1:20 pm April 20, 2020

Flower 5:18 pm 4-20-2020 (C)JoeViglione Photography

Your daily Boston Rock & Roll pop culture. Our Keyword for today is ROBUST Welcome to Monday, 20, 2020 of April, enjoy the numbers as you won’t be seeing that date again for centuries to come. I believe Genya’s June 9, 1995 letter was regarding the Anthology #19. We are doing plenty of publicity during COVID-19 and want to thank Only Rock Radio and Lonely Oak Radio for playing Mad Painter. We’re also thankful for Only Rock Radio playing “Space and Time” by Pamela Ruby Russell and “Counting Down to Zero (From One)” by Greg Walsh’s New Ghosts. Follow the information on my Twitter https://twitter.com/JoeViglione

Joe Viglione’s BIOGRAPHY of Genya Ravan on AMG https://www.allmusic.com/artist/genya-ravan-mn0000165261/biography


We were in residency at Cantones (Love and Flame) and later at Chet’s Last Call (Dimension Ten)
5:18 Monday 4-20-2020 Photo Joe Viglione (C)2020
rare Marty Balin disc on Varulven….

Sunday 4-19-2020

I truly do like some of Manilow’s pop hits but probably put #10 in as a joke

Andy Pratt, JGeils at Kevin Visnaskas Birthday Party – forgot I wrote for Pepperell Times – Kate Walsh contributed to the story. Friday April 16, 2004 Kevin’s birthday April 18

Friday April 17 2020 The History of N.E. Rock

Here it is 5:13 pm on Friday …it feels like Easter should be this weekend, doesn’t it? Here’s the Stardust YouTube clip of the upcoming David Bowie biopic from Gabriel Range …Notice the Adventure Set in the Noise lo those many years ago…and an A & R Rejection Letter for the band The Realm, a group which appeared on my anthology series many years ago

Gabriel Range film Stardust clip – David Bowie Biopic

April 16, 2020 Thursday …

Photo by Jeannie Archibald
THE SALT WATER SUMMERS
https://soundcloud.com/joe-viglione/the-salt-water-summers

The Salt Water Summers, written by Joe Viglione
The Salt Water Summers, as heard on WBCN in 1972, released in 1976 on Varulven Records, four years later, and the rest is history…signed to New Rose Records original Flamingo/Carrere label as the first artist with a full album from Patrick Mathe. Photography by Jeannie Archibald. Keyboards and bass Greg Tarbox, drums Sim Lee, all guitars Joe Viglione Ginny and Patty on backing vocals. Engineered by Andy Mendelson in Arlington. Landed us in Playboy Magazine as one of Boston’s five best bands – Record of the Month in both Phonograph Record Magazine in California (Greg Shaw,) and L’Attendandt in Belgium (thanks Mach Bell for bringing back the review.) WBCN had Artist of the Day in 1972 and 1973, I was on twice back them.
May 14 or 15 1998 about a day or so after the passing of Frank Sinatra (May 14, 1998) – Sinatra covered “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb. This is a snapshot from Joe Viglione’s upcoming documentary on the life of Bobby Hebb. Video to post: Legendary guitarist Gerry Beaudioin, partner of John “J” Geils and Bobby Hebb guitarist on July 26, 2012 which would have been Bobby Hebb’s 74th birthday. We lost Bobby on August 3, 2010. Part of a documentary that Director Joe Viglione is creating on the life of Bobby “Sunny” Hebb. Copyright (C) 2012 Joe Viglione Productions, all rights reserved.

https://youtu.be/D8KXbnIqEos

RIP Allen Merrill I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL

 Visual Radio
The Demo That Got The Deal (TM) with
The Arrows and Allen Merrill…where Joan Jett picked up the song.  Visual Radio
The Demo That Got The Deal (TM) with
The Arrows and Allen Merrill…where Joan Jett picked up the song.

