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bill dylan vs bob wilson

Amidst the Dylanmania: “Indiana’s Bill Wilson drove to Nashville and knocked on producer Bob Johnston’s kitchen door in 1973. Bob let him in to play a few songs, liked it, and rounded up his crew that played on Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde”. They recorded “Ever Changing Minstrel” that night, and it was released on Columbia [CBS] in 1973. The album is now reissued with rare photographs, notes by reissue producer and Tompkins Square label owner Josh Rosenthal, and remastered from the original tapes.” Dixit Rosenthal: “I bought Bill Wilson’s “Ever Changing Minstrel” lp for a quarter in January. Never saw it before. Tracked down Bob Johnston (Dylan, Cohen, Cash) who produced it. He said Bill just showed up at his house one day. They made the record that night, with some of the guys who played on “Blonde On Blonde”. Bill and Bob never saw each other again.” Wilson would die of a heart attack at the age of 46, in 1993. Reissue label: Tompkins Square, cat. no. TSQ2684, rel. 2012-09-18. And do check that Sonobeat / Sonosong story for Wilson’s 1969 demo lp!
http://www.billwilsonmusic.net/
http://sonobeatrecords.com/billwilson.html
http://www.tompkinssquare.com/bill-wilson.html
http://www.isleofwrite.com/stories/Sonobeat.pdf
http://www.stringdancer.com/billwilson/index.html
http://www.scarletdukes.com/st/tm_aussonobeat.html
http://soundcloud.com/tompkinssquare/sets/bill-wilson-ever-changing

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my children kool and together

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Some of the rare & sparse releases of Kool and Together (from Victoria, Texas, aka My Children +2, but not at all related to Kool and the Gang) have been recorded in the Sugar Hill studios in Houston, Texas. Kool and Together’s output has just been compiled by Heavy Light (HLR-001, 2011-10). Amazingly, there’s no info yet on this untitled release via http://heavylightrecords.com/ but see here instead: http://lightintheattic.net/news/?p=4292 + http://lightintheattic.net/artists/365-kool-together

power to the golden dawn plant

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George Kinney’s eco psych punk … When I saw Charly’s 2010 budget reissue of Power Plantby the Golden Dawn (SNAM950, International Artists 1967), I was immediately reminded of Eva‘s awful remastering (massacre more likely) of CA Quintet’s Trip Thru Hellalbum. And so I was curious: would there be another night vs day difference in this album‘s sound? Luckily, there wasn’t. It’s still as powerful

kashmere high school stage band

Mark Landsman‘s 83’ Thunder Souldocumentary on Houston’s Kashmere Stage Band (as produced by Jamie Foxx, 2010) isn’t featured on Now-Again’s 2cd + 1dvd package (NA-5085, 2011). But it does feature there’s a 12′ making of, footage of a 3′ live version of “Makin’ whoopee” (1972) and a 27′ documentary by Charles Porter (1973 – check the KSB on holiday in Paris, Brussels, Louvain, Waterloo, Breda and Bonn). It’s a mighty package with a 40 page booklet to boot … but it has only one flaw: there’s no song author credits, making it difficult to find out which tracks are KSB originals and which are cover versions. Speaking of which: expect more Shaftcovers in a future post + find a free download of Egon’s extended edit of James Brown‘s “Super bad” (as featured on the 2005 US – but not Jazzman‘s 2002 UK – edition of Texas Funk: Black Gold From The Lone Star State 1968-1975v/a cd) via the Now-Again site:
http://www.nowagainrecords.com/tag/kashmere-stage-band/  [5 pages!]
http://www.austinchronicle.com/screens/2010-03-12/977581/
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5599377
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/23/140539483/thunder-soul-70s-sensation-dusts-off-its-groove
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/28/140891879/summer-school-funk-five-tracks-out-of-1970s-houston
http://www.filmindependent.org/news-and-blog/mark-landsman-on-his-influences-and-thunder-soul/
http://edendale.typepad.com/weblog/2010/03/sxsw-2010-mark-landsmans-thunder-soul.html
http://stonesthrow.com/news/2011/06/kashmere-stage-band-thunder-soul-official-movie-trailer
http://www.indiewire.com/article/toolkit-case-study-the-long-road-of-thunder-soul
http://www.indiewire.com/article/interview_thunder_soul
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashmere_Stage_Band
http://funky16corners.lunarpages.net/?p=2009
http://stonesthrow.com/funky16/kash.html
http://thundersoulmovie.com/
http://kashmere.org/

pockabilly on & slide with it

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Max Décharné‘s A rocket in my pocketguide to rockabilly had already been published some three months ago (Serpent’s Tail ISBN 9781846687211, 2010-06-24), and now, after some postponin’ & delayin’, the accompanying cd has just been released (Ace CDCHD 1258, 2010-09). It’s a superb addition to Rhino‘s Rockin’ Bones (1950s Punk & Rockabilly)” 4cd box (R2 73346, 2006-06-27). (And what a mess Rhino‘s site policy is! It’s almost as disastrous as EMI‘s / Blue Note‘s!)

Tiny Bradshaw‘s The train kept a-rollin’has often been covered, most famously by the Yardbirds as Stroll onfor the soundtrack of Michelangelo Antonioni‘s Blowup (1966). Anyhoo, for more info on the artists selected here:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rhythm_Rockets
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Feathers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Burnette
http://www.rockabilly.net/articles/burnette.shtml
http://www.westexmusichof.com/hof/pioneers.html
Image source: http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2008/08/charlie-feather.html (click those 7″ sleeves).

sam lightnin’ hopkins biography & film

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If you want to study the unique Lightnin’ Hopkins, there’s Alan Govenar‘s biography “His Life And Blues” (Chicago Review Press, 2010-05, ISBN 9781556529627) with accompanying 2cd “His Blues” on Ace (2010-07, cat. no. CDCH2-1259, 24 page booklet). Also, there’s an authorised documentary film in the making, “Where Lightnin’ Strikes” by Mark Susman and Mike Snow (produced by Fast Cut Films in Houston) … Still, too bad his version of “What I’d say” isn’t on the 2cd … As for Baby please don’t go
http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/catalog/showBook.cfm?ISBN=1556529627
http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=8503
http://www.docarts.com/lightnin-hopkins-his-life-and-blues.html
http://www.bluesforum.com/blues/index.php?topic=243.0
http://www.fastcutfilms.com/wp/sam-lightnin-hopkins/
http://myspace.com/wherelightninstrikes
http://www.wherelightninstrikes.com/

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