Thursday, July 31, 2008

Gene Clark - The Byrd that flew too high, too early

May 24th 1991 was a sad date for everyone who has a weak spot for The Byrds. One of the most beautiful voices in the history of rock and folk music sang his swan song that day and this bird flew up to somewhere, maybe high in the sky. Gene was one of the founders of The Byrds and their most prolific songwriter in the early days. Gene's well-known fear of flying – how unsuitable for a Byrd – and some problems with Roger McGuinn made him the first Byrd to leave the nest. Eight Miles High was his last contribution to the band. Since his departure Gene didn't make a huge amount of albums, but the ones he did were all monuments of sheer beauty, be it as a solo artist, or with Dillard & Clark, or Carla Olson.

This year his enormous talent got a well deserved recognition when Robert Plant and Allison Kraus recorded an album containing two great songs of the Dillard & Clark period: "Polly" and the titlesong "Through The Morning Through The Night", two heartbreaking duets by Gene and Donna Washburn found two worthy successors. Both songs are included on "Flying High", a career spanning 2 cd compilation and a must for everyone who loves The Byrds and all their spin-offs. Here's what AMG writes about it:

When someone mentions the Byrds in conversation, the names of McGuinn, Crosby, and maybe Hillman pop up, but hardly anyone mentions Gene Clark, the Byrds' first original songwriter and lead singer until a fear of flying caused him to leave the band and strike out on his own. With Flying High, all of that should be put to rest, because the spotlight is finally on Clark and his many contributions to both rock and country. Starting with Byrdscuts like "Feel a Whole Lot Better" and "She Don't Care About Time," this two-disc set moves through Clark's early solo career into his fine collaboration with Doug Dillard and onto more mature solo work while attempting to reunite the Byrds on "One in a Million" and "She's the Kind of Girl," which never quite got off the ground. Added here are some otherwise unreleased cuts, such as "Winter In," "That's Alright by Me," and Dylan's "I Pity the Poor Immigrant," which show that Clark had more talent than was released to the public in his lifetime. And while disc two does have waning interest and fewer cuts, it does show that Clark never gave up on trying to restart his career, even if the chips appeared to be down; of special note is his sensitive cover of Phil Ochs' "Changes." Compiled and re-produced for disc by Sid Griffin, Flying High is a fine spotlight on an underappreciated artist. With liner notes by Griffin and Chris Hillman, this has just about everything one needs to know about Gene Clark.

Gene Clark - Flying High 2CD MP3 @320
Full artwork included
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Golden Earring - The Fully Naked Truth

Our first Dutch recording is a really great one. As I'm a big Earrring fan for years now I simply had to post it.

Golden Earring is a Dutch band, founded in 1961 in Den Hague as the Golden Earrings. The s was dropped in 1969. They had international chart success with many songs. In their home country, they had over 40 hits and made over 30 gold and platinum albums. Current members of Golden Earring are Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, flute and saxophone), George Kooymans (vocals and guitar), Rinus Gerritsen (bass and keyboard), and Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums and percussion). Golden Earring have sold millions of albums worldwide, and are the oldest rock band in the world that is still performing. In March 2009 Golden Earring celebrates its comeback in the UK with concerts in London and Ipswitch. This triple CD is an outstanding unplugged live recording originally released in 1992 (disk 1), extended as The Complete Naked Truth in 1998 (disk 2) and again extended in 2000 as The Fully Naked Truth (disk 3).
I'm willing to post another Golden Earring album. Please comment which one I should post.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bee Gees - 1st (Remaster)

To my knowledge we never had an Australian recording. So here's the first one and it don't will be the last.
1st is the debut album by the Bee Gees, released in July 1967. Contrary to the group's later disco-oriented releases, 1st was a psychedelic rock album with some folk aspects. The album cover was designed by no other than Klaus Voorman who had previously done the cover for the Beatles Revolver album. Klaus is a German bassist who played sessions with Beatles members and the likes. A really nice guy, I know him myself. This remaster from 2006, reissues both stereo and mono mixes on one disc and a bonus disc of unreleased songs and alternate takes. Bee Gees 1st peaked at #7 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Various - Easy Rider (OST)

As a biker myself I'm forced to post this one:

Easy Rider is the soundtrack to the cult classic 1969 film, often remembered for its epic late 1960s music. The album was released in August 1969, and was a strong success along with the film, peaking at #6 on the Billboard album charts in September of that year. It features music from The Byrds, Roger McGuinn, Steppenwolf besides others.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Desert Rose Band - Life Goes On

Excerpt from the DamGreek's review:
1993's Life Goes On sticks very closely to the previous format and style of the earlier Desert Rose Band albums, with Chris writing nearly all of the songs, and singing lead, with Herb Pedersen’s vocal backing him up. Some classic stuff here, and Chris Hillman was also able to recruit Tom Brumley to play very cool Steel Guitar on this record and join this short lived lineup of the band. His Pedal Steel is one of the highlights of this record.
Shortly after the CD was finished, Chris Hillman decided it was pretty much over, and broke up the band. This line-up, as far as I know, never toured together, although Bill Bryson had been a touring member of the band for a while.
This download came possible due to the DamGreek.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Scorpions - Scorpions As Hunters

This is the rarest Scorpions recording you will ever own. In 1975 the Scorpions went into the studio under their pseudonym The Hunters and recorded two songs by the British band Sweet. The Songs are Fox on the run and Action. They released these recordings on single only . Klaus Meine sings both songs with German lyrics and Uli Roth plays killer guitar solos as usual for this era. I like the cover, the little fox on the cover try to look dangerous. Nice try foxy:-)
Have found this somewhere on the net and cleaned this vinyl rip a bit.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Stone Poneys Discography

The Stone Poneys were a, California folk trio consisting of Bob Kimmel on rhythm guitar, Ken Edwards on lead guitar, and Linda Ronstadt (vocals). Most of the songs on their three albums were written by Kimmel and Edwards.
The first selftitled album, was released in January 1967. The album is notable for having solo vocal performances by Ronstadt on only three of the songs, plus one verse in a fourth song, with harmony vocals otherwise.

The Stone Poneys are best known for a song on their second album, Evergreen, Vol. 2 (released June 1967) that they did not write:Mike Nesmith's Differtent Drum. Ronstadt was surprised when it was a hit because she was unsatisfied with its arrangements.

Their third album was titled Linda Ronstadt, Stone Poneys and Friends, Vol. III (released April 1968), and only her picture was on the cover. It included another Nesmith song, Some of Shelly's Blues, and ended with the Laura Nyro song, Stoney End, which turned out to have been aptly named. By then, Linda Ronstadt had become at least as well known as the band following the success of Different Drum, and she was off on her solo career.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

AlbumExtractorX (MacOS)

This application lets you split AlbumWrap MP3 files, those files whose name contains the ALBW strings and which contain multiple tracks. By just dragging your ALBW files onto AlbumExtractorX's icon you can extract their contents.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Desert Rose Band - True Love

The Desert Rose Band had major personnel turnover in 1991; Jay Dee Maness was replaced by steel guitarist Tom Brunley, John Jorgenson by guitarist Jeff Ross, and Steve Duncan by drummer Tim Grogan. This lineup recorded 1991's True Love, but failed to duplicate the success of the band's first incarnation.

Desert Rose Band - Pages Of Life

Their third album Pages of Life featured a remake of Desert Rose as well as a remake of Herb's beautiful folk song about his daughter Our Baby's Gone which was originally recorded on his 1976 album Southwest. Missing You is a notable song for the bluegrass feel and Herb's soaring vocal harmony.
Jay Dee Maness left the band in 1990 and was replaced on pedal steel guitar by Tom Brumley whom Jay Dee replaced in the Buckaroos. Jay Dee Maness would again play with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen on their post Desert Rose Band albums Bakersfield Bound and Way Out West.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Birthday Sampler - Across The States

Hi out there,

the Turntable is 1 year old. So we present our birthday sampler Across The States, which is a trip through the whole United States. We stop in every state for a break, plus we return in 13 states once more, which is 63 times! All in excellent quality.

The music includes a full set of styles, Blues, Country, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Classic Rock, Southern Rock,
Hard-Rock and Heavy-Metal.
There's also some rare music included. This is fun.
Running time 3:34:14
Get it here, recommended.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

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