Sunday, November 20, 2005

Jackson Buck's Playlist For Lost & Found - Friday, November 18

Jackson Buck's Lost & Found Playlist for Friday, November 18, 2005

Waters, Muddy - "Medley: After Hours/Stormy Monday Blues" - Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live (Deluxe Edition) - Epic Legacy - ( Two disc release; the first being a reissue of the classic album of Muddy and band recorded live in 1978. The bonus here is disc two.... all of the songs were previously unreleased. Any time you can get your hands on unreleased live recordings of Muddy Waters, it's of value. Among the performers on the second disc are Johnny Winter, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, and Bob Margolin on guitars, James Cotton on harmonica, and Pinetop Perkins on piano.)

Turtles, The - "Battle Of The Bands" - The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands - White Whale - (Flo & Eddie's pre-Zappa humor really shines thru on this overlooked concept album. They romp thru a variety of styles, each with tongue-in-cheek mockery and reverence at the same time.....pop, country, R&B, psychedelic, surf, etc. are all presented by "fictional" groups made up by the group in disquise.)

Glen Rays, The - "Rhythm Review" - Bloodshot: Gaity Records Story, vol. 2 - Norton Records - (As is says on the cover..."Bashin' rock n' roll from America's most primitive label.)

Dale, Dick (And His Del-Tones) - "Surfin' Drums" - Dick Dale and his Del Tones Greatest Hits - Crescendo - ( Boston native Dale, the "King of Surf Guitar" is also considered by many as the "Father of Heavy Metal". All you young guitar wanna' be's should check him out. Bo Diddley meets Gene Krupa on this track.)

Jades, The - "Shake Baby Shake" - Bloodshot: Gaity Records Story, vol. 2 - Norton - (Recorded live in a tiny, tiled, echoey basement in studio Minneapolis.)

Peterson, Carl & The Glen Rays - "Rhythm Review" - Bloodshot: Gaity Records Story, vol.1 - Norton - (Hard rockin' teen sounds.)

Rolling Stones - "Sing This All Together" - Satanic Majesties Request - ABKCO - (I always liked this 1967 venture into the psychedelic sounds of the times. Dismissed by some as "Sargent Pepper - Lite", a criticism that I consider grossly unfair. The group took many chances in the studio with this one....and most of them work. Besides, the original cover art is worth the price. We spent many hours lost in that one.)

Rotary Connection - "Like A Rolling Stone" - Rotary Connection - Chess - (Another overlooked timepiece of a gem from 1967. Marshall Chess produced this Chicago group which included early vocal work by Minnie Ripperton.)

Who, The - "Shout & Shimmy" - My Generation, Deluxe Edition - Universal - (The Who covering this James Brown song.....from their early days as a soul, R&B, and Motown cover band.....shortly after they changed their name from The Detours. I find it hard to imagine that the early-day Who aren't held in higher esteem by rock historians.)

Kolstad, Papa John (& "Wildman" Mike Turk) - "Beans Taste Fine" - Beans Taste Fine - Wampus Cat - (Reissue of the 1975 album; some of which was recorded live at Club Passim in Cambridge. Additional players include Lewis London, Jim Tuillo, and Dick Fegy. Papa's still playin' good stuff, now residing in Minneapolis. He released a highly-acclaimed CD a couple of years ago entitled "Papa John Kolstad & The Hot Club Of East Lake".....available on Wampus Cat.)

Brown, Charles - "Jilted Blues" - Blues N' Brown - Jewel/Paula - (This genuine original had a career that spanned over 50 years and is considered one of the all-time greats.)

Sebastian, John - "Magical Connection" - John B. Sebastian - Reprise - (Former leader of the Lovin' Spoonful is the son of a classical harmonica player. On this 1970 album (his first solo release) he stretches out with some fine material. Who can forget his psychedelic-tinged performance at Woodstock? However, much more than that and "Welcome Back", Sebastian was one of the truly gifted performers of the era and remains vital today. He's still an in-demand guitar, harmonica, and jews harp player, appearing on numerous albums by other artists.)

