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Monday, August 31, 2015

Guest stuff, part 2, Stranglers related

My go-to reggae guy, Cliff in the UK, is still under the weather.... we are all praying for a quick recovery for ya, Cliff.... however, he does send along a fine link to a BBC broadcast, "Men In Black, The Stranglers Story"... very very good, narrated by Glen Matlock.... if you are a Stranglers fan you WANT this trust me.


Also in the Stranglers deluge, we have old blog friend John Baker presenting THREE great Stranglers bootlegs from his stash.... the Stranglers mega-post was quite popular, and why not? It's the Stranglers! and these are worth your time, trust me.    First up we have "1977 Live at the Roundhouse"

Next up is 1980s "Live in Toronto"

And finally, from 1981"Emerald City" from Cherry Hill New Jersey......

Thanks loads to Jon Baker for these gems!

Finally, non-Stranglers, from Jonder comes my favorite recent submission.......I will copy the email
as it is in the form of a review:

Cassandra Wilson is a singer best known for her 1990's jazz albums on Blue Note. Her voice is deep, rich, and smoky (most often compared to Betty Carter and Abbie Lincoln). The musical arrangements on her albums draw on acoustic blues and Afro-Caribbean percussion, and her songs can rarely be labeled as traditional jazz.

Ms. Wilson is also known for unconventional interpretations of cover songs. She was born in Mississippi, and was a child of the 60's who became a teen in the 70's. She was raised on popular radio, blues and country classics, as well as jazz standards. Her own music breaks down the boundaries of these genres.

Many of Wilson's pop/rock covers were compiled on the 2009 collection Closer To You (including her sublime versions of "Tupelo Honey", "Harvest Moon" and a slow burning "Last Train to Clarksville"). This is my homemade companion volume, which includes songs released during the past
two decades for Wilson's own albums as well as soundtracks, tributes, and guest appearances on other artists' albums (bassist Lonnie Plaxico, violinist Regina Carter, and guitarist Pat Martino).

Cassandra Wilson and her musical collaborators take surprising approaches to well-known songs and transform them into something new and truly special.

01 Crazy Love (Van Morrison)
02 The Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
03 Blackbird (The Beatles)
04 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
05 If It's Magic (Stevie Wonder)
06 Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
07 Killing Me Softly With His Song (as made famous by Roberta Flack, The
Fugees, etc)
08 If Loving You Is Wrong (as made famous by Luther Ingram, Barbara
Mandrell, etc)
09 One Less Bell To Answer (Burt Bacharach)
10 Longer (Dan Fogelberg)
11 Papa Was A Rollin' Stone (as made famous by The Temptations)
12 Only A Dream In Rio (James Taylor)
13 Painted from Memory (Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach)
14 Crazy (Willie Nelson)
15 Shelter From The Storm (Bob Dylan)
16 Black Crow (Joni Mitchell)

(SCOTT): "Shelter from the Storm" blew me away but the rest is great too....fantastic homemade comp!

Monday, August 24, 2015


Been working mega-hours, just like in the olden days......I have some fine guest material to post, maybe Friday....please none of my friends totally abandon me, and when I am on winter layoff, I will reward you with a cavalcade of stuff, both great and rare.....

Love ya all

Scott m

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Stranglers Submission/Rarity

From Augustus Owsley Strudel III comes a single of which I was unfamiliar, the Stranglers backing a different singer, "Celia", of Celia and the Mutations,
 on a pair of tracks, "Mony Mony" and "Mean To Me".....don't know the date, but kind of interesting to check out.......

