Saturday, March 31, 2012

Heaven Up Here - Echo and the Bunnymen

Heaven Up Here

Heaven Up Here is the second album by the British post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen, released in 30 May 1981. In June 1981, Heaven Up Here became Echo & the Bunnymen's first Top 10 release when it reached number 10 on the UK Albums Chart. It was also the band's first entry into the United States albums charts when it reached number 184 of the Billboard 200. Heaven Up Here released the singles "A Promise" and "Over the Wall".

Recorded at Rockfield Studios near Monmouth in Wales, Heaven Up Here was co-produced by Hugh Jones and the band. A generally well received album by fans in the United Kingdom and by critics, Heaven Up Here won the "Best Dressed LP" and "Best Album" awards at the 1981 NME Awards. The album has also been listed at number 471 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

All tracks written by Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson and Pete de Freitas.

Side one

1. "Show of Strength" – 4:50
2. "With a Hip" – 3:16
3. "Over the Wall" – 5:59
4. "It Was a Pleasure" – 3:12
5. "A Promise" – 4:08

Side two

1. "Heaven Up Here" – 3:45
2. "The Disease" – 2:28
3. "All My Colours" – 4:06
4. "No Dark Things" – 4:27
5. "Turquoise Days" – 3:51
6. "All I Want" – 4:09

2003 reissue bonus tracks

12. "Broke My Neck" (long version) – 7:22
13. "Show of Strength" (live) – 4:41
14. "The Disease" (live) – 1:53
15. "All I Want" (live) – 3:09
16. "Zimbo" (live) – 3:52

* Will Sergeant – lead guitar
* Ian McCulloch – vocals, rhythm guitar
* Les Pattinson – bass
* Pete de Freitas – drums
* Leslie Penny – woodwind
* Hugh Jones – producer, engineer
* The Bunnymen – producer
* Martyn Atkins – album design
* Brian Griffin – photography
* Andy Zax – producer (reissue)
* Bill Inglot – producer (reissue), remastering
* Dan Hersch – remastering
* Claes Naeb – engineering on "Broke My Neck" (long version)
* Rachel Gutek – album design (reissue)

Friday, March 30, 2012

REM Document

Document is the fifth studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released in 1987 a few months after their rarities collection Dead Letter Office appeared and is the last album of new material by the band released on the I.R.S. Records label. It is the first album on which the band worked with producer Scott Litt.


All songs were written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, except as indicated.
Side one – "Page side"
"Finest Worksong" – 3:48
"Welcome to the Occupation" – 2:46
"Exhuming McCarthy" – 3:19
"Disturbance at the Heron House" – 3:32
"Strange" (Bruce Gilbert, Graham Lewis, Colin Newman, Robert Gotobed) – 2:31
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" – 4:05
Side two – "Leaf side"
"The One I Love" – 3:17
"Fireplace" – 3:22
"Lightnin' Hopkins" – 3:20
"King of Birds" – 4:09
"Oddfellows Local 151" – 5:21

The original sleeve for the album featured the message "File under Fire", a reference to what Michael Stipe considered to be the central lyrical theme of the album, and also references the chorus to "The One I Love". A similar message ("File under water") could be found on the cover of the band's second album, Reckoning, as well as on the compilation album Eponymous ("File under grain") referring to the idea behind "Talk About the Passion", which was about hunger. Two rejected suggestions for the title of the album—R.E.M. No. 5 and Table of Content—also appear on the sleeve artwork. Other possible album titles included Mr. Evil Breakfast, Skin Up with R.E.M., and Last Train to Disneyland (the last one having been suggested by Peter Buck, who felt that America under the presidency of former actor Ronald Reagan was beginning to feel a lot like the famed amusement park).

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Metal Box - Public Image Ltd.

Metal Box

Metal Box is the second album by Public Image Ltd, released in 1979 by Virgin Records. The album showed a radical departure from PIL's relatively conventional debut First Issue, released in 1978, with the band moving into a more avant-garde sound, characterised by singer John Lydon's cryptic vocals, Jah Wobble's propulsive dub reggae-inspired basslines, and a unique, "metallic" guitar sound, made from guitarist Keith Levene playing Veleno guitars which are made entirely of aluminium. Metal Box is widely regarded as a landmark of post-punk and experimental rock. In 2003, the album was ranked number 469 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Metal Box was recorded in several sessions with several different drummers, none of whom were credited on the original release. "Albatross" and "Death Disco" were recorded with new drummer David Humphrey at The Manor Studio in Shipton-on-Cherwell. "Poptones" was recorded too, with Levene on drums. During this time, additional tracks were recorded at Townhouse Studios in London, namely "Beat the Drum for Me" (which later turned up on Wobble's first solo album), and a new version of "Fodderstompf" (which became the B-side of PiL's "Death Disco" 12" single). Humphrey left the band around mid-May 1979. "Memories", "No Birds", "Socialist" and "Chant" were recorded with new drummer Richard Dudanski at Townhouse Studios in London. The instrumental "Graveyard" was recorded at Rollerball Rehearsal Studios in Bermondsey, PiL's rehearsal studio, with Dudanski. For the B-side of PIL's "Memories" single vocals were added at The Manor and the track re-titled to "Another". Dudanski left the band around mid-September 1979. "The Suit" was recorded as a solo track by Jah Wobble at Gooseberry Sound Studios in London. Vocals and some overdubs were added at The Manor. "Careering" was recorded at Townhouse Studios with Wobble on drums."Bad Baby" was recorded with new drummer Martin Atkins at Townhouse Studios. Except for a brief period during 1980, Atkins remained with the band until 1985. "Radio 4" was recorded as a solo piece by Keith Levene at Advision Studios and an unknown second studio. According to Levene, this was the last recorded track.

