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?
https://youtu.be/L5sSxYTZRlIVideo can’t be loaded: Classic Rock Anthems Exclusive to Vinyl 2LP Trailer (https://youtu.be/L5sSxYTZRlI)
The new John Lewis Christmas ad.
https://youtu.be/sr6lr_VRsEoVideo can’t be loaded: John Lewis Christmas Advert 2016 – #BusterTheBoxer (https://youtu.be/sr6lr_VRsEo)
I saw this and thought of you, @moose-the-mooche
Jeez, will anyone here be getting this? And in which format? Pono? Or maybe a lovely cassette?
I’ve a £10 amazon voucher burning a hole in my virtual pocket. I’m leaning toward the new Leonard Cohen, so a) should I get that? and b) if not Len, what other new releases do you reckon would float my boat?
Ta chums xx
Wahey! And other good news later in the Rolling Stone article.
The 4-disc Bowie Radio Sessions vinyl box set is currently at the bargain price of just £29.99 on Amazon UK. I snagged one a couple of hours ago with a gift voucher, and have just checked and it’s still the same price, so probably not a mistake, just a good bargain. It’s £75 on HMV!
You can totally play records with them. Sounds terrible, and I need a bit of practise, but still… pretty cool, eh?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDRGUFtGByYVideo can’t be loaded: Playing a record with a new fiver (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDRGUFtGByY)
I heard this on the radio today and it’s marvellous. I honestly though it was an old school eighties post-disco electro track at first, but a bit of generic phasing and the use of the word “hashtag” in the lyrics gave it away as new. It’s by Bruno Mars, it’s called 24K Magic, and I can’t wait for the album.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqyT8IEBkvYVideo can’t be loaded: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic [Official Video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqyT8IEBkvY)
Having digitised the following track (unbelievably not already available on Youtube) for the thread on terrible cover versions, I decided that since it was so very bad it deserved its own thread – a kind of high security quarantine area if you will. From his 1970 album “Sally – Pride Of Our Alley”, here is Opportunity Knocks contestant (I don’t think he won) Gerry Monroe with his full-blooded rendition of the tender classic Bridge Over Troubled Water. Make sure to listen to the whole thing for the full effect. No, no need to thank me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcY7Gyw6zO0Video can’t be loaded: Gerry Monroe – Bridge Over Troubled Water (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcY7Gyw6zO0)
A rather patronising article, but does she have a point? Is the death of the CD that close? Has it happened already? Have I had me dinner yet?
On a wave of nostalgia last night I searched for and found a photo of the radio cassette player I received for Christmas in 1984. I was ten, and was also given a cassette of Shakin’ Stevens’ Greatest Hits, plus a blank one for taping the charts. What was your first music-playing device? And what other ones were in your family home? Photo if you can find one.
Do read this hilarious Craigslist ad for a cat in need of a home. Sounds like my kind of kitty.
I follow a blog called Copycat Cover Records, and recently they’ve been posting about certain budget label releases pressed by Pye that in strong light appear translucent, usually red or dark pink in colour. I first noticed this myself when cleaning a recent car boot Kinks double (Spotlight On The Kinks, PRT – SPOT 1009), which in the photo here looks purple, but in reality is a dark, blood red. Since then I’ve been noticing this effect in loads of records, all listed as manufactured or distributed by Pye throughout the 1970s. I presume this has something to do with the oil crisis, but a search of the internets has been fruitless. So really this is a long-winded way of asking: what’s up with that? I’m sure someone at the Afterword has the answer – is it you?
As expected, an expanded version of the Album of the Year* is to be released before the end of 2016, and it looks like it’ll be a three or even four disc set. Should keep Santa busy.
If you need to banish the post-Bank Holiday blues you could do worse than listen to last night’s programme with Johnny Walker on the Trio. Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton made some amazing records together, and this wonderful two-hour show with interviews with all three artists, and many songs in full, is available on the iPlayer. Warning: it’s very likely to make you desire the upcoming 3-CD set with the two albums plus loads of unreleased tracks and alternate takes.
Here’s the gorgeous Telling Me Lies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjkihwNeCqAVideo can’t be loaded: Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt – Telling Me Lies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjkihwNeCqA)
I picked up a copy of Terence’s second album a couple of weeks ago (on LP, 2 quid, complete with booklet, for those interested in such details) and after a couple of spins this morning I can’t believe I ignored it for so long. I love the albums either side of it, but the fact that NFNF got such a poor rap on release meant that it’s taken me 27 years to appreciate this melodic, soulful collection of music – with the occasional quirky bit of course, but nothing remotely unlistenable.
So, as a companion blog to RD’s Big Star OP, I ask the Massive: what albums that are supposed to be crap, and never appear on ‘best’ lists, did you discover late in the day to be fab?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao7KFRbbuoQVideo can’t be loaded: Terence Trent D’Arby – To Know Someone Deeply Is To Know Someone Softly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao7KFRbbuoQ)