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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 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).

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, August 2, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Chicago, Sing A Mean Tune Kid . . . From Chicago III, typically amazing guitar, including wah wah, from the late Terry Kath but a song that displays all the assets of early, and best (to me) Chicago.
  1. Pink Floyd, The Great Gig In The Sky … Perfect example of the voice – in this case session singer Clare Torry – as instrument. According to Wikipedia, Torry delayed her contribution by a week because she wanted to see a Chuck Berry concert in London. When she did come in, she was unsure how to sing the part until, according to other sources, David Gilmour suggested she use her voice as if it were a saxophone.
  1. Rare Earth, We’re Gonna Have A Good Time . . . Another great funky tune by Rare Earth. Must be somehow subliminal that I chose this one, since a friend of mine texted me last week raving about an Average White Band album he picked up, Cut The Cake, if memory serves. So we got talking about largely white bands doing funky soul stuff. Hence, likely, me playing Rare Earth, a band I’ve always liked and remember first hearing at day camp, remember those things your parents sent you to for part of the summer, in 1972 as one of the counselors had the band’s 1971 live album, Rare Earth In Concert, on cassette and was playing it.
  1. Lou Reed, Rock N Roll (live, from Rock N Roll Animal) . . . Extended version of the tune from the blistering live album.
  1. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Anything That’s Rock N Roll . . . As promised last week thanks to some of my own silly wordplay about damning torpedoes, a TP cut this week. From the self-titled debut album, this short rocker was released as a single in the UK, made the top 40, but was not a single elsewhere. Good tune. Does Petty have a bad one?
  1. Accept, Balls To The Wall . . . Apparently some people confuse this monster metal track with AC/DC, at least from what I’ve read on YouTube. I never did. I mean, I can see it. But geez lots of metal bands might sound like the great AC/DC, which I’ve always considered hard rock, not metal, but whatever. Just a great track, regardless.
  1. Nick Lowe, American Squirm . . . I played Nick last week and didn’t intend to this week but when digging through the station computer system, to which I’ve contributed thousands of tunes, ha ha, this came up while looking for something else. So, why not? Great song from the Labour Of Lust album, 1979 which turned me on, in my college days, to Lowe. My first vinyl copy was the American version, which contains this track – which wasn’t on the UK version. Since then and only recently, I happily found the album on CD but obviously found the initial UK version since my CD doesn’t have the song. I pulled it off a Lowe compilation I have. I know, who cares, way too much info.
  1. The Mamas & The Papas, Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) . . . Same deal with this one as the previous, Lowe, track. Just came up in the system, I’ve loaded so much in there I should be getting paid for supplying but anyway it does reduce the workload more than somewhat in terms of having to load more stuff show by show. Whatever, typically great track by the band.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, Melissa . . . Love the tune and now often think of my younger of two sons who startled me some years back when I mentioned how much I like the Allmans and he cited this track as one of his favorite songs, at least in part I suppose from hearing it among all the other classic rock of mine he grew up hearing.
  1. The Cars, Candy-O . . . Title track from the second album. It could not possibly measure up to the ridiculously great debut, which is essentially a greatest hits album. But the Cars’ sophomore effort is still a pretty damn fine album.
  1. Rod Stewart, Handbags and Gladrags . . . One of my favorite alltime tunes, written by Mike D’Abo who at that time was in The Moody Blues and arranged and played piano on the Stewart version. It’s a beautiful interpretation, which Stewart has always been wonderful at, particularly during his peak solo period, 1969-74. D’Abo also sang the King Herod role in the original Jesus Christ Superstar, an album, the 1970 version, I must get back to. In fact, I had it out for this week but one thing led to another and I didn’t get to it. Next time, soon. I’ve played a lot of it over time on the show, but it’s so great, that’s never enough.
  1. Steppenwolf, It’s Never Too Late . . . Love Steppenwolf, a band that is so much more than the usual hits one hears on radio – Born To Be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, etc. Thought of this one after hearing it while browsing in a used record store last week.
  1. Jackson Browne, Lives In The Balance . . . Very political song, the title cut from his 1986 album, stands up, always, lyrically, re governments and their sins, regardless the generation.
  1. Hawkwind, Brainbox Pollution . . . An extra, typically pulsating track added to the expanded re-issue of 1972’s cleverly-titled Doremi Fasol Latido album, the first to feature later Motorhead leader Lemmy on bass. Too much to go into here, but it’s worth reading up on the album, particularly Lemmy’s views on his own playing, which he didn’t like.
  1. Talking Heads, Take Me To The River . . . The song that, again during college days, 1978, got me into the band, a cover of the more funky Al Green tune that the Heads turned into a more bluesy version. Uncharacteristic in the Heads’ experimental-type catalog.
  1. Jethro Tull, Back To The Family . . . Ah, the Stand Up album. A bedrock album for me, thanks to my older brother by eight years bringing it home along with Led Zeppelin II back when our family lived in Peru for a few years in the late 1960s. At the time, my elder brother and sister, along with most in their age group, went back to North America for high school but came back each holiday season with treasures from the north. Easily one of Tull’s best albums, yet perhaps somewhat lost in the shuffle amid such more widely celebrated works as Aqualung and Thick As A Brick.
  1. The Tragically Hip, The Luxury . . . Not sure how to analyze it or if it’s even necessary, other than to say I just have always loved this cut from Road Apples.
  1. Outlaws, Green Grass and High Tides . . . Song one in the set (wait, you’ll hear the second next) from a southern rock band that, like the more well-known Lynyrd Skynyrd, has in its arsenal a Freebird-like piece, manic guitar work and all. The title is a play on the 1966 Rolling Stones’ compilation Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass).
  1. Molly Hatchet, Fall Of The Peacemakers . . . See above. It seems every southern rock band has their one ‘signature’ extended piece, like this one.
  1. Elvis Costello, 13 Steps Lead Down . . . Costello pretty much lost me by the early 1980s but I happened to be in a used record store the other day and lo and behold saw a compilation I’d never heard of, Extreme Honey, from 1997. It pulls together 18 tracks, with a couple then new ones, from his work from ‘the Warner Brothers years”, albums like Spike, Mighty Like A Rose, Brutal Youth and All This Useless Beauty which I tried but never got into. But, via the compilation decided to sample, again. At $4.99, the price was right and playing this track, a No. 59 single in the UK from Brutal Youth, is the result. A good one, which is not surprising since he recorded it with the reunited Attractions, his original band. Never said he wasn’t or remains a great songwriter, I just preferred him during his angry young man phase. But perhaps now I’ll discover some stuff I overlooked.
  1. The Beatles, Girl . . . One of a few tunes in tonight’s set brought about by a music discussion with a friend, and isn’t that the beauty of it. Somehow, a discussion prompted by my buddy about Keith Richards’ vocal style/enunciations became a Bob Dylan discussion I initiated about so-called ‘bad’ singers actually being good, and then this Beatles’ tune, from Rubber Soul, came into it. Great song. And another from my childhood when my elder siblings would, merely by their playing them, introduce me to such things and set the foundations for my listening experiences. My sister had Rubber Soul, the first Beatles’ studio album, aside from compilations or hit singles on 45s, that I ever knew.
  1. ZZ Top, A Fool For Your Stockings . . . One of my favorite ZZ tracks, from 1979’s Deguello, in memory/honor of Dusty Hill, the band’s bass player who died just last week. The band continues on, out on tour now with, on Hill’s recommendation to Billy Gibbons, the band’s longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis replacing Hill.
  1. The Rolling Stones, How Can I Stop . . . A direct result, this one, of my discussion with a friend about Keith Richards’ vocals. He was citing work from Richards’ solo albums but I mentioned some of the slow, jazzy type stuff he’s done on latter day Stones’ albums, like this great cut from 1997’s Bridges To Babylon album. The track features Wayne Shorter, who played with Miles Davis and co-founded Weather Report, on saxophone.
  1. Billy Swan, I Can Help . . . This one was lying there in the system when I called up How Can I Stop, so I decided to play it. A hit single in 1974, I can’t remember if I played it during a ‘one hit wonder’ type show I did some months ago. Good tune, and it works with the song titles in closing the show. Keith’s asking how can he stop, Billy says he can help, and Fludd, next, says just get the you know what outta here.
  1. Fludd, Get Up, Get Out, Move On . . . Probably my favorite from Fludd, which had a bigger hit with Cousin Mary but I like this one better. And, of course, Gregg Godovitz, who later formed Goddo, was in the band. Great stuff. And, yes, time to, as the song title says. Until next week.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 26, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Murray McLauchlan, Hard Rock Town . . . It’s a deep cuts show but I deviate sometimes. This was a hit and appropriate to a set full of hard rock or at least up-tempo tracks. I also got into a ‘thing’ with song titles about, you’ll see it’s obvious, and couldn’t seem to stop for a while. Whatever, what’s done is done. Good tunes, in any event. Some repeats from fairly recent previous shows I think but again, so be it.
  1. The Beatles, Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? . . . And so starts a sort of topic you’ll see reflected in the song titles of the next several, including another Beatles’ tune.
  1. AC/DC, Givin The Dog A Bone . . . As lead singer Brian Johnson was once quoted as saying, ‘we’re a filthy band.” Applies to the next several tunes, so just listing them, no comment until I pick it up again.
  1. Led Zeppelin, The Lemon Song
  1. Frank Zappa, Dirty Love


  2. Dead Kennedys, Too Drunk To Fuck
  1. Ted Nugent, Just What The Doctor Ordered
  1. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Protection . . . Not really what I’m on about with the topic, but the title fits my silly narrative, ha.
  1. The Beatles, Getting Better . . . Were this song released today, it likely would provoke controversy given the lyrics: “I used to be cruel to my woman I beat her…” But, it’s one of my musical favorites from the Sgt. Pepper album.
  1. Metallica, Ain’t My Bitch . . . From the controversial Load album, where fans accused the band of selling out, even more than they were accused of doing on the previous monster hit ‘black’ album. They still sold millions, attracted new fans, and their entire catalog has merit so, relax.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Bitch . . . One of my favorite tunes by my favorite band, and on Mick Jagger’s birthday, to boot. Still going strong at age 78.
  1. Black Sabbath, Digital Bitch . . . From the one and only album the band did, 1983, with Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan. A controversial album, but I and many Sabs fans maintain, a good one.
  1. Deep Purple, Lady Double Dealer . . . Good rocker from the Stormbringer album, typically good co-lead vocals by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes during that period of the band. Love Hughes’ ‘oh baby’ in one of the verses early in the song, just adds a cool element to the track.
  1. Judas Priest, Ram It Down . . . Title cut from the album and just an absolute scorcher.
  1. Blue Oyster Cult, Hot Rails To Hell . . . Great riff on this pulsating track from the Tyranny and Mutation album.
  1. Midnight Oil, Redneck Wonderland . . . Title cut from the almost metallic, somewhat industrial sound of the band’s 1998 album. One of my favorites by the Oils.
  1. Elvis Costello (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea . . . A single that didn’t do well outside the UK, from This Year’s Model in 1978. Likely has become better known over time as it’s been included on many compilation albums.
  1. Motorhead, Speedfreak . . . The song lives up to the title. Typical Motorhead madness, which is a good thing.
  1. Yes, Machine Messiah . . . And now for a total change of direction, to Yes’s 1980 Drama album, a hard-edged offering by the revamped band now (then) featuring imports from The Buggles in singer Trever Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Great song, great album.
  1. Golden Earring, Candy’s Going Bad . . . Love the riff on this rocker from Moontan, the album which of course gave the world Radar Love but revealed the band to be SO much more than that song. A wall to wall great album, this song (among just five extended cuts on the record) an indication of that.
  1. The Kinks, 20th Century Man . . . Said it a million times about Muswell Hillbillies, a criminally underappreciated (at least commercially) album that for my money is one of the greatest rock/pop albums ever released by one of the greatest bands ever.
  1. King Crimson, 21st Century Schizoid Man . . . Lead cut, and the heaviest rocker on the brilliant In The Court Of The Crimson King debut album in 1969. It remains my favorite Crimson record.
  1. The Beach Boys, Sloop John B . . . One of the more commercial cuts from Pet Sounds, the highly-acclaimed album that, aside from this and Wouldn’t It Be Nice, took me about seven billion listens to ‘get’ but I do now ‘get’ it and it’s brilliant. Decided to play this one after discussing great ‘summer’ music with a buddy; he was playing the B-52s so that same day I happened to pop a Beach Boys’ compilation into the car player and thought, yeah, I’ll play this one on my next show.
  1. Johnny Winter, Highway 61 Revisited . . . Yet another great Winter cover, this being the studio version of the Bob Dylan track which Winter released on Second Winter, his 1969 album. It’s the song that got me into Winter, I heard it wherever, found the album, bought it and became a Winter fan. Saw him at the 2011 Kitchener Blues Festival, he along with brother Edgar was one of several big names on the bill that year, the others being Gregg Allman and John Mayall. I saw all four, all were great even if by that time, Johnny was in declining health, needing assistance and sitting down through his set, but still smokin’ hot.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, Morse Moose And The Grey Goose . . . A fun extended track by Macca, from 1978’s London Town album. Reminds me in some ways, in terms of structure at least, of McCartney’s Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey in that it’s essentially several songs in one.


  2. Faces, Had Me A Real Good Time . . . I just know I’ve recently closed a show with this track and I don’t like repeating myself (at least, not too closely together) but what the heck. Occured to me as I was prepping the show, because I always have a good time doing it, and so here it is, from one of the great raunch and roll bands of all.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 19, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Chris Isaak, Let’s Have A Party . . . Isaak became well known via his big hit Wicked Game, which to me remains his best song and, released in 1989, is now more than 30 years old! But Isaak’s other material is top-notch; I’m not a major fan but I do like this rocker and much of his other stuff. He does a nice cover of Cheap Trick’s I Want You To Want Me which I almost chose, but thought we’d start the party with this one.
  1. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) . . . I like and respect Kenny Rogers’ later work that turned him into a superstar but have always gravitated to his two big hit songs – this one and Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town – while with the First Edition, who I remember hosting the show Rollin’ on Canadian TV, early 1970s. I first heard Ruby when my dad, who emigrated from Europe after WW2, played it. He was more into classical and opera but also had a love for American country music so probably liked Ruby due to it being written by Mel Tillis and was curious about the First Edition’s cover. Mel’s version is much more country/rockabilly than the rockier First Edition version.
  1. Ron Wood, Am I Grooving You . . . From Woody’s first solo album, 1974’s I’ve Got My Own Album To Do and a track which quickly became one of my favorites. I always play a Stones’ or Stones-related track on the show, they being my all-time favorite band and I’ve Got My Own Album To Do is a real demonstration of what I like to call Stones Inc. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appear on it and contributed two songs (Act Together and Sure The One You Need), then-Stone (who Wood replaced) Mick Taylor contributes guitar, bass and synthesizer and it’s truly, beyond the Stones, an all-star cast on the record. Also appearing to varying degrees are George Harrison, David Bowie, Rod Stewart…terrific album.


  2. Ten Years After, 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain . . . TYA is likely most widely known for the immortal version of Goin’ Home from Woodstock and their wonderful single I’d Love To Change The World. But, led by Alvin Lee, such a solid band, great, consistent blues-rock material with some elements of psychedelia as on this one from 1970’s front-to-back solid Cricklewood Green album.
  1. Deep Purple, Shield . . . From The Book of Taliesyn album, the middle one of their first three albums representing the early psychedelic/progressive side of the band before Ian Gillan and Roger Glover replaced original singer Rod Evans and bassist Nick Simper, respectively, in 1970 for the In Rock album. As I’ve often stated, I like every version/lineup of Deep Purple, major fan, but over the years have really dug into the first three albums, which I think are brilliant.
  1. Van Morrison, Tupelo Honey . . . Title cut from his 1972 album. Great stuff, one of my favorite Van The Man tracks. Made No. 35 and 47, respectively, on the Canadian and US singles charts.
  1. Atlanta Rhythm Section, Champagne Jam . . These guys were pretty hot for a while there in the mid- to late 1970s what with great singles like So Into You and Imaginary Lover, which they played when I saw them as one of three opening acts for The Rolling Stones’ July 4, 1978 show at what was then known as Rich Stadium, outside Buffalo, where the NFL’s Bills play. ARS opened with this title cut from their 1978 album which they were touring behind that year. Other acts on that Stones’ bill were Journey and April Wine, but we missed April Wine, dammit, due to our tour bus being stuck in a massive traffic jam heading into the stadium. Fantastic day, though, my first time seeing the Stones.
  1. Emerson, Lake & Powell, Mars, The Bringer Of War . . . Yes, Emerson, Lake & Powell, not Palmer. More on that in a minute. Anyway, a slightly different ELP’s version of the first movement (of seven) from English composer Gustav Holst’s great epic 49-minute orchestral suite The Planets, written between 1914 and 1917. It appeared on the one and only Emerson, Lake & Powell album, in 1986. The band wanted to do a new Emerson, Lake & Palmer album but Palmer was contractually tied up with the band Asia at the time so, after unsuccessfully auditioning a few drummers, they contacted Powell, a friend of Emerson’s, and voila! Fortuitously, given Powell’s surname they could keep the ELP moniker although, according to Wikipedia, the band did approach ‘Phil Pollins’ and ‘Ringo Parr’ before Powell agreed to join. What a diverse artist Cozy Powell was: Metal/hard rock (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, etc.) blues (some work with Peter Green), progressive rock (ELP).
  1. Tipton, Entwistle and Powell, Walls Cave In . . . And here’s Powell in another combo with Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest and John Entwistle of Who fame. This is from the Edge Of The World album released by Tipton in 2006, after his mates had passed, but dating back to sessions he did with Entwistle and Powell between 1994 and 1997 that were intended for Tipton’s 1997 solo album, Baptizm of Fire. According to Tipton’s liner notes, the majority of his work on what became Baptizm of Fire featured Entwistle and Powell. The record company liked the material but suggested the band was too ‘old school’ and that Tipton use younger musicians, which he did on an album that, among other songs, included a cover of the Stones’ Paint It Black. I played Tipton’s cover eons ago on the show and will again, it’s a cool metallic treatment of the Stones’ classic. But Tipton liked the unused material done with Entwistle and Powell and decided to put it together and release it as a tribute to his friends.


  2. Moon Martin, Hot Nite In Dallas . . . Remember him, of Rolene fame? And he wrote Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor) which Robert Palmer rode to hit status in 1979. Martin was (died in 2020 of natural causes at age 74) really good. Great, usually up tempo rocker stuff. Check out a ‘mix’ of his on YouTube sometime. Oh, real name John David Martin, apparently given the nickname Moon due to the presence of ‘moon’ in many of his lyrics.
  1. Nick Lowe, I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass . . . What a great artist Nick Lowe is and that thought was reinforced as I was working through his material and reminding myself to play him again/more often, while prepping the show. He came to wide prominence, arguably, with the Labour of Lust album in 1979, which is when and where I discovered him, brilliant album. This is from the preceding record, also great, his first solo effort, Jesus Of Cool, in 1978. The album was re-titled Pure Pop For Now People (a slogan on the original UK release) with a different track listing in the USA. Haven’t been able to find a definite reason but given US religious bullshit I can imagine Jesus Of Cool wouldn’t fly in some of the colonies, as some insult on Jesus. Anyway, great tune from a great artist who was also a member of Brinsley Schwarz, for whom he wrote the song (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding that became a hit for Elvis Costello, Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds) and Little Village (with John Hiatt, Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner). And latter day, Lowe has some terrific rockabilly, countryish, singer songwriter stuff.
  1. The Beatles, Cry Baby Cry . . . Haven’t played the boys in a while, some of their solo work but overdue for a Beatles’ tune. One of my favorites from the white album, such a great record and such great vocals by John Lennon on this one. Plus the cool “Can You Take Me Back” coda sung by Paul McCartney at the end. These guys were ridiculously good.
  1. David Wilcox, God Is On A Bender . . . Given the usual state of the world, yeah, probably. Actually, the world to me is OK. It’s the people in it, me included, that cause problems. Just kidding. Sort of. Maybe. Sometimes. Anyway, nice bluesy fun tune and a nice intro to the next one, by title, at least.
  1. Paul Rodgers, Morning After The Night Before . . . From Rodgers’ solo debut in 1983 after the first, classic original version of Bad Company broke up. He played all instruments on this one, produced the record and it may as well have been another Bad Co. album. Quite good. I had already planned to play this tune but was gratified on Sunday when someone on Twitter asked about albums that were truly ‘solo’ and I put forward this one, to great feedback.
  1. Patti Smith, Are You Experienced . . . from Smith’s covers album, Twelve, released in 2007. This cover of a Hendrix tune goes out to my old pal Gerry Telford with whom, when I played another Smith track recently, I got into a discussion of her work and I recommended he try this album along with what he was recently discovering in her catalog. Did you get it yet, Gerry? 🙂
  1. Concrete Blonde, Walking In London . . . She’s not as well widely known, likely, but I really think Johnette Napolitano is one of the all-time best female rock singers, and singers, period. Sultry, throaty, sexy, powerful, great range, just brilliant. Evidenced, to me, by this title cut from the now defunct band’s 1992 album.
  1. Joe Jackson, Right and Wrong . . . from one of my favorite artist’s Big World album, 1986. About Ronald Reagan, great, typically cutting Jackson lyrics. Could apply at any time, really. I saw the tour promoting this album, first time (of two) I saw JJ. Great show.
  1. Sniff ‘n’ The Tears, Poison Pen Mail . . . These guys are much more than the brilliant hit single Driver’s Seat. Like this song. Usually considered a one-hit wonder and I get it, but try more of their tunes if you’re so inclined and there’s lots more good stuff.
  1. Montrose, Space Station No. 5 . . . From whence Sammy Hagar sprang. Great rocker from the debut, self-titled Montrose album.
  1. Goddo, Anacanapana/So Walk On . . . These ‘have’ to be played together for the transition alone, between the instrumental and into So Walk On. I saw Goddo 5-6 years ago in Cambridge, Ontario in a wonderful reunion with some old childhood friends from Peru. A great show enjoyed by all.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, Instrumental Illness (live) . . . This extended cut first appeared on what turned out to be the final studio album by the boys, Hittin’ The Note in 2003. Twelve minutes on the album, this is the almost 17-minute version from the great live album by the latter-day band, One Way Out. There is an extended drum solo within but still, what to me has always made the Allmans great is how they can do long tracks, particularly instrumentals, and never bore you.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 12, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. J.J. Cale, Rock And Roll Records . . . As some of the comments in the YouTube clip of this song suggest, only thing wrong with J.J. Cale’s music is that most of his songs are too/so short. Like this one, at just two minutes, five seconds to kick us off.
  2. Aerosmith, Lightning Strikes . . .Great track, likely the best, from the Rock In A Hard Place album in 1982, the band’s only record not to feature guitarist Joe Perry. Jimmy Crespo replaced him. Regardless, still one of the band’s best songs in my opinion and I play it in honor of the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup – even though I’m a Montreal Canadiens’ fan. Great team though, the Lightning. Good for them.
  1. The Law, Laying Down The Law . . . This was the successful, No. 1 on some charts, single from the one-off 1991 project by Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) and Kenney Jones (Faces/Small Faces, Who) in 1991. Main guitarist on the album was studio session man Jim Barber, who has worked on Mick Jagger’s solo records. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Bryan Adams and Chris Rea also appeared as did latter-day Who bassist Pino Paladino.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Hand Of Fate . . . Back, for a second straight week (played Melody last week) I go to the Black and Blue album for one of my favorite Stones’ tunes. Great solo by Wayne Perkins, who has an extensive resume including work with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, on and on.
  1. Stevie Wonder, Black Man . . . Typically great funk groove, even better lyrics, perhaps, in Wonder’s call for worldwide interracial harmony.
  1. Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fresh Air . . . The most successful single, made No. 49 in 1970, from the San Francisco-area psychedelic band whose arguably better-known contemporaries from that scene include the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
  1. Billy Gibbons, Desert High . . . ZZ Top is still around, apparently planning another studio album and tour after a 50th anniversary tour was put on hold due to the covid-19 pandemic. In the meantime, guitarist Billy Gibbons got into the solo album game six years ago and is now up to three releases. This great bluesy tune is from his latest work, Hardware, out just a month ago and a truly fine album.
  1. Tim Curry, Simplicity . . . Another slow bluesy tune from the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Title cut from the multi-talented Curry’s third and, to date, final album, in 1981. Sadly, Curry suffered a stroke in 2012 and is confined to a wheelchair but continues to do voice-over work and some musical performances.
  1. David Bowie, The Width Of A Circle . . . Amazing early Bowie from The Man Who Sold The World, featuring the late great Mick Ronson on guitar.
  1. Saga, Humble Stance . . . I don’t think I’ve ever played Saga, from my hometown of Oakville, Ontario, on the show. An oversight rectified by yet another plow through my CD collection and an “oh yeah, these guys.” Jaunty rocker, this, Supertramp-like, to my ears, at least in spots. Or maybe the other way around, Supertramp sounds like Saga. Regardless, good stuff.
  1. The Flying Burrito Brothers, Sin City . . . And now for something completely different. No, not something by the Monty Python troupe but some cool country rock by the Burritos.
  1. AC/DC, Sin City . . . And here’s AC/DC’s version of the Burritos’ tune. Just kidding. Different song and one of my favorites by the hard rockers, Bon Scott era.
  1. Pretenders, Dance . . . I love this one from the Get Close album, 1986. Funky, hypnotic, almost electronic. Not what one would expect from Pretenders, probably, if one knows only their hits.
  1. David Baerwald, Dance . . . And Baerwald’s version of the Pretenders’ tune. Just kidding again and obviously having way too much fun with song titles. Different song, this one from the guy who came to prominence on the fabulous David + David album Boomtown, teaming with David Ricketts for their one and only offering in 1986. Dance is from Baerwald’s debut solo album, Bedtime Stories, in 1990. He releases music sporadically but is active in songwriting for film and television. Ricketts went into production work after David + David split up, and both Davids played on Sheryl Crow’s 1993 debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club.
  1. Albert King, I’ll Play The Blues For You (Parts 1 and 2) . . . Such soulful vocals, and of course great guitar, by one of the masters of the blues.
  1. Howlin’ Wolf, I Asked For Water . . . And she brought him gasoline. Great stuff from another blues master.
  1. Alvin Lee, The Bluest Blues . . . George Harrison plays slide guitar on this slow blues from Lee, famous of course from his days with Ten Years After. It came out in 1994. Wonderful work by both guys, both sadly long gone now.
  1. Rod Stewart, Fool For You . . . My favorite Rod Stewart solo period is 1969-74 when he was usually backed by Faces, with whom he maintained a parallel career. But his stuff after that, up to 1977’s Foot Loose & Fancy Free, is damn good as well. This one’s from his 1976 big hit album, A Night On The Town.
  1. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Flat Broke Love . . . One of my favorites by the band, from 1975’s Four Wheel Drive. For the most part, I prefer BTO’s songs sung by C.F. (Fred) Turner, and this is another of those.
  1. Black Sabbath, Who Are You . . . I always think of my Grade 10 English class when I listen to 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album. I wasn’t into the band then, that came a bit later for me. Anyway, we were doing a poetry segment and one of the guys in the class, not in my circle, brought in the lyric sheet from the album to read as poetry. Most of the class thought he was nuts, me too, perhaps being less open-minded then. But credit to him, and to the teacher for allowing a wide range of contributions. Somehow or other, perhaps, it fueled my coming interest in the band.
  1. The Who, 905 . . . Ah, John Entwistle and his acerbic wit. About test tube babies, cloning, etc. Great stuff, from Who Are You in 1978, Keith Moon’s last album with the group.
  1. Queen, Spread Your Wings . . . Not released as a single in North America, it was a top-30 hit in Europe and yet another indication of the depth of quality in most albums by the great 1960s and in Queen’s case, ’70s bands.
  1. Elton John, Tell Me When The Whistle Blows . . . As I was saying about the Queen track above. Elton John was on another level in the early- to mid-1970s – and he was releasing two albums a year, as per his contract, for some of that time. One of my favorite songs by EJ, this one from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirty Cowboy, 1975.
  1. Pat Benatar, Rated X . . . A B-side on the I Need A Lover single from Benatar’s 1979 debut album In The Heat Of The Night. It was an A-side, later, in France. I’ve never understood why it’s not on any Benatar compilations. Great tune, written by Canadian Nick Gilder of Sweeney Todd and solo fame. No matter, I’ve long had the album and of course these days music is so widely available you can hear it anytime you wish.
  1. Ramones, Out Of Time . . . And, I am out of time for another week. The Ramones’ version of the Rolling Stones’ tune which features one of my favorite lyrical put down lines in music – “you’re obsolete, my baby.” From Acid Eaters, the Ramones’ 1993 covers album of some of their favorite 1960s songs.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, July 5, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The J. Geils Band, Musta Got Lost (live, from Blow Your Face Out including Peter Wolf’s immortal intro rap) . . . The studio version was a No. 12 single in 1975 and arguably the band’s best-known song before the mass commercial success of the Freeze Frame album in 1981. But this live version is ‘the’ definitive version, thanks to lead singer Peter Wolf’s intro.
  1. Roger Waters, Amused To Death (live) . . . No, not another show featuring songs from live albums. I intend to get back to that eventually, but just happened to start with a couple which I couldn’t/didn’t squeeze into the live album show of a few weeks ago. Nine-minute title cut from Waters’ 1992 album, this version taken from the In The Flesh live album, from 2000. The song title was inspired by Neil Postman’s 1985 book Amusing Ourselves To Death which had a big influence on my thinking and I highly recommend.
  1. Pink Floyd, Pigs (Three Different Ones) . . . My favorite song from a personal favorite Floyd album, Animals, from 1977, a record which, to the mainstream, seems to get overlooked amid Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and The Wall. Meddle, the album before The Dark Side Of The Moon, shares that circumstance with Animals . . . Love the “You fucked up old hag…” A reference to UK morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse, who Deep Purple similarly disparaged in Mary Long from their 1973 Who Do We Think We Are album.
  1. Led Zeppelin, What Is And What Should Never Be . . . I always remember when my older brother, by eight years, brought Led Zeppelin II home and, at first, being overwhelmed by the heaviness of it in contrast to the Beatles’ and Stones’ diet I had pretty much subsisted on to that point. And then being fascinated, hearing that guitar break coming out of first one speaker channel, then the other.
  1. Queen, Dead On Time . . . Killer Queen rock, pun intended, from the Jazz album. Yet another great Queen track written by guitarist Brian May, who wrote so many of the great Queen tunes, hits or otherwise.
  1. Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell . . . From the terrific first Sabbath album featuring the late great Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals. I got into this album via the DJ at that bar, The Riverside in Oakville, Ontario that I often reference I worked at during college. We had live rock bands upstairs in the place, which featured a disco (we’re talking late 1970s), an acoustic downstairs cubbyhole, an outside patio (no live music) and the upstairs Boathouse as I recall it was called, where the rock bands played. Anyway, between sets we had a DJ playing stuff and Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell was one of those, along with Ted Nugent’s Double Live Gonzo, Judas Priest’s British Steel and Stained Class, and AC/DC’s Highway To Hell and Back In Black that he played the shit out of and as a result got me into those albums. Love the album cover, too, the Sabbath one, three angels smoking cigarettes. A particularly amazing album when one considers that Sabbath had just lost iconic singer Ozzy Osbourne, people wondered about the band and they responded with a stone-cold classic. Similar to what AC/DC did with Back In Black after Bon Scott died.
  1. AC/DC, Problem Child . . . Kick butt rocker from the relatively early days of the band, the late Bon Scott on lead vocals. I like both versions of AC/DC but Bon’s vocals sometimes, wow. Like on this tune where, to me, like with lots of Ozzy stuff on early Sabbath albums, he, dunno how to explain it, seems to sort of come in from somewhere else, riding the opening riff and then off they all go to even greater heights. To me, this track is an example of that.
  1. Deep Purple, No No No . . . From Fireball. Aside from Ian Gillan, the band members don’t seem to like this album but as a big Purple fan I think everything they’ve done, all versions of the band, is worthwhile.
  1. Thin Lizzy, Opium Trail . . . I like Lizzy a lot and anyone who’s into them knows they are far more than The Boys Are Back In Town. This propulsive track is from the, to me, killer Bad Reputation (great title track I’ve played before) album, arguably a harder-rocking offering than some preceding work. Yet they released the relatively softer Dancing In The Moonlight (good song) as the lone single, backed with the title track.
  2. The Doors, The Changeling . . . Nice bluesy track from what is perhaps my favorite Doors album, L.A. Woman.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Melody . . . Essentially a duet between Mick Jagger and then Stones’ session man, keyboard player and great artist in his own right Billy Preston. From the album, Black And Blue, that Keith Richards has categorized as ‘auditioning guitar players’ from which the Stones settled on Ron Wood to replace the departed Mick Taylor. Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat, John Mayall) and noted session player (for too many artists to count) Wayne Perkins (great solo on the album’s Hand Of Fate) auditioned. Another one of those songs that shows the Stones’ versatility and, more so perhaps, willingness to tackle any genre. The album was largely panned when it came out but, as is often the case, it’s now considered the classic we Stones fans knew it was, from the beginning.
  1. Jethro Tull, Alive And Well And Living In . . . A track from the expanded re-release of the sometimes (aside from Tull fans like me) overlooked Benefit album, 1970. The song also came out on the North American CD release of the Living In The Past compilation, originally released in 1972.
  1. Chicago, In The Country . . . You saw how I did that? From the Tull song title to . . . living In The Country. Ha! Anyway, another great tune from the second Chicago album, 1970. They were, to me, ridiculously good for the first three albums especially, and on until Terry Kath’s sad death at age 31 in 1978 via an unintentional self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  1. The Kinks, Celluloid Heroes . . . Another late 1960s/early 1970s (this from 1972) Kinks’ song to not make the charts. Just absurd. A well-known song by the band, nevertheless, and deservedly so.
  1. Rainbow, Self Portrait . . . Another nice tune featuring the lead vocals of Ronnie James Dio, this from the first Rainbow album. After two more Rainbow albums, Dio left to replace Ozzy in Black Sabbath on the Heaven And Hell album. Dio made any band he was in better. I can barely stomach the more pop-oriented Rainbow, aside from a few tracks, after Dio’s departure.
  1. Blue Oyster Cult, Flaming Telepaths . . . Early Blue Oyster Cult, from Secret Treaties, their third album and last of the ‘black and white’ period of album covers. Typically spooky stuff from that period, this before the next studio album, Agents Of Fortune, which featured their deserved breakthrough hit, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper.
  1. Jeff Beck, Max’s Tune . . . From Rough And Ready, from the second iteration of the Jeff Beck Group – first version with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood; second with Bobby Tench (vocals, rhythm guitar) Max Middleton (piano/keyboards) Clive Garman (bass) and Cozy Powell (drums). Also known as Raynes Park Blues. I don’t know how to describe this one, actually, mellow for the most part, jazzy. I just like it.
  1. Savoy Brown, Money Can’t Save Your Soul . . . Nice bluesy track from a band I very much like and who I saw, great show, at a recent Kitchener Blues Festival.
  1. ZZ Top, 2000 Blues . . . From 1990’s Recycler album which marked, somewhat, the band’s emergence from the huge hit, synthesizer-driven 1980s albums like Eliminator (Legs, etc.) and Afterburner and back to, at least on this one, the blues that was the band’s original bread and butter. Of course, they’ve been much less successful, commercially, since but I’ll just leave it at that – and I do like some of the ‘synthesizer’ stuff; good songs in there amid the murk.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, Darkness On The Edge Of Town . . . Title track from the wall-to-wall quality 1978 album. As previously mentioned, I like his before and after work but my favorite albums of his remain Born To Run, this one, Darkness, and then The River. Age, time/place, whatever, to me he was at his peak musically and lyrically.

So Old It’s New all-Canadian set list, in advance of Canada Day, for Monday, June 28/21. On air 8-10 pm ET

  • Teenage Head, Disgusteen . . . I’ve played it long ago, just love it and a perfect opener with the “Nice day for a party, isn’t it?’ line to kick off the song. Plus, of course, the Exorcist takeoff later on. I saw the original band at a college concert way back when.
  • Rush, Here Again . . . early, bluesy Rush from the debut album, with the late John Rutsey on drums, before Neil Peart arrived and the band started moving in a more progressive rock direction, musically and lyrically.
  • Stampeders, Playin’ In The Band . . . This ‘only’ made No. 23 in Canada among the many great Stampeders’ singles, but it’s perhaps my favorite of their songs.
  • Danko Jones, Bounce . . . Kick-butt rocker, an early tune of his and remains my favorite, perhaps because I don’t know his entire output, not a major fan but what I’ve heard I like.
  • Trooper, The Boys In The Bright White Sports Car . . . Interesting, this one. It was originally on Trooper’s Two For The Show album in 1976 but didn’t become a big hit until three years later, when it was re-released as the opening cut of the ubiquitous Hot Shots compilation.
  • Headstones, Judy . . . Another great raunch and roller from the outstanding debut and arguably still best album, Picture of Health. For my sister Judy. No, not really although I think of her every time I listen to it, simply due to the title, not necessarily any lyrics.
  • Junkhouse, Jesus Sings The Blues . . . I’m not going to repeat my usual lines about Junkhouse, how much I like the band, how much I admire leader Tom Wilson as an artist and have followed him everywhere – solo, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond. Or how, after Junkhouse reunited a few years back to play the Kitchener Blues Festival, I ran into and had a nice chat with Wilson as we both waited in line the next morning to buy a coffee at a local joint.
  • Chilliwack, 148 Heavy . . . It’s about a flight from Vancouver to Toronto, always liked this tune, a reference to an aviation term describing maximum takeoff weight assigned to an aircraft, and among my favorites by the band. They didn’t play it – it’s relatively obscure from the Breakdown In Paradise album in 1979 – during a terrific set that brought the house down at a recent Kitchener Blues Festival.
  • Murray McLauchlan, Out Past The Timberline . . . Evocative lyrics from one of Canada’s master singer-songwriters. I just love this tune, it IS Canada, really, or at least part of it. I always get sort of emotional listening to it, dunno, I just do.
  • BB Gabor, Big Yellow Taxi . . . What to me represents a great cover from the late great Gabor, a reinvention rather than just a pretty much note-for-note copy. And it leads into the next tune, Joni, doing Joni.
  • Joni Mitchell, This Flight Tonight . . . From the classic Blue album. Nazareth, of course, turned this into a big hit with their rocked-up version which then prompted Mitchell to introduce it when she played it at her concerts as “a Nazareth song.” I like her original version, too.
  • The Guess Who, Proper Stranger…One of the, to me, great Guess Who deep cuts, from the American Woman album. I often feel like I’m trotting along atop a horse, given the pace of the tune.
  • Sass Jordan, Ugly . . . A nice, dirty, raunchy track from the Rats album. She’s so great, Sass, saw her on the SARS bill in 2003 along with the many acts that opened for The Rolling Stones that day. I was reading up on her where she said she was always much more influenced by great male blues/rock singers like Free/Bad Co’s Paul Rodgers than she was by female singers, and she shows those qualities here. I remember at one point in the Van Halen saga, after Sammy Hagar left for the second time, there was some talk or speculation of maybe wishful thinking from people thinking she would be a great lead vocalist for the band. Would have been interesting for sure and certainly likely would have worked better than the ill-fated Gary Cherone period. I just discovered she’s got a blues covers album out, called Rebel Moon Blues. It’s great, available on YouTube and worth checking out.
  • Colin James, Hide . . . Funky, up-tempo track from the Fuse album.
  • David Wilcox, Bump Up Ahead . . . Wilcox is pretty consistent, I doubt there’s a tune of his I don’t like and he’s now been around a long time. I won’t tell you in an on purpose run-on sentence about the time he played the bar I worked in during college, you know, regular readers, when he came in, I was at the door, and he asked me where the bands played and at first I thought he was a customer but he told me he was there for the sound check and later, with his trio highlighted only by a white spotlight unlike the cover bands with their often ridiculous stage setups, blew the roof off the place.
  • Doug And The Slugs, Thunder Makes The Noise . . . Yet another great tune from the Cognac and Bologna album, their first (and to me best) release, 1980. And I won’t tell you my usual story about seeing them at that same bar in Oakville, Ontario (I was off duty) with my then-girlfriend who had come to love the band when she discovered them while in Vancouver for a year, so we went. And I became a fan.
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive, I Think You Better Slow Down/Slow Down Boogie . . . Nearly 10 minutes of raunch from the debut album sessions that wasn’t officially released until much later, on the BTO Anthology 2-CD compilation.
  • Bruce Cockburn, What About The Bond . . . One of my favorites from the excellent Humans album, 1980.
  • Neil Young, Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown . . . Up-tempo tune, musically at least, from the downbeat, dark Tonight’s The Night album. Recorded live at the Fillmore, New York, in 1970 and released five years later on the otherwise all-studio album.
  • The Tea Party, Paint It Black . . . I’ll always find a way to get a Stones’ tune in, hee hee, no matter what the possible limitations of any themed show I might be doing are. Nice cover of a great band, by a pretty decent band.
  • Streetheart, Tin Soldier . . . Streetheart’s version of the Small Faces tune, released on the Drugstore Dancer album in 1980. Actually, at the time, prompted me to dig back into the Small Faces.
  • April Wine, Silver Dollar . . . Among my favorite April Wine songs, dark, menacing. From First Glance, the first album of theirs aside from compilations that I actually bought, mostly for the hot single at the time, Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game, but it’s track for track an excellent album.
  • Alannah Myles, Rockinghorse . . . Title cut and, for my money, easily the best song on her second album, a good one. But this wasn’t one of the, count ’em, five singles released from the record.
  • The Tragically Hip, Yawning Or Snarling . . . A brooding, hypnotic track from one of my favorite Hip albums, the darker (for them) Day For Night, 1994.
  • Martha and The Muffins/M + M, Danseparc (Every Day It’s Tomorrow) . . . This was a relatively successful single, No. 31 on Canadian charts and while I rarely or try not to play singles on what’s supposed to be a deep cuts show, 30-plus years later it’s probably a deep cut and, by now, fits into my show’s title – So Old It’s New. Just love the vibe, the instrumentation, all of it. From the period of time when the band went by the M + M name.
  • Steppenwolf, The Pusher . . . I suppose Steppenwolf, formed in Los Angeles, is more properly a Canadian-American band but, they did originate from the remnants of the Canadian band The Sparrows, from which Steppenwolf founders John Kay, Jerry Edmonton and Goldy McJohn came. A well-known Steppenwolf tune, the first of two penned by Hoyt Axton (the other being Snowblind Friend) that Steppenwolf popularized further. Axton’s originals are terrific, too. You don’t tend to hear The Pusher on radio much though, perhaps due to the subject matter and it wasn’t one of the singles from the debut album. I remember when it came out, I was 9 and I remember my friends and I marvelling at the fact they said ‘god damn” in a song. That was somewhat ‘way out there’ back then, at least to our young, impressionable ears.
  • The Band, (I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes . . . But, I must hang it up for another week, with this cover, from the Rock Of Ages live album, of a tune written by 1950s rock and rhythm and blues artist Chuck Willis, taken at the peak of his career at age 32. Perhaps best known for his No. 1 on the R &B charts hit version of C.C. Rider, Willis, a heavy drinker who suffered from stomach ulcers, died of peritonitis, an inflammation of the abdomen, during surgery in 1958.