The title of the album refers to its original packaging, which consisted of a metal 16mm film canister embossed with the band's logo and containing three 12" 45rpm records. It was designed designed by Dennis Morris and was innovative and inexpensive, costing little more to the label than the cost of standard printed sleeves for equivalent 12" releases (although Virgin did ask for a refund of 1/3 of the band's advance due to the cost). Before the metal tin was finalised, there was discussion of the album being released in a sandpaper package that would effectively ruin the sleeve art of any records shelved next to it. That idea would later be realised by The Durutti Column for their 1980 Factory Records debut, The Return of the Durutti Column.

All words, music and production credited to Public Image Ltd.
No. Title Length
1. "Albatross" 10:34
2. "Memories" 5:05
3. "Swan Lake" 4:11
4. "Poptones" 7:46
5. "Careering" 4:32
6. "No Birds" 4:41
7. "Graveyard" 3:07
8. "The Suit" 3:29
9. "Bad Baby" 4:30
10. "Socialist" 3:09
11. "Chant" 5:01
12. "Radio 4" 4:24
The original track listing put "Socialist", "Chant" and "Radio 4" as one song.
On the Second Edition re-release, "Socialist" is put before" Careering", and it splits up the last three tracks.
Second Edition puts the whole album onto four sides of vinyl, whereas the original release used six.
"No Birds" is sometimes listed as "No Birds Do Sing"

John Lydon – Vocals
Keith Levene – Guitar, Synthesizer, Drums on tracks 4 and 12
Jah Wobble – Bass guitar, Drums on tracks 5 and 8
David Humphrey - Drums on tracks 1 and 3
Richard Dudanski - Drums on tracks 2, 6, 7, 10 and 11
Martin Atkins - Drums on track 9
Levene played all instruments on "Radio 4".

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Elton John

Elton John

Elton John is the eponymous second album by English singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1970. It was his first album, however, released in America, thus commonly assumed by many as his debut, as Empty Sky would not be released in the U.S. until 1975. It includes his breakthrough hit, "Your Song", and helped establish his career during what was considered the "singer-songwriter" era of popular music. In the U.S. it was certified Gold on 2/17/1971 by the R.I.A.A. In the same year, it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2003, the album was ranked number 468 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This was the first of many Elton John albums to be produced by Gus Dudgeon.

All songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
"Your Song" – 4:02
"I Need You to Turn To" – 2:35
"Take Me to the Pilot" – 3:47
"No Shoe Strings on Louise" – 3:31
"First Episode at Hienton" – 4:48
"Sixty Years On" – 4:35
"Border Song" – 3:22
"The Greatest Discovery" – 4:12
"The Cage" – 3:28
"The King Must Die" – 5:04
"Bad Side of the Moon" – 3:15
"Grey Seal" [Original version] – 3:35
"Rock And Roll Madonna" – 4:17

On the album released in Portugal, a French horn is used in the introduction to "The Greatest Discovery" instead of a cello as is found on all other versions. An extended version of the introduction to "Sixty Years On" is available on the 1990 box set "To Be Continued".
When MCA Records re-issued this album on cassette tape in the 1980s, "I Need You To Turn To" and "The Cage" were swapped in the album running order.
The original German release from 1970(Hansa #807) opens with the song "Rock and Roll Madonna", and the song "I Need You To Turn To" does not appear on the LP. The rest of the tracks and the running order remain the same as the worldwide release.
The album was remastered as a multichannel Super Audio CD in 2004.

Elton John - piano, harpsichord, vocals
Frank Clark - acoustic bass
Colin Green - guitar, Spanish guitar
Roland Harker - guitar
Clive Hicks - acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, 12 string guitar
Alan Parker - rhythm guitar
Caleb Quaye - guitar
Les Hurdle - bass
Dave Richmond - bass
Alan Weighall - bass
Brian Dee - organ
Diana Lewis - Moog synthesizer
Paul Buckmaster - cello
Skaila Kanga - harp
David Katz - violin
Terry Cox - drums
Dennis Lopez - percussion
Barry Morgan - drums
Tex Navarra - percussion
Madeline Bell - background vocals
Tony Burrows - background vocals
Roger Cook - background vocals
Lesley Duncan - background vocals
Kay Garner - background vocals
Tony Hazzard - background vocals
Barbara Moore - vocals, choir, chorus

Producer: Gus Dudgeon
Engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
Editing: Gus Skinas
Remastering: Tony Cousins
Digital transfers: Ricky Graham
Surround sound: Greg Penny
Lyricist: Bernie Taupin
Arranger: Paul Buckmaster
Orchestra contractor: David Katz
Art direction: David Larkham
Liner notes: Gus Dudgeon, John Tobler

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Love and Theft - Bob Dylan

"Love and Theft"

"Love and Theft" is the 31st studio album by Bob Dylan, released by Columbia Records on September 11, 2001. It featured backing by his touring band of the time, with keyboardist Augie Meyers added for the sessions. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified with a gold album by the RIAA. A limited edition release included two bonus tracks on a separate disc recorded in the early 1960s, and two years later, on September 16, 2003, this album was one of fifteen Dylan titles reissued and remastered for SACD hybrid playback.

