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Mike Zito: Rock N Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry

Mike Zito has done something very special for his 16th album. to be released on Ruf Records November 1. He invited 21 guest ll guitarists, to join him on Rock N Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry 111One of the guests is Charles Berry III, Chuck Berry’s grandson. Other guests include Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, Luther Dickinson, Albert Castiglia, Anders Osborne, Tinsley Ellis, Ally Venable, and other talented folks. Even Alex Skolnick f from Testament and Richard Fortus of Guns ‘n Roses play parts!

The album includes 20 tracks of Berry’s biggest hits and a few less well-known songs, such as “Downbound Train” and Havana Moon.” But for the most part, any Chuck Berry fan will recognize and love every song.

The album was produced by Zito himself at his own Marz Studio. The basic tracks were recorded and then sent to the guest artists, who gleefully added their own parts and sent them back. The whole process took a year, but the results were certainly worth it!  It sounds like one big party.

It all starts out with Charles Berry III playing and singing with Zito on “St. Louis Blues,”, sounding just like his granddad. Then come two major favorites,” Rock and Roll Music “featuring Joanna Connor and a blazing “Jonny B. Goode” with Walter Trout, before Joe Bonamassa absolutely tears up his part on the lesser-known “Wee, Wee Hours.” making it a real album highlight.

Then it’s back to the well-loved “Memphis,” with Anders Osborne and Zito sounding great together before Ryan Perry helps rock out “I Want to Be Your Driver.” “Robbin Ford adds power to the delightful “You Never Can Tell and”Eric Gales helps out on a great version of “Back in the USA”.

“No Particular Place to Go” is such a great song, perfectly suite to Zito and Jeremiah Johnson. Luther Dickenson joins Zito to make “Too Much Monkey Business” sound very Dylan-y while SonnyLandreth adds to the tropical feel of Havana Moon” with its fabulous steel guitar. Next, just hearing that iconic Berry beginning to “Promised Land” is going to make a lot of people smile, and Zito and Tinsley Ellis sound wonderful together and seem to be having such a great time that this one is another feel-good highlight!

“Downbound Train” is lesser-known and unexpected, with its dark tone, so it’s appropriate that it has an unexpected guest, Alex Selnick of thrash metal band Testament provides the perfect accompaniment. Then, Richard Fortus of Guns and Roses proves he can rock out Berry-style on the classic “Maybelline!”

Ally Venable has just the right young blues voice and hot guitar playing for “School Days.” Then, not one but two guests teach a little history with Zito on “Brown Eyed Handsome Man.'” Reelin’ and Rockin;” is a blast with Tommy Castro joining the party with Zito. Next, get ready to “Let it Rock” as Jimmy Vivino, leader of Conan’s house band, guests.

Choosing Albert Castiglia to guest on “thirty Days” was a stroke of genius. The pure joy that shines through as Zito, Castro and a chorus of others perform this song makes it a pleasure , making sure you’re smiling and prepared for the irrepressible “My Ding-a-Ling,” on which Kid Anderson, Zito and the chorus of grown men all sound like extremely talented and gleeful little boys! I defy you not to laugh.

With this album, Mike Zito and his friends do exactly what Chuck Berry did: Deliver an album that wows listeners not by technology but by skill, a lot of laughs, plenty of chances to boogie, and boundless enthusiasm. Chuck would be so proud!

 

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Alzheimer’s Music Fest features Rev Horton Heat!

At 6:00 PM on September 21st, 2019, MadLife will host the 8th Annual Alzheimer’s Music Fest for a powerful and moving night of performances. The evening will culminate with a headline concert by The Reverend Horton Heat.” Other performers during the day include Gurufish, Ralph Roddenberry, Zangaro, Mikail Peterson and Donna Hopkins. Tickets are $50-$75 and support this great cause!

Alzheimers music fest

 

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VELVET UNDERGROUND’S 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED WITH CAREER-SPANNING VINYL BOX SET

Now here’s an exciting press release1

 THE VELVET UNDEGROUND INCLUDES DEFINITIVE STEREO EDITIONS OF SIX CLASSIC ALBUMS INCLUDING
ALL FOUR STUDIO RECORDS, THE “LOST” 1969 ALBUM AND NICO’S DEBUT LP

