Friday, November 21, 2014

INTERVIEW: Recording Engineer/Producer and Author Glyn Johns

November 21, 2014: Glyn Johns, Author of Soundman

Glyn Johns average work day? How about in the studio, behind the controls and managing the sound and recording of: Let It Be, Abby Road, Led Zeppelin 1, Beggars Banquet,; Sticky Fingers, Eagles, On The Border; The Kinks, You Really Got Me, The WHO, Quadrophenia, Who's Next, WHO Are You, Eric Clapton's Slowhand, Rod Stewart/FACES, Paul McCartney & Wings and most recently Ryan Adams and Nora Jones sessions. This man was there for ALL of it….

AND he tells me his thoughts on the burning controversies of the day: DID Yoko break up the Beatles? Who hasn't he worked with that he wish he had?  Will Led Zeppelin regroup and tour?

We can only read and speculate about it, Glyn tells it like it is......... 

“Glyn Johns was there. He was there at some of the most important recording sessions in Rock and Roll. Reading his book, you are standing beside him as he sets up the studio in readiness for the arrival of groups like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. For me it is a fantastic romp through the pages of Rock and Roll history.”
—Sir Paul McCartney

“Glyn Johns has been a very important person in my recording life (and also his brother Andy).  Glyn was the first recording engineer who helped me to understand recording and through that he was very supportive in introducing me to a lot of sessions with important people such as Ben Sidren, Leon Russell, Ronnie Lane, Pete Townshend and Howling Wolf. This together, of course, with many of the great recordings he did with us. He is one of the best.”
—Charlie Watts

Sound Man will make readers aware of the many sides of Glyn Johns, a giant of a man and one of my best friends from the moment we met in 1963 to present day. Apart from his genius behind the faders and success as the producer of myriad hits, his humor comes through here, together with his unfailing desire to do the very best work he could in the face of some frighteningly egotistical artists.”—Bill Wyman

“If you remember the sixties then you probably weren't there, unless of course your name is Glyn Johns. Sound Man is an intimate, humorous journey through the corridors of the music industry, as told by one of the greatest record producers of all time. I'm proud to be mentioned here and there, and to have worked with Johns on so many memorable occasions. A great read!”
—Eric Clapton

Monday, October 13, 2014

NEW Bob Seger release: RIDE OUT

Bob Seger: Ride Out CD Review

Cut 2: RoCKS! akin to Stevie Ray Vaughan's Look At Little Sister!

Cut 1, 3-13 slow, twangy, classic country feel on some, couldn't sit through em.

Conspicuously Absent:  Patented Seger SAX!??

Voice: Trademark raspy Seger tone! Still got it, NOT tired yet in my opinion.

Songs: Overall weak stories, slow, dragging tempos.

Theory: He has solid $$ in the bank and wants to DO the CD he wants? FAIL

Did Not Know: Capitol Records was still in business?


Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Aerosmith Let Rock Rule: Boardwalk Hall 8/31>Special Guest SLASH REVIEW

Opening Act: SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators 7:30p-8:30pm*

Opening Number: NIGHT TRAIN! My Favorite GNR tune of ALL time, thank you..A++

ALSO, featured..My second favorite GNR tune of ALL time You Could Be Mine and a RoCKIN' version of Sweet Child Of Mine that blew the roof OFF Boardwalk Hall. A++

New Song: Bent To Fly, unmistakable guitar sound of SLASH making this one a keeper for download B

The New Conspirators Album Worlds On Fire Release Date: September 16, 2014  

The Boys'...THE BOSTON BADBOYS" On Stage 9:15p

Open: Train Kept A Rollin' Got the crowd on their feets AND RoCKIN!!!! Followed up by 90'S power Eat The Rich and getting me effortlessly and as pain-free as humanly possible through my least preferred Aerosmith era, the 80's with Love In An Elevator and Living On The Edge, BEFORE taking me in the time capsule to Toys In The Attic and my fave First album.  Editors Note: I believe this is a run-on sentence BUT I DON'T give a crap cuz' I'm excited writing this*
Cuz is a word, right?   

Bonus selections: Walkin' The Dog from the first album and NO More, NO More from Toys In The attic which I actually WAIT to see! The Fleetwood Mac cover, Stop Messin' Around is a You Tube fave of mine and a great demonstration of Joe Perry guitar prowess! A++++++  

The Players: 66 year old Steven Tyler is frozen In time! His moves, his energy, his vocals, his flamboyancy, his power are real and fully evident. I became 16 years old all over again for just one night!
Joe Perry: Ageless, powerful, a master showman! A+

Joey Kramer: The jet engine that drives the energy of this legendary Rock N Roll band! A++

Note: He was fantastic and accommodating, funny and friendly in the soundcheck Q & A VIP party and it made my night. I will purchase his signature RoCKIN & Roastin' coffee on-line as the direct result of my one on one experience! 

Brad Whitford: Steady, Accomplished, Rockin'. Very genuine with his fans and us at soundcheck party as well, the same for bassist Tom Hamilton! A

CROWD: Wide ranging in age 17-70 who became the conduits of high voltage for these aging stars who gave us all hope and reassurance that "you're never too old to rock and roll. Crowd was loud proud and decent, the perfect crowd in all my experience. A+++

SUMMARY: This tour run ends September 12th. BUT as Joey Kramer told us, "we are a live band, that's what we DO!" Check your listings and crank up your local ROCK station for news of the next go-around. You will not be disappointed! A+++++