The ’59 2018 #114: 180424
Led Zeppelin – The song remains the same (1976)
This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 18 – 1976.
The recording of The song remains the same and the film of the same name took place during three nights of concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden, during the band’s 1973 North American tour. All songs were recorded by Eddie Kramer using the Wally Heider Mobile Studio truck, and later mixed at Electric Lady Studios in New York and Trident Studios in London.
The album was released on 22 October 1976, by Swan Song Records. The sleeve design depicted a dilapidated movie house located on Old Street film studios in London, which was used by the group for rehearsals prior to their 1973 tour.
Until both the album and the film were remastered and re-released in 2007, there were significant differences between the two in terms of the songs included on each.
- The film included “Black Dog”, but not “Celebration Day”.
- The soundtrack album included “Celebration Day”, but not “Black Dog”.
- The film also included “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, the introduction to “Heartbreaker”, the instrumental “Bron-Yr-Aur” (which appeared on Physical Graffiti) and a hurdy-gurdy piece called “Autumn Lake”, none of which were featured on the album.
In addition some of the recordings featured on the album were of different performances from those in the film. Other tracks which were recorded at Madison Square Garden, but omitted from both the film and the soundtrack album, included “Over The Hills and Far Away”, “The Ocean” and “Misty Mountain Hop”
The Epic 2017 project #327: 171123
Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous (1978)
Live and Dangerous is a live double album from Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in June 1978. It was recorded in London in 1976, and Philadelphia and Toronto in 1977, with further production in Paris. It was also the last Thin Lizzy album to feature guitarist Brian Robertson,who left the band shortly after its release.
The band decided to release a live album after their producer Tony Visconti did not have enough time to work on a full studio session. The group listened through various archive recordings from earlier tours and compiled the album from the best versions. Various studio overdubs were made to the live recordings during early 1978 in Pari but exactly how much of the album is overdubbed has been a contentious topic since its release. It reached No. 2 in the UK album charts, ultimately selling over half a million copies and has continued to attract critical acclaim as well as appearing in several lists of the greatest live albums of all time.
The Epic 2017 Project #321: 171117
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Songs from the road (2013)
Songs from the Road is a live album covering Joanne Shaw Taylor’s first three studio albums. Released on 12 May 2013 on Ruf Records, the album included a DVD recorded live at London’s Borderline club.
‘Watch ’em burn’ is, (in my opinion) Ms Taylor’s signature piece. Eleven minutes of blistering R&B and stunning fretwork which she gave us for an encore when we saw her at Shoreham’s Ropetackle Centre a couple of years back.
The Epic 2017 Project #320: 171116
Talking Heads – The name of this band is… (1981)
The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads is a double live album by Talking Heads, originally released in 1981. The first disc featured the original quartet in recordings from 1977 and 1979, and the second disc the expanded ten-piece lineup that toured in 1980 and 1981. The album contains live versions of songs that appear on their first four studio albums, Talking Heads: 77, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music, and Remain in Light. The cassette edition of the album included “Cities” as a bonus track not included on the vinyl edition – this track has been included on the subsequent CD release.
The title of the album is a reference both to the group’s preference for having no expressed definite article within the band name (as opposed to “The Talking Heads”) and to David Byrne’s minimalist introductions to songs. The album opens with one such introduction: “The name of this song is New Feeling. That’s what it’s about.”
An expanded version of the record, on CD in the United States for the first time, was released in 2004 by Sire/Warner Bros./Rhino. It duplicated the pattern of the original with the first disc featuring the quartet alone, and the second disc a ten-member band. Additional tracks from 1978 are among the eight extra songs on the first disc, and correct running order for the set from the larger band on the second disc.
Unusually for an American band, the original vinyl release came out a year earlier in the UK than it did Stateside.
The Epic 2017 Project #282: 171009
Santana – Moonflower (1977)
Moonflower is a studio and live double album by Santana, released in 1977. The recording features both studio and live tracks, which are interspersed with one another throughout the album. It is perhaps the group’s most popular live album, because Lotus did not receive a U.S. domestic release until the early 1990s. It displays a mix between the fusion of Latin and blues-rock styles of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the much more experimental and spiritual jazz fusion sound that characterized the band’s mid-1970s work. The live material was recorded during the supporting tour for the Festival album, which displayed a similar mix of styles, and many of the album’s songs are featured here – namely, the three song medley which opens Festival.
A cover version of the Zombies’ mid-1960s hit song “She’s Not There” was released as a single. The song was the first Santana recording to hit the Top 40 of the Billboard charts since “No One to Depend On” reached No.36 in 1972. The album reached No.10 on the Billboard charts and was eventually certified platinum, neither of which occurred again until the star-studded Supernatural in 1999 (See Epic 283 on Jemtunes tomorrow).
The Epic 2017 Project #217: 170805
Pink Floyd – A delicate sound of thunder (1988)
For the final Jemtunes ‘Epic’ outing into Pink Floyd’s album back catalogue, we conclude with Delicate Sound of Thunder. It’s a double live album recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York in August 1988 and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in September 1988. It was released two months later on 22 November 1988, through EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States.
Released as a double LP, double cassette, and a double CD, each format containing a slightly different track listing, it includes many works from A Momentary Lapse of Reason as well as tracks from older Pink Floyd albums.
The Epic 2017 Project #207: 170726
Pink Floyd – Pulse (1995)
Pulse is a live double album from Pink Floyd, released on 29 May 1995 on EMI in the United Kingdom and on 6 June 1995 by Columbia in the United States. It was recorded during the band’s Division Bell Tour in 1994, specifically the UK and European leg, which ran from July to October 1994.
Disc 2 is a complete live version of The Dark Side of the Moon and features a booklet with many photographs from performances on the tour. It also features “Astronomy Domine”, a Syd Barrett song not performed since the early 1970s.
Unlike Delicate Sound of Thunder (see Epic 217 scheduled for posting here on 5 August), David Gilmour and record producer James Guthrie say that no parts of the songs were re-recorded in the studio (James Guthrie confirmed this in an interview with Pink Floyd fanzine Brain Damage). However, the band and Guthrie fixed songs that had bad notes (as heard on some bootlegs) by lifting solos and corrected vocal lines from other performances as the band recorded most of the European leg. The CD claimed that it was mixed in “Q Sound” which produces a 3D audio effect even on a two channel stereo system.
“Take It Back” was originally going to be in the album with the recording from 25 September 1994, Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne but was cut due to length.
Early CD versions came with a flashing red LED on the side of the case. This was designed by EMI contractor Jon Kempner, who was awarded the platinum disc, using the now discontinued LM3909 LED flasher IC. The circuit was powered by a single AA battery which (it was claimed) had a six month+ battery life. Mine lasted eight. Only problem was that (unless you were prepared to destroy your CD case in the process) it was impossible to change the battery.