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Saturday, January 20, 2018 - January 26, 2018

Johnny Winter: ‘Captured Live’

Albino musician Johnny Winter was one of the most exciting guitar players of his generation.  His performances were legendary and nobody moved around the stage as much as Johnny and his band.  He had the respect of all his peers and some of his covers of classic songs were even better than the originals and he made them his own.  He was also ripped off by every manager he ever worked with.

“Captured Live” does exactly what it says on the tin, capturing Johnny Winter and his band at the height of their powers.  Recorded in 1975 and released a year later it contains 6 packages of pure excitement.

Johnny Winter performs at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1969. (Photo/John Kadvany)

The band members are so tight after virtually playing every night that year that there are no cracks or let up in their game.  But soaring above them is Johnny Winter’s guitar and his gravelly vocals.

From the moment the band are introduced the four musicians head onwards and upwards.  First out the traps to warm the audience up is “Bony Moronie”, the Larry Williams classic, following which the band, now fully primed, rip straight into the Rick Derringer number “Roll with Me”.

Then, as a major coup, Johnny Winter has a John Lennon song “Rock’n’Roll People” that Lennon never officially released during his lifetime.  So Winter takes this song to his heart and really lets fly.  After this we get Womack and Womack’s “It’s All Over Now”, which leaves the Rolling Stones version in tatters.  These four songs made up side one of the vinyl release and then on side two you get two tracks that make up the ‘meat and veg’ of this ensemble.

Clocking in at 10 minutes and 32 seconds is Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Re-Visited”, where Winter really gets the chance to shine on slide guitar and the air around the music almost catches fire.  It’s an example of a great musician at the height of his powers.  To finish things off there’s 12 minutes of Johnny Winter’s own signature song, “Sweet Papa John”  This has everything that is sweet and pure about rock’n’roll all wrapped into one long song.  The crowd’s response when it finally comes to its conclusion speaks for itself.

Between 1968 and his death in 2014, Johnny Winter released 19 official studio albums and 8 official live albums.  Sadly there were countless cash-in and rip-off affairs released under Winter’s banner, but without his knowledge or consent.  This very album has been released in different formats under different names, so be careful whilst out shopping for the good stuff.

Johnny Winter’s band:

Johnny Winter - lead guitar and vocals

Randy Jo Hobbs - bass guitar and backing vocals

Richard Hughes - drums

Floyd Radford - guitar

Album Tracks:

Bony Moronie

Roll With Me

Rock’n’Roll People

It’s All Over Now

Highway 61 Re-Visited

Sweet Papa John

Note: Written By Mott The Dog who can be found sitting in the corner of Jameson’s The Irish Pub Soi AR, North Pattaya.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: ‘Pack Up The Plantation’

Tom Petty was born in 1950 and first became attracted to the growing phenomena of rock’n’roll by Elvis Presley, but the knockout blow for young Petty was seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.  That was it for him, from this point onwards it was bands and rock’n’roll music all the way.

Tom Petty in 1976.

In 1967, at the age of 17, Petty dropped out of high school and started playing in local groups in his home town of Gainesville, Florida, including the almost successful Mudcrutch.  But then things changed and the band Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers was formed.

The self titled first album (1976) was moderately successful in Gainesville, and the follow up “You’re Gonna’ Get It” (1978) did not fare much better.  Both these albums when listened to today miss that certain spark.  Well the third one, with the delightful title of “Damn The Torpedoes” (1979) and propelled by hit single “Refugee”, had that spark and caused raptures all over the world.  The rise to prominence started on a tour of the United Kingdom, but was quickly taken up by the Americans and the rest of the world; the third album reaching platinum success almost instantly and a star was born.

From that point onwards every album became more and more successful, culminating in Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ final album “Hypnotic Eye” (2014) becoming the band’s first world-wide number one smash hit.

Of course this is not the complete story.  Petty also had a solo career away from the Heartbreakers including various hits and dalliances with Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, and who can forget the incredible duet they performed on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.

Petty also had time to have an acting career as well as forming the ultimate super group, the Traveling Wilburys with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and himself.  It’s more than your average rock star can cram into ten careers.  Sadly Tom Petty died in October 2017 at the age of 66, another great talent taken from us way too early.

My favorite Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album is “Pack up the Plantation” as although it includes many of his hits it also features some rarities, and some amazing covers, including a superb version of The Searchers hit “Needles and Pins” in duet with Stevie Nicks.  Nicks also gets up and duets with the band on “Insider”, much to the crowds’ delight.

On relative rarity “Breakdown” the crowd actually take over the singing for the first two verses, word perfect, to which Petty jokingly replies, “you’re gonna put me out of a job.”

