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Kitchener David Gray Concert with player from

Posted by pharland on July 5th, 2010 filed in Ethical "bootlegs", Gray, David

Here again is that David Gray concert I recorded, which you can access in lossless format here, where you will also find the full track listing and other info.  I was happy to see that it’s gotten about 500 downloads so far and one review (four out of five stars), so it’s quite well-received.  So [...]

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Excellent Shawn Phillips concert in Toronto

Posted by pharland on April 4th, 2008 filed in Concert reviews, Phillips, Shawn

A while back I blogged on what I considered a forgotten album, which I had found in a bargain bin at the local record store (also see my post on his use of the sitar). I had never heard of Shawn Phillips, despite the fact that his Second Contribution (1969) was certified platinum. Sure I [...]

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What does Brian Eno to do with emperor Augustus?

Posted by pharland on March 12th, 2008 filed in Ambient, Eno, Brian

Hat tip to David Meadows who noticed the story on Brian Eno’s involvement with artist Mimmo Paladino in creating the ever-changing ambient music for an artistic display at Rome’s Ara Pacis Museum.

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Exposure to Robert Fripp (1979)

Posted by pharland on March 6th, 2008 filed in 1970s, Alternative / Experimental, Ambient, Fripp, Robert, Gabriel, Peter, King Crimson, New Wave

Last week I picked up a near-mint LP copy of the original mix of Robert Fripp’s 1979 album, Exposure. I find listening to the album, whose main themes orbit suffering, a fascinating experience. Fripp (who is best known for fronting King Crimson) thought of the album as a third in a triology including the albums [...]

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Bill Bruford on Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson

Posted by pharland on February 2nd, 2008 filed in 1970s, Bruford, Bill, Genesis, King Crimson, Progressive Rock, Yes

I recently took the book Genesis: Chapter and Verse (2007) out of the library. It’s mainly a collection of quotations from each of the band members, as well as collaborators, on various stages in Genesis’ history. There are some interesting things in here. Bill Bruford, who is best known as the drummer of Yes in [...]

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Unexpected rock instruments: Sitar

Posted by pharland on January 12th, 2008 filed in 1960s, Beatles, Harrison, George, Phillips, Shawn, Progressive Rock, Rock instruments

When one thinks of traditional rock and roll, one generally pictures a band of four and the instruments are usually the drums, bass, guitar, and vocal, as well as some keyboards. (You can also throw in a harmonica and tambourine, if you like). As rock developed into the 1960s, however, a variety of other unexpected [...]

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Motown meets Bayou: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “I heard it through the grapevine” (1970)

Posted by pharland on January 5th, 2008 filed in 1960s, 1970s, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gaye, Marvin, Soul / Funk / Motown

Listen while you read: “Heard it through the grapevine” (a half-decent recording of the song on youtube opens up in a new window) I’ve been listening to a lot of Motown and related (R&B, Soul, Funk) since getting back into vinyl, including the likes of Al Green, Supremes, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, and others. Marvin [...]

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Favourite Christmas album: Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

Posted by pharland on December 21st, 2007 filed in 1960s, Fitzgerald, Ella, Jazz and Blues

Listen while you read: Open up the Verve jukebox in a new window (the jukebox will automatically play a snippet of each tune from the album) Don’t let the strange (though cool-looking) cover with a multi-coloured unicorn eating a flower fool you. This is a Christmas album, and an excellent one! Don’t get me wrong. [...]

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Milli Vanilli-esque?: The Poppyfields’ Alarm’s “45 RPM” hoax (2004)

Posted by pharland on December 19th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Alarm A while back I posted on the Alarm as part of my ongoing series on bands of the 1980s. A friend of mine, Tony, commented that he remembered a recent incident involving a Milli-Vanilli-like “scam” of sorts in connection with a come-back of the Alarm. Now another reader (Jeff Fulton) of that post has [...]

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Bands of the 1980s: The Call (Michael Been)

Posted by pharland on December 4th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Alternative / Experimental, Band, The, Call, The The first time I heard the band The Call, it was a tape of Modern Romans (1983) that my friend Sue lent to me. The tune you are listening to now, if you pressed play above, is “The walls came down” from that second album (and, yes, that is Garth Hudson, seated, on keyboards). [...]

