The Last Ship Reflections

As the 2014 sands of time drain out I reflect upon a recent afternoon spent witnessing my passion.

The passionate venture with the arts was the Broadway musical, The Last Ship, Sunday December 28th, my 63rd birthday.  I was blessed to attend the event at the Neil Simon Theater with my loving wife and our son. No man could have been happier or prouder than I.

The play features Sting as Jackie White along with a superb cast and a wonderful staged production. I imagine it equally challenging and rewarding for Sting to shepherd his music compositions safely out to sea.

There are many fine moments from the musical etched in my memory. These pictures from the musical capture them well.

The story is compelling as Sting’s compositions weave the tale further inside the adventurous heart.

I listen to both Sting’s “The Last Ship” Deluxe Edition CD and the original Broadway score this day. Savoring a glorious time spent with gifted artists and the theater.

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2014 in review

Thank you for letting me be myself again. A blessed and safe New Year 2015 to you and yours. I appreciate your readership and interest in my music blog

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Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

This album kicks ass. You’ll love how it feels in your bones.

Daltrey is donating his royalties from the album to Britain’s Teen Cancer Trust, of which he is a Patron.

Read More: Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, ‘Going Back Home’ – Album Review | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/wilko-johnson-and-roger-daltrey-going-back-home-album-review/?trackback=tsmclip

Christmas at the Airport – Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe is an inventive lyricist who possesses the uncanny knack of blending sarcasm with poignant words. If you have searched for just the right Christmas song, I think you’ll find this choice novel.

You can find this track and other holiday selections on Nick Lowe’s recording, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family.

Merry Christmas to you and yours 🙂

Patti Smith: America’s Punk Rock Rhapsodist by Eric Wendell

I’ve uncovered a new book about Patti Smith by Eric Wendell. It is from TEMPO, the Rowman & Littlefield Music Series on Rock, Pop and Culture.

I’ve yet to read this book so I withhold my comments until I can procure a copy.

The TEMPO Web site provides the General Guidelines and Proposals directions for volumes in its series. Ponders this option…

Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa!

Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa!

What a nice birthday present from Zappa.com and the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen! Super Download!

01. Down In De Dew – Alternate Mix
Produced by Frank Zappa
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, NYC 1972, & Paramount Studios 1973
Engineer, Kerry McNab
FZ, Guitars, Bass
Jim Gordon, Drums

Transferred by Joe Travers, UMRK 2014
from 1/4” Stereo Analog Tape
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering 2014
Released in 2014 as the B-Side to the Record Store Day 7” single “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow”

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02. Freak Chouflee’
Live Recording from the Vault
Circa 1966
Previously Unreleased
Band:
FZ, Guitar
Del Casher, Guitar
Don Preston, Keys
Roy Estrada, Bass
Billy Mundi, Drums
Jimmy Carl Black, Drums

Transferred & edited by Joe Travers
from 1/4” Stereo Analog Tape
Mastered by Steve Hall 2003, Future Disc

03. Uncle Meat/Uncle Meat Variations
3NSAMBL3
Fernando Mariña, Guillermo González Phillips & Jesús Serrano
Mexico

04. RDNZL Palermo, 1982 (Video Omen)

Frank Zappa
Band:
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Chad Wackerman
Scott Thunes
Ed Mann
Bobby Martin
Steve Vai

Mix, FZ with Bob Stone
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering 2014
Camera, Thomas Nordegg

Live at the Fillmore East & West – John Glatt

I peer inside the hallowed halls of The Fillmore East and The Fillmore West, musing about the unique concert stories each bedrock music venue can unearth. Thankfully these sacred tales and more have been brought to light by author John Glatt in his new book, Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock’s Greatest Legend

John Glatt’s book begins with a foreword by Joshua White who founded the legendary Joshua Light Show. The rock music history that unfolded had a unique illuminated art as its backdrop from the art of Joshua White and his team. I was fortunate to witness this light show at The Fillmore East in June of 1969 at a Jeff Beck Group show I have written about on this blog.

Should you wish to know more about the Joshua Light Show and the team that provided the lighting I refer you to the book, Live at the Fillmore East A Photographic Memoir by Amalie R. Rothschild.

I view John Glatt’s book as a companion piece to Amalie’s publication. If you combine John Glatt’s first book, Rage & Roll : Bill Graham and the Selling of Rock with Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out by Bill Graham and Robert Greenfield you will own the definitive core knowledge that laid the foundation for the art form of the rock music concert.

I am eager to acquire John Glatt’s books to add them to my rock music concert library. I am certain his books will be a valuable read of depth and insight. These books are certain to provide invaluable knowledge about how Bill Graham conducted business with the famous rock musicians in the day.

Sound Man by Glyn Johns

I have many music books and never enough time to read them all. I am thankful for my extensive music library.

I have been reading and reflecting on the best music books of 2014. One book title that really stands out is Sound Man by Glyn Johns.

Glyn Johns has been behind the soundboard recording dozens of monumental recordings in the annals of rock music.  His work evidences the midas touch of Sir George Martin, Eddie Kramer, Rick Rubin and T-Bone Burnett.

If I had to name my favorite Glyn John’s recording it would be Who’s Next. Every time I hear the songs from this album I understand unequivocally why rock and roll resonates in my soul.

“Sound Man opens with a declaration: A record producer has to have an opinion and the ego to express it more convincingly than anyone else. So Glyn Johns has stood his ground with a few big headed rock stars? I must be the exception. I’ve only had transcendental moments in the studio with Glyn. Returning to the control room after a studio take I often felt like running: the joy of hearing what Glyn had created out of the glue-and-string that was The Who was like a drug. He is an artist himself of supreme talent and experience.” —Pete Townshend