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Rarities and What-Ifs, pt. 8

Yes, it’s yet another selection of the rare, the curious, and the interesting background stories, coming up on August 5th, usual place, usual time.

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse

97 Allan Holdsworth, part 2

With Ed still suffering from internet connection woes, Malaclypse stepped up and arranged the hardware to enable him to host the show.  And it was a good debut, with no dropouts or awkward silences, very encouraging.  We began with only seven listeners, but finished up with a peak of 24, which was very pleasing.  Unfortunately Hugh Lynch was not able to join us on air, having suffered a PC failure himself.  His help in compiling the show is gratefully acknowledged.

As promised, here is a link to a YouTube copy of the original 1980’s SynthAxe demo tape

Mal added  some post-postshow tracks, which I will add when he tells me what they all were 🙂

Preshow

Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile) Santana Amigos 1976
A Farewell To Kings Rush A Farewell To Kings 1977
Joe Frazier Bill Bruford Gradually Going Tornado 1980
Stories To Tell Stanley Clarke If This Bass Could Only Talk 1988
Hawk’s Theme Robben Ford Schizophonic 1976
Non Brewed Condiment Allan Holdsworth Atavachron 1986

The Show

Out From Under Allan Holdsworth IOU 1982
In Spite Of All Jean-Luc Ponty Individual Choice 1980
Three Sheets To The Wind Allan Holdsworth Road Games 1983
Metal Fatigue Allan Holdsworth Metal Fatigue 1985
Atavachron Allan Holdsworth Atavachron 1986
Distance Vs. Desire Allan Holdsworth Sand 1987
Was There? Allan Holdsworth Road Games 1983
Obsession Jack Bruce A Question of Time 1989
Rocks The Mark Varney Project Truth In Shredding 1990
Holiday Insane Chad Wackerman Forty Reasons 1991
Sphere Of Innocence Allan Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower 1992
Ruhkukuah Allan Holdsworth Hard Hat Area 1994
Never Mind Our Weather Anders Johansson, Jens Johansson And Allan Holdsworth Heavy Machinery 1996
Countdown Allan Holdsworth None Too Soon 1996
White Line Allan Holdsworth Band I.O.U. Band Live 1997
The Sixteen Men of Tain Allan Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
Please Hold On Allan Holdsworth FLAT Tire 2001
Lanyard Loop Allan Holdsworth All Night Wrong 2002
Blues For Tony Allan Holdsworth Blues For Tony 2015

Postshow

Curves Allan Holdsworth FLAT Tire 2001
Beat It Michael Jackson The Essential Michael Jackson 2005
Limelight Rush Moving Pictures 1981
Radio Free Albemuth Stuart Hamm Radio Free Albemuth 1988
Uncle Skunk Guthrie Govan Erotic Cakes 2006
Lydia Bill Connors Step It 1984
YYZ Rush Moving Pictures 1981

96 Allan Holdsworth – Part 1

The first of a two-part appreciation of Allan Holdsworth, a favourite of both Hugh Lynch and myself.  Edison Rex suffering from his piece of BT Internet wet string drying out, and with a very poor and intermittent connection, could not host the show.  This accounts for why mine was the only voice from the team that you heard – apart from the jingle, that is.

Preshow began with a Tony Williams Lifetime track, from one of Allan’s happiest collaborations, then a track from one of his albums as a sideman with French electric violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, before playing the title track from what must be the only studio bootleg album, Velvet Darkness.  Holdsworth and bandmates performed some warm-ups and run-throughs, and were just ready to record the album when the producer said “Right, we’ve got enough tracks for the album now, thank you and goodnight”!  We finished with some of Allan Holdsworth’s earliest recorded work, with his band of Yorkshire mates ‘Igginbottom (covering the Beach Boys, of all things) and with jazz fusion trumpeter Ian Carr’s Nucleus.

The last track in the postshow is a relatively rare example of Holdsworth’s work on accoustic guitar.

