All posts by Karlo Berkovich

Former Associate Editor/Web Editor/Sports Editor at Waterloo Region Record with a keen interest in rock music, specifically classic rock with side dishes of blues, late 70s punk and new wave plus sprinklings of reggae, soul and funk.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. J. Geils Band, First I Look At The Purse (live, from Full House) . . . Probably my favorite J. Geils song and version; they are best served live, terrific band, propulsive track I could listen to 100 times in a row and never tire of.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Rocks Off . . . ‘The sunshine bores the daylights out of me.” etc. That lyric ‘makes’ this song, the opening cut to the Exile On Main St. album, for me.
  1. Groundhogs, Cherry Red . . . Not sure how I got into the Groundhogs, the British blues-rock powerhouse yet something of an underground act. Probably one of those times, ages ago now, I was in a music store, an independent one like Kitchener’s amazing Encore Records, and the band was playing. In any event, glad I did.
  1. AC/DC, Demon Fire . . . Similar riff to Safe In New York City from the band’s 2000 album Stiff Upper Lip but what the heck, it’s 20 years later, this one’s from the most recent record Power Up in 2020 and when has AC/DC not repeated itself – yet remained excellent? And, Angus Young did raid the vaults of unreleased material in putting together the album, which was a tribute to longtime rhythm guitarist and band co-founder Malcolm Young, who died in 2017. He’s since been replaced by Stevie Young, Malcolm’s nephew. The new album was something of a comeback/reunion album for the boys, what with drummer Phil Rudd returning from legal issues, singer Brian Johnson returning from hearing issues and bassist Cliff Williams back in the fold after coming out of retirement. Demonstrating the staying power of classic rock bands, it was a No. 1 album in many countries, including the US, UK and Germany, and was 2020’s sixth-best album, worldwide, in sales counting physical copies, downloads, etc.
  1. Judas Priest, Lightning Strike . . . Smokin’ track from the powerhouse 2018 album Firepower, wherein Priest got away from the somewhat progressive concept metal of their previous two albums, Nostradamus and Redeemer of Souls and largely turned the clock back to the 1970s or 80s. The two previous albums are good, but Firepower is a return to more straight-ahead blistering songwriting, with Lightning Strike, one of the singles from the album, a perfect example. Great stuff, if you like Priest and hard rock/metal.
  1. Black Sabbath, The Shining . . . From The Eternal Idol, from the underappreciated – aside from dedicated Sabbath fans – Tony Martin on lead vocals version of Sabbath. Very interesting period in the band’s history; guitarist Tony Iommi the only constant, holding it all together and producing some terrific, if relatively unheard, material with typically monstrous riffs.
  1. Ozzy Osbourne, Over The Mountain . . . A single and well-known track from Ozzy’s second solo album, 1981’s Diary of A Madman, the second and final Ozzy album featuring the late great guitarist Randy Rhodes. I like the tune, and the album but to me it also marks perhaps the beginning of the overproduced 80s sound that became pervasive in all genres and frankly I don’t like. The sound became the staple of ‘hair metal’ bands, mostly garbage like Poison and Winger and whoever else, Bon Jovi whose success I’ve never understood beyond the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap like Motley Crue, which has to be the absolute worst successful band in music history, just shit to my ears . . . OK, stream of consciousness rant over. Ozzy wasn’t shit here, but the sound was getting there. Interestingly, Sabbath, with Dio at the same time doing albums like Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules, avoided the overproduction sound.
  1. Thin Lizzy, Bad Reputation . . . So many great Thin Lizzy songs beyond The Boys Are Back In Town, a great song but which, to some, particularly hockey arena programmers, is the only thing the band ever did. There’s so much depth to Lizzy’s catalog it’s ridiculous. This title cut to the band’s 1977 album is a perfect example.
  1. Rory Gallagher, Big Guns . . . Title cut to a compilation that years ago truly got me deep into Rory Gallagher. The song was originally on 1982’s Jinx album. I love Gallagher’s music and that of his previous band, Taste, but was somewhat late to the party but have long since made up for lost time. I recall Rory auditioning for the Stones at the Black and Blue sessions (that would have been interesting and likely amazing, Rory in the Stones) but more so I recall a college friend late 1970s raving about Rory, which further turned me on to him and so here I am, again, playing the late great guitarist/songwriter.
  1. Pink Floyd, One Of These Days . . . Classic bass line on this one, the well-known instrumental opener from Meddle, the 1971 album preceding the monster The Dark Side Of The Moon.
  1. Traffic, Rock and Roll Stew, Parts 1 & 2 . . . Traffic recorded various versions of this one, which appeared as a four-minute plus track on The Low Spark OF High Heeled Boys album and then, as Parts 1 & 2, as a longer single that later appeared on expanded reissues of the album and on the 2-CD Gold compilation. Great tune from a great band, in any version.
  1. Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane, Heart To Hang Onto . . . 1977’s Rough Mix, credited to The Who’s Pete Townshend and Faces’ Ronnie Lane helped out by a host of their musical friends including the likes of Eric Clapton and Charlie Watts, is quite simply one of the greatest albums ever, in my book. This is just one of many terrific songs on it.
  1. Jefferson Airplane, She Has Funny Cars . . . Opening track to Surrealistic Pillow, another of those albums handed down to me, so to speak, by my older siblings, in this case my older sister. The hits were the only two top 40 hits the Airplane ever had, Somebody To Love and White Rabbit, eternal classics of course, but the whole album is amazing.
  1. Murray McLauchlan, Sixteen Lanes Of Highway . . . From McLauchlan’s 1971 debut album, Songs From The Street. The track also appears on the wonderful 2-CD compilation, issued in 2007, The Best of Murray McLauchlan: Songs From The Street.
  1. Junkhouse, Burned Out Car . . . Speaking of McLauchlan, his own version of this song about homelessness is on the Songs from the Street compilation. The Junkhouse version, which came out on the Birthday Boy album in 1995, features duet vocals by Sarah McLauchlan and Junkhouse leader and artiste extraordinaire Tom Wilson.
  1. Headstones, Heart Of Darkness . . . From the Picture of Health debut album, 1993. If Headstones did nothing else, and they’ve done lots since, this album alone would cement their legacy and brilliance, in my opinion. Just kick butt rock and roll.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, You Get Bigger As You Go . . . Another from Humans, arguably my favorite Cockburn album and one I tend to dig into for the show every now and then.
  1. Elton John, Midnight Creeper . . . The last in my Elton John series, for now. It started several weeks ago when I couldn’t decide between this song, Have Mercy On The Criminal and High Flying Bird, all from the Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player album, or Slave, from Honky Chateau. So, over the last while, I’ve now played them all.
  1. Ten Years After, If You Should Love Me . . . Still fresh, bluesy and excellent after all these years. From TYA’s 1969 release, Ssssh.
  1. Little Feat, All That You Dream . . . Linda Ronstadt helps out Lowell George on vocals on this cut from 1975’s The Last Record Album, which it wasn’t as the band kept going Somehow I feel like I’ve said the exact same thing fairly recently after playing this song. Oh well, if so. Great band, great tune.
  1. The Band featuring Van Morrison, Caravan (live from The Last Waltz) . . . Originally on Van the Man’s 1970 Moondance album, this is a terrific live version with The Band.
  1. Savoy Brown, Hellbound Train . . . Spooky, hypnotic, nine-minute blues-rock title cut from the band’s 1972 album.
  1. Tommy Bolin, Post Toastee . . . Another nine-minute epic as we close the show with some extended stuff. Great riff on this one from the late great Bolin’s second solo album, 1976’s Private Eyes, after his version of Deep Purple broke up following that lineup’s lone, and fine, album Come Taste The Band.
  1. Deep Purple, Bird Has Flown . . . Any follower of the show by now knows I’m a huge Deep Purple fan, all eras of the band, and its offshoots like Rainbow, early Whitesnake, Gillan, etc. It wasn’t always this way but in recent years, OK, the last 30, ha, I’ve really come to appreciate the early, progressive/psychedelic material produced by the first incarnation of Purple with Rod Evans on lead vocals and Nick Simper on bass. Like this track, from the third and final album before Evans and Simper left to be replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover for 1970’s In Rock.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Nazareth, Morning Dew . . . Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Bonnie Dobson and covered by so many, including the Rod Stewart-fronted Jeff Beck Group on Truth, The Grateful Dead, Lulu, Robert Plant, Long John Baldry, early incarnations of what became The Allman Brothers Band and many others. I could do a whole Morning Dew show, or leave it to you, the listener, to try the various versions, all good, that are readily available online including a stirring duet between Dobson and Plant during a 2000s Plant concert. So hard to choose, but Nazareth’s extended seven-minute version from their self-titled 1971 debut album remains among my favorites, particularly for its pulsating, hypnotic, intro. Most of the well-known covers follow the rocked-up pattern of the Tim Rose version, for which he controversially claimed a writing credit after rearranging Dobson’s more pure folk version. Lots of interesting literature about the song, a post-apocalyptic lament Dobson was inspired to write and sing in her ethereal tone by the 1959 movie On The Beach, starring Gregory Peck. It’s a good movie (spoiler alert) about inhabitants of the earth’s southern hemisphere, specifically Australia, awaiting the inevitable as air currents slowly carry nuclear fallout south from the devastated north.
  1. The Beatles, Rain . . . The B-side to Paperback Writer, yet another example of bands as fine as The Beatles having B-sides or album tracks that most bands would sell their souls for. Ringo considers it his best recorded drumming and the song demonstrated the band’s increasing use of the studio as an instrument in itself, what with a backing track recorded at high speed, then slowed down for release, and the opposite being done on John Lennon’s lead vocal. As detailed in a Beatles’ book I own, “the juxtaposition of speed and laziness heightened the unearthly tension of this brilliant record.” Indeed.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Child Of The Moon . . . Spacey track with remnants of the sound of 1967’s Satanic Majesties album, this was the B-side to the Stones’ return to kick-butt rock and roll, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, in 1968.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, Famous Groupies . . . Fun little ditty of the type McCartney has always done so well, in my opinion. It just happened to come up while I was plotting this little Beatles-Stones mini-set, so I decided to play it. From 1978’s London Town album.
  1. Ron Wood, Ain’t Rock ‘n’ Roll . . . Terrific cut from, for me, Wood’s best solo album (and he’s got many good ones), 1992’s Slide On This.
  1. The Monkees, Daily Nightly . . . One of my favorite Monkees’ tunes (and there are many), this somewhat spooky 1967 song about the 1966 Sunset Strip curfew riots in Hollywood, penned by guitarist Mike Nesmith and sung by drummer Mickey Dolenz, is apparently one of the first commercial rock/pop songs to feature the Moog synthesizer, played by Dolenz.
  1. Free, Broad Daylight . . . Haven’t played Free in a while. I have played Bad Company, the band which evolved out of the ashes of Free. Bad Co was of course much more successful commercially, but in many ways I (and many others) still prefer the rawer, bluesier, in some cases heavier band that was Free, both groups fronted of course by the incomparably great rock singer Paul Rodgers. Hard to pick between the two bands, though, both great. Nice guitar solo by the late great Paul Kossoff on this one, from the second, self-titled, Free album.
  1. Jeff Beck, Blue Wind . . . Written by Jan Hammer, who by the time of 1976’s Wired album was collaborating extensively with Beck. Great jazz/rock/funk fusion, Beck’s fingers are on fire on the fretboard. You actually used to hear stuff like this on commercial FM radio during the 1970s.
  1. George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Want Ad Blues . . . Nice bass line to open this extended cover of the John Lee Hooker tune. Thorogood, of course, doesn’t write much, but he built a solid career out of his ability, born of his love for the music that inspired him, for choosing and covering/re-interpreting some fine material. All with gloriously ‘dirty’ guitar, of course.
  1. Aerosmith, No Surprize . . . Lead cut telling the story of the band from the kick-ass Night In The Ruts (Right In The Nuts on the back cover) album, 1979. It got critically panned, the band was largely out of it on booze and drugs, guitarist Joe Perry left partway through but many Aerosmith fans, me included, consider it among their best albums. It rocks. The black and white cover of the band, all grimy in a mine shaft, with “Aerosmith” and the album title scrawled on the rocks, is cool and, well, it’s just a great album, critics be damned. One of those examples in rock and roll of a band fraying at the edges yet still producing good music. And the best part, paradoxically, is that because it wasn’t hugely successful, the album has not been overplayed to death over the years so remains fresh. And how can you beat a lyric like “Midnight lady situation fetal vaccinate your ass with a phonograph needle” or the bang-on commentary on the music industry: “Candy store rock and roll corporation jelly roll play the singles it ain’t me it’s programmed insanity” ‘Nuff said.
  1. Humble Pie, I Wonder . . . Out goes guitarist Peter Frampton for a successful solo career, in comes Clem Clempson for 1972’s Smokin’ album, which lived up to its title and, thanks to the hit single 30 Days In The Hole, became the Steve Marriott-led band’s best-selling album. Clempson’s guitar work on this extended slow blues cut ain’t bad, either.
  1. Rod Stewart, My Way Of Giving . . . The Small Faces originally did this one, written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, before Rod Stewart and Ron Wood came out of The Jeff Beck Group to form what became Faces – many of whom, as was typical of the period, played on Stewart’s solo version of the track, on 1970’s Gasoline Alley album.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Over The Hills And Far Away . . . For some unknown reason, this song, and a good one it is, was playing in my head the other night when I got up in the middle of the night to answer nature’s call. So I went back to bed, got up in the morning and was thinking “what’s the name of that Zep song that starts slow, with ‘hey lady’ and then gets gloriously heavy? I should play it.” So, I am.
  1. Fleetwood Mac, Although The Sun Is Shining . . . Beautiful song, penned by guitarist Danny Kirwan for the final Peter Green-led Mac album, 1969’s brilliant Then Play On. One of the formative records of my youth, among many brought home to me by my older brother, eight years senior. What a resource and influence he was.
  1. John Stewart, Gold . . . Speaking of Fleetwood Mac, remember this hit single by Stewart from 1979? Great tune, nice memories, pulled from a “Fleetwood Mac Family Album” CD I own that features various Mac members and their solo and/or collaborative ventures. Stevie Nicks of Mac is on backing vocals. Apparently Stewart, who also wrote The Monkees’ Daydream Believer, grew to dislike Gold, refusing to perform it live, calling it ‘vapid’ and ’empty’ and having no meaning for him, saying he did it for the money and to please his record company. I can see his view. If you research Stewart he was an accomplished artist and songwriter who then perhaps became associated with one song that to him perhaps became an albatross. But a good tune, nonetheless, and a deserved hit.
  1. Eagles, Hollywood Waltz . . . Not much to say about this one. Hadn’t heard it in a while, came up on the computer while programming something else, nice tune from the One Of These Nights album, decided to play it.
  1. Queen, Sleeping On The Sidewalk . . . I’ve said it perhaps too many times, and I haven’t actually added them up but I’d say most of my favorite Queen songs are those written by guitarist Brian May; this being yet another. Nice bluesy tune from News Of The World, 1977, a terrific album overshadowed by the good, but by now ridiculously overplayed, particularly in sports arenas, hit singles We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions.
  1. Elton John, Slave . . . So, a few weeks back I mentioned I was having difficulty choosing between several Elton John tunes, and would eventually get to them all. Songs on the docket were three from 1973’s Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player (High Flying Bird, Have Mercy On The Criminal and Midnight Creeper) and this one, Slave, a countryish tune from Honky Chateau in 1972. All that’s now left to play from my list, in an upcoming show, perhaps next week, maybe later, is Midnight Creeper.
  1. ZZ Top, A Fool For Your Stockings . . . One of my all-time favorite ZZ tunes, from 1979’s Deguello, a few years before synthesizers and huge commercial success came into the equation. I read it described by a rock journalist as ‘a fine fetish blues.”
  1. Van Morrison, Tupelo Honey . . . Title cut from Van Morrison’s 1971 album, simply, to me, one of his finest ever songs.
  1. Leon Russell, Out In The Woods . . . Such a funky, cool track; the instrumentation and of course the vocals. It’s obvious and self-evident but vocals, the styling, the tone, the pitch, are such an immense instrument in themselves in music.
  1. Peter Tosh, Equal Rights/Downpressor Man (live) . . . It didn’t occur to me while I was planning the show but perhaps some sort of thing was going on because today, Monday, January 17 is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. And so, unplanned yet fitting, here’s this combo track from Tosh’s great Captured Live album. “Everyone is crying out for peace, none is crying out for justice. But there will be no peace, ’til man gets equal rights and justice.”
  1. Bob Marley & The Wailers, Could You Be Loved . . . Funky reggae from the late great . . . and great lyrics, too, open to interpretation in an individual or collective sense. To each one’s own.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, Old Friend . . . Fantastic acoustic guitar pickin’ by Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on this blues cut. Not sure they intended it this way because the band kept up with live performance for many years until retiring in 2014, so there was always the possibility of another studio album. But perhaps in retrospect and appropriately, it’s the last song on the last Allmans studio album, 2003’s Hittin’ The Note. The whole album is terrific but I’m a huge fan. In any event, they did hit the note on what became their final studio release.
  1. Shirley Bassey, If You Go Away . . . Many versions of this song but I love Shirley Bassey’s vocals and she did several James Bond themes including the immortal version of Goldfinger, which I’ve played before and will again, perhaps in another ‘Bond’ set at some point. In any event, this came up as I was sorting CDs and came across a Bassey singles collection I own. Beautiful, sad song. And on that note, going away until next week.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Elvis Costello, Welcome To The Working Week
  2. Elvis Costello, Waiting For The End Of The World
  3. The Selecter, On My Radio
  4. Pretenders, Mystery Achievement
  5. Graham Parker and The Rumour, Don’t Ask Me Questions
  6. Talking Heads, Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
  7. Ramones, Beat On The Brat
  8. Blondie, Rip Her To Shreds
  9. Dead Kennedys, Holiday In Cambodia
  10. The Clash, The Guns Of Brixton
  11. BB Gabor, Simulated Groove
  12. XTC, Ten Feet Tall
  13. Teenage Head, Brand New Cadillac
  14. Ian Dury, I’m Partial To Your Abracadabra
  15. The Boomtown Rats, Mary Of The 4th Form
  16. The Cars, Dangerous Type
  17. The Police, Bring On The Night
  18. Joe Jackson, In Every Dream Home (A Nightmare)
  19. The Beat, Tears Of A Clown
  20. The B-52’s, Planet Claire
  21. Nick Lowe, American Squirm
  22. The Specials, Ghost Town
  23. The Sex Pistols, Submission
  24. Love Sculpture, Sabre Dance (single version)
  25. The Rolling Stones, Hey Negrita
  26. Joe Walsh, I Can Play That Rock & Roll
  27. Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler, Yakety Axe
  28. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Lovin’ Cup
  29. J.J. Cale, Crazy Mama
  30. Elton John, Have Mercy On The Criminal
  31. David Bowie, Fascination

