Tuesday, April 30, 2013

W.O.C.K On Vinyl - 21 Years of Rock N Roll: A Tribute to 'Rock Around The Clock' (1977)

Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song / album at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
"Rock Around the Clock" is a rock and roll song in the 12-bar blues format written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers (the latter under the pseudonym "Jimmy De Knight") in 1952. The best-known and most successful rendition was recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets in 1954. It was a number one single on both the US and UK charts and also re-entered the UK Singles Chart in the 1960s and 1970s.

It was not the first rock and roll record, nor was it the first successful record of the genre (Bill Haley had American chart success with "Crazy Man, Crazy" in 1953, and in 1954, "Shake, Rattle and Roll" reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart). Haley's recording nevertheless became an anthem for rebellious Fifties youth and is widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world. The song is ranked No. 158 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. [extract from wikipedia]
21 years of Rock and Roll, "Rock around the Clock" was released in 1977 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the release of Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," 2SM and its sister radio stations, 3XY in Melbourne and 4IP in Brisbane, put out a re-make of the song with a host of stars doing the vocals including: Glenn Shorrock, Shirley Strachan, John Paul Young, Daryl Braithwaite, Renee Geyer and Frankie J Holden.
The rear sleeve states:
'The record that launched the Rock 'n' Roll era became a hit in Australia in July, 1956. It proved to be one of the most fantastic hits of all time with collective sales estimated at over 22 million. 'Rock around the Clock' has been waxed in thirty-five different languages with over 140 versions globally'.

2SM/3XY/4IP with the ANZ Bank commissioned the cream of Australian rock talent to record this limited edition tribute to 21 years of Rock 'n' Roll. Hope you enjoy it."
The artists appear by courtesy of:
Glenn Shorrock - E.M.I. Records
Graeme 'Shirley' Strachan & Frankie J. Holden - Mushroom Records
John Paul Young - Albert Productions
Daryl Braithwaite - Razzle Records
Renee Geyer - R.C.A. Records
This is a rather Obscure 7" Single as it was only released in Australia, in relatively small numbers and therefore it earns a place in this month's WOCK On Vinyl. Perhaps it should be renamed to:
"WOCK around the Clock" ! Ripped from vinyl in MP3 format (320kps)
Track Listing
01 - Rock Around The Clock (Tribute)
02 - Spoken Word History Of The Song Rock Around The Clock
Rock Around The Clock Link (13Mb)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Various Artists - King Of Pop 74' - 75' (1974)

(Various Australian Artists 1974)
In Australia, Rock Music Awards have had a somewhat haphazard existence. Looking back on the 1967 King Of Pop Award, Ed Nimmervoll wrote:- 'Normie Rowe was the first King Of Pop, although accidentally rather than officially. "Go Set" was the big teen magazine of the day and in 1967 they conducted a standard pop poll to arrive at the most popular personalities and groups of the day .. When those awards were announced on the Go!! Television Show, in a moment of fun it was decided to close the show with a mock crowning of the King Of Pop'. (from Juke, 28 October 1978).

Such was the beginnings of the 'King of Pop' awards which evolved into the T.V. Week King Of Pop Awards (also known as the T.V. Week Rock Awards). But well before all that was the National Battle Of The Sounds.

Like Australia's major TV awards, the Logies, The King Of Pop Awards were inaugurated and run by the Packer-owned TV WEEK magazine. Like the Logies they were decided by reader polls. The awards began in in 1967. The awards ceremony was televised by the 0-10 Network from 1967 to 1975, and from 1976 to 1978 they were handled by the Nine Network.

Singer Normie Rowe won for the first two years. He was succeeded by singer Johnny Farnham, who won the award for five consecutive years from 1969 to 1973. The "Queen Of Pop" title was added in 1972 although there had been a "Best Female Artist" award since 1969. Colleen Hewett took the honours in 1973, only to loose it to Debbie Byrne in the following year.  Farnham was also dethrowned by a young Jamie Redfern  who went on to work with the famous pianist 'Liberace' in the U.S.
There were also other awards such as "Best DJ" and Most Popular Group".
In 1979 the awards were overhauled, the now old-fashioned "King Of Pop" title was dispensed with, and they were renamed the "TV Week Countdown Awards" and were screened on the ABC in conjunction with the ABC pop show of the same name. The Countdown Awards were eventually discontinued in the '80s, some time before Countdown was axed in 1989. By this time, the peer-voted ARIA awards were becoming recognised as the major award for popular music.

