Monday, November 28, 2016


This was Gypsy's third album - their first on RCA Records - released in 1972. There were no lengthy songs on this album. However, "Day After Day", "Young Gypsy", "So Many Promises", and the title cut, "Antithesis (Keep Your Faith)", all received radio airplay. This was another good album by the group and all of the songs are easily recognizable as being by Gypsy.

Line-up / Musicians
- James Walsh / vocals, keyboards
- Enrico Rosenbaum / vocals, guitar
- James C. Johnson / vocals, lead guitar
- Randy Cates / vocals, bass
- Bill Lordan / drums 

Tracks Listing

1. Crusader (3:10) 
2. Day After Day (3:15) 
3. The Creeper (3:13) 
4. Facing Time (4:12) 
5. Lean On Me (3:13) 
6. Young Gypsy (3:06) 
7. Don't Bother Me  (3:13) 
8. Travelin' Minnesota Blues (2:32) 
9. So Many Promises (2:23) 
10. Antithesis (3:21) 
11. Edgar (Don't Hoover Over Me) (3:25) 
12. Money(4:51) 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

ARLO, ALICE,AUTUMN, AND A THANKSGIVING DINNER 1965, 20-year-old Arlo Guthrie was convicted of littering in the Berkshire 
   County town of Stockbridge, and the song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" was born.
The son of legendary musician Woody Guthrie, Arlo and a friend were spending 
Thanksgiving with Alice and Ray Brock at the couple's home in a former church. 
Alice asked the boys to take a load of trash to the town dump. When they arrived, 
they found that the dump was closed, so they threw the trash down a nearby 
hillside. Guthrie turned the story of their subsequent arrest and court appearance 
into a best-selling record. Thirty years later, he returned to the Berkshires. He 
purchased the former church building and converted it into an interfaith spiritual 
and social service center.The story of "Alice's Restaurant" begins and ends at a church in Great BarringtonMassachusetts. By the 1960s, the small, pine Gothic Revival building had lost its 
congregation. The Episcopal diocese put the building up for sale, and in 1964, 
Alice and Ray Brock purchased it. After a formal de-consecration ceremony, the 
young couple moved in.e Brocks were a creative and charismatic pair who had been influenced by Jack Kerouac and other members of the Beat Generation. Ray was an architect and 
woodworker, Alice a painter and designer. Both worked at a private school in 
nearby Stockbridge. They transformed the former church into a quirky but welcoming 
place where their students and other young people could find refuge from 
"establishment pressures," especially the Vietnam War and the draft.
Ray and Alice served as surrogate parents for the young women and men who camped 
out, sometimes for weeks at a time, at the church. The neighbors were not happy 
about the arrangement. They viewed the Brocks and their guests as drug-using, 
long-haired hippies. Agitated residents honked their car horns and yelled as they
drove past; they wrote letters to the editor protesting the presence in their community of what they called a "beatnik commune."It was in this context that police officer Bill Obanhein reacted so strongly when the church group was implicated in the Thanksgiving trash dump. That evening, the 
Brocks received a call from Obanhein. He had spent "two very unpleasant hours
going through the debris until he found an envelope with the Brocks' name. Alice 
confirmed that Arlo and his friend were the culprits. Obanhein summoned the boys \
to the police station."Officer Obie" later admitted that he had no sympathy for longhaired,
nonconformist teenagers, although he conceded that they were basically "good 
kids." He decided to give them a scare and make an example of them so that the 
town would have no more trouble with hippies. He arrested the pair and put them in 
a jail cell until a furious Alice Brock bailed them out. Two days later, they
appeared before a blind judge and his Seeing Eye dog, who "viewed" Obanhein's 
photo evidence of the trash dumping and convicted the two young men of littering
He fined them $25 each and ordered them to clean up the trash.After paying the fine and completing the cleanup, Arlo Guthrie began coposingwhat would take up one entire side of his first album. Eventually 18 minutes long, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" evolved slowly over the next two years. The firstverses written recounted the events of Thanksgiving 1965. Later Arlo added lyrics
critical of the Vietnam War. When Alice Brock opened a restaurant in Stockbridge
in early 1969, the song found its refrain, "You can get anything you want at 
Alice's Restaurant." Then, finally, there was the draft. Called before his New 
York City draft board for a hearing on his fitness for military service, Arlo
faced a final question: "Have you ever been arrested?" In the song, his conviction for
 littering saves Arlo Guthrie from the draft. In reality he was classified 1A, but his lottery number never came up.When director Arthur Penn made a movie based on the song in 1968, he filmed on
location at the former church; a number of the participants played themselves.
Opening in the summer of 1968, one week after Woodstock, it was hailed as "one of 
the best films about young people ever made." The locals were not happy to see 
their town portrayed as a hippie haven, but many of them did enjoy being in the
movie. Both Arlo and "Officer Obie" played themselvesOver the years, many people made pilgrimages to the building they called "Alice's church." In 1990 one of those pilgrims was Arlo Guthrie. To Guthrie, the communitythat had gathered there in the 1960s was not the failed utopia depicted in the movie but a place that nurtured enduring relationships. As he gazed through the 
windows into the empty building, he decided that there was still a spiritual 
presence there. As Alice Brock once said, "They had a ceremony to take God out of 
the church before we moved in, as though you can pick God up and place him here or 
there. I don't feel like the church was deconsecrated. It was always a holy place."
Over the next five years, Arlo Guthrie raised funds to purchase the building as a 
home for the Guthrie Center and Guthrie Foundation, a nonprofit interfaith 
organization, which brings together individuals for spiritual activities as well

