Monthly Archives: July 2009

Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash Pt. 2

While Bob Dylan was recording his album, Nashville Skyline, country legend Johnny Cash stopped by to visit. A friend and label-mate of Dylan’s as well as an early supporter of his music, Cash had been recording next door with his own band. The two wound up recording a series of duets, covering Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” as well as Cash’s own “I Still Miss Someone.” None of these were deemed usable, but Cash returned the following day to record more duets.

The session on February 18 was devoted exclusively to duet covers with Cash. “One Too Many Mornings” and “I Still Miss Someone” were revisited, and rejected, yet again. “Matchbox”, “That’s All Right Mama”, “Mystery Train”, “Big River”, “I Walk the Line”, and “Guess Things Happen That Way”, all made famous by celebrated Sun recordings performed by Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Cash himself, were all attempted on February 18, but none of these were deemed usable. Covers of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel #1″ and “#5″, Cash’s “Ring of Fire” (written by his wife, June Carter and Merle Kilgore), “You Are My Sunshine”, “Mountain Dew”, the traditional ballad “Careless Love”, the traditional hymn “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”, “How High The Water”, and “Wanted Man” (a song written by Dylan specifically for Cash) were also attempted, and all were rejected. There was little enthusiasm for any of these tracks, but one duet of Dylan’s, “Girl From The North Country” (which originally appeared on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan), was ultimately sequenced as the album’s opener.

Over the next 4 weeks I will bring to you all the songs on that bootleg. Let me know what you think in the comment section! Here is part 2 of that collection. Part 1 is here.

That’s Alright Mama – Dylan/Cash

Ring of Fire – Dylan/Cash

Good Ole Mountain Dew – Dylan/Cash

Guess Things Happen That Way – Dylan/Cash

Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – Dylan/Cash

Jeff “Woody” Fife & His Fight with the Truth

After listening to The Woody & Rizzuto Show on Wednesday morning in hopes of gathering a little info for the alleged interview Woody said he would do (more on this later) I came away feeling the show to be hokey & unimaginative. In other words, perfect for the 50th rated market in the U.S. While I did like Rizzuto I found that the chemistry between the two wasn’t there. Often times when a host is not good enough to carry a show on his own, like Jeff is obviously not good enough to, they will pair him with a girl or someone who is appealing to the audience more than just two frat guys talking about reality shows that involve fat chicks and almost crying.

There was a ton of music played & frankly it was just boring. Now, I’m sure the show will get better, cause the only way it could get worse is if Ravey showed up & took up half of the studio with her largess. Here’s the thing, though, if they can’t attract listeners now then how will they in the future. Is Woody really in this thing for the long haul or is he still preoccupied with Live 105? He refuses to keep his word & be interviewed though I have tried numerous times to contact him. It seems that while he enjoys deriding his former station he can not bring himself to keep his word (wouldn’t be the first time Woody has lied, for instance ratting yours truly out to management for playing a song off the list then denying he said anything when Spud told me he did & telling management that he felt Leanne was feeding me stories when in actuality it was his former board op Brian among others) & tell what truly happened over at Live 105 to those willing to listen. It seems that while there were those who went to bat for Woody when he was surreptitiously fired, for what seemed to be the most trivial of reasons (though it has never been clarified) he insists on being the same ungrateful miscreant he once was at Live 105 by lying & obfuscating his intentions.

While Woody buries himself in his misdeeds where will those people be when he is let go from this job as he was in Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco & St. Louis the first time. It seems Woody did not remember the Golden Rule of Radio & that is “Be kind to people on the way up…..because you’ll meet them again on the way down.” After being in the #4 market in the country Woody finds himself living in his In-Laws home, without his so-called best friends Ravey & Tony, with a new child & in a sub-par market & he has the audacity to blow people off? It’ll be a much harder fall this time time down, Jeff. Enjoy it while it lasts. Here’s a tip: take some night classes at the local community college, learn a trade, maybe you could become a welder. Welder’s make good money.

