May 25, 2012 Playlist

"The Bob & Miles Show"
Miles Dewey Davis III    Robert Allen Zimmerman 
The annual birthday tribute to Bob Dylan (b. 24 May 1941) & Miles Davis (b. 26 May 1926)
"Big Fun" by Miles Davis (1974)
Miles Davis  "Big Fun"  rec. 1969-72, rel. 1974 (USA)
It's time for the annual Kosmik Radiation salute to Miles Davis and Bob Dylan during the week of their birthdays.  To celebrate Bob's very special year (he was just awarded a presidential medal of honor, and it is also the 50th anniversary of his debut album) we've got a live hootenanny in the studio this week.  But our classic album is a somewhat overlooked gem from Miles Davis' electric period.  When initially released in 1974, it was seen as a step backwards since it is comprised of "outtakes" from earlier albums like Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson and On The Corner.  However in recent years it has become recognized as some of Miles' most powerful music of the 1970's, as these "outtakes" equal or actually outshine those earlier albums.  A double album consisting of four sidelong suites of music, the highlight of Big Fun is "Go Ahead John":  Mahavishnu John McLaughlin scorches on electric guitar for 28 minutes while producer Teo Macero's extreme stereo mix blows the listener's head apart.  (Also, the trumpet playing is pretty good, haha!)
Here's a clip of one of the greatest electric bands of all time, Miles Davis live in 1973.  And from the beginning of his amplified period, here's an entire Miles Davis concert from France 1969.  The second-greatest electric jazzrock band of all time was undoubtedly John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra (in concert 1972).  For early Dylan footage, here's a brief documentary about the Witmark sessions, and a stunning performance of "Only A Pawn In Their Game" from 1963.
(L) = Live band in the studio:  Missy Bob, Brad Bob, Erika Bob, Don Bob Hudson, J. Robbie Sean & Dave Bob 3000
Artist Song Album Year Country
Miles Davis Miles (aka "Milestones")
Milestones 1958 USA
Levon & The Hawks (The Band)
The Stones I Throw (Will Free All Men)
A Musical History (box set anthology)
rec. 1965Canada/USA
Levon Helm
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Billy Taylor/Nina Simone)
Electric Dirt
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Bleeker Street Blues (about Bob Dylan)
Friends Of Mine
Bob DylanMan Of Constant Sorrow (traditional)
Bob Dylan
          First live set:  songs from Bob Dylan's debut album
Pretty Peggy-O (traditional)
          Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (traditional)
          House Of The Risin' Sun (traditional)
          In My Time Of Dyin' (traditional)
          Highway 51 (by Curtis Jones)
          You're No Good (by Jesse Fuller)
          Song To Woody (by Bob Dylan)
Bob Dylan Talkin' New York
Bob Dylan
1962 USA
The Band
Blind Willie McTell (Bob Dylan)
Jericho 1993 Canada/USA
          Second live set:  a few of Bob's Greatest Hits
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (by Bob Dylan)
          Million Dollar Bash (by Bob Dylan)
          The Mighty Quinn (by Bob Dylan)
          Girl From The North Country (by Bob Dylan)
          Man Gave Names To All The Animals (by Bob Dylan)
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (by Bob Dylan)
          The Times They Are A-Changin' (by Bob Dylan)
Miles Davis
Go Ahead John
Big Fun
rec. 1970, rel. 1974
Miles Davis
John McLaughlin
Bitches Brew
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO
Helen Buddha: Miss Condom X
Son Of A Bitches Brew
2012 (Important)
Bob Dylan
Watching The River Flow
A-side 7" single (Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II) 1971 USA
Street If I Needed Someone (by George Harrison) / Tomorrow's A Long Long Time (by Bob Dylan)
Street 1968 USA
Fairport ConventionPercy's Song (by Bob Dylan)Unhalfbricking1969UK
Yo La Tengo
Fourth Time Around (by Bob Dylan) I'm Not There (original soundtrack)
2007 USA
Nancy Sinatra
It Ain't Me Babe (by Bob Dylan)Boots
Bob DylanSad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands
Blonde On Blonde1966USA
Miles Davis The Theme
Workin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
1956 USA
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