Thursday, May 14, 2015

Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles (2015) CD Review

Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles, a new compilation of Beatles covers, features a pretty incredible selection of artists including Judy Collins, David Clayton-Thomas and Leo Sayer. Especially exciting is the inclusion of Jack Bruce, who died in October. His version of “Eleanor Rigby” is his last recording, and so this album is worth owning for that alone. Plus, I’m excited that my two favorite Beatles songs are covered here – “Something” and “Across The Universe.”

The album opens with “Across The Universe,” done here by Ann Wilson (yes, of Heart). She does a good job with it, capturing the mood of the original. That’s followed by a much lighter number, “Penny Lane,” performed by John Wetton. This is a pretty sweet rendition, and includes some nice percussion. It’s interesting to hear folks known for harder rock covering these songs.

Of course, for me the most interesting track is Jack Bruce’s version of “Eleanor Rigby.” I saw Jack Bruce perform once in the late 1980s, and he was fantastic. Known primarily for his work with Cream, here he gives a wonderfully sad and emotional performance of “Eleanor Rigby,” accompanied by strings. So effective is his performance that my girlfriend, listening to this CD with me, asked me if he committed suicide. Another of my favorite tracks is Andrew Gold’s rendition of “Norwegian Wood.” It’s fairly faithful to the original. This song was actually released previously on Andrew Gold’s Copy Cat.

Helen Reddy covers “All You Need Is Love” on this CD. It had been a while since I’d last listened to Helen Reddy, and I don’t think I would have recognized this track as being hers without the CD case. The style of “All You Need Is Love” is so different from what I know of her work, and she really captures the feel of the original. She does repeat “Love is all you need, at the end, even whispering it at the very end, but drops the “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah” bit from her version. Judy Collins then follows with a pretty rendition of “I’ll Follow The Sun.”

One of the album’s surprises is Howard Jones’ nice cover of “And I Love Her.” His vocal performance is seriously good. Another surprise is KC’s version of “Let It Be.” Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. I saw KC & The Sunshine Band in concert several years ago, and it was probably the best show I saw that year. So I know the guy is talented. But this rendition is so heartfelt and moving, quite a bit different from his most famous material. It’s followed by an excellent and equally moving version of “Yesterday” by David Clayton-Thomas.

Stephen Bishop dips into The Beatles’ earlier material with “All I’ve Got To Do,” here titled “All I Gotta Do.” This is a tune from the group’s second LP, With The Beatles, and Stephen does a really good acoustic rendition. It’s followed by Billy Sherwood’s version of “Something,” my personal favorite Beatles song. Billy Sherwood also produced this compilation, and his take on “Something” is wonderful. The CD then concludes with Leo Sayer’s version of “Hey Jude.” It's a good rendition, and I really love the harmonica.

CD Track List
  1. Across The Universe – Ann Wilson
  2. Penny Lane – John Wetton
  3. Eleanor Rigby – Jack Bruce
  4. Blackbird – Liz Madden
  5. Norwegian Wood – Andrew Gold
  6. Hide Your Love Away – Todd Rundgren
  7. All You Need Is Love – Helen Reddy
  8. I’ll Follow The Sun – Judy Collins
  9. And I Love Her – Howard Jones
  10. Ticket To Ride – Felix Cavaliere
  11. Let It Be – KC
  12. Yesterday – David Clayton Thomas
  13. Nowhere Man – Martha Davis
  14. All I Gotta Do – Stephen Bishop
  15. Something – Billy Sherwood
  16. Hey Jude – Leo Sayer
Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles was released on April 28, 2015 on Purple Pyramid Records, a division of Cleopatra Records.

