Friday, September 20, 2019

MACCA - Back To The Egg (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #13)


For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  The work that VooDoo did has set the gold standard in terms of sound quality, attention to detail and completeness. I really believe that these are you're going to need for Macca. As well, there are some releases that have been added to give a more well-rounded view of his career.   These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but they don't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: For 'Back To The Egg', I was able to contain the LP and all the bonus tracks on a single disc. I know there's rough mixes of nearly every track on the album, but for me they are only marginally different for the most part, so I left them off, with the exception of Reception, which is (IMHO) far superior in its longer early incarnation. Again, I've re-eqed the unreleased stuff (and had to fly in a portion of Reception from the 'Eggs Up' LP that is missing from the CD version - weird!!) and used top sources for the official stuff... including a rare digital version of Maisie, available only with purchase of Laurence Juber's beautiful (yet expensive) book. For the long Goodnight Tonight, I used the iTunes version available briefly as a bonus track. Since that version was faded a little early, I grafted on the final few seconds from a stone mint 12. I'm not calling these Ultimate for nothing!!

1-14 – The final Wings album Back To the Egg, released on Mei 24, 1979.

1 – Reception – recorded in Lympne Castle, Kent, in September 1978, with the lady of the house, Dierdre Margary, reciting the nursery rhyme ‘The Poodle And The Pug’.
2 - Getting Closer – recorded in Abbey Road Studios, London, in October 1978, with overdubs added in March 1979.
3 - We're Open Tonight – recorded in Lympne Castle, Kent, in September 1978
4 - Spin It On – recorded in Spirit of Rachanan, Campbeltown, Scotland, on June 23, 1978
5 - Again and Again and Again – written by Denny Laine, who also sings lead. Recorded in July 1978, in Spirit of Rachanan
6 - Old Siam, Sir - recorded in July 1978, in Spirit of Rachanan, with overdubs added in October 1978
7 - Arrow Through Me - recorded in July 1978, in Spirit of Rachanan, with overdubs added in Autumn 1978
8 - Rockestra Theme – recorded in Abbey Road Studios, with the Rockestra, on October 3, 1978 with overdubs added the next day, plus in January 1979. “Well now, why haven't I had any dinner?”
9 - To You - recorded on June 29, 1978, in Spirit of Rachanan
10 - After the Ball/Million Miles – recorded in Lympne Castle, Kent, in September 1978
11 - Winter Rose/Love Awake - recorded in July 1978, in Spirit of Rachanan, with overdubs added in September 1978
12 - The Broadcast – recorded in Lympne Castle, Kent, in September 1978, with the help of the owner of the castle, Harold Margary, reciting fragments of Ian Hay’s ‘The Sport Of Kings’ and John Galsworthy’s ‘The Little Man’.
13 - So Glad to See You Here – see track 8
14 - Baby's Request – written for The Mills Brothers, who wanted money to record it. So Paul recorded it himself, in October 1978, in Abbey Road Studios, London.

15 – Reception - long version – see track 1
16 – Cage – outtake from the Back to the Egg sessions, recorded in July 1978 in Spirit of Rachanan.
17 - Goodnight Tonight - recorded by Paul solo in January 1978 in Spirit of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, with the guitarsolo added by Laurence Juber in January 1979. Released as a 12” single on March 23, 1979
18 - Daytime Nighttime Suffering – written especially as the b-side of ‘Goodnight Tonight’. Recorded in January 1979 in MPL Replica Studio, London (in the basement of Paul’s MPL office on Soho Square).
19 - Weep For Love - outtake from the Back to the Egg sessions, written by Denny Laine, who also sings lead. Recorded in September 1978 in Lympne Castle, Kent.
20 - Robber's Ball – written and recorded especially for the Cold Cuts compilation. Recorded in September 1978 in Lympne Castle, Kent
21 – Maisie – instrumental, written by Laurence Juber. Recorded in July 1978 in Spirit of Rachanan.
22 - Same Time Next Year – 1985 - remix with added backing vocals by Eric Stewart, released as b-side to 'Put It There', in February 1990.
23 - Goodnight Tonight - single edit for the 7” single.
24 - Same Time Next Year – written as titlesong for the movie. Recorded with Wings in the RAK Studio, London, in a single day: May 5, 1978. As the director decided that the song gave away too much of the plot, Paul remixed it for the Cold Cuts compilation.

Back To The Egg (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

MACCA - London Town (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #12)





For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  The work that VooDoo did has set the gold standard in terms of sound quality, attention to detail and completeness. I really believe that these are you're going to need for Macca. As well, there are some releases that have been added to give a more well-rounded view of his career.   These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but they don't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: So 'London Town' has been expanded to two discs, and includes the unreleased Rupert LP on disc 2 (music only - I omitted the dialogue) along with all the promo edits and the best of the unreleased tracks from the era. I tried hard to get everything sounding as good as possible, but with some of the sources being offline, only so much could be done. Still, I re-eqed, speed corrected (especially on the basic I'm Carrying & A Fairy Tale, both of which were far too slow and fast respectfully) and did what I could to get these songs sounding good. Until Paul opens the vaults on these tracks, this is probably as good as it gets.

Oh yeh - 'London Town' doesn't sound great on the official CD releases. The '87 version is God-awful, and the '93 version had way too much bass and lacked high end. I took the '93 and gently tweaked the eq. I think it came out pretty good! Then again, I would!!

CD 1
1-14 – London Town album, released on March 31, 1978 – produced by Paul McCartney

1 - London Town – recorded in March 1977, in Abbey Road Studios, London – written by Paul McCartney/Denny Laine.
2- Cafe on the Left Bank - recording started on May 2, 1977, in Mobile Studio Fair Carol, Virgin Islands, with overdubs added in November 1977
3 - I'm Carrying - recording started on May 5, 1977, in Mobile Studio Fair Carol, Virgin Islands, with strings added in December 1977
4 - Backwards Traveller - recorded in October 1977, in Abbey Road Studios, London
5 - Cuff Link - recorded in October 1977, in Abbey Road Studios, London
6 - Children Children– recorded in March 1977, in Abbey Road Studios, London – written by Paul McCartney/Denny Laine. Lead vocals by Denny.
7 – Girlfriend - recorded in October 1977, in Abbey Road Studios, London
8 - I've Had Enough - recording started in May, 1977, in Mobile Studio Fair Carol, Virgin Islands, with overdubs added in November 1977
9 - With a Little Luck - recording started on May 10, 1977, in Mobile Studio Fair Carol, Virgin Islands, with overdubs added in November 1977
10 - Famous Groupies - recording started on May 13, 1977, in Mobile Studio Fair Carol, Virgin Islands, with overdubs added in November 1977
11 - Deliver Your Children - recording started in May, 1977, in Mobile Studio Fair Carol, Virgin Islands, with overdubs added in November 1977 – written by Paul McCartney/Denny Laine.
12 - Name and Address – recorded in March 1977, in Abbey Road Studios, London
13 - Don't Let It Bring You Down - recording started on May 25, 1977, in Mobile Studio Fair Carol, Virgin Islands, with overdubs added in November 1977 – written by Paul McCartney/Denny Laine.
14 - Morse Moose and the Grey Goose - recording started in May, 1977, in Mobile Studio Fair Carol, Virgin Islands, with overdubs added in November 1977 – written by Paul McCartney/Denny Laine.

15 - Mull of Kintyre – recording started on August 9, 1977, outside on Pauls farm in Campbeltown, Scotland, with overdubs added in October 1977 – written by Paul McCartney/Denny Laine. Released as a single on November 11, 1977
16 - Girls' School – recorded in March 1977, in Abbey Road Studios, London. Released as b-side of ‘Mull of Kintyre'
17 - Did We Meet Somewhere Before – recorded in October 1977 in Abbey Road Studios, London as the main theme for Warren Beatty's film Heaven Can Wait. It was the first session with new Wings members Laurence Juber and former Elton John drummer Steve Holly. The song however was rejected and remains unreleased.
18 – Sugartime – recorded on June 20, 1977 in Black Art Studios Kingston, Jamaica, with producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. A hit for The McGuire Sisters in 1958, written by Charlie Phillips/Odis Echols. Lead vocals by Linda McCartney. Overdubs added in August 1977 in Paul’s Rude Studios, Scotland. Released on Linda’s Wide Prairie, on October 26, 1998
19 - Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes number 1 hit from 1954 (written by Pat Ballard), here covered by Linda. See 18 for details.
20 - B-Side To Seaside – written by Paul and Linda McCartney, especially for the b-side from, well, ‘Seaside Woman’. Recorded by the McCartneys (without Wings) on March 16, 1977, in Abbey Road Studios, London
21 - Mull of Kintyre - instrumental studio demo, recorded in July 1977, in Rude Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