It was suggested to me I might play a punk/new wave show and I dabble in such tunes on occasion, what I call my ‘college days’ soundtrack, for me that being 1978-80. But I’ve rarely done the bulk of a show to this extent. So anyway, here it is, happy to do it, followed towards the end by some more let’s say my typical classic rock fare. It was interesting in putting the set together because while I still like the ‘new wave’ tunes, and it was a fun period in my musical life, it also occurred to me that many of the bands represented, to me anyway, were good singles bands but didn’t have much depth to their catalogs. Blondie, for instance. I like the hits but not much else grabs me, the same certainly for The B-52’s – two good songs/singles to me, Planet Claire and even Rock Lobster hasn’t aged well – and XTC whose music, aside from a few cuts, I find to be pretty wimpy Brit pop type stuff. Even The Police, to me, have not aged well and I was a huge fan at one time. Just my changing ears, what can I say? And the Ramones, I dunno, love-hate relationship, I ‘get’ them and their influence I guess but at same time, it’s pretty much all one interchangeable song. Most of the early punk and new wave bands that lasted (The Clash, Joe Jackson, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Pretenders, Talking Heads etc.) wound up doing exactly what some of them initially criticized their forebears for doing – creatively expanding their musical palettes. Nothing wrong with that, in my book.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa, My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama . . . Among Zappa’s more conventional tunes, complete with an acoustic guitar solo in the middle and an electric one towards the end. All in three and a half minutes.
  1. Neil Young, Down By The River . . . One of my favorite Neil Young tunes, edited from nine minutes to three for a single release; this is the full version. Simple, repetitive yet hypnotic guitar, starting at five seconds from the two minute mark, makes the tune.
  1. Whitesnake, Sweet Talker . . . Early, bluesier, better (in my opinion) Whitesnake, from 1980 and featuring three fifths of the Mk III version of Deep Purple – Whitesnake leader/singer David Coverdale with old Purple mates Jon Lord on keyboards and drummer Ian Paice.
  1. Deep Purple, You Fool No One . . . And here’s Coverdale pre-Whitesnake, belting out a funky tune in harmony with bassist Glenn Hughes on 1974’s Burn album, the first of the Mk III lineup.
  1. Guns N’ Roses, Estranged . . . A nine-minute epic single, that as far as I’ve researched was not released in any edited form, and a good thing, too, editing would have ruined it. It came out on Use Your Illusion II which, along with Illusion I was released on the same day in 1991. I remember people lining up at record stores to buy the albums, G N’ R was so big at the time. I’ve always liked the way the vocals change from mellow to rock on the second verse “so nobody every told you baby, how it was gonna be…”
  1. The Rolling Stones, Out Of Tears . . . Here I go again, by accident or design, getting into another of these song title things; notice the pattern? First off, Mama is under siege down by the river…then a bunch of relationship titles including this one, not that any of them are necessarily connected and I can say at this point in my life have zero to do with me, but anyway.
  1. Bad Company, Weep No More . . . Sticking with the weeping motif, from Bad Co’s second album, Straight Shooter, in 1974.
  1. Rare Earth, What I’d Say (live) . . . I feel like I played this recently, although my research suggests it wasn’t too recently, although I did play a different Rare Earth song, Long Time Leavin’, some weeks back. I have played the studio version of Rare Earth’s interpretation of this Ray Charles classic. This is the live version, from 1971’s In Concert album, the ‘backpack cover’ one, which is how one of my old friends refers to it.
  1. Blood, Sweat & Tears, I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know . . . Bluesy cut from Child Is Father To The Man, the first BS & T album, after which founder/leader Al Kooper left, David Clayton-Thomas came in on lead vocals, the band went in more of a pop direction and, for a few albums, was a massive commercial success. Kooper, meantime, went into production and session work. His extensive resume includes producing and playing on early Lynyrd Skynyrd albums as well as releases by The Who, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Ringo Starr among many others. He also played piano, french horn and organ on the studio version of The Rolling Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
  1. Bob Welch, Hot Love, Cold World . . . From Bob Welch’s debut solo album, French Kiss, in 1977. This was the third single from the album and a minor hit behind the two previous singles – Ebony Eyes and Sentimental Lady, which Welch wrote for Fleetwood Mac’s Bare Trees album in 1972 and updated for his solo release.
  1. Bob Dylan, When You Gonna Wake Up . . . There are many opinions on Dylan’s Christian album period from 1979-81 but there’s no denying the quality of the music, and the musicians (like Mark Knopfler and Pick Withers of Dire Straits) he had in his band at the time.
  1. The Byrds, This Wheel’s On Fire . . . The Byrds were great interpreters, especially of Dylan stuff, and I’ve always liked this more rocked-up treatment, great gritty vocals by Roger McGuinn, of a tune written by Dylan and The Band’s Rick Danko. It appeared on The Band’s Music From Big Pink and the Dylan/Band collaboration The Basement Tapes. Three different versions, all excellent.
  1. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, My Life/Your World . . . I was discussing Petty deep cuts with a U.S.-based music aficionado acquaintance on Twitter the other day. He was looking for suggestions for a deep cuts playlist, I mentioned this one, so I decided to play it myself. I like what I describe as hypnotic tracks, of which this is a great example.
  1. Joe Cocker, Sandpaper Cadillac . . . Appropriate album title, With A Little Help From My Friends, on which Cocker famously covered The Beatles’ tune. Helping him out on his 1969 solo album debut were such luminaries as Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood, Henry McCulloch of McCartney and Wings fame, etc.
  1. Yes, Heart Of The Sunrise . . . From bluesy to prog to, next track, punk as we steer the show in a couple different directions. Killer riff on this one, from Fragile, another one of those 10-minute songs that, while extended, remains compelling as it goes back and forth between riff rock and the quieter sections.
  1. The Sex Pistols, Holidays In The Sun . . . So, the story goes, the Pistols really did want a holiday in the sun, on the Channel island of Jersey. But they got thrown out and went instead to Berlin, which was still divided by the wall at the time, hence the lyrics. Kick-butt rocker, regardless.
  1. Black Sabbath, Junior’s Eyes . . . Sabbath’s 1978 album Never Say Die seems to get panned by critics and even fans. The band was falling apart, out of it on booze and drugs in large measure, Ozzy had temporarily quit and returned but in view of all that, they still managed to produce some good stuff. Side one of the original vinyl, in particular, is quite good, featuring the title cut, Johnny Blade and this nicely-arranged industrial-type track.
  1. The Who, Pictures Of Lily . . . I was talking about essential Who albums with a friend the other day and we agreed that, although it’s a compilation, 1971’s Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy is one of them, collecting as it does the band’s 60s singles, like this one, in one tight, intoxicating package.
  1. Jim Croce, Roller Derby Queen . . . I suppose this song, which came out in 1973, could be about Raquel Welch in the 1972 movie Kansas City Bomber but Raquel wasn’t fat and two-fifteen, as go the song’s lyrics. Maybe Croce was disguising it, who knows? I saw the movie ages ago, having watched roller derby a bit as a kid during the early 1970s and, OK, because I wanted to see Raquel, but I barely remember it, much less whether it was any good. Welch, apparently, said it was the first movie she ever did where she actually liked her own performance. Oh, the song’s pretty good, too. Croce, alas, died at age 30 in a plane crash in 1973, while on tour.
  1. Procol Harum, Simple Sister . . . Nice hard rock riff amid the progressive, somewhat operatic leanings of the band.
  1. Chris Whitley, Poison Girl . . . Whitely died of lung cancer in 2005 at age 45 but he left behind a fine catalog of blues and blues rock, including this one from his 1991 debut and I think his best album, Living With The Law.
  1. Nina Simone, Wild Is The Wind . . . Written by composer Dimitri Tiomkin and lyricist Ned Washington for the 1957 film of the same name, it was a hit at the time for Johnny Mathis. Simone did a live version in 1959 and then this more well-known studio version in 1966. David Bowie covered it 10 years later, as a tribute to Simone, on his Station To Station album. I’ve played Bowie’s version before so I figured I’d go with Simone this time.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Tramp, Put A Record On . . . Who is Tramp? Well, they were an on again, off again British blues band often comprised of assorted members of Fleetwood Mac like drummer Mick Fleetwood, original bassist Bob Brunning, who formed Tramp in 1969, and guitarist Danny Kirwan. Tramp, fronted by the brother sister guitarist/singer combo of Dave and Jo Ann Kelly, released just two albums. The debut was out in 1969 and then in 1974 came Put A Record On, the title cut of which appears on a Fleetwood Mac Family Album CD I have. The album features the outside and solo work of the various Mac members over the many years and lineups of the parent group. Jo Ann Kelly was so highly thought of that both Canned Heat and Johnny Winter wanted her to join their bands, but she declined due to her desire to stay in England. Sadly, she died in 1990 at age 46 of a brain tumor.
  1. The James Gang, The Bomber . . . Haven’t played the James Gang in a while. So I figured I’d bring them back into the loop via this epic, from the second album, Rides Again.
  1. The Who, The Punk and the Godfather . . . An old friend of mine loves The Who and always swore by Quadrophenia as their best, or at least his favorite album by the band but then he’s into ‘concept’ albums and likes The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis, which I’ve never fully gotten into so, there’s that if one is considering sources, ha. He’s also the guy I once got into a fun drunken argument with over whether Genesis was even rock akin to, say, the raunch and roll of The Rolling Stones, his argument being “ever heard The Knife, dammit!” So yeah, I’ve heard The Knife, it’s heavy, it’s on the Trespass album; Genesis can play rock, of a sort though not raunch, so I concede the point but anyway . . . back to The Who. I like Tommy, which is a concept album, but of The Who’s works I’d say I like Who’s Next, Who Are You and yes, The Who By Numbers, which I grew up with, more. But I’m more a song guy than a concept guy, when it comes to music. I do like Quadrophenia, certainly several of the songs from it, like The Punk and the Godfather, so here you go. I’d still take the more well-known 5:15, The Real Me and Love, Reign O’er Me from Quad, ahead of it, though, but this is a deep cuts show. Actually, while I’m writing these commentary notes, I just put on the Lamb and, you know, I could get more deeply into it, actually, and I realize I do know the album pretty well, The Cage, Carpet Crawlers, the title cut, etc. Next!
  1. Bob Dylan, Everything Is Broken . . . Up-tempo Zimmy to kick off his fine 1989 album, Oh Mercy, wall to wall one of his best, any era. But you’ll get that when you hire Canada’s own Daniel Lanois as producer. Anything he touches turns to gold, ask U2, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, on and on. Lanois is not a bad music maker in his own right, either, judging by his solo albums.
  1. Joan Baez, Diamonds and Rust . . . Speaking of Dylan, this 1975 song is all about him and for my money is one of the finest songs about love, love lost and all that stuff, ever written. Always brings a tear to my eye. It’s brilliant, sung by the voice of an angel. Judas Priest, of course, later in the 1970s covered it in their metal fashion, had a hit with it and Baez liked it. A long time later, in the 2000s, Priest re-did it in acoustic, Baez style to great effect but one would expect nothing less, given Priest lead singer Rob Halford’s pipes.
  1. Leon Russell and Willie Nelson, Heartbreak Hotel . . . Leon and Willie team up on the song Elvis Presley made famous. It’s actually credited to Willie Nelson and Leon Russell but I pulled it from a Leon Russell compilation I own so I put Leon first. Just to be different.
  1. The Kinks, Hatred (A Duet) . . . Famously feuding and fighting brothers Ray and Dave Davies have great fun on this one, from The Kinks’ last studio album, Phobia, which came out in 1993. It’s a great commentary on their always-tempestuous relationship, and society in general. “Why don’t you just drop dead and don’t recover. I’m the mirror to your mood, you hate me and I hate you so at least we understand each other.” Ah, brotherly love. I imagine they had a riot recording it.
  1. Tim Curry, No Love On The Street . . . Great original tune by the multi-talented Curry, who came to fame as Dr. Frank-N-Furter (you’ll recall Sweet Transvestite) in The Rocky Horror Picture show. I was major into the whole Rocky Horror schtick at the time so when I heard Curry’s Fearless album playing in a record store in 1979, I liked it, bought it and soon owned the three albums he released between 1978 and 1981. He always had major music people helping him, too, like producers Michael Kamen and Bob Ezrin and guitarist Dick Wagner of Alice Cooper and Lou Reed fame. Curry, who was a scream in the 1985 movie adaptation of the board game Clue, alas is confined to a wheelchair after suffering a stroke in 2012, although he still does voice work.
  1. Bee Gees, Lonely Days . . . Probably my favorite Bee Gees’ song, essentially three songs in one as it quietly builds to a crescendo, calms down again, then rebuilds to another peak. These guys were so good, yes, even the disco stuff. Just great songwriters.
  1. Steppenwolf, It’s Never Too Late . . . Yet another great one by the Canadian-rooted band which is SO much more than endless classic rock station plays of Magic Carpet Ride and Born To Be Wild, great songs of course but . . .
  1. Bad Company, Company Of Strangers . . . Title cut from the band’s 1995 album, with Paul Rodgers soundalike Robert Hart on lead vocals. An old work colleague of mine once said that Bad Company without Rodgers singing isn’t Bad Company. I agree for the most part, certainly given the overproduced (though commercially successful) schlock they released with Brian Howe on lead vocals during the 1980s, which is when my old work friend commented. But Company of Strangers, which features founding guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke, is pretty good, actually. It could pass for the band’s 1970s work with Rodgers, I think.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Sway . . . Great guitar work, especially on the outro, from Mick Taylor on one of those what I term ‘effortlessly and effectively lazy’ Stones cuts, which nobody does better than, well, the Stones. This one’s from Sticky Fingers.
  1. The Guess Who, Key . . . A nice combo of psychedelia and pop rock on this epic, near 12-minute excursion from 1969’s Wheatfield Soul album.
  1. Simon and Garfunkel, Baby Driver . . . Like many 1960s and 70s albums, Bridge Over Troubled Water is so good any of its songs could have been singles. This one wasn’t though, which tells you what a quality work the album was.
  1. Steve Miller Band, Space Cowboy . . . By now this is a well-known Miller tune but it arguably wasn’t when it came out in 1969 on the Brave New World album when the Steve Miller Band was still in its psychedelic/blues rock phase. The band was still some years away from its commercial mid- to late-1970s heyday starting with The Joker album and subsequent releases Fly Like An Eagle, Book of Dreams and the ubiquitous Greatest Hits 1974-78 album. But if you’re looking to sample earlier Miller, I’d recommend The Anthology and The Best of 1968-73 compilations, either physical copies or online.
  1. Blue Rodeo, Diamond Mine . . . I’ve been meaning to get to some Blue Rodeo, was discussing them with a friend recently and mentioned to him that I ought to play them. Reason I haven’t, to be honest, is that my place is an unholy mess, CDs not racked (it’s a forever project) because I’m too lazy to put them away after each show. In a way, I think it helps my set list creativity because I just randomly pick up a disc, yeah I still own CDs, and load them into our station computer. So anyway, was rummaging around and, voila, found a Blue Rodeo disc so I figured I’d play the title cut, probably my favorite song of theirs, from their 1989 album. It’s quite Doors-ish, in my opinion, akin to The End or When The Music’s Over.
  1. Elton John, High Flying Bird . . . Here’s the problem with Elton John in the 1970s and doing a radio show just once a week. How are you supposed to choose among his many great songs and we’re talking deep cuts, let alone hits. So, at first I was going to go with Street Kids, a rocker I like from Rock of The Westies but I realized I’ve played that fairly recently. Then up came Slave, a nice country blues-ish tune from Honky Chateau which I’ve never played I don’t think, but then that CD rummage session revealed Elton’s Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player album so it came down to either High Flying Bird or Have Mercy On The Criminal, and Bird won out. But, now you have an indication of some Elton John titles to look for in future shows.
  1. Bloomfield Kooper Stills, His Holy Modal Majesty . . . From the legendary Super Session album, which features Al Kooper and guitarists Michael Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. It was a two-day session but Bloomfield, who played on this tribute to jazz giant John Coltrane, left – apparently he was having trouble sleeping and wanted to rest – so Kooper scrambled and brought Stills in to finish the album. The whole project, either guitarist, is terrific.
  1. Rory Gallagher, Calling Card . . . Anyone who knows me, and the show, knows how much I like Rory Gallagher, from his days leading Taste to his extensive solo work. Just a brilliant guitarist and songwriter, yet in many ways not well known to the masses. But his brother Donal has kept the late Rory’s music alive over the years via various reissue projects, compilations, concert film re-releases and the like. That’s a good thing. Rory was amazing. Asked once how it felt to be the greatest guitarist in the world, Jimi Hendrix is said to have said, “I don’t know. Go ask Rory Gallagher.”. But of course Hendrix said similar things about Chicago’s late great Terry Kath, and B.B. King said of Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green that Green was ‘the only living guitarist to make me sweat. He had the sweetest tone I’ve ever heard.” Which really says it all about all these guys; it’s not a competition. It’s about their respective creative muses, and resulting mutual respect and admiration. 
  2. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Sedan Delivery . . . Kick butt distortion tune, which is what Neil Young does when Crazy Horse is in the building with him. From 1979’s Rust Never Sleeps. Young originally recorded Sedan Delivery during the sessions for his 1975 album Zuma but it didn’t make the cut. The song was offered to Lynyrd Skynyrd for their final pre-plane crash album, Street Survivors, but they passed on it.
  1. Ocean Colour Scene, The Riverboat Song . . . What an infectious, irresistible riff from these Britpop boys. I’m not super up on them but heard them playing in one of my favorite local independent record stores some years back, that would be Encore Records in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (free plug, boys), bought a compilation and here we are.
  1. Chuck Leavell, Evening Train . . . This is an interesting one, perhaps, in how I came to play it. Pianist/keyboard player Leavell, of course, is a former Allman Brother and has been playing live and on studio records with The Rolling Stones since the 1980s and also at one time fronted the Allmans’ offshoot band Sea Level, which I’ve periodically played. Anyway, I was digging through my stuff and back in 2019, the Stones’ Keith Richards was ‘guest editor’ of MOJO music magazine so the mag included with purchase a CD of some of Keef’s favorite tunes. It’s a diverse disc, featuring stuff like Funkadelic, Buckwhat Zydeco, Dion, Toots and The Maytalls (Richards loves reggae), Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. And, this bluesy Leavell track from his 2013 album, Back To The Woods, a tribute to the pioneers of blues piano.  
  2. Ringo Starr, Goodnight Vienna/Goodnight Vienna Reprise . . . Title cut, a fun rocker and its short reprise, from Ringo’s 1974 album, written by John Lennon. And on that note, goodnight until next week.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, December 20, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Jethro Tull, To Cry You A Song . . . I always listen to music in the gym but been using my workout time lately to dig back into and savor many of my favorite albums, particularly ones I haven’t listened to in a while, because I think what often happens is, for me at least, is you know an album so well that it’s as if you don’t need to play it because you know it in your mind. But then you actually do play it again and you think, wow, is this ever good. Like Tull’s third album, Benefit, from which this song comes. As always, credit to my late older brother for introducing me to Tull all those years ago.
  1. R.E.M., Oh, My Heart . . . Beautiful song from the band’s final album, 2011’s Collapse Into Now. It’s worth reading the Wikipedia entry about the album, which details how the group, which was on the down slope of commercial success, came to the decision to disband and it wasn’t just due to sales. And, also, how they developed the album as they accepted that times had changed concepts of what an ‘album’ meant. To pull a bit from Wikipedia, the group did videos for each song on the album, not just the singles,of which Oh, My Heart was the fourth. Lead singer Michael Stipe: “The idea was to present a 21st-century version of an album. What does an album mean in the year 2011, particularly to generations of people for whom the word ‘album’ is an archaic term? An album for me as a teenager in the ’70s was a fully-formed concept. It was a body of work from an artist I liked or trusted or who excited me. I wanted to present an idea of what an album could be in the era of YouTube and the internet. This is what we do. We put together and sequenced the strongest body of work we could possibly come up with at this moment in time and put it onto this record.” I love listening to creative people discuss their work, whoever it is because, while I like them, I’m not even a massive R.E.M. fan.
  1. George Harrison, I Dig Love . . . Same thing here as with my comments re the Jethro Tull song/album I started today’s show with. I hadn’t listened to Harrison’s All Things Must Pass in a long time but did so in the gym, over two workouts, last week. It’s a sprawling album, of course, three vinyl records in its original configuration as Harrison unleashed his muse after the breakup of The Beatles, using some material that didn’t ‘make’ Beatles’ albums, and his records is filled with gems. Like this very interesting, almost experimental/somewhat unconventional track. Very cool.
  1. The Beatles, She’s Leaving Home . . . Interesting how things change as time offers perspective. I always liked this song, and the whole Sgt. Pepper album, but as time and life experience goes on, it’s moved up to become one of my favorites on the album. Same with George Harrison’s sitar-laden and ultimately influential Within You Without You on Pepper, which in my youth was a song I skipped – and I wasn’t alone – by lifting the needle from the vinyl record (no programming in those days).
  1. Tyrannosaurus Rex, By The Light Of A Magical Moon . . . Great jaunty mid-tempo ballad with some nice guitar from 1970’s A Beard Of Stars, the last of four studio albums by the Marc Bolan-led band before they shortened their name and continued as T. Rex.
  1. The Doors, The Spy . . . Nothing intentional, just developed this way, maybe it’s some Freudian sort of thing, who knows, but many of the songs in the set tonight have to do with relationships. Like this one from the bluesy Morrison Hotel album.
  1. Johnny Cash, No Expectations . . . As I’ve often said, to me the best covers are reinventions, the most famous arguably being Jimi Hendrix’s reinterpretation of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower. No Expectations by the man in black isn’t as well known, but in 1978 he took the great Rolling Stones’ track from 1968’s Beggars Banquet and gave it the Cash rockabilly-type treatment. Great stuff.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Dance (Pt. 1)/If I Was A Dancer (Dance Pt. 2) . . . And, speaking of the Stones, now for something completely different, from 1980’s Emotional Rescue album. Part 1 was the opening cut on the album but Part 2 didn’t appear until the 1981 compilation, Sucking In The Seventies. I’ve slotted them back to back, and thanks to whoever, on YouTube, for connecting the tunes into one 10-minute package that I’ve used for the usual song clips on my Facebook page.
  1. Elvis Presley, Little Sister . . . Always loved this Elvis tune. And, see how it goes from the Stones’ Dance to Elvis’s Little Sister, a nod to the Stones’ Dance Little Sister? Clever, aren’t I? Ha.
  1. Van Morrison, Precious Time . . . I need to listen to this tune and its lyrics more because I have too many interests, which results in me having difficulty prioritizing, at times. Time is indeed precious, to be used wisely.
  1. Delaney and Bonnie (with Eric Clapton), Comin’ Home . . . Here’s what happens when you dig into a box set you haven’t listened to in a while, in this case Clapton’s 1988 release Crossroads. You remember this band and this song, a good rocker from the group/then married couple of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett and friends which at various times featured Clapton, Duane and Gregg Allman, Dave Mason, George Harrison (under the pseudonym L’Angelo Misterioso), Bobby Keys, Gram Parsons, on and on and which led to the formation of . . .
  1. Derek and The Dominos, Got To Get Better In A Little While . . . Three members of Delaney Bramlett’s band, who had helped Clapton out on his first, self-titled solo album, had a falling out with Bramlett. So, Clapton scooped up keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon and the result was Derek and The Dominos. This is an early version, from the Crossroads box and without Whitlock, of a rocker scheduled for what was to be a second Dominos album, after the Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album.

     

