Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Morning Catch-Up

re:  Up-Coming Shows:  
We haven't done a show update in awhile ...

Here are some upcoming concerts you may find of interest ...   
The Box Tops will be at Potowatomi Casino in Milwaukee with Felix Cavaliere on January 29th
And on February 6th at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach with Gary Puckett, The Lovin' Spoonful, Dennis Tufano and more.
Keep up to date with all their latest appearances via the official Box Tops website ...   

And be sure to catch The New Colony Six at Durty Nellie's Pub in Palatine, IL, on Saturday, February 27th.
If you check out their concerts page you'll see that a lot of the acts they book at Durty Nellies are copy / tribute bands like Hi-Infidelity and 7th Heaven ... this is a chance to come out and see THE REAL DEAL ... the very first Chicago band to make their mark on the national charts when "I Confess" debuted in late 1965.    
The New Colony Six (with special guest Ronnie Rice) will also be part of the two Cornerstones of Rock shows planned for Chicago ... March 19th at The Arcada Theatre (now sold out!) in St. Charles and May 1st at The North Shore Center For Performing Arts in Skokie.  (Better hurry ... tickets are going fast for this one, too!)  Also on the bill ... The Ides Of March, The Shadows of Knight, The Cryan' Shames and The Buckinghams (with special guest Dennis Tufano), Rick Derringer, a tribute to Gary Loizzo and The American Breed, and more.

In fact, you'll find a LOT of great shows coming up at The Arcada ... check out the partial list below ... and then be sure to visit the website for more ticket information ...
(Ron Onesti has even booked Dr. Demento for an appearance!!! I've just GOT to see THAT one!!!)

Jefferson Starship - January 30th
Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) and Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) - February 13th
Creedence Clearwater Revisited - February 20th (featuring Stu Cook and Doug Clifford from the original Creedence Clearwater Revival band)
March 13th - Tommy Roe and Chris Montez
Blue Oyster Cult - March 25th
April 8th - '80's Night with The Smithereens, The Tubes and The Motels
April 9th - Steven Wright, one of my favorites
April 14th - Don Williams
April 16th - Randy Bachman
Crystal Gayle - May 6th
The Alan Parsons Live Project - May 7th
Frankie Avalon - May 8th
May 13th - The Orchestra (featuring former members of ELO)
Paul Anka - May 19th
June 4th - Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Debby Boone - July 10th
July 14th - Don Felder
Rita Coolidge - July 17th
Tower Of Power - July 29th
September 16th - Norm McDonald
September 24th - Tommy James and the Shondells
The Stylistics - October 7th
Gallagher - October 21st
October 23rd - Little Anthony and the Imperials (GREAT show!)
Dr. Demento - October 27th
November 3rd - Charlie Daniels
November 6th - Johnny Rivers
New shows added weekly ... vist the OShows website often!

Alice Cooper is coming to The Star Plaza Theater on May 5th.  Dennis DeYoung, performing the music of Styx, appears at The Star Plaza on May 7th ... and, if you hurry, you can still get tickets to see the "Salute to the '60's" show there on January 30th, featuring Herman's Hermits, starring Peter Noone, The Buckinghams and The Grass Roots.

DeYoung also appears at The Genesee Theatre on February 13th.  Wynonna Judd makes some "Big Noise" on January 30th.  Noone and The Buckinghams have another area show at The Genesee Theatre on February 19th.  You can catch Joel McHale there on February 26th ... "The Price Is Right" live on March 5th and Jerry Seinfeld on March 19th

