Saturday, July 21, 2012

Another Great Rasjohnmon Mix

Cool Runnin's Mon!  Have Some Mercy

Grateful Dead at Miami Pop Festival Dec. 29, 1968

This really is a classic set from The Grateful Dead.  Part of the New Year's Run of shows. Before the band headed back to California for the New Year's Eve show at the Fillmore, they played an outdoor show at Gulfstream Park (horse racing track) in Hallandale Beach, Florida on December 29, 1968.

The Miami Pop Festival was the name of two different music festivals that took place in 1968 at Gulfstream Park, a horse racing track in HallandaleFlorida (now called Hallandale Beach), just north of Miami.
The first Miami Pop event took place May 18–19, 1968. An estimated 100,000 people attended this concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang, later famous as promoter ofWoodstock. Bands featured at the festival included SteppenwolfThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe Mothers of InventionBlue Cheer and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Jimi Hendrix performed "Fire", "Foxy Lady", "Getting my heart back together" and "Purple Haze". Sunday's concert was rained out and because of this, Hendrix wrote "Rainy Day, Dream Away." Chuck BerryThe Blues ImagePacific Gas and Electric and Three Dog Night also performed. The opening act on the main stage on Saturday was a little-known group called The Package and the closing act on that same stage was Jimi Hendrix.
The second Miami Pop Festival was held December 28–30, 1968 at Gulfstream. It was promoted by Tom Rounds, who had previously promoted the seminal Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. True to its name, Miami Pop II emphasized a lighter, "Top 40" style of music including Procol HarumThe TurtlesThe Grass RootsThree Dog NightJose FelicianoThe Blues Image and The Box Tops. More "serious" veins of music were represented by the Paul Butterfield Blues BandHugh MasekelaPacific Gas and ElectricFleetwood MacRichie HavensThe Sweet InspirationsJoni MitchellJr. Walker & The AllstarsThe McCoysSweetwaterThe James Cotton Blues BandCanned HeatThe Charles Lloyd QuartetBooker T. & the M.G.'sIan & SylviaCountry Joe and The FishBuffy St. MarieSteppenwolfThe Amboy Dukes and Iron Butterfly; rounding things out were Chuck Berry's roots rock, the picking of Flatt and Scruggs, jamming from the Grateful Dead, smooth nightclub stylings by Marvin Gaye, raucous soul from Joe Tex, and covering a range from hard rock to folk.[1] Many of these musicians were cast as superheroes in a commemorative comic book distributed at the festival.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Frank Sinatra

Got a nice addition with recordings from studio sessions from December 1960 with Frank Sinatra

Sessions for the Reprise album RING-A-DING-DING!
December 19-21, 1960
Johnny Mandel, arranger

1. Studio chatter [December 19]
2. Ring-a-Ding-Ding (test) [December 19]
3. Ring-a-Ding-Ding (alternate take + studio chatter) [December 19]
4. Ring-a-Ding-Ding (incomplete take) / Let's Fall in Love (studio chatter) [December 19]
5. Let's Fall in Love (incomplete takes + studio chatter) [December 19]
6. In the Still of the Night (alternate take + studio chatter) [December 19]
7. In the Still of the Night (incomplete takes + studio chatter) [December 19]
8. A Foggy Day (alternate take) [December 19]
9. Let's Face the Music and Dance (alternate take) [December 20]
10. Let's Face the Music and Dance (studio chatter) [December 20]
11. Let's Face the Music and Dance (alternate take) [December 20]
12. You'd Be So Easy to love (test) [December 20]
13. You'd Be So Easy to love (alternate take) [December 20]
14. A Fine Romance (alternate take) [December 20]
15. The Coffee Song (alternate take) [December 20]
16. Be Careful It's My heart (false start + alternate take) [December 20]
17. Have You Met Miss Jones? (test) [December 20]
18. Have You Met Miss Jones? (incomplete take) [December 20]
19. I've Got My Love to Keep You Warm (alternate take) [December 21]
20. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (alternate take) [December 21]
21. You and the Night and the Music (test + alternate take) [December 21]
22. When I Take My Sugar to Tea (studio chatter + alternate take) [December 21]

Excerpts of sessions for the album RING-A-DING-DING, with the usual assortment of alternate takes, incomplete takes, false starts, session chatter, etc. One notable inclusion is the brief attempt at "Have You Met Miss Jones?" Sinatra can be heard expressing the opinion that the arrangement doesn't fit the mood of the album, and the track was soon abandoned. (A completely different Billy May arrangement of the song, lacking the opening verse, was subsequently issued on the Reprise album SINATRA SWINGS a.k.a. SWING ALONG WITH ME.)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Great Beach Boys Unreleased
If you ever had any doubt about what a great band the Beach Boys are, listen to this.  
Really nice enjoy!

Jimmy Cliff - Hall of Fame Mon!

Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame Inductee JIMMY CLIFF, according to a recent Rolling Stone article, was key in getting Bob Marley his start - they were friends from the teenage years and Jimmy helped him get his first two songs recorded.  Sadly, Bob is no longer around to make great new music but Jimmy keeps pushing on.  Here is a recent concert that demonstrated he is still in great form (part two can found at    Here's a link to the first part of the show - Jimmy Cliff in Concert - June 2012   
--- Here's a link to his excellent NEW album!

The Big Wu at High Sierra

Here's a nice jam band you may not know with a very nice set for your listening pleasure:

Big Wu at High Sierra Music Festival

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Jimmy Cliff - Listen in at the beach!

Here is something really nice you can do - if you are not having a great day, it will lift your Spirits for sure.  First go to - the sound of the beach on a beautiful day in Jamaica will start (does require you have Flash on your computer or phone) - turn the volume on the BEACH down a bit using the volume slider on the bottom player in the row on the right side of page.  Next, go to in another browser window using this link  Jimmy Cliff June 16 2012 Weesner Family Amphitheater-Apple Valley, MN - Part One - you'll find the show and Part Two in the REGGAE section under J for Jimmy.

Crank up your sound system, close your eyes and you can be sitting on the beach with this great concert going on the beach stage!  Irie Mon!