Friday, October 17, 2008

Top 101 Canadian Classic Rock Songs

Some classics on this list......

Top 101 Canadian Classic Rock Songs

1 Guess Who American Woman
2 Tragically Hip New Orleans is Sinking
3 Rush Tom Sawyer
4 B.T.O. Taking Care of Business
5 Steppenwolf Born to be Wild
6 Red Rider Lunatic Fringe
7 Neil Young Needle & the Damage Done
8 Bryan Adams Summer of 69
9 The Band Up on Cripple Creek
10 Tom Cochrane Life is a Highway
11 Buffalo Springfield For what itÂ’s Worth
12 Doucette Mama, Let him Play
13 April Wine Oowhatanite
14 Neil Young Cinnamon Girl
15 Kings Beat Goes On / Switching to Glide
16 Guess Who No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature
17 Trooper Raise a Little Hell
18 Tragically Hip Courage
19 Five Man Electrical Band Signs
20 Kim Mitchell Go for a Soda
21 Rush Closer to the Heart
22 54.40 Nice to Love You
23 CSNY Ohio
24 Bryan Adams Cuts like a Knife
25 Colin James Voodoo Thing
26 Streetheart Action
27 Harlequin Innocence
28 B.T.O You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
29 The Band Chest Fever
30 Neil Young Southern Man
31 Tragically Hip Little Bones
32 Crowbar Oh, what a Feeling
33 Chilliwack Fly at Night
34 Indio Hard Sun
35 Rush Spirit of Radio
36 April Wine Say Hello
37 Neil Young Old Man
38 Blue Rodeo Trust Yourself
39 Robbie Robertson Somewhere Down that Crazy River
40 Tom Cochrane & Red Rider Boy Inside the Man
41 Guess Who Bus Rider
42 Cowboy Junkies Sweet Jane
43 Steppenwolfe Magic Carpet Ride
44 Neil Young Rockin’ in the Free World
45 Rush Fly by Night
46 Junkhouse Out of my Head
47 Kim Mitchell All we Are
48 Tragically Hip Blow at High Dough
49 Big Sugar DigginÂ’ a Hole
50 B.T.O. Let it Ride
51 CSNY Woodstock
52 54.40 I Go Blind
53 The Band Shape I’m In
54 Bryan Adams Run to You
55 Colin James Five Long Years
56 The Pursuit of Happiness IÂ’m an Adult Now
57 Jeff Healey See the Light
58 Tea Party The River
59 Tom Cochrane Big League
60 Big Wreck The Oaf
61 Tragically Hip At the 100th Meridian
62 Rush Subdivisions
63 Neil Young Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)
64 Guess Who No Time
65 Foot in Cold Water (Make me Do) Anything you Want
66 Trooper We’re here for a Good Time
67 Bryan Adams Kids Wanna Rock
68 Kim Mitchell Rock & Roll Duty
69 54.40 Love you All
70 B.T.O. Hey you
71 Red Rider White Hot
72 Robbie Robertson Showdown at Big Sky
73 Blue Rodeo Til I am Myself Again
74 Tragically Hip Grace, Too
75 Streetheart Here Comes the Night
76 Jeff Healey Confidence Man
77 Neil Young Heart of Gold
78 Odds Heterosexual Man
79 Rush Freewill
80 Max Webster High Class in Borrowed Shoes
81 Guess Who Hand me Down World
82 Triumph Magic Power
83 Big Sugar If I Had my Way
84 Pat Travers Crash & Burn
85 Mathew Good Band Everything is Automatic
86 Prism Armageddon
87 Tragically Hip Boots or Hearts
88 54.40 Ocean Pearl
89 Tom Cochrane Victory Day
90 Neil Young Walk On
91 Robbie Robertson Sweet Fire of Love
92 Rush Red Barchetta
93 Sloan Money City Maniacs
94 April Wine I Like to Rock
95 Harlequin Thinking of You
96 Bryan Adams This Time
97 Guess Who Share the Land
98 B.T.O. Roll on down the Highway
99 Chilliwack Communication Breakdown
100 Kim Mitchell Lager & Ale
101 Tragically Hip 50 Mission Cap

Saturday, October 11, 2008



Just five days shy of his 23rd birthday, Neil Young's solo career launched
in earnest with an engagement at The Canterbury House in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. Having left the Buffalo Springfield only six months earlier,
Neil brought just his guitar along to the facility operated by the Episcopal
Diocese of Michigan as a ministry to University of Michigan students,
faculty and staff.

