Dylan & Still with Us! & Like a Rolling Stone

There were reports that Bob Dylan had passed on, but no, not at all! Reports have been greatly exaggerated! Dylan lives on in body and in spirit! Always one of my favorites, from Highway 61 Revisited (1965).

Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Mike Bloomfield (electric guitar), Al Kooper (organ), Frank Owens (piano), Joe Macho Jr. (bass), Bobby Gregg (drums), Bruce Langhorne (tambourine).

Zomby Woof & Zappa H@ll&w<<n Sp<c^@l

My blog mentor Nightskyradio has launched his annual Rocktober series, which is a slow burner this year. I’m picking up the vibe, plus I notice the moon’s approaching the full zone, so I offer Frank Zappa’s “Zomby Woof,” from Over-nite Sensation (1973).

Zappa (vocals, guitar), Ricky Lancelotti (vocals), Sal Marquez (trumpet), Ian Underwood (winds), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Ruth Underwood (vibes, marimba), Jean-Luc Ponty (violin), George Duke (keyboards), Tom Fowler (bass), Ralph Humphrey (drums), Tina Turner and the Ikettes (back vocals). Surprised to hear, after all these years, it was Tina Turner back there doing some of those vocals . . .

RIP Geoff Emerick

RIP Geoff Emerick, December 5, 1945 – October 2, 2018. He was chief recording engineer for the Beatles, and is associated with many of the most arresting sounds we remember. Nice commemorative piece in Variety

From Variety:

Speaking to Variety in July 2017, Emerick cited “A Day in the Life” as a high point of his time with the Beatles. “The night we put the orchestra on it, the whole world went from black and white to color,”

RIP Martin Balin & Today

R.I.P. Martin Balin (born Martin Jerel Buchwald) January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018, founder of Jefferson Airplane and (with Grace Slick) one of its lead singers. This is “Today” from Surrealistic Pillow (1967).

Marty Balin (lead vocals and I’m guessing guitar), Grace Slick (vocals), Jack Casady (bass), Spencer Dryden (drums, percussion), Jerry Garcia (lead guitar). It shows my ignorance, of course, but I had no idea Jerry Garcia appeared on this album. He also is listed as “spiritual advisor” in the credits. Sounds about right.