Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Nick Cave at Glastonbury *****

From the Guardian Newspaper
What happened: Cave strolls on stage and announces, "We're gonna dedicate this set to the late, great … Farah Fawcett." After what is surely the greatest Michael Jackson snub of the weekend, the Bad Seeds explode into action with their most visceral, confrontational sound since they started out as the Birthday Party.
Now minus multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey, they are still an accomplished, versatile backing band. This new, reinvigorated group seem to adopt LA Woman-era Doors and Funhouse-era Stooges as musical touchstones. Most of Cave's back catalogue receives a garage-rock reworking and is much the better for it. Old favourites like Tupelo, Deanna and The Mercy Seat sit comfortably along recent songs such as Dig, Lazaras Dig!!! and Midnight Man.
While most of his peers are experiencing a protracted decline into mediocrity, Cave continues to push himself as a songwriter and performer. At 51, he's still producing some of his best work. High point: Quite literally – the sight of somebody paragliding over the Pyramid stage during a rousing rendition of The Ship Song.

Amazon UK
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson's Top Ten

All I can say is wow. I was browsing Amazon.com trying to figure out some popular music to blog about. Sometimes I just go to Amazon.com's Best Selling music list to see what the people want.

There are even more Michael Jackson albums on this list then the ones linked to below. This is an indication of the wonderful body of work that Michael leaves behind. May he rest in peace.

Well file this one under "Give the people what they want."

Michael Jackson 25th Anniversary of Thriller ~ Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
25th Anniversary of Thriller

Off the Wall ~ Michael Jackson
Off the Wall

Bad ~ Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection ~ Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson:
The Ultimate Collection

Number Ones ~ Michael Jackson
Number Ones

Dangerous ~ Michael Jackson

The Essential Michael Jackson ~ Michael Jackson
The Essential Michael Jackson

The Ultimate Collection ~ Jackson 5
The Ultimate Collection
~ Jackson 5

Michael Jackson - Vol. 1-Greatest Hits History ~ Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Vol. 1-Greatest Hits

Invincible ~ Michael Jackson

Somebody to Love

That would be Grace Slick then PHEW! - two of the seminal hits in my lifetime

White Rabbit, which Grace wrote, helped define not only Jefferson Airplane but also the acid rock era. Her unconventional vocals on Somebody to Love gave the Airplane its biggest hit. As one of the first female rock stars (as opposed to pop singers), Grace helped redefine women's role in modern music as more than just a sex symbol backed by a band. Of course, with her statuesque beauty and icy blue eyes, Grace had the sex symbol bit down pat as well.

Amazon UK Surrealistic Pillow

I used to follow these at this time

Amazon UK The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

I think they are the best two titled albums ever.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

For all you Elton John fans.

These are some of my(friends)favorite Elton John songs:
Your Song

Rocket Man


(And Ace's Favorite) Crocodile Rock

Awesome Set

She set the stage alight Saturday at Glastonbury


Value for Money

Just watching their Sunday afternoon performance at Glastonbury - what a joyous performance. People of all ages basking in the sun - dancing and singing along - we all know the words.

Amazon UK

Status Quo - Pictures: 40 Years of Hits

Alan Price Super Musician

Original member of the Animals

Poor People

Alan Price still tours the UK, on his own and with The ManfredsThe Searchers and The Hollies

Bruce Springsteen Glastonbury Saturday

I have to admit to a bit of bias - I've seen him a couple of times and have all his albums.


Earlier on Sunday, Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis revealed he already has "three or four" superstars lined up to headline the festival's 40th anniversary next year.

But they will struggle to improve on this year's event, he added.

"I seriously don't think that we can ever do it better than we have this year," the 73-year-old told reporters.

Mr Eavis will pay a £3,000 fine after Bruce Springsteen's set overran on Saturday - but he said it was worth it.

The rocker went nine minutes past the curfew. "It's not a lot of money, come on - the last nine minutes were absolutely spectacular," Mr Eavis said.

"He did a hell of a show. What energy that chap's got! It's probably the best show he's done in his life."

Set list.

1. Coma Girl
2. Badlands

3. Prove It All Night
4. My Lucky Day
5. Outlaw Pete
6. Out In The Street
7. Working On A Dream
8. Seeds
9. Johnny 99
10. The Ghost Of Tom Joad
11. Raise Your Hand
12. Because The Night
13. No Surrender (W/ The Gaslight Anthem)
14. Waitin' On A Sunny Day
15. The Promised Land
16. The River
17. Radio Nowhere
18. Lonesome Day
19. The Rising
20. Born To Run

21. Hard Times
22. Thunder Road
23. Land Of Hope And Dreams
24. American Land
25. Glory Days
26. Dancing In The Dark

Glastonbury Friday

Lilly Allen looked very good on Friday evening

Neil Young won the day

I can use the red button on BBC to see the best on each channel and iPlayer to view over 7 days - excellent

I Feel Like Going To Church - Elvis Presley - Amazing Grace

Elvis Presley loved gospel music and often preformed it. I hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

“the Wicked Pickett”

In The Midnight Hour (1965)

A man of passion
A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed over to the pop charts as well.