The album continued Dylan's artistic comeback following 1997's Time Out of Mind, and was given an even more enthusiastic reception. Though often referred to without quotations, the correct title is "Love and Theft". The title of the album was apparently inspired by historian Eric Lott's book Love & Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class, which was published in 1993. "Love and Theft becomes his Fables of the Reconstruction, to borrow an R.E.M. album title", writes Greg Kot in The Chicago Tribune (published September 11, 2001), "the myths, mysteries and folklore of the South as a backdrop for one of the finest roots-rock albums ever made."
The opening track, "'Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum', includes many references to parades in Mardi Gras in New Orleans, where participants are masked, and "determined to go all the way" of the parade route, in spite of being intoxicated. "It rolls in like a storm, drums galloping over the horizon into ear shot, guitar riffs slicing with terse dexterity while a tale about a pair of vagabonds unfolds," writes Kot. "It ends in death, and sets the stage for an album populated by rogues, con men, outcasts, gamblers, gunfighters and desperados, many of them with nothing to lose, some of them out of their minds, all of them quintessentially American.
"They're the kind of twisted, instantly memorable characters one meets in John Ford's westerns, Jack Kerouac's road novels, but, most of all, in the blues and country songs of the 1920s, '30s and '40s. This is a tour of American music—jump blues, slow blues, rockabilly, Tin Pan Alley ballads, country swing—that evokes the sprawl, fatalism and subversive humor of Dylan's sacred text, Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, the pre-rock voicings of Hank Williams, Charley Patton and Johnnie Ray, among others, and the ultradry humor of Groucho Marx."
Offered the song by Dylan, Sheryl Crow later recorded an up-tempo cover of "Mississippi" for her The Globe Sessions, released in 1998, before Dylan revisited it for Love and Theft. Subsequently the Dixie Chicks made it a mainstay of their Top of the World, Vote for Change, and Accidents & Accusations Tours.
As Tim Riley of NPR notes, "[Dylan's] singing [on Love and Theft] shifts artfully between humble and ironic...'I'm not quite as cool or forgiving as I sound,' he sings in 'Floater,' which is either hilarious or horrifying, and probably a little of both."
"Love and Theft is, as the title implies, a kind of homage," writes Kot, "[and] never more so than on 'High Water (for Charley Patton),' in which Dylan draws a sweeping portrait of the South's racial history, with the unsung blues singer as a symbol of the region's cultural richness and ingrained social cruelties. Rumbling drums and moaning backing vocals suggest that things are going from bad to worse. 'It's tough out there,' Dylan rasps. 'High water everywhere.' Death and dementia shadow the album, tempered by tenderness and wicked gallows humor."
"'Po Boy', scored for banjo with lounge chord jazz patterns, 'almost sounds as if it could have been recorded around 1920," says Riley. "He leaves you dangling at the end of each bridge, lets the band punctuate the trail of words he's squeezed into his lines, which gives it a reluctant soft-shoe charm."
The album closes with "Sugar Baby", a lengthy, dirge-like ballad, noted for its evocative, apocalyptic imagery and sparse production drenched in echo. Praising it as "a finale to be proud of," Riley notes that "Sugar Baby" is "built on a disarmingly simple riff that turns foreboding."

No. Title Length
1. "Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum" 4:46
2. "Mississippi" 5:21
3. "Summer Days" 4:52
4. "Bye and Bye" 3:16
5. "Lonesome Day Blues" 6:05
6. "Floater (Too Much to Ask)" 4:59
7. "High Water (For Charley Patton)" 4:04
8. "Moonlight" 3:23
9. "Honest With Me" 5:49
10. "Po' Boy" 3:05
11. "Cry a While" 5:05
12. "Sugar Baby" 6:40
Total length:

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar, piano, producer
Larry Campbell – guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin
Charlie Sexton – guitar
Augie Meyers – accordion, Hammond B3 organ, Vox organ
Tony Garnier – bass
David Kemper – drums
Clay Meyers – bongos
Chris Shaw – recording engineer

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hole- Live Through This

Live Through This

Live Through This is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Hole. It was released by Geffen Records on April 12, 1994, just four days after frontwoman Courtney Love's husband, Kurt Cobain, was found dead in their home. It is Hole's last album to feature bassist Kristen Pfaff before her death in June 1994.
Musically and lyrically, the album differed greatly from the band's debut, Pretty on the Inside (1991), which was heavily influenced by punk and noise rock. For Live Through This, Hole sought a more accessible rock sound, focusing more on melody and dynamics and utilizing less of the distortion and experimental touches that dominated their previous record. Lyrically, the album heavily reflected Love's life at the time, her transition into public notoriety, and her role as a wife and mother, as well as articulating a "third-wave feminist consciousness".
The album was extremely well received by music critics, garnering rave reviews and "best album of the year" awards in major periodicals, such as Rolling Stone, Spin, and The New York Times. The album was also a major financial success, selling over two million copies worldwide and going multi-platinum within just a year of its release. It also spawned four singles, including "Doll Parts" and "Violet", with "Doll Parts" reaching number 58 in the Billboard's Hot 100 as well as peaking at number 4 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.
In recent years, Live Through This has often been considered a contemporary classic of alternative rock, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album's title is derived from a monologue by Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939).

