but they sometimes do good compilations. This months Krautrock compilation is fabulous.
My ipad became frozen. I carried out a factory reset. I then carried out all the steps including Apple ID. When I get to Phone Number I hit a wall. I have tried using my landline number with the area `0` and without – no reply. I have tried using my mobile number with the `0` and without, for both return call & text – no reply.
All/any help appreciated, thanks.
What does it sound like?:
Let me start by saying my John McLaughlin knowledge is pretty limited – Inner Mounting Flame, Birds Of Fire and the one he did with Santana, Love, Devotion, Surrender. So I came to this collaboration not knowing too much about it or its participants – for the record they are John Surman (sax), Karl Berger (vibraphone), Stu Martin (drums) and Dave Holland (bass).
Recorded in New York in 1970 and originally released in 1971, this album has now been given the usual remastering treatment, although there are no bonus tracks. As to the important bit, the music itself, it’s hard to get a handle on it. There’s no doubting the talent and technique of the five players, but it’s quite a challenging listen. It’s not really rock or even fusion really – I suppose you could call it free form jazz. I’m hoping Colin H will perhaps put me right on this! The individuals do contribute fairly equally here, so it is a genuine collaborative effort (I think when it was first released McLaughlin was given star billing), although all the compositions are written by either McLaughlin, whose impeccable chops are on display throughout, » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
Let’s cut to the chase, if you don’t like banjos, bluegrass or Steve Martin’s form of absurdist comedy with a twinge of melancholy you probably won’t like this. For those who do, or who are more open-minded, there’s much to enjoy in this lucky bag of joyful noise.
The unifying theme is the accomplished musicianship which is never less than gloriously cinematic and compelling, bursting from the speakers and so pick-you-up-and-make-you-move-your-feet infectious that even on the first listen these songs catch and stick in your musical memory where others might leave only faint traces, needing multiple listens to settle and find a home.
A mix of pacy instrumentals, sorrowful ruminations and comedy “The Long-Awaited Album” has lots to offer. The single ‘Caroline’ provides a joyful romp through a very 21st century breakup while ‘All Night Long’ and ‘Bad Night’ offer beautiful and melodic ruminations on separation and writer’s angst. If that all sounds a bit downbeat it isn’t. These musicians weald their instruments with skill and precision and the music is joyful and positive whatever the lyrics might have you think. Instrumentals like ‘Angeline the Barista’ and ‘Office Supplies’ crack on like a speeding » Continue Reading.
News that he has died aged 68. Fame came late for him.
I’ve just noticed that someone has posted a high quality version of the great ‘Smile of the Beyond’, from MO II’s Montreux performance in 1974 (which, bafflingly, was among the 60-odd minutes omitted from the official DVD of the show) – and it has to be shared!
Rare in the MO canon in being primarily a vocal item, featuring the exquisite Gayle Moran, the studio recording of this was among the late George Martin’s favourite productions, done in one take.
But fear not, bolted on to the song is a 20-minute wig-out.
What does it sound like?:
As we seem to be in a psychedelic mood, spare a thought for Bodast. One of the many bands that no doubt thought they were on the golden road to success when they got a recording contract, their career quickly petered out, with only Steve Howe going on to subsequent fame with Yes.
The only album they made was released in 1969, by which time they’d ironically already split, and is reissued now in remastered form, along with a few bonus tracks recorded as their previous incarnation Canto. So what of the music? Well, the title probably gives a clue as to what to expect. Yes fans will recognise Nether Street, by far the best thing here, as an early version of The Wurm section of the Yes classic Starship Trooper, proving that good material rarely goes to waste. By the same token, part of the rocky Black Leather Gloves was recycled years later in Close To The Edge. The rest of the album is a mixture of early prog and psychedelia, with a bit of folk thrown into the mix for good measure. Although there are a few tracks that don’t really go » Continue Reading.
I’ve got almost all of this material in one form or another (and mostly twice each!) but I’ve never owned a physical copy of Starsailor, and the asking price for second hand copies has been stupid for years (cheapest on Amazon currently £53).
Here’s a nice little set that rounds up every album plus what looks like a lot of interesting bits ‘n’ pieces (Works In Progress – previously limited edition, also nonsense priced second hand), for 25 sovs all in.
Thank you Rhino, it’s about bloody time.
Right, now can we have that elusive Kevin Ayers ‘Diamond Jack’ album released please?
I have a long standing love of Country music, there was country music – some good, some less so played at home as I grew up. My Dad like the gentler end of country, there was no Hank Williams but Snow and Locklin took regular spins on his old music centre. Consequently I have a soft spot for the mellower end of country music, but I lean toward the other end of the genre as I have aged – [let’s call it Alt. or Americana for ease – Ryan Adams, Wilco, Jayhawks etc] – but still love the old mellow country too. What I would like to do is create a playlist – an Ultimate Country-ish Playlist, but I can’t do it alone. To this end I have started a collaborative playlist on Spotify. So please help a feller out – What is your favourite Country-ish song? Who should I most definitely have on my playlist? Maybe I’ve already added an artist but you prefer a different track – get it on there! It can be straight-ahead-Yeeha-Honky-Tonk-Country, It can be Americana, Folky, Rocky, Old or New, if you think it’s Country-ish it’s welcome. Please add to my Spotify playlist, post » Continue Reading.
Light a fire.
Winchester Science Centre
Firstly, due to a ‘traffic situation’ on the M3, Thea was late. Secondly, the venue was a little unusual; the planetarium in Winchester Science Centre, but fortuitous as it turned out, as everyone was in reclining seats and treated to a film about the birth of the universe filmed in 360 degrees and projected onto the domed ceiling. When the show started, Thea’s other half Nigel Stonier was the support act, and played half a dozen songs from his recent Love And Work album, either on piano or acoustic guitar. After a short interval the main event finally got under way. Perhaps a little surprisingly there were few songs from Thea’s New album, but plenty of crowd pleasers from across her career, all of them played acoustically. Thea was in exceptionally fine voice, and there was some good banter and interesting introductions to her songs. She ‘shamelessly plugged’ an EP available after the event, which included two fabulous new songs, Willow and The New Tin Drum, plus a rather good cover of Eyes On The Prize. Towards the end Thea’s 10 year old son Egan joined his Mum and Dad onstage and accompanied » Continue Reading.
It doesn’t come in a sling. It doesn’t wear a bandage. It doesn’t use a crutch.
Perhaps, if it did any of those things, it would be more recognisable, more important, to those lucky people that don’t suffer from it.
But it doesn’t.
Depression is not a choice. It is not a state of mind to ‘get over.’ It is not something we can control. We would love to decide when it hits and when it doesn’t.
But we can’t.
Yesterday I told my boss that I have suffered from depression for 43 years. He wasn’t even born 43 years ago. He was brilliant. Supportive, helpful, compassionate. I wish everyone who suffers worked for as good an employer as I do.
But they don’t.
Please help. You can’t see depression. You can’t hear it. You can’t touch it. But, really, you can do all of those things.
You can see your friend’s moods, and how they change. You can hear your friend, and how their voice lowers, how their speech slows. And you can feel their tears, their emotions, how everything is right at the surface. You can touch their pain.
You can’t help us depressives.
Oh, but » Continue Reading.
Okay. Twang to write the ‘Just-a burpin’ an’-a fartin’ tune. The rest of you, Verses and a Chorus please.
Recently, I picked the the eponymous album by “supergroup” (I guess?) The Thorns on the cheap. It’s the version which includes a second disc where they play all the songs acoustically. Now, I’m not the “ale should be chewy”/”wooden wheels are best”/”if you can’t play it on an acoustic, it’s not a song” type, but with this album by this band I think the harmonies work better strummed. So much so, I may never play disc 1. Previously, I bought the second Tindersticks album for a CD copy of the live LP (a particular favourite on double 10 inch vinyl) that comes with it (and, curses! the cd doesn’t have space for the superior live version of “My Sister”). When Rakim was making his comeback he half-inched a trick from the King Of Pop by attaching a EB&R greatest hits disc to his new album, which was again snapped up for CD versions of favourites. And, I’ve mentioned here before, I really like Visioneers’ Hipology album, but I love disc 2 where all the songs are mixed together. So, what have you bought just to get the extra disc, or upon owning it found the second disc substantially better? Now » Continue Reading.
Christ on a bike, the vicar’s daughter has been wittering away in the pulpit for what seems like an hour now, and she still hasn’t actually told me anything new. I may have nodded off, I suppose, but as far as I can tell it’s the same old mish-mash of aspirational bollocks and bugger all actual progress. The sooner the Tories metaphorically stab her in the back and tip her into the Thames the better, then maybe we can have a new figurehead to mock; a change is as good as we’re likely to get this side of Brexageddon.
I’m no longer the target market for ‘Sounds Like Friday Night’, but I’m pleased it will exist – if only for six episodes.
Start practicising those handy parental catchphrases:
“I can’t hear the words” “Where’s the tune? It just goes ‘Boom Boom Boom’” “Is that a boy or a girl?” “She’ll catch her death dressed like that”
What does it sound like?:
1967 wasn’t a great year for The Rolling Stones. It started well enough with the January release of Between The Buttons and a satisfyingly controversial appearance performing the related single on The Ed Sullivan Show, even though the chorus had to be changed to Let’s Spend Some Time Together. A week later, they topped the bill on Sunday Night At The London Palladium, adding to their carefully choreographed notoriety by refusing to participate in the traditional farewell wave from a revolving podium. Instead, they stood at the side and waved with obvious sarcasm and disrespect. The Rolling Stones were firmly at the centre of attention and all set for a third successive bumper year.
However, on February 12th, after a tip off, the police raided Keith Richards’s mansion in Redlands Road, West Wittering. West Sussex police didn’t have a drug squad at the time. Chief Inspector Gordon Dineley led his eighteen strong party, dressed in full regalia complete with white braiding. They interviewed eight men and one woman and found various substances and tablets they sent for laboratory examination. The woman was Marianne Faithful who wore nothing but a fur bed cover. On the » Continue Reading.
Thanks to Twitter, I have been introduced to the comedy stylings of one Mark Boyle, who apparently promotes the virtues of a wattle and daub lifestyle in The Guardian. I can’t make up my mind whether he is a super dedicated performance artist, or just an insufferable twat. Keen observers may remember that he was previously known for attempting to walk to India on no money, but turned back after reaching France due to his inability to speak – er – French. My favourite one liner from this particular article? “If a bored moment ever did arise, I’ve a tin whistle begging to be learned…”
That nice Mr Paphides tweeted a link to this and what a treat it is. Full House era line-up of Fairport Convention with the addition of Linda Thompson. Right proper music that. Happy Friday
One of the things that annoys me at work more than anything else (and in fact in life in general) is playing phone tennis with someone – you call them and miss them, they call you and miss you because you are way from your desk for a minute, and so on.
I hate phone tennis. And I’m definitely an email person. To me, emails are perfect because they allow you to put your message out there (your carefully drafted, polite message) and give the recipient time to consider a response and reply at their convenience.
I’ve decided there are two types of people – verbal people and writing people. I’m definitely the latter. And I have little patience for people who, after a long email conversation, will need that actual verbal conversation at the end of it to put a full stop on it and finalise what’s been discussed. I’m the opposite – I can have a long verbal conversation (to me, just waffling around the subject) and then I’ll ask you to put in writing what’s been agreed, just to confirm it.
Are you an email person (yay- efficient, logical, decisive) or a phone person (boo – waffling, » Continue Reading.
How many weeks at £350m does that add up to?
What does it sound like?:
Janis Ian is one of the all too many artists I’ve rather lost touch with over the passing of the years. During her 1970’s heyday, with albums such as Stars, Between The Lines and Night Rains, her wistful voice often graced my turntable late of an evening in a fug of wine and cigarette smoke. As time moved on however, she rather dropped off my radar. The next time I recall hearing her was almost thirty years later, when I became aware of her 2006 album, Folk Is The New Black, which signalled both a return to the spotlight and something of a return to form. This two cd set is the first compilation to takes its material from all her various labels, from her 1967 Verve debut, through the better known Columbia years and on to to her own Rude Girl label. I still think though that the best days for this singer songwriter came with her 1970’s material, with perennials like Stars and the evergreen At Seventeen. I don’t think the later material reaches the same high standards, pleasant listening though it is, or maybe my own tastes have changed over the » Continue Reading.
and enjoy two hours of last week’s gig in Cork, courtesy of French TV
I don’t recall this documentary being mentioned on here, but its a fascinating 8 part documentary that covers the history of recorded music.
Its a veritable who’s who in interviews – both producers and artists – giving insights into how some of our favourite music came about and covers everything from the Beatles (obviously) to Hip Hop with everything in between. Highly recommend for anyone that loves music in any shape or form.
It was originally a US PBS broadcast, so no idea where / how to catch on terrestrial TV now – I know that it is available on DVD / Blu Ray (how I watched it) and probably digitally. There are a few clips on there website.