Friday, January 29, 2010

W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Rubber Duckie (Little Richard + German Techno Version)

(US 1994 , Germany 2004)
Before things get too serious at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song at the end of each month, that could be considered to be either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.....
This posting is intended to be a follow up to a posting of the original 'Seasame Street Rubber Duckie' made by Tom Mix Music at his blog 'Songs That Made It Big In Australia'
The 'rubber duckie' was launched into stardom during the 1970's when Ernie on Sesame Street introduced his favorite toy (and by some accounts best friend, although he had to share this title with Bert), Rubber Duckie.
The Rubber Duckie song, as sung by Ernie, is one of the best known songs from Sesame Street. I remember hearing it being played constantly on the radio as a teenager, and my mum just loved it ! It actually made it into the Top 40 charts and stayed for 7 weeks, peaking at number 1 in some parts of Australia! Nationally it ranked at #10.
Rubber Duckie reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September of 1970 (it first aired on February 25th, 1970)
.However, there have been other renditions of this song since and can only be described as being both Crazy and Korny !
Little Richard did a version for the "Sesame Street Celebrates" show, in which he literally plays his piano and sings the Rubber Duckie ditty, while sitting in a duck pond. I have included both the video clip and mp3 from this show for your bemusement and entertainment.
Little Richard says - Well, here I am in my tubby again. And my tubby's all filled up with water and nice fluffy suds, honey. And I've got my soap .... looky here ... and I got my washcloth ... look at this ... and I got my nifty scrub-brush, honey, just scrub, just scrub. And I got my big, BIG, fluffy towel to dry me off when I'm done. And I got my piano. And there's one other thing that makes tubby-time the very best time of the whole day, honey. And you know what that is? A very special friend of mine, my very favorite little old friend .... (music starts)
As you would expect, this version is as crazy as he is.
The other version included here in Video and mp3 format, is a 'Techno Version' released in Germany in 2004 , and was one of 5 different dance mixes of Rubber Duckie.
This also gets my stamp of Craziness and Kornyism.
If you want a genuine laugh, then this WOCK on Vinyl posting is right up your 'bubble bath' !
Little Richard - Rubber Duckie Video (avi)
Little Richard - Rubber Duckie Audio (mp3)
German Techno Mix - Rubbie Duckie Video (avi)
German Techno Mix - Rubbie Duckie Audio (mp3)

Rubber Duckie Link (46Mb) REPOST
To obtain a copy of the original Sesame Street Single, go to 'Songs That Made It Big In Australia'

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cream - Live Cream (1970)

(U.K 1966–1969)
Cream were a 1960s British blues-rock band and supergroup consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton, and drummer Ginger Baker. Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining Clapton's blues guitar playing with the powerful voice and intense bass lines of Jack Bruce and the jazz-influenced drumming of Ginger Baker.
It's hard to know where to start when talking about Cream. In 1966, Eric Clapton was widely considered one of the best guitar players in rock 'n' roll, and after he left the Yardbirds, he got hooked up with Ginger Baker, a phenomenal drummer himself. After the two jammed together, Baker asked Clapton if he wanted to form a new group; Clapton agreed, but only on the condition that bassist Jack Bruce—who he had played with in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Powerhouse—be brought on board.
With Bruce in the fold, the group hit the studio in July of 1966, and their debut, Fresh Cream, was released in December of that year. Though it was not an automatic commercial smash, it features some of the most beloved rock songs ever recorded, including "I Feel Free," "Spoonful," and "I'm So Glad." Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the 101st best album of all time.
For their follow-up, they dialed back the blues a bit and went for a more psychedelic approach. And it worked. Disraeli Gears easily outsold its predecessor, and it helped Cream book its place in the pantheon of rock's greatest bands. With tracks like "Sunshine of Your Love," the trio also conquered America, hitting No. 4 on the Billboard Album Charts.
Sadly, Cream would only release two more albums, 1968's Wheels of Fire and 1969's phenomenal swan song, the aptly named, Goodbye. Though Goodbye only featured four new studio recordings, one of them, "Badge"—a song that Clapton wrote with George Harrison (who's wife, Pattie Boyd, Clapton famously went on to marry)—is one of the group's finest songs.
Like so many great artists from the era, their run was too short. Internal turmoil between the members, especially between Bruce and Baker, led to the group splitting up in May of 1968. But lucky for us, it was a hell of a prolific three years.
Live Cream (Vol 1) is a live compilation album by Cream released in 1970. This album is comprised of four live tracks recorded in 1968 at Winterland and The Fillmore, and one studio track "Lawdy Mama" from 1967, recorded during the Disraeli Gears sessions. The instrumental track for "Lawdy Mama" is the same chord progression as heard on "Strange Brew" with a different vocal and guitar solo by Eric Clapton.
My first experience with hearing Cream was when my brother bought this live recording and played it at full volume one Saturday afternoon when our parents were out. Needless to say, I was totally blown away by the heavy bluesy music I was hearing and on many occasions after this 'initiation by fire' I borrowed his album to play in my room, with the headphones on. I eventually bought the LP off him (and purchased Live Vol 2) and still play it today - some 40 years later !
This rip was taken from CD at 320kps and includes full album artwork along with select pictures taken from the 1968 Winterland Concerts.
Track Listing
01 - N.S.U. (March 10 1968, Winterland, San Francisco)
02 - Sleepy Time Time (March 9 1968, Winterland, San Francisco)
03 - Sweet Wine (March 10 1968, Winterland, San Francisco)
04 - Rollin' and Tumblin' (March 7 1968, The Fillmore, San Francisco)
05 - Lawdy Mama (Studio Recording from Disraeli Gears sessions, 1967)

