It takes a seriously momentous concert event for folks to start getting psyched about pre-ordering a copy of the live audio document of a show before it's even taken place, but what other reaction would you expect for Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead? It's the so-called “core four” original members of the band - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir - getting back together for a three-night event on July 3, 4, and 5 that's set to be their final live performance together. Better yet, Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano) will be joining in the fun, so you know the music is going to be out of this world.
We begin with the undeniable soul gospel that is T.L. Barrett's "Like A Ship (Without A Sail)", most recently re-released into the world via the labels Numero Group and Light In The Attic, before effortlessly sliding into Johnson & Hawkins' "You Can't Blame Me". Keeping on the Numero Group tip, track three kicks into gear with Syl Johnson's "Different Strokes", via the comprehensive Complete Mythology release from 2010. Switching gears, we head back to the year 1965 via Canadian garage rock pioneers, The Haunted. That's them doing "1 2 5".
Track five poses the question: Have you really heard Dr. John's "Walk On Guilded Splinters" without digging into the Johnny Jenkins cover? Maybe, maybe not. Stevie Wonder grooves on with "Superwoman" before some Brenton Wood sugar. The Paragons then step in for the playlists sole reggae offering - "The Tide Is High" - of course later made famous (to a different fanbase) via the Blondie cover.
On May 29, 1984, Tina Turner issued the album that would take her from being unfairly viewed as a has-been by the world at large and gain her the respect and commercial success that she so sorely deserved. It was a collection which featured 10 tracks produced by no less than four different sets of producers, and yet it proved to be exactly what the world at large need to appreciate the awesomeness of Ms. Turner and, perhaps most importantly, to finally remove the silent “Ike and” that so often appeared in front of people’s perceptions of her.
As you may have noticed from the album’s original date, it’s actually been 31 years since Private Dancer first hit record store shelves, which may lead you to ask, “Why are you only just now releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition of the album?” To that, we can only respond with…
1. "Mr. Tambourine Man"
Folk rock. A new sound with the old melody and lyrics of folk married to rock guitars, a hybrid that snuck up on the Brits and caught them unawares. You've got no idea what a revelation it was to hear this sound on the radio, just ask Tom Petty! Of course the song was written by Bob Dylan, but at this point most people did not know this, even though they were aware of his previously most famous composition, "Blowin' In The Wind," albeit done by Peter, Paul & Mary. But that would change soon, with the release of the iconic "Like A Rolling Stone" shortly thereafter. Dylan was suddenly front and center, both entrancing and alienating people simultaneously. Ironically, so many who hated the bard from Hibbing's voice LOVED this!
46 years ago today, Joni Mitchell and Mary Travers – you know, the Mary who was regularly seen with guys named Peter and Paul? – joined Mama Cass, famed member of the Mamas and the Papas, for her ABC special, The Mama Cass Television Program.