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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Rolling Stones Tracks?

 

Keef and Grandson On Tour 2017

 

Here at Rick Keene Music Scene – rarely do my personal tastes mix with business.

Once in a while , the Stones are featured but most of the time , this forum is to promote new music through interviews and let you know what’s happening or what shows just happened.

To narrow down ten songs from a catalog over four hundred deep is impossible. Or – is it ?

 

Here now are my choices ( no particular  order) for the Top Ten Tracks by The Rolling Stones. Agree or disagree ? 

 

10. Fingerprint File

This track off the 1974  album It’s Only Rock n Roll sums up everything about the decadent 70s and mixes many styles into one. Funk and Rock through a great guitar solo by Mick Taylor and Jagger’s mystique / sex appeal humming along to Wyman’s too cool bass line. Just listening you can almost see the sequined jump suit on Jagger’s back with Billy Preston dancing beside him. A track that could just as well be named ‘1975’. Rumor has it that it is cocaine going up Mick’s nose near the end as the tune sniffs to a close.

9. Respectable

The Sex Pistols called the Stones dinosaurs in 1977. The Bad Boys of Rock responded with one of their best albums. 1978’s Some Girls kicked the Pistols and the entire Punk movement in the teeth. Respectable takes the term Garage Band to other worlds. As raw as meat at a butcher shop, the song is angry. The energy in all instruments pouring out the amps as Mick scares you into believing everything he sings.  No tricks, no shadows. Punk Rock on display by the original punks. Whatever happened to those Sex Pistols ? 

8. Sweet Virginia 

Atop many critic’s list of the best double albums of all time , 1972’s Exile on Main Street is filled with the Blues and Country music. Gram Parsons influence side by side with Willie Dixon. Sweet Virginia sounds as if the boys were on the porch and started playing for the joy of it. Mick’s pure personality shines on harp while Keith is just a Country boy at his  side. As with a few Stones’ tracks , the entire sound is energy held back within a groove. One of few bands that can harness and release magic at the same time. Welcome to Chemistry 101.

7. Street Fighting Man

In 1968 – the Stones released one of their masterpieces. Beggars Banquet was served to the masses and it contained the roots of music. It also teased with what the Stones were to become. The song Street Fighting Man ( along with Sympathy for The Devil) showcased the manic drive which would become a staple for the ‘rocky’ Stones. The building of foreplay before the orgasm and continuing while the cigarette was still burning. Combining feedback through a cassette player and amplified to it’s fullest – to this day, in concert, it’s the tune that gets the heart pumping and the sweat poured into the drinks.

6. Love is Strong

In 1994, following a reunion of sorts – the Stones entered the studio minus their original bassist Bill Wyman. With Miles Davis alumni Darryl Jones  in tow, the overproduced sound of 1989’s Steel Wheels was gone. For the first time in over a decade, the album sounded like Mick and Keith locked in a room. The song Love is Strong contains a maturity not heard from before. It’s as if thirty years of bouncing about landed on their feet. A Blues tune yet it was a Stones Blues tune. No mimicking, no flattery by example – the tune was the first original Stones’ Blues song. Forceful guitars and forceful harmonica combined with Watts’ ( as usual ) crisp snare. The Stones became a ‘confident’ band once again within Love is Strong.

5. Too Tough

Say what? There are far greater Stones’ songs than this gem off 1983’s Undercover album you say? Listen again – wont ya? Raw riffs and the Stones signature sloppiness rarely caught in studio. Add a transition from bridge to chorus that is two songs in one along with a youthful Jagger surrendering to a woman? As I said – listen again won’t ya?

4. Tumbling Dice

Exile on main Street is unique in the fact there were no real ‘hits’ on the album. Therein lies the beauty of the disc as it was made for making music. The tune Tumbling Dice with it’s stinging, creeping changes and harnessed energy released in a rhythm so solid- could very well be on of the greatest songs ever written by anyone. You gotta roll me ..

3.  Memory Motel

In 1976 the Stones kinda shocked everyone by sipping into the Reggae / Dance genre. For the fans of the band it was no surprise because Keith had taken up residence in Jamaica and was hanging with the likes of Peter Tosh. The album Black and Blue ( the first with Ron Wood) also contained one of Jagger/ Richards purest ballads. Piano-led ( Keith writes a lot on piano), the song is framed devilishly by Keef’s raunchy (slightly out of tune harmonies). A studio version (vocally) of The Glimmer Twins live. Once again – two tunes in one as the chorus sings the lyrics to sleep.

