The Tom Petty Birthday Bash Continues, “Wildflowers & All The Rest” Remains Our AOW, Sunday October 25, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! The Tom Petty Birthday Bash continues on here in The Mermaid Lounge. Wildflowers & All The Rest will continue on as our Album of The Week as we celebrate Petty through Halloween.

Tom Petty’s Wildflowers & All The Rest remains the Album of The Week.

Here’s today’s Petty Party programming:

12:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Wildflowers & All The Rest by Tom Petty NEW!

Today’s Airing: Finding Wildflowers (Alternative Versions)

Wildflowers & All The Rest remains our Album of The Week for one more week, and today we feature alternate versions. Most musicians don’t feel comfortable releasing this stuff. Tom Petty was one of those guys, from what I could ascertain. But I’m a fan of this stuff because it’s always great to see what a band goes through as it makes its way to the final version. In reality? All of these versions are great. Yes, they are different than the final version, but great nonetheless.

Next week, we’ve got some programming planned around alternate versions, and not just for Wildflowers.

3:00 p.m. Tom Petty: Subdued NEW!

There is absolutely no question that Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are masterful rockers. But both Tom Petty and his band had a more subdued and reflective side. This is all tied up nicely here in this playlist. While it is over two hours of music (but who is counting), it’s nice to just put this on in the evening when I’m tired and sit in the dark. There is some very beautiful and powerful stuff here encompassing The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and The Traveling Wilburys.

This would be a most excellent day to tune us in. Seriously. I’m a person of few words on musical arm-twisting scale today. It’s Sunday. A day of rest.

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Welcome To The Petty Party! Today We Feature More Wildflowers, Streaming & Dreaming, and Live Dead Later, Saturday, October 24, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! The Petty Party starts today, with a morning and evening trip through Wildflowers & All The Rest. Some stuff you’ve not heard (at least here) yet. But hey, we’re keeping a balance. There’s other stuff too.

Petty. At home. On stage.

Here’s todays line-up!

11:00 a.m. Not The Album of The Week: Wildflowers by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

This is the new package version of Wildflowers. Tom Petty considered this the best thing that The Heartbreakers ever did. It was, technically, a solo album. Except the whole band was on it. So, it really wasn’t. But he did do somethings differently: Steve Ferrone and Rick Rubin among them. It’s a brilliant fucking album.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Wildflowers & All The Rest by Tom Petty

Today’s Airing: All The Rest NEW!

Today’s offering is completely new: The songs that did not make the cut when Petty switched from a double disc to a single. Some of the songs here were used in the She’s The One soundtrack, but they were originally intended for Wildflowers.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! TO BE DETERMINED!

We will have our usual Live Dead offering tonight. We’re just not sure which one it will be yet! We will keep you posted right here a bit later.

In between, we’re streaming great music, giving you some LIVE DEAD, and tossing in the Three-in-a-Rows, so you really should join us. Know what I mean?

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Derek & The Dominos Live, Emmylou Harris Rarities, and A Repeat of Yesterday’s Live Wildflowers, Monday, October 19, 2020

Good Morning, Musicologists! Here’s today’s funky mix of music for your listening pleasure, including a repeat performance of yesterday’s unveiling of the live Wildflowers songs.

Eric Clapton during the Derek & The Dominos phase.

Here’s your week-opening line-up:

12:00 p.m. Derek & The Dominos Live at The Fillmore East, October 23 & 24, 1970

Derek & The Dominos, for those not in the know, is a British blues-rock band populated by Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle & Jim Gordon. Their live recordings come from two nights at The Fillmore East. If we were using the term ‘supergroup’ back in the day, this just might be one.

5:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems

Here are some tunes you may have forgotten that Emmylou Harris did, some you didn’t know she did, and others she has done with her contemporaries. In short, it’s a great little playlist.

8:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Wildflowers & All The Rest by Tom Petty REPLAY!

A replay of yesterday’s live versions of Wildflowers songs as chosen by Tom Petty’s family and bandmates. These may not be as much a revelation as the upcoming selections will be, but they certainly reflect a band at the top of its game and having a great fucking time on stage. And isn’t that why we love live music?

People, you need to get with the program. Seriously. We’re not going away, so you might as well just give in and pull up a tab. Because, hell, it doesn’t cost you anything and we run all day and night. We are your escape in the middle of this pestilence. Get your musical shit together.

