(October 8, 2015): John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – You Know You Know

From the 2014 album, The Boston Record.  Recorded live in Back Bay at the Berklee Performance Center in June 2013.  With Ranjit Barot on drums, Etienne Mbappe on bass, and Gary Husband and keys.  Fuzz-tone, high-energy fusion like the old Mahavishnu Orchestra days.  Here you get an up-dated look at Inner Mounting Flame‘s “You Know You Know,” with nods all around.


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(September 21, 2015): J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton – Ride the River

From the 2006 album, Road to Escondido. The album closer with an all-star lineup, including: Steve Jordan, Albert Lee, Derek Trucks, John Mayer, Taj Mahal, Billy Preston.

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(August 11, 2015): Leon Russell – Of Thee I Sing

From the 1971 album, Leon Russell and the Shelter People.  Was thinking about going with “Stranger in a Strange Land”, but saw I put that up back in 2012.  So instead, here is the second best original tune off the LP.

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(August 10, 2015): Quicksilver Messenger Service – Who Do You Love (selections)

From the 1969 album, Happy Trails.  Selections from the Bo Diddleyist bits of the “Who Do You Love Suite” that takes up 25:22 of side one (Who pt 1, How, Which, Who pt 2 – do you love.  “When” and “Where” – do you love – are missing because the file kept omitting “How” when saved it in its entirety).  I thought about just doing the Bo Diddley parts 1 and 2 bookends; and even though part 1 can stand along (other than the abrupt end on the digital version), it just does not capture Cipollina and Duncan great jam here.  I wish I could have saved the entire suite, but I am out of time.  Diddley’s “Mona” on side 2 is just as strong.   The suite was recorded live at Fillmore East and West over a period of time (as is apparent from the way the tracks segue.  It has never been apparent, though, from the sleeve or liner what was recorded where or when).

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(August 8, 2015): Chicago – Dialogue (Parts I and II)

From the 1972 album, Chicago V.  Back when Robert Lamm’s output of great original stuff was remarkable and Terry Kath was still around on guitar.  But the start of the shift to pop — “Saturday in the Park” is the big single on the album.  It is the band’s first single album release.  This tune, the other single off the LP (clocking in at over 7 mins), is the closest the album comes to an extended suite with Parts I & II.

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(August 3, 2015): Black Keys – So He Won’t Break

From the 2008 album, Attack & Release.  Marc Ribot solos on a number of tracks, including this one.  Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) produced the album and played keys.


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(August 2, 2015): Procol Harum – Conquistador (Live with the Edmonton Symphony)

From the 1972 live album, In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony.  I heard this version of Conquistador well before the 1967 studio recording.  The live recording could not be avoided in the spring and summer of 1972 — constantly in rotation at the Fontainebleau pool in South St. Louis County.  This tune is the opening track of the LP and the a-side single off the album.

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