So-Called Grateful Dead Concerts Will Be Broadcast Online

Thinking about these upcoming concerts by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead generally angers or saddens me, depending on what aspect I’m focusing on. These reunion shows are billed as their final shows, which is annoying enough. I hate when bands announce a final show. How do they know they won’t want to play together again? That aside, the money involved in attending any of these concerts is disgusting. But word was the shows would be broadcast online for those of us who didn’t want to spend sixty dollars just to park our cars. And yes, the shows will be broadcast online. But they won’t be free. If you want to watch the Santa Clara shows, you have to pay $19.95 per night, and if you want to watch the Chicago shows, you have to pay $29.95 per night. Now that might not sound like much, especially to the imbeciles who recently paid a hundred dollars to watch two people punch each other, but it’s the spirit of the thing that is the issue here. If it were any other band doing this, I wouldn’t care. U2? Fine, they sold out ages ago. Rolling Stones? Fine. But the Grateful Dead? This was a band that was somehow unlike any other. They meant something. You know? Why the fuck are the surviving members trying to take every penny possible here? There used to be live radio broadcasts of shows back in the day, and those were free. Free. But sadly this is not a return to those days. Nothing about this entire venture rings true. It seems the spirit of the band is dead, and the members have become greedy monsters out to destroy our memories and make a ton of money. It’s a shame. The Grateful Dead was the best live band I ever saw, and their shows were unlike those of any other band. That band ended twenty years ago with the death of Jerry Garcia. These shows will not be the final Grateful Dead concerts. The final Grateful Dead concert was performed on July 9, 1995.

By the way, in the email they sent out advertising the webcast, they wrote: “Each concert will be a uniquely different that you won't want to miss, with the July 5 concert event being the last time the band will play together.” First of all, they left out the noun. A uniquely different what? But, more importantly, the phrase “uniquely different” is completely retarded and redundant. If something is unique, it can’t help but be different from all others. “Unique” means there is only one of it. And lastly, every Grateful Dead concert was unique. That is not anything that needs to be mentioned. The band never did the same show twice. But of course this announcement isn’t aimed at the fans; it seems to be aimed at those people who know little or nothing about the band. And perhaps it is those people that this entire venture is for. And perhaps those are the people who will be able to enjoy it. Because, once again, this isn’t the Grateful Dead. This is something else, a shadow of the band. A greedy shadow.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Music To Take On The Road (Road Trip Mix CD Ideas)

In my CD reviews, I sometimes mention adding a song to my road trip mixes. And I thought it was about time to actually compile a list. Some choices are obvious, and have been on various mixes of mine for years. Others are more recent additions. But all have something to do with being out on the road or about heading home. I thought about various ways of presenting the list, and decided to simply arrange the songs in alphabetical order by the artists' names.
  • Highway To Hell – AC/DC
  • Key To The Highway – Dave Alvin And Phil Alvin
  • I Get Around – The Beach Boys
  • Two Of Us – The Beatles
  • Massachusetts – Bee Gees
  • No Particular Place To Go  – Chuck Berry
  • Route 66  – Chuck Berry (a lot of folks have recorded this song)
  • California Stars  – Billy Bragg and Wilco
  • Fast Cars – The Buzzcocks (for a fun change of pace, with lines like “I don't wanna cause a fuss, but fast cars are so dangerous/Fast cars, fast cars/Fast cars, I hate fast cars”)
  • Wasn't Born To Follow –  The Byrds
  • Going Up The Country – Canned Heat
  • On The Road Again – Canned Heat
  • I’ve Been Everywhere  – Johnny Cash
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • The Long Road Home – Dave Coffin
  • Smooth Sailing – Dave Coffin
  • Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen
  • Up Around The Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
  • The Wanderer – Dion And The Belmonts
  • Backroads And Blue Skies – Fur Dixon And Steve Werner
  • Everyday A Different Journey – Fur Dixon And Steve Werner
  • Homesick For The Highway Blues – Fur Dixon And Steve Werner
  • Where Are We Going –  Fur Dixon And Steve Werner
  • Kansas City – Fats Domino
  • Fool At The Wheel  – Duces Of Rhythm And Tempo Toppers
  • It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Bob Dylan
  • Eighteen Wheels – Ronnie Fauss
  • Radar Love – Golden Earring
  • Friend Of The Devil  – Grateful Dead
  • Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad – Grateful Dead (actually a Woody Guthrie song)
  • Liberty – Grateful Dead
  • Ripple – Grateful Dead (my favorite song, and definitely one to have along on a road trip)
  • So Many Roads – Grateful Dead
  • Truckin’ – Grateful Dead
  • Way To Go Home – Grateful Dead
  • Make It Out West –  The Greencards
  • Car Song  – Woody Guthrie
  • Hard Travelin’ – Woody Guthrie
  • Highway Down –  I See Hawks In L.A.
  • If You Lead I Will Follow  –   I See Hawks In L.A.
  • I’m A Rover – Irish Rovers 
  • Rocky Road To Dublin – The Kilkennys (a lot of bands have done this song, and pretty much all versions are good)
  • Strangers – The Kinks
  • Going To California – Led Zeppelin
  • Virginia  – Josh Lederman Y Los Diablos
  • America – Brian Mackey
  • Waltz Across Texas – Marlee MacLeod
  • King Of The Road – Roger Miller
  • Roadrunner – The Modern Lovers (Joan Jett also did a good cover of this song)
  • As We Go Along – The Monkees
  • Movin' Right Along – The Muppets
  • American Ride – Willie Nile
  • 3,000 Miles – Ellis Paul
  • Road Trip – Ellis Paul (especially if you have kids with you)
  • Beep Beep  – The Playmates
  • Diner – Martin Sexton
  • Freedom Of The Road – Martin Sexton
  • America – Simon And Garfunkel
  • Homeward Bound – Simon And Garfunkel
  • Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
  • Miles From Nowhere – Cat Stevens
  • On The Road To Find Out – Cat Stevens
  • Take The Long Way Home – Supertramp
  • Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads
  • 1952 Vincent Black Lightning  – Richard Thompson
  • Highway In The Sun – Trip Shakespeare
  • Long Way Home – Tom Waits
  • Midnight Bus – Jesse Winchester
  • 40 Miles From Denver – Yonder Mountain String Band
  • Town – Yonder Mountain String Band
Compiling this list makes me eager to start planning a long drive. It’s been way too long since my last extensive road trip, and I’m itching to get on the road. By the way, while this list is obviously not meant to be comprehensive, feel free to leave comments with suggestions for other appropriate tunes. I may include them on my next road trip mix.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Lauren White With The Quinn Johnson Trio: “Experiment” (2015) CD Review

