BILLY JOEL – DEMOS 1977-1978

Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Saturday 15 November 2014 at

Billy The Demo [Gamberetto, 1CD]
The Stranger and 52nd Street studio sessions 1977-1978.

From wikipedia:

Columbia Records introduced Joel to Phil Ramone, who would produce all of Joel’s studio albums from The Stranger (1977) to The Bridge (1986). The Stranger was an enormous commercial success, yielding four Top-25 hits on the Billboard charts: “Just the Way You Are” (#3), “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” (#17), “Only the Good Die Young” (#24), and “She’s Always a Woman” (#17). Joel’s first Top Ten album, The Stranger, was certified multi-platinum and reached number two on the charts, outselling Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, Columbia’s previous best-selling album.

Expectations were high for Joel’s next album, 52nd Street, which he released in 1978, naming it after Manhattan’s famous 52nd Street, which, at the time of its release, served as the world headquarters of CBS/Columbia. The album sold over seven million copies, propelled to No. 1 on the charts by the following hits: “My Life”(#3), recorded in the disco genre; “Big Shot” (#14), and “Honesty” (#24).

Thanks to wonderboy for sharing the tracks at Dime.

bootleg > EAC > FLAC

Track 01. Movin’ Out (studio demo) 2:18
Track 02. The Stranger (home demo) 3:29
Track 03. Just the way you are (studio demo) 1:53
04. Only The Good Die Young * Omitted
Track 05. She’s Always a Woman (piano version) 1:56
Track 06. Get it Right the First Time (studio demo) 3:35
Track 07. Big Shot (studio demo) 3:14
Track 08. Honesty (studio demo) 3:37
Track 09. Honesty (orchestra version demo) 3:43
Track 10. Zanzibar (alternate version) 2:37
Track 11. Stiletto (alternate version) 3:23
Track 12. Rosalinda’s Eyes (studio demo) 3:53
Track 13. Rosalinda’s Eyes (studio demo) 4:42
Track 14. Half a Mile Away (studio demo) 4:30
Track 15. Until the Night (studio demo) 7:12
Track 16. Close to the Borderline (studio demo) 1:28
Track 17. Close to the Borderline (studio demo) 3:50
Track 18. Through the Long Night (studio demo) 3:13
59 mins

* Available on the My Lives box set.

Click here for the tracks.


Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Friday 14 November 2014 at

Invite Archie Shepp
Austria 2014 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the 35th International Jazzfestival, Saalfelden, Austria; August 31, 2014. Excellent stereo webcast.

When Archie Shepp performed at the Pan-African Festival in Algiers in 1969, he wanted to bring free jazz back to its roots. In that endeavor, he sought out collaborations with African musicians, not least to assure himself that he was on the right path. While reflecting on these roots and critically analyzing North African, Iberian, and Middle Eastern musical traditions, the Joachim Kuhn Trio joins Shepp in his endeavor. The ensemble’s explorations lead listeners back to a magic source from which all empathic music flows.

Thanks to unclewolfi for sharing the show at Dime.

dvb-s > techno trend tt-premium s2-6400 twin hd > hdd > nero wave editor > flac
(mpeg1 layer 2/256 kbps) [radio station – oe1]

Track 01. Transmitting – Part A 12:13
Track 02. Transmitting – Part B 6:56
Track 03. Voodoo Sense 10:41
Track 04. L’eternal Voyage 12:12
Track 05. Announcement – Joachim Kuhn 1:36
Track 06. Nina 6:55
Track 07. Announcement – Joachim Kuhn 0:34
Track 08. Kulu Se Mama 17:00
Track 09. Announcement – Archie Shepp 0:20
Track 10. Driving Miss Daisy 5:38
74 mins

The track, Transmitting, has been arbitrarily split for easier access.

Archie Shepp – tenor saxophone
Joachim Kuhn – piano
Majid Bekkas – guembri, vocals, kalimba, balafon
Ramon Lopez – drums, percussion

Click here for the tracks.


Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Friday 14 November 2014 at

The Netherlands 2014 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Pinkpop, Megaland, Landgraaf, The Netherlands; June 9, 2014. Very good audio ripped from HD TV broadcast.

Mastodon is an American metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and is composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor. Three out of the four members participate in vocals, creating a unique blend of singing styles and voices. – wikipedia

Meet Mastodon – “the sad but true fate of pop-metal”?

Thanks to LexxoR for sharing the show on the net.

Black Tongue [not broadcast]
Track 01. Divinations 3:31
Track 02. Crystal Skull 3:36
Track 03. Naked Burn [faulty sound around 2:19 inherent in the source] 3:43
Track 04. Megalodon 5:20
Track 05. Oblivion 5:47
Track 06. Blasteroid 2:49
Track 07. Chimes At Midnight * 5:25
Track 08. High Road * 4:38
Track 09. Bedazzled Fingernails 3:06
Track 10. Aqua Dementia 3:51
Track 11. The Sparrow 6:24
49 mins

Click here for the tracks.


Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Thursday 13 November 2014 at

Spain 2014 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the Loco Club, Valencia, Spain; September 9, 2014. Very good soundboard.

Singer-songwriter Graham Parker, with his blue-collar image, became a force in the British music scene in the ’70s with his group, The Rumour, with albums such as Squeezing Out The Sparks (1979) and The Up Escalator (1980). By 1981, The Rumour broke up but in 2011, Parker reunited with all five original members of The Rumour – Bob Andrews (keyboards), Brinsley Schwarz (guitar), Martin Belmont (guitar), Andrew Bodnar (bass) and Stephen Golding (drums) – to record Three Chords Good.

Parker and Schwarz continue their partnership in this 2014 Spanish show. As the Evening News wrote when Parker played in Manchester in June 2014: “These days Parker, 63, looks more like a gangster who might have an empire running club doors than the ball of fury he was when setting out as Britain’s answer to Bruce Springsteen. But his voice retains its gravel, grit, anger, and soaring soul and his back catalogue is brimming with great songs.”

Thanks to Angelo for sharing and for the artwork; and thanks to Simmdale for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Disc 1
Track 101. Watch The Moon Come Down 5:15
Track 102. That’s What They All Say 4:19
Track 103. Stop Cryin’ About The Rain 4:59
Track 104. Between You And Me 2:45
Track 105. Silly Thing 3:30
Track 106. Flying Into London (new song) 5:06
Track 107. Under The Mask Of Happiness 5:13
Track 108. Blue Highways 4:44
Track 109. You Can’t Take Love For Granted 5:41
Track 110. England’s Latest Clown 5:33
47 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Snake Oil Capitol Of The World 4:54
Track 202. Black Lincoln Continental 3:27
Track 203. Love Gets You Twisted 3:45
Track 204. White Honey 4:07
Track 205. Stick To Me 3:23
Track 206. Passion Is No Ordinary Word 5:18
Track 207. Hold Back The Night 6:13
Track 208. That Moon Was Low 2:50
Track 209. Not If It Pleases Me 3:51
Track 210. Hey Lord Don’t Ask Me Questions 7:03
45 mins

Click here for the tracks.


Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at

1968 AD [Whoopy Cat WKP 0001, 1CD]
Electric Ladyland alternate takes and mixes.

These are mainly Electric Ladyland alternate takes and mixes, except Tracks 13-16, which are Miami Pop Festival 1968 recordings which have now been released officially. - Philip Cohen

