February 9, 2013

Playlist Week of 2013-02-09

Dave's Picks Volume 5 + Garcia Live Volume 1

* Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy & Dial Studio Recordings (d.4-5) (Savoy/Atlantic 8CD)
* Miles Davis: The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (d.2-4) (selections) (Columbia/Legacy 4CD)
* Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (d.5-6) (Columbia/Legacy 6CD)
* Miles Davis: The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (d.1-2) (Columbia/Legacy 5CD)
* Sun Ra: Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Saturn LP>CDR)
* Sun Ra: The Soul Vibrations of Man (Saturn LP>CDR)
* Sun Ra: Taking A Chance On Chances (Saturn LP>CDR)
* Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer (Blue Note CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Juju (Blue Note CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Adam’s Apple (Blue Note CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Footprints Live (Verve CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Beyond The Sound Barrier (Verve CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Without A Net (Blue Note CD)
* John Abercrombie Quartet: Class Trip (ECM CD)
* Rock Candy Funk Party: We Want Groove (J&R Adventures CD/DVD)3DHDCDCD33 cbnsjkjklc
* George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol LP)
* D’Angelo: Voodoo (Virgin/Light in the Attic 2LP)
* Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (Island/Def Jam CD)
* Grateful Dead: Dave’s Picks Vol.5: Pauley Pavillion, UCLA 11/17/73 (GDP/Rhino 3HDCD)
* Jerry Garcia Band: Garcia Live Vol.1: Capitol Theatre March 1, 1980 (Round/ATO 3HDCD)
* Richard Thompson: Electric (Deluxe Edition) (New West MP3)†
* Fleetwood Mac: Then Play On (Reprise/Pioneer LP)
* Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac (Reprise 2-45RPM LP)
* Black Sabbath: Masters Of Reality (Warner Bros./Rhino LP)
* Yo La Tengo: Fade (Matador CD)
* Guided By Voices: Down By The Racetrack (GBV, Inc. 7”EP)
* Guided By Voices: “Flunky Minnows” (GBV, Inc. 7”)
* Guided By Voices: “Islands (She Talks In Rainbows)” (GBV, Inc. 7”)
* Guided By Voices: “Trash Can Full Of Nails” (GBV, Inc. 7”)
* Guided By Voices: “Xeno Pariah” (GBV, Inc. 7”)
* Guided By Voices: “Noble Insect” (GBV, Inc. 7”)
* Brokeback: Field Recordings From The Cook County Water Table (Thrill Jockey MP3)†
* Brokeback: Morse Code In The Modern Age: Across The Americas (Thrill Jockey MP3)†
* Brokeback: Looks At The Bird (Thrill Jockey MP3)†
* Brokeback: Brokeback And The Black Rock (Thrill Jockey MP3)†
* Lambchop: Nixon (Merge CD)
* Lambchop: Is A Woman (Merge CD)
* Lambchop: Aw Come On (Merge CD)
* Lambchop: No You Come On (Merge CD)
* Steven Wilson: Grace For Drowning (KScope BD)
* Opeth: Heritage (Roadrunner CD/DVD)
* Agalloch: Pale Folklore (The End CD)†/‡
* Grails: Burning Off Impurities (Temporary Residence 2LP)
* Pelican: The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw (Hydra Head CD)†
* Pelican: What We All Come To Need (Southern Lord CD)†
* Broken Bells: Broken Bells (Columbia CD)†/‡



While I was rather nonplussed by last year’s offerings of Dave’s Picks, I decided to re-subscribe again for 2013. What can I say? I’m an unrepentant Deadhead! Well, it looks like this year’s selections are going to be a little bit more interesting. Volume 5 arrived this week and it’s just killer, containing the complete show from the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA on November 17, 1973. Everybody knows Fall ‘73 was a peak period (maybe the peak period) in the Grateful Dead’s history, and is well-represented by a slew of “official” releases which have come out over the years, including Dick’s Picks Vols.1, 14 and 19; Road Trips Vol.4 No.3; and, of course, the Winterland 1973 box set. So, do we really need another one? Hells, yeah! Especially if it’s a significant upgrade over the circulating tapes, which this one, thankfully, is. This SoCal show is on the mellow side—no barn-burning “Other One” or “Dark Star” freak outs here—but the playing and singing is at such a high caliber it hardly matters. The highlight is a forty-eight minute “Playing in the Band” palindrome that goes like this: “Playing>Uncle John’s band>Morning Dew>Uncle John’s Band>Playing.” It doesn’t get any better than this, folks. Numbered and limited to only 13,000 copies, Dave’s Picks Vol.5 is sure to sell out if it hasn’t already. Only available from Dead.net.

Also out this week is the long-delayed first volume of the Garcia Live series, featuring the Jerry Garcia Band’s complete performance at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey on March 1, 1980. The early show was broadcast on WNEW-FM but this release contains both sets, taken from the original 24-track reels and the sound quality is fantastic. Garcia’s solo band was an opportunity to relax and stretch out; playing covers from a variety of sources, from Irving Berlin to Motown to Jimmy Cliff to Bob Dylan, as well a few old-timey originals, like “Sugaree” and “Deal.” He was still in reasonably good health in 1980 and his voice still retains a youthful sweetness, his guitar playing as sharp as ever. If you have the 2004 release, After Midnight: Kean College 2/28/80, you might want to complain about the repetitious set-list. But these are terrific performances, containing the sorts of subtle nuances of interpretation that made folks like me want to follow Garcia around to hear him play these songs over and over. Plus you get other JGB staples like “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “Russian Lullaby,” and “Dear Prudence,” which were not played at Kean College. Altogether, they present a full picture of the Jerry Garcia Band circa. 1980. Seeing as After Midnight is now out of print, Garcia Live Volume One gets my highest recommendation.


