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miércoles, 31 de julio de 2013

Robert Randolph and the Family Band feat. Carlos Santana

 Robert Randolph and the Family Band is an American funk, blues/rock and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. Other band members include drummer Marcus Randolph, bass guitarist Danyel Morgan, vocalist Lenesha Randolph, keyboardist and guitarist Brett Andrew Haas, and one of three rotating rhythm guitarists: Joey Williams of Blind Boys of Alabama, Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff, and Cousin Ray-Ray. Jason Crosby (keyboards and fiddle) and John Ginty (organ) are former members.

Rolling Stone included Robert on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time!

When Robert Randolph talks about his new album, Lickety Split, a few words come up over and over—"joy," "freedom," "energy." Which is no surprise, really, because those are the same things that immediately spring into a listener's mind when these twelve tracks from the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist and his longtime accompanists, the Family Band, explode out of the speakers.

"My thing is really upbeat, uptempo, with great guitar riffs," says Randolph, summarizing his musical ambitions, "but also catchy choruses and lyrics that someday will make this music into classic tunes."

“Robert Randolph is an American Original," says Don Was, President of Randolph's new label, Blue Note Records. "He has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo. This album finally captures the energy and excitement of his legendary live performances.”

But for Randolph, the road to Lickety Split—his first studio recording in three years—wasn't an easy path. Though his distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm & blues continued to earn a rapturous response from a fervent, international audience, he felt that he had lost some of the enthusiasm and intensity that had driven him to make music in the first place.
"We just weren't being creative musically," he says. "Being on the road 280 days a year, you wind up playing too much and it isn't fun anymore. Soon, you stop being that concerned about how good you can be, how important it is to create and write. You kind of lose sight of that, of being focused on your craft and spending time with your instrument. I've become more in love with my guitar now, and staying relaxed and practicing and trying to create different sounds."

The new album showcases the unique chemistry of the Family Band—comprised of the guitarist's actual family members Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan, and Lenesha Randolph, together with guitarist Brett Haas. The eleven original compositions, plus a stomping cover of "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players, were produced by Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Danyel Morgan, Marcus Randolph, Tommy Sims, Drew Ramsey, and Shannon Sanders; engineered by the legendary Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin); and feature special guest appearances from Trombone Shorty and Carlos Santana.

Brand New Wayo (feat. Carlos Santana)


 Blacky Joe (feat. Carlos Santana)

Randolph notes that the title track of Lickety Split (on which his sister sings the hook) is one of his favorites. "What's great about that one is that it's something we actually played in church, just like that," he says. "There's a section in the service called the 'Jubilee Jam Session Time,' and I can show you video where we played that very same riff."

But if there's one track on the album that captures the band's new spirit, it's one that started as a jam session in a Nashville studio during a break in recording, and later came to be titled "Born Again." "It's about finding the joy again," says Randolph. "At first it was more of a love song, the sense you get when you find the right person, but then as we were recording this new music with a whole new sense of direction, and feeling free again, that all came into it. It's not a religious thing, it's just new energy—which is really the old energy that I had at the beginning of my career."

Robert Randolph & The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years—Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road—which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base. Randolph's unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio.
"What I've learned from being around those guys—and you never really notice it until the moment is away from you—is that it's really important to them that someone keeps original music going, that you're not just trying to be like everybody else," he says. "Eric really wants to know what's going on now, he's always going 'Show me that lick again!'—they're like little kids, and that's really the great part about it. It makes me think that I need to keep getting better, to stay excited and keep trying to be innovative and keep growing."

Most recently, Randolph has attempted to amplify the tradition from which he came by executive producing the Robert Randolph Presents the Slide Brothers album, a recording which features some of the older "sacred steel" players from the House of God church who inspired him to pick up an instrument. "This is part of my whole story, which a lot of people don't understand," he says. "In our church organization, playing lap steel in church has been going on since the 1920s. These guys were my mentors, my Muddy Waters and B.B. Kings. Thinking that I started this style is like saying Stevie Ray Vaughan was the first guy to play the blues. I wanted to do this record so that everybody could understand the story and start connecting the dots."

He is also taking a bold new step by remodeling an abandoned school building in his hometown of Irvington, New Jersey and opening the Robert Randolph Music and Arts Program. "There hasn't been any arts in the schools, period, since I was in high school," he says. "So my whole motivation changed to a full-on effort to get these kids into music, and also find out what other passions they have and try to offer that. These kids don't have anything to do, they don't have any hope."

With a new label, a new dedication to his craft, and a new sense of responsibility in his life off-stage, it seems like Lickety Split might also represent the urgency Robert Randolph is bringing to all of his efforts these days. "I'm still undiscovered, and that's really the best thing about it," he says. "Now we have the chance to present the music right, and have the story told right, and for me to be focused on being an ambassador for inner-city kids and a role model, and also an ambassador for my instrument and as an artist. As all these things happened, it got fun again."

lunes, 29 de julio de 2013


Rolling Stones New Live Album Hits No. 1 in 11 Countries

Europe loves the Rolling Stones, reveals a look at the recent iTunes charts, which puts the band’s newest release, Hyde Park Live, at the No. 1 spot in 11 countries.
The album, which captures the band’s final 50 & Counting final tour dates at London’s famous Hyde Park  on July 6 and 13, is dominating the iTunes charts in Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The live record also hit No. 4 in the U.S. and the U.K.
Hyde Park Live’s recent dash up the charts began July 22, when the Stones announced that the album would be available for a limited time only—August 19 as the cut-off date—and exclusively through iTunes.
In an official statement on their website, the Stones camp said that the purpose of the limited-edition release is to ensure “that concert-goers, and fans new and old, can re-live their memories and experiences of these historic hometown shows.”
The album puts a spotlight on the English rockers almost 44 years to the day since their first historic performance at Hyde Park in July of 1969, where they debuted new guitarist Mick Taylor and broke records for fan attendance.

Will you join your European counterparts in purchasing this limited-edition project from Jagger, Richards and company?

domingo, 28 de julio de 2013

Todo lo que la música le debe a JJCale

 Todo lo que la música le debe a J.J.Cale

La pasada semana, preguntaba a Mr.Q.
¿Que musica ponemos en el blog?
Sin dudarlo me dijo....
!! JJ CALE !!

Cada vez que entraba en el blog alli estaba su musica,  y justo ayer cuando de nuevo pregunto a Mr.Q sobre la musica de el blog, me dice...


Nunca pense que casualmente una semana antes de su muerte le pudiera dedicar un homenaje a uno de los mas grandes compositores de la historia.El próximo 5 de diciembre hubiera cumplido 75 años de edad, pero J.J. Cale, fallecio el viernes a causa de un ataque al corazón, era desde 2006, casi más que nunca, un mozalbete que recordaba a todo el mundo que es posible revivir el tiempo pasado. Rememorar que su plenirítmica «Cocaine» sirvió una vez como afortunado sustento para la segunda -y más fecunda- etapa de la carrera de Eric Clapton.
Como el clan de los Joad, de «Las uvas de la ira», John Weldon Cale vivió en el centro de las dos grandes depresiones del siglo pasado en Estados Unidos. También era de Oklahoma, de Tulsa. Un «oakie» haciendo música, a quien el propietario de un club de Hollywood tuvo el capricho de sugerirle la doble Jota de su nombre. Nadie le confundiría ya con el galés John Cale, de la Velvet Underground.
No se puede afirmar de J.J. Cale que, a partir de aquel momento, entrase en la historia de los grandes mitos de la música popular, porque ni siquiera tenía definido su estilo. Acababa de dejar atrás sus experiencias psicodélicas con Johnnie & The Valentines, The Leathercoated Minds y al frente de su John Cale Quintet, y, asentado en la soleada California, estaba a punto de arrancarse como guitarrista del oscuro cantante country Donald White. Fue entonces cuando Eric Clapton decidió grabar «After midnight». El sonido «Tulsa» cobraba carta de naturaleza en el mundo. A partir de aquí, la historia es suficientemente conocida. Mesmérica, repleta de blues sudoroso, burbujas de country y vibrantes mareas de rock, las canciones de J.J. Cale pasaron a ser el preparado sonoro favorito de gentes como Neil Young, Leon Russell o Lynyrd Skynyrd, cuya grabación de «Call me the breeze» se convirtió en un éxito inmediato. «Cocaine», la pieza que J.J. Cale compuso como homenaje a Mose Allison, recuperaba poco después al mejor Clapton. Todavía, años más tarde, el agradecimiento del guitarrista británico se hizo patente en la grabación del disco conjunto «The road to Escondido»; un trabajo en el que ambos expresaron su voluntad de dedicar tanta música de propiedades nostálgicas a Billy Preston y a Brian Roylance.
Con la muerte de J.J. Cale se va un talento sin referentes y un personaje singular. No le gustaban las luces de la fama, prefería vivir en la trasera. Sobre su enorme versatilidad compositiva, Clapton ha dicho: «Interracialmente, J.J. Cale ha escrito gran parte de la música estadounidense más significativa. Cualquier persona de color puede identificarse con sus canciones».

El músico que nunca molesta

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 comes to the big screen

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 Larger than Life on the Big Screen A special event in cinemas nationwide. Date: Tuesday, August 13 Time: 7:30 PM local time Run Time: 150 minutes (approximate) Ticketing: Tickets are available by clicking on the orange “Buy Tickets” button. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating cinema. A list of participating locations can be found on the Theater Locations tab. Special Fathom Features: Exclusive video from this year’s legendary guitar festival including behind-the-scenes footage. Performing Artists: Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes NCM Fathom Events and Crossroad Concerts, LLC invite you to experience the best performances from this year’s legendary guitar festival when Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 arrives in select cinemas nationwide for a special one night event on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30pm (local time)! Captured across two nights at Madison Square Garden, the Crossroads Guitar Festival offers a variety of legendary guitarists performing a mix of sultry blues, classic rock and country jams. While Madison Square Garden is an epic arena, the concert remains intimate as Clapton and others collaborate on a sampling of the greatest hits of their careers. Held to benefit Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment and education facility in Antigua founded by Clapton, each concert has become a jam session of Clapton’s closest friends and music’s biggest stars – where anything can unfold onstage. In fact, this year’s concert welcomed an impromptu visit from Keith Richards. A full list of participating artists can be found above. In addition to legendary guitar performances, cinema audiences will be treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from this year’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. You won’t want to miss your chance to see the past, the present and the future come together for an unparalleled musical event!

JJ Cale dead at 74

JJ Cale

JJ Cale has died at the age of 74 after suffering a heart attack, his official website has confirmed.
The singer-songwriter released 14 solo albums starting with 1972′s Naturally. His most recent outing was 2009′s Roll On. He was a pioneer of the Tulsa sound – an amalgamation of blues, country and jazz known for its laid-back feel.
Eric Clapton was a fan, recording a cover of Cale’s 1976 track Cocaine after having previously released a take of After Midnight. Cale’s songs were also covered by acts as diverse as Captain Beefheart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Carlos Santana, Kansas and Tom Petty.
A statement on his official website says: “JJ Cale passed away at 8.00pm on Friday July 26 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA. The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack. There are no immediate plans for services.
“His history is well documented at,, and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.
“Donations are not needed; but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like, donations can be made to your favourite local animal shelter.”