As I work I considered Top Gun on AMC but just can’t bring myself to listen to it (instead of watch it)…so ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE will play in the background as I keep working away Very angry at Lazenby’s agent who told him not to do another Bond picture. He and Timothy Dalton are my two favorite Bonds…used to be Roger Moore but Tim and George are tied at #1 with Roger 2nd and Sean 3rd. I cannot get used to Daniel Craig…

As I work I considered Top Gun on AMC but just can’t bring myself to listen to it (instead of watch it)…so ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE will play in the background as I keep working away Very angry at Lazenby’s agent who told him not to do another Bond picture. He and Timothy Dalton are my two favorite Bonds…used to be Roger Moore but Tim and George are tied at #1 with Roger 2nd and Sean 3rd. I cannot get used to Daniel Craig…

I’ve written for so many publications it is wonderfully ridiculous. In 2008 and 2009 – around that period – I write quite a bit for the Malden Observer. Here are just some of the writings http://joeviglione.com/?page_id=927 It is 1:37 am on April 7, 2020…gotta get some rest.
https://muckrack.com/joe-viglione/articles

MUCKRACK has links to some of my articles: https://muckrack.com/joe-viglione/articles

Joe Viglione . Com

Secret Things…the lost sequel to Joe Viglione’s 1985 New Changes album
about to be unleashed on the planet
Title track is the theme to the new UPLIFT cable TV show

See the Secret Things / New Changes page http://joeviglione.com/?page_id=869
6:34 pm Saturday April 4, 2020
Beloved TIGER in Wayback Machine Archive.org – photo fell off of MySpace
https://myspace.com/joeviglione
https://myspace.com/jojolaine

Hello friends…it is 5:15 pm on Monday, April 6th, 2020. Paul Norman has chosen my song “Secret Things” to be the theme of his new Uplift TV show. https://upliftshow.com/uplift-theme-song prompting me to create an entire page for the lost album of mine, Secret Things http://joeviglione.com/?page_id=869 with a painting from Gustav Dore re: Paradise Lost. More like Paradise Found 2020 Edition! The original painting was up on MySpacee…anyone remember MySpace? https://myspace.com/secret_things ….. Working on my Hotline To The Underground for the Somerville/Medford News Weekly As some of you may know, the late Patrick Mathe’ at New Rose/Last Call Records utilized the Gustav Dore painting of Don Quixote for my New Changes album in 1985 https://paintingandframe.com/prints/gustave_dore_don_quixote_on_horseback-73047.html

See the Secret Things / New Changes page http://joeviglione.com/?page_id=869

https://upliftshow.com/uplift-theme-song

Marty Balin Live on the Esplanade https://www.allmovie.com/movie/marty-balin-live-at-the-boston-esplanade-june-14-2008-v497887/cast-crew

Working on lots of new documentary films…stay tuned for Live at Club Bohemia – the Documentary
These MySpace pages were once flourishing sites https://myspace.com/martybalinmiracles
Selfie photo April 4, 2020 about 6:30 pm or so…6:34 to be exact. How will serious art reflect this Twilight Zone film we are living in with COVID-19? The clouds were so aligned yesterday that I took a number of photos from different angles.

I’m impressed that our Moe Tucker release is being sold on eBay with the great Velvet Underground 12′ Foggy Notion, a song that I released before anyone else
https://www.ebay.com/itm/VELVET-UNDERGROUND-MOE-TUCKER-Foggy-Notion-Combo-2×12-Vinyl-UNPLAYED-LOOK/173953825125?hash=item288074b965:g:DDsAAOSwPDlcWHEA
https://myspace.com/lifeswork
I still can’t figure MySpace out – Cat in the Dark unreleased album https://myspace.com/cat_inthedark
https://myspace.com/varulven
https://myspace.com/intuitionelement
https://myspace.com/varulvenmagazine
First album Secret Little Tangents in Violet “E” Motions https://myspace.com/i_mastar
I took the photos of Jo Jo and Rod (4 Seasons Hotel) and David Peel and Jo Jo (Winthrop Beach) don’t know the third chap https://myspace.com/jojolaine/photos
All the content we uploaded years ago…vanished https://myspace.com/sunnybobbyhebb/photos
See my daily Supplemental Hotline To The Underground Commentaries after my Foreword. Thank you
“You hit 60 and you start penciling your memoirs”
Bill Pullman (Innocent, 2011 film I’m watching at 12;39 am April 4, 2020)
Interesting, Pullman is Judge Rusty Sabich – the same character (obviously this is a Made for TV remake) played by Harrison Ford in the 1990 Presumed Innocent. The wifey-do here is FBI agent from Law & Order SVU Star Morrison (Marcia Gay Harden, 50 Shades Darker) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100404/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_41

FOREWORD: Welcome to the wonderful psychedelic mystical esoteric world of Joe Viglione…you’ve entered my realm …as my director says “An Encyclopedia Brittanica” or my thoughts, impressions and scribblings which all started in 1969, 51 years ago, in the pages of Varulven Magazine. The photo below is forty years later in 1999 interviewing either Suzanne Vega or Dennis Lehane. Video, audio, the Pop Explosion Radio Show (Gilbert Gottfried audio aired on April 3, 2020 on ActivateMedia.org …) It’s about FUN and Rock History and more…enjoy and you can write me JoeViglione{@}yahoo.com