The truth was that the engagement was something of a "stealth" booking, an
experiment to determine if audiences would accept Neil's music in its most
elemental form. Having performed previously in the context of a band, he
was unsure if he could deliver his music as convincingly alone. The
Canterbury House experience erased all doubts and set the stage for the succession of Neil Young solo albums that continues to this day.

The night of November 9, 1968 (and the night following), he performed his
music and told stories between the songs to a rapt audience. The
performances were recorded those evenings on a TEAC 2 track tape recorder,
the tapes kept in storage over the intervening years.

More than 40 years will have passed when Reprise Records releases Sugar
Mountain Live At Canterbury House 1968 as part of the continuing Neil
Young Archive Performance Series. The 23-track album will be issued on November
25th and includes recordings made on both nights and offers a glimpse into
the development of a legendary artist. The album includes songs that were
written during his Buffalo Springfield tenure as well as newly written
material that would appear on future solo albums. One of the spoken word
standouts is an amusing tale of Neil's hapless "day job" experience
working in a Toronto bookstore that still brings laughs today as it did that night
so long ago.

It should be noted that Sugar Mountain Live is not slated for inclusion in
the long anticipated Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963 - 1972). The 10-disc
Blu-ray and DVD packages will be released early in 2009 with a specific
date forthcoming.

The legendary title track, written on Neil's 19th birthday, is certainly a
highlight as are such songs as "Mr. Soul," "Expecting To Fly," and "The
Loner." Just about every one of the thirteen songs included in the album
came to be appreciated as touchstones of Neil Young's brilliant
songwriting prowess over the decades to follow.

Sugar Mountain Live At Canterbury House 1968 was recorded in stereo on two
tracks. It's intimacy, warmth and brilliance still shine through forty
years later.

> Track listing
> 1. (Emcee intro)
> 2. On The Way Home
> 3. Songwriting rap
> 4. Mr. Soul
> 5. Recording rap
> 6. Expecting To Fly
> 7. The Last Trip To Tulsa
> 8. Bookstore rap
> 9. The Loner
> 10. "I used to" rap
> 11. Birds
> 12. Winterlong (excerpt) and Out of My Mind - intro
> 13. Out Of My Mind
> 14. If I Could Have Her Tonight
> 15. Classical Gas rap
> 16. Sugar Mountain - intro
> 17. Sugar Mountain
> 18. I've Been Waiting For You
> 19. Songs rap
> 20. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing
> 21. Tuning Rap & The Old Laughing Lady - intro
> 22. The Old Laughing Lady
> 23. Broken Arrow

We can only hope that this one actually gets released and not delayed / postponed like the multi-disk set "Archives".

Slippin on by on LSD - Lake Shore Drive

I stumbled across this one today and thought it was very well done.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The 10 Best Bootlegs of All Time

The 10 Best Bootlegs of All Time
Posted Thu Oct 9, 2008 12:52pm PDT by David Skye in GetBack

In July 1969 a couple of Los Angeles-based fans found a pressing plant with a no-questions-asked policy and produced 2,000 copies of The Great White Wonder, a double album of Bob Dylan’s music in a plain white wrapper. This landmark set marked the creation of the first rock bootleg and launched a largely underground movement of recording and trading music by and for fans. The fact that this movement is still going strong well into the age of MP3s is a testament to our insatiable desire for rare recordings and live performances from our favorite artists.

Nowadays, artists compile their own official "bootleg” recordings. Last week Dylan issued the latest in his wonderful Bootleg Series: Tell Tale Signs. But somehow even the most satisfying artist-sanctioned release just can’t take away the thrill of scoring a great "unofficial" recording. Here are 10 that make our Bootleg Hall of Fame. Once the Man lets us, we'll play this stuff for you. Until then, close your eyes and imagine…

The Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, CA – July 7, 1978 [FM Broadcast]
With the famous war cry “Bootleggers, roll your tapes,” Bruce personally guarantees a classic bootleg. The Roxy’s on fire, bending to the Boss’ every word. The venue’s intimate setting (500 capacity), combined with Bruce’s energy, make for an electrifying night and contender for best show of all time, as the band sounds tighter than ever and the crowd sings along to “Spirit In The Night.”

