August 22, 2007 Playlist

"A Tribute to Jack Johnson" by Miles Davis (1971)
Miles Davis "A Tribute to Jack Johnson" 1971 (USA)
This was Miles' third electric studio album, and his third completely different approach to jazz fusion.  On 1969's In A Silent Way, he built up tranquil "cathedrals of sound" around Joe Zawinul's electric piano lines.  Next on the landmark Bitches Brew released in 1970, he put together a huge studio band with as many as three percussionists and three electric keyboards at once plus a phalanx of horns.  For this album, he scaled back to a more pure rock-and-roll lineup;  the power trio of "Mahavishnu" John McLaughlin (lead guitar), Michael Henderson (bass) and Billy Cobham (drums) keep the riffs flowing, while Miles (Trumpet), Steve Grossman (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (farfisa organ) and Sonny Sharrock (uncredited second lead guitar) take turns blowing over the top.  This music was recorded for the soundtrack to a documentary about early 20th century boxer Jack Johnson (one of Miles' heroes), and is one of his most "visual" albums -- the music really does "sound like" a boxer bobbing and weaving and throwing punches.  Miles kept following his electric muse for another 5 years before he went into a health and drug abuse induced early retirement.  McLaughlin and Cobham went on to form The Mahavishnu Orchestra, releasing their debut album later in 1971.
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year (Label) Country
Isaac Hayes
born Aug 20, 1942
Walk On By (Dionne Warwick / Bacharach & David cover) Hot Buttered Soul 1969 USA
Thin Lizzy
Phil Lynott born Aug 20, 1949
Remembering (part one) Thin Lizzy 1971 Ireland
Led Zeppelin
Robert Plant born Aug 20, 1948
The Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin III 1970 UK
Miles Davis  (R) Right Off A Tribute To Jack Johnson
1971 USA
Pavement Jackals, False Grails:  The Lonesome Era Slanted & Enchanted
1991 USA
Meat Puppets New Leaf Rise To Your Knees (N) 2007 (Anodyne) USA
The Fall Insult Song Reformation Post TLC (N) 2007 (Narnack) UK
OOIOO KMS Taiga 2006 Japan
Ralf Hutter born Aug 20, 1946
Tongebirge Ralf und Florian
1973 Germany
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Born Aug 22, 1928
Zyklus + Telemusik + Stimmung
--> Klavierstück IX, Gesang der J
ünglinge, Studie I, Hymnen
(Live Geburtstag Neunundsiebzig remix)
Cycle for One Percussionist (Max Neuhaus)
Telemusik / Mixtur
Ralf Hutter born Aug 20, 1946
Von Himmel Hoch
(Live K-Heinz Kraut Ketschup remix)
1970 Germany
Guru Guru The Meaning of Meaning Hinten 1971 Germany
Can Soup Ege Bamyasi 1972 Germany
Gentle Giant The Runaway In A Glass House 1973 UK
Dungen Svart är Himlen Tio Bitar (N) 2007 (Kemado) Sweden
Celephais Ooth-Nargai I Am Kuranes (N) 2007 (HOSS) USA
Titan Aufruf Der Pilze A Raining Sun of Light and Love, For You and You and You (N) 2007 (Tee Pee) USA
ZibraZibra Spaceport 777 (N) 2007 (Royalty Etc.) USA
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