Monday, November 23, 2015

The 2015 Leg of Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour Ends

The 2015 leg of the Never Ending Tour has come to an end without a stop in NYC.  Atlantic City was the closest stop earlier in the year.  I was also disappointed that the set list didn't vary much over the past year.

I am certainly hoping the tour will resume early in 2016.  Since Bob is 74 years I understand if there are less dates in the years to come.  My favorite venue was the Beacon Theater where I saw him in November 2014.

Rest well Bob as you certainly deserve it and may you stay Forever Young.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

On the Go This Saturday

We walked over to Uncle Bill's Diner to eat breakfast out for a change.  The last time we went ther it was closed for renovations.  I just love their pancakes and sausages.

From there Lee and I went to Cunningham Park to play some basketball as we do on most Saturday mornings.

When we got home we watched Sports Jeopardy which is on Crackle TV.  Last season a contestant can only win once, but this season the winner comes back.  Today Vinny Varadarajan won his fifth game.  The winner get $5,000 while there is no dollar limit for a win on regular Jeopardy.

At 12 noon we wlaked over to the local multiplex to see The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 2.  I thought the earlier movies in the series were better.

At 4 PM on ESPN3 I watched thhe NJIT Highlanders play Lafayette.  My school won 80-66 and are now 3-1.  They bounced back after losing the opener to Kentucky.  The next game is Monday night against Providence College in the Big East.  NJIT has never beaten a Big East opponent, but there is always a first time.

At 6:30 we watch the Adventures of Superman on MeTV featuring George Reeves and Phyllis Coates.  I must have seen this episodes umpteen times over the years.

And now it is time for Cousin Brucie.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Dick Biondi to Come to Weekend Mornings on WLS-FM Chicago

Dick Biondi is certainly a legend in Chicago Radio as he has been on the air for over 50 years.  He has appeared on several radio stations in Chicago and other cities as noted in his Wikipedia biography,  I used to listen to him regularly on the internet version of WLS-FM but in recent years he was heard weeknights from 11 PM - 2 AM Central Time.  Robert Feder, a media colunmnist reports that Dick will be moved to weekend mornings.  I will have to check out part of his show on Saturdays or Sundays.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My Usual Radio Rituals

Here is my usual weekly radio ritual.  Sometimes I diverge from it.

  • WFUV - Corny O' Connell
  • WBGO - Gary Walker
  • SiriusXM - Classic Vinyl
  • Breakfast with the Beatles Podcast with Dennis Mitchell
  • WFUV - Corny O'Connell
  • WBGO - Gary Walker
  • SiriusXM - Willies Roadhouse
  • SiriusXM - Deep Tracks
  • WFUV - Corny O'Connell
  • WBGO - Gary Walker
  • SiriusXM - Cousin Brucie on 60s on 6

  • WFUV - Corny O'Connell
  • WBGO - Gary Walker
  • SiriusXM - Tom Petty's Buried Treasure
  • WFUV - Corny O'Connell
  • WBGO - Gary Walker
  • SiriusXM - BB Kings Bluesville Channel
  • Bob Radil's 60s 70s Show on Rewound Radio
  • 1010 WINS
  • WCBS-FM Sue O'Neal
  • Johnny Cash Radio
  • Pop Gold Radio's Countdown with Don Tandler
  • WFUV - Mixed Bag with Don McGee
  • SiriusXM - Cousin Brucie on 60s on 6
  • 1010 WINS
  • WCBS-FM - Scott Shannon
  • Q104.3 Breakfast with the Beatles with Ken Dashow on Q-104.3
  • Classic American Top 40 with Casey Kasem on IHeart Radio
  • Sounds of the 60s with Brian Matthew Podcast
  • WFUV - Sunday Supper with John Platt
  • That Thing with Rich Appel on Rewound Radio
  • Cool Bobby B's Doo Wop Stop on SiriusXM 50s 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

PF Sloan Passes Away at Age 70

When people bought records in the 1960s the songwriter was usually not known.  There were obviously some singer songwriters who are household names, but very few heard of P.F Sloan.  I looked in my Joel Whitburn book and saw only two very minor hits as P.F. was primarily a songwriter.  His claim to fame was Eve of Destruction as recorded by Barry McGuire in 1965.  It is a very bitter song, but much of what is said in it sadly applies today especially after the recent events in Paris.  He wrote many other hits including:
  • Take Me For What Its Worth by the Searchers (Sloan's version is seen and heard above)
  • A Must to Avoid - Herman's Hermits
  • You Baby -  Turtles
  • Where Were You When I Needed You - Grass Roots
  • Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers
He just passed away from pancreatic cancer. My condolences to his family and friends.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

My Review of Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge.

At the request of Mary Ellen Brown aka Snoopy I am writing a review of Bob Dylan 1965-1966. The Cutting Edge. It is Bootleg Series #12. which took me over a week to listen to this 6 CD package. A bootleg, of course, is a recording not released by a legitimate record label. I would say that Bob Dylan is likely the most bootlegged artist in history going back to the early 1960s. Columbia Records is trying to cash on this by issuing concert and studio recordings not on earlier Dylan albums.

Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde are by far my favorite Dylan albums. The Cutting Edge includes rehearsals and alternative takes for most of the songs on those albums. As someone not a musician, I never experienced how a record developed from a demo to the finished product. Any recording artist and his producer must make a decision on what version to put on the final product. The engineers also get involved by mixing the tracks.

CD #3 on the 6 CD set is devoting to the various versions of Like a Rolling Stone. I spent over 1 hour on Wednesday listening to Dylan's greatest hit. I certainly enjoyed listening to all of the 100+ cuts in the series. With the exception of Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat, I felt that the versions that I've heard for 50 years are better. This set is not for the casual Dylan fan, it is appropriate for people like myself who have followed Dylan for decades.

On a related note, I am disappointed that the Never Ending Tour will not come to the New York area in 2015. I am hoping the tour will resume on the east coast in early 2016.
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