Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Steely Dan live 2017: First date announced!

These days a year without Steely Dan playing live seems like an unlikely occasion, but fans of the band are used to getting the first news of a tour/single dates a few weeks into a new year. February, March... That kind of thing.


December 28, 2016 is the day that the first date of 2017 is official. Official as in up on the venues site. And us noticing it. With the help of a Pete Fogel post to the Facebook fan page.

Steely Dan will be playing the Hollywood Bowl on June 18, 2017 as part of the Special Concert series.

Are tickets for sale? No. And yes. Hollywood Bowl runs a subscripion type of ticket service and informs us all that "Special concerts may be added to your subscription order now, a 5 or More order starting March 15, or purchased individually starting May 1".

Photo: Danny Clinch/
That is, unless you're willing to help resellers like Viagogo where "those who have can sell their tickets for obscene amounts to those that want" ... sorry, where "people can buy and sell tickets for live events all over the world with confidence.".

When we looked Viagogo had 12 tickets for sale running $126 and up.

And while we are happy to see that the ticket industry's promise to stop ticket scalping and ticket touts is working...


...we'd just rather concentrate on what's hopefully to come: A long and extensive Steely Dan 2017 tour. Make that WORLD tour.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Brian Eno on BBC Radio on Boxing Day

Cox. Keaveny and Eno in the London pub where The Boxing Day show was recorded. (Photo: BBC Radio 6 Music)
Brian Eno will join presenter Shaun Keaveny and professor Brian Cox on BBC Radio 6 Music for a three hour breakfast show on Boxing Day (December 26) at 7 a.m. local time.

Brian Eno held a BBC Music John Peel lecture last year and struck up a friendship with Shaun Keaveny and Brian Cox that led to Eno sending emails to the show, as well as making a few radio jingles in his home studio.

A discussion on the connection between music and science is promised. More here:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dweezil Zappa campaigning to keep using the Zappa name

Dweezil Zappa has started a campaign on Pledge Music to keep using the surname Zappa. He writes:

It sounds bizarre but it’s true! I could use your help. I am inviting everyone to please join me to make some noise and raise funds to propel the necessary legal arguments to secure the rights for me to continue to use ZAPPA as my last name.

Let’s band together and form a group called “Dweezil Zappa And The Others Of Intention.” By joining and supporting this group via the Pledge Music campaign your voice will be heard alongside my own in the fight against the proposed Federal Trademark of the surname ZAPPA set forth by 2 of my younger siblings. The trademark seeks to prevent me from using my own full name in the field of music, entertainment and public appearances among other things.

Dweezil is hoping for help from his fans and offer things like guitars, mugs, t-shirts, special signed copies of the CD Live In The Moment Part II, special vinyl test pressings and ... a personal golf tour!
10 US Dollars will get you a download of the track Dinosaur descibed as "A soaring 11-minute guitar instrumental composed by Dweezil Zappa that features guest solos by: James Santiago, David Walliman, Matt Picone, Tom Quayle, Oz Noy, Derryl Gabel, Chris Buono and Frank Zappa!"

More on the name controversy:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Yes and ELO to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Photo from
The Yes Union tour line-up will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017.
This is how Yes veteran drummer Bill Bruford comments it on Facebook and on
"Yes was like my first girlfriend, to whom I was hopelessly committed. Despite a couple of wrinkles, I’m glad to hear the old girl is in fine shape".

Also ELO - Electric Light Orchestra - will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Joan Baez and some more artists. Read all about it here:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Greg Lake from King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer has died

Greg Lake has passed away aged 69.

Greg was a singer and bassist in King Crimson, before joining Emerson, Lake & Palmer where he played bass, guitar and sang.
He also released a number of solo albums.

BBC has more:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Zappa sideman Allan Zavod dies

The Australian keyboardist and composer Allan Zavod has passed away. He may be best known for being in Frank Zappa's touring band from July to December 1984. 
Zavod also worked with Jean-Luc Ponty, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Duke Ellington and others.
Zavod died at the age of 71.

Here is a great interview with Allan Zavod where he speaks a lot about his days with Zappa.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Kate Bush: New album, new video, new interview!

With the live album of her comeback on stage in 2014 finally out we'd like to remind you of the interview she did on BBC Radio 6 last week. Her first interview in five years and up on the site for three more weeks. Here's the link:

She's also released a video of the song And Dream Of Sheep:

Now that the live album titled Before The Dawn - without overdubs - is here, what fans are hoping for is that the video version of the show will be released as well. Eventually.

Friday, November 25, 2016

"Sherlock Holmes" performs Comfortably Numb with David Gilmour

First and foremost known for portraying detective Sherlock Holmes in the currently running BBC series, Benedict Cumberbatch made a surprise appearance during David Gilmour's September 28, 2016 show to sing ... Comfortably Numb.

No, we didn't see that one coming, but here's the clip:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Passepied/パスピエ celebrate five years with Mayday/メーデー

Japanese band パスピエ (Passepeid) celebrate five years since the debut with a brand new single titled Mayday (メーデー):

We found them a couple of years ago thanks to our hunt for something melodic but ... different. Here's one of the songs from the band's debut five years ago. The song is titled 電波ジャック (Denpa Jakku):

Curious? Wikipedia's very basic page about Passepied/パスピエ:

An old article from 2011:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

5 classic Zappa albums reissued on vinyl

The Zappa Family Trust and UMe are continuing their extensive reissue campaign by releasing five iconic works of the musical innovator on vinyl for the first time in decades: 
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets, Joe’s Garage, Lumpy Gravy, Weasels Ripped My Flesh and We’re Only In It For The Money. The albums will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and available December 9. All albums are available for pre-order now.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pink Floyd live in Sweden 1967 on CD

Recorded in 1967 by an enthusiast.
The release of the Pink Floyd 27 CD/DVD box The Early Years includes a recording of a concert in Stockholm shortly before band leader Syd Barrett left the group. Sveriges Radio has an interview today with Anders Lind, the guy who was allowed to record the show. Unfortunately, the vocals are bearly audible on the recording.
"It was because of a failed PA system. Back then there were no big sound systems. Afterwards I was disappointed and the reels sat on a shelf for years."

Listen here!
(Sveriges Radio's interview is in Swedish but includes some music from the Pink Floyd 1967 Stockholm concert)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Zappa jamming with Pink Floyd

Nick Mason and Zappa.
The Pink Floyd 27 CD/DVD box The Early Years 1965-72 sure is expensive ($ 550) but it does however include som interesting gems. One of them is a film of the Floyds jamming with Frank Zappa at Music Power & European Music Revolution, at Amougies Mont de l’Enclus, Belgium, 25 October 1969. 

Watch the footage here

Zappa was the MC of the festival. For a long time it was debated if this jam really took place since Zappa denied it. Some years ago sound and photos began leaking out and on this film we can clearly see and hear Zappa sitting in with Pink Floyd.
The track is the instrumental Interstellar Overdrive. Maybe not the best jam, but still a historical document.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

You all know it by now, and what can we say? This year so many great artists have been taken from us. All of them are highly missed, but listening to the music, reading the poetry and watching the TV appearances can be comforting. Here is a real gem, a 1966 interview with Leonard Cohen.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Phil Collins announces big show in Hyde Park

Collins announces his biggest solo show ever. He will headline the British Summer Time in Hyde Park, London on June 30.
And his five-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall sold out in 15 seconds.

The Guardian has the story.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

3 new Zappa albums on Spotify now

Chicago '78 might be the most wanted of these three new releases. But all three are great, so you may want to check them out on Spotify.

Chicago '78 starts off with a rare instrumental, Twenty-One. (You may recognize this as a version of the title track of the Trance-Fusion album). It is great to get to hear this one, but maybe pieces like The Purple Lagoon and The Deathless Horsie are more efficient as show openers.
Highlights further int othe show are Sy Borg and Yo Mama, the latter with a very dynamic guitar solo.

Little Dots is the second album from the Petit Wazoo tour of 1972. Just like on its precursor (Imaginary Diseases) it includes several jam pieces which are not always that great. Highlight: The complete version of Rollo. Another take was released on Imaginary Diseases, but the first 2/3 of the tune was missing. Good to hear the entire one here.

Meat Light includes the original mix of Uncle Meat plus some interesting o,uttakes, one of those extras is the track Echo Pie which probably is from the same source as the conversation enitiled If We'd All Been Living in California. Members of The Mothers are complaining over the fact that Zappa is not willing to tour more thus leading to less money for the band members. The interesting thing is that Zappa offers them to tour without him under the name The Mothers. A bit surprising to hear. Meat Light is also great if you're not a fan of the sound of the 1987 version of the album and desire the old dry mix.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Elton John album gets belated vinyl release

Fifteen years after it was released on CD the 2001 Elton John album Song From The West Coast is out on vinyl. But only as part of a limited box set available through the English luxury fashion house Burberry. Both online and select stores. 800 numbered copies will be available.

