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!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers joint summer tour 2018

Tickets for the summer tour will go on sale this Friday January 12, with the tour starting in Charlotte, NC May 10 and ending in Bethel, NY July 14.

Here's the complete rundown of dates for The Summer Of Living Dangerously tour:

10 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
11 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
13 - Jacksonville, FL @ Dailys Place
14 - Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
17 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
19 - Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheater
20 - Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
22 - New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
24 - Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
25 - Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
27 - Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

1 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
4 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center+
5 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
7 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena**
9 - Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena**
10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
12 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
15 - Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
16 - Madison, WI @ Breese Stevens**
18 - Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
19 - St Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
21 - Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
24 - Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
26 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
27 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
30 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

2 - Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage**
3 - Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
6 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
10 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
11 - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
13 - Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook**
14 - Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

More information can be found over at:

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Walter Becker tribute concert in Oslo, Norway featuring Georg "Jojje" Wadenius

Guitarist Georg "Jojje" Wadenius who played on Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad (1993) and live with Steely Dan 1994 as can be heard on the 1995 live album Alive In America, is part of a tribute concert to Walter Becker that will take place January 29 at the jazz club Herr Nilsen in Oslo, Norway.

Ole Børud band will be playing with a total of 13 people on stage. The music will be Walter's solo stuff, some Steely Dan and a few pieces from his other productions.