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Roger McGuinn | Stories, Songs & Friends - 2 CDs & a Bonus Dvd

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Stories, Songs & Friends - 2 CDs & a Bonus Dvd

by Roger McGuinn

This set includes 2 CDs of a live concert and a bonus DVD which includes stories and conversations with Joan Baez, Dave Barry, Judy Collins, Pete Fornatale, Chris Hillman, Tom Petty, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Marty Stuart and Derek Taylor.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Back Pages
3:25 album only
2. Ballad of Easy Rider
2:43 album only
3. MR. Spaceman
2:52 album only
4. Pretty Boy Floyd
3:00 album only
5. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
3:24 album only
6. Drug Store Truck Driving Man
2:15 album only
7. Old Blue
3:31 album only
8. Pretty Saro
2:45 album only
9. Gambler's Blues
3:54 album only
10. Rock Island Line
2:16 album only
3:09 album only
12. Russian Hill
4:52 album only
13. Parade of Lost Dreams
3:12 album only
14. Living in the Country
1:45 album only
15. Lover of the Bayou
2:35 album only
16. Chestnut Mare
5:46 album only
17. I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician
2:19 album only
18. Just a Season
2:33 album only
19. Jolly Roger
4:56 album only
20. Bells of Rhymney
4:04 album only
21. Randy Dandy Oh
2:51 album only
22. Soldiers Joy
2:30 album only
23. Water Is Wide
1:29 album only
24. You Showed Me
3:26 album only
25. The Byrd's Story
5:43 album only
26. MR. Tambourine Man
2:28 album only
27. Eight Miles High
7:32 album only
28. Turn, Turn, Turn
4:14 album only
29. So You Want to Be a Rock'n'roll Star
1:55 album only
30. Feel a Whole Lot Better
2:34 album only
31. Leave Her Johnny, Leave
4:03 album only
32. May the Road Rise to Meet You
3:01 album only


Album Notes
THE 2 CDs:
This concert was a recording made especially for Dorothy McGuinn in celebration of her 102nd birthday at the beautiful Fox Tucson Theater in Arizona. In this one man play, Roger sings and shares stories behind the songs, explains why he changed his stage name from Jim to Roger, re-lives the origination of the 60's musical group THE BYRDS and many more anecdotes from his fifty-plus years as a professional entertainer.

The DVD begins with the night THE BYRDS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It continues with friends talking about Roger and footage of him in concert telling stories of his career.

There are some classic video clips included. Derek Taylor, THE BYRDS' publicist, explains how THE BYRDS invaded Hollywood. Pete Seeger tells the story behind the song "TURN,TURN,TURN." Judy Collins remembers the first time she saw Jim (Roger) perform in Las Vegas with Bobby Darin. Joan Baez talks about The Rolling Thunder Revue just before a 1975 clip of Roger singing a portion of "Knocking on Heaven's Door." Pete Fornatale, Chris Hillman, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen explore Roger's influence on the music of THE BYRDS and on their own music. There is also film footage that Roger shot in London during the BYRDS' 1967 tour of England. Roger emulated the experimental stop frame style of film maker Bruce Conner. Hold on to you're seats if your given to dizziness. To grasp Roger's love of gadgets and technology, the satirist, Dave Barry, shares a funny story about author Stephen King and Roger on an airplane ride.

Roger is often approached to write a book. This is his book and a few home movies.



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Bruce Kula

The Best-- So Far
If you want to hear Roger McGuinn’s best renditions of your favorite songs, get a ticket to his next show. The obligatory numbers— “ Mr. Spaceman”, “You Showed Me”— will be as heartfelt and welcome as ever, and any special numbers rotated into the set list— maybe “Parade of Lost Dreams”, maybe “Just a Season”— will have a fresh sparkle as if they were just added on a whim. Everything will be as good as the records, and even better than the last time you heard him, because he’s the sort of entertainer who wants to deliver that and the kind of musician who can.
Until he comes to your town, though, this may be the best McGuinn show you’ve ever heard.
It made me appreciate more than ever the machine gun speed of “Pretty Boy Floyd”. I laughed aloud at the way McGuinn introduced intermission. It occurred to me, almost 50 years after some Byrds fans, that McGuinn brought more than a palatable musicality and a toe-tapping beat to Dylan’s songs; he sang them in a way that imbued meaning to the obscure lyrics.
And the ending of this version of “Eight Miles High”— this is not literary exaggeration— gave me chills.
But perhaps you should watch the DVD first. Full of stars, it’ll give you an idea of McGuinn’s own unique and lofty place in the firmament. Chris Hillman: “Roger was the architect of the Byrds.” Bruce Springsteen: “Roger really invented folk-rock.” Tom Petty: “Without Roger, there would be no me.”
It’s not just a lovefest, though. Most of the DVD is video of a McGuinn show expertly intercut with appropriate stills and video clips (and minus the songs, of course. Those are on the CDs). He tells the story of his long career, starting when he was in high school. There’s footage of the mobile recording of Treasures from the Folk Den, and comic relief from Dave Barry. This would make quality entertainment even if it were freighted with requests for donations to your local public television station.
This is a generous collection from a master at the top of his form— which keeps getting higher.