re:  And New Releases:   
Santana will release their highly anticipated album Santana IV with the return of the band's original lineup.
Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums) have come back together for the first time in 45 years to record what is, essentially, their follow-up to Santana, Abraxas and Santana III. All three of the original albums went two-times platinum while Abraxas achieved three-times.
Santana IV features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band that burst with the same unparalleled energy and musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.
The origins for the reunion go back several years when Schon suggested that he and Carlos Santana record together. Santana liked the idea but went one better, proposing that they recruit Rolie, Shrieve and Carabello for what would be called Santana IV. After initial writing sessions and rehearsals took place in 2013, the group recorded throughout 2014 and 2015, amassing 16 spellbinding tracks that combined all their signature elements – Afro-Latin rhythms, soaring vocals, electrifying blues-psychedelic guitar solos, and irrepressibly jubilant percussion work – with widescreen hooks and melodies that will lodge themselves in the thicket of listeners' senses and stay there.
"It was magical," Santana says. "We didn't have to try to force the vibe – it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana."
The band's signature sound arrives forcefully on the album opener Yambu, a righteously gritty and soulful stomper teeming with swirling B3 organ hooks and walloping guitar crunch.
The first single, Anywhere You Want to Go, is destined to storm the pantheon of Santana classics. Written by Gregg Rolie, it's a sexy, body-shaking winner and an unmistakable tip of the hat to the inescapable cha-cha/Latin jazz charms of Oye Como Va.

Ronald Isley (The Isley Brothers) is a special guest on two tracks. His vocals highlight the feverishly impassioned Latin-rock workout Love Makes the World Go Round and the hard-edged and funky Freedom in Your Mind. Guitar fans expecting fireworks from Santana and Schon will cherish Santana IV from front to back. All Aboard is a no-holds-barred guitar jam of the highest order, as is the slinky, soulful metal cruncher Caminando, which explodes with tectonic axe force. And on the unabashedly British blues-tinged Shake It, the two go toe to toe on not one but two extended solo runs that will have lovers of unhinged fretboard work rejoicing.
"Carlos and I feel more connected than ever," says Schon. "We get super-aggressive when we play, but also melodic and poetic. We have an incredible dialog with each other on our guitars."
Santana's recurring themes of love and tolerance are common threads throughout Santana IV, most dramatically on the epic tone poem album closer Forgiveness, a languid and breathtakingly gorgeous atmospheric groover.
Music fans familiar with the "roaring lion" artwork on Santana's 1969 debut album will instantly greet Heather Griffin-Vine's graphic for Santana IV as a gloriously realized update of that iconic image. "I really think the music goes along with the cover, and vice versa," says Santana. "It all fits together beautifully."

Few bands can pick up a musical dialog after 45 years apart, but on Santana IV, each band member reaches a new level of virtuosity and communal intuition on a collection of songs that easily stands side-by-side with the group's treasured early work.
"When you can go back and break new ground with joy and determination – and some whoop-ass energy – it gets you going," says Santana. "I think we achieved something very rare. This music was screaming to come out of us. It wasn't about nostalgia. It was about passion."
Santana IV will be released on April 15, on Santana IV Records and is distributed by Thirty Tigers/RED Distribution. It will be available for pre-order on Amazon in CD, Double 180 Gram Vinyl with Download Card and Digital configurations.
As a special offer for fans attending select shows on Santana's upcoming Luminosity tour, a CD copy of Santana IV is included with every pair of tickets.

Some GREAT new releases coming from Eric Records / Hit Parade Records / Complete 60s in the next week or two ...
Check out all the info below ... and use the links to listen to free samples of all your favorites, many in stereo for the very first time!  (kk)
January 2016
       Three Great New Releases from Complete 60s and
Hit Parade Records!
  • Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1960-64: 30 Amazing Stereo Hits 
  • Jerry Wallace: The Complete Original Hits 1954-1964
  • Three Decades Of Classic Novelty Hits

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Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1960-64:
30 Amazing STEREO Hits

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 This remarkable Hit Parade release is overflowing with sonic surprises you never expected to hear in stereo.

From the most iconic drum beat in pop music (the fabulous "Be My Baby" intro) to the instantly recognizable opening chords of "Louie Louie" and "You Really Got Me" (both here in stereo for the first time), this album contains more important pop music history than any CD you'll likely ever own.

The star attractions are the amazing 18 Stereo Debuts that read like a who's who of 60s pop & rock: "The Loco-Motion," "Hey! Baby," "Hey Paula," "Little Children," "As Tears Go By" and even two great instrumentals, the sultry sax of "Harlem Nocturne" and the glorious stereo twang and cattle calls of "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky." Not to forget The Honeycombs' foot-stomper "Have I The Right?" or the thundering drum/guitar/organ intro from "California Sun." You've just never heard them like this!

