33.45.78 All Vinyl Radio Show
with Steve Fruitman
April 3, 2017

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The Raven
dedicated to @ravenval
Hour One: Hear this show now
Hour Two: Hear this show now
Hour One

1.   The Ravens: Young Blood  (Unknown) 1965 *
2.   John Mayall: 2401 (John Mayall) 1968
3.   Joni Mitchell: Songs To Aging Children Come (Joni Mitchell) 1969
4.   Gene Clark: Silver Raven (Gene Clark) 1974
5.   Peter, Paul & Mary: 3 Ravens (Yarrow / Stookey / Okun / Travers) 1964
6.   Spirit of the West: The Crawl (J Knutson / J Mann / G Kelly) 1986 *
7.   John Prine: Storm Windows (John Prine) 1980
8.   Noah Zacharin: Widow of Raven Cliff (Noah Zacharin) 1982 *
9.   The Stranglers: Raven (The Stranglers) 1978
10. Bruce Cockburn: Stolen Land (Bruce Cockburn) 1986 *
11. Digging Roots: Spring To Come (Raven Kanatakta / ShoShona Kish / Kinnie Starr) 2009 *

CanCon = 45%

Hour Two

1.   Lord Buckley: The Raven (Edgar Allan Poe / Richard Buckley) 1956 / 69
2.   Alan Parsons Project: The Raven (Alan Parsons) 1976
3.   Slade: Raven (Holder / Lee / Powell) 1970
4.   Omar Blondahl: If I Were A Blackbird (Trad) 1964 *
5.   Beatles: Blackbird (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) 1968
6.   The Blackflies: Calabogie Blackbird (Steve Fruitman) 1997 *
7.   Stan Rogers: The Witch of Westmoreland (Archie Fisher) 1979 *
8.   Bob Dylan: Love Minus Zero / No Limit (Bob Dylan) 1965
9.   Donovan: Guinevere (Donovan Leitch) 1966
10. Pink Floyd: Cymbaline (Roger Waters) 1969
11. Raven: Feelin Good (T Calandra / J Calira) 1969
12. The Ravens: Roberta (Smith / Balinrobbins) 1965 *
13. John Mayall: Man of Stone (Eddie Kirkland) 1967
14. Bob Hadley: Sue (Bob Hadley) 1973 *

CanCon = 36%

Total CanCon  =  40%

And Now for The Particulars:

Hour One

The largest songbirds in North America,
Ravens are highly intelligent and clever mimics.

1.   The Ravens: Young Blood
Rock & Roll Comes To Newfoundland & Labrador CD Compilation
Port-aux-Basques NL
Bob Rowe, guitar
Rod French, guitar
Don Oakley, lead guitar
Jim Hennessey, Fender Bass
Rocky Wiseman, drums
Paul Rumsey, vocal
Produced 1965 on Arc Records A-1099
Recorded at Arc Sound, Toronto
Reproduced by Wayne Sturge - 2007

Jim Hennessey ordered his Fender bass guitar from Peet’s Music in Montreal. When Leo Fender heard about this, he wrote Hennessey a letter to go along with the guitar claiming that it was the first one Fender had sold in Newfoundland.

The Ravens didn’t name themselves after a bird. It was the combination of sirnames: Ryan and Evans, who formed the band in 1960. They went down to Toronto to record at Arc Sound and released Young Blood bw Sincerely in 1965 which hit Number One at CJON in Vancouver. But the band had no recording contract with Arc Records and they saw no royalties from their record which sold an estimated 20,000 copies across Canada.

2.   John Mayall: 2401 (John Mayall)
Blues From Laurel Canyon: London Records PS-545
London UK
John Mayall: keys, vocals
Mick Taylor: guitar
Stephen Thompson: bass
Colin Allen: drums
Produced by John Mayall – 1968

A maniac, The Raven
Could he have his gun back?