  2. Creedence Clearwater Revival, It’s Just A Thought . . . Who says CCR was just a hit singles band? They have many great deep cuts, like this nice groove tune from the Pendulum album.
  1. Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, 49 Tons . . . Cool shuffle from the Canadian combo of Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. What began as something of a fun side project by guys with their own gigs – Fearing solo, Linden lots of production work and some solo stuff and Wilson with Junkhouse and assorted other projects – soon became a full-fledged band, and a good one.
  1. Rod Stewart, Stone Cold Sober . . . I feel like I’ve played this one too recently, although I can’t find it in 2021 shows but in any event, what the heck. Good, fun rocker from Stewart’s 1975 Atlantic Crossing album, his first after he moved to the United States and first without most members of Faces as his backing band for his solo work. The album was the first of a great run in Stewart’s second distinct solo period, one that brought him great commercial and critical success up until about 1980, after which he lost the plot, went schlock, and lost me.
  1. Joe Jackson, What’s The Use Of Getting Sober (When You’re Gonna Get Drunk Again) . . . J.J.’s version of a song Louis Jordan took to No. 1 on Billboard’s ‘race record chart’ (really, a ‘race’ record chart) in 1942. It appeared on Jackson’s 1981 jump blues/swing album Jumpin’ Jive, at which time, after his early angry young man punk/new wave period, I realized Jackson was an artist I wanted to follow in his various directions. He’s never disappointed me.
  1. Heart, White Lightning and Wine . . . I like most Heart stuff but prefer the 1970s stuff, like this album track from 1976’s Dreamboat Annie, to the band’s (typically for the period) at least somewhat overproduced 1980s sound, although that sound gave Heart huge commercial success for a few 80s albums.
  1. Mark Knopfler, Why Aye Man . . . I prefer Dire Straits to Knopfler’s solo material, which some friends remember I drunkenly and loudly proclaimed one day a few summers ago while throwing back beer on a lakeside patio. But I do like his solo work, like this tune, and need to dig back in.
  1. Dire Straits, Telegraph Road . . . One of those epic tunes, 14 minutes worth, that is so good the time just flies by.
  1. Buddy Guy, It’s A Jungle Out There . . . Written by Guy, the lone self-penned cut from his terrific 2001 album, Sweet Tea, which deservedly was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, Tibetan Side Of Town . . . From the Big Circumstance album in 1988, nice groove and guitar picking by Cockburn and a nice sax solo by Richie Cannata, a member of Billy Joel’s band during my favorite Joel period, the mid- to late 1970s.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, Instrumental Illness . . . Typically great extended (12 minutes) Allmans instrumental, from what turned out to be their last studio album, 2003’s Hittin’ The Note, although the band continued playing live until retiring in 2014.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. 54-40, Music Man . . . Apparently a single, I don’t remember it being such.  Nice groove including the wah-wah guitar. Got into 54-40 via the first two singles – Nice To Luv You and She La – from the Dear Dear album in 1992, from which I took this song. I saw them about a decade later, good show.
  1. Romantics, Open Up Your Door . . . A cover of the 1966 hit by Richard and The Young Lions released on the Romantics’ 1983 album In Heat. Good time, good rock and roll.
  1. Deep Purple, What’s Going On Here . . . Great boogie rock tune featuring nice dual vocals from David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, from the first Mk. III Purple album, Burn. Already getting funky, Purple was, to the great distaste of mercurial guitarist and arguably de facto leader Ritchie Blackmore, yet he plays brilliantly on the album.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, No One To Run With . . . Jaunty sort of tune from the reconstituted band’s 1994 album, Where It All Begins, guitarist Dickey Betts’ last studio work as a Brother. Speaking of the studio, Gregg Allman didn’t like recording in studios, preferring the live arena so, the story goes, producer Tom Dowd arranged for the band’s full concert setup to be housed on a Florida film sound stage owned by actor Burt Reynolds and the band recorded that way, as a live unit, rather than as many albums are done, with parts done individually and then mixed.
  1. Spooky Tooth, That Was Only Yesterday . . . Yet another great one from the Spooky Two album, which I think ought to be retitled No. 1 since it’s arguably the band’s best work.
  1. Tommy Bolin, Bustin’ Out For Rosey . . . From the late great Bolin, solo artist, replacement guitarist for Joe Walsh in the James Gang and Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple but a brilliant artist in his own right, gone too soon as a result of his drug demons.
  1. Genesis, Eleventh Earl Of Mar . . . Epic track from the second post-Peter Gabriel album, Wind and Wuthering, and the last one with guitarist Steve Hackett before his departure left Genesis a trio (Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins) that would go on to huge commercial heights.
  1. Can, Spoon . . . Typically propulsive Can track, among their more accessible works in fact if you’re not into ‘weird’ stuff I’d recommend picking up, or listening to online, their Can: The Singles album, a good run-through of the band’s more conventional work.
  1. King Crimson, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Part 1 (abridged) . . . Slow build on this instrumental title cut to the 1973 album, until the heavy, metallic assault at the 3:45 mark and then again a minute later. The song is nearly 14 minutes long on the album but for tonight’s show I used bandleader Robert Fripp’s just under seven-minute, tighter abridged version which in some ways I like better; depends on my mood.
  1. Soft Machine, All White . . . By the time of the ‘5’ album, Soft Machine had dispensed with vocals and was essentially a jazz, or jazz-fusion band; this slow-building cut a great example.
  1. Iron Maiden, Hallowed Be Thy Name . . . I like Iron Maiden well enough but sometimes Bruce Dickinson’s somewhat to me overwrought ‘operatic’ vocals can be irritating. Not on this one, though. Early Maiden progressive metal I suppose one would call it, which they’ve expanded upon and continue to do, to great effect, on their latter-day releases. One of those bands I have great respect for in that they’ve maintained a high standard throughout their now 40-plus year career.
  1. Metallica, Poor Twisted Me . . . As described by one You Tube commenter, it’s a blues metal tune. This one from the Load album, a controversial release at the time because many Metallica fans still wanted thrash but the band was evolving into a more commercial entity.
  1. Pretenders, Bad Boys Get Spanked . . . From Pretenders II, released in 1981 when people were still pogo-ing on dance floors to punk and new wave music and this would be a perfect tune for that. It occurred to me for the first time in all these years, in playing it, that Concrete Blonde’s 1992 song Ghost Of A Texas Ladies Man, which I’ve played before on the show, has a very similar rhythm, to my ears, anyway. Not saying Concrete Blonde ‘pinched it’ as the Brits might say, and Concrete Blonde is a band I really like, but there it is. Interesting that I never really noticed it until now but I think that’s because I’ve actually played the Concrete Blonde tune more often.
  1. The Kinks, National Health . . . From Low Budget, 1979, great album that got lots of people back into The Kinks. And, around the same time, Kinks’ leader/chief songwriter Ray Davies was romantically involved with the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, and Pretenders recorded the Kinks’ Stop Your Sobbing on their 1979 debut album. So, I must admit when I slotted in the Pretenders’ track that The Kinks came to mind, so there you have it. Besides, I can never get enough Kinks. Or Pretenders, for that matter.
  1. Chilliwack, Guilty . . . I’ve always liked the band’s 1979 Breakdown In Paradise album, or at least most of it, including this track featuring some nice piano playing amid a nice arrangement. The two other songs I really like on the record are Communication Breakdown (not the Zeppelin tune) and 148 Heavy, both of which I’ve played over time on the show. The album didn’t do well, though, thanks in part to promotion issues born of Mushroom Records’ financial problems at the time.
  1. BTO, A Long Time For A Little While . . . I played Madison Avenue from BTO’s first post-Randy Bachman album Street Action last week, which prompted a full re-listen to the 1978 effort for which the band brought in former April Wine stalwart Jim Clench on bass, with C.F. (Fred) Turner moving from bass to rhythm guitar along with lead axeman Blair Thornton and drummer Rob Bachman. It’s a good album, including this song, which reminds me a bit of Looking Out For No. 1, albeit heavier.
  1. Peter Frampton, Jumping Jack Flash (live) . . . Frampton covered the Stones’ tune on his 1972 studio album Winds of Change. I pulled this extended seven-minute version from Frampton’s breakthrough live album, Frampton Comes Alive.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Loving Cup . . . This completes my little Exile On Main St. trilogy, spread over about five weeks. Some weeks ago I couldn’t decide between Torn and Frayed, Let It Loose and Loving Cup from Exile, so decided to play all three, over a period of weeks, in and around some other Stones’ stuff (Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow and Salt Of The Earth). So, here’s Loving Cup.
  1. Pete Townshend, The Sea Refuses No River . . . Two singles – Face Dances Pt. 2 and Uniforms – were released from Townshend’s 1982 album All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes. I think he picked the wrong two. This song, and Exquisitely Bored, which I’ve played before and should again soon, are clearly better in my opinion.
  1. The Flying Burrito Brothers, Christine’s Tune (aka Devil In Disguise) . . . Posting YouTube clips of the songs I play often helps my commentary, given some of the comments one sees about songs. Like this one, about this track: “This is where country should have gone instead of morphing into sewage”. I’m not super up on modern country, know some of it, and the criticisms, so I’d have to agree with the sentiments expressed.
  1. Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fire Brothers . . . Spooky and haunting, enough said.
  1. Ten Years After, Let The Sky Fall . . . Was listening to TYA’s A Space In Time album in the gym the other day, this came on and I made a mental note to play it this week. Alvin Lee was always rightly revered for his guitar playing, but he’s no slouch as a singer, either. Always liked his bluesy vocals.
  1. Dire Straits, Where Do You Think You’re Going? . . . Journalism critics can be ridiculous. One wrote that Communique, the band’s second album and source for this great track, was nothing more than a pale imitation of the first Dire Straits album. Well, if that were true, then just about every J.J. Cale album is an imitation of the previous ones, yet Cale never released a poor album and neither did Dire Straits.
  1. Peter Gabriel, Home Sweet Home . . . From Gabriel’s second solo album, at the point at which all his albums were called “Peter Gabriel’ so people started ascribing titles to them based on the cover art, in this case, Scratch. No hits to speak of on the second one, after Solsbury Hill had charted on his debut solo album, but Scratch is nevertheless a good album and worth checking out.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Joe Jackson, Alchemy . . . From J.J.’s most recent album, 2019’s Fool. He opened (and closed, with a short reprise) his shows supporting the album with this track, a perhaps now typical late career jazzy excursion from one of my favorite artists. Jackson just announced another tour, starting in March, 2022.
  1. Deep Purple, Caught In The Act (Going Down/Green Onions/Hot ‘Lanta/Dazed and Confused/Gimme Some Lovin’) . . . From the new Turning To Crime covers album, short excerpts from each song to form a seven-minute medley during which the band, as on the entire album, is clearly having lots of fun. Purple has played Green Onions on various tours since Steve Morse joined on guitar, replacing Ritchie Blackmore, in the mid-1990s so no surprise it’s included in the medley. As I mentioned last week about covers albums, I prefer new original material by bands I like, like Purple, but – as with the Stones’ Blue and Lonesome covers album – it’s clear the boys had great fun putting it together and there are some interesting takes on the various tunes, in Purple’s case, like Bob Dylan’s Watching The River Flow, Love’s 7 and 7 Is and Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac’s Oh Well. Also interesting, given the pandemic, IS how they recorded it as detailed in the album liner notes – mostly from each band members’ home studios aside from singer Ian Gillan who went into an an outside studio.
  1. Ohio Players, Jive Turkey . . . I just wanted to look at sexy Ohio Players album covers, in this case Skin Tight. No, seriously, I love funk, and the Players, and this came up during a station computer search of stuff I’d previously downloaded, hadn’t played the Players in a while, so here we are.
  1. Gov’t Mule, She Said She Said . . . I love it when the Mule does cover tunes in fact I pulled this off a CD I burned for myself long ago that features the Allmans offshoot doing covers of various classic rock tunes over the years. This one, from The Beatles of course, begins a mini-set of covers from the Revolver album, concluding with The Beatles themselves.

     

  2. Phil Collins, Tomorrow Never Knows . . . From Collins’ debut album, Face Value, in 1981 after which he started concurrent careers while becoming arguably as big, or bigger, solo as was Genesis.
  1. The Beatles, I’m Only Sleeping . . . Always liked this one, from Revolver, to conclude our little mini-set of Beatles’ tunes. Sgt. Pepper gets most of the hype but Revolver and Rubber Soul, when the boys – perhaps taking Dylan’s little dig at Lennon that ‘your songs don’t say anything’ seriously – really went to another level creatively, are easily as good.
  1. John Lennon, Bring On The Lucie (Freda People) . . . “All right boys, this is it, over the hill.” Lennon’s first line is worth the price of the album. Good song, too, from the Mind Games album, 1973.
  1. Groundhogs, Strange Town . . . I love the ascending, hypnotic riff to this tune by these Brit blues-rock boys, from 1970’sThank Christ For The Bomb album.
  1. BTO, Madison Avenue . . . An almost progressive tune, for this band at least, from the first post Randy Bachman album, Street Action, 1978. I remember having it on vinyl, almost out of curiousity at the time, and some years ago got it as a two-fer paired with the 1979 followup Rock ‘n’ Roll Nights. And you pretty much knew Randy had left simply by the album cover, of a woman, on the street, perhaps a hooker, which I doubt the strait-laced Bachman would ever have allowed. The band replaced Bachman with former April Wine member Jim Clench, who took over on bass while bassist C.F. (Fred) Turner moved to rhythm guitar alongside lead guitarist Blair Thornton and drummer Rob Bachman. And Turner handled most of the lead vocals, which suited me because I always liked the BTO songs he sung best and outside of, off top of my head, Takin’ Care of Business and You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, maybe Looking Out For No. 1, Randy Bachman’s vocals (Rock Is My Life, This Is My Song, anyone, yecch) are pretty much embarrassing in my view.
  1. Robin Trower, A Tale Untold . . . Trower was amazing during his heyday (he’s still going) in the 1970s, especially with the late great James Dewar on bass/lead vocals. This typical tour de force is from the For Earth Below album, which featured the typically cool Trower album covers of the period.
  1. Social Distortion, I Was Wrong . . . My favorite Social Distortion tune and the one that got me into the band, late, 1996 via the White Light, White Heat, White Trash album (cool cover) which by that point was their fifth studio platter but hell, when before this more commercial single was released did anyone ever hear Social Distortion on mainstream radio? Or ever again? They also did a nice cover of Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire, too, but I decided to go with this song, this time. Ring Of Fire maybe another week.
  1. Ozzy Osbourne, Diary Of A Madman . . . Almost prog metal, this title cut from Ozzy’s 1981 album. Iron Maiden, at the time just one album into their career, was probably listening, learning and being influenced.
  1. KK’s Priest, Hellfire Thunderbolt . .. Founding member/guitarist K.K. Downing left Judas Priest under acrimonious circumstances in 2011. In the meantime, he wrote a book about the band, and this kick butt metallic rocker is from his first post-Priest album, out just recently this year, featuring former Priest singer Ripper Owens on lead vocals. Owens, of course, famously was found by Priest in a Preist covers band when the group was searching for a replacement for Rob Halford, who left Priest for a few years to go solo during the mid-1990s. Owens did two studio albums with Priest, which I liked, before returning to relative obscurity (until now) once Halford returned for a reunion tour in 2004 (which I saw, good show) and subsequent studio work.
  1. Judas Priest, Blood Red Skies . . . And here’s Priest before all of the drama, a kinetic extended piece from the Ram It Down album, 1988.
  1. Marianne Faithfull, What’s The Hurry . . . Was listening to Faithfull’s terrific Broken English album, for first time in a long time in its entirety, in the gym the other day, had somewhat forgotten this propulsive track from that record.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Salt Of The Earth . . . Keith Richards croaks out the opening line in one of his early forays into singing on Stones’ tunes, then in comes Mick Jagger on this closer to 1968’s Beggars Banquet which marked the beginning of a whole new phase of brilliance from the band.
  1. The Tragically Hip, Born In The Water . . . I wanted to play a Hip song today. Road Apples album is always a good source.
  1. Headstones, Where Does It Go? . . . See the Hip reference above. Love these guys, Headstones, maybe more than I like the Hip, actually. Darker, dirtier, harder, rougher. . . maybe, to employ a cliché, akin to a Beatles-Stones thing although there, too, I love both bands.
  1. Tom Waits, Jockey Full Of Bourbon . . . I don’t even drink bourbon. Nor does Waits, anymore, apparently, having kicked booze. But drinking songs are great, aren’t they?
  1. Rare Earth, Long Time Leavin’ . . . Had my parents not sent we kids off to day camp, a ‘thing’ back in the early 1970s, perhaps still is, who knows how or if I would have gotten into Rare Earth. But, I did, because one of the camp counselors kept playing the shit out of Rare Earth’s live album. So, here we are. Speaking of day camp, mentioning it brought to mind an old Peanuts cartoon where Charlie Brown and Linus are celebrating the last day of school only to have Lucy immediately herd them onto a bus headed for summer camp, to which Linus asks, “whatever happened to going home?”
  1. U2, Last Night On Earth . . . OK, so I do a ‘deep cuts’ show with allowances (my rules) to play the occasional single, which this is, one of six, (SIX) U2 released out of 12 tracks on their 1997 album Pop.
  1. The Doors, When The Music’s Over . . . And off we go, for another week, via this epic Doors’ track from their second album, Strange Days. Akin, somewhat, to The End from the first studio album by the band. Great tunes, both.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Ian Hunter, Noises . . . Let’s make some noise, starting with this experimental-type track from Hunter’s 1981 new wavish-album, Short Back ‘n’ Sides. And it presages, later in the set, some late 1970s-early 1980s my college days new wave, including one by The Clash, whose Mick Jones co-produced the Hunter album while Clash drummer Topper Headon played on a few tracks.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Night Flight . . . Always have liked the intro to this one from Physical Graffiti. The whole song, too, from a great album. Every major band seems to have a great what were then double vinyl studio albums. Zep has this one, Beatles’ White Album, Stones’ Exile On Main St., The Clash London Calling, just to name a few.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Let It Loose . . . Speaking of Exile…Two weeks ago I played the great Torn and Frayed from the album, settling on it from among a group of personal choices that week that included Let It Loose and Loving Cup. So you can probably expect Loving Cup next week, or soon.
  1. Molly Hatchet, Bounty Hunter . . . One of those tunes, and a great up tempo track it is, that I had previously loaded and came up in our station computer when I was looking for the Ian Hunter song, Noises, that started tonight’s show.
  1. Deep Purple, Fools . . . Played this one long long time ago, from the Fireball album,which prompted a show follower to comment that I play a fair bit of Deep Purple. True. I love Deep Purple, every version of the band. Which reminds me, I have to pick up their new covers album, just out. It’s called Turning To Crime and features a diverse set of tracks including Love’s 7 and 7 is, Little Feat’s Dixie Chicken, Bob Dylan’s Watching The River Flow and Fleetwood Mac’s Oh Well, among others. When I heard they were doing a new album, then heard it was covers, I was a bit disappointed as I prefer original material but I’ve heard it online and it’s good, but I still like getting physical copies of albums by bands I like.
  1. Warren Zevon, Genius . . . I first heard this typically great Zevon track on a latter-day compilation titled Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon, which prompted me to fill in some blanks I had in his catalog and get the song’s parent album, My Ride’s Here. Both the compilation and the studio album were released in 2002. And Zevon came to mind via yet another recent fun Twitter discussion with fellow music aficionados.

     

  2. Bruce Cockburn, All’s Quiet On The Inner City Front . . . And so, master singer-songwriter Zevon propels us into a mini-set by notable Canadian singer-songwriters, starting with this one from Cockburn’s 1981 Inner City Front album.
  1. Gordon Lightfoot, Hangdog Hotel Room . . . I played Songs The Minstrel Sang in a recent show, which prompted me to dig back into Lightfoot’s 1978 Endless Wire album, from which this track also comes. I like the guitar work but at the risk of erring, am loath to credit any one of the three session players, plus Lightfoot, who play the instrument on the album.
  1. Murray McLauchlan, Harder To Get Along . . . Speaking of some nice guitar work, here’s a fine one with a nice sort of descending rhythm motif, from McLauchlan’s 1976 On The Boulevard album. Typically good lyrics, too.
  1. The Guess Who, Got To Find Another Way . . . A nice ballad from the American Woman sessions that didn’t originally make the cut but was later included in various remastered re-releases of the album.
  1. Steve Winwood, Spanish Dancer . . . Difficult to pick a favorite tune from Winwood’s smash 1979 album Arc Of A Diver, it’s so good front to back but this song has always been right up there for me.
  1. Roxy Music, Angel Eyes . . . There are at least three versions of this tune. The one I’m playing, and prefer, is the more rock-oriented album cut from 1979’s Manifesto. A re-recorded, shorter and more disco-type version was later released as a single along with an extended near seven-minute dance remix.

     

  2. Elvis Costello, The Bridge I Burned . . . I pretty much gave up on Costello after his early, angry young man phase though I recognize he’s a great artist. Yet, unlike say, where I’ve followed his contemporary Joe Jackson’s various muses over the years, I really didn’t ride with Elvis much beyond about 1986. Then I recently found the perfect thing for me, a compilation, Extreme Honey, I had not to that point even heard of but found cheap in a used CD store. It came out in 1997 so is obviously already way out of date but for me it’s great because it collects tracks from albums like Spike and Mighty Like A Rose and beyond that, that I tried but gave up on. Yet by distilling it all down, it’s more palatable, for me, anyway. This song wasn’t on any of those albums, though. Costello wrote it, new, for the compilation after initially recording Prince’s song Pop Life only to have Prince deny Costello the right to release it. So, Elvis wrote and performed The Bridge I Burned in an arrangement he had envisioned for the Prince tune.
  1. Linda Ronstadt, Girls Talk . . . Speaking of Costello, Dave Edmunds made great hay with this Elvis-penned tune on his 1979 album Repeat When Necessary. Ronstadt did it a year later on her new-wavish Mad Love album. And so it launches us into a little new-wave themed set. Costello himself released Girls Talk as a B-side to his drastically rearranged 1980 single I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, originally popularized by Sam and Dave in a soul ballad version, 1967. And all of this research got me listening to a bunch of Sam and Dave tunes.
  1. Martha and The Muffins/M + M, Several Styles Of Blonde Girls Dancing . . . From 1983’s Danseparc album, the start of a brief period when, due to a spat between then-current and former band members, the Muffins briefly went by M + M, but the new moniker never really took hold and both names, as a compromise, appeared on the album cover, after which the band soon reverted to going by Marth and The Muffins.

     

  2. Ian Dury, Wake Up And Make Love With Me . . . I got into Dury, this tune and the album New Boots and Panties!! a year after its September 1977 release. One of those horizon-expanding college things where a classmate was driving us both to a party and threw a cassette of the album into the player. And so began my foray into Dury and all kinds of similar stuff that was breaking big at the time.
  1. Teenage Head, Somethin’ Else . . . Kick butt, and what else is Teenage Head but kick butt, version of the Eddie Cochran tune, from 1980’s Frantic City album, and a great album it is.
  1. Graham Parker and The Rumour, Howlin’ Wind . . . Title cut from Parker’s 1976 debut album, produced by Nick Lowe at the beginning of that period that would soon lead to Parker, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Lowe himself breaking big as leaders of a new wave of artists.
  1. Talking Heads, Cities . . . Propulsive track from Fear Of Music, one of those albums one buys for a hit single (Life During Wartime) and then wind up liking the whole thing. Cities was actually the third single released from the album (the second was I Zimbra) but I don’t remember ever hearing Cities on radio, my memory perhaps dulled by time.
  1. Flash and The Pan, War Games . . . I’ve always played Flash and The Pan’s first two albums, the self-titled debut and Lights In The Night the most. They’re arguably the group’s most popular to this day but the more I’ve listened to Headlines, 1982’s third release, over the years the more I think it’s as good. And this short epic, if short can be construed as epic, is among many of Headlines’ fine tunes.
  1. The Clash, Police On My Back . . . From the sprawling (3 vinyl records upon release) 1980 album Sandinista! Written by Eddy Grant (well known for his 1983 smash hit Electric Avenue), it was originally done by his band The Equals, during the 1960s. Yet another example of what the Stones’ Keith Richards has said about the best thing musicians can do, pass it on. So you’re a college student immersed in The Clash at the time and then you dig into some of their source material for a cover tune and discover The Equals. And while you might not become a huge fan, you’re at least aware of them and might become one.
  1. The Police, Shadows In The Rain . . . I’ve always liked this hypnotic track from 1980’s Zenyatta Mondatta. Sting sped and jazzed it up in a rearranged version on his 1985 debut solo album, The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, which I had, and while his solo version is good, I much prefer the Police take on the tune.
  1. Jethro Tull, Baker St. Muse . . . And back we go, and run out the show, with more let’s say traditional fare, for me in terms of bands like Tull, the Stones etc. who I grew up on and will forever listen to. This is a true epic, 16 minutes and change, from the Minstrel In The Gallery album. But, like say The Allman Brothers Band albeit in a different context and genre, Tull can do epic tracks like this yet in such a way that it’s never boring and doesn’t seem like it’s 16 minutes long. A story song, in Ian Anderson’s words “a series of little observations on the pavements of Baker Street (London, where he was living at the time) and its surrounding area – the people you meet, the things you see.”

