Showing posts from July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse - Remembered In Concert 2004 - 2008

Much has been said about Amy Winehouse these past few days, thankfully many of the media comments and articles have focused on her incredible singing voice and musical contributions. Amy's addiction problems sadly seemed of more interest to the tabloid press in recent years and to often demonstrated how poorly understood these issues are by far to many people. On a positive and more fitting note, somebody that did know her personally is the actor and comedian Russell Brand whose own website carried this thoughtful tribute from him, which I thought really worth repeating in full - When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they've had enough, that they're ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it's too late

The Ramones - The 914 Sessions 1975

This is the probably the earliest Ramones studio material in circulation. 'Judy's In The Basement' was released by Hit & Run Records originally as a 10inch vinyl record and made in East Berlin. The liner notes state that the songs were produced by Tommy Erdelyi recorded September 19th, 1975 at 914 Studios, Blauvelt, New York. CD versions have also circulated using the vinyl artwork. From wikipedia - The original members of the band met in and around the middle-class neighborhood of Forest Hills in the New York City borough of Queens. John Cummings and Thomas Erdelyi had both been in a high-school garage band from 1966 to 1967 known as the Tangerine Puppets. They became friends with Douglas Colvin, who had recently moved to the area from Germany. Jeffrey Hyman was the first lead singer of the glam rock band Sniper, founded in 1972. The Ramones began taking shape in early 1974, when Cummings and Colvin invited Hyman to join them in a band. The initial lineup featured