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Saluting Rock And Roll Pioneer Chuck Berry [1926 - 2017]

Posted by Billyjam, March 18, 2017 11:16pm | Post a Comment

One of rock n roll music's pioneers/creators Chuck Berry died this afternoon at his Missouri home. The influential guitarist/writer/singer born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, who had been performing up until a couple of years ago, was 90 years of age. Earlier today his family posted via the Chuck Berry Facebook page that: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry - beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather - passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time."  

Chuck Berry's death comes in advance of his recently announced first studio album in 38 years (Chuck to be released later this year) and just three weeks following the release of the wonderful tribute to the artist's legacy: Rock And Roll Music! The Songs Of Chuck Berry.  That recommended 24 track collection that was carefully compiled by Ace UK Records, features his most famous songs being covered over the years by such artists as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, MC5, Marty Robbins and The Beach Boys. Including such classics as "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Little Queenie" (to name but a few) it is not only a a virtual history lesson in rock n roll music but a testament to the vital role that Chuck Berry played in the powerful popular new musical movement of the second half of the 20th century. Most of Berry's biggest rock and roll hits can be found on such artist collections as Chuck Berry: The Complete Chess Singles A's & B's 1955-1961 and the vinyl/LP collection Chuck Berry: Rock n Roll Masterworks.

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New Vinyl Reissues This Week from John Lennon, The Reatards & More

Posted by Amoebite, August 21, 2015 06:54pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include eight John Lennon releases on heavyweight vinyl, debut albums from The Scientists & The Modern Lovers, and more. Here are the reissue highlights for August 21, 2015.

Babes in Toyland Vinyl Reissue Babes in Toyland
Fontanelle [180gm vinyl]

180gm vinyl reissue of the hard-rocking trio’s 1992 album.
Empire of the Sun Vinyl Empire of the Sun
Walking on a Dream

John Lennon: Love Songs

Posted by Billyjam, February 14, 2013 10:20am | Post a Comment

John Lennon "Oh My Love"

When you think about it nearly every pop song is about love in some form or another. Most songs on the topic are either about celebrating being in love or alternately mourning falling out of love and wanting to get back there. Of the literally millions of songs on love I think John Lennon wrote and recorded some of the most touching and poignant ones - two of which I have included here on this Valentine's Day. Above is "Oh My Love" with Lennon on piano and George Harrison joining him on guitar. The song was written by John Lennon with Yoko Ono and first appeared in 1971 on Lennon's album Imagine on which George Harrison contributed to several songs in addition to this one. "Oh My Love" can also be found on Wonsaponatime: Selections from Lennon Anthology 

Then below is the simple but powerful Lennon song "Love" (with lyrics in the video) that was first released on the 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. As anyone who has that album knows the piano part at the beginning (and end) is really quiet but builds in volume. So you will notice that the version below is the later remix of the song with the sound levels more equalized on these two parts. The posthumous version of "Love" below appeared a dozen years after the initial release on the 1982 compilation The John Lennon Collection, and later appeared on such other collections as the John Lennon Anthology box set.

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Pat Thomas signs "LISTEN, WHITEY! Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975" at The Booksmith in SF, 4/10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 15, 2012 04:46pm | Post a Comment
Listen Whitey Sounds of Black Power Pat Thomas Booksmith Amoeba San Francisco

On April 10, 2012 at 7:30pm, our friends at The Booksmith will host reissue producer/music scholar Pat Thomas for a signing of his new book LISTEN, WHITEY! Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975 and the companion album (out now on Light in the Attic Records), which is being called the definitive Black Power aural document!

Over a five year period, Pat Thomas befriended key leaders of the seminal Black Power Movement,Elaine Brown Huey P Newton Black Forum Motown Records dug through Huey Newton’s archives at Stanford University, spent countless hours and thousands of dollars on eBay, and talked to rank and file Black Panther Party members, uncovering dozens of obscure albums, singles, and stray tapes. Along the way, he began to piece together a time period (1967-1974) when revolutionaries like Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis, and Stokely Carmichael were seen as pop culture icons and musicians like Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Bob Dylan, and John Lennon were seen as revolutionaries.

LISTEN, WHITEY! chronicles the forgotten history of Motown Records; from 1970 to 1973, Motown’sBlack Forum Motown Records Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum, released politically charged albums by Stokely Carmichael, Amiri Baraka, Langston Hughes, Bill Cosby and Ossie Davis, and many others, and explores the musical connections between Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Graham Nash, the Partridge Family (!?!) and the Black Power movement. Obscure recordings produced by SNCC, Ron Karenga’s US, the Tribe and other African-American socio­political organizations of the late 1960s and early ’70s are examined along with the Isley Brothers, Nina Simone, Archie Shepp, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Clifford Thornton, Watts Prophets, The Last Poets, Gene McDaniels, Roland Black Forum Motown RecordsKirk, Horace Silver, Angela Davis, H. Rap Brown, Stanley Crouch, and others that spoke out against op­pression. Thomas further focuses on Black Consciousness poetry (from the likes of Jayne Cortez, wife of Ornette Coleman), inspired re­ligious recordings that infused god and Black Nationalism, and obscure regional and privately pressed Black Power 7-inch soul singles from across America. The text is ac­companied by over 200 large sized, full-color reproductions of album covers and 45 rpm sin­gles, most of which readers will have never seen before.

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Read John Lennon's Angry Letter to the McCartneys Circa 1971

Posted by Miss Ess, April 15, 2011 11:43am | Post a Comment

John Lennon wrote this blistering letter to the McCartneys in 1971, when tensions over The Beatles' breakup were still running very high. The letter goes up for auction soon, and thus it has hit the web and our eyes 40 years or so after it was written. The relationship between the two most famous songwriters ever is still fascinating, even after all this time...

john lennon letter

lennon letter

It's a little hard on the eyes; for the full transcript, head here.

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