Top 250 Albums of All-Time 169-160

#169 – What’s The Story Morning Glory? – Oasis

With grunge puttering out after the suicide of Nirvana lead man Kurt Cobain, Metal long since past it’s glory days & punk still not having gotten it’s second wind Oasis introduced the second British invasion. With the constant storyline of the ever-bickering Gallagher brothers it would seem music would suffer (it eventually did), but it was just the opposite. What’s the Story Morning Glory? was one of the best selling albums of the 90s with 20 million records sold. The influence of the Beatles is hard to deny with “Imagine” being intertwined with the opening notes of “Don’t Look Back in Anger” & “Wonderwall” being the first Beatles solo album, a movie George Harrison provided the soundtrack for. In all reality, as previously alluded to, this was the beginning of the end for Oasis. After this, their third album was just not the same critically or profit wise as people grew tired of the bickering Gallagher’s & their antics.

Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis

Wonderwall – Oasis

#168 – Paul’s Boutique – The Beastie Boys

Take three Jewish kids from Brooklyn who can rap & like magic you have the Beastie Boys. Three of the biggest legends of rap. Together with the Dust Brothers, who had previously worked on Tone Loc’s album “Loc’d After Dark” they created Paul’s Boutique. An album that initially did not sell well, but was hailed by critics with Rolling Stone calling it, “the Pet Sounds/Dark Side of the Moon of Hip-Hop.” Samples of Curtis Mayfield’s, “Superfly” turned up on, “The Eggman” which also included samples of “Pump it Up” by Elvis Costello, the “Jaws Theme” by John Williams & “Dance to the Music” by Sly & the Family Stone. Today this is considered one of the greatest albums in Hip-Hop history for the breakthrough Dust Brothers/Beastie Boys sound. “Eggman” & “Hey Ladies” were posted here previously so here are two others from the album.

The Sounds of Science – Beastie Boys

Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun – Beastie Boys

#167 – One of These Nights – The Eagles

One of These Nights is one of the last albums where the Eagles stay true to form of their original ideal of becoming the 70’s version of the Byrd’s. Flashes of the pop-rock band they were to become show in songs like the title track, but their country roots shine in others like “Lyin’ Eyes” & “Take it to the Limit”. Because of the seemingly new direction they were headed in, Bernie Leadon chose to leave the band after this album came out & was quickly replaced by Joe Walsh. It was after this that Don Henley & Glenn Frey began to exert more control & change the direction to more of a stylized/slick rock sound.

Lyin’ Eyes – The Eagles

Take it to the Limit – The Eagles

#166 – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill

Hearkening back to a soul sound that hadn’t been heard since the 60’s, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was an album that rivaled anything Mary J. Blige has ever put out. A crowning achievement in the soul music genre & in the career of ex-Fugees singer, Lauryn Hill, the album discussed many themes. Those themes primarily revolved around the struggles of African-Americans including relations with one another as on the track, “Doo Wop (That Thing)” that speaks to African-American men & women caught in “the struggle”. Both the women who “try to be a hard rock when they really are a gem” & the men who are “more concerned with rims & Tims, than his women” are admonished by Hill who warns them not to allow “That thing” whatever it is to tuin their lives.

Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

I Used to Love Him – Lauryn Hill

#165 – The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem

Violent, angry, brooding, misogynistic & comical is how one could describe Eminem’s third album, The Marshall Mathers LP. With tracks like “Kill You” which speaks of his hatred for his mother in some of the most despicable, graphic ways imaginable, but one can’t help but be engaged while listening to songs like “Stan”.

“Stan” is a story of a fan who is obsessed with Eminem and writes to him but doesn’t receive a reply. Stan drives his car off a bridge with his pregnant girlfriend in the trunk. The first three verses are delivered by Stan, the first two in letter form and the third being spoken as he is about to drive off a bridge and is recording a cassette with the intent (but, he realizes too late, not the means) to send it to Eminem. The song makes heavy use of sound effects, with rain and thunder heard in the background, as well as pencil scratchings during the first two verses, and then as Stan drives off the bridge, listeners hear tires screeching and a crashing sound, followed by a splash of water, in a style similar to the 1964 songs “Dead Man’s Curve” and “Leader of the Pack”. The fourth verse is Eminem responding to Stan, only realizing at the last second that he has heard about Stan’s death on the news as he was writing to him.

