Monthly Archives: March 2015

March 31

B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone (Live In Zaire in 1974)

A tremendous performance from B.B. King at the Zaire 74 Festival, as part of the Ali-Foreman fight. A smoldering version of “The Thrill Is Gone”. We’ve highlighted a couple of other performances from this event, too – The Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, and the great songwriter Bill Withers. We’ve also posted a great […]

March 29

Parliament – Wizard Of Finance (audio)

Parliament has all the best love songs. They cornered that market long ago, and no one has topped them since. “Wizard Of Finance” is a perfect example. It’s funky as all get out – Bootsy with the space bass – with lyrics full of the fun and ludicrous metaphors George Clinton and company were known […]

March 28

Neil Young with R.E.M. – Ambulance Blues (Live at the Bridge Benefit in 1998)

At the Bridge Benefit, everything is acoustic. At least, mostly acoustic. Here’s an outstanding version of “Ambulance Blues” – from the great On The Beach record – with R.E.M. as the backing band from the 1998 benefit. At least the guitarist and the bassist, since the drummer had left by this point, and Michael Stipe […]

March 27

James Brown – Gonna Have A Funky Good Time (Live in Zaire in 1974)

Here’s James Brown and band doing “Gonna Have A Funky Good Time” in Zaire as part of the Ali-Foreman fight spectacular. It’s outstanding. Brown looks awesome in his GFOS (GodFather Of Soul) one piece and styling mustache. The band is tight. And the clip is interspersed with other scenes from the fight spectacular, courtesy of […]

March 26

Bob Dylan – The Man In Me (The Big Lebowski version)

The first time I heard “The Man In Me” was when I went to see The Big Lewboski in the theater. Which is a bit odd, because I’m an enormous Dylan freak. But the reality is, at that time, I didn’t have New Morning, which is the album it was released on. So how was […]

March 24

Steely Dan – Black Cow Demos 1 and 2 (audio)

“Black Cow” is the first track off Steely Dan’s Aja, one of the greatest albums ever made. But it started out as an idea back when the band was recording Katy Lied. Donald Fagen recorded a couple of demo versions during those sessions. It’s mostly just him on piano with the vocals. I think there’s someone […]

March 19

The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (music video)

When we first got MTV – which wasn’t too long after it launched – The Police had just released Ghost In The Machine. There were a handful of videos from the album that were in heavy rotation, including this one. I was young – 10 or 11 – so it was my first introduction to […]