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Black Sabbath, Turn Up The Night . . . Kick butt Ronnie James Dio era Black Sabbath to start us off, from the Mob Rules album, 1981. I remember that album especially from working on a construction crew winter of 1981-82 in northern Alberta, minus-50 (really, OK was just one day it got that low but was usually at best minus-30; had to go in to the lunch trailer for regular breaks to avoid frostbite). Anyway, one of my colleagues, another Ontario transplant then, raved about the album at a time I wasn’t much into Sabbath, any version of the band. That soon changed.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadow? . . . Long ago now hit single, 1966, and I don’t play singles much but hey the show is called So Old It’s New and this is so old it’s new and when’s the last time you heard it on the radio or, for that matter, the last time the Stones played it live (Mick Jagger did on a solo tour years ago)? Quite possibly if my memory serves, first Rolling Stones track I ever really remember, via the Ed Sullivan Show and my older sister’s Flowers compilation. “Some good dances’ I remember her labeling her copy. In later years, she would presage Billy Idol’s Dancing With Myself by dancing to Zep’s Misty Mountain Hop and other Zep IV tracks in my older brother’s basement stereo room but that’s a whole other time and place. Anyway, after initially growing up on The Beatles, this was akin to metal, which hadn’t even been ‘invented’ yet, at the time, for me anyway and upon hearing it, I wanted to hear more from the Stones.
  1. Ted Nugent, Stranglehold . . . One of those tunes I got into via working in a bar during college when we had a DJ to play tunes between band sets. Often better than the bar bands themselves. The often-stoned, laid-back DJ we had, perhaps ironically seemed to have this rotating bunch of hard rock albums he drew from. Nugent’s Double Live Gonzo was one of them, along with Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell, Judas Priest’s British Steel and AC/DC’s Back In Black and Highway To Hell, among others. This, though, is the studio version of Stranglehold. Takes me back to those fun days and times of misspent youth.
  1. AC/DC, War Machine . . . AC/DC has a reputation as being a hard rock band, which they are, and metal, which to me they are not. In fact to me they’ve always been essentially a harder, heavier version of The Rolling Stones, same basic lineup – singer, two guitarists, bass and drummer and the Stones are big fans, especially Keith Richards, and have toured with them. Anyway, what to me separates AC/DC from your so-called average hard rock band is their groove, funk, even. As Richards has so wisely said, the ‘roll’ to go with the rock. Sounds crazy maybe I know but stay with me; to the uninitiated and I can see it, all AC/DC songs sound the same but…they’re not. Many of them have a sort of funk edgy groove, like this one from a recent effort, 2008’s excellent Black Ice album.
  1. Judas Priest, Victim Of Changes . . . Who can even describe this one other than to listen to it and think of it in one’s own way. The initial riff, Rob Halford’s voice in various forms including his typical banshee wail, the changing tempos of the song itself; just an epic composition and performance.
  1. Moby Grape, Changes . . . Deliberate song choice to change the pace of the show here, from the hard rock/metal first five tracks to a perhaps more traditional, for me, bluesy rock and so on approach for the rest of the set. Up tempo tune from a San Francisco band that never quite achieved the widespread admiration or commercial success of their contemporaries like the Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane, but were arguably as good.
  1. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Lost In The Ozone . . . Digging through my disorganized CDs that I keep lazily not organizing and up comes the Commander’s greatest hits album, from which I pulled this manic country rock music.
  1. Bonnie Raitt, Green Lights . . . Big oversight not playing Bonnie in long long time. Now rectified with this one from her earlier days. Saw her late 1980s, Toronto, during her hits commercial period, great show. Blues/R & B greats Ruth and Charles Brown guested, played a couple songs each, and were terrific. Wonderful concert.
  1. John Mayall, Ain’t No Brakeman . . . Later period Mayall, just nearly 30 years ago now, ha, from his 1995 Spinning Coin album. I saw him first in late 1980s in Toronto with former Stone and Bluesbreaker Mick Taylor opening, then joining Mayall’s band for a few songs, and then Mayall at a recent Kitchener Blues Festival, both great shows.
  1. Atomic Rooster, Broken Wings . . . And here’s progressive/hard rock band Rooster with their take on a favorite Mayall track of mine I’ve played before on the show. Mayall’s version, on his 1967 almost entirely solo The Blues Alone album, was spare, beautiful and so is the Rooster’s beautiful but they add their progressive and hard rock touches for the type of cover I always like, a re-interpretation that honors the original.
  1. Vanilla Fudge, Season Of The Witch . . . Here’s the second in a three-song little prog set, Vanilla Fudge’s spooky extended rendition of the Donovan song. The Fudge was so good at covers, including Beatles tracks like Ticket To Ride and Eleanor Rigby.
  1. FM, One O’Clock Tomorrow . . . From Black Noise, apparently inspired by an interview about space travel with Timothy Leary on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder, which during its 1970s heyday came on at 1 am. I default to raunch and roll but gradually over the years came to prog, and in many ways the FM album may have stimulated that, er, progression in my listening habits.
  1. Lee Harvey Osmond, Lucifer’s Blues . . . Coincidental that today, Nov. 22, is the anniversary of the JFK assassination in me playing a Lee Harvey Osmond tune, because I’ve been thinking of and trying to get one in over the last few weeks since as show followers know I am a huge fan of everything Tom Wilson is involved in. Just a brilliant artist, Canadian or otherwise and of course he emerged with Junkhouse before going solo and with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings and Lee Harvey Osmond. Great bluesy track.
  1. The Byrds, He Was A Friend Of Mine . . . Now this one I did intend to play today, in memory of JFK. It’s an old folk tune, some lyrics rewritten by Jim aka Roger McGuinn in the wake of the assassination.
  1. Melissa Etheridge, Like The Way I Do . . . The beauty of this show, increasingly I find as time passes and it’s wonderful, is the feedback received, via in-person conversations and on social media which often triggers my brain to new tunes or artists I may have neglected or forgotten. Like Etheridge, whose music I came to, like many, via her first hit single, Bring Me Some Water in the 1980s. This tune, Like The Way I Do, was also a hit, but when’s last time you heard it, so it fits my ‘so old it’s new’ motif, to me anyway. I decided to play it,or at least something by Etheridge, after a friend of mine reported on his latest flea market cheapie CD run wherein he wound up getting some Melissa albums. I’ve long had her first two, and an excellent compilation which features Tom Petty’s Refugee and Another Piece of My Heart made famous by Janis Joplin, which are now back in my up front memory banks for future possible plays.
  1. Guns N’ Roses, 14 Years . . . I played some Izzy Stradlin solo stuff a while back. Here he is on lead vocals with backing by Axl Rose on a track I like from the Gunners’ Use Your Illusion II album, which came out on the same day as Illusion I in 1991. Remember that brief trend, which Bruce Springsteen followed a year later with his Lucky Town and Human Touch albums? I remember people lining up at record/CD stores to buy the Guns N’ Roses albums. Remember those days, we of a certain vintage? People lining up for albums, concert tickets, etc. Kind of a cool thing, actually, in some ways at least, or maybe it’s memory making things seem better or cooler. I remember getting tickets for the first Rolling Stones show I ever saw, 1978 in Buffalo. I lived in Oakville, Ontario at the time but had to go to the next city over, Burlington, to a mall with a ticket outlet, line up . . . People camped overnight, some came up with some ‘list’ they figured would assure them a place in line (it didn’t). I always remember a police officer at the door as people started getting rowdy, assuring them they were ‘in’ to get tickets. “Calm down! You’ll get tickets!” Then I recall a guy way up in the line, getting his and waving them triumphantly to the still-waiting crowd. You don’t get that sort of experience these days, such as it was, ordering online. Anyway, I did manage to get tickets to a great show.
  1. Canned Heat, Get Off My Back . . . Vocals by Alan Wilson on this, from the final incarnation of the original band. Love the fading in and out of the guitar breaks, just a cool bluesy rock song that goes through many tempo changes in five minutes yet remains a coherent whole.
  1. Steely Dan, Haitian Divorce . . . inspired by yet another Twitter conversation about great bands.
  1. Peter Green, Just For You . . . From the late great original Fleetwood Mac leader’s In The Skies album, beautiful blues rock.
  1. Little Feat, Dixie Chicken (live) . . . Twice the length of the studio version and featuring the Tower of Power horns, this great version features a terrific piano solo by Bill Payne, then horns, then a guitar duel between Lowell George and Paul Barrere to close things out. From one of the great live albums, Waiting For Columbus.
  1. George Harrison, Simply Shady . . . I was digging through my Harrison stuff and realized I had not mined the Dark Horse album in ages, if at all, for listening pleasure or the show itself. I remember a period in my life when I was major into Harrison’s solo work, as it came out, and I still always am but hadn’t listened to this album in a while. I think this very confessional tune as he examined himself at that particular time in his life, 1974, is arguably the best on a good album journalism critics found wanting, yet it’s quite good in my estimation. He took criticism over his perhaps ragged vocals on the album and particularly this track but apparently he had been suffering from laryngitis and in any event, I think the vocals actually add feeling to the song.
  1. The Tragically Hip, Fiddler’s Green . . . Beautiful track from one of the Hip’s best albums, Road Apples. It wasn’t a hit, not a single. Yet so revered among Hip fans that it made it onto the Yer Favourites compilation, partly selected by fan vote, and justifiably so.
  1. Kansas, Lonely Street . . . I got talking about Kansas on Twitter with some music acquaintances the other day and their Song For America album and its title cut came up. And it’s great, Song For America, and I like Kansas’s prog music, and they’re a prog band but more widely known in the mainstream for what really are somewhat uncharacteristic hits like Carry On Wayward Son and Dust In The Wind. At any rate, they can obviously do it all, which is why I wound up choosing this perhaps atypical bluesy rocking cut from that same Song For America album.
  1. J.J. Cale, Carry On . . . And we carry on to next week via J.J.’s typically brilliant shuffle. I have all his stuff and the guy to me was amazing; how he essentially mined the same groove song after song, album after album, yet never sounded repetitive.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fanfare For The Common Man (single edit) . . . So much of my life has revolved around my love for The Rolling Stones. So while I likely knew Aaron Copeland’s 1942 composition by osmosis, I first cottoned to it via its use as the intro music on the Stones’ 1975-76 Tour of the Americas/Europe, and the Love You Live album commemorating the tour. They were still using it when I saw them for the first time, in 1978 in Buffalo, N.Y. ELP did a 10-minute version on their 1977 Works Vol. 1 album.
  1. Hawkwind, Sonic Attack . . . Crazy nutty fun spoken word stuff from the boys, reflecting my nutty mood as I put together tonight’s show, at least the early tracks. “Do not panic!” etc.
  1. Frank Zappa, The Central Scrutinizer . . . Here comes the narrator of Zappa’s epic 1979 concept album, Joe’s Garage.
  1. Frank Zappa, Joe’s Garage . . . His mama was screamin’ “Turn it down! No. We won’t. This song still never fails to crack me up.
  1. Saga, The Security Of Illusion . . . Nice progressive rock type ballad from the Canadian band, from my hometown of Oakville, Ont. Arguably more popular in Europe than North America, they were also huge in . . . Puerto Rico.
  1. King Crimson, 21st Century Schizoid Man . . . From the brilliant 1969 debut album, In The Court Of The Crimson King and something of an anomaly on the record, easily its hardest-rocking cut.
  1. Queen, Brighton Rock . . . Queen kicking butt in 1974 on the Sheer Heart Attack album. The sort of back-and-forth guitar riff, at least in the early part of the song, makes me think that’s how it feel be to be careening along in a bobsled run at the Olympics.
  1. Alan Parsons Project, (The System Of) Dr. Tarr And Professor Fether . . . Cool track from Tales Of Mystery And Imagination, the Edgar Allan Poe-themed debut album by the Project, in 1976. The personnel on this particular project ran the gamut from Arthur Brown of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown fame to movie maven Orson Welles, doing narration on the 1987 remix of the record.
  1. Electric Light Orchestra, Dreaming Of 4000 . . . I feel like I’ve played this too recently, although I couldn’t find exactly when in my searches. Whatever, I like the killer riff on the song, from the 1973 album On The Third Day.
  1. Genesis, Another Record . . . So we go from a lot of progressive rock-oriented stuff to a song by a prog band that by the time of this release, on 1981’s Abacab album, had almost abandoned the genre. I like the Abacab album and all phases of Genesis, one of those bands I traveled with, so to speak, and they never completely lost me . . . aside from Illegal Alien or the title cut from Invisible Touch which I can see are nicely constructed songs but, yechh.
  1. Todd Rundgren, Hello It’s Me . . . Not super into Rundgren, although I do like his hits, like this one. So, even though it’s a deep cuts show, how often do you hear Rundgren on the radio, especially nowadays?
  1. Robert Palmer, Can We Still Be Friends? . . . And here’s Robert Palmer doing a Rundgren tune, a by-the-book version I’m more familiar with but only because I heard the Palmer version first, via his Secrets album.
  1. Gordon Lightfoot, Songs The Minstrel Sang . . . One of those tracks I threw into our station system some time back and forgot all about until I was searching something else for tonight’s show and saw it. Nice tune and wah wah guitar on this one from the Canadian icon.
  1. The Plastic Ono Band, Yer Blues (live, from Live Peace In Toronto 1969) . . . I thought of being silly and playing some shrieks from Yoko Ono ‘singing’ from her bag on stage, from this concert album but then thought, why waste good minutes in a two-hour show? Nice work on the John Lennon-penned Beatles cut from Lennon, Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White. As you can see in the video, taken from the concert film, Yoko is holding a lyric sheet while she wails along with John. Why she needed it, who knows; I guess to time her shriek spots. I love how she’s credited on the album under personnel: ‘wind, presence, backing (notice it doesn’t say vocals), art.” I don’t mind Yoko, really.
  1. Pete Townshend, Cat’s In The Cupboard . . . Another one I feel like I may have played too recently, or was that I Am An Animal, from Townshend’s terrific Empty Glass album, 1980. No matter. Imagine you were in The Who at the time, coming off the great 1978 Who Are You album, Keith Moon is gone and Pete’s going solo with this, instead of using at least some of the great Empty Glass songs for a Who album instead of what was left for the decent, but weaker, Face Dances Who album that came out in 1981. No wonder they broke up shortly after, for a while at least.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Torn And Frayed . . . One of my favorite cuts from Exile On Main St., just a great groove. Most bands would kill to have something like this as a single.
  1. Ry Cooder, Down In Hollywood . . . Indeed a ‘boppy’ tune from Cooder’s 1979 album Bop Till You Drop album which, aside from this song, was a covers album of early R & B and rock and roll classics. Bop Till You Drop is also significant in that it was, apparently, the first all-digitally recorded major label album in popular music.
  1. Flash And The Pan, California . . . This came up due to the searching for the Cooder track, so stuff to do with California came up in the system. A good thing, because I can never get enough Flash And The Pan.
  1. Buddy Holly, Learning The Game . . . I played Blind Faith’s version of Holly’s Well All Right last week, prompting a discussion with a friend about early rock and rollers and how great they were and in some cases still are. So I thought I’d go with a Holly tune, which in this instance I pulled off a compilation of rock and roll tracks that inspired the Stones. Keith Richards did this one live in Texas (naturally, since Holly was born there) in 2005 during his usual two-song set within a Stones’ concert in Austin.
  1. Jerry Lee Lewis, Me and Bobby McGee . . . Very cool arrangement, by The Killer, of the Kris Kristofferson classic made immortal by Janis Joplin. Lewis’s version came out in 1971 and to me is how covers ought to be done – reinterpret them as to make them almost an entirely new song. Good examples of that are Hendrix’s take on Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower and Devo’s version of the Stones’ Satisfaction.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, How I Spent My Fall Vacation . . . I’ve played so many tunes on the show over time, obviously, that I keep thinking I’m repeating myself. Probably for the most part not, although I have often dug into Cockburn’s magnificent 1980 album Humans. Not a bad track on it. Here’s yet another good one from that platter.
  1. Elton John, Tell Me When The Whistle Blows . . . One of my favorite Elton John songs, period, hit or deep cut. This one’s from the Captain Fantastic album in 1975, coming to the end of a run when everything EJ did was, indeed, fantastic.
  1. Rod Stewart, The Killing Of Georgie (Part I and II) . . . From Stewart’s hit album Tonight’s The Night, 1976. Space does not permit but . . . It’s worth reading up on the song, about a gay friend of the Faces who was killed, and the coda’s resemblance to the Beatles’ Don’t Let Me Down, starting at about the five-minute mark, and John Lennon (‘the lawyers didn’t notice’) and Stewart’s reaction to it. I had never actually thought about the similarity until fairly recently, all these years later.
  1. Savoy Brown, Leavin’ Again . . . It was cool that a Twitter acquaintance I’ve developed over shared love of music mentioned he’d gotten into some Savoy Brown via various discussions, so I thought I’d play some…again. Love the band, including this long bluesy jam.
  1. Steve Earle, Goodbye’s All We Got Left To Say . . . Another from Twitter discussions about various great artists. And that’s indeed all that’s left to say, for this week.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Nov 8, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Moody Blues, Veteran Cosmic Rocker . . . Not sure how much or if I’m cosmic, but definitely, by now, having grown up with what’s now classified as classic rock, a veteran rocker. This one’s from arguably my favorite Moodies album because, aside from hits compilations, it’s the studio album I know track-for-track, having grown up with it in 1981 when it was high on the charts. 
  2. Joe Jackson, Man In The Street . . . Playing this for a good friend, who recently found the Big World album, from 1986, cheap at a flea market and is enjoying it. Great album by a great artist, show followers will know JJ is one of my favorites; no matter the various directions he’s taken in his eclectic career, he’s never lost me yet. I saw the Big World tour at Kingswood Music Theatre at Canada’s Wonderland and this was the closing track in a 26-song set, extended from its 5-minute studio length as Jackson seemed transported into another realm by the music.
  1. Boston, Hitch A Ride . . . I remember when the first, self-titled Boston album came out, a bit of a backlash later ensued as critics started accusing the band, led by MIT-trained engineer Tom Scholz, of using computers and synthesizers to achieve their sound. So on the second album, Don’t Look Back,the band made a point of noting that no computers or synthesizers were used. Nobody gives a damn about that, these days, the use of computers, samples, etc being widely accepted though not everyone is fond of such developments. Anyway, hard to pick a deep cut on Boston’s debut album because just about all of it has been played, and played, and played, on classic rock radio since 1976 when it was released. So, this is the song I decided on. Might be the first time – or certainly first time in eons – I’ve played Boston on the show. To be honest their music hasn’t aged all that well to me, sort of a guilty pleasure by now but loads still love ’em and I don’t begrudge that.
  1. Joe Cocker, Many Rivers To Cross . . . Nice interpretation of the Jimmy Cliff tune on Cocker’s reggae-tinged Sheffield Steel album in 1982 that featured the noted rhythm section of drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare.
  1. The Band, Across The Great Divide (live) . . . From the great live album, Rock of Ages.
  1. John Mayall, Nature’s Disappearing . . . I remember my older brother, who I often cite here because he was such a huge musical influence on me, bringing home Mayall’s USA Union album. “No drummer!’ my brother said. This was during the period Mayall indeed used no drummer, although if you didn’t know that, listening to the album, you probably wouldn’t have noticed. Anyway, it was Mayall (guitar, vocals, harmonica and piano) guitarist Harvey Mandel of Canned Heat and Stones’ Black and Blue album sessions fame, Larry Taylor on bass and Don “Sugarcane” Harris on violin. Good stuff. And an early environmental initiative statement, to boot.
  1. Gov’t Mule, Monkey Hill . . . Another one from one of my favorite Mule albums, the Tri-Star Sessions. It’s a set of more raw recordings, the actual original demos for much of what became the Allman Brothers offshoot’s self-titled debut album, in 1995.
  1. Buddy Guy, Tramp . . . Buddy’s take on the Lowell Fulson-Jimmy McCracklin tune, first recorded by Fulson in 1967. This version of the soulful blues track is from Guy’s excellent 2001 album, Sweet Tea.
  1. Deep Purple, Lazy . . . Great albums become so well-known that those of us who grew up with them can play them, mentally, in our sleep hence maybe don’t play them so much anymore. Then you do – which of late I’ve been doing – and you’re reminded just why they’re so great, every track a gem. Like Purple’s Machine Head, of course, which I listened to in the gym the other day. Lazy is just another example of Purple at their best with that amazing blend of all instruments and vocals.
  1. David Baerwald, Hello Mary . . . Nice relationship, or former relationship, song. It’s from Baerwald’s debut solo album Bedtime Stories, released in 1990 after David + David (with David Ricketts) broke up after their fine debut album, Boomtown, in 1986. Ricketts, who co-wrote a couple tunes on Bedtime Stories, but not this one, went into mostly production work while Baerwald has released sporadic solo work while writing musical scores for film and TV. Both Davids played on and co-wrote many of the songs on Sheryl Crow’s debut solo album, Tuesday Night Music Club, in 1993.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Wish I’d Never Met You . . . Another bluesy cut from the Stones’ B-side collection, this one was the flip of the Terrifying single, from the Steel Wheels album, in 1989. It later appeared on the live album Flashpoint + Collectibles disc in 1991 and in 2005 on the Rarities 1971-2003 collection.
  1. Keith Richards, Heartstopper . . . Nice boogie type tune from his 2015 solo release, Crosseyed Heart.
  1. Marianne Faithfull, For Beauty’s Sake . . . And we conclude the little Stones, Inc. interlude with this one from 1981’s Dangerous Acquaintances, which continued a hot streak that began with the previous ‘comeback’ album, Broken English, in 1979. It wasn’t as successful, critically, as Broken English (which would be difficult to top) and Faithfull herself described the recording process as an arduous affair, but it’s got lots of good stuff on it, for my money.
  1. Blind Faith, Well All Right . . . Blind Faith’s take on the Buddy Holly classic. Another from the older-brother-as-huge influence file, which also happened to get me more into Buddy Holly beyond some of his perhaps more obvious hits.
  1. David Bowie, Blackstar . . . Terrific, extended title cut from Bowie’s final album, released in 2016. He died two days after its release. The song reached as high as No. 61 on some charts, remarkable for a 10-minute track but the song is akin to, in my view, the title cut to his Station To Station album. Someone in the comments field on YouTube had a nice description, suggesting Blackstar is like, and Bowie knew he was dying, a sort of retrospective look at the myriad styles he tried and embraced throughout his career.
  1. Pink Floyd, A Pillow Of Winds . . . From Meddle, one of those great albums some of us get into from a band after embracing a later work, in this case the next one, the monster The Dark Side Of The Moon. Then, you go back. Or, forward in a way because, older brother influence reference again, I first became aware of Pink Floyd when he brought home Ummagumma, which I found weird at first but have grown to embrace and play on the show and will again. The coolest thing about Ummagumma, at first glance, is the cover as each band member trades positions and if you know the cover you know what I mean.
  1. Pat Travers Band, Born Under A Bad Sign . . . Off we go into a bit of a blues phase in the show, via Canadian artist Travers’ take (great guitar work) on the blues classic. Saw him at the Kitchener Blues Festival some years back now, good show.
  1. Arc Angels, Sent By Angels . . . Out of the ashes of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Double Trouble came Arc Angels with their terrific (and lone) 1992 self-titled album. Featured were two members of SRV’s band, drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon, plus guitarist/singers Doyle Bramhall II (later in Roger Waters’ touring band) and Charlie Sexton. Arc Angels lasted just the one album in terms of recorded work, apparently due to some drug issues within the band which led to various other issues.
  1. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood . . . And here’s SRV himself…Terrific artist. Like the next guy I’m playing, another Texan who at the time brought blues and let’s say more commercial blues rock back to prominence.
  1. Johnny Winter, Lone Wolf . . . Kick butt song to end our Texas trio of tunes, from his 2004 I’m A Bluesman album. I finally saw Winter, in his later days but he was still delivering, even sitting down, when he appeared at the 2011 Kitchener blues festival. That one had one of the fest’s best-ever lineups, which is saying a lot but we had Gregg Allman, John Mayall and the Winter brothers, although Johnny and Edgar did separate sets on different days.
  1. April Wine, Mama Laye . . . Always liked this Latin/calypso type track from the Forever For Now album in 1977.
  1. Alannah Myles, Our World Our Times . . . Myles had huge success, largely via the monster Black Velvet single, with her debut self-titled album in 1989. But I think her follow-up, Rockinghorse, is as good and this hypnotic, pulsating track is evidence of that.
  1. Chicago, Free Form Guitar . . . I was debating whether to play this 6-minutes plus of guitar wank from the late great Terry Kath, from the debut Chicago album, Chicago Transit Authority but then thought, WTF, this show does what FM radio used to do but no longer seems to, at least not commercial rock radio. You used to hear let’s call it acid rock like this. Some think it’s creative, some think it’s self-indulgent crap, all I think would agree Terry Kath was a great guitarist. So, here you go.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. AC/DC, Let There Be Rock . . . Scorcher from the early, Bon Scott days, perfect for the hard rocking start to tonight’s set.
  1. Led Zeppelin, We’re Gonna Groove . . . Kick butt rocker from 1969/70 first appeared officially on the 1982 compilation of outtakes album, Coda. 
  2. Uriah Heep, Gypsy . . . Not a huge Heep fan but when I listen to ’em, I like what I hear but confess to knowing mostly just the early stuff, like this. The Heep did make a great contribution to music journalism criticism, though. When the band first appeared, Rolling Stone magazine critic Melissa Mills began her review: “If this group makes it I’ll have to commit suicide. From the first note you know you don’t want to hear any more.” Funny but on other hand pretty insensitive comment, first off, about a serious issue and no word on what Melissa did, since Heep did make it big.  And Rolling Stone has rarely been kind to heavier music.
  1. R.E.M., Crush With Eyeliner . . . Speaking of which, I like R.E.M. especially when they lean towards the heavy side, like on this one from the Monster album, released in 1994.
  1. Ted Nugent, Baby Please Don’t Go (live) . . . Smokin’, breathless version from Double Live Gonzo! of the Big Joe Williams tune, done by many, including an absolutely scorching studio version by AC/DC I must return to soon. 
  2. Heart, Bebe Le Strange . . . This title cut from Heart’s 1980 album was an unsuccessful single, only made it to No. 109, but I like it. Maybe not ‘hooky’ enough to be a big hit but it kicks butt, in my opinion, in a propulsive way. And Ann Wilson could, as the saying goes, sing the phone book (are there still phone books?) and I’d listen. What a voice.
  1. The Yardbirds, Evil Hearted You . . . To me, there seemed to be a period – and maybe it was evolving and improving recording techniques – where 60s pop started becoming rock, and this is another song from 1965 (like the Stones’ Satisfaction and much of The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album) that suggests that. Great Jeff Beck guitar playing and love the vocals by Keith Relf on a song penned by Graham Gouldman, who wrote the previous Yardbirds hits For Your Love and Heart Full Of Soul and went on to become a member of 10cc. 
  2. Cream, Swlabr . . . The B-side to Sunshine Of Your Love from 1967’s smash album Disraeli Gears, and a well-known tune in its own right after appearing on several Cream compilations. The letters of the song title are an abbreviation for She Walks (or Was, depending on the source) Like A Bearded Rainbow.
  1. U2, Trip Through Your Wires . . . Always liked this one from the monster hit album The Joshua Tree. The album had 11 songs, five of which (not this one) were released as singles and they all could have been, the album is that strong.
  1. ZZ Top, 2000 Blues . . . Typically great bluesy cut, what ZZ Top to me has always done best, from the 1990 album Recycler. It was in large measure a continuation of the big hits synthesizer sound of the previous two albums that yielded hits like Legs and made ZZ Top music video stars. But Recycler was recorded in two different sets of sessions and by the second go-round, when this track was recorded, the band was in a different place, recording material like this blues cut. As a result, Billy Gibbons has said the band considers the album their Tres Hombres/Eliminator album.
  1. David Wilcox, Cheap Beer Joint . . . Makes you want to either be sitting in that cheap beer joint or lying on the floor, headphones on, drink beside you, thinking of being in that cheap beer joint.
  1. Murray McLauchlan, Out Past The Timberline . . . I played this terrific paean to Canada as recently as my Canada Day show this year but was inspired to play it again as I was in the car the other day and switched over to sound.fm and heard it. Another DJ was using a song I’d uploaded, one of thousands although I’m still waiting for my royalty residuals for filling the station library, ha ha. Just kidding around, management, happy to contribute my collection.
  1. Rush, Natural Science . . . Typically great Rush instrumental passages in this extended outing from 1980’s Permanent Waves album. Another fairly recent repeat but I thought of this one due to a Twitter discussion the other day about great Rush tunes, and this one was mentioned by several people. So many to choose from, obviously.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, Johnny 99 . . . From the spare, dark, mostly acoustic and purely solo, Springsteen alone with his guitar and various other instruments album Nebraska, released in 1982. Early Dylan-like, but uniquely Springsteen, and excellent.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Fancy Man Blues . . . Great original blues by the boys, originally released as the B-side to the Steel Wheels album single Mixed Emotions, although to me this is clearly the better tune. But a blues single likely wouldn’t wash (although the Stones had a No. 1 in the UK in the early days with Little Red Rooster). The song was also the lead cut on After the Hurricane, a George Martin of Beatles fame-produced album to benefit victims of Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The song is also on the Collectibles portion of the expanded release of the live album Flashpoint and on the Rarities 1971-2003 compilation, if anyone’s still buying physical product.
  1. Don Henley, Workin’ It . . . Typically caustic Henley lyrics on this one from the Inside Job album in 2000. It wasn’t a single although I do remember some airplay. In any event, it’s my favorite from that album.
  1. Eddie Money, Baby Hold On . . . Mine is a deep cuts show but occasionally I’ll throw in a hit single or at least one that hasn’t been heard in a long time, or didn’t do so well. This one did, one of Money’s two big hits, the other being Two Tickets To Paradise. It came to mind as I got in the car the other day, older car, no satellite radio and other such accouterments, and needed some music to listen to. So I pulled out a CD of material I had burned ages ago, and this was on it. Great tune.
  1. Robin Trower, It’s Only Money . . . Just thought I’d play it since it came up via key words while I was looking up the Eddie Money tune. I feel as if I’ve played this too recently, so risking a repeat but not according to my searches. In any event, so what, I can never get enough of Trower’s blues rock, particularly the 70s halycon days with the late great James Dewar on bass and vocals.
  1. Warren Zevon, Lawyers, Guns and Money . . . Another that came up thanks to the word ‘money’. Great stuff from the Excitable Boy album which, via Werewolves of London, broke Zevon big. “I went home with the waitress, the way I always do…How was I to know she was with the Russians too.” … “send lawyers guns and money, the shit has hit the fan.” I could listen to Zevon all day.
  1. The Kinks, Misfits . . . Title cut from the 1978 album, just before the Kinks’ commercial resurgence with the next album, Low Budget. This was a B-side. A B-side. Most bands would kill to have this as an A-side. The only single that charted from this album was A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy, great tune I’ve played before, which only made No. 30 or so. But of course, chart success isn’t necessarily indicative of quality.
  1. Jeff Beck, Ice Cream Cakes . . . The version of the Jeff Beck Group fronted by Rod Stewart with Ron Wood on bass, the group that released the Truth album in 1968, tends to get the most accolades. But the later version, with Bobby Tench (vocals), Max Middleton (keyboards), Clive Chaman (bass) and drummer to the stars Cozy Powell was no slouch, as proven by this progressive/rock/bluesy track.
  1. Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Back On The Road Again . . . As described by an AllMusic reviewer of Betts’s 1978 album Atlanta’s Burning Down: “Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts moves back into the deep-fried Southern boogie that the Brothers are (in)famous for and serves it up with just a smidgen of country and comes out with another winner.” Agreed.
  1. The Beatles, Abbey Road Medley (You Never Give Me Your Money/Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Her Majesty) . . . Played this to end the show long ago, figured I’d do it again after listening to it while in the gym. This is the original version, with Her Majesty, then a hidden track not listed (and I still have an original copy) on the album cover. A recent expanded re-release of Abbey Road puts Her Majesty where it originally was, in the middle of the medley, between Mustard and Pam, but Paul McCartney didn’t think it worked back then and I tend to agree, having listened to the re-released version. It’s still good, but . . . That said, it’s likely because we’ve become so used to the original released sequence that any adjustments seem out of place.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Muddy Waters, The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock & Roll . . . From Muddy’s 1977 album, Hard Again, the first of three with Johnny Winter playing guitar and producing. Among others helping out were blues greats Pinetop Perkins (piano) and James Cotton (harmonica), who also accompanied Waters on the subsequent tour which resulted in the Muddy “Mississippi’ Waters Live album. Other studio releases in the series – the last studio work of Waters’ life – were I’m Ready in 1978 and King Bee in 1981, two years before Muddy’s passing. If you’re still into owning physical product, the trio of studio albums are available on one of those price is right “Original album series’ releases.
  1. UFO, Rock Bottom (live) . . . Smokin’ version, from the acclaimed live album, Strangers In The Night, released in January, 1979.
  2. Humble Pie, Stone Cold Fever (live) . . . Playing a few live tracks today, just happenstance, really, not the full-bore all live albums show I did recently and likely will again at some point. There was a period during the 1970s when double vinyl (and sometimes triple, like Wings Over America) live albums were a big thing. Stuff like Kiss Alive, Bob Seger’s Live Bullet, Frampton Comes Alive, among others. And Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore, from which I pulled this piece of Pie.
  1. Rory Gallagher, Bourbon . . . Scorching ‘life on the road’ song by the late great Gallagher. It involves drinking. I never acquired a taste for the hard stuff, but perhaps I’ll give it a go.
  1. The Guess Who, Pain Train (live) . . . From Live At The Paramount. Nice guitar work by Kurt Winter, who co-wrote the tune with Burton Cummings.
  1. George Thorogood, So Much Trouble . . . Typical ramped up Thorogood treatment of an old blues tune, this one by Brownie McGhee. It appeared on Thorogood and The Destroyers’ second album, Move It On Over, in 1978.
  1. Paice Ashton Lord, Malice In Wonderland . . . Title cut from the one and only release from Deep Purple’s Ian Paice (drums) and Jon Lord (keyboards), teamed with keyboard player/singer Tony Ashton. It came out in 1977, after the breakup of the Mk. IV version of Deep Purple that featured singer David Coverdale, bassist/singer Glenn Hughes and guitarist Tommy Bolin. That version of Purple, which I quite like, took some fans aback as the band drifted into some R & B and funk directions, a direction which on the previous album Stormbringer is what drove guitarist Ritchie Blackmore out of the band to form Rainbow. But the thing is, and as Bolin said when he auditioned with Purple, obviously the Purple players could really groove, not just play hard rock. That’s evident on the Malice album, which runs the gamut from hard rock to R & B to funk to prog. Also in the band is guitarist Bernie Marsden, who soon after this release formed the first, more blues-oriented version of Whitesnake, with Coverdale.
  1. Love, You Set The Scene . . . Another great song from the classic Forever Changes album. It didn’t sell well, only making No. 154 on the charts, no hit singles. Yet unlike some critically-acclaimed albums that are impenetrable and you wonder what the professional journalist critics are thinking (often it’s just ‘cool’ to them to like something unlistenable is what I think), Forever Changes is truly great, as is all of Love’s stuff. But then, I, er, love the band.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Memory Motel . . . The combined Mick Jagger-Keith Richards co-lead vocals ‘make’ this tune, with Richards’ ‘she got a mind of her own and she use it well . . . and she use it mighty fine’ parts indeed so fine. But the whole song is terrific, loved it ever since I bought the Black and Blue album when it came out in 1976. The album, as many Stones’ albums seem to be, was largely panned at the time, but most ‘retrospective’ reviews I’ve seen since tend to have it as at least a 4 out of 5. That’s not a criticism of music critics, as I’ve said before. Lots of albums take repeated listens to ingrain themselves, and journalists don’t usually have that luxury when an album is released and a review is due immediately.
  1. The Ronnie Wood Band, Mr. Luck (live) . . . Extended workout of the Jimmy Reed tune, from Wood’s 2021 release Mr. Luck – A Tribute To Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. It was recorded in 2013 and features the Stones’ Wood and former Stone Mick Taylor (to typically great effect) on guitars, with Bobby Womack contributing on two tracks. It’s the second in what looks to possibly be a series of such albums by Wood, who released a similar live tribute to Chuck Berry in 2019.
  1. Peter Green, A Fool No More . . . Long, slow beautiful blues from one of the masters. This one’s from the former (and late great) Fleetwood Mac blues period leader’s 1979 album, In The Skies.
  1. Love Sculpture, In The Land Of The Few . . . I don’t own Love Sculpture’s 1970 album Forms and Feelings, from which this comes. But I do have The Dave Edmunds Anthology (1968-90). It’s a great 2CD compilation of his material with Love Sculpture, his subsequent solo work – which I got into during my college days via the Repeat When Necessary album – and some material from Rockpile. As the compilation’s liner notes suggest, In The Land Of The Few ‘exudes an arty cosmic rock feel’. Yes, and some great guitar, too.
  1. Warren Zevon, Transverse City . . . Title cut from Zevon’s 1989 album. It’s co-written by Canadian actor/musician Stefan Arngrim, who apparently is best known for a long-ago TV series I know of but never watched, Land Of The Giants. I can’t be sure, but I can’t help but think that the lyrics are all Zevon so apologies to all concerned, if not. But who else writes lyrics like “”we’ll go down to Transverse City, life is cheap and death is free, past the condensation silos, past the all-night trauma stand.” Or “here’s the hum of desperation, here’s the test tube mating call, here’s the latest carbon cycle, here’s the clergy of the mall.” Etc, etc. The tune’s good, too. It features the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia on guitar and the album itself, typical of Zevon, has contributions from assorted music luminaries including David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame, Mike Campbell of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Richie Hayward of Little Feat, Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and jazz keyboardist/composer Chick Corea. Obviously Zevon was so well-respected and connected he could call on anyone, yet for all that, aside from the Excitable Boy album he never had a massive commercial hit. Weird. The guy was brilliant.
  1. Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack (1970 version), King Herod’s Song (Try It And See) . . . Said it a million times but the 1970 version of this soundtrack, with Murray Head as Judas, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan as Jesus and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene remains one of my all-time favorite albums. That’s a credit to the songwriting of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, but the performances – like this one by Mike D’Abo as King Herod, are terrific. D’Abo, who fronted Manfred Mann (before the Earth Band period) also wrote one of my favorite songs, as covered by Rod Stewart: Handbags and Gladrags. Just a beautiful song, that one, and D’Abo’s original is terrific, too although Stewart’s take on it is a rare time I find I prefer a cover to an original version.
  1. Pink Floyd, Young Lust . . . In putting together this show I realized that of all Pink Floyd’s albums in the monster commercial period that started with The Dark Side Of The Moon and ended with The Wall, I probably listen to The Wall the least. It’s a good album for sure, but I tend to listen to Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and Animals much more, same with Meddle, which preceded Dark Side. Of course, so many of these classic albums, by all bands, are so ingrained in our minds one tends to almost play them in one’s head without actually playing them. But I can’t remember the last time I played The Wall front to back, probably because its well-known tunes (Another Brick In The Wall Part II, Comfortably Numb, etc.) are so well known that I haven’t felt the need. But now that I say that, I do intend to play the whole thing soon. Didn’t have time as I put together the show. All that said, Young Lust is also quite well known. Due to the “I need a dirty woman’ line, the song always makes me think of this guy who lived down the hall from me in a small apartment complex when I was in college. I was going to bed one night when out of the blue comes this drunken shout “I want a woman!” And he wasn’t playing music, let alone this tune.
  1. Linda Ronstadt, Party Girl . . . A friend of mine who follows the show suggested some Elvis, either Presley or Costello, this week. Well, here’s Costello, in a way, since he wrote this tune, sung beautifully of course by Ronstadt. And I won’t accept any beefs about not playing either actual Elvis, it just didn’t work out and besides, I played a Guess Who track from Live At The Paramount, one of the same buddy’s favorite albums, so how much am I supposed to give?
  1. The Who, Love Ain’t For Keeping . . . Only thing wrong with this track from Who’s Next is that, at a mere 2:11, it’s far too short. Leave them wanting more, I guess. Great song.
  1. Blodwyn Pig, See My Way . . . The way the Brits used to do albums (maybe they still do) can be confusing. See early Beatles and Rolling Stones albums, where the UK versions were often at least somewhat different than the North American ones. This is because in Britain, they never put singles on full albums, the buggers, so you had to buy both unless you were just into singles and were content to wait around for a hits compilation. So, this was a single by the band Mick Abrahams formed when he left Jethro Tull after one album because he wanted to continue in a blues direction while Ian Anderson didn’t. But the single only appeared on the US version of Ahead Rings Out, the Pig’s first album, in 1969. It later appeared on the band’s second album, Getting To This, in 1970. At least in the UK. That’s why you see comments on YouTube like ‘buddy, you have the wrong album cover with the song’ when maybe they don’t. Depends where you are, or were. A good track, this, an up-tempo progressive blues song which to me could have fit on any Tull album. By the way, Blodwyn Pig is one of the best band names around, apparently coined by a stoned friend of the band, according to my research.
  1. Jethro Tull, It’s Breaking Me Up . . .And here’s a straight blues track (interesting title given the subsequent band split) featuring Abrahams playing on the first Tull album, This Was. The album name, as Anderson wrote in liner notes on a subsequent expanded re-release, resulted from him wanting to make a statement that ‘this was’ the band’s musical style before the group moved on to incorporate other influences. Which, of course, Tull did to great sales and acclaim, with Martin Barre taking Abrahams’ place in the lineup.
  1. Alice Cooper, Blue Turk . . . Interesting, perhaps, how things go. Last week, my muse produced a more eclectic set where this week I seem largely in a bluesy vein for most of the list including this jazz/blues cut from 1972’s School’s Out album. If you played it to someone whose only knowledge of Alice Cooper’s output was hits albums, I doubt they’d peg this as a Cooper song. Nice bass work by Dennis Dunaway and trombone by session player Wayne Andre.
  1. The Velvet Underground, Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ . . . From Loaded, a double entendre album title but mostly so named because the record company wanted more accessible stuff from the band, asking for an album ‘loaded with hits.’ At seven minutes and change, this bluesy number is too long (without being edited as sometimes happens) to be a single although it was a B-side on an album whose singles included the well-known Velvets’ tracks Sweet Jane and Rock & Roll, written and sung by Lou Reed. Reed didn’t sing this one, those duties handled by lead guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Doug Yule.
