Marc Maron is like Marmite. Especially here it seems. Time to give him a break. The news that Lynn Shelton had died registered with me but I wasn’t aware of her work, or that they were a couple. Life sucks.
Leland Sklar’s YouTube page is really helping me get through these strange days. He’ll usually play along to a track he’s recorded and then tell a story of two. A calm voice in the storm. Here its Stratus off Billy Cobham’s Spectrum album. A record I bought back as a spotty teenager for the Deep Purple connection and he talks lovingly about poor Tommy Bolin here. If I’m honest, it took years before that album made any sense to me! The MO pop up in this one and he’s toured with Phil Collins for years so there’s plenty of that. But its the stories and his soothing voice that I’m really recommending and its well worth digging in for those.
Apologies for a third Joni related post in recent days but a couple of weeks ago there was a celebration of her 75th birthday held in Los Angeles. Over two days performers including Graham Nash, James Taylor, Chaka Khan and Seal sang to the birthday girl, the videos on YouTube look like they did Joni proud. I was aware that Kris Kristofferson had some health issues but this clip puts it right out there for all to see. Brought me to tears I’m not ashamed to say. Guess we need to enjoy the oldies as long as we’ve still got them. On a positive note though, Brandi Carlile was a new artist to me until very recently, the way she leads and helps him through the song and adds incredible harmonies has made me a fan for life.
Soundtrack album coming. Here’s a taster. My favourite Boss song.
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The Eagles are a polarising force around these parts but having always had a soft spot for them I was really looking forward to hearing this record. Originally released in 1969 on the Amos record label, it’s the sole album by Longbranch/Pennywhistle, a folk/country duo comprising Glenn Frey and JD Souther. Frey would later form the Eagles with Don Henley, another Amos recording artist, whilst Souther pursued a solo career that included several Eagles co-writes.
Initial impressions of this album suggest it’s a slight record. The playing is as fantastic as you’d expect as the musicians include Ry Cooder, James Burton, Larry Knechtel, Jim Gordon and Buddy Emmons, but on first listen the songs just don’t grab you. After a few more spins a couple of the tracks reveal some charm, ‘Mister, Mister’ and ‘Rebecca’ being the standouts, and the future early Eagles sound is also evident. In the ‘History of the Eagles’ documentary Frey and Souther talk about Jackson Browne and his approach to songwriting, forever going over the small details until he’s completely happy with the song, Frey referring to this process as ‘elbow grease’. We can argue the merits of » Continue Reading.
40 years, where did that go? Surprised we haven’t been discussing him all day on here but as its time to turn in I’ll just leave this here. Still the King.