Thursday, February 9, 2012
Another gem from Pete Townshend! This one, which I could put on repeat all day, is of Pete singing "The Shout" at the Fillmore West on April 30, 1996. The song is off of Pete's Another Scoop (1987), which is a compilation album of his demos. The video is only the audio of the concert that aired on the radio.
Hearing this song again made me visit EelPie.com, which is where you can buy Pete's Scoop albums and/or some of his live albums including Live: The Fillmore (which includes this song). No, I don't get a cut by the way.
Eel Pie brings back memories of Pete Townshend's website from the first half of the 2000s. Pete posted quite often on that site and was very interactive with the fans. It's a shame it isn't still around.
Also, a shame that Pete doesn't write too many blog posts on TheWho.com anymore. The last few years have been very quiet in that regard.
I've always been a big fan of The Who By Numbers, which came out in 1975. I think the record features some of Pete Townshend's most ingenious writing and while many consider Keith Moon's drumming on Quadrophenia (1973) to be his best, I don't think his work on By Numbers takes a back seat at all.
The lone song John Entwistle penned on the album was "Success Story." The top video is some scenes of John at his home, which is from the The Kids Are Alright (1979) movie. The second video is the audio of the song with a picture of the album cover done by Entwistle.
I came across a good blog post about Led Zeppelin's "Ten Years Gone" here. The song is off of the band's sixth studio album, Physical Graffiti (1975). "Ten Years Gone" is not just one of my favorite Zeppelin songs, but one of my favorite songs ever.
The Who were well-known for their cover of "Summertime Blues" written by Eddie Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. "My Way" is another Cochran-Capehart song covered by the band. The audio comes from a show on April 6, 1968 at the Fillmore East in New York.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were on CMT Crossroads in 2008 singing some songs from their brilliant album, Raising Sand.
"The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn" was not on that CD but is a staple for live shows done by Alison Krauss & Union Station (AKUS), where Dan Tyminski leads the vocals on that particular song and Krauss follows up with "Take Me For Longing." The video also has some commentary from Robert around the 4:30 mark. Though I like what Plant does with the song, I prefer the version done by AKUS here.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Today would have been ten years since John Entwistle last played with The Who. I decided to post two videos from that concert: the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The first is of John singing probably his best known song, "My Wife," which is off of Who's Next (1971). That is audio only.
The second video - "The Kids Are Alright" - contains a couple of brief shots of John, which is par for the course as the camera was always on Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey and rarely on Entwistle. "The Ox" used to don a skeleton costume in the early 1970s in order to get more attention from the cameras.
John Entwistle, the great bass guitarist, passed away on June 27, 2002 at the age of 57.
Stumbled upon this video from the 2007 tribute concert for Traffic's drummer Jim Capaldi (August 2, 1944 – January 28, 2005) at the Roundhouse in London. The song is from Traffic's 1967 album Mr. Fantasy.