Sessions for Hole's second album begun initially in Paris in May 1993 with Nirvana producer, Butch Vig. Nothing is reported to have come from the sessions, and a second attempt at recording the album was done at Hanzek Audio in Seattle in August 1993 with producers and engineers, Chris Hanzek, Jack Endino and Craig Montgomery. During this attempt at recording Live Through This the band recorded instrumental versions of a number of songs, including "Jennifer's Body" and the unused Nirvana song "Talk To Me", however the session "wasn't very productive" and eventually, the recordings were left in the studio for years before Eric Erlandson reclaimed them.
The sessions for Live Through This began on October 8, 1993 at Triclops Studios in Marietta, Georgia (near Atlanta), where The Smashing Pumpkins - friends of the band - recorded their second studio album, Siamese Dream. The first week of recording was spent record basic tracks, such as drums, bass, scratch guitars, and scratch vocals. After the first tracks were laid down, Love's husband, Kurt Cobain, joined the band in-studio on October 18 before Nirvana were set to tour to promote their latest album, In Utero. When shown the work in progress, the band invited Cobain to sing on a few unfinished numbers. Cobain refused at first, due to being unfamiliar with the material. When Cobain asked, "how can I sing on it if I haven't heard it?", Courtney answered by encouraging him to "just sing off the top of [his] head."
Due to this and that a year earlier, a b-side for "Beautiful Son", "Old Age" was credited as being written by Hole but the song had been recorded a year before by Cobain's band Nirvana, there have been unsubstantiated rumors regarding Cobain's involvement in this record, from alleged instrumental and songwriting contributions, to claims that he effectively wrote the entire album. What is known is that Cobain sang background vocals for two tracks, according to both Erlandson and Love; he can be heard in the bridge of the released version of "Asking For It", though his vocals are low in the mix and during "Softer, Softest." An alternate mix of "Asking For It" was broadcast on radio in 1994 which more prominently features his singing. Some recent claims state he can be heard at some point in "Doll Parts". Having taken a break for dinner, the session devolved into a formless jam with Cobain on drums, Eric and Courtney on guitars and session co-producer Sean Slade on bass. The band eventually finished on October 31 and finished off their stay in Atlanta with a show at The Masquerade.
The album is dedicated to the memory of Joe Cole, a roadie for Black Flag and the Rollins Band who was shot to death in a 1991 after attending a Hole show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood. The album was noted for being more accessible and melodic than the band's previous album, Pretty on the Inside. According to BMI's website, most of the songs credited officially to Hole were written just by Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson. "Doll Parts" was officially written only by Love and "I Think That I Would Die" was written by Erlandson, Love and Kat Bjelland. "Credit in the Straight World" is a Young Marble Giants cover.
Bassist Kristen Pfaff had decided to take a break from the band at the time of Cobain's death in April, 1994. In June 1994, she was found dead by boyfriend and bandmate Eric Erlandson from an apparent heroin overdose. Two months after Kristen's death, Hole began an extensive tour, with Melissa Auf der Maur replacing her on bass.
Four singles were released from the album and three promotional videos were shot, for "Miss World" (still with Kristen Pfaff), "Doll Parts" (with L7's bassist Jennifer Finch replacing her) and "Violet" (already with Melissa Auf der Maur). "Softer, Softest" was also released as a single, and Hole's performance of this song at their MTV Unplugged session was used as a promotional video.

Courtney Love – vocals, rhythm guitar
Eric Erlandson – lead guitar
Kristen Pfaff – bass guitar, piano, backing vocals
Patty Schemel – drums
Dana Kletter – additional vocals
Kurt Cobain – backing vocals on "Asking for It" and "Softer, Softest" (uncredited)

Paul Q. Kolderie – producer, engineer
Sean Slade – producer, engineer
Scott Litt – mixing (on "Violet", "Miss World", "Asking for It", "Jennifer's Body" and "Softer, Softest")
J Mascis – mixing (on "Gutless")
Bob Ludwig – mastering
Mark Kates - A&R
Robin Sloane – creative direction
Janet Wolsborn – art direction
Front artwork and portraits – Ellen Von Unwerth
Back artwork – Frank Rodriguez
Inlay artwork – Juergen Teller, Margaret Morton

All songs credited as Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson unless noted otherwise.
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Violet" 3:24
2. "Miss World" 3:00
3. "Plump" 2:34
4. "Asking for It" 3:29
5. "Jennifer's Body" 3:41
6. "Doll Parts" Love 3:31
7. "Credit in the Straight World" Stuart Moxham 3:11
8. "Softer, Softest" 3:27
9. "She Walks on Me" 3:23
10. "I Think That I Would Die" Love, Erlandson, Kat Bjelland 3:36
11. "Gutless" 2:15
12. "Rock Star*" 2:42
Total length:
"Rock Star" is a mislabel of a Live Through This outtake titled "Olympia" (in reference to Olympia, Washington). The original song, "Rock Star", was removed from the final track listing before pressings were made and was replaced with "Olympia", but as the artwork had already been printed, the title "Rock Star" remained.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Golden Hits - The Drifters

The Drifters' Golden Hits

The Drifters are a long-lived American doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group with a peak in popularity from 1953 to 1963, though several splinter Drifters continue to perform today. They were originally formed to serve as Clyde McPhatter's (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) backing group in 1953.
Rolling Stone magazine states that the Drifters were the least stable of the vocal groups due to being low-paid hired musicians of their management. The Treadwell Drifters website states that there have been 60 vocalists in the history of the Treadwell Drifters line. Several splinter groups by former Drifters members add to the count. Only one splinter Drifters group features a classic Drifters member, Charlie Thomas' Drifters. Nevertheless, there are two versions of the Drifters that are notable. The first classic Drifters formed by Clyde McPhatter was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as "The Drifters" or "The Original Drifters". The second Drifters formed by Treadwell featuring Ben E. King was separately inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as Ben E. King and the Drifters. In their induction, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame eclectically selected four members from the classic Drifters, two from the second Drifters, and one from the post-King Treadwell Drifters.
According to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, "Through turmoil and changes the (original) Drifters managed to set musical trends and give the public 13 chart hits, most of which are legendary recordings today." Matching that feat more or less, the non-original Drifters managed to give the public 13 Hot 100 top 30 chart hits.

Track: 1: There Goes My Baby,
Track: 2: If You Cry True Love, True Love,
Track: 3: Dance With Me,
Track: 4: This Magic Moment,
Track: 5: Save The Last Dance For Me,
Track: 6: I Count The Tears,
Track: 7: Some Kind Of Wonderful,
Track: 8: Up On The Roof,
Track: 9: On Broadway
Track: 10: Under The Boardwalk,
Track: 11: I've Got Sand In My Shoes,
Track: 12: Saturday Night At The Movies

The Drifters
Origin New York City, U.S.
Genres R&B, doo wop, soul
Years active 1953-present
Labels Atlantic
Neon Records
Associated acts Ben E. King
Clyde McPhatter

Michael Williams
Damion Charles
Ryan King
Carlton Powell

Past members
Clyde McPhatter
Gerhart Thrasher
Andrew Thrasher
Bill Pinkney
Willie Ferbee
Walter Adams
Ben E. King
Doc Green
Beary Hobbs
Rudy Lewis
Charlie Thomas
Tommy Evans
Eugene Pearson
Johnny Terry
Johnny Moore
Bobby Hendricks
Rudy Ivan
Jimmy Lewis
Ray Lewis
Louis Price
Maurice Cannon