For a complete listing of award winners between 1967-1978 see the Milesago website

More information on Jamie Redfern can be found here, and Debbie Byrne at her own website

This record was a unique first in Australian Pop-recording industry. It was released as a souvenir of the "Pop world's most glittering night". Next to the list of various artists, the cover depicts the trophy that was presented to award winners.
As it says on the sleeve: The album "features 20 tracks from all your top performers." It contains many hit songs by previous King Of Pop winners and guest presenters. David Cassidy and Gary Glitter were the guest presenters at the 1974 King of Pop Awards on March 8th, 1974.
1974 Award winners were:
King of Pop — Jamie Redfern
Queen of Pop — Debbie Byrne
Best New Talent – Benjamin Hugg
Best Songwriter – Harry Vanda & George Young
Contribution to Australian Pop Industry – Brian Cadd
Most Popular Australian Album – My Name Means Horse (Ross Ryan)
Most Popular Australian Group – Sherbet
Most Popular Australian Musician – Brian Cadd
Most Popular Australian Single – "Hitch a Ride" (Jamie Redfern)

This post consists of  FLACs taken from my 'near mint' vinyl and includes full album artwork and label scans.  TV Week photos were sourced from Debbie Byrne's website with thanks.
The music on this album is a little dated but there are still some classic tracks like Stevie Wright's "Evie", Brian Cadd's "Every Mother's Son" and Ross Ryan's "Orchestra Ladies".  There are also some rarities like Debbie Byrne's cover version of "I Am Woman" and Benjamin Hugg's one hit single "Thank God You're Here With Me".  Irrespective of your musical tastes, this album contains something for everyone and showcases some of the Popular music that was being produced by Australian Artists at the time (with the exception of the opening tracks on each side of the album by guest artists David Cassidy and Gary Glitter).
Track Listing

01 - Rock Me Baby (David Cassidy)
02 - I Am Woman (Debbie Byrne)
03 - Jenny (Jamie Redfern)
04 - Sit Yourself Down (Colleen Hewett)
05 - Don't You Know It's Magic (Johnny Farnham)
06 - Games People Play (Allison Durbin)

07 - Every Mother's Son (Brian Cadd)
08 - You've Got The Gun (Sherbet)
09 - Evie Part 1 (Stevie Wright)
10 - Neither One Of Us (Linda George)
11 - Always Yours (Gary Glitter)
12 - You've Got A Friend (Debbie Byrne)
13 - Hello Funny Face (Jamie Redfern)
14 - Superstar (Colleen Hewett)
15 - Comic Conversation (Johnny Farnham)
16 - Higher and Higher (Normie Rowe)
17 - Cassandra (Sherbet)
18 - Thank God You're Here With Me (Benjamin Hugg)
19 - Orchestra Ladies (Ross Ryan)
20 - Keep On Rocking (Brian Cadd)

King Of Pop 74' FLACs Link (380Mb) New Link 25/10/2015

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Status Quo - The Rest Of (1976)

(U.K 1962 - Present)
The band originated as 'The Scorpions' formed by Alan Lancaster and Francis Rossi in 1962, then 'The Spectres' and with personnel changes (including the recruitment of Rick Parfitt), became Status Quo in 1967. The high-energy, heavy beat, head-banging band has enjoyed huge popularity in Europe, the UK and of course Australia with such singles as "Down, Down", "Rockin' All Over The World" and "In The Army Now", but never really made it in the U.S charts.
Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan have never gone through the usual hassles of changing personnel or threatening splits, simply because what unites them is a love of no-nonsense, no-holds-barred rock 'n' roll.
They've rolled round the world producing that gut-ripping, foot-stomping excitement. Times were great in 1967 when they had hits with "Pictures Of Matchstick Men", "Ice In The Sun" and "Down The Dustpipe". Times were bad afterwards for a while, when they re-thought their musical policy. Now times are consistently good for one of the biggest-selling, biggest-drawing bands in the business. Their fans are not just legion, they're fanatically loyal.
L to R: John Coghlan, Alan Lancaster, Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi
The secret is in the energy the boys put into their work. It's as Rick Partitt says "I couldn't just sit down and listen to our band. I'd have to be up on my feet and bopping". And drummer John Coghlan, power-department of Quo s adrenalin rock, says "We first get the atmosphere. Then we'll sweat bucketfuls to keep it going." And now let's turn to this album, it's early Quo material, and it's from the late 60s wnen the band was with Pye ond there's one very good reason for putting it all together on an LP at this time of Quo-mania. The fans have demanded it. There is now a fantastic demand for every last note played by Quo, from collectors whose allegiance goes right to the start and from new young addicts only recently tuned on to the startling rock fireworks of the band.
Just one other explanatory quote from band-man Alan Lancaster: "I don't think there's a rock band quite like us in the sense that we put everything into it. Sometimes it's obvious we're getting off on the audience as much as they get off on us. They identify. So do we"