Preshow

Million Dollar Legs Tony Williams Lifetime  Million Dollar Legs 1976
Enigmatic Ocean Jean-Luc Ponty  Enigmatic Ocean 1977
Velvet Darkness Allan Holdsworth  Velvet Darkness 1977
California Dreamin’ ‘Igginbottom  ‘Igginbottom’s Wrench 1969
Sweet Dry Biscuits ‘Igginbottom  ‘Igginbottom’s Wrench 1969
Hector’s House Ian Carr With Nucleus  Belladonna 1972

The Show

Hazard Profile Part 1 Soft Machine  Bundles 1975
Wildlife Tony Williams Lifetime  Believe It 1975
Joy Filled Summer Tony Williams Lifetime  Million Dollar Legs 1976
What You Do to Me Tony Williams Lifetime  Million Dollar Legs 1976
Expresso Gong  Gazeuse! 1976
Night Illusion Gong  Gazeuse! 1976
Esnuria Gong  Gazeuse! 1976
Soli Gong  Expresso II 1978
Nostalgic Lady Jean-Luc Ponty  Enigmatic Ocean 1977
Sample And Hold Bill Bruford  Feels Good To Me 1977
Hell’s Bells Bill Bruford  One of a Kind 1979
The Abingdon Chasp Bill Bruford  One of a Kind 1979
In The Dead Of Night UK  UK 1978
Second Summer Allan Holdsworth & Gordon Beck  Sunbird 1979
The Things You See (When You Haven’t Got Your Gun) Allan Holdsworth & Gordon Beck  The Things You See 1980
Arabesque Pierre Moerlen’s Gong  Time Is The Key 1979
Sly Monkey Soft Machine  Land Of Cockayne 1981

Postshow

Shadows Of Gong  Gazeuse! 1976
Sleepy Gong  Expresso II 1978
Five G Bill Bruford  One of a Kind 1979
Forever Until Sunday Bill Bruford  One of a Kind 1979
Diminished Responsability Allan Holdsworth and Gordon Beck  The Things You See 1979

Allan Holdsworth in two parts

On July 8th and 22nd, we will present a retrospective of the late Allan Holdsworth’s career, which spanned notable acts such as Soft Machine and Gong as well as many high-profile collaborations. Most settled in Jazz, Holdsworth had a very distinctive guitar style remeniscent more of a saxophone player than a guitarist. And if you wonder what that would sound like, tune in!

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse

95 Todd Rundgren

A show containing some fine examples of both Todd Rundgren solo work and with his band Utopia. Preshow consisted of songs produced by Todd and postshow had notable covers of Todd songs.  This show was put together by Hugh Lynch, and Hugh was with us in the show too.

Some technical issues hit us on this show, with Ed losing his internet connection shortly after the start. I took over with the show (having all the music files on my machine as a backup) and the audience kept with us, coming back by restarting their music players or refreshing the web page – thanks to everyone for keeping with us. Finally Ed got his connection back and we were able to swap back over, this time with a bit of verbal warning first, so you all knew what was happening this time. Again, about half the listeners lost the connection but you all came back, and we had 16 listeners by the end of the show.

We’ve got another Todd Rundgren show in the works, but do let us know if you want more, or less come to that.

Preshow

Title Artists Album Year
Can’t Stop the Music (He Played It Much Too Long) Hall & Oates War Babies 1974
I’m an Adult Now The Pursuit of Happiness Love Junk 1988
Love My Way The Psychedelic Furs Forever Now 1982
Day After Day Badfinger Straight Up 1971
Jet Boy New York Dolls New York Dolls 1973
Stage Fright The Band Stage Fright 1970
I Don’t Mind At All Bourgeois Tagg Yo Yo 1988
Prime Time The Tubes Remote Control 1979
Dear God XTC Skylarking 1986

The Show

All The Children Sing Todd Rundgren Hermit Of Mink Hollow 1978
Caravan Utopia Adventures In Utopia 1980
Rock Love Utopia Adventures In Utopia 1980
The Want Of A Nail Todd Rundgren Nearly Human 1989
Parallel Lines Todd Rundgren Nearly Human 1989
Lysistrata Utopia Swing To The Right 1982
I’m Looking At You But Talking To Myself Utopia Utopia 1982
Compassion Todd Rundgren Healing 1981
Something to Fall Back On Todd Rundgren Re-Mixes 2003
The Ikon Utopia Redux ’92: Live In Japan 1993
Hiroshima Utopia Redux ’92: Live In Japan 1993
Love Of The Common Man Utopia KSAN 95FM Live ’79 1979
Black And White Todd Rundgren Faithful 1976
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago Todd Rundgren Faithful 1976
I Just Want to Touch You Utopia Deface The Music 1980
That’s not Right Utopia Deface The Music 1980
Take It Home Utopia Deface The Music 1980
Mad Todd Rundgren Arena 2008
Courage Todd Rundgren Arena 2008
Wailing Wall Todd Rundgren Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren 1971
Mated Utopia POV 1985
Flesh & Blood Todd Rundgren Global 2015
One World Utopia Swing To The Right 1982
Just One Victory Todd Rundgren A Wizard, A True Star 1973

