Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Review: Jethro Tull – the first concert of the Swedish tour

The Prog Years concert in Umeå on May 2 was the first of eight shows in Sweden. Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson had chosen a good mix of songs from 1968 up to the most recent album The Zealot Gene.
The band (Ian + bassist, guitarist, keyboardist and drummer) is very well rehearsed.
However, the guys behind Ian are somewhat anonymous compared to the Tull of the 70's which really felt like a band and where each member was quite a character.

Ian Anderson is still a terrific stage personality. He has some problems with his singing, difficulties with hitting the right notes. But keep in mind that he is a 74 year old rock legend and suffers from a lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD).

Today's Jethro Tull does not have the big orchestrated sound of the 70's (check out Live Bursting Out from 1978) and we do not get the vocal harmonies from those days, but all in all it was a good concert experience.

Highlights: Songs From The Wood (one of Tull's finest songs), The Dambusters March (what a powerful ending of a concert).

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Unreleased 1970 album with Steely Dan connection coming June 18!

So did you get around to visiting a record store and buying a vinyl album or CD on
Record Store Day April 23?

Whatever your answer you should know that there is a second Record Store Day coming June 18. 

And as Steely Dan fans we'd like to inform like minded that an album recorded in 1970 but never released will finally see the light of day June 18.

I Mean To Shine is the title of the album and the artist is Linda Hoover

It was recorded in New York with Gary Katz as producer and musicians like Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, Denny Dias, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Eric Weissberg, and Jerome Richardson.

Five of the songs on the album were written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. (*) 

Track listing


The song Jones was released on all streaming services April 8. Go listen!
Spotify link.

Link to Omnivore Recordings page about the album:

Linda's Facebook page:

Friday, April 08, 2022

New: Three Zappa shows from Erie, Pennsylvania & Elsewhere


The latest release from the Frank Zappa vault is a 6 CD set from Erie, Pennsylvania and surrounding area recorded between May 1974 and November 1976.

Read more and get the complete track list here:

Pink Floyd's new song for Ukraine – their first recording since 1994

Pink Floyd have released a new single in support of the people of Ukraine entitled Hey Hey Rise Up. 

This is the first new original music that they have recorded together as a band since 1994's The Division Bell.

The track sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long-time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards and features an extraordinary vocal performance by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Irate fan's attack on Zappa included on new box set

The last track on the new The Mothers 1971 set includes the somewhat disturbing sound of Frank Zappa being pushed off the stage at The Rainbow Theatre in London.

After the encore I Want To Hold Your Hand (!) there is a loud noise where Zappa is pushed off the stage and obviously his microphone hits the floor. One can also hear the audience's reaction. Quite disturbing. Zappa hit the concrete floor in the orchestra pit and was seriously injured. This brought an end to the Vaudeville Band since Zappa had to spend many months in a cast and a wheelchair.

The 24 year old culprit later explained that he was upset since his girlfriend was in love with Zappa. Right after the incident he was beaten up by Zappa's roadies. Then he was sentenced to a year in jail.

But there is a mystery here. In the booklet of You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Volume 3 Zappa states that the tape ran out before the incident occured. But since the recording now has been released that makes us wonder if he was wrong or even lied about that. No, the liner notes to the new release explains that another longer tape of the show was discovered after Zappa's death. Mystery solved.

If you dare to listen to this nasty incident, it's at the end of this track:

Thursday, January 13, 2022

New Zappa CD box – including the disastrous 1971 London concert

This eight CD box includes some essential concert recordings featuring the 1971 line up of Frank Zappa and his Mothers, the so called Vaudeville band with Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. It includes their whole Fillmore East run (four shows in June 1971) including the encore featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The box set also includes other stuff. There is more live stuff and finally a release of the very rare single Tears Began To Fall/Junier Mintz Boogie.
Along the CD box there is a release of two three LP sets. One of them includes a remastered release of the Fillmore East, June 1971 album. The other has the Rainbow Theatre, London concert of December 10, 1971 where Zappa unfortunately was severly injured when being pushed off the stage by a member of the audience.

Lots of more information here:

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Review: Zappa's 200 Motels 6 CD set


The long awaited 50th anniversary monster disc set of Frank Zappa's soundtrack album 200 Motels was released on CD and streaming sources on December 17. There is also a 2 LP reissue of the original 2 LP set.
The set features some very interesting unreleased music, but also a bunch of dialogue tracks that few fans will listen to more than once.

On disc one and two we get the tracks from the original double album. This is great since it has been out of print for a long time and has not been available for streaming either. The original album has a somewhat thin sound but this new remastered issue sounds a lot better. The instruments are better separated and both the rock songs and the orchestral parts has more bottom and richer sound.

Then there are several demos of 200 Motels songs and songs for Chunga's Revenge. The most interesting one being on of the versions of "What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning". It has a rare musical intro that was left off the officially released song. Could have been the theme of a talk show. Keyboardist George Duke on trombone here. Check that out!
And for you who lingered for a while when reading "one of the versions", yes there are quite some repetition. There are multiple versions on some of the songs. In some cases interesting. In other cases the differences are not very obvious.