  1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Dying Of The Light . . . Beautiful song by the former Oasis man. Interesting for me with Oasis. Been back into them a bit of late, played their live cover of The Beatles’ I Am The Walrus a couple weeks ago. I don’t own any of the band’s individual albums aside from a live record, nor do I have any individual album by either Noel or Liam Gallagher. I did, at one point, but dunno, never really got into them so for me I suppose Oasis, Inc. is a compilation band. Which means Liam needs to issue one or I need to compile my own and I do like some of his work with Beady Eye and more recently releases under his own name. I pulled this one from the just-released Noel compilation, Back The Way We Came, Vol. I and it’s quite good, I even recognized some tracks so they must have somehow embedded themselves so perhaps I’ll go back at some point to the individual albums which no doubt have some great deep cuts. And that’s part of the point of compilations, of course, induce listeners to maybe investigate further. But for now, a couple Oasis comps and this new one by Noel will do me fine.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Joe Jackson, Caravan . . . JJ’s take on the Duke Ellington tune, taken from Jackson’s 2012 tribute album Duke, wherein he covered and in some cases reinterpreted the master’s music. It’s a lot of the reason I like Jackson so much, one of those artists I’ve followed since his new wave beginnings into his various musical explorations including classical. So far, he’s never let me down and along the way introduced me to some great music, his own and that of others.
  1. Roxy Music, The Main Thing . . . I played Roxy Music last week (Same Old Scene from 1980’s Flesh and Blood), which prompted a request to play something from the subsequent (and, so far, final) studio work, the brilliant Avalon. So, voila. Great stuff, Roxy, all phases, along with, of course, Bryan Ferry’s ongoing solo work.
  1. Atomic Rooster, Breakthrough . . . Psychedelic rocker, good music, arguably troubling lyrics from a guy, Vincent Crane, who battled lifelong mental health issues and sadly wound up taking his own life via a deliberate overdose of painkillers. Prior to Atomic Rooster, Crane was in The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and co-wrote the hit Fire. 
  1. Pink Floyd, The Nile Song . . . Hard rock, arguably uncharacteristic and definitely one of the heavier songs by Pink Floyd, from their 1969 soundtrack album for the movie More.
  1. Aerosmith, Seasons Of Wither . . . I see that now, on Wikipedia, is defined as a power ballad, a term I don’t recall existing in 1974 when it was released on the Get Your Wings album. Of course, ‘classic’ rock wasn’t a term then, either. Aerosmith later had huge commercial success with various ‘power ballads’ but none of them, in my view, could match this beauty.
  1. The Tragically Hip, An Inch An Hour . . . Straight ahead rocker, good lyrics, from 1994’s Day For Night album, named after the 1973 film directed by Francois Truffaut and starring Jacqueline Bisset and many largely unknown (to North Americans) European actors. Recommended, both the album and movie – which is a movie about the making of a movie, and, I thought, quite good. And I’m not even a huge movie buff. But I had heard a lot about the film, it came on TV one time, I watched it, and was rewarded.
  2. Neil Young, Eldorado . . . From Young’s 1989 Freedom album, something of a commercial comeback after his experimental Geffen Records phase, which got him sued (he won) by the company for not doing “Neil Young-type music’ which is interesting in that an artist’s output and creativity should be, and is, whatever they deem that to be at a given time. But I can see Geffen’s view, too; they were expecting stuff like Harvest or After The Gold Rush and got rockabilly on Everybody’s Rockin’ and Kraftwerk-like techno on Trans. Anyway, this is a nice Latin-tinged tune that first appeared on a Japan and Australia-only EP before being remixed for Freedom.
  1. Rory Gallagher, They Don’t Make Them Like You Anymore . . . Appropriate title for the late great guitarist/songwriter. Great jazz/boogie/rock fusion.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Casino Boogie . . . Nice groove tune from Exile On Main St. I love the way Charlie Watts ‘enters’ the tune, as my musician eldest son would say.
  1. Izzy Stradlin, Shuffle It All . . . The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s first album, 1992’s Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds, could be a Keith Richards or Ron Wood solo work, so Stones-ish is it. Wood plays on one track, his own Take A Look At The Guy, which appeared on Wood’s first solo album I’ve Got My Own Album To Do, in 1974. Other Stones’ henchmen contributing to the album are former Face Ian McLagan and Nicky Hopkins, both on keyboards/piano.
  1. Patti Smith, Changing Of The Guards . . . Nice cover of the Bob Dylan track which appeared on his 1978 release, Street Legal. The Smith version is on her fine covers album, Twelve, which came out in 2007.
  1. Peter Tosh, Hammer (extended version) . . . Speaking of changing of the guards and shuffling it all, here we come with a style shift in the set. On to some reggae and other departures, the first one via this track that appears on the 2002 expanded re-release of Tosh’s 1977 Equal Rights album.
  1. Santana, Batuka . . . I like most of Santana’s stuff but tend to always gravitate to his first three albums which feature terrific stuff like this instrumental, from the self-titled third album.
  1. The Clash, The Equaliser . . . An intoxicating soundscape of a song from the sprawling and wildly diverse Sandinista!, 1980. Three vinyl records long on the original release, it’s a terrific if sometimes self-indulgent amalgam of so many genres – funk, reggae, jazz, gospel, dub, rap, disco, R & B, you name it. Oftentimes with sprawling release like this, critics suggest it could have been edited down to a single album. A view that has merit, but then you might not get intriguing, hypnotic tracks like this.
  1. Flash And The Pan, Walking In The Rain/Lights In The Night . . . Two songs, two different albums (their first two) but whenever I play Walking In The Rain, I always pair it with the title cut from the next album, since to me they are of a piece, at least in style. Walking In The Rain is the first Flash And The Pan song I ever heard, and I was sold. I thought of playing it due to all the rain we’ve been having where I live, although looks like we’re back to sun for a few days to start the week.
  1. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Local Girls . . . This was the third single from the terrific Squeezing Out Sparks album, which Parker revisited in a decent 40th anniversary all-acoustic version in 2019. I still prefer the original, from a time I was major into Parker. Released as the third single from the album, in North America only, in 1979, difficult to believe it did not chart. But I remember hearing it a lot on radio then.
  1. Ramones, Mama’s Boy . . . I find I don’t know what to think about the Ramones. Sometimes, often, all their songs sound the same to me; other times, I dig ’em. No doubt they were influential, but generally speaking, just a matter of taste, I tend not to listen to a full album of theirs (even though they’re usually pretty short) in one go, due to that sameness thing. But, anyway, here you go, from the Too Tough To Die album in 1984, an album that at the time was considered a return to form as reflected in the band’s first four albums.
  1. Midnight Oil, Run By Night . . . Quite Ramones-like, this one, which means it’s also Stooges-like, as was the previous track by Ramones. This was the first single from the first Oils album, Midnight Oil, in 1978.
  1. Van Halen, Mean Street . . . Might be my favorite Van Halen tune, certainly one of them, from the David Lee Roth era and I like his vocals on it. It came out on 1981’s Fair Warning (cited lyrically in this song) album.
  1. Curtis Mayfield, Pusherman . . . Great funky soul, from Superfly.
  1. Funkadelic, Super Stupid . . . The late great Eddie Hazel on lead guitar, ably assisted by Lucious ‘Tawl’ Ross on rhythm. From the great Maggot Brain album, the 10-minute Hazel tour de force title cut of which I’ve played before on the show and was tempted to again, but decided on a different selection. This time. But no matter, because the whole album is great, as is much of Funkadelic’s stuff.
  1. Gary Moore, Cold Black Night . . . I’ve been in a Gary Moore phase of late,which tells me I should be in a Gary Moore phase more often. Great stuff from a late great artist who was comfortable in myriad styles/genres including metal, rock, blues and some experimental stuff. And he played in Thin Lizzy for a time, too.
  1. Eric Burdon & War, Sun/Moon . . . Back to Burdon I go, for the first time in a while. Too much great music, too little time in two hours once a week. Smooth, jazzy, funky stuff, this one an extended late night type smoky bar room piece from The Black-Man’s Burdon, the second of the two great albums Burdon did with War in 1970.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Tom Petty, The Last DJ . . . Caustic lyrics about the music industry and commercial radio, pretty much encapsulates why I started and continue to do this show. A minor hit single and title cut from Petty’s 2002 album, the song was banned by many stations – proving Petty’s point.
  1. Roxy Music, Same Old Scene . . . Didn’t do huge business as a hit single, at least in North America, but a great tune from the Flesh and Blood album, 1980 which was panned upon release as I recall . But, as is typical, “retrospective’ reviews have been kinder. All of which proves that early reviews, and in fairness to rock critics, are based on a few listens where many if not most albums take repeated listens to resonate.
  1. The Byrds, Goin’ Back . . . Covered by many artists, by the songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King. David Crosby didn’t want The Byrds to do it, thought it was fluff, which caused a divide in the band and eventually Crosby left/was fired. Which was probably justified, if he didn’t like this tune. Maybe it’s lightweight. But it’s good.
  1. Talking Heads, Electric Guitar . . . One of those hypnotic Heads’ tunes they started doing once they hooked up with the experimentally-oriented Brian Eno. This one’s from Fear Of Music, which is full of one-word song titles, for whatever that’s worth. Good album, regardless.
  1. Paul Rodgers, Talking Guitar Blues . . . From Rodgers’ first solo, truly solo (he played everything) album, Cut Loose, 1983, after the original lineup of Bad Company broke up. Sounded pretty much like a Bad Co. album, which means it’s good.
  2. Grand Funk Railroad, Paranoid (live) . . . Not the Black Sabbath track. This is Grand Funk’s own song, a guitar workout both in studio and on this live version.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day . . . Fantastic intro, fantastic up-tempo tune.
  1. Gordon Lightfoot, Talking In Your Sleep . . . Ah, the secrets we might unintentionally share.
  1. Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Summer Side Of Life . . . Great cover of the Lightfoot tune by the Canadian collective of Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and one of my favorite alltime artists, Tom Wilson of Junkhouse and various other projects’ fame.
  1. Sniff ‘N’ The Tears, Rodeo Drive . . . Known best for their big 1979 hit single, Driver’s Seat, this one came a year later, totally different, extended, hypnotic, great stuff. It bombed, alas.
  2. Oasis, I Am The Walrus (live) . . . Oasis worships and acknowledges the huge influence of The Beatles (and the Stones and Who and so on) on their music,so why the heck not do this one? Nice version. As are their stabs at the Stones’ Street Fighting Man and The Who’s My Generation. Worth checking out.
  1. Peter Frampton, Penny For Your Thoughts/(I’ll Give You) Money (live) . . . Nice little guitar ditty from Frampton Comes Alive I segued into the great rocker, Money, from the same monster-selling album.
  1. The Kinks, A Gallon Of Gas . . . 42 years after this song’s release on the Low Budget album, it appears little has changed as gas prices soar.
  1. Elton John, It Ain’t Gonna Be Easy . . . Great extended blues cut from the A Single Man album, 1978. The huge hit 70s glory days had faded, the band was different, Bernie Taupin wasn’t around much, but it’s a terrific album for my money.
  1. Bob Dylan, All Along The Watchtower . . . Call me crazy and I’ve always loved the Jimi Hendrix version, so did Dylan, who attempted to then play it in Hendrix style live, but I’ve always liked Dylan’s original better. The key with Dylan is not only the tunes, which are usually great, but the lyrics, how they fit the tune, and how he enunciates them. No different with Watchtower. First non-compilation Dylan album I remember – my older brother and huge musical influence brought it home. So began my Dylan experience. Tentative at first, then fully immersed.
  1. Jimmy Buffett, He Went To Paris . . . Speaking of Dylan, he apparently liked this story tune. It’s a good one. I confess to knowing little of Buffett aside from obvious hits like Cheeseburger In Paradise. But a fellow music aficionado I’ve ‘met’ on Twitter is a huge fan and posts regularly about him, so I figured I’d dip into the catalog for a tune.
  1. George Harrison, Tired Of Midnight Blue . . . Same Twitter friend was doing a ‘list several tracks from X artist” thing the other day. Harrison was his artist for the day. Being a deep cuts guy, this was one of my offerings. It’s a from 1975’s Extra Texture album.
  2. Freddy Cannon, Tallahassee Lassie . . . Pulled this from a compilation I have that features songs that influenced The Rolling Stones and/or tunes they covered. They did cover this one and released it on the expanded Some Girls album re-release a few years ago but while I like the Stones a lot, Cannon’s version is best.
  3. The Rolling Stones, She Smiled Sweetly . . . I’ve been into the Brian Jones early era of my favorite band of late. So inventive, so different, much pop (which is interesting in that Jones was the sworn blues guy in the band) yet such quality in terms of experimentation and instrumentation, directions the band never reallytook again once Jones was gone. But it’s all down on the albums,forever, thankfully, preserved.
  4. Warhorse, Ritual . . . Original Deep Purple bassist Nick Simper formed Warhorse, a hard rock/progressive band, after he and original singer Rod Evans were sacked in favor of Roger Glover and Ian Gillan. The band released two albums, lasted from 1970-74 and has reunited for live work sporadically since.
  1. Hawkwind, Steppenwolf . . . Epic cut from the space rockers. One of the band members had been reading Herman Hesse’s book, hence the song title.
  1. Steppenwolf, Jupiter’s Child . . . So Steppenwolf the song segues, naturally, into Steppenwolf, the band. And, seeing as I just watched (again) the Jupiter-centric 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequel 2010 (underappreciated I think) as they both came on TV last week, I figured this would be a logical tune to play. Great song, regardless, by a great band, Steppenwolf, that is so much more than all you ever seem to hear on radio – Magic Carpet Ride and Born To Be Wild.
  1. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Born To Run . . . From 1993’s The Last Rebel album, the second, at the time, from the reconstituted post-crash band. People seem of two views, understandably, about the latter-day Skynyrd. People consider them either a glorified covers band – despite, to me, much quality in the post-crash studio work – or a band continuing to honor the legacy of those who came before. I tend to the latter view, that they continue to honor the legacy. One thing can’t be argued – they still kick butt live. Saw them in 2004. Great show.
  1. Zephyr, Sail On . . . So I was in my favorite local music store, Encore Records, last week and a great tune was on. Turned out to be this one, from one of Tommy Bolin’s early bands. And I thought, I have this tune, and indeed I do on a great (and I believe out of print) 2-CD Bolin compilation (The Ultimate) which features his early work, including Zephyr, plus his solo/session work, and that with Deep Purple and The James Gang. Zephyr had a great singer, the late Candy Givens who to me rivals Janis Joplin and Grace Slick, among others. Great stuff.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. April Wine, Electric Jewels . . . Terrific title cut from the band’s 1973 album. This is why you buy albums, not just compilations. Unless they’re comprehensive comps like the 4-CD April Wine box set I own and from which I pulled the song.
  1. Ten Years After, Love Like A Man . . . Speaking of compilations, although I own every TYA album, last week, after my show I pulled out an excellent 2-CD collection of theirs, got discussing great British blues rock with a buddy and decided this week would be a TYA week on the show. This is the nearly 8-minute Cricklewood Green 1970 album version. As a single, at less than half the length, went top 10 in the UK, No. 56 in Canada and No. 98 in the U.S.
  1. Rod Stewart, You’re My Girl (I Don’t Want To Discuss It) . . . Rod Stewart, 1969-74 period – with members of Faces usually backing him as he pursued concurrent careers that eventually led to the breakup of that band – was amazing. Scintillating stuff from Stewart during that period, great combination of self-penned and well-chosen and interpreted cover material in a run of albums of rock and roll, roots rock, folk rock and blue-eyed soul.
  1. The Who, In A Hand Or A Face . . . Love the opening riff to this one, from The Who By Numbers, an arguably somewhat overlooked album but one I grew up with, first Who record I bought with my own money and just a terrific platter, regardless.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, I’ve Just Seen A Face (live) . . . An almost rockabilly version of one of my favorite mid-period Beatles tunes, from the Rubber Soul album. This version is from McCartney’s massive 1975-76 world tour that yielded the then triple-vinyl Wings Over America live album. I remember playing the heck out of it, great live album, great album, period.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Almost Hear You Sigh . . . Great ballad and one of my favorite tunes from the Stones’ 1989 Steel Wheels album. Co-written by Steve Jordan, now the Stones’ touring drummer in the wake of the death of Charlie Watts. It was originally targeted for Keith Richards’ 1988 solo album Talk Is Cheap, Jordan being part of Richards’ X-Pensive Winos band. But it was reworked and appeared on the Stones’ album and was a single, third from the album although (surprisingly to me) didn’t make a big impact on the charts. I’m a huge Stones fan and often think they choose the wrong singles from their albums. The lead single from Steel Wheels was Mixed Emotions, decent enough tune but I think Almost Hear You Sigh, had it been out first, might have achieved near-Angie level success. The Stones have played it live only rarely, but I’ve been wondering whether they now will on their current tour, with Jordan behind the drum kit and doing a fine job judging by the tour clips I’ve seen. They haven’t played it yet, two shows into the current tour, but we’ll see.
  1. It’s A Beautiful Day, Girl With No Eyes . . . I first heard of this band when I was 19 or so, taking a year off after high school to work for a year and build up some money to put myself through college. A guy at the place I worked, the engineering company at which my dad worked, mentioned them to me and at first, I didn’t pursue them but never forgot the reference and eventually wound up hearing the immortal White Bird, which I’ve played on the show before. That led me to deeper investigation of this San Francisco band and their synthesis of folk, jazz and psychedelia. Terrific band and, with replacement members, still around.
  1. Iron Butterfly, I Can’t Help But Deceive You Little Girl . . . So much more, these guys, than In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
  1. Little Feat, Truck Stop Girl . . . Love Little Feat, play them a fair bit on the show. Was reminded to play them this week after a Twitter music friend was canvassing for people’s favorite Feat songs and this one came up.
  1. Elton John, Razor Face . . . I played the title cut from the Madman Across The Water album to great feedback some time back. Then recently, an old friend posted a video to Facebook of someone covering that song which prompted me to think of the terrific album, yet another wall-to-wall great 70s one from Elton John, this being one of those great tracks.
  1. Booker T. and The MGs, Heads Or Tails . . . Everyone knows the fabulous Green Onions but another band that is so much more than one song. Great stuff.
  1. Marianne Faithfull, Running For Our Lives . . . Loads of people, me included, were sort of reintroduced to Faithfull via her terrific Broken English album in 1979 that led to a series of great outings including the subsequent releases Dangerous Acquaintances and A Child’s Adventure, which is referenced in the lyrics to this great track from that album.
  1. Concrete Blonde, City Screaming . . . I’ve had this on the burner, so to speak, for a few weeks but due to show flow or fit or whatever, haven’t managed to get it in. So here it is. Great, perhaps underappreciated band, hest known for their biggest hit, Joey, during the 1990s. Amazing singer in Johnette Napolitano. Ridiculously powerful vocals, probably deserves to be on the level of Janis Joplin in terms of reputation and legacy, but such recognition tends to be of a time and place and Napolitano’s time came arguably after the foundational bedrock of which Joplin was part.
  1. Pretenders, Room Full Of Mirrors . . . Killer cover of the Hendrix tune, from the Get Close album.
  1. Midnight Oil, King Of The Mountain . . . One of those songs, and a great one by the Oils, I came across in the radio station computer system via key words while searching for Mountain songs – one of which I did settle on, Blood Of The Sun, coming later in the set.
  1. Lynyrd Skynyrd, (I Got The) Same Old Blues . . . Another band I love, keep meaning to play, but haven’t managed to work in in recent weeks. Another cover by Skynyrd (they also did Call Me The Breeze) of a great J.J. Cale tune. Cale is/was one of those artists, akin perhaps to Tom Waits, who has wonderful work in his own right but whose songs are arguably more recognized via cover versions done by higher-profile artists. Like Eric Clapton (After Midnight and Cocaine), for instance.
  1. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mary Had A Little Lamb (live) . . . Now here’s an artist I haven’t played in ages. Oversight corrected.
  1. Roy Buchanan, After Hours . . . This guy’s guitar playing, bluesy and otherwise, was ridiculously great. Another troubled soul lost early, age 48, apparently by suicide though friends and family disputed that finding.
  1. Black Sabbath, After Forever . . . The supposed Satanists embrace god, the Pope and Christianity. But, who knows. Great tune, regardless.
  1. Nazareth, Beggars Day/Rose In The Heather . . . This is from the Hair Of The Dog album, 1975. Love Hurts and the title cut were the hits/best-known tracks. But as someone on YouTube commented, “every song on this record is the best song on this record.” I agree. Fits my belief that the best band, album or song is the one you are listening to now, if you like it.
  1. Mountain, Blood Of The Sun . . . From Mountain before they were Mountain, so to speak. The song originally appeared on Leslie West’s debut album, titled Mountain, which then became the name of the band.
  1. Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown . . . Always loved this fun little ditty from the Sheer Heart Attack album, 1974.
  1. Jethro Tull, When Jesus Came To Play . . . From 1991’s excellent, in my opinion, Catfish Rising album, a bluesy record that, on this tune, harkens lyrically back to Aqualung via Ian Anderson’s caustic observations on God, Jesus, religion, faith.
  1. Junkhouse, Jesus Sings The Blues . . . Great bluesy cut from the debut Junkhouse album, Strays, in 1993. It led to my forever following of everything Junkhouse leader Tom Wilson has done – Junkhouse, solo, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond . . .
  1. Savoy Brown, Money Can’t Save Your Soul . . . Another selection that arose, like my playing Ten Years After early in the set, from that discussion I had with a friend about somewhat under the radar British blues rock. Terrific band that at one point early on split in two, the result giving us Foghat.
  1. Jackson Browne, The Next Voice You Hear . . . Great hypnotic track, a new tune at the time, which served as the title cut to a greatest hits compilation released by Browne in 1997. Was used in the TV series Mr. Mercedes, based on the Stephen King series of books, but I only found that out when I searched the song on YouTube since I’m not much of a TV series watcher, though I’m a fan of King’s books. Haven’t got round to reading the Mercedes series yet, though. Too many interests, too little time/inability to make choices sometimes.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Pink Floyd, Welcome To The Machine . . . The B-side, in North America, to the Have A Cigar single from Wish You Were Here but like all great albums, anyone who knows anything about the band in question knows all the songs so well they all may as well be hit singles.  
  2. The Who, Amazing Journey/Sparks (from Live at Leeds expanded version) . . . fierce live version of the back-to-back tracks from the Tommy album.
  1. The Beatles, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) . . . One of my favorite Beatles’ tracks, heavy, bluesy, great. With the abrupt ‘cut it right there’ ending John Lennon decided upon rather than having the song fade out.
  1. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Heavy Music/Katmandu (from Live Bullet) . . . What a great album Live Bullet is, and it proved to be Seger’s breakthrough to a wider audience outside Detroit and Michigan. Deservedly so. Heavy music segues into Katmandu on the album, so I kept them together for the show for 14 minutes of sterling Seger.
  1. Budgie, Breadfan . . . hellacious riff on this one from the influential yet never super successful commercially Welsh hard rockers. Metallica covered it on their Garage, Inc. album.
  1. Jethro Tull, For A Thousand Mothers . . . So many great albums and songs by Tull, one of my favorite bands so I can’t say Stand Up is my favorite album of theirs, but definitely one of them. All killer, no filler, as the saying goes. This one’s special for me, too, since the band opened with it when I took my older son, then 12, to his first Tull show, at Hamilton Place in 2000. It was the first of four Tull concerts we saw together.
  1. The Rolling Stones, 100 Years Ago . . . Great stuff from Goats Head Soup and the first song I ever played on this show, many moons ago now. I figured the title fit the name I coined for my show, So Old It’s New.
  1. Blue Oyster Cult, Harvester Of Eyes . . . Typically dark, spooky stuff from the early and arguably best days of Blue Oyster Cult, this one from Secret Treaties,their third album, in 1974.
  1. Headstones, Cemetery . . . Kick butt rocker from one of my favorite Canadian bands, and bands in general.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Trampled Underfoot . . . dune da dune da dune, dune da dune, dune da dune da dune, dune da dune…etc. Hypnotizing stuff from Physical Graffiti.
  1. Deep Purple, Sail Away . . . I’ve always thought this sounded at least somewhat like a slower version of Zep’s Trampled Underfoot, hence why I put them back-to-back. It’s from Purple’s Burn, the first album from the Mk. III lineup featuring David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals) which was recorded starting in late 1973 and released in February ’74. Physical Graffiti came out in 1975 so I’m not saying Zeppelin ‘pinched it’, as the Brits say, because Graffiti was recorded at various points between 1970 and 1974, although Trampled Underfoot itself was recorded in January-February 1974. I just find it interesting, being a Purple/Coverdale fan, how Robert Plant, when Coverdale’s Whitesnake was huge commercially in the late 1980s, called him David Cover-version when Zeppelin has had some issues of its own with ‘borrowing’. I always thought it was a clear case of pot, meet kettle and besides which, the earlier, bluesier Whitesnake fronted by Coverdale, was a much different beast than the later, more overproduced yes somewhat Zep soundalike Whitesnake that was deliberately tailored for the American market. Anyway all three – Zep, Purple, (especially to me early) Whitesnake – are great bands, great tunes, moving on to the next track now, ha.
  1. Blind Faith, Presence Of The Lord . . . Eric Clapton’s guitar solo alone makes this one worth the price of admission.
  1. Rainbow, Self Portrait . . . Speaking of Deep Purple, another from the family tree, this from Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, the first album he did, backed by lead singer Ronnie James Dio’s then-band Elf, after leaving Deep Purple after 1974’s Stormbringer album. I’ve said it before but I’ve always liked Dio’s work with Rainbow and Black Sabbath better than his own stuff fronting his namesake band, Dio. I like Dio, the band, but not to me as good as the Rainbow and Sabbath stuff.
  1. The Guess Who, Proper Stranger . . . Bouncy tune from the American Woman album with some nice guitar from Randy Bachman.
  1. Goddo, Under My Hat . . . I saw the reunited (then) Goddo at a gig in Cambridge a few years ago that also served as a reunion fun time with two childhood friends from our time in Peru that, at that point, I had not seen in 40 years. Was a great show, a great time and we’ve stayed in touch.
  1. Van Halen, Ice Cream Man . . . From Van Halen’s great self-titled debut album in 1978, a cover of a tune by Chicago blues guitarist/songwriter John Brim.
  1. Chicago, I Don’t Want Your Money . . . Early Chicago, particularly the first three albums, on up to the time Terry Kath died, is the only Chicago for me. Here’s another great one, from Chicago III, featuring Kath’s amazing guitar playing, Robert Lamm’s vocals and that early, brilliant, jazz-rock fusion that made the band so terrific.
  1. Jimi Hendrix, Machine Gun (live, Band Of Gypsys album version) . . . Speaking of great guitarists (and Hendrix was quoted as saying he thought Kath was better than him) . . . Doesn’t matter, so many great ones out there and through history but Hendrix obviously at or near the summit, in anyone’s book. Terrific cut demonstrating his abilities, from the live Band Of Gypsys album, recorded in New York as 1969 became 1970. Copyright issues make it difficult to access Hendrix stuff online, so I’ve used a clip, same song length, from a Copenhagen, Denmark performance of Machine Gun, later in 1970.
  1. Queen, It’s Late . . . Late in the show, but never too late for another great Brian May penned Queen track. This one’s from News Of The World, the album featuring the We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions (overplayed,alas) monster hit. It’s Late was the third single from the album in some countries including North America, albeit at about half its 6:32 album length, but didn’t make the top 50.
  1. Fleetwood Mac, That’s All For Everyone . . . That’s it, that’s all for this week, taking my leave via one of my favorite songs from the Tusk album, 1979.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Fu Manchu, Cyclone Launch . . . Launching with Fu Manchu’s heavy heavy monster sound of stoner rock.
  1. Flash and The Pan, Don’t Vote . . . Not a commentary on the Canadian federal election, honestly. Wasn’t going to even remotely touch on it but this tune, from the Headlines album, happened to come up in the station computer system while I was searching for something else. And it’s a nice up-tempo rocker with those distinctive Flash and The Pan vocals, with lyrics that I suppose could be interpreted in myriad ways.
  1. AC/DC, Down Payment Blues . . . from the Powerage album, Bon Scott era.
  1. Family, A Song For Me . . . Nine minutes of powerhouse psychedelic/hard rock from these arguably underappreciated Brits. The band from which Ric Grech of Blind Faith fame came, although by the time of this title cut from Family’s 1970 album, he was already in Blind Faith. And then out, as that supergroup (Cream’s Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, Traffic’s Steve Winwood) flamed out after their one amazing studio album.
  1. Link Wray, Switchblade . . . it cuts like a, er, switchblade. Great stuff from one of the highly influential early doctors of distortion.
  1. Dire Straits, Six Blade Knife . . . Another of those tracks that came up while searching another (Link Wray’s Switchblade, above) I’d earlier downloaded into the station system. I’ve thrown so many tracks in there now over the last year or so, thousands, that my shows are starting to schedule themselves, in a manner of speaking. I look for one song, many others yielded from the word search come up and I think, heck yeah, I like that one, too. Hence of late, if anyone’s noticed, many songs with similar words in their titles. More coming, as you’ll see. Anyway, Six Blade Knife is a typically nice, Dire Straits shuffle, much in the vein of J.J. Cale, from the debut album in 1978.
  1. Kris Kristofferson, Blame It On The Stones . . . I came to the multi-faceted Kristofferson long ago now, probably sometime in the 1990s but still relatively late. Always knew, of course, about his acting – I remember seeing the football movie Semi-Tough, and that he wrote Me and Bobby McGee which Janis Joplin (who he briefly dated) made famous. But never delved into his music much beyond that but once I did, was rewarded with his deep catalog. This one, a fun take on the often negative views older generations held about the ‘bad boy’ Rolling Stones, was the lead track on Kristofferson’s self-titled debut album in 1970. The album, which also featured Me and Bobby McGee, didn’t sell particularly well until Joplin took that song to the top, after which Kristofferson’s album was re-released with a new title, Me and Bobby McGee, and hit the charts.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Down In The Hole . . . Great original blues from the Emotional Rescue album.
  1. Tom Waits, Way Down In The Hole . . . Used as theme music, in various versions including Waits’ own, for the TV show The Wire. That was news to me since I don’t watch much TV, besides sports and documentaries. I hear it is/was a good show. Good song, regardless. It’s arguably amazing how many Waits warbles have been covered into hits by other artists, or used on TV shows or movies, yet he’s always remained something of a cult artist, certainly widely known, immensely respected, yet not to wide commercial tastes.
  1. King Crimson, Frame By Frame . . . From the second phase of Crimson’s career, the new wave-like, Talking Heads-ish period that yielded the trio of albums that are somewhat of a piece – Discipline, Beat and Three Of A Perfect Pair, starting in 1981. This one’s from Discipline.
  1. Soft Machine, Drop . . . From 5, the, yeah, fifth Soft Machine album. I find this progressive/jazz/rock/experimental band fascinating for their numerous lineups alone and how they developed and changed musically. This album is a perfect example. Recorded in 1971 and ’72, it was released in 1972. The 1971 sessions formed side one of the original vinyl album, with 1972, featuring some different personnel, featured on side two. Drop is from side one, after which some members, in true Soft Machine fashion, dropped out.
  2. Spooky Tooth, Lost In My Dream . . . I own just two Spooky Tooth releases. One is a terrific two-CD compilation I’ve drawn from for, as an example, their progressive, Vanilla Fudge-like treatment of The Beatles’ I Am The Walrus which, come to think of it, I should soon revisit. The other album I own is Spooky Two, arguably the band’s finest individual album and from which Lost In My Dream comes. The album includes the killer nine-minute cut Evil Woman, which I’ve played before, and the Gary Wright-penned By You, Better Than Me, which Judas Priest later covered to such effect that many consider it a Priest original. Wright, of course, went on to solo success, best known for Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive.
  1. Bad Company, Cross Country Boy . . . Jaunty little track from Rough Diamonds in 1982, the last studio album by the original Bad Co. lineup. Not just due to the title but this song always reminds me on Peace River, Alberta, where I lived briefly to start my journalism career, and where I first bought the Rough Diamons album, on vinyl.
  1. Bobbie Gentry, Big Boss Man . . . Best known for Ode to Billie Joe, Gentry has a very deep catalog of great material I like to dip into periodically both for listening pleasure and my show. She was among the first women to compose and produce her own material. And then she essentially disappeared, by choice. Fascinating story.
  1. Cowboy Junkies, Black Eyed Man . . . Second of several songs in the ‘man’ phase of the show again, as described earlier in my commentary, arrived at via search words in the station computer as I hunt for songs. Inn this case Bobbie Gentry search yielding this one and it’s never a bad thing to listen to the Junkies and Margo Timmins’ ethereal voice.
  1. Gov’t Mule, Blind Man In The Dark . . . The Mule takes us into a three-song Allman Brothers Band-related set. This tune originally appeared on the band’s second studio album, Dose, in 1998. This version is a similar but more raw treatment released on the archival Tel-Star Sessions album in 2016.
  1. Gregg Allman, Whippin’ Post . . . A more acoustic arrangement of the tune he wrote for the Brothers, it appeared on Allman’s terrific 1997 solo album, Searching For Simplicity. Nice playing by short-lived Allman Brothers’ Band guitarist Jack Pearson. Pearson, widely acclaimed in the music industry, was in the Allman Brothers from 1997-99 until he reluctantly left due to tinnitis (ringing in the ears).
  1. Sea Level, Canine Man . . . Up tempo tune by Sea Level, a rock/jazz fusion outfit led by keyboard player Chuck Leavell that grew out of the late 1970s breakup of the Allmans. The band name comes from a play on C. Leavell. Leavell has since been a regular touring and recording partner of The Rolling Stones. 
  1. Fairport Convention, Cajun Woman . . . Fast-paced tune from the fine British folk-rock artists, founded by guitarist Richard Thompson and, in the early days, featuring the wonderful vocals of the late great Sandy Denny. They’re still around and still in the lineup is guitarist/singer Simon Nicol, a founder member, and longtime member Dave Pegg who also had various stints in Jethro Tull. 
  2. Pretenders, Walk Like A Panther . . . Slinky tune, slinky vocals by Chrissie Hynde, from the band’s solid 2002 release, Loose Screw.
  1. Ian Gillan, Candy Horizon . . . Kick-butt rocker from Gillan’s 1991 solo release, Toolbox. Arguably the last album on which he could still scream like the banshee that did such Deep Purple classics as Child In Time. Great stuff.
  1. Eric Burdon, Can’t Kill The Boogieman . . . From Burdon’s 2004 album, My Secret Life. Great album. The riff to this tune sounds like ZZ Top’s La Grange, which in turn sounds like John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillen and Slim Harpo’s Shake Your Hips. When the ZZ Top tune came out in 1973, the band was sued by the copyright holder to Boogie Chillen but it was found that the traditional boogie blues rhythm was in the public domain.
  1. Bob Dylan, What Was It You Wanted . . . Caustic lyrics, at least I find them so, in typically great Dylan fashion, on this song from, for my money, one of his best albums,1989’s Oh Mercy. Produced by Daniel Lanois, who tends to bring out the best in anyone with whom he works.
  1. Tracy Chapman, Change . . . She’s so great, lyrically and musically, although dormant as far as new material since her last studio album in 2008. Hope she does new music soon but if not, we have the brilliance she’s left us to date.
  1. Van Morrison, And The Healing Has Begun . . . Haven’t played Van the Man, one of my favorite artists, in a while. Just beautiful stuff, this.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Still . . . You Turn Me On . . . Well-known and beautiful ELP song. It was considered as a single from the Brain Salad Surgery album, and is somewhat in the vein of Lucky Man from the debut. But the band decided against it since drummer Carl Palmer didn’t play on the song, and the ballad didn’t fit with the overall more aggressive tone of the album.
  1. Robert Palmer, Love Stop . . . Cool song from the Secrets album, 1979, which along with the next year’s Clues record, are my two favorites from the late Palmer. And I just realized I opened with Emerson, Lake & Palmer and then here I come with Robert Palmer. Although of course we’re talking Robert, not Carl. Must be some sort of Freudian thing, but enough of that rot. Robert Palmer’s cover of Moon Martin’s Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) was the big hit single from Secrets, Jealous (which I’ve played before) less so, but the whole album is quality and another of those I got into during my college days.
  1. Joni Mitchell, Passion Play (When All The Slaves Are Free) . . . From 1991’s Night Ride Home, which I don’t own. But I got into a lot of Mitchell’s great deep cuts, like this one, via her Misses compilation album, released on the same day in 1996 as Hits. Her record company wanted to issue a greatest hits album so Mitchell said, fine, but how about you agree to also issue an album collecting some of my own favorite deep cuts. She picked the tunes and voila, Misses. It’s a great way to get into lots of her lesser-known and perhaps less commercial work.
  1. The Rolling Stones, If You Really Want To Be My Friend . . . American R & B and soul group Blue Magic contributes backing vocals on this one from the It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll album. Every time I hear it, and it’s a great tune, I think of an old high school and college football teammate just breaking into the opening verse one day as we hung around either waiting for class or practice.
  1. Boz Scaggs, Loan Me A Dime . . . Before his 70s hits like Lowdown and Lido Shuffle, Scaggs played in early, bluesy and psychedelic versions of the Steve Miller Band (before that group’s big commercial hit singles success) and then went solo. This great blues track, written by singer/guitarist Fenton Robinson, appeared on Scaggs’ second solo album, Boz Scaggs. It came out in 1969 and features Duane Allman on guitar on four songs, including this one.
  1. Elton John, (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket . . . Good rocker from Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirty Cowboy. EJ was so consistently excellent during the 1970s, one of those artists whose deep cuts could easily have been singles.
  1. Chris Smither, Rock & Roll Doctor . . . A different, up-tempo shuffle treatment, complete with foot percussion, of the Lowell George-penned Little Feat tune, from the veteran American singer/songwriter/guitarist Smither. Great stuff.
  1. Steely Dan, Show Biz Kids . . . Typically great playing and caustic lyrics on this one from Countdown To Ecstasy, in 1973. The boys in the band foresaw, nearly 50 years in advance, the arguably vaccuous selfie culture to come via lyrics like “show biz kids making movies of themselves you know they don’t give a fuck about anybody else.”. Lead single from the album, it managed to make No. 61. Rick Derringer is on slide guitar on the track.
  1. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Luna . . . I’ve always really liked this one, from Petty’s debut album in 1976. Kinda spooky, with those unique Petty vocals.
  1. John Lennon, I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama . . . Producer Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ comes into play on this dirge-like track from the Imagine album. Canada’s Cowboy Junkies had an interesting take on it – including a rap segment – on their 2005 covers album, Early 21st Century Blues. Mad Season, the grunge supergroup made up of members of Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Screaming Trees, covered it 10 years earlier on their lone album, Above.
  1. Black Sabbath, Supernaut . . . And now for a two-song hard rock/metal interlude, starting with what I consider maybe Tony Iommi’s best Black Sabbath riff, although there’s so many great ones it’s obviously difficult to pick.
  1. Metallica, My Friend Of Misery . . . From the self-titled monster ‘black’ album that opened all kinds of doors in terms of audience for Metallica, ticking off some fans who wanted them to forever stay in thrash mode. Great bass intro by the since departed Jason Newsted and wicked guitar soloing by Kirk Hammett starting around five minutes into the nearly seven-minute track.
  1. Ian Hunter, The Outsider . . . Not a bad tune, including this slow-building one, on Hunter’s You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic album, from 1979. With his trusted sidekick, the late great Mick Ronson, on guitar.
  1. David Bowie, Saviour Machine . . . Speaking of Ronson, he of course also worked extensively with David Bowie including on this rather amazing rocking, almost prog track from Ronson’s first album with Bowie, 1970’s The Man Who Sold The World.
  1. Johnny (Guitar) Watson, A Real Mother For Ya . . . Great funk rock from the widely influential Watson. Among those inspired by him were Frank Zappa, who took up guitar after listening to Watson’s 1950s work, with Watson later appearing on several Zappa albums. This song was Watson’s highest charting single, making No. 41 on the pop charts and No. 5 on the R & B list in 1977. He died at age 61 in 1996, on stage during a gig in Japan. Not a bad way to go, doing what you love.
  1. Johnny Winter, All Tore Down . . . Great blues rocker, gritty vocals from Winter, from 1973’s Still Alive And Well album.
  1. Ten Years After, The Stomp . . . Hypnotic John Lee Hooker type track from 1969’s Ssssh album.
  1. John Lee Hooker, Back Biters and Syndicators . . . Speaking of whom, here’s the real thing.
  2. Mose Allison, Swingin’ Machine . . . The song does just that, swing. So influential an artist, Mose Allison. Lots of people, like The Who, covered his songs. Space does not permit. Read up on and better yet, listen to him.
  1. Dr. John, Iko Iko . . . Typical, er, gumbo from Dr. John’s Gumbo, his 1972 covers album of New Orleans classics.
  1. Steve Earle, Back To The Wall . . . Fairly well-known tune from Copperhead Road, the title cut from the album likely is the best known yet no singles, surprisingly, were officially released from the album in North America. This was released as a single in the UK but didn’t chart.
  1. Free, Walk In My Shadow . . . Perhaps amazingly, given the heavy blues nature of the album, none of the members of Free were even 20 years old when Tons Of Sobs was released in 1969. Walk In My Shadow was co-written by all four band members – Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff, Andy Fraser and Simon Kirke. Rodgers and Kirke, of course, later went on to form Bad Company.
  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Keep On Chooglin’ . . . CCR is so well-known, and rightly so, for their many hit singles but they’ve got some amazing extended pieces, like this one.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Rolling Stones, Can You Hear The Music . . . Somewhat ethereal tune from Goats Head Soup, yet another deep cut showing the Stones’ diversity in approach and music that – as with many great artists – those only listening to hit singles (which is fine) maybe never hear or appreciate.
  1. Alan Parsons Project, Sirius/Mammagamma/Lucifer . . . I wanted to play some Alan Parsons Project, haven’t in a long while, but couldn’t decide between these instrumentals. So I put them all together as one lengthy cut.
  1. Eagles, Long Road Out Of Eden . . . Long title track from the band’s 2007 album, the first (and likely last) studio album they’ve done since 1979’s The Long Run. Typically acerbic lyrics sung by Don Henley. Great, at times spooky, tune.
  1. Kansas, Portrait (He Knew) . . . Besides Carry On Wayward Son from Leftoverture (which I’ve long since owned), Point Of Know Return, via the hit single Dust In The Wind, is really the album that got me into Kansas and how I discovered this tune, one of my favorites by the band and the third single from the album. It made No. 64 on the charts. Inspired by Albert Einstein, the lyrics were later re-written by Kansas founder member Kerry Livgren for his solo band, to reflect his conversion to Christianity – although even the original Kansas lyrics could be taken to be as much about Jesus Christ as Einstein.
  1. Mott The Hoople, All The Way From Memphis . . . Reconnecting with lots of stuff I haven’t played on the show of late. Always liked Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter’s solo work. And, there’s a Bad Company connection to Mott via Mick Ralphs, a founding member of both bands.
  1. Rush, Working Man . . . I tend to always play this song at some point in my Labour Day set. Great rocker from the early, pre-progressive days, with the late John Rutsey on drums. From the self-titled debut album in 1974.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, Justice . . . Timeless lyrics, from Cockburn’s 1981 album Inner City Front.
  1. Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane, My Baby Gives It Away . . . A leftover, of sorts, from my Charlie Watts tribute show last week. Meant to play it, but got lost in the shuffle (true story: I couldn’t find my CD to load into the station computer system). Anyway, Watts plays drums, complete with his perhaps trademark ‘thwack’ to end this tune from 1977’s fabulous Rough Mix album. It’s a collaboration between The Who’s Townshend and Lane, of Faces fame, along with many of their musical friends and luminaries. John Entwistle, Eric Clapton and longtime Stones’ pianist Ian Stewart, among others, contribute.
  1. Rod Stewart, (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right . . . A tune done by many artists, written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson of Stax Records. Stewart, a great interpreter beyond his own songwriting abilities, has always been sterling in his choice of songs to cover, and this is another example. From 1977’s Footloose & Fancy Free album. Stewart’s old band, Faces, recorded it as an outtake for their 1973 album Ooh La La, so perhaps not surprising he chose to revisit it.

