Miami Steve

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  1. That article was kinda eye-opening, but not surprising. A similar thing happened to the brass instrument manufacturers and retailers 30 years ago. There might be some bankruptcies and closings but the industry won't die. Teenagers are mostly listening to rap and hip-hop now, especially white suburban kids. It's music that doesn't require any instruments, let alone guitars. And anyone can do it -- you don't need to learn an instrument, or buy an instrument, no lessons, nothing. I sometimes wonder if that's part of the appeal. The whole scene is driven by marketing and social media, and money is the measure of success even among the fans. All this self-promotion is a required part of the image now, something that in the past would have been met with suspicion and disdain (just ask Kiss or the Knack). Since I'm starting to sound like a middle-age white male popping off about rap music, I'll take a few shots at country music too. That's the other thing the kids listen to. But not the Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings kind, I'm talking about the male models with exaggerated twangy voices and songs filled with the worst cliches about beer and pick-up trucks. Apparently it's a seasonal thing you do in the summer, the kids aren't actually country music fans. Again, it's not even about the music. Buy a cowboy hat? Sure! Buy a guitar? What for? On the bright side, maybe by the time my son graduates college he will have a better chance of being that rarest of things -- a fully-employed musician. Fortunately, our high school has an excellent music program (7 bands and 7 orchestras) where he participates in jazz band, jazz combo and rock orchestra, plus a rock band at a local "school of rock" type studio. Don't know where he'd be without all the professional musicians instructing him.
  2. Hey, I was there. Definitely not something to skip. This song has become a cliche by now but back then it was the ultimate party song. And give the Heartbreakers credit, they were doing "Shout" before Animal House came out. It was their usual encore from 1977 to 1983 so to me it would have been a major omission if they didn't include it. Live albums had kinda fallen out of favor by this time, they didn't fit well on the radio next to the slickly-produced music of the time. I don't know but I think that might have something to do with how this album was mixed, like they wanted it to play like a studio album. Same sort of thing ruined Springsteen's Live 1975/85, they took recordings of one of the greatest live bands and made it sound bland. I wish I woulda worked for a record company. I would have been Vice President in Charge of Not Letting People Fuck Things Up. Imagine all the live albums and box sets I could have saved.
  3. It's good to be king!
  4. I took my son who's a guitarist and he's not a big fan but he liked all the guitars and the solos, especially when they zoomed in on the big video screen. I mentioned that I thought Tom and Mike shared some of the guitars because I've seen pictures of them with the same guitar but then I wondered if they each have their own, two of each model. They were both playing Thunderbirds during one song. Anyone know?
  5. Apparently not. I'm afraid serious rock music critiques are a thing of the past. Whether it's magazines like Rolling Stone trying to hang on to its readership by pumping up Taylor Swift and Harry Stiles as high art, or the online media whose primary goal is to get content posted as quickly as possible, they're just not going to criticize too much. The thing is, if you're going to criticize, you have to back that up and make your case. That requires some thought and the writing skills to make a convincing argument. If someone only writes positive things there's no real need to prove anything, it's just accepted. And it's easy. As for concert reviews, I suspect they are mostly written in advance in order to meet deadlines. Most of what you read in a review could have been written without actually seeing the show. I think it's always been that way. And if the crowd is on their feet singing along all night, how can you say it was anything but good. Personally, I haven't been really knocked out by a live performance in a long time. These big budget arena shows just seem too predictable. Everything is tightly choreographed and nothing is left to chance. That is how I would describe the Cleveland concert--predictable. With every song, once I heard the first few chords I knew what was coming, there were no surprises--extended guitar solo by Mike, maybe a short solo by Tom, a quiet part where Tom walks around with arms outstretched, then another guitar solo to wrap it up. Except for the acoustic songs, every song seemed to follow the same arrangement. Obviously the musicianship was excellent but the show was kinda one-dimensional, they didn't take any risks musically. If you like guitar solos and vintage guitar collections then this was the concert of the year. As far as the set list goes, I can't say I was disappointed since I took a peak at the sets from earlier shows. I will say that this was not the show they indicated they were going to do when the tour was announced. That's why it was odd when Tom said something about their 40 year career being one big LP and they were going to drop the needle down in different places all night. If he had said "we're dumping all the old songs and focusing on the Full Moon Fever / Wildflowers era" it would have been more accurate. Aside from "Rockin Around with You", which I expect was only played so they could open with the first song from the first album, it appears they abandoned the whole "deep cuts" idea and went half way on the idea of a "Wildflowers" tour. I wonder if we'll ever see a separate Wildflowers tour now. "You Got Lucky" isn't the deep cut it you might think it is. It's actually one of their most played songs on classic rock radio and a popular download too. Actually if you look at the most-played Petty songs on classic rock radio, the set list makes a lot of sense.
  6. Joe Walsh is a legend around here. Wouldn't be surprised if a portion of the audience was there to see Walsh more than Petty.
  7. "Parade of Loons" is actually a real TP song from 1978. I've heard of it before but I don't think I've ever heard a recording of it.
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    From the album Miami Steve