3.   Joni Mitchell: Songs To Aging Children Come (Joni Mitchell) 1969
Clouds: Reprise Records 6341
Fort MacLeod AB
Joni Mitchell – composer, cover art, guitar, keyboards, producer, vocals
Stephen Stills – bass, guitar
Produced by Joni Mitchell, Paul A. Rothchild, 1969
Recorded at A&M Studios, Hollywood CA by Henry Louie

Some come dark and strange like dying
Crows and ravens whistling

4.   Gene Clark: Silver Raven (Gene Clark)
No Other: Asylum 7E 1016
Sherman Oaks, CA
Gene Clark - guitar, vocals
Chris Hillman - mandolin
Jesse Ed Davis - guitar
Stephen Bruton - guitar
Bill Cuomo - organ
Craig Doerge - keyboards
Howard "Buzz" Feiten - guitar
Danny Kortchmar - guitar
Russ Kunkel - drums
Joe Lala – percussion
Ted Machell - cello
Jerry McGee - guitar
Lee Sklar - bass
Butch Trucks - drums
Michael Utley - keyboards
Richard Greene, Beryl Marriott - violin
Sherlie Matthews, Cindy Bullens, Ronnie Barron, Clydie King, Claudia Lennear, Venetta Fields, Timothy B. Schmit, Carlena Williams - background vocals
Produced by Thomas Jefferson Kaye, 1974
Recorded at The Village Recorder, West Los Angeles

Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark (b Tipton, Missouri, November 17, 1944 – d May 24, 1991, aged 46, Sherman Oaks, Ca)

Have you seen the silver raven she has wings and she can fly
Far above the the darkened waters far above the troubled sky

5.   Peter, Paul & Mary: 3 Ravens (Yarrow / Stookey / Okun / Travers)
In concert: Warner Brothers Records 1555
New York City
Peter Yarrow  vocals, guitar
Noel "Paul" Stookey  vocals, guitar
Mary Travers  vocals
Richard Kniss  bass
Produced by Albert Grossman and Milton Okun (musical director), 1964
Recorded at various live concerts by Lowell Frank

There were three ravens sat on a tree

Opening words of Solomon Gurski Was Here by Mordecai Richler:

One Morning, during the record cold spell of 1851 – a big menacing black bird, the likes of which had never been seen before, soared over the crude mill town of Magog, swooping low again and again.

6.   Spirit of the West: The Crawl (J Knutson / J Mann / G Kelly)
Tripping Up The Stair: Stony Plain Records SPL-1098
Vancouver BC
Geoffrey Kelly: flute, vocal
J Knutson: Bouzouki, vocal
John Mann: vocal
Produced by Paul Hyde, 1986
Recorded by Ron Obvions at Grevis Tool Clean Sound, Vancouver

And this night, by God! We drank till there was no more,
From the Troller to the Raven with all stops in between

7.   John Prine: Storm Windows (John Prine)
Storm Windows: Asylum Records X6E-286
John Prine vocals, guitar
Barry Beckett piano
John Burns guitar, harmony vocals
Bob Hoban organ, fiddle, mandolin, piano, background vocals
Leo LeBlanc steel guitar
Rachel Peer harmony Vocals
Wayne Perkins guitar
Tom Piekarske bass, background vocals
Angie Varias drums
Produced by Barry Beckett - 1980
Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios,Sheffield, AL

Well, the spirits were high 'til the well went dry
For so long the raven at my window was only a crow

8.   Noah Zacharin: Widow of Raven Cliff (Noah Zacharin)
Noah Zacharin: Soffwin Music SW-33-101
Montreal / Toronto
Noah Zacharin: guitar, harmonica, vocal
Pat Donaldson: bass
Produced by Noah Zacharin, 1982
Recorded by Gordon Gibson at Studio Producson, Montreal

She steps from her shack
Onto Raven Cliff’s back
Slices like a knife
Through the wind alone

There is a Raven Cliff Road near Gravenhurst, Ontario

9.   The Stranglers: The Raven (Hugh Alan Cornwell, David Greenfield, Brian John Duffy, Jean Jacques Burnel)
IV: I.R.S. Records SP-70011
Guildford UK
Hugh Cornwell – guitar, vocals, bass guitar
Jean-Jacques Burnel – bass guitar, vocals
Dave Greenfield – keyboards, vocals
Jet Black – drums
Produced by The Stranglers and Alan Winstanley, 1978
Recorded by Alan Winstanley at Pathe Marconi Studios, Paris; AIR Studios, London
Mixed by Steve Churchyard

When I was a viking
My friend he was the raven

IV is an album by The Stranglers, released in 1980 on IRS and was only available in the US and Canada. The Stranglers also had an album called The Raven.

