Kate fans, prepare to open your wallets/drain your bank accounts. Prices and pre-orders will be up at 2pm today.
The official announcement is imminent, the SH Forum is alive with excitement, tracklistings of the formats have been posted, and there’s a song up on Spotify, YouTube etc.
If an alien were to land on planet Earth, knock on my door and ask me, “PUNY HUMAN, WHAT IS JAZZ?”, first I would temporarily pass out, then once recovered I’d play him Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins, and more specifically the opening track St. Thomas. For me it’s the very definition of jazz; a recognisable standard with just the right amount of improvisation, nothing too abstract, and with faultless interplay between the four musicians (which of course is the perfect amount). Finger-clickingly cool and swinging as heck too, it does something to me that no other music seems to.
Speaking as a relative jazz newb, I reckon that the average Joe would also want to suggest something similar. I believe that hard bop is the sound that a lot of folks would most associate with the word ‘jazz’, even if they’d never heard the term and thought that hard bop is something you might do at the disco.
So, what piece of music to you is the very definition, the epitome, of jazz? And why?
Some thigh-rubbing detail in this enjoyable read, for those of a technical bent.
Guess what LP I bought at the car boots yesterday? Go on, guess.
(If you follow me on Twitter and already know, don’t spoil this please.)
I got bored and made this to amuse myself.
*rubs thighs vigorously*
“The full track-listing for Television Themes is:
Are You Being Served? (1972-1985)
The Good Life (1975-1978)
LWT (1968 – 1972)
Blankety Blank (1979 – 1990)
Top Of The Pops (1963 – 20050
Picture Box (1966-1990)
The Liver Birds (1969 – 1979)
Thames Television (1968 – 1992)
Doctor Who (1963- present)
World In Action (1963-1998)
Sorry (1981 – 1988)
She’s back – and bringing the FUNK.
It’s nearly 43 hours since release and we still haven’t had a Tiggerlion review of the new Janelle Monáe album.
U ok hun?
I invite you all to share with us your last three online purchases. It may give us a tantalising glimpse into your glamorous lifestyle, or, you know… not.
Here are mine:
1) Saline nasal spray. 2) 3V lithium button batteries for in-ear thermometer. 3) Headphones extension cable (3.5mm female to 6.5mm male).
The cover image has come on for a bit* of stick since it was first announced (and rightly so – the utter state of them), but the Martin Freeman/Eddie Piller-compilled Jazz On The Corner comp looks very good, and the double vinyl version is currently up for pre-order for £9.99 on you know where, as opposed to the CD version at over £15, which only boasts an additional three tracks.
As you were.
A brand new mix of secondhand tunes, including some charity shop lovers rock, some sparkling electronica, an horrific Novelty Island pick, and possibly the longest Boot Of Loot to date. Thanks to @gcu-grey-area for the smashing pic xxx
Behind an old shoe rack, hidden underneath a rail of clothing, and at the very back of a box of the usual Bygraves et al, yesterday in a charity shop I found three modern records on vinyl; something by a guy going under the name Sohn (sparse indie electronica I believe, although I haven’t heard it yet), the debut album by Glasvegas (destined for eBay, ker-ching!), and lastly The Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow.
Maybe it’s my new system, perhaps it’s because the Elbow album is spread over two 45rpm LPs, maybe I’m just coming down with something, but I’m really, really enjoying it, despite being very Elbow-averse until now. I always had them down as bland pap at best, annoying anthem writers at best. Too bad I’ve promised it to my brother in law.
Has anyone here experienced such an instant turnabout in their opinion of an artist by y’know, actually listening to them? I’m sure we’d all love to hear about it.
I’m seeing from various Twitter posts that the Derek Griffiths account – complete with Blue Tick verification – has now been closed due to it being not the great man himself, but an imposter, a fake, a scammer. It looks like many people might have been conned out of money via bidding for charity lunches, plus celebs and artists have been persuaded to hand over goods and services for ‘charitable causes’. Fake Facebook and Insta accounts have also been suspended, it seems.
It’s not yet clear how far the damage goes, but possibly worst of all for AWers is the fact that the real Derek may not be the D. Griffiths credited with backing vocals on I Am The Walrus, something that was ‘confirmed’ by the Twitter account holder in July.
As a companion to the Top 20 Albums Of 2017 thread, please share here the older music you’ve discovered this year. Whether second hand or new reissues, what are your musical highlights of the last twelve months?
Mine follow in the comments.
Although if you can get it over the counter, you probably don’t need any help.
…used to make that squeaky sound heard in a lot of easy listening and Latin music? I love it, but not knowing what it is is doing my head in. You can hear it throughout much of Santana’s Stone Flower, off of their lovely album about caravanning.
Featuring Kris Kristofferson as a dog.
A monster called Moz, and Elbow covering Golden Slumbers. Verdict?
New one of standards, called Versatile. Just in time for Christmas.
Amongst all the doom and gloom, what little things have perked up your day of late?
Mine came in threes yesterday:
1. After mentioning my new chazza holy grail item, i.e. the Geoff Love-arranged Mandingo LP, a Twitter chum sorting out his shed found he had two copies, and sent me his spare.
2. I bought an interesting looking German record in a charity shop for £2, and it turns out to be quite sought after. https://www.discogs.com/Siegfried-Matthus-Bernd-Wefelmeyer-Paul-Heinz-Dittrich-Galilei-Protest-Kammermusik-2/release/3634066
3. I got an email from WhoSampled.com informing me that I’ve won a copy of this new double LP, which from the clips sounds rather groovy indeed. https://www.mrbongo.com/products/mr-bongo-record-club-volume-two-vinyl-2-lp-cd-1
What about you?
Out in December….
Subtitled “The life and times of musician, bandleader and show business icon Geoff Love”, this beautifully bound and presented hardback, published by its author Bill Birch and funded by donors, is only available via mail order from the local Information Centre in the village of Todmordon, the West Yorkshire hometown of the easy listening legend.
Beginning with Geoff’s African-American grandfather and part-Cherokee grandmother, his background is traced through to his bumpy upbringing as the son of “dance artist” Kidd Love, who specialised in a tabletop sand dance, and Yorkshire lass Frances Maycock. Once this early biographical detail is dealt with the book turns into a slightly dry collection of ‘facts’ on Geoff’s blossoming and ultimately hugely prolific career as an arranger and bandleader. Sadly for me there was little on the many albums of movie and TV themes so loved by charity shoppers of the UK, but considering the size of the man’s catalogue and the variety of people he worked with through the years this is perhaps unsurprising.
The author also reproduces testimonials from collaborators and friends such as Tommy Steel, Dame Vera Lynn, Ron Goodwin, Sir Ken Dodd, Max Bygraves and many more, all of which » Continue Reading.
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