01  turkey in the straw - ewan dobson
02 100'000 turkeys - chris t t
03 be thankful for what you got - arthur lee & love
04 the autumn stone - small faces
05 autumn afternoon - stone ponys
06 autumn too long - bob & kit
07 forever autumn - moody blues
08 late november - sandy denny
09 now be thankful - fairport convention
10 i thank you - sam & dave
11 november night - peter fonda
12 thankful - joe cocker
13 thank you  - sly & the family stone
14 thankful heart - petra
15 autumn almanac - kinks
16 autumn wind - delicate balance
17 thanksgiving day - ray davies
18 thanksgiving filler - drive- by truckers
19 thanks - james gang
20 the thanksgiving prayer - johnny cash
21 late november - pavlov's dog
22 thank you - led zeppelin
23 thankful - caveman
24 alice's restaurant massacre - arlo guthrie

Thursday, November 10, 2016


01 mourin' blues - nitty gritty dirt band
02 epitaph blues - medicine head
03 rocket car wash blues - rockets
04 broken hearted blues - t-rex
05 i got the blues - rolling stones
06 the daily blues - john kay & steppenwolf
07 56 blues - keith emerson trio
08 mother's blues - boomerang
09 cumberland blues - grateful dead
10 hesitation blues - nitty gritty dirt band
11 muleskinner blues - muleskiner
12 working man's blues - rockets
13 holdin' blues - uncle ben & the wild rice
14 nomad blues - nathan zark
15 burt's blues - gary duncan & quicksilver
16 v-8 ford blues - mt rushmore
17 jimmy olsen's blues - spin doctors
18 teenie's blues - keith emerson trio
19 lean woman's blues - t-rex
20 back door blues - ultimate spinach
21 ventilator blues - rolling stones
22 bus driver blues - blue water trio
23 haight ashbury blues - randy & the westwood paper
24 blues on the moon - linn county & friends

Saturday, November 5, 2016




Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Wednesday, October 26, 2016



Friday, October 14, 2016


It never hurts to go completely off track every so often. As I was skimming through some long untouched files I found some really bad music. These are a waste of studio time and are absolute proof that of some very very horrible music has been created and played.
 . Mostly tracks from the World's Worst music and some of my own dis-favorites.

01   fluffy - gloria balsam
02   march of the flower children - seeds
03   doctor octopus - fickle pickle
04   i like - heathen dan
05   kazooed on klassics - the temple city kazoo orchestra
06   potato chip = shadows of knight
07   paralyzed - the legendary stardust cowboy
08   i wanna be your dog - seven stooges
09   boogie woogie amputee = barnes and barnes
10   kinko the clown - ogden edsl
11   umbassa and the dragon - turtles
12   blue christmas - porky pig
13   surfin" tragety - breakers
14   young at heart - wild man fischer
15   king kong - jimmy castor bunch
16   godzilla - jimmy castor bunch
17   ohh licky licky wah - deviled hsm
18   dante's inferno - blues magoos
19   ugly - johnny meeskire
20   surfin' school - king uszniewicz & his uszniewicztones
* 21   tip toe through the tulips - tiny tim
22   downtown - mrs miller
23   disco duck -- rick dees
24   get jiggy with it - will smith   