CD 2
1-14 - According to Laurence Juber, Paul recorded a complete soundtrack to a planned Rupert the Bear animation movie in one day: July 5, 1978. He was assisted by Wings and the recordings happened in Pauls new studio Spirit of Rachanan, in Campbeltown, Scotland.
15 – Suicide –A song that Paul was playing with for years. He finally recorded a complete studio version in February 1977, with Wings. Intended as a demo for Frank Sinatra, who rejected it.
16 - Reggae Moon – studio demo, from February 1977, probably recorded at home in St. Johns Wood, London
17 - Backwards Traveller - studio demo, from July 1977, recorded in Rude Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland.
18 - S.M.A. – Linda’s daughter Heather was into punk. She sings the ingredients list from a bottle of baby formula, while Dad bashes away at the drums and offers Ramones-style count-ins to each verse. Recorded sometime in the Summer of 1978.
19 - I Keep On Believing - a.k.a. ‘I Can't Write Another Song’ – demo from around August 1979
20 - I'm Carrying – rough mix of the studio version.
21-24 US promo edits

London Town (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #12)

WINGS OVER AMERICA (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #11)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  The work that VooDoo did has set the gold standard in terms of sound quality, attention to detail and completeness. I really believe that these are you're going to need for Macca. As well, there are some releases that have been added to give a more well-rounded view of his career.   These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but they don't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: Between September 6, 1975 and October 26, 1976 Wings played 64 shows, over three continents for some two million fans. Nearly it was four continents, but at the last minute, Paul was refused to enter Japan due to previous drug convictions.
Paul wanted badly to prove that he was able to pull it off without John, George and Ringo and so he was well prepared. He even added some Beatles songs to the set list – something he refused to do during the previous live outings of Wings.
The built up was well though off: first some indoor shows in Great Britain (September), then Australia (November), and Japan.
After recording Wings at the Speed of Sound in a few weeks (January), and four concerts on the mainland of Europa (March) Wings was ready for the big outdoor arenas of America (May-June). And the big finish: three triumphant concerts in Londons’ Wembley Arena.
With a big lightshow, pyrotechnics, projections etc… a new standard was set for stadium rock .

Most, if not all of the 34 concerts in America were recorded on 24-tracks – some 90 hours of music to choose from. Of these the five best performances of every track were selected. From these Paul selected the best and personally oversaw the mixing. Apparently he worked 14 hours a day, seven days a week , for six weeks to get everything ready for the live album Wings Over America and tour documentary Rockshow.


CD 1 - 1-22 and CD 2 - 1-8 – Wings Over America, released on December 10, 1976. The triple live album became Paul’s sixth Number One album in the USA.

Recording dates:
May 7, 1976 - Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan: cd 1 – 9
May 21, 1976 - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York: cd 1 -21
May 22, 1976 - Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts: cd 1 – 11, 12, 16, 18, 19
May 25, 1976 - Madison Square Garden, New York: cd 2 – 2,3
May 27, 1976 - Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinatti, Ohio: cd 1 – 1-4, 6, 8, 14
May 29, 1976 - Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri: cd 1 – 7, 10, 22 & cd 2 - 5
June 7, 1976 - McNicholds Sports Arena, Denver, Colorado: cd 2 – 4-8
June 10, 1976 - King County Multipurpose Domed Stadium (The Kingdom), Seattle, Washington: cd 1 - 5
June 23, 1976 - The Forum, Los Angeles, California: cd 1 -13, 15, 20 & cd 2 – 1

9-16 – Wings over San Francisco ( Live at the Cow Palace): bonus cd, available as part of the Deluxe version of the Archive Collection, in May 2003 with the Archive Collection re-release of Wings Over America. And also as bonus of the regular version of that album, at Best Buy.
Recording date: June 13 or 14, 1976 - Cow Palace, San Francisco, California.

17 - Maybe I'm Amazed - single released on February 4, 1976
18 – Soily – b-side of the above


CD 3 – 1-17 and CD 4 - 1-14 – Rockshow

The music for the concert film was produced by Chris Thomas and engineered by Phil McDonald during 1979. The film was premiered in New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre, on November 26, 1980.

According to drummer Joe English one of the reasons the movie (and the TV documentary Wings Over the World) were so long in coming was that it took quite a bit of time to get the soundtrack in suitable order. Before he left Wings, he said, the band spent many hours in the recording studio "doing a bunch of overdubs on the soundtrack and mixing it down."
Most of the overdubs were necessary because of "people singing out of tune and I don't mean Paul . . ."
In the interview, published in Beatlefan (April 1979) English said a list of sound problems to be corrected in the studio showed that "the keyboard had the most, Denny the second most and then most of the vocal harmonies. Paul had to do a few lead vocals because of a bad mike or something, but most of the harmonies were out of tune. It was an abnormal amount of overdubs" taking about two months to complete.
"We would sit in a giant recording studio and you'd watch yourself singing or playing on the screen and have to make the same inflections with your voice just like in the movie. It was funny, a real trip," he said.

The film was later edited down to 102 minutes for its home video release. Its first home video release was on Betamax in October 1981 (with a VHS, laserdisc, and CED release in 1982). In 2007, a shortened cut with only seven songs was released as part of The McCartney Years DVD set.
The feature-length version of the film was finally released in 2013.

Although Rockshow was presented as a document of the Seattle concert, the songs were taken from four shows.

Recording dates:
May 25, 1976 - Madison Square Garden, New York: cd 3 – 7, 10, 17 & cd 4 – 8,
June 10, 1976 - King County Multipurpose Domed Stadium, Seattle, Washington: cd 3 – 1-3 & cd 4 – 9-12
June 23, 1976 - The Forum, Los Angeles, California: cd 3 – 4-6, 8-9, 11-16 & cd 4 – 1-7, 13-14

CD 3

18 - Maybe I'm Amazed - US promo edit – stereo version
19 – Apology/Bluebird – especially recorded version of ‘Bluebird’ for the Japanse TV, as an excuse from Paul to his fans there, because of the cancelation of the planned tour. This version of ‘Bluebird’ was also released in March 1999 on Band on the Run: 25th Anniversary Edition.
20 – Suicide – recorded during the rehearsals for the tour in the Elstree Film Studios, London, early September 1975. The so-called Trevor Jones Tapes leaked on the internet in April 2010. This tape was marked: "Day 2 Elstree, 1975"
21 - Stealin' – see above
22 - Waltzing Matilda / Yesterday – recorded on November 13, 1975 in the Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia.

CD 4

15 - Little Woman Love/C Moon
16 - Junior's Farm – three more songs from the same Sydney show. These were dropped for the 1976 show to make space for four songs from Wings At The Speed of Sound.
17 - Soily – another track from the Trevor Jones Tapes

Monday, September 16, 2019

MACCA - Wings At The Speed Of Sound (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #10)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  The work that VooDoo did has set the gold standard in terms of sound quality, attention to detail and completeness. I really believe that these are you're going to need for Macca. As well, there are some releases that have been added to give a more well-rounded view of his career.   These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but they don't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: 

Wings At The Speed of Sound was recorded relatively quick in the middle of the Wings Over The World tour. The majority of the recordings were done in Abbey Road Studios, in January and February 1976. The album was released on March 22, 1976 in the USA and four days later in the UK.

CD 1

1-11 – Wings at the Speed of Sound.

12 - Message to Joe – a vocodered bit of studio chatter, recorded January 21, 1976, and released on November 4, 2014 on Wings At the Speed Of Sound - Paul McCartney Archive Collection.
13-15 – demos of songs written while vacationing in Hawaii, recorded around November 1975 and released on Wings At the Speed Of Sound - Paul McCartney Archive Collection.
16 - The Note You Never Wrote – basic track recorded on October 14, 1975. This is before strings were added, as found on the Trevor Jones Tapes.
17 - Beware My Love – first version of the song, recorded on August 28, 1975, in the Olympic Studios, Barnes, with Led Zep’s John Bonham op drums. Also released on the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. – as it the next song:
18 - Must Do Something About It – recorded on January 5, 1976 with Paul on vocals.
19 - Silly Love Songs – promo edit, released on April 1, 1976 in the USA. The basic track is recorded on January 16, 1976.
20 - Let 'Em In – promo edit released on June 28, 1976 in the USA. Basic track recorded on February 3, 1976. In France a 12” single was released on the Special Disco Mix label. However it was the regular 5:08 album mix.
21 - Warm and Beautiful – another demo, see 13-15. This one is without vocals.


CD 2

1-10 - Holly Days
In the Summer of 1976, Paul and Linda recorded, together with Denny Laine, ten songs by Buddy Holly. Paul had always admired Buddy, and had bought the publishing rights to his songs. Recordings took place in Paul’s Rude Studio, in Campbeltown, Schotland.
Denny did the lead vocals and so Holly Days became his second solo album. Released on May 6, 1977.

11-21 – more Rude Studio recordings, from that same Summer 1976. Some demos are composites of two or more takes.


22-24 - The personal archives of Wings' original roadie, the late Trevor Jones, were auctioned off by Christie's in 1998. It contained tracks from 1971 up to 1987. Some ten years later, those tracks started appearing on bootleg cd’s. Not everything however was very interesting. Voodoo Records presents a selection of the 1976 sessions.

