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State of the Scene: Late Shows are Just Getting Tiresome

We've all been there.  It is 11:15 at the music club, and the band you have been excited to see for months still has not taken the stage.  Show time said 9:00 but you have yet to hear any music.  You give a big yawn, and look at your watch again.  Nothing.

Just Like Old Times for Panic in Memphis (09/21/07)

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Widespread Panic made their return to Memphis, this time with a new twist, a new guitarist and a few old tricks up their sleeve.

This year's Fall Tour-opening run marked the band's first shows in this melting pot of American Music since the end of July, 2006, and a few changes were apparent this time around.  

Not only was this their first time playing the new downtown FedEx Forum, only a stone's throw from world-famous Beale Street, but it was new guitarist Jimmy Herring's first Memphis Panic shows since he joined the band at this time last year.

The band's last shows at their old home, the dark, dingy and loveable old space ship that was MidSouth Coliseum, were also two of the final three shows for former guitarist George McConnell, who had replaced founding member Mikey Houser just before his death from pancreatic cancer on August 10, 2002. McConnell quit last summer's tour after the next day's show in St. Louis, once he confronted the rest of the band regarding rumors of his lame-duck status.

But in a new venue, with a new guitarist, the same old road warriors lit the same old town on fire, showing the versatility that has made them a stalwart of consistency for over twenty years.

This show had a little bit of everything you could ask for from a Panic show.

There was the bouncy, happy sound, exemplified by the show opening trio of A of D, Space Wrangler and Walkin' (For Your Love). It was Herring's first try at the instrumental A of D, a song not played since longtime producer John Keane and Houser's old guitar tech Sam Holt shared the lead spot to help the band finish last summer's tour, before Herring was hired for fall. Wrangler and Walkin' got the band warmed up and the crowd in the mood and ready to keep singing along with front man and resident preacher John Bell.

Another bit of joy marked the opening of the second set, with the instrumental Party at Your Mama's House showcasing Herring's growing sense of comfort with his new band in the form of a very patient jam. Bell also chimed in throughout with nice work on the slide, which is pretty much the only time during a show you can easily hear his instrumental contribution. But, hey, they don't pay the man to play the guitar.   

But that wasn't all this show had in store.

There were the hard rocking foot-stompers. The upbeat Tie Your Shoes followed Walkin', and gave the crowd a usual second set piece of sandwich bread in the first set. The song allowed both the rapid-fire notes of Herring and the rolling bass line of Dave Schools to shine.

More songs in this vein would follow the rest of the night, from the dark rollercoaster of funk that is Pigeons in the first set to their heavy take on the traditional blues of Junior in the second set.

One of the hardest rockers came in the person of Glory, making its first appearance in a set in nearly six full years. And the band nailed this version, appropriately providing a rare surprise for the fans in a town with its own special place in Panic lore.

And while Herring continues to find his comfort zone with this group, there are still noticeable growing pains. It seemed as though he approached shows in the spring as a contest to see how many notes he could play during solos, this Eddie Van Halen-esque style being a stark contrast to the floating, psychedelic sound of Houser. He began picking his spots a little better over the summer, but he overdid it a bit this time on songs like Big Wooly Mammoth and Surprise Valley.

The rest of the band had their moments, too. One can expect some hiccups during tour openers, and this Friday in Memphis was no different. Schools started early for the encore, Imitation Leather shoes, before becoming visibly agitated. Bell appeared to sound unsure of himself as he began the vocals to Climb to Safety, which led to a slightly disjointed beginning. And a second set drop back into Chilly Water from You Got Yours was a bit sloppy.

But, as it is with most Panic shows, the good far outweighed the bad inside the Forum.

The highlight of the first set came with the jam out of Rebirtha, into the fan favorite Ribs and Whiskey. The former ended with lots of funk and great work from Herring, before dissipating into easily one of the longest, most patient Ribs intros that this reviewer has heard, with Herring accented nicely by great slide work from Bell, both flowing over Todd Nance's steady kick drum.

More exemplary jamming followed in the second set, first with the opener, Party, and then with one of the funkiest versions of Climb to Safety you will ever hear. Keyboardist Jojo Hermann carried the jam with his clavinet, riding on top of a funky bass line from Schools that reminded one of their cover of Solid Rock, and song from Bob Dylan's Christian revivalist period. It was a wonderful change of pace for a song too often mailed in with little variation within the jam.

Hermann was not done there, however. His next standout moment would begin a stretch of the show that exemplified why fans still come back to Panic after all these years, because they feature a dark, evil edge to their sound that is truly unmatched by anyone else in the scene.

A drum intro from Nance and percussionist Sunny Ortiz led into an especially sinister version of Dr. John's I Walk on Guilded Splinters, featuring Hermann putting the fear into the crowd with a mix of funky Hammond B-3 and chaotic piano. The jam also featured outstanding work by Herring and a lot of call-and-response between the two of them.

Guilded segued nicely into a Chilly Water sandwich, the meat being more loud, dark, thunderous rock in the form of You Got Yours. The band followed this with the unquestionable highlight of the evening, Colonel Bruce Hampton's Time is Free, which Herring effectively carried on his back with one stretch of psychedelic shredding after another, helped by Bell's growling vocals and rambling raps. 

The set very well could have ended after Chilly Water, and probably should have ended after the marathon version of Time is Free, but Herring jumped right into the roaring stomp of Neil Young's classic, Mr. Soul, finally ending a monster second set and leaving much of the crowd exhausted, undoubtedly nursing sore arms from constant fist-pumping.

The crowd hardly seemed bothered by the short encore, but, after the previous stretch, who could blame them?

After all, once Imitation Leather Shoes gave them time to catch their breath, the debauchery of Beale Street awaited them outside the Forum's doors.

09/21/07 FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN

1: A of D, Space Wrangler, Walkin' (For Your Love), Tie Your Shoes > Pigeons, Blue Indian, Rebirtha > Ribs and Whiskey, Big Wooly Mammoth

2: Party at Your Mama's House > Junior, Glory, Smoking Factory, Surprise Valley > Climb to Safety, Guilded Splinters > Chilly Water > You Got Yours > Chilly Water, Time is Free > Mr. Soul

E: Imitation Leather Shoes 

DSO Dates - Including Just Announced New Years in Philly!

photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Upcoming Dark Star Orchestra gigs, including stops at the Boulder Theater and DSO's just announced New Years show at the historic Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA - right outside of Philadelphia - Monday, December 31.   More date Below.  Also, check out Grateful Web's photo gallery, including some great Dark Star Orchestra pictures (some of which from the Boulder Theater). Or feel free to read some previous DSO reviews on Grateful Web.

Upcoming dates:

Fri Aug 31 - Legend Valley
7585 Kindle Road, Thornville, OH MAPQUEST
(866) 558-4253 (All Ages) - 5:00 pm EST - $65-95 -
Approx. Cap: 10000 - ONLINE TIX

 


Sat Sep 01 - Legend Valley
7585 Kindle Road, Thornville, OH MAPQUEST
(866) 558-4253 (All Ages) - Noon EST - $65-95 -
Approx. Cap: 10000 - ONLINE TIX

 


Sun Sep 02 - Maryland State Fairgrounds
2200 York Rd, Timonium, MD MAPQUEST
(410) 252-0200 (All Ages) - DSO: 7:00 pm EST - $15 - Tea Leaf Green opens
Approx. Cap: 5000 - TICKETMASTER

 


Wed Sep 05 - The Handlebar
304 E. Stone Ave., Greenville, SC MAPQUEST
(864) 233-6173 (18+ - under 18 with adult) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 500 - Tix: (800) 594-8499 the box office and horizon records ONLINE TIX

 


Thu Sep 06 - Orange Peel
101 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC MAPQUEST
(828) 225-5851 (18+) - 9:00 pm EST - $22 ADV/$24 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 942 - Tix: (866) 468-7630 ticketweb and the box office ONLINE TIX

 


Fri Sep 07 - Variety Playhouse Theater
1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA MAPQUEST
(404) 521-1786 (All Ages) - 8:00 pm EST - $22.50 ADV/$25 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 600 - Tix: (404) 524-7354 TICKETMASTER

 


Sat Sep 08 - Neighborhood Theatre
511 E.36th St., Charlotte, NC MAPQUEST
(704) 358-9298 (All Ages) - 9:30 pm EST - $22 ADV/$25 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 700 - ONLINE TIX

 


