. Any Major Dude Will Tell You

6. Glamour Profession

7. Things I Miss the Most

8. Aja

9. Peg

10. Bodhisattva

11. Reelin' in the Years

12. A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry

Here's a first taste:



The new live Donald Fagen album is called The Nightfly Live.

Tracks:

 1. I.G.Y

2. Green Flower Street

3. Ruby Baby

4. Maxine

5. New Frontier

6. The Nightfly

7. The Goodbye Look

8. Walk Between the Raindrops

Meanwhile the twice postponed 2020 Earth After Hours Tour with Steve Winwood is still on for 2022, but added is the Absolutely Normal Tour 2021 starting in Miami Beach October 5. All the dates here.

Tickets go on sale July 30. Or on the 29 if you're into the "presale" or "platinum" game of spending even more money. 


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Dee Gees (Foo Fighters) covers the Bee Gees for Record Store Day

Record Store Day does deliver some good stuff as well as some duds.

As far as Radio Dupree goes the 2021 Record Store Day release You Should Be Dancing from Dee Gees is on the plus side. 

Having enjoyed - in various levels of ecstasy all the way to despair - the disco era of the 1970's, this was a surprise release from Foo Fighters. Excuse me, Dee Gees:

Monday, June 21, 2021

Highlights and weak points of "Zappa '88: The last U.S. Show"


Frank Zappa's versions of songs by The Beatles, some gorgeous versions of Zappa's own tunes and the sound quality itself are the strong point of this new album. 

This 2 CD/4 LP set Zappa '88: The last U.S. Show consists of the entire show at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. 3/25 1988. Well, two songs have been replaced with versions from other shows, since it seems like Dweezil Zappa was not satisfied with his guitar playing on the Nassau Coliseum recording.

On this his last tour Zappa played surprisingly many "covers". Well, for several tours he had played the Allman Brothers' Whipping Post, usually saved for an encore. But here we get several songs that must have come as a big surprise for the audience; A medley of Beatles tunes – Norwegian Wood, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Strawberry Fields Forever – with new lyrics, I'm The Walrus with original lyrics, Ravel's Bolero and  Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven, plus a few others.

During this 2½ hours long show we also get classic Zappa tunes as Inca Roads and The Black Page (a "new age" version). But the ones that really make my heart melt are Sofa and When The Lie's So Big. Just beautiful!

Frank had very high thoughts about the abilities of this touring unit, but there were previous bands that were better (i.m.o.). To be honest the '88 band often lacked groove and didn't really "rock", Some of the songs sound over-arranged or over-played, if you know what I mean. Everybody do not have to play all the time.

Let's face it, Frank would never have released a concert in its entirity like this, since besides the songs that sound great we also get to hear the mistakes and the solos that didn't really go anywhere. But on the other hand it's cool to hear how a whole show sounded...AND the sound quality of this album is also better than the previous releases from the '88 tour. 

S. Huckle

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Donald Fagen playing on David Crosby's upcoming album

Since Radio Dupree was started with a special dose of affinity for Steely Dan and Frank Zappa, we do keep an extra pair of eyes open for any news about those artists. So excuse us for the headline beginning with Donald and not David. 

July 23, 2021 is the date David Crosby will release his album For Free. Roughly one month before he turns 80. 

Among the musicians on the record is Donald Fagen, who's latest solo album Sunken Condos was released in 2012. He has kept a low profile as far as new recordings go and instead opted for touring as Steely Dan. He has, however, appeared on other musicians recordings. And this is the latest example.

Meanwhile Steely Dan is set to tour again starting in May, 2022, It's the twice postponed 2020 Earth After Hours Tour with Steve Winwood that hopefully will go live next year after the pandemic situation has been sorted out. 

Anyway, here's a preview track from For Free written by David's son James Raymond and Michael McDonald (Another Steely Dan connection!): 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Bowie recordings from 1970 to be released on 2 CD set


The album The Width of a Circle features 21 tracks: "non-album singles, a BBC In Concert session, music for a TV play and further Visconti remixes wrapping up David’s recordings from 1970 and revealing the first sonic steps toward Hunky Dory."