The hard work and energy is there in abundance in this album. Things change fast in the pop music world but what clearly hasn't changed over the years is the sheer energy,' hard graft, application and dedication of four guys who called themselves Status Quo but in fact helped change the whole face of rock/pop with a sharp injection of heavy metal. Try the track "Something's Going On In My Head". Or "Nanana". No, better still - try all of them. For something's always going on.
(Linear Notes by Peter Jones)
They scored unprecendented success at the 1972 and 1973 Reading Festivals (see previous post), and in 1973 notched up the first chart album Piledriver on their new label - Vertigo. In the same year they enjoyed three more hit singles "Paper Plane", "Mean Girl", and "Caroline", all performed in same listlessly laid-back fashion earning them the tag 'Poor man's Canned Heat'.
However, the group had the last laugh as sales of subsequent albums grew with each release, starting with 'Hello!' in 1973, their 1975 set 'On The Level' taking them to No.1 spot at the same time their single "Down, Down' topped the singles charts. Andy Bown played keyboards on and off from 1974-79.
Since 1974 every new LP on Vertigo made the U.K Top 5.
The long tours and hard work seemed to have no effect on rock's longest established line-up. So it was surprising that 1982 began with the announcement of Coghlan's retirement. Pete Kirchner (ex-Original Mirrors) stepped in on drums and Quo promptly released two further chart albums, before announcing a final European tour in 1984. Band Aid concert appearances in 85' was billed as the end, but they reappeared in mid 86' with Andy Bown on keyboards and ex-Climax Blues Band Jeff Rich and John Brown on drums and bass, recording the popular album 'In The Army Now' [extract from 'The Illustrated New MusicalExpress Encyclopedia of Rock', by Nick Logan and Bob Woffinden, Salamander Books, 1987, p219].
This album is a Pye compilation (tracks taken from 'Dog Of Two Head' and 'Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon'), which was made up of songs not already included on Pye's earlier compilations released under the Golden Hour Series (which I plan to post at a later date). The album was later re-pressed on the Astor label but is now deleted. This posts consists of a fresh MP3 rip (320kps) taken from my precious vinyl copy and has had some bass enhancement applied to it. Full album artwork and band photos are also included. Overall, this album is a great precursor to their finest LP's - namely Piledriver, Hello, Quo and On The Level.
Track Listing
01 - Something's Going On In My Head (Lancaster) 4:44
02 - (April) Spring Summer And Wednesdays (Rossi-Young) 4:10
03 - Lazy Poker Blues (Green-Adams) 3:34
04 - Is It Really Me? (Lancaster) 2:42

05 - Gotta Go Home (Lancaster) 6:50
06 - Need Your Love (Rossi-Young) 4:45
07 - Nothing At All (Lancaster-Lynes-Young) 3:50
08 - Someone's Learning (Lancaster) 7:08
09 - Nanana (Rossi-Young) 2:24

Band Members:
Francis Rossi (Guitar, Vocals)
Alan Lancaster (Bass)
Rick Parfitt (Guitar, Vocals)
John Coghlan (Drums)

Roy Lynes (Keyboards) 
Status Quo Link (94Mb)  Link Fixed 11/01/2020

Friday, April 19, 2013

Jeff St. John - Survivor 1965-75 (1977)

(Australian 1965-1976)

1961-1963 Vocalist, T.C.N.. Channel Nine, Sydney.
Was a regular feature vocalist on teenage variety programmes.
Opportunity Knocks, hosted by Desmond Tester.

1965-1971 Lead Vocalist Member of the bands The Id, Yama, and Copperwine . with The Id and Copperwine achieving national success, both live and with Top Ten hit singles. (Big Time Operator - The Id), (Teach Me How To Fly - Copperwine).

1972-1982 Self Employed. Ran a successful career in entertainment performing the roles of performer, writer (music and dialogue), producer and business manager. First artist outside America to be released on the Asylum label. National Top Ten hit single (Fool In Love).

From 1982 until now Jeff has done a lot of things including collaboration with Universities on various programs for the disabled, lecture tours on the same, and designing plus building a beautiful Harley Davidson trike plus of course fronting Jeffrey St John & The Embers. For more details about his latest band see the jeffreystjohnandtheembers website.
He was recently made patron for the MOSAIC Family & Community Services Organisation. This recently formed organisation provides support for disabled people in many areas, including rehabilitation programs for disabled people unfairly penalised by the legal system.

Will The Real Jeff St.John Please Stand Up
(RAM Magazine #20 December 5, 1975.  p12)
by Felicity Surtees
Jeff St John ... the name swims around your head, "wasn't he ... didn't he ...?" Yep. He was and he did. Teach Me How To Fly is the song title you're searching for — the national Number One hit that Jeff put out with Copperwine in '71. It still stands as an example of just what first rate Oz bands are capable of putting out. After the demise of Copperwine, little was heard of Jeff St John, at least as far as the media was concerned."It was intentional," he says nowadays. "1 wanted it to be very low profile because I wanted to get into my writing and it's very hard to pull in and out of work if you re functioning on a very high profile level.'
Jeff's split from Copperwine came about when he started writing his own songs. He dug them, the rest of the band didn't. He continued working sporadically and then, in early '74, accompanied by his wife Pamela and pianist John A. Bird, he flew to England. The initial intention had been to "go and have a look". While he was there, he formed a band with John A. Bird on piano, Ace Follington, drums, Billy Twyman, bass and Vince Melouney (ex Bee Gees) guitar. Doing about 80% of original material, they played a few pubs and met enthusiastic audience reception. The tale's been told before, but it bears telling again: "We doubled the crowd and halved the bar take." They were sacked after a week.
So in August '74, he returned to Australia, happy to be back. "I kissed the tarmac. I like the place." he says emphatically. Home, sweet home and to work. The twelve months since returning have seen Jeff gigging in every State and reaching a much wider audience than is traditionally associated with rock and roll.
"I'm in the position at the moment," he explains, "that with only slight modification, I perform my show for music freaks, heads, hoppers, pub crowds and fifty year olds — and it works pretty effectively on all those levels."

Jeff & Glyn Mason at the Mulwala Festival 1972.
(Image source: National Library of Australia)

The effort to reach a broader audience, as well as indicating good business sense, reflects Jeff's intense dislike of being categorized. "That s a bore," he says distastefully. "That's the thing I've been fighting against for the past five years. It's so easy to get slotted in this country —" he slips into a business drawl — "arr, that .boy s a soul singer — or a country singer or a folk singer. And that s a pain in the arse, it's so inhibiting. What happens if you want to diversify?"
Diverse — it's a word that figures prominently when Jeff St John talks about his music. He's been putting in time at Festivals studio recently. Seven tracks of a new album are down and of those seven, five are originals. "The working title of the album is Will The Real Jeff St John Stand Up?" He laughs and looks very pleased with himself. "It's an album that is delightfully incongruous. The musical scope we've covered in it is a little frightening ...."

Release dates are still a little vague. It depends on when Jeff gets some time off the road to put down the remaining tracks, and also on the reception to his current single "Blood Brothers". Before the word "single" has dried on my lips, Jeff leaps in with his description — "Black," he says, "and funky. It's an American song that died a death in the States because of the racial implications in the story. My producer discovered it ... said have a listen. I did, and we did and we have. The other side is a lilting little thing that suffers under the auspicious title of "Reach Out And Touch Me". It was written by Jeff and John A. Bird during their London sojourn.
"Again you have this thing of two entirely different colours. See, I tend to think of music as colours. You can paint with music — the dark colours of the heavy aggressive kind of thing, the paste! colours of country music and the vibrant reds of rock and roll.... Most music appeals to me if it is performed well..."
This post consists of MP3's (320kps) ripped from vinyl (thanks to ChickaMunro at Midoztouch) and full album artwork for both vinyl and CD (thanks to Micko at Midoztouch)
I owned this album many moons ago but alas, it was another LP that I stupidly traded for another with a mate. I've posted this album as it is a brilliant anthology of Jeff's work and also wanted to share with you the above interview with Jeff taken from RAM magazine. I've also chosen to include that funky single that Jeff released in 1975 called "Blood Brothers" (referred to in the RAM article) but did not appear on this best of collection.The band chronology displayed below was sourced from the Milesago Website with thanks.
Track Listing
01. Lindy Lou
02. Big Time Operator
03. You Got Me Hummin
04. Devil Got My Woman
05. Nothin Comes Easy

06. Cloud 9
07. Reach Out
08. Sing A Simple Song

09. Teach Me How To Fly
10. Freedom Blues
11. Hummingbird
12. Yesterdays Music
13. I Wanna Be A Survivor
14. Mr James
15. Reach Out And Touch Me
16. Blood Brothers (Bonus A-Side Single)

Jeff St.John Link (140Mb)  New Link 24/10/2015

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ariel - Live In Concert (1977-78)

(Australian 1973-1977)
Ariel was an Australian progressive rock band based around the duo Mike Rudd and Bill Putt, who formed the band in 1973 after the breakup of their previous group Spectrum (which also performed under the alter-ego Indelible Murtceps). The original Ariel line-up was Rudd (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Putt (bass), Tim Gaze (guitar), Nigel Macara (drums) and John Mills (keyboards). Gaze and Macara were recruited from seminal Australian progressive rock band Tamam Shud.
The band released three studio albums and two live albums between 1973 and 1977, during which there were several line-up changes, with Rudd and Putt the only permanent members. Other members of Ariel included guitarists Harvey James and Glyn Mason and keyboard player Tony Slavich.  For a full biography on Ariel, see my earlier Ariel post
Ariel on GTK - 1973
From the very beginning, Ariel's records met with much critical acclaim. Their first single "Jamaican Farewell" was voted best single of 1973 by the Federation of Commercial Broadcasters; their first album "A Strange Fantastic Dream", released in December 1973 received rave reviews, while the "Goodnight Fiona" album was described by one critic as the "most intelligent album" to come out of this country.
Ariel have certainly made their mark overseas as well. They went to London twice, firstly in October 1974 where they played the London pub circuit, receiving unexpected standing ovations at the prestigious Marquee Club. They recorded their "Rock and Roll Scars" album at the famous Abbey Road Studios with Paul Cartney's engineer, Geoff Emerick. Their second trip was a highly successful one to promote the album. On its return to OZ in 1975, Ariel became one of the most popular and hard working bands on the pub circuit but, incredibly, never had the record success it deserved. They released a total of seven singles and four albums before deciding to disband.

Ariel Live At Dallas Brooks Hall
.Their final concert was something of a milestone and it's captured here on this two record set. Originally released as two separate albums, the first called 'Ariel Aloha' and the second 'Ariel Live - More from Before', I owned both titles but stupidly sold the later (which turned out to be the rarity of the two).
The Melbourne Herald said in its review of the concert... "The applause was thunderous from the very beginning.. .the end of the concert brought tears to many eyes as Ariel finished with "I'll Be Gone", one of the classic songs in the history of Australian Rock". The "Ariel Live" album is a fitting testament to a unique Phenomenon in Australian Rock History.
(Just look at his Rock 'n' Roll scars)
Aricle by Anthony O'Grady
RAM Magazine (Jan 16th 1976 No.23 page 9)
"Well" says Mike, "You could say it's going to plan". "As far as it's going, and as much at there's a plan", he adds.
That's Mike Rudd we're talking to. You know Mike, he heads the group Ariel which is currently re-establishing him as a live performer around the Oz circuit.
In the past he often seemed to be on the verge of getting something big happening and then in variably seemed to slip away, dumping him back on square one again.
Like line-up changes At the moment he's heading the....oh, the 4th line-up of Ariel. And before Ariel there were oh God knows how many variations of his groups, Spectrum and Murtceps.
"But we've got a stable line-up now. says Rudd "It's the first time I really feel the band is going to stay together and work things out. In the past we'd always start to get things happening and then the band would change around So it'd be back to rehearsals and by the time we came out again the scene would have gone cold...".
But it's not only changing line-ups that have mucked it up for Rudd and whatever Co. was involved with at the time.