  2. John Mellencamp, Emotional Love . . . Interesting story with this track from 1996’s Mr. Happy Go Lucky album. It was written by Mellencamp’s then-bassist Toby Myers. Myers wasn’t sure about it, asked Mellencamp to listen to it, Mellencamp loved it but it was decided to put Mellencamp’s vocals on it and the rest is history. It’s one of my favorite tracks from the album. I like the groove.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, Beware My Love (live, from Wings Over America) . . . One of McCartney’s harder rockers, originally on Wings At The Speed Of Sound, an album of mostly softer rock. It’s not metal by any stretch, but I like it when Macca rocks out.
  1. The Beatles, Happiness Is A Warm Gun . . . From 1968’s The Beatles, aka or should we say not also known as but mostly known as The White Album. John Lennon took several song fragments and made them into one coherent whole. Well, I shouldn’t say just Lennon. It was his tune(s) but it’s one of the few songs on the album where all four Beatles actually worked together to hash it out, and all identified it as their favorite track on the record.
  1. T. Rex, I Love To Boogie . . . It’s a boogie tune. And I figured a good one to lead into a harder rocking phase of tonight’s show.
  2. The Stooges, Down On The Street . . . dunta dunta eeyow…etc etc. Typically crazy good stuff from Iggy and the boys.
  1. Nazareth, Not Faking It . . . No, we’re not. Real hard rock and roll.
  1. Status Quo, Paper Plane . . . Quo got a bit too poppy for me later on; I prefer their earlier, harder-rocking hard boogie stuff, like this one from the appropriately named Piledriver album, released in 1972.
  1. Jefferson Airplane, The Last Wall Of The Castle . . . Wicked, hard-rocking psychedelic tune from the maybe somewhat ‘weird’ but wonderful After Bathing At Baxter’s album. Great lead guitar and soloing by Jorma Kaukonen, who wrote the song and handles lead vocals.
  1. Thin Lizzy, Killer Without A Cause . . . I don’t know what more to say about Thin Lizzy besides I like all their stuff and anyone who thinks The Boys Are Back In Town is all they ever did, needs to dig deeper. They could fill the Grand Canyon with their great work.
  1. Blue Cheer, Saturday Freedom . . . Best known, likely, for their version of Eddie Cochran’s Summertime Blues, this is from the band’s self-titled fourth album, a more diverse one in style but still excellent.
  1. The Butterfield Blues Band, In My Own Dream . . . David Sanborn with the great sax solo on this one, the title cut from Butterfield’s 1968 album. It’s the last one with Elvin Bishop on guitar as the band started moving in a more soul-oriented direction after the earlier rocking blues featuring Bishop and Mike Bloomfield.
  1. The Kinks, Holiday In Waikiki . . . The only thing wrong with this song is its length. Too short. Just love the quirky rhythm and guitar work. From the Face To Face album in 1966. Unlike most of The Kinks’ post-British Invasion hit singles-infused albums, which arguably were hit singles and lots of filler like that of the output of many bands of the period, Face To Face didn’t sell particularly well. It’s something of a paradox, as the band got arguably more creative as chief songwriter Ray Davies moved into concept album territory. But the relatively poor-selling material the band did from 1966 to the early 70s, outside of big hit singles like Lola, is terrific. If you want a nice summation, I’d recommend The Kinks Kronikles. It’s a 1972 compilation that gathers lots of those songs and is how I got into this tune years ago. That prompted me to collect the full studio albums from that period of this terrific yet still somewhat underappreciated band in comparison to their contemporaries – Beatles, Stones, Who.
  1. The Doors, Ship Of Fools . . . A friend of mine, now a follower of the show and I got talking about the Doors’ later output some time ago, after I played a tune from the L.A. Woman album. So hard to pick, I like all Doors albums, but Woman might be my favorite of theirs – dark, bluesy, booze, cigarette and other smoking things-soaked vocals by Jim Morrison. But the previous record, Morrison Hotel, is similar in its deliberate ‘back to basics’ approach after the experimenation of The Soft Parade. The intro somewhat reminds me of the intro to Break On Through (To The Other Side) from the debut album, but this is a terrific cut in its own right.
  1. Murray McLauchlan, Sixteen Lanes Of Highway . . . Terrific stuff from one of Canada’s greats. Just put on, via CD or whatever your delivery system, the Songs From The Street compilation and Try Walking Away On The Boulevard Down By The Henry Moore or Out Past The Timberline.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out . . . One of those tunes I came across while searching for something else in the radio station’s computer system. Was looking for Free songs, up came Free-ze Out so I thought, why not? Haven’t played The Boss recently always liked this one, among many by Springsteen. And Free will have to wait at least another week.
  1. Canned Heat, So Long Wrong . . . Latter period (then) Heat, same old great blues. From 1973’s The New Age album. Formed in 1965, Canned Heat is still around, no original members, drummer/singer Adolfo de la Parra, who joined in 1967, is still there but founder members/chief songwriters Bob (The Bear) Hite and Alan (Blind Owl) Wilson are long gone to the great gig in the sky. It’s interesting, though, going through the looong list of former members. Included are Larry Taylor, who had several stints in Canned Heat as well as with John Mayall and Tom Waits. Also, Harvey Mandel, who once auditoned for/played on The Rolling Stones’ Black and Blue album and also was with John Mayall for a time. Noted bluesman Walter Trout also had a stint, 1981-85, in Canned Heat.