Sun Sep 09 - Lincoln Theater
126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC MAPQUEST
(919) 821-7766 (All Ages) - 8:00 pm EST - $20 ADV/$24 DOS (+$2 for -21) -
Approx. Cap: 600 - Tix: (919) 821-4111 ONLINE TIX

 


REX CARAVAN TOUR

Wed Sep 26 - Showbox
1426 First Ave., Seattle, WA MAPQUEST
(206) 628-0221 (21+) - 9:00 pm PST - $20 ADV/$24 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 1100 - Tix: (800) 325-7328 the box office & TicketsWest.Com ONLINE TIX

 


Thu Sep 27 - Pantages Theater
901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA MAPQUEST
(253) 591-5890 (All Ages) - 7:30 pm PST - $25/$35 -
Tix: (253) 591-5894 ONLINE TIX

 


Fri Sep 28 - Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside, Portland, OR MAPQUEST
(503) 225-0047 (All Ages) - 8:00 pm PST - $22 ADV/$24 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 1400 - Tix: (503) 224-4400 the box office TICKETMASTER

 


Sat Sep 29 - Cuthbert Amphitheatre
Day Island Rd, Eugene, OR MAPQUEST
(541) 868-3334 (All Ages) - 8:00 pm PST - $24 ADV/$29 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 4250 - ONLINE TIX

 


Mon Oct 01 - Arcata Community Center
321 Community Park Way, Arcata, CA MAPQUEST
(All Ages) - 7:00 pm PST - $23 ADV/$25 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 900 - Tix: (707) 616-9575 ONLINE TIX

 


Tue Oct 02 - Crystal Bay Club Casino
14 Highway 28, Crystal Bay, NV MAPQUEST
(775) 831-0512 (21+) - 9:00 pm MST - $25 ADV/$30 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 500 - Tix: (775) 833-6330 Tickets by Phone ONLINE TIX

 


Thu Oct 04 - Fillmore Auditorium
1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA MAPQUEST
(415) 346-6000 (All Ages) - TBA PST - -
Approx. Cap: 1260 - Tix: (415) 421-8497 ONLINE TIX

 


Fri Oct 05 - Fillmore Auditorium
1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA MAPQUEST
(415) 346-6000 (All Ages) - TBA PST - -
Approx. Cap: 1260 - Tix: (415) 421-8497 ONLINE TIX

 


Sat Oct 06 - Fillmore Auditorium
1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA MAPQUEST
(415) 346-6000 (All Ages) - TBA PST - -
Approx. Cap: 1260 - Tix: (415) 421-8497 ONLINE TIX

 


Tue Oct 09 - Clark Center
487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande, CA MAPQUEST
(805) 489-9444 (All Ages) - 7:00 pm PST - $30/$35/$40 -
Approx. Cap: 600 - ONLINE TIX

 


Wed Oct 10 - Belly Up Tavern
143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA MAPQUEST
(858) 481-9022 (21+) - 9:00 pm PST - $25 ADV/$27 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 600 - Tix: (858) 481-8140 the box office and Ticketmaster TICKETMASTER

 


Thu Oct 11 - Belly Up Tavern
143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA MAPQUEST
(858) 481-9022 (21+) - 9:00 pm PST - $25 ADV/$27 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 600 - Tix: (858) 481-8140 the box office and Ticketmaster TICKETMASTER

 


Fri Oct 12 - El Rey Theatre
5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA MAPQUEST
(323) 936-6400 (All Ages) - 9:00 pm PST - $25 ADV/$29 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 700 - TICKETMASTER

 


Sat Oct 13 - El Rey Theatre
5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA MAPQUEST
(323) 936-6400 (All Ages) - 9:00 pm PST - $25 ADV/$29 DOS -
Approx. Cap: 700 - TICKETMASTER

 


Mon Oct 15 - Marquee Theatre
730 North Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ MAPQUEST
(480) 829-0607 (All Ages) - TBA PST - -
Approx. Cap: 1300 - Tix: (480) 829-1300 Zia Records locations TICKETMASTER

 


Thu Oct 18 - Boulder Theater
2032 14th St., Boulder, CO MAPQUEST
(303) 786-7030 - TBA MST - -
Approx. Cap: 1000 - Tix: (303) 786-7030 box office or venue website online ONLINE TIX

 


Fri Oct 19 - The Oriental Theater
4335 W. 44th St, Denver, CO MAPQUEST
(303) 466-2124 (18+) - 9:00 pm MST - $25 -
ONLINE TIX