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Track 01. Rainy Day Shuffle 10:52
Record Plant, New York, NY; June 10, 1968
Track 02. Gypsy Eyes (take 1) 1:44
Track 03. Gypsy Eyes (take 2) 2:30
Record Plant, New York, NY; April 22, 1968
Track 04. Gypsy Eyes 4:19
Record Plant, New York, NY; May 1, 1968
Track 05. Come On (Part 1) (take 1) 1:03
Track 06. Come On (Part 1) (take 2) 3:21
Record Plant, New York, NY; August 27, 1968
Track 07. Three Little Bears 5:05
Record Plant, New York, NY; May 2, 1968
Track 08. Tax Free 5:01
Olympic Studios, London, UK; January 26, 1968
Track 09. Ezy Rider 5:19
(instrumental jam, unknown date)
Track 10. House Burning Down (take 1) 4:36
Track 11. House Burning Down (take 2) 4:47
Record Plant, New York, NY; May 1, 1968
Track 12. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp 3:43
Mayfair Studios, New York, NY; July 6, 1967
13. Foxy Lady – Omitted *
14. Fire – Omitted *
15. Hear My Train A Comin’ – Omitted *
16. Purple Haze – Omitted *
Miami Pop Festival, Gulf Stream Racetrack, Hallandale, FL; May 18, 1968 (second show)
53 mins

* Officially released.

Click here for the tracks.


Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at

Reviewing Charles R Cross’s mesmerizing biography of Jimi Hendrix, Room Full Of Mirrors (2005), artist, poet and writer Kim Nicolini draws many parallels from the book with her life and finds that self-reinvention and running away doesn’t work and that the past and the present are inextricably connected.

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a bookstore with my 15-year-old daughter. We were browsing the music section. She pulled a book off the shelf and said, “Look, Mom, a book on Jimi Hendrix. You should read this.” The book was Charles R Cross’s thoroughly researched biography Room Full Of Mirrors (2005). I got home that night, picked up the book and could not put it down. I read it straight through over the course of the next few days, completely mesmerized and also heartbroken by the man I was discovering behind the electric guitar and the velvet suits.

The material in Cross’s book comes from over 325 interviews over four years. The interviews include family members, groupies, musicians, industry people, friends, band mates, and others. It is a comprehensive compilation of material that unearths the real human being who existed under the legend of Jimi Hendrix.

Click here for the article.


Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at

New York 1937 [no label, 1CD]
Manhattan Room, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, NY; August 24 and August 31, 1937. Very good (especially for its time) Camel Caravan CBS radio broadcast.

Benny Goodman (1909-1986), “The King of Swing”, was the clarinetist composer responsible for multiple hit singles as a band leader before World War II. In 1935, Goodman went on the road with his orchestra, which at the time included trumpeters Ziggy Elman and Harry James, pianists Jess Stacey and Teddy Wilson, and drummer Gene Krupa among others. (Lionel Hampton was added later.) One date on the tour made history: August 21, 1935. That night, the orchestra wowed the audience at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles—an event that many cite as the beginning of the swing era. Goodman also helped break down the color barrier in music at the time by having one of the first integrated bands. Making music history again, Goodman’s orchestra was one of the first to perform jazz at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall in 1938. Other legendary acts on the same bill included Count Basie and Duke Ellington and their bands. –

Thanks to JerryRocks for sharing the tracks at Lossless Legs.

CBS Broadcast > ? > 24bit-96kHz Remastering Processed and Pitch Fixed > 16bit-48kHz wav > FLAC > TLH > WAV > R8brain > 16bit-44kHz wav > TLH > FLAC

August 24, 1937
Track 01. Let’s Dance 1:18
Track 02. Sometimes I’m Happy 3:35
Track 03. Minnie the Moocher’s Wedding Day 3:17
Track 04. My Cabin of Dreams [trio] 2:29
Track 05. Bye Bye Pretty Baby [vo – Meyer Alexander Chorus] 2:57
Track 06. Stompin’ At The Savoy [quartet] 3:37
Track 07. Swing High, Swing Low [vo – Pat O’Malley and Meyer Alexander Chorus] 4:28
Track 08. A Sailboat In The Moonlight [vo – Martha Tilton] 2:44
Track 09. Roll ‘Em 3:54
Track 10. Goodbye 1:18
30 mins

Benny Goodman – cl (except track no. 5,7)
Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Chris Griffin – tp
Red Ballard, Murray McEachen – tb
Hymie Schertzer, George Koenig – as
Art Rollini, Vido Musso – ts
Jess Stacy – p
Allan Reuss – g
Harry Goodman – b
Gene Krupa – drs

August 31, 1937
Track 11. Let’s Dance 1:15
Track 12. Camel Hop 2:27
Track 13. La Cucaracha 2:05
Track 14. Whispers in the Dark [trio] 3:12
Track 15. Whispers in the Dark [trio] (2) 3:12
Track 16. The Blue Danube [vo – Meyer Alexander Chorus] 2:51
Track 17. Vibraphone Blues [quartet, vo and vib – Lionel Hampton] 3:59
Track 18. Vibraphone Blues [quartet, vo – Lionel Hampton] 3:59
Track 19. Swing Song [vo – Pat O’Malley and Meyer Alexander Chorus] 2:57
Track 20. The Dixieland Band [vo – Martha Tilton] 3:19
Track 21. House Hop 2:12
Track 22. Goodbye 1:13
33 mins

Benny Goodman – cl (except track no. 15,17)
Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Chris Griffin – tp
Red Ballard, Murray McEachen – tb
Hymie Schertzer, George Koenig – as
Art Rollini, Vido Musso – ts
Jess Stacy – p
Allan Reuss – g
Harry Goodman – b
Gene Krupa – drs
Lionel Hampton – vib, vo (on track 14 only)
Pat O’Malley – vo (on track 17 only)
Martha Tilton (on track 18 only)
Meyer Alexander Chorus (on tracks 15, 17)

Click here for the tracks.


Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at

Zodiac might arguably be David Fincher’s masterpiece but with the enigmatic Rosamund Pike and an anxiety-ridden Ben Affleck, Gone Girl (2014) is one hell of an entertainingly seductive movie, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.

David Fincher’s Gone Girl is the kind of film that (once the theater lights go up) makes you want to take your wife into your arms and say: “I love you, I want to take care of you, I will never leave you. I promise.”

The first half I’d call the more resonant: Amy and Nick’s marriage disintegrating under the double blows of the internet revolution (where print media and its writers and critics (particularly in film) either moved online or are laid off en masse) and the ’08 recession. Flynn had lived through those times, and the despair captured in her pages feels real – may be one of the better portraits of the period in recent pop fiction.

Click here for the article.


Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Monday 10 November 2014 at

with Afrodiziak & the TKO Horns
London 1983 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Hammersmith Palais, London, UK; October 17, 1983. Excellent EN pre-FM+FM remaster.

Thanks to EN for the remaster; and to “nobody” for sharing the tracks at Dime (October 18, 2014).

EN remaster notes:

I was reading that the BBC was incorporated on October 18, 1922 and thought of this incendiary Elvis Costello performance – where he’s got the big band with the background vocalists and the whole horn section – recorded for that venerated broadcasting service precisely 61 years (minus one day) later, on October 17, 1983. Seeing as one good anniversary deserves another, I dusted it off and set about repairing its many flaws, vinyl pops and dropouts, as well as appending the last song – not included on the boot CD of the original transcription LPs but recorded off the air onto cassette when the show went out live and exceeded the allotted hour – back onto the end of the set.

A bunch of remastering went on, as I tried to match the pre-FM source with the FM-sourced final track, which I felt had the horns more brassy and prominent somehow, perhaps due to the FM compression but who knows? The pre-FM source sounds awesome but lacked gain and needed more on top for the horns to really break through, so I went in that direction without changing it too much. Anyway I think I’ve got it sounding nice and punchy crisp now, so enjoy and thank you BBC for 92 years of great music on radio, and thank you Elvis Costello for this ferocious concert from the first night of the “Punch the Clock” tour 31 years ago, aired on the BBC!