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“Wildflowers & All The Rest” Debuts, Johnny Rivers In The Spotlight, and Some Great Soul Later, Sunday, October 18, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers & Petty Fans Alike! We’ve got a great array of music on tap and — as you may have suspected — Wildflowers & All The Rest is our Album of The Week! It’s an amazing volume of work. I’ve already passed through once. The only question was how it would be presented.

We’ll do that in bursts, but we will have one airing in its complete form before the end of Tom Petty Month. We’ll also air the segments twice a week at various times.

Tom Petty in the studio during the recording of the original Wildflowers album.

Here’s your line up for Sunday Funday!

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Wildflowers & All The Rest by Tom Petty NEW!

Today’s Airing: Live Wildflowers

There’s a ton of new material here. It’s a revelation about how the guy worked, how he worked with his band, and where he was at the time all of that great music made its way out. We’re starting with all the best damned live versions of Wildflower songs.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Johnny Rivers

Johnny Rivers, ,a favorite here in The Mermaid Lounge. One of the best damned singers, songwriters, and record producers many will probably never know. His style encompassed rockabilly, folk, blues, and good old time rock n’ roll. You might want to tune this in.

7:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists

This is one sweet playlist with Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Fats Domino, Roberta Flack, Jackie Wilson, The Marvelettes, The Supremes, and many more.

So, it’s a day of rest. Give it a rest. Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. It’s the only way to unwind. We’ve got great music. And it’s all fucking free. You got a problem with that?

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday! The Doors Live in Detroit, The Super Session is Our Bluesday Offering, UNCHAINED is back, and a Tribute to the Original Wildflowers Album, October 13, 2020

It’s another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge, but that portion of the program comes a bit later. We’ve got some great music leading up to that.

The Doors live on stage, 1967

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Doors Live at The Cobo Arena, Detroit, May 8, 1970 NEW!

Brand new to The Mermaid Lounge, delivered by Elves late one evening after a mushroom party. (I made that up.) Enjoy this great concert in spite of my bad fiction.

4:00 p.m. Not The Album of The Week: Wildflowers by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

As we eagerly await the release of Wildflowers & All The Rest, it’s time to go back to the original and remember just how fucking great this album is.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday Bluesday! The Super Session (1968) NEW!

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper (the original lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears), and Stephen Stills lay it down. This one is also new to us even though it’s been on my hard drive for years. (Hey, there’s still a ton of shit to go. Okay?)

10:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Unchained by Johnny Cash

It’s only fitting that Tom Petty and his bandmates play a role in this great album. Tom Petty had more credibility in traditional country music than any other rocker on the planet. This one won Cash a Grammy.

Well, children, this is probably a really good day to tune us in. You might like it so much that you come back tomorrow. Who knows? As my grandmother said, you won’t know until you try it. And it’s free.

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It’s a Two-Tom Day Today: Petty & Rush, One’s in the Spotlight and One’s On Stage; The New Wildflower Releases, Friday, October 2, 2020

Here we are in The Mermaid Lounge on day two of Tom Petty month. We have a Two-Tom Day today. Seriously good programming.

Tom Rush plays Mountain Stage, Charelston WV – 2009

Here’s today’s Two-Tom line-up:

11:00 a.m. The New Releases: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers & All The Rest NEW!

Very simply, the five latest releases on the way to the new Tom Petty compilation (available October 16), Wildflowers & All The Rest. We thought that would be appropriate today. You can learn more about this release here and on Tom Petty’s official web site. We will repeat this at 11:00 p.m.

By the way, there are ‘home demos’ here that are release worthy for most people.

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Tom Rush

Another favorite here in The Mermaid Lounge. And by the way, still kicking ass.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at the Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, June 10, 1995

This is one of my personal favorites, particularly because of the song selection. But hell, they’re great live. Always have been. You can love their albums, but you can really appreciate their talent when they are live.

Come on, people. Get with the program. Today.

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Winwood & Clapton Live, A Couple of Great Albums From Tom Petty, and Our “Live Dead” For Saturday, April 25, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We have an excellent Saturday ahead of us from a musical perspective.

Winwood-Clapton

Let’s get down to the details:

12:00 p.m.   Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton: Live at Madison Square Garden (2009)

Two musical legends here live on the same stage. It doesn’t get much better than this.

5:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers

To learn more about this great album, simply click on the album photo in the right sidebar of this blog!

7:30 p.m.     NOT The Album of the Week: Full Moon Fever, Tom Petty   NEW!

Today’s treat gives us yet another great solo effort by Tom Petty. Full Moon Fever was released 31 years ago Friday, on April 24, 1989. Petty was joined on the album not only by his Heartbreaker bandmates, but also by his Wilbury bandmates. The album was produced by Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Mike Campbell. Most of the compositions were by Petty and Lynne. The album was an immediate critical and commercial success, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard charts. It was certified 5X platinum in the U.S. and 6X platinum in Canada.

10:00 p.m.    Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live in Anchorage, Alaska, June 21, 1980   NEW!

Welcome to the cosmic land of Live Dead, where no two sets are ever the same.

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A Rare Hendrix “Live” Show, Badfinger in Kansas City, and “Wildflowers” is Back, Thursday, April 23, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We had a day off, and we’re back full speed today with some rare Hendrix, in fact

Here’s your Thursday line-up!

1:00 p.m.   Album of the Week: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers

You can learn more about this outstanding solo Tom Petty album by clicking the image in the sidebar on this blog!

4:00 p.m.   Jimi Hendrix Live at the Cafe Au-Go-Go, March 17, 1968   NEW!

When I say getting live Hendrix is a rarity, it’s because his professional career lasted only four years before his premature death at the age of 27. In spite of that, he is regarded as one of the most influential musicians in rock music history.

7:00 p.m.   Badfinger Live at the Cowtown Auditorium, Kansas City (1972)

The Badfinger story is indeed a tragic one, but this band was the only legitimate star signing for Apple Records, and they left us a great body of music to appreciate.

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Alison Krauss & Union Station “Live,” Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are Our Tuesday Bluesday Feature & Van Morrison Captivates at The Hollywood Bowl, Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! I had a schedule switch and I’m opening today, so we have an early blog post.

Van Morrison-Astral Weeks Live

Here’s Your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

12:00 p.m.   Alison Krauss & Union Station Live!

This was the eleventh album for the band, but its first live album. All of the songs were recorded at the Louisville Palace (April 29 & 30, 2002), with the exception of Down To The River To Pray, which was recorded at Austin City Limits.

4:00 p.m.     Tuesday Bluesday: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing the Blues

Tom Petty was serious about the blues, and his band could certainly sing and play the blues. He often said he envisioned them as old men sitting around with their guitars singing the blues.

8:00 p.m.     Van Morrison: Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2008)   NEW!

This was the fifth live album released by Van Morrison. It was recorded on November 7 and 8, 2008, exactly forty years after the first iteration of Astral Weeks was released. Morrison produced this effort, insisting on just one rehearsal and no post-production. Essentially you hear what the audience heard the two nights it was recorded.

10:00 p.m.   Album of the Week: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers

Wildflowers is the second solo studio album (of three) by Tom Petty, who was joined in the studio by his bandmates and a collection of some of the best studio musicians in rock n’roll history.

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“Wildflowers” Debuts, The Soul Queens Return & Eric Clapton Hangs With His Friends, on Sunday, April 19, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Well, we have some great new stuff for you on this day, including the debut of Tom Petty’s solo gem, Wildflowers, as our Album of the Week.

The Soul Queens, Vol. 1

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

1:00 p.m.  Album of the Week: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers   NEW!

Wildflowers was the second solo studio album by Tom Petty, and it was released on November 1, 1994. In spite of Petty’s desire to break free of the constraints of the band, he used most of his compadres as session musicians. The album resulted in four single releases, the most successful of which was You Don’t Know How It Feels. The other three were It’s Good To Be King (my all-time favorite Petty song), You Wreck Me, and A Higher Place. Read more about the album and the contributors here

4:00 p.m.   The Soul Queens, Volume 1: Various Artists

Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, Mary Wells, Carla Thomas, Little Eva, and more.

8:00 p.m.   Eric Clapton & Friends Live!  NEW!

Eric Clapton has a few friends over, and they ain’t social distancing. He is joined by Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Joe Cocker for a great repertoire of songs. Enjoy!

It’s Sunday. A day of rest. Take advantage and tune us in.

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