So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 21, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 21, 2021, airing 8-10 pm ET at Radio Waterloo. All selections are from live albums, something I did eons ago on the show and figured would be fun to reprise. Some people like live albums, some don’t, I tend to prefer studio versions in most cases but, that said, live albums are often exciting and interesting in terms of perhaps new and/or extended arrangements of familiar tunes. Which is the same as the concert experience and, as Joe Jackson (and perhaps many others) once said, if you want the note-for-note studio versions, that’s what the studio albums are for.

Amazing how many live albums I have, actually, as I discovered while going through them for tonight’s set. But, then again, I’m the type who owns pretty much everything released by artists I like, accumulated over the years. And look at the famous live albums that were on my original list of sources that I didn’t wind up using – Frampton Comes Alive!, Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous, Unleashed In The East by Judas Priest, Ted Nugent’s Double Live Gonzo!, Allman Brothers At Fillmore East (because I played In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed from that album last week), Genesis Seconds Out, on and on . . All of which means I’ll likely do a volume 2 and 3 and on of this theme in future shows. Next week, though, it’s likely an all-Canadian show in advance of Canada Day. Then maybe back to live stuff or, we’ll see. Anyway, off we go . . .


  1. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Let It Rock (from Live Bullet) …This album, along with Night Moves and that album’s title cut, are what broke Seger big into the wider public consciousness. This Chuck Berry cover actually closed the Cobo Hall show from which Live Bullet is drawn, but I figured it would be a good opener for tonight’s show, which I’m starting with a series of old rock and roll classics covered by some of the big rock acts these tunes originally inspired.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Around and Around (from Love You Live) . . . Smokin’ version from the El Mocambo side of what was originally a 2-record vinyl release.
  1. Johnny and Edgar Winter, Rock & Roll Medley – Slippin’ and Slidin’; Jailhouse Rock; Tutti-Frutti; Sick and Tired; I’m Ready; Reelin’ and Rockin’; Blue Suede Shoes; Jenny Take A Ride; Good Golly Miss Molly (from Together) . . . Little snippets of each track, put together by the Winter brothers to form a great 6-minute medley.
  1. Jimi Hendrix, Johnny B. Goode (from Hendrix In The West) . . . Absolutely blistering version of what George Thorogood once called, on one of his live albums, ‘the rock and roll national anthem’. In The West, which my late older brother had on vinyl (he was my intro to Hendrix), is a selection of live tracks largely pulled from Hendrix shows in San Diego and the San Francisco area between 1968 and 1970. This take on yet another Chuck Berry classic is from a show at the Berkeley Community Center on May 30, 1970.
  1. Mountain, Roll Over Beethoven (edit from Dream Sequence, Flowers Of Evil album) . . . Flowers of Evil is split into studio and live sides, with Roll Over Beethoven pulled from within the 25-minute Dream Sequence, recorded in June, 1971 at New York’s Fillmore East.
  1. The Who, Shakin’ All Over (from Live At Leeds) . . . Great Who take on the Johnny Kidd & The Pirates classic.
  1. Santana, Dance Sister Dance (from Moonflower) . . . Santana’s in full flight on this one, a case in my view where a live version is better than the studio take, which is on the Amigos album.


  2. Bruce Springsteen, Because The Night (from Live 1975-85 box set) . . . A tune co-written by Springsteen and Patti Smith, whose version, from the Easter album, I’ve previously played on my show. To my knowledge/research, Springsteen has never released a studio version of it as he apparently never thought it was up to snuff, to the consternation of his band mates, who thought otherwise. But, he’s played it live over the years and included this live version, from Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum in 1980, on the live boxed set.
  1. The Butterfield Blues Band, The Boxer (from The Butterfield Blues Band Live) . . . Love this up-tempo boogie-type blues from this horn-drenched version of the Butterfield band. Not the Simon and Garfunkel tune.
  1. Eric Clapton, Presence Of The Lord (from E.C. Was Here) . . . Yvonne Elliman, who was such a big part of Clapton’s ’70s albums, helps out on vocals on this somewhat rearranged version of the tune that first was heard on the one and only Blind Faith studio album. Different guitar solo than the amazing one on the studio version but great in its own way.
  1. Muddy Waters, Deep Down In Florida (from Muddy “Mississippi’ Waters Live) . . . Johnny Winter, who produced and played on a string of Muddy’s albums in the late 1970s, accompanied Waters on the tour for Hard Again, which featured this typical slow blues, my favorite kind.
  1. Stephen Stills, Jet Set (Sigh)/Rocky Mountain Way/Jet Set (Sigh) (from Stephen Stills Live) . . . Interesting, perhaps, that I came somewhat late to Stills’ solo work, aside from Love The One You’re With, despite liking Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. But unlike with Neil Young, I never deeply followed Stills’ solo career. That is, until I heard Tree Top Flyer (which I’ve played on the show) from his brilliant Stills Alone album some years ago. That sent me back into his catalog and here we are. Nice combo version of his own Jet Set (Sigh) and Joe Walsh/Barnstorm’s Rocky Mountain Way.
  1. Beck, Bogert, Appice, Black Cat Moan (from Live In Japan) . . . Big use of the ‘talk box’ guitar effects unit that was something of a ‘thing’ back in the 1970s and used also by Peter Frampton on the Frampton Comes Alive album. Beck handles lead vocals himself on this Don Nix cover. I don’t own the album, which is available on YouTube but was released only in Japan in 1974. I pulled this one from my copy of the Beckology box set.
  1. Grand Funk Railroad, Paranoid (from Live: The 1971 Tour) . . . Not the Black Sabbath tune. This is Grand Funk’s own riff-rocker, and a fine one it is.
  1. Roy Buchanan, Down By The River (from Sweet Dreams: The Anthology, previously unreleased live version) . . . Crazy good guitar by the late great Buchanan on this cover of the Neil Young tune. Lead vocals by Billy Price, who collaborated with Buchanan in the mid-1970s.
  1. Van Morrison, I’ve Been Working (from It’s Too Late To Stop Now) . . . Well, I really haven’t been. This isn’t working, it’s fun putting together these shows. Often takes me on my own rediscovery trips through my music collection, like this up tempo tune from Van The Man’s 1974 live release. This is from the original album. An expanded, different version, called Volumes II, III and IV and also featuring a DVD of a show from that period, was released in 2016. It’s great, all of it.
  1. Roxy Music, Out Of The Blue (from Viva!) . . . This song, originally on the Country Life studio album, seems to bubble up from underground, is how I’d describe it. Or, I could just say, it’s great. Creativity to me is endlessly fascinating in a ‘how did they think of that, where do they find these arrangements?’ kind of way.


