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Cheap Trick – CALIFORNIA MAN - California Man is a song by The Move, Released as a single in 1972, The Move's version of the song never originally appeared on one of their studio albums, however it does appear as a bonus track on the reissue of Message From the Country. The song was later covered by Cheap Trick and they included it on their 1978 album Heaven Tonight and also released it as a single that year as a follow up to "Surrender". Taken from a promo only greatest hits compilation, 1988.
The Move – CALIFORNIA MAN - Taken from their above-referenced 1972 single.
The Doors – ALABAMA SONG - The "Alabama Song" (also known as "Whisky Bar," "Moon over Alabama," or "Moon of Alabama") was originally published in Bertolt Brecht's Hauspostille (1927). It was set to music by Kurt Weill for the 1927 "Songspiel" Mahagonny and used again in Weill's and Brecht's 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. The lyrics for the "Alabama Song" are in English (albeit specifically idiosyncratic English) and are performed in that language even when the opera is performed in its original German. The English text was made by Brecht’s close collaborator, Elisabeth Hauptmann, on the author’s behalf. The text dates back to 1925.
David Johanssen – ALABAMA SONG – Taken from the CD “September Songs - the music of Kurt Weil”, 1997.
Uncle Tupelo – MOONSHINER -- "The Moonshiner" is a folk song with disputed origins. It is believed that the song originated in America, then later was made famous in Ireland. Others believe that it was the other way around. The Clancy Brothers stated on their recording that the song is of Irish origin, but again, this is disputed. Delia Murphy was singing it in Ireland from the late 1930s. Tex Ritter is famous for a song of similar tune and lyrics by the title "Jack of Diamonds" from as early as 1933. Bob Dylan recorded "Moonshiner" around 1963; this version was released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991.
Max Gomez – MOONSHINER - From a demo recorded in Nashville in the early 2000’s. Unreleased.
John Fogerty – ALMOST SATURDAY NIGHT – "Almost Saturday Night" is a song written by John Fogerty and first released on his 1975 album John Fogerty. The song describes the hero looking out the window and getting excited about the approaching weekend. It was also covered by a number of artists, including Dave Edmunds, who also released it as a single to more success. This version taken from his live CD “Premonition”, 1998.
Dave Edmunds – ALMOST SATURDAY NIGHT - Taken from his CD “Twangin’”, 1981.
Jerry Lee Lewis – WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’ GOIN’ ON - is a song best known for the 1957 rock and roll/rockabilly hit version by Jerry Lee Lewis. The origins of the song are disputed, but the writing is co-credited to singer/songwriter Dave "Curlee" Williams and pianist, bandleader, and songwriter James Faye "Roy" Hall. On March 21, 1955, Big Maybelle made the first recording for Okeh Records, which was produced by Quincy Jones. Roy Hall made a recording of the song in September, 1955 for Decca Records and maintained that he had written it and had secured the legal copyright as co-writer under the pseudonym of "Sunny David." However, a Decca sample copy of Hall's recording lists Dave Williams as the sole writer. On the Pop Chronicles documentary, Jerry Lee Lewis credited Big Mama Thornton. All subsequent recordings of the song list the composers as Sunny David and Dave Williams. Hall was also a Nashville club owner, who later claimed to have employed the young piano player Lewis, at some point around 1954.
Elton John – WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’ GOIN’ ON – This version appeared on the 2001 album “Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records”.
The Clash – TRAIN IN VAIN - "Train in Vain" is a song by the British punk rock band The Clash. It was released as the third and final single from their third studio album, London Calling (1979). The song was not originally listed on the album's track listing, appearing as a hidden track at the end of the album. This was because the track was added to the record at the last minute, when the sleeve was already in production. The result of its late addition was that it was the only song without lyrics printed on the insert, and was not listed as a track, although its presence is announced as the title and position on the original vinyl record was scratched into the vinyl in the needle run-off area on the fourth side of the album. When London Calling was released, many fans assumed it was called "Stand by Me", but the meaning of the song's title is obscure as the title phrase cannot be found in the lyrics. Mick Jones, who wrote most of the song, offered this explanation: "The track was like a train rhythm, and there was, once again, that feeling of being lost." Taken from the 3 CD Collection “”Clash on Broadway”, 1991.
Glen Campbell – GROW OLD WITH ME – "Grow Old With Me" is one of the final songs written by John Lennon. It was recorded by Lennon as a demo at his home in the Dakota Building in 1980, and later appeared on the posthumous album, Milk and Honey in 1984. Taken from Meet Glen Campbell, the 60th album by Glen Campbell, released in 2008.
John Lennon - GROW OLD WITH ME – Unreleased demo version – 1980.