 


Sat Oct 20 - The Oriental Theater
4335 W. 44th St, Denver, CO MAPQUEST
(303) 466-2124 (18+) - 9:00 pm MST - $25 -
ONLINE TIX

 


Thu Nov 08 - Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Ave, Ridgefield, CT MAPQUEST
(203) 438-5795 (All Ages) - 8:00 pm EST - $52.50 -
Approx. Cap: 509 - ONLINE TIX

 


Fri Nov 09 - Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Ave, Ridgefield, CT MAPQUEST
(203) 438-5795 (All Ages) - 8:00 pm EST - $52.50 -
Approx. Cap: 509 - ONLINE TIX

 


Sat Nov 10 - Dibden Performing Arts Center
337 College Hill, Johnson, VT MAPQUEST
(802) 635-1476 (All Ages) - 8:00 pm EST - $30 Gen Public/Students Free -
ONLINE TIX

 


DSO'S TENTH ANNIVERSARY SHOW!!!!
Sun Nov 11 - Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Rd. South, Burlington, VT MAPQUEST
(802) 654-8888 (21+) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 700 - Tix: (802) 652-0777 ONLINE TIX

 


Tue Nov 13 - Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Rd. South, Burlington, VT MAPQUEST
(802) 654-8888 (21+) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 700 - Tix: (802) 652-0777 ONLINE TIX

 


Wed Nov 14 - Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Rd. South, Burlington, VT MAPQUEST
(802) 654-8888 (21+) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 700 - Tix: (802) 652-0777 ONLINE TIX

 


Thu Nov 15 - Smith Opera House
82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY MAPQUEST
(315) 789-2221 (All Ages) - 8:00 pm EST - -
Approx. Cap: 1400 - Tix: (315) 781-5483 the box office and Ticketmaster TICKETMASTER

 


Fri Nov 16 - Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, MA MAPQUEST
(978) 454-2299 (All Ages) - 8:00 pm EST - $34.50 -
Approx. Cap: 2800 - TICKETMASTER

 


Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture and Memory - A Public Symposium
Sat Nov 17 - Amherst Fine Arts Center
North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA MAPQUEST
(All Ages) - 8:00 pm EST - $20/$25/$30 -

 


Tue Nov 20 - The Egg
Empire Stste Plaza, Albany, NY MAPQUEST
(518) 473-1845 (18+) - TBA EST - -

 


Wed Nov 21 - Penn's Peak
325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe, PA MAPQUEST
(866) 605-7325 (All Ages) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 1800 - TICKETMASTER

 


Fri Nov 23 - Nokia Theater
1515 Broadway, New York City, NY MAPQUEST
(212) 930-1950 (16+) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 2100 - TICKETMASTER

 


Sat Nov 24 - Nokia Theater
1515 Broadway, New York City, NY MAPQUEST
(212) 930-1950 (16+) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 2100 - TICKETMASTER

 


Sun Nov 25 - Bardavon Opera House
35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY MAPQUEST
(845) 473-2072 (All Ages) - TBA EST - -
TICKETMASTER

 


Tue Nov 27 - Lupo's
79 Washington St., Providence, RI MAPQUEST
(401) 831-4071 (All Ages) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 1500 - Tix: (401) 331-5876 the box office and TicketMaster TICKETMASTER

 


Thu Nov 29 - Strand Theater
50 N. George St., York, PA MAPQUEST
(717) 846-1111 (All Ages) - 7:30 pm EST - -
Approx. Cap: 1200 - ONLINE TIX

 


Fri Nov 30 - Nine Thirty Club
815 V St. N.W., Washington, DC MAPQUEST
(202) 265-0930 (All Ages) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 1200 - ONLINE TIX

 


Sat Dec 01 - Nine Thirty Club
815 V St. N.W., Washington, DC MAPQUEST
(202) 265-0930 (All Ages) - TBA EST - -
Approx. Cap: 1200 - ONLINE TIX

 

 

Dark Star Orchestra – More Than Just a Cover Band

photo(s) by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

It was a happenin' day in Princeton as deadheads filled the quaint town just as they have in the past. Tie dies filled the streets, fathers brought their sons to tailgate in the lot, and fans were getting carried out of bars before the show for a trip down memory lane. The Grateful Dead only played one time in Princeton in 1971, which made Dark Star Orchestra's visit that much sweeter. But instead of playing in a gym, DSO chose the beautiful McCarter Theatre as its venue. The ushers at the theatre deserve recognition because they allowed fans to dance in the aisles and indulge in activities usually frowned upon in this venue.