Band members:
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Jack Bruce - bass, vocals, harmonica
Ginger Baker - drums
Cream Link (80Mb) New Link 28/10/2014

Monday, January 18, 2010

Toni Childs - The Woman's Boat (1994)

(U.S 1988-Present)
Toni Childs (born October 29, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter from Orange, California. She has released four studio albums and is best known for her songs "Don't Walk Away" (a Hot 100 hit in the United States in 1988), "I've Got To Go Now", a Top 5 hit in Australia in 1991, and the Emmy-winning "Because You're Beautiful (released as a single in 2004, and featured on her 2008 album 'Keep The Faith')
After the less successful critical and commercial fortunes of her second record, House of Hope, Toni Childs jumped labels from A&M to Geffen for her third release, "The Woman's Boat", in 1994. She also enlisted a new producer in David Botrill with whom Childs shares production credits. [extract from Wikipedia].
Recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, The Woman's Boat features an impressive array of musicians including David Rhodes, Robert Fripp and Trey Gunn. The album itself is an ambitious song-cycle exploring the female perspectives from the heartbeats of the opening track "Womb" through the ten-minute confessional epic "Death," which closes the record (and both tracks concluding with the life giving cry of a baby) .
In between, there's the sonic rush of "Welcome to the World," which gracefully juxtaposes a mother's expression of fear and optimism to her unborn child, and the ominous tone of "Predator" expressing the darker side of human nature. The music edges Childs deeper into world music territory with its exotic instrumentation and rhythms.
The Woman's Boat sounds a lot like Peter Gabriel's recent work (Us, Passion) and Kate Bush's more conceptual stuff (the second half of Hounds), with the difference being Toni's voice. It's very rough; Patti Smith or Marianne Faithfull rough. It gives her performance a pained intensity that makes listening to The Woman's Boat a little like watching childbirth. Maybe that was the whole idea, I don't know. And then there's the African angle that clearly forms a part of Childs collected but always seems to arrive with so much baggage. It's a heavy opus, like the pomegranate pictured on the cover a lot of work for a little bit of fruit. The Woman's Boat is a rich, complex and, occasionally, meandering work that, while failing to return Childs to mainstream success, does reward the listener. The single "Lay Down Your Pain" earned Toni her third Grammy nomination, for Best Female Rock Performance [extract of review by Tom Demalon, All Music Guide]
I wasn't really a big fan of Toni Childs until I heard this album. It was recommended to me by a friend and I was taken back immediately by the power and emotion that was contained in this record, I never get tired of listening to this 'concept album'.
I highly recommend you give it a go - irrespective of whether you have heard her other music.
The rip provided here was taken from CD at 320kps and includes full album artwork (with a slightly provocative inner gatefold). As this album was released on Cassette I figure it's inclusion on this blog is valid.  Enjoy.
Track Listing
01 - Womb
02 - Welcome to the World
03 - Predator
04 - I Just Want Affection
05 - I Met a Man
06 - The Woman's Boat
07 - Wild Bride
08 - Sacrifice
09 - Lay Down Your Pain
10 - Long Time Coming
11 - Death