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sorry for all the delays

It's been a bitch.......between the new job, my son's college visits, and unexpected computer problems,
it's been hard to get new material to you........thank God for guest posters, (Brian, ApantaBapanta, Cliff, JonDer).........I hope you ALL continue to send me stuff, I am thinking that right now I am in a position where I can post a bit more of my own stuff as well, and of course with winter layoff looming (Oh, yeeeeeeeeah), this blog is NOT NOT NOT going to die.......I promise you, I still owe you a LOT more music. the last couple months have been hectic due to the new job/long commmute, but we adjust, and things work out.......look for me a couple times this week, I will do my best, nad I know I owe Brian a few bumps which I will get taken care of this week as well (I have a TON of Robert Crumb Comix which will compliment his Robert Crumb muzic post like you won't even bleieve)......basically what I am saying is, THANK
YOU for reamining faithful, I am NOT one of those bloggers that works dillignetly for a couple of months and than am never heard from again, I am in this for the LONG RUN, as long as my readership and partners are willing to abide with my stuff (and YES, i DO enjoy stirring things up with Nazi-Rock, etc, if you don't like it, I am TRULY sorry, really, but go elsewhere, because you REALLY don't get it..........anyway, the Stranglers stuff is up, and there will be ANOTHER Stranglers post soon, highlighting some of the band's solo efforts, you'll want to check that too.........and as always I have 10000 ideas for "great" posts I think will be of interest to you guys.......all I am saying is PLEASE DO NOT ABANDON ME, and I will not abandon you.........LOTS of more good stuff to come, trust me, and I say this for one reason: I LOVE YOU ALL, and I DO NOT WISH TO SEVERE OUR RELATIONSHIP.

Ultra Mega Stranglers, Part 7

The new job, in case you had not heard,is taking some of my blog time away...... I assure you I (and
my contributing team) will NEVER let it die, it just may take a little bit longer to get your fix......sorry, gotta eat and all that shit, that year of retirement was sweet, but MAN was I getting bored/depressed, and just HAD to get back into the work field.... so it is..... the next installment of my mega-Stranglers post consists of comps, rarities discs,etc..... there will be some overlap, but I really don't have time to sort it all out...... the Stranglers were GREAT we all know that, and putting all their stuff in one place for the fans is a necessity.... sorry it's taken so long, but it's just life/work, and i STILL love music, and TRULY love sharing it with you folks, whom I ALSO truly love.... pick and chose here, Stranglers fans, there is good stuff here, also some overlap, but the Stranglers were one of the best and most underappreciated of the 70's-80's new wave/punk acts.  Their precursors were the Doors and (especially) Music Machine.....

Well, let us begin with "Off the Beaten Track", tons of B-sides and the like, most of these will be well-known to fans, BUT it's a cool collection, and includes a couple of non-lp singles, "5 Minutes" and "Rok it To the Moon"......worthwhile set.

Next up lets throw at ya "1977-90 Greatest Hits",nothing hard to find here, but a novice might find it just the thing for their collection.

Next we have the fab "All 12 Inches", various Stranglers greats remixed and such and originally taken from 12" singles.......don't miss this one, it's a really great one and one every Stranglers fan oughta own.

Next is the comprehensive 2-disc "The Hit Men", covers most of their essential material, and an update of "Grip" ("Grip 89")........much like the earlier "greatest Hits collection", this is a bit more comprehensive, if you want but one Stranglers disc on your shelf, this may be it... a finely selected and programmed collection.

"The Best of the Epic Years" includes a lot of the older classics, some are alternate takes, such as single remixes, or the like.. for completists and fanataics.

From 2002 we have a treasure chest, "Rarities", which includes some totally fantastic and unable to locate elsewhere rare Stranglers tracks, see track list for info, but this is one you REALLY want to have, Stranglers fan! Likely the best collection of hard to find Stranglers tracks you will stumble upon, unfortunately including the unnecessary "radio edit" of "Peaches"........can't win em all.....

Now, they released a few more comps, such as "Peaches", "Very Best Of", and "Gold Collection", all of which I DO have here at my disposal but AM NOT opting to include here, due to the hella-overlap factor......if I missed something important on one of these sets, be sure and let me know, and I will issue either individual tracks or the sets as a whole, just seems like a lotta extra work right now.

Now, HERE is a gem, though.... the 10-Track Collectors Disc, created by a fan club and given away free at some personal appearance events... the cover/ad is included, I think this is a pretty rare find, don't you?

