Paul McCartney, Neil Young Deliver Powerful Sets at Desert Trip Night 2



Paul McCartney and Neil Young delivered powerful, inspiring sets – and performed together – at the second night of the all-star Desert Trip festival. Andy Keilen for Rolling Stone

i am Brian Wilson a memoir

Brian Wilson’s musical genius sustainability are his and our remarkable treasures. His new memoir takes us into his creative muse. Isn’t that what we want to learn about Brian’s talent? The thought process behind such great classics as “Good Vibrations” and “God Only Knows”.

I Am Brian Wilson,  written by Brian Wilson with music journalist Ben Greenman will be available on October 11th from Da Capo Press.

I Am Brian Wilson is the story of Brian Wilson’s life, told by Brian Wilson. But he’s not the same man who had a nervous breakdown on an airplane in 1964 or the one who ballooned to 300 pounds and couldn’t get out of bed in the 1970s. This Brian Wilson is older, calmer, filled with perspective regarding his extraordinary accomplishments and forgiveness for the people who complicated those accomplishments, and his life. Wiser, more measured, though still possessed of the youthful spark that helped him rise to the top of the rock and roll world, Wilson relates his life with a level of emotional honesty that has eluded authors of scores of previous works on Brian and The Beach Boys: “Telling my story honestly means remembering things I sometimes prefer to forget. I would like people to get to know what I’ve gone through, and I hope that my story will give them strength.”

The Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome Album – Available December 2nd

Five decades in the making and just three days to record

On 2nd December 2016, The Rolling Stones will release Blue & Lonesome, their first studio album in over a decade. Recorded in just three days in London, England, ‘Blue & Lonesome’ takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones.

‘Blue & Lonesome’ is available in various formats and will be released on December 2nd by Polydor Records. It was produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins and is available for pre-order worldwide from today, October 6th, at 9am EST in the USA and 2pm in the UK (equivalent times worldwide), go to

The album was recorded over the course of just three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London, just a stone’s throw from Richmond and Eel Pie Island where the Stones started out as a young blues band playing pubs and clubs.

Their approach to the album was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. The band – Mick Jagger (vocals & harp), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ronnie Wood (guitar) were joined by their long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) and, for two of the twelve tracks, by old friend Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album.

‘Blue & Lonesome’ sees the Rolling Stones tipping their hats to their early days as a blues band when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf – artists whose songs are featured on this album.

The tracks are – Just Your Fool, Commit A Crime, Blue and Lonesome, All Of Your Love, I Gotta Go, Everybody Knows About My Good Thing, Ride ‘Em On Down, Hate To See You Go, Hoo Doo Blues, Little Rain, Just Like I Treat You, I Can’t Quit You Baby.

“This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do.” Don Was, Co-Producer of ‘Blue & Lonesome’


Deluxe edition including CD album, 75 page mini-book about the making of the album and band postcard prints.

Listen to the Little Walter track, “Just Your Fool”

An Evening of Yes Music and More!

Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman commenced their US tour last night in Orlando, Florida.

Here is a YouTube video of the Yes song, “Awaken”, which I am glad to know is in the show. Thanks TapeheadToo.

Can’t wait for the Oakdale Theatre 10/21 stop.

Opening Night Set List

Perpetual Change
Hold On
I’ve Seen All Good People
And You And I
Rhythm Of Love
Leaves Of Green (Jon and Rick)
Long Distance Runaround
The Fish
The Meeting (Jon and Rick)

Heart Of The Sunrise
Make It Easy (Trevor)
Owner Of A Lonely Heart

Starship Trooper

You may enjoy the YouTube studio version set list, thanks John McDonald.

The Meeting of the Spirits Tour USA – November/December 2017

I am enthused that John McLaughlin is planning a tour for late next year 2017 that will encompass the music of The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Having seen The Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1973 and enjoying their seminal jazz fusion recordings lo these many decades I can’t wait to witness that music performed live by the master.

There are strong hints about special guest stars appearing during this tour. I wonder if they will include Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer or other Mahavishnu Orchestra members. Carlos Santana is a devout fan of John McLaughlin and I can visualize him playing Mahavishnu Orchestra selections. Well we have 13+ months before this tour commences so stay tuned.

Press Release – In a career that spans more than five decades, John McLaughlin has honed a personal vision that transcends all boundaries, becoming one of improvised music’s most influential guitarists, composers, and bandleaders. McLaughlin will be joined by the remarkable Jimmy Herring, who has been in the creative forefront of the thriving American rock-jam band movement for 25 years, for what has been dubbed The Meeting of the Spirits tour. Highlighting this musical adventure, will be John McLaughlin revisiting the pioneering music he introduced with his deeply influential, genre-defying Mahavishnu Orchestra. McLaughlin will be backed by his current band, the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) – each an established composer and recording artist in his own right.

Jimmy Herring, best known for his inspired contributions to the Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, The Dead, and others, will be co-headlining each show with his own band. “Herring possesses the heart and soul of a rocker, the chops and harmonic awareness of a jazz artist, and the simpatico personality of a jam-band player,” according to Guitar Player magazine. 2017 also marks the return of Jimmy Herring as a bandleader since touring after his widely acclaimed “Lifeboat” (2008) and “Subject to Change without Notice” (2012).