Band Members:
Toni Childs (Vocals, synthesizer)
Ron Aslan (Programming, additional engineering)
Pape Dieng (Drums, voice)
Pandit Dinesh (Tabla, voice)
Robert Fripp (Guitar, Frippertronics)
Lee Harris (Percussion)
Sabine Kabongo (Voices)
Silvi Nawasadio (Voices)
Sally Nyolo (Voices)
Jimmy Smyth (Guitar, bass, synth, piano)
Peter Gabriel (Voices)
Toni Childs Link (135Mb) New Link 07/05/2020

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Stevie Wright - Hard Road (1974) + Bonus Live Track

(Australian 1964 - 1992)
Stephen Carlton ‘Stevie’ Wright is an Australian musician and songwriter who has been called Australia’s first international pop star.
From 1965-1969 he was the lead singer for the Sydney-based rock and roll band The Easybeats, widely regarded as the greatest Australian pop band of the Sixties.
During his time with The Easybeats he was popularly and affectionately known as "Little Stevie". He co-wrote many of their early hits (including "Sorry" and "I’ll Make You Happy"), and was vocalist on their biggest hit "Friday on My Mind" (1967), which, in 2001, was voted the Best Australian Song of All Time and made the Top 20 in both the UK and the U.S. He was also renowned for his energetic stage performance which included acrobatic back-flips and mod dance moves.
After the break-up of The Easybeats in 1969, Stevie returned to Sydney from England. He spent a few months with a band called Black Tank which featured Stevie, Rory O'Donoghue (guitar/vocals, ex-The Pogs), Ken Firth (bass, ex-Tully) and Greg Henson (drums; ex-Levi Smith Clefs). That connection led to his later appearance with the Aunty Jack team of Rory, Graeme Bond and Garry McDonald on the June 1973 ABC TV special Aunty Jack Rox On, where he performed four numbers -- "Gypsy", "Drug", "Hard Road" and "The Other Side" -- backed by the specially-assembled band all-star group Cool Bananas. By the time that special aired on TV, Stevie was well on his way back to the limelight.
In 1972-73 he won national acclaim for his performance as Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar. He then achieved solo success when his old Easybeats band-mates Harry Vanda and George Young (now turned record producers) returned from the UK in 1973. He formed his own backing band, The Stevie Wright band for live performances in this time.
In 1974 Wright released the single "Evie (Parts 1, 2 & 3)". Written and produced by Vanda & Young, it became a hit — irrelevantly the only 11-minute song to chart at #1 anywhere in the world — and is now regarded as an Australian rock classic. Two Vanda and Young produced LPs followed: Hard Road and Black-eyed Bruiser. Wright, however, struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, which ultimately de-stabilised his new found success [Extract from]
"When Hard Road was released in April 74', Stevie spent many days at Alberts' King Street office doing phone interviews with hundreds of radio stations and newspapers around the country. His comeback was greeted with enthusiasm throughout the industry and 'Evie' was added to more and more radio station play lists. To everyone 's surprise, several stations actually played the entire 11-minutes. As George Young had predicted, the softer stations were happy to play Part Two.
The Stevie Wright Band set off on a tour to promote the release of Hard Road. In the citrus-growing towns of Mildura, the same town in which The Easybeats had suffered their first rip-off ten years pior, Stevie and his band caused havoc and unexpectedly hit the headlines. According to a newspaper, the manager of the Sunland Motel saw the band members strip down to their jocks and parade in front of an open window in front of about a hundred teenage girls outside. The fans stormed the hotel and that at one point all of the band's six rooms were full of girls.