* My choice for the worst song for all time

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


 Sometimes a little humor sprinkled here and there can make one self feel a whole lot better. I have been fighting a couple of afflictions and seems they have chosen fatigue as it's weapon. On the good I have always enjoyed sleeping  and this for sure is giving s good dose. I will still be here but a bit slower in my workings

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Here  is another batch of tunes with the Indian influence. It is said by many that the Yardbirds "Heart Full Of Soul" was probably the first eastern influenced tune. I don't think so. And if they think so that's ok   it is still a great song.. There are some pretty good tunes in this comp. 

01  heart full of soul - Yardbirds
02  sit with the guru - strawberry alarm clock
03  hashish - indian puddin'& pipe
04  norwegian wood - beatles
05  swami - william penn & his pals
06  green tambourine - lemon pipers
07  why - byrds
08  jumpin' jack flash - ananda shankar
09  blue snow night - gurus
10  within you without you- beatles
11  govina - kula shakar
12  rajah khan - renaissance
13  raga riff - punjabs
14  just on conception - them
15  eastern jam - counfrt joe & the fish
16  eight miles high - byrds
17  a visit with asjya - merrill fankhauser18
18  square room - them
19  gomper - rolling stones
20  egyptian gardens -kaleidoscope
21  paper sun - traffic
22  the inner light - A concert for george
23  endless tunnel - serpent power
24  tanyet - the ceyleib peopje

Friday, September 9, 2016


Sir Doug is back, and it's a testament to changing tastes that his retooled '60s sound fits in perfectly with today's jangly alternative music. What's startling is how little it's retooled. The Beatle hair may be gone, but the Austin, Texas-via-Sooke, B.C. songwriter is still purveying his infectious blend of Tex-Mex rhythms, bluesy singing, cheesy garage-band effects, and wall-o'-guitar twang (maybe too much guitar on some tracks). It helps that veteran Quinteters, like Farfisa-man Augie Meyers and guitarist Louie Ortega, are back, and they're joined by Creedence Clearwater rhythm-men Doug Clifford and Stu Cook. Son Shawn Sahm is also in the fold, on guitars and vocals, and he co-wrote the set's catchiest tune, "Too Little Too Late", with his gruff-voiced dad. "Intoxication" and "Dylan Come Lately" are other standouts, with lyrics about the music Sahm still loves to death.                             
Those familiar with the music of Doug Sahm know he has his hard rocking side, especially in the context of the Sir Douglas Quintet. For example, take a cut such as "Baby It Just Don't Matter" from the Mendocino album, which rocks almost as hard as a Jimi Hendrix track. Nonetheless, even albums by the quintet are known for an eclectic mix of rock, country, and folk rock. This particular record is the first one that featured Sahm in a totally hard rocking context, the tracks jumping from one heavy groove to the next like some kind of old Saturday night FM underground radio show hosted by rowdies. Those that connect rock music only with the cult of youth need exposure to this sort of project, which seamlessly presents the music as a meeting of several generations, in this case the Sahm clam. Sons Shandon Sahm playing some drums and Shawn Sahm playing lots of guitar are here rocking out magnificently with their old man. Another hot picker named John Jorgensen is on board, and between him and Sahm father and son, the listener will be bombarded with several generations worth of rock & roll licks, literally. Playing drums on most of the tracks is Doug Clifford, whose distinctive style helped make the records of Creedence Clearwater Revival sound so good. He is in fine form here, locking in tight with quintet veteran Speedy Sparks on bass. A total highlight is the fun track "Dylan Come Lately," with lyrics making fun of Bob Dylan imitators, and a section of guitar solos in which the streams of both Chuck Berry and Eddie Van Halen meet in a bubbling spring. The loud, distorted, crunching electric guitar riffs just seem to keep piling up from track to track. Obviously, if one's taste veers more toward Sahm's country projects, then stay clear of this one. Otherwise, lots and lots of fun.
by Eugene Chadbourne