Lauren White is a jazz vocalist based in Los Angeles. On her new release, Experiment, she is joined by the Quinn Johnson Trio, made up of Quinn Johnson on piano, Trey Henry on bass and Ray Brinker on drums. Quinn Johnson also arranged and produced this CD, and worked with Lauren White on her 2013 release, Meant To Be. This new album also features a couple of special guests. Many of these songs should be familiar to you, and Lauren White does some interesting things with them. The album cover mentions that these tracks are “Inspired by the recordings of Irene Kral,” and you can certainly hear the similarities to their approaches. That being said, it's not like Lauren White is trying to copy Irene Kral's recordings.

The album opens with a good rendition of “Like Someone In Love,” a jazz standard. I love the way it begins with Trey Henry creating a cool rhythm on bass and then the other musicians coming in, paving the way for Lauren White’s entrance. “Lately I find myself gazing at stars/Hearing guitars like someone in love.” “Like Someone In Love” was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, and was a hit for Bing Crosby in the 1940s. Lauren White picks up the pace just a bit in her version, and this rendition features a wonderful groove. There is an excellent instrumental section approximately halfway through.

Lauren White then slows things down with her version of “Rock Me To Sleep,” a sweet tune written by Paul Vandervoort II and Benny Carter. Though a much mellower track, there is still a nice groove. Lauren delivers it almost like a jazz lullaby, and it totally works. It’s a bit more mellow than the version by Irene Kral. Kleber Jorge plays guitar on this track. Kleber Jorge also plays guitar on the Latin jazz number “Winter Moon,” written by Laurindo Almeida and Portia Nelson.

“Better Than Anything” is kind of a silly, playful tune written by David “Buck” Wheat and Bill Loughborough, and here it is delivered as a duet with Mitch Ellis. I love what Quinn Johnson does on piano on this track. And check out those nice touches on drums by Ray Brinker.

One of my favorite tracks is “It Isn’t So Good,” written by Tommy Wolf and Fran Landesman. Lauren’s version isn’t as lush and full as that by Irene Kral; after all, there is no horn section. But I actually prefer it. It has a more intimate feel, particularly at the beginning, due mainly to Lauren’s vocals and Trey Henry’s wonderful work on bass. “It isn’t so good that it couldn’t get better/It isn’t so bad that it couldn’t be worse.” And there is a delightful, though short piano solo in the middle, leading to a wonderful instrumental section. I wish that part stretched out a bit longer.

Another favorite of mine is “Small Day Tomorrow,” with its delicious late-night vibe. This song was written by Bob Dorough and Fran Landesman. Here is a taste of the lyrics: “I’ve got a small day tomorrow/I can sleep the day away/It won’t cause too much sorrow/Not tomorrow.” I love Lauren White’s delivery here. She really finds a lot to do with this composition.