The song can also be interpreted as a reply at Eminem’s critics, who accuse him of promoting drugs and violence, because it creates a scenario that clearly shows that his rap lyrics are not meant to be taken seriously, “what’s this shit you said about you like to cut your wrists too? I say that shit just clownin’ dogg, c’mon – how fucked up is you?”

The song was produced by The 45 King and samples the first couple of lines of “Thank You” by Dido as the chorus. Say what you will about the content what can’t be underestimated is that Eminem did for white rappers what Vanilla Ice never could. This album made Eminem hated by so many interest group yet he persevered selling 1.6 million albums in the first week. Whther you think that is good or bad the album is filled with rhymes & beats that defined rap for the better part of this decade.

Stan – Eminem

Kill You – Eminem

#164 – The Specials – The Specials

Picking up where the great Jamaican ska/two-tone bands of the 60’s left off The Specials self-titled debut album was summarily an homage to those two-tone/ska bands/artists that left an indelible impact on the genre. Artists such as: Lee “Scratch” Perry, Prince Buster, Toots & the Maytals & of course Dandy Livingstone who’s 1967 single “A Message to You, Rudy” became of the Specials most popular songs. Trombonist, Rico Rodriguez, who performed on many of the 50’s/60’s Jamaican recordings, before moving to London in 1962, played on The Specials version as he had on the original recording 15 years earlier. As a former member of the legendary band The Skatalites, a band that helped define the sound of ska & reggae, Rico’s appearance on the album considerably added to the Specials credentials.

Too Hot – The Specials

Message to You, Rudy – The Specials

#163 – Paranoid – Black Sabbath

Paranoid is the album that Tony Iommi made his name on. One of the most influential heavy metal albums of all-time, Paranoid, put Black Sabbath on the map with “Iron Man” & the delusional tale “paranoid”. With Tony Iommi wailing on the guitar & Ozzy Osbourne’s most inspired vocals as his range is evident even in the   heavy rock anthems. While the album is considered a heavy metal masterpiece there are nonetheless mellow songs such as “Planet Caravan” with Ozzy using the Leslie Speaker to create the dream-like vocals. “Iron Man’ which won a best metal performance Grammy in 2000, 30 years after it was released is one of the best songs on the album as is the unassuming anti-war song “War Pigs” which questions the logic of sending others to die for selfish causes you won’t fight for yourself.

Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath

Paranoid – Black Sabbath

#162 – Magical Mystery Tour – The Beatles

Perhaps the most underrated of all the Beatles albums, Magical Mystery Tour is a psychedelic tour de force as it weaves in and out of brilliant compositions. The revolutionary use of looping techniques was an inspiration to many up and coming bands as was the movie that this soundtrack was made for. Magical Mystery Tour was the first Beatles film project following the death of manager Brian Epstein in August 1967, and there has been much speculation that the absence of Epstein’s judgment contributed to its undisciplined production, as seen, for instance, in the absence of a screenplay and professional direction. The film originally appeared twice on BBC-TV over the 1967 Christmas holidays (first in black and white, then in colour on BBC2), but was savaged by critics on its release; it was, however, noted by Steven Spielberg in film school (according to McCartney in one of the interviews for The Beatles Anthology: “I’ve read that people like him have sort of said, ‘When I was in school that was a film we really took notice of…’ like an art film, you know, rather than a proper film).

Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

All You Need is Love – The Beatles

#161 – Superfly – Curtis Mayfield

Widely considered a classic of 1970s soul/funk, Superfly was a nearly immediate hit. Its sales were bolstered by two million-selling singles, “Freddie’s Dead” (#2 R&B, #4 Pop) and the title track (#5 R&B, #8 Pop). “Superfly” is one of the few soundtracks to out-gross the film it accompanied.