Stevie had been so young during his career with The Easybeats that as his comeback and success with Hard Road grew in Australia, he was able to engender himself to a new wave of young and hungry rock and roll fans. He was still only twenty-five. Much of his new fan base had little idea of who The Easybeats even were!"
'Evie' had reached number one in July and would remain in the charts for twenty-five weeks, making it one of the longest-charting singles in Australian history. The album Hard Road would peak at number five nationally and number one in Melbourne. Everyone at Alberts had hoped for a successful release, but no one predicted such a huge result. Sales were pushed along by an unrelenting touring schedule, much to the direction of Stevie's manager at the time Michael Chugg. [Extract from Hard Road by Goldsmith].
George Young’s brothers Angus Young and Malcolm Young went on to form AC/DC, for whom a couple of Steve Wright Band drummers also played.
The Easybeats reformed for a brief Australian tour in 1986, and Wright re-formed variations on the Stevie Wright Band during 1986-92.
Stevie performing "Long Way To The Top" tour
In later years he suffered debilitating drug and alcohol problems which were further exacerbated by his self-admission to the notorious Chelmsford Private Hospital in Sydney; director Dr Harry Bailey administered a highly controversial treatment known as "deep sleep therapy" which allegedly cured drug addiction with a combination of drug-induced coma and electroshock. Many patients, including Wright, suffered brain damage and lifelong after-effects. The scandal was later exposed, but Bailey avoided prosecution by committing suicide. Stevie’s substance abuse problems spiralled out of control in the 1980s and ’90s and he came close to death on several occasions, but was pulled back from the brink by his wife Faye and by 2002 was well enough to perform as part of the all-star "Long Way To The Top" national concert tour. His biography, 'Hard Road' written by Glenn Goldsmith, was published in 2004 and is an excellent insight into what caused Stevie's downfall from stardom and how he currently lives from day to day with his drug / alcohol addiction.
Wright’s meteoric rise and fall has made him a frequent media topic and he has been the subject of at least one book . Born in Leeds, United Kingdom, Stevie Wright currently lives in Narooma (rural NSW) with his wife Faye.
On August 11 2006, Wright performed live at the Civic Hotel in the Perth suburb of Inglewood. His set consisted of five Easybeats songs and Part 2 of Evie. Some who attended say the gig wasn’t the most polished of performances but one had to give Wright full marks just for attempting the long journey to Perth and performing.
On February 10 2007, Stevie performed with Phil Emmanuel on Australia’s Gold Coast, in a concert celebrating blues music. [Extract from]
Rip was taken from CD at 320kps and includes full album artwork plus a bonus live track of Evie recorded at the Concert Of The Decade in 1979. I have also done a hot link for a YouTube clip of Stevie Wright performing Evie on 'Hey Hey It's Saturday' T.V show.
Track Listing
01 - Hard Road
02 - Life Gets Better
03 - The Other Side
04 - I Got You Good
05 - Dancing In The Limelight
06 - Didn't I Take You Higher
08 - Movin' On Up
09 - Commando Line
10 - BONUS TRACK - Evie (Concert Of The Decade 1979)
Band Members
Stevie Wright (Vocals)
Time Gaze (Guitar)
Ken Firth (Bass)
Warren 'Pig' Morgan (Piano)
Johnny Dick (Drums)
Stevie Wright Link (92Mb)  

RIP  Stevie 'Carlton' Wright  (27/12/2015) 

Friday, January 8, 2010

James Dewar - Stumbled Down Romancer (1970)