Gonna wrap this long set up with the three disc UA Singles Collection, I know there is some overlap here as well, but a lot of good stuff here, and a rarity raises its head every now and again.

As I said, I have most of the other available Stranglers comps, if I have missed a track you'd want me to include, or a whole set, just let me know and it will be done, these guys just had a LOT of material, enough, in fact that I will get to yet ANOTHER posting, regarding their solo efforts away from the band.......till then, sorry I make you wait so long between posts, breaks my heart, really, but things are settling down and I WILL begin to post a bit more stuff, with help, of course, from my guest contributors (DO NOT miss Jonder's fantabulous Duke Spirit series, it's unreal and I hope he shares some of his other fave bands with us!)

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK-01 Go Buddy Go (B Side)/02 Top Secret (B Side)/03 Old Codger (B Side)/04 Maninwhite (B Side)/05 Rok It To the Moon (B Side)/06 Love 30 (B Side)/07 Shut Up (B Side)/08 Walk On By (Non LP Single)/09 Vietnamerica (B Side)/10 Mean to Me (From "Black and White" Free EP)/11 Cruel Garden (B Side)/12 Yellowcake UF6 (B Side)/13 5 Minutes (non LP Single)

GREATEST HITS 1977-90 01 Peaches/02 Something Better Change/03 No More Heroes/04 Walk
On By/05 Duchess/06 Golden Brown/07 Strange Little Girl/08 European Female/09 Skin Deep/10 Nice In Nice/11 Always the Sun/12 Big In America/13 All Day and All of the Night/14 96 Tears/15 No Mercy

ALL 12 INCHES-01  Midnight Summer Dream (Extended Version)/02 Skin Deep (Extended)/03 No Mercy (Cement Mix)/04 Let Me Down Easy (Extended Version)/05 Nice In Nice (Porridge Mix)/06 Always the Sun (Hot Mix)/07 Big In America (Texas Mix)/08 Shakin Like a Leaf (Jelly Mix)/09 All Day and All of the Night (Jeff Remix)/10 Was It You (Extended)/11 96 Tears (Tearaway Mix)/12 Sweet Smell of Success (Indie-Pendence Mix)

THE HIT MEN DISC 1-Grip '89/02 London Lady/03 Peaches/04 Go Buddy Go/05 Hanging Around/06 Choosey Susie/07 Something Better Change/08 Straighten Out/09 No More Heroes/10 English Towns/11 5 Minutes/12 Nice N Sleazy/13 Toiler on the Sea/14 Mean To Me/15 Walk On By/16 Duchess/17 Nuclear Device/18 Don't Bring Harry/19 The Raven/29 Bearcage/21 Who Wants the World

THE HIT MEN DISC 2-01 Waltzinblack/02 Thrown Away/03 Just Like Nothing On Earth/04 Let Me Introduce You to the family/05 Golden Brown/06 La Folie/07 Tramp/08 Strange Little Girl/09 European Female/10 Midnight Summer Dream/11 Paradise/12 Skin Deep/13 No Mercy.14 Let Me Down Easy/15 Nice In Nice/16 Always the Sun (Sunny Side Up Mix)/17 Big In America/18 Shakin Like a Leaf/19 Was It You? (Remix)/20 All Day and All of the Night/21 96 Tears/22 Sweet Smell of Success

BEST OF THE EPIC YEARS-European Female (Album Version)/02 Midnight Summer Dream (7"
Edit)/03 Paradise (Album Version/04 Skin Deep (Album Version)/05 No Mercy (Album Version)/06 Hot Club (Instrumental)/07 Let Me Down Easy (Album Version)08 Nice In Nice (Album Version)/09 Always the Sun (Original 7" Edit)/10 Big In America (Album Version)/11 Shakin Like a Leaf (Album Version)/12 All Day and All of the Night (Single Version)/13 Was It You (7" Version)/14 96 Tears (Album Version)/15 Sweet Smell of Success (7" Edit)/16 No Mercy (Cement Mix)/17 Always the Sun (Long Hot Sunny Side Up Mix-12" Version)/18 Sweet Smell of Success (Indie-Pendence Mix-12" Version)