There is a nine minute rock out on “Shout” as well, which is just so full of rock’n’roll it positively brims over.  The audience and band are all having such a riot it’s difficult to know who exactly is having the better time.  This is Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at the top of their game in front of a live audience.  Rock Music at its best! - 5 stars.

Main Musicians:

Tom Petty - 6 & 12 string guitars, electric guitar and lead vocals

Mike Campbell - lead guitar and vocals

Howie Epstein - bass guitar and vocals

Benmont Tench - keyboards and vocals

Stan Lynch – drums

Stevie Nicks - vocals

Album Tracks:

So You Wanna’ Be A Rock’n’Roll Star

Needles and Pins

The Waiting


American Girl

It Ain’t Nothing To Me


Rockin’Around with You


I Need To Know

Southern Accents


Don’t Bring Me Down

You Got Lucky


Stories We Could Tell

Note: Written by Mott The Dog and Hells Bells. Mott The Dog can often be found off the lead at Jameson’s The Irish pub, Soi AR in North Pattaya.

Update Saturday, Jan. 6 - Jan. 12, 2018

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: ‘Who Built The Moon’

Released at the end of 2017, “Who Built The Moon” was just in time to catch the festive party season, and although that move was probably a bit calculated, it is a perfect fit.

This is the High Flying Birds third album and Noel Gallagher’s tenth in all.  Although it will probably never outsell Oasis’ monster hit album “Be Here Now” from twenty years ago, I predict that the critical acclaim will far surpass it and people will probably still be playing this album in forty years time.

Noel Gallagher is shown performing
at the Razzmatazz festival in Barcelona, Spain.

Bouncing right out the speakers from the get go and all the way through this collection of thirteen songs, this is an album Noel Gallagher has always promised, but somehow never quite delivered.  There is not a weak moment as the music rampages from track to track with never any hint of a let up.

In fairness the album is a bit of a collaboration effort with the genius that is David Holmes, a famous producer, songwriter and DJ.  But for whatever reason, this album just works.  There are still plenty of Brit-Pop touching points and Gallagher’s Oasis years are never far away.  Nor are his early influences, there is always just a hint of John Lennon running through this album.  Hey everybody has influences, so why not pick the best?

The album opens with “Fort Knox” and then just heads straight for the dance floor.  I guarantee you could put this album on at any party, let it play through and then just push repeat and you would have a happy bunch of campers.

All the music is multi-layered, making for interesting listening and the guitars are of course always to the fore, but running alongside or behind them are all the bells and whistles that the studio can add.

There is plenty of room too for Gallagher’s peers and friends to make appearances, with Paul Weller of the The Jam fame, from a generation before Oasis, playing organ on “Holy Mountain” and Johnny Marr (formerly of The Smiths) getting a chance to dazzle on “If Love Is The Law”, playing both guitar and harmonica.

It’s nice to hear the flavoring of cinemascope sound and eastern influences all fueled in with Gallagher’s natural talent to make some real stadium balcony shakers.  The results are exhilarating and “Who Built The Moon” is an album for the party at the end of the universe, guiding the wary along its path and playing the pied piper to the faithful, leading them down the dancing path to utopia.

When interviewed about the album David Holmes said, “People are going to be surprised.  I think people love Noel and they are desperate for him to make a really big, bold, up-tempo beast of an album.  Whilst a lot of Noel’s previous work has been quite mid-tempo, this one has been fun.”

After all the inner turmoil of working within the confines of a band and the fury of the sibling rivalry with brother Liam, I think Noel Gallagher has emerged triumphant from the war zone that was Oasis after leaving the band for good in 2009 and is now able to take giant steps forward on his own.  Liam Gallagher had the voice, but it was always Noel that had the vision and here you have it on this album all laid before you in its completed form– a rock solid 5 stars.

The High Flying Birds:

Noel Gallagher - vocals and guitar

Jason Faulkner - bass guitar

Jeremy Stacey - drums

Keefus Cianda - keyboards

Album Tracks:

Fort Knox

Holy Mountain

Keep On Reaching

It’s A Beautiful World

She Taught Me How to Fly

Be Careful What You Wish For

Black and White Sunshine

Interlude (Wednesday Part One)

If Love Is The Law

The Man Who Built The Moon

End Credits (Wednesday Part Two)

Dead In The Water

God Help Us All

Note: Written by Mott The Dog who can often be found whistling the tunes off this album at Jameson’s Irish Pub, Soi AR, North Pattaya.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Johnny Winter: ‘Captured Live’

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: ‘Pack Up The Plantation’

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: ‘Who Built The Moon’



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