(Scotland 1963-1980)
If you have ever listened to the original Stone the Crows or Robin Trower at his peak, then you've heard the voice of James Dewar. The Glasgow-born singer is one of a legion of great Scottish vocalists who brought a soulful passion to their music.
Dewar's career began in the early 60s. While still a teenager he sang and played bass in the Gleneagles alongside Alec Bell (guitar), Ross Nelson (guitar), Jimmy Smith (saxophone) and David Miller (drums). By 1963 they were the resident band at Glasgow's Lindella Ballroom but their fortunes changed dramatically one night when a diminutive girl vocalist got up to sing with them. Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie was barely fifteen, but her confidence was overwhelming. She joined the group, which quickly took another name inspired by the new arrival, Lulu and the Luvvers. Jimmy Dewar left the group in 1965, returning to Glasgow to rethink his career.
By 1967 he could be found in a new band, Sock 'Em JB, an exciting unit fuelled on material by Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Wilson Pickett. The vocalist was ex-Del-Jack Frankie Miller and the pianist John McGinnis, formerly of the Blues Council. Sock 'Em JB were together for only a matter of months, ending when Miller formed a new group, Westfarm Cottage, en route to the Stoics. Dewar and McGinnis remained together and, by the following year, had formed a new tough-sounding band, blending blues and progressive rock. They were preparing to be the resident act at a new club, the Burns Howff, when Leslie Harvey and Maggie Bell walked into a rehearsal. After a jam it was suggested they join forces and Power was born.

With Bell on vocals and Harvey on guitar, the unit gelled perfectly and they quickly became one of Glasgow's most popular attractions. In 1969 Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin's manager, came to Glasgow to see them and within a matter of months they had won a management and recording deal. Renamed Stone the Crows – and with the addition of ex-John Mayall drummer Colin Allen – the group recorded two excellent albums, Stone the Crows and Ode to John Law. Bell's passionate voice and Leslie's fluid, economical style may have defined the band's music, but Dewar's role should not be underestimated. His playing was always sympathetic and his earthy duets with Bell were genuinely moving.
'He's one of the finest singers I've ever heard,' she said in a later interview. However, the axis of the band had moved – the singer and guitarist were also a couple – and both Dewar and McGinnis were unhappy with the diminished role they now played in the group they had formed. Both quit in February 1971.
'I had to get Jimmy Dewar in a band', Frankie Miller told me in 1992. 'He was doing nothing in London.' The band in question was Jude, formed in July 1971. Miller had quit the Stoics, but Chrysalis, with whom he had a publishing deal, suggested he pair with guitarist Robin Trower, who had recently left Procol Harum. With Dewar on bass and Clive Bunker (ex-Jethro Tull) on drums, Jude seemed like a marriage made in heaven, but it was not to be. 'I wanted to do the two-vocal thing,' Miller explained 'but the vehicle wasn't right. The best thing for Jimmy to do was to sing in a power trio with Robin.'
In September 1972, this is exactly what happened. A new group, dubbed 'Robin Trower', made its d├ębut in Vienna with a line-up completed by Dewar and drummer Reg Isadore. Two enthralling albums, Twice Removed From Yesterday and Bridge of Sighs, followed, on which Trower's searing but melodic guitar work was matched by Jimmy's soulful voice, fully free at last to express emotion and empathy. Another former Procol member, Matthew Fisher, produced both sets and the understanding he showed with Robin and the group was clear to hear. By 1974 Robin Trower were established on the US circuit and when ex-Sly Stone drummer Bill Lordan replaced Isadore, a more rhythmic texture came to the fore. For Earth Below (1975), Live and Long Misty Days (both 1976) ensued before another ex-Sly member, Rusty Allen, took over on bass to allow Dewar to concentrate on vocals. In City Dreams (1977) and Caravan to Midnight (1978) were completed before Allen quit and the group reverted to a trio for Victims of the Fury (1980). This was the last Robin Trower album to feature Dewar. The guitarist and drummer formed a new band, BLT, with ex-Cream bassist Jack Bruce, while Jimmy gradually dropped out of professional music altogether.