Elton John has personally picked the six albums that together with a poster is included. So what albums did he pick?

'Elton John (1970)
17-11-70 (1971)
Madman Across the Water (1971)
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
Too Low for Zero (1983)
Songs from the West Coast (2001)

Elton, Madman and Captain Fantastic are all classic Elton John, and 17-11-70 is a live album that is highly regarded among fans. Songs From... got good reviews when it was released and that leaves Too Low For Zero as somewhat of odd choice as it is part of Elton's ... lesser period. It would be fun to hear why he picked these six for the box.

A box that will set you back 225 British pounds, clearly making it priced for the clientèle that shop at Burberry.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Donald Fagen on horror movies

Donald Fagen occasionally writes for Slate. The latest is abouthorror movies and begins:

"How I fell in love with horror movies, and what their terrors taught me."

Read it all here!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mats & Morgan's orchestral premiere: Listen here!

35 minutes of yesterday's premiere performance of Mats Öberg's & Morgan Ågren's orchestral music written for Norrlandsoperans Symfoniorkester was broadcast on Sveriges Radio.

Check it out here:
You will have to scroll down a bit and look for the picture seen in this post..
Mats/Morgan part: 58:00-1:36.

Part two here, 37:00-45:00:

Not sure it is available outside Sweden.

Premiere: The orchestral music of Mats & Morgan

Friday, October 28, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Donald Fagen on Dylan's silence regarding the Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan has shown no offiicial reaction to being awarded the 2016 Nobel Pize in literature. A mention of the prize on was removed and all this is perplexing for the prize committee used to the winners surprised then delighted reactions. But this time ... nothing.

Over on Showbiz 411 an article about Steely Dan and the band's current series of shows in New York, has Donald Fagen mentioning Dylan and the prize:
“I’m so glad Bob Dylan hasn’t acknowledged the Nobel Prize. They don’t get it. He’s an artist.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The King of Comedy soundtrack finally out on CD

The soundtrack to the 1983 movie The King of Comedy has belatedly gotten its CD release. We mention this because we like the film by Martin Scorsese, but also the soundtrack featuring an instrumental song called The Finer Things written by Donald Fagen and performed by David Sanborn with Donald on backing vocals.

Since we're missing out on the string of Steely Dan shows currently being executed in New York, a Saturday show with Christian McBride featuring David Sanborn is just the ticket. If we manage to get some. Tickets, that is.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Is Bob Dylan ignoring the Nobel Prize?

The notification on about the Nobel Literature Prize has disappeared.
More than one week after the announcement of the prestigeous award, Bob Dylan has still neither accepted or declined. A few days after the announcement it was in fact mentioned (very briefly) on, but that note has now disappeared.
So the question is: Will he show up in Stockholm on December 10 to achieve the Nobel Literature Prize?
So far the answer seems to be blowin' in the wind.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

The debate about this years laureate has been intense. First: was is the right to give the award to Bob Dylan, a musician/writer of rock poetry? Then: why does he not respond?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Phil Collins announces 2017 tour

Collins is making a comeback with a tour next year.
He will play gigs in London, Paris and Cologne.

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen on The Simpsons

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen made a quick cameo appearance on the latest episode of The Simpsons. It aired last nigh in the USA and is episode number 600 but also the traditional Halloween episode filled with ... horror, mayhem and blood.

It is in the third and final part where a sort of James Bond kind of parody ends up at Duff Stadium where Steely Dan is playing.
Donald Fagen voices his own appearance consisting of one line: "Drugs at a Steely Dan concert? I never thought I'd see the day."

Then our agent heroes have to fight their way through an, as Homer puts it, "army of jazz rock afficiaondos aged fifty and up" while the intro to Babylon Sisters is playing.

Homer first ordered the band to play Deacon Blues, then Royal Scam, before deciding on Babylon Sisters.

The interior of Duff Stadium in Springfeld looks somewhat inspred by the Beacon Theatre, New York, where the non-cartoon version of Steely Dan is playing a series of shows October 12 - 29.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Positive and negative reactions to Bob Dylan's Nobel prize win

Bob Dylan winning the 2016 Nobel prize in literature has been greeted with positive as well as negative comments.

