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    Music, book, films, linguistics, astronomy, stereo photography, messing with images in Photoshop and similar programs... trying to keep up with emails and such... spending a night on YouTube seeking out EVERYTHING by whoever caught my fancy at the moment (one-artist night on YouTube)... painting... tasting wine...

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  1. Terry is turning 60 today.
  2. LOL wot? How'd I miss this? Hello, darlings! Though as of late I've been listening almost exclusively to Jeff Buckley... I suppose I can call myself somewhat of a Terry Reid fan as well. These 2 are my favorite songs: (I heard Superlungs ages ago, and always thought that voice was amazing, but didn't learn that Jimmy wanted him until many years later - and my reaction, based just on that song, was - boy am I not surprised) for some reason people always get impressed with this one, vocally: here's also some visuals... and a pic: and some folks here might find this interesting: a bio I posted a while back - follow this link (if any of the links above die in the future... you can listen to the entire Superlungs compilation here)
  3. Ah, thanks for this thread, Steve! Awesome posts, everyone, very enjoyable to read
  4. Apparently Jimmy also attended Terry Reid's June gig @ Ronnie Scott's: He doesn't forget his heroes and friends... such is the awesomness of Mr. James Patrick Page.
  5. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/new..._harleys_ordeal
  6. You're serious? I was just contemplating a blog post titled Summer is coming to a desert near you! with my weather report... 950 F today - I guess not much to complain about just yet...
  7. John Fogerty's fervent vocals and modernized rockabilly songs built on his classic guitar riffs made Creedence Clearwater Revival the preeminent American singles band of the late '60s and early '70s. The Fogerty brothers were raised in Berkeley, where John studied piano and at the age of 12 got his first guitar. He met Cook and Clifford at the El Cerrito junior high school they all attended. They began playing together, and by 1959 were performing at local dances as Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets. In 1964 the quartet signed to San Francisco–based Fantasy Records, where Tom had been working as a packing and shipping clerk. The label renamed them the Golliwogs and began putting out singles. "Brown-Eyed Girl" sold 10,000 copies in 1965, but the followups were flops. Greater success came after they adopted the CCR moniker in 1967. Several Fogerty compositions appeared on CCR, but cover versions of Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q" and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" were the group's first hit singles. With the release of Bayou Country it became the most popular rock band in America. Beginning with the two-sided gold hit "Proud Mary" (Number Two, 1969) b/w "Born on the Bayou," Creedence dominated Top 40 radio for two years without disappointing the anticommercial element of the rock audience. CCR's rough-hewn rockers often dealt with political and cultural issues, and the quartet appeared at the Woodstock Festival. Creedence had seven major hit singles in 1969 and 1970, including "Bad Moon Rising" (Number Two, 1969), "Green River" (Number Two, 1969), "Fortunate Son" (Number 14, 1969), "Down on the Corner" (Number Three, 1969), "Travelin' Band" (Number Two, 1970), "Up Around the Bend" (Number Four, 1970), and "Lookin' Out My Back Door" (Number Two, 1970). Although Creedence's success continued after Cosmo's Factory, it was the group's artistic peak. Internal dissension, primarily the result of John Fogerty's dominant role, began to pull the band apart in the early '70s. Tom left in January 1971, one month after the release of the pivotal Pendulum which became the group's fifth platinum album. The band carried on as a trio, touring worldwide; Live in Europe was the recorded result. CCR's final album, Mardi Gras, gave Cook and Clifford an equal share of the songwriting and lead vocals. It was the band's first album not to go platinum. Creedence disbanded in October 1972, and Fantasy has subsequently released a number of albums, including a live recording of a 1970 Oakland concert, which upon original release was erroneously titled Live at Albert Hall (it was later retitled The Concert). Not surprisingly, John Fogerty's solo pursuits have attracted the greatest attention. Immediately after the breakup he released a bluegrass/country album, The Blue Ridge Rangers, on which he played all the instruments. Two songs, the Hank Williams classic "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" and "Hearts of Stone," made the Top 40. Nearly three years passed before his next LP, another one-man show titled John Fogerty. It sold poorly, and his next album, to be called Hoodoo, was rejected by Asylum Records. Fogerty and his family retired to a farm in rural Oregon. Except for two brief Creedence reunions he was not heard from for 10 years. He emerged with Centerfield (Number One, 1985), a typically simple, tuneful collection that sold 2 million copies and produced hit singles in "The Old Man Down the Road" (Number 10, 1985), "Rock and Roll Girls" (Number 20, 1985), and "Centerfield" (Number 44, 1985). "Old Man" and another song from the album, "Zanz Kant Danz," landed Fogerty in legal trouble however. The latter, a thinly veiled attack against Fantasy owner Saul Zaentz ("Zanz can't dance but he'll steal your money"), led Zaentz to sue for $142 million, not only over that song, but over "Old Man": Fantasy claimed the song plagiarized the music of the 1970 CCR B side "Run Through the Jungle." In 1988 a jury ruled in Fogerty's favor; six years later the Supreme Court ordered Fantasy to reimburse Fogerty for over $1 million in lawyers' fees. For years Fogerty refused to perform CCR songs live; he'd had to surrender his artist's royalties on them to get out of his Fantasy contract in the '70s. But during a July 4, 1987, concert for Vietnam veterans in Washington, DC, he broke his boycott, singing eight Creedence classics. He then dropped out of sight again, surfacing only for the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; in 1993 his own turn came when CCR were inducted into the hall. Fogerty refused to perform with Cook and Clifford that evening. After a decade remission, Fogerty released Blue Moon Swamp (Number 37, 1997); inspired by several trips to the Mississippi Delta, the album had taken over four years to make. It went on to win a Grammy for Best Rock Album, while the single "Southern Streamline" hit Number 67 on the C&W chart. Fogerty followed up the release with an extensive U.S. tour on which he played many CCR classics such as "Proud Mary" and "Fortunate Son" along with his new material; the live album Premonition (Number 29) was released the following year. In 1995 Cook and Clifford started touring as Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Fogerty sued and won a temporary injunction barring them from using that name, but his former bandmates ultimately prevailed in the case. from The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001) (knocks wind out of me every time... you hear just this one song, no more questions what a monster voice this guy has )
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    Photos !