Speed Of Sound (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #10)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

MACCA - Venus & Mars (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #9)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: 
CD 1

1-13 - Venus and Mars album, as released on May 27, 1975

14 - Lunch Box/Odd Sox – recorded in January 1975, remixed in 1978 for Cold Cuts, and released in April 1980 as b-side of 'Coming Up'
15 - Going to New Orleans – recorded in November 1974 and released 40 years later on Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney Archive Collection
16 - My Carnival – recorded in New Orleans on February 12, 1975. Remixed in 2014 for Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney Archive Collection
17 - New Orleans – cover, recorded in February 1975 and released in October 1998 on Linda McCartney’s Wide Prairie
18 - Junior's Farm – recorded in July 1974 in Nashville an released as a single in October 1974
19 - Sally G – also recorded in Nashville and released as the b-side of ‘Junior’s Farm’
20 - Send Me The Heart – Denny Laine song, recorded in Nashville, with Wings, on July 11, 1974. Overdubs added in 1978 for Cold Cuts. Released in October 1980 on Denny’s Japanese Tears
21 - Hey Diddle – recorded during the Ram sessions. Overdubs added in Nashville. Remixed by Ernie Winfrey. Released on Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney Archive Collection
22 - Baby Face – recorded during the One Hand Clapping sessions, in August 1974. Overdub with horns in New Orleans, February 1975. Released in November 2014 on Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney Archive Collection
23 - Walking in the Park with Eloise - Instrumental song written by Paul’s father James McCartney. Recorded in Nashville and released as a single by The Country Hams, in October 1974
24 - Bridge on the River Suite - - recorded during the Red Rose Speedway sessions in September 1972, with overdubs added in November 1973 and July 1974 (Nashville). Released as b-side of The Country Hams single.


CD 2

1 - Rock Show (New version) - - recorded in New Orleans in Febryuary 1975 and released only on paulmccartney.com download, on November 5, 2014
2 - Soily – recorded during the One Hand Clapping sessions, in August 1974. Released on Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney Archive Collection
3 - Love My Baby– recorded during the One Hand Clapping sessions, in August 1974 and released exclusively on paulmccartney.com, on November 5, 2014
4 - Junior's Farm - radio edit, released on a promo single
5 - Listen to What the Man Said - single edit, released on May 16, 1975
6 - Love in Song - single mix, without the crossfade from ‘Rock Show’, released as b-side of ‘Listen to What the Man Said ‘
7 - Letting Go - remix by Alan Parsons, with shorter intro and outro ingekort, and the organ mixed more upfront. - Released as a single, on October 4, 1975
8 - Venus And Mars - Rock Show (Edit) – relesaed as a single on October 27, 1975
9 - My Carnival – with vocal and piano overdubs added in 1985 and released as b-side of 'Spies Like Us'in November 1985
10 - 4th of July – demo recorded in 1973. Given away to John Cristie who made it a single, in July 1974. Paul’s demo is released on Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney Archive Collection

11-22 - From One Hand Clapping sessions, August 1974, recorded in the garden of the EMI Studio on Abbey Road. Hence the name: The Backyard Tape. Taken from the Backyard + More CD and re-eqed slightly to improve dynamics.

23 - Let's Love – demo for Peggy Lee, recorded in June 1974 and released on Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney Archive Collection
24 - Let's Love/Sitting At The Piano – improvisation from One Hand Clapping
25 - All of You – improvisation from One Hand Clapping, released on Band on the Run - Paul McCartney Archive Collection, in November 2010
26 - I'll Give You A Ring - from One Hand Clapping, released on Band on the Run - Paul McCartney Archive Collection, in November 2010
27 - My Carnival (Party Mix) – Remixed in 1985 by Gary Langan. This is the complete unedited "Party Mix"


CD 3

1-13 - The DTS 5.1 mix - of the Venus and Mars.
Originally released as Quadrophonic Version, but in November 1997 re-released on cd. Notice the different track order. The Quad 8-track version had yet another running order (much more similar to the LP).

14 - My Carnival – the 1980 'Rough Mix' for Cold Cuts
15 - Rock Show (Old version) - alternate take, recorded in November 1975, released on Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney Archive Collection
16 - Letting Go – rough mix, available on paulmccartney.com
17 - Junior's Farm – alt. mix by Ernie Winfrey, available as a download on another website
18 - Hey Diddle - 1978 remix for Cold Cuts
19 - Tomorrow - instrumental reggae version of the song from Wings debut album Wild Life. Recorded around October 1974 and considered for the first version of Cold Cuts
20 - Proud Mum – recorded for a commercial for Mother’s Pride bread. Never used. Considered for the first version of Cold Cuts
21 - Proud Mum (Reprise) – more of the same
22 - My Carnival (Party Mix) – edit of the Gary Langan remix, released on the b-side of the 12" maxi-single 'Spies Like Us', in November 1985


Venus & Mars (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #9)

MACCA - McGear (VooDoo Ultimate Archive #8)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.


Original Notes: I was behind the wheel of my automobile giving these a ride! It's the next release in the Ultimate Archive Collection. This time it's two from 1974 - McGear and One Hand Clapping. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for McGear. It definitely has some classic Macca tunes on it (particularly Leave It and The Man Who Found God On The Moon - one of my all time faves!). Now I'd love to be able to say that I've unearthed Paul demos of some of these tracks, it's just not so! What I DID include was every non-LP track, mix and edit from this project. While it's well known that Dance The Do was remixed for its 90's-era CD release, what's not too well known is that Sweet Baby on CD is different from the original 45 as well! So you get both versions here along with every other track including a clean rip of the coveted B-side Ten Years After On Strawberry Jam. Heck, I even included that single's A-side as well (Liverpool Lou) for completeness sake, even though Paul had nothing to do with that track. All in all, it adds up to a 74-minute CD and if you haven't heard this one before, I'd invite you to give it a spin - you might be surprised with how good it is! Oh, and I tried to re-create the original LP art right down to using the lovely "Burbank" Warner Brothers label on the CD. Rykodisc's artwork left a lot to be desired, to say the least! Hell, the little photo of Paul on the lower right corner of the cover almost got cut off completely on that version! Not so here. I tried to do justice to the original LP and unless Macca re-releases this one himself, this is likely as good as you'll ever see/hear this album!

If Michael McCartney hadn’t broken his arm, a few days after his older brother Paul joined The Quarry Men, he might have become the drummer of The Beatles. History would have taken a different route and Ringo would never have become president of the United States.
But as it is, with his drumming days behind him, Michael became an excellent photographer. While his brother rose to fame, Mike wanted to do try a career in music himself. He formed the comedy group The Scaffold with John Gorman and poet Roger McCough. Not wanting to cash in on his brothers fame, Michael changed his name to Mike McGear (McFab would have been too obvious, I suppose).
The Scaffold had a few fits at the end of the Sixties with the novelty song ‘Lily The Pink’ as biggest hit. After that it all went pear shaped and the band disbanded.
In April 1973 Paul helped his brother to record ‘Leave It’, as a way to interest a record company to sign McGear. Warner Brother. did later in the year.

So, in January 1974 an album was recorded in the studio of 10cc: Strawberry Studios, in Stockport. For Paul it was an opportunity to test his new members of Wings: guitarist Jimmy McCullough and drummer Geoff Brittan. Not only did Paul play, sing and acted as producer, he also wrote most of the songs. Although most of them are credited to Paul McCartney/Mike McCartney. Exceptions are: ‘Sea Breezes’ (a Roxy Music song written by Bryan Ferry), ‘The Casket’ (Mike McCartney/Roger McCough) and ‘What Do We Really Know?’ (Paul McCartney).
For the recording of ‘The Man Who Found God on the Moon’ and ‘Givin' Grease a Ride’, three members of 10cc came to lend a hand, bu were not rewarded for their efforts with a credit on the sleeve.

1-10 – The *McGear album, as released on September 24, 1974.

11 - Dance the Do – stand-alone single released in July 1975. With backing vocals by Kate Robbins and Viv Stanshall.
12 - Sweet Baby – b-side to ‘Leave It, released as the first single, in August 1974.
13 - Ten Years After on Strawberry – a jam, named after the studio (and credited to Paul and Linda McCartney). Released as b-side to 'Liverpool Lou', a reunion single by The Scaffold. Released in May 1974.
14 - Liverpool Lou – see 13. The Scaffold single, produced by Paul McCartney.
15 - Sea Breezes – single mix, released in February 1975
16 - Leave It – single edit. See 12.
17 - Givin' Grease a Ride - single edit, released as b-side to 'Sea Breezes'. See 15
18 - Dance The Do - 1990 mix, released as bonus track on the US cd-release of *McGear, in September 1990. Different to the single mix, with the backing vocals lacking and a longer backing track.
19 - Sweet Baby - 1992 mix, released as bonus track on the McGear UK cd-release in April 1992.

McGear (VooDoo Ultimate Archive #8)




Saturday, September 14, 2019

MACCA - One Hand Clapping (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #7)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: As for One Hand Clapping, this is the first time I'm putting out an album that never was, so I had to pick what was relevant. This set is pretty much my own remastered version of the original Yellow Cat CD, with whatever tracks that were officially released substituted in. I've also added a "complete" version of Baby Face, with the intro part (which was cut off on the official Venus And Mars Archive) reinstated. For a long while that's how I was going to put it out and then at the last minute, I decided to include the complete Piano Tape (remastered this time by the good folks at RMW!) as it seemed like a good idea because a) I did want to include this material on some release, and b) it wasn't strong enough to warrant a release by itself. So here it is - an hour of Macca at the piano, banging out his then unreleased catalog, circa the summer of 1974.