10. Bruce Cockburn: Stolen Land (Bruce Cockburn)
Waiting For A Miracle: True North Records TN2K-67
Ottawa ON
Bruce Cockburn: guitar, vocal
Fergus Jamison Marsh: bass
Michael Sloski: drums
Jon Goldsmith: keys
Hugh Marsh: keys, violin
Chi Sharp: percussion
Michael Alan White: trumpet
Julie Cade: bg vocal
Produced by Jon Goldsmith and Kerry Crawford, 1986
Recorded by John Naslen at Manta Sound, Toronto

In my mind I catch a picture, big black raven in the sky
Looking at the ocean, sail reflected in black eye

11. Digging Roots: Spring To Come (Digging Roots / Kinnie Starr)
We Are: Odieman Music ODE-2009A
Barrie ON
Raven Kanatakta: vocal, guitar, percussion, keys, synth
ShoShona Kish: vocals
Adrian Lawryshyn: bass
James Forrest: bass
Rakesh Tewari: percussion, synth
Stich Wynston: drums
DJ Jesus Parlange: synth programming, guitar
Kinnie Starr: vocal, programming
Tanya Tagaq: throat singing
Winona Polson-Lahache: vocal
Melanie Storm: vocal
Shannon Sokolsky: vocal
Gary Long: drum programming
Produced by Kinnie Starr and Digging Roots, 2009
Recorded at The Cutting Edge Studio

Many Native Americans refer to them as the ‘keeper of secrets’.
They are linked to the void, where universal secrets are kept.

Raven Kanetakta is originally from Winneway, Quebec
ShoShona Kish is from the Batchewana First Nation in Northern Ontario

Hour Two

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door —
 Only this, and nothing more."

1.   Lord Buckley: The Raven (Edgar Allan Poe / Richard Buckley)
A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat: Straight Records - STS-1054
New York City, NY
Richard Buckley: monologue
Produced by Lyle Griffin - 1969
Recorded by Lyle Griffin - 1956
Edited by Frank Zappa

"The Raven" was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845. Its publication made Poe widely popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success.

But just like I say, so many times,
when you don't want the bird,
when you don't need the bird,
when you haven't got the first possible use for the bird,
vrrrrpppt, that's when you get it.

2.   Alan Parsons Project: The Raven (Alan Parsons / Eric Woolfson)
Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Edgar Allan Poe: 20th Century Records T-539
London UK
Alan Parsons — opening lead vocals (using EMI vocoder)
Leonard Whiting — lead vocals
Burleigh Drummond, Stuart Tosh — drums
Christopher North — keyboards
David Pack — guitars
Joe Puerta — bass guitar
Eric Woolfson — backing vocals, keyboards
Bob Howes and the English Chorale — choir vocals
Produced by Alan Parsons 1976
Andrew Powell — conducted and arranged orchestra
Recorded April 1975 by Alan Parsons, Pat Stapley & Chris Blair at Abby Road Studios, London

The song is an adaptation of Poe’s poem.
It was one of the first rock songs to use a vocoder, developed by EMI, to distort vocals.

3.   Slade: Raven (Holder / Lee / Powell)
Play It Loud: Cotillion Records
Wolverhampton UK
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Dave Hill - lead guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, violin
Don Powell - drums
Produced by Chas Chandler, 1970
Recorded by George Chkiantz
Mixed by Anton Mathews

Tell Raven that it's fatal, chasing everything that glitters.
Colour breeds a shadow, he doesn't miss a single thing.

Often you'll see the Raven, flapping wings and calling loudly.
Doesn't care what others feel, thinks he has the right to steal

The Raven is a 1963 American B movie produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre as a trio of rival sorcerers. Lorre’s alter-ego is The Raven. The supporting cast features a young Jack Nicholson as Lorre's son.

Three decades earlier, Karloff had appeared in another film with the same title, Lew Landers's 1935 horror film The Raven with Bela Lugosi

4.   Omar Blondahl: If I Were A Blackbird (Trad)
Favourite Folk Songs From Here…and There…and Everywhere: Arc Records 567
Wynyard SK
Omar Blondahl: vocal, guitar
Produced by Ben Weatherby, 1964
Recorded at Arc Sound, Toronto

Omar Blondahl, (6 February 1923 – 11 December 1993) also known as "Sagebrush Sam"

Blondahl was en route to visit his father's grave in Iceland, when he stopped in Newfoundland to raise more money to continue the trip. He looked for work at a local radio station, where the manager, upon learning that he was a folk singer, showed him a copy of the newly published third edition of the Gerald S. Doyle songbook. Blondahl recalls:

He tossed a Gerald S. Doyle songbook on the table and he said, "Can you sing any of that?" And this was my first introduction to Newfoundland folk music, so I opened it and thumbed through, I said "My God this is beautiful stuff." I had never heard any of it before and I said "This must be on all kinds of records," I said "I've never run across any of it." He said, "I don't think any of them are on records" and I thought this is a gold mine, you know, oh my. -- Omar Blondahl, interviewed by Neil V. Rosenberg.

He lived 1955-64 in St John's. He died in Vancouver, British Columbia in December 1993 at the age of 70.

5.   Beatles: Blackbird (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
The Beatles: Apple Records SWBO-101
Liverpool UK
Paul McCartney – double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar, tape loops, foot tapping
Produced by George Martin, 1968
Recorded by Geoff Emerick at Abby Road EMI Studio 11 June 1968

It doesn’t really mention Ravens and there is nothing concrete to make that link. Here’s Paul’s most likely explanation about the song: I was in Scotland playing on my guitar, and I remembered this whole idea of "you were only waiting for this moment to arise" was about, you know, the black people's struggle in the southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird. It's not really about a blackbird whose wings are broken, you know, it's a bit more symbolic.

6.   The Blackflies: Calabogie Blackbird (Steve Fruitman)
Poutine: blackfly music BCD1
Toronto ON
Steve Fruitman: mandola, lead vocal
Peter Jellard: fiddle
Steve Copek: guitar
Tim Hadley: bass
Rick Conroy: chopsticks on a plastic piano top
Produced by John Switzer, 1997
Recorded by John Switzer at The House of Copek and The Switzer Booth
Mastered at The Lacquer Channel, Toronto by George Graves

Although a Raven isn’t actually mentioned in the song, I have it on high that the big old blackbird roosting on the Hydro line was in fact a raven. You’ll just have to trust me on this one.

7.   Stan Rogers: The Witch of Westmoreland (Archie Fisher)
Between The Breaks…Live!: Fogerty’s Cove Music FCM-002
Hamilton ON
Stan Rogers: guitar, vocal
Garnet Rogers: violin
David Eadie: bass
Grit Laskin: mandoilin
Curly Boy Stubbs: guitar
Produced by Paul Mills and Bill Garrett, 1979
Recorded by Steve Vaughan, John Hodgins and Andy Arnott live at The Groaning Board, Toronto
Mixed by Paul Mills and Bob Leth at Springfield Sound, Springfield ON
Mastered by George Graves at The Lacquer Channel, Toronto

Pale was the wounded knight
That bore the rowan shield
Loud and cruel were the raven's cries
As he feasted on the field