RARITIES-01 Choosey Susie/02 Peaches (UK Radio Airplay Version)/03 Mony Mony (Celia and the Mutations)/04 Mean to Me (Celia and the Mutations)/05 No More Heroes (UK radio Edit)/06 Walk on By (UK Radio Edit)/07 Sverige (Swedish)/08 N'Emmenes Pas Harry (French)/09 Fools Rush Out/10 Bear Cage (12" Mix)11 Shah Shah a Go Go (12" mix)/12 The Meninblack (Waiting For Em)/13 La Folie (edited)/14 Rok it to te Moon/15 Shut Up/16 Old Codger/17 Yellowcake UF6/18 Vietnamerica/19 Love 30

10 TRACK COLLECTORS DISC-01 Golden Brown/02 Walk On By/03 European Female/04 Peaches/05 Something Better Change/06 Big Thing Coming/07 Strange Little Girl/08 5 Minutes/09 Always the Sun/10 No More Heroes

THE UA SINGLES COLLECTION DISC 1-01 (Get a) Grip (On Yourself)/02 London Lady/03 Peasant in the Big Shitty (Live 1976)/04 Choosey Susie/05 Peaches/06 Go Buddy Go/07 Something Better Change/08 Straighten out/09 No More Heroes/10 In the Shadows/11 Five Minutes/12 Rok It To the Moon/13 Nice N Sleazy/14 Shut Up/15 Walk on By/16 Mean to Me/17 Tits (live)

THE UA SINGLES COLLECTION DISC 2-01 Walk On By Radio Edit/02 Old Codger/03 Tank/04 Duchess/05 Fools Rush Out/06 Nuclear Device/07 Yellowcake UF6/08 Dont Bring Harry/09 Weird/10 Crabs (Live)/11 In the Shadaows (Live)/12 Bear Cage/13 Bear Cage 12" Extended Mix/14 Shah Shah a Go Go/15 Shah Shah a Go Go 12" Version/16 Sverige/17 N'Emmenes Pas Harry

THE UA SINGLES COLLECTION DISC 3-01 Who Wants the World /02 The Meninblack (Waiting
For Me)/03 Thrown Away/04 Talk Secret/05 Just Like Nothing On Earth/06 Maninwhite/07 Let Me Introduce you to the Family/08 Vietnamerica/09 Golden Brown/10 Love 30/11 La Folie/12 La Folie (radio Edit)/13 Waltzinblack/14 Strange Little Girl/15 Cruel Garden

Lotta stuff here.... hope you like it....... I love you guys and am sorry I've been slacking here a bit with the new job and all..... it should get better, if You don't abandon me I SWEAR I won't ever abandon you........this blog will NOT die before I do. Enjoy, and feel free to request and contribute and and comment, and just continue to be a part of our family here! Having a bit of computer trouble, but I will continue to FIGHT to bring you the best blog (????) on the internet!

Thursday, August 6, 2015


I told you guys I will never let you down, and I WON'T.....I LOVE LOVE LOVE you guys, I have
just recently taken on a new line of employment, 10 hr-days, PLUS a 3 hour round trip drive.......had to do it though, it's all about the benjamins, right? BUT I will NEVER let this blog die, guest material has been essential, and as of right now, I have a fuckin THREE DAY WEEKEND at my disposal, so let us see if we can get both some guest material, as well as some of my OWN stuff up here......sorry if you've missed my posts, even sorrier if you think I've dropped off the scene, trusts me, I am in it for the duration........I'll get a winter layoff, and I will bombard you fuckers with for now, though, we will go with guest material and whatever original stuff I can squeeze in,,,,,,,got a few things for tonight, besides, what the fuck am I gonna do, watch the fucking Republican clown-show debate? Likely not........

