Monday, December 31, 2007

This Will Be Our Year

Take your pick...


"This Will Be Our Year" (stereo) mp3
"This Will Be Our Year" (mono) mp3
"This Will Be Our Year" (demo) mp3
by The Zombies, 1968.
available on Zombie Heaven 4-CD Box Set


"New Year's Eve" mp3
by Amy Allison, 2001.
available on Sad Girl

"New Year's Resolution" mp3
by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, 1966.
available on The Otis Redding Story

"New Years Resolutions" mp3
by Bob Dylan, 2006.
from Theme Time Radio Hour #34


"Year 1" mp3
by X, 1981.
available on Wild Gift

"Five Years" mp3
by David Bowie, 1972.
available on The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust

"100 Years Ago" mp3
by The Rolling Stones, 1973.
available on Goats Head Soup

"One Hundred Years From Now"
(rehearsal take 2) mp3
by The Byrds, 1968.
available on Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Happy New Year.

Photograph: © Ted Barron, 2007.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Eve Can Kill You

What the hell, one more Christmas post.


GONE mp3
by The Everly Brothers, 1972.
available on Stories We Could Tell

GONE mp3
by John Cale, 1973.
available on Paris 1919

GONE (alternate) mp3
by The Band, 1975.
available on Northern Lights-Southern Cross

GONE mp3
by The Reigning Sound, 2005.
available on Home for Orphans

GONE mp3
by Big Star, 1974.
available on Third/Sister Lovers

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Birthday Keith

Keith Richards is 64 today. That's like 128 for you and me. Let's celebrate with a few collaborations he's done over the years outside of his main gig.


"A Deuce and A Quarter" mp3
Keith Richards and Levon Helm, 1997.
available on All the King's Men

"Say It's Not You" mp3
George Jones and Keith Richards, 1994.
available on Bradley Barn Sessions

"Tanqueray" mp3
Johnnie Johnson with Keith Richards, 1991.
available on Johnnie B. Bad

"That Kind of Fool" mp3
Jerry Lee Lewis with Keith Richards, 2006.
available on Last Man Standing - The Duets

"Little Queenie" mp3
Keith Richards and Jerry Lee Lewis, 1983.
available on Rolling His Own (bootleg)

"Let it Rock" mp3
Rockpile with Keith Richards, 1978
available on Elvis Goes To Washington
Dave Edmunds and Rockpile Don't

"Worried Life Blues" mp3
Keith Richards and Ian Stewart, 1977.
available on Rolling His Own (bootleg)

"Dark Eyes" mp3
Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, and Keith Richards, 1985
Backstage at Live Aid.

"Over The Rainbow" mp3
Keith Richards and Bobby Keys, 1981.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Truckin' Trees For Christmas

I walked out of Southpaw here in Brooklyn last week after the dB's show and snapped this photograph. Immediately I said to my friend Laura "Isn't there a song about trucking trees for Christmas?" She, being married to a well known authority on truck driving songs, confirmed that indeed there is. So here you have it....

GONE mp3
by Red Simpson, 1973.
available on Trucker's Christmas

Photo © Ted Barron, 2007.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ike Turner 1931-2007

Ike Turner's dead. He was a lot of things. Among them, he was a badass guitar player, piano player, producer, arranger, bandleader, songwriter, and a talent scout for Sam Phillips at Sun. He was also a bad motherfucker. Unfortunately, he'll probably be best remembered as a wife beating substance abuser. He probably wasn't a "nice guy," but his contributions to American music are vast and deep. I remember reading an interview with him in an early issue of Spin, where when asked about Tina's suicide attempt, he tried to make light of the matter by saying (and I'll paraphrase this from memory) "There's something you gotta understand about black folks, Tina tried to kill herself by jumping out of a first story window." Ike did eventually serve time in jail, get clean, and make a Grammy nominated comeback record.

Download: "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" mp3
by Ike and Tina Turner, 1960.
(and as pointed out in the comments that's
Mickey Baker not Ike answering Tina)
available on Golden Classics

Download: "A Fool In Love" mp3
by Ike and Tina Turner, 1961.
available on Golden Classics

Download: "Anything You Wasn't Born With" mp3
by Ike and Tina Turner, 1966.