Stax 65/67

Mustang Sally

Atlantic 67/72

You keep me Hanging On
I can't find Pickett - so this will have to do

Mama Told Me not to Come
I do like Three Dog Nights version - so any excuse

Amazon UK The Definitive

The First Cut Is The Deepest

I really love the poetry of this song.

According to Wikipedia;
"The First Cut Is the Deepest" is a 1967 song written and sung by Cat Stevens, which originally appeared on his album New Masters in 1967. It has been widely covered and has become a hit single for four different artists: P.P. Arnold (1967), Keith Hampshire (1973), Rod Stewart (1977) and Sheryl Crow (2003).

I would've given you all of my heart
But there is someone who has torn it apart
And she's taken just all that I have
But if you want I'll Try to love again

Baby I'll try to love again but I know,
The first cut is the deepest.

The first cut is the deepest, Baby I know —
The first cut is the deepest
'Cause when it comes to being lucky, she's cursed
When it comes to lovin' me, she's worst
But when it comes to being loved, she's first
That's how I know
The first cut is the deepest.

I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried
And I'm sure gonna give you a try… just remember
The first cut is the deepest.

The First Cut Is The Deepest by Sheryl Crow (MP3 Download)
The First Cut Is The Deepest
by Sheryl Crow (MP3 Download)

The First Cut Is The Deepest by Rod Stewart (MP3 Download)
The First Cut Is The Deepest
by Rod Stewart (MP3 Download)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Man in The Mirror

I subscribe to KarmaTube

I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .


The American Metaphysical Circus

A very complex record for its very psychedelic time, featuring some of the earliest recorded extensive use of synthesizers in rock music, it was released on the classical-oriented Columbia Masterworks label - making it quite possibly the only rock album to ever be released on a classical music label. In the present day, Byrd's fan base in the U.S. is likely exceeded by his following in Europe, particularly the UK, where he has been cited as a spiritual mentor to such important contemporary British bands as Radiohead, Broadcast, and Portishead.

Amazon UK The American Metaphysical Circus

This is a very interesting 10 minutes on Hippies - I recently went to Haight

This song transports me back to the hippy days

Amazon UK Woodstock: The Director's Cut [1969] [DVD]

Moon and Moon

Omar Cunningham - Sweet, Sweet Sweet

My good online friend OneLuv turned me on to Omar Cunningham. Dude is doing some of that Southern Soul music.

I'm very surprised to not have heard of such a talanted singer. But then again it just goes to show you that even someone like my self who reads and writes about music everday can be turned on to something new.

Time Served by Omar Cunningham (Audio CD - April 22, 2008)
Time Served
by Omar Cunningham (Audio CD - April 22, 2008)

Omar Cunningham @Amazon.com

Thursday, June 25, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was one of the icons of music who came to prominence during my youth. I have always loved his music. I just want to offer these few videos in remembrance of his great talent.

I offer condolences to his family, friends and many fans. He will be truly missed...

Never Get Old

In 1987 Sinéad O’Connor released her album called “The Lion And The Cobra”. An album on which she collaborates with Enya! The title of the album is from Psalm 91:13 “you will tread upon the lion and cobra”, and the track “Never Get Old” opens with a recital of Psalm 91 in Gaelic by Enya.

Young woman with a drink in her hand
She like to listen to rock and roll
She moves with the music
`Cause it never gets old
It's the only thing
That never gets old

Young man in a quiet place
Got a hawk on his arm
He loves that bird
Never does no harm
It's the only thing
That never can do no harm
Must be the only thing
That never can do no harm

Sun setting on the avenue
Everyone walks by
They live their life under cover
Being blind
Being blind
Being blind.

Amazon UK
The Lion and the Cobra

More beautiful voices

I am just a man and Anna Netrebko plays the coquette here and has a reserved audience (palpitating).

Hayley Westenra is 15 here

This is one of my favourite female voices of all times

Amazon UK
Kathleen Ferrier - A Life in Music
Hayley Westenra: Pure
Russian Album (Netrebko, Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre)

What Exactly Is The P-Funk?

My mother rushed into my bed room and grab the needle of the record player and dramatically drug it off the record that was playing. It made that scratching sound, that old guys like me who listened to records back in the day are familiar with.

I looked at her in amazement and shock. She glared back at me with what appeared to be anger, and she said, "Don't ever play that music in my house again!"

And now I was shocked and confused, up to that moment in my life of music appreciation, it had been my mother who introduced me to much of the music that I liked. Wasn't this the same woman who gave me money sometimes to buy records? Wasn't this the woman who had introduced me to jazz, R&B and most of the rhythm and blues that I loved?