Superfly, along with Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, was one of the pioneering soul concept albums, with its then-unique socially aware lyrics about poverty and drug abuse making the album stand out. The film and the soundtrack may be perceived as dissonant, since the Super Fly film holds rather ambiguous—some will say sympathetic—views on drug dealers, whereas Curtis Mayfield’s position is far more critical.

Like What’s Going On, the album was a surprise hit that record executives felt had little chance at significant sales. Due to its success, Mayfield was tapped for several film soundtracks over the course of the decade.

Superfly – Curtis Mayfield

Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield

#160 – Lady Soul – Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s greatest song, regardless of what you think about “Respect”, is “Natural Woman”. Her vocal range is never better that in this soft ballad about recognizing the one you’re with accepts you for who & what you are. Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King it got up to #8 on the Billboard Charts. Not only did Aretha have the most powerful voice in the business, the best songwriters at her disposal, she also had one of the best backing bands around. A band that included none other than Sam Cooke’s former guitarist Bobby Womack, who himself would go on to cover “Natural Woman’, changing it to “Natural Man” & also his classic “Across 100th Street”. All these elements aligned to make Lady Soul a brilliant near operatic masterpiece for Aretha Franklin and female soul musicians in general.

Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin

Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

John Mayer – Hotel Cafe

Last night or maybe it’s today now, I was patrolling Twitter out of sheer boredom & I saw that John Mayer was playing the Hotel Cafe, which is this killer little venue that maybe holds 200 people, for $5. Too good to pass up & I already have expressed numerous times my affinity for John Mayer. Anyway, my boy Jose & I roll up there to see if we can get in, we did & John played mostly stuff off the album he’s coming out with soon. However, he did play some old stuff as well, “Neon”, a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” & his MJ memorial instrumental “Human Nature” which led into “Waiting on the World to Change”.  All &  all it was an amazing show with great music that I just happened to record.

The quality is not the best & next time I will see if I can hook into the soundboard instead of holding the recorder in the air. What can I say it was my first time? Nevertheless, it rocked & here it is for you.The new album is sure to be fantastic. One side note…I’m not sure of all the tracks names because they’re new songs so if they don’t have names that’s why. Enjoy! Also, if you have any problems with the songs once you download them as far as them not playing or cutting off or anything like that please let me know so I can correct it.

Song #1 – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Song #2 – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Song #3 – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Song #4 – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

War of My Life (New Song) – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Song #6 – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover) – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Song #8 – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Song #9 – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Who Says I Can’t Be Stoned? – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Neon – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Human Nature/Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer – Hotel Cafe 7/29 /09

Music News – Woody Show, Jay-Z, Simpsons, iTunes, Weezer

Some great things going on this week. The new releases have been a huge disappointment for the third third week in a row, so I’ll come up with something for Wednesday & post the Music News today.

  • P.S. Hoping to do that long rumored Woody Fife interview this week. Getting in touch with him has been a bit of a hassle lately, but here’s hoping we can get it done soon. I’d even be open to doing a segment on the New Woody & Rizzuto show at the point in St. Louis. Here’s some other Live 105 news:
  • Greg Gory has been fired 3 months after the rest of The Woody Show was unscrupulously show the door. Dave Numb is showing tremendous idiocy in getting rid of people like Gory.
  • New rumor coming out of Live 105 is that No Name will move to 3-7p, Jared to 10a-3p, Madden to 7-midnight. KEVIN AND BEAN syndicate mornings from L.A. station KROQ. I’m chasing down some leads trying to get confirmation on this & will keep you posted. Check out this video of the moron White Menace continuously being himself & failing miserably at getting anything right. What a treat! Stay behind the camera, genius. I wouldn’t let this jackass introduce me in front of a firing squad let alone a treasure like Happy Days. NOT THE HAPPY DAYS, JUST HAPPY DAYS.
  • Jay-Z’s new album The Blueprint III is coming out on September 11, but the second single released came out this morning at, fittingly 9:11 am on some radio station no one cares about & is reintroduces Rhianna to the Jay-Z stable of collaborators. Her first collaboration since Chris Brown pummeled her down the street from my house.  Jay-Z also replaced the Beastie Boys (due to MCA’s previously reported cancer) at the All Points West Festival marking his first U.S. Festival appearance.

Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rhianna, Kanye West

D.O.A. (Death of Autotune) – Jay-Z

  • Weezer is starting to tread in dangerous Jason Mraz waters with their new teen-pop direction. It’s been this way for a few albums now. They went from Hipster idols to Teen idols on par with the Jonas Brothers or High School musical or worse Jason Mraz. Way to sell out, Weezer. Here are two songs they debuted in South Korea, of all places. You tell me do these songs scream Jason Mraz is my mentor or what. I haven’t seen things suck this much since Jason Mraz & Dave Matthews collaborated. Here’s what former Sleater-Kinney singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein said:

I don’t know if Weezer hates its fans or just the (apparently) stifling concept of sincerity, but you should listen to these two new songs if you weren’t already convinced of Weezer’s contempt for music.

  • Chris Martin of Coldplay will be a guest on the Simpsons this coming season, the 21st. There is no sense in complaining about this. Coldplay is not a great band, but they certainly aren’t the worst. The Simpsons is still a funny show & I wouldn’t mind seeing it on for another 10 years if it stays funny regardless of who’s on. Here’s a list of previous rock stars to guest on the show: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Who, R.E.M., Phish, Sting, the Ramones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Blink-182, David Byrne, the White Stripes, Aerosmith as endorsers of “Flaming Moe’s” and Johnny Cash as a Guatemalan Insanity Pepper-induced coyote that talks to a hallucinating Homer. But perhaps the most memorable music-related episode of The Simpsons was “Homerpalooza,” which featured appearance by Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Cypress Hill and Peter Frampton.
  • The Financial Times Website is reporting about a new incentive to try & get consumers to purchase more digital albums versus strictly selective songs.

Apple is working with the four largest record labels to stimulate digital sales of albums by bundling a new interactive booklet, sleeve notes and other interactive features with music downloads, in a move it hopes will change buying trends on its on-line iTunes store.

The talks come as Apple is separately racing to offer a portable, full-featured, tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution. The device could be launched alongside the new content deals, including those aimed at stimulating sales of CD-length music, according to people briefed on the project.

  • Finally, if you haven’t heard, Daft Punk are doing the score to the new Tron movie (Tron Legacy) & Thom Yorke & Bon Iver have both written songs for the next movie in the Twilight series, New Moon. Not sure if anyone, though, can match the perfection of Johnny Greenwood’s score of There Will Be Blood which was miles ahead of No Country For Old Men as far as score & the movie in general.

Punk on a Sunday

When I was in High School I was surrounded by Hip-Hop kids & naturally gravitated towards that, but when I left H.S. that all changed. The kids I hung out with were punk rock kids & I found my niche. I loved the three chord anthems, the speed, the noise, the anger, all of it. We’d Go to Koo’s Cafe & watch bands playing those cranked out punk songs like they were lighting matches, just ferociously grinding away against the perceived establishment.

I started really loving the whole scene & while I was never a “gutter punk” I did wear punk styled attire. It was a glorious time. I despise people that rail against punk rockers not having talent. It’s the emotion in those three strangled chords that shows how great the talent it. So today on this excruciatingly hot Sunday I offer you punk anthems that I love.

I Don’t Want to Grow Up (Tom Waits Cover) – The Ramones

Substitute – Sex Pistols

Last Caress – The Misfits

London Calling – The Clash

The Handshake – Bad Religion

2000 Light Years Away – Green Day

The Man I Killed – NOFX

Bro Hymn – Pennywise

Prison Bound – Social Distortion

You’ve Done Nothing – Face to Face

Bonus:

I know posted this a few weeks back & I hate repeating myself, but the site I had it on clearly is maxed out of bandwidth so here’s a chick punk song for your listening pleasure.

Take It Off – The Donnas

For my Irish Lads & Lass (I am half Irish after all).

Amazing Grace – Dropkick Murphy’s

Cause I’m Done Forever It’s You & Me Forever

Was having one of those state of music discussions with a friend of mine & The Avett Brothers came up. As they should! The thing my friend spoke of was the wholesome sound & how he worried that with their new album being their major label debut would diminish that sound that has basically set them apart from any other band out there. At one point they remind me of the Beatles, at another any bluegrass band from the 60s, but most times they are wholly original.

I decided that we should come up with a best of mix-tape of The Avett’s to post. the dilemma then becomes what songs do you choose? I decided that we would write our ten favorite songs on a piece of papel (that’s paper in Spanish, sometimes I think in Spanish, but brken Spanish cause I’m not fluent), see which ones matched up then offer expanations as to why the others are worthy of being on the mix-tape. Seems like alot of work, but it’s worth it.

10 – I & Love & You – Their major label debut single is one of their best ever already.

9 – Swept Away – A banjo infused song that makes me long for a porch, a glass of iced tea & a solid sunset.

8 – When I Drink – Who hasn’t felt the exact same thing? At least those who drink more than occasionally know what it’s like to be a jerk when you drink. Maybe that’s just me & the Avett’s.

7 – If It’s the Beaches – A sad song about a relationship crumbling & the desperate, drastic steps one takes to keep the love of their life.

6 – Matrimony – A continuation of sorts from “If It’s the Beaches”, but a bit more pointed. This is their ode to the Everly Brothers if not intentionally, stylistically.

5 – Left on Laura Left on Lisa – A song about giving your heart to someone full & openly & having it stomped on…a reoccurring theme.

4 – Pretty Girl From Chile – In my opinion, the best of their Pretty Girl Songs as it almost is two songs in one with a grandiose transition after the message.

3 – The Weight of Lies – Almost like a father talking to his son, reminding him that lying follows you wherever you go.

2 – Salina – An ode to a band on the road’s cities. Saying goodbye to them and describing their feelings.

1 – Colorshow – The best Avett Brothers song & it’s not even close. This raucous, brooding, chair stomping anthem to individuality is a sign that the band will not conform to any radio norms or be anything other than the fantastic band they have been throughout their whole career.

BONUS:

Glory Days – Being the huge Bruce Springsteen fan that I am it was incredible to hear the Avett’s cover this tune & they do an admirable job.

Bootleg Thursday – Dylan/Cash

While Bob Dylan was recording his album, Nashville Skyline, country legend Johnny Cash stopped by to visit. A friend and label-mate of Dylan’s as well as an early supporter of his music, Cash had been recording next door with his own band. The two wound up recording a series of duets, covering Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” as well as Cash’s own “I Still Miss Someone.” None of these were deemed usable, but Cash returned the following day to record more duets.

The session on February 18 was devoted exclusively to duet covers with Cash. “One Too Many Mornings” and “I Still Miss Someone” were revisited, and rejected, yet again. “Matchbox”, “That’s All Right Mama”, “Mystery Train”, “Big River”, “I Walk the Line”, and “Guess Things Happen That Way”, all made famous by celebrated Sun recordings performed by Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Cash himself, were all attempted on February 18, but none of these were deemed usable. Covers of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel #1″ and “#5″, Cash’s “Ring of Fire” (written by his wife, June Carter and Merle Kilgore), “You Are My Sunshine”, “Mountain Dew”, the traditional ballad “Careless Love”, the traditional hymn “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”, “How High The Water”, and “Wanted Man” (a song written by Dylan specifically for Cash) were also attempted, and all were rejected. There was little enthusiasm for any of these tracks, but one duet of Dylan’s, “Girl From The North Country” (which originally appeared on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan), was ultimately sequenced as the album’s opener.

