August 26, 2009


The Dells, whose many hits and albums propelled them into the history books as one of our revered R&B bands, lost another member by way of death last week.  Johnny Carter, whose vocals were extraordinary, died on August 21.  He provided The Dells with their most memorable voice after having taken over for the departure of Johnny Funches (original Dells voice), leaving HoF band, The Flamingos to do so.  We'll miss him.

Johnny Carter

Larry Knechtel, most notably of Bread, who enjoyed a string of high-charting Pop hits back in the '70s, died on August 20 of a heart attack at the age of 69.  And while many know him most notably by his work with Bread, it may surprise many to know that it is his piano work in “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a contribution that is equally as memorable, if not more so.  But his sphere encompassed more Rock and Roll than many are fortunate to have experienced in a lifetime.  He has worked with Duane Eddy as a member of Eddy's band, and has worked with  scores of other artists as a pianist/bass/guitarist, the list is long.  His musical work resonates deeply within our memories not only in the piano on “Bridge over Troubled Water, but also in the guitar solo heard on Bread's magnificent “The Guitar Man.”  If you're aware of his other contributions, then he will live on in those as well.  If you're not aware of his depth, then a visit to Google will not only surprise you, but further cement his memory as you hear those songs from time to time.  Larry is a talent that we'll missed greatly.

Larry Knechtel

Larry is Top Left

Both Johnny Carter and Larry Knechtel will add considerable depth to the Great Band.

Let me wrap up this impromptu 'Best Beatles Song' Poll that I threw out there.  We only received just a few suggestions but people, while all over The Beatles catalogue and time-frame, let us know that “A Day in the Life” is hinted as as being the best song by The Beatles.  Here we go:

    • A Day in the Life (7)
    • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4)
    • Hey Jude (3 – Not including my vote)
    • Hey Bulldog
    • Nowhere Man
    • Yesterday
    • Penny Lane
    • I Am the Walrus
    • In My Life
    • Strawberry Fields
    • The Ballad of John and Yoko
    • A Hard Day's Night
    • I Want to Hold Your Hand
    • Things We Said Today (actually a 2nd choice by a respondent, but he didn't think it would be mentioned and so I did him the favour of adding it.

    I'm not updating the Great Album Covers because I'm running off to a baseball game (again).  Tonight, Angels host Detroit for the second game.  Being a White Sox fan, I need Angels to play better than they did on Monday night, PLUS The White Sox need to win against Red Sox.  I do not harbor any expectations for this year but I certainly do for next year.  Sorry, I try to keep my sports out of this.

    But I do have two reviews for you. I have enjoyed the 2CD compilation called The Best of Rory Gallagher: Crest of a Wave for unheralded guitarist, Rory Gallagher. I have also reviewed an indie debut release by Glad Hearts called The Oak and the Acorn. It's quite good with flashes of Rolling Stones and a hint of Dylan.

    Another bit on my site changeover from HTML to Wordpress.  I'm going to forgo all of the window-dressing and treat it as a 'work-in-progress'.  I'll make it better as I go along.  However, I expect to be able to launch a useable site in the not too distant future.  One BIG benefit of this is that I'll likely update more often (back to five days) as the structure of Wordpress allows for posted bits rather a big production like I'm accustomed to.  Things will likely get lost to help in this transition but I'm betting that you'll hardly notice.  For example, I'll dispense with producer info on album reviews, etc.  What makes this exciting is that I can then use my iPhone (yep, believe it or not) to continually post things as I receive it making it very fresh news.  You'll be able to check in multiple times during the day for potential new posts.  And you'll be able to leave comments, a feature that many of you have been clamoring for for quite some time.  It's coming...and you can even help shape it, if you want.  After all, it's as much your community as it is mine.

    We'll see you again on Friday. And do not forget to check out the new band introduction of DC's The Opposite Sex, especially if you like The Cure, Echo and The Bunnymen, etc.

    Round 23 of Great Album Covers:

    Paul S. - "Maybe I missed them...but I am surprised not see any Roger Dean covers..." :







Atlantic Records will release Before Nightfall by Robert Francis, scheduling for October 20.