As many people know, DSO covers actual shows note for note like the Grateful Dead played them originally. Tonight it was a show that occurred almost exactly 27 years before. It was May 10, 1980 in Hartford, CT that was being celebrated tonight. They opened big with "New New Minglewood Blues," which got the crowd on their feet early. A little known fact about this song is that it is constantly mislabeled. Many people as a shortcut call it "Minglewood Blues" or "New Minglewood Blues." The reason why this is incorrect is because those are totally different songs already. Both songs were written by Noah Lewis and performed by different jug bands in the 1920's and 1930's. The lyrics have no similarities between them. Speaking of similarities, the next song was haunting because of the likeness of lead singer John Kadlecik's voice to Jerry's. "Peggy-O" was sung with perfect tone and inflection. Then it was Rob Eaton's turn to belt out a hot "Mexicali Blues > El Paso" run.

Next was the first of the Saturday songs. Robert Hunter's lyrics of "Althea" read, "You may be Saturday's child all grown moving with a pinch of grace," blended perfectly with the older crowd enjoying the nostalgia. Smokin' guitar riffs and loud applause came with "Passenger," the song that was originally written as a joke by Phil Lesh. He said that it's a take on the Fleetwood Mac song "Station Man," just sped up with a few different chord changes. The crowd tonight was on their feet clapping along until the calm Brent Mydland song sung by the great Rob Barraco "Far From Me," where everyone sat down to listen. After, Rob Eaton said, "We can't express how grateful we are to play in such a beautiful environment." He was right, springtime in Princeton is gorgeous, and as it drizzled lightly outside, DSO played "Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance" inside. The crowd got a little sleepy until Kadlecik's guitar solo in the set closer "Deal" breathed life back into the theatre, and the crowd was up and clapping in unison.

dsoThe second set opened with one of my favorite song runs "China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider." The rest of the show was pretty much played one song into another until close to the end. "Feel Like a Stranger" kept the crowd going strong.  "Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand says: don't you see?" The lyrics of "Comes a Time" are some of the most inspiring words ever written. This rendition gave it the justice it deserves. "Estimated Prophet" was performed with the same zeal and energy that the subject of the song would preach it with. Weir and Barlow wrote it about the crazy and high type of fan with an important message they felt had to be delivered to everyone. We've all seen them in the crowd.

"He's Gone" and "Uncle John's Band" gallantly took us into "Drums." Then, the fan friendly "Not Fade Away" had the crowd participating as usual. Finally, the best song of the night "Sugar Magnolia" closed the second set. DSO did a great job in the second set convincing the crowd that they were in 1980. I love to watch people's faces at DSO shows because one can always tell who has never seen them before. They all react with amazement and wonderment at the beauty of how well they play the part of the Grateful Dead.

The encores were "Alabama Getaway" and "One More Saturday Night" from the original show, which were performed very well. But, DSO had one surprise for the grateful crowd. They added the traditional classic "Don't Ease Me In" as a filler.

Overall, this show was a lot of fun, and I hope that DSO comes back to this venue because I think that it lends itself very well to their shows. The theatre as well as the sound was full and vibrant. Check out the band with their heavy tour schedule this summer and fall. It will truly be a fun adventure.

Arthur Alexander's Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter

Arthur Alexander- for the Grateful Web

The only songwriter whose songs were covered by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley was Arthur Alexander. One of the greatest soul singers of all time, if not the best known, he penned "Anna," "Sally Sue Brown" and "You Better Move On" among many others. The Beatles modeled their early sound after him. Yet by 1980 – a young man, just 40 – Alexander had left the music industry and was driving a bus and working at a center for disadvantaged kids in Cleveland. That's exactly where the story of Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter – a deluxe package chronicling his improbable, triumphant yet tragically short-lived comeback in the early '90s – begins.
 