    The Beatles at Public Hall, September 15, 1964.
  9. As Mark Knopfler found out out with "Money for Nothing", it is difficult to write lyrics in the third person and expect people to understand it is not you saying those things.
  10. Innerview with Jim Ladd 1979
  11. Innerview with Jim Ladd 1979

    From the album Audio

    Discussing "Strangered in the Night"
  12. I have a bad habit of re-imagining albums too. Sometimes I wish we could remain blissfully unaware of what the album might have been and save all the wondering. I made myself an alternate Southern Accents on CD-R that goes like this: 1. Rebels 2. Trailer 3. Apartment Song 4. Don't Come Around Here No More 5. Southern Accents 6. Image of Me 7. Spike 8. Dogs on the Run 9. Mary's New Car 10. Best of Everything Not sure why they partially abandoned the "southern" concept because it seems there was enough good material for a single LP. That was kinda my thinking in putting this together, just the songs that stay focused on the original concept, plus Don't Come Around Here No More because I couldn't see not having that one on there.
  13. I don't know how this track ended up on the remastered vinyl version but these mistakes can and do happen. The 1997 remaster of Bob Dylan's Biograph box set is a good example. It had several variations from the original release that Sony admitted were mistakes and they recalled the set and re-issued it with the tracks "fixed." For Dylan fans the different takes were considered rarities and the recalled version became a sought-after collector's item. As far as who owns the recordings, I'm pretty sure everything he recorded for MCA was "work for hire" and is owned by Universal Music Group, the successor to MCA. They may not have physical custody of the tapes but they own the rights to them. I would guess all the reels are probably kept at the company's tape storage facility. Somewhere along the way Petty must have acquired the rights to the first two albums which were pre-MCA and now the outtake material from Playback. I think things like changing a lyric on an old outtake like "Travelin'" speaks to the relationship some artists have with their unreleased material. There was a reason those recordings weren't released at the time. While the fans clamor for this stuff and consider it unearthed gold, for the artist that reason for not putting it out way back when is sometimes still valid. I remember when Bruce Springsteen put out the Tracks box set in 1998, many fans were waiting to hear the 1978 song "The Promise" that was one of his best loved outtakes. But it wasn't included because Bruce didn't think they ever got a good take. There was such a clamor that they added the song to the single disc Tracks sampler the next year but he still couldn't bring himself to release the original so he recorded a new version. It finally came out in 2010 on the album The Promise. (It's on Spotify, listen to it and tell me what's wrong with it.) Sometimes I think that all this stuff would never see the light of day if it were left up to the artists. I'm just hoping Paul McCartney keeps up his Archive Collection series so maybe in about 10 years we'll have all the tracks to put together the Cold Cuts album that was supposed to come out in 1981. I won't hold my breath though.
  14. It's quite possible this was an unintended error. Record companies have inadvertently created a number of collector's items with remasters over the years when somebody pulls the wrong tape box off the shelf and we're treated to a different take or mix. ICE magazine was a great source for this kind of info. They had a column that revealed the details on the latest remastered CDs that most fans would probably be dismayed to know, kinda like seeing how the sausage is made. Why wasn't "Don't Treat Me Like a Stranger" on the Playback box set? Maybe somebody couldn't locate the master, maybe somebody didn't know to look for the master. It could be that simple, and that screwed up.
  15. Can this photo IMG_20160717_135224670[1].jpg in my member gallery be deleted. I messed up and uploaded it twice.