Supplemental Hotline to the Underground below…

HOTLINE TO THE UNDERGROUND SUPPLEMENTAL…

Supplemental Hotline to the Underground 10:56 pm EST 4/3/2020 —RIP Bucky Pizzarelli April 1, 2020 from COVID-19. Fresh Air with Terry Gross has a special on the loss of another legend: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/03/826643761/fresh-air-remembers-jazz-guitar-great-bucky-pizzarelli and – of course – we lost the great William C. “Buzzy” Linhart on February 13, 2020 …

the band on my first album circa 1978
Photo improved by Ghil Scraw – Upper left John Hovorka, Tom Dickie, Fred Pineau, Paul Robinson, Joe Viglione …don’t think that’s Gary Soprano, maybe it’s Bob Benjamin? Photo in the Boston Rock & Roll Anthology Vol. 2
I’m The Light by Blue Cheer
One of my ALL TIME Favorite Songs
and a major influence on my songwriting
https://youtu.be/WggA9pb3zmU


Like Grand Funk Railroad’s “Closer To Home (I’m Your Captain)” this song is a brilliant anomaly from a group known for hard power trio rock-turned-blues. This is a spacey, early Pink Floyd-ish bending of exotic instruments to come up with a complex texture that should’ve been a huge hit for this venerable group. 6:27 PM 10-21-09

It’s one foot in the astral world
Other one in the breeze
“I’m the Light” (Houseman, Mayell) – 5:39

Nice to see my AMG review of this track popping up when you do a Google search on it:
But it is the sixth track on their sixth album that is the finest moment ever for Blue Cheer. The harp, exotic instrumentation, and Pink Floyd overtones make “I’m the Light” an extraordinary piece of music. “I’m the Light” is to Blue Cheer what “Stairway to Heaven” is to Led Zeppelin, what “Closer to Home” is to Mark Farner and Grand Funk — a moment of inspiration and production that stands the test of time and that is hard to match. This is a band famous for hard rock sounds creating a pop masterpiece of psychedelic cosmic consciousness. The song seems almost out of place on this collection, but it is truly one of those songs that demands attention and is worth seeking out.
“Hiway Man,” which opens the sixth album by Blue Cheer, is a far cry from their version of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” which launched this group to worldwide fame. And though they were the original group to put their amps on “11,” Oh! Pleasant Hope is a musical album. This first track, resplendent in heavy vocal reverb, sounds like Waylon Jennings fronting Quicksilver Messenger Service. OPH quickly changes pace with “Believer”‘s interesting riff and the experimental production by Blue Cheer and Eric Albronda. Albronda assisted on the production of the self-titled fourth album, Blue Cheer, and co-produced BC#5 – The Original Human Being. It is the production that is a significant ingredient that makes this project by a legendary cult band so appealing. “Money Troubles” is written by Dr. Richard Peddicord, who contributes guitar and vocal. This track has that authentic laid-back West Coast sound, a feel much like “Truckin'” by the Grateful Dead — the album having been recorded by Coast Recorders at Mission Street, San Francisco. “Traveling Man” is like a pensive Creedence Clearwater, say John Fogerty in his “Long As I Can See the Light” fashion with a bit more brightness. The title track, “Oh! Pleasant Hope,” has a piano and drums opening into sudden guitar, the second title from Dr. Peddicord, a very precise ballad about drugs. The psychedelic denim pastiche of the album cover comes to life in this very Band-inspired rag. But it is the sixth track on their sixth album that is the finest moment ever for Blue Cheer. The harp, exotic instrumentation, and Pink Floyd overtones make “I’m the Light” an extraordinary piece of music. “I’m the Light” is to Blue Cheer what “Stairway to Heaven” is to Led Zeppelin, what “Closer to Home” is to Mark Farner and Grand Funk — a moment of inspiration and production that stands the test of time and that is hard to match. This is a band famous for hard rock sounds creating a pop masterpiece of psychedelic cosmic consciousness. The song seems almost out of place on this collection, but it is truly one of those songs that demands attention and is worth seeking out. “Lester the Arrester” is paranoia about cops, kinda sorta. It is a band that wasn’t known for its musical prowess having fun with sound and styles. “Heart Full of Soul” leans more toward “A Little Bit O’Soul” by the Music Explosion than the song of the same name by the Yardbirds. Oh! Pleasant Hope is a disc for people looking for musical ingenuity that hasn’t been beaten into the psyche via classic hits radio. It is a monumental and largely forgotten effort with a lot of depth. ~ Joe Viglione https://www.fishpond.com/Music/Oh-Pleasant-Hope-Blue-Cheer/4988031194980

