Saturday, November 28, 2020
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Director Alex Winter’s portrait of the visionary musician and artist.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
October 13 saw two new songs pop up on Stevie Wonder's official YouTube channel. The second one; Where Is Our Love Song has been performed live before, but the first one titled Can't Put It In The Hands Of Faith is a timely tune with the situation as it is n the USA including the election of a president coming up November 3.
Interestingly Stevie Wonder cited the lyrics in this video published three weeks before:
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Jewel Box is the title of a mammoth 8 CD or 9 LP box set of rarities and unreleased stuff from Elton John's long career. A career that has been on a slight but still upward trajectory since the release of the movie Rocketman in 2019.
And just as with most artists that have their peak a few decades back the new recordings released are usually passed upon by old fans while finding few new. At the same time yet one more Greatest Hits compilation is a sure seller. That's why you'll find artists of that time but still active today having a Best Of compilation coming every three, four years. Usually around Christmas time.
There's no surprise there's rarities and even some unreleased music in the vaults when it comes to Elton John. Back in the day he refused to have singles released with albums tracks as B-sides. A buyer of his latest hit always got one more new song on the flip side.
There's been one box set before this from Elton:
To Be Continued... released back in 1990 with a mix of hits, album tracks, unreleased old and new songs on a total of 4 CDs.
But the 1992 double-CD Rare Masters should also be mentioned. A collection of songs from his singles between 1968-1975 that had not been included on any albums. Also five unreleased songs plus the complete soundtrack to the 1971 movie Friends for the first time on CD.
Two songs from the forthcoming Jewel Box has already been released on streaming services. The above Sing Me No Sad Songs as well as Snow Queen, a duet with Kiki Dee that was the B-side to their 1976 hit Don't Go Breaking My Heart.
So what about the contents of the new box set then?
Apart from a book with texts and photos there's 148 songs in total. 80 for the first time in digital, non-physical format. 60 never before released in any format.
The first two CDs are titled Deep Cuts which means album tracks and such that weren't hits:
1. Monkey Suit -- Elton John and Leon Russell 2. Where To Now St Peter? 3. Mellow 4. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34) 5. Chameleon 6. Gone To Shiloh -- Elton John and Leon Russell 7. We All Fall In Love Sometimes 8. Too Low For Zero 9. The Power -- Elton John With Little Richard 10. All That I'm Allowed 11. The Bridge 12. The New Fever Waltz 13. Stone's Throw From Hurtin' 14. The North 15. Hoop Of Fire 16. Boogie Pilgrim 17. Crystal 3. All Quiet On The Western Front 4. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows 5. Freaks In Love 6. Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) -- Elton John and Leon Russell 7. The Emperor's New Clothes 8. House 9. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket 10. Understanding Women 11. Shoot Down The Moon 12. Have Mercy On The Criminal 13. Blues For Baby And Me 14. My Quicksand 15. Street Kids
CD 3 is rarities 1965-1968
1. Come Back Baby -- Bluesology 2. Mr. Frantic -- Bluesology 3. Scarecrow (Piano/Tambourine Demo) 4. A Dandelion Dies In The Wind (Piano Demo) 5. Velvet Fountain (Piano Demo) 6. A Little Love Goes A Long Way (Piano Demo) 7. If You Could See Me Now (Piano Demo) 8. Mr. Lightning Strikerman (Piano Demo) 9. Countryside Love Affair (Piano Demo) 10. I Could Never Fall In Love With Anybody Else (Piano Demo) 11. I Get A Little Bit Lonely (Piano Demo) 12. The Witch's House (Piano Demo) 13. Get Out Of This Town (Piano/Tambourine Demo) 14. Year Of The Teddy Bear (Piano Demo) 15. Where It's At (Piano/Percussion Demo) 16. Who's Gonna Love You (Piano/Percussion Demo) 17. Nina (Band Version) 18. Angel Tree Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo) 19. Here's To The Next Time (Piano/Tambourine Demo) 20. Thank You For All Your Loving (Band Version) 21. Watching The Planes Go By (Band Version) 22. When The First Tear Shows (Arranged Band Version) 23. Tartan Coloured Lady (Arranged Band Version)