  2. Faces, (I Know) I’m Losing You (Live at the BBC, 1971, from Five Guys Walk Into A Bar box set) . . . Crackling version of such a great song originally taken to No. 1 by The Temptations. Besides his dirty guitar, love Ronnie Wood’s ‘yeah’ just before Rod Stewart kicks in with the lead vocal. Oh, and a nice drum solo by Kenney Jones, too. What a great band Faces were. And they backed Stewart on the studio version he released on Every Picture Tells A Story.
  1. Blue Oyster Cult, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (from Some Enchanted Evening) . . . And we’re outta here for another week with BOC’s cover of a song, written by the husband-wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, likely best known via The Animals’ version.

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 14, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. The Rolling Stones, Oh No Not You Again . . . Oh yes, I’m back with another show, with this opening rocker from the most recent studio album of original material by the Stones, A Bigger Bang in 2005. Originally, there was talk of this being the title of the album. I think they should have gone with it, but too late now. Speaking of late, or overdue, as a Stones’ fan, I just wish they’d release some new material. They keep talking about it, but all we’ve seen since is the blues cover album, Blue and Lonesome, in 2016. A fine record but I want some original, new, studio stuff!
  1. Booker T. and The MGs, Melting Pot . . . Some great, extended sould/funk/R & B from the band best known for Green Onions although they have so many great tunes.
  1. Little Feat, Let It Roll . . . Up-tempo title cut from the band’s 1988 album, the first one without founding member and chief songwriter Lowell George, who died in 1979. Like so many veteran bands, they’re still around, with various replacement members, carrying on even after the death in 2019 of guitarist/singer Paul Barrere, who joined Little Feat for their third album, Dixie Chicken, in 1973 and essentially assumed leadership of the reformed group after George’s passing. I saw them in 2004 in a club in Hamilton, Ont. Great show.
  1. UFO, Love Lost Love . . . Typically great guitar from Michael Schenker on this one from 1975’s Force It album.
  1. Ancient Relic, Via Maris … Another Iron Maiden-like track from Toronto artist/one-man band Jesse Feyen. Jesse contacted me some months ago to see whether I’d play some of his stuff which he figured fit into the type of material I play. And I do occasionally play metal, his stuff is Maiden-influenced so, why not? He’s working on an album and for now, his stuff is available on You Tube.
  1. James Gang, The Bomber … I’ve played a few Eagles’ tunes on the show in recent weeks,which got me thinking of Joe Walsh and the James Gang. This extended piece, great stuff, is from Rides Again, the band’s second album, in 1970.
  1. Chicago, Fancy Colours . . . I’ve always loved this tune, from the second album. Some have suggested it’s about a drug trip, who knows, who cares. Great guitar as always, including wah-wah, by Terry Kath. I remember getting this album via the Columbia Record Club my older brother and sister joined way back then, 1970, which led us to Chicago and other Columbia acts at the time, including Blood, Sweat & Tears and Santana.
  1. Marianne Faithfull, Sister Morphine (12” version, 1979) . . . Co-written by Faithfull with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was originally released by Faithfull in 1969 and featured Jagger on acoustic guitar, Ry Cooder on slide guitar and bass and Charlie Watts on drums. The Stones released their own version, with slightly different lyrics and also featuring Cooder, in 1971 on the Sticky Fingers album. This version is from 1979, when Faithfull re-recorded it for her great comeback album, Broken English. It wasn’t on the original album but was released as 7- and 12-inch singles as the flip side to the song Broken English. It later came out on an expanded 2-CD re-release of the Broken English album and is available on some compilations, and online. Harrowing stuff, every version.
  1. John Lennon, Working Class Hero . . . From Plastic Ono Band, Lennon’s 1970 album which contains two songs, this one and Oh God, whose lyrics were hugely influential on my young, developing mind.
  1. Blind Faith, Sea Of Joy . . . Not a bad song on the one and only Blind Faith studio album. Sort of a combination of Cream (Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker), Traffic (Steve Winwood) and Family (Ric Grech). The result? A fabulous album I never tire of.
  1. David Wilcox, Somethin’s Shakin’ . . . Great tune from this outstanding Canadian artist who, repeating myself as I do every time I play him, I first saw while working as a doorman at a bar in Oakville, Ont., putting myself through college in the late 1970s. In walks Wilcox a few hours before he was on, just a regular guy in street clothes, asking me where the bands played as he was in for a sound check. And, later that night, still in those regular streets clothes, just a white spotlight as stage lighting for his trio, blew the roof off the joint.
  1. Garland Jeffreys, True Confessions . . . I bought 1981’s Escape Artist album for his cover of ? And The Mysterians’ 96 Tears and became a fan. Love when that happens. Some real heavyweights on the album including Springsteen’s E Street Band members Roy Bittan and the late Danny Federici.
  1. T-Bone Burnett, Primitives . . . Spooky track by Burnett, well-known as a producer with too many great album credits to count, Burnett first came to prominence as a member of Bob Dylan’s band during the 1970s. His resume is pretty much mind-blowing given his own music, production credits,music for film and TV. Just a brilliant artist.
  1. Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles, Marbles (live) . . . Blazing instrumental, a John McLaughlin tune released on the 1972 live album by Santana and Miles. It was recorded inside the Diamond Head volcano in Hawaii, which was a ‘thing’ bands did during the 1970s in collaboration with local artists, until the state canceled the deal due to noise and environmental impact concerns.
  1. The J. Geils Band, Detroit Breakdown . . . Got talking about The Who (they’re coming up later in the set) with some friends this week, concerts we had seen and who opened. One friend saw J. Geils (and Heart) open for The Who back in 1980 so the great blues-rock outfit Geils came to mind. Fantastic live outfit, this is the studio version. It might be the first time I’ve played a studio version of one of their songs on the show, actually, their live versions are so terrific. But so is the studio stuff.
  1. Talking Heads, The Overload . . . One of my younger brothers thought I had become a stoner when he heard me listening to this droning track from 1980’s Remain In Light. Well, I was experimenting a bit at the time.
  1. Bruce Cockburn, Radium Rain . . . Extended, self-explanatory piece from Cockburn’s 1986 Big Circumstance album, when things like acid rain were a hot topic. Whatever happened to that, anyway? Well, general talk about climate change is more widespread and acid rain itself, yes I looked this up, does not have as big an impact these days as it did in the 1970s and 80s, due to stronger air pollution regulations.
  1. Warren Zevon, Veracruz . . . I’ve always loved this track from Excitable Boy, great ballad about the battle for the city, between the United States and Mexico in 1914.
  1. Screaming Trees, Who Lies In Darkness . . . Just saw this one lying around in the station computer system, from a previous download of mine, and decided to play it. From one of the Seattle grunge bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains which shook up the music world in the early 1990s.
  1. The Who, Music Must Change . . . I told you, a few songs ago, that I’d get to The Who in the show. This is a great one from 1978’s Who Are You album, drummer Keith Moon’s swan song. Love the coin drop intro.
  1. Led Zeppelin, Night Flight . . . So much great stuff on Physical Graffiti, can’t go wrong picking any song for the show but I do have to fly out of here soon so perhaps that’s why, subconsciously, went with this one and placed it here, near the end of the set.
  1. The Allman Brothers Band, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (live) . . . Typically great Allmans instrumental, one of their best. This version is from At Fillmore East, widely acknowledged as one of rock’s greatest live albums. Written by guitarist Dickey Betts, it’s about a woman he was involved with but Elizabeth Reed wasn’t her name; Betts took it from the name on a headstone in Macon, Georgia, where the band was largely based after forming in Jacksonville, Florida.
  1. Badfinger, It’s Over . . . And so it is, for another week. Great tune by the first band to be signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records. They had a string of hits in the early 1970s – Come And Get It (written and produced by Paul McCartney); No Matter What (produced by Beatles’ personal assistant Mal Evans); Day After Day (produced by George Harrison) and Baby Blue (produced by Todd Rundgren).