Since no artwork existed for this set, I came up with what you see here, utilizing the illustration that was made by David R. L. Litchfield - the man who filmed the documentary. As it's the only real "cover art" I had to go with, it made sense to use it on the front cover! The rest was taken up with photos of the era. And for the CD labels, I tried to re-create the classic orange Capitol label that was being used at the time. It is what it is! Anyhoo, I hope y'all enjoy these. They were fun working on (especially McGear), and thanks again for all your support / assistance / encouragement!

CD 1

Paul McCartney on ‘'One Hand Clapping': ‘It was made by a friend of mine, David Litchfield; he produced a little magazine that was funky (Ritz, co-edited with David Bailey). We decided that he would shoot a very simple piece, on video. We would just go into Abbey Road and play basically what we had rehearsed. So we went in there and it was very simply filmed, absolute basic stuff, and I think its charm now is that there’s no pretence. It is what it is. We just called it 'One Hand Clapping', for absolutely no reason."

After the six-week stay in Nashville, Paul was happy with the new lineup of Wings: Linda, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch and Geoff Britton. Over four days in August 1974 they gathered at EMI’s Studio Two to rehearse for a possible tour and record old and new material.
Wings was joined for these sessions by the orchestral arranger/conductor Del Newman, and the Liverpool saxophone player Howie Casey.

David Litchfield, videotaped the events for MPL, with the intent of producing a Television special, to follow up the previous year’s James Paul McCartney. Inspired by Frank Zappa’s film 200 Motels, the idea was to shoot on videotape and then edit and transfer the selected footage onto film. Almost forty hours of videotape shot.
En plus, Geoff Emerick made proper recordings.

During these sessions, or shortly thereafter, Paul was filmed in the backyard of the studio for some acoustic footage. This was dubbed The Backyard Tape.
See Venus And Mars – Ultimate Archive Collections, cd 2, tracks 11-21, plus 23.

On September 9, 1974, Geoff cut a 6-track acetate in Abbey Road Studio from the sessions, for a possible Wings Live In The Studio-EP.
The tracklist:
Side A: ‘Jet’, ‘Let Me Roll It’, ‘Junior’s Farm’
Side B: ‘My Love’, ‘Little Woman Love/C Moon/Little Woman Love’, ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’.
Needless to say, the record never materialized.

When the tour didn’t happen, the TV show was scrapped. Especially since the drummer, Geoff Britton, left the band some months later. For years it appeared that the documentary would rest in the archives for ever.

In November 2010 however, the complete 51-minute One Hand Clapping was available on DVD as part of the Deluxe-Version of the third remaster of Band on the Run.
As there’s much talk-over, it was a good idea to add some clean versions of the material on a bonus disc, augmented two tracks recorded but not used in the documentary: ‘Country Dreamer’ and ‘Let Me Roll It’.

1 - One Hand Clapping - 1:29
2 - Jet - 4:02 – from Band on the Run – Deluxe Version (2010)
3 - Soily - 4:11
4 - Little Woman Love/C Moon - 5:40
5 - Let Me Roll It – from Band on the Run –Deluxe Version
6 - Junior's Farm - 4:44
7 - Wild Life - 0:29
8 - Hi Hi Hi - 2:49
9 - Go Now - 3:58
10 - Maybe I'm Amazed - 5:24
11 - Bluebird - 3:53
12 - Junior's Farm - 4:29
13 - Jet - 4:01
14 - Soily - 4:09
15 - My Love - 4:32
16 - Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five - 6:25 – from Band on the Run –Deluxe Version
17 - Live and Let Die - 3:32
18 - Band on the Run - 5:5 – from Band on the Run –Deluxe Version
19 - Blue Moon of Kentucky - 3:01
20 - Baby Face - 1:57


CD 2

Dubbed The Piano Tape by bootleggers, this hour long tape is recorded at a unknown date. Some experts think it could be as early as June 1973, while others think as late as 1976.

In Eight Arms To Hold You, Chip Madinger and Mark Easter think it could have been recorded in Los Angeles, while Paul was visiting John there. That would be in late April 1974.

Of course a lot of these songs would be recorded by Wings in the months and years to come.


Friday, September 13, 2019

MACCA - Band on the Run (Ultimate Archive Collection #6)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Recorded between August 10 and September 21, 1973 in the EMI Studios, Lagos, with additional recordings in the AIR Studios, London in October of the same year. While some songs received orchestral overdubs in arrangements by Tony Visconti, ‘Jet and ‘Bluebird’ were new recordings.
Mixing was done at the end of the month and into the first week of November in Kingsway Studios in London.


CD 1
1-10 - Band on the Run, as released in the US on December 5, 1973. In the UK and Europe, the album was released two days later, but without ‘Helen Wheels’ which was added to the tracklist by Capitol Records. ‘Helen Wheels’ was released as a stand-alone single on October 26, 1973, backed with ‘Country Dreamer’ from the Red Rose Speedway sessions.

11 - Zoo Gang - Even before the release of ‘Live and Let Die’, Paul was commissioned to write for a another soundtrack . This time for a ITC Entertainment drama series, The Zoo Gang. Paul recorded the instrumental piece on April 25, 1973 in the EMI Studio, London.
The Zoo Gang ran on British TV, starting on April 5, 1974 in six weekly one-hour episodes.
While in the US and in Germany ‘Band on the Run’ was released as a single on April 8, 1974, backed with ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five’, ‘Zoo Gang’ was chosen as the b-side of the single for Great-Brittan and Spain, released on June 28, 1974.

12 - Wide Prairie - written by Linda. The basic track was recorded by Wings on November 20, 1973 in the Studios Pathe-Marconi in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France, with additional sweetening with horns and a fiddle in June 1974 in the Soundshop in Nashville, Tennessee.
The official release (see cd 2, 18) is an edit.
This is a VooDoo edit, restoring the lost bits utilizing pieces transmitted on the Oobu Joobu show along with the Wide Prairie EPK.

13 - Oriental Nightfish - written by Linda. Recorded in the Air Studios in October 1973, during the Band on the Run sessions. Mixed on October 15 for the first Cold Cuts compilation, but released on Linda’s Wide Prarie in 1998.

14 - I Got Up – third Linda composition (with some help from Paul). Also recorded with Wings in Studios Pathe-Marconi, France, on November 15, 1973. Overdubs added in Hog Hill Mill on March 20 and June 9, 1998. Released on Wide Prairie, in October of that year.

15 - Band on the Run – recorded live, with Wings in the Apollo Theatre on December 17, 1979 (see Last Flight). This live track was officially available exclusively as bonus MP3 downloads to fans who pre-ordered Band on the Run from Paul’s website.
16 - No Words – see above.

17 - Wide Prairie - see track 12. This is the complete 11:37 version, prepared for the first Hot Hits, Cold Cuts compilation in 1978.


CD 2

1-10 – a stereo downmix of the DTS-CD 5.1 mix of the Band on the Run album - released in May 1996.

11-15 - One Hand Clapping version, recorded in August 1974 in the Abbey Road Studios, London. These mixes were released on November 2, 2010, as bonus tracks on the Paul McCartney Archive Collection of Band on the Run.

16 - Band on the Run – edit, released in May 1974 on a US promo single.
17- Jet – edit of a mono mix, released on January 28, 1974 on a US promo single.

18 - Wide Prairie – see CD 1, tracks 12 & 17 – officially released edit, on Linda McCartney’s Wide Prairie album, in October 1998.


CD 3
1-21 – The Story With The Music: disc 2 of Band on the Run: 25th Anniversary Edition, released on March 15, 1999. While there’s a lot of dialogue, there are also some previously unavailable version. These were at the time released without the dialogue on a US promo cd The Story Of Band On The Run on a separate disc titled Just The Music.
Band On The Run (Nicely Toasted Mix), recorded during a rehearsal in Hog Hill Mill, Icklesham, on December 10, 1998.
Band On The Run (Barn Rehearsal) another rehearsal in Hog Hill Mill, Icklesham, recorded on 21st July 21, 1989
Bluebird (Live-Version), recorded on November 11, 1975 in Australia.
Jet (Berlin Soundcheck), recorded in Waldbuehne, Berlin, Germany, on September 3, 1993
Let Me Roll It (Cardington Rehearsal), recorded in Cardington Sheds, on February 5, 1993
Helen Wheels (Crazed) – alternate mix from October 1973
Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me) (Acoustic Version) – recorded on December 4, 1998, during rehearsals at Hog Hill Mill.
Band On The Run (Northern Comic Version) – parody version, recorded on December 10, 1998, during rehearsals at Hog Hill Mill.

22 - Country Dreamer – The Backyard Tape version, recorded in the backyard of Abbey Road Studios, on August 24, 1974

23-26 – Instrumental versions – Isolated tracks made from the Celebrating Band On The Run pack for Rock Band 3. Released on December 28, 2010 as downloads.

27-30 - Zoo Gang – Main and closing titles of the UK TV series The Zoo Gang, released on November 2, 2009 on the cd The Music Of ITC

31 - Band on the Run – Voodoo remix, 2016.