Special mention to the rare super-wide stereo version of "Dawn (Go Away)" and the heavenly harmonies of The Dixie Cups on "Chapel Of Love," at last complete with all their vocal overdubs.
Simply put, all the songs on this incredible collection sound better than when they were new, better than you remember them, the best they’ll ever be! Complete with 12-page booklet with bios by Greg Adams.

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Three Decades Of Classic Novelty Hits
The word for this CD is F-U-N! Covers over 30 years of the best and hardest-to-find novelties & spoken-word recordings like Mel Blanc’s "I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat," Susan Christie's "I Love Onions," The Carefrees' "We Love You Beatles" and Jimmy Dean's Mother's Day classic, "I.O.U."

Not to mention the utter insanity of The Trashmen's "Surfin’ Bird" (in first-time stereo!) and Napoleon XIV's "They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" Even includes the single version of the super hard-to-find #1 hit Stars on 45 Medley from 1981.

In all, you get 28 rare and delightful hits in unusually excellent sound quality, with notes by Greg Adams. Novelty collectors will want this one for sure!

Jerry Wallace: The Complete Original Hits 1954-1964

Real Jerry Wallace fans have been waiting a long time for this release, a CD to literally "set the record straight." Finally, ALL of Jerry's hits (including 13 never before on CD) have been carefully compared to the original 45rpm singles and meticulously mastered with loving care from the finest master sources.

Includes all Jerry's charting songs from 1954 to 1964, even his minor Billboard pop hits plus some singles that registered only on Cash Box. You’ll hear all your old favorites and discover many new ones!

With 25 songs in crystal-clear sound quality and liner notes by Greg Adams, this is the final word on Wallace's pop years!

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Hi Kent.
These upcoming Eric / Hit Parade / Complete 60s CD releases are worth noting for all the great "new" stereo mixes.
Santi in Miami
Yes ... click on the links and listen to the samples on their website ... good stuff!  (kk)

