WPKN Archives: Connections: Rolling Stones in mono, Bowie, Lennon, Dylan, new and vintage music

Episode Info

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Original Aired:
Friday, October 7th, 2016
4:00PM to 6:55PM

2 hours, 55 minutes

Friday, October 7th, 2016 4:00PM

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Episode: Connections: Rolling Stones in mono, Bowie, Lennon, Dylan, new and vintage music

Oct 7, 2016 episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks. New and vintage music. Rolling Stones in mono. New Bowie release. John Lennon birthday tribute. Beatles, Nilsson, Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley and much more. 

As with The Beatles, Dylan, The Beach Boys and many others who created music in the 1960's, mono mixes are where the artists, producers and engineers put their energy, care and creativity, making every effort to get the balance of instruments and vocals, and most importantly, the feel, just right. Stereo was often seen as a gimmick, an afterthought, sometimes done very quickly and without much care, sometimes weeks later, without direct input from the artist or the producer. 

There's a new box set of The Rolling Stones in mono, including UK and US versions of albums from the beginning through Between The Buttons and on to Let It Bleed… plus extras including singles, b-sides and alternate mono mixes for singles. Sometimes those include added parts, completely different echo on the vocals and an entirely different sound than we've been hearing on cd or vinyl since the 60's. To me, the sound on many of the mono mixes feels fuller, maybe even closer to what it may had been like to be in the studio while recording. The bass and the guitars jump out nicely. It feels like a band! 

Throughout the show, there are about 9 songs by The Stones, all in mono. There are also mono versions of songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys and The Blues Magoos. 

Early in the show are newly released versions of David Bowie songs, including the just released Gouster album (an earlier version of Young Americans, produced by Tony Visconti). For the first time, the Gouster album is featured in a new box set. 

Also rare Bo Diddley, Elliott Randall, Sam Phillips, Harry Nilsson, Margo Guryan, The Shangri-Las and John Lennon (including a rare demo). 

Plus new music from Euphoria, Tycho, Christine and The Queens, Agnes Obel, D D Dumbo, Warpaint, Daphne Guinness, Trentemoller, The Lagoons, Guilty of Love, La Femme, Mike Raphone of The Squeaky Chairs and whatever happened in the moment. 

Thanks for tuning in! 

Previous episodes of Connections are available in the WPKN archives, including interviews with Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Producer Tony Visconti (Bowie, T-Rex and many more), New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, Grammy Award winning singer and author Janis Ian and more. Also special features on Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and the British Invasion. 
Here are some direct links: 

Connections: Dylan, Beatles, new and vintage music (Sep 23, 2016) 

The Beatles Revolver at 50 plus new and vintage music (Aug 5, 2016): 
(Includes world premieres of music by Alan Menken for A Bronx Tale. Bowie, Stockhausen, Jenny O, Ian Hunter, Annette Peacock and more.)

The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl, Dylan, The Kinks plus new and vintage music (Aug 19, 2016): 

Connections: Blonde on Blonde and Pet Sounds Outtakes, Plus New and Vintage Music (May 20, 2016): 

Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge 1965-1966 and more (Nov 4, 2015)
(The first hour and a half explores previously unreleased songs and outtakes): 


Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge Part 2, New Music and Tony Visconti Interview (Dec 18, 2015) 

Tony Visconti Interview
(Direct link to Dec 18, 2015 conversation about record production, David Bowie, Marc Bolan of T Rex, exploring music and much more):

Connections: Beatles movie premiere, Dylan, new and vintage music (Sep 16, 2016)  

Connections: Bob Dylan 75th Birthday Special with Eric Cocks and Chris Frantz (May 24, 2016):

Connections (Feb 19, 2016): New music from Lucinda Williams, Wild Nothing, Dion, Anna Rose, Hillary Bratton, The Mynabirds, Mavis Staples, Ty Segall, Miike Snow, One Prayer One Sin, Leon Bridges and more. World premiere of music from A Bronx Tale, The Musical by Alan Menken. Plus Beatles, Dylan, Lee Hazlewood, Larry Williams and other vintage music: 

Connections with Eric Cocks (New and vintage music, plus rare demos by Alan Menken and much more, Nov 20, 2015): 

Connections: The Beatles and Dylan in Mono on Vinyl and more… 

Connections: Dylan's Basement Tapes and other stuff… 

May 15, 2015 Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz: 

Roz Chast: Guest DJ and Interview with New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author: 



Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos: Interview/Conversation

Connections with Eric Cocks: Odds and Ends, New and Vintage… 

Connections at Night (including music and comedy geared for late night listening): 

Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz and Jeff Slate (May 2014): 

For more info, updates and occasional videos, please check the FaceBook page: Connections on WPKN

Show: Connections... with Eric Cocks

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Explores the connections between songs, songwriters, musicians, producers and people... often in surprising ways.

Vital, intelligent music with true artistic vision. Or just because it sounds good...

Includes extended features on specific artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles and far more. Also comedy by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner and others with a rock and roll renegade attitude. In depth explorations of early electronic music (and how it relates to current music). Vital new music that deserves to be heard. Surf music. Garage bands. British invasion. Rock and Roll. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, The Blues Magoos, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dr Fiorella Terenzi, Beethoven, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Nilsson, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Tame Impala, Grimes, The Pretenders, Blondie, Caitlin Rose, Juana Molina, Mojo Mancini, Elliott Randall, Marshall Chapman, Jessy Lanza, Big Star, demos, rarities, unreleased new music and far more may be part of any given show. Also live interviews of performers, writers, producers, engineers, session musicians and people behind the scenes. Plus unexpected surprises...

Previous in depth interviews include Sam Phillips, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, author/comedian Paul Krassner, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Neil Innes of The Rutles, Tommy James, legendary session musician Carol Kaye, Warren Zanes, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Rod Argent of The Zombies, Oscar Winning Composer Alan Menken, Patty Larkin and more. All are available in archives for about 385 days. (Maybe that'll get extended some day.) Stay tuned for future interviews and special features.

The show will keep changing over time.

Tune in every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of each month at the new  time of  4 to 7 pm eastern. Also special editions at other times. Available live over the air at 89.5, online at http://wpkn.org, tunein radio or listen later in the WPKN archives.

For further info, updates, news, videos and special features, please check the FaceBook site: Connections on WPKN

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