Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Zombies- Live On The BBC 1965-1967: Day 10

Not only are we nearing the end of the year, but we are also closing in on the end of the decade. This got me thinking of bands that have been around for over 50 years that are still active either through touring or recording new music. Fifty years is that magic age when you realize you are truly getting old and start to reflect back on the past. This past year saw the 50th anniversary of some classic albums released in 1969. Deluxe anniversary editions of records such as Abbey Road (Beatles), Let It Bleed (Stones), Arthur (Kinks), Tommy (The Who), just to name a few, remind us this was a great era of music. Celebrating it's 51st anniversary is an under the radar classic (at least at the time), the Zombies epic, Odessey and Oracle which has gained more critical acclaim as the years have gone by. Along with the previously mentioned bands, the Zombies have been around for well over 50 years, in fact they were formed in 1962, so they are approaching 6o years. There are few bands from that era who may have a member or two to carry the name, but at least the Zombies can boast they have their key principle members of Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent still a part of the most recent version of the band. The Zombies haven't shown signs of slowing down either as they continue to tour and perform since reforming in the 2000's. They have visited Winnipeg a few years back and are due in town at the local casino event centre on April 15, 2020.

Believe it or not, the Zombies only released two albums during their heyday in the 60's. They were more of a singles band than album oriented. They have actually put out more new material in the 2000's after reforming, though R.I.P. (aka: The Lost Album) from 2000 was a studio album of tracks Argent and Chris White planned to release in 1969, as well as demos and outtakes from previous sessions. A cool documentation of the Zombies in concert, Live on the BBC 1965-1967 was released in 1985 on Rhino Records. is an excellent solid mix of R & B covers and original songs. I bought this LP for a co-worker, who is a huge Zombies fan, and before giving it away I digitized the album for personal use. This is what is posted below, ripped directly from the original vinyl transferred to FLAC format. It's a very enjoyable recording, even includes interview segments that can't help but make you love this band even more. Have a listen and go see them live because I'm sure they'll be playing at a casino near you...very soon!

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The Zombies
Live on the BBC 1965-1967
Released 1985

01. Intro
02. Tell Her No
03. Just Out Of Reach
04. Whenever You're Ready
05. Can't Nobody Love You
06. What More Can I Do
07. This Old Heart Of Mine
08. For You My Love
09. It's Alright
10. Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself
11. Goin' Out Of My Head
12. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through Her Eyes
13. You Must Believe Me
14. Soulville
15. I'm Goin' Home

The Zombies:
Rod Argent
Chris White
Colin Blunstone
Paul Atkinson
Hugh Grundy

THE ZOMBIES- Live On The BBC 1965-1967 FLAC. rar

Monday, December 30, 2019

Tegan And Sara- CBC Radio 1998 & First Demo- Day 9

As we close in towards the end of 2019, a lot of reviews and best of lists for the past 12 months is upon us. I was listening to the national CBC radio program Q this morning and they are apparently replaying some their highlighted interviews for the year. One of the guests was Tegan and Sara (aka: Tegan Quin and Sara Quin) when they were on air to discuss their latest album, Hey, I'm Just Like You and their memoir book, High School both released this past September. I believe they toured with their band across the country while simultaneously tagging on a book tour (in the same cities) where they discussed the book and performed an acoustic set. Full disclosure, I should state I'm not huge fan of Tegan & Sara, but I have casually followed their career and I don't mind their earlier music. What I do like about them is they are proud to be Canadian and are proud of who they are as people and they are genuinely aware about the world around them (yes, environmental and political) and I think that means something. When the Tegan & Sara tour was suppose to hit Winnipeg in October, the show was cancelled (or at least postponed) due to storm conditions in Manitoba, so the tour buses, crew and equipment were stuck in limbo due to highway closures. A small consolation was that Tegan and Sara flew to town for the book event, so not all was lost.

2019 was a truly a year of nostalgia for T & S with their book reminiscing about their high school days and their album contained re-recordings of unreleased demos the duo recorded as teenagers. While they working on the memoir, supposedly their discovered dozens of recording of songs they wrote between the age of 15-17. "This is the record we never could have made as teenagers, full of songs we never could have written as adults."