New York, NY (January 21, 2016) -- “Walk On By”; ”What The World Needs Now”; “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?”; “The Look Of Love”; “I Say A Little Prayer”; “A House Is Not A Home”. What would the world be without these songs?
Composer / producer / pianist / singer Burt Bacharach defined the art of songwriting, crafting timeless music that captivated, inspired, and cemented his legacy into history’s songbook.
On February 26, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release A Life In Song  - a concert film celebrating the life and career of Burt Bacharach, featuring performances by Joss Stone, Justin Hayward, Alfie Boe, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shaun Escoffery, Rebecca Ferguson, Michael Kiwanuka, and Laura Mvula. This recording, which will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats, was produced and recorded by BBC Events Production.
Filmed at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2015, A Life In Song presents on-stage conversations between Burt Bacharach and Michael Grade traversing different aspects of his years in music, interspersed with performances of many of his best loved songs by a diverse cast of artists. The evening culminates in a medley of some of Bacharach’s most famous film songs performed by the man himself and his band, and a performance of “That’s What Friends Are For” featuring the entire evening’s cast.
Originally broadcast on BBC4 in November 2015, the DVD presents three additional bonus tracks not seen in the original program: “Be Aware” – Josie James, “Waiting For Charlie” – Donna Taylor and “God Give Me Strength” – John Pagano.
A Life In Song is not only a fascinating tribute and testament to Burt Bacharach’s talent but also an enormously entertaining show in its own right.
Click here to preview “I Say A Little Prayer”, performed by Rebecca Ferguson -
Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice boldly declares Spirit Of ‘67 to be “the best album we’ve done since our very first album. Great vocal arrangements and instrumental performances from everyone in the band!” Founding member and lead vocalist and keyboardist Mark Stein agrees saying, “Spirit Of ’67 is a record that I’m proud of. The success of Vanilla Fudge has always been based on our interpretations of songs by great artists. Our style of classic and symphonic rock lives large on this effort, and the performances and arrangements I would hope will be enjoyed by both old and new fans alike.”
To hear what these guys are raving about, check out the band’s piano heavy take on The Box Tops’ “The Letter” as well as the heaving, guitar fuzz version of Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’.” As founding guitarist Vinny Martell puts it, “Spirit Of ’67 is the continuation of the journey we began in the Summer of Love -- psychedelic, rhythmically powerful arrangements and performances of happening tunes of that era colored by the insight and vision of who we are today.” Likewise, Sprit Of ’67 itself is both an album about a specific time period yet demonstrates the timelessness of truly great songs.
TO PURCHASE THE VANILLA FUDGE Spirit of '67 album, please visit:
Vanilla Fudge official website:
Take Flight With Hard Rock Heroes UFO In A Super Deluxe Box Set Of Vintage Live Performances From The Early ‘80s!
Los Angeles, CA - They shot across the ‘70s night sky, all flashing lights and roaring engines, streaking through Japan and Germany (where they abducted 18-year old Scorpion guitarist Michael Schenker) before descending on the UK and eventually American shores with a series of brilliant hard rock singles including “Lights Out,” “Too Hot To Handle,” “Doctor Doctor,” “Only You Can Rock Me” and many more now ubiquitous radio staples. Though Schenker would depart in 1978, the rest of the band including founding members vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way, and drummer Andy Parker alongside lead guitarist Paul Chapman retooled their spaceship and carried on into the early ‘80s dropping such influential classics as No Place To Run, The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent, and Mechanix.  
Now, comes Live Sightings, a magnificent 4CD box set featuring vintage live performances from the early ‘80s that finds Mogg & Co. blasting through highlights from those 3 crucial records such as “No Place To Run,” “Lonely Heart,” and “We Belong To The Night,” and seamlessly blending them in with the group’s more well-known spawn. Boasting 4CDs each in its own mini jacket with printed inner sleeve, this extraordinary box set also features a lavish 12”x12” 16-page booklet with full color photos and extensive liner notes plus two carefully duplicated printings of vintage tour programs. There’s even a special bonus live LP from 1972 of the only known recordings of guitarist Larry Wallis (Pink Fairies / Motörhead)! Fans of UFO and early hard rock will not want to miss this incredible piece of music history. Launch date is February 5 courtesy of Cleopatra Records! 
Track List: 
DISC 1: Chicago 1980
1. Lettin' Go
2. Young Blood
3. No Place to Run
4. Cherry
5. Only You Can Rock Me
6. Love to Love
7. Mystery Train 
8. Doctor Doctor
9. Too Hot to Handle
10. Lights Out
11. Rock Bottom
12. Shoot Shoot  
DISC 2: Chicago 1981 
1. The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent
2. Only You Can Rock Me
3. Long Gone
4. Lonely Heart
5. Cherry 
6. No Place to Run 
7. Love to Love
8. Making Moves
9. Mystery Train 
10. Too Hot to Handle
11. Lights Out 
12. Rock Bottom
13. Doctor Doctor  
DISC 3: St Louis 1982
1. We Belong to the Night
2. Let It Rain
3. Long Gone 
4. No Place to Run
5. The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent
6. Only You Can Rock Me
7. Terri 
8. Making Moves 
9. Doing It All For You
10. Too Hot To Handle 
11. Lights Out
12. Mystery Train 
DISC 4: Cleveland 1982
1. We Belong To The Night
2. Let It Rain
3. Long Gone
4. The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent
5. Only You Can Rock Me
6. Terri 
7. Doing It All For You
8. Too Hot to Handle
9. Lights Out
LP 1: Early Flight - 1972 
1. Silver Bird 
2. Galactic Love 
3. C’mon Everybody 
4. Boogie For George 
1. Back In The USA
2. Mean Woman Blues 
3. Stop Breakin' Down Blues  
4. Johnny B. Goode  
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Mel Carter, who topped the charts in 1965 with the ultimate version of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” is kicking off the New Year with the CD release of “Mel Carter Continues ...”
The 12 song CD, recorded in Los Angeles, is a collection of ballads, rhythm & blues, and big band songs. One of the highlights from the new disc is a duet Carter sings with his long-time friend, Lenny “Since I Fell For You” Welch.
The tune they perform together, “The Legends of Rock and Roll,” was written by Carter. The two vocalists have sung the ditty during engagements in Vegas and have now made it available as a recording.  
The CD is available at  
Every CD will be autographed by Mel.  Each buyer will also be sent a link to two exclusive full length interviews with Mel.  One of the video interviews also includes Lenny Welch.
The disc includes Mel’s unique take on covers he’s always wanted to record, some originals penned by Carter, and Mel’s memorable take on the traditional “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  
Carter has received critical praise in recent years for his two performances on PBS-TV’s music fund raising drives.