He was 74.
"JJ Cale was loved by fans worldwide for his completely unpretentious and beautiful music," said Mike Kappus, president of the Rosebud Agency. "He was loved even more dearly by all those he came in contact with as the most real and down-to-earth person we all knew."
Lynyrd Skynyrd made Cale's song "Call Me The Breeze" famous, and bands including Santana, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, and many others covered his songs.
He won a Grammy for his 2006 album with Clapton, called "The Road to Escondido."
"He was incredibly humble and avoided the spotlight at all costs but will be missed by anyone touched by him directly or indirectly," Kappus said. "Luckily, his music lives on."
The singer-songwriter passed away at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, his official website said.
There were no immediate plans for funeral services, it said.
"We've lost a great artist and a great person," Clapton wrote on his Facebook page.
His official biography describes Cale as someone for whom music is all he's ever known.
"I remember when I made my first album, I was 32 or 33 years old and I thought I was way too old then," Cale said, according to his bio. "When I see myself doing this at 70, I go, 'What am I doing, I should be layin' down in a hammock.'"
He was living in Tulsa and had given up on making money in the record business when his career was suddenly made by Clapton's cover of "After Midnight."
That moment changed everything for the musician, his biography states. After Clapton picked up his song, Cale drove to Nashville to record his first album.
He is credited with helping create what is known as the Tulsa Sound, a laid-back style that contrasted with the psychedelic rock that was heard at the time.
"I'm so old, I can remember before rock 'n' roll come along," Cale told CNN in 2009. "When I was a young fellow, I played guitar for other people, so I'd have to learn (cover tunes). ... So the guitar players on all those early recordings, I guess, influenced what I did. I never could get it exactly right the way they played it, and I guess that helped the style that evolved."
Other musicians who covered Cale's work include The Band, Chet Atkins, Freddie King, Maria Muldaur and Captain Beefheart, according to his biography, which also notes he was asked whether it bothered him that fellow musicians considered him a legend while many fans did not even know his name.
"No, it doesn't bother me," Cale said. "What's really nice is when you get a check in the mail."

J.J. Cale
1938 - 2013

viernes, 26 de julio de 2013

Mick Jagger is 70 – Happy Birthday


Happy Birthday, Mick Jagger!

“Keep going, you’ll be all right. You’re going to last, don’t worry about it!”  - Mick Jagger (asked if he could give one  advice to the 20-year-old Mick Jagger), Esquire, 2012

“Mick is the best frontman in the world”
- Charlie Watts

Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger (born 26 July 1943) , songwriter and actor, he is of course best known as the lead vocalist and a founder member of The Rolling Stones.

“I wasn’t trying to be rebellious in those days. I was just being me”
- Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger’s career has spanned over fifty years. His performance style has been said to have “opened up definitions of gendered masculinity and so laid the foundations for self-invention and sexual plasticity which are now a part of contemporary youth culture”.

Allmusic has described Jagger as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll”. His distinctive voice and performance, along with Keith Richards’ guitar style, have been the trademark of The Rolling Stones throughout the career of the band. In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Rolling Stones.
As the lead singer for the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger is one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll. Jagger fronted the Rolling Stones for over 20 years before he began a solo career in 1985. At the time of the release of his debut solo album, She’s the Boss, it appeared that the Stones may have been approaching the end of their career, but it soon transpired that Jagger’s solo career would run concurrently with that of the band’s.


                                                     NUESTRO MÁS SENTIDO PÉSAME

Tras el dramático accidente de tren sucedido en Galicia, desde el FORUM MUSICAL DE MR.Q queremos expresar nuestro más sentido pésame y condolencias a los familiares y amigos de las personas fallecidas , así como toda la solidaridad y cariño con los heridos y afectados, en estos momentos tan difíciles de luto y dolor por esta lamentable catástrofe.

The Rolling Stones – Hyde Park Live (2013) full concert

01 – Start Me Up
02 – It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll
03 – Tumbling Dice
04 – Emotional Rescue
05 – Street Fighting Man
06 – Ruby Tuesday
07 – Doom And Gloom
08 – Paint It Black
09 – Honky Tonk Women
10 – You Got the Silver
11 – Before They Make Me Run
12 – Miss You
13 – Midnight Rambler
14 – Gimme Shelter
15 – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
16 – Sympathy For the Devil
17 – Brown Sugar
18 – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
19 – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction


jueves, 25 de julio de 2013

Seasick Steve Busking on Haight Street, San Francisco

Couldn't believe this, was on holiday and wandering up this street in San Fran and looked across the road to see this legend performing in a shop doorway!


miércoles, 24 de julio de 2013


CHIK. Calle Estrecho de Gibraltar, 12 (Madrid) Metro Pueblo Nuevo

Sabado 27 a las 19:30 CONCIERTO JAM en el EAST SIDE!!!
Ultima Jam del verano. Ya nos despedimos hasta septiembre.!!!
Os esperamos el sabado en CHIK. , a las 7;30 de la tarde, para hacer un poco de Blues!!!
Delta, chicago, blues tradicional, ragtime, fingerpicking..


Jam abierta tambien para bajistas (tenemos instrumentos, no hace falta traer) y percusionistas que se atrevan con percusiones tradicionales estilo delta. B.B.B. Resistance!!!

En el CHIK C/ Estrecho de gibraltar nº 12 ( pueblo nuevo).

Acustico a pelo! Te atreves..?

lunes, 22 de julio de 2013

Concierto City Roads en "El Ángel Azul" 26 de Julio

Os invitamos al primer concierto de "City Roads" el 26 de Julio!! Tocaremos canciones de Blues, Ragtime, Irlandés y Country. No os lo perdáis!! Con Miguel Angel Luthier, Alba Sola, Soraya Jimeno... y tal vez algún invitado sorpresa :)

El Ángel Azul
Calle de las Infantas 17, 28004 Madrid

click for details

viernes, 19 de julio de 2013


The Beatles Cartoon Complete Series 38 episodes

The Beatles is an American animated television series featuring the fanciful and musical misadventures of the popular English rock band of the same name.

The Beatles go to Dublin, Ireland for the weekend where they meet a leprechaun named Willomena Morris; John is kidnapped by Dr. Dora Florahyde and Igor, both of whom want John's brain for their monster. Sing Along: A Hard Day's Night/I Want To Hold Your Hand

The Beatles Flash videos

Realmente originales

The Beatles

The Beatles What do The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) have to do with animation? More than the average Beatles fan may know.
Between 1965 and 1969 ABC aired a children's morning cartoon series featuring The Beatles (without their real voices) and directed by George Dunning.
In 1968 The Beatles with United Artists released the famous psychedelic full-length feature animated film entitled Yellow Submarine voiced by The Beatles and also featuring George Dunning, the same animation director from The Beatles children's cartoon series.
Of course, we all know that Yoko Ono with help from the CIA broke up The Beatles shortly after 1970, but that was still not the end of Beatles animation. In 2001 Apple Corp. (no, not Apple Inc.) released a Beatles Flash website with animated music videos. It wasn't long after that when Albino Blacksheep began receiving Flash music videos to Beatles music.
Perhaps the most famous Beatles animation since the Yellow Submarine film is I Met the Walrus directed by Josh Raskin. It contains a previously unreleased interview with the late John Lennon conducted in 1969 by then 14-year old Jerry Levitan. It was released in 2008.

The Beatles - Glass Onion
by dave2

mas aqui

martes, 16 de julio de 2013


¡¡CONCIERTO - JAM!! ¡Vermú con blues!

SALDENAJAS BLUES BAND (Rafa Sideburns, Miguel Angel Luthier y Soraya Jimeno)
Esta vez acompañados por el gran FEDE AGUADO!! Más que recomendable asistir.

Hora del vermú, precios populares, entrada libre.

Delta, chicago, blues tradicional, ragtime, fingerpicking..
Y después, llévate tu instrumento y participa en la jam.

Bar El Trapío, CTRA de Fuente El Saz, 17 (El Casar)

Saldenajas Blues Band & Friends - Super Jam Session

Seasick Steve and Crazy Dan - Kitchen Music

Steve and Dan are no longer allowed on these premises...


El pasado sabado disfrute de este Grupo formado por unos conocidos, podeis conocerlos un poco mas en su blog

Pura Fiesta en sus conciertos!!!

lunes, 15 de julio de 2013

Classic Rockers Dominate 2013 Tour Sales

Each July, industry execs, musicians and fans alike scramble to pick up Pollstar magazine’s mid-year issue, which features a six-month recap of the year’s top touring artists and concert industry trends.

If there is one thing we can glean from Pollstar’s Mid-Year Charts for 2013, which dropped last Friday, it is this: Classic Rockers are absolutely dominating all others when it comes to tour sales for 2013.

First there is Bon Jovi, whose ongoing Because We Can tour achieved the No. 1 position on Pollstar’s “Top 100 Worldwide Tours” by selling almost 1.5 million tickets through 60 shows in 58 cities, while grossing an average of $2.45 million per show.

Right behind Bon Jovi at No. 2 are the band’s fellow Jersey-natives Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, who sold a total of 969,504 tickets for 31 shows in 21 cities and made almost $5 million per show.

At No. 3 on the “Top 100 Worldwide Tours” list is the Rolling Stones, whose 50 & Counting anniversary tour also put them at No. 1 on Pollstar’s “Top North American Tours.” They achieved this number by charging an average ticket price of $350, which allowed them to gross an estimated $8 million per the 18 shows that they performed in North America.

Following the Stones on the “Top 100 North American Tour” list is country-pop star Taylor Swift. Just behind Swift is yet another Classic Rock outfit, Fleetwood Mac, who reached the No. 3 spot with their 42-city tour that grossed a total of $58.1 million.

Other notable tours that made the list include artists such as Paul McCartney ($43.5 million), Eric Clapton ($28.4 million), The Who ($23.5 million) and Neil Young ($19.1 million).

For Pollstar’s full Top 100 World Tour chart, click here or here for the full North American Top 100, and let us know what you think about Classic Rockers dominating the top spots by sharing your thoughts in the comments section below!

miércoles, 10 de julio de 2013

Unreleased – 1882 by Paul McCartney

“Looking at it purely bluntly, there was sort of a dip for me and my writing. There were a couple of years when I had a sort of illness.” – Paul McCartney (about his output around 1972)
But there were gems from that period that never saw the light of day, McCartney  was keeping some of his more interesting material to himself.
Today we present another fabulous unreleased track. 1882 by Paul McCartney was meant to be a part of The Red Rose Speedway album, this was when it was supposed to be a double album. It was however written at least a year earlier (maybe two).
1882 is an incredible song and it’s too bad that McCartney still hasn’t released it, but maybe when he comes to the Red Rose Speedway re-issue he’ll do it. Red Rose Speedway is one of my favourite paul McCartney albums and I have very high expectations for the re-release (if and when…).
It is a “story song” and lyrically quite straightforward but a bit on the dark side, and written right after the break-up of The Beatles.
He did play 1882 live on several shows in 1972 and there are many versions in circulation, and with great sound. He never played it live after the 1972 tour (to my knowledge).

 1882 (first demo) – Paul McCartney:

The song is sparse and with a hypnotic piano. It’s fun to hear him singing the guitar solo and then hear how similar the actual solo is on the live version.
There is another demo in circulation, couldn’t find it on youtube…but believe me, it is even better! Paul’s home demos from this time often give the listener a window into his private life: kids and dogs can be heard running around and playing in the background and  Linda is almost always present (as she is on the second demo). In this version the rhythm is close to a waltz and the piano is more pounding. It has a faster pace than the first one and the song is longer.
It is available on the world-wide web, but not on youtube. Seek it out people. It is on quite a few bootlegs, my favorite being Momac’s Hidden Tracks Volume 28 (great sound, interesting to great content). One more thing, don’t pay for bootlegs, support the artists by buying their official releases.


There are rumors of a fourth version, in The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 by Barry Miles and Keith Badman they says that a home studio version was recorded in January 1972. It would be nice to hear it sometimes.


Lyrics 1882 (demo):
good morning, young master, it’s 1882
your mother is hungry, what will you do?
there is bread in the kitchen of the big house upstairs
but I warn you, don’t take it from them
your mother is calling, she wants you by the bed
so get up, young master, shake your sleepy head
“darling son, I am dying, and I leave it to you
I’m leaving, tell me, what did I do?”
you’ll be tarred, you’ll be feathered, you’ll be hung like a ham
and I warn you, don’t do it, young man
i own a sheepfarm.
i own a sheepfarm.
i’m dying, tell me, what did I do?

Unreleased – Watching Rainbows by The Beatles

Watching Rainbows by The Beatles

Our third entry in this series is a song that gets better and better and I really wonder what it could have been if they finished it. It is the song Watching Rainbows by The Beatles. Yes, there are still some unreleased gems out there.
Watching Rainbows is recorded on 14 January 1969 during the massive Get Back sessions at Twickenham Studios. It features John Lennon on lead vocal and electric piano, Paul McCartney on lead guitar, and Ringo Starr on drums. Bass guitar is absent from the song because Paul McCartney is playing George Harrison’s usual role as lead electric guitar.

beatles-1969 watching Rainbows

Why was George absent? We’ll come to that, let us listen to the song first. Bare in mind that this is just as much a jam-session as a finished song, but we get a glimpse into what it could have been.

Watching Rainbows – The Beatles (1969)

George Harrison quit the band for a brief period starting on January 10th, 1969. At the time, The Beatles were practicing at the film studio, Twickenham, so that their rehearsals could be filmed. After a morning filed with verbal altercations between George and Paul, a quiet George Harrison eventually met up with the group and crew for lunch a bit late. Rather than joining them, he simply stated, “See you ’round the clubs” and disappeared.
The three remaining Beatles went back to the recording room not knowing what to do and unleashed an angry improvisational ruckus with John Lennon sarcastically leading the group to play The Who’s “A Quick One, While He’s Away.”
Days later, word got back to Harrison that Lennon had mentioned bringing in Eric Clapton as a replacement, which Lennon had probably said as a ploy to get George back rather than a real solution. After a five-hour meeting, Harrison rejoined the group on January 15th, 1969.
The song  is the result of a loose jamming session during Harrison’s five day absence, but the more I listen to it, the more I wish they would’ve finished it. It was improvised by Lennon while he, Starr and McCartney were running through two other songs of his, the future Abbey Road’s “Mean Mr. Mustard” and the unreleased song “Madman”, which the Beatles ultimately abandoned after a few run-throughs.
Watching Rainbows features no bass (as I’ve already mentioned), as Paul McCartney had to abandon the instrument to fill in for George’s lead guitar as Lennon sang.

The song was never officially released, the melody evolved into several songs , Two of Us  and  I’ve got a feeling  come to mind.
“Standing in the garden, waiting for the sun to shine”  reminds us of a line from an earlier Beatles tune, I Am the Walrus, which has the line “Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun.” Because of this slight similarity, the song is often interpreted as being derived or loosely inspired by “I Am the Walrus”. Not in my ears, but who knows…

Watching Rainbows was also the name of a bootleg, released in 1978 and the picture at the beginning of this post is taken from that “boot”.
Here are the lyrics to Watching Rainbows as the ones in the video from Youtube are a bit off in places… John Lennon is probably the writer.

Standin’ in the garden
Waitin’ for the sun to shine
Hand on my umbrella, with his girl
I wish she was mine
Everybody knows to think a thing
It didn’t come
Instead of watchin’ rainbows
I’m gonna make me some
Instead of watchin’ rainbows
I’m gonna make me some
Standin’ in the garden
Waitin’ for the English sun to come
And make me brown so I can be someone
Lookin’ at the fancy next-door neighbors
Cryin’ to their mom, “I’m dyin’ to set sail there”
Everybody’s got to have somethin’ hard to hold
Well, instead of watching rainbows under the sun
You gotta get out, son, and make you one
You gotta get out, son, and make your run
Because you’re not gonna make it if you don’t try, no
Shoot big
Shoot big
Whatever you do you gotta kill somebody to get what you wanna get
You gotta shoot big
You gotta shoot big
Until you shoot big
I can’t stand no more

Paul McCartney’s Drummer Teases New Album

It’s been six years since Paul McCartney released an album of original material. But according to his longtime drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr., the former Beatle has written plenty of new songs since then.

Telling the Boston Globe that McCartney kicked off sessions for his next LP with “a wealth of material,” Laboriel hinted that whenever the new collection of songs is completed, it could end up being one of McCartney’s more eclectic efforts.

“It’s exciting,” he told the paper. “A lot of different styles. It’s very youthful — aggressively rock at times, and singer-songwriter, insular and intimate, at others.”

It’s the latest in a series of McCartney records that Laboriel has been a part of, starting with 2001′s ‘Driving Rain,’ which he says was recorded during a period when McCartney — coping with the recent death of his wife Linda — “wanted to start fresh … I think he just wanted to see what was out there.” These days, said Laboriel, “Even if he’s making a little fruit salad, he’s humming a tune or whistling away. The music doesn’t stop around him. It’s beautiful.”

In the meantime, Laboriel and the band have a string of concert dates with their famous boss. McCartney may be the senior member of the group, but that doesn’t mean he’s getting tired. “He has boundless energy,” said Laboriel. “At the end of an almost three-hour show, I’m completely wiped out. I’ve run the marathon. It’s amazing — he’s still bouncing around.”

martes, 9 de julio de 2013

The Rolling Stones play Hyde Park – in pictures

It's 44 years since Mick Jagger and the gang first performed in London's Hyde Park. This summer they're back – and delivering satisfaction all round

Mick Jagger opens the show with a raucous Start Me Up

The band: Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Mick Jagger does Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger wows the fans at the end of his runway

Ronnie Wood

Keith Richards

Jagger and Richards

A view of the stage lit for Sympathy for the Devil

The band take a bow at the end of the show

lunes, 8 de julio de 2013

Rolling Stones at Glastonbury viewed 700,000 times on BBC iPlayer

Stones almost twice as popular as Arctic Monkeys on iPlayer, but Monkeys were most-watched band on mobile devices

They topped the Glastonbury bill before 100,000 lucky ticket-holders, and the Rolling Stones' headline set has been watched another 700,000 times since they strutted off the Pyramid stage on Saturday night.

Highlights of the performance by Sir Mick Jagger's band, who closed their slot with the crowd-pleasers You Can't Always Get What You Want and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, were the most popular from the BBC's exhaustive online coverage of the Worthy Farm festival.

The Rolling Stones saw 700,000 requests to the BBC iPlayer, ahead of 379,681 for Friday's headliners, the Arctic Monkeys, and 163,650 for Mumford and Sons, who closed the show on Sunday night.

The broad youth appeal of the Arctic Monkeys made them the most-watched band on mobile devices, with 59% of views of the Sheffield band coming from mobiles and tablets.

The Stones' raucous set even proved more popular than some key moments from last summer's London 2012 Olympics. Usain Bolt's 100m final win drew a comparatively-sluggish 429,000 requests.

The BBC declared Glastonbury its first truly digital coverage of a music festival, with more than 250 hours of live coverage to multiple devices, and the first major non-sporting event with hundreds of hours of devoted online footage since the London 2012 Games.

Bob Shennan, the BBC's controller of popular music, said: "Glastonbury 2013 on the BBC has been outstanding. Record-breaking numbers of people tuned in to what has been our most comprehensive digital Glastonbury offering to date.

"This year, we gave our audience the opportunity to watch what they wanted, when they wanted and how they wanted. And they did."

In total, 1.5 million viewers saw the broadcaster's digital coverage of Glastonbury across the three days, with 42% watching from smartphones and tablet computers.

The corporation said it had seen huge growth in the number of people watching online from handheld devices since Christmas, and the proportion of Glastonbury mobile viewing was up compared to the Olympics, which averaged 34%.

The BBC's Red Button coverage attracted saw 6.2 million viewers, up 77% compared to the last Glastonbury festival in 2011. A peak audience of 2.6 million watched BBC2's Saturday night coverage of the Rolling Stones' first-ever Worth Farm appearance.