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)
Earlier on this afternoon I found a packet of adhesive googly eyes in a drawer, which resulted in a very silly half-hour on Twitter posting images of customised album covers (don’t worry, I didn’t actually stick them down). Anyway, it occurred to me that this type of modification might be the answer to our copyright infringement worries. Got a photo of a pop star you want to post? Place some googly eyes on it, and violà! Your own, homemade collage! Would this cover it? Example in comments, feel free to delete, Mods.
…it’s all going to be okay. Gaga has a new single coming out in September.
Looks like the new series started last week with a Simple Minds special, but Johnnie W and David Hepworth look at A Hard Day’s Night and Mr Tambourine Man next Weds at 10pm on Radio 2. No info yet on what else is coming up.
Ooh! Ooh! Links in comments.
Further to Lodestone of Wrongness’ thread on the Quietus’ Top 100 albums of the first half of 2016, I invite you to pick an album from this list and provide your fellow AWers with a review. It can be as short as a few lines or be a more in-depth critical analysis over several paragraphs – it’s entirely down to how much or little the music moves you, I suppose, or how much time/arsedness you can spare. You could even present it as a series of bullets points – the style you choose doesn’t matter. All I ask is that we refrain from sarcastic one-word reviews like “crap” or something, however strong the temptation.
The first step should be to post here which album (number, artist and title) you intend to listen to so that we don’t get too much overlap, although I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a couple of different perspectives on the same record. I suspect those available on streaming services will be the easiest, risk-free option.
Next, either post your review in this thread or do it as a Nights In if that’s what you feel like. There’s no time limit, so take as long » Continue Reading.
There’s some good music telly on the Beeb over the coming weekend, kicking off on Friday night with the latest People’s History of Pop with, er, Danny Baker, but don’t let that put you off, as it looks brill. It’s followed by a couple of repeats; Rick Wakeman’s look at concept albums, and a psychedelia clips show.
On Saturday night there’s something called Keith Richards: the Origin of the Species on BBC2, and Sunday brings a Classic Albums on Pet Sounds then an Arena with author Jon Savage on 1966.
Should keep several of us here entertained. Links in the comments.
I think some of you have heard of, and indeed taken part in, Harkive. If you haven’t, it’s a project that collects info from contributors via the internet in order to provide a 24-hour snapshot of the how, why and where of the music we’re listening to. This year it takes place on Tues July 19th, and I was delighted to be asked to provide an example blog post* in the run up. Of course I chose a car boot day!
There are all kinds of ways to take part, including email, Twitter, Instagram etc., and contributions can take the form of tweets, blogs, photos, videos etc., then the Harkive machine harvests the lot and does fancy things with the data. Oh, and you also get entered into a prize draw where you can win all kinds of music goodies.
Anybody joining in this year?
*previous featured guests include Jude Rodgers, Stephen Duffy and the keyboardist from Suede (plus a ton of people I’ve never heard of).
I’ve been reading about Henry Mancini today, and was delighted to learn that he provides the voice of Al – they guy who hates his own voice – in the ‘Guess Who’s Coming For Breakfast?’ episode of Frasier (below, from 11:32). So the use of Moon River in the scene that follows is a very nice touch indeed! And of course the word Breakfast in the episode title references the movie from which the song is taken. Any more examples of caller-related ‘nice touches’ in other episodes? I bet there are loads.
I’ll be spinning it over the weekend, but wondered if anyone here has heard it yet. What’s it like? Anywhere near as good as LOL?
She turns 67 today (although she’s unclear herself how precise this is), so let’s celebrate with songs, films, images and other stuff related to the irrepressible Ms Beverly Grace Jones.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkMwq1aAAfE&list=PLxwT9FeeDvb5LRFUcWHRzeiPX3OqwuigrVideo can’t be loaded: Grace Jones – This Is Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkMwq1aAAfE&list=PLxwT9FeeDvb5LRFUcWHRzeiPX3Oqwuigr)
I keep hearing this S&G cover by metal band Disturbed on the radio. It came out at the end of last year, but for some reason is getting a lot of airplay at the moment. I think it’s an overwrought horror, but I’ve heard comments like “This is better than the original!” and “Wow, that was mindblowing!” What do you think?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4Video can’t be loaded: Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence [Official Music Video] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4)
Bit worrying. Hope she turns up OK.
Good, ain’t they? I’ve a few of these, including the rebooted “deluxe” Brooce issue. Anyway, the newest one, out this week, is on Van Morrison! I thought some of you lot might want to know, particularly with the It’s Too Late To Stop Now bonanza about to come out.
I do love a monstrously bad eBay or Craigslist ad for records, and this one’s a doozy.
Sorry, I was bored.
The country-soul classic ‘The Country Side Of Esther Phillips’ has been crying out for a CD reissue for years, only being available second hand as part of a double pack, so I was delighted to stumble across it today in this 5-disc Original Album Series. I’m pretty sure it’s not specially remastered, but for £15 with four other albums, it’s still brilliant news.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltnwecz7gwkVideo can’t be loaded: Esther Phillips – Just out of Reach (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltnwecz7gwk)
Just a quick ‘saw this and thought of you lot’ post. In honour of The Beatles Anthology albums being newly available on streaming services, Mark Ellen and Kevin Howlett recorded this short official podcast for a natter about them.