One of the most important times of the year is the week between Christmas and the New Year. That’s the time I usually take a week of vacation, gather my senses (get plenty of rest) and clean up my house. I buy a new calendar, box up all the old stuff and get everything ready for the new goals planned for the next go-around.

It wasn’t that long ago my friend Bill Robinson passed along some new recordings of The Retro Rockits. Bill is an extraordinary talent and inspiration and we were fortunate to work together in this oldies band that featured Dave Sieg (bass), David Sproles (voice), Bill on guitar and Alan Wilder on drums.

This project was so enjoyable for me to work with as we got to play nothing but oldies from the sixties and seventies. There are plenty of Beatles songs too. Most of the guys in this band worked together as ‘The Carousel’ back in the late-sixties when they all attended Dobyns-Bennett and it was a real treat for me to resurrect their songs.

These two recordings were from live performances at Rush Street and Rascals and although the recordings are a bit unbalanced (my keys are really loud ) the audio is enjoyable as we it sounds like we had a great time playing the gigs together.

I’ve added these to the overall discography, but here is an index for all of the tunes.

Retro Rockits @ Rush Street

Times Won’t Let Me – Rascals
I’m a Believer – The Monkees
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
Third Rate Romance – Amazing Rhythm Aces
Domino – Van Morrison
Spooky – Classics Four
Devil in a Blue Dress – Mitch Ryder
Takin Care of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive
Givin it Up – Delbert McClinton
Get Ready/My Girl
Return To Sender – Elvis
Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis
Piano Man – Billy Joel
She’s Not There – Evil Ways – Santana
Thunder and Lightnin
Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison
Heard it through The Grapevine
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
Back in the USSR – Beatles
Rocky Racoon – Beatles
Happy Together – Turtles
Love Potion No#9 – The Clovers
She was Just 17 – Beatles
Something – Beatles
Obla Dee Obla Da – Beatles
She’s Got a Ticket to Ride – Beatles
Taxman – Beatles

Rush Street Live @ Rascals
March 28, 1998

Kodachrome – Paul Simon
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
James Brown Medley
Drift Away – Dobie Gray
Get Ready
Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis
You Can’t Do That – Beatles
Something – Beatles
Heard It Through The Grapevine
Doctor My Eyes – Jackson Browne
Thunder and Lightnin’ – Eddie and Floyd
Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison
Back In The USSR – The Beatles
Jet – Paul McCartney
You May Be Right – Billy Joel
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
Rocky Raccoon – Beatles
Let ‘Em In – Paul McCartney
Time Won’t Let Me – The Outsiders
I’m a Believer – Monkees
Happy Together – The Turtles
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Love Potion #9 – The Clovers
Third Rate Romance – Amazing Rhythm Aces
Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Givin It Up – Delbert McClinton