Download: "Dust My Broom" mp3
by Ike and Tina Turner, 1966.
available on The Soul Anthology

****** BONUS ******


"You Keep On Worrying Me" mp3
"You've Got To Lose" mp3

Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhthym
vocals by Jackie Brenston
recorded in St. Louis, 1958.
available on 1958-1959

"I'm Gonna Forget About You" mp3
"Down and Out" mp3
Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhthym
vocals by Tommy Hodges
recorded in St. Louis, 1958.
available on 1958-1959

And from the Club Imperial in St.Louis
hear but not see Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm
playing for some jitterbuggers on local TV....

For the entire show, go to Bedazzled HERE
It's quite amazing. In between smoking performances
by the Kings of Rhythm, fans of late night St. Louis
television can get a glimpse of Steve Mizerany selling
Norge refrigerators before the toupee, roller skates
and gorilla suits.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I Can Hear Those Bells Again

All Christmas records should be like this...

GONE mp3
by Freddie King, 1961.
available on The Very Best of Freddy King Volume One

GONE mp3
by Freddie King, 1961.
available on The Very Best of Freddy King Volume One

Monday, December 10, 2007

Santa's Helpers

Here's my favorite Christmas song, a few b-sides and a few variations...

Download: GONE mp3
by Chuck Berry, 1958.
available on The Chess Box :Chuck Berry

Download: GONE mp3
by Chuck Berry, 1958.
available on The Chess Box :Chuck Berry

I'm pretty familiar with the Dave Edmunds catalog, but I had no idea of the existence of this record until I walked into House of Oldies on Carmine Street asking for an Earl King 45, and walked away with this. I had no intention of buying any Christmas records, but must have been an easy mark since I reached into my pocket and bought the record without any hesitation when the proprietor suggested it instead.

Download: GONE mp3
by Dave Edmunds, 1982.
available on Party PartyOST

And finally, Keith's Christmas single from 1978. Here he is joined by Ronnie Wood and Sly and Robbie. The b-side, a Jimmy Cliff classic, is not a holiday number but is too great not to include. In it, he recreates his four note"Sympathy For The Devil" solo at about a quarter of the speed and all of the soul.

Download GONE mp3
by Keith Richards, 1978.
non scratchy version available @ itunes store.

Download: "The Harder They Come" mp3
by Keith Richards, 1978.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Jews On 45

Happy Hanukkah... a little late but not too late.

Below we have eight records that are in some way associated with my people. Bookended by a record by a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn singing about a gospel tent show, and a noted disturbed and not Jewish anti-semite backed by Yo La Tengo, who celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah in Hoboken almost every year with a star-studded Festival of Lights. In between we get noted Yids: The Lovin' Spoonful, The Clash (singer Mick Jones); The Strangeloves, who pretended to be Australian brothers, but were in fact the songwriting team of Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer; Joey Ramone AKA Jeffrey Hyman singing a song co-written and produced by psycho-Jew Phil Spector, Leslie West (nee Weinstein) fronting Mountain in a guilty pleasure of mine as well as my second favorite cowbell song; and a semi-rare B-side by Mr. Zimmerman himself.

Spin your dradles and rock.


"Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show" mp3
by Neil Diamond, 1969.
available on The Neil Diamond Collection

"Nashville Cats" mp3
by The Lovin' Spoonful, 1966.
available on Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful

"Gates Of The West" mp3
by The Clash, 1979.
available on Super Black Market Clash

"Baby, I Love You" mp3
by The Ramones, 1980.
available on End of the Century

"Angels Flying Too Close To The Ground" mp3
by Bob Dylan, 1983
available on UK Single "Union Sundown"

"Mississippi Queen" mp3
by Mountain, 1970.
available on The Best of Mountain

"Cara-Lin" mp3
by The Strangeloves, 1965.
available on I Want Candy: The Best of the Strangeloves

"Speeding Motorcycle" mp3
by Daniel Johnston with Yo La Tengo (via telephone)
from Nicholas Hill's Music Faucet on WFMU, 1990.
available on Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo