I know we have had threads about covers that are better than the originals but have we had any posts about hearing an original long after you have heard a cover version? On 6Music today I heard this for the first time – didn’t know it was a Lamont Dozier song and it pisses all over the Odyssey version which until today was the only one I knew:
Heard their name of course but knew nothing about them. This months Mojo cd features a track by them that I am quite taken by. Looked on Amazon and they have some many albums I really don’t know where to start. Anyone shed any light on what to try, what to avoid. Cheers mateys.
Apropos of nothing in particular my mind was wandering on a long drive yesterday and I played a game of people applying for a job that they very obviously not be best suited for. Examples:-
Alex Tsiparis wouldn’t be a good candidate for a job with The Tie Rack. Morrissey as a meat packer? Nah. ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris as a Town Cryer? Don’t think so.
Any more? (I know there will be)
Jesus christ – not another list. Bear with me on this. I was thinking the other day about how long I have been seriously listening to music for and my favourite albums in that time. Like all such lists this will change depending on what day it is and what mood I am in but thought it would be interesting to see peoples choices. So I am looking for your favourite album from each of the decades since the sixties up to 2009. (Not counting 2010 onwards as we are only halfway through the decade). Interestingly my choice for the 60’s I first heard in the 70’s. I listened to lots of albums in the 60’s but this is the one that stood the test of time and which I still listen to:
1960’s – Songs of Leonard Cohen 1970’s – Richard and Linda Thompson – I want to see the bright lights tonight 1980’s – Elvis Costello – King of America 1990’s – Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a gravel road 2000’s – Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
Have been waiting for the release of the deluxe edition of Present Arms which had been delayed and put back to an August release. Now Amazon are saying currently unavailable with no new date shown. Same with the deluxe Labour of Love although this one doesn’t interest me. I know there has been a massive fall out between the Campbell Brothers and various lawsuits but is this the reason for the delayed release? Are they arguing about royalties etc? It has been reviewed already so there have at least been promo releases. I smell a rat in the kitchen. Anyone shed any light?
I have a ticket for Richard Thompson at the rather splendid Birmingham Symphony Hall on Sunday 13th September. Due to an unexpected work trip to Barcelona I am unable to tend said gig. Face value of ticket is £28.50 will take £20.00 from first person showing an interest. Just a word of warning you will be sharing the company of El Toro and his lovely wife- that isn’t why I have discounted the ticket price by the way!!
Every so often I hear cover that stops me in my tracks. The voices on this go together perfectly. The original song was perfection – this runs it very close I think.
British Summer Time Hyde Park
I had high expectations for my first ever time of seeing The Who. Reviews had seen were almost all enthusiastic and not at all critical. One thing I have learned from this is that reviewers left their critical ability at home or saw a completely different show to me. All the hits were there, great light show and amazing backdrops but really I would have been better served watching a tribute band. Pete Townsend’s guitar playing still excellent but Roger Daltrey’s voice? Awful. Townsend has said this will be their last tour – reality is this might not be out of choice as not sure Daltrey can go on in this vein. It was frankly embarrassing. Most noticeable on the earlier hits like I can see for miles and Pictures of Lily where he was nowhere near the high notes. My favourite all time Who song Baba O’Reilly was okay and Daltrey at least played the harp solo well but the rest was pretty dire. Also Zak Starkey on drums? Just no. The rest of the day was okay – Sleaford Mods were very good indeed but highlight for me was » Continue Reading.
The settings on the Afterword site are not currently allowing me to post under nights in or nights out sections. This is a bloody shame because last night I went to what has to be one of the best gigs I have seen in a long time. Danny and the Champs at a small venue called The Maze in Nottingham. It was hot and sweaty and the band were in high spirits from the off. Clearly revelling in the response from the audience the gig just got better and better climaxing with These Days and The Colonel and the King – clearly no-one left the building. A six piece band, the stage just about accommodated them. Great Sax, lap steel and fantastic lead guitar but the highlights were the rhythm section who kept everything driving along at a fair lick. Highlights were Henry the Van with a massed audience choir on the chorus and a couple of songs from there new album Precious Cargo and Cool Water. There were echoes of Southside Johnny, Bruce Springsteen and even Graham Parker and there Rumour with Every beat of my Heart. I chatted to the promoter before the gig and he told me » Continue Reading.