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Blueprint - Jay-Z

The Blueprint

The Blueprint is the sixth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released September 11, 2001 on Roc-A-Fella Records in the United States. Its release was set a week earlier than initially planned in order to combat bootlegging. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2001 at Manhattan Center Studios and Baseline Studios in New York City. Contrasting the radio-friendly sound of Jay-Z's previous work, The Blueprint features soul-based sampling and production handled primarily by Kanye West and Just Blaze. At the time of its recording, Jay-Z was awaiting two criminal trials, one for gun possession and another for assault, and had become one of hip hop's most dissed artists, receiving insults from rappers such as Nas, Prodigy, and Jadakiss.
In spite of its release coinciding with the 9/11 attacks, The Blueprint sold over 426,000 copies in its opening week, becoming Jay-Z's fourth consecutive album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified double platinum as sales stand at over two million units in the U.S. The album received a perfect "XXL" rating from XXL magazine, while The Source awarded The Blueprint a classic 5 mic rating. The Blueprint received general acclaim from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 88/100 from Metacritic. In 2003, the album was ranked number 464 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2010, Pitchfork Media ranked it number 5 on their The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s list.

The Blueprint was reportedly cut in two weeks, with Jay-Z allegedly writing the lyrics in two days. At the time, he awaited two criminal trials for gun possession and assault, and was engaged in feuds with various rappers, in particular Nas and Mobb Deep member Prodigy; on "Takeover", Jay-Z attacks the two Queensbridge rappers over a sample of The Doors' "Five to One" with an interpolation of David Bowie's "Fame". On The Blueprint, Jay-Z and his producers turn to vintage soul, fueling almost every song with a stirring vocal sample: Al Green, Bobby "Blue" Bland, David Ruffin and The Jackson 5. Exceptions include "Jigga That Nigga", "Hola' Hovito", and most notably "Renegade", a track produced by and featuring Eminem.

Jay-Z - performer, executive producer
Eminem - performer, producer, mixing
Slick Rick - vocals
Q-Tip - vocals
Biz Markie - vocals
Demme Ulloa - vocals
Schevise Harrell - vocals
Lauren Leek - vocals
Keon Bryce - vocals
Stephanie Miller - vocals
Michele Mills - vocals
Josey Scott - vocals
Victor Flowers - organ
Kanye West - producer
Just Blaze - producer
Bink - producer
Timbaland - producer
Poke & Tone - producer
DJ Head - drum programming
Damon Dash - executive producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke - executive producer
Gimel "Young Guru" Katon - engineer, mixing
Jimmy Douglas - engineer, mixing
Shane Woodley - assistant engineer
Jason Goldstein - mixing
Richard Huredia - mixing
Supa Engineer "Dura" - mixing
Doug Wilson - mixing
Tony Vanias - recording director
Tony Dawsey - mastering
Lenny S. - A&R
Rob Mitchell - A&R
Kyambo Joshua - A&R
Darcell Lawrence - A&R
Jason Noto - art direction
Jonathan Mannion - photography
Della Valle - images

# Title Producer(s) Samples and notes Length
1 "The Ruler's Back" Bink
"If" by Jackie Moore
Contains an interpolation of "The Ruler's Back" by Slick Rick
2 "Takeover" Kanye West
"Five to One" by The Doors
"Sound of da Police" by KRS-One
Contains an interpolation of "Fame" by David Bowie
3 "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" Kanye West
"I Want You Back" by Jackson 5
4 "Girls, Girls, Girls" Just Blaze
"There's Nothing in This World That Can Stop Me from Loving You" by Tom Brock
"High Power Rap" by Crash Crew
5 "Jigga That Nigga" Trackmasters 3:24
6 "U Don't Know" Just Blaze
"I'm Not to Blame" by Bobby Byrd
7 "Hola' Hovito" Timbaland 4:33
8 "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)" Kanye West
"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" by Bobby Blue Bland
9 "Never Change" Kanye West
"Common Man" by David Ruffin
10 "Song Cry" Just Blaze
"Sounds Like a Love Song" by Bobby Glenn
11 "All I Need" Bink
"I Can't Break Away" by Natalie Cole
12 "Renegade" (featuring Eminem) Eminem
Remake of "Renegades" by Bad Meets Evil
13 "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)" Bink
"Free at Last" by Al Green
Hidden bonus tracks
* "Breathe Easy (Lyrical Exercise)" Just Blaze
"Got to Find My Own Place" by Stanley Clarke
* "Girls, Girls, Girls" (Part 2) Kanye West
"Trying Girls Out" by The Persuaders

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Cure- Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry is a U.S. debut album by The Cure, released in February 1980 in the UK and in August 1980 (see 1980 in music) in the U.S. It is a compilation of songs from Three Imaginary Boys, but replacing five of that album's tracks ("Foxy Lady", "Meathook", "So What", "It's Not You" and the uncredited instrumental "The Weedy Burton") with "Jumping Someone Else's Train", "Boys Don't Cry", "Plastic Passion", "Killing an Arab" and "World War". The debut single from this album was "Boys Don't Cry".

On the back cover of original UK album Three Imaginary Boys, the song titles were not listed conventionally, but represented by pictograms. Boys Don't Cry took the pictogram for the song "Fire in Cairo" for its sleeve picture.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 442 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Boys Don't Cry" 2:37
2. "Plastic Passion" 2:15
3. "10:15 Saturday Night" 3:40
4. "Accuracy" 2:16
5. "Object" 3:03
6. "Jumping Someone Else's Train" 2:58
7. "Subway Song" 1:54
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Killing an Arab" 2:22
2. "Fire in Cairo" 3:21
3. "Another Day" 3:43
4. "Grinding Halt" 2:49
5. "World War" 2:36
6. "Three Imaginary Boys" 3:14

* Michael Dempsey – bass, vocals
* Robert Smith – guitar, vocals
* Lol Tolhurst – drums

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sam Cooke- Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963

Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963

Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 is a live album by soul singer Sam Cooke. Bruce Eder of Allmusic writes "it's one of the greatest soul records ever cut by anybody, outshining James Brown's first live album from the Apollo Theater and easily outclassing Jackie Wilson's live record from the Copa." In 2003, the album was ranked number 443 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album appears in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Initially recorded to be released as a live album entitled One Night Stand, the concert was not released until 1985. It has since been released in two alternate mixes. In 2000, the album was included as the second half of disc four in the box set The Man Who Invented Soul.

