Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 20

Parliament Funkadelic – Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On (Live in 1976)

There are a ton of great live Parliament Funkadelic performances on YouTube. Take this one, for example. “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On” in Houston back in 1976. There are more than a dozen people on stage, which makes it seem chaotic, but musically they’re all united. In the clip, most of the […]

January 16

Sly Stone – If You Want Me To Stay (Live on Letterman in 1983)

This is an amazing clip. Sly Stone and a couple of hand picked musicians join Paul Schaffer and band on Letterman to play “If You Want Me To Stay”, with a quick dip into “Sing A Simple Song” at the end. It’s one of the best jams I’ve seen on Letterman, Sly is all smiles […]

January 08

Warren Zevon with Neil Young – Splendid Isolation (Live at the Bridge School Benefit in 1993)

“Splendid Isolation” is from Warren Zevon’s 1989 record Transverse City. Neil Young played on the record, and he joins Warren on stage to lend his vocals, harmonica, and guitar to the track. It’s pretty sweet. [Editor’s Note: They took down the video version, but I found this audio version to replace it. I wish the […]

January 07

Sly and the Family Stone – Higher (Live at Woodstock in 1969)

I recently picked up the Sly and the Family Stone box set Higher!, so I’ve been listening to a lot of Sly lately. It got me thinking about my first introduction to Sly and the Family Stone, which was when I was 12 or so watching Woodstock on PBS. Of all the acts, my 12 year […]

January 05

Album Review: Funkadelic – First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate

first ya gotta Shake the Gate is the first album of new material from George Clinton and his Funkadelic music collective in over 30 years. The last Funkadelic record was 1981’s Electric Spanking of War Babies. To make up for lost time, Clinton has included 33 songs on the album – one for each year that has passed since Electric Spanking […]

January 01

Little Richard – Long Tall Sally (From Don’t Knock The Rock)

On this, the first day of 2015, we’re going to go back to the early days of rock and roll with one of the earliest rock and roll songs – “Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard Penniman. In some ways, just a 12 bar blues song, but played with the frenetic energy and showmanship rock and […]