Monday, September 15, 2014


Artwork by Rick Griffin

 When the Grateful Dead took time off from recording in 1974, lyricist Robert Hunter used the opportunity to release a solo album, Tales of The Great Rum Runners. Hunter sings, plays guitar and pipes, writing almost all of the material and acquitting himself with a vocal style that suggests a limited amalgam of Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Johnny Cash. Given that Dead fans had few expectations for Hunter beyond clever lyrics, his first solo album is better than expected. An eclectic, folksy collection of songs reminiscent of Bob Dylan and The Band’s Basement Tapes, Tales of The Great Rum Runners manages to stand up on its own musical merits, and not merely as Dead-related minutiae. Sly, lively songs like “That Train” and “Arizona Lightning” invite comparison to Dylan’s Planet Waves; “Rum Runners” suggests what the Moodies might have sounded like with Johnny Cash. Throw in the popular “It Must Have Been The Roses” (since appropriated by the Dead in a dirge-like reading) and the legend-stoking “Boys In The Barroom,” and Hunter’s first album proves to be an interesting ride. The backing arrangements are sometimes spare, occasionally rich, relying on a bevy of Bay Area backing musicians and some help from his bandmates (Garcia, Hart, Donna and Keith Godchaux). Musically, Hunter leans on stock solutions like the obligatory bagpipe number (“Children’s Lament”) or the rollicking piano tune (“Mad”), but to his credit they never feel disingenuous. True, Hunter is at best a middling warbler, but I’ve heard a lot worse (and, frankly, expected it). If the lyrical imagery isn’t up to the level I imagined, the final product is respectable (which is itself remarkable). Tales of The Great Rum Runners may not rise to the level of the Dead, Dylan or The Band, but it’s in the same ballpark. Review from PROGROGRAPHY

Tales Of The Great Rum Runners
Robert Hunter
Initial release : June 1974

Round Records RX 101


    * Lady Simplicity (Hunter)
    * That Train (Hunter)
    * Dry Dusty Road (Hunter)
    * I Heard You Singing (Hunter / Freiberg)
    * Rum Runners (Hunter)
    * Children's Lament (Hunter)
    * Maybe She's A Bluebird (Hunter)
    * Boys In The Barroom (Hunter)
    * It Must Have Been The Roses (Hunter)
    * Arizona Lightning (Hunter)
    * Standing At Your Door (Hunter)
    * Mad (Hunter / Hart)
    * Keys To The Rain (Hunter)


    * Peter Albin - bass
    * Rodney Albin - vocals, fiddle
    * Maureen Aylett - vocals, spoons
    * Mario Cipollina - saxophone
    * T.Will Claire - vocals
    * Hadi El Sadoon - trumpet
    * John Farey - saxophone
    * Milt Farrow - saxophone
    * Snooky Flowers - saxophone
    * David Freiberg - bass
    * Bruce Gapinski - saxophone
    * Jerry Garcia -guitar
    * Donna Godchaux - vocals
    * Keith Godchaux - keyboards
    * Mickey Hart - drums
    * David Kessner - saxophone
    * Barry Melton - guitar
    * Jamie Paris - harp
    * Steve Schuster ( Jack Bonus)- saxophone
    * Ray Scott - saxophone
    * Markee Shubb - mandolin
    * Rick Shubb - banjo
    * Jeff Slattery - saxophone
    * Randall Smith - saxophone
    * Bill Steele - saxophone
    * Robbie Stokes - guitar

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Friday, September 12, 2014


Thursday, September 11, 2014


Original artwork by Joe Jusko 1996

Saturday, September 6, 2014


01 have you seen your mother,baby.standing in the shadows - rolling stones
02 does anybody really know what time it is - chicago transit authority
03 do you wanna dance - david lindley &el rayo-x
04 are you lovin' me more(but enjoyin' it less) - electric prunes
05 are you happy - iron butterfly
06 (is anybody goin' to) san antone - doug sahm
07 what is the reason - rascals
08 how do you feel - jefferson airplane
09 do you believe in magic - lovin' spoonfu;
10 are you gonna be there(at the love-in) - chocolate watchband
11 how is it(we are here) - moody blues
12 who am i - country joe & the fish
13 why is a carrot more orange than an orange - amboy dukes
14 who are the brain police - mothers of invention
15 who makes the moves - dinosaurs
16 have i the right - honeycombs
17 who dat - cigar store indians
18 why did you hurt me - standells
19 who's driving your plane - rolling stones
20 are you passionate - neil young
21 how can i miss you when you won't go away - charlatans
22 ain't that lovin' you baby - youngbloods
23 are you ready for the country - terry & the pirates
24 are you experienced - jimi hendrix experience


Friday, September 5, 2014


01 have you seen her face - byrds
02 my eyes have seen you - doors
03 you must be bleeding through your eyelids - blindside
04 may the bird of paradise fly up your nose - little jimmy dickend
05 talk back trembling lips - ernest ashworth
06 the mustache song - quantum mechanics
07 unknown tongue - blue oyster cult
08 beans in my ears - pete seeger
09 heart - liverpool five
10 if i only had a brain - stackabones
11 superlungs( my supergirl) - donovan
12 almost cut my hair - crosby,stills,nash & young
13 wring that neck - deep purple
14 little hands - skip spence
15 under my thumb - who
16 crazy fingers - grateful dead
17 brothers in arms - dire straits
18 by the hair on my chiny chin chin - sam the sham & the pharoahs
19 no matter what shape(you're stomsch's in - t-bones
20 boobs s lot - fugs
21 busted feet - arthur lee
22 legs - zz top
23 - spirit
24 chest fever - band



 Here's a bootleg from 1993, it is basically studio outtakes  with Terry solo on tracks 1-8. Sound quality is not the best but if you are a Dolan / Pirates fan it is a good one to have,