Allison Iraheta AOL Sessions Are Up (Yay!)

It’s taken forever, but finally, AOL has posted the Sessions Allison Iraheta recorded in New York back in December. Geez. Also, Sessions for Kris Allen and Adam Lambert are in the can. Hopefully we’ll be getting those soon.

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I’m pretty sure I posted some bootleg You Tubes of these when they accidentally leaked awhile back, but in case you missed them, here they are again. But now? It’s legit!

After the jump, “Trouble Is”, “Holiday”, “Friday I’ll Be Over U” (English and Spanish versions) and “Don’t Waste the Pretty.” I’ve become so enamored of Allison’s raw, stripped down acoustic version of “Don’t Waste The Pretty she’s been playing at radio station gigs, that I’m not too crazy about the full-band version here. The rest of the performances, though, are pretty rad.

Video after the JUMP…

Trouble Is

Holiday

Friday I’ll Be Over You

Friday I’ll Be Over You – Spanish

Don’t Waste The Pretty

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72 Comments

  1. Yay, finally!

    And yeah, is it too greedy to want Kris and Adam’s too?

    Anyhew, these of course are great and Holiday remains one of my favourites on her album. Allison kicks such ass on it.

    Would have preferred to hear Scars over Trouble Is, but that’s because it’s my other favourite.

    I still think that DWTP would be a good choice for a next single, it’s good, though not my favourite, I could see it doing well.

    And yeah, I like FIBOU when she performs it live, I think it’s a fun song. I don’t know it isn’t more successful as a single, I think it’s a good little pop song.

  2. I love DWTP, Scars and Trouble Is. Not so much Holiday, why I don’t know. She looks and sounds great here. I love the lighting they use.

  3. I wish she could have another shot at ‘Trouble Is’ now that her voice seems strong again. I know a lot of us are huge TI fans and think the AOL TI is divine perfect. I guess Im in the minority when I say it isn’t up to snuff.

    I love these sessions I really do, but why does it not seem raw and live. I think this gig was produced too much, especially DWTP.
    JohnM, to answer your question about the Miami gig, I’m trying to do something about it.

    Holiday for life, mesmerizing don’t you agree?

  4. Would have preferred to hear Scars over Trouble Is, but that’s because it’s my other favourite.

    Sacrilege! This performance of Trouble is is killer gorgeous and totally rocking ;) We’ve gotten two awesome acoustic performances of Scars, so I’m more than ok with Trouble is here. I would’ve loved some You don’t know me or Still breathing though, in addition to what we got, not replacing anything. Yes, I’m greedy, she’s just so good live.

    I want to see her performing El viernes te olvido yo at some venue near me in the future.

  5. YES!!! Finally…it only took them forever lol I was wondering why all of the yt vids were disappearing one by one…
    this girl is sooooo talented…she may not have shot to stardom like other Idols but with that voice of hers she aint goin nowhere…

  6. My fav song on the album is No One Else…Allison would probably KILL IT live and its super catchy…I think it would make a great single…the prob is that the chorus repeats a lot, but they could add in a guitar solo and it would rock even harder lol…I like FIBOU in Spanish better, especially the recording…Trouble Is sounds amazing live and so do Holiday and DWTP :)
    I would pay to see her in concert…shes worth it and its a concert I could take my little sister to…I really wish she would garner more fans…as long as her label doesnt abandon her or pressure her to change her image I think things will work out fine for her…but she needs to do more rock and less pop, even though there arent alot of rock songs on Top 40 radio, pop just doesnt fit her voice or style…
    I hope she stays grounded because its one of the things that make her appealing as an artist…aside from her beautiful voice

  7. YAY! Love TI and Holiday live–seeing either of those as singles would be cool since I think TI shows off the full range and versatility of her voice, and Holiday is just so much chill-inducing lower register. And actually, Spanish-FIBOU is excellent. My ears are so pleased right now.

    I would so love a live version of Beat Me Up. Still iffy on the lyrics, but it would be such a great showcase for the depth and power of her voice.

    Basically, she is awesome, as is her voice. :)

  8. I heard Trouble Is before they took her session down, and I loved it! Haven’t heard any others, but I do like her and think she’ll have a great career eventually. It’s evidently just gonna take a little time.

  9. I would’ve loved some You don’t know me or Still breathing though, in addition to what we got, not replacing anything. Yes, I’m greedy, she’s just so good live.

    Very true. :) She’s genuinely amazing.

  10. Yay, for Allison! I’m glad her Sessions are up. She really needs the boost. Of course, I’m still miffed that Kris isn’t up yet … and then, Adam.

    I love Scars, Don’t Waste The Pretty, and Trouble is. Seeing Allison perform live after going through that whole Taylor Swift/Kelly Clarkson thread just seals the deal. THIS is artistry, Scott B.

  11. About time. To bad I have seen each about 50 times already. No matter. Quality is better.
    Fave wail: Holiday – ending “give you a (wait for it) Taaaaaaste (classic rockin ending)

  12. About time. Too bad I have seen each about 50 times already. No matter. Quality is better.
    Fave wail: Holiday ending – “give you a (wait for it) Taaaaaaste (classic rockin ending)”

  13. These are aweeeesooome! My favorites are TI and DWTP ,, rock onnn!

  14. Truthiness
    Would have preferred to hear Scars over Trouble Is, but that’s because it’s my other favourite.

    My eyes, oh my eyes!!!

    Rub
    I wish she could have another shot at ‘Trouble Is’ now that her voice seems strong again … I guess Im in the minority when I say it isn’t up to snuff.

    I can see a bit of room for improvement, but saying that this version isn’t up to snuff is a bit out there. I think this version is above par.

  15. Yay!

    Now if they would just post Kris’s and Adam’s sessions as well…

  16. God, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from me! (What, me an OTT Alliologist fanboy?? Naw…) I’ve been on a self-imposed Sessions blackout for quite a while now, waiting for these higher-quality originals — ahhhhhhhh……

    Let me just add my voice to: Sacrilege! My eyes! Trouble Is! That performance is a religious experience. (Okay, so I am an OTT Alliologist fanboy.)

    LoveDaRocker: Fave wail: Holiday – ending “give you a (wait for it) Taaaaaaste (classic rockin ending)

    You know it, man. That one gets me every time.

    Mrs. LoveDaRocker shines in Holiday, btw

    And in DWTP. Dig that fill coming out of the first chorus — that’s why I love her (but not enough to steal her away from the most highly deserving Mr. LoveDaRocker ;-))

    And DWTP and TI also highlight Interesting Dave’s good choices of guitar sound. DWTP is also great because she does the “you’re beautiful” riffs both low and high — best of both worlds.

    Rub: I love these sessions I really do, but why does it not seem raw and live. I think this gig was produced too much, especially DWTP.

    Well, I think it’s very significant that AOL Sessions performances are in this weird limbo-land between studio and live performances — they’re live, but without an audience other than the crew.

    Having said that, though, and even agreeing that DWTP is heavily produced, I certainly think she still brought the live energy to that one.

    What a goldmine.

  17. And in DWTP. Dig that fill coming out of the first chorus — that’s why I love her

    She kicks ass. I truly enjoy watching her drum. See Val Drum indeed.

  18. Gotta voice some love for “Trouble Is”, I think she did an excellent job. I’ve really liked the song lately, so I’m glad they included it!

  19. Does anyone have any ideas why these were so delayed?

    “Legal Issues?” At least that’s what I was told by AOL on Kris’s.

    My favorites here by far DWTP and Trouble Is. I’m not sure why I’m not lovin’ Holiday so much. She does do the classic rocker wail at the end which is awesome. As she goes out to perform live, I could take just a little longer pause there.

    Overall, she’s simply amazing!!!!!:)

    I do hope this means Kris’s will be out soon!!

  20. Unlike Fantasia, the raw talent here is on the way to being refined. I see big improvemnt over the Idol stage.

  21. I really like DWTP – I think that should be a single. Her performance style is much better than on the AI tour – I saw her 3 times and found her too jerky, but she’s much more refined here. Trouble Is sounds a little country to me so I don’t like it as much as the others. I like the Spanish version of FIBOU also.

  22. OK, Nothing up on this site except comments! Where oh where did she
    go……sobs!!!

  23. She is a great, great singer. Also, she looks absolutely gorgeous, her dress is phenomenal. Love her.

  24. Yay, Allison! So glad that these are finally up! She’s just great. Hope to heck that her enormous talent meets with at least some of the success it deserves one day. Talk about buying on faith — at this point I would buy anything Allison put out, sight unseen, because she’s really never let me down. Love you, Allison.

  25. Huh, I totally do not get why FIBOU is not working on the radio…

    My guess is that it has absolutely nothing to do with the song and a lot to do with Allison being gimmick-free and not a big household name (yet). Breaking into Top 40 radio seems to be very, very difficult these days.

  26. justjude: OK, Nothing up on this site except comments! Where oh where did she
    go……sobs!!!

    I’m having the same problem here on mj’s. Just go to the original videos at AOL:
    General page

    Direct links to the individual songs:
    Trouble Is
    Holiday
    Friday I’ll Be Over U
    El Viernes Te Olvido Yo
    Don’t Waste The Pretty

    didilynn: Trouble Is sounds a little country to me so I don’t like it as much as the others.

    Boy, that’s a new one on me! Country?

    I’ve been noticing more and more that people have been calling songs “country” that aren’t. And although I don’t follow country at all and I’m only vaguely familiar with the pop scene, I’ve heard enough by now to realize that the notion of “country” seems to have broadened dramatically to include general pop — essentially almost anything that has an acoustic guitar seems to be fair game for the country label. :-)

    (And that’s at the same time that the “rock” label has gone in the other direction — people have shrunk that label to such a ridiculously narrow definition that almost none of rock is considered to be rock anymore!)

    PRMari: My guess is that [FIBOU’s lack of success] has absolutely nothing to do with the song and a lot to do with Allison being gimmick-free and not a big household name (yet). Breaking into Top 40 radio seems to be very, very difficult these days.

    Yeah — a lot of first singles fail, and a lot of artists never succeed on radio. And I think her songs generally just aren’t a good fit for Top 40 — the natural home for her sound is Hot AC. I think they tried to straddle the Top 40 / HAC line with FIBOU. And I think they should concentrate on HAC with future singles.

    Having said that, though, despite FIBOU’s lack of success, it seems to be The Song That Wouldn’t Die. It has sat in the 60s on the Top 40 chart for a very long time now, gaining spins quite consistently but at a very slow rate. Today it’s perilously close to hitting the half-million mark in audience impressions for the first time. How long will it keep up this snail’s climb?? At this rate, it could be a hit in, oh, about a year! :-)

  27. Thanks JohnM for the direct links to the individual songs. I sent my sons in college the Spanish version of FIBOU since thye’re both taking Spanish classes. Of course, I recommended that they watch all the videos, but their anti-Idol bias is pretty strong, so who knows if they will? Anyway, I watched them all and enjoyed them very much. Especially liked Trouble Is and DWTP.

  28. PRMari
    02/04/2010 at 8:04 pm

    Would have preferred to hear Scars over Trouble Is, but that’s because it’s my other favourite.

    Sacrilege! This performance of Trouble is is killer gorgeous and totally rocking ;) We’ve gotten two awesome acoustic performances of Scars, so I’m more than ok with Trouble is here. I would’ve loved some You don’t know me or Still breathing though, in addition to what we got, not replacing anything. Yes, I’m greedy, she’s just so good live.

    I want to see her performing El viernes te olvido yo at some venue near me in the future.

    I’m greedy too, and think that You Don’t Know Me and Still Breathing will be terrific live. In fact, I would love to hear all of Allison’s songs live. Just curious as to how many of the album songs the band is prepared to play if given the opportunity right now.

    In the meantime, I’ll just have to settle for viewing these 5 Sessions a few thousand times.

    Anyway, everyone, if you care about Allison succeeding – please spread the word to your friends, neighbors, children, teachers, students, doctors, lawyers, hairdressers, gardeners, parole officers, bounty hunters, psychiatrists, therapists, bankers, financial advisers, tax preparers, IRS auditors, and even people who think that Taylor Swift can carry a tune, that these Sessions are out now, that they should watch them, and then of course purchase Just Like You!

    Allison needs our help with some major BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

  29. I’ve lend my CD to two of my students, it’s something right?

    BTW, the AOL site has an interview also, it’s a pretty good one.

  30. PRM: I have no idea what topics you teach, but, would it be unethical to give extra points to your students for completing song verses upon request? :-).

    The AOL site also has some original pictures. There is one of her smiling and looking down, in black and white, that I absolutely love. The second one of the list.

  31. I saw that picture and it is so gorgeous, she has such a pretty smile.

    Haha…I teach Biology, so it’d be a little difficult for me to get them to do anything Allison related.

  32. Yeah, that’s a great picture — and the first one in the series is excellent too.

    I neglected to mention earlier that I love Zoux for leaving the end of Trouble Is on the unresolved chord rather than bringing it home as the studio version does. I just about always prefer that. And hey, I guess it makes sense with the lyrics too — the story is unresolved as well!

  33. PRMari: Haha…I teach Biology, so it’d be a little difficult for me to get them to do anything Allison related.

    How about a study of the physiological effects on Alliologists of listening to her music? I’ll volunteer, if you fly me to PR for testing. ;-)

  34. I’ve just been playing her album in my computer while I do my office hours, so when my students come in, they hear her music. Then, I strategically place her CD on my desk so they can look at it and ask me “who is this?”…then, I proceed to tell them and if it’s a student I trust, I let them borrow the CD.

  35. Re: the AOL interview:

    I always suspected that Janis Joplin was huge in Allison’s life. I’ll bet she’s seen every Janis-related film ever made, including Festival Express, 900 Nights (of Big Brother and The Holding Company), and the Biography special. Maybe this explains why Allison’s mannerisms are Joplinesque and she says “man” all the time, like Janis.

    The fact that this seventeen-year-old acknowledges that there was life before the ’90s endears her to me.

  36. Here’s a new review of the album that just went up today. It’s at something called The Rock and Roll Report:
    http://rockandrollreport.com/cd-review-allison-iraheta-just-like-you/

    It’s another “Too bad this album sucks, ’cause she’s a good singer” review — buried under a wall of sound, boring songs, etc. Evidently he wasn’t listening very hard for her voice. And how ironic that, after complaining about those aspects, he lists Still Breathing (wall-of-sound choruses) and No One Else (probably the most cliché song on the album) as two of the best, and specifically condemns Trouble Is (the best-written song on the album) as “boring”. I guess he’s another one of those people living in a parallel universe. ;-)

  37. JohnM:
    I guess he’s another one of those people living in a parallel universe.

    Oh well, you can’t please everybody.

    Keep in mind that even Led Zeppelin got a lot of lousy reviews.

  38. You can expect “Rock” fans to find faults in her album because it’s not straight rock like they would like it to be. Again, it’s kind of silly to expect a label like Jive to let Allison, an American Idol contestant, who also happens to be 17 year old to put out a hard rock album. It’s just not going to happen.

  39. jordison
    02/05/2010 at 2:45 pm
    anyway, everyone, if you care about Allison succeeding – please spread the word… that these Sessions are out now, that they should watch them, and then of course purchase Just Like You!

    Allison needs our help with some major BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

    No doubt
    I’ve already sent the links to a couple people who might click on them, because I think the point is that the vids get at least a play, right? Im also playing these vids in the background while I multitask – wahtever helps.

    JohnM
    02/05/2010 at 5:52 pm
    Here’s a new review of the album that just went up today. It’s at something called The Rock and Roll Report.

    In a normal year, or up until last year(sometime in March), this review would mirror my line of philosophy towards the show and the albums contestants put out. Not too 70/80s like they seem to be, but more towards the late 80s to mid 90s music that were the soundtrack of my youth. People always point out how the best idol would always be Kelly, not me, not by a long shot. I never really cared for her music direction – maybe a nod to “Behind these hazel Eyes” – but really she’s not my style. Too dime-a-dozen.
    This reviewer clearly prefers Allison over Adam & kris, which weren’t even reviewed(looking back at their archives), and thats not a bad thing. Placing blame on her handlers, but praising Alli for the vocal and the rock in her isn’t a bad thing either. At the same time recommending 4 ipod worthy tunes. Daughtry(the so-called “rocker”), the other only Idol reviewed got 2 more than Alli. Not too shabby.

    They obviously went on with their lives after the show, or after Allison was eliminated. If they did what I did – follow her through Regis, Conan and the tour etc., they would give Alli at least 14 ipod worthy tunes.

  40. Rock and Roll Report can kiss my a55. :-)

    I personally think the reviewer loves Alli and the CD because there is some phantom praise in there, and the negative criticism doesn’t make a lot of sense. I think he just picked random stuff to criticize to “save face”. The website seems to be geared towards harder stuff, and it would be uncool to love Alli. :-)

  41. Yeah, well put LoveDaRocker. He started out by saying: “This young lady (she was only 10 in 2002 when American Idol premiered) brought a genuine rock edge to the show and it was sad to see her lose out to the likes of Adam Lambert (bizarre) and Kris Allen (yawn).”

    This guy is a fan who got permission to write the review but had to disguise it to keep his job. lol

  42. Rub.
    This guy is a fan who got permission to write the review but had to disguise it to keep his job.

    After reading so many Alli-related posts and comments, I can smell a closeted fan a mile away. LOL
    What you quoted could have easily been written by PRM!
    A few tells:
    1- He implies that there are no good songs, to then say that there is pop fluff among the good songs. So there ARE good songs after all, huh?
    2- After having taking a stab at the album for being too much like Kelly Clarkson, he praises JLY, the most Kelly Clarkson-like song in there. Seriously, many reviewers (Lyndsey Parker, for example), have made that JLY-Kelly comparison.
    3- Calls TI boring. What does that mean? Bad lyrics? That song showcases Alli’s beautiful and majestic voice (his adjectives, btw) like few others. It is well written, as pointed out by JohnM. It has emotional and adequate wails, and a great bridge. I don’t get what is boring.
    4- Although I am not a fan of BMU, calling its music “brain-numbing house beat and boring guitar riff” is professional reviewer’s malpractice.
    5- Finally, skipping Holiday and D seals the deal. How can you not comment on Holiday, at least? By all accounts, it is the harder and edgier song in the album, which that website should at least acknowledge. My guess is that he couldn’t praise it without showing his colors, and couldn’t bring himself to criticize it, so he just skipped it.

  43. preach it, LoveDaRocker. :)

    i can’t believe we’ve been deprived of these sessions for so long. wow–just wow. she is so ***in’ awesome. face-melting rock n’ roll.

  44. I just want to make abundantly clear that I did not write that review haha…

    Yeah, that guy was a closeted fan trying to save face. For a rock website to ignore Holiday is just unforgivable.

  45. Rub: Placing blame on her handlers, but praising Alli for the vocal and the rock in her isn’t a bad thing either.

    Definitely. If you’re going to criticize the album, better to criticize the machine than the artist (in this case). There were a fair number of such reviews when the album came out — “she’s better than this”, etc. I just have a hard time with the nonsensical/contradictory nature of this guy’s comments. And yes, to make only a vague passing reference to the likes of Holiday is fishy indeed. So I’m inclined to agree with Mr. Valerie F-ing Franco (aka LDR).

  46. I have to say – EVERY time I listen to live Allison I remember why I fell for her on American Idol. She’s got heart ad soul and that delightful rawness that makes pop sound edgy. I wish she had more of a presence on the radio because she has enormous potential and I like a lot of the songs on her album and she deserves to be heard more.

    I FLOVE DWTP. I wish she’d done Scars because it’s my favorite but I think this was a more uptempo set list and probably what is called for on AOL sessions.

  47. jordison
    02/05/2010 at 6:34 pm

    Oh well, you can’t please everybody.
    Keep in mind that even Led Zeppelin got a lot of lousy reviews.

    I missed this excellent point.
    A lot of bands were ripped apart by editors and writers who let their prejudices dictate their work. Many with ulterior motives try and push their favorites. One band that comes to mind for me, and I know I may have mentioned it one too many times, but GnR were heavily heralded as a waste of time(may still be to many, lol) at the time of their debut. It was only after a few platinum numbers that suddenly it became critically acclaimed as one of the most “influential album of all time.” I’ve also heard about Zeppelin, The Doors etc. Didn’t Joplin get bad reviews too.
    It’s one of those things you have to take with a grain of salt. I think Allison has a nice balance of reviews and I’m still hesitant jump up and down after a read from one of these ‘experts’ who formulate opinions from behind a desk with a deadline that was yesterday – mad rushing to listen & write their calculated thoughts.

  48. I am a long time Janis Joplin fan, years ago, Pink sang a trilogy of janis joplin songs with only acoustic guitar-magnificent. Her musical style changed though. But then,Allison sang heart’s ‘Alone”-better than Heart. Then – Janis Joplin’s ‘Cryin’ and -it was fantastic! “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” was brillant. “Slow Ride’ with terrific Adam Lambert is a classic AI set. Allison Iraheta will have a long successful international career and I have no doubts about that whatsoever. She is a perfect female rock star and can bring RnR back to life -it is a fabulous genre and full of life and the enjoyment and appreciation of life.

  49. Martha, good stuff.
    Will I be able to find the Pink Joplin acoustic sets on YouTube?
    I totally agree with ya on Alli’s Cuda versions, especially the Conan one. Better than Fergie’s and, dare I say, Heart.

    Hey, on another thread you said that Alli was doing something with Slash. I missed that. When was it, ballpark?

  50. Rub
    02/06/2010 at 9:59 am

    …Didn’t Joplin get bad reviews too.
    It’s one of those things you have to take with a grain of salt. I think Allison has a nice balance of reviews and I’m still hesitant jump up and down after a read from one of these ‘experts’ who formulate opinions from behind a desk with a deadline that was yesterday – mad rushing to listen & write their calculated thoughts.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/187603/review/6068055/pearl

    Now here is an example of an intelligent, well written review. In fact, I think this review of Pearl as well as Janis and all of her bands/albums may be one of the best artist/album reviews I have ever read. It’s a pity that the current state of journalism doesn’t encourage or allow for this type of analysis and writing.

    As time goes on we reduce artists and bands to icons, but there’s always more complexity than simply rating someone or something “good” or “bad.”

    BTW, when you read the statement about Cry Baby, from the Pearl album, you can imagine how Allison, the “Joplin Geek,” might have reacted to the Idol judges “dissing” the song choice.

    ETA – From the AOL interview:

    AOL: If you can go back in time and duet with anybody, who would it be?

    Iraheta: Janis Joplin, even if it’s me just standing there next to her. I don’t think I would sing. I’d probably bow to her while she’s singing. It wouldn’t really be a duet.

  51. What an article!
    Reviewers don’t write like that anymore. To a certain extent they’re not inspired by the material they have to review nowadays. When you’re moved at the heart level, whether it be by music or a story, mysterious things have happened and people react a certain way and writers pen their emotions to describe them. According to the article, it was posted by Rollingstone Magazine in 1971 – in their hey days, when they were relevant, in my viewpoint.

    And yes! Allison outclassed everyone that night. She wasn’t thinking about what will please the audience or gain her more votes, it was more of an integrity approach and a passion for musical depth. She didn’t sell her soul, and thats why every one can acknowledge and agree, when genuine, authenticity and Allison are in the same sentence, there is no argument. She took Simon to school that night so he was left to humiliate her. No one caught it, only a few.

  52. Btw, jordison. Jefferson Airplane recorded ‘Somebody to Love’ years before Queen and it was that particular track that was available for Alli, not the Queen song that Simon was referring to. Allison took him to school and he didn’t like it.
    Heck, at that age I wasn’t versed in classic rock as much as Alli.

    This clip is a good refresher
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW8HMfBxpZU&feature=SeriesPlayList&p=0257D3E2613657E0

    I found the Pink Janis stuff. Not bad

  53. Rub
    02/06/2010 at 5:20 pm

    Btw, jordison. Jefferson Airplane recorded ‘Somebody to Love’ years before Queen and it was that particular track that was available for Alli, not the Queen song that Simon was referring to. Allison took him to school and he didn’t like it.
    Heck, at that age I wasn’t versed in classic rock as much as Alli.

    This clip is a good refresher
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW8HMfBxpZU&feature=SeriesPlayList&p=0257D3E2613657E0

    Rub, I was so impressed with Allison in those Idolatry interviews. Watched them countless times. If anyone questions her seriousness about her music…

    As for Somebody to Love, and the Jefferson Airplane, you just sent me back to Wolfgang’s Vault for the last hour or so.

    Here is a link to the 11/6/66 second set of the Airplane at the Fillmore (West), where they first introduced Somebody to Love. (BTW, it was terrible – they hadn’t really worked it out yet). Grace Slick had just joined the band and she brought the song along with her. If you go there, don’t miss the opening jam by Jorma Kaukonen (guitar) and Jack Casady (my favorite bass player!).

    Prior to the November 1966 concerts was one of the most significant historical events in SF music: The mid-October (14-16) Fillmore bill of Big Mama Thornton, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and the Airplane. Big Mama Thornton was a major influence on Janis Joplin, and it was speculated that Janis was in the audience. The Butterfield Blues Band introduced a level of music professionalism to San Francisco which the local SF musicians had not previously been exposed to. Mike Bloomfield (my all-time favorite guitar player) of the Butterfield Band was a tremendous influence on many of the up and coming guitar players (e.g, Jerry Garcia).

    But the big event of this weekend set of concerts was, right in the middle, the departure of Signe Anderson and the arrival of Grace Slick as vocalist with the Airplane. This was considered the beginning of the “commercial Airplane.” I have to admit that, while their playing became much more refined and sophisticated, I really loved the early Airplane and some of the songs which were never recorded. Two of my favorites: High Flyin” Bird and Go To Her.

    Well, I was there for a lot of this, so it really brings back memories. What the heck, it only cost $2.50, so even a poor student could afford to go to a bunch of these concerts (actually, dances, not concerts.)

    Oh, and the Muddy Waters, Butterfield Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane concert wasn’t bad either!

    http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/jefferson-airplane/concerts/fillmore-auditorium-november-06-1966-early-show-set-2.html

    http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/the-paul-butterfield-blues-band/poster-art/handbill/BG031.html

  54. I know there is something related to Allison somewhere hidden in those last two posts, there has to be…I can’t find it, but there has to be ;)

  55. PRMari
    02/06/2010 at 8:57 pm

    Last 2 posts:

    Rub
    02/06/2010 at 5:20 pm

    Btw, jordison. Jefferson Airplane recorded ‘Somebody to Love’ years before Queen and it was that particular track that was available for Alli, not the Queen song that Simon was referring to. Allison took him to school and he didn’t like it.

    I think that qualifies as being related to Allison.

    As to my post, I got carried away, and missed my connecting point. The Jefferson Airplane introduced Somebody to Love when they switched female vocalists (Marty Balin was the male vocalist) from Signe Anderson to Grace Slick.

    What I forgot to mention was that I never particularly cared for Grace Slick, and liked some of the earlier, unrecorded Airplane songs much more than Somebody to Love. Basically, after Slick, they got too “slick” for my taste. I preferred Hot Tuna, which was derived from the Airplane. (I know, not directly related to Allison, except that Allison, I believe, eats tuna – but not reindeer)

    Money statement: I think that Allison is a much better singer than Grace Slick, whose main attribute (self admitted) was being loud.

    Am I now legal on this (underground) thread?

    BTW – Has anybody been paying attention to the voting on AOL – i.e., which of the 5 of Allison’s Sessions songs is your favorite?

    Trouble Is is kicking butt.

    (Maybe my 20 or 30 votes had some influence?)

  56. Well, I’m not going to even pretend to make this Allison-related — just inspired by jordison’s Airplane musings. Yes, Jack Casady was a really really impressive bassist — one of the most melodic rock bassists I’ve ever heard (also Tiran Porter and John Entwistle). Somebody To Love itself is a fantastic example — talk about moving a song forward! You have to listen carefully to hear everything he does on the bass, but wow.

    And your mention of Go To Her brought my mind back to another “rarity” that I love, JPP McStep B Blues — what a gem that is.

  57. And here’s one that most definitely is Allison-related:

    A week or so ago, I posted my iTunes file of the shortened FIBOU/JLY medley that was broadcast on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. KIIS also put up the full-length recording on their website, as well as the unbelievable performance of Scars and another Don’t Waste The Pretty. I’ve finally gotten them edited and cleaned up, and here they are for your downloading pleasure:

    Full-length FIBOU/JLY
    Scars
    Don’t Waste The Pretty

    Enjoy!

  58. JohnM
    Full-length FIBOU/JLY
    Scars
    Don’t Waste The Pretty

    Enjoy!

    Thank you JohnM!

    Was listening to a little Jack and Jorma at the Fillmore and thought I’d check back to see if any East Coast night owls had posted. Good thing I did.

    Much appreciated.

  59. There is a translation on the right . Just click on (more info) and the full translation will show up right under the description of the video. She’s talking about clothes, about how she has never been to El Salvador but would love to go someday, how happy she is with her debut album, etc.

  60. There is nothing really new in that interview, but I love listening to her in Spanish, so its a real treat.
    PRM, do you think she “thinks in Spanish”?
    Odd question, I know. I thought about it when I heard the Spanish radio interview you gave me last week. She seems more eloquent in Spanish. Sometimes she stumbles to find the right word, but it seems to me that either her thought process is faster in Spanish, or that she is more comfortable in Spanish.
    Your thoughts?

  61. I noticed that too, she seems more eloquent and definitely sweeter in Spanish, less “gangsta” if you will. I wonder if it’s that she’s more comfortable or if it’s the opposite, that when she’s speaking in Spanish she has to think things through a bit more, hence it comes out a little bit more organized than in English. Maybe she’s too comfortable in English and has too many thoughts that come out in many different ways, not always as organized as she would want. Whatever it is, I love her Spanish interviews and wish she’d be doing more in Latin America because I think we would really dig someone like her here.

  62. PRMari: I wonder if it’s that she’s more comfortable or if it’s the opposite, that when she’s speaking in Spanish she has to think things through a bit more, hence it comes out a little bit more organized than in English.

    I tend to agree with this, especially considering that Spanish is her second language.

    Reminds me a bit of my own foreign-language experience. I took French in high school and college (because I lived close to Quebec), and later in grad school I took Swedish (because it’s my ancestry); and I found that when I was searching for a word in Swedish, I often jumped to the equivalent word, not in English, but in French. I guess my brain was saying, “Okay, I know I’m in a foreign language, so let’s just take the easy route within that.” Well, I guess that doesn’t really have anything to do with anything after all, but hey, we’re underground again…

  63. JohnM:
    …I found that when I was searching for a word in Swedish, I often jumped to the equivalent word, not in English, but in French. I guess my brain was saying, “Okay, I know I’m in a foreign language, so let’s just take the easy route within that.” Well, I guess that doesn’t really have anything to do with anything after all, but hey, we’re underground again…

    If only you had made a connection to Max Martin and reindeer. :)

  64. Tweets from Alliholics:

    You want to see Allison sing her heart out? Here’s Allison’s performance schedule: >>>FEBRUARY<<< 8th Feb, 2010 (cont) http://tl.gd/7kg2v

    and…

    Can’t wait! Hope we get vids! RT @zouxmusic Allison fans we added a few surprises 4 the show in NYC next week:-) great rehearsal w/the band!

  65. I noticed that too, she seems more eloquent and definitely sweeter in Spanish, less “gangsta” if you will.

    Interesting. Maybe the issue is how she learned each. I am sure she learned her Spanish from her parents and family, and her English from school, other kids, and teenage “culture”.
    As a child and teen, I didn’t speak with my parents they way I spoke with my friends. Of course, I used the same language in both instances, but I sure didn’t use as much “slang” with my parents, and was always more respectful.
    So, if her Spanish is highly influenced by her parents, and the English by her school friends, it makes sense that her Spanish would be more adult-like (or less “gangsta” :-) ) than her English.

  66. JohnM
    here they are for your downloading pleasure:

    Full-length FIBOU/JLY
    Scars
    Don’t Waste The Pretty

    Enjoy!

    A pleasure indeed.
    Thanks.

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