Postshow

Love Is The Answer England Dan & John Ford Coley Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive 1979
Real Man Mathilde Santing Carried Away 1991
It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference Alison Krauss Forget About It 1999
Can We Still Be Friends? Robert Palmer Secrets 1979
I Saw the Light Hal Ketchum I Saw the Light 1998
Be Nice to Me Rumer Boy’s Don’t Cry 2012
Hello It’s Me Paul Giamatti Duets [Original Soundtrack] 2000
Honest Work Maddy Prior Flesh & Blood 1997

94 Steely Dan part 2

Part 2 of the Steely Dan set.  More diversity here, dealing with the peregrinations of Becker and Fagen after the split of Steely Dan and their eventual revival.  Album production work and collaborations with other artists let us expand the coverage even wider.

A great show,not drawing a big audience to begin with but one that grew to 19 at one point. Several compliments received on social media and in the cavern afterwards, so I’m feeling a little better.
Preshow had some extras from China Crisis and Rosie Vela, who are both unfairly overlooked.

Postshow included the title track from Two Against Nature, which incorporates all the disturbing bits of voodoo, and Walter Becker’s This Moody Bastard, which is about as autobiographical as he ever got.

Preshow

Title Artist Album Year
Gaucho Steely Dan Gaucho 1980
The Nightfly Donald Fagen The Nightfly 1982
Black Man Ray China Crisis Flaunt The Imperfection 1985
King In A Catholic Style China Crisis Flaunt The Imperfection 1985
Tonto Rosie Vela Zazu 1986
Zazu Rosie Vela Zazu 1986

The Show

Babylon Sisters Steely Dan Gaucho 1980
Time Out of Mind Steely Dan Gaucho 1980
I.G.Y. Donald Fagen The Nightfly 1982
New Frontier Donald Fagen The Nightfly 1982
Reflections Steve Khan and Donald Fagen That’s The Way I Feel Now – A Tribute To Thelonious Monk 1984
The Highest High China Crisis Flaunt The Imperfection 1985
Magic Smile Rosie Vela Zazu 1986
Angel Fra Lippo Lippi Light and Shade 1987
The Horses Rickie Lee Jones Flying Cowboys 1989
Trans-Island Skyway Donald Fagen Kamakiriad 1993
Tomorrow’s Girls Donald Fagen Kamakiriad 1993
Girlfriend Walter Becker 11 Tracks Of Whack 1994
Cousin Dupree Steely Dan Two Against Nature 2000
Gaslighting Abbie Steely Dan Two Against Nature 2000
Godwhacker Steely Dan Everything Must Go 2003
Pixeleen Steely Dan Everything Must Go 2003
Brite Nitegown Donald Fagen Morph The Cat 2006
Upside Looking Down Walter Becker Circus Money 2008
Weather In My Head Donald Fagen Sunken Condos 2012
Tin Foil Hat (featuring Donald Fagen) Todd Rundgren White Knight 2017

Postshow

You Did Cut Me China Crisis Flaunt The Imperfection 1985
Teahouse On The Tracks Donald Fagen Kamakiriad 1993
This Moody Bastard Walter Becker 11 Tracks Of Whack 1994
Two Against Nature Steely Dan Two Against Nature 2000
God’s Eye View Walter Becker Circus Money 2008
Miss Marlene Donald Fagen Sunken Condos 2012

93 Frank Zappa

An excellent set of tracks and someone we’ve never covered before. And despite it being the Memorial Day weekend in the US (oh, why can’t se coordinate public holidays better), we had 22 listeners for most of the show.

