Made Up in Texas – 1



Here’s yet another version of Allen’s delightful bitter-sweet Airplane Blues (see our earlier posting about that particular composition here). This one, with Bugs Henderson and Friends, recorded in Dallas, Texas in the Fall of 1985, is one of two cuts by Allen featured on the extraordinary (and extraordinarily hard-to-find!) compilation album, Made Up In Texas, the very first release on Michael Minzer‘s remarkable and visionary Paris Records.  For a later Paris Records project posting (Minzer now in collaboration with producer Hal Willner) see here    For more on Paris Records see here

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Airplane Blues ( – ASV #26)

We’ve already featured Jonas Mekas and Allen here. Here‘s another Jonas-Allen, Mekas-Ginsberg document – Allen’s (table-) “rapping” a cappella “Airplane Blues” – to the delight and amazement of a company of assembled guests (isn’t that Japanese poet, Gozo Yoshimasu, who we glimpse, fleetingly, among the company? – why, yes it is).
The, frankly, definitive version was recorded several years before, in 1982, in Santa Monica, (re-mixed by Hal Willner and John Strother in 1993), and features Bob Dylan on bass (with Steven Taylor on guitar, David Mansfield on piano, organ, dobro, and Arthur Rosato on drums). From … Read More