Another segement that belongs to the highlights is "What's The Name Of Your Group?" A short piece of this one can be heard on the Remington Electric Razor bootleg and on a 2015 Record Store Day 7". 
It is a piece featuring the The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a female classical vocalist. Beautiful!
It includes the theme of "A Pound For A Brown On A Bus", a theme that Zappa often returned to after it was first released on Uncle Meat in 1969. 
A newer version of "What's The Name Of Your Group?"is also included on the CD 200 Motels – The Suites by conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and Los Angeles Philharmonic (recorded in 2013, released in 2015).

On the new 200 Motels set there are also versions of orchestral music from the original release but without the dialogue overdubs. Nice!

If you want to dive deeper into the details of this release we can highly recommend the ZappaCast Podcast where Joe Travers, Zappa's vaultmeister, and others talk about it. 

ZappaCast, December 10, 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

When Frank Zappa met Elton John...


In the mid 70's Elton John and Frank Zappa were rehearsing their bands at Pirate Sounds in Los Angeles just doors apart. In the interview clip above Frank tells what happened when he went to check out Elton's rehearsal. "I walked in there one day. He got panic stricken", says Frank. This is just Frank's point of view and he loved to see himself as the demanding band leader. It would be interesting to hear Elton's memories of this encounter.

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Robert Fripp: King Crimson have moved from sound to silence


King Crimson in Stockholm 2016.
Was the final tour date in Japan on December 8 also the band's final concert ever?
Band leader Robert Fripp says King Crimson have ‘moved from sound to silence’ following their final Japanese tour date in Tokyo.

Read more here:

Sunday, November 14, 2021

New Jethro Tull album in January 2022

Jethro Tull is releasing their first studio album of new material in over 18 years.
The Zealot Gene will see a January 28th, 2022 release.

Here is the first single from the album, Shoshana Sleeping:

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Bowie's Karma Man from the unreleased Toy album out now


Here is Karma Man, the second digital single from the legendary unreleased album Toy!
The song was originally recorded way early in David Bowie's career, in 1967, but wasn't released until 1970 when it appeared on a Bowie compilation album.

Around 2000 Bowie recorded a new version for the album Toy, but the album was shelved after a dispute between Bowie and his record company.
However this brilliant version of Karma Man has now been released digitally. Enjoy!


Toy will be released on January 7, 2022, in three-CD and six 10″ vinyl versions.
Before that (on November 26, 2021), Toy will be released as a part of the archival box set Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001).

Here is the first single from Toy:

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Jethro Tull on the road playing Zappa and Gentle Giant?

Is this a joke? In a YouTube video Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson announces a surprising setlist for the UK shows of the Prog Years tour in September.

How about Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull performing Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA, The Advent of Panurge by Gentle Giant and (as an encore) Frank Zappa's Dinah-Moe Humm?
Not many Tull songs on the setlist, Ian. 
But the Radio Dupree staff is excited! And since we have tickets for one of the shows in northern Europe early 2022, we will find out if Ian and the lads really can bring out the Stairway to Heaven.

Click here to watch the video.

Friday, October 01, 2021

New Donald Fagen album coming!

In a Rolling Stone article dated September 30 Donald Fagen is quoted saying

After [the pandemic] went on for a while, I ended up writing almost an album’s worth of tunes for a solo record.

He says that a few demos for the new songs have been recorded and also mentions the title of one of the new songs; The Stellar Bartender. Apparently about a "very empathetic bartender".

There is no set date on when it will eventually arrive. Let's hope for 2022. :)

His solo albums so far:

The Nightfly (1982)

Kamakiriad (1993)

Morph The Cat (2006)

Sunken Condos (2012)

Donald Fagen's The Nightfly Live (2021) (*)

Read the full article here.

Meanwhile Steely Dan is back on the road towards the end of this month for the Absolutely Normal Tour '21. Check the tour dates covering October-November 202 and May-August 2022 over at steelydan.com

(*) Although the live album was recorded by the Steely Dan band during the 2019 tour, Radio Dupree thinks this should count as a Donald Fagen record. Or maybe not. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Specials play Zappa and Talking Heads on new album

Signing the new album. Photo: thespecials.com
On their new album British ska veterans The Specials do their own takes of 12 different protest songs dating from 1924 to 2012.
Fans of Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention and Talking Heads may be curious about the cover versions of Trouble Every Day and Listening Wind respectively.

Track list:
1.  Freedom highway
2.  Everybody knows
3.  I don't mind failing in this world
4.  Black, brown and white
5.  Ain't gonna let nobody turn us around
6.  Fuck all the perfect people
7.  My next door neighbor
8.  Trouble every day
9.  Listening wind
10.  I live in a city
11.  Soldiers who want to be heroes
12.  Get up, stand up

Album title: Protest Songs 1924-2012.
Release date: Friday October 1, 2021.


Sunday, September 26, 2021

One track from the Zappa 200 Motels box available for streaming

Magic Fingers (Dialog Prtoection Reel) from the upcoming Frank Zappa 50th anniversary edition of 200 Motels is now available on Youtube and other streaming service sources.

YouTube: Magic Fingers (Dialog Protection Reel)

Box set of Zappa's 200 Motels for release in November