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U2 collaborations: Robbie Robertson’s “Sweet Fire of Love” (1987)

Posted by pharland on November 21st, 2007 filed in 1980s, Band, The, Dylan, Bob, Lanois, Daniel, U2

Robbie Robertson’s debut solo album of 1987 is significant for several reasons, including his team-up with U2.First of all, the album reflects Robbie Robertson’s first substantial musical contribution since the dissolution of The Band, whose final performance of 1976 was captured in Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. Over ten years had passed, and this length of [...]

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U2′s Bono on the new song “Wave of Sorrow” (Joshua Tree remastered)

Posted by pharland on November 14th, 2007 filed in 1980s, U2

The release of the remastered edition of Joshua Tree (original 1987) is coming up in a few days and the 2 or 3 disc editions (“deluxe” and “superdeluxe”) include the original B-sides, along with a few previously unreleased songs. One of these songs is “Wave of Sorrow” which, as Bono explains, is based on Bono [...]

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Review of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand (2007)

Posted by pharland on November 6th, 2007 filed in 2000s, Folk / Bluegrass, Krauss, Alison, Led Zeppelin, Reviews of new CDs

Buy at Amazon Listen while your read: Open up the Plant / Krauss “jukebox” This album involves quite an unexpected team-up. Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, joins one of the most important voices and fiddles in bluegrass music, Alison Krauss. There is a third artist, not mentioned on the cover, who really makes [...]

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The story behind a song: Haunted by “The Rhythm of the Heat” (Peter Gabriel and Carl Jung)

Posted by pharland on October 28th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Gabriel, Peter, Music and religion, Story behind a song, World music

Listen while you read: A 1982 live version of Rhythm of the Heat from YouTube By haunted, I don’t mean in the halloween sense, but in the sense of losing your self entirely to the spirits, of losing your very soul. One of the most haunting and experiential songs I know of is Peter [...]

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Review of Radiohead’s In Rainbows (2007)

Posted by pharland on October 22nd, 2007 filed in 2000s, Alternative / Experimental, Radiohead, Reviews of new CDs

In some ways, Radiohead’s new album, In Rainbows (2007), is a continuation of their experimentation in recent years, experimentation that continues in interesting new directions. In other ways there are some of the sounds of The Bends (1995), one of my own favourites. So far, the album, which was released October 10, is only available [...]

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Bruce Springsteen and the bible

Posted by pharland on October 15th, 2007 filed in Music and religion, Springsteen, Bruce

In light of my recent discussions of Bruce Springsteen, I should mention that Michael Pitkowsky (a long time fan of the boss) has an interesting post on biblical imagery and narratives in Springsteen’s lyrics: Bruce Springsteen, Genesis, the Bible, and Religion.

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New book on U2′s Achtung Baby (33 1/3 series)

Posted by pharland on October 14th, 2007 filed in 1990s, Music and religion, Reviews of books on music, U2

I have been a U2 fan for a good number of years (since about 1983), so I was interested to hear that a book was coming out about the ground-breaking Achtung Baby (1991). I’m also a student of the history of religion, as well as religion and popular culture, so I wasn’t turned off by [...]

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“21st Century Schizoid Man. . . “: King Crimson’s debut (1969)

Posted by pharland on October 8th, 2007 filed in 1960s, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Jazz and Blues, King Crimson, Progressive Rock

Seldom does an album-cover embody the essence of a song so perfectly (or vice versa), but that is the case with the disturbing cover of King Crimson’s debut album of 1969, the year of my birth (art by Barry Godber). The thing is, An Observation by King Crimson (© 1969 E.G. Music Ltd) is such [...]

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Review of Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band’s Magic (2007)

Posted by pharland on October 3rd, 2007 filed in Folk Rock, Reviews of new CDs, Springsteen, Bruce

Click to buy at Amazon Listen while your read: Open up the Springsteen Magic webpage in a new window (then click on a track) In some ways, Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, Magic, which sees the reuniting of the E. Street Band, comes at a high point in Springsteen’s recent career, and this means there are [...]

