Sly & the Family Stone – “Dance to the Music (Disco Remix)” (1979)

August 19, 2008 at 5:47 pm (Music, Sly Stone)

This was from a disco remix album called Ten Years Too Soon that was put out in 1979 (now long out of print).  The remixes were done by a guy named John Luongo. It got terrible reviews at the time – critics thought it was blasphemous to be tampering with the original recordings which were classics and didn’t need “improving” upon (which in some ways, they were right). The idea behind the title was that Sly’s work was ten years ahead of its time. The ironic thing is that in the years to come, remix albums would become popular items and so actually, this album actually came out “ten years too soon.” If it had come out in the late 80s, it might have been accepted a bit more. Perhaps not…
Anyhow, it is certainly interesting, if nothing else, to hear this classic song from 1968 remixed to sound like a disco song (the remix is actually decent). You be the judge…  

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Mott the Hoople – “Rock n Roll Queen” (Live – 1971)

August 19, 2008 at 2:54 pm (Music)

Ian Hunter & the boys live in Paris…

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Billie Holiday – “Strange Fruit” (Live)

August 19, 2008 at 2:11 pm (Music)

This is taken from sometime in the 1950s – Billie singing one of the first songs about racism.

Video quality is average but good considering the date of it.

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Ella Fitzgerald w/ Joe Pass – “Cry Me a River” (Live – 1975)

August 19, 2008 at 2:06 pm (Music)

The great Ella Fitzgerald with Joe Pass – taken from a German TV show in 1975.

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Frank Sinatra – “A Man and His Music Part II” (1966 – Part 1)

August 19, 2008 at 1:50 pm (Frank Sinatra, Music)

This is taken from Frank Sinatra’s second Man and His Music TV special, a year after the first one. This one included his daughter Tina Sinatra, who was just starting to become a big pop singer at the time. Ed McMahon is the announcer.


“Fly to the Moon”
“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”
“Moonlight in Vermont”

(More to come…)

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Lindsey Buckingham – “Shuffle Riff” (Demo – 2001)

August 19, 2008 at 1:31 pm (Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Music)

This is from the original Gift of Screws album from 2001, that was never released. It is not to be on the upcoming album of the same name.

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Ustad Ali Akbar Khan – Sarod

August 19, 2008 at 1:07 pm (Music)

More in my tribute to the nation of India. This is Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, accompanied by Sri Swapan Chaudhury (not sure of the 3rd person). Khan was one of the premier sarod players. 
This is taken from some British TV show in the 1980s. I don’t know the name of the piece of music.

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Hüsker Dü – “New Day Rising” (Live – 1985)

August 19, 2008 at 12:41 pm (Music)

Live from London…

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