There were two trips to England. One in 74' ("Which established some sort of base", said Rudd at the time), and one in 75' ("Which established that England was completely fucked as a country and as a musical scene. We'd have been mad to have gone to a country where only a few bands were doing well and even the best of the rest were on the breadline. If we'd stayed we could have made it up to the best of the rest").
Well gee Mike, isn't there something UP happening with the band?
Well, we're about the only group playing the pub circuit in Melbourne who brings along a light show with 'em. Creates a bit of atmosphere y'know, it helps the mood of the music.
"And we're really playing well right now. Glyn Mason joining the band has really added something of a new direction....really strengthened us.
"We're both writers and both singers, but Glyn takes a different direction to m'self".
"We've written one song together and we're in the process of writing another. Glyn's written another which we do on stage at the moment.
In the past when I've tried to write with other people it hasn't worked out very well, but it's happening with Glyn - even though our directions are so different.
But really the whole of 75' was mostly spent stabilising. Obviously we're going to go overseas again, and going to have to have something worthwhile to offer Now that we've stabilised, we can start to move.
We've started to move already really, the gigs are really working well these days
So when cometh the next overseas attempt?'

"Well, we have to get over there on our own steam again, and try to get something happening once we're over there. So it's a process of getting the band and the resources together....it'll take at least another six months. We won't be going to England again. It'll be America. I guess."Though last time we were in England it was amazing the number of bands who were looking towards Japan. Queen was the first English band to really try to establish a base there and they've done it quite successfully. America's getting very hard for the new English groups. Slade's management were telling us that Slade were just going to keep slogging around the States until they made it. It would probably mean they'd have lo change their whole musical approach. But if they had to, they'd do it. America is pretty choosy about what groups and what sort of music it accepts.
"Actually it's amazing none of the Australian rock bands except Hush have taken a serious look at Japan. It's a lot closer than America and a lot healthier than England".
Hmmm... well it just could be Mike Ludd of El-id yet....?

"Well" says Rudd, "The whole point about England is we'd have to do what everyone told us we'd have to do....go over there and work our way through all the other bodies for a couple of years till it became our turn to have a chance for something to happen. But we're not prepared to do that, we stuck our noses in and whipped them out again real quick. We've been through that sort of slog in Australia. We'll try and find someplace where we can start building on all the slog we've put in here. We'll still have to slog, but the work we've done in Australia should turn some value....".
Ariel's Logo
So anyway, later that week I go down to the Bondi Lifesaver in Sydney where Ariel are laying down some slog. They are laying it down particularly well. The three guitar lineup of Rudd. Harvey James and Glyn Mason is alive and firing. The synchronisation is 21 jewelled and the power is near top peak. There are cross rhythms and there are dual and triple lead breaks that mesh into overdrive fusions. There's the pumpin' steamin' rhythm section of bassist Bill Putt and drummer Nigel Macaras. There's Mike Rudd's vocals - the closest thing yet-to a laconic scream. And there's Glyn Mason's vocals, a straight-ahead, spot-on rock voice.
What I mean is, this is a helluva fine band.
But those few days earlier Rudd had finished talking about the group's new single "I'll Take You High" and the re-launch of the last album Rock & Roll Scars (which did not do very well at all despite being a virtual best of collection of Spectrum-Murtceps-Ariel material)
There's a danger that people just get sick of seeing you around. Like when you tell them the new line-up is ready to play, or you've got a new single or an  album out, they say: "Oh Jesus, not you again. Haven't you learnt your lesson yet...."
Which only means, after all, that the slog never stops.

This post consists of FLACs ripped from my double vinyl set, which is in pristine condition. Also included is full album artwork and a selection of concert photos, mostly taken from the Aloha album which I still have (alas, I sold my copy of More From Before sometime ago at a record fair).
These are included with the CD2 archive.
Track Listing
01 - Disco Dilemma

02 - The Party's Just Begun
03 - Where Do You Go
04 - Amazon
05 - Illicit Love
06 - Hollywood
07 - It's Only Love
08 - All I Need Is A Change
09 - It's Gonna Get Worse
10 - You Keep Me Moving
11 - King's Cross Crusader
12 - I'll Be Gone
13 - Jamaican Farewell

14 - Island Fantasia Suite 
(Includes Coral Queen, Dark Side Of Yeppoon, 
Part Reprise: It's Time We Said Our Goodbyes)
15 - We Are Indelible
16 - Rock 'N' Roll Scars
17 - I'll Take You High, Red Hot Mama, Some Good Advice

Band Members:
Mike Rudd (Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals)
Bill Putt (Bass)
Glyn Mason (Guitar, Vocals)
Tony Slavich (Keyboards, Vocals)
Ian McLennan (Drums, Vocals)

Ariel Live Link (643Mb) New Link 04/05/2020

Friday, April 12, 2013

Elton John - Rocket Man Vol.3 Unuathorised Live (1993) Bootleg

(U.K 1964 - Present)
(Sir) Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (unsuccessfully) as lead singer for the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Gentle Giant. Dwight teamed up with lyricist Bernie Taupin and changed his name to Elton John (merging the names of saxophonist Elton Dean and Long John Baldry). The duo wrote songs for Lulu and Roger Cook. In the early 1970s, he recorded the concept album 'Tumbleweed Connection'.