Los Angeles – December 20, 2017 – To celebrate the Velvet Underground’s 50th anniversary, Verve Records/UMe is releasing The Velvet Underground, a limited-edition career-spanning box that collects all four of the pioneering band’s studio albums, Velvets collaborator Nico’s debut LP, Chelsea Girl, and a reconstruction of the fabled “lost” 1969 album, making it available on vinyl for the first time. The six albums housed in a special black slipcase will be pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and feature stereo mixes and meticulously reproduced original cover art. The box will also include an exclusive 48-page booklet, featuring vintage photos, lyrics and a new foreword penned by founding member Maureen “Moe” Tucker. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide, the box set, which will be released February 23, is available for pre-order now exclusively at uDiscover: https://UMe.lnk.to/TVULPBox

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 Assembled by Grammy-winning reissue producer Bill LevensonThe Velvet Underground incorporates six classic records from the band’s vintage heyday including 1967’s The Velvet Underground and Nico, their landmark debut, produced by the band’s mentor Andy Warhol and includes such Velvets classics as SundayMorning,” “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Venus in Furs” and “Heroin;” Nico’s 1967 full-length solo debutChelsea Girl, featuring songwriting and instrumental contributions from Velvets members Reed, Cale and Morrison as well as a young Jackson Browne; 1968’s explosive White Light/White Heat, the group’s final album with co-founder Cale; 1969’s relatively restrained, introspective The Velvet Underground; and 1970’s Loaded, which was the band’s commercial breakthrough as well as its final studio album, with such beloved Reed anthems as “Sweet Jane” and “Rock & Roll.”

 To honor the band’s half a century legacy, Levenson has loving recreated the Velvet Underground’s much-mythologized “lost” album, 1969, specially for this set. Nearly 50 years later, much remains unclear about these mysterious recordings. While there’s been reports that the album was intended to be the band’s fourth record only to be rejected by MGM, it’s also possible they were scrapped by the band or possibly shelved by them for being ahead of its time. Whatever the real story is, these songs, recorded just after their lauded self-titled album, which include many gems like “Foggy Notion,” “Ride Into The Sun,” and “I Can’t Stand It,” help to tell the band’s enigmatic story and shine a light on their creative restlessness and rapid evolution. For this new vinyl recreation, Levenson has assembled the album using 1969 and 2014 mixes. Although these recordings have been previously released, they’ve never been represented on vinyl in this expansive 2LP format. Side four of the second LP is rounded out with bonus tracks recorded in 1968 including “Hey Mr. Rain” and “Stephanie Says.”

 The Velvet Underground’s gritty, fearless creative vision remains unique and unmatched. Although the band met with little commercial acceptance during its existence, the seminal New York foursome of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker, along with Doug Yule, is now considered one of most important rock and roll bands of all time, laying the groundwork in the ‘60s for punk, alternative, avant-garde, psychedelic rock, post-punk and shoegaze. The Velvets’ revolutionary body of work stands as a one of rock’s most distinctive catalogs and today their influence looms larger than ever.

 The Velvet Underground and Nico (March 1967)

Side One

  1. SundayMorning
  2. I’m Waiting For The Man
  3. Femme Fatale
  4. Venus In Furs
  5. Run Run Run
  6. AllTomorrow’sParties

 Side Two

  1. Heroin
  2. There She Goes Again
  3. I’ll Be Your Mirror
  4. The Black Angel’s Death Song
  5. European Son

 Nico: Chelsea Girl (October 1967)

Side One

  1. The Fairest of the Seasons
  2. These Days
  3. Little Sister
  4. Winter Song
  5. It Was A Pleasure Then

 Side Two

  1. Chelsea Girls
  2. I’ll Keep It With Mine
  3. Somewhere There’s a Feather
  4. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
  5. Eulogy To Lenny Bruce

 White Light/White Heat (January 1968)

Side One

  1. White Light/White Heat
  2. The Gift
  3. Lady Godiva’s Operation
  4. There She Comes Now

 Side Two

  1. I Heard Her Call My Name
  2. Sister Ray

 The Velvet Underground (March 1969)

Side One

  1. Candy Says
  2. What Goes On
  3. Some Kinda Love
  4. Pale Blue Eyes
  5. Jesus

 Side Two

  1. Beginning To See The Light
  2. I’m Set Free
  3. That’s The Story Of My Life
  4. The Murder Mystery
  5. After Hours

 1969 (recorded May – October 1969)

Side One

  1. Foggy Notion (original 1969 mix)
  2. One Of The Days (2014 mix)
  3. Lisa Says (2014 mix)
  4. I’m Sticking With You (original 1969 mix)
  5. Andy’s Chest (original 1969 mix)

 Side Two

  1. I Can’t Stand It (2014 mix)
  2. She’s My Best Friend (original 1969 mix)
  3. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (2014 mix)
  4. I’m Gonna Move Right In (original 1969 mix)
  5. Ferryboat Bill (original 1969 mix)

 Side Three

  1. Coney Island Steeplechase (2014 mix)
  2. Ocean (original 1969 mix)
  3. Rock & Roll (original 1969 mix)
  4. Ride Into The Sun (2014 mix)

 Side Four – Bonus Tracks

  1. Hey Mr. Rain (version one)
  2. Guess I’m Falling In Love instrumental version)
  3. Temptation Inside Your Heart (original mix)
  4. Stephanie Says (original mix)
  5. Hey Mr. Rain (version two)
  6. Beginning To See The Light (early version)

 Loaded (November 1970)

Side One

  1. Who Loves The Sun
  2. Sweet Jane
  3. Rock & Roll
  4. Cool It Down
  5. New Age

 Side Two

  1. Head Held High
  2. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
  3. I Found A Reason
  4. Train Round The Bend
  5. Oh! Sweet Nuthin’

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Savoy Brown – “Witchy Feelin’”feels fine

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Savoy Brown – “Witchy Feelin’”feels fine

Savoy Brown has been around since the mid’ -60’s and recorded over 30 albums. While recording on Ruf in recent years, The band has often played with mystic themes, with titles such as Voodoo Moon and The Devil to Pay. Witchy Feelin‘ has definitely got some of that, woven in with some tunes that are just plain spectacular guitar-driven blues-rock.

While the band has had many different lineups in 52 years, Kim Simmonds is still and always has been part of it, and it has always delivered great blues-rock. You will know they have not slowed down by the first notes of the first song, “Why Did You Hoodoo Me?” And when the vocals kick in, you realize Kim Simmonds still sounds just as perfect for this music as he always has, as well as being a guitar wizard.

The pace slows a bit as things get swampy for”Living On The Bayou,” with a strong Dire Straits feel and a cast of interesting characters. “Can’t Stop the Blues,” on the other hand, is a down and dirty rocker which still manages to incorporate some spooky imagery into a basic tale of a breakup.

Next comes the title track. “Witchy Feeling” is an eerie song with some really tasty guitar fills and vocals from Simmonds.
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We take a break from the spooky stuff for “Guitar Slinger”, a rocking bit of storytelling based on the first time Simmonds saw Roy Buchanon back in 1969. “Vintage Man” continues the nostalgia with a happy boogie-woogie about a man who loves everything old.

“Standing in a Doorway” is my favorite track on the album because the wicked slide guitar brings such joy to my heart. It’s a slow Southern-rock flavored ballad that simply shimmers with Simmond’s guitar magic. .It is followed by the flat-out rock of “Memphis Blues” and “Can’t Find Paradise.”

Wah-wah hits you and tremolo abounds in “Thunder, Lightning, and Rain,” and the drummer keeps the beat pounding while the bass is thrumming as Simmonds takes us back into the dark zone.

The album ends with a beautiful jazz instrumental. “Close to Midnight,: which gives you the feeling that whatever has gone before, it is all going to be all right.

All three members of Savoy Brown do an excellent job here, but Kim Simmonds is the beating heart of Savoy Brown, and after 50 years, he has never sounded better.Witchy Feelin’ is a wonder.

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RIP Tom Petty, dead at 66

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Tom Petty,  legendary rock star and leader of the Heartbreakers, truly dud break thousands of hearts when word came today when he died of cardiac arrest.  Petty and The Heartbreakers had just completed their summer tour a week ago, celebrating their 40th anniversary as a  band.

In the excellent obituary at The Coastal Courier, Bob Dylan is quoted:

“It’s shocking, crushing news,” legendary songwriter Bob Dylan, a close Petty friend and colleague, told Rolling Stone magazine. “I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Whenever  a performer dies, it tears the hearts of those who have grown up with heir music or who have loved it deeply. Petty may be gone, but we will always remember him through his songs like “The Waiting,” “You Got Lucky,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Learning to Fly” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” Some of us will also remember him as part of the  Travelin’ Wilburys.  When you see George and Roy, say hello for us, Tom.