2. Midnight Rambler

In the words of Keith Richards, if there was one song that could be considered the best example of his and Mick’s taste in music and songwriting skills – Midnight Rambler gets the call. The tune mirrors the transformation in real life of the stones evolving from a blues band into a Rock n Roll outfit. It also displays the transformation of the band as young punks to grown up creatures of the night. Of Richards from rebellious teen to drug addict. Of Jagger from sexual deviant to dangerous. No matter the year, once the Stones play Midnight Rambler live – you know they are starting to get serious.

1. Paint it Black

In 1966 while The Beatles were sending lollipops in the air, the Stones were focusing on reality.

In a false world for the weak, only hand holding went on in Strawberry Fields. In the real world, there was someone with a match waiting in the burnt out building next door. Mental illness, anguish, despair and depression are as much part of reality as lovemaking in the golden wheat. Not only did the Stones identify with the real people lyrically, they solidified themselves as precursors to bands like Black Sabbath and the evil mentality of Heavy Metal. Charlie arrives within the tune just as Keith enters Hell. Mick’s drawl – his initial exorcism.  The Stones may have made a deal at the Crossroads and painted them black. The Devil’s gift? No colors anymore for anyone.

*Honorable mentions

Gimme Shelter, Satisfaction, Jumpin Jack Flash, Honky Tonk Woman and three hundred others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – David Myles; Real Love

Pop music ain’t what it used to be …

 

 

David Myles is doing something about it. Combining old school thoughts with new school riffs without duplicating anything. Easy right? Make people dance right?

 

 

Please listen below as David talks about the new album and how he came up with the idea to go backwards – musically. 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part Four

Imagine telling your Mom; ‘I’m moving out!’ (when you are fifteen years of age?)

 

Imagine the reaction of your parents even if you have a full time job? Imagine the reaction if you only have a couple of events planned at $25.00 each?

Welcome to the start of Sheldon Kagan’s career as a mobile disc jockey. A career that has spanned over fifty years and made Sheldon one of Montreal’s most successful promoters. One of Montreal’s greatest entertainers.

 

 

Please listen below to part four of Sheldon’s story. A great foray into the life of a fascinating man.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul.  

 

 

Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov !

 

 

 

Listen to my interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx below !

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – King Crimson.

King Crimson are one of ‘those‘ bands …

Several short stints in several increments have survived since 1969. Starting with ‘The Court of The Crimson King’ until their upcoming appearance on July 3rd in Montreal – this band is still cutting  edge.

 

Please listen below to my chat with Gavin Harrison, one of three drummers within King Crimson. He talks about all of the above and why he thinks touring in a van may not be such a good idea for young bands.

Gavin? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer has been here -done that. The Montreal Jazz Festival? Second nature for him …

Before setting out on an European tour and then China – Michael’s upcoming appearance at The Montreal International Jazz Festival on July 6th is just one of very few gigs this summer. Michael is taking the time to prepare for two upcoming albums to be partly recorded in New Orleans. Two discs Michael is currently writing material for.

 

Please listen below to my chat as Michael talks about all of the above and much, much more….

Michael? What’s up?

 

 

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to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for interviews, previews, news and reviews about many of the artists and shows that will be part of this year’s festival.

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Buddy Guy, Charlie Musslewhite, Steve Hill and Matt Andersen

Steve Hill has opened for Buddy Guy a few times. Meeting him – an entirely different tale …

Steve will be opening up for Buddy once more on June 30th as part of Le Festival International de Jazz a Montreal. It is part of a triple bill including; Guy, Charlie Musslewhite and Matt Andersen. A definitive Blues fans’ delight.

Please listen below as Steve talks about Buddy’s influence on him and hear Hill’s thoughts on both Charlie and Matt Andersen. You can listen to some great tunes as well !

Steve? What’s up?

 

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Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson – Singing Music the Right Way !

Sometimes, the Blues is in you for a lifetime. It just takes a while to come out .

Bruce ‘ Mississippi’ Johnson has been involved in music for a very long time. Playing and performing ‘other people’s’ songs. Now – it’s his turn to perform his own.

Please listen below to  my chat with Bruce as we discuss the roots of his love for music. Good music …

Bruce? What’s up?

