‘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
The newest episode of CBVD is now online, with loads of records freshly plucked from the fields of Suffolk. It’s chock-full of great tunes, although I fear some of the titles may cause poor Moose to have one of his turns.
After a chance find in a charity shop earlier this year of a five-disc Fred Astaire DVD box set, I’ve been on quite the Astaire jag, picking up a few other films, mainly chosen because they cost pennies or were in a cheap multi-disc set. So far I’ve watched (or in some cases revisited):
Top Hat (a firm fave) Swing Time Broadway Melody of 1940 You’ll Never Get Rich You Were Never Lovelier Easter Parade (another long time fave, I could watch this every other week) The Barkleys of Broadway The Band Wagon Funny Face Finian’s Rainbow (a bit ropey, but ooh look, it’s Pet Clark!)
I also have Holiday Inn, which I’m saving for December.
So chums, what others should I watch? Some are mega cheap on DVD, but others not so much, so streaming via amazon would be the other option. Ta in advance.
Latest episode just uploaded with loads more tunes freshly plucked from the fields of Suffolk. No rude songs this time (sorry Moose), but the Featured Album is a country soul corker. Mwah xxx
Recordstore.co.uk are having a sale at the moment, including loads of LPs for £8 and vinyl box sets from £20. I just got the beautiful Georgie Fame 4LP box which also comes with over 100 download tracks including b-sides, outtakes and demos. Twenty quid!
This seems to have rattled a few cages. Who knew that Jools was so well liked?
Gorillaz have announced a new album Humanz to be released on April the 28th. They put out four tracks today on Tidal and their YouTube channel. Am particularly looking forward to the track featuring Grace Jones.
https://youtu.be/5qJp6xlKEugVideo can’t be loaded: Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz (Spirit House) (https://youtu.be/5qJp6xlKEug)
Just for a change there’s some good news in the world of magazines. The excellent Classic Pop is to move from 6 issues per year to one every month. Must be all those ex Smash Hits readers in their 40s and 50s still wanting a shiny colourful mag in their hands to go with the shiny colourful music.
“…just as Lennon and McCartney had intended”. So where would the two songs slot in? Or will they just be tacked on to the end as bonus tracks? Will anyone want to buy it yet again?
Full text from behind the paywall:
“50 years on: the real Sgt Pepper
It is one of popular music’s seminal albums, has sold more than 32m copies around the world and marked the Beatles’ first embrace of psychedelic culture.
The 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this June will be marked with a worldwide re-release — and for fans it will mean at last hearing the album as the band had intended it to sound.
In 1967 the record label EMI poached what John Lennon and Paul McCartney believed to be two of their best songs from the album and released them as a double A-side single, something George Martin, their producer, later described as “a truly terrible mistake”.
The Beatles had wanted Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane as showcase tracks on Sgt Pepper, their eighth album.
Now, according to sources, Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company, has scored a victory: the anniversary relaunch on June 1 will » Continue Reading.
The latest Car Boot Vinyl Diaries is now online, with a load of great tunes/old tat (delete as applicable) for your listening ‘pleasure’. I hate to bother you really, but thought the non-Faceberking/Twittering @tiggerlion might appreciate the heads-up. Or his mum, of course 🙂
I only realised this week that Series 7 of this has already started. On Monday night Johnnie and his great mate David Hepworth discussed The Lexicon Of Love and Welcome To The Pleasuredome, and it seems I’ve missed two more, including one on ELO and the Traveling Wilburys. To The iPlayer! (Next week it’s Suzanne Vega and Joni.)
I caught this on the radio this morning. US pop-rockers Train have taken Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Heart and Soul’ and re-booted it for the Magic FM generation. I wonder if this is likely to become fashionable? If so, can we expect, say, an adaptation of ‘Blue Moon’ by Little Mix? Or perhaps an autotune-heavy ‘Easter Parade’ from The Weeknd? How about a nice rendition of ‘Umpa Umpa’ from A$AP Rocky?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5qWnG5RQTkVideo can’t be loaded: Train – Play That Song (Official Video) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5qWnG5RQTk)
The BBC claim that the production company Unique and Brian “agreed” that it was the right time for him to step down, after a period of ill health (see link), but Brian refutes this, calling it “balderdash” (link in comments). At 88 years old it seems he’s still raring to go.
A damn shame to lose him from the programme, and rather a shoddy way to ditch him, in my opinion.
How would you characterise the majority of your music listening? Are you:
1. A box set/catalogue binger?
2. A butterfly?
3. A shuffler?
I’m definitely a butterfly, flitting between albums (artist to artist, genre to genre), but also have a tendency to binge from time to time. I NEVER shuffle. What about you?
Further to the “childhood music-playing devices” thread a few months ago, at the weekend I found the exact same model of radio-cassette player I had as a kid. My bid was successful and it arrived today. Here it is!
…in 2019, when it moves to a temporary location. That could be shortened to The V Festival, eh?