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s. Unlike many pop stars, John was able to sustain his popularity, charting a Top 40 single every single year from 1970 to 1996. During that time, he had temporary slumps in creativity and sales, as he fell out of favor with critics, had fights with his lyricist, Bernie Taupin, and battled various addictions and public scandals. But through it all, John remained a remarkably popular artist, and many of his songs -- including "Your Song," "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" -- became contemporary pop standards.

In 1981, he signed with Geffen Records and his second album, 'Jump Up!', became a gold album on the strength of "Blue Eyes" and "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)," his tribute to John Lennon.
This post is a bootleg recording made while Elton was bringing his 'Jump Tour' to Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

But it was 1983's Too Low for Zero that began his last great streak of hit singles, with the MTV hit "I'm Still Standing" and the Top Ten single "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues." Throughout the rest of the '80s, John's albums would consistently go gold, and they always generated at least one Top 40 single; frequently, they featured Top Ten singles like "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" and "Nikita".

Elton John announced he was a bisexual in 1976, and in 1984, he married Renate Blauel. The marriage lasted four years before he finally came to terms with the fact that he was actually homosexual. He is well known as a campaigner for AIDS research and he keeps his finger on the pulse of modern music, enjoying artists such as Eminem, Radiohead, Coldplay and Robbie Williams. He was knighted in 1997.

1982 Jump Tour Details

On March 10, 1982, Athletic Park in Wellington was the site of Davey Johnstone's return to the Elton John band, reuniting the classic band on stage for the first time in eight years.

Elton, Davey, Dee and Nigel then took their Jump Up! tour across Australia and Europe (and blasting through New York on April 17 with a powerful performance of Empty Garden and Ball And Chain on television's Saturday Night Live) before launching their North America tour on June 12 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. The July 7 show in Kansas City, MO, was broadcast live on nationwide radio, and this leg of the tour ended after three nights at Madison Square Garden on August 7, 1982. Two nights before, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon had come out on stage to embrace Elton after he played his tribute to the late John Lennon, "Empty Garden", for the first time in New York since the musician's death.

After an opening set by Geffen label-mates Quarterflash, Elton and the band typically played a 23-song set, with such seldom-played tunes as "Where Have All The Good Times Gone", "Ball And Chain and Teacher I Need You", before encoring with a "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On/I Saw Her Standing There/Twist and Shout" medley.

Devey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson, Dee Murray
Following a three-month break, during which the band recorded the album Too Low For Zero in Montserrat, the tour resumed in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on November 2, 1982.

The next 43 shows took place throughout the United Kingdom, and the year ended on December 24, with a run of 15 nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. The December 15 show proved unique in that it was played without a drummer; Nigel Olsson was unable to perform that evening. The show on Christmas Eve featured an appearance by Kiki Dee on "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and the encores, which included a version of "Jingle Bells".

Number of shows: 132
First show: Mar 10, 1982 - Wellington, NZ
Last show: Oct 15, 1983 - Sun City, SA
Countries Visited: New Zealand, Australia, US, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, South Africa
[source: www.eltonjohn.com]
This post conists of an MP3 rip (320kps) taken from CD and includes full album artwork. Recorded Live at Hammersmith Odeon, 24 December, 1982, this 1993 release by BANANA will aPEEL to any Elton John enthusiast....LOL  Actually, the track listing is an extensive collection of all his major hits, with some fresh licks and takes on some of his classics. In fact, some of the tracks sound like the band were on steroids on the night, with some fast paced tracks such as "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" and "Pinball Wizard". Elton is backed by his old teammates Davey, Dee, and Nigel with a guest appearance from his duet partner Kiki Dee accompanying him on the last 5 tracks.
Note: This bootleg was also released by AMCOS under the title of 'Elton John Live - Not Authorised' (see depicted below) and thanks to Dave Bodoh at eltonography.com for clarifying the location of this recording.
Track Listing
01 - The Bitch Is Back

02 - Pinball Wizard
03 - Blue Eyes
04 - Bennie And The Jets
05 - Rocket Man
06 - All Quiet On The Western Front
07 - Your Song
08 - Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
09 - Daniel
10 - Crocodile Rock
11 - Don't Go Breaking My Heart [with Kiki Dee]
12 - Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
13 - Jingle Bells
14 - I Saw Her Standing There
15 - Twist And Shout

Band members
Elton John (Piano, Vocals)
Davey Johnstone (Guitar)
Dee Murray (Bass)
Nigel Olsson (Drums)

Elton John Unauthorised Link (134Mb)  New Link 10/04/2020

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bob Marley - Is This Love / Unauthorised Live (1994) Bootleg

