September 5: Bob Dylan performing a powerful “Go Down, Moses” in Tel Aviv 1987

And the final encore at Tel Aviv was a heartfelt performance of the old American spiritual, “Go Down, Moses”: “When Israel was in Egypt land (let my people go), oppressed so hard that they could not stand (let my people go). Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land, tell old Pharoah, let my people go.” It’s a powerful reading of a song Dylan never sang publicly before. And quite typical ofBob Dylan, though born a Jew, to identify keenly with the people of Israel as seen (and portrayed romantically) by black American songmakers … and for him to choose to honor the people of Israel, at his first concert in that nation, by singing this song. (“That’s my religion. The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs.”) .. “Go Down, Moses” is certainly the high point of the Tel Aviv show.
-> Paul Williams (Performing artist 1986 & beyond)

“Go Down Moses” is an American Negro spiritual. It describes events in the Old Testament of the Bible, specifically Exodus 8:1: “And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me”, in which God commands Moses to demand the release of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.
-> wikipedia

Hayarkon Park
Tel-Aviv, Israel
5 September 1987

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar) with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
  • Tom Petty (guitar)
  • Mike Campbell (guitar)
  • Benmont Tench (keyboards)
  • Howie Epstein (bass)
  • Stan Lynch (drums)
  • The Queens Of Rhythm: Carolyn Dennis, Queen Esther Marrow, Madelyn Quebec (backing vocals)

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Great Tom Waits Song – Kentucky Avenue


Well, Eddie Grace’s Buick got four bullet holes in the side
And Charlie DeLisle is sittin’ at the top of an avocado tree
Mrs. Storm will stab you with a steak knife if you step on her lawn
I got a half a pack of Lucky Strikes, man, so come along with me
And let’s fill our pockets with macadamia nuts
And go over to Bobby Goodmanson’s and jump off the roof

Still more lushly sentimental was “Kentucky Avenue,” the great song of Waits’ childhood. One of his most unashamedly emotional outpourings, it mourned lost innocence with a compassion few other songwriters have ever attempted, let alone achieved. This wasn’t The Waltons—the lyric was full of wanton violence and vandalism—but as the song reached its climax, the love in Waits’ voice, heaved from his memory, was almost too much to bear.
-Barney Hoskyns (Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits)

Studio version:

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10 Best Rolling Stones Songs from 1963/64 (videos & spotify playlist)

Here is my top 10 list of songs from this early period.

  1. Route 66
  2. Not Fade Away
  3. Little Red Rooster
  4. Time is On My Side
  5. Carol
  6. I Just Want To Make Love To You
  7. It´s All Over Now
  8. Around and Around
  9. I Wanna Be Your Man
  10. Tell Me

1. Route 66 (Bobby Troup)


Route 66, written by the late Bobby Troup, gets the album [their first album] off to a rousing start, Keith Richards playing an excellent guitar with a tight clap-back track rhythm by Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts. It soon became a popular stage number.
-Martin Elliott (The Rolling Stones: Complete Recording Sessions 1962–2012)


Recorded January 3, 1964 @ Regent Sound Studio, London, England.
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Van Morrison’s 50 Greatest Songs Countdown – #22 Linden Arden Stole the Highlights

Linden Arden stole the highlights
With one hand tied behind his back
Loved the morning sun, and whiskey
Ran like water in his veins

TOC

  1. Facts
  2. Quotes
  3. Lyrics
  4. Cover versions

Facts

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August 26: Elvis Presley Released “Suspicious Minds” in 1969

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We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby


Recorded between four and seven in the morning, during the landmark Memphis session that helped return the King to his throne, “Suspicious Minds” — the final Number One single of his lifetime — is Presley’s masterpiece: He sings so intensely through the fade-out that his band returns for another minute of the tear-stained chorus.
~rollingstone.com

Together with “Mystery Train” this is my favourite Elvis song.

Suspicious Minds:

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August 25: Bob Dylan released “Not Dark Yet” in 1997


A lot of the songs (on Time Out Of Mind) were written after the sun went down . . This one phrase was going through my head: ‘Work while the day lasts, because the night of death cometh when no man can work … It wouldn’t let me go. I was like, what does that phrase mean? … It was at the forefront of my mind for a long period of time, and I think a lot of that is instilled into this record
~Bob Dylan to Jon Pareles, 1997

‘ Not Dark Yet ‘ is many folks’ favourite song on Dylan’s 1997 album, and for sure it pushes all the right buttons: a gorgeous vocal, a brooding melody, the darkling worldview and that seemingly effortless way he captured the dusk in his veins.
~Clinton Heylin (Still On The Road)

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