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CONTEMPORARY MUSIC / JOHN D'AGOSTINO

McCartney Is Likely to Bypass San Diego

December 09, 1992|JOHN D'AGOSTINO

Although parties involved in both endeavors made half-hearted attempts to downplay their differences, there was an undercurrent of animus in what should have been a friendly competition benefiting equally good causes. The reason for the bad blood: Vaus and the nonprofit San Diego Children's Hospital Foundation (SDCHF) had teamed for the first "The Stars Come Out. . ." album in 1989, after which they had a falling out. Vaus subsequently hooked up with the American Cancer Society for the 1990 "Stars" project, and with the Casa de Amparo folks for the 1991 effort. The SDCHF, meanwhile, secured Lloyd to produce its series of Christmas albums, including last year's ". . . A Gift of Hope, Volume III."

This year, both camps have rejoined the fray, although SDCHF's effort, "The Christmas Album . . . A Gift of Life, Volume IV," gets the nod in terms of "new"-ness of product. The album consists of new recordings of traditional favorites by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, the Moody Blues, Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick, Jon Anderson, Magic Johnson, and others. It's on sale in compact disc ($12.95) and cassette ($8.95) formats, at 7-Elevens, Long's Drugs, Nurseryland, Postal Annex Plus, Great Earth Vitamins, Dean's Photo, and airport gift shops. It also can be ordered by calling (800) 858-8998.

By comparison, the Vaus-produced "Best of the Stars Come Out for Christmas, and More" album mostly is a compilation of selected tracks from the 1990 and 1991 projects, including performances of new and old seasonal tunes by the likes of Willie Nelson, the Little River Band and Juice Newton. Vaus said he went with a compilation because he received so many requests to include past recordings on the 1992 effort. The five newly recorded cuts are by Stephen Bishop, the Commodores, Andrew Gold, Nicolette Larson and "Entertainment Tonight" host John Tesh.

The "Best of" album is on sale in compact disc ($3.99) and cassette ($2.99) formats at more than 50 Taco Bell stores in the area. The local beneficiary will be the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.

BOOKINGS: (Tickets for the following concerts will be sold at all TicketMaster outlets--278-TIXS--unless otherwise specified.) Dave Alvin, the Skeletons and Scott Kemper play the Rhythm Cafe tonight. . . . Bad 4 Good is at Club 860 Thursday night ($7.02 through TicketMaster or at the club box office: 272-1513). . . . The Texas Tornados, the Red Devils, and D.D. Wood form a triple-bill at the Belly Up Tavern on Thursday ($17.50). . . .

Local band Catch-22 plays a benefit for the homeless at the Carlsbad Village Theatre Friday night. . . . Canadian folk-rock artist Jennifer Berezan will be joined by local standout Deborah Liv Johnson for a concert Sunday at Rumors Cafe in Ocean Beach. Admission is $5 for the 7:30 p.m. show (294- 6660). . . . Ministry, Helmet, and Sepultura play the O'Brien Pavilion at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Dec. 29; Megadeth and Suicidal Tendencies play the same venue the next night. . . .

Iguanas brings in the Cramps on Dec. 31 ($23 advance, $25 night of show); and Bad Religion on Jan. 22 ($15).

CRITIC'S CHOICE

RECONSTRUCTED POCO

Poco's status as one of the first, and best, bands to cross-pollinate rock and country music in a way that created a fresh-sounding hybrid makes it a must-see concert attraction, even though positive results are not guaranteed.

A reconstructed version of Poco--featuring Jimmy Messina and former Eagle Randy Meisner--made a disappointing showing at the Del Mar Fair a couple of years ago. The temptation is to conclude that Poco isn't really Poco without founding member Richie Furay. Still, one holds out hope for the lineup that will perform at the Rhythm Cafe on Thursday night.

The current quartet features original member Rusty Young and middle-period Poco-er Paul Cotton on guitars and vocals, plus Tim Smith on drums and Richard Neville on bass. Opening the 8:30 p.m. show is local band Comanche Moon.

Tickets ($19.50 advance, $21 night of show) are available through TicketMaster (278-TIXS) or at the club box office (8022 Clairemont Mesa Blvd).

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