1. "Feel It" (Sam Cooke) – 3:46
2. "Chain Gang" (Cooke) – 3:11
3. "Cupid" (Cooke) – 2:46
4. "Medley: It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons" – 5:11
5. "Twistin' the Night Away" (Cooke) – 4:19
6. "Somebody Have Mercy" (Cooke) – 4:45
7. "Bring It On Home to Me" (Cooke) – 5:37
8. "Nothing Can Change This Love" (Cooke) – 3:45
9. "Having a Party" (Cooke) – 4:09

Total Time 37:29

* Sam Cooke – vocals
* King Curtis – saxophone
* Clifton White – guitar
* Cornell Dupree – guitar
* Jimmy Lewis – bass
* Albert "June" Gardner – drums
* Tate Houston – saxophone
* George Stubbs – Piano

Monday, March 12, 2012

Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions

Criminal Minded

Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions is a highly influential hip hop album. Production on the LP is credited to 'Blastmaster' KRS-One (Lawrence Krisna Parker) and DJ Scott La Rock (Scott Sterling), but in interviews it has been revealed that an uncredited Ced-Gee (Cedric Miller) of The Ultramagnetic MCs had a key role in crafting the sound of the LP - the back cover, however, carries the message "a special thanks to Ced Gee"

Released in early 1987, the album heavily sampled records from James Brown and AC/DC and also had a dancehall reggae influence. The songs “South Bronx” and “The Bridge is Over” ignited the rivalry with the Queens-bred emcee MC Shan and the Juice Crew .

The album is also credited with providing a prototype for East Coast gangsta rap. For instance, the cover, which showcases Parker and Sterling surrounded by an arsenal of weapons, was hip-hop’s first major release to feature members brandishing firearms. The album also contained several seminal hardcore songs such as “9mm Goes Bang,” one of the first hip-hop songs to be based around a first-person crime narrative, and "P Is Free," which details an encounter with a drug-abusing prostitute.

The liner notes of Criminal Minded read, "peace to Ron Nelson and the Toronto posse". This statement is evidence of BDP's involvement with Toronto's hip hop scene in the 1980s, which produced artists such as Michie Mee, Dream Warriors and Maestro Fresh Wes

Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s) Length
1 "Poetry" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One KRS-One 5:01
2 "South Bronx" L. Parker, S. LaRock DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith D-Nice, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One 5:10
3 "9mm Goes Bang" L. Parker, S. LaRock DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith KRS-One 4:19
4 "Word From Our Sponsor" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith KRS-One 3:52
5 "Elementary" L. Parker, S. LaRock DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One 4:07
6 "Dope Beat" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith KRS-One, DJ Scott La Rock 5:12
7 "Remix For P Is Free" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One KRS-One 4:20
8 "The Bridge Is Over" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith KRS-One 3:26
9 "Super-Hoe" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One 5:30
10 "Criminal Minded" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One KRS-One 5:17
11 "Scott LaRock Mega-mix (Bonus)" S. LaRock DJ Scott La Rock DJ Scott La Rock 6:49

* "Poetry" contains samples from the James Brown recordings "Soul Power Pt. 1" & "Don't Tell It." (Scratches by TR Love)
* "South Bronx" contains samples from the James Brown recordings "Get Up Offa That Thing" & "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved."
* "Word from Our Sponsor" contains samples from First Choice's "Love Thang."
* "Dope Beat" contains a sample from the AC/DC recording "Back in Black."
* "Remix For P is Free" contains a sample from the Yellowman recording "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng."
* "The Bridge Is Over" contains an interpolation of a bassline from the Super Cat recording "Boops" (played on the studio piano by KRS-One) and a short melodic and lyrical interpolation of Billy Joel recording "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me."
* "Super Hoe" contains samples from the Captain Sky recording "Super Sporm" & the Esther Williams recording "Last Night Changed it All (I Really Had a Ball)."
* "Criminal Minded" contains samples from the Syl Johnson recording "Different Strokes," the Trouble Funk recording "Let's Get Small," and the Beatles recording "Hey, Jude."

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Pogues- Rum, Sodomy & The Lash

Rum Sodomy & The Lash

#445 on the Rolling Stone List of 500 Greatest Albums:
Rum Sodomy & the Lash is the second studio album by the London-based folk punk band The Pogues, released in 1985.

The album's title is taken from a quotation often attributed to Winston Churchill: "Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash." Singer and primary songwriter Shane MacGowan claimed that the title was suggested by drummer Andrew Ranken. The cover artwork is based on The Raft of the Medusa, a painting by Théodore Géricault, with the band members' faces replacing those of the men on the raft.

The album reached number 13 in the UK charts. The track "A Pair of Brown Eyes", based on an older Irish tune, went on to reach number 72 in the UK singles chart. "The Old Main Drag" later appeared on the soundtrack to the film My Own Private Idaho. A remastered and expanded version of Rum Sodomy & the Lash was released on 11 January 2005. The cut "A Pistol for Paddy Garcia", and the B-side of "Dirty Old Town", which only appeared on the initial cassette release, was moved to the bonus tracks. A poem by Tom Waits was also added to the expanded release.