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, June 7, 2021 – on air 8-10 pm ET

  1. Atomic Rooster, Head In The Sky . . . Up tempo tune from the UK progressive rock band originally formed by  Crazy World Of Arthur Brown alumni Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer, the drummer who is not featured on this track from the third album, In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster. Palmer had departed by then to join Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
  1. Romantics, Rock You Up . . . I dug this one up while sorting my CDs, another band from my college days. Perhaps best known for their first hit, What I Like About You, in 1980, they released this track in 1983. It was the second single from the In Heat album, which yielded the top 5 single Talking In Your Sleep.
  1. The Rolling Stones, Stray Cat Blues . . . One of my favorite Stones’ tunes, for the lascivious opening alone but just a great track throughout. I was undecided as to whether to play this or Sister Morphine, from Sticky Fingers (perhaps next week; I always play a song from my favorite band). So I ran it by a buddy of mine and, not surprisingly since he loves the Beggars Banquet album, he suggested I go with Stray Cat.
  1. Bruce Springsteen, Candy’s Room . . . I’ve been in a Springsteen phase of late. This great rocker comes from the brilliant Darkness On The Edge Of Town album, so good it could be a greatest hits album.
  1. Collective Soul, Love Lifted Me . . . I’ve loved this Georgia band’s sound, gritty, grungy guitars, since their debut album Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid in 1993. Like most people, perhaps, got into them via their debut No. 1 single, Shine, from that album. Love Lifted Me is a nice deep cut from the same record, up tempo, typically hypnotic Collective Soul riff.
  1. Eagles, The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks . . . Fun little ditty from The Long Run, the followup to the monster Hotel California album which, to me, gets unfairly panned. I think it’s a terrific album, The Long Run, full of great songs and what do the rock critics know, anyway? Sales aren’t necessarily the barometer of great art, but it’s a great album and has sold more than eight million copies in the USA alone.
  1. Elton John, Madman Across The Water . . . I love this somewhat spooky title track from EJ’s 1971 album. It was originally scheduled for the previous album, Tumbleweed Connection, but was held back and came out as the title cut to the next record. I didn’t know this until a while ago but apparently when it came out, some thought the lyrics were about then-US President Richard Nixon and maybe they were, although lyricist Bernie Taupin said no: “I thought, that is genius. I could never have thought of that.” I never thought of it, either, and reading the lyrics well, maybe, but, doubtful, to me. It matters not. Great song.
  1. Carole King, Smackwater Jack . . . I mentioned earlier in the set how Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town could be a greatest hits album. If any album could be seen that way, it’s King’s Tapestry, from which I pulled this relative deep cut. What a ridiculously great album Tapestry is.
  1. Headstones, Leave It All Behind . . . Active from their great debut, Picture Of Health in 1993 until 2003, these hard-rocking Canadian boys got back together in 2011 and picked up as if they never left. This typical blistering track is from their most recent release, 2019’s PeopleSkills.
  1. AC/DC, Burnin’ Alive . . . Great, slow-building track from the, I think, underappreciated Ballbreaker album in 1995. AC/DC generally isn’t a political band in terms of lyrics, but there are various theories as to what this one’s about. Many think it’s about the Waco, Texas siege in 1993 and I tend to subscribe to that notion, but I just read another view, that it could be about Centralia, Pennsylvania, where a coal mine fire has been burning beneath the almost-completely abandoned town since 1962. That’s a fascinating story in itself, well worth researching.
  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Graveyard Train . . . CCR has so many great singles but when you dig deeper they are so much more in terms of album tracks, including this extended, hypnotic, bluesy excursion from Bayou Country, 1969.
  1. Janis Joplin, Mercedes Benz . . . Fun little tune from Joplin’s last, posthumously-released album, Pearl. This was the last song she ever recorded. Love her spoken word intro, and cackle at the end.
  2. John Lee Hooker, John L’s House Rent Boogie (1950 version) . . . George Thorogood later famously took this tune and combined it with the next one I’m playing by Hooker, into his own extended version of One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer that appeared on Thorogood’s 1977 debut album. Great blues by an original master, Hooker.
  1. John Lee Hooker, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer . . . From Hooker’s 1966 release, The Real Folk Blues. Great stuff.
  2. Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi Delta . . . Best known for her 1967 smash Ode To Billie Joe, Gentry has many great tunes and was one of the first female artists to compose and produce her own material. This great track featuring Gentry’s gritty vocals, different than her singing on Ode To Billie Joe, was the B-side to that hit and then later released as a single on its own. In Japan, Mississippi Delta was the A-side and Billie Joe the flip.
  3. John Cougar Mellencamp, You’ve Got To Stand For Somethin’ . . . Love this tune, good lyrics, from the standout Scarecrow album. Not a bad song on it.
  4. Peter Tosh, Downpressor Man . . . Somewhat all over the map on today’s show, accidentally on purpose I suppose. Part of the creative fun. So, here we go with some reggae from the late great Tosh. I got into him way back, sort of via Bob Marley who, perhaps like many, I was introduced to via Eric Clapton’s version of I Shot The Sheriff in 1974. After that, it seemed all the big rock acts starting delving into reggae, at least a bit, including The Rolling Stones, who signed Tosh to their Rolling Stones Records label and with whom Mick Jagger did the hit duet (You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back on Tosh’s Bush Doctor album in 1978. But by that time, I was already well into Tosh via albums/songs like Legalize It – which I’ve played before on the show and almost certainly will again. Great artists, both he and Marley.
  1. The Moody Blues, Melancholy Man . . . Another sort of random selection I came across while loading tracks into the station’s computer system. I threw this one into the system some time back, saw it, realized I had not played the Moodies in some time so, no time like the present. Beautiful, somewhat sad lyrically, tune from A Question Of Balance, in 1970.
  1. Bob Dylan, Man In The Long Black Coat . . . 1989 was a pretty good year for veteran acts in terms of albums released. Eric Clapton’s Journeyman, Neil Young’s Freedom and The Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels are among the notable ones I like. And Oh Mercy, from Dylan from which I pulled this great track, one of my all-time favorites from him.
  1. Cowboy Junkies, Southern Rain . . . Wonderful up-tempo track featuring the ethereal vocals of Margo Timmins. Just an amazing singer, great band I saw at a recent Kitchener Blues Festival.
  2. Dishwalla, Moisture . . . Great tune that starts slow, almost electronic, then rocks out. It’s from the band that gave us the 1996 hit Counting Blue Cars, from the same album I pulled this one from, Pet Your Friends. One of those albums you buy (or at least did, back then) for the hit single and then are rewarded by the depth of quality on the record.
  1. U2, Numb . . . This was the first single from the somewhat experimental album, Zooropa, produced in part by Brian Eno, who had done similar pushing-the-envelope work with David Bowie during the latter’s Berlin period in the late 1970s. The spoken-word, droning vocals are by guitarist The Edge on a track that was a leftover from the previous album, Achtung Baby.
  1. Elvis Costello, Green Shirt . . . From the Armed Forces album in 1979, it wasn’t released as a single until 1985 on a compilation. It got to No. 68 in the UK. Nice tune, perhaps somewhat unknown and underappreciated.
  1. Pearl Jam, Nothing As It Seems . . . I was really into Pearl Jam’s first two albums but I confess they’ve lost me as time passes, nothing compelling enough to prompt me to purchase or listen to any of their more recent releases. Out of loyalty, I kept up until a few years ago but decided time is too precious than to keep trying to like stuff I just can’t get into even after repeated listens, although I certainly don’t begrudge the band’s dedicated, loyal and passionate fan base. That said, I just checked out a few tracks from their most recent release, Gigaton, and, not bad. So maybe worth a revisit of the most recent stuff. Until then, I’m left with the first two albums and a fine 2-CD compilation, from which I pulled this great single from the Binaural album in 2000.
  1. Paul McCartney/Wings, Name And Address . . . Nice boogie/rockabilly type shuffle from London Town in 1978. McCartney, like most great artists, has so many lesser-known gems.
  1. Pink Floyd, Summer ’68 . . . From Atom Heart Mother, the album with the cow on the cover. One of the few Floyd tracks written and sung by the late keyboardist Richard Wright, it’s a catchy pop tune, apparently about an encounter Wright had with a groupie in 1968.
  1. Bad Company, Passing Time . . . A jaunty little tune from Bad Co’s Burnin’ Sky album, 1977. There’s not a bad tune, really, by this band – when fronted by Paul Rodgers. I can do without the Brian Howe version of the band, except for the Holy Water single. Too overproduced, 80s-type sound for me, other than that tune. I will say they did a non-Rodgers album, Company Of Strangers, in 1995 with Robert Hart on lead vocals, that I like because it harkens back to the Rodgers-era sound and Hart sounds much like Rodgers, to me. I played the title cut from the album ages ago on the show and now that I’m talking to myself about it, I will revisit. The prime stuff is, of course, the Rodgers era but Company Of Strangers is pretty good. So why didn’t I play it today? Well, I didn’t think of it until I started rambling on about it here.
  1. Doug And The Slugs, Drifting Away . . . And so we drift away for another week, taking our leave with this breakup song by Doug And The Slugs, one of my favorites by that band. I was inspired to play them by a friend who texted me about some foible he saw in policy from Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government, referring to him and his government as Doug and the slugs.