First up, and this has been owed for a while is from my great friend Jonder, who has been supplying us with these WONDERFUL Duke Spirit material, this is part 3 of four of his treasure-trove, listened to some today, it is too great to describe.......PLEASE check this out, and Jonder, PLEASE Please please continue to contribute here......I'm trying to work it out so I can do some of the "leg work" while at work so hopefully, and SOON, we will be back on something of a "real schedule"......nonetheless, Jonder, I love your work, and hope you UNDERSTAND that I do, and will continue to be a valuable member of the contribution team even after you finish the fantastic Duke Spirit series (which, by the way, I LOVE)........with that, take it away Jonder, and tell us all about your latest Duke Spirit masterpiece..........

Collecting the records of a band with a lot of non-LP material can be a pleasure. In the case of the
Duke Spirit, we have an hour's worth of songs from singles, EP's, and elsewhere. Two of my most favorite Duke Spirit songs appeared only on EPs: "A Wild Hope" (from 2007's Ex Voto EP), and "Victory" (from the 2010 Kusama EP). "Echo Song" is a duet featuring Gerry Love from Teenage Fanclub. The last three tracks are at lower bitrates because they are web rips. If anyone reading this is in the UK and can share better quality digital copies, I would be very grateful, as these songs are not available through US digital retailers. There's also one b-side I don't have at all (Villain Laid Bare).

01 Red Weather/ 02 Drinking You In/ 03 Salt The Stings/ 04 Howling Self/ 05 Nine And Scramble/ 06 Souvenir/ 07 Dark Is Light Enough/ 08 A Wild Hope/ 09 Masca/ 10 Do What You Love/ 11 Echo Song/ 12 The Step and the Walk [Rich File Remix]/ 13 Victory/ 14 Northbound/ 15 A Wig on a Mind/ 16 Creature/ 17 Glorious

I mentioned in my first post that the Duke Spirit's original name was Solomon. One of their first demo tracks, "Glorious", was remade by the band a decade later as their last single. Solomon released one single in 2002 (Piano 1 b/w Being The Devil). The first five tracks shared below are ripped from video. You can clearly hear a Velvet Underground influence in Solomon's music, especially the guitar solos. The Duke Spirit demos and acoustic songs that follow are mostly from CD bonus tracks. The acoustic tunes are from radio sessions to promote the first two albums. Enjoy!

01 Piano 1/ 02 Being The Devil/ 03 Glorious/ 04
Troubleshooting/ 05 Straight 8/ 06 Scratching Around (demo)/ 07 So Good to Hear (demo)/ 08 Patients (demo) 09 Wooden Heart (demo)/ 10 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (demo)/ 11 Boot Hill (demo)/ 12 Lion Rip (acoustic)/ 13 Win Your Love (acoustic)/ 14 Lassoo (acoustic)/ 15 Dog Roses (acoustic)/ 16 Into the Fold (acoustic)

THAT's the stuff, Jonder, love it, love it love it, and hope to hear LOTS for from you......and I WILL get that WOXY performance to you soon, hopefully this weekend. Love ya like a brother!.

Now, here s someone we haven't heard from in sometime, all the way fromg Greece, it's the legendary Apantabapanta, one of my oldest and favorite contributors......for the past few months, he has been working on an exhaustive Encyclopedia of disbanded rock bands, he has a few more volumes here, which seem to finish up the letter "A" (!)........I love him, he's a grat contributor, and he tells me he'll be gone for a month or so, so we will see him in September with I guess, the start of "b" disbanded rock bands........and please if anyone wants to HELP HIM with this gargantuan project, please let me know and I will put you in touch with him, it's quite an undertaking and he, thus far, has done a super-human effort with what he has done..........
(Scott:)-hey there is some stuff here we've heard before but what is wrong with hearing Atomic Rooster or The Au Pairs again/ This guy has a vision in mind, and I for one appreciate his hard work!
A bunch of best of collections of mostly 70’s & some 60’s bands that have been disbanded, in alphabetical order.
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A bunch of best of collections of mostly 70’s & some 60’s bands that have been disbanded, in alphabetical order.
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A bunch of best of collections of mostly 70’s & some 60’s bands that have been disbanded, in alphabetical order.
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This is the last post for “A” when i’m ready i’ll start posting again Thanks.