8.   Bob Dylan: Love Minus Zero / No Limit (Bob Dylan)
Bringing It All Back Home: Columbia Records CS-9128
New York City
Bob Dylan: guitar, harmonica, vocal
John Boone – bass guitar
Al Gorgoni – guitar
Bobby Gregg – drums
Paul Griffin – piano, keyboards
John P. Hammond – guitar
Bruce Langhorne – guitar
Bill Lee – bass guitar
Joseph Macho, Jr. – bass guitar
Frank Owens – piano
Kenny Rankin – guitar
John B. Sebastian – bass guitar
Produced by Tom Wilson, 1965
Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, NYC, January 1965

My love, she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing

The song uses surreal imagery, some of which recalls Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"

9.   Donovan: Guinevere (Donovan Leitch)
Sunshine Superman: Epic Records – BN-26217
Glasgow SL
Donovan – vocals, guitar, organ
Bobby Ray – bass
Eddy Hoh – drums
Shawn Phillips – sitar
Produced by Mickey Most, 1966
Recorded at Columbia Studios, Hollywood CA

The jester he sleeps but the raven he peeps
Through the dark foreboding skies of the royal domain.

10. Pink Floyd: Cymbaline (Roger Waters)
More: Capitol Records Canada ST 6318
Cambridge UK
Roger Waters – bass guitar, tape effects, percussion, backing vocals
Nick Mason – drums, percussion
Richard Wright – Farfisa Combo Compact Duo organ, Hammond M-102 spinet organ, piano, vibraphone
David Gilmour – acoustic, electric, slide, and flamenco guitars, percussion, lead vocals
Produced by Pink Floyd, 1969
Recorded at Pye Studios, London

The path you tread is narrow
And the drop is shear and very high
The ravens all are watching
From a vantage point nearby

The ravens all are closing in
And there's nowhere you can hide

11. Raven: Feelin Good (T Calandra / J Calire)
45 single bw Green Mountain Dream: Columbia Records 4-44988
Buffalo NY
Tony Galla: Vocals, Harp
Thomas J. Calandra: bass
Gary Mallaber: Drums
John Weitz: Guitar
James Frank Calire: Keyboards
Produced by John Hill 1969
Engineer – Tim Geelan

The group formed after Stan Szelest's group "Stan and the Ravens", broke up in 1967. Bass player Calandra and drummer Mallaber reformed the group as The Rising Sons but wisely chose to change that back to Raven.

Raven toured in England in 1969 and were offered a recording contract by George Harrison via Peter Asher with Apple Records. They turned it down to sign with Columbia Records instead.

12. The Ravens: Roberta (Smith / Balinrobbins)
Rock & Roll Comes To Newfoundland & Labrador CD Compilation
St John's NL
Bob Rowe, guitar
Rod French, guitar
Don Oakley, lead guitar
Jim Hennessey, Fender Bass (first one in Newfoundland)
Rocky Wiseman, drums
Paul Rumsey, vocal
Produced 1965
Recorded at Arc Sound, Toronto
Reproduced by Wayne Sturge - 2007

13. John Mayall's Blues Breakers: Man of Stone (Eddie Kirkland)
Crusade: London PS 529
London UK
John Mayall, piano
Mick Taylor, lead guitar
John McVie, bass
Keef Hartley, drums
Chris Mercer, tenor sax
Rip Kant, baritone sax
Produced by Mike Vernon, 1967
Recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead UK by Gus Dudgeon
Released Sept 1, 1967

Now I sit in this burnt out barn they call The Raven's Nest
Drinkin' Bloody Monkeys 7, your name tattooed on my chest

14. Bob Hadley: Sue (Bob Hadley) 1973 *
The Raven: Raven Records  RXS 7303
Vancouver BC
Bob Hadley, guitar
Produced by Bob Hadley - 1973
Recorded by Rolf Hennemann at Can-Base Studios

Originally from UK, this album was released both in Canada and UK.
Guitar Player Magazine has called Hadley "A fingerpicking talent on a par with anyone recording today". This was the first of 3 albums. At the time he was considered to be up there with John Fahey as a guitar vitruoso.

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