.During the halcyon Robin Trower era, Dewar recorded this solo album, but was not released until the 90's. Matthew Fisher was again on hand for the bulk of the recordings, producing and adding organ, piano and synthesisers. Other collaborators included Andy McMasters (ex-Motors), who wrote or co-wrote some of the material, John Platania and David Hayes from Van Morrison's Caledonia Soul Orchestra, and Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. The set includes three cover versions: the Rolling Stones favourite Out of Time (re-cut around the same time by fellow Scot Dan McCafferty), Buddy Holly's Heartbeat and the Drifters' Dance With Me, the last of which is beautifully understated. Indeed the entire selection is nicely restrained, a contrast to the sometimes turbulent sound of the Robin Trower band. The ease with which Jimmy tackles Lay Down the Night, Sands of Time, and the Christmas anthem Hosanna!, confirms his talent, but the undoubted highlights are the Dewar / Fisher composition Nature Child and the same team's title track. The mastery with which the singer approaches this melancholic piece is moving: warmth tinged with regret, and perfectly controlled – a self-portrait which sums up the poignant artistry of the whole collection. [Brian Hogg 1997]
"Stumbledown Romancer" is, sadly, Jimmy Dewar's last record. Tragically, James Dewar, best known as bassist and vocalist for Robin Trower and Stone The Crows, passed away on May 16, 2002. Dewar had been ill since a medical mishap in 1987. He was born on October 12, 1942.
I personally believe that Dewar was one of the most talented vocalists of the 70's / 80's and I was fortunate enough to see him when he toured Australia with Trower in 1975, playing at Festival Hall in Melbourne. The only other vocalist that comes close to his talent is Gary Brooker from Procal Harum, both having voices that you never get tired of listening to.
The rip included here was taken from a CD released in 1998 at 320kps but only includes limited artwork
Track Listing
01 - Out Of Time
02 - Goodbye Love
03 - Stumbledown Romancer
04 - Bright Lights
05 - Hosanna
06 - Loves Melody
07 - Sands Of Time
08 - Heartbeat
09 - Lay Down The Night
10 - Dance With Me
11 - Nature Child

Band Members:
James Dewar (Bass / Vocals / Acoustic guitar / Electric guitar / Tambourine )
Matthew Fisher, John Allair, Andy McMasters (Organ / Piano / Synthesiser)
Peter van Hooke, Bill Lordan, Dave Mattacks, Graham Jarvis (Drums)
David Hayes, John Platania, Martin Jenner (Guitar)
Mo Foster, Alan Johns, Paul Westwood (Bass)
James Dewar Link (59Mb)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Nova - Wings Of Love (1977)

(Italian 1975-78)
Nova is an Italian band influenced by the Mahavishnu Orchestra's acoustic stylings, Wayne Shorter's soprano sax attack, and British art rock vocalizing. The resultant fusion is airy and melodic.
With the formidable Percy Jones and the incredible Michael Walden replaced on bass and drums by total unknowns (Barry Johnson and Ric Parnell), who would expect Wings of Love to parallel the brilliance of "Vimana"? (see my earlier Nova posting)
The core remains the same nevertheless: the Santanesque Corrado Rustici, Elio D'Anna's suave sax and woodwinds and Renato Rosset's liberal use of Fender Rhodes among other keys. This is less like Crossfire or Weather Report, and a lot funkier at times and dreamier at others with breathlessly beautiful vocals. "You are Light" is a superb opener and one of my favourite tracks on the album, which just stays solidly on track providing a series of memorable tunes, with tons of oboe, flute and sax , crossing swords with Rustici's incredible fretwork.
There is a slight Mahavishnu / Santana vibe here, this record would partner well with Borboletta / Welcome or Visions of Emerald Beyond/ Birds of Fire. The fourth track has a real 'Focus' feel to it with flute and keyboard interplays and is a truly beautiful piece of music. Overall, this album is an extremely original recording, and very dissimilar from the previous "Vimana" or the following and somewhat disappointing "Sun City".
With "Wings of Love", the band seemed to take a new direction, what with the shorter track format and in particular bassist Barry Johnson's funky style, so different from Percy Jones. Packed with tension, rhythmic energy and technical brilliance. A treat for all jazz-fusion enthusiasts.
This rip was taken from my near mint vinyl in FLAC format and includes full album artwork.  This is my favourite Nova album and I highly recommend it, especially if you are into Jazz Rock.
Track Listing
01 - You Are Light
02 - Marshall Dillion

03 - Blue Lake

04 - Beauty Dream-Beauty Flame

05 - Golden Sky Boat

06 - Loveliness About You

07 - Inner Star

08 - Last Silence

Band Members:

Elio D'Anna (saxes, flutes
Corrado Rustici (guitars, lead vocals, percussion
Renato Rosset (keyboards
Barry Johnson (bass, vocals
Ric Parnell (drums, percussion)


Nova FLAC Link (316Mb)