The latest ep is now online, with possibly my fave selection of tunes so far. Includes the inaugural Compact Disco spot featuring a recording that makes me so happy I can’t really put it into words.
I made the mistake of switching on Radio 2 this morning* before 9.30am, and my shell-likes were assaulted by the horror of Roy Orbison’s beautifully aching ‘I Drove All Night’ slathered in syrupy strings by the criminals that are the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It does not sound good. Also, there’s some bird overdubbed onto it, so that they can call it a “duet”. Ugh!
They’ve got form, in the shape of the 2016 Elvis Atrocity that’s being reissued soon as an expanded edition. No doubt come January it will be lining the shelves of charity shops alongside the original version.
Who’s buying this stuff?
*it went off again soon after, because Toploader
It’s shockingly bad. I’d post a pic, but that seems impossible now, so follow the link….
I’m surprised there’s been no mention of this on here over the weekend. A three day pop-up DAB station with loads of archive stuff from across the 50 years of BBC Radio 1. Currently listening to Emperor Rosko, who is baffling but playing(ed) some great tunes.
I’ve noticed that for the last few days the view counts for new threads are all showing zero. Not a big deal, but perhaps a gremlin that the Admins could look at when they’re back from the pub?
Having just seen a photo of the November issue of Mojo mag (Bowie headlining), I noted that not one single female artist is featured on the cover. Looking at the last few issues on their website it seems that this is not a new phenomenon; Kate Bush gets a cover story, but apart from that, looking at the last few months at least, female artists featured in any way on the front of the magazine can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Poor Laurie Anderson appears, but only in terms of “The Lou I knew”.
It’s a total sausage-fest*!
The nine disc set is now up for pre-order with complete track listing. 2CD and 4LP to be available too.
Can I save this and come back to it?
Everyone’s favourite wunnerful Radio 2 deejay Tony “Tone” Blackburn has started posting a series of fitness videos on Youtube, and they’re great. Mate.
Day 2 in the comments.
Those handsome guys* from the most excellent Charity Shop Classics on Manchester’s All FM 96.9 need a bit of holiday cover, so have roped in a few of their regular listeners to fill in for some shows. Tomorrow (Sunday) morning from 11-12 I’ll be playing my selection of chazza-bought tunes, from both CD and the vinlies, and obviously I’d love it if you could listen in to me making a twat of myself.
The show can be streamed here: http://allfm.org/ (I’d recommend using the Tune In widget, as the All FM one doesn’t seem to be loading lately), and if you’re in the Manchester area you can listen on the actual proper radio at 96.9 FM. I believe @beany’s turn will be in the next few weeks, so, er, look out…
What does it sound like?:
Well you tell me. I don’t know about you, but perhaps due to the small pool of reviewers here, very few album reviews lately have been of particular interest to me. Of course we are all to blame, but I thought this thread, posted in Nights In, might be a good place for us to ask the Massive about particular albums we’re perhaps thinking of getting but would like to hear opinions/info from our trusted Afterchums before diving in.
In addition, it may be a good place for those who’d like to big up (or put down) a particular release but don’t necessarily want to write a ‘formal’ review or start a whole thread about it. Whether it’s a single sentence or a couple of paragraphs, it could make all the the difference to a potential purchaser.
Recent releases or vinlies of old, it doesn’t matter. What do you need to know? My query will follow in the comments, and I have a feeling that Colin H will be able to help.
What does it all *mean*?
Goes well with…
I dunno, gin?
Might suit people who like…
Findus Crispy Pancakes.
Very interesting article on Spotify’s recent changes to volume levelling. Could this mark the end of sound brickwalling?
I rarely read fiction these days, but for some reason this popped up in Mr B’s Kindle recommendations and he passed it on to me. The Vinyl Detective can supposedly find any record, not matter how rare, and here he is tasked by a shadowy agent (a gorgeous woman, of course) with tracking down an obscure jazz title from the 1950s by a long-dead pianist. The mystery deepens as a series of grisly murders begins to follow him around, and our hero realises that this is about more than just record collecting.