The David Bowie 2 CD set will be released on Parlophone on May 28, 2021.

https://www.davidbowie.com/blog/2021/4/13/the-width-of-a-circle-due-next-month

One of the tracks is already available here. A 2020 mix of Holy Holy:
https://open.spotify.com/track/2vrxKWXL6tPuUwfROlFhAW?si=b0ad0c2f89b64fa5

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Genesis announce US fall tour

 



Genesis will do a US tour in November and December 2021. Before that (September-October) they will play the rescheduled UK tour dates.
The core of the group is made up of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. On drums – Nic Collins. Guitar – Daryl Stuermer.

https://www.genesis-music.com/

https://www.loudersound.com/news/genesis-announce-2021-us-tour-dates?fbclid=IwAR1jtbaV6MqRSRxv53vxI8PiHSLmcqjYzaTTavrYfHyoHFkA5PKo8BZTJLg

Friday, April 23, 2021

New Zappa album from the last tour – including Beatles medley


A 2 CD/4 LP set from Frank Zappa's last US tour will be released on June 18.
The highlight of the album is probably the previously unreleased Beatles medley, a medley of songs where Frank changed the lyrics.

The album title is not really honest. Almost all songs were recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 3/25/1988, Zappa's last show in the US. Two songs come from other shows.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B092C2MJSW/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_apa_glt_2VA0AMQH6E54A4YD90MK?fbclid=IwAR13lR2Iqysf7ueYj5XLffzxXUwC_x9zmcS9ZmTuH36rbng4i8Ho0uz84V8

One song is already available for streaming here: 
https://open.spotify.com/album/17zsryow67Xt8UTScZ9i13?si=7bUItir_T3iowR4Z8iy74Q


Wednesday, April 07, 2021

King Crimson’s 1969 BBC Radio Sessions released on YouTube on April 8

 

King Crimson’s 1969 album “21st Century Schizoid Man" (BBC Radio Sessions) will be released this Thursday, April 8th, at 11:00am CEST in the Official King Crimson YouTube Channel. 

Click on the link to set a reminder: 

The original master tapes of this recording from May 6, 1969 have long disappeared from the BBC archives. This version has been revived from an Italian bootleg. 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" is 50! Watch this special livestream

Catch Ian Anderson talking about all the songs on the 1971 album Aqualung in this live special that first aired March 19 2021.

Friday, February 19, 2021

New song from Walter Becker released just in time for his birthday: One In the A.M.

Walter Becker was born February 20, 1950. And just in time for February 20, 2021 one more song from the vaults sees the light of  day - or darkness of night, depending were you live. 

We at Radio Dupree got to enjoy it 11:35 p.m. February 19. 

Pop on over to the forum at
https://www.walterbeckermedia.com/forum/rarities-unreleased/one-in-the-a-m and wish Walter a Happy Birthday. Maybe even leave a comment on the song. Then listen to all the other stuff that's there; demos, unreleased songs, rehearsal tapes etc.  All available to listen to and download for free as per Walter Becker's wishes.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The pocast Phil Collins from A to Z premieres

The first of six episodes of this podcast has been published! As the title says it's all about Phil Collins with Phil Collins and hosted by radio personality Matt Everitt. 

The following five episodes will be released one a week on Fridays. And here's the link:

http://www.philcollins.lnk.to/A-ZPodcast  

Friday, February 12, 2021

Jazz giant Chick Corea has passed away

 

The legendary keyboard artist Chick Corea passed away on February 9, Corea's family reports on his Facebook page.

"It is with great sadness we announce that on February 9th, Chick Corea passed away at the age of 79, from a rare form of cancer which was only discovered very recently."

https://downbeat.com/news/detail/in-memoriam-chick-corea


Saturday, February 06, 2021

Chester Thompson talks about his days with Zappa, Genesis and Weather Report

 

Rolling Stone has an interesting interview with drummer Chester Thompson. The man is a real veteran and talks about his days with Genesis, Frank Zappa, Weather Report and others.

"One day, he got pretty frustrated with me and literally cussed me out in front of everybody. He told me that I sounded like crap and all that. The vibe just changed."
– Chester Thompson on Phil Collins