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September 15: The Jayhawks released Hollywood Town Hall in 1992


September 15: The Jayhawks released Hollywood Town Hall in 1992

Hollywood Town Hall is a 1992 album by The Jayhawks. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Heatseekers and #192 on the Billboard 200. It came as a breath of fresh air during “the grunge movement”. It is a fantastic record, easy to like but not simple in any way. It is a strong album all through, no weak tracks. It should have been a monster seller of course, it is radio friendly and it is one of the best albums to drive to ever made.

The Jayhawks – Take me with you when you go:

It manages in a strange way to mix the heartache of Nashville with the west-coast sounds of Laurel Canyon. It has cool riffs and great harmonies, the playing is good and the production sounds big and lush. It sounds like Neil Young mixed with The Louvin Brothers!

There are some really great guests on the album, Nicky Hopkins, Charley Drayton and Benmont Tench contributes to a warm and organic sound.

The Jayhawks – Waiting for the sun (Letterman 1991, network debut):

Talk about wearing your influences on both sleeves: Hollywood Town Hall sounds like the Everly Brothers backed by the Rolling Stones during their ”Dead Flowers” era, with Neil Young sitting in for an occasional vibrato-drenched solo. Yet the Minneapolis-based ‘Hawks wear their hearts proudly. There’s nothing nostalgic about the passion and desperation in every syllable of singer-songwriter Mark Olson’s voice — or in the band’s effortless mix of sawdust harmonies and craggy electric guitars. A
– Entertainment Weekly

Hollywood Town Hall at Spotify:

It was one of the more unlikely major label releases of 1992 — nothing to do with grunge, certainly not a last holdout from ’80s mainstream sludge. On the flip side, it wasn’t really the incipient alternative country/No Depression sound either, for all that there was a clear influence from the likes of Gram Parsons and fellow travelers throughout the grooves. This wasn’t a sepia-toned collection of murder ballads or the similarly minded efforts that were almost overreactions to Nashville’s triumphalism throughout the ’90s. At base, Hollywood Town Hall found a finely balanced point — accessible enough for should-have-been success (sclerotic classic rock station programmers were fools to ignore this while still playing the Eagles into the ground) but bowing to no trends.
Ned Ragget (Allmusic) 4.5/5

– Hallgeir

Two fine documentaries about Prog Rock


Two fine documentaries about Prog Rock

I have always shunned prog rock, well, not always. When I was from 7-12 I listened to a lot of it, but I was liberated by garage music and punk rock (and later, folk and country music). Prog will never be my favorite kind of music, but lately a lot of the bands I’ve listened to have had elements of progressive rock, symphonic elements, conceptual ideas, rapid changes and far-out lyrics.

I have liked experimental Beatles, Frank Zappa, a bit of Genesis, two records by King Crimson (Discipline and Three of a perfect pair) and some Pink Floyd, but this was different…

What the hell was happening? I needed to find out some more…

The best way to do this is for me to go to YouTube, and I found several very good programs.

Timeshift: Prog Rock (documentary, 2013):

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July 22: Don Henley was born in 1947


July 22: Don Henley was born in 1947

Donald Hugh “Don” Henley (born July 22, 1947, in Gilmer, Texas) is an American singer, songwriter and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career. Henley was the drummer and lead vocalist for the Eagles from 1971–1980, when the band broke up. Henley sings lead vocals on Eagles hits such as “Witchy Woman”, “Desperado”, “Best of My Love”, “One of These Nights”, “Hotel California”, “Life in the Fast Lane”, and “The Long Run”. He and Glenn Frey formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in music history.

We saw Eagles a few weeks ago in Lucca, Italy, and they were very, very good, and so much better than those latest DVD releases tells us. Eagles in Lucca were playful and fun, they had a good time and so did we. Don Henley ages with grace.

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The Best songs: Angie by The Rolling Stones

The Best songs: Angie by The Rolling Stones

One of the band’s softest and most tenderhearted ballads (and their only ballad to go Number One), “Angie” was written by Richards while he was being treated for heroin addiction at a clinic in Switzerland. “Once I came out of the usual trauma,” he recalled, “I didn’t feel like I had to shit the bed or climb the walls or feel manic anymore. I just went, ‘Angie, Angie.’ ” Completed during the Goats Head Soup sessions in Jamaica, it became a gently strummed benediction with a processional piano by Nicky Hopkins and strings arranged by Nicky Harrison.
– Rolling Stone Magazine

The Rolling Stones performing “Angie” at the Los Angeles Forum, California, USA on Sunday 13th July 1975, part of the legendary Tour of the Americas (TOTA). The track is from the album Goats Head Soup (1973). Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and produced by the Glimmer Twins, the song went straight to number one in the US charts when it was released.

La Forum 1975 version:

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May 11: Greg Dulli Happy 50th Birthday



May 11: Greg Dulli Happy 50th Birthday

“Rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t always pay the bills, and I’ve been interested in bars – obviously – for a long time,”
~Greg Dulli

Debonair (live @ Conan O’Brien):

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