“Experiment,” the album’s title track, is a Cole Porter song, and so of course is another of the CD’s highlights. Lauren White slows this song down and stretches it out to approximately twice its original length. (It’s also much longer than Irene Kral’s rendition.) Her version begins with a pretty instrumental section featuring Jodi Burnett on cello. I am always a sucker for cello, and certainly that instrument is part of this track’s appeal for me. Lauren’s vocals have a strange, dreamy quality at moments in this song. Jodi Burnett also plays cello on “You Are There.”

The album concludes with “Rain,” a short instrumental track that is a continuation of "Gentle Rain."

CD Track List
  1. Like Someone In Love
  2. Rock Me To Sleep
  3. Better Than Anything
  4. Sometime Ago
  5. Gentle Rain
  6. It Isn’t So Good
  7. This Is Always
  8. Show Me
  9. Winter Moon
  10. Wheelers And Dealers
  11. Small Day Tomorrow
  12. Lucky To Be Me
  13. Experiment
  14. You Are There
  15. Rain 
Experiment is scheduled to be released on June 5, 2015 on Cherry Pie. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Andrew Gold: “The Late Show – Live 1978” (2015) CD Review

Andrew Gold is known for his 1970s hits “Lonely Boy” and “Thank You For Being A Friend,” as well as for his work with Linda Ronstadt, Art Garfunkel and many other artists. The Late Show – Live 1978 captures him at his best. It is a recording of the last show of his 1978 tour, on April 22nd at Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. This was his home turf, and this recording finds him relaxed and having a good time. This CD from Omnivore Recordings marks the first release of this live material, and features liner notes by band member Brock Walsh, including thoughts on each of the songs.

This CD opens with “I’m A Gambler,” a tune from his first, self-titled album. This is kind of a light, fun song to get things off to a good start. Here is a taste of the lyrics: “Hey, you know I’d love to live the dream/Black tie tuxedo and a chauffeured limousine/Wining and dining all my friends/You know I’d pick up the check and win it back again.” After welcoming the crowd, he goes into “Hope You Feel Good,” a really good love song that Andrew Gold wrote with Stephen Ferguson. This was the first track from his second album, What’s Wrong With This Picture?

When introducing “Gambler,” a song written by Kenny Edwards, Andrew says, “We were in this band called The Rangers, from 1972.” Someone shouts out, and he responds, “Somebody actually knows The Rangers?” He adds, regarding the song, “It’s not on any album.” Well, now it is. It’s a good, lively song, with a nice instrumental section. “I ain’t no gambler, but baby, this ain’t no game.”

And it’s after that song that he gets into the material that should be more familiar to everyone. In introducing “Endless Flight,” Andrew jokes, “This is dedicated to all the horrible airline pilots that have flown us from here to New York.” And as soon as those first notes begin on the piano, the crowd cheers. “Endless Flight” is a wonderful song, and it’s so great to revisit it. You might also be familiar with Leo Sayer’s cover, which was the title track for his 1976 release. Someone in the crowd shouts out, “All right, Andrew!” And Andrew follows “Endless Flight” with “Thank You For Being A Friend,” another of his most famous songs, this one coming from his 1978 record All This And Heaven Too, released just before this concert. This song was also released as a single, and then years later used as the theme song for the television series The Golden Girls (though that was a cover version by Cynthia Fee). This is a sweet song, with lines like “And when we both get older/With walking canes and hair of gray/Have no fear even though it’s hard to hear/I will stand real close and shout/Thank you for being a friend.” (The original album version has the line as “I will stand real close and say.”)

Andrew Gold performs a couple more tracks from All This And Heaven Too: “Oh Urania (Take Me Away)” and “How Can This Be Love.” I’m particularly fond of “Oh Urania (Take Me Away),” with the opening lines “One hundred million billion/Stars up in the sky/Each one looks so beautiful/Reflected in your eyes/I wonder if there could be life up there.” “How Can This Be Love” was written by Mark Safan and Mark Goldenberg, and it was the opening track for All This And Heaven Too. After that tune, that guy yells out “All right, Andrew!” again, and Andrew responds: “Buy him a drink. In fact, drinks for the house.” Andrew then tells an interesting anecdote about the writing of “That’s Why I Love You.”

