Riding into Town with Professor Arturo

Trip Start Dec 19, 2006
Trip End Feb 22, 2007

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

(New York City, Saturday, December 30, 2006)-Sunny and Beyonce had to leave New Haven on the 28th to drive back to real life in the former Motor City and turn in the rent-a-car before New Year's Eve descended. But Dr D and I had the luxury of laying up at my sister's for two more days and hanging out with Sarhanna and Kashalla some more. I kept feeding Kathy's brilliant CDs into my iBook and then parking my whole .mp3 music collection on my brand new 250-GB external hard drive.

While I was slurping up Miles Davis' entire output for Prestige Records between Christmas Eve 1954 and the end of 1956, it occurred to me that this is how I started out as a college student almost 50 years ago, playing the Miles Davis albums over and over again and trying to figure out the exact provenance of the marathon May and October 1956 sessions that produced four of the greatest albums of all time: Cookin', Relaxin', Workin' and Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet.

My early excursions into discographical research, back in the day when a whole lotta companies wouldn't put the session information on the sleeves of their reissued albums so you would have to think it was a new release, and when Atlantic Records, for example, would never print the recording dates at all, led me onto a path I've followed faithfully ever since, even unto these holiday afternoons in New Haven at the tail end of 2006. Thank you!

On Saturday evening Professor Arturo drove over from his refugee base in Stamford CT to pick up Dr D and me in New Haven and drive us into New York City to close out the year and begin the new one. Our pal Jerry Poynton has agreed to house us for the first week of 2007, and we settle into his fine pad on Fifth Avenue to put yet another year behind us, and to toast the beginning of our first year together. And that's it for 2006....

For your listening and dancing pleasure, here's my last radio show from Amsterdam for 2006, a Dutch Christmas Show from The Dolphins:

John Sinclair Show 116
The Dolphins, Amsterdam
Monday, December 18, 2006 @ 10:45-11:45 pm [20-0646]

I'm flying back to the USA tomorrow, so this Christmas Special will be my last show from Amsterdam for 2006 and Henk and I are celebrating with Radouane at The Dolphins, our home for most of this Fall's programs. I'm featuring the Bell Rays' Christmas album that I got from Lisa Kakaulan, along with records by the Boston Horns, Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir, Dr. Dorothy Goodman, Daronda, Chris Mule, John Sinclair & Mark Ritsema, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Fats Domino.

Listen to the John Sinclair Christmas Show from The Dolphins

Playlist #116

[01] Opening Music: Boston Horns: Speedball
[02] Intro, Comments & Opening Tokes with Henk Botwinik
[03] Bell Rays: Santa's Got a Big Old Bag
[04] Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir: I Want To Ride That Glory Train
[05] Dorothy Goodman: Born with the Blues
[06] Daronda: I Want Your Love So Bad
[07] Comments
[08] Bell Rays: Mary Christmas
[09] Chris Mule: Real Good Deal
[10] John Sinclair & Mark Ritsema: functional
[11] Comments with Henk Botwinik
[12] Bell Rays: Rocket Ship Santa
[13] Chuck Berry: Too Much Monkey Business
[14] Little Richard: Get Rich Quick
[15] Bo Diddley: Mona
[16] Comments re: Detroit
[17] Fats Domino: Detroit City Blues
[18] Fats Domino: Little Bee
[19] Fats Domino: Please Don't Leave Me
[20] Closing Comments & Outro
[21] Bell Rays: Christmas Train

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced, engineered, recorded & posted by Henk Botwinik
Executive Producer: Henk Botwinik
Special thanks to Radouane, Dr. Dorothy Goodman, Reza, Andrew & Rita, Larry Hayden, Andy Adkins, Lorna Clay, Kristie Szalanski, Sara, Adam Brook, Allan Lieberman, Yka Maas & Dejan, Mary Jo & Eric @ Eat at Jo's in the Melkweg, SuperDude, Sidney, Andrea & Joeri, Joe Spencer, Steve Dumach, Aaron Cole, William Bell, Wayne & Margaret Saadi Kramer, Michael & Angela Davis, Dennis Thompson, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Renaldo, Barry, Carlos, Byron Coley, Michael Ehlers, Vito Laterza & everybody who's made my stay in Europe this fall such a wonderful experience.

(P) 2006 John Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.

Podcast by www.RadioFreeAmsterdam.comon December 18, 2006

-Stamford CT
January 10, 2007

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