 

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Bonnie Raitt , Royal Wood and a Bevy of Artists Coming To the Montreal Jazz Festival

 

 

All that Jazz …

 

The Montreal International Jazz Festival stats June 29th. It promises – once more, to be legendary as acts from all corners of the globe meet in Montreal for the largest Jazz Festival in the world.

 

 

Keep coming back to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for interviews, previews, news and reviews about many of the artists and shows that will be part of this year’s festival.

Please listen below to some tunes, interviews and shows coming to Montreal !

Thanks for listening !

 

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Martin Goyette – Gerry Boulet and James Cotton All Rolled Into One !

Martin Goyette is a force to be reckoned with. 

Rarely does an artist come along who delivers vocals so powerfully. So passionately. So forcefully. Combining a lifelong education of the Blues with a passion for learning more and more.

That’s Martin. 

Big Beets is Martin’s sophomore disc and it displays a willingness to take a craft and expand it to another level. Please – listen below to some very cool tunes as well as Martin talk about his transition from first grade to second grade in the classroom of music.

Martin? What’s Up?

 

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The Montreal International Jazz Festival starts June 29th. It promises – once more, to be legendary as acts from all corners of the globe meet in Montreal for the largest Jazz Festival in the world.

 

 

Keep coming back to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for interviews, previews, news and reviews about many of the artists and shows that will be part of this year’s festival.

 

Visit The Montreal International Jazz Festival Here !

Visit Anthony Gomes Here !

Visit MusiTec Here !

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIVERCAT – What Happens in New Jersey, Does Not Stay in New Jersey.

What happens in New Jersey, does not stay in New Jersey.

Musically, anyways …

Springsteen set the bar pretty high for guys like Mark Rivers. Something which clearly shines through on RiverCat’s new album; Hard Road to Freedom. 

Please listen below as Mark explains his band RiverCat , his own musical influences and his job as Garland Jeffrey’s tour manager.

Hear some great tunes as well !

Mark? What’s Up?

 

 Part Two !

 

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The Montreal International Jazz Festival starts June 29th. It promises – once more, to be legendary as acts from all corners of the globe meet in Montreal for the largest Jazz Festival in the world.

 

 

Keep coming back to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for interviews, previews, news and reviews about many of the artists and shows that will be part of this year’s festival.

 

 

Visit The Montreal International Jazz Festival Here !

Visit Anthony Gomes Here !

Visit MusiTec Here !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Are You Talkin’ To Me?’

Wanna know what interviews are coming up this week?

Well, you have come to the right place.  How do you play it? Simple. Click on the play button  and voila !

Music and previews for your listening pleasure. 

 

 

The Montreal International Jazz Festival starts June 29th. It promises – once more, to be legendary as acts from all corners of the globe meet in Montreal for the largest Jazz Festival in the world.

 

 

Keep coming back to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for interviews, previews, news and reviews about many of the artists and shows that will be part of this year’s festival.

Please listen below to the interviews coming this week on Rick Keene Music Scene.com.

Thanks for listening !

Talk soon!

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Your Weekend Playlist !

Can’t find good tunes on your radio dial?

Well, you have come to the right place. Two hours of news and music to play when you want over the weekend. How do you play it? Simple. Click on the play button on each part and voila !

Music of all genres for your listening pleasure. 

 

 

The Montreal International Jazz Festival starts June 29th. It promises – once more, to be legendary as acts from all corners of the globe meet in Montreal for the largest Jazz Festival in the world.

 

Keep coming back to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for interviews, previews, news and reviews about many of the artists and shows that will be part of this year’s festival.

Please listen below to some of the acts that are performing and discover the interviews coming next week on Rick Keene Music Scene.com.

Thanks for listening !

Talk soon!

 

 

Visit The Montreal International Jazz Festival Here !

Visit Anthony Gomes Here !

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RIVERCAT Covers Del Shannon, Bryan Ferry’s Guitarist and A Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview

It is almost that time of year, boyz and gurls …

The Montreal International Jazz Festival starts June 29th. It promises – once more, to be legendary as acts from all corners of the globe meet in Montreal for the largest Jazz Festival in the world.

Keep coming back to Rick Keene Music Scene.com for interviews, previews, news and reviews about many of the artists and shows that will be part of this year’s festival.

Please listen below to some of the acts that are performing and discover the interviews coming this week on Rick Keene Music Scene.com.

Thanks for listening !

Talk soon!

 

 

Visit The Montreal International Jazz Festival Here !

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Concert Review; Garland Jeffreys Falls ‘Head Over Heels’ For Montreal !

