I love my new Audio Technica AT-LP3 turntable!
I love my new Audio Technica AT-LP3 turntable!
So Much to Say
Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)
Fool To Think
Worried Man Blues
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Ode To The Box *
Death On The High Seas
Stay Or Leave
Black And Blue Bird
Don’t Drink The Water
All Along The Watchtower
You & Me
Stay (Wasting Time)
Why I Am
* Tim solo
Awesome! Simply awesome!
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.
It was a great performance and a great time on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22, 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!
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
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.
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.
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)
For more information on Erin Hill go here.
For more information on David Bowie go here.
For more information on Randy Now’s Man Cave go here.
For more information on the City of Bordentown, New Jersey click here.
Here is a list of some of my most annoying Compilation Albums:
Aerosmith – Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits:This 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.
“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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
The fine compilation is great but sadly it omitted “The Sky is Cryin’.” How do you do that?
U2 – The Best Of 1990-2000:
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:
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:
A great compilation but it also should have included the song “Relay.”
ZZ Top – The Very Baddest:
A fine collection but my main complaint is that it should have been in chronological order instead of all mixed- up.
Happy Birthday to Dave Matthews!
Born today, January 9th, 1967!
Glen’s Halloween Holiday Mix
2. Seek Up
4. Fool To Think
6. Plastic Girl
7. Crash Into Me
8. Death On The High Seas
9. When The World Ends
10. The Best of What’s Around
11. Dancing Nancies
12. Warehouse *
13. Lover Lay Down
14. Samurai Cop
15. Grey Street *
16. You and Me
17. Pantala Naga Pampa ->
20. All Along The Watchtower
* Greg Osby
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I took the River Line NJ Transit train from Bordentown to Camden for $1.60! I met some fellow DMB fans on the train and they offered me a beer from their cooler. I then met up with my DMB friends Elaine along with her friends and Dan and Carol were in the same parking lot too. It was a lot of fun tailgating and the weather was perfect! I hung out in the lawn with Elaine and her friends just prior to the show starting where I went down to my seat in section 203. I then met another DMB friend from Facebook in Peggy Anne!The show kicked off with an awesome version of “Squirm” as the weekend opener! It would be followed by the most unbelievable and amazing version of “Seek Up.” All band members including Boyd Tinsley, Jeff Coffin, and Rashawn Ross really shined and it was the best version I had ever heard. That song flat out blew me away tonight. “Seven” sounded great, as was “Fool To Think” which I have not heard in a long while sounded cool.
“#41” sounded beautiful tonight as did the song debut of “Plastic Girl.” I thought it was very good. “When The World Ends” and “The Best of What’s Around” sounded terrific tonight as well, as did “Dancing Nancies,” which did not segue into “Warehouse” even though it was played after but with the usual intro. Jeff Coffin played another great solo for “Lover Lay Down.”
A new song DMB debuted on this tour that I could hear tonight was “Samurai Cop” which I also liked a lot. “Grey Street”, “You and Me,” and an awesome “Pantala Naga Pampa” into “Rapunzel” ended the set. The encore provided terrific versions of “Pig” and “All Along The Watchtower”! It was an insane set list and an awesome time!
One Sweet World
Belly Belly Nice
Big Eyed Fish
What Would You Say
The Song That Jane Likes
Kill The Preacher
You Might Die Trying
Don’t Drink the Water
Tripping Billies ->
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I got together with friends Wendy and Beth and I drove down to tailgate. We stopped at Boyd’s Pharmacy in Bordentown, NJ to pick up tailgating supplies (see pictures below). Luckily, we met up with Elaine and her friends again in the parking lot to tailgate. It was a terrific time.
I saw another terrific show, this time with Wendy and Beth next to me. We sang and danced all night! Overall, it was not quite as good as Friday night 1 but it was still awesome! Highlights for me included “One Sweet World,” “Belly Belly Nice,” and an amazing rendition of “Crush.” “The Song That Jane Likes,” and a great version of “Why I Am” rocked the house as I thought about how great LeRoi Moore was and I’m sure he was there in spirit.
In addition, I loved “You Might Die Trying” and “Don’t Drink The Water” tonight as well. I caught most of “Jimi Thing” when Wendy wasn’t feeling good so unfortunately, we had to leave and ended up missing “Sexy M.F.,” as well as the encore of “Granny,” “Ants Marching,” and “Halloween.” I was disappointed. Nevertheless, I am very grateful I could spend two nights in Camden seeing my favorite band and hanging out with all my DMB friends!
Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan!
Born today, May 24th, 1941.
Here are my top favorite Dylan songs and albums:
From the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963
“Girl From The North Country”
“Masters of War”
“Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”
From the album Bringing It All Back Home, 1965
“Mr. Tambourine Man”
“It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”
“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”
From the album Highway 61 Revisited, 1965
“Like A Rolling Stone”
“It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry”
From the legendary double album Blonde on Blonde, 1965
“Rainy Day Women #12 & #35”
“One Of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)”
“Visions of Johanna”
“Just Like A Woman”
“Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine”
From the album Nashville Skyline, 1969
“Girl From the North Country” with Johnny Cash
“Lay Lady Lay”
From the album Planet Waves, 1974
From the album Blood On The Tracks, 1975
“Tangled Up in Blue”
“Simple Twist Of Fate”
“Shelter From The Storm”
“Buckets of Rain”
“Hurricane” from the album Desire, 1976
“Not Dark Yet” from the album Time Out Of Mind, 1997
“Things Have Changed” from the Wonder Boys soundtrack album, 2000
Happy Birthday Bob!