In one comprehensive 18-track volume, Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter (Hacktone Records, due out 8/21) combines Arthur Alexander's Ben Vaughn-produced final album for Nonesuch (awarded a rave feature review in Rolling Stone ) with previously unreleased material from NPR's "Fresh Air" in a rare on-air performance, the never-before-heard hotel room demos (including Arthur's take on Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man") and a live version of "Anna" recorded at New York's Bottom Line. It's a document of the second half of Alexander's career. The sound is lovingly restored and remastered as well as re-sequenced to producer Vaughn's original design. Vaughn's liner notes provide a intimate and detailed story of the singer's all-too-brief re-emergence. "If heartbreak had a sound," he writes, "it was this voice."
 
The core of the set is the Nonesuch album Lonely Just Like Me , which won some of the highest accolades of any album released in 1993. The project was instigated by Elektra A&R executive Danny Kahn, who spotted Alexander in a rare performance in 1992 (the live version of "Anna" included on this set is from that very performance). Kahn signed him to Nonesuch, which had launched the American Explorer series. He called upon artist/producer Ben Vaughn to convince Alexander to record. Vaughn boarded a plane to Cleveland and the two formed a fast bond. The contract was signed and the album recorded in Nashville. Sessions featured a number of Alexander's accompanists from the '60s – Dan Penn, Donnie Fritts, Reggie Young, Thomas Cain and Mike Leech – along with Alexander newbies Gary Nicholson, Tommy Spurlock, Ashley Cleveland and Jim Spake. Reaction to the comeback recording was palpable, with positive reaction from the music press and such artists as Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Kris Kristofferson. Alexander told Vaughn, "It looks like those seeds I planted a long time ago were good seeds."

The album's warm reception energized Alexander, who obliged his many interview requests, played the South by Southwest music conference and performed on a special live broadcast of NPR's "Fresh Air." The excitement culminated with a concert in Nashville. Sadly the show did him in. Alexander was checked into the ER at the city's Baptist Hospital. Within days he had, as Vaughn notes, passed on to the next life. The album was still a new release with reviews breaking daily. A major comeback and rediscovery was tragically cut short.
 
Alexander's memory continues to burn brightly even 15 years down the road. HackTone Records' David Gorman and Michael Nieves have set out to create a definitive memorial to Alexander with Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter . They enlisted the assistance of both A&R man Kahn and Vaughn and emerged with this sumptuous package. Just don't call it a reissue – at least without qualification – as it contains many never-before-heard songs that might have easily never seen the light of day.


Arthur Alexander – Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter
Track listing:
 
1 If It's Really Got To Be This Way 03:59
2 Go Home Girl 03:49
3 Sally Sue Brown 02:41
4 All The Time 03:22
5 Lonely Just Like Me 03:07
6 Every Day I Have To Cry 02:42
7 In The Middle Of It All 03:54
8 Genie In The Jug 02:31
9 Mr. John 03:47
10 Johnny Heartbreak 03:31
11 There Is A Road 04:23
12 I Believe In Miracles 03:38
(1-12 from Lonely Just Like Me, re-ordered by Ban Vaughn)

13 Intro 00:10
14 Go Home Girl 03:44
15 Interview 1 02:51
16 Genie In The Jug 02:13
17 Interview 2 00:36
18 You Better Move On 02:58
19 Interview 3 01:35
20 Every Day I Have To Cry 02:51
(13-20 recorded live on NPR's "Fresh Air," May 7, 1993)

21 Solitary Man (Demo) 02:02
22 Johnny Heartbreak 01:45
23 Genie In The Jug (#2) 01:56
24 Lonely Just Like Me 02:41
(21-24 from original cassette of hotel room demos featuring Arthur Alexander, vocals; Ben Vaughn, guitars)

25 Anna 03:19
(#25 recorded live at the Bottom Line in New York during "In Their Own Words: A Bunch of Songwriters Sitting Around Singing," September 5, 1991)

26 Glory Road (exerpt) 00:48
(#26, hidden track, from hotel room demos)

HackTone was founded by a pair of crate diggers who believe that there's no such thing as "good music whose time has passed," and their new distribution deal with Rhino represents a return to the fold. Before launching design and marketing firm HackMart, co-founder David Gorman was Rhino's "Creative Czar," winning an Art Direction Grammy for the Beg, Scream & Shout: The Big 'Ol Box Of '60s Soul collection in 1998. Co-founder Michael Nieves served as head of Rhino's music licensing and publishing departments before founding licensing company Sugaroo!