Smashing Pumpkins – Adore Demos

Recently I have been listening to some Demo’s for the Smashing Pumpkins album “Adore” which had been posted on the Elbo.ws blog aggregator, and seeing as I’m having a bit of a Smashing Pumpkins session at the moment –  I’ve got the Siamese Dream and Gish remasters as well as ten tracks from Teargarden and Keleidyscope. So I thought I would get these too. It’s very interesting hearing the rough and ready versions of the tracks done on accoustic guitar and piano, before they’ve been dusted off and the final professional sheen has been applied to them. plus there is also a really cool alternative version of The End is the Beginning is the End, which I like as well. I think they all sound great in there own right. Here is the track-listing

  • For Martha
  • Chewing Gum
  • The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete
  • Annie Dog
  • Once in a While
  • Do You Close Your Eyes
  • My Mistake
  • Blissed and Gone
  • The End is the Beginning is the End
  •  The Beginning is the End is the Beginning

Underworld 1992-2012 & Collection

Ahead of a flurry of activity in 2012 to mark the twentieth anniversary of their first proper single release, Underworld are reissuing the 1992-2002 anthology with more material to complete the picture of the first two decades of Underworld. Entitled Underworld 1992-2012 it is A 3 disc CD Boxed set and is being released on January 23, 2012

They have also compiled a single disc set Collection which features edited highlights of the band’s career to date which is being released on the same date. It features many of the band s biggest tracks alongside recent collaborations with High Contrast & Tiesto (The First Note is Silent), Mark Knight & D. Ramirez (Downpipe) and Brian Eno (Beebop Hurry).

Personally I think editing fantastic songs like Pearls Girl, Cowgirl, Two Months Off and Born Slippy Nuxx is completely wrong and that they are so great that they need to be heard in their entirity, and I’ve no Idea why they haven’t included great songs like Diamond Jigsaw or Always Loved a Film, still it sounds awesome so I’ll definitely  get it. Maybe they’ve got other plans for Diamond Jigsaw and Always Loved a Film, I can’t wait to findout.

  • Bigmouth
  • Mmm Skyscraper I Love you
  • Rez (9.57)
  • Cowgirl
  • Spikeey
  • Dirty Epic
  • Dark and Long (Dark Train)

Disc 2

Disc 3

  • The Hump
  • The Big Meat Show
  • Minneapolis
  • Why Why Why
  • Oich Oich
  • Second Hand
  • Parc (LIVE)
  • Simple Peal
  • Jal To Tokyo

Happy Birthday Little Richard

Often cited as “the architect of rock and roll”, American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) was born on this day December 5 in 1932. He is considered key in music’s transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s, and was also the first artist to put the funk in the rock and roll beat which contributed significantly to the development of soul music.

Like the late great Elvis Presley, Little Richard blew the lid off Fifties music, laying the foundation for rock and roll with his explosive music and charismatic persona. On record, he made spine-tingling rock and roll. His frantically charged piano playing and raspy, shouted vocals on such classics as “Tutti Frutti“, “Long Tall Sally” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” defined the dynamic sound of rock and roll.   Little Richard began performing on stage and on the road in 1945, when he was in his early teens, and began his recording career on October 16, 1951 by imitating the gospel- influenced style of late-1940s jump blues artist Billy Wright, who was a friend who gave him the opportunity to record his first song.

However His early fifties recordings, did not achieve remarkable commercial success, and it was not until 1955, under the guidance of Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, that he began recording in a style he had been performing onstage for years, which featured a varied rhythm (derived from everything from drum beats he would hear in his voice to the sounds of trains he would hear thundering by him as a child), a heavy backbeat, funky saxophone grooves, over-the-top gospel-style singing, moans, screams, and other emotive inflections, accompanied by a combination of boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues music.

This new music, which also included an original injection of funk into the rock and roll beat, also inspired many of the greatest recording artists of the twentieth century, including James Brown, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, and many other rhythm & blues, rock, and soul music artists. During the height of his stardom He charted seventeen original hits in less than three years and in 1986 He became one of the first group of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of only four (along with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Fats Domino) to also receive the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame In 2007, and in 2010 The United States of America’s Library of Congress National Recording Registry added the groundbreaking recording of his original 1955 hit “Tutti Frutti”to its registry, claiming that the hit, with its original “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!” a cappella introduction, heralded a new era in music. It has also been voted Number 1 by an eclectic panel of renowned recording artists on Mojo’s The Top 100 Records That Changed The World, hailing the recording as “the sound of the birth of rock and roll.”