 

 

 

 

 

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DAVID BOWIE & TREVOR JONES’ ICONIC LABYRINTH SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED ON SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION COLORED VINYL PRESSINGS ON AUGUST 4 VIA UMe

1500 COPIES EACH OF GREEN & LAVENDER VINYL ONLY AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT UDISCOVER

HIGH QUALITY 120-GRAM BLACK VINYL RECEIVING SECOND PRESSING DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

 Los Angeles – June 27, 2017 David Bowie and Trevor Jones’ iconic soundtrack to Jim Henson’s mesmerizing and enduring fantasy classic, Labyrinth, will be released on limited edition green and lavender vinyl on August 4 via UMe. Limited to 1500 copies of each worldwide, the special colored vinyl variants are available exclusively at UDiscover and now available for pre-order. Additionally, a second pressing of the album on high quality 120gm black vinyl will be made available the same day due to popular demand following the incredible response from the album’s release on May 12, which marked the first time the album has been released on vinyl since its original 1986 release. Long out of print, the album was remastered at Capitol Studios and includes the faithfully replicated original jacket and artwork, including the original EMI America logo and the printed inner sleeve featuring photos of Bowie from the film. Pre-order Labyrinth here: https://UMe.lnk.to/LabyrinthLP

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Praised by film critics and moviegoers alike for its astonishing imagery and distinct characters, Labyrinth has been celebrated for being wildly ahead of its time. Directed by Jim Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, the film, which stars David Bowie as Jareth, The Goblin King, is full of memorable creatures brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, working closely with acclaimed artist and conceptual designer Brian Froud.

 

In a 1986 interview with Movieline, Bowie recalled his first meeting with Henson to discuss the film: “Jim Henson set up a meeting with me while I was doing my 1983 tour in the States, and he outlined the basic concept for Labyrinth and showed me some of Brian Froud’s artwork. I’d always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages, as well as everyone else, and I must say that Jim gave me a completely free hand with it. The script itself was terribly amusing without being vicious or spiteful or bloody, and it also had a lot more heart than many other special effects movies. So I was pretty well hooked from the beginning.”

 

Described by The Atlantic as “101 minutes of Bowie rock opera and Hensonian spectacle,” Labyrinth was the second major soundtrack that Bowie worked on, falling between his 16th and 17th studio albums, Tonight and Never Let Me Down. He wrote and recorded five original songs for the film, including “Underground,” “As The World Falls Down” and “Magic Dance” with its famous oft-repeated opening: “You remind me of the babe/What babe? The babe with the power/What power? The power of voodoo/Who do? You do/Do what? Remind me of the babe.” All songs were performed by Bowie except “Chilly Down” which was sung by Charles Augins, Richard Bodkin, Kevin Clash, and Danny John-Jules, the actors who voiced the ‘Firey’ creatures in the film. In the aforementioned interview with Movieline around the film and soundtrack’s release, Bowie revealed an obstacle he encountered while recording. “With ‘Dance Magic’ – the song for Jareth and the baby, sung by them and the goblins in the castle throne room – I had problems,” Bowie explained. “The baby I used in the recording studios couldn’t, or wouldn’t, put more than two gurgles together, so I ended up doing the baby-gurgle chorus myself! It’s an up-tempo song, and visually exciting.”

 

The 12-track soundtrack is rounded out with Trevor Jones’ memorable score. The synth-based instrumentals, described by All Music Guide as “synthesizers blended cautiously into orchestral ensembles to provide a suitably ethereal tone,” represent pivotal moments from the film and include “Into the Labyrinth,” “Sarah” “Hallucination,” “The Goblin Battle,” “Thirteen O’Clock” and “Home at Last.” Jones and Henson previously worked together on the live action fantasy classic, “The Dark Crystal.”

 

Labyrinth celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and the film and soundtrack have only grown in popularity since its release on June 27, 1986. Last year, a newly restored 4K version of the movie was released back in theaters with a limited engagement theatrical run in the United States giving fans the opportunity to see it back on the big screen. On September 20th, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray, next-generation 4K Ultra HD™, and as a multi-format 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition complete with unique “mirrorbox” packaging that included a mini replica of the film’s climactic and iconic final scene. All versions include a host of all-new bonus content and a gorgeous 24-page Digibook filled with rare photos and a look behind the scenes.

 

LABYRINTH OST TRACK LISTING

SIDE 1

  1. Opening Titles Including Underground
  2. Into The Labyrinth
  3. Magic Dance
  4. Sarah
  5. Chilly Down
  6. Hallucination

 

SIDE 2

  1. As The World Falls Down
  2. The Goblin Battle
  3. Within You
  4. Thirteen O’Clock
  5. Home At Last
  6. Underground

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