Cafe Au Go Go, New York, NY – March 17, 1968 [Audience Recording]
This has been one of my all-time favorites since I first slipped the Maxell cassette into my player. Jimi was recording late this evening in a studio down the street from the Cafe Au Go Go. He decided he wanted to jam, so he walked to the club, hopped onstage, and joined the band, believed to be John Mayall And Friends. The magic is present from the opening chords, and the performance of “Little Wing” is heartfelt and mesmerizing.

White Album Demos [Home Demos]
The Beatles gathered in late spring 1968 at Kinfauns, George Harrison’s home in the London suburb of Esher. Accompanied by only their acoustic guitars, John, Paul, and George sat down and recorded rough demos of their newest material. Most of these songs were written during their trip to Rishikesh, India, in February to April 1968 and subsequently recorded for inclusion on The White Album. Not all of the songs performed that day would surface; some remain unreleased. Our favorite is “Child Of Nature,” which John would later rework for “Jealous Guy” on his 1971 solo album, Imagine.

O2 Arena, London, England – December 10, 2007 [Audience Recording]
This is probably one of the most anticipated bootlegs in history and the fastest to hit the market. Fans were uploading videos from their cell phones to YouTube literally minutes after the concert, which was put together as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, the legendary Atlantic Records founder who had personally signed the band. Listen to “In My Time Of Dying” and hear how well Jason Bonham, son of original drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham, fills his late father’s huge shoes.

The Quiet Knight, Chicago, IL – June 10, 1975 [FM Broadcast]
This was recorded on the Wailers’ second night in Chicago on what would be their last small-club tour. Their popularity exploded after Eric Clapton’s hit with Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff,” and their subsequent tours would all take place in large venues. Thanks to bootleggers, this club tour was documented and just as the Natty Dread himself mesmerized Chicago, fans can still enjoy the original “I Shot The Sheriff.” Join the Trenchtown Experience.

Dinner Key Auditorium, Miami, FL – March 1, 1969 [Audience Recording]
Jim Morrison, arrested? What really happened? The quality of this recording doesn’t meet our usually high standards, but come on: how many times have you heard about the alleged indecent-exposure incident and wondered what really happened? Check out this bootleg, and you can listen to exactly what the jury heard during Jim’s Miami trial. It’s the opening number, “Back Door Man,” by the ultimate rebel. “Are you ready for a good time?”

Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ – August 5, 1975 [Soundboard]
There are many bootleg stories, but this is one of the best; it's from a respected Black Sabbath collector. With the help of King Biscuit Flower Hour, Sabbath recorded this performance, hoping to put out a live record. Instead, the tapes were placed in the King Biscuit vault, where they remained for more than 25 years. In 2001 the doors were pried open, and this gem was leaked. A collector called King Biscuit to inquire about a recording he believed they possessed. The KB engineer handling the vault found the show, whicg was labeled “wasn’t good enough.” With that, the engineer kindly offered to send the collector a complimentary copy, thus the source of this recording. Ozzy asks the crowd, “What do you want to hear?” The crowd replies, “Paranoid.” Fireworks explode, and, with his trademark “We love you all,” the frontman carries through with a blistering version.

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – July 2, 1977 [Soundboard]
New York City was pumped, the local WNEW-FM began airing spots, and a giant inflatable pink pig was launched in Central Park’s Sheep Meadows (now Strawberry Fields in memory of John Lennon). A Floyd soundboard recording from the 1977 tour is a rare commodity. A lot of great audience recordings exist, but a soundboard is very rare. As Floyd take the stage for the second set, opening with “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” one fan comments, “I was about to hear my favorite album of all time played live by my favorite rock group.” Envision dry ice bellowing from the stage, breathtaking animation, and goose bumps as Floyd’s Syd Barrett ode swirls through the speakers.

Leeds University, Leeds, England – March 13, 1971
Leeds is one of those absolutely precious clear soundboard recordings from this tour, and many consider it to be the Stones’ definitive live document. The band is inspired throughout, so the whole show is one big highlight. Keith Richards and Mick Taylor prove why many enthusiasts consider this lineup their best, as you’ll witness in “Midnight Rambler.” The duo spins and weaves guitar lines and trade off solos, turning a slow bluesy number into a good old rowdy rave-up.

Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – March 23, 1987 [Audience Recording]
What would a best-bootleg list be without the good ol’ Grateful Dead? Some fans, of course, argue that the essential performances are from the ’60s or ’70s. But the band’s first shows of 1987 tour after Jerry’s coma were explosive. The audience reaction alone during the chorus of “Touch Of Grey” is enough for this show to be classified a classic, and it was recorded by yours truly.