On the post about best ors I was thinking that many best ofs do not have the tracks I like most. Often these are what we would call ‘deep cuts’. Here are five my personal favourite songs by some of my favourite artists that are unlikely to feature on any best of:-
On a whim – Ron Sexsmith One of us cannot by wrong – Leonard Cohen Razor Boy – Steely Dan Satellite – Elvis Costello (only ever played live once) Turning of the tide – Richard Thompson (Seen him about 20 times,only heard him play this once)
What are your favourite deep cuts?
Lets get the controversy out of the way first. In the current issue of Uncut editor John Mulvey gives the latest Sun Kil Moon album a glowing 9 out of 10 review. Subsequent to this review Mulvey catches Kozelek and the band in concert. As is normal with Sun Kil Moon gigs there is a lot of between song banter. Kozelek notices unoccupied front row seats in an otherwise full hall and reckons they belong to ‘absent music journalists’ and then goes into lengthy profanity laced diatribe against a particular journalist who happens to be a friend of Mulvey’s. After the shoe Mulvey writes a blog on the Uncut site slamming Kozelek and finishing with a statement that he is done with the music of Sun Kil Moon a band whose music he has championed for the last 20 years. If this signals a policy that he will slag off bands he has a personal problem with then I am not sure he should be editor of Uncut. Controversy out of the way. This is a brilliant album by any yardstick, 8 songs most around 10 minutes in duration and at least 3 the equal of or better than anything » Continue Reading.
I bought the latest Leonard Cohen live album Can’t Forget. I know we don’t need any more live Len albums really but I didn’t have many of the songs so thought what the heck. The final track is called Stages – it opens with a humorous comment from Len about Men losing their irresistible status with the opposite sex. It then morphs into a rather attractive slinky and very slightly funky workout of one his classic songs Tower of Song. Then halfway through it fades to a complete stop when I reckon there is at least another 3 or 4 minutes of the song to go. Whoever produced and sequenced this needs a kick in the bollocks. It completely ruins the album and begs the question why?
Last night I went to see Elvis Costello and I will post a review elsewhere. I didn’t get in until around midnight so didn’t get a chance to speak with my wife until this am. My wife has a talent for getting things mixed up. Often with funny results. This morning she excelled herself. As we had our first cup of tea she asked how the concert was. Really good I replied. I mentioned to her that Costello was trying to play a song relevant to the city of each venue on this tour and that last night in tribute to Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne he played The Moves Blackberry Way. ‘He could have played Ruby Red’ she said. ‘Ruby Red?, what are you on about?’. ‘I don’t know I think I just made that up. There was a song by a Birmingham group with Red in the title’. ‘Oh, you mean Red Red Wine by UB40?’. ‘That’s the one’. Cue howls of laughter.
Yesterday my prayers were answered. Arsenal won the FA Cup and my beloved Birmingham remain the only West Midlands team to win a trophy this millennium. Not only did they win but they did so with some style and the Sanchez goal was worthy of any cup final. Not normally known for their defensive strength they also nullified any threat from Villa to the point where Benteke was completely anonymous. The stats suggest that Villa are the only FA Cup finalist to not have a shot on target.Oh heavens.
I am sure BB won’t mind me nicking his song title. Was thinking recently of bands I have fallen in and out of love with. Mainly but not always down to changing tastes, occasionally as with U2 down to the frontman becoming a knob. Some I grow to love again, some I try to love again but when I revisit their work it does nothing for me even though flights of nostalgia lead me to think a reappraisal is past due.
Here are some bands that I listened to, stopped listening to and where noted with a * bands/artists who have started to sound good again:-
Deep Purple Alice Cooper * Caravan * Camel * Nanci Griffith * Joy Division Donovan Hawkwind * Bad Company Black Sabbath Led Zeppelin * Genesis Greenslade Yes Deacon Blue
These are just a few. Who have you started listening to again after a prolonged absence?
We have lost a dear friend on this site due to bad manners. From time to time people get upset about subjects and may raise the temperature of a thread. However this shouldn’t ever resort to personal attacks on a persons view or as in this particular case general nastiness. Any chance we can all revert to the bonhomie that previously prevailed? In other words can the Trolls please fuck off?
