Saturday, August 23, 2008

An Olympic-sized Surprise!
Freddie Mercury: The Vaults
Demos + Rare Stuff 1974 – 1991

From our friends over at T.U.B.E., this is definitely for the Queen completist, and certainly for those who are ignoring the disaster in the cosmos which is Paul Rodgers, Brian May and Roger Taylor MASQUERADING as any form of's a five-disc compilation of great out-takes, bad studio sessions, acapella versions, and just about any other scrap of Queen which was smuggled out. Caveat emptor! so don't be lookin' for polished studio versions!

CD1 (1971-1974)(mirror):
1. Silver Salmon (unreleased demo - version #1 - as said on the tape)
2. Silver Salmon (unreleased demo - version #2 - as said on the tape)
3. Silver Salmon (unreleased demo - version #3 - unknown source)
4. Silver Salmon (unreleased demo - version #4 - remastered)
5. Polar Bear (Queen studio demo version - unknown source)
6. Keep Yourself Alive (acetate - Short Re-take - vinyl source)
7. Keep Yourself Alive (acetate - Short Re-take - remastered by Stark)
8. Keep Yourself Alive (Long-Lost Re-take - source: CD - trivial?)
9. Funny How Love Is (take 5 - source: convention tape - remastered by Bobek)
10. The March Of The Black Queen (take 3 - source: convention tape - remastered by Everly)
11. The March Of The Black Queen (take 4 - source: convention tape - remastered by Everly)
12. The March Of The Black Queen (take 5 - source: convention tape)
13. Great King Rat (take 5 - source: convention tape)
14. Killer Queen (HQ snippet) (demo version - unknown source)
15. Doing Alright (instrumental mix - vocals removed - fake, but very nicely made)
16. Liar (1991 HR off. release - source: CD - trivial?)
17. Mad The Swine (1991 HR off. release - source: CD - trivial?)
18. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover - recorded live - source: tape - trivial?)
19. Bama Lama Bama Loo (73 Studio rehearsal - unknown source)
20. Hangman (recorded live in Birmingham - source: tape - trivial?)

CD2 (1975-1982) (mirror):
1. Somebody To Love (alternative chorus intro - snippet - source: convention tape)
2. Love Of My Life (acapella version - source: 5.1 DTS disc)
3. Good Company (alternative version - source: "A Night At The Opera" DTS promo)
4. Bohemian Rhapsody (french vinyl edit - source: vinyl)
5. Feelings (1977 unreleased demo - source: convention tape)
6. The Hero (Rare Flash Gordon End Credits Version - source: Flash Gordon DTS)
7. Imagine (John Lennon feat. Freddie Mercury - the crossover mix)
8. Play The Game (alternative acapella 'scratch' version - source unknown)
9. Sail Away Sweet Sister (demo version - source: convention tape)
10. Sandbox (demo version - source: convention tape)
11. Callin' All Girls (acapella version - source unknown)
12. Save Me (the complete synth version - so-called 'complete demo' - Brian's midi source)
13. Action This Day (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
14. Staying Power (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
15. Back Chat (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
16. Las Palabras De Amor (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
17. Cool cat (take 2 - with David Bowie on vocals - source unknown)
18. Under Pressure (improvisation - session out-take - unknown source)
19. Feel Like (demo version - pre Under-pressure - source: leaked studio tape)

CD3 (1984-1986) (mirror):
1. The Machines (demo version - intro improvistation - unknown source)
2. The Machines (instrumental version - unknown source)
3. Keep Passing The Open Windows (Freddie's home tape demo - source: leaked private tape)
4. keep Passing The Open Windows (early studio take - source: leaked studio tape)
5. I Want To Break Free (instrumental version - source: probably Greatest Karaoke Hits)
6. Hammer To Fall (instrumental version - source: probably Greatest Karaoke Hits)
7. It's A Hard Life (early take - alternate intro - source: convention tape)
8. It's A Hard Life (nicely made instrumental with backing vocals - fanmix)
9. Radio Ga-Ga (instrumental version - source: probably Greatest Karaoke Hits)
10. Is This The World We Created (piano + guitar alt mix - fake, but nicely made)
11. Thank God It's Christmas (never released 'Peace In The Middle East Mix')
12. A Kind Of Magic (Highlander Alternative Version - source: Highlander French DVD)
13. New York (extract from Highlander - source: Highlander French DVD)
14. Princes Of The Universe (Highlander Alternative Version - source: Highlander French DVD)
15. Princes Of The Universe (Reprise - source: Highlander French DVD)
16. We Are The Champions (1985 experiment for the Highlander movie - John & Roger - source: leaked tape) (snippet)
17. Who Wants To Live Forever (Mini-disc Skip Demo 1)
18. Who Wants To Live Forever (Mini-disc Skip Demo 2)
19. Who Wants To Live Forever (Highlander Alternative Version - source: Highlander movie)

CD4 (1988-1989)
1. A New Life Is Born (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
2. Hang On In There (fiddly jam - demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
3. Rain Must Fall (demo version - source: convention tape)
4. I Guess We're Fallin' Out (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
5. The Miracle (alternate take - source unknown)
6. The Invisible Man (alternate take - source unknown)
7. I Want It All (alternate take - source unknown)
8. I Want It All (alternate instrumental version - source unknown)
9. My Baby Loves Me (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
10. Breakthrough (instrumental version - source: probably Greatest Karaoke Hits)
11. Scandal (alternate take - source unknown)
12. Stealin' (12 minutes demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
13. Stealin' (alternate version - source: leaked studio tape)
14. Hijack My Heart (demo version - drum overdub - source: leaked studio tape)
15. Too Much Love Will Kill You (alternate take - source: leaked studio tape)
16. Too Much Love Will Kill You (Brian vocals - Bell Boy demo tape)
17. Too Much Love Will Kill You (piano instrumental - source unknown)
18. Dog With A Bone (1989 convention song - source: convention sounboard recording)
19. Dog With A Bone (1989 convention song taped - complete - source: taped 1989 convention)

CD5 (1990-1991) (mirror):
1. Innuendo (explosive version - source: rare single release)
2. I'm Going Slighly Mad (Promo edit from the Innuendo Hints Tape)
3. Headlong (Promo edit from the Innuendo Hints - alternate version)
4. Headlong (alternate version - vocal, drum, bass)
5. My Secret Fantasy (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
6. Freedom Train (demo version - out-take - source: leaked studio tape)
7. Robbery (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
8. Ride The Wild Wind (alternate instrumental version - source unknown)
9. Hitman (alternate version - Brian on vocals - source: leaked studio tape)
10. Delilah (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
11. Delilah (Promo edit from the Innuendo Hints - alternate version)
12. Self Made Man (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
13. Self Made Man (Irish Club Mix)
14. Face It Alone (out-take 1 - source: convention tape)
15. Face It Alone (out-take 2 - source: convention tape)
16. Mother Love (alternate version - nicely made fanmix)
17. You Don't Fool Me (Roger's vocal demo - out-take - source: leaked studio tape)
18. Let Me Live (banned version - source: banned single CD)

Eadweard Muybridge
Nude Descending a Staircase

Marcel Duchamp
Nu descendant un Escalier

Nu descendant un Escalier. No.2. 1912.
Oil on canvas 147.5 x 89 cm.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Inspired by the photographic motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, was painted by Duchamp in 1912. When it was first exhibited at the legendary Armory Show in New York (February 17-March 15, 1913), it caused an uproar which both outraged many people and made Duchamp famous in America. One critic called it "an explosion in a shingle factory."

David Boudia
10 m Back 3 1/2 Somersault from a Pike Position

An amazing sequence of overlapped photographs with a frame-by-frame analysis of US diver David Boudia as he completes a back 3 1/2 somersault from a pike position.

The camera is, indeed, quicker than the eye!
Check it out here.

The Photographer's Bible
The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson

I've actually seen this book, held it in my hands.
And I know where a copy is...and if I could?

You betcha.

I'd take it.

Check it out here.

The Veep Stakes
Rock Star!

Barack Obama taps Bono to be his Vice President.
Joe Biden, seen here with Bono, says "Bono will make a great Vice President. He'll be going on tour with Barack this fall."

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sticky + Sweet + BORING!

Intro/Candy Shop
Beat Goes On
Human Nature
Video Interlude - Die Another Day
Into The Groove
She’s Not Me
Video Interlude - Rain/Here Comes The Rain Again
Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You
Spanish Lesson
Miles Away
La Isla Bonita/Lela Pala Tute
Doli Doli (Live interlude - Romanian folk song)
You Must Love Me
Video Interlude - Get Stupid (About saving the planet)
4 Minutes
Like A Prayer
Ray Of Light
Hung Up
Give It To Me (Finale)

The Godfather of Photography
The Decisive Moment.

Astrological Transits.

Take this test. I DARE you...

OK. I confess. I took this test, and scored a 60.
I passed.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Veni. I Saw. Vinci.

Time to pack!
One, two, buckle my shoe!
Madonna hits the road!

3500 Number of individual wardrobe elements for tour

653 Hours of rehearsal time for Madonna and band

250 Number of travelling personnel

200 Triangle sponges used to apply makeup

180 Q-Tips used for entire tour (3 per night)

120 Powder puffs

100 Pairs of out of stock fishnet, pantyhose in old style weave,
purchased for Madonna via ebay and local dance shops

100 Pairs of kneepads

69 Guitars

36 Different Designers contributed to the onstage wardrobe

30 Wardrobe Trunks travel to each venue

28 Maximum number of performers onstage

20 Nationalities represented in touring stuff (including Japanese, Israeli, Russian, Romanian, Australian and Algerian)

18 Racks of Clothing for Band, dancers and gypsies

16 Caterers

12 Seamstresses working non stop in Cardiff to finish
costumes for opening night

12 Travelling trampolines used in training by Madonna and dancers

10 Large flight cases of medical supplies

10 Number of guitars Madonna will travel with

9 Number of people working in wardrobe department

8 Major Madonna Costume changes

5 Number of people it takes to change Madonna into next

5 Keyboards on stage for Kevin Antunes, Musical Director

4 Large freezers to carry ice packs for Madonna and dancers

4 YSL Lipsticks will cover entire tour

3 Romanian gypsy musicians playing acoustic instruments

3 Racks of Clothing contain Madonna's stage wardrobe

3 Shu Uemura eyelash curlers

2 Rigs for DJ set up

2 Stages

1.5 Minutes - Shortest time required to change Madonna's costumes between numbers

1 Chiropractor

1 Personal trainer

1 Masseuse

1 Set of Swarovski crystal ear phones for DJ

Can I have a ride?

Dear Apple:
I'm really flattered but...

I kinda sorta gotta wonder whywhywhy am I the #1 hit on Google when people ask that burning question: "what happened to my dot-mac?"

Thanks and all that.
Really. Thanks.

I don't know what to say!

Obama on Dark Shadows?

How fashionable of Barack, a top-coat straight from the Dark Shadows wardrobe.
One wonders if this is bullet-proof.
Me thinks Barack will really sink his teeth into the role of President.

Paper McCain!

Funny how McCain gets a bullet-proof vest, especially as a paper doll!
Are our soldiers outfitted accordingly?

This ain't no paper-doll war!

On the comeback trail?

Annie Lennox:
I came home today,
after six nights in hospital.

August 20th 2008

I came home today, after six nights in hospital. Actually, if you really need to escape from the world, I’d highly recommend it, but the only restriction is that you have to have a health issue before they’ll let you in. My “restriction” was a nerve, which was trapped by a bulged disc, resulting in a totally numb and immobile left foot, which I could only drag (Quazi Modo) style around the house. Something told me that urgent action was required. So to cut a long story short ( pardon the pun), I had micro surgery on my back on Friday morning, to remove some of the vertebra that was impinging on my sad little nerve. Needless to say, I am totally in awe of surgeons. This is the fifth time that I’ve gone under the scalpel...and each time I think it’s miraculous...although the tonsillectomy I had all those years ago still rhymes with the word “butchery”. Anyhow... I can now walk again slowly, without the drag, but it’s going to take at least six months of physiotherapy before I start to walk more normally again. Hey Ho!

There was no internet server at the hospital, which is probably not a bad thing really. I spent hours on my lap top in any case, working on photographs that have been waiting to be edited for years. My whole schedule has had to be cancelled, and The Collection will now come out in Spring of next year. It’s very disappointing in every respect, but it’s just how it is. Sammy told me that I’ve something in the region of twenty thousand “best wishes”.....which is very nice. So I’m sending back twenty thousand “thankyou’s” in appreciation. See you at the Samba school! love AL

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This Day in History
1896|One ringy-dingy!

The dial telephone is patented.

This Day in History
1965|I can't get no

Rolling Stones release "Satisfaction" (their 1st #1 U.S. hit)

This Day in History
Going postal|1986

Memorial of the August 20, 1986 post office killing spree that left 15 dead, including the shooter.

Mail carrier Patrick Sherrill (Edmond OK) shot 14 fellow workers dead.

Going postal is an English slang term, used as a verb meaning to suddenly become extremely and uncontrollably angry, possibly to the point of violence. The term derives from a series of incidents from 1986 onward in which United States Postal Service (USPS) workers shot and killed managers, fellow workers, and members of the police or general public. Between 1986 and 1997, more than 40 people were killed in at least 20 incidents of workplace rage. Following this series of events, the idiom entered common parlance and has been applied to murders committed by employees in acts of workplace rage, irrespective of the employer; and generally to describe fits of rage, though not necessarily at the level of murder, in or outside the workplace.

A bloody birthday
HP Lovecraft

More on HP Lovecraft and the Masters of Horror.

The Vault|1980 – 1986

Queen|Hartford 1980



McCain + Condi

Obama + Kennedy

Mt Vesuvius

Paper Nominees

The Paper Obamas v The Paper McCains

Dover Publication's Straw Poll!

Which paper doll would get your vote?

OrangeMercury's Milestone!

22,000 unique IP addresses...
22,000 unique readers!

DAMN! I wish I kept note of the day I embedded the counter! All I remember is that it was sometime in March 2008.


C'est Marc's mark!


After a research-intensive journey that involved our readers, historians, archivists, writers and curators in the United States and France — and even the former Rolling Stones bass guitarist (and accomplished photographer) Bill Wyman — City Room can confirm that an unidentified and undated photograph from the archives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey depicts Marc Chagall and his second wife, Valentina Brodsky, known as Vava. The identification of the photograph comes from Bella Meyer and Meret Meyer Graber, Chagall’s granddaughters from his first wife, Bella Rosenfeld. (more)

The Veep Stakes: Part I

Once upon a time, John Edwards looked like "the great white hope."


How 'bout the big white dope!

The Feast Day of St Bernard de Clairvaux

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Who knew?
The Patron Saint of the Internet

Love's Gold Medal|Matthias Steiner

A Weight Is Lifted and a Memory Is Honored

By JOHN BRANCH|The New York Times
BEIJING — After Germany’s Matthias Steiner became the world’s strongest man, the most important thing he carried weighed nothing more than a few ounces.

It was a framed photograph of his smiling wife, Susann. After the medal ceremony for weight-lifting’s super heavyweight division, Steiner posed for pictures. He held a bouquet of flowers and his gold medal in one hand, and the photograph of Susann in the other.

She was killed in a car accident in July 2007, two years after they married.

“There was so much emotion that I cannot describe,” Steiner said. “It was, after a few weeks last year, a big motivation to fight for the gold medal. For her. For friends, for family.”

Steiner needed to clean-and-jerk 258 kilograms, about 569 pounds, on the last lift of the sport’s glamour division, involving immense barrel-chested men who weigh at least 105 kilograms, or 231 pounds.

He did it, then collapsed in an emotional heap atop the barbell.

The Blushing Birthday Boy|1946

Hey Bill – didja get a card from Monica?

It's TIME for a birthday!
Seth Thomas|1785

Thomaston was originally part of the Farmington Proprietor's purchase in 1684 of the Mattatuck Plantation, the Thomaston area achieved independence in 1739, as the Northbury Parish. Northbury and Westbury united in 1780 to form Watertown. In 1795 Northbury again separated to become Plymouth, the Thomaston section was called Plymouth Hollow.

In 1813 a man named Seth Thomas came to the hollow to manufacture clocks. By 1856 Thomas was labeling his clocks with "Thomas Town." He helped route the Naugatuck railroad through Plymouth Hollow, linking us with the brass center at Waterbury.

On July 6,1875 Thomas Town became Thomaston in memory of Seth Thomas and the separation from Plymouth was confirmed by the State Legislature.

Nick Hooker v Karl Blossfeldt

Cinder-fella Story:
Only in America.

from The NYTimes: GREG BISHOP

BEIJING — The American flag landed on the scorer’s table, launched by a family member with exceptional aim. Henry Cejudo grabbed it from his coach and draped it around his body. He stood there for the longest time, fighting back tears, the son of illegal immigrants wrapped in stars and stripes.

After Cejudo had defeated Tomohiro Matsunaga of Japan to win the 121-pound freestyle wrestling final on Tuesday and after his family members had celebrated so loudly for so long that security threatened to kick them out, officials hung a gold medal around his neck. He promised never to remove it.

“I might just sleep with this,” Cejudo said. “It changed my life already.”

Fitting, because his is a story about change — for himself, for his family and maybe now for the USA Wrestling program, which trained the 21-year-old Cejudo to become the youngest gold medalist in United States wrestling history.

The gold medal, and his path to it, changed so many lives along the way.

Like his mother’s life. Nelly Rico, who came to the United States from Mexico as an illegal immigrant, raised seven children by herself and left Los Angeles with them in the middle of the night to escape the criminal who was the father Cejudo never really knew.


Immigrant Surreality.
Henry Cejudo