Bob Putignano's Radio Free Amsterdam (RFA) 1-hour radio show - tightly edited by John Sinclair, taken from Putignano's SOB radio programs.
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Date Show number Features
7/02/21 14 Bob Putignano's SOB-RFA-14: Radio Free Amsterdam radio hour (tightly edited by John Sinclair) has Sinclair rummaging through SOB 293 & other SOB editions. Sinclair elects to lead us to below the ocean with Donovan Leitch's "Atlantis" to kick off the program, onto that house in New Orleans covered by Eric Burdon & the Animals, then climbs with Donovan's Mountain that would soon after become one of The Allman Brothers signature performances "Mountain Jam" which is illustrated here by the Brothers from the Ludlow Garage, 1970. It's a hard act to follow ABB's "Mountain Jam" with Duane, yet Sinclair takes us down that Mountain in search of that lady with them "Dimples" performed by Eric Burdon & the Animals. Note: Many of you may recall that the Brothers Allman also covered John Lee Hooker's "Dimples" as well. Nonetheless: Shake Baby Shake & Enjoy!!
6/04/21 13 Bob Putignano's Radio Free Amsterdam radio hour (tightly edited by John Sinclair) has Sinclair cherry picking the very best of my SOB-287 show featuring two outstanding Bluesmen: Albert King & Otis Rush who are capsulized in a 1-hour condensed & intense radio hour.
4/01/21 12 SOB-RFA-12 is the latest edition of Bob Putignano's Radio Free Amsterdam radio hour (tightly edited by John Sinclair) that features in no particular order: A shortened "I'm Ready" by Humble Pie from the Fillmore East, followed by a tasteful instrumental by Sea Level, then 3 from Bobby Broom covering "Layla," Wes Montgomery's "Twisted Blues" & Smokey Robinson's "Get Ready." The legendary John McLaughlin is joined with Joey DeFrancesco & Dennis Chambers from "Live in Tokyo," and again with McLaughlin & DeFrancesco returning with the equally-legendary Elvin Jones on drums with their rendition of Mongo Santamaria's classic "Afro Blue." One more from Bobby Broom covering the Beatles "Come Together," as McLaughlin brings down the curtain for SOB-RFA-12 with his own composition "New Blues - Old Bruise." Enjoy!
3/22/21 11 Bob Putignano's Radio Free Amsterdam radio hour (edited by John Sinclair) features in approximate order: A "Sparky" set of tunes that picks up where SOB-RFA-10 left off; with a brief segment of Mike Bloomfield guesting with Woody Herman's Big Band herd, followed by a complete rendition of Herman Green's "John De Konk A Roo," from Green's 2001 "Hernando St. Blues." Sparky portions: Ron Levy's "U Rockin' Me" from Levy's 1996 "Zim Zam Zoom" album with Melvin Sparks, more Sparks fly on Red Holloway's "Pass the Gravy" from Red's & Plas Johnson's 2001 "Keep that Groove Going!" Jimmie Vaughan joins Herman Green on the title track of Green's "Hernando St. Blues" from 2001. Sparks reunites with Holloway on Red's "Still Groovin'" from Holloway's 2003 CD "Coast to Coast" this time w/Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Wess & Paul Humphrey. Finally: We'll go back to back to back with the Mighty Burner Charles Earland with "Smoke" from Earland's 2002 "If Only for One Night" featuring stunning guitar work from Melvin Sparks, seguing to "Happy 'Cause I'm Goin' Home" written by Chicago's Robert Lamm from Earland's (CTI influenced) "Intensity" from 1972 w/Billy Cobham, Lee Morgan, Hubert Laws, Maynard Parker + others, the Earland trifecta concludes with fiery Sparks on "My Blues is Funky" again from Earland's 2002 "If Only for One Night" an album posthumously released in Earland's name.
