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2 Nights with DMB in Camden 2018

Great 2 Nights in Camden seeing Dave Matthews Band!
I liked Friday Night’s better but both nights were great!

My 21st Show:

Dave Matthews Band
Jun 15 2018
BB&T Pavilion
Camden, NJ

1. That Girl Is You
2. Louisiana Bayou
3. What Would You Say
4. The Space Between
5. Warehouse *
6. Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)
7. Recently
8. Come On Come On
9. The Song That Jane Likes
10. Jimi Thing *+
11. Satellite +
12. Funny The Way It Is
13. She
14. Gravedigger
15. So Much To Say
16. Tripping Billies
17. You and Me
18. You Might Die Trying

——– ENCORE ——–

19. Sister ~
20. Grey Street

SHOW NOTES:
* Matt Cappy
+ Mark Whitfield
~ Carter, Dave, Rashawn and Tim

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My 22nd Show:

Dave Matthews Band
Jun 16 2018
BB&T Pavilion
Camden, NJ

1. Again And Again
2. One Sweet World
3. Seven
4. Do You Remember
5. Crush
6. Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)
7. Don’t Drink the Water
8. #41
9. Come Tomorrow
10. Lie In Our Graves
11. Steady As We Go
12. Cant Stop
13. Lying In the Hands of God
14. The Idea Of You
15. Stand Up (For It)
16. Come On Come On
17. Why I Am
18. The Best of Whats Around
19. Ants Marching

——– ENCORE ——–

20. Digging a Ditch
21. Pantala Naga Pampa –>
22. Rapunzel

–>indicates a segue into next song

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My John Coltrane Collection

My John Coltrane Collection:

John Coltrane - Blue Train
John Coltrane – Blue Train

Blue Train

(Blue Note 1577, originally released 1957)

The title track “Blue Train” says it all but a great album throughout.  A great rhythm section with Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and “Philly” Joe Jones on drums.

As good as Coltrane is on tenor saxophone, it’s Curtis Fuller on trombone, and especially Lee Morgan who almost steals the show on this album.

John Coltrane - Traneing In
John Coltrane – Traneing In

John Coltrane With The Red Garland Trio – Traneing In

(Prestige 7123, originally released 1958)

A wonderful album with a beautiful Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums.

Highlights include the title track “Traneing In,” “Bass Blues,” and “Soft Lights And Sweet Music.”

John Coltrane - Soultrane
John Coltrane – Soultrane

Soultrane

(Prestige 7142, originally released 1958)

Another great album from the sessions with Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor.

Highlights include a wonderful “Good Bait,” a great ballad in “I Want To Talk About You,” and a terrific “Russian Lullaby.”

John Coltrane - The Last Trane
John Coltrane – The Last Trane

The Last Trane

(Prestige 7378, originally released in 1965)

Titled “The Last Trane” because it was the last studio session recordings from Coltrane’s time at Prestige Records.

Despite the fact that album cover shows Coltrane playing a soprano saxophone instead of a tenor saxophone, which he played on the album, it contains four very good songs:  “Lover,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “Slowtrane,” and an epic “By The Numbers.”  In fact, the album is worth it just for “By The Numbers.”  Red Garland is fantastic on piano and Coltrane’s sax solo is outstanding.

John Coltrane - Giant Stpes
John Coltrane – Giant Steps

Giant Steps

(Atlantic 1311, originally released 1960)

Excellent album featuring all original compositions by Coltrane.  “Giant Steps” and “Mr. P.C.” are classics, as well as, the song written for his actual cousin, “Cousin Mary,” and for his wife, “Naima,” are just beautiful.

An amazing album from start to finish.  John Coltrane’s “Giant Step” forward for Atlantic Records.

John Coltrane - Coltrane Jazz
John Coltrane – Coltrane Jazz

Coltrane Jazz

(Atlantic 1354, originally released 1961)

Continuing where he left off on Giant Steps, this album features some great work on “Little Old Lady,” “Village Blues,” “Fifth House,” and “Some Other Blues,”  as well as, a tribute to one of Coltrane’s idols, Sonny Rollins in “Like Sonny.”

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
John Coltrane – My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

(Atlantic 1361, originally released 1961)

My Favorite Things is probably my favorite Coltrane album.  His version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” is nothing short of beautiful and amazing.  With McCoy Tyner on piano and Elvin Jones on drums, Coltrane’s quartet is in perfect form.

Great versions of “Summertime” and “But Not For Me” are also spectacular; a great album from start to finish.

John Coltrane - Ole Coltrane
John Coltrane – Ole Coltrane

Ole’ Coltrane

(Atlantic 1373, originally released 1961)

Ole’ Coltrane features the flute and alto saxophone of George Lane, which is an alias of the great Eric Dolphy.  This is what the makes the album special.  Hearing Coltrane and Dolphy perform together.  Great album.  Period.

John Coltrane - Coltrane Plays The Blues
John Coltrane – Coltrane Plays The Blues

Coltrane Plays The Blues

(Atlantic 1382, originally released 1962)

Recorded at the same time with My Favorite Things, this album wasn’t released until after Coltrane’s record contract with Atlantic Records had expired and was an attempt for the record company to cash in on Coltrane’s success at the time.

I am so glad they did release this great album for it is nothing short of spectacular.  Every song is bluesy and wonderful.  One of my top Coltrane albums for sure.

John Coltrane - the Best Of John Coltrane
John Coltrane – The Best Of John Coltrane

The Best Of John Coltrane

(Atlantic SD 1541, originally released in 1970)

A great compilation of John Coltrane’s Atlantic years which I still think was probably his best period.

Contains the thirteen-minute “My Favorite Things,” plus “Naima,” “Giant Steps,” and “Cousin Mary,” but also “Equinox” and “Central Park West” from Coltrane’s Sound, which, similar to Coltrane Plays The Blues, was released after his contract expired with Atlantic Records.

All in all, I like this compilation very much.

John Coltrane - Coltrane
John Coltrane – Coltrane

Coltrane

(Impulse! IMP-215, originally released 1962)

This album is literally “Out Of This World”!.  From that opening track to “Soul Eyes” to “The Inch Worm” to Coltrane’s originals “Tunji” and “Miles’ Mode,” this album is a beauty on Impulse! records.

The John Coltrane Quartet is in full form with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and the very complimentary Elvin Jones on drums.  Just beautiful.

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

(Impulse! IMP-166, originally released 1963)

John Coltrane’s sax on “In A Sentimental Mood” is an absolute beauty.  It is probably the best version of that song ever.  “Take The Coltrane,” “Big Nick,”, “Stevie,” and “My Little Brown Book” are also terrific.  The Duke and Trane make excellent music together.  A fantastic album by two jazz greats!

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

(Impulse! GR-155, originally released 1965)

The masterpiece.  Just a beautiful album.  Love it.

Part 1> Acknowledgement
Part 2> Resolution
Part 3> Pursuance
Part 4> Psalm

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

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(Impulse! originally released 2001, CD only)

A good compilation from Coltrane’s Impulse! years features live versions of “Naima” and “My Favorite Things.”  Plus great tracks of “Afro Blue,” “Crescent,” “Impressions,” and the beautifully sorrow of “Alabama.”

For more information on John Coltrane and his discography check out these links:

John Coltrane – Wikipedia

John Coltrane discography – Wikipedia

John Coltrane Discography on JazzDisco.org

JOHN COLTRANE discography on jazzmusicarchives.com

My John Coltrane on Discogs

My Music Collection on Discogs

 

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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds – June 3, 2017

Show # 20:

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
June 3rd, 2017
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Crush
Pig
So Much to Say
Granny
Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)
Fool To Think
Say Goodbye
Worried Man Blues
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Warehouse
Spoon
Corn Bread
Ode To The Box *
Death On The High Seas
#41
Minarets
Stay Or Leave
Black And Blue Bird
Don’t Drink The Water
Manfood *
All Along The Watchtower
You & Me
Stay (Wasting Time)
Dancing Nancies
—————–
Why I Am
Two Step
—————–
Oh
Everyday

* Tim solo

Awesome!  Simply awesome!

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Spanking Charlene @ Randy Now’s Man Cave!

I had the pleasure of seeing the band Spanking Charlene on Record Store Day on Saturday night, April 22, 2017.  It was held at Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, New Jersey.

Spanking Charlene
Spanking Charlene

Spanking Charlene played two great sets and provided great renditions of “Sugar Love,” “Dismissed With A Kiss,” “Stupid Me,” “Where Are The Freaks?,” “The Other Girl,” and “Oh Brooklyn,” among others.

Spanking Charlene
Spanking Charlene

It was a great performance and a great time on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017.

 

Happy Record Store Day 2017!

April 22, 2017

Celebrating 10 years of Record Store Day!

I spent more money than I should have but I couldn’t help myself!

I visited two Record Stores in my town of Bordentown, New Jersey:
Randy Now’s Man Cave and The Record Collector.

Here’s what I got:

The Kinks – You Really Got Me
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
AC/DC – Back In Black
Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
Count Basie – Count Basie
Frank Sinatra – The World We Knew
The Grateful Dead – The Best Of The Grateful Dead: Skeletons From The Closet
Howlin’ Wolf – His Greatest Sides, Volume One
Rush – Fly By Night
Santana – Woodstock (Saturday, August 16, 1969) (Vinyl)
U2 – Live Under A Blood Red Sky

Erin Hill plays tribute to David Bowie – a local Concert Review

I had the privilege of seeing Erin Hill perform the music of David Bowie at Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, New Jersey on Saturday night, January 28th, 2017.

I was very impressed and had a wonderful time.  Erin Hill’s harp playing is nothing short of outstanding and her singing is remarkable.  She decided and told the audience that she would go in chronological order which I thought was a great way to perform the show and to honor David Bowie’s brilliant song-writing through the years.

Erin Hill kicked off the 7:00pm first show with “The Man Who Sold The World” from Bowie’s 1970 album of the same name.  She went on to do an amazing rendition of “Life on Mars?” from the Hunk Dory album of 1971 which was absolutely brilliant.

From the highly acclaimed and magnificent The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars album of 1972, she performed wonderful versions of “Moonage Daydream,” “Starman,” and “Ziggy Stardust.”  I thought all three renditions of those songs were nothing short of amazing.  As Hill played flawlessly with her hands on her beautiful harp, I especially admired her performances of “Moonage Daydream” and “Starman.”  I loved how Erin Hill sang those wonderful, beautiful lyrics, “There’s a Starman waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’d blow our minds…”

As Erin Hill moved through David Bowie’s catalog, she provided us with a beautiful cover of David Bowie’s cover of The Beatles’ “Across The Universe” which appeared on Bowie’s Young Americans album in 1975.  Up next, came a classic from the 1976 Station to Station , album where she performed a lovely rendition of “Golden Years.”  That too, in my opinion, was one of Erin Hill’s best of the night.

Erin Hill @ Randy's Man Cave
Erin Hill @ Randy’s Man Cave, 1/28/17

Another “cover of a cover” Bowie song happened as Erin Hill played “God Only Knows,” originally done by The Beach Boys on their Pet Sounds album, it was done exceptionally well with Hill’s brilliant singing and amazing harp playing.

Hill would play one song from Bowie’s 2016 album Blackstar, which was released on his birthday and just two days before he died.  The song titled “Dollar Days” was, once again, performed brilliantly by Hill, who didn’t seem to tire at all, and her harp playing and singing were amazing all night.

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Erin Hill @ Randy’s Man Cave, 1/28/2017

For the encore, Hill gave the audience her wonderful rendition of Bowie’s masterpiece “Space Oddity,” which ended her first show appearance at this little record shop in the heart of Bordentown, New Jersey.

See a copy of that performance below:

As I witnessed Erin Hill’s brilliance, I was also reminded of David Bowie’s brilliance and how much of a creative and talented musician he was.  Bowie gave us a lifetime of amazing songs to be cherished forever.  If Bowie knew that his songs would be played by a truly talented, beautiful harpist and singer, I am sure he would be smiling and would be very pleased.