Surf Dog Records will release Songs From Lonely Avenue from the Brian Setzer Orchestra on CD and vinyl LP (which will come with a bonus CD included). These are planned for October 13.

Here's the one that all RetroRock fans are waiting for, the latest Wolfmother album. It is expected on October 13 in CD, DD, and vinyl LP formats. Hang's almost here. Here's a cover shot to tuck you in with:

The is a cut 'n paste of an upcoming T/L cool DVD set (Thanks to all who sent this to my attention. There were several of you):

Time Life proudly presents the VA Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live, a 9 DVD collection featuring rare, one-of-a-kind performances from the induction ceremonies of the Rock Hall Of Fame, shot during the last 24 years. You'll see the biggest names in rock 'n' roll perform in intimate settings, and jam in combinations not seen anywhere else. Additionally, each DVD features exclusive induction speeches by rock royalty, from heartfelt tributes to hilarious zingers. Plus, each DVD has over an hour of bonus material, including rare, behind-the-scenes material and rehersal footage. Some highlights include:

Bruce Springsteen and Bono share a microphone on U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

The original 3 members of Cream take the stage for the first time in 25 years to play a 3 song set of the group's biggest hits.

Mick Jagger and Tina Turner perform a sultry duet of the Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman."

This is the first time ever these performances have been available on home video! With 125 exclusive performances, over 24 hours of classic rock entertainment, and over 9 hours of bonus material, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live is a comprehensive collection sure to exceed the expectations of any rock 'n' roll fan!

9 DVDs

Expected to ship on September 11 

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame- Light My Fire 

Includes performances by Mick Jagger with Bruce Springsteen, Cream, The Doors with Eddie Vedder, Santana with Peter Green and more! 

Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and The Rock Hall Jam Band: I Saw Her Standing There, 1988

Cream: Sunshine Of Your Love, 1993

Roy Orbison with Bruce Springsteen and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Oh, Pretty Woman, 1987

John Fogerty & Friends: Green River , 1993

The Doors with Eddie Vedder: Light My Fire, 1993

Crosby, Stills & Nash with Tom Petty: For What It’s Worth, 1997

Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers, 1996

Santana with Peter Green: Black Magic Woman, 1998

Crosby, Stills & Nash with James Taylor and Emmylou Harris: Teach Your Children, 1997

Jackson Browne: Running On Empty, 2004

The Band with Eric Clapton: The Weight, 1994

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: The Promised Land, 1999

Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and Dhani Harrison: Handle With Care, 2004

Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison and Prince: While My Guitar Gently Weeps, 2004

Paul McCartney and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Let It Be, 1999

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame- Sweet Emotion 

Includes performances by Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor, Aerosmith with Kid Rock, AC/DC and more! 

Jackson Browne And Melissa Etheridge: Wake Up Little Susie, 1995

Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and The Rock Hall Jam Band: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 1988

Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Honky Tonk Women, 1989

James Taylor: Woodstock (A Tribute To Joni Mitchell), 1997

Crosby, Stills & Nash: Wooden Ships, 1997

R.E.M. with Eddie Vedder: Man on the Moon, 2007

Aerosmith with Kid Rock: Sweet Emotion, 2001

ZZ Top: La Grange , 2004

ZZ Top: Tush, 2004

AC/DC: Highway To Hell, 2003

Metallica: Master Of Puppets, 2009

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, 1999

U2: Pride (In The Name Of Love), 2005

The Rock Hall Jam Band: All Along The Watchtower (A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix), 1992

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame- Start Me Up 

Includes performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, the Righteous Brothers and more! 

The Who and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Won’t Get Fooled Again, 1990

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: American Girl, 2002

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sweet Home Alabama , 2006<BR.
The Righteous Brothers: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 2003

The Byrds with Don Henley and Jackson Browne: Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season), 1991

The Mamas & The Papas: California Dreamin’, 1998

Cream: Born Under A Bad Sign, 1993

Traffic: Dear Mr. Fantasy, 2004

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham: Landslide, 1998

Fleetwood Mac: Say You Love Me, 1998

Queen with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins: Tie Your Mother Down, 2001

Billy Joel: Only The Good Die Young, 1999

Mick Jagger and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Start Me Up, 1989

John Mellencamp: Pink Houses, 2008

U2 with Bruce Springsteen: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, 2005

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame- Feelin' Alright 

Includes performances by Tina Turner, Little Richard, Dave Mason, Jeff Beck with Jimmy Page and more! 

Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Roll Over Beethoven, 1986

Little Richard: Tutti-Frutti, 1995

Bo Diddley with Robbie Roberston and Eric Clapton: Bo Diddley, 2005

Eric Clapton with Robbie Robertson: Farther On Up The Road, 2000

Little Richard: (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, 1989

Tina Turner and The Rock Hall Jam Band: River Deep—Mountain High, 1989

Etta James: At Last, 1993

The Isley Brothers and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Shout , 1992

Chubby Checker and The Rock Hall Jam Band: The Twist, 1986

The Ronettes: Be My Baby, 2007

Little Richard, Mick Jagger and The Rock Hall Jam Band: I Can’t Turn You Loose (A Tribute To Otis Redding), 1989

Joan Jett, John Mellencamp,John Fogerty and Billy Joel: Glad All Over (A Tribute To The Dave Clark Five) 2008

The Rascals: People Got To Be Free, 1997

Dave Mason and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Feelin’ Alright, 2004

James Taylor and The Rock Hall Jam Band: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), 2000

Jeff Beck with Jimmy Page: Beck’s Bolero, 2009

Kid Rock and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Sweet Little Rock and Roller, 2004

Chuck Berry with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Johnny B. Goode, 1995

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame- Whole Lotta Shakin' 

Includes performances by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lee Hooker with Bonnie Raitt, John Fogerty & Friends and more! 

Billy Joel and The Rock Hall Jam Band: What’d I Say (A Tribute To Ray Charles), 1999

Johnny Cash and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Big River, 1992

Ben E. King And The Rock Hall Jam Band: Stand By Me, 1988

Jerry Lee Lewis: Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On, 2005

Ruth Brown with Bonnie Raitt: Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean, 1993 

John Lee Hooker with Bonnie Raitt: I’m In The Mood, 1991

Buddy Guy with B. B. King and Eric Clapton: Let Me Love You Baby, 2005

Billy Joel with Bonnie Raitt: Runaway (A Tribute To Del Shannon), 1999

Paul McCartney and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Blue Suede Shoes, 1999

John Fogerty & Friends: Born On The Bayou, 1993

The Doors with Eddie Vedder: Break On Through, 1993

Bruce Springsteen & The E Steet Band: Backstreets, 1999

Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Flea, and Metallica: The Train Kept A-Rollin’, 2009

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame- I'll Take You There 

Includes performances by The O'Jays, The Staple Singers, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and more! 

Percy Sledge: When A Man Loves A Woman, 2005

The O’Jays: Love Train, 2005

Jerry Butler: Only The Strong Survive (A Tribute To Gamble & Huff), 2008

Solomon Burke: Cry To Me, 2001

Martha & The Vandellas: Dancing In The Street, 1995

The Four Tops and The Rock Hall Jam Band: I Can’t Help Myself, 1990

Booker T. & The MG’s and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Green Onions, 1992

Isaac Hayes: Theme From Shaft, 2002

The Staple Singers: I’ll Take You There, 1999

Aretha Franklin: Don’t Play That Song (A Tribute To Ahmet Ertegun), 2007

Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (A Tribute To Ahmet Ertegun), 2007

Al Green: Take Me To The River, 1995

Parliament-Funkadelic: Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up the Funk), 1997

Wilson Pickett with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: In The Midnight Hour, 1999

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame- Come Together 

Includes performances by Blondie, Bruce Springsteen with Axl Rose, Green Day, Patti Smith Group and more! 

Geen Day: Blitzkrieg Bop, 2002

Blondie: Call Me, 2006

Elvis Costello & The Imposters: (What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding, 2003

Bruce Springsteen and Axl Rose: Come Together (A Tribute To John Lennon), 1994

The Doors with Eddie Vedder: Roadhouse Blues, 1993

John Fogerty & Friends: Who’ll Stop The Rain, 1993

Cream: Crossroads, 1993

Jackson Browne: The Pretender, 2004

Patti Smith Group: Because The Night, 2007

Patti Smith Group: People Have The Power, 2002

Jonny Lang and Jeff Beck: Be-Bop-A-Lula (A Tribute to Gene Vincent), 1999

Jeff Beck: People Get Ready (A Tribute To Rod Stewart), 1994

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame- Message of Love 

Includes performances by James Taylor, John Mellencamp, The Pretenders, The Bee Gees and more! 

The Who and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Substitute, 1990

The Who and The Rock Hall Jam Band: Pinball Wizard, 1990

Melissa Etheridge: Piece Of My Heart (A Tribute To Janis Joplin), 1995

James Taylor: Fire And Rain, 2000

Bee Gees: Massachusetts , 1997

Bee Gees: You Should Be Dancing, 1997

John Mellencamp: Small Town , 2008

Bonnie Raitt with Melissa Etheridge and Bruce Hornsby: Thing Called Love, 2000

The Pretenders: Message Of Love, 2005

The Pretenders: My City Was Gone, 2005

The Pretenders: Precious, 2005

Metallica: Iron Man (A Tribute To Black Sabbath), 2006

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Free Bird, 2006

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame- The Concert 

Includes performances by Eric Burdon and Bon Jovi, James Brown, The Allman Brothers Band with Sheryl Crow, Al Green and more! 

John Mellencamp: R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.

Eric Burdon and Bon Jovi: It’s My Life

Aretha Franklin: (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Lou Reed and Soul Asylum: Sweet Jane

The Allman Brothers Band with Sheryl Crow: Midnight Rider

The Kinks: All Day And All Of The Night

Ann and Nancy Wilson: The Battle Of Evermore

John Fogerty with Booker T. & The MG'’s: Fortunate Son

James Brown: I Got You (I Feel Good)

Al Green: Tired Of Being Alone

Al Green: A Change Is Gonna Come

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Collectors Box




Introduction - The Opposite Sex - DC

If you ever liked Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxie and the Banshees, and/or killing Joke, then we have a new discovery for you. The Opposite Sex from DC has returned with an EP that juice those of you who appreciate good talent and that draws influence from the music that you loved in the past.

Their new (09/01) EP, Live + Burn follows their Violent Heartstrings from 2007 with more great music. I'll be surprised if you DON'T like 'em. To get you started, they are gifitng you with a free downloadable MP3 from the EP, "Frozen Heart, Frozen Mind."

They can be sampled further at their MySpace, Facebook, and LastFM. You can even follow 'em on Twitter.


Review - Glad Hearts - The Oak and The Acorn - CD

Indie Band, Glad Hearts reveal their country influence with a surprisingly good self-released debut called The Oak and the Acorn.  On the 13 tracks found on this album, you'll find flashes of Rolling Stones, hints of Dylan, and other country/folk influences.  The album delivers most of its goods acoustically with almost every track demanding playback and inclusion into playlists.

Excellent tracks include the warm “Come July,” “Burn and Burn Bright,” the electric and bluesy “We'll Need Our Blood,” and the short but sweet “Light Rail Waltz,” that seques into “Nothing If We're Not Moving.”

*** 1/2


Introduction - The Rifles - UK

Nettwerk Records will digitally release the 4-track EP, named Great Escape, by UK's The Rifles, whom Paul Weller of The Jam has gushed about, on July 28. Later in the year, Nettwerk will release their full-length album, which we'll be sure to cover. Three tracks found on this release will NOT be found on the band's upcoming album. Check 'em out at Facebook, and/or MySpace, and/or their official site.










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