Review of the Day 4/4/2020 The Doors

Additional Information from Movie Mars
Product Description
A very interesting double LP retrospective two years after Jim Morrison’s version of the Doors had officially closed. Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine contained the first album release of two B-sides, Willie Dixon’s “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further,” sung by Ray Manzarek, originally on the flip side of the 1971 45 “Love Her Madly,” and the beautiful “Who Scared You,” “Wishful Sinful”‘s flip with Jim Morrison on vocals from a session in 1969. Both are worthwhile additions not found on their first “greatest hits” collection, 13. This compilation is a strange amalgam of their music, the LP title taken from a line in the song “The End,” which concludes side two. Five of the 22 songs are from the L.A. Woman sessions, including the title track of that album and the full length “Riders on the Storm,” both clocking in at seven-plus minutes. With “The End” and “When the Music’s Over” at 11:35 and 11:00 respectively, that’s 38 minutes and 38 seconds between four titles, more than a third of the 99-plus minutes of music on this collection. Nothing from Absolutely Live is included, and surprisingly, the classic “Waiting for the Sun” is not here, though that Morrison Hotel number would fit the mood perfectly. “Love Street,” the flip of “Hello I Love You,” is here, but pertinent singles like “Wishful Sinful” or “Do It” and its flip, “Runnin’ Blue,” from The Soft Parade, are all missing in action. The cover art pastiche by Bill Hoffman is worth the price of admission if you already have all this material, while the inside gatefold picture looks like an outtake from the first album. Bruce Harris’ liner notes are truly the ’60s merging with the ’70s; he calls Jim Morrison “merely the index of our possibilities” and states that Morrison didn’t want to be an idol “because he believed all idols were hollow.” The essay is all the more silly when you realize it isn’t tongue-in-cheek in the way Lou Reed’s incoherent ramblings inside Metal Machine Music are more enjoyable than the disc. Harris seems to actually believe what he pontificates. But the music is awesome, so put it on and read the Metal Machine Music scribblings instead. Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine is a work of art in the first order, the way the Beatles #1 album is wonderfully redundant, and it should see the light of day again. This time they could add “Tree Trunk,” the flip of the “Get Up and Dance” 45 RPM from 1972’s Full Circle album. ~ Joe Viglione
About Movie Mars

Back in 1973 I was in a trio with Jack Inza on drums and another Jack on guitar. Two guitar and drum band, sometimes keyboard. The fellow contacted me a couple of years ago to try to resurrect the past but…45 years or so later when I already am rocking out there at my convenience …well…but the interesting thing is that “I’m A Star” was written about him …he would denigrate my songs, my lifestyle…God bless him but his negativity was difficult to navigate. He idolized Neil Young yelling out “I Love You” at a concert at the Music Hall back in the day…anyway, here it is in all its glory, the first track off of my first album on Flamingo/Carrere back in 1978. Enjoy.

May 13, 1999 #Pixies Tribute review by #JoeViglione
Producer of the Year at WinCam
August 31, 1991 Joe Viglione Op Ed in Billboard
December 1992 the sequel to my Billboard piece in the Independent Music Producers Syndicate published by Wayne Green of CD Review Magazine. I was A & R for Wayne and signed Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane and Spirit with Randy California featuring Sarah Fleetwood performing “Nature’s Way”
Joe V in the Twilight Zone March 31, 2020

LIV and LIVINGSTON TAYLOR reviews on http://joeviglione.com/?page_id=113

Review of the Day – Livingstone Taylor: Back in the day my AMG Reviews were published in the NY Times (my film reviews,) Rolling Stone onlne, MSNBC, Billboard magazine…over a dozen sites, possibly dozens of sites. Now they are on eBay too. Here’s my Livingston Taylor on Rolling Stone.com

Did you ever see my Milkwood review on AllMusic.com
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Join the fan page of Ben Orr and the Cars that Joe Milliken publishes https://www.facebook.com/BenOrrBook/
Joe Millien and Joe Viglione at WCAT Wakefield
Directed by Paul Norman of the Uplift show