Pre and post-show music were by artists that Zappa admired, a category with very few entries.

Preshow

Title Artists Album Year
‘Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers Jeff Beck Performing This Week… Live at Ronnie Scott’s 2008
Led Boots Jeff Beck Performing This Week… Live at Ronnie Scott’s 2008
School Days Stanley Clarke School Days 1976
Big Neighborhood Mike Stern Big Neighborhood 2009
Big Nick Ellington & Coltrane Duke Ellington & John Coltrane 1962

The Show

Theme from ‘Lumpy Gravy’ The Persuasions Frankly a Cappella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa 2000
It Can’t Happen Here Frank Zappa Mothermania 1969
King Kong Jean-Luc Ponty King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa 1970
Son Of Mr. Green Genes Frank Zappa Hot Rats {2012 Remaster} 1969
Inca Roads Frank Zappa One Size Fits All {2012 Remaster} 1975
Moonlight On Vermont Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Trout Mask Replica 1969
The Torture Never Stops [Original Version] Frank Zappa Cheap Thrills 1998
Plastic Factory The Muffin Men Live at the Cavern 2002 2004
RDNZL Frank Zappa Studio Tan {2012 Remaster} 1978
Baby Snakes Frank Zappa Sheik Yerbouti {2012 Remaster} 1979
Pachuco Gavotte Frank Zappa Dance Me This 2015
Filthy Habits Banned From Utopia So Yuh Don’t Like Modern Art 2002
Sleep Dirt Ed Palermo Big Band Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance 2006
The Grand Wazoo Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales 2007
Peaches en Regalia Ensemble Moderne Greggery Peccary and Other Persuasions: The Ensemble Modern Plays Frank Zappa 2004
The Big Medley The Muffin Men and 10/10 Ensemble When Worlds Collide 1994
Blessed Relief Frank Zappa The Grand Wazoo {2012 Remaster} 1972

Postshow

Behind The Veil Jeff Beck Performing This Week… Live at Ronnie Scott’s 2008
I Love You Mike Stern Give And Take 1997
Moroccan Roll Mike Stern Big Neighborhood 2009
Metal Fatigue Allan Holdsworth Band Metal Fatigue 1985
Velvet Darkness Allan Holdsworth Band Velvet Darkness 1976

92 Steely Dan – Part 1 of 2.

We had failed to notice that it was Mother’s Day in the US and so our audience was less than expected. Undaunted, a comprehensive show was presented covering Steely Dan from first steps to greatest triumph, the album Aja.
Preshow was mainly early demos, with the addition of a track from Jay and the Americans on which Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were in the group, and Kid Charlemagne, a taster for what’s to come, with a superb lead guitar track from Larry Carlton.
Postshow contained fallers, tracks from the albums that didn’t quite make it to the show (only for lack of time, or I’d have put them all in), plus Larry Carlton’s room 335, which was written after being beaten to the solo spot in Peg by Jay Graydon, and uses the same chords. A great show.

Preshow

Title Artists Album Year
Brain Tap Shuffle Becker – Fagen The Origins of Steely Dan 1991
Come Back Baby Becker – Fagen The Origins of Steely Dan 1991
Mock Turtle Song Becker – Fagen The Origins of Steely Dan 1991
Android Warehouse Steely Dan Android Warehouse (CD2) 1998
Brooklyn (Owes the charmer under me) Becker – Fagen The Origins of Steely Dan 1991
Roaring of the Lamb Steely Dan Android Warehouse (CD1) 1998
Caves of Altamira Steely Dan Android Warehouse (CD1) 1998
Walkin in the Rain Jay and the Americans Wax Museum 1970
Kid Charlemagne Steely Dan The Royal Scam 1976