After the show, I was also able to get a signed autographed copy of Erin Hill and her Psychedelic Harp – Girl Inventor CD which is a 2013 Independent Music Award winner. The album comprises 10 original sci-fi pop songs written by Erin, and featuring vocals, electric harp, bass, drums, cello, and pedal steel. (www.erinhill.com)

Erin Hill autographed CD
Erin Hill autographed CD

I am so happy I got to attend this wonderful concert of Erin Hill’s Tribute to David Bowie at Randy Now’s Man Cave on Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown, New Jersey.

For more information on Erin Hill go here.

Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp - Girl Inventor
Erin Hill

For more information on David Bowie go here.

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

For more information on Randy Now’s Man Cave go here.

Randy Now's Man Cave
Randy Now’s Man Cave


For more information on the City of Bordentown, New Jersey click here.

Discover Bordentown, NJ
Discover Bordentown, NJ

 

Most Annoying Compilation Albums

Here is a list of some of my most annoying Compilation Albums:

Aerosmith – Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits:Aerosmith's Greatest HitsThis greatest hits compilation is horrible with cut up versions of “Sweet Emotion” and “Kings and Queens”. It also lacks “Train Kept A Rollin'” from Get Your Wings album.

Aerosmith – The Essential Aerosmith:
Like Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits it lacks “Train Kept A Rollin’,” and has two new songs that are not very good plus the duet with Run D.M.C. of “Walk This Way.” Too much 80’s and 90’s Aerosmith and not enough 1970’s Aerosmith in my opinion.

Beastie Boys – Anthology: The Sounds Of Science:r-1392922-1429388091-8339-png

“No Sleep Till Brooklyn” was left out on this compilation which is unforgiveable to me.

Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty – Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits:r-2132196-1265768940-jpeg
Left out “Born on the Bayou” which apparently was on Chronicle Vol. 2 but should have been on the original.

Grateful Dead* – The Very Best Of Grateful Dead:r-2103653-1287511396-jpeg
Would have been better if it didn’t omit such classics as “St. Stephen,” “Scarlet Begonias,” “Good Lovin’,” “Shakedown Street,” and “Turn on Your Love Light.”

Lenny Kravitz – Greatest Hits:r-2939959-1308272608-jpeg
The compilation included the new song “Again” but left out “Spinning Around Over You” from the Reality Bites Soundtrack, plus “Fields of Joy” from the album Mama Said, and “Is There Any Love in Your Heart” from Are You Gonna Go My Way album. It also should have been in chronological order instead of all mixed up.

Ray Charles – Genius: The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection:r-1739408-1240258352-jpeg
A great collection but oddly it doesn’t include his first hit “Mess Around” which is very upsetting to me.

Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble* – Greatest Hits:r-1864077-1248651649-jpeg
The fine compilation is great but sadly it omitted “The Sky is Cryin’.” How do you do that?

U2 – The Best Of 1990-2000:r-1421092-1218293454-jpeg
This “Best Of” compilation has new songs on it and remixes instead of the originals. It also omits “Walk On” which is one of the best songs from the album All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000).

Van Halen – Best Of Volume I:r-466459-1247464641-jpeg
Includes two new songs with David Lee Roth which are fine but no tracks from Diver Down are on this compilation.  Also no “Hot For Teacher” or “I’ll Wait” from the album 1984. Dumb.

Van Halen – The Best Of Both Worlds:
It could have been so easy to do a 2-CD compilation of Van Halen with Disc 1 containing songs from David Lee Roth era (1978-1984) and Disc 2 containing songs from the Sammy Hagar era (1986-1996) but no that would be too smart and easy. Instead they have tracks from all years all over the place along with new songs with David Lee Roth. Horrible. Makes no sense.

The Who – The Ultimate Collection:r-831764-1163308779-jpeg
A great compilation but it also should have included the song “Relay.”

ZZ Top – The Very Baddest:r-6020253-1408993326-6224-jpeg
A fine collection but my main complaint is that it should have been in chronological order instead of all mixed- up.

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Happy Birthday Dave Matthews!

Happy Birthday to Dave Matthews!

Born today, January 9th, 1967!