1. "The Sick Bed of Cúchulainn" (MacGowan) – 2:59
2. "The Old Main Drag" (MacGowan) – 3:19
3. "Wild Cats of Kilkenny" (MacGowan/Finer) – 2:48
4. "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" (traditional) – 2:55
5. "A Pair of Brown Eyes" (MacGowan) – 4:54
6. "Sally MacLennane" (MacGowan) – 2:43
7. "A Pistol for Paddy Garcia"† (Finer) – 2:31
8. "Dirty Old Town" (MacColl) – 3:45
9. "Jesse James" (traditional) – 2:58
10. "Navigator" (Gaston) – 4:12
11. "Billy's Bones" (MacGowan) – 2:02
12. "The Gentleman Soldier" (traditional) – 2:04
13. "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" (Bogle) – 8:10

† "A Pistol for Paddy Garcia" did not appear on the original album; it is a bonus track on a 1989 issue.

* Shane MacGowan – vocals
* Spider Stacy – tin whistle
* James Fearnley – accordion
* Jem Finer – banjo
* Cait O'Riordan – bass, vocals on "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day"
* Andrew Ranken – drums
* Philip Chevron – guitar

Additional personnel

* Henry Benagh – fiddle
* Dick Cuthell – horn
* Tommy Keane – uileann pipes

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Suicide - Suicide

Suicide (First Album)

Suicide is the influential first studio album by American No Wave band Suicide, released in 1977. It is often cited as one of the first synth pop albums, although it has a harsher, more industrial leaning than many well-known albums of the genre. In 2003, the album was ranked number 446 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

"Frankie Teardrop" is one of the songs featured in Nick Hornby's 2002 book 31 Songs, and appears in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1978 film In a Year of 13 Moons. "Cheree" is featured in the closing scene of Downtown 81 with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. "Girl" briefly appears in Nick Zedd's 1979 film They Eat Scum. "Ghost Rider" was featured on the soundtrack of the 2006 video game Driver: Parallel Lines and also appears on True Crime: New York City.

"Ghost Rider" has been covered by R.E.M., The Horrors, The Gories, Rollins Band, The Sisters of Mercy, Merzbow, Soft Cell and The Young Gods, and was featured in a Brazilian deodorant commercial in 2005. It was also sampled by M.I.A. for her 2010 single, Born Free. "Rocket USA" has been covered by The Fleshtones, Loop and The Cars on their reunion album, Move Like This.

In September 2009 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series. It was played again in London in May 2010 when the band supported The Stooges performances of Raw Power.
1. "Ghost Rider" 2:33
2. "Rocket U.S.A" 4:17
3. "Cheree" 3:41
4. "Johnny" 2:10
5. "Girl" 4:06
6. "Frankie Teardrop" 10:26
7. "Che" 4:51

1. "Mr. Ray" 6:29
2. "Las Vegas Man" 4:23
3. "96 Tears" 3:48
4. "Keep Your Dreams" 3:19
5. "I Remember" 5:11
6. "Harlem" 4:05
7. "23 Minutes Over Brussels 22:56

* The first six tracks on the bonus disc are from a live performance at CBGB on May 25, 1978. "23 Minutes Over Brussels" is an infamous live show on June 16, 1978 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium, that ended with the band being booed off the stage. In response to this, Elvis Costello, for whom Suicide was opening, played a very short, angry set, which incited a riot (this story is told in the liner notes).

* Alan Vega - vocals
* Martin Rev - keyboards, drum machine

Friday, March 9, 2012

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! - Devo

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Deluxe Remastered Version

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! is the debut album by the American new wave music band Devo. Produced by Brian Eno, it was recorded primarily in Cologne, Germany and released in the U.S. by Warner Bros. Records company in 1978.

The album received somewhat mixed reviews from critics and maximized at number 12 on the UK album charts and number 78 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Recent reviews of the album have been more uniformly positive, with the album charting on several retrospective "best of" lists from publications including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork Media and Spin.

On May 6, 2009 Devo performed the album live in its entirety for the first time as part of the Don't Look Back concert series curated by All Tomorrow's Parties. On September 16, 2009, Warner Bros. and Devo announced a re-release of Q: Are We Not Men? and Freedom of Choice, with a tour performing both albums.

In 1977, David Bowie and Iggy Pop received a tape of Devo demonstration songs from the wife of Michael Aylward, guitarist in another Akron, Ohio band, Tin Huey. Both Iggy and Bowie, as well as Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, expressed interest in producing Devo's first release. At Devo's New York debut show in 1977, Bowie proclaimed that "this is the band of the future, I'm going to produce them in Tokyo this winter." Eventually, Eno was chosen to produce the album at Konrad Plank's studio located near Cologne, Germany. Bowie was busy with filming Just a Gigolo but helped Eno produce the record during weekends. Two tracks, "Come Back Jonee" and "Shrivel-Up", were recorded at Different Fur in San Francisco. All tracks were mixed at Konrad Plank's studio named Conny's Studio. Since Devo was without a record deal, Eno paid for the flights and studio cost for the band, confident that the band would be signed to a record contract. In return for his work on the album, Eno asked for a share of any subsequent deals.

The recording sessions were a source of frustration for Eno and Devo. Eno found the group unwilling to experiment or deviate from their early demonstrations of recorded songs. Devo later admitted that "we were overtly resistant to Eno's ideas. He made up synth parts and really cool sounds for almost every part of the album, but we used them on three or four songs."

All songs written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale except where noted:

1. "Uncontrollable Urge" (Mark Mothersbaugh) 3:09
2. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) 2:40
3. "Praying Hands" (Gerald V. Casale, M. Mothersbaugh) 2:47
4. "Space Junk" (G.V. Casale, B. Mothersbaugh) 2:14
5. "Mongoloid" (G.V. Casale) 3:44
6. "Jocko Homo" (M. Mothersbaugh) 3:40
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Too Much Paranoias" (M. Mothersbaugh) 1:57
2. "Gut Feeling" / "(Slap Your Mammy)" (M. Mothersbaugh, Bob Mothersbaugh)/ (G.V. Casale) 4:54
3. "Come Back Jonee" (G.V. Casale, M. Mothersbaugh) 3:47
4. "Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin')" (M. Mothersbaugh, B. Mothersbaugh, G.V. Casale, Gary Jackett) 2:40
5. "Shrivel-Up" (G.V. Casale, M. Mothersbaugh, B. Mothersbaugh) 3:05


* Bob Casale - rhythm guitar, additional keyboards, occasional backing vocals
* Gerald V. Casale - bass, additional keyboards, lead vocals
* Bob Mothersbaugh - lead guitar, backing vocals
* Mark Mothersbaugh - keyboards, occasional guitar, lead vocals
* Alan Myers - drums

Technical personnel

* Brian Eno – producer
* Dave Hutchins - engineer
* Patrick Gleeson – engineer

Thursday, March 8, 2012

In Color - Cheap Trick

In Color

In Color is the second studio album by Cheap Trick, released in 1977. It was produced by Tom Werman.

