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Options January 16, 2016: Golden Years

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Elvis Presley and David Bowie  Golden Years (unreleased demo)   Options
Del Shannon  It's Too Late   Options
Roy Hogsed  So Cold, So Dead, So Soon   Options
Cliff Nobles & Co.  Let's Have A Good Time   Options
Gladiators, The  Sweet Soul Music   Options
James Hunter Six  A Truer Heart   Options
Donna Lynn  I'd Much Rather Be With the Girls   Options
Merrell E. Moore  Snatchin and Grabbin   Options
Elroy "Shadow" Peace  Where Did I Goof?   Options
Collin Blunstone  Mary Wont You Warm My Bed?   Options
Otis Clay  2009 Interview   Options
Otis Clay  Trying To Live My Life Without You   Options
Iggy Pop  The Passenger   Options
Cliff Richard  Eso Beso   Options
Rick Nelson  Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You   Options
Don Julian and the Larks  Respect Yourself   Options
Charioteers, The  Straighten Up and Fly Right   Options
Holly Golightly  Getting Mighty Crowded   Options
Them Other Brothers  Just Forget 'Em   Options
Sonny Curtis  Atlanta Georgia Stray   Options
Trends, The  Soul Clap   Options
Above, The  Goons   Options
Chris Montez  I Ran   Options
Little Johnny Taylor  One More Chance   Options
Sister Rosetta Tharpe  99 and 1/2 Won't Do   Options
Ken Stringfellow  Down On My Knees   Options
Id, The  Baby Eyes   Options
George Jones  Vitamins L-O-V-E   Options
Gladys Knight and the Pips  Runing Out   Options
Paul Schneider  Dying Of The Summer   Options
Tommy T and the Targets  Sales Pitch   Options
Junior Brown  Gotta To Get Up Every Morning   Options
Rudolph Taylor  One Man's Poison   Options
Lenny Breau  Chinatown, My Chinatown   Options
Dirty Looks  Accept Me   Options
Goodthings  I've Got Eyes For You Baby   Options
Coasters, The  Three Cool Cats   Options
Roger Miller  My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died   Options
Angry Girl  Hates The Crappy Ass Alamo Draft House!   Options
WAKY  Weird Beard Money Phone   Options
George Clooney  Hello Hello Hello   Options

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CLICK HERE for Mitchell Kezin' IndieGoGo Campaign Page for "BUT FOR NOW: The Music & Mojo of Bob Dorough"

CLICK HERE for a story about the new Emitt Rhodes album and CLICK HERE to to buy it & watch a video about it

CLICK HERE to see a BBC Allen Toussaint Documentary

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Esquerita

CLICK HERE to help Joey Spampinato through cancer treatment

CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE for a huge trove of downloadable, remixable stems

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE for the Glyn Johns interview in Tape Op!

CLICK HERE for Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson!

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE to find out "Why Do All Records Sound the Same?

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE for The Cactus Blossoms on The 30 Minute Music Hour

CLICK HERE for "Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World"

CLICK HERE for a new Q&A with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read about "The Endless Fall of Suge Knight" (yikes!)

CLICK HERE for Barack Obama on WTF

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE for a video of David Myhr's cover of Oh Susie, featured on "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for a documentary and discussion of The Columbia House Record Club

CLICK HERE to test yourself and find out "How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?"

CLICK HERE for an article about Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with files of the isolated tracks to listen to

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of the book "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" or CLICK HERE to read Carol's review of The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010

CLICK HERE to see part one of a short behind the scenes film about Brian Wilson's new album "No Pier Pressure"

CLICK HERE for Brian Wilson's new song "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine) live on SoundStage. and

CLICK HERE for "Wild Honey" feat. Blondie Chaplin & Ricky Fataar

CLICK HERE for a great 2012 Rolling Stone piece about the 2012 Beach Boys reunion

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Better Records, whcih sells old lp pressings that sell for astronomical prices, e.g: The Police’s Synchronicity: $350

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for 1971 tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage)

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for something odd: on the website of session guitarist Jay Graydon (he plays the guitar solo on Steely Dan's "Peg") he lists playing guitar on Cheap Trick's studio version of "I Want You To Want Me" among his 1977 credits.

CLICK HERE for some audio Illusions - "Can You Trust Your Ears"?