Jean K said...

Another unrepentant hopeless Deadhead...
I agree with you Rodger that Fall '73 could actually be the peak for the Dead (listening to DP19 as I write this). Bill's drumming during this whole '71-'74 'young god' period was exceptional. The band played the songs beautifully and also went to places I'm not sure rock music has visited before or since.
I'm lucky and old enough to have see them twice in the UK on the Europe '72 tour at the Empire Pool and the Lyceum (the latter astonishing), in 1974 at the Alexandra Palace and of course have sucked in all the archives have thrown at us since.

Sam said...

Nice write-up, as usual! Jean, I am so jealous that you got to see the Empire Pool and Lyceum shows!

Here are my lists from last week:

Playlist 2013-02-11:

*Luciano Berio: A Portrait, Part II (CDR) disc 1
*Xenakis: Architect in Sound 1985 radio (CDR) disc 4
*Muhal Richard Abrams Experimental Band: 2012-08-25 Saalfelden, Austria (CDR)
*Boris Bobby: 2012-09-29 Atlas Performing Arts Center, DC (Sonic Circuits Festival) (wav)
*Miles Davis: The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (disc 3)
*Deerhoof: Breakup Song
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: 2012-05-18 Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT (CDR)
*Charles Mingus: 1972-08-14/15 Ronnie Scott’s, London (CDR) disc 2
*Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed, Vol. 1 Highlights Disc 3 (CDR compilation)
*Sun Ra: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Some Blues But Not the Kind That’s Blue
*David Torn Prezens: 2008-01-10 Cologne (CDR) disc 1
*Amon Duul II: Phallus Dei
*Bob Dylan: A Tree with Roots: The Genuine Basement Tapes Remasters (discs 1, 2)
*Mike Elder/Greg Jordan/Harry Forrest/Sam Byrd: 2013-02-01 (wav)
*Grateful Dead: 1973-03-24 Philadelphia (CDR) “Jam”
*Grateful Dead: 1974-07-25 Chicago (CDR) “Dark Star”
*Bruce Springsteen: The River
*Steely Dan: The Royal Scam
*Tad Thaddock: Wiping Out My Lips
*Tad Thaddock: John Wetton’s Loaf
*Tad Thaddock: No Legs
*Tad Thaddock: Ascending Piles of Beatles
*Ike and Tina Turner: Live! The Ike & Tina Show vol. 1 & 2
*Various artists: As Good As It Gets: Rockabilly (disc 1)
*Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Psychedelic Pill (disc 1)

Reading List 2013-02-11:

*Shakespeare, William. Shakespeare’s poems (ed. Duncan-Jones and Woodhuysen) (started)
*Bellamy, Dodie. The Letters of Mina Harker (finished)
*The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. Annotated by David Dodd (in progress)
*Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time, vol. VI: Time regained, transl. Mayor/Kilmartin, rev. Enright (reread/in progress)
*Saunders, George. The Braindead Megaphone (in progress)

Rodger Coleman said...

@ Jean K - We are everywhere! Wow - you saw the Dead on the Europe '72 tour? Amazing!

@ Sam - interesting playlist. Amon Duul? Steely Dan?? Bruce Springsteen????? You never cease to amaze me...

Jean K said...

Yes - I really didn't know too much about the Dead when I went to the April 7th Empire Pool concert - I was mostly listening to Motown, Miles, Coltrane and electronic music (I was a pretty weird teenager...) A kid from the American air force base in North London persuaded me to go with him and I pretty much stood there with my mouth open for 2+ hours, the following day immediately booking tickets for my girlfriend and I to go to the May 25th Lyceum show. By then I had worked weekend double shifts in a gas station to buy Live Dead and Workingmans Dead so at least I knew some of the songs. The Lyceum was right up there with the best ever concerts for me. It was a long wait until the complete Europe 72 to hear it properly again. (I found my diary from 1972 when clearing out my father's loft after he passed away a few years ago. In between these two dates I went to Can's amazing first concert in London. What a time!). After the razor sharp earth shaking Alexandra Palace Wall of Sound show in 1974 (a chunk of DP7) there was then a 15 year interregnum before a hastily organised detour from a work trip to NYC got me to the Spectrum in Philly in October 1989. I came in search of a Terrapin and I got a long hot one.

Also been listening to Amon Duul again recently - sounds great!

Sam said...

heh heh, well you know how it is, I'm all over the place, just like you. A friend of mine gave me a huge stack of Mojo magazine form the 2000s, and that has ended up leading me down some paths. I was late to the party for Amon Duul, but I am really enjoying it! And Jean: a Dead-Can-Dead sandwich! Whoa!

Rodger Coleman said...

@ Jean K - wow, great story! The Dead AND Can in '72?? And The Wall of Sound?? Man, I'm envious. I'm going to have to pull out that Alexandra Palace DP again. I haven't listened to it in years. And '89 was a good year for Terrapins!

@ Sam - well, yes, you ARE all over the place--that's what I love about you! Re: Amon Duul, I think "Phallus Dei" is brilliant, but after that, it gets kind of silly sometimes. Great moments, but some god-awful ones as well. Need to pull that stuff out again too. Maybe I need to stop being so serious all the time!

Sam said...

Yeah! Do this: buy a six-pack, a beach umbrella. and a boombox with a CD player. get some batteries, set the umbrella out in your yard, drink the six-pack and listen to the gaddam Beach Boys!!! Go for it!!!