So Old It’s New set list (Charlie Watts tribute) for Monday, Aug 30/21 – on air 8-10 pm ET

All tracks feature Charlie Watts and are Rolling Stones songs, except tracks 23-26 which are from side projects including his jazz band.

1. Flip The Switch . . . And Charlie comes crashing in right off the bat on this, the opening cut to the Stones’ 1997 release, Bridges To Babylon. My two boys and I used to ‘play’ this one in our air guitar band when they were young, and then my older son, then 9, saw/heard the band play it in April 1998 when I took him to his first Stones’ show, and concert, ever.

 

  1. If You Can’t Rock Me . . . Opening cut from the It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll album, with Watts kicking things off in fine fashion, and throughout. “The band’s on stage and it’s one of those nights…the drummer thinks that he is dynamite” Yes, he is/was.
  2.  Soul Survivor . . . Suggested by my older son, Mark, as we were discussing Watts’ passing, for how in Mark’s words Watts ‘enters’ the song at the four-second mark. Always loved this song, from Exile On Main St, perhaps sort of a different song construction, I’ve heard it described as a ‘sideways’ riff from Keith Richards.
  3.  Shake Your Hips . . . A cover of the hypnotic Slim Harpo tune, also from Exile. Great stuff.
  4. Let It Bleed . . . Here he comes, crashing in at 13 seconds. That part alone has always ‘made’ the song for me but it’s great throughout.
  5. Moon Is Up . . . One of two tunes for this Watts-inspired set, suggested by a friend, Ted Martin who, before I even decided to do a Watts-tribute show, sent me a list of his favorite Watts moments. I like this one, too. It’s from 1994’s Voodoo Lounge album. Watts is credited as playing ‘mystery drum’, which actually was a turned-over steel garbage can.
  6.  Slave . . . Just a great jam, from Tattoo You. Originally recorded during the mid-1970s sessions for the Black and Blue album, it wasn’t released until 1981 when the Stones cobbled together unfinished tunes from previous sessions and put them together for the Tattoo You album. Features Sonny Rollins on sax and a great drum-guitar duel between Watts and Keith Richards over the last two minutes of the six-and-a-half minute cut. The song was originally five seconds under five minutes long on the original album release but when the band released remastered versions, they left in the extra 90 seconds as Keith and Charlie just kept on going as the tapes rolled.
  7.  Driving Too Fast . . . propulsive piece from A Bigger Bang in 2005. Watts, as always, as metronome.
  8.  Down The Road Apiece . . . From the early days, 1965 when Stones albums – in this case The Rolling Stones Now! – were populated largely with blues and R & B covers, and boogie-woogie entries like this one, written by Don Raye and first recorded in 1940. Chuck Berry, who the Stones drew much inspiration from, Jerry Lee Lewis and Foghat are some of the other notables to have covered it.
  9. Terrifying . . . What I’ve described as a roiling track from 1989’s Steel Wheels. It swings, which is what Watts was all about, the ‘roll’ in the rock, in the words of Keith Richards.
  10. When The Whip Comes Down . . . It’s a production thing as well but the drumming on the Some Girls album is so sharp, snappy, solid and just plain great.
  11.  I Go Wild . . . Another from Voodoo Lounge, the first album the Stones did after Bill Wyman left and Darryl Jones came in on bass. Over his own objections, Watts was put ‘in charge’ of making the final call by the band but he knew he had to, given drums and bass form the rhythm section in a rock band. Apparently fuelled by this newfound authority, Watts is said to have yelled ‘turn me up’ at one point in the sessions, all the resulting tunes of which feature his typically terrific drumming.
  12.  Factory Girl . . . Watts plays tabla (twin hand drums) on this one, from Beggars Banquet. He said in a 2003 interview that he played it with sticks, instead of his hands. “I was doing something you shouldn’t do, which is playing the tabla with sticks instead of trying to get that sound using your hand – it’s an extremely difficult technique and painful if you’re not trained.”
  13.  Jigsaw Puzzle . . . One of my favorite Stones tunes. The drumming speaks for itself in what’s been described as a Dylan-esque tune. “and the drummer, he’s so shattered, trying to keep on time…” “and the Queen is bravely shouting, ‘what the HELL is going on?’ ”
  14.  Rocks Off . . . kick butt rocker that opens the Exile album, likely my favorite by the Stones.
  15. Dirty Work . . . Title cut from what’s been described as an ‘angry’ 1986 album, the height of the so-called World War III between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. But the entire band was in tatters, Watts was uncharacteristically dabbling in heroin for a brief time, yet he was well enough to, uh, smack his way through this kick-ass track. The album got savaged by critics and many fans, but I’ve always loved it.
  16.  Everything Is Turning To Gold . . . Funky, propulsive track was the B-side to the Shattered single, from Some Girls, in 1978 and appeared on the 1981 compilation Sucking In The Seventies.
  17.  Moonlight Mile . . . beautiful track, second one suggested by Ted Martin from a list of his favorites featuring nice work by Watts. From the Sticky Fingers album and rarely played live, I saw/heard them do it at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on 1999’s No Security tour.
  18. The Lantern . . . From the Satanic Majesties album, 1967. It’s always been – along with 2000 Light Years From Home, 2000 Man and Citadel – one of my favorites from that controversial album, the Stones’ lone dabble in psychedelia.
  19. Let Me Go . . . I’ve always liked the tune but hadn’t thought of it, for a Watts’ tribute show, until I read it mentioned in an article about the late drummer. From the Emotional Rescue album. Good pick by the writer.
  20. Ride On, Baby . . . Nice Watts work on this one, from the Aftermath album sessions but not released until the North American compilation Flowers, in 1967. Along with the Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) compilation, both of which my older sister had, Flowers served as my introduction to the Stones.
  21. Surprise, Surprise . . . Another one from the early days, great stuff from 1965 and the North American release, Now!
  22. Tim Ries, The Rolling Stones Project, Honky Tonk Women . . . We all know the amazing drumming on the hit single version of this tune, and mine is a deep cuts show so I thought I’d go in another direction with it to start a maybe offbeat section of the show. It’s from the first of two Stones’ covers projects, this one released in 2005, by Ries, an American saxophonist who was a member of the Stones’ touring band from 2003-14. Ries has taught jazz at various academic institutions, including the University of Toronto. His version of the song features Lisa Fischer, who toured with the Stones from 1989-2015, on vocals, Darryl Jones on bass, Keith Richards on guitar and Watts on drums.
  23. Charlie Watts/Jim Kelter Project, Billy Higgins . . . Experimental track from the album Watts did with noted session superstar Keltner, released in 2000. Each of the album’s nine tracks is named for a drummer and honors their specific approach, in this case American free jazz and hard bop stickman Higgins. Watts plays drums on this and all tracks, with Keltner handling percussion, samples and ‘odd drum bits’. Great stuff.
  24. Hopkins/Cooder/Jagger/Wyman/Watts, Highland Fling (from Jamming With Edward) . . . From the one-off album put together by pianist and longtime Stones’ session player Nicky Hopkins (nicknamed Edward), guitarist Ry Cooder, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts in 1969 but not released until 1972. From the liner notes: “Howdy doody whoever receives this record. Here’s a nice little piece of bullshit about this hot waxing which we cut one night in London, England while waiting for our guitar player to get out of bed. It was promptly forgotten (which may have been for the better) until it was unearthed from the family vaults by those two impressive entrepreneurs – Glyn Johns and Marshall Chess. It was they who convinced the artists that this historic jam of the giants should be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. . . . I hope you spend longer listening to it than we did making it.” – Mick Jagger.
  25. Charlie Watts Quintet, Someone To Watch Over Me . . . A Gershwin tune, lyrics by Ira, music by George, recorded and released in 1993 by Watts’s jazz outfit. Longtime Stones’ backup singer Bernard Fowler provided vocals.
  26. Not Fade Away (live, from Stripped) . . . From the Stones’ semi-unplugged 1995 live release. It was one of Watts’s favorite albums by the band. “One of the best we’ve made in the past few years was the album called Stripped,” Watts said in the book According To The Rolling Stones. “I think that’s one of the most interesting records we’ve done, the best-played record we’ve made for years. . . . The version of Not Fade Away is fantastic.” Indeed.
  27. Heaven . . . You might not think it’s the Stones, if you didn’t know the band’s deep cuts. It’s what I enjoy so much about them; their eclecticism and willingness to try anything yet still sound like themselves. Nice, slow-burning groove from the Tattoo You album, I’ve loved it since the album came out in 1981. Even better with headphones.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Aug. 23, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Jethro Tull, Life Is A Long Song … This one isn’t, but title-wise a good intro (and a good tune, too) to a show I some time ago threatened to do, so here it is. All long songs.
  1. Yes, The Gates Of Delirium . . . Epic 22-minute track, one of just three on 1974’s Relayer album. It’s the lone Yes album to feature keyboardist Patrick Moraz, replacing the departed Rick Wakeman. Inspired by Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the track ends with Soon, extracted as a single.
  1. Led Zeppelin, In The Light . . . Apparently, it’s Jimmy Page’s favorite from 1975’s double album, the mighty Physical Graffiti which, some have suggested, represents Zeppelin at the peak of their powers. Possibly, but with such bands, the ‘peak’ I’ve always felt is whatever of their output one is listening to right now, if it appeals to you.
  1. Genesis, The Cinema Show . . . Speaking of peaks, I can never decide which is my favorite album of Genesis’s early, progressive rock period with Peter Gabriel. For me, it’s between Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, or Selling England By The Pound although over time I’ve gotten more into The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, which is good, but I don’t playit as much as the other three. In any event, this one’s from Selling England By The Pound.
  1. Santana, Treat (live at Fillmore West, 1968) .. . Great piano by Greg Rolie to start the song, with Carlos Santana’s guitar then driving the rest of the track. I pulled this off Santana Live At The Fillmore, 1968. The songs were recorded at San Francisco shows in December of that year but not pulled together as an album and released until 1997. Early Santana, one year before their debut studio album. A great record.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, High Cost Of Low Living (live) . . . Live version, from 2004’s One Way Out, of my favorite track from the final Brothers’ studio album, the excellent Hittin’ The Note from 2003. It’s the onlyAllmans’ studio album not to include guitarist Dickey Betts, who left the band under acrimonious circumstances in 2000. He was replaced by Derek Trucks, who teamed with Warren Haynes on the studio record and the live album/tour.
  1. Grateful Dead, Terrapin Station . . . I’m certainly no Deadhead but I’ve gotten more and more into them over time, starting of course, like perhaps most neophytes, with Truckin’, on compilations ages ago before purchasing American Beauty, Workingman’s Dead and, how could one resist for the title alone, Live Dead. This is the epic 16-minute title track from their 1977 album, building into a progressive rock and jazz tour de force.
  1. Pink Floyd, Echoes . . . 23-minute closer from the Meddle album in 1971. I don’t know what to say about Echoes except I’ve always liked it, will always like it. Epitomizes Pink Floyd, really.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Goin’ Home . . . Extended jam of more than 11 minutes, rare for the Stones at least on studio albums. From arguably their best early album, Aftermath, in 1966. It was their first release of all-original material.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 – on air 8-10 p.m. ET