Band on the Run (Ultimate Archive Collection #6)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

MACCA - Red Rose Speedway (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #5)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: 
RED ROSE SPEEDWAY - ULTIMATE ARCHIVE COLLECTION

CD 1

1-12 – Red Rose Speedway – Paul McCartney and Wings album, first released on April 30, 1973 in the USA and on May 4, 1973 in the UK and Europe.
The album was recorded between March and October 1973 in five London studios. ‘Get On The Right Thing’ and ‘Little Lamb Dragonfly’ were recorded during the Ram sessions in Autumn 1970, but received overdubs in 1973.
Paul saw the second Win album originally as a group effort, with him just one of the band: the bass player. The other band members were encouraged to attribute songs. This was reflected in the double album that was proposed to the record label.

13-21 – the songs omitted from the double album version of Red Rose Speedway .

13 - Night Out
14 - Country Dreamer – recorded on September 26, 1972 in the Abbey Road Studios. Released on October 26, 1973 as b-side of 'Helen Wheels'.
15 - Seaside Woman - written by Linda and recorded on November 27, 1972 in the AIR Studios, London and released on May 31, 1977 as a single by Suzy and the Red Stripes. This is the rare German pressing of the single, with untrimmed ending and some dialogue during the intro, mentioning Denny Laine.
16 - I Lie Around - another leftover from the Ram sessions, recording started on November 1, 1970 with overdubs added in January 1971 and November 1972. Released on June 1, 1973 as b-side for 'Live and Let Die'.
17 - The Mess – live version, recorded on August 21, 1972 in the Congresgebouw, Den Haag, Nederland. Released on March 23, 1973 as b-side to 'My Love'.
18 - Best Friend – live version, recorded on August 22, 1972 in Cine Roma, Antwerpen, Belgie
19 - Mama’s Little Girl
20 - I Would Only Smile – Denny Laine song
21 - Tragedy – outtake from the Wild Life session, recorded in July 1972. Cover from a song written by Gerald H. Nelson, Fred B. Burch. Originally an 1959 American top 5 hit for Thomas Wayne and the DeLons, but the Wings arrangement is based on the 1961 cover by The Fleetwoods.

22 - Live and Let Die - Bond song, arranged by George Martin and recorded in a 3 hour session in October 1972. Released as a single on June 1, 1973. (Linda wrote the reggae part)

CD 2

1 - Hi, Hi, Hi – recorded in November 1972, in the Morgan Studios, London and released on December 1, 1972
2 - C Moon - see above
3 - The Mess – studio version, recorded during the Red Rose Speedway sessions and here presented in an edit by Dave Marx himself, to approach the live version.
4 - Thank You Darling – duet by Paul and Linda, outtake from the RRS sessions
5 - Jazz Street – edited outtake, basically a jam
6 - Bridge on the River Suite – an improvisation on acoustic guitar by Paul, while warming up to record ‘Country Dreamer’ (on September 26, 1972). Engineer Alan parsons liked what he had recorded so much that he presented in an edited version to Paul. He too liked it and added overdubs during the sessions in Paris, in November 1973: bass, drums, synthesizer and electric guitar.
The track would be finalised with an horn arrangement, in July 1974 in Nashville. But this is the mix as it stood in ’73.
7 - Big Barn Bed - rough mix.
8 - My Love - Promotional Film Version, with alternate lead vocal over the standard backing track
9 - Single Pigeon – rough mix
10 - When The Night – rough mix
11 - Night Out - 1978 - Cold Cuts mix, with additional lead guitar, keyboards, handclaps and – of course – the chanted lyrics.
12 – Tragedy - 1978 – Cold Cuts remix, with sitar and vibraphone overdubs
13 - Mama’s Little Girl – Cold Cuts mix, with percussion and clavinet overdubs
14 – Seaside Woman - as released on Wide Prairie
15 - I Would Only Smile - final mix, released on December 6, 1980 on Denny Laine’s album Japanese Tears.
16 - Live and Let Die - One Hand Clapping version, recorded in August 1974, remixed in 2002 by Ralph Sall for the soundtrack of The In-Laws, released on May 20, 2003
17 - The Mess - Studio version, recorded in the Olympic Studios, Barnes
18 - Tragedy- 1986 remix: alternate vocal mix with harp overdubs
19 - Mama’s Little Girl – released as b-side to ‘Put It There’ in February 1990, with overdubs added: percussion and clarinet
20 - Night Out - 1972 - instrumental backing track
21 - Jazz Street - Unedited Version


CD 3

1-5 & 13-21: James Paul McCartney, a TV Special made for ATV. Recorded mostly in Elstree Film Studios, Borehamwood, between February 19 and April 1, 1973 and premiered in the US on April 16, 1973 and in England on May 10, 1973. The 50-minute show is divided in eleven different parts. All the original material is presented here. The parts where previously released material was used (‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’) or people on the street singing Beatlessongs are omitted.

1 - Big Barn Bed – opening the special with Wings live in studio, before an applauding audience on TV screens.
2 - Guitar Medley I – the second part is 'Acoustic Medley': Paul performs a medley of (parts of) songs on acoustic guitar, sitting on a stool surrounded by an array of photographic lights and umbrellas. Linda is seen taking photographs of his performance. Here, and on the second Guitar Medley (CD 3-13) are some choice cuts from the raw tape (bootlegged as The Making of James Paul McCartney): 'Bluebird', ‘Mama’s Little Girl’, 'Michelle' (featuring a new arrangement, emphasising the French lyrics) and 'Heart Of The Country'.
Recorded on March 15, in the Elstree Film Studios.
3 - Mary Had a Little Lamb - music video style performance set in an outdoor location, filmed on March 16 in Hampstead Heath. The performance is a live vocal over a pre-recorded backing, with syrupy strings.
4 - Little Woman Love/C Moon - Wings live in the studio, recorded on April 1 in Elstree Film Studios.
5 - My Love – see 4, but with a live orchestra.

6-12 - Wings live in the City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Scotland, on July 10, 1973 – the last show of the UK tour.
6 - Seaside Woman
7 - Wild Life
8 - Little Woman Love/C Moon
9 - Maybe I'm Amazed
10 - My Love
11 - Live and Let Die
12 - Go Now

13 - Guitar Medley II – see CD 3-2. This time Paul performs parts of ‘Take Your Time’, ‘Country Dreamer’, the ‘Love Is Long’-part of ‘Long haired Lady’, ‘Hands of Love’ and ‘4th of July’.
14 - Live and Let Die – Wings live in the studio, with an orchestra, recorded on April 1. This was the premiere of the Bond Theme for the audience, as the single wouldn’t be released until June 1973.
The scene ends with a "baddie" dressed in a hat and cloak setting off a bomb which explodes inside Paul's piano. He later reveals that this special effect had actually hurt his hand, a result of the flying wooden piano debris.
15 - Gotta Sing,Gotta Dance – a tune Paul apparently wrote for Twiggy. She refused politely, so Paul did it himself, as a tribute to the Busby Berkeley choreography. He sings the song, dressed in a pink tuxedo, gold high-heeled shoes and wearing a moustache. Accompanying him is a large female dance troupe that is split, costume-wise, into two camps. One in blonde wigs and silver leotards, the other dressed as men in black suits. The spectacular foot-tapping and tap-dancing, excellently choreographed by Rob Iscove, ends in a flurry of glitter cascading from the ceiling.

16-18 – Part ten: "Wings In Concert'; filmed before an audience, on March 18, 1973 in the Elstree Film Studios. Americans viewers saw ‘Long tall Sally’, which was replaced by ‘HI, Hi, Hi’ for the European audience.
16 - The Mess
17 - Maybe I'm Amazed
18 - Long Tall Sally
19 - Hi, Hi, Hi

20 - The End Of Another Day
21 – Yesterday
For the final sequence, with Linda and the other members of Wings sitting around him, Paul performs a solo acoustic guitar version of 'Yesterday'. This is his first rendition of the track since The Beatles acrimonious split almost three years earlier, played as a personal request to his fellow band members. The song concludes with the end of show credits running over the screen. It’s previewed by a short improvisation.

22 - Hi Hi Hi/C Moon - Radio Advert, recorded in November 1972, in the Olympic Studios, Barnes

Red Rose Speedway (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #5)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

MACCA - Wild Life (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #4)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: In the Summer of 1971, Paul was eager to go back on the road. But in order to do that, he needed a band. He was very happy with the American musicians who had helped him to record Ram, so drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Hugh McCracken were natural choices. Although she wasn’t eager to do it, Paul absolutely wanted his wife to join the band.
He sensed a second guitar player was needed, preferably someone who could sing. So, he thought of Denny Laine –someone he knew from way back, when he was the singer of The Moody Blues.
Denny got a phone call on July 17, 1971 and arrived at Paul’s High Park home in Campbeltown, Scotland the next day.
After just a week of rehearsals, they start recording in Abbey Road’s Studio Two… without McCracken, who flew back to New York. As there has
been criticism about the elaborate arrangements on some of the Ram songs, Paul went this time for very spontaneous songs: preferably first takes.

The band is in the studio for just four days. A few weeks later, on September 13, Linda gives birth to Stella. While in hospital Paul thinks of name for his new band: Wings.