* It’s a bitter disappointment to those of us who hoped that Morrissey would win this year. But it gives us hope for next year.
(Jonathan Franzen. novelist)

Bob Dylan winning a Nobel Prize for Literature says everything about the establishment’s understanding of the appeal of popular music – ie it has none.

* Bob Dylan winning a Nobel Prize for Literature heightens the gender and race divide between ‘serious’ rock music and ‘disposable’ pop music.
(Music journalist Everett True)

* Dylan’s name has often been mentioned over the past few years but we always thought it was a joke,” said the French novelist Pierre Assouline, who could not hide his fury at the Nobel committee.

“Their decision is contemptuous of writers,” he told AFP. “I like Dylan but where is the (literary) work? I think the Swedish Academy have made themselves look ridiculous.”

The quots above come from The Guardian's liveblogging of the news. Well worth a look for different reactions and perspectives if you so like.

Catch The Guardian's liveblog feed here:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bob Dylan gets Nobel Literature Prize!

What!? A musician wins the prize? 
Here is why: ..."for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".
Let's just hope that Bob puts up a happier face than when he received the polar Music Prize in Stockholm in 2000.

BBC News: Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It's Beacon time again for Steely Dan!

Tonight's the night!

Once again Steely Dan will finish a touring year with a number of shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Questions and speculations among fans about what the setlist would look like was common in the early years of the touring Steely Dan. But these days - especially for the Beacon run - the setlists are pretty much ... set. For the ten shows most nights consists of playing a complete album plus additional hits.

This evening it it Royal Scam, but there's also chances to hear the following albums played live from start to finish in the coming days; Aja, Gaucho and for the first time Countdown To Ecstasy.
No prize for guessing what album evening Radio Dupree would've attended if we'd been there. Countdown of course! Plus one of the nights with this years' special guest Rickie Lee Jones.

For more on the Beacon dates visit and if if you should happen to go to one of the shows remember to have fun and say hi to Pete!

Friday, October 07, 2016

Donald Fagent solo album more likely than a new one from Steely Dan

With the traditional final shows of yet another Steely Dan tour coming up this month at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Donald Fagen says in an interview with Asbury Park Press mentions that he's written a couple of new songs.

Q: Are you writing any new material these days? If so, what’s inspiring you as writer and musician?

A: I’ve been working on new songs for an album. Inspiration? I look for new things, but I always end up listening to hard bop and Stravinsky.


Q: Thirteen years after the last Steely Dan album, “Everything Must Go,” is there any word on a new record on the horizon?

A: It’s hard to say. Those albums were so hard to produce. Maybe we should start a new group. How do you like the name Swifty and the Grifters? Or The Incus Brothers?

Radio Dupree is happy to see that Donald is still in a record making mood, although we wouldn't presume that it will arrive in 2017. These things tend to take time.

So the next recorded output from Mr. Fagen will most likely be the new one from the band Oh Whitney that's been in the works for a couple of years now. He's producing it and in this short clip he's also providing backing vocals: 

"Incus Brothers"... Hmmm?

Pink Floyd reunites (for a joint statement)

According to this post on Roger Waters Facebook page Pink Floyd reunites.

The full post reads:

"Pink Floyd reunites to stand with the Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla"
David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters stand united in support of the Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and deplore their illegal arrest and detention in international waters by the Israeli Defense Force."

So no. No shows, no album, but a joint statement is what this is.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Writer of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dies

He was known as "The invisible man" thanks to keeping a low profile, but Rod Temperton was one of the most successful songwriters of the 1970's and 1980's.

The big one was of course Thriller that Michael Jackson recorded, but he penned quite a few more beginning with Boogie Nights for the band Heatwave were he was one of the members. Here's that and a few other of his hits.

Rod Temperton passed away last week. BBC has more on that and Rod here.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Kate Bush to release live album

November 25 is the date that "Before The Dawn" will be released in digital form as well as a 3 CD  and 5 vinyl album box set. It is of course the complete show she performed for 22 nights during her surprise return to stage in August and September 2014.

It was no urprise that the shows were being recorded and fans expected a DVD/Blu-ray release in time for Christmas 2015, but nothing happened.
Was Kate not happy with the recordings and had a release been scrapped?

But late November and a little over two years after the shows, the album will be here. No news of a DVD/Blu-ray somewhere down the line, but with the audio released, can video be far behind since it was a very visual show?