Of course he does “Lonely Boy,” his biggest hit, a song originally included on What’s Wrong With This Picture? This song always makes me smile. It reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The original version features Linda Ronstadt on backing vocals. Here Andrew Gold ends the set with it. It’s a good closing number, but Andrew Gold isn’t quite done. When he comes back for the first encore, he jokes, “We didn’t have anything prepared, you know, so while we were standing right there in the stairway right over there, just waiting there, we wrote this song, and arranged it and everything.” He then does a cover of The Beatles’ “Doctor Robert.” The other encores are “Go Back Home Again” and a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.”

CD Track List
  1. I’m A Gambler
  2. Hope You Feel Good
  3. Gambler
  4. Endless Flight
  5. Thank You For Being A Friend
  6. Oh Urania (Take Me Away)
  7. How Can This Be Love
  8. That’s Why I Love You
  9. One Of Them Is Me
  10. A Note From You
  11. Lonely Boy
  12. Doctor Robert
  13. Go Back Home Again
  14. Roll Over Beethoven
Musicians

Andrew Gold is on lead vocals, guitar and keyboard. Joining him are George Marinelli on guitar and vocals; Brock Walsh on keyboard, guitar and vocals; Bryan Garofalo on bass and vocals; and Stan Kipper on drums and vocals.

The Late Show – Live 1978 is scheduled to be released on May 12, 2015 through Omnivore Recordings.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Knack: “Zoom” (1998/2015) CD Review

The Knack was a group that seemed to peak very early. Their biggest hit, “My Sharona,” was from the band’s debut album in 1979. And many people think that’s the only song of theirs that they know. However, that’s likely not true. This group had quite a bit of good material, and they continued to release good albums right up to the end, as well as put on fun concerts. I saw The Knack in concert once many years ago in Woodland Hills during one of their later tours, and I have to say they put on an excellent show. They were definitely a fun band to dance to. Now three of the band’s last albums are being re-issued. Zoom, originally released in 1998, was actually re-issued in 2003 as Re-Zoom, with a few bonus tracks. The new 2015 re-issue includes five bonus tracks, none of which were included on Re-Zoom. It includes the earlier liner notes, as well as new liner notes by Prescott Niles. This is fun power pop, so just go ahead and enjoy it.

Zoom opens with a ridiculously bright pop song titled “Pop Is Dead.” Kind of perfect, don’t you think? Here is the chorus: “Hey, pop is dead/Bring your shovel/Hey, pop is dead/Bust your bubble/Hey, pop is dead/Please don't trouble me/Not while I'm watching TV.” It’s followed by “Can I Borrow A Kiss,” which has my vote for the worst song title of the album. It’s a harmless little tune, but I definitely prefer the following track, “Smilin.’” It gets me right from its opening lines: “You tell me you're the second coming/But you come once and then you're done/When you're with me you say you're slumming/You must believe that I'm really dumb.” And I like these lines: “And it's gonna smear/The lipstick from your sneer.” This is one of those great songs about being out from under someone’s spell. These first three tracks were all written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre.

“Mister Magazine” was written by Doug Fieger, and features some nice backing vocals which give it a bit of a 1960s pop feel. This song is about the less noble side of journalism, with lines like “He's perfected the art of the vicious and mean/Just a day at the office for mister magazine.” My favorite lines are: “Remorse, he can't feel it/His source won't reveal it/Of course it's the public's right to buy it.” The bonus tracks include a demo version of this song.

“Everything I Do” has a sweeter, prettier feel. The vocals are particularly good. Here are the opening lines: “Everything I do makes her sad/If I say I love her then it just makes her mad/Nothing I can do will make her love me too.” “Everything I Do” was written by Melissa Connell and Doug Fieger, and is one of my favorite tracks.

“Terry & Julie Step Out” has deliberate 1960s elements, including nods to “Twist And Shout” (near the beginning) and “Revolution 9” (listen closely at the one-minute mark), and these elements work so well with the lyrics. The Terry and Julie of the song’s title are Terence Stamp and Julie Christie, who starred together in Far From The Madding Crowd and who are also mentioned in The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset.”