(Jamaican 1962–1981)
The only reggae musician to achieve worldwide superstardom, his songs preached peace, love and understanding to a wicked world.
One of the most fascinating developments of the Seventies was the rise of Bob Marley, a Jamaican musician who brought reggae to the attention of a pop industry that was almost painfully pan-Atlantic in its outlook. Marley's death in 1981 deprived the world of one of its most gifted artists. The first superstar of the developing world, he had done much to revive the flagging political awareness among young people, and left a legacy of songs that continue to inspire musicians across the continents.
The man who enjoyed a near-religious devotion among his fans emerged from a hybrid culture, but the legacy of slavery and the notion of an African homeland always informed his music, even after he'd been feted by Western audiences. Fathered by a white military man, Marley (born 6 February 1945) grew up in the impoverished Trench Town district of Kingston, Jamaica, where he discovered the music of black America via US radio stations.
After recording his first disc, 'Judge Not', for a small local label in 1962, he formed the Wailing Wailers with two friends, Bunny Livingston vocals, percussion and Peter Tosh vocals, guitar. They linked up with leading sound system man Coxsone Dodd and had released a string of ska-style singles by the mid-Sixties.
After a short stay in America, he returned to Jamaica in 1966, where he soon joined the growing Rastafarian movement, a religious group that envisaged the creation of an independent black state in Africa. The Wailers reunited in 1967, emerging with a more subdued rock steady beat and their own record label. One song, 'Stir It Up', recorded in 1967, was a hit for Johnny Nash several years later.
By the end of the decade, the Wailers teamed up with noted producer Lee Perry, a union that would dramatically alter the course of Jamaican music. Augmented by brothers Carlton drums and Aston Barrett bass, the rhythm section of Perry's studio band, the Wailers pioneered a new reggae sound, characterized by a bubbling, bass-heavy rhythm, chopping guitars and slow, sublime melodies.
Having signed to CBS while on a trip to Europe with Nash, Marley visited Island Records boss Chris Blackwell, who'd built up his long-standing Jamaican company into one of the UK's premier rock labels. Blackwell signed up the band, gave them a sizeable advance, and began to promote them as he would a major rock band, thus taking their music's appeal to a much wider audience.
The resulting album, 'Catch A Fire' (1973), was a critical success and influential musicians
like Keith Richards and Eric Clapton were soon alerted to reggae music. The Wailers toured Britain and the US to considerable acclaim and a second album, 'Burnin" (1973), quickly followed, bringing with it two Marley classics, 'Get Up Stand Up' and 'I Shot The Sheriff.
Personal differences led to the departure of Livingston (later known as Bunny Wailer) and Tosh by the time 'Natty Dread' (1975) was released, and the group was renamed Bob Marley & the Wailers, in deference to the singer's leading role. Their place was filled by a female backing trio, the I-Threes (including Bob's wife Rita), and this line-up performed two now-legendary shows at the Lyceum in London, immortalized on the 'Live!' album (1975).
The record, and the single lifted from it, "No Woman No Cry", charted in the UK, a feat repeated in the US in 1976 when the next album, 'Rastaman Vibration', was issued.
News of Marley's newly conferred status had filtered back home, and he returned to Jamaica for a free concert late in 1976, ostensibly to quell the rising tensions on the streets of Kingston. But it backfired when gunmen broke into his house and shot him - Marley however decided to defy those who espoused violence and appeared on stage anyway.
He returned to London, and recorded his best-known album 'Exodus' (1977), which enjoyed a year-long chart run and provided him with three hit singles, 'Waiting In Vain', 'Jammin" and the title track. It was a pivotal release, breaking into new markets, but caused some to lament the softening of the hard-hitting social messages of his music.
Those dissenting voices grew louder when 1978's 'Kaya' appeared, although the beauty of love songs like 'Is This Love' and the sublimely relaxed 'Satisfy My Soul' could not be denied. That same year, Marley returned to Jamaica for the One Love Peace Concert, where he managed to secure a rapprochement between Prime Minister Michael Manley and Opposition leader Edward Seaga. After receiving a United Nations Medal of Peace, Marley ended the year in Ethiopia, home of the Rastafari religion.
Although another live album, 'Babylon By Bus' (1978), was basically a crowd-pleasing set, 1979's 'Survival' marked a clear return to political writing, particularly with 'Zimbabwe' and 'Africa Unite'. The group's standing among the indigenous African population was confirmed when the newly constituted Zimbabwe government invited the group to appear at the Independence Ceremony in 1980.
Marley & the Wailers continued to maintain their recording and concert profile throughout that year, releasing 'Uprising' (which boasted 'Could You Be Loved' and 'Redemption Song') and embarking on an extensive European tour. But plans to follow this up with US dates were curtailed after two shows at
Madison Square Garden, New York, when Marley was taken seriously ill.
The diagnosis was cancer. Marley had previously refused attention for a toe injury sustained while playing football. Now things had turned more serious, he opted for "alternative" medical treatment in Germany. However, despite showing signs of recovery, Bob
Marley died in Miami on 11 May 1981, aged 36, while on his way home to Jamaica. The world lost a champion of the poor and under privileged, and one of the finest songwriters of his generation.
[from The Ultimate Encyclopedia Of Rock, Carlton Books, 1994. p204-205]
Concert Review
(Live in Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland. 7/7/1978)
July 1978, and Bob Marley and the Wailers are still riding high off of their now-historic performance at the One Love Peace Concert in April, and their successful shows in the U.S. and Canada.  Of course it is unfortunate that both music critics and fans are canning the band’s latest album “Kaya”, but the show must go on.  Every Time.  The band trods through England, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and finally, the Netherlands.
For an album that is generally panned by critics as being”lightweight”, the supporting tour is a massive success.  The venues in Europe are even larger than they were the year before on the Exodus tour, The Wailers’ most successful tour at that time.  Marley has a little surprise for the European fans this year.  Al Anderson is back on-board after a stint with Peter Tosh’s backing band.  With two seasoned rock guitarists in Junior Marvin and Al Anderson, Marley’s Wailers are ready to play to a sold-out crowd at the Ahoy Club in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Martijn Huisman writes of Bob Marley and the Wailers in Babylon By Bus:  Bob Marley and the Wailers in the Netherlands:

“After having done shows all across Europe, Marley and the Wailers stopped by in the Netherlands in July to play at a sold out Ahoy in Rotterdam. Initially, organizer Mojo Concerts had planned and advertised a reggae festival with Marley and the Wailers headlining at the Groenoordhal in Leiden. In June, for reasons unknown, the venue was suddenly changed to the Ahoy in Rotterdam. On Friday July 7, the Ahoy was literally filled with blue hashish fumes as VPRO radio made recordings of the entire concert. The stage at the Ahoy was decorated with huge banners bearing the portraits of Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey, and a flag in the Ethiopian Rasta colors red-green-yellow on which ‘One Love’ was written. Music magazine Oor had, like in previous years, sent a reporter. Harry van Nieuwenhoven had been replaced, however, by Pieter Franssen. Disappointing new album or not, Franssen rightly noted that Marley was the only Jamaican able to get the Ahoy sold out with his “reggae based on rock” music. The opening act for Marley was the British reggae band Steel Pulse. Most visitors could hear very little of the four songs, due to congestion at the entrances and the low volume at which the music was played. The more than nine thousand spectators had to wait a long time to see Marley, and were in the meantime ‘entertained’ with recordings from Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton concerts – resulting in massive whistling by the audience. At half past nine the lights suddenly went out. “The otherwise cold concrete Ahoy’ hall is immediately much more intimate. [...] When the first notes of the well known ‘Them belly full’ are heard, no one sits on his seat anymore. Standing on chairs everybody sings along, led by the stirring movements of the Jamaican. It results in a great atmosphere”. Marley and his band would play sixteen songs that evening. Besides many older songs, ‘Crisis’, ‘Running Away’, and ‘Easy Skanking’ from the new album Kaya were played, although these were not appreciated by the audience very much who were clearly less interested in the new songs. As always and everywhere, the public in Rotterdam liked classics such as ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ and ‘Them Belly Full’ the most.

Pieter Franssen noted that especially during ‘Concrete Jungle’ – an old song from the 1973 album Catch a Fire – ‘War’, ‘Crazy Baldhead’, ‘Jamming’, ‘Get Up Stand Up’,” and the closing song ‘Exodus’ it was apparent how good and unparalleled Marley and the Wailers actually were. Like his predecessor Van Nieuwenhoven, Franssen was also more critical than most other journalists. At crucial moments during the concert the volume was suddenly much louder, ‘mass manipulation’ according to Franssen. Positive, however, was the excellent guitar work by Junior Marvin and Al Anderson and the appearance and ‘sweet voices’ of the I-Threes. “Wearing turbans in the rasta colors red, green and yellow, they were, as they stood there rocking, a feast for the eyes!” Conclusion: “hand clapping, lighters, loudly belting out and at the end frenzied dancing: the reggae party of the year” [taken from bobmarleyconcerts.com]
Ripped from CD in mp3 format (320kps), this Unauthorised Recording by Grapefruit is a release of a popular bootleg previously made available under the title of 'Bob Marley and the Wailers, Rotterdam, Holland, '78' (see cover below-right).  The quality of the recording is excellent and definately taken from a Soundboard recording, probably intended for radio release. Although the track listing on this release is missing some of the tracks from the original (see bobmarleyconcerts.com), Grapefruit has done this to keep their release to a single CD format.
As per usual, full album artwork is included along with select photos of Marley and his Wailers.
Track Listing

01 - Positive Vibration
02 - Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
03 - Rebel Music
04 - War / No More Trouble
05 - Running Away / Crazy Baldhead
06 - I Shot The Sheriff
07 - No Woman, No Cry
08 - Is This Love
09 - Jamming
10 - Easy Skanking
11 - Get Up, Stand Up
12 - Exodus

Band Members:

Bob Marley - Vocals, Guitar
Ashton Barrett - Bass
Carlton Barrett - Drums
Junior Marvin - Lead Guitar
Tyrone Downie - Keyboards
Earl Lindo - Organ, Clavinet
Junior Marvin - Guitar
Alvin Patterson - Percussion
The I-Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths) - Background Vocals

Bob Marley Link (176Mb)  New Link 29/11/2013