Monthly Archives: December 2014

December 28

Bob Dylan – Heart Of Mine (Live in 198?)

I first heard “Heart Of Mine” (a live version) when Biograph came out in 1985, but it was originally recorded for Shot Of Love. It’s remained one of my favorite Dylan compositions since I first heard it. So I was pretty psyched when I came across this clip on the YouTubes. It’s not the greatest […]

December 25

Heart – Stairway To Heaven (Live at Kennedy Center in 2012)

If you’re going to cover “Stairway to Heaven” with fewer than 50 musicians, you’re wasting everybody’s time. That’s part of what makes this cover by Heart, Jason Bonham and a host of others so fun. They start out small, but by the end of the song, there must be 100 or so people on the […]

December 22

Gov’t Mule and Friends – I’d Rather Go Blind (Live in 2013)

“I’d Rather Go Blind” is one of the great blues ballads, covered repeatedly by all kinds of bands since it was first put on vinyl by Etta James in the mid sixties. She wrote the song with her friend Ellington “Fugi” Jordan while he was in prison, but for tax purposes her credit went to Billy Foster, […]

December 19

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Isn’t It A Pity (Live at Red Rocks in 2012)

Great cover of George Harrison’s “Isn’t It A Pity” by the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Red Rocks in 2012.

December 18

Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers (Live at the Marque Club in 1971)

The Rolling Stones did a private show at The Marque Club in March of 1971. This was about a month before Sticky Fingers was released. Sticky Fingers was the first Rolling Stones record with Mick Taylor as a full fledged member of the band, and he’s featured prominently in “Dead Flowers”. Great backing vocals by […]

December 12

Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al (music video)

What a great video. Inspired lip syncing by Chevy Chase, the whole video shot in that pink room. And lines like this: “Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly / Get these mutts away from me / You know I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore” Great memories.

December 10

Jerry Garcia Band – Stir It Up (Live in 1976)

A couple of things about this post. First, in a rare treat, Donna Jean Godchaux takes lead vocal on “Stir It Up”. I think there were one or two other songs on which she took lead vocals, but for the most part, Jerry sings the songs the Jerry Garcia Band plays. Second, they’re playing on […]