re:  The Wrecking Crew:
Hi Kent,
I don't think I've asked this question here so maybe this will help me.
The tribute band I'm in is going to do a tribute to The Wrecking Crew in April.
Wondering if anyone knows of a good place to find a list of songs the members of The Crew played on either the hits, or maybe pieces done for movies and tv?
I'm sure we can come up with a list, but wondering if one exists that would maybe show some things that we'd have overlooked. 
If anyone would know I figure The Forgotten Hits folks would.
I don't know if there's any one source that truly lists them all ... but a good place to start is the soundtrack cd released to coincide with the film.  There were literally THOUSANDS of sessions that featured at least two or three key members of The Wrecking Crew ... it'd be virtually impossible to list them all ... but you're right ... in addition to the hundreds of records they recorded that raced up the charts, they also did a TON of soundtrack session work, both for movies and television. 
Here's a starting point for you ... might as well stick with the music your audience will most recognize!  (kk) 
Keep in mind that these are VERY edited lists ... odds are when they did a session for a particular recording artist, they recorded tracks for the whole LP ... and not just an isolated hit single here and there.  If you don't already have a copy of the DVD, pick one up ... you'll be glad that you did.  Plus you'll get several other ideas just be listening to the music in the background.  (kk) 
And, of course, one of the most FAMOUS members of The Wrecking Crew was Glen Campbell ... who we featured on the site the other day performing a Beach Boys medley ... 
Hey Kent,   
Thanks so much for including the video of Glen Campbell's Beach Boys medley. The first time I saw The Beach Boys was when Glen was touring with the band. Midway through the concert, Mike Love introduced Campbell to the audience. Then, the guys played Glen's rendition of Roger Miller's, "Dang Me". Since the concert was in December, Glen decided to change one of the lyric lines to, "Roses are red, violets are bluish. If it wasn't for Christmas, we'd all be Jewish!" Can you imagine the flack he'd have to take, if he sang that today? Of course, he didn't mean anything by it, but I still think it's funny.
- John LaPuzza

re:  This And That: 
A billion dollars couldn't bring them back together ... but a well-cooked meal did the trick.
All four members of ABBA reunited to celebrate the opening of Bjorn's brand new Mamma Mia Restaurant in Stockholm ...   

Vintage Vinyl News files this story ...    

The four members of ABBA, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus, were together again on Wednesday for the opening of Bjorn’s new business venture.  
Bjorn has opened a theater-restaurant in Stockholm based on and named after Mamma Mia. 
Visitors to the venue get to role-play the Mamma Mia story, staff are dressed as Mamma Mia characters and the night also features a new adaptation of the story by Ulvaeus.  Ulvaeus said earlier that he had invited the three other members of ABBA to the opening but did not know until the night if they would come. The four ABBA members then mixed with the 130 specials guests and occasional fans who managed to score an invitation.   
The last time all four members of ABBA were photographed together was in London in 2008 for the premiere of the movie Mamma Mia. Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid (Frida) were together for the opening of the ABBA Museum in Stockholm in 2013 but Agnetha was out of the country
promoting her latest album.

Kent ...
Look what I just bought.
Frank B.
OK, now THAT's pretty cool!!!  (kk)