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Roberta Flack’s Chapter Two (1970): Reverend Lee

Posted by pharland on September 29th, 2007 filed in 1970s, Dylan, Bob, Flack, Roberta, Soul / Funk / Motown

Listen while you read: “Reverend Lee” (audio) Roberta Flack is perhaps best known for her influential performance of the song “Killing me softly with his song” back in 1973, recently re-covered by the Fugees (if 1997 is “recent” to anyone else). Flack’s early work, before the years of disco set in and had their deleterious [...]

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Bands of the 1980s: The Alarm

Posted by pharland on September 24th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Alarm, Alternative / Experimental, Artists / Bands, U2

Listen as you read: “The Stand” (audio snippet from first self-titled ["Eponymous"] album, © 1983 IRS). One band that very few seem to remember (at least in North America), even if they were teenagers in the 1980s, is The Alarm (full discography). The Alarm was a contemporary of both U2 and Simple Minds, and there [...]

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Post-Gabriel Genesis: A Trick of the Tail (1976)

Posted by pharland on September 18th, 2007 filed in 1970s, Collins, Phil, Gabriel, Peter, Genesis

Listen while you read: “Dance on a volcano” (audio snippet) I have been a fan of Genesis for some years. Just now memories are coming back of earlier days, when I was 13 (1982-83), listening to Genesis on 103 PhD, coming out of Buffalo (for many years when someone referred to a “PhD”, I thought [...]

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Bruce Springsteen’s character sketches: Welcome to Asbury Park N.J. (1973)

Posted by pharland on September 13th, 2007 filed in 1970s, Springsteen, Bruce

Listen as you read (live version of “Lost in the flood”, Hammersmith Odeon, 1975): With Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album (Magic) due out on October 2nd, what better time is there to post on the boss’s songwriting (official Springsteen website). I am a relatively new fan of Springsteen. This shift was thanks, in part, [...]

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Forgotten albums: Shawn Phillip’s Second Contribution (1970)

Posted by pharland on September 6th, 2007 filed in 1970s, Folk Rock, Forgotten albums, Phillips, Shawn, Progressive Rock

Listen while you read: “She was waiting . . . ” (audio snippet) I was browsing through the overload bins at the local record store and came across an intriguing cover with a lone, long-haired guitarist amidst a sea of dried mud. This image caught my attention and I began to wonder whether it was [...]

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From Pink Floyd’s mysteries to Led Zeppelin’s “Satanic” music

Posted by pharland on September 4th, 2007 filed in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Dylan, Bob, Johnson, Robert, Music and religion

There are a number of posts about music, religion, and culture on my academic blog that may be of interest to readers of this one: The times they are a changin’ endin’: Bob Dylan’s apocalypse Satanic conspiracies of the 1970s and 1980s (dealing with the supposed and real cases of back-masking) “Me and the Devil [...]

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Jazz guitar duel of 1976: George Benson vs. Jeff Beck

Posted by pharland on August 29th, 2007 filed in 1970s, Beck, Jeff, Benson, George, Jazz and Blues

Listen as you read: “Breezin‘” (audio snippet) Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m biased and the winner is a foregone conclusion. Through the luck of the draw, I recently ended up with two jazz guitar records from the same year (the first for ¢.10 and the other for a mere buck–both in excellent condition with almost [...]

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Phil Spector’s “wall of sound”: Isn’t it a pity?

Posted by pharland on August 27th, 2007 filed in 1970s, Beatles, Harrison, George

Listen while you read: Beware of darkness (Spectorized) (audio snippet) Phil Spector’s influence on rock n’ roll cannot be underestimated. His production of several Beatles albums ensured this. Spector‘s style of production (by the mid-late 1960s) with heavy reverberation and very full orchestral arrangements mixed with the original performances and overdubs has sometimes been known [...]

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Peter Gabriel sings in German – 3. Melt (ein deutsches album) (1980)

Posted by pharland on August 25th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Gabriel, Peter, Genesis, Honorary songs

Listen while you read: Biko (audio snippet) I was lucky enough to find one of Peter Gabriel‘s lesser known albums at the local record store in Waterloo (“Orange Monkey”). After leaving the then well-known Genesis to pursue his solo career in the mid 1970s, Gabriel went on to create a number of interesting and somewhat [...]

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