“Harder On You” is fun and catchy pop song written by Prescott Niles and Berton Averre. It also has some nice rock elements to keep things interesting. Here is a taste of the lyrics: “I never would change one thing about you/It won't be so easy living without you, without you/And though it's gonna be hard on me/Feeling the way that I do/I know it's gonna be harder on.” A demo version of this song is included in the bonus tracks. And “Good Enough” truly rocks, with a great beat. This is one of my favorite tracks. It was written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre. “Tomorrow” is also more of a rock song.

The original album concludes with “(All In The) All In All,” which is a slower, more psychedelic number. I really like the groove and sound of this track, though some of the lyrics are a bit on the weaker side. The bonus tracks include a demo version of this song. Besides the demos already mentioned, the bonus tracks also include “She Says” and a version of “My Sharona” with Terry Bozzio on drums. “My Sharona” is as good as ever.

CD Track List
  1. Pop Is Dead
  2. Can I Borrow A Kiss
  3. Smilin’
  4. Ambition
  5. Mister Magazine
  6. Everything I Do
  7. Love Is All There Is
  8. Terry & Julie Step Out
  9. Harder On You
  10. You Gotta Be There
  11. Good Enough
  12. In Blue Tonight
  13. Tomorrow
  14. (All In The) All In All
  15. She Says
  16. Mister Magazine (Demo)
  17. Harder On You (Demo)
  18. (All In The) All In All (Demo)
  19. My Sharona (Terry Bozzio Version) 
This special re-issue of Zoom is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2015 through Omnivore Recordings. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Canned Heat: “Stockholm 1973” (2015) CD Review

Three new live albums by blues rock band Canned Heat are being released on Cleopatra Records. The first, Carnegie Hall 1971, captures a performance the band did with John Lee Hooker, and was released in April. The second, Stockholm 1973, is a concert Canned Heat did on June 17, 1973 in Stockholm, Sweden. Like the first release, this CD includes liner notes by Dave Thompson, including portions of an interview with drummer Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra.

The disc kicks off with “Let’s Work Together,” a tune that was a hit for the band in 1970, and a song that was also included on Carnegie Hall 1971. It opens with an introduction: “We’re going to have ourselves some fun tonight. We’re going to do an old one now, one that we made about three years ago called ‘Let’s Work Together.’” Funny how at the time a song that was three years old was considered “an old one.” Ah, our changing perspectives. Anyway, this is a really good rendition, featuring some nice work by Ed Beyer on organ. Beyer had joined the band the previous year.

That’s followed by one of the band’s most famous songs, “On The Road Again,” which was originally sung by band member Alan Wilson (who died in 1970) and released as a single. The version here includes a great, lively, bluesy jam. And the following tune, “Harley Davidson Blues,” is one of my favorites on this release. It’s a fun, playful, catchy tune, with a cool country edge. Then “Election Blues” includes a false start, with the band changing the key (“We gotta change the key on that, fellows – let’s lower that down one”) and starting over. This is a good slow blues number with some timely political references: “Things seemed to be going right, then Watergate hit us, was a mighty blow” and “Dick’s on the throne again, baby, leaning so far right we might fall in.” But it’s the guitar work during the instrumental section that makes this track something special. And in the next instrumental section, there is some wonderful stuff on piano. This version of “Election Blues” is more than ten minutes long, and so there is plenty of room for these musicians to shine.

“So Long Wrong” also includes a groovy, energized jam. And then “Shake ‘N’ Boogie,” at fourteen minutes, is all about the jam. While not as long as the rendition included on Carnegie Hall 1971 (which is approximately twenty minutes), this version has a lot of fun moments, including some vocal play near the beginning and nods to “Let The Good Times Roll” (the Shirley And Lee tune). And of course there’s a guitar solo to sink your teeth into, and some very cool work on bass, as well as a drum solo. This track is obviously one of the disc’s highlights. The CD then concludes with “Goodbye For Now,” a good blues tune. Toward the end, they tell the crowd: “I hope you all had a good time tonight, or this afternoon, or whatever it is. We had some fun.” This track oddly quickly fades out at the end, and it feels like we might be missing the last few moments of the performance.

CD Track List
  1. Let’s Work Together
  2. On The Road Again
  3. Harley Davidson Blues
  4. Election Blues
  5. So Long Wrong
  6. Shake ‘N’ Boogie
  7. Goodbye For Now 
Stockholm 1973 is scheduled to be released on May 12, 2015 through Purple Pyramid, a division of Cleopatra Records.