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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Moderator » Thu May 15, 2014 1:50 pm

Funny you should ask. Go to 4:40....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw_fTKm6q_k
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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FinderDoug » Thu May 15, 2014 4:40 pm

No mention of Jimi? How do we rate Hendrix in this cathedral of sound?

Zappa! Don't forget, that sound maven had a very powerful sound. He made the guitar his bitch and his lover. He got so good at it that he quit it and went to electronic sounds--bad choice, but there you are.

Love Jimi. I wish we'd had ten more years to see how he developed.

I enjoy Frank, but I think Mark is spot-on. I rank him higher as a composer/songwriter and a producer than I would as a guitarist - technically proficient and energetic, but somewhat unfocused and chaotic when he free-formed; and even Frank was one to edit himself out of his work - the version of "Dumb All Over" on YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE VOL 1, from the Palladium in 1981, which was Zappa's first release on his own Barking Pumpkin label, completely omits his minute plus solo. If not for the recent video release of the show by his estate, I wouldn't have known it was excised. So it's possible he may not have thought as highly of his own performance as other did, either.

And really, he should have had an album titled "Music For Gort" - with the famous still from "The Day The Earth Stood Still", Zappa's head replacing Michael Rennie's and Ike Willis's head on Gort's body. With laser beams out the eyes.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Thu May 15, 2014 10:03 pm

Yeah but Zappa also released a boxed set of 3 LPs (!) worth of nothing but guitar solos entitled SHUT UP AND PLAY YOUR GUITAR.

I think Zappa's most creative and interesting period was from about 1972 to 1975. Specifically the versions of the band with George Duke playing keyboards. Get Volume 2 of YOU CAN"T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE: THE HELSINKI CONCERT. A single gig - one glorious night.
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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby David Silver » Sat May 17, 2014 9:09 am

J.J. Cale


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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Sat May 17, 2014 1:23 pm

Silver, no way, give us more?

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby David Silver » Sat May 17, 2014 5:32 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Silver, no way, give us more?


Hey Frank...more about JJ Cale? Darn, where do I begin...?

Cale died last summer at 74, a heart attack, most likely the result of a lifetime of smoking. He was, I have no doubt, the most influential "unknown" guitarist and song writer of the past 60 years. Just to give you a starting point, go read about what Eric Clapton felt compelled to do in memory of the man:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... p-20140430

Consider the list of performers...Clapton, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, Mark Knopfler...not a slouch in the group. And all of them felt the necessity to commemorate the man for his influence all up and down the cross pollination of rock-n-roll, blues, rockabilly, and jazz. The one person conspicuous for his absence on this project is probably Neil Young, who often stated that JJ Cale and Jimi Hendrix were the two best electric guitar players he had ever personally experienced. Coming from the man who is possibly the greatest rhythm guitarist in the history of rock-n-roll, the praise doesn't get much higher. Plus he wrote "After Midnight", "Call Me the Breeze", "Bringing it Back", "Cocaine", "The Sensitive Kind", "Train to Nowhere", and a whole bunch more. Simple genius, and a talent like we'll never see again.

Vids of Cale are few and far between because he preferred studio work to live performance, but here's a cool piece from a gig he shared with Clapton about 8-9 years ago, and it's pretty impressive for a grizzled senior citizen who more than holds his own alongside slow hand himself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WUeOEkl270

The ugliest man in science fiction HIGHLY recommends you download or buy "The Very Best of JJ Cale" so you at least have a good solid sampling of Cale in your music collection. You'll be richer for it.
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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Sun May 18, 2014 12:48 pm

I tend not to like white guys attempting blues but I will look into him.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Sun May 18, 2014 1:32 pm

FrankChurch wrote:I tend not to like white guys attempting blues but I will look into him.


What, white guys can't have the blues? Occasionally you exhibit a degree of chauvinism that surprises me.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Sun May 18, 2014 2:18 pm

Oh, Mark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcr8dm9Prkk

I like many bluesy whites. Carlin does have a point though.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Sun May 18, 2014 3:24 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Oh, Mark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcr8dm9Prkk

I like many bluesy whites. Carlin does have a point though.



Oh, well, excuse me. I forgot. Of course. Since you let George put it that way...

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon May 19, 2014 9:45 am

Mark, you like REM?

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Rick Keeney » Mon May 19, 2014 9:48 am

Listening to Franklin Church and the Royal We

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon May 19, 2014 10:16 am

A very good band, Keeney. Franklin is handsome too.

Phil Ochs I love you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmkZOHN9qvA

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Mon May 19, 2014 11:15 am

FrankChurch wrote:Mark, you like REM?


Sometimes. I don't not like them.

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Re: Whatcha listening to?

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