A gripping detective story of two halves (in fact Side 1 and Side 2), it’s also very funny, with some lovable characters, and some not so lovable. The level of detail aimed at music fans and vinyl geeks should appeal to many here on the Afterword; as well as runout grooves and catalogue numbers there are charity shops, a car boot sale, jazz chat, copious amounts of weed, more charity shops, cats, an LA record store, yet more more charity shops and even a Disco Antistat. Also, be sure to keep some decent coffee in the house, because even if like me you don’t often drink » Continue Reading.
When it comes so-called ‘classic’ albums I assume that they’ll find me eventually, perhaps via an article or a review, or maybe a chance discovery in a chazza, ye olde recorde shoppe or boot sale. Sometimes it’s a case of wondering what all the fuss was about, but every so often one will knock me little socks right off and I’ll wonder where it’s been all my life.
I write this because on Sunday I stumbled across a few such classics at a car boot, and over the last two evenings have been left reeling – REELING I tell you – by the wonder that is Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On, and aside from the well-known title track I’ve clearly been missing out; despite owning a couple of his other LPs, and being aware of its good standing, I never felt the need to seek it out.
Anyway, what classic album(s) have you only just discovered recently? And was it shit or not? Do tell.
N.B. It must be commonly thought of as a proper ‘classic’. Points will be deducted for wilful obscurity.
I invite you all to share any snippets of info, fascinating facts or anything else that’s entered your brain this week. I have two. The first is that it seems that the Singing Postman briefly went electric! Oh yes, a small number of his later tunes not only boasted a small brass section, but also electric guitar and bass, as you can see here in the pic from a book wot I read.
The second, even more mind blowing revelation is in the comments…
The latest episode of CBVD is now online, with loads of great tunes plucked from the fields and chazzas of Suffolk. PLUS an astonishing (to me anyway) bit of pop trivia.
‘Strictly Britxotica! – Palais Pop And Locarno Latin’ is soon to hit the shops, and is already available on the Trunk website. It of course looks brill. The dilemma now is whether to get the LP right away (it’s only available on vinyl), or wait (possibly for ages) for the inevitable 3CD box set after a couple more volumes have been added to the series.
Over the last few weeks Fabs fan Paul Merton has been looking at some “what ifs” of Beatledom, namely “What if they’d never broken up? What if they were still playing live? What if they made another album?”
Of course the Afterword did this years ago, but I thought some of you might find this four part Radio 2 series of interest. Tonight’s final episode concludes the second part on the 1974 album that they could have made. Will it compare to the AW’s version? What will @tiggerlion make of it all? Does anyone care?
Link to the series overview in the comments.
I just reversed the Frank Chacksfield Orchestra version of The Fool On The Hill, and it’s quite lovely.
It’s getting to that time of year again where news of the now-familiar vinyl promotions from HMV, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are starting to appear, presumably partly with Fathers Day in mind. As well as the predictable Quo, Clash and Iggy Pop offerings, one of HMV’s titles this year is Bill Wyman’s 1982 self titled LP – on purple wax, naturally. An odd choice, or is it just me?
Also, will anyone here be grabbing any of these “exclusive” records from either HMV or the canny bandwagonning supermarkets?
Don’t mind me, am just trying out a new image posting site (link above), as Photobucket has become a nightmare to use, and totally unusable on a tablet. If you want to use this thread to similarly muck about – or to just muck about generally – do feel free, but do bear in mind the thing about copyright.
Who wants to see a four year old Bruno Mars being interviewed by Jonathan Ross about being an Elvis impersonator? Thought so.
Hi chums, my upstairs stereo (3-disc CD drawer, double cassette, radio), bought from the Co-op circa 1905, is getting rather creaky now, and I need something to replace it. These are my demands:
1. Ability to play CDs and if possible cassettes too. My old stereo is now struggling with CDRs, so it either needs to be able to play those with no problems, or failing that maybe an SD slot or USB port would be kinda groovy, then I could could rip and chuck all the CDRs. Not bothered about radio, bluetooth or any kind of streaming capability.
2. Small size. It’ll be sitting on the landing just outside the bathroom, so needs to be fairly compact.
3. Sub £200 price. As sub as possible please.
4. Available via mail order. I live in the sticks.
5. It mustn’t sound shit or fall to pieces.
6. The moon on a stick, please!
Thanks in advance xx