The Show

Dog Eat Dog Becker& Fagen, Dias You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It 1971
You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It Becker& Fagen, Dias You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It 1971
Do it Again Steely Dan Can’t Buy A Thrill 1972
Reelin’ in the Years Steely Dan Can’t Buy A Thrill 1972
Bodhisattva Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 1973
Show Biz Kids Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 1973
My Old School Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 1973
King Of The World Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 1973
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Steely Dan Pretzel Logic 1974
Barrytown Steely Dan Pretzel Logic 1974
Parker’s Band Steely Dan Pretzel Logic 1974
Pretzel Logic Steely Dan Pretzel Logic 1974
Black Friday Steely Dan Katy Lied 1975
Bad Sneakers Steely Dan Katy Lied 1975
The Caves of Altamira Steely Dan The Royal Scam 1976
Don’t Take Me Alive Steely Dan The Royal Scam 1976
The Royal Scam Steely Dan The Royal Scam 1976
Aja Steely Dan Aja 1977
Deacon Blues Steely Dan Aja 1977
Peg Steely Dan Aja 1977
Josie Steely Dan Aja 1977
FM Steely Dan A Decade of Steely Dan 1985

Postshow

Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me) Steely Dan Can’t Buy A Thrill 1972
Dirty Work Steely Dan Can’t Buy A Thrill 1972
The Boston Rag Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 1973
Pearl Of The Quarter Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 1973
East St. Louis Toodle-Oo Steely Dan Pretzel Logic 1974
Green Earrings Steely Dan The Royal Scam 1976
Home At Last Steely Dan Aja 1977
Room 335 Larry Carlton Larry Carlton 1978

92 Steely Dan

The next show, on Sunday 13th, will be about Steely Dan, who blended jazz and rock into a seamless whole, and who happen to be one of my favourite groups.  This will be Part 1 of a history of the band, and will take us from their beginnings to their finest album, Aja.  Join us and groove again 🙂

91 Earth Day 2018

Our Earth day show was appreciated by all those attending, which included some new faces. I managed to write some rather convoluted prose, but Ed, Mal and Root Beer coped admirably.  Audience numbers peaked at 24, a welcome recovery from the spring break lows.

Since we started with Messages From Earth, from the Babylon 5 soundtrack, we decided to finish with something else in the SF genre, and I found the extended version of the Firefly theme to go out with. All the other pre and postshow tracks were from the Earth Day playlist.

Preshow

Title Artists Album Year
Messages from Earth Christopher Franke Babylon 5; Volume 2; Messages 1999
The Memory of Trees Enya The Memory Of Trees 1995
Sky Blue Passport Ataraxia 1978
River Song Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue 1977
Palm tree song Passport Earthborn 1982

The Show

Everything’s Made In China Dave Pegg & PJ Wright Galileo’s Apology 2007
TV Dinners ZZ Top Eliminator 1983
Plastic Man The Temptations Masterpiece 1973
Polythene Pam + She Came In Through The Bathroom Window The Beatles Abbey Road 1969
Mother Nature’s Son The Beatles The Beatles [White Album] (2 of 2) 1968
Green Lagoon Passport Passport To Paradise 1996
Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) Enya Watermark 1988
Rhythm of the Tides Gandalf Colors of a New Dawn 2004
Ode to Big Blue Gordon Lightfoot Don Quixote 1972
Red Sky At Night David Gilmour On An Island 2006
King Of Trees Cat Stevens Buddha and the Chocolate Box 1974
Secret Garden CIALYN E.P. “The Dew Garden” 2015
Whose Garden was This Tom Paxton Six 1970
Where Do the Children Play Cat Stevens Tea For The Tillerman 1970
Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell Ladies of The Canyon 1970
Apeman Kinks Lola vs Powerman And The Moneygoround 1970
The Last Resort Eagles Hotel California 1976
Earthborn Passport Earthborn 1982
Rapa Bestas Xosé Manuel Budiño Paralaia 1998
A United Earth I Alan Stivell With Youssou N’dour Dublin To Dakar – A Celtic Odyssey 1999
Catching the Sun Spyro Gyra Catching the Sun 1980
Dark Sky Island Enya Dark Sky Island 2015
Nothern Lights Renaissance A Song for All Seasons 1978
Albedo 0.39 Vangelis Albedo 0.39 1976

Postshow

Earth Run Lee Ritenour Earth Run 1986
Earthrise Pierre Moerlen’s Gong Time Is The Key 1979
Fume de Lume Xosé Manuel Budiño Arredor 2000
Sunrise Larry Carlton Firewire 2005
The Green Country (New England Mood) Jimmy Giuffre The Jimmy Giuffre 3 1957
The Storm Davy Spillane Band Out of the Air 1988
The Ballad of Serenity Sonny Rhodes Firefly