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.
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.
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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?
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?
Today: Peter Sarstedt. Aged 75.
This Saturday on BBC2 at 9pm. The link below is for a 20 second trailer, featuring a snippet of isolated Blackstar vocals. Phew. Programme link in comments.
I don’t know who’s buying all this new vinly, but it ain’t me. Is you?
And yes, yes, the figure is a drop in the ocean compared to streaming, CDs, etc.
This is the Afterword, so of course we all must have hoped Santa would bring us some music this year. I was lucky enough to be given the following from various loved ones and a big bearded fella*:
Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome The Mokess – Good Times Loretta Lynn – White Christmas Blue (on the vinly) Miles Davis – The Original Mono Recordings (from Dottie – clever cat) The Isley Brothers – The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters megabox
What music-related stuff did you receive? (Or indeed anything else you’d care to mention.)
*Mr Breakfast of course
I got zero out of ten. You?
Boot sale season has now drawn to close round here, and my attention has turned to the local chazzas for seeking musical (and other) bargains. I’ve found that dropping in regularly, when I happen to be passing, has yielded good results; it means that I can have a rifle through the newly put out records before other cheapskates have got their filthy paws on the loot.
Standout finds over the last week are a lovely clean copy of the Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry LP last Saturday, and late yesterday afternoon on the way to get a haircut Bob and the Wailers’ Exodus on LP and two great jazz CD sets from Proper: Art Blakey https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prime-Source-4CD-Art-Blakey/dp/B000TIQCH8 and Tubby Hayes https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Giant-Steps-Tubby-Hayes/dp/B00B1679JW. The Tubby set is missing one out of the 4 discs, but the extensive booklet is still there and all finds were just £2 each, so I’m not complaining.
How about you? Found any good bargains lately, musical or otherwise?
Actually they are; they’re right there in the centre of the pic. But how many other bands are cunningly represented? Let’s catch ’em all!
This year’s Car Boot Christmas cloudcast has finally landed. Whether you’re walking the dog, putting up the tree or listening surreptitiously on your ‘phone at work, there’s all sorts of festive music for you to ‘enjoy’, all on vinyl and all rescued from the boot sales and chazzas of deepest Suffolk (plus a Beany surprise). There’s jazz. There are carols. There’s soul, pop and surf. There are, er, Wombles. Use the player below and the tracklist will be revealed to you one joyous piece of music at a time. Sorry about the silly voice.
Ozzie Bob fans might like to know that a vinyl version of the Sydney date from the big 1966 set is chalked in for December the 2nd. I think it’s to be released worldwide too, as there are placeholder listings on various amazon sites, but I’ve included the link for JB HiFi. There may be one or two of you who find this of interest, hopefully!
This 2LP set is to hit supermarkets (and online stores) later this month, no doubt aimed at the “What-can-I-get-Dad-for-Christmas?” market. It’s full of the usual suspects that fill Fathers Day CDs and will apparently retail at around £15-20 (or perhaps a fiver come Boxing Day). I don’t know whether this ad is to appear on TV, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I thought we’d reached Peak Vinyl with classic albums being sold at Sainsburys, but it appears there’s some way to go yet. What next?
The new John Lewis Christmas ad.
I saw this and thought of you, @moose-the-mooche