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to play Name That Drum Fill

CLICK HERE to read "Phish Has Been a Band for Thirty Years Now and They Have Sucked the Whole Time" and then CLICK HERE to read "This Is What Happens When You Make Fun Of Phish On The Internet"

CLICK HERE for the story of Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson and how he says his record label ripped him off

CLICK HERE to read about a recent Jerry Lewis show

CLICK HERE for the new release of 5 Style 1996 live on WFMU

CLICK HERE for Paul Lukas' excellent piece about cultural criticism

CLICK HERE for proof that Michael Nesmith is a nut

CLICK HERE to see some wise asses I'm a fan of

CLICK HERE to hear Bernard Prurdie talk about all kinds of things - including saying "Ringo's not on anything"

CLICK HERE for a film excerpt "Session Men - Memphis"

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CLICK HERE for Roz Chast's piece “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

CLICK HERE for a brief history of the baritone guitar"

CLICK HERE for "The Making of 96 Tears"

CLICK HERE for a Rolling Stone piece about The Jerky Boys

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Dues" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE if you want see a lady call for President Obama's execution. My mind keeps returning to his video and what it means about how screwed up our county is.

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE for my July 2007 interview with Mighty Hannibal

CLICK HERE for the website of the guy who shot Bigfoot

CLICK HERE to see why the cowardly anonymous culture of the internet drives me even more crazy then art does

CLICK HERE for a little background on the Buddy Rich tapes

CLICK HERE for a weird Tonight Show episode where Jerry Lewis fills in for Johnny, with guest Bob Hope

CLICK HERE for the Jim Keltner Discography

CLICK HERE for the The Knack - this clip (with hard panned guitars) will help you understand the division of guitar parts in this song - which is not quite what I thought it was

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

CLICK HERE Rolling Stone's 500 Worst Reviews of All Time, according to Schmidtt

CLICK HERE for the 1966 Esquire Magazine piece "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold"

CLICK HERE for a dumbly titled, but interesting piece on Tom Wilson

CLICK HERE to find out about folks buying old lps in the USA to sell in Europe

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE to see Jerry Lewis and Al Goldstein show of gadgets in 1976 on "A.M. New York"

CLICK HERE for Nick Lowe's odd appearance on the Adam Carolla show.

CLICK HERE for a $400+ out of print book about Pub Rock that Nick Lowe recommends - OR - buy it HERE for for £20 (about $30), including postage, on Will Birch's website

CLICK HERE for a reminder that you have to be 恋のホワン・ホワン (or HERE, or HERE , or HERE , or HERE, or HERE!)

CLICK HERE for info on an odd e-book "Nick Lowe: A Long Career That Never Gets Stale." It is 4 pages long and "sells" for $1.99. The same author has one about Dean Martin that was reviewed like this: "This pamphlet was complete gargbage. A sixth grader could have written a better essay. All of this author's works should be removed from Amazon."

CLICK HERE for a new interactive video from Bob Dylan

CLICK HERE, but only if you have golden ears

CLICK HERE for some amazing RARE STAX MUSIC from tapes Robert Gordon pulled out of the debris when the STAX building was being torn down!

CLICK HERE for STAX at The White House

CLICK HERE to read the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

CLICK HERE for photos of Nashville session cello player Byron Bach's ledger from Paul Lukas' excellent Permanent Record web site

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!

CLICK HERE for The Turtles "Happy Together" (vocals only)

CLICK HERE to read the story behind Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” bass line

CLICK HERE I think this hurts ants, but it looks cool - I want one

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for some videos from the BUCKY album 'Women, Ladies and Girls (Sing the Bucky Songbook).' (I especially like THIS ONE! {due to the great acting})

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for How we made "You Really Got Me"!

CLICK HERE for a nice piece about the the L.A. studio musicians who dominated the 70's sound.

I love THESE Beach Boy videos!

CLICK HERE for some classic Jerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

CLICK HERE for Paul Anka's famous post-gig turned into a short film!

CLICK HERE for an recent Montclair Times article on Michael Shelley!

CLICK HERE to read how Big Star's "September Gurls" was recorded at Ardent Studios

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.

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Listener comments!

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:03am Baby:

You may have all you want, Baby. But I've got something you need!! Good morning.
  11:05am dinatekno:

wow. Bowie & Elvis??? Damn, thanks Mike.
Avatar 11:05am Michael Shelley:

  11:06am Michael from the Left Coast:

Is It's Too Late a Ray Stevens song?
Avatar 11:06am Marc Francis:

Good morning all.
  Swag For Life Member 11:09am tadpoles:

Wow thanks Mike for the Golden Years. Great to learn something new about Bowie and Elvis too. Amazing!
Avatar 11:11am Melissa Jean:

good mornin!
Avatar 11:12am glenn:

welp, the last survivor of the 1906 san francisco earthquake has died.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:15am Mike East:

love The Gladiators. Nice spin!
  11:23am Ice in Brooklyn:

I love the twist Reigning Sound puts on if Much Rather Be..
Miss Lynn's version is super good tho
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:25am Baby:

