Wednesday, March 25, 2009

He's Driving Her Stone Blind

First, I want to apologise for the lack of updates recently. I haven't gone away, and I'm still paying the subs to keep the rapidshare account open so all the old links stay live. Fact is, I like having this blog and I like sharing this music (great and not so great) and I like the feedback I get.

But with two kids, a full-time job and all the other things I have to I don't have as much time as I'd like for things like blog maintenance - so don't be surprised if there's another huge gap before the next post.

The other thing is that I'm running out of vinyl to rip. Most of the rest of my albums are now available on CD (and so I won't post them) - but every so often I discover that an album that *was* available isn't any more. So I pounce. Oh, you may be able to buy it from ebay, or from Amazon in the 'used and new' section, but the *artist* doesn't get anything from that so I have no problems with giving it away instead. I'm not going to support second-hand dealers!

On a related note I recently found myself outsite an AFP (that's Amanda *Fucking* Palmer to you) gig in Camden with a spare ticket. Touts were walking up and down the queue buying and selling tickets, but I held on to mine and then, when I got to the front of the queue, I just *gave* it to a girl hoping for a return or affordable ticket. You should have seen the look I got from the touts! Made me feel good (even though the girl snatched the freebie and ran off without even thanking me... That's yoof for ya...)

And now, back to the records.

Here's an all time classic that has recently become unavailable to buy.

John Stewart, sadly, died last year and even though I hadn't bought a new album of his in thirty years I was saddened to hear about it. Back in the early seventies he was a great personal favourite of mine (along with other ZigZag & Dark Star US singer/songwriter greats like Papa Nes, Guy Clark, Gene Clark). This isn't his best album - the incomporable California Bloodlines romps away with that (hmm - must check whether Old No 1 and Wolfking of LA are available - there's a classic triad for you) - but it's a damn fine record of a great talent.

BTW I do have the original vinyl (double) album but this rip is from my CD copy. The last two tracks aren't on the vinyl.

Enjoy - and I'll be back before long.



John Stewart - The Pheonix Concerts Live (1973)

  1. Wheatfield Lady
  2. Kansas Rain
  3. You Can't Look Back
  4. The Pirates Of Stone County Road
  5. The Runaway Fool of Love
  6. Roll Away The Stone
  7. July, You're A Woman
  8. The Last Campaign Trilogy
  9. Oldest Living Son
  10. Little Road And A Stone To Roll
  11. Kansas
  12. Cody
  13. California Bloodlines
  14. Mother Country
  15. Cops
  16. Never Goin' Back
  17. Freeway Pleasure
  18. Let the Big Horse Run

Download The Phoenix Concerts Live


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, this is my favorite John Stewart album. It rocks hard in spots, the band is first-rate, and this presents a terrific overview of John's post-Kingston Trio career. Well-recorded, too.

For some reason, John was always popular in Phoenix, even before Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks attempted to make him a star in the late-70's.

Good post.

8:02 pm  
Anonymous Emil Thompson said...

Welcome back mate. I got hold of Wolf King of L.A the other day and was very pleasantly surprised, good album really light and lilting. Also got Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue, which I'm still trying to get to grips's much heavier. Interesting life story old Dennis had. C soon.

PS. Got those Church albums too, cracking stuff, love the acoustic versions.

9:03 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just found this blog today.. what a treasure trove.. allowing access to your record collection!! Great ethos too. Artist reward is very important. Just wanted to say nice one to you

2:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, just stumbled upon your blog today and wanted to say thanks for posting the Phoenix set. I agree that JS was a fine songwriter and a great story teller too. I saw him at The Mean Fiddler in Harlesden way back (80's?) - quite awhile after 'Bombs Away...'. Stood next to him at the bar between sets and he had that real presence. A man's man in the right way I think.

12:42 pm  

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