    Actually it might be easier to see if you click on the pic to see the full size - but it this case also put a greater distance between yourself and the screen. It seems like this distance is somewhat of ans individual value - it varies from person to person. Just like vision. Oh yeah, I'll PM you with the divergence debate question...
  9. Thanks beatbo, great posts. I love Wolf. Ironically I've been looking for Moanin' at Midnight about a month ago - I needed a list of 5 favorite songs which start with M (with live links) for a blog post on LiveJournal and couldn't find it, so I posted this Myspace link - still a streaming file, though without video/pics (2nd song in the embedded player). Cheers!
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    Photos !

    Indeed. I have a Realist but this was shot with two digital cameras taped together end-to-end The actual fancy professionally made digital stereo set with macro-to-hyper-stereo-rig and synchronized flash costs $2000...... bit pricey, yeah...
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    Photos !

    A stereo pair for cross-eyed viewing... Lean back away from the monitor, focus your eyes on some spot between you and the screen (somewhere midway)
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    Pet Peeves

    Wow, BUCK'EYE'DOC - I have been looking for a chance to chat with an ophthalmologist or an optometrist for over a year! I was close to just walking into a random office... but I understand they need to work and won't have time for this. I have an unresolved scientific debate with Dr. Brian May (guitarist of Queen) regarding ocular divergence in the absence of neuroophthalmologic pathology. Brian is a stereo photographer/collector; I sent him some stereoview cards (and a tie LOL) and we had some discussions concerning stereoscopic vision but this one issue remains unresolved, and I told him I'd have to seek a professional's opinion on the matter. May I PM you with this?
  13. Ray Davies - Working Man's Cafe I love Ray. These're something (or many things) so British about him, it's amazing... and adorable. "Ray Davies is the lead singer, chief songwriter, and rhythm guitarist in the Kinks, one of the most long-lived of the British Invasion rock groups of the 1960s. In effect, the Kinks have always been merely a backup group for Davies, who writes and sings nearly all their songs with only the occasional contribution from his brother, Dave, who plays lead guitar in the group. At various times, Ray Davies made noises about dissolving the group and going solo, but for years the closest he came to it was taking solo credit for the soundtrack to his 1985 film, Return to Waterloo (which he wrote and directed), even though the music sounds as much like the Kinks as that on any regular Kinks record. During the '90s, the Kinks gradually became inactive and Davies pursued other projects, starting with his semi-fictional 1995 memoir, X-Ray. He supported the book with a series of concerts subtitled "Storyteller," where he played classic Kinks songs, read from the book, told stories, and showcased new songs. The Storyteller concerts sowed the seeds of a number of projects, including the music cable network VH1's recurring series, Storyteller. Davies himself released a book of the same name, filled with short stories, and a similarly titled album that captured one of his solo acoustic concerts. That record was his first solo effort since Return to Waterloo, and was released in the spring of 1998. In late 2005 he released the benefit EP Thanksgiving Day. All net proceeds raised by the EP went to New Orleans music education programs. A year later the full-length Other People's Lives appeared, followed by Working Man's Cafe in 2008." - William Ruhlmann & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusicGuide. Sunny Afternoon Low Budget live 1982 You Really Got Me live 1994
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