With all this looking back at their past, I thought this was an appropriate time to re-up a recording I posted back in 2010 (Live on CBC Radio 1998). I recorded this off the radio, it was a live session/interview at the CBC studio after that had won Garage Warz. They won studio time from the contest to record their first professional demo, Yellow Tape under the name Sara and Tegan.  Just Me and Hello from Yellow Tape are rerecorded for Hey. There's always something satisfying to listen to low budget and raw recordings from the beginning of the career of prolific and successful artists. The repost of the CBC Session is this time in uncompressed FLAC format, while the Yellow Tape file is in mp3 (which I downloaded from the great, Calgary Cassette Conservation Society page.). These are the perfect companion pieces to listen to while reading the memoir, High School, then spin, Hey, I'm Just Like you for the full Tegan and Sara experience.

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CBC Studio 2
Vancouver, BC

May 30, 1998

(FM Master)
1. Intro
2. Interview
3. Here I Am
4. Interview
5. I'm Falling Asleep
6. Interview
7. Days And Days
8. Outro 

SARA & TEGAN- 1998-05-30 FLAC. rar

Yellow Demo (1998)

1. Here I Am
2. Falling Asleep
3. Hello
4. Just Me
5. Star Money

TEGAN & SARA- Yellow Demo mp3.rar

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Ho Ho, Wilco Is Coming Back To Town! Day 8: Live From The Horseshoe 1997

It's been over ten years since I've seen Wilco live and a lot has happened since 2008. They have since released 5 albums as Wilco and Jeff Tweedy has 3 solo records, a memoir book and an album as Tweedy, a side project with his son, Spencer. The band personnel is pretty much the same (which is good!) and they sound as strong as ever especially on their brand new album, Ode To Joy. I somewhat regret not buying tickets to their shows in St. Paul last month, but ode to joy they announced new tour dates for the new year a couple weeks ago. I was lucky enough to purchase tickets within the first few minutes of the first presale for the show in Winnipeg in March. They are prime seats close up (not too close) and dead centre. Looking forward to seeing the band closeup with the excellent sound quality at the Concert Hall.

Another interesting option to see Wilco live starts tonight for a four night run (Dec. 15, 16, 18, 19) at the Chicago Theater in their hometown of Chicago. The setlist of multiple night shows often unearth some deep cut gems and the band has such an expansive song selection it would be worth attending multiple nights.

An even better road trip would be in January when Wilco hosts, Wilco's Sky Blue Sky, a series of shows at the Hard Rock Resort Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. What better way to get away in the middle of winter than to enjoy sand, sun and Wilco! Not to mention all-inclusive which includes accommodation, food, drinks and the concerts with Yo La Tengo, Courtney Barnett, Calexico, Sharon Van Etten, Autumn Defense, Tweedy solo and Wilco three times. As tempting as this sounds, I'll pass as my funds will be running a little dry during this month, but hopefully this might become a semi-annual event? If so, I'll start saving soon!

To get you in the mood, I'm posting a Wilco show from over 22 years ago when they were touring their then new album, Being There. This was the album that broke Wilco to a mainstream, a masterpiece that landed on many critics "Best of" lists. Personally, this is the album that confirmed to me that Jeff Tweedy was the real deal as a gifted songwriter and dependable performer. I previously knew of Tweedy as a member of Golden Smog and of course, Uncle Tupelo, but he proved he could be a frontman with Wilco. This concert from the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto was broadcast on CBC radio is an excellent of a Wilco show from that era which included Bob Egan on pedal steel that gave the band a country-rock sound. The "Dueling Banjos" segment during Casino Queen is priceless. The show is edited for time, it omits 5 songs from the concert (Why Would You Wanna Live, Kingpin, Outtasite, The Lonely 1, Gun), but the sound is impeccable and the performance is amazing! Seeing Wilco in such a intimate venue would be something to see, they were on the verge of future greatness at the time, so this is a very memorable show! A must-hear!

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Horseshoe Tavern
Toronto, On
February 19, 1997
CBC-FM Broadcast

01. Misunderstood
02. Far, Far Away
03. Forget The Flowers
04. That's Not The Issue
05. Someday Soon
06. New Madrid
07. Pick Up The Change
08. Red-Eyed And Blue
09. I Got You (At the End of the Century)
10. Someone Else's song
11. I Must Be High
12. Passenger Side
13. Hotel Arizona
14. Monday
15. Box Full Of Letters
16. Casino Queen / Dueling Banjos
17. Outtro


WILCO- 1997-02-19 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON FLAC. rar
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