Can we all knowledge the graciousness and generosity of Michael Shelley. Playing #1 hits for us poor saps, when he has a huge show to play tonight at Monte Hall. He'll be joined by the great Laura Cantrell. If you ain't going, then you ain't knowing. I'll be there in spirit. You guys be there in person. Going to be great!!
Avatar 11:30am glenn:

well, MAYBE, just maybe, mister shelley and ms. cantrell should come and play in toronto. then i'd go.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am doctorjazz:

I'll be there with my family, can't wait (well, the 17 year old has me a bit nervous. She loves all kinds of music, as long as it is punk or pop-punk. I can already picture her face during Laura Cantrell...:( )
Avatar 11:32am Michael Shelley:

make sure to say hi!
  11:39am dinatekno:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am doctorjazz:

Sure, expecting a fun time (except as noted...)
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:42am Brian C.:

Looking forward to tonight's Monty Hall show, then tasty beers at Iron Monkey
Avatar 11:47am Michael Shelley:

Brian - do they have food at iron monkey too?
  11:47am Michael from the Left Coast:

Rick Nelson with Phil "Fang" Volk (from Paul Revere and the Raiders) on bass?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am doctorjazz:

Any good recommendations for restaurants near Monty Hall, if I may ask?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am doctorjazz:

Loving the Dylan cover.
Avatar 11:50am Michael Shelley:

Last Saturday I had pizza at RAZZA on Grove st - and it was amazing - but there was a LONG line - get there early!
  11:51am Mr C:

Where on Grove?
Avatar 11:53am Michael Shelley:

I should point out - kind of expensive for pizza - even if it is "farm to table" pizza - and DO GET THE Panna Cotta for dessert
  11:54am Mr C:

oops, I thought you meant Montclair!?!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:54am Uncle Michael:

stream seems to be flaking, intermittantly
  11:55am Mark R.:

There's no shortage of great pizza in Montclair, either, Mr. C. But the original query was about places to eat near Monty Hall.
Avatar 11:56am Michael Shelley:

Mr C - I also ate at Ah Piz in MOntclair this week - similar wood fired pizza - also very good
Avatar 11:57am Michael Shelley:

Avatar 12:01pm Todd-o-phonic Todd:

If you eat at City Diner, I recommend Sal's Wrap. The Asian place on the corner of Greene and York, Honshu, is pretty good. Also for Chinese, Shanghai's Best on Montgomery.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Cat:

Hi Michael. Atlanta GA Stray is definitely a #! hit!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Mike East:

I'm a few blocks from Ah Pizz, but haven't been there. looks like its not as expensive as I thought it would be.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Cat:

watch out, the clap is contagious
Avatar 12:06pm Michael Shelley:

MIKE - the lunch special is an AMAZING deal at Ah Pizz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm ChrisB.:

Love The Above!!!
Avatar 12:08pm Michael Shelley:

I usually respect Todd's opinion - but Ive never had a good experience at City Diner.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Mike East:

thanks for the tip, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm common:

just awoke to hear that above tune. so good. thanks! and good day!
Avatar 12:13pm Michael Shelley:

I'm jealous - wish I could sleep till noon!
Yes - what a great song/recording!
  12:15pm George Kopp:

Really looking forward to the show tonight, Michael!! You & Laura together, killer double feature!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:15pm myron feld:

Michael, don't let Laura Cantrell steal your fruit basket tonight!
Avatar 12:18pm duke:

That's funny. I was just thinking how great the Laura Cantrell song sounded
Avatar 12:18pm Todd-o-phonic:

@George: Agreed! Whomever put this show together tonight must be a genius!
  12:18pm BennettCap:

You can still buy them in advance at ticketfly.com, but now they're $12, no longer $10.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm doctorjazz:

Worth the extra $2 (and more)...
Avatar 12:20pm Michael Shelley:

HERE's a tip they dont put on the web site - this show is BYOB!
  12:23pm George Kopp:

I kinda thought you booked this one, @Todd-o-phonic. Genius indeed.
  12:24pm George Kopp:

Thanks Michael, was wondering if it was BYO. They really should post that info.
Avatar 12:32pm Melissa Jean:

Ooooo I know the Mable John - nice GK&TP
Avatar 12:35pm Michael Shelley:

the original
Avatar 12:40pm Marc Francis:

Hahahahaaaa. This song!
  12:44pm Listener Robert:

Huh. I thought Jean Shepherd used to sing "Hindustan" to this one.
  12:48pm P-90:

OMG! -had forgotten all about Dirty Looks...not they're not worth remembering.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Brian C.:

Michael - re: Iron Monkey grub - yes they do. Pub grub kind of stuff
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Matt F:

The alternate take of 3 cool cats and this roger miller song are the two greatest recordings of all time and you just played em back to back. Break a leg tonight!
Avatar 12:56pm Melissa Jean:

I'm missing a wedding next month that's in Roger Miller's 70s haus
  12:58pm beavo:

Michael Jackson was "of that stature"
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