This album is considered a classic of the power pop genre as well as one of the best rock albums ever recorded. The album was ranked No. 4 on Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide. In 2003, the album was also ranked number 448 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

All songs written by Rick Nielsen, except where noted.
Side One

1. "Hello There" – 1:41
2. "Big Eyes" – 3:10
3. "Downed" – 4:12
4. "I Want You to Want Me" – 3:11
5. "You're All Talk" (Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson) – 3:36

Side Two

1. "Oh Caroline" – 2:59
2. "Clock Strikes Ten" – 2:59
3. "Southern Girls" (Nielsen, Petersson) – 3:44
4. "Come On, Come On" – 2:41
5. "So Good to See You" – 3:37

The 1998 reissue of In Color featured five bonus tracks, including "Oh Boy," which was the b-side to "I Want You to Want Me," and "Goodnight," the live show-closing variation on "Hello There."

11. "Oh Boy" (Instrumental version) – 3:09
12. "Southern Girls" (Demo) (Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson) – 3:03
13. "Come On, Come On" (Demo) – 2:04
14. "You're All Talk" (Live) (Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson) – 3:41
15. "Goodnight" (Live) – 2:19

* Robin Zander - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
* Rick Nielsen - lead guitars, vocals
* Tom Petersson - bass, vocals
* Bun E. Carlos - drums

Additional personnel
* Tom Werman - producer
* Antonino Reale - engineer
* George Marino - mastering

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The World Is a Ghetto - War

World Is a Ghetto
The World Is a Ghetto is the fifth album by the band War, released in late 1972 on United Artists Records.
The album attained the number one spot on Billboard, and was Billboard magazine's Album of the Year as the best-selling album of 1973. In 2003, the album was ranked number 449 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The album was also made available in a 4-channel surround sound (quadraphonic) mix in the 8-track tape format (United Artists UA-DA178-H).

Singles from the album include "The World Is a Ghetto" backed with "Four Cornered Room", and "The Cisco Kid" backed with "Beetles in the Bog".

The cover illustration was drawn by Howard Miller, with Lee Oskar credited with album concept.

All tracks composed by War (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott).
Side one

1. "The Cisco Kid" – 4:35
2. "Where Was You At" – 3:25
3. "City, Country, City" – 13:18

Side two

1. "Four Cornered Room" – 8:30
2. "The World Is a Ghetto" – 10:10
3. "Beetles in the Bog" – 3:51

* Howard Scott – guitar, percussion, vocals
* B.B. Dickerson – bass, percussion, vocals
* Lonnie Jordan – organ, piano, timbolies, percussion, vocals
* Harold Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
* Papa Dee Allen – conga, bongos, percussion, vocals
* Charles Miller – clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, percussion, vocals
* Lee Oskar – harmonica, percussion, vocals

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle

Fly Like an Eagle

Fly Like an Eagle is the ninth studio album by American rock group Steve Miller Band. The album was released in May 1976 (see 1976 in music) by Capitol Records in North America and Mercury Records in Europe. Three singles were released from the album in 1976.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 450 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

In 2006 the album was re-released to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The CD is digitally remastered and includes three bonus tracks and a bonus DVD features a concert performance at Mountain View, California's Shoreline Amphitheater in 2005 with over two hours of music in 5.1 Surround Sound. Guest musicians include George Thorogood and Joe Satriani. The DVD also features a lengthy interview with Steve Miller, archive footage, never-before-seen photographs, and early demo recordings.

Side one

1. "Space Intro" (Steve Miller) – 1:15
2. "Fly Like an Eagle" (Miller) – 4:42
3. "Wild Mountain Honey" (Steve McCarty) – 4:51
4. "Serenade" (Miller, Chris McCarty) – 3:13
5. "Dance, Dance, Dance" (Miller, Joseph Cooper, Brenda Cooper) – 2:18
6. "Mercury Blues" (K. C. Douglas) – 3:30

Side two

7. "Take the Money and Run" (Miller) – 2:50
8. "Rock'n Me" (Miller) – 3:05
9. "You Send Me" (Sam Cooke) * – 2:42
10. "Blue Odyssey" (Miller) – 1:00
11. "Sweet Maree" (Miller) – 4:16
12. "The Window" (Miller, Jason Cooper) – 4:19

(*) Contains a brief sample from Cheech & Chong's comedy routine "Championship Wrestling" (from Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album, 1974) inserted after the first verse. The sample includes the words "... c'mon, don't be nervous!"

* Steve Miller – vocals, guitar, keyboards, sitar, producer
* Lonnie Turner – bass guitar
* Gary Mallaber – drums, percussion
* John Palladino – executive producer
* Mike Fusaro – recording engineer
* Jim Gains – mastering
* Susan McCardle – photography
* David Stahl – photography
* James Cotton – harmonica on "Blue Odyssey" and "Sweet Maree"
* Kenny Johnson – drums on "The Window"
* Charles Calamise – bass on "The Window"
* Curley Cooke – guitar on "The Window"
* Les Dudek – guitar on "The Window"
* John McFee – dobro on "Dance, Dance, Dance"
* Joachim Young – B3 organ on "Fly Like an Eagle" and "The Window"