  1. Golden Earring, Are You Receiving Me . . . I’ve been digging back into the Moontan album lately, both on the show and just to listen to, and could have sworn I must have played this recently and was repeating myself too quickly, but no. Haven’t played this particular track of late. It was Candy’s Going Bad I played most recently on the show, one of four of the five extended cuts on the North American version of the album (the European version has six tracks) I’ve played over time. The only one I haven’t played is Radar Love, but this is a deep cuts show for the most part. Solid album, front to back and Are You Receiving Me is one of the best, almost prog-metal/hard rock. Around even longer than The Rolling Stones, who began in 1962, Golden Earring began in 1961 but finally closed up shop, sadly, in February of 2021 after longtime guitarist George Kooymans was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Great band, although to my ears they got a bit too poppy at some points. But they’re definitely much more than just the Moontan album, Radar Love and their other worldwide hit, Twilight Zone. Tracks like Mad Love’s Comin’, for instance, which I’ve showcased before. More soon, perhaps, from the Dutchmen.
  1. Tom Waits, Heartattack And Vine . . . Yes, heartattack, one word. Title cut from the 1980 album and a change of pace from tonight’s opener, via Waits’ indiosyncratic style and sandpaper vocals. Haven’t played him in a while but the, er, Waits is now over. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins covered this tune, in his own unique style.
  1. Traffic, John Barleycorn . . . Traditional English/Scottish tune, done by many bands including Jethro Tull on their semi-acoustic 1992 live album A Little Light Music. From Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die album. One of my favorites by one of my favorite bands. It occurred to me to play them this week after I played Steely Dan last week, which led to a discussion with a show follower that included Steve Winwood, which led me to think of playing, er, in Traffic.
  1. The Guess Who, Attila’s Blues . . . Back I go into 1974’s Road Food album, the title cut of which I played some time ago. I always remember a buddy of mine having this album in high school. The hits were Star Baby and Clap For The Wolfman. Nice jaunty tune, with fun lyrics: ‘Have you ever had an aardvark sandwich’ among the many.
  1. The Who, Imagine A Man . . . Beautiful track, lyrically musically, from one of my favorite Who albums and the first studio one I ever bought with my own money and thus kind of grew up with, The Who By Numbers.
  1. Little Feat, All That You Dream . . . Linda Ronstadt helps out Lowell George on vocals on this propulsive track from The Last Record Album (which it wasn’t, from the band).
  1. Atomic Rooster, People You Can’t Trust . . . A funky outing from the previously prog-heavy Rooster. Chris Farlowe, who did covers of various Rolling Stones’ tunes in the 1960s including a No. 1 hit with Out Of Time in 1966, came in on lead vocals in a reconfigured band that retained only founder member Vincent Crane as they embarked on a new direction.
  1. Bert Jansch, 900 Miles . . . The Scottish folkie, usually on guitar, does some banjo picking on this traditional. Jansch founded the band Pentangle and influenced a host of artists including Jimmy Page, Ian Anderson, Al Stewart, Neil Young, Elton John. Well worth digging into both his solo work and Pentangle, you haven’t.
  1. Moby Grape, 8:05 . . . Great and maybe two short a tune by a band that, along with the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and others emerged out of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s. They fused country, blues, rock and jazz into a unique stew but were never as successful as some of their musical colleagues, in large measure to to management hassles, well worth reading up on.
  1. Bob Seger, Ain’t Got No Money . . . Good rocker, a cover of a song by Scottish rock singer-songwriter and actor Frankie Miller, from Seger’s 1978 blockbuster Stranger in Town album. Seger cites Miller as a big influence and one only needs to listen to a few Miller tracks to hear it.
  1. Can, I Want More . . . OK, here we go into my maybe increasingly silly song title thing but I just can’t seem to help myself. If you care, here’s how it happens since, due to the studio being closed due to Covid protocols, I’ve been programming my shows. Often, I just search a word in our station computer system to which I’ve loaded thousands of tunes I own, and see what comes up. Or, I’ll search a band and the word comes up in a song title along with similar titles from other bands. So, here come five straight tunes with the word “more’ in their titles/lyrics. Which reminds me: I need to load the Pink Floyd movie soundtrack album More into our system. Anyway, a typically cool track from Can, the German experimentalists. This was a hit single in 1976 in the UK, from the Flow Motion album, a controversial record for the band’s followers, because it dabbled in disco. But I always like it when bands/artists I like take a different path; I tend to follow them wherever they go, until and if, like latter-day Chicago, they lose me.
  1. Can, . . . And More . . . I couldn’t resist adding the companion piece, which was, naturally, the single’s B-side.
  1. Love, Andmoreagain . . . From the classic and influential Forever Changes album which, typical of some such albums, didn’t burn up the charts but rewards the listener.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, More Not More . . . A buddy of mine texted me the other night to tell me he throwing back some tequilla while listening to music, including some Cockburn. That prompted me playing this tune from Humans in 1980. Just a terrific record, front to back, best known perhaps for the single Tokyo, but every one of its 10 songs, like this one, is solid.
  1. Phil Collins, I Don’t Care Anymore . . . I suppose, just occurred to me, I could have played Aerosmith’s No More No More because by this point even I’m tired of this ‘more’ stuff. All good tunes, though, connected only by that one word. And, I played the Aerosmith song fairly recently. This was a hit single from Collins’ second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going, released in 1982. Heavy metal band Hellyeah, which featured the late Pantera founder and drummer Vinnie Paul, later covered Collins’ tune.
  1. David Bowie, Aladdin Sane . . . Title cut from Bowie’s 1973 album. Atmospheric cut with great piano, and piano solo, by Mike Garson, who worked on many Bowie albums and whose credits also include work with Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins.
  1. Rainbow, Black Sheep Of The Family . . . Cover of a tune by British progressive band Quatermass. Ritchie Blackmore’s bandmates in Deep Purple didn’t want to do the cover during sessions for the Stormbringer album in 1974, so Blackmore recorded it for the first Rainbow record a year later.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Worried About You . . . Originally recorded in 1975 for the Black and Blue album, the track didn’t see the light of day on record until 1981’s Tattoo You album, although the Stones did play it at one of their two El Mocambo shows in 1977 in Toronto. The song features a nice guitar solo from Wayne Perkins, who also contributed a great solo to Black and Blue’s Hand Of Fate and nearly got the gig that eventually went to Ron Wood.
  1. Robin Trower,Gonna Be More Suspicious . . . Smokin’ opening riff and typically great playing from Trower on this cut from For Earth Below, 1975. The album also features the late James Dewar, the outstanding vocalist and bass player in Trower’s 1970s band.
  1. Robbie Robertson, American Roulette . . . Great rocker from Robertson’s self-titled first solo album in 1987. It references, without naming them, James Dean, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and the consequences of their fame.
  1. Lou Reed, Last Great American Whale . . . 1989 was a pretty good year for classic rocker comeback albums: Bob Dylan with Oh Mercy, Neil Young with Freedom, the Stones with Steel Wheels and Reed, with New York, from which I pulled this track.
  1. T-Bone Burnett, House Of Mirrors . . . I’ve said it before but what an artist T-Bone is. Worked with Bob Dylan during the 1970s, producer to the stars, and terrific solo stuff. This could be a companion piece, vocally, to the Lou Reed track above. Very similar style; T-Bone’s tune coming out in 1980 and Reed’s nine years later.
  1. Led Zeppelin, The Battle Of Evermore . . . Beautiful track from Zep IV, with Fairport Convention’s late great Sandy Denny adding her amazing voice to Robert Plant’s.
  1. Rory Gallagher, Crest Of A Wave . . . A ‘galloping’ track, with typically exquisite guitar, from Gallagher’ Deuce album in 1971.
  1. John Mayall, Fly Tomorrow . . . Nine-minute slow-building track from Mayall’s late 1968 album, Blues From Laurel Canyon. It features Mick Taylor on guitar. A year later, he was in The Rolling Stones, on Mayall’s recommendation to the band. Mayall and Taylor later reunited, off and on, on Mayall’s albums. I saw them on the same bill in the mid-1980s at Ontario Place in Toronto. Taylor opened, then joined Mayall’s then-current version of the Bluesbreakers for a few songs.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, August 9, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Drive-By Truckers, Let There Be Rock . . . I was debating whether to start the show with AC/DC/s Let There Be Rock or this one by the Truckers, but settled on this one since I overlooked a southern rock track last week and wanted to set things up, in that vein, with the next tune.
  1. Blackfoot, Highway Song . . . I played the Outlaws’ Green Grass and High Tides and Molly Hatchet’s Fall Of The Peacemakers last week and mentioned that every ‘southern rock’ band seems to have a signature, Freebird-like song and in fact Molly Hatchet covered that iconic Lynyrd Skynyrd tune on their Double Trouble live album. So, anyway, I forgot this one from Blackfoot last week so here it is, another extended cut in the same vein and interesting in that Blackfoot leader Rickey Medlocke, who is a Blackfoot native American, was an original member of Skynyrd. He played drums on some sessions in 1971 and 1972 Skynyrd released their first album, some of the tracks of which later came out on the 1978 archival release Skynyrd’s First . . . And Last. He then formed Blackfoot before returning to the Skynyrd fold as a guitarist in the reconsitituted post-plane crash band.
  1. Bill Wyman, (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star . . . A hit single, in the disco vein, by The Rolling Stones’ bassist, released in 1981. As a Stones’ fanatic, I have all his solo work and while I don’t listen to it all that much, it’s not bad, especially the first two, Monkey Grip and Stone Alone from the early 1970s. And I do like Wyman’s long-ago contribution to the Stones’ Satanic Majesties album, In Another Land, always liked that tune on what is a much-trashed but actually quite good Stones’ album. In terms of Stones’ members solo work I’d rank the boys thusly: 1. Keith Richards. 2. Ronnie Wood (yes, indeed, his solo work is really good especially his first one, I’ve Got My Own Album To Do in 1974 before he was even in the band and Slide On This). 3. Mick Jagger, particularly the Wandering Spirit album which is his most Stones-like and very good. 4. Wyman. 5. Mick Taylor. Brilliant guitarist but sorry, for all the bitching he did about not getting songwriting credits while in the Stones, which might be true, what has he done that is even remotely memorable since he left the band in 1974? I mean seriously. I have literally all his solo work but all I ever listen to is his live stuff which is usually blues covers and Stones’ covers. Love the guy’s playing but, said it before and will repeat it now; I’d say he was more inspired by being in the Stones’ orbit and contributing to the songwriting partnership of Jagger-Richards than the reverse. He’s a great guitarist. That’s it. Not a bad thing, but he isn’t much of a songwriter or he would have long since proved it.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Some Girls . . . Title, and controversial cut due to the ‘black girls just want to get fucked all night I just don’t have that much jam’ lyric. Great tune though. I finally heard them play it live on the stripped-down No Security tour show in 1999. As with the 1978 Some Girls tour, I have a special place for the 1999 tour because of its stripped-down nature and, especially on No Security, the band playing some little-played material like Some Girls the song, Moonlight Mile and the cover tune, Route 66.
  1. Bill Withers, Who Is He (And What Is He To You?) . . . What a great cut from the late great (he died in 2020) artist who is so much more than his well-known hit tunes like Ain’t No Sunshine, Use Me and Lean On Me. Love the lyrics to this one, along with the soulful treatment and funky guitar work.  
  2. Supertramp, Another Man’s Woman . . . I seem to be on a relationship/breakup or whatever thing here by osmosis or whatever, what with the ever-pervasive song title thing I wind up getting into it’s pretty much unconscious, just seems to happen but that’s how our brains work, or at least mine, one thing leads to another. In any event, a great track by the boys, from the Crisis, What Crisis album and yet another band I must credit my older brother by eight years for getting me into when he first brought the previous album, Crime Of The Century, home. Inevitably I would have gotten into all of it, Zep, Hendrix, Tull etc but he certainly helped. RIP, Robert.
  1. Blind Faith, Had To Cry Today . . . Speaking of whom, another via my brother, from the one and only studio album by the supergroup comprised of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. Amazing album, amazing tune.
  1. Quicksilver Messenger Service, Who Do You Love (single edit) . . . Single version of the Bo Diddley track that, on the Happy Trails album, the band extended into a 25-minute suite. Which got me thinking, and thought of it before; I could do a show just of long tracks – stuff like this, Pink Floyd’s Echoes (which I’ve played before), Genesis’ Supper’s Ready (also previously played),Yes’s The Gates Of Delirium (which I almost played, recently) and so on, so maybe a 5 or 6 song set. But then you’d call me lazy. We’ll see. I may do it at some point. 
  1. Budgie, Who Do You Want For Your Love? . . . Typically great track from arguably this underappreciated Welsh hard rock band, although they’ve influenced many including Metallica, who has covered some of their tunes.
  1. U2, Please . . . The Pop album seems to divide people about U2, or at least music journalism critics. I’ve always liked it, including this tune. Good bands, to me, don’t do bad music; they merely explore different things and if you like them, you go with them and are usually enlightened and, if not, that’s cool, too.
  1. Gene Clark, No Other . . . Title cut on the 1974 album by the former Byrd-man. Great stuff, yet the album bombed. Go figure. For music aficionados, it’s well worth reading about the making of the album.
  1. Tony Joe White, Polk Salad Annie . . . Elvis Presley covered this great tune written by White, the ‘swamp rock’ master. Super stuff.
  1. Deep Purple, Painted Horse . . . An outtake from 1973’s Who Do We Think We Are album, later released on expanded reissues of the album. Nice bluesy tune featuring typically great guitar by Ritchie Blackmore.
  1. Funkadelic, You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks . . . From Maggot Brain, an album I got into some years back on the recommendation of a friend. The title cut is brilliant, featuring the amazing guitar playing of Eddie Hazel; I’ve played it before, will again, almost did this week but settled on this shorter cut from the record.
  1. Neil Young, Surfer Joe And Moe The Sleaze . . . From 1981’s Re-Ac-Tor album, which was panned by critics but I’ve always liked, probably because I like all Neil Young albums particularly those in which he calls on his Crazy Horse pals for backup. This one, too, reminds me of when I was out west at that time, northern Alberta in a house with two buddies, evenings spent just hanging out, maybe smoking some pot and one of my buddies had this newfangled (then) turntable you could hold and turn upside down and every which way and the record would keep playing. So, he’d constantly demonstrate it to us until inevitably it was like, ok, we get it, that’s nice.
  1. Joe Jackson, Got The Time . . . Scorching kick butt track from his debut, Look Sharp. Another of those albums and artists I got into during college days. Metal band Anthrax later covered it and it’s funny on the internet to read comments from metal fans saying ‘this is a Joe Jackson song?” It maybe doesn’t compute because they might think of JJ as the jazzy Night and Day album onward, not realizing he really kicked punk/new wave ass on his first three records.
  1. The Tragically Hip, At The Hundredth Meridian . . . Always been one of my favorite Hip tracks, from the Fully Completely album, typically great lyrics. And what other band can you easily find in a computer search of songs by plugging in the word ‘meridian’ ?
  1. Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack (1970), Heaven On Their Minds . . . noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk noiyk or however one would write/sound out that freaking amazing opening guitar riff to this fantastic track from what for my money is one of the greatest albums of all time,soundtrack or otherwise. But you have to get the original version, 1970, not the 1973 shit show from the movie with present day ‘take’, the bus and all that crap I’ve never been able to get through. No, the one you want is the 1970 version, the one featuring Murray Head as Judas (singing here), Ian Gillan of Deep Purple fame as Jesus and Yvonne Elliman, a huge contributor to Eric Clapton’s 1970s albums, as Mary Magdalene. Outstanding band featuring guitarists Neil Hubbard (Roxy Music, Joe Cocker, etc.) and the late Henry McCullough (Spooky Tooth, The Grease Band (backing Joe Cocker), Paul McCartney/Wings).
  1. Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack (1970) Pilate’s Dream . . . Just a nice little ditty from Pilate, same album, figured I’d play it. I just like Pilate’s vocals, sung by the late Barry Dennen. I think, perhaps at Easter I suppose would be most appropriate, I might play the entire album on my show, it’s that good and worthwhile. 86 minutes with still some time to spare for other stuff. We’ll see how it goes. Nothing to do with religion, either, I was brought up Catholic but in the fun words of an old friend, I’m a recovering Catholic and long since a-religious.
  1. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dirty Pool . . . Typically great blues from the late great master.
  1. The Specials, Gangsters . . . The track that got me into ska back in college. Saw The Specials on CITY-TV’s (Toronto) The New Music and I was hooked.
  1. Triumph, Lay It On The Line . . . A hit, and I don’t usually play singles but as the show name goes, so old it’s new at least to some. I always think of this tune on the radio as my then college girlfriend and I were about to watch TV, or something, in her basement rec room one night. Turned out the song lyrics pretty much nailed our relationship. As for Triumph, not a major fan actually although I do love this track but much of their work is overproduced 80s-type stuff for the American market, just my thought. I do like Rock and Roll Machine, their cover of Rocky Mountain Way and the terrific cut from their self-titled debut, Blinding Light Show/Moonchild but that’s about it. I actually was going to play Blinding Light Show tonight but couldn’t find my damn CD to load into our station system. Maybe next time.
  1. Robert Plant, Too Much Alike . . . A fun little duet with US country/folk artist Patty Griffin, with whom Plant had a relationship . This track was previously unreleased but out now on Plant’s outstanding two-CD (if one is still into the physical stuff, I am) compilation Digging Deep: Subterranea, released in 2020. It’s a great way to catch up on what the former Zep singer has been up to, if you haven’t been following (you should have been, ha ha) his great solo work up to the present. Griffin’s own work is well worth listening to.
  1. Steve Earle, Six Days On The Road . . . This is relatively early stuff from Earle, great country rock.
  1. Steely Dan, King Of The World . . . Funky track from 1973’s Countdown To Ecstasy, typically tight, nicely arranged, brilliantly played Steely Dan fare.
  1. The Kinks, Shangri-La . . . Said it before. This ridiculously brilliant song that is a few songs in one, didn’t chart. Aside from in The Netherlands. Wise folk, the Dutch.
  1. Jethro Tull, Blues Instrumental . . . And so this instrumental from the released in 1988 now apparently out of print Tull box set 20 Years of Jethro Tull which I of course own as a huge fan of the band, finally sees the light of day as a credited track on my show. I’ve used it as out-tro exit music to fill in any time, if needed, if I don’t time the shows exactly right, but this time it fit in as a full track in itself so, why not? It’s a nice slow blues tune. It was recorded circa 1978 by Tull then consisting of on this track, Ian Anderson (flute), Martin Barre (guitar), John Glascock (bass), John Evan (keyboards) and Barriemore Barlow (drums).