Over the next 4 weeks I will bring to you all the songs on that bootleg. Let me know what you think in the comment section!

Girl From the North Country – Dylan/Cash

Peggy Day – Dylan/Cash

Careless Love – Dylan/Cash

You Are My Sunshine – Dylan/Cash

Blue Yodel 1 (T is for Texas) – Dylan/Cash

Blue Yodel 2 – Dylan/Cash

Top 250 Albums of All-Time 179-170

#179 – Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin

If I & II were their blues album, III was their folk/acoustic album & IV was the Celtic album then Houses of the Holy is Led Zeppelin’s foray into psychedelic music as witnessed with tracks like “No Quarter”, “The Ocean” & “The Rain Song”. This was also the first Led Zeppelin album not to be self titled & is regarded by critics as one of their finest albums. It stands out as one of Jimmy Page’s finest performances & shows off Robert Plant’s writing style as it had progressed dramatically even since IV.

No Quarter – Led Zeppelin

The Ocean – Led Zeppelin

#178 – In Rainbows – Radiohead

Is it one of the best albums of 2007 or 2008? Let’s see it was released in 2007 for a pay-whatever-you-want price on the band’s website, but was released on CD in 2008 & was given the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2009. Regardless, In Rainbows is universally hailed as one Radiohead’s finest albums. It has what Thom Yorke called “Seduction songs & Yorke also said, “the lyrics are quite caustic-the idea of ‘before you’re comatose’ or whatever, drinking yourself into oblivion & getting fucked-up to forget…there is partly this elation. But there’s a much darker side.”

Jigsaw Falling Into Place – Radiohead

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – Radiohead

House of Cards – Radiohead

#177 – Cheap Thrills – Big Brother & The Holding Company

Big Brother obtained a considerable amount of attention after their 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival and had released their debut album soon after. By early 1968, they began work on what was the most eagerly anticipated record of the year. The album’s overall raw sound effectively captures the band’s energetic and lively concerts. The album was released in the summer of 1968, one year after their debut album, and reached number one on the Billboard charts in its eighth week in October. It kept the number one spot for eight (nonconsecutive) weeks while the single, “Piece of My Heart,” also became a huge hit. By the end of the year it was the most successful album of 1968, having sold nearly a million copies. The success was short-lived however, as Janis Joplin left the group for a solo career in December, 1968.

Piece of My Heart – Big Brother & the Holding Co.

Summertime – Big Brother & The Holding Co.

#176 – Dire Straits – Dire Straits

The debut album by Dire Straits introduced Mark Knopfler to an eager American audience searching for a new sound with the awful taste disco left in people’s mouths in 1978. With their bluesy, lounge sounds Dire Straits captivated audiences with such hits as “Down to the Waterline”, “Six Blade Knife” & their gigantic hit “Sultans of Swing”. Dire Straits played a more conventional style, albeit with a stripped-down sound that appealed to audiences also weary of the overproduced stadium rock of the 1970s. In their early days, Mark and David Knopfler requested that pub owners turn down their sound so that patrons could converse while the band played, an indication of their unassuming demeanor. Despite this oddly self-effacing approach to rock and roll, Dire Straits soon became hugely successful, with their first album going multi-platinum globally.

Six Blade Knife – Dire Straits

Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits

#175 – The Low End Theory – A Tribe Called Quest

The Low End Theory is the second album by A Tribe Called Quest & further showed the Jazz/Hip-Hop stylings of Tribe led by Q-Tip & Phife Dawg’s lyrics which were on a myriad of subjects including: date rape, violence in hip-hop, jazz & exploitation of musicians by promoters. They set the style for artists such as the Roots, Common & even Kanye West with their jazz samplings & heavy beats. When the album was first brought to the studio heads, they hated the album and thought it was not very good at all. People such as Barry Weiss (the former president of Jive, now the Chairman of the Zomba Label Group division of Sony Music) told them that it would be a commercial and critical failure. However due to the label’s faith in Q-Tip and the rest of the group, the album was released mostly unchanged and it has since achieved worldwide critical acclaim.