There are a few British artists that I really like that put me in a quandary. I want them to have been more successful, get their just rewards etc on the one hand but then part of me is happy that they remain on the fringes unloved by the masses. Left to please me and a select band of followers around the country who all believe in their God given talents. For the record I am thinking of the likes of Ian McNabb, Martin Stephenson, Plainsong and Iain Matthews and Stephen Duffy and The Lilac Time. Someone who can write a song as good as this with a melody to die for surely should have shot to stardom?:-
I didn’t comment on the Level 42 – time for a reappraisal post. There was a reason. Back in the day I loved them, saw them 3 times and thought they were great. I didn’t want to criticise them because of their time they were very good. However today they sound very dated and I wouldn’t contemplate listening to them. This got me thinking that strangely there is music much older than Level 42 that still sounds great and has aged really well. A lot of 80’s music hasn’t aged that well, is it because of the instrumentation, the production or both? Linn drums for example are an abomination and synthesisers in the wrong hands do not aid a good tune. 60’s soul, 50’s Rockabilly and Jazz sound great. Hell even records from the 20’s and 30’s. What was it with the 80’s?
Albert Hall, Manchester
For people who like music from the other side of the pond (won’t use the a*******a word) there is no doubt that Calexico are up there in terms of popularity yet their tours in this country are often short and appear almost as an afterthought to their main far of Northern Europe. They seem to have a large following in the Low Countries and Germany. So last night was an exciting date in my calendar as the last time I saw them was around 10 years ago in Los Angeles where they were workmanlike. In Manchester it was clear that they meant business from the off with Falling from the Sky and Cumbia de Donde from the new album being early highlights in a set that had high energy. Most Calexico followers love the Mariachi trumpets and they were to the fore in many numbers. However there was light and shade and a highlight was a number with just Joey Burns, John Convertino and bassist Ryan Alfred that Joey Burns said he enjoyed playing – I certainly enjoyed hearing. Setlist watchers would know that on this tour they have played Love will tear » Continue Reading.
‘First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is’.** Make your mind up Mr Leitch.
I am sure you guys will have lots of alternative suggestions.
** Yes I know there is a Buddhist meaning to these words, but come on.
Just wanted to redress the balance after the ‘Is Mojo on its way out?’ post. This months issue landed on my mat yesterday. Good articles with Paul Weller, Todd Rundgren and what looks like a splendid 2015 update of Ian Hunters Diary of a rock and roll star where he has posted a diary of his current Japanese tour. Will read this later. Also a decent Paul Weller approved cd featuring a mix of new and old which includes some Neu, Mulatu Astatke, Charles Mingus and Sun Ra. Don’t sound the death knell just yet.
Today I learned that Andy Fraser wrote Robert Palmers hit ‘every kinda people’. Never knew that.
What does it sound like?:
I have to declare my bias here before proceeding with my review. I consider Tom Russell to be currently the greatest living songwriter in the genre we describe as Americana. In short he has no equal. This is the third in a trilogy chronicling the West that started with The Man from God knows where and continued with Hotwalker. It is his magnum opus, his raison d’être for the last few years and is an absolute joy from start to finish. It should be listened to in one sitting but at 2 discs long and with around 140 minutes of music it may not be possible to devote that much time in one go. Bitesize chunks do not detract from the enjoyment and it is clear that this is a labour of love that he must surely be proud of. How can anyone be this good? It tells the story of an Irish immigrant who left the shores of the Emerald Eyes as a young boy. The narrator is 90 years old and looking back on his life. A life of Cowboy hustlers, barroom brawls, gamblers, roustabouts and ne’er do wells. The whole set » Continue Reading.
Chris Evans played this track yesterday am. I was the first time I heard it in years and whilst I love both the song and the band it does sound like they threw in everything but the kitchen sink. Usually I prefer more minimalist fare but this one will do quite nicely. Are you fans of less is more or do you prefer a fuller sound?
Let me start off by saying I love London, visit several times a year and this is not an attack. Well it is an attack sort of but meant to be constructive. Yesterday I visited London for Record Store Day with my brother. We always park at Perivale as it is next to the M40 and easy to get away if we leave late evening which we invariably do. It took 1 hour and 30 minutes from Solihull to reach the car park. Pretty good. All set for a nice day in sunny London except not at all. The tube station at Tottenham Court road was closed. No sweat we would get off at Oxford Circus and walk. Except that the Central line stopped at North Acton – two stops away from the starting point. Then we had to get a bus to Wood Lane, take the Hammersmith line to Baker Street and the Jubilee line to Oxford Circus. With an 18 minute wait for the first train at Perivale and all the shenanigans in between and the walk from Oxford Street it took one hour and 45 minutes. That’s right – longer than the 108 miles from Birmingham to » Continue Reading.