Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Various Thoughts Again

I keep finding various outtakes from 1999-2000. Today I found a version of "Caroline" from early 2000 featuring Lisa Van Fossen on bass. It's quite a different take from the one released on E.P., but unfortunately there's no backing vocal from Jane Firkin as there is on the E.P. track. I'll probably still stick it on the WELCOME TO CONCRETE album when I'm done compiling that one for upload. A couple of days ago I found an alternate version (considerably faster) of "Carry On" which itself was a previously unreleased outtake when it first showed up on the seven CD compilation ADVENTURES OF AN INSPIRED AMATEUR way back in 2006.

On this day in 2009, TOWARD THE ESCAPE, featuring George Nipe III, Mick Hicks and David Tekippe, dropped on an unsuspecting world. Though when I listen to it today there are numerous changes in my playing decisions that I wish I could make (but that's impossible since the past is past and anyway the multi-tracks have disappeared), it's still a pretty damn good record with tons of good songs and fiery playing throughout. Do check it out on Spotify and Apple Music, or what have you, if you've never heard it!

Pretty damned significant day in rock and roll history:

Chuck Berry was born on this day in 1926. If you listen to or play rock and roll music, you owe EVERYTHING you love about that music to Chuck. Mr. Berry, of course, died March 18 of this year.

On this day in 1957, Paul McCartney played his first gig with the Quarry Men in Liverpool. Of course, the Quarry Men would later morph into The Beatles.

On this day in 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first gig ever at the Paris Olympia in Paris, France.

"Rock's so good to me. Rock is my child and my grandfather." -- Chuck Berry