Show Date: Tue. March 21, 2000
Show #100
Long time favorites - volume 1



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Playlist:
# Artist Song (click to play) Album Year CD label
1 Frank Zappa Filthy Habits Sleep Dirt 1976 Rykodisc / Barking Pumpkin
I usually play this song at excessive volume, so, I do not know how well it will translate to computer speakers. The material on this album was to be a part of a 4 disc album that never came to be because of a dispute that Frank had with his current label, Warner Brothers. They later released the 4 albums worth of material as separate album, of which Sleep Dirt was one. In 1996, the 4 albums worth of material was released as originally intended by Frank as _Lšther_ . So, you can get this song on Sleep Dirt or Lather. Anywho, the amazing sustain and feedback notes are aided with the use of a device called an Ebow.
 
2 Michael Franks Born with the Moon in Virgo Previously Unavailable 1973 DRG
Michael Franks is basically known as a pop-jazz vocalist. He always has an amazing array of the best jazz musicians on his album. This, his first album, is no exception with Tom Scott and Tommy Tedesco among others. Overall, this album is simply okay, but, this song has always been a favorite because of the awe-inspiring guitar playing of Tommy Tedesco.
 
3 Return to Forever Medieval Overture Romantic Warrior 1976 Columbia
For me, this is a desert island album. I can think of no other album that perfectly blends fusion and classically inspired progressive music like this. The band consists of some of the best musicians at the time: Chick Corea on keys, Al DiMeola on guitar, Stanley Clarke on bass, Lenny White on drums.
 
4 Spirit So Little Time to Fly Clear 1969 Epic
It is very hard to pick out a favorite song of Spirit, because I have many. What makes this song different is that Randy California sings instead of Jay Ferguson. When I saw Spirit playing in a very small bar about 1989, I was standing right in front about 3 feet away from Randy. In between songs you hear the usual song requests. At one point, I said "So Little Time to Fly". He looked up for a second with a sly grin as if he liked what he heard. After they came back from a short break, it was the first song they played. Well, I won't go on about how great of a moment that was... Something else that I like so much about this song, is the subject that we have little time. So make it good.
 
5 Lucifer's Friend Spanish Galleon Banquet 1974 Repertoire
I do not know much about Lucifer's Friends other albums. I once bought several other albums expecting material similar to this album, but, I was sorely dis-appointed and sold them soon after that. That was 20 years ago, so I'm not sure what I would think of them now. This album is probably better categorized as Art-Rock than progressive. It often gets a little cheesy, but, still great none-the-less. I love the guitar breaks, and especially the oboe solo. The vocalist John Lawton later joined Uriah Heep.
 


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