Someone should not  tell Garland Jeffreys he is seventy-three years old.

If he ‘realizes it’he may start acting the part. 

The legend was in town last night at Club Soda along with a backing band who not only complimented Jeffreys; they were the icing on the guitar case.

Two songs into a very lengthy two set show, Jeffreys ( as he is known to do) – walked into the crowd. Jeffreys (as he is not known to do), stepped on an errant duffle bag. The sack, truthfully – not part of the act. Abandoned like an empty beer case – the bag became Jeffreys’ sole Nemesis among the loving fan base that packed Club Soda.

Garland went head first onto the floor.

 ‘That’s Rock n Roll baby !’

On his feet, back on stage – the fall never happened. In true professionalism, Jeffreys never missed a beat and never mentioned the incident, the bag or the unknown culprit. An insight into Jeffreys’ staying power of almost fifty years on stage. A testament to the man’s character.

 Brian Justin “JJ” Jordan (guitar) , Charly Roth – keys, Brian Stanley ( bass) and Tom Curiano (drums)  were the thieves on this night. Looting, pillaging the souls in the audience. Raping the songs and making them their own. Taking everything they had and delivering perfection within Rock, Pop, Reggae and Balladry. Curiano in particular, the ringleader – the co-ordinator of music bliss. 

Including songs from the new album; ’14 Steps to Harlem’ – Jeffreys and his band traveled the catalog of covers and original tunes in a well oiled rusty car. No gimmicks, no light showno fuss. ‘Coney Island Winter’ to the title track on the new disc  ’14 Steps to Harlem’.  From ‘?and the Mysterians’ ’96 Tears’ to ‘The Beatles’ ‘Help’ . Vintage playing by vintage guys. Vintage vocals by a vintage singer. The type of show every musician should attend to learn their craft. Garland Jeffreys and his band; top notch entertainment and top notch talent.

Within Garland Jeffreys and his fine line between partying on stage to singing – Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground are prominent. Lyrically, poetically and musically. That New York state of mind. 

Reed’s ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ – eloquently displayed in a slightly rockier version,  gathering speed as the tune progressed. A heartfelt homage to Jeffrey old Syracuse pal.

Jeffreys is all New York. The attitude – front and center in his lyrics and his between song banter. No shyness in telling audience members to shut up when he is talking. Jeffeys is a Brooklyn – ite through and through. 

Showstoppers  included ‘Spanish Town’ , ‘Dylan’s ‘She Belongs To Me’, ‘Reggae on Broadway’ and his big hit ‘Wild in the Streets’. Genres which make up the essence of music today. Latin flavors, Folk / Country, Reggae / Funk and Rock / Punk.  

Someone should tell Jeffreys and his band of merry-men they delivered the goods. That way – they may act the part sooner than later in Montreal. 

 

 

Strangers in the Night – Aug.25th

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene.com – What’s Going On Musically in Montreal ?

Bored? 

No need to sit around and do nothing. No need to listen to music on your ghetto blaster. Wake up the neighbors and call the kids! Or – better still, have the kids wake the neighbors with loud music !

Please have a listen below to some shows that are coming up. Listen to what interviews are coming up. Hear some fantastic tunes that have already come up !

Montreal is pretty cool that way !

Talk soon !

 

 

Strangers in the Night – Aug.25th

 

 

 

‘Too Many Cooks’ Down to One; Richard D ‘Anjou Delivers the Best Quebec Rock Album of the Year

 ‘Too Many Cooks’ spoil the broth …

Unless of course you are talking about ‘the band’. 

‘Too Many Cooks’ exploded onto the Quebec scene in 1986 and their rise was meteoric. Mesmerizing. Monumental. 

Fast forward to 2017, the band is no longer a working unit and Richard D’Anjou has been out of the music spotlight for ten plus years. The former ‘addict’ and current sober Father has returned with an album that could well be the best Rock album from Quebec this year.

Please listen below to my chat with Richard as we discuss ‘Too Many Cooks’, his thought process and the new album.

Hear some great tracks too! 

Richard? What’s Up?

 

 

CD Launch Monday April 10th

5 a 7

 Petit Campus

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Listen below to upcoming shows in Montreal !

 

Strangers in the Night – Aug.25th

 

 

What’s Going On in Montreal Musically?

Bored? 

No need to sit around and do nothing. No need to listen to music on your ghetto blaster. Wake up the neighbors and call the kids! Or – better still, have the kids wake the neighbors with loud music !