CD 1

Tracks 1-10 – Wings debut album Wild Life, released on December 7, 1971 in the U.K. and on December 6, 1971 in the U.S..
The original UK vinyl had only 8 tracks, as two short instrumental tracks (‘Bip Bop Link’ and ‘Mumbo Link’) weren’t mentioned separate, like on the
1993 cd The Paul McCartney Collection remaster.
‘Love Is Strange’ is allegedly the first reggae song recorded by Caucasian
artists. It’s a cover of a song from country singers Mickey and Sylvia,
from 1956. It was planned to be released as a single, in January 1972
backed with ‘I Am Your Singer’. The single didn’t get a release in the
U.K., but in Mexico both songs were put on an EP, together with ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Mumbo’.
11 - Give Ireland Back to the Irish - recorded on February 1, 1972 in
the SARM West Studios, in Nottinghill, London, with new guitarist Henry
McCullough. It is a protest against the incidents in Londonderry on
January 30,1972, when British soldiers killed 13 unarmed people protesting against the British involvement in Northern Ireland. It is released as Wings debut single, on February 26, 1972.
12 - Give Ireland Back to the Irish (version) - instrumental, released
as the b-side of the above. Paul and Linda were very fond of reggae music, where it was customary to put an instrumental version on the b-side of a single.
13 - Mary Had a Little Lamb – in an effort to write a rock song for children, Paul put a nursery rhyme of nineteenth-century American origin, to music. Basis track recorded in January 1972, with brand new Wings guitarist Henry McCullough on mandolin. Overdubs added in March 1972. Released as the second Wings single, on May 12, 1972, in the U.K. and May 29, 1972 in the U.S..
14 - Little Woman Love – outtake of the Ram sessions, recorded on November 13, 1970, in the Columbia Studios, New York. With overdubs added in January 1971. Released as the b-side of ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’.
15 - Great Cock and Seagull Race – instrumental outtake of the Ram sessions, a.k.a 'Breakfast Blues' or ‘Rooster’. Recorded on February 22, 1971 in New York.
16 - Bip Bop/Hey Diddle/I Am Your Singer – recorded on June 5 or 6, 1971. On one of these days , Paul and Linda performed a few songs for the camera while sitting in the small garden outside their High Park home in Campbeltown, Scotland. The scène is later shown in the documentary Wings Over The World.
17-18 – 1882 – Paul’s solo piano demos for a song later to be recorded by Wings during the Red Rose Speedway sessions. Both demos are recorded in January 1972, during rehearsals with Wings in the Rude Studio.
19-21 - Dear Friend – three demos for a song written in an attempt to help reconcile the differences between him and John. The first two are solo piano demos by Paul, probably recorded in Summer 1970, while the third is recorded in February 1971. The basic track of the version on the Wild Life album is recorded in march 1971, in Los Angeles, during the mixing of the Ram album. The orchestration is added in September 1971.
22 - Complain To The Queen – improvisation, recorded on August 20, 1972, backstage during an interview for Dutch radio, at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

CD 2
After the British college tour, Wings made a second 1972 tour over the
summer of 1972. Paul, his family and band travelled all over Europe in a double decker bus. Between July 9 and August 24, Wings played 26 shows in France, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Norway and Belgium. The last couple of show (The Hague and Antwerp) were recorded professionally, for possible inclusion of live tracks in the next Wings album, Red Rose Speedway.

1-2 - Eat at Home/Smile Away – the opening songs from the Wings show in the Evenementenhal, Groningen, The Netherlands on Augus 19, 1972. Released as a bonus track(s) with the Digital Download Edition of Ram, in May 2012.
3 - Bip Bop – the opening song from the Wings show in Le Pavillon, Montreux, Switserland, on July 22, 1972.
4 – 1882 – recorded live at the Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands, on August 21, 1972 (the same show where ‘The Mess’ was recorded). This version received a vocal overdub for possible release.
5-9 & 12-14 – the show in Cine Roma, Antwerp, Belgium on August 22, 1972 was also recorded.
The show is bootlegged on titles as Got Any Toothpicks (highlights, with has some bonus tracks from The Hague) and Okay, Good Evening (complete show).
5 - Best Friend – Another message song to John. This live track received multiple overdubs (acoustic guitar and harmonies) and remixes, to be
included on the outtakes album Cold Cuts. At one time it was retitled ‘Why Did You Treat Me So Bad’.
6 - Soily
7 - I Am Your Singer – a duet by Paul and Linda
8 - Seaside Woman – Linda solo
9 - Say You Don't Mind – Denny Laine’s solo spot: a cover of a Colin Blunstone song.
10 - Wild Life - recorded live at the Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands, on August 21.
11 - Henry's Blue – Henry McCullough’s solo spot: an instrumental blues song. In the official tour program sold at the Europe 1972 concerts, this is marked as ‘Henry’s Blue’ in the list of ‘Songs You May Hear…’.
12 - Give Ireland Back to the Irish
13 - Cottonfields - cover of a Lead Belly song, then in the charts in a Beach Boys version.
14 - My Love – the studio version was recorded but not yet released when played live.
15 - Hi, Hi, Hi – (or ‘High, Hi, High’ as it is titled in the tour program) recorded live in The Hague.
16 - Mary Had a Little Lamb - Alternate mix, with the children's voices in the chorus mixed out. Released in Germany on 7”.
17 - Mary Had a Little Lamb – early mix. The version as recorded in January 1972, before the overdubs were added in march. The backing vocals of McCartney daughters Heather and Mary are not yet included and there are a few overdubs yet to add. There is an extended coda ending that was not included in the single mix.
18 - Great Cock and Seagull Race - Dixon Van Winkle Mix, including overdubs added on December 17, 1971. Meant to be released as the b-side of a ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’. Released in May 2012 on the Special Edition of Ram in The Paul McCartney Archive Collection.
19 - Great Cock and Seagull Race – later mix
20 - Bip Bop/Hey Diddle – see CD 1, track 16 – this is a remix/edit, released on Wingspan: Hits and History, on May 7, 2001.

Wild Life (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #4)

Monday, September 9, 2019

MACCA - Ram (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #3)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.


Original Notes: "This is WORK, woman! This is WORK!!!!" And, so it is. But it is FUN work at least, and it is a distinct pleasure to offer up the 1971 classic (and my personal favorite) 'Ram' as the next title in the Ultimate Archive Collection. Okay, so the immediate question is how is this different from Paul's own Archive release? Well, I managed to get the audio onto three tightly packed CDs, rather than on four CDs that barely use up half of their storage capacity. I did make the editorial decision to not include a few tracks from the official Archive set, as I felt they would much better fit in on 'Wild Life'. So, if you're looking for Little Woman Love, The Great Cock And Seagull Race, or the live versions of Eat At Home and Smile Away, you'll have to wait patiently (though I'm quite sure that I'll have my 'Wild Life' out long before Paul has HIS!  :wink: )

So what DID I include then? Well, let's start with the basics: each disc has it's own theme. Disc one has the main album with bonuses, disc two has the mono album with bonuses and disc three has Thrillington with bonuses. Simple enough. So what are the bonuses then? Obviously there's everything from the official Archive (barring the tracks mentioned above). There's also (YAY!) extremely clean needledrops of the mono promo Another Day / Oh Woman, Oh Why 45 (thanks again, Charlie), along with the superb RMW 'drop of the Brung To Ewe By record. How superb is it? Far BETTER than what Paul wound up using as menu music on the DVD that came with the Archive set, that's how! For some strange reason, on that DVD, Paul & Co. used a noisy needledrop of the record rather than going back to the original tape, which he presumably still has. Anyway, RMW's sounds better, so I've incorporated it here... Also of note are the five instrumental tracks of songs from the sessions, including a freshly mixed to stereo version of Monkberry Moon Delight, which was available to mix (in mono only) for a little while on Paul's own site. I've taken the individual tracks and mixed them to stereo. You can hear the results on this set. I've included both released versions (standard and promo edit) of the 'In Laws' version of A Love For You, along with the Cold Cuts version, slightly re-eqed to match the rest of the tracks here. Finally, I've included for fun (and 'cause I had just enough space) a re-edit of Ram On that uses both sections, edited together. There's a slight change in ambiance at the switch that couldn't be avoided as the two sections are mixed slightly differently. For the coup de grace, I tacked on the last couple of seconds of the mono mix, which is slightly longer, to make this the most complete version currently available. Whew!

For those who may have been expecting 'Off The Ground' and/or 'Up Close', based on things I've asked for, please note that from time to time, I might ask for items (be it tracks, artwork, or what have you) as I plan out the long range releases - I'm always thinking of the next several titles that are coming out. Please don't EXPECT any particular album to come next, they will come in the order they do, hopefully without rhyme or reason! Anyway, if you're able to curb your disappointment in not getting 'Off The Ground' (or, apparently 'The Family Way'  :? ), and try to enjoy THIS set, maybe we'll all be a lot happier.

One final note, for those of you who enjoy the artwork as well - especially the disc labels - I have to say that these three labels are the most satisfying one's I have made so far. Just as a Beatles record-collecting geek, it was oh so gratifying to put together my own release on the Apple label! Okay, without further ado, here is the latest release, the twelfth in the series thus far (the "Dirty Dozen", so to speak), 'Ram'!

CD 1

1-12 – Ram, the only album credited to Paul and Linda McCartney.
Released on May 21, 1971. Basic tracks were recorded in October-November 1970 in Columbia Studios B, New York City with overdubs added in January-February 1971 in Phil Ramone’s A&R Studios A1, New York City and final overdubs plus mixing in March-April 1971 in Sound Recording Studios, Los Angeles.