CD 4: Rarities Part Two 1968
1. Hourglass (Band Version) 2. 71-75 New Oxford Street (Band Demo) 3. Turn To Me ( Arranged Band Version) 4. Reminds Me Of You (Piano Demo) 5. I Can't Go On Living Without You (Arranged Band Version) 6. And The Clock Goes Round (Piano Demo) 7. When I Was Tealby Abbey (Piano Demo) 8. I'll Stop Living When You Stop Loving Me (Piano Demo) 9. Trying To Hold On To A Love That's Dying (Piano Demo) 10. Sitting Doing Nothing (Band Version) 11. Regimental Sgt. Zippo (Band Version) 12. Cry Willow Cry (Band Demo) 13. There Is Still A Little Love (Band Demo) 14. If I Asked You (Band Demo) 15. Skyline Pigeon (Piano Demo) 16. Two Of A Kind (Arranged Band Version) 17. The Girl On Angel Pavement (Arranged Band Version) 18. Smokestack Children (Arranged Band Version) 19. Baby I Miss You (Band Demo) 20. All Across The Havens (Piano/Guitar Demo) 21. Bonnie's Gone Away (Piano/Guitar Demo) 22. Just An Ordinary Man (Piano Demo) 23. There's Still Time For Me (Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo)
CD 5: Rarities Part Three 1968-1971
1. The Tide Will Turn For Rebecca (Piano Demo) 2. Dick Barton Theme (Devil's Gallop) (Bread And Beer Band) 3. Breakdown Blues (Bread And Beer Band) 4. Taking The Sun From My Eyes (Arranged Band Version) 5. It's Me That You Need (Band Demo) 6. Sing Me No Sad Songs (Band Demo) 7. The Flowers Will Never Die (Piano Demo) 8. In The Morning (Band Demo) 9. Open Your Eyes To The Sun (Piano/Tambourine Demo) 10. One Time, Sometime or Never (Band Demo) 11. Slow Fade To Blue (Piano/Guitar Demo) 12. Rolling Western Union (Piano Demo) 13. My Father's Gun (Piano Demo) 14. Amoreena (Piano Demo) 15. Burn Down The Mission (Piano Demo) 16. Razor Face (Piano Demo) 17. Madman Across The Water (Piano Demo) 18. Holiday Inn (Piano Demo) 19. All The Nasties (Piano Demo)
CD 6: B-Sides Part One 1976-1984
1. Snow Queen (Elton John and Kiki Dee) 2. Conquer The Sun 3. Cartier 4. White Man Danger 5. Tactics 6. Steal Away Child 7. Love So Cold 8. Les Aveux (Elton John and France Gall) 9. Donner Pour Donner (Elton John and France Gall) 10. J'veux D'la Tendresse 11. Fools In Fashion 12. Can't Get Over Getting Over Losing You 13. Tortured 14. Hey Papa Legba 15. Take Me Down To The Ocean 16. Where Have All The Good Times Gone? (Alternate Mix) 17. The Retreat 18. Choc Ice Goes Mental 19. A Simple Man
CD 7: B-Sides Part Two 1984-2005
1. Lonely Boy 2. Highlander 3. Billy And The Kids 4. Lord Of The Flies 5. Rope Around A Fool 6. Medicine Man 7. I Know Why I'm In Love 8. Big Man In A Little Suit 9. God Never Came Here 10. The North Star 11. Did Anybody Sleep With Joan Of Arc 12. So Sad The Renegade 13. A Little Peace 14. Keep It A Mystery 15. How's Tomorrow 16. Peter's Song 17. Things Only Get Better With Love
CD 8: And This Is Me...
1. Empty Sky 2. Lady Samantha 3. Border Song 4. My Father's Gun 5. All The Nasties 6. I Think I'm Going To Kill Myself 7. Philadelphia Freedom 8. Song For Guy 9. Sartorial Eloquence 10. Elton's Song 11. Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year) 12. I Fall Apart 13. Amazes Me 14. The Last Song 15. American Triangle 16. (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again (Elton John and Taron Egerton)
Radio Dupree's long time Elton John fan Neb Stephenson says that this is interesting enough for him to get his wallet out November 13 when the box set is released. Although this also means that his vinyl and CD bootleg collection of Elton stuff will further deprecate in whatever value it currently has.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Yes, yet another Frank Zappa monster box is on it's way. This time from Halloween 1981, The Palladium, New York City.
Three concerts on six CD's.
Two songs are already available on Spotify and YouTube:
I'm The Slime
Thursday, August 27, 2020
This week brought great news to the Steely Dan fans familiar with the story of the great lost song Second Arrangement. A post on recording engineer Roger Nichols Facebook account by his daughter shows a cassette that apparently is one of three with the Second Arrangement that left the studio on the night before the master tape were erased. And while they apparently attempted to re-record it they didn't get it right and the song never made it to Steely Dan's album Gaucho released in 1980.
