Can’t believe I hadn’t seen this cut before now (h/t), but here’s Bob Dylan performing “Like A Rolling Stone” with an all-star cast on Letterman’s tenth anniversary show.
When I say all-star, I’m not exaggerating. Check out the list of performers:
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
Chrissie Hynde (guitar)
Syd McGuinness (guitar)
Steve Vai (guitar)
Carole King (keyboards)
Paul Schaffer (keyboards)
James Brown (horn)
Edgar Winter (horn)
Doc Severinsen (trumpet)
William E. Lee (bass)
Anton Fig (drums)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Roseanne Cash, Nancy Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Michelle Shocked, Mavis Staples (backup vocals)
Great googly moogly.
If you’re like me and you have a large music collection, you’ve probably got more than a few albums that are largely forgettable, except there’s that one terrific song you really love that justifies keeping the album around. Dolly Varden is an obscure Americana group out of Nashville, I believe. I’ve had their album The Dumbest Magnets for a while and I couldn’t tell you about a single song on the record — except for the title track, which I’ve loved from the first time I heard it. I’ll go out of my way to spin it on my iPod.
Anyway, here it is.
There’s something about that guitar solo midway through that always gets me. It’s not particularly technically proficient, but the chording hits me every time. And the coda is beautiful.
You’ll probably tell me I’m getting way too much out of it. That’s okay. We’ve all got songs like that, right?
Today’s MPC was inspired by a Tom Jones tweet I saw yesterday. I kid you not.
Jones, like a lot of 60’s pop stars, wound up hosting a TV show, This Is Tom Jones. He invited all sorts of rock stars on, but… um, liked singing with them.
That borders on the surreal. Don’t take my word for it — look at some of the expressions on Neil Young’s face.
I gotta admit they look like they’re having a lot of fun there. Crazy, man.
Someone mentioned the late, great Gene Clark yesterday, so I thought I’d put up my favorite song of his from his solo debut, Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers. There’s a helluva cast of backing musicians on the album: former Byrds bandmates Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke; Glen Campbell and Leon Russell; future Byrd Clarence White; and Clark’s future collaborator Doug Dillard.
The song is “So You Say You Lost Your Baby”. The clip I’m sharing isn’t the LP version, though. It’s the mono version released first as a single, back in the day when they did that kind of thing. It’s mixed differently, most notably with the harmony voices. Just a great song.
With the news of the passing of Hugh Masekela, the South African trumpeter, I have to post my first experience hearing his work, the immortal Byrds hit, “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star”.
There’s a lot of brilliant musicianship packed into that two minutes and thirteen seconds… McGuinn’s guitar work, Hillman’s bass line and, of course, that sinuous trumpet. Great, great song.
I’d like to share with you a few cuts off one of my favorite off-the-radar recordings, Dash Rip Rock’s first, eponymous release from 1987. Hard to categorize these guys… sort of a post-punk, roots rock group, originally out of Baton Rouge.
Anyway, here are four songs, which comprise most of the first side of the record. (Yeah, I’ve got the vinyl version.) Listen and let me know what you think.
Holy shit — Johnny Cash recorded Live at Folsom Prison fifty years ago today. Here you go: