The Ronettes – “I Can Hear Music” (1966)

August 17, 2008 at 4:49 pm (Music)

Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes doing this classic song, which was later covered by The Beach Boys in a great version (sung beautifully by Carl Wilson). 
This is the original, lesser-known version, written by Barry/Greenwich/Spector and produced by Phil Spector.
As you can see & hear, The Ronettes were a big influence on Amy Winehouse. 

(Note: this is audio only)

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Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds” (Live – 1970)

August 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm (Elvis Presley, Music)

The King in his prime…performing one of his greatest songs…

Yesterday, was the 31st anniversary of his death. May he never be forgotten.

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Ravi Shankar – “Raga Rangeela Piloo” (Live – 2002)

August 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm (Music)

More from the master sitar player Ravi Shankar, this time from 2002 – “Ravi Shankar in Portrait” (on DVD). As you can see Ravi has lost nothing over the years. His daughter Anoushka joins him in this raga.
Even at the age of 88, he still continues to tour the world. 

Unfortunately, this piece is incomplete and ends after 9 minutes…for more of this performance, check out the DVD noted above.

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Ravi Shankar – “The Dick Cavett Show” (1971)

August 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm (Music)

Taken from Nov. 23, 1971. As you can see George Harrison was the guest and I would assume that it was at his urging, that his friend and mentor Ravi Shankar appeared. Shankar was and still is probably India’s premier musician and definitely the most famous sitar player who ever lived. This video shows what a master musician he is – the sitar is an extremely difficult instrument to play and takes many years of practice and dedication.
I’m not sure what the title of the piece he is playing. 
I include this as a tribute to India’s having won their independence on August 15, 1947 (I’m 2 days late), thanks to the tireless efforts of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Miles Davis – “Decoy” (Video – 1984)

August 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm (Miles Davis, Music)

Rare video made by Miles, for the title track to this 1984 album.

Picture quality is just average on this.

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Lindsey Buckingham – “Out of the Cradle” (1992)

August 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm (Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Written Aug. 16, 2008…

After Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac (at the time, what seemed like for good), he started recording his third solo album. Five long years later he finally emerged from his private domain and released Out of the Cradle. It was a return to simpler arrangements and tighter song structures (somewhat in the manner of Rumours), after the insular, paranoid brilliance of Tusk and Go Insane and the skewed pop of Tango in the Night. This was probably his best all-round album ever, in terms of actual songs and should have been a big seller for him. Unfortunately, it didn’t set the charts on fire Read the rest of this entry »

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Jerry Wexler on Bob Dylan (Part 2)

August 17, 2008 at 2:17 pm (Bob Dylan, Music)

More from this fascinating interview of the legendary producer talking about recording Bob Dylan in 1979. Not sure when this interview took place but it must be from the last few years.

Jerry Wexler…R.I.P.

More to come…

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