Montgomery, Little Brother - "Up The Country Blues" - Bajez Copper Station - Blues Beacon - (Another piano legend, his career spanned 5 decades. An authentic blues man who hailed from Louisiana, he quit school at the age of 11 to play the juke joints. He was recorded live on this one in 1972 in Amsterdam.)

Spanky & Our Gang - "Mecca Flat Blues" - Anything You Choose/Without Rhyme Or Reason - Mercury - ( Complete with spoken words by Little Brother Montgomery. Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane was one of the better pop crooners of the mid to late 60's era and came from a blues and jazz background. This is another group that, although known best by it's handful of hit singles, put out some tasty and creative albums that were perhaps a little too sophisticated for the Top 40 crowd to latch onto.)

Shines, Johnny (with the David Bromberg Band) - "Mr. Cover & Shaker" - Johnny Shines & Company, vol. 2 - Biograph - (Shines was a traveling companion of Robert Johnson. He recorded this is 1972 with Bromberg and band.....he said his sessions with Bromberg were among his favorite memories of the music business.)

Spann, Otis - "Boogaloo Blues" - Otis Spann: The Best Of The Vanguard Years - Vanguard - (Another great keyboard player....spent the 50's and 60's with Muddy Waters. Here, he wails away on organ.)

Walker, Wee Willie - "There Goes My Used To Be" - The Goldwax Story, vol. 1 - Ace/Kent - (Goldwax was a great soul/R&B label out of Memphis in the 1960's. Their main artist was James Carr, who originally did this song.)

King Biscuit Boy with Crowbar - "Badly Bent" - Official Music - Stony Plain - (In the early 1970's, Crowbar was the rock & roll band in Canada, having started out as backup players for Ronnie Hawkins.)

Cummings, Burton - "Takes A Fool To Love A Fool" - Best Of Burton Cummings - Epic - (Lead singer of the Guess Who goes twangy on this tune, originally from his "Dream Child" solo release. Definitely one of the most distinguished and recognizable voices of the 60's-70's. He put out some good solo material in addition to his work with the Guess Who.)

Cash, Johnny - "I Still Miss Someone" - Super Hits - Columbia - (Pure Cash, need I say more? And yes, I do.)

Davis, Reverend Gary - "Talk On The Corner" - From Blues To Gospel - Shout Factory - (His last recordings; recorded in 1971 at age of 76.)

Because it was Great American Smoke Out week, I was going to play Commander Cody's version of Merle Travis' "Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)". I grabbed a big stash of Cody albums from the station library, but none had that song on them. So, I just played 3 in a row by the Commander and his Lost Planet Airmen. Unfortunately, I neglected to write down the names of the albums, so I'm not sure where the following songs came from:

Commander Cody - "Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar" -

Commander Cody - "Don't Let Go" -

Commander Cody - "Hot Rod Lincoln" -

Lightnin' Slim - "It's Mighty Crazy" - I'm Evil: Rare and Unissued Excello Masters, volume 1 - Excello - (Louisiana blues at it's finest, recorded on Excello....."blow your harmonica son").

Fulson, Lowell - "Tramp" - The Modern Records Blues Story - Fuel 2000 - (Co-written by Jimmy McCracklin, released in 1967. Once upon a time, Ray Charles was in Fulson's band.)

Lightnin' Slim - "Lightnin's Troubles" - I'm Evil: Rare & Unissued Excello Masters, volume 1 - Excello - (Oops, didn't bring enough music with me.....that's okay, I'll just play more cool sounds by Lightnin' Slim.)

Horton, Walter Shakey with Hot Cottage - "Shakey's Edmonton Blues" - Walter Horton with Hot Cottage - Stony Plain - (In Edmonton while traveling with Willie Dixon's Chicago Blues All-Stars, Horton cut an album with Hot Cottage, one of the best bands in the area at the time.)

Well, that about does it for this week. I'll be back again this Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, then off for a couple of weeks. I'll also be pinch-hitting for Joan Hathaway on 3 Ring Circus the same day. I hope you can tune in on FM 88.1 or via the net at wmbr.org.(live and also archived).

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