On The Meeting of the Spirits tour, separate sets by Herring and McLaughlin will be followed by the two joining forces for an expansive closing jam based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. The tour will feature the first extended collaborations between two of world’s foremost improvising guitarists. Expect special surprise guests to be added when available.

“The music of Mahavishnu is part of my personal and musical history, and as such it is inseparable from me,” McLaughlin reflects. “To return to these pieces with the experience I’ve had for the past 45 years, since the majority of those pieces were played all those years ago, is very exciting.”

Herring adds, “John’s influence on me is far-reaching. When first hearing him, I was struck by the raw emotion and technical prowess he has. If you listen to John long enough, the layers of all the things that make him unique will reveal themselves…Inner Mounting Flame changed my life and the way I heard music. By the time I heard it in 1980, John had long since moved on and recreated himself, as he has done many times throughout his career. It is an honor and a privilege to do this tour with John and the 4th Dimension.”

McLaughlin’s first extensive U.S. tour in seven years, The Meeting of the Spirits also marks his first extended exploration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra material from seminal albums such as Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire, Between Nothingness and Eternity, Visions of the Emerald Beyond and more since the band’s original heyday in the 1970s.

“To play the music of Mahavishnu is not for the faint-hearted,” says McLaughlin, who celebrates his 75th birthday in 2017. “In fact, among the only people I know who have succeeded in interpreting Mahavishnu music are my two all-time favorite guitarists: Jimmy Herring and Jeff Beck. Jimmy is simply a great guitar player, and since we see so eye to eye in music, I know we will have some extraordinary musical experiences touring together.”

McLaughlin strongly feels that this will be his last American performances. He is hoping that all of his friends who have supported him over the years can come out to celebrate this tour with him. After all, it was in America that he met Miles Davis and Tony Williams and played on such trailblazing albums as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. America was the true birthplace of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Dream, The Jon Anderson/Kitaro Collaboration (1992)

Studying Kitaro’s discography over the weekend has guided me to the collaborative music project, Dream released in 1992. It was an ideal discovery with a renewed focus on Jon Anderson’s creativity curve plus the affinity I possess for Kitaro’s music these past 40+ years.

Take  some time to dream along with Kitaro and Jon Anderson by giving a listen to their musical effort.

Two giants in contemporary music have joined forces to create one of the most awe-inspiring albums of the ’90s. Kitaro has taken his signature style into a new dimension of orchestral drama with three tracks featuring the breathtaking vocals of Jon Anderson, from Yes. Anderson, a longtime Kitaro fan, showed up on Kitaro’s Japanese mountaintop and hung out for a month. Their ensuing “marriage” of vocals and music is the result. Kitaro composed the music while Anderson wrote the lyrics. The songs revolve around the eternal theme of love, as in the transcendental romanticism of “Lady of Dreams” and the ecstasy of spiritual liberation in “Agreement”….This is a special album full of soaring emotion and spiritual upliftment. – Source: All Music

Kitaro – Tenku Remastered

Marking the 30th anniversary of its début, this reissue of Kitaro’s critically acclaimed album “Tenku” has been newly remastered from the original source tapes.

“Tenku”, which translated means “Heavenly Sky”, refers to time spent at his 200-year-old farmhouse in the Japanese Alps, where the album was recorded. Drawing inspiration and his impressions of nature at that time, Kitaro remarked, “Through communicating with nature, I wish to always make music that reflects the warmth that we should have as humans.”

The album became a defining moment in Kitaro’s career, which soon afterwards became his first conceptual album that introduced him to an international audience.

For what is certainly an otherworldly experience; Tenku is a collection of dreamy compositions full of soft Japanese melodies with a hint of melancholy. Kitaro’s immaculate synthesizer technique produces a nuanced yet bold atmosphere that is truly one of a kind.

Track List
01.  Tenku
02.  Romance
03.  Wings
04.  Aura
05.  Message From The Cosmos
06.  Time Traveller
07.  Legend Of The Road
08.  Milky Way

Apple Music – The 411 with Mary J. Blige

I keep changing cloud music solutions in my search for value entertainment. This search has led me to Apple Music. If I ever get a new smart phone, it will be an iPhone 7 or 8 because the audio experience is finally to my satisfaction. I’m eager to listen to an iPhone 7 directly through its dual stereo speaker system. I hope it can meet my sonic expectations. I’ll leave the iPhone 7 wireless music discussion for another time😉

I am more supportive of Apple Music because I believe they artist remuneration in mind. They have not published their artist royalty rate to the best of my knowledge (I have been searching for that data.) Tidal was the cloud music service that was paying the highest amount to artists. I struggled with their platform and $19.99 became too expensive for me. I have the Apple Music family plan and its $5 a month for the service.

Anyway this blog post is about the new Beats 1 Radio Show on Apple Music, The 411 with Mary J. Blige. The debut video broadcast is Mary J. Blige interviewing Secretary Hillary Clinton.


As an Apple Music subscriber and a person voting for Hillary Clinton this November I am thankful to gain this additional insight. Beats 1 widens the scope of its programming capability. I like the added value Apple Music is delivering.