+ + + + +

Tracks 01-15 sourced from a boot CD made from pre-FM BBC transcription LPs
Track 16 sourced from a master FM cassette of the original live BBC broadcast

original lineage:
(Tracks 01-15): BBC transcription LPs > unknown transfer method > Liberated CD Boot “Riot Act ’83” (PostScript – PSCD1187) > FLAC files (web download), tested with TLH > fingerprint files (xACT)

(Track 16): Aiwa 8300 Stereo FM Tuner > Sony Cassette Deck > Sony Chrome Tape > Aiwa Cassette Deck > PC 16 Bit 44 kHz WAV recording > FLAC

amended lineage:
(Tracks 01-15) original fileset > Sound Forge 9 remastering > re-FLAC’d
(Track 16): original file > Sound Forge 9 remastering > re-FLAC’d

Track 01. Let Them All Talk 3:26
Track 02. Possession 2:30
Track 03. Watch Your Step 3:32
Track 04. The Greatest Thing 3:17
Track 05. Man Out of Time 4:25
Track 06. Shabby Doll 4:41
Track 07. From Head to Toe 2:41
Track 08. Charm School 3:28
Track 09. Oliver’s Army 3:07
Track 10. Shipbuilding 4:34
Track 11. The World and His Wife 3:01
Track 12. Alison 3:46
Track 13. Clowntime Is Over 5:55
Track 14. Everyday I Write the Book 4:02
Track 15. TKO (Boxing Day) 3:55
Track 16. Pump It Up 6:24
63 mins

Elvis Costello & the Attractions:
Elvis Costello – vocals, guitars
Steve Nieve – keyboards
Bruce Thomas – bass
Pete Thomas – drums

The TKO Horns:
Jim Paterson – trombone
Jeff Blythe – alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet
Paul Speare – tenor saxophone, flute
Dave Plews – trumpet

Caron Wheeler, Naomi Thompson and Claudia Fontaine – backing vocals

Click here for the tracks.


Blogged under Uncategorized by bigozine3 on Sunday 9 November 2014 at

Boston 2014 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Sculler’s, Allston, Boston, MA; October 24, 2014. Excellent WGBH-HD-FM broadcast.

In June 2014, Joshua Redman released Trios Live, recorded in New York and Washington DC with two different trios, which includes interpretations of Kurt Weill, Led Zeppelin and Thelonious Monk songs. To support the album, the trio is touring the US between September 29 and November 21.

The New York Times music critic Nate Chinen, in his review of the trio’s set at the Village Vanguard, runs through some of “the attributes that have kept Joshua Redman within a rare tier of jazz prominence for the last 20 years” – “warmly agreeable sound on tenor saxophone,” “brisk fluency on the instrument,” “energetic composure as a bandleader,” “articulate grace as a composer and arranger” – before settling on the “diligence, sensitivity and a kind of implicit trust” with his audience that helps set the saxophonist apart from his peers.
And at the Vanguard, says Chinen, the crowd “locked into his frequency immediately,” from the first track, “Hutchhiker’s Guide,” which “established a baseline spirit of joy” for the evening, through the final notes of the trio’s take on Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean.”
“The dimensions of the band’s sound had carried beautifully through the room,” Chinen concludes, “but at that moment, it could have slayed on a subway platform, with the same hollering response.”

Thanks to Zootype for sharing the show at Dime.

HD over FM broadcast; complete concert; some radio chatter removed.
HD-FM tuner > PC > stereo 16-bit 44.1 kbps WAV > tracked and edited in audio editor > WAVs > SBEs repaired, checksum files and FLAC-8 files created in Trader’s Little Helper

Track 01. intro 1:06
Track 02. Mack The Knife 11:13
Track 03. stage intro 1:48
Track 04. Zarafah 13:02
Track 05. stage intro 1:17
Track 06. Two Steps 5:37
Track 07. She Knows 7:18
Track 08. Act Natural 10:20
Track 09. I’m Glad There Is You 4:55
Track 10. stage intro 0:44
Track 11. Trinkle, Tinkle/The Ocean 15:10
Track 12. encore break 0:26
Track 13. Beethoven Symphony No.7 in A major op.92 – II, Allegretto 6:24
Track 14. radio outro 0:22
80 mins

Joshua Redman – saxophone
Reuben Rogers – bass
Gregory Hutchinson – drums

Click here for the tracks.

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