Jazz (We’ve Got) – A Tribe called Quest

Vibes & Stuff – A Tribe Called Quest

#174 – Heartbreaker – Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams’ debut album after he left Whiskeytown. When it starts off you notice the dramatic contrast to the work he did with Whiskeytown. Whiskeytown was much more country, mellow where as there is definitely more of a rock twinge to Heartbreaker. That isn’t to say however that the country influence still doesn’t filter through. “Winding Wheel” is a perfect example with the acoustic guitar & a banjo to go along with the brushes being used on the drums. “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)” was featured in the movie Old School & on Gap commercials as well.

Damn Sam (I Love a Woman That Rains) – Ryan Adams

Winding Wheel – Ryan Adams

#173 – The Last Waltz Soundtrack – The Band

The Last Waltz was the last time all five members of the band would share the same stage together. Richard Manuel would hang himself ten years later & they would never have a chance to gain the form they showed as Bob Dylan’s & Ronnie Hawkins backing band & then as an act all their own. Perhaps their best performance was their final one. Made as a film by none other than Martin Scorsese, The Last Waltz gathered some of the finest musicians around to bid farewell to an influential rock/blues band. Never before had Canada provided such brilliant musicians & dare I say hasn’t since.”It Makes No Difference” is perhaps one of the finest live recordings ever done. It is Rick Danko at his finest. His voice quivers just slightly as you feel the pain in this beautiful break-up song.

It Makes No Difference – The Band

The Weight – The Band w/ The Staple Singers

#172 – Louder Than Bombs – The Smiths

The album was released as the American counterpart to their recent British compilation The World Won’t Listen and consisted of all singles and nearly all B-sides that had not at that point been available in the States, either on single or album, with a few other tracks added. The title is borrowed from a line in Elizabeth Smart’s extended prose poem “By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept”.The album was intended to substitute for both The World Won’t Listen and their 1984 compilation Hatful of Hollow as these had not been released in the United States. This is why the non-single track “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” from Hatful of Hollow was included.

Ask – The Smiths

Panic – The Smiths

#171 – My Aim Is True -Elvis Costello

Costello (born Declan MacManus) had been performing in clubs and pubs in Liverpool and London since 1970 and had created some demo tapes, but he had had little success in obtaining a recording contract. When Stiff Records was founded in 1976, Costello submitted his demos there and found some interest. Costello called in sick to his day job (as a data-entry clerk) in order to rehearse and record the album with Clover, which was cut in a series of six four-hour sessions for about £1,000.

Costello stayed at his day job as the first two singles, “Less Than Zero” and “Alison”, were pre-released without much success. Finally, the label decided to release the album in the summer of 1977, and he was asked to quit his job and become a professional musician. Stiff Records would match his office wages and gave him a record advance of £150, an amp, and a tape recorder. Three weeks after its release, Costello was on the cover of a music paper. He described this situation as being “an overnight success after seven years.”

Alison – Elvis Costello

Watching the Detectives – Elvis Costello

#170 – Nashville Skyline – Bob Dylan

If John Wesley Harding was Bob Dylan dabbling in country music then Nashville Skyline was his complete immersion in the genre as he reinvented himself yet again. Previously a Folk revolutionary, Dylan grew tired of being seen as the epic protestor that people conceived him to be & wanted to try something new. “I wasn’t the toastmaster of any generation”, Dylan wrote, “and that notion needed to be pulled up by its roots.” Sometime during that session, country legend Johnny Cash stopped by to visit. A friend and label-mate of Dylan’s as well as an early supporter of his music, Cash had been recording next door with his own band. The two wound up recording a series of duets, covering Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” as well as Cash’s own “I Still Miss Someone.” None of these were deemed usable, but Cash returned the following day to record more duets.

Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan

Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – Bob Dylan