For a quick recap of the story of the lost Second Arrangement click this link.
According to the post and added comments Donald Fagen had one of the cassettes and maybe it is safe to speculate that Walter Becker had the second? Anyway this copy is the one that recording Roger Nichols brought home to listen to. And here it is. A find that may or may not make it to any kind of official release.
There are a number of more or less hissy tape copies of the song in various stages of recording floating around for years. With the advent of the internet they've been shared extensively and are not that hard to find. Even if this cassette holds the most complete recording of the song there are many obstacles to conquer for it to be available for fans and others to listen to.
First there's the job of getting whatever this 40+ old cassette contains off of it and onto a digital medium. Not impossible but not that easy either. You basically have one chance to play and record what the tape holds and then it is kaputt!
But let's say that it all goes well and that the music on the cassette really is a good sounding almost finished version of Second Arrangement. This is where the lawyers enter. Who owns the rcording? And once that's settled will whoever owns it have any interest in releasing it? Since neither Donald Fagen or Walter Becker have been that keen on releasing any kind of demos or half ready recordings, alternative mixes or "extras" that didn't make an official album we at Radio Dupree see it as a long shot we and you will ever hear what's on that cassette.
But we hope we're wrong... ;)
Yes. We were at The Beacon Theatre in New York on September 17, 2011 when the band played it during the "Rarities Night". Only time it has been played live.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
A twenty-year period of live performance is captured by the four releases, and over forty different songs.
Plays Live (1983)
Release date: August 28, 2020
Live In Athens 1987
Release date: September 25, 2020.
Secret World Live (1993)
Release date: October 23, 2020.
Growing Up Live (2003)
Release date: November 27, 2020.
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
Some of the highlights are Wonderful Wino (Wino Man) with lead vocals by Frank himself. A true gem recorded at Trident Studios in London.
The same sessions also brought the previously unreleased song Giraffe and an early unfinished version of Envelopes.
Worth mentioning is also an early live version of Easy Meat.
Monday, June 01, 2020
Well good morning y’all.....I am at son James ....two new songs are being born ....one of ours and one with Donald Fagen ...yes ...I said that .... that one is called Rodriguez Tonight ....
Sunday, May 31, 2020
A second track from the upcoming Zappa album "The Mothers 1970" has been released for streaming on Spotify.
It is Sharleena, same take as the version on Chunga's Revenge but a different mix by Roy Thomas Baker (who later worked with Queen, Journey and others.
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Friday, May 08, 2020
The new 4 CD set includes live and studio performances by Frank Zappa & The Mothers 1970.
This features recordings from the first months by the new band that Frank formed after he broke the old Mothers up in 1969. It is often referred to as the Vaudeville band or the Flo & Eddie band.
The set includes the performance that the band did at VPRO, a dutch TV station. It has been bootlegged several times and it will be nice to hear this in better sound quality.
Some fans think that this era is already well covered and that it would be more interesting to hear recordings of others lineups. Others seem to enjoy any new Zappa release and appreciate that there is stuff being released every year.
This is an excerpt from the presentation by zappa.com:
The Mothers 1970 encapsulates the band’s brief but productive span, which included two visits to the studio – resulting in the fantastic 1970 album, Chunga’s Revenge – and tours across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Divided into four parts, the collection is anchored by top notch studio recordings recorded at the famed London-based Trident Studios on June 21-22 with a then-young, unknown producer in the engineer chair by the name of Roy Thomas Baker, several years before he’d go on to have massive success working with Queen, The Cars and Alice Cooper to name a few. An unreleased early mix by Baker of the Chunga’s Revenge track, “Sharleena,” is just one of the many highlights of the studio recordings that also boasts several unearthed rough mixes of the Zappa/Simmons co-write, “Wonderfu l Wino,” including a rare version that showcases vocals and an alternate guitar solo by Zappa that has been lost to the ages as the original multi-track stems were recorded over. Of the material recorded during this two-day span, “Sharleena” was the only song ever officially released – so tracks like “Red Tubular Lighter,” “Giraffe” and an unheard version of “Envelopes” are completely brand new to fans half a century later.
There is already one track out on YouTube (and Spotify). Check it out here:
Track list of the 4 CD set: