Monday January 31st 2011, 11:17 am
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a column where we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own. This week’s theme is live recordings. First up, we have Dylan with Hard Rain, a live album recorded during the second leg of his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in May 1976. The musicians include Mick Ronson, T-Bone Burnett, Steven Soles, David Mansfield, Rob Stoner, Howard Wyeth, Gary Burke and Scarlet Rivera. You can pick up a VG++ copy of this LP right now on eBay with a “Buy It Now” price of $4.75. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Bob Dylan- Lay Lady Lay (Live in 1976)

Next up, we have Delaney & Bonnie with their eight-song live album, recorded in Croydon in 1969. Musicians included Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon. There are a handful of used copies available via Amazon starting at $5.76. Click here to check them out.
MP3: Delaney & Bonnie- Comin’ Home (Live in 1969)

Lastly, we have Townes Van Zandt with a live double album that was recorded at the Old Quarter in Houston, Texas in July 1973. Included on the LP are 27 songs, including “Pancho and Lefty”, “For the Sake of the Song”, “If I Needed You” and more. You can get it new via Amazon for $16.70. Click here to check it out. What are your favorite live recordings? Let us know in the comments after the jump.
MP3: Townes Van Zandt- If I Needed You (Live in 1973)




Friday October 29th 2010, 10:35 am
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own. Today, we’re going to highlight three albums that Duane Allman appeared on that weren’t Allman Brothers records. In the past, we’ve featured his cuts with Wilson Pickett, Delaney and Bonnie, Aretha Franklin and Eric Clapton. Now here’s some things you haven’t heard before on When You Awake! First up, we have Arthur Conley’s superb collection of R&B/Soul tunes, More Sweet Soul (Atco SD 33-276).  Allman plays either lead or rhythm guitar on 6 of the 12 tracks on this one. You can pick up a VG++ copy of this LP right now on eBay with a “Buy It Now” price of $9.50. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Arthur Conley – Stuff You Gotta Watch (1969)

Next up is Boz Scagg’s self-titled album from 1969, Boz Scaggs (Atlantic SD-33-8239)  which features Duane Allman on five tracks, including the amazing slow blues jam ”Loan Me A Dime.” On the mp3 below, you can hear Allman exchanging riffs with Larry Knechtel’s organ. You can pick up an unrated (but hopefully clean!) LP copy right now on eBay with a “Buy It Now” price of $10.00. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Boz Scaggs – Loan Me A Dime (1969)

Lastly, we have a great solo album by Sam Samudio, of Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs fame, called Hard And Heavy (Atlantic SD 33-8271) from 1971. Allman plays on just 2 tracks, including the album’s closing number “Goin’ Upstairs,” which features Allman on the dobro. You can pick up a sealed copy of this one on eBay for $38.00. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Sam Samudio – Goin’ Upstairs (1971)




Friday October 15th 2010, 12:15 pm
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own. First up, we have the Flying Burrito Brother’s 1969 record The Gilded Palace of Sin. It features tunes like “Sin City”, “Christine’s Tune” and “Dark End of the Street”.  An absolute classic. The auction is set to end on October 17th and currently has zero bids at a $9.99 starting price. Click here to check it out.
MP3: The Flying Burrito Brothers- Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

Originally released in October 1979, Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes is our next album of required listening. They are actually releasing a deluxe edition of the album on November 2, 2010 (on CD and Vinyl) if you want to wait it out, but with tunes like  like “Refugee”, “Here Comes My Girl” and “Don’t Do My Like That”,  the original will more than suffice. The auction is set to end on October 17th and currently has zero bids at a $1.99 starting price. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Tom Petty- Here Comes My Girl

Lastly, we have The Zombies with Odyssey and Oracle. It’s features what I do believe is my favorite song of ALL TIME, “This Will Be Our Year.”  The record is available via Amazon starting at $16.15 new. Click here to check it out.
MP3: The Zombies- This Will Be Our Year




Friday September 24th 2010, 10:30 am
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own. First up, we have Waylon Jennings with his 1973 album Honky Tonk Heroes. With the exception of two songs, the tunes were all written or co-written by the great Billy Joe Shaver and is an outlaw classic. The auction is set to end on September 29th and currently has zero bids at a $7.84 starting price. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Waylon Jennings- You Asked Me To

Next up, we have Willie Nelson with his 1973 album, Shotgun WIllie. The record was his first for Atlantic and features a number of original tunes alongside covers of Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” and Bush and Stroud’s “Whiskey River.” Ebay has the Buy It Now option set up (no bidding required) for $8.00. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Willie Nelson- A Song For You