3/02/21 10 SOB-RFA-10 is Creamy set that features: A wild & live Cream jam that segues to Jack Bruce's "Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune" from Bruce's first post Cream solo album the 1969 release "Songs for a Tailor." Then it's back to Cream's "N.S.U." which stands for Non-Specific-Urethis otherwise known as a venereal disease that Clapton was supposedly afflicted by. 35 years forward Cream reemerges with their classic "Sunshine of Your Love" from the Royal Albert Hall recorded 2005. "I'm So Glad" authored by Skip James is taken from the bands 1968 swansong "Goodbye Cream," into another from "Songs for a Tailor" by the team of Jack Bruce & Pete Brown "Theme for an Imaginary Western." The Cream themed set concludes with yet more from Bruce & Brown; "Politician." Switching gears; Rolling Stone editor & executive producer Ralph J. Gleason had the notion of having Mike Bloomfield sit-in with Woody Herman's Big Band for the instrumental "Hitch Hike on the Possum Trot Line" from 1971's Fantasy recording "Brand New." SOB-RFA-10 wraps with a farewell the wonderful Memphis saxophonist Herman Green who recently passed at 90; "John de Konk A Roo" from Green's 2001 album "Hernando Street Blues." See Herman Green's Goldmine mag interview by Bob Putignano.
2/21/21 9 Bob Putignano's Radio Free Amsterdam radio hour features in no particular order: Blues by Larry Carlton, Jimmy Thackery covering Albert Collins & Thackery's own "Solid Ice," Cream covering Willie Dixon from the Fillmore West, another Willie Dixon cover by the Grateful Dead + "Easy Wind" both with Pigpen from 2nd Avenue's Fillmore East, closing with Cream slamming through (what sounds like a variation of Freddie King's "Hideaway") also from the left coast Fillmore.
1/12/21 8 Bob Putignano's Radio Free Amsterdam is a high-octane radio hour featuring Dennis Coffey & Milt Jackson who both cover Freddie Hubbard's "Sunflower," plus more Dennis Coffey, then Jimmie Vaughan, Carl Verheyen w/Robben Ford, and rare Larry Carlton singing & stinging straight Blues from My Father's Place in Roslyn, Long Island, NY from 1978.
1/10/21 7 Bob Putignano's Radio Free Amsterdam is a high-octane radio hour featuring 2 Sista Monica Parker tunes 1 with Larry McCray, choice selections from Larry Carlton's live set from My Father's Place broadcast on WLIR-FM, plus additional Larry Carlton via Thelma Houston's Pressure Cooker, more Larry McCray from 1 of his solo albums, followed by James Brown's burning instrumental "Devils Den," out-bounding with a live "Southbound" from The Allman Brothers Band.
12/09/20 SOB-RFA-Christmas Bob Putignano's Radio Free Amsterdam Christmas features: Luther Kent with the Dukes of Dixieland, Allen Toussaint, the Wild Magnolias, Kermit Ruffins, New Birth Brass Band, Grace Darling, Dr. John, James Brown, Cheech & Chong, and Stan Freburg.
10/09/20 6 Lee Morgan, Tiny Grimes, Maceo Parker, Ray Charles & two tracks from David K. Mathews recent "Fantasy Vocals Sessions, Vol. 2" w/Steve Miller, plus Chris Cain w/Lady Bianca.
09/24/20 5 George Benson, Grant Green & the Crusaders.
09/10/20 4 Vince Guaraldi, Brian Auger, Grateful Dead & Pigpen, Stones, Quincy Jones, Dave Sanborn w/Clapton & w/Fabulous Rhinestones & Paul Butterfield.
08/20/20 3 George Clinton/Funkadelic, Derek & the Domino's, Phil Upchurch, Canned Heat, Earl Van Dyke, the James Taylor Quartet, Brian Auger
08/17/20 2 Leo Nocentelli, Grant Green, Derek Trucks, Boz Scaggs
08/10/20 1 Ray Charles with Lou Rawls & Milt Jackson, Lou Rawls with Budimages/dy Guy, Shuggie Otis, Drew Zingg, Chris Cain, Little Richard, Ray Anderson.