By Harvey Kubernik c 2017
On December 1st the Polydor Records/UMe label released The Rolling Stones-On Air, a collection of rarely heard radio recordings from their formative years.
The songs, including eight the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on bygone U.K. BBC shows such as Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show between 1963 and 1965.
The CD, double CD deluxe edition, heavy-weight vinyl and special limited-edition colored vinyl offer an insight into the band during 1963-1965. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, and Bill Wyman are a vital and constantly surprising live unit.
Such was the frequency with which they visited BBC studios in the 60’s, the group constantly set out to offer listeners something different. As well as songs that never appeared on singles or albums, there are seven tracks that were debuted over the airwaves before featuring on albums or EPs.
There’s some Bo Diddley covers, “Cops and Robbers,” and “Crackin’ Up,” plus the Diddley-inspired Mona as well as two band renditions from the Muddy Waters’ repertoire: “I Can’t Be Satisfied” and “I Just Want to Make Love To You.”
The group’s take on familiar R&B staples like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Memphis, Tennessee” and “Beautiful Delilah” (all originated by Chess recording artist Chuck Berry) illustrate the verve and energy the Stones regularly brought to their live shows. The BBC would urge them to perform their current singles, and while happy to do so they also relished the opportunity to showcase a fuller picture of their prowess as Britain’s foremost blues outfit, packing clubs and ballrooms night after night. Continue reading
By Harvey Kubernik c 2017
Poet/lyricist/songwriter and performer Stephen J. Kalinich, no stranger to Cave Hollywood viewers, a few years ago portal owner David Kessel interviewed Kalinich when he released his two California Feeling albums on the MsMusic record label.
In late 2017, director Chris Allen and Chris Allen Films released a feature length 81 minute documentary Shortcuts to Infinity-The Poetry of Stephen Kalinich.
Executive producers are Don Fertman, Chris Allen and Carol Schofield.
The movie incorporates interviews with Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks as well as PF Sloan, Jon Tiven, Alan Boyd, Paul Steel, Carl B Wilson, Dan Knutson, and Ralph Stevens. Also appearing in the film are Carnie and Wendy Wilson, Carol Schofield, Marla Maples, Bill Duke, Marilyn Wilson, Richard Lawson, and many others.
Stevie’s painting and stand-up act are explored, as well as a look at the play based on his book
By Harvey Kubernik C 2017
The Moody Blues’ Days Of Future Passed is celebrated with an expanded 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition just released on November 17 by UMe.
The deluxe 2CD/DVD and digital audio edition features the album’s newly restored original 1967 stereo mix, which makes its CD debut here. Due to a damaged master tape of the original mix, the album was remixed in stereo in 1972; this later mix has been used for the album’s subsequent CD reissues. Today’s technology has allowed for the original stereo master to be repaired, and the new 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition pairs that original album mix with the 1972 stereo mix.
The commemorative set also features nine BBC Radio session performances, as well as a DVD with a new 5.1 surround sound mix derived from the album’s original 1972 Quad mix, plus previously unreleased video footage of the band performing three key Days Of Future Passed tracks at MIDEM on January 24, 1968, eight weeks after the album’s release. The set also includes a poster designed by Ray Thomas. On the same date, the album’s restored 1967 stereo mix will also be released on 180-gram vinyl.
Days Of Future Passed was the Moody Blues’ landmark second album and formally marked the beginning of the band’s psychedelic era. Featuring the London Festival Orchestra, this richly orchestrated album followed in the wake of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour but was in itself a unique and highly original piece of work. The album includes the hits “Tuesday Afternoon” and the ever-enduring “Nights In White Satin,” which established the Moody Blues as true pioneers in the development of progressive rock. Continue reading
By Harvey Kubernik © 2017
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian songwriter/ poet/novelist and performer waived a physical goodbye at age 82 on November 7, 2016, just after the release of his 14th album, the uncompromising and urgent You Want It Darker.
In December 2016 I was invited to guest deejay on Los Angeles radio station The Sound 100.3 FM Classic Rock KWSD My Turn program. KWSD is Southern California’s classic rock station with over 1.3 million listeners.
The broadcast aired in January 2017. The studio overlooked the street in the mid-Wilshire district area where Leonard lived in a duplex. I dedicated “Hallelujah” to him.
It was my audio service of sitting shiva for Leonard.
November 7, 2017 will be the one year yahrzeit of his death.
My 2014 critically acclaimed book on Leonard Cohen, Everybody Knows, is now published in America, England, Russia, France, Germany, China and two different editions in Canada. It’s now out in paperback in the UK from Omnibus Press. Continue reading
Harvey Kubernik interview with BANG! co- director and editor Bob Sarles
© 2017 Harvey Kubernik
“BANG! The Bert Berns Story is the best music doc that I have seen. There is enough stuff for the geeks and for the newcomers to Bert Berns’ music. Seen it 4 times, could dig to see it a 100 more times.” —Paul Body
“Must see” – Billboard Magazine
“The new high-water mark for music documentaries” – Glide Magazine
“A remarkable story of hustle and heartache.” – Best Classic Bands
Abramorama and filmmakers Brett and Cassandra Berns recently announced that BANG! The Bert Berns Story is coming exclusively to Apple Music. Following BANG!’s successful film festival run and North American theatrical release, a fall 2017 global release is planned on Apple Music followed by a global offering via iTunes Movies.
Abramorama originally released the film theatrically in April, and it played to enthusiastic crowds in theaters across the country.
Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary about the life and career of Bert Berns featuring Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Andrew Loog Oldham, Keith Richards, Ronald Isley, Doug Morris, Brooks Arthur, Jeff Barry, Richard Gottehrer, Bob Feldman & Jerry Goldstein, Carmine “Wassel” DeNoia, Ben E. King, Mike Stoller, Wilson Pickett, Cissy Houston, Betty Harris, Garry Sherman, Jerry Ragovoy, Solomon Burke, Charlie Thomas, Ellie Greenwich, Don Drowty, Brenda Reid, Joel Dorn, Ilene Berns and many more. Continue reading