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20040529

One of David Bromberg's finest moments, this album Wanted Dead or Alive. Some of Bromberg's best-loved material can be found here, including "The Holdup," "Danger Man," "Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair," "The New Lee Highway Blues," and Bob Dylan's "Wallflower." Bromberg's band was always a melange of styles, from folk to tin pan alley to acoustic blues. This album is from 1974, Backing musicians include several members of The Grateful Dead, like Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Keith Godcheaux, as well as Andy Statman on mandolin and tenor sax. Are there any other albums out there with Phil Lesh and big Tony Markellis both on them? You have no idea how important Bromberg was to us growing up, our top three were Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna and Bromberg. Get into it. - D. Margu.

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When you're unsure how you feel, listen to Ween. Dr. Rock!

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20040528

Here's the song Trey mentioned on Charlie Rose :: Dignified and Old

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20040527

J.J. Cale. The Legend's Legend.

Listen now!  J.J. Cale sampler on JamBaseRhapsody!How many markets have classic rock stations, and how many of those stations played "Cocaine", "Call Me the Breeze" and "After Midnight". We're talking about the definition of seventies rock and roll, seriously. How altered is Clapton without Cale as the influence? Tonight in Petaluma, the legend was so unassuming, he was just walking around the stage before the show started, no fan fare, the total anti-rockstar, plain t-shirt and simple wooden stool. Man, what guitar tone he has, it's so warm and oozy, like running water. Clean and resonant. The songs are so simple, yet so eloquent. He says so much with so little. Give the classics a listen, and if you're unfamiliar, learn the legend. - tk


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20040521

We're going to feature a little Miles Davis on the homepage of JamBase, after all there are over 100 albums he appears on in the Rhapdatabase. First things first, we'll need a Miles Davis Sampler. It will help you run the voodoo down. - TK

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20040520

If you listen to much British Rock or Grateful Dead, rock out to Robert Johnson's The Complete Recordings and hear the originals. - g$

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20040519

Muse - Absolution | This English trio will bring you Thom Yorke style vocals, Castlevania-style EPIC arpegios, Eddie Van Halen's flanger and musical sensibility, and Tool's badassness. If you like any or all of these things. Rock out. - G$

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Franz Ferdinand. The Scottish group's debut is a dirty, stylish racket filled with needling guitars courtesy of the school of art/punk (circa 1982). Throw in their tendency to fall back on a solid 4/4 beat, and you've got a recipe for mega-hipness in 2004. This wouldn't mean a thing if the songs weren't good, but they are. If you like British 80's rock at all, get involved with this album. "It's always better on holiday, that's why we only work when WE NEED THE MONEY!" - jp/aw/tk

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Check out Willie Nelson's version of the Townes Van Zandt classic, "Poncho & Lefty." It can be found on his
Super Hits album. Absolutely exquisite. - Adam G.

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20040518

Eric Clapton. The man is a legend. He has played guitar on so many classic albums, over 43 of which are streamable on Rhapsody. He has toed the line between clean and dirty and has done things that most of us would not, could not even consider. His newest album, Me and Mr. Johnson shows his connection to the original bluesman from "the crossroads." I implore you to check out this Eric Clapton sampler I made to use for the front page of JamBase in the Rhapsody box. It spans his career and there are some classic songs you should know about, if you aren't very familiar with EC's catalog. But you probably are, for the man is a legend. - TK ("I get off on screaming guitars" - E.C.)

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20040512

With Wilco wandering into indie pop and Ryan Adams leaving Whiskeytown for commercial radio, Uncle Tupelo's former frontman is giving his fans what they want -- pure Americana. Jay Farrar | Live in Seattle is an intimate set recorded at Seattle's Showbox on July 4, 2003. This set features Farrar performing only with an acoustic guitar and a pedal steel.
- Eric S.

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Yo La Tengo | Summer Sun | I still can't stop listening to this latest Yo La Tengo album. They've come a long way from their early days of swirling, Smashing Pumpkin infused, overdriven guitar riffs. Summer Sun finds these Jersey boys in a very mellow mood, flirting with Down tempo beats and easy listening pop jungles. Its the kind of music you want to sip iced tea to on a humid August afternoon. - G$

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True Love is a fantastic compilation of tunes by Toots and the Maytals with special guests including, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards and Ben Harper. Stand out tracks include "Pressure Drop" with Eric Clapton and "Sweet and Dandy" with Trey Anastasio. Toots is still rockin' after all these years! Let me hear you say "Toots, Roots, and Boots!" -ALW

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Blind Melon's debut album never gets old for me. Songs like "Tones of Home" and "Change" and "Drive" are still poignant and moving a dozen years later. Shannon's voice is as chilling as the day I first heard it back in 1992, chills down my spine every time. It is a real tragedy that his life was cut short and his gift was gone before it had a chance to fully develop, even though he said, "There are so many things that I'm going to do in my lifetime, hell I can't do them all." "Life is hard, you have to change". - ALW&TMK

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Quick Black Crowes Sampler for future reference.

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On Stop Making Sense, we hear a display of some of Talking Heads biggest hits live, including "Once in a Lifetime", "Heaven", and "Psycho Killer".

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What's happening to Phish? "The Connection," the new single from their first studio album since Round Room, is pretty darn poppy. It clocks in at just over two minutes! The song sounds like early Mother Hips and is dressed up in vintage guitar tones and a big, swirling Hammond organ. Short but sweet.
- Eric S.

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