Please have a listen below to some shows that are coming up. Listen to what interviews are coming up. Hear some fantastic tunes that have already come up !

Montreal is pretty cool that way !

Talk soon !

 

Strangers in the Night – Aug.25th

 

 

Jordan Officer; Paying Homage to Chuck Berry with Words and Chords

Jordan Officer has hit his stride …

With two Blues albums behind him, Jordan Officer has officially passed ‘hump day’.

All that lay ahead is weekend after weekend of fun as he digs further and further into the roots of Blues, Country and Rock music. Jordan is on an interesting journey and one that may not be as complete without the influence of Chuck Berry as Jordan records his third Blues album.

Please listen below as Jordan explains Chuck’s influence on not only his guitar playing – Rock n’ Roll guitar playing as well …

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Find out his thought process thus far in the recording of his first two albums.

Jordan? What’s Up?

 

Visit Jordan Here and Get Tickets For Thursday April 6th !

 

 

Bryan Ferry in Montreal – An Education in Musicality

If  music could be bottled  – Bryan Ferry and his band would be the proper vintage …

Ferry and his band of merry men and women were at Theatre St. Denis last night and it was a lesson in musicality. Wisdom of notes, melodies and spaces were relayed through the sold out venue like candy on a well lit street on Halloween.

‘Slave to Love’ off of the 1985 album ‘Boys and Girls’ set the tone of intricacy. Perfection obtained early on. A ‘live’ studio version of the song was carried out in all it’s haunting and dark glory. Ferry’s voice – frozen in time along with the romantic visions the song conjures up.

It was obvious the night would be special …

The difference between the players in a Bryan Ferry  band and the local up-and-coming group at the corner is the ability to grow on stage. Mistakes are non existent yet status quo is not accepted. Pushing to the limit and reaching to ‘get it right ‘. ‘Get it better’. That is what separates professionals from the rest.

Ferry’s orchestra astonishing in their craft. Brilliant in the light. Magical in the darkness of Ferry’s songwriting.

In Montreal last evening, a tag team mentality took place. Keyboards to guitar. Violin to saxophone. Drums to harmonica. The silvery baton called music was relayed through a race of ballads, funk and rock. At the finish line lay an appreciation from the punters . Those in attendance, awed from the display of creativity within a formula.

Bryan Ferry has visions. The former front man of Roxy Music lives on a planet similar to that of the late David Bowie. Earthlings cannot perform or write the songs that dance in the moonlight. ‘Humans’ simply do not walk the paths divided by red waters and blue trees. Ferry’s landscape is uniquely his own. Covered by skies of emotion that evoke thoughts.

‘Avonmore‘ to the pensive ‘Tara’. The story of Ferry’s life narrated by so many authors. The vitriolic Jacob Quistgaard on guitar. His soloing and ability to convey fills at the right moment – second to none. Melodic, brutal and feathery. ‘Quist’, the ultimate conveyor for truth and a perfect ‘sideman’ to Ferry’s keyboard with blistering solos and soothing ebbs.

As in the Dave Mathews Band, a Bryan Ferry show is set apart by violins and saxophone. Enter Australia’s Lucy Wilkins (violin) and the talented Jorja Chalmers on sax. The pair placing emphasis on feelings. Their emotions and wistfulness are parlayed like clouds over a hot summer sunset. Their instruments – the bookmarks in a Ferry catalog ripe for dreams.

Just as melancholia is about to set the tone and sleep attempts to invade the perimeter through billowy lyrics and grounded melodies – Michel Pelo and Jimmy Sims (drum, bass) say ‘funk you’ !

Rock bands from today could grab a drum stick and write down lessons learned from Ferry’s men. The difference between Rock 2017 and Rock pre 2000 is the swing. The roll. The motion of serendipity. The ‘movement ‘in Rock n Roll. 

‘Take a Chance with Me’, ‘Avalon’, ‘Do the Strand’ and Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy‘ – parts of a machine. A well – oiled display of genres within genres. A roller coaster of extreme heights and abyss’ covered in shadowy graves. David Bowie’s influence omnipresent within Ferry’s vocals and delivery. ‘Do the Strand’ a perfect example of the Bowie / Glam rock period from whence it came. Rocky Horror Picture Show kinda stuff glued into the upholstery of popular music.

Bryan Ferry cannot be bottled. That’s what makes him so vintage.

Please listen below to Bryan Ferry Live !

 

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