If you watch the video below, you will hear the refrain that got under my mother's skin. I believe it goes, "Shit, God Damn, Get off your ass and jam."

Needless to say, I did not stop listening to Parliament Funkadelic, as a matter of fact I later that same year saw them in concert. I have to tell you that I did however make sure that my mother was not at home when I played their music on my stereo.

Mothership Connection by Parliament (Audio CD - April 8, 2003) - Extra tracks
Mothership Connection
by Parliament (Audio CD - April 8, 2003) - Extra tracks

Parliment @Amazon.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

From Brazil

The Very Best Of
With Stan Getz Getz/Gilberto

Voices from heaven


Anna Netrebko - Souvenirs
The Vivaldi Album
Jessye Norman - Sacred Songs

Czech mezzo-soprano

Well you certainly chose a cracking introduction to Opera. This isn't but I love the voice


'Ah! mio cor' Handel: Arias

Angela Gheorghiu - Vissi d'arte - Tosca - Puccini

I love Opera, I just don't listen to it enough. That is true of many of the forms of music that I like. I usually listen to news, on the radio during the day. Then later in the evenings I listen to Jazz or Classical. But I really want to start listening to and posting more Opera to this blog. So stand by all you Opera lovers.

Maybe Ron and Kim will help me out with this one. LOL.

Angela Gheorghiu @Amazon.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

India Arie and Raul Midon

People are always sending me great music, there is so much good music and so little time (At least that is what Ron and I keep saying). Take the first clip below, it was sent to me by my new online friend Subduck. Which led to the second clip...

I don't even remember how much of India Arie that we have posted here at KK & R Music Blog, but I am sure it is not enough.

Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics by India.Arie (Audio CD - Feb 10, 2009)
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics
by India.Arie (Audio CD - Feb 10, 2009)

Testimony Vol. 2: Love & Politics by india.arie (MP3 Download)

India Arie @Amazon.com

A World Within A World by Raul Midon and Midon (Audio CD - Sep 25, 2007)
A World Within A World by Raul Midon and Midon (Audio CD - Sep 25, 2007)

Raul Midon @Amazon.com

Monday, June 22, 2009

Wild is the Wind

3 very powerfully sung versions of a much recorded song. Each one is excellent in its own way

The original by Johnny Mathis
1957. He still performs!

Nina Simone - a chilled out video and version

David Bowie - one of my early heroes. Hunky Dory - he's 62 this year and still strong

These albums have the track
Very Best of Johnny Mathis
Wild Is The Wind
MP3 David Bowie

Billie Holiday mp3's

I want to go back in time. Back to a simpler time, sort of. A time of what I think was some great music.

I'm going to allow the music to speak for itself. Here is a little Billie Holiday for you.

Enjoy. Click to play mp3's

Billie Holiday/Mal Waldron All-Stars

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday/Buster Harding's Orch.

Artie Shaw with Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday @Amazon.com

Billie Holiday @KK & R Music Blog

Sunday, June 21, 2009


'pioneer of funk and politically conscious'


Eva Cassidy - People Get Ready

People Get Ready is one of my favorite spiritual songs of all. Though I have heard it done as a purely gospel song, I do not really think of it as a gospel song.

What ever you feel about it, I hope you enjoy this version by Eva Cassidy.

People Get Ready mp3 by Eva Cassidy

People Get Ready mp3 @Amazon.com

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Glastonbury - Acoustic Stage

There are several UK albums and DVD's from previous years here Glastonbury Albums

I do like unplugged music - it is good sometimes to just listen to where the musician is at - I'd be at this stage given half the chance. I really must get my act together and go next year - I suppose this year will be another vicarious experience watching it on the TV

Georgie Fame
I have seen him a few times - he has graced us with his virtuosity for decades

Roger McGuinn co founder of the Byrds playing one of those very significant tracks

Sharon Corr
I have to admit to having a Corr's album. They are all so talented and beautiful.

London Community Gospel Choir - this sounds very English

Beth Rowley

and others
Imelda May

Music Of The Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Kate Walsh

Martin Harley Band

Lucy Wainwright Roche

The Lost Brothers

Raven Samone does KoKo Taylor

This makes me laugh. And she is a woman now.

I scheduled this prior to the sad news that Koko Taylor had passed away. May she rest in peace, she will be missed. She was one of the all time greats of blues music.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Aretha Franklin - A Natural Woman

I have always thought that this was one of Aretha Franklin's best songs. I really like the sentiment that is expressed here, can you imagine your lady (or man for that matter) saying this to you.

This song is on one of my favorite Aretha Franklin CD's as a matter of fact. It gets a lot of play and is one of those CD's that you might trade for your whole collection.

30 Greatest Hits
30 Greatest Hits by Aretha Franklin
click image for info

Natural Woman mp3 by Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin @Amazon.com