Track listing on the CD (Same number of songs on the vinyl and digital releases):

Disc: 1
  1. Act One - Lily (Live)
  2. Act One - Hounds Of Love (Live)
  3. Act One - Joanni (Live)
  4. Act One - Top Of The City (Live)
  5. Act One - Never Be Mine (Live)
  6. Act One - Running Up That Hill (Live)
  7. Act One - King Of The Mountain (Live)

Disc: 2
  1. Act Two - Astronomer's Call (Live)
  2. Act Two - And Dream Of Sheep (Live)
  3. Act Two - Under Ice (Live)
  4. Act Two - Waking The Witch (Live)
  5. Act Two - Watching Them Without Her (Live)
  6. Act Two - Watching You Without Me (Live)
  7. Act Two - Little Light (Live)
  8. Act Two - Jig Of Life (Live)
  9. Act Two - Hello Earth (Live)
  10. Act Two - The Morning Fog (Live)

Disc: 3
  1. Act Three - Prelude (Live)
  2. Act Three - Prologue (Live)
  3. Act Three - An Architect's Dream (Live)
  4. Act Three - The Painter's Link (Live)
  5. Act Three - Sunset (Live)
  6. Act Three - Aerial Tal (Live)
  7. Act Three - Somewhere In Between (Live)
  8. Act Three - Tawny Moon (Live)
  9. Act Three - Nocturn (Live)
  10. Act Three - Aerial (Live)
  11. Act Three - Among Angels (Live)
  12. Act Three - Cloudbusting (Live) 

And the announcement on concludes with: "The album was produced by Kate Bush. Nothing on the record was re-recorded or overdubbed."

Sunday, October 02, 2016

King Crimson in Stockholm: A great retrospective journey

"King Crimson is not a jukebox". That is what former Crimson drummer Bill Bruford said in an interview in 1999. Through most incarnations, the band has not been known for pleasing their live audiences with old favourites. But the concert in Stockholm yesterday was kind of a Crimson "hit parade".
This was their second show in Filadelfiakyrkan. The previous one took place in the same venue the night before, on Friday September 30. Radio Dupree did not have the opportunity to attend the show on Friday, but fans report that it was as mindblowing as the one the next day.

The three drummers Pat Mastelotto, Jeremy Stacey and Gavin Harrison were placed in the front and behind and slightly above them from left to right: Mel Collins (sax), Tony Levin (bass), Jakko Jakszyk (lead vocals, guitar). On the very right: band leader Robert Fripp (guitar, keyboard) who sat down on a stool during the entire show (just like he uses to).
They played two sets, the first one lasting around 80 minutes, the second 50 minutes and two songs as an encore. The enthusiastic audience got to hear favourites as Epitaph, Circus, Fracture and Starless. The Crims actually played at least one song from almost every album from In the Court of the Crimson King to Red. Some newer songs were performed too (VROOOM) and they fit in well in the show.

The concert was just great! Excellent musicianship. The new singer Jakko Jakszyk has really improved if one compare with the Live at the Orpheum CD. Sometimes he sounds a lot like KC:s first vocalist Greg Lake.
The band has a lot of energy, much thanks to the three drummers, even if the drums get a little too dominating in a few parts of the show.
The first song in the encore part was a surprise; David Bowie's "Heroes". Obviously as a hommage to Bowie who passed away in January. Robert Fripp collaborated with Bowie on occasions. Check out Bowie's Fashion here with Fripp on guitar:

The following and final song of the concert was more expected; 21st Century Schizoid Man.
Now the tour continues to Germany and later also to Italy. If you have the chance to see King Crimson this tour, don't hesitate!

Tour dates here.
Siggy H

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lodi 2016 sounding a bit different with Fogerty x 2

It's been a few years since I saw John Fogerty live, and apparently he's begun to rearrange at least some of the oldies but goodies he's written and performed for decades now.

He's 71 and this is the way he and his son Shane + band played the 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival song Lodi just a couple of weeks ago in Denver, Colorado:

And just  for comparison the original recording that he's stayed pretty close to all these years:


Radio Dupree approves! Do you?


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy 72nd Roger Nichols!

Roger Nichols, would've been 72 today., but he left this planet back in 2011.
His daughter put together a medley of songs he engineered/produced.


Lady Gaga bought the Zappa house?

Frank Zappa's house in the Hollywood Hills that was sold recntly for $5,25 million was bought by Lady Gaga. 
Variety has the story. Click here.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bowie's last songs on upcoming cast album

The last three songs that Bowie recorded will be released on the cast album from the Bowie musical Lazarus. 
The songs:“No Plan,” “Killing A Little Time,” “When I Met You”.
Release date for the 2 CD/3 LP set: October 21.

Lazarus, the musical, will be premiered at King Cross Theatre, London, on November 8.

Track list for the Lazarus cast album:

CD 1:
1.    Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) – Ricky Nelson
2.    Lazarus – Michael C. Hall & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
3.    It's No Game – Michael C. Hall, Lynn Craig & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
4.    This Is Not America – Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
5.    The Man Who Sold The World – Charlie Pollack
6.    No Plan – Sophia Anne Caruso
7.    Love Is Lost – Michael Esper & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
8.    Changes – Cristin Milioti & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
9.    Where Are We Now? – Michael C. Hall & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
10.   Absolute Beginners – Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Krystina Alabado & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
11.   Dirty Boys – Michael Esper
12.   Killing A Little Time – Michael C. Hall
13.   Life On Mars? – Sophia Anne Caruso
14.   All The Young Dudes – Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
15.   Sound And Vision – David Bowie
16.   Always Crashing In The Same Car – Cristin Milioti
17.   Valentine's Day – Michael Esper & Original New York Cast of Lazarus
18.   When I Met You – Michael C. Hall & Krystina Alabado
19.   "Heroes" – Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus

CD 2:
1.    Lazarus – David Bowie
2.    No Plan – David Bowie
3.    Killing A Little Time – David Bowie
4.    When I Met You – David Bowie

Beatles Hollywood Bowl album sounds a lot better

Fans are now receiving their copies of the spiffed-up version of The Beatles Hollywood Bowl album. (Also available on streaming services as Spotify). And the Radio Dupree staff can ensure that the sound quality is indeed better compared to the original release. Still lotsa screaming from the audience though.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Catherine visits Harlem

September 7 is the release date of Catherine Russel's new album "Harlem On My Mind".

Catherine Russell's new album "Harlem On My Mind" is out September 9th on JazzVillage.

More here!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

The covers for the new Zappa albums

Now we can view the front covers for the three upcoming Zappa albums on Amazon.
The albums:
* Chicago '78 (2 CD's)
* Little Dots (1 CD)
* Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object (3 CD's)

They have also added track lists for Chicago and Little Dots:

August 25: Three new Zappa albums for pre-order

Friday, September 02, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Three new Zappa albums for pre-order

Chicago '78, Little Dots and Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object.
Those are the new titles that can be found on Amazon now. What a surprise! Not much information, though. Release date (Zappa Records) October 14.

The Chicago album has to be the line up with Vince Colaiuta on drums (his first tour with Zappa). This could be a much needed release since there are very few tracks released by this band.

Little Dots is probably another CD from the 1972 Petite Wazoo tour. (The first one was Imaginary Diseases).

Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object:'

The use of the label Zappa Records could indicate that these albums has decent sound quality, not like the Road Tapes series which is great but sometimes use subpar recordings.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

13 x Genesis on vinyl September 30, 2016

In about one months time 13 of Genesis studio albums will be available on vinyl again. 180 gram vinyl at that.

Universal Records are making every studio album from Trespass (1970) to Calling All Stations (1997) available again after being out of print. The one studio album that have been available all the time is apparently Selling England By The Pound (1973).

All albums remastered from the original studio masters and coming with original packaging, i.e. looking like they did when they were originally released.

Missing is the bands debut from 1969;  From Genesis To Revelation, since the record company doesn't own the rights to that record.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Zappa "best of" CD

18  tracks. Release date: September 16.
1. I'm The Slime
2. Dirty Love
3. Dancing Fool
4. Trouble Every Day
5. Peaches En Regalia
6. Tell Me You Love Me
7. Bobby Brown Goes Down
8. You Are What You Is
9. Valley Girl
10. Joe's Garage
11. Cosmik Debris
12. Sofa No. 1
13. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
14. Titties & Beer
15. G-Spot Tornado
16. Cocaine Decisions
17. Zoot Allures
18. Strictly Genteel

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clip of Beatles before Shea Stadium gig

With the Beatles movie Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years one month away this short clip was posted yesterday on Twitter:

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Any idea why we can't get the Twitter embed tweet code to work and actually get the tweet including playable video embedded here on our blog? We've lookd for solutions but can't come up with any... A bit boring serving up just text and a link. :(

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pink Floyd double LP's reissued

The Division Bell and The Wall.
Release date August 26: Mastered from the original analogue tapes and pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Strong reactions on Zappa item auction

Auction house Julien's in Los Angeles is announcing an auction of properties of the estate of Frank and Gail Zappa: 
..."This includes a Dandies Fashions coat worn by Frank Zappa on the July 20, 1968 cover of Rolling Stone magazine; a purple ribbed turtleneck worn by Frank Zappa in 200 Motels (United Artists, 1971); a stage worn vest that Zappa also wore on the back cover of the 1972 album Waka Jawaka; a collection of career related awards presented to Frank Zappa including various Gold records, a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award,"...

But many fans have reacted with disgust and sadness. Frank's brother Bob Zappa has posted this on Facebook: 
"The Julien's auction of Frank Zappa's belongings, like his music awards, articles of clothing and other personal items is an offense to his memory."

He gets support from other fans. Here are two of the numerous comments on Bob Zappa's post:

"I can understand some discrimination between entirely personal items specific to family and highly culturally relevant articles relating to his art which could be displayed and protected but this sounds like a car boot sale"

"Like Dali's Museum and House regarded in Spain as national treasures, Zappa's home and studio should be revered ... sickening."

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Congratulations Mr Holdsworth!

Hurray! Hurray! Guitarist extraordinaire Allan Holdsworth - 70 years today.
Holdsworth is known for his intricate, very fast solos and the unorthodox chord changes in his compositions. He has written a book enititled Reaching for the Uncommon Chord.
His unique fluid playing has inspired musicians as Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani.

The must-hear albums, according to Radio Dupree:
UK - UK (1978, with Bill Bruford, Eddie Jobson and John Wetton)
Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U. (1982)
Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue (1985)

Friday, August 05, 2016

Happy 50th birthday - Revolver!

One of the most loved Beatles albums, and their first really innovative one. Released on August 5, 1966.
On this one the lads experimented with Indian music (Love You To), classical string arrangements (Eleanor Rigby) and unconventional recording techniques as tape loops and running the vocal microphpone signal through a leslie etc.
Did we tell which one is Radio Dupree's favourite track? Tomorrow Never Knows, no doubt!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New exhibit of unseen early photographs of David Bowie

Photo: Gerald Fearnly

Snap Galleries in London has just announced that never before published photographs of David Bowie taken in the late 1960's will be exhibited in a couple of weeks.

The photographer is Gerald Fearnly who shot the cover photo for the 1967 self titled David Bowie album.

Fifteen of these unseen photographs will be shown in the gallery from August 15 to September 24, 2016. And there are of course prints for sale.

More on the photographs here:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pink Floyd release: giant set of early stuff

The Early Years 1965 - 1972 is a 27-disc box set featuring a lot of previously unreleased material. 
The press release says that it "contains unreleased tracks, BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes and alternative versions over 11 hours, 45 minutes of audio and live and TV performance in over 14 hours of audio-visual material."
"The content includes over 20 unreleased songs, more than 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and over 5 hours of rare concert footage, along with 5 meticulously produced 7” singles in replica sleeves, collectable memorabilia, feature films and new sound mixes. Previously unreleased tracks include 1967’s Vegetable Man and In The Beechwoods, which have been mixed for the first time, specially for this release."
Release date: November 11, 2016.



Saturday, July 23, 2016

Upcoming release: The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl

The album "The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl" is set for a re-release on September 9. The album is directly sourced, remixed, and remastered from the original three-track recordings, and includes four tracks that have never been released before.

The original album was released in 1977 and has never been reissued on CD (or in any other digital format). The music site Pitchfork has the story. Check it out here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

King Crimson: Great sample from upcoming album

"Easy Money" live in Japan - an excerpt from King Crimson's forthcoming album - "Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind" - a triple CD and BluRay set available from 3rd September. Sounds great, right?

More information on the album and the upcoming European tour here.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Fifty years ago today...

Today on July 27 it is fifty years since the release of Freak Out!, the first album by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention.
A ground breaking album in several ways; the collage technique in the music, the satirical lyrics and attitude, the idea of a concept album.

Listen to the album here:

Listen to Sveriges Radio's celebration of the 50th anniversary of Freak Out! (Not sure if the link works outside Sweden though):