1- Too Many People – recording started on November 10, 1970
2 - Three Legs – recording started on October 16, 1970
3 - Ram On - recording started on February 22, 1971
4 - Dear Boy- recording started on March 1, 1971
5 - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - recording started on November6, 1970
6 - Smile Away - recording started on November 16, 1970
7 - Heart of the Country – recording started on May 21, 1971
8 - Monkberry Moon Delight – recording started on November 5, 1970
9 - Eat at Home – recording started on October 16, 1970
10 - Long Haired Lady – recording started on October 27, 1970
11 - Ram On (reprise) - recording started on February 22, 1971
12 - The Back Seat of My Car – recording started on October 22, 1970

13 - A Love for You – recording started on October 26, 1970 with overdubs added over the years. Some extra guitar was added and the intro adapted at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, in late February 2002. The tracks was then remixed by Ralph Sall and David Khane for the soundtrack of The In-Laws, released on May 20, 2003.
14 - Another Day – recording started on October 12, 1970, with overdubs added in January 1971. Released on February 27, 1971 as the first solo single of Paul McCartney – be it as Paul and Linda McCartney.
15 - Oh Woman, Oh Why – recording started on November 3, 1970 and released as b-side of the above.
16 - Hey Diddle – recording started on October 26, 1970, with overdubs added on July 9, 1974 in Nashville. Remixed by Dixon Van Winkle and released on May 21, 2012 on the Paul McCartney Archive Collection of Ram.
17 - Sunshine Sometime – recording started on October 29, 1970 – this is the earliest mix, as released on the Paul McCartney Archive Collection of Ram
18 - Rode All Night – recorded on October 22, 1970 as a jam between Paul and and drummer Denny Seiwell. Also on Paul McCartney Archive Collection
19 - Uncle Albert Jam – rehearsal recorded on November 6, 1970 and released as digital-only bonus track on May 21, 2012
20 - A Love For You – see track 13. With overdubs added in January 1986: keys, bass and backing vocals (Eric Stewart?)


CD 2

1-12 – Ram was pressed in mono with unique mixes that differ from the common stereo version.

13 - Another Day – see cd 1, track 14 – mono acetate mix, released as a promo 7” single
14 - Oh Woman, Oh Why – see cd 1, track 15 – promo acetate
15 - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - single edit, released as a U.S. single on August 2, 1971
16 - Smile Away – mono mix, released as the b-side of ‘Eat At Home’ in some European countries.
17 - A Love for You – 1986 remix by John Kelly, for the final version of Cold Cuts. Released on Paul McCartney Archive Collection.
18 - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey- another mono mix of the track

19-33 - Brung To Ewe By was a promotional one-sided LP that was released in conjunction with the Ram album in 1971. It contains 15 radio spots, for DJ’s to be played before or after the songs from the album. All the spots were based on three segments of a little ditty with the lyrics “Now Hear This Song Of Mine.”


CD 3

1-11 –Muzak version of Ram, with orchestral arrangements by Richard Hewson, commissioned by Paul. Recorded in June 1971 in the Abbey Road Studios. Released on April 29, 1977 under the moniker of Thrillington Note that it’s one track shorter than the Ram album, as there’s no reprise of ‘Ram On’.

12 - A Love For You – instrumental backing track, as recorded on October 26, 1970
13 - Hey Diddle - instrumental backing track, as recorded on that same day.
14 - Monkberry Moon Delight - mix by Dave Marx, made from the 4-tracks available on the Rude Studio corner on Paul’s website in 2012
15 - Long Haired Lady - backing track
16 - The Back Seat of My Car - instrumental backing track
17 - A Love For You – edit available on a promo single, released on May 20, 2003
18 - Ram On - Dave Marx re-edit of both sections of ‘Ram On’


Sunday, September 8, 2019

McCartney (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #2)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes:As for McCartney, Paul's actual debut album from 1970, the original Archive release included a lot of extras, but nothing really new from the era (save for a longer version of Suicide and an Instrumental version of Oo You, entitled Don't Cry Baby). To that, I've added a few demos from the era and an instrumental version of Maybe I'm Amazed to round out the disc. I should note that while the Archive version (which I've used for the album, taken from downsampled versions of the unlimited hi-res audio) generally sounds better than the DCC release, there were a few anomalies where I patched in the DCC. For one, the Archive version of Maybe I'm Amazed cuts off close to four seconds at the fade, so that is included here. Also, Kreen-Akrore sounds like noise reduction has been applied to the Archive version, whereas on the DCC set it sounds much more natural. So, I've opted to include the DCC version here. Anyhoo, that wraps it up for this edition of the UAC series

1-14 – McCartney album
Because was essentially barred from accessing any tape of Apple Records, he had no choice but to keep any recording a secret. So he hired one mike and a Studer 4-track machine to record at home, completely on his own: no technician and no musicians. Work started in late December 1969.
Later he booked time (February 10 to 12, 1970) in the Morgan Studios in Willesden, as Billy Martin (a baseman and later manager of the New York Yankees) and once Ringo had left the EMI building on Abbey Road, he finished the recordings and mixing there.
Klein, helped by Lennon, tried to postpone the release of Pauls solo album at least twice, but eventually it was released more or less as planned on , released on April 17, 1970.

15-17 – demo’s, probably recorded in July 1971, during the first rehearsals with the band that soon would be called Wings.

18 - Maybe I'm Amazed - One Hand Clapping version, recorded in August 1974 and released on June 13, 2011 on McCartney - Paul McCartney Archive Collection

19-21 – live version with Wings, recorded in the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, on December 17, 1979 and released on McCartney - Paul McCartney Archive Collection

22 - Suicide – complete version of the 8 seconds fragment used on the album. Recorded on February 21, 1970 in the EMI studio on Abbey Road.
23 - Don’t Cry Baby – alt. take of ‘Oo You’, recorded in December 1969 and released on McCartney - Paul McCartney Archive Collection
24- Maybe I'm Amazed - instrumental version, probably created from tracks available at Paul McCartney's New Rude Studio in 2012.
25 - Woman Kind - undated demo, released on McCartney - Paul McCartney Archive Collection

McCartney (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #2)

MACCA - The Family Way (VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #1)



For September/October, I'm posting the Macca's complete series of VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection compiled by David1Marx.  These are all @320, converted from original FLAC files.  As noted above, this is not my work, but it doesn't seem to be currently available anywhere. So I plan to post one per day, until the complete series is available again.

Original Notes: First up is The Family Way. This one has a long and convoluted history that I don't have the time nor energy to go into here. Suffice it to say that this set includes the stereo and mono mixes taken from the best sources available. For the stereo, it was a lossless download that came out a few years ago (which is WAY better than the 2003 CD issue which featured a feeble needledrop of the LP). Speaking of needledrops, there was an exquisite one done of an original NM mono pressing which sounds absolutely terrific. This is what I've included here. To add to the pot, I've included all the various 45 versions of both Love In The Open Air + Theme From The Family Way that have popped up, all in excellent quality. To top it off, I've included three of the nine "Variations" from the 1995 "re-interpretation" by Carl Aubut. I would have liked to include all nine, but had no space to do so. As this release basically amounts to a "covers album", it doesn't trouble me greatly to not have the entire release included here. To close out the disc, I have included all three re-interpretations of The Family Way Theme (Samba / Waltz /Rondeau) that were done in 1999 by La Flute Enchantee, and included on that 2003 CD. While there have been many different versions of The Family Way released through the years, this should hopefully be the final version anyone would ever need.

THE FAMILY WAY – ULTIMATE ARCHIVE COLLECTION

1-13 – stereo mix of The Family Way – Based on a 15 second piano piece ‘written’ by Paul McCartney, George Martin wrote 24 musical cues for the film soundtrack. They were recorded by the George Martin Orchestra, augmented by studio musicians on organ, brass, drums and bass, with conductor Neville Marriner during three sessions in November 1966, in the CTS Studios, London. Out of these cues 13 tracks were assembled for the soundtrack album, with six of the tracks banding together a number of shorter musical cues.
The soundtrack album was released on January 6, 1967 in the UK (Decca SLK 4847) and June 12, 1967 in the USA (London Records S 82007). All tracks were untitled.
The remastered stereo mix was released on cd on Jyly 25, 2011 (Varese Sarabande - VSD-7095 (Europe) and Varese Sarabande - 302 067 095 2 (US)).

14 - Theme From The Family Way - see 28. This stereo mix was first released on the above cd as bonus track.

15-27 – mono mix of the above album, released on vinyl the same days as the stereo version. The mono mix was first released on cd on July 22, 2003 (XXI-21 Productions Inc. - CD 2 1468).

28 - Theme From The Family Way – mono mix of 14.
To tie in with the British premiere of the film, Decca Records released a mono single on December 23, 1966 (Decca F-12536): ‘Love In The Open Air’/’ Theme from The Family Way’ by The Tudor Minstrels. The groups name is a reference to Tudor Films, the production company of John Boulting, twin brother of the director Roy Boulting.
The a-side is simply track 6 of the album, but the b-side is a composite of tracks 1 & 13.
In the US, the single (London 45-1012) is released on January 24, 1967.

29-30 – both sides of a single (United Artists UP 1165) by George Martin And His Orchestra, released on December 21, 1966 in the UK These are different arrangements of both tracks of the Decca single, rush recorded especially on December 15, 1966 in E.M.I. Recording Studio on Abbey Road.

31-32 – both sides of a single (United Artists UA 50148) by George Martin And His Orchestra, released on April 24, 1967 in the US. These are new recordings. The b-sde is a Martin composition unrelated to the film, while the a-side is an faster arrangement. Recorded at E.M.I. over three days in early February 1967.

33-35 – On December 5, 1995 the album was released for the first time on cd (officially, that is) in Canada and the US. For The Family Way – Variations Concertantes Opus 1 (Or W. Woolf – ORWCD-28), the 22 minute soundtrack was augmented by some variations by a classical guitarist from Quebec Carl Aubut.These were recorded from February 1994 on with the Claudel String Quartet. Paul McCartney approved the release. In Europe the cd was released on June 20, 1996.

36-38 – On May 9, 2000 Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool (ACD22137 ATMA Classique ) was released. It contained four recording of works by McCartney, transcribed for flute quartet. These performances by La Flute Enchantee, were recorded at Eglise Saint-Augustin-de-Mirabel, Quebec, on August 20-22, 1997. From this release, three more variations on ‘The Family Way Theme’ by Anthony Rozankovic , were also released on the more common version of The Family Way, in July 2003 (Polygram 528922).

VooDoo Ultimate Archive Collection #1

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Robert Johnson - Up Jumped the Devil (Repost from May 2011)


This is a repost from May 2011, from the AYBCS's good old days. The collection is just the same as 2011 except for some general MP3 cleanup and the addition of The Devil Make Three's Drunken Hearted Man. 

Today's post is from Art Ducko who conceived of the idea to remember/celebrate Robert Johnson. As noted below, it is a collaborative post. I thank Art for writing a fitting tribute to RJ and to Farquhar Throckmoton III for designing the artwork. Check out his fine blog False Memory Foam All @ 320

The Man Who Left The Room

"He sold his soul to the Devil to get to play like that". - Son House

"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend". - 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"

"Well, I got up this morning... all I had was gone". - Robert Johnson

May 8th, 2011, is the centennial of the birth of the man, Robert Johnson, known as the King of the Delta blues, the James Dean of the Crossroads, the one born to be gone. More people know his name & legend from a Ralph Macchio movie from the '80s which perpetuated the story of how Johnson met the Dark Dude one moonless night at a crossroads in Mississippi in order to learn how to play the guitar, all in exchange for his soul. This young upstart seemingly came out of nowhere although he was hanging around juke joints of the time - rural shotgun houses set back in the woods - that served as the main adult entertainment centers for the blacks of the Delta south. He pestered already established players like Son House to let him play between his & Willie Brown's sets on the weekends, only to have the patrons beseech them to stop his infernal racket.

Two years later, Johnson caught a set with Shines & Brown & requested another chance to sit in between breaks.  According to Shines, "And that boy got started off playing...and when he got through, all our mouths were standing open. All! He was gone!"

The truth is probably more prosaic & mundane. There are stories of young men of the time learning the guitar by playing in cemeteries late at night. Johnson was probably woodshedding for those two years while hoboing around the country by train. He earned his living while honing his chops by playing on street corners on market days in "head-cutting " duels with other street musicians. He was also a quick study, having already taught himself the diddley bow & harmonica before tackling the intricacies of slide guitar in the blues vernacular. He was talented enough by then to be recommended by H.C. Speir, a Jackson, MS record store owner who was also a sometimes talent scout for the American Record Corporation (ARC). They arranged for Johnson's first recordings to take place in San Antonio, Texas in 1936. He laid down the tracks for his first 16 numbers in his repertoire. The later 13 tracks would be recorded in the sweltering heat of a Dallas warehouse in the summer of 1937. He didn't make much for the recordings, 29 in all, plus outtakes, but he had enough left over for another fancy suit or two. He had a regional hit with "Terraplane Blues", but otherwise his records sold poorly.

He still continued with wandering ways. He was a skilled professional by this time as evidenced by his recorded tracks. Where he played on weekends required a loud attack & memorable tunes & lyrics to excite the weekend crowd. Johnson sometimes sounds like three people playing - his notes are that complex & complete. He always had an eye for the ladies, & some of his songs were songs of seduction ("Come On In My Kitchen") while many were songs of rambling & the open road. His latter half of songs show a darker, more resigned outlook on his fate. Songs such as "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day", "Me And The Devil" & "Stones In My Passway" showed the consequences of his sins, while still enjoying the fruits of his labor ("Travelling Riverside Blues"). His masterpiece is "Love In Vain", an ode to utter desolation & regret. His lines are written like Zen koans ("When the train left the station, it had two lights on behind...") to his utter undoing at the loss of his lover ( Well, the blue lights were my blues, & the red lights were my mind..."). It is a song of foreboding & longing. There is no redemption. There is no hope. 

His death in 1938 remains a mystery to most. The accepted wisdom is that he was poisoned by a jealous husband & died several days later, some saying his death resulting from pneumonia he developed from the poisoning.  The conventional wisdom is that likely he died in Greenwood, MS & was buried in the Little Zion Church cemetery. Eyewitness accounts have pinpointed where his grave should lie, although it's not considered the actual spot. Does it really matter? He wanted his body to be buried by the highway so his old evil spirit "could catch a Greyhound bus & ride". There are supposedly three gravesite markers in various locations, but they all mean the same thing. He's got rambling on his mind.

Johnson started the "27 Club". It's fairly exclusive & usually only admits fellow musicians as members. Brian Jones was the next member. It last admitted Kurt Cobain. Greil Marcus said of Johnson ( & unknowingly, of many others), "Like a good American, Johnson lived for the moment & died for the past". The blue lights were my blues. The red lights were my mind.

About this collection:

This all started a couple of months ago when I ran across the now more or less authenticated "third" photo of Robert Johnson as found a few years ago by Zeke Schein. It mentioned Johnson's 100th birthday coming up & made me think a good compilation set was in order. Thanks to the hard work & heavy lifting of Blank Frank & the heroic travails of "." in providing this magnificent album cover, we have this amazingly assembled collection of Robert Johnson's complete output as interpreted by a vast & varied lineup. Much of Johnson's music can sound dour & fatalistic, but it can also rock with a primitive boogie that was really the sound of rock and roll in its embryonic stages. These covers show how his songs could translate to today's music, sounding timeless, ancient & euphoric at the same time. Lucinda Williams takes "Ramblin' On My Mind" for a quick & sexy stroll. Patti Smith also surprises with a slinky & drunken take on "Come On In My Kitchen". The legendary Dion does a version of "Terraplane Blues" that shows why Robert caught the eye of the ladies ( & probably led to his doom). Eric Clapton is represented by several turns with Johnson's music. Cream's " Crossroads' was not only one of the best interpretations of Johnson's music, it showed what his prowess only hinted at in the mainly acoustic '30s. The Stones' version of " Love In Vain" is one of the cornerstones in their recording history. It's one of the few occasions where the student has learned a little too well from the master. It's a set of songs that flow like the Mississippi while there are whirlpools of danger. The hellhounds are there in the distance. The blues walk like a man.

A note about Robert Johnson:

It's been reported throughout the years that Robert Jonson's 78's were recorded at a faster speed than normal, up to 20% faster. Whatever the reason for that ( it's been said that it was done by Vocalion Records to "jazz" up the sound), there's a website:http://www.globalgroovers.com/?s=ROBERT+JOHNSON&submit=Search that has the original two albums of Johnson's material released by Columbia Records at the corrected speed. These are highly recommended to really appreciate his truer sound. It's like watching Chaplin's early silent movies at the corrected speed. It just makes more sense.


Up Jumped the Devil

1 Robert Jr. Lockwood -  Kind-Hearted Woman
2 Fleetwood Mac - Dust My Broom
3 The Steve Miller Band - Sweet Home Chicago
4 Lucinda Williams - Ramblin' On My Mind
5 Johnny Winter - When You Got A Good Friend
6 Patti Smith - Come On In My Kitchen
7 Dion - Terraplane Blues
8 Peter Green with Nigel Watson - Phonograph Blues
9 The Charlatans - 32-20
10 Red Hot Chili Peppers - They're Red Hot
11 Blind Will Dukes - Dead Shrimp Blues
12 Cream - Crossroads
13 Hindu Love Gods - Walkin' Blues
14 Keb' Mo' - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
15 Gun Club - Preaching the Blues
16 Eric Clapton - If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day 
17 Rory Block - Stones in My Passway
18 Blind Will Dukes - Steady Rollin' Man
19 Ken Hamm - From Four Until Late
20 The Mountain Goats - Hellhound on My Trail
21 John Mooney - Lil Queen O Spades
22 Eric Clapton - Malted Milk
23 The Devil Makes Three - Drunken Hearted Man ** Added 2019**
24 Cowboy Junkies - Me And The Devil
25 The White Stripes - Stop Breaking Down
26 Led Zeppelin - Travelling Riverside Blues
27 John Hammond - Honeymoon Blues
28 The Rolling Stones - Love In Vain
29 Pyeng Threadgill - Milkcow's Calf Blues
30 The Allman Brothers Band - Drunken Hearted Boy (Bonus)
UP JUMPED THE DEVIL