Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bootleg Time: David Bowie & Marc Bolan Rehearsals (1977)

Standing Next To You was recorded on 7 September 1977 either at Bolan's Manchester hotel room (The Post House?) or in a Granada TV Studios rehearsal room. Madman is from earlier in '77 when Bowie was staying at Bolan's Barnes, southwest London house, around the time of the Iggy Pop tour and just before Bolan's 'Dandy In The Underworld' tour - so sometime around late February or early March.

The original recordings are on two separate reels and are in the collection of a private collector in Germany. A Bolan CD-R entitled 'Collaborations' containing these tracks was released about 20 years ago. The original reels were used for this disc.

The only other musician on these recordings is Gloria Jones on keyboards and backing vocals.

Tracks 1-5  Standing Next To You
Tracks 6-8  Madman
Tracks 9-11 Unknown Titles

David Bowie - Vocals & Guitar
Marc Bolan - Vocals & Guitar

Gloria Jones - Backing Vocals & Keyboards

Sunday, January 18, 2015

My New Tumblr: All My Record Labels!

I was bored one day and decided to create a tumblr to post pics of all my new record purchases.  Have a look!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Today's Vinyl Purchase - 1st Visit to Mobius Records!

A new (second) record shop sprung up near me!  Mobius Records opened up in Fairfax City, VA, in August and I dropped in today for the first time.  Here's what I grabbed, for a grand total of $3.50.  (Special Thanks to Carol Radcliffe for getting rid of her Iron Butterfly LP!)

The Cars - Heartbeat City  80¢
Iron Butterfly - Heavy  $2.50
Nazareth - Hair Of The Dog   FREE!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Making of James Williamson's "Re-Licked" Album (Full Doc!)

Even though the Stooges splintered after the release of 1973's Raw Power, frontman Iggy Pop and guitarist James Williamson continued to collaborate on new music, but beyond a smattering of demos and bootlegs, the material remained mostly ephemeral in Stooges lore. Last year, Williamson decided to revisit these songs with a cast of guest musicians, including Jello Biafra, Ariel Pink, Mark Lanegan, and Alison Mosshart of the Kills and the Dead Weather.

On Friday, January 16, Williamson is staging a one-off show in Los Angeles with many of the album's guests, plus an opening set from Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome. L.A. residents can get in on that action here, while the rest of us can check out this documentary about the origins and recording of Re-Licked. This footage was part of the deluxe edition of the album, and we're bringing you the online premiere. - from

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Record Store Memories: Electric Ladyland

I'm familiar with the Electric Ladyland studio, of course, but not the record store.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bootleg Time: Leonard Cohen in Tel Aviv, Israel (1972)

Leonard Cohen in 1972 would have been something to behold, and here he's playing the second-to-last show of his European Tour.  The final gig was an emotionally transcendent performance in Jerusalem:

Halfway through the Jerusalem show, Cohen walks off stage, quoting Kabbalah and telling his audience that he just wasn’t delivering a good show that night.  Backstage he tells his manager that he isn’t going back out and they should give the audience their money back. His manager tries to convince him otherwise. “Some of those people out there didn’t want to be in the army and kill people,” he tells Cohen. “Sometimes you just have to do it.”

A stoned Cohen jokes about being “bombed in Jerusalem” and after chain smoking cigarettes and shaving, he goes back on stage to deliver an amazing encore that included Famous Blue Raincoat.

After the encore, his fans call him back onstage. Emotionally, he comes out and tells his audience he is too broken down to sing anymore. Backstage, tears dripping down his face, he says, “I’ve never seen anything like that.” - taken from

This bootleg, which sounds incredible and may be a soundboard, is one of the rare shows circulating from this tour.  Think about what you are listening to if you decide to download it: One of the greatest lyricists of our age, in his prime, playing to an audience which loved him in a way that no other could.


Images of Leonard during a soundcheck in Israel taken from