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ELECTRIC BLUES ICON HOWLIN’ WOLF’S LEGENDARY 1959 DEBUT LP MOANIN’ IN THE MOONLIGHT

REISSUED ON VINYL AHEAD OF 60TH ANNIVERSARY

 By Harvey Kubernik ©  2018

Chester Arthur Burnett, (June 10, 1910-January 10, 1976) better known to blues fans as Howlin’ Wolf, remains one of the essential

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exponents of the electric blues. With a raw, booming voice and explosive guitar and harmonica styles to match, the Mississippi-bred Wolf made music that was unmatched in its primal ferocity.

In the process, he, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Etta James and others helped to put the Leonard and Phil Chess owned Chess Records on the map as America’s preeminent blues label.

Now, just in time for the 60th anniversary of Moanin’ In The Moonlight’s original high-fidelity release, Geffen/UMe has made available a special vinyl edition of the mono album. 

Remastered from the original flat master tape, this new edition features a high quality 150-gram black vinyl pressing housed in a printed sleeve with scans of the analog tape box and comes in a distinctive tip-on jacket reproducing the album’s distinctive original cover artwork by

Don S. Bronstein. The LP displays the 1959 liner notes from Billboard editor Paul Ackerman.    Continue reading

50TH Anniversary of The Doors’ Waiting For The Sun Now Out

By c Harvey Kubernik

A 50th anniversary deluxe edition of Waiting For The Sun from The Doors [Ray Manzarek,

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Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger] was just released in September from Rhino Entertainment.

Initially shipped to retail outlets on July 3, 1968 on the landmark Elektra Records label, founded by the visionary music man Jac Holzman, the album was engineered by Bruce Botnick and produced by Paul Rothchild. Holzman served as production supervisor.  

It was the band’s third platinum LP in less than two years and their first to top the album chart. A single culled from the collection “Hello, I Love You” was a number one smash.  

 This 2018 2-CD, 1-LP collection offers fans a new version of the original stereo mix of the album on CD as well as on 180-gram vinyl, remastered by Botnick, The Doors’ longtime engineer-mixer, from the original master tapes.

In addition, the package houses 14 completely unreleased tracks: nine “rough mixes” from the original recording sessions which were only recently discovered, and five live performances from a September 17, 1968 performance by the band at Falkoner Centeret in Copenhagen Denmark. Continue reading

Previously Unreleased and Restored Footage of The Doors Unveiled

Sound Remixed and Remastered by Bruce Botnick

(Interviews with Ray Manzarek, American Bandstand  host/producer, Dick Clark, Doors’ Engineer/Producer Bruce Botnick, 1970 Isle of Wight Filmmaker Murray Lerner, Doors’ photographer Guy Webster)

On December 3rd, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release R-Evolution from the Doors on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Formats.The Doors: R-Evolution

Combining early TV appearances with the Doors’ own music films, R-Evolution illustrates how the band evolved from the constraints of mid-sixties television to a point where they had the creative input and power to shape how they were portrayed on screen. R-Evolution shows the growth of the Doors from being forced to accept the formulaic television approach to taking control of the medium.

R-Evolution brings together a wealth of previously unreleased footage of The Doors. This compilation contains “Light My Fire,” “People Are Strange,” “Hello, I Love You,” “Crawling King Snake,” “L.A. Woman,” “Moonlight Drive,” “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” and many more.

Housed in the collection is a performance of “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” from the Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 by director Murray Lerner, a 45-minute documentary entitled “The Doors – Breaking Through The Lens,” “Love Thy Customer,” a never-before-seen 1966 Ford training film with music by the Doors, their television appearances on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and one from the Clark-produced TV show, Shebang, Finally, the DVD has a section of outtakes from the band’s appearance on the US TV show Malibu U in 1967.

In 1978, the famed DJ Murray The K was a guest on my television show 50/50, broadcast on Z Channel, Public Access and Manhattan Cable. I had unearthed from Murray’s own archives a copy of the Doors doing “People Are Strange” from his Murray The K in New York 1967 TV series and screened it. Continue reading

Ray Manzarek

Doors’ co-founder, Ray Manzarek, the band’s keyboardist, died Monday, May 20th, 2013 at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany from bile duct cancer.

Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Pablo, and their three grandchildren. Family members request that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Manzarek’s name to Standup2Cancer.org.

Author and music historian, Harvey Kubernik, a friend of Ray Manzarek, let us run a portion of his 2010 interview with Ray that first was published in THC Expose Magazine.

“I saw The Doors perform at the Forum in Inglewood, California in 1968, and first met Ray Manzarek in 1974 at Mercury Records on Hollywood Boulevard. I must have interviewed him a dozen times over the last third of a century.

“Last decade, I produced Ray’s double CD audio biography, The Doors: Myth and Reality; The Spoken Word History. I’m one of the fortunate eight people listed in dedications in his autobiography, “Light My Fire.” Ray is also profiled and interviewed in my 2004 book This Is Rebel Music. Continue reading