Lastly, we have Bobby Bare’s 1980 record, Down and Dirty. As the title would suggest the record is rough, rowdy and recorded live. The guitar solo in the middle of “Goin’ Back To Texas (One More Horses Ass)” is worth buying the entire record. Seriously—it’s dangerously good.  Amazon is currently selling used copies starting at $5.95. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Bobby Bare- Goin’ Back To Texas (One More Horses Ass)




Friday September 10th 2010, 6:37 pm
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own. This week we are focusing on artists that haven’t aged quite as hiply as they might have done*. Don’t get me wrong, I adore all of these musicians (seriously, adore them)…but until I had the chance to go back and really dig into their early music,  I wouldn’t have been caught dead listening to them (“Can You Feel The Love Tonight?,” anyone?).  That said, they all made ridiculously good records for a period of time, and today’s Vinyl Picks will pay tribute to a couple of those albums. First off, we have Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection, which is a bit of a fall masterpiece. Inspired by The Band’s Music From Big Pink, Tumbleweed was born out of John and lyricist Taupin’s fascination with Americana. Ebay has the Buy It Now option set up (no bidding required) for $5.00. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Elton John- My Father’s Gun

Next up, we have Rod Stewart’s 1971 record Every Picture Tells A Story. It features hits like “Maggie May” and “Mandolin Wind” plus covers of Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe” and Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time.” The record also boasts some incredible musicians, including Stewart’s former Small Faces bandmates Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Ronnie Lane among others. Ebay has the Buy It Now option set up (no bidding required) for $2.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Rod Stewart- Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Lastly, we have Donovan with his second record, 1965′s Fairytale. The record contains “Colours,” “Sunny Goodge Street,” “Summer Day Reflection Song” among other classic Donovan songs. This appears to be the US release, which contains a cover of the Buffy Sainte-Marie tune “Universal Soldier.” The UK version, on the other hand, has a cover of Bert Jansch’s “Oh Deed I Do.” The auction is set to end tomorrow, September 11th and currently has zero bids at $9.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Donovan- Ballad of a Crystal Man

* I feel I may be creating quite the controversy with this statement. Feel free to tell me I’m wrong in the comments after the jump, but before you do, view this and this.




Friday September 03rd 2010, 11:09 am
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a somewhat weekly column where we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own (or at least know about). This week, we are focusing on three great soundtracks. First up, we have Performance. The Performance soundtrack superbly integrates both background and incidental music by Jack Nitzsche, often featuring sitars or a wailing Merry Clayton, alongside great rock songs, like the rollicking blues-infused “Gone Dead Train” by Randy Newman. Ebay has the Buy It Now option set up (no bidding required) for $19.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Randy Newman- Gone Dead Train (Performance Soundtrack)

Next up is 1969′s Zabriskie Point, a counter-culture epic directed by Michaelangelo Antonioni. The soundtrack features a few country-rockish turns by Pink Floyd, who had spent at least a month holed up in a deluxe hotel suite in Rome, working 12-hour days, composing music for the film. Most of it wasn’t used and has only appeared on bootleg recordings. “Unknown Song” (also known as “Rain In The Country”) is a shimmering blend of acoustic strumming, skittish electric picking, and Gilmour’s slide guitar. You can buy it new on Amazon for $18.03. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Pink Floyd- Unknown Song (Zabriskie Point Soundtrack Version)

Lastly, we have the swampy blues-jazz soundtrack for Dennis Hopper’s 1990 film The Hot Spot. The movie itself, based on the 1953 pulp novel Hell Hath No Fury, leaves a lot to be desired, but Jack Nitzsche’s original score is highlighted by an evocative pairing of jazz trumpet legend Miles Davis and celebrated bluesman John Lee Hooker. Davis’ sparsely ethereal trumpet, alongside Hooker’s anguished field moaning and groovy blues guitar riffs, not to mention Roy Rogers’ tasteful slide guitar, make for a enjoyable mood-enhancing listen. There are inexpensive CD copies available, but the new 45rpm vinyl double-LP is also available on Ebay from a few international dealers. Right now the lowest price is $54.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Others – End Credits – Hot Spot




Friday August 27th 2010, 7:14 pm
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own. This week, we are focusing on three obscure L.A.-based albums you might have missed unless you dig a little deeper down in those dusty used record store bins. First up, William D. Lincoln and Hamilton Wesley Watt’s A Gift From Euphoria, from 1969, an album that MOJO magazine once featured in their “Buried Treasures” section, back in 1996. This richly-produced LP combines a lot of styles, including psychedelic country-rock, folk rock, bluegrass and lushly downcast orchestral arrangements. “Sunshine Woman” (also covered in 1971 by Bernie Schwartz on his fantastic solo album, The Wheel) is one of the album’s more memorable moments. You can buy it on Vinyl.com for $11.25. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Euphoria- Sunshine Woman

