Lindsey Buckingham – “Miranda” (Demo – 2001)

August 15, 2008 at 10:19 pm (Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Music)

Same as “Say Goodbye” below….originally to be on the first version of Gift of Screws, later recorded for Fleetwood Mac’s Say You Will.

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Frank Sinatra – “Come Rain or Come Shine” (Live)

August 15, 2008 at 10:19 pm (Frank Sinatra, Music)

Not sure of date & location. Frank sometime in the 1980s doing this Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer classic.  

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Miles Davis – “Perfect Way” (Live – 1987)

August 15, 2008 at 10:18 pm (Miles Davis, Music)

Miles live in Tokyo doing the Scritti Politti song “Perfect Way”…

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George Carlin – “God” (TV – 1975)

August 15, 2008 at 10:18 pm (Comedy, George Carlin)

George again on “The Mike Douglas Show” from May 2, 1975 doing his routine on God.

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Lindsey Buckingham – “Say Goodbye” (Demo – 2001)

August 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm (Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Music)

This is from the original version of Gift of Screws from 2001, that was never released. It was later fleshed out by Fleetwood Mac (including Stevie Nicks’ backing vocals) and released on their 2003 reunion album Say You Will.

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Lindsey Buckingham – “Did You Miss Me” (2008)

August 15, 2008 at 9:31 pm (Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Music)

Lindsey’s brand new single from his upcoming album Gift of Screws.


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Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Documentary (Part 2)

August 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm (Music)

More of this excellent, undated documentary on the always-brilliant, always-controversial Afrobeat star, Fela Kuti…

(More to come…)

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Blue Öyster Cult – “Spectres” (1977)

August 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm (Blue Öyster Cult, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Written Feb. 19, 2007…

“History shows again and again
how nature points up the folly of men”

After four brilliant, hard-rocking albums, as well as a double live collection, Blue Öyster Cult released Spectres, which I consider to be their most consistent collection of songs and perhaps their most under-rated.
Some people find this album too slickly produced or pop-oriented. I disagree. Sure, it does have slicker production than their earlier albums and it does follow a more pop music direction. But I think in this case, it works in their favor.
It is definitely not as raw and heavy as their first few albums but it does have its share of hard rocking classics such as “Godzilla” and “R.U. Ready 2 Rock.” But most of the album does indeed ROCK, just not as heavily as on past releases.
I got this album (and Agents of Fortune) on the day of my 8th grade dance (back in 1983), so they always kind of bring me back to that time. And I have loved them ever since. And as much as Agents of Fortune gets all the glory, I happen to think this album is more consistent, song-wise. Every song on this album is catchy and most could have and should have been big hits. If they had come from some other band, they probably would have. “Searchin’ for Celine,” “Goin’ Through the Motions” (co-written by Ian Hunter) and “Celestial the Queen” are all catchy, ready-made radio gems. The only song that really got any radio attention though was the more typically-BÖC “Godzilla.” Of course it deserved all the attention it got but it is a shame that this album didn’t reel off a handful of hits because this album definitely had the goods.
To me, every song on here is memorable and well-written. I think the secret to BÖC’s success was the fact that all five members of the band were talented songwriters (along with a core group of outside songwriters that they co-wrote with), therefore they never fell into a one-dimensional rut like most bands do.
A lot more keyboard oriented than past albums (with a bit less of Buck Dharma’s six-string magic – he‘s always been an extremely underrated guitarist in my opinion) but they have definitely learned the art of serving the song. And they prove they are much more than just a simple, bludgeoning heavy metal outfit. Of course, they were always much more than that anyhow. Known as the “thinking man’s” heavy metal band, their lyrics always reflected a strong literary bent (with former rock critics Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer supplying a lot of the lyrics in their early days). And they show they haven’t forgotten that aspect of their songwriting on Spectres. “I Love the Night” is a strangely romantic, yet slightly spooky tale of Dracula (although it could just as easily be interpreted as a simple love ballad). Poetic lyrics and a heartfelt vocal from Dharma, with great harmonies from the rest of the band, make this one of their best. It has that sense of mystery that BÖC always excelled at.
Album closer “Nosferatu” follows & ups the spooky quotient, as we travel “deep in the heart of Germany.” Only a woman can break his spell. This doomy, piano-based song ends the album on a high note. And ends, for me, their most perfectly realized collection of songs. I think they did go at bit too much in a slick, pop direction on their next album Mirrors (although I think it is still much better than its detractors would have you believe). They did go back to a more hard rocking approach on later albums. And thus created many more classics. But when critics talk about their four early classics, they really need to extend that number to five, as Spectres is for me, their best overall album. This is an album I have never gotten tired of over the years. It’s great from start to finish, from a band that never got the respect they should have.
Long live the Cult!

Jay Mucci

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Manzel – “Jump Street” (1977)

August 15, 2008 at 12:08 pm (Funk)

More great funk by this obscure band. This one is an organ-heavy funky workout. This sounds like something from the late 60s.
Be sure to check out the other great Manzel songs I have posted on this site.

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The MC5 – “Tonight” (Live – 1972)

August 15, 2008 at 2:27 am (Music)

Recorded live at the Friar’s Club, Aylesbury, U.K Nov. 2, 1972…

Decent video & sound quality considering the source.


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