Next up, Blue Mountain Eagle’s self-titled album from 1970. This short-lived “supergroup” took their name from a newspaper published in Fox, Idaho, and their lineup originally featured former Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin, who would leave the band in November 1969, shortly before this album was released, in order to head up his own group, Dewey Martin & Medicine Ball. The lead-off track, Newman’s “Love Is Here,” kicks off with a nice fuzz guitar and soaring vocals, and Newman and Jones trading blistering power rock licks. You can buy it on Amazon.com for $10.34. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Blue Mountain Eagle- Love Is Here

Lastly, there’s Songs of Protest and Anti-Protest, which was originally released in 1965, on the small Los Angeles-based Surrey label. Only, there was no “Chris Lucey.” L.A.-based musician named Bobby Jameson was asked by producer Marshall Lieb to fill in as “Chris Lucey,” because the label already had album covers printed and he didn’t want them to go to waste. Jameson composed and recorded a new batch of tunes based on already existing song titles. The photo on the cover is actually Brian Jones. The biggest sonic reference point here might be Arthur Lee’s band Love’s Forever Changes but this one pre-dates Love’s sound by more than a few years. “Girl From The East” was also recorded by The Leaves, and it’s one of the album’s highlights. Enjoy. You can buy it on Acousticsounds.com for $75. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Bobby Jameson (Chris Lucey)- Girl From The East




Friday June 18th 2010, 1:30 pm
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that every When You Awake reader should own. This week, we are focusing on Beach Boys-related LPs. First up, we have Dennis Wilson’s 1977 record Pacific Ocean Blue. It’s his only solo record and was the very first solo record recorded by any Beach Boy. They are currently selling a used copy of the record at Amazon for $10 (usually they go for around $30). Click here to check it out.
MP3: Dennis Wilson- Rainbows

Next up, we have The Beach Boys 1965 covers record, Beach Boys’ Party!. It was recorded in a recording studio, but has the sound and feel of a live party. The record features versions of The Beatles’ “Tell Me Why”, “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” and “I Should Have Known Better”, The Everly Brothers’ “Devoted To You”, The Regents’ “Barbara Ann” and more. They have the Buy It Now option set up (no bidding required) for $7.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Beach Boys- Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (The Rivingtons cover)

Lastly, we have a sealed copy of the Beach Boys’ undisputed masterpiece (and one of the most influential rock records of all time), 1966′s Pet Sounds. The auction is set to end on June 17 and currently has zero bids at $9.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: The Beach Boys- God Only Knows




Friday May 28th 2010, 9:26 am
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that any When You Awake reader should own. This week, we are focusing on Beatles-related LPs. First up, we have George Harrison’s 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass. This one may seem like a no brainer, but I was recently chatting with a friend who’s a huge Beatles fan, but had yet to hear Harrison’s solo masterpiece.  The auction, which includes the vinyl and original poster (if you buy this album anywhere, make sure it has the poster!) is set to end on May 29th and currently has zero bids at $9.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: George Harrison- Awaiting On You All

Next up, we have Badfinger’s 1970 record No Dice. It was released on the Beatles’ label Apple Records and includes their hits “No Matter What”, “Believe Me”, and “Without You”, which Paul McCartney once described as “…the killer song of all time.”  They have the Buy It Now option set up (no bidding required) for $9.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Badfinger- Without You

Lastly, we have, Ram, Paul and Linda McCartney’s 1971 record. It’s the only record credited to the pair and recently received a redo by a number of Los Angeles bands for Aquarium Drunkards’s Ram On LA (click here to listen to the tribute record). If bands like The Parson Red Heads, Broken West and Bodies of Water covered the tunes, you know the original thing has got to be good.  The auction is set to end on May 30th and currently has zero bids at $0.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Paul and Linda McCartney- Eat At Home




Friday May 21st 2010, 12:26 pm
Vinyl Picks: Helping Build Your Collection, Three Records At A Time
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Vinyl Picks: a weekly column were we recommend three vinyl records that any When You Awake reader should own. First up, we have Lee Hazlewood’s 1970 record Cowboy in Sweden.  The auction is set to end on May 23rd and currently has one bid at $9.00. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Lee Hazlewood- No Train To Stockholm

Next up, we have The Band’s 1968 debut record Music From Big Pink. The auction is set to end in FOUR HOURS AND FIFTY MINUTES (from the time of this post) and currently has two bids at $2.99. Click here to check it out.
MP3: The Band- Tears of Rage

Lastly, we have Graham Nash’s 1971 solo record Songs For Beginners. The record featured many notable musicians and special guests including Jerry Garcia, Rita Collidge, Dave Mason, Phil Lesh and Dallas Taylor among others. They have the Buy It Now option set up (no bidding required) for $4.95. Click here to check it out.
MP3: Graham Nash- Simple Man